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Healing Play

The railway theme playground at St John of God Midland Public Hospital

A state-of–the-art children’s playground at the St John of God Midland Public Hospital has been officially unveiled by Health Minister Dr Kim Hames. The playground was built and funded by the hospitals’ builder, Brookfield Multiplex and features a railway theme as a historical link to the hospital’s location on former railway yards. Brookfield Multiplex’s Regional Managing Director Chris Palandri said this gift to the Western Australia community will create a lasting legacy for children and their families visiting the hospital. “As well as building a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, we wanted the playground to have a

positive social impact on the community by creating opportunities for connectedness and healing,” he said. St John of God Midland Public Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Glen Power said the playground was a great initiative by Brookfield Multiplex and will provide a fun environment for paediatric patients and children visiting the hospital to play outdoors and spend time with their loved ones. The innovative outdoor all-weather playground is located near the hospital’s main entrance. It is designed around discovery and adventure, featuring railway crossing boom gates, a locomotive driver’s cabin made of WA jarrah timber, gardens, seating

and landscaping to promote a sense of playfulness and adventure. Dr Power said the 307-bed public hospital will open on the 24 November 2015 when the Swan District Hospital will close. Mr Palandri said the great relationship with St John of God Health Care enabled them to complete all works on time and to budget, which for a project of this scale is a huge achievement. St John of God Midland Public Hospital is part of the State Government’s Bigger Picture Health $7 billion hospital building and refurbishment program. The $360 million facility is jointly funded by State and Federal Governments.

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Cheaper Green Star certification The new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool is closely aligned with current investor and tenant demands, lowers long-term risk, future proofs assets, and is delivering value for money. Projects from aquatic centres to apartments, from restaurants to retirement living villages, and from stadia to shopping centres are set to achieve Green Star – Design & As Built ratings over the next year, as the industry embraces the new evolution of Australia’s sustainability rating system. The GBCA’s executive director Jorge Chapa believes the new rating tool responds better to industry’s needs. He says the new rating tool, which combines both design and construction ratings, will reduce the cost and compliance burdens associated with certification. “Not only does Green Star – Design & As Built lower exposure to climate-related events, it also lowers operating expenses and maintenance costs by setting benchmarks at levels appropriate for today’s needs and technology capabilities,” Chapa explains. “We’ve also reduced the documentation requirements for the ‘design’ component, which means developers can promote a building’s Green Star outcomes earlier and achieve greater marketing benefit,” Chapa says. Adelaide’s 185 Pirie Street achieved the first Green Star – Design & As Built optional Design Review rating in June. The building’s developer, Palumbo, was keen for Green Star to be a central pillar of its marketing campaign for new tenants.

“Certifying the design using the previous rating tool, Office v3, would have occurred at least six months later – too late to have provided much marketing benefit,” explains the project’s environmental consultant, Paul Davy, from dsquared consulting. Palumbo is expecting the Green Star rating will translate into a broader tenancy base, particularly from interstate companies with high expectations of sustainable office space. Outgoings will be lower and the operating expenditure is expected to be more favourable, with a fast payback period on the sustainability features delivering a quality asset. Davy says there was “no cost impost” in moving to the new rating tool. “It’s actually been a bit cheaper. Certification fees are significantly down, and as we are able to spend less time preparing a submission, we can keep our consultancy fees down too,” Davy says. Wood & Grieve Engineers’ sustainability manager, Prasanna Suraweera, has also been advising his clients to use the new rating tool. “If you’re trying to lease a building, you want to make sure it’s benchmarked to the latest rating tool. From an asset valuation point of view, we believe using Green Star – Design & As Built makes sense.” “It’s about future proofing. Using an older version of Green Star is like going to the Apple Store and asking for an iPhone 2,” Suraweera concludes.

A New Approach to City Planning A Minister for Cities and the Built Environment will help Australia make the most of its productivity powerhouses, and Jamie Briggs has been appointed as Australia’s first Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. “This appointment recognises not only the importance of our cities as the engine room of the nation’s productivity and prosperity, but also the central role the built environment plays in tackling many of Australia’s greatest challenges.” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew. “Prime Minister Turnbull has been actively engaged in the cities space for many years and acknowledges that cities, long overlooked by federal governments, are home to our most valuable economic assets – our people.”

ASBEC called for the Australian Government to provide national leadership and coordination through a Minister for Cities and to develop a 30 year Infrastructure Plan for Australia, to help ease the $53 billion per year cost of congestion and lost productivity in Australia’s cities, earlier in the year. “Poor urban policy and design causes more than just traffic jams and air pollution.” said Mr Maher. “The greatest value [to quality of life] can be achieved from infrastructure investment if it is integrated with the planning and design of our cities” said ASBEC President Ken Maher “Minister Briggs’ long-awaited appointment will enable us to better tackle the challenges we face – challenges such as climate change, population growth, ageing demographics, congestion, housing affordability, liveability and social inclusion” said Romilly.

comment By Jonathan Cartledge Chair Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Cities Task Group

Investing in Cities Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised nations. Two thirds of us live in greater capital cities which generate more than 80% of our GDP. Our cities and urban communities represent the economic drivers of the nation: providing homes for millions, delivering and exporting our goods and services, creating jobs, providing centres of cultural and social exchange and a door to the rest of the world. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has recently developed its Investing in Cities policy platform to progress the adoption of better public policy through every sphere of government, supporting the productivity, liveability, sustainability and resilience of our cities. ASBEC’s key recommendations are: 1. Fully leverage the unique roles and responsibilities afforded to every sphere of government, industry and the community in developing our best urban centres and cities. 2. Measure and report success through transparent and consistent indicators applied across all our major cities. 3. Work collaboratively across governments and with the private-sector to ensure best practice infrastructure planning and new investment, based on independent, transparent advice supported by broad cost-benefit analysis. 4. Deliver best practice urban environments through a commitment by all spheres of government to adopt and champion Creating Places for People: An Urban Design Protocol for Australian Cities. This platform creates the basis for an ongoing conversation with governments to support better urban centres and cities. The realisation of these recommendations will depend on visionary leadership supported by individual champions, coordination across government, and effective engagement with the community and business.



comment Amenities with edge

By Nick Turner Principal Turner

Celebrating cultural diversity and mix with WOMEN TAKING SENIOR ROLES Turner actively searches for talented and skilled people, with representation from 21 different nationalities, with 50 per cent of our 80 strong team now being female. I am delighted to announce that Lebanese Australian, Vanessa Saad, Associate and Sri Lankan born Shewanna Mendis, Senior Associate, have recently been appointed to their roles in the practice. Their senior positions reflect the current fabric of the workplace, in which we celebrate diversity as it brings a new dimension to our work for clients across both residential and commercial property sectors. It is exciting to employ such a great mix of design professionals and nationalities, as they are a key ingredient in the success of our practice. By having this balanced mix, we have been able to translate this diversity into our work, as the disparate professionals bring different experiences and cultural heritages to our table. Our work is marked by no single author or authoritative design signature, with our mix of individual talent that contributes unique thinking in a team atmosphere. Together we each form a fraction of the whole that is defined as Turner. We are constantly growing, evolving and adapting. This metamorphosis is part of our success. The Turner story is about people, the richness of ideas, the celebration of talent, and colleagues working together to create great architecture, especially our overseas-born staff have experienced change in their home countries that we are now seeing in Australian cities, with the onset of medium density dwellings and master planned communities. Turner has been building on the residential revival in Sydney with 10 major projects completed over the last six months, predominantly in the medium density, mixed use development space. 10


Amenities like teppanyaki barbeques and pizza ovens, spa rooms, cabanas, outdoor cinemas and cafes are making the difference for buyers when searching the market for apartments, as competition is red hot amongst developers for sales across Australia. Construction of gyms and pools no longer provide the winning edge for buyers, as they are now very common in developments.

2,265m2 elevated garden sanctuary, complete with distinct areas with bamboo borders for alfresco entertaining, with an indoor spa and health centre. “We made a conscious decision to design the apartment building to provide a distinct atmosphere, where owners can feel they live in an exclusive hotel with all of the accompanying facilities.” said Associate Director of Turner, Dan Szwaj.

Buyers are now looking for diverse and unique amenities suited to their lifestyle choices, exercise and entertainment regimes, with outdoor spaces that can be utilised all year round. An example of the extra lengths developers and their architects are going to is in Divercity Waterloo, which features a retail precinct with a boutique wine cellar, café, restaurants and speciality stores.

Meanwhile the Apex apartments also with developer Payce Communities at Victoria Park has also pushed the envelope with a 900m2 rooftop garden, complete with an outdoor cinema which can be enjoyed by owners and their friends.

Meanwhile Platinum at Victoria Park with developer Payce Communities features a

Buyers are seeking a range of different amenities and easy access to the local community facilities, so developments that offer them have the winning edge.

old dog new tricks One of rugby league’s hardest working and most respected player, Sam Perrett, is building a career off the field. The 30-year-old has established a property development company that buys land, constructs houses and then offers them for sale or investment. The Perrett Group is also set up to help fellow footballers when their playing days end. Perrett mentors and provides financial advice to several of his current and former teammates, and he expects to be able to offer some of them employment within the real estate division of his company or in the building trades.

Perrett, who aims to keep playing top grade rugby league for a few more seasons, has all the tools needed to be an off-field success. Using his downtime away from the game he gained hands-on experience as a labourer on construction sites, studied hard to gain his carpentry qualifications and builders licence, then sought out mentors to set up a business structure for The Perrett Group. “It’s a challenge completing an apprenticeship when you are a professional sportsperson but I emphasise to them the importance of being able to secure full time employment and a healthy wage when their playing days end,” said Perrett. The Perrett Group is planning to build a display home at Campbelltown where it will showcase its design and construction expertise. The company has already sold two investment properties, completed several construction projects and has multiple development opportunities. “People will be invited to invest in The Perrett Group and its three divisions,” said Sam, who completed several renovations and house additions before embarking on his Gledswood Hills project. “We will purchase and develop land, then build and sell our homes. Everyone involved will benefit from our profits.” The slogan for The Perrett Group is ‘Building and improving life’, which is what Sam believes will be his legacy.

Nawic qLD crystal vision awards 2015

comment By Scott Gibson President Insulation Australasia (IA)


The annual National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) QLD Crystal Vision Awards was held in September at Pullman Hotel, and provided an opportunity to showcase the outstanding contribution and achievements made by women within Queensland’s construction industry.

With the completion of the state branches individual awards rounding up with the VIC/ TAS state awards being held in late September, NAWIC is prepareing for their annual National Conference which will be held in early 2016, to align with International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations.

There were 12 award categories open to nominations based on individual criteria for each award, including the Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry, Construction Skills Queensland Award for Achievement in Construction (General Building), Civil Contractors Federation Award for Achievement in Construction (Civil Works) and the Seymour Whyte Award to a Young Achiever.

The not-for-profit organisation creates exciting opportunities for its members to meet and exchange information, ideas and solutions to problems, expand networks and maintain awareness of industry developments, improve skills and knowledge, through their conferences and events throughout the year. NAWIC’s focus on collaborating with construction related associations and communities, provides a vital, dynamic environment to help celebrate the betterment of women in the construction industry around Australia.

Nominations were open to women working within the private or public spheres of construction, for small or large business, with Organisations or Individuals able to be nominated for the Crystal Vision Award and Diversity Award.

Further updates and details about the conference will be made available via and on the organisations website

Lighting the future LED lighting has been the main focus for all recent developments for apartment living market. Not only does it save over 80% in energy bills for the Owner Occupiers and Renters, it is also a saving for the strata companies for the public areas which is reflected in the strata rates for the owners. Recent problems have been inefficient lighting levels and very early colour rendition drops and failures with the types of LED Light fittings being used in developments in order to reduce costs for developers. However, if guided by the proper lighting manufacturers and importers, all developers, builders, electrical contractors and architects can improve the light levels for every project

which has a very substantial effect on their reputation as a finished product. Usually lighting in homes are on for at least 4 -6 hours a day minimum. This then has a massive effect on the actual finished product and can help increase sale prices if the proper lighting LED products are used. Lightel Pty Ltd provide all these services to developers, builders, electrical contractors and architects. They provide an opportunity to their customers to view of all available products by appointment at Lightel’s new LED Lighting showroom located in Artarmon, NSW. For more information contact Lightel Pty Ltd, phone 02 9966 0090

Insulation Australasia (IA) frequently learns about projects involving insulation products that do not meet Australian Standards. Near tragedies arising from the use of non-compliant building materials are all too familiar within Australia, and yet there are no rigorous methods for checking the genuineness of claimed product certifications or fire ratings, or for assessing the quality of imported products. IA recently identified a specific batch of non-compliant insulation in a dozen buildings, including hospitals, in Victoria and NSW. This insulation, which was marketed with a non-compliant fire test report, carried no specific product identifiers, so there was no way to confirm that the product being sold in Australia was the same as the tested product; also, there were large differences in densities between the test product and the product sold. The supplier also claimed the product was non-combustible, whereas the referenced fire testing had no relevance at all to combustibility measures. The consequences of using this kind of non-compliant product are all too obvious: buildings with unknown performance characteristics can lead to loss of life in the event of a fire. Fire risks aside, heating and cooling performance is compromised by insulation that fails to meet minimum performance benchmarks. IA continue to call for mandatory independent third party product certification to minimise risk and return trust, credibility, verifiability, and reliability back into the supply chain. IA once again alert all State and Territory Governments of their obligation to enforce the use of only compliant building products, to minimise public risk and protect Australian consumers.



comment By Rob Rowe CEO Civil Contractors Federation QLD

Construction bust Historically, construction has been a boom and bust industry and in recent times Queensland has experienced a major downturn which has been due to a range of factors.

Success for Green Chemical Futures The Monash University’s Green Chemical Futures building has been awarded the Australian Institute of Architectures 2015 Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture. The $65 million educational facility that houses Monash Universities chemical science faculty, was designed by Lyons and was constructed by Lendlease. The project features unique long spans of the main structural ‘verendeel’ beams, which allow the internal spaces to reconfigured without navigating structural columns. The beams also allow for services to run along uninterrupted to the plant rooms.

The main external feature of the building is a structural reference the hexagonal basic graphine structures common within green chemistry. The shortlist of project for the 2015 Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture, included; • 50 Martin Place – JPW (NSW) • Adelaide Oval Redevelopment – Cox Architecture, Walter Brooke and Hames Sharley (SA) • Fitzgibbon Community Centre – Richard Kirk Architect (QLD) • Green Chemical Futures – Lyons (VIC)

It is an industry that is greatly affected by government budgets – both state and federal. Recently, Queenslanders had their say regarding the sale of the state’s assets and this has caused us to miss out on much-needed Federal Government support for refusing to participate in the federal asset recycling program by privatising assets. While both major political parties at the state level say they understand and accept the electorate’s decision to twice reject the sale or lease of assets, their federal counterparts have chosen to completely disregard overwhelming voter sentiment, one which has now been established at two consecutive Queensland elections, by withholding infrastructure funding worth around $800 million from our State Government. This decision will have serious consequences for our members who are already struggling to stay afloat. What’s more, many projects in the pipeline would have delivered great social and economic advantage to our state, however this lack of federal support will only add to the hardship facing our industry, thus reinforcing this negative boom and bust cycle we’re all working so hard to overcome.

Green Chemical Futures Building, Monash University VIC

Accolades for Barangaroo Reserve Barangaroo Reserve has been awarded the prestigious NSW President’s Award by the by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. The award recognises outstanding individual contributions to the profession, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, or to the practice of landscape architecture or urban design. The reclaimed public space features 10,000 sandstone blocks most of which were carved from the site, in a recreation of the pre-1836 shoreline with an extensive

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planting program, that replicates preEuropean settlement with specially grown native plants. The plant selection was strictly limited to those species that would have occurred in the natural bushland when the Gadigal people were caretakers. “This award underscores the commitment to delivering a visionary space for Sydneysiders and visitors looking to enjoy a peaceful, naturalistic oasis in the CBD,” said Barangaroo Development Authority CEO Craig van der Laan.

Alderley emerges as luxury Hotspot

comment By Warren Overton Chief Executive Officer Australian Glass & Glazing Association (AGGA)

NOT JUST NON-COMPLIANT ‘PRODUCTS’ The Australian Glass & Glazing Association is committed to reforms aimed at eradicating non-compliant product from Australia’s buildings.

Brisbane’s northside suburb of Alderley is undergoing a major revival of its residential landscape, with Mosaic Property Group announcing the $7 million Botanica on Quarry.

Botanica on Quarry offers a fresh take on inner-city living with its proximity to vibrant cafe precincts and more than 30 hectares of parklands.

“Alderley is currently undergoing a significant transformation as its vital infrastructure as part of Brisbane City Council’s Suburban Centre Improvement Project (SCIP) program, which will oversee the $5.3 million refurbishment of Alderley Shopping Centre and significant improvements to local streetscape,” said Mosaic Property Group Managing Director Brook Monahan.

The development embodies affordable luxury with its architecturally designed two and three bedroom apartments. “Botanica on Quarry is at the forefront of modern design, featuring flexible open plan living areas with natural light and ventilation, high ceilings, as well as large private balconies and extensive landscaping,” Mr Monahan said.

A New Approach to City Planning A Minister for Cities and the Built Environment will help Australia make the most of its productivity powerhouses, and Jamie Briggs has been appointed as Australia’s first Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. “We welcome the Federal Government’s shift in policy on cities and urban communities. The Prime Minister has resoundingly articulated the value of cities and their vital contribution to Australia’s productivity and prosperity,” said Ken Maher, ASBEC President. “This appointment recognises not only the importance of our cities as the engine room of the nation’s productivity and prosperity, but also the central role the built environment plays in tackling many of Australia’s greatest challenges,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew. “Prime Minister Turnbull has been actively engaged in the cities space for many years and acknowledges that cities, long

overlooked by federal governments, are home to our most valuable economic assets – our people.” ASBEC called for the Australian Government to provide national leadership and coordination through a Minister for Cities and to develop a 30 year Infrastructure Plan for Australia, to help ease the $53 billion per year cost of congestion and lost productivity in Australia’s cities, earlier in the year. “Poor urban policy and design causes more than just traffic jams and air pollution,” said Mr Maher. “The greatest value [to quality of life] can be achieved from infrastructure investment if it is integrated with the planning and design of our cities” said ASBEC President Ken Maher “Minister Briggs’ long-awaited appointment will enable us to better tackle the challenges we face – challenges such as climate change, population growth, ageing demographics, congestion, housing affordability, liveability and social inclusion” said Romilly.

Most attention on this theme has been on products that do not meet relevant Australian Standards for manufacturing, and thus pose potential safety risks as well as onerous financial impacts. While obvious instances of non-conforming product must be addressed, we believe there is an equally pressing need to scrutinise the reasons for ‘failure’, which from the glass industry’s experience are more often due to incorrect selection and installation of materials. This may be a subtle difference, yet it is significant if we are to try and develop ways to address non-conformance. Australian manufacturing standards require products to be manufactured so they will perform in a predictable way under certain conditions. If they fail to meet these performance standards, then they are deemed non-compliant. Yet if you take a compliant product and use it in extreme or unfit-for-purpose conditions, for example, subsequent failure cannot always be attributable to the product itself. The best way to address this issue is to ensure that we have well trained and qualified industry professionals. To meet this need, AGGA is introducing a voluntary Accredited Company program this year to provide assurance to customers that all work completed is compliant and uses products that meets Australian Standards. Various degrees of trade ‘licencing’ exist at a state and national level, with an even more patchwork approach to enforcement. Only once we have a comprehensive system in place backed up by strong enforcement can we make headway.




Peddle Thorp appoint new QLD CEO Nuanced design and embracing technology are key priorities for newly appointed QLD CEO Brett Hudson.

By John Derrick Executive Director Grosvenor Place

planning for flexibility The accommodation needs of major office users has changed significantly over the past 25 years or so. The way we work in a modern office and the tools we use are considerably more demanding on a building’s infrastructure than they were in the mid 80’s when premium buildings such as Grosvenor Place in Sydney were designed. Grosvenor’s renowned architect, the late Harry Seidler, was prophetic when he said “planning for flexibility adds lasting value.” The fact that a building designed in the days when the most sophisticated office tool was an electronic calculator and the CEO’s office was the size of a small boardroom, can still significantly exceed modern technical requirements speaks volumes for the farsighted nature of Harry Seidler’s design. Even with farsighted design, today’s commercial assets need to step up to align with the changing habits of today’s workforce. Owners of premium grade buildings are spending between $1.2 million and $2 million refurbishing facilities. There’s been a recent increase in refurbishing end of trip facilities to compete in a difficult market. Today, a design capacity of 10 square meters per person, large column free floor plates, full power back up and a sustainable environmental footprint are not just “nice to haves” but are increasingly seen as necessities. Premium office assets need to go beyond those necessities to continue to enhance their immediate office spaces as well as the communal ones such as lobby and retail spaces.

Mr Hudson has been appointed to lead 35 staff based in offices in Brisbane and Cairns, which is part of a network of companies that includes Peddle Thorp Architects in PNG, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, PTW in Sydney and PTI in Jakarta.


David Porgand and Peter Gardiner, directors and owners of Peddle Thorp, have taken up senior executive roles reporting to the CEO, to drive forward greater leadership in their industry key focus areas.

Mr Hudson said he was keen to use his influence as CEO to enhance the practice’s position as a leader in designing major health, education, commercial and public buildings. “Our strength lies in our ability to interpret the vision of clients to design major architectural projects that are both aesthetically compelling while being highly functional,” said Mr Hudson. Mr Hudson said that Peddle Thorp in Queensland are also at the forefront of integrating technological advances to help clients visualise and plan architectural projects to ensure they remain on time and on budget. “Building

Brett Hudson, CEO Peddle Thorp

Urban development competition The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW has launched a research competition called The CityLife Project. The project focuses on creating Livable, Affordable and Connected Cities that cater to the growing demands of city living and the range of issues that could accompany the future development of our city centres.

develop for the betterment of the population living in urban centers and Australia’s economy as a whole, with the three winners engaging in indepth research and development in 2016. The results of which will be shared with government bodies and the public, to help realise practical and positive recommendations for future city development.

UDIA will select one winner for each of the three initiatives, providing funding and branding/ sponsorship opportunities worth up to $145,000.

The competition is open to all organisations or groups of individuals with Stage One submissions closing on the 19th of October.

The competition is set to be a source of innovative ideas on how Australia’s cities can

For more information visit The Citylife Project

Addressing EWP safety According to James Oxenham, Chief Executive Officer of the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia (EWPA), elevating work platforms (EWPs) are the safest option when providing a temporary work platform at height. “Crush injury is a silent killer catching the unaware operator with little or no warning. EWPs are commonplace on construction sites of all types. Operators often find themselves working at height in unfamiliar and changing environments and the likelihood of a crushing event can be a real danger to the complacent or untrained operator,” Mr Oxenham said.


information modelling software is particularly valued by our clients because of their long term investment in buildings and the value that they place on managing their building assets.”

“The EWPA is aware of the continuing nature of crush incidents in EWPs; some of which have resulted in fatalities, and has continued to provide ongoing industry information, guidance notes and training. Since July 2013 the EWPA Yellow Card training program has addressed the risk of crushing injuries from overhead structures. The EWPA has released version two of its new generation EWP training program which includes more content around the awareness and management of crush and cane be accessed at


Project Definition Rating Index The Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) was developed by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in the USA. PDRI is a methodology used by capital projects to measure the degree of scope definition, identify project strengths and weaknesses, and take appropriate actions to reduce risk during front end planning. Olive Projects believes that this new methodology, if applied to the Australian construction market could result in more cost effective and competitive construction projects.

PDRI is used at multiple stages in the front end planning process, allowing design and construction teams to better understand a project strengths and weaknesses. The resulting PDRI score allows project management to make better decisions to deliver a successful project on time and on budget. Olive Projects states that management methodology can by up to 25% and optimises delivery schedule by 17% completion dates.

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south west rail link Turning heads The Glenfield Junction Alliance has won Outstanding Project of the Year at the 2015 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). The Glenfield Junction Alliance comprising Transport for NSW, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bouygues Travaux Publics and John Holland has been recognised for its work on the Glenfield Junction project, which formed a critical part of the South West Rail Link Glenfield Transport Interchange project. Mike Jenkins, Chair of the Alliance Leadership team was delighted with another prestigious award for the project. “It is a great honour for the Glenfield Junction Alliance to be globally recognised for a second time. This award recognises the exceptional effort of a high-performing, integrated team. Glenfield was a highly-complex project involving three major structures constructed in a live railway environment. The Alliance was recognised for promoting FIDIC’s principles of quality, integrity and sustainability.”

This award adds to the continued success of the project, which to date has been recognised with the following awards: • 2014 Collaboration Award presented by Consult Australia • 2014 Railway Project of the Year awarded from the Railway Technical Society of Australasia • 2013 Engineers Australia Sydney Division award for ‘Infrastructure Project of the Year’ and a finalist at the national competition • 2011 Bentley Be Inspired Innovation in Rail and Transit Global Finalist • 2011 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards finalist for 'Best workplace health and safety management system' category • 2011 Ken Erickson Award winner from the Permanent Way Institute The awards ceremony took place on the 12th September at the gala dinner during the FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference in Dubai.

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a prefabricated future The three day PrefabAUS Conference for 2015 was held at the University of Melbourne and focused on the theme of ‘industry transformation’. The conference allowed for discussion of the benefits of prefabrication techniques and off site construction, as well as showcasing some of the sites already using prefabrication effectively to help

reduce onsite construction times. The conference focused on the future of the still growing prefab sector in Australia with the newly formed Australasian Modular Construction Codes Board, on how modular construction methodologies are to be incorporated into modern building codes and regulations.

By Robin Schuck Senior Advisor – Policy & Government Relations Consult Australia

Delivering More for Less An important, but often overlooked, aspect of developing infrastructure in Australia is the quality of procurement policy and practice. As a major issue facing our industry, Consult Australia recently engaged Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a study into the economic benefits of better procurement. The study found that public sector clients could save 5.4% on consultants’ fees through better procurement. This finding was based on additional costs being passed on to the client, or firms deciding not to bid for work where the conditions represented an unacceptable commercial risk to them. However, it does not include the cost of firms absorbing the impact of commercial risk, or the less desirable project outcomes driven by particular procurement practices. The key areas for improvement were found to be: • The quality of project briefs. Documentation frequently was found to contain incomplete or unverified information, costing an average of $41,800 per firm, per bid. Another common issue, encountered on 37% of projects, was unclear project objectives, which in turn significantly drove up costs. • Risk allocation and aggressive contracting. The report found that aggressive contract terms were frequently included in contracts, without regard to their impact on the price or quality of the project, or insurance outcomes. For example requiring a level of insurance cover disproportionate to the project at hand, or contracting out of proportionate liability even when that cost the project more with no discernible benefit realised in return, and may void professional indemnity insurance cover. The study also considered innovation, bid costs, delivery models and procurement skills as issues to be addressed by policy makers – and included a number of practical recommendations to realise the 5.4% cost saving it highlighted. While procurement may not be sexy, getting it right can save significant costs to government, and support industry at the same time. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS



Doric - Still Standing Strong

By Troy Adams Director Global Road Technology Australia

Instant road demands The mining and coal seam gas (CSG) industries are driving construction booms within resource rich regions of Australia, including the Surat Basin, where local shires are working on improving infrastructure to manage the sudden employment growth of 12,500 workers. The construction opportunity will only increase as mining and CSG companies invest more than $70 billion into projects, where it is expected to involve drilling in excess of 25,000 CSG wells over the next two to three decades. Global Road Technology (GRT) has a strong affiliation with these regional communities managing the impacts of significant workforce swells, where road networks and infrastructure struggle to cope with traffic increases of around 18,000 vehicles. Demand for GRT’s products in the Western Downs has risen to over 100 tonnes per week to manage hundreds of kilometers of road infrastructure. GRT’s polymer dust suppression and road stabilisation technology is able to create instant road infrastructure – saving time, money and resources – compared to the construction of conventional roads. GRT’s products manage environmental impact on roads reducing dust and erosion levels by up to 98 per cent alleviating the impact on landowners and the local community. GRT is able to provide clients with increased personnel safety and vehicle maneuverability in all weather conditions reducing construction timelines and adding the versatility of adapting to site conditions. Through the use of these products water requirements for dust control are minimised, the need for imported materials is lessened making roads more cost effective.

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Just like the Greek column it’s named after, Doric has stood the test of time and this year celebrated 25 years in business. Founded in 1989 by Harry Xydas, Doric has worked through many business and economic cycles, maintaining ethical work values and a sense of integrity along the way. Challenges have arisen over the years, yet the Doric brand has remained steadfast and strong throughout. Harry Xydas has built a professional company, one which is committed to excellence and innovation, and is well respected in building and business circles. With Chief Executive Officer Vince Mulholland now at the helm, Doric is making further inroads in the building industry. Doric is well known for its work on shopping centres, and these have provided a solid foundation on which to build their growth. Projects have been completed in both Regional and Perth Metropolitan areas, Doric proving time and time again that they can deliver projects within strict timeframes and budgetary parameters. The Health sector has also benefited from Doric’s expertise, with work carried out on Kaleeya Hospital, Pemberton Multi Purpose Health Service Facility and projects for St John of God Healthcare. Regional health facilities including Broome Hospital, Denmark Health Service, Hedland Health Campus and most recently, Busselton Health Campus, have also had the Doric touch. Recently, Doric completed the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, a world class laboratory research facility. The Busselton



facility providing much needed health services to the local community. Ronald McDonald House in the QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands is yet another major accomplishment for Doric. This will be the first building of its kind in Australia to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating and Doric are justifiably proud of their involvement in this project. Doric has delivered projects in almost every sector of their industry, many of them being iconic and complex. Burswood Resort and Casino, Wanangkura Stadium, Albany Entertainment Centre, Tug Pen Pontoons and Acacia Prison all form part of this impressive list. The City of Perth Library is another example of Doric’s expertise, incorporating a graceful circular design and state of the art facilities in the heart of the Perth CBD. As the Managing Contractor for the Department of Defence, Doric is planning and designing the HMAS Stirling Redevelopment 3A project at Garden Island, the Australian Navy’s primary base on the West Coast of Australia. Doric is also proud to be involved in The Karratha Quarter development aimed at regenerating the Karratha City Centre, as well as Building 304 at Curtin University, a 3-storey research facility. With such complex and innovative work comes accolades, and Doric has certainly earnt its fair share, winning over 100 awards in its 25 year history, impressing clients and industry peers alike. Over the years Doric has won MBA Awards,

comment the most recent being for the Harry Perkins Institute. Other awards received include the 1996 MBA Award for Excellence in Construction for Kaleeya Hospital, Building of the Year in Western Australia in 1997 for Foodland Headquarters, Excellence in Construction Award for Western Australia in 2010 and 2011 and Regional Builder of the Year Award in 2003 and 2013. Recognition on the way Doric runs its business has also been gained, achieving Employer of the Year in WA in 2001, and the IFAP CGU Gold Winner for Safety in 2010 and 2011. Awards have also been received from the National Association of Women in Construction, highlighting Doric’s support of women in the industry, as well as Business Excellence awards from numerous organisations. Harry Xydas and wife Demetra have also received an award from the Governor General for their contribution to business and the community. Doric has built strong foundations over the past 25 years, and will continue to support and empower their staff. They are currently

lending their expertise to the University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Management by means of a leadership program, and last year founded and funded the Australian Organisational Excellence Foundation (AOEF) to promote productivity and competitiveness. Doric has certainly cemented the strong foundations laid 25 years ago, and will take its team into the future with the knowledge that their commitment to innovation and excellence will keep them at the forefront of the building industry.

For more information contact Doric Contractors, Level 1, 420 Hay Street, Subiaco WA 6008, phone 08 9388 2655, website

By Brendan Lyon Chief Executive Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Generating infrastructure Each quarter, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and BIS Shrapnel use a detailed survey of the construction sector to produce the Australian Infrastructure Metric; which provides the most robust leading indicator of national infrastructure activity, and forecasts of forward activity. Our latest edition confirms a 28% drop in infrastructure work won over FY2014/15, led by the collapse in mining related investment. Alarmingly, we are forecasting a circa $17 billion fall in total engineering construction in the current year – on top of the $16 billion retreat last year. But there are also a number of substantial ‘green shoots’ beginning to show up in the data, with non-mining infrastructure set to increase by circa 24.8% – led by transport, showing a circa 40% increase over the last year. These ‘green shoots’ are largely the result of public infrastructure activity in NSW, with contracts awarded for the Sydney Metro Northwest and the Sydney Light Rail, as well as major road projects such as WestConnex and NorthConnex.

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The nature of infrastructure means it will take time for these contract awards to flow through to actual dollars hitting projects, but the lift in transport is welcome. It goes nowhere near making up for the retreat of work in mining. The $17 billion drop will be felt right across the economy, and shows why more effort needs to be made to boost investment in public infrastructure. If the economy is to transition successfully beyond the resources boom, Australia needs to pull the asset recycling lever to generate more infrastructure activity and reap the benefits of greater productivity.

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With the resource states the most exposed to the slowdown, and the least reformed in terms of asset recycling, there’s a good case for Queensland to follow NSW and more recently, WA’s commitment to reform its budget, to pay for infrastructure. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


Martin Monro Managing Director, WATPAC Limited With more than three decades of success and growth, Watpac Limited has become a national leader in the building construction, civil and mining and specialised construction markets. Established in 1983 as Watkins Pacific, after two years of rapid growth and completing projects such as the iconic Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the group was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: WTP). Today Watpac employs more than 1,200 people throughout Australia in construction and mining services. Their competitive advantage comes from a diversified business strategy, combining the strength of its national reach and depth of local expertise and networks. On the first anniversary as Managing Director, Martin Monro spoke with ANCR on the past, present and future of Watpac in Australia.

With 26 years experience across construction and 11 years with Watpac since it acquired Grant Constructions in 2004 when you were Managing Director - How much has influenced your leadership style at Watpac? Everything - the good and bad in both business and personal life has influenced my leadership style and shaped me into who I am today. I’m always growing and learning. When I entered the construction industry in the late 80s I arrived amidst a troubled and challenging environment of industrial unrest. Coming from an industrial relations background I understood the power of relationships and the importance of integrity and ensuring what you say you actually deliver. My time in Indonesia from 1999 to 2002 was spent in a relatively remote location. Being in this environment certainly teaches you a lot about business, organisational structures, yourself and how to deal with ambiguity and shifting circumstances. There was a great deal to learn when moving to the operational side. Transitioning to CEO and Managing Director roles came more naturally with the greatest adjustment being the idiosyncrasies that come with a publicly listed company including communicating with a Board of Directors rather than reporting to a single boss. My career to date hadn’t prepared me for this. But that was half the fun. It was exciting and challenging. 18

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Staff loyalty is important at Watpac and with your background in psychology, HR and industrial relations, what is your approach to retaining good people? My background certainly helps shape my actions. Open and honest communication with staff and clients is key. I’m direct, but I feel this is part of getting people on-board. It is important to provide our people with context and information about the environment they’re operating in, the organisational strategy, what’s impacting the organisation and creating a sense of belonging. I expect everyone to deliver on promises safely, collaborate to accomplish a shared purpose, lead by example, achieve solutions that make a difference, and act with integrity and respect. I’m committed to creating a ‘one team’ approach to achieve innovative and quality solutions for our clients. Our industry can be tough and challenging at times and Watpac is recognised for having a team of professionals who are prepared to be clear about who we are and what we’re good at, consistently delivering the best and striving to exceed client expectations. The continuity within our teams is almost unheard of. Our teams rarely change, moving from one job to the next. The camaraderie that’s built up is fantastic and ultimately our clients reap the rewards.

What do you consider Watpac’s proudest achievements and most notable projects? Watpac’s transition from a one-region builder [in south-east Queensland] into a genuinely national contractor over the last decade is by far our single most significant achievement. We now have a broader, more comprehensive and geographically diverse portfolio. Some of our standout milestone projects in Queensland include the massive 6-stage Gabba [Brisbane Cricket Ground] redevelopment and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. There’s also the award-winning and truly world-class Boggo Road Urban Village and Ecosciences Precinct and Health and Food Sciences precinct at Coopers Plains, which is Australia’s first multi-agency centre dedicated to solving some of the country’s biggest environmental issues. For our Victorian team, there’s the multimillion dollar transformation of Melbourne Park including the Rod Laver Arena and Australian Tennis Centre. Watpac was responsible for the award-winning design that achieved a LEED Gold rating for ecologically sustainable development. Finally, the multi-award winning One Central Park, part of Sydney’s landmark $2 billion Central Park precinct that encompasses residential, retail and commercial space, is our AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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largest project to date and has been a comingof-age project for our New South Wales team.

What do you think Watpac demonstrates as a leader in your field?

What’s your vision and strategy for Watpac?

Our 30-year track record of success is demonstrated in the landmarks we’ve helped create that have been delivered by a skilled workforce, our best practice safety and management systems and our common sense approach to achieving excellent project outcomes. Watpac supports the industry’s move towards reducing its environmental footprint and adopting sustainable development practices. We’ve undertaken a significant number of Green Star projects and will continue to seek further opportunities in this area.

Today Watpac’s focus remains on consolidation and profitability as we continue to streamline operations, enhance our competitive positioning and create long-term, sustainable shareholder value. Over the past decade, our strategic acquisitions have seen the company broaden its services into all mainland Australian states. We’re well positioned to grow even further, particularly within building construction. It’s our backbone, our history and expertise. We know our capabilities and strengths and strive to be the best. What future challenges do you envisage Watpac facing?

In April 2013, leading international construction company BESIX Group acquired a major share holding in Watpac. How has this alliance affected or benefitted Watpac?

The biggest challenge for Watpac is also one that our industry faces—keeping the high cost of labour in balance with productivity. In Australia we have highly productive, highly skilled, well-paid labour—and I’m all for this. At Watpac we’re very mindful that excellence and productivity must be appropriate for the cost. This industry does really well in so many areas and we should be proud of this. However we need to ensure we don’t slip into an efficiency ‘black hole’ of high-cost and low productivity, as this will lessen our international competitiveness.

While BESIX has added another dimension to our reputation in Australia, there are two aspects to their arrival into Watpac’s world, the shareholder owning 25% - a welcome arrival to our share registry - and the major international contractor with a vast understanding of international construction activities. A major benefit is the bringing together of complementary skills, allowing us to compete in market sectors that we’ve been unable to consider previously. The alliance will enable Watpac to retain our unique Australian


heritage and local networks, while accessing the expertise and reach of an international industry leader. Overall the future is a very exciting one. You’re a Board Member of the Australian Constructors Association—What policies would you like to see implemented at state and/or federal level in regards to a safer construction industry? OH&S is crucial in our industry and it is Watpac’s number one priority. I previously led the development of a national OH&S framework within Watpac that now underpins our safety values and processes across our national operating divisions. Good safety practices are recognised, rewarded and shared across the Group so that our people and operational communities continuously benefit from this focus. From a policy perspective I believe there’s still room for a more nationally consistent OH&S legislative framework around the country. State Premiers and the Prime Minister need to all be creating and issuing the same policy across the industry Australia-wide.

For more information contact Watpac Head Office, Level 1, 12 Commercial Road, Newstead, QLD 4006, phone 07 3251 6300, email media@, website ANCR ceo interview



Industrial Construction is Booming… Thanks to Online Shopping! The industrial construction sector has, in recent times, chugged along somewhat unremarkably in Australia. Yet from April to June this year, Industrial activity rose significantly with a 21 per cent quarterly increase year-on-year in the number of new industrial projects announced. As for the number of existing projects that actually entered into construction, again there was a rise, with Cordell Information reporting a massive 69 per cent increase from Q2 2014 (214 projects) to Q2 2015 (362 projects). Looking at this category over a two-year period, it’s clear there were a number of determining factors in play such as a change in Federal Government in the latter part of 2013, a continuation of low interest rates (which increased developer borrowing capacity) and a rise in online retail spending.

