Background

With the expiry of the lease on the current council library building at the end of 2019 and to facilitate the expansion of the local primary school, the council embarked on identifying a new site for the public library. Following a review by the council of their buildings and services delivered, the decision was made to redevelop the council’s main office building and heritage-listed Town Hall. Elements of the works have been staged to enable the council to maintain existing services.

Project Detail

The project scope is to provide a new mixed-use, 4-storey building which includes a basement carpark on the lower ground level. The upper ground (street level) is the main public space with the libraries, gallery space, function/event spaces and community facilities. The first floor includes the main council administration area, council meeting chamber and public study areas. Further council administration and two commercial tenancies then complete level 2.

In addition to the new development, the adjoining heritage-listed town hall is to be modified to accommodate new amenities and a commercial tenancy. The town hall works is a staged demolition with modifications to bring the existing spaces into the new building layout. The documentation for the project was developed utilising Revit as a Building Information Model (BIM).

Construction Detail

Utilising BIM in the design and construction phase has enabled all elements to be fully coordinated and modelled. The building is a steel and concrete design with glass façade and architecturally-designed screen. With the council’s requirement for large open spaces and flexibility, the building has been designed with clear spans up to 20m. Post-tension concrete to the upper ground slab has been utilised to overcome restriction on the overall building height and the requirement for high ceiling levels.

Challenges

– Contaminated soil – following the demolition of the existing building, low level and intermediate waste were identified.

– Careful demolition of the existing office building due to the close proximity to the heritage-listed town hall.

– Staging and rework of services – in order to keep the town hall operational while the new building works commenced, it was necessary to reroute all services.

– Early works – with the council’s requirement for works to commence prior to the completion of all documentatuon, elements of work were brought forward.

Outcomes

Work is currently progressing well with works to the upper levels well underway. The project is programmed for completion in October 2019.

Team

Paul Jennings – Construction Manager

Sean Rendell – Estimator

Ed Tory – Project Manager

Barry Clegg – Contracts Administrator

Greg Chambers – Site Manager

Travis Filmer – HSE Officer

(currently under construction)

Exterior artist impression

Interior artist impression