Gammon Construction, a Hong Kong construction firm owned 50 per cent by Balfour Beatty, has won a design and build contract for a major strategic road in the country worth £720m.
The HKSAR Highways contract is the largest solo civil engineering contract ever awarded to Gammon.
It will include a 1.6km 2-lane sea viaduct between the hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, boundary crossing facilities and North Lantau.
It will also involve nine smaller approach viaducts.
Work is due to start in June this year, with full completion by April 2017.
Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said: “Balfour Beatty is a diverse business with the capability to design, construct, manage and finance major infrastructure projects all around the world. Complex transport challenges like this sea viaduct are where we have particular expertise and this contract award shows just how valued those skills and experience are.
“It’s great news that this project will generate more than 1,500 local jobs. It demonstrates the value that investment in big infrastructure projects can bring to the local economy.”