Arts hub Lyric Theatre site flooded, sinking

Local | 25 Jul 2019 6:16 pm

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority confirmed today that it was aware of a "flooding situation" at the construction site for its Lyric Theatre Complex and basement area after the media published photos showing an apparent subsidence, RTHK reports. 
The reports showed parts of the construction site cracked, tilting and under water, while some machinery, such as excavators, were almost completely submerged. 
Gammon Construction is the contractor of the project which is to house three theaters of large, medium and small seating capacity for dance and drama performances. The HK$2.4 billion project was hit by delays due to the express rail construction nearby and is now slated to open by 2021. 
Police were seen arriving at the scene to investigate the subsidence.
In a brief reply to RTHK, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority confirmed there is a "flooding situation" at the construction site, adding that it is closely monitoring developments. 
A member of Legco's Subcommittee to Monitor the Implementation of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project, Tanya Chan, said the government also needs to take matters into its own hands.
She said if this flooding had happened during working hours, it could have proved dangerous.
Engineers said the incident may have been the result of poor water barriers, adding that such incidents are quite rare.

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