Having now become a feature on the urban infrastructure calendar this year the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure did not disappoint attendees looking for updates on over HKD200bil in government projects that are currently underway in Hong Kong. Head of MTR projects TC Chew outlined current thinking in rail projects including an east west line in the north of Hong Kong potentially linking the proposed new development areas in the new territories. Meanwhile speakers from the development bureau, the CEDD and the airport authority outlined other innovative solutions to urban land requirements including further reclamation and developing underground land.
Two other stand out presentation were King & Wood Mallesons game show styled presentation and Construction Association Chair, Thomas Ho’s, moving assessment of the future of the industry. For the industry to be truly sustainable it must not just be green but take case of the workers that contribute to it. The next conference in Facility Media’s urban infrastructure serried is on Transport Oriented Development (TOD) to be held in June, 2013.
Regional legal powerhouse King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) partner and infrastructure practice leader Paul Starr will discuss legal challenges faced by parties involved in over HK$2bil worth of development projects currently planned in Hong Kong at the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference on 31 January 2013. Starr, a leading construction and dispute resolution lawyer in Asia, will focus on how the legal landscape has developed in recent years with law firms now advising on new contract and partnership forms, such as NEC, along with innovative and speedy dispute resolution measures.
Recognised as one of the top global infrastructure dispute specialists, Starr’s discussion will touch on the following hot topics:
- Fair allocation of risk
- Proper dispute resolution
- Avoidance of dinosaur contracting
These topics will be raised with a focus on how to develop practical solutions to legal challenges that meet objectives appropriate to the context of the deal, while offering sufficient protection to infrastructure and construction businesses.
Keeping up to date with developments in this area is vital for both public and private sector participants in the infrastructure and construction arena. Attending the conference will give delegates the opportunity to learn from a range of expert speakers, as well as to network with hundreds of other professionals facing the similar challenges.
KWM will be joining a line up of expert speakers that include many government representatives, including top-level speakers from the Development Bureau, the MTR and various other authorities.Read more on King & Wood Mallesons shares insights on managing legal issues in infrastructure development and construction projects at the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure 2013…
Participating for a second year in a row, Phillips have chosen to demonstrate why sustainable lighting solutions make sense in large urban infrastructure projects at the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference 31 January 2013 in Hong Kong. Taking a longer term view of quality, maintenance, energy usage and replacement values, Phillips are demonstrating that energy efficient lighting offers both cost and quality benefits for teams wanting a solution that works for the lifecycle of the project not just for the opening ceremony.
As a global leader in the lighting industry, Philips strives to harness new technology and advanced methodology, to create solutions for illuminating the streets of developing cities in a sustainable manner. According to a spokes person “Our solutions can save up to 44% in terms of energy consumption, and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions while ensuring that roads are safe and comfortably illuminated.”Read more on Phillips demonstrate new sustainable lighting solutions for urban environments at Sustainable Urban Infrastructure 2013…
With only 3 weeks left to go Mr Thomas Ho, JP, President of the Hong Kong Construction Association will discuss Hong Kong Construction Industry Vision 2020 – Building a city, building a society at the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference, Hong Kong 30 January 2013. He will be joined by senior government and industry speakers who will discuss the monumental changes in the industry brought about through the move towards sustainability, new contracts, such as the NEC, as well as technological advances that are altering the industry from within.
Comprehensive industry support
The conference is supported by the industry’s leading professional organisations who are offered preferential group discounts for companies and government departments sending multiple delegates. Apart from the Construction Industry Council check if you or your colleagues are members of: RICS, HK Institute of Architects, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Association for Project Management, HK Institute of Planners, AIA and the HK Institute of Landscape Architects.
Get the low down on green initiatives
With the support of the above groups along with environmental crusaders the Business Environment Council and China based Econet, the conference will emphasise Sustainability, which is now a prerequisite in Hong Kong infrastructure projects with practical implications stemming from initial the initial environmental assessments and public consultations through to on site. Don’t miss out on vital updated information from our speakers!
Inside news on Government Projects
With the conference topping 180 senior level delegates for each of the past two years running a great deal of its success is due to high level government participation. This year is no exception with both updates and new projects being discussed by:
- TC Chew, Projects Director, MTRC
- Kevin Poole, Deputy Director – Projects, Airport Authority Hong Kong
- Deputy Director, Drainage Services Department
- Raymond Lee, Head – EKEO, Development Department….amongst others.
Participating for the third time, Chun Wo Development Holdings Ltd (Chun Wo) will sponsor the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference 31 January 2013 in Hong Kong, highlighting their technical expertise and breadth of experience in large urban infrastructure projects. As a listed company and one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most respected construction and development groups, Chun Wo’s participation reflects their elevated position in the world of Hong Kong’s construction industry and position amidst the wide range of high-level attendees that will participate in the event.
Chun Wo has worked on a number of the latest infrastructure projects in Hong Kong including the Central-Wanchai Bypass along with numerous other rail and construction projects. Of particular interest at the SUI conference is the Drainage Services Department project that will see overflow water from the hills around Hong Kong’s Happy Valley area into a massive underground storage facility underneath the world-famous Happy Valley Racecourse. This technically complex, landmark project will be discussed at the SUI Conference buy a representative from the DSD who Chun Wo is working with on the project.
Chun Wo will be joining a range of other sponsors attending the event including Philips, offering solutions in the area of low energy lighting and King & Wood Mallesons, whose construction and dispute management partner and practice lead, Paul Starr, will discuss legal challenges in infrastructure projects.
TC Chew, Projects Director of Hong Kong’s public transportation and property development giant MTR Corporation will deliver a presentation discussing its upcoming rail project developments at the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference 31 January 2013 in Hong Kong. With the MTR’s ongoing project rollout programme underpinned by its commitment to sustainability the conference provides a unique platform to interact with multiple industry participants.
Already the third year that MTRC has spoken at the conference and many of the projects discussed have since enjoyed rapid development. This year Chew will update the industry on the MTR projects such as the new Shatin to Central link and developments in conjunction with the new Kaitak redevelopment, South Island line and other upcoming projects that form part of the MTRC’s expansion strategy.
The MTRC will be joining a line up of expert speakers that include many government representatives including top-level speakers from the development bureau, private sector industry professionals and various other authorities.
Coming on the back of the highly successful Urban Infrastructure 2010 and 2012 Conference, the 2013 Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference (Hong Kong) looks at the various infrastructure plans under development in coming years.
This conference will provide detailed updates on ongoing infrastructure projects in Hong Kong and the Governments commitment to sustainable infrastructure development with over HK$200 billion in investment.
- Hong Kong Interational Airport Development Plans
- East Kowloon Development Progress
- Kai Tak Project Updates
- Proposed New Town at Hung Shui Kiu
- Legal Challenges on large construction projects
- Happy Valley Stormwater Scheme
Plus timely updates on:
- MTR Projects
- West Kowloon Cultural District
- HK – Macau – Zhuhai Bridge
- Sustainability in Construction and Infrastructure projects in HK
CPD Recognition: 6 hours CPD issued by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
CES Recognition: 6 LUs for AIA Hong Kong members