Up to HK$2.99 billion worth of public works contracts at money-of-the-day (MOD) prices will go out to tender later this year once the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council gives funding approval which may come as soon as next month.
The Public Works Subcommittee of the Finance Committee met a few days before Chinese New Year to scrutinise the submissions for funds for eight public works projects by various government bureaux and departments.
According to records of past perfomance, the Finance Committee approves funding requests for public works about one month or two months after the subcommittee gives its recommendation.
The Finance Committee next meets on 8 March but the agenda has not been set yet.
The biggest in terms of value was the relocation of the Department of Justice offices to the Main and East Wings of the former Central Government Offices on Lower Albert Road.
According to a Department of Justice paper included in the subcommittee agenda, the estimated cost was HK$796 million MOD.
If the factor for inflation was stripped out, then the total would be HK$691 million at September 2012 prices.
The department estimated about HK$320 million at September prices for the cost of the restructuring of the internal office layout and other functional improvements.
Building services was estimated to cost about HK$170 million.
It expects work to start in the second quarter of this year for completion in the first quarter of 2015 subject to the progress of the inquiry into the Lamma Island ferry incident.
Parts of the offices are presently being used by the inquiry.
For the West Wing, which the government decided last December to re-use instead of redevelopment into commercial office space, preparation work was in progress and funding would be applied for it separately.
The next big ticket item was the infrastructure works for housing sites at Shek Kip Mei.
The Civil Engineering and Development Department said in its submitted paper that it needed to provide infrastructure to coordinate with the future disposal of government land in Shek Kip Mei for housing.
“To ensure adequate supply and timely delivery of suitable housing sites for land disposal, the Government has identified the subject sites with a total area of about 32,416 square metres as potential sale sites for private residential development,” CEDD said in its paper.
The sites are located at the mid-hill of Beacon Hill north of Lung Cheung Road at Tai Wo Ping in Shek Kip Mei.
Total cost was estimated at HK$781.4 million MOD (HK$643.5 million at September 2012 prices).
Works consist of the construction of three short roads on bridges and at-grade with slope stabilization works, retaining walls, road furniture, sewerage, drainage and watermains.
It plans to start work in June 2013 for staged completion in 2016.
Engineering consultancies would be commissioned due to lack of in-house resources for contract administration and site supervision.
The third biggest item was the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and associated works worth HK$595.1 million MOD prices (HK$479.9 million at September 2012 prices)
“An existing section of Shenzhen River between Ping Yuen River and Pak Fu Shan cannot meet the flood protection standard for the development of a new Boundary Control Point at Heung Yuen Wai in North District,” CEDD said in its paper.
The work would consist of regulation of 4.5 kilometres length of river channel of the Shenzhen, construction of a water storage basin with capacity of 80,000 cubic metres plus drainage and landscaping works.
The work is scheduled to commence in August 2013 for completion in September 2017.
The other projects that went before the subcommittee for scrutiny (with cost quoted MOD) were:
Redevelopment of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Fut Nam College at Oxford Road, Kowloon (HK$323.7 million),
Improvement of fresh water supply to Cheung Chau (HK$254.8 million)
Government, Institution or Community facilities in the Kwun Tong Town Centre redevelopment—additional medical and health facilities (HK$105 million),
Kwun Tong Town Centre redevelopment—provision of grade-separated pedestrian linkages (HK$95 million)
Public transport interchange at Area 13, Hung Shui Kiu (HK$37.8 million)