A joint venture involving construction giant Leighton Holdings has secured a contract to build the main building through which passengers travelling along an iconic new bridge linking Macau to Hong Kong will pass.

On Monday, the company announced that Leighton Asia, an 80:20 joint venture between Leighton and Hong Kong construction company Chun Wo, had been awarded the $AU1.16 billion contract to build the Passenger Clearance Building for the boundary crossing facilities on the Hong Kong side of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai—Macao Bridge.

The project concerns a series of 50-kilometre bridges and tunnels linking Hong Kong with the Chinese tourism island of Macau and the southern China city of Zhuhai.

Set to be located on an artificial island of about 130 hectares reclaimed from the open waters off the northeast of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the new facilities will serve as a transportation hub and provide clearance facilities for goods and passengers respectively using the HZMB.

The scope of work performed by the JV includes bored pile foundations, reinforced concrete structure, profiled steel roof, curtain walling and glazing, architectural finishes and mechanical and electrical work, with prefabrication set to be used where possible to ensure construction efficiency.

Company managing director of Leighton Asia, India and Offshore Ian Edwards welcomed the new contract, saying it built on previous Leighton work in the region and would deliver a project of significant benefit.

“This is an exciting project to be undertaken by Leighton and we are pleased to be entering into it with our valued joint venture partner, Chun Wo,” he said.

Leighton has 23 past and present projects in Hong Kong, including current work on the Express Rail Link linking Hong Kong to Mainland China and the recent completion of a major land reclamation project.

Construction of the new building is set to commence immediately and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

 Macao Bridge