Riu Hotels & Resorts defends that the structural security of the Edificio España (Madrid) has never been compromised

The hotel chain Riu Hotels & Resorts, owner of the Building Spain, has defended this Friday that the structural security of the property “has never been, nor is now” committed and has stressed that it has “scrupulously complied with all the regulations” required to undertake the works.

The owners of the Edificio España have thus responded to the decision of the Court of First Instance No. 67 of Madrid to order the immediate suspension of the works, a notification that the RIU Group claims not to have received.

The suspension of the works has been agreed after the Grupo Baraka, of the businessman Trinatario Casanova, went to court to denounce alleged irregularities in the reinforcement of the structure.

In contrast, the hotel chain has defended in a statement that the structural safety of the building “has never been, nor is now, committed”, something that has endorsed on several occasions, as recalled, from the City of Madrid and all the competent bodies for this.

In this line, he recalled that the facultative management of the work, the only legitimate body to make technical decisions that affect any aspect of it, has ensured that there is no danger.

“The works that are being carried out in no case jeopardize the stability of the building, scrupulously complying with all the regulations that apply to them,” underlined the team formed by architect director José Luis Martínez, the technical architect Ángel Núñez and the rest of the team of the company Arditécnica SL

Likewise, he has argued that the company in charge of the works, Ortiz Construcciones, has made it clear “at no time has an attempt been made to eliminate reinforcements to save in amount or term and that in fact more elements are being reinforced than initially planned”.

In any case, despite not having received “any notification” of this resolution so far, the RIU Group has stressed that “it will respect at all times” all judicial decisions and “will collaborate in everything that is within its reach to settle before the Justice the truth, with the corresponding documentary and testimonial evidence “.

However, the hotel chain has denounced the “attacks” against its image that it continues to receive with the aim of “discrediting” the company that, as it has stressed, “at all times has demonstrated the guarantees of security and legality necessary to put in march and advance the work “of this building.

ANTECEDENTS OF THE CONFLICT

In June 2017, the Casanova group sold the company that owns the Edificio España (which previously acquired the Wanda group) to the hotel chain, signing both parties a document by which Baraka Renta would become the owner of the commercial area once the advance in the construction and the definitive declaration of new work and the writing of independent horizontal division will be made.

RIU Hotels & Resort has always defended that it was “a mandate contract, not representative, of sale to search for investors in the commercial area within a period, which Baraka has not complied with despite repeated requests from the chain, to acquire 15,000 square meters of commercial area, part of the first two plants, in exchange for the corresponding commission.

The future hotel Riu Plaza de Madrid will be the first urban hotel of the RIU hotel chain in Spain and will become the “flagship” of the company in the country.

It will have a category of 4 stars, 585 rooms and 18 meeting rooms that will occupy a space of almost 3,000 square meters. In addition, it will have two restaurants and a sky bar that will occupy floors 25 and 26, with 360º views of the city.