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CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE ON FUTURISTIC DEAKIN UNIVERSITY LAW BUILDING Construction is now complete on the new $110 million Deakin Law School building at the university’s Burwood campus in Melbourne. Boasting one of the most futuristic architectural exterior designs in the country, the building features a tapered curved façade – marked by a seamless transition between three individual building ‘pods’ stacked on top of one another – that creates a uniquely bold, sleek finish. Industry Cladding & Roofing not only installed the 7,000 panels required to clad the curvaceous façade, but also manufactured the panels at their Bacchus March factory, many of which had to be individually hand formed. According to Grant Wright (Managing Director, Industry Cladding & Roofing), “Each panel not only had to curve, but taper. Imagine peeling an orange: every segment curved around, as well as up and down. This is the first project in Australia, and possibly internationally, to feature a three-dimensional curving system that runs throughout the complete façade package.” “As a result of this three-dimensional curve, approximately 30% of the panels had to be individually hand formed. There was simply no machinery available to manufacture the panels to the exacting specifications required; just 3mm out was unacceptable. Instead, our onsite team measured and templated each panel, which was then hand crafted by the

team in our factory. This meant we had a crew of 25 people onsite every day for the course of 12 months to ensure every aspect was properly managed from tender, right through to completion.” In addition to superior levels of craftsmanship, material specification was essential to the successful delivery of the project. “Fifty tonne of Zinc flat coil was turned into curved standing seam to achieve the desired look, making this one of the largest ever orders of VM Zinc in Australia. VM Zinc was selected because of its

malleable nature. It is one of the most pliable products on the market, which ensured it could be curved in two directions through one panel,” said Wright. “The architects, Woods Bagot, also wanted a natural, living product install on the façade. VM Zinc naturally weathers from its initial lustrous shine to a beautifully textured mattegrey patina.” For more information: www.industrycladding. com.au

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JACOBS JOIN EFFORTS ON DIGITAL CITY TRANSFORMATION Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) announced today that leading professional services company Jacobs had joined the peak body to support action and investment in digital solutions that advance sustainability outcomes in our cities, towns and communities.

vision of cities that are liveable, workable, and sustainable. As a global leading advisor to the built and natural environment, Jacobs impact here in the Australia New Zealand region is one that continues to grow and will be fundamental in our pursuit for more sustainable growth in the coming decades.

The Smart Cities Council is the world’s largest network of smart cities practitioners and policy makers, and with Jacobs now a member company, “the Council has a new partner that can bring deep knowledge and experience in shaping the most sustainable cities through smarter solutions,” said Adam Beck, SCCANZ’s Executive Director.

“The Smart Cities Council is working with governments around the world to help them accelerate their sustainability goals by embracing citizen-centred smart technology, data, and intelligent design. But our cities, towns and communities are diverse and under much stress,” said Beck.

“Jacobs has a long history of solving complex challenges for our clients. The digital transformation is enabling us to shape the next generation of smart, innovative solutions for our cities,” said Jacobs Regional Solutions Director Digital Solutions, Asia Pacific, Paul Francis. “We’re pleased to be joining the Smart Cities Council and are ready to lend our support in advocating and shaping smarter and more connected, sustainable cities.” Jacobs shares the Smart Cities Council’s

“That’s why we are so excited to have Jacobs experience part of our efforts to position Australia New Zealand as the global leader in smart and connected communities. The Jacobs team brings the inspiration, curiosity and innovation to deliver real value to people, planet and prosperity.” The Smart Cities Council is the world’s largest network of smart cities companies, practitioners and policy makers, embracing technology and data to accelerate liveability, workability, and sustainability in our cities and towns.

GREEN BUILDING DAY 2021 Green Building Day is back for 2021 with in person events! Green Building Day is an annual event held across 4 cities nationally. It celebrates all things Green Star and explores GBCA’s strategy areas through real life Green Star case study examples. Hear from sustainability leaders, learn from Green Star projects, share knowledge and connect. GBCA will share the latest about the evolution of their Green Star rating tools and examine key challenges such as upfront carbon and material reuse. Why attend Green Building Day in 2021: • Meet the Green Stars: Learn about leading Green Star case studies and hear from project leaders. • Future Focus: Hear about where we are on our journey to reshape the Green Star rating system and bring you the next evolution of the tools. • Innovation: Hear about new and inspiring examples of innovation in practice.

