Nearly half of the 169 apartments at Opal Tower are still not viable four months after the appearance of cracks in the $ 165 million building – and work to resolve the defects has only just begun
- 169 of the 392 apartments are still not ready for residents to go back
- The owners' company has signed a deal with Icon and its Japanese parent company
- The Icon construction company is set to extend the 36-storey guarantee on the tower
- Construction company has spent more than $ 10 million on compensating residents
Residents still cannot return to nearly half of the Opal Tower apartments – more than three months after hundreds of residents were evacuated.
The last rectification of the tower in the Olympic park of Sydey has just given the go-ahead, despite the expectation that it will start last month, reports The Daily Telegraph.
A spokeswoman for construction company Icon confirmed that 169 of the 392 apartments are still not ready for people to go back.
More than 200 high-rise residents were evacuated on Christmas Eve last year, when cracks in the building sparked that it could collapse.
More than 200 high-rise residents of Sydney's Olympic Park were evacuated on Christmas Eve last year when cracks in the building sparked with fear that it might collapse
The building owners' company has signed a deal with Icon and its Japanese parent company Kajima Corporation to extend the warranty on the 36-story tower.
This is intended to provide residents with peace of mind and to ensure that they are covered if other errors are discovered in the building in the future, according to the owner's chairman, Shady Eskander.
A statement is released on Monday with the exact details of the guarantee, as well as all other deals they have concluded with Icon.
A spokeswoman for construction company Icon confirmed that 169 of the 392 apartments are still not ready for people to go back (pictured: residents were offered information two days after being evacuated from the Opal Tower)
It is clear that Opal Tower is currently covered by the warranty for seven years.
So far, residents have gradually returned to the tower, with some to return, while others have returned home since January.
In the four months since the massive evacuation, Icon has spent more than $ 10 million on compensating residents for housing and living expenses since December 31, according to an Icon spokeswoman.
Icon offers allowances of between $ 220 per day for one-bedroom apartments and $ 500 per day for two-bedroom apartments.
The news comes almost two months after footage captured by a whisper-blower three years ago and obtained by A Current Affair, captured the ruined structure inside the tower that an insider like & # 39; is indicated.
The video shows an abundance of negligence, including one concrete slab between the tenth and eleventh floor that is full of cracks.
The serious cracks were filled with filler, while the supporting pillars also crumbled.
But instead of using the filler as a temporary solution, it is thought that the area was not cut and replaced, but that the filler kept the slits together while there were another 20 floors on top.
The last rectification of the tower in the Olympic park of Sydey has just given the go-ahead, although it is expected that it will start the previous month
An interim report, commissioned by the New South Wales Department of Planning, suggested that design and construction problems were the most likely cause of the squatting of the apartment complex in Sydney's Olympic Park.
The 17-page interim report ruled out bad weather and bad materials for building errors in the complex with 392 apartments.
Instead, it recommended steel beams used to reinforce, repair, and reinforce concrete.
The building owners' company has signed a deal with Icon and its Japanese parent company Kajima Corporation to extend the 36-storey warranty on the tower