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ISCA NAMED ‛BEST OF THE BEST’ AT PRESTIGIOUS BANKSIA SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has taken home the top gong at the world’s longest running sustainability awards. The 2019 Banksia Gold Award was presented to ISCA at the Banksia Sustainability Awards in Sydney. ISCA Chief Executive Officer Ainsley Simpson accepted the ‘best of the best’ award on behalf of the ISCA team, board and industry partners. “ISCA is a success story that underscores power of collaboration and cross sector commitment from the infrastructure, construction and engineering industries to do things differently. It is a deep honour to be recognised at Australia’s most prestigious sustainability awards,” Ms Simpson said. ISCA also took out the Banksia Not-For-Profit Award earlier in the evening. Other winners included Fujitsu Australia’s Digital Owl solution and Monash University’s Master of Environment and Sustainability programme. The Banksia Foundation has aligned its award criteria to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable Development Goals,” said Banksia Foundation CEO, Graz van Egmond. ISCA’s Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme is explicitly aligned to 15 of the 17 SDGs, and makes direct contributions by supporting social enterprises delivering on SDGs 1 and 2. Deployed across Australia and New Zealand, IS has 126 assets on its books with a capital value of $160 billion.

As a result, the awards program is “Australia’s SDG Barometer.”

ISCA has found that certified IS projects have saved more than 2.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions, equating to $76.1 million in avoided costs. ISCA’s recent ROI assessment, undertaken by RPS, found that IS ratings deliver a minimum of $1.50-$1.60 in benefit for every $1 of cost, and potentially up to $4.10 in benefit.

“The Banksia judges admired ISCA for walking the talk when it comes to the

“The scheme isn’t just an overarching system, but dives down to an operational level, so it

is delivering outstanding outcomes. It’s clear that ISCA are open to sharing their success with others because they are truly committed to creating long term and ongoing change,” Ms van Egmond said. According to Ms Simpson, each iteration of IS from its earliest beginnings has been developed collaboratively, “and we could not have had the same impact without this approach. We are thrilled to be recognised with the Banksia Gold Award, but we won’t rest on our laurels. We are determined to work collaboratively to scale our reach, elevate our advocacy and ensure sustainability is core part of infrastructure evaluation,” Ms Simpson adds. “The SDGs unite us all, and so does a determination to deliver infrastructure with quantifiable cultural, social, environmental and economic benefits,” Ms Simpson concludes.

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TRADIES SIGN UP EN MASSE TO VOLUNTEER THEIR SKILLS TO REBUILD FIRE-HIT COMMUNITIES The past five months have dealt our country devastating fires that are both unprecedented and unparalleled. Amongst unimaginable loss and tragedy, one major thing has risen from the ashes; community spirit. Acts of selflessness and total willingness to go out of one’s way to help strangers is by far the shining light of this dark period in our nation’s history.

Lachlan Ryan recognised his own will to lend a hand, and like many, wanted to offer his support using his natural skill set. After a small amount of research, he discovered some other people had already got the ball rolling with a great initiative called Tradies For Fire Affected Communities (TFFAC).

Local Barwon Heads builder, Lachlan Ryan, is rallying up his crew and heading to the regions of Victoria that have been most devastated by the recent fires. Their mission is to support those desperate families who have sadly had their towns and homes damaged or destroyed in the recent fires. Lachlan is not alone. Australia’s tradies are banding together to help rebuild the homes and lives of the state’s bushfire ravaged communities. Everyone is eager to help now, but the process of rebuilding can be very slow. However, while waiting for government and council cooperation, there is something tradies can do today. And that is, sign up. This way, when the time comes and the red tape has been lifted on these communities and homes, tradies can have the biggest impact using their skills.

This is not a quick fix situation, rather, it is a long term plan for a long term solution. Anyone who wants to get involved, and have an impact at the right time with their skills or business, is encouraged to please register by following this link:

People are frustrated and keen to help now, but this is going to be a game of patience for the long term, requiring integration between government and local councils for the best results for those affected. Rather than losing hope, let us explain how this group can help.

Nick Deeks Managing Director WT Partnership Australia

A FUTURIST MINDSET TFFAC is a group of volunteer tradesmen and women from across Australia who are looking to play their part in repairing homes and helping those in need. Australia’s tradies are coming together to help rebuild the homes and lives of the state’s bushfire ravaged communities. Carpenters, electricians and plumbers, from the firefronts to the city, are signing up en masse to help in the effort. Since it’s launch, the website has logged a growing list of tradies and other volunteers registering their skills and willingness to work for free.

There is going to be a lot of restrictions, particularly as people wait for insurance payouts or funding. Other major issues will be the removal of dangerous building materials that must be identified and disposed of safely.


*Tradies For Fire Affected Communities was initiated by carpenter Piers Smart. He recognised that tradies are forever helping out their mates, and this situation is no different. So, if you’d like to get your hands dirty and help out the community, please register your input above. And if you’re a bushfire victim looking for help, please do the same and Tradies for Fire Affected Communities will put you in contact with the right people.

It’s no secret that population growth in our major cities is set to skyrocket over the next few years. Frustratingly, Australia’s infrastructure development continues to lag behind global benchmarks, with our current construction blitz merely playing catch up for decades of poor planning. If we have any chance of properly accommodating this growth, we need to be adopting a futurist mindset that looks further ahead than the short term view currently applied. At the very minimum, we should be looking into high speed rail networks between major cities, starting with Sydney to Melbourne. With both cities’ populations forecasted to be close to 8m each by 2040, air traffic is currently struggling, and the pollution caused by planes is adding greatly to our carbon emissions. In a time when climate change is so prevalent, why are we not embracing new, alternative and more forward thinking transport solutions? We also need to be embracing robotics and AI technologies designed to improve construction performance, safety and efficiency. These technologies can provide more advanced project management and predictive analysis, which can identify early potential issues around delays and cost overruns and provide alternative mitigation measures. It is also crucial that we build for the future, by integrating design features such as drone landing pads within residential and apartment dwellings, and electric car charging ports across our road networks. Most importantly – if we are learning anything from this devastating bushfire season – is that Australia must urgently push for zero net carbon emissions and prioritises more sustainable transport and construction options, for the sake of our climate. Otherwise, we may not have a future left that we can plan for at all.



comment Elinor Moshe Founder The Construction Coach

DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES The academic system and rote learning as a whole is generally antiquated, and certainly doesn’t prepare personnel entering into the construction industry for their career. It’s commonly accepted that once young professionals enter the industry, everything taught during university is quickly reversed. Some call it the period of ‘unlearning’. Whilst academia provides an introduction into the technical nature of the industry and provides opportunity for research and analysis, it still leaves people underdeveloped to seek and gainfully attain employment. It also isn’t the environment conducive to developing professional practices and personal attributes of people to kick-start a career in construction. Whether it’s decision making to resilience to agency over your mindset, a three year academic experience doesn’t prepare you for the reality of industry. Do you need to do a three year degree followed by another three years to have a career in construction? Absolutely not. Therefore, to become a construction industry personnel that is ready for the fourth industrial revolution will take a whole lot of self investment and self development outside of work and academia. Organisations are also changing the way they hire, looking at who a person is, which extends further than what degrees one has completed. It’s time to rebuild the system and positively change how things are being done around here.

LIFTING LEGENDS Joyce Krane, a family business in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, recently added a new Liebherr LTM1750-9.1 Mobile Crane with a 750 tonne lifting capacity to their fleet. The new crane joins the company’s Liebherr LTM 1400-7.1 (400 tonne lifting capacity), and Liebherr LG 1750 (750 tonne lifting capacity) cranes, expanding their heavy lift division and allowing them to undertake a number of projects throughout Australia, including windfarms, bridges, and civil expansion projects.


For more information contact Joyce Krane, Karratha (HO), phone 1300 956 923, Sydney mob 0438 774 813, or visit website

The Joyce Krane team also offer a wide range of services that includes general taxi crane hire, dry crane hire services, transport services, operator, rigger and labour hires as well as lift study/consultancy support services. In Western Australia, Joyce Krane currently has offices in Karratha, Onslow and Perth

AIQS WELCOMES A NEW PRESIDENT Mark Chappe FAIQS, CQS has been elected President of The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) succeeding Professor Anthony Mills FAIQS, CQS. Mark was previously Senior Vice President of AIQS. “I am extremely honoured, proud and humbled to be elected as the President of this significant and prestigious Institute of built environment cost professionals, acknowledging the responsibility that the Institute has to its members and their clients, and at the same time I am very excited at taking on the challenges that lie ahead of us. I thank Professor Anthony Mills for his contribution as President, admirably leading the Institute over the past two years, which together with our dynamic Board, has strengthen an already strong platform created by past Presidents and the enthusiastic team at the Institute’s head office.” says Mark. Mark has worked in the property and construction industry since 1978 and is based in Canberra, Australia. Prior to joining Rider Levett Bucknall in Australia in 1998, Mark was a Senior Partner of a quantity surveying practice in Durban, South Africa. In 2004, Mark became a National Director of Rider Levett Bucknall and is currently the Managing Director of the Canberra office. Mark has been a Councillor on the


plus there is a recently established Sydney operation based in St Marys.

ACT Chapter of AIQS since 2002 serving in various positions including that of Chapter President. Eight years ago, he was elected to the AIQS Board of Directors as an ACT Chapter representative. Whilst serving on the Board, he has been an active Director including chairing the current Standards Committee. Through the Board he was elected as an Australian Trustee of the International Construction Measurement Standards coalition which he has served on for the past three years. Mark’s broad construction and buildability knowledge within the key industry sectors across Australia enables him to provide sound, accurate, demonstrable and efficient cost advice. One of Mark’s specialist skills is costing major sporting events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, particularly costing the overlay component and assisting cities in winning their bids to host the Games. In 2013, Mark was awarded the Allan Wylucki ACT Property Professional of the Year award by the Property Council of Australia. Stephen Warne FAIQS, CQS has been elected Senior Vice President and Andrew Brady FAIQS, CQS has been elected Junior Vice President. Professor Anthony Mills FAIQS, CQS will remain on the Board as Treasurer.

QUINTESSENTIAL EQUITY APPOINTS KANE CONSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW GMHBA HQ Diversified property group Quintessential Equity has appointed Kane Constructions to deliver a new $85 million commercial development in Geelong as it continues to form genuine partnerships for growth.

commercial landscape. “To work with partners that share the same passion about providing world class office spaces that help our tenants, the community and the environment thrive has all the hallmarks of what we value,” he says.

Located at 60 Moorabool St, the office building is set to become the new headquarters for health insurer GMHBA, the anchor tenant, leasing three of the eight levels. At 85% pre-leased, other tenants of the building include Victory Corporate Serviced Offices and Morris Finance.

Designed by Cox Architecture, the mixed use building will comprise approximately 11,050m2 of A-Grade lettable office space to accommodate over 900 employees, and includes retail commercial space, an underground car park and end-of-trip facilities.

With construction commencing in March 2020, it is estimated that the build of 60 Moorabool St will create 250 jobs within Geelong and inject more than $50 million into the local economy. Quintessential Equity, GMHBA and Kane Constructions are all signatories of the G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) Compact – an initiative focused on maximising economic and social outcomes in the Geelong region. Quintessential Equity’s Executive Chairman Shane Quinn says that the partnership marks a significant milestone for Geelong’s burgeoning

Connected to key transport links and road infrastructure, 60 Moorabool St lies at the heart of Australia’s fastest growing regional city. Kane Constructions’ Project Director, Sam Birdseye, says that 60 Moorabool Street represents another important step in revitalising Geelong, where the builder has had a long and successful history in delivering major projects. “We’re excited to be appointed as the design and construct contractor to deliver GMHBA’s new head office. In addition to creating 250 jobs, it is estimated that around 60% of the total construction cost will be procured from the Geelong/G21 region,” he says.

comment Dr Bronwyn Evans CEO Engineers Australia

SAFETY DEMANDS REGISTRATION The registration of building practitioners involved in design, construction and maintenance – including engineers – was the first recommendation of the Shergold and Weir report, Building Confidence. As the peak body for engineers, Engineers Australia supports all 24 recommendations however our advocacy has, to date, largely focused on registration. That’s because registration requires and enables higher standards for every other reform afterwards. Engineers Australia’s purpose is to advance the science and practice of engineering for the benefit of the community. Engineering contributes to making communities safe. Structural integrity is the most obvious example, but fire safety, flood mitigation, electrical safety, sanitation, product design… all rely on engineering. Importantly, we think laws requiring registration should apply to engineers from all sectors, not just building and construction – and that it should also apply to engineers in all forms of building and construction, not just apartments. Engineers Australia strongly advocates for a national approach to regulation where possible – to maximise consistency and minimise complexity. However, a national registration scheme for engineers is not an option because it is not within the Commonwealth powers.

GREEN BUILDING DAY 2020 The Green Building Council has annouced their Green Building Day conference series to examine how to drive change through Green Star. The conferences provide the oppertunity to hear from sustainability leaders, learn from Green Star projects, share knowledge, and network, while exploring the latest Green Star case studies and understand how

Green Star is evolving to meet the challenges of the next decade. Conferences with be held in Brisbane on the 21st May, Perth on the 4th June, Melbournes on the 11th of June and in Sydney on the 17th of June. To find out more about the conference programme or the Green Building Council head to

Our goal is to have state laws introduced that are consistent with Queensland and Victoria, with regulatory harmonisation between states over time. While registration is not a silver bullet, it is an important measure in the context of a larger suite of solutions. It is supported by the community and by engineers. Community safety demands that only qualified, competent engineers perform professional engineering work – and registration is the only way to ensure that. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Michael Sheargold President Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW

MAKE PLANNING WORK At the end of last year the NSW Government announced that 2020 is earmarked for significant planning reform. As an industry, are making the most of the long promised reforms to planning to remove the significant roadblocks placed on our industry. Planning reform is inherently economic reform. It means more jobs, more affordable housing, more productivity in the engine room of our state and it is extremely encouraging to see the importance that has been placed on these reforms by the NSW Productivity Commissioner. If we want to see job creation, we need look no further than our own industry. Construction is the third largest employer in NSW, after health and education, and we need an additional 33,000 jobs in construction just to make up for net job loss over the year to 30 June 2019. We need a more transparent, efficient and certain system. Through certainty we can attract investment, reclaim lost jobs and generate much needed housing supply to meet the forecasted population growth. Reform also means we can better cater to the missing middle and deliver pathways for innovation, and different housing and ownership typologies that the community has been asking for. A slow system is an expensive system, so one area of reform we are targeting is a more responsive DA approval process. It takes longer today to process a DA than it did three years ago when the market was booming. Complex projects can take years to approve, all the while the developer is incurring holding costs, land tax, rates not to mention interest which add to the cost of producing housing. We must work towards reducing red tape and better leveraging existing technology, so we can have a system that meets targeted processing times and closes the supply gap. UDIA NSW will be working with government to create a system which is responsive and certain. This year, we will make planning work harder for our economy.



SMARTER PLANNING FOR SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for Catholic and independent schools to upgrade and build new vital education facilities across Victoria. Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne has introduced a streamlined planning permit process for non-government schools that receive funding under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. The new planning process provides support to the non-government school sector and boosts the education sector’s capacity to effectively manage current and forecast demand for school infrastructure in the state. The Minister for Planning now becomes the responsible authority for major planning permit applications under the program, ensuring essential infrastructure can be delivered to communities sooner. Work is also underway on broader review of the planning system to fast-track all non-government school approvals. The Labor Government’s $402 million Non-Government

Schools Capital Fund is increasing student capacity by funding school expansions and significant upgrades to existing facilities. The funding is part of a record $1.82 billion investment in Victoria’s education infrastructure in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 – delivering on the government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. With more than one third of Victorian students attending Catholic or independent schools, the government is making sure that all students benefit from this investment in school infrastructure. Since 2015, more than $6.1 billion has been invested to deliver new primary and secondary schools, and upgrade more than 1,400 existing ones. This investment is ensuring every child has access to a great education and all schools are better equipped to prepare students for the 21st century. For more information on the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund visit

CROWN SYDNEY, ONE BARANGAROO ON TRACK FOR COMPLETION IN EARLY 2021 Crown Resorts Limited’s (ASX: CWN) ambitious development of Crown Sydney, One Barangaroo, which will house Australia’s first fully-integrated, hotel branded residences, Crown Residences at One Barangaroo, is on track for completion in early 2021. Home to a select few, Crown Residences at One Barangaroo will mark a new era of luxury living in Australia, with unrivaled hotel services and amenities from Crown Resorts. The ground breaking building designed by Chris Wilkinson, co-founder of architecture firm, WilkinsonEyre was conceived as an inhabited sculpture for this extraordinary harbour site. The tower’s form takes its inspiration from nature and emanates from three petals which twist vertically as it rises from the ground plane. The construction team has recently achieved three significant building milestones; installation of two rooftop infinity swimming pools (one for the hotel guests and the other for VIPs only), completion of the concrete placement for the podium feature stair, and completion of the podium façade. The tennis court, which will be

available to both hotel guests and residents, is also starting to take shape. “The building has a very special relationship with the harbour and it’s extremely exciting for me to see the strong sculptural form taking its place in Sydney’s beautiful landscape. For me, this has become a development that is entirely different from any other building in the world. This building would not have been possible ten years ago. We have pushed the boundaries of the latest technology to create something truly of its time and place. “Observing how the building twists as it rises and knowing the intricacies that go into making this happen is wondrous. It means each of our floor plans vary on each level to suit the geometry and adjusted to maximise the potential of the views,” commented Chris Wilkinson, WilkinsonEyre. Earlier in 2019, Chris travelled to Europe with other integral members of the design team, as well as Todd Nisbet, Crown Resorts, to source unique materials different to anything currently available in Australia.

127 FINALISTS SHOWCASE INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN PROPERTY An impressive 127 finalists in 19 categories have been named ahead of the 2020 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in May.

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Davina Rooney Chief Executive Officer Green Building Council of Australia

The awards programme, now in its 38th year in partnership with RLB, showcases innovative projects, pioneering solutions and inspiring leadership in Australia’s property industry. “The property industry is Australia’s largest, employing 1.4 million people and generating $202 billion, or 13%, of the nation’s GDP,” says the Property Council’s Chief Executive, Ken Morrison. “We are proud to present these awards each year to honour the projects shaping our skylines, our cities and our communities, and to showcase the contribution our industry makes to designing, building and managing great places.” Each finalist tells a story of city building in their state or territory. Among those in contention are the Flinders Street Station Administration Building Exterior Restoration in Victoria. This project saved Melbourne’s busiest public building by restoring its façade, strengthening its structure and preventing further water damage from roof leaks. Sydney’s York&George, which is competing in three categories, was delivered despite a host of challenges – heavy rail tunnels, multiple heritage buildings, construction of the Light Rail and development over a geological fault zone. The result is a striking new presence on the Sydney skyline. Brisbane’s 25 King, also up for three awards, is the first mass engineered timber commercial building in Queensland and the largest of its scale in Australia. The building saves 74% embodied carbon when compared to an equivalent concrete building and has been embraced by tenants, investors and users. In the Northern Territory, the Remote Service Centres Program saw a new building transported more than 4,000km across land and sea to Groote Eylandt, enhancing the work environment for local people and instilling community pride. Among South Australia’s finalists is the Adelaide Festival Centre Internal Works Upgrade – the first major refurbishment of the state’s principal performing arts venue



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Australia’s horror summer has pushed climate action back up the political agenda. As we count the cost of the bushfires, we must commit to doing better. When facing the huge challenges ahead, it is heartening to know that industry support for a net zero carbon future and resilient built environment continues to grow. Australia boasts the largest national cohort of organisations signed up to the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

since it opened in 1973. The reimagined space combines flexibility and functionality to accommodate one million patrons a year. Eleven rising stars have been shortlisted for the NS Award for Future Leader of the Year. All development national finalists are in the running for the industry’s most coveted prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award. Developments are also vying for the State Development of the Year award in their state. RLB has proudly co-hosted these awards since 1982. “Over the last 38 years, the awards have become an important platform to recognise and reward the people and companies building great cities and communities,” says RLB’s Oceania Chairman, Ewen McDonald. “Our 2020 finalists are a powerful symbol of an industry that continues to challenge itself to deliver better workplaces, homes and communities for all Australians.” National award winners will be announced at the 2020 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the ICC Sydney Convention Centre on Friday 15 May 2020. Tickets are now on sale.

Our Carbon Positive Roadmap for the Built Environment is applauded globally for plotting a pathway to net zero and raising the benchmarks for sustainable design, construction and building operation. Our sustained advocacy in collaboration with industry partners has delivered the National Construction Code’s first upgrade to energy efficiency requirements in commercial buildings in a decade. And we have nine years of topping GRESB, the world’s most watched league table for sustainable real estate assets. We are on a long journey that demands deeper engagement and more joined up thinking along every link in the value chain. There’s a lot of work ahead. But as we face these challenges, our industry can gain impetus from a growing list of success stories. We know what to do, so let’s double down.

For a full list of finalists please visit ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Jeffery Strumpman Managing Director TecLED

LIGHT AND LIFE: GOOD OFFICE LIGHTING CREATES WORKER WELL-BEING How do you feel when you step into the light of a sunny morning? You feel energised, revitalised, and ready to begin your day. This is the type of energetic, empowered, and — yes, sunny demeanor needed for an active, positive, successful day. In today’s workplace, employers are hiring lighting designers to conjure a winning plan of illumination for their workspaces and, more importantly, for their workers. Yet if an office boasts lovely wallpaper, artwork and furnishings, does light matter? Well harsh lighting can cause feelings of discomfort, irritation, and low motivation. Too much contrast can cause fatigue, while too little can create an environment lacking in creative stimulation. How does the designer create a lighting plan that in turn will create happier, more productive workers? Lighting proven to increase employee productivity and decrease absences and dissatisfaction? They must get their plan literally down to a science, choosing humancentric lighting that enhances the body’s well-being. All office lighting must be low in glare and bright but soothing, reflecting appropriate lighting lux levels and colour temperatures to achieve a polished, cheery plan with room for task lighting appropriate for specialised work areas. Let the sunshine in and enhance ambient light in your workplace. Put power in the hands of your employees, by allowing access to dimming switches and lighting control systems. A beautifully, functionally lit office will feel like home to employees, a place where they work, create, and achieve for your company.



MACQUARIE DATA CENTRES BREAKS GROUND ON NEW 43MW FACILITY Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ), [5 December 2019] broke ground on its new Intellicentre 3 (IC3) data centre in Sydney.

Macquarie Data Centres will achieve a 5 Star NABERS rating and will have an industry leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) number of just 1.28 to maximise energy efficiency.

The initial investment for IC3 East will be an A$80 million (approx. US$55 million) facility located in the Macquarie Park Innovation District within the Sydney North Zone, due for completion within H2 2020. It will be an ideal facility for hyperscalers, software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers and global enterprises looking to capitalise on the expanding technology hub of Sydney and increasing adoption of cloud infrastructure in Australia.

“The scale of this facility recognises the increased demand across both our colocation and dedicated multi-megawatt IT loads,” added Hirst. “IC3 has been designed to meet the specific technical requirements of global multinational businesses whilst offering the highest security standards required of the Australian Federal Government.”

The development comes as IDC recently revealed public cloud services in Australia expanded by more than 30% to A$4 billion (approx. US$2.75 billion) in 2018, with SaaS accounting for two thirds of spend as organisations seek to “remain competitive in today’s digital economy”. “This facility will leverage our experience, industry-leading customer service and security credentials – which are already trusted by 42% of Australian Federal Government agencies,” said David Hirst, Group Executive of Macquarie Data Centres. “Sovereignty, cyber security and compliance standards are more vital than ever to protect the data and infrastructure of businesses in Australia. Our 18 year data centre experience and security posture make IC3 an ideal inroad for US and other multinational companies to enter the thriving Australian market.” IC3’s credentials upon opening will include SCEC Zone 3 or higher, SOC 2, Uptime Institute Tier III, PCI-DSS and ISO 27001 certifications*.

The facility is being developed on the existing Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus and will increase the capacity of the campus to 43 megawatts (MW). Macquarie’s data centre customers include professional services company Accenture, marketing automation leader Marketo, the Parliament of Australia and a Fortune 100 corporation. “Macquarie Park is a technology and employment powerhouse and this new centre will deliver a boost to the local community,” said Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello MP, who attended the ceremony. “Rapid technological change is the new norm and this centre will play a pivotal role in helping organisations prepare for future challenges and opportunities.” IC3 will create approximately 1,200 jobs in construction, engineering and architecture and require around 400,000 working hours to complete. FDC will complete the construction using 250,000km cable to be built into the facility. When complete, it will be able to power the equivalent of 12,500 homes.

(From L/R) Peter James, Chairman, Macquarie Telecom Group; David Hirst, Group Executive, Macquarie Data Centres; Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello MP; Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director, Macquarie Government; and David Tudehope, Chief Executive, Macquarie Telecom Group.

NORTH QUEENSLAND STADIUM BUILDING 135+ INDIGENOUS CAREER PATHWAYS More than 135 Indigenous Australians can look back on their part of history in delivering the North Queensland Stadium that has helped pave the way for their future career success.

“From Indigenous job seeker events to business forums and even contractor BBQ, our model for engagement has taken shape since 2017 and proven to be very successful.”

Stadium contractor Watpac set out with an Indigenous participation goal of 6.6% for the Townsville project and this figure has almost doubled to 11.9%, equating to more than 122,065 hours undertaken by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce (as at 4 November 2019).

“My role encompasses Indigenous engagement, building relationships with local government agencies and providers, working with the local Indigenous community including Traditional Owner Groups and trying to facilitate that process of employing Indigenous people and the procuring of Indigenous businesses.”

Leading this achievement was Watpac’s Northern Area Manager, Bryan Glancy and Indigenous Engagement Officer James Alley, a proud Kalkadoon, Kuku Yalanji and Waluwarra man. Together they created Watpac’s Indigenous engagement program for the Stadium with similar strategies implemented on other Watpac projects.

“Watpac is putting its commitment to Indigenous engagement into practice and the North Queensland Stadium sets a strong benchmark, which was really brought to life on the ground with Bryan and over 25 years of local Watpac operations,” Mr Alley said.

Mr Alley said the North Queensland Stadium goal was for Watpac to work collaboratively and innovatively with all stakeholders including the Australian Government, Queensland Government, Townsville City Council, Traditional Owners and local Indigenous community to achieve a culturally inclusive supply chain.

Already backed by BHP, Simonds Group and Western Sydney University, Top 100 Women has continued to scale, opening its doors as a national platform, uniquely addressing both women and companies within the industry to foster a more balanced workplace. “We know to date people will often promote the problem, but we had to get our hands dirty and deliver something that would result in something real, something tangible and something that produced outcomes. Our board consists of some of the largest organisations nationally, who have all walked the road and have decided it’s time

Daniel Safarik Editor-in-Chief Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

TALL BUILDING PREDICTIONS FOR 2020 With 2020 underway, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) boldly predicted what might happen across the global skyscraper industry this year. Highlights below: • M ore Than 200 Supertalls in Existence by End of 2020 In 2019, 26 “supertall” buildings of at least 300m height were completed – a new record – leading to a total of 170 total supertalls worldwide. As recently as 2015, there were only 102 supertalls worldwide, which means this is remarkable growth by any standard. We are confident that 2020 will once again result in record breaking supertall construction. • S ky Infinity Pools Become the New Luxe de Rigeur

BUILDING WOMEN, NOT JUST HOUSES The end of 2019 saw a front runner for women in construction. Top 100 Women had scaled exponentially to develop an online platform to connect, retain and scale women within the broader construction sector, to deliver the long awaited HOW, to the WHY.


we built another one,” says Tamika Smith, Founding Director. Not only are we working with the individual to assist in scaling their careers from junior levels, but we are also working with businesses around the country, retaining a Register of Preferred Industry Employers. “We think people would like to make it better, but many are restricted as to how. As such, we are highlighting the organisations who are supporting the women within their own business. Essentially, it’s an investment into their business, in their female staff, to focus on retaining the women within our industry whilst we work to obtain more, and that is where it starts.”

It used to be that being able to swim to the edge of an infinity pool to take in sweeping views from a tall building was limited to a few famous exceptional buildings, such as the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. But in 2020, the trend seems to be taking on new momentum for many skyscrapers, including the soon-to-be-completed Australia 108 (Melbourne). • Give Way for Gateways Skyline-watchers in 2020 can expect extraordinary projects which, by emphasising the space bridged by their forms as much as their ability to scrape the sky, are designed to open symbolic doors to their cities. Melbourne’s Collins Arch, Dubai’s Jumeirah Gate, and Chicago’s Vista Tower operate at different scales and in quite different contexts, but all are expected to frame new perspectives on their cities for citizens and visitors alike. For additional 2020 predictions visit

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THE 2020 FINALISTS Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project Caulfield to Dandenong, Victoria

TOP CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES LINE UP FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD The Australian Construction Achievement Award, presented by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and Engineers Australia, brings together the best construction projects, delivered by the nation’s very best construction companies. Now in its 23rd year, six projects, with a combined value of the projects exceeding $5.6 billion, have been selected as finalists to compete for the 2020 Award.

– CTD Alliance (Lendlease, CPB Contractors, Aurecon, WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP)

The project removed nine of the most dangerous and congested level crossings on Melbourne’s busiest rail line. Major elements of the project are the removal of the nine level crossings via three sections of elevated rail, five new elevated stations, upgraded rail infrastructure to support bigger, high capacity trains, and a 22ha linear park with activity nodes created beneath the elevated structures. Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project Caulfield to Dandenong

The winner will be announced at a Black Tie event In Melbourne on 21 May 2020. PRESENTED BY: Photo by Peter Clarke

Clarence Correctional Centre, Lavadia


Clarence Correctional Centre, Lavadia, New South Wales – John Holland Group

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John Holland was appointed to design and construct the Clarence Correctional Centre. Located 12km southeast of Grafton, the 195-hectare site consists of 65 buildings. The complex features state-of-the-art security and surveillance, and advanced rehabilitation services. The Centre is delivered as a public private partnership, with ownership retained by the NSW Government.

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Newcastle Light Rail Fixed Instructure Newcastle, New South Wales – Downer EDI Works

The Newcastle Light Rail is a 2.7km transport infrastructure project which includes installation of track, upgrades and replacement of utilities (drainage, sewer), landscaping and green space creation, and road and footpath upgrades. It is a key component of the Revitalising Newcastle campaign which aims to reinvigorate the city centre of Newcastle.

Darlington Upgrade Project Adelaide, South Australia – Gateway South Consortium (Laing O’Rourke and Fulton Hogan)

In an Australian-first for a major civil construction project, Gateway South successfully used self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) to transport and install there fully constructed bridges at two of South Australia’s busiest intersections, achieving significant safety and community benefits. This is nominated as a separable component to main scope of works.

Newcastle Light Rail Fixed Instructure

Sydney Metro Northwest Rouse Hill to Chatswood

New Museum of WA Perth, Western Australia – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd

With seven new galleries, a 1,000m2 special exhibitions gallery, and dynamic and activated public spaces, the New Museum of WA is set to become a landmark building for the state of Western Australia. A redevelopment of the existing WA Museum, the project included the design and construction of a new building that integrates with the existing heritage buildings, heritage restoration works to the Old Gaol, Jubilee, Beaufort and Hackett Hall buildings, a Central Energy Plant (CEP) servicing the Perth Cultural Centre, expected to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions by around 30% in the year after the New Museum is operational. New Museum of WA Perth

Sydney Metro Northwest Rouse Hill to Chatswood, New South Wales – Northwest Rapid Transit (MTR Group, CPB Contractors, John Holland Group, UGL Limited and Plenary Group)

Sydney Metro Northwest is Australia’s first fully automated railway. The Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) Consortium successfully delivered the Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) contract, the largest of the three major delivery contracts for the project. The contract included constructing eight new railway stations and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces, constructing and operating the Sydney Metro Trains Facility for the stabling and maintenance of 22 metro trains, constructing two new services facilities, installing 23km of new track and rail systems, installing a new power supply for the metro operations between Willoughby and Chatswood, converting the existing 13km of railway and upgrading five stations between Epping and Chatswood to metro status and a 15-year operations and maintenance lease.




CONSTRUCTION MONTHLY PIPELINE - AUSTRALIA The number of new projects which have been announced but not yet commenced was down 33% month-on-month, with 1,216 new projects added to the pipeline in December. The estimated total value of those projects was $8.8 billion. At a national level, the number of new projects recorded over the 12 months to December fell by around 5% when compared to the previous 12 month period.

NEW SOUTH WALES French/Japanese architect Moreau Kusunoki along with Genton have been selected as the successful competition winner for the design of the Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta. The team beat five other shortlisted contenders. The design consists of a structural steel lattice exoskeleton which will allow the public to see glimpses of the exhibitions and the collection from outside, with structural timber to the top of the building. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has granted approval for the $188 million, 125MW Maryvale Solar Farm to be developed by Photon Energy and Canadian Solar. In the Armidale area, the Joint Regional Planning panel has approved Infinergy Pacific’s 29.9MW Stringybark Solar Farm. Byron Shire Council is conducting a feasibility study for a 4.95MW solar 16


farm next to the Resource and Recovery Centre in Dingo Lane, Myocum. The solar farm would reduce the council’s carbon emissions and offset power usage to help achieve the council’s goal of net zero emissions by 2025 and 100% renewable energy by 2027. Blacktown City Council has invited public consultation for the preliminary business case for the $27 million Western Sydney Animal Rehoming Centre in Glendenning, which will replace the current 40 year old facility in Blacktown. The new centre will be able to house 135 dogs and 230 cats pending their adoption. Walker Group will join foundation partners Western Sydney University, South West Sydney Local Health District, the Ingham Institute and the University of New South Wales to develop the $50 million Macarthur Medical Research Centre, a worldclass medical research facility in Campbelltown.

The NSW Government has announced that the Affinity consortium, comprising Frasers Property and Hume Community Housing, has been awarded the contract to develop the Telopea Estate. The project will deliver about 4,400 new homes, including a target of 1,000 affordable and social housing properties. Development applications for the first stage of redevelopment will be lodged within 6-12 months. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY Construction has started on Stage 1 of the Monaro Highway upgrade. Dale & Hitchcock Civil Engineering & Landscaping is undertaking the works which are expected to be completed ahead of the 2020 ski season, weather permitting. The entire project, which is worth $200 million and includes widening works an targeted safety upgrades along the Monaro Highway corridor, is jointly funded by the Federal and ACT Governments and has been fast tracked following the Federal AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


MOVING INTO CONSTRUCTION - AUSTRALIA There were 863 projects moving into the construction phase over the month of December, down 14% month-on month. Although the number of projects fell over the month, the total estimated value of those projects was higher when compared to the previous month. Civil engineering projects made up 29% of the total value of projects moving into construction, followed by apartments and unit projects (23%).

Government’s announcement to release $30 million in the 2020-21 financial year. VICTORIA Kosloff Architecture has been appointed to design the $20.25 million South West TAFE learning and library hub at the TAFE’s Warrnambool campus. The joint project with Warrnambool City Council will be open to the public and will include public computers, exhibition and display and study areas, meeting rooms, and a games and digital media zone. A builder is expected to be appointed in December 2020 with completion anticipated in early 2022. Mirvac has acquired a one hectare site in Brunswick with plans to develop its second Melbourne build-torent project. The site has the capacity to yield over 400 dwellings. A new Holiday Inn hotel is planned at Richmond following the signing of a long WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

term management agreement between Intercontinental Hotels Group and a joint venture between Pelligra Group, PrimeLand Group and Diamond Hospitality Singapore. The Minister for Education has announced that land has been purchased in Sequoia Drive, Kalkallo to build a new Kalkallo Common Primary School. The school is part of the Victorian Government’s building boom which will see 100 new government schools open by 2026. Designed by Thomson Adsett and Law Architects, the school is set to open in 2022. An alliance comprising Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro (MTM) has been awarded a $496 million contract to remove level crossings at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale. Detailed design work is in progress to incorporate community feedback in to the recently released concept designs. Construction will begin mid-2020 and be completed in 2022.

