Gammon Construction, Balfour Beatty’s Far East joint venture, has won two major contracts in Hong Kong worth a total value of HK$7.7 billion. The first contract (totalling HK$6.2 billion) was awarded by the Highways Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to construct the Kai Tak West Section of the Central Kowloon Route.
The Kai Tak West Section contract forms a vital part of the 4.7-km-long dual three-lane Central Kowloon Route. The works mainly comprise the construction of a 370-m long underwater tunnel and the associated temporary reclamation in Kowloon Bay of about 3 ha, a 160-m long cut and cover tunnel in Ma Tau Kok as well as a 125-m long road and a 170-m long underpass in Kai Tak Development. This contract is due to start early this year, with completion scheduled in 2025. A workforce of 400 is expected to be employed at construction peak.
The other contract (totalling HK$1.5 billion) was awarded by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) to deliver the extended basement and public infrastructure works called the ‘L1 Contract for the Lyric Theatre Complex and Extended Basement at WKCD’.
The second contract involves excavation followed by the construction of a two-level reinforced concrete structure, public infrastructure works including drainage and a traffic lay-by with associated temporary works. Gammon is already delivering the foundation works for this project, for which it has twice received the WKCDA highest commendation for safety performance. Work is due to commence in early 2018 and is expected to be substantially complete by mid-2020. A workforce of 450 is expected to be engaged at construction peak.
“These two awards demonstrate Gammon’s ability to build on existing relationships with key clients and the variety of work we are able to undertake in the Far East, delivered to the highest safety standards,” said Thomas Ho, chief executive of Gammon.