EL ALAMEIN MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN

COMPLETED: July 2012

PROJECT DETAILS:

LOCATION: FITZROY GARDENS DARLINGHURST RD, KINGS CROSS, NSW
CLIENT: CITY OF SYDNEY
COMMENCEMENT DATE: DECEMBER 2011

ABOUT:

The El Alamein Memorial Fountain is located in Fitzroy Gardens, Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross. It was designed by architects Woodward and Taranto and built on 18 November 1961.

The lively burst of water of the El Alamein Memorial Fountain commemorates the significant role played by the Ninth Division of the Australian Imperial Forces in the Allied victory at the famous battle of El Alamein, Egypt, during World War II. The victory,helped turn the tide of the North Africa campaign in favour of the Allies.

HIGHLIGHTS & INPUTS:

The restoration works undertaken consisted of:

Meeting all stringent hold and witness points

Draining fountain

Cleaning to all fountain elements

Waterproofing

Replacing missing and defective tiles

Removing and replace sealant joints

Refurbishing of dandelion fountain centrepiece, bronze weir sections, existing vents, light shrouds, plaques and other metal work fittings.

Restoring existing stonework – including lifting and relaying copings, stone and concrete patching and pointing

Asbestos removal

Cleaning of existing tiles with poultice

Tree root barrier installation and making good existing pavements

Coordinating with services contractors

Final clean