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Gammon Construction wins final Hong Kong theatre contract

lyric theatre complex at the west kowloon cultural district

Gammon Construction has been awarded the final HK$5.5bn (£550M) contract for the Lyric Theatre Complex and extended basement for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong.

The project involves construction of a theatre complex that comprises a 1,450-seat lyric theatre, a 600-seat medium theatre and a 270-seat studio theatre, as well as dance and rehearsal studios, restaurants, offices, and an information and ticketing centre.

Gammon is already working on the foundations for the development and a £137M deal for construction of the two level basement and surrounding public infrastructure work. This £550M deal is the final stage for the project. 

Gammon CEO Thomas Ho said: “We are delighted WKCDA has once again selected Gammon to work with them, for what will be the final stage of this world-class arts and cultural facility. Our skilled professionals will bring the level of service and quality necessary to realise the architect’s vision on this complex project, for the benefit of the dance and theatrical communities of Hong Kong and its patrons.”

The firm will adopt an ‘Integrated Digital Project Delivery’ approach on the contract, for which centralised and shared building information modelling (BIM) will form a key element. In addition to a 3D digital model, a 4D model will be completed to create a simulation of the project to optimise and refine construction methodology. Innovative methods of as-built data capture such as drone surveys, laser scans and 3D photos linked to plan drawings will also be deployed.

Gammon also plans to use modularisation, off-site manufacture and standardisation to maximise consistency, efficiency, precision and quality, as well as reduce the number of operations taking place on-site for improved safety.

The project will be supported by Gammon’s in-house companies of Gammon E&M for electrical and mechanical works, Lambeth Associates for temporary works, Entasis for curtain wall, Intog for interior fit out and architectural builders’ works and finishes, Pristine for steel manufacture, and Gammon Concrete for concrete supply.

Work on the design development is due to commence this month and the site work is expected to begin in September/October 2019. Work is expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2023.

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