QUEENSLAND Lendlease has been appointed as managing contractor for the $176 million upgrade and expansion of Cairns Convention Centre. The expansion will include space for 30 exhibitors’ booths, three meeting rooms, a flat floor space for 450 people and a rooftop banqueting space for 410 people. Planning has now commenced and construction is expected to take place in May 2020 for completion in 2022. McNab has been named the preferred builder to design and construct the $59.9 million Sunshine Coast City Hall at Maroochydore city centre. The 10-level A-grade building will comprise approximately 9,400m2 gross floor area and will house 600 council employees and is designed with a 5 Star NABERS rating target and 5 Star Green Star rating target. The Forest Wind Project to be built in the Wide Bay region will be one of the largest ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


wind farms in the southern hemisphere with up to 1,200MW of wind turbines and valued up to $2 billion. The project is being developed by Forest Wind Holdings, a joint venture between CleanSight and investor Siemens Financial Services. The project is being advanced as part of the Queensland Government’s investment facilitation initiative, administered by the Queensland Government's Investment Facilitation and Partnerships Group. NORTHERN TERRITORY A tender for improved visitor services at Nitmiluk National Park has been awarded to Katherine Constructions Pty Ltd. The $1.08 million upgrade will include construction of new stairs crafted from natural rock, expanding the Baruwei lookout and construction of a new lookout at the halfway point on the stairs. Tenders have been released for demolition of the Chan Building, which is part of the Civic and State Square Masterplan redevelopment, a keystone of the $200 million Darwin City Deal revitalisation of the Darwin CBD, to be delivered in partnership with the Australian and NT Governments and the City of Darwin. The Darwin City deal will also include the construction of a new Charles Darwin University campus and student accommodation in the CBD. 18


SOUTH AUSTRALIA Adelaide City Council will partner with Melbourne developer ICD Property to deliver a $400 million upgrade of Adelaide Central Market. The arcade redevelopment, designed by Woods Bagot, will comprise over 8,000m2 of space which will include retail, food and beverage, a child care centre, a central public hall, rooftop gardens, education spaces, a hotel, 35-storey apartment tower and offices. The arches to the former Grote Street facade which was partially demolished in the 1960s will be reinstated and biodiverse roof terraces are planned as a green hub. The first stage of the huge Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park will now proceed this year upon Spanish company Iberdrola investing $500 million in its first Australian project. Developer DP Energy is expected to appoint an EPC contractor as early as next month. The hybrid 320MW wind and solar project now comprises 100MW of solar and 210MW wind generated from 50 turbines with a tip height of 185m, following a recent variation to the development approval. The first stage only was sold to Iberdrola, with DP Energy retaining ownership of a second stage which will comprise further solar and a big battery. Under a Public Private Partnership delivery agreement, The TESA Education

consortium comprising Tetris Capital, Dutch Infrastructure Fund, Sarah Construction and ISS Services has been awarded a $470 million contract to design, construct and maintain two new schools in Aldinga and Angle Vale. Both the southern and northern schools will be new Birth to Year 12 (B12) schools to accommodate up to 1,675 students, including 100 inclusive places for students with a disability and a 75 place children’s centre. TASMANIA A development application has been submitted for the $350 million Jim’s Plain Renewable Energy Park. The UPC Renewables’ project will see the construction of up to 31 wind turbines and solar with a capacity of up to 240MW. Construction is planned to start in 2021, subject to approval. WESTERN AUSTRALIA Scanlan Architects has designed a $100 million integrated resort complex at Jurien Bay. The proposal will include high and low rise residential apartments, a luxury hotel with roof top pool, within eight separate buildings ranging from four to eleven storeys on a site which formerly housed a lobster processing facility. There will also be a tavern, two restaurants, day spa and up to 20 retail and five commercial office tenancies and AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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an outdoor movie theatre seating up to 300 people. 5 Star Green Star ESD principles will incorporate extensive solar and wind power generations systems. The McGowan Government has announced a spend of over $116 million for five new primary schools for the 2022 school year in Burns Beach, Wellard, Alkimos, Piara Waters and Treeby. Local architects TAG Architects, Cox Architecture, Carabiner, Christou Design Group and Oldfield Knott Architects have been appointed to design the schools.

Horizon Power has announced that Contract Power Australia has been awarded a Power Purchase Agreement for the supply of electricity to Esperance from 2020, extending for 20 years. The Esperance Power Project will be constructed in the Shark Lake industrial area, comprising a new gas power station with a battery energy storage system, and a renewable energy hub providing enough solar and wind power to generate up to 46% of Esperance’s electricity. The 4MW solar farm will comprise more than 10,000 solar panels and the wind component will comprise two 4.3MW wind turbines.

The Western Australian Government has announced funding to Hydro to support a feasibility study for a hydrogen production facility at the Ord Hydro Power Station near Kununurra. ATCO Australia has also received funding for a feasibility study for the Clean Energy Innovation Park, a 10MW electrolysis hydrogen production plant in the Great Southern or Wheatbelt region. For more information contact CoreLogic, Level 21, 2 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 1300 734 318, fax 1300 881 674, website

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Monash University Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building and South West Medical Precinct

Founded in1947, Jacobs has evolved from a oneman engineering consultant to a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. Today, it has a talentforce of approximately 52,000 people worldwide, providing a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery to the government and private sectors. In Australia, Jacobs employs around 2,500 people in 14 offices across the country. The People & Places Solutions line of business works with clients delivering built environment, transport, water, power and environmental projects; helping them solve some of today’s most critical problems for thriving cities and resilient environments, and providing solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. Jacobs’ Built Environment team supports government, commercial, institutional and industrial clients across diverse markets. Their multidisciplinary approach integrates a full range of project services from project inception through to operation, combining architectural and engineering disciplines with technical and strategic consulting services including placemaking, environmental, sustainability and digital transformation.

Monash University’s new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building (BLTB) on the Clayton Campus provides a world-class teaching and learning space for undergraduate students studying biomedical sciences within the School of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Completed in 2018, the facility includes 11,400 square metres of dry teaching laboratories, wet teaching laboratories to containment level PC2, preparation laboratory areas, flexible teaching spaces, learning resource centre and breakout space for students across five levels. Jacobs was the building services consultant for the project, delivering mechanical, electrical and vertical transportation engineering design and environmental sustainability design services. The mechanical and electrical services were designed to meet the specific requirements of the building, including not visually intruding on the modern aesthetic of the building created by Denton Corker Marshall architects. “When designing the mechanical and electrical services for the internal areas, our aim was to make them less visible but still meeting technical requirements of the complex laboratory spaces,” said Jacobs Senior Mechanical Engineer Margarita Koval. “Creating an aesthetically pleasing environment for teaching and learning was the key.” Building services were also designed to meet the university’s future goals for sustainability. “Like every project, there were some unique elements that we had to consider during the design process,” said Margarita.

Werribee Campus Teaching & Learning Facilities (left to right): External shading solutions helped reduced energy footprint; Discrete building services designed to complement the modern architectural aesthetic; Local extraction capture hoods designed to contain odours; Chiller evaporative pads utilised recycled water to reduce potable water consumption. All photos © Emily Bartlett Photography

“Monash University has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 through a transition to a single energy source. The new BLTB facility was designed to achieve current GBCA 5 Star Green Star As Built rating and is one of the anchor facilities that will help the University achieve its goals and aspirations.” In collaboration with Monash University’s Sustainability team, Jacobs designed a central energy hub comprising a thermal plant and energy storage for the whole South-West Medical Precinct. The thermal plant was a shift from traditional water-cooled chillers and gas-fired condensing boilers, towards an all-electric heat pump system for buildings cooling and heating and was the first large-scale implementation of this technology for district heating and cooling in Australia. The thermal plant currently meets cooling and heating requirements of the BLTB facility and includes enough expansion space to accommodate the future heat pumps and connect three additional proposed new buildings, with total area of 30,000 m2, within the South-West Medical Precinct. The other dominant feature on the rooftop is 1MWh vanadium-flow / lithium-ion hybrid energy storage battery system. The project team compared the benefits of two options for limiting electricity maximum demand — chilled water thermal storage tank and large-scale electrical battery storage. Jacobs was instrumental in the decision to install the battery storage, which at the time of installation was the largest battery installation of its type in Australia. The batteries charge to full storage capacity within off-peak hours and discharge power during peak load times, reducing the maximum electricity demand.

Monash University PLTB (left to right): External View of Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building; Electric Battery Storage – world first operating vanadium redox flow / lithium hybrid energy storage; Central Thermal Plant incorporating electric heat pumps for cooling and heating; Expansion Space for future heat pumps to serve South West Medical Precinct. All photos © Emily Bartlett Photography

The design of South-West Medical Precinct central energy hub has contributed to Monash University winning the prestigious Momentum of Change Award presented by the United Nations in New York for the University Net Zero Initiative. Werribee Campus upgrade delivers new facilities for teaching and learning The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science delivers one of the largest veterinary science programs in the country. In 2016, the University announced a project to upgrade existing teaching facilities on the Werribee campus, outlining plans to add a two-storey extension to the existing Veterinary Hospital facility and construct a new five-storey learning and teaching building. Completed in 2019, the upgraded facilities deliver over 8000 square metres of new and refurbished spaces for veterinary preclinical and clinical skills training. Jacobs — which has a strong track record delivering building engineering services for animal-related and biomedical facilities, including for the University’s Peter Doherty Institute — provided heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, medical and laboratory gas systems, and building management systems engineering design on the project. Engineers carefully designed building systems to meet the requirements of the spaces they service, using advanced design methods to optimise design to meet both human and animal requirements. “The project had a range of challenges and some critical project deadlines that had to be achieved to ensure their ongoing accreditation,” said Jacobs Mechanical Engineer Johnny Huynh.

Rosanna Station (left to right): Aerial photograph indicating the location of Rosanna Station within the leafy outer north-west suburbs of Melbourne; The selections of colours for the Rosanna Station screening, relate to the Parkland setting; Station platforms serve functional purposes while being light, airy, comfortable and colourful; Station forecourt and circulation embedded in the landscape. Photos 1-3 © Andrew Latrielle.

“The Animal Hospital and animal holding areas in the learning and teaching building in particular had some very specific requirements.”

to a 4 Star equivalent Green star rating and the new building to a 6 Star Green Star ‘As Built’ Certification, the highest possible.

The team’s design approach was highly responsive to the animals’ needs. For example, the areas housing exotic avian, reptile and small mammal species had to meet very specific air temperature and air flow rates. To ensure these requirements could be met, our engineers utilised computational fluid dynamics to test various HVAC design configurations prior to construction. For the human occupants, higher than usual outdoor air exchange rates were provided to maintain a high indoor environment quality and improve odour control. Areas with significant outside air requirements were provided with energy recovery ventilators to offset the energy penalty required to cool and heat ambient outside air.

Consolidation of Post-Entry Quarantine Facility to single site

Sustainability considerations were also prioritised in the design. “For the learning and teaching building the design team worked closely with architects, Billard Leece Partnership, to develop external shading solutions that reduced the requirement for air conditioning,” said Jacobs Senior Design Manager Jim Hargreaves. “By specifying high efficiency central plant and utilising energy recovery ventilators to minimise outside air loads in laboratory areas we reduced the energy footprint further.” According to the University of Melbourne Project Manager Oliver Sallabanks the redevelopment is on track to meet the University’s sustainability targets, bringing the refurbished hospital

Then new Post-Entry Quarantine facility at Mickleham in Melbourne is a purpose-built biosecurity facility for the quarantine and processing of all imported plants and live animals coming into Australia. The facility consolidates what was previously five separate sites across Australia to a single location. The 144ha site provides facilities for 240 cats, 370 dogs, 80 horses, ruminants, avian, bees and plants, and includes administration areas, central utilities building, biosecurity containment level BC2 and BC3 laboratories, BC2 greenhouses and shadehouses. Leveraging their previous experience delivering complex laboratory and high containment BC1 to BC4 facility design, Jacobs provided design, documentation and construction admin for all project disciplines, including architecture, building services, civils, structures, liquid waste decontamination and landscaping. In developing the building and services design, containment of different plant and animal classes, segregation of species and creating optimal accommodation conditions for plant and animal welfare were key. “This was a complex project to deliver,” said Jim. “Each building was designed to meet the specific needs and requirements of the type of plant, insect and animal it houses.

For the designers, balancing the design requirements of each species housed in the facility with overall operational efficiency was a challenge.

The architectural and urban design for Rosanna Station was a collaboration between Jacobs Architects and MGS Architects.

At a whole-of-site level, containment, exclusion and segregation requirements between different species along with the movement of people and animals around the site dictated where the various buildings were sited.

Holistically, the project was delivered by the North East Program Alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan, Jacobs, MTM, and Level Crossing Removal Authority. Jacobs provided the majority of engineering design services. The project also removed the level crossing at Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna, and was part of a package of works to upgrade the Hurstbridge rail line.

Building services were designed with a high level of redundancy in order maintain continuity of operations for these critical facilities should an item of equipment fail. For each building, the needs of the species it housed dictated the architectural, interior and building services design. In the animal buildings, ventilation, waste decontamination and odour control were key considerations to achieve the right climatic and accommodation conditions to optimise animal welfare and staff working environment. In the greenhouse areas a key consideration was balancing energy efficiency with optimal growing conditions for the plants; however, across the site, biosecurity containment and cross-contamination control were critical and the primary objectives. New Station Precinct for the community of Rosanna Located at the edge of the existing Rosanna Parklands and nestled comfortably in its leafy suburban surroundings, the new Rosanna Station in north east Melbourne balances connectivity, amenity and accessibility for travellers and parkland visitors alike.

The process of bringing together a team of architects, engineers, landscape architects and placemakers into an integrated design process, enables such project to leave a lasting legacy for public transport patrons and the broader community. The selection of warm timber materials and striking colourful platform screens were established with consultation with the local community, while logistically working through the technical compliances, approvals and signal sighting was challenging and rewarding for the team. For this critical piece of community infrastructure Jacobs and MGS architects focused on making a positive contribution to the community fabric and social sustainability of the local Rosanna neighbourhood. The project was recently recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects Victoria Architecture Awards, receiving a commendation in the Public Architecture and Urban Design categories. For more information about how Jacobs is working with clients to challenge today and reinvent tomorrow visit or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Post-Entry Quarantine Facility (left to right): BC3 Avian compound, incorporating five separate containment units for the quarantine of species such as Pigeon, Duck, Turkey and Chicken; Colour coding at plant level helps relate the plant to the operational spaces below; Complex BC3 liquid waste decontamination systems treat waste before release to sewer; Aerial view of 144ha quarantine facility in Mickelham, Victoria. All photos Š Misheye Image

Creating a more connected, sustainable world. Across our company, we’re designing for a better future for all. Our Built Environment team are creating exceptional spaces that creatively blend human need, environmental stewardship, function, science and art, supporting projects across all phases of sustainable building delivery, including planning, design, construction and operations maintenance. Together, we reimagine an infrastructure future that delivers more for society.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. celebrates their 20th anniversary.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) celebrated their 20th anniversary in Australia in 2019, marking two decades of exceptional success in delivering award-winning air conditioning systems of outstanding quality and high performance in Australian climatic conditions. MHIAA is now poised for further growth and expansion in Australian and New Zealand HVAC markets, with a continued focus on innovation, excellence in engineering and service delivered with integrity and dedication in both the commercial and residential sectors. One of the most significant highlights of the anniversary year was MHIAA’s move to new premises in Regents Park in March 2019. Mr Yuji Ito, Managing Director for MHIAA in Australia and New Zealand, said that the new head office premises signals the beginning of the next stage of MHIAA’s continued success in the heating and cooling solutions market. “The new premises provide greatly improved facilities and are an excellent foundation for our future expansion.” Mr Yuji Ito said that the most exciting feature of the new premises is the state-of-the-art showroom and training facility to be known as Innovation Park, MHIAA Solution Centre. “The showroom and 28


training centre exemplify innovation, one of MHIAA’s core values. Innovation is in our DNA and is central to both our organisation and the development of HVAC solutions which meet the needs of our customers.” Topping off an incredible 20th anniversary year, MHIAA was excited to receive several prestigious awards for their products. Once again it has been recognised as the Best Brand of Air-Conditioners by leading consumer advocacy group CHOICE®. MHIAA also took out the 2019 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award in the 2019 Air-Conditioner category. In July 2019, MHIAA was honoured with a prestigious Australian Gold Good Design award for the Avanti PLUS® Split System. The Avanti PLUS® was recognised for outstanding design and innovation with it’s industry leading 7 Star energy rating a stand out achievement. Mr Yuji Ito welcomed the awards as recognition for the efforts of the whole MHIAA team. “Everyone works very hard at every level in the company whether it is in design, research and development, engineering, sales or customer service. It is very satisfying to receive these major awards. In the case of the CHOICE® award, receiving this honour for the second year in a row highlights the response of our AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


customers to the quality products we bring to the Australian market. In 2019 we once again received a customer satisfaction rating of 91% and a high reliability rating of 88%.”







Mr Yuji Ito said that all members of the MHIAA team were now looking forward to the future after the 20th anniversary celebrations. “We will remain inspired by our customers and partner with them, listening closely to their requirements. Our commitment to



General Manager, Sales and Planning for MHIAA, Adrian Brown said that the course combined both practical and theoretical elements including ways to correctly recover R32 and how to recognise the different ratings and cylinder labels for each class of refrigerant. “As a manufacturer of R32 products we knew we needed to be at the forefront of providing knowledge and training to our technicians and those installing MHIAA products, particularly with respect to safe work practices.”

innovation, excellence and integrity will continue unabated as we continue to develop and supply first class commercial and residential air conditioning that is designed to unobtrusively create comfort and peak performance with high levels of energy efficiency.”


A further highlight in MHIAA’s 20th anniversary year was the delivery of the first formal training on the handling of A2/A2L flammable refrigerants in Australia. The full day course took place at MHIAA’s new training facility Innovation Park. MHIAA partnered with the Superior Training Centre to conduct the course.

For more information contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd., Block E, 391 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, phone 1300 138 007, email info.mhiaa@, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


LEVELLING UP WITH LEVEL–O Level–O Furniture is a leading provider of commercial workplace, hospitality, educational and residential furniture in Sydney. We are proud to be the exclusive Australian distributor for Estel, an historical furniture company of Italian design. Our other brands also include Sedus, Marelli, Dieffebi, Narbutas & Parla. Level–O also collaborate with a number of European manufacturers to produce customised product solutions for the Australian market. Creating innovative, stylish and functional workspaces is the passion of Level–O, a task which they have been completing very successfully since opening the door to their Parramatta space in 2014. We work closely with architects, designers, specifiers, builders and clients. From design, space planning, product specification, production and project management we offer a complete turnkey service, working in collaboration with our brand partners through proven, streamlined processes. Critical process of the turnkey service is offering shop drawings and 3D renders that truly represent product specified and design intent. Proposing quality furniture to designer brief and client requirements, within a budget and time frame is second nature to the Level–O team, who are able to create innovative spaces, strategically designed to provide an ergonomic and stylish environment that promotes efficiency with an unmistakable European flare. Level–O has formed a dedicated team to coordinate all phases of the project to make sure the whole process as easy as possible for their clients. A shipping schedule tracking each shipment’s progress is always provided. 30


The installation phase is undertaken by a team of specialists in accordance with the project site management timetable, once all elements of the furniture package arrive. Level–O’s experienced onsite project management team handles all installation stages through to hand over. Level–O offers a full after-sales service including guaranteed availability of all spare parts in the event of any breakages or damaged items and a five year warranty against manufacturing defects. Many of Level–O’s clients are repeat customers, which demonstrates LevelO’s holistic and inclusive process from consultation to completion is second to none. Some of the company’s hospitality projects include the furniture fitout at Bankstown RSL and Travelodge Mascot. On the corporate scene, Level–O completed furnishings at the new headquarters for Apollo Kitchens in Smithfield, the offices of Construction Consultants in Parramatta and the Binah Group headquarters in Liverpool. The Level–O team is passionate about being a solution provider for the furnishing needs of their clients. Ever conscious of budgets, the team strives to develop a complete understanding of every client’s needs and then design a furniture inventory to meet, and often exceed, those requirements. Level–O brings a new dimension to the furniture process in any spatial environment.

For more information contact Level–O Pty Ltd, Suite 5, 101 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 8007 4134, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW





WINDOWS TO THE WORLD An unwavering commitment to the design, manufacture and installation of the highest quality aluminium windows and doors has delivered a market leadership position to Trinity Windows, a ranking that the company is determined to maintain through a constant emphasis on product and business improvement. Trinity Windows’ extensive experience in design and industrial manufacture ensures that every client receives a product totally consistent with their requirements. Whether the project is a large high rise residential apartment complex or a boutique development, the supplied and installed windows and doors will deliver strength, durability and energy efficiency with a high aesthetic quality to enhance the appearance of the building.

experience is backed by the company’s quality assurance programme which ensures the highest quality products and workmanship in keeping with all relevant BCA and Australian Standards. Trinity Windows’ product offering ranges from design and construct projects including glass roofs, façade curtain walls and glass wall façade-spider fittings, to the supply and installation of commercial and domestic aluminium doors and windows including privacy and sunshade louvres. The company also has expertise in refurbish projects and office partitions. Aluminium doors are available in a range of designer colours and can be installed with folding, stacking or sliding movements, whichever best suits the application.

All windows and doors are made in Trinity’s modern manufacturing facilities at Girraween in western Sydney where only quality approved metal, meeting Australian Standards from trusted vendors is used.

Many outstanding residential and commercial properties around Sydney exhibit Trinity’s quality products, including apartment buildings built by Billbergia at prestigious Wentworth Point on the Parramatta River and Australia Tower One at Sydney Olympic Park.

Directors, Rene Revano and Robert Boutrous play an integral, hands on role in the business, leading a team of committed, qualified trades people all of whom have a minimum of 15 years experience in all aspects of the windows and doors industry. This extensive level of

For more information contact Trinity Windows, 91 Mandoon Road, Girraween NSW 2145, phone 02 9631 5577, email estimating@, website





MASTERS OF THE FORM MasterForm Systems specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of proprietary formwork products with a focus on quality, customer service and efficient installation. The company has been working within the construction industry for 10 years, supplying their cast-in forms to high and low rise residential and commercial developments. “We put great effort into planning and preparation to ensure that our products are easy to use and that onsite work goes smoothly. We are always looking for ways to innovate and improve our products, we take pride in being industry trailblazers” said Owner, Filip Pantano. Recently MasterForm has expanded nationally servicing all major cities throughout Australia and their inhouse team work tirelessly to assist with technical enquiries, scheduling and preparing shop drawings for a range of products, which includes Rapid Rebates (wet area set down frames), Ezy Edge Form (reusable edge forms), Safety Penos, as well as a number of specialty products. These products are delivered to site, pour by pour until the building tops out. The MasterForm patented monolithic hobs system benefits from extensive research to bring a unique, extremely quick and accurate to install, solution to an age old problem. “The cast in hob system removes the chance of water ingress, which is a common problem with post fix hobs. We eliminate the cold joints which in turn eliminates cracking and water issues,” explained Filip.


The cast-in hob system is the only system available in Australia rated for structural use without additional reinforcement as it retains stability during the pour, which required significantly less labour than traditionally formed monolithic hobs. This has a significant impact on labour and cost, improving both quality and the overall construction programme. MasterForm Systems has a range of selected hobs sizes that comes with corners, joiners and end caps for a neat finish. These are just some of the benefits when using MasterForm products. “We are proud to say that client satisfaction rates high in our list of priorities. This has helped forge trusted partnerships with Australias’ largest builders and formworkers. We are constantly inventing new ways to assist the Australian construction industry to be the best it can be,” said Filip. “At MasterForm we are happy to be a part of this growing industry and seeing it evolve to greater heights!”




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DARLEY ALUMINIUM OPENS NEW SHOWROOM AT THEIR VICTORIAN BRANCH Darley Aluminium, a national leader in the distribution of residential and commercial aluminium window and door systems, is proud to announce the opening of the New showroom at the Darley Aluminium Victorian branch located in Keysborough.

Attended by over 120 customers and suppliers, the grand opening of the Victorian showroom event was a great success – customers were treated to a buffet lunch service, coffee from the onsite coffee van, tours of the warehouse, as well as a tour of the new showroom and a tool bag + showbag as a giveaway at the end of the event.

To celebrate the opening of the new showroom, a grand opening event was held at the Victorian branch on Thursday 14th November. Darley’s fabrication customers were invited to the event to see the new showroom, showcasing the latest residential and commercial window and door systems, as well as paint samples and hardware components.

The new and improved showroom showcases Darley’s range of KlassicView – residential windows and doors, as well as our CityView – commercial windows and doors and the new range of ClimateGuard – thermally broken windows and doors.

Customers were also given the opportunity to take a tour of the warehouse and learn more about some of the other services Darley Aluminium provide including; • KlassicView and HarbourView Kits • Brake Press and Guillotine machines • ClimateGuard thermally broken window and door systems • New ScreenGuard Licensee programme WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Suppliers, customers and end users are all welcome to come to the Darley Aluminium Victorian branch to see the new showroom for themselves. For more information contact Darley Aluminium Victorian branch, 10 Bridge Road, Keysborough VIC 3173, phone 03 9238 3888, fax 03 9768 7288, email, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS



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MISTER POSTMAN Hermax is a Brisbane based company specialising in the production and delivery of high quality letterboxes for commercial and large scale residential developments since 1991. Offering a fast turnaround from order confirmation to supply and Australia wide delivery, their powder coated aluminium letterboxes come in a range of popular colours, inlcuding Dulux powder coatings and a variety of designs. The boxes are Australia Post preferred with recommended openings sizes of portrait or landscape dimensions, and are available as stand alone banks or ready to be installed in wall cavities, externally or inside lobby areas. The company also offers rear opening banks of mailboxes for through wall access, number strips and weather strips, as well as a choice of latch or key locks. Banks of letterboxes can become targets of unwanted vandalism, which is why Hermax source stronger aluminium from their supplies. “We use 2mm thick aluminium, tempered to T6, so we can offer our customers a more robust and durable product,” said Founder, Herve Deroide.


“Currently we are making letterboxes for some very large scale high rise residential developments,” said Herve. “We also have a range of 40 designs for residential purposes and supply letterboxes to aged care facilities and residential villages or anywhere a single point mail delivery is required.” In October 2018, Maxcon contracted Hermax to manufacture and supply four large banks of 249 letterboxes for Coterie, after the team gave a presentation about the high quality product. “Fabrication was completed relatively quickly but there was a bit of a delay waiting for council to issue the numbers for the units and final delivery took place in August 2019,” Herve explained. Hermax deliver proudly Australian owned and operated and deliver across Australia.

For more information contact Hermax Pty Ltd, 2/10 Jijaws Street, Sumner QLD 4074, phone 0412 483 798, email hermax@bigpond. com, website




SPIN YOU RIGHT ROUND With more than 30 years of experience Spacepark Global specialises in the manufacture, supply and installation of cutting edge vehicle turntables and other space creating products for the secure parking of vehicles. In early 2018, Spacepark Global started work for Sky One Apartments with an inhouse designer tailoring standard products to suit the basement and ground level carparks. The company provided a 9m diameter vehicle turntable for use by delivery trucks and four car sliders. Manufacture of the items took three weeks in their Melbourne facility. “From initial design to final installation the whole project took six months,” said Managing Director, David Stott. “We had two working on fabrication and four installers onsite. The job went very smoothly and this was due to a co ordinated effort between Hickory Group and Spacepark,” said David. Spacepark Global focuses on providing creative solutions for the parking and movement of vehicles to the residential, commercial and industrial sectors working with designers, developers and homeowners to use available space more efficiently. 40


Australian owned and family run, Spacepark Global was established in the early 1980’s and currently employs 14 to manufacture, supply and install turntables, car stackers and car sliders. They have galvanized chequer plate turntables from 8m to 15m diameter for turning trucks and vans. As well they offer a range from 3.6m to 6.5m with various finish provisions from aluminium chequer plate, galvanized chequer plate, concrete, hardwood, tiled and paved finishes suitable for lighter vehicles. “We are flexible in our design approach and offer tailored solutions for each unique situation,” added David. Spacepark Global also provides temporary solutions for parking and delivery vehicles. Recently the company rented out a 45 ton 9m diameter turntable at a construction site in the Sydney CBD to enable easy access for material delivery vehicles. They also offer maintenance contracts to keep their vehicle turntables and car stackers operating according to customers’ expectations. For more information contact Spacepark Global, 3 Keith Campbell Court, Scoresby VIC 3179, phone 1300 640 070, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


IN-GROUND SHORING ISSUES SOLVED The team at Meso Solutions are passionate about meeting difficult challenges in ground works and resolving major problems faced by clients in a creative and innovative manner. In-ground works can be the most challenging and time consuming part of construction. Meso Solutions recognises this and uses a combination of proven approaches and continuous innovations combined with technical experience to find the best balance between costs, risks, duration and outcome. ‛What is the outcome you want to achieve?’

saved). Meso Solutions were able to redesign and certify their shoring system in seven working days. Saving time and money and mitigating risks on a project is what all builders want to achieve in the current economic climate. By engaging Meso Solutions in the early stages of the project, they can work together to develop the best solution for the ground works. For more information contact Meso Solutions, 53 General Holmes Drive, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216, phone 1300 106 376, email, website

This is the key question the team at Meso Solutions ask their client rather than just relying on documents supplied. Once the outcome is clearly defined, Meso Solutions draws on their expertise to find the most effective outcome for their client saving them time, money and minimise any effects of issues that may arise. The team works closely with In-Ground Design Consultants Pty Ltd (fully qualified geotechnical, structural and civil engineers) to ensure the desired outcome is achieved. Recently, Meso Solutions used their expertise in certified sheet pile based shoring solutions to develop a Lagging Wall Solution for their latest project. Meso Solutions were consulted from the planning stages which resulted in offering the builder a more cost effective shoring solution. The builder not only saved a construction time of six to eight weeks but also saved approximately $700,000, (a combination of Meso Solutions shoring and the builder’s costs for the construction time





THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE Lendlease Engineering / Transport for NSW








The Northern Road Upgrade Stage 3 is between Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park and Jamison Road, South Penrith. Work includes widening the road to provide additional lanes, as well as new traffic light intersections to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. A new interchange with the M4 Motorway is also being provided as part of the upgrade. The project also includes a new roundabout and service road and upgraded foot paths, drainage, noise barriers, retaining walls, and landscaping. The Northern Road carries up to 16,000 vehicles per day and is a key north-south arterial link between the major centres of Narellan and Penrith. Upgrading this vital transport link is part of the Australian and NSW Governments’ $4.1 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan. In 2016 Transport for NSW awarded Lendlease Engineering the design and construct contract for Stage 3 of The Northern Road’s sixstage, $1.6 billion upgrade. Stage 3 is a 4km section between Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park and Jamison Road, South Penrith. 44


Works started onsite in June 2017 and includes road widening and creating a divided road of up to eight lanes; upgrading the M4 Motorway interchange; replacing a major roundabout with a traffic light intersection and constructing a new bridge. Additional works involve building new turning lanes, service roads and footpaths as well as installing new street lighting, improving drainage, landscaping and installing precast concrete noise barriers and retaining walls. “A major challenge of the project involved the relocation of utilities,” explained Lendlease Engineering Project Director, Barry Murphy. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“We coordinated with Endeavour Energy to move overhead power lines on the western side of the road to an underground position on the eastern side.” “We had some challenges with older Telstra infrastructure. There was a lot of asbestos contaminated material in the old pits including permanent formwork and pipe linings that had to be properly removed and transferred to an appropriate waste facility. We also had to relocate Sydney Water assets as the new vertical alignment of the road pavement left the pipes sitting too high.” “Changing a major existing roundabout to a traffic light intersection requires some careful planning and we are moving the roundabout a number of times as a temporary solution. There are many level differences to tie in and the whole process is being done in five stages over several months.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A great success of this section of the upgrade was the demolition of the old bridge which connected The Northern Road over the M4 Motorway at Orchard Hills. Up to 60 workers removed 6,000 tonnes of concrete and steel over the June long weekend. The traditional method is to cut the bridge into sections to be removed to reduce impacts on traffic flow and maintain safety for all road users; a process that would have taken 20 weeks. “We were able to shut the motorway down and demolish the structure in less than 72 hours, ready for morning peak hour. We completed the new bridge in April 2019 and currently four lanes are being used, it will operate at full capacity, with eight lanes, by early 2020,” explained Barry. “We recycled a lot of material onsite and used the crushed concrete from the old bridge as sub-base for new footpaths. We also used crushed recycled concrete with some slag from steel mills, bound with cement, for the road pavement.” NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3


“The biggest challenge on the project has been working in the live environment, keeping the traffic flowing, maintaining safety standards, producing a quality job and minimising the construction impact on residents.” “We collaborated with Transport for NSW and the community, especially at the northern end of the upgrade as the area becomes increasingly urbanised towards South Penrith and we are working very close to peoples’ homes. There was a 12 week period where we had to block residents’ driveways to carry out some key work so we took into consideration their needs in regards to traffic control by supplying parking spaces and safe access.” Once this stage of the 35km The Northern Road upgrade is complete, road users will experience reduced travel times and improved road safety to meet the needs of the increasing population of the Western Sydney area. For more information contact Lendlease, Level 14, Three, International Towers Sydney Exchange 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000, 02 9236 6111, website

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The Australian and NSW Governments are jointly funding a $4.1 billion road investment program for Western Sydney. The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) is delivering major road infrastructure upgrades to support an integrated transport solution for the region and capitalise on the economic benefits from developing the Western Sydney International Airport. The WSIP objectives are grouped in four themes: • Customer focus – Provide meaningful engagement with customers and stakeholders throughout the program life. • Development and demand – Support the Western Sydney International Airport, land use change and residential growth; balancing functional, social, environmental and value for money considerations. • Connectivity to airport – Provide a resilient connection for freight and people to the proposed Western Sydney Airport. • Integrated network – Provide road improvements to support and integrate with the broader transport network. The WSIP consists of a number of projects, including The Northern Road Upgrade. Around 35km of The Northern Road between The Old Northern Road, Narellan and Jamison Road, South Penrith will be upgraded from a generally two and four lane undivided road to a six and eight lane divided road.




Demolistion in action - M4 bridge demolition

GLENMORE PARKWAY TO JAMISON ROAD (TNR3 – LENDLEASE ENGINEERING) The project involves upgrading approximately 4km of The Northern Road between Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park and Jamison Road, South Penrith. Key features of the upgrade include: • Widening The Northern Road to provide a divided road with three general traffic lanes and a kerbside bus lane in each direction. • Upgrading the M4 Motorway interchange including: - Replacing the existing bridge over the M4 Motorway with a new, wider bridge. - Realigning and widening the motorway entry and exit ramps to allow for future M4 Smart Motorway upgrades. - Replacing the two sets of existing traffic lights with one set of traffic lights controlling all movements through the interchange.

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eplacing the existing roundabout at Glenmore Parkway/ R Wentworth Road with a four-way intersection and a set of traffic lights. Providing additional turning lanes at the following intersections Maxwell Street/Bringelly Road; Smith Street; Garswood Road; and Jamison Road. Removing all right-turns into and out of Homestead Road and Castle Road, with these roads to become left-in, left-out only.


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roviding traffic lights at the Frogmore Road/Tukara Road P intersection. Realigning sections of Aspen Street and Hilliger Road to allow a proposed four-way roundabout at Maxwell Street. Upgrading Cross Road and extending it south to connect to an existing roundabout on Wentworth Road, creating a through connection between Homestead Road and Wentworth Road. Providing a new roundabout and entry to the Penrith Christian School from Frogmore Road, about 85m west of Simeon Road. Providing a new service road for access to Penrith Golf and Recreation Club. Providing new U-turn facilities for eastbound and westbound traffic on Glenmore Parkway via a new roundabout west of the golf course access. Providing retaining walls. Providing a shared path on the western side of The Northern Road, between Glenmore Parkway and Jamison Road; and on the eastern side between Wentworth Road and Bringelly Road. Upgrading the footpath on the eastern side of The Northern Road, between Bringelly Road and Jamison Road.

