Project Budget

$32M

Architect

Circa Architecture

Client/Developer

The Federal Group

Year

2010

 

Image courtesy of Federal Hotels and Peter Whyte

Project Brief

Structural civil and hydraulic services engaged directly by the developer

Key Challenges

Large expanses of glazing walls, column free space and a potentially complex roof form were used by the architect to take best advantage of the special site that this building occupies.

From an engineering perspective, rationalising the free form curved roof into a structural form that was simple to build and used cost effective materials and techniques was a significant achievement on this project. This was achieved using a ply-shell structure supported on sparsely located ‘tree columns’.

For a development such as this, significant green credentials were essential and our civil and hydraulic engineers worked with Inspiring Place Landscape Architects to deliver a water sensitive landscape (including the access road) featuring vegetated swales, silt traps and erosion control.

Result

A national and international award- winning development which continued the excellent working relationship Gandy and Roberts enjoys with the client, architect and contractor.

Our civil and hydraulic engineers worked with Inspiring Place Landscape Architects to deliver a water sensitive landscape (including the access road) featuring vegetated swales, silt traps and erosion control.

Rationalising the free form roof was achieved using a ply-shell structure supported on sparsely located ‘tree columns’. The curved roof structure was transformed into a structural form that was simple to build and used cost effective materials and techniques.