Ochards clinic update: Remedial works to commence in 2018

The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) suspended construction works at the Orchards Clinic, Orange Grove earlier this year, following allegations of structural under-design by the appointed engineer.

An independent engineer was appointed in March 2017 to investigate the validity of the allegations. The investigation was completed in August 2017. The findings revealed that some of the structural members of the building such as beams and columns for the basement were under-designed.

Acting Chief Executive Officer for the JDA, Christo Botes says the recommendations from the independent engineer are that the only remedial work required is the strengthening of the beams and slabs mainly in the basement by means of additional steel support and that there is no need to demolish the current structure as it stands.”

The contract with the previously appointed engineers has been terminated. The process to claim abortive costs and additional construction costs will be initiated against the professional indemnity cover of the engineering firm responsible, added Botes.

Remedial works at the Orchards Clinic will commence early in 2018. It is anticipated that the project will be completed before the end of 2018.

Issued by:

Johannesburg Development Agency
Email: smonyai@jda.org.za
Tel: 011 688 7867