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Providing noise barriers at the following locations: - The northern side of the M4 Motorway eastbound exit ramp, and extending north along the western side of The Northern Road between the M4 Motorway and Tukara Road. - The western side of The Northern Road between Tukara Road and Aspen Street. pgrading road drainage along the route (such as detention U basins, where required). Moving utilities, such as pipes and cables. Providing new bus stops, and relocating some existing bus stops. Upgrading street lighting. Providing landscaping along the length of the route. Changing entries to private property (this would include changes to driveways) to suit the changed road alignment. NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3

artially acquiring a number of properties to accommodate P the wider road corridor.

The Project objectives are to: • Improve transport connections from the Penrith region and M4 Motorway to the proposed and surrounding developments. • Support freight movement to efficiently address the growing freight task. • Cater for future traffic demand to improve the flow of traffic to provide reliable journeys. • Support public and active transport to promote sustainable and efficient journeys, as well as improve road safety. Urban and landscape design objectives have also been developed for the project based on identified issues and opportunities during planning. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The objectives include: • Protecting and enhancing existing views, character and cultural values of the corridor. • Providing a flowing road alignment that is responsive to, and integrated with, the natural and built landscape. • Facilitating good urban design outcomes for areas adjoining the road. • Developing a simple and unified palette of road design elements and details that are attractive and easily maintained. Benefits of the Project include: • Improving travel times by increasing the number of lanes, removing a set of traffic lights at the M4 Motorway interchange and providing a new and wider bridge and providing additional turning lanes at some intersections. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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llowing for reliable public transport by providing a continuous A kerbside bus lane in each direction. Improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Improving road safety by providing a central median to separate opposing traffic flows, installing new traffic lights at two existing intersections, providing separate turning lanes at some intersections, improving the alignment of the road. Improving local access by providing an extension of Cross Road to Wentworth Road. Mitigating traffic noise impacts by providing noise barriers. Reducing flooding impacts to surrounding properties by upgrading cross drainage beneath The Northern Road.

For more information about The Northern Road, phone 1800 703 457, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3


Below Baines Masonry supplied split faced, pale yellow blocks that were used to construct the retaining walls on TNR3.

Baines Masonry are a specialist manufacturer of concrete products and supply blocks and pavers in a wide variety of styles and colours. Their product range includes retaining wall systems and a range of accessories, and in 2018, Baines Masonry was contracted to manufacture and supply concrete masonry product for the retaining walls at The Northern Road Upgrade. The blocks supplied were split faced, and pale yellow in colour called ‘Appin Stone’. “The challenge involved the logistics, it was a large volume job and we did some intense preliminary work planning the process and getting all the materials together at the right time,” said Sales and Marketing Manager, Tim McGoldrick. Baines Masonry manufactures standard structural grey blocks, fire and acoustic rated blocks as well as LockBlock, a thin bed mortared interlocking block requiring an adhesive to bond the blocks, not the traditional sand and cement mortar. The company supplies a wide range of coloured masonry including split face and smooth blocks. Finishes include honed and attractive polished blocks. A focus for Baines Masonry is to add to their product range and are currently researching effective cleaners, sealers glues and adhesives. 50


Baines Masonry have recently introduced an American product, SRW Adhesive, a rapid set polyurethane specially formulated for construction and landscape projects that require a fast set up time. Established in 1984, Baines Masonry services the commercial and residential sectors including home owners, builders and design professionals through six outlets in metropolitan Sydney and six more across regional New South Wales. Baines Masonry has a unique website with masonry designer software that allows you to build a wall. Choices of blocks and mortar, laying patterns and courses are available to give a colour printout of a custom made concrete block wall. As well as brochures and technical manuals, the site also has a useful excel spreadsheet for block weight and pallet calculations and a fire and acoustic calculator to help choose the right product.

For more information contact Baines Masonry, 900 Wilton Road, Appin NSW 2560, phone 02 4631 1383, email info@bainesmasonry., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Rose Atkins Rimmer completed detailed design and management activities of the Water Based Coordinator (WSC) activities on the project.

Rose Atkins Rimmer (RAR) is a specialist Sydney based Water Servicing Coordinator (WSC). RAR provides infrastructure design and construction surveillance for water and sewer, providing certification that works are designed and constructed in accordance with Sydney Water standards. In 2016, RAR was initially contracted for pre-tender design work for relocation works for The Northern Road Upgrade project. After Lendlease Engineering was awarded the design and construct contract, RAR was engaged to undertake detailed design and manage the WSC activities for the project. “We also made site visits during the construction,” said Managing Director, Steve Rimmer. “We had to work with Sydney Water to shutdown their system to facilitate scheduled night time work. The main challenge was the sheer size of the pipes, including the DN750 watermain, that required relocation.” The adjustment and relocation of watermains and reconnection to the existing system, required a lot of organisation and consultation with stakeholders. RAR is an expert in this field and implemented the required procedures to obtain approvals for design and construction WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

coordination, including obtaining Sydney Water Building Over and Adjacent to pipe assets. Established in 2000, RAR is a team of engineers, designers, QA site assessors and administration staff. RAR has over 20 years experience consulting with Sydney Water and offering project management services for development issues including obtaining Section 73 certificates. Their team has managed large scale developments such as the North West Rail Link Upgrade. Previous RAR projects include the North Strathfield Rail Underpass for the relocation of a DN500 steel cement lined pressure sewer pipeline across a dedicated sewer and gas bridge. RAR is currently completing work on the Sydney Metro, adjusting mains to facilitate the construction of the underground station boxes.

For more information contact Rose Atkins Rimmer, 142 Sunnyholt Road, Blacktown NSW 2148, phone 02 9853 0200, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3





Below B&K Revegetation and Landscaping hydromulched 20ha of land and installed a Vital Bon-Matt Stonewall polymer for dust control.

B&K Revegetation and Landscaping (B&K) provides specialist revegetation and landscaping services for large scale developments. Their capabilities include the supply, installation and maintenance of hard and soft landscaping elements for commercial and urban developments. Onsite work at The Northern Road Upgrade (TNR3) started in early 2018 with B&K undertaking the permanent and temporary hydromulching works and supplying erosion and dust control polymers for instant stabilisation. These preliminary works at TNR3 included hydromulching an area of 20ha and dust control with water trucks applying Vital Bon-Matt Stonewall polymer to the area. The company specialise in hydromulching and recommend it as a most cost effective technique to distribute a mix of seed and mulch for large coverage in a minimal time frame. B&K commenced work at TNR2 in early 2019, undertaking the supply and planting of 1.6 million plants, mostly eucalypts and other natives, including 9,000 advanced trees and 37,000m3 of mulch. “It’s often a challenge for us to source large quantities of plants and have them available when required, on large infrastructure projects such as The Northern Road,” said James Nebauer, Manager. “So we source from numerous nurseries Australia wide.” “Logistically, the movement of landscape materials along the 15km worksite although proving difficult at times, was undertaken with little or no disruption to the general public being pedestrian or vehicular,” said James. “The valued assistance from Lendlease Engineering and the experience of the B&K project managers helps overcome any challenges onsite.” B&K have a crew of 40 working between TNR2, TNR3 and TNR4 and expect to be working through 2020 to complete the projects. There is then a 12 month maintenance contract to maintain the plants and landscaped areas in an optimal condition. B&K is a family company established in 1983 by Brendan Nebauer. With a highly skilled and experienced team of more WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

than 80 staff, comprising administration, qualified landscapers, operators, tradespeople, environmental scientists, and project managers they service Sydney, Newcastle and regional New South Wales from offices on the Central Coast, Port Macquarie and Penrith. In 2009, they opened an office in the Northern Territory in response to a demand for commercial landscaping there. The company works in the industrial and commercial sectors including recreational sites, schools, subdivisions, commercial buildings, open-cut mines, shopping centers, expressways and golf courses. For ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands, foreshores and Aboriginal heritage sites, B&K are experts in the field. B&K undertake contracts for private building and civil corporations, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin airports as well as Federal and Local government departments throughout Australia. They offer a comprehensive service that includes initial excavation and earthworks, concreting and blockwork for footings and retaining walls. The company provide planting, turfing and seeding, Lendlease Engineering and artscapes for parks, gardens and playgrounds. B&K also construct garden beds and install outdoor furniture, supply mulching, irrigation, paving, concreting and fencing. In the area of revegetation works B&K provides environmental weed management, dust and erosion control and water cartage. They supply hydromulching and strawmulching, erosion matting and mass tree planting for large scale industrial, mining, roads and construction sites. Previous projects with Lendlease include mass planting and mulching on roads projects including the Oxley Highway Upgrade, the Hunter Expressway, and parts of the Pacific Highway from Woolgoolga to Ballina. B&K also carry out vital environmental procedures that reduce soil erosion and assisted developers to satisfy state and local council environmental guidelines. For more information contact B&K Revegetation and Landscaping, 6 Apprentice Drive, Berkeley Vale NSW 2261, phone 02 4384 4159, email, website



Below Australian Traffic Solutions provided a comprehensive traffic management service including the supply of crews, signs and traffic control plans.

At The Northern Road upgrade Australian Traffic Solutions (ATS) supplied crews of traffic operators as well as traffic control equipment, signage and vehicles. Pre-site work involved designing and drawing traffic control plans for lane closures and traffic switches to move traffic from the old road to the new. All traffic management was carried out to government standards with ATS being pre-qualified with Transport for NSW. “ATS were onsite from day one,” said Operations Manager, Michael Arthur. “We had 30 workers a day onsite, but there was a demand for more as the job progressed, so we had 50 onsite on one day. The challenge involved the organising the crews required for the job, we provided a number of staff at short notice. The equipment we used included traffic control vehicles, arrow boards and truck mounted attenuators (TMAs) as crash safety barriers for the work crews.” Australian Traffic Solutions provides a comprehensive traffic management service for small and large scale projects throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, which includes traffic control with trained road crews as well as a professional planning team that will take care of council and police permits and 54


scheduling. They have a representative available to oversee the projects and ensure traffic movement is efficient, safe and operating according to plan. ATS also hires out traffic control equipment, variable message boards, portable lighting and traffic lights and speed radars. Previous projects for Australian Traffic Solutions include work for Lendlease Engineering at North Connex. “We have a good working relationship with Lendlease Engineering built up over time,” added Michael. “The future for ATS is on growing, expanding our fleet and moving intolarger projects.” Currently ATS is at work on a large scale project at West Connex with up to 100 traffic operators and 25 vehicles on site, day and night.

For more information contact Australian Traffic Solutions, 13 Verrell Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 1300 402 510, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Caddmandu Design & Drafting used MXROAD design software to design the temporary roads and changes to existing infrastructure.

Since 2003 Caddmandu Design & Drafting has specialised in traffic staging projects using MX road design software. Their work involves the design and engineering of suitable temporary conditions for road users during construction projects and Caddmandu provided these services at TNR3.

Caddmandu provides quality MX solutions and designs to the civil engineering industry, Transport for NSW, consultants and large contractors. Caddmandu also offers MX modelling for professional advice, expert witness investigations, reports and negotiations.

“The Northern Road project was the most challenging I’ve ever had,” said Director, Jason Cox. “To keep the traffic moving we designed the necessary roads, all according to Transport for NSW safety and engineering standards of permanent roadways.”

Caddmandu have worked on other similar projects including the Foxground-Berry bypass where they completed traffic staging work. “We were able to start on that job early in the design process. The staging works were taken into consideration as the design was finalised, it was a good project” said Jason.

“It was a Brownfields project to upgrade existing roads and infrastructure and we had to move utilities, water and communications, to add extra lanes. We also had to consider traffic movements on side roads and make space for the construction, the site and all the associated materials and equipment.”

Another large project for Caddmandu involved the civil design works for the eastern approaches to Anzac Bridge and Glebe Island Arterial, including providing assistance to the construction team and surveyors. More recently Caddmandu completed design services for the Albion Park Rail project and a bridge replacement on the Clarence River.

Established in 1995, Caddmandu provides road design services from concept plan to final design for both rural and urban projects. Their work includes engineering and design for multi-lane road constructions, road upgrades and intersection improvements through to major highway and interchange design.

For more information contact Caddmandu Design & Drafting, 31 Kirrawee Avenue, Kirrawee NSW 2232, phone 02 9576 5345, mobile (Jason) 0414 953 396, email, website




Below Brandster Services provides liquid waste management services at TNR3, operating vacuum tankers to pump out, transport, treat and dispose of liquid waste.

With a fleet of up to date vacuum tankers Brandster Services specialises in the collection, treatment and disposal of liquid waste. For over 50 years they have serviced the commercial, community, industrial and residential sectors.

processed. Once sample analysis results are received this is all documented. If an analysis exceeds Brandster Services’ licence parameters they are able to identify where it came from by the retained samples – retained samples are processed via treatment facility.

Brandster Services is an Australian owned family run company, has a permanent workforce of 20, including a logistics supervisor and a site manager, they have a number of casual employees they are able to call on in emergency situations.

Brandster Services work with the EPA and other Government Authorities to ensure their treatment plants are operating legally and meeting all environmental standards. The J120 and Septic facilities maintain calibrated meters which record litres daily. Brandster Services agreement with Sydney Water are permitted to dispose of 600,000L of liquid waste per day.

Brandster Services provided liquid waste management services at TNR3 throughout the construction period, where five drivers operating vacuum tankers removed the liquid waste from the site to Brandster Services’ EPA licensed and Sydney Water approved, liquid waste treatment facility at St Marys. The company are experts at operating in high traffic areas, where public safety is a priority. For The Northern Road Upgrade Brandster Services deployed a 20,000L plus size tank at the main compound which was connected to smaller 6,000L tank. With such a large workforce on the project there was a number of cars in this area and maneuvering around all the parked cars and accessing the tanks a challenge – for WHS reasons trucks were not permitted to reverse. “Lendlease Engineering are a fantastic company to work for, the site is extremely well run with all the necessary safety procedures in place emailing updates to Brandsters daily, they are very professional,” Brandster Services’ Assistant Manager said. Brandster Services waste treatment facility comprises one plant for septic, sullage and greywater and the other for J120 waste. With waste received at the Septic, sullage and ground water plant a questionnaire is completed for all loads – if we suspect a load may be contaminated we take a sample and retain that until analysis results are received. Brandster Services receives and treats waste from many other transport companies. J120 waste is water contaminated by oils, hydrocarbons or emulsions. J120 waste is collected from industrial sites, oily separator, storm water pits and car wash waste. The J120 waste is tracked using the EPA online tracking, each load is sampled and samples kept refrigerated until loads are 56

Established in 1960, Brandster Services covers the Sydney city and metropolitan areas, as well as regional areas such as Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Picton, Palm Beach and the Hawkesbury and service a range of commercial and community facilities including shopping centers, underground car parks, retirement villages and caravan parks. The company provides liquid waste collection, transport and treatment for large scale public events, construction and demolition sites. Brandster Services also offers an efficient response to emergencies, especially to spills, with a 24 hour service and a pollution incident response management plan (PIRMP) is in place on their web site. The company maintains a fleet of vehicles for pumping and transportation including a small 1,000L ranger for limited access space and steep sites and six vacuum tankers ranging in size from 2,000L to 30,000L capacity. Their trucks are ready for all scale jobs, maintained and ready to operate at Euro 5 standard. Brandster Services ensures they have ongoing training for their staff to keep them up to date with many WHS requirements of the waste industry. Previous work includes liquid waste removal for large construction companies securing a large tender in 2016 finishing late 2018 for the construction of a subdivision providing pump out and collection services for the IOPs, they also serviced a 25,000L tank at the TNR2 site. For more information contact Brandster Services, Unit 4-7, 15-17 Lee Holm Road, St Marys NSW 2760, phone 02 9623 1177, email, website






Below Muller Acoustic Consulting developed the construction noise and vibration management plan, in addition to prediction models and impact assessments.

Muller Acoustic Consulting (MAC) lead the way in contemporary acoustic consultancy services, providing noise and vibration management plans and acoustic assessments for the built environment, commercial and industrial operations as well as for construction sites. In March 2017, MAC commenced work on the construction noise and vibration management plan for the TNR3 site.

as conducting noise monitoring in accordance with relevant standards and provided advice with respect to community engagement.”

“We used 3D noise modelling software to predict site emissions for future construction scenarios,” said Principal Acoustic Scientist, Oliver Muller. “Modelling results were compared against noise criteria so that effective management measures could be considered for the site.”

Established in 2015, MAC employs six technical staff and deliver work across New South Wales in the industrial, commercial and government sectors. MAC provides noise impact assessments and due diligence for planning and DA submissions as well as compliance monitoring for existing operations.

“We also developed an inhouse noise prediction and geospatial interface which worked extremely well for The Northern Road. The interface was developed on behalf of the TRN3 environment team so they could manage noise from various construction activities. This assisted in minimising impacts to community, especially during out of hours works” said Oliver. “I also presented a training seminar at The Northern Road,” added Oliver. “The seminar addressed noise policy and fundamental tasks such 58


Oliver has extensive experience liaising with approval authorities including the EPA, the Department of Planning and Environment, and local councils, delivering successful outcomes to clients and stakeholders.

MAC also provides management and control of noise and vibration for construction sites as well as mining and transportation industries. Recent work includes acoustic assessments and monitoring for the M1 and M4 upgrades and residential subdivisions of greenfield sites. For more information contact Muller Acoustic Consulting, phone 02 4920 1833, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Productivity Force provided skilled crews for formwork, steel fixing, concrete, and general labour to TNR3.

Productivity Force specialises in skilled labour hire and contract work for the construction industry focusing on training and providing a pathway to work for young people. In October 2018 they commenced a crew maintaining The Northern Road Upgrade – TNR3. “Lendlease Engineering were so impressed with the quality work that they contracted us for additional works,” said Director, Kieran Duffy. “We supplied formworkers and steel fixers, concretors and apprentices and now have a permanent team of 15 onsite.”

Productivity Force has been in operation since 2015. They offer labour hire and contract services with self performing crews and supervisors, in addition to specialising in formwork, steel fixing and concreting trades. The company also operates a precast concrete facility in Penrith, manufacturing a range of items including kerbs and acoustic wall panels for expressways. Lendlease Engineering has further contracted four crews from Productivity Force for formwork, steel fixing and concreting services in the North Connex Tunnel.

“At The Northern Road Upgrade we tried to prove to Lendlease Engineering that we had the manpower for the project. It was an opportunity to show that we could be better than the competition, we showed we could do it. We are onsite till the end of the project and are finishing in line with the programme.” “We are training the workforce of the future,” said Kieran. “Through our sister company, Productivity Bootcamp, involving eight weeks of intensive training at our simulated work sites in Penrith and at Quakers Hill, the workers learn to be part of a team and be work ready.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Productivity Force, PO Box 78, Quakers Hill NSW 2763, phone 0490 127 420, email info@productivityforce., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3





Below H&I Safety and Training provided comprehensive training and Verification of Competency for operators of earthmoving equipment on the project.

H&I Safety and Training (H&I) is a leading safety and training provider catering to the civil and construction industries. They specialise in delivering training in earthmoving equipment and associated safety procedures, as well as providing Verification of Competency (VOC) assessments and Statements of Attainment. H&I also offer plant and equipment audits and inspections, design plant specific SWMS and plant risk assessments for plant machinery.

new to the industry as well as to experienced operators needing upskilling and VOC.

Ian and his team have been working on The Northern Road Upgrade – TNR3 which started in early 2018, H&I have provided training and assessing for plant operators/ contractors and Lendlease Engineering employees, with the emphasis on suiting Lendlease Engineering requirements and standards for their site.

H&I Safety have a large range of their own machines and with the help of Borg Civil can cater to all the contractor’s needs. Training onsite is always difficult as access to machines is an ongoing issue, so having access to a live site scenario set up at their facilities in Bringelly, sets them apart.

“His team conducted on training courses, VOC assessments on a range of plant and equipment including boom lifts, rollers, forklifts, excavators, vacuum trucks, dozers and graders and many more. We spend most days onsite doing various training for Lendlease Engineering and their subcontractors,” said Director, Ian Sparkes. “As well as ongoing training at TNR3, we also carried out plant inspections of contractors’ machines prior to starting work onsite and throughout the two year project,” said Ian. “Inspections are a challenge of the industry. It’s usually short notice and they have to be done straight away to keep the job moving.” H&I was established by Ian in April 2014, offering training and assessment for those

They have over 25 courses in plant machinery available including training in Excavators, Skidsteers, Loaders, Dump Trucks, Scrapers, Backhoes and Elevated Work Platforms. The company also provide courses for the construction industry such as Working At Heights, Quick Cut Saws, Spotter Training and Working in a Confined Space.

“It’s often difficult to have onsite training available. 18 months ago I was able to make an arrangement with my regular clients, Borg Civil, to rent their five acre block, so we can train people on a live site with deliveries, truck movements and stockpiles. It’s practical training in a real environment, using the machines and moving materials,” said Ian. Ian has over 28 years experience in the civil industry as a plant manager and operations manager on some large scale projects including the Lane Cove Tunnel, Sydney Light Rail M2 upgrade, ETTT, MUR Barracks and Novorail projects throughout Sydney. He has a string of qualifications in Cert IV WHS, WHS Diploma, Cert IV Training and Assessing, and Cert III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. Ian has been inspecting contractors plant for Lendlease Engineering and CPB Contractors

since 2010 as an employee and contractor and visits various projects and sites for plant and machinery inspections. The Safe Work Methods Statements (SWMS) for plant machinery and Plant Risk Assessments (PRA) are designed by Ian and are tailored to the needs of specific projects. They also offer plant and safety consultations with a focus on WHS procedures including working in high risk areas. “We do a lot of training in safety procedures,” said Office Manager, Nicky Hackney. “The challenge is the updating required to keep the coursework relevant to the industry as well as compliant with government regulations, especially WHS issues” H&I’s qualified trainers have over 25 years combined experience in the civil and mining industries and can provide quality onsite training at any location. The required paperwork and photo cards are issued onsite at completion of the course. The future for H&I involves building relationships within the industry and growing the company through repeat and referral business. H&I is also focused on taking advantage of their location as it is well placed for opportunities associated with infrastructure works at the new Western Sydney International Airport. H&I provided training and plant inspections for the ETTT, the Epping to Thornleigh 3rd Track, a two and half year rail project for CPB Contractors. Also, for CPB Contractors, H&I worked at The Northern Beaches Hospital as a contractor, M2 Widening upgrade as a direct employee. Recently H&I was contracted to provide Excavator, Roller, Articulated Haul Truck, Wheeled Loader and Skidsteer training for workers at the Sydney Metro and West Connex sites.

For more information please contact H&I Safety and Training, 150 Mersey Road, Bringelly NSW 2556, phone 0427 333 677, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



Below Easterly Point Environmental provided contaminated land audit advice and certification in relation to the contaminated land remediation and disposal assessments.

Easterly Point Environmental is a specialist consultancy firm, providing services in the assessment and management of contaminated land in both New South Wales and Queensland. Their expert services include contaminated land auditing, due diligence assessments for property transactions and environmental investigations including soil, gas and groundwater monitoring, remediation and management. Marc Salmon was the appointed site auditor at TNR3 as well as TNR2 sections of The Northern Road Upgrade. In this role he reviewed the contaminated land reports to ensure that the management, remediation and disposal of asbestos contaminated material was undertaken in accordance with the NSW contaminated land framework. Marc was instrumental in helping the project navigate and align the NSW contaminated land and planning frameworks, ensuring that the chosen remedial strategy was achievable while maintaining the project objectives. Due to Marc’s extensive experience and pragmatic approach, he played a key role in liaising and coordinating the various stakeholders involved in the project, including Lendlease Engineering,the environmental consultant, Transport for NSW and NSW EPA. 62


Easterly Point Environmental is an Australian, employee owned company committed to quality, performance and problem solving. Established in 2013, Marc is supported by a small, yet highly specialised team operating throughout the NSW Northern Rivers, Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. The company are also experts in the assessments and management of radiation, in particular, that associated with heavy mineral sands residues. They have recently acquired a new radiation meter, one of the most sensitive hand held radiation devices on the market, which is currently being used at a variety of sites across northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland.

For more information contact Easterly Point Environmental, PO Box 2363, Byron Bay NSW 2481, phone 02 6685 6681, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below M&A Civil provided trenching services on The Northern Road Upgrade, including the installation of subsoil drains.

M&A Civil specialises in excavation and subsoil drainage services, providing both large and small contract works for the civil and building industries. The company has a long history of successful completion of large scale roadworks and sub divisions. Onsite work for The Northern Road Upgrade – TNR2 started in June 2017 with M&A Civil providing trenching and the installation of subsoil drains. The job required a team of five comprising plant operators, pipe layers and general labourers using trenchers, excavators, skidsteers and a flowcon truck. “It was a big job. We dug over 65km of line trenches, placed geotextile fabric and filter gravel. We connected the pipes and then did the backfilling according to specifications. The whole job went very well overall this was due to the Lendlease Engineering staff and site managers, they were professional and accommodating and had the site very well organised,” said Project Manager, Jay Dowse. Based in Western Sydney, M&A Civil are ready for any size project with an experienced workforce and site management team. Offering a range of services including excavation, trenching, trench drains, and subsoil drains services, and plant hire, M&A Civil is committed WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to ensuring a safe working environment. The company has a fleet of construction equipment, excavators, trenchers and skidsteers as well as flowcon trucks, float trucks, trailers and tractors. M&A Civil maintains their plant for their own projects and also has it available for hire by the hour or by contract. In 2018, M&A Civil completed excavation, trenching and subsoil drainage services along the 5.7km Bringelly Road Upgrade, an important link to The Northern Road Upgrade. In the same year they finished work on the Great Western Highway Reconstruction at Forty Bends in rural New South Wales. Currently the company are at work on the enormous road building project on the Princes Highway, from Berry to Bomaderry.

For more information contact M&A Civil, 50 Westbrook Road, Cawdor NSW 2570, phone 0417 715 975, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3


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Below RPM Hire supplied crucial equipment for the control, monitoring and recording of traffic movement on the project.

RPM Hire is a leading traffic management equipment hirer operating across New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. At The Northern Road Upgrade, RPM Hire supplied equipment for the control, monitoring and recording of traffic movement during roadworks on the TNR3 section. RPM Hire supplied 20 advance notification VMS boards two weeks prior to the bridge demolition project. Once construction started, equipment supplied included 50 VMS boards pre-set and programmed, strategically placed to safely and effectively direct drivers. RPM Hire also had staff on the ground available 24/7 for on demand requests throughout the bridge demolition and hired out four high tech CCTV Trailers. The cameras have full pan tilt and zoom capabilities, allowing 360 vision and the ability to zoom in 10x. The CCTV cameras were used to monitor que lengths, traffic control setups, delays and vehicle behavior. This allowed the team to implement real time changes to improve traffic flow, as well as reduce or eliminate potential safety risks, allow real time adjustments to traffic setups and monitor the results. The cameras were vital in the safe delivery of the traffic changes. “The CCTV cameras are a new product for us, so commissioning them in time and with remote 66


viewing and programming capability was a challenge that all came together nicely,” said Director, Ashley Woodcock. The traffic management equipment available for hire from RPM Hire includes Variable Message Sign (VMS), light towers and portable traffic lights, crash cushions, concrete, steel and waterfilled barriers. RPM Hire supply their equipment throughout Victoria on major roadworks, level crossing removals, infrastructure and asphalting projects. They are also involved in major events such as Melbourne’s New Years Eve, the Australian Open and the Moomba Festival. Previous contracts with Lendlease Engineering include the supply of equipment for many major projects including the Tullamarine Freeway Widening Project and the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project. RPM Hire has been contracted by Lendlease Engineering for further work at The Northern Road. “RPM Hire expanded to Sydney in June 2019, with the TNR3 as our first project. We have high aspirations for our expansion, and bring with us a wealth of knowledge, experience and a high level of customer service,” said Ashley. For more information contact RPM Hire, phone 1300 479 570, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Progressive Risk Management carried out soil assessments at The Northern Road Upgrade for waste classification.

Progressive Risk Management (PRM) is a professional risk management consultancy focusing on environmental risk and workplace safety for new developments as well as existing properties. PRM specialises in carrying out soil investigations which includes asbestos in soil assessments and waste classifications at The Northern Road Upgrade TNRBRU2 and TNR3 sites. “Transport for NSW wanted to manage potentially contaminated soil with as little offsite disposal as possible. Any soil visually identified to be impacted by asbestos for example was assessed for remediation through manually picking techniques, or encapsulated onsite as contaminated waste, where possible,” said Contaminated Land Team Leader, Jessica Little. At TNRBRU2 a team of six worked onsite carrying out visual inspections for asbestos in the soil and PRM then provided soil management and remediation advice. “We provide experienced consultants to offer practical solutions when rapid decision making was required onsite,” said Managing Director – Workplace Safety Risk, Jared Clifford. Established in 2014, PRM has over 30 consultants across Australia and New Zealand, specialising in asbestos, occupational hygiene and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

environmental risk, 12 are licensed asbestos assessors and two are certified environmental practitioners. PRM provides their consultancy services across a range of industries including construction, infrastructure and utilities, industrial and greenfields development sites. They also provide property risk assessment audits to identify health and safety risks to people accessing a site. “PRM looks for unique and challenging projects where we can assist clients through the different scenarios of development, helping to achieve goals and objectives,” said Jared. PRM also provides expert advice in the field of occupational hygiene assessments, particularly, noise, diesel particulate matter and crystalline quartz (silica) as well as the management of workplace health and safety and offers WHS system development and review, as well as risk assessments in the workplace. PRM’s experienced team of practitioners with a broad variety of skill sets is well placed to assist on infrastructure or construction projects. For more information contact Progressive Risk Management, Unit 14/76 Reserve Road, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 0417 572 239, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3


Below R.A Smith Contracting undertook extensive water, sewer, stormwater infrastructure and civil works, including water main relocation.

R.A Smith Contracting (RASC) is an infrastructure contractor with expertise in the water industry. They specialise in the installation of water, sewer, stormwater infrastructure and civil works. In June 2018, RASC started onsite at The Northern Road Upgrade. Civil services supplied by RASC included relocating the water mains to make way for the new road to be constructed. New pipes ranged from 750mm SCL to 100mm PVC were installed and connections made to the existing Sydney Water system. “We needed to plan with the community in mind,” said Director, Tim Smith. “There were challenges around working in a residential area and working at night. So, we opted for micro tunneling and boring techniques where possible, to lay past some of the existing services we had to build support structures to avoid damage to these critical services.” Sydney based RASC is a family owned and operated company, established in 1977. Founder Robert Smith has 47 years experience in civil contracting including excavation and underground pipeline installation as well as project and company management. RASC has years of experience providing quality service and 68


equipment for large scale projects, with previous work for Lendlease Engineering including water, sewer and stormwater installations. RASC works across New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland installing underground utilities. Their services include non-destructive digging, supply of plant and vehicles, the installation of stormwater, rainwater harvesting and re-use systems, stormwater pits, pipes and culverts. They also install Gross Pollutant Traps (GPT) and Onsite Detention Tanks (OSD). The company constructed water and sewer mains infrastructure for sections of the north west and south west growth areas of Sydney as well as new medium density urban developments. RASC has also been at work on Sydney’s Light Rail project for ACCIONA since early 2016 installing and connecting water, sewer and stormwater services including installation of electrical conduits, pits, smart pole foundations, pavement construction and streetscape works.

For more information contact R.A Smith Contracting, 13 Cunningham Street, Moorebank NSW 2170, phone 02 9601 8366, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Rowley’s Plant & Transport Management supplied trucks and front end loaders for materials handling and stockpiling.

Rowley’s Plant & Transport is an experienced earth moving equipment hire company, a leader in the delivery of infrastructure programmes for both rail and civil projects. The company started onsite at The Northern Road Upgrade in June 2017 and worked along all 4km. They were onsite with a range of plant and equipment and qualified operators. The company supplied trucks and front end loaders for materials handling and stockpiling and their vehicles carried the huge drain pipes from storage to site. The new crane truck with an impressive lift capacity of 1.2ton at 17m reach was used for placement of some pipes and tipper trucks transported outgoing spoil. “Over the final six months the job got considerably faster,” said Managing Director, Adam Rowley. “The difficult part was keeping the traffic moving through the site. The majority of the work was in residential areas so there were problems with access and safety for the general public. Lendlease Engineering took care of it all very well.” Rowley’s Plant & Transport has a huge range of trucks and dump trucks with dog trailers, loaders, excavators and water carts for hire and will source specialised equipment. They also operate a distinctive WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

pink water cart with proceeds from their operation donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation. The company maintains a network of subcontractors, owner operators and contracting companies to enable them to provide plant and equipment across metropolitan and regional New South Wales. Rowley’s Plant & Transport is a family company with three divisions: rail, civil works and project management. They have over 20 years of experience in rail construction completing two years work laying track for the ETTT in 2017. Their civil capabilities include, bulk earthworks, bridge and road work, subdivisions, drainage works, erosion and vegetation control. Project management services include site supervision, logistics and scheduling as well as sourcing plant specific to project needs.

For more information contact Rowley’s Plant & Transport, phone 0424 733 019, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE NORTHERN ROAD UPGRADE - TNR3


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RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park is an impressive $50M, 14-storey seniors community development comprising a 60-bed luxury residential aged care facility, 76 independent living units and a street fronting café. Hansen Yuncken is one of Australia’s most accomplished builders with a multitude of successfully completed projects across the country including commercial, industrial, Defence, education, health, retail and aged care residential developments. Selected as the builder for the RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park project in Newcastle West, Hansen Yuncken has not only completed a high quality structure but they have done so months ahead of the planned completion date. The Birdwood Park development by RSL Lifecare delivers a 14-storey vertical seniors’ community on King Street opposite Birdwood Park and a 5-storey vertical childcare centre on Hunter Street. The project takes a long term view on the needs of the city and provides valuable accommodation and care options for a diverse range of the population. RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park provides 76 self contained seniors dwellings and a 60-bed residential care facility, along with a supportive community centre and other aged care services. The outstanding outcome achieved by Hansen Yuncken comes as a result of a detailed planning process and organised transition from tender to construction, with a strong focus on the building programme during delivery. Project Manager Jonathan Russell said that Hansen Yuncken began work in May 2018 with the piling works and sewer modifications already completed by the developer who sold the site to RSL Lifecare. “We had to move quickly once appointed to finalise the design details and procure the nearly 100 trades required for the build. There was also a long lead time on the procurement of materials such as the glass wall façade which had to be manufactured.” Hansen Yuncken dedicated a team of 15 people to oversee the $50 million project with the structure topping out in July 2019. With the team led by Site Manager, Dale Reith and Project Administrator, Peter Friend, the build went smoothly, reflecting the benefits of a quality design, detailed programme planning and effective project management. “At a company level we introduced our Regional Operations Manager, Patrick

McAllister and Senior Site Manager, Mick Parker which significantly enhanced the ‘on time’ culture within our business. This reflected positively in the delivery of the build,” said Jonathan. One of the benefits of the building programme and management system utilised by Hansen Yuncken was the development of excellent relationships with the subcontractors and consultants working on the development. Each week, a progress review and site walk provided an opportunity to validate the status of works. Any issues could be quickly identified and effectively managed so that there was no hold up in the overall programme. Safety and quality management standards were also reviewed on a progressive basis, resulting in a more efficient completion and commissioning process. “Where necessary, we could access the wider resources and expertise of Hansen Yuncken to help manage any unresolved issues,” Jonathan said. “The net result of our overall management system yielded a great outcome in terms of the quality of the build and the overall programme.” Celebrating over 100 years of operation, Hansen Yuncken has crafted many landmarks across Australia’s major metropolitan and regional centres. In Newcastle, they have recently completed a number of projects across the education, health and aged care sectors, including the multi-award-winning NeW Space building for the University of Newcastle, as well as Hunter Sports High School. Current major projects across New South Wales include the Macksville Hospital due for completion in mid-2020 and, in Sydney, the 14-storey Inner Sydney High School due for completion in late 2020. “The Hansen Yuncken team, consultants and contractors on the Birdwood Park project are proud of the result that has been achieved for RSL Lifecare and the people of Newcastle,” Jonathan said.

