Structural Design - Solitaire Apartments Development

Client: CBD Properties Pty Ltd

The project consisted of constructing a new 6 storey residential development over an underground basement car park on an existing brown field site in New Farm, Brisbane. Fairweather Proberts were the architects employed to design this luxurious building which backs onto the Brisbane River and has clear views to the Storey Bridge. With just one apartment per floor, each of the five residences has been finished to the highest of standard, with emphasis on classic style, relaxed entertaining and complete liveability. Lambert & Rehbein were engaged to provide structural engineering services from conceptual stage to project competition.

The works included advice on demolition and temporary works to enable the basement to be excavated. The footings consisting of ground beams, pads and cantilever footings were all supported on driven timber piles. The superstructure consisted of reinforced concrete floor slabs supported on a series of reinforced masonry walls, concrete columns and precast concrete wall panels. Due to long spans to enable uncompromising views of the river it was necessary to use Post Tensioning design in certain areas of the slab. Two swimming pools, one at the rear and one on the roof were constructed in reinforced concrete. The lightweight steel roof was framed using steel purlins and beams, and supported on block walls and steel columns.

Scope of Services:

  • Liaison with the Client/Builder’s representative and the Architect
  • Design of footings and temporary shoring works
  • Design of R.C. suspended slabs including some post tensioning
  • Design of R.C. columns and precast wall elements
  • Design of R.C. swimming pool shells
  • Design of reinforced blockwork walls including retaining walls
  • Design of the steel framed roof
  • Inspecting the works during construction