Council Workspace Development On Hold As They Fail To Spot Foundation Problems

The proposed development of the site

The proposed development of the site

The Council says initial surveys it performed didn’t pick up problems with the foundations of the site being used to build the new Porthmellon Innovation Centre.

The £1.5m scheme to transform the former wholesaler building into 5,000 square feet of office and workshop space was stopped in April after it was found that the concrete foundations were insufficient to support the weight of the proposed building.

New designs – removing a mezzanine floor and some doors to reduce weight, as well as changes to the roofline – were approved by planners in July.

The authority conducted surveys prior to the tendering process but it was the successful contractor, St Mary’s company PC Green, who discovered the problems once they started work.

The delay in restarting has been caused by the time taken to procure and transport the materials needed for the changes, says the Council.

They say building work is due to commence again in the next 10 days and the delay won’t affect the budget or access to European grant funding. That’s because any problems will be carried by the contractor.

The facility had been expected to open in January 2015, but that will now be delayed until at least April.



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