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Suite 12/125 Bull Street, Newcastle West NSW 2302, phone 02 4908 6300, email, website



Below Carter & Osborne Electrical completed the electrical works including CCTV, access control, general lighting and power.

Carter & Osborne Electrical is a leading electrical specialist with an exclusive focus on commercial and industrial projects including the health, education, aged care and retail sectors. Carter & Osborne’s track record and reputation resulted in their appointment as the electrical contractor for RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park. Working closely with project builder Hansen Yuncken and client RSL Lifecare, Carter & Osborne took a preliminary electrical design and developed it further prior to the installation and implementation stage. Project Manager for Carter & Osborne, Scott Day, said that the scope of the work carried out by the company covered all electrical infrastructure, the fire detection system, communications, access control, CCTV, nurse call system, lightening protection and all general lighting and power.

“Moving essential material around the building while other trades were in the construction phase called for good communication and cooperation.” The RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park project represents a typical size assignment for Carter & Osborne. Founded in 2007 and based in Tamworth with a branch in Port Macquarie, Carter & Osborne brings their dedicated commitment to quality customer service to clients across regional centres in New South Wales. The company has completed work for Charles Sturt University and the Joint Health Education Facility in Port Macquarie, the Australian Equine & Livestock Centre in Tamworth and other developments in Newcastle including the ATC Building for the University of Newcastle and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at John Hunter Hospital.

The company had been involved in the project for a period of 18 months through to final completion, with handover at the end of November 2019. “Working with our own staff plus subcontractors, we had up to 25 people on the job at times,” said Scott. “Working on a significant building of 14-storeys on a tight block in a city environment created some logistical challenges,” said Scott. 74


For more information contact Carter & Osborne Electrical, 3 Wallamore Road, Tamworth NSW 2340, phone 02 6765 4158, email office@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Malmet manufactured and supplied a range of disinfectors for utensils, bedpans and urinals.

Malmet has been a leading Australian manufacturer of decontamination equipment, blanket and fluid warming cabinets, medical drying cabinets and accessories to aged care facilities and hospitals across the country for 50 years. RSL Lifecare Birdwood Grand in Newcastle selected Malmet to provide all specialised equipment for its nursing facility.

To ensure the highest service standards across the country, Malmet’s technicians are comprehensively factory trained and certified. Urgent service or breakdown requests are attended to within a 24 hour period. Malmet prides themselves on achieving outstanding customer service satisfaction, obtaining 9/10 and higher on all customer service quality audits.

Chief Executive Officer of Malmet, Peter Kirkup, said RSL Lifecare Long Tan project required the manufacture, delivery and installation of Malmet utensil washer disinfectors and bedpan and urinal washer disinfectors. “Malmet has built a strong reputation for the quality of our manufactured products and our commitment to service and after sales support. Through all levels of the company there is a total commitment to excellence in customer service, integrity and professionalism in the way we conduct our business.”

Changes to the healthcare industry accreditation process require facilities to show that all equipment is maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. To meet this need, Malmet offers Preventative Maintenance Agreements for all Malmet products and validation testing and certification in accordance with all relevant standards.

Malmet is proud to be a family owned, totally Australian business with a history of operation going back to 1969. “We are also committed to supporting regional Australia, with Malmet’s head office based in the New South Wales centre of Leeton where 33 people are employed, including our own inhouse research and development and manufacturing facilities,” said Peter. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

As well as their expanding Australian market, the high quality of Malmet products has been recognised internationally with Malmet exporting their suite of products across the globe.

For more information contact Malmet, 9-11 McKay Avenue, Leeton NSW 2705, phone 02 6953 7677, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE RSL LIFECARE BIRDWOOD PARK


Below Northrop provided all civil and structural engineering services for the RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park project.

Northrop Consulting Engineers was engaged to provide all civil and structural engineering on the landmark 14-storey RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park. “A key structural challenge in Newcastle is designing for the potential ground subsidence that has resulted from previous underground mining activity,” said Northrop Associate and Structural Engineer, Matthew Allen. “We worked closely with the client to gain approval from Subsidence Advisory NSW and successfully designed the structure to accommodate the effects of potential mine subsidence.” Established in 1976, Northrop employs over 400 people with eight offices across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Highly experienced in civil, structural, building services and sustainability. Northrop are also utilising this expertise on other major Newcastle projects including the East End multi-building residential project and the $200 million redevelopment of the ‘The Store’ heritage site. For more information contact Northrop Consulting Engineers, Level 1, 215 Pacific Highway, Charlestown NSW 2290, phone 02 4943 1777, email, website 76



Below REMONDIS Australia carried out the disposal of 444 tonnes of demolition waste and 26 tonnes of dry waste.

REMONDIS Australia is at the forefront of the revolution in recycling waste products into reusable materials and has had 35 years experience in the Australian environmental services sector. Based on their reputation, REMONDIS was selected to handle all the waste and recycling requirements of the RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park. The project generated 444 tonnes of demolition waste and nearly 26 tonnes of dry waste. The main objective was to recover and recycle as much of the waste product as possible. Due to the limited space available for onsite, sorting the bulk of this effort occurred offsite. The demolition waste consisted of concrete, timber, steel and plaster board with the dry waste mainly composed of paper, cardboard and plastics. Overall, the REMONDIS team achieved an 88% recovery rate, with 79% coming from offsite sorting and recycling. The company was able to respond quickly to the builder’s requirements because of excellent communication between Hansen Yuncken’s onsite manager and the REMONDIS operations team. REMONDIS worked with Hansen Yuncken to set up the waste disposal area onsite, with different requirements at each stage of the job. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Good communication is always the key to success in REMONDIS. They have always had great success with recovery and recycling from Hansen Yuncken’s projects because of their strong support and excellent organisation. REMONDIS are currently working with Hansen Yuncken on the Belmont High School development. REMONDIS is also engaged in projects in the Newcastle region at the RAAF Base at Williamtown and the M1 redevelopment. REMONDIS has seen impressive growth in their business, moving from a logistics operator to a multifaceted waste management and environmental services company operating state-of-the-art sorting, treatment and composting facilities.

For more information contact REMONDIS Australia, Thornton Branch, 34 Waterloo Avenue, Thornton NSW 2322, phone 13 73 73, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE RSL LIFECARE BIRDWOOD PARK


RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park, New South Wales




Below Dyna-Fix Commercial completed the supply and install package for the glazing of the entire project.

Dyna-Fix Commercial is a leading glazier of choice for Tier 1 and Tier 2 construction companies, with proven capabilities in the design, manufacture and installation of internal and external glass façade solutions. Dyna-Fix Commercial was awarded the glazing contract at RSL Lifecare Birdwood Park by Hansen Yuncken, a company with which Dyna-Fix has an established relationship, having worked together on several major projects. Dyna-Fix commenced work in the later part of 2018 and completed their work in December 2019. The contract called for the supply and installation of the entire project as a complete package. Managing Director of Dyna-Fix Commercial, Dan Kordiak, said that his company always welcomed the opportunity to provide a full service from design, through to manufacture and then installation. “We pride ourselves on our ability to engineer, create and execute a flawless package no matter how challenging the project.” Dyna-Fix supplied the aluminium windows, doors and façade which consisted of single and double glazing, as well as the balcony privacy screens. To preserve the clean lines of the façade, Dyna-fix installed custom cut aluminium extrusions to allow the external sprinkler WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

egress to run through the system, while integrating the balcony windows and window wall. Dyna-Fix allocated six full time staff to the project along with 20 specialist subcontractors who assisted with the installation component. With manufacturing facilities located in Kurnell in southern Sydney, Dyna-Fix works across the metropolitan area and has completed several projects in the Newcastle and Hunter region. Recently, the company were involved in the Cessnock 240 Project for Lendlease, Kangy Angy Rail Maintenance facility for John Holland and Macksville Hospital for Hansen Yuncken. Backed by a strong track record of quality work and continuous reinvestment in the latest tooling and computerised support systems, Dyna-Fix Commercial is clearly on a growth trajectory.

For more information contact Dyna-Fix Commercial, 16/58-64 Cook Street, Kurnell NSW 2231, phone 02 9668 9214, email dan@dynafix., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE RSL LIFECARE BIRDWOOD PARK



Located in the heart of Darling Harbour Sydney CBD, The New York themed Vibe Hotel is a 17-storey 4.5 Star hotel with 145 hotel rooms, a ground floor restaurant and bar area adjacent to the hotel lobby. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, a gym and a rooftop licensed bar. Icon is one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction companies with over 85 projects underway ranging in size and values up to $400 million, and annual revenues in excess of $1.7 billion. With great breadth of sector capability as part of the Kajima Corporation, an $12 billion construction powerhouse, Icon can deliver projects of any size and any scale and has recently shown particular strength in delivering hotel projects. The Vibe Hotel in Sussex Street Sydney is one of Icon’s latest achievements. The Vibe Hotel is a 17-storey New York themed 4.5 Star hotel of 7,445m2 gross floor area has 145 hotel rooms, a ground floor restaurant and bar area adjacent to the hotel lobby. Located close to Sydney’s top entertainment precincts, guests can enjoy a rooftop infinity pool, gym and take in the city from the licensed rooftop bar. Icon were engaged on a design and construct contract on 20 December 2017 and work commenced on 22 January 2018. Some changes were made to the original design including changing the façade material from composite cladding to off form concrete, due to composite cladding fire standards and a more efficient way to complete the façade. The works included demolition, excavation for the lower ground floor area, landscaping and public domain works. As it was a heritage site, detailed demolition including removal



and recycling large timber beams was done to execute restoration of the heritage items. Icon was required to ensure the archaeological site was excavated under specialised management and supervision to ensure significant evidence was not unnecessarily lost. Icon Project Manager, Lucas Harry said a major challenge was the tight site conditions at an overall 500m2. This required careful planning for access and logistics for both construction teams and materials. “We also detected lead paint, asbestos and structurally unsafe walls during the demolition process which required special management including temporary structural support of the adjoining commercial building with structural steel. We then had to build the new structure around the temporary supports.” The excavation of the lower ground and service tanks required careful and meticulous planning and site validation plus audit of the excavation and removal of the contaminated landfill. Due to the nature of the difficult details in the internal and external brickwork, Icon used the PGH lightweight corium brick system to achieve the hanging ceiling and raking brickwork. Icon also changed the in situ core from Level 1 to precast. This involved an engineered wet-joint connection between panels. All structural walls and columns were constructed with precast apart from the lower ground and in-ground service tanks.

Brickwork using the PGH corium brick system was used on the building façade for the first 4-storeys from the ground floor to be consistent with the streetscape. The façade for the next 10-storeys was built using off form precast columns. The podium separates the design between the style of the old building and the new structure. All windows throughout the façade are black powdercoated. “At the peak of activity, we had 85 team members onsite,” said Lucas. “With Icon’s wealth of building experience, we could approach this project with all its challenges knowing that we could develop and execute innovative design and construction solutions, giving value for our client without compromising quality in any way.” Icon managed The Vibe Hotel project from design, through to demolition and excavation to Occupation Certificate stage. A similar heritage hotel project the company completed in Sydney was The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale. Icon also has completed a proud portfolio of projects in commercial, retail, education, defence, healthcare, student accommodation and sporting facilities. For more information contact Icon, Level 2, 179 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027, phone 02 8456 6500, email infonsw@, website





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Below Distinct Aluminium Solutions fabricated 1,400m2 of aluminium framed glazing for the windows, doors and balustrades.

Distinct Aluminium Solutions specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of glazed and aluminium façade systems. For the Vibe Hotel, Distinct Aluminium Solutions contributed to pre-tender documentation then started the $1.3 million D&C contract in September 2018. “Our design team worked with Icon to create a detailed workable cost effective design,” said Managing Director, Neville Phillips. “We created shop drawings which involved adjusting the façade design to make it more buildable. At our local manufacturing facility, we produced 1,400m2 of aluminium glazed façade over three months. We started onsite in December with a team of five. The work included installation of the steel portal frame at the entrance, the glazed entries, windows, sliding doors, balustrade and glazed awning on the roof.” Established in 2011, Distinct Aluminium Solutions employs over 25 staff, with an inhouse design team who work with designers, builders and project managers to custom fabricate and advise on all facets of aluminium framing and glazing. Australian owned, the they offer a comprehensive range of aluminium windows, sliding doors, bi fold doors, frameless doors, cladding and louvres to commercial and high end residential markets. The company supplies unique designs and custom WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

fabrication of curtain walls, compliant cladding systems and window wall alternatives with every project engineered to specific requirements. Distinct Aluminium Solutions has won a number of AWA Design Awards including in 2019 for the stunning Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens, a $1.7 million project – Best Commercial Renovation – a unique project reglazing a heritage structure, DAS designed and installed an automatic opening roof, added large glazed skylights and massive high performance insulated glass unit façade. Distinct Aluminium Solutions has a strong working relationship with Icon, having recently commenced Calvary Ryde Aged Care, a $1.3 million contract that included design and shop drawings. The company works across Sydney and rural New South Wales including for NSW Health at St George and Blacktown hospitals. Private schools include Knox Grammar and Pymble Ladies College. An example of their high rise residential work is the slick curtain wall of the $2.9 million Summer Hill Flour Mill. For more information contact Distinct Aluminium Solutions, 6/26 James Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141, phone 02 8012 7777, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE VIBE HOTEL


Below Spacepark Global installed a 6.5m steel vehicle turntable to the Vibe Hotel for light vehicle use.

Spacepark Global specialises in making space saving solutions for parking and manoeuvring vehicles. Spacepark Global manufactures, supplies and installation vehicle turntables and different types of carstackers for the secure parking of cars. “In October 2018 we installed a 6.5m steel turntable at the Vibe Hotel for use by lighter vehicles such as delivery vans. Steel turntables are a standard product for us,” said Managing Director, David Stott. Spacepark Global has over 30 years experience working with designers, developers and homeowners to use available space more efficiently. Australian owned and family run, they also make combination turntables and hoists for unique requirements. Currently Spacepark Global services the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of Australia. Their products include turntables from 3.6m to 15m diameter of steel, concrete or hardwood with a variety of finishes including tiles and pavers. “We’ve been working with Icon over the last five years installing our turntables at a number of their high rise residential developments,” said David. For more information contact Spacepark Global, 3 Keith Campbell Court, Scoresby VIC 3179, phone 1300 640 070, website 84



Below Nash Group installed a variety of tiles throughout Vibe Hotel, including limestone, granite and porcelain.

Nash Group is a specialist tiling and stonework supplier and installer servicing large scale commercial projects. Project Coordinator, DJ explained the services provided by Nash Group for Icon at the Vibe Hotel. “We started work in December 2018 and the busy city site made access and deliveries difficult. It was a tight programme and we worked fast to deliver on time.” “We fit limestone wall tiles in the lobby and to the lift car floor. On the rooftop were five different types of tiles: large rectangular granite cobblestone look tiles, smaller square porcelain tiles as well as mosaic finger tiles in the bar and kitchen areas. We also fit stone wall tiles to a shower deck,” said DJ. “The many different patterns and the mosaics were challenging and with 10 installers onsite we finished the job by October 2019.” Nash Group offer a comprehensive package of internal and external stone cladding and joinery stonework including kitchen bench tops, vanities and bath surrounds, shelving as well as feature stonework and architectural trims. Nash Group also offers in situ grinding and polishing of slabs, trims and angles, nosings and architectural features. Additional services include fitting waterproofing and acoustic membranes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Established in 2000, Nash Group has over 40 years combined experience with local tile and stone wholesalers and fabricators as well as importing stone. Nash Group has completed large scale works laying stone and ceramic tiles at Star City Casino’s Astral Apartments and supplying and installing external stone cladding at Angel Place. Throughout 2019, Nash Group was at Australian Technology Park, (known as South Eveleigh), completing internal tiling works, finishing Building 1 early in the year, Building 3 in August and starting Building 2 in October. In 2017, the company supplied and fit internal and external wall tiles at the Novotel Darling Harbour and has completed tiling jobs for Apple in Canberra, Adelaide and three stores in Sydney.

For more information contact Nash Group, 58 Harley Crescent, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 02 9708 3244, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE VIBE HOTEL


LARGER THAN LIFE The Sydney Coliseum Theatre is a world class performing arts centre, the biggest cultural development to hit Western Sydney. The building’s 2,000 seat proscenium arch theatre will host world famous stage shows, musicals, concerts, ballet and symphony orchestras. The Sydney Coliseum Theatre is part of the ongoing transformation of the Greater Western Sydney region. Constructed as an extension of West HQ’s existing entertainment precinct, the building features a multi mode auditorium along with three foyers, seven bars, multiple entertaining areas, a VIP room, a large rehearsal room and an onsite commercial kitchen. With an industry leading immersive sound system and entirely LED based lighting rigs, the theatre sets a new standard for musical theatre, not just in Sydney but in the Southern Hemisphere. The flexible venue can accommodate 2,000 people as a conventional lyric theatre; 600 people for a banquet; or 2,200 people for a concert. The venue is able to change between modes within an hour thanks to a top of the line retractable seating system, specially designed and manufactured in Belgium.

The theatre was delivered in December 2019 and opened with a line-up of impressive international and local acts performing sold out shows. Constructed by Hansen Yuncken, the project employed a range of innovative construction techniques to ensure a timely and safe delivery. The uniquely designed, segmented building facade created a complex construction sequence. “The use of technology assisted in understanding the building’s form and how we could best achieve the design intent. We used Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) technologies, such as 4D programming, 5D cost management, UAV reality capture, digital setouts, to name a few,” said Vanja Krumpacnik, Hansen Yuncken Project Manager. Due to the complex form of the building, creative solutions were required to ensure efficient and safe construction. The whole installation sequence was carefully planned, with safety the number

The new venue integrates seamlessly into the existing West HQ facilities via a glass link bridge, which provides patrons the only public access to the theatre. DEVELOPER : West HQ MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECT : COX Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Taylor Thomson Whitting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $100 million

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one priority. “The way we installed elements of the project wasn’t conventional,” said Vanja. “An unusually shaped building brings unusual construction methodologies. We focused on reducing the risks of the project, taking into consideration working from height, movement of plant, material handling and program risks.” Collaboration across the entire project team was essential in the safe and timely delivery of the project. “We worked closely with the consultants and our team of subcontractors and suppliers from the outset of the project. We carefully reviewed, adjusted and finetuned our methodology to make sure we were building in the safest and most streamlined way possible.” “For example, a lot of temporary engineering went into the build, such as a temporary bridge across the basement that we could situate cranes on. We also redesigned two services risers to a modular solution


that was prefabricated offsite with integrated ductwork and pipework,” said Vanja. Hansen Yuncken were well equipped to manage both the scale and complexity of this iconic new development. “The Sydney Coliseum Theatre complements our extensive project portfolio including two other major theatre projects currently under construction in Hobart and Adelaide. We pride ourselves on delivering unique and complex projects – the Sydney Coliseum Theatre definitely falls into that bracket.” For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Building 1, Level 3, 75-85 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9770 7600, email, website






Below Calcono Formwork designed, supplied and installed 23,000m2 of formwork and jump form for the double lift core.

Calcono Formwork are one of Sydney’s leading formwork contractors, providing commercial, industrial, residential and formwork project services. They have a 30 year track record of successfully delivering quality work across the Sydney region. With such a sterling reputation, the company was appointed as the formwork contractor for the Sydney Coliseum Theatre at Rooty Hill. The project creates a striking architectural landmark with an iconic form and a new cultural destination for Western Sydney. Calcono Formwork’s role required the supply and installation of approximately 23,000m2 of formwork. They also completed the formwork design, preparing and submitting shop drawings for approval by the project design team. “We started in 2018 and provided formwork as well as the jump form system for the double lift core,” said Contract Manager, Damir Kukic. “It was a difficult and highly detailed job with high strutting slabs, beams going in different directions and curved stairs coming up from the bottom. The grandstand seating was also challenging. Not many formwork contractors could do a job of that size and complexity but we have a number of years experience on difficult jobs.” Successful completion of such a complex project required a combination of skills and experience. “We put one of our best foremen, on the job,” said Damir. “He has 30 years of formwork experience.” Calcono Formwork’s role on the project also required coordination with the main contractor, Hansen Yuncken, and other trades. “Hansen Yuncken are a great builder and we look forward to partnering with them again in the future,” said Damir. Established in the back of the family home in Caringbah, New South Wales back in 1989, Calcono Formwork have built a name for themselves for their quality and reliability in formwork. They have successfully completed many complex and challenging projects in the commercial and residential sectors. The company has built a large stock of materials and systems to enable them to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

take on any project regardless of scale or complexity. “We hold approximately 100,000m2 of material and formwork systems and there are several systems that we are using,” said Damir. “Currently we have around 120 personnel and in the last few years we have grown significantly.” “We have been mainly focused on the market in Sydney but recently we have been expanding into the Central Coast and Newcastle as well. The market is very competitive but we are well established and I believe we have the resources and materials to take on any job that comes up,” said Damir. “Another high profile job we have started is the Eastlakes Live Town Centre for Crown Group,” said Damir. “We’ve also done other big jobs including the South Village development in Kirrawee Town Centre for Deicorp which was 750 units and more than 250,000m2 of formwork. That was a huge achievement for us whilst concurrently completing the redevelopment of Harbord Diggers Club Freshwater for Ganellen and also Tailors Walk Botany Residential complex for Richard Crookes.” The company is currently working on a range of projects including the Newmarket master planned neighbourhood in Randwick with Ganellen and the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Sporting Complex in Zetland with CPB Contractors. They are excited to have been recently been awarded the tender to work with Hutchinson Builders on the $55 million Dee Why RSL Club Redevelopment and also Gosford Hospital Redevelopment Health & Well-Being Precint. Calcono Formwork prides themselves on delivering projects on time, on budget and on target for quality. They are a founding member of the Formwork Industry Association (FIA) through which they are hopeful they can assist in improving the safety and competence of the formwork industry as a whole.

For more information contact Calcono Formwork, 1600 Canterbury Road, Punchbowl NSW 2196, phone 02 9793 9233, email, website



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Below Marshall Day Acoustics and Marshall Day Entertech completed the acoustic design, theatre planning and technical design of the audio visual, lighting and sound systems.

With their international experience in acoustics including performing arts design, Marshall Day Acoustics were a perfect match for the Sydney Coliseum Theatre. Together with their theatre consulting division Marshall Day Entertech, specialising in venue consulting services including a broad range of theatre design elements, they were well placed to deliver value for the project. Marshall Day Acoustics carried out all the acoustic design works for the Sydney Coliseum Theatre including room and building acoustics, noise penetration through the building envelope and environmental planning assessments. Marshall Day Entertech provided theatre planning and the technical design of audio visual, rigging, lighting and sound systems.

cutting edge audio and lighting technology, one of the first major theatrical venues in Australia to employ an entirely LED based lighting rig as well as an industry leading sound system. “A project as complex as this is a team effort,” said Matthey Ottley, Managing Associate. “An exceptional result can only be achieved by working with the architects, client, designers and other consultants. The level of teamwork on this was great.” Founded in Auckland, New Zealand in 1981, Marshall Day Acoustics now employs more than 90 technical staff throughout New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong and France and are one of the largest acoustic engineering firms worldwide.

One aim of the project was to activate ancillary spaces for multiple uses including standalone events and corporate functions, requiring careful consideration of acoustics. Another challenge was the range of planned auditorium uses, from concerts to banquets and corporate events.

Some recent projects include the Melbourne Conservatorium Ian Potter Southbank Centre and the Marvel Stadium renewal and work has commenced on the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall with Zaha Hadid Architects in Russia.

Marshall Day Acoustics utilised acoustic banners and all other available room surfaces to ensure the acoustic performance was optimised for each use mode. They also provided a venue design that incorporates

For more information contact Marshall Day Acoustics, 4/46 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, phone 02 9282 9422, email sydney@, website




Below GWA Consultants used 3D Revit Modelling to design mechanical services that were draught free and met tight acoustic parameters.

GWA Consultants Australia Pty Ltd are a specialist mechanical and controls engineering firm with over 25 years experience and were appointed to the landmark Sydney Coliseum project. The company designed the mechanical services for the Sydney Coliseum Theatre. “The design process presented some challenges including the air conditioning for the auditorium which had three different modes of operation. In theatre mode the auditorium had to be draught free with low noise levels. The same system had to also cater for banquet mode and band mode all of which have different population loads and requirements,” said Managing Director, Colin Derome. “One of the largest challenges was the amount of coordination required both with the architect and the acoustic engineers,” said Associate, Mikaila Ganado. “The architect had a very specific brief for the foyer, they wanted the diffusers to be invisible.” “We overcame these problems with a lot of engineering and some fairly high tech diffusers,” said Colin. “We involved the air diffusion supplier throughout the process, with every potential diffuser selection requiring not only mechanical assessment but also acoustic and architectural assessment.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The 3D Revit Model assisted with the detailed coordination required to accommodate the final diffuser solution,” said Mikaila. There was a large amount of coordination onsite and with the mechanical contractor for installation, but the finished product looks fantastic and I think the final result speaks for itself.” “We also documented the building monitoring and control system, including configuration of the control strategies which were designed to run the building as efficiently as possible,” said Colin. “Heat recovery wheels and demand control ventilation based on carbon dioxide monitoring significantly reduced the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the building.” Based in Sydney, GWA Consultants can deliver projects nationwide. They offer a range of professional engineering services focusing on a variety of sectors including commercial, industrial, retail, aged care and education as well as the clubs and hospitality sector.

For more information contact GWA Consultants Australia Pty Ltd, Unit 38, 8 Herbert Street, St Leonards NSW 2065, phone 02 9906 3688, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SYDNEY COLISEUM THEATRE


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Below BildaVOID Concrete’s products were utilised for the Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s foundation.

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BildaVOID Concrete’s range of innovative products comprise an environmentally friendly, easily applied and low cost system that creates an effective void between clay based, reactive soils and the structure built upon it.

“Fred Mancer spent many years perfecting such a system and successfully patented these products in Australia and New Zealand. In December 2002, we commenced operating to supply these products to the construction industry,” said Christine.

Reactive soils expand and contract during extreme weather events which can cause concrete slabs to move, causing negative consequences for buildings ranging from wall and door misalignment to significant structural damage. BildaVOID offers a proven and cost effective method of minimising the risks associated with reactive soil sites. This made them an ideal choice for the Sydney Coliseum Theatre with the site’s reactive clay based soil common in Western Sydney.

Since their conception, BildaVOID Concrete have been used extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand, on many small to major projects as an economical and viable solution to difficult situations.

“We are the foundation that the project was built on,” said Owner, Christine Mancer. “Our void forming systems were developed by Fred Mancer, Owner of the successful construction company F J Mancer Building Company Pty. Ltd. It was during the 1970s that he saw the need for a new product that would create a void under the concrete slab to protect it from the damage caused to foundations and structures by reactive soils that resulted in costly remedial work.” 98


BildaVOID are a leading void forming specialist and their products have provided the foundation to a diverse range of projects around Australia, from the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island, Victoria to the Jewel in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Some recent major developments that have benefited from the BildaVOID system include Barangaroo in Sydney’s CBD and the Australian Technology Park in Redfern.

For more information contact BildaVOID Concrete, PO Box 3288, Umina Beach NSW 2257, phone 1300 369 253, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Statewide Mechanical Services assembled the complex mechanical services for Sydney Coliseum Theatre.

Statewide Mechanical Services specialises in the design, supply, installation, commissioning and service of mechanical services to commercial, industrial and residential projects. Hansen Yuncken appointed Statewide Mechanical Services to undertake the construction of the mechanical services for the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, with work starting onsite in 2018. Given the complex geometric shapes of the building, services coordination began immediately. 3D BIM modelling was utilised, and greatly assisted the coordination of the structure and services, during both shop drawing development and construction. A key to the success of the project was to design, construct, and install prefabricated riser modules, complete with pipework and ductwork, for the large complicated northern risers. This streamlined the installation, reducing time required onsite, and allowed Hansen Yuncken to maintain their critical structure construction programme. Statewide Mechanical Services prides themselves on their engineering and managerial abilities, which allow for quick, educated decisions to be made onsite, to keep construction moving forward with minimal disruption and delay. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Statewide Mechanical Services values Hanson Yuncken as a key client and partner, with many past projects successfully delivered together, achieving mutually successful outcomes for both parties. The successful completion of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre not only adds to this portfolio, it is a project that both Hansen Yuncken and Statewide Mechanical Services can be proud of. Other projects Statewide Mechanical Services have successfully completed include Hillsong Epicentre, Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Sutherland Hospital, Kiama Aged Care Centre of Excellence, Cessnock Correctional Centre, Oran Park Commercial, HMAS Creswell, AHM Building, Holsworthy Special Operations Accommodation, Warrawong Plaza, and Parkes Hospital.

For more information contact Statewide Mechanical Services, Unit 1, 17 Industrial Road Unanderra NSW 2526, phone 02 4272 1299, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SYDNEY COLISEUM THEATRE


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Below Aitken Civil Engineering carried out the civil works including shoring, piling and in-ground concrete foundations.

The construction of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre project in Western Sydney was a challenging endeavour involving complex geometries and difficult ground conditions. To ensure a positive outcome for the project a mix of innovation and experience was provided by Aitken Civil Engineering for the civil component of the project. Aitken Civil Engineering were one of the first contractors onsite and coordination with Hansen Yuncken’s site team was vital for the delivery the project. “We were handing over the most crucial elements progressively for commencing other trades and critical works onsite through effective communication,” said Alex Aitken, Aitken Civil Engineering Manager. “We also completed the pavements in time with the other trades onsite. The site team are always willing to help and open to working together to find a better way.” “The building was built on a highly reactive clay. This caused some challenges especially after inclement weather,” said Alex. “There were also level differences across the site with large changes in grades as well as a curved structure that made setting out very hard. Our scope included piling works, shoring, in-ground concrete foundations and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

maximising the effectiveness of all items throughout the works on a tight programme.” Aitken Civil Engineering is a small family owned business and this is reflected in their philosophy. “It’s amazing the amount of work you can get done with a passionate and small crew that really knows how to work together,” said Alex. “We have a small team that knows their trade. Our senior staff have 40 years experience in civil engineering and with them we can do anything.” The Sydney Coliseum Theatre is Aitken Civil Engineering’s first major completed project which is cause for celebration. “I would like to thank our employees and Hansen Yuncken,” said Alex.

For more information contact Aitken Civil Engineering, Suite 2, 102 Queens Road, Five Dock NSW 2046, phone 02 9705 1611, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SYDNEY COLISEUM THEATRE 101



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FROM OLD TO NEW MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Built PROJECT MANAGER : Cerno Management ARCHITECT : Davenport Campbell STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Northrop Consulting Engineers and Arup

Darling Park is an iconic office precinct located on a 3.6 hectare site on the eastern shore of Darling Harbour. Boasting three premium grade office towers and retail offerings, Darling Park links the city to the Cockle Bay Wharf dining precinct. Originally built in the 1990s, Darling Park has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment. Cerno Group has been an integral part of this process, utilising their project management skills and experience to deliver a stunning renewal and refurbishment of the lobby and adjacent common areas of Tower 2. Over 2018 and 2019, under Cerno’s project management, these areas have been transformed into a modern, light filled, well activated meeting and retail space with a vastly improved casual dining experience and tenant engagement. Cerno’s Project Manager, John Brunette, said that Cerno was involved from the concept and ideation phase through to delivery phase. “In total, this involved designing and overseeing a new façade, entry doors, café, signage, digital wayfinding, media walls, lighting, finishes, furniture and an upgrade to existing services.” Opening up sight lines, improving pedestrian links and increasing natural light were among several project goals outlined by Davenport Campbell and the client. This had previously been done in a refurbishment of the Tower 3 common areas with great success. Achieving this result in Tower 2 involved significant internal demolition and structural works and included the removal of six columns which impeded sight lines and pedestrian movement.

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“The construction was undertaken by Built from May 2018. All participants in the project faced a significant challenge as the Tower continued operations and we had to ensure minimal impact on tenants, including a 3-hat restaurant in the building,” John said. “A significant amount of the construction work was carried out at night and had to be cleaned up by the start of the business day. Given these time constraints, Built did a great job finishing the construction in December, both on time and within budget.” Changes to the layout of the lobby area included relocating an existing café to the southern end of the upper ground floor. This involved filling an existing void to create space for the café. With the increase in attractive casual seating options introduced through the lobby, the café has enjoyed strong support. The refurbishment included the removal of the existing timber floors, which were replaced with a striking marble finish; and bespoke joinery pieces which separated seating from the pedestrian travel path. Specialist lighting and wayfinding signage was also installed. Another outstanding feature has been the lift upgrade which has seen the installation of lift experience LED screens, giving passengers the feeling of travelling though the Australian landscape in a glass lift. Scenes include the Blue Mountains, Lord Howe Island and Kings Canyon in the Northern

Territory. “This aspect of the refurbishment has evoked the most positive reaction of the whole project” John said. Artwork was curated by Natalia Bradshaw, with the centre piece, a living sculpture by Jamie North providing the highlight of arguably, the highest quality commercial building exhibition in Sydney. More recently, Aspect Studios has been engaged as the precinct’s landscape designer. Together they will create an enhanced natural and visual experience to complement the built works and add to the ambiance of the lobby and adjoining areas for tenants and visitors. “We are very proud of the outcome at Darling Park which resulted from a tremendous team effort by all the contractors and suppliers involved,” John said. “The project highlighted how Cerno has a hands on approach when dealing with our clients, tailoring solutions to their exact requirements.” Cerno is an accomplished Project Manager with particular experience in dealing with complex projects. As a diversified national property group, they have successfully created, owned, managed and financed assets in various locations in Australia. For more information contact Cerno, 28-34 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8246 6500, fax 02 8246 6599, email, website

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Below GWA Consultants completed upgrades to the mechanical services of the Darling Park project.

GWA Consultants are a specialist mechanical engineering and energy consultancy firm with over 25 years of experience in the building industry. The company is renowned for providing long term solutions with a focus on efficiency and performance. As a result, GWA Consultants has been involved with mechanical engineering projects in a number of landmark commercial buildings in Sydney. One of the best known commercial locations in Sydney is the Darling Park development which stands prominently on a 3.6 hectare site bounded by Sussex Street and the Cockle Bay Wharf dining precinct. Boasting premium grade office towers and retail offerings, Darling Park has recently been undergoing refurbishment, including the Tower 2 lobby and common area upgrade.

projects have been delivered within a live, premium grade building and careful consideration given to the project staging and impact of the works. Other major building landmarks where GWA Consultants are the incumbent mechanical engineer include the MLC Centre, 580 George Street and Chifley Tower. They were also selected to provide mechanical services at the resently opened Sydney Coliseum Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Western Sydney.

GWA have serviced the Darling Park Precinct as incumbent mechanical services engineer for almost a decade. GWA Consultants Associate, Alastair Chapman said that GWA has completed a range of mechanical services infrastructure projects within the precinct, including major upgrade of the podium retail, life cycle upgrade of central plant and provision of high quality end-of-trip facilities to Tower 2 and Tower 3. In all cases these 106 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DARLING PARK

For more information contact GWA Consultants Australia Pty Ltd, Unit 38, 8 Herbert Street, St Leonards NSW 2065, phone 02 9906 3688, fax 02 9436 1948, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Marblous Group created an elegant finish to the Tower 2 fitout with the inclusion of their marble products.

