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Condemned Crested Crane Hotel Unfit for Human Habitation, Being Rebuilt

Constructed in 1954 with the capacity of 35 bedrooms, two bars, two restaurants, two conference halls and a coffee bar, the government owned hotel has also been serving as the biggest training facility for UHTTI students, for hands-on skills.
Architectural designs for the new Crested Crane hotel.

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The management of Jinja city’s based Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute-UHTTI, on Friday informed the general public that they have resolved to demolish the famous Crested Crane Hotel, on grounds that it is no longer structurally sound for human habitation. 

Constructed in 1954 with the capacity of 35 bedrooms, two bars, two restaurants, two conference halls and a coffee bar, the government owned hotel has been serving as the biggest training facility for UHTTI students, who are get hands-on skills throughout the course of their study period.

UHTTI managers say that an independent audit report by the then Jinja municipal council authorities in 2006 indicated that, the structure if not demolished would collapse in the next 20 years.  They later hired Arch Designs to evaluate the suitability of the structures in 2013 and 2016, and were advised to demolish the structure in 10 years or risk watching it collapse on the occupants.

All the reports indicated that the foundation of the hotel was erected using substandard structures, with a life expectancy of an estimated 50 years and it was incapable of supporting the structure further. The reports further indicated that the pillars had rusted away and could no longer support the super structure, coupled with broken water pipe systems. 

 

On her part, the principal of UHTTI, Miriam Namutosi says that, they had attempted to preserve the hotel structure for heritage and future tourism purposes, however, their efforts to renovate it were futile since old cracks kept on reappearing, which was risking the safety wellbeing of students, staff and guests as well.

Namutosi says that, the structure will be demolished in August, 2023 and they have secured a 20 Billion Shilling World Bank loan, which will be used to erect a super structure comprising syndicate rooms, administration block, language laboratories, computer laboratories and other facilities in a period of two years. 

She says that they have already secured rental space at the neighboring YMCA conference center, where they will accommodate classrooms, a minimal hotel space and administration block for a period of two years, awaiting completion of their multipurpose facility.

Namutosi adds that, they have partnered with other neighboring hotels in Jinja city, where students will have access to hands on skills in standard facilities, marching with international standards.  

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She reveals that the bidding processes to secure a contractor will be concluded early next month, but the architectural designs will maintain the real image of the old Crested Crane Hotel, which is slated to be demolished. 

 

Namutosi notes that they earlier on secured World Bank funding of 16 Billion Shillings, which is being used to facilitate ongoing construction works of a hotel structure comprising of 84 hotel rooms, twin bedrooms, double rooms, a lounge and other modern facilities, making it rated at the level of a four star, with the ability to expose students to international hospitality standards.

She says that this hotel facility will be completed in December, 2023, but it shall be assessed for a period of one year, before clearance for human habitation.  

Meanwhile, Joel Kafuko, a veteran politician in Jinja city says that, crested crane hotel is one of the ancient buildings with several historical art features, and demolishing it will rob the country of pre-independence heritage. 

  

Kafuko has advised government to devise means of safeguarding heritage facilities like the ancient buildings in Jinja city and other areas, with significant historical background to the country, which can serve as tourism attractions.

    

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