More glass falls from luxury high-rises

Restaurant worker injured in SoHo and window pane crashes from flat at Bel-Air

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 June, 2013, 6:27am

Panes of glass from two more luxury high-rise blocks have fallen off, with one crashing down onto the alfresco dining area of a SoHo restaurant, injuring one of its staff.

Meanwhile, residents at the Larvotto in Ap Lei Chau are still waiting for answers as to why a window pane on the 28th floor fell more than a week ago - the latest of several such incidents at the luxury estate in the past year.

The new cases to have emerged involve Soho38, a 30-storey block near the Mid-Levels escalator, and Cyberport's Bel-Air residence.

A glass panel from a balcony on the 23rd floor of Soho38 fell onto Koh Thai restaurant on May 10 just after 3.30pm. A female worker, 58, was injured by the falling glass and sent to Queen Mary Hospital.

A resident who lives two buildings down said the impact was so great that glass was strewn all over the car park of her block. "There was a lot of glass on our property," she said.

Kerry Properties, which developed and manages Soho38, claimed only "a small piece of tempered glass" was involved and said the police and Buildings Department had investigated.

"We believe this was an isolated incident," it said, adding that all glass balustrades at the property had been checked and no irregularity detected.

Residents at Bel-Air said a window pane fell to the ground in April, narrowly missing a man.

Pacific Century Premium Developments, which built the estate and whose major shareholder is communications company PCCW, said the window fell while the flat was being fitted out. No police report was made.

On May 31, a large window pane at the Larvotto came crashing down, causing major damage to a car below and almost hitting the driver, who had stepped away just seconds beforehand.

Residents say a few windows have fallen since last year and cracks have appeared in more than 30. The property manager told residents an independent consultant from Britain would investigate the reports and pieces of glass from the May 31 case would be analysed in Britain.

The property was developed by Cheerjoy Development, a joint venture of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Kerry Properties and Paliburg Holdings. Kerry Properties is controlled by the Kerry Group, the controlling shareholder of SCMP Group, publisher of the Sunday Morning Post.