ASD Contract No. SS X302, Construction of Annex Building at Ko Shan Theatre
The first curvilinear-shaped performing centre in Hong Kong, the contemporary architecture of the new Ko Shan Theatre New Annex blends with the park’s natural greenery. This brings the surrounding park into the theatre and enhances its identity as Hong Kong’s premier hub for Cantonese Opera.
The project aimed to extend the existing park with minimum impact on its environment, and was designed for barrier-free universal accessibility. The annex comprises a 600-seat theatre with fly-tower facilities, function rooms, retail stores, a tea house and an exhibition hall.
The terraced building is close to the park’s western slope and includes gardens on various roof levels, improving the visual impact. The horseshoe-shaped auditorium provides a classical theatre ambience. The double-storey entrance foyer wraps around the auditorium, providing comfortable circulation space with a full-height low-E double-glazed external wall that maximises natural daylight and the exterior park view.
Gammon Construction Limited was contracted by the HKSAR Architectural Services Department to undertake the construction of the Threatre Annex Building.
With a site area of 4,000 m², works were implemented in two Stages.
Stage 1 included modification of existing planter walls, construction of a traffic lay-by near and modification of road furniture, kerbs and road crossing.
Stage 2 included demolition of existing tennis court and construction of an Annex Building with 600-seat auditorium and supporting rooms.
The Contract sum was approximately HK$500 million with an anticipated construction duration of 2 years.
Aspect Asia’s Involvement
Aspect Asia’s Director, Nick Adams, was jointly appointed by ASD and Gammon Construction as the Dispute Resolution Advisor (DRAd) for the project.
The DRAd’s overriding objective is to assist the stakeholders in the project to attempt to resolve the majority of disputes that arise on any project through pro-active and meaningful dialogue at site level at the early stages of the dispute and through the development of productive working relationships among stakeholders and between stakeholders and the DRAd.
Activities undertaken included:
- Preparing and presenting the role of the DRAd at an initial briefing meeting with all stakeholders;
- Acting ‘fairly and impartially’ in dealing with stakeholders;
- Meeting the stakeholders – individually and collectively;
- Attending regular site walks and site meetings;
- Liaising with the various Project Consultants as required;
- Encouraging open discussions between site level representatives of all stakeholders;
- Anticipation of disputes;
- Assisting with the avoidance of disputes;
- Assisting with the resolving of differences or disagreements as they arise at site level;
- Assisting with the resolution of any disputes that arise;
- Making non-binding recommendations or evaluations;
- Reporting to non-site Senior Management of stakeholders.
Although a number of events on the project resulted in significant delay and disruption to the Works, through the support and advice of the DRAd and the willingness of the parties to engage in open discussion with the DRAd, the majority of issues were able to be resolved as the project progressed through the granting of appropriate extensions of time and the evaluation of entitlement to additional payment by ASD’s advisors.
The project was successfully completed in Q1 2013 and the residual issues were concluded as part of the final account process without the need to refer the issues to formal dispute resolution proceedings.