China State-Leader JV win bypass contract

Projects 16 Feb 2013
China State-Leader JV win bypass contract

The Central to Wanchai Bypass is scheduled for commissioning in mid-2017

A joint venture comprising of mainland construction giant China State Construction Engineering and Hong Kong contractor Leader Civil Engineering has won the fourth contract worth HK$3.35 billion from the Civil Engineering and Development Department for the Central-Wanchai Bypass at Wanchai West.

Derek Zen Wei-peu, chairman at Build King Holdings (0240) which owns Leader Civil, confirmed to Construction Post that the joint venture was the successful bidder for contract HK/2012/08.

China State Construction is a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Construction International Holdings (3311).

According to a press release last month from the Development Bureau, the contract commenced at the end of January and would be completed by mid-2017 in time for commissioning of the bypass later that year.

The scope of work in the contract comprises of land formation, construction of the Middle Ventilation Building substructure, stormwater box culvert and associated roadworks.

The government’s Wanchai Development Phase II project is to provide land from Wanchai North to North Point for construction of the Central to Wanchai Bypass.

The Development Bureau said the land developed as part of the project would be developed into a “world-class waterfront promenade” open to the public.

The previous three CEDD contracts for the Central-Wanchai Bypass are HK/2009/01 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, HK/2009/02 at Wanchai East and HK/2010/06 at the MTR Tsuen Wan Line.

For the Tsuen Wan Line contract, Leader Civil is working in a joint venture with Gammon Construction.

The Central-Wanchai Bypass was the subject of a legal tussle in 2007 between the Society for the Protection of the Harbour which objected to further reclamation and the government.

The High Court ruled that reclamation even if it was temporary and would be removed later fell under jurisdiction of the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance.

The government then had to commission more consultant reports to successfully demonstrate an “overriding public need” for temporary reclamation.

Danny Chung

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