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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:10 PM   #2101
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Old January 12th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #2102
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God forbid that! This building may be the most advanced looking building in China!
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Old January 12th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #2103
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What exactly? Well since you bumped this thread I'm taking the opportunity to ask how is it going with the burned down building next to CCTV? Last time I was in Beijing I wanted to see it in person but the whole area was sealed off with an enormous metal fence.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 09:47 AM   #2104
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January 25 from Shanghai Daily

"Repairs start on fire-ravaged CCTV HQ

REPAIRS will start this year on the landmark new headquarters for state broadcaster China Central Television, part of which burnt in a blaze that killed one fireman last year. Workers are dismantling the steel structure and interior and outer decoration in preparation for the repairs, today's The Beijing News reported. The building is to be repaired instead of torn down and rebuilt because investigation by the State Council concluded the major structure was intact and safe, the newspaper quoted Zhao Zixin, director of Beijing Fire Control Bureau, as saying. After repairs, the building will retain the original look, according to Beijing Urban Construction Group. It will accommodate a five-star hotel, a 1,500-seat theatre and other support facilities as designed. The futuristic-looking 5-billion-yuan (US$735 million) CCTV complex features a pair of enormous, leaning buildings of black glass and steel. The fire in February engulfed an adjacent 159-meter, 44-story building that was to house a luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which was only weeks away from opening. An unlicensed fireworks display arranged by CCTV to mark the end of the Lunar New Year started the blaze. More than 20 people have been arrested over the accident, including staff from CCTV, the fireworks company, the building's designer, builder, supervisor and suppliers.
They will be tried in two groups, with the first batch due to go to trial before mid February and the rest around March, according to earlier reports."


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Old February 3rd, 2010, 08:42 PM   #2105
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Funding comes alight for emergency service
26 January 2010
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As much as 900 million yuan has been assigned to Beijing to strengthen its fire-fighting capability, one year on from a dramatic blaze at the iconic CCTV complex.

The municipal fire department has already earmarked 50 million yuan of the fund to buy two fire-fighting helicopters.

The money is being transferred from the central government to the municipal authorities in three installments between 2009 and 2011, according to Zhao Zixin, director of the Beijing municipal fire department, at a conference of the standing committee of Beijing municipal people's congress on Sunday.

The department will improve its equipment to fight against large-scale fires in skyscrapers such as the CCTV complex, Zhao said.

"We plan to order two fire-fighting helicopters, which cost 50 million yuan in total," Zhao said on Jan 25.

"We are negotiating with manufactures in Italy and Russia. The helicopters will be stationed at the new police airport, located in the Qiliqu area of Changping district."

And a new fire engine, which shoots out compressed foam, was tested in Beijing recently.

Zhao said the engine is capable of firing foam at its maximum height within a very short period of time.

"During the test, the foam reached the top of the China World Trade Tower III - this is 350 m high," he added.

On Sunday's conference, the restoration of the CCTV complex was also a key issue on the government's agenda.

"The outside walls were destroyed but the main body of the building was not terribly damaged by the fire, according to an investigation by the State Council," Zhao said.

The Beijing Urban Construction Group, responsible for the restoration, reported that as much as 50 percent of the steel structure of the building needs to be replaced. The project will start this year.

Time Magazine named the CCTV complex as one of the world's best architectural marvels of 2007. But the complex caught fire on the night of the Lantern Festival in 2009.

"I don't think it is necessary to repair the complex. It's just a way to burn people's money," said a 26-year-old graphic designer surnamed Zhao.

Zhao lives in a community near the CCTV complex.

"We need to make more space for parks in the crowded CBD area, rather than cold high-rise buildings," he added.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 02:03 AM   #2106
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How is it going? is already open?
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Old February 26th, 2010, 03:01 PM   #2107
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And a new fire engine, which shoots out compressed foam, was tested in Beijing recently.

Zhao said the engine is capable of firing foam at its maximum height within a very short period of time.

"During the test, the foam reached the top of the China World Trade Tower III - this is 350 m high," he added.
So there's some good that came from this accident after all.
This fire-fighting technology seems very impressive!
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Old February 26th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #2108
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21 charged for part in CCTV building fire
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BEIJING - Twenty-one people in connection to a deadly fire that burned a section of the newly built China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters last year have been charged with causing an accident with dangerous goods, a procuratorate official confirmed to Xinhua Tuesday.

The No. 2 branch of Beijing Municipal People's Procuratorate referred the defendants to the Beijing Municipal No. 2 People's Intermediate Court on Sunday, said the official who asked not to be named.

