The Lighthouse Q4 2020

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Events | Benevolence | Industry News Q4 2020


Lighthouse Club International Australia | Cambodia | China | Hong Kong | Macau | Malaysia | Myanmar | Philippines | Singapore | Thailand | UK / Ireland | Vietnam

Aliis Cum Humanitate


The Lighthouse

Chairman’s Message


have written in most of my messages this year about the Covid-19 pandemic. That of course is not in any way surprising, given the profound adverse effects that this pandemic has had and continues to have on all of our lives. I will not repeat what I have said before, but as I write this message in early November, news has been announced that one of the vaccines is showing extremely promising results and that it is hoped regulatory approval will be forthcoming soon. Throughout this year, it has been heartening to see and hear about the various branches who have been able to host events plus the new wave of webinars which have limitless possibilities in reaching out to non-members everywhere. Perhaps this is the start of a whole new membership drive for us all. At the time of writing, Hong Kong’s biggest fund-raiser, the LapDog Challenge, has just taken place. Donors this year could choose to make donations to the Hong Kong as well as the International Benevolent Funds. A report appears on pages 8-10 of this issue. Well done to all other branches who have managed to raise funds this year and who have ultimately achieved the aims and objectives of this worthwhile Club. That news is in keeping with the traditional thoughts at this seasonal time of year … Hopes for a peaceful, joyous and safe holiday season. May I therefore wish the entire Lighthouse community around the world all the very best for the holiday season, with cautious optimism for a better and brighter 2021. Glenn Haley, Chairman, Lighthouse Club International

About The Lighthouse Club


he Lighthouse is the magazine of Lighthouse Club International, originally established in 1998 as Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region and superseded in November 2017 by Lighthouse Club International. With its roots in England in 1956, the Hong Kong Branch was formed in 1986. The aims of the Lighthouse Club are to promote good fellowship amongst its members who work in or are associated with the construction industry and to provide charitable assistance to those in need within the construction industry and to their dependents in qualifying cases. In addition to the charitable works of the individual branches of the Lighthouse Club, Lighthouse Club International has two related Hong Kong based charities which provide charitable assistance worldwide: The James Battersby Lighthouse Club Educational Trust which provides assistance for education and training to qualifying young persons; The Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Benevolent Trust which provides assistance to relieving poverty and financial need to persons currently or previously employed in the building and civil engineering industries and allied trades.

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Honorary President and Honorary Life Chairman John Battersby Honorary Life Members Willie Kay – Singapore Les Leslie – Hong Kong & UK Nick Longley – Hong Kong & Australia Steve Tennant – Hong Kong Phil Thoburn - Manila

In This Issue

Executive Committee:

Front cover image courtesy of


Chairman Glenn Haley, Immediate Past Chairman Rod Noble, Chairman Elect Robert Gordon. Deputy Chairman Keith Buckley,


Secretary Steve Tennant, Treasurer Phil Clarke,


Membership Secretary Janey Rogers,

Elected Branch Representative:




Paul Roberts Nick Longley


Kerr Thomson


Forty-five hardy runners raise HK1.4 million in annual Lap Dog Challenge

Hong Kong

Steve Tennant Robert Gordon Janey Rogers

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Lighting up the way in Singapore


Keith Buckley Phil Clarke


Ronan Collins

Town to Paris, architects across the globe are designing the projects that will shape the future and usher in the world of tomorrow!


John Anderson

Branch Reports


Sam Powell


Jim Chessell


Gareth Hughes


Colin Johnston



Manila beneficiary graduates electrical engineering course Caring for the families of Macau construction workers



18 30 From northern Siberia to Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges, from Cape

Macau Market Review 2020 by LHC Branch Chairman, Keith Buckley

46 50 Brisbane 52 Kuala Lumpur 55 Ho Chi Minh City



Members Lighthouse Club International Corporate Members



Benevolence - Hong Kong

LAP DOG CHALLENGE 2020 For the fifth year in succession the ridiculous idea of sane people running laps of an athletic track continuously for five hours took place on 7 November 2020. Following the great success of Lap Dog Challenge in previous years, which have raised over HK$5m in total for the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Benevolent Fund, the event was run again in the early hours of a Saturday morning at Stanley Ho Sports Institute, Pok Fu Lam. In a week where the temperatures were cool, Saturday arrived and was sunny and hot. This year we had nine teams fielding a total of 45 runners. They came from BKAsiaPacific, Dragages, Gammon, Hip Hing, ISG/Commtech (2 teams), Leighton, Lighthouse Club and WT Partnership. At 7am the hooter was blown and all runners took off laughing and chatting. Some five hours later there wasn’t much laughter happening. Most were still running, some were staggering, when the hooter blew to call a close to proceedings. When the final numbers were tallied a total of 3,562 laps had been completed. That’s 1,424 kilometers!

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Total laps by team are shown below.






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The trophies awarded were as follows:

• Team most laps – Hip Hing 539 laps (third year in succession) • Male solo most laps – WONG Kin Cheung 127 laps (third year in succession)

• Female solo most laps – LEUNG Christy 94 laps (second year in succession)

• Team most money raised – Leighton HK$804,810 (fifth year in succession)

The response to the call for sponsorship from Named Sponsors, companies and individuals was again incredible and the event finally raised HK$1,412,017 with proceeds going to The Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Benevolent Fund and The Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Benevolent Trust.

