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The combination of natural daylight and sustainable design Melbourne’s iconic shopping centre, Chadstone, has never been one to rest on its laurels. The shopping mecca has undergone almost constant redevelopment and won many prestigious awards along the way. In 2007, it became the first shopping centre in Australia to reach $1 billion annual sales. Jointly-owned by Colonial First State and the Gandel Group, Chadstone Shopping Centre has always prided itself on attracting the best tenants and shoppers to what is basically a consumer’s paradise. Chadstone is nearing the completion of Stage 33 re-development that includes many new and prestige international brand shops, some of which are not seen elsewhere in Australia. Its latest development, that includes many new and prestige international brand shops, has put Australian glass manufacturer Viridian™ at the forefront of the shopping centre, although most shoppers wouldn’t recognise it. Asked by the builders to participate in a glass solution, the glass specifications provided by Viridian met the aesthetic and performance criteria of the new development. CSR’s recent investment into the Viridian Clayton plant in south-east Melbourne ensured the works went smoothly and delighted the client with the results. Including barrel vault ceilings and large exterior shopfront windows, all new works had to conform to strict energy efficiency and safety requirements as well as meet the architect’s and engineer’s design plans. Viridian Commercial Sales Manager, Gerard McCluskey, commented: “We’ve supplied the original barrel vault monolithic-type laminated glass ever since the first redevelopment through the Gandel Group many years ago, so we knew the specifications of the original work which allowed us to maintain the shape and necessary reflective coatings needed to retain the aesthetics of the shopping centre.


“This resulted in us supplying high performance reflective Viridian ThermoTech™ insulated glass units (IGUs) with a clear laminated glass to the internal face. The glass ceiling has various dimensions with different barrel-vaults running into each other and changing direction. There’s a myriad of gutters and troughs which makes this a complex task to form various angles to meet the odd shapes,” said Gerard. “While overhead applications such as this have long required Grade A safety glass, engineering developments now demand laminated glass to be thickened and heat strengthened. Viridian’s investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and equipment ensures we can deliver what the engineers require,” Gerard said. He explains that other than AS1288 requirements for safety glass in construction there are other additional performance requirements, such as reflecting more heat, that have to be complied with in the Building Codes. “This is especially important and where IGUs can assist is in reducing running costs of large floor plans, caused by heat loss and gain,” he added. “Typically, the tenant pays for running costs and passes them on to consumers. By reducing their overheads, we should be saving ourselves money at the checkout and saving the environment at same time by reducing the drain on natural resources and CO2 emissions.” In the case of the Chadstone West Mall, the savings made from the installation of high performance glass are considerable. Chadstone’s high performance glass selections have reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions associated with heating and cooling by an estimated 690 tonnes/CO2 per year.

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The co-generation plant including the overland conveyor used to transfer fuel (sugar cane bagasse) between the stockpile and the boiler.

Global professional services consultancy Coffey International Limited subsidiary, Coffey Projects, has been named Category Winner for Sustainable Projects at the recent 2009 National Project Management Achievement Awards for delivery of the Sunshine Electricity – Broadwater & Condong Biomass Co-generation Project. Presented by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the awards recognise excellence in all aspects of project management across Australia. Coffey Projects qualified for the National Awards after being the State Category Winner in Queensland earlier this year. The A$220 million project entailed the construction and delivery of two state-ofthe-art, bio-fuelled, 30 megawatt green energy co-generation power stations located at Broadwater and Condong, in northern New South Wales. The plants, which are the two largest baseload renewable energy facilities in Australia, will provide power to 60,000 homes in the Northern Rivers region. Coffey Projects was engaged by client Sunshine Electricity in May 2005 as the Construction Site Manager and Superintendent for the delivery of the project. Sunshine Electricity is a joint venture of the NSW state-owned 10


Delta Electricity and the New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative (NSWSMC), two unrelated industries seeking greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies. “In every sense, the Sunshine Electricity project has been a monumental success. The project has benefited the local community and the industry, and met every desired environmental objective,” said Dave Mason, Coffey Projects manager in Queensland. “Coffey Projects delivered both projects as a single contract, which was established on a performance based technical specification, and the client selected Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) as the project delivery methodology. Each site required the construction of a boiler and auxiliary plant, the installation of a steam-turbine generator, fuel handling system, electrical and surrounding civil works. “As Construction Site Managers, we oversaw the construction activities and all commissioning and performance tests to ensure the plants delivered what they were designed to produce, meeting an increased local demand for electricity and reducing emissions from electricity generation. The plants also contribute to meeting the Australian Federal Government renewable energy target

of sourcing 20 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.” The project aimed to accommodate the local community in reducing and ultimately eliminating cane field burning and provide additional income streams to sugar cane farmers to ensure the long term sustainability of the sugar milling industry. It has also upgraded outdated and unsafe equipment at both sugar mills and reduced operational costs.

One of the two state of the art bio-fuelled co-generation plants, the Condong operation: only water vapour is emitted.

comment Sentiment in the construction industry has bounced back significantly, but the impacts of the global economic crisis have left an indelible mark on the sector. The Construction Sentiment Monitor Index produced by international property and development consultants Davis Langdon has shown an increase in construction industry optimism over the past three months of five points, up to 64. The Sentiment Monitor has tracked improving industry sentiment since it reached its lowest point of 51 in February this year, but it is still well off its peak of 142 recorded in late 2007. The survey is the ninth conducted by Davis Langdon over the past According to Davis Langdon’s national research manager Rachel Kelloway, responses to the latest survey show that the construction industry still has some significant problems ahead as the economy slowly recovers. “Lack of available finance still ranks as the greatest problem in the industry, although it now appears that participants no longer consider Australia’s economic woes as ‘industry’ problems,” she said. “A significant proportion of respondents suggested that the federal government’s stimulus package has sparked a shortage of labour and an increase in tender prices.

“Some practices reported that the design rush caused by the stimulus package is causing many staff stress issues. “Businesses which had not already started downsizing long before the flood of stimulus work entered the market say that longer hours are being worked by remaining employees and that the lower staff numbers had meant increase workload.” The survey indicated that more than half of the respondents had been impacted by the stimulus package, with increased workloads particularly in the government sector and the delivery of the Building the Education Revolution schools programme. Close to a third of respondents reported increased levels of new business and the number of firms reporting a decreased in new business has shrunk by almost half. Staffing expectations have increased, and permanent employment levels are expected to increase in the next six months. However Ms Kelloway said that 38 per cent of respondents anticipate that their permanent staffing levels will remain unchanged. “As the economic crisis hit, many firms put staff off but as a result they entered the difficult period leaner, more agile and ready for tough times,” she said. “But as staff are working harder and smarter a new levels of efficiency have been reached, and many employers are indicating that they won’t be led down the hiring path any time soon. “Obtaining finance is the number one obstacle in building development, closely followed by difficulty in obtaining end user pre-commitments. “Interest rate volatility is a only a slight concern, but our survey participants hold a general consensus that interests will start to worsen again during the next 12 months. “General indications are that the overall sentiment has improved significantly and it likely to improve as the economy continues to recover.”

By David Atkin's, CEO Cbus

CBUS IS A.O.K. AFTER G.F.C. Cbus’ investment returns have bounced back strongly after the global financial crisis. Cbus, which is the industry superannuation fund focussed on the construction sector, is pleased to report that our Core Strategy was returning more than 8 per cent for the year to mid-November. It is the investment option most members are in and has averaged 9.2 per cent a year since Cbus began 25 years ago (to 30 June 2009). Some members did switch their super to our Capital Guaranteed option but the trend has since reversed with members now moving their money into our more higher-risk/growthorientated investment options. The Australian share market is also showing signs of recovery and Cbus is poised to reap the benefits. These are all good omens for Cbus and our economy. However, superannuation is about the future and the future will not look after itself. It is important that we stay ahead of trends so that we can capture the benefits for our members and avoid the traps. Challenges including climate change and good corporate governance are growing in significance daily. We have tackled these issues head-on. Cbus Property, our wholly owned property development and investment arm, concentrates on developing five and six-star energy-efficient buildings. It should also be remembered that since Cbus Property began it has created thousands of construction jobs by undertaking developments across Australia. We have always been a strong supporter of good corporate governance. Among other steps, we have signed the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investments and I am an international director on its board. We have also appointed an environmental, social and corporate governance manager to our investment continues page 20 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS




By Greg Pauline Executive Director Power Services, Bilfinger Berger Services

MOVING FORWARD WITH POWER I have recently returned to Australia following two and a half years in India. My first task since joining Bilfinger Berger Services has been to establish a dedicated Power Services Division, and during the past few months I have reacquainted myself with the challenges facing the industry following years of underinvestment in many areas. I have also found that the power generation sector is paralysed by an uncertain future as the Government struggles to clarify the structure of the CPRS. As many commentators have remarked, this has lead to the deferment of capital improvement programs for rapidly aging assets. Apart from the construction of new gas fired power stations and a recent injection of investment into upgrading transmission and distribution assets, and the recent commissioning in 2007 of the 750MW Kogan Creek coal fired power plant in Queensland using dry cooling technology, there have been very few major projects in the power generation space for some years. The major investment in large-scale baseload capacity ceased 20-plus years ago, and now we are seeing a move towards smaller open cycle and more complicated combined cycle gas fired power stations – a sector that Bilfinger Berger Services has had significant involvement in, recently completing commissioning of the 330MW open cycle Neerabup Power Station, near Perth. The need to upgrade distribution assets for state owned utilities and privately owned networks has also led to new opportunities for private providers, as distributors look to contractors to help them deliver their significant workload. In the not too distant future, this work will include the establishment of ‘smart grids’, where we have some experience. When the CPRS is resolved, we expect the continues page 21 12


Victoria can look forward to a long term positive growth in infrastructure construction according to Nigel Hatcher, director of industry forecaster Macromonitor. The forecast is for a continued upward trend although large cycles will persist mainly due to the timing of major projects and investment programs. Particularly noticeable will be strong growth in transport infrastructure with the need to reduce congestion in inner metropolitan Melbourne, a need to improve outer metropolitan linkages, and the demand for increased port capacity. A combination of federal government stimulus spending (including spending directed by Infrastructure Australia), the state government’s Victorian Transport Plan and the next round of private sector funded, or Private-Public Partnership projects will supply the requisite financing. A similar growth forecast applies to the rail sector with work volumes steadily increasing over the next few years, with the peak years of construction forecast to be 2012 through to around 2017. The initial upturn in rail during 2009-10 and 2010-11 is expected to be driven by a range of projects, but most importantly by the $4 billion Regional Rail Express project. This should get started in 2009-10, assisted by federal funding. Other major projects expected to boost the next two years include the Wodonga Rail Bypass, the North East Rail Revitalisation Project, the Westall and Laverton Rail Upgrades, the South Morang Rail Extension, the Sunbury Electrification, and upgrade work by the ARTC. Another surge in rail construction is predicted from 2011-12, propelled by the continuation of some of those projects, most importantly the North East Rail Revitalisation Project and the South Morang Rail Extension. But the major driver of this higher volume of work is the assumed commencement of stage 1 of the Melbourne Metro (Metro 1) Rail Tunnel. This project is valued at $4.5 billion and is forecast to start in 2012. Macromonitor’s analysis also predicts a strong upturn over the next few years in the roads sector, underpinned by rising state government highways and arterials work, combined with the PPP Peninsula Link project.

Considerable activity is expected to be boosted by projects such as: Geelong Ring Road stages 4A and 4B; duplication of Princes Highway West from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea; Western Highway duplication from Ballarat to Stawell; Anthony’s Cutting realignment on the Western Highway; the Western Ring Road Upgrade; and the Dingley Arterial. Government work during this upturn is expected to include: the $2.8 billion Inner-West to Port link; an interchange at Kings Road on the Calder Freeway; Hume Highway upgrade works; and Springvale Road in the eastern suburbs. Harbour construction in Victoria is also high at present, as a result of the $1 billion channel deepening project in Port Phillip Bay. Looking beyond the next couple of years, more projects are likely to go ahead as a result of a need for greater terminal space and increased port capacity, mainly at the Port of Melbourne. Some small privately funded projects are also likely. The overall forecast is that transport infrastructure construction is set for its strongest decade on record.

Queensland Health Minister Paul Lucas has announced that Bovis Lend Lease will manage stage two of the construction of the new $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital. He noted that the State Government was pleased to be continuing its partnership with Bovis Lend Lease. The company was initially engaged in 2007 as building consultants and then late last year as the stage one managing contractor to undertake earth works to prepare the hospital site for construction. Work is now well underway on the site at Parklands, which will see the new hospital become the focus of an expanded network of health services for the Gold Coast, including the redeveloped Robina Hospital, the Carrara Health Centre and community-based service wass.

comment Following the devastating earthquake that struck the area in late September JCB has donated construction equipment worth $250,000 to help the disaster relief effort in the West Sumatran city of Padang. JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford offered a 20-tonne JS200 heavy excavator and a 3CX backhoe loader in response to an appeal from the Indonesian authorities for foreign aid to help the relief effort. “Thousands of people in West Sumatra have been affected by this dreadful earthquake and there is a desperate need for heavy equipment to assist in the clear-up operations and to help alleviate large-scale human suffering,” Bamford said. “The excavator and backhoe loader will be put to use straight away in Padang and will hopefully help local people to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of this awful disaster. JCB machines proved invaluable in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami and I do hope that this donation will make a difference in the same way.” This is not the first time that JCB has also donated machinery towards aid efforts following natural disasters and following the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province in China they supplied six backhoe loaders worth more than $600,000 plus a team of operators sent from the company’s factory in Shanghai to help the clear-up effort.

By Megan Motto, CEO Association of Consulting Engineers Australia Planning is well underway for the ambitious Sunshine Coast's $100 million arts and exhibition centre, now expected to open within five years. The Council's general committee recently voted to support the project and will now form a reference group to proceed with the planning stage. The proposed facility will include an impressive 1,200-seat tiered theatre, a business lecture theatre, a multi-purpose events hall and an art gallery. Councillor Debbie Blumel says it is the most significant social infrastructure project undertaken by council and will also attract business tourism. "There is an opportunity cost for our region," she said. "Because we can't host business tourism events here and we understand that business tourism opportunities bring six times the level of investment of leisure tourism, so it will add immeasurably to the arts industry and business opportunities here on the coast."

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY…WHO IS IN CONTROL OF COORDINATION? The Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA) remains concerned that model OHS legislation (now out for public comment) will not ultimately result in better safety outcomes, particularly in the building and construction sector. “The drafters of the Model Act have seemingly tried to build a safety culture by being sufficiently vague and overarching so as to make everyone responsible for everything” says Megan Motto, CEO of the ACEA. “Whilst we understand that multiple duty holders should be responsible for the safety of themselves and others (and at least workers have a responsibility for their own safety which is a vast improvement on some existing legislation), it is foreseeable that overlapping duties could ultimately lead to confusion by various parties regarding their obligations, issues slipping through the gaps and, in particular, a lack of coordination of the safety role” “Particularly on construction projects, where there are so many different contractors, sub-contractors and designers involved, this may not lead to best practice safety outcomes” Motto warns.

“Thiess 75 Years: Shaping a Nation” is the subject of a fascinating new exhibition at the National Library of Australia in Canberra which looks at how five brothers started a construction business from their Queensland family home that went on to become one of the nation’s greatest success stories. Held in conjunction with Thiess’s 75th anniversary, the company has donated a collection of more than 700 photographs documenting its history to the National Library. Reproductions of more than 40 of these images will go on display in the exhibition and about double that number are already available on the library’s website. As well the the exhibition includes a number of images

from the National Library’s collection by Frank Hurley and Wolfgang Sievers. The National Library’s curator of pictures Linda Groom said the Thiess images not only complemented the library’s documentary collection, but also illustrated a diverse range of topics from construction techniques of the day and working conditions to the 1949 miners’ strike and women’s fashion.

“The best way to ensure a coordinated approach is to appoint a safety leader to ensure that the appropriate stakeholders are in sync and on top of safety issues throughout the construction project. Hopefully this will come through the regulations for the construction industry” says Motto, “otherwise it would be like running a major organisation without a CEO coordinating vision and strategy…”.

“We are delighted to acquire the Thiess collection as many of the images feature useful subject areas, including the history of the company, the Snowy Mountains Scheme and the pastoral industry in Western Australia,” she said. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS




By Jason Anderson, Senior Economist BIS Shrapnel Pty Ltd

OUTLOOK FOR DWELLING CONSTRUCTION Dwelling construction has been hit hard by the global economic downturn. Uncertainty scared away investors and upgrader demand, and tightened access to finance has severely limited the activities of developers. First home buyer demand has been the only bright spot, providing a notable boost to housing demand over the year to September 2009. However FHBs concentrate in the lower value end of the market, mostly existing dwellings, and not new dwellings. With various stimulus measures coming to an end, first home buyer demand is set to wane over 2010. The outlook for dwelling construction is however positive. Key indicators for the global and domestic economy have improved notably since March 2009. Recession has been avoided, and unemployment has escalated much slower than expected. Uncertainty has eased considerably, and this buoys well for upgrader and investor demand. The Reserve Bank appears comfortable in the outlook for the economy, announcing two consecutive 0.25% interest rate rises over October and November. There is significant pressure on Australia’s current dwelling stock, particularly in the major population centres. Vacancy rates for rental properties are very tight, with rental growth showing through despite the slowdown in the economy. With Australia’s migration intake currently at a very high level, population growth is running at a very high level, and this will push underlying demand for housing going forward. There is undoubtedly a significant undersupply of dwelling across much of Australia. With dwelling approvals coming off such a low base, the dwelling supply situation will likely worsen over the next few years. As a result, solid price growth is expected over the coming years, accelerating out to 2013. Price growth provides encouragement to continues page 21 14


An up-and-coming premium plasterer, Daniel Dotta, and his company Featuroom, has been honoured as the ‘People’s Choice’ winner in the recent Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries (AWCI) Awards, which attracted near 250 of the industry’s best to the event on the Gold Coast.

approach that Gyprock is currently incorporating into its products. Gyprock’s EC08™ plasterboard range has been certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) with the highest level of recycled content found in the Gyprock’s™ list of fire grade and standard plasterboard products.

Daniel Dotta and Featuroom beat all the major winners from the State and National Awards to secure the ‘People’s Choice’ award after first winning the nation’s best ‘Commercial Development Project under $1,000,000’ prize with his project for Brisbane’s Cloudland Nightclub.

“We’d like to adopt an eco-option as products develop, especially the use of EC08™ in interior set outs as a method of recycling materials,” says Daniel.

Each year, the AWCI hosts the Awards in order to recognise the quality workmanship of its members and non-members in the building and construction industry. With strict criteria for judging, the AWCI carefully examines the producer’s performance in terms of detail, difficulty and overall appearance. As the director of Featuroom, a recently established renovation company in Queensland, Daniel Dotta adopts a unique approach to all his projects to modernise rooms without making any major structural alterations. His philosophy is to develop the focal points of a room such as lighting, space and colour in order to greatly improve aesthetic appeal, and achieve effective results by using the latest material and products. “Featuroom is a new direction, which incorporates modern design elements of architecture,” says Daniel. “We try to push the boundaries of using plasterboard and lightweight construction in order to bring modern design into the residential house.” Daniel implements products from plasterboard manufacturer Gyprock in many of his projects, including the Gyprock™ Flexible Plasterboard which is specifically designed for curved wall and ceiling systems. “In the Cloudland project we used a lot of Gyprock™ Flexible Plasterboard. There were a lot of curves, parabolic arches, domes and circular work which isn’t really supplied by other brands,” commented Daniel. With years of experience in the plasterboard industry, Daniel hopes that manufacturing companies begin to adopt the eco-friendly

Gyprock EC08™ can also be recycled rather than add to the growing waste problem – an important factor in gaining the GECA certification. Gyprock Commercial Marketing Manager, Rob Ferrari said: “Recently, we have observed increasing interest from designers and specifiers who are eager to improve the sustainability of their developments. This is an influential direction for the industry to be taking and is also positive news for the environment. At Gyprock, we pride ourselves on keeping up with the needs of the marketplace and pioneering the way with latest building practices,” said Rob. For more information on Gyprock products, contact Gyprock on 1300 306 556 or visit

segments can become a collision hazard for motorists and pose a real threat to human life. Such events have the potential to close major transport arteries or cause significant and costly traffic disruptions.

Over the past several years, Heggies has focussed its structural dynamics capabilities into improving the service life of bridges and bridge components. Projects in this field embrace a wide variety of technologies including bridge structural motion analysis, bridge dynamics, fatigue studies, predictive vibration assessments, engineering simulations and field monitoring.

Until the development of Heggies’ BridgeAlert-M and Bridge-Alert-F Systems, visual inspections were the only method of checking the integrity of bridge expansion joints. These required lane closures and night inspections to increase safety and reduce traffic disruptions. Heggies innovative bridge monitoring systems detect loose and/or damaged joint segments by continuously analysing the sounds produced when the wheels of the passing traffic cross the joint. The detection algorithms have been fine-tuned to cope with the widely varying traffic densities, vehicle types and traffic speeds.

Our services in this area include: • Bridge dynamic measurements and testing • Expansion joint monitoring and control • Bridge dynamics analysis and vehicle/ bridge interaction • Finite element modelling • Experimental modal analysis • Fatigue and life extension analysis • Vibration control As a result of these investigations, Heggies has developed real time remote monitoring systems for Modular and Finger Plate Expansion Joints, critical bridge elements that are subject to potential failure. Expansion joint elements can become loose in service, dislodge and sometimes fail mechanically. The failure, loss and/or displacement of such bearings and other components may result in further damage to the bridge expansion joints. Detached joint

For any inquiries relating to bridge life-extension services or systems BridgeAlert-M and Bridge-Alert-F please contact Heggies National Business Development Manager, Jerome Rivory, on 07 3858 4800 or by email at

The Cloudland Nightclub in Brisbane and (left) Daniel Dotta recieves the 'People's Choice' award from Perry Richardson, National President AWCI


BUILDING MODELS OF THE FUTURE WITH BIM BIM (Building Information Modeling) is rightly being viewed by the industry as the future. What is it? It’s a database of information intrinsically linked to a 3D model of the building. Building teams and professionals say they can do it; but few have mastered it. The BIM process promotes collaboration which improves the information exchange and provides a final product with unprecedented levels of accuracy, detail and clarity when done correctly. The use of BIM requires a shift in current thinking within the building procurement team; from the Client to the Facilities Manager. The amount of information contained in even the simplest of building models is mind boggling. Physical properties such as weight, size, cost, manufacturer through to dynamic properties such as luminance of a light fitting, airflow of a diffuser, maintenance frequency etc can all be incorporated. This information can then be used for design, tendering, construction and facility management. The development of more powerful PCs and networks over the last few years has facilitated this. Mix all this with the playstation generation who are now designing buildings and the sky is the limit. It is not a change that building professionals can make in a half hearted manner as it requires new skills and processes to be learned and mastered. The potential benefits of the use of the process for designers, contractors and building owners/ managers includes: • Reduced design times • Greater opportunity to explore the design • Fewer issues on site and site co-ordination • Improved quality of tender and record information that can be used throughout the life of the building from its day to day maintenance, in refurbishment and even in its eventual demolition. continues page 21 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS





With construction work on Brisbane’s Airport Link project well underway and expected to reach full swing in 2010 two giant tunnel boring machines have been commissioned for the project. Herrenknecht will supply the two largest tunnel boring machines to operate in Australia, with the first to be delivered in late 2009 and assembled in early 2010 to start tunnelling in May. The second machine will arrive in February and start tunnelling in June.

OHS induction training is required to ensure people can work safely on construction sites. Construction Induction Cards provide proof to principal contractors and employers that an individual has undertaken the general induction component of that training. Only registered training organisations and their trainers can deliver the new general induction course.

Fully assembled the TBMs are 165 metres long, 12.48m in diameter and weigh a massive 3000 tonne. Of the 6.1-kilometre length of the Airport Link, over 5km is tunnels. Taking into account the dual tunnels and ramps, this equates to a total 15km of tunnel – 4km by TBM, 8.7km by roadheader and 2.3km of cut and cover.

From September 1 2009, WorkCover adopted the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work. This has changed the way construction workers are trained and assessed.

The northern section of the project is softer ground and will be bored by the TBMs, which will be launched at Kalinga Park, Clayfield, and removed at Chalk Street, Lutwyche.

The former WorkCover accredited course OHS general induction for construction work in New South Wales has been replaced by the national unit of competency Work safely in the construction industry.

When completed the bored twin tunnels will each carry two lanes of traffic and will be up to 40m underground and at least 10m apart. The twin tunnels between Bowen Hills (where they link to the Clem7 Tunnel) and Lutwyche will be driven with roadheaders, and each will carry three lanes of traffic. Cut and cover tunnels will take traffic from Stafford and Gympie roads under Kedron Brook to the mainline tunnels near Wooloowin.

By Rob Thomson, Acting CEO WorkCover

The National Code has three training components that include: • general induction • task-specific induction • site induction General (construction) induction involves the issue of a Construction Induction Card on the successful completion of the national competency Work safely in the construction industry and must be completed by everyone prior to undertaking construction work. Task-specific and site induction training needs to be carried out by principal contractors and employers in the workplace. Task-specific training should be undertaken prior to commencing high-risk construction work. This training should also be delivered when supervision, incidents, risk assessment or other circumstances indicate task specific training is needed. Site induction training induction should be continues page 21 16


Roadheader tunnelling commenced from Truro Street, Windsor, in March, Bowen Hills in April and Kedron in June. At Bowen Hills, two Mitsui roadheaders are being used for the top heading, with Voest Alpine roadheaders being used for the bottom bench. The Mitsui roadheaders were chosen for their extra reach, which allows the top heading to be excavated with two machines working side by side. An articulated dump truck takes the spoil to the portal. Twin driven tunnels, each carrying two lanes of traffic, will link Stafford and Gympie roads to the mainline tunnel at Wooloowin. Due to unfavourable ground conditions in the Kedron Brook area, BrisConnections and Thiess John Holland have sought permission to sink a 42m shaft on a vacant block of land at Wooloowin to allow an additional two roadheaders to be la unched, so the construction schedule can be maintained.

Around 2.8 million bank cubic metres of spoil will be removed during construction of the tunnel, with 340,000bcm to be re-used onsite. The Airport Roundabout is scheduled for completion in late 2011, with Airport Link and the Northern Busway section to follow in mid-2012. Airport Link is a predominantly underground toll road linking the North-South Bypass Tunnel, Inner City Bypass and local road network at Bowen Hills to Gympie Road, Stafford Road and Sandgate Road to the north, and the East West Arterial Road that links with the access road to the Brisbane Airport. The PPP project is being undertaken by BrisConnections (Macquarie Capital Group, Thiess, John Holland), which is financing, designing, constructing and commissioning the project, and operating and maintaining it for 45 years. Thiess John Holland is responsible for construction. Associated works will see the Windsor-Kedron section of the Northern Busway and the Airport Roundabout upgrade completed on behalf of the Queensland government.

Leighton Holdings has reported a 10 per cent jump in its first-quarter revenue and reiterated its forecast for a full-year net profit of about $600 million. The company's chief executive, Wal King, has told the company's annual general meeting in Sydney that, as global economies recover, demand for Australia's raw materials will improve. "The outlook for the resources and infrastructure market in Australia and Asia remains buoyant, and in time the commercial property market will also recover in Australia," he said. "And our newer markets such as the broader Middle East and Mongolia also offer great opportunities." Although the engineering and construction group has said its earnings guidance will be subject to possible investment write-downs it has confirmed its forecast for full-year revenues of more than $19 billion.

comment A massive 907 tonne Manitowoc crawler crane, the largest the company has ever supplied in Australia, will play a major role in a $6.7 billion shipbuilding project in South Australia. The Manitowoc 21000 will be used for assembly work in construction of three advanced warships for the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance (shipbuilder ASC, systems suppler Raytheon and the government Defence Materiel Organisation). Assembly work will take place at ASC’s shipyard, close to Adelaide. Due for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2010, the 21000 will be used at the joining stage of construction to erect the pre-fabricated blocks that make up a 6250t destroyer. ASC selected the Model 21000 for its capacity and advanced technology that allows optimum maneuverability and control for a crane of its size. John Stewart, Manitowoc’s Asia-Pacific senior vice president of sales and marketing, said ASC also liked the options the Model 21000 offered the company on the project. “When using modular construction in shipbuilding, gantry cranes are often preferred,” he said. “However ASC liked the fact that the Model 21000 gives the company more options. It can handle its core duties, but also offers the ability to handle maintenance work or other general lifting duties.”

The crane will be configured with 85.3 metres of heavy-lift boom as well as the MAX-ER lift-enhancing attachment. The Model 21000 has a modular design and can be rigged in 20 hours using a crew of five with one assist crane. AWD Alliance chief executive officer John Gallacher said the Model 21000 epitomised the scale of the job. “In many ways the Model 21000 reflects the size of the whole project,” he said. “It can lift the equivalent of a fully loaded Airbus aircraft. The crane will play a pivotal role, assembling the ships, lifting and maneuvering the blocks that make up the ships.” The crane’s EPIC system will be particularly useful on the AWD project. EPIC controls the crane’s hydraulic pumps in response to its electronic-over-hydraulic controls, providing infinite speed response in direct proportion to control lever movements from the operator. The manufacturer says another feature useful is the Octa-trac eight-crawler system, unique to Manitowoc, which allows precise maneuverability under full load as well as lower ground bearing pressure, compared with traditional crawler cranes. The four sets of crawlers act more like outriggers, meaning the Model 21000 does not create point loading pressures often found in more traditional crawler cranes.

By David Kelly Managing Director, Gleeds Australia




The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has had a universal impact on construction around the world. This year we have seen some of the worst construction approvals since the Great Depression and while Australia is faring better than most – globally, construction activity has dramatically slowed and become dependent on government stimulus packages with recovery earmarked for around 2011 in most regions. Around the world 2010 is expected to provide minor relief in the construction sector as stimulus packages are implemented and restrictions on credit ease. The impact on the industry for next year is difficult to predict with credible data scarce and many sources conflicting each other, suggestions however, point to the UAE beginning to recover from the financial crisis but struggling to regain its notoriety for “megaprojects”. The UK will be waiting until 2011 before it sees an upturn in construction while both China and USA are set for recovery sooner rather than later as government-funded projects bolster the sector in these countries.

Queensland based company Ausipile is marketing a Bauer double rotary head piling system which they claim offers a number of distinct advantages for tunnel walls. With the appropriate conditions permitting top down construction can be a very cost-effective method of building tunnels. The walls are constructed using a diaphragm wall or secant pile wall. The roof is then cast as a slab over the top of the piles, and then the soil beneath the roof is excavated. Wall anchors are inserted as the excavation proceeds, until the floor slab can be cast. The system comprises an inner drill string and an outer casing that rotate in opposite

directions when excavating for the pile. Concrete is injected into the base of the hole as the drill string and casing are withdrawn. Apart from the productivity of having two excavation modes operating together, the contra-rotation balances the forces and allows extremely accurate drilling. The neat finish of the pile walls has saved finishing costs in basement and shoring walls. The offset position of the drill motors allows piling to be undertaken directly against an adjoining structure, an advantage for top down tunnelling in built-up areas and for basement construction.

The cause of the upturn in construction for 2010 varies across regions but is heavily reliant on government projects and stimulus packages designed to boost construction and other property-related industries. Stimulus projects will help the countries better prepare themselves for future boom times, reinforce infrastructure and supply more housing stock for population increases. Despite all parties in the development process becoming more risk-adverse and credit remaining difficult to secure, the outlook for the continues page 21 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS




By Anthony Karam CEO TMA Group of Companies Pty Limited

FIRST IMPRESSIONS There is change sweeping through the shopping centre market. Shopping centre owners are becoming more attuned to their shoppers’ experience. When one would go shopping there were generally two very distinct experiences. The first was always the headache of trying to find a parking spot which only gets worse as Christmas approaches and the second was a more pleasant experience as you walked through the electronic doors and were greeted, as if by a long lost old friend, as the instantly refreshing blast of cool air from the air conditioning wrapped its arms around you. Shopping centres more than ever have become more concerned with the shoppers’ experience. As the market continues to look at enhancing the customers’ experience, shopping centre owners have started up-grading their car parks. It’s becoming about first impressions and the objective of delivering the shopper to the shopping centre’s retail clients in a quicker, much calmer, more pleasant frame of mind. The introduction of Parking Guidance Systems in shopping centres is delivering this objective. There is a buzz around town as many shopping centres are looking to improve their shoppers’ experience and adopt this new technology. For those that don’t know, simply put, a Parking Guidance System is a series of interactive signs, bay lighting and sensor systems installed in car parks that efficiently and effectively guide the shopper to an empty parking bay. It gives real time feed back and bay information for car park fill rates and traffic flow. A real benefit to shopping centre owners is the ability to provide traffic turn-over data by bay, allowing adequate planning. Additionally, integration with the Parking Access Ticketing System will enable your car park staff to find a lost vehicle without leaving their desk.

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Brisbane’s new $63.3 million Kurilpa Bridge has already been labelled an “instant icon” with thousands turning out for the official opening of the innovative pedestrian and cycle bridge, which links Tank Street in the CBD with the Southbank cultural precinct. The 470m-long bridge contains more than 1500 cubic metres of concrete and 550 tonnes of steel with its array of cables and flying struts are designed to resemble the ropes and spars of sailing ships and boats. The bridge was officially opened by the Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland, on Sunday 4 October 2009 in a ceremony held at Kurilpa Park, South Brisbane. After the official proceedings,

All members of the NSW Masters Builders Association have been encouraged to display a new safety guide onsite and in the office. The Association’s workplace health and safety manager Alan Garner said the Construction Industry Guide to Site Safety 2009-10 for New South Wales provided managers, contractors and labourers with up-to-date information and practical advice on how to stay safe and alert at work. Published by Pro-Visual, the guide is designed to help educate young construction workers about safety risks and hopefully reduce the number of injuries they incur. Young workers under the age of 25 represent about 14% of all employment injuries and occupational diseases in New South Wales, with an average of 16 young workers injured every day. The comprehensive guide looks at the critical injuries that may be experienced by young workers, including broken bones, severe loss of blood, head injuries, amputation and severe burns and scalds. In addition to physical injury, the guide also provides tips on how to minimise young workers’ exposure to psychological hazards such as bullying, violence, harassment, discrimination, drugs and alcohol.

Precision Screen has announced that its Track Crush VSI is the world’s first tracked vertical shaft impactor that can handle in excess of 300 tonnes per hour comfortably. They note that many crushing contractors are finding that aggregate shape is as important as size, and the Australian-made VSI produces the best shaped stone around. The VSI crusher employs a rock-lined spinning rotor to accelerate material, which is then impacted in a rock-lined crushing chamber. Feed material enters the crusher through a rock-lined hopper, falls into the feed tube, then feeds the spinning rotor and is accelerated outward by centrifugal force. The crushing chamber is lined with a solid bed of material against which the energised rotor material impacts. It is this high-velocity autogenous impaction that shapes the feed material with three types of crushing – impact, cleavage and attrition. Weighing about 39t The Track Crush VS is powered by a Cat C15 engine with a choice of crusher units available – either the Barmac V7150 VSI or the Sandvik Merlin.

celebrations continued as thousands of people came to witness the historic event and be among the first to cross the bridge.


"Whenever you do something bold and risky you will always have knockers," Bligh told the Courier Mail. "But there are thousands of people here today voting with their feet. Doesn't it look sensational? It's beautiful, it's bold." The pedestrian and bicycle bridge, which links the Brisbane City centre with South Brisbane is expected to be used by around 37,000 people each week. Designed and constructed by Baulderstone with design consultants Cox Rayner Architects and ARUP, Kurilpa Bridge is the world's largest pedestrian and cycle bridge to be designed using the principle of tensegrity, which balances tension and compression components to produce a light but incredibly strong structure.

By Andrew Ferguson Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union NSW Secretary

PHOENIXING PRACTICES In the picturesque Hunter Valley, among the vineyards, is the luxury Crowne Plaza resort. Sprawled over 25 acres, the location makes it an attractive place for holidays, weddings and corporate functions. But the relaxed atmosphere of the resort stands in contrast to the frustration felt by many of the people who helped build the project. Not long after the project was complete, the builder went bust, leaving subcontractors and workers out of pocket.

Together with their Italian partner Saipem, Leighton Contractors have secured a $900 million construction contract to develop the liquefied natural gas jetty and marine structures for the Gorgon project. Design work is expected to start immediately with construction due to start on Barrow Island in October next year and be completed in 2013. The scope of the work covers the design, material supply, fabrication, construction and commissioning of the LNG jetty, and includes supply, fabrication and construction of a heavy lift facility, tug pens and navigation aids. Leighton Contractors general manager Ray Sputore said the Saipem Leighton Consortium had proposed an innovative alternative structure design that would significantly enhance local workforce participation and reduce the environmental impact of the construction of the jetty. The concrete structures, known as caissons, will be manufactured at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, transported to Barrow Island and lowered onto gravel beds placed at intervals on the sea floor to provide a support structure for the jetty. “By using these locally manufactured caissons we will avoid the traditional piled construction

method, which would have required hundreds of steel piles to be driven into the seabed – this will reduce both the length of construction and eliminate the noise and vibration associated with driving piles into the seabed,” Sputore explained. “As part of the consortium’s design, the jetty will be 2.1 kilometres long consisting of steel trusses approximately 70m long supported by 55 concrete caissons leading to the loading platform approximately 4 kilometres from the shore.” Leighton Contractors managing director Peter McMorrow said the company was proud to be involved with the development of a world-class project for Chevron and the selection of the Saipem Leighton Consortium was proof of its strong track record in delivering complex projects. In July, Leighton Holdings subsidiary Thiess secured a $500 million earthworks and site preparation contract at the Barrow Island site. Thiess is also part of a consortium that won a $500 million contract to design and construct an accommodation village at Barrow Island capable of housing 3300 people. Saipem is 43% owned by Italian major Eni and is strongly focused on oil and gas-related activities in remote areas and in deep water.

Adding to the frustration was the fact that companies linked with the belly-up builder continued to operate on projects in Sydney and Newcastle. If the allegations are true, the defunct builder’s actions appear to be consistent with the practice known as phoenixing. Although it has existed for a long time, phoenixing – when a company that has supposedly gone bust continues to operate in another form – has become more common in recent years. The practice, more common in the building industry than any other, is leaving a trail of destruction with small businesses, workers, the tax office and others owed, by some estimates, $2.5 billion. A major reason phoenixing occurs is the meagre penalties that have been meted out to its practitioners. The majority of cases are not prosecuted, and even if a prosecution is successful, fines are normally as low as a few thousand dollars. If a director is banned, a dummy director such as a family member is put in their place. Unions have been warning for years about the terrible toll phoenixing places on not only the economy – but people’s lives. continues page 21 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS




By Jill Fowler HC Harrison Consultants P/L Adelaide SA

MAINSTREAMING UNIVERSAL HOUSING DESIGN Universal housing design is to become mainstreamed over the next 10 years following a meeting hosted by Ms Therese Rein, at Kirribilli House in late October 2009. “The Dialogue” convened by Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten, was attended by national leaders from the community sector and the housing industry, who will work towards agreed targets for universal design features in all new homes built from 2020. “It’s a great win for advocates and activists who for many years, on behalf of and with people with disabilities and elders have been speaking out about housing inequity right across the nation”, says Mr Trevor Harrison, from the Coalition for Adaptable Housing South Australian. Groups such as this have worked hard raising the profile of the inadequacy of housing choice. “I can’t help thinking that Ms Rein’s personal experience with disability has been very important in this debate,” he said. Leaders in the community sector and the housing industry have come together to help devise a national strategy that will provide consistency in the way homes will accommodate the changing needs of families over their lifespan, enable to ‘aging in place’ and be responsive when families experience disability. A national pilot (using the economic stimulus package funding) to build 15,000 homes with universal design features is welcomed and will include , such things as wider doorways and passages; wet areas, such as bathrooms, on an entry level; and reinforced bathroom walls to allow grab rails to be easily fitted in the future. The problems associated with an aging population and those with a disability affect us all, whether at a personal level or via those around us, our families, neighbours and friends. Houses designed with simple features enable continues page 21 20


Australian glass manufacturer, Viridian, has designed a bushfire resistant glass specifically for use in bushfire prone areas. Used in conjunction with a specially tested bushfire resistant window system, Viridian PyroGuard 40™ can help protect human lives and property by providing a barrier against radiant heat and ember attack. The special ultra-thin transparent coating within Viridian PyroGuard 40™ minimises the transfer of radiant heat from the bushfire front; even when subject to radiation levels of 40kW/m2, less than 3% of the radiant heat is transferred through a window glazed with PyroGuard 40™. Victorian window fabricator Miglas, has just launched their new bushfire resistant window system, the Miglas Fireguard40™. Glazed with Viridian PyroGuard 40™, it has passed the rigorous testing procedures documented in AS 1530.8.1. As provided for in AS3959 ‘Building in Bushfire Prone Areas’, installation of this window system removes the need for unsightly bushfire resistant shutters or specific metal screens in buildings

(above) PyroGuard 40 being subjected to the initial burning crib phase of AS 1530.8.1 with a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) up to and including BAL 40.Manufactured as an Insulating Glass Unit (IGU), the new bushfire resistant Viridian PyroGuard 40TM offers a range of valuable benefits, such as reduced noise and increased thermal performance for improved comfort and savings on heating and cooling costs all year round. For more information on Viridian PyroGuard 40™ visit



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intense demand for rental properties set to worsen, strong rental growth is set to continue, providing further incentive for investors to increase dwelling supply. We believe this process has just begun. With upgrader and investor demand beginning to lift, solid growth has shown through over the four months to October. On top of this, the bulk of the federal governments $6 billion stimulus dedicated to increasing the public dwelling stock, remains unspent. Public housing construction is set to boom across Australia over 2009/10 and 2010/11. Luka Vulic continued from page 15

Greg Pauline continued from page 12 investment in renewable capacity will rise substantially – providing finance can be secured – changing the face of our generation sector forever. One implication of the rise in engineering activity in the power sector, I believe, will be the re-emergence of skills shortages. Further, there have been some advances made in Europe which reduce the carbon emissions of coal fired generators and these technologies will need to be transferred to the Australian market, however, they will require skilled engineers to implement tried and proven technology. Specialist knowledge will also be needed to roll-out new technologies such as carbon capture and storage, coal gasification and the like, should they succeed at a commercial level. We will be waiting, as will the rest of the power industry, to see how the CPRS finally shakes-out. We do believe, no matter the landscape, that activity in the power sector will remain at an all-time high for some years to come and our Power Services Division will be an active participant. Jason Anderson continued from page 14 existing owner occupiers to increase the dwelling supply. Some will choose to capitalise gains and downsize, especially empty nesters. Others will see price growth and a low interest rate environment as a strong incentive to upgrade. For developers, price growth will increase potential margins. With the already

That’s the theory, but there are plenty of challenges ahead. The whole process has to start from the concept design and relies on accurate transfer of data and from one building professional to another, quite often between differing software packages. Although continually improving this is still in its infancy and is heavily reliant on the IFC (Industry Foundation Class) file convention used by the various software packages. WSP Lincolne Scott is involved in projects at various stages of design and construction around the country using BIM from the outset. For most building professionals the day when we all use the same model and “add our bit” is a little way off, but it is approaching ever faster. Rob Thomson continued from page 16 provided before construction work starts at each new site and whenever there are changes to the site at which work is being undertaken that may affect the health and safety of a worker. Construction Induction Cards New cards issued in New South Wales after September 1 will automatically be recognised Australia-wide, removing the need for workers to carry multiple cards across state borders. Existing Construction Induction Cards issued by WorkCover NSW after March 29 2004 will be recognised in all states and territories except Western Australia. In line with the National Code, WorkCover NSW now recognises construction induction cards issued by other jurisdictions - as well as


the former Victorian red card and Western Australian and Queensland blue cards.

However if an individual has not carried out construction work for a consecutive period of two years or more, their construction induction training is no longer current. Further information on the new card or a list of WorkCover approved training providers is available from the website www.workcover.nsw. or by calling 13 10 50. Subscribe to WorkCover’s Construction eNews to find out the latest initiatives relevant to the construction industry. Register at eNews David Kelly continued from page 17 construction sector in most of the world looks set to slowly start to recover from 2010. In most instances, government spending will underpin current construction activity and help the sector to survive the worst of the recession. Anthony Karam continued from page 18 It is a welcome shift in the market place as shopping centre owners endeavour to create a great first impression from the moment you drive into the car park Andrew Ferguson continued from page 19 The government needs to ensure the people behind phoenix companies are held to account and that the penalties are so harsh that any businessperson would not even contemplate it. The damage to the industry and its people is far too great to expect otherwise. Jill Fowler continued from page 20 people to move around in their neighborhoods and is how truly inclusive and socially equitable communities are able to function, without discrimination. The average cost to modify a house without any of the design features that enable adaptability is often well beyond the reach of many people. With this initiative, a house that meets family needs through different stages will become the norm over time, presenting a much wider choice for both renters and home buyers. continues page 15 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


rocon began the same way as many major projects, with plans and concrete. CEO Daniel Grollo is the third generation of his family to head the company, which grew from a concreting business begun by his grandfather Luigi Grollo in the 1950s, into a construction business captained by his father Bruno Grollo in the 1980s and is now Australia’s leading privately owned development and construction company. The company’s contribution to the built environment includes many of Australia’s tallest buildings, and some of our most environmentally sustainable developments. Today, concrete poured on a Grocon site is likely to be “green concrete”, something the dynamic visionary at the helm hopes will become an industry-wide phenomenon. Interview by Willow Aliento. WA: How has Grocon grown and developed, and how has that process been steered? DG: We’ve come a long way over the past ten years, both internally in our own growth and our peoples’ growth, and also in our geographic footprint. We have responded to community needs and are meeting 22


those needs better. We have far stronger processes, a more corporatized structure with good governance. There is a Board of Management which is supported by an Advisory Board and by Committees. It’s a strong organisational structure. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The demands on the industry are greater than they have ever been in terms of Occupational Health and Safety and Environment. The industry is measured in so many ways now, and the things we are measured by, like the level of dispute, levels of employment, are measured differently. WA: How has the industry changed in terms of materials and labour? DG: In terms of materials, the big change is sustainability, that’s the big thing going forward. Materials have changed so they are more efficient on site, and there has been a lot of product enhancement around materials. Recycling of materials is another big change. For our project on Liverpool Street in Sydney, we had to demolish 20 storeys to put 40 storeys up. We recycled 94 percent of that building, only six percent went to landfill. Ten years ago across the industry it would have been six percent to recycling and 94 percent to landfill. This recycling achievement is being replicated across the industry, and is an example of how the industry is picking itself up. The challenge for the industry as a whole going forward is ensuring it is not just the Tier One companies - changes need to flow right across the industry to even the smallest builders. The industry leaders need to play their part, and the industry bodies need to play their part through education and example. In terms of labour, there is still a significant undersupply of labour in Australia, and for the foreseeable future we are going to continue to struggle with ‘is there enough resource? Is there enough labour supply? It is an ongoing challenge.

