Kai Tak Sports Park celebrates construction milestone

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Kai Tak Sports Park, a new sports and entertainment complex scheduled to open in Hong Kong in 2025, has marked a major construction milestone with the completion of the Main Stadium exterior building façade panels.

The 50,000-seat Main Stadium has been designed with the theme ‘Pearl of the Orient’ and its multi-layered façade features around 27,000 aluminium panels. The panels have been shaped into signature design triangular pieces.

The colour of the façade is capable of shifting to different hues including mountain blue, metallic purple, metallic silver and others depending on the degrees of brightness of natural daylight.

The pearlescent panel surfaces have also been built with self-cleaning capabilities and long-lasting durability, which operators say will effectively combat the impact of dust and rainwater on the exterior walls.

The project team has reduced the original panel quantity of over 47,000 to 27,000 following a “meticulous” process of adjustments and refinements. The installation of the façade panels for the stadium took eight months.

Kai Tak Sports Park is now stepping into its final stage of construction, with nearly 85% of the works now completed. As well as the Main Stadium, the 28-hectare project will feature an indoor sports centre with a capacity of up to 10,000 and a public sports ground with a capacity of 5,000.

Kai Tak Sports Park will be used during the 2025 edition of the National Games of China, which Hong Kong will co-host alongside Guangdong and Macau. The major facilities within the precinct are expected to be completed in phases by the end of 2024 ahead of opening in 2025.

John Sharkey, project director of Kai Tak Sports Park, said: “The completion of the exterior wall works at Kai Tak Sports Park represents a remarkable milestone, showcasing our project team’s unwavering commitment to excellence and their relentless pursuit of creating a world-class sports and entertainment destination.

“This achievement not only transforms the iconic skyline of Victoria Harbour but also signifies significant progress towards our vision of establishing a premier sports hub. Anticipating the arrival of athletes, sports enthusiasts, and visitors from around the globe, we eagerly look forward to sharing the extraordinary allure of Kai Tak Sports Park.”

Construction work at Kai Tak Sports Park commenced in 2019. The complex has been designed by Populous and will be operated by ASM Global.

In September, caught up with Richard Breslin, a senior principal at Populous, to discuss the design vision behind Kai Tak Sports Park.