Faroese Road Authority CEO blames famous consultancy company for increase in building costs for Glasir

Ewald Kjølbro, Landsverk CEO (The Faroese Road authority), has sensationally blamed famous consultancy company Bjarke Ingels Group for the increase in building costs for Glasir, reports Kringvarp Føroya.

Glasir, the largest educational institution in the Faroe Islands, joined hundreds of students in celebrating the first day of school in mid-August. World-renowned architect, Bjarke Ingels, has designed the 19.500 square metre building, which houses 250 staff and more than 1.500 students in 6th form, vocational and higher education within a variety of fields.

However, all is not well in the state of Denmark as Mr. Kjølbro now blames the Danish company for the additional costs of building Glasir. Mr. Kjølbro all but declares that Landsverk will take judicial action against Bjarke Ingels Group.

This comes after it has been revealed that the Faroese parliament will have to OK DKK 18.7 Million in extra funding to finish construction of Glasir.

Mr. Kjølbro states to Kringvarp Føroya that bad consultancy is the reason why the Glasir project has gone over budget.

“When it comes to big mistakes like this, someone has to be held accountable, and as for this case we will do that (hold someone accountable),” states Mr. Kjølbro, adding that judicial action will be taken.

Glasir was originally budgeted to cost DKK 635 Million, but will cost at least DKK 18 Million more than initially projected as Mr. Kjølbro has warned that there might be further expenses before construction is finally completed.

Bjarke Ingels Group, often referred to as BIG, is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, and builders operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Landsverk is the prime contractor and, thus, responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Glasir construction site.

Author: Jens Hákun Leo