WA: What is the best way to tackle the 'skills shortage'? DG: There is a need to train and increase the number of apprentices. I fear the construction industry has a long, painful road ahead of lack of human resource. In the CBD it is easy to attract labour, but in regional areas, mining areas and places like the North West Shelf, we will continue to see foreign labour coming into the country. WA: How does the built environment shape the culture of a place? DG: It is something in everyone’s subconscious; we like to be around nice things in nice environments. If you have a look at where people are congregating, it is always around a good urban environment. Good urban planning, good urban marketing and good architecture are critical. The measure of success from a development and construction perspective is how buildings are used after they are finished. Well designed places can do wonders to people and society.

From an environmental and occupational health and safety point of view, we have aspirations to leadership in both areas, to respond to community concern about the environment and about safety. I believe we are working better with local communities, we provide a lot of sponsorships in areas where we do projects and contribute what we can to the community. The concept of lending a hand to those is need is ingrained at Grocon. We have an employment program with 12 people employed nationally at present who come from disadvantaged backgrounds - they might come from the Juvenile Justice system, or the Brotherhood of St Laurence or the Salvation Army. It’s a great partnership program. Our core values are safety, community, sustainability and innovation. WA: How has the industry changed in terms of how business is done? DG: The industry is getting more sophisticated in how it operates, though the total output still needs to improve. There are some things the building industry cannot be proud of, and there are other things we can rightly be proud of. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

WA: Is there a certain Australian 'style' to major projects, and if so, what are its main features? DG: There is an Australian style, it is a combination of the architecture and the materials, sandstone in Sydney, bluestone in Melbourne. Architects in Australia are quite avant garde compared to some countries, and the projects we go about building are at a pretty high level. When you look at other projects around the world, you can see we are still a developing country. In Australia we are still building a lot of major new projects, but around the world there are more big refurbishments, as those places have been built out. WA: What kinds of developments best serve regional areas? DG: Infrastructure is critically important to regional areas. The aspiration is to make those communities stronger, and the provision of infrastructure is the key to success, things like IT, roads, rail links, and sewage. Social infrastructure comes into it as well. PPPs are going a long way towards solving the initial cost burden - I see more PPPs into the future, and better engagement of the private sector.



WA: How has construction begun to embrace environmental sustainability? Is building 'Green' a challenge or an opportunity (or both)? DG: It is both a challenge and an opportunity. It is unavoidable, I have no doubt pursuing sustainability will see exponential changes in the next five years, far larger than the changes we’ve seen to date. It is an opportunity for the first movers, where the organisation has been positioned that way. It is a challenge for those who have not yet stepped up to the mark, but for those who have, it is a big opportunity. WA: What have been the real advances in constructing Green Star rated buildings? DG: We have gone about designing differently to meet and address Green Star requirements. The big changes are around lighting, sectioning lighting into zones, using sensors to turn on lighting in those zones, and there have been changes in airconditioning - we are seeing a lot more use of chilled beams. There has been a lot of creativity around materials and materials content, such as more recycled content and consideration of the health effects of materials. There have been changes around the use of architectural sun shading, and also how space is used. WA: Is the Green Building Council becoming a strong influence on how projects are delivered? DG: I have been a member since its inception, and yes absolutely it is an influence. There are more and more advances, and I think the GBC will go from strength to strength as we work on the tools. The GBC will do more steering, have more power and voice with government, and provide more education. WA: Are the ideals of Green Star being properly embraced by financiers and owners (including Government) to the extent that appropriate budgets are being set? DG: Financiers and owners are aware of what the agenda is, but I don’t think they are aware of just how significant a place we are going to. The way owners and financiers will really appreciate it is seeing where it is taking us within five years’ time. We’ve got a million miles to go, but we will get there very quickly. With carbon accounting, people will be looking at property for a reduced carbon footprint, and there will be a price premium for Green Star rated property. WA: As a CEO, how does hands-on site experience early in your career shape your management style today? DG: I have an appreciation for what goes on on-site, and people feel I’m engaged with them. The guys I was on-site with are now in leadership positions, and I am fortunate to have those experienced people around me. I am very appreciative of my time on-site, it is a good starting point to spend time on the floor. WA: Why has Grocon chosen such an integrated approach to construction, rather than using subcontractors for specific project tasks like formwork? DG: It gives us greater control around quality and output. It is a higher operating cost model, but there are advantages around time and predictability. Also, every individual working at Grocon owns in their own way, along with their family and friends, what we create. That’s a great spirit to have in the organisation. WA: What are the projects you feel proudest of ? DG: I am proud of them all, we do some great work. The clean up around the bush fires for the Victorian Government took us right out of our skill set. The creation of the MCG was important. 1 Bligh Street, I am in love with the environmental achievements there. We do smaller works too like Defence Force facilities, and I am proud of those achievements. 24


WA: How can projects improve the 'triple bottom line' - dollars, environment and community wellbeing? DG: An example is our Common Ground projects in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, where we are constructing homeless facilities that are not just providing a roof over one’s head, but have all the support services such as medical and psychological services and training. It is a good contribution to cities that have been very good to us. We are building those at cost, a certain degree of what we put back into the community we do at no margin. We did the same with the Victorian bush fires work. And if there are any cost savings with those projects, we give that back to the Government. WA: How can corporate responsibility best be expressed, and what are the benefits of doing so? DG: The big benefit of corporate responsibility is around the perceptions of the community and stakeholders, including Government and the authorities, and around the pride in the workforce. For example, there AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

is one man working with us as part of a program who came from three generations of unemployment. He is now two years into a trade and it has changed his life. And the people around him who support him feel they have done something more beneficial than just coming to work and being paid for it. I can’t understand people who can’t get their head across it.

through the industry. I want our industry to lead the world in safety and environmental sustainability. The way Australia can be relevant to the world is it can be like a lab, we can create new techniques around how to build or what to build and be at the forefront of the world.

WA: What aspirations do you have for your company? DG: We want to stay a private company. We want to be industry leaders in safety and environmental sustainability, and be at the cutting edge of that. We want to continue to work at and enhance our community engagement. We want to continue to innovate. Compared to the publicly listed firms, we are a featherweight in a heavyweight bout, but we are always out there trawling for new ideas. WA: What aspirations do you have for the industry? DG: My aspirations are to push the recent learning and achievements WWW.ANCR.COM.AU




LSB helps YHA conserve ‘Big Dig Site’

he innovative LiteSteel® beam (LSB®), manufactured and distributed by LiteSteel Technologies, a OneSteel Group Company, was an integral part of the success of development of the area known as the ‘Big Dig Site’ in the historic precinct of The Rocks in Sydney. The 2650m2 site has outstanding cultural significance, containing rare physical evidence of Australia’s first European settlement and in 1994 the first major archaeological excavation of the site was begun, unearthing over 750,000 artefacts and the remains of more than 30 buildings. In January 2006 the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority called for innovative proposals for the design and conservation development of the area with YHA Australia and their team of Structural Design, Architectural, Building and manufacturing partners, presenting a solution that met the stringent criteria needed to make these “old digs” come back to life and conserve this significant site. The subsequent new 106 room, four storey, twin building design complete with a central lift tower and atrium in each tower, is sure to become one of the Worlds great YHA Hostels given its majestic locations adjacent to the Harbour Bridge in the Rocks of Sydney complete with unobstructed views of the opera house and Sydney Harbour. The building has been designed utilising a full steel portal frame design minimising the impact on the sensitive substrate, lowering the overall carbon footprint of the site and concrete was virtually unused on the site. 26


LiteSteel Beam (LSB) was utilised as the joists throughout the 4 storey steel portal allowing over 80 tonne of Structural Steel & and all of the Engineered Timber to come out of the project. With its long span, light weight attributes as well as it's considerably superior performance to timber, LiteSteel beam (LSB) was integral to the success of the project. LiteSteel Technologies Engineers and Sales and Marketing team worked closely with the Builders and Consulting Structural Engineers throughout the design and construction phases, delivering significant value in time and monetary savings, with much of the superstructure of the buildings fabricated off site and installed without the waste and hassle of most onsite solutions. Specialising in Steel Building solutions for the Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications markets, can you afford to build your next project without first talking to the team at Litesteel Technologies?

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rchitects can explore whole new realms with Sky Glass. Manufactured by Bevelite, an Australian Glass Group company, this is a custom engineered solution for incorporating glass panels in both interior and exterior applications. Sky Glass is not only strong before it breaks, but if it breaks, fragments remain bonded to a special structural interlayer, and the whole panel continues to provide a barrier or prevent falls until it is replaced. This is a perfect material for satisfying both safety and aesthetic considerations. Several other features make Sky Glass superior to standard laminates. Being stronger and lighter, it allows increased spans and loadings while decreasing the amount of structural support required. It also has superior delamination resistance in exposed applications and can withstand extreme weather. Most often, designs call for panels which are square or rectangular, however, shaped panels are available, and are engineered to suit. Each piece being custom made means almost any size, thickness or fixing option can be catered for. Sky Glass is suitable for frameless balustrades, facades, overhead glazing, patio windbreaks, pool fences and floors. Each piece is manufactured to AS/NZS 2208 - Safety Glazing Materials for Use in Buildings (Human Impact Considerations), AS/NZS 4667 - Quality Requirements for Cut to Size/processed Glass , AS1288 - Glass in Buildings - Selection and Installation and AS1170.2 - Structural Design Actions – Wind.


weighing 250kg per balcony. Once this was removed, Architectural Glass Systems installed a new Frameless Sky Glass balustrade. Their biggest challenge was demolishing the existing balustrades in a safe manner. Chain block and tackle were used to hold the beam whilst it was cut away from the building. The beam was then lowered on to the balcony, cut into sections and carried out of the building for disposal. The benefit of the frameless balustrade using Sky Glass is that residents can now enjoy uninterrupted views, rather than looking through the handrail as they previously had to do. The creators of Sky Glass, Bevelite, have been leading the field in glass processing for 23 years, and are continually developing new products and upgrading their production capabilities. Formed in early 2008, The Australian Glass Group brings together the talents of Bevelite and two other established companies, Moen Glass Melbourne and Canberra, and CL Glass Qld. They engage with a combined tried and true network of top quality glaziers nation-wide, allowing projects anywhere to be supplied with Sky Glass custom manufactured at the Bevelite site in NSW.

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ract Consultants undertook a one in one hundred years task with the planning and landscape architecture of the Eynesbury Township for joint venture developers, Geo Property Group and Woodhouse Pastoral Company. This is the first new town to be founded in Victoria in a century, and also the only one where ecological sustainability is built into the community landscape. There have been multiple, complex stages to Tract’s endeavours. First, in a two-year process, they obtained the rezoning of the Eynesbury township land, approximately 7400 ha situated roughly 40km from the Melbourne CBD, from Green Wedge Zone to Mixed Use Zone. Then Tract prepared the Eynesbury Incorporated Plan and the Eynesbury Development Plan, setting the broad objectives for development and an overall design concept. In addition to the initial strategic planning task, Tract’s landscape architects played a significant role in the ‘place making’ process, responding to the area’s unique environmental features in landscape masterplans for the township, and plans for streetscapes and community spaces. Being situated amidst agricultural land gives Eynesbury a unique opportunity to benefit both the natural landscape and food production, by providing a source of recycled water to otherwise semiarid land which is suffering the effects of long-term drought. Features such as wetlands, creeks, equestrian trails and bushland preservation and enhancement add to the sense of rural oasis. “The Grey Box Forest, extensive landscaping to the Eynesbury Golf Course and restored Homestead Garden have been integral to determining the landscape response first stages of land release. A key objective was to maintain the open rural feel of Eynesbury, and extensive open spaces and indigenous landscaping has been undertaken to preserve the rural 28


and environmental qualities of the site,” said Tract Principal Landscape Architect, Alistair Wenn. “Within the streetscapes, the naturestrips are wider than usual, allowing for native and indigenous ‘copse-style’ tree planting. Rain gardens retard and treat runoff before it enters the adjacent waterways. Kilometres of shared paths, waterways and trails will provide access to many of Eynesbury’s unique features and promote passive outdoor activity.” Numerous permits had to be obtained for elements such as restoration of the Heritage-listed stone homestead, construction of the golf course, upgrades to access roads, and a ‘third pipe’ to deliver recycled water from Surbiton waste water treatment plant, another unique feature of the Eynesbury plan. Tract’s planning and landscape architecture teams also supported construction projects such as the first stages of the subdivision, construction of the community house and associated recreation facilities. Tract incorporated input from specialist consultants for Aboriginal and Cultural Heritage, post-settlement Heritage, flora and fauna, civil engineers, traffic engineers, community infrastructure, retail, economics, wildfire management, arborist and drainage. They had to meet the requirements of two local Councils, Shire of Melton and Wyndham City Council, as the township straddles two shire boundaries, in addition to satisfying Heritage Victoria, Country Fire Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment and Melbourne Water. “As part of the approvals process, a suite of management plans were prepared that achieved protection of the Grey Box forest in perpetuity, protection and enhancement of areas of native grasslands which represent one of the most threatened EVC's (Ecological Vegetation Class) in AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Victoria, pest plant and animal management, and environmental strategies for Green Hill and the Werribee River gorge,” said Associate Town Planner Luke Chamberlain. “The Heritage listed Eynesbury Homestead is of particular note as are some of the associated structures: staff quarters (now the golf changerooms), stables (now the golf pro shop), silos, killing sheds and smokehouse. “The whole town is subject to approved Design Guidelines for both building design and landscaping which set a preferred character for the township. The small town 'feel' is an important aim which will guide the amenity of neighbourhoods and streetscapes. Tract continues to provide planning and landscape architectural services for this innovative township, translating the overall masterplan into a successful on-ground development. Tract’s specialised urban design team complements the company’s wider mission. A pioneer in integrating the disciplines of town planning and landscape architecture since the 1970's, Tract now further bridges these disciplines with a dedicated urban design team. The company’s design philosophy was based on ESD long before the advent of Green Star.

the suburbs, supply of infrastructure and services, community identity, creation of sense of place and lifestyle opportunities are all challenges facing communities of the future. In order to meet these challenges, Tract's aim is to provide leadership and solutions that ensure the health and prosperity of the natural and urban environment." “Tract looks forward to an ongoing role in helping to build a unique, vibrant and sustainable Eynesbury that meets best practice industry standards, and supports a proud and engaged community.” Tract has offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Darwin, with over 100 combined staff in the fields of Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. Projects include greenfield, brownfield and inner-urban developments and redevelopments; urban renewal; transport linkages and transit-oriented developments; tourism-based developments, mixed-use activity centres and infrastructure for both private and public sectors. Their continued excellence has been recognised with dozens of AILA, UDIA, and PIA Awards. They have achieved outstanding success in many landmark projects including Manly Wharf and Transport Interchange, Cairns Esplanade, the ongoing New Quay Development, the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre, Eastlink, and a range of international projects in various places from China to Gibraltar.

“ESD is vital in building new communities that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable,” said Luke. "Tract is committed to improving the natural and cultural environments through our planning, design, and community building expertise. At no time during our history has there been a greater challenge to protect and improve the wellbeing of the natural environment and humankind. The growth of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



HANNAS PROVIDE A RANGE OF SERVICES annas has a 20 year history of commitment to delivering cost effective, innovative, professional and sustainable solutions to clients and partners across all areas of its business, whether the project is large or small, civil and construction, property services, facilities management. Hannas applies best practice processes across all its operating sectors. Hannas is committed to the ongoing development and improvement of its systems, tools and processes, and has a dedicated team responsible for managing and implementing an integrated management system, spanning Quality, health, safety and environmental requirements. Hannas has an outright commitment to sustainable processes and takes pride in providing environmentally aware solutions within. Hannas was shortlisted and highly commended for various projects at the CCF Case Earth awards. Hannas manages a portfolio of environmentally challenging projects. Minimisation is integral to maintaining and reducing negative impacts on the environment, and Hannas is heavily involved in researching and introducing such systems to the industry.



In 1999, the Hannas Group acquired an 8.1 ha site at Enfield NSW, with a view to future development. The land had formerly been used for the extraction of clay for brick making. Remediation and reclamation of the site involved the importation and placement of some 1 million cubic metres of engineered fill, to bring the former extraction area back to its original ground level. Associated works include stabilisation of the pit walls, the removal of around 500 million litres of water from the pit, geological mapping and recording for education purposes of an igneous dyke (a heritage geological formation on the site) and the construction of new habitats to enhance the survival prospects of a Green and Golden Bell Frog colony, which is classified as an endangered species. This project won Hannas a CCF Case Earth Award. Hannas is devoted to maintaining sound relationships with local and regional communities, and realizes the importance of integration and participation of local residents, businesses and all other parties involved with projects, in order to sustain good working practices and harmony within various environments. Sensitivity and a commitment to being a reliable partner across all projects, has built solid, positive relationships with participating stakeholders and communities. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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Hannas civil and construction capabilities cover earthworks, roads, water, rail, heavy industrial installations and infrastructures across a broad range of industries. Expert engineering and innovative construction techniques allow Hannas the flexibility to deliver at many levels, from maintenance works to multi-million dollar projects. Collaborative project planning and management with clients, partners, stakeholders and contractors deliver sound value and results.

Hannas’ internal capabilities and expertise include all aspects of strategic and operational facilities management, helping to improve business processes and asset performance, provide reliable asset performance information and reduce procurement costs. .

Full service property facilities Hannas provides a unique and diversified offering to the property services market. From the development of residential, commercial and industrial projects and working with multinational partners, through to providing exclusive investment opportunities to a range of individual clients and investors, Extensive experience in property services spans design, engineering, construction, property analysis and investment and project management, allowing Hannas to deliver expert results across a number of fields.




Sunshine Coast vernacular

he Brad Read Design Group is proud of La Balsa, a six storey office and retail complex, providing sought after office space for Mooloolaba. The main building consists of a ground floor, incorporating cafes and retail, with levels two to five dedicated to office space. Building 2 has a large ground floor of office space with two double storey residences above. A two storey entry foyer with high quality finishes graces the main building. The contemporary design complements the Sunshine Coast vernacular style. Powder coated, perforated metal sun screening to the tower and large multi-levelled powder coated steel framed glass awnings to the front facade, add interest and articulation to the Brisbane Road elevation. Use of Vitrapanel to the front and side elevations provide a high quality, long lasting finish contrasting with white rendered walls.

A striking feature are the large ‘butterfly’ skillion roofs, supported by angled columns, with incorporated powder coated battened screening to the upper floor of the tower. The residential units have large terraces providing dedicated private open space. Incorporation of rock faced retaining walls and planters to lower levels provide soft landscaping. La Balsa has two basement car park levels, for over 200 cars. Brad Read Design Group is an experienced team covering building, interior design, construction documentation and supervision. Brad Read is a qualified building and creative designer, with over 25 years of industry experience. Brenden Creed assists with the company’s creative design and is responsible for information technology. He has had extensive experience across an impressive range of building designs both locally and overseas.

Hot dip galvanised posts with glass balustrading to the upper levels of the tower, allow residents to enjoy surrounding views. Powder coated, perforated metal insert balustrades provide lower level privacy. Innovative use of a diaphragm wall to the two storey basement counters water ingress problems usually faced when working with such a high water table. 32



stablished in 1988, The DE Nova Group has a wealth of experience in areas of project development. Our intelligent designs are both exceptional in appearance and practicality, whilst ensuring a cost effective construction. We strive to ensure that our knowledge of construction systems, product specifications and client and industry specific requirements are at the forefront. The De Nova Group can offer industry specific expertise, and will provide design solutions to suit individual needs. Areas of expertise include: • Aged Care • Residential • Child Care • Hotel and Gaming • Leisure and Entertainment • Alterations, additions and restoration of existing building stock • Retail / Industrial / Corporate Building Solutions

childcare, residential apartment, hotel, medical, commercial and industrial developments. Our level of experience and expertise in the building industry allows us to continue to prosper in what is an exciting period in design development and building construction. In relation to heath related design the De Nova Group has designed in excess of three hundred and fifty aged care facilities Australia wide and is well known as a leader in this field. Our designs have included minor additions to existing facilities through to multi level buildings. Our expertise extends to the conversion of heritage buildings for aged care facilities. We have a thorough understanding of all levels of Aged and Retirement Care including high care, low care, dementia, day respite,  rehabilitation, independent living units, retirement villages, community and recreation facilities.

Our firm will develop a project haven given consideration to building design systems and solutions to achieve an operationally cost effective building. The aim of every project is to develop a building of exceptional planning in layout and functionality, to be aesthetically a building all can be proud of, and just as important is the need to be cost effective to construct, without compromising quality. The De Nova Group has enjoyed a wealth of experience in several areas of the building industry with a primary focus on the aged care and retirement industry, whilst also completing a large number of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU




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very building needs to have a reason for existing. Mantric’s mission is to ensure design embodies that reason, while making the smallest footprint possible on the environment. “Our ethos as architects is all about collaboration at all levels. It is about working with clients and local authorities to get the best possible design outcome, and the contractor and everyone else involved joins that collaboration,” explained Mantric Director, David Newstead. “We say, ‘we’re expert designers, not expert builders’, involving the builder can improve and streamline the design process. Sub contractors bring in their experience too of how to get the best outcomes The collaboration process means all the consultants and stakeholders are on the same page, which is much easier for dealing with relevant authorities. “Our mantra is to apply the principles that are defined by the project, to understand and drive the principles that have brought the building into being.” Since opening up shop in Melbourne in 2003, the majority of Mantric’s work has been for local government and institutions, in addition to commercial interiors, and architectural industrial projects. As a boutique firm, they have partnered with interstate firms for projects around the nation, undertaking architecture design, interior design, masterplanning and feasibility studies. Recent work includes the $6 million Caulfield Park project, the $44 million Glen Eira Aquatic Centre due to open in 2011, a Community Hub for the Shire of Yarra Ranges at Monbulk due to open April 2010 and Victoria University St Alban’s Campus. The $10.5 million St Alban’s project involved the design of innovation learning spaces for teacher training, including both hi-tech multi-media enabled spaces and recreational spaces. 34


For the Yarra Ranges Community Hub, Mantric put into practice their sustainability imperative, working with the client to reduce the building’s physical footprint in response to the actual needs of the community for various types of spaces. “More dollars need to be put into quality, not size. To work through with the client how efficient spaces are is a sustainability aspect,” said David. “We also consider water sensitive urban design, the need to hold as much water around a site as possible. We are focused on behaving sustainably throughout our practice. In design, our role is to lead people to sustainable outcomes, and we work for sustainable additions to buildings with the client before anyone begins the project. “Buildings can be an education tool for occupants, for example that they should open windows instead of rely on air conditioning, a lot of habits developed from bad buildings. Movement sensors for lighting which account for natural daylight levels, BMS systems and choosing the right appliances all play a part. Budgets need to reflect the policies, the greatest challenge is getting the market to understand sustainable practice costs more – we’ve been building too cheaply for too long. ESD is about innovation, asking ‘what’s the next thing we can do that improves on the previous project?’”

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The Driving Force of Eureka uilt on strong family values of integrity and honesty, Eureka Steel Fixing Queensland, recognises that its own continued success and the success of its clients’ projects, relies heavily on the performance of its team. A team, which has proven invaluable as the driving force behind key projects throughout eastern Australia. Through continued high level performance on large commercial, residential and civil projects, the Eureka project teams are highly regarded for their innovative approach, their ability to identify cost saving opportunities for their clients, to simplify solutions and initiate immediate action. This enviable reputation has been developed through a combination of experience, a highly effective training and retention strategy and the latest high quality services and facilities. Earlier this year, Eureka Steel Fixing set up a pre-fabrication yard at its Queensland base in Molendinar to enable columns, pad footings, pile caps, walls or beams to be pre-fabricated ahead of time and delivered directly to site for installation.

The facility is an integral part of the Eureka Training and Retention Strategy which involves the shared understanding between management and staff that increased skills influences productivity and hence sustained economic growth and employment. Both formal and informal training is undertaken with the experience and skills of senior staff utilised to deliver training in fabricating steel reinforcement, construction of columns and towers, plan reading, the proper handling of cutting equipment, welding, forklift operations, working as a team, manual handling and most critically, safety. This unique and refreshing focus on investing not only in quality workmanship and safety today, but in the future skill base of the industry is reaping rewards with Eureka’s portfolio of projects continually growing with key landmark developments. They are currently working on Soul at Surfers Paradise, Oracle Towers at Broadbeach, One One One in Brisbane and Little Beach at Paradise Point.

This facility not only provides extensive advantages in time and cost savings to clients but also provide a unique ‘in-house’ training facility in practical steel fixing skills for Eureka employees.




SUPER-SKILLS WITH STEEL ueensland construction projects can now call on Active Steel Pty Ltd to provide them with their reinforcement requirements opening a new 2,000m² facility in Crestmead in January 2009. Active Steel is a privately owned Australian family business which commenced operations in Sydney NSW in 1995, specialising in the manufacture, supply and delivery of steel reinforcing product. The company is one of the most technologically advanced operations within the industry. Significant investment in the latest computer aided design and European manufacturing systems have given Active Steel the ability to produce to exacting tolerances with speed and efficiency. Active Steel’s Crestmead facility has also been fitted out with the latest technology for the cutting and bending of steel. “This represents a significant investment” explains the company’s owner, Terry Stokes, “Everything is brand new and we have the most up to date equipment available from Europe” Active Steel has experienced and quality personnel to be able to deliver on the most challenging of projects, combined with an open and innovative approach and advanced manufacturing facilities it is not surprising they are involved in some of the largest projects past and presently underway in NSW. The majority of their projects have been civil infrastructure – bridges, sewerage treatment plants, major commercial projects, hospital upgrades and large residential developments. With experience and adaptability in providing the required product efficiently and within time and scheduling constraints, Active Steel also 52 36


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communicates and coordinates with clients to establish the most effective solutions to challenges presented. As the Queensland building boom continues its momentum, they are looking forward to providing superior service and product across the full spectrum of civil infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential projects. Active Steel’s Crestmead operation will offer a full range of reinforcing products and services – Reinforcement Detailing Service, Square and Rectangular Mesh, Engineered Mesh, Pile Cages, Swimming Pool Steel, offsite prefabrication of columns and beams, Cutting and Bending of Bar and delivery of goods to site / store. A complete range of accessories will also be available for the tying and placement of reinforcement steel. With full third party accreditation by ACRS (Australian Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels) products are made to meet the Australian Standard (AS/NZ4671), Active Steel is also a member of the SRIA (Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia).

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From left:- Matthew Jakubenko: Site Manager, Brendan Jakubenko: Chief Draftsmen, Peter Jakubenko: Managing Director, Clive Lederhose: Project Manager

riven by their new website,, Alltype Welding have launched a corporate rebranding campaign, which showcases their capabilities in delivering a complete system from start to finish.

They have just completed the Signature Apartments in Queensland and are currently working on a number of other significant projects including packages 4 and 5 of the RAAF Base Amberley Redevelopment Stage 3 and Stage 1 of the Cameby Downs Coal Project.

Aimed at providing comprehensive information to both suppliers and customers, the website provides a broad overview of Alltype’s range of services which includes steel detailing, fabrication, abrasive blasting, protective coatings, transport and erection.

With their firm foundations and vast experience, Alltype Welding continue their strong commitment to the advancement of the fabrication and erection of structural steel industry with their company representatives active on numerous committees to help to develop costing and safer work procedures and practices both for Alltype and the industry.

With over 25 years experience, Alltype Welding remain a family operated business, founded by Managing Director, Peter Jakubenko with skilful team including managers, draftsmen, boiler makers, welders, sand blasters, painters, truck drivers, machinery operators, crane operators, riggers and dogmen - a big team which provides big results.

Reaffirming their position as a major operator in the steel fabrication industry.

The cornerstone of the company’s operation is a large 8000sqm indoor workshop at their factory in Stapylton Queensland which is complete with 7 overhead cranes with a lifting capacity of up to 20 tonnes, fabrication bays, indoor sand blasting facilities with a floor capacity of 25 tonne, indoor painting facilities and 10,000sqm of hard stand lay down and storage space. The company’s range of equipment includes equipment for transporting structural steel, access equipment, cranes by Libherr, Kato, Tadano and Kamatso and a wide range of specialist welding equipment. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



pecialist formwork, reinforcing and concrete works contractor, Howard Concrete Constructions Pty Ltd are proud to have been involved in a number of world renowned projects including the Hamilton Island Golf Course and Yacht Club. On the Golf Club project, Howard completed all formwork, steelwork and concrete works including the dam wall plus 11 Klms of Buggy Roads and on the Yacht Club, assisted in the suspended soffit formwork and completed all steel reinforcing and concrete works. Howard faced numerous challenges to complete this project including dealing with the logistics of transporting materials, employees and contractors to and from an island, the unusual shaped walls of the Yacht Club, carting concrete over 1 Km from the agitator to the construction site with a tipper machine and screeding concrete up very challenging hills. The results of their achievements are most impressive and Howard Concrete are now working on the Port of Airlie project and Abbot Point X50 Expansion Marine Works

ueanbeyan-based ACT Horizontal and Directional Boring offer a wide range of drilling and boring services from basic sprinkler bores under footpaths and driveways to multiple pipes under major roads, trees and buildings.

ACTHDB maintain an impressive fleet of equipment and highly skilled workforce and are well-equipped to handle both large and small size projects.

ACTHDB’s trenchless solutions are particularly effective as they can be applied to situations when work is required around trees, garden beds and houses without causing damage to the property. Since taking over the business in 2005, owners David Sturzaker and Paul Engel have built on the company’s solid reputation and expanded their portfolio of projects to include the upgrade of hospital car parks, expansion of schools, relocation of service utilities on major road upgrades and several projects at Canberra Airport. 38



fter seven years of planning, work is underway on Mirvac’s Waterfront Newstead development soon to become one of Brisbane’s most enviable locations. Uni-Span Australia are proud to hold the scaffolding contract for Pier, which is the first stage of prestige residential development and which commenced construction in March 2009. The 52 week contract entails supply, installation and eventual dismantling of all perimeter scaffolds as well as falsework support, stair access and egress, loading bays, a gantry, handrails and height safety, and stairwell scaffolds. At peak, this amounts to around 1000 tonne of product. Uni-span’s commitment to innovation means constant product development, always with an eye to improving site safety and productivity. Examples of new products at work on Waterfront Newstead include Uni-span’s new adjustable snap on bracing for falsework, steel lap plates and steel sole boards. According to Steve O’Brien, lead scaffolder at Waterfront Newstead, “The snap on bracing is far quicker and easier to install. Uni-span’s new bracing arrangement means one man can comfortably and safely install the brace in seconds.” The product further rationalizes stock, being one complete unit versus the traditional tube and fittings. Uni-span’s containment system, uni-mesh, proved the ideal solution for perimeter protection. This proven and widely accepted system allows for both “chain and shade” to be installed simultaneously, improving productivity without compromising safety. Mirvac’s logo was detailed onto 120 linear metres of the UNI-MESH, providing excellent signage exposure for the site.

the second, where Alpolic fins are being installed at a sharp angle to the building after the structure is up. A custom-designed solution was implemented which gave both a high level of health and safety and ensured the scaffold was cost effective. The result provided installation workers with a safe, ready work area, from the top down. This kind of smart thinking and safety consciousness, along with their commitment to clients, won Uni-Span the July 2009 Manufacturing and Construction Business Excellence Award in the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards. New and innovative products within the Uni-Span range in use on the Pier project include: • Adjustable Snap on Bracing – Applied to the false work system giving substantial labour savings. • Steel Lap Plates – An indestructible multi-use substitute for wooden lap boards, available in two board (6kg) size for spans up to .5m and three board (10kg) size for .5m spans. • Steel Sole Boards – made from galvanised steel with heavy-duty molded hooks to attach jacks. • UNI-MESH – a light weight screen and containment system. This system was also used by Bovis Lend Lease during construction of the Lowy Cancer Research Facility. • Kwik Az – a nifty new tool and method which offers a faster, more secure way of attaching perimeter containment screening and fencing.

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&C Fencing is a Sydney based ISO 9001 Quality assured Fencing company with well over 30 years of experience, and an extensive list of regular customers within the commercial industry. Although specialising in steel and aluminium products, P&C Fencing can supply or supply and install nearly any type of fencing or gate product. Popular products include: • Diplomat – School specification and commercial specification • Palisade – Maximum security three-pronged design • Chainwire – Fences and Internal Partitions, Galvanised or PVC finish • Metal tubular – Pool, Garden or Safety Fencing, Round or square pickets • Privacy Screen – Perfect for lunch rooms and enclosures • Substation High Security Mesh Fencing – Energy Australia and Integral Energy Specifications All of the above products can be created into gates in the following configurations: • Hinged gates • Sliding gates • Cantilevered gates • Pedestrian access gates • Pool gates • Boom gates Other products include: • Turnstiles • Guardrail • Bollards • Wheel stops

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ocker Group’s ability to create woven wire products which match the imagination of architects and also offer premium strength and durability is one of the most eye-catching parts of the street frontage of the new Hotel Ibis at King Street Wharf in Sydney.

UV and temperatures inside the Hotel Ibis’ public areas. One of the reasons for selecting aluminium wire was colour-matching. To meet the architect’s design vision, Locker Group anodised both the extrusion and woven wire.

Cox Richardson Architects’ design called for a decorative sunscreen to surround the retail and hospitality areas. Locker Group’s 50 years of experience with metal products and specialist knowledge of materials proved invaluable, as a variety of materials were considered, including expanded metal, stainless steel braided wire mesh, and flat ribbon wire mesh before the final design specified Boston 712A aluminium woven wire mesh. Around two tonnes of aluminium wire was used to manufacture the 145 panels, which range in size from approximately 2100mm x 700mm through to 2000mm x 1400mm.

“Locker Group’s combination of local manufacturing and tight project management ensured the time constraints were met, and unforseen site issues, relating to complexity in panel shapes and sizes, could be dealt with promptly and resolved without delaying the overall project,” said Architectural Commercial Representative Robert Whiteley.

Facade sub-contractor Altius Construction and Engineering and Locker Group together formulated the ideal fixing arrangement to suit the peculiar demands of the vertical and horizontal elevations of the project. Design challenges included rolling some panels to match the curved shape of parts of the steel frame structure; the aluminium extrusion facilitated fast and straight-forward installation in this complex geometry. The sunshading is both highly decorative and provides extremely effective shading, allowing unobstructed airflow while reducing both WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Hotel Ibis combined the talents of Locker Group Western Australia, who wove the wire, Locker Group Victoria who did the trimming and rolling, and Locker Group Sydney who provided project management.

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CHINA SOUTHERN GLASS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD hina Southern Glass (Australia) has been providing architectural glass to the Australian market for more than 10yrs now, and has completed more than 150 projects all around Australia. Our quality Double Low E glass has been achieved a 4, 5 and 6 Green Star certified rating from Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) across Australia. This glass will soon be superseded by the outstanding new Triple Low E coating currently in trial production.

China Southern Glass Holding celebrated the 25th anniversary of operations in 2009, and has 28 subsidiaries including the Australian operation. CSG Holding also celebrated its first big milestone achievement of building the complete supply chain of Solar Module production from raw material of Polysilicone mine, Ingot and Wafer, Solar Cells, Solar Glass to the final Solar modules. This control provides consumer confidence in CSG Quality, Service and competitive edge over our competitors.

Our products range from Insulating Glass, Float Glass, Low E IGU, Solar Reflective Glass, Tempered and Heat strengthened Glass, Heat Soak Test, Curved Tempered Glass, Laminated Glass and Enamelled Glass all backed by full warranty and Australian Standards requirement. In Architectural glass colour range, CSGA has already received positive feedback on the new Crystal Grey colour and Super clear – Low Iron Glass.

The PV Solar panels come in a range of sizes from 75 watts through to 285 watts, and are certified to TUV IEC 61215 and IEC 61730, which is the standard required to attract the Government’s solar energy rebates. CSGA supply the solar panels to both commercial and residential projects.

Current CSGA projects in Architectural Glass include 140 William St in Perth, City Square in Perth, Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, 717 Bourke St in Melbourne, Techport in Adelaide, Oracle on the Gold Coast and 100 Market St in Sydney. CSGA is a subsidiary of CSG Holding. CSG Holding is a publicly listed company which has up to 10,000 employees, and nine production bases in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hainan, Tianjin, Chengdu, Heibei, Wujiang, Dongguan, and Yichang in China.




hether it’s designing and constructing an entire turnkey system, or fabricating steel for a commercial high rise or bridge, Nepean Engineering delivers the goods. Certified to ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standards and founded 35 years ago, they are the core of Nepean Group, Australia’s leading privately owned specialised engineering and industrial manufacturing group. Group operations range from agricultural products, mining conveyor systems to structural steel fabrication and erection of commercial and industrial buildings. In addition, they produce Longwall miners, aircraft tow tractors, methane gas extraction plants, manufacturing electronics including SCADA systems, scientific instruments, steel products for infrastructure and residential applications, mobile lighting towers, steel gantries and galvanising services.

changer, 12m x-travel and a 40 tonne rotary table. This machine is capable of taking on large mining and fabricated items including railway rolling stock.

Their client base extends to the USA, Canada, Middle East, Africa and Asia. It is a testament to their skills that Nepean’s Vehicle Inspection Systems, which comprise innovative robotic units designed and produced wholly in-house are used not only by the RTA, but also exported extensively to the USA, South Africa and New Zealand. They are equipped with laser cutting equipment for manufacture of precision equipment, and have ASSDA accreditation for stainless steel fabrication and welding.

Having manufacturing and fabrication offices spread across the country means Nepean Engineering can access group-wide projects just about anywhere, including Western Australia, where Nepean Group companies service mining and infrastructure projects. Recent noteworthy construction projects include the award-winning One National Circuit Canberra and the Tabitha Building (Commonwealth Bank’s new HQ at Homebush). Nepean also provide services directly to some of the world’s biggest engineering firms for design and manufacture of special purpose machinery.

“If we are involved in the early part of a major project’s design process, we can usually help our clients to save money,” said Nepean Executive, Christopher Mooney. “Our people have the technical competence to solve complex engineering problems; we have some of the best and most experienced design engineers in New South Wales. We are well known for our capability and accuracy, for example the world’s tallest steel and glass lift core for the 39 storey Deutsche Bank Building in Sydney exceeded the client’s expectations. NATA certification is available.”

Nepean Group invested $13million in 2008-9 in R&D much of this added more leading edge capital equipment and capacity for Nepean Engineering. Recent additions to the expansive Engineering workshop facilities include a state of the art DAITO SEIKI beam profiling line, which drills, copes and cuts automatically to a high degree of accuracy and speed. They have also acquired a Top Turn Series 80 (6m between centres) lathe capable of taking on large jobs where a high degree of accuracy is required. There is also a new Kunming Machine Tool TH6916 horizontal floor borer with a Hyden Hain controlled 40 tool WWW.ANCR.COM.AU





is a wholly owned and operated all Australian company founded in 1979 that designs, manufactures, installs and distributes a completely comprehensive range of cranes, electric hoists, materials handling and warehousing systems. The company also provides design support and componentry to other crane makers throughout the Asia-Pacific region. JDN MONOCRANE’s strengths lie in its ability to combine the most reliable componentry with in-house advanced engineering and programming skills. This provides clients with top performance installations at very competitive prices. At ASC Shipyard, JDN MONOCRANE designed, manufactured, delivered, installed and commissioned 13 Overhead Travelling Cranes and associated works to a value of more than $6 million. It is one of the largest projects of its type ever undertaken by an Australian crane manufacturer, and all within a remarkably short period of time. Work on the design began shortly after the official Letter of Intent was issued by the Head Contractor in June 2008. The last cranes were commissioned by mid November 2009. The manufacturing work was done entirely in JDN MONOCRANE’s factory in Dandenong in Victoria, with the on-site project management, installation and commissioning handled through the company’s Adelaide Office. JDN MONOCRANE’s factory facilities are comprehensive with a second manufacturing facility in Yatala in Queensland. Project director, John Gillan, stressed the importance of JDN MONOCRANE’s good working relationship with the Head Contractor, Hansen & Yuncken, in the smooth operation of the contract. “Installing and commissioning such large, heavy equipment in the limited confines of the various buildings demanded a very detailed and co-ordinated effort to ensure that other trades weren’t needlessly inconvenienced and to maintain the tight building programme.” Of the 13 Overhead Cranes , seven are Double Girder construction and six are Single Girder. The largest four of the Double Girder Cranes are each of 100 Tonne capacity, two with 37 metre span and two with 27 metre span. The other Double Girder Cranes are an 80 Tonne unit with 16.5 metre span and two x 35 Tonners, each with spans of 26 metres. The Single Girder Cranes comprise three x 20 Tonners with 21 metre span, a 16 Tonner with 13 metre span, a 10 Tonner with 21 metre span and a 5 Tonner with 14 metre span. All cranes are controlled by sophisticated Autec Radio Control Systems which also enables Tandem Operation of the 100T, 35T and 20T Cranes, each combination controlled from a dedicated Master Transmitter. All cranes also incorporate some important, world leading functionality features developed by JDN MONOCRANE . allows up to approximately 25% of the SWL to be raised or lowered at twice the normal lifting speed producing unparalleled hoisting performance whilst also incorporating micro-creep speeds to facilitate fine assembly operations. i-GLIDE allows the crane and load to accelerate and decelerate with the smoothest properties possible, independent of the load and absolutely minimizing potentially dangerous hook sway. HYPERSPEED

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NEW RECORDS SET BY SPORTING VENUES assion for sport has no clearer expression than the extraordinary stadiums being built for playing and watching it in. Worldwide, designers are making the venues themselves a major part of the spectacle, given form by leading edge construction materials and techniques. The new US$1.2 billion 80,000 seat Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is a case in point. It boasts the world’s longest single span roof structure, the world’s largest digital TV screen and the world’s biggest operable glass doors, an outstanding 180-foot-wide by 120-foot-high, at either end. The 160 foot long four-sided ‘Jumbotron’ TV screen, custom built by Mitsubishi, cost a whopping US$40 million and weighs 600 (imperial) ton. Unfortunately, it is also low enough to collect a well-kicked ball, a problem which may have to be rectified. The entire stadium site occupies 73 acres, with the structure enclosing 3 million square feet of space featuring everything from 325 VIP suites, party break out spaces and a whole floor of bars, clubs, restaurants and takeaway food outlets. The roofing and roofing structure involved 14,100 (imperial) tons of structural steel - equivalent to the weight of 92 Boeing 777s. Not every project is breaking so many records, some are brilliant quiet achievers. In London, where new Olympic facilities for the 2012 Games 48


must fit into an already heavily developed landscape, and serve a useful lifetime beyond the event, the new 80,000 seat London Olympic Stadium has been cleverly designed with part of the structure a temporary construction. This will be dismantled after the Games as the stadium moves into a second life primarily as a 25,000 seat football, cultural, educational and athletics venue. A distinctive look is being achieved through a 20m-high 'wrap' on the exterior facade, which has a 900m circumference. The wrap will feature an original mural of past sporting champions, the flags of the participating nations and logos of sponsors. Construction began in mid 2008 with demolition of an existing stadium, and the new structure is due for completion in 2011. SOUTH AFRICA BUILDS FOR 2010 The FIFA 2010 World Cup Soccer events in South Africa have inspired multiple major works, with new stadium projects at Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. These projects are distinguished by design themes of South African unity and healing. The 90,000+ capacity Soccer City stadium at Johannesburg has been affectionately dubbed the ‘African Pot’, for the facade and structure designed to AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

resemble a traditionally painted calabash. Durban’s 70,000 seat Moses Mabhida stadium is named in honour of one of the heroes of the anti-Apartheid movement. Like many stadium projects, Moses Mabhida was a truly multinational endeavour, with design from Germany, engineering from Holland, building by a local South African construction company, WBHO, and roofing by Americans. USA based company Birdair Inc., has completed work on 70 sports facilities globally, incorporating cable-based tensile architecture into a variety of single-sport and multi-purpose stadiums and arenas. They are the world’s leading specialty contractor of lightweight long-span roofing systems and tensile structures, sending crews of up to 100 to around the globe (including places like Chadstone Shopping Mall in Melbourne), installing their custom-designed and engineered products. Birdair were awarded roofing contracts for three of the four primary 2010 FIFA World Cup Stadiums, including Durban Stadium, Cape Town Stadium, and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the first world-class stadium in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. As roofing sub-contractor for the 50,000-seat Port Elizabeth venue, Birdair’s project role included design, engineering and construction of the tensile roofing system, as well as fabricating and erecting 2,400 metric WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

tonnes of roof girders in the form of thirty-six 150 foot cantilevering trusses, each weighing 60 tonnes and installed within a complex geometry with tight tolerances. Approximately 230,000 square feet of fabric membrane comprised of PTFE (or polytetrafluoroeethylene, commonly known by the brand name Teflon®) coated fiberglass forms the undulating roof design. The valleys formed by the tensioned-membrane roof ’s cable system help drain rainwater while sheltering spectators. Another of their contracts, Cape Town Stadium, included constructing roofing for the 68,000-seat, six-level stadium, and erecting 1,600 metric tonnes of perimeter compression ring steel on the facility. A unique combination of steel, cables, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) mesh and glass forms the structure's sleek tensile roof, which is shaped like a large undulating bicycle wheel. The roof comprises 340,000 square feet of translucent PVC mesh liner, creating a veil-like effect. To offset the PVC mesh liner, 365,000 square feet of glass was installed to act as ballast and hold down the entire light-weight roof structure during the 40-50 mph winds that frequently sweep through the Cape Town area. The glass additionally serves as acoustic insulation. This roof construction is unique in the world, and to complete it Birdair worked with specialty cable manufacturer Pfeifer Seil-und Hebetechnik of Memmingen, Germany. SPECIAL FOCUS


(clockwise from above) Dallas Cowboys Stadium Photos courtesy of Birdair Inc

For the 500,000 square feet of roofing on Durban Stadium, Birdair designed and constructed an innovative roofing system, comprised of 208 separate PTFE fiberglass membrane panels. The 70,000-seat facility incorporates a towering 1,100-foot long, 30-story arch along the pitch of the roof. This provides support for the 700 tonnes of cable net that support the tensile roofing system and patrons can ascend the arch by cable car for a bird’s-eye view from a platform above centre field. DALLAS USES AN ECO-FRIENDLY FIRST Back on their own turf, Birdair played a major role in the Dallas Cowboys home ground, designing and supplying the fabric membrane roofing and clamping which form the stadium’s expansive tensile roof, the world’s longest retractable roof. It is the first athletic facility in the United States (and only the second in the world) to utilize a TiO2 coated architectural fabric membrane roofing system. The innovative Titanium Dioxide coating, developed by Taiyo Kogyo Corporation of Japan, reduces cleaning maintenance due to its ability to break down dirt on the surface of the membrane, allowing it to be easily washed away by rain. Additionally, the photocatalytic material provides shade and comfort, while actively neutralizing airborne pollutants and odours. To ensure maximum energy savings and efficiency, TiO2 was coated over PTFE SHEERFILL Architectural Membrane, manufactured by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. SHEERFILL is the first and only 50


ENERGY STAR® qualified and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) certified architectural fabric membrane, helping to reduce surface roof temperatures and decrease heat absorption. This helps to lower air-conditioning requirements, reducing peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent. SHEERFILL is a Teflon®-coated woven fiberglass membrane that is waterproof, immune to UV rays and capable of withstanding temperatures from -100°F to +450°F. The fabric membrane’s high degree of translucency provides maximum daylighting when the roof is closed, reducing the need for supplemental electric lighting during the day. The fabric portion of the retractable roof measures 148,000 square feet, and is designed to be open or closed in accordance with weather conditions. Each fabric membrane panel can open or close in just 12 minutes. The stadium’s two arches, towering 292 feet above the playing field, provide support for the roof. As the longest single span roof structure in the world, each boxed arch is 35 feet deep by 17 feet wide. SEARING HEAT, SHIFTING SANDS AND GLOBAL FOOTBALL FEVER Half a world away, Birdair also did the roofing on a remarkable project in Kuwait, the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium. Kuwait is passionate AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

(above & below) Kuwait's Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium

about soccer too, but temperatures on an unprotected playing field can reach 54˚ Celsius, almost hot enough to cook a goalkeeper. Design proved the solution, with a multiple peaked fabric roof which appears like a cluster of Bedouin tents or distant sand dunes surmounted by a steel cable frame saddle in the shape of a traditional Arab Dhow sailing vessel. The 64,000-seat facility, located in the city of Safat, is the largest soccer and Olympic-standard sports venue in Kuwait. The roof took a year to construct, using 147,637 square feet (45,000 sq. meters) of PTFE-coated fabric. Workers unfurled the highly translucent membrane across the compressed steel and heavy-duty cable framework in 282-foot spans (86 meters), venturing from the roof ’s outer edge to an open inner ring, measuring 348 feet (106 meters) in diameter. According to Birdair Professional Engineer Wesley R. Terry, P.E., the canopy design provides spectators with much-needed comfort while allowing daylight to reach the stadium’s natural grass playing surface. “The difference for fans will be dramatic,” said Terry, who supervised on site during the canopy construction. “I sat in the stands after the membrane was installed and it does an outstanding job of lowering the temperature inside the stadium.” Translucent PTFE-coated woven fibreglass fabric has extensive daylight harvesting properties. Light pours through, and looking upwards WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

from the seats and playing field of Jaber Al-Ahmad, 450 illuminated holographic glass cupolas are visible, contributing to overall light transmittance. The canopy shape proved cost effective too. “With its concaved, load-bearing profile, it required only a minimal, single-layer cable net to support the fabric membrane,” Terry said. Not that minimal equates to delicate: four-inch diameter radial cable was used throughout the structure’s design, weighing more than 385 tons and encompassing an area of 42,000 sq. meters. The inner ring, also constructed using compressed steel, weighs approximately 1,950 tons. Applying these sturdy components to the roofing system allowed engineers to suspend a pair of 15-ton scoreboards from opposite ends of the massive canopy. A quick survey of major stadium projects globally reveals that soccer is scoring the most construction goals of any sport. Major stadium projects underway and near completion across South America, and in Russia, The Ukraine, Morocco, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Spain, Romania, France and Britain, all with seating capacities for over 50,000 patrons, have been inspired by ‘the World Game’. Meanwhile, over in Dallas, grid iron players go head to head. What it all boils down to is a stadium reflects how strongly communities feel about their teams. In Texas, that emotion is obviously enormous. SPECIAL FOCUS


rocon is one of Australia’s leading development and construction groups. Founded in the 1950s by Luigi Grollo and growing to a major building company of the 1980s with his son Bruno at the helm, Grocon has continued to grow strongly into the new millennium headed by Daniel, son of Bruno and grandson of Luigi. The inspiration behind the privately owned, multi-generational organization has always been a dream of excellence. And it is this reputation of excellence in the construction industry that landed Grocon with the job of building the “ Rectangular Stadium” for Major Projects Victoria – a futuristic $267.5 million sports stadium built upon the Edwin Flack Oval within Melbourne’s premium sporting precinct and commissioned by the State Government to house soccer, rugby league and rugby union games to a capacity crowd of more than 30,000. Scheduled for completion in early 2010 this stadium will have a look like no other. Featuring the unique ‘bioframe’ roof design that provides extensive seating coverage, excellent spectator lines and a striking aesthetic structure, the design is based on the inherent structural efficiencies of the Buckminster-Fuller geodesic dome. This unique construction lends itself to creating an identity and branding recognition



important for the marketing of the stadium on a global level, both by attracting spectators and corporate sponsors for the tenant teams as well as assisting Melbourne to be more favourably positioned in a highly competitive global sports and events market. The distinctive roof line continues and advances the present architectural lineage of the precinct seen in the surrounding sports stadiums. Featuring a dining room with capacity for up to 1,000 patrons, 24 corporate boxes, merchandising facilities, food and beverage outlets, bars and cafés, the stadium's focus will be a 136m X 82 m rectangular pitch that meets FIFA, NRL and IRB requirements, boasting an advanced, high quality, world class playing surface that can also be used for concerts and events. The roof's ‘bioframe’ lightweight support structure makes better use of the stadium's internal space and requires roughly 50% less steel than an equivalent dipped cantilever roof covering the same area. Due to the high embodied-energy of steel, this saving not only represents a massive cost saving but a significant reduction in the overall energy and material needed to manufacture the components. The structure will be clad in a triangular, panellised façade made up


of a combination of glass metal and louvers. The metal panels are made with a urethane core sandwiched between steel outer casings and coated in a ‘whisper white’ custom produced colour sealant. Rainwater will be harvested from the roof and stored in tanks. The water system will be installed with low-use water fittings further reducing the volume of water used on the grounds and surrounding environs. A fully integrated waste management and recycling system will also be installed. Low-volatile organic compound carpets and stains and low-energy light fittings will be used in the fit-out making this building as environmentally friendly as possible.

