Archive for the ‘Hydraulic Services’ Category

Warren Smith & Partners Involvement with the Redevelopment of Darling Harbour

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

A history of our involvement…

In 1983 in the 2nd year of operation, Warren Smith & Partners (WS+P) were engaged by Yates Developments to undertake the design of the Hydraulic and Fire Services for a proposed weekend marketplace and mid-week car parking facility on the previous Dairy Farmers Milk Distribution Centre site at the western end of Liverpool Street which has been closed on the Darling Harbour site. The project was fully documented, tendered and prior to commencement of construction, the NSW Government advised Yates Developments that the land was to be resumed which in turn prevented commencement of construction.

In 1985, Warren Smith & Partners were engaged by the Managing Contractor, Leighton Contractors on behalf of the then Darling Harbour Authority to undertake the Masterplanning work of the infrastructure services required to service the overall Darling Harbour Redevelopment.

As a result of the infrastructure services masterplan, the infrastructure services were installed to service the various development sites in Darling Harbour. One of the early infrastructure works was undertaken by Sydney Water to amplify the existing Haylackey stormwater drainage culvert which collected significant catchments from the southern catchment area of Darling Harbour and was installed to cater for a capacity for a 20 Year Storm Event to minimise flooding  issues at the southern end of Darling Harbour.

Interestingly enough,  during the excavation and construction of the Haylackey stormwater culvert an old timber wharf was found approximately 100 metres south of the existing southern seawall of Darling Harbour which was constructed in the earlier days of our Colony.

In late 1985, Warren Smith & Partners were engaged as Hydraulic & Fire Engineering Consultants for the new Convention Centre which has been replaced by the new ICC Building plus the adjacent Festival Marketplace project and both projects were finished on time for the 1988 bi-centennial celebrations.

In more recent years, Warren Smith & Partners were awarded the Hydraulic & Fire Engineering Consultancy Services for the Darling Walk Development tenanted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and that project also involved a significant early works package to deviate Sydney Water stormwater and sewer drainage infrastructure.

The Darling Walk Development was one of the first buildings to be credited with a 6 star Greenstar rating before fully operational and the work involved by Warren Smith & Partners in regards to Sewer Mining and blackwater treatment plant to provide the water supply for the cooling towers in both buildings which saves an approximate 100,000 Litres of towns water consumption each day which was a significant contribution to the obtaining of the 6 star Greenstar rating.

Another major project at Darling Harbour that Warren Smith & Partners were involved with as Hydraulic & Fire Engineering Consultants is the 34 storey Sofitel Hotel building adjacent the southern end of the new International Convention Centre.

Close to and not that far away from the Darling Harbour Redevelopment area are the Barangaroo South Commercial Office Towers (3 off) together with the Residential Towers.  Warren Smith & Partners have been involved and are currently involved as Hydraulic & Fire Engineering Consultants.

Warren Smith & Partners were also involved as the Hydraulic, Fire & Civil Engineering Consultants for the Barangaroo Reserve Project where approximately 85% of all rainwater and irrigation water that permeates through the ground is captured, treated and reused for irrigation purposes over the Barangaroo Reserve and parkland area.

Another outstanding piece of engineering work for the Barangaroo Reserve project involved the investigation and subsequent removal in total of an existing Sydney Water sewer pump station  utilising micro-tunnelling engineering technique to enable the existing Sydney water sewer from Walsh Bay Finger Wharfs to be deviated by gravity 900 metres south under Hickson Road to connect to an existing Sydney Water sewer pump station situated opposite the Bond Building in Hickson Road.

Dangrove Art Storage Facility, Alexandria NSW

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Warren Smith & Partners are delighted to have had been given the opportunity to provide hydraulic, fire and Sydney Water Services Coordination consultancy for the new Dangrove Art Storage Facility.

This 10,000m² state of the art storage facility houses Judith Neilson’s private contemporary Chinese art collection. With an impressive Great Hall of 90m long; Dangrove is able to accommodate events and display large artwork installations comfortably.

We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on this masterpiece.

Prince Alfred Private Hospital

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Warren Smith & Partners are excited to have been engaged by Macquarie International Health Clinic to provide hydraulic, fire, civil, and water servicing coordination services to the Prince Alfred Private Hospital development.

This development will not only provide 376 private hospital beds, seventeen new operating theatres and associated renal dialysis and central sterile services departments within a seven storey building, but also provide 8000 square meters of consulting within a separate nine storey tower. Retail, medical imaging, a GP clinic and urgent care centre will also be provided.

We look forward to the successful delivery of one of NSW’s largest private hospitals.

Port Macquarie Mental Health Unit

Monday, May 29th, 2017

We are delighted to be given the opportunity to improve the Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s (PMBH) ability to deliver quality care for communities across the Mid North Coast.

As it stands the PMBH is forced to transfer a significant number of their mental health patients out of the area due to an undersized mental health unit and insufficient bed numbers.

