Repairs needed but building ‘structurally sound’
More than 40 apartments at Sydney’s Opal Tower will need remedial work in coming weeks, as NSW governmentappointed investigators share interim findings that the building is “structurally sound” and some residents are given the green light to move back.
UNSW’s Mark Hoffman and University of Newcastle’s John Carter said yesterday they had given their “interim report” about what happened at Opal Tower to the government, saying in their view there was “no evidence” of issues with the foundations of the building.
“We have completed our interim report on our investigation and have provided this to government,” Professor Hoffman and Professor Carter said. “We said a week ago that our early assessment showed no evidence of any issues with the foundations of the building and our interim report will continue to support the view that the building is structurally sound.”
Opal Tower’s builder, Icon, yesterday said it had confirmed that, as well as the government’s experts, engineers from design firm WSP and third-party firm Rincovitch had found the building was “safe to occupy” after “stabilisation works”.
Those whose apartments do not need fixing “can be reoccupied” from today, though residents will continue receiving accommodation and living expenses from Icon case by case until mid-next week.