Cladding au­dit ‘la­bo­ri­ous’ and ‘ar­du­ous’

Stirling Times - - News - Ju­lian Wright

AN au­dit of build­ings in the cities of Perth, Vin­cent and Stir­ling could be “la­bo­ri­ous” and “ar­du­ous” ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

A dev­as­tat­ing fire in Lon­don’s ill-fated Gren­fell Tower in June prompted an au­dit across WA to lo­cate po­ten­tial cladding fire risks on build­ings.

Last month , it was dis­cov­ered that pan­els in­stalled in 2014 on Leederville’s Foyer Ox­ford build­ing were flammable, prompt­ing the lessee Foun­da­tion Hous­ing to add more CCTV and round-the-clock sur­veil­lance.

A Build­ing Com­mis­sion spokes­woman said they had con­tacted all lo­cal gov­ern­ments on July 4 ask­ing for as­sis­tance with the au­dit.

She said all au­thor­i­ties were still fi­nal­is­ing the scope of the au­dit.

“The task of iden­ti­fy­ing which of the hun­dreds of high­rise build­ings in WA have cladding at­tached is quite ar­du­ous and is likely to take some time,” she said.

City of Stir­ling ap­provals man­ager Greg Bow­er­ing said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment was still in talks with the Build­ing Com­mis­sion about the lo­gis­tics of a pos­si­ble au­dit.

He said it would be a “very la­bo­ri­ous and time con­sum­ing task”.

“There is not a ready data­base of this in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

He said there was no way to es­ti­mate ahead of the au­dit how many build­ings could po­ten­tially have cladding.

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