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MAINMARK WINS GOOD DESIGN AWARD ACCOLADE FOR TOOWOOMBA BYPASS PROJECT Ground engineering leader Mainmark has received a Good Design Award for its role in upgrading and repairing the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Queensland history. Good Design Australia awarded Mainmark with the prestigious accolade in the Engineering Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. The Australian Good Design Awards is the country’s oldest and most prestigious international awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian and international market, including excellence in architectural design, precinct design and engineering. Mainmark designed a bespoke engineered solution to help reline, repair and future proof seven concrete drainage culverts that were vital to Toowoomba Bypass’ 41km long dual carriageway and ring road. The bypass was designed to improve freight connections to major ports and markets and reduce the number of trucks on Toowoomba’s local roads, however, the damaged culverts threatened the structural integrity of the bypass. The Good Design Awards Jury said Mainmark’s solution was a wonderful example of optimising on a range of parameters within constraints. “Clearly innovative, this design was clever and had benefits for the project in terms of cost,

schedule and quality. This is really impressive design and engineering, and a standout example of good design in this category that deserves to be recognised.” Joe Glanville, Mainmark’s ANZ General Manager, is thrilled the company’s work is being acknowledged. “We were really proud to be a part of this important infrastructure project for Queensland. It challenged our ground engineering and asset preservation team to think outside the box and deliver an alternative solution to a complex problem. Being recognised for our efforts is a great reward for all involved.” Mainmark’s proprietary product Terefil®, a lightweight cementitious grout consisting of cement slurry and pre-formed hydrocarbon foam, was a key component of the solution to

remediate the compromised culverts underneath the bypass, restoring their structural integrity and ensuring suitable drainage. Mainmark tailored the Terefil solution to suit the specific site constraints and allow the entire project to remain on schedule and within budget. “Mainmark’s remediation approach was key to helping the Toowoomba Bypass reach stringent industry compliance standards set by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads,” said Mr Glanville. “Since completion in 2019, the bypass has been able to reduce travel time across the Toowoomba Range by up to 40 minutes for heavy commercial vehicles, improve freight connections and redirect trucks away from Toowoomba’s CBD, which enhances liveability in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas.”

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PACT APPOINTED AS BUILDER FOR PREMIUM APPLECROSS DEVELOPMENT PACT Construction are adding to their growing portfolio, with the appointment as preferred construction partner on The Grandton Applecross for successful developers, Norup & Wilson. Designed in collaboration with one of West Australia’s leading architectural practices, Silver Thomas Hanley, the Grandton was established to reimagine seniors living. The $110 million end value, 14-storey luxury development consists of 80 strata-titled serviced retirement living apartments with one, two and three bed options, 10 private care suites, communal resident facilities, rooftop garden and restaurant and office on ground floors. “PACT is proud to be chosen to build this truly inimitable, retirement/private care development based on our track record and relationship first approach to doing business” said Jason Thomson, General Manager, PACT Construction.”

We are looking forward to working closely with Norup & Wilson to successfully deliver the project.’’ Grandton Applecross is purposefully designed to be more spacious than traditional apartment offerings and the design enables adaption to changing health and lifestyle needs. The building is designed to Class 9C standards with 24-hour service within the building, providing an immediate response to care requirements. John and Dave from Norup & Wilson noted; “We are pleased to be working with PACT on this iconic development, which is aimed at taking Retirement Living to a new level. PACT have demonstrated experience in constructing multi-level developments, they are part of the ABN Group and are a rock solid Western Australian business. They have a formidable team and for us it is all about the people.”


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Hon. Barnaby Joyce Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING IN AUSTRALIA IS FORECAST TO GROW Infrastructure spending in Australia is forecast to grow by over $2.6 billion in 2021-22, and the Federal Liberal and Nationals government is getting on with the job. We're building better roads, employing smarter technology, alleviating congestion, and assisting people in getting home sooner and safer. Inland Rail is transforming regional Australia, driving jobs growth and creating new economic opportunities for communities along the line and our exporting industries. Australia today has no Tier One construction firms capable of doing multi-billion dollar projects by themselves. Most of Australia’s major infrastructure projects are built by four foreignowned Tier One construction companies.

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Government must be instrumental in creating a Tier One sovereign capacity. We need to create a pathway for our mid-tier companies to evolve into Australia's next Tier Ones, companies to take on global, multi-billion-dollar contracts. The big four accounting firms that do the government's assessment work are not Australian firms. Government must allow business studies and other required analyses by Australian engineering firms, Australian accountancy firms and Australian environmental assessment firms. As part of the 2021-22 Budget, The Government is building on its 10 year infrastructure pipeline by committing an additional $15.2 billion to infrastructure projects over the next ten years, which will support over 30,000 jobs over the lives of those projects. This builds on the 100,000 jobs already being backed by projects currently under construction. The Australian construction industry continues to grow its sovereign capability, and I commend ANCR and its readers for your part in building Australia’s future. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Brent Crockford CEO Australian Owned Contractors

CALLS FOR GREATER STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Across Australia, many across the civil construction industry have called for greater strategic leadership from the Federal level of Government in order to best realise the benefits that come with a considered and consistent approach to procurement design across different jurisdictions, and particularly so for major transport infrastructure projects. Australian Owned Contractors holds up successful examples of breaking contract sizes to work packages of less than $500m, or including industry sustainability criteria in the early stage of procurement where this cannot be done, as the most effective way the Commonwealth can achieve meaningful reform. We observe that if nothing were to change, market concentration and domination from Tier 1 constructors would continue - where between 2015 and 2020 - a staggering 95% of major projects were awarded to foreign owned Tier 1 companies. And Australia would never again produce another local Tier 1 company! AOC has been grateful that both of the major political parties have heeded the call for reform from Canberra. In a Press Club speech in September, Infrastructure Minister Barnaby Joyce said “Government must be instrumental in creating a Tier 1 sovereign capacity. We need to create a pathway for our Mid-tier companies to evolve into Australia’s next Tier 1’s.” The following month, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese announced his party’s Buy Australian Plan that committed Labor in Government to “work with states, territories and local governments to, where possible, break up larger contracts in a way that allows smaller, Australian owned companies to bid for tender.” It’s a good start, but there is more to be done, so join with AOC in calling for better policy reform.



ADELAIDE’S LANDMARK GPO HOTEL CONTRACT FINALISED While the project has been underway for some time, the detailed design had to be completed before the full scope of the contract could be finalised. It’s now full steam ahead for BESIX Watpac on the signature GPO Marriott Hotel project which is valued at approximately $120 million and scheduled for completion in late 2023.

Nicho Teng for the official sod turning earlier this year. “BESIX Watpac is a Tier 1 contractor for complex luxury hotel projects internationallyand around Australia and the GPO Hotel project is a wonderful opportunity for our team to showcase the passion and operational excellence that we are renowned for,” Jean-Pol said.

BESIX Watpac CEO Jean-Pol Bouharmont joined the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Greaton Managing Director

BESIX Watpac South Australia Manager Al Crosby pointed to the diversity of the company’s project portfolio in the state.

UNISA DIGS DEEP TO PREVENT CONSTRUCTION WORKER SUICIDES Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives – that’s one worker every second day. New research from the University of South Australia is investigating the reasons behind such high rates of suicide in the construction sector, in the hope of saving lives. Supported by the industry body MATES in Construction and the Alison Milner Memorial Scholarship, the research will identify interventions that could help reduce devastating outcomes. Lead researcher and UniSA PhD candidate, Simon Tyler, has identified 26 potential drivers of suicide for construction industry workers. He says while many motivators are known, others have received little attention. “Part of the problem resides in the industry itself – it’s highly transient, with most workers employed on a project-by-project basis – so there’s little opportunity for workers to build

workplace supports or friendships. Another issue is persistent stereotypical concepts of masculinity, which can have a big impact on mental health. So, when workers put up strong exteriors to detract from their issues or insecurities, they’re also shielding themselves from supports. Unfortunately, such unhelpful masculine attitudes and behaviours can result in negative outcomes, such as bullying, which can escalate over time. By examining these and other potential stressors in the sector, including work hours, job demands and legislations, we hope to develop best practice approaches to reduce rates of suicide.” Australian Construction Industry Forum forecasts show the building and construction sector as an economic powerhouse amid COVID-19, yet its workers are struggling. Right now, UniSA is launching a new Mental Health Research Fund to help tackle critical frontline issues like this.

FLEETWOOD SECURES $32M CONTRACT Fleetwood Limited (ASX: FWD) (Fleetwood or the Company) is pleased to announce it has secured a major contract for the new 1000-bed Centre for National Resilience in Melbourne. The Commonwealth Government established a panel of providers and the principal contractor, Multiplex, has selected Fleetwood as one of several suppliers of modular buildings that will make up the purpose-built quarantine facility. Fleetwood is a proven leader in the modular construction industry in Australia, and a key supplier to the education, health, custodial, mining and affordable housing sectors.

Under the subcontract arrangement, Fleetwood will utilise its manufacturing facilities in Victoria and Queensland to build modular accommodation units as part of Multiplex’s plans to deliver the first 500 beds by the end of 2021. The contract is expected to result in revenue of approximately $32 million for FY22. The Centre for National Resilience at Mickleham, Victoria, will be built and owned by the Federal Government, and will be operated by the Victorian Government for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COTTEE PARKER GOES PAPERLESS ON QUEEN’S WHARF Bluebeam is a software company and industry partner that works alongside design and construction professionals to develop smart, simple solutions that make projects easier. Founded in 2002, they have grown steadily ever since and today over two million people worldwide using Bluebeam Revu® to keep their projects on track including design professionals around Australia. Architecture and design firm Cottee Parker transitioned to Bluebeam Revu® for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, one of Australia’s most ambitious construction projects. When finished in 2024, the nearly $4 billion mixed use complex on the Brisbane River will feature 12 football fields’ worth of public space, 2,000 apartments, 1,000 premium hotel rooms and 50 restaurants with retail space, a 1,000 person ballroom and a casino. In the initial project stages Cottee Parker was using a paper based process. This created challenges including a complicated quality assurance (QA) process where manually marked-up documents had to be distributed to team members in different locations – both on Queen’s Wharf ’s expansive job site and throughout Cottee Parker’s multiple offices.

comment Lindsay LeCompte General Manager (Construction and Infrastructure) AI Group


Adopting Bluebeam Revu® allowed Cottee Parker to digitise thousands of project documents, streamlining and improving their QA process. Bluebeam’s Studio Projects and Sessions enabled the approximately 50 team members on the project to simultaneously update documents from different locations in real time. This resulted in a vastly more efficient process than the previous paper-based workflow with better overall accountability and productivity due to the decreased risk of errors. • • •

Bluebeam Revu® made as many as 5,000 documents per month digital resulting in a substantial cost saving. Accessing the same set of markups simultaneously allowed Cottee Parker’s architects to more easily manage the scale of Queen’s Wharf and respond to changes. Since switching to a digital environment Cottee Parker estimates that it has cut its time spent reviewing and approving documents by 50%.

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As Australia emerges from the darkness of the COVID-19 tunnel many see the construction industry as a key leader of the country’s economic recovery. To be fair, the industry has achieved this in the past as construction booms have followed both 20th century world wars, the Great Depression and other catastrophic events so can it do so again? Even as recently as June this year, U.S President Joe Biden announced an infrastructure plan of around 1 trillion dollars to get the U.S moving out of the COVID pandemic. Australian jurisdictions and our National Government are similarly investing heavily in an infrastructure led recovery. However, the big question is whether the industry can deliver the housing, commercial and infrastructure projects of the future within the timeframe and for the cost that clients expect to pay. This will be no easy task for an industry that has been characterised as fragmented, adversarial, resistant to change and the adoption of new technologies, prone to low margins, excessive risk transfer and lacking in consistent investment in the skills development of its workforce.

INDUSTRY COMMENTS (CONTINUED) The construction industry supply chain – Where to post covid-19? - Lindsay LeCompte

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Ai Group’s Construction Supply Chain Council (CSCC) is advocating for an industry re-set, or sea change, as part of a roadmap to future proof the industry’s supply chain over the coming decade and beyond. The CSCC argues that industry must lead the re-set and it must be fundamental in approach and characterised by demonstrable coordinated action if it is to see the industry through the current boom and past the

inevitable bust cycles of the future. The CSCC has already identified a range of initiatives as part of its development of a roadmap for supply chain sustainability. These include addressing procurement rules, the industry’s capability and capacity and sustainability issues including production and use of materials and products. The CSCC will be asking key industry and client stakeholders to embrace and support the need for change and to actively participate in the development of the roadmap for that change.

In a world where many countries are struggling to shake off the impact of the pandemic through major investment in infrastructure, construction companies everywhere will scramble for the people, materials and products to meet their contractual obligations and the expectations of their clients (including governments). There is no doubt that without a sustainable supply chain Australia’s army of construction workers may struggle to go forward. Continued this page



comment Jonathan Spear Acting CEO Infrastructure Victoria

BANG FOR BUCK MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER As some states begin to emerge from public health ordered lockdowns and we enter ‘COVID normal’, governments face multiple challenges including higher debts and reduced revenue. It’s more important than ever that major infrastructure project investments not only stimulate the economy but also deliver multiple, long-term benefits. Victoria’s statewide infrastructure strategy 2021-2051, released in late August, delivers 94 evidence-based recommendations to the Victorian Government to better manage demand, get better use out of existing infrastructure and deliver new infrastructure where it is needed most.

CHARTER HALL COMPLETES ACQUISITIONS IN SA VALUED OVER $100 MILLION Charter Hall Group (Charter Hall or the Group) announced that it has purchased two high quality, government-leased industrial assets in South Australia for over $100 million.

quality, purpose-built asset leased to the South Australian government, which is a major tenant customer across our Industrial & Logistics and Office portfolios in metropolitan Adelaide. ”

Charter Hall-managed fund DIF4 has acquired a brand new institutional grade office and warehouse property in Gepps Cross for $30.7 million at an initial yield of 4.9%. Purpose-built for SA Health, the asset is 100% occupied by the government organisation with a 15-year net lease with fixed reviews, providing stable income growth over the investment horizon.

Charter Hall Prime Industrial Fund (CPIF) has acquired an industrial complex at Netley Commercial Park for $71.3 million, reflecting an initial yield of 4.5%. Currently leased to the South Australian Government, the asset is underpinned by a strong tenant covenant and offers significant upside potential for redevelopment in the medium to long term.

Charter Hall Direct Fund Manager, Julian Menegazzo, said, “We are pleased to be expanding DIF4’s spread to prime, modern industrial real estate, with the addition of a high

Since 1 July 2021, Charter Hall have completed over $900 million in acquisitions in the sector, driving the Group’s Industrial & Logistics portfolio funds under management to over $17 billion.


It identifies $100 billion in construction projects that are required over the next 30 years including reconfiguring Melbourne’s City Loop for more frequent and reliable services, extending suburban train lines in the growing outer north and west, and preparing for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road. These projects will better connect Victorians to jobs, services, and each other. It also recommends support for a statewide social housing growth target in line with the national average of 4.5 dwellings for every 100 households. This would mean up to 4900 additional new dwellings each year until 2031. Delivering social housing at scale requires a rolling construction program planned over several years. Like other infrastructure spending, social housing can have stimulatory economic effects, especially for the residential construction sector. It’s also effective at preventing homelessness and its income-linked rents prevent housing stress. To view Victoria’s infrastructure strategy 20212051 visit

A major new partnership between international real estate group, Lendlease, and one of the world’s leading suppliers of sustainable timber, Stora Enso, is set to supercharge the use of environmentally friendly construction products in some of the world’s most recognised cities. Launched today in Milan, Italy, where Lendlease has A$7.9 billion in urbanisation projects underway, the new partnership will focus on three key areas: R&D into sustainable timber products including cross laminated timber (CLT); new ways these products can be used in construction; and their accessibility in the global market. As part of the announcement, Lendlease also announced the establishment of a dedicated



studio in Milan to facilitate the creation of new sustainable timber products and increased use of sustainable timber across its A$52 billion portfolio of European development projects. Named Podium MX, the new Milan studio will be based at the company’s A$3.6 billion Milan Innovation District (MIND), the former 2015 World Expo site, and will complement a similar facility established in Silicon Valley earlier this month. In addition, Stora Enso’s product catalogue will be fully digitised through Lendlease’s end-to-end digital platform, Podium, making it easier for the company to design and build with sustainable timber in the future.

RECYCLED BEVERAGE CARTON WALLS FOR AUSSIE BUILDINGS Australian builders will soon be able to replace plywood, particle board, and plaster board with low carbon, environmentally sustainable construction boards made from packaging waste such as used beverage cartons and coffee cups.

The project is the first collaboration between Tetra Pak and SIG Combibloc in Australia under the umbrella of the Global Recycling Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (GRACE) and is a joint initiative with saveBOARD and its supporters Freightways and Closed Loop.

saveBOARD Australia has received a $1.74 million grant from the Federal and New South Wales Government towards setting up a $5 million facility that will turn packaging waste into high performance building material. The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund and the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. The Australian and NSW Governments and the companies behind the project expect the facility will create confidence in a new market for recycled construction materials, similar to roads made from recycled glass, and enable more packaging to become 100% recyclable, in line with national packaging targets. The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) says this is a fantastic step forward for beverage cartons and for the brands and consumers that use this important type of packaging. “It is great to see this level of collaboration across the entire supply chain, addressing post-consumer materials by putting in place effective local end-market solutions,” says Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO. “This is a prime example of the collective impact model in practice which will help establish a manufacturing capacity in Australia. Led by industry with the support of government, APCO will continue to support this type of collaboration as we work to transition to a circular economy for packaging and meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets.”

comment Stewart Bird Principal, Innovation Aurecon

HOW ENGINEERS SHAPE THE FUTURE: We are at a point in time where we are more connected than ever before. This interconnectivity has led to a global society that is highly complex and increasingly unpredictable. Changes in one part of the world can now have significant impacts all across the globe.

saveBOARD co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Paul Charteris says making high performance low-carbon building materials using 100% recycled materials from everyday waste is a game-changer that will transform the construction industry in Australia. “It will enhance the construction industry’s drive towards more sustainable construction practices.” The first Australian saveBOARD plant will reprocess liquid paperboard beverage containers, including both aluminium-lined aseptic packages and non aluminium-lined containers collected through the container deposit scheme and coffee cups collected through the ‛Simply Cups’ recycling programme. It will also source material from document recycling company Shred-X. Together with supplementary material from industrial processes, these items will be used to manufacture high performance low-carbon building products to substitute plaster board, particle board, and oriented strand board (OSB) that can be used for interior and exterior applications. The saveBOARD process uses heat and compression to bond materials, eliminating the need for glues or other chemical additives, to produce a clean product with zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), suitable for use in homes and commercial buildings. More information about saveBOARD is available at

Changes in the climate have an impact on societal values, which impacts on consumption patterns, which in turn has an impact on how things are produced, which then impacts on how supply chains are organised and the business models organisations within it require, which ultimately changes the physical assets clients require and how they are designed. Engineers are often thought to focus on the physical object being designed (the nuts and bolts), but increasingly we are shifting our focus to understand the systems that those physical asset support and how designing physical assets differently (or indeed designing different physical assets all together) can have a broader impact on the systems it interacts with. Futures is a critical area we employ to better understand changing systems, whether they be political, economic, environmental, societal or technological. Drawing on the fields of Futures Studies and Strategic Foresight, Aurecon’s Futures team looks at how to interpret, analyse and respond to signals of change, and how to systematically and methodically explore what we can do now to shape our own futures. Our exploration focuses on creating the future technical skills we apply to our delivery, the impact, resilience and connection of our work to the environment, and the ongoing integration of intelligence into the assets we design, deliver and support over their entire lifecycle. As the saying goes, “the best way to predict the future is to create it” and engineers are actively shaping the future, today. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Barry Hackett Partner Gray Puksand

CONSTRUCTION METHODOLOGIES OFFERING ARCHITECTURAL EFFICIENCIES Streamlined construction methodologies are the way of the future. The architecture industry is becoming well acquainted with the terms Design for Manufactured Construction (DfMA) and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), as clients look to increase the consistency, quality of product and speed of construction in the built environment. This shift to a more process-based approach is proving popular in the education sector, where a modernised design and construction philosophy encompasses the entire process from beginning to end. This considers architectural design conception, through to construction, completion and ultimately, disassembly. Such formulaic processes are transitioning the realm of architecture to be viewed as a creation of product, coordinating all moving parts via an assembly line within a controlled environment, off-site. The primary approaches that are flourishing in the New South Wales market are that of volumetric componentry, and the Elemental Kit of Parts approach. As an architecture practice, Gray Puksand strongly believes in the Kit of Parts approach to DfMA, where architecture can be designed elementally. Connectivity and construction methodology are embedded from the outset, cumulating in the creation of a ‘flat pack’ assembly that can be delivered from factory to site and constructed with speed and accuracy. Without compromising on architectural integrity, refined procurement measures will identify the efficiencies, performance benefits and embodied energy consumption that can result in a truly sustainable, functional and aesthetically considered outcome for our clients and end users.



INFRASTRUCTURE ACCELERATES TOWARDS NET ZERO Projects certified by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council last financial year cut energy-related emissions by 43% and materials-related emissions by 56%, says the Infrastructure Sustainability Council. The Infrastructure Sustainability Council’s 2021 Annual Impact Report, released today, confirms the sector has ‛crossed the chasm’ towards net zero emissions and a future with more sustainable, resilient, inclusive infrastructure, says Chief Executive Officer, Ainsley Simpson. “We have proven that embedding sustainability requirements in business cases, procurement and contracts we can halve our emissions – an extraordinary achievement given infrastructure has been considered one of the ‘hard to transition’ sectors of the economy. With a sustainable infrastructure-recovery, net zero emissions are well within our grasp,” Ms Simpson says.

Key highlights are: • Around 70% of Australia’s emissions are enabled by infrastructure •

Projects certified by the IS Rating Scheme last financial year cut energy-related emissions by 43% and materials-related emissions by 56%

Over four years, just 34 As Built projects certified have avoided 26.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent - roughly equivalent to the 26 million tonnes of emissions eliminated across the economy in 2020

• Certified projects diverted 95% of waste from landfill. The 2021 Impact Report can be downloaded:

COOGEE SLSC AWARDED BY INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC COMMITTEES We’re incredibly proud to share the news that Coogee SLSC has won the IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility at the 2021 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes in Cologne, Germany. A hub for community in Sydney’s southeast, Coogee SLSC is one of Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving clubs, patrolling a beach of over 4 million visits each year. It reopened in December 2020 after a transformative redesign of the club house following its severe storm-damage in 2016. In collaboration with Randwick City Council and Coogee SLSC, Allen Jack +Cottier Architects (AJ+C) redesigned the club house, expanding its teaching and events facilities to greatly improve the Club’s capacity to train new life savers, patrol the beach and generate revenue for its vital work. Design of the now single-level club house, with a new lens-like view to the beach, and elevator to all levels, created all-ability access for the first time in Club history, enabling people with different physical abilities to become surf lifesavers at Coogee. It’s been

so successful, that it will soon be a pilot site for other surf lifesaving clubs becoming more inclusive. It’s especially gratifying for AJ+C, having previously received a Silver Medal at the IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes (2013) for Milson Island Sports & Recreation Centre. These awards recognise excellence in the design and operation of fully inclusive and universally accessible indoor and outdoor facilities and are organised jointly by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

NEW PEAK BODIES TO PROMOTE DESIGN EXCELLENCE The City of Melbourne is prioritising design excellence by establishing two peak bodies to provide expert design advice on major developments. The new Design Excellence Advisory Committee and Melbourne Design Review Panel were endorsed by councillors at Tuesday’s Future Melbourne Committee meeting. 40 leaders from the design development sector have been appointed, including Infrastructure Australia CEO Romily Madew AO, renowned architect Vanessa Bird, architecture expert Shelley Penn AM and technical expert Karl Fender OAM. Deputy Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece said the new bodies will help shape Melbourne’s streets, buildings and skyline for decades to come. “This is going to be a game changer for Melbourne in terms of cementing our place as a world leading design city,” the Deputy Lord Mayor said. “We want to see streets and squares as beautiful as Amsterdam, a skyline that is as classy as Chicago and a design culture that is as hardcore as Copenhagen – all done in a Melbourne way. We’ve brought together some of the best and brightest in their fields to help us set the standards and transform Melbourne.” The Design Excellence Advisory Committee will advise Council on design advocacy and culture, with a focus on opportunities to re-assert Melbourne’s global reputation as a leading design city. The Melbourne Design Review Panel will complement Council’s internal design review processes by providing independent advice on significant private developments and City of Melbourne projects.

Monash University Architect Shelley Penn AM said she was excited to be part of the Melbourne Design Review Panel. “I’m thrilled to join the City of Melbourne in leading the culture and delivery of design excellence in my home town,” she said. “Design quality is critical to ensure public places - and the buildings that impact them - are inclusive, amenable and delightful for all people, and the review process is key to achieving that.” Melbourne University Associate Professor of Architecture Rory Hyde said he was also keen to be involved. “I’m thrilled to be joining the Melbourne Design Review Panel,” he said. “Design is more than just aesthetics, it’s central to ensuring that the city works for everyone.” The Deputy Lord Mayor said the new bodies are an opportunity for Melbourne’s world-class design and industry experts to work together to improve the city. “We want to work in close partnership with industry to deliver quality urban design and architecture, heritage conservation and adaptation, improved sustainability and greening outcomes,” he said. “Better quality developments benefit everybody, from street traders and developers to investors, residents and visitors to our city. “By working together, we can ensure Melbourne remains one of the most architecturally exciting cities in Australia. I’m incredibly grateful all of our members have agreed to be involved.” The first meetings of the two new bodies will take place before the end of 2021.


The Planning Regulation 2017 has been amended to:

• extend the expiry date of the economic support instrument provisions by 12 months until 17 September 2022

You can view the amendment at: https:// planning.statedevelopment.qld.g planning-framework/legislation

The Planning Regulation 2017 was amended on 17 September 2021 by the Planning Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2021.

make several minor changes to increase the efficiency of the Planning Regulation. These will clarify provisions relating to the content of planning and development certificates and referral agency requirements for end-of-trip facilities.

comment James Brownie Senior Principle (Traffic and Transport) Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec

WHAT IMPACT WILL TODAY’S SKILLS SHORTAGE HAVE ON TOMORROW’S PROJECTS? Engineers Australia research shows a 44% increase in engineering vacancies at universities across the country in the first half of 2021, with engineers in Western Australia being the most sought after. Lower university numbers are resulting in a lack of skilled engineers in Australia; significantly impacting the federal governments $110 billion infrastructure pipeline and putting a huge risk on major projects. With major infrastructure projects such as North East Link in Melbourne, North-South Corridor in South Australia and Great Western Highway Upgrade in New South Wales, there is significant movement within the infrastructure industry in Australia, however, there are limited new entrants into the engineering profession to satisfy the ever-growing demand. The increased demand for engineers on top of decreased enrolments in engineering courses will see some very challenging times ahead. A total of 25,350 engineers graduated from university within Australia, in 2019, of which approximately 18,400 were international students. With current restrictions on the arrival of international students, this number has dropped significantly in 2020 and 2021. The shortage of skilled engineers has far-reaching impacts that will be felt for years. We need to work together to explore innovative solutions from early on such as improving collaboration between high schools, universities, and businesses to improve education around STEM related professions, encourage, and increase engineering enrolments at universities, enhance real time remote web-based learning experiences for students and actively promote mid-career entry into engineering.



comment Brett Schimming CEO Construction Skills Queensland

TIME TO BUILD OUR OWN If 2021 and 2022 are the years of the housing boom, 2022 and 2023 are shaping as the years for major projects. The national pipeline of non-residential construction projects recently breached the $35 billion mark – the highest level of outstanding commercial work on record. At the same time, the heavy and civil pipeline has posted a solid recovery in recent quarters.

MELBOURNE’S LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL PROJECT (LXRP) IS WELL ON THE WAY TO ACHIEVING THE TARGET OF REMOVING 85 DANGEROUS AND CONGESTED LEVEL CROSSINGS BY 2025 LXRP CEO Kevin Devlin said the pace and efficiency of work was continuing to ramp up. “So far 47 level crossings have been removed and there are no signs of slowing down,” he said. “This year, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks.” Before the year’s end, a further nine level crossings will be a thing of the past on the city’s train network, smashing the Victorian Government’s goal of removing 50 level crossings by 2022.

This is the result of interstate and international border restrictions, which have significantly curtailed the usual flows of new workers that our industry has come to rely upon. And while there are encouraging signs that a reopening is afoot for restricted groups of travellers, it appears there is still a long way to go before we see cross-border movement normalise. Many businesses are recognising that now is the time to place a renewed emphasis on training and developing their own staff – often from scratch. In the construction trades, for example, we have seen a 112% increase in new apprentices during the pandemic. There is no shortage of talent in this country, but we have become too accustomed to simply ‘buying’ skills and experience when we need them. That is a luxury that is no longer an option. It’s time we start building our own.



Located in one of Australia’s busiest manufacturing regions, the newly constructed road bridge takes motorists over the rail line, improving traffic flow and allowing more trains to run on the Pakenham line. “As we continue with our program of works, we are continuing to innovate and find efficiencies making us better and faster at what we do,” Mr Devlin said. “We are leaving a legacy for these communities and safer environments for generations to come.”

This represents an enormous headwater that will soon exert considerable downstream pressure on the national building supply chain. Yet the supply-side of our industry is simply not coping. Consultants, builders and trades are flat out as they grapple with endemic labour shortages.

In Melbourne’s south-east, the level crossing at South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South has been removed with a road bridge over the rail line opening in August 2021, months ahead of schedule.

The level crossings at South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South; Ferguson Street, Williamstown; Manchester Road, Mooroolbark; Maroondah Highway, Lilydale; Edithvale Road and Lochiel Avenue, Edithvale; Chelsea Road and Swanpool Avenue, Chelsea and Bondi Road, Bonbeach will all be gone for good later this year. These level crossing removals will bust congestion, boost safety and deliver better stations for passengers. Already this year, boom gates have gone from Cherry Street and Werribee Street, both in Melbourne’s west, freeing up traffic through a key suburban growth area.

Next on the agenda is South Gippsland Highway in Dandenong South. Located in one of Australia’s busiest manufacturing regions, a newly constructed road bridge will take motorists over the rail line, improving traffic flow and allowing more trains to run on the Pakenham line. On the Frankston line, five level crossings will be removed and three new stations will be built in one go at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach – an unprecedented timeframe for one of the biggest ventures undertaken by the Level Crossing Removal Project. These removals were combined and then fast-tracked to be gone by 2021, with work including lowering three sections of the

THE SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY SCHOOL WELCOMES HUME CITY COUNCIL Australia’s Supply Chain Sustainability School (the School) welcomes Hume City Council as a fellow, indicating the continued interest in broadening the accessibility of sustainability knowledge and competency within Australia’s local councils. “We are excited to see more local council’s understanding the value of partnering with the School to provide ongoing beneficial education and resources in supply chain sustainability

to their business and local region” said the School’s Chief Executive Officer, Hayley Jarick. “Sustainability means different things to different people, however at its core is a common understanding that the social, economic and environmental resources will be utilised in a fair, responsible, transparent and efficient way.” Hume City Council became a fellow of the School to promote sustainable procurement to its staff, suppliers, and business and developers.

comment Frankston line into trenches, creating new road connections above to replace the existing level crossings, and building three modern and accessible train stations that reflect the area’s bayside atmosphere. In Melbourne’s east, level crossings at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale are also being removed. The area will be level crossing free by Christmas 2021, as the rail line is raised over the roads via two rail bridges, and two brand new stations will be built at Mooroolbark and Lilydale. On the Belgrave/Lilydale Line, buses will replace trains in September and October, while major works are carried out to remove the two level crossings. Once these works are complete, the new stations at Mooroolbark and Lilydale will be open to passengers and the level crossings at Manchester Road and Maroondah Highway will be gone.

disruption. Pre-fabrication of components at Victorian factories and modular construction are just two of the ways the project has been able to find efficiencies in construction. Building stations in this way means as much construction as possible occurs offline, away from the rail line, before the pieces are transported to site and put together like pieces of Lego.

Amber Stevens Integrated Infrastructure Partner PwC

In the west, major construction is underway at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing, Robinsons Road in Deer Park, Fitzgerald Road in Ardeer


Major construction has also started at Ferguson Street, Williamstown where the level crossing will be gone and a new station open for passengers in November. The rail line at Williamstown will be lowered into a 750m trench requiring the excavation of up to 50,000m3 worth of clay and basalt rock.

These level crossings are among a number being removed ahead of schedule, as LXRP continues to innovate and fine tune more efficient processes.

Other level crossing removals on the horizon include Hallam Road in Hallam, Clyde Road in Berwick, four sites in Preston and Glenroy Road in Glenroy, all with scheduled completion dates in 2022.

With experience and the use of modern planning tools, the project has been able to implement practices that limit community

“We are looking forward to a mammoth 12-months with 23 sites in construction all across Melbourne,” Mr Devlin said.

EXTENSION TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY APPLICABLE EVENT PERIOD The Honourable Steven Miles MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for State development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, has extended the COVID-19 applicable event 1/2021 period to 30 April 2022. This decision: • Extends the application of current Declared uses (Declared use notice) until 30 April 2022 • Provides that applications for temporary

use licences may continue to be made ontinues the effect of approved C temporary use licences until 30 April 2022.

To view the extension notice or to find out more about planning support during COVID-19 visit: au/planning-framework/legislation/ministerspowers/applicable-events

While many sectors across the Australian economy are making worthy strides when it comes to gender equality and giving women the opportunities they deserve, the construction and infrastructure sectors are coming from a long way back. In fact, while equality is a key cornerstone of so many professions and workplaces, the gender gap in infrastructure and construction remains as stark as ever. But women need not be deterred, and with hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure projects in the pipeline and ready to be built across Australia, they should see great opportunity. A mechanical engineer by trade, I’ve always been motivated by projects that make a genuine difference to society. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of a highly rewarding profession, with endless opportunities for those prepared to take them. I’ve worked in 32 cities across 20 countries on some spinetingling projects that have changed the shape of communities and made lives better. The tide is turning for women and girls who aspire to a career in infrastructure and construction - state governments are working hard on projects and initiatives to get more females on the tools and throughout the sector. Slowly but surely, the industries are embracing the change. Because after all, a diverse workplace is a productive workplace - and only truly diverse teams can say they attract the very best candidates. A diversity of people means a diversity of opinions, perspectives and challenging views. My message for women and girls harbouring a career in infrastructure and construction is simple: you can do it, and a world of opportunity awaits you.



THE BEST OF THE BEST ANNOUNCED The New Museum of WA (WA Museum Boola Bardip) in Perth, constructed by Multiplex, and the Zero Cost Energy Future in South Australia, constructed by Enerven, have been announced the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA). Now in its 24th year, ACAA is the peak annual award for the major players in Australia’s construction industry. The Award is fiercely contested by the largest construction and engineering businesses operating in Australia whose projects must first qualify to be finalists and then submit to the most rigorous assessment by an independent panel of experts. Commenting on the announcement of the winners, Australian Constructors Association President, Cathal O’Rourke said these projects demonstrate that best-for-project outcomes are achieved when clients, contractors and the supply chain all collaborate. “A positive industry culture has the potential to make a good project great and the winners are proof of this.” Dr Bronwyn Evans AM, CEO of Engineers Australia, praised the finalists for their complexity and creativity. “Congratulations to all finalists for delivering such ambitious and innovative projects under such difficult circumstances, bringing together engineers from multiple technical backgrounds to deliver extraordinary constructions.”

Entries for the 2022 ACAA are now open at



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




2020 FINALISTS Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project Awarded to the Caulfield to Dandenong Alliance comprising Lendlease, CPB Contractors, Aurecon, WSP, Level Crossing Removal Project and Metro Trains Melbourne, the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project removed nine of the most dangerous and congested level crossings on Melbourne’s busiest rail line. Clarence Correctional Centre John Holland was appointed to design and construct the Clarence Correctional Centre. Located 12km southeast of Grafton in NSW, the 195-ha site consists of 65 buildings. The centre was delivered as a public private partnership, with ownership retained by the NSW Government. Darlington Upgrade Project In an Australian-first for a major civil construction project, the Gateway South Fulton Hogan and Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture successfully used self-propelled modular transporters to transport and install fully constructed bridges at two of South Australia’s busiest intersections, achieving significant safety and community benefits.

2020 Winner New Museum for WA, Multiplex

Newcastle Light Rail Fixed Infrastructure Delivered by Downer, the Newcastle Light Rail is a 2.7km transport infrastructure project which included installation of track, upgrades and replacement of utilities, landscaping and green space creation, and road and footpath upgrades. The project is a key component of the Revitalising Newcastle campaign which aims to reinvigorate the city centre. Sydney Metro Northwest The largest of the three major delivery contracts for the project, the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium comprising MTR Corporation, John Holland, CPB Contractors and UGL Limited, successfully designed and delivered Sydney’s new generation metro trains; built the new stations and car parks and installed tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems.


2021 Winner Zero Cost Energy Future, Enveren

2021 WINNER - ZERO COST ENERGY FUTURE, ENERVEN In 2019, Enerven was awarded the contract to deliver the infrastructure to unlock SA Water’s potential to achieve net-zero energy costs. The contract was to engineer, procure, construct and commission over 150MW of solar PV and 16MW/34MWh of energy storage across 33 SA Water brownfield and greenfield sites in metropolitan and regional South Australia in less than 24 months. This involved the associated connection to transmission and distribution networks.


Australia 108 The tallest residential development in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia 108 rises over 100-levels, featuring luxury residential apartments and a distinctive common floor facility known as the Starburst. The Multiplex development includes pools, gymnasiums, theatres, private dining rooms, Sky Garden, BBQ area, wellness zones and a golf simulator. Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway The project involved upgrading this nationally significant highway to 6-lanes and transforming two major interchanges. This Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture produced a diamond in the rough – pioneering the design and construction of Australia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange. Pacific Highway Upgrade Woolgoolga to Ballina Section 2A Wells Crossing to Glenugie The project involved upgrading an 8km stretch of the Pacific Highway from Wells Crossing to Glenugie, NSW, between Grafton and Coffs Harbour as part of Transport for NSW’s Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Acciona created a new road surface, using a wide variety of innovative techniques. ANCR AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


REAL ESTATE | Off-The-Plan

Parque Residence 555 St Kilda Road, St Kilda VIC 3004 Surrounded by heritage-protected garden setting and elite resident amenity, Parque Residence makes a significant contribution both to the streetscape of Melbourne’s premier tree-lined boulevard, and its ongoing re-imagining as the city’s premier residential locale. Constrained through the middle of the site by the Shrine Vista Control, the building comprises two medium-rise towers of differing height, form and orientation, connected by an elongated, low-rise podium— the latter ensuring the mandated silhouette of the war memorial is preserved when viewed from central Melbourne.

Additional amenity includes a rooftop infinity pool, and the extensive residents’ club facilities, which crown the building’s lower, streetfacing tower. 1 Bedroom from- $370,000 2 Bedroom from - $685,000

Designed to sit softly at ground level and float gently among and above the canopy of flanking century-old elms, the curving forms of the building’s three elements defer to the garden surrounds, while embracing their beauty from every possible vantage point of every level. Functional as well as ornamental, the gardens also provide a tranquil entry journey to the building’s pavilion-like lobby and resident lounge, which occupies the entire ground floor of the connecting element.

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VICTORIA Sapphire By The Gardens 308 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Sapphire By The Gardens is a luxury residential tower alongside the 5 star ShangriLa international hotel. A skybridge connects the two towers creating an iconic sculpture in the Melbourne city skyline. Located on the northern position of the Melbourne CBD and located opposite the UNESCO World Heritage Carlton Gardens, Sapphire By The Gardens will undoubtedly be one of the best positioned residential buildings in Melbourne. Sapphire By The Gardens offers everything residents need to enjoy a true luxury lifestyle. From the 24-hour concierge in the magnificent lobby to the sky bridge high above. The two towers will also be home to one of Melbourne’s largest ballroom, private dining and bars, and a range of relaxing pool, spa and wellness spaces. Luxuriously appointed and spacious 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, sub penthouses and a penthouse is available with city and garden views. 2 Bedroom from - $1.094 M Penthouses from - $5.745M 04 8899 5252

UNO Residence 111 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 UNO Melbourne is a 65-level residential tower in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, located within the free tram zone and is within walking distance to Melbourne Central Station and Shopping Centre, RMIT University, The University of Melbourne, Flagstaff Gardens, Chinatown and Queen Victoria Market. With a signature address between the city and the bay at 111 A'Beckett Street UNO will see the existing heritage building integrated within the new development and will include world-class amenities such as childcare centre, swimming pool, sauna and spa, 24-hour concierge, yoga studio, indoor cinema, teppanyaki private diving and a library. Now selling are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxuriously spacious homes, thoughtfully designed and intelligently built for the modern city dweller. 1 Bedroom from – $638, 000 2 Bedroom from – $816,000 3 Bedroom from – $991,000 Penthouse from – 5.43M 04 8899 5252




VICTORIA No.8 Grattan 8 Grattan Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122 An elegant way of life, encompassed by nature. Nestled beside the Yarra River in a leafy pocket of Hawthorn, No.8 Grattan is a collection of 15 elegant residences designed by the esteemed architect Ewart Leaf and framed with gardens designed by Jack Merlo. Set against a backdrop of the soaring city skyline, enjoy high-end finishes, and sophisticated design in one of Melbourne’s most celebrated locales. With only 5 residences remaining and Cobild commencing construction in December 2021, limited opportunities to secure your next home remain. 3 and 4 bed residences from $2,695,000.

Maurice Romano | 0423 009 920

The Best of Hawthorn East Living Gc03/33-57 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East, Hawthorn East With access to resort style amenities and surprisingly low owners’ corporation fees, these homes present perfect living for the first home owner and an ideal long-term investment. This is truly an iconic project, befitting of its blue chip suburb location of Hawthorn East. Designed by multi-award winning architect, Rothelowman, HAWTHORN PARK, is Kim Lowman’s Signature Project.

