Crack­ing up

“The risk of col­lapse has been ruled out,” says coun­cil

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Dozens of cracks have ap­peared in the coast's Ramón de Cam­poamor civic cen­tre

By Nuria Pérez DOZENS of long cracks – some of them sev­eral mil­lime­tres deep – have ap­peared in the walls of the Ramón de Cam­poamor civic cen­tre on Calle Ciprés in Ori­huela Costa.

At the same time ground at the en­trance to the build­ing has sub­sided, re­veal­ing part of the un­der­ground frame­work of the struc­ture.

Vol­un­teers run­ning the li­brary at the cen­tre also noted that tiles on one of the walls have ‘curved out­wards’.

Spokes­woman for the vol­un­teers Eva Jo­hans­son told Costa Blanca News that they no­ticed the cracks as soon as they opened up after the Christ­mas hol­i­days. They re­ported the prob­lems on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 2 to in­ter­na­tional res­i­dents coun­cil­lor Sofía Ál­varez. Sra Jo­hans­son added that last week they heard a sound sim­i­lar to wa­ter flow­ing and two loud bangs came from the en­trance to the build­ing..

“Dur­ing the Christ­mas fair the con­crete paved floor at the en­trance had a slightly dif­fer­ent level and vis­i­tors and stall­hold­ers were asked to be care­ful be­cause they could stum­ble,” she said.

“How­ever the cracks had not ap­peared at that time and the floor at the en­trance was fine. Now new cracks are ap­pear­ing every day.”

She added that the coun­cil had re­sponded quickly and sent engi­neers to as­sess the prob­lems.

“We want to thank Sra Ál­varez for her sup­port,” she said.

Sra Ál­varez told Costa Blanca News that coun­cil engi­neers have taken sam­ples from the ground and thor­oughly in­spected both the ground floor and the un­der­ground floor and are now work­ing on a re­port.

She high­lighted that the ar­chi­tect and chief en­gi­neer con­firmed that the build­ing is safe and can be used by res­i­dents and asso­ciations.

“The risk of col­lapse has been ruled out,” she said. “It is still un­clear whether the struc­ture has set­tled or has slightly moved to­wards the en­trance.”

Sra Ál­varez pointed out that a pri­vate com­pany is aid­ing the coun­cil with the fi­nal re­port, which will clear up what has hap­pened and ad­vise how to pro­ceed.

The cen­tre was con­structed at the be­gin­ning of the decade and was orig­i­nally planned to be a nurs­ery, but due to the lack of de­mand was turned into a li­brary and civic cen­tre in 2012.

The build­ing is used by dif­fer­ent lo­cal asso­ciations, the Red Cross and houses the li­brary, which is run by vol­un­teers.

The sub­si­dence at the side of the build­ing

The cracks which have opened up in the walls

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