Buildings Department

Landlords neglect duty to prevent killer landslides

Hill slide: Loose soil is secured

Nearly a quarter of landlords ordered to repair their man-made slopes in the past three years have not done so, Buildings Department figures show. More than 760 orders are still pending and the department has taken 32 landlords to court in the past 12 months. However, only nine people in such cases pleaded guilty.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 4:22am

Lessons in safety need to be learned again

Blocks on Ma Tau Wai Road are being demolished following the fatal collapse. Photo: David Wong

Whenever a terrible disaster occurs, whether it is a fatal blaze or ferry collision, the questions asked are the same. How did it happen? Is anyone responsible? And above all, how can it be avoided? It is as much about doing justice to those who suffer as learning our lesson. It is imperative that no questions are left unanswered.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

Repairman fined HK$10,000 over To Kwa Wan building collapse

Chu Wai-wing, 77, leaves Kowloon City Court yesterday. He was the only person prosecuted over the To Kwa Wan case. Photo: Edward Wong

Chu Wai-wing, 77, the only person prosecuted over the 2010 collapse, which killed four people, maintained he was a "scapegoat" shouldering all the blame, which the Buildings Department should have shared.

7 Mar 2013 - 7:06am

No sign of concrete action since To Kwa Wan tragedy

The Buildings Department appears to have done little to improve its inspection system three years after the collapse of a To Kwa Wan tenement that killed four people, critics say.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Henry Tang's wife charged over illegal basement

Tang and his wife. Photo: Nora Tam

A Buildings Department spokesman confirmed yesterday that the probe into the 2,250 sq ft basement at the house at 7 York Road, Kowloon Tong, had been completed and a summons issued on February 9.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 8 comments

Henry Tang puts department against wall

Henry Tang Ying-yen. Photo: Edward Wong

Failed chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen handed the Buildings Department a tricky dilemma yesterday when he asked them to approve his proposal to seal his unauthorised basement with a brick wall - just as his rival Leung Chun-ying had done.

5 Jan 2013 - 8:48am 16 comments

200,000 village houses face warnings on illegal structures

Illegal structures at Ho Chung New Village in Sai Kung. Photo: Edward Wong

Buildings Department officers will this week begin handing out as many as 200,000 warnings and demolition orders to the owners of village houses with illegal structures.

30 Dec 2012 - 1:23pm 11 comments

Probe of Leung's former home in Stanley draws a blank

C.Y. Leung lived in the Stanley home until the early 1990s. Photo: Felix Wong

The Buildings Department is unable to confirm whether an illegal extension exists in Leung's property in Stanley after inspectors failed to locate any entry point yesterday.

It will carry on the inquiry and check other flats in the threestorey building, officials said.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:49pm 1 comment

Buildings Department officials denied entry to CY Leung's flat

Leung chun-ying's resident at 39 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley. Photo: Martin Chan

Buildings Department staff were denied entry into Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's Stanley flat, which allegedly has an illegal basement, the department said.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:49am

Chief executive 'ignored' pleas by Buildings Department

Leung speaks to reporters yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has ignored four requests from the Buildings Department for information about a brick wall he built to seal up an unauthorised extension in one of his houses on The Peak, despite his claims that he has been helpful to the investigation.

28 Nov 2012 - 7:11am 6 comments

Leung urged to call press conference over structures

Rita Fan has urged Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to call a press conference to clear doubts over the illegal structures at his home on The Peak. Photo: Thomas Yau

Veteran Beijing loyalist Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai has urged Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to call a press conference to clear doubts over the illegal structures at his home on The Peak.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 2 comments

Youth forum grills Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on social justice

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

Social justice, political reform and, inevitably, illegal structures were the subject of questions from young people when they met Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday.

One student asked why old people found to have illegal additions to their homes faced harsh treatment from the government yet tycoons and senior officials such as Leung were granted exemptions.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:35am 6 comments

Leung Chun-ying must settle illegal-structures matter now

Construction workers remove one of the illegal structures at the home of Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has finally given an account of the affair of illegal structures at his Peak home - five months after news reports alleged he may have covered up unauthorised building works at the two houses while campaigning for election in March. Contrary to his previous remarks, Leung conceded that some of the structures were put up after he had moved in.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am 3 comments

New York city prepares to raze 200 storm-damaged homes

Staten Islander John Toto and friends demolish his Midland Beach home after it was swept off its foundations. The storm also destroyed Toto's beachside restaurant. Photo: AP

New York city is moving to demolish hundreds of homes in the neighbourhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, after a grim assessment of the storm-ravaged coast revealed that many structures were so damaged they pose a danger to public safety and other buildings nearby.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Common sense in Hong Kong's Clochemerle moment

A burning issue again one day?

We now understand why the Buildings Department has taken so long to deal with the outstanding celebrity illegal structures problem, which, let's not forget, includes our chief executive.

8 Nov 2012 - 2:22am