113 St Georges Bay Road
- 113 St Georges Bay Road (the Faraday building) was formerly a forgotten part of Parnell, used predominantly for warehouse space and small industry. Now, this 1930s icon is full of life, with original raw brick walls, exposed solid timber trusses, new solid oak floors and a real New York loft style charm.
- The block is made up of two buildings; the first noted above, and the second a newer building on the corner of Cleveland Road, featuring heights perfect for high-end showroom displays.
- Redevelopment started with a full internal demolition including temporary mezzanines, all walls and the majority of the slabs. The external demolition saw the end of numerous roller-door entries, a 50% removal of brick in-fills and, in the Cleveland building, the removal of asbestos cladding and an unattractive façade.
- In both instances large shop-front windows were installed, creating a bright and inviting environment. Custom-made bi-fold doors were installed to the shops in the Faraday building to suit a wide variety of business purposes and the old exterior paint was removed. This was a challenging process as the old bricks were too soft to water or sandblast without causing significant damage. Instead, time was taken to carefully grind back the bricks, revealing the character of the building underneath.
- Another challenge was the extent of existing damage to the building’s concrete structure, which was only fully revealed after demolition had begun. In close communication with the structural engineer, we methodically made our way from one end of the building to the other, removing spooled concrete, grinding back and welding on additional reinforcing steel and reinstating the concrete with high-strength repair grout. The results from this important process were outstanding. Both elevations were fully scaffolded and shrink-wrapped to enable continued progress on internal works while the building envelope was open.
- Asbestos was located in Cleveland Road’s exterior cladding. Our fully certified contractors ensured this was removed quickly and effectively. We also replaced all existing glass in the saw-tooth roof with toughened safety glass.
- At the Faraday building, a full first-floor was constructed, serviced by a timber/steel staircase. The ground floor was divided into nine shops and a new lift was installed for alternative access to level one. This level comprised eight separate offices, varying in size, with full height glazed windows, solid oak floors and exposed steel beams featuring the original gantry cranes. Two communal kitchens and high-end bathroom finishes and fittings completed this internal refit.
- For the interior of Cleveland Rd, the first process post demolition was to insulate, line, stop and paint the ceilings. Its 14m high ceilings were only accessible via scissor lift early in the redevelopment. This building’s interior refit also included new polished concrete slabs for the showrooms, generous timber staircases to the mezzanine floors and exposed steel trusses.