The Central Reclamation Phase 1 (CRI) involves reclaiming 20 hectares of land, plus redevelopment of 6 hectares of land, between Rumsey Street and Pedder Street, for the construction of Hong Kong station of the Airport Express Railway. It also provides land for new piers, replacements of other facilities affected by reclamation.
This phase of reclamation is part of the Airport Core Programme. Upon completion of the project in June 1998, the coastline of Central was extended up to 350 metres beyond the original coastline.
Deep compaction of sand fill (1.2 millions m3) by vibroflotation method, and construction of foundations and retaining structures. Foundations include large diameter bored piles and barrettes, while retaining structures include diaphragm walls.