Two Decades of Durability in Docklands

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GHD has been providing durability design and assurance services for Melbourne Docklands public area promenades for more than two decades.

All Docklands developments must ensure uninterrupted public access to the river and dock areas and so all developers are required to provide wide promenades in front of the buildings. As ultimate owner of the promenades, City of Melbourne has required a formal durability planning process for all promenade structures to comply with its maritime structures design standard. The key requirement is for minimal maintenance for the first 25 years of service, and to then achieve a 50 year service life with planned maintenance.

Since our assessments of the original 2 km of timber piled wharves in the 1990s, we have advised developers of remedial work requirements and costs to enable them to determine whether to retain the structures as part of new promenades, or to demolish and build new structures. We then provided durability plans and designs so that the promenade structures would meet the Docklands durability requirements, and so minimise future operating costs.

GHD has advised on promenades at Yarra’s Edge, River Precinct, Bolte Precinct, Shed 21, NQ West Wharf, Victoria Harbour, Shipping Control Tower, Collins Landing, Waterfront City and Australia Wharf East.

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