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02Aug91 HONG KONG: BRITISH FIRMS VIE FOR AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME'S FIRST SCHEME.

By Keith WallisAnglo-Japanese Construction (AJC), the Trafalgar House and Costain group, was one of five groups issued with tender documents yesterday (Wednesday) for the construction of the Tsing Ma bridge, part of the £700 million Lantau fixed crossing in Hong Kong.The scheme is the first of 10 projects under the Airport Core Programme (ACP) to come out to tender.AJC also includes Mitsui, the Japanese contractor.Another of the five, Hong Kong International Consortium, includes Kier International and Franki Kier International and Franki Kier, both part of Beazer.All the ventures will have four and a half months to prepare their tenders, with bids due back just before Christmas.Documents for the second part of the Lantau crossing, the design and construction of the Kap Shui Man bridge and Ma Wan viaduct, will be issued to the same five groups and South Korea's Hyundai Construction, at the end of September.The partnerships will be allowed five months to prepare their offers, which are due for return at the end of February.Work on the Tsing Ma link involves the construction of a 2,032 m-long suspension bridge from Ma Wan to Tsing Yi islands. It will be a double decked structure, and, with a main span of 1,377 m, it will be one of the longest suspension bridges in Asia.Designs have been prepared by Mott MacDonald and call for a dual three-lane carriageway above two railway lines which form a high-speed railway between the proposed airport at Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island, and the rest of Hong Kong.The Kap Shui Mun bridge will be 670 m long and will connect Lantau Island with Ma Wan. The 550 m long viadcut will run across Ma Wan to connect the two main structures.The Hong Kong government has allowed five years for the completion of the Lantau crossing, although it believes an earlier finish is possible.However, the government has insisted the Lantau link be substantially complete in 51 months to allow the installation of railway trackwork and associated mechanical and electrical installation to take place.Meanwhile, the government's finance committee has issued revised cost estimates for other projects included in the airport core programme (ACP).Construction of the single runway airport at Chek Lap Kok will cost HK$43,100 million (£3,420 million).This is made up by $3,100 million (£246 million) from the capital works fund, $13,800 million (£1,095 million) in government equity, $16,500 million (£1,310 million) of borrowing by the Provisional Airport Authority (PAA) and $10,200 million (£810 million) of private investment.West Kowloon reclamation will cost $9,000 million (£715 million) funded by the capital works reserve fund. The west Kowloon expressway is costed at $1,700 million (£135 million) and will be paid for through the capital works fund.CWRF will also finance the 31 km North Lantau expressway, estimated at $4,300 million (£341 million), the first phase of the Tung Chung new town development, costed at $2,600 million (£206 million), utilitiespriced at $1,500 million (£119 million) and the first place of Route 3 from the southern tip of Kowloon to an airport interchange near Tsing Yi billed at $5,600 million (£444 million). Central and Wanchai reclamation will also cost $1,800 million (£143 million).The private sector, through a finance, design, build, own, operate and transfer concession, will finance the 1.5 km Western Harbour Crossing. This $3,900 million (£310 million) scheme will provide a third crossing of Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon.The Mass Transit Railway Corporation will also finance, through government equity bond issues and borrowings, construction to the airport railway. The revised 1991 estimate is $12,500 million (£1,000 million).The government has also confirmed construction of all major on-airport facilities, except the passenger terminal, which will be funded and managed by the private sector. PAA is looking at ways construction of the terminal could be privately financed.Gammon Construction, jointly owned by Trafalgar House and Swire, is one of several firms bidding for the phase one expansion of the south apron at Hong Kong's present airport, Kai Tak.Bids are due back on August 9, ready for work to start in October. The 22-month scheme entails the construction of 13,000 sq m of aircraft pavement, a taxiway bridge and a second bridge over the Kai Tak Nullah to connect the apron area with the other airport facilities.Prequalified groups for the Lantau fixed crossing. Hong KongTsing Ma suspension bridge and the Kap Shui Mun bridge/Ma Wan Island viaduct:- Anglo Japanese Construction: Trafalgar House (Cementation, Gammon, Dorman Long), Costain and Mitsui.- Hong Kong International Consortium: Bouygues, Dragages, Beazer, Hochtief, Leighton Contractors (Asia), Shui On Contractors, Impregilo and American Bridge.- Nishmatsu Construction, Nissho Iwai, Nippon Steel, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kumagi Japan and C Itoh.- Philipp Holzmann and Hsing Chong Construction.- Hopewell Holdings and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries.Kap Shui Mun Bridge/Ma Wan Island viaduct only:- Hyundai Construction.