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  • ACOR Consultants has been appointed the Global Façade Consultant for Project Remediate
  • The Australian engineering firm will critically assess and guide the design approach to ensure each building fits in with the local environment
  • Despite announcing a delay in the project early September, Minister Anderson said remediation work is ready to start this month

ACOR Consultants has been appointed the Global Façade Consultant for Project Remediate, the New South Wales Government’s program to remove cladding from high-risk residential apartment buildings.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the Australian engineering firm will critically assess and guide the design approach to ensure each building fits in with the local environment.

“Project Remediate will ensure the safety of the homes of thousands of people by removing potentially combustible cladding from their buildings, and we are continuing to hit key project milestones despite 2021 being a challenging year.

“Now that we’ve appointed a Manager Contractor and Global Façade Consultant, we are ready to start remediation works this month.”

This comes after the NSW Building Commissioner announced in early September the project would be put on hold until next year, blaming the COVID-19 lockdown for the delay.

Minister Anderson said, “More than 150 eligible strata schemes are already registered to Project Remediate and I encourage the outstanding owner’s corporations to register their interest online as soon as possible, so work can comment.”

The NSW Cladding Taskforce audited 185,000 building records and up until August 31, 4,182 buildings have been inspected.

To determine if cladding is present and poses a higher risk, on behalf of the Taskforce, Fire + Rescue NSW (FRNSW) conducted an operational assessment of each building, with those considered high risk referred to consent authorities (local councils or the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) for further investigation.

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Minister Anderson said, “we want to ensure that the building’s look and feel, once remediated, aligns with the communities expectations, as well as adhering to our high safety standards.”

Out of the 4,182 inspections, 9% of the buildings went under review, assessment, or remediation.

  • 4 of the buildings are awaiting update or assessment by a consent authority
  • 168 of the buildings are in the process of an expert assessment
  • 42 buildings need to provide a detailed remediation action plan
  • 166 buildings are undergoing, ordering, or approving remediation by the consent authority
  • An additional 21 buildings are pending categorisation by the consent authority

ACOR project director John Williams said, “(the company) is delighted to join this visionary program which will set the benchmark to solving a problem that is prevalent in major cities around the world.

“Our team of façade designers, structural engineers, building remediation specialists and fire consultants stand ready to help owners with the complex task of designing cladding replacement systems for their buildings.”

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