Travelodge Sydney – Cladding Replacement

The replacement of combustible cladding on a high-rise building in Sydney’s epicentre saw Paynter Dixon carefully stage operations in a live environment. Our team’s strategic mindset reinforced safety and honed operational efficiency.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London, the spotlight was shone on aluminium composite panels – used extensively on buildings around the world, including Australia.

A fire safety review of the product in Australia concluded that many of the aluminium panel products, known as ACP in the building industry, should be replaced.

The Travelodge Sydney, located in the heart of the city near Central Railway Station, was quick to identify aluminium panels on its building. Paynter Dixon’s highly experienced remedial division was swiftly appointed to replace 2000 sqm of aluminium panels on the 20-story building in Wentworth Avenue.

The design and construct brief included making applications to the consent authority, Sydney City Council, completing the work with minimal interruption to the hotel and managing traffic access at a busy street corner.

The height of the building required the use of a 120-tonne crane, plus a mast climber, scaffold and swinging stages. Through this strategic deployment of equipment, work was achieved both safely and efficiently, reducing the overall project cost.

This impressive feat saw the 20-week project completed with minimal disruption to the hotel’s operation.