Reflecting on the Year of the Tiger – CDC turns 15

4th February 2023
Ocean park station

Ocean Park MTR Station, Hong Kong (c) David Feehan

With the Year of the Tiger having drawn to a close and the Year of the Rabbit having begun, it’s time to reflect on a tumultuous period in CDC’s and Hong Kong’s history. To me it seems only a couple of years at most since we were proudly celebrating CDC’s tenth anniversary in Hong Kong. Yet, in July 2022 we turned 15!

Express Rail Link

Whilst, overall, the last five years have seen CDC take great strides in development, this has been against the very challenging backdrop of Hong Kong’s social unrest and COVID restrictions. 

Hong Kong Macau Bridge Passenger Control Building

Hong Kong Macau Bridge Passenger Control Building (c) David Feehan

At the end of our first decade in operation, we were taking our first tentative steps overseas and had just been appointed to assist on a major bridge project in the US. Five years later, we can reflect on having successfully completed that first assignment and now having overseas projects as a regular feature of our workload.

Ocean Park Water World Hong Kong

Ocean Park Water World, Hong Kong (c) David Feehan

CDC continues to receive repeat business from our Hong Kong clients on highly complex and business critical projects. The majority of our current endeavours involve us working on live projects rather than post completion. This gives us the ability and opportunity to better shape successful outcomes for our clients and enables us to assist them in navigating the increasingly difficult commercial environment. 

m+museum opening

M+ Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District (c) David Feehan

Recently completed major assignments in Hong Kong include the Midfield Concourse; Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai bridge passenger control facility; West Kowloon’s M+ Museum; the East Kowloon Cultural Centre; Ocean Park Waterworld and MTR’s South Island Line, Tuen Ma Line and Shatin Central Lines. We have also assisted contractors on schools, offices, residential projects, columbariums, hotels and power stations.  

m+museum opening

MTR 1123 Exhibition Station, Hong Kong (c)Leighton China State JV

Alongside these ventures, overseas work has included assisting the contractor on the Gerald Desmond Bridge project, the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, as well as the Canadian light rail, bridge and metro projects. The array of initiatives that our clients entrust to us is humbling and I am confident that our team can continue to deliver to the high standards that we have become known for. 

Gerald Desmond Bridge construction

Gerald Desmond Bridge, Long Beach, California (c) David Feehan

The CDC team has also developed and grown over the last five years. Simon Wilde, now Managing Consultant, has been with us almost since our inception. Last month, Nga Yan Yu was also promoted to Managing Consultant and our first ever hire Judy Gin is still with us. We are very fortunate to have had such incredible loyalty from our first three hires.

Black Point Power Station

Black Point Power Station, Hong Kong (c) David Feehan

Along the way, we have had the privilege to work with many other fantastic staff — some still with us and others who have moved on to other employers, other fields and other countries. Each of our alumni have helped us get to where we are today as a company. Our focus has always been on quality staff and I know for a fact this has been one of the foundations of our continuing success.

Black Point Power Station

Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong (c) David Feehan

As Hong Kong emerges from its COVID cocoon, we look forward to a brighter and more connected Year of the Rabbit and towards the next five years. We hope that our Hong Kong clients, colleagues and friends will join us later this month as we belatedly celebrate our 15th anniversary. Thanks, once again, to all who have been part of our extraordinary journey so far.