Structural Engineering Design for residential apartment complex, Carlton North
Works are nearing completion at Rathdowne Street, Carlton North; an Upmarket multi-level residential apartment complex.
The design and build of this project was difficult from the outset due to the restrictive site conditions and a basement car park that abutted the site boundary on almost all sides.
During the initial design and documentation phase, it was evident to Klopfer Dobos that the use of precast walls was impractical because crane access was extremely limited. Instead the Versaloc block system from Adbri was adopted as the load bearing walls, with steel beams and a bondek slab at each floor level, including the basement.
The basement car park itself was constructed using staged bored piers into weathered rock material and a sprayed concrete wall to the internal face completed in 1.0m maximum incremental vertical segments.
Several staged construction joints had to be introduced into the slabs at the higher levels of the apartment building to account for the difficulty in crane reach from the front of construction site.
Despite the complexity of the project, Klopfer Dobos was up to the task; it has been an interesting and challenging project to have been involved with. The stunning city views from the penthouse suite will surely make the new owners extremely happy.