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Benevolence - Singapore

Lighting up the way

Knowledge is power and education is the best social leveller. For National University of Singapore School of Design and Environment (NUS SDE) alumnus Mervyn Seah Weng Xing, the Lighthouse Club (Singapore) bursary he obtained in Academic Years (AY) 2016/2017 and AY2017/2018 empowered him to enrich his undergraduate years. Mervyn was from a financially disadvantaged background, the bursary enabled him to participate in the student exchange programme to theCity University of Hong Kong, and take up a Master of Science (Project Management).

We Are One (WAO), aimed at raising awareness about migrant workers among NUS students and hoped to create opportunities for interaction between students and migrant workers.

“The student exchange has helped me become more independent in my decision making, widened my perspective of the world, and allowed me to better appreciate my home, Singapore.”

“All thanks to the bursary, I was gifted valuable time to volunteer and contribute back to the society.” Currently working as a Quantity Surveyor in Arcadis Singapore, Mervyn is also willing to share his work experience with his juniors at outreach events.

Established in 2009, the Lighthouse Club (Singapore) Bursary is disbursed to first-year Singaporean students of the Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) programme at the Department of Building, SDE. 16 students have benefitted from the bursary thus far. Paying it forward, Mervyn decided to participate in the NUS Students’ Community Service Club initiative, Project

“We deeply appreciate the gift from Lighthouse Club (Singapore) and cherish our relationship in other areas of collaboration, for instance internships through its members. We hope this long-standing relationship will continue to grow to provide more enriching opportunities for our students,” said Professor Michael Chew, Head, Department of Building.


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Benevolence - Philippines

My life after an academic journey graduate. Struggle and pain are part of my life to learn and I did not give up searching for a job whilst taking the exam. Luckily, a week before my licensure exam the Lighthouse Club administrator asked me for an update on how was my life that day. I told her about my struggles in searching for a job while taking up an exam. She asked me to send my resume to her to try to help me look for a job. I am so grateful to Lighthouse Club for assisting me even after my graduation. Not long after this I got an opportunity to apply and got hired by CADDS Group, an engineering, design and consultancy company from Perth, Western Australia who have a branch in Manila, Philippines.

I am Romil B Lagrimas, a beneficiary of Lighthouse Club – Manila, a graduate of an Electrical Engineering course holding a license of Registered Electrical Engineer. As a graduate, I would like to share my experience and a little insight to my fellow scholars and readers who can be inspired and aspire to become what they are dreaming of. My life as a graduate is much more challenging than what most students think, that after school life is easy. Little did I know that the more I grow, the more responsibility I am about to face head on. Some might have some experience as a working student so they will understand the challenges in life. After my graduation, my parents already expected me to become a breadwinner of the family since I am the eldest among my four siblings. Before and after my graduation, I was already searching for a job suited to my course but had no luck. Of course, I prioritised to take the licensure examination for electrical engineers because it is hard to get work especially in the Philippines if you are only a fresh

This is where I started working as Junior Designer in the Digital Engineering & Data Management team and began to grow. I am helping now my family with their financial needs where possible. During work, many challenging experiences happened, and I take it as an opportunity to learn the values in life instead of being depressed. Even when I already graduated from school, the learning never stops, and I am still studying because real life starts after academic life. It is a very different life to compare with my academic life, but it is not a reason to stop dreaming especially for my goals in the future. I wanted to become a Professional Electrical Engineer in the future, gain more experience in the workplace and become an asset to the company. I also wanted to share all that I have learned to my fellow ones, return to where I came and help those who are in need physically, mentally and spiritually. Being with Lighthouse Club, my life is transformed in a wonderful way. I hope someday that I can do what Lighthouse Club has done for me for other people who have experienced hardships in life.


Benevolence - Macau

Lighthouse Club Macau helps next of kin of 3 workers killed on Macau construction site Three workers tragically lost their lives and four others were injured on 24 March 2020 after scaffolding collapsed at the Galaxy Integrated Resort construction site in Cotai, Macau. Seven male construction workers from the mainland were clearing debris in the lift shaft when part of the scaffolding in the shaft suddenly collapsed, trapping the workers. Firefighters had to arrange for special ambulance teams to go to the scene and medical staff from the public hospital as well as officials from the Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) and DSAL also rushed to the scene to assist. The firefighters described the entire rescue process as difficult and complicated. The seven non-resident construction workers were from Anhui, Hunan and Sichuan provinces, all aged between 19 and 54. Following the accident, Lighthouse Club Macau tried to contact the next of kin of the three workers who were killed in the accident and who resided in China, but this took some time. Once contact had been made with the families, arrangements had to be made for them to come to Macau so that they could receive, in person, the donation cheques from the Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund. Lighthouse Club Macau has made donations totalling MOP350,000, to 5 families of workers killed in construction site accidents in 2020. Our thanks go to Benevolent Fund committee member, Irene Lei, who has the very difficult job of following up on any construction site accidents in Macau, making contact with the families and subsequently arranging the payment of the donations.




The Londoner Macao and Four Seasons Grand Suites Text : Keith Buckley, Photos : The Lighthouse Club Macau


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Introduction to Macau

History of Gambling in Macau

Macau is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong (a one hour ferry ride in non Covid-19 times) to the east, bordered by Guangdong Province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south. With an estimated population of around 685,400 (Q2 2020 figure) of which 186,400 are non-resident workers living in an area of 30.3 km2, it is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.

In an attempt to generate revenues for the government, gambling in Macau was legalised in 1847 with a new Macau gambling law introduced.

