The Hong Kong Social Welfare Department has hired Mott MacDonald as the building services sub-consultancy for the design and construction of the city’s ninth integrated rehabilitation services complex for disabled residents in the city. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.
The Hong Kong Social Welfare Department (SWD), founded in 1958, is the arm of the Hong Kong Government that is responsible for welfare services to the community. The department supports a range of people, including the elderly, street sleepers, drug users, those with mental illness and physical disabilities, among others. SWD operates on an annual budget of around £6 billion, mainly for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance – a basic welfare payment for those on low income.
As part of its wider support programmes, the Hong Kong SWD runs a network of integrated rehabilitation service units for disabled residents across the city. As it stands there are eight such centres in Hong Kong, with a tender for the construction of a new centre, for East Kowloon, Hong Kong, announced last year.
Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the SWD, following a successful tender, to provide building services sub-consultancy for the latest rehabilitation centre. The new hub will be located at the former Kai Nang Sheltered Workshop and Hostel in Kwun Tong and provide a range of services, including residential care places and day training spaces. The consultancy firm will provide design offerings, as well as supervise construction of the project.
Clarence Liu, Mott MacDonald’s Project Director, says, “We have worked on a number of significant hospital redevelopment projects in Hong Kong and it makes us proud to see how citizens have benefited from our works. This commission further demonstrates our leading design position in the country for healthcare facilities.”