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Factory was designed as a mall, says architect of Bangladesh garment factory

An architect at the practice that designed the original structure of the collapsed garment factory building in Bangladesh has spoken out about it

Masood Reza, who works for Vastukalpa Consultants, reportedly told the Associated Press the Rana Plaza building was designed in 2004 as a shopping mall.

The collapse of the eight-storey building on 24 April was Bangladesh’s biggest industrial disaster, with at least 1,042 dead and about 2,500 injured.

Reza was quoted as telling AP: ‘We designed the building to have three storeys for shops and another two for offices. I don’t know how the additional floors were added and how factories were allowed on the top floors.’

Bangladesh has closed 18 garment factories for safety reasons since the disaster.

The country’s textile minister Abdul Latif Siddique said: ‘We have seen that those who claim to be the best compliant factories in Bangladesh have not fully abided by building regulations’, according to the BBC.

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