Bridgeview – 48 Upper Pitt Street, Kirribilli
1960s unit block benefits from an uplift to living standards and value
Buildcorp’s Asset Solutions team were engaged by the owners corporation to rejuvenate this 1960s apartment block. The building was suffering from water ingress, inadequate fire services, poor ventilation and a lack of external living areas. Rather than simply remediating the problematic structure, the owners corporation decided to endeavour upon a grander project to ‘uplift’ the façade and improve their unit values in the process.
The scope of the works included:
- New sliding doors, windows and additional balconies for all units
- Complete overclad of the existing façade
- Upgrading the fire services
- Installing new mechanical infrastructure
- Remedial works, such as concrete spalling repairs and waterproofing to the roof
The project presented a number of engineering and geometric challenges for our project team. After an investigatory period, a number of unique and innovative solutions were developed. These enabled the installation of a linear façade onto an irregular structure and the incorporation of modern steel balcony supports onto the existing concrete encased steel structure, to form a smooth cladding profile for a two-way curve on the balcony balustrade.
Beyond these technical challenges, the project team also successfully managed a live environment. The apartments remained fully occupied for the duration of the works and the project team coordinated the sequencing of the works with the local high school to ensure HSC exams could proceed without disruption.
The finished solution is an excellent demonstration of Buildcorp’s ability to deliver a full ‘uplift’ project that has added significant value to the client’s asset and created a new legacy for Sydney’s iconic harbour skyline.
WINNER: 2019 Master Builders Association of NSW ‘Excellence in Housing’ Awards ‘Home Unit Renovation- External’.