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12May94 HONG KONG: GAMMON CUTS IN WITH LOWEST KOWLOON BID.

Trafalgar House subsidiary Gammon came in with the lowest bid of HK$580 million (£50 million) for the contract to widen the Lung Cheung and Ching Cheung Roads in north west Kowloon.Bids for the job of increasing the 2 km route from two to three lanes closed last week. The second highest bidder was Kier International at HK$622 million (£54 million), ahead of local firm Shin On. Other bids came from: Aoki of Japan, German-owned Franki, and Hong Kong contractor Paul Y.At the request of the contractors the tender deadline was extended by a week. But the Hong Kong Highways Department only agreed to this on condition that the seven days were taken out of the 1,095 day work programme. Completion is scheduled for July 1997.The Lung Cheung works include construction of 2,200 sq m of retaining wall, and 18,000 sq m of elevated structure supported on piers founded on large diameter piles through existing slopes between Butterfly Valley and Tai Po Road.Foundations will have to be hand dug because of the steepness of the slopes.There is also an additional 12,000 sq m of elevated structure to form an interchange, and associated access and improvement works, as well as the reconstruction of the existing road between Butterfly Valley and Tai Po Road.Consulting engineer for the project is P Y Pun and Arup Consultants, and work starts in July.- Gammon and Kier International are set to compete again on the HK$400 million (£34millon), 290m long Tung Chung bridge contract for which bids will be submitted on the May 27. CONSTRUCTION NEWS