Furthermore, government-funded infrastructure projects in the civil engineering category have been strong of late and these projects often demand sizeable investment into the industrial category as well, such that one category supports the other. Victoria leads the charge with a 128 per cent year over year increase in number of new projects entering construction this quarter, followed by NSW at 113 per cent and QLD at 63 per cent. In terms of the total dollar value of industrial projects over time, Cordell has reported an even more pronounced incline, with $1.64 billion worth of projects reported for the second quarter of 2014 more than doubling to $3.4 billion in the same quarter this year. In addition, the value of individual projects entering construction this quarter is increasing, which suggests generous size and scale of the projects.

In the three months from October to December of 2013, industrial construction activity grew tenfold from the prior quarter, rising from 77 projects entering construction to 765. From there, it remained steady throughout the December 2013 to March 2015 quarter, and now the sector is experiencing another growth spurt.

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So what else is driving this recent surge? Cordell Information’s local researchers assert that it’s mainly due to the influx of construction around distribution and logistics centres. Australia’s penchant for online shopping is necessitating a greater need for freight and distribution warehouses, with several large-scale storage solutions developments now underway which will help cope with shopper demand both now and into the future. 20

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In NSW, the Guyra Tomato Farm, Southlands Toll in Botany, Oakdale Central DHL and Rivcott Cotton Ginning Facility projects account for just over 40 per cent of the total number of projects entering construction with a total dollar value of $140 million collectively, with 94 other projects representing the remainder of the $336 million in total projects reported. In Victoria, the Dulux Paint Facility Merrifield, the Van Ommeren Tank Terminals in Mornington Peninsula and the Murray Goulburn Co-Op Avalon Project in Moira are three of the more prominent projects, with a combined value of $132 million out of a state total of 121 projects entering construction valued at $357 million. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


In QLD, the Jeld Wen Australasian factory headquarters on the Gold Coast, Quinns Hill Road East Industrial development (Gold Coast) and the Robart Court Warehouse Units in Moreton Bay reached an aggregate value of $47 million. Unlike other construction categories, such as flats and units for example, industrial developments require little-to-no pre-commitment from investors and, as such, Cordell traditionally reports a lower rate of deferred or abandoned projects due to the perceived low-risk in this construction type. When there’s demand for a building, the adage ‘build it and they will come’ (in the case of residential, retail and so on) is not so relevant for industrial, where it’s more of a ‘build it because they’re already here and waiting’ scenario. Time will tell as to whether industrial construction activity continues to go from strength to strength, but there is a certain positivity within the industry that activity levels will be sustained well into the next decade. So on that note, how can shopping enthusiasts to do their bit to stimulate WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

further activity in this category? They should feel confident breaking out their credit cards and indulging in a little more online retail therapy! Each year, Cordell Information spends over 90,000 hours researching construction project activity around Australia. Cordell’s locallybased research teams have a vast network of contacts in all levels of government, as well as the architecture, planning and property development industries, earning them a reputation of authority in the provision of the most up-to-date construction data within Australia. Every quarter, Cordell publishes its Market Movement Report, a highly sought-after 30+ page publication that delivers trends, analysis and commentary on projects and construction categories around the country. To obtain a copy of this report, become a Cordell subscriber and see the benefits Cordell’s data brings in terms of generating business leads and market intelligence. For more information visit, or call 1800 80 60 60 ANCR Special Focus


artas aRCHITECTs Announces Company Merger

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Having proudly just celebrated 25 years of operation Artas Architects has recently combined its diverse and highly skilled team with CDA Architects in Hobart and Ann-Maree Ruffles Architects in Brisbane, to solidify their expertise and capabilities in Aged and Residential Care.

Artas has an impressive record of projects that have seen them provide services to regional areas as well as capital cities. By adding to current offices in Launceston, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney they have strengthened their Australian eastern seaboard company with this recent merger. The successful and highly exciting union, happening in just under a year, now enables them to service clients from Hobart to Brisbane and beyond, striving consistently to deliver exceptional outcomes. ARTAS has built a firm reputation on project development covering health, education and disability services which focus on the enduser and how people use a facility. As the company has evolved they have nurtured this philosophy and made it part of their design methodology. This concentration on the end-user, lies at the core of their approach to construction and building environments for their clients. Creating buildings and places with an end user focus, to enhance the experience of a space, has enabled ARTAS to attract more clients who respond to, and are equally excited by, this architectural plan. Working on people centred design, Scott Curran the CEO says, “the design centres

around people and how the users use the building rather than forcing people to change their behaviour to accommodate the space.”

Joining ARTAS now are two companies which are highly accomplished and come with solid experience and talent.

By communicating well with their clients and constantly aiming to be aware of the options and opportunities that are available in terms of the environment, ARTAS works to obtain an in-depth understanding of what is required.

Karen Davis, of CDA Architects, is a, “fantastic architect, a former president of the Tasmanian Institute and terrifically skilled in aged care.” Scott continues, “Anne-Maree Ruffles is a very strong advocate for young women in architecture and certainly follows the ideals we are trying to instil in the company.”

Proof of this is seeing them recently win the Property Council of Australia Innovation Award, a highly prestigious award for a small firm, for their work on The Charles Launceston. This re-development saw them re-invigorate a virtually derelict and abandoned hospital into a ninety-nine bed hotel, fourteen luxury apartments and commercial office space. Rather than knock-down the building, ARTAS went on to re-use, utilise, and maximise the potential of the structure. A strong component of their environmental sustainability is realising a structure’s opportunities then re-using, and recycling to make this vision take form, a process which allows for an economic construction and in doing so gives the client a high return. The winning conversion of The Charles is a clear example of how ARTAS engages with the client: by creative design thinking and a user-based design philosophy, they work towards achieving a product that meets the needs of the final user.

ARTAS has a refined end user focus that translates into a people centred design response. This design thinking approach combines empathy with the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions and rationality to analyse and fit a solution to its context. The ARTAS point of difference from other design philosophies is that an end user focus optimises the thinking around how users can, want or need to use the space rather than forcing them to change their behaviours to accommodate the architecture. This highly focused end user connection is embraced by ARTAS staff and reinforces the ideology that buildings are more than bricks and mortar. The design of buildings and spaces is about creating experiences that benefit the user rather than as a predetermined architectural end statement. This attribute also enables ARTAS to attract staff who relate to their design philosophy. “We found that we have been able to attract staff because of our work ethos. People who have a common interest, who care and are passionate about the same thing means you enjoy achieving those things - and it becomes a great place to work.” The new merger sees ARTAS continue to work with like minded people, which can only mean better results for the company and the community.

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Pact with achievement A solid partnership built on a skills set second-to-none, was always going to be a winning factor when PACT Construction joined QUBE Property Group as the head contractor to build one of QUBE's largest office projects to date. 999 Hay Street is a 12-storey, innovative, 18,200m2 high-end office project in Perth. Comprising of 10 open-plan offices, rooftop boardroom, and 12,156m2 of net lettable office space, EOT facilities, entertainment deck, and a café integrated at ground level within the main lobby and the surrounding streetscape.

as well as aesthetics were part of the selection criteria. “Predominantly we’ve installed effective high performance programmable lighting, so that at any point during the day, areas of the building will not have any artificial light - it will all be natural light. This impacts on the energy efficiency and consumption of the building.”

PACT's association with QUBE began in 2005. 999 Hay Street saw them work together again over a two-and-half year period starting from the original concept plans, to the design and development, management, documentation, right through to the pre-construction phase.

An intelligent design showcases an ellipticalshaped blade that intersects the building on a diagonal right across the top. An inventive deck constructed using 32mm structural glazing for a viewing panel extends out on level five viewing the five floors beneath.

They provided additional cost planning for the job and extensive value engineering, allowing the design to develop and ultimately to meet QUBE's feasibility model as well as ensuring the project was delivered to meet future tenants requirement. As well being the head contractor they were responsible for the fit out of the GHD tenancy space, comprising of 6547m2 of office space.

Constructed with seven pocketed elements for balconies, “the design and quality of finish is what we are most proud of,” Jason adds.

PACT’s General Manager, Jason Kunkler states “we've been working in a partnership model with QUBE for nearly 10 years with an estimated $150 million worth of successful projects to date.” 999 Hay Street is breaking new ground for both companies. “It is our largest venture with QUBE and their largest built-form project in a fairly constrained market.” PACT had to achieve the right project parameters in terms of spatial requirement, office use, views, amenities and aesthetics. Extensive use of Alpolic curtain wall glazing with large open floor plates, and the use of superior, high level mechanical and electrical services shows that PACT have built a unique and beautiful building. 999 Hay Street has been awarded 5 Star Greenstar Design rating and is set to achieve a 5 Star Greenstar rating for As Built over the coming months. The building is also set to achieve a 4.5 Star NABERS rating for Environmental Efficiency. Energy performance WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The glass U&E ratings are high. There’s also heat reflectivity in the façade - proving it to be a good thermally performing facade system that services the building and addresses the building’s aesthetics.

A massive point of difference for PACT Construction from their competitors, “is the calibre of our people, we've got a very strong, skilled project delivery workforce, that are exceptionally good at what they do. Be it contract administration or site management we have the technical skills to deliver.” PACT make sure they construct an excellent product that is not just at the most competitive price point, but also aims to find the best solutions to benefit the client. “We get feedback each time we do business with a client - new or existing, about our style of communication and the satisfaction brought to them with the manner in which we run our business.” Having a strong sense of pride, and ownership of their work, PACT approach building with an inherent passion - to drive home a successful product - truly demonstrated in what they hand over at the end of the day. For more information contact PACT Constructions Pty Ltd, Unit 4, 12 Cowcher Place, Belmont WA 6104, phone 08 9340 5900, fax 08 9201 8360, email admin@pactconstruction., website ANCR Special Focus



Passionate about Construction AusTech Construction Pty Ltd are making a name for themselves in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with their attention to detail and commitment to quality, specialising in the construction of high quality residential and commercial projects. With their own team of architects and engineers, AusTech Construction work closely with their clients, ensuring complete approval of the design of the construct. From drawing plans, to council approval, site clearing, construction, fencing and landscaping, AusTech Construction take the hassle out of building a home. AusTech Construction Pty Ltd can build all styles and sizes of home including single and dual occupancy, townhouses, full brick construction, single and two storey multi unit villas. A full knock down and rebuild service is also offered, along with granny flat construction.

with clients to ensure the best possible long term solution is gained. Pergolas, pools, home theatre rooms, landscaping, bathroom and kitchen renovations are just an example of some of the work completed by AusTech Constructions Pty Ltd.

On a commercial and industrial front, AusTech Construction work within budgetary constraints to achieve the best possible results for their clients. New commercial buildings, building refurbishments, interior fit outs, medical facility upgrades and educational institutions have all benefited from AusTech’s professional touch. This, along with their expertise in heritage refurbishments, makes them a much sought after construction company.

AusTech Construction Pty Ltd have built their solid reputation on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and skill, and this experience shines through on the work they complete, whether it be a renovation or residential or commercial project. Building quality and excellence is not just important to them … it’s their passion.

AusTech Constructions work hard to ensure all projects are an exceptional experience, even when it comes to renovating. Their scope for renovation work is considerable, and all ideas are discussed

For more information contact AusTech Construction Pty Ltd, 33 Jersey Street, Hornsby NSW 2077, phone 1300 326 564, fax 02 9477 6859, email


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Taubmans now provides professional advice, onsite inspections and tailored specifications to ensure the right finish for every substrate. No matter the project size, our experienced commercial team is committed to supporting architects, specifiers, engineers, builders and developers at every stage with a personal touch. To schedule a visit, call 131 686 or request a specification at Plus, with the added reliability of Taubmans Endure Nanoguard Technology, Taubmans can ensure the highest quality coatings specification for every project.



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First Class Fitout For over 50 years, IJF Australia has delivered superior commercial joinery to some of Australia’s most prestigious addresses. The Metro Residences Chatswood, adds a new name to IJF Australia’s impressive portfolio. IJF contracted to Hutchinson Builders to manufacture and install the interior joinery for the Metro Residences Chatswood including kitchens, bathrooms, ensuites, wardrobes and linens. Joinery for the 550 apartments came from a IJF factories and associated manufacturing facilities and required a high degree of coordination to meet the stringent deadlines spread over the three towers, Spire 145 apartments, View 145 apartments and Grand 260 apartments which was split into three distinct finishing areas. In the end, all parties were very satisfied with the result. IJF delivers exceptional joinery solutions through its manufacturing options, project management and a dedication to fulfilling clients’ needs with quality, service and price. IJF combines its Australian and offshore manufacturing capabilities with experienced onsite management. Current IJF projects include the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Monash University Student Accommodation and Marina Tower & Sheraton Hotel. For more information contact IJF Australia Pty Ltd, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, fax 08 8349 7455, website



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St John of God Berwick Day Oncology Centre

Casey Specialist Medical Centre, Berwick, VIC

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Silver Thomas Hanley (STH) is an international health architecture planning and design practice with over 38 years of experience delivering innovative healthcare solutions for our Clients. STH have completed healthcare projects located in seven countries, spread across three continents. STH was engaged by Generation Healthcare REIT to design the Casey Specialist Medical Centre in Berwick, Victoria. This $16M four level contemporary designed building represents stage one of a larger $200M development. The facility incorporates Medical Imaging services, a Day Oncology Centre, MIA Radiology, Genesis Care Radiotherapy, Pathology Tenancies and Consulting Suites, providing an Integrated Cancer Care Centre for one of Victoria’s fastest growing municipalities. Work on this state-of-the-art Integrated Cancer Care Centre commenced in 2013 and completed in September 2014. The first Tenancies opened their doors to patients in February 2015. The Casey Specialist Medical Centre is owned by Generation Healthcare REIT, a healthcare developer with a proven track record in constructing healthcare facilities across Australia and was built by Hansen Yuncken, one of Australia’s leading, privately owned construction companies.



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Natural Style in Crace The Crace Medical Centre project presented SGI Architectural with both a challenge and an opportunity to create a synergy between the building envelope, surrounding landscape and nature. From their stable of quality, sustainably innovative façade solutions, Prodema was the ideal choice for this elegant community based medical practice at the Western gateway to the Canberra suburb of Crace. The end result is nothing short of spectacular with the 900m2 single storey, semi-circular building radiating a sense of well-being and therapeutic strength to all who visit. This is achieved largely due to the building design and the warmth and inviting nature of the key façade material. An integral feature is the Prodema timber cladding panels selected for the façade. Prodema is a 100% natural timber veneer panel that compliments and blends well with the surrounding landscape. Whilst the genuine grain variation of each panel brings a feeling of warmth to the facility, Prodema has the durability to withstand the harsh Canberra weather conditions. The incorporation of a proprietary coating based on synthetic resins and PVDF ensures that every Prodema composite panels is protected from UV sunlight, chemical attack and damage by atmospheric elements. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Suitable to any size project, from residential to multi storey commercial buildings, Prodema subtly complimented the semi circular construction where the façade was further defined with the strategic placement of windows and doors. Additionally, the Prodema ventilated façade system also offers energy efficient properties adding to the overall functionality of the facility. Established since 1988, SGI Architectural supplies the architectural market with the finest composite products and eco friendly façade solutions, enabling designers and architects to consistently deliver high quality projects. Thanks to innovative products such as Prodema, modern structures can be built with light weight and sustainable materials that allow for stylish and contemporary designs.

For more information contact SGI Architectural Pty Ltd, 31/5-7 Inglewood Place, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, phone 02 9620 7988, fax 02 9620 7922, email, website ANCR Special Focus



Freedom Screens is an Australian owned company with manufacturing facilities located in Queensland and Western Australia. With 14 years of experience they continue to offer the perfect combination of style and up-to-date cutting edge technology for various applications in the home, office or large, high-end construction programmes. Pressure and wind tested in Australia by an accredited NATA Laboratory, and using innovative technology, all screens are tested prior to install and are engineered to last. Made with quality Australian aluminium and premium UV resistant fibreglass mesh with the option of a Pet-Lite mesh. Dedicated to creating innovative solutions for French, bi-fold, sliding and sacker doors and windows, is the meshto-track retention system which stops mesh blow outs and sagging - intended to suit those areas with larger openings. The Freedom Infinity Zipline can span up to 4.5m on a single screen and 9.0m on a double screen. Company director Grant Wetherall explains “they are innovative screens for modern Australian living.” The patented Freedom Brake system enables the screen to stop safely in any position along the track and eliminates unsafe springbacks. Using no locks or latches it means the screen is able to simply and uniquely hold itself in place once stopped. “They roll up into a housing so you can’t see them when they are not in use.”


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The Infinity Zipline screen can also neatly screen pillarless corners and large difficult to screen openings without the need of obtrusive posts or pillars. Freedom screens are regularly called on by leading builders, they supplied and installed 300 retractable fly-screens for the doors on the Toccata Apartments and 650 on the fashionable Subiaco residential block in Perth. Laboratory tested they are engineered to last and are offered in a variety of finishes. With a dedicated team of people Freedom Screens pride themselves on being very experienced in their field and providing a quality product with the knowledge that it is the best on the market. For more information contact Freedom Screens, 5/18 Hector Street, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9244 7436, email:, website:





a place to remember Building Owners : Dexus Office Partnership (50%) and Cbus Property (50%) Main Construction company : Grocon Constructors (NSW) Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Tanner Kibble Denton Architects and JPW ENGINEER : Aurecon, Aecom, Inhabit Group and Norman Disney and Young project VALUE : $240 million

5 Martin Place merges old and new aesthetics with over 31,000m2 of premium-grade office space and approximately 2,500m2 of ground level retail space. The building is targeting a minimum 5 Star Green Star design rating and 5 Star NABERS Energy rating. The challenge of redeveloping one of the most significant heritage sites in Sydney’s CBD, 5 Martin Place, was undertaken by Grocon Constructors (NSW) Pty Ltd. The company was responsible for managing the design and construction of the project.

“The project represents one of the most challenging projects ever undertaken by Grocon,” said Contracts Manager, Nicholas Baxter. “The hard work of all the team members, the client representatives, the consultants and the subcontractors must be recognised.”

The original building on the site has immense architectural significance within the Martin Place street-scape. Built in 1916, it is one of Sydney’s earliest, fully steel framed buildings and an important early example of the Commercial Palazzo style, popular for corporate and institutional buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Many of the main challenges related to the nature of the 1916 building and the 1933 addition on the site, which resulted in the introduction of “one of the most significant cantilevers in the world”.

The building is historically significant as the first building in Sydney for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s original Head Office and as the model for the bank’s money boxes. Works on the project included the construction of a new commercial tower, demolition work, the restoration of the historic Rowe Street lane way, along with conservation and modernisation works to heritage buildings.

The cantilever is 21 metres at its deepest point and supports 11 levels of structure. It was designed so that the airspace above the heritage buildings could be used without imposing any permanent loads onto the existing buildings. “The complexity of the interaction of various types of structure utilised (traditional concrete, two systems of jump form and structural steel) has presented ongoing challenges to both the design teams and construction teams,” said Nicholas Baxter. “The entire system is highly engineered so that changes that would normally be considered nominal have proven to have substantial

flow on effects to the entire building design.” The heritage component included extensive modernisation from ground to level 10 to provide premium grade office space. The refurbishment presented a wide range of design, demolition and construction challenges. The sensitive nature of the buildings required a sympathetic design that retained as many of the heritage elements as possible and included: • Innovative services design - undertaken to preserve the heritage ceilings through the use of multi-service chilled beams • Re-establishment of the atrium, (closed over in the 1960s) to allow for natural light throughout the heritage structure • Installation of a decorative laylight to the ground floor at the base of the atrium to replicate the original laylight installed in the 30s • Construction of a bespoke atrium balustrade system that includes structural glass fins suspended into the atrium space • Removal and re-installation of valuable and complex pieces of art (sculptures) to both the exterior and the interior of the building Other challenges resulted from the site’s location and included excavation over operational rail tunnels, delivery of materials via a rear access lane way and a single loading zone. Demolition waste and excavated material had to be crane lifted out into Pitt Street, one of Sydney’s busiest streets. 5 Martin Place adds to Grocon’s long list of iconic landmark projects which includes the Rialto Towers, Eureka Tower and AAMI Park in Melbourne, No 1 Martin Place and 1 Bligh Street in Sydney and the Oracle Apartments at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. The project’s many challenges highlight Grocon’s skills, both in modern construction and heritage restoration. For more information contact Grocon (NSW) Pty Ltd, Legion House, Level 4, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8249 7000, fax 02 9247 7768, email, website




Below Magnetite manufactured and installed 5 Martin Place’s double glazing window system.

Magnetite (Australia) Pty Ltd was contracted to retrofit double glazing to 362 windows in the 5 Martin Place Redevelopment project. Magnetite manufactures and installs a secondary window system designed to reduce noise and reduce energy consumption. 10mm thick secondary glazing panels were installed on the inside of the building. The primary aim of the glazing project was to mitigate the noise through the windows to help meet the Green Star requirements for Indoor Environment Quality. An optical grade acrylic glazing was used instead of glass due to its superior thermal insulation properties - up to six times better than glass. Magnetite imported mar (scratch) resistant acrylic glazing, manufactured by Mitsubishi, for this project – a first in Australia. This enhanced the durability and longevity of the solution. “Once Acoustic Logic, the acoustic consultant, proved the effectiveness of the system the heritage architect, TKD Architects, was keen to use our product as it had the least visual impact on the heritage windows of any of the proposed solutions. This allowed the windows to be restored and become a feature of the building,” said Magnetite project manager Adrian Lafleur. 36


As with traditional double glazing the air cavity acts as an insulation barrier and Magnetite maximised this for the best acoustic results. The varying size of windows was not a problem for Magnetite who custom made each window which on average was 3m2. Where possible a single pane was used to minimise the visual impact on the existing windows. In addition to the system used on the 5 Martin Place Redevelopment project, Magnetite offers a range of solutions including Soundtite – secondary aluminium glazing, Solartite - solar control films and seals for existing windows and doors. With a network of fabricators across the country Magnetite has completed work in a range of industries including educational, industrial, government and hospitality. Magnetite takes pride in its success and commitment to quality and service. Magnetite has won Best Value Product and Service Excellence Awards at the Australian Business Awards. For more information contact Magnetite (Australia) Pty Ltd, 142a Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204, phone 02 9565 4070, fax 02 9565 4080, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Tanner Kibble Denton Architects in collaboration with JPW designed the revitalisation of 5 Martin Place.

Award winning Tanner Kibble Denton (TKD) Architects have been actively involved in the revitalisation of the Martin Place commercial precinct in the Sydney CBD, playing a pivotal architectural role in redeveloping several sites including 50 Martin Place and 5 Martin Place. “Addressing the many challenges involved in the complete renewal of a significant CBD building such as 5 Martin Place has required much dedication and skill and I am immensely proud of our team’s involvement. We have provided architectural design and documentation alongside the specific heritage challenges and added real value to the delivery outcome,” said Managing Director, Alex Kibble. JPW and TKD Architects worked in collaboration on this project. TKD Architects designed the revitalisation of the original 1916 building and the 1933 extension as well as the new elements within it including the glazed atrium. “Probably the greatest achievement is the re-presentation of the building as a contemporary office a century after it was built. When it was opened in 1916 it set the new benchmark for CBD office space with high ceilings, quality materials, finishes and appointments and access to good natural light and ventilation … it will once again be an exemplar for high quality office space,” said Project Director, Megan Jones. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The original light-well, which provided natural light to the centre of the large floor plates, as well as the Banking Chamber, had been infilled. TKD Architects designed a contemporary glazed atrium with a glass floor over the reconstructed lay-light, interpreting and referencing the extensive original decorative glass elements throughout the building and transforming both the commercial floors and the former Banking Chamber,” said Project Architect, David Earp. Tanner Kibble Denton Architects’ recent work in the revitalisation of substantial early 20th century institutional buildings in Sydney and Brisbane demonstrates their design credentials and their architectural and technical experience. These projects exhibit a new contemporary design quality enhancing the original architectural intent and materials, reequipping them for a sustainable future. TKD Architects’ excellence in design was recognised in the Australian Institute of Architects Awards in 2014 for the University of Western Sydney Boilerhouse and for the Brisbane City Hall. For more information contact Tanner Kibble Denton Architects Pty Ltd, Level 1, 19 Foster Street, Sydney NSW 2010, phone 02 9281 4399, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 5 Martin place


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Below AAM Group orchestrated a complex monitoring system for 5 Martin Place through the cantilever works.

The biggest challenge for the surveyors, designers and every single tradesperson working on Sydney’s 5 Martin Place rebirth was that the new 10-storey office tower cantilevered the existing heritage structure and was effectively built on a lean. “Imagine a cantilever, it’s going to potentially move the existing building out of balance because it is going to settle under the weight of the cantilever,” Surveyor Gerald Sellwood from AAM explains. “To offset that, they built it leaning away from the expected movement. It was the first time we’ve ever worked on a building that wasn’t vertical. “Obviously the floors were out of level, with the purpose that they would settle into a vertical and horizontal position during the building’s life. But while it was being built we had to set out steelwork design on a lean. While this was (happening) the building was propped up over the old tower.” “Back in about September 2014, they de-cropped it and the building was more or less allowed to settle into its position. We had set up an extensive monitoring system so we had strategic points set up around the tower and we measured those during the de-cropping process and the building performed as the engineers had expected.” 40


AAM was originally approached in mid-2010 (when it was Max Braid Surveyors and already had an association with Grocon) to complete detailed surveys of the original building’s façade for Colonial First State. In August 2012, AAM carried out internal detailed surveys of the heritage building for fitout design and to help with the demolition of the 1960’s structures. It also recorded the dimensions of the 17-metre Albers sculpture so it could be removed. The sculpture is now in the process of being rebuilt on the new façade. Having one person with unique skills on the whole project was important. In this case, AAM’s project surveyor Goran Vegaja, who had worked on many major projects in Melbourne and Sydney including the Sydney GPO redevelopment at 1 Martin Place and the Sydney casino refit. “Goran’s got great drafting skills for setting out information in a clear manner for the client and designers,” Gerald explains. “To be able to devote your attention over three years and to provide consistency from that one man over a period of time was pretty important.” For more information contact AAM Group, Suite 2, 33 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 02 8879 1600, fax 02 8879 1633, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Cubic Interiors installed ceilings and partitions to the base building of 5 Martin Place.

Cubic Interiors has again showcased its commitment to deliver exceptional quality and workmanship through its works on state-of-the-art commercial building 5 Martin Place. The project follows on from Cubic’s success on the University of New South Wales Materials and Science Engineering Building. Cubic’s Managing Director Robert Migliorino says the heritage aspect of the 5 Martin Place building did present a challenge. “Working in a heritage structure was very challenging, as not one floor was identical to the other.” Cubic installed the base building ceilings and partitions, amenities fit out, glazing to the lift shaft and Ashurst fitout. According to Robert a particular feature of Cubic’s work on the project was the installation of specialised perforated metal ceiling systems. This required Cubic to install an oval perforated metal pan suspended ceiling. Bespoke partitioning systems were also utilised in the Ashurst fitout. Cubic worked closely with Grocon, Hassell Architects and base building architects on 5 Martin Place, had an average of 50 staff working on the project. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A leading specialist in its field, Cubic provides a comprehensive and integrated service to ensure a precise service and outcome. This encompasses a range of services to its clients from high quality commercial fit out works, design and construct and project management. Cubic also provides resources management, quality assurance and safety systems, and quantity surveying and estimating, through to accounts and cost control. With a list of projects that keeps growing, the company’s years of experience and strong relationships with its suppliers ensures Cubic continues to be a successful construction management provider. “The refurbishment of an iconic Sydney building morphing into the new structure…is spectacular,” he says. “We are very proud of the outcome and congratulate all of the Cubic Staff that contributed to this project.”

For more information contact Cubic Interiors, Unit 4, 4 Avenue of Americas, Newington NSW 2127, phone 1300 028 242, fax 1300 056 369, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 5 Martin place


Below Metrotex Painters were contracted to restore the ceilings, walls and lift lobbies on the 5 Martin Place project.

It took 18 months for Metrotex Painters to restore the ceilings, walls and lift lobbies to their former glory at 5 Martin Place.

generous floor plates and high ceilings kept Metrotex busy for the duration of the development.

Metrotex Painters have worked on some of Sydney’s most prestigious commercial projects in their 17-year history. Company founder, Harry Dellis, says the biggest challenge of their involvement in the 5 Martin Place development was to reinstate the whole heritage component of the building.

Restoration of the historic and grand lift lobbies in the lower floors of the development were a particular highlight for Metrotex. All the historic plaster ceilings in the lift lobbies had to be restored to original condition to capture the grandeur and significance of the building.

5 Martin Place was one of Sydney’s original skyscrapers and so required specialist care in the restorative works needed to be completed on the project. Metrotex used expert renderers to restore the heritage features to their former glory. The wall and ceiling work involved traditional “white set” plastering, which is much more intricate and labor-intensive than the rendering methods used in contemporary buildings. All damaged ceilings and walls were painstakingly repaired to their original condition and gleaming white traditional colour scheme. “For instance, walls used to be smooth, not like the texture of modern render,” Dellis says. The sheer scale of the original building, its 42


Metrotex were also charged with painting the interiors of the new office tower, which fuses modern glass with historic sandstone and marble. The emphasis in the new office tower is on natural light and crisp, fresh colour schemes. White and natural tones dominate the interiors to maximize the modern comfort of the development. Dellis says the challenge of fusing historic and heritage with modern, high-end comfort and class were similar to those it faced during its contribution to the Sydney Cricket Ground Redevelopment.

For more information contact Metrotex Painters, 11 Watkin Street, Concord NSW 2137, phone 02 9743 2600, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Dial A Dump Industries were contracted for their excellence in waste removal services.

For over 30 years Dial A Dump Industries (DADI) has been providing innovative environmental solutions for the building and construction needs of homeowners, builders, landscapers and tradespeople through to warehouses and most industry sectors. As one of New South Wales leading waste management service providers it was natural that DADI was involved in the inspiring and innovative redevelopment of Sydney’s 5 Martin Place. Like DADI, 5 Martin Place is a compelling synthesis of past and future and builds on tradition to create an extraordinary new landmark. The DADI integrated group of companies are licensed to transport, store, recycle, reprocess and dispose of waste and are renowned for offering convenience and reliability at competitive prices. “We have a huge inventory of bins, a large fleet of modern trucks fitted with state-of-the-art GPS tracking systems, experienced drivers and a suite of specialized equipment to get around any access or operating issues that a job may entail,” says Michael Harloff. “We’re extremely proud that DADI are unrivalled within the waste transport industry.” A significant percentage of all waste received by DADI is either recovered or recycled into different types of products such as road WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

base, bedding sands and aggregates for re-use in landscaping and construction. “All our products are tested to the NSW EPA’s standard and are marketed by the Dial A Product Division,” adds Michael. The DADI Group has also acquired several sites around Sydney including St Peters Landfill site and the former Fitzpatrick hard rock quarry at Eastern Creek. “At Eastern Creek we’ve developed a state of the art construction, landfill, demolition and commercial waste recycling and recovery centre known as Genesis,” informs Michael. “The facility is licensed to accept 2 million tonnes of Construction and Demolition waste per year, enabling it to capture a significant portion of the C&D material recycling market in the Sydney basin.” DADI are now proposing to develop Australia’s first Electricity Generation Facility at Honeycomb Drive, Eastern Creek. This will dramatically reduce the generation of greenhouse gases and will help to solve the energy and waste needs of Western Sydney over the next 50 years.

For more information contact Dial A Dump Industries Pty Ltd, 32 Burrows Road, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9519 9999, fax 02 9516 5559, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 5 Martin place


the jewel in Sydney’s crown Barangaroo represents an extraordinary opportunity for the urban renewal of the 22 hectare former container port into a vital new extension of Sydney. It is to be a new global financial hub with spectacular Barangaroo Reserve and is set to become one of the first precincts in the world to be climate positive. Owner : Barangaroo Delivery Authority mAIN Developer : Lendlease

Embarking on Barangaroo South, Lendlease have committed to a game-changing urban redevelopment process which is expected to evolve over the next decade and beyond. They have done so with the firm goal of demonstrating the highest levels of ecological sustainability, world-class innovation in design and socially-mindful planning. The entire Barangaroo project area comprises 22 hectares of land on the western edge of the CBD and right on Sydney Harbour, land which was previously used as wharves for shipping containers. The site is owned by the NSW Government, and is being managed by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. There are three separate zones to the site. Barangaroo Reserve, the northern portion, is a public headland park with bushland, walking trails, recreation areas and a restored waterfront which echoes the original state of the shoreline including tidal pools. Sandstone from the site 44


was excavated for use in the landscaping and shore-scaping, and a 2-level underground carpark and massive cultural space constructed in the void created by excavation. Barangaroo Central will include arts, cultural and recreational facilities, a Metro Station and be a place for events and entertainment. At Barangaroo South, a thriving, mixed-use 7.5 hectare urban precinct is taking shape, which includes approximately 490,000m2 of commercial, retail and residential space, and 2.9 hectares of public space including a waterfront square, green space and a promenade which extends along the waterfront to connect the three separate zones of South, Central and Barangaroo Reserve. On completion, Barangaroo South is expected to be home to around 1,200 residents across eight apartment buildings varying from prestige harbourside medium density residences to high-rise apartments.

Work has almost been completed on the first of these buildings, with construction well advanced on Anadara, designed by FJMT architect, Richard Francis-Jones, and Alexander, designed by PTW architect, Andrew Anderson. Another key element of the masterplan is the commercial projects which will provide sustainable and flexible workspaces for 23,000 office workers with approximately 320,000m2 of premium office space. The largest share of this space will be located in International Towers Sydney, three high rise office towers designed by Lord Richard Rogers of the internationally acclaimed RSH+P architecture practice. The towers have been designed to offer flexible floorplates of more than 2,300m2, and incorporate leading-edge sustainability features, abundant natural light and spectacular harbour views. Excavation of the shared basement for the three commercial towers is well underway, as is piling AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

for the foundations, with completion of the first commercial tower expected in 2015. Three major anchor tenants have already signed lease agreements for space in the first two towers, which according to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority is the biggest commercial property pre-commitment in Australian history. On every level, this is construction on a grand scale. Lendlease estimates they will induct approximately 100,000 construction workers onto the site over the course of the project, including over 500 Indigenous workers. In terms of sustainability, this is a big picture development. Barangaroo South has been officially recognised by the international C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Program as a world-leading example of achieving climate positive outcomes, and is a PILOT project for the new Green Star – Communities rating tool being developed by the Green Building Council of Australia. The commercial towers are being designed to achieve 6 Star WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Green Star Design and As Built ratings, and the residential developments to achieve 5 Star Green Star ratings. The masterplan also includes elements such as a dedicated cycle ways, links to buses, a pedestrian link to Wynyard station, and a new ferry terminal.

which will supply recycled water throughout the precinct and surrounding suburbs. The entire Barangaroo project has an estimated dollar value of $6 billion, yet just as important are the triple bottom line values embedded into every stage of the process from planning through to implementation.

The whole of Barangaroo South will be using a centralised District Cooling Plant with a harbour water cooling system, which could save up to 100 million litres of water from the Sydney mains network every year. This will be the largest harbour water system operating in Sydney, and will also deliver a far more energy-efficient solution than individual building systems.

As the largest urban regeneration project in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics unfolds, Lendlease will be demonstrating new approaches to meeting the needs of people and enhancing the urban fabric, while also showcasing breakthrough methods of designing and building sustainable and liveable cities.

Overall, Lendlease is aiming for Barangaroo to be a carbon-neutral precinct; with on-site renewable energy generation including 6,000m2 of solar panels used to offset all public space energy use and energy used by the 1,00,000 million litre/ day capacity blackwater recycled water plant

For more information contact The Barangaroo Delivery Authority, AON/Maritime Trade Towers, 201 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9255 1700, fax 02 9255 1712, email,, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Barangaroo





Below Rygate Surveyors completed monitoring, surveying and reporting for works on the Barangaroo project site.

Rygate Surveyors provide timely and innovative design and development solutions for clients through certainty and reliability of land and property information. The team has been meticulously working on the Barangaroo project with Lendlease since 2005. Their scope of work for Barangaroo included completing a survey to locate detail and levels of the proposed site and adjacent streets in the Millers Point and Walsh Bay precinct to form the basis of information for the design competition for the Barangaroo Development. They were also retained as Consultants to undertake various additional detail and level surveys and title investigation, reporting and advice for a Due Diligence report on proposed structures in relation to complex stratum boundaries for the proposed development sites. Part of the surveying works completed on site included the Groundwater monitoring wells that were completed with well covers flush to the ground surface. The elevation of the top of the PVC casing was measured to the nearest centimetre. A notch was then embedded in the casing to indicate the location that was surveyed.

All boreholes on site were surveyed on their completion by Rygate Surveyors to Australian Height Datum (AHD) for location and elevation as well as all survey data being imported into the project database for future monitoring and evaluation. Rygate Surveyors provide a wide and reliable range of services within the surveying, spatial and land development industries, together with advanced racecourse design planning and advice. The team strives to ensure that all surveying requirements are performed meticulously and client expectations are exceeded at every turn. The wide range of expert services offered by Rygate Surveyors includes: • Boundary Surveys • Topographic Surveys • Setout for new buildings, roads and civil • Lease Plans • Racecourse Design • 3D Modeling • Subdivision • Strata Plans • Stratum Subdivision • Project Management • GPS Surveys • Sun Shadow Diagrams The team has worked hard to gain a reputation for being a highly respected, innovative, efficient and profitable surveying and land management surveying firm in Sydney. The team at Rygate Surveyors deliver professional and successful outcomes by maintaining goals and standards. The company’s main goal and purpose is to provide timely, innovative design and develop solutions to maximise clients financial returns through certainty and reliability of land and property information.

For more information contact Rygate Surveyors, Suite 904, Level 9, 89 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9262 6800, fax 02 9262 6843, email surveyors@rygate., website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



Below Hunter Douglas Commercial supplied Screen Nature Ultimetal motorised Roller Blinds for T1 and T2.

Hunter Douglas Commercial is recognised as an innovator leading the market in interior and exterior window coverings, ceilings and facade systems. The range spans blinds and awnings for residential and office applications to external awnings for schools, education facilities and almost any other commercial application.

optimising natural light and retaining excellent transparency and sharpness of view. No other fabric in the market has been found to feature these same properties. The benefits and features offered by Screen Nature Ultimetal are unparalleled, and it has already created a lot of excitement in many international high profile projects.

Hunter Douglas Commercial is part of Hunter Douglas Limited, one of Australia’s and the world’s largest established window covering companies, which has been operating in Australia for over 60 years. Hunter Douglas operates in over 100 countries, with the Australian operation employing over 300 staff, allowing production capability within Australia for a project this large.

Created from an all-natural glass core yarn, Screen Nature Ultimetal is 100% PVC free, 100% Halogen-free, has no VOCs, is incombustible with a MO fire rating. Certified GREENGUARD®, OEKO-TEX standard 100 and Sanitized® Antimicrobial protection, making it ideal in commercial buildings.