The territory's economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism. In 2019, prior to the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020, tourist arrivals reached 39.4 million. Macau continues to face the challenges of managing its growing casino industry, and the need to diversify the economy away from heavy dependence on gaming revenues. Several very large integrated resort projects have been built since 2004, or are currently under construction. In Macau, integrated resorts are large complexes featuring casino, hotel accommodation and related facilities, extensive retail outlets, food and beverage outlets and non-gaming entertainment facilities, such as theatres and conference / exhibition facilities. At the end of Q2 2020 Macau had a population of 685,400 and an unemployment rate of 2.5%, which has been increasing due to Covid-19. In comparison Hong Kong had a population of 7.5 million and an unemployment rate of 6.1%. In Q2 2020 41,000 people were employed in the construction industry. The information which follows gives a brief overview of Macau including a history of gambling, the construction market, project details and challenges, as well as some information related to doing business in Macau.

In the late 19th century, the government introduced a licensing system (gambling legal system) for the “fantan� houses (Chinese gambling houses). It is reported that over 200 gambling houses were required to pay gambling rent to the government. The first casino monopoly concession was granted to the Tai Xing Company in 1937. The industry saw a major breakthrough in 1962 when the government granted the monopoly rights to all forms of gambling to STDM, a syndicate jointly formed by Hong Kong and Macau businessmen. STDM introduced western-style games and modernised the marine transport between Macau and Hong Kong, bringing millions of gamblers from Hong Kong every year. The license was extended in 1986 for another 15 years but expired at the end of 2001. In 2002, the Macau government ended the monopoly system and 3 (later 6) casino operating concessions (and sub-concessions) were granted to SJM, (an 80% owned subsidiary of STDM), Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Galaxy Entertainment Group, the partnership of MGM Mirage and Pansy Ho Chiu-king, and the partnership of Melco and PBL. At that time there were 16 casinos operated by the STDM, but in 2004, the opening of the Sands Macau ushered in the new era. Macau now has 41 casinos.





To put into perspective the importance of gaming to the Macau economy, refer to the comparisons with Las Vegas below: Las Vegas • 2006 Gaming Revenues of US$6.7 billion • 2019 Gaming Revenues of US$6.6 billion • 42.5 million visitors in 2019 • 149,400 hotel/motel rooms in 2019 • Average length of stay – 3.4 days



Galaxy Phase 2 and Broadway at Galaxy



05/2015 (opened)

Macau Studio City


10/2015 (opened)

Wynn Palace


2016 (opened)

The Parisian


2016 (opened)

MGM Cotai


2018 (opened)

St Regis Hotel (SCC)


2015 (opened)

The Thirteen


2016 (not opened)

Morpheus Grand Lisboa Palace Lisboeta

Macau • 2006 Gaming Revenues of US$7.2 billion • 2019 Gaming revenue of US$45.2 billion • 39.4 million visitors in 2019 • 38,200 hotel rooms in 2019 • Average length of stay - 1.2 days


Construction Market overview


In 2015, I produced a construction market overview of Macau. The first construction boom was as a result of the cessation of the gaming monopoly in 2002 and the subsequent granting of gaming

Properties under construction


2018 (opened)





12,790 Rooms/suites






Galaxy Phase 3 Galaxy Phase 4 2022 Studio City Phase 2 Properties Planned

4,400 Rooms/suites


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*Information obtained from internet sources.


concessions and in particular to Las Vegas based developers and saw the first phase of the development, both on the Macau peninsula and on the Cotai Strip. A second construction boom commenced in 2012 following the global economic downturn in 2008. The main area of large-scale construction in Macau is in Taipa/Cotai, which relates to the Cotai Strip. In addition, there are Government and social infrastructure projects which have been completed or are currently in progress. Major projects which have been completed are the Macau Light Railway Transit (LRT) system, a new Ferry Terminal in Cotai to serve Hong Kong and the Pearl Delta, Education projects.

The Cotai strip Sixteen years ago the Cotai Strip was a causeway between the islands of Coloane and Taipa (hence Cotai), with marshland on both sides of the causeway. Today it is home to ten integrated resorts.

The Parisian

The second boom started in 2012. Since then eleven major integrated gaming resorts have been completed in Cotai. This represents a build out of 12,790 hotel rooms in the developments.

Project details are as follows: Wynn Palace Wynn Palace is the second luxury Integrated Resort of Wynn Resorts in Macau. It features a 28-story hotel with 1,700 rooms, suites and villas, together with meeting rooms, luxury retail, casual and fine dining restaurants, spa, pool and casino space. It includes an 8-acre performance lake and a SkyCab cable car, above the lake, to transport guests to the hotel. Construction commenced in 2014 and the resort was opened in 2016.

