The Contractors' Experience
Publication Year: 1995
Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU
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Since the publication of the first commemorative volume - The Building of Hong Kong - in 1990 as part of the HKCA's 70th Anniversary celebration programme, five years have passed with a lot of changes in the construction industry in Hong Kong. The challenges now faced by contractors would have boggled the minds of our predecessors!
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This is the second commemorative book published by the Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA). The first one - The Building of Hong Kong - was published to commemorate HKCA's 70th Anniversary; this second one is to celebrate the 75th Anniversary.
The Hong Kong Construction Association
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The Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA) represents building and civil engineering contractors in Hong Kong and has done so for the past 7S years. The Association is the public face of the industry and maintains a high profile in Hong Kong. Its objectives are:
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Having written 'The Building of Hong Kong' for the Hong Kong Construction Association on the occasion of the Association's 70th Anniversary, I gained even more satisfaction from being asked to write a further book to commemorate the Association's 75th Anniversary. However, the task given to me by the Association this time was perhaps even more challenging than before.
Chapter One - A Backward Glance
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Any account of the experiences of contractors in Hong Kong today would be unsatisfactory without the perspective of history. Independent construction contractors in Hong Kong originated when the British arrived in 1841. Before then the only buildings were the walled villages mainly located in what is now the New Territories. In 1841 there were just over 5,000 people living on shore and about 7,000 living on boats. In those days the villagers were their own builders and only ...
Chapter Two - The Construction Industry Today
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The official statistics show that the construction industry has contributed an average of over 5% per annum to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the last 10 years but this is a long way from giving the full story of the sector's true contribution to Hong Kong . Construction is but the starting point of the whole real estate industry and its contribution is clear to see from Hong Kong's skyline. Whilst the number ...
Chapter Three - Contract Strategies and Risks
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All construction projects include three organizational elements - the client, the designers and the contractors. Clients as discussed in the last chapter are diverse but are obviously essential to initiate the project and have the power and the finance to make the project happen. Designers include all the professional consultants, engineers, architects and surveyors who create the function, form and specification of the project within its financial limits.
Chapter Four - The Companies
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The public image of contractors stems from the most visible aspect of their work - the site. In Hong Kong sites are frequently congested, noisy and very dusty or very wet, depending on the season. But from what to many may appear to be chaos arise splendid buildings, roads, bridges and all manner of facilities needed by a modem society. The general public is amazed that such magnificent constructions which contribute so much to Hong Kong 's well-being can emerge from such maelstroms.
Chapter Five - Current Issues, Future Trends
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There are powerful interconnected forces at play in Hong Kong's construction industry, the major ones of which are outside the control of the industry itself. Whilst demand for construction is high, competitiveness remains very keen not least due to the large influx of overseas contractors. The shift in risk to contractors being forced by Government, the move towards more design and build contracts, uncertainty in the private sector construction market as 1997 approaches and Government-imposed ...
Appendix - Conditions of Contract
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Acknowledgement of Photographs
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 1995