The Hong Kong Housing Society, which is focused on supporting social housing in Hong Kong, has tapped Mott MacDonald as a key advisor to the development of the Tuen Mun River footbridge, as part of its wider revitalisation project. The engineering consulting firm supported the evaluation of options for the bridge, as well as provided consultancy services related to the civil contract tendering process.
Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) traces its roots to efforts formalised in 1948, at the time stemming from key needs from the then war torn city. In the intervening years, different challenges faced the city in terms of housing, with the non-governmental organisation (NGO) endeavouring in each new era to provide affordable housing and related services for the people of Hong Kong.
As part of its wider efforts to serve the city of Hong Kong, the HKHS launched a programme involving a series of revitalisation projects in 2006. The aim of the projects has been to benefit local communities, improve business environments and attract visitors from other districts.
Tuen Mun River footbridge
One of the projects developed by the HKHS is the Tuen Mun River footbridge. The bridge, which spans 85 metres and is made in a traditional Chinese-style, connects Tuen Mun Park and Tin Hau Temple Plaza – as well as being part of the wider Tuen Mun River beautification project.
Building on HKHS’s long tradition with leveraging UK-based expertise, the association tapped Mott MacDonald to provide a range of advisory services in the evaluation of various options developed for the bridge, and to recommend a preferred choice that could be taken through public consultation and construction. The consulting firm also provided a range of auxiliary advisory services, related to the tendering process.
HT Cheng, Mott MacDonald’s Project Director, says regarding the project, “Tuen Mun River footbridge is a contemporary yet traditional concrete structure with Chinese-style materials as finishes. It has been a deeply rewarding project, especially as it has been well received by both local councillors and the general public who have witnessed the entire construction process from commencement to completion.”