A major Sydney developer has been ordered to fix serious flaws in a 10-storey apartment block in the city’s south-west for the second time in three months.
In the latest orders, the state’s construction watchdog warned of a serious flaw in the construction of the load-bearing walls of the Canterbury Building’s basement car park which it said “did not support a ground floor slab”.
The watchdog has given developer Toplace 180 days to upgrade and reinforce shoring piles and a capping beam at the Charles Street apartment building, which has around 100 units.
Fair Trading’s chief compliance officer, Matthew Whitton, who issued the notice, said the rectification work was “likely to be costly” but did not provide a figure.
Whitton said the cost to the developer “must be weighed against the benefit” to owners and tenants of having the building constructed in a way that ensures its structural integrity.
A structural engineer hired by the owners warned in October that the 10-storey tower was at serious risk of collapsing, which, if it happened, would cause “catastrophic damage” to two other apartment buildings.
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 of the tower focus on its so-called transfer structure, which transfers loads to other structures in the building. .
The Canterbury complex known as Vicinity has 276 apartments in three buildings and was completed around six years ago by Toplace.