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Seeking Owners' Consensus

Seeking Owners' Consensus

The communication and preparation work prior to building rehabilitation project planning includes:

 

The initial planning of building rehabilitation should begin with proper communication and preparation, through which relevant useful information including the workflow of building rehabilitation is acquired. This helps strengthen owners’ confidence in the intended project. If there is no owners' corporation, owners may consider to form a building rehabilitation task force to coordinate and follow up on the preliminary work involved, as well as to convene owners to discuss the necessity of building rehabilitation.
 

For buildings without OCs, an OC may be formed after understanding the purpose, advantages, methods and procedures of its formation, with full comprehension extending to the rights and responsibilities of OC, Management Committee (MC) and owners.
 

For buildings without OCs, the planning and implementation of building rehabilitation works shall be carried out in compliance with terms prescribed in the Deed of Mutual Convenant (DMC). With regard to the myriad renditions of DMC, if relevant terms are not explicitly stipulated in the DMC, then an unanimous agreement among all owners on the repair and maintenance of common areas of the subject building must be reached for the resolution to be deemed valid. 

 

Matters concerning the building rehabilitation project are discussed and resolved upon in owners’ meetings, e.g. reasons for building rehabilitation, execution of building rehabilitation works, application for subsidy/assistance schemes under relevant authorities, identification of work items and appointment of works consultant and contractors, etc.

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Appointment of Works Consultant

Appointment of Works Consultant

‘Prepare for the appointment of works consultant’. In view of the interdisciplinary expertise involved in building rehabilitation, qualified works consultant with a high degree of professionalism and integrity helps facilitate the smooth coordination and supervision of works involved. At this stage, owners/OCs should gain a thorough understanding of the duties and scope of services of works consultant, in order to prepare appropriate tender documents and procure works consultant in compliance with relevant laws.
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Condition Survey and Tender Preparation

Condition Survey and Tender Preparation

‘Carry out thorough inspection of building for a rehabilitation proposal and relevant tender documents to be penned’. The appointed works consultant shall study relevant documentation such as statutory orders, building plans and DMC of the building; carry out field survey on the condition and potential issues of common areas of the building; examine the needs to renovate and improve facilities; report to owners/OCs duly and formulate rehabilitation proposal and works tender with cost estimate for reference.
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Appointment of Works Contractor

Appointment of Works Contractor

‘Prepare works tender and appoint works contractor’, with procedures similar to those involved in the procurement of works consultant. Under the guidance of the works consultant, owners/OCs should equip themselves with a thorough understanding of the detailed scope of works, as well as the roles and qualification requirements of contractor for the approval of tender and tendering procedures for works contractor in accordance with requirements of relevant laws.
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Works Commencement and Site Supervision

Works Commencement and Site Supervision

‘Ensure smooth execution of works with proper supervision’. Before the commencement of works, the works consultant shall ensure proper completion of preparation work, including purchase of insurance and formulating site supervision plan. In the course of the works, the works consultant is responsible for the supervision of works progress, quality assurance and payment certification. Owners/OCs may convene regular meetings to discuss issues arising from the project for reinforcing the supervision of works. If necessary, the appointment of independent clerks of works may be considered for the enhancement of works quality.
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Works Inspection and Completion

Works Inspection and Completion

‘Complete building rehabilitation works to give the subject building a new lease of life’. This involves acceptance inspection of all works items by owners/OCs in the company of the works consultant, who documents any missing or defective parts before confirming completion of works by issuing completion certificates. If statutory orders for the building have been received, declaration of works completion must also be made to relevant authorities by the works consultant/works contractor to apply for order discharge. After completion of building rehabilitation works, owners/OCs should remain diligent in observing maintenance routines, including maintenance cycle planning and etc.

Rehab Case Sharing

Issues and difficulties emerged in previous rehabilitation projects. Owners/ OCs who had their rehabilitation projects properly completed share their experience for latecomers to make reference to when similar issues arise. Read more +