Blasting, painting and concrete repairs were just some of the measures taken to transform this 19th century structure.
Built in 1888, the heritage-listed Table Cape Lighthouse is situated on the north-west coast of Tasmania and stands at approximately 25 metres tall. It is made of brick and contains structural steel elements and a concrete bridge that leads to the lighthouse entrance.
By 2019, the coatings to the internal and external surfaces of the lighthouse had reached their end-of-useful-life, resulting in delamination and corrosion. The internal coatings contained lead, there was corrosion to the steel lintels and rolled steel beams, and there were signs of concrete spalling to the entrance bridge.
Duratec was engaged to refurbish the lighthouse by removing the lead paint, recoating both the internal and external surfaces, repairing corrosion to metallic substrates and making repairs to the concrete bridge.
The Duratec team went to great lengths to ensure the works were sympathetic to the heritage of the structure. A special mortar was specified to complement the original brickwork, however, it required a lime putty. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the putty wasn’t readily available so the team sought out a local supplier whose expert advice allowed the mortar to be manufactured onsite.
Despite delays due to poor weather and COVID-19 restrictions, Duratec’s asset life-extending services have