Edgewood Estate is a high quality residential estate in the sought-after northern Wollongong suburb of Woonona.
The Estate houses small to large families and is an integrated environmentally sensitive design with technically complex civil works, streetscape, architecturally designed dwellings and extensive landscaped areas. The entire Woonoona estate is built over a remediated quarry which ceased operation in 1993. The project has won several awards including the 2004 Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Environment award.
In 2004 PBS Building completed a 44 apartment development consisting of two and three storey buildings with a basement carpark and central landscape zone.
Whilst commencing the project on a construct only basis, poor documentation led PBS Building to take a lead design role to ensure the client’s time frames were met. Complex ground conditions dictated the use of a light weight structure of Ultrafloor and load bearing masonry with a combination of face brick and rendered facade.
The challenge as a builder was the considerable ground and subsurface water conditions associated with the underground stream that could not be interfered with. To ensure existing groundwater conditions were maintained, an underground water course over 20m deep was constructed. Beneath the basement, the slab sat on a screw pile foundation, sustaining environmental and local ground conditions.