Express Rail Link, West Kowloon Terminus
The West Kowloon Terminus (WKT) is one of the largest underground infrastructure projects of its kind, with an area of about 400,000m2.
Designed as the terminal station on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, WKT provides access to high-speed rail services between Hong Kong and Mainland China for 100,000 passengers daily. The station has 15 platforms for both long- and short-haul trains.
Elements of the project included:
- A 1.5m thick diaphragm wall for a station about 30m deep.
- Reconfiguration of existing adjacent traffic roads to access WKT.
- A new traffic interchange, footbridges and subways.
- Approach tunnel and ventilation buildings.
- Grand station entrance with extensive curved structural steel supported on featured mega-columns, warping aluminium panels and insulating glass panels with laminated glass. The curved structural steel roof features extensive landscaping on top of the station.
- Interface and enabling works for the West Kowloon Cultural Centre and property development above the terminus.
Currie & Brown was selected as project cost controller to assist with design development and provide cost planning, quantity surveying, risk management, cost control and value engineering services and tender documentation for the project.
Our full-time involvement in the pre-tender stage enabled constant communication with the design team to ensure that the project stayed within the specified budget as the design continued to evolve. Our extensive experience with projects of this scale allowed the in-house team to focus on their individual tasks while we managed wider issues related to the project.
After the commencement of the work, we seconded a team of 16 staff on site to handle all the contract variations arising from the works.