P&T Group, the Hong Kong architecture and engineering firm, is working on a master plan for the Vietnamese government to build satellite communities linked to old Hanoi via rail and tramlines.
P&T Group, the Hong Kong architecture and engineering firm, is working on a master plan for the Vietnamese government to build satellite communities linked to old Hanoi via rail and tramlines. © P&T Group - Architectural firms can potentially earn higher fees on grander projects, such as master plans, if governments are in control of the development process, as they are in China and Vietnam, said Chris Webster, dean of the faculty of architecture at Hong Kong University.
  • P&T Group is working on over 600 projects worldwide
  • Increasingly the company is focusing on emerging markets like Vietnam, Cambodia, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia

A slowdown in China1 and price pressure in Greater China is forcing P&T Group, Hong Kong’s oldest architecture firm, to look to emerging markets along the belt and road.

P&T directors Remo Riva and Janette Chan estimate that total revenue from China is now less than 30 per cent, down from more than 50 per cent. As a result the firm has had to cut staff, which at its peak was more than 2,000 to around 1,600 today.

The company earns about US$130 million in fees annually, according to the directors.

Fees that ranged between 3 and 5 per cent of construction costs were being driven down to 1 or 2 per cent, they said because of local competition and rising construction costs.

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  • 1. A study by the UK consultancy Global Construction Perspectives estimated that between 2003 and 2017, average annual growth in Chinese construction was 11 per cent, but that is forecast to grow by 3.9 per cent from 2018 to 2030.