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The construction industry globally faces increasing demand for improved safety, quality, productivity and sustainability.

For Leighton Asia’s Black Point Power Station project team in Hong Kong, Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) is one solution helping to meet the challenge.

What is Modular Integrated Construction (MiC)?

MiC, also known as offsite or modular construction, is an innovative construction method using factory assembly followed by onsite installation.

Though MiC is comparatively new to Hong Kong, in recent years an increasing number of public works are being delivered under this model.

Tanks being unloaded off barge for installation at site.

Instead of fabricating effluent tanks – one of the project’s major components – onsite, the Black Point project team arranged for the tanks to be manufactured, assembled in a pre-fabrication yard in China and then transported to site by barge for installation.

Offsite fabrication is more successful as the labour-intensive and time-consuming process is carried out regardless of weather conditions and in a controlled environment, which is beneficial for process repetitive works.

Rowan RiggallLeighton Asia Project Manager of the Black Point Power Station project.

“The added advantage for this task is that the paint system could be applied without being affected by the humidity in the region, and the tanks could be built in a sequence offsite that didn’t result in confined space work.

“MiC not only minimises the duration of works onsite, it greatly enhances productivity, site safety and quality of work and accelerates the construction process.”

Find out more about Leighton Asia’s application of MiC from another case study detailing the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Passenger Clearance Building project here

(L): The two effluent tanks in purple are prefabricated in China and transported to site for installation.

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