The contract for the first section of the 29.6km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is worth HK$12.9bn (£1.08bn) including provisional sums. Bouygues Construction is recording an order value of HK$6.3bn.
Work involves construction of of the first section of the bridge that will link Hong Kong and the cities of Zhuhai and Macao. The joint venture will build a 9.4km section of the bridge from the airport island to the boundary of Hong Kong territorial waters. This bridge will take a dual three-lane road over Hong Kong’s deep western waters.
Bouygues Construction said that completion of the project brings a number of major challenges. The bulk of the works are to be completed using marine-based equipment, requiring special logistical arrangements. At the same time, navigational channels must be maintained open throughout construction. Proximity to the airport means that strict height restrictions will also need to be observed.
Work will start shortly and will involve 800 staff at peak periods and close to 400 people in the manufacture of the structural components. The project will last nearly four and a half years, with handover planned in 2016.