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Contents

Executive summary

1      Introduction

1.1    Background

1.2    Project Organisation

1.3    Environmental Status in the Reporting Period

2      Summary of EM&A Requirements

2.1    Monitoring Requirements

2.2    Environmental Mitigation Measures

3      Summary of EM&A Monitoring Results

3.1    Monitoring Data

3.2    Monitoring Exceedances

4      Waste Management

4.1    M+ Museum

4.2    Lyric Theatre Complex

5      Environmental Non-conformance

6      Comments, Recommendations and Conclusion

6.1    Comments

6.2    Recommendations

6.3    Conclusion

Figure 1              Site Layout Plan and Monitoring Stations

Appendices

A.    Project Organisation

B.    Construction Programme

C.    Environmental Mitigation Measures – Implementation Status

D.    Meteorological Data Extracted from Hong Kong Observatory

E.    Graphical Plots of the Monitoring Results

F.     Waste Flow table

G.    Cumulative Statistics on Complaints, Notifications of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

 

 

 

 

 

Executive summary

This Quarterly EM&A Report presents the monitoring works at both the main works of M+ Museum and Lyric Theatre Complex conducted from 1 February 2019 to 30 April 2019.

The impact stage EM&A programme for the Project includes air quality, noise, water quality, waste, landscape and visual monitoring. The recommended environmental mitigation measures were implemented on site and regular inspections were carried out to ensure that the environmental conditions are acceptable.

The EM&A programme was carried out by the ET in accordance with the EM&A Manual requirements. It is concluded from the environmental monitoring and audit works that adequate environmental mitigation measures have been implemented by the contractors where appropriate in the reporting quarter.

Exceedance of Action and Limit Levels

One exceedance of Action Level of 24-hour TSP for Air Quality were recorded. There was no breach of Limit levels for Air Quality (1-hour TSP and 24-hour TSP) and Noise in this reporting quarter.

Implementation of Mitigation Measures

Construction phase weekly site inspections were carried out to confirm the implementation measures undertaken by the Contractors in the reporting quarter. The status of implementation of mitigation measures during the reporting quarter is shown in Appendix C.

Landscape and visual impact inspections were conducted as part of the abovementioned weekly site inspections during the reporting quarter. No adverse comment on landscape and visual aspects was made during these inspections.

Record of Complaints

No environmental complaint was received during the reporting quarter.

Record of Notification of Summons and Successful Prosecutions

No notification of summons and successful prosecution were recorded in the reporting quarter.

 

 

 

1        Introduction

1.1             Background

Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited (MMHK) was commissioned to undertake the Environmental Team (ET) services (including environmental monitoring and audit (EM&A)) for the construction of M+ Museum Main Works (Contract No.: CC/2015/3A/022) and Lyric Theatre Complex including the Foundation Works (Contract No.: CC/2015/3A/014) and L1 Contract (Contract No. CC/2017/3A/030) at West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) (The Project) as part of the WKCD development. The Project Proponent is the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA). The construction works and EM&A programme for M+ Museum and Lyric Theatre Complex commenced on 31 October 2015 and 1 March 2016 respectively. The overall works for the WKCD fall under two separate categories of Designated Project (DP) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO), namely an “engineering feasibility study of urban development projects with a study area covering more than 20 ha or involving a total population of more than 100 000” (Item 3 of Schedule 3) and “an underpass more than 100m in length under the built areas” (Item A.9, Part I, Schedule 2). An Environmental Permit No. EP-453/2013/B (EP) was issued with respect to the “Underpass Road and Austin Road Flyover Serving the West Kowloon Cultural District” which specifically includes the abovementioned category of DP under Item A.9, Part I, Schedule 2 of the EIAO. The captioned projects include part of the abovementioned underpass road located within the site boundary also falls under this same category.

The M+ museum development aims to provide an iconic presence for the M+ museum, semi-transparent vertical plane, housing education facilities, a public restaurant and museum offices. At ground and lower levels, generous access will be provided to the park and other West Kowloon Cultural District facilities, alongside a public resource centre, theatres, retail and dining, and back-of-house functions.

 The 1,200-seat Lyric Theatre Complex will be Hong Kong’s first world-class facility for dance performances, including ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance forms. In the run up to the opening of further major performing arts venues in the WKCD, it will also be used for a wide variety of performing arts events including drama, opera and musical performances. The Lyric Theatre Complex will act as a platform for Hong Kong’s leading arts organisations, and be a new major venue to show programmes from Asia and worldwide.

