CORE was engaged to conduct a site inspection and condition assessment of 36 units and balconies at 67 Ocean St, Woollahra – a 1967, 7-storey, brick-facade residential/strata building.
During the inspection process, the CORE team identified numerous issues ranging from:
- Non-compliant balustrades
- Defective balcony soffits with non-functioning drip-grooves
- Inadequate primary drainage systems causing extensive water ponding and significantly reducing the service life of waterproofing membrane
- Blocked and non-compliant secondary overflow outlets
- Leaking downpipes
- Concrete spalling
- Drummy balcony and skirting tiles
- Balcony doors and windows installed with inadequate separation between external and internal areas causing water ingress
Detailed reporting to inform decisions…
Upon completion of the inspection, a detailed balcony condition assessment report was submitted to the Owners Corporation (OC) along with recommendations on how to resolve root causes, address internal consequential damage and achieve a long-term solution for the owners.
CORE’s engagement continued as per the OC’s request for the delivery of technical specifications and approval to proceed with tendering the works inclusive of a:
- Balustrade upgrade
- Stormwater drainage system upgrade
- Balcony waterproofing works
- Balcony sliding door upgrade
- Concrete spalling repairs
In relation to the balustrade upgrade, CORE provided several options for the OC’s consideration – taking both the building’s aesthetic and project budget into account. Indicative design mock-ups were issued, enabling owners to
envision the end result for each option and make a more informed decision on how to proceed.
Overall, the project required the expertise of CORE’s Remedial, Facade, Structures and Hydraulic divisions.
Preparing for the construction stage…
The next stage saw CORE tender out the works to 3 remedial contractors within our preferred partner portfolio.
It is important to note that CORE’s Contractor portfolio has been established and vetted over many years – developing and maintaining relationships with the most reputable and reliable Contractor groups in the industry.
Prior to the works contract being signed, CORE team met with all owners and the OC to provide a detailed brief of the issues, upcoming works and to provide an opportunity to answer any questions they had.
All eyes on safety and communication…
CORE believes that both safety and communication play a critical role throughout our projects and are crucial to achieving a successful outcome.
Prior to any works being formalised or contracts signed, the CORE team met with all owners to provide a detailed brief of the building issues at hand along with upcoming works.
Upon commencement of works, CORE delivered weekly progress updates and ensured remediation was carried out with minimal disturbance to residents.
The project was compliant with the new DBPA requirements and Certificates of Practical Completion were delivered. The project was completed in October 2022.