Red Bend multi-purpose hall

Client: Red Bend College, Forbes

Project: Gym, Drama and Music Centre

Description: Converting and extending the existing indoor sports hall to create a 2100m2 gym, drama and music centre costing approximately $4.5 million

Barnson’s Role: Geotechnical investigation, Structural, civil and hydraulic engineering design and site inspections.

Time framePlanning stages began in 2013, construction began 2014 and was completed in January 2015

The goal of this project was to refurbish the existing indoor sports hall and more than double its size so that it could be used for indoor sports, drama and music practice, as well as for theatre performances.

Barnson undertook the geotechnical investigation, civil, structural and hydraulic design. Our team worked with the project architects, Glendenning Szoboszlay Architects Pty Limited, to ensure the project was delivered in a timely and economical manner.

Major elements of the project were the engineering design for a new roof over the whole project and new suspended slabs to form a basement with concrete block retaining walls. The new fire hydrant design included hose reels to incorporate the whole site, due to its complexity.

The biggest challenge of the project was working with the existing structure and making use of its frame as much as possible to reduce the build cost. Barnson prepared detailed model drawings of the existing structure from the previous workshop drawings and then built on this model to incorporate the structural elements to suit the architectural intent.

The fire design was also very challenging as the mains pressure was insufficient. New tanks were installed on-site to provide sufficient fire mains pressure and water flow.

Due to the complexity of adding onto existing steelwork and concrete, the builder was in constant contact with our Parkes office to arrange for design amendments where the existing structure didn’t match the original design. By providing timely responses to RFIs, the builder’s program continued with only minor interruptions.