Strata warning over renovations and upgrades in Aussie towers

first_imgThe burnt out upper floors at remains of the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington, west London on June 22, 2017. Picture: AFP/Niklas HallenTHE terror of London’s Grenfell Tower fire should be a wakeup call for Australian unit owners, experts warn, with some buildings already known to be non-compliant.Archers the Strata Professionals director Colin Archer said owners should be investigating fire safety compliance of their buildings.Among those who should re-evaluate were people who had renovated or upgraded their apartment or building, he said.“Many people will put in a security door, install or remove internal partitions, or have a deadlock or peephole installed, without realising this could interfere with the doors fire-safety, rendering it non-compliant with regulations.”“We recommend before any planned changes to a building are set in stone, particularly amendments to stairwells and lifts, a private certifier should be engaged to ensure the changes will not impinge on fire safety.”Mr Archer said it was cladding that caused the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne’s Docklands just three years ago, where the cost was estimated at $15million or $50,000 per apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoA general view of the Lacrosse building in the Docklands on June 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesThe Insulated Panel Council Australasia said Queensland’s laws involving high rise building safety were beefed up as recently as May by the State Parliament.The new laws were designed to prevent the use of non-conforming construction products in Queensland and lower the risk of building fires, according to IPCA chief executive Ron Lawson.“That’s not to say fires can’t happen, but we as an industry are doing everything we can to minimise the risk. Building regulations should improve safety, health and amenity. Getting legislators to put rules in place and then industry following them with the rules or legislation being enforced, is crucial to building safety and that’s what is happening.”He said “audits have already been done on cladding materials used in high-rise buildings in Australia”, and acknowledged there were some non-compliant buildings that were not built to code.“We don’t need new audits of those buildings as has been suggested, but we could have better qualified people take another look at them and make recommendations on prioritising the replacement of non-compliant material,” he said.Mr Archer warned that bodies corporate needed to know what their situation was, regardless of whether the remedy came at a substantial cost or valuation downgrade to the building.“We will closely monitor the dilemma facing legislators in coming to a workable solution to provide tighter regulation, knowing that in instances where the building products are found to be faulty after the expiry of the defects period there is unlikely to be any building insurance remedy, with the repair cost to be at the owners’ expense.”last_img read more

Pellegrini not giving up on title

first_img The Chilean said: “I think the team knows perfectly what they have to do. “We lost that game but we have still to play six games more and we will fight to the end to win the title. “If we don’t do it, it is because Liverpool will win their four games, but I don’t think some things change after the game on Sunday. “Of course, the fans believe that we can do it. “The two games postponed – if we win both we are just one point behind Liverpool. “If you don’t believe (when you are) just one point behind the leader, nobody can believe anything. “We have had a very good season so far and we hope we finish in the last six games in the same way.” City’s title destiny may be out of their hands but they will look to apply pressure as they play the first of their games in hand at home to bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday. Pellegrini insists little has changed as a result of Sunday’s defeat to leaders Liverpool. The loss left third-placed City trailing the Reds by seven points and Chelsea by five but, with two games in hand, Pellegrini claims the battle could still be too close to call. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his side are still firmly in the Barclays Premier League title race. “The important thing is that we win our games,” Pellegrini said. “We can do nothing about the other teams but we can do a lot of things here. “That is why I am sure the players know exactly what they have to do and we will try to start winning one of the two games postponed so both teams, Chelsea and Liverpool, must feel we are only three or four points behind them with one game also to play at the end of the season.” City will be without key midfielder Yaya Toure, who limped off just 19 minutes into Sunday’s game with a leg injury and will be out for 10 days to a fortnight. That means he could also miss matches against West Brom and Crystal Palace but the problem does not appear as bad as first feared. Vincent Kompany and top scorer Sergio Aguero, who made his comeback at the weekend after five games out with a hamstring injury, are both fit. Meanwhile, Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted he would willingly swap places with arch-rivals Newcastle as he attempts to drag the club back from the brink of relegation. The Black Cats head into a daunting visit to the Etihad Stadium knowing their Barclays Premier League destiny could be all but decided if they emerge with a sixth successive defeat with seven points currently separating them from safety. Poyet admitted after Saturday’s 1-0 home reverse at the hands of high-flying Everton that a root and branch review of the club is required if it is to ever release itself from a seemingly perennial tailspin which is sucking it back towards the Football League. And he has cast an envious eye along the road to Newcastle, where counterpart Alan Pardew finds himself entrenched in a battle to win over his club’s fans despite the Magpies sitting ninth in the table. Asked to characterise the challenge of managing in the north-east, Poyet said: “The most important part, which is the fans, they love it, they love football and they are desperate to do well. “Go across the river and go to Newcastle – they are in an unbelievable situation in the table and there is a nightmare. “Can we change over? Because that is a great problem to have, to be ninth? “Why? Because it’s that drive to get better all the time and to be always on top and it doesn’t matter how many games you have won in the past because you need to win the next. “That part of football, I love it because it’s the best way to do it, to try to get better all the time. “In terms of mentality for me, it’s perfect, the north-east. It’s always better if you finish ninth instead of 10th, and I am like that. “The problem is at the moment it is so bad that it’s not enjoyable, so the idea is to make sure that we don’t put ourselves in this situation anymore. “It doesn’t matter who is the manager, I am talking about the club now, the club itself.” Full-back Phil Bardsley will miss the trip through suspension after collecting his 10th booking of the season against Everton. Midfielder Liam Bridcutt will also be absent because of a personal issue, while striker Steve Fletcher (ankle) is unlikely to play again this season and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

