Re­pairs needed but build­ing ‘struc­turally sound’

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - SAM BUCK­ING­HAM-JONES

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.

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