When removing asbestos from the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague, the construction company adheres to the law and the rules for handling hazardous materials. On the web This was stated by the Prague Hygiene Station, which conducted two on-site investigations focused on asbestos removal. The actions of the Metrostav company, which provides reconstruction to the owners of the hotel, were criticized by some local residents, associations or the former mayor of Prague 1 Pavel Čižinský (Prague 1 Sobě). When removing asbestos from the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague, the construction company adheres to the law and the rules for handling hazardous materials. On the web This was stated by the Prague Hygiene Station, which conducted two on-site investigations focused on asbestos removal. The actions of the Metrostav company, which provides reconstruction to the owners of the hotel, were criticized by some local residents, associations or the former mayor of Prague 1 Pavel Čižinský (Prague 1 Sobě).
According to Čižinský and other critics, the company must first cover the facade so that there is no theoretical chance of releasing dangerous fibers into the air when handling asbestos panels. iinský and Tomáš Bajusz, president of Citizens of Prague 1, also argued that there was an elementary school next to the construction site. The owners of the hotel in Bagus filed a criminal complaint over his statements.
According to hygienists, it is not necessary to cover the building when dealing with asbestos. According to them, the workers use a special spray that blocks the asbestos fibers in the panels and prevents them from being released into the air. According to hygienists, hygienists monitored the work during inspections on April 27 and May 28 and found no errors. “During the two inspections, no deficiencies were found in the demolition work,” said Vaclav Kresa, Director of the Occupational Health Department and Petra Lisa Kiyvankova, Head of the Centrum Occupational Hygiene Branch at Prague Station, in a signed statement. Hygiene experts also confirmed Metrostav’s information that two expert measurements were made confirming the absence of asbestos in the air. According to hygienists, the third is now being evaluated.
The statement of the expert Zoji Guschlová showed that the biggest stumbling block lies in the competence of the hygiene plant, which does not have the competence or the tools to effectively control the technological process of asbestos processing. It is not clear if asbestos fibers are present in the environment due to the renovation of the InterContinental Hotel. The solution should be regular inspections of compliance with all standards, procedures and frequently repeated measurements. “There is no mechanism to control the process of asbestos processing impartially and objectively. This is the obstacle of our legislation,” says Huja Joshlova, an asbestos expert in the Czech Republic. The video footage of the building, published by daily Právo on May 28, commented as undue harm to health and the environment.According to Guschlová, a similar reconstruction as the InterContinental Hotel in neighboring Germany would not be possible without the entire building’s cladding and strict supervision of compliance with TRGS 519 standards, which accurately describe the technical rules for hazardous materials in construction.
According to an earlier statement by Metrostav, the construction elements in the building since the early seventies and eighties contain about 35 tons of asbestos, which is now dangerous and prohibited. “We knew at the beginning of the reconstruction that we would likely encounter asbestos elements. We discussed the whole process with the hygiene station in Prague and everything complied with hygiene regulations,” said Martin Cirotik of Metrostaff. last week.
Last January, InterContinental bought investment fund R2G from entrepreneurs Oldřich Šlemr, Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš through WIC Prague. The owners have prepared a project to rebuild the interior and exterior of the hotel and also make alterations to its surroundings, including the construction of a glass building on the corner of Pařížská and Bílkova Streets in the square, which also belongs to the hotel and whose city is named after Miloš Forman. The possibility of building on the square raises the opposition of some experts, local politicians and members of the public.
The Brutalist style hotel on Pařížská Street was built between 1968 and 1974 in collaboration with three architectural groups led by Karel Filsak. After the reconstruction, it will be managed by the chain of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, which is part of the Accor network, under the name Hotel Golden Prague (Hotel Golden Prague).
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