Case Study: Nautilus Apartments

May 26, 2018

In 2009, Prendos assisted the Nautilus Apartments Body Corporate owners to assist with building issues that affected the 12-level apartment block, located in the beachside suburb of Orewa.


Client: The Nautilus Apartments Body Corporate

Location: Orewa, Auckland

Services Provided: Building Investigation, Weathertightness Remediation, Expert Witness, Weathertightness Design, Legal Representation


The Job

The body corporate and 150 owners of the residential units placed a claim with the High Court, stating that the apartment block, which was constructed between 2002 and 2004, suffered from fundamental design and construction defects.

Our Solution

With support from Prendos, legal counsel and others, the owners sought compensation for the remediation costs, temporary repairs and loss of use of the units while they were remediated, as well as general damages for inconvenience. The defendants included the Council, construction company and architects.

The Outcome

The High Court judgement awarded the owners in the vicinity of $25 million. The NZ Herald reported that this was the largest amount awarded to leaky building owners in New Zealand. The evidence and testimony provided by Prendos consultants was integral to the judgement that the Council and others were liable for the defects.

Following the judgement, our investigations and recommendations for Nautilus Body Corporate have resulted in an approved scope of works, a design receiving resource consent, a successful tender to a highly regarded construction company and legal recourse to assist the owners with the financial burden of owning and repairing a leaky building.

“I’d like to thank the Prendos team for the work and fantastic effort that was put into the procedure of going to the High Court on our behalf regarding the problems at the Nautilus. It was a pleasure to work with you all, and thank you so much for the fantastic result. We knew we chose the right people.”
Arlene Smith, Owner

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