Work on 2023 Pacific Games Stadiums on Schedule
Work on the seven stadium projects awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) are currently on schedule.
Vice team leader of project construction technical group of CCECC, Zhang Tenglong told local media during a site visit to the main stadiums at the King George sixth area in East Honiara today.
Mr Tenglong said despite challenges presented by Covid-19, work on the seven projects awarded to the company has been well on track with foundation work on the main stadium, training field, track, hockey pitch and training field supporting houses now completed.
“For plot 1, the excavation work and foundation construction for the main stadium and the road backfill has been completed, for plot 2, training field, track and the hockey pitch foundation construction are also completed. Drainage trench around the training field construction and it’s pre-made covers and the training field supporting houses foundation had been completed.” Mr Tenglong said.
Mr Tenglong said installation and adjustment of large machines have been completed and put to use, such as tower crane, crawler-type hoist crane, multiple digging machines and carrier vehicles.
The coverage area of one tower crane is Over 10,000 square meters.
“The use of these large-scale machines, which is the first time in Solomon Islands, greatly improves the efficiency of site construction,” Mr Tenglong said.
Meanwhile the Team Leader of Project Management for Central South Architectural Design Institute (CSADI) Ruan Xiangju said all Chinese stakeholders involved in the project are working together to ensure the project progresses well.
“The Chinese authorities, project management company and project contractor are driving forward the progress of the pacific games project from theory to reality by overcoming the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and are devoted to help the Solomon Islands government and its people to achieve their dream of hosting the 2023 pacific games.”
Mr Xiangju said the completion of the stadium project will set the foundation for the country to host the pacific games and see development in the country’s infrastructure sector.
Last month a delegation from CSADI successfully completed a survey and the designing task for the project.
Mr Xiangju said for the last five months they have been working with the National Hosting Authority to effectively implement the project.
“During the past five months of construction, we have been working closely with NHA and have built great relationships and mutual trust to effectively carry out the implementation of the project through weekly regular meetings with NHA site representatives to track the progress of works timely as per the implementation agreement,” Mr Xiangju said
The stadium projects are funded by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at an estimated cost of USD$85 million dollars.
Speaking during the media site visit, NHA Executive Director Christian Nieng said he is pleased to see the project going well.
“We are pleased to see the stadium project progressing very well. The progress signifies the growth in relationship and partnerships between the two governments that keep growing from strength to strength,” Mr Neign said.
The stadiums are expected to be handed over to NHA by May 2023.
By Sharon Nanau