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University Announcement: Response to the Buildings Department’s Final Investigation Report on the Sports Hall Incident
就屋宇署運動中心事件最終調查報告之回應
2017-06-02



Response to the Buildings Department’s Final Investigation Report on the Sports Hall Incident


Dear colleagues, students and alumni, Council and Convocation members,


The Buildings Department (BD) released on 31 May 2017 its Final Investigation Report (Report) on CityU’s Sports Hall Incident, which occurred on 20 May 2016. The Report concluded that the incident was caused by overloading and the collapse of the roof was triggered by the additional weight of water due to localised ponding on the greenery cover.


According to the press release issued by BD, the investigation results had been provided to the Department of Justice (DoJ) for consideration. After thorough examination and consideration of the relevant information, evidence and circumstances of the case, the DoJ has decided that prosecution should not be instigated. Nevertheless, BD will be seeking further legal advice from the DoJ as to whether disciplinary action should be taken against the relevant persons registered under the Buildings Ordinance.

Campus safety is a top priority at CityU. We have taken every measure to ensure that all works on campus are undertaken by qualified professionals in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. In such a spirit, we will study the Report carefully and take into account all relevant advice from our professional teams to further enhance campus safety.


I would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to the nine-member Investigation Committee and the Task Force led by Professor Paul Lam, Chief-of-Staff, as well as all the external experts whose assistance we solicited, for their strong support and professional advice over the past 12 months, to Mr Sunny Lee, Vice-President (Administration), and the Campus Development and Facilities Management offices, for helping the University maintain regular operations after the Sports Hall Incident; to the Cross-departmental Contingency Planning Working Group chaired by Professor Horace Ip, Vice-President (Student Affairs), for securing temporary sports facilities for students and staff; and to the many units and offices on campus for their excellent follow-up services.


A proposal for the re-development of the sports hall complex into a new multi-purpose building of 10 to 12 storeys has been drawn up and shared with students, Senate and the President’s Cabinet for feedback and input. The proposal was approved by Council at its meeting in April 2017 and the new building is expected to be completed in four years’ time.


Lastly, I would like to register a deep note of appreciation to staff, students, alumni, and Council and Convocation members as well as to friends of the University for their unfailing support and valuable advice in helping CityU to move forward and improve.


Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor

2 June 2017
 

就屋宇署運動中心事件最終調查報告之回應


各位同事、同學、校友、校董會及評議會成員:


屋宇署2017年5月31日發表有關香港城市大學(城大)於2016年5月20日發生的運動中心事件最終調查報告(報告)。報告結論指事件由屋頂負荷過重導致,並因綠化覆蓋面局部積水產生額外重量而引發。


據屋宇署發出的新聞公報,律政司經過深入研究及考慮有關資料、證據和相關情況後,決定不會提出檢控。然而,屋宇署正徵詢律政司的進一步法律意見,以考慮是否對《建築物條例》下註冊的相關人士採取紀律處分。


城大一直將校園安全置於首位,並會竭盡所能,確保校園內所有工程項目均由合資格專業人士執行,以及符合香港相關法例要求。本着這種精神,城大會仔細研究報告內容,同時參考由大學委任的專業團隊之意見,進一步提升校園安全。


我想藉此機會向各方表達衷心謝意:由秘書長林群聲教授領導的九人調查委員會及專案小組、所有校外專家在過去12個月給予的大力支持和專業意見;副校長(行政)李惠光先生、校園發展處及設施管理處在運動中心事件後協助維持大學正常運作;由副校長(學生事務)葉豪盛教授主持的跨部門應急規劃工作小組,為同學及同事安排臨時體育設施;以及校內眾多單位和部門竭力跟進各方事項的優異表現。


運動中心重建為一幢10至12層高多功能大樓的計劃書業已完成,並已向學生諮詢,及在大學教務會及校長內閣作深入討論。校董會於2017年4月舉行的會議中批准通過重建計劃,預計新大樓將於四年內落成。


最後,我由衷感謝各同事、同學、校友、校董會及評議會成員,以及眾多大學友好對城大的不懈支持和寶貴意見,協助城大向前邁進和改善。


郭 位
校長暨大學傑出教授

2017年6月2日
 


Sketch of the proposed new building.  建議新大樓的設計。

 




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