Extra TLC for a Sydney Landmark


Sydney Town Hall Vestibule DomeAccess equipment is most often associated with construction sites, but it can also be used for very delicate maintenance work.

Sydney Town Hall is one of the most recognisable structures in the CBD, and one of Town Hall’s most striking features is the elliptical dome, decorated with stained glass. Now maintained by the City of Sydney, one of the panels in the dome needed replacement. As the glass is the only known example of elliptically curved stained glass in Australia, and were originally created in 1877 this was an extremely detailed operation.

City of Sydney used a specialist glass contractor to create the pane and Uphire was engaged to provide a Spider Lift and operator to allow the glass contractor access to the dome. Due to the delicate nature of not only the dome, but the surrounds, a thorough risk assessment was completed to ensure there was no incidental damage to the site. In particular, additional protection was required when moving the Spider Lift in and out of the building to prevent damage to the parquetry flooring of the vestibule. Uphire worked with structural engineers, the glass contractor and City of Sydney to ensure that the project was carried out in accordance with the requirements of this historically significant site.

The work was completed successfully in early January, another example of Uphire’s versatility in dealing with all manner of projects, from large construction and infrastructure to specialty building projects. We work with our customer to ensure that our equipment and work instructions meet the needs of their particular project at all times. We’re prepared to think outside the box and problem solve in any scenario. If you have a specialist job, give us a call today to see how we can help with your access needs.

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