Auckland Council’s faulty tower and the $31m blow out

  • 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.

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The cost of recladding the former ASB Tower, bought by Auckland Council in 2012 for $104 million, has blown out to $31 million from $4.2 million. Pictures / Jason Oxenham

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