This triggered an emergency inspection by government engineers, including the state’s chief emergency engineer. Although they found “no immediate safety risk” to residents, they recommended that monitoring focus on a so-called transfer structure, which moves loads to other parts of the tower.
Apartment owner Corrie Ford said she was furious at how long it had taken to install the back shoring as the structural engineer raised concerns about the building l ‘last year.
“Behind the scenes, there seems to have been some recognition that there might be a security issue with the building and counter-props have been put in place to keep residents safe,” she said. declared.
Bright & Duggan, which was appointed as a mandatory strata manager by a court, said the owners’ company decided to take a precautionary approach and install the temporary columns.
“We don’t take risks. We believe this is the responsibility of the developer. Toplace is ultimately the party responsible for the quality of the building,” said general manager Chris Duggan.
“But we’re not going to wait for them to do that. We will try to recover the costs of the temporary shoring.
The owners’ company will seek to recover the cost of the temporary columns as part of the legal action it has pending against Toplace in the NSW Supreme Court over alleged defects in the building.
Toplace said an independent engineer, who had modeled the structural adequacy of the building, had not identified any need for immediate safety measures to be taken.
The developer said NSW Public Works Advisory, which inspected the building on August 1, could not identify any cracks or other evidence that an engineer hired by the owners had observed.
Toplace said he undertook a ground-penetrating radar scan of the columns a day later, and the independent engineers he hired concluded that the claims about the need for immediate security work to secure the building were incorrect.
In April, the state building’s watchdog ordered Toplace to perform remedial work after finding a serious defect in the construction of the load-bearing walls of the building’s basement parking lot. At the time, this was the second order issued to Toplace in three months to repair the faults in the tower.
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