The stadium is one of Grocon’s biggest jobs at present – Grocon has offices in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium will add to an already globally renowned sporting and event precinct with a technologically advanced, environmentally friendly and highly sculptured organic design structure attracting national interest and international recognition. The first event has been anounced as a Rugby League test between Australia and NZ on Friday May 7 2010 followed by Storm vs the Broncos on Sunday May 9.

Users of the stadium will include Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory and Super Rugby, which will position the stadium on the international stage. Melbourne Heart may also become regulars. Users can access elite training facilities, a gymnasium and lap pool, and there is also office accommodation for tenants including Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Football Club, The Victorian Rugby Union, the Victorian Olympic Council, Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre and Tennis Victoria. Carparking for over 300 of the tenants will also be available.




s one of the world's leading technology enterprises, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, has a particular responsibility for the people directly and indirectly affected by our work. This responsibility is reflected in our wide-ranging activities to support people and the environment. It is one of our chief priorities to take into account business, social and ecological aspects in our decisions. After the take over of Hoesch Siegerland Werke by ThyssenKrupp and the foundation of ThyssenKrupp Bausysteme GmbH in 2003 and the recent amalgamation into the ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG Corporation in October 2009, the Profit Center Color/Construction Team of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG now has a most extensive product portfolio and is the leading manufacturer of construction elements and systems made out of coil coated steel material. With a total of nine production lines for the brands Hoesch, ems-isolier® and Isocab composite cladding products we are in a position to offer the world’s largest product range to our clients, architects, engineers and planners. Our architectural product ranges effortlessly co-ordinate form and function, making them the perfect choice for creative specialists and architects in all fields of the construction industry. 54


ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG produces a full range of insulated panels for roof and walls. The panel options include fire rated, acoustic and cool storage either with polyisocyanurate (PIR) or rockwool cores. ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG panels have Factory Mutual approval FM 4480, Loss Prevention Certification Board approval LPC and fulfil many other international test requirements and are exported world wide with projects completed in Russia, Middle East, South America and Asia. The ems-isolier® product line specialises in a range of solutions predominantly used in the design of deep freeze and cold storage facilities. With over 30 years of insulation panel construction experience, these products are a first choice for the food and beverage industry. The Hoesch line of standard single and double skin products have been tried and tested over decades for simple and effective solutions in the rapidly expanding construction industry. The Hoesch line of products contains cutting-edge products for the ambitious construction of industrial structures, sports arenas and agricultural buildings in the modern age. It is with this product line that the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium has been developed. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

With a ground-breaking design for the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium roof, a product to reflect the unique, futuristic and technological appearance was highly sought after. ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG were chosen to supply the builders due to their innovative designs, competitive quotations and reliability. The roof design reflects the geometry of the soccer ball with a pattern of interlinking triangular panels in several different materials and finishes combining to form the well known hexagonal patterns used to form soccer balls. The metal faced 100mm thick isowand vario® ML-100-V insulated panels were designed and produced in Germany before being imported to Australia and assembled for the roof structure of the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. The panels are a “sandwich-style” construction with an isowand vario® rigid polyurethane foam core for insulation. This foam has been developed by ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG and has been CFC free in its production since 1998. The panels are typically used for walls; however, a patented EDPM gasket was developed to allow these to be adapted for the roof application. A special ‘whisper white’ colour finish sealant, unique to Australia and the Rectangular Stadium Project, was developed to seal the panels.

Australia Pty Ltd, assisted with the design and engineering of the special patented gasket system, the supply and delivery of the panels, the tendering and presentation of the ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG system to construction company executives as well as the supervision of the job on site, to ensure efficiency and rapid installation. ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG products have been available in Australia since 2005 through and www. Recently TKH Building Systems Australia Pty Ltd. has been responsible for the installation of over 14,000m² at the Melbourne Airport re-development, 4,000m² at the Royal Women’s Hospital and jobs for the Hydro Commission in Hobart as well as over 16,000m² of REC Scan Wafer non-combustible wall panels for a Sandvik regional distribution centre in Singapore.

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Aurecon is a global group created by the merger of three world-class companies, Africon, Connell Wagner and Ninham Shand. Together, they provide multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services to some of the world’s most complex and important infrastructure, commercial and industrial projects. From working on difficult site conditions, to the inherent challenges of tall buildings, to the complexities of stadia design; from facades, fire engineering and 3D modelling to building science, security and sustainability, the group’s Asia Pacific Development Manager for the property sector, David Johnson says “we thrive on interesting challenges”. Aurecon’s vast experience in delivering stadia design includes projects such as the iconic Peter Mokabe Stadium in South Africa, Wembley Stadium in the UK and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Hence, their skills were called upon to provide engineering design services for the new redevelopment at Adelaide Oval.



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Aurecon’s sound understanding and knowledge of critical factors including geographic, cultural, climatic, environmental, statutory and legal requirements in global markets gives clients peace of mind as they enter new frontiers. Johnson continues “our relationship with our clients is at the heart of everything we do – it’s built on quality, accountability and shared success”. Enquiries: David Johnson Development Manager – Property – Asia Pacific Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd Phone: (08) 8237 9707 Email:

Following the merger in March 2009, Aurecon has expanded its global reach with over 6,000 staff in 87 offices across 28 countries. The team’s experience in often challenging terrains makes them flexible and resourceful, allowing for a highly effective and efficient allocation and mobilisation of resources.




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pumped to deliver mproved Concrete Pumping Services was founded over 30 years ago by General manager Bruno Tancredi. Together with managing director Paul Willard ICPS run 16 different sized trucks and over 45 personnel. The trucks range in size from a 55 metre boom (three of these are available) down to a single 22 metre boom. ICPS also offer two 49 metre booms, two 42 metre booms, two 36 metre booms, two 32 metre booms and one 28 metre plant. This broad range of different sized booms allows ICPS to tailor a truck to the job at hand ensuring that the power to weight ratio of the concrete that needs to be moved is perfectly balanced with the size and strength of the truck and its pumps. This means that the right amount of concrete gets to the right area within the right timeframe. All incredibly important points in dealing with a substance that sets quickly and is particularly heavy and viscous making it tricky to move. By utilising the static high pressure line pumps on the trucks in this situation ICPS make sure that the job gets done right everytime. A job that carries with it more risk than one might expect. The pressure required to move the concrete from the truck and up the boom is fairly substantial. ICPS ensure that at all times the maintenance



of their trucks is of the highest standard so as to minimize the risk of the concrete lines bursting or becoming unrestrained, the pipe clamps being dislodged or the pump failing. Fairly common problems in the concrete pumping game they can be disastrous to a job when working to a tight schedule. And this can be debilitating to a companies reliability and reputation. Three decades of successful pumping, highly maintained trucks and well trained, supervised, competent and experienced concrete pump and boom operators ensure that ICPS can safely operate and maintain the equipment that for some developers is the heart that pumps their ‘life blood.’ ICPS were subcontracted into the job of building Rectangular Stadium by Melbourne based Grocon who brought in their own concreters. The trucks supplied to the Rectangular Stadium site are varied in size, allowing ICPS and Grocon to tailor the size of the truck to the size of the job at hand. Each truck is driven, worked and supervised by a select team from the ICPS headquarters. Each plant operator is familiar with the pump and its equipment in line with advice and information from the manufacturer. Each ICPS operator will; undertake a daily inspection of the plant and its maintenance before pumping starts each day, always attend to the equipment or make sure that a competent person is in attendance if working away from the equipment, pump concrete only when the grill is in the closed position, make sure that pump flow rates match discharge rates of concrete delivery trucks, be based at the pump


and have a clear view of both the hose-hand and the hopper. If a clear view is not possible then another competent person, other than the delivery truck driver, will be based at the hopper and be responsible for stopping the pump, following the directions of and maintaining communications with the hose-hand, so as to ensure accurate and safe pumping of concrete in all situations as per section 4.3.2 of the Concrete Pumping Code of Practice 2005. The main area of stress in the whole line is the delivery hose due to the fact that this piece of equipment is under the most pressure from the pump, multiplied by the weight of the concrete itself. Damage to the delivery hose may cause the concrete to discharge under pressure resulting in a dangerous situation that could be problematic for the development and potentially harmful for the operators and their assistants. ICPS ensure their equipment is of A1 standard by checking all hoses before being fitted, by fitting a suitable stop device at the outlet end of the hose where it is located above a working or public area, by fixing the delivery hose fitting on a boom pump with a safety chain, sling or other retaining device in line with Australian Standard 1418.15. Steel re-enforced hoses are used with high pressure pumps on high-rise satellite booms and ‘reducers’ are used to avoid overload of the hose or other parts of the unit ensuring that Improved Concrete Pumping Services deliver their workload to Melbourne Rectangular Stadium promptly, safely and reliably everytime.




cbs plumbing bring expertise to stadium ollingwood Building Services Pty. Ltd. is a wholly Australian owned private company involved in the supply of Hydraulics services to the Commercial, Industrial and Multi-storey Residential building sector since 1924. With permanent offices in Victoria and Queensland, projects in other states are handled on a site by site basis. The inception of CBS plumbing in the early 1900’s began a company that continues today to ensure quality of work through experience and value of the staff at hand. With many key employees having been with the company for well over 20 years, maintenance of the standards required within the company is well understood and strongly implemented. The CBS Group of Companies offers clients a one stop shop approach to commercial, high rise and industrial plumbing design, installation, project management and ongoing maintenance. The Major projects division ensures that any large scale contracts that come through are dealt with both time and cost effectively by people who have a wealth of experience and background in this type of specialised area. Whether estimates are required for budget purposes, traditional tendering, negotiated or project managed work, CBS have experience in a range of different applications including: 62


• Large and small multi-storey buildings, both commercial and residential. • Major Hotels and accommodation projects. • Large and small industrial projects such as power plants and factories. • Large and small shopping complexes, both new and operational. • Large and small car parks. • Hospitals, schools and prisons. • Major refurbishments and conversions. • Large and small recreational complexes and facilities. CBS also have a separate specialised division with a workforce dedicated to ‘’Smaller works and Tenancy fit-outs’ covering the commercial sector. The company as a whole believe a different approach and understanding is required for this type of work and as such have specialised in this area for many years offering their clients the full range of hydraulic services for fit-outs from inception and planning, through briefing and problem solving, documentation and approval, to installation and commissioning. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The CBS group offers hydraulics and associated works maintenance to all types and sizes of commercial and industrial complexes. The range covered is the same as their Major works portfolio and is offered to clients on a 24 Hour, 7 Days per week basis with guaranteed response times to suit the particular needs of clients. Recently CBS have also branched out into the concrete coring and cutting sector with establishment of a new dedicated division. Due to the cutting edge “bio-frame” design of the roof system at the Rectangular Stadium a plumbing system was needed firstly to contain and control the water where possible and secondly to transport it to the storage tanks on the premises located at the southern end. The rain water is used for the flushing of the toilets as well as washing down the plats (seating area ) and the roof. Provision has been put in to supply rainwater or recycled water for the irrigation of the pitch and gardens in the future when additional tanks are installed, to endeavor to save Melbourne’s precious water supplies and still maintaining the pitch in pristine condition for a world class stadium. A solar hot water system has been installed and is supplementing the hot water plant. The hot water plant supplies hot water throughout the stadium to all change WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

rooms, clinics, corporate areas as well as kitchens and concession areas throughout the stadium. One of the larger projects for CBS, the Rectangular Stadium is added to an already impressive resume of completed projects. These include; the Northern stand at the M.C.G., Southern Cross Station, Royal Melbourne Hospital redevelopments and work for clients including AMP, BHP, Coles Myer, Siemens, Deloittes, and the Victorian Government.

Level 1, 164 Nicholson Street Abbotsford Victoria 3067 Telephone Direct (03) 9411 3900 Fax (03) 9419 4766 RECTANGULAR STADIUM VIC PROJECT FEATURE


STADIUM FastenING ith 45 branches across Australia and over 500 employees, Coventry Fasteners is known as a true fastener specialist, offering customers of all sizes a diverse range of products. Key product groups include industrial fasteners, construction fasteners, stainless steel fasteners and hardware, studbolts, specialised fastener products and associated tools and consumables. Part of the publicly listed Australian company Coventry Group Ltd which was incorporated in 1936 and listed on the ASX in 1966, the Coventry Fasteners business has grown over the years through the strategic acquisition of various distributors across the country. It is therefore of no surprise that they were selected by Grocon to work on the Rectangular Stadium project. Working closely with Grocon from the beginning of the project, Coventry Fasteners assisted with the sourcing of various fastener products, specified by the engineers. They supplied the majority of the major construction fasteners such as structural bolting, specially manufactured holdown bolts and a range of speciality fastener products for the unique bio-frame stadium roof design.

successfully achieved by Coventry Fasteners for this unique project. No matter what type of fastener is needed, Coventry Fasteners will either have it, source it or get it manufactured to meet customer specifications. Coventry Fasteners' extensive experience Australia-wide includes the East Link and City Link projects; the Lane Cove, Domain and Burnley tunnels; the MCG and Docklands stadiums; and the Gold Coast and NSW desalination plants. Such projects have contributed to the skill set and experience they provided to Grocon and the Rectangular Stadium.

For further details please contact your nearest COVENTRY FASTENERS Sales Manager: NSW Gordon McKenna QLD Heath Bryant SA Jordan Ray VIC + TAS Jeff Birkett WA Nigel Burr

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he KLM Group’s expertise was called upon for the design and construct of the electrical and communications services at the Rectangular Stadium. This included all voice and data cabling, LED cabling for the Stadium’s façade feature lighting, audio visual cabling services in the corporate dining room, television and radio broadcast cabling, and the Stadium’s video score board cabling. KLM Group also provided electrical services including all power, lighting and mains infrastructure (main switchboards), together with the Stadium’s pitch lighting. The entire Stadium’s lighting systems were automated and controlled by a Dynalite lighting control system.

on the Stadium’s white canopy structure. To overcome this, KLM Group sourced the production of a specialised ‘white UV stabilised cable’ that is protected in the sunlight. This cabling was used for the pitch lighting. KLM Group was established in 1981 and has a team of over 800 employees across Australia. Having earned an enviable reputation as one of Australia’s leading electrical and communications providers, they are able to offer customers a range of related services in one installation including audio visual, video conferencing, security and energy management services, providing a fully integrated solution.

With an average of 40 people working on site every day, installation began in January 2008. The Rectangular Stadium project presented many challenges due to its unique canopy roof structure. This created an unusual working environment for the KLM Group workers, as there were no catwalks, therefore creating extremely difficult access. Consequently, all lighting had to be mounted off a speciality lighting truss and typical installation practices had to be reviewed and redefined to suit the roof structure so scaffolds, scissor and boom lifts were utilised. The KLM Group were required to conceal the cabling as much as possible. Typically the cabling is orange and black, which would stand out WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



eliottgroup he Eliottgroup of companies is a specialist group of engineering companies with origins dating back over a century in Australia. Today ELIOTT ENGINEERING P/L is situated in Kilsyth on 2.5 hectares & 10,000 M2 under roof. This site specializes in small to large scale fabrications from sheet metal components to huge pieces of mining and construction equipment. Steel processing includes numerous CNC-profiling machines with fuel gas, plasma cutting, marking and edge bevelling capabilities. Metal forming and press brake machines up to 1,700 tonne capacity x 9,500 bending length with plate and section rolling machines capable of rolling plate up to 100 thick. Specialist welding caters for construction, structural and pressure / process industries. In house abrasive blasting and protective coating with one of the largest blast booths in Australia. ACTIVE ERECTIONS is based in Kilsyth and specializes in the turn key erection and installation of small and large scale fabrications and equipment. Expertise is shared between the companies together with skilled workers to ensure smooth consistent results. Key equipment includes cranes, access equipment, specialist site tools and other field equipment necessary to complete the task at hand. Also offered is medium to heavy transportation including oversize and over dimensional loads using in-house heavy transport equipment. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CORPORATION P/L is situated in Yallourn on 5.75 hectares with 20,000 M2 under roof. This facility has one of the largest range of specialist machining , fabrication and fitting equipment in Australia, the range includes numerous machines and configurations covering milling, turning and boring. The range is impressive and includes some of the largest boring and turning machines able to turn vertically 40T @ 7,000 diameter x 2,700 high, or horizontally 90T @ 3,600 diameter x 18,000 long. The fabrication shop also contains some of the largest equipment around including CNC-profile cutters, plate rollers, presses, heat treatment facilities and specialist fitting shop and again abrasive blasting and protective coatings facilities combined with extensive crane handling capacity and rail link throughout the workshops. Typical industries catered for within the group include Coal, Gas, Hydro and Wind power generation, Construction, Advertising/Signage, Mining, Paper, Transportation, Timber and other General industries Australia Wide. Recent Projects include: fabricating, blasting and coating all of the bowl/ Upper terrace steelwork for Grocon’s Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. The high pressure headrace tunnel, bifurcation and penstock for the AGL Bogong Hydro Power Station. The blasting and coating of all the painted sign gantries on Eastlink and the on-site erection of all sign gantries. Fabrication, blasting and coating of the Joffre Street pedestrian bridge over Eastlink, the Ringwood pedestrian bridge tower and the complete fabrication, blasting, coating and erection of “Public Art Strategy” (Bird & Worm), one of the major art works along the Eastlink tollway. Blasting and coating of Deer Park By-Pass bridge members with sections 46M long and weighing over 80T per piece.




s one of the world’s leading elevator and escalator companies, Kone Elevators provides its customers with state of the art elevators and escalators and innovative solutions for their maintanence and modernisation. This global company was selected to supply and install the vertical transport for the Rectangular Stadium. A team of five people installed 10 elevators for use by the public and back of house staff at the Rectangular Stadium, with work commencing in 2007. A straightforward project for Kone, they used the revolutionary MonoSpace® elevator—an Eco-friendly elevator that uses less energy than conventional overhead traction or hydraulic elevators.

MonoSpace® elevators have been installed worldwide—proof of Kone’s reliability. Within Australia, Kone have many projects to their name, such as the Southern Cross Towers in Melbourne, the City Central Towers in Adelaide and the 140 William Street building in Perth. Worldwide they have also serviced Beijing Capital Airport, the Trump Tower in Chicago and the Marina Bay Sands™ Integrated Resort in Singapore. As well as providing Kone People Flow™ solutions to architectural landmarks, they also provide elevators and the like to office buildings, shopping centers and residential buildings.

First introduced to the world in 1996, Kone invented the now famous Kone MonoSpace® Machine-Room-less elevator. Designed especially for low-rise to mid-rise buildings, it only requires space for the elevator shaft itself—an ideal space-saving solution. Kone are able to tailor the car designs and door systems to integrate into a variety of buildings and decors. They are renowned for allowing more design freedom for architects, lower construction costs, reduced energy consumption and freeing up building space. The Kone EcoDisc® technology utilized in their elevators results in 50% less power being consumed due to its high electrical efficiency and low friction losses. Over 200,000 Kone WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



the art of glass ustom Glass and Fittings have supplied over 5500 square metres of high end architectural glass to the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium project for the construction of the unique façade and roof design.

frameless door / balustrade hardware as well as aluminium composite panel and pre fabricated window systems. All glass is manufactured, certified and warranted to Australian Standards AS2208.

Custom Glass and Fittings supplied the three different styles of ceramic “frit” patterned glass panels to the project. Designed to slightly inhibit incoming light in different ways whilst providing the obvious benefits of protection from the elements and a unique and complex array of triangular patterns, the roof takes on a futuristic soccer-ball patterning as the triangular panels of glass and aluminium are installed.

With many large projects behind them including the MCG Redevelopment, Melbourne Convention Centre, Adelaide University, Southern Cross Station, National Australia Bank Head Office, Fox Studios, National Gallery Of Victoria, Myer Bourke St Redevelopment – Custom Glass and Fittings can supply the most diverse range of products for both small and very large projects.

Custom Glass and Fitting was founded in 1997 and the fledgling company soon grew to be a major supplier to commercial construction projects throughout Australia, finding their niche market by specializing in high end architectural glass products, performance glass and stainless steel fittings.

For more information please refer to their website at or contact David Briffa on 0422 862 842.

Custom Glass and Fittings specialize in the supply of toughened glass, toughened heat soak tested glass, heat strengthened and toughened laminated glass, energy efficient / high performance glass, double glazed units, planar glass façade systems, custom made stainless steel and steel products, bullet / fire / blast resistant glass, curved glass, shower / 68




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From super stadiums to grass roots, Thorn provides all your sports lighting answers When it comes to lighting, Thorn has over 80 years experience. Over the years Thorn has managed a number of sports lighting projects, from small projects such as local sporting facilities to major stadiums.


Major Sporting Projects: Australia: Rectangular Stadium (Melbourne), Bellerive Oval (Hobart), Skilled Park Stadium (Gold Coast), Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane), Diary Farmers Stadium (Townsville), Sydney Olympic Park (Sydney)


International: Kadir Has Stadium (Turkey), Eden Stadium (Prague), Parc y Scarlets (Wales), Ďolíček stadium (Prague), Croke Park (Dublin), Due Pini Stadium (Italy), Dolphin Stadium (Miami), Stadium Municipal (France), Vest Sports Centre (Denmark)

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rown Metropol, the third hotel in Melbourne’s Crown Entertainment Complex, is currently under construction with main builder Baulderstone and project manager Jinton, set to deliver the project in early 2010.

310D tower crane with a 55m boom length capable of lifting 8T at 35m to 3.7T at 52m, selected to serve the northern section of the tower and a Favco 310 tower crane with a 51.6m boom length capable of lifting 16T at 17.5m to 4.5T at 51.6m to serve the southern portion.

The 29 level Metropol features a distinctive curved glass façade and will include a total of 658 rooms made up of 625 King rooms and 33 suites based on a module and standard room size of 38 square metres, meeting rooms, business centre, restaurant and bar, club lounge, a day spa and fitness centre.

The construction methodology incorporated a hydraulic perimeter protection screen system being erected in conjunction with the concrete structure sequence to enable the construction of the perimeter columns and beams and once erected, form part of the slab edge of the suspended slab. Precast was used for the two non typical walls in the lower section of the south core and the carpark lifts with blade precast columns used for the typical floors above level 8 units to be cast into the suspended slabs and installed while the perimeter screens are in place.

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Baulderstone identified that a key success factor for the project was the performance of the services and the Site Management Team is working closely with both Crown and the design consultant team to ensure that the detailed engineering and procurement checks performed by the services subcontractors pay particular attention to both energy efficiency and product sustainability issues. Working on an average floor cycle of 6.5 days, Baulderstone streamlined the construction process by working closely with the subcontractors to maximise the off-site manufacture of rough-in phase materials and therefore minimise their time on the working decks. The Metropol’s curved glass façade is not only the key design feature of the structure but its installation was crucial to the construction plan as it governed the progress of the following finishing trades. The design of the curtain wall facade system is based on the concept of a panellised system where the units are prefabricated and glazed off site and delivered to site on pallets ready for installation. The majority of the panels in the tower structure are designed based on a vertical strip system enabling the installation to occur from within the building using a proprietary system of hoisting panels from the floor to the outside of the building using a floor crane. The curtain wall was made (manufactured) in Australia with glass imported from China. The curved shape of the core best suited the use of slip forms for the two service cores in the building. On completion, the Crown Metropol will bring the combined hotel accommodation in the Crown Complex to excess of 1600 rooms, which will be the largest of any hotel site in Australia. Crown Metropol is the largest stand alone hotel in Australia. It will also bring yet another iconic structure into the impressive Baulderstone portfolio which features buildings of both local and worldwide significance including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney’s Anzac Bridge, Brisbane’s Storey Bridge, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and Adelaide’s Convention Centre. With over 1200 employees, Baulderstone is one of the largest Building and Engineering companies in Australia, with turnover in excess of $1.5 billion. The company offers a full range of construction services and is currently working on the Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane and was recently awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Mardi Dam Transfer and High Lift Systems at Mardi on the NSW Central Coast.




oneywell Building Solutions designs, installs and maintains the systems which keep workplaces safe, secure and energy efficient. Complex security environments, like the Crown Metropol development demand technology savvy solutions to ensure a safe and secure environment for staff and guests alike. Honeywell excels at providing building automation systems including security, life safety, heating, ventilation and air conditioning for projects of any scope or size. Honeywell’s involvement with Crown Casino operations span 12 years, and previously include installations for Crown Plaza and Crown Promenade as well as the main casino complex. For the Crown Metropol Hotel development, Honeywell undertook the supply, installation and commissioning of all required security services. This complex infrastructure includes CCTV (both live and recorded video), Access Control and a Hotel Locking System. “The most successful outcome for the project was for Crown staff to have a seemless control system that was user friendly and would save valuable operation time,” said John Dempsey, Honeywell’s Victorian Operations Manager. The Crown project includes Honeywell’s flagship award winning product, Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator™ (EBI), a state of the art integrated building management system designed to integrate all aspects of building automation and control into a single entity. Notably, the Honeywell EBI TM is the base platform that is currently in operation at Crown’s existing hotels, Crown Plaza and Crown Promenade as well as the main casino complex and this project will further the overall integration of the casino’s various operation systems. “The Honeywell team is thrilled to be again working with Crown on another milestone development” said David Sheward, Honeywell’s Victorian Sales Engineer “Honeywell prides itself on developing long term relationships with our customers; building strong collaborative partnerships, and delivering the solutions that best fit their need”. The Crown Casino development is a showcase of the quality and technical excellence delivered by the experienced team at Honeywell. 72


HONEYWELL BUILDING SOLUTIONS Level 3, 2 Richardson Place North Ryde NSW 2113 t. 02 9353 7000 f. 02 9353 8116 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

AE Smith Crown Another Partnership or over 111 years AE Smith, Australia’s largest privately owned mechanical services contractor, has played an integral role in the ‘construction of Australia’ and most importantly has developed strong and enduring partnerships throughout the industry.

To further support their partners, AE Smith recently launched a new business unit called Emerald Sustainable Performance to help improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

The company’s vision to be ‘partner of first choice’ was clearly evident as mechanical services sub contractor on the Crown Metropol Hotel project. A role, which continues its long association with both Baulderstone and Crown in Melbourne.

The company also recently reaffirmed its status as the exclusive ‘Master Dealer’ in Australia for the American Auto-Matrix range of Building Control Systems, further strengthening their depth in air conditioning and mechanical services, environmental controls and energy services.

AE Smith provided the air conditioning, chilled and hot water plant to the hotel rooms and podium floors, with each hotel room having its own fan coil units. The project team of 63 plumbers, headed up by General Manager Peter Staedler and Project Manager Angelo Pascuzzi, showed exceptional teamwork in working on all floors simultaneously to meet the timeframe and utilised their extensive experience to deal with the challenges presented by the unique ’S’ shaped building design.

AE Smith continues its enviable role as ‘partner of first choice’ with current projects including the $330 million Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane for Watpac and Melbourne’s $1 bllion New Royal Children’s Hospital (as part of a Joint Venture) for Bovis Lend Lease.

The company’s superior teamwork is a reflection of the importance the company places on partnerships, both internal and external, and with tough economic and environmental conditions prevailing, choosing the right partner can be critical to a project’s success. The AE Smith team of 650+ professionals is organised into four separate but complimentary business units, which together, deliver a single source solution around Australia. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

AE SMITH 21-29 Miles Street Mulgrave Vic 3170 contact: Peter Staedler t. 03 9271 1999 f. 03 9271 1992 VIC PROJECT FEATURE CROWN METROPOL


n taking on the bathroom fit out at the C3 Hotel, Heritage Glass were faced with some demanding design and finish challenges. The designers selected a glass with narrow ribs for shower and toilet cubicle doors and dividers, with an expressed requirement that the glass lines produced by the ribs be clean, clear and sharp, yet still allow a fair degree of privacy. The products on offer from around the world all fell short on one or another criteria. The solution was to use high quality float glass as a base, and use a multi headed CNC controlled glass milling machine to sculpture the required pattern and finish to the glass panels. All panel sizes were predetermined and ordered from shop drawings. To compliment the selected glass we consulted on the design of appropriate door handles, and manufactured project specific handles which double as a towel rail in a highly polished stainless steel finish. The next challenge was to incorporate a door stop, which stopped the door opening out and allowing water to drip onto the floor, but was removable by hand in the event of an emergency,thus allowing the door to be opened outwards. We were then asked to install glass panels hanging form the ceiling in the pool area on level 27/28. These panels were over 5 meters high and 2 meters wide,all 25mm thick, and with an individual weight of 700kg. We designed project specific hanging brackets. The logistics of installing these large panels in such a location proved very challenging, the stunning appearance of this glass curtain justifies the challenges which had to be overcome. We are proud to have been part of the team which has put together a project which was uncompromising in the demand for excellence.




Cooke & Dowsett Crowned ith over 19 years experience in the commercial plumbing industry, Cooke & Dowsett have worked with many of Australia’s leading commercial builders and architects to achieve and deliver excellent project results and now they have been ‘crowned’ as the hydraulics contractor for Crown Metropol at Melbourne’s Crown Casino complex. Cooke & Dowsett were commissioned by project builder, Baulderstone to supply and deliver the complete hydraulic services package to the project, with the scope of works including sewer drainage, stormwater drainage, sewer waste and vents, hot and cold water, warm water, fit out of the commercial kitchens, sanitary fixtures, compressed air lines, ultra violet disinfection, rainwater harvesting, stormwater downpipes, greasy drainage, tradewaste, methane vents and the in-ground fire services.

also implemented a specific and dedicated design team to extensively coordinate the pipework due to the uncharacteristic challengers on the upper levels of the building. Cooke & Dowsett also faced the challenge of complying with the higher level of OH&S standards implemented by Baulderstone. Cooke & Dowsett appointed a dedicated specialised OH&S officer to supervise the required training and consultation to meet these standards. Founded in 1992 and formally known as Scott Dowsett Plumbing Services, Cooke & Dowsett have been associated with numerous high profile projects with their expertise and experience not limited to Water Systems, Drainage Systems, Gas services, Fire Services and Civil Drainage but extending to Design and Construct with their designs implemented throughout Australia and on a number of international projects.

The company utilised a number of new procedures on the sleek, contemporary building including the use of the Environmentally friendly material Polypropylene (PPR) for the delivery of the hot and cold reticulation system throughout the building, GPS surveying equipment for locating the hydraulic services penetrations, installation of a rain water harvesting system for irrigation and pool make up water and due to the poor ground conditions HDPE with stainless steel clipping was installed. The GPS equipment was required to deal with the challenges presented by the complexity of the unique curve of the building. Cooke & Dowsett WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



GOS Australia Join Crown Metropol


A se Co N • • • • • n completion, the Crown Metropol will bring the combined hotel accommodation in the Crown Complex to 1600 rooms, which will be the largest of any hotel site in Australia and fittingly the largest project to be undertaken by custom joiner, GOS Australia (gosa).

With dedicated project personnel and dedicated site installation teams, GOSA met the challenge of Baulderstone’s tight project schedule of an average floor cycle of 6.5 days and delivered up to 38 rooms a week during to complete the project.

The 29 level Metropol includes 685 hotel rooms with an average size of 38 square metres and GOSA fitted out all the guest rooms with wardrobes, mini bars, vanities, screens, bedheads, amenity boxes, bed shelves as well as the lift lobbies and foyers including feature wall panelling and the back of house joinery work.

Based in Heidelberg Heights, Victoria, GOS Australia have proven their capability to complete even the largest projects, with the Crown Metropol adding to their portfolio which also includes The Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne University Faculties & Commas Building, Hilton FF&E and Podium, Royal Women’s Hospital, Yarra Street Apartments, Southern Cross First Development and Holden Headquarters to name a few.

GOS Australia have over 20 years experience and provide a comprehensive range of specialised joinery services from design advise, through manufacturing and site installation. With state-ofthe-art technology and techniques, GOSA utilised their expertise to achieve the Clients unique and highly stylised design elements of this landmark project.

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The company is also now working on The New Royal Children’s Hospital Development, 717 Bourke Street Travelodge, The Bank Apartments, LEA – Monageetta Test Services and Thomastown Recreation & Aquatic Centre.

The company’s extensive supplier network was invaluable in sourcing the required materials – fabrics, carpets, timber veneers etc - both locally and internationally, to meet the design specifications. GOSA demonstrated their vast expertise using a range of materials and finishes: timber, MDF, glass, stainless steel, stone, polyurethane, staining and clear finishes on this large, prestige property. 76




IVR’s fire ventilators will save on construction and ongoing energy costs … for a command performance project!

Automatic Fire Ventilators As a certified fire, heat and smoke ventilator, the IVR Pyravent and Pyrmont series can be utilised in projects which stipulate compliance with Building Code of Australia requirements for smoke and heat ventilation including NSW H101.22 for: • Theatres • Public Halls • Exhibition Halls • Entertainment Complexes • Galleries

• Workshops • Warehouses • Gymnasiums • Superstores • Public Dining Halls

See IVR Group’s full range of ventilation systems on the web.

With both the Pyravent and Pyrmont series being CSIRO and NATA tested for ventilation and acoustic performance, engineers are encouraged to contact IVR Group regarding design requirements for both BCA compliance and project specific natural draft ventilation designs.


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Cutting Edge Southbank One entral Equity has developed a unique and cutting edge residential tower to be known as Southbank One, 180 City Road, Southbank, 3006. It is an impressive addition to the Brookfield Multiplex construction portfolio. Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd (BMPX) was appointed as design and construct Head Contractor in September 2007 with progress on track for the scheduled February 2010. Southbank One is a 38 level mixed use development consisting of 317 residential apartments on levels 8 to 36, 5 levels of integrated office fit out on levels 1 to 5, 7 levels of car parking on levels 1 to 7 as well as a recreational area on Level 8 comprising a pool, gym and BBQ area. Southbank One will be the new head offices for the Central Equity Group of companies including its property management arm, Melbourne Inner City Management Pty Ltd. The building was founded on CFA piles with pile caps and tie beams. The excavation of the lift overrun necessitated going below the water table level and BMPX employed a ground improvement methodology called Super Jet Grouting. Twelve 3.0m diameter super jet grout columns were installed within the lift core as a method of mass ground improvement, which at shallow depths was generally underlain by Coode Island Silt.The super jet grouting was used as a method of providing lateral restraint of the piled lift core, negating the use of any ground anchors, props or sheet piling and provided support at the base of the core whilst being excavated. The grout columns where injected under extreme pressure and installed to depths of 3.5m–7.5m from the natural surface level, constructing columns 3.0m in depth. Subsequent benefits from the super jetting included ground water control and also a workable raft base for excavation machinery. The striking tower facade is a double glazed unit system comprising an effective contrast of both 6mm blue/green caribia and 6mm arctic blue glass. For added acoustic reduction, the system also includes an air gap and internally 10.38mm clear laminated glass. The glazed balustrades on the balconies are toughened glazed units which nicely complement the adjacent glazing to provide crisp façade lines. The podium façade introduces a combination of decorative Precast, Alucabond cladding, punched windows and shop front glazing. The building profile itself is unique and steps in at levels 21, 34, and 35 resulting in an eccentric core, thus introducing the requirement for large concrete shear walls. The project’s structure was built with 4 ½ level perimeter screens which facilitated earlier commencement of windows and glazed balustrades and consequently eliminated a large extent of works that would have been completed through perimeter handrails on exposed edges.

Main photo: Glen Hester

Southbank One is Brookfield Multiplex’s 10th tower for its valued Client, Central Equity and one of several projects the company has undertaken in the Southbank precinct including the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. 78



SOUTHBANK ONE MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Brookfield Multiplex DEVELOPER : Tewlen Pty Ltd CLIENT : Central Equity AREA : Melbourne, Vic PROJECT VALUE $113 Million ARCHITECTS : Span Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Rincovitch + Partners P/L QUANTITY SURVEYOR : WT Partnership BUILDING SURVEYOR : Philip Chunn + Associates P/L





atest survey technologies combined with over three decades of experience made Kearney and Tyrrell Surveying Pty Ltd a perfect choice to provide site-related data, planning and titling services for the Southbank One development. They have worked on all of Central Equity Limited’s multi-storey projects, and for Southbank One their expertise was sought before the site was even purchased. Advice was given relating to Certificate/s of Title to the land under consideration, such as boundary interpretation, road abuttals, easements and covenants, and zoning details as set out in the local Planning Scheme. Preliminary levels (to the Australian Height Datum) were measured around the perimeter of site to determine the potential impact of a designated flood level on future development. In September 2004, a full survey of the site and adjacent road reserves was undertaken, including title re-establishment, levels (contours), features and details of adjoining buildings (building footprint, heights and window positions). The resulting plan was required both for the design task, and for obtaining final development consent. From the endorsed architectural plan, Kearney & Tyrrell prepared the initial Plan of Subdivision in March 2007. They also advised the project’s drivers on location of title boundaries, determination of common property areas, multiple Owners Corporations, allocation of lot entitlements and liabilities, easements, and leases. Throughout the subdivision application process, Kearney & Tyrrell Surveying liaised with Melbourne City Council and the service authorities, using their well-established network of contacts. 80


During construction, detailed ‘as constructed’ surveys were conducted to ensure title-defining structures were accurately measured. The final ‘as constructed’ Plan of Subdivision then reflected the actual building as opposed to the initial plan, and was submitted to Melbourne City Council, who then certified the Plan of Subdivision and issued the Statement of Compliance. The certified plan and Statement of Compliance, along with the Surveyor’s Report and Abstract of Field Records, were lodged at the Titles Office for registration, and new titles issued in September 2009. Kearney & Tyrrell has a broad base of experience in all forms of land survey (cadastral, engineering and topographical), subdivision and development planning. They use up to date methods and technology including robotic total stations and GPS. Their surveying and CAD (including AutoCad) software produces high quality, colour (including photographs) survey, levels and feature plans, site context plans and master plans. They can also produce high quality plans for lodging at the Titles Office, including plans of subdivision, consolidation, creation/ removal of easement and application plans for title amendment and adverse possession.


s specialist consultants in the assessment and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, Connolly Environmental frequently direct projects on operating construction sites; acting as a buffer between stakeholders with different priorities and dealing with highly unpredictable environmental conditions. On the Southbank One project Connolly Environmental was pleased to manage these challenges for Brookfield Multiplex Constructions; ensuring completion of environmental works to meet construction timelines. Connolly Environmental acted as the Assessor during the Statutory Environmental Audit conducted for the Southbank One project. Their role included site history investigation, assessment of soil and groundwater, remediation design, classification of soil for offsite disposal, validation sampling following the removal of 30 underground tanks, coordination of the environmental works, risk assessment, groundwater fate and transport modelling and the remediation of diesel impacted soils prior to offsite disposal.

100 tonnes of EPA Category A contaminated soil to EPA Category C contaminated soil. Connolly Environmental designed and built this trailer-mounted MPVE unit which has the capability to extract soil and water vapour at a rate of 350m³ per hour and destroy volatile contaminants including benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylenes and other solvents. Established in 1995, Connolly Environmental has grown steadily as demand for their specialised skills has increased. They now offer a comprehensive range of assessment and remediation services supported by an impressive fleet of plant, equipment and specialised technology. Connolly Environmental’s current projects range from full scale remediation projects through to site history investigations and they have completed works for government departments and agencies, municipal authorities, petrochemical clients, construction companies and developers throughout Australia and overseas.

Having their own fleet of drill rigs and experienced drillers allowed Connolly Environmental to respond quickly to their client’s needs using a range of versatile equipment. Included in the fleet are the 7730DT Geoprobe, slightly smaller 6610DT Geoprobe and the compact 420M Geoprobe, all of which facilitate the collection of high quality continuous core samples. The 420M Geoprobe also allows access to areas which are inaccessible to standard rigs. Connolly Environmental operated their mobile multiphase vacuum extraction unit (MPVE) to remediate a stockpile of approximately WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



Suspended slabs for southbank ost-tensioning systems specialists, Postenco, focus on providing innovative and cost effective solutions for their clients and this approach was clearly evident in their work on the Southbank One project. Postenco is an engineering and contracting company, specialising in the design and installation of post-tensioning systems for large scale projects. The company was awarded the design and construct contract for the 38 level Southbank One tower, by Form 700 and Brookfield Multiplex, and company design team worked closely with the construction team throughout the design phase, to co-ordinate the design interfaces, building services and develop techniques to maximise efficiencies in construction. For the Southbank One project, Postenco utilised a design to all suspended slabs which incorporated a well proven, one-way and two-way post-tensioning system with limited reinforcement content. The first suspended slab is 200mm thick ground floor slab spanning between the pile caps. The next 6 levels above are the 180mm thick car park and office slabs, which span onto 350mm thick and 1800mm wide bands. The Podium, level 8, incorporates large balconies for the apartments and swimming pool and 200mm thick slabs with 400mm deep beams. The slabs on levels 9 to 36 are predominantly, 200mm thick, with some slabs 220mm thick, spanning 11 metres with triangular balconies completing the perimeter.

