The two apartment buildings in Pudong that residents raised concern over due to some noticeable bumping and grinding action towards the top have been deemed safe after an official inspection.
The buildings were constructed to house residents who were booted from their homes to make way for the Shanghai Disney Resort. After occupants on Saturday noticed that the buildings were touching towards the top, they began fearing that the structures might collapse.
The developers behind the project are now attempting to quell residents’ fears by assuring them that this is perfectly normal, according to Shanghai Daily.
The Pudong New Area Construction and Transport Commission said via Weibo that the movement of the buildings at the Xinyuan West Community on Huaxia Road W. in Chuansha Town was within accepted limits.
The inspection found that the No. 17 building had moved by 87.65 millimeters — less than the permitted maximum of 200mm — causing it to list into the No. 18 building, with which it shares its foundations, the statement said.
The degree of inclination of the No. 17 tower was found to be 0.68 per mille (parts per thousand), which is also within the limit of 4 per mille, it said.
The subsidence was within an acceptable range and the coming together of the buildings was due to the fact that they were built too close together, the statement said, without saying who was to blame for the towers’ close proximity.
The cracks on the outer walls of the building were also a result of subsidence and the slight expansion of the building material was caused by temperature changes, the commission said. Regardless of all this, its construction management department has organized a group of experts to ‘monitor the situation’.
Meanwhile, CCTV News has managed to put a positive spin on the whole issue at point by describing the two buildings as merely “slanting towards each other for a kiss!” and adding a low-production porno track to the background of its news report.
The takeaway: Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little bump ‘n’ grind (for now).