澳门励骏创建有限公司经常为不断变化的市场开发创新产品。它在横琴的最新项目——励骏庞都广场就是典型案例。 距离莲 …
Macau’s Legend Development Ltd has often created innovative products for evolving markets at just the right time. Its latest project in Hengqin, a stone’s throw from Cotai across the Lotus Bridge, is another such example.
The Legend Ponto Square stands out amid an enormous construction zone in Hengqin, with its Portuguese facade appearing like a European beacon in a forest of green nets wrapped around unfinished skyscrapers. Due to open in Q4 this year, the building’s structure has been finished for some time already, while its developers have been waiting for the neighborhood to go up around it.
The site could not be better. Next door to the Hengqin Railway Station, which is due to open at the end of the year, the Legend Ponto Square will open its doors right in the commercial heart of Hengqin, across the road from a station that is expected to handle tens of millions of passengers a year once it is fully operational.
The project, indeed, was built with far-sighted vision. Focusing on the “Belt and Road” initiative, and following Macau’s “One Center, One Platform” for Portuguese-speaking countries, the Legend Ponto Square is a development whose time has come now that Macau’s mission of integrating into the Greater Bay Area has been unveiled.
The project will not, as many observers have long suspected, carry any kind of hotel or resort services. It will dedicate most of its space, in fact, to hosting long-term exhibitions and sales centers for featured products from the “9+2” cities of the Greater Bay Area that want to engage with Portuguese-speaking countries. Providing one-stop support services, the centre will provide a crucial platform for facilitating this interaction.
This interaction will not be limited to Portuguese-speaking countries, of course. Through video- conference links, companies in the Greater Bay Area will be encouraged to use the Legend Ponto Square as a base for “going global”.
With the support of the Macau government, the project is also aiming to provide tourism and other vital information to passengers passing through the nearby Hengqin Port. This will work both ways: for those heading to resorts in Macau, and to resorts in Hengqin and the rest of the region.
Legend Ponto Square is, in fact, part of a network of supporting facilities for the port. It will play a key role to help small and medium enterprises and young entrepreneurs to enter Hengqin. Moreover, given the future integration of Macau’s Lotus Checkpoint into the Hengqin Port, which will involve co-location of immigration and customs facilities, as well as the advantages of single vehicle plate number and 24-hour customs clearance, the area is set to boom. It is safely assumed that the project will benefit from its location in providing a convenient pilot area for businesses wanting to explore new opportunities in Hengqin and the wider mainland market. “Made in Macau” products and services will find here an effective partner as they reach into the Greater Bay Area.
Designed by famous Macau architect Carlos Marreiros, Ponto draws its inspirations from the 17th century Portuguese Manueline style, incorporating Macanese characteristics. Covering an area of 142,000 square meters, the project consists of a six-storey main building and two three-storey “gourmet” buildings, with a tunnel on the ground floor leading directly to the Hengqin Port and Railway complex. The tunnel will be finished in August, although the station is not expected to open until the end of the year.
According to a press release from the company, about 60% of the project, with a total investment of more than HK$1.1 billion, will be used as a long-term exhibition and sales center for the Greater Bay Area and Portuguese-speaking countries, while 30% will be dedicated to Macau SMEs in support of the development of local cultural and creative, youth venture and catering industries.
The company’s CEO, Melinda Chan Meiyi, expressed her hope that, “This project will enable citizens in the Greater Bay Area and international tourists alike to access the culture of Portuguese-speaking countries, help strengthen economic and trade relations between China and these countries, give full play to Macau as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and promote Macau’s integration into the Greater Bay Area and its development orientation towards “One Center, One Platform”.