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Balfour JV wins £550m Hong Kong theatre complex

Balfour Beatty’s international joint venture Gammon Construction has been picked to build a £551m Hong Kong complex featuring three theatres. 

The HK$5.5bn works contract will see Gammon build the final phase of a complex in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon district, and will include the construction of three theatres: a 1,450-seat auditorium, a 600-seat theatre and a 270-seat studio theatre.

The complex will also include a number of dance and rehearsal studios, restaurants, offices and information centres.

Gammon Construction is a 50:50 JV between Balfour and Hong-Kong-based Jardine Matheson.

The project has been awarded by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), which previously handed Gammon the first two phases of the scheme.

Gammon scooped the first package in 2016, which covered foundation works.

In January 2018, Gammon was awarded the contract to deliver the public infrastructure and extended basement works.

This third contract will form the final stage of the Lyric Theatre development.

In line with Balfour Beatty’s strategy to reduce onsite activity 25 per cent by 2025, Gammon plans to adopt an integrated digital project delivery system for the project.

Gammon chief executive Thomas Ho said: “We are delighted WKCDA has once again selected Gammon to work with them, for what will be the final stage of this world-class arts and cultural facility.

“We will bring the level of service and quality necessary to realise the architect’s vision on this complex project, for the benefit of the dance and theatrical communities of Hong Kong and its patrons.”

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