Cracks in Sydney tower raise wider safety concerns

Police and firefighters in front of Opal Tower in Sydney on Christmas Day, after residents of the 36-storey building were evacuated the night before, when cracking sounds were heard.
Police and firefighters in front of Opal Tower in Sydney on Christmas Day, after residents of the 36-storey building were evacuated the night before, when cracking sounds were heard.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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Billed as a family-friendly apartment complex, the 36-storey Opal Tower in the geographic heart of Sydney was described by its developers as "brilliant from every aspect".

But the A$165 million (S$161 million project on the site used for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 has since been described by some disappointed flat owners as a "lemon".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'Cracks in Sydney tower raise wider safety concerns'. Print Edition | Subscribe