Seriously, who’d buy a Sydney high-rise apartment?
On Monday, new research by the Strata Community Association NSW revealed that four in 10 new apartment buildings in NSW have serious defects.
And yesterday, The SMH reported that an apartment tower in Sydney’s south-west came close to being evacuated after an engineer’s report warned that the building was at serious risk of collapse due to structural flaws:
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After emergency inspections on Wednesday, NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler said inspectors from Public Works Advisory had advised that there was “no immediate safety risk” to residents of the 10-storey tower in Canterbury. “They will now take the time necessary to review the materials gathered during the investigation,” he said…
The inspection was sparked by a structural engineer hired by owners warning that the 10-storey tower was a “risk to occupants”, and a collapse would also lead to “catastrophic damage” to two other apartment buildings that make up the Vicinity complex.
The complex on Charles Street has about 276 apartments, and was completed about six years ago by Toplace.
A report by the structural engineer, completed on Sunday, warned that a range of serious concerns, including the “magnitude of support deficiencies” and loss of structural robustness and absence of “fundamental structural members”, put the 10-storey building at severe risk of collapse in an earthquake.
A 2019 Four Corners report, entitled Cracking Up, featured building law expert Bronwyn Weir who claimed that thousands of apartments built over the past 15 to 20 years suffered from major structural defects:
“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”.
Coincidentally, the proliferation of poorly constructed high-rise has occurred alongside the massive ramp-up in immigration into Australia:
Who would have thought? Importing hundreds of thousands of people every year requires massive volumes of homes to built quickly, which necessarily erodes quality.
The Urban Taskforce projects that half of Sydney’s residents will live in apartments by 2057 as the city’s population swells:
So, if NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet gets his way, and immigration is boosted to more than 400,000 people a year, then even more Sydneysiders will be squeezed into high-rise apartments.
Flooding Australia with so many people will inevitably result in the proliferation of ugly, defective high-rise buildings. The only winners from this immigration madness will be property developers.
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