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Old November 21st, 2008, 04:19 AM   #21
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I've seen a couple of proposals floating around, and the expansion plans were supposed to be more than the present construction. More additions were supposed to be reclaimed just off the present Wan Chai Ferry. That piece has been tied up due to environmentalists.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 08:42 PM   #22
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重達240公斤 飛墮會展擴建地盤
工字鐵砸頭安全帽保命

21/11/2008




安全帽救番條命!在灣仔會展擴建地盤,昨晨一名男工人埋首工作時,未察覺頭頂半空剛吊運的一條二百四十公斤重工字鐵疑因鋼纜甩脫跌下,工人被砸中頭部倒地,幸獲安全帽保命,不致被壓爆頭,但頭及腳受傷送院,勞工處正調查意外原因。

未確定是否涉程序出錯
姓施(三十六歲)工人,在會展新翼三號展館擴建地盤工作。昨晨十一時許,施在地面開工時,有工人以吊臂車吊運工字鐵,期間一支吊運中的五點六米長工字鐵,在其頭頂兩米半空掠過,但鋼纜突然甩脫,工字鐵直墮而下,施因未有察覺,故沒有閃避,當場被砸中頭頂,工字鐵隨即將他推跌。

工友見狀大驚,連忙上前查看,為施解下安全帽,發現其頭部受傷,但因有安全帽保護,得以減輕傷勢,其左腳亦撞傷,立即為他急救,同時報警求助,由救護員將他送院救治,警方通知勞工處人員到場調查,暫未確定是否涉吊運程序出錯。

理工大學機械工程學系工程師盧覺強表示,假設工人身高一點六米,若工字鐵從兩米高墮下,撞及工人頭頂的距離約零點四米,時速雖然僅十公里,但產生的撞擊力可達二百八十六公斤,而工字鐵撞及頭頂反彈落地,產生的撞擊力高達六百五十公斤,若被壓尠腳部,可能造成碎骨。

盧續稱,今次工人大難不死,安全帽起了重要作用,因可以卸去九十一公斤下墜力,同時整個人被推開,始避過頭骨碎裂。現時工業安全帽是以碳纖維製造,有足夠的硬度保護工人。他指事故因工人缺乏安全意識引致,只要吊運工人確保吊運物「穩陣」,工人謹記不可在吊運中的重物底下工作,相信意外必可大減。
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Old November 26th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #23
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azXXkoyHqq0

i happened to notice this video on youtube. I think it is featuring an old design, but the construction method is the same.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #24
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會展地盤棚架起火
(星島)11月26日 星期三 20:15

灣仔會展新翼地盤內發生小火,晚上六時許,工人發現棚架安全網及雜物起火,懷疑燒焊時火花掉到棚內有關。消防員接報到場瞬將火救熄,事件中無人受傷,亦無可疑之處。
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Old December 1st, 2008, 04:45 PM   #25
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 07:06 AM   #26
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The first post states that the extension is to be completed by 2015. It looks like the structure is complete and cladding/fitout remains. Not sure if that will take 6 years though!
The pictures refer to the so-called Atrium Link expansion. I believe the Phase III expansion referenced in the article will cover the open area left of the Star Ferry pier where the red covered walkways are in front of the Siemens sign.

Has anyone actually seen renderings of what Phase III will look like? With the slowdown, I'm assuming that this would be one of the projects to keep the construction economy ticking along, but it seems to be very quiet on this front.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 05:27 AM   #27
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Old December 28th, 2008, 11:04 PM   #28
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Old December 29th, 2008, 11:30 PM   #29
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picture from 27. december ... hkskyline, maybe we had meet up anywhere in hkg and just passed by.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 01:46 AM   #30
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Thanks for the update guys!

I personally don't really like the outlook of the extension part, just based on these pictures. I prefer the previous linkage part, which looked much more futuristic.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 01:26 PM   #31
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picture from 27. december ... hkskyline, maybe we had meet up anywhere in hkg and just passed by.
Gosh, just 1 day apart!
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Old April 5th, 2009, 09:18 AM   #32
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recent press release:
http://info.hktdc.com/tdcnews/0904/09040201.htm#

and lots of photos and diagram from this pdf:
http://info.hktdc.com/tdcnews/0904/BOOKLET_ENG.pdf
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Old April 5th, 2009, 05:39 PM   #33
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It's finally done. Good.

No wonder all structures look unusually huge, everything is the "largest" of its kind.
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Old April 7th, 2009, 11:15 AM   #34
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'Bridge' structure used for centre's expansion
7 April 2009
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The architect behind the expansion of the Convention and Exhibition Centre has revealed how a bridge-construction method was adopted to avoid reclamation.

