When Pittwater Council needed the stairs constructed at Bilgola Beach, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, they turned to Fleetwood Urban to design and deliver a quality structure that was in keeping with the iconic location.
Council needed a high quality, cost effective project delivered on time and budget. Fleetwood Urban is an approved LGP (Local Government Procurement) supplier under Contract 308.2 so a procurement approval was simple and inexpensive compared to a traditional public tendering process.
The design and construction process had to consider the harsh coastal environment, an 18m change in level and restricted access. Our design team developed a suspended staircase system which is sympathetic to its environment and met all the client’s needs.
The design needed to be functional, durable and visually appealing. These are the hallmarks of our philosophy at Fleetwood Urban. The materials used in the project needed to both reflect and be able to endure the environmental conditions. Painted steel was used to form the staircase to ensure strength and long-term stability with minimal maintenance. Hardwood timber hand rails, which are a naturally hardy, low-maintenance choice, were used with stainless steel fittings. Stainless steel has anti-erosion properties. To minimise deterioration and potential pedestrian injury, fibre –reinforced plastic decking was used underfoot.
Scaffolding systems were put into place to ensure workplace safety in difficult terrain. The staircase was built in sections on-site. Footings were prepared and poured in readiness for the final placement of the partially constructed staircase. The sections were craned into position and secured to the footings. Finally, the decking and handrails were secured to the stringers.
At Fleetwood, we are very proud that the outstanding success of this project has been recognised by Pittwater Council subsequently returning to us for Stage 2.