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Old July 30th, 2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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HONG KONG | Public Housing Projects

HK$110m refit, not the wreckers' ball, for old Aberdeen estate, home to 27,000
21 June 2008
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The Housing Department has decided to renovate a big public housing estate on a prime site in Southern District after inspectors found it was structurally sound.

Repairs to the Wah Fu Estate, where some buildings are more than 40 years old, will cost HK$110 million. The inspectors said the repairs would extend the estate's life by 15 years.

Critics accused the department of forcing tenants to live in poor conditions, but some elderly tenants said they would prefer to stay than move out, even though the estate was old.

The 5.7 hectare estate, built in phases between 1967 and 1978, comprises 18 blocks and is home to 27,000 people. It stands on an Aberdeen hillside overlooking Waterfall Bay and is just 500 metres from the luxury Bel-Air development at Cyberport.

A property analyst said if the estate were demolished, developers would pay HK$70 billion to HK$90 billion for the site.

The department said inspectors had found all the blocks at Wah Fu were safe, but structural repairs and improvement works were needed.

"It is more economically sustainable to retain the buildings by carrying out repair works than demolishing them for redevelopment," a spokesman said.

Improvement works, including the installation of lifts and escalators, would also be carried out to improve the living environment for tenants.

The spokesman said the works were expected to cost "slightly over HK$12,000" per flat. There are 9,147 flats on the estate.

Former Housing Authority member and veteran housing affairs critic Wong Kwun said: "The department is forcing tenants to live in poor condition by refusing to redevelop."

Water seepage and erosion of external walls were common complaints, he said.

He doubted the repairs would be cost-effective.

"Obviously, the department has tried to avoid redevelopment because it may not be able to find other places nearby to rehouse the tenants," said Mr Wong, who is chairman of the Federation of Public Housing Estates.

Yeung Sin-hung, a member of the authority's subsidised housing committee, said: "It would be more cost-effective and efficient to tear down the blocks and build new ones. Some of the blocks, especially those facing the sea, suffer serious sea-water erosion."

Southern District councillor Chai Man-hon said: "The younger tenants want redevelopment because they can move to newer flats. But the older tenants want to stay because they can keep their social network here."

Lau Chun-kong, international director of property agents Jones Lang LaSalle, estimated the site could sell for up to HK$10,000 per sq ft.

He agreed with Mr Wong that "the government may have some concerns over rehousing so many people, given the lack of public flats on the island".
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The towers are bad, but the colors are good.
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Interim housing block faces wrecker's ball
2 August 2008
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An interim housing block that has stood for 36 years has been earmarked for demolition in 2010 to make way for public housing.

Concrete surfaces and reinforcement bars in parts of Block 12 of Kwai Shing East Estate, which is 76 per cent vacant, have been found to be seriously corroded upon inspection by the Housing Authority.

Although experts concluded it was structurally safe, the maintenance costs to sustain the block for a further 15 years were estimated at about HK$40 million, making repairs financially unfeasible.

The authority's commercial properties committee and subsidised housing committee yesterday discussed clearance arrangements for 197 households still living in the 824-unit block.

An authority spokesman said most would be offered public housing and others were expected to be rehoused in other interim housing flats. The affected tenants would be given 18 months for rehousing and granted a removal allowance of HK$2,907 to HK$10,276, depending on the size of the household.

"Members at the meeting agreed that deserving households with special grounds and justifications, including recommendations by the Social Welfare Department, may be considered on their individual merits for rehousing in public rental housing flats," the spokesman said.

The authority came under fire for high vacancy rates in four interim blocks, including the Kwai Shing East one, from the Audit Commission in October 2006. It recommended converting the Kwai Shing East block for "other beneficial uses".

The Kwai Shing East block had been used for public housing, but was converted into interim housing in 1995 for people who were cleared from squats and ineligible for public housing.
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Legco hopefuls lock horns over housing
5 August 2008
Hong Kong Standard

Kowloon West election hopefuls fought over government provision of public housing at the first public election forum yesterday.

