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Building Failures: ARCON Seeks Investigation Into Unilag’s Collapsed On-Going Building Project

Following a partially collapsed on-going building project located within the University of Lagos (UNILAG) last week, the Architect Registration Council (ARCON) visited the site seeking for full investigation.
The visit, Newsmen learnt was to get first-hand information on the incident.

    The varsity’s on-going building project that experienced the partial collapse is a seven-storey project, being proposed as new library.
     It is located beside the Unilag bookshop, adjacent to Mariere Hall and a stone throw from the Senate Building.
     While the construction was on-going, part of the building was said to have collapsed, though no life was lost.
     As part of its mandate, ARCON led by its president, Arc (Sir) Dipo Ajayi, swung into action, visited the site but could not gain access.
    However, Ajayi, alongside with some members of ARCON including Arc Kayode Anibaba, Arc. Adebayo Dipe and Arc. Ladipo Lewis, met with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olutoyin Ogundipe, who briefed the architects registration concil members on the incident.
     The VC said  that immediately the collapse occurred the site was sealed off, and there was no loss of life in the accident.
      According to Ogundipe, following the incident, the Chairman of Council University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin, has been notified and he is taking charge of further actions on the project and investigations.
Findings revealed that ATO Architects, Architects; Landmark, structural engineers; Tuber Consult, quantity surveyors; IFC, mech and elect; CPMS, project manager and Dutum Company Limited, main contractor are the consultants on the project.
Ogundipe stated that the Federal Executive Council under Tetfund awarded contract, adding that it was a fixed contract with counterpart funding from Unilag.
The VC notified the panel of his observations of the contractor and his inadequacies, and slow pace of work on the project.
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     Reacting, the ARCON President asked if the consultants on the project were all registered consultants, with the project having APRN registration.
The President also asked about the tests, reports and approvals at various stages of construction, the Vice Chancellor noted these are given to the Director of works.
The issue of soil test and foundation design were raised with reference to what type, pilling or raft.
The ARCON President asked if the project had planning approval, and that the project should involve Unilag staff in the procurement and supervision of the contract.
It was mentioned by the VC that the collapse occurred during casting at midday, and requested for another visit next week to the site, as they were not prepared for the team currently and were required to notify the Chairman of Council.
A panel by the University has been setup to carry out an investigation on the collapse.
ARCON President requested that Arc Dipe, an ARCON Council member be part of the panel.
The meeting in the VC’s office concluded with pleasantries, and the Director of Works was asked to take the team out to the site.
The ARCON team was escorted to the site by the new Director of Works Eng. Babatunde Oloko, and a visual inspection was made of the collapsed portion of the building, from outside the site perimeter hoarding.
The site having been sealed off, the entire team then agreed to repeat their visit to the site on Monday, 18th February, 2019 by
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