Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3

A green hub for science

Delivering an award-winning, eco-friendly science and technology park in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3 Project summary


Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Project value

£420 million (HK$ 4.88 billion)

Key partners

RLB, Simon Kwan Architects, AECOM, JRP Ltd, Cundall

Services provided

Project and programme management, Consult


Offices, Commercial


Asia Pacific, Hong Kong

Project timeline

Start date
October 2010

Project story

The Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3 development pushed the boundaries on reduction, efficiency and generation. Using our expertise in sustainable technologies and materials, we project managed one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in Hong Kong.

Key sustainability features include natural ventilation to office areas, solar cooling technologies, solar tracking louvres, phase changing materials and thermal and rainwater storage facilities.

Through value engineering we saved the client money by upgrading the existing district cooling system - eliminating the need for a new energy tower. Energy efficient envelopes for the buildings include insulated façades and green roofs, optimised window areas, highly insulated areas and use of double glazed, low emissive windows.

Aerial View of Hong Kong Science Park - Mace Group

Project stats

105,000 sq m development of laboratories and offices
14% cost savings
44% energy saving compared to current government targets

Points of note

Project managing an award winning team

As ‘executive’ project managers we were accountable for the initial design stages through to construction and handover, operational integration and overall cost control. In addition to our core team, we were also responsible for the recruitment, management and deployment of the resident site staff team (RSS) that supervise the works - typically employed directly by the client. This closer working relationship with the RSS allowed for a much more collaborative team approach, a benefit which was recognised when the team won ‘Best Project Team of the Year’ at the RICS Hong Kong Property Awards for two years running.


Phase 3 of the Science Park was planned as a hub for green technology. The objectives have been more than realised. Testament to that is building 12W, the first 'Leadership in Energy and Environment Design' (version 2009 Platinum) office building in Hong Kong. Furthermore the project has won the Hong Kong Green Building Council's 'Grand Award' and was also granted the 'Grand Award' in the 'Hong Kong Non-Residential (New Building)' category at the Quality Building Awards 2016. The design is predicted to save over 40% more energy than the current government targets for similar buildings.

Saving our client 14%

We carried out a comprehensive programme of value management and engineering that made bottom line savings in the region of 14% of the total estimated project cost - all while delivering the client's requirements. This included revising the overall masterplan, upgrading the district cooling system - eliminating the need for a new energy tower - and designing the laboratories to deliver essential core provisions. Some research and development office spaces were also developed for potential use as ‘dry’ laboratories.