The Quarterly EM&A Report is prepared in accordance with the Clause 3.4 of the Environmental Permit No. EP-453/2013/B. This Quarterly EM&A Report presents the monitoring works conducted from 1 February 2019 to 30 April 2019. The purpose of this report is to summarise the findings in the EM&A of the project over the reporting period.

1.2             Project Organisation

The organisation chart and lines of communication with respect to the on-site environmental management structure together with the contact information of the key personnel are shown in Appendix A.

1.3             Environmental Status in the Reporting Period

During the reporting period, construction works at M+ Museum undertaken include:

    Structure

    Podium GF and RF: Falsework, formwork and rebar

    M+ Podium 1/F: Structural works

    Podium 2F: Scaffold & formwork dismantling

    CSF RT/F: Scaffold & formwork dismantling

    RDE 8-13F: Slab rebar & column preparation

    Facade

    Installation of panels on M+ tower

    Erection of 1MF scaffold for 1MF Installation

    Installation of façade on 2/F of RDE

    MEP

    Cast-in items as per concrete pouring schedule

    Remaining work at DCS plant room, Sea Water Pump Cells and Heat Exchanger plant room

    BEL, ELV, BFS, BPD, BME works from B2 to 3/F of M+

    BEL, ELV, BFS, BPD, BME works from G/F to 15/F of RDE

    Fix work at M+ podium, RDE and CSF

    ABWF

    M+, RDE and CSF material delivery and block work

    Block wall erection, floor screed for plant room area and corridor area, wall plastering work up to M+ G/F

    Blockwork plaster, paint/sealer, plaster, drywall subframe, front of house work wall plastering work up to M+ 16/F

    Steel platform, plastering, artwall/drywall stud erection, false ceiling sub-frame installation of RDE from 1MF to 2/F

    Fairface remedial work, gypsum block, waterproofing, flor screed, foamglass and gypsum block, skim coat and painting, self-levelling screed, floating floor of CSF building from 1/F to 8/F

    External

    Trench reinstatement

    FS pipe, ICT, PW connection

 

During the reporting period, construction works at Lyric Theatre Complex undertaken include:

    Extended basement structure construction of Area 06

    Excavation and ELS works at Main Cofferdam

    Artist Square (ASB) bored pile work near Area 06

    Drainage and water mains work (PIW works)

 

The Construction Works Programme of the Project is provided in Appendix B. A layout plan of the Project is provided in Figure 1.

 

 

 

2        Summary of EM&A Requirements

2.1             Monitoring Requirements

In accordance with the EM&A Manual, environmental parameters including air quality, noise, landscape and visual have been monitored. The specific parameters, monitoring frequency and the respective Action and Limit levels are given in Table 2.1. Locations of the monitoring stations are provided in Figure 1.

Table 2.1:         Summary of Impact EM&A Requirements

Parameters

Descriptions

Locations

Frequencies

Action level

Limit level

Air Quality

24-Hour TSP

AM1 - International Commerce Centre

At least once every 6 days

143.6 μg/m3

260 μg/m3

1-Hour TSP

AM1 - International Commerce Centre

At least 3 times every 6 days

273.7 μg/m3

500 μg/m3

24-Hour TSP

AM2A/ AM2B – Austin Road West opposite to The Harbourside Tower 1

At least once every 6 days

151.1 μg/m3

260 μg/m3

1-Hour TSP

AM2A/ AM2B – Austin Road West opposite to The Harbourside Tower 1

At least 3 times every 6 days

274.2 μg/m3

500 μg/m3

Noise

Leq, 30 minutes

NM1A- Podium level of The Harbourside Tower 1

Weekly

When one documented complaint is received from any one of the sensitive receivers

75 dB(A)

Landscape & Visual

Monitor implementation of proposed mitigation measures during the construction stage

