Church House (part of the Cathedral Precinct Development design by Kerry Hill Architects) has been a huge winner for PACT construction – delivering not only the Bankwest Master Builders (WA) Excellence in Construction Awards Best Office Building Award of 2017, but the Master Builders Australia National Award for Best Commercial/Industrial building between $20 million to $50 million.
Airey Taylor Consulting congratulate PACT Construction and thank them for the opportunity to provide a structural engineering response for the substructures on this project, that presented a number of extremely challenging design problems relating to site and other factors.
The top-down construction solution for the building which has two and a half basements resolved the site access restrictions and provided a high rigidity retaining system that mitigated risk to the adjoining heritage and vulnerable buildings of St Georges Cathedral and the Deanery Building – the oldest brick building in Perth.
The architectural configuration of the building required full transfer of all the columns supporting the 7 storey superstructure on a complex geometry floor where five tanks, transformers, stepped terraces, basement entry ramp and the building lobby are all housed.
The result – a stunning building delivered with minimal impact on the surrounding area and beautifully integrating into its heritage listed surrounds – was delivered with dry, safe substructures delivered right up to the boundaries of the available property. This project demonstrates what is possible through techniques now forming the core of the new Advanced Substructures company recently launched to focus on this area utilising these techniques and more.
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