Alan’s 8.10 editorial 29.6.17
Development-on-the-run June 29 2017
Well, how often have we spoken about out-of-control construction of apartment buildings all over Sydney?
It’s been suggested something like 80% of new apartment blocks springing up all over town are, putting it bluntly, not well built and are subject to building warranty insurance claims
The building industry employs people and that’s a good thing
But are quality and design being sacrificed to speed?
Last week the NSW Architects Registration Board fined a Western Sydney architect almost $20,000 and barred him from practising for 5 years
The architect, Alex Sibir, was found to have signed off as the architect on projects for 3 different developers without having designed any of the projects
Sibir was the nominated architect for developers Urban Link, Bechara Chan & Associates and Design Cubicle
But he allegedly, falsely, simply lent his name to their development applications
Building industry regulators across the country are under pressure to lift their game in the wake of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire
The NSW Architects Registration Board says it is also seeking legal advice on whether it has power to fine developers responsible for false development applications
Deborah Dearing, the President of the NSW Architects Registration Board, said the ruling against Sibir puts “everyone” on notice
She said “it’s important that as the city densifies, the quality of construction and housing and quality of apartments is as good as it can be”
Hear, hear to that