Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure Group, announces today that Gammon Construction Limited, the market-leading infrastructure contractor in Hong Kong, in which Balfour Beatty has a 50% shareholding, has been awarded a HK$2.4 billion (£195 million) contract for the widening of the Tolo and Fanling Highways in Hong Kong for the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) Highways Department.
The 40-month contract, due to commence in late February 2010, will involve the widening of a 3.5km long section of the Tolo and Fanling Highways between Ma Wo and Tai Hang. The works will alleviate traffic congestion and meet future demand by widening the existing dual three-lane carriageways to dual four-lane carriageways.
The project scope includes modification or demolition of five existing bridges and the construction of eight vehicular bridges including all associated interchanges and utilities. The contract includes a 12-month maintenance period of the widened road.
Commenting on the contract awards today, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Ian Tyler, said:
"We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to enhance Hong Kong’s infrastructure in the North-East New Territories and look forward to delivering a high-quality, safe and environmentally responsible construction service."
Gammon, in partnership with its customers, is increasingly developing sustainable and responsible solutions to help deliver infrastructure projects. As part of this contract, in addition to standard measures to reduce air, noise and water impacts on the environment, further activities such as recycling of demolition materials to reduce disposal to landfill and deploying the demolished bridge sections to create an artificial reef, will be undertaken.
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Gammon Construction is 50% owned by Balfour Beatty and 50% by Jardine Matheson, the major Asian trading and manufacturing group. Gammon is Hong Kong's largest and most successful contractor with over 2,500 employees.
Gammon's recent significant project wins include the HK$930 million (£74 million) Victoria Park swimming pool complex, the HK$1.34 billion (£106 million) contract to construct Kennedy Town Station and overrun tunnels, the $2 billion (£150 million) Hong Kong University Contract for its Centennial Campus and University Street and Associated Works Phase 1, the HK$3.76 billion (£300 million) Harbour Area Treatment Scheme for the construction of a sewage conveyance system for the Hong Kong Government, HK$1.5 billion (£120 million) Hennessy Centre redevelopment, the HK $2.82 billion (£230 million) contract for the reconstruction of a section of the Tuen Mun road between Tsuen Wan and Tsing Lung Tau, the HK $4.94 billion (£400 million) Tamar Development Project in joint venture with Hip Hing Construction for the design and construction of the new Central Government Complex for Hong Kong and the £100 million Gammon Capital Institute of Technical Education PPP project in Singapore.
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