Galaxy Macau

The Parisian Construction of The Parisian began in February 2013 and the resort opened in September 2016. The property includes a half-scale true replica of the Eiffel Tower. The property has approximately 300 hotel rooms and suites and hotel related facilities comprising a large pool deck, spa and fitness centre, 170 shops, restaurants and also meeting rooms. It also features a 1,200-seat theatre Wynn Palace




MGM Cotai MGM Cotai opened in February 2018. The unique structure has the appearance of nine jeweller’s boxes stacked upon each other, forming two interconnecting towers. It has a GFA of 280,000 sqm and has approximately 1,500 rooms and suites and includes Retail outlets, F&B outlets and a casino. Morpheus Morpheus was completed in 2018. It is a 40 storey building with 770 rooms. The Morpheus was designed by the late Architect Dame Zaha Hadid. It is unconventionally constructed with an ecoskeleton design and three holes that go through the middle of the building. Grand Lisboa Palace The Grand Lisboa Palace is scheduled to open in 2021 following many delays with construction having started in 2014. It includes 1,900 Grand Lisboa Palace hotel rooms together with a 180 bed Versace hotel and 180 bed Karl Lagerfeld Hotel. Lisboeta Macau Construction commenced in 2016 and the property is said to include a 574 room Lisboeta Hotel, a 164 room Maison L’Occitaine and an 82 room Casa de Amigo “Friends” themed hotel. Opening is scheduled for early 2021. Galaxy Phase 3 and 4 Phases 3 and 4 of Galaxy Macau will add more non gaming elements to the Galaxy Entertainment Group property. With approximately 3,500 hotel rooms, the two phases will include 40,000 sqm of MICE space, a 16,000-seat multipurpose arena with new gaming dining and retail areas. Crystal Pavilion at Wynn Palace The HK$15.5 billion extension of Wynn Palace, including the so-called Crystal Pavilion is a non gaming complex with an associated hotel tower of 650 rooms. Now at the design stage, construction could commence in late 2021 and could take three years to complete. The complex is said to include an art museum, theatre and interactive installations, restaurants and other entertainment elements.

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Infrastructure Projects: Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Construction of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge commenced in 2009 and opened in October 2018. It is a 55-kilometer, 6 lane, bridge-tunnel system consisting of a series of three cable stayed bridges an undersea tunnel and four artificial islands. It is both the longest sea crossing and the longest open sea fixed link in the world. It connects three major cities on the Pearl River Delta. Taipa Ferry terminal The Taipa Pac-On ferry terminal had been under design/ construction for over 10 years. After several delays and a huge budgetary slippage, the terminal opened to the public in 2017 and has turned out to be oversized, and underutilized since the start, particularly since the opening of the HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge in 2018, when a significant number of previous ferry users diverted to using the bridge. The New Ferry Terminal provides a total of 16 berths for 400-seat passenger ferries at the North Extension, three berths for 1,200-seat


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Macau LRT The Macau Light Rapid Transit or Macau LRT is a mass transit system in Macau. It will eventually serve the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Cotai, serving major border checkpoints such as the Border Gate, the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, the Lotus Bridge Border and the Macau International Airport. The first LRT phase Taipa and Cotai is 9.3km long and has 11 stations. Reclamation

passenger ships at the West Extension, a helideck with 20,000 sqm for 5 helicopters on the roof, as well as 44 passport counters and 24 auto-gates for each direction inside the building. Now a large part of the Taipa Ferry Terminal will be converted into Macau International Airport’s Terminal 2. The reconversion project includes the transformation and equipment installation in airport dedicated areas which are the checking area, security check area, waiting lounge, baggage hall and the optimization of heliport facilities, while strengthening the sea and air transfer service from the Taipa ferry terminal to the airport.

Construction commenced in October 2009 and this phase opened in December 2019. There appears to be no plan to construct the LRT on the Macau peninsula. Seac Pai Van LRT line At the end of July the public tender was opened for the construction of the future 1.6km LRT line connecting Seac Pai Van to the Taipa LRT. The project will include the construction of new LRT stations in Seac Pai Van and the future Islands District Medical Complex public Hospital, plus related viaducts and overpasses for pedestrians. The project should be concluded in 2023. web Tel:(853) 2883 8394 Fax:(853) 2883 9372 Address: Rua Pequim No.126, I Tak Com. Centre, 10-Andar, Macau

LRT connection to Hengqin Island A future LRT project will link the Taipa LRT with the nearby Hengqin Island, PRC. LRT Barra Station Construction works for the Barra transport hub were completed in March this year. The new centre will link the different bus services and the future LRT in the southwestern part of the Macau Peninsula. The LRT Barra station works are under construction and are expected to be completed in 2022 but the LRT connection from Ocean Gardens in Taipa and Barra Station through the Sai Van Bridge should complete in 2023. There is no plan for more LRT construction in the Macau Peninsula. East LRT Line connecting the Gongbei Border to Taipa A future East LRT line is planned which will connect Gongbei Border checkpoint and the Taipa Ferry Terminal via an underwater tunnel connecting the reclaimed areas Zone A and Zone E. The East LRT line will have six stations over a 7.6km long connection. The project was recently revealed in the newly published Macau Urban Development Plan.

2020-2040 Urban Development Plan The regional government’s Directorate of Land, Public Work and Transport Services (DSSOPT) commissioned Hong Kong based Ove Arup & Partners to draft the plan which was released in August 2020.The plan aims to establish land planning for the entire territory of Macau and the conditions of land use until 2040. The project covers the Macau peninsula, The Islands of Taipa and Coloane, the new areas created by landfill, the Macau border post on the artificial island that forms part of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau bridge, and the 85 square kilometer maritime area that since December 2016 has been under the jurisdiction of Macau. In the five new areas of landfill, the authorities have plans to build housing for some 162,000 inhabitants. Fourth Bridge A fourth Bridge located east of the existing Amizade Bridge will start from the landfill New Area Zone A next to the Hong KongZhuhai-Macau border post and will connect to the new landfill next to the Taipa Ferry Terminal and Macau International Airport.



The Londoner Macao and Four Seasons Grand Suites

The construction contract was awarded in March 2020. The 3,100 meter long bridge will have eight vehicle lanes. One lane in each direction will be for motorcycles only. Construction works commenced in August 2020 with completion scheduled for early 2024.

