Features of this project included:
Working within the secure Fremantle Terminal, all personnel working on site had to obtain clearance including a Maritime Security Identification Card and Fremantle Ports Access Card which we managed to ensure all our trades had this prior to starting on site.
Upon award we workshopped with all key stakeholders, structural engineers, architects and our subcontractors to provide buildability advice to the installation of the external canopy.
Having previously used movable screens within the customs arrival hall, our works were to install new glazed screening the met customs needs. As well as being functional, Cox Architects had designed the screens to have the detail of the topography of the surrounding seabed printed in the glass. As part of the workshops we worked with our subcontractor to provide several samples of different opacities that met the security and design needs.
The screens were affixed within the heritage building floor to the parquetry. With the nature of any heritage building, the added complexity of floor levels varying by up to 40mm added an extra complexity. Any difference in height across the 100m main run of glazing to create a corridor would have been highly visible requiring a team of skilled workers to deliver.
The glazed screens provided a series of rooms and also extended down the existing escalators to provide a divide to arriving and departing guests. To install within the foyer and escalators, structural beams and the glass was craned in and guided into place.
Externally, the glazed canopy was constructed within the live car park and extended over 35 metres. The canopy not only provides shelter to arriving and departing passengers, but also created a modern entry statement that tied into the original architecture.
Throughout the project, we had to provide workarounds to deliveries that stream through the port from cargo ships including car, boats, caravans with dates being flexible due to weather conditions. Passenger ships also continued to arrive and disembark throughout; each time requiring us to stop works until the ships left requiring careful planning and programming.