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