One of the highlights in the refurbished lobby area of Tower 2 at Darling Park is the elegant natural stone marble flooring and cladding. Marblous Group, a leading importer and distributor of a wide range of natural stone products, were responsible for the supply and installation of all the marble and natural stone, which significantly enhances the ambiance and personality of the new lobby and retail space.

Marblous Group has been in business for over 10 years and has built a team of 20 employees who all have a thorough understanding of natural stone products and their application. The range offered by Marblous Group includes travertine tiles, marble, gemstone, mosaics, bluestone, granite and limestone tiles and pavers. “We love to give clients professional advice on the selection, installation and care of natural stone products. With our new showroom in Padstow we can service the greater Sydney area as well as interstate,” Michael said.

Marblous Group specialises in high end commercial and residential projects, supplying and installing selected natural stone products from their extensive range which is carefully selected from international suppliers. The Tower 2 lobby project provided a number of unique challenges.

Some of the other projects in which Marblous Group has been engaged include Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bondi Junction, the refurbishment of 77 King Street, Sydney, the American Express Lounge at the Sydney International Terminal and many more.

“The design included joinery items, including a series of boomerang shapes, that required cutting marble off CAD drawings as measurements were not available onsite. There were also other very intricate details to be accommodated in the circular reading areas and the café,” explained Michael Alameddine, Project Manager at Marblous Group.

For more information contact Marblous Group Pty Ltd, 25 Arab Road, Padstow NSW 2211, phone 02 9774 2666, email, website



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Below PJS Air completed the extensive HVAC fitout and mechanical works for the Darling Park refurbishment.

Darling Park is an iconic office precinct, recognised and awarded for its social and environmental responsibilities. Featuring premium office space, occupied by several blue-chip tenants.

“We take a ‘hands on’ approach to every project, drawing on three decades of experience to deliver a professional, quality result for our clients,” Peter Johnston said.

PJS Air was appointed by leading project management companies, Shape, Amicus, Renascent and Classic Group to undertake the design, mechanical engineering and installation of the air conditioning and ventilation systems as part of a significant fitout and mechanical services upgrades including an end-of-trip facility and multiple computer rooms. The work also included the design and installation of a new tenant BMS to maximise supplementary system capacities within the constraints of rigid tenant cooling water allowances.

PJS Air specialises in the design, engineering, installation and maintenance of HVAC systems for commercial and industrial projects. They have a strong track record of delivering large and complex HVAC construction projects on time and within budget seeing them awarded many extensive refurbishments and new building projects – including airports, auditoriums, clubs, offices, hospitals and shopping centres. Their client and quality focus is evident in recent projects including the new 12,000m2 Australia Post Sorting Facility, The Star Casino, The Four Points Sheraton and the complete refurbishment of the Four Seasons Hotel at Circular Quay.

PJS Air Director, Peter Johnston said that his team worked closely with the client, architects and engineers on the project to ensure the best outcome was achieved. PJS Air is no stranger to large commercial fitout and refurbishment projects which enabled them to commit a team of project managers, site managers, drafting team and design engineers to deliver the required outcomes for the clients within the tight project timelines. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact PJS Air, phone 02 9676 3611, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DARLING PARK 109


Watpac was engaged by Justice Infrastructure NSW as the Design and Construct Contractor to deliver the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre Expansion project. The new expansion includes four new accommodation blocks, exercise yard, an industries and programs building, health clinic, segregation and protection cells, recycling building, custodial offices and outdoor recreational areas, and a new secure perimeter with an integrated security system. The Mid North Coast Correctional Centre upgrade project involved a 440-bed expansion of the existing correctional centre near Kempsey on the mid north coast of New South Wales. Construction was carried out by Watpac, a leading national construction company established in 1983. The project commenced onsite in April 2018 and was completed on time and on budget. The existing correctional centre remained operational throughout the works, with the new expansion zone constructed directly adjacent to the existing centre and the secure prison perimeter was broken

through during the programme to connect the two together. Extensive refurbishment works were also required to the existing areas which was done in a phased manner. “The interfacing with the existing operational centre needed close planning with Corrective Services to minimise disruption,” said Luke Hunter, Project Manager. “Collaboration between all stakeholders was required and everyone contributed to the success of the job. We tried to create partnerships between all stakeholders throughout the project journey.”

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“Key personnel were consistent throughout the project which shows the positive culture that was created onsite,” said Luke. “People were invested until the end which made a big difference to the project.” As a community focused company, Watpac are also committed to supporting regional growth which was evident on this project where 50% of the total trade costs came from local businesses. “We set ourselves pretty high targets for local involvement, especially on regional projects,” explained Luke. “It’s definitely a key focus for the business wherever we can.” Watpac proposed a number of design innovations for the project including changing the new accommodation block roof from a structural steel portal frame to a lightweight steel truss that could be assembled at ground level and craned into position. As well as taking the roof works off the project critical path, the resulting health and safety benefits in terms of minimising working at height won Watpac a Safe Work NSW award. Precast concrete footings where chosen for the 1km secure perimeter wall around the boundary of the expansion zone. “The precast footing had not been done before in the Prison Bed Capacity Programme and worked very well. It eliminated a lot of site works and created significant project efficiencies,” explained Luke. “In regional areas, the availability of sufficient skilled tradespeople to deliver the project


is often a big challenge. Prefabrication of the footings allowed us to reduce the number of site resources that were required.” Innovations such as these were introduced following extensive user reviews with the client during design finalisation and allowed Watpac to optimise the project cost without compromising on the design. “Our value management approach added big benefits in terms of the overall value for money of the project,” said Luke. Watpac were well placed to deliver a successful result for the project through their Port Macquarie office which gives them local knowledge and engagement with the Mid North Coast Region. Their local portfolio includes hospitals such as Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Kempsey Hospital, education facilities such as Charles Sturt University, aged care projects and defence projects. With a strong Australian heritage and now part of the global BESIX Group, an international contractor with iconic projects like Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to their name, Watpac has national operations in Brisbane, Sydney, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Adelaide and Townsville.

For more information contact Watpac Limited, Level 1, Suite 2, 68 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, phone 02 6584 9693, fax 02 6584 0358, website


Below Northrop delivered all structural and civil engineering including the precast system for the perimeter wall as well as adjusting the design for the roof.

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Northrop Consulting Engineers were engaged to deliver all structural and civil engineering design and documentation, in addition to construction phase services for the expansion of the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre. The project also included alterations and additions within the existing facility.

steel tonnage by utilising light steel framing. “This allowed the roof structure to be assembled on the ground, the roof sheeting attached, then lifted directly onto the supporting accommodation cells. This greatly improved safety by reducing the amount of time working at height. Temporary scaffolding was also not required.”

With extensive correctional centre experience, Northrop understand the unique challenges associated with such projects. “Security is absolutely the number one priority,” said Greg Laver, Lead Structural Engineer. “Any areas that may be occupied by inmates, must have secure ceilings, secure roof structures and solid walls.”

Successful delivery of any project relies on the relationships developed. “Northrop would like to acknowledge the outstanding work by Watpac’s site management and construction team on this project.”

The facility remained operational throughout the construction process which posed additional challenges. “We had to work around the functioning facility as well as meeting the security needs of the officers,” said Greg. “We designed a precast fence system for the 1km perimeter security wall. This meant that no temporary propping was required which greatly reduced construction time and the impact on the existing facility.” Northrop were also instrumental in adjusting the design for the accommodation building roof, which resulted in a reduction of 112 NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

Established in 1976, Northrop is a successful engineering consultancy locally owned and managed by engineers who work in the business. The company employs over 400 staff with eight offices across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Highly experienced in civil, structural, building services and sustainability, Northrop service a wide range of infrastructure, site works and building projects, offering complete engineering services to support full project delivery. For more information contact Northrop Consulting Engineers, Level 1, 215 Pacific Highway, Charlestown NSW 2290, phone 02 4943 1777, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Custom Steel Frames prefabricated the steel trusses used for the accommodation building roofs, which were lifted into place once assembled.

A key innovation utilised on the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre upgrade project was the use of light steel trusses for the roof structure of the four new accommodation blocks. Custom Steel Frames worked closely with both Watpac and Northrop Consulting Engineers, to develop the design in the early stages of project development. This relationship enabled the development of a solution that met the client’s requirements while enhancing safety and accelerating the erection process. The roof trusses were designed by Custom Steel Frames, and then prefabricated by welding high quality lightweight steel in their factory. The 10m trusses were easy to manage and assembled onsite by experienced erectors at ground level before being craned into position. “The roof lifting approach allowed a number of trades to reduce their exposure to falling from height,” said Colin Shanks, Managing Director of Custom Steel Frames. “It also allowed large sections of the building to be closed out very quickly once the roofs were lifted into position.” The roofs for each accommodation block were divided into eight separate lifts, which each included the roof structure, insulated panels, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

mechanical ductwork and the safety rail. Custom Steel Frames works constructed roof trusses for just under 10,000m2 of roof area of which 7,200m2 was assembled at ground level and craned into position. The largest individual lift (34m x 11m) was 15 tons (including chains and a 21m spreader bar) which required the use of a 220 ton crane. “This was a rewarding and challenging project to be involved in,” said Colin. “We’ve been doing roof lifts on projects for over 20 years. When you get the right project it’s a better way to build.” As the leading and longest established makers of steel frames and trusses in New South Wales, Custom Steel Frames are constantly building on their 25 years experience in manufacturing frames for residential and commercial projects and deliver cost effective solutions for projects of all types and sizes.

For more information contact Custom Steel Frames, 110 Fitzroy Street, Dubbo NSW 2830, phone 02 6884 2266, email csfd@customsteel., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 113

Below Australia Wide Roofing’s work on the accommodation block roof contributed to the Safe Work NSW award won Watpac.

As a leading nationwide provider of metal roofing services, Australia Wide Roofing’s team of experienced professionals uses quality materials from trusted suppliers to deliver roofing systems that will pass the test of time. Australia Wide Roofing supplied and installed Colorbond roofing, Kingspan Insulated Panel roof and wall cladding along with gutters and downpipes for the accommodation blocks, health and segregation blocks, linkways and walkways to the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre. “We played a big part in the job. We were onsite from start to finish. It was challenging at times but we have got the manpower and capability to bring in projects like this on time and on budget,” said Rob Atherton, Director

contractor, Watpac. Subsequently, Australia Wide Roofing was also nominated and won the Metal Roofing and Cladding Association of Australia’s 2019 Safety Award. Australia Wide Roofing were able to build on their existing strong relationship with Watpac to deliver a successful result for the project. “Credit should go to Watpac for a very well run and organised job,” said Rob. Established in 2001, Australia Wide Roofing is committed to delivering a high standard of customer service at an affordable price. Their professional team treats every property with the utmost respect and has the experience to tackle any metal roofing project.

The roof for the accommodation block was prefabricated at ground level before being craned into position. This innovative approach resulted in a quicker and safer installation. Australia Wide Roofing’s work on the accommodation block roof contributed to the Safe Work NSW award that was won by the main 114 NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

For more information contact Australia Wide Roofing, 4/2 Statham Street, Bennetts Green NSW 2290, phone 02 4948 6164, email office@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below BAVAP installed non-slip flooring and waterproofing to the kitchen and coolroom areas.

BAVAP are specialist installers of epoxy and polyurethane floor coatings. Servicing Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria, they provide the best quality floor coatings achievable for government and private projects from large to small. They installed non-slip flooring and waterproofing to the kitchen and coolroom areas on the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre project. This was the first time BAVAP had worked with Watpac, who were looking for an applicator that could achieve the correct finish within a tight timeframe. “The manufacturer, Hychem, recommended us. We had previously used Hychem on the Junee Correctional Centre project which was completed this year so they knew we were quite comfortable with the corrections environment,” said Anja Peschler, Director. “The Hychem product had already been specified by the design team but we would have recommended them regardless,” said Anja. “We have a very strong relationship with manufacturers. With their technical expertise they can meet us in the middle to solve the unusual situations that emerge on any project.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

To ensure the project ran smoothly, BAVAP drew on their combined experience of 50 years including specialist experience in correctional facilities. “Once we got started the project was straightforward. We had good communication with the other trades onsite and the builder. It’s nice to work with people you know and trust, and who know that they can trust you to get the job done,” explained Anja. Regardless of the size or type of project, BAVAP’s first goal is to achieve outstanding finishes of the highest quality. “We hold ourselves to delivering better than acceptable finishes,” said Anja. “We pride ourselves on keeping up with our commitments which takes the stress away from our customers because they know what they will get.”

For more information contact BAVAP Pty Ltd, phone 0435 958 449, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 115

Below Coffs Coast Formwork supplied a range of concrete services to the new section of the Mid North Coast Corrections Centre.

Coffs Coast Formwork provided all aspects of formwork and concreting works to the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre’s upgrade, which included ground slabs, suspended slabs, roadways, walkways and stairs. Their work also included detailed excavation, placing of reinforcement, as well as the pumping and finishing of concrete. The team at Coffs Coast Formwork are safety conscious and were able to work effectively to complete thier works programme within time. “The programme was tight but it was well organised by Watpac and proved to be achievable,” said Michael Dahl, Company Manager. “We pride ourselves on our quality and that’s how we get our repeat business.”

of project experience including schools, hospitals, apartments, and government buildings. “Our attitude is that no job is too big or too small.” The positive culture at Coffs Coast Formwork is a key part of their success. “We are a family based company and we treat our employees as family. We like to think we’re builder friendly and we always try to provide a quality product,” said Michael. “We are particularly proud of the work we put in on this project and the fantastic end result we achieved.”

The ability of Coffs Coast Formwork to provide an end-to-end service from formwork to finished concrete, is a key point of difference for the company. “It means that we can control the quality, it also means we control our own destiny as far as the programme goes,” explained Michael. Based in Coffs Harbour, the company has a long history of serving the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. They have a wide range 116 NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

For more information contact Coffs Coast Formwork, 25 Craft Close, Toormina NSW 2452, phone 02 6658 1665, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Commercial Painting Group were responsible for all the painted finishes including doors, windows, frames and epoxy wall finishes.

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Commercial Painting Group Pty Ltd are a Dulux accredited, award-winning master painter that offers a wide variety of solutions for projects across New South Wales. For the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre they were responsible for all the painted finishes including secure doors, cell doors, steel windows and frames and epoxy wall finishes. The Dulux SteriGuard product was used throughout the project. “The product was something that we recommended because of the overall benefits,” said Deb Morton, Project Advisor. “One advantage of this product is that it is chemical and scrub resistant as well as being anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It gives a better outcome not only for residents but also for the staff.”

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other projects including Macksville Hospital, Mudgee Hospital and Warilla Library. “We are pretty diverse. Our attitude is ‛have work, will travel’,” said Deb. Commercial Painting Group remains a family owned business and this ethos shows in the value they place on their workforce. “Some of our guys have been with us for eight or nine years,” Deb said. “Our team is very dedicated to what they do. We couldn’t do what we do without them.” This dedication is evident in the results they achieve time and time again. “No matter what happens on a job we will always get it over the line on time,” said Deb. “With our can-do attitude, whatever your project we will make it work for you.”

With prior experience on similar projects including Junee and Wellington Correctional Centres, Commercial Painting Group had no problem delivering a successful result in this case. “We found the project straightforward as Watpac ran a successful project,” said Deb. Commercial Painting Group have previously worked with Watpac on projects including Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Kempsey Hospital and Charles Sturt University. They are also currently working on many WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Commercial Painting Group Pty Ltd, phone 0435 009 665, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 117

Below Verges Creek Polished Concrete completed approximately 2,000m2 of concrete polishing onsite applying an industrial crème polish finish.

Verges Creek Polished Concrete is a newly established family run business based in Kempsey, New South Wales, which specialises in achieving beautiful, functional and sustainable polished concrete outcomes for both commercial and domestic customers. On the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre upgrade project, the company polished approximately 2,000m2 of concrete. They used a 3-phase grinder and gas burnisher to provide an economical and dust suppressant industrial crème polish finish to the floor. This process, developed by Owner, Mathew Renfrew through 20 years of experience, resulted in a clean, hygienic and functional floor that will stand the test of time. Having worked previously within the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre facility, Mathew already had a good understanding of the tight regulations and Corrective Services requirements. “The floor needed to be hard wearing, dust free and stain resistant while still being aesthetically pleasing,” explained Matthew. “The slab itself was good and fit for purpose so our system did not need much adaptation. It was a pleasure working with Watpac on the project, 118 NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

they were easy to communicate with and everyone was there to get the job done. We appreciated the opportunity to showcase what we are capable of.” Verges Creek Polished Concrete is owned and operated by Mathew and his partner Rachael Jeffree, and combines Mathew’s experience in the construction industry with Rachael’s background in administration and law. Mathew has built a strong local reputation as a reliable, efficient tradesman who strives to achieve the desired outcome for his customers. Verges Creek Polished Concrete prides themselves on going the extra mile for their clients. Their ambition is to build a loyal and happy team of exceptional concreters and polishers who will master the art of concrete polishing, building on their clients’ inspirations and exceeding their expectations.

For more information contact Verges Creek Polished Concrete Pty Ltd, phone 0488 002 648, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Hogan Group were appointed to complete the hydraulic works, including installation, commissioning and testing.

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Hogan Group combines three generations of plumbing and roofing industry experience with a comprehensive fleet of heavy plant and machinery. Based in Taree, New South Wales, they strive to support local employment in the Mid North Coast.

helped Hogan Group meet the client’s tight timescales. Compressed programmes were a constant challenge for all trades. These were achieved with a positive approach to meeting deadlines set by Watpac, the head contractor, and the Hogan Group project management team.

Hogan Group completed the original hydraulic installations at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre in 2001 and were appointed to complete the hydraulic works for the recent expansion project which included the refurbishment of existing areas and construction of a new 440-bed accommodation facility. The hydraulic works involved installation, commissioning and testing of all wet services including connections to site wide infrastructure.

The positive working relationship between Hogan Group and Watpac stems from prior projects including the Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Kempsey Hospital expansion and Charles Sturt University. Hogan Group management advised that Watpac are a proactive company. Their project management teams liaise directly with site personnel, creating a positive outcome for all associated with the project.

The existing sewer infrastructure had to be expanded to accommodate an additional 440 inmates. Hogan Group’s proposal for the installation of an independent dedicated sewer main was implemented and an additional sewer pump station diverted all newly completed infrastructure from the existing pump station. Prefabrication was utilised on the project with the four maximum security pods coming complete with all services and sanitary fixtures. This rapidly accelerated the installation of the hydraulic services and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Hogan Group successfully completed the project with expertise and support from Reece Plumbing Supplies, Tradelink Plumbing Supplies, Aqua Energy Group, Refire Group, Tasman Tanks, Opie Manufacturing Group, Enware Smartflow and Thermann Hot Water Heaters.

For more information contact Hogan Plumbing Group, 6 Flametree Close, Taree NSW 2430, phone 02 6552 0900 NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 119

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Below Port Demolition removed approximatly 200m of secure perforated sheet metal fencing, associated footings and piles.

The recently completed Mid North Coast Correctional Centre project was a complex undertaking including a new expansion connected to the existing facility as well as renovations and alterations within existing areas. Port Demolition carried out a range of works on the project including removal of around 200m of secure perforated sheet metal fencing, associated footings and piles as well as internal strip out works and removal of overhead street structures. A phased approach to the demolition was required to suit the programme. Port Demolition attended site for around five months in total with up to seven operatives onsite at any one time. Despite the challenging nature of the project, Port Demolition had no problems getting the work done to a high standard. “We have done correctional centre work before,” said Tony Williams, Founder and Owner. “We have also worked a lot with Watpac and always find them very good to work with.” Port Demolition are experts in demolition and earthmoving works for projects of all types including residential, schools, carparks, roads, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

drainage, sewerage and asbestos removal. They boast a large selection of equipment including excavators ranging from 2.5T to 36T capacity, tip trucks, low loaders, vibrating road rollers, graders and bulldozers. Established in 1985, Port Demolition are proud to serve the Port Macquarie region as a locally family owned business with quality demolition and earthmoving at affordable rates. Port Demolition focus on their reliability, which Tony believes sets them apart. “With our 30 years of experience we pride ourselves on getting the job done quicker and better than the competition.” The team at Port Demolition are ready to definitely rock your world, with any jobs requiring a professional demolition and earthmoving contractor on the New South Wales Mid North Coast,.

For more information contact Port Demolition, 537 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, phone 0418 654 009, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE MID NORTH COAST CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 121

LIVE THE HIGHLIFE DEVELOPER : Luxeland Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Miramax Projects Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : CD Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Structural Design Solutions CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $21.9 million



The Koi Apartments is an impressive 18-storey mixed commercial and residential building comprising 47 residential units (six studios, 20 one bedroom, 20 two bedroom, a three bedroom) over four basement levels (51 car spaces) and seven commercial/shop suites. Koi Apartments is an impressive 18-storey mixed use building comprising 47 apartments above a podium of seven commercial tenancies. The rooftop has over 200m² of communal terrace with stylish seating, special plantings and spectacular views over Sydney city and the harbour. Miramax Projects was awarded the D&C contract for Koi Apartments in October 2017. Constrcution Manager, Paul Thanos working with Project Manager, Anthony Buscombe and Site Manager, Thomas Shay documenting the design over a 12 week period, with construction works completed over a 15 month period. “The changes we made to the design involved a combination of precast concrete panels, post tension floor slabs and Autoclaved Areated Concrete (AAC) infils for the external walls, it made the design more buildable,” explained Paul. “Coloured and etched precast concrete panels with a cast in ‘ribbon’ detail were used to clad the eastern and western façades, a decoration that was carried through to the front elevation of the building using wrapped aluminium sections around the glass balconies.” The aluminium sections give the façade its distinctive appearance and are a repeat motif across the podium, connecting it with the tower rising behind. Work started onsite in January 2018 with associated infrastructure works including stormwater, sewer, electrical, pavements, combined fire and hydrant system and onsite stormwater detention tanks.

The site was only 600m² with only a 13m street frontage, access was often difficult and there wasn’t any room for storage. “Materials handling was an issue, we had to timetable deliveries for when we were ready to use the materials straight away. We used the advantage of the precast panels and post tension slab design to allow us to get the 18-storey structure up really quick,” said Paul “Due to the railway corridor at the front of the site we had vibration and weekly survey monitoring during excavation as well as the structural works to Ground level to ensure the construction work didn’t negatively impact on Sydney Trains property.” Established in 2011, Miramax Projects specialises in unique and innovative building solutions for medium to high rise residential and mixed use developments. Working around the Sydney Metro area, Miramax Projects recently completed Sync Apartments at Neutral Bay. The $17 million complex comprises 38 luxury units and five commercial tenancies across two towers. They are also currently underway at the $9 million Longueville Gardens, which features 12 luxury townhouses, each fitted with individual glass lifts. Miramax Projects also provides interior fitouts and have display suites in Double Bay and Neutral Bay to showcase their products for designers, builders and developers. On display are beautiful marble bathrooms and kitchens and sophisticated cabinetry and joinery. “Clients like to see what we offer and employ us because of our attention to detail as well as the level of finish of our projects,” Anthony said. Miramax Projects has successfully completed commercial office fitouts including the full head office fitout for United Developments and the office fitout for Handpicked Wines, a project that included a stylish break out area and bar for wine tasting.

For more information contact Miramax Projects, Suite 9, 247 King Street, Mascot NSW 2020, phone 02 8084 1618, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


PREMIUM FIRE SERVICES Premium Fire Services (PFS) provided Miramax with a full design, supply and installation package for the fire safety system at KOI Apartments. PFS started inhouse design work in October 2018 creating shop drawings from consultants’ specifications and assisting with preparation of construction certificated. “At KOI the challenge involved achieving the required flow rate for the fire system we had been given. We found that the flow information we received from Sydney Water was decreased,” said Owner/Director Herbert Xia. “I supplied a strategy and advice to Miramax and redesigned without using more space.” With four installers onsite PFS completed the fire safety services within six months. At KOI hydrants, sprinklers and portable extinguishers were installed throughout the units and the common areas. Herbert has over 15 years professional experience in designing and selecting fire safety systems and established PFS in 2016.

The company works across high and medium rise residential developments, industrial and commercial as well as special use buildings. “The challenge of my job is to optimise the design of the fire services system by making it more buildable,” said Herbert. “I also offer technical advice to builders and other consultants.” PFS offer initial site surveys, assistance with costing and advice on code compliance. The company uses modern BIM and Revit software to document and coordinate with other building services on their projects from their eight experience inhouse design division. They also provide spraying of structural members, the installation of detectors, alarms and warning speakers as well as service and maintenance for all types of systems and equipment including upgrades, and fire orders. Recently PFS completed more than 40 fire service systems at large scale residential complexes across the Sydney Region, maintaining 100 more buildings’ fire service systems. For more information contact Premium Fire Services, Level 2, 8 King Street, Rockdale NSW 2261, phone 02 9597 9930, website



GETTING DOWN TO IT Chalouhi specialises in site preparation, excavation and civil construction. In early 2018, Chalouhi commenced preconstruction works for KOI Apartments in Burwood carrying out ground engineering, site clearance, 9,600m³ of bulk excavation and 350m³ of detailed excavation to a depth of 15m. Chalouhi was then further engaged in retention, shotcreting and earth stabilisation works. Prior to and during bulk excavation Burwood Council and Sydney Trains required stringent baseline surveys and vibration monitoring to deal with any potential ground or structural impact on railway infrastructure. Chalouhi built a 120m long, 15m high shoring wall with over 980m of reinforced concrete piles and 1,000m of steel soldier piles. Over 370 anchors were mounted for the shoring system along with 25 tons of internal steel bracing. Shotcreting covered 1725m² over 5-levels, plus an additional 50m² in underpinning works. The site being a total of 600m² and only 12m wide, meant that cross functional programming was critical to keeping the project on track. In consultation with Burwood Council, RMS representatives and local police, we formed a well developed and flexible traffic management plan. Chalouhi took the lead in coordinating traffic movements, mobile permits and road closures, minimising disruption and ensuring the safety of staff and the local community. Chalouhi successfully completed the preliminary works for KOI Apartments, satisfying the project requirements of the client Miramax Projects. Chalouhi provides their clients with a complete turnkey civil package for their early works and civil construction needs, including demolition, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

bulk and detailed excavation, remediation, ground engineering (anchors, shotcrete, capping beam etc) and civil construction (carparks, stormwater, kerb and gutter etc). Chalouhi have built an extensive portfolio of works in a variety of sectors including residential, education, aged care, health care and commercial developments. Chalouhi deliver on time and within budget, whilst never compromising on safety.

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REACHING FOR NEW HORIZONS DEVELOPER : University of Wollongong MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Richard Crookes Constructions ARCHITECT : Denton Corker Marshall and Jacobs STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : ARUP and Robert Bird Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $80 million

The University of Wollongong’s Molecular Horizons is a cutting edge research facility equipped with world leading technologies, and designed to put science on display, with a custom glass façade and large digital display screens. The University of Wollongong (UOW) has added to its Science Precinct with the construction of an incredibly complex structure, the Molecular Horizons, an $80 million centre for molecular and life sciences research. The remarkable facility is designed and built to accommodate world leading technologies including two ultra-high resolution Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEMs): the 3m tall Titan Krios Cryo-EM microscope, one of only two in Australia, and a smaller version the Talos Arctica. Along with lecture and meeting facilities, offices and research laboratories focused on visualisation of biological structures at the minutest detail, the building contains a small animal housing facility and roof platforms set up to accommodate astronomical telescopes and instruments to measure greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. Richard Crookes Constructions commenced onsite works in mid 2017, building a structure comprising three parts: the services building to the south, the research block housing the microscopes to the north and a 3-storey glass atrium linking the two. “Due to the highly sensitive nature of the microscopes the design of the facility has been centred on their operational requirements. This facilitated particular ‘zones of influence’ areas, where building materials were carefully

selected to ensure the successful functioning of the microscopes,” said Project Manager, Aarin Cole. In zones 0-3m, the microscopes were required to be completely isolated within rooms lined with non-magnetic and non-ferrous materials, while in zones 3-7m, non-magnetic stainless steel reinforcement was required, hence a different way to reinforce the concrete structure was required. “A glass fibre reinforcing polymer (GFRP) reinforcing bar was selected to provide reinforcement. This was a product typically utilised in Canada for building bridges to combat water egress. The Canadian and Australian building codes were overlaid, with additional materials and reinforcement features added to ensure compliance with Australian Standards. Over a million plastic cable ties, rather than steel ties wire, were utilised to ensure that not only were the microscope standards met, but also that the building met earthquake zone standards,” said Mr Cole. The ground floor that houses the specialist equipment has a custom façade of U-framed glass with a frit pattern that eliminates the need for external sun shading devices. The glass façade was an important design consideration for the university, part of having ‘science on display’. “Activity within the ground floor labs is visible through floor to ceiling glass allowing

students and staff to look inside and see science in action,” explained UOW’s Senior Manager of Project Delivery, Blake Preston. “Design aspects based on open spaces and transparent glass structures enable visitors to be engaged with the cutting edge research happening in the building.” A video wall has been included to continue this theme and displays a live feed of the microscopes. Warm colours and materials have been selected specifically to break down the barriers between the general public and high tech science. Due to the sensitive nature of the equipment installed on the site, special considerations and testing needed to occur to ensure the design negated any unwanted effects. “When additional drainage was installed within the Level 1 laboratory – a reasonably simple request in any other building, checks had to be completed with design consultants to ensure no additional vibration, electro-magnetic interference or temperature changes would be induced within the Electron microscope suites,” explained Mr Preston. “Other tests involved consulting with researchers and UOW’s maintenance teams to ensure accessing and servicing the building, including the use of motorised equipment such as mowers and vacuum cleaners, didn’t affect experiment results.” “A remarkable component of this project has been the dedication, collaboration and trust shown by the university. The Molecular Horizons building was first conceived five years ago and the time and effort put in by the professors and university staff to explain the specific parameters of the building contributed enormously to a successful construction,” added Mr Preston.

For more information contact University of Wollongong, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW 2522, phone 02 4221 4227, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE UNI OF WOLLONGONG MOLECULAR HORIZONS 127

Below Tecniplast Australia supplied specialised equipment for the animal departments at Molecular Horizons.

Tecniplast Australia specialises in the design, development, supply and installation of housing and washing equipment for animal models used in medical research. They focus on developing technology and automation to address the evolution of a facility’s requirements. The company started working with the University of Wollongong in late 2015 to formulate a brief and develop the design for the equipment needed at the Molecular Horizons research facility.

the parent company in Italy, for manufacturing. Installation took place at the end of 2019. “It was fortunate that we were able to work with Richard Crookes in the early stages of the design and the installation. It was a complex job – there were specific requirements for the successful operation of our equipment. We found the site workers and project manager extremely cooperative and open to our needs,” said Peter.

Tecniplast were contracted to supply and install new equipment, such as a machine for washing the cages that house rodents and a dedicated aquatics system for Xenopus frogs.

“We are often asked to create tender documents for animal laboratory equipment projects,” added Peter, “We also offer advice to architects and technical staff, giving them design options and innovative solutions for the housing and care of laboratory animals.”

“The washer is a large machine, floor to ceiling in height; capable of washing and decontaminating up to 100 plastic cages at a time. The Xenopus Aquatics System incorporates automated monitoring to help maintain water quality, temperature and pH at the optimal levels,” said Regional Sales Manager, Peter Snitch.

Tecniplast Australia have also supplied and installed equipment to other universities such as ANU and UNSW and are considered the ‘Gold Standard’ in animal laboratory equipment. Currently Tecniplast are working with Richard Crookes on a facility similar to Molecular Horizons at the University of Newcastle, due for completion in 2020.

The design was finalised through consultation with the university and Richard Crookes and shop drawings were sent to Tecniplast SpA,

For more information contact Tecniplast Australia, phone 02 8845 6500,, website



Below Frame-Tek Group supplied cold formed steel support framing for the project which resulted in a speedier delivery.

Frame-Tek Group specialises in the design, engineering, and supply of prefabricated steel framing systems for façade support. In November 2018, Frame-Tek Group started design work for the Molecular Horizons building at the University of Wollongong. Frame-Tek Group were contracted to supply cold formed steel support framing and worked with the Richard Crookes project team to look at options to speed up the job. With manufacturing beginning in early 2019 a final delivery was made in June. “We offered our solution of pre-fixing rain screen sheeting to the framing. We were able add this system to our Optim Series framing chosen for the job, resulting in a much faster closing up of the building,” Designer and Project Manager, Peter Wallace explained. “We enjoyed working with Richard Crookes,” said Peter. “Bondclad Facades installed our frames and also the sheet aluminium cladding. Total Glass & Aluminium fixed the windows to our framework. The teamwork certainly contributed to a successful outcome.” Frame-Tek Group welcomes being involved in design meetings and discussions with project engineers and consultants to ensure a positive WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

engineered solution for façade support framing. They also supply full calculations and engineering data, drafting and documentation as well as full frame set out drawings and fixing details. In August 2019, Frame-Tek Group completed the supply of the support framing for the façade, roof and plant room walls of Dubbo Hospital. As at Molecular Horizons, Frame-Tek was able to use the method of pre-fixing galvanised sheet to close up the building as the frame was installed. Frame-Tek Group have offices in Sydney and an acre of manufacturing space in Lawson. Recently they acquired a new roll forming machine to produce a vast range of different sections, sizes and gages from locally supplied materials. Using their prefabricated systems means a reduction in the size of the onsite labour force, a quicker build and a focus on a quality finish.

For more information contact Frame-Tek Group, Level 6, 10 Herb Elliot Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127, phone 02 4759 2211, email, website


Below Offshore Carpentry detailed the design for the TEM suites, as well as completing landscaping works.

Offshore Carpentry specialises in the design and construction of structural framing for new work, extensions and internal fitouts across Sydney and regional New South Wales.

the stainless steel lining for the rooms. After the internal work we were engaged to build decking on the rooftop and further seating and landscaping works outside the building.”

The company were awarded the design and construction contract to build the structural framing for the TEM suites at the University of Wollongong Molecular Horizons in 2016.

Offshore Carpentry are backed up by over 20 years experience within the construction industry. They undertake work in a variety of sectors, predominately apartments, clubs and some offices and have recently completed retirement village projects in Moree and Scone.

“I worked with my engineer to detail the design for the TEM suites from supplied specifications,” Owner and Director, Brad Wiggins explained. “We changed the beams from hardwood to laminated veneer lumber (LVL), a more resilient material that enabled a quicker and easier build and reduced the cost by about a third.” They started onsite work in May 2019 with a team of 12 carpenters carrying out initial site works, hoardings, walkways, ramps and roofing as well as construction disability approved and safe access for the general public. “In and around the TEM suites all the nails, screws and fitting we used were stainless steel to avoid any electromagnetic interference with the microscopes,” said Brad. “We were further contracted to install

In 2017, Offshore Carpentry completed structural carpentry including installing external cladding and door joinery work at the Thomas Holt Retirement Village in Kirrawee, a 7-storey building of 120 rooms. Brad has established a second company, Offshore Projects, for new building work, homes as well as alterations and additions. Recently they completed a $2 milion renovation of a pub with new restaurant and kitchen.

For more information contact Offshore Carpentry, phone (Brad) 0403 184 256, email, website



Below Total Glass & Aluminium worked on bringing the U-shaped glass on the ground floor of the northern building to life.

Total Glass & Aluminium (TG&A) specialises in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium framed windows, doors, glazed curtain walls and unique glass façades.

“We’ve been working with Richard Crookes for more than 20 years,” said Dennis. “The project managers and site supervisors contribute to a well organised site and Molecular Horizons was an exciting project.”

For the Molecular Horizons building, TG&A worked from architect’s specifications to adapt the design to their manufacturing system and to create shop drawings. Manufacturing took five months, and the elements were ready for onsite delivery in March 2019.

TG&A excel at high end jobs that involve a challenge. They are experts at working around complex designs and creating custom elements.

