January 2020: Pre-Construction
St Sophia Greek Orthodox Church sits on the prominent Paddington corner of South Dowling and Napier Streets. The Heritage Building, over a century old, is beginning to show it's age. BellMont are in the early stages of a facade restoration where the issues of concrete spalling, render delamination and extensive corrosion will eventually be rectified. This January 2020 update displays some of these issues as the building is being prepared and cleaned for construction.
Early February 2020: Update 2
We return to Heritage Building St Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Paddington to check out the progress that's been made on the facade restoration. Already we see big changes. Some surfaces have been stripped back, repaired, cleaned and the painting process has begun. Including the application of waterproofing membrane.
End of February 2020: Update 3
There is lots of action at this stage of St Sophia's facade restoration. We see the re-rendering of surfaces, the excavation of the rendered topping to reveal corroded steel reinforcement, a few finished painted surfaces and plenty more to do. Stay tuned and subscribe to our channel for more updates. Click the icon below.
In Australia there are a number of historical buildings and locations, often referred to as ‘heritage sites’ or ‘heritage listings’, with systems put in place that govern how they are protected and maintained; such as the Burra Charter. The specifics for how something becomes a heritage site differs from state to state, but in general, an application must be made to the relevant governing bodies who will then determine whether the site in question will be listed as heritage.
Heritage listed sites are often quite old, usually built with materials that are no longer in production. This can make the maintenance on heritage listings fairly intricate and challenging, but there are a number of reasons why it is important to do so. If you don't keep on top of everything that needs doing, problems will pile up and often escalate, leading to more expensive work requiring to be undertaken.
Originally introduced in 1979, the Burra Charter was adopted for the protection and preservation of the historical mining town, Burra in South Australia. Since the its inception, numerous people have collaborated and worked to update it, ensuring that the charter continues to be a source of not just relevant theoretical information concerning the maintenance of all heritage buildings, but also the practical. To date, in Australia, it remains to be the chief source of information regarding the proper procedures that should be followed when undertaking works on heritage sites.
One of the more tangible reasons to make sure a heritage site is looked after and doesn’t fall into a state of disrepair, is that they can be great for promoting financial growth in an area. This is mostly due to tourism, as people will come from far and wide to see a little piece of history. This is especially important in more remote and rural areas of the country.
Another reason for the protection of heritage listings, is the preservation of history and culture. Often times these sites offer a snap-shot into the time period of their development, which offers a unique insight into what it was like back then. Architecture and building technologies of a period have always lent a unique perspective otherwise unobtainable into what a society would have been like.
We would be remiss to not mention that another reason for their protection is for an artistic sake, so that future generations can appreciate the marvels of yesteryear. Photographs and videos can only do so much, and it is unlikely that actually visiting a site and seeing it with your own eyes will ever be beaten.
Although many of these sites can be tricky to maintain and prevent dilapidation, don’t worry. Here at BellMont we have the benefit of almost 20 years’ experience in the field and we’re ready to help.
So if you’re looking for an engineer to help you with a heritage project, contact us today.
With the word façade meaning face in French, it makes absolute sense that this component of a building is one of great importance. The façade of a building, if designed correctly can, generate business for commercial buildings, create a great first impression and leave a lasting one, serve a practical security purpose, create a point of differentiation and has the power to be environmentally effective.
The first thing that usually convinces a client to enter a store to potentially purchase items, is its store front. Unusual or beautifully designed facades have the same effect, capturing the attention of onlookers who are intrigued by the façade of the building. For a business, a great façade has the power to intrigue and lure consumers in, which can generate not only interest in the innovative business, but generate business.
A Great First Impression:
As mentioned before the word ‘façade’ is a French word for ‘face’. Now, when you meet a person for the first time the first thing you see is their face and whether they make a good or bad impression , the thing you remember , in most cases, is their face or look. This is the same for a building. A successful façade allows onlookers to develop a great and lasting impression of a business or residential structure, without even knowing the buildings purpose or contents.
When it comes to both residential and commercial buildings, façades have the power to not only look interesting, but offer an element of practicality. Structures with solid marble, stained or mirrored glass facades allow their occupants to maintain a sense of security, as no one can see in, while also looking aesthetically pleasing.
Create a Point of Differentiation:
A great façade has the power to grab attention and keep it. Unique facades offer their occupants the opportunity to express their personality, unique style and stand out from the surrounding buildings, thus creating a point of differentiation. For occupants of residential buildings this is a major plus, for commercial complexes, it’s an effective marketing strategy.
If you would like to upgrade your buildings’ façade, you’ve come to the right place. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help give your building new life!