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Two proposals submitted for Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Sports Parks development
The Hong Kong Government is reported to be evaluating bids from two consortia to design, build and operate the planned Kai Tak Sports Park, to be built on the site of the city’s old airport.
With the evaluation of the bids received for the 25-year design, build and operate contract for the precinct currently ongoing, the two frontrunners have been revealed by the South China Morning Post.
With the Hong Kong Government having invited three pre-qualified consortia to submit bids for the project in December last year, the South China Morning Post has revealed that only two final bids were received by the closing date of 10th August, from New World Development and Guangzhou R&F Properties.
The other invited bidder, Dragages Hong Kong, is understood to have withdrawn from the process.
With KPMG and Advisian, together with Leigh and Orange as Technical Services Consultants, as the lead consultants to the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) on the Kai Tak Sports Project, Alastair Graham, KPMG’s Program Director on the Project, stated “we have upwards of 60 consultants working in support of the Home Affairs Bureau on the Tender Evaluation, with the expectation that the tender assessment will be completed and the contract will be awarded before the end of 2018.”
The Hong Kong Government plan for the new Kai Tak Sports Park to comprise of a 50,000-seat stadium, 10,000-seat indoor arena, 5,000-seat sports ground and a 70,000 metre² retail space - within a 28 hectare park.
It is envisaged that construction will be completed between 2022 and 2023.
The Sports Park will provide high-quality sports venues not only for major events but also daily enjoyment by the community. With a wide variety of sports facilities, open space, park features, office accommodation and retail and dining outlets, it is a park to meet the diversified needs of general public, amateur and professional athletes.
The main stadium will offer a seating capacity of around 50,000, with a retractable roof, and will be designed to host international sports events, such as major football and rugby matches, as well as leisure and entertainment events, including concerts, carnivals and large community events.
The multi-purpose indoor sports centre, with a seating capacity of 5,000 to 10,000 depending on event configuration, will provide a playing surface equivalent to around 40 standard badminton courts during non-event days for community badminton, basketball, volleyball and other indoor sports activities.
The public sports ground will offer a seating capacity of around 5,000 and be suitable for school athletic events, local football matches and open for community jogging and exercise.
In addition to a landscaped park and open spaces, the Sports Park will also feature a sports-themed shopping centre for retail, food and beverage. A dining cove will also be developed in conjunction with the Sports Park to enhance the connectivity between the Sports Park and the waterfront.
The Kai Tak Sports Park is the most important investment of the Hong Kong Government in sports infrastructure in recent decades. Occupying 28 hectares of land, the Kai Tak Sports Park is about 9 hectares larger than the Hong Kong's Victoria Park and will contribute significantly to sports development of Hong Kong:
• Promoting the enjoyment and benefits of sports for people of different ages and abilities by providing a wide variety of sports facilities which meet a wide range of different needs of the community
• Attracting more major international sports events to Hong Kong
• Supporting elite athletes by providing more opportunities for them to compete on home ground
Closely connected to local communities, the Sports Park will also provide large areas of landscaped park for daily enjoyment of the community. The multi-purpose sports facilities in the Park will meet the increasing needs for facilities for school sports competition and training.
Kai Tak Sports Park concept images courtesy of the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau.
1st February 2018 - Suppliers sought for Kai Tak Sports Park project
17th January 2018 - Tender documents released for Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Sports Park project
27th December 2017 - Microsoft shares sport fan engagement learnings
1st September 2017 - Six bids submitted for HK$32 billion Kai Tak Sports Park project
11th April 2017 - Hong Kong Sevens continues as the pinnacle of the Sevens World Series
23rd February 2017 - Ambitious plans revealed for HK$32 billion Kai Tak Sports Park
16th November 2016 - Hong Kong Government to stage Kai Tak Sports Park Opportunity Briefing
5th October 2016 - Hong Kong Government to tender Kai Tak Sports Park development in mid 2017
27th January 2014 - Hong Kong’s US$2.9 billion Kai Tak sports complex set for 2020 completion
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