140 – 148 Beattie St, Balmain

Turner & Associates Architects



Designed by renowned architects Turner & Associates led by Shewanna Mendis, the Tin Sheds is a unique development comprising of eight multi-level ‘penthouse style’ townhouses plus two, 2 bedroom single level apartments.

Quite simply The Tin Sheds, with its copper cladded external finish has set a new benchmark for medium density development in the inner west, yet as explained below it was not without its own unique building challenges!

Located on a quiet tree-line street opposite the tranquil Ann Cashman Reserve, the Tin Sheds is only 5 minutes walk to the vibrant Darling Street café strip. See more at

In terms of the procurement of this project, there were a multitude of difficulties associated with its construction, all of which truly tested the skill, depth of knowledge and vast experience available to the designated Novati Project Team.

These difficulties varied from the irregular polygon shape of the site, the removal and reconstruction of the circa 1850’s stormwater culvert running through and beneath the entire length of the site, the restricted access and materials handling opportunities associated with the Beattie St locality and the fact that the entire building is elevated on 135 bored piers as required in order to maintain the 1/100 year overland flow path in which the site is burdened.

To overcome each and every one of these difficulties, careful and in depth planning and coordination was required between the design team, the local authorities and the Novati Construction team.

One specific example of the difficulties faced can be seen in the below summary of the construction of the Stormwater Box Culvert;

The demolition of and reconstruction of the stormwater asset resulted in the necessity to undermine a considerable section of Beattie St to access the intersection of five individual stormwater systems feeding the single existing stormwater pipe running through the site. Once located, our Construction team then rebuild the culvert to form a 3.0m x 1.2m boxed stormwater culvert that is embedded in rock, and connected to the neighbouring stormwater service at the very rear of the site. Throughout the entirety of these major culvert works, the traffic movements through Beattie St were maintained and at no stage was the flow of water running through the stormwater system allowed to be stopped, diverted or contaminated. In its current state, the newly constructed culvert running beneath the site forms one of the major stormwater service assets associated with the Balmain Peninsula.