New Land Plans Land Reclamation in Macao has been ongoing since 1912. The last decade has seen a large increase in reclamation. Six new land reclamation zones will reclaim a total of five square kilometres from the Pearl River bringing the total dry land jurisdiction to 35.5 square kilometres compared to 11.6 squared kilometres in 1912. There is no arable land in Macau.

Islands District Medical Complex A new hospital known as the Islands District Medical Complex is currently under construction and due for completion in 2022. The Zones A, B, C, E1 and E2 have been completed whilst Zone C is complex comprises seven buildings with provision for 1,100 beds. nearing completion and Zone D is yet to start. The reclaimed areas One building, the nursing Institute was completed in October 2019. will serve to house new government buildings, residential areas, as well as education, culture, sports and leisure facilities. Ka-Ho tunnel This tunnel which links the Ka-Ho port container terminal in The Londoner Macao and Four Seasons Grand Suites Coloane to the south east corner of Cotai was completed in The existing Sands Cotai Central complex is being renovated and November 2019. The twin dual lane tunnel is 500 meters in rethemed at the Londoner Macao. The former 1,100 room Holiday length. However the north connection to the tunnel is still under Inn has been renovated and rebranded as a 600 suite Londoner construction having been awarded in July 2019 with completion Hotel – The Londoner Macao. The renovation also includes a new expected at the end of 2021. The project will connect with the 370 suite Londoner Court, a 6,000-seat arena, new dining and Macau International airport with two viaducts of around 400m in entertainment offerings. Externally the podium façade is modelled length each with 2 way roads currently under construction.. on the Palace of Westminster and Houses of Parliament and a full

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金沙中國 -

倫敦人幕牆及外圍工程 ( 大型地標性項目)

Sands China - The Londoner External Works and Facades – Multi-Billion Project

金沙中國 - 倫敦人水晶宮天幕及裝修工程 Sands China - The Londoner Crystal Palace Fit-out & Skylight


金沙中國- 瑞吉酒店改建前期工程 Sands China - St. Regis Hotel Enabling Works


Instituto Salesiano Expansion Project

Macao Polytechnic Institute – Library, Office Building & Parking Lot Project

建設發展辦公室 - 青茂口岸行人天橋設計連建造工程

土地工務運輸局 - �仔市中心 700 米空中走廊建造工程

GDI - Design and Build of Bridge in Qingmao Border

DSSOPT - Construction of 700M Elevated Walkway in Central Taipa

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size replica of Big Ben. In addition, the Four Seasons Tower apartments have been rebranded as the Grand Suites at Four Seasons.

Keith Buckley Director BCA (Macau) Limited

Key issues for Macau Construction Projects The key construction challenges in Macau are access to materials (e.g. cement, steel, filling materials), availability of plant and equipment, limited specialist contractors in the market and competition for engineering / project management staff. However the biggest issue is the availability of skilled and unskilled labour. The Macau construction labour force is inadequate to service the construction market in boom times and importation of foreign workers, mostly from PRC and Hong Kong is required. Macau is therefore dependant on a government allocated imported labour quota system. On the casino related development Contractors are mainly Macau or Hong Kong and more recently PRC contractors. For large infrastructure projects contractors are often from PRC.

Keith Buckley is a Director of BCA (Macau) Limited and, during the past 17 years, has been responsible for construction management for the development projects of Sands China Ltd in Macau SAR. He is currently involved in the Londoner project. A civil engineer by training, Keith has 50 years construction experience and has lived in the following countries working on civil engineering and building construction projects - Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, UK, Poland, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and has also been responsible for projects in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Maldives, Thailand and Vietnam. For the past nine years he has been the chairman of Lighthouse Club Macau, a construction charity, and he is also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Macao.

Regulatory Framework

Legal Framework

The regulatory environment for individual firms working in Macau, centres around Business Registration – Commercial and Tax, and licensing/ registration with the Public Works Department. For projects, the main concerns are project approvals and construction licences from the Public works Department and Tourism Department operational licences.

The legal framework in Macau is based on a Civil law code-based system. The official languages are Chinese and Portuguese (not English). All legislation (including technical codes) is in both languages. Correspondence with Government is also in Chinese and Portuguese.

Islands Hopsital Site



Off the Rails

A new Discovery Centre serving the Puffing Billy Railway is to be located at Emerald Lake Park, Victoria, Australia.


Peer into a hopeful world of sustainable land use and adaptable architecture lauded by the judges sitting on the panel for the WAF2019 Future Projects section




If the keys to the Kingdom of Construction were handed over to the architects, what would our world look like? A significant slice of the world’s most whimsical, sustainable, grandiose and gregarious projects go before the judges at the World Architecture Festival. At the festival each year, the future is delivered in a glittering package, with boundary-pushing engineering wrapped up in ideals that speak to our better selves. The projects that make it to the festival are categorised into completed developments, landscaping and works that are about to get underway. This final category is otherwise known as the Future. Here it’s all about building better and more sustainably. These projects do not necessarily have a completion date and some do not actually go ahead. In this selection from the shortlists for the 13 classifications in the future category from the festival’s 2019 edition, we have curated the progressive and the greenest entries. The presentation here covers the globe and several different uses of land resources. We hope the projects here act to inspire during what has been a challenging year. If you like what you see, there’s more online. While a significant portion of this year’s World Architecture Festival has been postponed until the middle of next year, in its place is a series of virtual seminars, panels and discussions hosted online from November 30 to December 4. The festival is free.

