Bei­jing Con­struc­tion En­gi­neer­ing Group: Mu­tual Ben­e­fit Seeks Part­ners

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Huang Xing­pin, pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld

BCEG will make full use of its ad­van­tages and con­tin­ues to con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of coun­tries along the Belt and Road by strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion.

As one of the first group of con­struc­tion en­ter­prises that went global, Bei­jing Con­struc­tion En­gi­neer­ing Group (BCEG) has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in China's for­eign-aid projects since 1957. Over the past 60 years, BCEG has aided about 10 Asian, African and Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries in­clud­ing Sri Lanka, Albania, Morocco, Mau­ri­tius, and Iraq in the con­struc­tion of mas­sive projects that pro­mote devel­op­ment of lo­cal economies and cul­ture, such as res­i­den­tial build­ings, of­fice build­ings, schools, sta­di­ums, mu­se­ums, reser­voirs and fac­to­ries. China has deep­ened its Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive in re­cent years and BCEG has es­tab­lished con­tacts with new part­ners, main­tain­ing in- depth co­op­er­a­tion dur­ing its course of go­ing global. So far, the group has es­tab­lished branches in 27 coun­tries and re­gions world­wide. By virtue of its high­qual­ity con­struc­tion and ex­cel­lent project man­age­ment abil­ity, BCEG in­jects new vigour into coun­tries along the Belt and Road and on the ex­ten­sion ac­cord­ing to their devel­op­ment de­mands.

Wit­ness­ing Achieve­ments in China-uk Co­op­er­a­tion

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive is now be­com­ing more widely known across Manch­ester and the UK. It has be­come a term that refers to China's co­op­er­a­tion with other coun­tries which aims to fa­cil­i­tate lo­cal devel­op­ment. In ad­di­tion to the in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence of this ini­tia­tive, the Air­port City Manch­ester, a cur­rent project un­der con­struc­tion, links the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to UK'S North­ern Pow­er­house Ini­tia­tive.

In Oc­to­ber 2013, for­mer chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer Ge­orge Os­borne vis­ited China. He an­nounced that BCEG would in­vest12 mil­lion pounds to co-found a joint ven­ture with MAG, Car­il­lion and GMPF to jointly de­velop the Air­port City in Manch­ester.

The project is lo­cated next to Manch­ester Air­port, with a to­tal plan­ning area of ap­prox­i­mately 500,000 square me­tres. Com­prised of Air­port City South and Air­port City North, it cov­ers a wide range of in­dus­tries and in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties such as ware­hous­ing, lo­gis­tics, of­fice busi­ness, ho­tel ser­vice, re­tail, com­mer­cial ser­vices, med­i­cal treat­ment, le­gal ser­vices, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, me­dia and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions. It also boasts ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing plants, re­tail-re­lated fa­cil­i­ties and leisure fa­cil­i­ties that cover 35,300 square me­tres. The to­tal devel­op­ment cost of the project reached 650 mil­lion pounds.

Air­port City Manch­ester has cre­ated mul­ti­ple record-break­ing suc­cess dur­ing China-uk co­op­er­a­tion. It is the largest UK devel­op­ment project since the Lon­don 2012 Olympics, the first project to be im­ple­mented since China and the UK signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) on en­hanc­ing in­fra­struc­ture co­op­er­a­tion in 2011, and also the first time for Chi­nese en­ter­prises to in­vest in the UK'S in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Ac­cord­ing to Xing Yan, BCEG In­ter­na­tional's re­gional di­rec­tor for USA and UK, BCEG has paid at­ten­tion to Air­port City Manch­ester since 2012 af­ter learn­ing about the UK'S pro­posal to ad­vance trans­for­ma­tion of Manch­ester and other old in­dus­trial cities in the North of Eng­land. Due to the fact that Manch­ester wel­comes overseas in­vestors and by virtue of BCEG'S rich ex­pe­ri­ence in su­per-large project con­struc­tion and out­stand­ing abil­ity for in­te­grat­ing in­ter­na­tional re­sources, the group fi­nally won the UK'S trust af­ter sev­eral rounds of ten­der­ing and ne­go­ti­a­tion.

