Four City of Melville buildings need futher investigation in Grenfell Tower-prompted cladding audit

The WA Building Commission is running a state-wide cladding audit following the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK last June. Picture: Barcroft Media.
The WA Building Commission is running a state-wide cladding audit following the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK last June. Picture: Barcroft Media.

FOUR of the 53 Melville buildings identified in a state-wide cladding audit, prompted by last year’s Grenfell Tower fire in England, will require further assessment.

More than 70 people were killed when fire took hold of a 24-storey apartment block in West London last June, with recently installed external wall cladding believed to have contributed to the spread of the blaze.

In response the WA Building Commission decided to investigate all “high-risk, high-rise buildings with cladding attached”.

From that, 453 buildings in the Perth metropolitan region were identified within the audit scope, with 206 cleared and 247 needing further assessment.

In Melville, 53 buildings fell into the scope of the audit but only four require a further look.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron said stage three of the audit would be completed as soon as possible, “taking into account the number of buildings requiring investigation and the need for careful and detailed assessments, along with product testing”.

He would not disclose which Melville buildings were being looked at more closely or when the risk assessments would get underway.

“It is not my intention to publish details of the location of individual buildings as it is not considered to be in the public interest to do so,” he said.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey was hopeful all would “be resolved soon”.Once complete, recommendations for remedial work will be issued.

Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston expected the detailed assessments to clear more buildings.

“I have instructed the Building Commissioner to ensure building regulations close off any opportunity for developers to get around the non-combustibility requirement for cladding,” he said.

State-wide cladding audit status snapshot:

City of Perth: 55 buildings requiring a detailed risk assessment/ 55 assessments underway.
City of Vincent: 32/11
City of Belmont: 18/15
City of Fremantle: 15/14
City of Subiaco: 14/0
City of Stirling: 11/0
Town of Cambridge: 11/0
City of Cockburn: 6/6
City of Melville: 4/0
Metro area: 214/108
State-wide: 247/117

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