• Capabilities: Engineering

West Kowloon Cultural District, The park development, HKSAR

Hong Kong - Buildings sited to minimise impacts to surrounding infrastructure and integrated with extensive landscaping and public open space.

The development comprises a Park, Retail Dining and Entertainment Facilities, Freespace (a 2 storey Black Box Theatre accommodating 450 people seated or 1,000 standing and an Outdoor Stage), cultural boulevard (provides a meandered pathway with shaded trees and shelters providing linkage among various facilities), waterfront promenade (a continuous 270 degrees harbour front view), double edge (organic shaped element which allows the provision of shaded seating and viewing platform at different levels and which introduces topographical changes within the Park)  and provision of all infrastructure (roads, drainage, sewerage, water, electricity, telecoms) necessary to support the Park and associated facilities. Our scope also included a 3-storey underground car park in the form of a basement structure accommodating 200 nos. car parking spaces beneath the M+ Interfacing Park and the 2500m2 waterfront promenade in front of the M+ Museum and abutting existing seawall with a complicated network of underground infrastructure, utilities and services. 

Our Role

Arcadis provided concept, schematic, detail designs, tender documentation and construction supervision for all Structural, Civil, Geotechnical, Building Services, Structural Surveying, Façade, Environmental, Sustainable Design, Green Building, BEAM+, Traffic and Marine.

Key Challenges

The depth to rock in the area is deep and cost-effective foundation solutions were required.

Innovation/Best Practice

Advantage was taken of the relatively stiff nature of the ageing reclamation. Stringent plate load tests were carried out to validate the bearing capacity enabling use of shallow foundations in lieu of lengthy pre-bored H-piles, thereby saving millions of dollars. The structural design of the theatre had to accommodate very strict acoustic requirements dictating special double wall construction and box in box techniques. The design was documented using BIM Revit software. Separate models for Structure, Building Services and Civil works were completed. The Structural and Architectural model were first aligned with each other and then all the engineering models were combined through Arcadis’ BIM Manager to analyse and remove clashes.

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