Dragages Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has been awarded a design-build contract worth €490M (£404M) to build the Cruise Terminal Building in Hong Kong harbour.
The project is to build a harbour terminal building for cruise ships along with supporting facilities. It will be located south of the now closed Kai Tak airport and will be capable of berthing two 8,000-passenger mega cruise liners simultaneously.
The building has been designed by architects Foster + Partners and Wong Tung & Partners and will consist of a three-storey open plan landscaped structure.
The project has been designed to comply with the demands of Hong Kong BEAM certification, a green building label awarded by the Hong Kong authorities. This means the building will need to meet a number of sustainable targets such as reduced energy consumption and increased recycling.
Work has recently begun and will last two and a half years, requiring about 3,000 strong workforce during peak periods. The terminal building and the first berth are scheduled to come into operation in mid-2013. More than 5,000 jobs will be created once the facility is fully operational.
The terminal will be one of the world’s most modern cruise ship berthing facilities, and will strengthen Hong Kong’s standing among the region’s principal cruise hubs.