The Fortune of War Hotel lays claim to some pretty amazing statistics. Not only is it the oldest, continuously licensed hotel in Sydney, but during the two World wars, also served the last drinks for those soldiers shipping out to defend their country. Not surprisingly then, years of continuous service took a toll on the structure of the building.
Upon inspection, a senior member of the Bellmont Facade team identified a number of pressing structural concerns:
Floor joists and bearers showed signs of significant wear and tear and in many cases were rotten throughout
Overarching structural concerns, including significant sagging of the masonry bar
Any structural repair work undertaken had to be done in close collaboration with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Heritage Authority to achieve a Heritage and structurally acceptable solution.
Having undertaken a comprehensive review of the site, Bellmont Facade Engineering developed a remedial strategy, acted as superintendent to appoint and monitor a suitable structural repair specialist and co-developed a bracing strategy for the Masonry bar to ensure there was no damage to other elements of the building, whilst work was undertaken. Work was completed smoothly which has seen the bar been restored to sound structural condition allowing it to continue trade and maintain it's place as the oldest Pub in Sydney.