Lagos State government on Thursday began the deconstruction of three uncompleted high-rise structures on the site of a 21-storey building that collapsed on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, last November.The structures had failed integrity tests, prompting the state government to embark on a controlled deconstruction to bring them down.
A structural engineering firm, Edge of Design, will dismantle the twin 14-storey and eight-storey structures on the site in a manner that will not pose any health or environmental hazards to residents in the neighbourhood, according to a statement.
The development is part of the recommendations by a six-man panel that investigated the collapse of the 21-storey structure owned by Messrs Fourscore Heights.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, at a press briefing held at Alausa, Lagos, said the deconstruction, which is expected to be completed within 90 days, is to be supervised by relevant agencies of the government and private stakeholders in the built industry.
The land on which the failed structures sit has been forfeited to the state government by law. The panel also recommended criminal prosecution of the developer for contravening the state’s building codes.
“The deconstruction will be done with one key focus from all stakeholders; this is safety of people in the neighbourhood and everybody that will be working on the site. The recommendations of the panel are being implemented to prevent this kind of incident,” Omotoso said.
No fewer than 45 persons, who were mainly construction workers and vendors, died in the incident. Also, the developer, Mr Femi Osibona, died in the collapsed building.The representative of the contractor, Edge of Design, Mr. Olujimi Lewu, explained the step-by-step process to be employed in bringing down the structures, that the work would be done without any injury or fatality.
Omotoso said safety would be the main consideration in the deconstruction, stressing that the deconstruction was agreed upon after extensive consultations with stakeholders, residents and regulators in the