Grenville Phillips II: Thousands of new Barbados houses vulnerable to collapse due to lack of building standards

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“It is a national disgrace that strains the limits of irresponsibility that the Government of Barbados, against all expert advice, allowed an entirely unregulated 14-year building boom with respect to building standards. Of the thousands of houses built, almost all of them are vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake. It is to Barbados’ tragic misfortune that it would not have cost any additional money to have constructed the life-saving shear walls that the Building Code specified.”

Grenville Phillips II

Every Bajan or foreigner living in Barbados should attend at Grenville’s Weighed in the Balance website and have a read of Put Your House in Order.

Do it now.

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6 responses to “Grenville Phillips II: Thousands of new Barbados houses vulnerable to collapse due to lack of building standards

  1. Stephen Cresswell

    I have just travelled past Coverley Village and noted that the Rubis Petrol Station is now OPEN. What happened to the previous Planning comments, no application/too close to three houses? Have Planning now agreed that Rubis can do what it wants ?

  2. ac

    And what should be of concern is the ole QEH which is situated in the heart of the city entirely surrounded by water.I can’t help but remember the high level of outrage by the opposition supporters when govt suggested that new hospital should be built further inland with better structure .The supporters as usual with their vitriol and a high level of toxic dissent shouted “hell No” the ole one was good enough now in the face if disaster they are once again proving wrong based on political self interest

  3. West Side Davie

    One good big one would crumble half the homes on this rock.

    Remember the motto of the Barbados home building industry: “Rebar? Rebar? What’s rebar?”

  4. BBBAT

    We’ve been lucky all these years or blessed (take your choice: random chance or God’s will) that no serious hurricane or earthquake has hit Barbados.

    That cannot continue. The odds say sooner or later it will come. When that happens this place is going to look like Haiti with crumbling weak concrete and hardly any steel in the rubble.

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    “It is a national disgrace that strains the limits of irresponsibility that the Government of Barbados, against all expert advice, allowed an entirely unregulated 14-year building boom with respect to building standards. Of the thousands of houses built, almost all of them are vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake. It is to Barbados’ tragic misfortune that it would not have cost any additional money to have constructed the life-saving shear walls that the Building Code specified.” via https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/grenville-phillips-ii-thousands-of-new-barbados-houses-vulnerable-to-collapse-due-to-lack-of-building-standards/

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