With numerous prestigious commercial projects completed using the Horiso Climate Ready Control Systems, Lendlease commissioned Neil Krotzsch, Director of Horiso Engineering Division to design a shading and control system solution for the three ITS towers in Barangaroo South. In essence, the ideal solar shading system would need to ensure direct sunlight enters the floor spaces to maintain comfort levels of the occupants, provide enough view through to showcase the Harbourside location of the building, while also minimising solar glare and maximising the building’s overall energy efficiency. Lendlease partnered with Commercial Specifier, Turner Brothers to put these specific requirements out to tender. Hunter Douglas Commercial responded with its newest and exclusive fabric for roller blinds, Screen Nature Ultimetal, and was ultimately selected as the supplier for T1 and T2. It was an easy decision to select Screen Nature Ultimetal (SNU) for T1 and T2 due to its unique feature of metallisation on one side, providing a perfect marriage of thermal and visual comfort. The ultra-fine layer of aluminium on one side of the fabric also dramatically improves solar energy control. This results in 70% of solar energy being reflected by the fabric, which can translate into a significant reduction in energy costs. SNU combines a high level of solar reflection with excellent glare control. This means the fabric provides good interior thermal protection, while at the same time fully 48


Research has indicated that people prefer to work in daylight conditions and to stay in contact with the outdoors; settings that improve a person’s well-being and productivity. Hunter Douglas Commercial products improve the indoor environment by optimising interior brightness and glare levels and maintaining a visual contact with the outdoors. Hunter Douglas Commercial was required to develop a fully-customised solution, to ensure the blinds were incorporated into the window frame of the building’s structure. This meant special end caps, the Screen Nature Ultimetal fabric in the specific Barangaroo grey colour and customised bottom bars were specifically developed to incorporate the blinds seamlessly into the building. The Hunter Douglas Commercial Roller Blinds are programmed with Horiso’s Climate Ready Control System. The system works by tracking sun position and measuring overshadowing components and controls the blinds accordingly to ensure maximum shading performance. The Barangaroo South Tower Two project involves the manufacture and installation of over 3,958 linked roller blinds throughout the 41 levels of Tower. Installation commenced in September 2014, with construction and full installation expected to be completed at the end of 2015. An additional 2,140 linked roller blinds will be installed in Barangaroo South T1.

For more information contact Hunter Douglas Ltd, 338 Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116, phone 1300 733 078, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW







Below A.G. Coombs and Lendlease introduced a new way to install building services rises at Barangaroo South.

Barangaroo South is the largest commercial development in Australia and one of the largest single construction projects in Sydney’s history. Set across 7.8 hectares, the landmark Harbourside development by Lendlease will include apartments, cultural facilities, shops, restaurants, a hotel and ‘International Towers Sydney’, a world class commercial office complex.

As lead services coordinator, A.G. Coombs is responsible for coordinating detailed design, supply, delivery, installation, testing, commissioning, warranty and subsequent fine tuning and maintenance of the towers’ mechanical systems. In delivering these services, world leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) capabilities and innovative services prefabrication and installation techniques are being applied.

Designed by acclaimed architects Lord Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, the three commercial office towers will provide over 270,000m2 of flexible modern workplaces, with leading edge technology infrastructure and a zero carbon footprint.

The single biggest safety risk identified by Lendlease at Barangaroo was the installation of building services risers in the three towers. Previous methodology required piecemeal installation, with trades working on cantilevered scaffold over the riser voids.

The towers sit upon a large shared basement that also houses a central water treatment plant and a district cooling plant. A.G. Coombs was appointed by developers Lendlease to deliver mechanical services to Tower Two, at 42 levels, and Tower One at 49 levels.

This entailed risks from working-at-height and the risks of debris, materials or tools falling from above, alongside other risks associated with manual handling of multiple riser components and multiple trades working in the same area. A.G. Coombs and Lendlease introduced a new way to install services risers – one that has not been applied before to very tall buildings in Australia. Ductwork, pipework, fire rated walls and platforms and other building services features have been preinstalled into engineered 3-storey frames in an off-site dedicated prefabrication factory. By prefabricating them in this way, well in excess of 4,000 hours of complicated site installation per tower are transferred into a controlled factory environment and the need to work at height is almost eliminated. This new approach to services installation has significantly reduced construction risk on this landmark project and is set to become an industry standard in Australia. Recognised with the 2015 “KONE Award for Innovation” at the 2015 national Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards, prefabrication is clearly resetting the safety standard at Barangaroo. For more information contact Susan Waterer, Corporate Communications, A.G. Coombs Group, 26 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin VIC 3189, phone 03 9248 2700, fax 03 9248 2712, email, website




Below Yuanda Australia supplied and designed the external façades for the three Barangaroo commercial towers.

Yuanda Australia were awarded the design and supply contract for the external façades to the three large commercial towers on Barangaroo South, Towers T1, T2 and T3. Each tower employs a “sibling” philosophy having similar floor plates and façade types. In contrast the unique external shading system for each tower varies remarkably, being the differentiator between the towers. Large vertical sunshades cantilevering up to two metres off the glass façades dominate the shading system. The size and shape of the sunshades varies in an honest response to the environmental loads on the building: T1 has red coloured glass fins, T2 has silver feathered fins and T3 has gold composite ribbons. From a very early stage in the construction process, Yuanda have been advising the builder on design and installation methodologies that would make the prefabrication and installation of the complex curtain wall panels simpler. Yuanda pre-fabricate all components and attach the fins to a fully unitised panel on site. The 1500mm wide panel is installed complete with the 2000mm cantilevering fin as a single unit. The exceptionally large and detailed sunshade components of the towers were the most challenging component in terms of design, fabrication and installation. Each tower had a very unique challenge that needed to be solved. The T2 feathered fins required acoustic testing to verify that wind blowing through the feathers has no harmonic responses. The gap between the feathers was adjusted to avoid any noise being generated. The glass fins on T1 were broken and then subjected to 100km/hr winds to determine if there were any safety issues having glass cantilevering so far off the façade. The complex ribbon fins to T3 had to be trial assembled twice in the factory to ensure tolerances between panels are maintained. Because of the sinuous nature of the fins, uneven gaps between curved corners and the vertical or horizontal fins would ruin the appearance. By careful tolerance control and fabrication techniques, Yuanda are able to create a high quality façade that will be unique in Australia. 52


Because of the size of the fins, lifting the panel out of the edge of the building with the fin attached was nearly impossible. Highlight Aluminium and Yuanda developed a solution of using the loading platforms and a monorail to lift the panels from the floor without flipping panels. This solution allowed for full unitisation of the panels. T2 (silver feathers) has fins cantilevered up to 1800mm from the façade. The complex wind environment around the buildings had to be modelled and ground breaking wind analysis was undertaken to determine the lateral pressures on the fins in multiple configurations on the buildings. Yuanda determined the resistance to fatigue from the results of the wind tunnel testing. This in depth fatigue analysis was a first for Yuanda. Fabrication quality control was essential to align over 40 floors of vertical fins. Each fin connections and its supporting brackets had to be manufactured to tolerances of less than 0.5mm. This exceptional tolerance requirement meant that full trial assemblies in the factory had to be undertaken to ensure fit on site. T1 glass fins are even larger, cantilevering 2000mm from the glass line, however the proven method of wind tunnel modelling for calculating lateral pressures on the fins, fatigue design and installation methodologies have been adopted for this tower, resulting in a very streamlined design and build process. Yuanda is uniquely positioned to deliver a project of this immense scale: Intricate components needing negligible tolerances combined with thousands of square metres of façade panels could only be delivered by housing all three tower fabrication under one roof. Yuanda was able to set aside a single factory for the project so that all personnel fully understand the level of quality needed thus minimizing any errors on site. In addition the management and design teams in Australia were able to plan the construction process, effectively eliminating errors on the project and ensuring fit of the curtain wall and the fins to the towers. For more information contact Yuanda Australia, 3/40 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006, phone 07 3251 6100, fax 07 3251 6150, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW








A successful collaboration between Bauer Foundations Australia and Advanced Foundation Solutions (AFS), is laying the foundation for the ground breaking Barangaroo development in Sydney. Once in a lifetime a projects comes along that is truly revolutionary and for these two companies, Barangaroo on the edge of Sydney Harbour is a case in point. Destined to change the face of the Sydney CBD, the Barangaroo project was an opportunity to bring together the planning and engineering excellence of both organisations as well as the local knowledge and resources of Sydney based Advanced Foundation Solutions (AFS). Bauer Foundations Australia is part of the international Bauer group, established in 1789, headquartered in Germany. The BAUER Group is an international construction and machinery manufacturing concern based in Schrobenhausen, Bavaria. The stock-market listed holding company BAUER Aktiengesellschaft is the parent of more than 110 subsidiary businesses in the fields of construction, equipment and resources. The BAUER Group employs about 10,300 people in over 80 countries. AFS recently celebrated 10 years of business and have performed piling works all over the east coast of Australia. In late 2013, Soletanche Freyssinet, a subsidiary of Vinci a world’s leading construction and concessions company acquired AFS. The Soletanche Freyssinet business model groups together more than 180 business units in over 100 countries working in specialist construction sectors, with a reputation for quality and innovation in geotechnical, environmental and civil engineering construction. This joint venture, formally called Bauer AFS, was formed in 2011 specifically to tender for the foundation piling works at Barangaroo South. Both Bauer and AFS specialise in foundations and geotechnical works, which involves all forms of piling works, ground retention systems and ground improvement. Bauer AFS, one of the first subcontractors on site at Barangaroo, commenced work in January 2012 and is responsible for constructing the structural supports (known as piles) for the shared basement and three commercial towers which will be built on site. The first challenge facing the integrated joint venture team was the presence of hazardous materials, including asbestos and the large number of obstructions on site. As an old industrial site the contaminated ground required special treatment, plus the removal of obstructions including concrete, timber piles and even an old sea wall. The site also consisted of various backfill materials, including sandstone, bricks, concrete and rubble, up to 16 metres below ground level. Due to the historic asbestos on site, it was deemed best practise to undertake the works in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including half face masks and disposable cover all suits, which led to a number of challenges in itself, including heat stress, fatigue and dehydration. In an effort to combat those issues, Bauer AFS created a mobile, portable facility now known as a ‘Respite Shed’ WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

which allowed their team to take short breaks with regular water hydration and a cooling mist spray to assist with managing heat stress and fatigue. The innovation has since been short listed for a Work Cover NSW Safety Award. Overcoming the challenging ground conditions and complex logistics on site required the input of a wide range of specialists including safety, quality and technical experts before the piling work could even begin. The piling involved excavating down into the sandstone bedrock and the placement of steel cages and concrete into the ground to provide the structural foundations for the basement and buildings. In total, approximately 1,000 piles will be installed and concreted by the time the major works were finished in August 2013. On the technical side, BFA’s & AFS’s large capacity piling BG40 rigs were used to create the 2.4 metre diameter ‘mega piles’ that carry the main tower columns. However to complicate the process further, it was necessary to pre-treat the pile locations with a bentonitecement-silicate grout prior to pile excavation—in order to improve drilling stability through the fill material. Another important consideration for the team was the fact that around 100 of the piles are located adjacent to the potential route of the future Sydney metro tunnels. So these piles needed to be designed to withstand possible movement which could occur during the construction of the tunnels. An ongoing challenge for Bauer AFS has been the grand scale of the project and with so many other subcontractors working on site, managing the interface and logistics has been critical. Special training schemes where developed on site to assist BAFS site personnel minimise the risk of many pieces of machinery working closely together. To keep the company’s work schedule on track, a team of up to 50 people are on site five and a half days a week, including both management and site personnel. As the project is continuously in the spotlight, and also located close to residential and commercial buildings, Bauer AFS have also put in place additional controls in regards to noise, dust and pollution management. While the project is unlike anything Bauer or AFS have taken on before, the challenges have been more than outweighed by the satisfaction of having a hand in such an iconic project—and one that will truly enhance this global city. For more information contact Bauer Foundations Australia Pty Ltd, 154 Enoggerra Road Newmarket QLD 4051, phone 07 3352 7444, fax 07 3352 7244, email or visit www. or Advanced Foundation Solutions Pty Ltd, Suite 108, 7-11 Clarke Street Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 9437 6100, fax 02 9437 6200, email info@ or visit NSW PROJECT FEATURE Barangaroo





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Below ASP Access Floors provided and installed ASP Ultrafix Access Floor System.

A project that many companies would relish the opportunity to be a part of, ASP Access Floors were fortunate in being awarded the contract to supply and install the ASP Ultrafix Access Floor System throughout the base building and in fit out works. The environmental focus on Barangaroo was strongly emphasised by Lendlease. For the access flooring on Barangaroo, ASP Access Floors employed an environmental consultant to complete a Life Cycle Analysis of the product to be used. This life cycle analysis was then submitted to Carbon Zero for certification, eight offsets were purchased to ensure the ASP product was carbon neutral.

Australia, South Australia and Victoria, whilst internationally, they have distributors in UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, New Zealand and North America. ASP Access Floors are working on a number of other large projects in Australia including Equinex ME1 Melbourne, Commonwealth Bank Brisbane and ANZ Sydney.

The Seven Hills based company had the advantage as it is their own designed product that they can design and manufacture specifically to suit individual project details. On Barangaroo a key challenge for ASP Access Floors was around the perimeter of the building where there was a special cantilever detail designed to span over the window flashing. Projects for supply and installation of access flooring are carried out all over Australia through their head office in Seven Hills. ASP Access Floors have distributors in the Northern Territory, Western 58


For more information contact ASP Access Floors Pty Ltd, 32 Prime Drive, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9620 9915, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Warren Smith and Partners provided all hydraulic and fire engineering consultancy services.

Warren Smith & Partners undertook the design, documentation and construction quality control engineering consultancy services in relation to the fire and hydraulic services. Works have been completed on the three main Barangaroo South commercial office towers T1, T2 and T3, smaller commercial buildings, two residential waterfront buildings R8 and R9, a retail facility on the site, three major residential towers R4A, R4B and R5 and the Barangaroo Headland Park. Warren Smith & Partners also provided hydraulic and fire engineering consultancy services for the Hickson Place Loggia which will form part of a covered square formation between tower T3 and the commercial building C2. The roof of this structure will consist of an inflatable cushion system. The Commercial towers have been leased and Warren Smith & Partners have also been engaged for the design and construction quality control of the hydraulic and fire services for all of the tenants fitout works. One challenge the team encountered consisted of the combined fire system infrastructure that provides fire protection, detection and warning to the entire Barangaroo South precinct. This part of the project required innovative design solutions and close collaboration with the fire engineer, Fire and Rescue NSW and the architectural and engineering team. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

All documentation on the project was completed using REVIT BIM software and coordinated to an LOD 300 and LOD 500. State-of-the-art fire sprinkler software was used to calculate the extensive fire sprinkler/ hydrant infrastructure and building networks. Other innovative areas of the design included the use of a press fit fitting for the hydraulic water system pipe work to reduce the use of oxygen/acetylene on site and allowing for the urinal waste pipework from the commercial office towers to be separately collected for fertiliser reuse purposes. Warren Smith & Partners founded in 1981, have a total staff level of 42 providing hydraulic, fire and civil engineering consultancy as well as being accredited with Sydney Water as a Water Service Coordinator and designer for water, sewer and storm water infrastructure. Warren Smith & Partners have successfully undertaken over 5,000 projects, including, Darling Walk, 420 George Street, 161 Castlereagh Street (Sydney), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Opera House, National Portrait Gallery (Canberra), Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and Charles Perkins Centre (The University of Sydney). For more information contact Warren Smith & Partners Pty Ltd, Level 1, 123 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9299 1312, fax 02 9290 1295, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Barangaroo


Below Reid Construction Systems provided pre-assembled connections for the floor-to-core walls.

When it comes to Engineering Solutions for concrete construction, structural connections and concrete lifting systems, Reid are recognised for their extensive skill and capabilities. The team at Reid were chosen to undertake works for the Barangaroo project in Sydney. Reid provided pre-assembled connection for the floor-to-core wall connections and basement levels to diaphragm wall. ReidBarTM is the fastest and most efficient coupling system for reinforcement on the market. The team at Reid helped to achieve the 4-day floor cycle by not only providing the fastest system on the market but also removing labour from site. Reid Construction Systems established a dedicated production line for the assembly of the connection system for Barangaroo. Reid worked tirelessly to ensure the scheduling and manufacturing processes were seamless in order to meet the dynamic demands of such a unique project. Other projects where this system has been utilised include: • Supreme Law Courts (Brisbane, Lendlease) • 180 Brisbane (Brisbane, Watpac) • 568 Collins Street (Melbourne, Hickory) 60


Reid are suppliers of lifting, reinforcing, fastening and propping solutions for concrete precast and on-site tilt-up construction. They offer the complete package of engineered solutions for the Australian and New Zealand concrete construction industry. This includes sales, service, design, engineering expertise, technical support, delivery coordination and more. Reid is at the forefront of innovative concrete technologies, with the design of precast concrete and tilt-up concrete construction systems a particular specialty. Their products help solve construction problems and enable better performing buildings to be constructed more quickly, more efficiently, and at a lower overall cost. Reid supply leading brands including: • SwiftliftTM Concrete Lifting solutions • ReidBarTM Threaded Reinforcing • NirvanaTM Insulated Concrete Panel System • And an extensive range of architectural concrete products For more information contact Reid Construction Systems, 1 Ramset Drive, Chirnside Park VIC 3116, phone 1300 780 250, fax 1300 780 122, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Dial A Dump provided all waste management and recycling services on Barangaroo.

Dial A Dump Industries was appointed as the contractor responsible to handle all waste management and recycling services for the development at Barangaroo. The sheer volume of waste that is generated from a site of that size is quite remarkable and Dial A Dump handled the work with ease. Dial A Dump Industries have developed a new extra-large capacity bin which is an impressive 49m3 and is the largest bin which can be found in the market to date. They have also developed a truck and trailer combination which allows the option of carrying two bins on each load, therefore transporting large volumes of waste with one movement and ultimately reducing the amount of truck movements from site along with allowing for a reduction in Greenhouse emissions. Dial A Dump Industries have a firm commitment to reducing their carbon footprint which is also a high priority for the Barangaroo project. The crew at Dial A Dump were asked to achieve a 98% recycling rate for the Barangaroo site waste. Without their world class recycling facility at Genesis Eastern Creek, this would not have been achievable. Dial A Dump Industries is currently in the process of launching a world class Waste to Energy facility which will supply electricity back WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

into the local grid. Construction on this innovative facility is due to start in late 2014. This facility will accept all of the residue waste from their Genesis facility, and thereby diverting 100% of the waste away from landfill. The Company is recognised to be amongst the fastest growing and most innovative companies in New South Wales. Dial A Dump commenced operations in 1984 and rapid expansion occurred in following years. This in turn led to diversification into industrial and commercial property investment and management. The Group is licensed by the EPA to transport, store, recycle, reprocess and dispose of wastes. Dial A Dump benefits from a huge inventory of bins, a large fleet of modern trucks all fitted with state of the art GPS tracking, experienced drivers and a suite of specialist equipment to solve access and operating problems.

For more information contact Dial A Dump Industries Pty Ltd, 32 Burrows Road, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9519 9999, fax 02 9516 5559, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Barangaroo


Below Andreasens Green provided the plants for the six hectare Headland Park at Barangaroo.

Andreasens Green provided the 675 trees, 2,212 shrubs and 70,199 groundcovers and grasses required for the new six hectare Headland Park at Barangaroo. A three year growing contract was required to ensure adequate time to produce the advanced trees needed to create immediate impact and the layered canopy effect upon the Park’s opening. The Headland Park design team created a plant palette that included a wide range of indigenous species, many that are not commonly grown on a commercial scale. Specialist seed collectors and propagation teams were used to harvest local provenance material from across Sydney and place this into production for supply. Andreasens Green’s Mangrove Mountain Nursery was selected as the site for undertaking this pre- grow contract due to its favourable climatic conditions and the land area which allows ample space for the production of the advanced tree stock. Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries have been a major supplier of plant material to the Landscape and Construction industries since its establishment in 1981. The company has grown to become one of Australia’s leading wholesale nurseries with over 150 acres under production across four sites in New South Wales and Queensland, and are well established to handle the supply of trees and plants to large green infra-structures such as Barangaroo. 62


Several nursery locations provide Andreasens Green with diverse growing conditions and climates, enabling a wider variety of plant material to be grown. The company grows a vast range of species, in sizes starting from tubestock through to super advanced trees and exground material. Andreasens Green are the specialists in Pre-Grow contracts. A full time team is dedicated to overseeing these orders, from the production phase, and maintenance phases, right through to the delivering of the plant material to the job site at the required time. Andreasens Green has been involved with a wide range of projects over the years, supplying all levels of government, residential and commercial projects across the East Coast of Australia including many of Sydney’s most recognisable sites such as Darling Harbour and Sydney Olympic Park. Andreasens Green is proudly managing the plant supply for a new era of iconic projects across Sydney, and has just completed the supply of One Central Park on Broadway, which is now home to a multitude of species totalling 100,000. For more information contact Andreasens Green, 1543 Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek NSW 2178, phone 02 9826 1911, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below BildaVOID supplied degradable void form to accommodate for settlement on the Barangaroo project.

Lendlease approached BildaVOID Concrete Void forming Systems during the early development stage of the Barangaroo project. Lendlease were searching for a product that would give them a void to allow for settlement. The void form needed to have a high load bearing capacity and able to accommodate an overall settlement of the entire project of at least 50mm. The project required the supplied product to disintegrate. However, Lendlease sort a way of delaying this process and engaged Spanos Waterproofing Pty Ltd to apply a specialised waterproof coating to the void formers prior to the concrete pour.

Their commitment and dedication to providing a superior product and excellent customer service has enabled them to become a leading manufacturer and distributor of concrete void form products in Australasia. Some other projects BildaVOID has been involved with include: • The Olympic Stadium Homebush Bay • Centre for Advanced Animal Studies • Sydney Opera House • George Bass School, BUPA Baulkham Hills • Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG)

BildaVOID’s SupaVOID is the strongest void former on the market with a load bearing capability between 7.740 kg (77.4kN) and 10,250kg (102.05kN) per m2 depending on the thickness of the panel. Not only does BildaVOID supply degradable void form, they also supply polystyrene waffle pods and precision cut polystyrene void formers. BildaVOID has successfully created an excellent reputation as a high quality supplier of concrete void form products, with a thorough understanding of the construction industry and the ability of being able to offer assistance from their in-house technical team of experts. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact BildaVOID Concrete, PO Box 199, Berowra Heights NSW 2082, phone 1300 369 253, fax 1300 768 272, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Barangaroo


Premier Fire Protection The Premier Fire Group of Companies specialises in the design, supply, installation, commissioning and servicing of Fire Protection Systems. The company provides fire protection services to clients within New South Wales and Queensland from its offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Mackay and Airlie Beach. All installation and service work is carried out by the company’s employees and dedicated specialist sub-contractors. “Since 1987, Premier Fire Protection has grown in size and reputation to be one of the most successful and reliable fire protection companies in Australia” said a company spokesperson. “We believe that we provide a high level of service to all our clients and this is supported by the relationships that we have developed and maintained over the 28 years that we have been in business”. Premier Fire joined with Triple M Fire to form a Joint Venture to tender and subsequently win the contract to supply fire protection services on the Basement and three commercial tower buildings at Barangaroo. “This has been a very successful partnership where two like-minded and successful companies have joined together on one of the largest and most complex buildings built in Australia.” For more information contact Premier Fire Protection Services (NSW) Pty Limited, 2 Railway Parade, Thornleigh NSW 2120, P.O. Box 281, Beecroft NSW 2119, phone 02 9980 8777, fax 02 9980 9676, email, website



Below Southwell Lifts Hoists provided hoists to the mailroom and kitchens.

Southwell Lifts & Hoists, an Engineering business building and supplying equipment throughout Australia for 70 years, were awarded the subcontract to design, manufacture and install two hoists for Westpac’s mailroom and kitchen.

duty scissor lifts and airport ground support equipment. The success, continued growth and endurance of Southwell Lifts & Hoists can be attributed to their experienced sales, design and manufacturing teams and their ability to tackle custom projects with confidence.

Despite the scope of the Barangaroo site, logistics of the kitchen hoist being located on levels 27 and 28 of Tower Two international towers, and the complexity of the task, Southwell had no problems installing the hoists, which was transported and installed in pieces via the builder’s lifts to level 27. Southwell says it was a pleasure to work with Lendlease to accomplish a smooth transition of the installation.

Southwell Lifts & Hoists team have successfully achieved multiple works for some of Australia’s best known builders and pride themselves on working well with other trades and having the flexibility to complete projects on time and within budget no matter what the project constraint may be.

“The fact is we are able to tailor these hoists to fit in so many unusual applications like this and often with no pit and headroom available,” comments Director, David Head. “Southwell Lifts & Hoists are proud their hoists will play a role in contributing to this new extension of Sydney’s global financial hub.” Southwell design and manufacture lifts and hoists within Australia and are able to install and service a wide range of robust heavy-duty products which include lifts, goods hoists/lifts, freight hoists/lifts, goods personnel hoists, attended freight hoists, car lifts/hoists, heavy WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Current and upcoming projects for Southwell Lifts & Hoists include: • 333 George Street, Sydney - Truck Lift • The Helio Apartments, North Melbourne - Car Lift • Department of Defence, Townsville - Goods Hoist • The Royal Hobart Hospital. Tasmania - Goods Personnel Hoist • Hitachi, Forestdale, Western Australia - Goods Hoist • CSIRO, Clayton, Victoria - Goods Personnel Hoist • Bega Hospital, New South Wales - Goods Hoists For more information contact Southwell Lifts & Hoists, 36 Edward Street, Camden NSW 2570, phone 1800 244 787, mobile 0418 966 282 email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Barangaroo


Passing all expectations The Northern Sydney Freight Corridor - Gosford Passing Loops required the construction of 4km of new passing tracks between Gosford and Narara Stations on either side of the existing tracks. Work also included six new rail bridges, removal of existing sidings, signalling and communications system modification. CLIENT : Transport for NSW Main Construction company : Downer CONTRACT VALUE : $90 million

Australia’s busiest rail corridor, the East Coast Interstate, connects Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Part of this corridor, the Main North Line, stretches from Strathfield through the Central Coast and Newcastle, supplying a high volume of freight and passenger services. To eradicate bottlenecks along this line, the Australian and NSW Governments initiated four infrastructure projects, comprising the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor (NSFC) Program. One of these projects was the $90 million contract for Gosford Passing Loops, involving the construction of two new northbound and southbound passing rail loops alongside the existing rail between Gosford and Narara stations. Downer, a leading provider of engineering and infrastructure management solutions, designed and constructed the new loops for the client Transport for NSW. One of the most significant problems plaguing the Main North Line has been the delay of passenger services by slow moving freight trains. The Gosford Passing Loops provide a solution by allowing passenger trains to pass as freight trains are diverted to the loops or held on main lines. This not only improves the reliability of passenger services but also creates a more efficient freight rail network. 66

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Besides construction of the loops themselves, the Gosford Passing Loops project required a number of new infrastructure works. To accommodate the new tracks, six new rail bridges were constructed over Brady’s Gully, Wingello Creek and Wyoming Creek. Modifications were made to the existing signalling and communications system plus the installation of associated overhead wiring. Maintenance access roads and gates were established while the existing maintenance sidings and redundant sections of track were removed. Work was completed during a number of 48 hour rail shutdowns. To achieve maximum efficiency during the shutdowns, Downer devised innovative construction methodologies that were successfully implemented through extensive pre-planning. The two northern turnouts connecting the passing loops to the main line were installed pre-assembled, delivered to their pre-prepared location by a radio-controlled PEM/LEM motorised trolley then fitted into place. The installation had to be completed during one of rail shutdown as these sections of track connected into both main lines (and trains could not travel). The positive of this was the work AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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was safely and successfully completed within the scheduled timeframe enabling the passenger and freight services to safely return.

inclusion of approximately 30 percent fly ash in structural concrete to reduce the Portland cement component.

Downer’s expert coordination of the Gosford Passing Loops project further overcame the challenges presented by the age of the existing railway infrastructure. Before major earthworks were able to commence, it was necessary to address the underground “minefield” of existing cables.

Ancillary to the main construction, the Gosford Passing Loops project delivered additional benefits to the local community. Improving public safety and accessibility to the station, initiatives included Australia’s first “glow in the dark” aggregate pedestrian/cycle path and a new 720m footpath connecting to the existing walkways.

In response, the design and construction for relocating the signalling and communication routes to the boundary of the rail corridor was prioritised. Similarly, through complex planning and resourcing, the new computerbased interlocking control system was combined with the extant 1959 electro-mechanical control systems. Modifications to the new system were required to negotiate changes to the track layout throughout the project. Bringing the old in line with the new rail infrastructure was accompanied by a forward-looking approach to the sustainability of the project. Implementing both Downer’s own energy saving initiatives and the Transport for NSW Sustainability Guidelines, development of the Gosford Passing Loops included the recovery of ballast for reuse as structural fill, the use of biodiesel in all earth moving machines and the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Downer Group provides planning, design and construction services across a range of industries including Transportation, Mining, Energy and Industrial Engineering, Utilities, Communications and Facilities. With a history dating back more than 100 years in Australia and New Zealand, Downer is an industry leader that builds trusting relationships with customers and maintains a “Zero Harm” policy towards people and the environment. For more information contact Downer, Triniti Business Campus, 39 Delhi Road, North Ryde NSW 2113, phone 02 9468 9700, fax 02 9813 8915, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Gosford passing loops


Below SMEC Australia provided structural design of bridges for the new passing loops.

Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) was formed from the Snowy Mountains Authority to preserve the engineering skills and expertise of the technical workforce engaged on the ‘Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric Scheme.’ The iconic project spanned the 1950s to the 1970s and redirected inland waters for irrigation and peak load electricity to growing areas in NSW and VIC. SMEC has grown substantially since its local origins to include a network of 75 offices and 5,000+ employees situated all over the world. Today SMEC is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm who are engaged internationally in the fields of transport, water and energy. They are a traditional design consultancy working in complex environments providing smart design solutions and engineering advice. Philip Pearce is National General Manager of the Rail division and describes the company’s status: “Within rail now, we’re one of only a handful of authorised engineering organisations. That classification has been granted by the Asset Standards Authority of New South Wales and allows us to self-certify works. So it’s recognition of our design process and competent management processes.” SMEC recently completed a contract on the Transport for NSW and Australian Government Project, Gosford Passing Loops Rail. The problem was slow moving freight trains delayed passenger services on the Main North Line. The solution to alleviate this problem was provisions of two passing loops to be constructed between Gosford and Narara Stations that allowed freight trains to wait while passenger services pass. This solution not only promoted greater freight access whilst relieving a serious 68

bottleneck, it also improved the reliability of passenger services on the Main North Line. The design work included six rail bridges that were required to cross three creeks, 2.5km of retaining walls and a substantial amount of drainage had to be installed. SMEC undertook flood modelling due to the site being part of a wetlands area in order to ensure that the completed works would be capable of taking floodwaters in heavy rain. As part of their scope of works, SMEC also conducted geotechnical investigations and community liaison. As part of the rail system design, SMEC provided track and overhead wiring design and also managed a contractor to conducted communications work and relocated signal systems. Track design undertaken by SMEC included two new freight tracks with the two existing tracks being realigned to accommodate the new trackwork. Maintenance access roads and walkways were designed to provide operations with access for regular maintenance works within the rail corridor. Despite the challenging time frame and the main line being fully in service during construction, SMEC successfully completed the design consultant contract and received a Consultants Australia Award in recognition of their persistence and success at collaborating with all the other sub-consultants on the project. Pearce says “We’re pleased with the award and the way the project turned out and we’ll take the same mind set with us to the next consultant job we move on to.” For more information contact SMEC Australia, Level 5, 20 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 9925 5555, fax 02 9925 5566, website

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Below QAntrol developed the QAntrol System to manage and streamline both quality assurance process and document management.

Simon Unsworth and Andy Moore formed QAntrol 9 years ago, due to the need for quality assurance software in the construction industry. Andy is the civil engineering construction expert while Simon is the software developer. Together they have developed the QAntrol system.

of concrete reinforcement and capping materials” described Andy Moore from QAntrol.

This is a unique tool widely used on construction projects around Australia to manage and streamline both quality assurance process and document management. The program consists of a desktop application used by onsite engineering staff and an internet portal allowing third party collaboration.

“QAntrol was used heavily for all aspects of the work for quality control on the Gosford Passing Loop Project. The take-up with Engineers and Supervisors was high and the reporting outputs were perceived as professional and highly regarded by Downer. We were pleased with the application and will be adopting this application for our civil projects going forward” described Greg Barnes from Downer (Project Manager).”

Recently QAntrol was used on the Transport for NSW and Australian Government, Gosford Passing Loops project by the main contractor Downer, as well as the civil subcontractor Robson Civil. The $90 million project has provided new tracks and upgrades around the existing rail station. Two passing loops (northbound and southbound) were constructed between Gosford and Narara Station, to allow freight trains to wait whilst passenger services pass, relieving a serious bottleneck on the Main North Line.

“QAntrol allowed excellent traceability of quality documentation on the works due to its ability to link Lots, Test and Non-conformance records and to store all relevant documents which can be uploaded against the Lot records. I was very happy with the useability of the program especially the sort functionality and the ability to export to excel for reporting” said Albert Low from Downer (Quality Engineer). Given the reported usability and functionality of the QAntrol system, it seems destined for increasing deployment within construction environments.

“The Engineers used the QAntrol software to manage their Inspection and Test Plans (ITPs), lot checklists, test requests, hold points, non-conformances and supplier registers, like the delivery

For more information contact QAntrol, 5a/120 Bluestone Circuit, Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073, phone 07 3376 9113, email


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Harbouring success The Harbour Mill apartment, takes advantage of a rare opportunity for new development in Pyrmont. The Project breathes fresh life into remnant faรงade of historical significance. Developer : Edwin Davey Pty Ltd MAIN Construction company : Ceerose Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Grimshaw Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $30.5 million


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The $30.5 million project, developed and delivered by Ceerose, combines luxurious residential apartments with a retail space in a vibrant, inner city location. First constructed in 1896 and re-built in 1911 following a fire, the Edwin Davey and Sons Flour Mill operated until 1996. Harbour Mill incorporates a new 4-storey structure behind the existing heritage façade with an additional 6-storey building. Offering 136 one, two and three bedroom apartments, the complex includes a communal garden and ground floor retail space. Sydney-based developer and construction organisation Ceerose utilised their dynamic, integrated approach to realise Harbour Mill. Ceerose chose a typically progressive method for achieving a stand out design. “It went to a design competition,” explains Edward Doueihi, Managing Director for Ceerose. World leading architectural firm Grimshaw Architects brought immeasurable expertise and prestige to the adaptation of the building for contemporary use. The project’s energetic location and heritage character afforded golden opportunities for a stunning development but also practical challenges. Ceerose were required to liaise directly with a number of authorities due to Harbour Mill’s close proximity to the Western Distributor freeway and Wentworth Park light rail station. “We had to submit a lot of documentation to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) and RailCorp because the light rail ran directly past the site,” explains Edward. “As part of the DA process we had to enter into a triparty agreement between ourselves, the local council and RailCorp.”

Incorporating public access improvements into the development to service Wentworth Park light rail station represented a $1 million contribution on Ceerose’s part. As Edward describes, Ceerose constructed an extension including a staircase to Jones Street, a path and accessible access. Harbour Mill’s location near the Western Distributor also presented a number of challenges. Roy Massoud, Construction Manager, recounts the logistical problems of excavating half a metre away from the freeway, resulting in extremely tight access. As a long-term consideration, the noise generated by the freeway required careful planning to ensure the acoustics were adequate. “A lot of engineering and ingenuity went into the window systems,” Roy says. Integration of the existing and new buildings was a primary concern for Harbour Mill. One of the challenges, as Roy describes, was “engineering restoration works involved with retaining the original façade and tying it in with the new structure.” The new façade system is unique, a full custom façade engineered by Inhabit, featuring custom extrusion, pre-fabricated metal walls framing the structure and the façade clad in Vitrabond. “The internal of the building has two large atriums, a nightmare for fire engineering,” explains Roy. “Arup produced a solution so it was safe to live in.” The result is generous, contemporary apartments with future-proof views and an abundance of natural light. “All the internal corridors and spaces are all naturally ventilated increasing the amenities of the apartments,” Edward says. “It allows for cross-flow ventilation in the apartments and natural light.” Ceerose specialise in start-to-finish, high-end construction as well as contract development and building work. “We deliver quality projects on-time and on-budget,” Edward states. Commencing in 1998, Ceerose has expanded over the past 5 years to become a notable player in the Australian property market. Ceerose are currently completing a client project Ryvita in Camperdown plus upcoming developments in Ashfield and Dulwich Hill. For more information contact Ceerose Pty Ltd, 580 Parramatta Road, Petersham NSW 2049, phone 02 9571 9999, fax 02 9571 9900, website


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Below Soneta supplied and installed revolutionary SharkBite plumbing products on the Harbour Mill Apartments.

Soneta Plumbing designed and constructed the entire plumbing infrastructure for Harbour Mill using SharkBite fittings and pipes. “We are the first major company to use the SharkBite product in New South Wales,” explains John Fadel, Managing Director of Bidel Group. “SharkBite is speedy, efficient and reliable.” Manufactured in Australia by Reliance Worldwide, all SharkBite products are fully tested and certified for behind the wall and underground applications. Renowned for their valve flow, SharkBite can be used for hot and cold water systems. Ensuring ease of installation, SharkBite fittings do not require soldering, clamps, unions or glue allowing the system to be disconnected and reconnected. SharkBite’s strong, corrosive resistant materials include both PEX and copper pipe and, through a range of conversion fittings, are fully compatible with other pipe systems. Equipped with SharkBite’s advanced plumbing solutions, Soneta Plumbing matches the quality of their products with a complete professional service that is second to none. “Our concept is unique, we do things differently,” John says. Headed by their plumbing director Steven Dib, Soneta Plumbing stands out from the crowd with two exclusive practices that guarantee the distinction of their workmanship. The first is a documentation process that openly lays out all their work on every job while the second involves a system of inspection as part of their project delivery procedure. “On every job, we take photos of every single plumbing and piping aspect to hand over the builder for future reference,” Steve says “No one else does this.” Soneta Plumbing’s extensive documentation includes both the plumbing work and the administrative processes involved for each project. As Steve describes, “We put our work on show. We are honest.” The second practice incorporates a three-point inspection check that again maintains the transparent nature of Soneta Plumbing’s operations. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“First the supervisor, then the foreman, then the director inspect the job prior to handover,” Steve says. Open communication is all part of the service at Soneta Plumbing and extends throughout the duration of each project. The service doesn’t end there, however. “Soneta Plumbing can provide maintenance and inspections of plumbing works throughout the duration and after the completion of construction works,” Steve notes. Soneta Plumbing, part of the Bidel Group, is a family-owned company specialising in commercial and residential construction plumbing services. Since 1984, Soneta Plumbing have completed a wide range of major projects, delivering hydraulic works, heating and cooling systems, drainage and storm water works as well as all aspects of commercial and residential plumbing systems. “We specialise in strata development and have been involved to a great extent in numerous unit developments,” Steve explains “Our foremost priority besides maintaining our high standard of workmanship is to complete the job on time, on budget, for every commercial or industrial project we work on.” As with their work on the Harbour Mill Apartments, Soneta Plumbing offers a complete design and construct service for plumbing infrastructure. The design team includes hydraulic consultants who are experts in developing solutions for multistorey residential developments. Drawing on years of extensive experience, Soneta Plumbing ensures their service is tailored towards the most beneficial solutions for their clients. “Over the years, we have developed an extensive, reliable network of suppliers and contractors,” Steve says. “We pass the benefit of our network to our clients by arranging the most cost efficient solution for your project that is possible.”

For more information contact Soneta Pty Ltd, 4/5 Dunlop Street, Strathfield South NSW 2136, phone 1800 988 919, mobile 0410 555 559, email, website

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Below Apollo Kitchens completed extensive joinery throughout each apartments living, kitchen and bathroom areas.

