Builder fined $10,000 for mismanagement of three projects – Geoffrey Ian Britton of Avon Dream Pty Ltd, trading as Econstruct

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A former Myaree builder has been fined $10,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to properly manage and supervise three projects with a combined contract value of almost $2 million.

Geoffrey Ian Britton (BP11802, expired) – the nominated supervisor of Avon Dream Pty Ltd (BC14034, expired), trading as Econstruct – accepted the Building Services Board’s allegations, which included that he failed to detect or adequately rectify significant defects and also failed to ensure that subcontractors’ work met the required standards.

The allegations relate to extension work, valued at $400,000 and $625,000 respectively, at separate properties in Mount Hawthorn and construction of a new brick-and-tin home in Booragoon, valued at $975,000.

The Tribunal heard that hundreds of defects were found at the properties during and after the building projects and that tradespeople engaged by the builder had not achieved an acceptable standard of workmanship.

Despite subsequent rectification work, numerous defects remained at the sites.  

The company’s building registration ceased in April 2017 and Mr Britton’s building practitioner’s registration expired in November 2017.

Building Commissioner Saj Khan welcomed the Tribunal’s decision.

“This case sends a clear message that builders must take their responsibilities seriously when it comes to properly managing and supervising their projects,” he said.

“Building service providers who fail to take these responsibilities seriously may face fines from the Building Services Board or the State Administrative Tribunal.

“We will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and integrity of the building industry at risk.”

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Media contact: 0466 409 828 or bemedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
04 Dec 2018

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