The pool is located in the back garden between the residence and the river. To dig the pool, an excavator was floated into the riverbank and offloaded using ramps secured to especially installed fixings.
Due to multiple existing rock retaining walls, the excavator had to build an earth ramp up and over the retaining walls – Soil was removed using conveyor belts from the pool, over walls onto the pontoon and then loaded into skip bins located on a barge. Every 15 minutes the wash from the Brisbane River ferries would rock the barge and unbalance the conveyor belts, which meant each of the conveyor belts had to be stopped and restarted. The ferry pushed the barge down the river to unload the skip bins that were craned off the barge, and new bins reloaded then back to the site pontoon.
Care had to be taken at every stage to ensure that the existing rock walls remained undamaged and structurally sound. The rockwork from the wall above the pool was removed before excavation and then re-laid after the pool was complete. Footings were reinforced with piers so as to protect the structural integrity of both walls, and so the pool could be placed between them.
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