The forum at the Jade Market, organized by the Society For Community Organization, also saw eight Legislative Council election candidates visit residents in cubicle dwellings in Sham Shui Po.

Liberal Party candidate Michael Tien Puk-sun came under fire from other candidates over his stance on public housing, since his party had disapproved of building Home Ownership Scheme flats and other benefits for poor residents such as rent control.

Tien said a balance should be struck in calling on the government to build public housing and HOS flats to make good use of resources. ``In the long run, the government, to increase the supply of housing, should build more public rental housing to shorten the waiting time for cubicle dwelling residents,'' he said.

But the government should help nongovernment organizations provide interim housing facilities as short-term relief.

Democratic Party incumbent lawmaker James To Kun-sun said the HOS was important too as it was a way for public housing residents to vacate their flats in favor of those in greater need.

He called on the government to review the seven-year residence rule to allow families with half of their members who are not permanent residents to move into public housing.

Independent candidate Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, a cubicle dweller when she was a toddler, described the living environment as ``humiliating.'' More public housing should be built to allow dwellers to move in within a year, she said.

After the forum, Tien said he understood some supermarkets are willing to accept food coupons issued by the government, if there is a system to verify that only those in need will get vouchers.
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Kwai Chung Estate goes green
18 August 2008
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One of Hong Kong's oldest public estates has been transformed into a green model for others.

Kwai Chung Estate, built in the 1960s with rudimentary amenities, is now the greenest and largest public estate after a HK$2.4 billion redevelopment, which was completed in April this year.

Housing Department chief architect (procurement) Irene Cheng said landscape design is based on the concept of a ``hill town oasis.''

The 7.5 hectares of open space have been divided into four major areas offering different styles of active and passive open space for different age groups. A site for tai chi practice is surrounded by a complementary bamboo garden. The estate is 30 percent green with 160,000 plants and 100 mature trees.

Cheng said the Housing Authority will continue to grow more plants on rooftops, podiums and walkways. Greening will also be extended vertically next to roads with heavy traffic while the blocks are positioned to allow air to ventilate throughout the estate and provide shade.

The color green is also widely used for decoration to give more freshness to the estate. Some of the 13,742 flats are purpose- built for residents with special needs, including tactile guide paths.

For the blind, there are six multisensory maps at the main access points, with names of buildings in both Chinese and English.
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I hope nobody is going to chop the tree branches off because of stupid reasons and maintain the estate green.
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3,300 surplus HOS flats to go up for sale in September
26 July 2008
South China Morning Post

Flats in the fourth batch of surplus stock from the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) will be priced from HK$450,000 to HK$2.91 million when they go on sale in September, a source said.

The Housing Authority plans to sell about 3,300 flats in September, leaving only 4,100 units unsold under a government plan to sell off the 16,000 leftover HOS flats. The source said that all surplus flats would be sold by next year.

Among the flats in the fourth batch will be 640 in Tung Tao Court, Shau Kei Wan, at an average price of HK$2,870 a square foot; 344 flats in King Hin Court, Wong Tai Sin, at HK$2,290; and 1,284 in Kam Fung Court, Ma On Shan, at HK$1,950.

Some of the Wong Tai Sin flats were temporary hostels for Hospital Authority staff during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003, but the source said they had been restored and disinfected.

The source said 953 resale units, including 877 flats in Tin Fu Court, Tin Shui Wai, would also be up for sale.

The cheapest flat is a single-person unit of just over 200 sq ft in Kwun Hei Court, Kowloon City, going for about HK$450,000.

The source said the government had proposed the price range after taking property transactions in the second quarter of this year into account. She added that rising market prices had been reflected in the proposed prices, with increases averaging a few percentage points.

Flats in Tung Tao Court, near the MTR's Sai Wan Ho and Shau Kei Wan stations, have been priced 5 per cent higher than in a similar selling exercise earlier this year.

The Shau Kei Wan estate also has the most expensive unit of all. The top-priced unit, which has a sea view, has a proposed selling price of HK$2.91 million.

The fourth batch of flats, which constitute 21 per cent of the 16,000 flats left over when the HOS was mothballed in 2002, will be sold amid mounting calls for the scheme to be revived because rising property prices are squeezing lower-income buyers out of the market.

