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Hong Kong government to use NEC3 contracts

The Hong Kong government has announced it will use NEC3 contracts for all its projects put out for tender in 2015/16, following a series of pilot projects.

Among the pilots that validated the NEC3 approach were two schemes carried out for the government’s Drainage Services Department:

  • The HK$76M (£5.9M) Fuk Man Road nullah improvement project in Sai Kung town, which used ECC Option C, involved decking over a 180m long, 12m wide open nullah, or dry river bank and construction of an urban park over the top
  • The £53M Happy Valley underground storm water storage scheme is the largest NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) option C awarded by the Hong Kong government to date.

NEC general manager Rekha Thawrani said: “With interest and uptake of NEC products and services increasing threefold since 2012 we’re thrilled to announce this new partnership with the Hong Kong Government. Since the launch of NEC3 we have been used globally to successfully deliver some of today’s biggest infrastructures and frameworks and we hope this new partnership will continue to develop over the next few years.

“The Hong Kong government interest in NEC originated back to the 2001 Tang report on the construction industry, which focused on a need to improve the way in which projects are delivered, how risks are shared, how industry participants interact, and ethical standards adopted by participants at all levels in construction contracts. NEC contracts were found to reflect these values and because they are drafted for international use, their potential in achieving these goals was realised.”

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