2024 is an Exciting Year for Hong Kong’s Rail, Road and Building Infrastructure
Posted by Richard Poulter, Construction Recruitment Director, Hong Kong on Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Tower cranes and road traffic cones remain ubiquitous on the streets and skyline of Hong Kong as this unique place continues unabated to build. Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Construction Managers and Planners will be in demand and busy in jobs for decades to come. Here is an overview of recently awarded live construction projects in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Rail Projects
To further improve on the city’s super-efficient transportation system, MTR has 2 major rail project developments which will support major residential development in the New Territories.
This significant rail construction extension project will include 2 aspects:
1 Tung Chung East
he construction of the Tung Chung East Station in the Tung Chung East reclamation area, the construction of 1.2 km section of new track, and track diversion works to connect the new station to the existing Tung Chung line track. Part of the track works must be carried out on the operating Tung Chung Line.
2 Tung Ching West
The construction of 1.3km westward extension from the existing railway tunnel of Tung Chung Station, and the construction of a new Tung Chung West Station near Yat Tung Estate, as well as the construction of an emergency egress point at Shun Tung Road. The tunnel between the two stations will be constructed by Tunnel Boring Machine, TBM.
Tunnelling engineers, foundation engineers and of course quantity surveyors and Health and Safety professionals will be in high demand to deliver these logistically challenging projects.
2 Oyster Bay Station
Works will comprise the civil, structural and architectural and building services of the Oyster Bay Station (OYB) including utilities provisioning, access works and landscaping.
In keeping with MTR’s partnering approach, the project will adopt NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract to foster a collaborative approach and shared commitment to achieve a successful outcome.
Hong Kong Road Projects
There are a plethora of major road and highway infrastructure projects ongoing including the Cross Bay Link in Tsung Kwan O, the TKO Lam Tin tunnel, the widening of Tai Po Road and the Central Kowloon Route. All these projects are demanding and technically challenging and offer Civil Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Project Managers and Planning Engineers fantastic opportunities!
The Hospital Authority has an ambitious development plan to radically improve and enhance the medical services and healthcare available to the city’s 8 million inhabitants.
New Acute Hospital
As an example, the New Acute Hospital located in Kai Tak is well under way and will be one of the largest hospitals in Hong Kong with 2400 beds, 37 operating theatres and a broad range of clinical services and facilities. Due for completion in 2026.
Construction Industry Council (CIC)
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) organised a conference that I attended a few weeks ago – and during the conference they painted a rather startling picture of the significant size that the construction industry will need to grow in the next 10 years and the critical skills shortages it faces summarised here.
The CIC was established in 2007 to improve the quality and competitiveness of the construction industry and promote good practices. The organisation acts as a communications conduit between the industry and government and is empowered to formulate codes of conduct, share industry knowledge, reflect the industry’s needs, improve labour relations, promote health & safety and sustainable construction and elevate the standards and skills of the industry via funding research and organising vocational training.
Maxim is working closely with CIC to identify high calibre candidates for various senior appointments. As part of its drive to influence the industry, CIC is seeking to appoint a Senior Manager to join its Industry Development team to foster a more efficient, healthy construction industry through the adoption of best practices and to supervise the Repair, Maintenance, Alteration and Addition (RMAA) sector. Details of one of the available job vacancies we are working on can be found here: See requirement for a Senior Manager Industry Development and another requirement is the need for a Director for its Institute of Construction. For either of the above appointments, suitable and interested applicants are invited to apply.
Hong Kong remains an exciting hub for some exciting and innovative construction projects that are underway, and the future remains bright with a range of new projects coming to market and starting on site soon and in the coming months and years.
Please get in touch with your CV if you are based in Hong Kong or are interested in relocating to work in Hong Kong.