The commission called for a café, commercial kitchen, visitor information service, function rooms, offices, retail, educational facilities and amenities. The complex brief resulted in a building larger than any that would have historically been located on the railway line.


The architects focused on the existing railway line and platform, rather than creating a novel visitor centre as a new attraction. The visitor experience was centred within the authentic sights, smells and sounds of the railway.

The Puffing Billy Railway is a much-loved tourist attraction within the Dandenong Ranges, 40 km east of Melbourne in Victoria. The site is a preserved, 25-km-long railway built to serve formerly inaccessible parts of the southern Australian state. The new Discovery Centre is located at a scenic stop on the railway, Emerald Lake Park.

The project inserts a new geometry and spatial experience that is different to the smaller, older stations, but one that still depended on the relation between visitors and the platform for its organisational logic. The project brings together train enthusiasts and local park goers, creating a unique tourism amenity offering which collects the many users of the site in a single but complex building.

Puffing Billy Railway Visitor Centre



Nujiang Viewing Platform - Basu, Tibet, China

Nujiang Viewing Platform Arch-Hermit This completed viewing platform above the Salween River in Basu, Tibet, takes in the 72-turnings Canyon – named after the zig-zag formation of the road looming overhead. The Nujiang viewing platform is a point of contemplation along the southern route of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway. The design of the viewing platform strives to bring the risk of the 72-turnings into full play, showing the danger of the zig-zag that forms part of national highway G318. The project is based on the weathering steel, 72-turns and folding road alignment as the design elements.

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On the cliff of Nujiang Canyon with a drop of more than 100 meters, a creative glass viewing platform is designed. The platform is cantilevered 27 meters outward and the floor is glass. The facility includes a reception centre, exhibition hall, cliff restaurant, supermarket and bathrooms. Playfully, the project contains a zip line that crosses the river and a swing suspended beneath the platform, which the architect Arch-Hermit cheekily says boosts participation and interaction. Remember, these playful additions are hung in space, 100 metres above a river in a rugged, wilderness area. The building has a floor area of 800 square meters and is clad in weathered steel to provide a response to the rough surrounding landscape.

Flock Hill Homestead Warren and Mahoney Architects The most striking and recognisable feature of the area around Flock Hill Station, about 2 hours by car from the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, are the famous limestone rock formations jutting out of the landscape – named Castle Hill. Flock Hill Station, a farmstay on a working property, derives its name from these rock formations. In their design for new lodgestyle accommodation and recreation facilities, Warren and Mahoney Architects celebrate the location’s indigenous history by adopting an architecture that consists of the heavy masonry elements embedded in the landscape. Cladding the fireplaces and selected walls in limestone creates rocklike formations; key living areas of the homestead inhabit the spaces between these elements.

Flock Hill Station, Canterbury, New Zealand

Floating over these rock formations is a singular lightweight timber The material palette is limited and restrained – only limestone and timber are used both externally and internally – allowing the roof. The simple pitched roof form is a reference to the agricultural use of the land and the utilitarian farm structures and sheds that dot magnificent views to be the main focus. the local landscape. The timber roof also gives the building a sense of lightness and warmth.

210 George Street

Shortlisted in the Future Projects – House category at WAF 2019, the residence is designed to be used in a fluid way, with almost continuous connection between internal and external spaces. It comprises a simple pitched roof pavilion with central living areas and guest’s quarters on both sides. All the spaces are arranged in a single linear strip, exposing them to the view.

Grimshaw Architects (As featured on page 36) 210 George Street is a sculptural building with a youthful design aesthetic. The 27-storey workplace sits within an emerging precinct of Sydney’s downtown area that features cultural offerings, tourism hotspots and leisure destinations, connecting the city’s harbour with the CBD.


This section of Australia’s oldest city is part of a plan to create a leading-edge innovation and creative commercial district. Grimshaw’s tower is an anchor project and a A$500-million commercial development for Poly Australia Real Estate Development, an arm of Chinese conglomerate China Poly Group Corp. The building is conceived as a series of double-height tenancies that benefit from the spatial volume, character and amenity brought about by the twin floor plate, and that offers tenants greater flexibility.




10 George Street - Sydney, Australia

The design manifests as a three-in-one composition. The west facing podium facade is composed of vaulting, cantilevered arches enclosing a continuous double-height workplace that extends out to the external terraces. Situated between the perimeter vaulting arches and the eastern side core, the primary working floorplate is expressed as a continuous glazed vertical element spanning the length of the tower. Providing the backbone to the composition, a solid, sculpted core sits on the eastern boundary of the site, delivering a highly efficient, contiguous floor plate ideal for flexible workplace planning. With a GFA of 19,500 square metres, the tower is due for completion in 2022.