Nora Li | 0433 631 968 Tony Kenna | 0480 001 811

Samma Place, Linden 109 Bell St, Ivanhoe VIC 3079 10km From CBD, Samma Place Ivanhoe will be an architecturally exciting, master planned community set amongst elevated, leafy landscaped surrounds in the heart of Ivanhoe. As a new landmark address in the leafy Ivanhoe. With 1, 2 & 3 bedroom residences Now Selling, Samma Place offers private landscaped balconies and city skyline views. Register Your Interest Now. Construction Commenced. Sales Enquiry | 0481 158 888




NEW SOUTH WALES Paramount on Parkes 16 Parkes Street, Parramatta, NSW Paramount on Parkes is ALAND’s flagship development proudly located on the fringe of Parramatta. It is conveniently located within a short walk to shopping centres, restaurants, transport, and education. Each luxury apartment contains premium designer finishes and fixtures. Residences also have access to a podium-level resort style pool, BBQ facilities, kids play areas and a stunning rooftop terrace with 360-degree views.

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9 Beach Street, Huskisson 201/9 Beach Street, Huskisson, NSW 2540 Brand new architecturally designed luxury apartments in the heart of picturesque Jervis Bay. Boutique 4-storey building featuring 12 lifestyle apartments comprising a selection of 2 and 3 bedroom residences. Each residence has been thoughtfully designed to create a livable, contemporary home with space to relax and entertain. With a focus on privacy and livability, Serenity Huskisson is an oasis reflecting the natural beauty and ambiance of the stunning south Coast. Price Guide $2,500,000 Construction due for completion in April 2022. 85% Now sold!

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REAL ESTATE | Off-The-Plan On Kogarah Bay’s Doorstep 77 Edward Street, Carlton NSW 2217 Boutique development of generously proportioned apartments, designed to make quality living affordable. Kitchens with stone benchtops, sophisticated bathrooms, private balconies, underground parking, ground floor apartments with large lawn area, communal rooftop BBQ area, walk to supermarket and 2 train stations, short drive to hospital, beach, airport, Westfield. $585,000 – $873,000 Display Suite open now | Construction to commence Feb 2022 McGrath Projects | 1300 665 316

A Breath of Fresh Air for Castle Hill 8 & 18 Garthowen Crescent, Castle Hill NSW 2154 Destined to set a new benchmark for luxury apartment living in Castle Hill, Grand Reve offers studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments of varying configurations including a selection of split-level townhouse style apartments. Designed by Turner Studio in collaboration with Arcadia Landscape Architecture, each home will inspire a new way of life. $560,000 – $1,975,000 Display Suite open daily 10am – 4pm Anticipated completion mid-late 2023 McGrath Projects | 1300 085 555

The Harriette Residences 9 Harriette Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089 Timelessly elegant through superb design and craftsmanship, the proportions of these apartment homes are generous, light and refined. Herringbone floors, marble surfaces, curved lines and brass accents underscore the graceful Art Deco aesthetic. Developed by multi-award-winning Fiducia Property Group, this new landmark is superbly positioned within walking distance to the Harbour's foreshore. $3,390,000 to $5,595,000 Now selling; completion due Dec 2021 Colin Griffin | 0419 233 689

East End Stage 2 147 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300 Enjoy a lifestyle balanced by coastal comforts and urban pleasures. East End Stage 2 has carefully navigated the old and new through sensitive additions above and between existing heritage buildings. You have the choice of 2 superb buildings, Lyrique and Soul. Each provides contemporary, open plan living spaces with large modern windows designed to take in harbour and city views. East End Stage 2 places you at the centre of the city's best selection of dining and retail venues and makes a soft transition between your private and public realms. Ryan Houston | (02) 4926 0629




NEW SOUTH WALES Pavilions Residences 2 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW Pavilions Residences offers luxurious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, terrace homes and sky homes in a naturally beautiful setting and a location like no other. Designed and built by Mirvac with an extraordinary benchmark for quality, Pavilions Residences is a testament to exceptional design and craftsmanship. Seamlessly fusing refined indoors and the great outdoors, apartments, terraces and sky homes at Pavilions Residences reach a new level of bright spacious living. Residents can enjoy the luxury of beautifully crafted apartments by Mirvac, an expansive 4,500m2 courtyard garden, equivalent to 17 tennis courts, with a future town centre to be created. To live here is to live among a mix of local culture and flavour, a thriving and growing community and world-class entertainment.

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Rise on Gipps

3 Elizabeth Place, Cronulla NSW 2230

40 Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230

50 Gipps Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

Renowned local architectural firm, Couvaras Architects have envisioned a new calibre of boutique living for this desirable oceanside enclave, occupying a landmark position. Taking cues from its laidback peninsula setting, Point delivers a dramatic sculptural form and palette of beautiful natural materials inspired by the coastal landscape.

Taking cues from the textures and tones of its coastal environment, Portico contains a collection of 18 two and three bedroom apartments of rare luxury and refinement. Portico invites you to immerse yourself in a welcoming village atmosphere where everything you need to make life extraordinary lies at your fingertips.

• Designer kitchens with stone benchtops and quality appliances • Spacious bedrooms featuring built in-wardrobes and master bedrooms with ensuites • Premium designer bathrooms, each apartment is provided with a bathtub in the main bathroom • Ground floor residences with spacious courtyards and upper level residences with grand external balconies for alfresco living • Open plan living/dining area for a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere

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$2,775,000 - $3,050,000

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REAL ESTATE | Off-The-Plan ONE Subiaco 10 Rokeby Road, Subiaco WA 6008 Located on the site of the old Pavilion Markets, ONE Subiaco’s creation drew inspiration from this iconic landmark site. Dedicating more than 2000sqm on level 6’s rooftop for private resident amenity, which includes a heated swimming pool with poolside cabana, state-of-the-art gym and sauna, cocktail lounge, barbecue pavilion with private poolside lounge and dining, it offers a resort-living lifestyle. The ground floor incorporates a mix of alfresco cafes and restaurants, permanent and pop-up markets stalls, boutique and artisan retailers, landscaped pocket parks and a cultural space where the community can come together. 3 bedrooms & Penthouse Residences available from $1,690,000 - $5,400,000

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East Village 200 Karrinyup Road, Karrinyup WA 6018 East Village is perfectly positioned next to the rejuvenated Karrinyup Shopping Centre, for those who want to re-energise amongst this retail mecca. This stunning new development boasts a range of designer residences, complete with picturesque views across the leafy streets, to Lake Gwelup, the Perth City Skyline and the hills beyond. Stunning private gardens will make you feel as though you’re in your own private oasis, set back from the thriving urban convenience on your doorstep. 2, 3 & 4 Bedroom Residences available from $659,000 - $2,235,000

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Grove 1 Airlie Street, Claremont WA 6010 The Grove’s collection of residences offer unique character and style. Residences seek to personify the large character homes quintessential to the Western Suburbs neighbourhood, featuring generous floor plans and high quality timber and stonework finishes. The design has dedicated more than 3500sqm to private resident amenities, including a 30m swimming pool with poolside cabanas, rooftop cocktail lounge, barbecue pavilion, gym and yoga studio. Green open space makes up over 68% of this site, with almost 6000sqm made accessible to the public with custom designed parks, cafes and provedore for locals to meet. 3, 4 bedrooms & Penthouse Residences available from $1,590,000 - $22,700,000

Scott Martin | 08 9429 5790




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IFS founder Eric Moroney gained his early industry experience as a renderer in Ireland where he was introduced to the beauty of Venetian plaster by an Italian craftsman with a harmonious understanding of the material, in the mid 2000’s. Eric was inspired by the ability of the material to create extraordinary spaces and the artisan’s innate understanding of its technical properties. This marriage of art and science with ancient techniques that have remained relatively unchanged for centuries instilled 30

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Together with Paul, Eric gained valuable experience working with leading architects, designers and homeowners on prestigious projects around Sydney. Eric subsequently established the Lusso Venetian Finishes studio and gained a reputation for bringing his artisanal, artistic sensibility to surface finishes of the highest standard. Lusso Venetian Finishes has seventeen years’ experience delivering bespoke finishes to exclusive residences and hospitality venues and has gained a reputation as a globally respected Venetian Artisan through their commitment to workmanship and beauty. THE SEARCH FOR NEW MATERIALS

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the art of artisanally handcrafted decorative concrete to the world. “I did extensive research to find products that gave that combination of function and aesthetics before I came across Ideal Work,” Eric said. “I used their products personally for a few years to be 100% certain that I had found something superior to anything else available on the market.”

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IFS now supplies and installs several Ideal Work flooring systems to the Australian market. These systems have been carefully

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aggregates in a wide variety of colours and finishes allowing a near-infinite variety of aesthetic solutions for both interior and exterior environments in glossy, slip-resistant satin or hammered finishes. Inserts in natural stone, wood or metal can also be paired with the system. Lixio® is suitable for both contemporary and traditionally inspired projects. It creates a discreet, welcoming luxury in diverse situations such as residential, commercial and educational buildings, hotels and other hospitality venues, and cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries.

two standard textural finishes- the standard Rasico® texture and Rasico Touch® which gives a softer and less tactile effect. Other textural finishes inspired by nature are also available. By varying the colour and texture a wide range of finishes can be achieved. Rasico® is designed for quick application over new or existing substrates without the need for existing slab removal. It comprises a mixture of quartz-based powder and a water-based polymer which is trowelapplied in two coats with a final sanding to reveal depth and movement and bring the material to life.


Lixio is a modern and innovative decorative coating inspired by the great Italian tradition of terrazzo floors, an emblem of classicism, elegance and refinement with origins in the Venice of the Doges and reaching an apogee during the Renaissance. ®

As an Ideal Work approved applicator, IFS can recreate the effects of the finest Venetian master craftsmen using the classic soul and elegance of Lixio®. Rasico®

Rasico is a decorative, cement-based, highstrength skimming coat for exteriors. It is ideal for renovation work, terraces and balconies as it has an overall thickness of only 3-4mm. 29 standard colours are available as well as ®

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Ideal Work’s exclusive protective treatments make Rasico® highly resistant to abrasion, oils, water, atmospheric agents and UV rays giving it excellent durability while remaining easy to clean and maintain. Rasico® also offers an extremely rapid installation. The Ideal Work-approved applicators at IFS can complete around 200m2 of flooring in only 2-3 days. The surface can receive foot traffic only a few hours after installation is complete.



Warsaw Shopping Centre Nuvolato Architop®

Nuvolato Architop® is a unique blend of cement and other ingredients which overcomes the thickness and weight limits of traditional concrete while maintaining the beauty and robustness of the material.

Nuvolato Architop® is particularly suitable for external use due to its excellent resistance to chemical agents, abrasion, cracking and frost but can also be used on any flat area subjected to high traffic such as industrial or commercial environments. A LEGACY OF LANDMARK PROJECTS

With an applied depth of only 3-4mm and a range of 29 standard colour options, Nuvolato Architop® delivers a premium aesthetic feel to be created with precision and attention to detail. The level of homogeneity or dynamic nuances in the surface can be determined together with the client or designer and the product can also be treated with coloured chemical stains to create an even wider range of effects. Nuvolato Architop® can be applied to any solid, prepared substrate which makes it ideal for renovating existing floors made of concrete, ceramic, marble or sand-cement screed without the need to remove the old surface.

Ideal Work systems supplied by IFS have been used to achieve stunning results on many iconic projects around the world. Some highlights include: Powisle Shopping Centre, Warsaw

Ideal Work’s Nuvolato Architop® was chosen to create a 5,000m2 floor in this conversion of a former power station into a new shopping centre in Poland. The design paid homage to the history of this fascinating and grand structure originally constructed in 1904 to power the city. The use of Nuvolato Architop® for the floor surfacing overcame the thickness and

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weight problems associated with traditional trowelled concrete without sacrificing its aesthetic qualities. With extreme durability and adhesion, Nuvolato Architop® can be used indoors and outdoors in areas of heavy traffic. At Powisle, Nuvolato Architop® created a stunning floor surface with a dynamic look intrinsically linked to the heritage industrial features of the building. UCCA Dune Art Museum

The UCCA Dune Art Museum in northern China appears as a complex of modern caves in the sand. The minimalist, labyrinthine complex reflects the dune ecosystem. Everything inside the museum was handcrafted from the moulds used to form the cave shells to the window fittings and furniture. A range of systems were used to give the internal surfaces a dynamic look while maintaining a sense of harmony and unity throughout. Microtopping® was used on the bathroom walls, ceiling and sinks, external balcony, coffee tables, stairs and outdoor tables.


The systems supplied by IFS can be used Internally and externally, vertically and horizontally and on a vast range of sectors and project types. They can achieve a wide range of finishes and aesthetic results ranging from classic design to ultra-moder. They can be applied in areas with tight height tolerances and weight restrictions within challenging time frames, in most cases demolition or floor removal is not required. IFS have carefully selected flooring systems that are UV stable and offer a long lifespan so little to no maintenance is required. All systems can achieve a durable and seamless surface in as little as 3mm thickness.

The unique range of flooring systems offered by IFS marry performance and aesthetic beauty like never before. These exciting innovations are set to transform the flooring industry, reintroduce master craftsmanship and unleash new possibilities for designers.

For more informatin contact Innovative Flooring Solutions Australia, 91 Park Road, Kogarah Bay NSW 2217, phone 0477 773 264, email sales@, website

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MHIAA SCORE ANOTHER WIN The awards just keep coming for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. The latest achievements include Best Brand of Air Conditioners in 2021 by leading consumer advocacy group CHOICE® for the 4th year in a row, an unsurpassed feat, and the 2021 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award for the 3rd year in a row. In addition to these remarkable successes, two further award milestones were achieved. First, MHIAA has received high recognition for both its Avanti® and Bronte® series, taking out the 2021 ProductReview award for the Split Systems Air Conditioners category. This has been followed by the exciting announcement that MHIAA has been named by Finder as the Best Rated Split System Air Conditioner Brand in its latest 2021 Finder Retail Awards. The CHOICE® award for Best Brand of Air Conditioners is always a hard won highlight, as MHIAA has to compete against all well known brands in the marketplace and has to score above average test results, including reliability and satisfaction ratings. MHIAA has now set a record, winning the ‘Best Brand’ category for four years in a row. The Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award for 2021 is based on consumer research and MHIAA scored an impressive 5 Stars in 36


every category, encompassing reliability, ease of use, connectivity, noise while operating, value for money, functionality and features, and overall satisfaction. Winning this award for three years in a row demonstrates that MHIAA’s products and services continue to be ahead of the competition in terms of consumer satisfaction. Commenting on the 2021 ProductReview awards for the Split Systems Air Conditioners category, Managing Director of MHIAA, Mr Yuji Ito, said the awards provided great recognition for the Avanti® and Bronte® series of split system air conditioners. “We are honoured to receive the endorsement of so many of our customers for these products. At Mitsubishi Heavy Industries we are driven by our desire to bring the Australian consumer the best quality products and services and to see how highly our customers have rated our product in the market reinforces this commitment.” ProductReview is Australia’s No.1 and most comprehensive consumer opinion site, publicly highlighting real life experiences and opinions voiced by the Australian consumer. Both the Avanti® and Bronte® series of split systems currently have the highest ratings of any split

system on the ProductReview website with both series achieving a huge 4.7 Star rating.

quietness and features and functions, ratings of 4.87 out of 5. The total score of 8.6 gave the 2021 Retail Award to MHIAA.

The Avanti® split system features a stylish design incorporating a range of convenient features and functions. Ranging from 2.0kW up to 5.0kW and coming in both reverse cycle and cool only models, the Avanti® is best suited to small and medium spaces.

The successes and awards achieved by MHIAA do not come by chance. “They are the reward for an unswerving commitment to innovation, product quality and reliability, enabling Australian customers to enjoy air conditioning performance which will always exceed expectations.”

The Bronte® split system incorporates advanced fan blade technology to efficiently deliver an industry leading, long reach airflow making it perfect for larger spaces. It also incorporates 3D Auto Mode, various timers and clean air technology which captures and neutralises fine smoke particles, allergens, odours, bacteria and viruses. Finder is another leading consumer comparison site and is dedicated to helping Australians make informed decisions about their purchases. The 2021 Finder Customer Satisfaction Awards, particularly the subcategory of Retail Awards, recognises the best brands as voted by Australians. Consumers rated MHIAA’s air conditioners highly in categories including heating and cooling performance with an average score of 4.8 out of 5 and for

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Case Study : Viewpoint Connects Naylor Love

NEW ZEALAND CONTRACTOR SEES GREATER EFFICIENCY, SCALABILITY IN MOVE TO CLOUD WITH JOBPAC CONNECT New Zealand commercial builder and contractor, Naylor Love, was originally founded in 1910, with two separate entities, Naylor and Love, blending to become a single commercial contracting company. Currently, there is at least one branch in each of the New Zealand’s six regions, each with its own specialty and focus. Working on a wide variety of projects from retail shopping centers to commercial buildings to historic buildings.

Naylor Love implemented Jobpac on premise almost 20 years ago and the company has been very happy with the software functionality and its contribution to the business. With the move to Jobpac in the cloud there was a significant step change.

Ewen Stapley, financial controller at Naylor Love noted that “inadequate products and systems, in addition to poor productivity and integration, are what caused Naylor Love to begin searching for a new software product in 2002.”

Before the Cloud • On-premise version of the software not up-to-date through difficulty and risk of upgrading • Support issues through older version of the software • Complexity of hardware provision, backups and operating system support • Access from outside the network difficult • Dated and clunky user interface that required installation on devices

At that time, Naylor Love was using a variety of different software solutions, none of which integrated well with one another. This added steps to everyday processes and cost the company both time and money.

After Moving to the Cloud • Software can be accessed on any device and projects were able to continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic • Version always up to date, support eased by current version, enhancements and software upgrades available when announced • Improved uptime, reduced inhouse IT support, improved consultant access • Increased storage and functionality to capture images and related content • Efficiency continuing to increase as more Jobpac features are used • Significantly shortened software development time between suggestions and implementation As Naylor Love has continued to grow and expand, the company found its original software systems and processes becoming inadequate. 38


Solution In 2003, Naylor Love implemented Jobpac on-premise, resulting in immediately better collaboration and deeper financial and data insights on its projects. Jobpac allows companies to easily drill down into data for job cost, cash flow, progress and productivity reporting and much more. Employees were able to view monthly snapshots of their projects and compare data between timeframes or other metrics. In late-2016, Naylor Love moved to the cloud, as Jobpac transitioned to cloud-based data hosting and functionality, realising even more benefits. Today, the Jobpac Connect ERP helps Naylor Love connect its people, projects and processes through real-time data and workflows—from preconstruction through project closeout. Jobpac Connect features web-enabled tools for construction accounting, business intelligence and forecasting, project management and much more. New Benefits Realised There have been significant technology advances and functionality benefits in Naylor Love’s move to Jobpac Connect. Two key areas where Jobpac Connect has helped Naylor Love significantly are with AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


The Power to Pivot Being in the cloud also came in handy as the Coronavirus pandemic hit New Zealand and forced a 6 week lockdown. Despite the business uncertainty and unknowns as the virus peaked, all of Naylor Love’s projects were able to continue moving forward. The construction company always knew that projects could be managed remotely, but with Jobpac Connect, all office-based tasks such as regular accounting, accounts payable, billing and project reviews were able to be seamlessly and securely continued from home offices as well. The accessibility of the software from any device has saved Naylor Love a significant amount of time and money, Stapley said. In addition to removing project delays that stemmed from lack of information on hand, the company has also reduced IT overhead costs related to on-premise data servers, physical workstations and regular software updates and implementation.

Jobpac is a robust software that does what it’s designed to do. It’s not an add on to something else or something masquerading as construction software. It’s been developed for Australia and New Zealand, and our business fits it and it fits our business. project variations and retention rates. Jobpac leverages real-time data to provide forecasts and facilitates the management of variation statuses. This allows Naylor Love anywhere, anytime review to ensure its projects are being properly managed. Jobpac has also allowed the company to easily manage varied retention rates. “After a project is signed with the client, the project contract specifies the retention rate that they will need and retain. We then select the rate from Jobpac retention calculation methods that are available for the client, and then progress claims are calculated by Jobpac and accounted for,” Stapley said. “All of our billing is done on a cumulative life-to-date process for the project, and Jobpac manages it all very effectively.” Results Since using Jobpac Connect, Naylor Love has seen a number of positive changes for the organisation. Operating in the cloud, the company no longer has to be concerned with updating the software and dealing with the hassle of annual upgrades. “The cloud means that we don’t have to worry about hardware. We don’t have to worry about having all that knowledge about backups. We don’t have to worry about the upgrade path, the software is always up to date. It means that the scalability of businesses able to use Jobpac is much better than it was in the past,” Stapley said. Stapley added that with Trimble Viewpoint’s accelerated development cycle for Jobpac Connect, Naylor Love has seen consistent product improvements and powerful new features every few months—allowing his company to continually refine and improve its own processes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Protected Data and Construction-Specific Workflows Additionally, Jobpac Connect’s automatic data backups and cybersecurity measures mean Naylor Love’s critical business information is securely stored at all times, protecting the business from cyber threats. Stapley noted that since being acquired by Trimble Viewpoint, Jobpac Connect has built a solid reputation for its construction-specific workflows. “Jobpac is a robust software that does what it’s designed to do. It’s not an add on to something else or something masquerading as construction software. It’s been developed for Australia and New Zealand, and our business fits it and it fits our business.” “I think that the people who have developed the software understood construction incredibly well,” Stapley continued. “It’s evolved over time and it doesn’t try to be a financial system for a manufacturing company, or a retailer. It’s for a construction company and it has the functionality that construction companies need.” Scalable Software to Meet Needs Stapley added that Jobpac’s cloud platform has also made it easier to integrate with other technology solutions. This scalability means Jobpac Connect is well-suited to meet future technology demands and pivots head on. “I have actually recommended Trimble Viewpoint to some of our competitors. We had one competitor who was considering buying Jobpac and he came to us for our opinion, and we talked about how good it is, cause it’s a good system and it makes my life easier,” Stapley said. About Trimble Viewpoint Trimble Viewpoint, a Trimble Division, is a leading global provider of integrated software solutions for the construction industry. Trimble Viewpoint software enables customers to integrate operations across the office, team and field to improve project profitability, enhance productivity, manage risk and effectively collaborate across the broad construction ecosystem. For more information contact Viewpoint, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS









GLARE Just after sunrise and before sunset the sun can shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare. This glare can make it much harder to see the road ahead and potential hazards creating an added risk to drivers. Sun glare can strike a driver unexpectedly at any time, but is most commonly experienced: • During winter – the sun is closer to the horizon, and the sun also rises and sets during peak traffic periods. If you are travelling east in the morning and west in the afternoon, you will get sun glare twice per day. • Exiting a tunnel or built up area – if the tunnel is long enough, your eyes will adjust to the relative darkness, thus when exiting into bright light, you can’t see. Tall buildings can shade you from the sun and when you move to less urbanised streets, the sun can be a problem. • From reflections – the sun will reflect off windows of buildings, other vehicles windshields, and when it’s wet, the road surface. How to Protect Yourself from Sun Glare While this glare is impossible to avoid, if you prepare yourself and your vehicle, you’ll have the best chance of staying safe.

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ear good quality polarised specs, as these are the best at W combating glare. A good pair of sunglasses can help significantly with blocking out the glare of low winter sun. Look for polarised specs, which are coated with a thin film designed to reduce glare. Not only will polarised sunglasses reduce the sun’s glare, they’ll also protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. Use your vehicles sun visor to block the sun. Keep your windscreen clean, inside and out. Dust and grime on the windscreen can make the effects of sun strike much worse. Hang back from the vehicle in front as you might not see their


brake lights as easily – give yourself a little more room to brake, and also a little extra buffer for any vehicles behind you that might be tailgating you. PROSAFE KULYA Polarised Safety Glasses The new KULYA Polarised Safety Glasses by PROSAFE with Cat 3 polarised lenses provide protection against sun glare and good UV protection. A stylish wrap around design and matte black frame means these safety glasses can take you from home to the worksite and everywhere in between. Features: • Full wrap around frame design for durability with wide vision • Solid TPR rubber nose pads and arm grips for all day comfort • Polarised lens - Cat 3, will provide protection against sun glare • Coated lens to prevent fogging • Coated lens protects against light surface abrasion • Available in both Smoke or Green tinted lens options • Comes with dual purposes micro-fibre storage bag/lens cleaner

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THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Apollo Joinery Group has been a trusted name in the industry for decades, designing, manufacturing and installing joinery for kitchens, laundries, bathrooms, home offices and wardrobes, servicing residential clients, builders and project home companies. Recently, Apollo Joinery Group has expanded their operations into staircases to further support their clients and industry. Its newest division demonstrates the companies concernment in the changing face of construction and the determination to grow. Apollo Stairs is already making an impact with clients who want the peace-of-mind dealing with one company for all of their joinery requirements. Apollo Joinery Group started with a small factory in Smithfield more than 50 years ago and has substantially grown to three factories in Smithfield and one on the Central Coast of New South Wales. The company’s qualified team of designers, project managers, joiners, experienced craftsmen and fabricators are providing complete joinery solutions to its clients and is applying their extensive knowledge and design flair to staircases as a key focal point in the home. “Joinery is more than just kitchens and our reputation has been built on innovation, flexible design, expert craftsmanship and exceptional service,” said Peter Bader, CEO and Managing Director of Apollo Joinery Group. “The introduction of Apollo Stairs was the natural next step for the company, as we are always looking for ways to better serve our clients by making their jobs easier and providing a service they need on the back of a brand they trust.”

the design stage,” Peter explained. “The next step is to select the materials and colours, and we have the capability to work with timber, glass, stone and metal, so there’s a nice array of looks to choose from. Everything is manufactured at our dedicated facility in Smithfield and our professional installers take care of the final step of the process.” “Our stairs are protected and functional soon after installation. This is a critical component to ensure there are zero maintenance and WHS issues onsite.” “Apollo Stairs further enhances our capability to offer complete joinery solutions. It has paved the way for the company to invest in new machinery and skilled staff to produce almost anything out of timber, stone and glass.” Apollo’s manufacturing capability is really the drawcard and includes the latest machinery and production methods, reducing wastage and project delays. The company’s Smart Factory has been a game-changer for the industry and includes a fully automated system that provides live updates and streamlines the ordering, production and installation process. “We identified a need for this in the industry when it was getting increasingly difficult to find skilled labour to meet the demand for the great number of apartments that were being

built. So naturally, innovation paved the way, and in conjunction with our craftsmen who are completing the more detailed, bespoke joinery designs, we have the ability to deliver a variety of projects.” Reputation and experience have both been key to the Apollo Joinery Group’s longevity, and the company has seen the ups and downs of the industry in its time and knows how to protect clients when the industry is suffering from limited supply issues. As a trusted brand, together with the company’s capability to provide all forms of fixed joinery, the Apollo Joinery Group is a natural choice for homeowners, architects, builders and developers. Whether to maximise a floor plan, transform a non-functional laundry, increase storage space or turn an unused space into a clever home office, the Apollo Joinery Group is completing residential, retail and commercial fitouts all across New South Wales, whilst expanding its offering interstate.

For more information contact Apollo Stairs, 120 Long Street, Smithfield NSW, phone 1300 908 090, email info@apollostairs., website

Apollo Stairs has a seamless process in place and whether it’s a re-design of an existing staircase, creating a storage nook, or adding a new flight of stairs to their current structure, clients are in good hands and are getting the same personalised service and attention-to-detail the Apollo Joinery Group is renowned for. “Initially, we come out to measure onsite to assess the space, direction and contour of the stairs, then we work with the client on 42



















CHOOSING THE RIGHT WINDOWS AND DOORS FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT There are several factors to weigh up when choosing the right windows and doors for your project. Windows and doors are major architectural components in the design of a building and need to be carefully selected. Working with Darley Aluminium means that the research has already been done for you but let’s take a look at some of the things that need to be considered. All Australian windows and doors must meet certain requirements under Australian Building regulations. To ensure they can withstand Australian conditions, Darley Aluminium’s products are tested for attributes including wind loads, air infiltration, water penetration and ultimate strength. The National Construction Code (NCC) is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). Under the NCC, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. It allows for variations in climate and geological or geographic conditions. “A very important factor to consider when choosing a window is the wind load, as it’s a deciding factor for the type of window that will be used as it needs to structurally withstand the loads on the site,” said Ray Kwan, National Sales Manager. “Serviceability Limit State (SLS) and Ultimate Limit State (ULS) are the two different types of ratings that measure the wind loads for windows and doors.”

Two Australian Standards are used to determine wind loads for a building: AS/NZS 1170.2 Structural Design Actions and AS 4055 Wind Loads for Housing. Every site for every building in Australia should be assessed for wind load requirements according to AS/ NZS 1170.2 Structural Design Wind Actions or AS 4055 Wind Loads for Housing. Once the building/site requirements have been determined the next step is to ensure the windows being selected meet these requirements. Windows need to be tested for several conditions that will impact on their performance and durability. They are tested in accordance with the requirements in AS 2047. The tests completed during this process include: • Structural: Measures deflection of the window (SLS) at Span/250. • Operating Force: Confirms opening force is within the set limits. • Air Infiltration: Measures air leakage through the window or door. • Water Penetration: Measures water penetration resistance (WPR). • Ultimate Strength: Confirms the window meets ULS requirements. “Windows are tested for combinations of wind loads (SLS and ULS) and WPR for all classes of building types. Based on the requirements for the type of construction and site, the performance results dictate where the windows and doors can be used,” said Ray.

To ensure performance and durability, Darley Aluminium make sure that their products meet all of the following BCA provisions: • Products are structurally adequate to meet site requirements for SLS and ULS. • Products have a water penetration resistance that meets the site requirements. • Flashing required to window and door systems to prevent water penetration around the system. • Manifestation required for glass doors and panels that could be mistaken for a door or unimpeded path of travel. • Bushfire requirements. • Balustrades and barriers. This includes restricted or protected openings. • Energy efficiency requirements. • Sealing requirements to stop air leakage which significantly reduces energy efficiency. By choosing a tested and certified Darley Aluminium system, you have the confidence that the chosen product will meet the stringent requirements of the Building Code of Australia. “All of Darley’s window and door systems including our KlassicView residential and CityView commercial systems have been tested according to all these stringent testing requirements of the Building code of Australia,” said Ray. Darley Aluminium is an Australian, family owned and operated business with warehouses in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. With over 25 years of experience, Darley Aluminium has developed into a highly respected business in the aluminium industry.

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The $130M Boneo Water Recycling Plant Upgrade will deliver a range of innovative treatment technologies to reduce the electricity required to treat wastewater, increase the plant’s capacity by over 50% to support the region’s population growth, and maximise recycled water production for local customers. South East Water is undertaking a major project to upgrade its Boneo Water Recycling Plant to ensure the future treatment of wastewater for the Southern Mornington Peninsula. This significant upgrade is part of the masterplan to meet growth in the area for the next 30 years. In 2018, a joint venture between John Holland, SUEZ and Beca was awarded the contract to construct the upgrade to the plant and to operate it on behalf of South East Water for 10 years. The project will deliver an innovative, safe and sustainable water recycling process for the local community. “The project has had to meet a number of challenges, the main one being the lockdowns associated with the coronavirus pandemic,” said Charlie Littlefair, General Manager Liveable Water Solutions for South East Water. “This required the development and implementation of a range of COVID-safe practices to ensure work could continue. Great co-operation between South East Water, the joint venture partners and 50


subcontractors was achieved in minimising the potential impact of the pandemic. There were also delays caused by COVID in the shipment of vital equipment from overseas.” Construction was undertaken while the water recycling processing operations were ongoing, so any shutdowns had to be minimised. The upgrade of the plant at Boneo will assist South East Water to support Melbourne’s growing population. The wastewater processing capacity is being increased by over 50% which will support population growth until 2050. The upgrade has enabled an additional 16,000 properties in the Rye to Portsea area to connect to the Peninsula ECO scheme. These properties have relied on septic tanks and onsite treatment plants to manage household sewage. Due to ageing and failing septic tanks there is evidence of waste polluting groundwater, waterways and the environment in the region. The Boneo upgrade will alleviate these problems. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The project will incorporate leading low-energy nutrient removal and energy recovery processes to help South East Water achieve its emissions reductions target of 45% by 2025 and will have the potential for the plant to become carbon positive. The latest available technology is being installed including a biogas treatment and co-generation facility, a dewatering building, two anaerobic digesters, settling and mixing tanks as well as a new administration building. The upgrade will deliver world-class operations and maintenance practices. South East Water has also undertaken a number of initiatives at other water recycling plants to help reduce electricity consumption. These steps include installing solar panels and commissioning a combined heat and power (CHP) unit at Mt Martha WRP, in addition to one at the Boneo WRP, which will convert the biogas produced from the anaerobic treatment process into heat to self-run the anaerobic process itself, as well as generate electricity to power the treatment plant. The new CHP unit will meet roughly 40% of the electricity demand for the Mount Martha water recycling plant, reducing the use of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

non-renewable produced power from the electricity grid, thereby further contributing to a reduction in carbon emissions. South East Water is responsible for the management and maintenance of the water and sewerage networks supplying a land area of 3,640km2 from Port Melbourne to Portsea and approximately 30km east of Pakenham, incorporating the growing suburban metropolis of Melbourne. South East Water’s responsibilities support healthy and liveable communities by delivering water, sewerage and recycled water services to 1.91 million people across Melbourne's south east. South East Water is a state-owned corporation and manages over 26,500km of pipeline, 82 water pumping stations, 277 sewage pumping stations, 9 recycled water pumping stations, 8 water recycling plants and a total of $4.8 billion of infrastructure and assets.

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Below John Holland SUEZ Beca (JHSB) Joint Venture utilised their strengths to complete the Boneo Water Treatment Plant Upgrade.

In 2018, a joint venture between John Holland, SUEZ and Beca was contracted by South East Water (SEW) to upgrade the Boneo Water Recycling Plant on the southern Mornington Peninsula. The JV partners each brought its own unique capabilities to the Boneo upgrade. SUEZ took a lead in the commissioning of Boneo’s complex bio factory facility, with JHSB to operate the plant over the next 10 years. SUEZ faced three distinct design challenges: carbon neutrality, preserving the visual amenity and providing leading edge technology solutions while future proofing the brownfield plant beyond the contractual 2035 design horizon. Cesar Rubio Vidal, General Manager, Design and Build for SUEZ, said that to achieve carbon neutrality targets involved a two-tier approach. “First, SUEZ implemented a vast number of technology solutions including the cutting edge energy saving biological processes of N-Shunt and side stream annamox. Second, a combination of digested sewage was used to generate biogas, with the combined heat and power engines able to use both biogas and LPG to achieve maximum onsite power production.” The most visible structures were located in the lowest topology areas utilising the existing wetlands as visual barriers and new structures were specifically designed to minimise environmental impacts. Additionally, SUEZ’s solution removed the need to construct future structures by providing treatment capacity to 2050 with new technology like the D-hydras twist. SUEZ has achieved success on many water projects, including the Beenyup Advanced Water Recycling Plant north of Perth, doubling the plant’s capacity to recharge up to 28 billion litres of recycled water annually.

to enable effective collaboration between designers based in the SUEZ office in Sydney and Beca office in Melbourne, plus some design completed in Spain. “The Cloud-based digital design environment proved invaluable with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic event. We also developed an asset information model to support the modern delivery project and ongoing operation and maintenance of the plant.” Beca provided the technical expertise behind the biogas engines and integration of renewable power back into the plant’s power supply. Beca’s involvement in the Boneo Water Recycling Plant project builds on a relationship with SUEZ extending for more than 20 years and nearly 10 years of delivering capital projects for South East Water. Beca has successfully delivered a number of other large scale water and wastewater projects across Australasia, including Victoria’s desalination plant, the Waikato Water Treatment Plant upgrade in Auckland. John Holland project managed the Boneo Upgrade, including the installation of large specialty piston presses and sludge handling equipment, complex pipe runs of differing materials and the full complement of electrical works from design, procurement and installation of new switch gear in dedicated new switch rooms to cable runs, termination, testing and commissioning. Glenn Crisp, John Holland Project Director Water Panels, VIC/SA/TAS, said the project had an evolving design which created a dynamic construction environment in a brownfield site. “We provided constant feedback to the design team about what was in the ground and onsite operational

considerations. This enabled a change in the methodology of moving pipes and structures above ground to minimise interface with groundwater and services. We also worked closely with the JV’s operations team during peak periods to maintain uninterrupted service to the area.” John Holland strongly engaged with local subcontractors, upskilling its experience and capability in safety processes. “The project created opportunities for people on site including our own team and graduate programme students to learn the application and installation of new industry leading global technologies,” Glenn said. John Holland is recognised as one of the most diversified engineering service providers with strong integrated and specialist process skills. The company has designed and delivered some of the most innovative and award-winning water infrastructure assets, including two seawater desalination plants in Australia, the first thermal sludge hydrolysis facility, the first acid phase digestion facility in Australia and has completed over 100 projects with Melbourne Water. For more information contact SUEZ Australia & New Zealand corporate office, Level 4, 3 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes NSW 2138, phone 02 8754 0000, email cesar.rubiovidal@suez. com, website For more information contact Beca, Level 4, 5 Queens Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9272 1400, email, website For more information contact John Holland, Level 9, 180 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 8698 9400, email, website

Beca’s strength in the joint venture was its multi-disciplinary engineering capability, augmented by enabling digital technologies to improve the efficiency of the design process and overall plant safety. Beca Technical Fellow David Papps said that virtual reality was used for safety reviews, 3D models in the procurement process and the integration of 3D vendor data and cloud-based systems 52









Below Astern Group completed a formwork, steel fixing and concrete pour contract which including 1,200m3 of concrete and tied 300 tonnes of reinforcement.

Astern Group is a civil construction company with a mission to deliver exceptional quality and precision, meeting customers’ architectural aspirations on every project.

Astern Group’s diverse range of works covers stormwater drain construction, large pipeline construction and associated works. The company also prides themselves on delivering high quality wetland development.

Astern Group can undertake a broad range of civil projects utilising their skilled labour force and equipment inventory, supported by a professional management team with knowledge of all industry standards and work safety requirements.

“Our experience with concrete pavements is second to none,” Peter said. “We provide quality concrete pavements and hardscape from concrete roads to feature concrete structures and decorative concrete pavements. Through a wide range of projects we have built an extensive knowledge of various aggregate mixes and coloured concrete.”

Astern Group has completed many water treatment projects and the company’s latest assignment in that sector has been for the John Holland, Beca, Suez Joint Venture at the Boneo Water Recycling Plant Upgrade on the Mornington Peninsula for South East Water. Over a period of six months, the team from Astern Group completed a formwork, steel fixing and concrete pour contract. “We had to focus on constructing a high quality product as it was a water retaining structure. We have undertaken many of these projects in the past so we had the expertise and labour skills necessary to achieve the specification,” said Director, Peter Curran. In total, Astern Group have placed over 1,200m3 of concrete and tied 300 tonnes of reinforcement. The project timetable had to be accomplished during a five day week schedule as part of John Holland’s ‘work life balance’ ethos, but all works were completed ahead of the scheduled date. The Boneo development represents a typical example of Astern Group’s civil capabilities and project scope. The company regularly completes structural concrete works like bridges, rail station precincts and water tanks. “Our experienced construction team has completed numerous bridge projects including piling, pier and abutment construction, fabrication and installation of super T concrete girders,” Peter said. “In addition to tanks, we also construct all forms of complex civil structures including concrete foundations, wind farm foundations and rail structures. We have a wealth of experience in precast and cast-insitu noise walls and acoustic barriers.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Astern Group has a self-sufficient inhouse team with a broad range of skills from steel fixers, form workers, carpenters, labourers and kerb and channel crews. Astern holds Civil Contractors Federation certification and all staff have been trained in the safety, quality and environmental requirements of the company’s Integrated Management System. All team members hold construction induction cards, rail industry worker cards and have current Train Track Safety Awareness and Victorian Electrical Supply Industry training. Safety remains the highest priority at Astern Group. “We are all trained and competent to look after our environment, our workmates and ourselves, to ensure we all safely return to family and friends at the end of the working day,” said Peter. “All team members work together, taking pride in the work they do and are passionate about the business and their accomplishments. We seek to improve on what we do every day and are not afraid to lead change in an evolving market.” Astern Group’s expertise and experience in the civil sector has won them many contracts on Melbourne’s Level Crossing Removal Programme, the Metro Tunnel and the Westgate tunnel. “As well as the ongoing opportunities at the Boneo project, we are continuing our long and valued association with John Holland on other work,” Peter said. For more information contact Astern Group, 21 Stanley Drive, Somerton VIC 3062, phone 03 9135 1010, email, website



Below Suas Civil completed two packages of work consisting of installing a range of concrete, formwork and civil works across the upgrade.

Suas Civil is a fast growing civil contractor based in Melbourne, offering their clients end-to-end solutions for all concrete and civil requirements. Suas Civil understands the importance of both practical and technical knowledge, and have built a team of professionals capable of delivering projects ranging from the straight forward to the highly complex. Recognising the proficiency of Suas Civil, the John Holland Beca SUEZ Joint Venture contracted the company to undertake civil works at South East Water’s Boneo Water Recycling Plant Upgrade on the Mornington Peninsula. Managing Director of Suas Civil, John Folliard said the contract covered two packages of work, consisting of installing concrete benching into recently built tanks and the construction of concrete structures, including trafficable concrete pavement, retaining walls, sumps, slabs and pipe supports. This involved the supply and installation of formwork, steel fixing, labour and plant hire, concrete placement and finishing, conduit installation and earthworks including excavation. “The parabolic benching in the primary settling tank was a particularly interesting aspect of the Boneo work,” John said. “To ensure the rotating blade could move efficiently and separate the solids and liquid organic material in the large tank, we designed and constructed the parabolic corners of the cube shaped tank. The parabolic benching ensures there is no build up in the corners of the tank which would require clearing on a regular basis.” Suas Civil, with their commitment to sustainability, designed formwork for the parabolic corners that could be used four times. “The polystyrene moulds were painted in an environmentally sustainable water-based paint followed by a polyurethane coat and were successfully used in each corner,” John added. The work in the second package involved some fine detail in the concrete slabs, with the angles and falls required to be exact. “The tight time frame built into the project meant we had to keep the pressure on while onsite,” John said. “The pandemic only increased the pressure and Suas Civil had to bring in extra labour resources such as steel 56

fixers through our labour hire service to assist other contractors who were impacted by the lockdowns. At the peak of activity, Suas Civil had 24 people onsite.” Suas Civil has an outstanding safety record. Since their foundation in 2018, the company had not recorded one Lost Time Injury, a remarkable achievement for the industry. The training and development of all team members is a high priority, along with a culture of inclusivity and diversity which ensures that each member of the team is valued and respected. As a result, the company has a high retention rate amongst its workforce. Initially established as a formwork and concreting contractor, Suas Civil has since built a professional team including engineers with extensive civil and construction experience in order to expand their capabilities and offer a complete civil construction service to their clients. “Our team of engineers always work closely with our clients to make sure that all design needs are met through aligning clients’ design objectives, offering alternate design solutions where we believe there is an opportunity for cost savings and construction efficiency,” John said. “We place great emphasis on achieving a quality outcome at a competitive price.” Suas Civil has recently been awarded a contract by ACE Contactors to construct the bridge on the Child’s Road Upgrade in Epping as part of a Major Roads Victoria Project. Other projects illustrating Suas Civil’s capabilities include the Mobil Altona Gas Refinery where Brockman Engineering engaged Suas Civil to complete the civil works package on the Tank 908 project, Exxon Mobil’s largest oil tank in the southern hemisphere. Entracon Civil contracted Suas to install over 1km of 3m precast sound wall and structural steel at Donnybrook for the Whittlesea Council.

