Crumbling County Council Building received expensive repairs just a few years ago

June 22, 2019 1:31 PM
Originally published by Essex Liberal Democrats

Office blockCllr Mike Mackrory questioned the Leader of the Council concerning County Council building 'A-Block' which has been inspected and requires work following a recent incident where parts of the building were falling off into the below car park.

Mike asked that given the extensive and costly recent external repairs to this building, what recompense is the Council seeking from the building contractors who carried out the same work at enormous cost in 2013.

Reply from the Leader of the Council:

'The recent repairs to A Block follow the identification a defect in the original repairs - which has been deemed a breach of contract.

The Council is in discussion with the original Project Manager and Principal Contractor to rectify this defect. Containment measures are in place for Health & Safety purposes.

The proposal is to commence rectification works on 15th May for a duration of 16 - 18 weeks. The work will be undertaken at no cost to the Council - however, for expediency, ECC has instigated measures to enable minimal disruption to its day to day activity for which it has placed instructions/purchase orders. ECC will be seeking full reimbursement of these costs.

While the work is progressed, the integrity of the superstructure integrity will also be checked.'