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Case Studies

KITCHEN RENOVATION

Client: Little Creatures

Location: Fremantle

Timeframe: 13 Days

Challenge

The project was to be completed in 13 days for re-opening to the public with Covid restrictions easing, at least 4 days originally required for the epoxy installers.

Results

Fremantle Plumbing Service proudly commissioned the entire kitchen including completing the additional works ahead of schedule and under budget ready for the grand re opening to the public.

DESCRIPTION:

  • Disconnection and removal of all benches, fridges, cooking equipment, glass washers, dishwashers, sinks and coffee machines.
  • Disconnection and removal of Pizza Oven.
  •  Installation of new drainage for additional sinks and floor wastes.
  • Replacement of stainless steel floor wastes and inspection openings.
  • Cleaning and preparation for epoxy flooring.
  • Installation of Aluminium floor perimeter coping.
  • Repairs and upgrades to hot and cold water services including the installation of zoned isolation valves for future maintenance and emergency isolations.
  • Installation and connection of all benches, fridges, cooking equipment, glass washers, dishwashers, sinks and coffee machines.
  • Installation and connection of Pizza Oven.
  • Welding and repairs to stainless steel benches.
  • Servicing and Commissioning of kitchen gas cooking equipment.

Fremantle Plumbing Service was approached by Little Creatures Fremantle to prepare site for epoxy floor renovation of the kitchen.

Works included Fremantle Plumbing removing all kitchen benches, fridges, cooking equipment, glass washers, dishwashers, sinks and coffee machines. Alterations to water, gas and drainage services ready for epoxy repairs and reinstall and commission all equipment.

The project was to be completed in 13 days for re-opening to the public with Covid restrictions easing, at least 4 days originally required for the epoxy installers.

For the first time in more than 15 years this iconic Fremantle venue had a major renovation done to its kitchen and Fremantle Plumbing was proud be apart of the project. Having experience on similar kitchen works of this scale the deadline of opening day was going to be a challenge that we had confidence of accomplishing.

The project included many challenges such as;

  • Removal of a complex kitchen benches and fridges, many fabricated in place and required cutting to remove.
  • Mapping and locating water services for emergency isolation install.
  • Extended epoxy installation reducing kitchen installation time.
  • Additional works of installing the aluminium floor perimeter coping for the kitchen and cool room walls and pillars.
  • Additional works of organising a replacement and installation of a stainless steel pizza oven frame.
  • Extensive welding of the stainless steel bench tops.

During the removal of the existing kitchen it was found that many benches and fridges had been welded together possibly from original install from more than a decade prior. Many required for cutting of sections to allow electrical and communication systems to remain.

Fremantle Plumbing had noticed on previous emergency attendances that maintenance friendly emergency isolation valves for water services were limited and advised on installing valves to prevent problems during their busy service. No site plans or plans of services were available, but after a some investigating we were able to install zoned isolation valves for all areas of the kitchen for hot, cold and gas services including main supply emergency isolations.

Water and drainage services were replaced to suit the current layout of equipment along with the inclusion for 2 additional hand wash basins. Basins involved cutting of the concrete floor to install the waste pipes and replacement of the concrete removed prior to the epoxy install.

Removal of the famous Little Creatures Pizza Oven revealed the steel frame was heavily corroded and being held up by the brick wall it backed onto. Taking extra care to relocate to safe working location Fremantle Plumbing was able organise to construct a new frame out of marine grade stainless and fit to the pizza oven with out any delay to the install date.

The epoxy contractor had delays due to chemical fumes effecting the brewery operation and had to stand down and extend the install for an additional 3 days. Due to the now reduced time frame on an already tight schedule our team offered to install the coping before relocating the kitchen benches back into location working throughout the weekend to keep the project on schedule.

Fremantle Plumbing Service proudly commissioned the entire kitchen including completing the additional works ahead of schedule and under budget ready for the grand re opening to the public.

TRADEWASTE AND SITE PLUMBING HYDRAULICS

Client: Running with Thieves Brewery

Location: South Fremantle

Timeframe: 7 Days

Challenge

Fremantle Plumbing Service was approached to install and complete a trade waste system, sewer and water services for the Running with Thieves Brewery. Due to the covid pandemic the brewery needed to start production of hand sanitiser immediately.

