Evacuated owners of Mascot Towers face a new legal challenge against their neighbouring building ‘Peak Towers’ for groundwater seepage after settling for $1.15 million on an existing defects claim.
DOES this not raise concerns?
PERHAPS GeoTech Reports need be furnished to ensure that development is appropriate … with so much of it going on!
IT would appear the development industry, their lobbyists have all played a role in this with deregulation, cutting Red Tape, loss of Australian Standards … and sheer greed with row upon row of apartment blocks and towers …
THIS is not China … yet …
‘Soil-filled water’ cause of Mascot Towers woes
Su-Lin Tan Reporter Aug 30, 2019
Soil-filled water pumped out of Mascot Towers’ neighbouring building, Peak Towers, has been identified as the cause of the “movement” in the property that led to its spectacular evacuation on June 14, the latest strata documents show.
Exclusive documents obtained by The Australian Financial Review reveal the outcome of the two-month investigation at the building in Sydney’s Mascot as well as the history of original construction defects which were not related to the recent “cracks” and evacuation.
A geotechnical engineer hired by Mascot Towers, who inspected Peak Towers at 27 Church Street in Mascot 10 days ago, “observed that the property was pumping soil-filled water from under the building”. He said the pumping was contributing to the settlement, or movement, in the building and recommended it should stop.
The discovery was made three days before owners approved the raising of a special levy of $7.7 million to start first-stage remediation of the building.
The owners’ lawyers, Grace Lawyers, urged owners to act quickly to “protect the building and its rights against the parties involved in the construction of 27 Church Street”. “
Preliminary views are that the adjoining property at 27 Church Street may (in all probability) be the cause of the settlement/cracking that eventuated in the evacuation of the building,” Grace Lawyers said in strata documents.
The lawyers have asked owners to approve an injunction to stop the pumping and order access into Peak Towers for further inspections. They also advised owners to commence “urgent” legal action against the building, which was completed in June just as Mascot Towers was evacuated.”
Aland Development ‘Peak Towers’ next to ‘Mascot Towers’