CONCRETE CANCER IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE

Written on the 19 January 2015

CONCRETE CANCER IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE TENANTS of older high rises are being told to disregard the sea breeze and salt water for a little while, and redirect their attention to assessing for 'concrete cancer' formations in their abodes.

Strata Community Australia (Qld) president Simon Barnard has expressed concern that maintenance has slipped from the public eye.

This is despite the issue being brought to attention this time last year when spalling, commonly known as concrete cancer, was found in a well-known Gold Coast apartment block, the Iluka (pictured(, and led to the property's demolition.

The issue is most prevalent in buildings situated near salt water, and has the potential to financially ruin property due to the swelling of concrete.

"It is absolutely vital than when maintenance plans are reviewed, plans for monitoring and treating concrete cancer are updated and implemented immediately," says Barnard.

"This time last year one of the State's best known high rise blocks on the Gold Coast was found to be riddled with concrete cancer and a leading Queensland architect warned that he suspects the problem is widespread."

"Just because this type of incident has been out of the news, does not mean that it has gone away. I would expect that dozens if not more, strata titled properties in Queensland have the beginnings of concrete cancer, and are going undetected."

Older buildings are more likely to contract concrete cancer due to requirements and specifications increasing over the years.

Warning signs include reddish or brown stains running down any part of a building, particularly when adjacent to cracked concrete, and concrete lifting or exploding out.

Slight rust stains are the first symptom, and can be fixed through chiselling if attended to immediately, but treatment is costly thereafter or can result in demolition.



Latest News

BASKETBALL'S COMEBACK CONTINUES WITH NBL CLUBS TO FACE OFF AGAINST CHINA'S NATIONAL TEAM

THE RESURGENCE of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL) continues with China's national team to play t...

ADELAIDE APARTMENT BREAKS OFF-THE-PLAN RECORD WITH $3M SALE

AN apartment in 'The Adelaidean' residential development in Adelaide has sold for more than $3 million, which...

CABCHARGE GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO BUY YELLOW CABS IN QUEENSLAND FOR $20M

THE consumer watchdog will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Yellow Cabs in Queensland by taxi payment service C...

SLEEPING ROUGH IN THE NAME OF CHARITY: 170 BRISBANE BUSINESS LEADERS TAKE PART IN THE CEO SLEEPOUT

OVER 170 Brisbane CEOs and business leaders will brave the cold tonight to fight homelessness in what will be the big...

Related News

BASKETBALL'S COMEBACK CONTINUES WITH NBL CLUBS TO FACE OFF AGAINST CHINA'S NATIONAL TEAM

THE RESURGENCE of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL) continues with China's national team to play t...

DOMESTIC TOURISM IN AUSTRALIA BREAKS RECORDS, INJECTS $61.7 BILLION INTO NATIONAL ECONOMY

DOMESTIC Australian tourists have spent a record breaking $61.7 billion on intra and interstate travel this year, acc...

THE DOCTORS WHO PLUNGED INTO THE SHARK TANK AND SURVIVED WITH A $500,000 INVESTMENT

THEIR mission is to change the face of cancer care with an app that empowers and connects patients and care givers...

IMF BRACES FOR BIG LOSS FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL FROM SPOTLESS CLASS ACTION

LITIGATION fund IMF Bentham (ASX: IMF) is set to lose as much as half a million dollars after it ceases funding one o...

BOOK YOUR FUNCTION SPACE HERE

 

 

 

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details
Subscriptions

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter