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West Australian Newspapers Ltd

Structural Engineering

Project Type / Category
Manufacturing
End Client
West Australian Newspapers
Architect
Jones Coulter Young
Contractor
Merit Projects
Project Value
$170M
Project Location
Herdsman, Perth, Western Australia
Project Completion
2007
Value Engineering Solution
  • Extensive investigation of ground conditions and innovative design enabled structure to be built on shallow footings rather than expensive piling.
Unique Design Items
  • Settlements, natural frequencies and set out dimensions were all designed and constructed to extremely tight tolerances.
Awards
  • 2007 Concrete Institute of Australia Award
  • 2006 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards - Overall Winner (Awarded to Doric Constructions)
  • 2006 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards - Commendation: Division 4 Commercial and Industrial (Category over $30M)(Awarded to Doric Constructions)

This printing expansion project was the largest capital works program undertaken in the West Australian Newspaper’s 175 years of operation. The $170M capital commitment involved construction and commissioning of a new heat set press and colour press line.

Acting as the Lead Consultant, Pritchard Francis was involved in master planning, coordination with press suppliers in Germany, visits to a similar facility overseas, building design, documentation and contract administration.

The building consisted of a steel skeleton support structure clad with tilt-up concrete panels. Internally, 1m thick suspended concrete tables supported 3,000 tonnes of press equipment. Both table and foundation were poured with shrinkage reducing additives and low heat of hydration concrete to ensure the 120m long structures performed adequately. Settlements, natural frequencies and set out dimensions were all designed and constructed to extremely tight tolerances.