Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port - Passenger Clearance Building

  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port

  • Passenger Clearance Building – bird’s eye view

  • Passenger Clearance Building and Public Transport Interchange

  • Passenger Clearance Building – night view

  • Passenger Clearance Building – internal water feature

New Buildings V1.2
Provisional Platinum

Overall Score

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Hong Kong Port (HKP) of approx. 150 ha in size is located on a reclaimed artificial island off the north-east of the Hong Kong International Airport. It provides a road-based strategic link to the Greater Bay Area via the HZMB, and has been in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since commissioning on 24 October 2018.

The Passenger Clearance Building (PCB), located at the west side of the HKP, is the largest building in the man-made island and is also the landmark of HZMB HKP. It houses the clearance facilities for passengers accessing Hong Kong via the HZMB, and has been designed to handle over 170 thousand passengers daily. The border crossing passengers taking public transport can reach the public transport interchanges (PTI) by buses, which can set off and pick up passengers at the PTI located at southern and northern side of the PTI. Park-and-ride facility is also available in HKP for visitors heading to Macao or the Mainland.

Green Features

Site Aspects

  • Natural daylight is admitted into the building and local wind environment is preserved for both the building and neighborhood buildings.
  • Building is well connected with public transportation via the 2 nos. of public transport interchanges.
  • The PCB concourse area column grid are widely spaced at 16.5 x 21m to enable spatial adaptability.

Energy Use

  • High performance building envelope is adopted to lower solar heat gain.
  • An energy efficient District Seawater Cooling System with seawater cooling chillers has been adopted to provide air conditioning.
  • PCB roof’s light colour aluminum cladding, baffle ceiling shading devices and skylights effectively allows natural lighting into the PCB whilst reducing thermal heat gain. Daylight sensor to dim artificial lighting in response to daylight levels to reduce lighting use during the day.

Materials Aspects

  • The PCB roof was designed with concept of modularity, repetition and symmetry and is made of pre-fabricated modules which were installed on site leading to efficiencies in both design and fabrication processes.
  • Porous pavers were used around the PCB footpath area marking this first public walkway maintained by Government of the HKSAR, Highway Department to adopt porous pavers

Water Use

  • PCB adopts reclaimed water for flushing water supply, rainwater harvesting system for irrigation water supply and along with the use of low flow rate sanitary fitments, these provision brings forth large water saving.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • The PCB is fitted to provide all-round indoor environmental quality.

Innovations and Additions

  • PCB benefits from the adoption of BIM for clash detection and construction planning.


As part of the Government of HKSAR’s initiative to encourage the construction of green buildings in Hong Kong, the then Environmental, Transport and Works Bureau issued a technical circular (ETWB TC(W) No. 16/2005) requiring all works departments to adopt energy efficient features and renewable energy technologies in government project and installations wherever practicable. Under the ETWB TC(W) No. 16/2005, all new government buildings with construction floor area of more than 10,000m2 should aim to obtain the second highest grade or above under an internationally or locally recognized building environmental assessment system. The PCB was enrolled in the local Hong Kong Green Building Council BEAM Plus scheme with target grading of Platinum which is the highest possible grading under the BEAM Plus scheme.

The Government’s policy was a large driver in the planning and design stages of the PCB and those island-wide green facilities (e.g. District Seawater Cooling System and Reclaimed Water System) which brought about significant environmental benefits for most of the HZMB HKP island users. The use of District Seawater Cooling System consumes less electrical energy and hence produces less greenhouse gases and contaminants to the environment; whilst the use of Reclaimed Water System for flush water supply, in addition to saving water, reduces the amount of treated effluent being discharged to the adjacent water body and thus benefits the North Western Water Control Zone water quality.

Since PCB’s commissioning, building users including both cross boundary passengers and government officers using the PCB and the PCB’s neighbors would have benefited from the provisions credited under the BEAM Plus scheme as described below. PCB’s building users would have direct exposure and benefit from well-designed indoor air, acoustic, thermal and lighting quality. PCB’s neighbors would benefit from the well-designed PCB surrounding environment with adequate daylight intake, wind amplification compliance and adequate air ventilation.

Project Details

Completion Year 2018
Number of Blocks 1
Number of Storeys 4
Type Government, Institutional and Community

Project Team

Project Developer / Owner Highways Department, the Government of the HKSAR
Project Manager AECOM Asia Company Limited
Architect Aedas
Landscape Architect AECOM Asia Company Limited
M&E Engineer AECOM Asia Company Limited
C&S Engineer AECOM Asia Company Limited
Façade Consultant AECOM Asia Company Limited
Main Contractor Leighton – Chun Wo Joint Venture
Quantity Surveyor AECOM Asia Company Limited, supported by Langdon & Seah Hong Kong Limited
Sustainable Design Consultant Buro Happold International (Hong Kong) Limited
Environmental Consultant AECOM Asia Company Limited
Acoustic Consultant AECOM Asia Company Limited
Facility Manager Savills Guardian

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