But the government has said it will not be resumed, arguing that private flats remain affordable.

Some property agents said the price of the latest batch looked cheap.

Kenny Yu Chi-man, Centaline's district manager for Ma On Shan, said the proposed low prices could affect the resale market for HOS flats. But he added that there would not be much impact on the rest of the market.

Mike Wong Wai-chun, a branch manager at a Centaline branch in Shau Kei Wan, said he expected the latest batch of flats in Tung Tao Court would receive positive feedback from eligible buyers because of the sea views.

The proposal will be discussed by a Housing Authority committee next Friday.
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STH Visits Kwai Tsing Public Housing Estates
(Friday, 17 October 2008)
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The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, visited Kwai Tsing District today (October 17) to look at the Housing Department's (HD) plans to improve the pedestrian environment in public housing estates.

The Chief Executive announced in his 2008-09 Policy Address on Wednesday (October 15) that the HD would study the feasibility of installing lifts and escalators connecting common areas in hillside public housing estates, as well as lifts in walk-up, low-rise public housing blocks to facilitate resident access.

Accompanied by Housing Authority Member Mr Shih Wing-ching and the Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing (Housing), Mr Thomas Chan, Ms Cheng first visited Cheung Hong Estate where a lift tower project is in the planning stage.

She was briefed on how the lift tower would eventually connect housing blocks in the lower platform to a commercial complex at a higher level. A detailed feasibility study for this project and a similar one in Cheung Ching Estate is being carried out and, subject to the study, works are scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.

Ms Cheng's next stop was Kwai Shing East Estate, a public rental housing estate built on a sloping site. Tenants will be provided with a lift tower near Shing Kwok House that would link existing escalators, covered walkway and the shopping centre in the estate.

While in Kwai Shing East Estate, Ms Cheng paid a home visit to an elderly couple, the husband of whom has difficulty in walking uphill after suffering a stroke several years ago. The couple were pleased to hear that the lift tower project in the estate was making good progress and would be completed in mid-2009.

Ms Cheng then visited Kwai Chung Estate ¡V an award-winning and the largest public rental housing estate, currently accommodating a population of 39 000 in about 13 700 flats.

Ms Cheng saw that to improve tenants¡¦ uphill access and connection between the estate and the nearby Tai Wo Hau MTR station, a 36-metre-high lift tower at Phase 5 and a 60-metre-long footbridge had been constructed and had opened for use last month (September).

To perfect the pedestrian access system for the residents between the lift tower and MTR station, more improvement works including walkway widening works would come on stream in Tai Wo Hau Estate. These works, together with the lift tower and the footbridge, cost about $52 million.
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Kwai Chung Estate redevelopment project receives Quality Building Award
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The Housing Authority's project at the Kwai Chung Estate Phases 3, 4 and 5 redevelopment sites has recently received a merit award under the residential category of the Quality Building Award (QBA) 2008.

The QBA is a biennial event organised by various professional bodies of the building and construction industry. It gives recognitions to quality construction projects while promoting professionalism and teamwork among industry practitioners.

The theme for this year's Award was "Set no boundary for Quality Buildings". Entries under the residential category were subject to stringent judging criteria, which included the vision for quality and teamwork; design and innovation; project management and cost control; environmental considerations such as sustainability, safety and hygiene; users' comments, customer-satisfaction level, day-to-day operations and maintenance; etc.

Speaking at the QBA 2008 conference, Mrs Irene Cheng, Chief Architect (Procurement) of the Housing Department noted that despite public housing projects were often developed with limited resources, building quality could not be compromised. She stressed the importance of meeting the needs of the community and thriving with the times through innovation. She also elaborated how the project team of Kwai Chung Estate worked closely together throughout the 15-year redevelopment process and strived to honour the Housing Authority's pledges in the areas of planning, design, construction, maintenance and management.

