The Goldsbrough Mort building was originally built in 1883 as a wool store; in 1995 the building was re-developed into an apartment building with commercial and residential tenancies. Much of the original construction of large hardwood columns and beams with hardwood flooring is still exposed between Ground floor and Level 8. The structure of the building and other fire protection systems do not currently comply. On 8 November 2010, the City of Sydney issued a Fire Order on the Goldsbrough Mort building. The rectification works associated with this project have been designed and documented by the Principal’s Consultants (Jackson Teece Building Diagnostics and Engineered Fire Solutions) and in brief includes the following works to upgrade the active and passive fire protection systems from Level 1 to Level 7 inclusive:
- Relocation of existing tenants for the duration of the works
- Removal of the existing ceiling linings and replacement with a new fire rated ceiling system.
- Installation of Intubatt and Intucoat fire treatment to the dividing walls between units located above the ceiling line.
- Relocation existing and installation of new sprinkler heads specifically for the protection of exposed timber columns.
- Installation of surface mounted light fittings to ensure that the new fire rated ceiling is not penetrated.
- Repainting of all each apartment