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Department of Commerce

Department of Housing buildings: Maloney Street, Rosebery; Northcott Building, Surry Hills; O’Dea Building, Camperdown

Client: Department of Commerce (whose client was the Department of Housing)

Location: Major high-rise housing unit complexes at Rosebery, Surry Hills and Camperdown.

Task: Repair concrete spalling and other refurbishment.

“The contractor performed extremely well…… Very Good report noted” – Project Officer, Department of Commerce

Andersal Team

Project Manager – Henk van den Heuvel
Site Supervisor – Eddie Issa
Site Supervisor – Peter Kloots

Special Challenges

1. There were potentially extreme resident management issues. Such as assortment of drug issues, alcohol, and mental instability challenges.

2. Stringent OH&S compliance was necessary.

3. The department wanted an optimum economic mix of access methods (swinging stage, knuckle-boom and abseiling)

4. Margins were tight.

5. The budget was restricted to refurbish only the higher priority items.


1. Andersal was warned at the pre-tender briefings that work may not proceed in some areas because of potentially violent resident objection. We in fact refurbished all areas nominated and maintained generally excellent relationship with tenants. Resident (reasonable and unreasonable) objections were handled politely and promptly. All Andersal staff and sub-contractors were briefed on dealing with difficult tenants, handling used needles and had access to secure needle storage, (the foreman at Maloney collected 36 needles before work started).

2. Andersal achieved an excellent OH&S rating achieving no Lost Time Injury (LTI) for almost 20,000 man-hours of site work. The residences were fully occupied during the entire project. Safety audits were conducted by DoC, DoC agents and Andersal throughout.

3. We hired 3 knuckle-booms and 6 swinging stages from Instant Access and used abseilers to achieve a least cost outcome for the client.

4. The budget was tightly controlled and although it was necessary to close each site for one day each (a suicide, an attempted murder and a threateningly violent resident) during the 6 month project, it was still completed in a timely economic manner. We used Parchem Patchroc C on walkways at Northcott as it is a high strength quick drying concrete to cause minimal disruption to residents. We used carbon fibre strengthening at Maloney as a least cost strengthening to garbage chutes.

5. The client restricted many items such as steel panel replacement at O’Dea, and rail painting at Northcott (existing paint tested positive to lead) so higher priority concrete repairs could be completed.

The client achieved some 3900 high quality concrete repairs requiring 33,000 litres of concrete for just over $3M. This was a very cost effective result.

Maloney Street Building

O’Dea Building

Northcott Building