A fault in the structural frame for the glass mantle that is currently being constructed around Harpa, the concert and conference center at Reykjavík harbor, might delay the center’s opening which is scheduled for May next year.
The concert center under construction. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
“It is disappointing, of course, since construction has been going well and been on schedule,” Höskuldur Ásgeirsson, managing director of Totus ehf., which is involved in Harpa’s construction, told Fréttabladid.
However, Sigurdur Ragnarsson, the project’s managing director at the contractor ÍAV, told Morgunbladid he believes the center can open on schedule despite the fault.
He explained that even though the center might not be fully constructed and the glass mantle not fully completed, the center can begin its operations.
Sigurdur Hermannsson, managing director of the project’s buyer, Austurhöfn ehf., said the glass mantle might temporarily have to be closed off to make the building windproof.
The Chinese subcontractor Lingyun has agreed to take responsibility for the fault and to rebuild the glass mantle on the southern side of the building. It could cost the company hundreds of millions of Icelandic krónur.
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