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MASCOT TOWERS RETAIL/COMMERCIAL SHOPS CLOSED FOLLOWING CONCERN OVER BRICK FAÇADE

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Friday 7 February, 2020

MASCOT TOWERS RETAIL/COMMERCIAL SHOPS CLOSED FOLLOWING CONCERN OVER BRICK FAÇADE

PUBLIC SAFETY EXCLUSION ZONE ESTABLISHED

Engineers working at the Mascot Towers apartment complex in Sydney have reported concerns over cracking brickwork on the Bourke Street facade of the Mascot Towers No.1 apartment tower.

No bricks have fallen and the risk of falling bricks is deemed small. This cracking is in the brick façade. The structural integrity of the building is not affected – the concern is purely about possible dislodgment of bricks.

However, in the interests of public safety, Mascot Towers and its engineers have advised the State Government they have requested that a small number of commercial and retail tenancies in Mascot Towers be vacated to prevent public visitations and that a public safety exclusion zone be established overnight, enforceable this morning.

“No bricks have fallen, there have been no incidents and the risk of falling bricks is deemed small by our professional engineers, but we have a duty of care to the public and we have acted to ensure public safety,” a Mascot Towers spokesperson said.

“We are developing a remediation plan to address this issue and we hope to have that plan finalised within a week to allow remediation to get underway.

“Aside from public safety, which is our main priority, we will try and do everything possible to re-open the commercial and retail premises and we feel for the owners and their staff, but we have no choice in establishing the public safety exclusion zone.

“This work will not detract from or delay the work being undertaken on site to restore the structural integrity of Mascot Towers and to get people back into their homes.”

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