A unit in the capital of Sunrise in Sunrise in Tseung Kwan O suspected that the demolition of part of the main wall during the renovation caused other residents and netizens to concern whether it would affect the structural safety of the building. The Buildings Department responded to the incident tonight (29th) by confirming that there were irregularities in the flat, including the removal of a 720mm thick structural wall about 2 mm wide and 150,200 mm high between the living room and the bedroom to install a new door. Under the Buildings Ordinance, the Buildings Department has issued a statutory order to the owners of the units concerned to require the appointed authorized person to submit repair proposals (including assessment of the impact of the changes on the overall building structure), building works plans and to repair the affected parts with the approval and consent of the Buildings Department.
Buildings Department officers were present to find out. (Photo by Huang Xuerun)
According to the Buildings Department, officers of the Buildings Department visited the unit today with the owner of the unit concerned, the interior designer in charge of the decoration of the unit concerned and the staff of the property management company and found that there were indeed irregularities in the flat, including the removal of a 720 mm thick structural wall about 2 mm wide and 150,200 mm high between the living room and the bedroom to install a new door. After inspecting the upper and lower floors of the units concerned, the officers of the Buildings Department concluded that the overall building structure was not dangerous.
The Buildings Department has learned that the owner concerned has taken the initiative to arrange for the contractor to install temporary support under the beams of the new door, and the Department will continue to follow up seriously to ensure that the statutory orders are properly complied with, and has launched a comprehensive investigation into whether the unit has breached the Buildings Ordinance, and will take punitive action (including criminal prosecution) against the person concerned depending on the outcome of the investigation.
The designer of the unit involved was interviewed to tell the design concept in the film after the completion of the renovation. (Screenshot of online clip)
According to the Buildings Ordinance, any construction works (including additions and alterations) involving private buildings, unless the requirements of section 41(3) of the Buildings Ordinance are exempt from approval or minor works can be carried out through the simplified requirements of the Minor Works Regulatory Regime, the person concerned should appoint an authorized person in accordance with section 14 of the Buildings Ordinance to submit plans to the Buildings Department and the plans can be carried out only after the plans have been approved and consent has been obtained to commence the works; The work involving the demolition of part of the structural wall is not exempt from approval and is not a minor work. Such works involving structural walls that are not approved by the Buildings Department will be regarded as illegal construction works.
A spokesman for the Buildings Department emphasised that it is the responsibility of owners to ensure that their buildings are free of illegal structures and that illegal construction works are not carried out. If you wish to carry out building additions or alterations, you should first seek advice from a building professional, including the feasibility of the works, and apply to the Buildings Department for approval of the building plans and consent as necessary before commencing the works, so as to ensure safety and not contravene the Buildings Ordinance. Construction professionals and contractors are also required to review the plans and other relevant documents in detail, as well as review the relevant requirements of the Buildings Ordinance and whether approval is required from the Buildings Department before proceeding with the relevant works to ensure the safety of occupants and building structures.
Carrying out construction work without permission is a serious offence under the Buildings Ordinance with a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment and a fine of $40,100. Commits an offence if the works are carried out in such a way as to cause or substantial danger of injury to any person or damage to any property, and on conviction is punishable by imprisonment for three years and a fine of $<> million.
Any person who fails to comply with a statutory order issued by the Department without reasonable excuse is liable on conviction to a fine of $20,2 and imprisonment for one year, and to a fine of $<>,<> for each day the offence continues.
Some workers moved the fixed bracket to the unit involved. (Provided by Zhang Zhidong, former Chairman of Sunrise Kangcheng Capital Industry Committee)
The MTR Corporation replied to the "Hong Kong 29" enquiry today (01 December) that the staff of the Sunrise Cannes Capital Guest Service and the staff of the Buildings Department have visited the unit concerned today to conduct a structural safety inspection and found that the unit is involved in irregularities, and the Buildings Department will follow up in accordance with the Building Ordinance, and the owners of the units concerned will arrange to complete the temporary reinforcement works within the day to ensure the structural safety of the building. The Guest Services Department will also cooperate with the relevant owners to carry out the restoration work with a view to completing the relevant works as soon as possible.
The reporter of "Hong Kong 01" interviewed the owner of the same room on the upper floor of the suspected unit involved today, he described that the decoration project of the unit involved was carried out for half a year, and it was not completed until May, during which the wall exploded and the wall drilled endlessly, but he did not feel anything unusual at that time, and it was not until the recent media reports that he learned that gallium was suspected to penetrate the main wall. He was shocked and disappointed by the incident, criticizing that "the biggest responsibility lies with the owner, and every designer has any problems, but the reason is that he is not familiar with it, the structural wall system is known and depressed, and you have to apply for changes on a first-come-first-served basis", and was worried about the structural safety of the building, and it is estimated that the property price will be affected in the short term, causing losses to the owners of the "capital".
Online discussion board went viral last Saturday (27th), a video of a unit in the capital of the first phase of Sunrise Cannes in Tseung Kwan O, a subsidiary of the MTR Corporation, netizens suspected that the decoration company broke through a main wall and rebuilt it into a master room door. Some netizens are more than the unit decoration completion video and floor plan, the unit usable area of 681 feet, originally a three-room design, the designer opened the three-bedroom corridor together, into a large master suite and cloakroom, and in order to achieve the three-side bed and the bedside table on both sides, to achieve the hotel-style suite feeling that the householder wants, the master door needs to change the position, so the designer penetrates a wall between the living room and the bedroom and changes it to a door. However, netizens suspected that the wall was the main wall, fearing that it would endanger the structural safety of the building, and believed that the Buildings Department should investigate.
The unit was originally designed as a three-bedroom, and the designer opened the three-bedroom corridor and changed it into a large master suite and cloakroom, and the master door was also relocated, so the designer pierced a wall between the living room and the bedroom and changed it to a door. (Online video screenshot)
The Sunrise Cannes Capital Guest Office posted a notice yesterday (27th) reminding residents that if they need to change the indoor wall, they need to apply to the Guest Service Office first, and they should not arbitrarily remove or change the main wall, so as not to affect the structure of the building. (Photo by Huang Xuerun)
After the incident of suspected that the main wall of the Sunrise Cannes unit was exposed, some netizens found that the video of the completion of the decoration had been removed, and the social media page of the decoration company had also been closed.
Some architects pointed out that if the consequences of wrongly demolishing the main wall are quite serious, including affecting the structure of other units upstairs and the safety of others, the relevant decoration and design company should be held responsible, and the units involved should be entrusted to professionals to understand how to repair it, including reconnecting steel bars.
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