As described in Table 9.1 and 9.2 of the EM&A Manual

Bi-weekly

N/A

N/A

Given that the Project covers only a small part of the whole WKCD area (i.e. M+ Museum, Lyric Theatre Complex and respective portions of underpass road), it was proposed that the EM&A programme for the Project should only require 1 noise monitoring station and 2 air quality monitoring stations located closest to the Project area. Currently, the works under the captioned project are confined in the western part of the WKCD site. Therefore, only the monitoring stations AM1, AM2 were set up. However, the electricity supply at AM2 was suspended from 31 August 2016 and was no longer available. In order to have a more secure electricity supply, an alternative air monitoring location (AM2A) was identified at Austin Road West opposite to The Harbourside Tower 1, which is close to Lyric Theatre Complex site entrance. This alternative air monitoring location was approved by EPD on 28 September 2016. Due to works programme, the air monitoring location AM2A has been relocated to the alternative monitoring location AM2B at the 1st floor of Gammon’s site office, which was approved by EPD on 21 February 2019. Meanwhile, the opportunity of setting up the air monitoring location at The Harbourside is being explored. Approval from the management office of the International Commerce Centre has been granted on 29 February 2016 for conducting noise monitoring at the alternative noise monitoring location identified at the podium floor (NM1A) which is free from screening to the construction activities. Therefore, 2 air quality monitoring stations and 1 noise impact monitoring station were confirmed for the impact monitoring.

2.2             Environmental Mitigation Measures

Environmental mitigation measures have been recommended in the EM&A Manual. Summary of implementation status of the environmental mitigation measures is provided in Appendix C.

 

 

 

3        Summary of EM&A Monitoring Results

3.1             Monitoring Data

In accordance with the EM&A Manual, impact monitoring has been conducted in the reporting quarter. Meteorological data for the reporting quarter have been extracted from Hong Kong Observatory and presented in Appendix D. Monitoring data with graphical presentation for the reporting quarter are shown in Appendix E. A summary on the monitoring results are presented in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1:         Summary of Monitoring Data

Parameter

Monitoring Location

Minimum

Maximum

Average

Air Quality

 

 

 

 

1 hour TSP

AM1

32

89

58

1 hour TSP

AM2A/ AM2B

44

101

68

24 hour TSP

AM1

21

76

48

24 hour TSP

AM2A/ AM2B

18

207

72

Construction Noise

 

 

 

 

Leq(30min)

NM1A

67

70

69

3.2             Monitoring Exceedances

Summary of the exceedances in the reporting quarter is tabulated in Table 3.2.

Table 3.2:         Summary of Exceedances

Monitoring Station

Parameter

No. of Exceedance

Action Taken

 

 

Action Level

Limit Level

 

Air Quality

 

 

 

 

AM1

1 hour TSP

0

0

N/A

24 hour TSP

0

0

N/A

AM2A

1 hour TSP

0

0

N/A

24 hour TSP

1

0

N/A

Construction Noise

 

 

 

 

NM1A

Leq(30min)

0

0

N/A

3.2.1         1-hour TSP Monitoring

All 1-hour TSP monitoring was conducted as scheduled in the reporting quarter. No Action/ Limit Level exceedance was recorded.

3.2.2         24-hour TSP Monitoring

All 24-hour TSP monitoring was conducted as scheduled in the reporting quarter. One exceedance of Action Level of 24-hour TSP for Air Quality were recorded, while there was no Limit Level exceedance.

3.2.3         Construction Noise Monitoring

All construction noise monitoring was conducted as scheduled in the reporting quarter. No Action/ Limit Level exceedance was recorded.

3.2.4         Landscape and Visual Monitoring

All landscape and visual impact inspections were conducted as scheduled in the reporting quarter. No adverse comment on landscape and visual aspects was recorded.

 

 

 

4        Waste Management

4.1             M+ Museum

As advised by the Contractor, 58.4 tonnes, 822.9 tonnes and 552.3 tonnes of inert C&D material were disposed of as public fill to Chai Wan Public Fill Barging Point, Tuen Mun Area 38 and Tseung Kwan O Area 137 Public Fill respectively, while 1,552.3 tonnes of general refuse were disposed of at SENT landfill. 75.1 tonnes of metals, 1.2 tonnes of paper/cardboard packaging, 0 tonne of plastic and 340.0 tonne of timber were collected by recycling contractors in the reporting quarter. 0 tonne of inert C&D materials were reused on site. 0 tonne of inert C&D materials were reused in other projects and 614.6 tonnes of inert C&D materials were disposed to sorting facility. 0.9 tonne of chemical wastes was collected by licensed contractors in the reporting quarter.

