The Revy

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The REVY (The Royal Edward Victualling Yard) is a multi-award winning high-end residential development for Developer, Aqualand, and contains 44 apartments and a large complicated 3-level basement constructed in heavily water charged ground which was mostly rubble and fill from when the island was connected to the mainland in 1839. The shoring system was extremely complex and Infinity developed an innovative design to construct whilst maintaining the structural integrity of the clusters of timber piles upon which the 8-storey REVY building was founded.

The building also comprised extensive face brickwork and curtain wall glazing systems to the pair of feature lift cores. The project was a large D&C contract where Infinity inherited the consultant team through a novation agreement under the contract. Building Code and Home Building Act compliance presented many constraints especially given the heritage criteria to which Infinity had to adhere.

The basement was extremely complicated, and the tendered design was found to be unfeasible after exploratory pits were excavated and more geotechnical information was obtained. Infinity managed the change process within the tendered sum and improved the performance of the basement simultaneously. A complex internal bracing system was designed to avoid costly anchors in Property NSW foreshore land.

Photography: Ben Guthrie

The design and construction of the lift cores which are external to the building was another challenge. These two external cores were tied to the building and their main structural performance was to restrain the existing building and provide stability for code compliance. These cores are glazed with curtain wall glazing and contain complex service risers, lifts, egress stairs and are an architectural feature.

The project interiors were designed by Blainey North. The bathrooms and kitchen were completely clad in stone which was procured from Europe. Infinity managed the process of stone selection and testing for fitness for purpose.

The REVY by Aqualand was selected as a finalist out of 45 entries in the 2023 ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence! Only three of which are Australian projects.