In addition to Southbank One, examples of some of the major projects Postenco have been involved with include South Wharf Commercial Development, Melbourne Airport Carpark, 505 St. Kilda Rd Apartments, 131-135 Bourke St Residential and Costco Retail.

While a relatively new to the industry as a company, Postenco employs specialists with more than 25 years of industry experience, as well as graduates and young engineers and a committed and experienced team of site personnel. 82



R&R’s Unique System for Southbank One he cutting edge design of Central Equity’s Southbank One tower presented facade contractor, R&R Group Victoria with an interesting challenge. The challenge to provide a cost and time effective system for the unique design of the façade.

The company has proven its innovative and creative approach by embracing new technology, using quality products such as Alucobond, Trespa Meteon panel, SBS clinch riveted system and developing the most cost effective solution for every project.

R&R Group were contracted to supply and install cladding to the architecturally designed façade of levels 1-8, the podium and car park, of the 38 level mixed use tower project in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct.

The team of skilled tradesmen and support staff, led by the highly experienced Roger Clancy, have contributed to R&R’s enviable reputation for reliable and quality service which was clearly evident on the Southbank One project with the team led by Matt Chambers.

The company met the design challenge by utilising their innovative light weight facade system, which allows for off-site fabrication and installation from inside the building. The light weight of R&R’s engineered system meant that mechanical lifting was not needed as the panels were fixed from inside the car park. Thus minimising the on-site labour costs.

In addition to Southbank One, R&R Group’s portfolio of projects includes the Geelong Bypass Stage 1, South Wharf Precinct, Royal Domain Tower Apartments, Altona Meadows Library, the Yarra Precinct Pedestrian Bridge and the Grace McKeller Nursing Home.

Alucobond aluminium composite panel was used and work was carried out on all 4 elevations of the project with a combination of both smooth flat panelling and angled panels. R&R’s innovative approach and adaptability, reflects the company’s growth and development over the past 20 years. Formed in 1990 by Roger Clancy as R&R Roof Plumbers, the company evolved and adapted to meet the changing needs of the construction industry and now offers a specialised service in design and façade cladding. In particular, composite panelling. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU




ustralia’s largest water infrastructure project, the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline, is a shining example of how community, industry and government can pull together to improve prospects for the future. It is also an extraordinary construction feat: 8,800km of pressurised pipelines spread over two million hectares of agricultural country, delivering water to 9,000 rural properties and 36 towns. It replaces 18,000 km of open earthen channels. The feasibility study for the WMP was carried out in 2001, and construction was planned to take a decade. This was compressed into five years and then achieved in three, due to the critical situation of water supplies. Jo Bourke, Project Liaison Officer for GWMWater, the regional water authority who managed and delivered the project, said there were minutes from local town meetings calling for a piped water system as 84


far back as 1928. “The losses of water from the earthen channel system were a huge waste,” she said. “The drought forced a positive change in fast-tracking the project.” The $688 million cost of constructing the system was shared between federal, State and the regional community. Landowners contributed by funding the cost of their own on-farm infrastructure of pipes and water storages, with many receiving a state rebate as part of drought assistance. GWMWater’s contribution is generated from the annual tariff, which was changed from historic dam fees to a metered volumetric tariff. Enormous effort and skill were also required. “We set up a separate business unit staffed by up to seventy people. As we went through each tender and construction phase, we brought in specialists as required to build the capacity of our organisation,” said Jo. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“As we completed each supply system, water was made available to customers. We supplied water before construction was completed due to the drought and limited water supplies. It saved the huge cost of carting water, particularly with the distances involved. “The majority of water in our system is sourced from the Grampians. The Grampians storages have been as low as 3.5 percent capacity. “The pipeline will massively improve water quality, there were problems with salinity and turbidity in the channel system. ‘The support we’ve had from landowners has been outstanding. Unlike some other projects where there are winners and losers, everyone wins with this project.” GWM Water employed local indigenous monitors for the construction process as part of its Cultural Heritage Management Plan. The Cultural Heritage Assessment carried out prior to starting works had identified sites and existing Native Title Areas. “It’s been great employment and training for the local indigenous people,” said Jo. “We have employed up to 13 indigenous people at any one time, and there is an ongoing work opportunity for them. The WMP is a real triple bottom line project.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Mitchell Water Australia were the company charged with the design and construct task for six of the seven separate supply systems comprising the WMP. Up to 200 of their staff worked on the project. As Australia’s largest dedicated water pipeline contractor, they specialise in the design, procurement and construction of cross country water pipelines and associated infrastructure, and own one of the largest fleets of dedicated pipeline construction equipment in the country. Mitchell Water also designs and builds water storages and pump stations including pumps, controls and SCADA systems. Their in-house skill base includes engineering, estimating, design and on-ground technical skills. “The 18,000 km network of open channels has been replaced with pressurised pipeline, both trunk and distribution pipelines, and we have also built storage facilities and pump stations,” said Mitchell Water’s Commercial Manager Roger de Maid. “There are enormous water savings, water is not lost through evaporation, contamination, leakage or seepage; security of supply is now 96 per cent.



“We started at a time of very high activity in industry, so the procurement of materials, statutory approvals and access to a skilled labour force was a major challenge. If you put all the Acts we’ve had to conform to in a pile, you wouldn’t be able to climb over them without oxygen. We handled all of that in-house. “One of the key things we’ve had to do is negotiate with the landowners, 1000s of them. There were a full range of environmental issues, construction happened within a very tight environmental envelope. If we stripped topsoil, it generally had to be replaced within three days.” Pipe diameters laid for the WMP ranged from 50mm to 1m, types of pipe included PVC, polyethylene and mild steel. Construction was controlled by GPS positioning systems and a GIS information system. An advanced vibratory plough technology was utilised to install small diameter pipe, this minimised impact by retaining topsoil in situ. “One of the real highlights is that in 900,000 manhours on this project, there was not one reportable OH&S incident, and not one minute lost to industrial disputes,” said Roger. “We have a strong commitment to safety, and a strong commitment to our workers.” 86


GWMWATER 11 McLachlan Street Horsham VIC 3400 t. 1300 659 961 e. MITCHELL WATER AUSTRALIA 473 King Street PO Box 1047 North Melbourne VIC 3003 t. 03 9254 6200 f. 03 9329 7426 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

urnkey pump and water storage solutions for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project were provided by BKB Envirotech to main contractor Mitchell Water. They manufactured and installed pumping equipment for 29 Pump Stations, manufactured and installed 21 water storage tanks ranging from 150 kilolitres to 2,250 kilolitres, supplied the infield control valve assemblies, and did the works performance testing and site commissioning for Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. It is a showcase for their extensive experience in delivering purposebuilt packages for water supply solutions. BKB Envirotech with sister company BKB Pumps and Tanks, share a 4,000m2 fabrication and assembly area, along with design and drawing facilities. BKB Envirotech Director Andrew Black started the new division based on thirty years Australian and international experience designing and installing pumping and pipeline systems, including project management and commissioning of SCADA control for 146 pumping sites in Dubai, and extensive work in the area of treated effluent disposal. Other creditable projects include supply of Pumping equipment for Darling Anabranch Pipeline Project, Tungamah Pipeline Project, Werribee Recycled Water Project for City West Water, Kangaroo Ground Pump Station for Yarra Valley Water and Port Fairy Water Treatment Plant. Their services extend beyond mechanical water infrastructure to include building services such as stormwater and sewerage systems, hot WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

water plants, constant pressure systems, booster and tank fill packages, and chilled and condenser water pumps. They also provide complete fire protection systems, tanks and water storages, and can meet all the needs of Green-age constructions with black and grey waste water treatment systems, rainwater recycling, filtration, along with sewage and storm water pits. Nothing is left to chance: everything is designed to order by experienced engineers who understand the challenges of liquid handling systems. Then the entire system is fabricated and manufactured in-house by highly skilled tradesmen using state of the art specialist equipment which includes a NATA-accredited testing bay capable of handling flow rates of up to 400L/second. All their systems are quality certified to ISO 9001:2000. “Our company’s approach is to provide innovative packaged solutions to our clients, and our ability to provide solutions for onsite services sets us apart from our competitors,” said Andrew.

BKB GROUP 109-111 Wedgewood Road Hallam Victoria 3803 t. 03 8786 0444 f. 03 8786 044 VIC PROJECT FEATURE WIMMERA MALLEE PIPELINE



erforming the extensive civil contracting for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project gave Miller Contractors a terrific opportunity to showcase some state of the art technology. Their fleet on the project used 3D GPS modelling and machine control. “This enabled accurate trimming, because the operator can see the project’s model on screen in the grader they have more accurate control of the job, which means a lot less reworking,” explained Miller Contractors’s Director Jay Miller. “Fill can be placed quickly and efficiently where required and cut to grade in a single pass, eliminating several level checks and costly reworking. “The 3D GPS-based modelling eliminates most survey control pegs, it also eliminates the need for a full time survey team at each work site. An entire site can be controlled by one person using a survey rover, who checks each day’s quantities; the actual operators can see their job as it evolves on their own screen. “It revolutionises how we do work, and the benefits for projects such as multiple lane highways are enormous, as it cuts final trim work down to a quarter of the time. “The problems faced with old fashioned survey techniques such as stringing were exposed when we had to construct consecutive overtaking lanes which effectively left us in a situation of having to string 4 lanes wide under traffic. This difficulty led us to invest in 3D. We already had a long association with Topcon’s level control 88


equipment so adding the 3D GPS control was a natural progression.” Multi lane highways are among the civil projects Miller Contractors have tackled from their base in Victoria. “We can do anything from the civil construction field, we build highways, roads, and subdivisions, perform commercial site works, construct reservoirs, undertake contract mining, do bulk haulage and have our own quarries around Western Victoria for supplying gravel and sand materials,” said Jay. The Wimmera Mallee Pipeline utilised a broad range of these corporate abilities. Miller Contractors constructed much of the civil infrastructure required for the two million hectare project area’s 8,800 km pipeline distribution system. Miller Contractors supplied sand for backfilling along much of the trunk mains, supplied quarried products, built all of the pump station roads and internal civil works and built new reservoirs. These included completion works at Jeparit reservoirs, de-silting and remodelling an existing twin reservoir at Donald, and constructing new reservoirs at Volcano, Charlton and Brimpaen. All reservoirs were clay lined constructions with a HDPE liner. These earthworks projects have taken place over the past 3 years and have covered a large geographic area. “There were a hundred and one challenges with these projects,” said Jay. “They included stringent water conditioning of the materials and tight finished grade levels to allow liner placement” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Over the 38 years they have been in the civil construction and plant game, Miller Contractors have acquired an impressive fleet of heavy machinery. The other part of their business is Dry Hire. With a specialised hire fleet which includes dozers, scrapers, excavators, GPS controlled graders and laser buckets, articulated dump trucks, compactors, rollers, water trucks, backhoes, wheel loaders and skid-steers, road patching trucks and profilers Miller Contractors are able to offer equipment to service the needs of the smallest project through to the largest.

and water storages. They service both private and government clients, and have extensive experience in meeting the specific requirements of regional projects such as mining, rural infrastructure and roadworks, supplying men, machines and materials. They have the ability to deliver specialist services including large building Demolition, spray seal, asphalt, landscaping, concreting, drainage and water infrastructure.

“We try and run our equipment hire side of the business as a one stop shop, so we can hire complete packages for a project. Some clients have a need to hire one item of plant for a project while other clients will hire a complete package of equipment for their projects. This of course offers the client very flexible control over their equipment,� said Jay. Miller Contractors also have heavy haulage low loaders with dollies for the shifting of large equipment, along with their own crane and telehandlers. All equipment is available with operators for contract work throughout Victoria and South Australia. They have a workforce of 50, many of whom are long-term employees with extensive experience in civil construction. Major projects include extensive work on roads and highways throughout Western Victoria, Mine infastructure, Grain storage facilities, new hospitals, industrial sites, residential subdivisions, wetlands WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

P MILLER CONTRACTORS PTY LTD PO Box 241Stawell Rd Horsham Vic 3400 Director: Jay Miller t. 03 5382 4027 f. 03 5381 1229 VIC PROJECT FEATURE WIMMERA MALLEE PIPELINE


BLAZING TRAILS WITH SMALLER FOOTPRINTS hen it comes to tackling critical sustainability issues, Lotic (formerly PMP Environmental) are truly walking the talk. Their projects to date save an estimated 800,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions per year every year, and they have contributed to saving many thousands of mega litres of water through their contribution to projects such as the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline. Lotic's motto is, ‘water matters’. They have been in the water and wastewater industries since 1973, and expanded into the area of geomembrane installation in the 90s, undertaking one of Australia’s first geomembrane installations at Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant. BRW have recognised their rising star with a place of 49 in this year’s ‘Fast 100’ companies listing. For the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline project, they provided geomembrane liners for storage basins at Pimpinio, Rainbow, Dimboola, Japarit, Warracknabeal, Hopetoun and Murtoa. The sites, some of which had two basins, were a mix of basins needing reconfiguration and cleaning out, and those that only needed lining. At Murtoa, Lotic were also contracted to construct the earthworks, pipe works and electrical works, a task that involved the use of known, reliable subcontractors from their extensive network such as Ladd Electrical and Allequip earth works. “Manpower and materials were the challenge, with the collapse of the timeframe,” said Lotic Director and General Manager Operations, Paul 90


Dick. “We use our own specialist equipment for installation. The geomembrane is made of HDPE, and is 1.5mm thick. It comes in rolls 100m long and 7m wide, which is deployed on site using specialist equipment. It is then welded using a heat weld done by a specialist machine. We run a mini-apprenticeship to train people in the welding, which is all quality tested and the results archived and recorded. “We performed extremely well on the environmental scorecard. At Murtoa we had a Safety audit and we achieved 97 per cent which is of a high standard for Safety management.” There is a whole other realm of possibilities that HDPE membranes offer, and that is the collection of biogas. Lotic have installed the Covered Anaerobic Reactor Methane Harvesting Activities (CARMHA) technology at projects in Australia and SE Asia. CARMHA involves a floating geomembrane cover on sewage or waste water storages which collects methane, which is then used to fuel engines to generate electricity or alternatively fuel boilers. This not only reduces the greenhouse gases emitted by liquid wastes, but also reduces site utility bills, further cutting the carbon footprint down to a sustainable size.Melbourne Water through the STaPS Alliance recently awarded Lotic a major contract to assist with the design and constructability for works at their Western Treatment Plant which it is anticipated will result in a contract for the installation of the largest geomembrane cover for biogas harvesting in the world. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Lotic have 37 staff spread between offices in Melbourne, Perth, Singapore and Sydney. Their talent base includes engineers, process engineers, mechanical engineers, plumbers and skilled labour. Up to ten of their staff on any given day between December 2007 and June 2009 were working on the WMP. “We can conceptualise, design, install, operate and maintain anything to do with water, waste water or co-generation ,” said Paul. Other major projects they have worked on include the tertiary treatment adjacent to Melbourne Water’s Eastern Treatment Plant, the mechanical installation at the Aurora Water Re-Use plant for Yarra Valley Water, and a major mechanical installation for Melbourne Water’s new Tarago Treatment Plant. In Western Australia they have completed multiple projects in the agricultural sector, and in Victoria they are part of the visionary Victorian State Government Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project.

Their talents are relevant across the development spectrum, from Green Star commercial projects through to major civic infrastructure. In addition to CARMHA and water storage geomembranes, they can design and construct systems for cogeneration, aeration, scrubbers, flares, pipelines, and biological processes, in addition to refurbishment, repair and upgrades to plumbing of any magnitude. They also designed and manufacture the Aussie Bladda Tank. Their mission is to work closely with clients to meet their needs by providing impeccable, innovative solutions of excellent quality, both in design and construction, to enhance our working and living environments.

In what will be Australia’s biggest ever irrigation investment, $2 billion will be spent in stages one and two of modernising the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District, with the goals of providing certainty for irrigationdependent agriculture, and of recovering 425 gigalitres of water currently lost to the system through seepage and leakage in earthen channels, evaporation, and faulty metering.




Clearing the Way for Progress hen construction contractors venture onto site for a major project like the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project (WMPP) they go equipped and forearmed with a rule book prepared by Maloney Field Services (MFS). This rule book contains a comprehensive set of protocols for entering and working on a landholder’s property like which access tracks can be used and which tracks to stay off, where the underground polypipe providing stock water is located or other important information like which tree has the family dog buried beneath it. All important information provided by a landholder during negotiations is recorded to ensure a project causes as little interruption to landholders as possible and that contractors can get the job done as quickly as possible. This document, the Construction Line List for the WMPP comprised 1,200 pages. It was the result of MFS staff negotiating with approximately 2,100 landholders affected by the project. MFS also negotiated 299 easements, 1,800 access agreements and Notices to Enter Land and purchased 21 sites for above ground facilities. To add to the challenge, the project was scattered over a vast swathe of Victoria’s prime agricultural country. ‘It took the best part of 4 years’, said MFS Director Jamahl Waddington. ‘The project consisted of 7 systems and 5 trunk mains. GWMWater decided it would acquire easements over all the transmission pipelines. 92


We had to assess compensation for easements and prepare all documentation for negotiations. For the distribution pipelines, we negotiated access agreements to all properties and consulted and liaised extensively with all affected landholders to produce a comprehensive Construction Line List document detailing all cautions, special conditions and contact details for every landholder affected. It is a rule book for contractors and goes down to the detail of gates and use of access tracks and must be detailed and not ambiguous.’ ‘We were first engaged for a 10 year project which was condensed to 5 and then down to 3 years. The time frames moved constantly. Essentially there were 7 to 8 different major projects within the whole task all with different deadlines which required a great deal of co-ordination. Every discussion our land access personnel had with each and every landholder was recorded on our Projects Database. In full swing we had 15 land access personnel in the field.’ While rural landholders’ enthusiasm for the distribution lines was unanimous as all were receiving an off-take of water from the new system, the trunk lines posed some issues, in some cases needing to pass through communities which were receiving no direct benefit from the project and would experience significant disruption. The AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Grampians town of Halls Gap for example had issues with the pipeline passing through a densely populated tourist area, including literally passing through the caravan park. This is where MFS’ ability to co-ordinate land acquisition programs and negotiate compensation came to the forefront and provided a workable solution for all parties. MFS’ 45 personnel have two outstanding attributes – high level interpersonal skills and communication skills. ‘Our land agents mostly hail from a rural background’ explained Jamahl. ‘They generally have a background in stock and station or a real estate/property background. They are not showing up in a suit. In our office we have a dedicated team of paralegal staff who provide strategic advice on land acquisition matters together with a team of property valuers, land agents, project managers and project directors. Our job is to consult with everybody and ensure that workable agreements are negotiated with landholders treating them with respect and integrity at all times. In addition we do all stakeholder management for a project including liaising with Shires, Government and Industry groups.’

working on various major infrastructure projects including gas pipelines and railways’. MFS was established in 1970 and is able to draw upon decades of experience in land access. Their headquarters remain in Adelaide whilst they have established offices in Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane, Darwin, Gladstone and Roma. MFS undertake land and easement acquisition for water and gas pipelines, transmission powerlines, railways, wind farm and renewable energy projects, fibre optic projects and roads. Their impressive client list includes companies such as Santos, Origin Energy, BHP, AGL and Epic Energy.

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DEVELOPER : Asian Pacific Building Corporation PROJECT END VALUE : $100 Million HEIGHT : 14 Levels PARKING : 80 spaces COMPLETION : January 2009 ARCHITECTS : Rothe Lowman CIVIL / STRUCTURAL / HYDRAULIC / FIRE / TRAFFIC ENGINEER : Cardno Grogan Richards




unique and exciting concept is emerging within Melbourne's hotel industry. Asian Pacific Building Corporation have introduced a new collection of hotels branded the Art Series Hotels. Each hotel is unique and inspired, as well as named after a different Australian artist. The first hotel, The Cullen, opened in November 2009 and The Olsen, located at 637 Chapel Street, South Yarra, is the third revolutionary hotel to be opened in January 2010. Work began on The Olsen at the beginning of 2008. Renowned Rothe Lowman was the architect for this $100 million project. This boutique hotel boasts 14 levels comprising of 241 individual hotel rooms, 80 on-site car parking spaces, a luxurious pool and a state of the art gymnasium. The hotel closely follows Archibald Prize-winner John Olsen's paintings in terms of colours and style. Original paintings and reproductions can be found throughout the hotel, as well as a specially commissioned six-metre mural located in the foyer. Consisting of two towers that rise above a podium, the hotel features an innovative semi opaque white glass façade, giving off the impression of a canvas being draped over the building. Windows collectively reflect the world's largest John Olsen mural, The Yellow Sun and The Yarra, over Melbourne's premier shopping hub. A stunning architectural and design feat is that of the swimming pool-the world's largest glass bottomed pool, which overhangs Chapel Street. The ground level, with an area of 700-800m 2 is a prime location for restaurant/café and retail showroom. The $500 million series of hotels has come to fruition from art lover and former CEO of Asian Pacific Building Corporation David Deague together with his son William the current CEO, and art consultant Ken McGregor. Other hotels in the series will include The Blackman, The Cullen, The Larwill and the Knight—all dedicated to some of Australia's finest artists. The award-winning Asian Pacific Building Corporation has been built upon 150 years of experience. A family-based business dating back to 1876, the Deague's are an established name within the Melbourne property development and construction industry. Their continued and expansive growth highlights their ongoing success. This is in part, thanks to a unique concept they have developed, namely a 'Business Network Precinct'—a commercial office building space that hosts a variety of businesses, which can interact and thrive off each other. Due to their buying power, APBC can ensure its occupants an affordable yet vibrant working environment.




ara Industrial was contracted by the Asian Pacific Building Corporation to supply, fabricate and erect the construction steel for The Olsen project. This focussed mainly on the unique roof and pool areas—a challenge in itself as work needed to be carried out at a height and overhanging the impressive structure. A multi-faceted company, Kara Industrial Engineers provide a host of services across the industry including workshop fabrication, contracting, on site maintenance of machinery, plant and equipment installations, project management, as well as providing labour hire.

A unique aspect of Kara Industrial’s business is their provision of labour hire, specifically specialising in recruitment in the mechanical trades and professional industries such as drafting, engineering, project management and architects. Kara Industrial are now branching into water infrastructure and water treatment with the building and installation of plants. Priding themselves on being able to meet all the needs of the industrial market, Kara Industrial has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry. Contact them to discuss your project!

Their mechanical engineering services provide manufacturing industries with installations, maintenance, plant relocation and project management. They are happy to discuss and meet your particular needs for every unique job. Other clients to Kara Industrial’s name include South Pacific Tyres, Melbourne Water, Varian Australia, Weston Milling, Goodyear Belting, Tenix Alliance, Fulton Hogan, John Holland, Andeco Construction, Hutchinson builders as well as Pacific National Rail/Patrick Corporation. 96



ounded in 1979, Cardno Grogan Richards have an impressive portfolio of high-profile engineering projects, drawing from a wide client-base which includes builders, developers, local government and the legal profession to name a few. A fully integrated multidisciplinary practice providing structural, civil, hydraulic, fire and traffic engineering services in house, as well as sub consulting other service disciplines, Cardno Grogan Richards offer clients a ‘one-stop shop’. This was one of the many reasons they won the contract for The Olsen—the combination of structural and traffic engineering services resulted in highly efficient basement car parks. Commencing the design phase in July 2007, Cardno Grogan Richards provided the structural, civil and traffic design, documentation and construction phase engineering for The Olsen. Senior Structural Engineer and Principal Tony Growse said, “The site presented a very tight footprint which required careful coordination between our traffic and structural teams to maximise car park numbers in the basements whilst maintaining an efficient structural column grid. Loading facilities were also finetuned and carefully coordinated by our traffic engineers with the architect.” The structural solution included a bored pier and shot crete infill wall retention system to the basement walls, and conventional reinforced insitu slip form cores. The basement retention system along the northern boundary also incorporated a section of secant piles, to provide necessary support for the adjacent building and accommodate the basement access ramps. Load bearing precast walls with post tensioned flat slabs were used for the majority of the upper levels—an efficient form of construction which minimises floor to floor erection times. The flat slabs simplified service reticulation and the precast walls provided vertical load bearing WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

capacity as well as providing lateral stiffness to the building. The primary post-tensioned transfer floor was provided at level 1, to carry the upper load bearing precast walls through an open ground floor column grid and into the basement columns. Steel framed, cantilevered canopies were fitted to both the Daly and Chapel Street frontages. The most unusual challenge for Cardno Grogan Richards on The Olsen project was the steel and glass swimming pool, which cantilevers out from the Chapel Street façade. “Our engineers worked closely with a variety of specialist consultants and contractors to provide the structure required to support this unique element,” stated Tony Growse. The Olsen façades splay outward from the building to produce the desired architectural form. This presented challenges for external maintenance access. Discussions were held with a specialist building access company and structure was provided at roof level to allow access to the glass façades via abseiling techniques. A multi award-winning company, Cardno Grogan Richards pride themselves on finding the most efficient means of helping their clients achieve their project objectives. As part of the world-wide Cardno group, they have access to specialist skills and services from around the world to suit the needs of every individual project.


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RM Global was engaged to act as the assessors for the Environmental Audit of the site that The Olson Hotel would be built upon. LRM Global Pty Ltd are a liability and risk management consultancy firm that boasts over 25 years of combined experience within the environmental, hygiene, health & safety and chemical fields. Having worked with industry heavy weights, Asian Pacific Building Corporation on many other projects, LRM Global were an obvious choice for The Olson project. The Olsen site had an “Environmental Overlay” issued to it by the local council. This “Environmental Overlay” required a full EPA Audit. Initially, this involved conducting a Phase 1 Historical assessment and investigation of the site - so knowledge of the site’s past uses and their potential impact on the site’s future use is known - prior to any works being allowed to begin. A curious discovery of the site reveled that it was once a cable tramway engine house that, with the use of cables and huge winch, would pull trams along Chapel Street, but that’s another story.

classifications as the site was being excavated and directly taken to the appropriate facilities and landfills as required. The final stage was a hydro geological assessment of the site’s ground water. The ground water, some 12m beneath the surface, was found to be slightly contaminated due to the site being swampland at the turn of the last century which was later landfilled without being properly drained. Also an asbestos and hazardous materials assessment was conducted of the existing buildings prior to any demolition work. All samples were analysed in LRM Global’s NATA certified laboratory. A small company of qualified and experienced staff, LRM Global are able to provide site assessments and EPA audits, soils and hydro-geological assessments and hazardous materials management and testing. LRM Global has a strong focus on practical outcomes within time and budget restraints.

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GOODS SHED NORTH MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Equiset - Grollo Group PROJECT VALUE $63 Million TOTAL SITE AREA : 8,600m2 AREA: Melbourne Docklands, Vic DEVELOPER : Equiset - Grollo Group STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Winward BUILDING SURVEYOR : Gardner Group HERITAGE ARCHITECT : Lovell Chen ARCHITECTS : Elenberg Fraser

Equiset Realise Visions: Goods Shed North s developer, project manager, builder and owner, Equiset was in a unique and enviable position to realise their vision on the $63 million development of the Goods Shed North project in Melbourne Docklands Batman Hill precinct. The Goods Shed North (the northern half of the former Railway Goods Shed no.2) is a heritage railway shed circa late 1800s with frontages to both Bourke and Collins Street. The project involves the complete restoration of the original fabric to its original grandeur, the integration of prominent new entrances and the conversion of the vast interior to an innovative, contemporary and ecologically sustainable environment. The building’s original floor area was expanded through the introduction of a mezzanine floor to provide over 10,000 square metres of lettable office and retail space. Achieving this vision did not come without its challenges with the Goods Shed North presenting Equiset with a number of unique construction obstacles, predominantly stemming from the building’s original late 1800’s construction and it’s original usage as a train freight outwards terminal. The defining elements of this ecological sustainable development (ESD) which set it apart from the standard core-based office building, is the lantern building, mezzanine floors and central galleria. With soft, natural light flooding through clerestory windows, the vast central galleria with its soaring 12 metre ceilings and intimate, semi-enclosed side bays creates an amazing working environment. 100 VIC PROJECT FEATURE GOODS SHED NORTH

The integration of the new Lantern building with the existing heritage structure is testament to Equiset’s success in delivering innovative construction outcomes on unique and challenging sites. Equiset, part of the Grollo Group, is continually searching for ways to deliver positive sustainable outcomes and this has been clearly demonstrated with the Goods Shed North achieving a 5 Star Green Star design rating. This makes the Goods Shed the first Heritage building in Victoria and only the second in Australia to achieve this feat. Unlike typical design and construction protocols the design of the project was driven primarily by understanding the existing structure and subsequently determining the most effective means in which to co-ordinate the required services to achieve the desired Green Star rated office environment. To achieve the rating, a gas fired tri-generation plant, a chilled beam system, an underfloor displacement system, rainwater collection and treatment system and a greywater collection and treatment system were included as ESD initiatives. A key feature of the services design is the creation of the central services trench which acts as an underfloor displacement system and is used as a horizontal distribution spine for services. The HVAC in the central area is via floor outlets located throughout the tenant space which assists in maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the entire building. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

A mostly active chilled beam system, located at both the mezzanine level and ground floor, provides the cooling and heating.

within the Batman’s Hill precinct, is also part of the development by way of Village Street.

An extensive review of the existing piles, steelwork and roof structure revealed that, for the most part, the shed was not suitable for any habitable use in its pre-development state.

This development highlights Equiset’s ability to work collaboratively with its tenants, namely VicUrban, Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commission, to deliver a workplace environment which meets the needs and demands of both business operation and staff.

This was rectified by firstly excavating the entire ground floor to make way for the new suspended ground floor slab and central services trench as well as removing all existing roof slates to make way for a new heritage approved slate roof and guttering system. The new lowered ground floor structure allowed the creation of the mezzanine level.

The company’s key focus has been to deliver on the Docklands master plan by providing a quality amenity, and a landmark building in an efficient and responsible manner. With Goods Shed North, Equiset has delivered on their vision.

The creation of the Lantern Building evolved from the need to connect the existing shed to the Collins Street bridge. The existing shed was beneath the Collins Street bridge so the four level Lantern Building was created to provide a connection between Collins Street and the shed, and the main entry to the VicUrban offices. In addition, a complete section of the north east corner of the shed was deemed to be structurally inadequate and the walls had to be dismantled and re-constructed brick by brick to reflect the original building envelope. With all works complying with the stringent requirements of Heritage Victoria. Equiset's approach and vision will deliver a design outcome not seen before in Melbourne. The creation of the first alfresco dining street WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Roofing Slate ‘Re-Worx’ Goods Shed ith over 100,000 individual pieces of slate, the roof on the re-furbished Goods Shed North project in Melbourne’s Batman Hill precinct is now the largest replaced roof of its kind in Australia. Roofing Slate Worx, the Australian and New Zealand agents and stockists for Hurley Slate Works the Newfoundland producers of Trinity Slates, were commissioned to complete the project with a roof that replicated the original. The Goods Shed North was a heritage railway shed constructed in the late 1800s with the original roof of Welsh slate as was common for this period. The ships coming to Australia in the 1800’s brought the slate in as ballast in their ships, then sold it on arrival and replaced it with cargo of agricultural produce, wheat and wool for the return trip. Laid down over five hundred million years ago in the Cambrian Era, slates found in Newfoundland and Wales are superior to any other roofing slates from any other source. The benefits of Trinity Slate derives from a number of highly practical properties. It is exceptionally 102 VIC PROJECT FEATURE GOODS SHED NORTH

durable, unaffected by extremes of temperature, is highly resistant to acids, alkalis and all air and water borne pollutants and has a 150 year life expectancy. Geological studies have found that there are no significant differences between Newfoundland slate and Welsh slate as in their formative stages, the deposits were part of the same formation. However, in the current era, Newfoundland slate, while equal to, is significantly less expensive than the Welsh equivalent. Roofing Slate Worx was able to meet the strict heritage requirements of the architects on the Goods Shed project with the supply of Trinity Slate from Newfoundland in Canada: • • • •

The colour of the slate matched the original The sizes were imperial The thicknesses were ‘¼” bests’ as were the originals The mineralogy and petrology were the same as the original. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Overall, Canadian slate retains its colour even in UV light, is impermeable to water, is non-combustible and compatible with all other building materials. Trinity Slate is a maintenance free natural stone material unaffected by climate or environment. At a time of global warming Trinity Slate truly is the premium green building material. It is also extremely competitively priced, compared with Welsh slate as the number of quarries in Wales has diminished significantly while the Newfoundland industry is continuing to expand with massive deposits under quarry. In addition the slates were supplied in imperial measures of 20” x 10” and 18” x 10” which matched the original roof specifications. Roofing Slate Worx has been supplying roof slate throughout Australasia for over 30 years and has sourced and evaluated slate from around the world to find the most appropriate product for Australian conditions. Company founder and principal, Kevin Boundy, is regarded as one of the most experienced specialists in roofing slate in the region and a highly reliable source of information which allows builders and developers to make informed decisions on their prestige and heritage projects. In addition to Trinity Slate from the Hurley Slate Works in Newfoundland, Roofing Slate Worx also supplies Bathurst Blue slate along with a range of ASTM S1 rated slate in other colours. With the combination of premium product and extensive experience, Roofing Slate Worx is uniquely positioned to provide the ideal solution for construction maintenance and refurbishment of slate roofing for a range of budgets. A solution which will last another 150 years.



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he No.2 Good Shed is located in Melbourne’s newest suburb Docklands. The No.2 Good Shed was constructed in the late 1880’s to accommodate the increased movement of goods into Victoria; a consequence of the rise in population and growth in economic development. The Shed has long been a regarded as a place of heritage significance and is listed in both the Victorian Heritage Register and the National Trust Database. It is the largest railway structure in Victoria, spanning over two city blocks, and the shed is over half of a kilometre in length. In early 2000 the expansion of the Docklands precinct and the necessity to link it back the city grid saw the removal of the central seven bays of the shed to make way for the extension of Collins Street, thus splitting the shed in two. In 2007 redevelopment work began on the northern most half of the Goods Shed to conserve and restore the existing building fabric and to construct a new entry building. Lovell Chen Pty Ltd, Heritage Consultants and Architects, were commissioned to undertake the conservation and restoration works. Large sections of the slate roofing were missing and the roof had been partially re-clad to the inner slopes with corrugated galvanised metal sheets. The remainder of the roof was clad in two different sized Welsh slates. Larger slates were on the tops of the lanterns and smaller slates in the valleys and outer slopes. The valley gutters were rusted through, as were the down pipes and eaves gutters. Due to the expanse of the roof it was not possible to get the quantities of Welsh slates required for roof replacement, into Australia at the time and so alternatives were investigated. The replacement of the roof was executed in Trinity New Foundland Canadian Blue Heather riven slates, which in geology and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

appearance relate closely to the Welsh slate originally used on the roof, sound slates were salvaged and reused on the inner slopes, with new slates used in other areas. Internally the ceilings are lined with Baltic Pine tongue and groove boards which are over an inch thick, many of which were decayed and damaged beyond reuse As a result the boards were selectedly stripped and sound boards retained for reuse at the south end of the shed. New Clear Pine tongue and groove boards were installed at the northern end to complete the internal ceiling. To improve the performance of the roof the boarding was overlaid with plywood sheeting and insulation. Part of the conservation works involved the careful demolition of the brickwork to three bays of the northeast corner of the shed. The bricks were labelled and set aside. A new reinforced concrete beam was installed over the cracked footings and the brickwork was rebuilt, ensuring bricks were returned to their original location. Paint sample analysis was undertaken on external surfaces such as the cast iron awning brackets, timber work and cast iron windows to determine and reinstate the original colour scheme. The original colour scheme found from paint sample analysis was typical and consistent with many of the Victorian Railway buildings of the 1800’s.


WOLGAN VALLEY RESORT + SPA DEVELOPER : Emirates Hotels Australia Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: Hansen Yuncken AREA : Wolgan Valley, NSW PROJECT END VALUE : $90 Million ARCHITECTS : Turner + Associates CIVIL / STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS : Taylor Thompson + Whiting QUANTITY SURVEYOR : Chris Bylett and Associates

EMBRACING THE BUSH SPIRIT ature is the real host at Wolgan Valley,” says Joost Heymeijer, the General Manager of the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa and describes the $125 million project as “a wildlife and conservation reserve with resort and spa facilities. This is a property which has a very small foot print in terms of man made constructions and blends into the environment. We would like our guests to be able to immerse themselves in nature,” he said.

There was also no potable water on site and now there is a 100 per cent closed loop for water, with potable water being supplied via rainwater harvesting from all roof run-offs, and a 60 Mega Litre Dam which has been built on site as not only a back-up facility to provide water for the resort but also for the establishment of a wetland and for the purpose of fire fighting. All this will be coupled with an on site water treatment facility and sewage treatment facilities.

As a site, the location offered enormous challenges. There were no mains power, so while $3.2 million was spent on bringing high voltage into the valley through Integral Energy, there will also be a significant solar power installation on site. There is also no telephone connection and therefore communications will be brought into the Valley by Telstra at a cost of AU$ 1.5 Million via fibre optic cables.

Biggest of all the challenges was the development approval process, which required `good-to-go ticks’ from all three levels of government which took over a period of two years to complete.

The Wolgan Road was initially a substandard road but Emirates working through three tiers of government is assisting in having it upgraded. 106 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WOLGAN VALLEY RESORT AND SPA

The Resort is being built on 4,000 acres of land which sits between two National Parks. The Resort buildings occupy only 2% of the entire land area and the rest is dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of the land to bring it back to its original status prior to the advent of white civilisation into the area. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa consists of 40 luxury guest villas along with high-class facilities buildings including a 6 treatment room spa, main buildings and a staff amenities building designed to accommodate 95 permanent staff. “Sixty percent of our materials and 55 per cent of the labour force currently working on the construction of this resort hail from the local area. We use for example, local cabinetmakers and blacksmiths and we also procure materials locally which in turn have a ripple effect on the local economy,” Mr Heymeijer explained. The Resort will also enter into an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the indigenous people of the area, and will also employ local indigenous people as guides. One of the very special features of this construction is the restoration of an original 1832 homestead on site. This delicate project is being handled by Ian Kiernan, CEO of Clean Up Australia who described it as the single most outstanding example of colonial architecture he’s seen in the forty years he has been restoring and protecting endangered historic buildings. “William Walker (the original settler), had visited the Wolgan Valley as a colonist, and cleared and carved out a building using local materials; blacksmithing was used for the nails. It is breathtaking in its engineering, there are mortises and tenons, and some of the techniques have originated from marine constructions (there are shipwright scars),” said Ian. “The building was made out of yellowbox and ironbark mostly, the original shingles are still visible under the tin roof. The timber needs to be replaced and to this end we are using trees on the property which were ringbarked fifty years ago.” “The building is recovering its dignity, and we are putting our heart and soul into it, and it will be the focal point for the entire resort. We want visitors to visit this heritage precinct and stay connected with this unique piece of architecture from Australia’s colonial past.” Ian’s crew use time-honoured techniques, materials and tools for this kind of work. Site apprentices were given the opportunity to join this part of the project and learn the master’s arts. “The old skills are very important, there is a richness of history and practicality, I see their loss as akin to losing a language, for example the number of Aboriginal dialects lost. I love the building trade, and if we can incorporate the past into the future we will have a better trade,” said Ian. The revived homestead will host a cultural precinct, including an interpretative centre covering the history of the area from Dreamtime till what it is today. Along with the main building and two huts, the original orchard and kitchen garden have also been revived, and will help supply the resort’s own kitchen with organic produce.

Joost Heymeijer EMIRATES WOLGAN VALLEY RESORT AND SPA 2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley Lithgow NSW 2790 t. 02 9290 9733 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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overcoming natural challenges ansen Yuncken is one of Australia’s largest privately owned construction companies. It operates nationally with offices in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. The company directly employs over 600 staff, and has an annual turnover exceeding $900 million in the 2008/09 financial year. Twenty-five Hansen Yuncken staff were directly employed on the Wolgan Valley Resort, with half of these coming from Sydney and the remainder employed locally. At the peak of construction there were just over 300 workers on site and a contingent of staff in factories scattered around the state. The Wolgan Valley project was quite unique. Project Manager Daniel Clinton said “this world class resort had its own challenges, aside from your usual development. The project was regional and remote. For almost the entire project, the infrastructure to run the site was self sufficient. Satellite phones and data, imported water or water extracted from a river, sewer collection and generator power – items that most of us take for granted”. Logistically some careful planning went into the day to day operations. Where possible, materials were assembled in factories off site to reduce labour in the valley and take advantage of a controlled environment. Examples of these include the villa frames, Emirates staff accommodation and the extensive timber paneling throughout the resort. Hansen Yuncken is extremely happy with the level of finish that has been achieved by its staff and contractors. The collective approach between Emirates, consultants, contractors and Hansen Yuncken should put the resort in the spotlight on a world scale. Hansen Yuncken was founded in 1918 and has now become one of Australia’s leading construction companies. The company has retained the tradition of quality and business integrity established by the founding partners. Hansen Yuncken’s philosophy is one of fair dealing, high quality client service and building value. It is committed to developing and maintaining long-term relationships by focusing on achieving its client’s project objectives. These relationships are the foundation of the company’s longevity and success, earning Hansen Yuncken a proud reputation as a diligent, responsive and innovative contracting organisation. Hansen Yuncken is recognised for: • • • • • • • • •

A high quality service and product Experienced and specialised teams Innovation and value Experience in a range of delivery strategies A reputation for performance A “can do” approach Flexibility in services and solutions Business integrity Strong financial capacity



Hansen Yuncken has completed over 4000 projects since its beginnings. Significant, landmark projects through the decades include: David Jones Refurbishment, Melbourne, Vic; National Wine Centre, Adelaide, SA; Council House 2, Melbourne, Vic; and NSW Schools PPP I and II, NSW. Current major projects include Orange Hospital PPP, NSW $194M, Cairns International Airport - Domestic Terminal Redevelopment, Qld $152M, HMAS Creswell, NSW $88M, Museum of Old and New Arts (MONA), Tas $37M, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA $113M and Building the Education Revolution South Western Sydney Package, NSW $414M. Hansen Yuncken has extensive experience in a wide range of project delivery methods. It is able to tailor various procurement strategies to meet the specific needs of clients and their projects. Delivery methods are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated. Hansen Yuncken is positioned at the forefront of such innovation. It is regularly invited to work with its clients in developing delivery methods. Specialist staff are qualified and experienced across a range of delivery methods and they understand the requirements and intricacies of each method. The company has developed comprehensive procedures and operating systems to manage the particular needs of each method and to assist clients in making informed decisions. Hansen Yuncken can demonstrate cost competitiveness and efficiency in the implementation of all delivery methods. photography: Brett Boardroom

The company encourages clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; involvement in the project delivery process, to the extent of their desire, expertise and availability. Hansen Yuncken has significant experience in the packaging of projects. Its services can include site identification, sourcing of equity partners, feasibility analysis, finance and lease structuring. It has close working relationships with a number of financial organisations and is able to tailor innovative packages to achieve cost effective solutions for its clients.

HANSEN YUNCKEN L6, 15 Bourke Road Mascot NSW 2020 t. 02 9770 7600 f. 02 9770 7601 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


PLANS FOR NURTURING NATURE s soon as they purchased Wolgan Valley, Emirates brought CONTEXT into the picture. The Sydney-based firm of Landscape Architects and Environmental Planners have worked on some of the biggest projects in Australia and internationally, including the Masterplan for the Sydney Olympics, The Breakfast Point redevelopment, Centennial Park, Western Sydney Parklands and the Airport Link - Eastern Distributor Freeway Project. Overseas work has included the enhancement of Orchard Road and the Singapore River Master Plan in Singapore and landscape masterplans for Dubai Festival City and Dubai Waterfront in the UAE just to name a few. Their job with Wolgan Valley was to transform a former farm into a luxury resort setting complementing a spectacular National Park backdrop, giving overseas guests a sense of immersion in the spirit of the Australian landscape. “We analyzed the site, and helped locate the buildings, while considering the site opportunities and constraints,” said CONTEXT Director, Oi Choong. “We undertook the Master Planning with a team including the architects, engineers and environmental consultants, helped guide the project through approvals, prepared the landscape design and documentation and helped oversee the landscape works on site. 110 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WOLGAN VALLEY RESORT AND SPA

“There were many things to consider: the environment, biodiversity and bushfire risk. We wanted to capture the ambience of the location, which is really quite stunning. It is about balancing development with Nature, and on this project, Nature comes first. This was part of the way we responded to the planning of the site, respecting the natural topography, the flow of water across the land, screening the buildings, nestling them into the slopes and balancing the interface with the National Park. It comes down to respecting the ‘sense of place’, maintaining authenticity, using natural materials, the right plant species and providing a comfortable environment for guests. It’s an extreme site, it can be very hot and very cold.” Challenges included working with steep eroded slopes and managing exotic weeds. Bushfire risk was addressed by planning fire exclusion zones with appropriate vegetation, in consultation with a bushfire expert. The final design presents a series of contrasting landscapes around the villas and resort buildings. “The Villa gardens take into account viewlines and microclimates,” said Landscape Architect Hamish Dounan. “The idea was to create a sanctuary around each villa with as much privacy as possible while taking advantage of the view. Almost all the plants used for this project are native, and there are hundreds of species involved.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

These range from native pasture grasses through to the Wollemi Pine. The name “Wolgan” comes from the local Aboriginal word “Wolga”, which refers to an endemic climber Clematis aristata which has been used to tumble over the resort’s fences and walls. Local seed grown to tubestock by locals has been used wherever possible.

Sydney Parklands - Bungaribee Precinct Master Plan, the 2007 Energy Australia National Trust of Australia (NSW) Award for Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay Masterplan and the Centennial Parklands Ponds Interpretation Trail, selected by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects as one of the top forty landscape projects in Australia.

CONTEXT worked with local environment groups and included wildlife corridors and riparian zone repair in the Master Planning. Site water management has been given careful thought, with swales created to filter and direct runoff before it enters waterways. Much of the site will not be irrigated, but has species selected which will thrive on annual rainfall. Natural materials have been used for hard landscaping features, many recycled from on site, such as sandstone crushed for paths.

“The landscape plays a fundamental role in the visitor experience at the Emirates Resort in Wolgan Valley” says Director Oi Choong. “The design borrows from the majestic bush backdrop and embraces the views, the quality of the light and surroundings to ensure a memorable and quintessentially Australian experience for guests.”

