16 Feb 2017
Link received five awards under the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS)’s Inclusive Environment Recognition Scheme*. Link’s Stanley Plaza and Leung King Plaza were honoured with the Scheme’s highest accolade, “Excellence Award for Inclusive Environment”, while Tin Chak Shopping Centre won the “Inclusive Environment Award” and Cheung Fat Plaza and Homantin Plaza each won the “Progressive Award”.
HK$200 million investment to enhance barrier-free access facilities
As a pioneer among real estate investors and managers in Hong Kong, Link has completed its HK$200 million plan in enhancing barrier-free access (BFA) facilities across its over 170 properties, including installation of Braille maps and signage, tactile guide paths, accessible service counters and visual fire alarms, in addition to providing wheelchair lending service and opening its shopping centres as training ground for guide dogs. Link’s efforts received recognition from acclaimed institutions like the International Union of Architects Work Programme on “Architecture for All” and Rehabilitation International.
Link has also taken the lead to enhance BFA services and promote social inclusion, such as offering free upgrades to fixed parking spaces and discounts in parking fees for the disabled, providing BFA-related training to its staff, and regularly collaborating with selected non-governmental organisations to host large-scale public awareness programmes like the Link Barrier-Free Shopping Centre Orienteering 2015 and Barrier “Fu”ree Adventure Day 2016.
* The Inclusive Environment Recognition Scheme, jointly organised by HKCSS and The Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, identifies exemplary barrier-free buildings in Hong Kong through vigorous assessment by a professional judging panel and on-site inspection by local rehabilitation groups.