Ms Ada Fung, Deputy Director of Housing (Development and Construction) was glad to see the Kwai Chung Estate redevelopment project winning a well-deserved recognition in the QBA 2008. Quoting Aristotle's saying "Quality is not an act, it is a habit", she commended the project team and encouraged colleagues to achieve an even higher quality standard of work while upholding the "customer care" principle. "In this way, we can even contribute to promoting a quality culture in the construction industry," she said.

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Landscape Improvement Works in Estates
26 September 2008
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The Housing Department's Horticulture Team has recently completed two landscaping projects to improve the environment in Ping Shek Estate and Shek Yam East Estate.



In Ping Shek Estate, the Team has converted the base of a staircase at a podium into an area with aesthetic landscaping. Various species of seasonal flowers and foliage were planted in the flower beds located in some open areas in Shek Yam East Estate so that tenants can enjoy a greener environment.



More landscape improvement works will be carried out in other estates to create a healthier living environment for tenants.
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100M for a lifespan of 15 years is a lot. Then you will still face the prospect of relocating these 27000 people
and demolition.
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100M for a lifespan of 15 years is a lot. Then you will still face the prospect of relocating these 27000 people
and demolition.
Hong Kong is in a constant state of renewal, so it's very likely new units will be able to accomodate existing residents in estates slated for demolition.
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空置街市活化變大學教室 舊屋邨人流低 房署擬改設施用途
10月20日 星期一 05:05

- high vacancy rates at markets in older housing estates are prompting ideas for use changes
- City University is planning to use some of these empty stores for school functions

【明報專訊】舊式屋邨街市面對人口老化和競爭,面臨被淘汰命運,空置率高企亦令房屋署被人詬病,但其遍佈各區的地利卻成活化契機。房署正陸續改建全港11個空置街市和停車場,其中有25年歷史的澤安邨街市,原有八成空置,已吸引鄰近的城市大學斥資數百萬元改作多用途活動室,以節省擴建大學開支;空置的「冬菇亭」則會改為供居民唱戲和弈棋的小型社區中心。

房署多年來奉行一屋邨一商場(街市)策略,有25年歷史的深水埗澤安邨,雖然只有4500人居住,但亦有一座有30個檔位的街市,還有一個俗稱「冬菇亭」的大牌檔。然而,隨着區內海麗邨和富昌邨等新型屋邨近年落成,吸引大批年輕居民遷出,加上連鎖超市和區內街市競爭,導致老街市經營陷入困境。

鄰近地鐵站具發展潛力

房署高級房屋事務經理胡栢霖接受訪問時說,澤安街市於3年前起出現空置高企問題,僅得五金和報紙檔等6間店舖繼續營業,房署遂於06年開始研究改變街市用途。他稱,當年署方透過市場調查,發現該街市鄰近石硤尾地鐵站,租金亦較私人商場廉宜,因此有潛力改作課室或辦公室。

房署去年重新招租後,即被份屬「鄰居」的城市大學看中,租用作教學發展用途,以低廉租金紓緩擴建壓力,租期至2013年。胡栢霖表示,整個街市樓面近9500平方呎,城大正斥資數百萬元改建,加建電力和消防設施,使之成為多用途室,供學校舉行各式活動,和另設辦公室和印刷等後勤設施。

冬菇亭變小型社區中心

胡栢霖又稱,改建工程最困難在於安置原來6個商戶,最終房署打通原來公屋大廈地下街舖,加設照明和鐵閘等成為小型「購物廊」,讓原來商戶繼續經營。另外,昔日冬菇亭則改裝成圖書閣、自修室、唱戲曲和棋藝室,成為「四合一」小型社區設施,為街坊增添聚腳點。他說﹕「以前街坊要在路邊唱曲,不時被指聲浪過大,現時街坊可在室內冬菇亭唱曲,減少對附近滋擾。」

胡稱,屋邨空置商場最大優勢在於遍佈各區,亦有一定人流支持市場需求,即使放棄經營街市亦可另覓發展,如南山邨和彩虹邨停車場亦準備租予教育機構作課室;香港郵政亦看中麗瑤邨及鯉魚門邨兩個市區車場,計劃租用改裝成特快專遞樞紐,配合中環郵政總署搬遷需要。現時屋邨商場空置率已由高峰期10%減至4.24%,低於7%目標,停車場空置率亦由高峰期38%降至三成。

