FILM BUFFS can enjoy the sound and spectacle of a restored Wurlitzer organ while they're watching silent films in the Gallery of Modern Art's main cinema. When they do, the raking of the seating should mean everyone gets a good view of the period attraction.
Providing formwork for the raked seating along with every other concrete structure on the site meant meticulous planning and quality control for Wideform, the subcontractor carrying out all formwork on site.
Around 80,000m² of formed area was required, ranging from high strutting transfer beams in the gallery to patterned walls in the library. It was a brief that best suited a conventional framework approach, says Paul Davies, Wideform's Queensland general manager.
"This wasn't the type of job we wanted to try new systems on, so we decided to stay with our conventional system. Because of the size and technical nature of the project, we took a collaborative approach with the developers, which allowed us to work safely and efficiently."
During 18 months on site, the team constructed temporary forms for concrete structures including feature walls, floor slabs, beams, stairs, lift shafts, columns and ramps.