Arup, in joint venture with Highway & Planning Design Institute (Beijing), COWI, First Harbour and Shanghai Tunnel have been appointed to carry out the preliminary design of the main section of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge: a 38km fixed crossing in the South China Sea, linking the three cities.
Arup’s involvement is in the design of bridges, the immersed tube tunnel and the foundation design of the artificial islands. Arup is also involved in the design of the link in Hong Kong waters comprising of viaducts and the Boundary Crossing Facilities.
Construction is planned to start in late 2009/early2010 and the bridge is to be completed by 2015. It is the first major sea-going combined bridge and tunnel project in China.