For more information contact Suas Civil, 582 Heatherton Road, Clayton South VIC 3169, phone 03 9551 5869, email admin@, website






Below Quality Site Welding suppled and installed all piping and structural steel components including steel walkways and access stairs, platforms and handrails.

Quality Site Welding is a specialist fabricator and installer of pipework, structural and mechanical components. The company thrives on undertaking complex one-off projects and Quality Site Welding’s successful track record in delivering challenging engineering solutions was demonstrated at the upgrade of the Boneo Water Recycling Plant. Quality Site Welding was contracted to undertake work at both Area 1 and Area 2 of the upgrade project, supplying and installing all piping, particularly stainless steel piping, plus structural steel components including steel walkways and access stairs, platforms and handrails. Mechanical process equipment was also installed in these areas, which included screens and filters, pumps, centrifuges, valves, actuators and in line process equipment. Boneo Water Recycling Plant upgrade occupied 10 of the company’s boilermakers 58

in the workshop manufacturing process and 16 mechanical fitters, trade-based staff crane operators and riggers onsite. “We also worked with the JV to revise and improve aspects of the plant design as the project progressed,” said Managing Director of Quality Site Welding, Matthew Gray. A major challenge on the project was the requirement to tie the new parts of the plant into the existing facility. For the Quality Site Welding team, this meant working to critical deadlines as the existing plant could only be taken down at limited times. Much of this work also involved undertaking operations in confined spaces. “The tight timeframe also meant we were working in the same areas of the plant at the same time as other trades, so a high degree of co-ordination was necessary,” Matthew added. “There was also a need for safe working at


heights protocols to be observed as we used elevated work platforms on various aspects of the project.” Quality Site Welding used their own 5 tonne telehandler forklift and mobile 20 tonne mobile articulated crane onsite for lifting and positioning pipework and mechanical elements. They also dry-hired a 50 tonne slewing crane, using their own licenced operators. The company has a portfolio of completed projects in the water pipeline, pumping and waste water sector. “We work extensively with stainless and mild steel, and mild steel concrete-lined piping,” explained Matthew. “Other work includes fabrication of pump skids, fabrication and installation of pump stations and associated pipe works and fabrication and installation of sewerage aeration systems.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Quality Site Welding has worked with most of the Victorian municipal water authorities over the years on major projects. Currently, the company is undertaking contracts with Lower Murray Water at the Mildura West Treatment Plant Transfer Pipeline, with Melbourne Water at the Western Treatment Plant where 125W drying pans are being upgraded, with Melbourne Water at the Shakespeare Grove main drain outlet renewal at St Kilda Beach and with South Gippsland Water at the Dumbalk Pump Station upgrade. Matthew emphasised the capabilities of Quality Site Welding in tackling unique jobs with an element of difficulty. “We specialise in quality engineering solutions that meet a client’s specific needs, especially where trouble-shooting and innovative thinking are required. Most of our projects involve individual design solutions rather than ‘off-the-shelf ’ solutions.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The experienced team at Quality Site Welding has grown to a complement of 45, most of whom have engineering, specialist welding or other trade qualifications. “We can quickly mobilise to cover any project in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales from our Warragul base,” explained Matthew. The company also has core competencies in other sectors, offering shut-down services for the mining industry including the fabrication and installation of equipment. In the construction industry, Quality Site Welding can provide all structural steel requirements including sheds, platforms, ladders, stairs, handrails and pit lids.

For more information contact Quality Site Welding, 11 Endeavour Street, Warragul VIC 3820, phone 03 5623 1393, email info@qsw., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BONEO WATER RECYCLING PLANT UPGRADE





Below Xylem supplied a range of products to site including ultra violet disinfectant equipment to deactivate viruses and bacteria in the wastewater.

Xylem is a leading global water technology company, dedicated to creating advanced technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. Central to Xylem’s mission is to improve the way the scarce resource of water is used, conserved and re-used in the future. The proven technology and expertise of Xylem was harnessed at South East Water’s Boneo Water Recycling Plant Upgrade. Xylem had an involvement in the project design as well as the supply and commissioning of equipment. “There were a number of elements provided by Xylem, notably ultra violet disinfectant equipment to deactivate virus and bacteria in the wastewater, plus a number of pumps and mixers. We also provided a diffused aeration system to support the biological treatment system,” said Senior Project Manager, Glen Luscombe. Glen added that Xylem’s Wedeco LBX Series was selected for the UV disinfectant system. “The LBX model is a proven, energy-efficient UV solution for the disinfection of wastewater, water reuse, surface water, process water, and other low UV transmittance liquids, whenever a closedvessel UV system is preferred.” The LBX series has demonstrated its ability with more than 1,000 installations worldwide for various wastewater, water reuse, drinking water and industrial applications. The pumps and mixers supplied by Xylem were installed by the Joint Venture in the biological process tanks and are designed to keep the contents moving and homogenised. Once installed, Xylem commissioned the pumps and mixers. The aeration system was designed, supplied, installed and commissioned by Xylem under the Sanitaire trademark and includes 2,400 fine bubble diffusers, fouling monitoring system and acid-cleaning system. “We had a strong project team. The key on these projects is to make sure the equipment we provide suits the design of the water treatment system. This is usually determined by the parameters for turbidity and other measures set by the water authority,” said Glen. Xylem’s technology and professional expertise is making a big impact around Australia. The company is currently engaged in commissioning its largest UV disinfectant WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

system in Australia, suitable for disinfecting up to 6.944L/s of drinking water. The system is capable of inactivating Cryptosporidium at up to 4-log performance level, supporting amultiple-barrier approach for water safety. In regional New South Wales, Xylem has designed, supplied and commissioned three sewage treatment plants to support a new sewerage network rollout. Xylem has supported the commissioning and handover process with detailed wastewater process knowledge, operational support and training. In Western Australia, Xylem has constructed a containerised pilot unit of their Taron filter for efficiently filtering wastewater. The system produces superior effluent quality which is suitable for reuse applications and complements full advanced treatment technologies, strengthening water resilience. In North Queensland, Xylem has recently completed commissioning of an emergency bypass project, improving the water security for a major Queensland city by providing backup pumps for the main water treatment plant. For this project Xylem designed, manufactured and commissioned three Godwin CD500M pump skids and associated pipework and control systems. Xylem’s technology and services move, treat, analyse, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced analytics solutions for water utilities. Glen said that Xylem has strong, long standing relationships with customers in more than 150 countries. “We are known for our powerful combination of leading product brands and applications expertise, with a strong focus on developing comprehensive, sustainable solutions for water utilities and commercial and industrial businesses.” Xylem pursues their quest to help the world’s population access safe drinking water and benefit from the recycling of wastewater through a global research and development effort. For more information contact Xylem, phone 13 19 14, email, website



Below TANKWELD Engineering fabricated and installed process piping and mechanical equipment for the project.

TANKWELD Engineering has been providing comprehensive, one-stop-shop solutions for all engineering needs for over 72 years. With capabilities covering mechanical and structural design, specialist shop fabrication, onsite installation, commissioning and maintenance, TANKWELD has grown to become an industry leader, delivering their services to the water, pulp and paper, manufacturing, construction, energy and mining industries. TANKWELD regularly undertakes work for Tier 1 companies on major water and waste water projects and the company was engaged to fabricate and install process piping and mechanical equipment for the project. Working from the company’s purpose built 3,000m2 factory in Carrum Downs, TANKWELD Engineering involved up to 20 members of their team on the project, including the onsite crew. TANKWELD commenced at the site in March 2020. “The project posed special challenges as we were working on a semi-brownfield site, having to link into existing live assets. The work often had to be completed in a tight time frame, as the plant could not be shut down for extended periods on any one day,” said Director Jeff Harley. “We worked closely with Suez, one of the joint venture partners, who were managing the plant and keeping it operational during the upgrade.” The major upgrade of the Boneo Water Recycling Plant had several elements requiring design, fabrication and installation, including a biogas treatment and co-generation facility, a sludge dewatering building, several anaerobic digesters and settling and mixing tanks. TANKWELD Engineering have a proven track record on water and sewerage projects around Victoria, undertaking major work for all the main water and sewerage providers, including Melbourne Water, Yarra Valley Water and South East Water. “The water and waste water sector is a specialist area for TANKWELD,” Jeff said. “Our extensive services range from maintenance management to confined space and restricted space works, fabrication and installation, mechanical maintenance of 62

water assets and mechanical maintenance of sewer treatment plants.” The company has a highly experienced, skilled team of specialised engineers, draftsmen, technicians and tradesmen with the capability of supplying all engineering needs from concept and design through to shop fabrication, installation, commissioning and maintenance. “We know that no two projects in the water and waste water sector are ever the same, so our approach at TANKWELD Engineering is to develop a unique design and fabrication solution for every assignment,” Jeff added. “We remain totally flexible to ensure we meet the exact requirements of our clients, delivering a quality product on time and on budget with the highest safety standards.” TANKWELD’s facility at Carrum Downs is specially equipped to allow the fabrication of all mechanical and structural requirements for any project with maximum efficiency. It includes multiple loading bays, overhead crane, hydraulic brake press, guillotine, folding machine, plate roll forming machines, radial drill, hydraulic press, shear punch, pipe rotators, plus relocatable workshop containers. Other significant projects completed by TANKWELD Engineering include the Werribee Treatment Plant Power Station gas piping and mechanical installation for Clarke Energy on behalf of Melbourne Water and the Lang Lang Sewage Treatment Plant process piping and mechanical installation for South East Water. TANKWELD Engineering is committed to further growing the business in the water sector, as well as their activity in a diverse range of industrial and manufacturing industries. “Our team is available to assist with projects ranging from the straightforward to the complex, guaranteeing a high quality result that meets all client objectives,” Jeff said. For more information contact TANKWELD Engineering, 75 Boundary Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 9775 1376, email, website









Below Kelly Electrical contracted to complete the required electrical and instrumentation installation and underground electrical and communication works.

Kelly Electrical has built an industry leading position as a provider of quality electrical services, particularly in the rail, water and road sectors, while recently the company has developed expertise in solar powered lighting and battery storage. With a flawless safety record, skilled employees and a tenacious commitment to hard work, Kelly Electrical has built an extensive client list ranging from Tier 1 contractors to government authorities and has worked on some of Victoria’s largest rail, water treatment, road and recycling projects. South East Water’s Boneo Water Recycling Plant Upgrade is one of their latest assignments where they were contracted to complete the electrical and instrumentation installation for the tertiary treatment plant, the biogas area, the tanker receival area, odour control and the fats, oils and grease building. The brief also included electrical and communication underground conduits and pits across the entire site as well as the installation and testing of the main back-bone fibre communication network which was critical for the 24/7 operation of the plant. The Kelly Electrical team also installed, tested and commissioned the ultrafiltration membrane for the plant, including the ‘clean in place’ pumps, reverse filtrate pumps and associated instruments. A key task was the installation of the main distribution board providing up to 6,000amps of current for the water recycling


plant to operate. “This was installed and commissioned by our team led by Site Supervisor, Roydan Baillie,” said Project Manager for Kelly Electrical, Eoin Whelan. “Overall, we had more than 30 staff engaged on the upgrade, including safety advisors, quality assessment engineers, fibre technicians, excavator operators, electricians and apprentices. Specialist electricians included those trained to operate in hazardous areas, instrumentation technicians and industrial professionals.” Kelly Electrical’s expertise has been called upon regularly by leading contractors for some of Victoria’s largest public and private projects, including working with John Holland and Metro on the electrical re-wiring and lighting installation at Frankston Train Station which involved the latest lighting and technology design. Kelly Electrical also provided communications, CCTV, security and public address systems at Wyndham Vale Stabling Yard for regional trains entering and exiting Melbourne under a contract with the Western Program Alliance, VicTrack and Metro.

fully qualified commercial electricians deliver consistently high performance standards. “We are also very proud of our safety culture which has produced a zero lost time injury safety record since the company was established in 2012. Safety knowledge is continually updated through ongoing company and project inductions, toolbox meetings and safe work methods,” said Founder and Managing Director, Ciaran Kelly. Kelly Electrical delivers a turnkey process which starts with an initial consultation involving clients and suppliers to ensure all deliverables are clearly defined prior to commencing work. Establishing a full project plan with dated project reports and timeline deliverables ensures projects are completed on time without the need of extensions. “We not only upgrade civil and commercial electrical services, but we also design new infrastructure based on government and client requirements,” explained Ciaran.

Kelly Electrical has also provided electrical and instrumentation installation on an automated system to remediate the soil at the Barry Beach Marine Terminal Remediation Project for EnviroPacific.

Kelly Electrical has a wide range of capabilities including high voltage and medium voltage supply systems and substations, fibre installation testing and commissions, road transport systems and tunnel fit out, port facilities and material handling, fuel storage systems, sewerage treatment and water pumping stations and building refurbishments.

To ensure clients receive a high quality service, on time and on budget, Kelly Electrical has an integrated management system that is regularly audited to ensure their team of

For more information contact Kelly Electrical, phone 03 9334 5428, email, website



Below Evo Energy Technologies’ custom designed, supplied and installed a biogas cogeneration system providing electricity and heat generation in one process.

Evo Energy Technologies has a mission to reduce energy costs for their clients, including fast tracking Net Zero Targets, by providing superior technology and systems for improved energy efficiency.

hydrogen gas and so have wide application across many industries. Evo ET has supplied equipment around Australia and also to New Zealand, Oceania, Thailand, Fiji, Malaysia, Vietnam and India.

The company were selected to provide biogas cogeneration equipment and systems to the Boneo Water Recycling Plant Upgrade. Commissioned by South East Water, the Boneo Plant Upgrade will ensure the future treatment of wastewater for the southern Mornington Peninsula area for the next 30 years.

The success of the 2G Cogeneration plants in reducing energy requirements from the electricity grid and therefore reducing carbon emissions is evident from a number of Evo Energy Technologies’ past projects.

Evo Energy Technologies’ custom designed, supplied and installed a biogas cogeneration system providing a clean, efficient means of producing electricity and heat generation in one process, delivering a very substantial reduction in the Boneo Recycling Plant’s energy costs and carbon emissions. The Avus500plus 550kW biogas cogeneration plant was installed in a 12m x 3m x 3m container module along with an Avus500plus 550kW natural gas generator in a 6m x 2.4m x 3m container module as the basis of the system. “Evo ET is the Australian distributor of the Avus units which are manufactured by 2G Cogeneration in Germany, recognised as the world leader in the development and manufacture of cogeneration technology. The 2G equipment utilises gaseous fuel like methane and converting it into valuable electric and thermal energy,” said Travis McNeill, National Sales Manager of Evo Energy Technology. To complete the installation at Boneo, the company supplied a C-Nox biogas flare, four Meidinger biogas blowers, a H2S and Siloxane biogas cleaning activated carbon system and a biogas drying system. “Our technical staff have many years of experience in cogeneration, including design and feasibility, biogas production and processing and gas safety,” Travis added. “Evo ET provided a full turn-key solution for the Boneo project and we will continue to provide factory trained and certified staff to service the 2G systems.” The 2G Cogeneration plants are designed to use biogas, natural gas, landfill gas or 66

These include another of South East Water’s waste water recycling plants at Mt Martha which produces about 40% of its power needs and Barwon Water’s Colac water reclamation plant produces sufficient power for around 1,000 homes from high strength organic waste. In Central Queensland, a piggery and abattoir are involved in a ground breaking project turning animal waste into power. Using Evo Energy Technologies’ cogeneration technology, the company has been able to eliminate its $50,000 monthly power bills and produce enough power to operate the piggery and grain mill. “Government authorities and businesses are highly focused on environmental sustainability, efficiency in energy use and a reduction in carbon emissions,” Travis explained. “Evo Energy Technolgies is committed to assisting governments and businesses transition to a low-carbon world and improve their energy efficiency through the application of world-class technology like the 2G Cogeneration plants.” A 100% Australian-owned and operated company, Evo Energy Technologies offers the best possible solutions in the fields of cogeneration, heat pump and heat recovery technologies. With their associated company Evo Industries Australia, the duo offers a wealth of experience in the provision of a full range of services from supply only to full turn-key installations with on-going maintenance and support from factory trained staff. For more information contact Evo Energy Technologies, 18 Hasp Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073, phone 1300 859 933, email, website






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Below SPIRAC supplied the SPIROTAINER® container system to handle the sites screening, grit and sludge.

Multi-million dollar municipal wastewater and sewage plant construction projects demand the very best world-class technology to ensure efficient, long-term high performance. SPIRAC is a global company with Australian manufacturing and technical support facilities providing premium quality solids handling solutions for both municipal and industrial wastewater. The company’s technology for specialised screening, grit and sludge handling solutions was called for South East Water’s Boneo Wastewater Recycling Plant. Four, 15m3 SPIROTAINER®s, three skip bins and a grit conveyor were supplied to site for installation on the project. The SPIROTAINER® is a self-levelling container system capable of both containment and road transport and is a durable and efficient solution for solids materials handling. “At Boneo, wet screenings and dewatered grit will be contained in the SPIROTAINER® units,” said SPIRAC Project Engineer, Robert Cilia. “The equipment was supplied to the Joint Venture with a guide frame and retractable chutes, foul air connection and ultrasonic level sensors to prevent material overfilling and spillage.” A key component in the SPIROTAINER® is a shaftless spiral conveyor. “SPIRAC is the industry leader in shaftless spiral conveyor technology. We can provide long run horizontal, angled or vertical conveyors for the most difficult of geometries and applications,” said Robert. “The shaftless spiral conveyors feature a heavy-duty spiral, specially cold-formed from high tensile micro- alloy steel available only from Sweden, which rides on an SPX Duraflo® liner, developed to provide maximum hardness and life expectancy with low friction.” This arrangement eliminates hanger bearings and allows for high trough fill rates and handling of larger objects. The spiral strength allows for low RPM-high torque operation, virtually eliminating blockages, surges and nuisance trips. SPIRAC’s shaftless spiral conveyor systems also have application for the paper, food, biomass and waste handling industries. SPIRAC is also a specialist supplier of a range of screens designed to remove all sizes of solids from wastewater. Screening is a WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

critical part of the treatment process, being the first operation at any wastewater recycling plant. The screening process involves the removal of large non-biodegradable solids that frequently enter wastewater works, such as rags, papers, plastics, latex, tins, containers and wood. Efficient solids removal protects the downstream plant and prevents any possible damage, unnecessary wear and tear, pipe blockages and the accumulation of unwanted material that will interfere with the required wastewater treatment processes. Initial coarse screening, especially on large works with gravity feed should be considered an essential element to provide a barrier to damage. SPIRAC has two main coarse screen selections to offer: MULTIGUARD™, a multi-raked bar screen; and RAKEGUARD™, a single articulated rake screen. Once the initial interception is successfully achieved with a coarse bar screen, the next stage is fine screening. SPIRAC has a variety of fine screenings solutions for this task, BANDGUARD™, FINEGUARD™, DRUMGUARD™ and SPIROGUARD™. SPIRAC’s engineering team can advise on the optimum solution for any treatment plant based on channel dimensions, debris loads and expected incoming screenings. “As an engineering firm, we can professionally design, engineer, manufacture, install and support premium, purpose-built wastewater solutions for municipal and industrial clients, helping communities and businesses build sustainable solutions,” said Robert. SPIRAC has assisted many municipal councils around Australia to upgrade their wastewater treatment plants in recent years. SPIRAC recently completed two projects using COMBIGUARD® which brings together several of SPIRAC’s product solutions. Designed to meet the needs of small to large-size municipal communities’ requirements for the removal of screenings and grit, COMBIGUARD® is a complete end-to-end wastewater pre-treatment plant.

For more information contact SPIRAC, 30 Cocos Drive, Bibra Lake WA 6163, phone 08 9434 0777, email, website



BALLARAT GOVHUB The Ballarat GovHub multi-use office development is the first mass engineered timber commercial building undertaken by Development Victoria, and one of only a handful in the country. The Gov Hub’s primary structure is mass timber, a combination of CLT (cross laminated timber) and GLT (glue laminated timber). Key features include five storeys of office space, a glass conservatory, a reconstructed lower hall for multi-purpose, a new civic plaza, minimum 5 Star Green Star design rating for both the base building and fitout, basement car parking and end-of-trip facilities. In January 2019, Kane Constructions and joint venture partner Nicholson Construction partnered with the Victorian Government to deliver the new GovHub offices in Ballarat. The building was handed over in April 2021 and will be home to up 1,000 Victorian Public Service staff. The Kane Nicholson partnership brought together national large scale construction knowledge and local construction expertise. The relationship between the two parties transcends generation and is solid. The Gov Hub’s primary structure consists of 10,000m3 of CLT (cross laminated timber) and 1,300m3 of GLT (glue laminated timber). The low rise five-storey office building includes a glass conservatory linking Civic Hall to the GovHub, reconstructed multi-purpose lower hall space, two-levels of basement carparking, end-of-trip facilities to encourage walking and cycling, and landscape spaces. The building provides a strong link between the neighbouring library, Civic Hall and Ballarat’s CBD. Kane Constructions Project Manager, Peter Spence says, “Leading the joint venture team has been extremely satisfying. In combining our resources, the Kane Nicholson team was able to leverage an extensive list of local and regional subcontractors with a range of skills to provide the necessary expertise to delivery this complex project.” The timber consisted of over 80 different connections types. Kane Nicholson worked closely with AECOM and John Wardle Architects to ensure each connection was constructed to uphold the integrity of the design intent, structure, and services. Peter says, “We had great organisations and people involved to assist us in delivering this landmark project. Our consultant team consisting of John Wardle Architects, AECOM, McKenzie Building Surveyors, Aspect Studios and Geyer, we thank them 70


for their commitment in designing the first mass engineered timber commercial building undertaken by Development Victoria.” Nicholson Construction’s Construction Manager Mick Page, says “Kane Nicholson is thankful to our numerous subcontractors and suppliers who contributed to building GovHub. Over 75% of the workforce was regional, and over a third live within 10km of the project.” Kane Constructions has a proud history of serving regional Victorian communities and their first major project, the West Gippsland Art Centre in Warragul delivered in 1982 remains a centrepiece for the local community today. Founded in Melbourne in 1973, Kane has grown into a multi-award winning commercial construction company with over 2,000 successfully completed projects across all industry sectors. Kane operates throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra. A W Nicholson Pty Ltd, trading as Nicholson Construction, is a long established privately owned family business which commenced operation in the late 1800’s and has grown to become an award winning commercial construction company in regional Victoria. Nicholson Construction specialise in commercial construction of buildings up to $50 million, particularly for the health, education and government public facilities sectors. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website Nicholson Construction, 360 Dowling Street, Wendouree (Ballarat) VIC 3355, phone 03 5322 5444, email, website

DEVELOPER : The Victorian Government - Development Victoria and Regional Development Victoria MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Nicholson (Kane Constructions & Nicholson Construction Joint Venture) ARCHITECT : John Wardle Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : AECOM CONSTRUCTION VALUE : Over $100 million Photo by Luke Jarvis – John Wardle Architects







Below Lawler Bricklaying laid 80,000 bricks and 100,000 blocks for Ballarat GovHub.

Precision brick and block laying is the domain of Lawler Bricklaying, an accomplished family based company which has serviced Melbourne and western Victoria building sites for over 65 years. Working with Kane Constructions and Nicholson Construction, the joint venture contractors on the Ballarat GovHub, the team from Lawler Bricklaying completed the laying of 100,000 blocks and 80,000 bricks. The company was delighted to again be involved in a major local venture, especially one which will boost the Ballarat economy in the long term. “Our work involved block laying in the basements, all landscape gardens and feature brickwork on the outside of the building,” said Director, Craig Lawler. The company allocated from 8 to 15 of their bricklayers over the 14 months that the company was engaged onsite. “This was a standard project within our scope, but we always pride ourselves on meeting the construction programme on any job and manage our programme of work accordingly. We are also committed to delivering the highest quality bricklaying on every project.” Lawler Bricklaying’s services are extensive and include assignments that require absolute precision and adherence to the highest safety regulations, including lift shafts and substations. The company is also a leader in the construction of both structural and non-structural walls. The services offered by Lawler Bricklaying include minor demolition of old brick and blockwork, creating openings where required, saw cutting, needle and pinning, and removal of waste. If scaffolding is required, Lawler will include it in their estimation prices, saving the hassle of a separate quote. Lawler utilises Kwikstage, the highest quality scaffolds available. Many team members hold scaffolding licences, allowing the construction of scaffolding higher than 4m. “Our bricklayers are also particularly skilled at intimate feature brickwork, using a multitude of patterns and bonding styles,” said Craig. “We can give creative style to chimneys and single interior walls, refreshing old spaces through smart brickwork. We also service heritage brickwork, restoring historic pieces of personal and public importance.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Lawler Bricklaying values their position as a country based commercial business with a loyal staff, over 60% of whom completed their apprenticeship with the company. “For over 65 years Lawler Bricklaying have continued our role as a family owned business with strong connections to our staff and the community,” Craig said. “The success of the business can be gauged from the growth we have experienced, beginning with just four employees to now being 40 strong.” The company provides a diverse range of bricklaying options across commercial projects, including retaining walls. Their capabilities can best be illustrated by a sample of their larger completed projects which include the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Ballarat University Science and Engineering, Mercy College in Camperdown, Langi Kal Kal Prison, Ararat Transitional Facility and Damascus College in Ballarat. Lawler Bricklaying can confidently manage commercial projects of any size, as evidenced by their impressive portfolio of projects with some of the leading construction companies within Victoria. Maintaining sound relationships with their large base of contractors ensures a smooth transition of works between projects. Lawler Bricklaying undertakes work in suburban Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and surrounding districts, but will take on suitable projects across the western districts of Victoria. Projects of interest completed by the company include Wesley College in Glen Waverley where it constructed a brick roof, Fintona Girls’ School science lab which consisted of an entire building of curved walls, Cotton On in Geelong which required feature brickwork and old style arches, Geelong Junior Grammar School with patterned brick work, restoration works on the Ballarat train station and the Mount Gambier community and recreation hub.

For more information contact Lawler Bricklaying, 9 Woolway Court, Delacombe VIC 3356, phone 03 5335 5765, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BALLARAT GOVHUB


Below Height Safety Engineers installed the Sayfa Raptor Rail system allowing safe roof access.

Height Safety Engineers (HSE) is an industry leading specialist in the design, fabrication and installation of fully compliant roof access, fall protection and height safety systems. The professional expertise of HSE was utilised on the Ballarat GovHub project. HSE designed and installed a roof access and fall protection system for the GovHub. The Sayfa Raptor Rail system was selected by HSE for placement across the peak and ridge lines of the roof to provide safe access to solar panels and access to guttering. A static line system was installed along roof edges to allow for safe access to gutters for cleaning and abseil anchor points were fitted along the roof edge to allow for window cleaning on façades. HSE also fitted the internal stairs for roof access with vertical ladder and hatch. GovHub’s architectural roof plan was quite distinctive, creating a number of challenges. “The variable radius curve design in the shape of a wave resulted in some areas having a significantly high pitch,” said Project Manager, Michael Brundell. “This made design of the rigid Raptor Rail system and static lines difficult as these work better on more uniform pitch.” 74


The standing seam roofing material used in the construction hindered access to solid structural elements of the building so that providing solid anchorages for Raptor Rail and static lines was difficult. “However HSE can call on decades of experience amongst our 70 experienced personnel so there is no insurmountable problem as far as we are concerned,” said Michael. Current projects include the Ocado Distribution Centre, Wetherill Park, Sydney where HSE is providing roof and plant access systems across a number of large warehouse buildings, and providing dilapidation reports utilising drone photography as well as roof access and height safety consultation services for the NSW Justice Department, NSW Police Stations and courthouses.

For more information contact Height Safety Engineers, 12 Mareno Road, Tullamarine VIC 3043, phone 1300 884 978, fax 1300 885 013, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Atmosphy created a unique green wall model for Ballarat GovHub creating a pleasing aesthetic.

Transforming built environments and improving air quality with innovative indoor landscaping installations and vertical garden solutions is the passion of the team at Atmosphy. The company provides complete Indoor planting solutions from design to fabrication, installation and ongoing maintenance of the system. Working on the Ballarat GovHub building, the architect’s design called for a special approach involving shelving frames bolted to the floor on each level of the building, with plants dropped into the shelving. “This was not the usual green wall model, but it adds great visual appeal within the building and will perfectly complement the timber features throughout the offices,” said Managing Director, Laura Henry. “The plants we selected purify the air and remove pollutants as well as adding to the aesthetics of the internal environment.”

meet Green Star rating requirements in each space, making sure the right amount of pots to achieve the soil surface rating required per floor was achieved,” Laura said. “We succeeded in achieving the rating required.” Atmosphy’s expert team of designers can develop the best Indoor green solution for your business or commercial project. “We pay particular attention to the light available in any particular location. If additional lighting is required, we can design and supply an appropriate solution. We specify, select, supply, install and then maintain all plants to keep them in top condition,” said Laura. Breath easy with Atmosphy...

Plants selected by Atmosphy for the GovHub, by common name, include Ficus, Philodendron, Peace Lily, Devil’s Ivy and Boston Fern. Each is selected for varying positions of light, direct or indirect sun and atmospheric conditions. They were chosen from the vast array of healthy Australian flora grown and nurtured by Atmosphy. “Our main challenge was to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Atmosphy, 461 Heatherton Road, Clayton South VIC 3169, phone 1300 425 600, email laura@atmosphy., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BALLARAT GOVHUB


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Below McPherson Commercial Plumbing were responsible for all of the hydraulic plumbing services.

McPherson Commercial Plumbing is one of the largest specialist companies in the delivery of premium hydraulic and roof plumbing services in Western Victoria. Based in Ballarat, McPherson Commercial Plumbing offers builders the unique benefit of having all their hydraulic plumbing and roofing requirements supplied by one company, rather than having to deal with two separate entities. The Kane Constructions and Nicholson Joint Venture engaged McPherson Commercial Plumbing to undertake all the hydraulic plumbing services at the Ballarat GovHub. This involved providing the stormwater drainage, sewer, gas and hot and cold water services. The 2-level basement was a first in Ballarat and required excavating a considerable amount of rock and dealing with ground water in order to install the stormwater piping. “Fortunately we own all our own equipment so we had quick access to the necessary excavation and earth moving equipment to get the job done,” said Founder Director, Glen McPherson. Internal installation of pipes was a standard procedure except where the timber framing had to be penetrated to supply the services. 78


“The GovHub has the special feature of largely being a timber building. We took extra care in drilling access for the piping as preserving the structural integrity of the timber framing was essential,” said Glen. Since Glen founded McPherson Commercial Plumbing in 2005, the business has grown to employ 25 people, with up to eight being engaged on the GovHub. “We are set up to handle design and construct contracts for both roof plumbing and all hydraulic plumbing requirements. We often travel interstate to carry out work for clients. Recent assignments have included the roofing and hydraulics of numerous Bunnings stores, including Villawood, Dural, Delacombe, Sunshine and Footscray.” McPherson Commercial Plumbing’s reputation for excellence in all their work has resulted in contracts for the plumbing at the Hopkins Correctional Centre in Ararat for Kane Constructions and the roofing of the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre for Nicholson Construction.

For more information contact McPherson Commercial Plumbing, 121 Learmonth Street, Alfredton VIC 3350, phone 03 5339 4648, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Studform supplied and installed over 400 doors and frames for the Ballarat GovHub project.

Studform manufactures and supplies aluminium seismic, aquatic, and non-magnetic ceiling systems, aluminium partitioning systems, and a wide range of timber, fire, and metal clad doors to both Australia and New Zealand construction markets. Studform’s manufacturing facilities in Mt Gambier and their 10 day lead time commitment made them an ideal choice to provide custom built doors for the Ballarat GovHub, built by the Kane Constructions and Nicholson Construction Joint Venture. Studform manufactured and delivered over 400 doors and frames throughout 2020 for the project, including a combination of solid core doors with edge strips that were rebated and fire rated doors with smoke seals. Metal door frames were also supplied and delivered to site ready for installation. A key feature of Studform doors is that they are manufactured from sustainably produced materials. “Most Studform products are inherently environmentally friendly by nature of the raw materials used, including plantation timber, recycled aluminium and recycled steel,” said Managing Director, David Wright. “Wherever possible, materials are sourced from companies with recognised sustainability credentials such as the Forest Stewardship Council.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Despite the challenges imposed by COVID-19 during the GovHub construction, Studform maintained production and delivery with positive support from within their own organisation and from site management. “We developed a great relationship with the Kane Nicholson JV and the onsite team at the GovHub,” David said. “We certainly look forward to working with them again on future projects.” Studform’s flexible logistic initiatives, capacity for processing client’s shop drawings and a new range of unique residential doors, Studform can meet any commercial or residential project requirement from Mt Gambier to Melbourne. They have provided products to Coleraine Hospital in the western districts and St John of God Hospital in Bendigo. In addition to the Ballarat GovHub, Studform’s other major projects include Chasecrown’s Ei8HT Apartments at Glenelg and SkyCity Casino Tower in Adelaide. For more information contact Studform, 4 Manton Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007, phone 08 8448 2000, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BALLARAT GOVHUB



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Below AWMA Water Control Solutions supplied and installed the carpark flood barrier to Ballarat GovHub.

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AWMA Water Control Solutions is Australia’s leading turn-key manufacturer of specialised water control infrastructure including penstocks, flood barriers and self-cleaning screens. Based in regional Victoria, AWMA has established specialist design, manufacturing and installation teams with the capacity and experience to service domestic and international markets.

individually designed and manufactured to suit the characteristics of the site and expected flood waters such as flow, debris, height etc.”

The GovHub driveway is subject to overflow flooding from gutters in the street during heavy rains. The basement carpark therefore required a flood barrier to be embedded in the driveway. AWMA’s FloodFree range of barriers was the obvious choice for Ballarat GovHub’s custom made flood barrier. “A strip drain was inserted in to the driveway at the basement entrance to intercept water overflows,” said General Manager, Peter Ebenwaldner. “Water drains into a cassette which, if it fills to capacity, floats the flood barrier into position to prevent water ingress flooding the basement.”

Amongst AWMA’s other high profile projects, they designed, manufactured and installed four flood barriers at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for Lendlease, including one at the main entrance measuring 16.1m in length by 1m high. AWMA’s world class flood barriers also protect many commercial office buildings and high end apartment blocks across all Australian states as well as New Zealand and South East Asia.

The 7.8m wide barrier was constructed to raise up to 800mm high, based on the one in one hundred year flood level prediction which would produce a water height of 500mm at the barrier, leaving 300mm of freeboard. “This type of calculation is made on every project we undertake, which translates into every AWMA product being WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The GovHub building had a suspended slab for the driveway so the flood barrier had to be supported in a specially designed and built reinforced pocket recess.

For more information contact AWMA Water Control Solutions, 118 Roviras Road, Cohuna VIC 3568, phone 03 5456 3331, mobile 0408 862 645, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BALLARAT GOVHUB


Below Ballarat Associated Fibrous Plasters completed the installation of the Atkat Au.diSlot feature ceilings.

Ballarat Associated Fibrous Plasters is a leading commercial and domestic plastering contractor with a highly experienced team dedicated to producing excellent quality work and outcomes for their clients. Specialising in internal walls and feature walls and ceilings, Ballarat Associated Fibrous Plasters was contracted by Kane Constructions to undertake work on the Ballarat GovHub. A special feature of the GovHub is the extensive use of structural and decorative timber in the building. Ballarat Fibrous Plasters was tasked with the installation of Atkar Au.diSlot feature ceilings on Levels 1 and 3. The company also completed internal linings. The Atkar ceilings enhanced the timber theme throughout the building. “Separate pre-finished timber slats are mounted in a modular panel array providing a distinctive three dimensional effect,” said Manager, Shaun Holloway. “Concealed fixing points are provided allowing the panel to be screw fixed to a conventional batten system and when installed, a continuous linear effect is created. It was perfect for the contemporary GovHub interior.” The size of the building required around 20 of their total team of 35 to be engaged on the project. “We are geared for large commercial 82


projects like the GovHub. We have a full range of commercial plastering and plasterboard products and regularly complete partition walls, suspended ceilings, shop fitouts, office fitouts for government department or factories, plus acoustic ceilings, bulkheads and exposed grid,” said Shaun. In the domestic market, Ballarat Fibrous Plasters supplies and fixes all plasterboard products, including fire rated and acoustic plasterboards, cornices, ceiling roses, corbels and keystones, vents and strapping bosses. They can also supply a full range of insulation products. The experienced team at Ballarat Fibrous Plasters has recently completed internal linings and features at the Ballarat Quest Apartments and are working on the Ballarat Goods Shed, part of the redevelopment of Ballarat Station.

For more information contact Ballarat Associated Fibrous Plasters, 13 Selkirk Drive, Wendouree VIC 3355, phone 03 5339 1854, fax 03 5339 6737, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Below 1300TempFence supplied and installed the secure hoardings to the Ballarat GovHub project.

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1300TempFence is an Australian market leader in the supply of temporary fencing hire and sales, including temporary and portable fencing, temporary pool fencing, crowd control barriers and temporary hoardings. Renowned for their unrivalled next day delivery, competitive prices and high quality portable fencing systems, 1300TempFence has experienced strong growth since their establishment in 1999. 1300TempFence provided secure hoarding, through their sister company 1300Hoarding for the Ballarat GovHub, a development by the Victorian Government which will house up to 1,000 public servants and provide community use facilities. 1300TempFence is an expert in supplying robust, engineer certified hoarding and provides design, installation and removal services. They also supplied some temporary fencing to the Govhub project. 1300TempFence hoarding staff Angus Thompson and Manager Joel Murphy, who happen to be Ballarat locals, directed the hoarding activity with three supporting staff. “We installed razor wire loops on top of the hoarding panels to help with site security and, at the request of Kane Constructions, we also installed a couple of ‘windows’ in the hoarding to allow the interested WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

public to be able to ‘peep’ through to check on the progress of the project.” The objective of 1300TempFence is to make their client’s construction jobs or events run smoothly by providing secure and safe site solutions in a prompt and efficient manner. All fencing is compliant with relevant Australian Standards and with offices nationwide and in New Zealand, 1300TempFence is ideally positioned to assist a wide range of clients whatever their location. In Victoria, 1300TempFence is providing their products to Level Crossing Removal Projects, the Metro Tunnel, the West Gate Tunnel, the North East Link and VSBA school upgrades. In New South Wales, the company is working with WestConnex, the Northern Road Upgrade and the Parramatta Light Rail. In South Australia, 1300TempFence is working with the Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance and the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication.

For more information contact 1300TempFence, 416 Foleys Road, Derrimut VIC 3026, phone 1300 836 733, email info@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BALLARAT GOVHUB



Voyager is a luxury residential tower comprising 310 apartments, which features exquisite one, two and three bedroom apartments and flexi townhomes, and a rooftop space featuring a dining room with chef's kitchen, bar, cinema/karaoke room, and an open air lounge with fire pit, set against the incredible Melbourne city skyline. Mirvac is one of Australia’s most innovative property groups and has been making a positive contribution to cities and urban landscapes for close to 50 years. Mirvac’s latest contribution is the prestigious Voyager at Yarra’s Edge – a shimmering beacon with luxury apartments in one of Melbourne’s most idyllic locations. The tallest of all the buildings to date at the waterfront location, is another prime example of Mirvac’s commitment to delivering high end residential projects across Victoria and joins The Eastbourne in East Melbourne, Tullamore in Doncaster and Harcrest in Wantirna South in the company’s enviable portfolio. “At the heart of every Mirvac project is a customer first approach, combined with research based market knowledge, ensuring that our projects are aligned with current trends and demands,” said Elysa Anderson, Mirvac’s General Manager, Residential Victoria. “We have a unique integrated approach with design, development and marketing sitting under one roof, so the project vision is shaped directly by the wants and needs of our customers and wider market.” The award-winning, inhouse design team which has brought the architecture and interiors to life is Mirvac Design and with its hotel-luxe interiors and a rooftop resident mecca – a first for the precinct – Voyager has exceeded the industry’s expectations and more. Voyager has been designed to be a landmark entrance to Melbourne’s CBD from the Bolte Bridge and, at approximately 130m tall, it dominates the skyline from every angle, courtesy of its shimmering bronze curved façade and architecturally distinct design. The curved surfaces continue through to the lobby which features a cosy resident lounge with fireplace and an inspiring art gallery.

and fitness facilities at the Wharf Club are second-to-none. “Voyager is our response to the demand for quality housing and amenities in well connected, inner-city locations and Yarra’s Edge, which is a rare, 14.5 hectare sanctuary located on the north facing bank of the Yarra River, is now home to more than 3,000 residents,” Anderson said. Taking the amenities to dramatic heights, the exclusive rooftop space on Level 43 is an impressive drawcard and again, a first for Yarra’s Edge. Encased in glass, the double height retreat is adorned with climbing greenery and features indoor and outdoor facilities for private dining as well as a bar, lounge area, theatre and karaoke room. The internal fitouts of the apartments are a display of sophistication and elegance, where residents have a choice between two beautiful colour schemes, Halcyon or Intrepid and the living areas offer both sweeping city views and an abundance of natural light via floor-to-ceiling windows. Beautifully designed kitchens and bathrooms allow for generous storage space and the kitchens include premium appliances from SMEG or Miele, slimline stone benchtops, woodgrain veneer cabinetry and select apartments also feature wintergardens for the ultimate in contemporary living. The two and a half year construction of Voyager saw Mirvac induct approximately 1,500 people on site in total, with an average of

250-300 per day through peak of construction period resulting in Mirvac successfully delivering the project on time. “Mirvac’s unique end-to-end inhouse capability provides quality control, flexibility of timing and delivery and the ability to take a longer term view,” Anderson explained. “The completion of Voyager in the face of COVID-19 was an example of Mirvac’s flexibility and commitment to our integrated model, with our project vision being shaped by the wants and needs of the market at any given time.” Captivating in its design and first class facilities, the completion of Voyager demonstrates Mirvac’s continued confidence in the Victorian property sector. “Voyager is a significant milestone for Yarra’s Edge, as well as the broader Fishermans Bend and Docklands communities,” Anderson said. “It celebrates the ongoing delivery of the future vision for Yarra’s Edge, which has seen the regeneration and transformation of these former wharves into a thriving waterfront precinct.” Voyager joins Mirvac’s $1.4 billion Victorian apartments portfolio which will soon include two new projects which are currently underway – Park Street, Brunswick and T9 at Yarra’s Edge, Melbourne Docklands. For more information contact Mirvac Residential Victoria, Level 5, 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, website

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Below SYNC Industries manufactured and installed 525 bathroom pods with ample storage and stylish accents across the project.

