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Australia Owners of apartments constructed by Opal Tower builders warned of safety concerns

13:06  09 october  2019
13:06  09 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Opal Tower is a residential tower located in the suburb of Sydney Olympic Park in the Australian state of New South Wales. It was completed in August 2018. The high-rise residential tower was built by Icon, developed by Ecove and designed by Bates Smart Architects..

Opal Tower . Despite ongoing uncertainty over the safety of the building Owners of apartments in Opal Tower face major financial difficulties, for which there is no Prices of apartments have already been marked down by around 14 percent, with warnings that final falls in value may be up to 50 percent.

The builders responsible for the western Sydney Opal Tower construction faults scandal are now at the centre of a dispute over another building.

Residents in the Otto building in Rosebery, east of Sydney Airport, have been warned that apartment balconies may have a flaw.

A letter from the body corporate reportedly advised against having more than three people standing outside or leaning on a property's railings.

a tall building in a city: The builders responsible for the western Sydney Opal Tower construction faults scandal are now at the centre of a dispute over another building.© 9News The builders responsible for the western Sydney Opal Tower construction faults scandal are now at the centre of a dispute over another building.

Built by Icon Co., the building has only been on the housing market for less than five years and residents have now voiced their concerns about living there.

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Opal Tower resident Dave’s apartment has been declared unsafe after cracking was found in an Dave said he had lived in Opal Tower since the start of August, after the building was opened earlier this year. The builders and the developers are where my frustrations are at.” Opal Tower , built by

Apartment owners and residents in western Sydney's Opal Tower have expressed their anger at the ongoing debacle, as new photos reveal the impact of extensive remediation work inside the building . After being fully evacuated for the second time last week, residents and owners are growing restless

"Sometimes they have 10 or 15 people standing at the balcony and I don't know if that affects the quality of the building," resident Rebecca Wong told 9News.

Icon Co. is the same building company that constructed the Opal Tower at Sydney's Olympic Park, where residents were forcibly evacuated on Christmas Eve last year after cracks started to form.

a large tall tower with a clock on the side of a building: Residents in the Otto building in Rosebery, east of Sydney Airport, have been warned that apartment balconies may have a flaw.© 9News Residents in the Otto building in Rosebery, east of Sydney Airport, have been warned that apartment balconies may have a flaw.

Newly-appointed NSW building commissioner David Chandler today expressed his outrage over the alleged building flaws in the Otto Building and pledged to have any faults fixed.

"If there are any issues, I have been given an assurance – in fact they know damn well that I will demand – that they fix them," he said.

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Among the major building scandals to predate the Opal Tower fiasco was the string of defects inside a block of 40 units constructed on Bunn St in Pyrmont over This building on Railway St in Chatswood had numerous problems, including a leaky spa on one of the lower levels and defective external render.

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"I have no doubt they will."

a man wearing a red shirt: A letter from the body corporate reportedly advised against having more than three people standing outside or leaning on a property's railings.© 9News A letter from the body corporate reportedly advised against having more than three people standing outside or leaning on a property's railings.

The building company, however, has defended its construction record and said Otto Rosebery is entirely safe.

"(The) apartment complex has been fully certified by an independent engineer and witnessed by the accredited certifier," a statement said.

The company also claimed that "no safety issues" were identified during that certification process.

Despite that, industry experts have said sweeping changes are still needed across the country to prevent future safety problems from arising.

"It's a shocking scenario. It's not something you would wish on your worst enemy, but it's happening to thousands of people across Australia," Karen Stiles, executive officer at the Owners Corporation Network, told 9News.

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