Stop-Work Order Halts Construction Works on Yorktown Parade Development

Construction of a 3-level residential building on Yorktown Parade has been halted after a stop-work order was served due to safety issues.

Effective 5 pm on 2 June  2022, ABDC Holdings was ordered to cease construction works at 80 Yorktown Parade, Maroubra except for building work that is carried out to stabilise the site.  The NSW Building Commissioner conducted the inspection on 23 May 2022 on the excavation works, installation of pilings and a capping beam that was being undertaken at the time. 

It was observed that the pilings at two identified locations showed cracks, rendering them ineffective in supporting the soil and the structures above it. Particularly, a cracking measuring more than 10cm in the concrete driveway slab was noticed as well as the soil was already collapsing between the pilings.

“I consider that pilings are a key element of a building. The proper performance of this element  is critical to the safety and integrity of the building, as it provides support for the other structures,” Building Commissioner, David Chandler, said.

He furthered that in circumstances where the pilings are not able to support the structures above it could lead to “failure of the element” and result in significant harm to the property and to the workers on the site “ as a result of movement.”

80 Yorktown Parade Development
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The $1.86-million development which was approved on 9 August 2018 involves the establishment of a 3-level residential building comprising nine 2-bedroom apartments, of which, three are affordable housing units. Included in the plan are 12 parking spaces spread across the ground and basement levels.

The developers may appeal the order to the Land and Environment Court within 30 days of receipt of the notice of the order.

Coral Sea Park Playground Upgrade: Maroubra Community Asked for Inputs

Coral Sea Park Playground at Yorktown Parade is set for an upgrade, which will be ready for public use by the end of 2021. However, the Council wants the community’s inputs in the development before any work is done on the site.

The new playground must be designed to cater to people of all abilities, including those with mobility, sensory, sight or hearing issues.  

The plan will be funded by the NSW Government and the Randwick City Council under the Everyone Can Play grant that supports playspaces in neighbourhoods.  

“The effects of Covid-19 have reminded everyone about the value of our playspaces, as these spaces along with open space have become places of welcome respite from increased time indoors,” a statement from NSW Government outlined. 

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“Playspaces exist at the heart of our neighbourhoods and should cater for everyone – young and old, families and carers, and people of all abilities.

“Playspaces should be welcoming and comfortable, easy to navigate and interesting. They should offer a range of physical challenges, a variety of landscape settings and provide opportunities to connect with others.”

This project will also preserve and maintain Molly’s Park, the garden memorial within the playground. The space was dedicated to a teenager, Melissa ‘Molly’ Dunn, who died at the park in 2012. 

The park is also next to a sporting ground for rugby and soccer fields, a cricket pitch and practice nets, as well as an off-leash dog exercise area.

To participate in the public consultation, locals may either complete a survey or share their stories about their experiences at the park. The public consultation will run until 28 Jan 2021.