CONTEXT was established in 1990 and is one of Australia’s leading landscape practices. Their local and international expertise includes master planning, residential landscapes, open space planning, town centre improvements, waterfronts, business parks, freeway and infrastructure landscapes, heritage landscapes, and tourism landscapes in environmentally sensitive areas. Their excellence has been recognized by over 30 awards both in Australia and internationally, including the 2008 UDIA NSW Award for Western WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


hree generations of skill and committment go into the manufacture of Fleetwood Urban’s range of landscape enhancing bridges, boardwalks, viewing decks, stair systems and shade structures. Founded in 1970, the Sydney based family-owned firm specialise in the design, manufacture, and installation of engineered structures using a variety of materials. For the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, Fleetwood have supplied and installed one of their Seascape™ hardwood boardwalk systems, constructed of Australian sustainably grown hardwoods capable of giving a century or more of active service in a public or private setting. The 26 metre multiple span system connects two important areas of the Resort, whilst its 2.5m clear width provides ample room for visitors to ponder the mountain and valley views. They have also designed and installed, in a remote location on the Wolgan Valley property, viewing decks and a picnic shelter incorporating a customised observation deck. This is a hardwood pole frame structure with a corrugated iron dado balustrade to three sides and skillion roof, placed to allow a spectacular vista of sunset colours on the cliff faces.

processing and steel fabrication, and are all personally overseen by senior management. Their range of standard designs for pedestrian, cycleway and service vehicle bridges and access ways, wharves and jetties, outdoor stairs and public shade structures is inspired by native topography and timbers. They also engineer, build and install custom designed products made to order, and manufacture and install public artwork structures. All products are stringently tested for quality from initial material stage through to final installation. “Most of our work is in New South Wales but we work interstate on demand. We have relevant quality, OHS&R and environmental systems implemented, but what makes our products truly special is the wealth of experience that goes into them. Most of our staff are long term employees. We are growing, expanding and in-demand. Because of our service based attitude towards clients, our work is increasing and our reputation is spreading.”

Fleetwood’s products have a timeless, classic quality, which embody time-tested materials and an innately Australian aesthetic. The products are created in an engineering workshop and factory for timber 112 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WOLGAN VALLEY RESORT AND SPA


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or a development as upmarket as the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, Icon Ceilings had to ensure one important detail – absolutely perfect finishes on every piece of work. The Sydney-based company supplied and installed ceilings and partitioning for the villas, main building, spa and pool area. Specialists in all aspects of interior fit-out including intricate joinery with specialty timbers, for Wolgan Valley they did suspended ceilings and petitions using plasterboard and Villaboard. It was painstaking work. “We had to provide an extremely high quality finish” explained Managing Director Matthew Eames. “Plasterboard joins are hard to render invisible. We had to skim entire walls to hide the joints. And everything had to be dead level to line up perfectly with other finishes. So we spent a bit of time on it.” That ‘bit of time’ amounted to an average of 15 workers from October 2008 through to June 2009.

Icon Ceilings have been in the business since September 2005, and one of their most noteworthy jobs to date was fit-out for The Ivy, which included intricately detailed timberwork. They have also constructed ceilings and partitioning at Holsworthy Army Barracks for John Holland Pty Ltd, and fit-out at Wildlife World in Darling Harbour for Lucas Stuart Pty Ltd. They’ve also tackled jobs for schools, health facilities and commercial developments in the Sydney area. Despite the recent slump in the Sydney construction industry, excellence at what they do has kept their phone ringing.

Another unusual challenge for Icon was the location of the job. “It was hard to get resources and materials up there,” said Matthew. “Any deliveries had to be very well organised, we were doing one delivery a week, so we had to make sure we had everything planned down to the last detail.” Workers stayed nearby at Wallerawang, 25 minutes from the job site, at accommodation in a converted school. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU




Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, NSW photography: Brett Boardroom



ANTI-CANCER BATTLEGROUND vital purpose like that served by the Lowy Cancer Research Centre for the University of New South Wales needs a building which inspires and reflects visionary ideals. Enter Bovis Lend Lease, who constructed the cutting-edge design by Laznimmo Architects and Wilson Architects, incorporating both Green Star principles and the specialist needs of a medical research facility. Both the Faculty of Medicine and the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia will be using the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, the first time in Australia that both adult and childhood cancer research will be conducted in the same place. As well as laboratories over four floors, administrative and dry research space, breakout and meeting spaces, staff common room and two basement levels of specialist plant and equipment, the Lowy Cancer Research Centre features a central atrium flooding the interior with natural light, and externally, embraces the Michael Birt Gardens, an important teaching resource and green space on the University campus. 116 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE

“The building was designed to meet the existing Wallace Wurth building and wraps around an existing tree,” explained Bovis Lend Lease Head of Design and Project Management, Jo Campbell. “In the post construction landscaping installation, we are going to where possible replace all the original plants from the Michael Birt Gardens, which are in and around the courtyard and will also form an underplanting of the building itself. “The first stage of works was clearing and excavation. An ancient volcano had shattered rock around the area, and the site was a quarry which had been backfilled with refuse. We identified five environmental hotspots that required decontamination. When we excavated, there were groundwater issues due to the high water table in the area, so we ended up jet grouting the base at 3metre to 1metre centres.” The perimeter was fully piled and temporary whalers for the two basement levels were installed, once built, the structure provides support for the excavation. The structure is a post-tensioned concrete structure, leading edge protection was used, in the form of nets and handrails to prevent falls. Other safety initiatives included trialling a portable access stair system by Combisafe, and also a new Plastic Reinforced shade cloth from Unispan, which is fixed to the inside of the scaffold, in lieu of the traditional chain wire mesh fixed externally. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



It is a very interesting façade, a combination of precast, curtain wall and apolic façade with fixed sun shading. The precast was complicated to install, the pop-out on the Northern elevation used a purpose built gantry to lift underslung pre-cast panels into place. There are special touches throughout the building, such as the quartz carpet in the lobby on most floors. This is a homogenous pour of quartz chips in epoxy which is non-slip, easy-clean and extremely durable. A Green Star rating for Design under the education tool has been sought, and all the interior solutions were driven by Green Star goals, such as low-VOC finishes, epoxies, and adhesives throughout. There is a plant room on every floor for each lab and office area, this was chosen so the plant and equipment works most efficiently. There has been a grouping of all noisy heat-generating pieces of equipment together to manage heat, and there is a co-generation plant going onto the roof, which will be hooked into the University’s high voltage ring main, so the power will go back into the University’s grid.

Building further on this accrued experience, Bovis Lend Lease are currently working on the Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment, the North Shore Private Hospital extension, the Gold Coast University Hospital and the Royal Childrens Hospital in Victoria. Work commenced on the Lowy in December 2007, and was completed within 23 months, despite the time-intensive jet grouting required at the start. The Bovis Lend Lease Project Team of 17 included site engineers and other highly-skilled professionals. Approximately 1,860 workers were inducted on site, including the 85 separate subcontractors, consultants and suppliers, with an average of 270 workers onsite at any given point. The result of all the applied effort and expertise is a spectacular workplace for those seeking answers to one of our darkest medical mysteries.

“The facility will collect stormwater to go into the University’s stormwater system, which re-charges the acquifer below. We have built on the knowledge base of our work on the Royal North Shore Hospital Kolling Building. We had a lot of research knowledge already, and this project has now added a new dimension,” said Jo. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


nox Advanced Engineering (KAE) had to meet the requirements of some of Australia’s most stringent legislation in their work on the Lowy Cancer Research Facility at the UNSW. They were contracted to design the mechanical systems, air-conditioning, specialist exhaust systems, ESD analysis, energy analysis, fume cupboards and cool rooms in addition to PC2 laboratory systems and PC2 animal housing. KAE’s designs for the project included PC2 class laboratory air conditioning and ventilation systems, co generation with absorption chiller study, ESD and natural ventilation, BMCS for all services and varied ventilation for specialist areas. All of this work was carried out within a design framework which aimed for a 4.5 Education Green Star rating, included floor by floor independent plant systems, and required reliable pressure and temperature controlled internal environments for highly sensitive research.

highlights included working as a team to create this important facility, solving technical challenges created from specialist research area requirements, provision of a step by step commissioning procedures manual for the project; and provision of critical services in a space confined building.” Other challenges in the project included extreme building pressure and flow control, and the intrinsically complex nature of OGTR and PC2 compliant Cancer Research laboratories. KAE are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of 24, and have been in the business of creating advanced building services designs since 1999. Their talents extend beyond medical and scientific developments into all building sectors including commercial and retail, as evidenced by their other current projects including Sussex Hay, Darling Park Tower 1, and Stocklands The Pines Shopping Centre in Melbourne.

“KAE specialises in the provision of Health Care designs, and has drawn on its experience from other health care projects and deep understanding of relevant Australian standards and OGTR (Office of the Gene Technology Regulator) requirements to provide the design for this project. The design is flexible and robust and concentrates on allowing staff to perform their research in ideal conditions,” explained Designer and KAE Director Jorgen Knox. “KAE has utilised computerised calculations on all aspects of our design including building modelling for natural ventilation, energy usage and air quality calculations. Project 118 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE


work with architects on different issues, resulting in tailored systems separate to the Space Lab range altogether.” In terms of the high ESD values embodied at Lowy, KPD systems proved a perfect fit. “All our fabrication is done with Green energy, and the system itself is recyclable in terms of its flexibility. Sustainability is the new Flexibility” said Leo. “We also use E-0 emission boards.”

utting edge medical research needs leading-edge lab furniture. KPD provides specialist laboratory and healthcare interiors, and has been in the business of designing, constructing and installing laboratory furniture systems for forty years. For Lowy Cancer Research Facility, they fitted out over 5,000 metres of floorspace with benching systems including reagent shelves, service spines, and other requisites. “Labs are evolutionary in terms of where research is taking them, particularly in cancer research. For instance, it’s difficult to predict the changes in instrumentation as time goes on. Our systems are preconfigured to suit the changing needs of lab users; the components can easily be adapted by the user, which has allowed our systems to remain relevant for decades” said Design Manager, Leo Gomez. “Labs have high specifications in Australia. Architects expect a level of finish above that required for commercial offices - it has to be chemical resistant and robust.”

Their excellence has been recognised: ‘Space Lab’ by KPD won the Australian Design Award. They have installed systems in award winning projects including the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (RAIA Queensland Regional Awards 2007 Commendation), Waterview Laboratories Albury and APAF at Macquarie University (both won What’s New Magazines Laboratory of the Year). KPD services medical and scientific establishments, not just nationwide but also in Asia and the Middle East, and has operations in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Dubai. Other major projects include Nestle R&D Laboratories, Beijing; Al Shaqab Academy Education City in Doha, Qatar; Royal North Shore Hospital, Kolling Institute; Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, Brisbane; School of Chemistry, Curtin University, Perth; ANSTO Nuclear Reactor Laboratories, Sydney; Victor Chang Research Institute; Garvan Institute Laboratories; and the International Rice Research Institute in The Phillippines. They have also provided furniture to a multitude of hospitals around the country.

“We have 13 standard systems, but because we fabricate to order, we can alter to suit specific needs. In this project, that included modifying aspects such as the reagent shelf width and the capacity of the service spine for extra laboratory gases. Our systems facilitate rapid installation, the service spines can be fitted independently of the other components, service trades can come in earlier. This has saved about 30 per cent of installation time compared with a conventional integrated servicing approach. As user requirements have changed for different labs, we have designed new systems which suit the user requirements and the installation constraints. We also do post-occupancy assessments, and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


owner EDI Engineering gave the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at Univeristy of NSW the spark of life, providing the complete electrical and communications services. They supplied and installed the 11kV substation, HV transformers and switchgear, Low Voltage (LV) power supply reticulation, Main switchboards and Distribution boards, Power Factor Correction, Castel Key Interlock Bus-tie switch, Lightning and Surge protection systems, all specialist lighting systems including exit and emergency lighting, general purpose and dedicated power, Communications, Audio Visual, Security, CCTV and Access Control systems. Energy Monitoring and Control System (EMACS) for electrical, gas, and water, and dimming and energy saving systems for lighting were also part of the package. “The electrical systems adopt the latest in energy saving technology, utilising daylight harvesting dimming systems, energy efficient DALI electronic ballasts for light fittings, motion detectors, PE cells, and a selective range of lamp types to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs,” said Downer EDI Engineering Project Manager, Jim Anasis.

delivery and maintenance expertise for electrical, instrumentation, and mechanical services across the Resources, Energy, Oil/Gas/ Petrochemical, Transport, Water and Environment, Commercial and Public Buildings and Technology market sectors, generating over AUD 1.7 billion in revenue. Accreditations include AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management Systems, AS 4801:2001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management System and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. “Downer EDI Engineering has a policy of ‘Zero-Harm’ regarding the health and safety of our employees, clients and the communities within which we operate, and this is central to everything we do,” said Jim. “We expended over 32,000 LTI free man-hours on the C25 project and provided the benchmark for safety culture amongst all contractors on-site.” Downer EDI have won NECA Excellence Awards every year this decade, for projects including Bathurst Hospital, Greater Union Cinemas and Ryde Pumping Station (NSW State Winners 2008), ANSTO (National winner 2005), Resmed Stage 1 (National/Gold winner 2004) and Brito Mart Station NZ (National winner 2003).

The building’s rooftop 770kW co-generation plant will continuously supplement power to the electrical reticulation for the building. Surplus power will be fed back into the UNSW ring main system and High Voltage grid. With over 7,500 employees working across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Downer EDI Engineering is one of Australia’s largest providers of engineering and infrastructure services. They provide design, 120 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LOWY CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE


ALL SYSTEMS GO hen researchers get down to business at the Lowy Cancer Research Facility, they will know their essential systems work, Commtech Asia made sure of it. As independent Commissioning Managers, their role was to independently verify the functionality of the systems including the power, electrical, air conditioning, medical gases, fire and BMS systems work before the systems were handed over to the client. Commtech Asia ensured that equipment worked as stand alone items and also as a holistic system.

is quite a lot of technology in it. There were some unique processes and procedures adopted in this complicated project.”

“The reason for engaging us is firstly, the client has confidence everything will work properly and that everything has been checked. In a medical facility this is very important. Secondly, we check the resiliency of all the systems, for example, chillers, the emergency generator, we make sure that they will kick in when they should,” explained Commtech Asia Country Manager Nic Mills. “We carry out numerous failure scenarios on the completed systems, such as switching off the power, to make sure that everything works as it should when a real emergency happens. We also put the systems under high load to make sure they can cope with the demand.” This process minimises the problems for tenants once they move into the building.

Commtech Asia will also be part of the Green Star requirement for building tuning which occurs every three months for the first twelve months of occupancy to ensure the building continues to function efficiently.

“And from an ESD point of view, owners and tenants know the building works efficiently; one of our deliverables is to make sure the building meets all the benchmarks for energy set out for its Green Star rating. We initially check the early design concepts and work with the design team and contractor to manage the process of the subcontractors doing the tests, we make sure they are using the right technology and tools, that everything is calibrated properly, and ensure that right tests are done throughout the installation of the works, we witness those tests and verify the systems work as per the design. Being a research centre there WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Throughout the entire process, which saw Commttech Asia staff onsite for much of the time during the project, they produced hard copy test reports, went through all the test sheets produced by subcontractors and verified the results, and monitored the progress of works, delivering regular reports, monthly reports and then a final report.

Commtech Asia (Australia) is part of an International Company with offices throughout Europe and Asia. In addition to Commissioning Management, their engineering expertise is available for due diligence surveys, maintenance management, energy audits and retrocommissioning. They specialise in the critical environments arena. Their Australian projects range from some of the most recent Green Star constructions like The Bond and King St Wharf, they also do a lot of work with Data Centres and Medical facilities as well as other major commercial, government, and banking projects.


Lowy Cancer Research Centre, University of New South Wales






DELIVERING GREEN STARS FOR MEDIA STARS aking sure the extremely specific needs of the client and the tenants were driving the 8 Central Avenue project was the job of SDH and Associates Pty Ltd. As project manager and superintendent in connection with the design, securing authority approvals and the construction contract, in addition to acting as the Developer’s Representative in respect of commercial agreements with tenants and landowner (the Redfern-Waterloo Authority) , there were a lot of balls to keep airborne. “We had to juggle all the requirements of the different parties involved. Being situated in Redfern, where it has been very important to get the Redfern-Waterloo area up and running, there were a lot of issues to be conscious of,” said SDHA Director, Savvas Hadjimichael. “Part of the complexity was the number of stakeholders: the corporate interests, the tenants’ interests (Channel Seven, Pacific Magazines and Global Television), the State Government, the Redfern-Waterloo Authority, Department of Planning and Sydney City Council. “There were community issues to consider: the project had a requirement (set by the Redfern-Waterloo Authority) to employ at least 60 Indigenous people, it actually employed more than 60.


“The project is located within a state owned land precinct of state significance, including high significance in respect of its archaeological and historical aspects. The site was also contaminated. As it was an ex locomotive workshop and foundry there were a number of contaminants in the soil, and that has now been cleaned up. “During the demolition and excavation, any materials that could be recycled such as concrete from the foundry and footings of old buildings were recycled. “It was an exciting, challenging, landmark project, and a substantial job for us, not only for its size, but also it exposed us to TV studios, which was a new experience for us.” SDHA was founded by Savvas Hadjimichael in 2002, utilising his extensive prior experience in the building trade, including project managing projects both on the client side such as the QVB, the Strand Arcade, The Galleries Victoria and IBIS Hotel in Pitt Street and working for a major construction company on (among other) Sydney Central and the Prince of Wales of Children’s Hospital at Randwick. The company has grown rapidly, and has worked on a wide variety of capital works projects, enhancing the value of projects in the $500K to $140 million range from inception to handover in the areas of aged AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

care, health care, retail, religious, Heritage, commercial (both new and refurbishment), residential and industrial. Other projects currently under the care of SDHA include a monastery at Lower Mangrove, a Catholic Church at Fairfield, Aged Care facilities at Yennora and Berry, high end residential projects at Bondi, a Medical Centre at Bankstown and a Retail centre at Holsworthy. Under a design and construct contract, Watpac Constructions (NSW) built 8 Central Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12 level office and studio precinct, in addition to constructing car parking and carrying out external works. The building and four television production studios have been designed and built to achieve a Four Green Star rating for both Design and As Built, and a 4.5 Star NABERS Rating. The high performance, distinctive facade uses performance glazing and shading to reduce the need for mechanical internal climate control systems. The building will also be able to utilise recycled water, when available, for flushing amenities.

Management System. They also have third party accreditation for Quality and Occupational Health and Safety, and hold Best Practice Accreditation under the NSW Department of Commerce 2008-2010 Contractor Prequalification and Best Practice Accreditation Scheme. Watpac Constructions (NSW) is a division of Watpac Limited, a member of the Green Building Council of Australia. They won three awards at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Australian Institute of Building Awards: High Commendation for the Australian Film Television and Radio School and Airgate 4 projects in Sydney, and a Professional Excellence Award for their part in the $216 million Single LEAP Stage 1 Project, which involved constructing accommodation for Defence personnel at Amberley and Enoggerah in Brisbane and Holsworthy in Sydney.

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MASTERS OF TIME-TESTED CONSTRUCTION ART onrina Constructions are masters at one of the oldest building techniques known to man. “Masonry has been around for thousands of years, it is the foundation of civilisation,” said Conrina’s Construction Manager and co-founder Con Zarafetas. “It has been under pressure from new technologies, but these new technologies have not been tested over time like masonry. Many of the faults of these new technologies won’t become known for many years, nor whether they are as low maintenance as masonry. Conrina Constructions are professional, providing an all-encompassing service which includes a clean, tidy and low maintenance skilled workforce. The qualities of the masonry product are the best and that hasn’t changed over the years.” Conrina installed all the masonry for 8 Central Avenue. This major project involved the supply and installation of light weight concrete blocks, including concrete and reinforcement, for each floor of the thirteen storey tower, a task which was completed in just 14 weeks. To achieve this program, the workforce peaked at an efficient team of fifty men. “The design changed almost every day,” said Con Zarafetas. “Daily, updated drawings were sent to our office, which required close coordination with our Site Supervisor Liam McCormack. To our credit, not one wall had to be knocked down or redone despite these frequent, sudden design changes.” The company has a commitment to passing on skills, with all their indentured apprentices encouraged to pursue the goal of eventually becoming site supervisors. 126 NSW PROJECT FEATURE 8 CENTRAL AVENUE

Conrina have won numerous awards in their fifteen years of operation. Their project at Jacaranda Square at Homebush Olympic Precinct showcased rarer, ‘old skills’ in bricklaying, and won an award in 2008 from the Masonry Contractors Association for Excellence in Brickwork. To top that off, it was awarded the Horbury Hunt Award in 2009. Other award-winning projects include Building E Sydney Institute of Technology Ultimo, NSW. Their services cover major residential, civil, commercial and industrial projects, for most of Australia’s leading builders such as Watpac. Recent major projects include the Hyundai Office and Showroom at North Ryde, City West Housing at Pyrmont, and just recently was given the Blacktown Region BER project for Brookfield Multiplex. They offer a full masonry service including design, construct, project management and estimation for concrete, steel fixing, brickwork, stonework and Hebel products. Conrina has also commenced a window fabrication business, Distinct Aluminium Solutions, and has moved into property development and principal contracting, which all points to the rapid strides Conrina is making in the construction industry

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Plus Clean Team excels at making places fit for doing business in. Director Melissa Fang began as a sole trader in 2004, but the high volume of work available inspired her to begin the company, now employing a professional, discreet and efficient cleaning team equipped with the full kit of cleaning technology. “We know that the cleanliness of an office reflects company image and reputation,” said Melissa. “We clean strata, offices, factories, medical centres, construction site sheds, fitness centres, retail outlets, schools, child care centres and restaurants. For 8 Central Avenue, we provided site shed cleaning. Our range of cleaning services includes after built clean, pre-sale clean, starta clean, regular maintenance, one off jobs, Move In / Move Out cleaning and carpet steam cleaning.” A Plus Clean Team have received glowing feedback from clients such as Armstrong Miller and McLaren Pty Ltd. Sue Grinrod writes: “Melissa and her team are without doubt, the best cleaners I have come across in my 30 years of office work.”

Clean Team during our renovations and they have been more than happy to adapt to the varying tasks and schedules.” “Our commitment to clients,” said Director Melissa, “we use the latest cleaning technologies to meet any commercial and cleaning challenge, and pay attention to the smallest detail to make a difference with every job. Our expertise in providing consistently high quality cleaning to all commercial and residential environments is what makes the A Plus Clean Team the best choice for your cleaning needs. At A Plus we achieve a standard that exceeds our competitors in cleanliness and efficiency. We have extensive experience in a wide range of environments which require highly detailed and labour intensive work. Please email us or ring on 9797 0971 to find out our current special deals.”

Chris Janz Managing Director of Allure Media said, “The company has proven not only to be reliable and trustworthy, but also highly competent, efficient and professional. No task is ever a hassle.” Zenith’s Office Manager Tracy Duggan said, “They do their job whether large or small, with the utmost professionalism and courtesy, with only the aim to complete the job to the best standard. We have used A Plus WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


CLEARLY CUSTOM-MADE s befits the HQ of some of Australia’s leading media organisations, 8 Central Avenue makes extensive use of glazing in the facade, both to allow in the light, and allow the occupants to gaze out and be inspired. Specialised Windows designed, manufactured and installed the entire facade, adding to the aesthetics of the facade with the inclusion of six colours. They also provided some of the other essential architectural elements. Their contribution included shopfronts, the curtain wall incorporating vertical and horizontal sunshades, horizontal channel feature trims, composite, internal extruded aluminium sills, louvres, frameless auto entry, frameless spider fitting glass assembly and necessary support steelwork, and a Frameless Triangular glass system to the Southern Façade. Up to fifteen of Specialised Windows’ staff worked on the project from concept through to production and installation onsite. Specialist skills and state of the art workshop equipment played a part in successfully realising the design of the extruded sunshades and large shopfront system, due to their size. Another challenge was the design of the expansion joint system for the curtain wall, which allows for 20mm movement in all directions, and the winter gardens 2400 wide awning sash system incorporated into the curtain wall system. Windows potentially contribute to Green Star points and NABERS ratings, glazing at 8 Central Avenue has U-value 2.7, in keeping with the building’s Green Star credentials. Offering a one stop service from blueprint to site when it comes to custom-designed and manufactured glazing has won Specialised Windows an ongoing and ever-building client list. They were originally founded as Fast Fix windows in 1984, evolving into Specialised Windows in the early nineties. With full manufacturing facilities at their South Windsor location, they have the capacity to extrude sections to suit the architectural intent, and incorporate challenging designs and specifications into their production systems. These abilities have been applied to projects across NSW. For the Pinnacle Office Park, Specialised Windows provided glazing for the Curtainwall, sunshades and shopfront to Buildings A & B – in total approximately 12,500m2 of custom-manufactured product. Another showcase of their talents is the vast skylight and the composite blades which form an eye-catching part of the new Sydney International Airport Departure Lounge. Burbank Corporate Centre Stage Two for Norwest, 25 Smith Street Parramatta, the Rouse Hill Town Centre and new student accommodation for ANU in Canberra also feature their work, an indication of the variety of construction projects and architectural styles they are able to undertake.





LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY MEANS ENERGY EFFICIENCY nsuring 8 Central Avenue achieved the 4.5 NABERS rating and Four Star Green Star Office Design rating meant Stowe Australia got involved in the building’s front end design. Their brief was to create the most energy-efficient systems possible, while also meeting the hi-tech communications needs of major media producers. Stowe designed, constructed and installed the electrical and communications systems for the car park, public domain area, studios and tenancy towers for the base building contract, then was awarded the Seven Network Fitout comprising light, power and a Systimax Cat 6A communications system for levels 1 to 7. Up to 45 staff were involved in the project from July 2008 through to January 2010, comprising design engineers, electricians, TA’s and apprentices. The lighting design features ultra-high performance, low energy consumption light fittings, and extensive natural light metering throughout the building, monitored by a lighting control system which adjusts lighting levels accordingly. Sustainable construction methods and materials were used, such as employing a cable support system within the tenancy areas which utilised stainless wire rope supports, greatly reducing the quantity of metal required as compared to a standard system and increasing labour efficiency.

to deliver the base building on time, and in the later stages whilst handing over the base building, documenting and preparing the fitout project requirements with Seven Network,” said Project Manager Phil Hooper. “Our goal is to get it right, and make it efficient, while saving dollars for the client both in the short and long term. Electrical technology has been refined, and energy-saving technology has become much more prolific due to Green Star. Where the industry is going is the push to greener power.” 2010 will mark a century of operation for the company, who are Australia’s leading privately owned electrical and communications contracting organisation, with annual revenues in excess of $300m and 1400 direct employees working out of 16 locations on the Eastern seaboard. The company capabilities include design and engineering, installation, construction projects, maintenance, 24 hour service and national rollouts for electrical and communications systems (both voice and data) across the public and private building, defence, urban infrastructure, mining and industrial sectors. As an ASP Level 1, 2 & 3 Stowe Australia also provide design and construction of high voltage services.

A challenge of the project was the high levels of acoustic integrity required in the TV studios. This was tackled through close liaison with the acoustic consultant and Watpac to develop methods of treating the penetrations required to the studio structure for services entry. “Due to the fast track nature of the construction programme, partnerships needed to be formed by the Stowe design team with the consultant (Aecom), Watpac and other major subcontractors in order 130 NSW PROJECT FEATURE 8 CENTRAL AVENUE


whisper quiet in central sydney ubic Interiors have put another blue chip Green Star project on their CV with the completion of fit out at 8 Central Avenue, the new home of Channel 7, Global Television and Pacific Magazines. Located in the heart of the Australian Technology Park Precinct, the building has a four Green Star Office Design rating from the Green Building Council. The two television production companies who are the anchor tenants (and in the case of Seven Group, joint venture partners in the development) had very precise needs for their facilities, which is where Cubic’s expertise in design and custom-manufacturing interior materials came to the fore. For the production studios, Cubic procured and installed acoustic panelling. TV studios need impeccable soundproofing from the outside world, even the sound of someone walking softly down the corridor outside can potentially ruin a scene in progress. The outside world, equally, does not need to hear what’s happening behind the studio door, especially when acoustic impacts on neighbours are one of the issues considered for a development like 8 Central Avenue. Global Television will be producing Australian Idol at the site – generating many decibels of sound to keep under wraps - Cubic have the expertise to craft and install sound proofing that will mute rockers and frenzied fans. Cubic also procured and installed suspended ceilings and linings throughout the rest of the base building, which totals 11 floors of premium office space in addition to the four production studios, meeting rooms and reception spaces for the three media tenants. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Overall, the challenge posed by this project came in meeting both structural designs and acoustic needs. Cubic’s experience in complex and demanding Green Star fit outs such as One Shelley Street, Innovation Place, Sydney Water HQ and Westpac HQ allow them to solve these kinds of challenges creatively, on time and within budget. This skill is currently being applied to another landmark Sydney Green Star project, the C25 Lowy Cancer Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

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ustral Air Conditioning Services supplied and installed a world first cooling system for Global Television and Channel 7 Studios at 8 Central Avenue, Everleigh. The system had to be very quiet and able to cool extremely high temperatures created by studio production lighting. “The most challenging mechanical design element of the project was the extraordinary 800 watts per m2 design lighting load for each of the studio,” said Austral Air Conditioning Director, Remy Logel. “To put this number in perspective, the heat generated by the sun on a skylight is 820 watts per m2. Television studios in Germany are designed up to 550 Watt per m2. The studios had a 10 metres height constraint with all the mechanical services needing to fit above 7 metres. The technical solution was to combine low noise air distribution system and chilled beams in a V shape. The V shape chilled beams is the world first application. Conclusive cooling capacity and air distribution tests were carried in Krantz laboratory Köln, Germany. It was demonstrated that the two systems combined together will satisfy the lighting heat load.”

The company has the ability to field many teams of technicians and trades people simultaneously. In house expertise includes mechanical engineers, project managers, plumbers and service technicians. Their project portfolio includes other Green Star jobs, such as the awardwinning RAAF Richmond project, the first Five Star Green Star Defence facility in New South Wales. They are completing a D&C installation for Chatswood Civic Place, three large University projects. Their installation for the new Australian Film Television Radio School has extended into an ongoing maintenance contract, as many past projects are being serviced by Austral Air Conditioning. “All our systems come with a one year warranty for defects, and we offer ongoing maintenance. We can design and procure for any kind of system, in any type of building,” said Remy. “We are in the people business, and our business is built on our reputation.”

The office building is conditioned by under floor air distribution system. Austral have been in the trade for fourteen years, supplying and installing electric and gas heating systems, cooling and ventilation systems, mechanical plumbing and pipework systems across Sydney’s commercial and residential development spectrum in addition to a nation-wide project for Optus with Leighton. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


M5 East Tunnel Filtration Project by Baulderstone for the RTA

M5 East Filtration Project

The works to be completed include:

The M5 East is a 10-kilometre freeway connecting the M5 freeway at King Georges Road, Beverly Hills with General Holmes Drive and the Eastern Distributor. A key feature of the M5 East is Australia’s longest road tunnels – twin 4km, two-lane tunnels between Bexley Road and Marsh Street, and passing below Wolli Creek and East Hills Railway. During 2004, the M5 East tunnel carried an average of 91,400 vehicles per day.

• A filtration pilot plant, Australia’s first use of air filters for a road tunnel. • A 300m road header-driven ventilation tunnel which extracts air from the westbound tunnel, transfers it to the filtration plant and then returns it to the existing M5 tunnel. • A 40mx70m partially underground building to house the filtration equipment, substation and switch rooms, water treatment plant and office facilities. • Three underground connections to the westbound M5 East tunnel • Installation of various mechanical and electrical equipment. • Installation of a waste water filtration plant to remove contaminants from the washdown water.

The high volume of traffic using the M5 East is an indication of its success as a transport link in the Sydney region. Haze in the M5 East tunnel is at times visible, even though haze levels do not exceed recommended levels set out in international guidelines. Project On 16th June 2006, the NSW Government announced an air quality improvement plan for the M5 East tunnel. The plan was designed to analyse, investigate and improve air quality levels within the tunnel. On 18th July 2007, the Minister for Planning granted approval for the RTA to construct and operate a filtration plant to trial how effective the filters are in the M5 East westbound tunnel. Over an 18-month period, the RTA will test the air filtration equipment, to see how best to operate this equipment and evaluate its benefits and costs. 134 NSW PROJECT FEATURE M5 EAST FILTRATION

The RTA awarded Baulderstone the managing contractor contract for the construction of the project in April 2008. Construction commenced in April 2008 and is scheduled for completion by December 2009. Filtration Equipment The filtration equipment used will be the first application of this technology in Australian road tunnels. The technology has previously had limited implementation in countries such as Spain, Japan and Norway.


Managing Contractor Baulderstone P/L Principal Designer Hyder Consulting Filtration Equipment supply, install and commission Filtrontec Bulk Earth works Menai Civil Tunnel Excavation Fox Mining On Site Water Treatment Plant Aquatic engineering Temporary Power Rutherford Power Tunnel Dust Extraction Equipment Eurofilter Bulk Haulage Harry’s Heavy Haulage Formwork and Concrete Works BKH Contractors Cranage Melrose Cranes Electrical Installation and High Voltage Reticulation A1 Electrics Civil Contractors Thirst Civil Traffic Control Orbital Traffic Control Plumbing Brown & Moodie Concrete Supply (including precast) Hanson Construction Materials Environmental Monitoring Manidis Roberts Survey Lynton Surveyors HVAC Installation Robert Mann Pty Fire Prevention Services Chubb Steel Reinforcement Supply Active Steel Installation of Earthing Grid Power & Earth Control Construction Noise & Vibration Monitoring Wilkinson Murray Supply & Install Ground Anchors Merrmac Australia Pty Ltd Building Fitout Onsite Construction Group Sandstone Facade The Stonemason Specialist Structural Steel Fabrication and installation DMG Engineering

The filtration plant will extract 200 cubic metres of tunnel air, treat it and then inject the treated air into the tunnel downstream of the extraction point. No air from the tunnel will be released to the surrounding atmosphere. The filtration plant improves the existing tunnel air in two ways: 1. An electrostatic precipitator (ESP) which will substantially reduce particulate matter. 2. An oxides of nitrogen absorber, which treats 50m3/s and substantially reduces nitrous oxides through an absorption process, further improving the air quality.

Future activities After installation and commissioning, the air filtration system will be closely monitored during the trial for the initial 18 months of operation. The following will be monitored and recorded during the trial: • In-tunnel air quality monitoring including carbon monoxide, total oxides of nitrogen, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. • Availability and reliability of the filtration equipment. • Electricity, materials, labour and other operating costs. • The performance of the filters to remove particulates. Construction Workforce

The filtration plant will be fully automated with auto-washdown capability to remove the particulates collected by the ESP. The dirty water is then processed through an ultra-filtration treatment plant leaving a re-useable water product and a waste product that can be disposed of in a registered tip. The filtration facility will be remotely monitored from the existing M5 East control room.

To date 865 staff and contractors have been inducted into the site. The managing contractor has a team of 15 supervising the design development, subcontract and materials procurement, construction scheduling and construction supervision including adherence to the Project Safety and Quality Assurance plans.

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Vent tunnel works are drawing to an end. The filtration technology installation is in full swing with a majority of the equipment delivered on site and only installation and commissioning to follow. Final backfill of the roof and site will occur soon, allowing for landscaping works to follow to blend the site in with the local environment much more.

To date the project has involved excavators ranging from 2-30 tonnes, numerous trucks and dogs, Hiab trucks, boom and scissor lifts, concrete pumps, cranes including 30-350 tonne slewing cranes, as well as 18-20 tonne Franna cranes and various other specialised plant.

Site demobilisation works have begun and soon the temporary driveway will be demolished, and temporary hoardings and site sheds removed. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Tunnelling subcontractors Fox Mining used plant including a Mitsui S300 series roadheader, rockbolting machines, shotcreting machines, Schaef loader and front-end loaders. NSW PROJECT FEATURE M5 EAST FILTRATION 135

EUROFILTER ASIA PACIFIC LEADS THE WAY IN TUNNELLING EXTRACTION pecialising in dust extraction, Eurofilter Asia Pacific was contracted by Baulderstone Hornibrook for the M5 East Filtration project. A company of 25 employees, five of which worked on this job, Eurofilter Asia Pacific has a solid reputation for high quality, high performance and innovation within the dust collection filter industry. Eurofilter Asia Pacific provides integrated dust extraction solutions to environmental dust control problems, from initial site survey and quotation, through to the supply and installation of a complete fully commissioned, documented dust collection system to meet workplace Health and Safety requirements. Their role on the M5 East filtration project involved extracting the dust from the cutter head of the tunnel boring machine, which cut approximately 20 metres per day. Specifically, Eurofilter Asia Pacific provided an EFC 160 Collector cartridge unit, which extracted the air borne particulate. The collectors were made up of a modular construction that was straightforward in its assembly and commission, and it was decommissioned and removed from site on completion of the 250 metre tunnel construction. All particulate that was extracted was conveyed along the inbuilt hoppers via screw conveyors and dropped into two bulka bags that were removed via forklift for ease of disposal.

1/10th of the allowable limits. We were very happy with the unit and the backup service provided,” according to M & E Superintentent Baulderstone Hornibrook - M5 East Filtration Project. With an industry leading product portfolio Eurofilter Asia Pacific has the technology to provide filtration solutions for everything from the smallest dust collection requirements to gas turbine filtration and silo air dust extraction. Eurofilter Asia Pacific operates under the parent company Eurogroup Enterprises, as does Eurofabrications—a steel fabrication business for quarry, mining and water treatment industries. Other projects they are currently working on include the Adelaide Desalination Plant.

“Eurofilter provided the Dust extraction system for the tunnelling operations. The collector provided a trouble free solution for the tunnelling phase of our project and was able to keep the air levels to 136 NSW PROJECT FEATURE M5 EAST FILTRATION


Menai Civic Contractors

Menai Civil Contractors Pty Ltd would like to congratulate Baulder Hornibrook on their management of the M5 East Filtration Project Menai Civil were able to complete the bulk and detail earthworks Baulderstone’s specifications and to their satisfaction.

excavating no menial task enai Civil Contractors Pty Ltd would like to congratulate Baulderstone on their management of the M5 East Filtration Project. Menai Civil were able to complete the bulk and detail earthworks to Baulderstone’s specifications and to their satisfaction. Due to the tight tolerances required by the client Menai Civil’s team of 15 on this project, headed by Roger & Lee Fahey, our resident engineer, Ryan Butler and Supervisor, Toli Alevras, Menai were able to saw cut to within + or – 10mm. This project was completed in six months which was as per the programme.

Due to the tight tolerances required by the client Menai Civil’s tea 15 on this project, headed by Roger & Lee Fahey, our resident engineer, Ryan Butler and Supervisor, Toli Alevras, Menai were ab saw cut to within + or – 10mm. This project was completed in six months which was as per the programme.

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relatively new company established in July 2008, Aone Electrix specialises in electrical high voltage and low voltage installations and services. Recognising a need in the industry for electricians specialising in tunnel work, they focus their skills in this area. A team of up to 7 employees, headed by three directors, Aone Electrix has hit the ground running since its fruition. Contracted by Baulderstone, Aone Electrix’s work on the M5 East Filtration consisted of general electrical maintenance and the final stage fit out, as well as providing the tunnel’s electrical support. Specifically, they supplied the electricity throughout the tunnel digging stage, which included all lighting, electrical works and assistance with repairing machinery. During the fit out stage they purchased, installed and tested the transformers and installed the high voltage and low voltage switchboards. A unique and new forte for Aone Electrix on this project was the in house production of the low voltage switchboard, which was designed and built within their factory. Having gained the M5 East Filtration contract just weeks after the company was established, this is a sure sign of Aone Electrix’s expertise and high standard of services. Baulderstone are also utilising Aone Electrix for the Port Botany Expansion Work project, where they are working on the water filtration system design and installation and fitting out the barge. Another project Aone has been involved in is the Top Ryde Shopping Centre Development, which was completed in March 2009. After just over a year of operation, Aone Electrix have firmly established themselves within the industry, and with future projects such as the City Metro Line, they are sure to see continued success into the future.



FOX in the tunnel aulderstone Hornibrook contracted FOX Mining for their tunnelling expertise for the M5 East Filtration project. FOX excavated the 260m main tunnel and the three 7-12m connection tunnels, which connect the filtration tunnel to the motorway tunnel. Utilising a Mitsui S300 roadheader for the stone cutting, the tunnel profile, grade and direction were maintained by a laser guidance system. The main filtration tunnel, which measures 8.2m in width and 5.2m in height, was partitioned to separate extracted air and the filtered air. This tunnel runs at a decline due to the surface facilities being located about 17m higher than the entry/exit connections, and it runs sub-parallel to the motorway tunnel and about 10m adjacent to it. The three connection tunnels branch out from the main tunnel—one to draw exhaust gas-laden air out of the motorway tunnel; and two tunnels to return the filtered air back to the M5. A system of fully grouted rock bolts situated between 1.3 and 1.5 m apart and shotcrete, mostly at a thickness of 100 – 150mm, provided the support for the excavations. An Atlas Copco Boltec bolter was used for drilling, installing and grouting the rock bolts and the shotcreting was undertaken with a Jacon Maxjet robotic arm with remote controller.

upon completion of the tunnels. The motorway tunnel was closed for breakthrough overnight to minimise disruption to motorists. Faced with strict environmental restrictions, weekly inspections were conducted by external, independent auditors. The tunnel entrance was located approximately 100m away from residential properties, so all possible precautions were taken against air, noise and contaminant pollution. This included ensuring all excavated material was removed from the site, and no surface traffic movements were permitted between 6pm and 7am. FOX’s diligence ensured that the project was completed without any lost time injury or significant incidents. Supplying mining and tunnelling equipment and services, FOX is also a one-stop shop for mechanical, electrical and hydraulic repairs, maintenance and servicing. FOX prides itself on offering proactive solutions that are cost effective, innovative and compliant.

Unable to close the M5 motorway tunnel for long enough to safely breakthrough from the connection tunnels and clean up after, FOX created a 1.5m deep niche at each of the three connection tunnels breakthrough points. Each niche was supported and shotcreted and then bulkheads were built across the openings to facilitate a safe breakthrough WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



REED HOLDS COURT he Law Courts building was opened in 1977 and has been in need of an extensive refurbishment and modernisation for some time. The 27-storey building, covering over 40,000 square metres gross is one of the largest refurbishment projects in Sydney at the present time, and is taking place while the majority of the building is still in operation. 140 NSW PROJECT FEATURE QUEEN SQUARE LAW COURTS

The building is situated at the southern end of Macquarie Street, facing Queens Square and represents the heart of the Sydney legal precinct. The building is owned by Law Courts Limited whose shareholders are the Commonwealth Government and the State Government of NSW. The law court jurisdictions that currently operate in the building are the High Court of Australia; Federal Court of Australia and NSW Supreme Court. The Commonwealth Attorney General and AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

refurbishment allows for improvements to the general design and access for the disabled and the introduction of some environmentally sustainable design initiatives. Communication systems are also being modernised in keeping with current technology. The end result will form a solid foundation on which future ongoing facilities management and building maintenance can be implemented, and thus the building’s life span will be effectively prolonged for a further 30 years. All courts and registries have continued to operate throughout the project and every effort has been made to minimise disruption to litigants, clients, staff and the general public. Therefore, an extended and staged program was necessary for the major construction work, which commenced in 2007. The Law Court Limited engaged an external and independent Project Director, Vatra Holdings, to oversee the project and to report to the board on all matters of the building works. A project manager, Crown Project Services was also appointed to undertake the design management and act as the superintendent for all the fit out works and relocations within the building. Decanting, re-occupation and relocating judges, staff and courts is managed on a progressive basis by the project manager. Competitive tenders were called upon from a number of construction contractors experienced in this type of sensitive construction delivery i.e., Construction Management. The Reed Group was awarded the construction management role after an evaluation process in June 2007. This dynamic construction company pride themselves on quality and is a major player within the industry. Vatra Holdings Director, Michael Leech advised, “Some of the major difficulties encountered within the building during the refurbishment was finding some structural elements which did agree with the original plans for the building. It was really important to ensure we had a good communication process between the project team and the building’s staff and the public”. Other challenges faced included maintaining strict security and keeping the workers separate from the judiciary and the public as well as the delivery of materials and removal of demolition materials onto Macquarie Street. “The project team, comprising of the Project Manager and the Construction Manager, have really worked well together, and when an issue arose they both worked collectively to get the best result. This was evident in the many building power shutdowns required when new substations had to be installed over a number of weekends”, recounts Michael Leech. Noise is another difficult issue, particularly when courts are in session. It was therefore agreed that any noisy work would be carried out at night or on weekends. the Solicitor General of Australia have also retained offices in the building. The major goal of this project was to refurbish and improve the buildings services and enhance the quality, amenity and efficiency of the internal spaces to the benefit of the various building users. The works include fire and life safety improvements, removal of hazardous materials, an upgrade of base facilities and services, as well as the refurbishment of Courts, Chambers, Registries and Public Areas. The WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


amas Consulting were commissioned to produce a consolidated set of Operation and Maintenance Manuals for the Queen Square Law Courts refurbishment. A team of up to six staff worked on the documentation from the initial stages of the project, and they covered all the architectural and service elements of the job. With 75 volumes, Damas had to ensure that a reader unfamiliar with the documentation could view a short graphical ‘Wayfinding’ document to then locate the information of the documentation on a DVD which is fully menu driven, linked and is in the same format as that of the printed set. Damas produced DVD’s of the complete set of Operation and Maintenance Manuals at various stages of the project to ensure that the building owners and project managers had the most up to date documentation without having to wait until the end of the project. All of the electronic documentation produced by Damas uses industry standard software, so can therefore be accessed easily.

omitted drawings were checked against their document management system and were continually updated throughout the duration of the project. Priding themselves on their flexibility, Damas Consulting produces manuals as small as one 25mm binder to 100’s of volumes for major projects–they create manuals to match the project requirements, not making the project fit their manuals.

Damas had to ensure that all sections and data within the manuals were in the same format and that no information was omitted. They managed this by utilising custom management software, where the standard data that was expected to be received on a project of this scale was setup and then a follow up was undertaken with all trades and suppliers to ensure the data was received. To ensure no data was 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE QUEEN SQUARE LAW COURTS


olman Engineering was selected to develop the Electronic Court Listing System (ECLS) for the Queen’s Square Law Courts refurbishment. This ECLS consists of a server and over twenty LCD displays which are used to display information on the court cases, to clients.

The owners of Holman Engineering, John and Mark Holman, are the principal engineers and they both work on all projects that their company undertakes. It is this level of commitment that will ensure a bright future for Holman Engineering.