In Oc­to­ber 2015, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, ac­com­pa­nied by then UK'S Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, paid a visit to the Air­port City project. He watched the plan­ning photo show and the model of “China Clus­ter” and wit­nessed the launch­ing of “China Clus­ter” project. Xi spoke highly of the Air­port City Manch­ester project and hoped that BCEG and its UK part­ners would make ef­forts to build Air­port City into a demon­stra­tion project of China-uk co­op­er­a­tion.

By far, BCEG'S UK sub­sidiary has com­pleted the AL­PHA project and in­fra­struc­ture up­grad­ing project in Air­port City South. Gary Neville, an in­vestor in Air­port City, told sources that he was im­pressed by BCEG'S work ethic to­ward such a large project. Even in the pre­lim­i­nary stage, BCEG man­aged to work ef­fi­ciently and main­tained a trans­par­ent process, en­sur­ing that the project con­struc­tion was car­ried out or­derly.

Boost­ing Re­gional Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment

Since the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury, the eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment sta­tus of north­ern UK has lagged be­hind that of Greater Lon­don. Thus the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment put for­ward the North­ern Pow­er­house ini­tia­tive, aim­ing to con­struct the north of Eng­land into the sec­ond eco­nomic cen­tre ri­valling Lon­don. This pro­posal in­volved 11 cities and re­gions in north­ern Eng­land, in­clud­ing Manch­ester, Liver­pool, Leeds and New­cas­tle, and mainly com­prises mea­sures such as ad­min­is­tra­tive de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion, ad­min­is­tra­tive sys­tem re­form, vig­or­ous in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion devel­op­ment, sci­en­tific re­search devel­op­ment, and op­ti­mis­ing in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

Al­though the UK was nei­ther a coun­try along the an­cient Silk Road nor the Belt and Road, it holds that there are par­al­lels be­tween the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the UK'S North­ern Pow­er­house, and calls on other coun­tries not sit­u­ated along these routes to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the process. Xing Yan shared his opin­ions that the UK part­ners were open and friendly to the ini­tia­tive. For lo­cals, BCEG not only brings in­vest­ment, es­tab­lishes lo­calised en­ter­prises, pro­vides jobs, but also brings sus­tained eco­nomic ben­e­fits and new life to the city.

Air­port City Manch­ester, un­der­taken by BCEG, is a key project of the North­ern Pow­er­house Ini­tia­tive. Lo­cated in cen­tral

Manch­ester in north­ern Eng­land, Manch­ester Air­port is an avi­a­tion hub for the re­gion's cities. Though it has launched mul­ti­ple in­ter­na­tional routes, the sur­round­ing ar­eas re­mained un­de­vel­oped. Con­struc­tion of the Air­port City will fa­cil­i­tate devel­op­ment of in­dus­tries in busi­ness tourism, fi­nance, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, and lo­gis­tics, pro­mot­ing devel­op­ment of the north­ern UK.

As to how to en­sure the high-pro­file project pro­ceeds smoothly when fac­ing the UK'S laws and reg­u­la­tions, con­struc­tion stan­dards and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, Xing Yan in­di­cated that BCEG has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in un­der­tak­ing overseas projects. Most im­por­tantly, BCEG staff is open to learn­ing when faced with new projects in a new en­vi­ron­ment, as con­struc­tion de­mands vary from coun­try to coun­try.

