Opal tower builder denies involvement in separate Sydney apartment complex found with flaws

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The builder of Sydney’s infamous Opal Tower has received an order from the NSW Building Commissioner to correct a number of flaws in a separate residential complex.

Icon Co (NSW) Pty Ltd was ordered last Thursday for a number of faults in the Roseberry complex, but has denied any connection to the project, telling ABC it will dispute the claim.

The list of faults included waterproofing problems on the roof and in the basement, corroded railings that pose a “threat of collapse”, as well as fire safety issues.

The Otto 2 development at 32-38 Rothschild Avenue was inspected by government officials earlier this year, more than five years after its completion.

The building has a number of flaws including corroded balustrades.(

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In June, the project’s two promoters, Capital Corporation and Hillsong Church’s real estate arm – Sydney Christian Life Center – were the first to receive orders to rectify the flaws.

But Icon Co is now facing an order on its own with the Office of the Building Commissioner also holding it responsible, as it bought the apartment’s builder, Icon Constructions Australia, and shared its directors over the past five years. years.

Julian Doyle and Nicholas Brown ended their roles as directors at Icon Co (NSW) in November, three weeks after the liquidation of Icon Constructions Australia, where they had also been directors since 2012.

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The building was first inspected more than five years after its completion.(

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But a spokesperson said Icon Co (NSW) had nothing to do with the residential complex and declined to answer questions.

Icon Constructions Australia faces claims of more than $ 30 million from creditors, including around $ 20 million from the company of the owners of Otto 1 and Otto 2.

Another Icon Co (NSW) director, Motohiro Umehara, is also the director of another Icon company, Icon SI, which recently won a $ 64 million contract to redevelop the Olympic swimming pool in North Sydney.

The Icon companies are owned by Icon Co Holdings, which was bought by the Australian arm of Japanese construction giant Kajima.

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A director of Icon Co is also a director of the company which has been entrusted with the redevelopment of the Olympic swimming pool in North Sydney.(

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Icon Co has been at the center of legal disputes over Sydney’s Opal Tower at Olympic Park, which was evacuated on Christmas Eve in 2018 after large cracks appeared.

Two weeks ago, the company was also ordered to repair new problems with the tower, including faulty aluminum solar shades that “could fall from the facade and cause damage to the occupants of the building.”

A spokesperson for the Sydney Christian Life Center (SCLC) said the current circumstances at the Otto building complex were “very disappointing”.

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Sydney’s Opal Towers were evacuated on Christmas Eve in 2018.(

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“We are sorry for the residents caught in this situation,” he said.

“It is our hope and our priority to do everything in our power to ensure that the receiving parties of the orders work together to ensure that all items identified by the department are independently assessed and promptly corrected.”

He said SCLC would comply with the order and work with Capital Corporation to rectify anything and hoped Icon Co (NSW) would comply with the order, despite the liquidation of Icon Constructions.

A spokesperson for NSW Fair Trading declined to comment on Icon Co’s disclaimer, but said developers across town need to ensure their buildings are safe and compliant.

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A spokesperson for Building Commissioner David Chandler said his office was acting in the best interests of the people of NSW.(

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“The building commissioner has issued a number of prohibition and rectification orders on apartment buildings in New South Wales to ensure they are built to the highest standards,” a- he declared.

“All orders for rectification of construction work on buildings must be complied with.

“The Building Commissioner is acting in the best interests of the people of NSW and will continue to demand that building standards be what apartment buyers expect and deserve.”


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