More than kitchen joinery, Apollo Kitchens is equipped to provide a full range of joinery products as demonstrated by the company’s recent work on the Harbour Mill Apartments project. Complimenting the effortless luxury that characterises the Harbour Mill Apartments, Apollo Kitchens delivered its trademark excellence in the design, manufacture and installation of all the development’s joinery. Interior work spanned kitchens, wardrobes, linens, TV cabinets, built-in joinery, laundries, vanities and bathroom joinery including mirrored shaving cabinets. Apollo Kitchens also completed the joinery for the external BBQ areas. “The BBQ areas were one challenge as they were completely outdoors,” explains Peter Bader, CEO and Managing Director of Apollo Kitchens. “We had to use products resilient to the weather. We used a plasticised board product that doesn’t deteriorate.” Another challenge presented by the Harbour Mill Apartments was the restricted site access arising from the development’s bustling Harbour-side location. “It was very tight,” Peter says. “Accessing down a narrow roadway and getting joinery up the levels was probably the most challenging aspect. But we’ve been doing this for such a long time we get that sorted very quickly.” Remaining a family owned and operated business since 1968. Further strengthening its renowned reputation as provider of the “total package” – design, manufacture and installation – Apollo Kitchens is currently in the process of expanding its manufacturing capabilities to meet an increasing demand. “Projects are getting larger not smaller due to the urbanisation of capital cities,” explains Peter. “In order to add to its facilities and cement itself as the largest joinery manufacturer, Apollo Kitchens have commissioned to build a 8000m2 facility in Smithfield.” Apollo Kitchens recently opened its own stone manufacturing facility for the production of stone bench tops. These new 76

manufacturing facilities increase Apollo Kitchen’s existing manufacturing capabilities. Utilising fully automated manufacturing processes with the latest machinery, Apollo Kitchens currently produce over 120 kitchens each week from facilities in the Sydney and Newcastle regions. It is the company’s clients, however, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of Apollo’s expanding success. Maintaining control of the entire design, manufacture and installation process ensures Apollo Kitchens can guarantee for warranty, on-time delivery and exceptional quality. “Apollo Kitchens offers a secure supply chain to its customer base,” Peter says. “We are a one-stop shop for customers and we are not relying soley on subcontractors.” With every detail of the kitchen design process managed by Apollo Kitchens’ team of experts, clients can be assured that they will be delivered the best results for their project. As Peter adds, “Apollo naturally manufactures cabinets to cater for clients’ needs.” Combining exceptional service with expert craftsmanship, Apollo Kitchens offer innovative and practical kitchen solutions for any sized project from large-scale commercial developments to private residential renovations. As the company looks toward its future manufacturing expansion, Apollo Kitchens continues to create beautiful living spaces across Sydney with an extensive schedule of current major projects. These include Lumina in Ashfield, Ryvita in Camperdown, The Mint in Willoughby, Arlington Grove in Dulwich Hill, Industri in Newtown, Royal Shores in Ermington, and Lake Promenade in Rouse Hill Town Centre.

For more information contact Apollo Kitchens, 120 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 908 090, fax 02 9609 3826, email, website

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Below J & S Piering and Civil Works completed detailed excavation and part of the bulk earth works.

Inspired by family tradition, J & S Piering and Civil Works’ services to the civil construction industry are driven by values cemented through years of experience. J & S Piering and Civil Works completed all the detailed excavation and part of the bulk excavation earth works for the Harbour Mill project. Experts in negotiating enclosed and difficult access areas, their work facilitated the construction of lift shafts and a new stairwell. “We supplied the builder machinery when they requested them,” explains Joey Salamah from J & S Piering and Civil Works. “We also removed off-site all the soil that came from our works.” “It was a difficult job with difficult access,” Joey says. “You have to know what you’re doing to finish it.” There is no doubt the team from J & S Piering and Civil Works knows what they’re doing. The Salamah family has been well-respected members of the development and construction industry for over 35 years. Establishing J & S Piering and Civil Works in 2008, Joey possesses the specialist knowledge that only comes through years of experience. He prioritises a customer-focused approach to business 78

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and maintains the three core values of “Collaboration”, “Result” and “Integrity” throughout all company operations. J & S Piering and Civil Works specialise in piers to all sizes, urban infrastructure and development as well as providing hire and rubbish removal services. Excavation services include bulk/ detail and hand excavations, rock breaking and sawing plus all civil earthworks and underpinning. Their comprehensive range to hire covers labour, tippers/trucks and dogs, plant hire, excavators from 2-45 tonnes, rollers from 2-13 tonnes, bulldozers/drotts and bobcats. As well as demolition strip-outs, J & S Piering offer rubbish removal including the daily delivery and collection of skip bins.

For more information contact J & S Piering and Civil Works, 14 Churchill Street, Fairfield NSW 2165, phone 02 9605 4437, mobile 0424 691 978, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Frame-Tek engineered a bespoke solution for the façade framing on the project.

As architects develop new concepts to transform buildings from ordinary to extraordinary, the construction industry is called upon to find innovative solutions to bring those concepts to life. Structural framing experts Frame-Tek thinks and builds smarter to achieve those solutions. The Harbour Mill Apartments, formally a flour mill, is now an impressive 9-storey landmark. Frame-Tek Group worked closely with Ceerose throughout the design of this project, developing a structural framing system to support the façade, whilst maintaining the aesthetic depth in the façade design. Frame-Tek’s design team holds a wealth of experience, and welcomes any opportunity, such as The Harbour Mills project to provide their “ultimate façade advantage”. The team at Frame-Tek gave their full support to ensure smooth integration was achieved with all adjoining elements surrounding the façade. Frame-Tek takes an amenable approach in every project they undertake, displaying efficiency and effectiveness, the two focal points which Frame-Tek seeks to capitalise for their clients. For over 10 years, Frame-Tek has specialised in innovative and economical prefabricated metal façade framing. Frame-Tek also offers framing systems to support stone cladding, façade feature areas, fins, blade walls and low level roof framing. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Frame-Tek reduce onsite labour and associated costs by pre-fabricating structural framing products offsite in their own production plant. Substituting conventional structural steel framing, Frame-Tek utilise what they describe as a unique high strength, clinch-riveting system for framing solutions. As a benefit of this system, Frame-Tek can provide their clients with a range of time saving, alternative structural framing construction methods. Frame-Tek is currently completing work for a range of diverse projects around New South Wales. These projects include work on hospitals in Wagga Wagga, Wollongong and Blacktown, the Newcastle Courthouse, Barrangaroo, Darling Harbour Live and the Mariner’s Office Building (Central Coast).

For more information contact Frame-Tek Pty Ltd, 35 Livingstone Street, Lawson NSW 2783, phone 1300 137 263, email sales@frametekgroup., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Harbour Mill Apartments


Below Floor Grinding Services completed floor resurfacing on the apartments concrete floors.

Uplift and grinding specialists Floor Grinding Services Pty Ltd brought their considerable expertise to the Harbour Mill project, delivering a high quality surface to the concrete slab. “We ground the concrete slab where it was rain damaged,” explains Edmund Sheehy, Director of Floor Grinding Services. “We made it smooth and suitable for carpet and other floor finishes.” The project was, as Edmund describes, “pretty standard. We do a lot of rain damaged slabs.” Floor Grinding Services offer a complete service from concept to completion across domestic, commercial and industrial settings. With fully trained and experienced personnel, Floor Grinding Services know how to meet the varying size, shape and detail requirements of individual projects. As well as residential buildings, the team’s experience includes shopping centres, supermarkets, office buildings, airport terminals, automotive production facilities, hospitals and retirement homes. Specialists in the removal of vinyl, ceramic, parquetry lines and traffic lines, Floor Grinding Services guarantee a fast, clean and safe service 80

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that minimises heavy-duty dust and noise. “You won’t even need to vacuum your surface once we leave,” Edmund says. True to their name, Floor Grinding Services are the experts in diamond grinding, concrete grinding, concrete polishing, concrete cleaning and shot blasting. “Whether your flooring is old or new, we are able to grind concrete flooring to a semi-gloss or a high gloss finish,” Edmund explains. Their state-of-the-art fleet of grinding machinery remove contaminated concrete layers while sealing the debris within collection systems for thorough disposal. Throughout their range of services, Floor Grinding Services comply with all legislation and maintain a serious concern for environmental considerations. Above all, Floor Grinding Services work with clients to deliver the best results for their specific projects. “We are proud of the working relationships we have developed with business and domestic clients alike,” Edmund says. “We listen to your flooring service needs and we give the same level of importance to all our clients.” For more information contact Floor Grinding Services Pty Ltd, 36 Dalmar Street, Croydon NSW 2132, phone 0417 290 499, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ESD Synergy provided assessment and advice on how to meet compliance requirements for Harbour Mill Apartments.

The specialist team at ESD Synergy Pty Ltd provide expert advice on sustainable design strategies, ESD compliance and sustainability assessment and energy efficiency solutions for residential and non-residential buildings. The Harbour Mill Apartments represent a typical project for Henky Mantophani, Director of ESD Synergy and Adriana Segovia, Senior ESD Engineer, who worked to ensure the development’s performance at peak effiency. “We provided BASIX assessment and advice on how to meet compliance requirements,” explains Henky. “We previously provided design input – we looked at the initial designs and what the areas of concern might be, such as what windows would need shading.”

ESD Synergy delivers a full range of energy efficiency assessments including BASIX and BCA Section J and JV3. They offer a range of services to cater for the assessment of both existing buildings (including NABERS rating, energy audits and demand management/ energy recovery retrofit design) and new buildings (including thermal simulation/building physics, sustainability feasibility analysis and design review). ESD Synergy also offer specialist acoustic services (including acoustic impact assessment and design, mechanical services noise control and onsite noise measurements and compliance testing) and wind engineering (including cladding pressures wind tunnel testing, pollution dispersion and wind energy).

“The designs were already pretty good,” Henky says. “The architect had a firm grasp on the design so they wouldn’t have issues with compliance. They designed it quite well.”

All of the team at ESD Synergy are highly qualified experts in their field able to work on projects from a new house to 500 or 600 apartments. “We use our experience to benefit the client,” Henky explains. “We always provide quality services and meet deadlines on time.”

“We always offer to have a look at the preliminary design to ensure it is going in the right direction,” Henky continues. “And we always work with the client to ensure cost effective solutions.”

For more information contact ESD Synergy Pty Ltd, 16/25-27 Fontenoy Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 0497 979 868, email, website


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Below Megacrane supplied the popular FMGru tower crane to the Harbour Mill development.

A towering crane lifting impossible loads to impressive heights characterises construction sites in the popular imagination. When that crane is a Megacrane it is guaranteed to capture people’s attention. Megacrane, one of Australia’s recognised leaders in construction cranes, supplied an FMGru tower crane to the Harbour Mill development for use on the project. “This is a very reliable crane,” explains Antonio Foini, CEO of Megacrane. “It is a very popular crane in Australia due to the number we have sold throughout the country. It is an economical crane.” Antonio and the team at Megacrane are the qualified experts on all aspects of cranes and their functions. Operating since 1999 and under its current name since 2009, Megacrane are the Australian importers of FMgru tower cranes, Marchetti mobile cranes, Electroelsa hoists, Boscaro material handling equipment and Gherardi formwork equipment. “Our organisation, in the past 16 years, has imported over 170 tower cranes Australia wide,” Antonio notes. Megacrane’s services also include engineering design (foundation design, grillage and tower ties), project design, repairs, maintenance WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and supply of genuine parts. “We supply spare parts for all models of tower crane that we buy and sell,” Antonio says. More than the supply and management of equipment, Megacrane offer operational knowledge and support to the use of their cranes. Safety is a foremost priority for Megacrane who incorporate anti-collision systems, remote monitoring systems and black box technology. Megacrane delivers training by manufacturer-accredited trainers while all of the organisation’s highly experienced personnel are similarly manufacturer accredited. “Our organisation employs highly qualified technical staff,” explains Antonio Foini. “We provide a reliable service throughout Australia and Oceania.” Megacrane have recently been awarded a large project in Mascot with Taylor Construction for which they will be supplying two Terex cranes: a CTT 561 and a CTT 181. For more information contact Megacrane Pty Ltd, 11 Gambier Avenue, Sandy Point NSW 2172, phone 02 9822 7874, fax 02 9822 8339, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Harbour Mill Apartments


Reach for the sky The $35M Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’ is the final stage of TOGA’s Macquarie Central development; the residential building consists of 12-stories with 144 apartments in a highly convenient location, delivering a cost effective option for property investors and owner-occupiers, along with inner-city lifestyle benefits.

The landmark Macquarie Central residential development presents an exceptional lifestyle purchase or an astute investment opportunity in a thriving hub of transport, technology, commerce and education. Macquarie Central is a three-staged masterplanned development located just 16km from Sydney’s CBD. It is ideally positioned adjacent to the Macquarie University campus and Macquarie shopping centre with diverse retail, entertainment and dining options. Lane Cove National Park lies nearby; a recreational haven for bushwalkers, kayakers and picnickers alike. Built by TOGA, this 12-storey residential building contains a superb selection of studios, one bedroom plus study, two and three bedroom apartments, all with tasteful contemporary interiors, generous alfresco entertaining spaces, floor to ceiling windows and sweeping district and city views. Secure basement parking plus ground-floor retail space additionally make Macquarie Central an attractive option to live, stay or invest.

TOGA has an excellent track record of successfully delivering multi-use residential projects which attract new residents and investors to key areas around Sydney. These projects capitalise on existing amenities, as well as encouraging retailers and restaurateurs to invest in the area. TOGA’s experience in building and managing quality property developments is testament to their market insight and capacity to deliver cost-effective quality products. The successful property group is the name behind award-winning projects such as the Jones Bay Wharf rejuvenation in Sydney, the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, Bondi Boheme and the Adelaide Treasury building. For more than 50 years, TOGA has been enhancing and refining its award-winning operations to the point where today it is one of the premium property development companies in Australia.

Residents can also enjoy use of a communal sanctuary with landscaped gardens encompassing a resort-style pool, a barbeque area, pavilion and a state of the art gym.

Their expansive portfolio not only sees them developing property, but also Design Construction and Project Management, Sales and Leasing, Commercial and Retail Investment along with Asset Management and Hotel Management.

The highly experienced team across development, design, construction and post-sales support at TOGA worked on the Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’ project through the highly successful first and second completed stages at Macquarie Central. When building stage three, their history as a fully integrated team through the life of the master-planned development provided a strong dynamic and level of expertise that continued to deliver the product of choice by the market.

The start of a project begins with thorough site selection and feasibility analysis. If it is a viable location and meets the TOGA brand values, acquisition discussions take place. Next comes conceptual planning and design, which often entails liaising and negotiating with authorities, residents and community groups to establish the appropriate development for that context.

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management, consulting team and sales and marketing personnel is vital while the design, documentation and delivery phases proceed. TOGA are committed to employing proven and innovative time-saving construction techniques. To this end, cost and quality control management are paramount throughout. They also maintain an active and collaborative relationship with the client; all the way to hand over. TOGA’s extensive portfolio is growing with a number of projects in construction phase such as the Harbourfront Balmain and The Chatswood projects. Future projects include developments in Macquarie Park, Kingsford, Five Dock, Frenchs Forest and Kensington; in addition to their latest release, Macquarie Green, in North Ryde. This latest project offers a complimentary low-rise apartment style of living to the area which is start construction in late 2015. For more information contact Toga Group of Companies Pty Ltd, Level 5, 45 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, phone 02 9356 1000, fax 02 9360 7769, email, website

While this process is occurring the dedicated TOGA team are exploring and selecting the best tailored equity and debt funding structures required to suit a particular project. As the project begins to take shape, selecting and appointing the right development and project



DEVELOPER : Toga Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Marchese Partners Pty Ltd Structural Engineer : TTW Pty Ltd SURVEYOR : Project Surveyors Pty Ltd Project Value : $35 Million







Below Raines Commercial Flooring provided and installed the carpet to Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’.

The $35 million ‘Skyline’ project is the third and final stage of The Macquarie Central development and comprises a 13-storey tower with 144 residential apartments. Features include; a communal sanctuary, resort-style pool, gym, BBQ area plus extensive landscaped gardens and entertaining pavilion. When complete it will present an exceptional residential opportunity in a thriving hub of transport, leisure, technology, retail, commerce, health and education. Raines Commercial Flooring worked closely with the property developers Toga, to determine what would best suit the development. The result is, they provided a luxurious pure wool loop pile carpet in the living and bedroom areas of the apartments. The carpets in the bedrooms are of earthy tones with a dark and light scheme, whilst the common areas are a charcoal heavy duty carpet. The flooring was chosen not just to fit the style of the building and the families it is trying to attract, but to suit the areas themselves. They took into consideration the kind of exposure they have to natural light and the expected foot traffic. “Our works on this project took around 12 weeks to complete. It was a straight forward job and as we have worked with Toga before, we knew what was expected. Our reputation was built on from our work on the Central Square Project which Toga developed as well,” Executive Director of Raines Commercial Flooring David Raines said. Three generations of the Raines family have been flooring many of the finest homes in Sydney for over 35 years. Starting from a simple warehouse in Botany, then featuring a state of the art showroom in Bellevue Hill, their head office and commercial showroom are based at Banksmeadow. “We have taken what we learned from our residential business into the commercial market. People want personal service. They want to have someone they can trust will give them the right advice and not just sell to them. It’s about getting to know the client WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and offering them a viable solution.” Raines’ service options are comprehensive and clients will have a single point of contact throughout the relationship. “Our primary focus is to find the best solution for our clients. It sounds simple, but understanding the need, the environment and the intended use of the space are critical first steps. Then we can move forward and source the best supplier with the most suitable products. We are not dictated to by a limited range of suppliers. Once we have the product our staff will do the installation,” David said. While architects take responsibility for the visual outlook of a building, flooring is a specialised field where knowing the capabilities of the products is as important as suitable colour choices and how to lay the flooring to make the biggest impact. David says, “Flooring can make or break the success of a building. It can have a significant impact on the final price people will pay for a property.” The independent expert advice they offer is what sets them apart. Raines have built a reputation for their extensive industry knowledge and versatility, whether it is working on an apartment block, offices or a more public space. They recently completed work on the Virgin Lounge in Sydney, delivering a beautiful flooring option for a very high traffic area, that the client loves. “We control the process from the first call through to the final install,” David says. “Our installers are employees of the company, and have experience that spans over 250 years.” This is a first for the industry and Raines have made this investment to ensure quality control from start to finish on all projects. For more information contact Raines Commercial Flooring, Unit 8, 3 Excell Street, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 02 9316 8030, fax 02 9666 6170, email, website



Below CPS Complete provided plumbing, hydraulics, gas, drainage and fire system services to the Macquarie ‘Skyline’.

Starting out over seven years ago, CPS Complete is a plumbing, hydraulics, gas and drainage installation company based in Sydney. Owner Charlie Scerri has over 15 years experience on both large and small projects, and now specialises in a variety of sizeable developments with his staff of over 45 experts in their industries.

in partnership with Toga Group previously, and found the project management of the job to be seamless.

CPS Complete had up to 16 staff members working on the Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’ project, from apprentices and tradespeople, inhouse hydraulic engineers, plumbers, design and construction staff and managers.

Utilising their extensive experience and large numbers of staff, their reputation for quality has ensured they are in demand constantly.

“Along with the plumbing, drainage, gas and hydraulics of the building, we also installed fire systems and hydrants in all of the apartments and communal areas,” explains Scerri.

CPS Complete worked on the Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’ project for over 3 years and were involved in the third phase of construction, known as ‘Skyline’, which is currently being completed.

Currently working on a five year project in Mortlake, and a luxury home worth $45 million in prestigious Watson’s Bay, CPS Complete are going from strength to strength, and plan to keep expanding along with their client base.

The landmark residential development is not only in a most desirable location, but was also constructed using high quality materials and had safety as a major focus during construction. The project was put out to tender and CPS Complete won the tender to complete their part of the installation. CPS have worked 88


For more information contact CPS Complete, Unit 2/403 Great Western Highway, Wentworthville NSW 2145, phone 0404 889 500, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below A1 Best Group provided an Energy Control System, installation of ducts and vents throughout the Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’.

A1 Best Group worked closely with Toga on the Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’ project where they provided a control system throughout the whole building with latest energy monitoring controls to minimise building energy consumption and carbon footprint. It included the provision of low profile PVC flat duct for toilet, laundry and kitchen exhaust system to achieve higher ceiling height throughout the project. “The project went perfectly and was on budget exceeding Toga's expectations.” A1 Best Group’s Ali Ahmadi said. A1 Best Group is an Australian based and owned company which operates nationally. They specialise in providing in-house mechanical, electrical and fire services engineering as well as draft personnel to carry out draft tasks in-house. Their in-house design engineers provide their clients with creative and cost effective solutions and cater to client’s needs.

Below Lightel provided and installed energy saving lights to the Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’.

Lightel are manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and distributors in the lighting industry. Starting their business in 1975, they now cater and supply for more than 90% of a development on all lighting requirements. To retain ownership and to offer clients high standards, Lightel have their own manufacturing plant and premises overseas where all the manufacturing is monitored by them. Their mission is to manufacture and supply energy efficient LED lighting products which can save up to 80% on the energy bill of all tenants and owners. For property developers, this is a great selling point to clients that all their lighting used on a project is in LED.

A1 Best Group's in-house project management and construction team ensure that all client’s expectations are met, including, budget, time and quality as well as making sure all WH&S measures are met.

Lightel’s product range includes LED recessed downlights, exterior LED decorative ceiling and wall lights and bollards, interior LED wall lights, LED ceiling lights, track lighting for display suites, LED striplights in made to measure aluminium extrusion and a vast range of aluminium profiles. They also specialise in LED Step and Deck lighting.

For more information contact A1 Best Group, 9/41-43 Higginbotham Road, Gladesville NSW 2111, phone 1300 382 231, email, website

For more information contact Lightel, 3/39 Hotham Parade, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9966 0090, fax 02 9966 0080, email, website




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Below AMA Windows + Glass Facades supplied and installed aluminium windows and doors to Macquarie Central ‘Skyline’.

The landmark Macquarie Central residential development is a master planned development consisting of three stages and 144 residential apartments. Located just 16km from the Sydney CBD, it’s ideally positioned adjacent to the sprawling Macquarie University campus and vast shopping centre with its diverse retail, entertainment and dining options. Design-wise this 12-storey residential building contains a selection of studios; one bedroom plus study, two and three bedroom apartments, all with tasteful contemporary interiors, generous alfresco entertaining spaces, floor to ceiling windows and sweeping district and city views. Residents will have the use of a communal sanctuary, with landscaped gardens encompassing a resort-style pool, a barbeque area, pavilion and a state-of-the-art gym.

to producing vast products of the highest standard, and has a combined knowledge base that varies from managing multidensity/high rise to complex commercial buildings. Over the last five years under the direction of current management, AMA has commenced production under licence with numerous facilities in China. Their in-house team tailors each project from beginning to end without any compromise to lead-time or quality. They also have full time QA staff overseeing the production, packing, loading of our product all the way through to its final destination.

AMA Windows + Glass Facades were contracted to supply and install aluminium windows and doors to all areas of Macquarie Central. They also integrated panelling to top floors of the building. They are specialists in the design and manufacture of architectural commercial grade aluminium windows, doors, curtain walls, and frameless glass entries. Their experienced team is committed WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact AMA Windows + Glass Facades, 9 Byrnes Street, Botany NSW 2019, phone 02 9666 9992, fax 02 9666 9994, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MACQUARIE CENTRAL ‘Skyline’


surgical precision Client : Health Infrastructure MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : MBMO Architects SURVEYOR : KFW Infrastructure Project Value : $65 million


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The $72M Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment aims to improve the capabilities and capacity of the Hospital and includes a new Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care Unit. Hansen Yuncken’s reputation for health construction projects stretches across Australia with awards for cancer centres in South Australia and New South Wales, surgery centres in Victoria and the School of Biomedical Sciences in Far North Queensland. Hansen Yuncken are highly experienced with contract and construction management for health projects. Nearing their centenary celebrations, Hansen Yuncken are delivering hospital developments in Echuca, Wagga Wagga, at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital Redevelopment and Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Redevelopment. They have recently completed the new $72 million Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment for Health Infrastructure in New South Wales. The redevelopment comprises a number of elements that significantly expand the capabilities and capacity of Wollongong Hospital. This included building a new 6-storey building on Loftus Street to house seven new surgical theatres and a short stay service area catering for a high number of patients undergoing surgery. Supporting the increased numbers of patients is a new intensive care/high dependency unit with 24 beds, and an outpatient department. The building also includes 3 new wards: one close observation ward with 10 beds and two surgical wards each with 25 beds. In addition, Hansen Yuncken have managed the development of a Central Sterilizing Services Department (CSSD) as part of the new build. The sixth floor houses a plant room.


support services such as loading dock, linen and food services. Hansen Yuncken were awarded the project in May 2013 as a design finalisation and construction contract and began onsite in August 2013. An early revision of the façade needed new approval, with MBMO Architects presenting an entirely new design to the Department of Planning. The amended design led to significant cost savings for NSW Health Infrastructure. Hansen Yuncken’s Tim Cadden identified the new façade as one of three challenges in completing the build. The others were managing the build in stages with minimal interruption to hospital operations, and successfully managing infection control. “The infection control processes were implemented to such a level that we essentially created new guidelines for the hospital around building and infection control,” says Cadden. The project has provided a management plan for future infection control within a hospital environment that can be utilised elsewhere. Working on a live site, Hansen Yuncken became a key partner in a working group to keep operations running smoothly. “We were completing demolition works above and adjacent to operating theatres, so we needed to work closely and cooperatively.”

As well as the new build, Wollongong’s Emergency Department has undergone refurbishment and expansion under Hansen Yuncken’s direction and some of the previous clinical areas of the Department have been transformed into offices.

Over 400 contractors worked on the site during its construction. At peak, around 200 personnel were employed onsite with 24 Hansen Yuncken project management staff. This also included a lot of interaction with local Warrigal leaders and direct training, development and employment of indigenous workers on the project. The project also involved significant community consultation, befitting of a new facility that will serve so many people in the Illawarra region.

The expansion work has fitted in neatly behind the new 6-storey Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment, making a compact addition contained within the original hospital footprint. The contract included construction of additional capacity to the existing hospital

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, Level 6, 15 Bourke Road, Mascot NSW 2020, phone 02 9770 7600, fax 02 9770 7601, email sydney@hansenyuncken., website

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Below Allstaff Airconditioning provided the air conditioning, heating and ventilation for the new wards.

Mechanical services at the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment were designed and installed by Allstaff Airconditioning. Their work includes provision of air conditioning, heating and ventilation to the new wards, theatres, outpatient clinics, intensive care unit, Central Sterilizing Services Department (CSSD) and associated buildings. Owing to specialised procedures and sterile requirements, the filtration of certain areas such as the new operating theatres was critcal. In these areas, Allstaff have installed High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters to protect against transfer of airborne pathogens from outside the clean zone. The system also functions to distribute clean air to rooms in a flow that distributes contaminants away from the operating tables. “We’ve used Focus 1,000 UCV systems from Airpure,” says Simon Spiteri of Allstaff. “The advantages of this product is its modular arrangement that enables easy installation to theatres and seemless coordination with other fixtures, such as lights and pendants.” Allstaff sites one of the challenges of this installation as the management of contamination from micro-organisims arising from the building activities. The installation has involved integration of new with existing facilities. Allstaff have worked closely with their client Hansen Yuncken and the 94

hospital’s Infections Control Committee to eliminate contamination of existing areas from the processes of the new build. Allstaff have specialist expertise and abundant experience in delivering mechanical systems for health, research and educational facilities, as well as retail and commercial developments. They are currently working on other hospitals at Dubbo and Wagga Wagga. Allstaff ’s and their associated companies, Triple M and BSA are based in offices in VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD SA and NT as well as undertaking installations across the Eastern states. Their strength lies in their capability to provide innovative mechanical services solutions for complex and sizeable projects. Allstaff ’s expertise covers all elements of project delivery from design and installation to engineering and servicing.

For more information contact Allstaff Airconditioning, Quad 2, Level 3, 8 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127, phone 02 9879 3377, email, website

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Below MBMO Architects provided Architectural services for the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment.

Healthcare design in Australia is changing — and for the better — due to award-winning Morris Bray Martin Ollmann Architects (MBMO). Since 1974 MBMO Architects have been perfecting ways to design and construct buildings with speed and efficiency. With the introduction of creative partners Cameron Martin and Sven Ollmann in 2011, MBMO has now evolved into an exciting and agile design practice marrying deep construction and commercial know how with visionary creativity. MBMO has the ambition, capability and collaborative energy to deliver both the visionary and the reality. Our team is a mix of design talent and technical experience. We bring together carefully considered design solutions with economic outcomes and outstanding detail resolution for an all-round performance on projects. We are large enough to take on the biggest projects, and small enough not to lose the personal relationships we build or the attention to detail that we desire. Cameron Martin is the driving force behind the $65 million NSW Health Priority Project upgrade of the Wollongong Hospital. Including a new 6-storey structure, significant expansion to the existing Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care, major increase in the surgical and critical care capacity and a façade upgrade, this is the most sizable redevelopment of the hospital in decades. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Traditional hospitals are rigid in design, but MBMO designs are providing a welcoming ‘non-clinical’ atmosphere with natural light atriums that provide secure patient rest and rehabilitation areas.“Whilst healthcare is clearly driven by the need for rigorous controls, we as designers are challenged to provide spaces that are modern, efficient and cohesive healing environments — places that serve to support health professionals in improving both healing and patient experience that greatly assists recovery rates,” said Cameron Martin. Cameron also says that hospitals of the future will be focused on therapeutic options for patients and hospital time will be minimised. “When it comes to technology, the key to our continued success has been the use of ArchiCAD and dRofus in our projects,” he said. “They have helped us deliver consistently high standard projects while communicating our designs clearly and delivering them more efficiently to exceed our client’s expectations, which in turn ensures us repeat business.” MBMO’s collaborative philosophy, superior design abilities combined with their use of advanced technology assist in producing their many successful projects. For more information contact MBMO Architects, 186-188 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 9439 6622, email cmartin@, website

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Below Gridline Commercial Constructions provided quality architectural cladding for the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment.

Since 2000 Gridline Commercial Constructions Pty Ltd have been building quality expertise, experience and reputation into handling any specialist cladding solution no matter what the size. Their understanding and appreciation for a customers needs for aesthetics, cost efficiency and durable cladding solutions delivered on time and budget made their company a perfect choice for the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment. Employing over 45 people in their Sydney office, factory, building sites and specialist subcontractors, Gridline Commercial Constructions have successfully provided quality architectural cladding solutions for major industrial and commercial building projects. Having undertaken over 100 projects of various sizes, locations, materials and types, they are not limited by the size and volume of the project. “We’re equally able to provide smaller face and shop front solutions as well as major industrial cladding solutions in an efficient and high quality manner,” informed Managing Director and Project Manager David Sretenovic.“We’re doing our utmost to be on the forefront of the industry when it comes to new design, new materials and new production and installation methods. Our team is always looking for interesting and challenging projects to best utilise these elements.” 96

Gridline’s typical project comprises creative and technical discussions with architects, designers and engineers, then interpretation of drawings or ‘from design idea to practical implementation.’ Next develop solutions, then the cladding is manufactured—cutting, grooving, curving and assembling the panels. Finally on-site installation. “On the project, Alpolic, Kingspan and Custom Orb façade cladding elements were installed, plus sunshade devices,” said David. Completely flat Alpolic has high rigidity, is weather-resistant, lightweight, has a fire-retardant core, is easy to process and recyclable and accommodating it to nature. Kingspan panels present a superior system compared to conventional multi-part site assembled systems and meet Section J compliance. While Custom Orb is famous for its versatility, long, wide, strong, lightweight corrugated profile. Add up all these features of experienced, skilled staff who pay attention to quality and detail, plus a choice of the best roof or wall cladding products available in today’s market and all Gridline customers benefit from outstanding value and know how. For more information contact Gridline Commercial Constructions Pty Ltd, Unit 2/3 Pullman Place, Emu Plains NSW 2750, phone 02 4735 6217, fax 02 4735 8178 email, website

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Below HLS Healthcare provided the Guldmann ceiling hoist system for the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment.

Today new automated technology and advanced ceiling lifts are saving our governments, councils and medical facilities millions of dollars annually. Not to mention the benefits to the health and wellbeing of nursing staff and patients.

“The initial investment in this technology pays for itself in just a few years. Our lifting technology makes it possible for a single nurse or caregiver to move a patient from their bed to a wheelchair or bathroom, where previously two or more people were needed,” informed Nick.

Established in 1999, Healthcare Lifting Specialists (HLS) are the exclusive Australian distributor of the Guldmann ceiling hoist system, ROPOX height adjustable kitchen frames and bathroom products and the Vendlet patient positioning system.

“In the IESS Centre at Wollongong Hospital we’ve incorporated 24 ‘H track systems’ to ICU and a further 14 to wards on levels 4 and 5. Several have multiple curves, enabling patients to be easily transferred from bed to ensuite. A combination of fixed and portable hoist motors have been fitted to the tracks.”

“The Guldmann ceiling hoist system is a superior way of lifting, handling and transferring patients,” said Nick Stehr, Project Manager for HLS Healthcare on the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment. “Guldmann represents best in class products offering market leading quality and reliability. This coupled with our extensive experience and expertise we’re now known as Australia’s leading provider of ceiling hoist solutions.” HLS Healthcare supply a range of lifting and transfer products that assist people who have permanent or temporary disabilities. Their products are being used in hospitals, nursing homes, aged care homes, schools, special accommodation and residential homes Australia-wide. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Self-installing portable hoist motors are a unique feature of the Guldmann system. They simply self-install to and from the track meaning staff don’t have to lift or reach up to attach the motor onto the track and the hoist motor is kept safely away from a patient’s head. It’s no wonder hospitals, nursing homes, aged care homes, schools, special accommodation and residential homes across Australia choose to partner with HLS Healthcare for their patient handling requirements. For more information contact HLS Healthcare, 3/56 Norcal Road, Nunawading VIC 3131, phone 03 9878 4448, email admin@, website

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Below Intrec undertook the fitout and refurbishment for the Emergency and Psychiatric Department for the Redevelopment.

Commercial fitout and building refurbishment company Intrec have been undertaking refurbishment of Wollongong Hospital’s Emergency Department and Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) since July 2014. The project involves complete internal demolition, refurbishing and fitting out over four staged periods. Intrec’s refurbishing requires close and continual communication with Hansen Yuncken and hospital management to ensure there was minimal disruption to ongoing services. Quite simply, it has not been possible to shut down the Emergency Department of a major regional hospital. Working on a live site, cooperation between contractors and principal was critical. Existing systems are required to remain operational and work health and safety is particularly important involving not only contractors but patients and staff. “Wollongong Hospital is patient centric, all design elements of the building are driven to support a healing environment for the patient,” explains Intrec’s Brendan Forde. He continues that “challenges during the build include a focus on infection control, contamination control, patient care and a high standard of professional delivery of health services demanded by this facility”

Intrec’s internal refurbishment work required specialist approaches and materials to meet the particular needs of the health facility. Construction of the emergency X-ray area required Intrec to install lead lined walls, doors, windows and frames compliant with radiation zones. Specialist fixtures and fittings were installed by Intrec in the PECC to minimise the risk of patient injury and self-harm, as well as providing safety for staff. Intrec used impact resistant walls, glass and doors in the PECC fitout and specialist tamper-proof fixings that reduced risk of ligature. Founded in 1996, Intrec currently has 60 staff in offices in NSW, QLD, ACT and VIC. Other current projects include Waratah Private Hospital, Oracle, Comcare, NSW State Library, St Vincents Hospital Melbourne, Henkel, The University of Sydney and Multiple DHS sites.

For more information contact Intrec Pty Ltd, 9 Cleg Street, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 1300 791 632, email, website

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Below Resolution Rigging provided Tower Crane services for the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment.

Resolution Rigging Services Pty Ltd (RRS) is a local company in the Illawarra employing local personnel and are proud and honoured to be associated with the redevelopment of the Wollongong Public Hospital.

All permanent crane operators and dogman have been specifically trained in all aspects of operating all types of tower cranes such as Liebherr, Favco Favelle to name a few. RRS also offer Crane Crews for hire to operate tower cranes.

RRS was awarded the contract by Hansen Yuncken to supply the tower crane and operations to meet with the materials handling at the hospital. They supplied a Liebherr 290HC tower crane free standing at 49m height under hook and with a 70m jib radius, lifting 12 tonne maximum capacity and 3 tonne at 70m radius. The tower crane was strategically placed in a location that it would cover the entire project and have no impact on the completion of the structure.

RRS has been registered since November 2000 and is privately owned and operated by Tony Noronha, with the intention of providing hands-on, face-to-face quality service and has personally been in the tower crane industry for over 21 years.

RRS specialises in the Tower Crane Hire, Crane Crews and Rigging industry. All services supplied by RRS are undertaken in prompt and professional manner. Erection and Dismantle of Tower Cranes Completed in minimal time safely in accordance with WH&S legislation and requirements. The company have fully qualified riggers on the erection team that have undertaken all relevant training to perform their duties efficiently and safely under the WH&S Regulation. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

RRS are also involved in the tower crane operations for the materials handling at the current development of the Wollongong Private Hospital on Crown Street, Wollongong. With also numerous other tower cranes in Wollongong and also in Sydney for the construction of residential buildings, shopping centres, hospitals and commercial buildings. For more information contact Resolution Rigging Services Pty Ltd, 8 Resolution Drive, Unanderra NSW 2526, phone 02 4271 4343, fax 02 4271 4746 email, website

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Below Bin Master provided waste removal services and bins for the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment.

When it comes to waste, Bin Master have the scoop on any job no matter how big or small. They’re the Illawarra waste logistics, waste management and skip bin hire specialists. Locally owned and operated since October 2006 their services are renowned throughout the Illawarra region covering Kiama, Wollongong to Shellharbour City and surrounds. “Whether it’s a one off mini skip bin for rubbish removal around the house or yard, or site skip bins serviced daily for waste disposal from a major construction site, we have a whole range of skip bins suitable for the project,” said Jennifer Julian from Bin Master. Bin Master friendly staff are qualified and experienced to sort out all rubbish removal and waste management requirements. Types of material accepted in skip bins include: • Construction and Demolition Waste • Garden Green Waste • Pavers, Bricks, Tiles and Concrete • Metal, Rocks, Timber and Plastics • Household Goods, Furniture, Appliances and Whitegoods • Cardboard and Paper • Dedicated bins for bonded asbestos only • Along with many more

The dedicated team at Bin Master work hard to maintain high percentage diversion of material from landfill to recycling/reuse. These operations not only ensure a project’s waste management obligations are being met, but also demonstrate commitment to the “Waste Less, Recycle More” initiatives, on which Bin Master’s own environmental policies are based. Waste Management Reporting is available on all projects. Bin Master provided waste management services on the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment construction site. At least one truck was dedicated to service the site each day for the duration of the project, servicing up to 12 bins a day during the busiest periods. “We have provided services to many large projects throughout the Illawarra region over the years,” says Jennifer. “The challenge is to be able to prioritise dedicated service to a large project whilst keeping other customers happy. Fortunately it’s something we do very well.” The site foreman had nothing but praise for the Bin Master crews.

For more information contact Bin Master Pty Ltd, PO Box 446, Albion Park NSW 2527, phone 02 4256 2008, fax 02 4256 8376, email, website

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Below Scarelli Joinery provided joinery services for the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment.

