Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has awarded Balfour Beatty‘s 50:50 joint venture, Gammon, a HK$2.6 billion (c. £300 million) contract to construct a new 25-story office building in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay district.
Under the contract, Gammon will lead the construction of the office, as well as associated retail facilities, a shopping centre and footbridges to connect the office block with the World Trade Centre Hong Kong.
This latest contract follows Gammon’s appointment to demolish the Excelsior Hotel which previously occupied the site of the new office building.
Throughout the project, Gammon will adopt smart construction processes including the creation of a common data environment among contractors, consultants, supply chain partners and the client to enhance collaboration and drive efficiencies.
To reduce the project’s carbon emissions and achieve BEAM Plus New Buildings Version 2.0 as well as LEED platinum certifications, Gammon will deploy the Enertainer – an electric-powered battery storage system developed in partnership with AMPD Energy.
The Enertainer will be used as the primary power source for construction machinery on site, reducing the need for diesel generators.
Kevin O’Brien, Chief Executive of Gammon, said: “We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to bring back another exemplary building to the shoreline of Hong Kong Island, while showcasing our collaborative and digital approaches to modern construction that continues to evolve.
“The sustainable consideration and features of the design will enable the project to achieve the high level of green accreditation that this ambitious project is targeting.”
Works are scheduled to commence in late 2022 with completion expected in 2025. At construction peak, the project is expected to employ a workforce of approximately 900 people.
Image: CGI of new office building in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (credit: Balfour Beatty)
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