Water tower reopened to public
IF YOU go up to Denmark Hill, you might hardly believe your eyes - and if you climb up the water tower, you're sure of a big surprise.
Public access to the Denmark Hill reservoir has been blocked since June due to safety concerns.
Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) yesterday unveiled the measures it came up with to make the lookout safer.
The first thing people will notice is the stairs to the top of the reservoir have been fenced off.
Walk out on to the top of the reservoir and you will step on to a raised galvanised-iron platform.
Look around and you'll see a 1.5-metre-high black mesh fence around the perimeter and a similar one fencing off the centre of the tower top.
At the reopening yesterday, QUU chief executive Ian Maynard said the new lookout was now extremely sturdy and "has the capacity to hold the weight of all those who wish to use it".
"The first issue was the stairs, so we caged them in. The second issue was the barrier fence around the edge of the reservoir," Mr Maynard said.
"It was fairly low and police raised concerns about being called to incidents of people attempting suicide.
"We also did a full structural engineering assessment which identified some challenges about the capacity of the roof to handle large numbers of people.
"We went through a whole range of designs and arrived at a suspended platform which is tied back into the structural supports of the reservoir."
Project manager Jason Augur explained why the area in the centre of the tower not covered by the raised platform and surrounded by fencing.
"We had to mount the platform over the concrete pillars and there's nothing in the centre so we wouldn't have been able to span that," Mr Augur said.
Ipswich mayor Cr Paul Pisasale welcomed the reopening of the city's iconic lookout.