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DSD's Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme receives award (with photos)

     The Drainage Services Department (DSD)'s Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme (HVUSSS) received the Highly Commended New Engineering Contract (NEC) Large Project of the Year 2015 award at a prize presentation ceremony held in London, the United Kingdom (UK) yesterday (April 20).

     The prize was established by the UK's NEC Users' Group to recognise NEC projects around the world with an outstanding performance.

     Attending the prize presentation ceremony, the Deputy Director of Drainage Services, Mr Mak Ka-wai, said, "We have been committed to promoting the adoption of NECs in order to nurture mutual trust and partnering spirit between contracting parties, so as to enhance cost-effectiveness and reduce risks. The award to the HVUSSS is a recognition of our efforts in this area."

     Since the commencement of the contract, the project team has adopted the "one team, one goal" approach to set common targets and working objectives for crucial aspects like construction time, cost of works, quality, safety and environmental protection. The project team also held the "Knowing Me, Knowing You" workshop to help all parties understand each other's concerns in order to overcome challenges during the project. The project team's outstanding performance in terms of construction deployment and staff collaboration successfully won the judging panel's appreciation.

     Built at the Happy Valley Recreation Ground, the HVUSSS involves constructing an underground stormwater storage tank with a capacity of 60 000 cubic metres, which is equivalent to the total volume of about 24 standard swimming pools. The tank temporarily stores stormwater runoff collected during heavy rainstorms in a bid to substantially reduce the water flow to the downstream drainage system, thereby alleviating the flooding risk. The estimated cost of the project is about $1 billion. Phase 1 of the HVUSSS was completed and came into operation in March 2015. The entire project is scheduled for commission before the rainy season of 2018. Upon completion, the flood protection level of Happy Valley and the vicinity will be substantially enhanced.

Ends/Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:12


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