New Mong-Ha rebuilding contract worth MOP1.78 bln

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The MSAR government has awarded the new construction contract of the Mong Ha Social Housing Phase 2 and the reconstruction of the basement area of the Mong Ha Sports Pavilion to Zhen Haw Harbour Construction Co Ltd and Companhia de Construção & Engenharia Shing Lung Limitada. The contract is worth a total of MOP1.78 billion (US$222.5 million).
According to yesterday’s Official Gazette, the MSAR government will pay the two companies in six instalments, of which some MOP230 million, MOP150 million and MOP220 million will be respectively paid this year and in 2018 and 2019, while the remaining amounts of MOP530 million, MOP600 million and MOP50.1 million will be paid by the authorities between 2020 and 2022.
A recent bid notice from the Infrastructure Development Office indicates the construction is expected to begin during this quarter with a maximum period of 1,470 working days, with the department stating it will also apply daily penalties for any construction delays.
This re-awarding of the contract follows the government settling its legal disputes with the project’s first project contractor, which resulted in the project being suspended for four years.
In 2011, the government opened bids for the construction contract for the first time, with local enterprise Hobbs Construction Company Limited winning the tender for MOP685 million, from among 16 other rival bids.
The Mong Ha Social Housing Phase 2, occupying a total area of 87,500 square metres, will be a 37-storey complex, including 768 residential units, community facilities, shops, a public car park, a bus transit station and a podium garden.
In addition, the five-storey Mong Ha Sports Pavilion will be a multi-functional sports centre, providing a basketball court, a handball court, a 5-a-side football pitch, a badminton court, a squash court, a basement area car park and a tour bus station.