The Chinese University of Hong Kong has disclosed information about the greening work on its building rooftops and assured the public that the works were all done in accordance with government regulations.

The statement came after a roof of a building at the City University of Hong Kong collapsed last week injuring three people. The university has admitted that it did not submit the plan of the greening work to the Buildings Department for approval.

The Chinese University stated that all ten buildings with green roofs installed within the last ten years have had professional consultants overseeing the process. All greening facilities were included in the building plans and approved by the Buildings Department.

Greening work on a CUHK building. Photo: CUHK.

They included:

  • The Integrated Teaching Building
  • The podium of the Yasumoto International Academic Park
  • The Cheng Yu Tung Building
  • The new wing of the University Library
  • The parking lot of the Lee Shau Kee Building
  • And the buildings of five schools: S.H. Ho College, Morningside College, Lee Woo Sing College, Wu Yee Sun College and C.W. Chu College.
The Lady Shaw Building. Photo: CUHK.

It added that the greening work on the Lady Shaw Building – a relatively older one – were also approved by the government. The work was completed in 2003 and was built according to the plan and checked earlier this year.

Lee Shau Kee Building. Photo: CUHK.

It has also planned to remove plants from a rooftop house on the Sir Philip Haddon-Cave Sports Field, as the plants were not required after a test on vertical greening was carried out.

The university said that proper maintenance was carried out on each building annually.

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It added it was concerned about the safety of green roofs and that it will review all greening facilities to ensure safety.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.