Nui Po Shan (Turret Hill) Quarry, Shatin
HF and Thomas Ngan:
According to the linked 1987 report below Nui Po Shan (Turret Hill) Quarry was originally used as a borrow area in the mid 1960s [another source suggests the quarry began in “mid-1960”] and 70s. A borrow pit is a term used to describe an area where material has been dug for use at another location in construction and civil engineering works. It was turned into a granite aggregate quarry in the late 1970s. Rock extraction stopped at the end of 1984.
Thomas suggests that this map shows the possible site of the Nui Po Shan Quarry. “Note the location of Tak Shek Kwu (大石鼓)﹐ which means a very big piece of rock and the particular shape of the slope to the NE of it.”
Here is what happened to the quarry in the early 1990s from the 2011 link below. And establishing its location by mentioning two current uses of the site incuding CICTA “Shatin Training Ground” shown on Thomas’ map.
This article was first posted on 20th June 2014.
- Turret Hill Quarry Report 1987 GEO Report No. 7, Section 2: Aggregate Properties of Monzonite from Turret Hill Quarry, CEEG
- Rehabilitation of Hong Kong Quarries including Turret Hill. CEDD, June 2011
- The Geology of Sha Tin Contains several references to Turret Hill Quarry. R. Addison, Geotechnical Control Office, Civil Engineering Services Dept, June 1986
- Future Cavern Development in Hong Kong Mention of Nui Po Shan quarry in an interesting report on using underground space in HK. Raymond KS Chan, Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering & Development Department, Sept 2011