Residents of Melbourne’s tallest building ‘fear for their safety’ after hearing cracking noises and reporting defects in 101-storey tower
- Residents complained of cracks at Southbank tower Australia 108 in Melbourne
- One apartment owner said they were kept up late at night from noise of cracks
- Others have claimed constant construction work has caused more defects
- Power outages and malfunctioning lifts have been added to the list of problems
Apartment owners have been left concerned for their safety after reporting cracking noises in one of Melbourne’s tallest buildings.
Residents are forking out as much as $2,600 a month for a two-bedroom apartment, but have complained of a number of construction defects at Southbank tower Australia 108.
One resident, who spoke on the promise of anonymity, told The Age the loud creaking noises kept them awake at night.
‘I woke up at 4am and I was really thinking, “Do I have to leave the building?” they said.
Photographs from inside the units show cracks appearing on the walls and leading towards the ceiling.
Residents are forking out as much as $2,600 a month for a two-bedroom apartment, but have complained of a number of construction defects at Southbank tower Australia 108. Pictured: An artist’s impression of the soon-to-be-completed residential building
Photographs from inside the units show cracks appearing on the walls and leading to the ceiling
Power outages, malfunctioning lifts and jammed windows have also been added to the growing list of problems with the tower.
‘The building is of such poor quality that I can’t even open two windows at the same time because they hit each other because the building is curved,’ one resident said.
The building manager said he had received up to 30 complaints about cracks in the walls alone.
The residential apartment is still under construction, with only 75 of the 101 levels completed.
Once the edifice is completed in 2020, it is set to become the tallest residential building in the Southern Hemisphere.
As construction work continues, one resident claimed they were told the noise wouldn’t inconvenience them if they moved into a unit on one of the already completed floors.
Though Oscar Tootel, 32, said he had to deal with the constant noise of concrete being pumped through the centre of the tower.
What’s more, he spent five hours trapped in the downstairs foyer at one point because a power outage had caused the lifts to stop working.
The clamour and constant run-ins with the building drove Mr Tootel to tear up his contract after only living in the residential tower for two months.
The building manager said he had received up to 30 complaints about cracks in the walls alone. Pictured: A photograph from inside one of the units showing a crack in the wall
Multiplex is currently working on the building and the contractor said in a statement ‘slight movement’ could be anticipated as the residential tower was still under construction.
‘Multiplex is constructing the project in accordance with all authority requirements including regular building monitoring which is a common practice during construction.’
The organisation went on to deny the building was structurally unsound and said there was no risk to current residents.
They directed any complaints to be made via its onsite customer service team.
The Victorian Building Authority said it had inspected the premises earlier in the week.
The organisation said it had requested building plans as part of its ongoing review of the site.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Multiplex for comment.