Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building

Hong Kong

Full steam ahead!

This project covers the design and construction of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building to accommodate cruise operation facilities including customs, immigration, quarantine and police as well as other supporting facilities such as security screening, baggage handling, ticketing, check-in, passenger waiting and queuing etc. Upon its completion, it will be able to accommodate the world’s largest cruise vessels.
The design comprises a series of connecting green landscaped decks from the first level to the roof. The 42-metre wide span column-free layout will allow for maximum flexibility in the utilisation of space, which can be configured in various layouts. Thus, the operation area can be converted into other uses during non-peak season periods, maximizing the usage of the building.
The design of the Cruise Terminal Building draws on a sustainable construction approach that extends beyond low energy consumption to the building’s overall long-term sustainability performance. Green features in relation to energy conservation, use of renewable energy and recycling are all covered.
The Cruise Terminal Building will be iconic, highly functional and efficient in order to facilitate world-class services being provided by the operator to cruise passengers. It is set to become an attractive destination for both local residents and tourists. The terminal facilities will be on a par with the best international facilities, consolidating Hong Kong’s position as a premier cruise hub in the region.
Technical expertise

In order to optimise space within the building, the box beams forming the primary structure have been used to lay out numerous pipes and ducts from different building services. Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology has been widely utilised for this project to fine-tune coordination between the design of the structure and the electrical and mechanical package.

Key data
  • Construction period: 2010 to 2013
  • Client: Architectural Services Department
  • Architect: Forster + Partners, Wong Tung & Partners
  • Award: BEAM Plus Platinum, HKGBC Green Building Award 2012
  • Type of contract: Design & Build
  • Scope of works: Full MEP package
  • Gross Floor Area: 72,135 m²