The Hong Kong Civil Engineering & Development Department (CEDD) has awarded a HK$12.076bn (£1.14bn) contract with Build King-SCT Joint Venture for reclamation of land to build 40,000 flats.
Work under the contract includes reclamation of land in Tung Chung East and advance works for the Tung Chung New Town Extension project (TCNTE).
The new town extension project is a major initiative of the government to increase land supply in the medium to long-term which will create space for 49,000 residential flats and 870,000m2 of commercial floor space.
The contract for the TCNTE is valued at HK$12.076m.
The reclamation, the main part of the extension project, will create space for building 40,000 new flats for housing and economic development.
The TCNTE is the first new town extension project through reclamation since the completion of the reclamation projects in Tseung Kwan O and Tung Chung in 2003.
The project will provide accommodation to 140,000 people, with 870,000m2 of commercial floor space. It will also create 40,000 job opportunities.
Work commenced on 29 December 2017 and will provide land in phases with a view to having the first population intake in 2023.
In June 2017, the CEDD invited tenders to conduct reclamation and advance work, including the reclamation of the seabed at Tung Chung East by non-dredging methods to create 130ha of land in Tung Chung East.
It included construction of 4.9km of seawalls with an eco-shoreline, three drainage box culvert outfalls, three circulation drains and a seawater intake; construction of a multi-cell drainage box culvert of about 470mt in Tung Chung East.
The project also includes provision of infrastructure for Tung Chung Area 58, including construction of a single two-lane road (with a footpath) of about 270mt and associated utility works; and implementation of associated environmental mitigation measures.
The TCNTE project is one of the Government’s major initiatives to increase land supply, by providing an additional 49,000 residential flats and about 870,000 square metres of commercial floor space. The Government hopes to accommodate an additional population of 140,000 through the project and 40,000 job opportunities.