A property tycoon who recently made headlines over controversial comments about workers has had a luxury apartment complex he developed found to have ‘hundreds of defects’ by the building’s body corporate .
Millionaire developer Tim Gurner, 41, is behind the $156 million FV Flatiron residential skyscraper in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
Construction giant Brookfield Multiplex won the contract to build the 30-story complex for Group CEO Gurner.
But the building’s corporate entity is now suing the builder, claiming it owes it damages for multiple alleged defects widespread throughout the complex.
A complaint was filed in the Supreme Court by the legal entity on September 13.
A luxury apartment complex developed by outspoken property tycoon Tim Gurner (pictured right with wife Aimee) has been hit with “hundreds of defects” by the building’s body corporate.
An updated defect register, filed as part of the complaint, listed “110 defects” in the building’s common areas and private apartments, the complaint states, as reported by Courier mail.
The complaint cited problems with the building’s parking lot, changing rooms, tiling, apartments, fire doors and waterproofing system.
These alleged defects included “combustible cladding,” cracks in the concrete of the building’s parking lot, “stagnant” and non-draining water on the roof membrane and inadequate tiling in the complex’s locker rooms.
Several residents of the luxury building complained of water leaks, marks and mold on their ceilings, floors and furniture.
One said their kitchen flooring had become “spongy”.
There were previous defects with the building’s trash chute which were addressed by Brookfield Multiplex.
The corporation alleges in its complaint that the construction company breached its contract by failing to complete the project with due care and diligence and by failing to use quality materials.
He also alleges that the staff involved in the construction of the building were not fit to do the work.
Construction giant Brookfield Multiplex has built the $156 million FV Flatiron residential skyscraper in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
Mr Gurner was criticized for his controversial comments about workers and the unemployment rate at the Australian Financial Review’s Property Summit earlier this month.
Brookfield Multiplex also failed to take responsibility for the alleged defects and failed to remedy them, according to the claim presented by the legal entity.
No defense is expected to be filed as the case is in its early stages.
No court date has been set for this case.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Brookfield Multiplex and the Gurner Group for comment.
It comes weeks after Mr Gurner apologized for his comments about workers and said the unemployment rate was expected to rise to 40 to 50 per cent.
He argued that the Covid pandemic had changed the attitude of employees who needed to remember that they worked for their bosses – and not the other way around.
“We need to see some pain in the economy,” Mr Gurner told the Australian Financial Review property summit earlier this month.
“We need to remind people that they work for the employer, not the other way around.”
His comments sparked a flood of scathing criticism online, including on the corporate social networking site LinkedIn.
The 41-year-old told Daily Mail Australia he regretted the “insensitive” remarks.
The property developer (pictured right) has apologized for the comments, telling Daily Mail Australia he “deeply regrets” the remarks he made, which were “untrue”.
“At the AFR Property Summit this week, I made remarks about unemployment and productivity in Australia that I deeply regret and were wrong,” he said in a statement.
“There are clearly important discussions to be had in this environment of high inflation, pressures on housing and rental prices due to a lack of supply and other cost of living issues.
“My comments were deeply insensitive to employees, trades and families across Australia who are affected by these cost of living pressures and job losses.
“I want to be clear: I appreciate that when someone loses their job it has a profound impact on them and their family and I sincerely regret that my words did not express empathy for those in this situation. situation.”