Thursday 20 October 2011

Priory Hall - Regulations scandal

WHILE fire safety regulations at Priory Hall in Donaghmede may have been agreed at the planning stage of this rogue development, the question is whether they were checked at all during construction, before completion of a time-bomb apartment block.
Arguably, had that happened, 240 people would not be in their present plight. It’s one thing to rubber stamp regulations on an architect’s drawing but an entirely different matter to ensure important steps are not only taken, but seen to be taken during construction.

Otherwise, impressive-looking drawings from teams of architects are hardly worth the paper they are on. The Priory Hall scandal is graphic proof of the need to rigorously check fire regulations during construction of the building, not merely tick off boxes after completion when nothing can be seen.

Irish Examiner

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