As the architects for Opal Tower, we support the conclusive findings of the NSW Department of Planning’s independent report into the structural concerns at the building, which was released today.
There is no suggestion that the architectural design contributed to these defects.
The report detailed four specific engineering and construction defects as the cause of the structural issues:
We are confident that the professionals working on the structural defects can remediate Opal Tower to the high standards expected of the original design, and we continue to offer our expertise and support to the rectification team.
Our practice welcomes the discussion Opal Tower has stimulated around the regulation of building practitioners. Architecture is a highly trained and regulated discipline, subject to two regulatory bodies, and it is pleasing that these rigorous standards will soon be applied more widely.