Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century
World’s Best Airport 2001
World’s Best Airport 2002
World’s Best Airport 2003
World’s Best Airport 2004
Best Airport Worldwide 2005
Best Airport Award 2006
World’s Best Airport 2007

Powering Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok)

A project of global significance, Hong Kong International Airport combines landmark building design with imaginative and efficient space usage. The Terminal Building is the largest covered space in the world and the sheer scale of this 570,000 m2 project demanded specialist support. Working for Rotary International, the key players that have since formed WMS, were called upon to manage critical elements of the electrical installation at this new airport due to the complexity and scale of the project. This entailed the high and low voltage electrical distribution and associated control systems (SCADA) throughout the passenger terminal building and management of elements of the building services across the airport platform.

Access to the all-important switchrooms of the Passenger Terminal Building was delayed by 10 months. Despite this Rotary International completed 15 months work within 5 months to ensure that the key date for power on to the building was achieved. The processes and expertise of the team, now part of WMS, enabled this exceptional achievement. The airport has been winning awards ever since its opening and has achieved a 5 star ranking in independent research organisation, SkyTrax, in the World Airport Rankings. 

Key data
Client Hong Kong Airport Authority
Architect Foster & Partners
Main Contractor (Services) Aster Ellis Hsin Chong Joint Venture
Electrical & Hydraulics Contractor Rotary International Limited
Area 570,000 m2 Core Terminal Buildings
The airport is located within 5 hours flying time of half of the world’s population and was built upon reclaimed land on the island of Chek Lap Kok, from where it derived its colloquial name. It opened for commercial operations in July 1998 and has operated around the clock since. Hong Kong International Airport currently handles 45 million passengers and over 3 million tonnes of cargo.