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Pak Wai Lau

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Pak Wai Lau grew up in the UK and joined Atkins in Hong Kong - the place of his birth - in 1997.

He has worked on a succession of huge projects, including the HK$2bn (£143M) Tseun Wan West station on the KCRC (Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation) West Rail scheme and the HK$4bn (£287M) Central Reclamation project in Victoria Harbour.

He became chartered in 2000, just three years after starting on a graduate training programme, putting this success down to the opportunities he had to work on site.

'We had very good, experienced chief engineers who would promote the graduates to be proactive and take the lead in sorting out issues. It gave me confidence in going on site and speaking to the contractor, ' says Lau.

Still only 31, Lau has just completed a role as design manager for two stations on the £215M Admiralty to Central West section of the KCRC Shatin to Central Link.

'It was a very challenging and high responsibility role, ' he says.

'On my previous design liaison role the design had already been undertaken and construction was under way. With this new role I was starting from scratch with the scheme designs, then taking them forward to scheme development and getting approvals from government departments.'

The project included a new station in the built up Central district. 'We had a very limited route that our underground railway could go through, so the station was forced to be relatively deep, with lift shafts up to 80m deep.

There was very little space in the centre, and finding locations for the entrances was a very big challenge.'

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