“We manufactured aluminium framing and installed imported glass for all the windows as well as supplying and installing the external glazed walls on the research building,” said Director, Dennis Lysek. “We also supplied and installed two frameless glass curtain walls with spider fittings to the 5-storey structure that links the research and services buildings.” A special feature of the research building is the U-shaped glass on the ground floor of the northern building where the electron microscopes will be housed. “The glass was made in Germany and it was a challenge communicating with overseas suppliers,” said Dennis. “There were eight months between order and delivery, the longest lead time I’ve ever experienced. The U-shaped glass arrived as 424 pieces, 5.5m tall and 330mm wide with a frit pattern.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“In August 2017 we completed a project called the Khartoum Corporate Centre at Macquarie Park for Richard Crookes. We manufactured and supplied aluminium frames and glass for the four sided façade of the 5-storey office building.” Currently TG&A are at work on Stage 2 of St Vincent’s Private Hospital where they designed an aluminium sun shading system that was integrated into the façade.

For more information contact Total Glass & Aluminium, 28 Lincoln Street, Minto NSW 2566, phone 02 9603 9888, email admin@


Below DMF International installed high speed PVC RL3000E roll doors for the laboratory closures.

DMF International Pty Ltd (DMF) has been trading for over 50 years, and is expert in the design, manufacture and installation of custom made rapid speed roller doors for specialist commercial applications. For the Molecular Horizons project, engineers worked with specifications formulated by Richard Crookes to custom make three rapid speed roll doors for the animal house and laboratories. “The doors were custom designed PVC panel doors, 2.5m by 2.5m with an opening and closing speed of over 1.0m per second. A design feature of the RL3000E doors was the requirement for sealing the laboratories firmly and quickly to prevent the escape of laboratory specimens. We also had to ensure a tight seal to maintain a clean environment within,” said DMF Director, Stephen Fell. “Manufacture occurred in our 2,000m² Sydney facility and installation was completed onsite within three days.” “Richard Crookes were great to work with, we coordinated with them to ensure we met specification, and had the required clearances for installation, and they were a highly professional outfit, practical as well,” added Stephen. “Throughout 2019 we worked with them on another large project for Snackbrands in western Sydney, manufacturing and installing 13 large custom designed high speed roll doors.”

DMF supply a large number of rapid roll high speed doors at facilities for the packaging, processing and storage of food, preventing excessive air movement that can interfere with the internal climate. Our doors help maintain interior conditions in areas of high traffic flow, keeping out air-born contaminants, like dust and vermin. For years, DMF has been manufacturing and installing doors to a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers in clinical applications, such as GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, installing many custom made high speed roll door solutions to suit their stringent cleanroom production areas. “We are a family owned company and take pride in the fact that we are an Australian owned, local manufacturer,” said Stephen. “Our product is installed across the country and we export product to many countries, including throughout South East Asia, New Zealand, India, America, parts of Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, with partners in many of these locations.” For more information contact DMF International Pty Ltd, 88-90 Magowar Road, Girraween NSW 2145, phone 1800 281 170, email, website



Below V-ROD™ was specified for reinforcing the zones of influence around the world’s most powerful electron microscopes.

V-Rod Australia are suppliers of a Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer Rebar (GFRP) for concrete reinforcing, trademarked V-ROD™. The engineering capability of V-Rod made them the obvious choice to reinforce the critical areas for this multi-story, technically challenging project, possibly the first of its kind in the world, requiring specific GFRP design expertise. The sensitivity of the TEM Microscopes required the concrete structure and its surrounding environment in the zones of influence to be constructed of non-ferrous materials to not cause any interference during the operation of the microscopes. A total 127,228m of the 60GPa GFRP was incorporated into these critical zones including straight, bends and ligatures for the reinforcing. Areas included 14m deep piles, pile caps, beam, slabs columns, walls and first story suspended slabs. The reinforcing was assembled with plastic chairs and cable ties ready for a traditional concrete pour. “We visited the site twice to oversee the delivery and to familiarise the steel fixers with the new product,” explained Director, Michelle Lutze. “Trades adapt quickly to lightweight product, being four times lighter than steel. Steel fixers swap tie wire for cable ties. GFRP is easy WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to use, no special tools or methods are needed and the lightweight product means easier handling resulting in a quicker job, with less worker fatigue.” “The Molecular Horizons building as far as we know, is the world’s first project using GFRP in a multi-story building. It proves the structural capability of full international code compliant GFRP reinforcing and showcases yet another first for the industry,” said Michelle. Manufacturing GFRP bars is around 50% the carbon footprint to that of steel. GFRP will never rust or corrode, it has been aged accelerated to 200 years retaining 95% of its original performance. Field studies, now after 20 years, have shown that on the same time lines, the product is not breaking down at all, when embedded in concrete in the very harsh environments. Our company was established 10 years ago, with introducing GFRP technology to Australia, it is now accepted as choice of material where steel will rust, corrode or conduct electricity. Many landmark projects have been completed throughout Australia. For more information contact V-Rod Australia, 240 Victoria Road, Largs Bay SA 5016, phone 0402 179 173, email, website


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Below Austral Air Conditioning provided the delicate conditioning, ventilation and exhaust, cooling plant and water reticulation equipment.

Beam to microscope.

Austral Air Conditioning (Austral) are experts in the engineering and construction of HVAC systems and specialise in unique and complex projects such as at the Molecular Horizons building at the University of Wollongong. In early 2019, Austral started detailing the design for the HVAC services from supplied plans and specifications for the research block where the electron microscopes are housed. “We provided the conditioning, ventilation and exhaust, the cooling plant and the necessary water reticulation equipment,” explained Services Manager, Sumen Pillay. “It was an intricate building with tight tolerances and specific materials due to the sensitivity of the microscopes. We had a project team made up of engineers, project manager and site supervisor onsite overseeing the installation for various works including electrical and ductwork.” “We have a good working relationship with Richard Crookes and worked with them as part of their joint venture at Tamworth Hospital designing and installing HVAC services in 2017, as well as Inverell Hospital.” Austral has an inhouse engineering department of 10, experienced in the design of HVAC system for the technically challenging and critical WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

environments in laboratories and hospitals. They have successfully completed design and installation jobs for five buildings on Wollongong University campus including the IMHR, developments at the Newcastle and Macquarie universities as well as at The Childrens’ Medical Research Institute at Westmead Hospital. Austral is an Australian owned company which provides a wide range of services across the mechanical services sector. Residential projects included the design, supply and installation of mechanical services at One Central Park in 2013, design, supply and installation of mechanical services at DUO One Central Park in 2018 and the design, supply and installation of mechanical services for three residential towers in North Ryde. Austral have designed, supplied and installed HVAC systems for sporting arenas, shopping centres, cinemas, commercial and high rise projects. Austral offers service and maintenance contracts on their own installations and for existing systems as well as providing estimates, audits and initial plant assessments.

For more information contact Austral Air Conditioning, 56A Myoora Road, Terrey Hills NSW 2084, phone 02 9999 6644, email reception@, website


UNIQUE INSIDE & OUT DEVELOPER : Defence Housing Australia MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Icon ARCHITECT : DKO Architect and Breathe Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Webber Design CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $75 million

Arkadia is a striking development of 6-storeys (including two storeys of basement), split into four blocks comprising 152 open plan residential units with architecturally designed kitchens, private balconies, a communal roof top, extensive landscaping, all within an incredible façade featuring recycled bricks. Situated at 18 Huntley Street, Alexandria, Defence Housing Australia’s new residential development, Arkadia, is bringing both residents and locals together. Designed by DKO Architect and Breathe Architecture, and constructed by Icon, Arkadia provides a striking curved brickwork façade with open archways that not only welcome the community through public spaces but pays homage to the district’s industrial heritage. “The project includes a communal rooftop with panoramic views over the city and Sydney Park,” said Project Manager, Ian Short. “Open to all occupants the roof is home to extensive landscaped planters, BBQs, several cleverly designed roof pods, mature trees and even vegetable patches and a chicken coop. There are also smaller private communal terraces on Levels 2, 3 and 5.” The overall development consists of a 6-storey building that splits into four blocks housing 152 residential units, a ground 136 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ARKADIA

floor commercial space, and two basement levels containing parking spaces for 124 cars, 10 motorcycles and 136 bicycles. All architecturally designed apartments include open plan living spaces, designer kitchens with induction cooktops, Smeg appliances, caesarstone benchtops as well as a private balcony. “Along with being built with 400,000 recycled bricks, the other stand out feature is the two curved portal thoroughfares connecting Sydney Park Road to Huntley Street,” said Ian. “The 2-storey arch portals are clad with horizontally spanning spotted gum timber, bent to follow the curved building profile, each requiring extensive 3D modelling of the supporting structural steel frame to achieve the necessary outcomes.” Each block also has its own unique style of patterned brickwork tiles within the entrance lobbies. This design feature is carried through into the bathroom floors of each building’s apartments. Plus, there’s a music room in the basement and public artwork ‘Natus Exigne’ by Jane Cavanagh within a village green space. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

During excavation at Arkadia, there were significant archaeological finds, including old brick tunnels, a testament to the area’s industrial past the site used to house a brick kiln.

a $12 billion Japanese construction powerhouse with over 170 years experience it enables them to offer project solutions throughout the world confidently.

“Given the heavy industrial past the site was heavily contaminated,” said Ian. “There were also Sydney Water and Transgrid routes underneath the development that required significant ground beams to be engineered and incorporated into the sub-structure design to achieve authority approval.”

“We can deliver projects of any size, any scale, anywhere. Our capability and experience provide clients with specialist expertise, value added solutions and high quality outcomes on all our projects,” said Ian. “Icon is committed to improving the social environment. Rather than being an afterthought, corporate social responsibility is at the heart of every project we undertake.”

Icon’s success is based on a collaborative and honest approach, ensuring a solid foundation to achieve the best quality outcome with worldwide clients. The company employ 800, with offices located across Australia and New Zealand. They are also partnered with Kajima Corporation, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Icon, Level 2, 179 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027 phone 02 8456 6500, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ARKADIA 137

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Below Mulberry Construction Group blended function with aesthetics, installing bespoke carpentry on the project.

Since 2005 Mulberry Construction Group haven’t just been building, they’ve been bringing designs to life, their workmanship at Arkadia’s 152 units, is unique from the inside out. Brick by brick Arkadia is set to become an architectural icon in the heart of vibrant Alexandria and has been designed to bring people together. From the communal parks, archways, signature brick patterns, natural timbers, to the open plan layouts, and contrasting colours and textures, Arkadia brings sophisticated living to life. The contrasting details of warm brick, European Oak floorboards, dark lines of sleek door and window frames, timber staircases, feature walls and ceilings as well as apartment entryways were created by Mulberry’s talented and professional carpentry team accentuating Arkadia’s intricate design and space. “Backed by years of industry experience our highly skilled master tradesmen thrive on challenging, bespoke carpentry design solutions,” said Mulberry Director, Adrian Propoggia. “It has made us one of Sydney’s leading carpentry companies and natural partner choice of discerning projects such as Arkardia in Alexandria, directly opposite Sydney Park.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Functionality and aesthetics cannot be achieved without the necessary skills and materials. From start to finish our expert team always produce quality workmanship and service, no matter the scale of a project or challenge, we have the team to manage it.” Highly skilled in woodwork and joinery the Mulberry team apply their skills to a vast range of buildings from residential and commercial developments, minor and major renovations, timber frames, flooring, doors, architraves, skirting, to timber cladding, window installations, decking, site hoarding and even day labour hire personnel. “We’re environmentally aware and love working with sustainably sourced materials or recycled timbers and energy wise insulation to reduce a building’s energy consumption,” said Adrian. The tradesman at Mulberry Construction Group are not only expert carpenters and day labour hire personnel, they also work with the best materials within a client’s budget and specifications. For more information contact Mulberry Construction Group, 23/17-21 Henderson Street, Turrella NSW 2205, phone 02 9212 2268, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ARKADIA 139

Below Kontro Group provided a team of five to maintain traffic flow, and ensure productivity continued seamlessly.

With years of traffic control and construction experience, the team at Kontro Group (t/as Urban Traffic Solutions) ensure all residential and commercial projects not only proceed safety, but that productivity continues seamlessly avoiding budget or timeline disruptions. “We provided a team of five for all Arkadia’s works, including managing the deliveries receivable, concrete pours, pedestrian and worker’s watch, gate keeping, maintaining traffic flow and much more,” said Senior Traffic Controller, Shane Pollock. “We also assisted in acquiring road permits and traffic control approvals to make sure that everything was fully compliant with all local council or government bodies.”

traffic plan for each project and client. Our traffic control coordinator then supervisors and oversees everything from start to finish.” Other sites the Urban Traffic Solutions team are currently working at include Park One with Icon, Macquarie Park, Boomerang on Olympic Boulevard with Taylor and Westmead Redevelopment for Multiplex. “Our experienced management team and qualified staff provide the expertise, confidence and best solutions for each project ensuring it is completed safely and reliably,” Shane said. “We’ve forged a reputation within the industry as a company that has consistently delivered top quality, safe and trusted services to every customer.”

Kontro Group provide a vast range of construction services from demolition, excavation, interior strip outs, asbestos removal and project management and traffic control. They’re known for their safe, highly reliable and durable traffic equipment setup and removal, as well as labour and equipment hire. “All our traffic control personnel are hand picked, well trained, hold all the necessary and relevant tickets required, and are advised of any site specific requirements,” said Shane. “We always tailor the appropriate 140 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ARKADIA

For more information contact Kontro Group t/as Urban Traffic Solutions, 1/22 Toohey Road, Wetherill Park NSW 2168, phone 0457 769 290, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Aspec Masonry laid 350,000 recycled bricks at Arkadia, achieving long sweeping curves along the façade and archways.

As one of Sydney’s top brick and block layers, there is no doubt that the success of Aspec Masonry’s projects is a testament to their commitment and the reason clients repeatedly choose to work with them. “Featuring over 350,000 recycled bricks Arkadia’s unusual curved façade design and massive arches were perfect for our dynamically driven team of expert masons,” said Aspec Director, George El Azzi. “With decades of combined experience, our skills go way beyond traditional masonry. We specifically tailor our services to the design and needs of the project. We fully understand every aspect of the building process, including time and budgets and repeatedly exceed our client’s expectations, ensuring every project is a success.” Home to the Alexandria brickworks site, DKO Architecture with Breathe Architecture have drawn to the heritage in Arkadia’s design. The signature brick patterns and grand open brick archways are both sophisticated and welcoming to residents and the community. A team of over 70 of Aspec Masonry’s 200 experts worked tirelessly creating the superior finishes, ensuring Arkadia’s warm and functional striking façade will become an architectural icon. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Our team prospers on new challenges and are at their best when presented with projects like Arkadia,” said George. “Through smart planning, collaboration and strong communication with industry professionals, partners and suppliers, we can deliver unprecedented efficiency and quality.” Aspec Masonry are currently working on numerous job including Sydney University for Richard Crookes, the new M5 Westconnex for CPB and John Holland, and Mirvac on South Eveleigh. Their expertise also extends to steel fabrication, scaffolding and associated works. “We’re constantly evolving our services,” said George. “But we don’t compromise our high quality or standards of our reputation. From inception to completion, beginning to end, you can trust Aspec Masonry with your next project.”

For more information contact Aspec Masonry, Unit B8/11-15 Moxon Road, Punchbowl NSW 2196, phone 02 9790 5765, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ARKADIA 141

Below Paladin Group spent six months detailing the design ready for onsite installation for Arkadia’s entire hydraulic works package.

Paladin Group specialises in the design, supply and installation of mechanical and hydraulic services for high rise residential, commercial and industrial properties. In mid-2017, Paladin Group were awarded the contract for Arkadia and their inhouse design team of three spent six months detailing the design ready for onsite installation at the end of the year. “We supplied and installed the entire hydraulic works,” said General Manager, Reece Wake. “This included the back of wall and front of wall items across all 152 apartments as well as the buildings services: the hot and cold water systems, hot water plant and pump, fire hydrant supply and gas fitting as well as the storm water, sewage systems and mains water infrastructure.”

at large scale hydraulic installations having finished a similar project at the high rise residential development, Polaris, in early 2019. The company also has a string of successfully completed design and construct projects for aged care facilities across New South Wales. Paladin Group are also civil services contractors and have experience in relocation and amplification of Sydney Water assets for public and government works including at the Garden Island Navy Base and the Lucas Heights ANSTO facility. Paladin Group offers a maintenance contract, after commissioning, to ensure the successful operation of their systems. They also supply mechanical and HVAC services to select commercial clients.

“The challenge of the job occurred right at the beginning. There was a lot of water onsite and we had to integrate our work with the builders as they were tanking the basement. This set the programme back and we were able to speed up the installation and still maintain the quality of our work to deliver on time,” said Reece. With up to 30 installers onsite Paladin Group completed their work at Arkadia by the end of October 2019. Paladin Group is proficient 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ARKADIA

For more information contact Paladin Group, Level 31, Suite 1B, 100 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 9137 1819, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Fresh Clean provided all the initial and final cleaning for all the interiors and the exterior of the building, including façade elements, frames and windows.

Cleaning is never easy, especially on building and construction sites which is why it’s essential to use only reliable professionals like Fresh Clean. On Arkadia, locally owned Fresh Clean provided all the initial and final clean for the internal and external areas, façade and window cleaning for the 6-storey buildings and the 152 apartments. To optimise production, time and staff, Fresh Clean prepare a cleaning plan, set up their team, allocate a supervisor and a create a schedule to clear the site in preparation for the initial clean. “Our supervised team will execute the job efficiently and on time, allowing the contractor a forecasted time frame to plan around. We can clear a 100 unit site in as little as a week,” said Fresh Clean Director, Francielli Camargo. “Our clients trust us to provide them with excellence in all aspects of commercial cleaning services,” said Francielli. “We understand the importance of a full range of professional services on a construction site, and we know that the clients want the building to look it’s absolute best when presented to the public or owners.”


“Planning and supervision were crucial to our success at Arkadia. We created a four part strategy to split the process into smaller approval stages, thus minimising delays and maximising ground coverage as we worked around the tradies needs. We also cleaned up all bathroom and laundry floors in preparation for caulking, speeding up their service while improving the quality of the final job,” said Francielli. Fresh Clean’s well trained staff understand the unique challenges faced by different clients in different industries and take the time to tailor a unique solution. “Our newly released range of essential oil based cleaning products will assist with each meticulous construction clean,” said Francielli. “Ensuring a smooth handover on time, on budget and in perfect condition.”

For more information contact Fresh Clean, 1/11 Clyde Street, North Bondi NSW 2026, phone 02 9130 8902, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ARKADIA 143

A STELLAR OPPORTUNITY Stellar Ryde is a premium residential development comprising 96 beautifully designed spacious apartments with chic modern kitchens, elegant bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and open plan layouts. The project spans two buildings with a central landscaped courtyard, rooftop terrace with a BBQ and picnic area, and includes ground floor retail. The builder responsible for bringing this developer’s dream to life is Alliance Project Group (APG); an innovative company specialising in the quality construction of residential apartments and commercial properties in the Sydney area. The company provides expert design, construction and cost planning services across a diverse range of projects.

development. This proved to be a lengthy process with council, however was necessary for the successful delivery of the project.” Stellar Ryde stands as an L-shaped building fronting both Victoria Road and Devlin Street. The second tower which faces Belmore Lane is strategically hidden behind the main building. Both buildings are

This project commenced in July 2018 under a Design & Construct contract. The design team commenced with the detailed design to facilitate a seamless commencement of the project. “Demolition work was carried out by the developer prior to APG commencing works onsite. Our first task was to secure the existing retaining walls,” said Hassan. “During this period, we were required to monitor and report on the shoring wall, which runs parallel with Victoria road. As this road is an Transport for NSW asset, a stringent approval process was required to ensure structural adequacy across the building frontage. The busy intersection of Victoria Road and Devlin Street made site access difficult and hence we were then required to rent the council public carpark to enable our construction vehicles to service the




adjoined around a central courtyard. Below the five and 8-storey tower are 3-levels of basement carpark and two ground level retail tenancies. The gold powder coated façade along with thin vertical blades creates the neat arrangement of the different buildings. The 96 spacious apartments have open plan layouts featuring modern kitchens and elegant bathrooms, with each apartment facing either north or north-west, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving sweeping views across the Parramatta River and the Sydney skyline. A rooftop terrace boasts a stylish BBQ area with decks and awnings for comfortable seating and entertaining areas. Ground floor common space includes three separate landscaped areas with plantings and shaded walkways. The building façade artwork and public domain landscaping were both a fundamental condition of the Development Approval. Both elements were to be detailed designed and approved by Ryde council prior to the works commencing. The artwork is a laser cut mural pin fixed to the building façade, which depicts Ryde’s native flora. Alliance Project Group provides a comprehensive variety of services from initial design through to handover. They offer a range of contracts, including D&C, ECI and Turnkey Solutions with a smooth handover. They also offer expert feasibility studies, which incorporates tools and techniques that help outline project yields

and assists in the assessment of profitability for builders and developers – especially within the high rise residential sector. “Alliance focuses heavily on their staff. We invest in the long term by training and developing our people,” said Hassan. With over 65 years combined executive experience APG has completed projects surpassing $450 million, collecting 13 awards along the way, the most recent being due to the construction of the Imperial Hurstville – a 15-storey complex of 239-units that was shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Construction Awards for Australian Build Excellence and was awarded the NSW Architectural Award 2019. APG carries a chain of successful high-rise residential apartment developments including the nine-storey Pinnacle at Westmead, Elan; a modern 90-unit complex at Epping and Skypoint Towers in Lidcombe; 141-apartments completed in 2017. One of their major high-density developments consisted of five blocks and 273-units, named the Bay Pavilions, based at Lane Cove and was completed in 2015. In October 2019, APG successfully completed Lighthouse at Burwood; an eighteen-storey residential block of 74-units. The spacious complex has five luxurious apartments on each floor. They are pitched to begin work on Stage 1 of stunning new apartment complexes in early 2020 at Rouse Hill. For more information contact Alliance Project Group, Unit 31, 11-21 Underwood Road, Homebush NSW 2140, phone 02 8746 0122, email, website




EFFICIENT AND EFFORTLESS Alliance Group has mounted one of their most distinctive projects to date, Stellar Ryde at the crossing of Victoria Road and Devlin Street, also the home of Top Ryde Shopping Centre. The well coordinated project which reached completion 12 weeks ahead of schedule, was a combined effort of hand picked accountable and well equipped contractors that left no room for error. Joinery Depot specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of timber elements for kitchens, bathrooms, living and other areas. For Stellar Ryde, Joinery Depot was commissioned to design, manufacture and install all the timber elements for the kitchens; cupboards, drawers and infill panels. High Moisture Resistant (HMR) timber was used for the kitchen carcasses and the doors and panels were finished with a high gloss MDF for a clean polished look. The company’s contract for Stellar Ryde started in March 2019 with a team of inhouse designers. These designers worked from the architect’s specifications to merge shop drawings with Joinery Depot’s manufacturing format with no deviation. “To get a job of any size done right, we have a process in place” says Martin Mansoor, General Manager of Joinery Depot. “By the time a contract has been signed, we already have a file with complete cost and an item breakdown matrix. This keeps us from deviating from our promise and price.” The team constructed a prototype of the kitchen for Alliance Group prior to the start of manufacturing. This allowed measurements to be checked for each design.

“The design team then worked from that matrix to compile a detailed shop drawing that integrates with our machinery,” says Martin. The process is seamless and efficient. Deliveries started onsite in July, with Joinery Depot using an innovative precast delivery method to ensure that schedule was tightly adhered to. Each apartment’s kitchen was assembled into a single complete module and delivered to site on its own pallet. The whole unit was then able to be lifted as one piece and put into place with top efficiency. “We were able to install the kitchens to all units within the very short time of only five weeks” said Martin. “We had two teams, which included four installers working on the job with a full-time site supervisor liaising with the builder. The entire job was seamless.” Joinery Depot works out of their 1,200m² factory in Wetherill Park, Sydney. The facility has modern woodworking machinery including two CNC machines and a Holtzer edging machine. “Anything you can think of made of wood with a corner – we can make it” says Martin, “And we make it backed with 50 years of joinery experience between our three directors that have constant eyes on operations.” Prior, Joinery Depot was responsible for the delivery of 176 kitchen and bathroom vanities for The Greens, a residential complex at Strathfield. The job was completed in August 2019 successfully. “For every mishap, our dedicated Maintenance Team is dispatched to site,” says Martin. “For larger or ongoing projects, the site manager assesses the extent of concern and deals with each issue individually. At no stage does work come to a standstill.” As a contractor, Joinery Depot is well-run and efficient. Joinery Depot works across the domestic, commercial and aged care sectors, and are able to supply and install most joinery. The company are looking to get involved in more education-based projects, building workspaces or commercial offices. The team is also able to produce and install kitchenettes to staff areas, and for hospitality training. For more information contact Joinery Depot, phone 02 9725 3584, email admin@, website www.joinerydepot. NSW PROJECT FEATURE STELLAR RYDE 147


The Harbord Diggers Stage 2 Redevelopment includes an additional 17 seniors apartments, a leisure precinct including a gym and aquatic tenancy, seniors amenities including a cinema, wine cellar, an art room, plus watermark offices, club and resident car spaces. Harbord Diggers is an inter-generational mixed use community precinct, providing the area with a unique contemporary facility. Cerno Management has been involved in the project since 2010 as Project Manager. Their success in managing this complex assignment was recognised with the redevelopment winning the Urban Developer Award for the category Development of the Year – Mixed Use in 2018. Continuing the successful run, Harbord Diggers also won the Sydney Design Awards 2019 Gold Prize for Interior Design in the category of Hospitality (casual). Cerno Management has been instrumental in the management of the full lifecycle of the role, including management of project approvals, project design and more recently overseeing the execution of construction activities. Harbord Diggers is part of Mounties Group which runs a number of clubs in the greater Sydney area. “Stage 2 of the project delivers an additional 17 senior independent living units, a 1,900m2 gym, a 1,300m2 aquatic centre and ancillary 148 NSW PROJECT FEATURE HARBORD DIGGERS STAGE 2

member services for club members which include health, well being and beauty services,” said Associate Director, Grant Harding. “Harbord Diggers now features 96 spacious and elegant one, two and three bedroom contemporary apartments with panoramic ocean views; a wide range of restaurants and bars; childcare facilities for around 90 children; health facilities; car parking for over 700 vehicles; plus all the usual club facilities in a spacious, contemporary building designed to take full advantage of its amazing location.” Situated on 15,696m² of prime real estate on the headland between Freshwater and Curl Curl beaches, a development of this significance in an already heavily built up area posed a number of challenges. The excavation of the site required the removal of 150,000m3 of soil which was transported to the western suburbs of Sydney. Managing long lines of trucks was logistically difficult in the busy location. Another issue to be managed was the fact that the club needed to continue trading during the redevelopment. “Over $6 million was spent on building a temporary club to provide a hospitality venue and service members for 14 months, then it was demolished when Stage 1 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

was completed. Cerno’s involvement as Project Manager enabled the club to maintain its focus on its core business activities,” said Grant. At any one stage of the project, Cerno Management had up to four of their professional team involved. The firm’s key differentiation is their integrated approach to project and development management plus its depth and breadth of experience in managing complex projects and assets. “We have developed an in-depth understanding of the complexities of delivering a project vision from conception to completion. We have delivered the Harbord Diggers redevelopment to fully meet the vision of our client,” said Grant. Cerno Management knows the club and hospitality space very well, having completed a number of significant projects in the sector. Their area of expertise also covers a broad range of asset classes including commercial, industrial, residential, retail, education and seniors living. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Cerno Group has offices in Sydney, Manly and Melbourne. In addition to Cerno Management, the Group includes other key divisions, namely; Cerno Real Estate Investors, Cerno Property Services and Cerno Capital. The Group has successfully created, owned, managed and financed assets in various locations in Australia.

For more information contact Cerno Management, 28-34 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8246 6500, fax 02 8246 6599, email, website For more information contact Harbord Diggers/Mounties Group, Harbord Diggers, 88 Evans Street, Freshwater NSW 2096, phone 02 9105 4888, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HARBORD DIGGERS STAGE 2 149

Below Class One Painting carried out all of the internal and external painting for Harbord Diggers.

Class One Painting is a specialist commercial painting firm with a proud record of delivering high quality professional services to major construction companies and developers. Established in 1997, Class One Painting have worked on many high profile painting and decorating projects and recently completed a contract at Harbord Diggers on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. The company successfully completed the internal and external painting of the development which incorporates a large seniors independent living component of 96 units and extensive club facilities including restaurants, bars, meeting rooms, a gym and aquatic centre. Director of Class One Painting, Lucky Dimitrakopoulos said that the Harbord Diggers assignment was one of the most interesting that his firm had undertaken because of the nature of the project. “The construction site had a large footprint and there was an extensive amount of highly specified detailing with a greater range of substrates than we usually encounter. This required many different types of surface preparations but our team is highly skilled in preparing surfaces for all textures and special finishes, so we were able to competently meet this challenge.” 150 NSW PROJECT FEATURE HARBORD DIGGERS STAGE 2

Class One Painting were onsite over a period of 12 months and had a 25 team members, reducing to around four people at other times. The company utilised Taubmans premium products on the project. “Most of our business focuses on high rise multi-residential projects for Tier 2 builders,” said Lucky. “Harbord Diggers is by no means our biggest project but we regard it as a flagship assignment which showcases our expertise and professional approach.” As well as traditional painting services, Class One Painting can also apply protective coatings, wallpaper, special textures and finishes with the capacity for abseiling and swinging stages when working on high rise projects.

For more information contact Class One Painting, Unit 3/45-47 Stanley Street, Peakhurst NSW 2210, phone 02 9584 1290, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Big Ass Fans provided their Haiku fans to the apartments throughout the Harbord Diggers project.

In 1999, Big Ass Fans was born. Kind of. Then called the HVLS Fan Co. (that’s High Volume, Low Speed), the company first made their mark selling massive ceiling fans that spun slowly and moved astounding amounts of air. The fans kept large spaces lacking air conditioning, such as factories and dairy barns, feeling cool and comfortable – and soon enough, plenty of other customers and businesses wanted in. Since the first fan was installed, the company has grown exponentially. Only a few years after humble beginnings, the company officially changed their name from HVLS Fan Co. after customers kept calling and asking for “those big-ass fans.”

technology. Haiku was recognised as an efficient and effective airflow solution for the Harbord Diggers project. In Stage 2 of the redevelopment, Haiku ceiling fans were used to provide cooling airflow to residents in their rooms and throughout leisure areas. Haiku was specified at the time of design to keep residents comfortable without solely relying on air conditioning. Big Ass Fans’ Project Consultant Michael Steentjes worked with Harbord Diggers’ architects to find an energy efficient airflow solution. “Haiku fans can be used in conjunction with HVAC systems to provide thermal comfort to occupants,” said Michael. “This means you can save on energy by raising the thermostat setpoint without sacrificing comfort.”

When religious worship spaces wanted to install fans to keep congregations comfortable, the research and development team who had pioneered the HVLS fan industry got to work, designing and manufacturing the first silent fan motor to meet new demands. Growth wasn’t unique to the industrial sector. In 2012, Haiku was introduced to the residential market, and in 2014, became the world’s first smart fan by pairing occupancy, temperature, and relative humidity sensors to automate operation using patented SenseME™ WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Big Ass Fans, 35 French Street, Eagle Farm, Brisbane QLD 4009, phone 1300 244 277, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HARBORD DIGGERS STAGE 2 151

QUINTESSENTIAL LUXURY Essence is a luxury residential development featuring 143 stunning one, two and three bedroom apartments, spread across three separate buildings. The high end apartments have access to an architecturally designed residents garden and exclusive rooftop facilities, in addition to private dining rooms, residents cellar, library and media rooms. The ground floor features a gourmet grocer, wine merchant and café. Designed by Hames Sharley Architects, BGC Construction completed the construct contract for the 4,913m2 site. Set in the sought after Perth suburb of Claremont, the development contains 143 high end residential apartments from one to three bedrooms and across three buildings of 7-storeys. The three buildings each have their own separate lobby entrances and sit on top of a shared landscaped podium level. Commercial tenancies have been included on the ground floor facing Davies and Shenton Road, and beneath these are two levels of basement carparking for the development. Essence provides a relaxed, quality lifestyle for residents who have exclusive access to an oasis style rooftop pavilion suitable for entertaining with spectacular views towards the city and Swan River. The pavilion comprises a luxury private dining room with fully equipped caterer’s kitchen and residents’ wine cellar.


“We commenced work on ‘Essence’ in December 2017 and the development was completed in November 2019,” said BGC Construction Project Manager, Matheos Venetis. “As the building envelope was right up against the boundary line, we had to face the challenge of material laydown space which was basically non-existent. The biggest challenge by far on the project was programming and management of material deliveries and loading logistics in a coordinated and efficient manner.” With up to 240 employees onsite at peak periods, the BGC Construction team put in an exceptional effort to deliver a quality outcome. “Everyone put in late nights and weekends to complete the project to contract deadlines,” said Matheos. “The end result is an outstanding building of which the team is extremely proud. Blackburne Property reported that buyer inspections went very well which was rewarding to hear.”


Essence is set in an attractive and convenient location, with a three minute walk to Claremont Quarter, Perth’s premier shopping precinct and the Claremont pool, parkland and train station being just metres away. Some of Perth’s leading schools are close by as is the University of Western Australia. The iconic Cottesloe Beach is a five minute drive and the Swan River is a scenic 15 minute walk.

BGC Construction is an operating division of BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest and most dynamic private companies with over 3,500 employees and group turnover in excess of $3 billion per annum. BGC Construction is responsible for all group commercial construction and has the capacity to turn over in excess of $300 million per year.

BGC Construction is based in Perth and also services regional Western Australia via an office in Bunbury. The majority of their work is in commercial developments, residential apartments and the aged care sector and the company has a long list of achievements in all these market segments. Being part of the vertically integrated BGC (Australia) Group ensures that the construction division operates with a continuity of supply of quality assured building materials and has access to the resources and skills of other sectors of the company if required. The BGC Group’s wide range of operations includes manufacturing, residential and commercial construction, property development, ownership and management, quarrying, bulk haulage and insurance.

BGC pride themselves on a ‘can do’ approach in order to provide their clients with a superior quality product that is value for money delivered within budget. “We are committed to auditable industry quality standards across every aspect of our projects including safety. We also ensure that our work practices are both environmentally sound and sustainable,” said Matheos.

For more information contact BGC Construction, 5th Floor, 22 Mount Street, Perth WA 6000, phone 08 9261 1700, fax 08 9261 1747, email, website DEVELOPER : Blackburne Property MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : BGC Construction ARCHITECT : Hames Sharley Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $50 million



Below Novas supplied the taps, toilets, door hardware, basins, baths and sinks.

Founded in 1996, Novas has over 20 years experience in manufacturing and supplying large scale projects across a range of sectors (including multi-residential, aged care, healthcare, hospitality, education and commercial) with premium products and services through their Architectural Doorware, Kitchen & Bathroom, Joinery, and Glass & Glazing divisions. “We started work on Essence liaising with developers Blackburne, builders BGC and architects Hames Sharley. We offered cost effective quality alternatives to specified products while maintaining the architects’ intent and keeping within the budget,” said Novas Kitchen & Bathroom General Manager, Paul Thornewell. “Over the following eight months, Novas delivered internal door hardware including all the handles, hinges, closers, latches, and we also supplied the locks and chose an appropriate keying system.”

manager. We were able to show him our capabilities as well as take part in some QA for the products selected for the Essence development,” said Paul. Essence is another example of Novas’ strong and trusting relationship with Blackburne. The company aims to work collaboratively with designers, developers, builders and plumbers to achieve superior outcomes for all stakeholders, including end users. “Recently we completed a similar source and supply contract for BGC for all 213 apartments at Vantage. We’ve also worked for Blackburne on Perth’s newest residential buildings Oracle, with 130 units and Enclave with 69 apartments and expect to finish delivery for 91 units at Marina East in early 2020,” said Paul.

