Building Engineering

Scores of factories at Bangladesh textile hub shut amid unrest

A young female garment worker meets with the media at a hospital in Savar, Dhaka. Rescuers found Reshma clinging to life sandwiched between two floors of the collapsed eight-storey building. Photo: Xinhua

Hundreds of factories which form the hub of Bangladesh's garment industry are to close indefinitely after worker unrest sparked by the death of more than 1,100 colleagues, employees announced yesterday.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 4:06am

Bangladesh army to end search for disaster bodies

A Bangladeshi rescuer stands amid the rubble of a garment factory building that collapsed on April 24 as they continue searching for bodies in Savar, near Dhaka, on Sunday. Photo: AP

Bangladesh’s army announced on Monday that it was wrapping up its search for bodies following last month’s collapse of a garment factory complex, saying that it now believed a total of 1,127 people were killed.

14 May 2013 - 2:01am

Collapsed Bangladesh building not 'designed' for factory-use, says architect

Rescuers work to dislodge decomposed bodies caught in the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday. Photo: AP

Masood Reza, a leading Bangladesh architect and a professor at a state-run university, said he felt “pain and anguish” when he saw footage of the garment workers trapped under the pancaked floors, crying desperately for help.

5 May 2013 - 2:43pm 1 comment

Quality of 'Macau-built' structures in Yaan under scrutiny

A damaged wall inside the Lingguan Secondary School in Yaan city, Baoxing county, Sichuan. Photo: Screenshot via

Large cracks were seen on the exterior of the Ling Guan Secondary School in Sichuan province’s Baoxing county, near the epicentre of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck the region on Saturday morning, killing at least 192 people.

23 Apr 2013 - 2:48pm 1 comment

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

Rescue workers at the site of a building collapse in Accra, Ghana, early Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

Authorities yesterday blamed faulty construction for the collapse of a five-story building in Ghana's capital that killed at least nine people and trapped dozens of others until they were freed by crews picking through broken concrete with axes.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:34am

Hong Kong considers making buildings quake-resistant

Hong Kong considers making buildings quake-resistant

Shanghai has them. So does New York. And so, too, do France, Germany, Australia and South Korea. Hong Kong, where the risk of earthquakes is similar to all these places, doesn't.

But last week the government took the first step towards bringing in laws requiring new buildings to be built to withstand quakes.

21 Oct 2012 - 3:45am

HKU criticised for moving staff into building site

An office at the new HKU campus where academics have fallen.

Health hazards plaguing the University of Hong Kong's new campus could damage its hopes of having the development win top-level green building status, experts say.

The university has faced mounting pressure over its decision to move staff into its Centennial Campus before its completion, exposing them to high levels of legionella bacteria and the carcinogen formaldehyde.

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am

Building-up a solid career

BIM project managers, modellers and engineers InteliBuild

With the advantages of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry increasingly being recognised, leading consultant InteliBuild is expanding its local workforce in response to growing demand for its services.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Tech park tenants must hit energy-saving target

Tenants in the new third phase of the Science and Technology Parks risk not having their leases renewed if they fail to meet energy-saving targets, as part of a drive to create Hong Kong's first zero-carbon district.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sino Group builds on solid integrity

With 10,000 employees and business interests in acquisition, property development and management, and hotels, the Sino Group has quite a few vacancies at different seniority levels.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

It may be time for officials to revise outdated regulations on illegal structures

Over the past few months we have been inundated with a litany of transgressions of the Building Department's laws and codes committed by many top government officials, including our just-retired chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Modular kits to suit modern ways of living

Hong Kong, with its high proportion of rented accommodation and transient population, would seem an obvious market for modular furniture.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Building plan may have hid C.Y. structure from view

An unmarked section on the building plan of Leung Chun-ying's house on The Peak could have made it difficult to spot an illegal basement if it was already there when he bought the property 13 years ago, an experienced architect suggests.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

First steps along a long road

Businesses in Hong Kong are increasingly realising that going green doesn't have to cost the earth.

From basic waste reduction to long-term strategies on reducing carbon footprints, local companies are addressing their environmental impact at what green groups say is a more meaningful level.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Home needs under one roof

With its core activities centred on helping low-income families with their housing needs, the Housing Department (HD) and Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) are responsible for providing accommodation for about a third of the city's population.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am