RMD Kwikform has supplied the shoring and formwork to Hong Kong based sub-contractors United Soundfair and Richwell Engineering, to assist with a highway widening project, overseen by main contractor Gammon Construction. The purpose of the project is to widen the current Tolo Highway from a two to four lane carriageway in each direction, alleviating traffic congestion.
Noel Kennedy, general manager for RMD Kwikform Hong Kong commented, "We were approached by sub-contractors, United Soundfair and Richwell Engineering to supply shoring and formwork support for the Tolo Highway widening project. The scale of the site and project required the use of our 80kN capacity Rapidshor shoring, to ensure safety and the continuous traffic flow needed, whilst the widening took place. Due to the location of the site, we also needed to engineer a solution using Rapidshor to support the overhead works spanning the slip roads at interchanges, whilst maintaining a safe access route for traffic.
"In addition to the main Rapidshor shoring, we also utilised our Megashor heavy duty shoring to provide extra support to a variety of the bridge deck structures, some up to a height of 25 metres, with SuperSlim and GTX Beams used to create the soffit.
"The project itself is one of many that have benefitted from the use of Rapidshor, which is one of the more widely used systems in Hong Kong, popular with sub-contractors, as it allows them to use less labour, due to the heavy leg load capacity."
The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.