Consortium wins contract to construct a £7.5bn bridge across the sea to Macau and Chinese city of Zhuhai

Engineer Arup has won the contract to design a £7.5bn sea-crossing bridge in Asia as part of a consortium with three Chinese firms and one Danish company.

Construction of the crossing, which will link the west side of Hong Kong with Macau and the Chinese mainland city of Zhuhai, is expected to start in December and complete in 2015.

The other firms in the team to build the 29km bridge are Danish firm Cowi, CCCC Highway Consultants, CCCC First Harbor Engineering, and the Shanghai Tunnel Engineering and Rail Transit Design and Research Institute.

Finance for the project, which will comprise a series of bridges, tunnels and manmade islands, will come from the governments of Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangdong and Macau as well as from bank loans.

The Chinese government expects the project to create around 18,000 jobs in Hong Kong.