Charlestown Substation
Charlestown NSW


Civil & Structural Engineering

Schreiber Hamilton Architects

The Task and Our Role
The position of the Charlestown Substation site was dictated by its proximity to other electrical infrastructure and the availability of the site.  From a civil and structural engineering perspective, the presence of deep contaminated fill and contaminated groundwater on a sloping site with mine subsidence constraints were samples of problems that needed to be solved.

This project could not have been more complex from an earthworks perspective, and an interactive design was developed in consultation with the geotechnical and environmental consultants, the architect and the client.  As the construction progressed, unexpected problems were managed.  The final outcome is a fine piece of industrial architecture that conceals all the challenges which were met to achieve the ultimate result.