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MTR admits construction deviations at Hung Hom station

Steel News - Published on Thu, 27 Dec 2018

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Hongkong FP reported that inspections at the MTR Hung Hom station expansion showed “deviations” in the steel bars connecting the platform wall to the floor but there was no proof they were cut. Hong Kong’s rail operator said that the construction site was part of the HKD 97.1 billion Shatin to Central Link, which has been marred by a corner-cutting scandal after a series of reports exposed engineering problems.

The MTR Corporation promised earlier this month to dig up 80 spots in order to check the quality of work, after local media reported that contractors had cut steel bars short instead of correctly screwing them into the couplers connecting the platform wall and the floor.

At least six out of the 10 steel bars selected for random testing had been found substandard. In one case, a steel bar was only screwed into its coupler by six millimetres, falling short of the required standard of 40 millimetres.

On Monday, MTRC Managing Director (Operations and Mainland Business) Mr Jacob Kam expressed disappointment in the project’s main contractor – Leighton Asia – and said it should be held responsible for non-compliance. He said that “Leighton must take responsibility for overseeing the construction and ensuring its quality. As a large international construction company, Leighton’s performance has been disappointing. The MTRC reserves the right to take legal action against Leighton in the future.”

Asked whether the platform should be torn down and rebuilt, Mr Kam said that further testing is needed before a holistic analysis could be made.

Lawmaker Tanya Chan had previously floated the possibility that the project might need to be demolished for safety reasons.

Mr Kam claimed that construction quality and structural safety were “two separate concepts.” He said that “The fact that there are deviations in the construction does not mean the couplers have insufficient load-bearing capability.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 27 Dec 2018
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