Written by: Lu Jiayu, Chen Haoran, Chen Aoqi
Last update date: 2021-06-19 22:14
The Yi Tak Building on Shau Kei Wan East Street has recently undergone demolition and reconstruction. However, for a tenement building over 50 years old adjacent to the site, residents said that after the construction was carried out, they felt that the tenement building was shaking. “It’s like taking a bus. "Shake", and later there was concrete peeling in the unit. I was worried that if the construction of the tenement house continued, it would be difficult to withstand the shock.
"Hong Kong 01" is inquiring about the incident with the Buildings Department.
The Yi Tak Building on Shau Kei Wan East Street has recently undergone a demolition and reconstruction project, and the Dong Ming Building, a tenement building adjacent to the site, has shaken.
(Photo by Chen Haoran)
The Dongming Building, a tenement house located on Shaukeiwan East Avenue, is separated from the Yide Building site by one wall. A resident of the 7th floor, Mr. Chen Tai, said that the Yide Building has been demolished with heavy machinery in recent days and will feel the building from time to time when construction starts. It appears to shake as if riding in a car. "Sit on a stool is like riding a bus. When training in bed, feeling motion sickness and waves, you will shake when you put a glass of water."
Yesterday afternoon, after Mrs. Chen took her daughter home from school, she found that a crack on the wall in her home had grown and deepened. Her daughter was about to take a closer look. The concrete suddenly peeled off and exposed the steel bars. Fortunately, her daughter was not injured.
Mrs. Chen is worried that she will inform the real estate agency for assistance and ask the construction site whether the construction can be suspended.
The site later suspended the construction on one side of the Dongming Building, but the construction on the other side continued. Later, a foreman came to Chen Tai’s unit to understand, "I said you should start construction before ordering my house." The foreman pointed out that steel bars appeared on the wall at that time. It rusted, but admitted that the concrete flaking might be caused by construction works, so he said that he would repair the walls for Mrs. Chen later.
Chen Tai pointed out that although the unit was rented, she was still worried about personal safety. He also said that there were cracks in the units on other floors. In the future, such as foundation laying works on the site, he was worried that the impact on the building would be even greater. "I was shocked. Buildings will meet."
Mrs. Chen also said that no government personnel have been present to investigate and hoped that the building owners can complain to the relevant departments.
Located at 121 to 131 Shaukeiwan East Street, Yide Building is 55 years old and has a registered site area of approximately 7,680 square feet. It was originally an 8-storey commercial and residential building. The developer Association Chenghang obtained the building contract in 2018 After 84% of the ownership, it applied for a forced auction. In May last year, China Hip Shing bought the Yide Building at a reserve price of HK$804 million.
As for the Dongming Building, which was completed in 1969, it is also over 50 years old, with a total of 49 units of 7 floors.
The collapse of a tenement house in To Kwa Wan in 2010
In Hong Kong, a tenement building collapsed in the past, causing 4 deaths and 2 injuries. In January 2010, a 55-year-old, 5-storey tenement building on Ma Tau Wai Road, To Kwa Wan, was suspected to have affected the Tang Dynasty during the renovation works carried out by the ground shop workers. The main wall structure of the building caused the tenement building to collapse in a short period of time. Some residents could not escape and were buried under the rubble. The incident eventually caused 4 deaths and 2 injuries.
Buildings Department Redevelopment