Jones Bay Wharf

Recycling of major heritage maritime building (circa 1912) in Pyrmont, NSW, to provide multiple use including entertainment venues and offices that include art workshops, headquarters to a number of Australian businesses. The original design of the building comprises two main levels with independent access and massive riveted steel structure. The bottom access area has natural ventilation which has been used as natural smoke venting to facilitate safe egress. The entire concept design for fire safety includes egress, smoke hazard management and fire resistance of main structure. To preserve appearance of riveted structure a solution was found based on not providing passive protection to exposed steel columns and beams. Instead, on the basis of risk assessments a solution was found that provides sprinklers with added redundancy and reliability.


David Jones Elizabeth Street Store, Sydney

A major refurbishment of David Jones’ flagship store located within the Sydney CBD. The iconic 50m high heritage listed luxury department store building is proposed to undergo a major $200m refurbishment. SGA was responsible for developing the fire safety upgrade strategy and the delivery of fire safety engineering solutions for a variety of issues for the existing building.


Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Sydney NSW

A $250m redevelopment of this unique building. SGA developed a sophisticated fire and life-safety strategy that retained the heritage timber structure.

Crago Flour Mill (Flourmill Studios), Sydney NSW

$6m adaptive reuse of this landmark site as commercial tenancies designed by Allen Jack + Cottier architects. The project won the 2008 MBA Excellence in Construction Award for Adaptive Re-use of a Historic Building.

Argyle Stores, Sydney NSW

SGA ensured this innovative fitout by Dreamtime Australia Design was safe and striking, taking into consideration the heritage timber and sandstone.

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Maritime Heritage Centre at Wharf 7 in Pyrmont is part of the ANMM and houses collections of Australia’s maritime history. The building accommodates a mix of public exhibition spaces, workshops, stores and offices. Using advanced fire modelling tools SGA developed a holistic fire safety strategy which enabled cost-effective deviations from prescriptive code requirements in relation to the large atrium and structural fire resistance levels.

1 Smail Street, Ultimo NSW

The old store building with heritage significance got converted into commercial offices. SGA developed the fire engineering design including risk analysis to justify the retainment of the original exposed timber structure based on the installation of a sprinkler system. This allowed the unique historic character of the building to be maintained to the benefit of the client and their tenants.


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