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CPD Points: A great way to gain 6 Green Star CPD points. Network: Reconnect in person with peers and action collaboration.

GBCA’s in person events will be held in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The Sydney event will also be live streamed if you are unable to attend in person. Register early to secure an early-bird rate: Perth – 27 May, Brisbane – 1 June, Melbourne – 9 June, and Sydney – 22 June Registrations open now: www.gbca.org.au

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DELIVERY FLEXIBLE AND RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES A key challenge as we look to support Australia’s economic recovery is ensuring our infrastructure sector has the necessary capacity and capability to deliver on this historic investment pipeline. In the wake of COVID-19, there are great opportunities for government and industry to work together to deliver flexible and resilient infrastructure services that better respond to our changing and diverse community needs. However, having visibility over the demand for skills, resources and effectively predicting risk, will be essential in achieving the best results. In the 2020-21 Federal Budget, Infrastructure Australia was tasked with leading new research to provide annual analytical assessments of infrastructure market capacity. As part of this project, we are building a predictive data tool that takes inputs from the demand side and supply side to anticipate what the demand for skills and resources, or risk might be. Our research will bring together Commonwealth, State and Territory and industry data to provide an annual snapshot of market capacity to support both the public and private sectors in targeted investment and reform. Through the Infrastructure Priority List, we have sought to give the public and private sector visibility over the long term investment pipeline. Through this new project on Market Capacity, we are aiming to provide visibility over the industry’s ability deliver on it. Importantly, our infrastructure market capacity research provides an opportunity to understand where the pressure points are and address longterm challenges – from women’s participation in the sector to the allocation of risk and structuring of contacts.

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comment TAYLOR APPOINTS GEORGE BARDAS, CEO Jon Davies CEO Australian Constructors Association

CELEBRATING INDUSTRY SUCCESS

With the spotlight on the construction industry to lead the economy out of recession, we have a unique opportunity to create a more sustainable industry. To achieve this, industry stakeholders must work together, particularly in today’s environment where projects are larger and more complex than ever before. A sustainable construction industry is one that is built on three interlinked pillars of equitable and aligned commercial frameworks, a strong positive culture, and the capability, capacity and skills to execute the projects it is called upon to deliver. Improvement in one pillar requires improvement in all. The tale of boom and bust, of blowouts and litigation and of collapses and company failures has dominated in recent years. It is time we change the narrative and celebrate the skill and commitment of the people delivering these projects. That is why forums that recognise industry success, like the Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA), are important. The Australian Constructors Association together with Engineers Australia recently announced four projects selected as finalists to compete for the 2021 ACAA: • Australia 108 (VIC) by Multiplex • Bruce Highway Upgrade Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (QLD) by Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture • Pacific Highway Upgrade Woolgoolga to Ballina Section 2A - Wells Crossing to Glenugie (NSW) by ACCIONA • Zero Cost Energy Future (SA) by Enerven. Demonstrating world class expertise in delivering these projects, the finalists developed collaborative cultures that helped to overcome challenges, while also providing opportunities for greater training and upskilling. These are critical elements for sustaining the industry.

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Taylor is proud to announce the appointment of George Bardas as CEO. George is a highly qualified construction executive, with over 30 years experience in successfully delivering organisational growth and diversity. With Taylor recently celebrating 25 years in business, there has been a great deal of preparation in selecting the right leader to join Mark Taylor for the years ahead. George joins at a time when Taylor is strategically positioning to maximise market opportunities in property and construction. George’s appointment is about expanding the capabilities of the business, opening new opportunities and best supporting all internal and external stakeholders. Commenting on the appointment, George said he is incredibly excited about the long term prospects for both his role and for Taylor, “Taylor is more than a builder, relationships and people are at the centre of the way Mark conducts business. Together with Mark, I look

forward to investing in long term relationships with all partners and team members across Taylor’s impressive multi-sector portfolio.”