Novas also supplied the kitchen sinks and mixers, baths, shower units, basins, taps and toilets. They also delivered, designed and manufactured an exclusive product for this project: a fine line double bowl sink. “An interesting component of this project involved travelling to our manufacturing facility in Shanghai with Blackburne’s development 154 WA PROJECT FEATURE ESSENCE

For more information contact Novas, phone 03 9709 3200, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ASA Windows designed and manufactured the double glazed windows for the apartments, as well as the curved glass for the IGA supermarket.

The team at ASA Windows (ASA) have over 30 years experience supplying and installing aluminium framed windows and doors to the commercial and high rise residential market in Western Australia. Established in 1986, ASA manufactures aluminium frames and assembles glazing units that include sliding and hinged doors and windows, pivot doors and bifolds. For Essence, two dedicated tradesmen detailed the design and made shop drawings for the manufacture of double glazed units for the apartments as well as the ground floor tenancies and the large glazed entrance. A special feature is the curved glass of the IGA supermarket which runs along the western elevation. “Onsite work started in November 2018 and took a year,” said Project Manager, Darren O’Flynn. “The challenge involved working across the three buildings and keeping to programme, and with 14 installers we delivered on time. It was a busy city site too, and that made deliveries quite challenging.” “We have a excellent working relationship with BGC,” said Darren. “We have experience of their requirements and are able to deliver on time.” Previous work completed for BGC includes a Woolworth WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Shopping Centre at Butler, north of Perth. ASA manufactured and installed the aluminium framed glazing for the 20 shopfronts as well as the automatic doors, awnings and bifolds. ASA also worked with BGC at the St Ives Retirement Village with a door and window package completed in 2016. “ASA Windows focus is on improving our glazing systems,” said Darren. “In Europe glazing systems have to meet stringent standards particularly in regard to thermal loading and they are especially well designed. Recently I travelled to Belgium to inspect a glazing system with large areas of glass and minimal framing, a very popular feature, and we are now licenced to install this product. The future for ASA includes moving into installing our doors and windows in the high end residential market.”

For more information contact ASA Windows, 76 Achievement Way, Wangara WA 6065, phone 08 9408 9400, email admin@asawindows., website WA PROJECT FEATURE ESSENCE 155

Below Winning Commercial were responsible for the supply of the Miele and Fisher & Paykel appliances for the Essence.

Winning Commercial is a specialist supplier of quality kitchen, bathroom and laundry appliances servicing builders, architects and developers. Winning Commercial offers assistance with selection, sourcing and delivery of products from over 50 brands around the world. For Essence, Winning Commercial sourced and supplied Miele and Fisher & Paykel ovens and cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, steam ovens and refrigerators in the kitchens as well as driers for the laundries across all 143 units. For the outdoor areas, including the rooftop, Winning Commercial sourced and supplied seven BBQs, underbench refrigeration units as well as Vintec bars and drinks cabinets. Onsite delivery started at the end of 2018 and continued for 12 months. “Parking and access to the site was restricted and delivering to the three towers required coordination and scheduling of labour and transport, however this type of planning is something we excel at and our team worked well with the BGC site team,” said Commercial Manager, Peter Primrose. Previously with BGC was a large scale job, 268 units of student accommodation in Perth where Winning Commercial supplied cooking 156 WA PROJECT FEATURE ESSENCE

and refrigeration appliances to the shared kitchen and recreation areas. They also worked closely with Georgiou for the supply of Miele appliances to 141 apartments and the common outdoor areas at Marina East, to be completed in early 2020. Established in 1906, Winning Commercial is an Australian family owned company with showrooms in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria, warehouses in every state and a comprehensive website with displays of product and past projects. Winning Commercial supply appliances to high rise residential developments, commercial properties and government projects including schools, providing the value added service of unboxing all appliances and removing waste packaging. “At Winning Commercial we maintain an onsite presence and I visited Essence site at least once a week throughout the project to resolve any issues and ensure that the deliveries ran smoothly,” said Peter. For more information contact Winning Commercial, 19 Hutton Street, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 1300 070 070, email commercial., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Constructive PD completed a multi-scope façade package which included internal and external cladding.

Constructive PD, a modern and dynamic construction company, specialises in the design, supply and installation of distinctive façades for commercial and heritage buildings across Australia. “Our ability to design, certify and deliver sets us apart from our competitors,” said Managing Director, Ian Meachem. “We assist in the specification of appropriate systems and engineer, certify, procure, fabricate and install.” At Essence, Constructive PD delivered a multi-scope feature façade package comprising a variety of external cladding including through colour CFC and painted CFC panels, timber-look aluminium panels and aluminium cladding to the perimeter canopy. In the lobbies and corridors high quality veneer panelling with brass overlay was installed and a feature timber package was supplied to the rooftop terrace. “We replaced the composite timber panel with timber-look aluminium cladding as the specified product was non-compliant. This is especially relevant given the current focus on non-compliant building materials following the Grenfell Tower disaster. The timber veneer panelling in the lobbies and corridors held its own challenges as it was a multi-step process to install it correctly. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

It was pre-cut and dry fit, then removed, polished and finished, and reinstalled. This ensured that the final installation was to an absolute high end standard. For the most part, this project ran very smoothly and it was a pleasure to be involved in such a well designed building,” said Ian. Constructive PD installs all types of façade systems including CFC natural timber cladding through to external features of fixed louvres, perforated and coated aluminium and expanded mesh. They also supply products for interiors including veneered MDF, glulams and custom timber linings for feature ceilings, walls, screens, and soffits. “We work closely with a large array of quality local manufacturers and suppliers and this diversity enables us to offer alternatives that bring value to a project. It is also enables us to consistently deliver wide ranging supply and installation services to extremely high standards,” said Ian.

For more information contact Constructive PD, 9 Collingwood Street, Osborne Park WA 6917, phone 08 9791 4599, email admin@, website WA PROJECT FEATURE ESSENCE 157

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Below Eco-Seal WA applied waterproofing in various areas of the Essence, including the plant rooms, ponds and landscaping.

Eco-Seal WA is a leading company with 10 years experience in the application of the waterproofing membranes and protective coatings for developments across metropolitan Perth and South West regions. In July 2018, Eco-Seal WA started onsite work at Essence Apartments with seven applicators working for 16 months. “We applied waterproofing epoxy coatings to the stormwater tank, the fire tanks, plant decks and floors as well as to the landscaped areas, the ponds, planters and bin stores. The challenge of the job included the cold wet winter weather which made the application difficult,” said Director, Paul Eaton. Eco-Seal WA has a team of 10 applicators and four supervisors and will work with designers to assist with waterproofing requirements at early planning. The company provides more than just waterproofing membranes for new construction, they are expert at leak detection and water ingress prevention systems. They provide crack isolation and leak injection technology as well as, tile sealing, acoustic matting, sound proofing and anti-slip flooring. Eco-Seal WA provides environmentally aware waterproofing solutions and use products suitable to withstand the harsh Australian climate. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Eco-Seal WA provide their own equipment including generators, chemical injecting pumps, spray machines, floor grinders to ensure productivity on high rise residential developments as well as for private and commercial projects across the health, retail, hospitality and infrastructure sectors. Eco-Seal WA has successfully completed contracts for a number of Western Australia’s largest developments. Previous work for BGC Construction includes the residential apartment building Element 27 in Subiaco where Eco-Seal WA applied waterproofing to planters, walkways and planter terrace walls. Currently they are working on Eden West in Floreat where they are installing the under slab membrane and waterproofing to retaining walls, planters and concrete roof as well as to the lift shaft roof and walls.

For more information contact Eco-Seal WA, 2/25 Forward Street, Welshpool WA 6106, phone 08 9361 1274, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE ESSENCE 159

Below Sky Tower Tiling laid a range of tiles, including porcelain, ceramic and glass mosaics throughout the bathrooms, kitchens and lobby.

Sky Tower Tiling is expert at providing quality tiling services for commercial, retail and residential developments through the Perth CBD and metropolitan areas. A team of four worked at Essence with onsite installation commencing in January 2019. “Altogether we had 38 tilers and labourers working for nine months,” said Manager, Flora Zheng. “The job involved preparation work including laying screeds and waterproofing as well as fitting acoustic underlay. We installed a range of tiles, ceramic, porcelain and glass mosaics as well as stone across the kitchens, bathrooms and laundries of all 143 apartments. The team also laid tiles in the common areas, the lobbies and corridors, the rooftop and gardens as well as to the podium and ground floor tenancies. The challenge of the project involved time control and labour management, working across the three towers with difficult site access.” Established in 2010, the team at Sky Tower Tiling have over 20 years combined experience providing quality tiling and project management services. They have completed supply and install contracts to a number of Western Australia high rise residential projects over the past five years including the 250 room serviced apartment building, the Mantra Hotel, in late 2019 and the luxury 74 unit complex, Botanical 160 WA PROJECT FEATURE ESSENCE

at Subiaco, in 2018. In 2017, Sky Tower Tiling also completed the Camfield Bar, the largest bar next to Optus Stadium. As well as work in shopping centres and retirement villages, Sky Tower Tiling works collaboratively with builders and designers of swimming pools to select and install tiles that complement the pool design. “Working with builder Wet deck Pools, we have completed contracts for three commercial Olympic pools with baby and spa pools supplying and installing screeds and tiles,” said Flora. “In the future, I hope we will further participate in Perth local city infrastructure projects and continue to contribute to Perth’s and Western Australia’s urban development.”

For more information contact Sky Tower Tiling, 2/1397 Albany Highway, Cannington WA 6107, phone 08 9458 3156, mobile (Flora) 0401 074 308, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Red’s Flooring installed the honey coloured French oak timber flooring throughout Essence’s 125 apartment’s living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens.

Red’s Flooring has built an outstanding reputation as a leading timber flooring specialist in Western Australia, with a particular focus on both the residential and commercial luxury apartment sectors. A recent successful project for Red’s Flooring was the ‘Essence’ luxury apartments developed by Blackburne in the sought after Perth suburb of Claremont. Director, Douglas Pollitt said that the beautiful honey coloured French oak timber flooring chosen by the architect from the recommendations presented by Red’s Flooring, significantly added to the ambience of each apartment. The French oak engineered timber floors were installed in the living rooms, kitchen and dining rooms of 125-units and five more apartments were upgraded to timber flooring in the bedrooms. “The point of difference that Red’s Flooring brings to the market place is that we have a dedicated team, who work with the latest technology and cloud based systems ensuring complete transparency and allowing accurate information to be shared with our head contractors and their respective clients,” said Douglas. “The efficiency of our system ensures we can complete installations in the quickest possible time whilst maintaining the highest quality workmanship. This is the foundation on which we have built our reputation.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Red’s Flooring had a team of 10 working onsite, efficiently installing 1,000m2 of timber flooring per week including all preparation work, underlay, laying of the boards and the protective coatings. The 5,200m2 install was completed in September 2019. Only the highest quality timber floorings are selected by Red’s Flooring for their customers’ projects, whether they choose solid or engineered timber. With over 30 years experience in the supply and installation of quality timber flooring to the residential and commercial sectors across Perth and Western Australia’s regional areas, Red’s Flooring has many high end projects to their credit including Blackburne’s award-winning Aria luxury apartments in Swanbourne, as well as the Oracle, Cove and Enclave developments. Most recently, Red’s Flooring supplied the iconic $200 million NV development with 10,800m2 of timber flooring. For more information contact Red's Flooring, 200 Marmion Street, Palmyra WA 6157, phone 0498 072 147, mobile 0415 504 905, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE ESSENCE 161


After: Glass without water scum and inset before glass with water scum Before: Glass with scratches before polishing

ALWAYS UP TO SCRATCH Perth Glass Polish (PGP) specialises in the repair of damaged glass for the commercial, residential and marine sectors across the Perth and Western Australia’s regional areas.

After: Glass without scratches after polishing

Perth Glass Polish’s services are especially relevant to contractors working on construction sites. “Prior to installation glazing units are stacked, stored and transported and this is when they are at risk of scratching,” said Owner, Henry Mugangu. “Using my polishing services rather than replacing damaged glass translates to huge savings of time and money, enabling builders to stay within budget and deliver on time. This also applies to glass importers and distributors and this unique polishing system can be used on glass that has already been installed.” With years of glass cleaning experience, Henry established Perth Glass Polish in 2016 and currently employs four polishers. Perth Glass Polish will arrive onsite with the necessary tools and equipment and first assess the strength of the glass and advise clients of the risks and the cost effectiveness before commencing polishing. “The challenge is explaining to clients that glass repair is possible. Often glaziers tell


them that it can’t be done so people put off the expense of replacement. I had a client who lived with a dog scratched and damaged glass door for 16 years; she could hardly see through the lower section of the glass door. After repair (scratch removal and polish), the glass was sparkling clean and the lady was very pleased,” said Henry. “We repair all glass damage including scratches, salt water stains, weld spatter, mineral deposits and corrosion. We can remove graffiti and surface imperfections and restore glass to its original beauty.” Perth Glass Polish also offer glass surface protection systems such as nano coating, an application that reduces the build-up of grime and leaves glass easy to clean and streak free. Nano coating also works on stainless steel surfaces leaving it clean and shiny with very little work. Perth Glass Polish’s polishing services can also be used to enhance the glass of shower screens, pool fencing, balustrades, splashbacks and shopfronts.

For more information contact Perth Glass Polish, Unit 2/53 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009, phone 0403 418 290 or 0469 930 749, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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INSPIRED SECURITY WITH GALLAGHER Protecting people, places, and assets is at the core of what Gallagher does. Through the design and manufacture of intuitive, intelligent security systems, the global technology company works with architects, engineers, and consultants to design solutions that meet the unique requirements of customers all over the world. Gallagher’s security solutions include access control, intruder alarms, perimeter security, and business policy execution. With an office in Victoria and a team across Australia, Gallagher works in collaboration with their customers to design a scalable solution that will protect them now, and into the future. “From basic access control through to the highest security requirements, we provide custom solutions to meet the individual specifications of new builds and large scale construction projects,” says Scott Johnstone, National Sales Manager, Australia and Papua New Guinea at Gallagher. In today’s rapidly changing, technology driven world, Gallagher is continually developing innovative solutions that allow customers to stay ahead of the game. Through their utilisation of the latest technologies, Gallagher helps keep businesses safe. One such innovation is Gallagher’s Command Centre software platform, which gives customers complete control and visibility of their site. With seamless integration to cameras, elevators, turnstiles, biometrics and more, Gallagher’s Command Centre is a powerful tool that provides critical site management. This fully customisable software allows customers to configure, view, manage, and report on all aspects of their security system at any time, from anywhere. “Our solutions deliver so much more than security,” says Scott. “Through automation and integration, we can create efficiencies and save resources in a way that has a very real impact on a company’s bottom line.” For more information contact Gallagher, phone 03 9308 7722, email, website



iGUARD AUSTRALIA: SPECIALISTS IN CONSTRUCTION SERVICES iGuard Australia Pty Ltd is a leading provider of security services in New South Wales and specialises in security for the construction industry. The Management at iGuard have an extensive background in providing site security services to the building sector; totalling a combined 50 years experience and over 2,000 successfully secured projects between them, their experience in this field is unrivalled.

All static guard and patrol services performed by iGuard are fully verifiable by way of electronic Logger Reports; daily reports are emailed to clients detailing when and where the security operatives have patrolled during the shift the night prior. This ensures that iGuard clients are assured that services are being carried out as per their requirements and expectations.

iGuard prides themselves on ensuring their clients are serviced with the most up to date technologies, which deliver superior security and cost efficiency. They provide quality assured services with professional support through their 24-hour call centre.

iGuard has management systems in place that are fully accredited by SAI Global for Quality (ISO 9001:2015), Safety (ISO 45001:2018) and Environmental Sustainability (ISO 14001:2015).

The management team at iGuard were involved in the provision of security services to the following major infrastructure projects: Westlink M7, Cross City Tunnel, Lane Cove Tunnel, Southern Sydney Freight Link, Inner West Light Rail, Bangor Bypass, Lawrence Hargraves Drive and Kingsgrove to Revesby Rail Quadruplication. iGuard offers traditional manpower services including static guard, patrols and responses and state-of-the-art videofied CCTV systems and alarms, reducing the potential for theft and vandalism, keep valuable fitout items, tools, copper and equipment secure! WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The highly experienced management team and professional security personnel employed by iGuard makes it an easy choice for customers to utilise their services time and time again. For security services that are quality assured, verified, cost effective and reliable, you need look no further than iGuard Australia Pty Ltd.

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BE EVVA SECURE Keeping buildings, intellectual property and people secure is a priority issue in the 21st century. Davcor Group is a leading security specialist, designing, marketing and wholesaling their innovative locks, associated hardware and access control systems. One of Davcor’s seven divisions, markets and distributes the EVVA 4KS maximum security master key system. The 4KS system harnesses billions of combinations to provide maximum intrusion resistance and flexibility. Patented protected until 2035, this premium master key system is ideally suited to situations where a substantial number of high security locks are required, examples being government departments, universities, large schools or significant commercial businesses. Geoff Plummer, Executive Business Manager, said that the EVVA 4KS system is accredited by the Federal Government’s Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC approved includes SL3 rated products) and the equivalent body in New Zealand. “Davcor (EVVA) tightly regulates the distribution of the 4KS system. Only a select group of 166 ANCR BUILDING SECURITY SPECIAL FEATURE

locksmith companies are accredited to be dealers and must meet the strict dealership appointment criteria.” The key blanks are made from high-grade nickel silver and are virtually unbreakable, showing little wear over time. Unlike most master key systems that rely on spring pressure in the cylinder, the 4KS sliders (locking pins) inside the cylinder are actively moved by the tracks in the key. A total of 12 springless, solid sliders are brought into a specific position via positive control of the six key curves and scanned by two control bars. The 4KS key is scanned a total of four times which is three times more than with conventional pin systems. The lock is only released when the key is fully inserted, and all 12 sliders are in place. The distinctive springless design also makes the 4KS system highly suitable for dirty and salty environments like ports, mines and councils in coastal areas. or more information contact EVVA at the Davcor Group, 14 John F Hines Avenue, Minchinbury NSW 2770, phone 1300 003 882, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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CALL IN THE PALACE GUARD When it comes to the latest in security technology and professionalism, Castle Security is an industry leader servicing business, government and residential requirements. Starting operations in Perth 30 years ago, Castle Security are a proud family owned business who have recently expanded their services to include other Australian states and Territories. The company specialises in business security systems, CCTV systems and an expanding range of other security solutions, with a mission to bring the latest technology from around the globe to Australia. Managing Director, Louis Thorp said that Castle Security provides a comprehensive range of security services including CCTV, alarm systems, access control, intercoms, 24 hour monitoring, electric fencing, fire alarm maintenance and nurse call systems. Castle Security also provides an estimating service for electrical contractors and builders who require detailed and specialised advice on security systems. Louis believes that in the area of CCTV, ‘the cloud’ is the way of the future. CCTV cloud storage is revolutionising the industry with exciting innovations that make security systems more secure, more accessible and easier to use. Importantly, cloud CCTV storage removes the risk of accidentally erasing security footage or losing surveillance video WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to theft. “We can upgrade existing CCTV systems to cloud storage or hybrid NVR storage, removing the need to purchase a brand new system,” Louis added. Castle Security also provides comprehensive access control systems, providing true control over who can gain access to premises. “We can customise a system to suit any business or home,” Louis said. “Castle Security is a credited Gallagher Partner allowing us to be at the forefront of high tech security. We can offer the very latest in access control and commercial security systems with the Gallagher Controller 6000 product.” Continually seeking new technology and products for their clients, Castle Security is committed to delivering seamless electronic security and automated technology solutions for both the Commercial, Government and Health Sectors. For more information contact Castle Security Pty Ltd, phone 08 9303 9244, email, website ANCR BUILDING SECURITY SPECIAL FEATURE 169

Why is face recognition technology a game changer for building security? With the ubiquity of high-definition CCTV surveillance as a given for construction deployments, it’s increasingly important to augment your security investments with the capability to accurately recognise people. Cognitec has been providing market-leading face recognition products to commercial and government clients worldwide for almost 20 years. This is all we do, so we have to do it well. The software originates in Germany; is leading-edge, robust and mature; and is supported in Australia via our office in Darling Harbour, Sydney. We work with Commonwealth and State government customers throughout Australia, along with stadiums, airports and smart city constructions. Face recognition provides security system integrators and end-customers with many benefits, including: instant detection, tracking and recognition of persons on watch lists, as a pro-active measure to prevent security threats detection of persons banned from premises, like disgruntled former employees or illegal workers face matching as a second factor of authentication to detect RFID card swaps or the use of lost cards enhanced surveillance at public venues, such as stadiums, arenas, and entertainment centres entry/exit recording, and restricted area monitoring, in conjunction with building access control and video management systems detection of intruders who are not allowed in a particular location, such as non-residents and unauthorised employees/contractors Cognitec uses state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to achieve continuous advancement of our face matching algorithms, has won customer value leadership awards, and shows highly accurate results in recent independent government tests. As you design your next projects, ask us about how to enhance and future-proof their safety and security by incorporating face recognition solutions from Cognitec.

The most experienced face recognition company Talk to us about your face recognition needs: Cognitec Systems Pty Ltd, L20, Tower 2, Darling Park, 201 Sussex St, Sydney 2000

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REIMAGINED LIVING Republic & Dusk comprises two towers of 14 and 19 stories of 391 apartments rich in contemporary styling and quality finishes which includes a resident library, lounge, gourmet chef’s kitchen, dining room and stunning rooftop terrace with breathtaking vistas, plus basement carpark and retail tenancies On the shores of Lake Ginninderra in Canberra a new model for modern living is emerging. The Republic Precinct, including the Dusk addition, will be the largest mixed-use development in Canberra’s history and will form a landmark for Canberra’s urban future, blending a mixture of private and public spaces that celebrates community and lifestyle while offering unrivalled value for money.

The project features 391 premium apartments, a dining and retail precinct, communal landscaped areas and a rooftop garden for residents.

Project Manager. The design needed to be well coordinated and went through an immense amount of pre-planning to arrive at a clear understanding of what was needed.

“The logistics of the precinct were challenging. There were many nearby interfaces including three main roads, the bus interchange, a college and the adjoining Stage 2 construction site,” said Kristoff Penc,

“Due to the scale of the project and challenging timeframes, we spoke to subcontractors about off site fabrication options,” said Kristoff. “We were able to have items such as kitchens ready for install prior to getting off the ground.



Likewise, windows were manufactured and stored prior to being required on the project. It was about making our longer lead time items work in our favour instead of against us. The process also ensured quality was of the highest standard as there were little to no onsite alterations required.” In line with their five year operational and business strategy, Geocon have formally introduced ‛Lean Construction’ methods into their operational platforms. The Republic Precinct project has seen the introduction of best practice systems and methodologies to meet key metrics associated with quality, cost, delivery and safety. “As a starting point for the roll out of lean manufacturing, Geocon have been integrating all site sub-contractors much deeper into the overall construction sequence,” said Kristoff. “We installed formal ‛onsite’ warehousing resulting in a controlled flow of inventory through the build,


eliminating over or undersupply of materials and inefficient use of space.” “We then captured data to continuously improve our operational processes and drive further gains. By linking the supply chain with the construction schedule we can ensure that when construction slows, inventory replenishment slows and when construction speeds up, replenishment speeds up. This brought significant benefits in terms of project cost management and subcontractor cash flow.” Geocon as a business are going from strength to strength with many exciting projects coming up including three residential projects in central Canberra and high rise developments in Woden, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong as well as new hotels and the Kingston Arts Precinct which is due to become an intrinsic part of Canberra’s cultural landscape. Geocon are establishing systems and processes that strengthen the collaboration

and integration of subcontractors to drive project and business performance for their clients and business partners. “Over the course of the project the team became an extremely tightly knit unit,” said Kristoff. “I would put the success of the project down to the bond we formed which created a mentality where everyone worked for each other with a common goal to deliver the best project possible.” “The culture at Geocon is full of energy and excitement. You see this culture reflected on the faces of the staff. We are building Canberra and doing projects on a scale that Canberra has never seen before. Personally I have loved every moment of Republic. The opportunity to change the landscape of a community doesn’t come along every day and to see what it has become makes me proud.” For more information contact Geocon, Unit 18, Level 1, 24 Iron Knob Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6255 0430, website




Below Adcon supplied electric jump form sytems to the Rebuplic project, customising the forms with Geocons branding.

The Republic development by Geocon will be Canberra’s largest ever residential development when completed. The project contains 41,325m3 of concrete, 6,125 tonnes of reinforcement, 60,000m2 of façade and 720km of electric cabling. Adcon commenced onsite at Republic in early 2019. They established the two jump forms to commence the construction of the primary cores for the High Society towers. In early October 2019, they also mobilised and established the self-climbing platform screens for the project which were designed and manufactured by Adcon Engineering. Adcon’s full inhouse design and fabrication capability not only allows them to do many tasks within the company to ensure quality, costs and deadlines are well managed, but also allows them to customise solutions to suit design specifications. The two 27-storey glass towers comprising High Society at Republic, feature complex architectural shapes and curves, requiring Adcon to produce bespoke screens which reflected the façade curvature to ensure the whole perimeter of the building was covered. Adcon is currently assisting Geocon with Stage 2 of the project and the structure is due for completion in the second quarter of 2020. “We have been proud to work alongside Geocon and the delivery team to deliver reimagined 20th century living at the Republic precinct in Belconnen,” said Danny Isaac, Managing Director of the Adcon Group of Companies.

The electric jump form systems that Adcon provided for the Grand Central Towers project benefit from the latest in formwork technologies. The electric jump form systems combine high performance with energy efficiency, working off normal 32 amps of power. Through their inhouse engineering department, Adcon Engineering, they have invested in developing and manufacturing their own cutting edge formwork systems that combine efficiency and safety. “Our system has been developed with the future in mind. The entire system is controlled by a coloured touch screen and the jacks have a massive capacity that can jump the system on just 12MPa of concrete. The placing boom is free standing on the jump which eliminates any ties to the core below,” explained Danny. “The whole jump can go up one full floor in only 20 minutes with minimal noise. The jump is also self levelling which means adjustment is not required for each jump.” “Our screens are very light with six working platforms on every screen, allowing finishing trades to work safely while they progress the building. The reactions from the screens on the slabs are also very low to eliminate the need for extensive back propping,” Danny said. “Our focus is on ensuring safety through modelling systems to remove risk by recommending the right formwork system for each specific task. We work with our clients to remove or mitigate risks wherever possible.” Another aspect of Adcon’s services includes branding of thier products onsite. Geocon’s iconic ‛Sunbird Orange’ can be seen right across Canberra, projecting from the tower crane jibs and down the cores from the jump forms. “Branding was a highly importantce factor for Geocon,” explained Danny. To further enhance this, Adcon provided a screen system that was painted to match at no additional cost. Adcon have a strong reputation for delivering large multi-level building structures on time and on budget across the east coast of Australia. The company have successfully forged long standing relationships with major repeat clients who have made Adcon a preferred contractor. Geocon is no exception.



Below Adcon’s full inhouse design and fabrication capability allows them to customise to suit design specifications.

“Our first project for Geocon was Grand Central Towers,” said Danny. “This ground breaking mixed use development offered unrivalled connectivity across the city from its location at the junction of the Light Rail Stage 2. Coming in at 26 and 18-storeys, the towers have the capacity to house commercial accommodation, health facilities, offices and shops.” For this initial project Grand Central Towers, Adcon Engineering designed and manufactured the electric self-climbing jump forms for the two lift and stair cores as well as lightweight platform perimeter edge protection screens. Through their engagement Adcon were able to add significant value to the project. “We recommended having the 32m placing boom located on top of the jump form. This relatively normal industry practice was a new idea for Geocon and helped eliminate penetrations and back propping that would otherwise be required for placing boom towers located conventionally throughout the slabs, and also eliminated the need for tying in the boom through the core,” explained Danny. Regardless of the project, Adcon’s primary focus is on providing the latest in formwork system design while ensuring total programme and delivery certainty. This certainty enables Adcon’s clients to deliver their construction programmes with complete confidence in the on time delivery of Adcon’s systems. “Adcon thoroughly understands the importance of delivering on time, within budget and at a level of quality that ensures client satisfaction,” said Danny. “To embed this throughout the planning and construction process we bring strong industry partners who share these objectives to projects with us.” “During the pre-construction phase our team of engineers, planners, draftsmen and construction managers work seamlessly with the client to develop formwork systems that are safe and customised to the project with 176 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REPUBLIC & DUSK

the aim of delivering optimum performance gains throughout the construction cycle.” With a wide range of projects of different types along the east coast of Australia, Adcon Group are well placed to build on the success of the Republic project and continue delivering high performing construction systems to some of Australia’s most significant projects. Their knowledge, experience and professional approach has established them as one of the current day industry leaders. One project that was recently awarded to Adcon is the Parkville Station project in Melbourne. “Our scope on the Parkville Station project comprises the critical structure elements for the main station box,” said Danny. This exciting project will be built directly below Grattan Street between Royal Parade and Leicester Street with four separate entrances. Also in Melbourne, Adcon are responsible for the complete structural package for the 42-storey, 202 Normanby Road development comprising formwork, reinforcement supply and fix, concrete pump, place and finish, precast installation, perimeter edge protection screens and the introduction of Adcon Engineering’s electric self-climbing jump form system. In Queensland, Adcon is currently delivering formwork solutions for the Koko and Opus developments at Broadbeach. Both projects will also utilise Adcon Engineering’s electric self-climbing jump form system. With over 30 years of construction experience, Adcon Group has a vast depth of knowledge and aims to deliver value to all their clients by being adaptable to their needs. Their current clients are already seeing the benefits of formwork and external protection screen systems that allow construction to proceed when other projects are delayed and achieve project completion far quicker than conventional formwork techniques. For more information contact Adcon Group, 39 Taras Avenue, Altona North VIC 3025, phone 03 9098 8767, email info@adcongroup., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Adcon at Grand Central Towers


Adcon at Grand Central Towers


Below MN8 Consulting provided extensive mechanical services engineering across the whole site.

MN8 Consulting (MN8) were chosen to deliver their mechanical engineering services to the Republic & Dusk development. This project will transform Canberra’s skyline making it one of the city’s largest residential project. The developer, Geocon, needed experienced engineers who were ready to collaborate to achieve their vision of a project that redefines contemporary living with unrivalled value for money. MN8 are delivering their services for the entire project, spanning across all phases, from inception to construction. Their existing relationship with Geocon put them in a good position to deliver the best possible outcomes for the project. “We have worked with Geocon for a few years now,” said Rob Withers, Managing Director of MN8. “We have a good relationship with them and we know how each other works.” “Engineers can usually deal with quantitative components,” said Rob. “But when you need to mix that with aesthetics or the way the physical environment feels, often the solutions are left wanting. In that regard we pride ourselves on the ability to develop collaborative solutions. Particularly on large scale projects like Republic & Dusk, which are built in stages, you need to look ahead and plan so that the overall design is optimised for space, cost and useability.” MN8 were able to bring their construction expertise to the project to deliver efficiently buildable solutions. “Some of our staff have previously worked for leading contractors,” said Rob. “We encourage communication back from ‘the coal face’ to improve the efficient and effective conversion of the technical to the real world. There’s no point specifying something that is inefficient to build because the likelihood of that being brought to fruition during increasingly tight time and cost boundaries is not high.”

On such a collaborative project it is important to understand other parties’ perspectives and MN8 were able to utilise leading digital technologies to communicate their ideas to the wider project team. “We are trying to offer something that’s highly technical in nature to people who often have no engineering background,” said Rob. “The 3D collaboration software really helped in that regard. It allows easy conceptualisation of the infrastructure and has been a great innovation that Geocon and the services consultants have developed.” “It’s always important that you stay aware of the latest technology and best practice to ensure you are consistently delivering the best outcomes. It’s a worthwhile investment as the potential gains are so big. You need to be sure that everything is as good as it possibly can be.” Working in such an open, collaborative way has enabled MN8 to deliver solutions that are not only technically proficient, but also fully integrated with the wider design vision of the overall project. “I think that’s a key point of difference with us,” said Rob. “It’s not a sales pitch that we actually want our designs to work and achieve the best outcome.” A large reason MN8 exists is because of their ability to properly bridge the gap between high levels of technical capabilities and what clients want. It’s the ability to empathise. For more information contact MN8 Consulting, 5/107 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 0412 12 68 73, email, website

“It’s why we invest ourself in projects and even though our scope usually doesn’t extend to it, you’ll find us onsite checking what can be improved. The installing mechanical contractor and site staff actually knows our name, and quite often, they end up knowing us personally.” 178 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REPUBLIC & DUSK






Below Blitz Security installed access control, intercoms and CCTV systems across the whole development.

Blitz Security were contracted to ensure that the highest standard of security and access control systems were provided to the Republic & Dusk, due to their strong reputation for excellence in service and client satisfaction. “We approached the project as one big precinct including the last stages which required some forward thinking and planning,” said Jason Hogh, Managing Director of Blitz Security. “We are installing access control, intercoms and CCTV systems and an ICT Protégé GX enterprise level high commercial grade system. We had to go for that to ensure it worked as one management system across all phases.” Ensuring the system could be expanded to accommodate the future phases required careful consideration of the management software. “If you have three houses you can’t put in three separate alarm systems and hope they all work together,” explained Jason. “You have to plan and install a product that will be expandable in the future.” There were also some units in the development that required special systems to be installed. “There are 10 units for the disabled in the Republic & Dusk and the requirements were different for those units,” said Jason. “The intercom system needed to be upgraded to push through to phones or tablets so residents don’t need to get up to operate it. They also required long range Bluetooth technology for unlocking of doors.” The construction timescales for the development are quite rapid which also

required careful planning. “The timeframe was a challenge,” Jason said. “It’s a fast build, but we’ve got reliable and full qualified staff to enable us to deliver within the timescales. It takes a lot of planning initially and good execution is important as well. We needed high quality staff as we can’t afford to miss anything when you only get one chance onsite.” Blitz Security has a long and established relationship with the developer, Geocon, having previously worked for them on the Infinity and Midnight developments as well as the upcoming Grand Central Towers. “With them we get the planning done up front and they are very good at that,” Jason said. “We have had a good working relationship with them in the past and we have a few projects coming up in the future.” Blitz Security specialise in the supply and installation of security, access control, CCTV and intercom systems. From their home base in Canberra, they service the Australian Capital Territory and the South Coast and Snowy regions of New South Wales and they are currently looking into expanding into other areas as well. “Our team size gives the flexibility and capacity to service multiple projects at once,” said Jason. “We have a good relationship with most of the Tier 1 builders in Canberra and we’d like to be the ones that set the benchmark for the industry around town.” On all their projects, Blitz Security strive to develop new and innovative techniques to deliver projects that exceed their clients’ expectations. Since their establishment in 2010 they have experienced steady growth through providing quality work, customer satisfaction and on time completion. Blitz Security has a team that is fully qualified, licenced and certified for any kind of security installation. They view the high level of repeat business and receive from their customers as an important sign that they are on the right track in their mission to achieve customer satisfaction. For more information contact Blitz Security, 5/189 Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 0410 517 035, email, website



Below PDA Marble and Granite supplied stone bench tops and splash backs for the apartment kitchens.