Furyk in charge

first_imgAmerican Jim Furyk took command of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday as he looked to make amends for a number of near-misses at Firestone Country Club. “I actually hit it well on the second nine but made a silly six on the second when I was 25 feet away for eagle, putted it up and it came back off the green.” Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth were among the group on two under, Spieth finishing his 68 in style with a brilliant birdie on the ninth thanks to a low, running approach from the rough to three feet. Spieth will replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings with a victory on Sunday, with McIlroy dropping further hints on Friday that he would be fit to defend his US PGA title next week following the ankle injury he suffered playing football at the start of July. Victory at Whistling Straits would make Masters and US Open champion Spieth only the third player in history after Ben Hogan (1953) and Tiger Woods (2000) to win three majors in a single season. “To cap off an incredible year with some more magic would be really cool,” the 22-year-old said. “There’s a special place in the history books for players who have won three in one year – it’s a really short list.” Press Association T he world number six also squandered a one-shot lead with one hole to play in 2012, carding a double bogey from the middle of the 18th fairway to lose out by a shot to Keegan Bradley. Despite a good opening round, Furyk received some tips from his father and coach Mike on Thursday evening and told Sky Sports 4: “I think I’ve found a way to get the ball in the hole. “I drove the ball better today, but I definitely hit my share of poor golf shots, just managed to put them in good spots and get up and down when I needed to. I also made a lot of birdies, I think 13 in two days, and that covers up some mistakes as well.” Lowry, 28, and Watson both matched Furyk’s 66 with six birdies and two bogeys, with Johnson carding a 67 which featured four birdies and a bogey in the last six holes. Lowry finished 77th in the 80-strong field on his debut in 1999 – the year he won the Irish Open as an amateur – and was 48th in 2013, but told Sky Sports 4: “This is one of the courses I came to when I had just turned pro and when you come back six years later I am definitely a much better player. My mental game and maturity is a lot better as well. “At this stage in ’09 I was 16 over par so it’s a big difference.” First-round leader Danny Lee, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell were five off the pace on three under, Stenson carding four birdies and three bogeys in his 68 and McDowell adding a 71 to his opening 66. “I started on the back nine and did not play very well to be honest,” McDowell told Sky Sports 4. “I didn’t hit many fairways and was scrambling and scrambling and hung in there incredibly well. Furyk carded a second consecutive 66 in Akron to finish eight under par, four shots ahead of compatriots Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. The 45-year-old has recorded nine top-10 finishes in the event, including five in a row from its inception in 1999, and memorably lost a seven-hole play-off to Tiger Woods in 2001. last_img read more