15 MARCH 2021

The developer of a 16-storey apartment tower in western Sydney, which has been singled out by NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler as one of the worst he has inspected, has been handed orders forcing it to fix serious defects.

The tower at 93 Auburn Road in Auburn has joined a growing list of apartment buildings to have been slapped with orders in recent weeks as the commissioner steps up efforts to weed out shoddy work and restore public confidence in an industry still reeling from structural flaws in Sydney’s Opal and Mascot towers.

Karen Stiles, executive officer of the non-profit Owners Corporation Network, which represents apartment owners, said it “beggars belief that buildings so badly built” received occupation certificates which allowed developers to settle on apartments.

“They were clearly not fit for habitation. The new powers vested in the NSW Building Commissioner are essential to changing the toxic construction culture that has left innocent purchasers facing years of financial and emotional misery fighting to get the building quality they paid for,” she said.

Matt O’Sullivan
Sydney Morning Herald

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