Rennes Palais du Commerce MVRDV The retrofit, overhaul and renovation of the historic Rennes Palais du Commerce in northwestern France is a project designed to inspire by Dutch practice MVRDV. The studio’s plan for the redevelopment of the 18,000-squaremetre landmark is themed around a renaissance to reactivate the Place de la République and turn this former public building into a centrepiece of the city’s main commercial street. Located in the southern part of Rennes’ city centre, the Palais du Commerce was originally constructed in two stages between 1885 and 1929 as a post office, library and arts school by local architects Jean-Baptiste Martenot and Emmanuel Le Ray. Rennes Palais du Commerce - Paris, France

Today, the building is poorly integrated into the life of Rennes, with most residents unaware of most of the activities inside. The renovation and extension designed by MVRDV aims to rectify this, activating the building with new uses and a design that communicates these new functions to passers-by. On the urban scale, the scheme will favour pedestrians and transform the Place de la République into an inviting public square in which to spend time. Alongside the efforts of the municipality to reorganise the bus network, the project plans to convert the rue du Pré Botté, on the Palais du Commerce’s southern side, into a landscaped pedestrian area animated by terraces. The proposal also recommends the partial re-opening of the cover of the river Vilaine. There are 12,000 square metres in the existing building and a 6,000-square-metre extension that will introduce shops, a hotel, offices, a co-working space, leisure spaces that include a museum for the LEGO brand and an event space, and a school for the kitchen and hotel industry.



The Circle of Good Hope - Cape Town, South Africa

The Circle of Good Hope GLH Architects The Cape Town Foreshore Freeway Precinct in South Africa’s Cape Town has a complicated history. Cape Town’s downtown, seaside area around its docks is known as much for its striking visual aesthetics and its potential, as much as it is for the brutal, unfinished raised highways that cross the area. One scheme to overhaul the precinct is The Circle of Good Hope by GLH Architects, an entrant in a 2018 competition to overhaul the hectares around the raised highway, called the Foreshore Precinct Project. The Circle of Good Hope offered an unrivalled opportunity to reimagine the “Mother City”, whose backdrop is dominated by Table Mountain. By dropping the incomplete elevated freeways

into a tunnel system and proposing a new multi-modal transport network at the heart of a mixed-use urban development, a new canvas on the Foreshore allows the city to reconnect to the sea. The scheme is based on the principles of unlocking urban connectivity and improving accessibility, integration, and opportunity. The focal point is the immense circular building, The Circle of Good Hope, an iconic gateway element to reinforce the mixed-use development that includes commercial, retail, educational and social opportunities. The project also addressed the crucial provision of housing within the CBD with a variety of typologies and tenure for a range of integrated social and economic groups. The sustainable, self-sufficient, carbon-neutral, multi-use development appears to have been shelved, a victim of the inherently political nature of urban planning.





Sakha_Z - Republic of Sakha, Northern Siberia, Russia

SAKHA_Z - Park for the Future Generations Atrium The Republic of Sakha in northeastern Siberia has an acute shortage of open public urban spaces. Park SAKHA_Z is an entry in the education section of the future development section of the festival that adds a destination for Russian youths to the urban landscape. The space combines the functions of a park and an event centre. The spatial concept is based on the reflection of the Yakut landscape and national identity. The prototype for the formation of open spaces was the environment of Yakutia and the concept is based on a modern rethinking of the ancient cultural images, symbols and ornaments.

Advanced technologies and climate correction systems create a comfortable outdoor environment at any time of the year and Included are both open and closed spaces for personal development safeguard its successful year-round operation. from childhood to adulthood, starting with private schools and ending with free sites provided to young start-ups. Aside from the merit in the design, the WAF judges were impressed with the creation of the modular building system SAKHAblock Across the 2.4-hectare site is a system of outdoor and indoor spaces that will be employed to create comfortable public spaces both at that includes exhibition space, a conference hall, co-working centres the park and elsewhere. The project is scheduled for completion and training facilities. in 2022.






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15 years of Lighthouse Club – Macau The Lighthouse Club Macau branch was founded on 26 October 2005, as a result of increased construction activity in Macau since 2003, and the subsequent arrival, in Macau, of Hong Kong and overseas construction personnel.


uring its fifteen years of existence LCM has provided financial assistance on 68 occasions, in the form of donations to the family, where a person has sustained a fatal injury in a construction related accident. The total figure donated over the past 15 years is over HK$2.3m. The Lighthouse Club Macau now has 218 members including 29 corporate members with 159 nominees and 59 individual members. Many of those members were out in force at the September 2020 monthly social get together. The event was sponsored by Jardine Engineering Corporation at the Sala pool deck of the Sheraton Hotel. October’s event was sponsored by Gammon Construction Limited and held at the Sheraton Club Lounge, where 47 prizes were generously donated for the event’s prize draw. The Annual Dinner to celebrate the 15th anniversary, was held on Friday 23 October in the Feast Restaurant of the Sheraton Hotel. Over 240 guests attended and MOP200K was raised, thanks to our generous sponsors and lucky draw prize donors. Live entertainment was provided in the form of a “Singing Chef ” performance by Tom Griffiths, previously a London West End Phantom of the Opera solo performer and Aaron Lo provided live music during the dinner. In his welcoming speech chairman Keith Buckley introduced and thanked the Management Committee members -Phil Clarke (Treasurer), Brenda Choi (Membership Secretary), Carlos Tang (General Secretary), Chris Chang (Member) and Saj Fernando (Co-opted member) for their hard work and support. Keith also thanked the Lighthouse Club Benevolent fund members Billy Mok (Chairman), Jose Isles (Treasurer) and members Forest Tang, Irene Lei and Jose Silveirinha for their ongoing support. Nearest to the Lighthouse


ighthouse Club – Macau held it’s 6th Annual Golf Day on 18th September 2019 at Macau Golf and Country Club. Due to Covid restrictions the Texas Scramble tournament was limited to a field of 60 players from Macau who, despite a huge rainstorm mid-round, produced some incredible scores. Prizes were awarded for nearest to the pin on the par 3’s and special prizes were awarded for the tee shots closest to the model lighthouses placed on

the fairways of holes 10 and 15. The overall winner with a nett score of 68 under the Double Preoria handicap system was Sang Fong Seng Construction & Engineering Co., Ltd. Once again Lighthouse Club – Macau owes thanks to its generous sponsors and to HMS Golf Society and Macau Golf for their invaluable help in arranging the tournament which raised just over HK$220,000. Specific thanks also goes out to Min Da Construction & Engineering Company Limited for their generous sponsorship of the prize dinner which was held in the Sheraton Club Lounge in Sands Cotai Central.