SYNC Industries has been setting the benchmark for high-quality, prefabricated bathrooms since 2013 and the company’s latest installment at Voyager can best be described as elevated luxury across 43-levels of contemporary one, two and three bedroom residences with unrivalled views.

colour scheme with ten different typologies including baths, double vanities and shower only pods. More than just a functional space, Volare travertine tiles are perfectly complemented by the Caroma Liano Nexus range of bathroom ware and all of the finer details have been considered including plenty of storage space and modern details.

Manufactured in Melbourne at the company’s purpose-built facility, SYNC’s bathroom pods can be specified for any development and by integrating innovative pre-fabrication and digital design technology, SYNC is helping improve the efficiency and quality of projects and promoting local jobs at the same time.

A team of 80 employees from SYNC was involved on the Voyager project ranging from designers, project managers, waterproofers, tilers and plumbers. Installation started in October 2019 and included SYNC’s largest bathroom pod to date. “To achieve this, we had to make new optimisations to the structural design of the pod, ensuring it could be safely lifted into position,” Eddie said. “This is what we specialise in and the fact the pods are made in a controlled factory environment with specialised machinery increases QA practices and ensures a better result.”

“We understand prefabricated construction very well, so our clients can leave us to work on our part of their project, knowing the components will arrive just in time and slot into place. We have developed a brilliant design, production, installation and project management team to offer a more streamlined and sustainable construction solution,” said Eddie Pallotta, Operations Director of Sync Industries. At Voyager, SYNC was engaged by Mirvac to manufacture and install 525 bathroom pods with ample storage, stylish accents and a real luxurious feel overall. The bathrooms feature both a light and dark 86


For more information contact SYNC Industries, 55 Leakes Road, Laverton North VIC 3026, phone 03 8329 4111, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below IJF Australia manufactured and installed the joinery for the lobby lounge, Level 43 common areas, and the premium apartments.

IJF Australia has been servicing the construction industry in Australia since 1964, consistently striving to be a distinctive and relevant market leader in interior joinery. The South Australian-based company has adapted and evolved over the years to meet the changing requirements of the market as well as its clients. The company’s emphasis on developing strong partner relationships is just as important as the products and services they are sourcing and creating across projects of all scales. Their intention is to enrich the success of those they collaborate with through the manufacturing and management of superior products and services. Sustainability is an important consideration in decision-making processes, with IJF Australia always striving for new ways to reduce their environmental impact by adopting sustainable practices throughout the organisation. At Voyager, IJF Australia was tasked with the project management, supply and installation of all joinery to the 310 residential apartments and common areas. Fit out of the joinery commenced in September 2020, and included the level 1 lobby lounge, the common area kitchen, the karaoke and theatre lounge on level 43, as well as the kitchen joinery to the premium apartments. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Designed by Mirvac Design, the curved unit which features in the lobby lounge perfectly complements the organic lines of the façade of the building, while the kitchen joinery in the premium apartments, also designed by Mirvac Design, are the epitome of luxury living where space is in abundance. The kitchens feature a timber look laminate with coloured and timber grain internal carcases and upgraded hardware including silver cutlery trays, integrated bins and some with a butler’s pantry. The IJF Australia team are proud of the craftsmanship delivered through the quality and finsishes at Voyager. IJF Australia has worked with Mirvac on a number of projects, including a new project at the Queen Victoria Markets Munro development, which consists of a hotel and residential apartments. The team at IJF Australia are looking forward to continuing the great working relationship with Mirvac.

For more information contact IJF Australia, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE VOYAGER


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Below Signcraft manufactured a range of signage throughout the project including feature signs, wayfinding and apartment numbers.

Signcraft has been creating lasting impressions on new developments and re-brands all around Australia for the last five decades, with tailored solutions including architectural signage, fabricated letters and fascia signage to name a few. At Voyager, the 43-storey residential tower at Yarra’s Edge, Signcraft’s expert team of project managers, designers and engineers set about to make a statement that would complement the luxury development. The 4.2m long, 320-degree curved fabricated steel sign at the main entrance certainly catches the eye and Signcraft has also manufactured the braille and statutory signage, wayfinding, vinyl, safety strip and carpark signage, as well as the illuminated apartment numbers. “The external ‘Voyager’ laser cut steel sign gives the illusion that it’s floating on the tiles and curves along the façade of the building and is reflected through the floor-to-ceiling glazing,” said Kristie-Lee King Project Manager at Signcraft. “Our Senior Mechanical Designer worked diligently with the architect and designer to ensure that what we created had met the client’s expectations in relation to the external signage and in terms of the project as a whole, we are really pleased with the outcome at Voyager.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Engaged by Mirvac for what has been one of numerous projects together, Signcraft’s work at Voyager combined the company’s electrical department, graphics team, metal fabricators, dispatch and logistics experts, all committed to delivering a high-quality outcome for the project. “We have developed a strong working relationship with Mirvac and the project team and this type of collaboration enables us to truly understand their project needs and signage expectations so that we can deliver the best possible results,” Kristie-Lee said. What is considered slightly out of the ordinary, the statutory, braille and tactile signage that is presented at Voyager has been designed and manufactured to specific requirements and the initial survey process was essential in getting the construction drawings right. Signcraft recently celebrated their fifty-year anniversary of providing high-quality signage solutions to the construction industry. For more information contact Signcraft, 580-598 Kororoit Creek Road, Altona North VIC 3025, phone 03 9360 6222, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE VOYAGER





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STATE-OF-THE-ART HQ 60 Moorabool Street is an impressive nine-storey office tower located in the heart of Geelong’s CBD. The project scope includes 775m2 of ground floor retail/commercial space, 10,152m2 for commercial offices, two levels of basement car parking, end-of-trip facilities, and streetscaping. The building is designed to achieve 5 Star Green Star Design & As-Built v1.2 certification, and a 5 Star NABERS energy rating. Kane Constructions was engaged by Quintessential Equity and their development partner GMHBA to design and construct GMHBA’s state-of-the-art new headquarters – 60 Moorabool in March 2020. The building was handed over in July 2021. 60 Moorabool St raises the bar in workplace design, with an emphasis on creating a sustainable space with the perfect work life balance. The building is benchmarked to 2012 Property Council of Australia “A Grade” Standard and amenities include end-of-trip facilities with 78 bike spaces, 15 showers and 96 exclusive lockers. The basement car park provides 61 car parking spaces across two-levels, and charging points for electric vehicles and scooters.

Kane Constructions Project Manager, David Purdue led a team in excess of 850 staff, consultants and subcontractors over the 16 month project. 60 Moorabool Street was delivered both on time and on budget. “Across the duration of the project, a typical day for me was fairly dynamic, coordinating and liaising with client stakeholders, consultants, authorities, subcontractors and the Kane team,” David said. “Delivering this project through the pandemic was an obvious challenge, but in addition to the strategies we implemented onsite, we placed a large focus on material and equipment procurement to ensure works were not delayed.”

Prominently positioned within this growth hub, the building boasts more than 10,000m2 of commercial office space across 8-levels, and over 700m2 of ground floor retail tenancies. GMHBA’s head office takes up levels one to three, with five more commercial office floors above. Within the GMHBA head office, each level offers kitchen facilities, collaborative and breakout spaces, and meeting rooms. The main kitchen and dining space opens to a podium area with picnic tables above Moorabool Street, while other amenities include a parents’ room and a reflection room. Constructed of conventionally reinforced and post tensioned concrete, the striking and contemporary building features an aluminium and glass curtain wall which shows off the expansive views of Corio Bay and allows natural light to flood through.




Pivotal to the project’s success was the seamless connection between Kane and the team of subcontractors, more than half of which were local companies. “Our subcontractor team was built around a core group of long term relationships we have built within Geelong and also included Kane’s own local formwork team,” David said. “Supporting local procurement and contractors within the Geelong region is a key focus for our operations in this area and at 60 Moorabool Street, approximately 60% of contractors were from the Geelong region.”

60 Moorabool Street is one of the most recent state-of-the-art commercial office towers within Geelong. “The end result here at Moorabool St is a fantastic outcome and one we are very proud of,” David said. “The building integrates brilliantly with the street, whilst providing an excellent working environment for GMHBA and future tenants.” Kane Constructions is a multi-award winning, privately owned construction company which was founded in Melbourne in 1973. Kane operates throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas and has delivered more than two thousand projects. No stranger to industry accolades, Kane was awarded the 2016 and 2019 National Construction Master Builder of the Year, as well as Master Builder of the Year in Victoria in 2016, 2017 and 2019. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website DEVELOPER : Quintessential Equity in partnership with GMHBA MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Cox Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : 4D Workshop SERVICES ENGINEER : Norman Disney & Young FIT OUT DESIGN : PTID CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $50 million




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Below Geelong Concrete Pumping completed 20 concrete pours across the 9-levels of the project.

Experienced, qualified and skilled in all aspects of concrete placement, Geelong Concrete Pumping is a proud family owned company which has been providing a broad range of concrete pumping services to the construction industry since 1982. Directors Josh and Chris Willard took over the business in 2010 and quickly developed a reputation for meeting the requirements of commercial and high rise projects across the state of Victoria. Their fleet of late model concrete pumps and an expert team of operators are carrying out everything from sub-divisions and foundations, to swimming pools and large scale developments. At 60 Moorabool Street, the Willard brothers led a team of eight to 15 workers for a period of around five months onsite, completing 20 pours across the 9-level office tower. “We were engaged by Kane Constructions to complete all of the concrete placement at Moorabool Street and for most of the time, we had a 47m concrete boom pump onsite, which is the largest of the pumps,” Josh said. “We didn’t have a lot of space to set up in and needed minimal disruption to the traffic on Moorabool Street, so the concrete boom is the best option for WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

pumping concrete when space is limited and you’re working on a multi-level building.” Josh and Chris pride themselves on their company’s personalised service, quality work and consistency across projects of all scales and take the safety of their team and their pumps seriously, with ongoing training and equipment maintenance. “We offer an all inclusive concrete pump hiring service and this job at Moorabool Street is one of the biggest builds for Geelong which will give the local business economy a boost,” Josh said. “The building itself is a great design and thanks to Kane Constructions, the project ran smoothly overall.” Geelong Concrete Pumping is currently working on the Berrybank Wind Farm development, which is 80km west of Geelong, as well as the redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

For more information contact Geelong Concrete Pumping, Ground Floor, 10 Drysdale Avenue, Hamlyn Heights VIC 3215, phone 0417 317 426, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE 60 MOORABOOL STREET


Below KPA Concrete Construction Group are a leading commercial concrete contractor able to complete a range of concrete works.

KPA Concrete Construction Group is a name well known in the construction industry, boasting more than 65 years of experience in the concreting and formwork sectors. The leading commercial concrete contractor, which was first established in 1954, is still family owned and continues to deliver projects across a variety of industries including residential developments and first class office spaces. Construction Manager at KPA Concrete, Shannon Gilliland, explains the company’s proven track record is no mistake, but rather the result of their commitment to the industry and dedication to a superior finish on every job.

“At 60 Moorabool Street, we were engaged by Kane Constructions for the concrete placement of slabs, stairs, ramps, hobs, columns and in situ walls from the basement up to Level 9,” Shannon said. “We have worked closely with Kane for the last ten years on multiple projects and have built a very strong and lasting relationship. We also worked alongside Geelong Concrete Pumping who did the majority of the pumping for us at Moorabool Street.” KPA Concrete had a team of 18 workers onsite for a period of 11 months, during which time the challenge was to work collectively to deliver on time, every time. The result is a quality, well designed building which suits Geelong’s architecture perfectly.

“We specialise in structural packages and concrete packages for high rises, carparks and petrol stations and over the years, we’ve established a reputation for being a reliable contractor throughout Melbourne and beyond,” Shannon said. “Our knowledgeable team, with our extensive experience, is showing time and again that our fine eye for detail has delivered projects and structures on time, with the highest quality.”

KPA Concrete has achieved one of the industry’s highest quality accreditations available, the ISO 9001 and ISO 45001, and is contracted to a vast range of projects all across the state of Victoria, including the Wonthaggi Hospital, Bunnings at Preston, Fitzroy Gasworks and the Ivanhoe Gardens.

The company’s work at 60 Moorabool Street was a vital part of the construction process and further highlights KPA Concrete’s expertise in large scale, multi-storey developments.

For more information contact KPA Concrete Construction Group, 3/5-13 Elma Road, Cheltenham VIC 3192, phone 03 9532 3155, email, website




Below Howgroup supplied and installed 700 work stations throughout the 10,000m2 of office space.

Creating inspiring spaces with beautiful, functional furniture and workstations, Howgroup has showcased their expertise with the successful commercial fitout at 60 Moorabool Street. As a leading commercial furniture and industrial design company, Howgroup’s ‘whole project’ capability is backed by Australian based manufacturing and customised serviced for their long list of clients. At 60 Moorabool Street, the impressive 9-level office tower has more than 10,000m2 of commercial office space. Howgroup supplied and installed all 700 workstations, meeting rooms, video conference rooms, lockers, breakout areas, storage systems and all of the loose furniture.

Paul Howard. “It has been designed and built to last decades and it really has been such a wonderful project to have been involved with.” As well as their standard range of products, Howgroup’s strong representation around Australia and the South Pacific is largely thanks to their customised service. “Our absolute focus is our customer base and we are really big on the culture which we’ve created here at Howgroup,” said Paul. “Our full custom service allows for endless options – give us any idea and we’ll draw it, document it and build it.”

The whole process was two years in the making, with the planning and design stage commencing in June 2019. From the accurate and timely collaboration with the designers and architects, to the prototype stage where workstations were provided to the client to experience, 60 Moorabool Street is setting a new benchmark for Geelong’s business offering.

The company has a rich history dating back to 1946 and has certainly paved the way for the industrial design industry in Australia. “My father Ian Howard founded the business in 1946 and was quite famous in the industry, even being inducted into the Design Council of Australia’s Hall of Fame,” Paul said. “I followed in his footsteps in 1982, forging my own path in industrial design and product management and haven’t looked back.”

“I’d have to say, this build at 60 Moorabool Street, would be classified as a first class national headquarters for GMHBA and everything about the installation has had an emphasis on quality,” said Director,

For more information contact Howgroup, Ground Floor, 2/250 Street Kilda Road, Southbank VIC 3006, phone 03 8360 9631, email info@, website




A REAL GAME CHANGER DEVELOPER : Development Victoria HEAD CONTRACTOR : Kane Constructions CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $64.6 million

The $64.6 million Melbourne Sports Centres – Parkville project includes six new indoor netball courts, new indoor hockey pitch, hot and cold recovery pools, crèche for parents playing at the centre, and a high performance strength and conditioning gym. The upgrade cements Parkville as the home for netball and hockey in Australia. Kane Constructions has delivered the game changing Melbourne Sports Centres – Parkville. Having created 150 jobs during construction, including 36,000 hours worked by women, the project was a win for Kane’s pilot program to increase the number of women working in the construction industry. Under Kane’s pilot program, a call was made to Victorian women and girls, including the thousands who play at the centre each week, to consider and encourage a career in construction. The redevelopment is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s investment in women’s sport. The centre hosts more than 500,000 players and spectators each year, and reaffirms Parkville as the home for netball and hockey in Australia. Development Victoria appointed Kane Constructions in October 2018 at the design stage to deliver the $64.6 million dollar project. 98

The scope included the delivery of six new indoor netball courts to replace the current four outdoor courts. Other features included indoor and outdoor hockey facilities, a high performance strength and conditioning gym, a ‘Women in Sport Leadership Centre’, administration facilities for Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria, upgrades to amenity and infrastructure encompassing a new front entrance, improved circulation and improved access to public transport. The redevelopment triggered the upgrade of the existing facility to comply with current international standards for both netball and hockey. “This required an extensive examination of the existing facility to identify elements required to upgrade,” said Kane Constructions Project Manager, Paul Mrocki. “We undertook a significant investigation to ensure that all upgrade works would meet the certification requirements of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for the outdoor hockey pitch and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) certification for the indoor multipurpose courts.”



The existing building remained fully operational during the construction program, and this required careful planning and cooperation with all stakeholders. Features of the project included the relocation and reconstruction of one of the outdoor hockey pitches to make space for the western component of the redevelopment, consisting the construction of a hot and cold water recovery pool and six new multipurpose courts to achieve FIBA Level 1 certification, the highest certification for a timber sports floor. Plant inducted to the site totalled 412, with 630t of steel used and 950m3 of concrete poured. Most notably, almost 64km of timber sports flooring was laid, equivalent to the length of one and a half marathons. Carpet and vinyl flooring totalled almost 6,400m2. The redevelopment of the Melbourne Sports Centres – Parkville highlights Kane’s capabilities to successfully deliver a full design WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and construct project from inception to completion. The project also represents Kane’s strength in delivering projects in live and fully operational building environments. “We are proud of our track record in designing and building some of Australia’s premier sporting facilities for elite athletes and competition. The Melbourne Sports Centres – Parkville project is amongst the best of these, and meet the strict and global certification standards of FIH and FIBA,” said Project Manager, Paul Mrocki. Kane Constructions is a multi-award winning, privately owned commercial construction company active in all sectors of the industry. Founded in Melbourne in 1973, Kane has delivered over 2,000 projects and operates throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email viccontact@kane., website



Below Mann Group Vic undertook the demolition requirements for the State Netball & Hockey Centre.

Mann Group Vic is acknowledged as a leader in the provision of demolition services, with capabilities in high rise structural demolition, heritage façade retention, rail and tunnelling infrastructure, refinery services, friable and bonded asbestos removal including all other perilous materials, internal strip-out in both commercial and government buildings, civil excavation and construction, with one of the most sourced expert demolition consulting services. Operating nationally, Mann Group Vic with over 70 years of experience, ensure the highest standards of safety, efficiency, leadership, ingenuity and constantly leading the demolition industry in innovation and engineered methodologies.

diversity is recognised and nurtured. Mann provides equal employment opportunities for women and is building sustainable employment pathways for indigenous communities and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mann also runs a graduate program and employs annually.

In 2019, Mann Group Vic was selected by Kane Constructions to undertake the demolition requirements required at the redevelopment of the State Netball & Hockey Centre. The centre is the home of hockey and netball in Victoria and attracts over 500,000 visitors per year.

A major redevelopment at the University of Melbourne for new student accommodation working with Kane Constructions, five different buildings each requiring its own team. Mann was also honored to be involved with Grocon on the Victorian Bushfire Recovery Project. Where they had a team of 60 helping the local communities clean and clear fire damaged structures exclusively ensuring all hazardous materials were disposed of safely. Current projects include demolition of parts of Marvel Stadium for John Holland and the strip-out of the Goulburn Valley Hospital at Shepparton with Built.

A critical work front was the roof spine removal, Mann was able to design and implement temporary bracing to the spine roof and separate from the reaming roof structure. “We worked with structural engineers to develop a unique, practical and safe plan for the bracing and removal of the roof,” said General Manager, Greg Horsey. “In addition, we completed an internal stripout and removed around 1,500m3 of category C asbestos contaminated soil from the site.” The experienced and skilled personnel in Mann provide a real competitive edge for the company. “Our administration team of project managers, engineers and site supervisors have over 500 years combined demolition and decommissioning experience across all industry sectors,” said Greg. To support their team, Mann owns and operates a fleet of excavators and specialised demolition equipment which enables them to undertake projects of any size and complexity. The plant is regularly serviced to ensure no downtime occurs on their projects. Mann holds an Unrestricted Demolition Licence and Class A Asbestos Removal Licence. The company is also proud of their record as an inclusive employer, where equality and

Mann has a wide range of recently completed demolition projects in Melbourne, The Malt District at Cremorne for Caydon, working alongside Probuild, removing seven silos by creating and implementing never before used methods, resulting in Mann being nominated for an international demolition award. The iconic Boiler House in Alphington, which involved a finesse combination of traditional demolition and innovation.

Mann’s mission is to elevate the demolition industry to a new level by driving innovation, education and dedication. “Our approach of viewing projects from outside the norm has set us apart from our competitors. We diligently review all projects with our clients from the perspective of scope, innovation, methodology, efficiencies, programme to safety develop a superior outcome,” said Greg.

For more information contact Mann Group Vic, 27/ 21 Ricketts Road, Mount Waverley VIC 3149, email, website @MANNGROUPVIC @manngroupvic @manngroupvic



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Below Polytan completed the reconstruction of field #2 which included in situ shock pad and Poligras Platinum COOLplus synthetic grass.

Polytan is a global provider of world class sporting facilities to the Asia Pacific region, with capabilities across the design, construction, manufacture, installation and maintenance of synthetic sports surfaces. Having previously installed both outdoor hockey fields at the Victorian State Netball and Hockey Centre, Polytan was awarded the contract for the relocation and reconstruction of field #2 during the recent upgrade undertaken by Kane Constructions. Detailed design and documentation was provided by Polytan to meet the latest International Hockey Federation (FIH) Global Certification requirements. “The extensive civil works required included an upgraded drainage system with a new northern and southern collector as well as amendments to the existing eastern and western grated drains to suit the new field levels. Other works completed included a full pavement reconstruction as well as some surrounding fencing infrastructure upgrades,” explained Project Manager, Anthony Kelly. “The old irrigation system was upgraded to the latest in-ground technology from Hunter with six in-ground cannons each capable of 980L/min at 800kPa to efficiently deliver the water required to irrigate the field prior to games.”

“The all-important sports surfacing included installation of an in situ shock pad and Poligras Platinum COOLplus synthetic grass,” said Anthony. “It was very satisfying to meet FIH’s Category 2 or ‘Global Certification’, ensuring that the facility can host elite level hockey games for years to come.” The project was unique in that the requirements have changed since the centre was first built. Lateral thinking by the Polytan team was required during the design stage to ensure the existing surrounding infrastructure could be maintained following the rebuild of the field pavement. The field grades had to be cut by over 50%, making the field flatter to meet the new FIH requirements. Polytan is the only synthetic turf manufacturer to make yarn in Australia and has created some of the most prestigious sporting precincts in the world, including hockey pitches for four Commonwealth Games and seven Olympic Games including the Tokyo Olympics. Poligras Tokyo GT is the world’s first synthetic hockey turf which features filaments made from over 60% regrowable raw materials, specifically sugar cane. For more information contact Polytan, phone 1800 663 812, email, website



Below Cooke & Dowsett supplied and installed sewer drainage and vents, water services including recycled water and gas services.

Cooke & Dowsett has earned a foremost reputation in the construction industry for high quality plumbing solutions delivered with exceptional service. Cooke & Dowsett has a ‘can do’ attitude, tailoring plumbing designs to suit all needs, including the most challenging projects. Kane Constructions chose Cooke & Dowsett to undertake all hydraulic works on the redevelopment of the Victorian State Netball and Hockey Centre Parkville, Melbourne. The scope of the project included civil stormwater, total system fire upgrade with new fire tanks and fire pump upgrades, sewer drainage wastes and vents, water services including recycled water, gas services, rainwater tank and pumps and the supply and installation of fixtures. The work also comprised a café upgrade and the refurbishment of the existing centre. A unique feature of the project was the specific promotion of the role of women in both the sporting and construction industries. “Cooke & Dowsett was proud to have our third-year apprentice, Jasmine Garner as part of the project team. Jasmine is completing her Certificate III in Plumbing and currently plays Football for AFLW team North Melbourne,” Cooke & Dowsett’s Project Manager, Peter Mavropoulos commented. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

During the internal refurbishment, work was undertaken in a live environment which posed particular challenges. Added to the challenges were the COVID-19 restrictions at various stages. The size of the project necessitated a strong commitment of resources and at the peak of activity Cooke & Dowsett provided 10 plumbers along with five apprentices, supported by a project manager, site manager, contract administrator and hydraulic designer. Cooke & Dowsett’s capabilities include hydraulic design and construction, project management, budget quotations, hard tender estimates and maintenance and servicing. Their coverage across Australasia is exemplified by current projects which include Deakin University Student Accommodation in Victoria, Cairns Convention Centre in Queensland, Newman Hospital in Western Australia, a Lutheran Aged Care project in New South Wales, Derwent Entertainment Centre in Tasmania and the Indigo Hotel in New Zealand. For more information contact Cooke & Dowsett, 25 McGregors Drive, Keilor Park VIC 3042, phone 03 9365 7000, email, website


Below KPA Concrete Construction Group were responsible for placing all of the concrete for the project.

KPA Concrete Construction Group is driven by the mission to deliver excellence without compromise. With over 40 years experience, KPA Concrete Construction Group has earned a well deserved reputation in the concrete and formwork sectors as a committed and reliable contractor across projects ranging from the complex to the straight forward. Kane Constructions selected KPA Concrete to provide the concrete placement at the refurbishment and expansion of the Victorian State Hockey and Netball Centre. The KPA Concrete team placed all concrete on the site including the majority of the ground slabs outside the building. “This included the concrete which formed the under surface of the netball and hockey playing fields,” said Concrete Coordinator and Construction Manager, Shannon Gilliland with over 20 years experience. “This required very careful attention to the level finish of the surfaces over which the artificial turf was laid as the playing fields were constructed to meet international certification.” The KPA Concrete team of up to 20 were onsite with concrete pours and finishing in approximately five months. “We could focus entirely

on the task of accurate concrete placement as all the civil preparation and formwork was completed by other contractors. From that perspective, everything went smoothly for our team,” said Shannon. KPA Concrete has provided concrete contracting for Kane Constructions on a number of other major projects including the GMBHA headquarters in Geelong and the Wonthaggi Hospital extension. The company has also worked with other major construction groups and their largest project to date has been the M City Monash development at Clayton. “Our capabilities cover formwork, basement construction and concrete placement for retail shopping centres, residential developments, multi-level carparks, hospitals, offices, bridges, warehouses and factories,” Shannon said. “We bring the same level of commitment to one day jobs as we do to multi-million dollar projects.”

For more information contact KPA Concrete Construction Group, 3/5-13 Elma Road, Cheltenham VIC 3192, phone 03 9532 3155, email, website



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A CURTAIN WALL REVOLUTION New methods of using timber to create a more sustainable and aesthetically beautiful built environment have put the material firmly back in the spotlight. Vicbeam is one of Australia’s leading specialists in laminated timber, accommodating all types of structural timber designs, with timber curtain walls one of the company’s specialties.

Another impressive project utilising timber curtain wall technology can be seen at the Orygen Youth Health Centre in Parkville, where GL13 Radiata Pine beams were provided for all the window façades comprised of mullions and transoms fabricated onto timber curtain walls.

Vicbeam manufactures and fabricates GLT (glue laminated timber) mullions and transoms for use in timber curtain wall systems. Using the latest European glass technology, the thermally broken timber curtain wall system represents a revolution in Australian architectural glazing and can add stunning appeal and performance in both commercial and residential applications. Vicbeam’s capabilities in custom design is bolstered with 5 axis CNC machinery that allows GLT to be fabricated to exact specifications.

Timber curtain walls are a great alternative to commonly used aluminium. “Engineered structural wood mullions can be used internally and externally for a durable low maintenance option in place of aluminium. We can manufacture almost unlimited configurations with multiple glazing, mullion species and capping options. They can be incorporated into any building system and can span multiple stories,” said Shane.

RAICO's high performance THERM+ timber curtain wall technology was successfully demonstrated in the redevelopment of the Broadmeadows Town Hall, where Vicbeam supplied timber curtain walls fitted with GL18 Victorian Ash hardwood mullions and transoms. “The double-glazed windows stretch above three levels, while inside the hardwood mullions make a major contribution to the aesthetics of the building,” said Shane Morrison, Business Development Manager. 106 ANCR FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS

The dedicated Vicbeam team has been delivering structural glulam timber beams to the construction industry since 2003 and the staff members has grown with the business to now number 40 people.

For more information contact Vicbeam, Factory 4, 899 Mountain Highway, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 1300 788 705, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


CREATING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS The MICOS Group have completed another impressive, high quality façade project in Canberra, Stage 1 of the Civic Quarter development. Civic Quarter is an award-winning, state-of-the-art office building that achieved a Green Star certification of 4 Star Green Star, from the Green Building Council of Australia. The MICOS Group’s achievement follows their success of the striking façade at the ‘Constitution Place’ commercial development in the heart of Canberra. The façade of the 12-storey Civic building covered 7,000m2 of the 18,000m2 project site. MICOS’ dedicated project team translated the conceptual design of the façade provided by May Russell Architects into reality. “This included meeting the rigorous technical and performance requirements which involved testing the façade to AS 4284,” said Project Manager, Che Daries. “Each of the eight different façade types on the project required meticulous design to achieve the intended result.” To create a sense of spaciousness for the ground floor lobby, a bespoke frameless double glazed glass façade system allowed for maximum amounts of daylight to illuminate the grand interior. Spanning up to 6.5m, the façade features glass and custom stainless steel components, reinforced with glass fins measuring 300mm in depth and covering WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

475m2. The unique approach of supporting insulated glass units (IGUs) with the glass fin, coupled with frameless doors, creates an unobtrusive view of the lobby area. The use of the IGUs allowed MICOS to achieve the required stringent performance standard. Special features were also installed on each side of the tower, including 2,600m2 of linear serrated façade panels on the southern façade with projecting wing panels at each end of the building. Flat façade panels totalling 2,070m2 were used on the eastern and western side in combination with 400mm and 600mm vertical sunshade fins, the latter having three vertical elliptical sunshades per panel that required a unique design approach to account for glass replacement. Shadow boxes, blind transoms and thermally enhanced systems were used throughout the primary façade. Civic Quarter is further testimony to MICOS Group’s unwavering commitment to the highest standards of façade design, quality, performance and safety. For more information contact MICOS Group, Suite 1.02, Unit 16B, 1801 Botany Road, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 02 8058 3000, email, website ANCR FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS 107


INSPIRED BY THE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE Fairlite Glass Walls (FGW) is a specialist trade contractor with a foundation in design and engineering to supply and install structural glass and contemporary façade envelopes. Owner Director, Gareth Winstanley is a Structural Engineer with 30 years experience designing façades for Tier One construction companies. Gareth has a passion for complex structural glass and as such Fairlite Glass Walls targets new and exciting commercial projects. “Predominately we work on complex façades including glass cable walls, glass podiums awnings, glass bridges to name a few,” said Gareth. “From offices in Sydney and Melbourne we have a nationwide reach. We provide a comprehensive service with inhouse designers, engineers and drafters value adding to our projects while site supervisors and project managers look to increase the efficiency of manufacture and construction.” Some of their favorite projects include 130 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne with Cox Architects, Builder Lendlease and Head Façade Contractor, SRG Global. They engineered supplied and installed the impressive podium and curving structural glass that wraps around the ground floor alongside the heritage listed Wesley Church. 108 ANCR FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS

Other successfully completed projects by FGW were the Glass Box at 80 Collins Street, Melbourne, or the Macquarie Bank break out area which is perched high up on Level 36. FGW installed their signature all glass portal frames and the world’s first 3-pin glass arch system for Architect Woods Baggot and client Macquarie Bank, and Builder Multiplex. FGW are in the final stages of construction on two impressive projects the stunning geometric entrance façade and feature glass wall ‘The Gem’ and entrance awning to the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Melbourne; working alongside Builder Probuild and Architect Cottee Parker. FGW are also in the final stages of construction at 627 Chapel Street, Melbourne, where they are building their curved podium with a striking double height lobby within the podium space. FGW are working with Builder Icon and Architect Cox. “We are known for our design smarts and construction know how regarding structural glass,” said Gareth. “We are both challenged and inspired by our projects and proud of the work we produce.” For more information contact Fairlite Glass Walls, Offices in Sydney and Melbourne, phone 0403 304 503, email gwinstanley@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


SOPHISTICATED SOLUTIONS Andrew Engineering has developed a strong relationship with the building and infrastructure industry by delivering quality products and innovative solutions. Working with their partners, their projects team has successfully delivered façade access solutions for some of the most sophisticated architecturally designed buildings in Australia, including: Crown Towers Sydney, Collins Arch Melbourne, Premier Tower Melbourne and Collins Square Tower 5 Melbourne. These highly regarded projects are built by internationally renowned builders, including Multiplex, Lendlease and Probuild. Andrew Engineering are proud to work with and alongside these heavy hitters in the industry. Crown Towers in Sydney is a highly complex project Andrew Engineering was excited to be involved with. Their Partner XSPlatforms delivered two custom designed BMU’s (Building Maintenance Units) engaging AE to design, manufacture and install two fully automated doors to cradle the lower level BMU. The Doors were fully integrated with the XSPlatforms BMU allowing a seamless transition from inside the holding garage to the external track of the building, allowing the technicians to perform façade maintenance required. “The brief for Collins Arch (shown above) was to produce four pivoting and one sliding set of doors that were required to be WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

sequentially automated to allow 3-levels of architectural façade to open allowing the exit of a stored BMU for its travel path maintenance façade regime. AE ensured ongoing communication with all members of the broader team to deliver an outcome that exceeded the expectations of all parties involved. The design quality was exceptional and they facilitated a smooth onsite installation. The continued coordination efforts both offsite and onsite meant that these specialty doors were manufactured, installed and sequenced to ensure ease of end-user operability. We would highly recommend AE for this type of architectural application, as their care in their craft, precision and production capability was impressive,” said Senior Associate at Shop Architects (Woods Baggot). Andrew Engineering are recognised for their innovative customised solutions within construction, aerospace, defense and rail industries. They focus on end-to-end solutions, design, manufacture, install all under the one roof, providing building maintenance units (BMU’s), façade access doors (manual and automatic), winches, davits, restraint pins and sockets, ladders and motorised platforms. For more information contact Andrew Engineering, phone 03 9457 0700, email, website ANCR FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS 109



Rhodes Central is the first stage of a $2.5 billion town centre project comprising commercial and retail spaces, a supermarket, a major Council recreation centre with fitness club, indoor sporting courts, gymnastics, community centre, an early childhood education centre, Bamboo Lane, a one-stop destination for authentic Asian food, the tallest heliostat in Australia, and over 1,500 luxury apartments. Billbergia is an Australian family-owned property group, which has a successful 33 year track record in creating sustainable communities. Founded by brothers John and Bill Kinsella in 1988, Billbergia is today recognised as a multi-award winning, fully integrated development business that operates every stage of the property lifecycle – from investment management, acquisitions, planning and development, to design, construction, project marketing and sales. “Billbergia’s business model is more than simply apartment buildings, but rather is dedicated to developing quality living environments through well planned, accessible communities that promote healthy lifestyles and great places to live,” said Thomas Gregg, Development Manager. “Through our firm commitment to delivering well-conceived construction projects and creating sustainable residential communities, Billbergia stands apart from other companies.” Billbergia continues to make their mark in New South Wales and Queensland, and what they have delivered at Rhodes Central is nothing short of incredible and is set to expand on the company’s growing list of industry accolades for delivering high quality and well-planned communities. Rhodes Central Stage 1 is the first of a 3-stage, $2.5 billion Gateway West Precinct development, setting a new benchmark for the suburb and building on Billbergia’s philosophy of creating communities by offering a dynamic, mixed use town centre in the heart of Rhodes. The project features a 39-storey tower which is dominating the skyline, a second 25-storey tower housing 550 one, two and


three-bedroom residential apartments and a 3-storey podium neighbourhood shopping centre boasting 13,500m2 of retail floor space. The towers feature floor-to-ceiling glass to let natural light flood in, double glazing for thermal comfort and spectacular views from every apartment. Curved glazing lines the building’s edges and wintergardens attached to the premium apartments provide a seamless transition from the indoors out. Reaching 145m above the street, the main tower is crowned with a unique and instantly recognisable heliostat, only the second of its kind in Australia. The heliostat is an array of fixed and operable reflectors that track the sun as it moves across the sky and reflects sunlight down to the shaded spaces at ground level. The reflectors are framed by a curved, golden form that cantilevers beyond the building edge. “In addition to being such an impressive architectural feature, the heliostat serves as an innovative way of reflecting sunlight onto the previously overshadowed Union Square Plaza on nearby Mary Street,” Thomas said. “A logistical undertaking of this scale on top of a 39-storey tower is a huge achievement by our capable construction team and has quickly established itself as an iconic landmark on the Rhodes skyline.” Billbergia commenced works for Stage 1 in July 2017 and over the course of the last four years, has had a daily peak of 790 workers onsite and more than 4,000 workers overall during construction. The sheer scale of the project was not without its challenges and Billbergia’s success was largely reliant on effective relationships with suppliers, contractors and consultants.

Some of the key challenges unique to this development include the deep, 9-storey basement excavation, the complex stratum and titling arrangements, the unique heliostat design and procurement and a shopping centre leasing campaign during trying market conditions. “We partner with suppliers and contractors that share our passion and commitment to delivering our high-quality standards and benchmark projects,” Thomas said. “An added challenge was the negotiation and agreement with Local and State Governments to deliver an elevated footbridge across Walker Street to provide a direct connection to Rhodes train station.” The successful realisation of Rhodes Central is a tribute to the tireless efforts and collaboration between the entire Billbergia team and a dedicated group of consultants, subcontractors and specialists. “The project has created a vibrant new focal point for the Rhodes community, with a high level of liveability that provides a range of shopping, dining and community facilities with easy access to Sydney’s transport network,” Thomas said. Billbergia is currently developing a new 50-storey mixed use property in North Sydney, three new residential developments in Lidcombe, West Ryde and Arncliffe and is completing the final stage of the multiaward winning Wentworth Point Town Centre masterplan development. For more information contact Billbergia, Suite 101, 25 Angas Street, Meadowbank NSW 2114, phone 02 8878 6900, email info@billbergia., website


Below HeliostatSA created an impressive heliostat arch or ‛Halo’, which is the second of its kind, for Rhodes Central.

Focusing on designing, engineering and manufacturing utility grade energy and heat using Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic (CSVP) and Heliostat Sun Tracking Technology. The South Australian technology business, which is part of Fusion Capital Group, employs more than 300 people and their latest installation at Rhodes Central is certainly turning heads right across Sydney and nationwide. In what is just the second of its kind in Australia, you can be forgiven for not being able to take your eyes off the striking gold Heliostat arch or ‛Halo’ which is perched atop the 39-storey tower at Rhodes Central. The undeniable ‘bling’ which is now dominating the Rhodes skyline, is the result of more than a decade of research and development and has been designed specifically to illuminate overshadowed spaces, which often go hand-in-hand with large scale developments. The technology was originally designed to be used with large, motorised mirrors following the sun and concentrating sunlight into a central receiver. When heated, the receiver creates steam to drive turbines that create electricity – clean and cost effective energy which is being used today in the renewables industry. The adaptation of this technology with the Rhodes Central project will undoubtedly set a new benchmark in the construction industry. “In this project at Rhodes Central, the system works by redirecting sunlight from the 49 individual Heliostats up to a second set of static mirrors called the Secondary Reflector Array. This array is mounted 20m above the Heliostats and the individual mirrored panels redirect sunlight directly into the areas below the tower,” said Director, Dan Marks. “The static mirrors are made of a highly polished aluminium skin on a composite panel material, which provide a lightweight and unbreakable surface for light reflection.” The design and engineering process for the Heliostat Arch took the team at HeliostatSA around 12 to 15 months to complete, including the nine months it took to install the system onsite at Rhodes Central. “Ten people worked on the installation and the project was designed, engineered 112 NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL

and installed by our Australian team,” Dan continued. “We are keen to speak to developers in Australia and overseas who need either a similar structure from a functional perspective, or to simply provide a design feature for their own developments.” The project, which is best described as an impressive architectural feature, did present several challenges. With their partners, Heliosystems, HeliostatSA engaged in extensive feasibility modelling and preliminary design work, which included the full lighting specification for the building covering ray tracing, deflection analysis and stray reflection mitigation. The company also completed a number of parametric studies to ascertain the optimum design from both an aesthetic and functional perspective and in a safe and compliant manner. “From a functional perspective, we needed to optimise the light produced from the array within the roof space provided, whilst eliminating UV light hazards,” Dan said. “We also designed features to provide for multiple coloured lights to shine down into the foyer to provide an additional aesthetic at night, complementing the practical application of producing simulated sunlight during the day.” As large scale inner city developments are becoming more prevalent, the need for solutions to prevent or solve overshadowing will demand similar innovation to that which has been delivered at Rhodes Central and aside from its practical aspects, a heliostat array can make a development stand out from its competition. “HeliostatSA, together with its partners, is proud to have been part of such an iconic project, the outcome which now headlines the Greater Sydney skyline,” Dan said. “We are looking forward to creating innovative advanced manufacturing solutions on similar construction projects throughout Australasia and South East Asia.”

For more information contact HeliostatSA, 35 Woomera Avenue, Edinburgh Parks SA 5111, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW





Below Rab’s Plumbing delivered a complete plumbing and hydraulic system as well as drainage, and gas services.

Rab’s Plumbing is a trusted plumbing and hydraulic contractor, which has been working alongside construction companies in New South Wales since 2002. Managing Director, Rabi Malass leads a team of dedicated staff who pride themselves on quality workmanship that is innovative and cost effective for the company’s clients, from the hydraulic design stage through to the completion of a project. Since establishing his company, Rabi has always tired to go the extra mile for his clients and his ethical and professional approach to every job is something he instils in his workforce. A key focus for the business is the training of new and existing staff, which has resulted in a constant and controlled level of quality and safety across the company’s work throughout the industry.

“During the project’s peak, we had a team of 80 plumbers onsite and whilst the Covid pandemic made things interesting to say the least, our experience kicked in when needed,” Salvatore said. Plumbing and hydraulics on high rise buildings are often complex and one of the challenges Rab’s Plumbing faced onsite was having to navigate around the allocated times during which the construction elevators could bring their staff and materials up and down the towers. By implementing key planning and management strategies, they were able to keep their productivity up without experiencing any major delays.

