Auckland Council relied on a visual inspection to purchase the former ASB Tower – now facing repairs which have blown out from $4.2 million to $31 million.
The council has defended its due diligence process but a building standards advocate said it should have carried out more extensive tests once an initial report on the tower revealed a list of problems.
A raft of documents about the new council headquarters have been released by the council that show events around the $104 million purchase in 2012.
The documents show the council was advised about cladding and other problems on July 3.
It went unconditional on the purchase 15 days later on July 18.
(ed: i am still so unbelieving at the eye-watering incompetence/lack of common sense with this one i am kinda inarticulate with rage…
in fact – i am not kinda inarticulate with/from rage – i am rendered wordless..
..and of course nobody will be ‘blamed’ for this..there will be a closing of ranks..
..and/but there are small blessings to be had from this cluster – at least the 300+ p.r.-trouts employed by the council have finally got something to do..
..they can try and explain away this inexplainable/very expensive for ratepayers/screw-up/stinking mess..
..how these fools did not only not come within a bulls’-roar of any semblance of due-diligence..before buying this mess of a building..
..now we find out they were told about this raft of problems on 3rd of july – yet they still went unconditional on the purchase – two weeks later..(!)
..could we please have those responsible for this dragged into the city square..
..and have them try to tell us how/why..?
..they could bring those 300+ p.r.-trouts with them – and they can all try and/to spin the unspinnable..
..and all this from a council that ‘can’t afford’ to provide shelter for the homeless – etc. etc…
..but they do have a cracker of a harbour/city view from that tower..eh..?..
..and i call for that city-square reckoning because until now it is clear the advice from those 300+ p.r.-trouts to those whose fingerprints are all over this..from 2012..’till now..
..has been to say nothing – do nothing – to run – and to hide..
..and that is clearly not good enough for the rest of us..eh..?..)