Wanted: Creative Contractors

Wanted: Creative Contractors

Trial use of creativity screening for public works projects

Contractors will have to display a flair for more creativity if they want to have a chance of winning public works contracts in future.

That was the message from the Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po in a keynote speech at a conference on innovation in productivity and technology organized late last month by the Construction Industry Council.

Speaking to a 260-odd strong audience, Chan said the government was now using encouraging contractors on public works projects to come up with new ideas in construction.

“A new Innovative and Creative Screening stage is added to the works tendering assessment process before the traditional technical proposals and fee proposal stages,” Chan said.

For example contractors would be required to come up with solutions for reducing construction waste and traffic impact.

Those tenderers who got the lowest scores would usually be screened out.

The first public works contract to use was the Kwun Tong Promenade project.

“We are very pleased with the tenderers’ positive response and insightful ideas in their submissions,” Chan said.

The proposals included ideas on the construction site environment, smart use of technology to lower operational health risks and enhancing re-use of construction waste.

The government was also upholding the principle of value for money in using ICS.

“We do not see any sign of increase in tender prices,” Chan said.

The government used Innovative and Creative Screening during tendering for the Kwun Tong Promenade Stage 2   (Danny Chung)

The government used Innovative and Creative Screening during tendering for the Kwun Tong Promenade Stage 2 (Danny Chung)

A Development Bureau spokeswoman said the ICS approach was first implemented in mid-2012 on a trial basis after consulting industry stakeholders.

At present three other projects under tendering are using the ICS approach.

They are: reconstruction and rehabilitation of Kai Tak River from Tung Kwong Road to Prince Edward Road East (DC/2013/03); a consultancy on landslip prevention and mitigation works (CE 29/2012(GE)); and a consultancy for a new police station for Tai Kok Tsui Division at Sham Mong Road (9AA124).

“We will carry out a review of the approach in early 2014 after completion of all relevant trials before deciding the way forward,” the spokeswoman said.

The project that Chan mentioned, Kwun Tong Promenade (Stage 2), is currently under construction.

The contractor, Chun Wo Construction & Engineering, a subsidiary of Chun Wo Development Holdings (0711), was awarded the contract worth HK$223 million last February.

Danny Chung

 

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