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Gammon Wins Victoria Park Swimming Pool Complex Contract

Gammon Construction Limited has been awarded a HK$930 million contract for the redevelopment of the Victoria Park Swimming Pool Complex (VPSPC). Under the contract awarded by the Architectural Service Department, the complex will be redeveloped into a high quality facility for international aquatic sports competition and recreation purposes.

This contract involves five sections, and will see a new pool complex constructed to meet the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) standard. The new complex will include a 50x25-metre indoor heated main pool, and a 33x25-metre indoor heated multi-purpose pool that can accommodate more than 2,500 spectators. In addition, provision will be made for shower and toilet facilities in the park management office and the changing rooms.

The area where the existing swimming pools are located will be converted into a handball court, two skating rinks and a landscaped area. In addition, Gammon will refurbish and re-surface the four tennis courts located in the park, and upgrade the lighting system to meet world-class standards.

The area of the site occupies approximately 24,000 square metres, with the total construction floor area consisting of 18,500 square metres. Construction work has commenced in late November 2009. This redevelopment project is expected to take approximately 55 months to complete, and it is projected that the new swimming pool will be open to the public by the third quarter of 2012.

Mr. Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon, said: "We are particularly delighted to win this project because of the complex's long and close association with the neighbourhood. Since the 1950s, the people of Hong Kong have enjoyed the Victoria Park Swimming Pool. I believe our reputation for advanced technology, quality and safety were important factors in winning this contact. We are proud to construct this new pool complex which will enhance the quality of living within the community."

"Sustainability is a top priority concerning every aspect of this project," Mr. Ho added. "Accordingly, Gammon will deploy 'intelligent building materials' and harness natural energy to ensure efficacy. For a safe and unobtrusive working environment, we apply a range of environmental measures in the construction of the new complex, including diligence in reusing waste, reducing energy usage to the lowest possible levels, and using recycled materials as much as the project allows."

Located at the northeast side of the Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, the VPSPC was opened in October 1957. It presently consists of one standard 50-metre main pool, one training pool, one diving pool, one children pool and one paddling pool with a maximum capacity of 1,100 swimmers and 1,700 spectator seats.

Issued by the Corporate Communications Department of Gammon Construction Limited. For further information please contact:

Candy Chan    Tel: + 852 2516 8733