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公屋建築成本第二季創新高,工程界料建材價急漲對私樓影響有限
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8月25日 星期一 08:41

- inflation has pushed raw materials costs for public housing construction up 42% in Q2 vs. prev year
- cost rise in the past 2-3 years is primarily affected by rising fuel costs and RMB appreciation
- developments in Macau and Middle East are also pushing up raw materials prices

物價上升,建築材料價格亦大幅上漲,本港今年第二季的公營房屋建築成本,創下有紀錄以來最高水平,較去年同期急升42%。

房委會消息人士指出,近月已把工程招標預算調高30%,但不會削減建屋量。有工程界人士認為,建材價急漲對私樓的影響有限,不會刺激樓價上揚。

反映房委會建造公屋成本的「新建工程投標價格指數」,最新數據顯示今年第二季升至960,是自70年有紀錄以來最高,比07年同期的675,上升了42%。

若以房委會每年建築開支平均約55億元計算,有關支出因此增加約23億元。

消息人士表示,過去2、3年察覺到建材價有上升的趨勢,主要受燃油價格上升及人民幣升值影響,致石屎及鋼材等原材料價格急升,加上澳門和中東等地區近年急劇發展,令公屋建屋成本顯著上升。

消息人士又謂,房委會在建屋成本控制方面,一直做了大量工作,坦言再下調的空間有限:「公共房屋已用「美而廉」物料及實而不華的設計,人手亦已「瘦無可瘦」,但最重要興建公屋是房委會的責任,不可能因成本上升便建少些!」
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LCQ18: Installing air-conditioning systems in public markets
Government Press Release
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Following is a question by the Hon Lau Kong-wah and a written reply by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr York Chow, in the Legislative Council today (October 22):

Question:

Concerning the installation of air-conditioning systems in public markets under the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Hong Kong Housing Authority, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the names of the public markets not yet installed with such systems and the districts in which these markets are located, as well as the reasons for not yet installing such systems;

(b) whether the authorities concerned will review the current criteria for installing such systems in public markets and whether such systems will be installed in all public markets in Hong Kong; if there will be no review or such systems will not be installed, of the reasons for that; and

(c) whether the authorities concerned have evaluated the impact of not having such systems installed in public markets on their competitiveness against private superstores, and whether the room for survival of public markets will be reduced indirectly?

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President,

Whilst the project costs for installing air-conditioning systems in the existing public / public housing estate markets are borne by the Government or the Housing Authority (HA), the market tenants are responsible for paying the subsequent recurrent costs such as electricity charges and maintenance fees. Besides, full cooperation from market tenants during the construction period is also needed as partial closure of the market may be required during the installation works. Therefore, the installation of air-conditioning systems in public / public housing estate markets is not only due to technical feasibility, but also support from the majority of market tenants and their agreement to bear the recurrent expenditure.

Our reply to the three-part question raised by Hon Lau Kong-wah is as follows:

(a) At present, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) manages a total of 80 public markets, of which 60 are not provided with air-conditioning. Of the 40 public markets with built-in cooked food centres (CFCs), 19 are not provided with air-conditioning. As for the 19 public housing estate markets managed by the HA, 16 are not provided with air-conditioning. Details are at Annex.

Most of the public / public housing estate markets with no air-conditioning were built in the 1970s and 1980s, and air-conditioning systems or supporting facilities for installing such systems were not included in the original market design. For some markets, proposals to install air-conditioning systems were not supported by the majority of market tenants.

(b) The Administration will review from time to time whether the existing policy on installing air-conditioning systems in public markets remains appropriate. As mentioned above, the project costs for installing air-conditioning systems in the existing public markets are borne by the Government or HA. The project costs are also quite substantial. Take public markets under FEHD as an example, depending on the size of the market and complexity of the installation works, the installation works for each market can cost tens of millions. In fact, there are divergent views in the community on whether air-conditioning systems should be installed in public markets. Some opine that installing air-conditioning systems would enhance the attractiveness of public markets. However, some market tenants are of the view that installing air-conditioning systems would increase their operating cost. In view of the huge amount of project costs involved, when the Legislative Council considered proposals in the past to install air-conditioning systems in public markets and CFCs, there were comments that due care should be exercised when considering such proposals in view of the substantial amount of public money involved in installing air-conditioning systems.

