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Project compendium: Atkins

NCE profiles Atkin’s role in the Hong Kong MTR

Project Description

Hong Kong’s railway network, which is already among the most advanced in the world, is currently undergoing a major expansion with implementation of several new lines in progress.

Atkins’ Role

Atkins is delivering multidisciplinary services, including project and design management and a wide range of technical services for several sections of these new lines:

■ West Island Line: lead consultant in JV for detailed design for the tunnels between Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town Stations and the detailed design of Sai Ying Pun and University stations.

■ Shatin to Central Link: Atkins was lead consultant for preliminary design studies of the North South Corridor; sub-consultant on preliminary design of the East-West Corridor; and has started detailed design of the new Hung Hom Station and associated tunnels.

■ Express Rail Link: Atkins was lead consultant in JV for the preliminary design of the project tunnels and is lead consultant for the detailed design for C802 Tunnels and Structures (South) and sub-consultant on C803 Tunnels and Structures (North).

■ South Island Line (East): Detailed design of the 3km above-ground section of the railway with two new stations, 2.3km of viaduct and a 250m long bridge over Aberdeen Harbour.


The new lines include a broad spectrum of construction techniques. Key challenges range from the large scale and tight programmes associated with the projects to the logistics of major construction in heavily developed areas while causing minimal disruption. A significant proportion of the works will involve complex works tunnelling in close proximity to existing buildings. Another key challenge has been the development of efficient interchange stations and the consequent need to work in and around the operating railway.


Atkins’ work on the current programme of work started in January 2008, on the West Island Line, and is scheduled to continue until 2015.

For more information visit the Atkins website

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