A residential complex and shopping mall near the Express Rail terminus has suffered subsidence and damage. It’s the latest in a growing list of reports of sinking at MTR Corporation projects.
FactWire said cracks had appeared in the concrete walls of the Elements arcade and the high-rise Waterfront housing development, and that at least one hole had opened up in the ground. The building is directly above the Kowloon MTR station and close to the West Kowloon Express Rail terminus.
A veteran civil engineer, Ngai Hok-yan said the problems were caused either by subsidence or piling works from nearby construction projects. He added that the situation could be worsened by vibrations from the high-speed train service, which is due to start on the 23rd of this month.
Both the MTR Corporation and the Highways Department said subsidence readings in the area had not exceeded safety limits.
The MTR Corporation has been dogged by growing reports of subsidence at various locations where it has been carrying out major works.
Last month figures submitted to the Legislative Council showed that about 130 of nearly 1,500 points being monitored for subsidence along the troubled Sha Tin to Central link, have exceeded the maximum allowable limit. The company was also forced to stop excavation work at the new Exhibition Centre Station in Wan Chai after reports of excessive sinking.