The actual amounts of different types of waste generated by the activities of construction works at M+ Museum in the reporting quarter are shown in Appendix F.

4.2             Lyric Theatre Complex

As advised by the Contractor, 16,904.26 tonnes and 3,349.73 tonnes of inert C&D material were disposed of as public fill to Tseung Kwan O Area 137 and Tuen Mun Area 38respectively, while 88.0 tonnes of general refuse were disposed of at SENT landfill.  152.3 tonnes of metals, 0 tonnes of paper/cardboard packaging, 0.8 tonne of plastic and 0 tonne of timber were collected by recycling contractors in the reporting quarter. 0 tonne of inert C&D materials was reused on site. 354.3 tonnes of fill materials were imported for use at site and 44,784.5 tonnes of inert C&D materials were reused in other projects. 0 tonnes of inert C&D materials were disposed to sorting facility and 0 tonne of chemical wastes were collected by licensed contractors in the reporting quarter.

The actual amounts of different types of waste generated by the activities of construction works at Lyric Theatre Complex in the reporting quarter are shown in Appendix F.

 

 

 

5        Environmental Non-conformance

One exceedance of Action Level of 24-hour TSP for Air Quality were recorded at monitoring station AM2A, while there was no breach of Limit Level for Air Quality and Action or Limit Levels for Noise monitoring in the reporting quarter. Details of the exceedances are as follows:

On 4 February 2019, an exceedance of 24-hr TSP was recorded at monitoring station AM2A. The measured level was at 207 µg/m3 while the action level is at 151.1 µg/m3. The contractors, IEC and ER were informed of the exceedance. Investigation has been carried out and it is revealed that the contractors of M+ Museum and Lyric Theatre Complex have already implemented dust mitigation measures to reduce the dust impact from their construction works. An observation regarding not providing water spraying for handling dusty materials was recorded during the environmental site inspection at Lyric Theatre Complex on 4 Feb 2019. But the contractor had immediately rectified the observation within 5-10 minutes of noticing this observation, so it is deemed that the contribution to the exceedance was minor. Moreover, it should be noted that there was open trench excavation carried out by another contractor at Austin Road West on 4 Feb 2019, but no dust mitigation measures were provided. This may also have contributed to the 24-hr TSP exceedance during the concerned monitoring period. Nonetheless, the contractors were reminded to strengthen the implementation of the recommended dust control measures.

 

There was no breach of Limit Level for Air Quality and Action or Limit Levels for Noise monitoring in the reporting month.

 

No environmental complaints and no notifications of summons or successful prosecution were received in the reporting quarter.

 

The cumulative statistics on complaints, notifications of summons and successful prosecutions were provided in Appendix G.

 

 

 

6        Comments, Recommendations and Conclusion

6.1             Comments

Based on the observations made during site audits and landscape inspections, and construction dust and noise monitoring results, no non-compliances and exceedances of air quality and noise limits were recorded.

6.2             Recommendations

Reviewing the implementation of the recommended mitigation measures in the EM&A Manual, it was observed that they were effective and efficient in controlling the potential impacts due to construction of the project during the reporting period. Review of the effectiveness and efficiency of the EM&A programme will continue, and recommendations will be provided to remediate any potential impacts due to the project and to improve the EM&A programme if deficiencies of the existing EM&A programme are identified.

6.3             Conclusion

The EM&A programme as recommended in the EM&A Manual has been undertaken since the construction works of M+ Museum main works commenced on 31 October 2015, and the construction of Lyric Theatre Complex commenced on 1 March 2016.

Monitoring of air quality and noise with respect to the Project is underway. In particular, the 1-hour TSP, 24-hour TSP, noise level (as Leq, 30 minutes) under monitoring have been checked against established Action and Limit levels.  One exceedance of Action Level of 24-hour TSP for Air Quality were recorded. There was no breach of Limit levels for Air Quality (1-hour TSP and 24-hour TSP) and Noise in this reporting quarter.

No environmental complaint was received during the reporting quarter. No notification of summons and no successful prosecution were received during the reporting quarter.

Weekly construction phase site inspections and bi-weekly landscape and visual impact inspections were conducted during the reporting quarter as required. It was observed that the Contractor had implemented all possible and feasible mitigation measures to mitigate the potential environmental impacts during construction phase works.