Rab’s Plumbing offers a wide range of services including plumbing, civil and hydraulic design and their prefabricated work, which is manufactured at the company’s Sydney warehouse and prefab workshop, is distinguishing them from their competitors.

Throughout the company’s 19 year history, Rab’s Plumbing has been engaged by a vast range of major developers, which has earned them a reputation for reliable and high quality service. The working relationship with Billbergia is a fruitful one and these close, long term arrangements are something that Rab’s Plumbing takes very seriously.

Building on their growing portfolio, Rhodes Central undoubtedly highlights Rab’s Plumbing’s ability to meet the needs that any project presents. In the case of the twin tower development in the heart of Rhodes, their experienced and versatile staff delivered the project to scope, budget and on time.

“The finish on this project at Rhodes Central was everything we could have asked and prepared for,” Salvatore said. “It was a smooth transition for the residents moving into their apartments which are defect free and all stakeholders have been happy with the quality and workmanship that we provided.”

“We really pride ourselves on delivering a total package for our clients, from the early design stages through to value engineering, programming and innovation, right through to the project’s completion,” said Construction Manager, Salvatore Costa. “At Rhodes Central, our accredited team has carried out the plumbing and hydraulic project management, as well as the sanitary plumbing and drainage, where we have used a Sovent system for the sanitary stacks, which is ideal for use on a high rise development.”

Rab’s Plumbing is delivering a number of prime projects all across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and expanding the business interstate is definitely on the cards when the timing is right. The company is currently working on the Channel Nine by Mirvac development which will include 445 apartments, as well as the upgrade of the HMAS Watson Naval Base facilities in Sydney.

Rab’s Plumbing also installed the cold water main system, the hot water system, the HDPE trade waste drainage system, the stormwater system and the gas services. Showing the company’s versatility, they have also prefabricated the services riser WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

cupboards, which were then brought to the site assembled and ready to be installed.

For more information contact Rab’s Plumbing, 1 Gatwood Close, Padstow NSW 2211, phone 02 9791 2111, email admin@rabsplumbing., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL 115

Below PARKIQ installed their state-of-the-art cashless, contactless and ticketless parking system to the car park of Rhodes Central.

Cashless, ticketless, zero contact and fast. These are not normally words that would spring to mind when you’re thinking about a car park but now, thanks to an innovative new system by PARKIQ, the car parking experience really is as simple as that. Established by Brett and Garth Mathews, founders of the Secure Parking Group, PARKIQ’s latest product offering is the Australian owned and developed Watermelon contactless parking system. With 40 of experience operating thousands of car parks and hundreds of different types of technology worldwide, PARKIQ knows a thing or two about giving building owners and customers efficient and up-to-date technology which is economical to run and simple to maintain. The system, which was originally used exclusively within the secure parking portfolio, has now been adopted by private building owners and car park operators all around the globe. General Manager, Benjamin Mathews, explains how the company has been delivering world first technologies in the parking industry for some time and their most recent instalment at Rhodes Central is the perfect fit, meeting the needs of the modern car park. “PARKIQ has been responsible for innovating the industry with car park booking systems, car park credit cards, loyalty and rewards syatems, parking data reconciliation and reporting systems for decades.” “The new Watermelon contactless parking system which we have installed at Rhodes Central is a compact and powerful system and because it’s 100% digital, the costs normally associated with operation and maintenance are significantly reduced,” said Benjamin. By eliminating cash handling, tickets and paper receipts, operational costs are less than half that of the traditional car parking systems and the user-friendly platform includes the latest features and functionality. To put it simply, the Watermelon system has been designed to ensure maximum convenience for customers, at the same time equipping building owners and operators with the lowest possible costs and the reliability of an efficient system. So, it’s a win-win all round. 116 NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL

The team at PARKIQ installed technology specifically chosen to offer residents and patrons of Rhodes Central a safe and user-friendly parking service. On a build which has brought high quality amenities and state-of-the-art architectural features to Rhodes, the car park system had to follow suit. The terminal itself is sleek, simple and accurate, with a 10 inch touch screen and black powder coat finish. It can be bollard, pedestal or wall mounted and is easily accessed from the car window. “Our Watermelon LPR Hybrid system uses license plate recognition cameras as the primary mode of access and NFC and QR code readers as the secondary mode of access the car park,” Benjamin said. “We have also implemented our MYSPOT platform, which is an online parking app that allows customers to find, navigate, book, pay and access the car park with ease.” Watermelon’s license plate recognition (LPR) technology has proven to be fast and efficient and enables greater entry and exit point volumes, resulting in higher vehicle turnover. PARKIQ has also applied their industry expertise to catering for the ever changing nature of technology, ensuring the Watermelon system continues to offer operators value for money. The digital and cloud based architecture of the system has been designed to evolve with the adoption of new technology in the mobility and payments sectors and allow for easy integrations with third party apps and platforms. “It has been great working with both the project construction team and the operations team and we are proud to have been part of this development at Rhodes Central,” Benjamin said. “We are also looking forward to continuing our great relationship with Billbergia and I’m excited about the new projects that lie ahead.”

For more information contact PARKIQ, Suite 501, 10-12 Clarke Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 0417 239 583, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



Below Sydney City Mechanical were responsible for the installation of all the air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Sydney City Mechanical (SCM) has been providing HVAC services to the construction industry for more than two decades, combining quality materials with the best installation techniques. SCM completed the mechanical design and installation of the HVAC installation, headed by Project Manager, Symal Reddy and Site Manager, Petros Barbagiannis. The project consisted of two towers: Tower A 38-levels, and Tower B 26-levels; as well as a shopping centre with approximately 70 speciality shops. The carpark and loading dock included ventilation and outside air supply, basement stair pressurisation and fan plant rooms on each level which supply exhaust air at concentration points via risers. The mechanical ventilation was complex, comprising of 79 jet fans, 35 Axial fans and 400 CO sensors for monitoring the air quality, fire stairs, stair pressurisation systems and 8-levels (nearly 60,000m2) of carpark, serving both residential and retail. Residential apartments were fitted with Daikin air conditioning systems for the bedrooms and living areas and exhaust systems were installed in the bathrooms and laundries. Plant rooms on each floor of the residential towers, house the condensers that service all of the apartments and are enclosed by carefully oriented louvers which are 118 NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL

intergrated into the building’s facade. SCM installed a central filtered supply air handling system on Level 38, which supplies outside air to all lobbies via fire/smoke dampers in normal mode. It also doubles up as essential services when it combines with the tower lobbies smoke exhaust systems installed on the roof. Retail levels are provided with central cooling/heating from chillers, boilers and cooling towers to cater to a wide range of tennants, including kitchen exhaust fans on the roof and compartmented ducts. A dedicated Schneider Electric Retail Building Management System (BMS) was installed for Retail Centre Management to control and bill tenancies for thermal comfort and cooking exhaust requirements “Rhodes Central is such an impressive project and a great deal of work has gone on behind the scenes to make this happen,” Helen said. “Everything from the apartments to the plant rooms will set a new benchmark for Sydney’s construction industry and we are proud to have been part of it.” For more information contact Sydney City Mechanical, 21 Phillips Road, Kogarah NSW 2217, phone 02 9587 0070, email admin@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Douglas Partners assessed the ground conditions of the project, drilling through a layer of Ashfield Shale to the sandstone.

Douglas Partners is a national engineering business that specialises in everything below the ground’s surface. From geotechnics and groundwater to rock mechanics and contamination, Douglas Partners has 20 offices around Australia and has been servicing the construction industry for around 60 years. Measuring approximately 30m below street level, the basements at the new Rhodes Central are considered some of the deepest in Sydney and this is what the team at Douglas Partners specialises in. Engaged by Billbergia, who they have worked with extensively for more than a decade, Douglas Partners was tasked with the initial inspection of the site to work out exactly what lies underground. “We have a great relationship with Billbergia and in my 20 years of experience in the industry, I’ve worked with Billbergia for 15 of those,” said Peter Oitmaa, Principal and Geotechnical Engineer. “This helps on projects like this one, which was one of the biggest basements to be excavated in Sydney and probably one of the deepest shale excavations in Sydney as well.” The drilling of bore holes to assess the ground conditions revealed the Rhodes Central site is sitting on Ashfield Shale – a common rock WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

unit in Sydney which ranges in thickness across the city’s suburbs. “Geologically, Ashfield Shale does present some challenges over other rocks and these basements are up to 9-levels below ground,” Peter explained. “We had to drill through the shale layer right to the sandstone before analysing the results and preparing our reports for the design team and hydraulic engineers.” Peter and the team from Douglas Partners spent around two and a half years on the basement dig, which also involved the installation of pylons around the perimeter of the basement to support the rock as well as installing ground anchors on the way down to hold the pylons in place. “From a geotechnical point of view, Rhodes Central has been a great success,” Peter said. “We didn’t have any major issues on the way down and the relationship between Douglas Partners and Billbergia certainly contributed to this.”

For more information contact Douglas Partners, 96 Hermitage Road, West Ryde NSW 2114, phone 02 9809 0666, email sydney@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL 119

Below B&T Interior installed Hebel, Speedpanel, Bondor and Rondo products throughout the project.

B&T Interior is a Sydney based company which has, over the years, become a trusted name in the construction industry for the installation of lightweight internal lining construction and internal fitouts. The installation of hebel, plasterboard and suspended ceilings, suspended acoustic tile systems and external fibre cement cladding systems are all part of B&T Interior’s offering, using quality products chosen for their superior fire and acoustic protection. Established in 2007, Director Danny Bai and his team at B&T Interior is known for specialising in design solutions for different types of fire rated walls and ceilings, which was the perfect fit for the large scale build at Rhodes Central. It took 35 workers from B&T Interior close to two years to complete the installation at Rhodes Central. This included the installation of the apartment walls and ceilings using Speedpanel fire and acoustic rated wall systems and Bondor insulated panels for the basement air shaft riser. “We started at Rhodes Central in June 2019 and in addition to Speedpanel and Bondor, we have also installed CSR Hebel and Rondo products,” said Danny. “They offer the best quality and effective 120 NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL

technical support on all of their products, which allows us to deliver the most effective result on a large scale build such as this one.” This list of go-to products was essential for the Rhodes Central project, as a different fire rated wall system and product was used for each of the different areas within the building. The ability to meet these requirements was key for the team at B&T Interior to complete the job adequately. “Our motto is best quality and trust and this has contributed to the good reputation that we are developing in the industry,” Danny said. “We’ve worked with Billbergia before on the Wentworth Point Marina project and are proud to have joined them again at Rhodes Central. It has been a wonderful result.”

For more information contact B&T Interior, PO Box 6512, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, phone 0423 848 788, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Absolute Fire Safety completed the combined sprinkler and hydrant systems for Rhodes Central.

Absolute Fire Safety has been servicing the construction industry in New South Wales for the last two decades and, as their name suggests, has all aspects of fire protection covered. At the helm of the company is Jason Hughes and his experience in the industry has served him well, expanding Absolute Fire Services from just two employees in the early days, to a team and staff of nearly 60 workers. “We specialise in the design, supply and installation of all wet and dry fire services throughout the construction industry and also provide testing and maintenance of Service Contracts,” said Managing Director, Jason Hughes. “We are Australian owned and operated and really pride ourselves on our quality workmanship and service to all of our clients in both portions of our business.” At Rhodes Central, Absolute Fire Safety was engaged by Billbergia to install the combined fire hydrant and fire sprinkler systems on all levels, as well as the fitout’s for all retail spaces including Woolworths in the shopping precinct. Absolute Fire Safety opted for Aline Pumps at Rhodes Central, chosen for their good quality pumps and service. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We have a long history of working with Billbergia, close to 19 years now and we feel very privileged to have worked for them for as long as we have,” Jason explained. “It has been a fantastic project to work on and a impressive project to be part of.” The team from Absolute Fire Safety started at Rhodes Central in July 2019 and up to 22 technicians were onsite installing the fire protection systems across the two towers and the basements. “Rhodes Central is such an impressive project and we are really happy with the outcome,” Jason said. “To be on a project for as long as we have and to accomplish a job of this size without any major issues has made me very proud.” Continuing their partnership with Billbergia, Absolute Fire Safety is currently working on a 50-storey mixed use tower in North Sydney as well as the Residential apartment development, Lidcombe Rise.

For more information contact Absolute Fire Safety, Unit 3/26 Park Road, Mulgrave NSW 2756, phone 02 4577 5335, email service@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL 121

Below Rock Face Landscapes supplied and installed the hard and soft landscape works for Rhodes Central.

Rockface Landscapes is a family owned and run business, shaping both functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces for construction sites right across New South Wales. Rockface has established a reputable foothold in the landscape construction market and has delivered on an impressive range of projects since taking the business to the next level in 2018.

A highlight was the installation of palm trees up to 8m tall which were imported from Queensland, requiring cranes to have them installed, while the Waterhousia, a popular Australian native, is the main attraction on Level 3. “We also worked on the retail sections and Level 2 is known as Bamboo Alley,” Andrew explained. “All of the shop fronts here have 6m high bamboo tress, which we also sourced from Queensland, towering over you and creating a whole new dimension.”

“We provide a complete landscape solution package – a one-stop-shop for our clients. Everything from general soft scapes such as irrigation, soils and mulch to hard scape works such as roadways, concrete, and all areas of timber works,” said Co-Director, Andrew West. “We also do all facets of civil and excavation works and have recently established our own fencing division of the company and manufacture locally at our Castle Hill factory.”

A central focal point is the lush, 6m high irrigated green wall which wraps itself around one of the building’s columns on Walker Street. “The whole project is definitely one of a kind and we are excited to have been part of it,” Andrew said. “It has first class amenities for residents, is animal friendly, has great retail options and I do see it as a real crowning glory for Billbergia.”

At Rhodes Central, Rockface Landscapes drew on their vast resources and expertise to supply and install all the materials and equipment for planter boxes and green areas. The building of metal fencing, pergolas and timber seating which appear throughout the site, as well as the complete works in the rooftop dog park, all of the synthetic grass, BBQ areas, bins and even bicycle racks. 122 NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL

Rockface Landscapes pride themselves and their success on building strong, trusted relationships with their clients and have expressed excitement for what Billbergia will do with Stage 2 of Rhodes Central. For more information contact Rockface Landscapes, Unit 39, 7 Hoyle Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154, phone 02 8677 4317, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Big River supports Billbergia in iconic project by supplying structural plywood and LVL timbers throughout the project.

Big River Group began in the early 1900s in the timber trade and is now a big player in the construction industry in Australia. With a reputation built on quality, reliability and the best in customer service, Big River Group has cemented themselves as a trusted one-stop-shop for formwork, building products, plywood and decorative panels with 21 branches nationwide.

Onsite only to liaise with formworkers and with Billbergia’s engineers, David Ferguson and the team at Big River Group couldn’t be happier with the project overall. Well versed at how Billbergia operates a large scale construction site, Big River Group have previously supplied them with around 85% of the formwork material used at the Wentworth Point sites over the last nine years.

At Rhodes Central, Big River Group was brought on board by Billbergia to supply all of the structural formwork to all levels of the building, including the basement and balconies.

“Billbergia are just a fabulous company to work with and our time at Rhodes Central has been terrific,” David said. “Stage one of the build looks fantastic and we are happy with the finish and have had really positive feedback about all of our products which have been used.”

“We started at ground zero in the carpark which is the deepest in Sydney and worked our way up to the very top of the building,” explained David Ferguson, Operations Manager at Big River Group. “We supplied the LVL timbers and structured plywood and we used a lot of our own special bending ply which is manufactured in our Grafton mill for the balconies and the landscape formwork.” Big River Group’s own brand Deckply F14 features heavily throughout the construction, chosen for its quality and price and proven results each time. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Big River Group is currently working on Stage 2 at Rhodes Central and also at the 88 Walker Street, North Sydney development alongside Billbergia.

For more information contact Big River Group, 289 King Street, Mascot NSW 2020, phone 1300 881 958, email ktesluk@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL 123

Below Australian Scaffold & Access installed a triple cantilevered double diagonal brace scaffold system.

Australian Scaffold & Access is a trusted national leader in the construction industry, offering a range of scaffolding services since 1997.

“The team took longer signing in and doing the toolbox talk and getting the equipment to where it was required, then it did to complete the job.”

Managing Director, Daniel Butlin has taken the company from strength to strength over the last 24 years. “We do everything from simple to complex jobs, however, our real specialty is in engineered scaffolding, that other companies just can’t do,” Daniel said.

Australian Scaffolds started working for Billbergia in 1998 and are proud to continue working with them today. To further highlight the company’s notable reputation, Australian Scaffolds also manufactures a range of equipment, including mobile scaffolding, shore props, trestles and edge protection equipment under the Butlin family name, complete with a lifetime guarantee.

At Rhodes Central, Australian Scaffold & Access was brought on board by Billbergia and took ‛panoramic view’ to a whole new level. The specialist team designed and engineered a triple cantilevered double diagonal brace scaffold system to fit through a window forty stories high, allowing workers to install crane ties to the building safely. “Being able to build a scaffold through a window might not seem like a big deal to most. But if you think about it, the risk and cost reduction is massive on a job like this,” Daniel said. Can you imagine the risk and cost in building scaffolding 40 stories high? Australian Scaffold & Access designed a scaffold that took just three scaffolders eight hours to complete. 124 NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL

For more information contact Australian Scaffold and Access, 71 Hobart Street, Riverstone NSW 2765, phone 1300 919 905, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below S Kosa Formwork carried out the formwork for the two towers of Rhodes Central.

Sydney based company S Kosa Formwork has been servicing the construction industry in New South Wales for the last four years and is now proud to add the large scale Rhodes Central project to their portfolio.

Designed to increase the efficiency of a large scale build and minimise labour costs, this special type of formwork is used to achieve a seamless wall structure. Tarik and Safaa were both onsite for the duration of the project to manage the assembly and operation of the system.

Co-Directors and good friends Tarik Sulaiman and Safaa Younis are no strangers to the construction industry and since opening their company together in 2017, they have gone from strength-to-strength.

“While this type of system costs a bit extra initially, it saves a lot of time and in the long run, the builder always saves a lot of money,” Tarik explained. “From a formwork point-of-view, we had a great experience at Rhodes Central and the quality and design of the build really speaks for itself.”

“We started working together back in 2005 and our first job was a small building in Liverpool, where we built a single jump form system,” Tarik said. “Our latest project at Rhodes Central has been our first job for Billbergia and we have loved the opportunity to showcase our systems and expertise on this build. Billbergia is a highly organised and professional company with a lot of experience and this is essential for any quality building to go up.” The team from S Kosa Formwork were onsite at Rhodes Central for about 18 months, carrying out the formwork for the two towers which make up stage one of the project. With one building comprising of 39-floors and the other 25-floors high, S Kosa’s self-climbing formwork system was the preferred solution. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

S Kosa Formwork is currently completing the second stage at Rhodes Central, as well as another large scale job in the city’s north.

For more information contact S Kosa Formwork, 18 Haliday Crescent, Edensor Park NSW 2176, phone 0434 582 883, email takoulis_g13@ NSW PROJECT FEATURE RHODES CENTRAL 125


The new National Herbarium of NSW will protect 1.4 million botanical specimens and includes the construction of a new nursery and a state-of-the-art research and education facility which will accommodate six specially designed vaults, quarantine and specimen preparation areas, stores, freezers, drying room, DNA lab, microscopy and photography facility, computer lab, and office spaces. FDC Construction & Fitout partnered with Architectus, Rick Leplastrier, Craig Burton and Professor Max Irvine in the design competition that led to them winning the ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) contract for the design and construction of the National Herbarium of NSW project, on behalf of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. The ECI stage saw FDC carry out the design and project cost management, DA preparation and submission, user group workshops and detailed design for the main works. The team worked through significant adjustments to the project specifications including the introduction of additional vaults, whilst successfully maintaining project funding requirements, as well as an early works stage constructing a new scientific shadehouse and nursery complex Progressing through to the main works saw the construction of the new Herbarium, including site geotechnical remediation for foundation and structure works for the buildings and vaults, designed and constructed for 100 year design life. 126 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NATIONAL HERBARIUM OF NSW

A major highlight of the project is the rammed earth vaults which are used to house and shield the botanical collection from bushfires, extreme weather events, and to maintain a tightly controlled internal tempreature. Olnee Constructions were contracted to undertake this exciting part of the project. “The team at Olnee were brought onboard early in the design stage to ensure that we were partnering with the right subcontractor to deliver the perfect result,” said Peter Stait, Senior Project Manager at FDC Construction & Fitout. The thermal requirements were readily met by the rammed earth wall design, however, extensive testing was required to obtain fire and structural safety certification. The client was very invested in using this construction methodology and as a result, FDC Construction & Fitout spent considerable time during the ECI Stage, working with the Architect and Olnee to develop prototypes to be tested and certified to CSIRO standards. The Herbarium is now the first public commercial building in Australia to feature rammed earth walls as a certified fire rated, structural wall system. The rammed earth walls also embrace the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

environmental ethos of the project. “Rammed earth was constructed of materials sourced locally to maintain the indigenous nature of the product, whilst significantly reducing the embodied energy of the building compared to concrete and steel, for instance.” The mechanical division of FDC developed a strategy that would further ensure the safety and integrity of the botanical specimens through strict mechanical controls. The strategy saw all mechanical equipment located outside of the vaults meaning any maintenance or repairs would be undertaken without the need to enter the vaults. Furthermore, each vault has their own mechanical unit in order to isolate any faults, as well as maintaining extremely tight tolerances for temperature, humidity and pressurisation The fly roof was another interesting feature of the project. The fly roof, which protects the vaults beneath, is a 5,000m2 tensioned steel structure designed to harness ESD principles with the collection of rainwater for irrigation and re-use, along with optimising solar power and passive solar principles. “The fly roof basically floats above all the vaults. We erected the curved roof first which was put together WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

in modules, tensioned as required, and lifted exactly into place,” explained Peter. “The initial roof design was expanded to cover a larger area which saw the need to reevaluate the design to reduce the weight. FDC worked with Professor Max Irvine and team to rethink the entire structural strategy for the roof. This went from a framed roof structure to the implementation and testing of a tensioned roof design. This maintained Architectus and Rick Leplastriers design vision for the project while reducing 80 tonne of weight from the roof structure,”said Peter. Independently owned and operated, and delivering reputable construction, fitout, refurbishment and building capabilities, FDC offers fully integrated Design and Construct services across a range of sectors. The team also bring a sustainable focus to everything they do. For more information contact FDC Construction & Fitout, 22-24 Junction Street, Forest Lodge NSW 2037, phone 02 8117 5000, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE NATIONAL HERBARIUM OF NSW 127

Below Onlee Constructions built the six rammed earth wall vaults for the project which are 400mm thick and 4m high.

The new National Herbarium of NSW, in Western Sydney, has been built to protect and preserve a collection of 1.4 million plant specimens. Inspired by the seed pod of the Waratah, which is the floral emblem of New South Wales, the building is made up of six rammed earth wall vaults that will house the plants and protect them from bushfires and weather events. Built from the earth on which they stand, rammed earth walls are the perfect solutions for a diverse range of architectural designs. Each rammed earth wall possesses its own distinctive qualities and radiates ambience, warmth, texture and timelessness that just can’t be replicated by other materials. Even before the National Herbarium of NSW build was completed, the rammed earth walls being built onsite quickly became the highlight of the project. The stabilised rammed earth walls that were installed are 400mm thick with some reinforcement through them. Wall heights are approximately 4m high and the material used was made up of indigenous soils and gravels sourced from the local area. As with all of Olnee Constructions rammed earth walls, these were built to exacting specifications. In order to add to the sustainability of a project, Olnee Constructions will always aim to source materials as close to the site as possible, which reduces energy costs for cartage. “Being a tier one sustainable product it fits the design brief and the brief set by the botanical gardens, using natural and indigenous materials that have a high sustainability and environmental element. It has a low embodied energy foot print which also fits the philosophy of both Olnee Constructions and the requirements of the Botanical Gardens,” said Oliver Petrovic, Managing Director.

The close working relationships that were established in the early stages of the project contributed to the success of the development. “We were able to establish great relationships with the architect, builder, engineers and the Botanical Gardens, this collaboration made way for a seamless outcome,” said Oliver. Olnee Constructions are extremely proud of their products. Their rammed earth walls have a high thermal mass meaning they have a high capacity to store energy as heat. During the day earth-built walls absorb daytime heat and release it for warming during the night. The walls can be used for both interior and exterior designs to help maintain a constant internal temperature without the need for additional heating or cooling. Olnee Constructions rammed earth walls are also sustainable. They don’t need to be painted or plastered, are very low in embodied energy, there is no out-gassing and they are non-toxic and non-polluting. Olnee Constructions has been in business for 32 years and has a strong sustainability and innovation mantra. They are always striving for new ways to keep their product and company at the forefront of the industry. The team have projects running in two states at the moment which includes new schools and high end residential developments. For more information contact Olnee Constructions, phone 03 9551 5149, email, website www.

Olnee Constructions worked closed with FDC Construction & Fitout to carry out extensive research and development over a two year period to ensure the best possible result. This included testing of the material for fire ratings, compressive strengths and also looking for the right material which was found in the local region. The results were pleasing and saw the design team easily meet the four hour fire test. 128 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NATIONAL HERBARIUM OF NSW




Below SCP Consulting provided structural and civil engineering designs for as part of the civil engineering on the site.

SCP Consulting were engaged to undertake the structural and civil engineering designs for the National Herbarium of NSW. The civil engineering scope also included the relocation of the existing nursery that was on the Herbarium site prior to main works commencing.

“Stormwater management from the fly roof was a big significant challenge for SCP due to the lack of a gutter system on the fly roof meaning water will spill onto the landscape area below. Wide dish drains and rain gardens have been used to convey the stormwater once it reaches the ground level,” said James.

The building will be used as a research and educational facility, as well as house 1.4 million plant specimens that will be securely stored in the uniquely engineered rammed earth walls. “The rammed earth walls are the highlight of this project and SCP are proud to be part of the team delivering this unique, state significant project alongside FDC, Architectus, Root Partnerships and the whole project team,” said James Clare, Associate Civil Engineer.

SCP are currently completing numerous projects across Australia in the defence, education, aged care and, sport and recreational sectors. The Loftus Lane precinct has recently been completed, WINX Stand at Randwick Racecourse is nearing completion and Oakhill College Innovation Hub is moving into construction with FDC this month. BaptistCare Carlingford is the final site being delivered as part of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund Phase 1. SCP are proud to have delivered 500 beds across eight sites with BaptistCare and continue to support ongoing development across the aged care sector.

“Working with renowned architect Richard Leplastrier alongside the Australian Botanic Gardens has been an incredible experience on a unique structure that will be used to contain a fundamental part of Australia’s botanical history,” explained James. Use of rammed earth is still evolving in Australia and as such, significant research and development was carried out by the project team to ensure that the product met the required structural and fire protection standards. 130 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NATIONAL HERBARIUM OF NSW

Several aquatic facilities are being undertaken by SCP currently, most notably Darwin Waterfront, Parramatta Aquatic Centre and Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre. For more information contact SCP Consulting, phone 1300 757 364, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Advanced Steel Design manufactured and installed the curved structural steel required for the unique project requirements.

Advanced Steel Design had early involvement in the National Herbarium of NSW project assisting FDC Construction & Fitout with pricing options for a number of designs options. This process was undertaken over 18 months, and following a number of tender submissions, Advanced Steel Design were engaged to fabricate and install the structural steel for the project. Advanced Steel Design had to reconsider the procurement of product from overseas due to the outbreak of COVID-19. “Part of the design included 42mm Macalloy bars which could only be sourced from Germany and the United Kingdom, however with flight restrictions this option was not viable due to costs and disrupted deliveries,” explained Michael Butler, Director. “After multiple discussions with local suppliers, we switched to Ronstan Bars which assisted with tight lead times and met the project requirements.” The curved PFC rafters, which were in back to back profile to each rafter section, proved to be an interesting challenge on the project. As each radius had to match the opposing rafter section, the rolling tolerances had to be of the highest standards. “Each model had to have temporary cradles fabricated in the workshop and dispatched to site to allow each model to be erected individually. Advanced Steel WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Design installed rafters, tie beams, bracing and purlins to complete each model before lifting. This process was conducted several times and once we had three models complete in their cradles, we required a 400 tonne crane to be set up onsite,” said Michael. “This process was undertaken across three days with day one seeing the set up of the crane, day two for the installation of the three models and a third day to demobilise from site.” “We are grateful to be part of the team that collaborated with many stakeholders on the project which ultimately led to the success of the project,” said Michael. The team at Advanced Steel Design are currently working on the Log Cabin in Penrith, Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre and they have just commenced the detailing process for the Sydney Swans Headquarters.

For more information contact Advanced Steel Design, 6 Warren Place, Silverdale NSW 2752, phone 02 4577 3448, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE NATIONAL HERBARIUM OF NSW 131



Below Axis Metal Roofing installed a unique sprung curved roof with soffit lining on the project.

Axis Metal Roofing supplied and installed all Colorbond roofing and cladding for the National Herbarium of NSW project. The team worked with Bluescope Lysaght, Ampelite Australia, and Metal Roofing & Building Supplies to procure the perfect materials for the development.

“The finished product is very pleasing and our site team led by Paul Santry have done an amazing job. We were skeptical at first with some of the design choices but have to say that the end result is beyond what we expected and we are extremely proud and privileged to be part of this project,” David said.

One of the key features on this project is the unique sprung curved roof with soffit lining that hovers over the rammed earth vaults. “The product chosen for the roof was Bluescope Lysaght ‛Spandek’ in Colorbond ‛Shale Grey’ finish. We also had some Ampelite fibreglass sheeting which was also sprung curved onsite to provide natural light to the internal area below,” explained David Hanson, NSW State Manager, Axis Metal Roofing.

Axis Metal Roofing has worked on many iconic projects including Sydney’s Telstra Stadium, Darling Harbor’s IMAX Theatre, and the Olympic Velodrome. The team are currently undertaking work at Campbeltown Hospital, Randwick Hospital, TJX Warehouse (Marsden Park), Concord Hospital, Ocado Warehouse (Wetherill Park), HMAS Watson, and East Leppington Public School.

“The head of the roof had an interesting finishing detail where no capping’s were used and instead the roof sheets where stepped to provide an aesthetically pleasing look which we have never encountered before. All flashing details were also very architectural and beyond what is normally required,” said David. “It made the project both challenging and interesting having to work with the spring curving long length roof and soffit sheeting onsite while keeping in line with the ‛out of the ordinary’ architectural design requests.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Axis Metal Roofing, Level 1, Building C, 209-211 Walters Road, Arndell Park NSW 2148, phone 02 9756 1477, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE NATIONAL HERBARIUM OF NSW 133




The Harrington Collection features roof-top penthouses and sub-penthouses along with premium apartments and townhouses, superbly crafted with luxurious finishes. Providing incredible sweeping views of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and the Harbour Bridge. The Harrington Collection, built by main contractor Icon, is a prestige mixed-use development by Hannas and Golden Age Group featuring 58 apartments across three buildings including retail and commercial tenancies and open spaces in the public realm in the heart of Sydney’s The Rocks. All apartments in the collection deliver the highest standards of luxury with highly detailed premium timber, marble and natural stone finishes complementing the sensational unobstructed views of Sydney Harbour including the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. “The Harrington Collection is a high-end apartment development of the highest quality in a great location,” said Tiago Ferreira, Project Manager. “It’s very rare to see a development of this size and calibre in The Rocks.” The site’s location in The Rocks is a great asset but presented challenges during construction. Logistics was complex with restrictions on the size and timing of deliveries meaning careful planning was needed. Constant monitoring of construction vibration and noise was also needed to minimise the impact on the surrounding heritage neighbourhood. The site included a 1880s state heritage listed building which was in poor condition and was renovated as part of the works including a comprehensive restoration of the sandstone façade and a new internal fitout. All works were carried out in compliance with heritage requirements and under the supervision of the project’s heritage architect, Urbis and the landowner Place Management NSW.

Before commencing works on the heritage building, an archaeological excavation was carried out underneath it which resulted in significant finds including some of local indigenous significance reflecting the rich layered history of this unique neighbourhood. During construction several adverse events impacted the works. In early 2019 the site was affected by air quality issues due to bushfires which were followed by flooding and frequent heavy rain which closed the site periodically. Subsequently COVID-19 has also had an ongoing impact on the works. “Considering the challenges we have faced during the construction process it’s fantastic that we finished the project on time and achieved a good product,” said Tiago. “To a large extent that is thanks to the tight knit team that we had onsite. Everyone worked very well together and tried to do their best, including both the Icon team and our subcontractors.” With their long history of apartment building, Icon have gained a strong reputation across Australia’s residential sector. They had a good existing relationship with Golden Age Group having previously delivered projects for them in Melbourne and Sydney. “That strong relationship with the client is really important and we are happy they had such faith in us,” Tiago said. “It’s been a tough job and it’s been great to deliver an end product that satisfies the client. Initial feedback from the market has been very positive and the apartments have really been living up to the expectations of those who bought off-the-plan.” Icon is part of Icon Co, one of the largest construction providers in Australia and New Zealand. They are proudly part of Kajima Corporation, one of the largest construction companies in the world. With their market leading breadth of sector capability Icon are able to deliver projects of any size and any scale, anywhere. For more information contact Icon, Level 2, 179 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027, phone 02 8456 6500, email info.nsw@, website



Below Saba Bros Tiling supplied and installed the stonework throughout the luxury residences at The Harrington Collection.

The Harrington Collection is a new development in the heart of Sydney’s The Rocks comprising 58 super luxury apartments including some of the most expensive penthouse apartments in Australia. The unique position of the site included both new and heritage registered buildings with luxury finishes including bespoke detailed stonework within the apartments. Saba Bros Tiling, one of Australia’s most professional and reputable tiling and stonework companies, was appointed to supply and install the stonework throughout the project.

One particular challenge for the project was that the quarries for the stone which was specified for the project were shut down due to COVID-19. Saba Bros conducted a worldwide search to find out what was available from the market, source sufficient stone to complete the project and make sure it all matched and remained affordable for the client. Director, Peter Saba has more than 25 years experience in the tiling and stonework industry. Together with the talented staff at Saba Bros Tiling he has completed many multi-million dollar projects in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory, for a diverse range of building and construction companies.

The highly complicated design of the stone joinery required Saba Bros to make slight but clever modifications to ensure a practical installation. Saba Bros used water jet cutting machines to complete the finely detailed stonework. A special laser tool was also used to help convert the physical templates to drawings.

Saba Bros Tiling has also established strong associations with local and overseas stone fabricators which gives them the ability to supply a vast array of stonework produced with the latest computerised machinery to ensure consistent quality at very competitive rates.

Saba Bros are highly experienced at delivering complex works and can achieve high quality workmanship under challenging conditions and within tight timescales. This made them an ideal fit for this unique project.

For more information contact Saba Bros Tiling, 34 Harley Crescent, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 02 9904 9380, 83 Business Street, Yatala QLD 4207, phone 07 3807 2223, email, website



Below Embelton designed and installed the base building isolation solution for The Harrington Collection.

Embelton is a multi-faceted company which has been operating since 1925 and has specialised in noise and vibration isolation for over 50 years.

minimise noise and vibration for residents. The system was thoroughly tested during design then prototyped and tested again onsite to ensure the required performance was achieved.

Embelton also offers a range of other products and services, including flooring, flooring tools and accessories. With over 100 permanent staff and hundreds of contractors, Embelton operates across two countries as well as through an extensive distributor network. They work with leading acoustic consultants, engineers, architects, builders and installers to design and supply custom solutions for projects of all types.

Embelton’s design, completed in conjunction with structural engineers Rincovitch, required the manufacture and installation of multi-plate rubber bearings for vertical, lateral and uplift loads, with compressible void former that minimised installation risk. The bearings were manufactured to design and specification at Nepean Rubber & Plastics.

Embelton’s engineering team were awarded a contract in October 2019 to design and install the base building isolation solution for The Harrington Collection of luxury apartments in Sydney’s historic Rocks neighbourhood. The project site, located adjacent to Circular Quay railway station, experiences high levels of vibration. Embelton Engineering developed isolation bearings with an efficiency of 95-98% to mitigate the vibration and ensure a peaceful living environment. Embelton provided a bespoke solution to isolate the building’s concrete footings closest to the rail line, including two lift cores to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Heavy rains in February 2020 caused challenges and Embelton worked closely with main contractor Icon to minimise the impact of rain delays. Another challenge was the introduction of new seismic codes during the project which required the design to be adapted to meet the new regulations. Embelton successfully managed these issues to complete the project within the required timescales. The Harrington Collection showcases Embelton’s unique capability to deliver quality solutions from design to finished installation. For more information contact Embelton, phone 03 9353 4811, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE HARRINGTON COLLECTION 137

Below Pulse White Noise Acoustics provided the initial vibration and regenerated noise assessments and the subsequent design and specification of the acoustic base building isolation system.

Located in the heart of The Rocks heritage district, The Harrington Collection is a prestige residential development offering an exclusive range of penthouses, apartments and terrace homes in the centre of Sydney. Pulse White Noise Acoustics was appointed by main contractor Icon to review initial acoustic assessments and design and specify the acoustic base building isolation system that prevents vibrations from the nearby City Circle railway from affecting the apartments in the development. “When we surveyed the site we found the vibration levels were actually higher than expected,” said Matthew Harrison, Director. “The curve of the nearby rail line resulted in higher vibration levels than normal. The majority of the building is sitting on elastometric bearings of variable performance that completely isolated it from the vibrations.” During installation Pulse White Noise Acoustics conducted onsite inspection and testing of all bearing pads to ensure full isolation with no bridging. They also conducted vibration monitoring around the site to ensure that construction works did not adversely affect neighbouring properties, some of which were sensitive heritage buildings. 138 NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE HARRINGTON COLLECTION

Established in 2016, Pulse White Noise Acoustics is a relatively new firm that brings together acoustic engineers and scientists with the highest qualifications and decades of specialist technical experience. They work in a wide range of sectors including commercial, education, residential and industrial developments as well as hospitals, government projects and television and radio studios. With eight expert staff, the small size of Pulse White Noise Acoustics means that a director is involved in every project and gives the firm the flexibility and freedom to quickly respond to project challenges and propose innovative, cost effective solutions that deliver value to clients. “We always try to be innovative and find the right solution that fits the project,” Matthew said. “We really believe that the most interesting and challenging projects are also the most rewarding!”

For more information contact Pulse White Noise Acoustics, Level 5/73 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2076, phone 1800 478 573, mobile (Matt) 0425 467 764, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Warringtonfire provided fire safety engineering across the three buildings of The Harrington Collection.

Warringtonfire provide clients around the world with a comprehensive range of fire safety engineering, independent fire testing, fire assessment and product certification services. Their unique ability to deliver a full suite of services provides confidence and certainty throughout the entire building lifecycle. They have an established and extensive presence in Australia including at their NATA accredited laboratory in Melbourne and their consulting offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. Warringtonfire provided fire safety engineering for The Harrington Collection, which includes two new mixed use buildings and the refurbishment of existing heritage terraces and townhouses over a common basement. Throughout the project Warringtonfire engaged with the design team, certifying authority and fire brigade to find strategies to deliver the design intent without compromising life safety. The fire safety engineering strategies applied by Warringtonfire ensured the mixture of building uses, construction materials and heritage aspects could be maintained without affecting the project’s architectural design. “Early investigation of the heritage aspects allowed us to develop solutions during the design phase that mitigated the need for complex installation details,” said Jason Forrest, Senior Fire Safety Engineer. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Although the buildings onsite are united, through fire engineering analysis we apportioned the individual fire safety risks for each building which allowed us to rationalise the fire services design.” Fire engineering analysis allowed the design team to rationalise the fire protection of the project’s unique steel roof which significantly improved buildability. Warringtonfire also engineered a unique partially pressurised and partially ventilated fire isolated stair for the high rise portion of the building which allowed the building’s natural ventilation and lighting requirements to be met. “We supported the project team every step of the way to propose alternative design solutions that met the performance requirement of the National Construction Code and maintained occupant safety without compromising the architectural concept,” said Jason. “This was a unique project in terms of its location and prestige. Warringtonfire are proud to have provided fire safety engineering that allowed the original design intent to shine through.” For more information contact Warringtonfire, Suite 802, Level 8, 383 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9211 4333, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE HARRINGTON COLLECTION 139

Below Waste Audit and Analytics designed a waste management system for residents that minimised waste to landfill and maximised recycling.

Waste Audit and Analytics was established in 1992 and from their inception has been one of Australia’s leading independent firms specialising in the development and implementation of waste management strategies for the built environment. From being the first Australian company to develop rigorous techniques for conducting waste audits to developing and implementing waste management plans and resource recovery programmes, Waste Audit has led the field in waste consultancy and advisory services with over 1,000 projects successfully completed for a wide range of industry sectors.

and collection frequencies, equipment recommendations, cost analysis and assessing compliance with statutory requirements. The brief for The Harrington Collection was to design a system that was easy for residents to use while also minimising waste to landfill and maximising recycling. To achieve this Waste Audit worked closely with the project’s managers and architects, taking into consideration all aspects of building layout, construction, and operations and analysing multiple options before determining the final strategy.

Waste Audit’s success comes from having staff with a diverse range of backgrounds and skills, strong problem solving ability and extensive practical knowledge of the waste industry as well as council planning requirements such as state, federal, and local legislation, technology options and sustainability programs.

Due to site location constraints, collection vehicle access and service frequencies were also key issues and Waste Audit’s understanding of Sydney City Council requirements and local waste collection industry capabilities was instrumental in developing an effective plan. Waste Audit and Analytics are well resourced to service the construction industry with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane and project delivery capability across Australia.

Waste Audit brings a highly focused approach to all projects from single developments to businesses with operations across Australia. In developing waste management plans they manage the entire process including system design and calculations of waste volumes

For more information contact Waste Audit and Analytics, Ground Floor, 470 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 0411 444 714, email, website



Below RIGCOM designed, supplied and installed the façade access maintenance and roof safety system for The Harrington Collection.

