Grand Central Apartments


Grand Central Apartments
Newcastle East, NSW


Pacific Lifestyle Projects Pty Ltd

Construction Budget


Project Details

The development comprised the folllowing:

  • Construction of a new 9 storey apartment and services apartment building including 5 storey carparking and ground floor commercial premises
  • Retention of existing heritage facade

Challenge Faced / Engineering Problem Solved:

  • Variable founding depths required detailed foundation and pile assessment
  • Boundary wall excavations under adjacent buildings required cantilever secant pile walls due to inability to provide temporary ground anchors under neighbouring properties
  • Design of heritage facade temporary support systems to allow for demolition of the existing structure

Safe Strong Stable Solution

Construction systems used included:

  • Heritage façade retention using vertical and diagonal structural steel bracing systems
  • Building supported on a combination of reinforced concrete and steel screw piles
  • Cantilever boundary secant pile wall used to excavation below adjacent property foundations and to control groundwater seepage
  • Reinforced concrete pile caps, ground slabs, footings and tie beams
  • Conventionally reinforced concrete columns, shear walls, cores and stairs
  • Post-tension suspended concrete systems
  • Structural steel awnings and plant framing

Engineering Design Services / Reviews

  • Earthquake and wind modelling, analysis and design using conventional reinforced concrete shear wall and core systems
  • Temporary façade retention system analysis and design
  • Footing and pile cap foundation analysis and design
  • Reinforced concrete column and wall analysis and engineering design
  • Suspended concrete upper level slab and beam designs using post tension systems
  • Structural steel roof rafters, purlins and awning framing analysis and engineering design

Project Type

Existing Building Demolition
Façade Retention
New Building Construction

Engineering Type

Construction Phase Services

Project Stages

  • Site investigation after demolition of existing structure and retention of heritage façade
  • Structural Engineering Design and Documentation
  • Design Workshops and Project Meetings
  • Design Coordination with all Consultants, Client and Principal Contractor
  • Safety in Design / Environmental Considerations
  • Construction Phase Services – Site Inspections, RFIs, Shop Drawing Reviews

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Let’s Design Safe, Stable & Strong Solutions Together!