CIMC MBS begins construction on Hong Kong’s first modular residential building

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Chinese modular building provider CIMC Modular Building Systems (CIMC MBS) has commenced construction of Hong Kong’s first modular building project for permanent use.

The firm said that the move marks a milestone in application of the new construction method in the metropolis.

The InnoCell project is an on-site residential building which will provide working space-cum-temporary accommodations for companies and incubatees working at Hong Kong Science Park.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, the project will provide more than 400 residential units of accommodation for talent and incubatees from the Science Park.

WSP will serve as the structural, geotechnical, civil and façade engineering consultant for the building with a first-floor transfer structure.

Being built adjacent to Hong Kong Science Park, the 17-storey InnoCell will be built using the Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) technology incorporating the concept of ‘factory assembly followed by on-site installation’.

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that the prefabricated building model will help address challenges being faced by Hong Kong’s construction industry such as lack of construction workers, the need to improve safety of construction site and enhance productivity.

Lam noted that the new approach undertaken for the InnoCell project is a new milestone in promoting technological application in the field.

CIMC MBS expects the construction time of InnoCell to be reduced by 30%.

Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) chairman Dr Sunny Chai said: “We thank the HKSAR government for their strong support in our mission of building a vibrant I&T ecosystem at Science Park. The InnoCell is part of our larger efforts to attract local, mainland and overseas I&T talent, through providing accommodation in Science Park itself.

“It is designed to create an environment that promotes creativity and co-creation. Come 2020, the InnoCell will represent the modern concept of smart living and co-creation community, giving Park companies further assistance in attracting talent.”

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Image: The InnoCell project showroom at Hong Kong Science Park. Photo: courtesy of CIMC/PR Newswire.

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