Breaking the mould
Mace was appointed to deliver the Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3 development as Executive Project Manager, in late 2010. The appointment is considered rare in Hong Kong, as major programmes in the territory are usually managed by the client’s in-house team and administered by the lead architect. The £420 million (HK$4.5 billion) scheme is comprised of over 105,000 square metres of new office space, laboratories, mixed-use space and associated infrastructure.
The ‘Executive’ Project Management role meant we were given overall accountability for the works, from the initial design stages, including design completeness and buildability, through to construction and handover, operational integration and overall cost control. In addition to our core team, we were also made responsible for the recruitment, management and deployment of the resident site staff team (RSS), responsible for the supervision and management of the works, who are typically employed directly by the client. This closer working relationship with the RSS has allowed for a much more collaborative team approach throughout the project, a benefit which was recognised when the team won ‘Best Project Team of the Year’ at the RICS Hong Kong Property Awards for two years running.
Three times three
We carried out a comprehensive programme of value management and engineering, delivering the client's requirements, with a bottom line saving in the region of 14% of the total estimated project cost. This included revising the overall masterplan, upgrading the district cooling system so eliminating the need for a new energy tower, and designing the laboratories to deliver essential ‘core provisions’ rather than a comprehensive fit-out. Some research and development (R&D) office spaces were also developed for potential use as ‘dry’ laboratories.
Green to the core
Phase 3 of the Science Park was planned to act as a hub for green technology to showcase new building technologies, and obtain LEED and BEAM Plus ‘Platinum’ accreditation. Some of these technologies were essentially prototypes developed with existing Science Park tenants like the tensile canopy integrated flexible PV. The objectives have been more than realised, and testament to that is building 12W being the first LEED (C&S) version 2009 Platinum office building in Hong Kong. Furthermore the project has won the Hong Kong Green Building Council Grand Award in both buildings under design and completed buildings categories. The design is predicted to save over 40% more energy than the current government targets for similar buildings.