Shotcreting of slopes acceptable if vegetation is also used

Private developers are using shotcrete as an easy and low-maintenance solution for their slopes, and they avidly avoid greenery.

Tuesday, 11 January, 2011, 12:00am

Shotcreting often needless, critics charge

It destroys vegetation, creates eyesores and is supposedly discouraged by the government - yet hillsides and slopes around the city continue to be covered in unsightly grey cement, sprayed on to prevent landslides in a process known as shotcreting.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Concreted waterways win new lease of life

Contractors damaged two Sai Kung streams, now they are putting it right

Remedial work has started on the two streams at Sha Kok Mei, Sai Kung, which were devastated eight weeks ago by work gangs that covered the banks and beds of the waterways with concrete.

31 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

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Drive between Ma On Shan and Sai Kung, or over Hong Kong island from Shau Kei Wan to Stanley. Observe roadside slopes, covered with unsightly layers of concrete. These blots on the landscape are muchhated by environmentalists who decry such retaining works as ghastly optical attacks on nature.

Think again.

2 Jul 2003 - 12:00am


I'm an art teacher and plan to do a wall mural in our kindergarten. Some students did a wall painting last year but the paint dried to a dull matt finish. What type of non-toxic paint would you recommend that has a bright finish? And do we need a final coat of clear lacquer or varnish?

16 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Heartless bureaucracy

One of the great treasures of the SAR is its profusion of country parks. Their value to the community can be measured by the fact that they were used by 10.7 million people last year for a variety of recreational activities.

21 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

More cash for slope cosmetics

Government engineers will spend up to $60 million a year - three times more than in the past - to beautify slopes under the annual landslip prevention programme.

The Geotechnical Engineering Office has spent about $20 million a year for the past two years to plant trees, grass and flowers, hoping to change the number of bare shotcrete slopes.

29 Jan 2001 - 12:00am


I wish to thank R. P. Martin, of the Civil Engineering Department, for his reply ( Sunday Morning Post, July 30) to my letter of July 9, on a slope work site on Mount Kellett Road.

Work does now seem to be proceeding on the slope in question, although I find it hard to believe that it will be completed by August 19.

13 Aug 2000 - 12:00am


I refer to the letter from Dayle Purcel headlined 'Pointless' (Sunday Morning Post, May 7) concerning the shotcreting of several large areas of rock slopes of Victoria road.

28 May 2000 - 12:00am

Ugly look avoidable

When repairing slopes anywhere in Hong Kong, why can't the Government use alternative methods of finishing them other than using shotcrete? It is creating an eyesore wherever you look. While I must praise the reasons for making slopes safer and thus saving lives, I believe the whole process has got horribly out of hand.

16 Apr 2000 - 12:00am


I noticed the complaint of Professor Gordon Maxwell (report, Sunday Morning Post, March 5), about the concreting of volcanic rock formations in Sai Kung Country Park.

26 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Slopes of concrete 'ruining parks'

A GEOLOGY professor is spearheading a campaign to stop Hong Kong's country parks from being blighted by concrete slopes.

For 20 years, Professor Gordon Maxwell has led groups of geology students to Sai Kung Country Park to spend a day scrutinising volcanic rock formations that date back at least 140 million years.

5 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Spare the hills from concrete

Congratulations to the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) for turning an entire stretch of Wong Nei Chung Gap Road into a revolting spray-on concrete (shotcrete) desert.

How many more verdant hillsides does it have to destroy in the name of slope safety? Go anywhere in what was once the beautiful south side of Hong Kong Island, and all one sees is an expense of shotcrete.

25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Use creative imagination

WITH the approach of the rainy season the Government is accelerating its efforts to protect dozens of, presumably, unsafe slopes with coatings of spray-on concrete (shotcrete).

This is no doubt necessary to avoid a recurrence of the disastrous land-slips which occurred last year.

24 May 1995 - 12:00am

Taking a subtle approach

I REFER to Mr Graeme Roberts' letter (South China Morning Post, November 28) regarding the adding of colour to shotcrete slopes.

2 Dec 1994 - 12:00am