Taylor’s Managing Director, Mark Taylor and CEO, George Bardas

Mark Taylor adds, “I’ve known George for many years – he is a trusted friend who worked closely with my father and I admire his approach and his character. With safety, relationships and quality as key drivers for George, he will be a great fit for our business and culture. Together, I believe we will make a great team, leading the business into the future.”

VEGA NEW AUSTRALIAN HEADQUARTERS Archisoul are delighted to have completed construction of the new Australia Headquarters of German company VEGA (global manufacturer of level and pressure instrumentation). Located in Caringbah NSW, on a prominent 5,400m2 site with three street frontages, the design embraces a complex brief to facilitate VEGA’s regional head office as well as conference, exhibition, training and warehouse facilities.

VEGA Headquarters - Exterior with shading fins.

VEGA’s aspiration is to create a work environment that fosters staff creativity, connection and wellbeing. The architecture needed to reflect VEGA’s reputation for quality and precision as well as their sustainable ethos and these were key factors in Archisoul’s appointment for the project. The resulting design of three separate buildings, which are highly responsive to each other and the surrounding environment. All building functions are strategically planned to utilise passive design principles through responsive building envelope treatments. Central to the design was the preservation of a row of large row of large eucalyptus trees, which seamlessly integrate architecture and landscape and provide a welcoming canopy between the main building and smaller training facility. The finished buildings sit comfortably on the site, framing the avenue of eucalyptus trees and a jewel in the semi-industrial landscape of its neighbours.

VEGA Headquarters - From above.

Architect: Archisoul Architects Builder: Kane Constructions Project Location: Caringbah, Sydney Date of Completion: November 2019


LEADING DESIGN DUO COLLABORATE ON REIMAGINING OF MELBOURNE’S GOTHIC BANK PRECINCT Aberrant new workspaces, Venetian-inspired courtyards and flamboyant neo-gothic architectural flourishes all combine to create the most unexpected and unconventional office and retail precinct to hit the market in Melbourne’s CBD this year – Queen & Collins.

Brent Crockford Chief Executive Officer Australian Owned Contractors

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The GPT Group has engaged Kerstin Thompson Architects and BVN Architecture to transform Melbourne’s famed Gothic Bank precinct into an incongruous yet cohesive ‛city within a city’ that will challenge long held workplace conventions while delivering quirky new retail, dining and public spaces. The Queen & Collins redevelopment integrates and transforms three buildings on the corner of Collins and Queen Streets, delivering 35,000m3 of A Grade office space to the market in Q2 2021. The project feature a series of explorable laneways and intimate courtyards, known as campiellos (‘Venetian little squares’), in tribute to the precinct’s existing Venetian-gothic architecture and with the intention of turning the traditional concept of the corporate lobby on its head. The ambitious endeavour involved a bold reimagining of the 34-storey former world headquarters of ANZ, to birth the ‘Queen & Collins Tower’. Originally built in 1993, the building has been affectionately dubbed the Gothic Tower for decades because of its distinctive architectural features. It will also deliver a sensitive upgrade of two heritage buildings: The Safe Deposit Building, located at 90 Queen Street, and 380 Collins Street, the former Stock Exchange Building, both significant examples of boomtime Melbourne architecture. GPT’s architectural team embraced the challenge of uniting the varied spaces within Queen & Collins by delivering a transformative yet sympathetic design scheme that significantly upgrades the precinct while preserving the character of its heritage neighbours. Kerstin Thompson, Founding Principal KTA, said central to the architectural vision was a revitalised entrance experience creating multiple ‘civic gates’ to the precinct and an intriguing ground plane that will incorporate a series of laneways and public squares to enable pedestrian movement and moments of pause.

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Australian Owned Contractors (AOC) exists to increase the participation of mid-tier contractors within the head contracts of major public infrastructure ($500m +) across Australia.

