Phillip Island Nature Park

Client: Phillip Island Nature Park

The Seal Rocks Sea Life Centre is a popular tourist attraction at Point Grant, Phillip Island.  The centre consists of a steel framed building with extensive glass curtain walls and external board walk facilities to view the largest colony of Seals in Australia.  In 2002 a strong wind caused the roof sheeting to detach from the purlins and caused some damage to the glass curtain walls. The building was partially closed down to the public because of the concern with the habitability of the building.

Lambert & Rehbein were engaged by Phillip Island Nature park to carry out a building assessment to determine the extent of remedial works required to make the building habitable. The building assessment required input from the following consultants:

  • Lambert & Rehbein to determine the capacity of the exisitng building structure in accordance with the current building regulations
  • Lambert & Rehbein to determine the capacity of the existing roof drainage system in accordance with the current regulations
  • Santel Architects to determine the suitability of the roofing materials, OH&S issues, weatherproofing and Disabled access.
  • Sanderson Consultants to determine the suitability of emergency lighting, heating/cooling and mechanical ventilation.
  • Logan Project Services to determine the suitability of the existing glass curtain wall system.

The assessment indicated that Structural, Architectural and Mechanical/Electrical remedial works were required to make the building habitable. Lambert & Rehbein were Principal Consultants for the assessment and were responsible for coordinating all the required remedial concept works for presentation to the client.