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Streets full of signboards is “a beautiful sight to behold” in Hong Kong. However, many of the signboards are unauthorized or non-compliant works which can easily cause accidents.
LING Hok-lai (played by Colin CHAN), Building Surveyor of the Buildings Department, works with his partner FONG Pik-yee, Jackie (played by Sofiee NG) at the Signboard Control Unit. One day, the two receive a complaint from Jen that a large signboard is suddenly erected outside her home within one night. After investigation, the two find that the signboard belongs to an outdoor advertising company. The said company combines two small signboards into one large signboard without authorization and blocks Jen's window.
On the other hand, the two partners discover a signboard of a martial arts school posing potential structural risk during patrol. They explain to the master of the martial arts school that the signboard is relatively small in scale and poses lower potential risks, so it can be kept if the school joins the Signboard Validation Scheme and ensures that the signboard meets all the specifications.
As for the signboard outside Jen's home, removal order has been issued and everything looks smooth. However, the advertising company keeps on playing nasty tricks — lodging appeals repeatedly and changing responsible person of the company, such that the deadline of removal is postponed again and again. Worse still, the company changes the advertisement posted on the signboard before the deadline of the removal order, causing the removal order issued earlier may lose its efficacy and seriously ruins the two partners’ plan. Luckily, the two find important evidence proving that the signboard concerned belongs to the said advertising company. The two immediately applies to the court for Priority Demolition Order, and sends contractor to remove the large signboard concerned in order to ensure public safety and let Jen's family see the sky again.

Director: YEUNG Wai-nga
Cast: CHAN Tsz-fung, NG Hoi-yan, Marx CHEUNG, KO Hon-man, LAU Nam-kwong

Building Guardians

  • Video
  • English
  • On-going
Land and housing problems have been the issues of concern for many Hong Kong people. Meanwhile, having a safe home or shop should not be taken for granted.
There are always potential risks in unauthorised building works, subdivided units and other building structures (e.g. advertising signs). If they are not properly managed or maintained and repaired, there may be chances that they will pose dangers and cause disturbances to the public. The Buildings Department (BD) enforces law in accordance with the Buildings Ordinance, and always has to go through a series of challenges.
The functions of BD seem to be similar to those of other government departments. But in fact, BD is mainly responsible for setting and enforcing safety, health and environmental standards for existing and new private buildings. Also, it monitors construction works and inspects safety of buildings. The drama is adapted from real-life events. Through a series of seven episodes of half-hour drama, we hope that the public will have a deeper understanding of BD and their awareness of building safety will be raised.
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