It is said that , architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
At BellMont we embody this ideal by applying our knowledge and expertise to heritage buildings to ensure that they are structurally and physically equip to meet the heritage listing they have been awarded. Take a moment and let us introduce you to our (Town) Hall of Fame with projects at Sydney Town Hall and Erskineville Town Hall.
Sydney Town Hall
In 2006, BellMont were approached by the City of Sydney to inspect the iconic and heritage listed, Sydney Town Hall Clock Tower, in particular the flag pole atop the establishment.
BellMonts initial inspection of the flagpole support structure uncovered signs of corrosion on the parallel flag channels (PFC) point of loading which was due to accumulated water in the base of the pole. BellMont advised the client to have the PFC repaired and restrengthened immediately.
In April, 2011, BellMont attended again to identify any structural concerns with the flagpoles support system. A simple push force revealed unwanted movement and misalignment that was due to inadequate tensioning of the bolt connection and wind loadings over time. To resolve these issues and prevent any future unwanted movement and loose fixings, BellMont recommended that the client retighten the bolts and apply Loctite structural adhesive.
With these recommendations applied the flag is now flying high atop the Sydney Town Hall Clock Tower with a stable structure to support it.
Erksineville Town Hall
From 2005-2012, BellMont Façade provided expert consulting services to the Inner West Council for Glebe Town Hall. The building was constructed in 1938 and has served as a community centre for the past eighty years. Over time, this building experienced significant deterioration and cracking that required our assistance.
Assessment of the site uncovered a number of severe issues on both the northern and eastern elevation brick walls of the establishment. Evidence of erosion and deterioration was evident throughout the building, compromising the structural integrity and interface of the walls and other elements of the structure. These defects, if left would pose threats to the safety of pedestrians and therefore required immediate attention.
To resolve these issues, our engineers recommended lintel replacements, removal and reinstatement of the toothed brickwork of the northern elevation and repointing of the northern wall. Along with these recommendations for the northern elevation, our engineers advised that the existing eastern brick wall be demolished and reconstructed with the installation of new brick ties.
The application of these expert solutions proved successful for our team and advantageous to the buildings health, bringing new life and stability to the site and safety assurance for visitors.