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September 21, 2020

The first concrete MiC high-rise building in Hong Kong topped-out

Financial Secretary Paul Chan recently attended the topping-out ceremony of the Disciplined Services Quarters for the Fire Services Department at Pak Shing Kok, Tseung Kwan O. He witnessed the installation of the final Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) module atop the building structure. The quarters, built using around 3,800 MiC modules, is the first high-rise building project constructed using concrete MiC in Hong Kong. Being one of the Government’s pilot projects to promote the adoption of MiC, it comprises five blocks of 16 to 17 storeys, providing 648 units in total.
     Mr Chan said that the Government will continue encouraging the construction industry to adopt MiC through various measures. He expressed hope that such innovative construction method could be more widely used in public housing and hospital projects, with a view to taking the projects forward in a more cost-effective manner and expediting project delivery. 
     Despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the project is expected to be completed about four months earlier than if conventional construction techniques were used.
     The duration of work and demand for workers on-site has been largely reduced with most labour-intensive and time-consuming processes accomplished in off-site factories, thereby enhancing productivity, quality control and site safety as well as substantially reducing building site waste and environmental nuisances during construction.