As a de­vel­oped coun­try, the UK has made many con­tract­ing rules for in­ter­na­tional projects and boasts pro­fes­sional project con­struc­tion man­age­ment sys­tems. In this re­gard, dur­ing con­struc­tion, BCEG gives play to its in­ge­nu­ity and draws on Manch­ester's man­age­ment model. For ex­am­ple, the project re­quires the gen­eral con­trac­tor to par­tic­i­pate in the process at an early stage and needs to so­licit the own­ers' opin­ions dur­ing the de­sign process. Oth­er­wise, if the project fol­lows a con­ven­tional path of im­ple­ment­ing con­struc­tion ac­cord­ing to de­sign draw­ings, it will have to change the de­sign plan tem­po­rar­ily when en­coun­ter­ing any prob­lems at a later stage, pro­long­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod.

In re­cent years, when un­der­tak­ing overseas projects, Chi­nese con­struc­tion en­ter­prises have at­tached in­creas­ing im­por­tance to lo­cal­i­sa­tion man­age­ment, which not only caters to lo­cal busi­ness de­mands, but also fa­cil­i­tates fur­ther in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of these en­ter­prises. The Air­port City Manch­ester project is no ex­cep­tion, as over 90 per­cent of em­ploy­ees on the man­age­ment team and most de­part­ment man­agers are Bri­tish. In ad­di­tion to com­plet­ing the project with ef­fi­ciency, BCEG has deep­ened friendly re­la­tions be­tween the Chi­nese and Bri­tish and es­tab­lished a good cor­po­rate im­age by ful­fill­ing its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. In dis­tant ar­eas in the north­ern UK, some schools do not have school buses, mak­ing it in­con­ve­nient for stu­dents to get to school. To solve this prob­lem, BCEG do­nated two school buses to the schools, bring­ing the com­pany closer to lo­cal res­i­dents.

BCEG is highly spo­ken of by its UK part­ners for its out­stand­ing work in the con­struc­tion of Air­port City Manch­ester. Later on, it un­der­took an­other two projects in the UK: St Michael's and Mid­dle­wood Locks. St Michael's, lo­cated at the cen­tre of Manch­ester City, com­prises two tow­ers and podium build­ings and cov­ers a build­ing area of about 67,500 square me­tres, con­sist­ing of high- end apart­ments, five-star ho­tels, of­fice build­ings and a sy­n­a­gogue. Upon its com­ple­tion, it will be a new com­mer­cial com­plex and the new land­mark of cen­tral Manch­ester. Mid­dle­wood Locks is cur­rently UK'S largest new multi-func­tional res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial neigh­bour­hood lo­cated in Sal­ford, Greater Manch­ester. Apart­ment build­ings, ho­tels and sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties re­lated to land­scap­ing, food and fit­ness are the main projects de­vel­oped by Greater Manch­ester and have gained at­ten­tion and sup­port from Sal­ford's gov­ern­ment.

With sev­eral projects go­ing on in Manch­ester, BCEG is like a “busi­ness card of China,” in­tro­duc­ing a devel­op­ment idea up­held by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to lo­cal peo­ple and writ­ing new chap­ters of Chi­nese en­ter­prises' co­op­er­a­tion with de­vel­oped coun­tries based on the ini­tia­tive.

Main­tain­ing Asian and African Part­ner­ships

In re­cent years, BCEG has in­vested in con­struc­tion in de­vel­oped mar­kets in the UK, the US, Canada and Aus­tralia, and met many new part­ners. As for Asian and African coun­tries along the Belt and Road, BCEG also main­tains close co­op­er­a­tion with them

for mu­tual devel­op­ment, im­prov­ing the life of lo­cal peo­ple, and pro­mot­ing lo­cal eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

BCEG'S in­ter­na­tional busi­ness be­gan in the 1950s when China started its for­eign eco­nomic aid projects. The projects that the group un­der­took were all lo­cated in de­vel­op­ing and less de­vel­oped coun­tries in Asia and Africa. With the re­gional devel­op­ment brought by glob­al­i­sa­tion, many of the coun­tries in these re­gions have shown un­prece­dented eco­nomic growth mo­men­tum. These coun­tries' con­struc­tion de­mand for in­fra­struc­ture has in­creased. For this rea­son, BCEG al­ways de­liv­ers high con­struc­tion qual­ity with a co­op­er­a­tion phi­los­o­phy of har­mony and in­clu­sive­ness.