Among the charged was Xu Wei, former head of CCTV's construction bureau. The official did not disclose the identities of 20 others or the date of the court hearing.

An illegal fireworks display caused the blaze on February 9, 2009 in the 30-story building in Beijing's central business district, which left one firemen dead and eight others injured, including six firemen and two construction workers. It caused direct economic losses of more than 160 million yuan (23.44 million U.S.dollars), the official said.

Earlier this month, a statement from the State Council found 71 people responsible for the fire. Forty-four of them would face criminal charges while 27 others would suffer party and administrative disciplinary action, the statement said.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 11:47 PM   #2109
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Funding comes alight for emergency service
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Alight may not be the best choice of words here.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 10:11 PM   #2110
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There is still a fence around the CCTV main building. Does anybody know when it will be finished and can be visited?
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Old March 1st, 2010, 10:16 PM   #2111
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There is still a fence around the CCTV main building. Does anybody know when it will be finished and can be visited?
I think when that burned out building next to this building is declared safe. It's still possible that it could collapse after the heavy fire, however the change of that is very slim.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 10:42 AM   #2112
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 11:41 AM   #2113
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I can't believe you can repair that building with such damage like that. I would rather demolish the whole building and start from scratch.

By the way, what is the current progress of the Main Building? Is the interior finally done or are people starting to move to that building?
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 07:20 PM   #2114
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As long as the structural elements are OK they just need to re-fit the decorations, put in a few new elevators, repaint the walls, and open!
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There is still a fence around the CCTV main building. Does anybody know when it will be finished and can be visited?
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 04:43 PM   #2116
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CCTV tower photos show damage beyond repair: Magazine
3 March 2010
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Dramatic pictures of a CCTV tower set ablaze by errant fireworks were made public for the first time on Tuesday, more than one year after the fire.

Along with an investigative report, the Beijing-based Caijing magazine ran eight exclusive pictures taken inside the gravely damaged 30-story annex tower at the new headquarters of the State-owned national television network. The photographs show the infrastructure of the building seemingly beyond repair.

An illegal fireworks display organized by former CCTV officials caused a massive fire on Feb 9, 2009. Flames consumed the exterior and interior decorations of the luxury annex building, investigations by prosecutors and other government officials have found. The blaze caused 160 million yuan ($23.4 million) in damage and killed one firefighter while seriously injuring eight others.

During two recent visits to the devastated scene, two Caijing writers and a photographer noted some supporting columns inside the complex were beyond repair and must be replaced. The photos also reveal the roof, exterior walls and ceilings of the building also need total revamping. Hotel suites and dining halls, also part of the complex, were also badly burned.

The magazine invited a group of architects to inspect and comment on the pictures. Based on the photographs, the panel concluded that the exterior would be "technically difficult to repair" and that constructors "cannot afford to make any mistakes on safety".

However, the experts could not determine whether the support columns of the complex are so badly damaged that they must be replaced.

Still, the magazine's editors concluded that; "The difficulty of repairing and rebuilding the complex seemed unimaginable for witnesses at the scene."

At least one-third of the total area at the complex must be rebuilt, a special investigation by the State Council, or Cabinet, has found. Architects familiar with the building have said the exterior walls of the 160-m-tall building must be replaced and that the replacement may cost even more than rebuilding the entire project.

CCTV was fined three million yuan for the total damage and its former director, Zhao Huayong, who left his post shortly after the fire, and other CCTV officials got an administrative demotion.

More than 30 men, including former director of the CCTV headquarters, Xu Wei, are about to go on trial on charges they endangered the public security. The trials are expected to get under way in Beijing courts in the coming days.

Construction and safety supervision officials in Beijing will also be prosecuted on allegations they neglected their duties in connection with the fire.

Caijing also reported that CCTV officials considered selling the new headquarters in a bid to cover the fire losses. Neither CCTV nor local government officials contacted by Caijing and METRO on Tuesday could confirm or deny that claim.

Reconstruction work on the complex by its original contractor, China Construction Third Engineering Division Corp Ltd, began in December.
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I thought the architect had visited and said repairing the building was feasible and that the structural damge was not significant. Should we trust more in these reporters?
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It looks like most of the CCTV Building is repaired.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 06:35 AM   #2119
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It looks like most of the CCTV Building is repaired.
CCTV headquarters was never touched by the fire. The only building to be damaged is the hotel, and nothing's been done to it yet.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 06:59 AM   #2120
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It looks like most of the CCTV Building is repaired.
repaired?? when...???
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