Leighton called to account over failed tests at cultural centre proejct

Local | 29 Apr 2019 1:54 pm

The government says it is seeking answers from the construction firm Leighton as the company is caught up in a new scandal involving fears of substandard building work, this time at a cultural center, RTHK reports.
Leighton has become a household name in the city since explosive revelations of shoddy construction at Hung Hom MTR Station, where steel reinforcement bars at a platform for the Sha Tin-Central Link were not screwed in properly.
Tests on similar bars at the East Kowloon Cultural Centre being built in Ngau Tau Kok have now also uncovered problems, Ming Pao reports.
The newspaper said five of 150 bars and couplers in a structural column have failed tests carried out by the Architectural Services Department and further checks are pending.
While the materials concerned were supplied by the firm Dextra Pacific, Leighton is the main contractor for the HK$4.17 billion project.
Home Affairs Secretary Lau Kong-wah expressed deep concern today over the reported problems.
Lau said the authorities were following up on the matter and would seek more information from Leighton. 
He did not say whether the issues could delay the opening of the center, which is scheduled for completion next year.

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