The HK$1.4 billion project, which has expanded the atrium between phase one and phase two of the centre, has just been completed and will be used for an electronics fair next week. Architect Lam Wo-hei said the bridge method was adopted because the atrium spanned a 90-metre-wide water channel.

"We could not insert piles into the seabed as it would clash with a planned road, P2, and the Sha Tin-Central rail link, which will run through the channel bed," Mr Lam said, adding that harbour reclamation was strictly restricted since a court ruling in 2004.

He said supporting pillars could only be used on the channel banks but not the seabed. So instead of building the structure from bottom to top, an unconventional "top-down" approach was used.

This involved using five huge steel trusses - each weighing between 1,700 and 2,100 tonnes - that spanned the channel and which were strong enough to support pillars and other structures from the roof. The bridge approach raised the construction cost by about 10 per cent, he said.

A total of 28,000 tonnes of steel was used in the project, almost equivalent to that used in the commercial tower Two IFC.

Mr Lam said this method was seldom used in ordinary construction. A few exceptions included Charing Cross railway station in London and the AsiaWorld-Expo on Lantau, but they were of a smaller scale.

The project, funded by the Trade Development Council, adds 19,400 square metres of space to the atrium to house about 1,000 booths.

RTHK will launch a two-episode documentary series on the construction process and the conference industry on Thursday.
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Old April 7th, 2009, 12:15 PM   #35
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wow, there will be a RTHK documentary for that? cool

the only other "bridge" construction i can think of is at the IFC shopping malls, the two spanning "bridge" that connect the HK station and the shopping mall at the east/west side.
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Old April 10th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #36
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New center is a real showstopper
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The much-awaited opening of the HK$1.4 billion extension to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre extension will take place on April 13, showcasing the Hong Kong Electronics Fair.

The 19,400-square-meter addition means 42 percent more space for exhibitors and 3,600 new jobs, said Hong Kong Trade Development Council executive director Fred Lam Tin-fuk. And economic payoffs of the extension from now until 2025 are estimated at HK$40 billion and 92,000 jobs.

An electronics fair held in 2007 had to turn away 2,000 merchants due to lack of space.

"I have confidence many exhibits in the future will be able to use all of our space," Lam said as he acted as guide for the media at the extension, where workers were busy yesterday with final touches on the Wan Chai project.

Lam estimated that about 30 established fairs will be using the new facilities.

"Even with the financial tsunami affecting the percentage of buyers showing up at fairs globally, the decrease in Hong Kong has only been single digit," he said. "We have even been seeing an increase in Asian and mainland buyers."

The regular cancellation rate of exhibitors is 20 to 30 percent, he said, and the onset of the financial crisis had not seen a significant change in the pattern.

About 20 new fairs are also on the way, comprising such industries as baby products, funeral services and medical equipment.

Started in May 2006, the extension takes the total area of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 46,608 square meters to 66,608. Trucks will also be able to reach directly to exhibition area on upper levels.

A further extension is on the drawing board to takethe venue to more than 100,000 square meters, though that has still be be cleared by the government.
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wow, there will be a RTHK documentary for that? cool

the only other "bridge" construction i can think of is at the IFC shopping malls, the two spanning "bridge" that connect the HK station and the shopping mall at the east/west side.
The first episode was launched a few days ago. It is available at RTHK website: http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/tv/newce.../20090409.html

But it's Chinese only, sorry for the non-Chinese folks.

The episode doesn't cover anything about the physical expansion nor the structures. It focuses in the history and growth HK E&C industry, and its leading role in Asia and the world stage. It also brings up the problem HKCEC is running out of spaces for any large scale exhibition. Teaming up with AsiaExpo doesn't work well either because they are two locations.

I suspected the next episode will cover more on the expansion, construction, and future.

Buildings span over roadways are pretty common, it is not at the IFC mall or HKCEC scale; but they are out their, e.g. City Plaza, Konhill Mall/Jusco
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Old April 11th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #38
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yup, i watched the first episode. I recommend you guys watch it with real player, much smoother.

the program mention the next episode (next Thurs hk time) will be about the construction of the expansion.
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http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/tv/newce.../20090416.html

The one about the construction itself was released today. For those that doesn't understand chinese, there are a lot of animation and video that you can simply watch and understand. Two clips in total, the second clip load up automatically after the first one ends. Use real player for smoother video.
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shocking architecture...but...it iS Hong Kong!

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