Large site area prepared from reclaimed land

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 December, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 December, 1995, 12:00am

THE Immigration Department estimates there will be 27,000 imported workers at Chek Lap Kok and that 15,000 will be living on site in a specially constructed camp.

Estimates also show that 7,000 people per day will commute daily to the airport site.

About 75 per cent of the Chek Lap Kok airport is being built on land that has been reclaimed from the sea. This work represents more than half of all the land reclaimed in Hong Kong since 1945.

The Tsing Ma suspension bridge, which will carry both road and rail traffic, will have the longest single span in the world.

The 35-kilometre new airport railway will travel through eight km of tunnels and run on more than six km of elevated track.

The airport railway is expected to be able to carry 40,000 commuters every day.

The main terminal building will be 1.2km long, cover 490,000 square metres of floor space and cost $10.1 billion.

The new airport will have 150 shops, food and beverage outlets and banks and foreign currency exchange booths.

Cathay Pacific's new on-site headquarters at the airport will be built on a 3.3-hectare site and will include a 775,000-sq-ft 10-storey office block and a 20-storey, 500-room hotel for the airline's employees.

As of last month, there were 1,400 Airport Authority (AA) workers with the majority of them employed in the airport project division.

One section of the Kap Shui Mun bridge weighs 500 tonnes.

There will be 39 of these prefabricated sections suspended 45m above the water when the bridge project is completed.

Work on the new Central Airport Railway station required piles to be sunk 100m into the ground and also construction of diaphragm walls that are 50m thick.