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Landscaping structures at ex-Olympic apartment block stopped from sinking

Our brief

After the 2000 Olympics, the apartment blocks constructed to house the thousands of athletes who descended upon Sydney to compete, were sold off for residential use.

 

Despite the apartment blocks being in great condition themselves, many of the landscaping structures sitting outside the front of the apartment blocks, such as the boundary and partial walls, were sinking into the ground.

 

Some of the partial walls had sunken so much that they had become a trip hazard and the paving on top of the partials had become loose and unsafe.

 

The local occupants had been avoiding these landscaping structures for years – scared that paving may fall on their heads.

Our challenge

Without a doubt, the 2000 Olympics was a massive construction and infrastructure undertaking for the city of Sydney. Unsurprisingly, corners were cut, most likely due to time pressure.

 

In the case of the landscaping structures outside these apartment blocks, the original contractors used surface soils which hadn’t been compacted properly. The appropriate footings under the partial and boundary walls weren’t implemented either.

 

Furthermore, the ground hadn’t been excavated deep enough to find a solid base and the soil on which they built these landscaping structures was simply way too soft.

 

Soft ground, poorly compacted soil and a lack of a solid base resulted in the severely sunken structures.

Our solution

As the landscaping structures had become a trip hazard and source of concern for the apartment residents, we got to work as soon as possible.

 

The first step to rectifying the problem was to relevel the sunken boundary and partial walls.

 

Using our own special techniques, we were able to lift the boundary and partial walls back to a height where they were recognisable as walls, not just something for the residents to trip over.

 

Naturally, after lifting the structures, a void was left in the highly unstable, aerated and eroded ground.

 

To stabilise the soil, fill the voids and resolidify the aerated soil underneath the walls, we injected our own GeoPoly™ resin solution into the ground to stop further sinking.

The outcome

Our solutions worked perfectly.

 

The boundary and partial walls outside the ex-Olympic apartment blocks have stood tall since we worked on them. They’ve now been restored back to what they were when first constructed for the Olympic games.

 

The landscaping structures have shown no further signs of subsidence.

 

The apartment residents now move around them with the knowledge that they are safe.

 

The gardens look fantastic!

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