The issue is entirely separate from the fire safety remedial work which must be undertaken in the Dublin Docklands complex.
Last October, the Dublin District Court issued a fire safety order on Longboat Quay which requires the safety issues to be completed by next year to avoid evacuation of the 600 residents.
At the time of the order, owners in the complex were told they have to contribute €1.2m towards the fire safety remedial work. The remainder of the €2.5m total cost is being funded by Dublin City Council and a receiver for some of the apartments. The owners may now also have to pay at least some of the cost of the roof repairs.
However, the Irish Examiner understands that major savings on the fire safety remedial works have been made following a series of tests conducted in the University of Jordanstown in Northern Ireland. Whatever money has been saved will most likely be put towards the roof repairs.
The total cost is expected to be known within the next two weeks, at which time negotiations with the residents on funding will commence, according to one source close to the process.
“There’s no sign of the local authority stumping up for the whole thing, so that leaves the developer and the owners. The company that developed it is gone. That leaves the owners, unless something happens,” the source told the Irish Examiner.
Longboat Quay was completed in 2006 by a Bernard McNamara development company, Gendsong. The company has since gone into receivership and Mr McNamara went through a bankruptcy process in the UK.
Mr McNamara has always denied liability for the fire safety and other deficiencies. Currently, he is in negoatations with Dublin City Council to contribute professional assistance to the remedial works.
Nina Buckley, who owns her three-bedroom apartment in Longboat Quay, said owners have been told very little about the problems with the roof.
“I don’t know how much it’s going to cost, but more importantly I don’t know who is going to pay for it,” she said.
One of the main tests in the University of Jordanstown was to create a model of an apartment using identical materials to that used in Longboat Quay. The test involved setting the model on fire and detailing how the fire progressed.