Housing Society Signs the Main Contract for Superstructure Works of the First Modular Block for Elderly
The Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) and Chevalier (Construction) Company Limited jointly held the Main Contract Signing Ceremony today (13 April) for the elderly housing project "Chung Yuet Lau" at Jat Min Chuen in Sha Tin.
Located adjacent to the low block of Ming Yiu Lau of Jat Min Chuen, the 10-storey building will be constructed with modular integrated construction (MiC) in steel to provide 64 age-friendly rental units. The project will also include an elderly lounge, pedestrian passage and passenger lifts, as well as a badminton court reprovisioned within the estate. The project completed the demolition of footbridge on the site last year and is currently undergoing foundation works. The superstructure works are expected to commence in the latter half of this year.
HKHS Chief Executive Officer James Chan said, "It is our new attempt to adopt MiC in project development, which uses prefabricated structure in place of in-situ construction to facilitate better quality control, enhance site safety and shorten the construction time, while minimising disturbance to nearby residents."
Chairman & Managing Director of Chevalier Group Kuok Hoi-sang said, "Chevalier (Construction) is very pleased to participate in the first MiC project of the Housing Society–which combines the Hybrid-MiC (Hybrid Modular Integrated Construction) and MiMEP (Multitrade Integrated Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) methods. This is also a milestone in the business development of Chevalier (Construction)."
The contract sum for the said superstructure works is about HK$88 million. Each of the elderly rental units is of studio-flat design with an internal floor area of about 21m2, built by assembling two prefabricated components with "ageing in place" features, including handrails next to toilet bowls and inside shower rooms, non-slip shower chairs, kitchen cabinets and electric switches of suitable heights for the elderly.