Engineering in the Pub
Tuesday 8 June
2020 Winners of the Awards for Small & Unusual Building Projects
During June’s Pub Seminar, we discussed the Recipient of the Award for Small Building Projects, Balmain House, and the Recipient of the Award for Unusual Building Projects, Pyrmont Bridge Restoration.
The Balmain House project involved excavation depths of 10m; design of sandstone sea-walls; remediation of an 1880’s sandstone heritage cottage; expressed timber framing; a steel-framed tension tie roof and a steel helical stair; off-form cast insitu concrete structure; heated polished concrete floor toppings; brass balustrades and furniture items; bespoke large format steel framed windows with cast-in reveals; and a 5m cantilever floor plate hung from curved off-form concrete walls acting as deep beams with large voids in the back-span.
Pyrmont Bridge Restoration
Pyrmont Bridge requires ongoing maintenance commensurate with a public timber bridge that is over 100 years old. A significant percentage of structural components like timber trusses and piers required replacement. Stage 1 of restoration involved replacing the Timber Pier Sets, and Stage 2 would see the replacement of the timber trusses. Robert Bird Group was engaged to provide the construction engineering methodology for the now completed
Peter Standen, Managing Director, Partridge
Mitchell Starkey, Structural Engineer, Robert Bird Group