Full report on Pavilia Farm III incident to be received before August

Hong Kong | 21 Jul 2021 3:58 pm

Registered building professionals will have to submit a comprehensive report of the incident of Pavilia Farm III before July 30, according to secretary for transport and housing Frank Chan Fan.

Earlier New World Development Company Ltd reported that the concrete strength of some reinforced concrete structure in two buildings of the property project was found to be lower than the specified grade strength as shown on the building plans approved by the Buildings Department.

Answering lawmakers' questions, Chan said the Buildings Department has requested the relevant registered building professionals to submit a comprehensive report of the incident before July 30.

He added the department is reviewing the preliminary test results conducted in July for the remaining five buildings of the project. It is also conducting an investigation to see whether the incident involved violations of the Buildings Ordinance.

For the demolition and reconstruction works of the two buildings involved, the department has requested the relevant registered structural engineer to submit demolition plan. Chan also said the plan must cover the procedures, details, safety measures of the demolition works, in order to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

He pointed out that the department will consult MTR Corp on the demolition works. Registered specialist contractor appointed can only commence the demolition works after obtaining the approval and the Consent to Commence Works issued by the department.

The Transport and Housing Bureau has also instructed the MTR Corp to ensure that railway services and safety would not be affected during the demolition and reconstruction process, Chan said, adding that the rail company has shouldered its responsibility throughout the incident.

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