Draft construction amendments not acceptable in current form – KTP

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Kamra tal-Periti says that the current draft amendments proposed on avoiding damage to third party buildings, ‘in its current form is not acceptable.’This is KTP’s initial response to yesterday’s publication of the government’s Legal Notice of draft amendments to the ‘Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property Regulations.’‘A manager needs to be on-site for all key decisions’ – construction consultationTheir speedy publication and consultation follows a meeting last week between the government and stakeholders including KTP and the Malta Developer’s Association. During that meeting the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced a temporary suspension on construction, demolition and excavation work.Read more:Update (1): Watch: Residence wall collapses near construction site in ĦamrunProcess of establishing building and construction regulator ongoing – Minister BorgCurrent construction regulations ‘outdated’ and ‘inadequate’ – KTP PresidentThe decision followed a series of building collapses recorded in the previous weeks and months which saw residents narrowly escaping their homes. All of these incidents took place directly adjacent to construction work and excavation.Updated: Demolition and excavation permits suspended until further notice – MuscatPhoto by Miguela XuerebRushed and ill-thought outIn their first initial reaction to the proposals, KTP states that they believe the ‘piecemeal change to the regulatory regime that governs the building industry is ill-thought.’They stress that instead of fractional change there needs to be ‘a complete overhaul,’ of the regulations and laws governing the building industry, something the body says they have been trying to change for over a decade now.KTP says ‘precarious’ looking building appropriately designed; Police, PA unresponsiveHasty consultation eliminates need to check foundations of buildingsKTP goes on to say that enacting the current amendments need to be seen in terms of their impact on current laws, regulations and current shape of the industry. Not doing so only results in creating more confusion that does not address the key safety issues which the amendments are aimed at fixing.‘Even if the purported aim is to address the dangerous process of demolitions and excavations adjacent to existing properties, the Legal Notice proposes to address all other construction activities, but, at the same time, fails to address the other dangerous process of loading party walls, and their foundations, designed to carry two or three storeys, by many more floors.’Role creation ignoranceIn addition to shortcomings over the wider impact of the amendments, there is also the concern over the creation of new roles and competences without considering how they conflict with or ignore existing roles in other legislation.Worse still, KTP says that it does not include already established legal obligations for contractors to be legally registered and thus liable ‘as per Civil Law, jointly with the perit, for the structural integrity of buildings.’Miguela XuerebLack of researchIn their third observation, KTP states that the Legal Notice merely points out the process of carrying out and submitting the Geotechnical reports and designs with little understanding of how these methods are actually used internationally, not just for implementation locally.They put this down to a lack of good research and appreciation for its complexity.Responding retroactivelyKTP finally expresses its concerns over the implementation of these amendments in a retroactive way towards projects which are now happening.‘This will have implications on the capacity of the industry to respond in a meaningful manner.’Credit: Branko StoilovComments from PeritiKTP has said that it has issued its preliminary position to all architects affiliated with the Council and has asked them to submit their comments on Thursday. A final draft of their position would be formulated later on.KTP is also expected to participate in its Extraordinary General Meeting on Friday.WhatsApplast_img

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