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A Healthy Construction Market – The Hong Kong Health Sector

A Healthy Construction Market – The Hong Kong Health Sector

Hong Kong is currently the location for some of the most groundbreaking civil infrastructure projects to be seen anywhere in the construction industry. However, what is equally important and fundamentally what Hong Kong is known for is in the building construction sector. This will inevitably bring about a further increase in Hong Kong construction jobs available in 2013 as well as a more diverse industry construction industry.

Hospital Construction
A particular sector to focus on is the Healthcare sector. The Architectural Services Department together with the Hospital Authority have already planned the construction of two major hospital projects with start dates on site in 2013 – 2014. First of these two projects is Tin Shui Wai Hospital. This project is due in part to a public demand for medical services in the North Western region of the New Territories. The contract is at an estimated cost of HK $2 billion – and is to be managed under the NEC contract form.  This will inevitably attract construction workers with NEC contract experience as well as people with relevant experience of the healthcare industry.

Building a 5 star luxury hospital in Hong Kong…?
This idea can be exemplified with the second hospital project planned as part of the Kai Tak Development scheme in Kowloon – the Centre of Excellence in Paediatrics (CEP). As a paediatric hospital, the overall objective is to create an environment that is obviously child-friendly and welcoming, as opposed to the typical institutional and clinical feeling that stems from the healthcare field. From this, it makes sense to engage and recruit construction professionals who have gained experience in hotels and hospitality projects where their primary aims were to accomplish a warm and inviting building using a good standard of materials and specification. The building design itself will consist of two separate towers, both 12 storeys high interconnected by 3 link bridges. The CEP has an estimated completion date of 2017 – 2018 – this guarantees construction jobs in the upcoming year for professionals skilled in building structures related to steelworks, reinforced concrete, façade works, cladding, curtain walling and of course specialist M&E relating to hospital equipment.

Curing Hong Kong’s construction Ills
These are only two of many projects that are currently in the framework for the Hong Kong healthcare market. Amongst this are expansion works (Yau Ma Tei Hospital), reprovisioning works (Yau Ma Tei Specialist Clinic) and demolition works to make way for newer buildings that will hopefully serve the public more effectively. The Hong Kong population is justifiably health conscious with previous epidemics and pandemics of SARS and swine flu occurring in the past decade. It makes sense for there to be an emphasis on better (and more abundant) healthcare facilities.

Get in Touch to Get Involved!
With such world leading healthcare and building projects now getting underway in Hong Kong alongside all the rail and infrastructure projects that are getting up to full speed now, it is understandable why the recruitment consultants at Maxim Recruitment in our Hong Kong and UK offices are keen to hear from construction engineers, projects managers, designers, planners, quantity surveyors and commercial managers with healthcare, building or civil engineering/infrastructure project experience!  Construction experts from Hong Kong or anywhere in the world can be confident that in Hong Hong they will be valued for their expertise and knowledge within a tight and competitive construction market! Whether you are a junior level engineer with experience in high rise construction, or a Project Director of a medical centre overseas, there will be plentiful opportunities for you in 2013!

If you are interested in a confidential discussion of potential job opportunities in the construction industry in Hong Kong, Asia or the Middle East, please send us your CV and register for free job alerts on our website.

Happy New Year!

Donald Leung
Maxim Recruitment
Hong Kong
January 2013

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