Over a period of three months, Holman adapted a Passenger Information and Display System, which they had developed for Sydney’s Olympic Park Railway station to provide not only the functionality required by the contract, but also many more features that made the ECLS exceed the client’s expectations. The ECLS is able to process the data in the many different forms provided by the jurisdictions of the courts (High Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court), and provide an easy to use User Interface that allows last minute editing before the information is displayed to the public.




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The new IQ3 range of controllers installed in the refurbishment provide additional features and benefits in operational control and monitoring. The scalability and flexibility of these and other component products combined with Trend’s backward compatibility to the existing products, maintains a future proof system for the foreseeable life of the building. Dalkia successfully completed this upgrade and refurbishment while maintaining the operational status of the existing HVAC system. By delivering innovative and inspiring quality technical solutions, Dalkia guarantee to meet and exceed their clients’ expectations.

The current refurbishment project provides further additional improvements to the building systems. In conjunction with upgrades to the mechanical HVAC plant, the upgrade of the BMCS by Dalkia will further improve the building’s environmental footprint. This project saw Dalkia install the latest technologies in building HVAC control and monitoring systems. Adding to the existing Trend Controls System they have utilised the latest generation of Trend IQ3 WEB Enabled building controllers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



eed Constructions Australia Pty Ltd (The Reed Group), were appointed by Colonial First State Property Management Pty Ltd, as head contractors for the redevelopment and extension of their flagship lower North Shore centre in Sydney, Chatswood Chase. Work on the $100 million plus project commenced in January 2008, with a 94 week construction schedule due for completion in November 2009. The Reed Group is a privately owned company, specialising since 1979 in Construction, Hospitality, Civil, Water, Interiors, Health, Property, Defence and Retail. Reed's Construction division has the knowledge and experience to build all types of projects from shopping centres, hospitals and schools to industrial buildings and residential complexes on time, within budget and to the highest quality. The design features specially imported marble and limestone for the mall floors, a major upgrade to facades and street access points, an additional 12,000 square meters of floor space and almost 200 additional car spaces in a redesigned, multi-level car park with improved traffic circulation. A new dual lift system improves access 146 NSW PROJECT FEATURE CHATSWOOD CHASE

for customers from each car park level directly to the shopping areas. The car park design also includes acoustic screening to minimise noise disturbance to the shopping centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial and residential neighbours. The existing Coles store is relocated, and Kmart refurbished. Externally, the Victoria Avenue gets a complete façade upgrade, with a more distinctive entrance giving shoppers direct access to both the ground and lower ground levels. There are also several prominent new shops fronting directly to the street. There are new customer facilities, including showers, change rooms and lockers for cyclists. The additional lettable area provides for 70 new retail outlets, bringing the total to approximately 200. Many of the new outlets are centred around a new international dining court, and an expanded fresh food market area. Soaring above it is a glass-topped atrium extending through all levels of the building, bringing natural light right down to the lower ground level. Additional sky lights bring natural light to the wider than usual mall areas. Enhancing the feeling of space and light are subtle colour changes that define the transitions from one area to another. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : The Reed Group DEVELOPER : Colonial First State Global Asset Management PROJECT END VALUE : $116 Million COMPLETION : November 2009 ARCHITECTS : Buchan Group CIVIL / STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : ARUP SURVEYOR : Rider Levett Bucknall

The development is designed to achieve a minimum of four Green Stars, in line with the Green Building Council of Australia’s Pilot Rating Tool for Shopping Centres. The construction management plan minimised the impact on shoppers, retailers and neighbours. Initial works included demolition of two adjacent commercial buildings to allow construction of a new seven storey building, integrated with and expanding the shopping centre. Shoppers were segregated from the areas of demolition and construction activity throughout the project. Work on the car park was scheduled very early in the construction program to minimise disruption and give customers access to the improved facility as soon as possible.

The Reed Group Project Manager for the Chatswood Chase redevelopment, Jim Mitchell, said, “Making service and quality delivery our top priorities, one relationship at a time, means that Reed can be relied on to provide the co-operation, leadership, teamwork and personal attention you deserve from your construction partner.”

The first portion of the shopping centre contract was completed early in April, with new travelators and lifts connecting the lower ground and Basement 1 and Basement 2 and the new lower ground fresh food area and Coles Supermarket opened to the public. The final stages of the work focus on the refurbishment of the Victoria Ave façade and “old” lower ground food court area.



MY METALS At Chatswood Chase he extension and redevelopment of the Chatswood Chase shopping centre, My Metals Pty Ltd supplied, fabricated and installed on site more than 1,400 tonnes of structural steel and architectural metalwork for extensions to the existing shopping centre and car park structures, including all new Facade structures. Their skills and expertise in handling very long and heavy structural members in confined spaces utilising the “Lauraton Lift” for the integration of the new structural elements within the existing post tensioned concrete structure were integral to the success of the project. My Metals Pty Ltd Director, Andrew Carr, said “We have been involved with the project since October 2007, and upon reaching completion late in October 2009 of what has been, described as a complicated and challenging project. All those involved should be very proud of what has been achieved during the redevelopment of one of Sydney’s major shopping centres. Our initial role started well before on-site construction kicked off.” My Metals worked closely with the Engineers and consultancy team during the final design stage. Providing input on issues such as build ability, logistical coordination and availability of locally produced materials to suit the technical specification of the structural steel members themselves. Looking closely at load transfer and stabilisation requirements during different phases of the project from the existing as built structure to the new open plan design. It was paramount to the client that the Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre continued to trade as normally as possible throughout the redevelopment and extension works period. Demolition and reconfiguration of the existing concrete structures and new construction often needed to proceed simultaneously. Often, parts of the existing structure had to be reinforced and stabilised while load was transferred from the existing concrete structure to new structural steel members, thus allowing for the removal of existing concrete columns and whole floor sections to accommodate the new open plan retail space. The dimensions and weight of each new structural steel element, with some members, 18 metres in length and weighing 16 tonne were safely and precisely installed onto purpose built mounting clamp brackets, concrete corbels and key hole type mounting positions with the patent protected “Lauraton Lift”. The “Lauraton Lift” addresses the







challenges of transporting and installing large structural members in confined spaces with the capacity as configured for the Chatswood Chase project to transport members weighing 22 tonne and has a vertical lift height of 3900mm. My Metals utilised two “Lauraton Lift” units on the project, thus with the capacity to manoeuvre members up to 44 tonne, without compromising the existing structure with the “Lauraton Lift” units ability to self load, distribute and transfer load across its uniquely designed system proved, to be an invaluable asset for the project My Metals specialist expertise is the product of more than 23 years’ experience in both the construction and mining industries. The company continues to service both the construction and mining markets through their office in Sydney and fabrication centre in Mudgee. Their portfolio of successful projects includes the IKON project at Potts Point, the heritage-listed Knock and Kirby Building at 413 George Street, Sydney, Latitude at Lavender Bay and several elements of the Darling Harbour redevelopment. They have also worked on many shopping centre developments and redevelopments across Sydney, many of them in crowded urban centres where site access and on-site space is restricted, and where new work has to be integrated with existing structures. Director, Andrew Carr, said, “We embrace a vision of high quality. We like to concentrate on one project at a time, taking care not to over commit, to make sure that everything we do for each project gets the attention it deserves. It doesn’t matter how big or small the job may be. We take the same, dedicated approach.”



erecting, dismantling & repositioning illsley Pty Ltd are shopping centre specialists with over 20 years of experience providing hoarding hire, shop demolition, fire protection and commercial maintenance to the broader commercial sector. Hillsley provided a complete solution for safety, security and access shop hoarding requirements during the redevelopment of Chatswood Chase. Over a period of more than 18 months, a Hillsley team of four to six was on site almost every day erecting, dismantling and repositioning hoardings so that the retail business of the shopping centre could carry on as usual on one side of the hoardings, while the business of construction carried on as usual on the other. In all, nearly five kilometres of hoarding walls and tunnels were used, providing pedestrian access and fire egress routes above, but completely separate from, construction zones.

Hillsley provided a full signage service as part of the hoarding program. Additional exit signs were erected for situations where hoardings concealed existing exit signs. On the construction site side of the hoardings, all statutory site safety signs were provided by Hillsley and displayed as required. “This is one of our standard service options,” said Morris. “It has proved to be a significant benefit for a lot of our customers.” On the retail side of the hoardings, a smooth, clean finish was applied in a combination of pink, grey and black colours, to blend with the existing finishes of the mall public areas. “In public areas, we make sure our hoardings always look fantastic with a fresh and pleasing appeal,” said Morris.

“We were also asked to stop construction dust from seeping into the retail areas,” said Morris Hillsley. “We extended the height of the hoardings to provide a full floor to ceiling barrier. At one stage of construction, we also suspended a wall to wall dust canopy over the open mall area, sealing off the atrium void between the lower and ground levels.” 152 NSW PROJECT FEATURE CHATSWOOD CHASE


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FLOOR REPAIR AND RENOVATION actech Products supplied floor leveling compounds and non-shrink grouts to expansive floor surfaces in the new and renovated retail areas of the Chatswood Chase shopping centre.

structure affords degrees of hardness comparable to concrete materials, making it ideal for load bearing construction elements. Alpha based flooring compounds are produced around the world under various names, of which, Alphatop is one. They are genuinely self-levelling, suitable for variable and unlimited depth range with volume stablility to prevent cracking or delamination. They are 100% non-reactive with host structures, compatible with most floor sub-surfaces, including tiles and timber and can readily accept stable hard floor finishes. Alphatops’ volume stability makes it ideal for embedding floor heating cables or pipes.

When Premier Stainless Steel was selected to fabricate and install stainless steel wall paneling to Chatswood Chase internal foyer areas, Reed Constructions knew that the job was in good hands. They, like many leading construction companies utilise Premier SS fabrication and services where stainless is specified.

The old floor surfaces were quite uneven, needing a 60 to 160 millimetre top up in places to level it. Other concerns were load bearing limits of the existing floor. Barrie Heiler of Pactech Products said, “ A light weight version of Alphatop, Alphalite, was used in the very deep areas and topped with Alphatop to keep the weight down and the load bearing strength up. The Alpha range of products was by far the best choice because of the tight construction time frames allowed and the large volume of product that had to be pumped into place while giving full security of bonding with the various sub-strates”.

In addition, Operations Director, GaryRoss Hyland, recalls, “thesaidproject manager Wilson of Accent Floor Services that a big advantage from had to a contractors point of view is that the Alphatop compounds can be meet a pre-christmas completion deadline. We knew that there would be no margin delivered securely without risk of cracking or de-bonding by high The Pactech range of floor topping products spans the full range pumping. Alphatop, says, we can deliver a lotI'm of please offor requirements repair, renovation and of spalled, errorforifthewe wanted to finishing fabricate andvolume install all“Using panels byhethat date, and material to where its needed very quickly and sleep well that night degraded, uneven and damaged concrete sub-strata. They are especially to say 'we did. Our factory employs some of the best trades people in the industry knowing that there will be no problems facing us next morning” useful in shopping centers and multi level residential complexes. Decotop, product, is fast becoming popular with another yearsalpha ofbased broad experience. Projects are tracked and managed to the clients as a designed finished floor due to its durability, uniqueness and approval from beginning to end. Premier's factory and installation team is well versatility. fitted out with the best technology and tools in order to complete every project on The base material is produced in Germany as a by-product from the time. OHS systems are an integral part of all our activities on and off-site.” collected and reprocessed waste outfall of coal fired powered stations. Clever chemical modification gives a stable, non-reactive, PH neutral and very strong binder. The compact molecular and modified crystal 154

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Chatswood Consultants BA worked with Colonial First State Property Management and a team of specialist consultants on the expansion and refurbishment of Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre. JBA managed the statutory approvals process, and advised on consultations with state and local planning approval authorities, neighbouring businesses and residents. JBA also provided advice on key planning and design issues, and environmental assessment requirements.

The approval process was relatively smooth and efficient, thanks to early and ongoing dialogue with authorities and neighbours, early identification and scoping of issues and assessment requirements. Key planning issues included building design and façade treatment, public domain and streetscape, interface with the adjacent residential area, traffic management, parking, staging of construction, and management of stormwater and potential flooding events.

An Environmental Assessment Report was prepared by JBA and specialist consultants and submitted for the approval of the NSW Minister for Planning. The proposed works qualified as a major project requiring a Part 3A approval by the Minister for Planning.Unusually, in this case Willoughby City Council assessed the project and reported directly to the Minister.

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RESORT LIFE utchinson Builders is Queensland’s largest privately owned construction company with a turnover exceeding $1 billion per annum and major projects underway throughout Australia. The values found in the Hutchies’ brand are testament to the company’s commitment, expertise and integrity; at Hutchies’ there is a fervent belief that they have every reason to be proud of their capabilities. Hutchinson Builders have worked together as a team to build a strong balance sheet over more than 90 years. Established in 1912, they have a proud heritage that has been meticulously crafted over almost a century of committed effort; the collective effort of the Hutchies’ team has seen their capabilities and expertise evolve into a large-scale construction company that has recently expanded beyond the traditional building and civil sectors into the mining and engineering sectors. Hutchies’ have grown to become an awardwinning construction company with exceptional financial capacity, an impeccable reputation for fair dealing and a co-operative and flexible approach to contractual relations. Under the leadership of Chairman Scott Hutchinson and MD Greg Quinn, Hutchies enjoys a flat management structure to facilitate timely decision making and to maintain client confidence. With more than 900 experienced and skilled staff, the construction capabilities of this exceptional company include project finance, cost planning, quality assurance, modular housing, facilities management, design and construct. They provide a no-obligation design development and cost planning service and are well geared to service every geographical area throughout Australia including islands and regional, rural and remote areas. They are extremely competitive and naturally welcome discussion about any upcoming project. Hutchinson's has an established history in providing solid solutions to achieving sustainable design outcomes and low energy building design. As members of the Green Building Council of Australia, they have been leading the way in developing sustainable approaches and building services systems that address the key environmental criteria associated with the construction industry. Their highly skilled and committed ESD team offers a unique blend of experience and have the capability to meet the challenges associated with complex sustainable design. Noosa Sanctuary is testament to their sustainable approach and fervid respect for the land which surrounds them, a project with a strict environmental ethos and sustainable practices. This contract of close to $100million was completed by Hutchinson for Queensland developer Resort Corp. Resort Corp Director of Development Simon McGuire said Hutchinson Builders’ environmental approach was a ‘perfect marriage’ for the design and location of the project. “Noosa Sanctuary is a truly unique resort adjacent to a 9 hectare wildlife conservation park,” Mr McGuire said. “Hutchinson Builders have stringent internal environmental management policies and that was a major factor in the selection process.” Early environmental works by Hutchinson necessary on the Noosa Sanctuary site included wetlands separation, sewerage pump stations, transformers, stormwater drainage and water mains. Their rigorous environmental controls of natural springs on the site led to fantastic outcomes and utilisation of the natural spring water. Access in and out 158 QLD PROJECT FEATURE NOOSA SANCTUARY



was always under Noosa Shire Council guidelines and for environmental purposes; all trucks had to cross a grid and were washed and inspected before they left the site. The $210million Noosa Sanctuary resort community was DBI designed and continued Hutchiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relationship with Resort Corp, established four years ago during the construction of The Beach, Cabarita on the New Tweed Coast. Hutchinson are thrilled to have worked together with Resort Corp to build the luxurious, secure, gated resort community with superb central facilities, four freshwater lagoons and swimming pools and boasting views of Noosa Sound, the nature reserve and the Sunshine Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful hinterland.



NO SITE IS TOO WET FOR BICON roviding waterproofing for a project which has its feet below the water table is a job for the best in the business. Complete waterproofing solutions is what Bicon excel at, with a reputation built on many successful installations on varied projects in Queensland. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Hutchinson Builders contracted them to undertake the difficult waterproofing work on the Noosa Sanctuary project. What made the job difficult was the nature of the site beside the Noosa River. Parts of the buildings are sitting below the water table level, and other buildings have the additional problem of controlling runoff from the surrounding hills, which flows across the site. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much the biggest kind of challenge a below grade waterproofing job can provide, requiring premium products and special expertise, and Bicon tackled it with a dual approach. Firstly, pumps were used to control the water flow while construction took place, which included installing substantial vertical drainage layers to direct flowing water into the extensive drainage systems installed on the site. Bicon was responsible for the batching of admix treated concrete, and the quality assurance 160 QLD PROJECT FEATURE NOOSA SANCTUARY

on the placement of the treated concrete used in this project along with the placement of water stops at all construction joints. Cavity filled concrete block retaining walls were then constructed and a Tremco two layer torch tanking system with pressure seal flashings to both the top and bottom termination points of these walls was installed. Once the below grade works were completed, the units were constructed, and Bicon carried out internal wet area waterproofing using Tremco TP90 for the all the developments 153 units. Tremco TP90 was also used to seal the block work window framing at the windows and to seal the doors sills and reveals, ensuring water could not enter and these areas were adequately sealed. Plant areas, roofs and decks also required sealing and water proofing; again Tremco products were used and installed including two layer TP3000 torch on membrane systems. Tremco Vulkem high performance polyurethane coating systems were also applied to plant deck areas where maintenance traffic access was required. All in all Bicon installed 2526m3 of admix treated concrete, 4882m2 of Xypex DS1 treatment, 520Lm of water stops, 6701m2 of Tremco AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

two layer torch on membrane, 8041m2 of Tremco TP90 fibre reinforced co-polymer coating membrane, 1396m2 of Tremco Vulkem Polyurethane Coating system and treated 6890Lm of perimeter rebates on the project.

They can also provide epoxy flooring and anti-static flooring systems, waterproof vinyl flooring for domestic decks along with butyl rubber roofing and liners, composite metal and membrane roofing systems and polyurethane coating systems both for domestic and traffic areas.

Bicon (Qld) Pty Ltd operates out of the Brendale business park and undertakes projects in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Bicon (Qld) was established in Queensland in 2002 by Bicon Pty Ltd, its parent company in Victoria.

Manufacturers like Tremco, BASF, Parchem and Xypex see Bicon as their approved applicator due to their specialist knowledge and quality installation history. Major civic, commercial and public space projects, like Skilled Stadium at Robina, Macquarie One on the Brisbane River and Queens Plaza have benefited from their considerable talents.

Recognised as a leader in the field of waterproofing, Bicon handles all forms of waterproofing which allows builders to have one contractor covering all of their project needs. Their capabilities in supply and installation services for both new and remedial works include below grade waterproofing systems, waterproofing of balconies and deck areas, planter box waterproofing, membrane roofing systems, wet area waterproofing and roof coating systems. And they can provide rectification for all failed waterproofing systems, perform concrete crack injection and repairs, and do sprayed cementicious coatings. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Their core message is: if you have a project with difficult waterproofing applications, use the best application company in the business. Bicon (QLD) PTY LTD.


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stablished in 2004 and based in Hervey Bay, Urbanline specialise in architectural cladding, decking and fencing both in composite and natural timbers. Their ranges of locally and internationally sourced systems are designer products, guaranteed to give a sophisticated finish to any modern building. At Urbanline, environmentally sustainable timber harvesting practices are a priority which ensures the long term survival of our planet with minimal impact. Urbanline supplied all the exterior â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Urbanline Newportâ&#x20AC;? Spotted Gum cladding for Hutchinson Builders at Noosa Sanctuary. The cladding was supplied pre-oiled, which offered Hutchinson not only convenience, but huge onsite labour savings. Newport cladding is a natural timber cladding system that adds the tremendous beauty of timber to projects in a sleek, contemporary manner. The natural timber dimension gives life, depth and warmth for which there is no substitute when combined with steel, stone and glass. Made from Australian hardwood, Newport cladding features concealed fixings, proprietary fitting trims and furniture grade machining for a high quality finished result. Urbanline also specialise in InStyle Decking, a revolutionary hardwood decking system which boasts gently curved top boards and concealed fixings (patent pending), unspoilt by surface fixings creating an aesthetically superior result for architects, specifiers, tradespeople and their clients. The curved top surface of the decking softens the entire feel of the deck space, inviting people to kick off their shoes and enjoy the feel, whilst minimising water retention. With its urbane good looks, InStyle is also engineered to withstand the rigours of the Australian climate. The fixing system permits the normal movement of timber in all directions without risk of splitting. The decking is secured for life by the holding power of galvanised screws and tough nylon fixing clips, removing the need for unsightly nails. InStyle Decking is produced in Australian hardwoods, available in natural select grade, in a choice of Spotted Gum, Blackbutt and Ironbark.



stablished in 1980, DBI Design ranks as one of the largest and most diverse design practices in Australia, providing design and documentation services in the disciplines of architecture, master planning, interior design and landscape architecture. Utilising their extensive experience in architectural planning for resorts, hotels and residential developments, the Noosa Sanctuary Quay West Resort was skilfully designed and integrated by DBI in the distinctive lo-rise residential Noosa style. Stage One of Noosa Sanctuary, The Lagoons, consists of one, two and three bedroom apartments surrounding four freshwater lagoons. The Central Facilities Building was designed to incorporate reception with concierge; restaurant and bar; kids club; day spa; fully-equipped state-of-the-art gymnasium; retail space for a delicatessen and grocer; tennis centre, 200 delegate conference centre, 20 person Boardroom and a large stunning sandy beach lagoon pool.

With offices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, DBI Design functions collectively, fusing the talents and creativity of many skilled professionals and multiple disciplines. From first inspiration to completion, prerequisites for all team members are passion, expertise and experience. Fundamental to the DBI process is innovation, imagination, flexibility and commitment; these are complemented by responsiveness to the client brief, budget and time schedule. Overriding all DBI’s design endeavours is total responsiveness to the site, region, culture and the environment. In its 28 year history, DBI has developed particular expertise in all types of resort, industrial and tourism-based projects, however DBI has a broad range of project experience, including casinos, hospitals, medical and aged-care facilities, retail, commercial and industrial developments. Diversification of DBI’s scope in recent times has extended to historic building restoration and building conversion.

The Enclave represents the resort’s most exclusive precinct. Separately gated with 24 hour security, this very limited number of spectacular homes features three bedrooms plus media room, private lifts, roof terraces, plunge pools and 2 or 3 car parks each. The Precinct boasts luxury three bedroom residences with roof deck, plunge pools, massive living areas, basement level storage and 2.5 car spaces. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



xperience, confidence and the highest standards on a wide range of projects has ensured Gamlin Roofing have a demanding and active schedule. Established in Noosa in 1988, family owned and operated Gamlin Roofing have confidently completed major projects from custom built, architecturally designed commercial and residential developments to industrial buildings, high rises and shopping centres. Their attention to detail and competitive pricing makes them a trusted contractor in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast construction industry. Gamlin Roofing were awarded the roofing contract to complete for Noosa Sanctuary. This project consisted of 12,000 m² of SolarSpan (insulated panels) roofing for all the units, villas and garages/carports with standard Colorbond Custom Orb roofing installed on the Central Facilities building. All Noosa Sanctuary units and villas demanded an exceptionally high standard finish – so Gamlin Roofing were a natural choice due to their highly regarded workmanship and reputation. In all jobs large or small, whether a new roof, a re-roof, or a specialist product required, Gamlin Roofing gives 5-star service.

roofing for the units. Conditions and site access make the Viridian a very challenging project, however Gamlin Roofing meet every expectation that Matrix has of them – in short, even when challenged, Gamlin Roofing make roofing easy! All Gamlin Roofing products, such as Premium Colorbond Stainless Steel, Ultra Colorbond, Standar Colorbond, Zincalume, Polycarbonate and Copper Products, are Bluescope Steel provided through all the major suppliers. All these products are installed strictly in accordance with Manufacturers Specifications (AS3500) and ensure the best possible performance in Gamlin’s coastal location.

Gamlin are currently involved in the roofing contract for Stage 3 of the Matrix ‘Viridian’ project at Noosa Heads. The project comprises 10,000 m² of Ritek roofing for the villas and a further 9,000m² of Kliplok 164 QLD PROJECT FEATURE NOOSA SANCTUARY


oosa Engineering & Crane Hire specialize in the fabrication & installation of structural steel and metalwork for commercial & residential projects, including design of steelwork using the latest 3-D technology. Our highly experienced team of draftsmen, fabricators, riggers, dogmen and crane drivers specialize in providing solutions to difficult and challenging projects. N.E.A.C.H’s involvement with Hutchinson builders and Noosa Sanctuary included supply & installation of structural steel for roof support in the Central facilities building, villas and tennis court area, and supply and installation of metalwork items; such as handrails and stainless steel water feature trough. We have also supplied both our 20 tonne rough terrain crane and 7 tonne City crane on an ongoing basis to provide lifting solutions to the project. Our 20 tonne rough terrain crane with it’s all terrain tyres and 4 wheel drive capability, proved the perfect solution to the sandy and boggy conditions encountered on site during the initial stages of construction. The 7 tonne city crane, nicknamed ‘The Ferret’, for it’s ability to get into tight places, also provided the answer to some challenging lifting requirements. With it’s overall height of only 2.3m, 4 wheel drive and 4 wheel steer capabilities; ‘The Ferret’ was able to drive right through the Central Facilities building, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

with only millimeters to spare; and erect the steelwork on the pool side of the building, as well as lifting and repositioning the Pandanus trees, that weren’t sitting quite to the architect’s satisfaction. If it wasn’t for ‘The Ferret’s’ ability to maneuver through small openings, the lifts would have required a significantly larger crane to reach right over the building. Being a design and construct project, we were able to work with the Hutchinson team to identify cost effective solutions to ensure both the architectural and engineering elements of the structural steelwork could be delivered in a timely manner. Our experienced staff liased with the Hutchinson team right from the tender stage through to the final installation to deliver an end product that had the comment passed on it, from one very seasoned campaigner: “That is the best structural steel I’ve seen.”


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plumbing professionals acific Plumbing is a Sunshine Coast-based plumbing company which employs 46 experienced full-time staff. All Pacific plumbers are qualified, licensed professionals which ensures that their clients receive work of exceptional quality. The key ingredient of their 16 year success is constant communication between their plumbing foremen and valued clients. They specialise in 3 areas: Civil, Construction and Maintenance. Pacific’s Civil plumbing division focuses on large-scale stormwater, sewerage and water reticulation works. With an extensive range of plant and equipment at their disposal they pride themselves on being versatile, effective and efficient. Of particular note is their use of specialist equipment which requires trained professionals eg. pipe lasers, laser levels, CCTV equipment and confined spaces entry equipment.

Completing the trio of focus areas is Pacific’s Maintenance division which provides reliable and quality maintenance to local hotels, resorts, shopping centres, restaurants and homeowners. Pacific are held in such high regard that they are the government suppliers for maintenance plumbing and have held the Q-Build maintenance plumbing contract in the Noosa Shire for the past sixteen years. Some recent high profile Pacific projects include Viridian at Noosa Heads, Settlers Cove and Rainbow Sea Resort. As a Queensland Government Quality Assured Supplier they are a company that is proud of their commitment to providing a quality product and reliable service.They have taken a pro-active approach to their development by embracing a system of ongoing internal and external performance appraisal, resulting in continual improvement and client satisfaction.

Pacific’s versatility continues in their Construction division with a complete service offered to clients from professional quotation, estimating and costings through to plumbing design, fire services, backflow prevention and roofing. They offer plumbing design and construct services and advice to architects, builders and project managers ensuring that they comply with local government requirements. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


local air an advantage ased in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Laguna Bay Air Conditioning Noosa were thrilled to use their local knowledge to play an integral role in the climate control of Noosa Sanctuary. The company boasts a wealth of combined experience in refrigeration, air conditioning, mechanical ventilation and electrical works. They provide air conditioning from small domestic to heavy-duty commercial along with variable refrigeration systems, service, repairs and maintenance. Fundamental to Laguna’s success is their dedication to customer fulfilment, “ Laguna Bay Air Conditioning Noosa caters to our customer’s every need with a minimum response time at a competitive price, maintaining the highest standard of quality with optimum performance. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority”. Laguna has a long history of designing successful air conditioning systems for luxury resorts including Noosaville’s Gympie Terrace, Noosa Parade and commercial projects such as Noosa Springs Day Spa along with prestigious housing estates Peregian Springs and Buderim to name just a few.

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ince it’s inception in 1972, Morgan Consulting Engineers has grown and prospered to become a consultancy with an enviable reputation for quality and commitment to their clients. They specialise in the areas of civil, structural, forensic and residential engineering with their growth attributed to focusing on providing client-oriented engineering services and solutions. Morgan Consulting Engineers were contracted for the for the Noosa Sanctuary project due to their depth of experience, best illustrated by their three partners’ total of almost 90 years with the company. Recent commissions range from high-rise office buildings and major shopping centres to houses, sub-divisions and road widenings. Highlights include One Bright Point at Magnetic Island, Port of Airlie and Santai Resort in Townsville. As a testament to their quality, the majority of work comes from existing clients or word of mouth referrals. Coupled with their ability to deliver on time and within budget, Morgan Consulting Engineers has cemented a strong reputation within the industry and are sought after by government departments, developers, building contractors and architects.


nywork, Anywhere, Anytime. That’s the motto of Allcoast Concrete Cutting, established in 1985 and servicing the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas ever since. Purchased by Allan and Wendy Nunan in March 2008, the company is looking towards stretching its wings and they will travel anywhere for work. Contributing to the unseen work of Noosa Sanctuary such as drilling core holes for drainage, wall sawing, road sawing and handsawing of concrete, it gave Allcoast great pleasure to work with Hutchinson Builders and watch such a spectacular complex develop.

a day, 7 days a week. They offer services to everyone from the home handyman through to builders and major contractors. Other major projects for the company include the expansion of Caloundra, Buderim Hospitals and Monarcos Apartments at Caloundra, working for NCP Plumbing Contractors, whilst also working with Manncrete on the Nambour Hospital, Mereidan College and past projects like Kawana Industrial Estate and Gary Crick Prestige.


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CAIRNS AIRPORT redeveloping 5th busiest airport he largest regional airport in the country, Cairns is the fifth busiest airport in Australia. With 3 million visitors a year passing through the domestic terminal, in 2005 the Cairns Airport Pty Ltd committed $200 million to redevelop the terminal over a period of five years. This significant redevelopment project involved extending and reconfiguring the existing terminal building allowing for an extra 20,000m2 of floor space, creating a common user check-in area with 36 counters and an expansion of the departures area with increased retail outlets. Common baggage handling and baggage claim areas have also been updated and expanded with new baggage screening technology. A new mezzanine Qantas Club and airline and administration office facilities have also been provided. The terminal now boasts five new aerobridges for all aircraft, as well as wider aircraft parking aprons and relocated airside roadways. In terms of infrastructure, public facilities such as car parks, roadways, pedestrian areas and the plaza have also undergone major redevelopment. In 2007 Hansen Yuncken were awarded the contract to manage the design and construction of the redevelopment. As an established construction leader and multiple award winning company in NSW, 170 QLD PROJECT FEATURE CAIRNS AIRPORT

Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Hansen Yuncken have been operating in Cairns since 2007. Winning the tender for the Cairns Airport redevelopment was a significant boost for the company and aids its expansion strategy in the rapidly growing construction market of North Queensland. The airport operates 24 hours a day, therefore the project created significant logistical challenges so works were completed in stages in order to minimise disruption to the airport operations during the construction and demolition phases. This included the need for temporary services to maintain systems and facilities in the terminal together with landside and airside operations. Changes to legislated security requirements within airport operations also required considerable management, and resulted in an airport liaison person being appointed to manage the process with all the stakeholders and contractors involved. Hansen Yuncken had a total of 26 staff on site and up to 170 contractor workers daily. Hansen Yunckenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise was evident in overcoming an issue with the electrical services to the new works. The design of the building AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

essentially had the electrical sub station servicing the first stage of the works constructed as a stand alone structure, which would not be joined to the main building until the final stages of construction. To overcome this problem, Hansen Yuncken proposed a redesign of the electrical reticulation that involved the design and installation of a main distribution board for the Southern extension to the terminal with sub mains run to this location under ground so as to have no impact on future stages of the works. Founded in 1918, Hansen Yuncken are one of Australia’s leading construction companies and they are renowned for their innovation and application of new technologies and construction techniques. They pride themselves on ‘Building Value’—from their can-do attitude and collaborative approach through to utilising local subcontractors and developing strategies to accelerate project completion. After winning many awards for their involvement in the construction of Adelaide’s Airport Terminal building, it is of no surprise that Hansen Yuncken won the contract for Cairns Airport Redevelopment. Hansen Yuncken’s core values encapsulate a philosophy of fair dealing, high quality client service and building value. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


offey Projects are global specialists in project management and their vision is to solve emerging challenges to improve the lives of the communities in which they work. It is their unique combination of experience, expertise and passion that allows them to deliver extraordinary outcomes and ensures they bring every client’s vision to life – the best solutions are achieved when you combine talent with tenacity. Coffey Projects provides a comprehensive Project Management service to Cairns Airport Pty Ltd for the works associated with the Redevelopment of the Domestic Terminal, as well as providing services for the commercial and retail tenancy coordination including Fixed Furniture and Equipment (FFE), and signage. The complex and long term nature of this project has enabled the Coffey Projects team to create unique management solutions to ongoing challenges. Through the implementation of a record management system and the development of new communication forums the team created a dynamic communication matrix, a key tool in the ongoing functionality of the project. The main challenge of the project is maintaining airport operations while undertaking the complete redevelopment of the domestic terminal (landside, airside and buildings). Coffey Projects coordinates a program of works which takes advantage of off-peak operational periods for significant works, minimising the impact on the travelling public. Coffey Projects also directly manages certain aspects of the works including delivery of the airports five new aerobridges.

processes for the approval of works and tracking changes which impact the security blueprint for the completed terminal building. The airport has a large number of stakeholders who have a direct interest in the redevelopment, including retailers and service providers who need to be kept informed and involved as the project progresses. Through a staged approach to the redevelopment of the terminal buildings and the detailed scheduling of works 18 specialty retailers and food and beverage outlets will be integrated into the redeveloped terminal with minimal interruption to normal business during the life of the project. Coffey Projects is a subsidiary of Coffey International Limited, one of the top 300 companies on the Australian Stock Exchange. Coffey has been operating for 50 years and has a range of specialist businesses working in the social and physical infrastructure markets. They have over 4000 specialist consultants working on projects in more than 80 countries and permanent offices throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East offering services in a range of disciplines and industries including project management, geotechnics, environmental services, mining, transaction advisory, training and laboratory testing. The ongoing success of the Domestic Terminal Redevelopment demonstrates Coffey Projects’ capability and expertise in delivering smart infrastructure solutions in urban communities. The right people in the right place with the right attitude – that’s the Coffey Projects difference.

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inflight consultants hilip Chun is an international multi-disciplinary consulting firm with offices in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Our services cover all aspects of fire safety, risk and disability regulation of the built environment. Philip Chun emphasise an innovative systemic approach, our aim being to facilitate successful planning, design and construction of commercial, industrial and residential developments including government projects while maintaining a responsible approach to building regulation. The Cairns Airport Domestic Terminal redevelopment presented both building regulation, and accessibility challenges. Philip Chun, commissioned as Building Certifier and Accessibility Consultant for the project, drew on the wealth of experience gained in our role as the Airport Building Controller for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne airports. Our team successfully solved specific fire safety and accessibility challenges that impacted on the spatial and budget planning of the redeveloped terminal. Our accessibility advice focused on adaptation of the existing building and proposed design to provide the best possible non-discriminatory built environment. The building approval included a fire engineered solution to smoke management incorporating a practical system compatible with the overall building design and function.

accessibility features of the existing and new parts of the building, and understanding how to best utilise these features to provide a building safe to occupy. The result was the successful delivery of a project that achieves a balance between maintaining business continuity, security, accessibility and fire safety with functional use of the terminal building. In addition to Building Certification and Accessibility Consultancy, Philip Chun provides the following services: • Philip Chun Fire & Risk – developing solutions that are practical and based on a combination of fire engineering techniques as well as being pragmatic making sure the solutions are not overly complex, can be integrated into the design and delivers value. We have experience in developing and delivering complex fire safety strategies and solutions extending across a range of market sectors including property, transport, infrastructure, industrial and environmental.. • Philip Chun Essential Services – delivers thorough and professional management of essential services maintenance for annual certification to ensure building owners are meeting statutory obligations. • Philip Chun Advanced Technology – providing 3D modelling and photorealistic rendering, physical accurate rendering for Green Star submissions and computational fluid dynamics simulations for a great variety of industries.

A specific challenge was the requirement for continued operation during construction and staged handover of the terminal building. Working with the project team, Philip Chun identified the necessity for a phased implementation of fire safety systems and accessibility features to ensure the continued safety of occupants and that the owners building regulatory obligations during construction in and around an operational airport were maintained. This required familiarity of the fire safety systems and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


sustainable hvac solutions riginally established in England in 1816, Haden, a Norfolk Group company, is proudly celebrating its 40th year of trading in Australia. Haden’s specialised mechanical engineering has been relied on for many major iconic buildings including their first major project in 1969—The Sydney Opera House, as well as the National Museum in Canberra in 2001. Haden’s airport expertise has evolved through many years of experience in major projects at many of Australia’s busiest airports including Canberra Airport Brindabella Centre, Qantas Domestic Terminal Sydney and Terminal B, Canberra International Terminal, as well as baggage handling facilities at various terminals. One of Australia’s largest mechanical engineering companies, Haden has over 1100 employees situated in over 37 branches nationwide, spread across their mechanical services design, construction and maintenance teams. This includes Greenstar accredited professionals and engineers who are members of Engineers Australia. Haden specialises in the design, construction, installation and maintenance of ‘Whole of life’ mechanical engineering solutions, applying Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) principles. Within airports, this includes expertise in heating, air conditioning, lighting, ventilation, security, utilities, access and the many airport systems needed to operate a modern airport, while assisting airports in their environmental goals as stated in the aviation industry’s International Declaration on Climate Change. Haden’s approach enables them to plan, design and construct mechanical services specifically for the unique applications of airport requirements, where 24 hour, 365 days a year operation is required. These activities are supported by excellence in design and construction of terminal buildings, hangars, control rooms and all other airport administration and service areas. Haden’s engineering team take a collaborative approach to the design phase of projects, by either undertaking the design brief or actively working with the design consultants at each stage to maximise the energy and cost efficiency of the installation. This is particularly important in achieving predictability of output in respect of cost, time, quality and safety. In addition to being able to tender individual mechanical works in the traditional manner, Haden Engineering is in the unique position through its sister Norfolk Group companies of being able to provide to its clients a true multi service approach to the delivery of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire engineering services during construction and on going 174 QLD PROJECT FEATURE CAIRNS AIRPORT


maintenance. This affords Haden the opportunity to allow the smooth and seamless operations on a multi facet project. The Cairns airport project involved the redevelopment of the two level domestic terminal and new departures area with ticketing and baggage handling facilities and the Qantas lounge. It has been developed in three stages. The scope of Mechanical Services for the Domestic Terminal Redevelopment includes the additional plant upgrading in the Central Services Building as well as chilled water air conditioning systems located in three separate plant rooms; mechanical ventilation systems; smoke spill systems; air conditioning and ventilation to the “fixed links” to the aeroplanes; and, interface with the Building Management System. All of the equipment used in this job was selected for its ability to improve energy efficiency. The tropical weather of far north Queensland presented a challenge for Haden as the channels and ground works for installing the 150m of underground mains to pipe the chilled water to the domestic terminal kept filling up with water and delaying progress. However, the Haden team continued to meet their targets. An added challenge presented to Haden was the security issues of working “airside” and the safety of people movement. Working in conjunction with Hansen Yuncken many tasks were undertaken over night with the terminal re-established to pristine condition for trading the following day. Providing air conditioning in the tropics is of major importance and Haden had to ensure that the new air conditioning system was completed to the extent that comfortable conditions were maintained within the terminal, so the existing air conditioning could be made redundant to make way for further works. Having worked on a number of projects with Hansen Yuncken over the years, including the Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Domestic Terminal 2, Haden’s aligned values and commitment to quality and safe work practices have helped them to develop a great rapport with each project team.



wned and developed by Charter Hall and designed by Crone Partners, 275 George Street covers more than 40,000 square metres of A-grade office and retail space, spread over 30 levels with space for 244 cars. With a contemporary style and cutting edge design, 275 George Street delivers new standards in quality, efficiency and innovation for office and retail space in Brisbane. This ecologically sustainable building is targeting a 4.5 Star NABERS Energy rating and a 5 star Green Star As Built Rating. The floor plates were rated as excellent for sub-divisibility, tenant efficiency and depth of space in studies undertaken by leading strategic design consultancy DEGW. Located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, 275 George Street is an equal distance from the Golden Triangle and South Brisbane, with front door entrance to a prime CBD street. A new public street through the 176 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 275 GEORGE ST

development provides a link between Adelaide, Ann and George Streets and comprises 11 separate tenancies blending a mixture of cafes and prime retail outlets. The building offers sweeping panoramic views of the Brisbane River and cityscape and is situated within Brisbane’s cultural hub, only a step away from restaurants, entertainment, childcare facilities and Queen Street Mall. 275 George Street is 100% leased with major tenants including Telstra and QGC. Charter Hall Development Director, Chris Chapple said: “Combined with Northbank Plaza, the site is now a significant CBD campus and the development has contributed to the entire rejuvenation of the Northbank precinct”. A key strength of 275 George Street’s design lies within the configuration of the core, which by “stepping in” on the north-western side, is better suited to support large meeting spaces and natural social hubs than a traditional central core that has an equal depth on all sides. The expansive, continuous and generally column-free areas match work AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

culture in the new century, which demands more team space and floor-plan flexibility. 275 George Street benefits from an abundance of natural light and quality finishes. Established in 1991and listed on the ASX in 2005 as a stapled security, Charter Hall Group combines Charter Hall Limited with Charter Hall Property Trust. The Charter Hall Group is a property funds management and development company with offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland. The Group currently has assets under management in excess of $3.2 billion and has renowned experience and a successful track record in creating A-grade commercial buildings. Charter Hall has established a reputation for innovation and performance in managing funds for wholesale and retail clients. The funds management division structures, initiates and manages a series of opportunity and core investment funds on behalf of a range of institutional and retail investors. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Charter Hall Group has achieved a solid track record across its activities demonstrating a 14 year history of managing wholesale capital across 8 funds. This success has been underpinned by a highly skilled, incentivised and motivated management team with diverse expertise across property sectors and risk-return profiles. This team has enabled the Group to source, develop and effectively manage its funds and development portfolios. Charter Hall has earned a strong reputation for innovation and high performance in property investment and managing external equity.

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PROJECT managing 275 george ST he Tracey Brunstrom & Hammond (TBH) Group is one of Australia’s leading Project Management Consultancies, providing clients with independent, objective advice for over 44 years. Its extensive range of services encompasses project management, project planning and programming, strategic advice, risk management, and dispute resolution over the entire project life cycle. TBH has gained the experience and developed the expertise to consult on building and infrastructure needs for the construction industry, technology and communications, government, defence, health, facilities management, industrial and heavy engineering and the environment. TBH’s staff consultants, regardless of their specialised areas of expertise, are skilled in the essentials of project management - time, cost, scope and risk management - which maximise the return on a client’s investment, increase the project’s success rate and reduce budget overruns. TBH provided a complete project management service to Charter Hall for “275 George Street”. The services included Superintendency and contract administration, client representation, programming and performance monitoring. During the course of the project, TBH needed to address several challenging issues which involved Charter Hall and the contractor, Watpac Constructions. These included the upgrade of the existing basement, the interface between neighbouring properties, and integration of the tenancy requirements for both office and retail areas. One particular challenge was the requirement for a Green Star rating. TBH recognises the increasing demand for developers to achieve sustainable buildings and the various drivers behind this trend; government regulation, market pressure arising from tenant demand, corporate responsibility, positive brand opportunities and financial savings through more efficient asset management. TBH’s experience on 275 George Street has revealed that for the successful delivery of a ‘green building’ there needs to be a balance between the above drivers and commercial reality. It is imperative for all stakeholders to be actively involved in all phases of the delivery process. TBH believes that the building industry is currently going through a period of change in addressing the demand for ‘green buildings’ and as such, it is essential that the delivery process be managed appropriately to maximise the commercial success of the project. With all projects, sustainability and profitability are core concerns, and TBH provides assurance to its clients that it is there “for the life of the project.” In its Brisbane office, TBH now has over 30 staff members, while nationally the company has grown to more than 140 employees located in offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra. TBH has recently opened a Townsville office to service the ever growing demand of North Queensland. 178 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 275 GEORGE ST

Within Queensland, TBH are currently providing services for the Townsville Hospital Redevelopment; James Cook University; 123 Albert Street (as Independent Certifier); State Schools of Tomorrow projects; Gold Coast Uni Hospital; Robina Hospital; 400 George Street. Other projects currently driving our Queensland team include geothermal power stations, retirement villages, rail infrastructure and water infrastructure. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

275 George Street project team: Leonie Kelly, Director; Garth Abercrombie, Associate Director; Praneel Polra, Senior Consultant

Thanks to the Government’s “Stimulus Package”, TBH have also picked up a large number of projects through the Building Education Revolution Program, Trade Training Centres and Public Housing Developments. TBH would like to congratulate all parties involved in the successful delivery of 275 George Street.



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risbane-based Vealstruct Pty Ltd has supplied and installed the suspended ceilings, partitions and miscellaneous carpentry for the entire 275 George St project. To their knowledge this suspended ceiling system is a first for Brisbane. The CSR Fricker ceiling grid system installed in this contemporary commercial development, though common in Sydney, was developed to stunning effect for the first time in Brisbane. The system incorpoates an aluminium exposed grid system with the Main Rails and Cross Rails in a 1500 x 1500 module and uses 1500 x 500 ceiling tiles in place of the office norm of 1200x600. The ceiling tiles selected by the designers were the Solaton ST 611 Enet mineral fibre ceiling tile which are supplied in Australia by CSR Fricker Ceiling Systems. The ceiling is finished at its perimeter with an extruded aluminium pelmet section which provides support for the internal window shading blind system. This innovative ceiling system has resulted in less framing and less focus on metal in the ceilings for levels 1 to 31of 275 George St, whilst giving a premium look based around cleaner lines. The system was outlaid over the traditional office levels, enhancing their modern design based on flow, space and flexibility.

a central core and levels one and two overlook the triple height lobby with its 11m high ceiling. A level 5 (deluxe) finish for the plasterboard ceilings in foyer was chosen by the building designers in contrast to the level 4 finish usual in most constructions. A level 5 finish results in minimal visible joins and provides an even surface that reduces the effect of glancing light. To achieve this finish is labour intensive and requires appropriate additional framing support and particular attention to the layout and finishing of joins between the plasterboard sheeting of the ceiling. Vealstruct were able to realise this first-class finish with superior results. Vealstruct Pty Ltd has been operating in Queensland for 23 years and has approx 50 employees, specialising in the supply and instalation of all types suspended ceilings, Partitions and Carpentry works. The in-demand company works mainly in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions and is currently involved with the Airport Link Kedron, Coopers Plains Knowledge Based Research Facility and the Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre.

