Aurora Apartments Recladding
March 2019 – October 2019
Cladding Replacement Project
19 Level Residential Building
Minimal Impact to Residents
Reduced Insurance Premiums
A building audit performed after the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne’s Docklands, which involved taking core samples of the cladding, found the material used to be expanded polystyrene (EPS). This outcome was disclosed to all relevant parties, including the building’s insurer.
In 2017 when Aurora’s insurance policy was due for renewal, the building’s insurance premium increased 500% (from circa $50k to $250k annually) which reflected the increased awareness within the insurance industry of the risks associated with combustible cladding materials.
In collaboration with cladding manufacturer Kingspan, we designed a complete, all-in-one solution that the insurer indicated would return the insurance premium to its previous levels. A performance solution was carried out to show compliance with the BCA using composite panels made with the nominated material, polyisocyanurate (PIR).
Once a consensus was reached on the solution with residents and the owners’ corporation, it was referred to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for approval of the remedial solution. A considerable component of the project was the stakeholder management, coordination and communications requirements.
The project solution required acceptance and endorsement from the building appeals board, fire brigade, the building’s insurer and fire compliance certifier, in addition to the building’s owners’ corporation and all residents. Alongside the Construction Manager, we led the stakeholder communications process, holding multiple presentations to affected residents and building users, explaining the intended process and listening to their concerns.
Works on site commenced in early April and are currently tracking in line with the program for timely completion in October with minimal disruption to residents during works.