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

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Final Platinum

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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-base strategic link to the Greater Bay Area via the HZMB, and has been in operation since commissioning on 24 October 2018.

The Passenger Clearance Building (PCB) is the landmark of HZMB HKP, it houses the customs, immigration and quarantine facilities for passengers accessing Hong Kong via the HZMB.  The PCB is a two-storey building with a total floor area of over 90,000 square metres for Arrival Hall on the ground floor and Departure Hall on the first floor.  The roof of PCB is designed in the form of a wave and  it is supported by a few tree-like structural columns to create an enhanced sense of spaciousness at the Arrival and Departure Halls. Designed with abundant natural light, the PCB is an energy efficient and environmentally friendly infrastructure.    

Green Features

Site Aspects

  • Mammoth glass facades and numerous skylights are provided in the PCB iconic roof for daylighting so that natural light provides internal illumination during the day.
  • Good connectivity between the PCB and the adjacent public transport interchanges was well conceived at the early design stage to ensure pedestrian-friendly environments are created for the PCB to function effectively as a transport hub.
  • 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 power consumption on lighting during the day.

Materials Aspects

  • The PCB roof was designed with concept of modularity, repetition and symmetry and was made of pre-fabricated modules which were installed on site leading to efficiencies in both design and fabrication processes.
  • Porous pavers as a key player in sustainability and low impact development were used around the PCB footpath area, making it became the first public walkway maintained by the Highways Department adopting porous pavers.

Water Use

  • The PCB adopts reclaimed water for flushing water supply, rainwater harvesting system for irrigation water supply. Together with the use of low flow rate sanitary fitments, these provisions bring forth large water saving.

Indoor Environmental Quality

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

Innovations and Additions

  • The PCB benefits from the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for clash detection and construction planning.


It is the government policy to require all works departments to adopt energy efficient features and renewable energy technologies in government project and installations wherever practicable.  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 users in the HZMB HKP. 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 a 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 water quality in the North Western water control zone.

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

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