Warren Smith & Partners will be delivering fire and hydraulic services for the new Port Macquarie inpatient Mental Health Unit which will not only double the number of available beds but include purpose designed features to cater to elderly and younger persons.

 

Healthcare Capability Statement

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

You can download our Healthcare Cabability Statement here.

Press Release: Greenland Centre Tower, Sydney

Monday, May 15th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that we will be working alongside one of Australia’s largest and NSW’s newest plumbing company, CDC Plumbing and Drainage, on Sydney CBD’s tallest residential tower, Greenland Centre.

Warren Smith & Partners will be providing hydraulic services workshop documentation to assist in the delivery of the 235-metre residential building at 115-119 Bathurst Street. The project is set to become not only the tallest, but the most prestigious apartment tower in Sydney; featuring 479 apartments and a 2000 Square metre Creative Hub which will be leased for 99-years to the City of Sydney.

We are extremely excited to commence work on this iconic Sydney project alongside CDC, Probuild, and Greenland Australia.

Domestic Hot Water Presentation to AHSCA

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Warren Smith & Partners’ Hydraulic Technical Manager, Tom Wise, delivered a very informative presentation on ‘Domestic Hot Water Circulation Systems’ at the AHSCA’s most recent general meeting on Tuesday 9th May.

The presentation covered the basics of domestic hot water circulation systems as well as Tom sharing his knowledge on:

  • The importance of keeping the velocity in the system down to mitigate erosion – corrosion;
  • Common dos and don’ts found in hot water systems such as the sizing the balancing valves and where to locate the hot water return pump;
  • Steps to sizing a domestic hot water circulation system including how to calculate the flow rate and friction loss;
  • Ensuring you select the correct pump to meet your design velocity, including tips on how you can improve where the system curve meets the pump curve; and
  • Information on the range of balancing valves and hot water circulation pumps that are available and what each of their benefits/applications are.

The presentation was well received in the room and opened up debates and discussions within the audience regarding the topic.

Press Release: Two MQ, Melbourne Quarter

Friday, April 7th, 2017

April 7, 2017: New consultancy role awarded to Warren Smith & Partners

Warren Smith and Partners have been awarded the Hydraulic and Fire Services consultancy role by Lendlease for Two MQ, the second stage of Melbourne Quarter. We are pleased to continue the long relationship enjoyed between ourselves and Lendlease on this Melbourne based project.

Two MQ is a 29 level commercial tower above ground, which includes 4 levels of basements and retail, main lobby level, 2 levels of plant space and 23 levels of commercial space. There is also Melbourne Square, a significant area of public domain over Werundjeri Way fronting onto Collins Street that we will be involved in designing.

Hydraulic services scope of work includes:

  • Sanitary plumbing and drainage,
  • Hot and cold water
  • Natural gas, and
  • Stormwater drainage

Fire service scope of work includes:

  • Combined fire sprinkler/hydrant system
  • Fire hose reels
  • Automatic smoke detection and alarm system
  • EWIS, and portable fire extinguishers

Fire Fighter for a Day

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Report by Jonathan Mousdell

Last Wednesday 29 April 2017, some of the members of our Hydraulic and Fire services teams attended the Fire & Rescue NSW State Training College at Alexandria. Team members included Jonathan, John, Daniel, Tom, Chris, Chinmay, Mark, Ralph, Manu, Oscar and Roman.
The guys were taken through a hands on approach into what fire fighters have to deal with when attending an emergency, in the vision that when designing fire systems we may have a better understanding of how their operations are carried out.
It was a great afternoon and we’d like to thank FRNSW for the opportunity.

Team Bowling Night

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Hydraulics drafting team went Tenpin bowling on November 16, 2016, and we can say that bowling was definitely the winner on the day. From all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves. Secrets & pins were spilled. One secret that can be divulged here is Rocky was in a under 5 semi-professional left handed amateur one-pin bowling league in China. But was disqualified for being found to be 23 at the time and right handed.
Rocky’s experience in the one pin league put him good stead in the early frames, however when everyone had warmed up, pure luck took over from Rocky’s experience and all scores were level half way going through the first game. The quiet achievers Jane and Sonia slowly built momentum to be in the race, however equipment failure prevented them from coming home strong. In investigations after the games it was discovered that Jane and Sonia’s bowling balls were not Internationally Sanctioned bowling balls and were incorrectly weighted which forced them into the gutters. Scott came out of the gates early with blinding bowling, but the pace could not be sustained and he suffered a minor gluteus maximus strain. Roman was the dark horse, slowly building momentum to be close at the end of the first game. However when all the pins were cleared, dust settled and fashionable kicks were returned to their rightful place the clear winner was Tristan, who bowled the perfect game. No one can exactly remember the score but word on the street is it was close to 600.

Good fun was had by all, due to the credo that what “goes on at tenpin stays at tenpin” the photos below have been altered to protect the guilty. In unfortunate news Rocky has been officially fired as team photographer.

Sonia, carefully surveying the competition…

Then Calmly knocking down all the pins