Dec 18, 2018
Hong Kong Economic Journal Excerpt
Hospital works project halted after subsidence at adjacent site
Kwong Wah Hospital (KWH) in Mong Kok has seen some redevelopment works put under suspension as engineers have uncovered ground subsidence problem on an adjacent site that houses another building.
The construction work will not resume until the subsidence issue is investigated and authorities are convinced that the KWH structures will be safe, according to an announcement by the Hospital Authority (HA) on Monday.
The authority said the initial situation assessment suggested the works may be subject to a three-month delay due to the incident.
Work will begin only when it is deemed that the problem no longer exists, a move aimed at ensuring the structural safety of the new construction, which contains a combination of Chinese and Western architectural features, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The HA, meanwhile, stressed that other buildings in KWH and residential buildings in the neighborhood have not been affected by the incident, and that the hospital’s patient services have remained normal all along.
The first stage of the KWH redevelopment project began in mid-2016, including the demolition of the South Wing of the Main Hospital Building, the Nurses Quarters and the Administration Building.
A new complex will be built on the original site, while The Tung Wah Museum located within the range of the construction site will be retained.
According to the HA, basement excavation works that commenced in February this year have been carried out as usual and all monitoring readings have stayed within acceptable limits.
However, Vibro (H.K.), the contractor responsible for the works, found on the morning of Nov. 26 that there was groundwater in the lift pit excavation area of the construction site.
The problem was detected as monitoring data around the museum indicated abnormal readings in groundwater levels and settlement.