RIGCOM is a height safety engineering company that designs, manufactures and installs bespoke height access systems as well as rope access installation, service and remediation works. Established in 2009, RIGCOM now has 60 dedicated people working across branches in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. RIGCOM were appointed to design, supply and install the façade access maintenance and roof safety system for The Harrington Collection. The system incorporated roof-mounted abseil rail, static lines, Davit arms and bases to provide access to all parts of the façade where maintenance was required. RIGCOM provided full documentation and training to make all personnel aware of how to correctly use the system and will also provide post completion servicing. Implementation of the system was challenging since façade access had not been fully considered in the initial building design. RIGCOM had to engineer a fully compliant and user friendly solution that was accepted by the client and incorporated within the building design. “We came on board quite late in the project and had to work very closely with main contractor Icon, their subcontractors and the design team to find a solution that fit the design brief,” said Jason WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Biag, Business Development Manager. “Time was a big pressure on this project and we had to work quickly. The whole project team worked really well together to get the system designed, approved and implemented.” The Harrington Collection project demonstrated RIGCOM’s ability to provide a full service from design and consultation all the way through to delivery, training and maintenance of safe access systems. RIGCOM are an active member of the Working at Heights Association (WAHA) and an Endorsed Installation Company. They are third party certified to ISO Quality and Environment Standards and Australian Workplace Health and Safety Standards and carry a full complement of insurances. RIGCOM are accredited to work on government projects as well as with many blue-chip companies across Australia.

For more information contact RIGCOM, Unit 1/14 Brumby Street, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 1300 893 230, email admin@rigcom., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE HARRINGTON COLLECTION 141


DEVELOPER : Sydney Metro MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $70 million

The Sydney International Speedway project involved the construction of a new world-class clay-based racetrack for both speedway cars and motorcycles, with a new grandstand, public amenities, corporate boxes, food, beverage and merchandise outlets, dedicated and overflow parking, competitor pit, workshops, garages, and trackside support services. The NSW Government is delivering a new world-class Sydney International Speedway to replace the current Speedway at Clyde which will be repurposed to house stabling and maintenance facilities for the upcoming Sydney Metro West. The new speedway is located within Western Sydney Parklands’ Precinct 5: Eastern Creek Motor Sports and will be an exciting addition to the precinct creating a Motorplex destination for international, national and local racing events. Features of the new speedway include a world-class clay-based racetrack for cars and motorcycles with a grandstand for 7000 spectators plus parking, public amenities, corporate boxes, food, beverage and merchandise outlets. The Speedway will be serviced by a dedicated competitor pit area, workshops, garages and trackside support. The speedway was also designed as a multi-use facility to host a wide range of events including junior driver and rider safety training days, farmers markets, and concerts. Sydney International Speedway is the first purpose-built speedway built in Australia for over 20 years. It will be a 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

world-class facility compliant with Speedway Australia 5 Star Track Standards (highest rating) and FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme). Speedway Australia and operators were engaged during design to ensure the facility incorporated elements of the most successful, competitive and entertaining speedway tracks. 3D flythroughs were developed to aid stakeholder consultation and tendering, giving all parties a better understanding of the vision for the project. Digital tools were used to manage the construction process. SYNCHRO 4D software allowed the project team to visualise the construction staging, allowing early identification of methodology challenges and saving valuable time. This software also enabled onsite updating of the construction schedule using iPads which automatically sync with a cloud-based system for the offsite project management team to monitor real-time progress. Innovative construction methods were employed to efficiently utilise the site including the addition of a 500m long reinforced soil retaining wall to maximise the size of the track. A composite system of concrete AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

face panels with steel reinforcement strips allowed the construction of a very high retaining wall that could withstand large vertical and horizontal loads, allowing it to be built more easily and safely without concrete piling. Another safety challenge was the need to find a crash wall and safety fence design that would work with the nature of a speedway car incident. A fence system comprising structural anchors and mesh was designed locally by engineers and racing experts to meet the highest safety standards. Computer modelling helped determine how the fences would perform in different incidents and allowed the design to be modified accordingly. The Sydney International Speedway team were closely involved in the process from start to finish which helped ensure the project’s success. “Working collaboratively with such an enthusiastic project team from both the client and contractor side made this project stand out for me,” said Lorraine Chirawu, Senior Project Manager for the Sydney International Speedway. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Sydney International Speedway’s Motorsport Subject Matter Expert, Ashley Yelds, brought his professional background in large-scale transport infrastructure projects to benefit the project. “For me being involved on a motorsport project is hard to comprehend, especially something as significant and high-quality as the new Sydney International Speedway,” Ashley said. “That Sydney Metro managed to pull together a team that embraced the time, design and delivery challenges with equal commitment and enthusiasm will make this perhaps the most memorable infrastructure project of my career.” In total the Sydney International Speedway project supported more than 750 jobs, with more than 500 local workers. It is set to be a key contributor to the NSW economy and will support tourism and the community of Western Sydney for years to come.

For more information contact Sydney Metro, phone 1800 612 173, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY 143



Below Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure were engaged by Sydney Metro to build the new Sydney International Speedway.

Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure (Abergeldie) is a leading civil engineering contractor in Australia and New Zealand. They design and deliver projects in the utilities, infrastructure, rail and transport and energy sectors. Founded by Mick Boyle in 1994, the company has a strong reputation as a leading mid-tier infrastructure provider with expertise across a broad range of project types. Abergeldie’s mission statement is to deliver the complex infrastructure needed to build better communities. Sydney International Speedway is a new world-class motorsports facility that replaces an older speedway which will be repurposed for the forthcoming Sydney Metro West project.

Abergeldie collaborated closely with Sydney Metro to manage all issues on site and worked day and night when needed to keep on programme. “We always try to build a good relationship with clients that puts them and their project first,” explained Joseph Maklouf, Senior Project Manager. “We try to be open and honest and put everything on the table to get the best outcome.”

The project included a clay-based racetrack, grandstand and terrace seating for up to 7,000 spectators as well as public amenities, corporate boxes, and consession outlets. Also included was a dedicated pit area for competitors with workshops, garages and trackside support areas. Car parking facilities, internal roads and access via a new intersection with Ferrers Road were also provided.

This ability to overcome delays by concentrating on the critical path and solving problems is a strength for Abergeldie who also brought valuable prior experience in the motorsports sector having previously delivered V8 Supercar tracks in Homebush and Newcastle. “We definitely had the right people and the right attitude to get us to the finish line on time,” Joseph said.

As part of the works Abergeldie was required to provide a temporary carpark and maintain access to the neighbouring Sydney Dragway as well as mitigating dust settlement and noise issues for the Dragway, nearby residents and the Prospect Reservoir.

Training is a major focus for Abergeldie, and the Sydney Speedway was no exception. Abergeldie’s work experience, training and mentoring programmes on the project including their partnership with Aboriginalowned employment group Yellow Sun.

Major excavations and earthworks were required to deliver the project with over a quarter of a million cubic metres of cut and fill needed to level the carpark and new roads and shape the grandstand, including the Design & Construct up to 12m in height and almost 500m long reinforced soil wall, and also terralink retiaining walls wrapping carparks. Two major onsite stormwater detention tanks were provided as well as all major incoming services connections.

“We take training and development seriously and had some really good success stories on this job,” said Joseph. “For example three of our graduates were privileged to receive awards for excellence from Sydney Metro.”

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asbestos contamination and COVID-19 impacts. “Both surface and sub-surface asbestos were present onsite which was a particular problem,” said Dmitri Khoumoutov, Project Director. “We engaged asbestos specialists to do the testing and develop a management plan to help us safely and costeffectively remove the contamination, which involved EPA onsite inspection and further consultation with the agency.”

Abergeldie supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and the 6.7% Aboriginal workforce on the Sydney International Speedway demonstrates that. Other initiatives spearheaded by Abergeldie included a smoking ceremony and Aboriginal lunch while a percentage of profits from site vending machines were donated to Indigenous community programmes. For more information contact Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, 5 George Young Street, Regents Park NSW 2143, phone 02 8717 7777, email, website


INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS The new Sydney International Speedway in the Western Sydney Parklands is a major project, creating a world-class motorsport destination for international, national and local racing. Dincel Civil Solutions were engaged to design, supply and install 2 x 1.6 million litre stormwater detention (OSD) tanks on behalf of clients Abergeldie and Transport for NSW. Originally intended to be constructed from large pre-cast concrete moulds, the heavy reliance on craneage led to the project being entirely redesigned using the lightweight, modular Dincel Structural Walling system – permanent polymer formwork filled with self-compacting concrete. Additionally, utilising Truedek® metal decking with clear, unpropped 3.9m spans and 40t loads to the suspended slabs created a complete modular construction methodology. “The combination of Dincel walls and Truedek® decking eliminated the need for most mid-span propping, minimising confined space works,” said Ken Holden, General Manager of Dincel Civil Solutions. “The lightweight, modular components easily snap together making assembly straightforward with minimal craneage.”

When installation was affected by inclement weather the Dincel system was easily dismantled to allow efficient remediation works. “The flexibility of the system helped convince our client of the merit of a total redesign on this project which was a big achievement,” said Ken. The self-compacting concrete used on the project also brought benefits as it flows into all crevices, joints and around penetrations, eliminating the potential for air-voids and future defects. First released on the market in 2006, Dincel Structural Walling is the original polymer-based permanent formwork system. Australian invented, owned and manufactured, Dincel Structural Walling is suited to commercial, residential and civil project applications. “The Dincel polymer permanent walling system is manufactured within 10km of the Sydney International Speedway. Our wall installers, formwork, concrete and steel fixing crews were locally sourced so it was great to do a truly local project,” Ken said. Fully certified and code compliant the Dincel system is lightweight, quick and easy to install. The Dincel system achieves greater concrete strength by minimising moisture loss while curing, and also significantly reduces the use of steel reinforcement bars, resulting in real financial savings.

For more information contact Dincel Structural Walling, phone 1300 DINCEL, website |



LEADING THE PACK Green Civil Con is a civil contractor with expertise in complex water, piping, bulk earthworks, energy and renewables projects and more. Founded by Director Tiernan Quinn in 2008, Green Civil Con has become a multi-million-dollar company with a reputation for delivering technically complex and challenging projects across New South Wales and interstate. Green Civil Con was awarded the fire water, potable water and wastewater reticulation package for the new Sydney International Speedway in Western Sydney. Their scope included site establishment and excavations, surveying and connecting to existing services, supply and installation of new permanent materials and all related compliance testing. “This is a difficult project. Site access was tricky and we had to deal with multiple trades onsite in a tight space,” Tiernan said. “Completing 8m deep excavations for a the sewer pumpstation in such a tight environment was a particular challenge.” Managing time constraints was another challenge especially while also dealing with design changes, poor weather and COVID-19 restrictions. “We have been able to maintain the programme so far which is great,” said Tiernan. “We’ve worked closely with the main contractor Abergeldie for many years and have a good dynamic with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

them. Our supervisors coordinated with them to keep the job moving forward well.” In addition to the Sydney International Speedway, Green Civil Con is involved in many other projects in sectors including wind farms, freight terminals, substation works, quarry plant upgrades and Sydney Water asset upgrades. Green Civil Con has converted their reputation into strong growth with their workforce more than tripling in the last 18 months alone. Whatever the project, Green Civil Con prides themselves on going above and beyond to provide better engineered solutions with loyalty, integrity and adaptability at the forefront. Their experienced and accredited team can be trusted to meet and exceed expectations on the most challenging civil infrastructure projects. For more information contact Green Civil Con, Suite E204, 32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista NSW 2153, phone 02 8814 1238, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY 147

A NEW HARBOUR LANDMARK DEVELOPER : Macrolink and Landream MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Richard Crookes Constructions ARCHITECTS : Tzannes Architects and Crone Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $160 million

Opera Residences is a high end luxury residence, with 104 exquisite residential apartments and five retail lots over 20-levels. Featuring grand entertainer kitchens, indulgent bedrooms, and soaring views of the Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Hyde Park, the project includes ground floor retail, restaurant, swimming pool and gym. Along the eastern edge of Sydney’s Circular Quay a new luxury residential development is redefining the essence of life on the world’s most beautiful harbour.

Deputy Director. “Elegant simplicity is at the heart of the design with a rich palette of materials allowing owners to personalise their own home.”

Opera Residences enjoys one of Australia’s most globally recognised locations in Sydney’s epicentre of business, culture, tourism and transport. The development boasts iconic views in all directions: north to the Opera House, east to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Government House, south to Macquarie Street and Hyde Park and west to the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.

“The fluid lines and flow of the external façade is reflected in the interior layout allowing the exterior and interior to resonate with one another. Each residence features a suite of rooms that flow from one to the next with the feeling of elegance and glamour,” Vivian explained.

This landmark project was designed by Tzannes Architects, Crone Architects and interior designer Make Architects and comprises 104 luxury residential apartments and five retail lots. The fact that all 104 residences were sold out in record prices in 2016, breaking the national apartment record at the time, stands testament to the iconic nature of this landmark development. “Opera Residences is not only a place to live, it’s a constant reminder of the natural majesty lying just beyond your door,” said Michael Gao, Managing Director of project developer, Macrolink. “Working with our local partner Landream, we are proud to have delivered such an iconic project for Sydneysiders.” Each of the residences in the project was designed with a level of care and attention to detail befitting such a prestigious address, with every apartment designed as a one-off home with carefully considered scale and sequencing of internal spaces. The highest quality internal finishes are featured throughout including sculpted marble, travertine and timber with kitchens and bathrooms inspired by classic joinery design and blending functionality and aesthetic beauty. “The selection of finishes was very important to us,” said Vivian Huang, Sales and Marketing 148 NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPERA RESIDENCES

With a constrained CBD location, construction of the project presented many challenges. The structure included 30,000m2 of formwork and 10,000m3 of concrete while the external envelope featured 1,150 façade panels that was required to form a fluid curving surface while meeting high performance standards. “The challenge was to find a glass that still provided the required thermal and solar performance in a curved shape,” Michael said. “A crucial factor was the coating which had to withstand the bending process without reducing the visual appeal. After many material inspections, mockups and drawing reviews we achieved an exceptional quality result which ranks as one of the best not only in Australia but internationally.” As well as offering a series of unique and timeless residences, Opera Residences also incorporates a new decorated public recreation area, café and links through the site to Circular Quay for the benefit of residents and the wider community.

Macrolink Australia remains focused on the luxury property market in Australia and is currently in negotiation with several sites and looking forward to creating further outstanding developments for the Australian market in the future, building on the success of Opera Residences. “Macrolink is proud to have collaborated with the most talented architects, designers and contractors in Australia,” Michael said. “Especially the outstanding contribution of Tzannes Architects, Richard Crookes Constructions and PDS has enabled us to successfully deliver this outstanding project for Sydney.” Macrolink’s joint venture partner Landream, are a trusted property leader of international standing with a diverse portfolio of projects across New South Wales and Victoria. Currently Landream have two high end residential developments under construction in Victoria - The International (Brighton) and Hurtsmon (Malvern East). For more information contact Macrolink, Suite 2, Level 44, Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8247 8222, website For more information contact Landream, Level 12, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 8638 7777, phone 02 8247 8277, email enquiries@landream., website Project website:

Macrolink Australia is part of Macrolink Group, a $20 billion USD enterprise covering a diverse array of industry sectors including real estate, chemical, highend manufacturing, mining and finance investment. Macrolink Group has expanded its real estate investment landscape globally in recent years and now successfully operates within five countries – China, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and South Korea. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



Below Sharvain Projects created curved and coloured glazing for the Opera Residences façade.

Sharvain Projects specialise in the integrated design and construction of architectural glazed façades. They deliver unique, elegant and cost-effective solutions that realise the design intent. The luxury apartment development, Opera Residences boasts an eye-catching façade of curved and coloured glazing that compliments the contemporary architecture of Bennelong Point. In November 2017 Sharvain Projects was contracted to supply and install a window wall façade to the 19-level structure. Also designed and installed by Sharvain Projects were the curved glass glazing systems to the shopfronts, the doors and operable walls, awnings, canopies and roof components. “It was a challenge to manufacture and build the complex geometry of the façade,” explained Managing Director, Boris Kostura. “We installed over 7,000m² low-E glass with superior acoustic properties for city living. It was a good project, the Richard Crookes team are very collaborative, professional, and we continue to work with them successfully. In the past we have completed Darlinghurst’s The Kinghorn Cancer Research Centre for them.” During peak periods there were over 30 installers onsite and the job was finished by the end of May 2021. “We’re very proud of the work we have done at Opera Residences,” said Accounts Manager, David Clear. “It is a significant contribution to the architecture of Sydney Harbour.” The company has delivered exceptional façades and glazing structures to a number


of significant Sydney buildings. At the UTS campus they installed façades to the Dr Chau Chak Wing building, designed by renown unconventional architect Frank Gehry. Sharvain Projects made the impossible possible with a dramatic curved brick and glazed façade. Lead by the exceptional Shangyun Zhao, the co-founder, and the Design Director of Sharvain Projects, the Company has also designed and constructed the glass façade for the Commonwealth Bank building in Darling Square. Features include integrated skylight and sunshades as well as curved and overhead glazing and a frameless entry. In 2011, the Sharvain team completed The Main Entry Wintergarden and Atrium of innovative office block, 1 Bligh Street in Sydney’s CBD, for Grocon. With elliptical floors and curving atrium, the building uses low-iron glass for increased transparency and stunning light filled interiors. At Darling Harbour an exceptional Sharvain Projects façade can be seen at the International Convention Centre and Theatre. With unique folded and angled glass it is another glittering jewel at a prime harbour location. Established in Sydney in 1998 has Sharvain Projects has a reputation for delivering projects of unique scale and complexity. With design offices in Sydney, Hong Kong and China, Sharvain Projects comprises a robust design and engineering team for structural and mechanical engineering working with 38+ designers and drafting specialists including a BIM modelling team who produce 3D visuals for design review,

evaluation and fabrication. The focus is a collaborative approach between designers and builders, at all stages of planning, to fulfil the design brief and vision. Sharvain Projects provide a complete service from design concepts, engineering review and analysis. They also provide detailed design of façade systems, specialised glazing and cladding, bespoke façade systems, budgeting and life cycle costing. Sharvain Projects also draft shop drawings for manufacture in their factories in Sydney and in China and fabricate curtain walling and metal cladding solutions including stainless steel. For their construction work Sharvain Projects have a 36+ strong project management support team ready to work across Australia and manage procurement, logistics and delivery, and onsite work. Installation services are provided by 90+ tradesmen and include material handlers and crane drivers. Sharvain Projects integrate ‘smart façade’ features into their design collecting solar energy and using shading and monitoring to adjust internal environmental controls. The ‘smart façade’ process includes design, the manufacture of items and components and an installation that integrates into the façade network, connecting to a BMS. Commissioning includes any required adjustments and training in the use of the system. Maintenance and upgrades with ongoing customisation are also available. For more information contact Sharvain Projects, phone 02 9698 3411, email website






Below Havwoods International sourced and supplied Prime Grade European Oak timber flooring for the project.

Havwoods International are specialists in the sourcing and supply of quality flooring, offering a wide range of beautiful, durable, and stable engineered timber flooring suitable for the most luxurious interiors. Havwoods International was selected to deliver a Prime Grade European Oak timber flooring for the Opera Residences.

deliver as required. “The end result was a timber floor that surpassed even the highest benchmarks expected by all stakeholders. We are greatly honoured to be associated with the Opera Residences project and this luxurious residential development showcases the capabilities of Havwoods International – one of the world’s leading brands in luxury timber flooring,” added Brent.

“Opera Residences represent the pinnacle of luxury apartment living directly on the prime foreshores of Sydney Harbour. The distinctive contemporary architecture combined with the sweeping world acclaimed views of the renowned Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge required an interior design befitting the exterior excellence,” said Brent S. Calow, Havwoods Ambassador for the Environment.

Established in Australia in 2010, Havwoods operate showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle displaying over 180 quality timber flooring and cladding products. A fully qualified interior designer is available to discuss clients’ needs, offer advice and give assistance with material selection.

Utilising their connections with Make Architects in London and local relationships with leading design firm Tzannes & Crone in Sydney, Havwoods International was able to deliver a bespoke flooring solution that satisfied the developer’s desire to provide the best quality that a discerning buyer would demand from such a development. “Havwoods International was uniquely placed to combine our diverse and robust European supply chain with our unwavering commitment to world leading quality and technology in timber flooring.” The company supplied over 5,800m² of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Chevron European Oak parquetry blocks for the apartments. “Our timber products show the beautiful natural features of the material, the different streams of colour and texture. Often the challenge of the job is matching these different patterns to create a high quality finish,” explained Brent. “For the penthouses we sourced 395m² of Versailles panels, known as Parquet de Versailles. These panels are made up of precisely cut geometric blocks crafted together to form a modular tile-like pattern and they all must fit cleanly and neatly together. There was a generous waste allowance on the project and the final installation was of an exceptionally high standard.” With the first delivery taking place in August 2020, Havwoods’ was able to source and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Havwoods International is a third-generation family owned company, headquartered in the UK and placed in over 30 strategic locations globally allowing Havwoods to provide the ‘best’ to the ‘best’. “We specialise in providing talking points, it’s often a surprise to see the way our timber products are used, they make great cladding for feature walls, benchtops and reception desks.” During the COVID-19 pandemic Havwoods are keeping up with the times and are now offering online appointments for a virtual consultation with one of their flooring specialists. The Havwoods website also offers a unique floor visualiser tool for clients to upload a photo and see the selected floor in place. Havwoods also offer FSC® certified (C009500) and sustainably grown product as well as composite decking and cladding boards made from recycled wood and plastic, that are themselves recyclable. Havwoods work with architects, builders, homeowners, and designers to make beautiful interiors for apartments and quality residences as well as to the commercial and hospitality sectors across Australia. Havwoods engineered flooring can also be seen in some spectacular interiors across residences and offices around the globe from Jeddah to New York, Las Vegas to London, Kuwait, and Qatar.

For more information contact Havwoods International, phone 1300 428 966, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPERA RESIDENCES 153

Below Gaggenau appliances where installed within a range of apartments at Opera Residences to inspire culinary creativity for residents.

From their beginnings in the Black Forest in 1683, Gaggenau draw on over 336 years of experience. Today, being a leader in the design and manufacture of home appliances.

Residences for their quality, design and timeless appeal. Renowned as the luxury brand of home appliances, it was the perfect fit for this development, complementing the kitchen finishes.

Driven by the professional working kitchen principles, every Gaggenau appliance has been inspired by the needs and experiences of the professional chef. Designers and craftsman use the finest of materials to create appliances that enable culinary perfection and delight with their avant-garde, yet timeless aesthetic. Today, the kitchen has evolved to become the heart of the home, and as such Gaggenau the pinnacle of the kitchen.

The one bedroom apartments feature the flush Gaggenau 200 series ovens and microwaves in Gaggenau Anthracite, 200 series dishwashers, rangehoods and 90cm gas cooktops. Working closely with the team at Opera Residences, the cabinetry were adjusted for perfect installation to achieve a professional result. Where the private chef, can find inspiration to create. For the two and three bedroom apartments the proud mounted Gaggenau 400 series 76cm ovens and combi-microwave ovens were selected.

“The Opera Residences are considered some of Sydney’s most coveted real estate, presenting unsurpassed luxury in an extraordinary location. Opera residences speak to the essence of Sydney. Its architecture is an emotional expression of what it is to live on the world’s most beautiful harbour,” says Developer, (Landream). The residences are an architectural masterpiece, a beautiful building, bespoke detail, breathtaking finishes. The grand entertainer kitchens, indulgent bedrooms and elegant bathrooms all speak to the next level of luxury living. Gaggenau appliances were selected for the Opera 154 NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPERA RESIDENCES

Recently Gaggenau has been involved in a number of projects across Australia, including the 505 George Street project, featuring 450 luxury apartments designed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating. For more information contact Gaggenau, 192-196 Coventry Street, South Melbourne 3205, phone 03 8551 1399, website Landream, accessed Oct-2021, <>


Below SCF Interiors manufactured and installed the Corian products throughout the apartment’s kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

SCF Interiors have over 30 years experience in the fabrication and installation of functional and stylishly crafted solid surfaces for quality interiors. For Opera Residences, SCF Interiors manufactured and installed the Corian kitchen benchtops throughout the project along with Corian cupboard and pantry doors, laundries and island fascias. They also supplied Corian vanities for the powder rooms and Corian basins installed in the marble bathroom vanities. “We also fabricated and installed washplane vanities to the commercial amenities and pool bathrooms,” explained Sales and Marketing Manager, Michael Francis. “We worked to supplied specifications and produced a number of prototypes of vanities and island benches for the developer’s approval.” Onsite work started in September 2020, with SCF Interiors check measuring and producing working drawings for manufacture in their 1,500m² factory in West Ryde. With an install team of six on the project the installation was completed by June 2021. Corian is an excellent material for interiors providing beautiful seamless surfaces that are hardwearing and easily maintained. The product is available in a range of colours and is silica free. SCF WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Interiors specialise in the manufacture and installation of Corian solid surfaces and invite clients to their showroom to see new designs and applications of the material. “We install our solid surfaces to a number of multi-residential buildings, mainly smaller boutique developments, as well as commercial lobbies, reception areas, airports, food courts and bars. Opera Residences was a large scale project for us and we worked very well with the Richard Crookes team,” said General Manager, Matt Biviano. In a first for Australia, SCF Interiors manufactured Corian exterior cladding for a luxury Bayview residence in March 2021, working with the architect to design a concealed fixing system of aluminum framing to fix the panels. With minimal rates of expansion and contraction and a high level of UV and stain resistance Corian was an ideal choice to achieve a clean and contemporary look.

For more information contact SCF Interiors, Unit 2, 5-11 Mellor Street, West Ryde NSW 2114, phone 1300 795 485, email info@scfinteriors., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPERA RESIDENCES 155

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Below Dynatech Industries designed and installed multi-head VRV air conditioning system to supply maximum air flow throughout the project.

Dynatech Industries provide design and engineering, manufacture and installation of HVAC systems, using the latest design software packages and technological innovations to meet the high standards required for contemporary developments. For Opera Residences, Dynatech Industries’ design work started in 2019, to create a multi-head VRV air conditioning system with power proportioning and a centralised exhaust system to all the apartments. “We also designed and installed all the supply and exhaust ventilation throughout common areas and retail spaces as well as a BMS for environmental monitoring, lighting and lift control,” said General Manager Robert Stack. The Dynatech team utilised computational flow dynamics (CFD) to maximise air flow within the apartments. “The design challenges included some very congested plant rooms. The busy CBD location along with the building’s small footprint contributed to the challenge of the build, and with a team of 40 on site, the installation was completed within 18 months.” Dynatech is rapidly growing company with a focus on innovation, good design and client satisfaction. They can provide full specifications WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

for tender purposes including tender sum analysis and drawings, as well as mechanical system surveys and audits, solar ventilation and hydronics, retrofit and upgrades. From design to manufacture, supply and installation through commissioning to handover Dynatech provide a comprehensive service to the residential, retail and commercial sectors. “Most of the work is Sydney based and we have been providing engineering support for the city’s high rise structures for over 30 years. We also have an amount of regional New South Wales works with the Government,” commented Robert. Recent projects for Richard Crookes Construction include $110 million, The Miller, 100 high grade serviced apartments and 173 apartments in North Sydney, a D&C contract for Dynatech involving the manufacture, supply and installation of HVAC, switchboards, fire control and meter rooms. “The Richards Crookes team are very professional and their work is to high standard.” For more information contact Dynatech Industries, Level 2/27 King Street, Rockdale NSW 2216, phone 02 9505 7300, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPERA RESIDENCES 157










THE RIGHT PERSON, FOR THE RIGHT JOB According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the construction industry in Australia employs around 1,157,100 persons and accounts for 8.8% of the total workforce. The industry is vast, and it takes a team of highly skilled professionals who are proactive in their approach, to become experts in the recruitment side of this industry. Green Square Services is based in Sydney and has grown organically from the provision of commercial consultancy services to further providing recruitment and mentoring services Australia wide. Their team goal is always to enable their clients to engage high calibre construction professionals whilst working with a trusted advisory partner. With their direct and in depth construction industry experience, they are ideally placed to do just that.

“We enjoy working across the entire industry and recruit for a variety of roles,” said Kevin. These include • Contracts Administrators • Contract Managers • Commercial Managers

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Their Director, Kevin O’Hara, is a degree qualified Quantity Surveyor with over 20 years commercial management and advisory experience in the construction industry. With working knowledge of and extensive pre and post contract quantity surveying, commercial management, contract administration and dispute resolution experience to call on from working in the both the UK and Australian markets, his experience has provided a unique understanding of the market and an extensive network to call on to assist our clients with tailored solutions for their requirements.

There are many reasons to outsource recruitment to a professional company and one of the most popular reasons is the cost savings. While there is, of course, a fee involved in recruitment services, the time savings for the client is notable. By working with Kevin and the team at Green Square Services you will not only save time and money, but you will ultimately lower the risk of engaging with an unsuitable resource. “We understand that you know your business better than anyone and that’s why we take the time to listen and understand your needs. We then combine this knowledge with our industry knowledge and recruitment expertise and processes to find you the most suitable candidate for the job,” said Kevin. Green Square Services is an established consultancy and recruitment partner providing commercial resourcing, advisory and professional search functions for their clients.


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Goodwin Village Farrer involved the construction of 150 independent living units over five buildings. The project consisted of a residential aged care facility with 81 rooms and a combination of communal facilities, commercial kitchen, treatment room, dining and living areas, physio rooms and a clubhouse over 2-levels with gym facilities, lounge area, bar, theatre, chapel, library, billiard room, studio and craft area, mens shed, landscaping, and basement carparking. With more than 30 years of experience across New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory and well known in the construction industry in Australia, PBS Building has brought years of planning and hard work to fruition with the 2-stage redevelopment of Goodwin Village Farrer. PBS specialises in residential and commercial construction including single and multi-storey dwellings, university accommodation, retail fitouts, aged care and independent living apartments. For Goodwin Village Farrer, the emphasis is very much on ‘independent living’ – generous sized one, two and three bedroom apartments, all single level and fitted out with contemporary interiors and secure lift access. Engaged by Goodwin Aged Care Services for the project, PBS was tasked with bringing the local community a compilation of modern conveniences and stunning apartments, huddled amongst the 160 ACT PROJECT FEATURE GOODWIN VILLAGE FARRER

beautifully landscaped and well established Woden Valley district. PBS built a total of 150 independent living apartments which are brand new, as well as a clubhouse and common areas designed to provide shared experiences amongst residents. “It has been close to a four year project for us and we’ve worked with Goodwin on a couple of jobs before,” said Renee Ioppi, Construction Manager. “This project is ideally located within five minutes of Canberra’s town centre and major hospital and the entire perimeter of the Village creates a community where all the common areas are facing each other and residents can feel right at home.” Constructed to meet the growing demand for superior independent living facilities in the local area, PBS and their team of around 180 employees, took on the project whole heartedly which has resulted in the perfect place for seniors to live comfortably and remain independent. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Stage 1 of Goodwin Village Farrer comprised three buildings, where PBS have built 81 units with basement carparking, a 2-level clubhouse complete with gym facilities, lounge, bar, commercial kitchen, reception area, activities rooms, theatre, chapel, library and a billiard room.

Renee said. “One of the other challenges we faced was around two dozen mature trees that are on the site couldn’t be touched – and I’m talking huge trees. One of the buildings needed to be designed to avoid the tree and this is not something we’d come across on every job site.”

Stage 2 saw an additional 70 apartments constructed, as well as common areas complete with a salon and barber, physiotherapy and media rooms and a gym and level three in Building E is home to Goodwin’s corporate offices.

PBS prides itself on building a construction business that retains the loyalty of its clients and the Farrer Village is evidence of the company’s approach to always maintaining the utmost integrity for all stakeholders.

Like all large scale constructions, every building site comes with its own perks and perils. In the case of the Farrer Village by Goodwin, the site is enveloped by three nature reserves and an abundance of beautiful gardens and trees. Whilst this provides a leafy outlook and beautiful views from each of the village’s buildings, the trees did present a tough task from a both a design and construction point of view.

“This project for Goodwin is a high quality construction of independent living apartments where Canberra seniors can go later in life and still feel right at home,” Renee said. “The residents are part of a wonderful community with over indulgent landscaping and first-class amenities. And from a locality point of view, it’s the perfect choice.”

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For more information contact PBS Building, 40 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT 2600, phone 02 6101 9800, email renee.ioppi@, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE GOODWIN VILLAGE FARRER 161

Below Civion Construction supplied and installed the external façades on Goodwin Village Farrer.

Civion Construction has been delivering architectural façades and fitouts in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales since 2009, tailoring their services to each project for optimum and cost effective results. Goodwin Village Farrer is the company’s latest project, showcasing Civion’s quality workmanship and innovative manufacturing processes. The Canberra based company is run by Directors and brothers Milan and Mate Kraljevic and their tight knit team, each bringing their own industry experience to Civion’s offering. The brief for Civion Construction, engaged by PBS Building, was to supply and install the external façades on all six buildings for Goodwin Village Farrer and creating a modern, refined and maintenance free direction for this project was key. “PBS involved us very early in the design stages and we were given a clear understanding of the look Goodwin wanted to achieve at Village Farrer,” said Co-Director, Milan Kraljevic. “They wanted a timber look for the building with a curved soffit, which is an overhanging eave, plus a crisp metal cladding to add another element to the façade.”

construction industry with a real point of difference. Civion’s focus is on manufacturing everything inhouse in a controlled environment. The raw materials are delivered to the company’s warehouse and before the sheets are built into individual sets which are then ready to be installed onsite, the designers break down the drawings to ensure everything is level and all of the joints are lining up. This step allows the team to react quickly when an issue arises. It also works as a huge advantage on congested job sites where large scale installations can often get tricky. “We have created a refined process whereby we have all the right tools, technology and equipment, including multiple CNC routers, to manufacture everything inhouse and this in turn reduces our time onsite and minimises wastage as well,” Milan explained. “For this reason, our team fits in really well with all of the other trades onsite and improves the capacity of what we’re able to deliver to our clients.” Curving the soffits for each of the buildings did put Civion Construction to the test, but the technically challenging jobs are where the team excel.

To achieve this, Civion opted for the Vitracore G2 aluminium panels, sourced locally from Lithgow in New South Wales. The lightweight nature of Vitracore assists with installation on large scale developments and comes in an almost limitless range of colours and finishes.

“The nature of what the client wanted, a very gradual curved soffit which changes according to the area of the roof, was one of the challenges we faced,” said Milan. “We really had to plot that out to ensure the curve was right and we had just 2mm to play with onsite.”

“We have a great relationship with our local supplier and the biggest advantage of this product is that it’s lightweight and resistant to fire and corrosion,” Milan explained. “The Vitracore panels, together with the wall cladding in a white and metallic champagne aluminium, has delivered the desired look for the client – modern with clean lines and next to no upkeep.”

“It was great to be involved with Goodwin and working with them to create a start-ofthe-art building with first class amenities,” Milan said. “Aesthetically, we have delivered a beautiful building, which will stand the test of time moving forward, requiring low maintenance at the same time.”

Complete client satisfaction is the company’s mantra and it’s no mistake Civion’s offering is tailored at delivering a service to the

For more information contact Civion Construction, 14 Spongolite Street, Beard ACT 2620, phone 02 6228 1535, email, website





Below AMC Architecture worked closely with Goodwin on both the exterior and interior design of the project.

AMC Architecture has been delivering a broad range of projects since 2000, specialising in aged care, retirement living and community based developments. Their latest work at Goodwin Village Farrer holds the company in good stead to add to their growing list of industry accolades. AMC continued their 15 year working relationship with Goodwin, Canberra’s oldest and largest aged care provider. In line with Goodwin’s commitment to provide the highest quality services and care to their residents, AMC’s brief was to retain the existing 19-unit building which Goodwin built in the 1980s, develop 154 new independent living units, a new aged care facility, a 2-storey clubhouse, implement new site services and infrastructure, integrated landscaping and basement car parking. With a focus on providing residents with both confidence and choice, this project presented the perfect opportunity for AMC to make better use of valuable land resources on what was an under-developed site. One of the key design elements was to make sense of the level changes across the site and achieve an organised pedestrian flow between the buildings without stairs and to reiterate the character of the suburb through the use of earthy-toned brickwork and expressed roof lines. “Retirement living need not feel institutional and so we always try to give each building its own street address,” said Director, Alastair MacCallum. 164 ACT PROJECT FEATURE GOODWIN VILLAGE FARRER

“Residents can choose to be part of the Goodwin community, or be more autonomous and we’ve tackled the site’s 6m slope by designing a striking landscaped wall which creates two distinct levels across the middle of the village.” An interesting combination of face brickwork and rendered masonry elements have been used across the new development, while the bold yellow cladding on the Clubhouse was chosen to reflect the colour of wheat – a nod to the Australian agricultural history of William Farrer to whom the suburb is named after. As part of AMC’s design, a number of ecologically sustainable design principles were also explored, including maximising solar access, a Sewer Sharc and water harvesting initiatives to reduce costs to residents. “We are grateful to have in Goodwin excellent long term clients and were excited that was the first project where we were responsible for the interior design concept as well,” Alastair said. “It was a real benefit to us to create the contemporary interiors including the Clubhouse which is a great space for families and locals to come together in total comfort.” For more information contact AMC Architecture, Unit 1.01/Level 1, 8-10 Hobart Place, Canberra ACT 2601, phone 02 6257 3222, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Stonemad Stone Masons were responsible for building the sandstone feature walls, retaining walls and garden beds.

With a good eye for stone and significantly shaping landscapes throughout the Australian Capital Territory, Stonemad Stone Masons has created a lasting impression at Goodwin Village Farrer. Director of Stonemad Stone Masons, Steven Loughrey is a fifth generation stone mason and began working with stone as a teenager in Ireland. He has long seen Canberra as the perfect place for stonework to add depth and character to buildings across the city. Steven’s experience in the trade is noteworthy to say the least and his understanding and passion or stonemasonry has without a doubt given his company an edge over their competitors. “I served a traditional apprenticeship under the guidance of skilled craftsman in Ireland,” Steven said. “I learned from my father who learned from his father and when I first migrated to Australia, I wanted to bring my traditional stonemasonry skills, but also provide a creative edge for those looking for something different.” The eye catching and structural Sydney banded sandstone used at Goodwin Village Farrer, is a classic example of the kind of work WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Stonemad has been providing the construction industry for the last 12 years. A team of six employees from Stonemad were onsite at Goodwin Village Farrer for a year, crafting feature walls and retaining walls, some close to 4m high. “At Goodwin Village Farrer, we built sandstone courtyard feature walls, as well as garden beds,” Steven said. “The client wanted a neat, tight mortar joint in a uniformed style and the stone walls through the courtyard and the entire garden landscape work as dividers between each apartment, giving residents a great sense of privacy.” The team at Stonemad takes pride in their work and understands that stone masonry must not only look good, but be practical as well. Other large scale projects carried out by the company include the National Arboretum Canberra and St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka. For more information contact Stonemad Stone Masons, 107 Slim Dusty Circuit, Moncrieff ACT 2914, phone 0415 720 726, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE GOODWIN VILLAGE FARRER 165

Below All Floors Commercial installed the Mystic Isle Resistance® range throughout the 169-units and common areas.

All Floors Commercial is a name well known in the industry for specialising in the supply and installation of quality flooring for a range of commercial and residential applications.

areas feature Milliken Nordic Stories carpet tiles in Isograd 133-120 Flume, expertly laid by All Floors Commercial to create a sense of warmth and comfort.

The husband-and-wife team of Brian Russell and Melanie Bower started the company in 2012, working alongside each other to deliver everything from engineered timber and carpet to vinyl and laminate. Brian has more than 30 years of experience in the trade, whilst Melanie’s extensive managerial background has helped build the company from just one subcontractor in the early days to now more than 14 permanent employees and a number of contractors.

The family run company has been operating in Canberra for close to a decade, but have expanded into Newcastle where they are employing locals to provide effective floor covering solutions on a number of high rise apartment developments.

At Goodwin Village Farrer, All Floors Commercial was engaged by PBS Building to supply and install the carpets to all of the 169 independent living units and common areas, including the 2-storey clubhouse which features a gym, lounge area and library. The carpet chosen for this project is the Mystic Isle Resistain® range by local company Beaulieu Australia in a colour palette of Natural Canvas, Sorrell and Amazon Stone. Selected for its anti-wear and anti-soiling characteristics, Beaulieu’s range is a popular and clever choice for residential and commercial applications alike. The common 166 ACT PROJECT FEATURE GOODWIN VILLAGE FARRER

“Whilst we work mainly on commercial sites, our company also specialises in aged care facilities, high rise residential developments, educational and hospitality venues and office fitouts,” said Director, Brian Russell. “We also specialise in floor preparation and epoxy floors.”

For more information contact All Floors Commercial, 8 Raws Crescent, Hume ACT 2620, phone 0478 680 646, email allfloorsptyltd@ AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Gosford Quarries supplied 15 semi-trailor loads of Hydrasplit block walling for Goodwin Village Farrer.

Gosford Quarries is the name synonymous with quality Australian sandstone and has been for almost 100 years. With exclusive access to the widest selection of sandstone colours in Australia and boasting sophisticated processing technology, Gosford Quarries was an easy choice for the redevelopment of Goodwin Village Farrer. Gosford Quarries was commissioned to supply blocks suitable for building retaining walls around the village to minimise noise, improve privacy for residents and divide different spaces in both an aesthetic and functional way.

down a colour scheme of our iconic brown banded sandstone that was specified to meet the brief.” The company, which is 100% Australian owned and operated, has highlighted the practicality and sustainability of sandstone at Goodwin Village Farrer. The stone’s textured split face and colour boasts its own aesthetics and warmth, therefore these walls require no further rendering or cladding.

Chosen for its unparalleled natural strength, durability and timeless appeal, solid Hydrasplit block walling was supplied in random lengths and heights to create the walling system designed by the architects at AMC. A team of around 20 staff from Gosford Quarries committed to supplying the sandstone for this project from May 2020.

“We pride ourselves on supplying the highest quality Australian sandstone to the residential, commercial, civil and heritage sectors. As Australia’s leading sandstone supplier, we continuously reinvest in our machinery to accommodate modern designs,” Wayne said. “We are delighted with the final result at Goodwin Village Farrer and the way the project has been coordinated with no real delays or problems.”

“Hundreds of square meters of Hydrasplit block walling have been supplied to the Farrer Village and more than fifteen semi-trailer loads of stone delivered to the site in a timely manner,” said Wayne Woodcroft, Senior Sales Executive. “We liaised with the builders, installers and architects in supplying images and samples and narrowed

For more information contact Gosford Quarries, 301 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills NSW 2084, phone 02 8585 8282, email, website



Below Central West Waterproofing completed all of the external waterproofing in the project.