Just like the relationship between a surgeon and patient, expertise, perfection and commitment are key factors for successful outcomes. At Scarelli Joinery, Michael and his talented, collaborative team continually exceed their client’s expectations. Their attention to detail is matched with passion for precision. Founded in March 1999 by Michael Scarfo, Scarelli Joinery has gained a well-deserved reputation for flawless craftsmanship, reliability and on-time delivery. Michael personally assures all works delivered by his skilled and resourceful team is of the highest quality and standard. His 25 full-time staff members are qualified in all areas of joinery and carpentry, including project managers, designers, draftsmen, purchasing officers and estimators. Today Scarelli Joinery has become a contractor of choice for joinery solutions within Australia’s leading construction and architectural firms. Over the years, they’ve partnered with bigleague construction players including Baulderstone Hornibrook, Bovis Lend Lease, Novati Constructions, Renascent Sydney, St Hilliers Contracting, AWD and LHD Defence (Randwick ship facility), HCF and more recently with Hansen Yuncken on the Wollongong Hospital Redevelopment. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The interior fit-out of the reception, consultation rooms, utilities, patient bays, bedrooms, staff stations, triage cubicles, storerooms, wall paneling, toilet and shower partitions at Wollongong Hospital was a huge undertaking. “Our dedicated team leaves nothing to chance,” Michael enthuses. “We have a simple philosophy. Do the job right, from start to finish. Our carpentry service is expertly project-managed from start to finish, in close collaboration with contractors and client-side team members alike.” “From planning to manufacturing, installation and delivery, customers count on us to deliver zero-fault custom joinery on any scale project. And I can proudly count on my professional team to deliver too.” Scarelli Joinery successfully works across a variety of sectors including retail, corporate, education, hospitality and health, bringing lasting results to the big end of carpentry. For more information contact Scarelli Joinery Pty Ltd, 7 Arkley Street, Bankstown NSW 2200, phone 02 9791 6922, email, website

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an enchanting garden The $40M integrated Kerrisdale Gardens Facility in Mackay, Queensland consists of supported living villas and apartments, Residential Aged Care, and a wellness centre and medical suites. The client’s healthy ageing perspective for this development project underpinned their projected model of care and service. This, together with Paynter Dixon’s design and construction approach has enabled the client to achieve the outcomes they envisioned. For Kerrisdale Gardens, Paynter Dixon Queensland’s multidisciplinary team, which includes aged care specialists, has worked with the client from the project’s inception. Working closely with the CEO, Raelene Phillips and the Board Chair, John Tait, business and service planning was comprehensively integrated with design planning. This innovative development ensures that, as people age and their needs increase, Kerrisdale Gardens has the flexibility to provide both age appropriate accommodation and the necessary care and support services. Paynter Dixon’ aged care specialists assisted the client to develop their service and care delivery model. Their approach is all inclusive and different to a traditional builder. “Kerrisdale is a unique project because it is a truly integrated aging in place development,” said Paynter Dixon designer, Chris Jacobson. “Our focus is to align a construction solution with the client’s business and service model and that’s our point of difference – understanding and translating into design exactly what is needed operationally.” An experienced landscape designer, was consulted so Kerrisdale could provide age appropriate outdoor places, which complement the indoor areas. Indoor – outdoor linkages mean that residents can easily access, both visually and physically, the beautiful north Queensland climate. “This is not an institutional building. In fact, it is more resort like, and

the effective use of colour and variety of building materials internally, means that the ambience is fun, warm and inviting internally. There are no massive grand spaces, it’s about scaling it down to more intimate zones which can be used flexibly – overall the feeling is that this is ‘home’.” he says. “The Stage 1 four level building includes a ground floor designed to be a communal space, opening into garden spaces to the rear,” Jacobson says. “Across the front is the colonnade which forms a central spine for the entire master plan. The client’s vision reflected in the master plan was that this is a community and as such, people from the surrounding suburbs are welcome to share many of the facilities. This creates a social vibe, which is in line with contemporary approaches to residential aged care design.” A commercial kitchen and laundry on the ground floor created by Paynter Dixon’s kitchen and laundry specialist are equipped with the latest technology to provide residents with flexible and adaptable food and laundry services. Within the residential aged care units, the communal areas of living and dining spaces includes a hotel like breakfast bar that residents can choose when to have their breakfast. The Care Model encourages residents to access food and drinks when they want them, rather then a pre determined time, better suited to an institutional model than to residents life style. In the main building, the first floor consists of single bed aged care rooms, each with their own ensuites. A variety of sitting and activity areas, and beautiful generous outdoor patios, means that residents

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have options about how to spend and enjoy their day. Back-of-house services such as waste management, deliveries and food and laundry services, are quite separate from the resident areas such as living rooms and bedrooms. The main building’s second level is a hybrid of traditional single aged-care rooms and another wing consisting of large one-bedroom “studio” rooms and apartments. “The client will be able to provide both high and low levels of care for these residents with residents have a diversity of accommodation options. Five apartments are designated for independent or partially independent residents so that care can be delivered into something that is more their home than just a bedroom,” said Chris Jacobson This integration meant Paynter Dixon had to work within the guidelines of both the Commonwealth Government’s Aged Care Requirements and the Queensland State Government’s Retirement Village framework. The greatest challenge, however, wasn’t dealing with two sets of legislation but ensuring that this floor of aged care rooms, apartments and studios appeared to be highly desirable and diverse.


Level three consists of one and two-bedroom apartments, which have an additional flexi-room off the lounge that can be set up as a dining space, study or spare room. The aim of level three is to provide “city style” private apartments with flexibility of spaces allowing residents to modify as their living requirement change. “I think the biggest challenge was integrating a built form that would support the client’s care model.” says Jacobson. “The articulation of this care model was facilitated by the Paynter Dixon aged care specialist team and supported through Study Tours to NZ and other facilities in Australia. The model is in some regards unique to this client who had the courage of their convictions and held close their vision. Working alongside the client really was an iterative process, right down to the last detail and the success of Kerrisdale Gardens is already evident with the majority of apartments and villas now sold.” For more information contact Paynter Dixon, Level 3, 299 Coronation Drive, Milton QLD 4064, phone 07 3368 5500, fax 07 3368 2549, email, website


No longer a luxury McGuire Air and Refrigeration Pty Ltd is a locally owned and operated Mackay, North Queensland business servicing the air conditioning and refrigeration needs of the Mackay, Bowen-Basin and Whitsunday region since 1995. David and Donna McGuire are the Managing Directors of McGuire Air and Refrigeration and have been in the industry for over 35 years. During this time they have gained extensive experience in both refrigeration and air-conditioning industry, running a respectable and reputable business within the community. Between the construction, electrical and service departments supervisors bring more than 132 years’ experience to the company which contributes to the success of the business. They lead a team of approximately thirty employees and still hold true those old fashioned values that are present throughout the company’s work ethic and morale. McGuire Air and Refrigeration scope of works is not limited to Air Conditioning alone. They provide an extensive scope of works including: Air Conditioning, Commercial, Industrial and Residential, Commercial Refrigeration, Cold-rooms, Design and Construction of Mechanical Services, Sales, Installation, Electrical and Mechanical Ventilation. McGuire Air and Refrigeration was awarded the Kerrisdale Gardens Age Care Centre in May 2014. The Kerrisdale Gardens project is a modern style nursing home catering for a variety of individuals requirements. Within the centre there are one, two and three bedroom apartments and living requirements for individuals who require specialist care. McGuire Air and Refrigeration selected DAIKIN Air Conditioning equipment for this project not only for its leading technology and high energy efficiency rating but also for DAIKIN’s continued service after project completion and spare parts commitment. McGuire Air and Refrigeration have utilised the DAIKIN Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) System range on this project as well as DAIKIN Inverter Driven Ducted Systems with energy efficiency being the key objective. Using a VRV system allowed McGuire Air to implement in the one bedroom apartments where individuals require specific specialised care control of the Air Conditioning from the rooms themselves or the centralised controller located in the nursers station, allowing the staff to monitor and control the systems. The nature of this project meant the residents of Kerrisdale Gardens comfort was McGuire Air and Refrigeration’s paramount concern especially in Mackay’s tropical climate. The installed DAIKIN equipment allows residents to control fans speeds and temperature (reverse cycle and cooling) as they desire. McGuire Air and Refrigeration worked closely with the builder Paynter Dixon and consultants to minimise clashes with other service and recommend design changes where necessary. As well as the Air Conditioning systems McGuire Air also supplied and installed the cold rooms, kitchen canopies and mechanical ventilation systems. Air Conditioning was considered a luxury back in 1976 but David McGuire chose a profession and saw it as a “trade of the future”, Kerrisdale Gardens mechanical services reflect this statement. For more information contact McGuire Air, 9 Peace Street, Paget QLD 4740, phone 07 4952 1140, email, website 106 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Kerrisdale gardens Gardens


the dulux edition The Exsulite-Kooltherm Thermal Faรงade System by Dulux AcraTex in partnership with Kingspan Insulation, was chosen as the preferred cladding system for the Kerrisdale Gardens project. The contemporary styled total integrated thermal faรงade system comprises of breathable wall wrap, phenolic panels, fixings and weatherproof coatings which help to reduce maintenance and withstand the harsh climatic environmental conditions it is exposed to. The Exsulite-Kooltherm Thermal Faรงade System is supplied in its entirety from Dulux and installed by a Dulux Trained Exsulite Installer. This ensures the project is built as specified without deviation or component substitution, reassuring both the developer and builder that Dulux is involved from design stage through to completion. The system provided both the builder and the Dulux Trained Exsulite Installer a number of benefits. These included faster and easier installation compared to traditional construction methods and reduced scaffolding time on site which contributed to the jobs completion ahead of schedule. Exsulite-Kooltherm is a lightweight system which can lower the risk of manual handling issues and OHS on site as it is easily moved without the need for cranes or forklifts. It provides a solution for most building designs or challenges, in place where similar systems are traditionally used. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Exsulite-Kooltherm Faรงade System by Dulux AcraTex is CodeMark accredited in accordance with National Construction Code (NCC) requirements as an alternative solution for use in both Cyclonic and Non Cyclonic Regions, Bush Fire Regions and where a Fire Rated Wall (FRL) requirement needs to be met in Australia. The project provided an additional challenge due its cyclonic rated location, exposing it to high wind pressures. Specifications were required to cater for the additional wind pressures whilst maintaining its excellent weatherproofing performance in accordance with the NCC. The four-storey integrated building which represents Stage One of Kerrisdale Gardens was an exciting opportunity for Dulux to use the Exsulite-Kooltherm Thermal Faรงade System in a major development in Queensland. It has further allowed them to advance the system applications into both cyclonic and non cyclonic regions. For more information contact Dulux AcraTex, 1956 Princess Highway, Clayton VIC 3168, phone 1300 662 841, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Kerrisdale Gardens 107

Life in the fast lane Main Construction company : GC Connect Joint Venture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $78 million

108 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Smith Street Motorway Upgrade

The $78 million upgrade of the Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue Interchange reached practical completion in June 2015, four months ahead of schedule. GC Connect Joint Venture — a joint venture between Seymour Whyte Constructions and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff — designed and constructed the project as part of a $119 million package of progressive road upgrades for the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct being delivered by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. With around 100,000 vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist movements at the Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue interchange each day, a series of staged road upgrades and improvements was required to provide access to the Gold Coast University Hospital, cater for significant expansion of the Griffith University Gold Coast Campus and service the Gold Coast’s first light rail public transport system – G:link. The structure of the design and construct joint venture was unique—both constructor and designer shared the risks and opportunities which allowed for a greater focus on collaboration and delivery through the design and construction phases Construction was divided across four separate work zones with the most complex staging required at the interchange, to maintain access for a large volume of traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. The project scope included: • Construction of a free-flowing loop ramp from Olsen Avenue onto the Smith Street Motorway westbound. • Construction of an auxiliary lane eastbound on the Smith Street Motorway using the existing road formation. • Widening sections of the Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue from four to six lanes. • Widening and lengthening the eastbound off-ramp to Olsen Avenue from three to five lanes. • Construction of a new signalised intersection for access to the Parklands mixed-use development site. • Construction of shared footpaths, signalised pedestrian crossings and on road cycling provisions throughout the interchange. • Resurfacing works in both directions on the Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A key feature of the upgrade was construction of a third eastbound lane on the Smith Street Motorway; however this presented one of the most significant construction challenges. In order to accommodate a third lane within the existing road formation, a 2km section of concrete median barrier needed to be removed. The median contained a fibre-optic cable delivering essential communications services to the Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, City of Gold Coast and Department of Transport and Main Roads. The project team managed to successfully remove the barrier quicker than programmed, with no impact to the fibre-optic cable. Despite experiencing a significant amount of rainfall during the construction period, the construction program was maintained and the project completed ahead of schedule. Both partners in the joint venture have an extensive presence in Australia. Seymour Whyte, a diversified Australian contractor, is listed on the ASX and provides infrastructure services to the transport, utilities and resources sectors. Seymour Whyte have recently been awarded the $33 million contract by Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to upgrade the Pacific Motorway, Exit 54 Interchange at Coomera. WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have combined and are now one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Together they provide services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment. Their expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, is one of the principal designers to the Nexus consortium, who were recently announced as the preferred tenderer for the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project in Queensland.

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good vibrations Upgrading the Smith Street Motorway on the Gold Coast required expertise in vibration engineering. ATP Consulting Engineers worked with Seymour Whyte construction team to develop and implement a construction vibration monitoring program for the overall project.

‘’An in-situ stitch beam had to be constructed to join the existing Olsen Avenue Overpass Bridge with the bridge widening deck, if the vibration rate does not match, the bridge lanes would break apart,” notes Temelkoski.

The focus of the monitoring program was on the high impact construction activities such as piling and ground compaction near the recently constructed Gold Coast Light Rail (GCLR) bridge in the vicinity of the University Hospital. ATP used the latest generation of VIBRA vibration loggers, manufactured in Holland, to monitor the ground vibration near the pylons of the bridge.

ATP is a specialised noise and vibration consulting firm that provides noise and vibration monitoring for the construction, transport infrastructure and the extractive industries. In addition a range of other acoustical engineering services are provided such as: - noise assessments for development approval (DA) applications; building acoustic design (BCA compliance) and airborne and impact noise transmission testing; and acoustic design for houses within QDC MP4.4 Transport Noise Corridors.

“We were monitoring in real time while the heavy equipment was operating,” says ATP Founder and Managing Director Sasho Temelkoski. “Throughout the construction, he adds, the ground vibration levels remained within the accepted and safe levels for prevention of damage to structures.” ATP also carried out vibration monitoring on the structure of the Olsen Avenue Overpass Bridge to determine the dynamic behaviour (displacement) of the existing bridge under typical traffic flow conditions. The bridge was being widened and the new laneways had to match the level of vibration on the existing bridge. ATP carried out precise measurements of the dynamic behaviour of the old bridge to assist in the detailed design of the new bridge deck.

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For more information contact ATP Consulting Engineers, Suite 5, 23 Main Street, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227, phone 07 5593 0487, email, website

Clearing the way PowerClear is a vegetation management company that specialises in servicing the construction, government and utility industry. PowerClear has been established since 2003 we have built a reputation on our reliability, diversity, quality and the ability to complete the most challenging of projects in a cost effective manner. PowerClear have become an industry leader in vegetation management involved in road construction and road maintenance contracts offering expertise to the industry covering a wide range of services including but not limited to, large scale clearing and grubbing, specialised arborist climbing crews, consulting arborists, graffiti removal, transplanting, weed surveys, herbicide treatment, power line clearing, asset maintenance works on street/park and roadside vegetation. PowerClear was contracted by Seymour Whyte to carry out clearing and grubbing for the Smith Street Motorway upgrade, works included climbing arborist crews to remove trees in confined spaces around roadways, private properties and power line easements. Clearing works under the project had to be completed within tight time frames with multiple stages and in an environmentally sensitive manner due to works bordering on Koala and frog breeding habitat. PowerClear has the experience, knowledge personnel and a wide array of specialised vegetation management plant and equipment to complete any conceivable vegetation management project. We strive to offer our clients the most cost effective and highest quality services with an emphasis put on communication with our clients to ensure that we achieve the right outcomes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact PowerClear Pty Ltd, 27 William Banks Drive, Burleigh QLD 4220, phone 07 5568 0541, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Smith Street Motorway Upgrade 111

Dynamic teamwork Dynamic Excavations initially engaged on the upgrade of the Olsen Avenue and Smith Street Motorway at Southport. Providing specialised underground locating equipment mapping the depth and direction of services such as fibre optic, electricity, gas, storm water and sewer lines networking the project. Additionally providing services to the project for Hydro Excavation, also known as non-destructive digging and CCTV inspections which internally record the final condition of the network of pipes installed. Dynamic Excavations are currently providing the same specialised array of services on the Pacific Motorway Major Upgrade at Exit 54, Coomera. Dynamic Excavations are proud of their project involvement and Congratulate the award winning contractors Seymour Whyte on an important major project professionally delivered. Available 24/7, for more information contact Dynamic Excavations, National Head Office, 41 Harper street, Molendinar QLD 4214, phone 07 5564 8142, fax 07 5539 1948, email, website

Kerbing Kings Major arteries like the Smith Street Motorway often require more than just lines marked on the road surface. Castle’s Kerbing built the 1.6 kilometre median barrier wall that divides the recently upgraded Smith Street Motorway. The project called for a four-foot barrier that met federal road safety specifications. It originally allotted three weeks for building the wall but Castle’s did the job in 4.5 days, according to manager, Allan Gregory. Speed was crucial for this project because the work required a lane on the motorway to be closed and that created serious traffic problems. “We worked round the clock and never turned the machine off,” says Gregory. That machine extruded the concrete barrier in place and with the lane closure, the company decided to bring in an extra crew from Sydney to beat the clock. The Power Curber 5700-B Max, was provided by a Sydney outfit led by Brian Scattergood. With that second crew on the project, the two 8-man teams worked 12-hour shifts. That allowed the work to be completed far ahead of schedule. Castle’s has been in the kerbing business since 1995 and specialises in extruded kerb detail and slipform kerb work. They offer 50 different extruded kerb moulds and 20 slipform moulds. With 24-hour’ notice, they can also create a mould for specific jobs. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The company currently has 20 employees. Bringing in an extra crew from Sydney for the motorway barrier allowed the company to continue working on its other projects such as the Acciona project in Palmerston. Initially reluctant to bid on the project, Gregory says Castle’s will probably be doing more projects with Scattergood in future. “The joint venture on the Smith Street Motorway worked really well,” he adds. For more information contact Castle’s Kerbing Pty Ltd, P.O Box 2377, Burleigh Heads MDC QLD 4220, phone 07 5533 8333, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Smith Street Motorway Upgrade 113

living it up

Developer : AVEO Group MAIN Construction company : Hutchinson Builders ARCHITECT : DBI Design Pty Ltd engineer : ADG Pty Ltd project VALUE : $95 million 114 QLD PROJECT FEATURE the Milton


The Milton is a 31-storey residential tower which includes ground floor retail and commercial tenancies as well as apartments. The developments prime location features resort style facilities including pool, spa, sauna, steam room and gym. It has been called one of Brisbane's most exciting residential and lifestyle addresses and it isn't short of luxury. The Milton is a high-end $95 million residential development based in the suburb of Milton, a short distance from the Brisbane CBD. The 31-level building comprising of two and three bedroom apartments along with three bed sky homes residences. Featuring a contemporary foyer, the complex offers resort-style amenities such as a pool, spa, sauna, steam room, gym and a level 31 observation deck. There are also premium commercial suites and an exclusive club lounge which has been furnished with Giorgio Armani's luxury interior range 'Casa'. Hutchinson Builders won the contract to construct the premier apartments and residential apartments are nothing new for one of Australia’s largest privately-owned building and construction companies. Along with residential, Hutchinson Builders are also specialists in industrial and commercial construction. Established in 1912 their heritage has been forged by a century of service to the construction industry and is testament to the company’s commitment, expertise and integrity in all that they do. With offices all around Australia and their headquarters in Brisbane, their turnover for FY2015 is expected to exceed $1.5 billion. Hutchinson Builders employ more than 1300 staff, with projects as diverse in purpose as they are in location.

Projects undertaken by the company include commercial and residential high-rise, mining and resources industry infrastructure projects, industrial, sporting, health, government, retail, education, hotels, clubs, tourism, civil works and modular construction, particularly student and resource sectors accommodation. With residential apartments a familiar territory for Hutchinson Builders, The Milton project was straightforward for the 100+ year old builder. The only challenge that the company faced was that working close to train lines, which meant extra care with the excavation, but had the necessary support and consultation. Hutchinson office has a busy schedule ahead with a number of projects in construction such as the $200 million Spire Apartments in Brisbane.  At Hutchinson Builders they believe that they have reason to be justifiably proud of their capabilities. The growth of the company is the legacy of Jack Hutchinson Snr who guided the direction of Hutchinson Builders for many years as Managing Director and Chairman. Working together as a team and as one, they have built a strong balance sheet over the past years. During that time, Hutchinson Builders has evolved into an award-winning construction company with exceptional financial capacity, a strong reputation for fair dealing and a co-operative and flexible approach to contractual relations. Whilst Hutchinson Builders have a solid reputation in the construction space, they also have an established history in providing solid solutions to achieving sustainable design outcomes and low energy building design. As members of the Green Building Council of Australia, the national builder have been leading the way in developing sustainable approaches and building services systems that address the key environmental criteria associated with the construction industry. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 584 Milton Road, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 07 3335 5000, fax 07 3335 5005, email, website



Below SEQ Construction Cleaning provided biodegradable cleaning services for The Milton.

SEQ Construction Cleaning was contracted to provide builders and final cleaning services for The Milton residential project. Located 1.5km from the Brisbane CBD, The Milton is situated within an exclusive Blue Chip suburb. A $120 million project, The Milton is a 31-storey residential tower the includes retail tenancies, commercial tenancies and 298 apartments. SEQ corporate offices are located between the Gold Coast and Brisbane making easy access to jobs all over South East Queensland. SEQ also services regional areas having recently completed jobs in Mackay and Townsville.

each year of operation through careful planning and being backed by talented, energetic and industrious people with committed values. We desire to work in a way that always reflects diligence, industriousness, honesty and integrity, maintaining compliance with all industry standards, procedures and best practices. SEQ strength lies in the culture and Christian values of the company and our people. Our culture of quality and safety is threaded through words and deeds each day across all levels of our company. SEQ seeks to uniquely foster a Christian ethos and uphold values of honesty, integrity and respect.

Current projects that the Queensland-based company are working on include the Queensland Children’s Hospital Academic and Research Facility, Westfield Pacific Fair and The Next Hotel Brisbane. SEQ offers an extensive range of expert cleaning services including external abseil window cleaning, commercial office cleaning, warehouse cleaning including high dusting and retail commercial cleaning, floor strip and sealing and car park sweeping and scrubbing. What makes SEQ Construction Cleaning stand out from their competitors is SEQ has consistently and sustainably grown with 116 QLD PROJECT FEATURE the Milton

For more information contact SEQ Construction Cleaning, 36/20 Ellerslie Road, Meadowbrook QLD 4131, phone 07 3200 4040, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Douglas Partners completed geotechnical investigation, reporting and modelling on The Milton.

With a number of high-level residential developments in Brisbane either completed, or about to be completed, The Milton has set a high standard for the Queensland capital city.

Douglas Partners started back in the 1960’s and are a Geotechnical, Environmental and Groundwater Consulting Engineering company with offices nationally and have some 400 staff on their books.

Douglas Partners played an important role in The Milton project undertaking geotechnical investigation and reporting, shoring wall-modelling and analysis, as well as construction inspections for the shoring wall and building foundations.

The company is currently working on a number of multi-storey residential developments across Brisbane including the Grace on Coronation Project in Toowong, The Gurner Development in Fortitude Valley, 550 Queen Street, Brisbane and The Mill Development in Albion. Their Brisbane office is also working on numerous smaller residential, industrial, commercial and mining projects across Queensland and Douglas Partners in general has projects across Australia and Papua New Guinea.

This development required computer modelling and analysis of the basement shoring wall to retain Milton Railway Station which is one of the most important stations in the Queensland Rail network. This work assisted the Structural Engineers (Glynn Tucker and Associates - GTA) to design and document the shoring wall. Six people worked closely on The Milton which came down to precision planning and logistics with not only Douglas Partners, but also with the project designers and developers. Significant works and liaison was required with the three parties as well as Queensland Rail to reduce potential risks to railway infrastructure and operations for one of Queensland’s busiest and most important railway stations. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Douglas Partners Pty Ltd, 439 Montague Road, West End QLD 4101, phone 07 3237 8900, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE The Milton 117

Below Australian Access Hire contributed their fleet for works undertaken on The Milton.

Australian Access Hire were contracted to provide the necessary access equipment to builders and contractors on The Milton. Since commencement in 2006, Australian Access Hire have provided cost-effective machinery of the highest standard, specialising in forklifts, scissor lifts and various other industrial lifts.

Providing Elevated work Platforms and Access Equipment, their current projects include works at Sunshine Coast Hospital, the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast, the Barangaroo Development, Laing O’Rourke's MUR Relocation project, Lendlease's Darling Harbour Live project and the Gold Coast Hospital.

Their team of around 50 people have extensive industry experience, all highly qualified to offer site inspections to ensure their clients are offered a suitable solution based on their requirements. Australian Access Hire are a family owned company that are committed to providing superior service to their loyal customers. Australian Access Hire are constantly updating their fleet of equipment and have an in-house service department to ensure that all equipment is maintained to regulatory safety standards. They also work closely with their customers to provide the equipment required to complete their projects safely. Australian Access Hire has two offices in Australia with their New South Wales base in Ingleburn and in the Queensland suburb of Willawong, however they undertake the work nationally. 118 QLD PROJECT FEATURE the Milton

For more information contact Australian Access Hire Pty Ltd, 48 York Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565, phone 1300 850 488, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Acoustic Logic Consultancy were engaged to assess the noise and vibration impacts in and around The Milton.

Acoustic Logic Consultancy has been in business for over 21 years and has brought a new level of expertise to the market place in the highly specialised areas of noise and vibration engineering.

of critical listening spaces, auditoria, studios, and impact noise from floors. Acoustic Logic employs around 50 professional and dedicated staff, and had two of their staff on site at any one time.

Acoustic Logic were engaged to assess the noise and vibration impacts from a number of sources in and around the development. The Milton is adjacent to the Milton railway station, and also has other noise emissions from mechanical services such as air conditioning and ventilation and also acoustic privacy between apartments. Acoustic Logic also completed assessments on the noise impact from traffic on the development.

The company has worked on over 10,000 projects ranging from some of the world’s most impressive buildings and engineering projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, UAE, United Kingdom and Europe.

Acoustic Logic has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and internationally in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Greece. They have introduced innovations, streamlining, rationalising and value engineering projects to assist clients with their projects. They specialise in noise and vibration consulting which includes sound transmission between rooms; environmental noise emissions from plant, entertainment, modelling, assessment and treatment; traffic, railway and aircraft noise and vibration; construction noise and vibration assessment, management and monitoring, acoustic design WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

They are currently working on a large number of commercial and residential towers and hospital developments throughout Australia including: • The Sunshine Coast University Hospital • Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Centre Precinct • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre • 1 William Street and the RNA Showgrounds in Queensland • Australia 108 in Victoria (the tallest building by roof height and second tallest by full height in Australia) For more information contact Acoustic Logic Consultancy Pty Ltd, Level 6, North Point, 231 North Quay, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3211 5591, fax 07 3839 6194 email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE The Milton 119

Savvy Sophistication DEVELOPER : Silverstone Developments Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Blackwatch Projects Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Mode Design ENGINEER : Lambert and Rehbein PROJECT VALUE : $55 million


Sassari Apartments is a $55M sophisticated boutique riverfront development located in Brisbane’s West End consisting of 94 environmentally friendly luxury apartments. Nestled on the banks of the Brisbane River in culturally savvy West End you’ll find 94 of the most sophisticated boutique and environmentally friendly apartments on offer today. Sassari is a riverfront development that successfully delivers luxury apartments with generous floor plans, well designed flow and high end finishes. Sassari Apartments is the latest development by Silverstone Developments Pty Ltd and built by Blackwatch Projects Pty Ltd, one of Brisbane’s leading privately owned, mid-tier construction companies. Founding Managing Director Darren Lucey has been actively involved in delivering landmark commercial and residential projects in Queensland since the early 90’s with Brad Anderson, who manages the construction team and Compliance Manager Denis Nowland having more than 50 years of experience in delivering commercial, residential, retail and industrial projects throughout the region. Blackwatch Projects focuses on innovative and quality mid-sized commercial and residential projects from $1 million to $150 million. Their clients include state and local governments, property developers, community organisations and commercial developers. The Sassari Apartments are a mix of one and two bedroom apartments over seven levels and offers river and city views. Due to the project’s close proximity to the Brisbane River, extensive environmental protection measures had to be taken to ensure construction had no detrimental impact on the surrounding area or the iconic Brisbane River. These measures included a number of environmental aspects such as air emissions, liquid and solid waste, storage of hazardous materials, water usage, energy usage, noise and waste-water discharge. Blackwatch Projects prides itself on using carbon conscience materials and construction practices to minimise the environmental impact of their work. “A full-time Health Safety and Environmental Coordinator is based on-site for the duration of a project, to ensure compliance with both Safety and Environmental legislation,” said Denis. The apartments have been designed to maximise available floor space and create a harmonious flow throughout with ample WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

natural light. Residents can also enjoy the sky deck, pool and BBQ entertainment area day or night. Every apartment offers Blackwatch Projects’ trademark high quality finishes with no defects. “We have a limit on the number of projects we accept each year,” informed Brad. “This enables us to deliver on our promise of quality construction, timely delivery and customer satisfaction. A member of the Senior Management Team is accountable and in direct contact with the client on every project.” The majority of their work is repeat business from a select client base through consistently delivering exceptional results for their clients, regardless of project size. Blackwatch Projects specialises in a number of delivery methods, including design and construct, lump sum and construction management. The Design and Construct delivery method is becoming increasingly popular across the Blackwatch client base. “We create specialist teams for every project from leading architects in their field to interior designers, consultants, planners and construction crews,” said Denis. “This ensures we can add value for our clients, particularly through the design phase of each project.” Blackwatch Projects comprehensive services, include conceptual design, town planning, architectural design, construction documentation, construction and project delivery. As the company undertakes a high percentage of design and construct projects, the team is fully informed on town planning, building regulations, design solutions and authority requirements which allows them to pro-actively work with the client to ensure the most efficient delivery. From an innovative building design through to construction, Blackwatch Projects can tailor the perfect package to suit the versatility and viability of any project. The company have successfully delivered a diverse range of construction projects for both private sector and Government clients. For more information contact Blackwatch Projects Pty Ltd, 18 Maud Street, Newstead QLD 4006, phone 07 3216 0533, fax 07 3216 0558, website


Below G&H Plant Hire provided specialist plant hire machinery to Sassari Apartments.

Quality, dedication, understanding, providing specialist plant hire machinery and a commitment to achieving social, economic and environmental sustainability is second nature to G&H Plant Hire. This ensured they were part of the dedicated team working on the luxury Sassari Apartment development in trendy West End on the Brisbane River.

equipment, screeners and dumpers, many with the latest GPS modelling. “We specialise in the dry/wet hiring of plant to the building, mining and civil engineering industry,” said Padraig. “Our industry experience will match the best equipment for your project needs. Our people thrive on challenge—working together to deliver consistent value to all our clients.”

Spanning the residential, industrial, commercial and infrastructure sectors G&H is a diversified civil construction, demolition and plant hire company. They’re well known for having the highest level of business integrity and expertise in equipment, resources and technology. Their innovative processes have enabled them to complete even the toughest construction project.

The G&H fleet also offers a transportation service ranging from 7.5 tonne Beaver Tails to 80 tonne Low Loaders, 5 tonne to 80 tonne Heavy Excavators and Zero Tails, Skidsteer Loaders, Benford & Thwaites Straight-Tip, Swivel-Tip and Tracked Dumpers that are durable in all aspects of material handling.

“Our dedication to quality and excellence, coupled with our knowledge of the intricate issues that surround the industry, ensure that a high level of competency in all areas of project operation and management is achieved on every job, every time,” said Padraig Haskins. “Our extensive project experience, exceptional teamwork, innovative methods and national reach continue to set us apart.” Their plant hire division has a comprehensive range of new specialised plant and machinery for hire from 5 tonne to 60 tonne earthmoving 122 QLD PROJECT FEATURE SASSARI APARTMENTS

From excavation to landscaping, demolition to civil, moving material for concrete pours, debris removal, or transporting spoil in or out of tight workspaces, G&H have a modern fleet to suit every requirement.

For more information contact G&H Plant Hire, 243 Stapylton-Jocobs Well Road, Stapylton QLD 4207, phone 07 3382 7598, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Project Lighting & Electrical provided high quality electrical and network fit outs to automation and security services on The Sassari Apartments.

With more than 30 years experience in the electrical industry, award-winning Project Lighting & Electrical (PLEQLD) Pty Ltd outshone their competitors. Experienced in residential, commercial, retail and industrial electrical work and smart solutions the qualified and capable PLEQLD team provided quality, innovation and service. “We cater to all size projects and requirements, from small multi-residential jobs to large-scale commercial projects,” informed Trent Ridings, PLEQLD CEO. “My skilled team provide our clients with the highest quality electrical products and services available.”

PLEQLD offer a range of services tailored to every need for the office, shop or factory fitout; mains and switchboard upgrades; data, telecommunications and network cabling; office, shop or home automation; smart wiring; lighting installations; security and garden lighting, dimmers and fans; circuit wiring and rewiring; smoke detectors; power points, 3-phase electrical, safety switches, surge protection, tag and test, electrical safety inspection and more. PLEQLD has vast industry experience in most electrical and data systems. They take pride in their work and the products they supply, along with the highest services available. Putting it simply—they care about their customers and their needs.

Sassari Apartments is an eight level luxury apartment building with generous floor plans, a well-designed flow and high end finishes. Due to the apartment’s close proximity to the Brisbane River, extensive environmental protection measures had to be taken. At Sassari PLEQLD provided high quality electrical and network fit outs to automation and security services. “This project has the latest and greatest on offer from the lobby right through to every apartment. There’s a 90% energy efficiency rating.” Trent enthused. “It was wonderful being involved in such an innovative development.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Project Lighting & Electrical Pty Ltd, Level 18, 333 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, mobile 0430 103 107, fax 07 323 1200, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE SASSARI APARTMENTS 123

badge of success Main construction company : Badge Architect : Brown Falconer Project Value : $65 Million

The $65M Brickworks Marketplace combines the ideal retail experience while incorporating Torrensville’s historic kiln and landmark chimney. Some new stores include Woolworths, Big W and Dan Murphys. Completed in June 2015, the $65 million Brickworks Marketplace in the Adelaide suburb of Torrensville, offers a new and vibrant retail choice for the community while paying tribute to the history of the site. Located just five kilometres from the Adelaide CBD, the 17,000m2 shopping centre includes a Woolworths supermarket, Big W and Dan Murphy’s. The development also incorporates 41 specialty shops, offering shoppers a diverse choice of retail outlets in addition to everyday shopping needs. Construction company BADGE was contracted to design and construct the suburban shopping centre. The project was hard money tender with a project completion date of August 21, 2015. Central to the Brickworks Marketplace are its historic features – the centre has been built around the old brickworks kiln and landmark chimney, and over the pug holes of the original brickworks, where clay was removed. 124 SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace

According to BADGE’s Mark Wyatt, in addition to its retail offerings, one of the standout features of the Brickworks Marketplace is the shopping centre’s sympathy to its heritage site. “This includes the graphics depicting the heritage of the site as a clay brick pug hole and the re-use of bricks within the development, recovered from the demolition of two cottages within the restaurant precinct. The use of brick facings also tie the building to the adjacent kiln,” says Mark. Given the history of the site being used as a brickworks, there were a few issues that had to be considered and overcome during the retail centre’s construction. “The site was an old rubbish dump that had been decommissioned since 1974,” explains Mark. “Therefore the early works on site included compacting and filing the dump with up to 7 metres of fill. We imported 302,700 tonnes of material to fill the hole.” With such a large amount of material needed to fill the hole, unsurprisingly, the site saw an increase in traffic, with trucks arriving at AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

the site every three minutes, six days a week. This in turn caused traffic congestion on Adelaide’s main north south corridor. “Significant planning went into mapping routes and minimising impact on traffic routes and businesses, such as splitting truck routes, slowing traffic and so on,” adds Mark. “There was also the issue of the management of site contaminants that existed as a result of the previous usage as a rubbish dump. Environmental engineers were fully engaged and conducted monitoring throughout the site and plant used on site.” The use of the deep impact compaction technique with a heritage kiln within 10 metres of the boundary of the site also needed to be considered. “We achieved deep impact compaction whilst maintaining full vibration monitoring to the heritage kiln in accordance with DIN 4150 part 3 [short-term vibration on structures] and results less than 3.0mm per second,” says Mark. “The deep impact technology enabled existing materials to be managed on site with limited remediation. All site was cut to a level WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to suit in-ground services so that during install there was no risk of contamination to workers.” Excluding the design team, the Brickworks Marketplace development saw around 1420 workers on site at its peak. BADGE worked with a number of stakeholders during the shopping centre’s construction, including the developers Fabcot Pty Ltd (later Charter Hall). “The City of West Torrens were also very supportive. We also worked with the Development Assessment Commission and the South Australian Heritage Council,” says Mark. Adding to the success of the shopping centre construction for BADGE is the development’s completion ahead of the August 21 deadline. “The project has been completed 66 days early due to the gains achieved during earthworks and remediation.”

For more information contact BADGE, 9 Anzac Highway, Keswick SA 5035, phone 08 8293 5099, fax 08 8293 5799, email adelaide@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace 125

Below Brown Falconer provided Architecture and Design services to the Brickworks Marketplace.

Recently having celebrated their 70th birthday, Brown Falconer is a practice that is dedicated to creating better architecture for their clients and the community. The company works with clients from multiple sectors of the construction industry, including retail, commercial, multi residential, education, health, aged care and local government. With a design team of 30, Brown Falconer focus on celebrating the importance of place and location. This is evident through their work on the Brickworks Marketplace. Brown Falconer provided master planning, architectural and interior design services for the 25,000m2 retail development and with a team of six people, worked over a five year period to develop a plan which creates an activated retail street connected to the broader community.

“Material cues and interpretive art work reference the history of the site as a brick works through to the retail centre and provide an evocative design connection which offers a strong sense of place and identity to the development.” “The site presented unique challenges with a significant depression from years of excavation, adjacency to the heritage listed kiln and chimney and environmental impacts from years of industrial use,” he adds. “A unique compaction solution was devised to fill the site and allow construction of the centre and car parking, because soil quality was so poor that a basement construction was unfeasible.”

The plan incorporates pedestrian linkages and culminates at a restaurant and hospitality precinct, focused around the heritage kiln and outdoor plaza.

Brown Falconer are also working on retail town centre developments in Western Australia and a major mixed use redevelopment of the former Balfours site in the CBD of Adelaide where the same techniques of reference and historic connection are being explored.

“The project represented a major urban regeneration opportunity to redevelop a former industrial site which had been used as markets and which had been the subject of numerous unfulfilled proposals, into a major retail centre,” Brown Falconer’s Mario Dreosti says.

For more information contact Brown Falconer, 28 Chesser Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8203 5800, fax 08 8223 2440, email bfg., website

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Below Douglas Partners provided supervision and testing of the ground and earthworks for the Brickworks Marketplace.

Douglas Partners provided supervision and testing of the ground improvement and over 500,000m³ of bulk earthworks for the Brickworks Marketplace project.

With more than 50 years experience and the completion of over 80,000 projects, Douglas Partners specialises in the fields of geotechnics, environment, groundwater and laboratory testing.

