Two more building practitioners involved in the building of the Lacrosse Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands have been referred by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for disciplinary action following an investigation into the fire that led to the evacuation of all residents.
After the incident, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) had reviewed the cause of the fire and issued a Post Incident Analysis Report, which concluded that the external aluminium cladding on the building contributed to the spread of fire and was not compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
VBA’s investigation into the building practitioners involved in the project had earlier led to the relevant building surveyor being referred to the Building Practitioners Board (BPB). The VBA also referred the conduct of the architect to the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), the regulatory body responsible for the conduct and discipline of architects.
The two building practitioners referred by VBA to the BPB are Con Nicolas, the fire safety engineer who prepared a fire engineering report in relation to building work at the site, and Jim Moschoyiannis, the registered builder.
According to the VBA, the three building practitioners – the builder, the building surveyor and the fire safety engineer – acted in violation of the Building Act and Regulations and failed to carry out their work in a competent manner and to a professional standard.
The VBA investigation into the conduct of the building practitioners involved in the Lacrosse building has now concluded.