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Chu Hai College of Higher Education New Campus Development, Hong Kong

Strategic project management to deliver a world-class educational facility

The new campus is the latest development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education (CHC), providing world-class and state-of-the-art facilities for a variety of tertiary education programmes.

The campus began full operation in August 2016, serving 4,000 teachers and students. With a GFA of 26,500m², the development comprises two parallel horizontal blocks, providing spaces for classrooms, studios, offices and residential units for staff and students.

Arup provided project management, structural, geotechnical, civil, traffic, and environmental consultancy services from inception to completion and handover.

Project Summary


26,500 comprises horizontal blocks providing classrooms, studios, offices and residential units

4,000accommodating both student and staff

AwardsRICS Awards Hong Kong 2017 and HKIPM Project Management Awards 2016

We were brought into the project when the foundation was already completed while the entire design was revised. This complex programme required significant management, consultation and coordination to ensure that the campus would achieve its objectives. Working with Rocco Design Architects, we re-optimised the superstructure design and site formation within the constraints from the as-built foundation, resulting in significant cost savings and shortened approval process. Driven by the deadline for student intake, we worked closely with the contractor to arrange the sequence of works to fit into the tight schedule, and saved two months against the original programme.

As the project manager, we engaged all project stakeholders throughout to remain aligned with the project objective. We took the lead to reflect any changes into the programme, envision and communicate with stakeholders for better outcomes, facilitate decision making, and overcome hurdles in technical, construction and budget perspectives. To ensure the project would be delivered on budget, we established a cost plan from the onset, and defined a systematic way to approach project changes and monitor their implications against the project cost plan.

Throughout the development of the project, Arup provided us with invaluable support in managing it with admirable efficiency and in a cost-effective manner. Their professionalism in applying a systematic approach to design management, procurement, contract administration, change management and cost control has proved to be crucial to the successful project delivery.


Kwok Ka Keung Vice President (Administration), Chu Hai College of Higher Education

The project was awarded Construction Project Team of the Year at the RICS Awards Hong Kong 2017, and also named Project of the Year and Winner in Construction / Engineering and Community Service categories at the HKIPM Project Management Awards 2016.