Gammon Construction, the Hong Kong subsidiary of Balfour Beatty, has been awarded a major road design and construction contract worth HK$8.66bn (£722m).
The HKSAR Highways contract, which marks the largest solo civil engineering contract ever awarded to Gammon, involves the construction of the Southern Connection Viaduct Section of the Tuen Mun - Chek Lap Kok Link (TM-CLKL) in Hong Kong.
Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said that the company has the capability to design, construct, manage and finance major infrastructure projects across the globe.
"It's great news that this project will generate more than 1,500 local jobs. It demonstrates the value that investment in big infrastructure projects can bring to the local economy," McNaughton said.
The works on the Southern Connection Viaduct Section, which is part of the 9km-long TM-CLKL, includes the design and building of a 1.6km dual two-lane sea viaduct between the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao-Bridge, Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities and North Lantau.
The project also includes the construction of nine smaller approach viaducts.
Work under the programme is scheduled to begin in June 2013, and will be substantially completed by the end 2016, with full completion expected by April 2017.
Balfour Beatty is a UK-based infrastructure group that provides professional, construction, support services and infrastructure investments.
It operates in more than 80 countries, working for clients primarily in the UK, the US, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Gammon Construction, a construction company in Hong Kong, is 50% owned by Balfour Beatty.
Image: The new project to construct the Southern Connection Viaduct Section will create over 1,500 local jobs. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty plc.