Queen Victoria Market
Meat Hall Refurbishment

Client: City of Melbourne

The Meat Hall at the Queen Victoria Market is a City icon and comprises 41 stalls which sells some of the best value for money fish and meat produce in Melbourne.

The building is approximately 2100 square metres in area and an audit of the site carried out in 2002 indicated that the ground slab within the building was settling due to subsurface moisture and potential leaking hydraulic services.

The audit also identified that the hydraulic services within the tenancies were interconnected which caused major blockages and backflow of the effluent. Based on the recommendations of the audit, the city of Melbourne decided to rectify the hydraulic services, the west wall of the building and the internal slab. This decision also provided an opportunity for the City of Melbourne to refurbish all the tenancies contained within the Meat Hall. Lambert & Rehbein were engaged for the provision of Structural and Hydraulic Engineering services.

The design involved some challenging issues as the refurbishment had to be constructed in stages to allow for continuous market operations. The staged construction involved a design which retained the use of the existing hydraulic services whilst the  progressive construction of the new services, paving slab and refurbishment of the individual tenancies was taking place.

The design of the internal ground slab had to take into consideration the subsurface moisture, existing retained services, progressive construction and a requirement for very frequent wash down of the slab by the tenants.

The structural Engineering services also entailed design of screw piled underpins on the west wall to minimise settlement of the wall from the subsurface moisture. Regular advice was also given during construction to the Contractor for any structural support works required for the refurbishment of the individual tenancies

Project Scope:

  • Extensive liaison with City of Melbourne and Queen Victoria Market to arrive at an effective staged construction procedure that would allow market operations to continue with minimal impact;
  • Design of approximately 1000 square metres of ground slab;
  • Design of underpinning for west wall;
  • Design of structural transfer supports resulting from refurbishment of the tenancies; and
  • Construction stage services including periodic site visits to review construction at various stages for checking general compliance with the design intent.