Inertia provided structural engineering services for this development in Brisbane’s inner north with Ian Webb Architects and Hutchinson Builders. Located in affluent Ascot, Ascot Silver comprises 14, 3- and 4-bedroom townhouses that highlight how an innovative approach to engineering can help to create residences that seamlessly integrate into a high-profile inner-city suburb.
The structural team’s innovative engineering solutions enabled them to maximise living space, by utilising a cantilevered design that extended over driveways. This was achieved by using a reinforced block party wall system to act as major support for floor levels and brace the building at ground level. Additionally, we were able to reduce both costs and construction times by using waffle slabs and timber frames to minimise weight. The use of prefabricated steel bracing frames also allowed us to minimise walls and maximise end glazing for more natural light.
Contrary to criticisms that a townhouse is a compromise design that doesn’t do one thing well, Inertia’s proves through this project that with innovative engineering and an understanding of how to use materials to their best effect that we can design townhouses that are spacious, innovative in design and will make perfect homes.