Cambridge calls in lawyers over construction faults

City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

TOWN of Cambridge has called in lawyers after finding faults at sports clubs in City Beach and Wembley.

It has engaged senior legal representation to try to resolve latent construction defects at Wembley Sports Park and City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club.

According to the Town, the sports park, which was redeveloped in 2013, experiences localised flooding caused by inadequate drainage and results in cars damaging the surface and unsafe pedestrian access.

City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club opened in 2016 and is claimed to have three defects including internal water leakage from the ‘green roof’ that has damaged the building and movement of the concrete beach access ramp that has created cracks in the beach retaining wall and caused shower tiles to fall off the wall in the club changerooms.

In March, mayor Keri Shannon told Community News a crack in the surf club wall had been repaired in 2016 and reappeared in 2018.

A Town statement said staff were aware of the other issues but did not report them so they had only “come to light recently after their departure”.

Meetings with the parties involved did not garner a “satisfactory outcome” so Ms Shannon said the Town had no option but to involve lawyers.

She believed it was the “responsible and appropriate action” to take to resolve the problems quickly.

“In regards to the surf club defects, the public will be pleased to know that we are already in the process of receiving quotes for the rectification work from independent firms – that were not involved in the original construction – so remediation will not be held up any ongoing legal process,” she said.

“We anticipate confirming the quotes and having the work to commence within the next month with a view for completion by late spring.”

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