BIM Academy takes BIM manager role on £400m Hong Kong arts centre

BIM Academy has been appointed to the role of BIM manager on the M+ cultural centre in the West Kowloon Cultural district, a £400m project designed by Swiss architect Herzog and de Meuron.

BIM Academy previously had a role advising the client on the BIM-enabled design development of the scheme, and drawing up a project execution plan.

It is now acting in-house for the contractor that secured the contract, Hsin Chong Construction. Its initial appointment is for nine months, although this could be extended.

A dedicated member of staff will be working with the contractor and its supply chain to advise it on delivering a BIM-enabled project and producing COBie data for the eventual handover.

BIM Academy is a joint venture between Northumbira University and architect Ryder, which has an established office in Hong Kong. 

BIM Academy managing Peter Barker said that the appointment helped deliver on the promise of BIM knowledge as a UK export. “It’s great we are able to export some of the knowledge we’ve gained over the past two or three years, and spread UK expertise.

“We are now actively looking for other opportunities in Hong Kong, it gives us opportunities to develop further business in the area.”

The M+ museum is one of the showcase projects for the West Kowloon Cultural District, which combines art and education facilities and public space.

The building features a vertical tower, which contains education facilities, a restaurant and public areas, while the horizontal element includes several gallery spaces. 

The Hong Kong offices of Farrells and Arup are also advising on the 60,000 sq m project.

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