Work has been progressing on IRT's proactive effort to remove the potentially dangerous combustible aluminium cladding from its Links facility in Wollongong's south.
The cladding, blamed for the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London which killed 72 people in 2017, has been shown to be rife in buildings across NSW.
Many building owners are in the process of planning what to do with their issue.
But in Wollongong IRT took a proactive approach, deciding to replace its cladding without being ordered to.
"Remediation work to replace cladding panels at IRT Links Seaside in Wollongong is progressing as planned and is expected to be complete in the coming months," IRT general manager for retirement villages Stig Andersen said.
"We continue to engage with our residents throughout the process; keeping all informed and providing opportunities for residents to ask questions and share feedback."
The NSW Government on keeping the locations of the buildings a secret, even claiming that allowing the public to find out could increase the risk of terrorist attacks.
"We are aware that other commercial property owners are undertaking this type of work," Mr Andersen said.
"When global concerns were raised about certain types of building cladding following the fire at the high-rise Lacrosse building in Melbourne in 2014 and the Grenfell Tower fire near London in 2017, IRT took a proactive approach and asked a consultant fire safety engineer to investigate our buildings and report on the findings.
IRT took a proactive approach and asked a consultant fire safety engineer to investigate our buildings and report on the findings.Stig Andersen
"While the building was certified as compliant at the time of construction completion in 2010, the fire safety engineer recommended the cladding panels at IRT Links Seaside be removed and replaced.
"The safety of our residents and employees is our priority and our focus remains on carrying out the required remediation works as soon as possible."
It remains to be seen which buildings in Wollongong require similar work.
An earlier version of this story said the Links work started in May. IRT informs us the work started in October.
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