Chinachem Group Committed to Sustainability and Building a More Liveable City
Tonkin Street Redevelopment Set to Become Hong Kong’s First Private Project to Adopt Modular Integrated Construction (MiC)
Donald Choi, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group (2nd from left), Elden Chung, General Manager (Works & Contracts) of the URA (2nd from right), Gilbert Tsang, Executive Director of Gammon Construction Limited (left), and Bryant Lu, Vice Chairman of Ronald Lu & Partners (right), at the Tonkin Street Redevelopment Project Press Conference today.
Chinachem Group (the Group) has been steadfast in the development and application of property technology (PropTech) and strives to make Hong Kong a more liveable city. Its first joint residential development with the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) – Tonkin Street Redevelopment Project (the Project) located at the heart of West Kowloon – will become Hong Kong’s first private residential project by private developers to adopt concrete Modular Integrated Construction (MiC). Seeking to bring positive impact to society that puts equal footing to People, Prosperity and the Planet, the Group combines PropTech with humanistic design that fosters the community environment.
Donald Choi, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group, said, “With our commitment to sustainability and carbon reduction, we have set high green building standards. We build homes that accentuate quality and comfort to meet residential needs while creating positive value for society and the environment. The application of MiC will cut down on on-site construction processes and thus the waste generated during construction. We expect a 68% cut on construction waste, a 75% reduction in noise pollution and a reduction in carbon emissions, thereby reducing the nuisance caused to the neighbouring communities. It is noteworthy that the Tonkin Street Redevelopment will be the first private residential project using MiC that features a terrace. It will also make extensive use of PropTech to improve work quality and efficiency.”
Gilbert Tsang, Executive Director of Gammon Construction Limited, said, “Gammon has been joining hands with our partners in promoting sustainable development where MiC plays an integral part. MiC has most processes completed off-site in a factory environment which is safer and more controlled than the traditional construction site. It enables more efficient quality control for the engineering and commissioning teams, resulting in higher-quality buildings. Despite the shortage of construction workers, MiC helps to ensure construction progress as it requires about 70% less on on-site manpower. To facilitate the construction process, Gammon’s digital supply chain monitoring solution, STAMP, will be deployed with data log devices to monitor the delivery and installation of prefabricated components.”
Bryant Lu, Vice Chairman of Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP) who is responsible for the project design, said, “We are thrilled that Chinachem Group shares our human-centric, sustainability-based design ethos. As one of our fully digitalised projects, using BIM360 and MiC from design through to build created a high level of accuracy and efficiency, saving a full year of design time. It is also the first MiC project in Hong Kong’s private sector to be designed with biophilic façade and removable non-structural walls built into the modules, allowing residents to personalise their own living space. The cross ventilation built into each unit brings fresh air into homes and encourage a healthy, low-carbon lifestyle.”
Adhering to its People-centric philosophy, Chinachem Group attaches much importance to and caters for the housing needs of the public on its pursuit of sustainable development. Recognising the basic needs of users for living space, the Group has been standing firm to not build “nano flats”. It also empathises with the public’s increased concern about hygiene post-pandemic, ensuring proper ventilation in the apartment design and that all toilets fitted with windows. It seeks to meet the housing needs of the public while balancing the development of People, Prosperity and the Planet.
Tonkin Street Redevelopment Project is located at the heart of West Kowloon and within minutes of walking distance from MTR station. Covering a site area of about 1,070 square metres, it has a three-sided frontage and the development will enjoy open views with natural lighting. Upon completion, it will provide a maximum total gross floor area of about 9,670 square metres.