Atkins has been chosen to develop the below ground elements as part of the consultancy team that has been selected to design a world class Chinese opera facility the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) in Hong Kong. As a means for the preservation and development of this traditional art form.
Stretching across 40 hectares of reclaimed land, the West Kowloon Cultural District will create a vibrant cultural quarter for Hong Kong where the local arts scene can interact, develop and collaborate. When completed, it will provide 23 hectares of public open space with two kilometres of vibrant harbour-front promenade. It will also include a variety of arts and cultural facilities that will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and arts and cultural events.
CK Chan, Atkins’ director for structure in Asia Pacific, said: “There are several hurdles including making sure the Centre’s foundations are clear of the metro and the structure spreads its load in a way that does not add additional load to the MTR tunnel. The construction phase is also critical due to the vibration risk and the changes in surcharge loadings on the MTR structures as soil is removed and then the basement constructed above.”
Atkins will provide support to the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority’s executive management team in managing and delivering the project and will be responsible for project management of the implementation of M+, Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, the Conservation and Storage Facility, Lyric Theatre, District Cooling System and Common Basement Phase I. The work will start in April 2014 and last for five years.
Michael Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, said: “Atkins has a very strong track record in managing the most challenging, large scale projects in Hong Kong and around the world. We are confident that Atkins’ extensive experience worldwide will be instrumental to our project’s success.”
John Blackwood, Atkins’ Project Director, said:
“Atkins has a notable reputation for engineering Hong Kong’s major infrastructure projects, such as various MTR lines and Hong Kong International Airport. This project is extremely exciting as it involves a complex blend of world-class buildings and major infrastructure works which have to be delivered successfully in a challenging construction environment.”
Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ chief executive officer for Asia Pacific, added, “Securing this major project demonstrates our commitment to growth and diversification in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. The breadth and depth of our design and engineering expertise has been complemented by the acquisition of Confluence which further strengthened our regional capability in programme and project management.”