More Opal Tower residents to return home

More Opal Tower residents in Sydney will return in August, after it was evacuated on Christmas Eve.
More Opal Tower residents in Sydney will return in August, after it was evacuated on Christmas Eve.

Six months after being evacuated, another wave of residents of Sydney's damaged Opal Tower will soon be allowed to move back into their homes.

The newly built block in Sydney Olympic Park was evacuated on Christmas Eve after cracks found in the building sparked fears it could collapse.

Remedial structural works are expected to be finished in early August, but some 63 apartments will be ready for re-occupation in mid-July, builder Icon said in an update on Wednesday.

Works continue on site, with the body corporate's engineers Cardno and BT Project management attending the site regularly to inspect the works.

Three of the building's seven concrete walls and columns have been poured and removal of precautionary propping to nominated areas has started, the update said.

Owner-investor claims are being processed but some have been delayed due to a "lack of supporting or incorrect documentation," the update states.

Separately, residents of Mascot Towers, in the city's south, remain unable to return to their complex.

It was evacuated in mid-June due to cracking in its primary support structure and facade masonry. Residents of the 132 units have been forced to stay elsewhere.

Australian Associated Press