This project included the design of 3,000 m2 of warehouse with an internal 25m span, 15 tonne gantry crane. The project also includes approximately 1,000m2 of office at the front split over 2 levels.  

The projects detailed design and looked to maximise the internal spans whilst maintaining low total tonnage of steel.  

The precast panels are utilised as façade panels rather than load bearing so as to keep the panel thickness down over the 17m building height. 

Project Value:     
$10 million 
Year Completed: 

Design Management Group 
Robert Bird Group Services:  
Structural Engineering  
Civil Engineering 

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

Engineering services provided by RBG for the Docklands Library project consisted of two major components:

  • Structural Assessment of the existing Wharf Structure, Structural Design of the Library Building,

Wharf Structure component included the following:

  • Assessment of load carrying capacity of the existing timber piles, Development of rectification measures to enhance piles capacities. Assessment of the wharf deck capacity and durability.

Library Building component included the following:

  • Polished concrete ground Floor slab, Design of CLT walls and floors, Lateral stability design.
  • Design of timber columns and beams, Design of structural steel and timber elements of façade.
  • Design of secondary steel structures on the roof of the Library Building.

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