When the British retreated gracefully from Hong Kong in the mid 1990s, they commissioned the building of Chek Lap Kok Airport, one of the largest infrastructure and airport developments ever undertaken.

Contractors were sourced from all over the world, and the end product was a testament to the ingenuity and resolve of the Hong Kong Chinese. Featuring vast areas of glass, aluminium cladding and standing seam roofs, the airport was one of the largest buildings in floor area ever constructed. It…