Development Bureau plans to build new HKU student dorms out of pre-made materials

South China Morning Post, with additional reporting by Edmund Ho

A 17-storey dormitory building in Wong Chuk Hang considered 'very suitable' for prefabricated construction

South China Morning Post, with additional reporting by Edmund Ho |

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Using shipping containers could be a quick solution to the housing shortage in Hong Kong.

The Development Bureau has announced a new plan to build prefabricated student dormitories (that is, dormitories built from factory-made parts that can be put together quickly on site) for the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

The announcement comes just days after the NGO Council of Social Services proposed building prefabricated houses, using shipping containers as a temporary solution for people waiting for public housing. This would provide up to 1,000 families with a place  to live.

HKU is facing a shortage in student housing. This has led them to submit three project proposals to the government for land to expand housing for their students.

A 17-storey dormitory building in Wong Chuk Hang, which could at most house 1,228 students from HKU, was considered “very suitable” for prefabricated construction, said a spokesperson for the university.

Although it would require minor changes to the original design plan, levelling the hillside land and other preparatory work would give the HKU sufficient time, said the spokesperson.

The Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure under the university’s Civil Engineering Department would be a consultant to the project, ensuring the structural stability and safety of the building.

At the time of going to press, Young Post was unable to contact the HKU Student Union.