The project presented special challenges for the consultancy services firm, with existing variable fill and a large quantity of imported fill, as well as tight settlement and compaction requirements. Douglas Partners worked closely with builders BADGE Constructions and specialist contractor Landpac Technologies to develop a practical and cost effective approach to these challenges.

The Australian firm is wholly owned by its employees and its experienced staff includes Geotechnical, Environmental and Groundwater engineers plus scientists and Earthworks Testing Technicians throughout the country. With a strong appreciation of the practical considerations and requirements on clients’ projects, the firm continues to sustain strong and productive working relationships with its clients, while setting high standards in the delivery of its services.

“The method of High Energy Impact Compaction was adopted to compact the existing subgrade, thus avoided rehandling of existing fill,” Douglas Partners Andrew Middleton explains. “It was also beneficial in the reuse of existing brick and other materials that are often sent to landfill and backfilling the pit with a by product of quarry crushing operations using deep lifts.

Douglas Partners has regional offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne, Darwin and Perth and branch offices in Geelong, Cairns, Macarthur, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Wollongong and Central Coast.

“This was all beneficial for the community and the environment as it resulted in fewer trucks on Adelaide streets, less greenhouse emissions, didn’t fill up landfills and didn’t use non-renewable resources unnecessarily, with less time and cost.”

For more information contact Douglas Partners Pty Ltd, 439 Montague Road, West End QLD 4101, phone 07 3237 8900, fax 07 3237 8999 email, website


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Below Boral Asphalt supplied asphalt and prime for the Brickworks Marketplace car park.

With an experienced team capable of delivering quality outcomes on tricky projects, Boral Asphalt continues to demonstrate their expertise when it comes to delivering asphalt works on significant projects – including the Brickworks Marketplace. Boral Asphalt’s Contracting Operations Manager David Boots says the company supplied and laid asphalt and prime to the Brickworks’ car park areas. “The job incorporated the production and laying of red-coloured asphalt at the entranceway to the car park to match the iconic red brick stack at the old brickworks site,” David explains. “The red-coloured asphalt is a special process requiring considerable preparation prior and during the works to prevent contamination of the colouring.

As one of the leaders in asphalt paving, pavement construction and maintenance, Boral Asphalt supplies its asphalt products and materials for the surfacing and maintenance of road networks across Australia. This is combined with a high standard of engineering expertise, road technology, product durability, quality and a technical service. Boral Asphalt also provides construction industry advice regarding materials selection, including asphalt and paving materials, performance, compliance and durability. Its skilled and experienced team delivers asphalt road maintenance services to councils, contractors, asset owners and managers. Additionally, it supplies a number of asphalt paving products and various surface treatments and spray seals.

“We needed to ensure all equipment was clean prior to the works to prevent discolouration. We also needed to liaise with our client – BADGE and other contractors on site to ensure the process went smoothly,” he adds.

Boral Asphalt is working on a series of road reconstruction projects, which have been commissioned by the state government as well as airside pavement works at the Adelaide Airport.

Daniele Galeano managed the project for Boral, and around 25 people were involved in the job from laying crews to production personnel, to laboratory and technical staff.

For more information contact Boral Asphalt, 69 Mooringe Avenue, Plympton SA 5038, phone 08 8351 1832, fax 08 8351 1834, email, website

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Below Landpac Australia provided ground impact compaction services for the construction of the Brickworks Marketplace.

Established in 1995 in Australia, Landpac Technologies Pty Ltd specialises in providing and implementing ground improvement solutions on compressible unstable sub-grades and deep lift compaction with the use of impact compaction.

Energy) Impact Compactor with a 15t Impact Drum Module, which is the largest impact compactor available in Australia. This was required to achieve the necessary deep compaction and the specified differential settlements of less than 15mm.

Landpac was engaged as a specialist ground improvement sub-contractor by BADGE Construction (SA) Pty Ltd on the Woolworths Brickworks Marketplace development in Adelaide that consists of Big W and Woolworths Supermarkets and other retail outlet on a 4.7 ha site.

Approximately 100,000m3 of fill was imported to achieve the design levels. As a more cost effective and quicker alternative, the fill was placed in approximately 1m thick layers and compacted with impact compaction. A bearing capacity of 250kPa for the foundations was achieved.

The site was formerly used as a brick manufacturing plant and quarry. The production of bricks ceased in 1979 and the site was filled with a variety of materials including demolition, industrial and quarry wastes ranging in depths up to 11.5m. It was economically prohibitive to remove and replace the un-controlled fill materials on site and a ground improvement solution was formulated using deep impact compaction for the in-situ compaction of the existing fills. The site was partially excavated to 2.3m below finished floor level and the residual in-situ fills compacted using Landpac’s 175kJ (Kinetic WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Geotechnical testing and verification of the sub-grade design parameters were provided by Douglas Partners Pty Ltd. Landpac (Australia) provides impact compaction services throughout Australia and to the Asia Pacific region.

For more information contact Landpac, PO Box 132, Seven Hills NSW 1730, phone 1300 237 045, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace 129

Below Diverse Fire provided and installed fire protection systems on the Brickworks Marketplace.

Providing excellence in the field of fire protection, Diverse Fire takes pride in continually maintaining harmonious relationships when working on significant developments such as the Brickworks Marketplace. Specialising in the installation of fire protection systems, Diverse Fire designs, manufactures and installs fire pipe and sprinkler systems including hydrants, hose reels, pumps, tanks and underground plumbing. The company also provides labour hire and fabrication services to other fire industry organisations.

meet the project deadline. As with every project, challenges can often arise and the Brickworks Market was no different. Not only was the base building required to be finished on time, the tenancies fit out works (which were works outside the project program) also had to be delivered on time to meet hand over requirements. A family-owned and operated business now entering its third generation in fire protection, Diverse Fire’s Director Angelo D’Alfonso has over 35 years of experience in the fire industry. The business employs more than 15 staff who collectively have over 50 years of knowledge and expertise in the industry.

Working on the Brickworks Marketplace, Diverse Fire provided the installation of fire protection systems to the development. This included the fabrication and installation of fire pipework and sprinklers to Woolworths, Big W, Dan Murphy’s and the tenancies within the complex. Diverse Fire also installed extinguishers, hose reels, hydrants, pumps and tanks on the project.

Other projects that Diverse Fire have worked on include the extension of the Gilles Plains Shopping Centre (including the new Aldi and Woolworths Store), Ozone Cinemas in Glenelg, Wallaroo Town Centre, Origin Energy Glenside Hospital retro fit as well as labour hire and fabrication works.

Ensuring the project deadline was adhered to, Diverse Fire had a team of eight on site with additional staff working behind the scenes. As the project was built on three consecutive fronts, Woolworths, Big W and the malls and tenancies were all constructed at the same time to

For more information contact Diverse Fire Group Pty Ltd, 1 Starr Avenue, North Plympton SA 5037, phone 08 8376 8506, email

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Below Ace Panel Systems provided extensive insulated products for the Woolworths store at the centre.

With a staff that has collectively more than 100 years of experience in the insulated panel industries, Ace Panel Systems always ensures it provides a quality product and service – all at competitive prices and to client satisfaction. A local Adelaide company, Ace Panel Systems employs around 30 staff members. They mainly supply and install sandwich panel structures from EPS, Xflam and PIR core panels to BCA Groups 1 and 2, and FM Global Class 1. The company is also a recommended member of the Insulated Panel Council of Australasia Ltd (IPCA). Given the company’s experience and expertise, they were a sensible choice to work on the Woolworths store at the Brickworks Marketplace. “Ace Panel Systems supplied and installed to the Woolworths store insulated sandwich panel doors, walls and ceilings to coolrooms, freezers, bulkheads and internal builders walling for the refrigeration company and builder,” joint Directors Dean Franke and Joel Eley explain. “Two crews of two men worked on the project. The only challenge we experienced was the unusually large panel bulkhead up to the roof of the building, as the roof was also insulated.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With their extensive knowledge of the panel industry, combined with an ability to design and construct any structure and associated building works from sandwich panel, Ace Panel Systems’ services continue to be in demand across Adelaide. The company also offers its clients a no-obligation measure and quote service as well as CAD drafting and a maintenance and service department. Currently, Ace Panel Systems are completing a number of other insulated panel projects for Woolworths around Adelaide as well as On the Run convenience stores, other independent supermarkets and fuel stores for refrigeration companies. Ace Panel Systems is also carrying out insulated panel works for various take away businesses, Lion Nathan, food storage and production areas for Adelaide’s Mercorella Group, winery stores, clean rooms, liquor stores and more – mostly for builders and the refrigeration trade.

For more information contact Ace Panel Systems Pty Ltd, 5 High Street, Dry Creek SA 5094, phone 08 8359 4317, fax 08 8359 4318, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace 131

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Below Boral Masonry supplied and built the retaining wall system for Brickworks Marketplace.

As a recognised leader in paving and retaining walls, Boral Roofing & Masonry were the obvious choice when it came to constructing the retaining wall at the Brickworks Marketplace.

As well as Pyrmont®, Boral supplies and constructs other types of retaining walls, including Keystone®, an angled block profile which can also be built up to 12m.

Boral supplied and built the retaining wall system using Pyrmont® blocks. Featuring a straight edge, Pyrmont® can be used to build walls up to 12m high – when designed by a suitably qualified engineer and combined with soil reinforcement.

For smaller heights and a different look, Boral offers other walling solutions including Gardenwall®, Heathstone® Grande, Heathstone® Regal and Litewall®. It also has a collection of commercial segmental paving systems engineered for high volume traffic and heavy loading. Manufacturing and supplying building materials in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, Boral’s range includes concrete and terracotta roof tiles, bricks, blocks, retaining walls and pavers. In South Australia, Boral offers installation services as well.

“The wall built at Brickworks Marketplace is currently 43.8m2 with an average height of 900mm. A total of 482 blocks were used and it took approximately four days to complete,” Boral Roofing & Masonry’s Charlie Condo says. “The advantage of this block retaining wall is that no concrete footing was required, it can be extended quite easily and it is also unattractive to graffiti vandalism due to its split face texture.” “The wall was constructed early in the project and had to be durable enough to handle construction plant, materials laydown and general construction activities whilst maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the block and integrity of the wall.” 134 SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace

The Brickworks Marketplace is one of a number of projects Boral has undertaken for BADGE, with both companies enjoying a strong business relationship that works well at all levels of their site and management teams. Boral is also working on several local government/public space paving projects. For more information contact Boral Roofing & Masonry, 1161 Main North Road, Pooraka SA 5095, phone 1300 360 255, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Moddex provided flexible and cost-effective Tuffstop Trolley Bays for Brickworks Marketplace.

As Australia’s leading developer and manufacturer of modular steel handrails, guardrails, balustrades and barrier solutions, Moddex Group’s innovative systems have been successfully installed across a range of sectors, including construction, mining and civil applications. Sold throughout Australia and New Zealand, Moddex provides flexible and costeffective systems that make the installation of handrails and balustrades simple. BADGE Constructions selected Moddex Tuffstop Trolley Bays as part of the redevelopment of Brickworks Marketplace. Located in Adelaide and developed by Woolworths Limited, new trolley bays were required to meet the shopping centre’s high traffic demands. “Moddex manufactured trolley bays to meet Woolworths’ standard criteria. Following manufacturing of the bays, a small crew then installed the bays on site while fitting in with the builder’s schedule,” said Area Sales Manager at Moddex Reuben Jensen. Manufactured from hot-dip galvanised steel for enhanced corrosion protection, Moddex Tuffstop Trolley Bays and Safety Bollards are independently load tested to Australian Standard AS 1170. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With a range of proprietary designs available off-the-shelf for immediate installation, Moddex Tuffstop Trolley Bays provide significant benefits over the traditionally-welded alternatives usually seen at shopping centres, “Because no welding is required, the systems can be assembled quickly and simply, eliminating fabrication costs, hot works permits and site shut-downs. There is also a reduced safety risk for both the installer and to the public as the bays can be easily removed, repaired, modified or extended,” Reuben added. Moddex is working on a variety of projects in the retail sector, including works for Masters, Woolworths, Bunnings, Coles and other shopping centres – including Mt Gravatt Plaza and Pacific Fair. The projects are located across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

For more information contact Moddex Group, 44 Kalman Drive, Boronia VIC 3155, phone 1800 663 339, fax 03 8202 5109, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace 135

Below Tad-Mar Electrical provided the electrical package for Woolworths Supermarket on the Brickworks Marketplace.

Known for their depth of knowledge, resources and quality workmanship, Tad-Mar Electrical was awarded Woolworths Supermarket’s electrical package for the Brickworks Marketplace. Works consisted of the supply and installation of switchboards, lighting and power, standby power generation, exit and emergency lighting, Siemon Certified cabling system and essential life services. Energy efficient LED lighting was installed throughout the majority of the store’s produce areas, providing a cost-effective lighting solution. Tad-Mar is proud to be associated with this project having produced high-quality work with a full time site supervisor, monitoring six A Class electricians and two communication technicians. Tad-Mar Electrical, which was established in 1975, specialises in electrical services, structured cabling systems and maintenance. It has a dedicated workforce of 65 people, focusing on medium to large commercial projects. Its current projects include three major Adelaide shopping centres, two 100-bed residential care facilities and ongoing maintenance with several major retailers throughout South Australia. For more information contact Tad-Mar Electrical, 2-6 Dundee Avenue, Holden Hill SA 5088, phone 08 8261 4144, email admin@tadmar., website 136 SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace

Below Gambier Earth Movers provided levelling services for Brickwork’s building’s base, carparks and roads.

It was laser-guided machine control that ensured Gambier Earth Movers (GEM) provided pinpoint levelling when preparing the Brickworks Marketplace’s base for the building’s slabs, car parks and roads. Using a New Holland tractor grader with the laser-guided controller, the operator simply steered the machine, lifting and turning the cutting blade as required. “Not only does this ensure the correct levels are achieved, but it also minimises excess material being used, therefore keeping the job to budget and saving time,” says GEM’s Project Engineer Connor Dunne. GEM’s also working with BADGE at Mount Gambier’s UniSA, completing earthworks, building pad construction, stormwater, road construction and paving. They also operate the only hotmix asphalt plant in the South East and has a sealing operation, both of which have ongoing contracts with local councils. GEM also has quarries in South Australia and Western Victoria, and a significant fleet of earthmoving plant, trucks and support machinery. For more information contact Gambier Earth Movers Pty Ltd, 29 Avey Road, Mount Gambier SA 5290, phone 08 8725 4093, fax 08 8723 0049, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Dig-It Landscapes provided landscaping services and play equipment to the Brickworks Marketplace.

Creating visually-inspiring spaces that encourage people to embrace the beauty of the outdoors, Dig-It Landscapes has transformed multi-million dollar streetscape and local infrastructure projects, schools, parklands and prestige commercial and multi-residential properties. Having been around for more than 25 years, Dig-It has grown from a two-man team to become one of Australia’s largest landscape construction companies, with offices in QLD, SA and the ACT. Works completed at the Brickworks Marketplace has reinforced Dig-It’s reputation for excellence – completing landscaping to the car park and building surrounds, pavements, furniture and landscaping around the heritage kiln. Construction centred on the kiln interface area and included around 550m² of exposed aggregate concrete, four low-seating walls, a large piece of play equipment with 72m² of rubber softfall and Water Sensitive Urban Design rain gardens and irrigated softscapes. “The kiln is well-loved by locals and has long been a place to spend weekends at the markets, eateries and bars, socialising with family and friends,” Dig-It Landscapes Project Manager Anthony Noble says. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Dig-It has transformed what was recently just a pathway into a functional and vibrant space again, enhancing the central hub and appearing as a natural extension of the new shopping centre.” “In keeping with the history of the building and the overall feel of the heritage-listed kiln, the brick seating wall was constructed with similar-looking recycled brick, and the use of exposed aggregate concrete pavements allowed for water-themed features with two different mixes of concrete to further complement the aesthetics. The new play equipment provides a family amenity and allows parents to dine in comfortable proximity to the children’s entertainment,” Anthony adds. “The project was not without its logistical challenges, however our team responded quickly and maintained open communication with other trades on site to deal with and overcome all of the challenges we experienced efficiently,” Anthony says.

For more information contact Dig-It Landscapes Pty Ltd, Unit 2/52 Maria Street, Thebarton SA 5031, phone 08 8352 6589, fax 08 8354 4260, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace 137

Below Fab Floors completed the vinyl floors for Big W and Woolworths on the Brickworks Marketplace.

Specialists in high quality finish and detailed concrete work. Proud to have worked in association with Badge Constructions on the Brickworks Marketplace project.

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Since 1978, Fab Floors Pty Ltd remains highly dedicated to providing its clients with outstanding work while exceeding expectations. Its reputation for care into the preparation of flooring (resulting in a great look and a longer-lasting floor), saw the company chosen to complete vinyl floors for Big W and Woolworths for the Brickworks Marketplace. Fab Floors recognised that the floors would see a high amount of foot traffic and it was important they were strong and able to withstand a high-level of usage. This consideration to detail demonstrates Fab Floors’ efforts to please builders’ clients with its quality installations, resulting in less problems for the builder. The company’s hard-working staff are specialists in what they do. In addition to innovating ways to make a project better, the company has spent time training its staff and expense in acquiring the latest equipment. It has branches in Sydney and Arundel in QLD, and travels to remote supermarkets and retail stores. The company just finished flooring for Woolworths Broken Hill and Big W Townsville. For more information contact Fab Floors Pty Ltd, 177 Bonds Road (corner Jindalee Place), Riverwood NSW 2210, phone 1800 FAB FLOORS, email, website 138 SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace


Below P&L Giamarelos painted the exterior and interior building for the Brickworks Marketplace.

Having been in the painting business for around 20 years, P&L Giamarelos Pty Ltd has gained a solid reputation within the building industry. As a result, the company continues to provide their painting services on major projects across Adelaide, including the recent Brickworks Marketplace development. Founded by Peter Giamarelos in 1995 (who originally worked as a painter for a business), P&L Giamarelos has expanded from a small company that employed two to three workers to employing a staff of ten. Five of the company’s staff worked on the Brickworks Marketplace, which involved painting the entire building, inside and out. While the job itself did require the painting of many precast walls (including one that required many colours), the works carried out by P&L were mostly straight forward and the job went smoothly. The company is proud to be associated with BADGE, especially on the prestigious Brickworks Marketplace project. Working in the commercial, industrial and residential industries, as well as the Brickworks Marketplace, P&L has completed internal and external painting on a number of large developments. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

These projects include internal and external painting for the Whyalla Hospital, which P&L recently completed (and a larger project in comparison to the Brickworks Marketplace), Stage 1 of the Sturt Living facility in Adelaide and Big W Cumberland Park. In terms of working within the residential industry, in addition to providing painting services for residential developments, P&L Giamarelos completes ongoing interior and exterior painting on large and extensive homes, including high-end two-storey villas. The P&L Giamarelos team is currently being kept busy working on projects across a range of industries. This includes the St Clair Apartments project in Adelaide, the Royal Flying Doctor Service base at Adelaide Airport and the new Woolworths supermarket at Playford (part of the Playford Alive shopping centre development).

For more information contact P&L Giamarelos Pty Ltd, 26 Lysle Street, Brooklyn Park SA 5032, phone 08 8352 8180, fax 08 8351 9502, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE Brickworks marketplace 139

an impressive operation The $195M Stage C of the Lyell McEwin Hospital is the final stage of the $350M redevelopment. The completed hospital which will now provide Northern Adelaide with state-of-the-art medical resources and technologies. Client : SA Health Main Construction Company : Hansen Yuncken PROJECT MANAGERS : DPTI ARCHITECTS : Principal - Cheesman Architects, Support - Silver Thomas Hanley STRUCTURAL CIVIL ENGINEERS : Wallbridge & Gilbert SERVICES ENGINEERS : Bestec COST MANAGER : Rider Levett Bucknell Project Value : $195 Million



Opening as a small country hospital in 1959, today the Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) is the premier hospital of Northern Adelaide and is recognised as a leading teaching institution for health care professionals. Since 2002, a $350 million three stage redevelopment has been occurring to meet the needs of the growing northern suburbs and surrounding areas by masterful construction managers Hansen Yuncken. As one of Australia's leading construction companies, Hansen Yuncken are at the forefront of change and innovation in the building industry. Founded by Lauritz Hansen and Otto Yuncken in Victoria 1918, the company has been in operation since. They have retained the tradition of quality and business integrity, although the faces and methods have changed over the years. As a company, Hansen Yuncken’s lean, local ownership structure gives us the edge in flexibility and responsiveness to changing requirements, whether client, market or technology driven. “Our values define us: what we offer, what makes us special, it’s the way we do business.” Hansen Yuncken has over 650 staff Australiawide. Since 2010, the company have been developing an in-house collaboration and information management platform, called HYway. Developed using Microsoft SharePoint the system integrates the disparate systems to provide intelligent reporting at all levels. Integrating with geographical and spatial environments allows Hansen Yuncken, their business partners and clients to better understand projects in an enhanced visual representation. The use of electronic workflows in place of paper forms and future integration with Building Information Modelling (BIM) provides efficiencies in all aspects of their business. With the implementation of their award winning platform HYway, Hansen Yuncken usher in a revolutionary new era in project management and effective communication. The Lyell McEwin Hospital is one of the projects benefiting from BIM and HYway. The adoption of the latest technologies has enabled the design and construction team to work smarter, faster and more efficiently, improving co-operation across the whole supply chain and providing a more engaged environment. Hansen Yuncken’s expertise is acknowledged in all sectors of the building and construction WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

industry. They’ve completed over 4500 projects during their 98 years and the LMH is one of their significant landmark projects. All three stages have won Industry Awards. Hansen Yuncken has been working on the LMH Redevelopment project continuously since 2002. Stages A and B included substantial renewal of ageing infrastructure, including new inpatient, Intensive care, Womens Health, birthing and Neo Natal facilities, 9 theatres, 50 bed older persons and adult mental health care unit, Linear Accelerator and general ambulatory, IMVS support facilities, a multi-deck carpark for 1350 vehicles and the renewal of major central plant/services reticulation. Stage C now includes a 5 Star Green Star rated 96 bed acute inpatient building, plus a helipad on the upper level; a ambulatory care building to accommodate outpatient and allied health functions; a new support services building to accommodate the Women’s Health centre including 22 bed Paediatrics, maternal assessment unit, administration, research, education, clinical offices, additional Linear Accelerator and expanded Oncology and Chemotherapy facility, additional theatres, medical wards, doubling of the Intensive care unit capacity and Neo Natal, bulk decontamination disaster unit relocated and back of house engineering and catering services; and a range of internal reconfigurations, relocations, refurbishments and upgrade works to suit existing and expanded functional requirements and completion of the first Australian major brownfield city hospital redevelopment with a 48 hour post disaster, island mode, 100% sustainable operational capability. The hospital’s future service is anticipated to include enhancements to the volume and complexity of interventional cardiology, urology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, cancer services, neurology and general medicine. Hansen Yuncken operates from capital cities and regional locations in Australia. They offer a combination of the resources of a national tier 1 contracting organisation but with the dedication and focus of a small project team, providing a single point of call for a wide range of property related services. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, Level 1, 191 Fullarton Road, Dulwich SA 5065, phone 08 8229 7300, fax 08 8229 7301, email, website


Keeping South Australia Covered As one of South Australia’s most reputable roofing and cladding companies it’s only natural that Cladding & Roofing Contractors Pty Ltd were responsible for this during Stage 3 (or C) of the Lyell McEwin Hospital expansion and redevelopment in Elizabeth Vale.

clients and consultants at any stage of a project,” claims Andrew. “Our in-house drafting team is equipped with the very latest in design and modeling software. While our onsite team of installers is supported by a network of experienced estimators and a dedicated production crew.”

“For Stage C our scope comprised of 1,000m2 of Vitrapanel and over 2,500m2 of Alpolic/fr Composite cladding,” advised Andrew Rorison. “The colours were matched to the existing signature colour palette. Over the years, we’ve built a solid reputation for providing complete roofing and cladding solutions for commercial and industrial applications across all industry sectors.”

Cladding & Roofing proudly offer clients the most diverse range of façade products in South Australia, tailored to suit almost any application or budget. All their products are fabricated in-house.

The Alpolic/fr cladding used on the project is compliant with the relevant building codes due to the fire resistant properties of the product. Alpolic/fr is manufactured to the highest standards in Japan by Mitsubishi Plastics. Our supplier CSP Architectural has assisted us in successfully delivering this project to the people of South Australia. Originally established in 1986 and now known as Cladding & Roofing, this large family-owned business today employs over 80 permanent staff. “We pride ourselves on our ability to integrate seamlessly with

“Although the installation of composite panels is still our core focus, we can offer our customers an extensive range of products,” says Andrew. “We specialise in architectural façades, commercial and industrial roofing, plus roof and façade maintenance services.” Cladding & Roofing’s management systems, in-house manufacturing, and substantial fleet of access and materials handling equipment place them firmly at the forefront of their industry. “We take great pride in bringing experience, innovation, quality and reliability of workmanship to every project,” Andrew beams. “We’ve established excellent relationships with quality building product suppliers such as CSP Architectural, small builders, property developers and large construction companies across Adelaide and South Australia.” For more information contact Cladding and Roofing Contractors Pty Ltd, 163 William Street, Beverley SA 5009, phone 08 8347 3999, fax 08 8347 3885, email, website



Trew quality South Australia’s Lyell McEwin Hospital has been undergoing a $350 million staged expansion and redevelopment since 2002. While the internals are modern and state-of-the-art, the 1959 classic country exterior has been faithfully maintained by multi award-winning Trew Stone Contractors. For more than 25 years Trew Stone Contractors have been specialising in stone, brick, block, plaster and concrete render to clients nationwide. Led by Director, Mark Trewartha, his multi-skilled and professional team’s quality work can be witnessed from Airlie Beach in Queensland, Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory to Ceduna on the Eyre Peninsula South Australia. “One of our most unique projects was the repair and consolidation of explosive pyramids at the Hardened Network Army project in Edinburgh (South Australia),” said Mark. Trew Stone Contractors most visual element on the Lyell McEwin Hospital is the brick perimeter walls. “We won another Master Builders Association ‘Excellence in Brickwork’ award for this project,” said Mark. “Working within the tight and limited space of a building site on an operational hospital was a major challenge.” The walls vary from 10-24m high. The simplicity of the standard red face brick perimeter walls are highlighted by intermittent cream and brown brick banding which are recessed to gain definition. Aesthetically the clay brick walls dominate John Rice Avenue, not only from the road but up close the walls are very neat, clean and accurate. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With other vertical structural components nearby, the precision of workmanship is apparent. “No pressure cleaning means the red mortar joints remain red, ironed with jointing tool and not open to erosion,” informed Mark. These hand installed masonry elements cannot be matched by factory panels or cladding systems, ensuring the Lyell McEwin Hospital will stand as a timeless testament to Trew Stone Contractor’s commitment to producing consistent, high end masonry projects. For more information contact Trew Stone Contractors, 57 Ledger Road, Beverley SA 2054, phone 08 8345 2199, fax 08 8345 2166, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE LYELL MCEWIN HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT 143

Lyell McEwin Hospital, SA



Precision Plumbing Jordan Plumbing is one of Australia’s leading hydraulic contractors, offering a full range of plumbing services - from consultancy and design to construction of major industrial and commercial projects, programmed maintenance and emergency services. Over their 80 year plus history, Jordan Plumbing has developed a reputation for providing innovative and efficient solutions on a broad range of projects throughout Australia. The team at Jordan Plumbing are committed to identifying and satisfying their client’s needs to provide plumbing solutions in a flexible, responsive and personal manner. Their wide ranging expertise in the plumbing industry has been established over many years of valuable experience working on a diverse mixture of large and small projects. Jordan Plumbing’s construction profile includes hospitals, along with educational facilities, convention centres, apartment towers, defence works, office buildings, shopping centres and specialist facilities. Jordan Plumbing seek out fresh approaches to traditional methodologies, embracing new technologies to better serve their client’s needs. They have invested significantly into the growing world of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and are fully equipped to deliver projects utilising various 3D modelling software packages. Their in-house design and documentation team can provide plumbing solutions from design concept stage, throughout the construction period and into project handover. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

In recent years, this has included their involvement in the redevelopment of Lyell McEwin Hospital in South Australia’s Northern suburbs. Contracted by Hansen Yuncken, Jordan Plumbing have contributed to the construction of a new 96 bed acute inpatient building and the expansion of Women’s Health centre facilities, including an additional 50 bed birthing ward, and other specialist centres. Jordan Plumbing were commissioned to install hydraulic services associated with both existing and new buildings, along with new water treatment and softening plant, Reverse Osmosis plant, water storage tanks, and in excess of 550 point of use thermostatically controlled mixer taps. Final construction works will be completed in 2015 and Jordan Plumbing are proud to have been an integral part of this very important asset for South Australia and the community. For more information contact Jordan Plumbing Pty Ltd, 113 Regency Road, Croydon Park SA 5008, phone 08 8440 0400, fax 08 8340 1994, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE LYELL MCEWIN HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT 145

making a splash

DEVELOPER : Maroondah City Council MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Peddle Thorp Architects PROJECT MANAGER : Davis Langdon Australia Pty Ltd PROJECT VALUE : $52.2 million

Aquanation is a new $52.2 million regional aquatic and leisure centre located in Ringwood, Victoria, within the City of Maroondah. The state of the art facility features a 66.5 metre 10 lane pool and diving facilities; a warm water, dedicated learn to swim, large toddler and children’s play pools; a large gym with three separate group fitness rooms; child care facilities and a café. Maroondah City Council appointed Kane Constructions to build Aquanation, with construction commencing in August 2013. The two year build saw the facility open to the public on Monday 17 August, 2015. The facility was designed by Peddle Thorp Architects, recognised for innovative and landmark aquatic and recreational buildings. The unique design was a result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders and user groups, including the Ringwood Swimming Club and Ringwood Diving Club who would call Aquanation home. In addition to good passive sustainable design considerations such as building orientation and protection of glazing from excessive solar gain, the building also includes a range of environmentally sustainable 146 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation

design initiatives across the Mechanical & Electrical, Hydraulics, and Building Materials inclusions. Utilising 10 of its 250 strong personnel, Kane Constructions delivered the project under the project management of Davis Langdon and Council’s appointed Client Liaison Manager. Kane Constructions provided input into the RFI and shop drawing process and utilised new construction products including Kingspan’s KingZip panels for the profiled, curved roof. These panels were able to be manufactured on site, allowing for faster construction of the roofing, while also providing a continuous weather tight roof and protection for all weather conditions. The $52.2 million Aquanation project includes Victoria’s first dedicated dry diving training centre which allows divers to perfect AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

their techniques in a controlled environment. When the divers take to the water, there is a 10 metre diving tower, built to FINA standards and with direct access from the dry diving training area. The 66.5m, 10 lane pool is also a stand out feature of Aquanation. Built to FINA standards the pool has a unique set of twin booms which allows the pool to cater for different water activities including lap swimming, swimming carnivals, club training and competition, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and other programmed activities. A separate learn to swim pool, a play pool with beach entry and splash play, and warm water pool have also been included. Aquanation is fully accessible with ramp access to all bodies of water. The inclusion of two large waterslides to the north western section of Aquanation is a major highlight of the centre. The slides measure 12.2m high with one slide covering 90.7m, and the other 61.5m. These can be used year round due to the entry and exit points being contained within the facility, and the fact that both slides are fully enclosed. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

To complete Aquanation, there is a 1,000m2 gym with mezzanine level, and three group training rooms suitable for a range of group fitness and recreation programs; a child care facility and a cafĂŠ with outdoor seating. In addition there is seating capacity for 800 spectators (with 500 permanent grandstand seats) and parking for over 400 cars. With a regional catchment of more than one million people, it is expected that Aquanation will have more than 800,000 visitors per year, catering for people of all ages and abilities. Kane Constructions will move on to other new projects, one of which is the new $8 million GP Super Clinic at Caboolture, having been announced the successful tenderer. Designed by Wilson Architects, the project is a new two-story building consisting of doctors consultation suites, procedure rooms, related services and tenancies.

For more information Kane Constructions, Level 1, Building 1, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, fax 03 8420 1201, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation 147

Below Westkon Precast installed a pre-cast 10m concrete diving tower and two separate dive platforms.

Westkon Precast has used its innovative precast products on the $52.2 million Aquanation project in Ringwood, Victoria. With experience spanning 28 years, Westkon Precast has developed into one of the leading concrete precast companies in Australia. Westkon has built its reputation by its ability to offer full design and construct packages for complete precast structures, in civil, commercial and general construction projects. When it came to Aquanation, Westkon Precast carried out work on the diving tower, a significant feature. It was during construction of the 10m high tower that Westkon’s experience came to the fore. It became apparent during this phase that the original in situ design was not going to be practical due to the immense size of the structure.

For every step of the construction process, Westkon precast used their skill to ensure that all platforms and handrails met the strict height requirements required for FINA’s competition standards. Current projects Westkon Precast are working on include the construction of precast concrete beams, barriers and parapets for the new elevated road and multi-level car park structure at Melbourne Airport. Epworth Hospital in Geelong is also benefiting from their skills and products, as are various apartment towers and buildings in Melbourne such as the Prima Pearl Tower, Upper West Side Tower 3, Melbourne One, Tower 2 at Collins Square and Concavo.

Westkon then proceeded to convert the original in situ design and constructed and installed a precast 10m diving tower adhering to strict FINA standards in the process. The monolithic tower consists of 5 platforms, set at 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 metre heights. The mere size of the tower presented a few challenges along the way, due mostly to its statuesque height, weight and shape. 148 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation

For more information contact Westkon Precast Pty Ltd, 133-199 Ferris Road, Melton VIC 3337, phone 03 8746 1300, fax 03 9747 3088, email, website

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Below SKC Engineers performed structural inspections of the concrete and steel structures for the duration of the project.

Having worked in the building industry for over 30 years, Shan Kumar of SKC Engineers was involved in the $50 million Aquanation project from the very early stages. A one man outfit, the senior structural and innovation engineer formed Shan Kumar Consulting Engineers in 2013, and engages the services of experts in other fields as required. In the initial stages of the Aquanation development, SKC Engineers were commissioned by Maroondah City Council to review the condition of the old Ringwood Aquatic Centre in Ringwood. Shan was then asked to continue working on the project, providing advice during the concept stage and producing feasibility studies on keeping the existing structure with a view to structurally strengthening and modifying this for the new aquatic facility. SKC Engineers performed structural inspections of the concrete and steel structures for the duration of the project on behalf of Maroondah City Council’s building surveyor, ensuring that Council complied with all the structural aspects of building construction. This was vitally important due to the size, and the immense volume of water that the building would be housing. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Whilst Shan operates SKC Engineers, he also shares his expertise with Hickory Group, working 3 days a week as their Senior Structural and Innovation Engineer. Here he further uses his talents to develop and build prefabricated modular structures. Designing a number of small to medium rise buildings, Shan is also working on the tallest prefabricated building in Australia, standing at 44 storeys high. Other projects that have benefited from Shans proficiency include Crown Casino, Eureka towers, Etihad stadium, Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. A senior lecture and honorary fellow at The University of Melbourne, Shan Kumar lectures final year engineering undergraduates, sharing his vast knowledge and experience with these engineers of the future. As a Past President and current Commitee Member of Concrete Institute Australia (CIA) Victorian Branch, he services the Engineering community by conducting ongoing lecture evenings, seminars and exhibitions. For more information contact SKC Engineers, 35 Grantham Terrace, Mulgrave VIC 3170, phone 0458 253 982, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation 149

Below Total Noise Control installed over 3,000m2 of their Sorbalight EXEL FP panels at Aquanation.

Sorbalight EXEL FP panel with protective covering before installation.

Total Noise Control Pty Ltd manufacture a range of sound insulation and noise reducing products and has representatives in every state of Australia. It’s Sorbalight range of absorption products utilises the latest in fibre technology as well as fibre orientation to produce products with superior absorption and structural properties. With over 40 years of acoustic knowledge and experience behind them Total Noise Control was selected to provide their specialised products in Aquanation, Victoria’s state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre. Utilising their acoustic knowledge and expertise Total Noise Control developed a special panel and supplied over 3000m2 of their Sorbalight EXEL FP product to this project. Sorbalight EXEL FP is constructed from a combination of a metal supporting components as well as from 100% recyclable polyester fibres utilising over 70% of recycled fibres making these panels one of the most eco-friendly acoustic absorption products on the market. Sorbalight EXEL FP can span up to 2.4m without extra support and are mounted magnetically allowing for re-location if required and are water resistant and easily cleaned including the use of a high pressure hose. 150 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation

Sitting 200mm below the hard reflecting ceiling allows the panels to enhance their overall acoustic properties creating extra sound absorption (a Noise Reduction Coefficient > 1.0) To cope with the variable distances between the projects exposed ceiling purlins to which the panels were to be mounted was a challenge easily met by the EXEL FP panels as they were efficiently made to suit the varying required sizes. Due to the structure of Sorbalight Total Noise Control have the flexibility to create a significant range of products never previously seen on any market. They are moving forward with new designs with a new product launch imminent. With multiple product lines and leading edge technology Total Noise Control will continue to offer specialised products to suit the changing market as well as meeting the needs of innovative architects and designers.

For more information contact Total Noise Control Pty Ltd, Factory 2, 12 Sir Laurence Drive, Seaford VIC 3198, phone 03 9786 6088, fax 03 9786 6077, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Brenair Mechanical Services designed and installed the mechanical ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems.

Since its establishment in 2006, Brenair Mechanical Services has been providing a comprehensive range of services in the air conditioning, heating and ventilation, pipe work installation and plant and equipment installation fields.

diving training room and change rooms. Adiabatic Condenser water systems were also installed by the team to assist in removing heat energy from the centre. Adiabatic Cooling units were installed in an external plantroom at Aquanation.

Brenair Mechanical Services specialised staff include qualified mechanical engineers, project managers, refrigeration mechanics, electricians, sheet metal workers, welders and plumbers, all of whom have the common goal of excelling in their field and providing exceptional customer service to their clients.

Brenair Mechanical Services work also included wall mounted sweep fans, kitchen exhaust and makeup air systems, electrical works and a custom Building Automation System to control all aspects of the mechanical, pool-plant and electrical systems.

It was these expert skills that Brenair Mechanical Services took to the Aquanation project in Ringwood, Victoria. With a team of 8 of his 12 staff behind him, Director Patrick Brennan worked with Kane Constructions to construct and install the mechanical ventilation and air conditioning and heating systems for the new aquatic and leisure centre. In addition to this, the Brenair Mechanical Services team were responsible for the heating hot water systems, as well as the chilled water systems throughout the complex which consists of not only a variety of pool facilities, but a gymnasium, child care facility, dry WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With all large projects come challenges, and the main ones when working on Aquanation were the space constraints within the plant rooms, and the installation of the fabric duct, due to height of the complex. Brenair Mechanical Services will continue to work on projects simultaneously throughout Victoria, ensuring that these are completed both on time and within budget.

For more information contact Brenair Mechanical Services, 4/6 Vesper Drive, Narre Warren VIC 3805, phone 03 8790 6999, fax 03 8790 6222, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation 151

Below IES Group completed extensive electrical works on the Aquanation project.

