DISCOVERY OF under strength piles on a series of high rise projects has prompted the Hong Kong government to set up a powerful task force to promote better quality construction.
The Construction Committee is expected to hold its first meeting later this month.
Hong Kong deputy chief executive Anson Chan launched the committee in response to public concern after revelations of under strength piles on new housing estates.
Last month the Hong Kong housing authority announced it was to demolish two new multi- storey housing blocks in Shatin, after 36 large diameter bored piles were found to be under strength.
Members of the new Construction Committee include senior representatives from Mott MacDonald's Hong Kong subsidiary Mott Connell and Maunsell Consultants Asia, plus officials from the government, trade unions and local banks.
'The recent spate of piling problems in public housing estates have indeed caused public concerns over the integrity and capability of the civil service as well as individual staff members,' said Chan.
'These incidents also expose some inherent weaknesses in the construction industry,' she added.
'Substandard construction works have an adverse impact on Hong Kong's reputation and our sustained economic development.'