Mistakes in Bos en Lommer complex

15th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — Mistakes were made at various levels during the construction of the apartment and shopping complex on the Bos en Lommerplein in Amsterdam, an investigative commission said on Monday.

15 January 2007

AMSTERDAM — Mistakes were made at various levels during the construction of the apartment and shopping complex on the Bos en Lommerplein in Amsterdam, an investigative commission said on Monday.

The investigation was launched after 190 people were ordered on 11 July 2006 to vacate their homes due to construction errors.

It was feared that the car park would collapse under the weight of the building above it.

Some 27 shops, a supermarket, the city council office, a library and a social services office also had to be evacuated.

The commission report confirmed that serious mistakes had been made in the reinforcing of the concrete structure.

Former government minister Margreeth de Boer, who led the investigation, blamed the building contractor, Hillen & Roosen, for the mistakes made.

But the Bos en Lommer city district's building and housing supervisory authority was also criticised for maintaining inadequate supervision.

The commission said the authority's failures were "an occurring phenomenon" within Dutch municipalities and that the problem must be highlighted.

In its final report, the commission advised for a building co-ordinator to be appointed in future to oversee construction projects.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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