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n September, Lighthouse Club Australia Brisbane Chapter had their first event since February due to the Corona Virus. It was obvious members and social attendees were excited to catch-up as we had a fantastic turn out! We also had a number of new members join us which was a great opportunity for them to hear from other members about their experience with The Lighthouse Club. The event was an informal networking get together to give everyone a chance to reconnect and check-in on each other. The get together was kindly sponsored by Connell Griffin who attended and were the ‘last ones standing’! In October, the chapter hosted a national webinar event which was well received by a range of professionals from quantity surveyors to adjudicators. Russell Welsh from ABC Dispute Resolution Services kindly donated his time and co-hosted a group of around 40 providing updates on the status of harmonisation of security of payment legislation in Australia. We were pleased to see many members join but also a handful of non-members who purchased tickets to the event with all proceeds going to our charity. Brisbane will be hosting their final Get Together of the year on Thursday 19th November which has been generously sponsored by Aston Consult. We look forward to seeing as many members there.

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Kuala Lumpur News Our previous events in 2020 were held in Jarrod and Rawlins (January and March 2020) and Bar Roca (February 2020). Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the various restrictions and lockdowns instructed by the Malaysian government it has not been possible to organise any social and fund-raising events since 18 March 2020. It is to be expected that for the rest of this year no physical fund raising and social events can be organised. The Safety and Health 2020 awards which are jointly organized by Master Builders Association Malaysia were postponed following the Covid-19 outbreak and following the directions by the Ministry of Health. Hopefully, we can organize these again in 2021. Our annual Golf Day was postponed, but we are hopeful to be able to organise a Golf Day in early 2021. Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur – AGM 30 September 2020


hile all events with large groups have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020, all societies have been instructed by the Malaysian Registrar of Societies to organise their AGMs before 31 December 2020. However, these AGMs have had to comply with strict requirements. While it is also possible to organise an AGM online, we opted to organise a physical AGM which at least also gave the opportunity to see our members. On Wednesday 30 September 2020, the Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur held its AGM at Havana in Changkat Bukit Bintang. For this AGM only registered voting members were invited to attend the meeting and they had to RSVP their attendance. With all seats spaced in accordance with the SOPs, the registration ready and a quorum present the AGM was set to start. It was clear from the start that all attendants were happy to see each other in person. We have to keep in mind that our previous social gathering was held in early March of this year, and while we had our online meetings and webinars they

cannot be compared with actual physical meetings. This AGM we had three key matters which required our members’ support. The first matter was the committee’s reports for the year 2019. These reports included an overview of our events and a financial report. All reports were accepted and supported by the members. The second matter was the election of a new committee for the upcoming period. The following committee was elected by our members: President: Bert de Munck Vice-President: Pui Mun Teoh Secretary: Cindy Wong Assistant-Secretary: Christian Swift Treasurer: Daniel Alcon Ordinary Committee member: Hong Kit Leong, Phyllis Phang, Ronan Collins

The third and final matter referred to the committee efforts to set up a Loan Education Programme in Malaysia. The members were updated on the progress in setting up such a Programme. Our members voiced their unanimous support to the LHC KL committee to continue and finalise the details of an Education Loan Programme. When this programme is set up in the near future, a more detailed article will explain in detail how it will support and help young Malaysians in the Construction Industry suffering from financial hardship.

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ne important part of our collaboration is our contribution to the MBAM Education Fund. All students that receive a scholarship from this education fund are suffering financial hardship. Over the last years we have sponsored two new students annually. This also means two students are graduating every year now. In 2020 LHC KL committed to continue to support two new students with a scholarship. All students supported in the MBAM Education Fund follow construction related studies. This year one of our students is studying Civil Engineering, while the other student is studying Mechanical Engineering. Especially in these times of uncertainty it is very important continuing to support those who are in need and give them a better opportunity for the future. At this moment, the Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur is supporting a total of eight students in various construction related studies via the MBAM Education Fund.

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fter two cancellations due to Covid-19, Lighthouse Club Vietnam finally had their first gathering for some months on Wednesday 21 October.

The evening was a great success following such a long wait. More than 80 leading industry professionals joined together in the Sky Lounge of Le Méridien Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The panoramic views, the great finger-food provided by Le Méridien, cold draft beers and a good crowd of construction professionals contributed to one of the best Lighthouse events in years! We would like to show our gratitude for this event's sponsor - Deco Crete - for making this gathering happen. Deco Crete is a European - Vietnamese company specialising in Permanent Flooring Solutions such as polished concrete. The company has provided materials for over 10 million m2 of polished concrete floors and has gained a respected position in the Vietnamese market as well as around Asia-Pacific region.

Furthermore, we would like to thank Le Méridien Hotel for providing such an excellent venue with a panoramic view of the city as well as donating great prizes for the Lucky Draw. All profits from the event will go towards helping our beneficiaries.

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