Hong Kong concrete test result shocks Jiayu Garden flat owners

Jiayu Garden flat owners protest about the safety of their homes

Flat owners of Shenzhen's Jiayu Garden, who suspect that the developer had used cheap sea sand in the concrete, are shocked to learn that a sample from their block barely passed Hong Kong's standard for chloride ions.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 5:44am 1 comment

Flat owners reject official test results on suspected substandard concrete

Flat owners demonstrate in Shenzhen. Photo: He Huifeng

The Shenzhen Housing and Construction Bureau released a statement on its official website yesterday saying six major property projects in the city, including Jiayu Garden and Ping An International Financial Centre, which at 660 metres will be the city's tallest building when completed, were safe and met national standards for concrete.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:57am

High stakes involved in Shenzhen's concrete scandal

Recent reports of some property developers using unsuitable materials for construction in Shenzhen have rung the alarm bells over building and public safety.

Over the past two decades, Shenzhen has awed many with its construction prowess, building upwards and sideways at jaw-dropping speed and scale. But recently, reports of some property developers using unsuitable materials for construction have rung the alarm bells over building and public safety. Urgent investigation is needed.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Exposé cracks confidence in building safety

Developers are accused of using substandard sand in concrete.

Safety fears and uncertainty struck Shenzhen's property sector after the city government revoked the licence of a major company over substandard building material and halted the construction of what was to be the country's tallest building.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:19am

Shenzhen construction on hold after alert over cheap sand in concrete

An artist's impression of the Pingan Financial Centre.

More projects are likely to be affected as the Shenzhen government ordered a citywide inspection into the practice, which they said was common throughout the Pearl River Delta. Untreated sea sand contains high levels of salt and chloride that could corrode steel reinforcements, causing buildings to collapse.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:57am 1 comment

West China Cement hit by fraud claim

Shares in mainland cement maker West China Cement were suspended from trading at the company's request yesterday, following the release of an analyst's report alleging the company was guilty of 'blatant fraud'.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Use of slag in public flats to cut carbon emissions

Hong Kong's annual carbon emissions will be cut by 3,700 tonnes, thanks to an environmentally friendly initiative of the Housing Authority.

The authority says it will save money and reduce its use of cement by mixing it with slag, a cheap by-product of steelmaking, in its annual construction of 15,000 flats.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Manufacturer seizes growth opportunities

China Shanshui Cement Group, the Hong Kong-listed firm with the largest cement enterprise in Shandong and Liaoning, revealed sharp revenue growth for the year ending December 31, 2011.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Victory in leaky flat appeal

A long-running dispute over a water leak took a new turn yesterday when a former director of the Buildings Department won his appeal against a conviction and fine for failing to stop seepage from his flat into the flat below.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

China Resources to expand capacity

China Resources Cement Holdings will spend 8 billion yuan (HK$9.8 billion) expanding production capacity over the next three years, including 5 billion yuan this year, said Robert Lau Chung Kwok, chief financial officer of the Chinese state-owned cement producer.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Planning for an oasis

Whether you have a rooftop, balcony or ground-floor garden, you can make the most of your open-air living space with some planning and imaginative thinking.

With spring around the corner, there is no better time than now to get started.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK$165m IPO helps cement firm repay debt

Allied Cement faces slowing demand growth for its product because of an economic slowdown and a credit squeeze on the mainland, said the firm's managing director yesterday at its listing ceremony.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Cement giants aim for global ranking

The central government's 12th five-year plan for 2011 to 2015 covering building materials envisages much slower growth but aims to have one or two companies big enough to enter the Fortune Global 500 list.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Poor maintenance caused collapse

Poor maintenance was to blame for the collapse of a canopy in Tuen Mun that seriously injured a man and damaged several cars, a Buildings Department investigation has found.

But officials say they cannot prosecute anyone as neglecting maintenance is not an offence.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cement shares fall on economic tightening

Mainland-based cement producers listed in Hong Kong fell sharply yesterday, with industry players blaming the drop on the bleak global economy and liquidity tightening.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am