The fact that the playground in Ujazdowski Park is unlucky has been known for a long time. The area has been fenced for months, because some of the devices pose a threat to children. City gardeners asked the contractor to carry out repair work. After he refused, they looked for another company to undertake it, but to no avail. What’s next?
Unlucky, because first there were problems with the original contractor and his meeting the deadline – even before it was built. Then the Board of Greenery entrusted the work to another company, but also this quickly encountered problems: atmospheric, geological and legal (change of the toy certification rules). Finally, to the delight of the youngest, there is a playground in Ujazdowski Park opened – at the end of July 2019 – with a two-year delay. But the little inhabitants enjoyed it for a short time. After a month, the first faults appeared, then the playground it was closed for winteralthough there was no frost. The children were still unable to play there during last year’s holidays, when it was closed in August for security reasons. This year they will not use it either.
Poor quality materials, not resistant to weather conditions
We asked the Board of Greenery of the Capital City of Warsaw about the current situation of the playground. Of Warsaw. Adam Przegaliński answered us, who reminded us that periodic annual inspection (in August 2021) showed that some devices pose a threat to its users. – Therefore, the RCD commissioned an external expertise aimed at comprehensive control of the technical condition and safety of the playground. We received the results of this expertise in February 2022. The document shows that the defects and irregularities necessary for repair are mainly caused by the contractor’s use of materials of poor quality and other than those described in the technical documentation – emphasized Przegaliński.
He added that the contractor “did not take care of proper protection of the materials against difficult weather conditions”. – Defects also result from improper construction and installation of devices underground. Unfortunately, the contractor, despite the warranty valid until 2024, refused to carry out the necessary repairs – he reserved.
Businesses reluctant to accept a repair order
Przegaliński emphasized that city gardeners want the playground to be made available to residents as soon as possible. Therefore, they conducted a tender to select a new contractor who would perform the necessary repairs. But here’s bad luck again. – However, we have not received any offer to execute the order. We are in contact with the companies to investigate why they were not willing to accept the order. The results of these talks will allow us to decide on possible changes in the description of the subject of the contract in order to obtain offers – he assured.
In mid-May this year, when the ZZW informed about the announcement of a tender for a new repair contractor, it was indicated that he would have a maximum of 160 days from the date of signing the contract for the contract. It was already announced then that this date would mean that the playground would be unavailable until the end of this year. There are a total of 50 items on the list of devices for renovation. As mentioned, it is also necessary to replace the surface on several landings, stairs and bridges, and to maintain over 20 devices and surfaces. The ZZW also announced that the contractor of the playground would be charged with the repair costs.
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