Vignettes of Hong Kong Construction

Survey personnel inspecting the Chek Lap Kok runway on a misty afternoon.

Working at height: a worker connects the curvy roof truss above the Grand Foyer at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Extension.

Demolition is one of the more dangerous operations in the construction industry, especially for high rise buildings on small urban sites.

The traditional work couple for the excavation and construction of hand-dug caissons. This working relation will no longer be seen as the government banned the use of this dangerous method to construct caissons in early 1997.

This is not a battlefield, but the aftermath of the collapse of an entire floor during the concreting process, due to the failure of the formwork system which utilised traditional timber.

Life depends solely upon the provision of this tubular scaffold for workers fixing the stabilisation cable for the cross strut of Ting Kau Bridge, 65 m above ground.

Constructing the new airport runway: the laying of the sub base which formed the foundation for the runway.

The asphalt feeder and mixer facilities that provide the surfacing material for the airport runway.

The steel mast erected on top of The Centre, an 80-storey commercial building situated in Central District, Hong Kong.

The bridge tower of the Kap Shui Mun Bridge during construction. Covering the exterior is a scaffolding which provides access for workers securing the cable stays of the bridge.

A 42-metre high pier near Ting Kau Bridge supports a trunk road crossing the Tuen Mun Highway and presents an elegant, picturesque scene.

The control tower of the Air Traffic Control Centre at Chek Lap Kok.

A robust portal crosshead supporting the viaduct of the Airport Railway outside Tsing Yi Station.

The bridge tower of the Ting Kau Bridge
gives a massive and sculptural impression
to most people.

The bridge tower of a cable stay supported pedestrian foot bridge near Olympic Station at Tai Kok Tsui.

Workers from Mainland China erecting the rafters of the roof frame for the Bell Tower.

The only large-scale, traditional Chinese wooden structure in Hong Kong: the Chi Lin Temple complex. The seven-stage pagoda is seen during the construction period here; it is a reinforced concrete structure with timber boarding and eave rafter supports to provide the look of a wooden finish.

Tile laying works being carried out on the roof of the Chi Lin Temple side hall.