Location : Crown Tower resort, Burswood, Western Australia
Collaborators : Commercial Aquatics Australia
Completed : 2017
Value : $10 million
2017 Master Builders Association (Australia) Excellence in Construction Awards
Specialist Subcontractor of the Year (Commercial Aquatics Australia, Crown Towers, Western Australia)
2017 Master Builder’s Association WA Excellence in Construction Awards
Subcontractor of the Year (Commercial Aquatics Australia)
At the request of Commercial Aquatics Australia, Airey Taylor Consulting provided design and documentation of the structural aspects of this project – consisting of a Main 5 level Cascade Pool, VVIP pool, VVIP spa, general spa, two vitality pools, three water features and a surge tank.
A particular challenge for this project was the site. Crown Towers is sited upon concrete piling and a slab which has a limited loading allowance. A normal design solution would have involved padding the slab with compacted sand and placement of the aquatic features on that base – but the mass of the pools and sand would have exceeded the capacity of the piles, leading to their uneven settlement and ultimately cracking and damage of the new development.
As a consequence, Airey Taylor Consulting investigated alternatives to the sand base, utilising structural high density polystyrene foam that lightened the overall load on the concrete piling and slab. It was necessary to determine the long-term deformation of the polystyrene to ensure even settlement.
The beautiful aesthetic of the resulting aquatic precinct fits the overall design of Crown Towers, the Award winning 6 star hotel which is now the largest hotel complex in Western Australia.