Friday 6 December 2019

Leaks and fire safety problems found in Celtic Tiger apartments

Residents in the six-block Spencer Dock concerned at surveyors' findings

The apartment block at Spencer Dock in Dublin. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
The apartment block at Spencer Dock in Dublin. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Problems including balcony defects, persistent leaks, and fire safety issues have been uncovered at a prominent Celtic Tiger development.

Recent inspections across more than 150 apartments in the six-block Spencer Dock development have uncovered a number of worrying issues.

The Dublin docklands development was completed in 2007. Some properties fetched more than half a million euro.

It was billed as a "truly metropolitan place to live" - with some of the penthouses complete with pool terraces.

The development was a project led by Treasury Holdings and John Sisk and Son construction firm in a joint venture known as Construction Management Partnership. Now it has emerged that quantity surveyors have discovered window issues, balcony issues, leaks, condensation, and fire alarm issues.

There were 103 apartments which showed a deterioration of or damage to window frames due to water ingress.

A third of the apartments checked by Omega Surveying Services showed damage from water ingress to apartment finishes. Problems were also uncovered with the balconies in a number of apartments.

Residents of Spencer Dock have also complained of a sewage smell throughout their apartment. Mould and condensation was also a problem for 65pc of properties inspected.

Proteus Consulting Engineers carried out fire safety checks and found that the decibel level of the fire alarm was "inadequate" in the apartments.

Nama-appointed receivers EY told Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan in 2016 the works needed were "standard" for a 12-year-old development.

Sales of apartments in the development were blocked for a time in a bid to speed up certain remedial works.

Apartment owners now fear that the remaining 39 apartments which are owned by EY will be sold off and residents will be left footing the bill for remedial works.

A spokesperson for John Sisk and Son said it had not seen the Omega report and was not in a position to comment on it.

"The Spencer Dock development was completed and occupied since 2007," a spokesman for the firm said.

"Sisk has carried out remedial works in recent times, and it is our clear position that none of the issues have arisen as a result of construction faults.


"Sisk is Ireland's leading construction company and we stand over the quality of our work on all our projects. Our reputation for quality construction is well known in the industry and something we maintain through a relentless focus on quality at every level of the construction process."

Nama said it was not in a position to comment and referred to the receivers at EY.

Indigo property management company was also contacted for comment.

Irish Independent

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