PROJECTS /SALTWATER BARGARA
Project Saltwater Bargara
Location Miller Street, Bargara
Client CABE Developments
Project Engineer Peter Ide
Summary of the Project
Located on the ocean front of Bargara Beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This residential development consists of three levels of luxury units with a basement floor, a concrete roof, swimming pool and landscaping features.
Westera Partners were engaged to carry out the civil and structural engineering services for the project. There were a number of challenges to overcome, one challenge was that the neighbouring properties were located reasonably close to the proposed basement excavation and were in risk of being undermined. Another challenge was the depth of the founding boulder matrix below the basement excavation.
We were able to design and develop a construction methodology that eliminated the need of expensive sheet piling, but still provided adequate stabilisation to the excavation batters for the basement earthwork. The foundation design of the building chosen was a high level spread footing system in the low bearing capacity sands with localised compaction to reduce settlement. We were also able to be flexible with our design approach when the client decided to reconfigure the load bearing wall locations in an effort to optimise the final unit spaces to suit purchasers.
The construction was carried out without any incidents, in time and within budget. The development has won the UDIA QLD state presidents award for best overall development in Queensland as well as the best small - medium density development awards.