Situated intricately behind King William Street at the end of a closed laneway, yet rising conspicuously above its surrounds, Toms Court Hotel includes 13 storeys of short stay accommodation and serviced apartments as well as ground floor reception and cafe.
SYNERGY CONSTRUCT was awarded in both the National and South Australian 2021 AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards – Commercial Construction – $2-$25 million category for the work completed on the Toms Court Hotel project. Additionally Project Manager Denis Clignon was awarded a Building Professional of the Year award for his leadership on the project.
The extremely tight 250m2 site and narrow laneway presented major challenges with creating and managing a functional, practical and community friendly logistical plan to service the construction phase of the project. Location of the tower crane, loading dock and associated protective hoardings were all planned and successfully communicated with the surrounding community and Local Authorities. Significant research and planning for traffic management was necessary, including the modification of the Halifax Street median strip to allow heavy reticulated vehicles to manoeuvre and deliver large structural elements into the Toms Court loading dock.
An intricate piling design was undertaken and executed to support the tall, slender structure, with approximately 70 piles bored at a depth of 14m. Pile caps were integrated into the ground floor raft slab, which due to the small footprint, required co-ordination of 7 different structural finished ground floor levels (including the lift pit).
The superstructure consists of full loadbearing precast panels that are tied with dowels to the Deltacore precast flooring system. External balconies and internal scissor stairs were also precast and installed as part of each level’s structural cycle. Each of these elements and the co-ordinated installation regime assisted in achieving exceptionally quick floor cycle times, which led to Practical Completion being achieved 1 month ahead of program.