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  1. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Building Authority defends altered plan rejection

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 04:16pm by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu The Building Authority has the right to revoke part of a building permit – granting a developer extra building area – when the circumstances that justify it change, the authority told a judicial review today. Arguing in the Court of First Instance, the authority’s lawyers were defending its decision in 2009 to reject a building plan, from Long Winner Development, ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Building Authority defends rejection of permit

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Building Authority argues its 2009 decision to revoke permission to developer is acceptable if conditions agreed previously had changed Authoritydefends rejectionof permit The Building Authority argued yesterday that it was entitled to revoke a building permit when changing circumstances removed the need for a key condition in the project. ...

  3. Proof that tiles will never be out of style

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peta Tomlinson peta.tomlinson@scmp.com Tiles are one of the oldest construction materials known to man. Tiled surfaces have been found in Egyptian pyramids, the ruins of Babylon, and Roman temples. In Hong Kong's humid climate tiles are a practical o ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China winning the construction race

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by Amy Wu

    ... Amy Wu Amy Wu marvels at China's efficient, 24-hour work cycle that gives it brand new buildings in 15 days- and bragging rights next to America Standing tall The race to be No 1 has ... Now, China's Broad Group has confirmed that, in a month or so, it will start building the world's tallest building in Changsha and complete it in 90 days. The building is expected ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - CONSTRUCTION

    Hong Kong considers making buildings quake-resistant

    Posted Oct 21st 2012, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com Proposal aired to make new buildings quake-resistant to tackle city's vulnerability Signs of a shift in HK's earthquake strategy Shanghai has ... the government took the first step towards bringing in laws requiring new buildings to be built to withstand quakes. And not before time, say academics and engineers, who point to recent significant ...

  6. Call grows for green designers

    Posted May 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and locally recognised sustainable buildings standards qualifications. The Hong Kong Government implemented its 'green buildings' policy in April 2011. This features a series of building practice notes covering sustainable building design guidelines, requirements and guidance for the granting of gross floor area (GFA) concessions for green and amenity features, and energy ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - Cityseen

    Panerai's loyal customers take time to celebrate 10th anniversary

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Vivian.chen@scmp.com Panerai's loyal customers take time to celebrate 10th anniversary While most watchmakers dig deep into their design archives to put together a retrospective exhibition, Italian watchmaker Panerai called their loyal customers. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its boutique in Prince's Building, the brand threw an exhibition ...

  8. Illegal cubicle flats closed after court order issued

    Posted Mar 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Three levels of subdivided flats in a former factory building in Tai Kok Tsui were shut down yesterday after a court ordered their closure- the first time such an order has been granted on a building illegally used for homes. The District Court ruled that Wallace Kan- who had leased two floors of the building and the rooftop and installed ...

  9. Business - BRICKS & MORTAR

    There are rewards for breaking out of the box

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu There are many reasons for putting up bland buildings, but creativity can fetch a premium There are rewards for breaking out of the box Last Saturday, I took a bus to Sai Wan from Causeway Bay. When my bus passed a building with unusual shapes on the façade, I recognised it was the Lippo Centre and I am already in Admiralty. And the nearby gold-coloured building ...

  10. News - World - GHANA

    Nine die and dozens trapped after shop collapses in Accra, Ghana

    Posted Nov 09th 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Accra

    ... Agence France-Presse in Accra Shop collapse kills nine Authorities yesterday blamed faulty construction for the collapse of a five-story building in Ghana's capital that killed ... Wednesday, just nine months after it was built in a working-class neighbourhood. Kate Adobaya, a spokeswoman for Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation, blamed the building ...




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