For quite some time now we Sydney-siders have noticed a rise in the amount of cranes popping up around our city , closely followed by the opening of impressive high rise apartments. However, it seems projects are shifting within the construction industry with the amount of residential projects experiencing a slow period. To counteract this decline, the industry is now experiencing an increase in commercial projects which has allowed the sector to continue to thrive.
In such a populated city such as Sydney there was a constant demand for more accommodation which prompted the creation of a mass amount of high rise apartments. However, this demand has shifted and is now for commercial spaces such as offices, retail properties and hotels. Now more than ever individuals and companies alike have the financial stability and entrepreneurial drive to invest into infrastructure and structural upgrades to further their business ventures, which not only reflects the strength of our economy at the moment, but creates a bright and stable future for the construction sector as a whole.
Whether it be a demand for residential or commercial projects, the construction sector is booming, meaning your friendly neighbourhood cranes are not going anywhere soon.
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.
Late last year I had the pleasure of joining the BellMont Façade Engineering team as their Junior Marketing co-coordinator. When applying for a job within a civil and structural engineering firm I thought that I had a sound idea of what the industry entailed. In actuality, the work it encompassed was far more than I imagined, leading me to strongly believe that the work my co-workers are capable of, is nothing short of amazing.
I always pictured it the same way, a person sitting at a desk sketching the plans for what would become a flawless structure I could pass on the street. The reality is, there are many different sectors of engineering. In my time so far I have learnt that civil and structural engineering is not just drawing up plans and watching them magically come to life at the hands of skilled tradesmen, but rather hands on work on strata buildings, heritage buildings and iconic monuments to name a few. These projects involve hours of consultations and inspections, pages upon pages of expert given recommendations, months to years of progress watching a project truly blossom, hundreds of projects in the ultimate balancing act and the most rewarding part, having the power to successfully transform a buildings health.
So I leave you with this…The best way I’ve come to understand it and a way that might help you too, is to think of a civil or structural engineer as your structures doctor. Just like you, your structures health is going to have moments where it’s not at its best and requires professional advice. BellMont Facade Engineering have over 17 years of experience in the structural and civil engineering industry overseeing the restoration of hundreds of buildings. So…who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! No…Its BellMont of course! (Unless your building is haunted, we don’t do that sort of thing ;) )
The Oscar on Hollywood is a multi level residential complex, consisting of two buildings located in Bondi Junction. The Owners have embarked on a large scale remedial project to remove all traces of concrete “cancer” and delaminating render and subsequently apply a three coat acrylic external grade paint coating system.
This project has also provided an ideal opportunity for the Owners to alter the colour schedule of the building and revitalise its appearance.
Bellmont is providing project and technical supervision services, ranging from detection and quantification of concrete/render repair volumes to paint application and adhesion testing of the applied coatings.
Paint adhesion tests are being undertaken utilising a pneumatic testing unit which measures the strength of the bond between the new paint and the host substrate.
Regular dry film thickness tests (DFT) of the paint coating are also being undertaken and recorded with the paint supplier in order to ensure correct coverage rates are being achieved.
The project is progressing well and is anticipated to continue for the majority of this year.