Faced with a big pipeline of future projects, the government of Hong Kong has hired UK engineer Mott MacDonald to check the reliability of the special administrative region’s supply of concrete.
The study for the Civil Engineering and Development Department will test Hong Kong’s ability to meet projected demand in the short, medium and long term, and evaluate the impact if there was ever a shortage in supply.
A particular challenge is the scarcity of land in Hong Kong, so Mott MacDonald will identify suitable sites for new batching plants if needed.
"With large-scale developments, such as public housing and regional transport networks, being planned for the coming decades, it is of strategic importance to ensure that the supply chain of concrete is capable of meeting the needs of the construction industry," the engineer said Monday.
Sai Ching, Project Director, Mott MacDonald said: "With the continued development of Hong Kong, the amount of construction works and the demand for concrete will remain high in the foreseeable future.
"There is clearly an urgent need to ensure that the strength of the supply chain will be adequate to meet future demand. Land is always in short supply in Hong Kong. Therefore, identifying suitable sites at strategic locations for potential concrete batching plants will be a key task under the Study."
Image: Full view of Kowloon Peninsula and Northern Hong Kong Island (Lichunngai/Public Domain)