Results

Over the course of 7 days an estimated 400+ m3 of earth was excavated, then backfilled and a total of 160m of drainage and water services installed with the production of the Brewery beginning ahead of schedule.

DESCRIPTION:

  • Excavate and install 1 x 2000L Halgan grease arrestor, 2 x 2000L Halgan silt arrestors. 
  • Install 40m x 110HDPE trade waste drainage, 40m x 100DWV Sewer. 
  • Install of water corp approved flow meter in serviceable pit.
  • Locate sewer mains and cut in new junction, reflux valve and connect to drainage services.
  • Install of water supply.
  • Install of storm water soak wells and channel drains.

Fremantle Plumbing Service was approached to install and complete a trade waste system, sewer and water services for the Running with Thieves Brewery. Due to the covid pandemic the brewery needed to start production of hand sanitiser immediately.

Installation of the trade waste posed a number of challenges; excavation depth of 3.9m, close proximity to existing building foundations and close proximity to water table to name a few.

The trade waste system was first relocated away from the building to avoid any possible impact to the footing foundations while also maintaining Water Corporation compliance. Installation required the use of trench shoring boxes to manage the site safely while works was progressing.

Excavation positioned the Halgan MGTS tanks just above the water table, as a precaution to avoid the trade waste tanks sinking into the soft beach sand, a layer of geo textile cloth was placed around the blue metal backfill material to also assist with compaction of the site.

Special approval was granted by the Water Corporation and Halgan for all the tank risers to extend beyond the approved 900mm.

The Seimens mag flow meter was installed and commissioned inside a concrete service pit equipped with a service ladder and the sewer junction was cut in and connected.

An additional 1800 x 1800 concrete soak well was installed interconnecting with the remaining system with a concrete spoon drain installed in front of the pedestrian and warehouse doorways.

The Site was backfilled and compacted with the Halgan Grease Arrestor and Silt Trap Lids installed on a formed concrete slab ready for bitumen

Machinery and trench shoring boxes were demobilised within 7 days from mobilising to site.

Over the course of 7 days an estimated 400+ m3 of earth was excavated, then backfilled and a total of 160m of drainage and water services installed with the production of the Brewery beginning ahead of schedule.

Special thanks to my team for the long days working well into the night to meet the deadline along with keeping up with our current workload. Our suppliers, Reece Plumbing Fremantle, Miniquip and Ground Support Systems for providing the required materials and equipment on such short notice.

HOT WATER SYSTEM REPLACEMENT

Client: Little Creatures

Location: Fremantle

Timeframe: 2 Days

Challenge

During Fremantle Plumbing’s kitchen renovation project at Little Creatures, management requested an inspection of the hot water system on site describing it unreliable and often breaking down.

Results

All works was done on time and under budget with no disruption to the re-opening schedule of the venue and already challenging kitchen renovation project.

DESCRIPTION:

  • Removal of failed 3 x continuous flow system and flues.
  • Supply and install 2 x Thermann 28L internally flued intelligent manifold system and flues with roof termination.
  • Integrate new intelligent manifold system with existing hot water circulation system for entire venue.

During Fremantle Plumbing’s kitchen renovation project at Little Creatures {insert case study link} management requested an inspection of the hot water system on site describing it unreliable and often breaking down.

The existing 3 x Rinnai HD200I pressure activated manifold system had failed with salt water corrosion throughout all 3 units with the flue terminations not installed water tight allowing outside coastal weather entering the heat exchangers.

With a new system required a 2 x 28L Thermann internal intelligent manifold system was installed boasting an 85% thermal efficiency and intelligent controller to manage the operation times and load rotation to even out the load between the units, maximising output and system life.

A custom slotted strutt frame was fabricated to provide the units a structural frame to mount on and provide the allowance for a third unit for future upgrades.

The internal flues were installed with the roof penetration located to prevent oscillating coastal winds and weather entering flues causing corrosion failure.

All works was done on time and under budget with no disruption to the re-opening schedule of the venue and already challenging kitchen renovation project.

Special thankyou to Alex at Reece Plumbing Fremantle for delivery of the system on short notice going above and beyond to ensure there were no delays.