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  1. We have to get serious about building standards

    Posted Feb 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Legislators are examining a new law to prevent another building collapse like the one in To Kwa Wan. The timing is coincidental; the measures being discussed have been years in the making ... though, they are worthless unless backed by stringent enforcement. On that score, our government's track record has been found wanting. Buildings Department officers determined ...

  2. Providing land to build 40,000 flats a year offers would-be buyers hope

    Posted Oct 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... managing director of Landscope Surveyors, welcomed the government plan to build up a larger land reserve. 'If the government makes land reserves available and can release it on the market ...

  3. Hole-drilling in building leaves residents in fear

    Posted Aug 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Adrian Wan adrian.wan@scmp.com Residents of an ageing Hung Hom building have been left terrified after fist-sized holes were drilled in the walls of several common areas last week. ... in the building on Ma Tau Wai Road. The company said they were drilled to test the structure of the building in preparation for an application to compulsorily purchase those flats it does not own. ...

  4. One in 25 buildings don't meet standards: survey

    Posted Sep 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai About 4 per cent of 140 residential buildings in an old district had unsatisfactory building hygiene and safety, according to a survey by a research team from the University of Hong Kong. The buildings, mostly single blocks averaging 28 years old located in Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui, were surveyed and inspected by researchers from the Department ...

  5. Pledge to build 10m cheap homes

    Posted Mar 10th 2011, 12:00am by Ed Zhang

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing The mainland pledged yesterday to spend about 1.3 trillion yuan (HK$1.5 trillion) on building 10 million affordable homes this year, amid efforts to address the growing ... rose 6.8 per cent year on year in Beijing and by 1.5 per cent in Shanghai. Meanwhile, state media has reported that the government fell short of last year's target of building 5.8 million ...

  6. Villagers threaten officials in row over illegal building work

    Posted May 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The administration is in a stand-off with villagers who are refusing officials access to a piece of government land that has been despoiled with illegal building- and have ... found there on a recent visit said. 'It could be a house or something else. The village head has only instructed us to build the wall. It seems the wall is for flood prevention.' ...

  7. Building must be checked before flat is leased

    Posted Apr 30th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Olga Wong

    ... Joyce Ng and Olga Wong Before a flat is leased, estate agents must now check whether the building has illegal structures or is subject to repair orders. The new rule extends ... The authority said the collapse of a 55-year-old building in To Kwa Wan in January had sparked concern about old tenements with illegal structures. 'As many tenants living in old buildings are from ...

  8. Residents in Hung Hom fear building collapse similar to To Kwa Wan tragedy

    Posted Mar 16th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Residents of rundown blocks in Hung Hom fear they will suffer the same fate as the building that collapsed in nearby To Kwa Wan, leaving four dead. They are worried that maintenance work has not been carried out despite the Buildings Department warning the owners of the flats. Kowloon City district councillor Pius Yum Kwok-tung said that since the five-storey tenement ...

  9. 'Vague' buildings bill may work against homeowners

    Posted Feb 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung A bill aimed at improving building safety- by introducing a mandatory building and windows inspection scheme- has been criticised as being 'too vague' and could ... structures, and signboards on outer walls of buildings. The Buildings (Amendment) Bill will force owners of blocks aged 30 years or older to inspect their buildings every 10 years, and owners ...

  10. 'The building was like an old lady with a stick'

    Posted Jan 31st 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney After surveying the carnage yesterday, taxi driver Ho Siu-on had his own analogy to describe what had happened at 45 Ma Tau Wai Road. 'The building was like an old lady ... across. Labourers had carried out renovation work to a shop on the bottom floor of the building to fix integrating walls and ceilings. And it may well turn out to be that it was during this work ...




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