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Gammon Wins HK$2-Billion HKU Centennial Campus Contract

Gammon Construction Limited has been awarded a HK$1.97-billion contract by The University of Hong Kong (HKU) for the construction of the Centennial Campus. This is the second contract won by Gammon for the Centennial Campus project, following the recent completion of the re-provisioning work on the reservoirs.

Construction of the project will commence in mid-September 2009 and is expected to have occupation permit issued in December 2011 and overall completion in March 2012.

Commenting on the award of the contract, Mr. Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon, said, "We are particularly delighted that our technical competence and innovations have once again been recognized. We are fully committed to delivering this new state-of-the-art campus of the highest quality while maintaining excellent standards of safety and plan to ensure that the project is certified Platinum in HK-BEAM."

This contract involves two packages. The first one, which includes the Campus itself, covers the construction of two 9-storey and one 10-storey academic building with three-level basements and three-level podiums, providing a total construction floor area of 84,000 sq m. It also includes site formation and slope works; piling and foundation works; and the demolition of the existing Freshwater Services Reservoir.

The second one covers University Street Phase 1 and comprises the construction of the West Gate Lift Tower and Footbridge to connect the new campus with the future MTR station, and an Open Footbridge that will link with the Chow Yei Ching Building. The restoration of three heritage buildings and landscaping works are also part of the second package.

Among the operational challenges this contract tackles are a large amount of site formation works, and access constraints caused by the steep site. Given the existing WSD pipe gallery and water reservoirs near the site, as well as the limited working area for foundation and Excavation and Lateral Support (ELS) works, sophisticated coordination and careful planning are required to ensure that the project is completed smoothly. Gammon will implement stringent measures to minimize disturbance to the university and its neighbourhood during the construction period, including instituting a programme to monitor noise and dust.

To ensure a safer and better working environment, a range of measures will be implemented, including reducing site waste, lowering energy use, and using recycled temporary and permanent materials. Sustainability will be top of mind and raised in every aspect of the project, including using intelligent building materials and natural energy, recycling grey water, green roofs and natural ventilation.

Gammon will also take extra care, with meticulous planning and measures, to preserve the three graded waterworks buildings of unique historic and heritage value throughout the project.

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

Candy Chan    Tel: + 852 2516 8733