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The owners of a leaky Auckland apartment building that was supposed to be fixed have been awarded a multi-million dollar payout after the first remedial work also failed.

Nearly 12 years after the original problem at the Fleetwood Apartments in Newton was detected the repair work has finally been finished.

The 40-unit Fleetwood Apartments in Newton on the city fringe were found to be leaking in 2003, and in 2005 an "Overclad" system was put over the existing cladding to protect the building. But by 2011 the Overclad sheets were cracking.

All the new and pre-existing cladding had to be removed and the weathertightness damage underneath fixed.

The High Court has laid the blame for the botched job with architecture and engineering consultants Babbage which oversaw the remedial work, builders Andrew Property Services (APS) which carried it out, and the then Auckland City Council which granted code of compliance.

It has awarded the apartment owners around $2.5 million to $3 million, with the final amount yet to be calculated.

A proper survey of the building was not done to assess the damage from the leaking before the remedial work started. It later emerged there was severe damage to the building.

APS also did not make sure a proper survey had been done, and installed the Overclad with the wrong screw fixings, which caused the cracking.

Auckland Council did not get enough information about the work before granting the necessary consents.

John Gray, president of the Home Owners and Buyers Association of New Zealand (HOBANZ), said sadly the organisation was seeing a spike in failed remediation jobs.

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

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