Ark

A Hickory Construction Project

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Limited space and access issues created opportunity for innovation

Ark is a 10 storey mixed-use development in the heart of inner city Richmond. It features nine levels with 183 one, two and three bedroom apartments, gymnasium and theatre for residents, three basement car park levels and retail tenancies over two levels.

As the front of this development is located along a busy commercial strip, Bridge Road, it was crucial that this development frontage complement the distinctive Bridge Road streetscape.

The façade to the entrance and space around the site was limited by tramlines running at the front of the building along Bridge Road, and access to the site from another block Hickory purchased prior to construction was restricted by Council.

  • Initially designed to have a precast concrete panel façade and entrance, Hickory recommended a Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) alternative to mitigate constructability and site location problems with tradition concrete panels
  • Long corridors meant that Hickory had to turn to a different Mechanical/Smoke Management Sub-System more commonly used internationally
  • Bored pier for retention system and conventional concrete slab which is post tension concrete structure

Location: 243 Bridge Road, Richmond

 

CONSTRUCTION DURATION
22 months

COMPLETION DATE
September 2011

CLIENT
Cremorne Corporation

ARCHITECT
Fender Katsalidis Architect

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Cardno Limited

BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEER
NJM Design