Arona Ayuntamiento has announced that it can now release the results of two technical reports on the causes of the collapse of the building in Los Cristianos in which seven people died in April last year. The council says that it commissioned the reports in May from Atlante, a forensic analysis company, and from the Instituto Técnico de Materiales y Construcciones (INTEMAC). The two reports, numbering more than a thousand pages, were handed over in September and November to Arona Court 3 which was investigating the collapse, and the council says that they have not been made public until now so as not to prejudice the court investigations.
The reports’ conclusions, which I have now seen, indicate that the building was already in a very poor state when it collapsed. Not only were there flaws in design, but materials – especially concrete – of low quality were used in construction. This, together with overloaded foundations, poor maintenance and degradation of the structure’s material over the years, makes it remarkable that it stood for 43 years, says Atlante’s report. The tipping point came as a result of works carried out in the part of the building used by Banesto, most notably the removal of internal walls and flawed mechanical works. The reports say that the building was an accident waiting to happen, and while they provide the technical conclusions of the tragedy, the legal ramifications will now be for the Courts to determine.