The City University of Hong Kong said on Friday that it has removed all rooftop soil beds from its campus to ease public concerns.

A 35 x 40 metre roof collapsed at around 2:30pm at the Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre building last Friday. The university set up a three-member investigative team to look into the incident on the same day.

The team met for the third time on Friday. University Chief-of-Staff Paul Lam Kwan-sing, who is part of the team, said that they had spoken with City University colleagues on the matter.

The collapsed rooftop.

“There were many things in the discussion, including the design of the system of greening, the bidding process, maintenance works, and also calculations and data in the documents. We confirmed with our colleagues the source of the data”, Lam told local media.

He also said that Sam Mak Kang-hoi of Sinoway Construction Engineering Limited, surveyor Kenneth Chan Jor-kin and structural engineer Tsang Yin-sang had been invited to meet with the investigative team soon. Previously, Chan clashed with City University over whether he had authorised the project, to which he said that he did not. Sinoway Construction Engineering is the company which completed the works on the green roof.

Paul Lam. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

“We hope that they can meet with us next Monday. But if they do not have time, we will try our best to fit their needs and hope that we can meet with them,” he said.

Tsang told Commercial Radio that he had never worked with City University and was confused as to why he was invited. However, he said that he will attend the meeting.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.