Statewide cladding audit progress update

The State Government is progressing the state-wide audit of buildings in response to concerns about the non-compliant use of Aluminium Composite Cladding (ACP).

Four high profile buildings were prioritised for immediate Phase Two investigation given their significance to the State.

The NRAH, the Adelaide Convention Centre, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Adelaide Oval have all been subject to comprehensive desktop reviews, site inspections by a qualified Fire Engineer and the MFS, and assessment with the South Australia Life Safety Analysis tool.

All four buildings received ratings of either low or moderate risk which indicates that should a façade fire event occur, there are sufficient in-built life safety provisions.

In an abundance of caution each building has either commenced, or is in the process of commencing, an updated fire engineering assessment specifically taking into account the presence of ACP.

“These interim results reinforce to South Australians that these buildings meet the necessary safety standards and it’s business as usual,” Minister for Planning Stephan Knoll said.

“The new State Government is committed to being open and transparent with the people of South Australia and that’s why we’re releasing this information.

“South Australians should be reassured by this information which confirms that these buildings do meet the requisite standards and the use of ACP does not pose a significant risk.

“The advice I have received is that the removal of ACP is unlikely to be the appropriate response.

“My advice is that depending on the finding of the fire engineering assessment, other actions such as improved evacuation measures, may be satisfactory given the low quantity of ACP that may be present.

“The State Government will continue to work through all building classes to ensure that the risk presented by ACP is well managed.

“Our goal is to ensure that ultimately every building has had an appropriate risk assessment, we are working to reduce the risk on the most likely classes of building first.

“It is important to reiterate that ACP is itself not unsafe or dangerous when installed in accordance with national codes and standards.”

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese said that the City of Adelaide had now completed phase two of the audit.

“Following inspections of the buildings that required further investigation, I am pleased to announce that we have not identified any buildings where the presence of ACP presents a risk to life safety,” said Mr Haese.

“The City of Adelaide takes the safety of building occupants very seriously. We have worked closely with the State Government and the MFS in response to concerns about the use of ACP and to mitigate any possible risk to the public.”