|Workers have moved an 800-tonne three-storey building in Nghệ An Province after seven days of hard work. - Photo vov.vn|Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN — An 800-tonne building has been moved 35m from its original position in the central Nghệ An Province.
About 15 construction workers worked hard for seven days to relocate the three-storey building, with a 30-degree shift in the direction it faced from south-east to south.
The moving of the 171sq.m house, with a height of 11m, began last week in Vinh City, supervised by Huy Nam Company, in co-operation with Nghệ An Construction and Foundation Treatment Company and Đức Nguyên Company.
Lê Viết Cương, the owner of the house, said it was built last year at a cost of VNĐ4 billion (US$178,000).
He was forced to move it to make way for a public project.
Cương said he chose to move the building rather than demolish it and build a new one to save money.
He said the relocation work cost about VNĐ1.4 billion ($62,000).
While relocation of structures is not new to Việt Nam, Cương said the relocation of the house was a first for Nghệ An.
Last February, a 3,000-tonne building in the Central Highland Đắk Lắk Province was moved 10m by Đỗ Quốc Khánh, an engineer from Hà Nội, with the help of more than 300 tonnes of equipment and 30 workers. — VNS