Queen & Collins QAC Level 1 and Level 2

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“The transformed space will be the antithesis of the conventional corporate office block – eclectic and unapologetic, it is a celebration of its neo-gothic heritage, diversity of architectural characters and historic layers,” Ms Thompson said. “The ground experience will feature four campiellos, opening the site up to the city and transforming it from a fortress, to an open community – generous, vital and active.” Queen & Collins is owned by the GPT Wholesale Office Fund, which currently has 17 office assets valued at $8.6 billion under management. The Fund is on track to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its Australian CBD office portfolio by the end of 2020.

It is the case that in the past five year period, over 95% of jointly-funded (Federal and State) major civil construction projects have been awarded to foreign owned multi-nationals. And without government action to think strategically about the future of the Australian construction industry – this unsustainably high level of contract outcomes will only continue to stifle growth and opportunities for mid-tier civil contractors. It’s why AOC is calling on the Federal and State Governments to recognise that the Australian market is willing and able to take on major projects as prime contractors - as collectively we have the desire and ambition to grow into larger companies. The government should insist that contracts be ‘broken up’ into work packages smaller than $500m so that more mid-tier Australian constructors can bid for them, injecting competition and joint venturing opportunities that currently do not exist. Where projects cannot be packaged below this level, governments should recognise the importance of industry sustainability to taxpayer funded projects and incentivise Tier 1 contractors to partner with the mid-tier market so the growth opportunities can be felt more widely through the civil construction sector. Australian owned contractors have proved their quality and capability on large work scopes time and again, and there is no good reason why they should be excluded as head contractors on our largest infrastructure projects due to a lack of strategic policy consideration on behalf of Australian governments.

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comment AUSTRALIAN PSI®: STRONG SALES AND NEW ORDERS LIFT SERVICES SECTOR IN MARCH Davina Rooney Chief Executive Officer Green Building Council of Australia

ACCELERATING THE TRANSITION TO NET ZERO Last year we released Green Star Buildings, the biggest overhaul of the Green Star system in 18 years. This wasn’t just a revamp of our sustainability rating system for buildings, it marked a new definition of what a sustainable building means, one that looks beyond the environment to human health, resilience, people and places. We knew time was running out for the built environment to drastically reduce carbon emissions and while we have a lot of ‘nearly net zero buildings’ in Australia, very few can claim genuine ‘net zero’ status, so we collaborated with industry to review and refine Green Star to unlock net zero building at scale. Industry road tested the new tool through a range of projects in our Green Star Early Access Program. These projects included Darebin City Council’s fully electric Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, Charter Hall’s new logistics hub capable of storing 730 million Mars Bars under one roof and the Powerhouse Parramatta, the largest cultural investment since the Sydney Opera House. Green Star tools are being taken up by industry faster than ever before, so we’re making sure we have the technology in place to support you on your journey. Launched late last year, Green Star Online is our new digital platform that streamlines our service and makes project submission easier than ever.

The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Services Index (Australian PSI®) rose by 2.9 points to 58.7 in March, recording its highest monthly result since June 2018 as the recovery following the COVID-19 recession of 2020 continued to gain strength (results above 50 points indicate expansion, with the distance from 50 points indicating the strength of the increase). Key Findings for March 2021: • All five of the services sectors included in

the Australian PSI® indicated growth in March. Four of the five activity indices in the Australian PSI® expanded in March, with only the employment index declining mildly (up 6.3 points to 49.0). The selling prices index also improved to its strongest rate since January 2008 (up 1.7 points to 57.9).

Find the full report at: www.aigroup.com.au/ policy-and-research/mediacentre/releases/

SERVICES AUSTRALIA COMMITS TO CHARTER HALL’S 60 KING WILLIAM STREET Charter Hall Group announced that it has secured Federal Government agency Services Australia as the major pre-commitment tenant at its $450 million 60 King William Street development in Adelaide’s CBD. The 10 year lease to Services Australia, which delivers social, health and other support services, is one of the State’s largest office pre-commitments covering 28,500m2 across 10 floors. It takes the new building’s committed commercial net lettable area to over 70%, with the only available space left on the top three skyrise floors. More than 2,200 Services Australia staff will relocate to 60 King William Street in 2023. Building users will benefit from a number of innovative features including a secure entrance, sky lobby, touchless bathroom amenities, a wellness centre and very efficient 3,000m2 floor plates.

