Philippe Villenueve , chief architect of the historical monuments of France, responsible for the "rescue" of the cathedral of Notre Dame, estimates that the part capital of the european civilization "is still in danger."
In a statement to several media outlets, Villeneuve estimated that the work of rescue and reconstruction, after the fire of last April, still have two "spots" under threat : the vaults, "that they may fall"; and the scaffolding, "which can sink before you begin the process of rebuilding itself".
in the opinion of Villeneuve, "we will not be quiet until the middle of next year", when they are finished, if there are no new delays, the preparatory work for the reconstruction itself of the cathedral, in terms of technical, architectural, who are yet to study and define.
Meanwhile, the cold, the rains and snows of winter may pose unforeseeable problems , as occurred last summer, when the dog days of summer "advised" to stop the work for several weeks.
Villeneuve remember that the threats of pollution –real or potential– have also caused delays , by imposing controls that are exceptional. The staff that visit or work in the cathedral every day (religious, technicians and workers), must follow rules of safety to be very strict. The technicians and workers must undergo medical checks, systematic, every month, at least.
Without being pessimistic, Villeneuve insists on the delicacy of the work-in-progress: " Dismantle the scaffolding to begin the reconstruction is a task that is not without risks . And we should not run any risk. The weather is unpredictable, in detail. The situation is not critical. But the risks are still great. And the situation, during this period of consolidation, remains a source of concern".Updated Date: 15 September 2019, 21:00