Expansion of Hong Kong legislative complex to cost nearly HK $ 400m more than estimated

The expansion of Hong Kong’s legislature complex is set to cost close to HK $ 400 million more than the original estimate owing to “unique and unprecedented” difficulty of the work, a government document has revealed.

Photo: Legislative Council, via Flickr.

In a paper submitted to the Public Works Subcommittee, the Architectural Services Department (ASD) said the price tag of the project to add new floors of offices and ancillary facilities for lawmakers and the Legislative Council (LegCo) Secretariat would increase from around HK $ 1.17 billion. to HK $ 1.56 billion.

The HK $ 391.2 million difference was a result of tender prices being “higher than expected,” the department explained, saying major work and installations had a “comparatively higher market pricing.”

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