For the past six years, IES Group has been providing a range of services in the commercial and industrial electrical, electrical refrigeration and electrical testing and safety maintenance fields. Specialising in large scale apartment constructions, IES Group have also completed work in hospitals and nursing homes, large scale warehousing, mechanical plant works and large recreation and aquatic centres. It was due to their expertise in the latter that they were appointed by Kane Constructions to perform electrical work on Aquanation, the state of the art regional aquatic and leisure centre in Ringwood, Victoria. With 12 of its 100 employees working on Aquanation, IES Group performed a myriad of electrical services on the project. These included general lighting; power installation including floor boxes, general power and specialised power for the gymnasium, and a Data Structured Network, featuring a category 6A structured network and a fibre optic back bone network. An Inner Range Integriti security system was installed along with a CCTV Mobotix Camera, access control, and a public address system comprising cabling infrastructure for both IPTV and MATV. The 152 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation

full zoned PA system was interfaced with the building Emergency Warning System. Equipotential earthing for aquatic equipment; pool plant wiring, and a fire system with full VESDA air sampling system and smoke and thermal detection were also installed. Working in a highly chlorinated environment also had its challenges, yet the dedicated IES team overcame these by selecting appropriate materials that could withstand the corrosive surrounds. Dealing with the architectural intricacies of the building meant that customised brackets had to be constructed to supply large flood lighting to pool areas, and special attention was paid to concealing cables in the open spaces of the facility. Recently merging with ASI Electrics, IES Group continue to provide quality electrical services to major projects in the Melbourne area.

For more information contact IES Group, Unit 3, 993 North Road, Murrumbeena VIC 3163, phone 1300 437 476, fax 03 9578 6302, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below AV Media Systems supplied and installed extensive audio/visual systems throughout the Aquanation complex.

With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, AV Media Systems provide innovative audio visual system designs, solutions and services both nationally and globally. Working in a range of industries, AV Media Systems use their expertise to connect people with technology. Known as leaders in the industry for their aquatic work, AV Media Systems were appointed to design and install audio visual equipment on the Aquanation project. Their work on the project included the public address system for the entire complex, which is controlled from the front desk via an Ipad, allowing staff to address individual zones or the entire centre simultaneously. Utilising 46" NEC High Brightness panels, a 3m x 3m video wall was constructed in the main gymnasium. A giant LED video wall was also installed in the main indoor pool area measuring 3.65m x 5.49m. To ensure protection from the aquatic environment, this equipment has an IP66 rating and is fully sealed and corrosion proof with fully sealed componentry. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The multi purpose rooms were also fitted out with 2 x 10" EV Sub-woofers and 10 x 8" ceiling speakers, each room individually powered by EV Power Amps and a London BLU audio processor, with individual iPad controls for each room. A 10 channel OneLan digital signage system was also designed and installed that modulates to all LED panels in Aquanation over an IP TV network. This system also modulates NightLife Audio and Video Music and Foxtel channels, ensuring that different messages or programs can be played on individual screens throughout Aquanation. Director of AV Media Systems, Chris Kiskiras is proud to have been associated with Ringwood’s major recreational facility. “Our experience in the field of customised design, installation and services for the leisure and recreation industry is recognised nationally among industry and building professionals, associated organisations and our customers alike, and that’s something we’re always very proud of.”

For more information contact AV Media Systems, 16/45 Normanby Road, Notting Hill VIC 3168, phone 03 9543 6525, fax 03 9543 6772, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Aquanation 153

A little sophistication DEVELOPER : Little Projects MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hickory Group ARCHITECT : Plus Architecture ENGINEER : Robert Bird Group PROJECT VALUE : $85 million

Hickory Group innovates Central South Yarra in Melbourne’s most cosmopolitan location under tight restraints. The $85M residential tower reinvents modern living by maximising space, outlooking from every angle. Founded in 1991 the Hickory Group has an impressive list of completed projects under their belt. Central South Yarra apartments is yet another one showcasing their talent and ability in building edgy, beautiful and modern buildings which are making their mark on the community. Reaching 30 levels in the fashionable South Yarra, the most eye-catching feature of the new tower’s exterior is the sweeping gold band that runs down the full length of the building’s façade. Residents can bask on the landscaped rooftop providing 360-degree sweeping views of Melbourne’s skyline. The boutique project by respected developers Little Projects also comes complete with a heated pool, gym, common entertaining area fitted with kitchen, dining and lounge rooms. It was a very competitive tender seeing Hickory Group submit an aggressive schedule and price to do the work. Project Manager Andrew McGowan speaks with pride about the 357 apartments with 291 carparks costing $85 million, which took just over 22 months to build. By using pre-fabricated elements Hickory Group were able to reduce construction costs making for significant financial savings and precipitating a sustainable build. “We self-perform in a lot of areas, we do our own carpentry fix, we do our own structures, we import our own façades and we install them ourselves.” Being a lot more hands on than other companies made Hickory execute a cost effective construction. Eliminating the costs associated with subcontracting several key trades also eased waste removal and improved site supervision. Being able to act quickly saw Andrew re-engineering the gold band running down the exterior’s façade. Having it made from fabricated aluminium rather than a traditional composite panel meant all works could be completed without requiring external access, when the tower crane was recovered, the gold façade was then easily installed with a small crawler crane. Having this level of autonomy and control on any aspect of a construction programme and having direct access to a lot of in-house designers and structural engineers made a big difference to the buildability of Central South Yarra. The stand out innovative feature used in the apartments was the pre-fabricated bathroom pods which were 154 VIC PROJECT FEATURE CENTRAL SOUTH YARRA

uniquely designed, engineered and detailed at Hickory’s own local manufacturing facility then stringently tested and signed off prior to them being installed on site. It was the first time the pods were used with this particular client. “The access was quite tight around Yarra Street,” a 2140m2 site with 38, 000m2 GFA. A lot of effort was expended in getting loading zones established through local council. “It was a congested street to work in and we used one tower crane, so cranage had to be very rigourously managed.” A further challenge came when they re-designed the gold roof from an aluminium composite panel to a curtain wall system in order to speed up the completion of the roof. At the start of construction Hickory employed some 15 people on Central South Yarra, this peaked with 220 people at one time. “This is less people than normal because many of the elements incorporated into the project were pre-designed and prefabricated. By using a lot of in house labour we fast tracked the design and procurement process but still maintained a superior work standard and finish.” The final delivery is set to be on time and on budget seeing the client happy with each stage of the build. This sets Hickory apart from other construction companies Andrew continues, “it is an innovative company which provides a lot of autonomy. We manage many of the key elements including formwork and concrete, crane logistics, formwork engineering, carpentry fix, bathrooms and façades all in-house.” Hickory Group employs over 450 people with a firm sense of loyalty and transparency in relationships at the backbone of their work. They have a strong focus on their social responsibility to the community. They incorporate environmental planning up front on every project making sure of they use energy saving and environmentally safe alternative materials and waste recycling when needed. Hickory Group are also working on Parque on St Kilda Road and Fulton Lane on A’Beckett Street for Setia, New Quay Promenade for MAB in Docklands, 568 Collins, The Fifth on Lonsdale Street and La Trobe Tower in the city and Claremont Manor directly next to Central in South Yarra. For more information contact Hickory Group, 101 Cremorne Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 7411, fax 03 9428 7376, email, website



Solid Success Nationwide Concrete Pumping are specialists in the concrete pumping industry. Having a reputation for superior quality in pouring concrete for assorted types of projects the family owned and operated company won the tender for the construction of Central South Yarra.

to the top we have a core mix - then there are different mixes we have to contend with - some mixes are a bit more difficult to pump than others and you don’t have much time.” So having to weild concrete to the 30th floor of the tower was a significant accomplishment!

Working just over 18 months on the tower their experience and professionalism was evident when the crew had to navigate a very tight site. Veronica describes, “the loading bay and the pumping station were in the same place there was only one direction of traffic the road was very narrow so ordering concrete, plus handling deliveries meant we had to be very organised on the day.”

Nationwide Concrete Pumping utilised two self-climbing towers, “all of our boom and boom heads are self-climbing we don’t use crane time at all this sets us apart from other companies as our clients see us pump sufficient.”

Added to negotiating a very tight site the crew had to work fast and efficiently as a team, “you’re pumping the concrete from the bottom

Dependable, honest and hardworking they bring new techniques and methodologies with them. Nationwide Concrete Pumping take pride in their work employing 50 people they strongly believe in and offer outstanding customer service, “we care and really value the work we do - we work with the client and are dedicated to bringing the best solution to each job.” They are versatile having 75 leading brand industry approved tools to choose from. This means they can offer ‘more than one option’ to each construction programme. For more information contact Nationwide Concrete Pumping, 14B Tullamarine Road, Tuallamarine VIC 3043, phone 03 9023 6927, email, website



cyrstal clear vision Liquid Vision Plumbing group were the selected contractors to work on the Central South Yarra residential tower. A stylish and dynamic building with ground level retail located in the vibrant suburb of South Yarra. “What made Central South Yarra interesting in comparison to other construction techniques was the use of the innovative Sync bathrooms.” said Joseph Princi, Liquid Vision’s Contracts Manager.

installation complete with hot, cold, recycled and gas reticulation. Leigh Harry, Liquid Visions project manager’s commitment reflects that of his team.

Central South Yarra boasts 357 apartments requiring Liquid Vision Plumbing Group to fit 441 bathrooms. They were at the helm starting from the design of the bathrooms and procuring of quality fittings and materials to securing the water connections and testing of sanitary drainage systems. A pre-fabricated bathroom designed and fully tested off site with pre-installed drainage and waste connections which is then connected on site.

Established in 2000, Philip Merambeliotis is the Managing Director of the company with over 20 years of experience and employing 55 plumbers. Liquid Vision is an inclusive company encouraging input from every team member. “Everyone’s contribution is valued,” Joseph adds, “we have a respectful work ethic and a pride in every facet of construction, from in on to on site.”

Liquid Vision Plumbing are the most experiences plumbers in the modular building industry providing consultants, designers and builders, with design advice, innovative installation techniques. They continually show interest in developing and using new technology throughout the plumbing industry.

Liquid Vision endeavour to bring out the finest in every project assigned to them. Liquid Vision are currently working on the following projects: • Parque Apartments - St Kilda • Helio Apartments - North Melbourne • Southern Cross Aged Care • La Trobe Towers - La Trobe • Sagra Restaurant Melbourne - A 5 Star Restaurant • The Fifth - Melbourne CBD • The Plaza Apartments - Northcote • Parc WE Apartments - Bundoora • Camra Road Apartments - Mallern East • Lees Street Apartments - McKinnon • As well as prefabrication of complete Bathrooms off site

The key benefit of using pre-fabricated bathrooms was the time saved resulting in less waste, better quality control and a safer more cost efficient construction. An original methodology - Sync bathrooms generated plenty of interest from other builders who were curious to see the design and installation. “It was unique,” Joseph says “in the way we used CAD in-house to draw up penetration points through to the building to ascertain and pin-point drains, rectify drainage and to determine certain falls for storm water drainage.” It was a meticulous process initially but the benefits became clear when Central South Yarra ran on schedule and within budget. Liquid Vision were also in charge of kitchen WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Liquid Vision Plumbing (A member of the Master Plumbers Association), 37 Forster Street, South Yarra VIC 3141, phone 03 9827 5032, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CENTRAL SOUTH YARRA 157

the perfect remedy

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Suters Architects Structural Engineer : Bonacci Group Pty Ltd SURVEYOR : PLP Building Surveyors & Consultants Project Value : $50 million

The $50M Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment consists of partial demolition to the old Camray Wing in order to make room for a new Radiology Department, a Sub-Acute Unit, an Emergency Department and other needed medical and health facilities. “The Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment is an example of our strength and capacity to undertake major construction activity that utilises the best resources in regional Victoria to deliver successful projects,” said Jason Cox, Hansen Yuncken’s Regional Manager. The Victorian Minister for Health, David Davis, marked the start of construction for the $50 million redevelopment of the hospital by Hansen Yuncken in January 2013. The $35 million first phase was completed in June 2014. The new modernised hospital will be fully operational in late 2015. Hansen Yuncken has been working throughout regional VIC and southern NSW for almost 90 years. Echuca is situated on the Murray River, approximately 21/2 hours’ drive north of Melbourne. The hospital admitted its first patient in 1882. Today it has approximately 600 staff and provides a range of services to over an estimated 44,000 people living in the Shire of Campaspe (VIC) and Murray Shire (NSW). “Our on-going commitment to commercial construction throughout 158 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment

these regions separates our business from other larger construction companies,” said Jason Cox. The new hospital will provide 114 beds, 62 of which will be in single rooms with an ensuite. Included in the new hospital are a new state-ofthe-art Emergency Department and a 24 bed Rehabilitation Unit, with purposed-designed sanctuaries for palliative care patients. The new Surgical, Paediatric and Maternity Wards include a High Dependency Unit offering space and comfort for both patients and families. The new Maternity Ward provides for single rooms with a private ensuite for mothers and their newborn babies. The redevelopment also includes a new Radiology Department, a new easily accessible front entry, reception and foyer, a café, indigenous and spiritual spaces, relaxing and comfortable courtyards and gardens and an additional 78 car spaces for patients, visitors and staff. “A project of this size and nature has many daily challenges which AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

were encountered throughout the first stage of works,” said Jason Cox. “The services tie-ins between old and new, the installation of a complete new power supply, the upgrade of the fire service (without impacting the operation of the existing), working alongside a fully operational operating facility, were daily occurrences that were managed by our team.” During the works, Hansen Yuncken encountered significant amounts of hazardous material which required removal from alongside the operational inpatients accommodation. The staging of the works necessitated that Hansen Yuncken maintain three worksites across the facility without interrupting patient and staff access/egress, and hospital deliveries. “The ability of the project team to continually work across three sites within the existing hospital facility for 15 months, without interrupting the daily operations is a fantastic achievement,” said Jason Cox. A key feature of the redevelopment project is the inclusion of environmentally sustainable initiatives. Hansen Yuncken conducted numerous co-ordination meetings to manage the new technology required for a complete new 750kw solar field, an example of such initiatives. It will play an integral role in minimising the running costs of the entire hospital’s energy use. As the solar field heats up, it WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

produces hot water which is transferred into an absorption chiller. The absorption chiller uses the captured heat/energy to produce power which in turn provides an additional source of energy to run the air conditioning system of the hospital. Some innovative products were also employed in the project. The mechanical services system, for example, utilises a prefabricated insulated form of ductwork that provides a cleaner and more efficient duct solution. This system required extremely detailed shop drawings to be prepared as the duct was fabricated interstate and had a 30 day lead time. Hansen Yuncken currently has in excess of $2.5b of health projects underway across Australia. The company was also awarded a second major regional Victorian health project; the $50m Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Center. Hansen Yuncken is also currently undertaking the $170m Wagga Wagga Hospital Redevelopment. This work is complementing the major $1.85b Royal Adelaide Hospital project and the $130m Eye and Ear Redevelopment in Melbourne. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, 1/639D Dean Street, Albury NSW 2640, phone 02 6057 0900, fax 02 6057 0999, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment 159

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Below Choices Flooring Shepparton supplied the floor coverings for the Echuca Regional Health Development.

Laying the perfect foundation for Echuca Regional Health was all in a day’s work for Choices Flooring Shepparton. Owned and operated by Annette and Bob Ellis, Choices Flooring Shepparton has been helping the people of Victoria find the floor they’ve been searching for over 20 years. With their extensive knowledge and attention to detail, it was only natural that Choices Flooring, the Goulburn Valley’s leader in floor coverings, was chosen to provide their services to the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment project. Working to strict Health and Safety regulations, Choices Flooring Shepparton supplied and installed the floor and wall vinyl in the $65.6 million redevelopment project. To assist with the overall management of infection control in the medical environment, the wall and floor coverings had to be easy to clean and resistant to disinfection procedures. Due to frequent wet cleaning methods in health environments, the skirtings had to be made integral with the floor and tightly sealed against the wall as well as being constructed without any voids. The materials used also needed to be scrubbable and easily cleaned to again assist with infection control.


Choices Flooring Shepparton also wove their magic when it came to the supply and fitting of carpet tiles for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment. The new front entrance, waiting and imaging areas all benefited from the professional team at Choices Flooring Shepparton, the result being seamless and stylish floor coverings for the quality 21st Century health service. From its humble beginnings in 1882, Echuca Regional Health has now grown to provide essential health services to around 44,000 people in the Echuca-Moama community. Choices Flooring Shepparton is very proud to have been part of this major health services redevelopment that has brought increased maternity, emergency and rehabilitation services to the region. With extra beds, new wards and a new radiology department, as well as Indigenous and Spiritual spaces, Echuca Regional Health is certainly moving with the times, and putting the community’s needs first. Choices Flooring Shepparton is located in the heart of town, and showcases the latest trends in carpet, timber, bamboo, laminate, luxury vinyl, tiles, rugs and Luxaflex window fashions. With their experience and comprehensive range of products, they can offer a solution to suit every project and every budget.

One of the products chosen for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment was Polyflor’s Pearlazzo PUR vinyl sheet. This product features in the hallways of Echuca Regional Health, its intricate inlays of coloured arrows adding to the overall style of the facility.

Choices Flooring Shepparton Owners and Managers, Annette and Bob Ellis pride themselves on their team’s specialist product knowledge and exceptional customer service levels. From working on multi million dollar commercial projects to transforming spaces in homes, no project is too big or small for the team at Choices Flooring Shepparton.

The Pearlazzo PUR flooring also has the practical benefits of being hardwearing and is ideal for the high traffic that is seen on a daily basis at Echuca Regional Health. This high performance, heavy duty homogenous floor covering also consists of a polyurethane reinforcement, and provides a continuous, impervious and hygienic flooring solution.

With small town family values and big city ideas and innovation, Choices Flooring Shepparton welcomes all enquiries whether they be domestic or commercial. Whether it’s perusing the comprehensive range of in store products or receiving free advice and solutions for your home, Choices Flooring Shepparton has it covered.

With a BRE Global Environmental A+ rating, Polyflor’s Palazzo PUR has a GreenRate level A - Gold Plus, being 100% recyclable and containing 25% recycled material. It also has non slip properties that are essential in the health care environment.

For more information Choices Flooring Shepparton, 186 High Street, Shepparton VIC 3630, phone 03 5822 2777, fax 03 5831 1374, email, website

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Below Rokez Constructions installed the precast panels and provided the shop drawings for the Echuca Redevelopment.

“Rokez Constructions Pty Ltd is leading the industry in quality services and products in the precast panel market,” said Director, Robert Kezerle. Rokez Constructions organised the shop drawings, supplied and installed the precast panels for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment project. In keeping with the design objectives for the project, the precast panels were in an off form finish, in Brighton light cement. Along with precast concrete panels, the company produces structural elements such as beams, columns and retaining walls. Rokez Constructions is based in Shepparton, Victoria and has been in business for over five years. The company has an outstanding team of employees with a wealth of experience in many different areas. “Our team strive to do their best at what is given to them on a daily basis, execute our clients’ requirements and deliver on time. We are always looking for modern technology and new products in the industry to benefit our valued clients,” said Robert Kezerle. “Our clients at Rokez are our number one priority, we do our very best 162 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment

to complete every task that is put to us in a timely, successful and professional manner.” Rokez Constructions has completed various works throughout Victoria and interstate. The company’s recent projects include: • Joulia Apartments at 200 Lygon Street, East Brunswick. • Mink Apartments in Keilor Road, Essendon North. • 17-storey Upper House Apartments at Swanston Street, Carlton. Rokez is currently working on a 16-storey development in Castlereagh Street, in Sydney’s CBD in New South Wales. “We are very proud to have been co-working with Hansen Yunken in a local project that the community of Echuca and surrounding areas will benefit from,” said Robert Kezerle.

For more information contact Rokez Constructions Pty Ltd, 92 Benella Road, Shepparton VIC 3630, phone 03 5821 4100, fax 03 5821 7682, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below CPE Construction provided structural steel and modular framing for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment.

CPE Construction Pty Ltd supplied and installed the structural steel for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment project as well as the “molecular framing” on the outside of panels which are an architectural feature of the building. “CPE Construction cuts, folds, welds and fabricates steel to specification,” says Workshop Foreman, Alan Lloyd. “Our Cobram workshop excels in technically difficult steel fabrication for architect designed commercial work.” CPE Construction has been in business for over 34 years. The company has completed numerous projects in Melbourne, Albury, Bendigo, Shepparton, Echuca, Wagga Wagga and other regional centres in VIC and NSW. CPE Construction’s director, Damion O'Callaghan is a qualified Civil Engineer with 15 years of construction industry experience. CPE Construction can convert architectural and structural drawings into 3D models and shop drawings, co-ordinate architecturally challenging jobs, supply up to 250 tonnes of fabricated steel, erect on-site, do structural welding and weld-testing and meet abrasive blasting and painting specifications. CPE Construction also provides roof plumbing services and offers a full building service in Cobram and the surrounding areas, including steel work, precast panels, roof WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and hydraulic plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, fit-outs, joinery and concreting. Some of the projects CPE Construction have completed include the Wellness Centre at Charles Sturt University, Albury. CPE Construction rolled and installed the steel roof structure with a varying radius to achieve the dramatic wave-shaped structure that sits above the main roofline. Another project was at Latrobe University, Shepparton campus where CPE Construction fabricated and erected structural steel for a building with a complicated footprint, multi-level roofline and angles that posed engineering challenges. CPE Construction provided a 3D model for the surveyor to set out steel members in this complex building. “Multinational commercial builders can rely on us to produce flawless, precision-fitted steel, on time,” says Operations Manager, Liam Mathers. “CPE prides itself on getting it right. We can be relied upon to do what we say we will do, when we say we will and every person in the company works towards this.” For more information contact CPE Construction Pty Ltd, 3718 Murray Valley Highway, Cobram VIC 3644, phone 03 5872 2156, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment 163

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Below Rauland Australia provided the Nurse Call and Patient Entertainment Systems for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment.

Rauland Australia Pty Ltd provided the Rauland Responder 5 Nurse Call system and Philips patient TVs for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment project. Rauland Australia work with a number of key partners to bring together best-of-breed technologies from around the world and create powerful solutions for their customers. Through their strategic partnership with RaulandBorg, they are the exclusive distributor of Rauland Responder range of nurse call and hospital communication systems in Australia and New Zealand. “The Rauland Responder 5 System has been on the market for about four years,” said National Sales and Business Development Manager Andy Hall. “As Echuca Health and Hansen Yuncken recognised, it is clearly a large step over what our competitors are currently able to offer.” Rauland takes pride in being the first Nurse Call System provider to actively engage with stakeholders to ensure that the correct needs analysis work was done during the design and build phase. The use of over 120 Work Flow Terminals will allow the hospital to change their models of care, without being limited by the Nurse Call System capabilities in the future. The system will allow the hospital to make significant gains in workflow efficiency. 166 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment

Rauland are currently working on a number of hospital projects, including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), the Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment, Box Hill Hospital and the Epworth Geelong and Richmond projects in Victoria, as well as the St John of God Murdoch Hospital, the Midland Public Hospital and the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia. “As this is the first regional installation of Responder 5, I would see this not only as milestone for Rauland, but a milestone for the dedicated team at Echuca Health,” said Andy Hall. “Mark Hooper and Michelle Shingles from Echuca Health worked extremely hard to make sure that the system was not solely for the benefit of metropolitan hospitals only.”

For more information contact Rauland Australia Pty Ltd, 40 Straker Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051, phone 03 9328 5811, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below PC & KM Scherell carried out plumbing and hydraulic work for the Echuca Regional Health.

PC & KM Scherell Pty Ltd (Scherell Plumbing) is a family company specialising in commercial and industrial plumbing. The company supplied and installed the plumbing and hydraulic work for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment project. Situated in regional Victoria, the company has had four generations of plumbers behind its success. Jeff Scherell, the Project Manager for the project led an experienced team that delivered a 1.5km drainage matrix system to supply the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment. They supplied and installed a commercial hot/cold/tepid water system.

Although the business is based in Yarrawonga a major part of the company’s work is outside the Yarrawonga district. Other projects Scherell Plumbing is working on include extensions to Bunnings in Wangaratta, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) office in Broadford, IGA in Nagambie and CSU/GOTAFE (Charles Sturt University /Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE) in Wangaratta. Scherell Plumbing takes pride in its plumbing expertise. “A great project for Scherell Plumbing and a pleasure to work alongside Hansen Yuncken and ERH (Echuca Regional Health),” said Jeff Scherell.

Scherell Plumbing also supplied and installed thermostatic mixing valves, toilet suites, hand basins, showers, boiling water units, stainless steel sinks, tapware, grease interceptor and an electric powered pump set to provide re-use water to toilet suites from a 120,000 litre rainwater catchment tank. A new product they used was Raupiano Plus, a sound-insulating drainage pipe system. Scherell Plumbing services include underground plumbing and drainage, roofwork, installation of septic systems, all types of gas installations, backfill testing and all types of solar hot water unit installation. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact PC & KM Scherell Pty Ltd, PO Box 363, Yarrawonga VIC 3730, phone 03 5743 2648, fax 03 5743 2633, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment 167

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Below Excel Lockers provided custom sized lockers for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment.

Excel Lockers Pty Ltd provided the custom size lockers for the Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment project. “We've worked with Hansen Yuncken on different projects over many years, and were only too happy to work with them again,” said a company spokesperson.

this in mind we're manufacturing units for laptop, tablet, phone and skateboard storage, with adjustable shelving and custom sizing.” Excel Lockers are also catering for changing locking requirements as people become more security conscious.

The Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment project required locker units that had to be custom made to suit the areas. This wasn't a problem for Excel Lockers. Excel Lockers is a Brisbane based company that supplies its products throughout Australia. It is a company that is innovative in its approach.

While keyed locking or padlock fittings are standard, and options for $2 coin return and $2 coin retain locks and digi4 locks are available, more requests than ever have been made for keyless locking with swipe card options.

Excel Lockers’ range of lockers and seating are manufactured using the latest in computer controlled machinery and installed by staff that believe in the importance of how the product looks, functions and works.

Excel Lockers takes pride in its designs which the company says are favoured for their versatility, durability and outstanding quality.

Excel Lockers’ customers include hospitals, fitness centres, offices, golf and sporting clubs, factories, universities and emergency service departments. “We're currently expanding our range of lockers, locker finishes and locking options,” said a company spokesperson. “We've noticed that people are now requesting more possible uses for their lockers other than bag storage or clothes hanging, and with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Excel Lockers Pty Ltd, 17b Rosa Place, Richlands QLD 4077, phone 1800 019 266, fax 07 3217 0131, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Echuca Regional Health Redevelopment 169

Developer : Pace Development Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Pace Development Group ARCHITECT : Jackson Clements Burrows Architects SURVEYORS : GE Building Surveyors Project Value : $60 Million

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A towering icon The $60M artistically designed Icon Apartments demonstrates the colours of nature with each cubical level while consisting of high quality modern interiors and stunning common facilities. The newly developed Icon Apartments is 17 levels of glorious colour that evoke the natural landscape of St Kilda, Melbourne. Pace Development Group have delivered not only a luxurious residential development but also a monument of public art to be shared by the St Kilda community. The Icon Apartments features a striking structural composition of six irregularly positioned cubes. Elegantly stacked, these cubes create what Joe Hastie of Pace Development Group describes as a “cantilevered structure of a unique nature.” The colours showcase the blues of the water, the greens of trees, the yellow of a sandy beach, and the pink hues of a spectacular Melbourne sunset. Captivating in itself, the avant-garde structure designed by award-winning Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, is further emboldened by Melbourne artist Matthew Johnston’s dramatic façade. This features a “new system,” consisting of perforated folding metal screens to veil the glass façade. A selection of 40 different shades gives the building its resplendent finish. “Each level is depicted in different colour hues from earth to sky, which cross reference the nature of the geographical and environmental stratums. This flux of seasonal change is portrayed through subtle tonal gradation,” explains Johnston. Featuring 116 one, two and three bedroom apartments, the unique and spectacular design reflects Pace’s emphasis on fulfilling their client’s needs. Ensuring a continuum between The Icon’s aesthetics are the luxury and spacious internal and external fitouts including expertly finished rooms and large balconies. The Icon will undoubtedly live up to its name, setting a new standard in architecture and design within St Kilda. Tim Jackson, Director of Jackson Clements Burrows, states, “It is our belief that The Icon will not only engage with the surrounding context in a new and positive way, but set a pattern of expectation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

that this important intersection is deserving of, both within the context of Melbourne’s history and future development.” The combination of prime location, arresting architecture, and luxurious design came down to Pace Development Group’s fundamental approach to business, “Design, Construct, Deliver.” Since establishing Pace Development Group in 1990, Director Shane Wilkinson has built the company’s reputation on delivering quality developments successfully and on time. Pace has over 20 years in the residential property industry, boasting a formidable in-house store of knowledge and experience, equipping them to exceed their client’s expectations. Underpinning Pace Development Group’s success is an integrated company structure. As developer and builder, the expertise of the Pace team ranges across architecture, interior design, sales and marketing, legal, engineering, and construction. Pace’s typical approach in relation to The Icon Apartments involves buying the land, designing, acquiring permits, managing marketing and sales. With over 100 successfully completed projects since 2003, Pace Development Group remain market leaders in boutique residential developments, and recently high rise developments. Along with The Icon, apartment developments currently under construction by Pace include George Windsor (Windsor), Archer (Mentone) and 181 Fitzroy Street (St Kilda), with Ode (St Kilda) also about to commence construction and two further projects in the pipeline.

For more information contact Pace Development Group Pty Ltd, Level 2, 201 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda VIC 3182, phone 1300 722 334, fax 03 9592 1333, email enquiries@, website

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Below Mitchcon Pty Ltd provided concrete placement services and equipment for concrete works on The Icon.

Constructing a residential tower as unique as the Icon Apartments requires professionals with the capabilities to bring ambitious visions to reality. A leading provider of concrete placement services, Mitchcon Pty Ltd demonstrates their 25 years of professional experience on The Icon Apartments. “Mitchcon supplied the high-rise concrete placement boom and high pressure concrete pump to pour concrete for the structure,” explains Lewis Mitchell of Mitchcon. Specialising in mobile and high-rise concrete pumping, Mitchcon’s expertise at negotiating challenging building sites ensured their work on the Icon benefited the project’s efficiency. “We like to assist the builder in anyway possible, from logistically planning and suspending the high-rise boom to the planning of specific locations to make the job easier and time efficient for us and the builder,” Lewis describes. Offering full retention services to the residential and commercial building sectors, Mitchcon’s expertise includes concrete pumping, spraying and finishing as well as full basement construction packages. The company’s professional services also extend across the civil and industrial sectors having completed a number of major civil infrastructure works. “We have had heavy involvement in a countless number of Victorian infrastructure projects, such as, the Regional Rail Separation at Wyndham Vale, the 172 VIC PROJECT FEATURE The icon apartments

Mitchham Rail Separation, Springvale Rail Separation, Melbourne Airport, City Link, Southern Cross Station, Federation Square, Northern Sewage Upgrade, Geelong Bypass and the Gippsland Water Station vortex pond relining,” says Lewis from Mitchcon. Equipped with one of Melbourne’s largest fleet of dedicated pumps and employee base, Mitchcon leads in the latest concrete delivery practices, such as concrete spraying- a fast growing option for more than just retention purposes that deliver multiple benefits for clients. Mitchcon pride themselves on having the only qualified shotcrete team in VIC that hold vertical and overhead shotcrete qualifications recognised Australian wide and internationally. “Mitchcon is heavily focusing on providing shotcrete for more structural elements in construction, for example, columns, lift cores, shear walls, necessary wet joints etc,” says Lewis. “We are finding there’s a significant time and cost saving in shotcreting these structural elements rather than pouring in situ. Ability to form and strip only one side of form work is beginning to urge many of the top tier builders to move with the fast and effective technology that we have readily available.” For more information contact Mitchcon Pty Ltd, 13 Paw Paw Road, Brooklyn VIC 3012, phone 03 9316 5222, fax 03 9316 5299, email admin@mitchcon. or, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Brogue Consulting Engineers provided structural and civil engineering services for The Icon Apartments.

More than a residential development, The Icon Apartments St Kilda, are a bona fide work of art. Brogue Consulting Engineers, industry leaders in REVIT modelling, drew on their impressive combination of engineering design and consultancy skills to solve the practical challenges of this unique concept. Responsible for the structural and civil engineering services, Brogue worked closely with Pace Development Group and the architect to create a detailed 3D model of The Icon Apartments. “This enabled fluid coordination of the build and services with the project team,” explains company Director Ashley Pollard. Brogue’s proactive discussions with local council also contributed to fast track approval of the early stage works. A challenging design with unique ‘LegoTM’ box geometry, ingenuity was required to develop a practical solution to the stepping floor plates. Luckily, the Brogue team thrive on such challenges. “Overcoming the design challenges to provide the architectural intent was definitely a satisfying feeling, and was largely due to the virtual environment and 3D co-ordination of the design. The transfer column locations, cantilevered slab designs and 5 level WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

basement all presented structural and civil design challenges, each of which we were able resolve in a real-time environment with great success.” Founded in 2011 by Ashley Pollard, Brogue specialise in structural and civil engineering, as well as REVIT modelling. Brogue are extensively experienced, providing accurate and flexible building solutions while utilising the latest construction techniques and design trends. Brogue work across a variety of developments including multi-level and mixed-used commercial, residential, industrial, retail, warehouse and educational developments. Showcasing a collaborative approach, the company’s boutique size optimises their ability to draw on the expertise of all team members, resulting in cohesive and accurate engineering solutions that often exceed their client’s needs. Recent projects include mixed-use development at 248 Burwood Road, Hawthorn and “Oxford and Peel” residential development at Collingwood. For more information contact Brogue Consulting Engineers, 24 Peel Street, Collingwood VIC 3066, phone 03 9416 2092, email admin@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The icon apartments 173

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Below KPA Concrete provided concrete services for the ground slabs, basement car parks and suspended decks on The Icon.

Throughout their 25 years in operation, KPA Concrete Construction Group has quickly become recognised as a major contractor within the concrete placement sector. The family business originated in 1954 with KPA officially becoming established in 1988 and is now a leading commercial concrete contractor based in the South Eastern suburb of Moorabbin, Victoria. Director Joe Pacquola said over 60% of KPA works were continued repeat business within the commercial and industrial sectors. “KPA’s clientele include some of Australia’s finest builders such as Grocon, ADCO Constructions, Behmer and Wright, Becon Construction, Pelicanco Builders, Pace Development Group, Buildcorp, Kingston Property and prestigious clients such as Coles, Bunnings, McDonalds and Masters, something which we are very proud of,” he said. “Working with Pace Development Group on The Icon Apartments, we were able to showcase how we specialise in large scale industry and multi-storey developments that can range from ground slabs, to basement car parks and suspended decks; such is the variety of our work. “KPA has the extraordinary resources of manpower, plant, equipment and management to service our clientele’s requests, regardless of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the size or complexity.” KPA’s rapid and respected success has been built with consistent delivery and execution of concrete placement. From labour only applications, to contractual concrete placement or complete full packages that include concrete, formwork and steel. As a member of the Master Builders Association, clients can be confident knowing that KPA has achieved one of Australia’s highest quality accreditations available – the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. “KPA has developed a culture where employees are continually provided with the opportunity to grow and achieve personal work goals through training, and, in doing so, are proud to be associated with KPA. KPA also invests heavily in numerous systems that encourage the very best practice procedures, deliver improvement, achieve the highest of quality and ultimately, provide client satisfaction.

For more information contact KPA Concrete Construction Group, 25-33 Nelson Street, Moorabbin VIC 3189, phone 03 9532 3155, fax 03 9555 5340, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The icon apartments 175

thirst for quality The new head office for South East Water incorporates nine levels of open-plan office space, designated retail areas and outdoor recreation spaces with innovative green technologies to target 5 Star GreenStar and 4.5 star NABERS ratings. The new $66m ultra-modern South East Water headquarters is destined to become Melbourne’s latest landmark building. Located in the suburb of Frankston and constructed by Probuild, South East Water’s new head office may have set a new standard when it comes to the design, construct and finish of contemporary office buildings. With offices located in Heatherton, Dandenong and Lynbrook, the new South East Water’s headquarters will bring together more than 600 staff into one convenient site. South East Water provides its services to 1.65 million people. Built over nine levels, the new headquarters includes more than 11,700m² of office space over five levels, three levels of car parking (as well as offsite parking) and 546m² of retail space. Inside, the building incorporates a substantial open-plan concept with a number of meeting rooms of all sizes to cater for training, team meetings and conferences. This modern work space has been designed to not only bring together South East Water staff, but provide a dynamic and inspiring work environment. The extensive open plan design also encourages collaboration and productivity. A prominent aspect of the development is its internal staircase located on the west side of the building, which continuously spans the five levels of office space. Additionally, all the surfaces within the building are exposed with pipes running along the ceiling and joists open to view. This gives the building an overall industrial look, while still keeping in line with the development’s function. Overlooking a man-made lake, outside the building, an overhanging structure not only makes for an impressive feature, but provides an outdoor space for South East Water staff. Additionally, the site’s landscaping integrates an impressive amount of trees and native plants. The five-star Green Star and 4.5 star NABERS-rated building incorporates a number of sustainable water and energy features, including a useable rooftop garden and terrace. Rainwater capture and storage is used for flushing of toilets and irrigation for the site’s gardens, and the office includes

LED lighting systems. Additionally, the use of sustainably-sourced building materials during construction further enhance the consideration for environmental impacts. Adding to the South East Water headquarters is the aesthetic impression of the building and its surrounds, which has been designed to revitalise the area’s waterfront. Accommodated into the development are generous public spaces which encourage activity, as well as cafés and the retail area. Through the coming together of staff into one location, local businesses are also expected to benefit from the new development through the purchase of local goods and services. Additionally, during construction there was an average of 150 to 200 construction workers on site (which further increased in 2015), which was expected to flow on and see an increase in patronage to local cafés, businesses and service providers. Probuild’s Matthew Southwell said the project for the construction company included facilitating and coordinating 40 to 50 trade companies during its development. “We have also been programming, budgeting and ensuring quality for Class 1 concrete exposure according to building standards,” he says. As with any project of this calibre, communication between the client and construction company was paramount. In order to ensure communication was provided continually with South East Water, Probuild contracted a company to provide a central point of contact between the two. Continual communication and coordination between the trade companies has ensured the project experienced very few delays and set-backs. The end result of the South East Water headquarters is a modern office development that is considered to be yet another landmark building for Melbourne and which ticks all the boxes – aesthetically, functionally and sustainably. For more information contact Probuild Pty Ltd, Level 10, 580 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9693 8222, fax 03 9693 8233, email, website


MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Probuild ARCHITECT : BVN Donovan Hill SURVEYOR : WT Partnership Project Value : $66 million



Below Signal & Hobbs supplied and installed metal roofing and cladding as well as the roof-mounted access system for the Head Quarters.

Given their substantial experience, highly-trained trade workforce, sound supplier relationships and certified dedication to quality results, Signal & Hobbs are an invaluable asset to any major project. For the South East Water headquarters, Probuild relied on Signal & Hobbs’ specialist roofing skills for the supply and installation of metal roofing, metal cladding and the roof-mounted access walkway and safety system solutions. “The majority of the roofing installed on the South East Water project was Lysaght Permalite Aluminium pierced fixed decking. One of the logistical issues was the timely procurement of the aluminium coil feed for the cladding and the waterproofing accessories. The need for early procurement was critical to avoid colour and finish variances,” Signal & Hobbs Managing Director Sam Curnow explains. “Our solution was to procure the coil ahead of program and store it at our rainwater and general sheetmetal fabrication factory, we have excellent storage capabilities and the materials were able to be securely and safely stocked until required.” This is a good example of how Signal & Hobbs engage with an architect’s vision and then look for a workable solution to construct it. Because the company has such long-standing and solid relationships with its key suppliers, procurement and program issue solutions are resolved early – avoiding any risk to program and avoiding site delays. Signal & Hobbs were also involved with the installation of roof-mounted roof safety systems and overhead rail systems for maintenance. “Having completed training for the installation of fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders, Signal & Hobbs have built a relationship with Sayfa, our supplier of roofmounted roof access safety systems, which enables us to provide a quality supply and installation service,” Sam adds. “We have full time experienced installers able to complete all our roof safety system installations, and multiple employees trained to the supplier’s standard, with excellent understanding of the AS1657-2013. With design of the systems supported by Sayfa, the end result is a safe and usable system for the client.”