Take Mon­go­lia for ex­am­ple. BCEG is a Chi­nese-funded com­pany that has run for the long­est time in Mon­go­lia and com­pleted its largest con­struc­tion projects there. It has con­structed projects such as the Peace Bridge and the State De­part­ment Store since the 1950s. In the 21st cen­tury, BCEG has suc­ces­sively un­der­taken about 10 projects like Mon­go­lia's land­mark Shangri-la Of­fice Build­ing, the Su­pe­rior Apart­ment Project of Mongolian Mawang Build­ing and China-Mon­go­lia In­te­grated Cen­tre for Peace.

In 2014, the ren­o­va­tion project of Bei­jing Street in Mon­go­lia's cap­i­tal Ulan Ba­tor com­menced. The street is 897 me­tres in length. BCEG was in charge of road con­struc­tion, traf­fic safety, as well as light­ing and land­scap­ing projects. The project was com­pleted in Oc­to­ber in the same year, two months ear­lier than planned. The ren­o­vated road makes it more con­ve­nient for lo­cals to get around and also im­proves the im­age of Ulan Ba­tor. At the launch­ing cer­e­mony, the mayor of Ulan Ba­tor spoke highly of the project. He said that it is not only a mod­ern road in line with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, but also a sym­bolic friend­ship be­tween China and Mon­go­lia. Dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod, he had re­ceived many let­ters from res­i­dents ex­press­ing their sup­port for this project.

In Mau­ri­tius, con­struc­tion projects com­pleted by BCEG have also pro­moted lo­cal devel­op­ment and deep­ened mu­tual friend­ship. Over the 20 years since BCEG be­gan to un­der­take projects in Mau­ri­tius in 1993, it has built more than 3,000 houses for lo­cals and con­structed large-scale in­fra­struc­ture built sewer net­works and mo­tor­ways, mak­ing life more con­ve­nient for peo­ple liv­ing there.

Projects like Pam­ple­mousses Botan­i­cal Gar­den at Port Louis and the 11.5 kilo­me­tres ex­press­way have be­come land­marks of Mau­ri­tius. In ad­di­tion, the teach­ing build­ing of Mau­ri­tius Univer­sity, Floréal Mid­dle School and Broad­cast Tele­vi­sion Build­ing projects have played a pos­i­tive role in the devel­op­ment of lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture. The Im­pe­rial Gar­dens un­der con­struc­tion is BCEG'S first real es­tate project in Mau­ri­tius, with a to­tal build­ing area of nearly 100,000 square me­tres, com­pris­ing res­i­den­tial build­ings, shops, un­der­ground park­ing lots and rel­e­vant sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Af­ter com­ple­tion, it will be­come the largest com­mu­nity in Mau­ri­tius.

Among the 22 projects in­vested and con­structed by BCEG in coun­tries along the Belt and Road, most of them will be­come a lo­cal land­mark af­ter com­ple­tion, such as the Land­mark Wa­ter­front in Bangkok ris­ing 303 me­tres above the ground, The Haven Lake­side Res­i­dences in Malaysia, Abid­jan Olympic Sta­dium in Ivory Coast, the largest for­eign-aid project cur­rently con­structed by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, and Braz­zav­ille Busi­ness Cen­tre, the tallest build­ing in Congo. All these projects are sym­bols of friend­ship and in­di­cate BCEG'S de­ter­mi­na­tion to fur­ther co­op­er­ate with these Asian and African coun­tries. In the fu­ture, un­der the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, BCEG will give full play to its ad­van­tages and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries along the Belt and Road and other coun­tries to con­trib­ute to their devel­op­ment.

Braz­zav­ille Busi­ness Cen­tre in Repub­lic of the Congo

BCEG'S project team of­fers Chi­nese train­ing for for­eign em­ploy­ees.

Tanzania Na­tional Sta­dium

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