Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Criminal probe into Prague building collapse

Czech police have launched a criminal investigation into the worst building collapse in the country’s capital for 40 years.

The bodies of four workers have been recovered from the ruins of the three-storey building in Prague’s New Town. The building was under construction on Soukenická, in an area of the city which has seen rapid redevelopment in recent years, when the top floor gave way and smashed through the building below just before 1pm on October 2.

If negligence in construction oversight is proved, the maximum sentence available to the court is 10 years imprisonment. The firm responsible for the redevelopment is Sting Construction.

There have been concerns raised that some construction companies allow buildings to deteriorate as reconstruction rather than restoration is often easier and more cost-effective, especially in Prague’s historic centre.

“It is a common policy of developers to opt for reconstruction, deliberately leaving the building to deteriorate so they can totally reconstruct it without keeping the original historic parts of the building,” which are more costly to restore, Josef Štulc, head of restoration on architecture at the National Institute for Historical Monuments told The Prague Post.

Prague last saw a deadly collapse on this scale in 1965 when four people died and another five were injured in Prague 4-Pankrác in December 1965.



Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.