Preserving Heritage – The icon of Melbourne’s Skyline
Project: The Rialto Melbourne
Sector: Facility Management
The height of safety
In the heart of the Melbourne CBD the Anchor Safe team installed height safety systems in and around the steep, confined spaces of skyscrapers and heritage listed buildings including the rialto.
When designing and installing height safety systems on and around heritage listed buildings it is imperative that the cultural significance of the building is maintained. Intercontinental contacted Anchor Safe to provide safe access systems to preserve the intricate and fragile design of the building while undergoing maintenance. Anchor Safe designed and installed safe access systems that ensured there was no compromise to the heritage significance and appearance of the building, just like they asked.
Delivering results from top to bottom
The system included safe access to the multiple roof levels of the heritage building, including guardrail and ladder systems, Melbourne installation team installed around 200 meters of guardrail and 80 meters of walkway including parapet stepladders between levels, which provided safe & easy access for maintenance crew to inspect, clean and service equipment on the roof like air conditioner units and electrical services.
Maintaining the building’s façade was difficult as skyscrapers had been built around their building preventing access from the ground via EWP’s. Anchor Safe came up with a design solution which not only provided safe access to areas that were beforehand inaccessible, the system also protected the buildings main assets – its slate roof tiles. This system involved raptor rails and fall arrest cable ladders spaning over the slate roofs to abseil down from roof level for maintenance purposes.