Hong Kong Races Toward 1997

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 7, Pg. 46-48

Document Type: Feature article


A summary of a May 1988 visit to the Third International Tall Buildings Conference in Hong Kong is presented, including excerpts from presentations on current Hong Kong construction projects and practices. In general, there is accelerated construction activity related to the 1997 date by which time the city-state reverts from British government back to the Chinese. Developers want to get their investments back, and fast-track construction is the order of the day. A new exhibit/convention center complex with two hotels and office and residential towers is described in detail. Many hotels and office buildings are being built, as well as a second major tunnel to the New Territories. New cities are springing up in the New Territories and millions of people live in residential towers that have been built in the last decade. There are several privatization schemes for future infrastructure expansion in the area. Hong Kong engineers estimate some $3 billion will be spent on such projects in the next decade. Some construction projects in China are also described, including a new hotel in Shanghai.

Subject Headings: Commercial buildings | Project management | Residential construction | High-rise buildings | Construction management | Government | Investments | Fast track construction | Hong Kong | China | Asia | Shanghai

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