Sydney Opal Tower: Interim Report Finds Building Is 'Structurally Sound' But Further 'Works Are Needed'
An interim report into the safety of Sydney's Opal Tower has found the building is 'structurally sound'.
The report confirmed that while "significant rectification works are needed” the building is not in danger of collapse.
The report's authors said there were several factors that have contributed to the damage of the building but they have ruled out extreme weather and substandard materials.
They also said they agree restorations of the building need to take place, but that the plans need to be thoroughly checked before such work begins.
"There has been a proposal for stage rectification of the damaged sections and we agree with this in principle," the authors told media on Tuesday.
"However, we recommend that the proposed changes be checked by a qualified structural engineer to check the proposal in detail before rectification works commence."
The authors said is it their view the strength of the key beams and other weight bearing parts of the building be checked before residents of the building are able to move back into their homes.
"Whether or not the residents move back into the building is a matter between the residents and the builder," authors said.
Most of the 300 people who own an apartment at the Opal Tower attended a meeting on Saturday and overwhelming, they agreed they have no reason to return to the site until construction and repairs have been completed.
"We will not return to the site until it is built as we had initially purchased them [apartments]," one resident told media on Tuesday.
"No resident wants to live on a construction site. No owner deserves to have this happen to them anywhere in Australia. We have suffered ... people were buying into the Australian dream , unfortunately this has become an Australian nightmare."
The report's authors empathised this an interim report and that there is still more work to do to determine where exactly the damage came from.
More to come.