Byte Construct was engaged by Australia Post in 2017 to undertake the Construction Management of the base build upgrade project for the GPO building.
The project works were a combination of demolition and modernisation of existing services (lifts, chillers and electrical). The Scope included installation of new structural beams and escalators to the existing Heritage building in preparation for a new retail space (H&M). The works were completed from basement to level seven of the building.
Byte Construct was engaged by Australia Post to convert four floors of heritage building into two floors of new retail space and 2 floors of storage & services space. One of the many tasks, was to structurally support the heritage building, cutout a new void space and install 2 new public escalators.
Completed in 1923 after almost a decade of construction, the General Post Office (GPO) was the largest building in Perth at the time of its opening. Now a heritage landmark building, Byte Construct was engaged by Australia Post to undertake the construction, heritage and project management of the GPO base building works for retail giant H&M.
The project works comprised a combination of demolition, building upgrade, heritage, structural and new works, to the;
• Level Two
• Level One
Roof – Refurbishment of existing Atrium glazing. Installation of new chillers and access walkway.
Level Two – Modification to service risers and new H&M offices.
Level One – Modification to service risers and demolition of existing walls to create new open plan area.
Ground – Demolition of space, new escalators and strengthening works.
Basement – New end of trip facilities, stages rooms and reconfiguration of carpenter space.
Services – New lift installation and Mechanical / Electrical major upgrade.
In house high tech 3D structural steel modelling technology was used to assist construction management and clash detection of the new structural steel throughout the project.
The process of clash detection in new construction is simple, however, quite often over looked by builders.
Byte Construct was able to pre-identify both internal design errors and external 3rd party structural; design errors way ahead of receiving steel on site.