Inside the ‘very fragile’ apartment building where walls are cracking and an engineer fears it could collapse – but the developers have a different story
- Sydney apartment building described as ‘very vulnerable’ to collapse
- Proximity complex of 100 ten-storey flats in Canterbury was assessed by engineer
- Report said building is ‘risk to residents’ with some packing of their belongings
- Developer Toplace Group rejected the report, saying there are no concerns
A Sydney apartment building has been described as ‘highly vulnerable’ to collapse and a ‘risk to residents’ with massive cracks in the foundation.
The 100-flat, 10-storey Vicinity complex in Canterbury in Sydney’s west was only built six years ago, but an engineer said a collapse could cause “catastrophic damage.”
The developer, Toplace Group, has rejected the results of the report and fears of the building’s collapse after a structural engineer warned that the severe cracks “will give rise to a risk of collapse without prior warning.”
The report went on to say that the building had a “large number of support shortfalls” that put it at serious risk of collapsing should there be an earthquake.
“The risk of collapse due to seismic action would be serious,” it said.
The 100-flat, ten-storey Vicinity complex in Canterbury has been described by a structural engineer as ‘highly vulnerable’ to collapsing in a report
The engineer believes that the heavy cracks in the foundation of the building ‘create danger of collapse without prior warning’
A structural engineer was hired to assess the building after hearing from some concerned residents who had noticed the massive cracks in the complex’s structure, according to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald.
An apartment owner, Corrie Ford, said she and her partner packed up half of their belongings pending evacuation.
She paid $738,000 for the flat in 2018.
“We don’t feel safe and comfortable in our own home anymore,” she said.
‘It’s very stressful. It seems like everything that’s wrong with the building has melted into it.’
Another owner said they had “saved for a while” to buy an apartment in the building and were still paying off their mortgage.
They were one of 50 owners who attended a meeting last week where they were briefed on the report’s findings.
Despite fears of the cracks and foundations, the hundreds of residents in the Proximity Block have not been evacuated – a recent emergency inspection found there was ‘no immediate safety risk’
A resident of the Vicinity apartment complex speaks to reporters after an engineer deemed the building a ‘risk’ to residents
Toplace, the developer of the Vicinity Building, agreed just three months ago to pay $11 million to repair future flaws in another Castle Hill apartment building, while also agreeing to maintain its structural integrity for the coming years. 20 years guarantee.
A company spokesperson told Nine News that the building had been inspected by the NSW government and that “no orders” had been issued.
After an emergency inspection, there appeared to be ‘no immediate safety risk’ for the residents, because the first report from the structural engineer was ‘incorrect’.
“Toplace has received technical advice that the Rothshires report has been prepared on the basis of clearly incorrect assumptions, which has led to erroneous conclusions about the stability of the building,” the spokesperson said.
“Toplace’s expert technical advice is that the risk to the building in the Rothshires report is non-existent – the report is simply invalid.”
Just three months ago, Toplace, the developer of the Vicinity Building, agreed to pay $11 million to repair future flaws in another apartment building in Castle Hill.
An engineer to assess the building after hearing from some concerned residents who noticed the massive cracks in the complex’s structure
“The structural integrity of the building has been certified by engineers who have complete information about the building.”
However, videos from the complex’s basement appear to show massive cracks forming, causing great concern to residents.
The structural engineer’s report also noted that there are risks to two nearby condominiums that would be at risk if the building collapsed.
The structural engineer said he “lost confidence in the structural safety of the building” during the assessment of the building.