New controversial reforms to regulations governing excavation and demolition works will come into force today, as announced by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Capital Projects Ian Borg during a press conference yesterday.
The Avoidance to Third Party Property Regulations, which have been published in the Government Gazette today, will, among other things, make architects responsible for ensuring that excavation and demolition works follow the necessary procedures under the new revisions.
Dr Borg said that one notable change is the creation of site technical officers, who are warranted architects and would replace site managers, following complaints that the latter were not warranted professionals with the necessary expertise.
The site technical officer would have to be on site while works are ongoing, and could be appointed by the contractor – it does not have to be the same architect that drafted plans on the project.
The minister said “responsibility is at the centre of everything we are trying to achieve”, and everyone should carry their own responsibility in this sector. He added that Government is shouldering its responsibility by legislating.
The reforms come into force immediately, including for all demolition, excavation and construction works that have already started.