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.
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.
With some 40,000 cars passing by it on a daily basis, the heritage listed Ultimo City apartments are a Sydney Landmark many would recognise.
Due to worsening water damage through the rooftop planter boxes and terrace membranes, Bellmont were appointed to oversee the rectification of the waterproofing membrane. Whilst rectifying the problem was of paramount importance, due to the age and cultural significance of the building, we had to simultaneously oversee the resoration process to ensure that all works would maintain the aesthetic integrity of the building.
On initial review you could be forgiven for thinking this was a simple job, but there was one further complication. We had to ensure works were undertaken in a way which would minimise the disruption and displacement of the students who resided in the building.
Laying down the solution