PYE Sponsors “All About Engineering − Constructions in Central District” Cultural Tour2018-02-09
Central, Hong Kong's bustling CBD, is the heart of Hong Kong and a prime site. It took over a century for this busy district to become the gleaming sight that it is today, with significant high-rises and complex structures crowding the narrow coastline. Walk through Central and you will find yourself surrounded by many of PYE’s signature construction projects.
On 3 February 2018, PYE conducted an “All About Engineering – Constructions in Central District” cultural tour organised by the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe). Our engineers were invited to act as docents for the tour and share their personal experiences, such as the challenges of undertaking construction projects in Central, with participants. Members of the public had the opportunity to gain valuable insights into how engineers use technology in a wide range of purposes, from protecting heritage buildings to constructing pedestrian subways, skyscrapers and the Mid-Levels escalator system.
Precious experience sharing
The entire project took months of preparation. We conducted research, including interviews, and consolidated the information for the tour. We are grateful for the precious time that our colleagues, Mr Andrew Kwong, Chief Technical Director; Mr Kinson Lee, General Manager; Mr Eddie Yeung, Deputy General Manager; Mr Cheng Kam-man, Senior Project Manager; Mr Ken Mao, Senior Technical Manager-BIM; and Mr Sze Yat Sun, retired Works Manager who participated in the relevant construction projects in Central, spent sharing their personal experiences and stories with us.
Engineers as docents
The icy temperature on the day of the tour did not reduce the interest of the participants. A group of around 30 people joined our walk through various PYE landmark construction projects in Central, namely the China Construction Bank Tower, Cheung Kong Center, Central Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System and The Center. Guided by Mr Andrew Kwong, Mr Ken Mao and Mr Lau Kwok Wai, Executive Director of CACHe, they learned a great deal about construction, including processes such as top-down methods; hand-dug caissons adopted in accordance with the geographic environment; and conservation of historical buildings. They also learned how BIM technology has been facilitating efficient construction in recent years.
In this way, the Group hopes to share the related technology, knowledge, wisdom and stories about building construction in Hong Kong so that the public may know the finer details of Hong Kong’s urban construction.