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Balfour Beatty JV scoops £724m Hong Kong contract

20 Oct 11 Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has awarded a HK$8.9bn (£724m) rail infrastructure contract to a joint venture of Gammon Construction - which is half owned by Balfour Beatty - and Leighton Asia.

The contract, in which Gammon has a 50% share, is for the construction of a major terminus station in the West Kowloon district. West Kowloon Terminus Station North is part of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL), which forms part of China's strategic national express rail network.

The terminus will serve as gateway to the mainland of China with more than 100,000 passengers a day passing through. Facilities will include nine long-haul and six shuttle platforms,  customs and immigration facilities, departure lounges, duty free and other retail outlets. A key element is a dramatic steel and glass roof structure above the  entrance. 

“This is a very significant contract win and evidence of our strength of capability and reputation for quality in the region,” said Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler. “We are pleased that MTR Corporation has chosen to continue the long association with Gammon, significantly extending our scope of work on this project which, when complete, will provide a world class rail terminus and serve as an international gateway to China.”

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Bob Cooke, acting managing director of Leighton - Asia, India & Offshore said:  “We are delighted to win this landmark project with a client with whom we share a  long and successful relationship. It aligns with our strategic imperative to deliver major infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, one of the most advanced  infrastructure markets in the world.”

This is the second XRL contract secured by the joint venture, following the award of the West Kowloon Terminus Approach Tunnel South in 2010.

Construction begins this month with an expected completion date in 2015.

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