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visionary art Commissioning alling from above as occasional seeds from a high forest canopy, the opened husk floats downwards, its kernel sits sealed waiting for germination, in time returning to the ground.” So reads Stuart Green’s description of his organic artwork for 275 George Street, sourced by specialist consultancy Brecknock Consulting. The three connected artworks are significant to the development as part of the pedestrian passage. ‘husk’ (created from aluminium) is suspended dramatically in the void, while ‘kernel’ and ‘returning’ (created from steel and jarrah) sit at ground level. Together they achieve a commanding civic and symbolic presence. Brecknock Consulting are the experienced and visionary company behind the public art commission at 275 George St, amongst numerous other public art projects throughout Australia. With offices in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, the company specialises in public art planning, policy development and project management alongside cultural planning and analysis. Coming into their 21st year of specialised consulting in Australia, the evocative pieces from Stuart Green serve to illustrate the depth of this company’s artistic knowledge.


The company has been responsible for a large number of state and local government cultural planning policies and has extensive knowledge of international best practice in the field. As a result of Brecknock’s consultation on the Brisbane City Centre Public Art Masterplan in 2006, a comprehensive document was developed which informs artists and developers alike on the creative plan for the city’s developments. Brisbane City Council is now renowned for its proactive integration of artwork into commercial developments, guiding 0.25% of the costs of any development valued at over $5 million into creative works, thus enhancing the cityscape and the quality of new constructions. Brecknock have had the opportunity to work with a large number of local government authorities and private sector developers in Australia and overseas and have established a reputation for sound knowledge and delivering quality outcomes.



Realising a vision, creating a community obina Land Corporation (RLC) is one of Gold Coast City's longest established developers, since 1980 they have transformed 20 square kilometres of agricultural land into the business and residential heart of the Gold Coast, with 30,000 residents, a destination shopping centre and vibrant business environment. Robina is recognised as a principal activity centre by State and local Governments, and by city council regional economic plans. It is also the geographic centre of the Gold Coast. “The $7 billion fulfilment of an inspired masterplan, Robina has evolved from a comprehensive urban design drawn up in the 1980s by international masterplanner Moshe Safdie. The plan for Robina was encapsulated in a State Act of Parliament in 1992, and that document remains the blueprint for continuing development in Robina,” said RLC CEO Richard Wyatt. There have been several recent major developments in Robina: the 27,500 seat Skilled Park Stadium, a $300 million expansion of the Robina Town Centre and The Wharf, an urban village of luxury apartments and business spaces on the CBD waterfront, Lake Lido. The Wharf has been developed by Robina Projects Australia (RPA), which was formed four years ago from RLC’s commercial development team. To date RPA have developed HQ@Robina, a $22 million strata office building, the $30 million Eastside project, the Easy T Centre, One6ixty, Campus Alpha, Sidewalk on Scottsdale and are currently completing their signature building, The Rocket, a $110 million 16 level office tower with a waterside restaurant and retail precinct which has a direct street line connection to The Wharf. 182 QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE WHARF


Robina Projects Australia’s Director Hylton Slater said The Wharf offers the immense convenience and lifestyle benefits of being located within walking distance of Gold Coast City’s premier shopping destination and as well as transport and medical facilities, schools and parks. “The Wharf comprises 73 two and three bedroom apartments on seven levels enjoying uninterrupted views of the city, coastal skyline and the rainforest hinterland,” Hylton said “They feature clean contemporary layouts, with five apartments to a floor, generous ensuites and private balconies that overlook the water. Kitchens feature the latest designer styles with stone bench tops and premium stainless steel appliances. Smart wired, Austar and ADSL ready, apartments at The Wharf are truly the best in modern living” Planning and approvals for the $42 million project, which also includes four commercial tenancies and a cafe, took approximately six months. Head Contractors for The Wharf project were Condev Construction, themselves a well established, forward thinking Gold Coast company. The works program took sixty weeks, commencing in mid 2008, and despite weather setbacks at critical moments, the program was completed for handover six weeks ahead of schedule. “We had delays at the outset, and challenging weather conditions. I am really proud of the team for bringing it in ahead of schedule,” said Condev’s Project Manager Vaughn Thomas. “Condev had a team of five staff on site, a safety officer and four labourers, plus a site manager and two foremen. We had 35 subcontractors doing anything from minor works through to million dollar formwork contracts, at any time there were up to 120 people on site. The roofline involved some complex design elements including multi-pitch construction which bought a lot of our previous skills and experience into play on this project. The different roof angles give the building a distinctive appearance. Our works included the structure, the finishes and the external building façade.” Condev apply their own strict environmental, quality assurance and safety standards to all their projects. They are third party certified for environmental management systems meeting ISO 14001, for Quality Assurance standards to ISO 19001 and for OH&S they are compliant to AS 4801. Condev have previously completed three other Riverwalk precinct developments for RPA: Madison on Riverwalk, Greenwich on Riverwalk and St Kilda on Riverwalk. They have two projects nominated for regional MBA Awards this year: the Main St offices for Sirromet Wines, which are the new headquarters for the V8 Supercars, and Campus Alpha, another RPA project.



ultiskilled and integrated across the steel fabrication process, Richards Steel Fabrication Pty Ltd can make and install just about anything in the realm of structural steel. The family owned business specialises in structural steel for commercial, residential and factory developments. They are members of the Australian Industry Group and Master Builders Alliance. “Our workforce includes boilermakers, riggers and crane drivers, so we are able to do all our own steelwork erection. All of our 24 employees are multiskilled, we have boilermakers who are also qualified riggers so when they are on site erecting they can deal with problems as soon as they arise,” said Alan Richards. “Most of our projects are drawn through our associated company Structural 3D Drafting. With us, there are no time delays because we use very few subcontractors, our range of plant equipment includes a 20T Kato Slew Crane and a 7T Citycrane which is small, compact and truck mounted, as well as our own semi-trailer extendable out to 21m and a vast range of access equipment, our workshop factory has an extensive range of welding equipment, including everything from mobile welders to overhead cranes. We are also equipped to do our own repairs”. “Having your own equipment, allows us to get the job done more efficiently, and minimize any potential downtime.”


For The Wharf, they fabricated the complex roof steel and the awning steel in addition to structural steel in highlight areas. Other jobs for Robina Land Corporation include St Kilda on River Walk and River Walk Mews. A real showcase of their skills was fabricating 160 Universal Columns for Seaworld’s Jet Ski Rollercoaster. “We fabricated all the steel for the support columns. It was to be a scrupulous job in terms of safety. After all, people’s lives are riding on those columns” said Alan. “The welding of these support columns were to the highest Australian Standard for any structural steel. The procedures used for the welding and cleaning, stop any possibility of cracks occurring. With a final inspection of ultrasonic and mag particle testing (NATA) to ensure all procedures have been finished correctly”. Other recent major projects recently completed include The Hub at Coomera and the Germancraft Factory, which won an award in 2007 for Commercial Buildings up to $3 Million.


tructural 3D Drafting (S3D) is a Gold Coast based drafting company specialising in structural steel and concrete pre-cast panels. S3D’s clientele cover from the Sunshine Coast down past Port Macquarie and is always ambitious on expanding. The beauty about S3D’s company and its services is that they don’t have to be local to do the project. Everything can be done via emailing, faxes and a few phone calls. All they need to receive is all the documentation for a project, e.g. architectural drawings (AutoCAD), engineers, surveyors, etc. Then use these as the basis for the modelling process. S3D uses the powerful 3D based parametric program Tekla Structures. ‘This is best way to avoid rectifying structural problems, is to see them before they happen’ quotes S3D. With the talents of Structural 3D Drafting this is possible, combined with architectural, steel fabrication and drafting qualifications and experience. The team at S3D have produced 3D modelling for numerous projects including several properties on Laver Road Robina, schools in and around Port Macquarie, tilt lift panel manufacturer on the Sunshine and Gold Coast and Robina Land Corporations newest signature building, The Wharf. “We can produce modelling for anything involving structural steel and concrete, from a freestanding building to architectural steelwork,” said Directors Dorian and Nigel. “That includes constructions such as bridges, scaffolding, walkways, building structures, and mining equipment. Using the 3D modelling program we can produce proposals for commercial, industrial and residential projects.”

amendments and adjustments,” said Dorian. “3D drafting’s big advantage over paper drawings is the 3D model is a reality check which puts everything an architect and engineer want in perspective. We can find and rectify problems with designs.” Dorian’s Paladin background as a boiler maker combined with Co-Director Nigel Bothur’s degree in Architecture and experience in the field gives them the ability to contribute to designs and suggest ways to remodel plans so they will work on the ground. From this comes the working drawings, reports and 3D model for the steel fabricator, panel contractor, whoever the client may be. “An advantage with the Tekla software is we can initiate reports and documentation, including materials, drawing and fabrication, site shipping, galvanising reports, and many more. Once something is modelled the program stores a memory of what’s in the structure and calculates how many lineal meters and weight of each profile of steel, how many nuts, bolts and washers, how much welding and a lot more, will be involved to complete the project. If an owner of a project uses this service at the concept stage, they can get it drafted and have a list of all the materials before tendering the project out,” said Nigel.

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ROCK SOLID EXPERTISE IN CIVIL CONTRACTING he Wharf is on firm ground, as Kevin Miles Contracting can verify: they prepared the site for the basement and the footings.“It is solid rock underneath the site, it was quite hard breaking it up,” explained Managing Director and Founder Kevin Miles. “The Wharf building is actually on a rock seam. Other areas we’ve worked on at Robina there is acid sulphate soil, which is a challenge of its own and shows the variance in conditions. We did the works for the basement, the footings, and preparation for slabs, beams, and some drainage areas, we were also building ramps and backfilling walls. This was carried out in 2008. Then we came back in 2009 and did all the preparation for the entrance driveway, the bio-retention pit dig outs and preparation for footpaths out the front.”

Most of his machinery is laser-guided.“I don’t have to hire much, and I’m also a qualified diesel mechanic, so can do a lot of the maintenance. I try to keep everything in-house as it is more cost-effective,” he said.“All my workers are fully ticketed and get on-going training. We stand behind our product. We don’t believe there is any problem that can’t be solved.” Kevin Miles Contracting work across the development spectrum, tackling industrial and commercial sub-developments as well as civil infrastructure such as roads. Other major projects they’ve worked on recently, include the new Mercedes Grand Motors Prestige Showroom, the Campus Alpha Project for Robina Land Corporation, John Paul College Aquatic Centre and the Daisy Hill development.

It took five of the civil contractor’s 11 workers, along with their own excavator, bobcats, laser level, rollers, truck and dogs, plus of course shovels and rakes. Kevin has been an owner/operator of heavy plant all his working life, and has a full fleet of plant for any kind of civil contracting project. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



ising into the skies above Gold Coast City, The Rocket is a landmark building in every sense of the word, a gleaming manifestation of detailed urban plans by Robina’s developers, Robina Land Corporation (RLC) and Robina Projects Australia (RPA). “The Rocket is the first high rise in the area, and it is a distinguishing landmark. The fin up the Western side gets hit by the sun in the afternoon and shimmers, which with the dark double glazing which picks up reflected light, creates different images and reflections,” explained Robina Projects Australia Project Manager Lee Crisp. “It is innovative and unique and has created lots of discussion from people passing by as it reflects the light at different times of day from different positions. The double-glazed extensive window facade is unique to Gold Coast City.” The Rocket comprises 16 levels with floors one through 15 offering approximately 11,280m2 of premium commercial office space and a vibrant street level ground floor hosting 14 retail tenancies, including a convenience store, sales office, takeaway food outlet, personal services, restaurants and possibly a gym and day spa. “We have had a lot of enquiries from a wide variety of possible tenants. Our goal is to create a lively retail and restaurant precinct which is appealing for all the people who work or live in CBDRobina to visit for breakfast, lunch, coffee and evening dining. The precinct will also serve the Robina Stadium (Skilled Park) area,” said Lee. Given Robina’s dramatic backdrop of forested mountain hinterland, an adjoining lake and the sub-tropical lushness of the climate and vegetation, championing environmental sustainability in the built environment is logical. The Rocket is testament to RPA’s dedication to this goal, being the first Gold Coast City office development to achieve a Four Star Green Star Design rating. Another RPA commercial project, Campus Alpha, has since also been given a Four Star Green Star Design rating. Some of the Green ideas given form at The Rocket include the double glazed facade, a VRF (Variant Refrigerant Flow) air conditioning system, energy efficient lighting throughout, natural light penetration to 75 per cent of floor space, water re-use coupled with vast rainwater storage for irrigation, a bio-retention system for stormwater, facilities for cyclists including lockers, racks, change rooms and showers, and low VOC finishes throughout. Construction was carried out by the Gold Coast based construction firm, Glenzeil, who also constructed 38 Riverwalk for RLC. “The Gold Coast really needed a CBD, and RLC have developed CBDRobina to 188 QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE ROCKET


meet those needs. It includes the redeveloped Town Centre, which is the biggest retail precinct on the Coast, and has the M1 running by. Robina is more about businesses and locals than tourism, and there is plenty of room for expansion here for all kinds of enterprises” said Lee. “CBDRobina is covered by the Queensland State Government’s Robina Central Planning Act. Back in the early 1980s, a masterplan was drawn up for residential and commercial, with pre-designated areas for commercial and office developments. “The Riverwalk precinct is now fully built out with all residential developments built around a central avenue of commercial and retail outlets, with each development having its own distinctive architecture. “The Rocket and The Wharf (residential/commercial) together create a workstyle-lifestyle hub along the Boardwalk of Lake Lido. “Robina Train Station and bus interchange provides a public transport hub for the area and aims to promote a reduction in daily vehicle use. Skilled Park Stadium has been specifically designed without public car parking spaces to assist further with vehicle reduction. On game days a park and ride system operates, with buses running from four main Gold Coast locations including Helensvale and Mudgeeraba.” Since the master plan for the entire Robina community was drawn up and gazetted 25 years ago, RLC has been turning forward thinking vision into an enviable urban environment. RPA was formed four years ago out of RLC’s commercial development team. Their successful projects to date include the $22 million strata office building HQ@ Robina completed in 2006, the $30 million Eastside which was 80% sold six months prior to completion, and sold out on completion in 2007, The Easy T Centre, and now their $110 million signature building, The Rocket. They are also developing a medical precinct to complement the Robina Hospital expansion, and Stadium Village, a mix of residential, retail and commercial premises. Together RPA and RLC have maintained a strong focus on creating a human-scale, walkable urban setting at CBDRobina; a community where business and pleasure can live side by side and inspire each other.




iving back to the community by contributing excellent eco-friendly workmanship to sustainable buildings is the driving motivation of Usher and Son Painting Contractors. And through working behind the scenes on R&D with leading manufacturers, they can access specialty eco-friendly products such as the gleaming finishes of The Rocket. Usher and Son performed all the painting and rendering for both exterior and interior, working with a broad array of products and equally broad colour palette. Colours ranged from a variety of red tones and whites through to silver and maroon metallics, all low-VOC and needing only water for clean up. “The eco-friendly products are better to work with, they are easier to clean up and less personal protective equipment is needed. The painters have a more comfortable working environment as they don’t need to wear respirators and full body PPE; and they don’t need heavy duty gloves to work with water borne epoxies and enamels,” explained Usher and Son Director Theodore Vairaktaris “On The Rocket we used a lot of different products on different substrates and types of finishes, including a special metallic texture formulated just for this project.

“We are proud to be part of the Green project and Green Star movement in this country. We are pushing forward the education and re-education of the painting industry on how to be Green painters. Into the next decade, it is the ethic we are following.” Usher and Son are part of a new benchmark for Green Star projects in Brisbane, as finishing contractors for Glenziel’s Six Green Star project, the Joint Contact Centre, for the Government’s Department of Project Services. For this project they will be developing more new products and eco-friendly application processes. The commitment to Green products extends to the solid plastering side of the business, where instead of the traditional sand and cement, Usher and Son specialise in fully warrantied eco-rendering systems, based on solid plaster with specialist eco-membrane top coatings. They can also provide a complete range of architectural coatings. Usher and Son are a national contractor with an established reputation forged by over 10 years as industry leaders and are providing coating services in all Australian states though their Gold Coast HQ and branches in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and North Queensland.

“The builder, Glenziel, is great to work with. They are very organised, and we are working on a number of their biggest sites, and it is a great working relationship across all the sites. Being in a finishing trade, how well a site’s run almost determines the quality of finish.



DRAWING UP THE BLUEPRINT FOR A THRIVING CBD oods Bagot designs unique habitats to work, live, play, shop, dine, relax, heal and learn in. They have been co-creating a vibrant Gold Coast CBD with Robina Land Corporation (RLC) since 2005, masterplanning The Rocket, The Wharf, Station Square and Campus Crescent, and creating the urban design for a CBD on a lakeside greenfield site. “In Robina’s urban footprint there is a diversity of architectural aesthetic and language, a lot of variation in architectural form and materiality. We wanted to give the feeling of being ‘somewhere’, creating a microcosm of a city,” said Woods Bagot Principal, Mark Damant. “(With The Rocket) Robina Land Corporation wanted to create a landmark, a vertical statement that prominently positioned Robina in the south coast landscape. In materials and finishes, there is a real diversity, so from varying viewpoints the building will appear quite different. The Rocket idea originated from the client, our response was to look to early aeroplane construction, to make its appearance airy and light. “RLC were a really good client in terms of their vision and ambition, they are very clear about Robina and the contribution they could make to the wider community. It is great to work for a client with that sense of optimism.”

needed to be an efficient workspace for tenants, offering a level of sustainability, with good natural light penetration, views, sensible green initiatives and a robust building solution, all on a small site. The end result, with its retail podium and landscaping, will offer a life experience as well as a workplace. ESD measures including rainwater harvesting, high performance glazing and a core situated on the west to minimise solar gain all contribute to a Four Star Green Star design Winners of this year’s Architects Journal International Practice of the Year, Woods Bagot is a truly global architecture and urban design practice, with 620 staff working in 14 offices throughout Australia, North America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia. Other major projects the Brisbane studio are engaged in include the Mackay Base Hospital Redevelopment and the Princess Alexandra Hospital Expansion. They have also recently completed, in conjunction with Urbis and EFA, and the 25 year masterplan for Queensland University of Technology.

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Robina's new building 'The Rocket', Queensland



ntegrated Glass and Aluminium (IG+A) made a contribution to The Rocket which is visible for miles around: They manufactured and installed the glazed curtain wall for the distinctive 15 storey tower.

is one of the most significant elements of a building’s appearance; it makes a significant contribution to a Green Star rating. Facades are the first aesthetical feature that distinguishes one building from another”.

That amounted to more than 1,200 aluminium unitised double-glazed panels, totalling in excess of 6,100m² of glass installed for the curtain wall. The panels have a high strength to weight ratio, and achieve an SHGC of .23 with a U-Value of 1.8, giving a high environmental performance. Those on the South Western façade also feature clear anodised embellishments which show up as wings.

“The growing trend is Green Star. One of the reasons developers are choosing to go this way is future-proofing them for letting in five to ten years time. Government departments won’t move into non-Green Star offices and businesses benefit from Green star because of lower ongoing costs as there can be a 20 to 30 percent energy saving”.

IG+A also manufactured and installed the podium glazing, entrance glazing and bi-folds for the ground floor retail spaces. It took a work crew of 14 full time on site throughout the first half of 2009 and 16 in the factory making and glazing panels from December 2008, to complete the task.

Wholly Queensland owned, IG+A has been in the trade since 1989 and provides a complete and professional aluminium fabrication and glazing service to South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. They have the resources to manage several multi-million dollar projects concurrently, and custom design all products to the highest quality to suit a project’s climate and design. All products are manufactured to ISO 9001 standards.

“Everything was fabricated in our factory at Stapylton”, said IG+A Director, Christopher Murray. “Any project of this size and scope presents its own challenges. From the outset we were working with the builder, architect and client to make sure the end result met their requirements. The Curtain Wall system has been tested for winds up to 495km/h for both water tightness and structural integrity”. “We have been doing work with Glenzeil, the builder, for the last 20 years. This was the largest job we’d undertaken with them. The facade WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



ANOTHER ADCO PROJECT MAKES A SAFE LANDING ith over five million passengers passing throught the building whilst under construction extending and refurbishing Australia’s sixth busiest airport at the Gold Coast gave ADCO Constructions another opportunity to display the depth of the Company’s Design and Construct skills. The $100 million project, which is nearing completion, was awarded to ADCO in October 2007. After a five month design period, construction activity commenced on site in March 2008. Throughout the construction period the site team have worked with the Gold Coast Airport to ensure the airports activities were not hampered during the construction process. In fact not only has the airport continued its usual operations, but actually increased the volume of international and domestic passenger traffic through the course of the works. ADCO’s team has created a completely new terminal facility doubling the size of the existing terminal and adding a revitalised retail and food and beverage offering for travelers. The design incorporated a number of ESD initiatives including a rainwater collection system with 194 QLD PROJECT FEATURE GOLD COAST AIRPORT

the capacity to store one million litres of water which is re-used for irrigation and for toilet flushing. More efficient passenger movements have been achieved, with the installation of new baggage transportation and handling equipment together with new check-in facilities and extensive flight information display screens. The facility was designed as a Common User terminal with check in areas able to be used by multiple airlines rather than dedicated facilities for each. This provides the airport with a high degree of flexibility and minimizes operating costs. At the peak of the works the site was resourced with 240 ADCO staff and subcontractors, all of whom were required to meet the strict security and safety requirements of working in an operating airport. ADCO is a leading Australian construction company established in 1972 which operates along the eastern seaboard, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Townsville and Cairns. ADCO has grown over the last three decades to become AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Development, which ADCO completed in 2008, was awarded the Global Sustainability Award. This is one of the world’s most prestigious property awards and follows the projects’ previous awards which include; the 2009 EPA Sustainability in the Built Environment Award, 2009 Australian Institute of Architects State Award for Sustainable Architecture, 2009 Urban Design Award for Urban Design Excellence. The project is also a finalist in the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards. ADCO currently has $600 million of projects under construction including the major extension to Robina Town Centre and extensions to Pindara Hospital on the Gold Coast, Bunnings Stores in Chatswood, Narellan and Seven Hills in Sydney and the Kingsville Aged Care development in Melbourne. According to Managing Director, Richard Carmont, “ADCO’s success is built on a company-wide focus on commitment to our client, highest ethical standards, teamwork and best practice.” “ADCO’s team strive to understand our client’s organisation, their people and its goals. By understanding our client we ensure that we can meet their expectations and add value to their business. Our goal of a satisfied client on every project has resulted in lasting relationships which have been the key to ADCO’s growth over the years. ADCO is consistently associated with high standards of service, quality, personal attention and integrity. These standards have resulted in one of the highest levels of repeat business in our industry. “Our staff focus on working together with our clients, consultants and subcontractors in a non adversarial manner to deliver projects on time and budget. Mutual respect and open communication between all team members provides the foundation for our success. “We continually strive to improve the level of service offered to clients. Our business processes incorporate the highest standards of Quality, Safety and Environmental Management. Third party accreditation of these standards demonstrates our commitment to clients that our processes are maintained and continually improved to Best Practice standards.”

one of Australia’s top 100 private companies with revenues in excess of $500 million per annum and over 350 direct employees. ADCO’s expertise spans construction, fitout, design and construct, refurbishment, and construction management services across a wide range of industry sectors. A testament to ADCO’s professional excellence is the fact that 70% of ADCO’s business is repeat business. Clients include AMP, Dexus, Woolworths, Bunnings, Mirvac and government enterprises. ADCO is rated as an Industry Best Practice Contractor by various government accreditation schemes, with third party certification of quality, safety and environmental systems to the latest Australian Standards. ADCO is a member of the Green Building Council and has expertise covering design and construct of 4, 5 and 6 Star Green Star projects. ADCO’s commitment to green building has been recognised recently, with one of ADCO’s projects taking out a major international award at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards in London. The Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


BECAUSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT nyone landing at Gold Coast International Airport will be greeted by the handiwork of Pieris Pty Ltd, who provided all the painting and rendering for the whole airport inside and out as part of the recent upgrade. The task lasted 12 months and took a permanent crew of five painters and renderers, including a main supervisor who was required to complete the ASICS course as part of site-specific security measures. “We used all Dulux Premium range, from the industrial range, including Weather Max and Aquashield Texture Coatings where a high quality, long term product was needed,” explained John Wells, Pieris’ Project Manager for painting. “Quite vivid, strong colours were used, bold blues and reds. For all the height work knuckle and boom lifts, snorkels and scissor lifts were used. All our tradesmen are trained in using access equipment and all were re-trained by the hire company, On-Site Access, before commencing the job.”

A major new project underway is the new Gateway between the States at Tweed Heads, which will give the border crossing some pizzazz. The building of the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre is being Project Managed by Pieris. “There were three different governments involved on the Tweed Heads project. It is a design and construct tender, with a very modern, open look,” said Tim Pieris, Project Manager. “We turn our hand to everything. A lot of our 40 employees are long term. Our men are happy to work in with everyone, all the different trades on a site. We can do jobs like shop fit outs, we are qualified at removing asbestos and lead, and in interior decorating we can do the new vogue finishes and vinyl papers. Most of our products being premium products are low VOC, low smell and low toxins. “Everything we do, we do to the nth degree so it’s actually right first time. Our management plans, safety plans, toolboxes, OH&S training, are all to the nth degree. Pieris is one of the largest companies on the coast in this business, because of the quality of work we are putting out.”

Pieris also provide interior decorating, construction and building maintenance services, with clients including Mantra at Salt, where a crew ranging from two to five workmen is permanently on site. They also do regular repeat work for the Department of Commerce and Department of Education and Training, many nursing homes and commercial developments, and have a three year contract with Gold Coast City Council. 196 QLD PROJECT FEATURE GOLD COAST AIRPORT


MAKING A TERMINAL CHIC & FUNCTIONAL old Coast International Airport’s extensions provided UFL Group an opportunity to demonstrate the full range of their design and manufacturing talents in providing complete airport fit out solutions. The Australian and New Zealand based group specialise in the fit out of airport terminal buildings. Services include planning, detailing, supply and installation of all interior furnishing elements including counters, seating and passenger guidance systems. Product design focuses on form and function to match the clients architectural and operational needs and deals with ease of use and functionality, be it check in counter operation or relaxing waiting lounge seating, with both comfort and space efficiency. “Whilst we have an extensive range of proven products, our project product is made to order, so can be tailored. That’s the advantage of being integrated from design and manufacturing through to installation,” said UFL Australia’s Managing Director Charles Stuart. “We believe we are here to give the customer what they want, and we go to enormous lengths to accommodate their needs.” For Gold Coast International, UFL designed, supplied and installed 83 Wing beam seats, 36 check-in counters, 16 gate counters, and public guidance equipment including 265 rotating tape head tape barriers as well as 1011 units of their best beam seating model. This AS202 steel beam seating is produced using recyclable materials with components conforming to Green Star environmental standards.

of tape line direction. This allows for easy configuration changes and minimises wear on the tape heads and eliminates the need for staff to lift and reposition heavy barriers, making them ideal for high-density passenger areas. UFL’s drive to constantly improve passenger facilitation leads to ongoing product development and innovation in this field. UFL is experienced in the logistical requirements of transporting goods internationally and around Australia and in many instances have created product which can be flat packed in components to not only allow lower freighting costs but also enable individual unit modules to be removed and replaced should it be necessary. “Within a working airport it has become significantly more difficult with modern day AVSEC requirements to place our goods in the terminal; however UFL worked closely with Gold Coast Airport and other contractors to ensure a successful and seamless installation.” Other airports featuring UFL designs include Zia International Airport in Bangladesh, Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan, Marshall Islands, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Dubbo. Current projects include Auckland International Airport, Melbourne, Virgin Blue, Cairo and Vietnam. UFL also service the commercial office sector, hospitality, theatres, auditoriums, courthouses, cruise ships, ferry terminals and waiting areas.

UFL designers have worked closely with various airport security services particularly during the last decade in the development of specialised inspection systems furniture to cope with greater volumes of passengers and more exacting inspection requirements. The rotating tape head barrier, as an example, is a new technology to enable faster passenger guidance management, by increasing the changing speeds WWW.ANCR.COM.AU





redefining beachside living

he Amalgamated Property Group is redefining beachside living with the new $90 million Element apartments at Burleigh Beach. An impressive 80 years of combined experience has positioned the Amalgamated Property Group (APG) at the forefront of the construction and project development industry. Specialising in deal origination, development management, financial structuring, investment, investment management, project management and project marketing within the commercial and residential property sectors, APG continue to change the face of Australia one project at a time. Following their close collaboration on several Canberra residential and commercial developments since 1992, APG Principals, Barry Morris and Graham Potts, formally initiated the company in 2002. One year later, Morris and Potts entered the Queensland market as developer of the $250 million Aurora residential apartments, cementing their position as major players within the Australian residential construction industry. Since its official launch, APG has also developed and leased over 140,000m2 of office space in Canberra and Brisbane and sold over 2780 residential units in Canberra and South East Queensland. Following the opening of the company’s debut Burleigh Beach project, Ivory, APG now proudly introduce the next chapter in Burleigh Beaches’ evolution with the innovative beachfront esplanade, Element. Situated on the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast, the 36 resident worldclass Element apartments brilliantly showcase APG’s project development ability and thoughtful, luxurious residential design. Featuring two-towers, Element includes a selection of 14 single floor apartments ranging from 335m2 with convenient side-by-side parking spaces and a 604m2 penthouse with a roof deck and pool within the first tower. Tower two features 23 apartments that include seven one-bedroom dwellings in addition to seven two-bedroom, six whole-floor apartments and a luxurious penthouse suite. Set on a sprawling 2691m2 site that showcases some of the best beachside living Australia has on offer, the project also compromises of a two-story town house fitted with a private courtyard and a single level villa with a private courtyard. Residents will benefit from being close to dining establishments as well as facilities such as a pool and spa, gymnasium, security and beautifully landscaped gardens. APG designers also included a set of lifestyle benefits for residents that truly set the apartments apart, such as floor to ceiling glass in the living areas and spaciously wide balconies that are perfect for entertaining or enjoying the iconic Gold Coast views. Balconies also provide a gas point and a chilled wine store in most apartments, giving residents that all-important homely touch, yet stylish appearance. Element is set to redefine apartment living, combining luxurious, yet accessible apartment living with a tropical beach paradise environment. The APG vision for the beaches of Queensland will continue with the Group’s $310 million redevelopment of the Suncorp Plaza in Brisbane and the $200 million Sierra Grand Resort and Spa in Broadbeach.



VS Partnership are a group of design professionals that specialise in a range of services, including architecture, interior design, ecological sustainable design, facilities planning, master planning and project management.

planning approvals, detailed construction documents and specifications in addition to the coordination of all other sub-consultants, the checking of shop drawings during the course of construction and answering all RFIs as required.

With offices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Australia, the company have been involved in projects for both the public and private sectors and have extensive experience in Multi-Residential, Commercial, Hotel, Tourist and Entertainment, Environmental, Aged Care, Education, Industrial and Refurbishment projects, undertaking the work in regions stretching from Victoria to North Queensland along the eastern sea board and across to New Zealand.

There was an extensive use of precast concrete wall panels, including highly-segmented feature wall panels, which provided both speed of construction and textures to the overall façade treatment. Large cantilevered balcony floor slabs were incorporated to blur the lines between the indoor and outdoor interface, to enhance the out door living spaces that comes with the Queensland lifestyle. The front balconies of the beach tower used sweeping curvilinear front edges to the balconies that provided a dynamic rather than static façade form, to resemble a wave like movement. Cantilevered frameless glass balustrades were utilised to maximise views from the apartment living areas, as well as large corner silicone glazed panels to showcase the views back to the Burleigh headland.

The TVS Partnership as it is known today formed in 1990 with the merging of Prangley Crofts & Partners and Grahame Shelley & Associates both of whom had long established reputations for quality and innovation within the industry since 1947 and 1975 respectively. With a strong focus on low to high density residential projects, the company specialises in resort holiday-style dwellings, owner occupier apartments, three storey walk up apartments and low-cost to prestige residential housing. The firm has won a multitude of recent awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Property Council of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia. With strong credentials in Ecological Sustainable Design (ESD) with firm Director, Mark Thomson being National President of the Australian Green Development Forum. The TVS Partnership has recently been involved in both private and public sector work in relation to new schools as part of the Federal Government Building Education Revolution initiative. The company’s strong focus on building re-cycling and refurbishment/conversions in an effort to reduce waste, power use and the industry’s carbon foot print is an example of the company’s reputation for forward thinking and proactive problemsolving solutions.

The lift core of the west tower was used as a backdrop for public artwork with the use of scalloped, thick-sheet aluminium forms that sought to imitate a school of fish in transition, reflecting the project’s beachside location. Maurice Verna was Director-in charge and the principal architect for the Element Apartments project, with Steve Read, Sylvia Nobbs and Frankie Imbrogno as documentation team members. The prolific partnership are currently completing work on the Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club refurbishment, an up-market duplex on Burleigh Hill, a Prestige waterfront single residence at Tallebudgerra, State Government offices at Maroochydore and an early childhood education centre at Somerset College at Mudgeeraba.

With a long history of working along the Burleigh Esplanade and other coastal areas, the Element Apartments were familiar territory for the TVS Partnership. For the Element project, the firm’s scope of work included producing the design and documentation drawings of the building reflecting the clients briefing requirements. This included obtaining town 200 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ELEMENT APARTMENTS


coustic Logic applied its signature skill set to the Element Apartments project in Burleigh Heads by combining their proficiencies in cost and time effective problem solving and their practical attitude to design and detailing of acoustic building systems. Amalgamated Constructions retained Acoustic Logic to initially prepare acoustic documentation in support of a development application, which proposed a modern and exciting built form comprising two residential towers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one sited toward the Gold Coast Highway and another facing The Esplanade in Burleigh Heads. The surrounding acoustic environment dictated a detailed noise measurement survey to ensure that the building fabric was designed to provide an internal acoustic environment fitting of the market position of the development. The detailed model of the acoustic environment permitted an in-depth study of the façade systems to ensure that minimum costs were associated with glazing selections whilst ensuring that all expectations of the client were met.

providing cost savings associated with the building structure that is intrinsic to lightweight wall systems. Acoustic Logic is an independent Australian-owned company with a sole focus in all aspects of acoustics. Projects that Acoustic Logic have and continue to be involved in within Queensland include, the Hilton Hotel and Residences in Surfers Paradise, various stages of Portside Wharf, the Milton Railway redevelopment, Soleil, the Moreton East, Moreton West and Sunshine Coast South Regions of the Government BER Project, Riparian Plaza, and Casino Towers, Riverside.

The detailed design and construction processes of the project allowed Acoustic Logic to exhibit their trademark skill of providing cost and time effective wall, floor and ceiling systems which provide higher levels of acoustic privacy than the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (Queensland) without significantly impacting the cost to Amalgamated Constructions. Furthermore, intertenancy wall systems utilised a combination of lightweight materials forming walls with a small footprint (thus maximising apartment floor area) and ultimately WWW.ANCR.COM.AU






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ir conditioning specialists, Aaeromac Pty Ltd, supplied and installed air conditioning systems for all 192 apartments and communal areas at the new Elston Grand Surf Resort in Surfers Paradise. Aaeromac also supplied all mechanical ventilation requirements including car park exhaust and stairwell pressurisation systems. To allow individual control to each apartment, Daikin VRV heat recovery systems were specified that utilised bulkhead fan coil units. Each apartment system is controlled by an entry swipe card, and along with individual control of each indoor unit, avoids energy wastage and provides greater flexibility for tenants. The Daikin VRV system uses inverter technology to achieve significant savings in energy, running costs and space. Further management and efficiencies of the VRV systems were achieved with a building management system. These sophisticated but easy to operate systems provide building owners and managers with individual monitoring and control of every unit in any size building. Generally, condenser units are located on the roof avoiding the need for a plantroom and providing more usable space for occupancy. However, at Elston Grand Surf Resort, the developer welcomed Aaeromacs’ suggestion that the condensers be mounted externally behind the lift shaft on every second level of the building, leaving the roof space free for use as an outdoor recreation area. “It also allowed us to reduce pipe runs and thus eliminate efficiency losses and reduce pipe riser space requirements” said Project Manager Peter Brunt, ‘this saved quite a bit of time and cost. This solution also allowed a 204 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ELSTON GRAND SURF RESORT

more flexible work schedule as installation of the condensers could be carried out on every second floor progressively in step with the tight construction programme. Aaeromac Pty Ltd was established in April 2002 and has grown steadily. “I believe our reputation for customer service and innovative solutions to problems has a great deal to do with our success’ said General Manager Lee Mitchell. ‘Nearly 80% of our work comes from either referral or repeat customers, which certainly shows considerable strength in the relationships we build. Our core business activity is the design, supply and installation of air conditioning systems. However we back that up with our service company Air Repair, which offers both a breakdown service and preventative maintenance programmes. Part of Aaeromacs organisational culture is to encourage all its staff suppliers and customers to adopt a green approach to their operations as well as using the most efficient and sustainable products and technology.

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he lush, semi-tropical plantings in the gardens of the new Elston Grand Surf Resort are the work of native and exotic plant specialists Daly’s Native Plants.

“Doing that within eight months is no small achievement, when you consider that there was a full winter in the middle of that time span,” said Robin.

For more than 10 years, Daly’s has been propagating and supplying plants, trees and grasses for property development landscaping, to retail and wholesale nurseries, landscapers and local government councils Australia-wide. More recently, they have shipped Australian species to other countries, such as Singapore. As wholesale distributors, they specialise in Australian native water-wise trees and grasses, agave, delonix, dracaena, strelitzia, grevillea and brachychiton.

Daly’s has invested substantially in equipment and systems to ensure quality and consistency. Nearly 99% of all plants are propagated in-house and in their own ten mother stock gardens to minimise the risk of disease. Their facilities include large igloos, with thermostatic and time controlled misting and air circulation.

From receiving the architects specification for the gardens at the Elston Grand Surf Resort, sourcing, growing, preparing and delivering the required plants was an eight month project for Daly’s. All but the cycads and the very large strelitzias came from Daly’s own facility. The large strelitzias were a special challenge, as the specification called for plants with a 200 litre bag size, much larger than nurseries normally supply

Some previous major projects that Daly's Native plants have worked on are Hope Island Resort and a residential development in Tweed Heads. “We don’t cut corners,” said Robin. “We take pride in what we do, and we do it professionally.”

“The client wanted the effect of an instant, fully-grown garden,” said proprietor Robin Daly. “As soon as we received the order, we bought in 100 litre strelitzias and then set about nurturing and growing them until they reached the size demanded for planting on the site.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


inds of change are hitting the energy sector, and Suzlon Energy Australia Pty Ltd has the resources, skills and capabilities to harness them.

by 2010 was already largely met and as a consequence there was not much of a driver for industry. It was a leap of faith for the business and the team to make the company a success.”

Suzlon in Australia is part of a global company with roots in India’s Gujarat region, where 14 years ago the Tanti family built wind turbines to provide reliable electricity for their textile manufacturing business. They subsequently bought the turbine IP from Sudwind, a German turbine manufacturer with a substantial R&D workforce. In 2004, Suzlon globalized, and today has established business units across the globe in the North and South Americas, China, Europe, Asia and Australia.

In December 2005, AGL Energy Ltd - Australia’s largest private owner, operator and developer of renewable energy assets - awarded Suzlon their first EPC (engineer, procure and construct) contract to deliver AGL’s Hallett Wind Farm project located on Brown Hill range in mid north South Australia. Officially opened in June 2008, this 94.5MW sustainable power plant was the first of the Hallett group of 5 wind farms in the region that AGL is developing.

“We came into the Australian market at a gloomy time,” said Suzlon Energy Australia’s Chief Operations Officer, Chris Judd. “The Federal Government’s MRET policy, to obtain 2% renewable energy production

This year, AGL will “turn the key” on the 71.4MW AGL Hallett 2 Wind Farm located on the Hallett Hill ranges, also built by Suzlon and comprising 34 Suzlon S88_2.1MW wind turbine generators. “AGL’s



EMPOWERING THE FUTURE faith in us was warranted and has paid off,” said Chris Judd. Hallett 1 is performing well, whilst Hallett 2 will be safely delivered on schedule and within budget. The AGL Hallett 2 Wind Farm comprises 34 Suzlon S88-2.1MW wind turbines, spreading 10 kilometres over the Hallett Hill range. It will generate enough power to supply around 45,000 average households a year, while saving over 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per annum. Each turbine has a hub height of 80metres, a maximum blade tip height of 124 metres and a swept area of 1.5 acres. Suzlon’s overall scope of work included the design, manufacture, shipping, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, the overall wind farm layout, turbine micro siting, design & construction of 18km of new access roads, design and installation of a 275/33kV WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

main transformer substation, electrical feeder systems above and below ground that link the turbines to the substation, plus long term service and maintenance of the entire wind farm. The high voltage substation takes the 33 kV reticulation or collector system power within the Windfarm and steps it up to the relevant transmission line voltage at the point of connection into the national grid. The 33kV reticulation power is stepped up from the 690V power produced by the turbines via a kiosk transformer at ground level adjacent to the base of each turbine. Material quantities used during construction of the wind farm included: 130km of high tension cables for rock anchor footings, 17km of rock trenching for the 33kV reticulation, 3,400m3 of concrete, 5,800 tonnes of steel for the 80metre towers, 17 km of underground cables, 10 km of overhead cables. More than 1200 truck movements to deliver in excess of 10,350 tonnes of cargo. The embodied energy of the whole wind farm will be paid back by the turbines’ output within about five months. SA PROJECT FEATURE AGL HALLETT 2 WIND FARM 207

An estimated 180 workers were directly involved in constructing the AGL Hallett 2 Wind Farm. These were drawn from Suzlon’s onsite project management and installation teams, along with balance of plant subcontractors - Built Environs for Civils works and Consolidated Power for Electrical works, and their sub-tier contractors, haulage contractors, and the many additional staff and suppliers employed offsite. “There are significant spin offs to associated Australian industries from our operations, providing local content in areas such as tower fabrication, heavy haulage, road and foundation construction, port operations, electrical component supply such as tower and reticulation cabling, kiosk transformers and bottom cabinets. These include RPG Australia, fabricators of steel towers in Adelaide and Dalby, and Schneider Electric in Benalla who have a full production line manufacturing the step-up kiosk transformers used at wind farms. “Suzlon is totally customer focused on both the turnkey delivery of sustainable power plants, and the provision of ongoing service and maintenance to maximise availability and efficiency of the wind farms. The design life of the wind turbines is 20-25 years; ideally we seek to maintain the turbines through the wind farms’ lifetime; this is however 208 SA PROJECT FEATURE AGL HALLETT 2 WIND FARM

subject to our clients extending the initial 5 year Service and Maintenance agreements via options.” Suzlon employs and trains locals in the areas where projects are located for long-term roles as service and maintenance technicians. Suzlon also own their own fleet of cranes, maintenance vehicles and heavy transport ensuring that any major maintenance activities can be carried out at the earliest possible opportunity. “We have a commitment to creating sustainable jobs in regional areas and retaining a workforce which can provide ongoing service and maintenance to the wind farms. We embrace the opportunity to become involved in the local communities where we work, generating new jobs that bring dollars into those towns. As active members of the communities, we sponsor local organisations and events, provide talks to interested school and community groups and appear at agricultural shows and open days,” explained Chris Judd. There is also substantial regional spending by the construction and installation crews from Suzlon and its subcontractors, which again is an important economic benefit to the local communities.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

AGL recently awarded Suzlon the EPC contract for their third wind farm in this region, the 132MW AGL Hallett 4 Wind Farm located at North Brown Hill, which will comprise 63 Suzlon S88_2.1MW turbines. In addition to AGL’s Hallett Wind Farms, Suzlon has been contracted to deliver and maintain Snowtown and Clements Gap Wind Farms in South Australia, and the Capital Wind Farm near the ACT border in New South Wales. Collectively these wind farms will generate over 700MW of renewable energy directly into the national grid. “We are open to hearing from people who have viable opportunities,” said Chris Judd. “We are well placed to connect people with such opportunities to the relevant people to enable power to be generated in regional communities. Wind power is now a mainstream form of electrical generation. The industry is here for a long time to come, it is mature and is now being recognised as such by the wider electricity industry. In pursuit of our objective to “Power a Greener Tomorrow” Suzlon’s values and operations reflect the triple bottom line: social, environmental and financial.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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CHARGED WITH CRUCIAL TASKS he talents of Consolidated Power Projects Australia (CPP) ensure that the power generated at AGL’s Hallett 2 Wind Farm actually gets into the National Electricity Market (NEM) grid. It’s a job they have an extraordinary depth of experience with, having designed and constructed more than 170 High Voltage substations and associated electrical infrastructure projects in the last 13 years. As an electrical engineering company, they specialize in the design and construction of electrical infrastructure (up to EHV) for Power distribution and transmission companies, industrial and mining companies and owners and developers of renewable energy projects. They offer a complete and detailed engineering service which incorporates primary and secondary electrical plant, along with associated civil and mechanical components such as access roads, buildings, steelwork and equipment foundations. For AGL’s Hallett 2 Wind Farm project CPP were assigned a subcontract by Suzlon Energy Australia with responsibility for the design, construction and commissioning of the 275/33kV substation, 8,000 linear metres of 33kV overhead line arranged as 2 x double circuit lines from the substation to the 4 collector circuits of the wind farm and 16,000 linear metres of 33kV underground reticulation cable connected to the kiosk transformers at the base of each turbine. 210 SA PROJECT FEATURE AGL HALLETT 2 WIND FARM

The kiosk transformers were installed and commissioned by CPP along with the low voltage, protection and control cable connections from the kiosk transformer to the turbine bottom controller. CPP's scope also covered the supply, installation and commissioning of the wind farm fibre optic network consisting of approximately 19,000 metres of direct buried 12 core and 24 core fibre optic cable. “Our core business is essentially the design and project management of electrical infrastructure projects. Our site construction works are complimented by the use of dedicated sub-contractors with whom we have formed strong relationships over the last 5 years,” said Project Manager Steve Drefke. “Our sub-contractors are supported by our own construction management team along with the commissioning which is also completed in house. We have adopted this project structure for a number of clients both in South Australia and Victoria and we have found this to be the most effective way to deliver projects such as the AGL Hallett 2 Wind Farm. “Generally the biggest challenges with a wind farm relate to geographical location and the topography of the wind farm sites, given that our scope includes the digging and backfilling of AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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thousands of metres of cable trench and the installation of overhead powerlines in what can be very steep terrain. Other challenges relate to managing the supply of plant and materials which have relatively long lead times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CPP employs a range of engineering staff which gives us the capability of providing in-house design for all facets of a project such as the AGL Hallett 2 Wind Farm. We provide design services for civil, primary, secondary protection and control, SCADA and earthing, which is further complimented by our own drafting team.â&#x20AC;? CPP has also been engaged by Suzlon Energy Australia to complete the AGL Hallett 4 Wind Farm located on the North Brown Hill range. They will again complete the connection point for ElectraNet, including a tower cut in to the existing 275kV transmission line. Other projects that CPP has completed in the last five years include the Portland Wind Energy Project for Pacific Hydro in Victoria and numerous high voltage installations for ElectraNet in South Australia and Jemena in Victoria. They also did the greenfields design and construct of Clarinda 66/22 kV substation and the design and construct for the Frankston 66/22 kV substation for United Energy Ltd (Melbourne), WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

upgraded the Oakleigh 66/11 kV Zone substation for Alinta Asset Management, and designed and constructed the Westgate 66/11kV substation for CitiPower (Melbourne). CPP also recently completed the Clements Gap Wind Farm project for Pacific Hydro in South Australia, which included the design and construction of the 132kV transmission line and connection point for ElectraNet. CPP is ISO 9001 accredited by way of its parent company, Consolidated Power Projects International. Their Adelaidebased management team has between them over 150 years experience in electrical installations, and 45 of their 52 staff are electrical engineers or technical experts. In-house equipment includes state of the art software such as SCADA, CAD, SES CDEGS Earthing Design software and AGi32 Lighting Design software. Their hardware includes Earth grid injection/resistivity test equipment and Omicron 258 test kits. CPP is looking to continue their growth, and recently opened an interstate office with the intent of expanding their expertise into New South Wales and Queensland.



hether a project goes according to plan can be influenced by nuts and bolts details, specifically, whether those nuts and bolts meet the required mechanical standards. If they don’t and were imported, it can cause months of costly delays. Allthread Ind P/L supply Australian made, independently quality tested thread rolled products. Their products are triple tested in Australia by NATA certified quality assurance screening. For AGL’s Hallett 2 Wind Farm, Allthread supplied over 10,000 foundation bolts. These M42 bolts can exceed 3 metres in length, and are an integral part, connecting the tower and the foundation pad. “We’re an Australian manufacturer, which has both challenges and benefits,” said Allthread spokesman David Jeffers. “One of the challenges as an Australian manufacture is to have the opportunity to quote a project in the first place. Products have often been treated as generic, price is the focus, with little or no points of differentiation considered. Quality all too often is assumed, with many importers relying on quality documents from the overseas manufacturer.” There is however an emerging concern amongst major stakeholders in large projects who have started taking more ownership of quality. As they ask for a higher degree of local testing at Australian NATA facilities, this has exposed weaknesses in product supply and compliance for some product has found to be wanting. 212 SA PROJECT FEATURE AGL HALLETT 2 WIND FARM

“As an Australian manufacturer, our challenge was to bring the local supply chain together and integrate the quality control process. Our product is more than the bolt, it is the quality assurance,” said David. “Local manufacture offers a timely product with flexibility within lead times. If we detect problems and issues, we have the procedures to rectify the problems. It is important quality assurance happens throughout the whole manufacturing process. Ultimately when we supply product on site, we can verify that product is up to standard. There are no surprises which cause costly delays.” To meet the demands of the AGL Hallet 2 Wind Farm, Allthread drew on the strong relationship formed with companies that individually bring their own expertise while adopting an understanding and connection with the final product and its application. One Steel supplies the feed stock, from Whyalla and rolled in Newcastle, and close cooperation has resulted in a competitive local product produced to Allthread’s specified tolerances, supplied with mill certificates from One Steel’s NATA accredited testing facilities. MillTech perform the heat treatment, perhaps one of the most critical processes. They are based in Newcastle, and have recently installed the only Induction Quench & Temper line outside of the USA and Europe. This production line incorporates in-line crack testing as part of the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

manufacturing process, and every product batch is further tested by Bureau Veritas for mechanical properties Bureau Veritas are an international organisation founded in 1828 in Belgium, whose reputation for truth in testing is so well-regarded, they are in both the French national dictionary and the Websters Dictionary. They have over 850 offices and laboratories in 140 countries, 50 of those offices in Australia and New Zealand, offering materials testing and health, safety and environmental auditing and certification across all major industries. Allthread specialise in thread-rolled products, a procedure recommended for all high-end applications as the thread is more integral than machine cutting and often expressed as a chipless thread. At the completion of the thread rolling Allthread have samples from every batch they produce tested by Bureau Veritas to certify the batch meets AS 4291-1 for mechanical properties, and also magnetic particle tested for surface irregularities and further crack testing.

