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: 
2014 
Sectors: 
Industrial

Client:  
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.

Key technical challenges

RBG redesigned the steel plunge columns enabling complex bracing arrangements and programme hold-points to be removed, hence simplifying excavation and improving health and safety. The ground floor slab was redesigned for significant construction loads and to prop the basement wall whilst maintaining a large void to allow the core to rise.

RBG also checked all permanent works elements for the temporary loads induced by the innovative construction sequence. The construction method further reduced the ground movements, thereby minimising the risk to sensitive network rail facilities adjacent to the site.

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