Signal & Hobbs has been providing roofing solutions to the construction industry for nearly 40 years, and currently employs nearly 80 people including site crew, administration, estimating, management and manufacturing. All of the Signal & Hobbs’ site team are inducted into the company’s OH&S management system. We have a commitment to a minimum level of training for all our employees – all our tradesmen must have Plumbing Industry Registration, training in working at heights, plant and equipment high risk licenses, plus First Aid for senior site foremen and task-specific training as required. “We believe the outcome of this is a safe and high quality roofing installation.” Signal & Hobbs’ commitment to achieving high standards begins with the initial tender. During the tender process, they identify value-adding options for their clients while also ensuring their submission will deliver on the architectural intent and give an on-budget result for the builder. Their approach is to manage themselves in a manner which enables clients like Probuild to achieve their goals. “We aim to be leaders in our industry for training, innovation and improved work practises, and this includes early identification of project risk, and providing feedback for eliminating or reducing that risk,” Sam explains. “We are also proud of our ISO 9001:2008 certification for our Quality Management Systems. The process of developing our QMS strengthened our Risk Management Strategy. As part of this, we regularly review our suppliers’ performances. This process results in reducing risk for our clients and builders through possible supply chain issues.” “We believe the achievement of ISO 9001:2008 certification, coupled with National Code of Practice compliant employee agreements, a sound and compliant OH&S management system, and a well-developed Quality Assurance Plan with Inspection and test procedures completed on all major projects, gives Signal & Hobbs an undeniable advantage.” For more information contact Signal & Hobbs Pty Ltd, Unit 11, 6-12 Airlie Avenue, Dandenong VIC 3175, phone 03 9791 5355, fax 03 9794 0587, email reception@sighob., website





Below Fytogreen designed, supplied and placed unique gardens and the green façade for the headquarters.

Acknowledged as an industry leader and innovator in horticultural technologies, Fytogreen is a research focused, design and construct supplier of vertical gardens, roof gardens, planter boxes and green façades. Fytogreen not only supplies and installs their unique gardens but offers a complete design, construction and maintenance program. This is backed by 35 years’ international research and growing experience, perfected to suit the Australian climate. Completing works on the new South East Water Headquarters building, Fytogreen installed the green roof on Level W1 and the tiered entrance garden, which follows the building’s escalator up four levels and contains trees up to 5m high at planting time.

30L/m².” Green roof water and rainwater from the roof are also recycled into a 90,000L tank, adding to the irrigation efficiency and sustainability. The emerging challenge has been the impact of salt laden winds from southerly storm events causing leaf burn on most species. With the gardens all under the roof line, standard cranes could not be used for moving material easily to the respective areas. “This required material to be placed where possible by Franna crane horizontally and the bulk of the material was blown in by We-Blow,” Geoff adds. “The project was completed in stages as areas became available and access was still possible.”

Due to all areas being in a complete rain shadow, the company worked with landscape architects Aspect Studios to refine a suitable species list for the roof gardens. “This rain shadow aspect meant that the irrigation design had to be very robust and supported by a flow rate monitored alarm system,” says Fytogreen Managing Director Geoff Heard.

Fytogreen has completed more than 150 vertical garden projects in Australia and internationally, and has provided roof garden media to around 330,000m² of roof gardens throughout Australia. They delivered Australia’s largest single greenwall at 1 Bligh Street, Sydney, Melbourne’s largest greenwall project at 720 Bourke Street and the largest green roof in the Southern Hemisphere at the Victorian Desalination Project.

“The irrigation design is with sub-surface drip irrigation at 400mm wide spacing within the Hydrocell extensive media profile, supported by a 60mm layer of Hydrocell RG30, which acts as a water reservoir holding up to

For more information contact Fytogreen Australia, 3 Webbs Lane, Somerville VIC 3912, phone 1300 182 341, fax 03 5978 0744, email, website



DEVELOPER : Healey & CO Main Construction Company : Hutchinson Builders ARCHITECTS : Rothe Lowman Architects ENGINEER : Webber Design & SDP Consulting Group Project Value : $32 Million 182 VIC PROJECT FEATURE THE CARLSON


Tower of power The Carlson is a high-end residential tower comprising of 149 modernised apartments and reaches 34-storey’s high. Level 19 incorporates a communal area with a north-facing terrace including landscaping, barbecues and seating. Hutchinson Builders has brought its extensive experience in building and construction to The Carlson apartments in La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Established in 1912, Hutchinson Builders was awarded the design and construct contract for the residential apartment building, adding to its impressive portfolio that includes projects in the commercial and residential high rise, mining and resources industry infrastructure, sporting, health, education, retail, tourism and Government fields.

Standing at 34-storeys high, the $32 million The Carlson has 149 residential apartments, along with a commercial tenancy on the ground floor for a café that will operate seven days per week for food and coffee. As the design and construct company on the project, Hutchinson Builders was able to value manage specific areas during the build, delivering high quality products in a cost effective manner. These included using conventional reinforced concrete slabs for flooring, rather than post tensioned floor slabs. This eliminated the need for an additional subcontractor on the project and reduced construction time. Precast panels were used on the full extent of the east and west elevations, and were predominantly off white, with a feature pattern moulded into the panel on levels 16 and above on the eastern elevation. The ability to incorporate the architect’s design intent into these precast panels meant that the desired effect could be achieved without a substantial increase in cost. The northern and southern elevations of The Carlson are fully glazed and juliet balconies have been installed on levels 1 through to 18. As the façade glazing incorporated the installation of an Enviro Wall behind the screens, this meant no edge protection or screens were required throughout the fit out stage. When it came to the mechanical side of affairs, Hutchinson Builders utilised split systems in the majority of apartments from level 10 upwards. The split systems were run back to plant rooms every four or five levels and were used in lieu of centralised VRV systems. A social hub has also been included in The Carlson building. Residents have been provided with a communal area on level 19, consisting of a north facing terrace incorporating minor landscaping, barbeques and seating.


Keeping up with the times, The Carlson offers no basement facilities, instead offering bike racks as transportation storage. This is becoming more popular in cities such as Melbourne where residents are opting to use public or alternative modes of transport to travel to and from work and don’t have the need to purchase or garage a car. With The Carlson site being only 296m2 with a street frontage of 13.5m, site deliveries and access to the site was a major challenge that had to be faced on a daily basis. Cars, buses, trams, cyclists and pedestrians all had to be contended with and as such traffic management became an extremely important aspect of the project. The logistics regarding the recovery of the tower crane at the end of the project also had to be dealt with. Located in the lift shaft, the tower crane had to be dismantled by a smaller recovery crane positioned on the roof of the site. A spider crane in turn had to be used to dismantle the recovery crane, and only then could the spider crane be sent down in the lift and removed from the site. Despite the challenges, Hutchinson Builders was able to complete The Carlson using a well developed construction methodology that ensured target dates were met. Hutchinson Builders continues to offer its commitment and expertise to the building and construction industry, growing and developing to suit the changing economic and construction industry landscapes.

For more information contact Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd, 70-72 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9282 9500, fax 03 9681 6977, email mreception, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE THE CARLSON 183

A high achievement When it comes to structural construction in Victoria, Eltrax Pty Ltd is leading the way. Under Director and Owner Frank Cicerale and Construction Director Ante JURIC, Eltrax Pty Ltd has grown to employ over 300 staff, as well as having an annual turnover of $60 million. With over 30 years of experience behind them, Eltrax was the perfect choice to provide their services on the $32 million The Carlson apartment building in La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Experts in their field, Eltrax provided the detailed excavation for the site that would house the 34-storey high construction. Once this precise work had been carried out, Eltrax proceeded to build the entire structure of The Carlson. The formwork used to do this was the PERI system and a core jump form system. Reinforcement for the structural formwork was also provided along with the placing of the concrete on the project. By using the PERI system and core jump form systems of formwork, Eltrax were able to minimise crane use due to the mechanised and self climbing aspects of these products. Efficiency of the construct was also maximised due to the capabilities of the formwork types used. Work on The Carlson’s small site of only 296m2 was not without its challenges, yet Eltrax overcame these coming up with solutions to ensure the job got done efficiently. One of these was the designing of a system to assist with access issues. The result was the internal stairs being poured before the slab, therefore providing more accessibility on the site that only had one staircase. A challenge also arose regarding a precast panel needed for the jump form. As this needed to be installed inside the jump form prior to others, it was designed on a separate propping system. This ensured that work on the jump form and core could progress without being delayed. Self climbing screens with walking decks were also used at The Carlson, meaning all 184 VIC PROJECT FEATURE THE CARLSON

windows and external work was done within the screens. This provided increased safety for the workers and formed an integral part of the structures formwork. The logistics regarding concreting were also planned out carefully. With the type of formwork used, it was imperative to ascertain the setting rate of the concrete as this determined the rate at which the construction could proceed. To assist with the pouring of the concrete, a pump line was placed inside a wall shaft allowing speedy pours from the street, once again streamlining the work flow. Eltrax Pty Ltd have used their substantial capabilities to provide a solid structure for The Carlson, and now continue their specialised work on the 10,000m2 Ettaro Apartments in Brunswick East, a five building 400 apartment project. In addition, Eltrax is currently working on the Panorama Apartments in Doncaster Hill, with projects recently completed including the two building, 20-storey Lucia Apartments in South Yarra and the 14-level Leicester Street Student Accommodation in Carlton. An example of Eltrax Pty Ltd’s specialised formwork can also be demonstrated by the work completed on Scotch College’s Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science. Eltrax Pty Ltd has built their reputation on providing a number of specialised services to the construction industry. Not only specialising in bulk and detailed excavation, formwork, and concrete supply, pumping and placement, they can also offer reinforcement supply and fix, specialised edge form systems, post tensioning supply and install, and shotcrete walls. Building structures in the commercial, industrial, residential and high rise marketplaces for both private and public enterprise is Eltrax Pty Ltd’s forte, with the added ability to assist with and provide design management. For more information contact Eltrax Pty Ltd, Unit 7, 650a Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, phone 03 9486 2205, fax 03 9486 5221, email



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A fantastic finish When it comes to architectural balustrade systems, Axiom Group is at the forefront of the newest technologies. Established in 2001, Axiom Group use a consultative and solutions based approach to ensure that they provide tailored solutions and the best possible architectural glazing results for each individual project. The Carlson apartments in La Trobe Street Melbourne have recently benefited from the innovative products that Axiom Group produce. Working closely with Zenith Systems, Axiom Group supplied the Juliet balcony glass and framing for 108 balconies on the luxurious apartment building. Axiom Group used their expertise to produce a specific glass colour that met with the Architects strict specifications. A frosted look was required on the finished glass product however this needed to be without the green tinge that is usually connected with Acid Etch Toughened glass. To overcome this challenge, Axiom Group used their technological knowhow and practical approach to design a frit pattern that could be ceramic baked onto Low Iron glass. This ensured a crisp look and the fantastic end result can been seen on the balconies that are on levels 1 to 18 of The Carlson. In addition to their work on the balconies, Axiom Group also supplied all the glass for the frameless shower screens within The Carlson, working WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

with Hutchinson Builders to ensure the design fit with the vision of the project. This fit out was substantial given that The Carlson stands at 34 storeys high and consists of 149 residential apartments. Australian owned with a global network of partners, Axiom Group will continue to assist architects and designers realise their dreams by providing innovative and high quality building products and systems. Currently working on projects with Probuild, Watpac, Hacer, Vaughans and Equiset, Axiom Group will continue to entrench their brand in the glass and construction industry for years to come.

For more information contact Axiom Group, 56 Lock Avenue, Werribee VIC 3030, phone 1300 652 336, fax 1300 611 789, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE THE CARLSON 187

the heart of a community Client : Stockland Group Main Construction Company : Probuild ARCHITECTS : Taylor Robinson ENGINEER : Wood and Grieve Project Value : $116 Million

The $116M Baldivis Shopping Centre brings a first-class shopping experience to the growing Settlers Hill community and consists of speciality stores and a leisure and nightlife centre. The final stage of Stockland's $116 million redevelopment and expansion of Baldivis Shopping Centre officially opened on 14 May 2015. The bustling atmosphere at the opening event was evidence of the public delight in having a first-class retail destination in their immediate locale. Now four times its original size, the 29,500m2 centre provides customers with a bigger, better shopping experience.

homes on the site of a former poultry farm in Sefton, NSW. Since then Stockland has created community assets that deliver a better way to live.

Baldivis forms the heart of Settlers Hills residential community and the award-winning Affinity Retirement Village, 45km south of Perth, WA. Nestled among majestic Tuart trees and attractive landscapes it’s a fully integrated community with a current population of 27,000 and increasing at a rate of 15 per cent per annum.

Today, Stockland are one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups, owning, developing and managing an extensive portfolio of retail centres, business parks, logistics centres, office buildings, residential communities and retirement villages Australia wide — earning them the ‘most sustainable property company in the world’ on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2011/2012).“Baldivis has been named as the fastest growing suburb in Australia,” said Prue Cunningham, Stockland Development Manager “Local, national and international retailers have seized the opportunity to set up shop here.”

When Stockland (Stocks and Holdings Limited) was founded in 1952, Ervin Graf had a vision “to not merely achieve growth and profits but to make a worthwhile contribution to the development of our cities and great country.” The company’s first act of community creation was building

In 2005 Stockland’s Residential team and Commercial Property business joined forces to introduce a shopping centre to Settlers Hills. “A shopping centre wouldn’t usually be established until the population in the residential community is large enough to support the cost,” informed Prue. “But



Stockland realised that such a delay would not be right for residents here.” Baldivis opened in 2007 with a Coles supermarket and 20 specialty shops. This was quickly followed up with a tavern, bottle shop and medical centre. “Providing the right facilities for the community early improved sales of residential lots and established Stockland as a valued part of the community,” continued Prue. “The retirement village and its clubhouse were added in 2011, and now the final expansion of the shopping centre completes the development.” In 2010 the development won the Property Council of Australia (WA) Masterplanned Community Award for Excellence and now Baldivis has achieved a 4 Star Green Star Rating (Retail Centre Design v1) accredited by the Green Building Council of Australia. Baldivis is already fully leased and features a full-line Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Best & Less, Red Dot and 95 specialty stores, including brands such as Dick Smith, Smiggle, Lorna Jane, Hairhouse Warehouse and Specsavers. There’s an entertainment, leisure and nightlife centre with a Timezone family entertainment centre located on the top floor. New restaurants have been added in the Settlers Avenue precinct, with Brotzeit German Bier Bar and a wine bar to open by the end of the year. Car parking spaces WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

have increased to 1,350 bays and include roof top parking. “For the first time customers can experience a New York-inspired barista café and fresh pizza bar inside Woolworths’ too,” announced Prue. “The food precinct also stars local heroes RJ Quality Meats, Five Seasons Fresh Grocer and Bakers Delight. An exotic, international line-up of market-style street food vendors can be found in the 275-seat indoor and outdoor casual dining terrace.” The project created 450 local jobs during construction and 800 retail, hospitality and customer service jobs in perpetuity. Stockland has also recently announced a $51 million project to create a new 12,200m2 Harrisdale shopping centre within its $661 million, 2600-lot Stockland Newhaven residential community, 20 kilometres south-east of the Perth CBD. In total, Stockland is planning to invest $1.1 billion in and around Perth over the next five years and will continue to develop more retail centres, logistics centres and masterplanned residential communities. For more information contact Stockland Group, Level 25, 133 Castlereigh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9035 2000, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE BALDIVIS SHOPPING CENTRE EXPANSION 189

Credible carpentry Since 2009 KJ Carpentry has been offering Western Australian’s a wide range of carpentry services including commercial and residential works, renovations, extensions and a numerous amount of site works. With a combined total of over 40 years experience KJ Carpentry’s professional team of 12 worked closely with Stockland Group, the builder and developer on the recent $116 million redevelopment of Baldivis Shopping Centre. Working with a variety of other contractors the KJ Carpentry team were professional, friendly, hard working with great attention to detail they supplied and installed public protection hoardings constructed from fridge panels and timber plywood. “We supplied and constructed all the walkways and roofing for site amenities, as well as timber doors, hardware and Tasmanian Oak

bumprails,” stated Owner and Director Kevin Johns. “We also completed a wide range of site works for the builder.” Usage of the 100mm thick, 5.4m temporary external high wall fridge paneling was a unique and cost effective alternative for maintaining weather protection between the new and old buildings and also provided excellent security of the operational shopping centre. “From general carpentry works to internal fit-outs, doors and frames, our professional team has all the experience to get the job done,” added Kevin. “We currently have a variety of teams working on the 999 Hay Street an 11-storey building, 565 Hay Street a State Administration building fitout, Midland Centre Care and Aria Apartments in Swanbourne.” KJ Carpentry specialise in a wide range of services including fire and timber door supply and installation, door hardware supply and installation, all aspects of second fix carpentry, timber feature paneling and ceilings, site hoardings, temporary site amenities, site setup and much more. For more information contact KJ Carpentry Pty Ltd, phone 0402 413 058, email, website



taylor Robinson Established in 1995, multi-award winning Taylor Robinson were chosen by Stockland Group to develop the design, provided the contract documentation and assist with the delivery of the $116 million redevelopment and expansion of Baldivis Shopping Centre. Taylor Robinson is a multi-disciplinary practice delivering architectural, urban design and interior projects. Employing over 30 staff, inclusive of the two founding directors and six associates, with a team of eight dedicated to the Baldivis Shopping Centre project. “The majority of our staff are qualified architects and interior designers,” said Senior Associate David O’Brien. “As a design practice, we have completed work in a variety of sectors, but have particular expertise in the retail, commercial and education sectors.”

of the development — a necessity for anyone working on the Baldivis project within the Settlers Hill community development. Construction challenges the team faced included the use of mobile cranes only, working in close proximity to the major gas transmission pipeline and the co-ordination of Scheletter car park shade/solar mounting structures that had been imported from Germany. “Essentially, we endeavour to create solutions and environments that are flexible, sustainable, highly functional and inspirational,” reiterated David. “This project sees the completion of the main street built form, commenced as part of the Stage 1 works and includes the addition of a second supermarket and a discount department store, two mini majors and numerous specialty and food tenancies.”

Taylor Robinson’s expertise extends beyond 'architectural commissions' to planning and urban design roles on numerous major developments throughout Western Australia. They are committed to design excellence and innovation.

“The design of the centre makes full use of the significant change in levels to enable conveniently accessed rooftop parking above the centre as well as a reconfiguration of the at grade parking. A food and beverage precinct forms an active and dynamic interface between the specialty tenancies and the street.”

Their operational philosophy is based on fully understanding the client's needs and creating achievable solutions, matched with a collective environmental responsibility, not only in the design and execution of a project, but also with the ongoing use and management

For more information contact Taylor Robinson, 234 Railway Parade, West Leederville WA 6007, phone 08 9388 6111, email reception@, website



the mark of quality DEVELOPER : Finbar Group Limited MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hanssen Pty Ltd PROJECT VALUE : $30 million

Norwood Perth delivers a contemporary edgy design with substantial environmental characteristics into eco-friendly residential experience with common outdoor relaxation areas. Hanssen remain leaders when it comes to constructing stylish top-notch modern apartments. Norwood Perth, a $30 million boutique 59 apartment block, encapsulates everything stylish and edgy with an outdoor gas BBQ area, sauna, pool lounge, games room and gym, and all the new and innovative building applications that sets them apart from their competitors. In Norwood, Hanssen have delivered a beautiful structure integrated with it’s environment with many sustainable characteristics including energy monitoring allowing residents to locate which devices and appliances use the most electricity. Along with LED lighting there is the installation of centralised gas hot water system which results in energy and cost savings of up to 65% by removing hot water units from individual apartments it provides more storage space. There is a mechanical bin compaction unit complete with a waste chute system on each level. All the AC condenser units are centralised onto 192 WA PROJECT FEATURE Norwood Perth

the rooftop area and linked to each apartment removing bulky AC units and exhaust air from balcony areas. There are solar heating lines mounted on the roof surface which are linked to a 15 metre solar powered lap pool on the upper roof which can be used during cooler months due to the solar heating system. The construction ran three to four months ahead of schedule pioneering and resourceful in their building methods Hanssen continued to use BubbleDeck systems a product they have maintained on all their building sites. Hanssen was the first company to use the ingenious and innovative BubbleDeck system for pre-cast concrete slabs. BubbleDeck is a pre-cast concrete floor system which makes floor slabs lighter and stronger by incorporating large, hollow plastic balls in a lattice of steel. Darren Linton added, “we make our own BubbleDeck, it is a floor system with plastic bubbles filled with air so it displaces traditional concrete slabs so this means your spans can be AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

wider, your footings can be smaller and there are no bends that we have to use in our slabs.” BubbleDeck floors eliminate up to 35% of concrete from suspended slabs. By these added savings from lighter structures it injects better productivity to the construction programme making it overall a lot faster, we make our own BubbleDeck offsite we lift it into position so there is minimal steel work we tie in. It contributes to a more economical build as there is, a lot of non-structural concrete that is wasted in slabs, by saving on and eliminating this wastage we are making for a healthy bottom line in construction programmes. It makes the whole building lighter and “consequently engineering is a lot more efficient.” Hanssen had to organise the management of work flow efficiently as the site was quite tight with limited access to roads but despite this challenge the key stages of the build were delivered to a standard the clients were happy with and they exercised all areas of the work safely. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Hanssen keep on extending themselves, “we do a lot of things in-house we manufacture our own panels, our own BubbleDeck, we do windows and structural steel.” As a company they pride themselves on “giving everyone a go” where “most of our workers work continuously on our jobs.” Hanssen are mindful of the end result of each construction programme - “this unity works in our favour and I guess it is how we build things so fast.” For more information contact Hanssen Pty Ltd, 271 Sterling Crescent, Hazelmere WA 6055, phone 08 6218 3800, fax 08 6218 3899, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Norwood Perth 193

MEN OF STEEL Di Candilo Steel supplied various steel components to Hanssen for the construction of Norwood Perth, a $30 million modern, 59 apartment block set in a quiet enclave with stylish architectural lines attracting anyone looking for a relaxed but city lifestyle. As steel processors and steel suppliers Di Candilo have an established and trusted relationship with Hanssen which began early in 2010 with increased business activity over the past eight months, seeing them yet again successfully win the tender to supply and deliver quality steel products for Norwood.

Di Candilo supplied the ground support beams for the foundation of the boutique block. The roof screens, all the air-condenser frames, the window columns, hand rails, and the aluminium front entrance gates are a comprehensive range of products using an industrious and committed crew who work to a strict budget and timeline. Using state-of-the-art cutting machines to manipulate material Di Candilo continue to use innovative processes where they provide their customers with a kit form solution. All steel was pre-cut, drilled, mitred, counter-sunk, slotted and ready to put together on site. Lou Shabani explains, “we do minor fabrication, we do a lot of processing such as cutting, drilling, it’s more of an end component that the customer is getting rather than just a little bit of steel that they’re left to work with.” Di Candilo Steel are a privately owned steel distribution company with steel processing facilities. Employing 50 people, they are known for their first-rate sheet metal products. They set themselves apart from their competitors by operating on short turn around times, remaining committed to excellent customer service, and a willingness to get outside the square and not just provide a black and white product. Di Candilo extend themselves for their clients, “if there is something extra that is needed then we’ll go out of way to give what the customer needs.” Di Candilo are currently working on Unison and Arbor North high rise apartments. For more information contact Di Candilo Steel City, 524 Guildford Road, Bayswater WA 6053, phone 08 9279 7244, fax 08 9279 4734, email, website



Water-tight service Industry specialists Crommelin have been proudly servicing and supplying builders and architects in the construction industry for almost 60 years. As Australia’s leading waterproofing and sealing specialist, Crommelin was selected by Hanssen to provide products and application supervision of all waterproofing membranes to Norwood Perth, a $30 million project boasting 59 elegant apartments. All Crommelin products are specifically engineered to perform in conjunction with Australian construction materials and under harsh Australian environmental conditions. Commercial Development Manager, John Treadgold, was on site at Norwood Perth and provided detailed recommendations, advice and supervised all waterproofing applications. Membranes were applied to the fire tanks, the podium decks, the planter boxes, pool deck area and roof decks. Eight on-site Crommelin trained applicators worked over five months and met each stage of the project on time. Crommelin is at the forefront of technical advancement within the waterproofing and sealing industry. Their team of industrial chemists continue to develop cutting edge technologies, raising the standards of consistency, performance and reliability. All Crommelin products WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

are engineered to deliver long term performance and durability. In conjunction with project specifications, on-site support and maintenance schedules, warranties are available for up to 15 years. Knowing that all project requirements and site conditions are unique, Crommelin actively partners with customers to provide product and specification information individually suited for each job. Customised product development, specification, education, application and on-site technical support are just a few areas in which Crommelin can support construction and waterproofing projects along every step of the way. Crommelin customers are supported by a highly trained team of commercial business development professionals. Products are available nationally, with state service centres located in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA. For more information contact Crommelin, 72 Division Street, Welshpool WA 6106, phone 08 9458 5711, fax 08 9451 4749, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Norwood Perth 195

bridge to luxury The $140M Subi Strand mixed use development consists of two adjacent 7-storey buildings containing luxury residential living and modern commercial spaces. The $140 million Subi Strand mixed use development includes 245 residential apartments, 19 commercial units, extensive communal facilities such as gym, sauna, games room, pool deck, communal kitchen and dining room for private functions and a public pedestrian mall with a private sky bridge linking the project together. The Subi Strand apartments comprises one, two and three bedroom apartments, and with its close proximity to the city residents can walk anywhere on foot. The project has been serious when it comes to sustainability. Green measures include 6-star (Nathers) energy rated apartments, 29kw solar panel system, energy monitoring, LED and motion-sensored lighting, centralised gas hot water system, waste reduction mechanical bin compaction unit and solar pool heating. Entertaining guests is made easy for residents with a theatrette, private dining room catering up to 16 guests, games room, pool area and pool lounge in the development. The landscaped public pedestrian mall features an impressive illuminated public artwork display of suspended LED lights which transforms the mall at night with a light show. Hanssen Pty Ltd is one of Western Australia's premier construction companies which specialises in high-rise apartments. From their humble beginnings, they have constructed over 3,000 apartments within Perth and in the North West. The company was formed in 1992 by Gerry Hanssen, who has over 40 years experience in the construction industry and he is still at the helm. Hanssen Pty Ltd was the major construction company behind the Subi Strand project. At the peak of construction, 330 employees and contractors from Hanssen were employed on the project. “On the Subi Strand project, we had the usual challenges, but we are very proud in how quick that we completed the Subi Strand apartments. It took us around 14 months to go from piling to handover,” Michael Hanssen, Hanssen Project Manager stated. “Subi Strand was one of the biggest jobs 196 WA PROJECT FEATURE SUBI STRAND

that we have taken on. It was logistically perfect to work on, even with the restrictions that city construction throws up at times.” The company now employs over 700 people and includes an in-house design team and engineering consultants as well as the manufacturing of precast panels, steel fabrication and windows for their projects. Each of these departments enable Hanssen to construct their projects more quickly and efficiently. The Western Australia company have elected to use the Bubbledeck™ system for the precast floor panels in all projects. Hanssen was the first company to use this system in Australia on the Gateway project in Victoria Park which was completed in June 2010. Hanssen operate on a “design and construct” basis for their projects whilst also maintaining a close working relationship with the developer, architect, consultants, suppliers and contractors. With the Subi Strand project now completed, Hanssen have a number of high profile projects at present. Toccata Apartments in East Perth is one of their premier projects. The 45 residential apartments and 2 commercial units will be priced from $1.4 - $6.5 million. Other projects in Perth and surrounding suburbs include the Norwood Apartments, Arbor North Apartments and Unison Apartments. Concerto in East Perth and Aurelia Apartments in South Perth are currently in piling phase and construction has commenced on Linq Apartments in Northbridge. Hanssen has won a number of awards over the years which include Residential Lifestyle Development of the Year and Apartment Project of the Year for their Terrace Road project in East Perth along with a number of HIA awards. They were also part of UDIA Awarded Projects including winner of the High Density Development in Pelago West, Karratha in 2013. For more information contact Hanssen Pty Ltd, 271 Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere WA 6055, phone 08 6218 3800, fax 08 6218 3899, email, website

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Below Freedom Screens supplied and installed Retractable Flyscreen screens for the Subi Strand project.

Set to shift the landscape of the hip and trendy suburb of Subiaco, Subi Strand is a combination of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments cleverly set around The Strand, a landscaped pedestrian laneway, with retail and commercial tenancies linking Roydhouse and Hood Streets. The $140 million project is a mix of residential apartments, commercial units, communal facilities, a public pedestrian mall and private sky bridge linking the project together. Freedom Retractable Screens worked on the Subi Strand project for about three months with two staff members dedicated to the project on site and another four based in the factory. Providing custom made Retractable Flyscreen screens, the Western Australian based company didn't face any challenges whilst on site and are very comfortable in working on residential projects. Freedom Retractable Screens is a company dedicated to being at the forefront of commercial and residential insect and blind technology. They have a long and trusted reputation and pride themselves on quality and customer satisfaction. 198 WA PROJECT FEATURE SUBI STRAND

Established in 1999 on the Gold Coast, Freedom Screens has now grown to be an Australian industry leader with 13 stores nationwide. Their screens are manufactured in their Osborne Park office in Western Australia. Their product portfolio comprises of six different types of screens, the Infinity Zipline, Elite, Smartscreen, Smartblind, Pleated and Magnetic screen. With this range they can screen almost anything ranging from standard and double glazed doors and windows, french doors, stacking, bi-fold doors and windows, servery windows, balconies, alfresco areas and patios. Up to 4.5m in a single screen and 9.0m in a double screen. Whilst practical, they also increase the aesthetic value of residential projects. The established company are proud to offer quality Australian made products with a full backup service and spares. Future projects include various commercial and home constructions around Western Australia. For more information contact Freedom Retractable Screens, Unit 5, 18 Hector Street, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9244 7436, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Sika Australia supplied sealant and adhesives for the Subi Strand Apartments and grout for the external façades.

Sika is the global leading producer of specialty chemicals for the construction, industrial, automotive, mining and home improvement market. They provide a wide range of construction solutions including high quality concrete admixtures, specialty repair mortars, sealants, adhesives, damping and reinforcing material, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring as well as roofing, waterproofing and concrete protection systems. Sika has a proud history that stems back to 1976 and is known for consistently providing innovative and premium quality products. Sika was contracted to supply construction chemicals, including construction sealant and adhesives, for the Subi Strand Apartments development. The $140 million project consisting of 245 residential apartments, 19 commercial units and extensive communal facilities including a gym, sauna, games room, pool deck, communal kitchen and dining room for private functions. Sika Grout GP was supplied to support the pre-fabricated panels that were used for the building’s stunning façade, and Sikaflex PRO and Sika Firerate were used to seal the façade panels. Combiflex SG was used to seal expansion joints. This allowed excessive WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

movement and waterproofing of the joint prior to the application of decorative trafficable topping. Sikasil C was applied to the wet areas and the cabinetry. Sika Australia dedication to the business has cultivated a stand-out team of more than a 100 staff nationally, including on-site product engineers, well trained customer service staff, a technical services team and a well-equipped and knowledgeable sales force that has years of on-site and application experience. Sika has worked with prominent builder Hanssen, the major contractor on the Subi Strand project, since 2006. Sika products are also being supplied on a number of other Hanssen projects including, Toccata, Norwood, Arbor North, Unison and LINQ Apartments. They are also involved in a variety of other building projects in Western Australia, including 999 Hay Street, Bus Port and Lloyd Street.

For more information contact Sika Australia Pty Ltd, 55 Elizabeth Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 1300 223 348, email or visit the website WA PROJECT FEATURE SUBI STRAND 199

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Hickory Group


ASP Access Floors

Raines Commercial Flooring

Page 152 | 03 9429 7411

Page 127 | 1300 237 045

Page 56 | 02 9620 9915

Page 84 | 02 9316 8030

Hutchinson Builders (QLD)

J & S Piering & Civil Works

Page 113 | 07 3335 5000

Page 76| 02 9605 4437

ACCESS EQUIPMENT Australian Access Hire Page 116 | 1300 850 488

Cladding (Thermal Facades) Dulux AcraTex

Hutchinson Builders (VIC) Page 181 | 03 9282 9500

ELEVATORS/LIFTS Southwell Lifts & Hoists

Page 105 | 1300 662 841

Kane Constructions (VIC)


PACT Constructions


Page 117 | 07 3211 5591

SEQ Construction Cleaning

Page 22 | 08 9340 5900

Page 114 | 07 3200 4040

IES Group

Total Noise Control Page 148 | 03 9786 6088



SKYview Aerial Photography

BildaVOID Concrete

ACOUSTIC ENGINEER Acoustic Logic Consultancy

Page 6 | 0431 931 910


Allstaff Airconditioning Page 92 | 02 9879 3377

Brenair Mechanical Services Page 149 | 03 8790 6999

McGuire Air page 104 | 07 4952 1140

ARCHITECTS Artas Architects Page 20 | 03 6331 2731

Brown Falconer Page 125 | 08 8203 5800

MBMO Architects Page 93 | 02 9439 6622

Silver Thomas Hanley Page 27 |

Tanner Kibble Denton Architects Page 35 | 02 9281 4399

Taylor Robinson

Page 61| 1300 369 253

KPA Concrete Construction Group Page 172 | 03 9532 3155

Mitchcon Page 170 | 03 9316 5222

Nationwide Concrete Pumping Page 154 | 03 9023 6927

Reid Construction Systems Page 58 | 1300 780 250

Valtec Constructions Page 154 | 08 8340 2663

Westkon Precast Page 146 | 03 8746 1300

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT INFORMATION Cordell Information Page 18 | 1800 806 060



Project Lighting and Electrical Page 121 | 0430 103 107

Tad-Mar Electrical Page 152 | 08 8261 4144

ENERGY MANAGEMENT A1 Best Group Page 97 | 1300 382 231

ENGINEERS SKC Engineers Page 147 | 0458 253 982

Floor Grinding Services

Page 171 | 03 9416 2092

Page 81 | 02 9822 7874

SMEC Australia

Resolution Rigging Services

Page 66 | 02 9925 5555

Page 78 | 0417 290 499

CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES & ALLIANCES AusTech Construction Page 24 | 1300 326 564

BADGE Page 122 | 08 8293 5099

Page 70 | 02 9571 9999



Page 82 | 02 9356 1000


Brogue Consulting Engineers

Page 126 | 08 8351 1832

Page 141 | 08 8345 2199

TOGA Group of Companies


Boral Asphalt

Trew Stone Contractors

Page 28 | 08 9434 1514

Page 174 | 03 9693 8222




TES Electrical

Probuild (VIC)

Page 182 | 03 9486 2205


Page 132 | 1800 663 339

Page 150 | 1300 437 476

Page 102 | 07 3368 5550


Page 189 | 08 9388 6111

Moddex Group

Paynter Dixon (QLD)

Page 63 | 1800 244 787

Concrete Grinding

Blackwatch Projects


Page 144 | 03 8420 1200

Page 119 | 07 3216 0533

Page 64 | 02 9468 9700

Grocon (NSW) Page 32 | 02 8249 7000

Hansen Yuncken (NSW)

Page 99 | 02 4271 4343

DEMOLITION ACE Demolition & Excavation

EQUIPMENT HIRE G&H Plant Hire Page 120| 07 3382 7598

Page 91 | 02 9644 5596


DEVELOPERS Barangaroo Delivery Authority

ESD Synergy

Page 42 | 02 9255 1700

Pace Development Group Page 169 | 1300 772 334

Stockland Property Group (WA) Page 186 | 02 9035 2000

DOORS & DOOR ASSESSORIES Freedom Retractable Screens

Page 79 | 0497 979 868

EXCAVATION & EARTH MOVING Dynamic Excavations Page 110 | 07 5564 8142

FAÇADES (CURTAIN WALLS) ABS Façades (Stryum) Page 1 |

Page 90 | 02 9770 7600

Page 30, 196 | 08 9244 7436

Hansen Yuncken (SA)

Page 29 | 02 9620 7988

Page 138 | 08 8229 7300


Hansen Yuncken (VIC)

Page 52 | 02 9437 6100

Page 50 | 07 3251 6100

Page 156 | 02 6057 0900

KJ Carpentry


Page 188 | 0402 413 058

Page 190, 194 | 08 6218 3800

Yuanda Australia



Gambier Earth Movers

Page 77 | 1300 137 263

Page 135 | 08 8725 4093


SGI Architectural


FIRE PROTECTION Diverse Fire Group Page 128 | 08 8376 8506

Premier Fire Protection Page 62 | 02 9980 8777

Warren Smith & Partners Page 57 | 02 9299 1312

FLOORING Choices Flooring Shepparton Page 158 | 03 5822 2777



Page 164 | 03 9328 5811

Page 197 | 1300 223 348

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT HLS Healthcare Page 95 | 03 9878 4448


Di Candilo Steel City

P&L Giamarelos

Douglas Partners

Page 137 | 08 8352 8180

Page 115, 125 | 07 3237 8900


Magnetite (Australia) Page 34| 02 9565 4070

Page 161 | 03 5872 2156



Page 186 | 1300 652 336

CPE Construction

Page 109 | 07 5533 8333

Page 136 | 1800 FAB FLOORS



Castle's Kerbing PAINTING Metrotex Painters

Fab Floors

Sika Australia (NSW)

Page 40 | 02 9743 2600

Page 25 | 131 686

PLUMBING CPS Complete Page 86 | 0404 889 500

Page 192 | 08 9279 7244

SURVEYORS AAM Group Page 38 | 02 8879 1600

Rygate Surveyors Page 44 | 02 9262 6800

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PowerClear Page 109 | 07 5568 0541

Jordan Plumbing



Page 143 | 08 8440 0400

ATP Consulting Engineers

Fytogreen Australia

Liquid Vision Plumbing

Page 108 | 07 5593 0487

Page 179 | 1300 182 341

Page 155 | 03 9827 5032


PC & KM Scherell Page 165 | 03 5743 2648


WASTE EQUIPMENT Bin Master Page 100 | 02 4256 2008

Page 39 | 1300 028 242

Page 72 | 1800 988 919


IJF Australia



Page 26 | 08 8349 7400

Intrec Page 98 | 1300 791 632

JOINERY & KITCHENS Apollo Kitchens

Rokez Constructions

Page 193 | 08 9458 5711

Page 160 | 03 5821 4100



Hunter Douglas

Charter Keck Cramer

Page 46 | 1300 733 078

Page 178 | 03 8102 8888


Scarelli Joinery

Public artworks

AMA Windows + Glass Faรงades

Page 101 | 02 9791 6922

Urban Art Projects

Page 74 | 1300 908 090


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Dig-It Landscapes


Page 135 | 08 8352 6589

Dial A Dump Industries

Andreasens Green

Page 41, 59 | 02 9519 9999

Page 60 | 02 9826 1911



Boral Roofing & Masonry


Page 132 | 1300 360 255

Page 85 | 02 9966 0090



Cladding & Roofing Contractors

Excel Lockers

Page 140 | 08 8347 3999

Page 167 | 1800 019 266

Gridline Commercial Constructions

MEDIA SYSTEMS AV Media Systems Page 151 | 03 9543 6525

Page 89 | 02 9666 9992

Page 94 | 02 4735 6217

Signal & Hobbs Page 177 | 03 9791 5355

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