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Admission to the "List of Approved Steel Reinforcing Bar Prefabrication Yards for Public Works"
  1. Admission to the "List of Approved Steel Reinforcing Bar Prefabrication Yards for Public Works"

    The use of prefabricated steel reinforcing bars (rebar) products (e.g. cut and bent rebars, reinforcement cages, threaded/coupled rebars, etc.) produced in a highly automated off-site rebar prefabrication yard is commonly practiced in the construction industry overseas. This mode of rebar processing helps to relieve the pressure on demand for skilled construction workers, reduce material wastage and improve site safety.

    To ensure the quality of the prefabricated rebar products produced in the off-site rebar prefabrication yards for use in public works contracts, the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government operates an approval system for the yards according to the requirements of the Development Bureau Technical Circular (Works) No. 1/2016 "Quality Assurance for Use of Off-site Prefabricated Steel Reinforcing Bar Products in Public Works Contracts".

  2. Application and Approval System

    CEDD is responsible to approve applications from off-site rebar prefabrication yards for admission to the "List of Approved Steel Reinforcing Bar Prefabrication Yards for Public Works" (the List), and also monitor the operation and regulate the performance of the yards on the List.

    1. Scope for the Yard
    2. A highly automated off-site rebar prefabrication yard may include the following scope (fabrication processes) in the application for admission to the List:-

      1. cutting and bending of rebars (the principal process must be included);
      2. fabrication of reinforcement cages; and
      3. threading/coupling of rebars using reinforcement connectors.

    3. Technical and Quality Assurance Requirements for Admission and Retention
    4. The rebar prefabrication yard shall satisfy the technical and quality assurance requirements as stipulated in Appendix B of the above Technical Circular for admission to the List. The List with the approved scope for the yards can be viewed by clicking here.

      The approved yards are also required to maintain the compliance with the relevant technical and quality assurance requirements (e.g. valid quality and environmental management certificates are maintained) for retention on the List.

    5. Method of Application
      1. An Applicant, who must be the owner of a rebar prefabrication yard applying for admission to the List, should submit his application and provide all necessary information specified in Appendix C of the above Technical Circular to CEDD (Attn: CGE/GP) for assessment and approval. All applications are required to satisfy the experience, staffing, technical and quality assurance criteria for admission to the List. All costs relating to the preparation of the submission shall be borne by the Applicant.

    For enquiries, please contact Senior Geotechnical Engineer/Geotechnical Projects 1 (pattycheng@cedd.gov.hk or 2762 5289) of the Geotechnical Projects Division.