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Hong Kong adopts new approach to landslip contracts

THE HONG KONG Government's Geotechnical Engineering Office has introduced area-based term contracts as a new way of managing its on-going landslip preventive measures programme (LPM).

Scott Wilson has picked up one the first batches of work under the new approach with a remit to cover the Tseun Wan and Kwai Tsing districts.

Over the next four years, the firm anticipates investigating, designing and supervising construction of slope improvement packages to about 60 government-owned substandard slopes.

In the past slopes have been assessed individually but the new programme will upgrade many slopes at the same time, reducing the overall impact of the work on the public. A Scott Wilson spokesman said the new approach offered scope for improved efficiency in design and construction, and possible cost savings.

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