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.
Today, let's take a walk down memory road as we showcase two significant projects which require our professional engineering and building consultancy services.
Our first project is located in Potts Point involving extensive remedial facade works to achieve a rejuvenating makeover.
The second project is located in Bondi from which Bellmont needed to give it a new look because of major concrete cancer throughout the neglected multi storey building.
Please contact our office for all your building consultancy and engineering requirements.
Macleay Street, Potts Point
Situated at Potts Point and providing some of the most spectacular views of Sydney, the Pomeroy Apartment has been enhanced by the current remedial works.
The building has received a rejuvenating make-over during the past 12 months. This remedial project has involved undertaking render repairs throughout the external building façade which were previously exhibiting a case of crazed cracking, undertaking concrete and crack repairs to specified areas of delamination and spalling, the removal and replacement of damaged window architrave moulds, movement joints and sealant installation, and external façade coating works.
Bellmont has actively been involved in the project and provided progressive site inspections and assessment of façade deterioration issues, along with the supervision and provision of continuous technical advice to the Owners.
Bondi Road, Bondi
Located at Bondi Beach, this multi-storey residential apartment complex was suffering the effects of years of neglect.
Bellmont was engaged to consultant on the rectification of the structural issues which had developed. In fact severe reinforcement corrosion, non compliant balustrades, column failure, membrane failure were a small part of the issues to be overcome.
The structural repairs undertaken to the columns and beams required an elaborate underpinning system to be designed by Bellmont — all whilst the building was fully operational and occupied. The use of sacrificial anodes was strongly recommended by Bellmont to prolong the repair and protection of these structural members.
MDP were engaged to undertake the works