Monday 25 May, 2020

Voyager Building poses major threat to public safety

Weeks after the Adjodha building was gutted by fire, a civil engineer has expressed concern for the safety of pedestrians and motorists who pass through one of the busiest parts of the city.

Civil Engineer John Peters says he was alarmed when he saw the current condition of what was once an iconic structure in the city and how the site now seemed like an accident waiting to happen.

“There are in fact some loose galvanize sheets that was damaged during the course of the fire hanging precariously over the sidewalks on Laborie Street and also some sections on the William Peter Boulevard between the two buildings.”

This he says is a major threat to public safety.

Civil Engineer, John Peters

“Anyone of those sheets can be dislodged and would cause or can cause serious injury to pedestrians and the motoring public.”

Both Laborie Street and the William Peter Boulevard, he noted, are two critical routes in the city, so cordoning off and stopping traffic would be problematic.

“I think therefore there has to be some mechanism, whether the insurance company or the owner moving swiftly to address these concerns post the fire event.”

On November 21, 2019, firefighters responded to reports of a massive fire at the Adjodha building housing at least four businesses, including Voyager variety stores and the Old Gaitey Cinema, which contained a restaurant to the ground floor.

The building, which is located at the junction of Laborie Street and the William Peter Boulevard, was completely destroyed by fire.

The building was constructed after 1948 Castries fire which destroyed 75 percent of the town.

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