SEG Plaza reopens after masts removed

Writer: Zhang Yu  |  Editor: Holly Wang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-09-17
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SEG Plaza in Huaqiangbei in Futian District officially resumed operation yesterday after the masts atop of the building were removed and the building’s main structure has met the standards for use, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.

Tenants selling electronic goods in the high-rise started moving back to the building yesterday to resume work and business operations.

The SEG Plaza, a 355.8-meter-tall skyscraper known as the go-to place for electronic products in South China, had been closed since May due to swaying caused by a vortex-induced resonance brought by wind and the aged masts of the building. Tenants in the building were evacuated quickly after it wobbled.

Removing the two masts atop the building has eliminated the resonance source, said the city authority-commissioned investigators, adding that in normal circumstances, the building is unlikely to wobble again.

The dismantlement of the 51.2-meter-tall masts, weighing 236 tons in total, began Aug. 9 and was completed Aug. 21. The removal of the masts was conducted in the building’s 292-meter-high roof.

Shenzhen Electronics Group Co. Ltd., developer of SEG Plaza, said that in order to ensure the building’s safety, the company will entrust professional institutions to formulate specific plans and carry out the building’s long-term monitoring accordingly.

Completed in 2000, SEG Plaza houses the SEG electronics market and offices and is one of Shenzhen’s tallest and most iconic buildings.