| 09.10,19. 11:04 PM |
Otto Rosebery: Owners of Sydney apartments constructed by Opal Tower builders warned of potential safety flaws
Residents in the Otto building in Rosebery, east of Sydney Airport, have been warned that apartment balconies may have a flaw. (9News)
The builders responsible for the western Sydney Opal Tower construction faults scandal are now at the centre of a dispute over another building.
Residents in the Otto building in Rosebery, east of Sydney Airport, have been warned that apartment balconies may have a flaw.
A letter from the body corporate reportedly advised against having more than three people standing outside or leaning on a property's railings.
Built by Icon Co., the building has only been on the housing market for less than five years and residents have now voiced their concerns about living there.
"Sometimes they have 10 or 15 people standing at the balcony and I don't know if that affects the quality of the building," resident Rebecca Wong told 9News.
Icon Co. is the same building company that constructed the Opal Tower at Sydney's Olympic Park, where residents were forcibly evacuated on Christmas Eve last year after cracks started to form.
Newly-appointed NSW building commissioner David Chandler today expressed his outrage over the alleged building flaws in the Otto Building and pledged to have any faults fixed.
"If there are any issues, I have been given an assurance – in fact they know damn well that I will demand – that they fix them," he said.
"I have no doubt they will."
The building company, however, has defended its construction record and said Otto Rosebery is entirely safe.
"(The) apartment complex has been fully certified by an independent engineer and witnessed by the accredited certifier," a statement said.
The company also claimed that "no safety issues" were identified during that certification process.
Despite that, industry experts have said sweeping changes are still needed across the country to prevent future safety problems from arising.
"It's a shocking scenario. It's not something you would wish on your worst enemy, but it's happening to thousands of people across Australia," Karen Stiles, executive officer at the Owners Corporation Network, told 9News.