Swire does its best to minimise disruption to community from construction sites

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 October, 2011, 12:00am


We are sorry to hear about the frustrations experienced by Chris Knop ('Keep the peace and make Saturday a respite from city's construction noise', October 12) as a result of works at our Mid-Levels construction sites, and would like to respond to the issues raised in his letter.

May we begin by saying that we sympathise with Mr Knop's concerns regarding the disturbance caused by work on Saturdays.

The impact of construction on the local environment is an important issue, especially in a densely populated area such as Mid-Levels, and we do what we can to minimise disturbance. However, we need to balance the benefits of having a shorter work week with the fact that this would extend the overall construction programme and the inevitable disruption associated with it.

Secondly, with regard to Mr Knop's comments on noise pollution and damage to nearby properties in connection to our foundations works, we can confirm that since September 14, we have been using non-percussive methods for our foundation works in Mid-Levels, the method that causes the least disturbance to nearby residents in terms of noise and vibration levels. We intend to continue using this method for all of our ongoing projects in Mid-Levels.

We are in agreement with Mr Knop's point that property developers should take community stakeholder interests to heart; to that end, we routinely deploy construction techniques which go beyond the legal minima, in an effort to reduce any adverse impact of our construction work.

This includes taking precautions to avoid causing any damage to nearby properties, such as conducting condition surveys on buildings in the surrounding area, monitoring noise and vibration on a daily basis and using concrete crushers during demolition.

As a leading developer in Hong Kong, we take our social responsibilities very seriously, and value the positive relationships we have with our local communities.

Unfortunately, the construction process inevitably entails some disruption to the community; we will continue to do all we can to minimise this.

Dominic Purvis, general manager, marketing and communications, Swire Properties Limited