Hunter Water Corporation


Hunter Water Corporation
Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, NSW



Construction Budget


Project Details

The development comprised:

  • 3 storey commercial office building above finished ground level
  • Single level underground basement carpark

Challenge Faced / Engineering Problem Solved:

  • High Mine Subsidence Design assessment
  • Increased Earthquake Design requirements due to deep soft soils
  • High water table causing hydrostatic uplift pressures on the building
  • Piled raft design model required to consider differential settlements using shallow Altas piles overlying soft soils
  • Increased column grid of 12m x 8m required by client required shallow band beam design
  • High lateral wind forces due to coastal exposure
  • High corrosivity due to coastal exposure

Engineering Design Services / Reviews

  • Earthquake and wind modelling, analysis and design
  • Footing and pile foundation design using piled raft modelling
  • Conventionally reinforced basement slab design for hydrostatic uplift pressures
  • Suspended concrete upper level slab and beam design using post tension systems
  • Structural steel column and wall analysis and engineering design
  • Structural steel roof rafters, purlins and awning framing analysis and engineering design

Safe Strong Stable Solution

Construction systems used included:

  • Building supported on reinforced concrete Atlas piles
  • Continuously reinforced basement slabs
  • Precast Concrete basement perimeter walls
  • Post-tension suspended concrete systems
  • Structural steel framed roof and awnings

Project Type

Greenfield Site
New Building Construction

Engineering Type

Inspection & Report
Construction Phase Services

Project Stages

  • Site Investigation and Assessment of deep soft soils and mine subsidence
  • Structural Engineering Design and Documentation
  • Design Workshops and Project Meetings
  • Design Coordination with all Consultants, Client and Principal Contractor
  • Safety in Design / Environmental Considerations
  • Environmental Materials / Considerations
  • Construction Phase Services – Site Inspections, RFIs, Shop Drawing Reviews

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