Redevelopment Project for the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI)
The Hong Kong Sports Institute in Fo Tan, New Territories is Hong Kong’s elite sports training centre. It aims to enable talented athletes in Hong Kong to achieve international success.
The project was a Hong Kong SAR Government subvented development with an approved budget of HK$1,707.5 million. Construction works commenced in March 2009 and comprised four separate contracts:
- Contract 1 – Refurbishment of the existing Main Sports Complex and construction of a new Velodrome at Whitehead.
- Contract 2 – Foundation works for new buildings.
- Contract 3
- Swimming pool with 1,500 seat spectator stand
- Multi-Purpose Sports Hall
- Rowing Boathouse
- 9 Storey Multi-Purpose Building
- Contract 4 – Refurbishment of the existing Main Sports Complex and existing Athletes Hostel Wing to provide a Sports Science Centre and Multi-Purpose Training Venue, Offices and Seminar Rooms.
The project was completed and opened in stages, with the full facilities declared open in December 2014.
Aspect Asia’s Involvement
During the course of the project disputes arose in respect of entitlement to and the quantum of additional consultants fees for both prolongation of the design service and alleged additional services carried out.
The disputes were initially referred to Mediation and Aspect Asia was appointed by the HKSI to undertake a forensic review of the issues and provide an independent Expert Report and Quantum Assessments.
Whilst the disputes between the Parties were not resolved through the formal Mediation process, Aspect Asia’s independent Expert Report and Quantum Assessments were relied upon by HKSI in the subsequent negotiations.
HKSI was ultimately able to settle the issues in dispute through negotiation, without the need for full arbitration proceedings.