The University has assured that the building is safe…
Large cracks have appeared in the walls of the Faculty of Science at the University of Malta, close to where construction works are currently taking place.
Lovin Malta was sent a photo of the cracks in light of the collapse of an apartment in Mellieħa, which appears to have been caused by excavation works nearby. The person who sent the photo warned that the cracks at the Faculty have visibly expanded in recent months, describing this as “evident and alarming”.
However, a spokesperson for the UM dismissed concerns, stating that it had commissioned a structural engineer’s report on the building, which determined it to be safe.
“As a further precaution, UM has installed gauges on the walls (as evidenced in the photo) to monitor any possible movement”
The tragedy in Mellieħa was the second such incident in recent months, after a block of apartments collapsed in Gwardamanġa last April. In the wake of the collapse, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat pledged to beef up enforcement of the construction industry and to introduce “interim measures” to ensure such incidents don’t repeat themselves.
Cover photo: Left: The cracks in the wall of the Faculty of Science, Right: A laboratory at the Faculty of Science (Photo: UM Faculty of Science)