Built in 1985, the then Burswood Hotel complex’s exterior has undergone several expansions, renovations and maintenance upgrades and was re-branded in 2012 to Crown Metropol.
With nearly 30 years of exposure to weathering, the façade was in need of a major refurbishment with the priorities being architectural coatings, window sealing and waterproofing the outside. The design and construct contract to bring the façade back to a weathertight new appearance included:
- Wet sealing of existing window seals.
- Removal of loose external coatings and fairing coats.
- Repairs to any damaged or degraded concrete.
- Removal and reinstatement of protective membranes to western balconies and selected restaurant roof areas.
- Full external painting, protective and decorative coating.
- Western balcony re-tiling.
- Western balustrade installation.
- Removal of redundant services.
- Challenges of accessing the façade included utilising a variety of systems including swing stages, mast climbers, rope access, fixed scaffold and elevated work platforms.
- The roof structure was covered by multiple services which made it very difficult to install a watertight membrane. To overcome this challenge, the design team prefabricated sections that were installed to combine seamlessly with the existing services, enabling the waterproofing warranty to be met.
- The hotel remained fully operational throughout the works and Duratec was responsible for the management of traffic and public accessways and hotel service entries.
- The privacy of the tenants was a vital consideration during the works with restricted hours for all noisy works.
- Engineering with temporary supports, including installation with roof-mounted spider cranes.
- Facade Refurbishments