Allthread regularly supply product across Australia, NZ and PNG, some current projects to take advantage of Allthread’s certified quality include the Worsley Aluminium smelter in Colley WA for BHP and Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Groups new port loader which they supplied with embedded items. Their threaded products range in size from 5mm thread up to 120mm, and they are also developing relationships with other manufacturers which allow them to deliver complete embed packages. “We are continuing to work to bring a fragmented supply of other Australian manufacturers lines and products to civil companies in a coordinated way,” said David.

“For the wind farms every bolt we produce is marked with a batch number which gives full traceability through manufacturing all the way back to OneSteel,” said David. “In construction time is money: sourcing products from Allthread offers a form of Risk management to the project without sacrificing quality assurance to the often fluid or changing demands to design and supply within the construction period.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


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STEEL AT THE CUTTING EDGE fter over two decades in business, local Adelaide business, Adelaide Profile Services, has its gaze set firmly on the future. Now, with 31 employees working from its brand new premises in Lonsdale, Adelaide Profile Services has come a long way from its modest but solid beginning in 1982. Now the largest sole profile cutting business in South Australia, Adelaide Profile Services commenced operation with only one machine. Adelaide Profile Services has built up a reputation as a quality supplier - reflected in the range of industries it supplies, such as construction, heavy engineering, agriculture, mining, automotive, and special purpose machinery applications. “Our philosophy has always been: ‘Customer service comes first’,” says Gordon Smith, Manager of Adelaide Profile Services. It’s a philosophy that’s paid off. The new state-of-the art premises covers approximately 5000 sqm. With eight profile cutting machines, 4 surface grinders, and a new two-story office building, the new site has resulted in a quantum leap in productivity and operational efficiency. “The new premises benefits our customers greatly,” according to Gordon, customer service, product availability, and quality are the key values that underpin Adelaide Profile Services’ operations. “Customer service is paramount at Adelaide Profile Services. It’s all about giving the best value to our clients. Focus on maintaining product availability and quality of finished products,” says Gordon.

adds. “We are committed to staying at the cutting edge of technology, and we are always looking at improving our systems and equipment.” According to Gordon, versatility is also a key component of Adelaide Profile Services’ approach to its work. “We can do anything from barbecue plates to a 5000 tonne ship. Our major clients are all from really diverse sectors of industry, such as the automotive industry, agriculture, mining and defence.” Quality products need quality steel. That’s where XLERPLATE ® comes in. Supplied by Australia’s largest steel producer, BlueScope Steel, XLERPLATE® is a brand of high quality hot rolled plate steel. Gordon says that availability and consistency are the key benefits of using XLERPLATE®. “It’s a very reliable product and the quality and consistency is always good” he says. “The fact that it’s Australian steel is also important. As an Australian company, we are very proactive in supporting local product. A good supplier is critical to our business,” adds Gordon. “Product must be delivered on time, or it affects our service levels to our customers.” XLERPLATE® is a brand of high quality hot rolled steel product from BlueScope Steel. XLERPLATE® and BlueScope are registered trademarks of BlueScope Steel Limited. (ABN 16 000 011 058) For more information visit

APS approach to training staff, from sales and marketing personnel, to programme writers, to workshop staff, has also contributed to the company’s success. “Employees are given hands-on, in-house training, that is specifically geared to our operations and systems,” explains Gordon. “We’ve always invested a lot in research and development,” he WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



TEAMWORK PUTS UNDERPASS PROJECT AHEAD OF THE GAME outh Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallipoli Underpass on South Road is an outstanding example of teamwork in action. Not only did AdelaideConnect bring the project in early, under budget and with no days lost due to workplace injury, they won an Earth Award from the Civil Construction Federation this year, and the Engineers Australia Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award in 2007 for the process adopted in developing the design and construction.

Early Contractor Involvement (ECI). The task was constructing an underpass on ANZAC Highway, to improve traffic flow on this main transport link between the industry of the south and the port in the north. It is Adelaideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest arterial road for both freight and commuters. Construction had to take place while maintaining traffic flows of up to 40,000 vehicles a day, and without disrupting adjoining community facilities, including a medical centre.

AdelaideConnect brought together the talents of Thiess and Leed Engineering and Construction in a joint venture, working as part of a consortium with Parsons Brinckerhoff, HASSELL, and Kath Moore and Associates alongside the SA Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, to deliver a design and construct contract utilising

Thiess and Leed provided project management during the ECI phase, and engineering support and project supervision during construction, including managing the construction of concrete structures, earthworks and pavement construction. The project commenced in March 2006 and was completed late 2009.



from the start in order to reach “Best for Project” outcomes. Working together in a collocated office promoted good communication amongst the team and meant that each party developed a good understanding of all of the issues and drivers for the project. Strong relationships and a cooperative “one team” approach based on collaboration was developed during the early stages of the ECI process. These relationships and behaviours continued throughout the construction phase resulting in a successful project for all parties,” he said. “As a contractor, being involved during the early stages of the project meant that we could have more constructability and planning input in the design. The large amount of time and effort that went into detailed constructability and programming reviews resulted in a project that ran to plan without any major unforseen issues. The project was completed ahead of programme and under budget.” “The intersection is one of the busiest in Adelaide and it was vital that we maintained traffic flow throughout the construction period. We achieved this through the use of an innovative design and a staged delivery programme. In stage 1 the Southern half of the bridge and underpass were constructed leaving the existing traffic on ANZAC Highway just North of the construction work. The Southern half of the bridge was designed to accommodate live loading prior to the entire bridge being completed. This allowed the ANZAC Highway traffic to be diverted onto the new Southern half of the bridge whilst the new Northern half was built where the traffic had previously been running. In addition to this the underpass was positioned to the West of the existing South Road alignment, further reducing potential traffic impacts.” One of the core values of the project team was the development of our staff and succession planning. This was seen as Leed’s George Constantinides was promoted to Project Manager for the final stages of construction. “We all sat down as a consortium to develop the design,” he said. “Everyone worked in the one office, which streamlined the design process and allowed every aspect of the concept design to be challenged in terms of constructability and value for money. The ECI process reduced the costs and gave the client the best result.” There’s no rest for the excellent – Thiess is currently working on Adelaide’s Coast to Coast Light Rail Project which is extending the existing tramline from North Terrace, down Port Road to the Entertainment Centre. Leed, building on their relationship contracting capability, are busy with the Glenelg to Adelaide Parklands Project which is the first Alliance Contract with the South Australian Government.

Developing a design that would meet the projected future traffic flows along South Road was the main challenge, according to Leed Engineering and Construction Director, Andrew Millar. “We involved both the urban designer and public consultation teams from the beginning. The design was developed to cater for construction staging, not the other way round,” he said. “An excellent relationship has been achieved between all partners in this project to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the successful outcome for the project and the companies involved”. Thiess Project Manager for the early construction stages, Paul Teakle, found many positives in the teamwork approach. “The ECI process allowed the Client, Designer and Contractor to work together right WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


DRIVING THE SENSE OF PLACE s part of the Adelaide Connect ECI team, HASSELL made urban design one of the drivers of the Gallipoli Underpass project. The outcome has been recognised with three State Awards and has been nominated for a national CCF Award. “Generally (although less so now) infrastructure was the often the poor cousin in architecture. The components of the underpass; the bridges, abutments, walls, roads, kerbs, gutters, noise walls are often designed alone and not as a ‘kit of parts’,” said HASSELL Principal Daniel Bennett. “We provided design advice on seemingly unrelated objects such as traffic barrier profiles, retaining wall locations, light pole shape and colour, and many other elements with the sole aim of ensuring the right things ‘disappeared’ into the landscape, whilst highlighting interesting forms such as the profile of the underpass itself. “Our biggest influence was the appreciation of ANZAC Highway as an ‘ANZAC Remembrance’ drive. We decided early on that the design had to reflect and acknowledge the importance of ANZAC history and tradition as well as remembrance. There are several aspects to the Remembrance: the ANZAC Memorial Garden, the four ANZAC Memorial Walls, the Feature Walls and the Bridge Memorial.” The landscape design created enhanced vistas along the very linear site. The water-sensitive design included selecting plant species adapted to the local climatic conditions as well as several different kinds of mulches to reduce evaporation. “ Working to very tight timeframes – often only a month apart – created a spirited working environment. The ECI process allowed a real ‘’best for project’ approach from all involved. Whilst we were all part of “AdelaideConnect’ – the company ‘hats’ came off making it a 218 SA PROJECT FEATURE GALLIPOLI UNDERPASS

truly collaborative shared office with urban design at the forefront,” said Daniel. “As a landscape architect, I have become accustomed to having to challenge ‘norms’ and to consider the engineering solutions put forward constructively. The ECI process, despite the tight timeframes, allowed time to think and align the different perspectives and approaches. One of the great project outcomes is the fact that despite overall project savings achieved of over 35%, the urban design elements were not scaled back or reduced in quality. “ HASSELL was founded in 1938 and is one of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary practices in the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Planning. HASSELL has 800 staff across studios in Australia, China, Thailand and Hong Kong servicing those regions as well as New Zealand and Europe. HASSELL’s vision is to be a global leader in designing a sustainable future. Among the Adelaide office’s diverse current projects are Adelaide Zoo’s Giant Panda Exhibit, Adelaide Oval redevelopment, Bowden Urban Village Masterplan, an upgrade to one of Adelaide’s prime eating Streets (Rundle Street) and working with the same Gallipoli Underpass team on another ECI-structured project, the Coast to Coast Light Rail extension.

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xis Constructions (SA) Pty Ltd (Axis) is part of the Axis Building Group, a multi disciplined national construction organisation with focus directed primarily to Government Departments. Axis Constructions (SA) has recently completed the refurbishment of Glenelg’s Iconic Holdfast Hotel as well as one of the South Australian Government’s first Low Affordable Housing Developments in the Adelaide CBD. Axis Building Group operates a Quality Management System that complies with the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 (Quality) and AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Safety). Axis is proud to have been associated with the Anzac Highway Underpass providing Acoustic Attenuation Services to a number of properties affected by road noise adjacent to the underpass. Axis has demonstrated capabilities and experience in noise attenuation of buildings such as schools, homes, offices, churches and public buildings. We have been and are engaged in noise attenuation schemes and projects such as • Adelaide Airport Noise Insulation Project (AANIP) • Sydney Airport Noise Insulation Project (SANIP) • Anzac Highway/South Rd Underpass (DTEI) • Northern Expressway Road Noise Attenuation Project (NExy – DTEI) • Sturt Highway Upgrade Road Noise Attenuation Project (DTEI) • Port River Expressway Road Noise Attenuation Project (PRexy – DTEI) • Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA) NSW Road Noise Architectural Acoustic Treatment Program Axis Building Group’s Head Office is located in Sydney with Axis Constructions Pty Ltd and Axis Metal Roofing Pty Ltd servicing the Sydney and NSW Construction Industry. Axis Constructions Pty Ltd is an award winning Master Builder with prequalification with The NSW Department of Commerce, NSW State Rail, Federal Transport for Aircraft Noise Insulation Works in Sydney and Adelaide, NSW RTA Architectural Acoustic Treatment Works and NSW Department of Housing to name just a few. Axis Constructions strong association with leading Architects and Engineers is the perfect platform for Design and Construct projects and developments. Axis Metal Roofing Pty Ltd is recognized as one of the Metal Roofing Industry’s leaders having completed numerous iconic projects in Sydney and NSW such as the Stadium Australia, the Olympic Aquatic Centre, IMAX Theatre, the Olympic Velodrome and the Blacktown Athletic Centre where the roof sheeting was a continuous length of 110 metres. Axis Metal Roofing is a Quality and Safety Endorsed company. AXIS BUILDING GROUP AXIS CONSTRUCTIONS (SA) PTY TD 16 Byre Avenue Somerton Park SA 5044 t. 08 82941134 f. 08 8294 1184 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


eca has assisted with cost effective design solutions to give one of Adelaide’s most congested bottlenecks a substantial makeover. A major arterial route into Adelaide, ANZAC Highway intersects with South Road, Adelaide’s busiest and most critical arterial freight route. South Road carries much of the road traffic from the southern suburbs towards the city centre. Growth and development in these suburbs has seen South Road users suffering the effects of extreme traffic congestion in recent years, and the intersection with ANZAC Highway was a particular hotspot. The South Road underpass is part of the South Australian Government's plan to transform all of South Road into a continuous non-stop route, reducing congestion and improving safety. In keeping with the theme of ANZAC Highway, it features five memorials including a memorial plaza dedicated to the ANZAC’s. The underpass was lauded by South Australia’s Premier Mike Rann as “a successful project, on time and on budget, with a very strong urban design focus”. The Project Scope The challenge was to produce a cost effective solution for achieving major improvements to both roads, constructed with minimum disruption to the community and traffic and within the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure’s (DTEI) budget. The DTEI appointed the AdelaideConnect consortium under an ‘Early Contractor Involvement’ (ECI) contract, which allowed detailed interaction between the client, designers and constructors at the planning and preliminary design stage. The project scope included the underpass, extensive retaining walls, a new intersection layout and urban design enhancements. Beca’s Contribution Assisting the principal design consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), Beca provided significant inputs to the selection of the agreed solution and the development of the selected design. These inputs included early stage investigation of alternatives, development of several structural solution options and value-for-money design to suit the final layout. When the preferred solution was approved, Beca undertook the detailed design of the underpass bridge, seconding its lead structural engineer to the project. According to Beca’s General Manager of Infrastructure in Australia, Robert Jamieson, his team continued to provide support throughout the construction and, when unforeseen ground conditions led to difficulties on site, worked closely with the construction team and PB to develop cost effective, practical solutions to overcome the difficulties and allow construction to continue. “We are proud to have contributed to this major improvement in the Adelaide road network, and to work closely with the DTEI staff and the design and construction team to find solutions together and meet the project goals,” he says. An active Roads and Bridges Team Beca’s Australian Roads and Bridges team, based in Melbourne, is pre-qualified for most of the professional services for civil, transportation, and planning work associated with projects for Vic Roads. The team is actively building market presence in the region, positioning itself in the local government, contractors and consultants, and state government markets. Australian transportation clients can also benefit from the capabilities and experience of the broader Beca 220 SA PROJECT FEATURE GALLIPOLI UNDERPASS


Gallipoli Underpass a positive step to easing commuter blues group. Beca is the largest transportation provider in New Zealand, with expertise in transportation infrastructure and intelligent transport systems. The Roads and Bridges team also recently did detailed design for the Melbourne Airport APAC Drive on and off ramps, a project nearing completion. The AUS$20 million project provides a new connection to the Melbourne’s motorway network with better terminal access. Beca’s full detailed design scope on the project included civil and structural engineering services, traffic engineering, lighting, cost management and stakeholder management. Global Multidisciplinary Support Beca is one of the largest employee-owned engineering and related consultancy services companies in the Asia-Pacific. The company offers a variety of engineering consultancy services as well as cost management, project management, planning, architecture, land information, valuations and software development. Beca provides these services to clients in many markets including water, airports, defence, mining and metals, oil and gas, transportation and power. Beca’s ability to bring multidisciplinary teams together from locations around the globe, to bring the right skills onto a particular project, is a key differentiator.



Glenn Makes ‘Big Things’ Possible he Big Prawn in NSW, London’s Millenium Dome, the Equatorial Hotel in Ho Chi Minn City, the Australian Pavilion at Japan’s World Expo, Melbourne’s Underground Tunnel and Brisbane’s Aquativity Waterplay Park: all diverse structures and all prime examples of how Glenn Industries can make big things possible. Glenn Industries is a leading manufacturer of lightweight engineered building systems and products servicing commercial, industrial, civil engineering, agricultural and domestic projects globally. The company has the capability to design, engineer, manufacture and install their trademarked, GlennGRC® (Glass Reinforced Cement) to exacting requirements and replicate the most intricate design detail even in the most critical historic restoration works.

“The panels feature an artistic lineal relief pattern which transects across multiple panels and in order to match the pattern, with a zero tolerance, as the entry and exit walls tapered, 3-D draft of design detailing was critical”, Sasha Grosset, GI’s Business Development Manager explained. “GlennGRC® met all the project criteria in terms of quality of finish, strength and longevity and at approximately 1/10th the weight of precast concrete, also provided a lightweight solution with exceptional erection speed time.” Sasha said The Underpass project clearly demonstrated the speed and simplicity of installing GlennGRC® panels with Glenn Industries utilising their own trucks, crew and access equipment for the staged installation procedure.

This versatile Adelaide-based company has most recently applied this expertise in the fabrication of GlennGRC® to supply and install detailed panels for the South Road ‘Gallipoli’ Underpass in Adelaide. The project required the product to be aesthetically pleasing, durable, impact resistant, lightweight as well as fast and easy to install to avoid undue disruption to the busy thoroughfare during construction.

GlennGRC® panels are formed with an integrally cast steel sub-frame which were custom engineered for the underpass project to withstand the buffeting and suction wind loads associated with vehicular traffic while providing an aesthetically pleasing finish with no exposed fixings. Installation requires no steel framing or secondary steel work as the panels are a completely finished product.

GlennGRC® panels cover both the entrance and exit walls of the underpass with 240 panels, measuring approximately 2.5 metres wide and varying from 1m to 9m high, required to complete the project.

As the basic elements are recyclable glass and concrete and Glenn Industries has adapted green principles within their manufacturing facility, GlennGRC® panels meet many of the most stringent ‘Green Building’ requirements.



Builders and architects can further maximise the benefits of GlennGRC® by utilising Glenn Industries’ consulting services at the initial design phase. GlennGRC® has been proven as an extremely cost-effective solution in a wide range of applications with optimum results achieved when the product is specified at the design stage. GlennGRC® has been utilised as a cladding product on projects including the new Newcastle Council Chambers, the Australian Taxation Office in Adelaide, the Equatorial Hotel in Ho Chi Minn City in Vietnam and as the main element in recreational facilities such as the ‘Aquativity Waterplay Park’ in Brisbane and the whimsical sculptures in the ‘Backyard Playscape’ in Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Square.

Japan also featured GlennGRC® panels, providing excellent acoustic qualities and the mandatory four hour fire safety rating. The high gloss feature on these panels and the similar finish on the ticket booths at Spencer Street Station and the Melbourne Underground Tunnel are just a few of the many finishes which Glenn Industries can create to suit individual projects. With GlennGRC®, you are only limited by your imagination!

Public artworks are an ideal application for GlennGRC® and the product’s versatility is showcased on ‘The Body Zone’ in London’s Millenium Dome, which won the Australian Institute of Building’s ‘Professional Excellence in Building’ Award in 2000. Glenn Industries utilise their proprietary ‘Dots in Space’ technology to sculpt artworks to exact dimensions and create, to scale, well-known icons such as Australia’s Big Merino and Big Prawn and the Merlion on Singapore’s Sentosa Island. The internal walls of the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo in WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


JAMTEK STRUCTURAL PTY LTDSOLID EXPERTISE FOR CIVIL CONSTRUCTIONS aving a multi-skilled workforce is one of Jamtek Structural’s greatest strengths. When it comes to a major job like the South Road Underpass project, they are able to construct the formwork and also do the steel fixing, as well as place in-situ concrete. “I employ carpenters and then multiskill them,” explained company Founder and Managing Director Steve Plamenac. “Tony Falzon looks after the construction side and is our senior general foreman, his 35 years plus experience in the industry makes it easier to take on the challenges in order to create the ongoing quality standards we are trying to achieve. “We do the majority of the work on any job ourselves, only occasionally and when required or where there are larger work scopes do we use known and reliable subcontractors, as we did on the Gallipoli underpass. “For the South Road Underpass project we did all the Formwork, in-situ concrete and reo for the abutments, bridge deck and roadside barriers, and also did the culvert replacement at Brown Hill Creek. We also built quite a large storage tank underneath the road.” The task involved up to 12-20 Jamtek workers and or sub-contractors at any one time, working from September 2007 through to September 2009. “There were stringent quality controls, the design mixes had to be approved, concrete testing had to be approved on site on an above normal sequence, there was no margin for error with the quality control,” said Steve. “The roadside barriers were a challenge with the shape, which changed in size, they grew and changed shape as they got bigger. It was also a challenge working with existing infrastructure around the site, a lot of areas were a bit confined.” 224 SA PROJECT FEATURE GALLIPOLI UNDERPASS

Since Jamtek began operating in 2003, they have undertaken some extremely significant civil projects. They include providing all the formwork on the Bakewell Underpass for McConnell Dowell; supplying concrete, reo and formwork for the shiplifter at Larges Bay Marina for Bardavcol; contracting for York Civil on Berth 7 and Pt River express way and currently working on the Coast 2 Coast for Thiess and Downer EDI performing the insitu works for the tramway extension through the city of Adelaide. They also did the formwork on the biodiesel facility for Leed Engineering and Leightons; assisted with a bridge in Robinvale NSW for Baulderstone Hornibrook, a spillway in Victoria for Leed Engineering, and spent six months involved with the City Green Alliance Pipeline GAP Project, also a Leed Engineering Alliance project. They also did the formwork on some quite large temporary works bridges on the new desalination plant for Leed. Green Star work is also part of their repertoire, with Jamtek brought in by Hansen Yuncken on the Six Green Star SA Water Offices project to do a small service trench and install plywood and particle board decking. “It was only a small part, however it was interesting having to use and ensuring all glues and other materials met Green Star requirements,” said Steve.


eovert were contracted to undertake the ground engineering package of work for Adelaide Connect on the South Road / Anzac Highway Underpass which involved the drilling and installation of soil nails, permanent post tensioned anchors, bored drainage and extensive shotcrete works. Geovert is a specialised Construction Company that has developed a reputation for providing innovative construction solutions in the field of Ground Engineering, Slope Stabilisation and Rockfall Protection. They’re able to provide clients’ value engineering on projects at an early stage in their design process by using innovative construction techniques and turn key solutions. The technical team draw on their vast amounts of experience working on foundation engineering projects locally and internationally, managing the design and construction of geotechnical works on civil, mining and infrastructure projects.

Geovert is an Australian owned business that has been operating for 10 years with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and New Zealand and has worked on projects through out Asia and the Pacific. Being driven by innovation and quality, the company also understands their clients’ requirements in terms of OHS management and traceability and have the resources to assist in developing look-ahead programmes and detailed methodologies to allow multiple areas or projects to work simultaneously.

The South Road project used the largest quantity of soil nailing in South Australian infrastructure to date, comprising of over 19,000 linear meters of soil nails in just 300 meters of new road. Utilising newly imported specialist drilling and anchoring plant, Geovert completed the works within the programme, exceeded the client’s high level of quality and safety expectations, and illustrated the advantages of this type of ground support to all contract parties. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


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t is a credit to the skills of Filcon Safety Group (SA) that they managed traffic flows of up to 40,000 vehicles a day for a working civil construction site without a single major incident. Theirs was the complex job of planning and implementing all the traffic management requirements throughout every stage of the Gallipoli Underpass project, working to project-wide safety standards set by Leed and Thiess which resulted in over 750 days of construction with no Lost Time Injuries (LTIs). “Our involvement stretched from the very first surveyors being on site, through to the finishing touches to the landscaping and final layers of asphalt. We also provided onsite security guards to guard and keep secure the entire one kilometre long site,” said Filcon SA’s Managing Director, Dean Van Kempen. “The daily requirement for staffing was intense, at times needing up to 20 personnel on site at once and at other times requiring coordination of 10 to 15 traffic controllers for 4 to 5 days of around the clock works. On average I believe we would have had 6 to 8 traffic controllers on site for the entire duration of the project. The constant flow of traffic on South Road, being the main north south corridor was a huge challenge, and in general the overall traffic flow on Anzac and South rd was a continuous issue. “The relationship we have developed with Thiess and Leed, the two members of the Adelaide Connect joint venture, has become a solid one as we have moved onto various other projects with Leed, and are also currently working with Thiess on the Coast to Coast Tram Line extension project in Adelaide. Both Thiess and Leed have very high safety standards so it has been great for Filcon to align ourselves with such highly professional companies.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Filcon SA have been in operation since 2007 and provide contracting Road Traffic Management solutions and security services for both construction and film industry projects throughout South Australia. They have over 60 employees forming experienced teams who can implement safe and efficient lane closures, diversions/detours, total street/road closures and effective systems for pedestrian flow through construction work sites. The company offers a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Traffic Management Service, also Client Liaison and Work Site Assessments; Traffic Management Plan Survey and Consultation; Council and DTEI permits, applications and liaison; Long term site Traffic Management signage implementation and maintenance; and equipment hire including but not limited to Arrow and VMS boards, Water Barriers, Temporary Fencing and General Signage. Their focus is on supplying state of the art services, with a commitment to efficient and safety conscious work sites. All Filcon’s traffic controllers have the construction industry OH&S White Card and Workzone Traffic Management Qualifications. The Filcon Safety Group’s Head Office in Melbourne actively services every state in Australia, providing specialist traffic and security solutions for clients including Hansen Yuncken, Probuild Constructions, Sergi Cranes, Abigroup, Paramount Pictures International, Sony Pictures International and Channels 10, 9 and 7.







HD were not the original structural consultants on the project. At the time of tender, the project had been fully documented and a builder appointed to undertake the forward earthworks contract, which included construction of a 265m long sheet piled wall around the perimeter of the site followed by bulk excavation to foundation level. Three builders were subsequently invited to submit tenders for the main project. Arccon, one of the invited tenderers, recognised that a conforming bid alone was unlikely to achieve sufficient savings to justify awarding the contract to a new builder. Based on previous highly successful â&#x20AC;&#x153;design and constructâ&#x20AC;? projects with GHD, Arccon engaged the global consultancy to investigate alternative structural floor solutions that would potentially generate sufficient cost and time savings to win the project, and justify re-designing the structure. The design by architects Bollig Design Group maximised planning flexibility by adopting a 12.6m x 8.2m structural grid module. The tender design for the floor system comprised precast pre-tensioned beams and transverse hollowcore planks with an in-situ topping slab. Site constraints and craneage limitations were a concern as some of the heavier lifts would have been of the order of 30 tonnes. The challenge for GHD was to find an alternative economic form of construction that minimised potential changes to the architectural and services layouts and structural building module, but generated sufficient structural savings to justify the re-design of the floor system.

dead load, plus a given proportion of the live loading. Also, the level of prestressing was selected to resist the total in-span bending moments, and normal reinforcement provided in the top of the slab to supplement the required larger bending moment capacity over the supports. The tendons were fully bonded, of parabolic profile, and stressed in a single stage from one end. Assisted by the alternative design prepared by GHD, Arccon were successful in being awarded the contract. GHD were subsequently commissioned by Saracen Properties as structural consultants for the project, including overall responsibility for over-viewing the remainder of the structural design, leading to additional subsequent savings. Final design of the floor structure was undertaken using a threedimensional finite element analysis to model the entire slab. This enabled the elastic behaviour of the slab to be more accurately modelled than frequently used frame models. This approach allowed the effects of cracking, shrinkage and creep to be incorporated into the analysis, thereby providing a more accurate assessment of the long term deflections. The simple low cost system proved highly successful during construction and permitted repeated use of formwork over large areas. There were further advantages gained such as reducing reinforcement congestion, but more importantly, earlier removal of formwork.

After investigating various design options, a 300mm thick partially post-tensioned in-situ concrete slab emerged as a clear choice for the principal construction material. The design approach adopted differs from more conventional post-tensioned design. The post-tensioning was applied in one direction only and provided primarily to control deflections, as opposed to the normal technique of balancing the 230 WA PROJECT FEATURE 502 HAY STREET


SUNLITE SHADING he overhead glazing and stainless steel framing for walkway awnings to the full perimeter of the building and for the entrance canopy at 502 Hay Street were fabricated and installed by specialist contractors Sunlite Australia. The design and specification also required Sunlite to provide stainless steel outriggers, stainless steel spider fixings, AS glass and toughened laminated glass. Sunlite Australia specialise in façade shading for residential and commercial construction. For owners, builders, architects and designers they create solutions that are practical, aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting. As well as fabricating and installing fixed overhead glazing for awnings and canopies, Sunlite offer an extensive range of aluminium louvres and shutters, awnings, weather shades, privacy screens and external venetian blinds. Manually and electronically operable control systems can adjust blade angles throughout the day and from season to season. Electronic systems use Somfy motors allowing switch or wireless control, which can also be connected to cbus and smart-wired systems for automatic operation. Sunliteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s louvre systems provide sun, wind and weather protection, help with natural solar control, reduce heating and cooling loads and add value to the overall development. Suitable for a broad range of applications, Sunlite louvres are based on elliptical blade profiles of 60mm, 90mm, 180mm and the 240mm Weathershade blade. These blade profiles are used for privacy screen panels with fixed or adjustable louvres, sliding louvre panels with top and bottom track, window awnings for summer/winter sun control and overhead louvre systems for weatherproofing and solar control systems. Manufactured from Australian standard aluminium, UV-rated nylon and marine grade stainless steel, with anodised or powdercoat coloured finishes, Sunlite products can be used internally or externally with the confidence that they will stand up to harsh conditions. Australian-owned and family-operated for 25 years, Sunlite is Perthbased and can supply and install Australia-wide. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


aracen Properties’ major new office building at 502 Hay Street is the largest development of its kind in Subiaco. Its scale presented both challenges and opportunities for specialist fire engineers, Saraceni L and N Design Group. Recently completed, the development has already become a landmark address, with a broad frontage to Hay Street, the major traffic artery heading west from the Perth CBD. Behind its eye-catching façade are four levels of large floor plate office space above ground floor retail tenancies. Basement and ground level parking provides spaces for 170 vehicles. The central service core provides all the wanted facilities including three passenger lifts, which connect all levels. The wide but relatively shallow floor plates mean that office space receives abundant natural light. Finishes are to the highest standards.

The solutions adopted ensure that 502 Hay Street meets and generally exceeds the fire safety performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia and all of the relevant Australian standards. For example, in the basement car park, extra fire hose reels were installed to insure full coverage. The number of hydrants was also increased. Within the office tower, additional egress capacity was designed in and additional hydrants and hose reels installed. Saraceni L and N Design Group provide the full range of fire safety engineering services, including design and documentation, fire safety audits and compliance reports, as well as building surveying compliance reports.

Fire engineer Lou Saraceni designed the fire sprinkler systems and came up with several alternative fire safety solutions which were fully supported by local Council authorities. The shape and size of the floor plates and potential total number of occupants required solutions above and beyond the conventional code. “We didn’t just want to satisfy the code,” said Lou, “We wanted to make sure that the building’s fire safety would go several steps further.” 232 WA PROJECT FEATURE 502 HAY STREET


teel Reinforcement Company Malaga were contracted to supply and fabricate reinforcement steel for all areas of the 502 Hay Street, Subiaco project. When their work at Hay Street commenced in September 2007, SRC Malaga was a young company, having been established only in March of that year. However the company’s owner, Russell Williams, has a long and distinguished background in the Western Australian construction industry and, under Russell’s guidance the SCR Malaga fabricating facility at 27 Harris Road had been set up specifically to handle projects of the type and scale of the Hay Street office and retail development. The company’s state of the art factory is able to operate 24hrs a day with shift work for all your reinforcing needs.

Russell Williams is also the owner and director of well-known Western Australian formwork company, Ausform/Wesform. His knowledge and expertise in the building industry comes from over 40 years of hands on experience. Russell has completed many major formwork projects throughout Perth and Western Australia. SCR Malaga has already formed a strong customer base, thanks to its emphasis on customer service, competitive prices and its ability to meet orders promptly and to exact specification. The company has a network of overseas raw material suppliers who are able to meet the Australian Standards Grade 500N and consistently meet the steel delivery schedules.

“It was no trouble for us to ramp up our production rate in the factory whenever it was needed throughout the two years we spent on the Hay Street job,” said Jane Tilley of SRC Malaga. “Our factory set up, and our experienced teams in the factory meant that we had the flexibility and capacity to adjust as the project demanded.”



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or Paul Troaini, proprietor of Austech Plumbing (WA), the 502 Hay Street project was the largest undertaken in the Subiaco district. A third generation plumber, Paul has been driving Austech’s development since its establishment in 1989. The scope of Austech’s sub-contract comprised all plumbing, stormwater and fire services, including booster, conventional and mains. Because the building aimed for – and earned – a four and a half star AGBR rating, Austech’s expertise proved valuable in helping with selection of materials, fittings and equipment that minimised water and energy consumption. “We started work on the 502 Hay Street site more than two years ago,” said Paul. “As usual, the plumbing contractor is one of the first in and almost the last out on a major commercial construction site. We had a team of seven dedicated to the site, including a site manager.”

Austech is a Perth-owned-and-grown company, which has earned a “plumbing contractor of choice” reputation, based on a dedication to customer service. “We depend on word-of-mouth and customer referrals to keep our business growing,” said Paul. “Since 1995, we have also been doing a lot of insurance work. That’s the sort of repeat client business that lives or dies on how promptly and efficiently you get the jobs done. We will always give our customers value for money as we value long term relationships.” Other current and recent Austech projects include a major, new apartment complex in Malcolm Street, Perth, and refurbishment of the Sunday Times building. Austech Plumbing (WA) are fully licensed and members of the Master Plumbers association.

Austech handle all types of plumbing, fire service and gas work. Their specialties are larger commercial projects and the detailed work demanded by architects on larger private homes. “Our whole-of-home self-regenerating water filtration systems are becoming very popular on that sort of project,” said Paul. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



urther strengthening their reputation as an industry leader, Baulderstone has completed a significant refurbishment of the heritage listed Edmund Barton Building in Canberra in just 52 weeks. Situated prominently on the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin, the Edmund Barton Building was designed by world-renowned architect Harry Seidler and constructed between 1970 and 1974. Heritage listed on the National Estate, the building is a significant Australian landmark and Baulderstone had to ensure that the main fabric and elements that represent the Commonwealth Heritage Values of the building were protected throughout the works.


The building consists of 6 cores joining 7 wings around 2 large internal courtyards, stands 5 floors above ground level and includes one basement. The faรงade of the building consists of off-form structural precast post-tensioned concrete beams and panels with a distinctive stainless steel disc design. The scope of the refurbishment works entailed the demolition and replacement of all existing services and finishes, refurbishment of lifts, replacement of the faรงade glass, and complete reconfiguration of the basement, with the final outcome providing 45,000sqm of net lettable area with an average floor plate of 7,741sqm. The brief also required structural alterations, roof rectification, and rectification of AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

a 2.4 x 1.4m opening for materials entry into the building. A man and materials hoist was also installed at one of the cores for small materials and man access to floors. Due to the tight time-frame for the early planning stages, prototype installations were developed for services coordination within the extremely limited constraints of the ceiling space as the existing structure had a low ceiling height compared to modern-day buildings. This allowed for correct construction sequencing to be developed, which necessitated strict time frames and coordination between all trades. Consistent with construction of the 1970’s, the building contained asbestos, the removal of which formed part of the contracted works. For the majority of the contract period, Baulderstone also had to contend with and maintain the conditions of an existing tenant in the basement who provided on-line network security services to government, public and private clients. Baulderstone were able to provide innovative solutions to work around the existing tenant for 6 months of the contract period and were able to re-programme much of the works that were affected by the tenancy to achieve the tight target dates. To achieve the targeted 5 Green Star and 4.5 NABERS base-building rating, numerous ESD initiatives were included. The building now boasts the largest active chilled beam installation in the southern hemisphere and includes thermal heat wheels which provide 100% fresh air at all times. 2760 windows in the wings of the building were reglazed into existing heritage-listed window frames with energy efficient doubleglazed units and 60 floor-to-ceiling window units were installed to the 6 cores. An innovative aluminium scaffolding system was developed to facilitate the external glazing silicon top up. Completing such a complex project within a year is a remarkable feat but adding to their exemplary performance, Baulderstone recorded no Lost Time Injuries on the project. Considering the nature of the work, the tight time-frame and the high levels of manpower on site, this is truly a significant tribute to the Baulderstone site management team.

existing items that did not comply with current BCA regulations. The project was delivered in 4 stages and to ensure adherence with the strict timeframe, site manpower was maintained at 270 men per day for a six month period, peaking at slightly over 300. One of the early challenges the team, led by Project Manager Matthew Moar, had to overcome was materials handling – the project was akin to ‘feeding an elephant with a teaspoon’. The building has no goods lift, utilising only small passenger lifts, and had no large openings in its façade. Rubbish chutes were erected at three cores for removal and recycling of demolished materials, then Staged scaffold loading bays were installed to the core windows, which provided WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

PROJECT TEAM MANAGEMENT: Matthew Moar Project Manager Pedro DaSilva Site Manager Nicholas Turner Contracts Manager Adam Sharp Services Manager

BAULDERSTONE PTY LTD Level 4, 39 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113 t. 02 9935 7100 f. 02 9935 7080 Contact: Shona Baxter e. ACT PROJECT FEATURE EDMUND BARTON BUILDING 237

Edmund Barton oniquick list uick Contracting (NSW) Pty Limited are extremely proud to include the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Edmund Barton Building in Canberra to their growing list of recently completed projects in the ACT. The works were administered and supervised by Steve Hyde (Construction Manager) and Richard Forward (Supervisor). Quick Contracting is a medium to large plumbing company, which commenced trading in 1952 as Quick Plumbing in Victoria and now operates as a standalone contractor throughout Eastern Australia. The company’s first project was the Athlete’s Accommodation for the 1956 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and since that time, they have been associated with many landmark buildings and expanding into NSW and the ACT. The Edmund Barton Building refurbishment project included the demolition and replacement of all existing services and finishes with Quick Contracting (NSW) Pty Limited engaged to carry out the hydraulic services for main contractor, Baulderstone. The original building was constructed in the 1970’s and as heritage listed property, all contractors, including Quick, faced the challenge of ensuring that the main fabric and elements that represent the Commonwealth Heritage Values of the building were protected. The scope of the works involved the renewal of services to the six core toilet blocks, including sanitary plumbing, hot and cold water and reuse stormwater for toilet flushing, as well as fire hydrants and hose reels. Within the basement area, the works involved a combination of both renewing and using the existing reticulation mains. In particular, all the previous vacuum sewer ejectors were replaced with purpose made stainless steel units and cutter pumps and all the subsoil pumps were also replaced To assist in achieving the aim of a 5 Star Green-Star rating and a 4.5 star ABGR for the base building works, Quick Contracting used solar panels as a renewable energy source for preheated hot water on the project. As part of the Green Star requirements stormwater was collected externally in a purpose built collection pit and pumped back to a 300,000Lt storage tank. A filtration and sterilisation plant was built to treat the collected stormwater and a new ring main installed into the basement for service to the core toilets. As part of the new fit out to the toilet areas, water saving fixtures were installed including sensor taps to the basins and low flush fixtures. This extremely interesting project further enhances the company’s impressive ACT portfolio which already includes the Centrelink National Support Office in Tuggeranong, 18 Marcus Clarke Street and 7 London Circuit. Quick Contracting has supported its expansion into the ACT by establishing an office and factory in Queanbeyan to better service projects in the area. Still 100% family owned, Quick Contracting employs some 80 to 100 staff throughout the company from Design and Estimating to Plumbing and Draining. The company provides a comprehensive range of services including design and construct solutions; installation only contracts; Government Projects; Apartments; Hospitals; Office Towers; Mechanical Pipework; Solar Hot Water systems; Gray Water Systems; Rainwater Harvesting and Water Filtration 238 ACT PROJECT FEATURE EDMUND BARTON BUILDING


QUICK PLUMBING Unit 21, 32 Perry Street Matraville NSW 2036 t. 02 9316 9206 f. 02 9316 8212 contact John Haran (General Manager) e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


B&D Call on Their Superhero

CT-based B&D Crane Hire, called on the ‘superhero’ of their equipment fleet to cope with the specialised materials loading requirements on the refurbishment of the Edmund Barton Building in Canberra. The project required special platforms to facilitate loading through the windows and B&D manufactured custom parts to suit the project along with utilising a range of 30-100 tonne cranes and the star of their fleet, spiderman. B&D is the only company to own a ‘spiderman’, which is a specialised roll-in roll-out platform which hangs off the crane to facilitate loading into difficult areas. B&D also owns the only Tower cranes and Alimacs in the area and has a large fleet of mobile cranes, rigging and steel erection crews and an engineering service to manufacture special requirements. To ensure there is no down time on their equipment or waiting time for technicians from Sydney, B&D employ a team of full time crane and plant technicians and are available 24/7 throughout the ACT and surrounding areas.



PO Box 248, Gosford, NSW 2250 ph: 02 4322 1522 fax: 02 4322 1400 240 ACT PROJECT FEATURE EDMUND BARTON BUILDING

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Fredon Air "working together for better results" he refurbishment of a 1970’s heritage listed building would under normal circumstances present unique challenges. The preservation of designated heritage items during construction and the installation of new mechanical equipment into existing building confines would naturally require careful planning and co-ordination. And whilst the Edmund Barton Building was no different, it also was a special case, due to the magnitude of works to be undertaken and time allocated. Never the less Fredon Air were ready, willing and able to meet this challenge! With over $18 million worth of mechanical services to complete in under 12 months it included the supply and installation of over 2900 active chilled beams, over 40 kilometres of pipe work, 5 kilometers of duct work and projected peak man power levels of over 90 men per day. In addition were the 4.5 Star ABGR and Green Star considerations incorporating energy initiatives such as thermal heat wheels, condenser water reclaim and high efficiency bearingless chillers.

The engagement of specialist sub contractors with the expertise, quality and resources to undertake the works.

Fredon is also working on high profile projects such as the Direct Signals Directorate R5/R6 refubishment in Canberra, the New Water Board Offices at Potts Hill (5 star Green Star) and the Reserve Bank Central Plant Upgrade in Sydney. Fredon would like to thank Baulderstone Construction, Stocklands, NDY and GHD for their support through the project. We would also like to extend our thanks to our key sub contractors Axis Plumbing, Control and Electric, L&M Insulations, Hatch and Sons and Integra Water Treatment. Fredon! Big enough to handle the most complex project but small enough to care.

The works then had to be accommodated within limited ceiling spaces or positioned into basement plant rooms with very restricted access. The successful completion of the project is testament to the highly professional approach adopted by Fredon Air. Whilst many factors contribute to successful outcomes, the following were viewed by Fredon as the cornerstone to success; • A high standard of Project Management and Engineering • The ability for the project team to fully understand and appreciate the project requirements and outcomes for success • Fredon Air undertook the lead co-ordination of services using a combination of 2D and 3D CAD drawings. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU












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