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Building collapse in Civic

By 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 9:28 am 28 Oct 08


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 9:07 am 28 Oct 08

Gungahlin Al said :

What’s a PT deck?

The thing McHale stands on.


tylersmayhem 9:04 am 28 Oct 08

What’s a PT deck?

Duh Al…it’s a deck for PT’s!

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