Gammon wins Advanced Manufacturing Centre project in Hong Kong
Gammon Construction Limited (‘Gammon’), jointly owned by Jardines and Balfour Beatty, has been awarded the HK$4.75 billion works contract of the Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) for the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP).
Located in Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, the project mainly involves the construction of a 9-storey building block with a 2-storey basement, providing 108,000 sq.m of space. It also includes a footbridge connecting the Data Technology Hub of the adjacent site and a seawater district cooling system. The cooling system which will be used to cool the entire AMC building is a cost-effective and environmental friendly solution for building cooling.
Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon, said: “We are delighted that HKSTP has once again selected Gammon to work with them, following the successful completion of Science Park Phase 3a, 3b and 3c. Our skilled professionals will bring in a high level of service and quality necessary to complete this project, which will benefit multiple industries by providing advanced and scalable manufacturing facilities indicative of the “Re-industrialisation of Hong Kong.”
“Gammon will also be implementing methods and approaches that support the Government’s Construction 2.0 initiative, which centres on innovation, professionalisation and revitalisation,” Ho added.
Such approaches will include the adoption of ‘integrated digital project delivery’ on the contract, for which centralised and shared building information modelling (BIM) will form a key element. In addition to 3D, 4D and 5D digital models, an 8D model will provide an open design-collaboration platform for all stakeholders. The company also aims to achieve 75% offsite prefabrication of the structural steel works, and 70% off-site modularisation of the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) works. This will provide significant advantages to the works in terms of safety, quality and programme.
The project will also adopt a self-developed digital solution – Inspecto – for site inspections. Comprising of a mobile app, a dashboard and proactive real-time alerts, Inspecto shortens the inspection turnaround time, creates less disturbances on site, and keeps reliable and consistent records for further reference.
In addition, a common data environment will be established for collecting, managing and sharing information among the project teams including the client, consultants, suppliers and subcontractors.
Work has commenced in August 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2021. A workforce of 1,800 will be engaged at the peak construction period.