Our works at the large DHL facility included inspection, measuring of existing balustrades and performance calculation of the glazing, wind loads, fixing systems etc. These numbers where then compared to the Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). It was concluded that the balustrades were compliant within these standards and BellMont provided Prime Constructions with a letter of certification.
Prime Constructions is one of the leading building contractors in the state of NSW. They offer a range of services for industrial, commercial, retail and institutional projects with over 35 years of experience. A few notable projects of theirs include Judith Poole Sports Hall at Abbotsleigh School, Mazda in Sutherland and the Kurrajong Building at Barker College. You can read more on their projects here. We look forward to working with Prime Constructions again in the future.
Balustrades are intended for safety. Having a faulty balustrade can be incredibly dangerous and puts people at serious risk. That’s why it is necessary to install balustrades that are meeting the BCA standards. If you need assistance, contact BellMont today.
Bellmont to the rescue! The brick balustrades of this six unit apartment in Manly were a heavy burden to the concrete slab of the balcony.
Project: Bellmont Façade Engineering assessed the condition of the balcony slabs of 3 levels of residential units. There separation between the masonry balustrades at the ends of the balconies and the building which we believed to be caused by excessive deflection and rotation of the cantilevering concrete slab balcony. The rotation is more pronounced due to the cracking in the slab.
Additionally the cracking within the slab indicates a localised rotation that has contributed to the separation. This cracking provides a water ingress point to access the steel reinforcement in the slab. The top reinforcement is the critical strength reinforcement for cantilevering slabs and the condition of the reinforcement needs to be verified, however the cracking evident is an obvious precursor to reinforcement corrosion.
The movement of the metal balustrade indicates a loss of connection strength of the middle post. It is our opinion that the metal balustrade requires being replaced due to non-compliant strength and also height.
Recommendation: Replace brick balustrades with lighter aluminium balustrades to significantly reduce the loading on the concrete slab.
Status: WORK IN PROGRESS. The front of the building’s three balconies have been complete. Left to do are the three balconies to the rear of the building.
It will come as no surprise, but the BCA continues to emphasise the importance building safety.
The level of balustrade safety has continued to increase over the past 15 years. New systems are now required to withstand additional loading, remove the risk of climbing and yet remain practical to the project and aesthetically pleasing.
It is important when designing balustrades that the above requirements are achieved as well as compliance with the BCA and Australian Standards.
Bellmont has a vast amount of experience in designing balustrades and has the capabilities to design, test, inspect and certify balustrades in accordance with the BCA and Australian Standards.
For any questions or enquiries regarding balustrades please do not hesitate to contact our office and speak with one of our highly trained engineers or myself.
Century Tower, a boutique residential tower rising 52 storeys and prominently situated in the heart of Sydney CBD required remedial design and works to ensure the compliance of the balcony balustrades.
The concern was the loading capacity and installation of the glass panes within the balustrade. Bellmont was asked to engineer a solution which impacted minimally on view and aesthetics, yet provided for the required design and load performance. and management along the entire length of the job.
The problem in the original design with the balustrades lies in the geometry— straight glass panels secured into to curved aluminium top rails! The glass was unable to be secured sufficiently to prevent falling.
Bellmont’s design incorporated subtle mounting plates with structural fixings and silicones. The solution is being implemented by Abbseilers United—under the watchful eye of our Project Engineers.