Lacrosse apartment owners awarded $5.7 million in damages after flammable cladding blaze | Owners Corporation Network

Lacrosse apartment owners awarded $5.7 million in damages after flammable cladding blaze

The owners of apartments at Melbourne's Lacrosse tower in Docklands have won more than $5.7 million in damages in a lawsuit launched after a fire fuelled by flammable cladding caused significant damage to the building in November 2014. The Lacrosse blaze caused millions of dollars of damage to the 21-storey building, prompting apartment owners to launch legal action against the builder, LU Simon, in a bid to recoup more than $12 million in damages, covering the cost of replacing non-compliant cladding, damaged property, additional insurance premiums and "anticipated future losses". In a decision handed down in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) by Judge Ted Woodward on Thursday, LU Simon was ordered to pay more than $5.7 million to apartment owners.  However, most of that money would be paid to LU Simon by the architect, fire engineer and building surveyor who worked on the project, after Judge Woodward found they had breached contractual obligations.
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