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Brooke Street Pier Redevelopment

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The Brooke Street Pier is a floating pontoon building at Sullivans Cove. Upon completion it was Australia's largest floating building.

Building Class: 5, 6, 7b, 8, 9b

The pier is connected to the Hobart shore at Franklin Wharf.  Primarily a ferry terminal, it has been described by the architect as a 'tourism transport hub'.

The structure is four levels high. One concrete basement level sits 4 metres below the water's surface and includes services. The three above-water levels are enclosed in a semi-translucent polycarbonate cladding injected with nanogel, creating a diaphanous skin and keeping the structure as light as possible. The glass conservatory-style building has retail, dining and office space as well as modern ferry facilities. Outside of ferry operating hours, the terminal level can be used as an event space for up to 1,200 people.

Special featues of service delivery:

  • Fire engineering strategy for exits, including provisions for persons with a disability, and combustible external wall cladding
  • Alternative access solution for entry due to tide variations
  • Environmental considerations including polycarbonate cladding, used for natural light and heating.

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