Forecast funding requests to go before lawmakers

Forecast funding requests to go before lawmakers

Public Works Subcommittee to be briefed on upcoming projects

The construction industry can look forward to a raft of new work as the government briefs legislators on the forecast submissions for funding for its public works projects.

Legislators on the Public Works Subcommittee will meet today to review a paper by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau on 45 items that will require funding in the current 2013-14 legislative year.

Some of them are big ticket items such as New Broadcasting House for Radio Television Hong Kong, with a forecast cost of HK$6.06 billion, which has already been approved, albeit with some reluctance, earlier this month by the Panel on Information Technology and Broadcasting.

Construction is set to start in the first quarter of 2014 for completion in 2017.

A spokesman for Architectural Services Department declined to reveal the identities of the three companies that have submitted tenders.

“Much to our regret, we are not able to provide the information requested,” a spokeswoman for Leighton Asia, India and Offshore said to enquires by Construction Post.

Another long-standing item on the government’s to do list is the proposed organic waste treatment facilities phase 1 at Siu Ho Wan in North Lantau.

In November 2010, when the Panel on Environmental Affairs last discussed this project, the estimated cost was HK$489 million at money-of-the-day (MOD) prices.

Last February, the Environmental Protection Department called tenders for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the project for 15 years.

Another environmentally related project is the controversial integrated waste management facilities phase 1 on an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau.

The Panel on Environmental Affairs threw out the government’s proposal to upgrade the project for full funding in April last year, the cost of which was estimated at about HK$15 billion MOD.

The government will try again to get approval in January next year.

However it is the consultancy and design work proposals that point to some interesting work in the future for contractors, depending on how much luck the government has in getting legislative approval and funding, not to mention getting the blessing of environmentalists and government critics.

The Civil Engineering and Development Department will consult the Joint Subcommittee to Monitor the Implementation of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project in April or May 2014 on funding for the design, site investigation and advance works for the much-discussed and criticised integrated basement for the district.

The work is due to start in the second quarter of 2014 for staged completion by 2017.

Boosting land supply to provide more housing and infrastructure will be a major theme for several studies scheduled for funding applications.

Chief amongst them would be the strategic studies for artificial islands in the Central Waters for CEDD.

The department plans to go to the Panel on Development in March next year for funding for a study, the scope of which would cover conceptual plan options, assessments on marine and environmental impact, traffic planning, town planning, engineering and infrastructure study and public consultation.

The estimated cost could be anywhere from HK$200 million to HK$500 million according to the government’s paper to the subcommittee.

The government is proposing a study on reclamation at Sunny Bay in North Lantau  (Danny Chung)

The government is proposing a study on reclamation at Sunny Bay in North Lantau (Danny Chung)

Another reclamation related study is a planning and engineering study on Sunny Bay reclamation also for CEDD.

The department will consult the Panel on Development on the study project, estimated to cost below HK$200 million, in April 2014.

Funding is also scheduled for feasibility studies on the relocation to caverns of sewage treatment works at Sham Tseng and Sai Kung and of fresh water and salt water service reservoirs at Diamond Hill.

Drainage Services Department will consult the Panel on Development in March 2014 on a funding upgrade for preliminary and detailed design and site investigation for the relocation of the Sha Tin sewage treatment works to caverns.

The work, estimated to cost over HK$500 million, is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2014 and take eight years to complete.

Further progress will be made on progress of the proposed Cross Bay Link at Tseung Kwan O, once CEDD gets the nod for a project upgrade for funding for detailed design and associated site investigation.

The department will consult the Panel on Transport on the proposed work, estimated to cost below HK$200 million, in January 2014.

The work is due to start in the third quarter of 2014 for completion in 2016.

Danny Chung

 

 

 

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