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December 26, 2020

Work on new urban areas, new bridge, airport expansion to begin in 2021

The Macao SAR Government announced earlier that new urban areas, the fourth Macau-Taipa bridge and the expansion of the international airport will start in 2021. One of the urban areas is the 'zone A' of the new reclamation, where construction of another 3,000 units of public housing has already begun. The area will also have many new projects coming up including infrastructures and private housing.

     Government officials said, in the light of the Urban Planning Law, after public consultation, which ended on 2 November, a document will be drawn up on the views expressed, to be followed by an opinion from the Urban Planning Council (CPU) and a final report, to be submitted to the Chief Executive of Macau SAR Government. The Master Plan will be completed next year.
     In 2021, the public tender for the food waste treatment centre for the commercial and industrial sector would be held. The future permanent storage depot for hazardous substances will be located at Ka-Ho in Coloane. The proposed depot is to be located at a former Macau Teen Challenge social facility in Ka-Ho for rehab work, linked to the church and opened in 1989. With regard to transport, government spokesman said that the extension of the light railway on the Seac Pai Van line (Coloane) will commence in 2021 with foundation work, and the connection to Hengqin (mountain island) would continue. 
     Work has already begun on the lower deck of the Sai Van bridge for the Taipa-Macau link, and work is in progress on the Barra station in the western part of the peninsula. As for the expansion of the airport, a second terminal would be built in 2021, transforming part of Taipa's maritime passenger terminal.
    Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng indicated during his policy address this year that his government expects there would be some 24,000 public housing and home-ownership scheme 'sandwich class' housing units available in the New Urban Zone Area A by the end of his administration's current term in 2024. Of the 24,000 public units to be concluded by 2024, some 5 per cent would be with one bedroom; 85 per cent would be two-bedroom units; while the remaining 10 per cent would be three-bedroom units.
Zone A reclamation area (Source: MSARG)
CCECC granted MOP2 billion contract to develop Areia Preta elderly housing project
A MOP2 billion (US$262.8 million) contract has been awarded by the Macao SAR Government to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (Macau) to develop 1,800 housing units for elderly residents in Areia Preta. The project is located at Lot P in Avenida do Nordeste. A ​​6,828 sq m site is used for the construction of a 37-storey building and a 3-storey underground silo, providing approximately 1,800 units studio housing units for elderly residents over 65. 
    These building units would include widened doorways to allow easier wheelchair access, and there would be service centres, restaurants and medical facilities for services such as haemodialysis at the buildings. To speed up construction work, the project is commissioned by direct tender, and developed using 'MiC' (modular integrated construction) methods. 
    The overall design and construction deadline is 860 working days and according to the mandatory target deadlines, the deadline for completion of the ground floor slab is 510 working days and the deadline for completion of the coverage is 730 working days. The project is expected to complete in 2023.

(Source: MSARG)