Seriously, who would want to own a high-rise apartment?
Over recent years, hundreds of buildings have been forced to remove dangerous flammable cladding at the cost of millions. Multiple apartment towers have also been plagued by building faults, costing owners thousands in rectification costs.
In 2019, Four Corners aired a segment entitled Cracking Up, where building law expert Bronwyn Weir encapsulated the issue with the following:
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“We have hundreds of thousands of apartments that have been built across the country over the last two, three decades. Probably the prevalence of noncompliance has been particularly bad, I would say in the last say 15 to 20 years …]And that means there’s a lot of existing building stock that has defects in it … There’ll be legacy issues for some time and I suspect there’ll be legacy issues that we’re not even fully aware of yet”.
The latest dose of reality comes via The Age, which reports that “City high-rise residents fear for safety amid ‘terrifying’ creaking”.
In a nutshell, it was reported in 2019 that residents of two high-rise apartment towers in Melbourne were having issues with creaking and banging noises that were so disruptive that they were causing problems with mental health and forcing some to sell their units.
The problems at the Australia 108 tower have not been resolved, and now residents of two more towers – Multiplex’s Melbourne Square in Southbank and UEM Sunrise’s Aurora building on La Trobe Street – are reporting similar problems.
These problems are said to be connected to defective construction materials and techniques used by prominent developers around the world:
Residents of Aurora tower have recorded noises higher than 60 decibels that continue into the early hours of the morning. Complaints have been lodged, but residents say these have been ignored…
Screenshots from an internal messaging platform show people on multiple floors [of Australia 108] have been affected this week in what residents have described as “hell”, “insane”, “ridiculous” and a “nightmare”.
“I actually don’t feel safe,” one resident said…
Through extensive laboratory testing, Rondo determined creaking and banging noises could be linked to incorrect installation techniques and defects in wall and ceiling design and construction, according to a report published this year.
The high-rise debacle is the result of the failure of policy, which deregulated the building industry and eliminated the need for qualified inspectors to ensure these structures were built correctly.
The situation was made worse by 15 years of hyper immigration into Melbourne and Sydney, which required building tens-of-thousands of extra homes every single year, thus leading to speed over quality and compromised building standards.
Rebooting mass immigration will lead to more of the same. Thousands of ugly, poorly built high-rise apartments blighting our cities.