In a recent post, we asked 5 important questions about the guesthouse collapse that the public needed answers to.
- Did the guest house extension (or original structure) have planning permission?
- At the time of the collapse, was the building complete? Had it been inspected and certified by the relevant authorities?
- Did the guest house have “Occupiers Liability Insurance”, compulsory for all public buildings?
- Is it true that the guest house was sealed off and closed by authorities before it collapsed, but the church ignored this and continued using it?
- When structural engineers examined the foundations of the collapsed building, what did they find? Were the foundations really sufficient for adding 4 extra floors?
Since writing this, we have learnt that the building was not inspected and certified by the relevant authorities, and yesterday it was revealed at the inquest that the foundations were “grossly inadequate” for the load they had to bear.
A structural engineer who was among the team of structural and geo-technical engineers that conducted a Structural Integrity Test on the collapsed building said that:
Based on all the tests and the calculations, we discovered that from inception, the building failed because the base that was supposed to take the load was grossly inadequate.
The minimum base that will be required should have been 4.5 metres by 4.5 metres but what we had there was 2.2 metres by 2.2 metres.
“It was a wrong choice of foundation base; the foundation should have been continuous base and not a pad as was used in the construction.” (source)
This news is significant because it is the first report on the structural integrity of the building that has been conducted independently of SCOAN. This can be relied on far more than the so called experts hired by SCOAN to appear on Emmanuel TV. Now that this news has come out, it is interesting noting that the “expert” on Emmanuel TV spent nearly all the time talking about the steel columns, and hardly mentioned the foundations, which we now learn were the cause of the collapse.