Safety de­mand for build­ing on Naku­matt Down­town site

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Bon­face Otieno bo­tieno@ke.na­tion­media.com 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.

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