(c) The viability of public markets is affected by a myriad of factors, including the location of the market, demographic mix in the district, competition from fresh provision shops in the vicinity, the price and quality of the products offered for sale, and the varieties of products available in the markets, etc. As pointed out in Report No. 41 by the Director of Audit, evidence indicating that the retrofitting of air-conditioning systems can improve the viability of a public market has yet to be found. As a matter of fact, the market stall vacancy rates of some public markets retrofitted with air-conditioning systems remain high.

The FEHD and the HA have been keeping in view the viability of public / public housing estate markets and will continue to carry out improvement works to enhance their attractiveness. Such improvement works include enhancing the effectiveness of the ventilation and lighting system, improving drainage system, modifying the design and sizes of market stalls, renovation of ceiling, provision of new signage, renovation of market toilets, upgrading of fire services installations and replacement of wall / floor tiles, etc.
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新公屋研裝隔音預製組件
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10月27日 星期一 05:30

本港不少公屋用地也是坐落於高速公路或鐵路旁邊,房署最近開始在內地研製具有隔音功能的預製組件,改善未來公屋設計,不用再因為避開道路噪音,而要浪費開揚景觀。房署計畫率先將新的隔音組件應用於地形狹細的新公屋地盤。據了解,在個別測試之中,隔音預製組件成功將噪音降低五分貝,足以令部分位於馬路旁的公屋用地,單位噪音「達標」。

規劃建屋 可擇近車路

過去,房署為避免居民「面」向馬路噪音,往往在規劃建屋設計時,就作出遷就,如將廁所、走廊等部分面向開揚景觀的路面,但就犧牲了單位內的大廳或房間,要因此失去美麗「靚景」。房署近年在興建公屋時,積極使用預製組件,為解決問題,最近再嘗試在組件中加入隔音功能,部分房委會委員曾到位於東莞的生產廠房參觀研製及測試過程。

消息人士解釋,可供房委會興建公屋的地皮近年買少見少,加上社會對環保訴求有所提升,需要為鄰近車路或鐵路的建築地盤,研究如何減低噪音。他坦言:「房署的公屋不能如私樓一樣,可以通過『贈送』冷氣機來解決噪音問題。」

據了解,正在研製中的隔音預製組件,外形猶如一個小型「騎樓」,融入至公屋單位之中,除了使用透明玻璃纖維等吸音物料,單位外牆兩旁亦會採用稍微傾斜的「翼牆」設計,方便阻隔地面的車流噪音;在個別測試之中,新設計的預製組件成功將噪音減低五分貝以上。消息人士稱:「不要少看這五分貝,在部分公屋地盤之中,這足以通過環保署 的噪音規定。」

仍待測試 設計須相融

他指出,近年分配給房署建公屋的地盤狹細,難以單憑改變設計規劃去解決噪音問題,若非引入隔音設施,部分地盤根本難以用作興建公屋;故已物色一些細小地盤,研究率先引入有關設施,「引入可隔音設施,難免須增加成本,但卻避免浪費珍貴的土地資源。」

不過,有關隔音預製組件仍須作進一步測試,始能作實際應用,房署希望能盡量優化組件的設計,視覺上既可融入至公屋大廈的設計,組件的「凸出」部分也不會帶來額外的清潔維修問題。

屯門區過去就有不少屋邨均採用「單向式」座向設計,降低噪音水平。該區區議員陳雲生指出,計畫於屯門第十八區興建的其中一幢公屋大廈,就是夾於兩條高速公路之間。他認為,引入具隔音功能的預製組件,構想是好,但由於環保設施始終會佔用單位面積,擔心影響可建公屋單位數目。記者 歐志軍
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