Minister for Government Services, Mr Stuart Robert, said “the new investment demonstrates Services Australia’s ongoing commitment to providing updated facilities in order to provide the best services for Australians.” Charter Hall has appointed Built as its construction delivery partner for 60 King William Street, with works on site already underway. Completion is anticipated in mid 2023. More than 1,500 local jobs will be created during the development delivery phase. It is expected that 10% of the onsite workforce will be new apprenticeships. Senator for South Australia and Federal Finance Minister Simon Birmingham welcomed this major commitment by Services Australia that will help unlock thousands of jobs and provide a major boost for the South Australian economy.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do at GBCA and we will continue to work with members, partners and industry to ensure the transition to net zero continues at pace.

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QUARANTINE STATIONS AND THE FUTURE OF CONNECTION

The Gold Coast’s newest and largest masterplanned community has commenced construction in what has been close to a 15 year wait for the last significant residential development in the City to come to market. SkyRidge, formally known as Pacific View Estate, is situated in the central Gold Coast suburb of Worongary, 15 minutes west of Broadbeach. Situated on a rise directly overlooking the spectacular Surfers Paradise skyline with sweeping ocean views, from the majority of areas within the site. Over a projected 15 year period, the $1.5 billion project will deliver up to an estimated 3,500 dwellings, a high quality village shopping

and convenience retail centre and a school anticipated to provide education from Prep through to Year 12 in conjunction with childcare and community facilities. Over the life of the project, several mixeduse sites are planned that could provide commercial, medical, retirement, aged care, short stay and residential apartment opportunities, close to the amenity provided by the proposed Village retail centre fronting Hinkler Drive. In perspective, the community will be of similar scale to Varsity Lakes and will be built on some of the last land available to be developed within the central Gold Coast.

THE DEVELOPERS FORUM KICKS OFF 2021 The first Developers’s Forum’s event of 2021 was hosted at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Wednesday 31 March, with keynote speaker, NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler, talking on ‛Restoring Confidence to Get Customers Back’. The event saw 550 attendees armed with genuine and useful information they can implement within their business and amongst their team.

and Sfeir Accountants, The Developers’ Forum is a Sydney based construction industry forum for small-medium developers and builders. It provides industry access to a community forum that includes important industry and professional services information, building and construction trends, materials and labour advice, as well as relevant legal and financial information. The next event will be held in the 4th quarter 2021.

The event partnered with Arc Energy Group, SDSS, Convey Pal, Assetline Development Finance, Harvey Norman Commercial, James Hardie and Lefand, and resulted in a number of new relationships being formed, a flush of fresh business perspectives and a hopeful future for the building, construction and development industry. Established 2013 by the founding members Construction Consultants, Macquarie Lawyers

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Recent discussions have contemplated the need to reintroduce quarantine stations, with airport owners offering to build them adjacent to their facilities. Looking back into history, quarantine stations have operated in Australia from the 1800s. The North Head facility in New South Wales was introduced in response to the 1829-51 Cholera pandemic in Europe and functioned from 1832 to 1984. Lytton in Queensland was established by 1914 and operated through the world wide outbreak of Spanish Influenza in 1919. The purpose of quarantine was to avoid diseases being transmitted into the community by arriving passengers. Today, there is a further extension of this concept in Connect@Singapore, the innovative ‛meeting bubble’ facility at Singapore Expo and MAX Atriat. Purpose built accommodation will facilitate safe, face-to-face meetings, events and conferences between business travellers from across the globe without travellers leaving the facility. Connect@Changi is developed by a Singapore consortium, led by Temasek and includes The Ascott Limited, Changi Airport Group, Sheares Healthcare Group, SingEx and Surbana Jurong. Additional strains of COVID-19 may continue to emerge and vaccines may struggle to keep pace with the changes they present. Epidemiologists are also watching a number of other diseases with pandemic potential, so it is possible that the requirements of COVID, such as physical distancing and the need for quarantine, maybe extended. On this basis it seems prudent to consider the reintroduction of quarantine stations and the development of safe business travel hubs to protect communities and allow international business to return to some semblance of normal.

