A TOWER block’s residents say they feel like they are starring in “The Conjuring” horror movie as they are constantly haunted by “creepy” creaking noises in their apartments.
High-rise residents at Multiplex’s Melbourne Square and the Aurora building on La Trobe Street in Melbourne say they can hear the “ominous” squeaking sound coming from deep within the walls of their units.
The buildings’ developers have attributed the noise to wind conditions of the past days but some residents insist the disturbing noise comes from something else and even say it keeps them up at night.
In an eerie video shared by one of the Melbourne Square residents, a constant high-pitched whistling sound can be heard coming from both sides of his unit.
“It was pretty intense,” he said.
“It’s hard to gauge how loud it is from the clips, but it was incredibly loud.
“Really just sounded like the structure itself was bending, definitely didn’t sound (like) what I would expect to be natural movement in high winds.”
“I’ve found myself a few times taking my headphones off when I’m on the PC trying to figure out what it is because it’s kinda ominous,” he added.
One resident described the constant ringing as like something from a horror movie, while others said it sounded “spooky” like an old rocking chair or like the whole building was shaking.
“I literally can’t sleep I feel like I’m in The Conjuring,” one said, adding: “So scary.”
“I have to close my bedroom door and put the blanket over my ears so I can fall asleep,” added another.
Creaking noises could also be heard at the Aurora building on La Trobe Street, according to residents who said it was “extremely” loud this week.
As strong winter winds blast the city and residents are forced to spend more time indoors because of Covid restrictions, some say the noises have become unbearable.
Meanwhile, the buildings’ developers have attributed the noise to severe weather and wind conditions of the past days.
A spokesperson for Multiplex said: “In the past few days, Melbourne has experienced severe weather and wind conditions.
“We appreciate the concern some residents will have about the noise this has generated.
“We want to reassure residents that there are absolutely no structural issues at play.
“Buildings are designed to move in extreme wind and the noise recorded by some residents is simply the building behaving as it should.
“In delivering Australia 108 and Melbourne Square we have implemented new techniques to limit noise that may occur in normal weather conditions, including stud systems.
“Where residents experience noise in non-extreme weather conditions we will work with the building managers to make an assessment and determine if any minor rectifications are required. This is standard procedure on any new building.”
However, a resident said, that while the noise was significantly louder this week, he believes there are other issues at play.
“I’ve definitely never heard anything which sounds like that video before, but there definitely is structural noises which sound similar, but not as loud, quite often,” he said.
“It’s clear that we must legislate to close this loophole so that vulnerable children cannot be pushed into such serious and life-changing commitments before they are ready.”
A spokeswoman for UEM Sunrise, the developer for Aurora, said some residents had expressed concern about building noise related to recent extreme weather in Melbourne.
“(We) want to reassure them there are no issues regarding the stability or safety of the building,” she said.
“Aurora Melbourne Central is the tallest building in the CBD and the complex engineering that supports tall buildings is in fact designed to sway in such high-wind conditions. This is an example of the building performing as it should.”