Safety demand for building on Nakumatt Downtown site
Bonface Otieno firstname.lastname@example.org A structural audit report by the NCA reveals that the building did not have staircases for accessing basements
The safety features of a building under construction on the site where Nakumatt Downtown once stood must be improved to make it ready for occupation, a government official has said.
Moses Nyakiongera, the Building Inspectorate secretary at the Land, Housing and Urban Development ministry, said the building can be redeemed once its ramps to the basement are demolished and reconstructed for proper accessibility.
The ministry also wants slabs for additional floors redesigned to reduce the weight of the structure.
“Investigations have shown that should the building have continued the way it was, it would have collapsed on 10th floor. The designs were not adequate, the workmanship was very poor and the concrete was badly done,” he said.
The building works on the site, where 29 lives were lost to an inferno in January 2009, were suspended in December by City Hall and the National Construction Authority (NCA), citing non-compliance with approval requirements.
A structural audit report by the NCA reveals that the building did not have staircases for accessing basements.
“There was no evidence of resident supervision team for a project of this scale and magnitude,” read the findings from the NCA team that visited the site.
The proposed development comprises a commercial property with a plinth area of 855 sqm consisting of eight suspended reinforced concrete slabs over three basements, two mezzanine and three typical floors.