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Architects lay safety foundations

AN architectural firm yesterday unveiled a plan to strengthen the foundation of a building next to an unfinished 13-story apartment house that toppled more than three months ago in Shanghai's Minhang District.
However, the plan by the government-appointed East China Architecture Design and Research Institute Co left many owners unsatisfied.
"What if my apartment suddenly 'cracks' after I move in," said Yu Wenyi, who had planned to exchange his apartment in the toppled Building 7 for an unsold one in Building 6, which was found to have shifted on its foundations.
"I want a more detailed plan with all accountable data."
An extra 116 underground support piers will be added to the foundation, according to the plan. The original 112 piers will not be removed.
"The building will enjoy a higher level of safety," said Wu Jiangbing, an expert from the institute.
A city construction firm, which continued building the Lotus Riverside community after the June 27 collapse that killed a worker, said the strengthening work would begin in two weeks and be finished by year's end.
Four experts from two city construction institutions responsible for the safety report of the remaining 10 buildings in the complex were also invited to join talks with hundreds of buyers yesterday.
The safety inspection report, released on September 25, advised the developer to strengthen Building 6.
Authorities said the rest of the buildings were not affected by the collapse.
Nearly 200 buyers had agreed to continue their contracts and more than 40 had received refunds, an employee from the developer, Shanghai Meidu Co, said yesterday. About 480 apartments in the complex had been sold before the collapse.
"I trust the safety inspection report and what those experts told me," said a buyer surnamed Wang. Yesterday afternoon she signed a new contract with the developer to keep the apartment in Building 8 and received a 5 percent discount in the original price.
A buyer surnamed Tao opted to terminate his contract and received a full refund.


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