Riding the Dragon


las alturas Las Alturas buildings cracked. Courtesy T&T Guardian.

This article is about the Las Alturas Enquiry into the collapse of two new Morvant apartment buildings erected by China Jiangsu International Corporation (CJIC) for the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). This Enquiry seems a politically-motivated one into a serious failure of professional practice which could have cost human lives. It is only in its opening stages, but it is already clear to me that this episode is one which contains serious lessons for our country in terms of the role of Enquiries; the role of the Chinese contractors; the culture of non-enforcement which we practice and of course, the impact of targets and political objectives on proper process. In the case of Las Alturas this is a large-scale multiple-housing project constructed on a former quarry-site on the Lady Young Road, just south of the lookout. Two apartment buildings which were completed in late…

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    One only need check the floors and the walls of the newly finished Justice Building at Whitepark Road and we will see a structure which already has structural defects

    But then again, the building that formerly housed Campus Trendz and those owned by Mrs Ram Kirpilani’s in Bridgetown (all these donkey years) only serve to remind us that, even in the face of so-called building codes, single entry commercial structures in Barbados persist, notwithstanding the oversight of the vaunted Town & Cuntry Planning department.


  • Do you think that the Town & Country Planning and/or the other relevant authorities really care about the welfare of the employees in these buildings?
    Look at this recently constructed strip mall, near Chicken Barn in Worthing. Not a single back door.And it was given a passing grade by all concerned.


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