Balfour Beatty joint venture awarded HK$5.5 billion (c. £551.9 million) theatre project in Hong Kong
28 November 2018
Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that its 50:50 Far East joint venture, Gammon Construction, has been awarded a HK$ 5.5 billion (c. £551.9 million) Works Contract (L2) of the Lyric Theatre Complex and Extended Basement by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong to construct the final stage of the Lyric Theatre Development.
Works include the construction of a world-class theatre complex that comprises of a 1,450-seat lyric theatre, a 600-seat medium theatre and a 270-seat studio theatre, as well as numerous dance and rehearsal studios, restaurants, offices, and information and ticketing centre.
Gammon has supported the delivery of the development of the Lyric Theatre Complex since 2016 when it was awarded the first of two phases by WKCDA, delivering the foundation works, for which it twice received the WKCDA highest commendation for safety performance. In January 2018, a further contract award saw Gammon deliver the public infrastructure and extended basement works. This third contract forms the third and final stage of the Lyric Theatre development.
In line with Balfour Beatty’s 25 by 2025 strategy, which aims to reduce activity onsite by 25% by the year 2025, Gammon will adopt an ‘integrated digital project delivery’ system. This includes adopting modularisation and off-site manufacturing techniques, as well as utilising digital tools such as Building Information Modelling to improve quality, productivity and safety of works.
The Lyric Theatre Complex neighbours the M+ Museum project for which Gammon was appointed Management Contractor by WKCDA in September of this year. Both projects form part of the West Kowloon Cultural District development which aims to establish a vibrant world-class cultural quarter on Hong Kong’s harbour front that blends art, education and public space.
Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon, said: “We are delighted WKCDA has once again selected Gammon to work with them, for what will be the final stage of this world-class arts and cultural facility. Our skilled professionals will bring the level of service and quality necessary to realise the architect’s vision on this complex project, for the benefit of the dance and theatrical communities of Hong Kong and its patrons.”
Works are scheduled to commence in autumn 2019 and expected to be complete by the end of 2023. A workforce of 1,700 will be engaged at peak construction.
Image: Artist impression of the Lyric Theatre Complex
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Notes to Editors
• Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
• Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
• Gammon Construction (www.gammonconstruction.com), headquartered in Hong Kong, is a 50-50 joint venture between Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group and Jardine Matheson, the Asian-based conglomerate. The two companies have worked in partnership since 2004 to forge a reputation for delivering high quality projects for customers throughout China and Southeast Asia. The business is a major player in the Hong Kong and Singapore roads market. Gammon’s service extends over the full project life-cycle, from initial site survey and design through construction to commissioning and ongoing maintenance.
• Gammon’s current project portfolio includes; Plantation Road a HKD $800 million (c. £79m) deluxe residential development project in Hong Kong, the HK$3bn development of eight medium rise residential blocks and four houses with a two-level basement overlooking Tai Po’s Tolo Harbour in Northern Hong Kong, on behalf of Great Eagle Group. The HK$1.6bn Lee Garden Three Project, in the heart of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, a building with 20 floors of offices sitting above a five-level podium of retail and food outlets and a HK$174m contract for the design and construction of the Mayflower Station on the Thomson Line for the Land Transport Authority.
• Iconic projects of the past include the HK$2.2bn Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor, a 3.5km, dual three-lane carriageway, suspended mostly above the waters of Deep Bay and the motorway approaches for downtown Hong Kong. Gammon has also delivered a 68-storey One Island East office building, a skyscraper on the eastern shore of Hong Kong Island. This HK$2.3bn project relied on digital project management systems to enable collaboration across all disciplines and reduce construction waste.