India’s Punj Lloyd group and its Singapore-based unit Sembawang Engineers and Constructors are to exit Hong Kong after securing its first contract in here, to construct the MTR Corporation’s Shatin to Central Link Diamond Hill Station. The $215m Project an important interchange between the new link and the existing Kwun Tong Line is currently being executed by Sembawang along with JV partner, Leader Civil Engineering Corporation Limited.
Construction Post sources said that the corporate/bidding office has now been significantly downsized and that the bidding team has been released. Sembawang had been bidding for various contracts in Hong Kong for nearly three years before finally winning their current project.
It is understood that Sembawang will complete its current obligation to the project before exiting the territory.
Back in Jan 2013 President and CEO Richard Grosvenor was quoted as saying “We are delighted to win this project – a significant breakthrough in Hong Kong,” said Richard Grosvenor, president and CEO of Sembawang.
He attributed the win to the company’s extensive experience in mass rapid transit work in Singapore, where Sembawang has executed both light rail and metro transit system stations and tracks. The Hong Kong project scope of work includes the relocation of heritage structures and archaeological diggings required to facilitate the site.
Additionally, modifications to the adjacent existing live station are underway to aid the flow of passengers between the Kwun Tong Line and the Shatin to Central Link. Strict environmental controls and public relations are an important aspect of the project in the heavily populated older area of Eastern Kowloon, and involve careful coordination with interfacing railway operating systems and specialist contractors.
The Shatin to Central Link will eventually provide a direct connection between the Admiralty Station, located in the heart of the Central Business District of Hong Kong Island, and the Chinese mainland.