Sunday, 31 March 2013

Strong winds render scaffolding of Cape Town’s tallest skyscraper unstable

At 17:30 on Saturday, 30 March 2013 numerous reports were received from eyewitnesses regarding scaffolding becoming unstable at the Portside building in the Cape Town CBD.

Upon arrival of the City’s disaster response teams and the building inspectorate it was established that the scaffolding on the construction site has fallen to the ground.

The City’s law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the area surrounding the construction site in the interest of public safety.

The City’s building inspectorate has ordered the contractors, Murray & Roberts, to effect emergency repairs and stabilise the site without delay due to gale force winds that were experienced.

The Portside building currently under construction bordering Buitengracht, Hans Strijdom, Bree and Mechau Street, will be Cape Town’s newest and tallest skyscraper.

The building will be featuring 32 floors, over 52,000 m² of office space; 1,200 m² of retail and banking space, easily accessible from all sides on the ground level, and 1,382 parking bays.

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Issued by: Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town



Source: Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects & Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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