Building collapse in Civic

johnboy 28 October 2008 51

[First filed: October 27, 2008 @ 14:05
Second filing: October 28, 2008 @ 09:44]

The DEEWR building under construction on the corner of Rudd and Marcus Clarke streets has had a major collapse while concrete was being poured.

Apparently no one was hurt but my there were a lot of appliances out and hard hats milling around.

The ABC has a report here and there’s a slideshow of the images below with thanks to Madman for sending in the better ones of the damage.

UPDATED: Just added some more photos doing the departmental rounds. If you get something new send it in to

ANOTHER UPDATE: We’ve got a copy of the prohibition notice on the site. It’s closed until:

    After a competent structural engineer specialising in concrete structure has inspected the scene and conducted testing and investigation to ascertain the cause of the failure.


The ABC Radio News is reporting that this is the second (much larger) formwork collapse on the site.

Slideshow below:

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51 Responses to Building collapse in Civic
WIC WIC 4:02 pm 31 Oct 08

It doesn’t look like it was the scaffold that gave way; more likely the concrete slab underneath was stripped too early and not backpropped properly so the slab gave way.
The person who authorised the stripping without enough backpropping is the one who should be held accountable.

WIC WIC 3:55 pm 31 Oct 08

PT deck stands for a post tension deck (it uses cables insted of reo to strenghten the concrete).

ant ant 9:17 am 29 Oct 08

Well, I’ll keep an eye on it and let you know if it collapses. I’ll hve a box-seat view, that’s for sure.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:00 am 29 Oct 08

Leighton just built HQ JOC, from memory (with friends). It’s up, so far

Hmmm, for how long tho? Minimal concrete, minimal steel, cutting costs…

Thumper Thumper 8:13 am 29 Oct 08

No lessons leant from the squas=hed falcon episode out at Belconnen earlier in the year?

Heads need to roll on this one.

ant ant 9:58 pm 28 Oct 08

tylersmayhem said :

By the sounds of things, Leighton should probably just stick to building roads!

Leighton just built HQ JOC, from memory (with friends). It’s up, so far (and lit up like a christmas tree, as usual), and people start moving in next month.

gooterz gooterz 9:32 pm 28 Oct 08

Looks to me like a design problem.. they have the concrete floating over with no supports.. put some weight on it and it will bend.. loads of concrete and it will break..
Read the article in the good old CT’s too, apparently alot of the workers are to scared to go back, and i wouldn’t blame them. Theres quite a few building going on lately. lots of metal and miminal concrete tho. How long do buildings last these days?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:28 am 28 Oct 08


Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:28 am 28 Oct 08

“What’s a PT deck?

Duh Al…it’s a deck for PT’s!”

Of course – complete with superfluous apostrophes 🙂

Ari Ari 9:07 am 28 Oct 08

Gungahlin Al said :

What’s a PT deck?

The thing McHale stands on.


tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:04 am 28 Oct 08

What’s a PT deck?

Duh Al…it’s a deck for PT’s!

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 8:59 am 28 Oct 08

What’s a PT deck?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 8:57 am 28 Oct 08

By the sounds of things, Leighton should probably just stick to building roads!

Dave F Dave F 10:11 pm 27 Oct 08

2604 said :

I know that Walker Corp is the developer, but does anyone know who is the head contractor / PM for this project?


Madman Madman 10:05 pm 27 Oct 08


2604 2604 8:39 pm 27 Oct 08

I know that Walker Corp is the developer, but does anyone know who is the head contractor / PM for this project?

Madman Madman 7:20 pm 27 Oct 08

Yeah I was kidding too!!

Someone above is correct, its the formwork that has collapsed as the builders where commencing back propping the cement as they were pouring.

The guys knew it was going to collapsed and the site was under evacuation as it collapsed.

nickgeo nickgeo 5:53 pm 27 Oct 08

The deck below has failed, probaly because it has been stripped to early. Looks like a PT deck and the lower floor has not been stressed, but stripped.

I pity the poor person that has to clean up, yet think about the clown that has to explain it all.

deye deye 5:21 pm 27 Oct 08

ant said :

That was the Silverton Centre, Peterh. They built it during the 82 drought, and didn’t factor in the water table that had sunk, and which began to rise again when Bob Hawke got in and the drought broke. It housed DSS (now Centrelink).

Apparently the balloon went up when a bloke came back from long service leave and his Tarago hit the roof as he went down into the underground car park, although staff had been having issues with drawers in filing cabinets opening themselves and other tilting floor issues.

The story I was told about the Silverton was that the weight of the compactuses wasn’t taken into effect and when they loaded up the compactuses it caused cracks in the floor. Hence everyone was evacuated and not allowed back in.

sepi sepi 5:15 pm 27 Oct 08

This worries me about these new bldgs with only specific safe spots for heavy safes. People are told this on moving in, but who will remember in 20 years.

I’ve been told not to put pianos or waterbeds upstairs in two storey houses. But when I was a student I wouldn’t have known not to.

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