Real estate developers could have a financial windfall after their skyscraper goes up in flames Hong Kong.
The 42-story Kimpton Hotel project, now ravaged by the disastrous fire, was to boast 500 rooms on 340,000 square feet of interior space.
The luxury skyscraper was almost fully built when it went up in flames early Friday in Tsim Sha Tsui. The cause is currently under investigation.
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The compensation from the insurance company is likely to be record-breaking due to the “contractors’ full risk” policy purchased for the project, according to the South China Morning Post.
“Usually, contractors’ risk coverage only pays around HK$20 million or so,” Legislative Council finance committee chairman Chan Kin-por said on Friday.
Chan continued, “The compensation amount will be large because the building is almost completed, as the amount will be paid to rebuild the completed part. The later the damage occurs during the construction period, the greater the sum that will have to be paid.” be paid”.
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Chan estimated that the insurance claim could reach compensation of between $25 million and $500 million.
The Kimpton was under construction on the site of the historic Hong Kong Mariners’ Club. The former club building was demolished prior to the project and the club intended to move into the new property.
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The widely reported fire broke out after midnight – burning embers and debris rained on the streets below as firefighters attempted to control the inferno.
Photos and videos from the scene show the skyscraper engulfed in flames and the sound of explosions from inside the structure have been reported.