Since 2007, Central West Waterproofing has cemented their position as external waterproofing specialists across the construction, architectural and industrial sectors throughout the Central West of New South Wales, the Hunter region and the Australian Capital Territory. Managing Director, Matthew Waters has more than 23 years of experience in the industry and leads his team of tradespeople to ensure each project is done in a timely and professional manner. The company pride themselves on providing commercial waterproofing solutions backed by industry know-how, quality workmanship and competitive pricing.

has come up really nice and has given the local area and the aged care community a quality option for independent living.” The company’s attention to detail is second to none and each of Central West Waterproofing’s installers are both accredited and experienced. Onsite at Goodwin Village Farrer for almost two years, the reputable Fosroc (Parchem) torch applied membrane has been used, the sound option for the large scale construction. When it comes to waterproofing, there really is no room for error and Central West Waterproofing provides solutions for everything from carparks and retaining walls to balconies and bridge decks.

At the Goodwin Village Farrer, Central West Waterproofing was engaged by PBS Building to carry out all of the external waterproofing of the site, including the balconies, podium slabs, plant rooms, terraces and epoxy works to the waste areas. “We’ve worked with PBS for around five years now, including the upgrades at the University of Canberra and because both parties always maintain great communication, there were no significant challenges faced on this project,” said Matthew. “The Goodwin Village Farrer 168 ACT PROJECT FEATURE GOODWIN VILLAGE FARRER

For more information contact Central West Waterproofing, 7/98 Sawmill Circuit, Hume ACT 2620, phone 02 6361 9328, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Spec Services were responsible for the everyday cleaning of the site, including the first aid shed and meeting rooms.

Spec Services is a specialist cleaning company which has been providing commercial, industrial and construction cleaning services since 2014. Contracted to keep the Goodwin Village Farrer clean and free of debris, dust and rubbish has been a round the clock task for the highly trained team. The company was started by husband-and-wife Katie and Mark Hale after identifying a gap in the commercial and construction cleaning industry. Since then, the Hales have grown the company to more than 100 employees working throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and are setting the benchmark in all facets of the cleaning business – from commercial and construction cleaning, to biological and environmental cleaning and everything in between.

industrial rooms, basements and carrying out general site maintenance. “Keeping a construction site clean is a challenge in itself, particularly when there’s a rain event and there’s people walking through the site with muddy work boots,” said Katie. “It takes a lot to keep on top of this and on a typical day, when there’s upward of 100 people working on the site, you really need to have your scheduling in order to time the areas which are being cleaned.” The fact that Spec Services has a large and experienced management team across high risk and specialist areas of cleaning, means they can offer a lot more supervision onsite.

“We found that within the industrial cleaning industry, there wasn’t much choice or professionalism and Mark and I have come from a background where standards were high and logistics and planning were key,” said Katie Hale, Managing Director.

“We work very hard on safety policies and procedures and really pride ourselves on having the knowledge and problem-solving power to tackle any technical issues that may arise,” Katie said. “The independent living sector is booming right now and the Goodwin Village Farrer has given the local community a modern and well finished place to live with great shared amenities for social interaction,” Katie said.

After starting at Goodwin Village Farrer in 2016, the team at Spec Services has been onsite every day cleaning all site amenities including offices, lunch rooms, toilet blocks, the first aid shed, meeting and

For more information contact Spec Services, 1/9 Beaconsfield Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6290 6793, email office@, website



Below Test Security supplied security services including dog patrols and the latest technology to Goodwin Village Farrer.

The security of a construction site is critical in preventing costly delays and having the right solutions in place puts construction companies one step ahead. Australian Capital Territory based company Test Security is taking all of the guess work out of onsite security, giving construction companies peace of mind.

impacts. In addition to preventing the theft of expensive tools, appliances and construction equipment, a dedicated security strategy can prevent vandalism, arson, trespassing and of course, the risk of injury.

Owner, Ben Polak has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and since 1990, his company has been securing construction sites all across the Australian Capital Territory. With an emphasis on prevention and tactics that are specifically relevant to large scale construction sites, Test Security was tasked with securing the Goodwin Village Farrer site for close to two years.

Test Security was engaged by PBS Building on this project and have enjoyed a great relationship with both them and with Goodwin Aged Care for the last five years. The comprehensive system implemented by Test Security at Goodwin Village Farrer included onsite personnel with night vision equipment to ensure unwanted access was denied, security dogs, hybrid satellite phones, thermal and video cameras and all patrols were assisted by drones equipped with thermal vision and on board voice communication.

“Theft is a constant concern on these sites and unfortunately, construction sites are easy targets and you can never implement prevention too early,” said Ben. “At Goodwin Village Farrer we had guards, including myself, onsite over eight hour shifts both day and night, using dog patrols and the latest technology to keep the perimeter secure.”

“This was a well coordinated construction site, which has operated smoothly over the last two years,” Ben said. “Our Workplace Security Awareness Program which is provided to our clients goes a long way in making project managers aware of any security issues that may arise.”

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For more information contact Test Security, PO Box 483, Dickson ACT 2602, phone 0435 763 505, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below RTC Masonry completed the face brickwork and blockwork to the six buildings of the project.

Canberra based company RTC Masonry has been showcasing the beauty and benefits of brick, stone and concrete blocks since 1999, completing a variety of commercial projects in the Australian Capital Territory and across New South Wales. Director Rick Thorne, who has more than 20 years of experience under his belt, has seen masonry emerge as a popular choice in the industry over the years, his craft winning his company the MBA Award for Best Façade in 2009 for the Botswana High Commission. “We specialise in all aspects of masonry, including face brick and blockwork for apartment buildings, retirement villages, hospitals, schools and heritage listed properties,” said Rick. “We also offer environmentally friendly brick cleaning, line pump hire and above all else, we’re always working to improve the quality of our workmanship.”

project. The brickwork was chosen not just for durability purposes, but to create a stylish façade to the buildings, which now complement the landscaped surrounds and stunning apartment interiors. The nature of masonry is that it provides less maintenance and timeless appeal, which is the exactly what this development was designed to provide for the local community in Farrer. “We are incredibly happy with the end result at Goodwin Village Farrer and the quality of the brickwork,” Rick said. “We are also proud of our working relationship with PBS Building and the impressive outcome of this project for the local community.”

At Goodwin Village Farrer, RTC Masonry was brought on board by PBS Building, to complete the face brickwork and blockwork to the six buildings that make up the new independent living community. It took one year onsite for the team of 15 employees from RTC Masonry to supply and install the face bricks and blockwork to the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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complexity of manual defect management processes, so it’s great to see the uptake in digital solutions. 60% of respondents to the same survey agreed that data analysis delivers insights that are crucial to quality assurance outcomes. However, there’s still room for improvement, with 12% of respondents admitting they don’t have a digital system in place for compliance records. As the construction industry evolves and new regulations are introduced, it's imperative to use a modern platform that provides efficient outcomes. Delivering quality projects is the end goal for construction stakeholders, which requires a good, trustworthy team utilising the right technology. It’s exciting to see the industry’s ongoing transformation is assisting teams achieve



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COMBATTING SCHEDULING CHALLENGES WITH DIGITISATION Construction projects are complex and challenging to manage. The dynamic nature of the industry leads to costly missteps throughout the project lifecycle. Ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget relies heavily upon the efficient and effective scheduling of resources. Common scheduling challenges and how to overcome them Resource management is complicated by the scheduling process. Contractors are often fighting against data silos, trying to find the most up to date information and ensure that all stakeholders have the information they need when they need it. Common scheduling challenges include ‛allocator centric’ information, manual processes and retrospective reporting. ‛Allocator centric’ information Traditionally, allocators have their employees’ skillset ingrained in their memory and schedule accordingly. This heavy dependence on someone’s memory for compliance management is a grave risk to contractors. Instead, leading contractors work with a digital central repository of worker competencies to allocate. Solution: Cloud-based software allows teams to have a single referable source of truth that works with operational workflows and ensures that contractors can protect themselves against claims and prove they have a quality information management system in their tenders. With the global average length of construction disputes sitting at a staggering 17 months, reducing the time spent on proving the work completed against claims is a significant win. Manual processes and data silos Most contractors execute their resource management through large whiteboards, outlook calendars or excel spreadsheets. Often information is not up to date and the data sits in silos. Solution: To combat the spread of misinformation, contractors are adopting a digital calendar that is accessible to all stakeholders from any device. Cloud-based software provides construction businesses with real-time access to accurate information and empowers all stakeholders to make

necessary changes to the schedule on the fly with ease. Retrospective reporting Working in data silos sees communication breakdowns occur between key teams and problems are usually found retrospectively instead of in real-time. According to a report by Autodesk, 52% of rework can be attributed to poor project data and miscommunication. Unfortunately, retrospective reporting is the norm. Insights into resource utilisation from labour to equipment are done months after the project is completed. Solution: To effectively maximise resources out in the field contractors need real-time data to take corrective action during the project instead of after. Field data such as asset utilisation, overscheduling of labour resources or scheduling top skilled together instead of across multiple projects are required in real-time. Cloud-based software provides an overview and drill-down view into productivity. Helping contractors protect their bottom line before it’s too late. Adopting resource management software Scheduling is high risk and has a huge impact on the bottom line of construction businesses. In light of this, more and more contractors are moving towards digital systems to support their resource management and get data from the field in real-time. Embracing digitisation combats data silos and the cumbersome administrative tasks required to schedule out compliant crews and equipment with all the necessary jobsite information. Assignar is a cloud-based construction operations software built to help self-perform contractors and subs improve productivity, profitability, safety, and quality in the field and office. Assignar’s platform upgrades key components of operations including labour and equipment management, scheduling, field data, timesheets and more. Civil contractor Stefanutti Construction shared how adopting Assignar improved their business. They said, “our operations have changed dramatically because of the Assignar app. My phone is less busy with scheduling calls and texts… It makes life easier.” For more information contact Assignar, website



Assignar | Scheduling Software



Veyor Digital | Coordination Software

CENTRALISING COORDINATION Veyor has designed a user-friendly digitised solution which can replace manual daily scheduling systems like whiteboards and spreadsheets. It is designed to coordinate complex supply chains on any construction project, providing real time visibility of asset availability to site teams, subcontractors and suppliers via a mobile phone app or desktop computer. The system is mostly used to manage daily logistics including material deliveries and the use of plant, such as cranes, but is increasingly being used for managing incoming driver and heavy vehicle compliance. The technology uses a customisable booking and approval system to centralise planning, coordination and communication which increases management efficiency and reduces the chance of clashes and delays. It has already proved itself many times over on a broad range of projects, from high rise building projects to expansive infrastructure projects to smaller fit out projects, which all have their unique logistical challenges. “Veyor is raising productivity in the industry through coordination of projects on one central platform, coordinating everything from deliveries and the scheduling of crane bookings, to work areas and exclusion zones,” said Co-Founder, Richard Fifita. “Efficiency is being improved with fewer cancellations and less overtime.” Richard lived 176 ANCR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL FEATURE

and breathed daily coordination issues during his time as an engineer on high rise construction projects across Australia and the UK. As the use of Veyor’s software expands around Australia and now into New Zealand, the UK and the USA, new features are being added, often at the request of contractor clients. Recent new features include heavy vehicle compliance (CoR management), live truck tracking, driver inductions with an optional COVID and vaccine passport system. Veyor can also manage worker inductions and site access control. Top tier companies are strong supporters of Veyor software. These systems have even become mandated on some large public transport infrastructure projects including rail station projects and The Sydney Football Stadium. Veyor software is being used by Icon Construction on Melbourne’s $100 million Victoria Place project and we caught up with the Site Manager, Stephen Denyar for some feedback, who said “We have found it excellent for seamlessly managing logistics in real time on inner city projects that require just in time deliveries.” For more information contact Veyor Digital, Level 1/20 Burton Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, phone 02 8073 7665, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

ClearVue Technologies | Power Glass

A CLEARVUE OF POWER GENERATION ClearVue Technologies has developed a sustainable construction solution that responds to the climate crisis by reducing the carbon footprint within construction projects, supporting the world wide mission to achieve zero net energy use in buildings. ClearVue’s core offering is a highly energy efficient, clear glass panel that generates electricity, while providing a high degree of insulation, light penetration and protection from harmful UV rays.

Construction of ClearVue’s world first clear solar glass greenhouse was completed in April 2021 at Western Australia’s Murdoch University. The ClearVue glass panels are providing a high level of insulation, with conditions in the glasshouse being maintained within 1 to 2 degrees of the ‘sweet spot’ for optimal plant growth, measured by sensors that record a myriad of data in real time relating to temperature, humidity and light that the plants are receiving.

ClearVue has a triple glazed product that is certified and is available for projects today. Additionally, ClearVue has now developed new prototypes of single and double glazed power producing panels, significantly broadening its offering.

ClearVue solar glass is to be installed in a Sydney park in a covered seating area where the structure will provide protection from UV and infrared rays, while generating power for lighting.

ClearVue panels are soon to be trialled in an iconic New York building in anticipation of a future refit to reduce its overall carbon footprint. “Older, energy inefficient buildings in New York will be incurring heavy carbon taxes and there is a need to significantly reduce power usage and increase building performance through better insulative solutions,” said Executive Chairman, Victor Rosenberg. “The trial will demonstrate the capability of ClearVue’s technology to produce clean, renewable power while retaining high transparency and reduced heating and cooling costs through the insulation properties of ClearVue’s IGU panels.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“ClearVue products are both energy saving and energy producing,” Victor said. “Our smart technology represents a paradigm shift in the way glass will be used in the future, not only as a building product, but also as a renewable energy source.”

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A WALK ON THE RIVER-SIDE DEVELOPER : Brisbane City Council MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Georgiou and Brady Marine and Civil Joint Venture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $58 million

Indooroopilly Riverwalk is an elevated 5m wide two-way cyclist and pedestrian thoroughfare which will connect the Western Freeway bikeway with the University of Queensland and includes dedicated bike lanes, new pedestrian and cycle crossings, lighting, landscaping, viewing platform, and wayfinding signage creating a safer environment for all road users. Indooroopilly Riverwalk is a 790m long cyclist and pedestrian thoroughfare curving over and alongside the Brisbane River. The 5m wide Riverwalk will cater for up to for 540 pedestrians and 1,400 cyclists per day and includes safer pedestrian and cycle crossing points, viewing platforms, new lighting, wayfinding signage and landscaping creating a scenic and safer transport corridor. In a joint venture, Georgiou and Brady Marine and Civil (GBJV) commenced work with Brisbane City Council in 2019. As part of the Early Tender Involvement process GBJV concentrated on various constructability and cost saving options as well as addressing time critical activities such as environmental approvals. “Prior to accessing the site, we spent several months designing a number of unique temporary works, utilising our engineering capabilities to develop safer and more cost-effective solutions for the build,” said Project Manager, Tristan Ogden. “Most of this work was completed by our inhouse designers having had an in-depth understanding of the project and the way GBJV was proposing to construct the works.” 178 QLD PROJECT FEATURE INDOOROOPILLY RIVERWALK

Construction commenced in early April 2020, with the establishment of access to the three land connections and installing a temporary jetty for the delivery of materials by water, saving both time and money, especially compared to road transport. The site was steep with sloping rock, existing infrastructure, contaminated land and a heritage-listed boat ramp. “We spent time planning the sequencing of the works, taking into account the operations of the canoe club and access to a nearby school,” explained Tristan. “We dealt with the movements of 6,000 vehicles and hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians each day, implementing traffic arrangements and road closures to ensure the safety of construction workers and the general public.” The land connection at Radnor Street proved quite a challenge as there was only one access point available, requiring a temporary earth retaining wall to be built and to enable access for piling machinery. “Over the water we worked under existing road, rail and pedestrian bridges, using specialised low height cranes and piling equipment,” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

said Tristan. “We also designed and fabricated low height rigging equipment to install precast deck units.”

project than Indooroopilly, but had its own challenges due to the urban location and an emphasis on architectural design,” said Tristan.

The geotechnical conditions and strong tides of the Brisbane River also proved challenging for the piling works. Due to the lack of overburden (soft material above the rock) GBJV designed and fabricated piling gates which fitted to the barges, enabling the team to position pile liners and accurately pour 88 concrete piles.

“This project has been a great success for Georgiou and Brady Marine and Civil. It demonstrates our strengths in partnership and our expertise in delivering these types of projects. The project has been well-received by the community and I am proud to be part of the team,” said Tristan. “Georgiou is in the process of delivering some great projects and tendering on some exciting opportunities – with the 2032 Olympics now secured, it's going to be an exciting time for infrastructure in QLD.”

GBJV delivered the $58 million project under budget and three months ahead of schedule. “From the early tender stage there was always a clear strategy and we were confident that we could complete the project ahead of schedule,” explained Tristan. “We also worked on multiple work fronts concurrently, bringing in additional marine plant for over-water works. We had three barges carrying out piling works, headstock construction and landing deck units.” Georgiou has a long standing relationship with Brady Marine and Civil as well as with Brisbane City Council, completing the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk together and Civil in 2019. “It was a smaller scale WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

As an Australian-owned company, Georgiou continues to deliver quality infrastructure projects, maintain relationships with their clients and subcontractors and continue to be ‛the best people to work with’. For more information contact Georgiou, Level 5, 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3319 4500, email qld@georgiou., website QLD PROJECT FEATURE INDOOROOPILLY RIVERWALK 179

Below Barges Australia supplied two 12.2m modular pontoons which can be bolted together in various configurations to the project.

In business 53 years, Barges Australia specialises in the hiring of marine plant, barges and pontoons, to provide floating work platforms for water based construction projects, along with marine qualified operators, as required. Barges Australia provide assembly and disassembly of platform configurations and they can also supply a purpose built road transportable crane barge. Barges Australia supplied two 12.2m pontoons on a dry hire basis for Indooroopilly Riverwalk. The pontoons are modular units that are transported by road to anywhere in Australia. Once onsite the pontoons can be bolted together in various configurations to accommodate whatever the client’s requirement may be.

“Currently we have ongoing work supplying a number of our modular transportable pontoons to construction sites at the West Gate Tunnel and the Point Wilson Defence Force Project in Victoria and we recently finished supply for Transport for NSW, on the Thule Street Bridge over the Murray River.” With road transportable pontoons, barges and equipment available, Barges Australia can supply from their base in Sydney to marine construction sites anywhere, including remote locations and overseas. “In 2017, we supplied equipment to Newcrest Mining on Lihir Island in New Guinea, this required four of the 12.2m Steel Pontoons and two hydraulic spud mooring systems to secure the barges in position whilst the drilling operations were underway,” explained Daniel.

“Our first delivery was in May 2020 and our pontoons stayed there for over a year,” said Daniel Semrov, Manager of Barges Australia.“We’ve completed work for Georgiou before, in 2018, supplying equipment for the Tabulam Bridge build in northwest New South Wales.” “We supply and work all over the country but mainly along the east coast carrying out infrastructure works and private contracts,” said Daniel. 180 QLD PROJECT FEATURE INDOOROOPILLY RIVERWALK

For more information contact Barges Australia, 99 Forrester Road, St Marys NSW 2760, phone 02 9673 2505, email info@bargesaustralia., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Kenro Metal Services fabricated and delivered all the mild and galvanised steel balustrades for Indooroopilly Riverwalk.

Established in 1979, Kenro is team of expert metal manufactures passionate about creating simple solutions for steel fabrication. Based in Queensland, they manufacture and deliver for projects Australia wide. The company fabricated, delivered, and installed all the galvanized steel balustrading which included 698 posts, 692 panels and 312 lengths of rail for the Indooroopilly Riverwalk. Kenro worked to supplied specifications, replacing some non-standard sections with standard elements to make the fabrication process run more smoothly and produce more cost-effective items. “The Riverwalk was a large-scale job for us,” said Operations Manager, Luke McNalty. “Our first delivery was in October 2020, and we continued up until April 2021. A challenge of the project was scheduling deliveries to co-ordinate with Georgiou’s barges.” Kenro provides fabrication services from their 2,500m² facility in Toowoomba. Some projects of note are the 1,600m of anti-climb screens which they manufactured for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Viaduct, and the detailed decorative balustrade for the award-winning Toogoolawah pedestrian bridge. They have also WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

supplied the steelwork to Georgiou on previous projects, including manufacturing the traffic barrier for the bridge on Green Camp Road Upgrade in 2019. “We are passionate about simplifying our processes to make it as easy as possible for our clients,” added Luke. “We manufacture our own jigs and tools to improve our manufacturing process and achieve quality results to the clients’ specifications.” Kenro are prequalified manufacturers with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and have completed numerous supply and install contracts for the government department. In late 2020 they were manufacturing and installing steel barriers and accessories for the bridge at Deception Bay as well as anti-climb screens for the Sumners Rd interchange upgrade. For more information contact Kenro Metal Services, 720 Greenwattle Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, phone 07 4699 9888, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE INDOOROOPILLY RIVERWALK 181


Below Bhagwan Marine supplied barges, tugs and operators for the duration of the Indooroopilly Riverwalk project.

Established in 1998, Bhagwan Marine is Australian and family owned, providing marine construction support, salvage work, marine dredging support, emergency towage of ships and long ocean towage contracts. One of the largest vessel service providers in Australia, Bhagwan Marine started the supply contract for barges, tugs and operators at Indooroopilly Riverwalk in May 2020. The company had a small fleet with a crew of seven and completed the job within 13 months.

Bhagwan Marine have worked with Georgiou and their partner Brady Marine previously on the Botanic Gardens walkway and are currently working at Isle Of Capri on the Gold Coast, building a new bridge. “We were the marine services provider on the Kingsford Smith Drive project which was the largest marine fleet ever to be assembled on one project in Brisbane. We provided 13 barges and three tugs as well as four utility vessels to service them,” said Kevin.

“Shallow water and strong tides are challenges we deal with on the river every day, but these are very significant at Indooroopilly and our tug base was some distance from the site,” said General Manager for Eastern Operations, Kevin Clifford. “We left a tug onsite and supplied crew when needed saving the cost of a long river trip. Bhagwan Marine have bases in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Onslow, Dampier and Darwin and recently completed contracts in Eastern Russia and Vietnam. “We endeavour to be a one stop shop for clients by providing a complete service including our inhouse subsea engineering division as well as our own cranes and equipment,” explained Kevin. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Bhagwan Marine, Level 3, 251 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, phone 08 9424 2300, email admin@, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE INDOOROOPILLY RIVERWALK 183

ON THE RIGHT TRACK DEVELOPER : Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : The Infrastructure Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $514.3 million

The $514.3M Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade improves safety and flood resilience across 13.5km of the Bruce Highway and includes replacing the Horseshoe Lagoon, Pink Lily Lagoon and Haughton River bridges and building new crossings of Healey’s Lagoon and the Reed Beds curve, two Bruce Highway overpasses, removing existing open-level crossings, and upgrading rural intersections. In March 2018 design started on the upgrade of 13.5km of the Bruce Highway between Ayr and Giru, across the Haughton River Floodplain. The floodplain is impacted by a variety of factors closing the Bruce Highway, due to flooding, every one to two years. Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) awarded the design and construct contract for the upgrade to The Infrastructure Group, a joint venture made up of Albem Operations, Bielby, BMD Constructions and JF Hull.

“A key objective was to achieve a substantial reduction in the frequency and duration of highway closures and as a result, many years of detailed hydrology and other studies informed the project design,” said DTMR Regional Director of North Queensland, Sanjay Ram. “While still ensuring that our hydrology criteria were met, the number of bridges to be built as part of the project was reduced from 16 to 7; and the length of bridges to be built reduced from the original 3km to 830m, saving more than 2,205 linear metres of bridge structures.”

The $514.3 million worth of upgrades involves constructing three new wider, higher level bridges over Horseshoe Lagoon, Pink Lily Lagoon and the Haughton River and removing the old bridges. New crossings will be built over Healey’s Lagoon and the Reed Beds, replacing flood-prone heavily culverted pavement. The existing open level crossings of the cane tramway will be removed and two Bruce Highway overpasses built.

Immediately before the start of the project, the new Australian Bridge Design Standard (AS5100:2017) was released and this effectively introduced design aspects that needed to be tested and confirmed during the project. Most notably the standard required bridge piles to be designed to comply with bridge earthquake design criteria Level 2 (BEDC-02). The project team undertook investigations and, as a result, a non-standard bridge foundation – driven tubular steel piles – was confirmed for the Haughton River Bridge.

The works include new approaches to and between bridges, in some areas on a new alignment, upgrading of rural intersections, and wide centre line treatments to increase the distance between oncoming lanes of traffic.

“In collaboration with The Infrastructure Group we investigated the suitability of using driven tubular steel piles (with a reinforced concrete pile shaft) for bridge foundations. These innovative foundations meet



departmental requirements, including for updated earthquake and bridge design standards and the process also led to a new DTMR technical specification which will potentially see the piles used in future projects across the state,” said Sanjay. “Given the complexities of the Haughton River Floodplain, we undertook extensive and detailed studies to ensure that the new infrastructure would not create adverse afflux impacts on nearby properties or the downstream community of Giru.” Onsite works commenced in August 2018 with structural works on the new 146m long Haughton River bridge beginning in late February 2020. The temporary access structure, from which the wider and higher Haughton River bridge was built, was then removed in late 2020. Altogether 10,000m of new road has been constructed with 23,900m3 of concrete generated by the onsite batch plant and used across the project to make 8.7km of culverts and 20km of new open drains. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“As part of the project, about 300,000m3 of hydromulch (dry lands grass seed mix) and 100,000m3 of topsoil is being placed, in areas disturbed by works. We adhere to strict legislative requirements regarding the management of flora and fauna, during both planning for and delivery of road upgrades. The Haughton River Floodplain project was the first major road infrastructure project in North Queensland to receive an Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) rating,” said Sanjay. “Traffic has been using the new Bruce Highway since the middle of 2021, under a series of traffic switches. Ancillary works – including final pavement works in some areas, demolition of old bridges and road, as well as highway connections to local roads – will be ongoing until early 2022.”

For more information contact Department of Transport and Main Roads, PO Box 1089, Townsville, QLD 4810, phone 1800 625 648, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HAUGHTON RIVER FLOODPLAIN UPGRADE 185

Below Lining Systems Australia completed all of the road marking works for the project.

Lining Systems Australia (LSA) is a family company spanning four generations, lead by Director, Brett Krause (3rd generation) who brings 30 years experience to the table, and Project Manager Beau Krause, (4th generation) with 15 years experience, the company has been delivering accurate and timely road lining systems to meet Australian standards for over 30 years.

using two coats of Damar Waterborne Paint with the ATLM Crystallite Thermoplastic placed over the top of the road marking paint,” said Project Manager, Beau Krause. “We are one of the last contractors on a road building job so we do have to wait and move around others. LSA works in these conditions daily and we’ve learnt to go with the flow and try to achieve as much as possible each day.”

LSA carried out all the road marking, including audible works, at the Haughton River Floodplain upgrade. All the different sections of the road require different plans and they follow the plan that has been approved by main roads for each piece of road or intersection. Onsite we applied up to 60km of road marking including centre and edge lines, chevrons, arrows and everything in between as well as Audio Tactile Line Marking (ATLM). Audible line marking is made by laying thermoplastic material, it creates a raised rib on the road surface and produces a rumbling sound when vehicles drive over it – it’s to make drivers aware of changed traffic conditions. “LSA began onsite in July 2021 with a team of up to eight onsite keeping all machines running. Line marking onsite was completed

LSA work across Queensland where they have been contracted for line marking at main roads and infrastructure projects including major works for local and state government sectors. LSA have completed jobs



with the Department of TMR, Queensland Rail as well as for a number of Queensland’s city and shire councils as well as large scale private contracts for mining giants Rio Tinto and Sodexo. LSA have completed works in the Northern territory and have been as far as Broome. “We enjoy travelling all over Queensland and are not disappointed when required to travel out of Queensland for work. We have completed jobs as far north as Weipa and Cooktown. We enjoy it when we can load up and head out for work. We’re a fourth generation line marking family business and pride ourselves in providing a top quality job. We are a team and at the end of the day, working together is the best feeling,” said Beau.

walk/drive and stand up drive machines to large truck mounted line marking machines.” LSA offers a comprehensive service and will also paint customised stencils to match company logos or names. They will remove old paint lines as well as supply and install signage, wheel stops, speed humps and bollards.

LSA carry out all line marking applications across road and highway projects, airports and carparks, for safe vehicle movement to Australian Standards. They also do small area marking on safety walkways, railway platforms, pedestrian crossings and sports courts.

Directors, Brett and Susan Krause explained the history and quality operations of LSA. “From humble beginnings with a small line marking machine operating from the back yard, we have built our family business into the successful company it is today. Primed with practiced experience and knowledge learned through time, we’ve refined our processes, updated our equipment and added special skills to our toolboxes to ensure we deliver efficiency, accuracy and expertise. We pride ourselves on the quality work we deliver and know the importance of a job well done.”

“We can assist with setting out and spot marking to ensure your line marking is to Australian Standards and provides the solution you need,” said Administrator, Jaemi-lee Krause. “We have an extensive line of machinery that we use on a daily basis from small

For more information contact Lining Systems Australia, 544 Black River Road, Black River, Townsville QLD 4818, email lining.01@, website



Below Essjay Contracting provided earthworks equipment for the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade.

Essjay Contracting is a large scale professional earthmoving business specialising in civil earthworks for major infrastructure projects. At Haughton River Essjay Contracting provided equipment for earthworks to 13.5km of the Bruce Highway as it passes through the Haughton River Floodplain. In April 2019, Essjay Contracting delivered a grader to the site where it remained in use for two years. “We specialise in supplying high quality plant and people to civil, rail, mining and gas projects throughout Queensland,” said Operations Manager, Stuart Bentley. “The equipment we supply includes graders, dozers and excavators, articulated trucks and tankers. We keep well maintained plant and equipment, all UTS and GPS equipped.”

large scale developments on both Highway and Urban projects, along with a number of crews specialising in remote area work. Major infrastructure projects supplied and operated by Essjay Contracting include the 11km long Ring Road at Mackay, the Warrego Highway Upgrade at Chinchilla, and the three year long upgrade of the Princes Highway at Berry New South Wales, completed in 2021. “We’ve also had over 30 pieces of equipment onsite at Bravus Rail, 700km west of Rockhampton, since November 2019.” “We also supply equipment and operators to a number of mining and gas infrastructure projects, with plans to expand more into this area,” said Stuart.

Established in 2011, Essjay Contracting is a family operated company that has grown to delivering commercial projects valued above $400 million. They employ 65 staff to service Central and Northern Queensland and have years of experience dealing with the logistics of the harsh environment.

Other services offered by Essjay Contracting include self-managed crews for bulk and detailed earthworks for subdivision, road formation and construction including detailed pavement works, drainage and culvert design, mining and rural infrastructure and heavy machinery haulage.

“We have worked on many highway projects with the likes of The Infrastructure Group, RoadTek, BMD, and FKG. We supply equipment, with or without an operator and management staff for

For more information contact Essjay Contracting, 153 Foster Street, Gracemere QLD 4702, phone 0409 065 085, email admin@, website



Below Koppen Construction were responsible for the manufacture and placement of the plant mixed foam bitumen.

Koppen Construction specialises in the manufacture, delivery and placement of foam bitumen gravel pavements. Koppens have the ability to produce plant mixed foam bitumen material or provide in situ services.

federal and private clients. Koppens perform a number of projects in remote areas throughout Far North and Central Queensland and are especially capable of meeting the requirements and logistics of remote work. Koppens are also experienced in bitumen sealing and lime and cement stabilisation pavements.

In June 2020, Koppen Construction commenced their contract with The Infrastructure Group for the manufacture, deliver and placement of plant mixed foam bitumen at the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade. The foam bitumen placement is a new pavement construction methodology which provides a longer lifespan for pavements due to its resilience to damage from flooding. “It was a large scale project and there were challenges involved in the planning of the staging of the works in line with the client’s programme, the logistics of the job and the work around traffic movements,” said General Manager, Callum Koppen. “The project also involved strict lay times and high tolerances to TMR specification and standards and to ensure continuous safety for staff and the general public.” With up to 15 working onsite Koppens completed the job within 12 months. Koppen’s have strong expertise in technically complex, large scale projects and perform contracts from local governments, state, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Koppen Construction, Suite 4, 10 Grafton Street, Cairns QLD 4870, phone 07 4052 2600, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HAUGHTON RIVER FLOODPLAIN UPGRADE 189

Below Australian Civil Construction Services inspected over 55km of road in a span of four weeks for the project.

Australian Civil Construction Services (ACCS) have been providing inspections of buildings and roads along with defect reports for over 20 years. In mid-2019, Manager Wayne Parfitt spent four weeks inspecting over 55km of road as well as residences along the route to document their condition prior to the commencement of construction. ACCS then supplied road and building dilapidation reports as well as certification of temporary onsite buildings. “I took photos and videos to add to the written report,” said Wayne. “It was important to complete the job without interfering with the traffic flow and continue the inspection despite the wet weather.” ACCS offer pre-purchase building inspections, work-in-progress reports and final inspections as well as expert witness services and pre-construction documentation that can be used for dispute resolution. ACCS have completed many contracts for the Queensland Department of Motor Transport with a recent project including dilapidation reports for up to 30kms of road and 150 structures at the Smithfield bypass. For more information contact Australian Civil Construction Services, 24 Glasgow Street, El Arish QLD 4855, phone 0402 702 372, email, website 190 QLD PROJECT FEATURE HAUGHTON RIVER FLOODPLAIN UPGRADE


Below Skippy Skips supplied up to 20 skip bins, specialist bins and certified lifting bins for the site.

In 2003 Mike and Julie Carmody took over a small skip business and set about making it successful by providing superior customer service in a highly competitive marketplace, the Townsville region. A hard won record of service and reliability in the domestic market drew interest and demand from the commercial and construction sectors.

Skippy Skips has completed a number of contracts for Queensland’s TMR and has become the first choice subcontractor for Townsville’s leading new home builders and renovators as well as being involved with various projects for Tier 1 and 2 builders. Successful projects include the recently completed new multi-storey addition to the Townsville Mater Hospital.

The Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade site needed a waste management contractor that could supply and service up to 20 skips at a time, including specialist bins and certified lifting bins for roadwork and bridge construction, all over the 20km site. Locally owned and operated Skippy Skips was the obvious choice for the project and they met every expectation of the lead contractor.

“With over 17 years local experience, five trucks, and 220 skips, Mike and Julie have built the business to a point where we now have the staff, the experience, the trucks and the bins to handle any scale project, but we’re still small enough to care about every job,” said Sales and Operations Manager, Russell Lewis.

Skippy Skips has made the most of every opportunity to expand their business and earn a solid reputation for immediate response and a seamless onsite service with well trained and experienced staff. The Carmody’s hands on low overhead management efficiency and keen pricing structure also makes Skippy Skips the right choice for project administration and costing. “We take pride in offering immediate delivery and timely servicing of our onsite bins,” said Owner, Mike Carmody. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Skippy Skips, PO Box 795, Helensvale QLD 4212, phone 07 4778 8251, mobile 0408 728 791, email sales@, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HAUGHTON RIVER FLOODPLAIN UPGRADE 191

Below Stradacon Penna were responsible for the delivery of quarry materials for the roadbase and embankments, including waste concrete for recycling purposes.

Stradacon Penna supply and deliver quarry material for roadbase and embankments across Townsville and northern Queensland. In January 2019 they started the supply contract for the Haughton River Upgrade and continued delivery throughout the project. The materials quarried and used at the upgrade included 10, 14 and 20mm aggregate bedding used for culvert construction; structural backfill material to bridges and culvert abutments; and rockfill for wet weather access roads. They supplied material used to improve the subgrade layer; unbound and cement modified pavement material; cement stabilised roadbase as well as stone pitching rock for the bridge and culvert abutments. “Haughton River was an especially large scale job for us,” said Director, David Penna. “However the project demand and scheduling was very suited to our production operation and the site staff worked very well with us in planning and programming supply schedules. Having Spent 30 years in civil construction predominantly building roads and bridges we are able to draw on that experience to assist our customers in day to day planning for material selection, programming, and use.” 192 QLD PROJECT FEATURE HAUGHTON RIVER FLOODPLAIN UPGRADE

Stradacon Penna is an original Townsville born business started by David’s grandfather upon his arrival in Australia in the 1920s. Their first introduction to TMR roadwork was in 1978 when Penna and Company gained TMR pre-qualification. That organisation engaged in civil construction, in particular Main Roads contracts, throughout north and west Queensland up until 2005, when David started Stradacon Penna. “We can produce a blend of all quarry materials both fresh and recycled whereby the ratios are limited to the customers requirement, desire and imagination,” said David. “We have the ability to retard our cement stabilised products to increase work time and have recently produced a recycled concrete/roadbase blend for use in ground surface stabilisation. We also wash and produce very fine sands and aggregate products for specialist uses such as the North Queensland Cowboys House of Excellence Training Field.”

For more information contact Stradacon Penna, 1 Pats Road, Brookhill Townsville QLD, 4816 phone 07 4410 9618, email office@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW





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A LUXURY COLLECTION DEVELOPER : Citta Property Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Vos Construction and Joinery ARCHITECT : Francis-Jones Morehen Thorpe (fjmt) HERITAGE ARCHITECT : Design5 STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS : Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW) and Northrop CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $80 million



The Tasman, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart is the first hotel of its kind by Marriott in Australia. It resides in repurposed heritage buildings in Parliament Square Hobart and comprises 7-floors of refined luxury with 152 beautifully appointed rooms and suites. A new, architecturally stunning hotel in the historic heart of Hobart is set to redefine hospitality in Tasmania with a range of elegant, modern and sophisticated rooms, amenities and conference facilities. The Tasman features 152 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites with carefully restored heritage features and spectacular views towards the Derwent River, Hobart CBD and Mt Wellington. It also features food and beverage outlets including Mary Mary, a reimagined old-world cocktail bar, and a signature Italian restaurant headed by Chef Massimo Mele. The hotel is perfectly situated to take advantage of the best that Hobart has to offer. From Parliament Square in the heart of the CBD many of Hobart’s major sites are within a short walk including Salamanca Place and the historic waterfront. However, the hotel itself is also a destination in its own right. The hotel occupies three separate buildings with three different architectural styles, colonial heritage, Art Deco and contemporary modern. Part of the hotel was previously a government office and interpretive signage and heritage features throughout the hotel tell a story about its past. The atmosphere of the entire hotel has also been designed to give it a uniquely Tasmanian flavour. Inherently Tasmanian features from the woodwork to the art and even the guestroom amenities have been used to provide a local experience that is uniquely Tasmanian. “These buildings are an integral part of the Hobart landscape, and community,” said Stephen Morahan, General Manager. “We wanted to ensure that guests and visitors could continue their Tasmanian experience within the Tasman, as much as outside of its spectacular sandstone walls. We really wanted to have a connection to place, and we feel we have achieved that through considered design.” The overarching vision behind the creation of The Tasman led to it being selected by Marriott as the first Luxury Collection hotel in Australia. The Luxury Collection includes some of Marriott’s top tier luxury hotels, all WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of which are distinguished by their unique character. “This is quite a unique property,” said Stephen. “To preserve the integrity of the Heritage and Art Deco buildings, and integrate the more modern Pavillion building, the developer has had to navigate the complexity of existing structures within, that has led to the creation of 52 different room types – which is quite unusual for a hotel of 152 rooms. For the guest experience it is fantastic, as every guest stay could offer a different experience.” The Tasman occupies a prominent location and Hobart residents have been watching the construction process unfold. “We are proud of the developer and builder for managing the construction process so well,” said Stephen. “We have received nothing but positive feedback to date, and we are anticipating more to come with the opening of the public spaces. It’s going to be a fantastic asset for the local community.” “We deliberately tried to create something that would appeal to local residents, and our valued hotel guests,” Stephen explained. “For many hotels it can be challenging attracting people to their food and beverage venues who are not staying, however, we are different, with a focus from the outset to develop our restaurant, bar and lounge in a way that appeals to all.” As Australia’s first Luxury Collection hotel, The Tasman sets a new benchmark for prestige accommodation in Hobart. Marriott work closely with government bodies such as Tourism Tasmania, and their commitment to launching this landmark development shows their dedication to supporting the Tasmanian hospitality industry. “Tasmania as a tourist destination continues to gather momentum,” Stephen said. “As one of the market-leading hotel properties in the state, we expect to play a major role in contributing to that continued growth as a leisure and meeting and events destination for many years to come.”

For more information contact The Tasman, A Luxury Collection Hotel, website


INVIGORATING HOBART The new Parliament Square redevelopment, adjacent to the waterfront and Salamanca precinct, will revitalise a historic quarter of the city while retaining its strong heritage aspects. The mixed use development hosts a range of new public amenities, offices and retail. The Tasman, was delivered by Vos Construction and Joinery and occupies several heritage and art deco buildings, including 36 Davey and 34 West Davey Streets, as well as extending over the footprint of 34 Davey Street, 12 Murray Street and the Red Brick Building. Two new floors with glazed façades have been added to the hotel and the space between the buildings is occupied by a new landscaped plaza above a basement carpark for guests. The hotel will be of a 5-Star standard and includes 152 luxuriously appointed guest rooms along with facilities including a cocktail bar, restaurant, meeting spaces, commercial tenancies and a gym. The guest rooms include the highest standard of finishes and fixtures in a modern interpretation of the art deco style. “The location in the Hobart CBD meant a lot of traffic management was required,” said Keven Bennett, Project Manager. “Loading and unloading wasn’t always easy and we could only close streets off on the weekend. However these were fairly normal challenges for a city site.” The project team also had to deal with COVID-19 restrictions during the year. “We put in place stricter cleaning and sanitising routines,” said Keven. “We were lucky that the Tasmanian Government kept construction going. We had a few minor delivery delays but we got most of our orders through on time.” The heritage buildings also presented challenges. “Heritage projects are always harder than new builds and this project had elements of both,” Keven said. “Vos have

done a lot of heritage work before so we have the experience to get it across the line.” Vos was founded in Tasmania as a retail business in 1954 and has since evolved into a leading Tasmanian construction company with offices in Hobart and Launceston as well as a thriving nationwide joinery and shopfitting business. Today Vos employs over 200 people with diverse skill sets and backgrounds which, coupled with modern plant and equipment, has enabled them to produce stunning results on a wide range of projects across many sectors. Vos has contributed to the transformation of Tasmania with iconic projects including the Wrest Point redevelopment and ICON Cancer Care Centre in Hobart, the Port Arthur Visitor Centre, Lodges on the Three Capes Track, Burnie Hospital and a diverse range of other commercial, industrial and residential projects. Over the years Vos has built a strong reputation for high quality workmanship accompanied by core values of safety and integrity and a belief in maintaining positive relationships with clients, suppliers, employees, families and the community at large. This commitment to building trusting, secure and long term relationships with their partners was a key contributor to the success of The Tasman Hotel project. “All our contractors, Vos project team and employees did a great job and worked really well together,” said Keven. “We have known most of them for a long time and they share our hard work ethic. The project will be a big part of Hobart for years to come.” For more information contact VOS Construction and Joinery, 3 Hudson Fysh Drive, Western Junction TAS 7212, phone 03 6398 8300, email reception@vosgroup. com, website





Below JMG Engineers and Planners were Citta Property Group’s representative for building services on The Tasman Hotel.

