Following a severe storm and what from pictures looks like at least localized flooding, there’s been a partial roof collapse at Galerie Gniezno. The building’s operator Apsys said that water had collected too quickly to allow drainage, leading to some portion of the roof caving in. The building was evacuated and has been closed to the public, with structural experts now in the process of determining the full extent of the damage. In a statement, Apsys says the building, which was opened in 2005, undergoes technical inspections twice a year, and is managed according to the requirements of Polish law. Something, however, must have gone amiss for such an even to take place, though there’s no way to even begin speculating what that might be without further information. Some initial images available here.
What’s most important, of course, is that at this point no one seems to have been hurt, but once again, a good deal of luck seems to have been involved. It would be naive to keep relying on good fortune, though, as supplies are notoriously limited.
The developer Vara Group is going through a real-life nightmare in Bratislava after a roof collapsed over what’s believed to have been the wellness center and garages of its residential complex Trinity. First of all, the most important thing is that no one seems to have been injured. We wouldn’t want to speculate on the impact this will have on the project itself. But you have to feel badly for the customers who’d already moved into the first of the three towers, since they were forced to leave their new homes.
The first phase was completed at the end of last year and work was underway on the second, including the portion of the roof that collapsed. This being the age of the Internet, there’s no shortage of amateur/enthusiast pictures out there documenting not only what the situation looks like now, but from before, when construction was underway. Chat room discussions suggest that the portion where the collapse took place was the last part of the roof to have been installed, and that small trees had been planted on top of it.
The usual passing of the hot potato is surely in action now. There are already suspicions being voiced that the investor was trying to save money, accusations of poor foundation design will no doubt be made, and calls for greater supervision of construction work can’t be far off. It’s impossible to know precisely who is to blame for the accident. The fact is that despite the best work of civil engineers, the power of the Danube stretches beyond its banks, but if builders in Bucharest have to worry about earthquakes, surely solutions for a high underground water table can be found as well. Again, this is all speculation, fed by the vacuum of official information. But persuasive answers will have to be given and solutions implemented, as this kind of event will impact on even the safest of projects under perfect management.
Here’s a Slovak news link. And another. And pictures.
Czech dreams of becoming a nuclear powerhouse appear to have been put to rest, following a sobering decision of the current Minister of Industry, Martin Kuba. The construction industry may have been clinging to the hope that the 18 new reactors the previous minister envisioned would get built, but Kuba has thrown cold water on the idea. “Producing 80 percent of our electricity in the Czech Republic isn’t economically realistic,” he said. “There isn’t even anywhere to build new plants. What’s realistic is building two more blocks at Temelin and extending operations at Dukovany until 2035.”
Construction output dropped by almost 7% in September, according to the Czech Statistical Office. In the peak summer months of July and August, the fall was even worse, at 11 and 8% respectively. Analysts say this will result in renewed pressure on jobs, even though the sector has already been shedding ten percent of its workforce annually during the crisis.
Construcţii Napoca, Icco Systems and Geo Arc have begun construction work on the first 2,100 meters of the new Cluj airport runway for €32m. The runway, will be 3,500 meters long, 60 meters wide and is expected to cost €32.4m. It’s to replace the existing runway, which will used by planes for taxiing. “The new runway will permit us to negotiate with other airlines which have requested higher standards,” said David Ciceo, the General Manager of Cluj-Napoca International Airport. In other words, better connections to the city should become possible.
Hungary’s being talked about at the moment as offering the best prices for existing real estate. The latest numbers from the country’s construction sector will reinforce that view, at least in terms of a severely reduced pipeline of new stock. The country’s construction output fell in April by 15.5%, and that follows a 10.9% drop in April. The volume of new orders fell 30%. (All figures comparing from April 2010, btw)
Gant got the loan for Odra Tower
Gant Development has secured financing for its new investment. Bank Millennium has granted a PLN 57.5m loan for Odra Tower investment, an 18-storey mixed-use residential and office building. The project is expected to be completed by August 2012, with 49 of the 243 flats having already been sold.
New deadline for National Stadium
The construction consortium building the National Stadium has reached a settlement with its investor, Poland’s National Sports Centre, under which the new completion deadline is November 29. However, some heads have rolled, as Hydrobudowa Polska will replace Austrian Alpi-Bau as general contractor for the PLN 1.252m investment.
Ghelamco prepares for Sienna Towers
Three office buildings and a 20,000 sqm shopping center is to be developed on Sienna Street in Warsaw by Ghelamco. The office component will add 10,000 sqm of office space to the CBD.