The complete refurbishment of an iconic Melbourne CBD building vacant since 1994 is about to be completed by Built, whose outstanding safety performance at the site has just received the only Excellence in Health & Safety Award at the MBAV Excellence in Construction Awards held this month.
With the largest scaffold works the city has seen to date, The William (corner William and Little Bourke Streets) is being transformed into the city’s newest luxury residential address, complete with room service and a concierge.
Situated in a busy CBD location with tight access constraints, the project required demolition of every façade across two towers over 20 storeys high. Each tower had its footprint enlarged and extended by three storeys to create 529 apartments, serviced apartments, a large office area, retail tenancies, gymnasium and an open roof top pool area.
Scaffolding was approximately 83m high, equating to 23 levels. Built collaborated with WorkSafe to create a case study as part of their scaffold training course that demonstrated how to best erect a complex scaffold on a Melbourne CBD construction site.
One key safety innovation was a modularisation concept for the balconies that allowed these components to be pre-fabricated off site. This method significantly reduced the number crane lifts required by over a thousand, and reduced the risks of working at height.
The multifaceted demolition, hazardous materials removal and extension of the structure at height have presented project challenges that Built has managed safely for over1800 workers, with over 783,256 man hours completed.