Wednesday 22 November 2017

Longboat Quay architect's safety claims rejected

Longboat Quay
Longboat Quay

Sam Griffin

The engineer who inspected the fire-trap Longboat Quay apartment has rejected claims by their architect that they actually do meet safety standards.

Engineer CJ Walsh said one wall felt like it was built "more from cardboard than anything else" after he completed a visual inspection of the buildings last week. He said no one should have signed off on the safety compliance of the apartments.

The fire engineer was responding to remarks by the architect of Longboat Quay, Eugen van Jaarsveld, who said he would love to buy an apartment if he could afford one but "unfortunately" could not.

When asked what he thought of the recent news reports condemning the standard of the fire-trap apartments, Mr van Jaarsveld said: "My reaction is that I cannot believe it… because it is a quality build… yes absolutely (a quality build).

"I have got no idea what the problem is so I cannot comment on it. All I know is the building we built was according to regulations," he said on RTÉ's Liveline.

However, Mr Walsh, who did a visual inspection on Longboat Quay last week, said he was "personally outraged" that residents were being asked to pay for repair works.

"With regard to what I actually found, there were problems with all of the door openings," he said.

He claimed doors were missing fire and smoke shields and one wall felt like it was made more of cardboard than "anything else".

"From what I could see, nobody should have put his or her name to an opinion or certificate of compliance with building regulations," he said.

Irish Independent

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