Architects are considering the possibility of a ‘strike’ if the government moves ahead with its proposed changes to building regulations.
The decision was taken during an extraordinary general meeting of the Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers, held on Friday, which discussed the amendments to the construction laws following the collapse of three buildings within two months.
“Members endorsed the council’s position that the legal notice does not guarantee public safety. Following the meeting, we sent our comments to the parliamentary secretary for planning, Chris Agius, and asked for an urgent meeting,” president Simone Vella Lennicker said.
No meeting has been scheduled as yet.
Earlier this week the Chamber criticised the draft legal notice, intended to safeguard properties from damage caused by adjacent excavation and construction works, as “piecemeal and ill-thought”.
The proposals issued by the Infrastructure Ministry include stricter procedures and regulations for architects and contractors, and increased fines of up to €50,000.