Address: 34 Parliament Place, West Perth, WA 6005
Project Value: $8.8 Million
Construction Time: 55 weeks
Architect: Eames Architects
A competitive tender process was the first of many challenges faced by PACT at 34 Parliament Place. A proven track record in and around office construction delivery ultimately saw the company entrusted to deliver the project, partnering once again with Eames Architects.
The brief? Deliver a 5-storey office building with basement and sub-basement (pump room) to the highest level of finishes in a very constrained site; which proved to be a difficult task, according to Jason Kunkler, General Manager of PACT Construction. “There were established buildings hard-up to all three boundaries, plus Parliament Place is a very busy road,” he stated.
“Dropping boundaries 12 to 13 metres and constructing basements meant we had to be careful with vibrations and the risk of cracking or shifting adjacent buildings. We also had to build an onsite gantry to ensure the public would be protected.”
The building's basement was constructed with concrete contiguous piles and fine grout injections to support neighbouring buildings. The concrete structure is a composite precast and in-situ concrete design with facade treatments including off-form concrete panels, painted concrete panels, feature travertine marble cladding and curtain wall glazing. Due to the constrained nature of the site, all concrete panels, beams and floor panels had to be cast off-site.
A key element of PACT’s project management skills lies in their strong engagement with all stakeholders and neighbouring property owners. “We engaged in fairly regular communications with other property owners about our movements and activities,” said Mr Kunkler.
Creating a high quality office product for the West Perth market saw PACT’s attention to detail come to the fore, resulting in an incredibly high level of specifications and finishes. “The client set the bar very high in regards to the quality of the finished product,” stated Mr Kunkler. “Our attention to the finer details ensured we were able to satisfy their exacting standards.”
PACT’s ability to rise to the challenge at 34 Parliament Place saw the company elected as a 2013 finalist in the Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards.