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Published: 2012-02-15 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council says it is very pleased a settlement has been reached with consultants Opus over independent advice the firm provided regarding a building contractor’s liability to repair leaky cladding on the council’s Hamilton headquarters in Grey Street.

“The confidential settlement we have reached means both parties will avoid expensive legal costs and the council will also be getting a financial contribution from Opus towards making repairs,” said corporate services group manager Junine Stewart.

The agreement followed leaks being discovered in the building’s cladding. The leaks resulted in water getting on to the building’s timber framing, raising long-term concerns about the building’s health. It has been estimated the cladding will cost up to $2 million to repair.

Opus gave independent advice over the liability of the building contractor for fixing the leaks.

“We are very pleased to have reached such a positive out-of-court settlement with Opus just before the court case we had initiated was due to start,” said Ms Stewart.

“It means we can now get on with planning the remediation of our Grey St headquarters with confidence.

“The council would like to thank Opus for its positive attitude in agreeing to the negotiated settlement and we look forward to working with them as appropriate in future.”