The old thread making plant in Bratislava named Cvernovka is at the centre of attention after the owners of the land, Hamilton Group, started demolishing a building at the weekend, with fears that asbestos from the building may have been released and possibly mixed with other building debris.
SME daily cites company head Jeremy Cristau as saying the company’s demolition permit was due to run out and the Borough of Ruzinov had not replied to their extension request, and so he decided to start demolishing some of the buildings on the 110 year old estate, which activists have been trying to have preserved as a cultural monument.
The borough building authority representative told SME daily that he knew nothing of the activity, which was halted after activists raised the alarm, and borough mayor Dusan Pekar said it shouldn’t have gone ahead.
On the asbestos scare, the company says the one building with asbestos in the roof has been left intact, but there are some doubts as that roof also looks damaged. An examination of the building should reveal more.
One of the people working in the plant area, which is rented out commercially, told The Daily that the estate is now being heavily guarded by security guards with dogs, and gate checks on everyone, whereas before people could basically just come and go as they wished.
Mr Cristau has a vision to revitalise the whole area, with luxury apartments and some interesting architectural plans, but the latest incident might put those on hold for a while.