Scheme to inspect canopies
OWNERS of old buildings with canopies may be forced to carry out inspections depending on the results of a government study to be completed by the end of the year.
Legislator David Li Kwok-po wants to set up a mandatory inspection scheme, after a survey by the Hong Kong Concrete Repairs Association found more than 60 per cent of all buildings would, or already have, developed serious structural problems.
Last year, the government study began examining the deterioration of buildings built between 1946 and 1958 with canopies.
Funds will also be sought for a study of newer buildings.
Last August, steel corrosion caused the collapse of a restaurant canopy in Aberdeen that killed an 83-year-old grandmother.