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Melbourne Central Column Truncation

Melbourne Central Column Truncation

Melbourne Central
Design and Construct
Melbourne VIC

Key Aspects

Freyssinet was asked to design a suitable jacking solution to safely carry the load of the entire column and lattice glass roof structure. Once the temporary jacking solution was designed, Freyssinet had to install and carefully jack the entire system, releasing the bottom hinge bearing. The bottom bearing was carefully cut from the bottom column section as it would be reused on the new slab. Furthermore the bottom column section was truncated leaving the roof and upper column section resting on the Freyssinet jacking system. The existing bearing was reattached to the top column section, grouted below and the entire assembly lowered.
A new slab was casted in between two existing levels where there was enough headroom
to do so. This added a whole new level to the building overall. In the middle of this new slab
was a steel column that could be removed in the lower level. This column's only purpose was
to keep the glass roof supported.