JMG Engineers and Planners assisted with contract administration and services related items across all disciplines. The team also carried out redesign and realignment of the mechanical services to incorporate changes required by the client. As part of the services scope, a state-of-the-art guest room management system to control air conditioning, lighting and other services was fitted to all guest rooms along with a Honeywell control system to common areas. One major challenge associated with the project was integrating the existing office building with the new carpark, podium office and plaza across a range of new build and heritage internal areas. “Heritage projects like this are always challenging and this was no different,” said Nick Rayner, Project Lead. “There were a lot of technical challenges associated with the integration of the various systems in these unique spaces but it’s very rewarding to see it come together.” JMG are a proudly Tasmanian employee owned company with over 70 people providing engineering and town planning services 202 TAS PROJECT FEATURE THE TASMAN, HOBART

throughout Tasmania. In operation since 1960, they have grown to become industry leaders in structural, civil, hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and fire services engineering. With a diverse range of project experience in all sectors across Tasmania, JMG can provide an extensive range of services tailored to the needs of their clients and the specific demands of each project or asset. Whatever the project, JMG staff of all disciplines work together as an integrated team with the client to deliver high quality and value added solutions. Recent projects include UTAS Hedberg, the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment, the Southern Remand Centre, and Derwent Entertainment Centre Redevelopment.

For more information contact JMG Engineers and Planners, 117 Harrington Street, Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6231 2555, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Cooke & Dowsett Rosetta Plumbing were appointed as the Design and Construct hydraulic contractor on the project.

Cooke & Dowsett Rosetta Plumbing are a joint venture company between Cooke & Dowsett, one of Australia’s largest, most experienced plumbing contractors, and Rosetta Plumbing, a Hobart-based business who have serviced Tasmania’s plumbing requirements for over 56 years. Since the joint venture was established four years ago, Cooke & Dowsett Rosetta Plumbing has become Tasmania’s leading commercial plumbing contractor with more than 35 plumbers and have already delivered many successful, legacy projects throughout Tasmania. Building on their longstanding relationship with Vos Constructions, Cooke & Dowsett Rosetta Plumbing were appointed as the Design and Construct hydraulic contractor for the new Tasman Hotel and Parliament Square precinct. Works included sewer, stormwater, trade waste, fixtures, gas services, hot and cold water reticulation, and roof drainage. “This was a very challenging project on a complex site,” said Robert Pearshouse, Director. “Much of the hotel is an existing heritage building which presented many challenges and elements that had to be respected and preserved. The entire hotel including the new areas were specified to the highest standards.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The challenges presented by the site required innovative design solutions. To allow the buildings to drain via gravity connections, a drainage route wrapping around the central basement carpark was intricately designed. This reduced the need for pumping discharges, achieving compliance with the design brief ensuring cost savings for the project. The roof articulation was also complex with many constrained locations and multiple levels of existing rooflines. A syphonic drainage system was designed allowing smaller bore and level pipework which creates a ‘syphon’ to effectively ‘suck’ the water off the roof allowing it to drain as efficiently as possible. The hotel features existing heritage wood fireplaces which were retrofitted with gas fires venting through the existing chimneys. Special compliance testing and certifications were obtained for over length fluing systems, delivering a unique solution for this iconic project.

For more information contact Cooke & Dowsett Rosetta Plumbing, 98 Gormanston Road, Moonah TAS 7009, phone 03 6144 5504, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE THE TASMAN, HOBART 203

Below CWD Custom Windows installed a highly customised Capral CW175 curtain wall system for the Pavillion and Art Deco Wings.

Construction of The Tasman’s bespoke curtain wall system for the hotel’s Pavillion and Art Deco wings was engineered, fabricated and installed by CWD Custom Windows, Tasmania’s leading supplier and installer of residential and commercial glass. The architectural design intent for both wings was highly complex and included curved façade sections, acute corner junctions and horizontal cantilevered sections. CWD worked with the project architect to specify a proprietary Capral CW175 curtain wall system which was extensively re-engineered and modified to fulfill the design requirements with façade engineering works undertaken by consulting firm, Bligh Tanner.

“We like to tackle the most challenging projects,” said Phil. “It’s something that sets us apart from the competition in southern Tasmania.” CWD have broad experience on projects ranging from small private residences to high end architectural projects and large, fully customised developments. They have also worked with the main contractor, Vos, on many projects including Hobart’s new Vibe Hotel which is being built concurrently with The Tasman. “We are proud to have delivered something special for Vos,” said Phil. “This will be a standout building in Hobart and there is nothing like it elsewhere in the city. We are proud to have taken on such a landmark glazing project and delivered it successfully.”

“We worked within the design parameters to ensure the modified system worked above and beyond the requirements,” said Phil Riley, Director. “We completed the majority of the fabrication inhouse, assembled the full system and carried out the site installation which was completed without a hitch.” CWD was established in 2008 and is an independent, Tasmanian owned and operated company. With an innovative approach and focus on customer satisfaction, they pride themselves on their versatility. 204 TAS PROJECT FEATURE THE TASMAN, HOBART

For more information contact CWD Custom Windows, 6 Pear Avenue, Derwent Park TAS 7009, phone 03 6272 1433, fax 03 6272 1450, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Spectran Group undertook a range of civil and surfacing works for the Tasman Hotel project.

Spectran Group is a family owned environmental and civil construction company specialising in waste and contaminated material management. Based in Hobart, Spectran Group offer statewide services across divisions including traffic, waste, transport, demolition, civil and asbestos. Spectran Group was appointed to oversee friable asbestos removal, demolition and excavation works, piling, forming of penetrations, and external surfacing works. Much of the work had to be carried out in confined spaces and substantial temporary works were also required. The excavation of the basement structure and new lift overrun required temporary works to support the 5-floors above. Spectran Group were also required to excavate a tunnel into the lift overrun from the adjacent building in order to facilitate plant movement throughout the site. This excavation was completed using Spectran Groups’ demolition robot, completing the confined space excavation safely and efficiently. Early in the project, Spectran Group was also required to remove the existing roof from 34 Davey Street to allow construction of the additional three floors added to the building. With the building WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

residing on one of Hobart CBD’s main arterial roads, this posed its own set of challenges. With the ability to provide additional services, such as traffic control, Spectran Group were uniquely placed to fulfil this project requirement for the client. “Spectran Group have a good working relationship with Vos at all levels,” said Simon Bentley, Project Manager. “Everything went well onsite; it was a real team effort and an interesting project to work on.” Spectran Group have a diverse team with capabilities across a wide range of project sectors. They continually invest in technology, equipment, licencing and training to deliver the best value and highest quality workmanship in the safest and most efficient way. “At Spectran Group we are always prepared to think outside the box,” Simon said. “We like to take on difficult projects and work together with clients to get the best results.”

For more information contact Spectran Group, phone 03 6272 9377, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE THE TASMAN, HOBART 205



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Below Unique Floors worked with the architectural team to select and install various floor coverings including the parquetry flooring.

Unique Floors is an established business, which has been involved in the commercial and domestic sectors across Tasmania and Victoria for more than thirty years. Family-owned and operated, the company’s vast experience is teamed with the latest technology to provide clients with expert solutions and advice for all types of flooring – from vinyl and timber to ceramic tiles and carpet and everything in between. “We set ourselves apart from the rest as we are a one-stop-shop for all floor covering needs,” said Tony Marios, Director of Unique Floors. “We pride ourselves on our reliable, trustworthy and professional approach and have established a proud reputation in delivering our projects to the highest quality standards.” At The Tasman, Hobart, where luxury has been taken to a whole new level, Unique Floors worked with the architectural team to select and install various floor coverings throughout the heritage development, that would beautifully combine the old with the new. “We worked on the timber, carpet, tiling and vinyl works and set down screeding works and also water proofing components of the job,” Tony said. “This included the installation of timber from the original WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

building which we recycled into timber flooring and we designed, manufactured and installed the custom-made woven timber flooring with solid brass inlays in a parquetry format.” The parquetry, which is an eye-catching feature, is Tasmanian Oak – an appropriate nod to The Tasman, Hobart’s new home and chosen for its antique characteristics which highlight the original era of the building. Tony led a team of around twenty experienced installers on site for a year and whilst managing a large number of employees comes with its challenges, the rewards were far greater. “We were really proud to be part of this project and walking through the site it’s evident that this project is truly one-of-a-kind in Tasmania and the finishes across all the different trades are exceptional,” Tony said. “When we see that our employees have a huge amount of pride with the work they have done, this always tops off the job for us as employers.”

For more information contact Unique Floors, 188 New Town Road, New Town TAS, phone 03 6228 2880, email accounts@uniquefloors., website TAS PROJECT FEATURE THE TASMAN, HOBART 207

ONE FOR THE ROAD DEVELOPER : SA Department for Infrastructure and Transport CONTRACTOR CONSORTIUM : Mott MacDonald, McConnell Dowell and Arup Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $354.3 million

The Regency Road to Pym Street (R2P) Project includes a 1.8km section of non-stop roadway providing three lanes in each direction; two lanes in each direction on the South Road surface road; an overpass over Regency Road; left in and left out only access at Pym Street and full access and intersection upgrade at Regency Road. An ambitious $354.3 million infrastructure project in Adelaide on South Road between Regency Road and Pym Street (R2P) will facilitate free flow north-south movements between the completed South Road Superway and Torrens Road to River Torrens Projects. Jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments, the project provides freight priority appropriate for the National Land Transport Network, improves travel time by up to 8 minutes during peak periods, reduces road congestion for north-south and east-west traffic and improves road safety. A consortium of McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust), Mott MacDonald Australia and Arup Group, was awarded the contract as the R2P Alliance to design and construct the 1.8km non-stop motorway, providing three lanes in each direction, two lanes in each direction on the South Road surface road, an overpass over Regency Road, full access and intersection upgrade at Regency Road, improved cycling and pedestrian facilities, a grade separated pedestrian and cycle overpass and landscaping and noise barriers. The R2P Alliance had to face the challenge of staging the motorway construction in a live north-south Adelaide traffic environment while 208 SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET

also maintaining high flow through of traffic in all directions. A further challenge which was successfully met was to install the pavement before wet winter weather began. Around 67,000 tonnes of asphalt was laid during the project. The COVID-19 pandemic created issues that not only required managing construction workers safely with extensive risk mitigation measures, but also the delivery and assembly of the specialised self propelled motorised transporters (SPMTs) which were sourced from an overseas supplier. The SPMTs were used to transport the main Regency Road bridge into position after it was pre-fabricated 500m away from its permanent location. Constructing the bridge away from its final position allowed works to be completed in a safe environment and significantly reduced the impact on road operations as the bridge was able to be installed in just seven days. The Pym Street pedestrian and cyclist overpass was also pre-fabricated offsite at Bowhill Engineering, located 150kms from Adelaide. The overpass was approximately 65m long and weighed 95 tons and was transported for 300kms to avoid damage to minor roads over three days by a specially modified trailer. Once onsite, the overpass was AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

installed over Regency Road during a weekend, avoiding week day traffic disruption. The R2P Project provided a number of social and environmental benefits. During construction, 210 full time equivalent jobs were created and the R2P Alliance had a key performance indicator to have 95% or better local industry performance. This target was well achieved with significant benefit to state and national enterprises. “There was a considerable focus on creating an open and visually pleasing space underneath the Regency Road bridge. Open and free flowing passive spaces have been designed using a plaza paving and architectural tiling design on each of the bridge abutments,” a Spokesperson for the SA Department for Infrastructure & Transport said. “Landscaping also commenced early in the project and resulted in a well established greening of the motorway. The extensive and attractive landscaping benefits the community and the overall aesthetics of R2P, while also providing a community amenity not often associated with a new road build.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The dedicated overpass for pedestrian and cycling movements has significantly enhanced safety and amenity. Surrounding residents also enjoy reduced traffic noise and vibration via a bespoke noise wall. The R2P Project was contractually required to achieve a Bronze rating at completion, measured by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia V2.0 Design Rating. However, the project has exceeded this requirement for the design phase, achieving a Gold level rating through steps like reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and use of recycled products in construction.

For more information about the R2P Project contact the R2P Alliance, phone 1300 110 906, email, website To learn more about the South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport, website SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET 209

Below Best Bar were responsible for the piers, deck slabs, in situ barriers and retaining walls for the project.

Best Bar is a leading Australian steel reinforcement provider with a world class supply network capable of supplying 20,000 tonnes of bar per month. Best Bar is the only reinforcing supplier to use an online customer platform called Reonet allowing project teams to see where their order is at any time.

overpass involved meticulous scheduling and tight tolerance cutting and bending due to the required polygonal tapered shape,” said State Manager for SA, Jeff Dodd. “The girder infill slabs were also a distinct feature of the bridge and involved intricate scheduling to suit the bars within the girder webs.”

Contracted by McConnell Dowell on the Regency Road to Pym Street project in Adelaide, Best Bar supplied cut and bent reinforcement and fixing accessories for three areas of the project.

The overpass deck slab was cast at an external yard before being transferred to site so coordinating the logistics of bar delivery was an additional challenge, as was the need for accurate delivery to locations along the 1.8km length of the site. Best Bar had one scheduler full time on the project with 15 employees working in the factory over two shifts, supported by office staff.

For the Regency Road and South Road overpass, Best Bar supplied requirements for pile caps, piers, abutments, deck girder infills, deck slab, approach slabs, in situ barriers, retaining walls and friction slabs. Best Bar also supplied bar and accessories for gantry pile caps and in situ barriers for the 1.8km section of the non-stop roadway. For the pedestrian and cycle overpass, Best Bar provided bar and fixing accessories for pile caps, main piers, pier headstocks, ramp slabs and stair foundations. There were a number of logistical challenges which had to be managed. “The six main piers of the overpass and the pedestrian 210 SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET

Best Bar also worked with McConnell Dowell on the Oaklands rail crossing. Currently, Best Bar is engaged on the Port Augusta bridge replacement and the Port Wakefield overpass.

For more information contact Best Bar, 35-37 Maxwell Road, Pooraka SA 5095, phone 08 8161 4200, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Rider Levell Bucknall provided full cost management services and quantity surveying for R2P.

Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) recognises that delivering complex infrastructure in a rapidly changing environment requires flawless execution and intelligent solutions. Equipped with a skilful and experienced team of 70 staff in the Adelaide office backed by over 400 staff across Australia and New Zealand and over 4,000 staff globally, RLB assists our infrastructure and construction clients to achieve commercial certainty and project success. RLB has consulted on many landmark infrastructure and construction projects, including one of their latest assignments being the Regency Road to Pym Street (R2P) motorway in Regency Park, Adelaide. Jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments, the project provides a new 1.8km section of non-stop motorway. RLB was appointed by the R2P Alliance to provide estimating and cost management services. RLB provided cost planning, estimating and measurement assistance to the R2P Alliance during the bid phase and provided ongoing cost management and estimating services throughout the design phase to manage the budget and scope growth. “RLB’s extensive expertise in cost management and estimating services ensures our clients achieve value for money, balancing quality against costs, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

selecting the best design options and construction techniques,” said Director, Giulio Altamura. RLB’s services encompass feasibility studies, tendering and documentation, financial institution auditing, quantity surveying, cost management, post-contract services, value engineering and value management. “We are committed to making a difference for our clients by combining fresh perspectives with sector expertise,” Giulio said. “We have extensive resources at our fingertips, including a global cost database and powerful software. We harness these resources for the benefit of our clients and their projects to ensure commercial success.”

For more information contact Rider Levett Bucknall, Level 1, 8 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8100 1200, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET 211

Below Bowhill Engineering supplied 540m of bridge girders as well as a 64m pedestrian overpass.

Bowhill Engineering is a specialist fabricator of heavy and complex structural steel, delivering impressive projects throughout South Australia and into other states. Achievements to date encompass the stunning Wayville pedestrian bridge, curved road bridge girders up to 180m long, steel hulled ferries and every lock and weir in South Australia. When the contractor building Adelaide’s Regency Road to Pym Street project for the SA Department of Infrastructure and Transport needed 20 sections of open top box girder segments for a road bridge plus a 64m pedestrian overpass, it looked no further than Bowhill Engineering. Bowhill’s facilities, equipment and 40 skilled staff are set up to handle any heavy, large and complex project. Jeremy Hawkes, Manager Director of Bowhill Engineering said the road bridge girders totalled 540 lineal metres and weighed 1,200 tonnes, together with 300 tonnes of temporary steelwork to support the preassembly at the height of the structure. The pedestrian bridge was proudly completed and delivered on 17th February 2021 and erected over the north-south motorway on 22nd February 2021. The project took four months to manufacture and 212 SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET

around 6,000 labour hours to construct. Producing the entire structure off site meant it could be constructed with all handrails, decks, safety screens and with lighting and drainage fittings installed, reducing the inconvenience to road users as the bridge was basically complete once it was lifted into place. Bowhill Engineering is located 150kms from the project site but the delivery route extended over 300kms. With a total load length of 77m, the 5.5m wide and 6.4m high load weighed in at just over 110 tonnes. The transport equipment had 116 tyres to safely carry the bridge. The delivery is believed to be the largest volumetric load completed on South Australian public roads to date. A multi-generational, family owned and operated business, Bowhill Engineering has an industry leading safety record and all inputs and work methods at its modern workshop meet Australian Standards as well as NSSCS – CC3 (with RMS required IIW certification pending).

For more information contact Bowhill Engineering, 68 Weber Road, Bowhill SA 5238, phone 08 8570 4208, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ESO Surveyors utilised the 12d software suite to provide seamless data exchange between surveyors, engineers and designers.

ESO Surveyors delivers specialist surveying solutions to the Australian construction industry, operating with a professionally qualified and experienced team equipped with the latest in surveying technology. ESO Surveyors is ideally placed to service their extensive client base from locations in all mainland states. The South Australian branch of ESO Surveyors was engaged by the consortium building the Regency Road to Pym Street section of the South Road upgrade, a new 1.8km section of motorway providing three lanes in each direction. A new overpass, intersection upgrades and improvements to shared user path facilities with a separate cycle and pedestrian overpass over South Road were included. ESO supplied a team of five surveyors for the project. “Our surveyors utilised the 12d software suite, allowing for smooth, instant exchange of data between surveyors in the field and in the office, as well as supplying data for engineers to facilitate tasks like excavation permits and data exchange back to the design team,” said State Manager, Chris Staak. All ESO staff are experienced in the use of 12d software. Collaboration with all project stakeholders was facilitated using 12d Synergy. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

ESO Surveyors used their Z+F 5016 scanner to scan overhead high voltage powerlines to measure the sag in the wires for crane lifts within the area. It was also used to scan the pedestrian bridge ferrules where access was limited, and conventional survey was not permitted. “We also provided and maintained augmented reality systems for client use with Trimble SiteVision technology,” said Chris. “This allowed the project team to visualise where the bridge would be built offline and investigate any potential clashes with existing features without the need for an extensive survey.” Other recent projects have ranged from the Western Sydney Stadium, the Capricorn Highway Upgrade at Rockhampton, Westgate Freeway Project in Victoria and the Flinders Link Rail Bridge, South Australia.

For more information contact ESO Surveyors, 238 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8212 6155, email sa@esosurveyors., website SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET 213

Below Ecodynamics completed all of the hard and soft landscaping as well as 7,000m2 of concrete footpaths.

Ecodynamics is an innovative landscaping business with a mission to be recognised nationally as the partner of choice in developing landscape solutions, products and services. In achieving this mission, they are creating more sustainable, greener futures for Australian communities, combined with a business model that encourages diversity, opportunity and inclusiveness. With operations in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, Ecodynamics undertakes many projects for state governments and municipal authorities. One of their recent successful projects has been the Regency Road to Pym Street upgrade for the South Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport. “We completed all the hard and soft landscaping along almost 2km of the highway,” said State Manager, Chris Francis. “This involved 7,000m2 of exposed and broom finish concrete footpaths, kerb grate spill throughs, 2,500m2 of feature paving under the main overpass and street furniture comprising bench seats, bins and drink fountains.” The soft landscaping included 26,000m2 of topsoil, 13,000m2 of irrigated turf, the planting of 517 semi-advanced trees including natives and exotic deciduous species, and 25,000 shrubs and groundcovers 214 SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET

which were planted in 16,000m2 of irrigated garden beds. Nearly all the shrubs, grasses, groundcovers and smaller trees were grown in Ecodynamics own nursery, the company’s social enterprise that aims to offset climate change and land degradation through community initiatives, helping to create a greener future. “The main challenge we faced was to complete all the landscaping at the same time as the overall project. We successfully met the target by commencing our work early in the project timeline and working in close cooperation with all the other trades,” Chris said. Ecodynamics’ deep experience and expertise in roadside infrastructure landscaping has been reinforced by its selection to undertake all landscaping associated with the $200 million Joy Baluch AM bridge duplication project at Port Augusta and the Port Wakefield overpass and highway duplication.

For more information contact Ecodynamics, phone 1300 782 266, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Gridlock Electrical supplied and installed comprehensive temporary and permanent electrical installations.

Gridlock Electrical was selected as the preferred electrical contractor for the Regency Road to Pym Street works. The company’s team of qualified electricians and apprentices was instrumental in ensuring the success of this major project for the South Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

“We completed much of the work on weekends and night shifts as required by the contractor. The project indicated the competency and commitment of all our team members including our apprentices and typifies the scope of the work we undertake on a regular basis for State Government authorities and the City of Adelaide,” said Graeme.

Gridlock Electrical undertook a comprehensive range of tasks which included both temporary and permanent installations. “The temporary works included two pedestrian crossings, northern U-Turn signals, southern U-Turn signals and temporary signalling during the construction as it moved through different phases around the Regency Road and South Road intersection,” said General Manger, Graeme Anderson. “The permanent works included the removal of redundant infrastructure and the supply and installation of permanent traffic signals, traffic controller and associated infrastructure.”

Founded in 2006, Gridlock Electrical has evolved into the only local electrical contractor offering a comprehensive traffic signal installation and street lighting maintenance service in addition to their general electrical contracting and communications work.

Other tasks included the cut and connection of vehicle detector loops at the Regency Road and South Road intersection, installation of FLIR cameras, installation of changeable message signs and supply and installation of other illuminated signage as required. The project had a number of complex features which offered a stimulating challenge for the team. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Since 2007, Gridlock Electrical has been responsible for the traffic signal network for the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide areas for the City of Adelaide. Recent projects have included the Ovingham rail crossing removal on Torrens Road and Main North Road and McIntyre Road intersection upgrade.

For more information contact Gridlock Electrical, 22 Main Terrace, Richmond SA 5033, phone 08 8352 6703, email office@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE REGENCY ROAD TO PYM STREET 215


DEVELOPER : ECH Inc MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Sarah Constructions ARCHITECT : Walter Brooke Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wallbridge & Gilbert Aztec CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $44 million

ECH Encore Apartments is one of the first independent retirement villages to incorporate a Montessori Early Learning Centre (ELC) and includes 77 independent living apartments over two connected buildings. The village also features a community garden, café, community hall and lounge, and a community garden with raised planter beds, seating and external furniture. Collaboration started early for Sarah Constructions on the ECH Encore Apartments project in Modbury as they were engaged for Early Contractor Involvement and later as the Design and Construct contractor. The ECH Encore Apartments are one of the first independent living villages to incorporate a Montessori Early Learning Centre on the site. “The scope for this development has very much been centered on Community Living. ECH have not only sought to provide inclusive retirement living for their residents but also an intergenerational experience,” said Robert Maiolo, Senior Project Manager at Sarah Constructions. “The development includes 77 independent living apartments spread across two connected buildings, a Montessori Early Learning Centre as well as activity spaces, community hall, library, gym, café and community garden areas for people to engage with one another and stay connected.” The team at Sarah Constructions were able to offer their extensive construction knowledge, industry experience and unique business 216 SA PROJECT FEATURE ECH ENCORE APARTMENTS

relationships to supplement the design development phase. “There was a focus from our team to not compromise but rather complement the design team. Construction efficiency, methodology and value management were all key focus areas which benefited the client from our early project involvement,” said Robert. Sarah Constructions worked with the project team to manage construction detail and materials whilst maintaining the integrity of the design. “During the construction phase, Sarah continued to maintain a high client focus. The design and construct model included our responsibility to manage documentation through to delivery, and, as always, best for project outcomes were front of mind,” Robert said. The stylish apartments include their own entry statements which promotes more opportunity for interaction between residents and also provides a sense of comfort and homeliness to the corridor spaces. Each spacious foyer area overlooks the adjacent reserve and provides a lovely area full of natural light along with another opportunity to interact with neighbouring residents. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“Landscaping of the community garden also provides a space for interaction amongst an outdoor setting, while the design of the rear landscape areas has allowed for a soft transition with the natural surroundings of the nearby parklands. Planting to introduce greenery throughout common areas, balcony and corridor spaces has been a feature which compliments internal spaces,” said Robert. Acoustic treatment and fireproofing were a key aspect when considering material selection and construction detailing throughout the project. The client brief was not only centred around Community Living, but also providing a certain standard of living. Sarah Constructions and the design team were tasked to achieve a minimum Gold Standard from the Liveable Housing Guidelines. These guidelines were a priority for the team throughout documentation and construction whereby attention to detail was required to ensure compliance. The team at Sarah Constructions approach each and every build with genuine care. The needs of their customers are front and centre in every decision they make. Sarah Constructions see themselves as more than a builder, but as facilitators who ensure the best outcome for their clients. 2021 is set to be a record year for Sarah Constructions by way of delivering over $400 million worth of projects. It is also the year WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

that they celebrate 60 years in the industry. Sarah Constructions has successfully grown over the years to become an award-winning commercial builder with over 250 staff. 60 years ago the company was built on strong family values which is still evident in everything they do today. For more information contact Sarah Constructions, 49 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood SA 5063, phone 08 7129 8888, email contactus@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE ECH ENCORE APARTMENTS 217


A UNIQUE DESIGN TO SPAN GENERATIONS ACG Studio in collaboration with Walter Brooke and Associates worked together to design the ECH Encore Apartments. The mixed use development comprises a 4-storey building connected by a breezeway with café to an 8-storey building all centered around an inviting urban farm with landscaping along with health services, a gym and a child care centre. “ECH feels strongly about embracing a sense of community in its villages and were keen to translate this into a multi-story building. ECH wanted residents to be able to walk past their neighbours and connect with each other,” explained Kendall Aplin, Director. “The solution was to create a recessed section leading into each apartment which creates a ‘porch’ type entry. This was further emphasised with a tile finish, an external wall light and a built-in planter box which will be planted with indoor plants.” Each apartment was also fitted with a decorative screen door which allows the resident to see neighbours pass by if their main door is open. “This doubles as a method of getting cross ventilation through the apartment increasing amenity and well being,” said Kendall. Each floor also has a foyer space which overlooks the adjacent reserve providing an attractive sense of arrival, natural light, connection to outside and space to sit and interact. The apartments were designed to meet the ‘Liveable Housing Design Guidelines’ to a minimum ‘gold’ standard and be capable of being dementia friendly with ageing in place principles adopted. These include threshold-free transition to balconies, wide passage to bedrooms for wheelchair access, future proofing bathrooms to allow for grab rails and accessible sanitary fittings and even charging stations in the basement for gophers.

“The proposed material treatments are selected to be complementary to the existing naturalistic linear park environment, chosen to require minimal maintenance and be beautiful in their raw state. The buildings are predominantly clad in light-coloured profiled steel cladding that is pre-finished and pre-folded, precast concrete and timber-look aluminium clad column fins which create a sense of warmth. Each apartment balcony has a built in planter box which draws the urban farm up the building creating an attractive outlook from each living area while also providing privacy on the balcony and allowing a sense of identity to be created by allowing residents to maintain individual planting,” said Kendall. The approach to the interior design across the ECH Encore Apartments project has been to instill a sense of timelessness and belonging in the look, feel and function of the development. The Apartment ILU schemes are inspired by the natural Melaleuca and Spearwood landscape that surrounds the development. Neutral and natural tones with hints of colour feature at key locations to assist wayfinding and visual legibility are consistent and subtly applied throughout the development. “The public lobbies, allied health, consulting, café and even childcare components of the development all work to complement the apartment design schemes. In this way, the full development has a consistent and refined palette that is sophisticated yet understated and will hold together and provide longevity and durability. The avoidance of trend and a commitment to practical, functional and naturally beautiful spaces is the interior design direction,” said Kendall. ACG Studio focuses on creating engaging spaces which result in memorable environments which ultimately have a positive influence on its residents and communities. They work closely with their clients to realise an outstanding outcome and their collective design abilities, technical skills and construction expertise give them the capability to undertake projects ranging from large complex developments to smaller boutique projects. For more information contact ACG Studio, 236 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8227 0271, website


PIONEERING FIRE REGISTRIES While working on multiple projects across South Australia, Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions (APF Solutions) were brought on board to carry out passive fire protection services for the structural assets on the ECH Encore Apartments project in Modbury. The team at APF Solutions completed the sealing of all service penetrations through fire barriers, the recording of all, and the detailed entry into a Passive Fire register as per AS 1851-2012. APF Solutions were engaged by the builder as a service contractor and thus gave them a third party certification that all service penetrations were compliant and documented. “This gave the builder confidence that all fire barriers were compliantly sealed,” said Kyle Smith, Director. The interactive register supplied, will make it easier, and ultimately cheaper, for the end user to have annual inspections completed as per requirements. “Any new penetrations discovered during annual inspections that are not compliantly sealed can be easily traced back to the responsible contractor,” explained Kyle. “As fire registers are legally required for all wall and slab penetration seals, we are leading the way in database logging and data retrieval of penetration locations, including stamped photos and interactive PDF floor plans,” explained Chris Campbell, Data Analyst who is responsible for the online interactive fire register used for the ECH Encore Apartments project. “We are pioneers in this innovative practice, going beyond the legacy spreadsheet registers that have been created in the past.” There are many benefits for the client when using the online fire register. Apart from being interactive, it’s a comprehensive way of identifying what penetrations have been done in each location. The password protected register is easy for clients to use and covers all bases.

has been evolving over the past two years and the team are constantly looking at ways to improve the system,” said Chris. The project ran smoothly and APF Solutions made sure they kept ahead of the builders schedules. The biggest challenge was coordinating with service contractors to ensure that all penetrating services were located to be able to compliantly seal them. “We used a majority of Promat Products which are well known in the industry. We had to adapt and use multiple tested systems to reach compliance. This was due to some of the materials used in the construction of the walls and in the running of services,” said Kyle. APF Solutions can supply and install fire/smoke and egress doors and also build and certify fire and blast walls plus barriers. The team have the capabilities to build and repair fire barriers in commercial, industrial and residential buildings and they specialise in working in hospitals, aged care facilities and universities. The team are highly experienced when it comes to being aware of the users within these types of facilities and working around their needs. The team at APF Solutions also offer audit services for doors, penetrations, walls and apartments as per annual inspections for Form 3 compliance. The team are always available to help with technical and design advice on every project and can provide solutions for the most challenging conditions. For more information contact Adelaide Passive Fire Solutions, 67b Beach Road, Christies Beach SA 5165, phone 0437 372 319, email website



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THE RIGHT DOOR FOR THE JOB ARA Manufacture, part of the ARA Group, have a major manufacturing plant and head office in Adelaide which made them the perfect choice for the ECH Encore Apartments project. ARA Manufacture supplied and installed the fire rated doors and pressed metal door frames along with aluminium apartment entry screen doors to the ECH Encore Apartments development. The team used their uniquely designed architectural aluminium apartment entry doors to meet the style and functional needs of the project.

“ARA Manufacture helped with the design changes associated with coming up with the combined visual and practical needs of the apartment entry screens,” said Justin Carr, Project Sales Manager. “We have an in depth knowledge, creativity and vast experience in our field of commercial door solutions that was brought to the fore in this project. Nickle Pearl, a timeless colour from the Dulux Precious range was chosen for the 77 entry doors supplied on the ECH Encore Apartments project.” ARA Manufacture provide high quality doors, shutters and grilles to keep commercial spaces secure yet aesthetically appealing, and also offer industrial doors and windows designed and built with the toughness to endure Australia’s most demanding conditions. In the most critical situations, the products are rigorously tested to offer peace of mind to clients. ARA Manufacture are specialists when it comes to custom made door and window solutions designed for the unique needs of their customers. The team are known for offering a diverse range of innovative and dependable door and window systems, designed and built with Australian hands. ARA Manufacture are working on several other projects in South Australia which include the Santos Refurbishment, Chifley Hotel Motel development and the Repat Hospital. For more information contact ARA Manufacture, 19 Taminga Street, Regency Park SA 5010, phone 08 8243 7000, email, website


TILED TO PERFECTION Over the past 50 years, G&G Tiling have established themselves to become a tiling company of choice for the Australian commercial building sector. Working together with leading builders and suppliers, they provide an innovative approach while ensuring quality and safety. Their extensive knowledge and expertise helps to provide an engaging, rewarding and learning environment for every employee. G&G Tiling were contracted to work on ECH Encore Apartments. “Working on the two buildings simultaneously was challenging. We implemented very high quality control measures to ensure the best outcome for the client,” said Project Manager, Vince Trevisan.

“Today’s lifestyle changes see an increase in the multi-level aged care apartment sector, with our innovative approach, we have made use of our screed pump which enables sand and screed to be pumped to multiple levels providing efficiencies and less manual handling.”

“The project consisted of floor and wall tiling in the bathrooms using rectified porcelain tiles in two schemes, with the entries to the apartments tiled in a beautiful herringbone mosaic. These tiles were supplied by Beaumont Tiles. Pavers were used on the apartment balconies, supplied by Adelaide Marble, and alternate pavers on the bridgeway link joining the North and South buildings, all using a pedestal system.This system delivers longevity, as it provides long term maintenance with minimal disruptions and allows outside areas to be tiled in one plane without compromising drainage in any way.”

“We would like to thank our key project team members Rita Guerrera who coordinated the project including project administration and Rocky Zito who led the project onsite with Billy Sheppard as well as our loyal subcontractors.”

“The team at Adelaide Marble led by John Miteloudis, worked together with us to ensure client satisfaction when choosing a paver that was suitable for its intended purposes and met relevant standards.”

For more information contact G&G Tiling, 5/1387 Main North Road, Para Hills West SA 5096, phone 08 8336 1431, email office@ggtiling., website


G&G Tiling continue to work on projects in the aged care, education, retail, recreation, and apartment development sectors including current projects, Angle Vale Super School, Adelaide Tennis Centre and Monarto Safari Park Visitor Centre.


MORE THEN JUST WINDOW COVERINGS SA Commercial Blinds is a South Australian owned business specialising in the supply and installation of quality window furnishings for the commercial market. They work closely with builders, architects and clients to achieve innovative window covering solutions. The team at SA Commercial Blinds provided a range of blinds for the ECH Encore Apartments in Modbury. Roller blinds were installed to the bedrooms, offices and public spaces while motorised blinds were chosen for the gym, community hall and café. Close to 1,500 blinds

were installed on the project. The motorised blinds are controlled via radio frequency with hand held remote controls. Vertilux Yang Room Darkening and Vertilux Status 5% Semi Transparent fabrics were used throughout the ECH Encore Apartments project. Both of these products provide insulation from harmful UV rays with heat and reflection properties that assist in maintaining an energy efficient environment. Along with commercial offerings, SA Commercial Blinds also provide solutions for residential projects of all sizes. The company is proud to be a state agent for the major brands of Vertilux, Verosol, Total Window Concepts and Hunter Douglas Architectural. The team at SA Commercial Blinds share over 100 years of combined experience in the window furnishing industry. From a small office fitout, to the construction of multi-storey buildings, the team at SA Commercial Blinds will provide a premium result matched with unparalleled service, workmanship and quality. SA Commercial Blinds are currently working on several projects including Whyalla Secondary School, 203 North Terrace Port Lincoln TAFE Education Office, Matthew Flinders Home Port Lincoln, SANTOS Refurbishment, Osborne Naval Shipbuilding Project, SA Ambulance Peterborough, Repat Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital. For more information contact SA Commercial Blinds, phone 08 8347 8700, email, website



BUILT WITH TRUST With a 40 year history in commercial fitouts, Quality Ceilings were the perfect choice for the ECH Encore Apartments project in South Australia. With a team of 50 highly skilled staff, Quality Ceilings spent 15 months working on the highly anticipated development in Modbury. The ECH Encore Apartments have been architecturally designed with each apartment offering high quality features to enable residents to live independently and comfortably in their own home. The development also incorporates a Montessori Early Leaning Centre making it one of the first retirement projects to provide an Early Learning Centre onsite. Having successfully worked with Sarah Constructions many times over the past five years, the project was completed seamlessly. “We constructed approximately 20,000m2 of walls and 13,000m2 of ceilings with all fabrication done onsite. We completed all of the wall and ceiling frames, plasterboard fixing and flushing,” said Jeremy Purtle, Director of Quality Ceilings. Jeremy believes that the key to their ongoing success is the emphasis they put on building long lasting relationships. “By building trust and solid relationships, our customers can have complete confidence in the work we do,” said Jeremy. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The team look forward to many more years of providing commercial fitout services on projects across the State. Quality Celinigs work with well known suppliers including Knauf who provide flatpacks ready for use on the project site. The team are currently working on the 354 Bowden apartments project which is located on the western fringe of Adelaide City and has been designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star design and As-Built rating. Quality Ceilings are also working on several other developments simultaneously. For more information contact Quality Ceilings, 7 Ross Road, Piccadilly SA 5151, phone 0412 488 832 SA PROJECT FEATURE ECH ENCORE APARTMENTS 225







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BLENDING THE URBAN FARM LANDSCAPE Adelaide Innovative Landscaping (AIL) was engaged by Sarah Constructions to undertake a range of landscape works which included the installation of the planting, irrigation, paving, pathways, exposed aggregate concrete path and stairs, steel planters, bioretention basin, rockwork, entry tiling and external furniture.

The development has been designed to be dementia friendly with many elements specifically implemented to meet this criteria. One of which was the dementia friendly tile pattern which was designed by the project architect. The entry tiles are made from timeless granite which was sourced overseas. The team at AIL successfully negotiated the international logistics during the COVID pandemic.

There were some really interesting products chosen for this engaging, and extremely inviting, outdoor community area, including the use of Corten steel circular planters, chosen for the urban farm area which produce a striking aesthetic.

The site posed a number of challenges including a shared driveway for all trades to access throughout the duration of the build, and adverse winter weather creating unique stormwater management issues due to the grade of the site. “It was a well managed site by Sarah Constructions which made our job much easier,” said Michael Locampo, Project Estimator. AIL have collaborated with a wide range of clients on a vast spectrum of landscape projects within Adelaide’s construction scene. This diverse scope of experience has made them a one-stop-shop for commercial clients to undertake comprehensive landscape construction projects, drawing from a wide range of disciplines to achieve the perfect result every time. Another very recent project that AIL worked on was the Liberty Development Playground at Two Wells. This exciting $2 million development features a 4m high tree house which can be seen from the nearby highway. For more information contact Adelaide Innovative Landscaping, 32 Davis Road, Glynde SA 5070, phone 08 8165 0344, email, website


THE FINISHING TOUCH Thirteen Commercial Cleaning were engaged by Sarah Constructions to provide builders clean services to the project. This included internal and external cleaning of the spacious apartments which are set within a vertical village comprising an 8-storey and 4-storey building. On this particular development, Thirteen Commercial Cleaning brought in their abseil specialists to carry out the external cleaning of the windows and façades. “The team at Sarah Constructions make our job easier. The lines of communication are excellent and they always look out for their contractors,” said Frank Tsianos, Director at Thirteen Commercial Cleaning. The team at Thirteen Commercial Cleaning are highly experienced in providing cleaning services for Tier 1 building projects as well as shop fitouts, office refurbishments and construction sites. All staff are coached with a core emphasis on detail and product knowledge to ensure each project is completed to the highest standard. Thirteen Commercial Cleaning understand the tight deadlines associated with the building industry and provide flexible staffing solutions to cater for any project timetable. As with every project, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the team overcome all challenges associated with working in and around other trades and their work schedule. The team are currently working on the Festival Centre carpark next to Skycity Casino and the Uniting SA Assisted Living facility at West Lakes. Just recently they completed work at the new Skycity Hotel and Casino along with the Adelaide Oval Hotel project. Thirteen Commercial Cleaning are a family owned and operated company who care about their people, their customers and the environment. For more information contact Thirteen Commercial Cleaning, PO Box 470, Walkerville SA 5081, phone 0435 921 508, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE ECH ENCORE APARTMENTS 229

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THE RIGHT PROTECTION With a team of highly qualified staff who specialise in scaffolding, rigging and rope access, Pinnacle Scaffolding SA conducted the full height, perimeter edge protection and overhead protection on the apartments. The team were contracted to provide custom designed solutions and installation of edge protection to suit the unique site requirements. “We installed over 2kms of edge protection in total. The key requirement of the project was to install an edge protection system that provided full height ‘slab to slab’ enclosure of each floor level, without disrupting the installation of structural steel above. We achieved this by designing and engineering a system specifically for the project that could be installed in two stages – first to 1.0m high, then extended to 3.0m when required.”

School Aldinga with Sarah Constructions, 354 Bowden with Buildtec, and the Emergency State Services precinct with Pike Constructions. For more information contact Pinnacle Scaffolding SA, phone (Dylan Hoare) 0423 209 010, email, website

The team at Pinnacle Scaffolding SA specialise in height access, from scaffolding, rope access and swing stages, to hoisting, man/ materials hoist and mast climbers. “We primarily provide our services in the commercial and industrial markets in South Australia. We have grown our team to 20+ employees since we began trading in 2017 and are growing a strong reputation for our technical knowledge. We enjoy the challenge of helping a client execute unique projects where specialty solutions are required.” Pinnacle Scaffolding SA are also currently working on the Adelaide High School Re-development with Badge Constructions, PPP Super



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HEIGHT SAFETY Height Safety Engineers Page 72 | 1300 884 978

RIGCOM Page 139 | 1300 893 230

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JOINERY (STONE) Saba Bros Tiling Page 134 | 02 9904 9380

Ecodynamics Rockface Landscapes

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LINE MARKING Lining Systems Australia

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