Westspot completed the Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment (incorporating Hamer Hall) – a venture to re-invigorate a cultural and community hub and give Melbourne an open, accessible, vibrant and imaginative precinct and which connects people to the arts. $128.5 million has been allocated by the Victorian Government for the redevelopment of Hamer Hall and its surrounds. The Redevelopment of Hamer Hall will encompass new connections with the city, St Kilda Road and river, and a spectacular new outlook to the city; better amenities with new stairs, improved disability access, escalators and lifts; new and expanded foyer spaces; improved acoustics, new auditorium seating, cutting edge staging systems and technology; and, contemporary approaches to sustainability including power generation and waste and water management.
The core of Wetspot’s business is the application of waterproofing membranes and related provisions for a variety of commercial and residential projects and applications. Internally, this includes the sealing of wet areas for reasons of practicality, legality and also for aesthetic longevity/ appearance retention. Whilst balconies are a constant source of work externally the company also does a large volume of industrial rooftops.
Using specialized, exposed, trafficable membranes the site is first assessed before providing the appropriate solution. In addition to providing waterproofing solutions Wetspot also provides tiling and stone solutions, including a separate facility for the processing of both natural and engineered stone. This includes a hi-tech waterjet cutting machine as well as the latest multi axis bridge saw capable of manipulating and precision cutting large slabs of stone with high speed and accuracy.
These machines have been used extensively for the majority of Melbourne’s major projects including the iconic Hamer Hall precinct, for which Wetspot
carried out all internal & external waterproofing, tiling and stone works. Wetspot supplied and installed a variety of products, including specialised
waterproofing techniques to lift pits and internal wet areas. The Wetspot team installed Bisazza mosaics for bathroom floors and large 3m sheets
of Cotto D’Este Kerlite porcelain wall tiles to bathroom walls. Wetspot also supplied and installed Antique Brown granite throughout the ground
floor main lobby and feature staircases. The internal feature stairs were specially processed and inlayed with Giallo Veneziano granite to give it
a contemporary feel whilst seamlessly integrating with the opulence and grandeur of the heritage-listed interior.
Wetspot Consolidated’s stated company objectives ensured that the Victorian Government could be confident of the contractor delivering the right service in a timely fashion – ‘that Wetspot ensures our clients projects are successful and meet time frame, cost and quality targets; establishing
a solid and professional relationship with our clients by satisfying client objectives; increasing profit efficiency, performance and cost-effectiveness
by continuously improving our systems and construction methods; and, providing employment opportunities by expanding company resources’.
Director of Westpot, Justin Davis adds, “At Wetspot Consolidated, our focus for over the next five years is the environment. By working closely
with our suppliers, our goal is to establish products that contain low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and that carry a green star rating.”
The Wetspot management team has between them more than 40 years of industry experience and the hands on approach adopted by all staff,
including management, ensures that clients can have a high degree of confidence in the progressive contractor. Senior project manager Frank
Fiore oversaw Wetspot’s work on the Hamer Hall project along with director Justin Davis.
The Wetspot team worked closely with the management team of Baulderstone, drawing on the expertise of Peter Cranwell, John Angelovski,
Richard Bailey, Michael Crestani and Darryn Whittaker. Baulderstone site managers Ian Higgs, Peter Boszac, Andrew Minty, Fiona Lloyd, Simon
Helyer, John Shelley and Sarah Landsberger completed the collaboration, providing the perfect complement to Wetspot’s project squad, in what is hoped to be an ongoing association.