Since the end of April, about 4% of the units in Hengpu Xinyuan, a transitional housing project on Kam Sheung Road in Yuen Long, have been moldy due to rainwater leakage. Shui On Jianye said on Wednesday (20th) that after Super Typhoon Sula and successive torrential rains, the site was flooded again, and some unfinished units had rainwater leakage, and the company has immediately inspected and repaired. Secretary for Housing Ho Wing-yin visited the site yesterday (21st) and quoted the contractor as saying that during Typhoon No. 10 and the black rainstorm, the rain entered the water because the end of the corridor was not sealed, and there was no big problem after wiping. As for the earlier problem, the contractor has followed up to remedy factors such as inadequate waterproofing measures to protect assembled composite (MiC) components and inadequate windows.

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About 60% of the units in question have been repaired

Ho Wing-yin said on social platforms that the construction work of Hengpu Xinyuan is still in progress, but it has recently attracted some media reports, and she honestly understood the situation with Deputy Director Dai Shang yesterday. According to the contractor's on-site report, about 60% of the units reported by the media that had problems had been repaired.

The contractor pointed out that the relevant photos written off in the report were incidents that occurred in the first half of this year, and that they were repaired immediately after discovery and site management was strengthened. It was followed by only minor effects during the recent Typhoon No. 10 and the Black Rainstorm. The project was only flooded with rain because the end of the corridor was not sealed, and the rainwater seeped into some units along the corridor, but there was no big problem after wiping, and apart from this, there was no serious water seepage in the photos reported.

Ho Wing-yin also said that the problems that occurred earlier were mainly due to the rain that had not yet built the large roof and the ceiling of the corridor during the construction process, the waterproof measures to protect the MiC components were not in place, and the windows of the room were not properly opened, which led to the water ingress. Contractors who do MiC projects must understand that MiC itself is already a finished product produced by the factory and must be protected from the factory, which is very different from the process and management methods of traditional site projects.

The recent typhoon No. 10 and heavy rain have no major impact

She pointed out that in the future, MiC projects must greatly improve site management capabilities, including protecting MiC components during the construction process, sealing the doors and windows of the unit, etc., to prevent the problem of falling rain and water during the project. Earlier, the contractor also took responsibility after discovering the problem and has already carried out remedial measures on the site. The recent typhoon Typhoon No. 10 and heavy rain have no major impact, showing that the follow-up method is effective. As this remedial work will be carried out in parallel with the rest of the works, the project will not affect the completion date. The authorities will share their experience in protecting MiC components during the project with other projects, and will also pay attention to the progress of different projects so that the works can be completed more smoothly.

The contractor said it would ensure that the quality was up to occupancy standards

"Hong Kong 01" recently revealed that since the end of April, about 4% of the units in Hengpu Xinyuan have become moldy due to rainwater leakage, some are suspected of rusting the power duct, and even some baseboards have peeled off. Shui On Construction also responded for the first time in a statement that as early as April 4, it discovered that some units of Hengpu Xinyuan had a water leak, and had been working closely with the NSSS in charge of operations to immediately prepare for maintenance and improvement work, and some repairs began in mid-May and are continuing.

SOCAM emphasised that it is committed to ensuring that the quality of all works meets the occupancy standards and that the project can be completed on time in the fourth quarter, hoping that the incident will not affect the public's confidence in the company and the Hengpu Xinyuan project.

Shui On Jianye also said on the 20th that after super typhoon Sula blowing and continuous heavy rain, the site was flooded again, and some unfinished units once again had rainwater leakage, and the company has arranged colleagues to inspect and repair in real time. Ryan stressed that he will ensure that the quality of all works meets the occupancy standards and does not affect the timeline for moving in at the end of this year.


In response to the enquiry earlier, the Housing Bureau pointed out that as many as 8% of the flats were affected by rainwater leakage, mainly because during the project, the windows of the flats were not related to the windows, and the doors in the flats could not withstand the impact of heavy rain.

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