Combigrid® – Portside East Development – Australia

Temporary working platform
  • Project Name
    Portside East Development, Hamilton, Queensland, Australia

  • Client
    Global Synthetics Pty Ltd, Virginia, Queensland, Australia

  • Contractor
    Mainland Civil Pty Ltd, Shailer Park, Queensland, Australia

  • Technical consultant
    Geoinventions Consulting Services (GCS), Underwood, Queensland, Australia

  • Developer
    Brookfield Residential Properties, Calgary, Canada

  • Products
    Combigrid 40/40 Q1 GRK 4 C
    Secugrid 40/40 Q1

The Gallery House development at Portside East is a luxurious apart-ment project in Hamilton, Queensland, Australia. The project features a 19 and a 20 storey building with approximate 169 apartments and 1100m2 retail space. The building will offer easy access to the inner city and stylish waterfront living.


The scope was to design a sufficiently thick working platform to pre-vent any punching or bearing failures during the piling operations.
As the construction site is adjacent to the Brisbane River, the exist-ing loose to medium dense sand subgrade did not have the required bearing capacity to withstand the proposed 370kPa piling pressures exhibited during operations.


In order to achieve the required bearing capacity, the consultant de-signed a platform using a combination of Combigrid® geocomposite and Secugrid® geogrid. The geogrid component in Combigrid® pro-vides reinforcement whilst the integrated geotextile component pro-vides a positive separation and filtration function.

The Combigrid® geocomposite was placed on top of the weak sub-grade and the Secugrid® geogrid layer was placed in the middle of the 800mm thick platform.

By using a geocomposite, the consultant provided value engineering by reducing the thickness of the platform compared to conventional working platform designs commonly provided in the industry. This pro-vided material savings and reduced the overall construction timeframe for the construction of these platforms.

By using reconstituted subbase material for the platform reinforce fill, the consultant also reduced the need for utilising processed quarry material and additional transport which further reduced the carbon footprint of this project.