Gammon Construction, a 50:50 Far East joint venture of Balfour Beatty, has been appointed by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) subsidiary Blue Poles (BPL) as management contractor to oversee completion of the M+ project, a museum for visual culture, in Hong Kong.
Gammon will use technologies such as Building Information Modelling, 3D scanning and radio-frequency identification to ensure safe and efficient delivery of the project.
The company will also adopt design for manufacture and assembly methods during the construction.
M+ is a museum that will collect, exhibit and interpret visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Being constructed in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ will be one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world.
The WKCDA intends to establish itself as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions.
Major construction works for the project include a 14-storey M+ tower over a three-storey podium and a two-storey basement; a conservation and storage facility which consists of a nine-storey tower with supporting basement shared with the M+ building; a two-storey interfacing carpark; and a 16-storey retail, dining and entertainment building.
Construction will commence shortly with completion expected by the end of 2019.
Gammon Construction CEO Thomas Ho said: “Gammon is delighted with the opportunity to play a key role in facilitating the sustainable development of Hong Kong as an international arts and cultural metropolis and an attractive tourist destination in the region.
“We are fully committed to embracing the challenges ahead and are confident that we will safely deliver the M+ project to the highest quality within the construction schedule.”
Gammon’s project portfolio includes L1 contract for Lyric Theatre Complex and Extended Basement Project; West Kowloon Terminus Station North and Ocean Park Tai Shue Wan Water World Project; Central Police Station Conservation and Revitalisation Project and OPUS Hong Kong.
BPL has been established to ensure that the M+ project can continue in light of the previous main works contractor’s employment being terminated.
Image: Appointment of management contractor for the M+ project. Photo: courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.