Opal Tower Still Empty and Australian’s off the Sirius Tender

#Opal #Sirius #Tender Process

Today we look at the 169 apartments empty Apartments in Opal Tower. Then we look at the tender process for the development of the $500 million Sirius public housing block in NSW. Why are there no Australian backed groups? Wouldn’t the multiplier effect be greater if the funding for the project was from Australian sources?

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References

In Sydney’s Opal Tower, 169 apartments remain empty almost four months after evacuation

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-15/169-aparments-at-sydney-opal-tower-unoccupied-four-months-later/11002796

Sirius bidders kept in the dark

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/sirius-bidders-kept-in-the-dark/news-story/24380e05ac2e1d7747823eba372a00fe

UNSW’s Plan to save us from another Opal – References

#Opal #UNSW #Strata

I look at an article from UNSW outlining a new ARC Linkage Grant project that aims to address the severe and growing concern about building quality issues in the multi-unit housing sector. I wonder if they will look at the procurement methodology for all of the buildings they review?

https://youtu.be/9j4CoyYuL_I

References

After Opal Tower: UNSW researchers to investigate major building defects

https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/social-affairs/after-opal-tower-unsw-researchers-investigate-major-building-defects

Finding The Perfect Apartment Block – References

#Opal #ApartmentLiving #Strata

I look at an opinion piece by Jimmy Thomson from the Australian Financial Review with advice about finding the perfect Apartment Block. Given the drop in consumer confidence following Opal Tower everyone is going to be extra vigilant.

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References

How to spot a perfectly managed apartment block
https://www.afr.com/real-estate/residential/how-to-spot-a-perfectly-managed-apartment-block-20190319-p515j0

Calls for a Building Industry Royal Commission – References

#RoyalCommission #Construction #Australia

I look at recent calls by the Builders Collective for a Royal Commission into our Building Industry and learn about the powers of a Royal Commission.

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https://youtu.be/YtFpavLAS5c

References

‘Appalling failures’: call for building industry royal commission

https://www.insurancenews.com.au/daily/appalling-failures-call-for-building-industry-royal-commission

The Lacrosse Tower Outcome – References

#Lacrosse #Cladding #Fire

We look at an article about the recent ruling concerning the Lacrosse Tower Cladding Fire court case in which owners were awarded over $5.7 Million Dollars. I then read through portions of the judgement to understand why the Architect, Building Surveyor and Fire Engineer had to pay damages to the Builder under and Design and Construction Contract. Shockingly I agree with the Judge!

References

Lacrosse apartment owners awarded $5.7 million in damages after flammable cladding blaze

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-28/lacrosse-apartment-owners-win-5.7-million-cladding-fire-damages/10857060

The Elara Apartment Disaster – References

#Elara #Construction #Failure

I look at the Elara Apartment disaster in which owners have an estimated $19 million repair build due to shoddy construction work. Opal Tower is shining a light on questionable construction practices in Australia, but sadly owners seem to be the people paying.

https://youtu.be/6skCFnsx2bY

References

Elara apartment owners lose Federal Court compensation bid

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/elara-apartment-owners-lose-federal-court-compensation-bid/10810628

The Opal Tower Engineer Responds to the final report – References

#OpalTower #Icon #Failure

I look at WSP’s response to the Final Report regarding the Opal Tower Failure. Looks like the project was procured via a design and construction methodology with changes made to the approved engineering design.

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References

WSP’S APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION DESIGN MEETS NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE
https://www.wsp.com/en-AU/news/2019/wsps-design-meets-code

The Opal Tower Architect Responds to the Final Report – References

#OpalTower #Icon #Failure

I look at the response to the Final Report released by the Architect of the Opal Tower, Bates Smart

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References

22.02.19
OPAL TOWER
FINAL REPORT CONFIRMS CAUSE OF STRUCTURAL DEFECTS

https://www.batessmart.com/bates-smart/media/newsroom/opal-tower/

Low Strength Concrete Used in Opal – References

#OpalTower #Icon #Failure

The final report of the Opal Tower Investigation has been released and we look at an initial ABC article. The good news is that Opal is bringing the systematic failures in our construction industry to light.

https://youtu.be/PeyCPNIg8QQ

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References

Opal Tower builders used lower-strength concrete, beams burst under pressure

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-22/opal-tower-report-finds-beams-burst-low-strength-concrete-used/10835498