Cessnock Community Centre


Cessnock Community Centre
Cessnock, NSW


Cessnock City Council

Construction Budget


Project Details

The development comprised:

  • Refurbishment of existing two storey steel framed building
  • Retention of heritage façade and creation of new auditorium foyer and amenities
  • New performance facility including stage with subfloor, and tiered seating

Challenge Faced / Engineering Problem Solved:

  • Mine Subsidence Design Reviews
  • Increased Earthquake Design requirements due to deep soft soils
  • High water table causing hydrostatic uplift pressures on the building
  • Construction over a main stormwater drainage channel whilst maintaining the heritage façade
  • Strengthening modifications of existing 2 storey building to account for new loadings and lift structure

Safe Strong Stable Solution

Construction systems used included:

  • Building supported on steel screw piles
  • Continuously reinforced basement and ground floor slabs
  • Watertight basement perimeter walls
  • Structural steel and timber framed stage
  • Structural steel framed tiered seating with precast planks
  • Structural steel framed roof and awnings

Engineering Design Services / Reviews

  • Earthquake and wind modelling, analysis and design
  • Footing and pile foundation design using steel screw piles
  • Conventionally reinforced basement slab design for mine subsidence and hydrostatic uplift pressures
  • Suspended concrete upper level tiered seating on structural steel frames
  • Structural steel column and wall analysis and engineering design
  • Structural steel roof rafters, purlins and awning framing analysis and engineering design
  • Civil Stormwater pipe and pit modelling including carpark detention, analysis and design
  • Civil Roadworks and pavement analysis and design
  • Sediment and Erosion Control Design

Project Type

Existing Building Demolition
Alterations and Additions
New Building Construction

Engineering Type

Structural & Civil
Construction Phase Services

Project Stages

  • Site investigation and assessment of founding conditions, mine workings, drainage channel and water table levels
  • Structural and Civil Engineering Design and Documentation
  • Design workshops and Project Meetings
  • Design Coordination All Consultants and Principal Contractor
  • Safety in Design / Environmental Considerations
  • Construction Phase Services – Site Inspections, RFIs, Shop Drawing Reviews

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