Mott MacDonald wins tunneling contract in Hong Kong

UK consulting engineer Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) to undertake the detailed design of a 2.6km set of tunnels.

The tunnels will house an automated people mover and baggage-handling systems, which will serve the concourse of the proposed third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).  

The project consists of multiple cell cut-and-cover tunnels that will connect Terminal 2 and an automated people mover depot at one end with the proposed third runway concourse at the other.

Most of the tunnels will be constructed on land newly reclaimed from the South China Sea.  

Robin Wong, Mott MacDonald’s project manager, said: "This is a very exciting and challenging project for Mott MacDonald.

"The combination of our tunnel experience and our extensive track record at HKIA has given the AAHK confidence that we will be able to deliver this challenging scheme to the highest standard."

Mott MacDonald has been working continuously at HKIA for more than 20 years, starting with its setting out the development strategy. It also led the design of Terminal 1 and was involved in the design of Terminal 2.

The consultancy is currently working as part of a joint venture to deliver the Midfield Concourse, which opened on schedule at the end of 2015.  

The consultancy was recently appointed to carry out the environmental monitoring and audit for the expansion of the HKIA over the next decade.

Top image: Hong Kong International Airport (Wikimedia Commons/Shizhao)

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