At the northern end of Queensland’s Gold Coast, this major apartment development is located directly on the Broadwater with harbour inlet. Robert Bird Group performed both structural and civil design work.

Project Value:
$40 million
Year Completed:
2006
Sectors:
Residential
Waterfront

RBG Client:
Stockland
Architect:
Cox Rayner
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.

Significant and interesting aspects of the project and Robert Bird Group’s role include the following:

  • A new access road to the gated community, approximately 400m in length meandering through the development.
  • Stormwater design enabled effective drainage of the site whilst maintaining high level of landscape.
  • Bulk earthworks performed in an ecologically safe manner to protect flora, avoid erosion and protection of sites of cultural heritage.
  • Considerable liaison with the Gold Coast City Council to ensure regulations were met.
  • Significant savings were achieved through our negotiation with council on the extent of works required external to the site.

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