Bristol Hotel Apartments, Williamstown

Completion year 2017

Key People

Ashley Willis

Structural Project Engineer, Associate

Dara McGrenaghan

Civil Section Manager, Principal

Bob Vidojevic

Hydraulic Project Engineer, Principal

Anthony Squire

Electrical Project Engineer, Principal

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The Bristol Apartments project involved 42 new apartments over five storeys and a split-level basement with car stackers.  Five unique apartments are housed within the completely refurbished former heritage listed hotel building.

Project challenges:

  • A subtle change in floor levels to divert overland flow around the triangular-shaped apartment building without flooding the ground floor apartments or basement
  • A bespoke substation hidden in the basement, with access through a gattic in the basement ramp
  • Flying beams to support the otherwise cantilevered structure necessary to achieve the required five metre clearance

Project features: 

  • External masonry walls were maintained and locally rebuilt, whilst the original timber ground and first floor were removed and replaced with suspended fire-rated slabs
  • The original 100 year old structural steel was reused to support the new first floor slab, which required special details to support the original first floor fireplaces and new stepped slab
  • The original timber roof was in excellent condition for its age, and wholly retained, with local modifications to allow for continuous fire-rated walls to extend to the underside of the tiles
  • The parapet and chimneys above roof level were provided with additional steel restraints