No safety issues with SA cladding: govt

An audit of cladding on 4500 buildings in Adelaide’s CBD has revealed no safety risks, the state government says.


However, Deputy Premier John Rau says the checks identified 77 multi-storey buildings that warrant further consideration, including the Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Convention Centre and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Of those, 38 have very limited or isolated cladding.

“South Australians should not be alarmed at the use of aluminium composite cladding on buildings in the CBD,” Mr Rau said.

The audit was triggered by London’s Grenfell Tower tragedy that killed at least 80 people in June.

The next phase will be a more thorough investigation of the identified buildings to ensure the cladding adheres to the National Construction Code and relevant fire safety measures.

Immediate action will then be taken if any building materials are considered a fire hazard which could go as far as a closure order, Metropolitan Fire Service chief officer Greg Crossman said.

“It’s in my interest to ensure that buildings are safe, not just for the occupants but also for firefighters,” Mr Crossman said.

He said there were “no concerns” about fire risk cladding at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital which is due to open in just over a week.

Property Council SA director Daniel Gannon welcomed the audit after the Grenfell Tower fire “sent shudders” through the industry.

“We already have high building standards, but if there are lessons to learn from the UK then we should put that learning into practice,” he said.

“As our cities become more dense and our apartment buildings grow taller, we must stay vigilant if we are to ensure that public safety and confidence in our fire safety standards remains high.”

The Adelaide City Council is writing to the building owners of the 77 identified sites to organise further investigations.

Buildings outside of the CBD will now also be checked.