The Republic & Dusk residential development in Canberra features modern apartments with premium finishes throughout. This includes stone bench tops and splash backs which are being fabricated and installed by PDA Marble and Granite, a quality, high end distributor that offers superior customer service. “We are supplying, manufacturing and installing all the stone kitchen bench tops and splash backs for both projects,” said Dino Tagliapietra, Director of PDA Marble and Granite. “We started onsite at the beginning of August with completion at the end of December 2019.” On the Republic & Dusk project, Geocon have been promoting the adoption of lean manufacturing principles to their subcontractors and PDA Marble and Granite were well placed to deliver. “We prefabricate as much as we can to avoid the need for site measurements,” said Dino. “We want the factory to be productive which enables us to stay ahead of the site works and meet program demands.” “From the design and joinery drawings we were given, our inhouse drafting team prepared fabrication drawings for approval by the head contractor. Once an approval is received scheduling and production begins using our automated production process” Dino explained. One of the reasons for the lean manufacturing approach was the tight timescale for project delivery, which required close consultation with suppliers. “At the beginning of the project Geocon sat down with us to review their schedules,” Dino said. “They are quite time conscious and want to move fast but they were quite happy for us to comment so we could find a happy medium. We have met programmes with the project which comes down to us being able to pre-manufacture our products.”

saws and polishers over the last year so the products can really flow through our workshop.” Republic & Dusk represents a step forward in PDA Marble and Granite’s relationship with the main contractor, Geocon. “We have worked with Geocon before on the Wayfarer and Abode Hotel Kingston” said Dino. “Geocon are a well organised builder and their operation is very streamlined. We’re also doing Grand Central Towers in the Woden precinct with Geocon.” “We are a family run business,” said Dino. “My father set up the business and my brother and I took it over. Based in Queanbeyan, PDA Marble and Granite serves the Australian Capital Territory, regional New South Wales and Sydney. With over 45 years in the industry, their expert stone masons, draftsmen and project managers understand the intricacies of working with different stone products. PDA Marble and Granite have completed many high-profile stone and tiling projects which include Canberra International Airport, Canberra Centre Shopping Mall, Realm Hotel and Sydney University. For more information contact PDA Marble and Granite, 29 Kendall North Avenue, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6297 4443, fax 02 6299 3389, email, website

With the Republic & Dusk project, PDA Marble and Granite are set to maintain their status as leaders in quality stone sourcing, supply and installation. “Overall it is straight forward and we have a large manufacturing capacity having purchased various automated 182 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REPUBLIC & DUSK




Below Advanced Precast delivered over 10,000m2 of precast concrete to site for Republic & Dusk.

Advanced Precast (AP) has grown to become one of Australia’s market leaders in the field of precast concrete for the building industry. The company services Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast and surrounding areas. AP was involved from the projects conception stage, reviewing the consultant’s documentation and value adding by suggesting smarts and efficiencies not just for the precast, but also for the structure. Business Development Executive, Marco Alcuri stated “We are proud to have been given the opportunity by Geocon to work together and meet expectations on Republic which is setting the new exciting standard for the Canberra of tomorrow.” “Republic presented a tight programme and logistical challenges throughout the project which by working together with Geocon we were able to find solutions and deliver. One example was converting the in-situ feature ‛K shaped’ columns to precast which saved time and delivered a high quality product.” AP brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to offsite manufacture to ensure speed onsite and a quality finish. “Generally with precast, 184 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REPUBLIC & DUSK

the labour required on construction sites is reduced. We provide peace of mind with the knowledge that products supplied to site are manufactured in a quality-controlled environment. The beauty in precast is being able to achieve complex features, shapes and sizes on a construction site, simply in a single lift off the delivery truck,” Marco added. “Having our own inhouse teams and crews enables us to control the whole process from shop drawings, engineering for temporary handling and erection, manufacture and erection with health and safety our number one priority,” said Marco. “We get great satisfaction from walking onsite and seeing the initial concept come to life.” Since their establishment in 1982, AP continues to lead by example in the delivery of innovative and cost effective solutions for building structures.

For more information contact Advanced Precast Australia, 499-501 Victoria Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 9756 5631, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below IC Formwork Services supplied the jump form, prefabricated stairs, slab, column, wall and landscape formwork.

IC Formwork Services has a proud history of contributing to the ever evolving Canberra skyline. One of the largest and most experienced formwork providers in the region, IC Formwork was the natural choice for supplying efficient formwork solutions to the Republic & Dusk. IC Formwork Services were responsible for the design and delivery of all formwork systems at the Republic & Dusk inclusive of the jump form, prefabricated stairs, slab, column, wall and landscape formwork. A company that prides themself on providing win-win solutions for builders, they brought their trademark commitment, ensuring the best possible formwork systems for the project.

As a family business, they remain dedicated to upholding the same values and work ethic underpinning their success. Prioritising quality and safety, the company has built their reputation on always supplying the most efficient formwork solutions. IC Formwork Services’ extensive range of formwork systems for soffit, lift shaft, column, wall and stair formation systems include table and panel systems, hydraulic lift shaft systems and pre-fabricated wall and column systems, metal decking systems and stair systems.

In the early stages of the project, IC Formwork Services worked closely with Geocon to ensure the formwork systems would be safe and efficient during the construction phase of the project. The results speak for themselves with the Republic & Dusk structure being delivered safely, within programme and to the highest quality standard. Since being founded in 1980, IC Formwork Services has provided innovative formwork to commercial and residential construction projects in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding regions. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact IC Formwork Services, 1 Couranga Crescent, Hume ACT 2620, phone 02 6260 1260, fax 02 6260 1842, email ACT PROJECT FEATURE REPUBLIC & DUSK 185

Below AFS Systems supplied 10,000m2 of their Rediwall® system to Stage 1 and a further 14,500m2 of Rediwall® to Stage 2.

AFS Systems (AFS) is a leading manufacturer of permanent formwork walling systems. For the Republic & Dusk residential development in Canberra, AFS were a natural choice, manufacturing and supplying over 10,000m2 of their Rediwall® system to Stage 1 Dusk and a further 14,500m2 of Rediwall® to the Stage 2 development High Society.

AFS’ strong relationship with Geocon has continued with the Republic and Dusk project. “Geocon are the biggest builder in Canberra and they are delivering the largest projects that Canberra has ever seen,” said Michael. “We are proud to have had a long-standing partnership with them across multiple high-rise projects and are looking forward to continuing that relationship across future developments.”

AFS Rediwall® is a PVC permanent formwork featuring precisionextruded components that easily snap together interconnecting for rapid installation. CodeMark Certified and AS3600 compliant Rediwall® is load bearing for multi-level structures providing a consistently clean, even, water resistant surface that depending on the application, often doesn’t require any finishing.

AFS Systems was established in 1996 and acquired by CSR Limited in 2014. With offices in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, the company manufactures and supplies afs rediwall® pvc and afs logicwall® fibre cement permanent formwork walling systems to a range of developments including multi-residential apartments, hotels, student accommodation, shopping centres, hospitals, prisons and aged care facilities.

“Geocon were looking for a permanent formwork PVC walling system for their development,” said Michael Schroedl, AFS Business Development Manager. “AFS Rediwall® was chosen for a number of reasons that included product design, range of profiles and accessories available, the speed of construction the system offered together with access to technical support, ongoing customer service, logistics and after-sales support. Overall AFS Rediwall® offered a complete end to end package.” 186 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REPUBLIC & DUSK

For more information contact AFS Systems, PO Box 234, Minto NSW 2566, phone 1300 727 237, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Capital Veneering were contracted to deliver joinery for the apartments and common areas

Capital Veneering offer commercial and residential joinery solutions that inspire those who use them. They were contracted to deliver joinery for the apartments and common areas in the Republic & Dusk mixed use developments in Canberra. “The bulk of our work is in the manufacture of the components and is carried out offsite,” said Ben Madden, Managing Director of Capital Veneering. “Onsite, we installed the joinery that we built in our factory in Queanbeyan. We started work on this project in the factory around April 2019. We refined the design to make it buildable, and then produced shop drawings and prototypes to obtain approval before going into full scale production.” Capital Veneering produced a full working kitchen prototype in their workshop. “We install all of the appliances to ensure they fit and that there is adequate access for service reticulation such as water and electrical,” said Ben. “All key stakeholders, including other trades, inspected the prototype and had the opportunity to provide feedback.” “Geocon are quite efficient with logistics, working with a lean manufacturing methodology and trying to get their subcontractors on board,” said Ben. “We are looking at all our processes. Given the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

volume of joinery we have to produce a small difference can have a huge impact.” “This was a great project for us and part of building our ongoing relationship with Geocon,” said Ben. “This project is as big as it gets in Canberra and we are capable of delivering these projects on time, on budget and to the high standard expected of Capital Veneering.” The company has been operating for 20 years and has an accomplished team, with many years experience in commercial joinery and project management. Their projects range from multi-unit projects to commercial fitouts and high end private residences. Capital Veneering recently completed a large project at ANU for Lendlease and their current projects include work at Parliament House and the Department of Home Affairs as well as other projects for Geocon.

For more information contact Capital Veneering, PO Box 768, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6299 1557, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE REPUBLIC & DUSK 187

HIP TO BE SQUARE DEVELOPER : City of Stonnington MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Lyons Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $60 million

Prahran Square officially opened to the public in December 2019 following two years of extensive, complex and demanding construction works. The square includes 500 car parking spaces across two underground levels, four streets upgraded linking Chapel Street and Commercial Road to Prahran Square, three above ground grandstands, restaurant and café pavilion with sensory garden, central water feature, open paved areas, public amenities, and several art poles forming spectacular light and sound shows. The $60 million Prahran Square redevelopment separates the 10,000m2 park into nine distinct areas including a central square creating a vibrant open space for recreation, events, festivals, markets, fitness, and socialising. The square includes retail spaces, landscaping, shaded areas, terraced seating and parking. The public redevelopment is an exciting project initiated by the City of Stonnington to provide open space for festivals, events and recreation within the popular Chapel Street Precinct. Prahran Square is the single largest construction project the City of Stonnington has undertaken.

with the demolition of the existing Cato Street car park and excavation of two underground car parking levels. Facilities include commercial spaces, a water play area, an accessible “forest walk” and lawns and seating. A variety of different installations and artworks are on show, including a number of 11m high poles holding vertical screens to generate spectacular light shows. The structure also includes ecologically sensitive features, including solar energy generation and stormwater capture and management.

The modern urban parkland designed by Lyons Architecture and landscape architects, Aspect Studios represents a much needed expansion of open public space in a part of Melbourne anticipating continued population growth.

“The car park is a feature in itself, with painted ceilings, bright pink and fluorescent green line marking, coloured glass staircases and white terrazzo footpaths and columns. The large underground car park opens up to the street level above through large open voids and raking glass façades, so from the ground level, you can see your car parked below,” said Project Manager, David Purcell.

Kane Constructions was awarded the contract to deliver Prahran Square in November 2017. Onsite work commenced in January 2018

“We incorporated the community’s feedback into the construction,” said David. “Some of the shop owners wanted to have short term



parking for their customers, so we adjusted the drawings and added a number of indented parking bays.” As the excavation progressed, archaeological remains were unearthed, delaying the work for up to two months while the local council worked with Heritage Victoria to secure archaeological finds. These included the remains of a tunnel, evidence of a 1850s farmhouse, late 1900s housing structural walls, toys, clay pipes, animal bones and crockery. The objects will be put on display within the square as a recognition of the area’s history. “Given the nature of the public site, the challenges involved access for equipment and delivery, and safety and staging within an operational environment. With 150 workers onsite, the car park was completed in early October 2019 and from then on, the job quickly progressed in time for the opening of the square on 1 December 2019.” “It’s rewarding creating quality architecture in public spaces,” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

said David. “Community structures are a place to take design risks, with good architects and consultants working together to make innovative buildings.” Kane Constructions is a privately owned commercial construction company active in all sectors of the industry. With a turnover in excess of $1 billion and over 450 full time employees, Kane operate throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra. Kane Constructions was awarded the 2016 and 2019 National Construction Master Builder of the Year by Master Builders Australia and was also awarded Master Builder of the Year in Victoria for 2016, 2017, and 2019 by the Master Builders Association of Victoria. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PRAHRAN SQUARE 189

Below LTE Construction Group completed the bulk excavation works and spoil removal for Prahran Square.

LTE Construction Group (LTE) is a Melbourne based civil and piling contractor specialising in excavation, retention systems and preparing foundations for concrete footings and slabs at busy city sites. “We started working with Kane Constructions at the pretender stage for Prahran Square and were awarded the D&C contract in early 2018. We spent two weeks planning our construction programme then onsite work started with the demolition of the existing ground level carpark,” said Managing Director, Nick Maric. “We then carried out bulk excavation and spoil removal followed by detailed excavation for footings and a slab at ground level, above Level 2 of the underground carpark. We designed and constructed the basement retention system including the placement of waterproofing, shotcrete walls and temporary ground anchors as well as a layer of crushed rock for drainage under the slab. Altogether we poured 172 retention piles and capping beam, installed shotcrete walls, waterproofing, and temporary ground anchors.” The main challenge occurred when existing structures were uncovered during the first stage of the excavation. LTE had to modify their approach. The ground conditions too, were very difficult due to in-ground water and we set up pumps and to dewater the site. This continued throughout the construction and the pumps were left in position to continuously service the site. LTE Construction has all the skills and equipment to keep sites permanently dewatered, it’s a common procedure in Melbourne. It was also a difficult location, close to busy Chapel Street, with narrow local roads, businesses and shops, including a Coles supermarket, and surrounding apartment buildings. With a large numbers of trucks exiting and entering the site, the company had to implement dust control arrange the safe movement of pedestrians. “We had 60 employees onsite for nine months and the job went very well with all works delivered according to schedule and completed by November 2018,” said Nick. 190 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PRAHRAN SQUARE

With years of experience in the civil industry Nick established LTE in 1998, servicing the Melbourne CBD and metropolitan area as well as outer regions including Ballarat, Shepparton and Bendigo. “We have around 96 full time 40 casuals employees, our workforce are loyal and experienced with a number of our operators having more than 25 years industry experience. We offer geotechnical and structural design and consulting as well as soil testing, remediation and removal. We own and operate our own equipment and have recently expanded our fleet and now have seven near new piling rigs ranging from 35T through to 85T, 36 modern excavators and 56 trucks with trailers. We also own and operate our own tip sites offering the most economical and timely service in the market,” said Nick. LTE is a preferred contractor of Kane Constructions and have completed a number of projects with them, they are one of our bigger clients. “I am personally involved in negotiations with the directors as well as working with them on design and preparing tender documents,” said Nick. In November 2019, LTE completed a contract for Kane Constructions for the Ballarat GovHub building. The job included the full demolition of a 4-storey building, civil and piling works, retention works, and contracting for the footings and on ground slab. In the same year LTE completed the same scope of works for Kane Constructions at the Shepparton Arts Museum as well as for a carpark at Monash University. Other successful projects for LTE include civil works at the Queen Victoria Markets redevelopment completed in February 2020 and Westgate Tunnel, with civil works, basement excavation and retention systems, piling and anchoring, set for completion in 2022. For more information contact LTE Construction Group, 25 Elm Park Drive, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029, phone 03 9748 3646, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



Below Commercial Systems Australia fabricated a large number of items, including seats, tables, tree grates and litter bins for Prahran Square.

Commercial Systems Australia are experts at the manufacture of quality robust street, public and park furniture, utilities and stylish shade structures.

tree guards as well as unique shelters. Commercial Systems Australia provide a rebirthing and repair service for older items and use local FSC timbers and materials that they recycle.

For Prahran Square, Commercial Systems Australia manufactured custom designed items according to supplied specifications. “We manufactured seats and tables, stools, tree grates and litter bin enclosures” said Director, Russell Wilson. “It was a large scale job with many stakeholders, we had to satisfy state and local government standards, fulfill our contract with Kane and, most importantly, maintain the architect’s and the landscape architect’s vision.”

“Our greatest challenge is competing with imported products,” said Russell. “We deal with this by working efficiently, continuously investing in new machinery and equipment. We are an Australian owned family company and supply our product all around the country as well as overseas. In March 2019, we manufactured and delivered outdoor seating and litter bin enclosures to a housing estate in Hawaii and park seating to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2014.”

“Site deliveries were challenging, it’s an older part of Melbourne with narrow roads yet busy with many residents and shops and access was difficult. We were set for our first delivery in February 2019, but during excavation some historic items were found and work stopped for a heritage survey. Finally the first items arrived onsite in April and we completed delivery in late November,” said Russell.

Previous work for Kane includes the supply of seats, bollards and bubblers to the Epworth Hospitals in Melbourne and Geelong and to Monash, La Trobe and Deakin Universities, and the new City of Brimbank Library.

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For more information contact Commercial Systems Australia, 42a Orchard Street, Kilsyth South VIC 3137, phone 03 9723 4111, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Harris & Thorn Plumbing & Gasfitting completed the sewer and water mains connection and hot and cold water system installation.

When quality and reliability matter most, Harris & Thorn Plumbing & Gasfitting has the expertise to deliver. As specialist hydraulics contractors, Harris & Thorn started work on Prahran Square in September 2017 detailing the design drawings. “There was a lot of coordination required between existing services and the new installation before the design could be finalised and we had to consolidate the information about ground levels and determine where it was safe to cast through the slab to avoid clashes with fire and mechanical pipes and ducts servicing the carpark below,” said Operations Director, Jared Grigor. Onsite work started in April 2018 installing hot and cold water supply as well as five separate gas supply lines to the tenancies. “We also set up a stormwater collection system and the piping. We connected the site to the sewer and water mains, liaising with South East Water and completing all the necessary paperwork including an Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) report. With six plumbers onsite we were able to complete the job by the end of October 2019,” said Jared. Established in 2003, Harris & Thorn offer a comprehensive service that includes design drawings through to efficient plumbing WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

installations with top quality products. Across Melbourne Ballarat and Geelong, the company provides hydraulic, gas and fire services to apartment buildings, shopping centres, schools, aged care facilities and hospitals as well as high end architecturally designed residences and government buildings. Previous work for Kane Constructions include the large scale project being Stage 1 of a fire main upgrade at the carpark and amenities at Deakin University finished in September 2017. In 2018, Harris & Thorn Plumbing & Gasfitting completed civil work, hydraulics and plumbing, including water management systems, for Parkville Youth Detention Centre. Currently Harris & Thorn are at work on Stage 2C of Bio21, an advanced microscopy facility at Melbourne University with expected completion being mid 2020.

For more information contact Harris & Thorn Plumbing & Gasfitting, 1/233 Arden Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051, phone 03 9328 8448, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PRAHRAN SQUARE 193


HOTEL CHADSTONE MELBOURNE Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel will be the first hotel to target a 5 Star Green Star rating using the new generation Green Star Design/As Built V1.1 rating tool. The 12-level hotel will feature 250 luxury rooms, health and wellness facilities, including a day spa, gymnasium and rooftop infinity swimming pool, plus two restaurants, lounge bar and a ballroom capable of hosting functions for up to 400 people. Hickory was appointed as the main contractor for the Hotel Chadstone project, the new 5 Star hotel in Melbourne.

B3 to L12 so they had to be lightweight. We made prefabricated stair modules from mild steel and tied them into our decks,” said Sam.

Before Hickory’s involvement, three basement levels and lift cores had already been constructed. As part of their contract Hickory were required to make structural amendments to the existing works.

The tight project timescales required Hickory to work collaboratively with the client to find creative solutions. “The client was planning an eight week fitout for the hotel rooms, so we worked with a number of client fitout contractors within our fitout cycle to achieve delivery on time.” said Sam.

“The building in its final form became a few storeys taller,” said Sam Clarke, Project Manager at Hickory. “At the beginning of the project we spent a few months undertaking basement strengthening works and adding structural steel.” One of the outstanding aspects of the project is its green credentials. “The development achieved a 5 Star Green Star rating and 4 Star NABERS,” said Sam. “The thermal performance of the façade had to be quite high. We also had to build a 5 Star site office that required a certain quantity of materials to be recycled. There are also extra smarts in the way the building is run for energy efficiency.” With construction technology such as Hickory Building Systems and Sync Bathrooms to their name, Hickory have a reputation for applying innovative construction methodologies to their projects, and Hotel Chadstone was no exception. “The staircases on this project were unique. In the design, the staircases didn’t line up from

Hickory’s ability to self-perform helped achieve an ontime delivery and control quality. “We did the whole structure, pre-cast stairs, structural steel and façade ourselves along with extensive internal works,” said Sam. “We controlled the whole production line and supply chain which means we can run a faster construction programme. ” In addition to the speed of the structural works, the façade turnaround time was the quickest Hickory has ever done. “We started the structure in May 2018 and by December we were working on the Level 22 façade. The successful completion of Hotel Chadstone has led to an increased number of commercial projects with another five hotels currently under construction.” Hotel Chadstone is now complete, with Hickory spending approximately 14 months onsite completing the project on schedule. Founded in 1991, Hickory has grown into an integrated construction company with a stellar reputation for delivering tailored solutions for their clients. Hickory’s wide range of successfully completed projects is testament to their philosophy that uniting the strengths of talented individuals creates exceptional results. For more information contact Hickory, 101 Cremorne Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 7411, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CHADSTONE HOTEL 195



Below Tomax designed, manufactured and installed the revolving doors for the main entrance to the Chadstone Hotel.

When specifying the revolving door for the main entrance of the new Chadstone Hotel project the design team, led by architects Bates Smart, needed a supplier with a reputation for exceptional service and quality and Tormax fit the bill.

however Hickory and the client, Vicinity, added a second revolver at the rear of the building inline with suggestions from the wind engineer. Tormax Australia were able to accomodate the changes, effieciently and within the designated requirements.

“We have previous history with Bates Smart, it’s our second major project with them,” said Nathan Clarke, Sales Engineer at Tormax. “They had previously specified us for the Flemington Racecourse Grandstand Upgrade, involving one revolver at the main entrance of the Flemington members’ stand which was completed just before the 2018 Spring Carnival.”

“The rear door will provide access to the car park and shopping centre. Both of the doors are 3-wing revolving doors with a low E safety glass and fire retardant canopies,” explained Nathan.

“We were contacted by Hickory in November 2018. Myself and our General Manager Brendan Herbert, visited the site to meet the team there and then we got the ball rolling with quotes.” Once the quotes were developed Tormax completed the shop drawings for the door, before releasing these to Hickory and Bates Smart for approval. “Once they were approved the door went into production. It was manufactured to order in Denmark with a lead time of 16 weeks,” said Nathan. The tight project timescales presented a challenge throughout the process. “From day one, lead times have been a big challenge,” said Nathan. “There were pressures to receive the sign off on the drawings and get it all approved. But we got there in the end and we have met the timescales.” The original specification was for a single revolving door for the main entrance,

“We have a good working relationship with both Bates Smart and Hickory,” said Nathan. “Since picking up the Chadstone Hotel project we have secured four additional projects with Hickory which is great. We also have a wide range of other jobs in the pipeline and we are growing our market share.” In addition to their established relationship with Bates Smart, Tormax also have experience working with Vicinity, having installed a revolving door in the Chadstone shopping centre as part of a previous project. Tormax are a world leading manufacturer and installer of automatic door systems, headquartered in Switzerland with more than 500 distributors around the world. They design, supply, install and service automatic door systems to many projects of all types around the world and Australia is no exception. Operating in Australia since 1982, Tormax are committed to providing exceptional service with highly qualified technical advisors and service technicians. Their staff are continuously trained to ensure that their knowledge is permanently state-of-the-art. With a Head Office in Melbourne, branch offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Launceston and Sydney, and a network of distributors across Australia and New Zealand, Tormax are well placed to maintain their reputation for the highest standards of quality for demanding customers. For more information Tormax, 13 Lillee Crescent, Tullamarine VIC 3043, phone 1800 60 8000, fax 1300 559 117, email info@, website




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Below Ramler International supplied the commercial furniture joinery to all 250 guest rooms, including 24 different room types.

The Hotel Chadstone by Sofitel is designed to provide the ultimate in exclusivity and comfort. With a 70 year history providing joinery to some of the world’s leading hotel brands, Ramler International played a key role in delivering the unique guest experience. “We delivered Chadstone’s first food court over 30 years ago and are delighted to be part of their legacy,” said Garry Ramler, CEO. “They have now built one of the most unique hotels we have seen in Australia. We are proud to have supplied the commercial furniture joinery to all 250 guest rooms.” Ramler International coordinated with the client and designer to ensure all products were commercially viable and encompassed the design brief. “We worked with the architect on the prototype room that was inspected and approved. We then managed the production of goods, delivery, staging and installation,” said Garry. “The design had hardly any straight lines – everything was curved which required careful alignment. We used a plated stainless steel finish called PVD on many surfaces which also required a lot of precision work. We had to design for 24 different room types which WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

was a challenge in itself,” explained Garry. “The hotel is a GreenStar project and we are proud to have contributed to this certification.” Ramler’s extensive resources include operations in Australia and South East Asia working together to ensure the highest levels of quality, and the teams are currently working on other 5 Star hotels across Australia. Recently completed projects include Australia’s first “Elements by Westin” hotel in Richmond Vicotria, Sheraton Grand in Sydney and Marriott in Brisbane. “We are proud of our reputation and history,” said Garry. “Our signature is on every item of furniture we sell.”

For more information contact Ramler International, Fiveways Business Centre, 18/31 Keysborough Close, Keysborough VIC 3173, phone 03 8595 3056, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CHADSTONE HOTEL 199



ON WITH THE SHOW DEVELOPER : Geelong Arts Centre, Development Victoria, Regional Development Victoria, Creative Victoria MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Hassell STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : AECOM CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $25 million

The Geelong Arts Centre Ryrie Street Redevelopment involved the demolition of existing buildings and the delivery of a new building on Ryrie Street. The construction of this spectacular 7-storey building, designed by Hassell, cantilevers over the newly revealed façade of the former church. The new building has a double height foyer on Ryrie Street and includes improved access to the Playhouse Theatre, new studio and rehearsal spaces and a dedicated co-working floor named Creative Engine, designed to foster entrepreneurship and incubate ideas within the contemporary arts space. Geelong Arts Centre owns the city site that includes the stone church, built in 1856. A masterplan was formulated in 2009 which included the refurbishment of the entire site and the renovation of the Playhouse Theatre (Stage 1), completed by Kane Constructions in 2010. Kane has significant experience constructing performing arts centres nationally. Projects include the Horsham Performing Arts Centre & Regional Arts Gallery, Presbyterian Ladies’ College Performing Arts Centre, the award-winning Drum Theatre Performing Arts Centre and Eternity Playhouse, and Casula Powerhouse Regional Arts Centre, a 300-seat theatre housed within a heritage listed former power station. Onsite work started at Geelong Arts Centre in August 2017 with the demolition the existing Band of Hope and Mechanics Institute to reveal the façade of the old ‘steeple church’ facing Ryrie Street. The excavation uncovered archaeological artefacts, including ticket stubs and an elephant bone, delaying the build for three months. “We spent up to 12 weeks detailing the façade design, changing some elements from steel framing to aluminium to make it lighter and quicker to build,” said Project Manager, Patrick Clements. “The staircase was documented to be a monolithic finish out of concrete which made for some difficult formwork. We had 5.6m long double-glazed windows with U channels made in Germany and we visited the factory for a Q&A check. The glass is low iron for clarity with low emission coating for thermal insulation, the ‘stick built’ glass façade is the first of this scale in Australia,” said Patrick. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Disruption to Geelong Arts Centre’s business was minimised by keeping the Playhouse Theatre operational. A temporary tunnel was constructed for patrons to link the theatre to the existing lobby spaces. It’s a small congested site of only 800m2. There was a school on one side and offices on the other, we had a lot of traffic management and community engagement tasks.” “It was a collaborative approach with positive feedback from all stakeholders. We are thrilled with the outcome,” said Patrick. Kane Constructions has a history of delivering unique and award-winning buildings. In 2019, they won National Construction Master Builder of the Year for their outstanding RACV Cape Schanck Resort. In 2016, Kane Constructions won the National Commercial Master Builder of the Year award for their iconic Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. Kane Constructions is a privately owned commercial construction company active in all sectors of the industry. With a turnover in excess of $1 billion and over 450 full time employees, Kane operates throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra. Kane Constructions was awarded the 2016 and 2019 National Construction Master Builder of the Year by Master Builders Australia and was also awarded Master Builder of the Year in Victoria for 2016, 2017, and 2019 by the Master Builders Association of Victoria. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website




Below ICE Engineering were responsible for the dramatic structural steel for the Geelong Arts Centre.

ICE Engineering specialises in the design detailing and fabrication of structural steel components for the building industry. In early 2017, ICE Engineering started the contract to manufacture and supply all the structural steel for the dramatic building, the Geelong Arts Centre. “We supplied a full steel package working from engineer’s specifications,” said ICE Engineering Owner, Peter Bailey. “We detailed the design, strengthening some columns and façade elements, made shop drawings and manufactured over 360 tonnes of steel elements.” “It was a complex construction with two cantilevers, one over the church and another facing Ryrie Street. We fabricated the large trusses that can be seen at Levels 2 and 3. We also constructed temporary columns to support the cantilever steel structure, (almost half the building), until the Level 4 pour took the load along with a 500 fully plated welded column. Another challenge involved fixing the façade to the structure. We fabricated some precise angles and heavy connection pieces within tolerances of 2mm,” said Peter. With a team of 30 at work in the factory the first delivery took place in November 2017. Work was delayed by up to three months by an archaeological find with final delivery in July 2019. Established 2003, ICE Engineering has years of experience providing accurate fabrication and quality product for the construction industry across Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat. They provide quality design work with a team of drafters using modern 3D modelling. ICE Engineering has a huge 3,600m2 factory with modern equipment that includes a CNC press brake, rollers, benders and welders, saws, lathes and milling machines of varying sizes and capabilities as well as a new robotic beam line machine. Their technology enables them to be a one-stop-shop for structural steel from design and drawings through to fabrication, machining and site installation with their own team, plant and equipment. From their well equipped workshop, the team of 30 provide WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

fabrication, welding and machining of steel for smaller components such as walkways, stairs and handrails to larger pieces needed for heavy plant installation for industry and custom pieces for ground breaking buildings such as Geelong Arts Centre. The company has supplied structural steel for a variety of structures including a multi-purpose sports hall, water treatment plant and quarry works. They also offer machining and fabrication of stainless steel components for the water, food and transport industries including water treatment equipment, tanks and pipework. For the mining industry, ICE Engineering carry out industrial plant installation with service and repair to heavy machinery and equipment. They provide tanks, chutes, hoppers and conveyor belts as well as the service and repair of mining equipment. The company also contract for shutdown work for repairs and maintenance projects and are able to provide qualified and experienced personnel and labour hire for the job. Recent successful projects include structural steel supply and install packages for The University of Melbourne, Western Edge Biosciences at Parkville and the Werribee campus redevelopment; 1,500 tonne of steel for the Sunshine Hospital multi-deck carpark; and buildings at Deakin University, completed in early 2019. ICE Engineering has also completed structural steel supply and install contracts for Ballarat Health Services, including the 4-storey Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) and the Cath Lab. ICE Engineering’s is currently working on The Puffing Billy Lakeside Discovery Centre for Kane Constructions, with fabrication for the structural steel package beginning in December 2019. They fabricated, supplied and installed 250 tonnes of structural steel for the $20 million centre, two long modern steel buildings that run along The Puffing Billy line, a narrow gauge heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges. For more information contact ICE Engineering, 26 Whitelaw Avenue, Delacombe VIC 3356, phone 03 5338 7022, email, website


Below O.C Stone replaced over 70 stones from the steeple church, restoring the entire façade.

O.C Stone specialises in stone masonry and render for the restoration of heritage buildings and focuses on producing historically accurate reproductions of architectural elements and unique hand carved features for churches and cathedrals. The Geelong Arts Centre cantilevers over the air space of the steeple church, built in the 1856, and restoring the old church to its former glory was part of the arts centre project. O.C Stone was responsible for the entire restoration of the church façade. “We rebuilt the load bearing buttresses, replaced numerous decayed face stones, reinstated the gothic style arch at the main entrance and installed new stone copings,” Director, Oli Clack explained. “We also repointed the entire façade and implemented hidden structural façade ties to strengthen the gable wall which had become structurally unstable due to the removal of the steeple in the 1950s.” O.C Stone were awarded the contract for the job in December 2018 and Oli started design work straight away as well as beginning onsite work with a confirmation survey. “Working from descriptions from tender documents we used the scaffold around the church to check the scope of works, adjusting to include any extra details and to take preliminary measurements. Further onsite preparation included removing decayed stone, and communicating with engineers to ensure the structural integrity of the façade,” said Oli. The next step involved taking detailed measurements and starting the 12 week design component, researching and drawing up the buttresses for approval by the architect before ordering the stone from an overseas. “We used sandstone from Vietnam, the best match for the original stone, Barrabool, quarried in Victoria,” said Oli. “We had a 15 week lead time and the product is three or four times more durable than the original Barrabool. The pleasure of stone masonry is to create something that will last and this restoration will be there in 200 years time.” “One of the biggest challenges was installing the large kneeler coping stones some of

which weighed in at over 350kg. Throughout the project around 30 tonnes of new stone was installed, mainly using manual labour and traditional lifting techniques. We also used render to create a ghost steeple using plumb lines to locate where the steeple originally fit on the building,” said Oli. “We had four people working onsite and by September 2019 we were finishing up the pointing and cleaning and then were waiting for the builders to remove their formwork so we could install the steel entrance doors and complete the job.” O.C Stone also removed old leadlight windows and worked with a heritage glazier on the design and installation of a new stained glass window for the church. Oli trained in stone masonry and conservation in the United Kingdom and has acquired 14 years experience in the trade. He was ranked 4th in the world at the World Skills Competition, Calgary, in 2009. In 2015, Oli established O.C Stone combining traditional methods with modern techniques, most often working with sandstone, limestone, render and bluestone. The company employs eight people, skilled stonemasons and stone carvers, working from a factory in Reservoir, Victoria, with air powered chisels and grinders. O.C Stone covers the commercial and domestic sectors including new builds, restorations and remedial work. They offer surveys, assessments of work, designs as well as stone cleaning and supply. Oli will often make clay marquettes to provide a three dimensional view of special decorative pieces prior to carving. Since September 2018, O.C Stone has been at work on Wesley Church, Lonsdale Street, Victoria carving large beautiful stonework elements for the church. Currently they are working on components for St Georges Anglican Church in Hobart, carving numerous five tonne ornate stone cornices and pediments.

For more information contact O.C Stone, 6 Vickers Street, Reservoir VIC 3073, phone 0401 748 382, website







Below Policrete completed the grinding and polishing of 500m2 of concrete floors throughout the project.

Policrete is a team of expert professional finishers, expert in concrete grinding and polishing to give concrete floors a hard wearing, smooth and decorative finish. At the Geelong Arts Centre, Policrete carried out extensive work on 500m2 of floors in the ground floor entrance, the first floor and the connecting spiral staircase. Onsite work started in April 2019, and with a team of 12 working at different times, the grinding and polishing job was finished in five months. “The floor is a white, satin finish with quartz and it came up beautifully,” said, Manager, Marcos Shaw. Policrete has been producing exquisite concrete floors since 2009 and offers a complete ‘pour and polish’ service. The Policrete team are Melbourne’s number one for pouring, grinding, polishing and sealing concrete floors, and also offer epoxy coatings for a smooth glossy finish with excellent durability. Policrete has a 400m2 yard and showroom located in Footscray dedicated to showcasing some of their finest work. This is open seven days a week to the public with a wide variety of finishes on offer. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We specialise in decorative concrete for the commercial sector, offices, apartments, and for public buildings,” said Marcos. For the retail industry Policrete installs; hard wearing polished concrete, epoxy flooring and grind and seal finishes. Previous clients include large names such as Woolworths. “We’ve been working with Kane Constructions for years,” said Marcos. “We finished two large 1,200m2 grinding and polishing jobs for Kane, at RACV Cape Schanck in 2017 and the University of Melbourne WEBs building in 2018 as well.” Policrete employ 20 staff, including form workers, concreters as well as grinders and polishers. They have six trucks on the road every day, each equipped with their own generators, vacuums and grinders. Policrete works with developers, builders and designers, shopfitters, businesses and home owners. In 2014, Policrete partnered with Hanson Concrete and DPP Hydronic Heating to specialise in installing hydronic heating slabs. For more information contact Policrete, 11 Geelong Street, Footscray VIC 3012, phone 1300 851 401, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE GEELONG ARTS CENTRE 207

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