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This Week in Construction (and Other) News | 15 November 2020


The Council for Sustainable Development completed their study on Hong Kong's long-term carbon reduction strategy. Credit: The Standard


It was another interesting week around the world of construction, as:


  • China gets ready to build Asia's largest underground transport hub;

  • Hong Kong targets carbon net-zero emissions by 2050; and

  • The UK's Secretary of State pens a letter to the construction industry.



China Awards Contracts for Asia's Largest Underground Transport Hub


GCR reported last week that a consortium of Chinese contractors has won the right to build a 30.5ha section of what will be Asia's largest underground transport hub. The $590m deal was led by China Construction First Group and was chosen by Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei Intercity Railway Investment Company to build section 3 of the Beijing sub-centre integrated transportation hub (ITH) in the capital's southeast Tongzhou District.

Designed by French company AREP, the hub will sit below what is intended to be Beijing's equivalent of London's Canary Wharf. The structure will incorporate large glazed areas to enhance natural light and allow for the planting of underground trees.



Hong Kong Targets Net Carbon Zero Emissions


Hong Kong has taken an essential step in becoming a greener city by reviewing 55 suggestions for working towards becoming carbon zero. The Council for Sustainable Development has reviewed plans which include encouraging citizens to reuse recycled materials and increasing the applications of electric vehicles.

Importantly, this initiative will also mean the construction industry should see significant changes in future as green construction technologies become the norm rather than the exception.


"As an advanced city with well-developed infrastructure, talents and financial resources, Hong Kong should be able to set an ambitious decarbonisation goal for itself." Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, Council for Sustainable Development

The Standard carries the full story.



Straight from the Heart


The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has written an open letter to those working within the construction sector in the UK. The letter thanks everybody in the construction industry, for continuing to deliver projects despite the challenges of COVID-19.

In an excerpt, Sharma pays tribute to all involved in the construction sector and recognises their contribution to the economy:


"During this difficult Autumn, I want to pay tribute to you and express my admiration for all the work you are doing. Whether working on large or small construction sites, in peoples' homes across the country, in builders' merchants, designing and project managing schemes or producing construction and mineral products, you are making an invaluable contribution in supporting the economy."

You can download the letter in full, from the Gov.UK website.

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