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Shattering glass at new ThOC building a source of concern

The new THOC theatre is at the centre of the dispute

THE HOUSE Watchdog Committee will be probing certain construction problems at the new building of the Cyprus theatre organisation (ThOC) and why it cost more than expected, it emerged yesterday.

DISY MP Prodromos Prodrmou said one aspect of the matter were the construction problems that appeared recently in the Nicosia building, delivered in March 2012.

“We are not in position to know the exact cause, but they are construction problems, which could pose great dangers for public safety,” Prodromou said.

The problem is the glass panels that complete the railings of an ascending corridor that leads to the auditorium balcony, keep shattering.

Due to this, the management was forced close the area, which includes the foyer, and use a side door for theatre-goers to enter.

“The committee’s intervention was necessary because there could be more construction problems posing serious dangers,” Prodromou said. “The explanation given was partially satisfactory. We will revisit the issue.”

MPs have also taken issue with the €2.6 million in extra costs.

It was a €20.5 million project that eventually cost €23.1 million, Prodromou said.

The DISY MP said this would also be revisited when they receive the information regarding the payments made for the project.

In June 2008, the roof of the Nicosia Municipal theatre collapsed, two-and-a-half years after €5.6 million were spent refurbishing it.

The collapse happened a day before hundreds of school children were to use the theatre for an end-of-year performance.

By chance, the national theatre company ThOC which used the building was away for rehearsals and on one was harmed.

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