Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Limited

​​​​​​SUMMARY INFORMATION

​​Reference code:​HKE
Title:Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Limited
Date:1922 - 1993
Extent:​10 linear meters
Language:English


 

ACCESS AND USE

Acquisition information:​The records of the Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. were donated to The Hong Kong Heritage Project by Kadoorie Estates Limited during the years 2007 – 2013. Records were originally housed in the Kadoorie Estates office in St George's Building and Kadoorie Avenue, Hong Kong.
Copyright:Written permission must be sought prior to any publication, reproduction and quotation of material.
Conditions governing access:Portions are closed. Researchers may apply to use the records by writing to our archivist. Please visit the Access page for further information.
Arrangement:Records are arranged by administrative records, accounts, estate management records, architectural drawings and work files. Subsidiary companies have been separated into series.
Processing information:Processed by the Hong Kong Heritage Project team from 2008 – 2013.
Preferred citation:Records of Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Limited ; The Hong Kong Heritage Project
History: The Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (HKECC) was founded in Hong Kong in 1922  and later controlled by the Shanghai based Elly Kadoorie. During its early years, the company was a civil contractor undertaking building, foundation and government works projects. In 1923, HKECC acquired the sole rights for Franki piles in Hong Kong and China on a ten year rolling contract. The company's first directors included Robert G. Shewan of Messrs. Shewan, Tomes and Co., Reverend Father Souvey of the French Missions Étrangères, and James Taggart, the Scottish Managing Director of The Hongkong Hotel Co. Elly Kadoorie later joined the board in 1930, with Lawrence Kadoorie appointed as his father's representative in 1931. The Hon. Jose Pedro Braga (J.P. Braga) was appointed Chairman in 1930, and to a large extent was responsible for the reversal of the company's ailing fortunes, which were multiple due to ​a turbulent decade of labour unrest, scarcity of work, industrial depression and severe competition in the 1920s. Due to the association of businessmen who had great confidence in the future of Kowloon, namely J.P. Braga, Elly Kadoorie and Robert Ho Tung, the company purchased about 30 acres of barren hills near Kowloon Tong which saw the creation of a Garden City in Kowloon. This shift from contract work to residential property developer was to ensure the company's future success. Important pre-war projects undertaken by the company include the construction of Hok Un Power Station for China Light, piers and godowns for the Hongkong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Co., Ltd., and air-raid tunnels, shelters and storage buildings for the Hong Kong government. In the post-war years, following the war-time deaths ​of J.P. Braga and Elly Kadoorie, Lawrence became Chairman of HKECC whilst Horace Kadoorie was​ ​appointed Director.  

Scope and content note: The HKECC fonds represents one of the most complete business records collections in HKHP's Archive and features thousands of architectural drawings, tenancy agreements and work files that chronicle the contracts undertaken for Kadoorie businesses including The Peninsula Hotel as well as for the Hong Kong Government. The fonds also includes records of HKECC's subsidiaries including: Franki Piling and Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd., Major Contractors, Ltd. and Shanghai Gas Co., Ltd.

The collection also includes records documenting the development of specific projects through the work files series, including the construction of a Spinning Mill for Hongkong Cotton Mills Ltd., following the purchase of Crown Land lots N.K.I.L. No. 3515 and N.K.I.L. No. 3516 on Castle Peak Road by Hongkong Cotton Mills Ltd. on 1 April 1948. Hongkong Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. were engaged by the company in 1948 to draw up plans and oversee mill construction. The resulting Nanyang Cotton Mill, Ltd. was one of the first textile mills to be established in Hong Kong over 60 years ago. 

​​​​​​SUMMARY INFORMATION

​​Reference code:​HKE
Title:Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Limited
Date:1922 - 1993
Extent:10 linear meters
Language:English


 

ACCESS AND USE

Acquisition information:​The records of the Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. were donated to The Hong Kong Heritage Project by Kadoorie Estates Limited during the years 2007 – 2013. Records were originally housed in the Kadoorie Estates office in St George's Building and Kadoorie Avenue, Hong Kong.
Copyright:Written permission must be sought prior to any publication, reproduction and quotation of material.
Conditions governing access:Portions are closed. Researchers may apply to use the records by writing to our archivist. Please visit the Access page for further information.
Arrangement:Records are arranged by administrative records, accounts, estate management records, architectural drawings and work files. Subsidiary companies have been separated into series.
Processing information:Processed by the Hong Kong Heritage Project team from 2008 – 2013.
Preferred citation:Records of Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Limited ; The Hong Kong Heritage Project
History: The Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (HKECC) was founded in Hong Kong in 1922  and later controlled by the Shanghai based Elly Kadoorie. During its early years, the company was a civil contractor undertaking building, foundation and government works projects. In 1923, HKECC acquired the sole rights for Franki piles in Hong Kong and China on a ten year rolling contract. The company's first directors included Robert G. Shewan of Messrs. Shewan, Tomes and Co., Reverend Father Souvey of the French Missions Étrangères, and James Taggart, the Scottish Managing Director of The Hongkong Hotel Co. Elly Kadoorie later joined the board in 1930, with Lawrence Kadoorie appointed as his father's representative in 1931. The Hon. Jose Pedro Braga (J.P. Braga) was appointed Chairman in 1930, and to a large extent was responsible for the reversal of the company's ailing fortunes, which were multiple due to ​a turbulent decade of labour unrest, scarcity of work, industrial depression and severe competition in the 1920s. Due to the association of businessmen who had great confidence in the future of Kowloon, namely J.P. Braga, Elly Kadoorie and Robert Ho Tung, the company purchased about 30 acres of barren hills near Kowloon Tong which saw the creation of a Garden City in Kowloon. This shift from contract work to residential property developer was to ensure the company's future success. Important pre-war projects undertaken by the company include the construction of Hok Un Power Station for China Light, piers and godowns for the Hongkong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Co., Ltd., and air-raid tunnels, shelters and storage buildings for the Hong Kong government. In the post-war years, following the war-time deaths ​of J.P. Braga and Elly Kadoorie, Lawrence became Chairman of HKECC whilst Horace Kadoorie was​ ​appointed Director.  

Scope and content note: The HKECC fonds represents one of the most complete business records collections in HKHP's Archive and features thousands of architectural drawings, tenancy agreements and work files that chronicle the contracts undertaken for Kadoorie businesses including The Peninsula Hotel as well as for the Hong Kong Government. The fonds also includes records of HKECC's subsidiaries including: Franki Piling and Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd., Major Contractors, Ltd. and Shanghai Gas Co., Ltd.

The collection also includes records documenting the development of specific projects through the work files series, including the construction of a Spinning Mill for Hongkong Cotton Mills Ltd., following the purchase of Crown Land lots N.K.I.L. No. 3515 and N.K.I.L. No. 3516 on Castle Peak Road by Hongkong Cotton Mills Ltd. on 1 April 1948. Hongkong Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. were engaged by the company in 1948 to draw up plans and oversee mill construction. The resulting Nanyang Cotton Mill, Ltd. was one of the first textile mills to be established in Hong Kong over 60 years ago.