Why this apartment complex, a few meters from Mascot Towers, the & # 39; next to go & # 39; could be
An apartment building just 150 meters from the creaking Mascot Towers would be the & # 39; next to go & # 39; as the Sydney construction defect crisis deepened.
Photos show the six-story complex, completed in 2009, had water-tightness problems, sinking foundations, and sediment cracks as early as July 2014 – when it was only five years old.
Real estate agent Edwin Almeida, who took the photos, told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday that the problems were still there – and getting worse.
& # 39; That's the next one to go & # 39 ;, he said on Tuesday. & # 39; There are many problems. & # 39;
An apartment complex just 150 meters away from Mascot Towers is badly cracked and heavily damaged by water (pictured on Sunday)
Photos taken from 19-21 Church Street on Sundays show moss that appears to be growing on the outside of the building
The property (pictured) is only 10 years old, like Mascot Towers. It is six storeys high and has an underground parking garage
In a video from 2009, the broker shows a concrete breakdown on 19-21 Church Avenue with the touch of his hand, and points to flaking, water seeping into the parking garage and concrete cancer.
& # 39; We are not talking about something you can put a ladder on and fix it, we are talking about scaffolding going up five or six levels, & # 39; he said in the clip.
At that time, he estimated it would cost nearly $ 1 million to repair the damage.
When Almeida visited the building again on Sunday, he noted: & # 39; It's only getting worse. & # 39;
Experts say that thousands of homes with similar problems are at risk throughout the country.
Mascot Towers, a 10-storey high-rise building just 150 meters away, was evacuated on June 14 after engineers had found several cracks in the parking garage of the building.
Since then it has appeared that the building with 132 units sinks away.
The evacuation of the Mascot Tower comes just a few months after residents of the Opal Tower in the Olympic Park were forced to flee when the building broke on Christmas Eve, leaving hundreds of people unable to go.
According to Mr. Almeida, the problem is & # 39; all over Sydney & # 39; and has had an impact on everything from residential towers to detached houses.
Mascot Towers was evacuated on June 15 after major cracks in the parking lot
Since the cracking (photo) engineers have discovered, the building begins to sink
The Church Avenue is just 150 meters from Mascot Towers, which engineers say is sinking
Mascot Towers residents were evacuated by emergency services on June 14 (photos & # 39; s) after squatting appeared in the car park
Angry and now homeless residents of Mascot Towers used trolleys and bundles of shopping bags to move their belongings from the apartment complex on Sunday
He claims that problems facing homeowners today are the result of the & # 39; deregulation of the construction sector & # 39; and the issue & # 39; has been exacerbated by the dilution of the obligations that developers and builders had in 2014 & # 39 ;.
Estate agent Edwin Almeida (photo) told Daily Mail Australia that the building & # 39; the next to go & # 39; would be
Mr Almeida said that height and space restrictions have been eased in recent years with regard to large-scale development, and that massive building on water tables has increased the risk of water damage and the prospect of more devastating structural damage. damage.
& # 39; The problem is not only with high-rise buildings, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It extends to normal houses. It is a widespread problem, which is even more frightening because more houses are being built with imported material. & # 39;
He said the problems were not just structural. With water damage, comes mold, which can result in diseases for residents.
& # 39; We have families with small children living in mold-damaged apartments on the entire east coast, & # 39; he said.
Peter Georgiev, director of Archicentre – who provides design, consultancy, evaluation and inspection services – said the building standards were shrinking in the 1990s and since then on a & # 39; downward scale & # 39; have been.
& # 39; Once construction codes were rather prescriptive & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; If you built in the 70s, the walls were brick, the floor was concrete. If you wanted to change that, too bad.
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Mr Almeida told Daily Mail Australia photos taken from 19-21 Church Street on Sunday showing a transfer jet in the underground parking garage where water has been trickling through for five years.
He said the water would affect the steel inside, which would weaken the bearing beam.
A PVC pipe is used to drain the pipe, but water stains are clearly visible.
& # 39; Now there are far too many alternative solutions (where basic materials can be plotted) … it will cost society considerably to correct. & # 39;
Georgiev said the problem would have widespread implications, as many houses and buildings became uninhabitable.
& # 39; It is not going away, this problem, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; This is just the tip of the iceberg. The effect of this is the devaluation of real estate across the board, everything from speculative individual houses in the suburbs, redeveloped properties in medium-sized pre-stages … everything that is a product based on volume builders, we think this is the problem.
& # 39; It's not just a few people affected, it's hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions – we need a roadmap on how we will do things in the future. & # 39;
The 19-21 Church Street underground parking garage (shown on Sunday) has extensive water damage. Mr Almeida said that this concrete slab carries much of the living area of the building
Water stains can be seen on the concrete and the metal pipe (far left) appears to be rusted (pictured on Sunday)
There are deep cracks on some of the exterior walls, as well as rust stains that are believed to have come from water damage (shown on Sunday)
The architect, who has been working since the early 1980s, said Australians are & # 39; absolutely & # 39; worried if their apartment was safe – but finally said there was no clear path to resolve the problems.
Georgiev says the federal government must take responsibility and force builders and developers to resolve their cutbacks.
& # 39; To know we have this problem with waterproofing, the first step is, but the second is: how do you keep builders and developers responsible? & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The government is currently saying that consumers must pay – it is totally bull dust.
& # 39; The builder must be held responsible.
& # 39; We want the government to say no, you are going to solve that – we will give you a low-interest loan, but you will pay. They must come up with something smarter than bringing consumers to the wolves. & # 39;
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Westside Strata, which manages the building, for comments.
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