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LENDLEASE BEGINS WORKS ON TRANSFORMATIVE NORTH SYDNEY PRECINCT

Nicola Grayson Chief Executive Consult Australia.

UPLIFTING PRODUCTIVITY

The consulting sector has a critical role to play in Australia’s economic recovery. We are a job creator not only through direct employment but also through the professional services we provide, unlocking many more jobs across the construction industry and the broader community. To maximise our value creation and uplift productivity across the industry there are some readily achievable actions to be implemented. Considering pre-tender, tendering, contracting, project delivery, and post-completion phases of a project, Consult Australia has looked at projects (in Australia) that have demonstrated best practice procurement initiatives or model contracting behaviours. From this review we have developed a checklist of practical actions that can be taken to uplift productivity across the project phases. Essentially our message is that we can make significant gains in value and productivity without the need for an invention test. Don’t mistake the need for urgency. If we’re going to maximise the economic benefits and create a sustainable long-term legacy from the government stimulus in response to the pandemic, we must make these changes now. We’ve all been talking about the problems in the industry for too long, let’s change the dialogue and start pursuing a future focused agenda. Let’s free ourselves of the toxic legacy issues that have led to the unenviable title of being one of the most litigious building and construction sectors in the world and lean into the industry we want to be. Find our Uplifting Productivity Report from our website here. https://www.consultaustralia.com.au/docs/ default-source/procurement/upliftingproductivity-report.pdf 14

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North Sydney’s transformation is set to accelerate with works now underway on the Victoria Cross integrated station development – bringing the business district’s new commercial, retail and transport hub to life. Delivered in partnership with Sydney Metro, the commencement of works comes six months after the NSW Government’s fast tracked approval of the over station development, under the Planning System Acceleration Program. Due for completion in 2024, Victoria Cross is a $1.2 billion commercial tower and an urban precinct designed by award-winning architects Bates Smart. The development will deliver an exciting new urban retail experience, a community hub and 42-storey next generation workplace. This landmark project will bolster North Sydney Council’s progressive vision for the area. “With new premium developments such as Victoria Cross, North Sydney is now emerging as the commercial centre of choice for many national and international companies,” said Mayor Jilly Gibson. “The Victoria Cross development improves connections both to the North Sydney CBD and within the North Sydney CBD, which is an excellent urban design outcome and I look forward to seeing it take shape.” Lendlease’s commencement of works follows the recent laying of the first tracks on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest line. Victoria Cross, the centrepiece of North Sydney’s CBD transformation is just three minutes from Barangaroo and five minutes from Martin Place and will draw talent from Sydney’s global workforce.

Jeheon Son, Head of Development NSW and Head of Integrated Transport Development at Lendlease said, “Around the world, people are increasingly demanding workplaces that have outstanding sustainability and digital credentials, are linked to public transport, and are stitched into the local community. We know our new Victoria Cross Development will respond to these demands.” Set to accommodate up to 7,000 office workers, the workspace has been designed to adapt to the changing work environment and prioritise sustainability, health and social connection. On track to be the most sustainable workplace in North Sydney, Victoria Cross is targeting Platinum WELL and 6 Star Green Star rating. The new commercial building will feature a range of expertly designed spaces to promote flexibility, innovation and collaboration. An expansive lobby with a multipurpose hub space will facilitate community connection, while outdoor balconies and green or ‘biophilic’ spaces will promote health and wellbeing. The Victoria Cross precinct will also welcome approximately 30 new food and beverage-led retailers to the area, with new laneways and green spaces creating a vibrant place for workers, locals and visitors from morning to night. “Just six months after the accelerated approval of our $1.2 billion over station development, it’s great to see Lendlease’s boots on the ground as we bring the transport, commercial and lifestyle elements of Victoria Cross to life,” said Jeheon Son. “Lendlease shares the vision of our government partners to create both economic activity as well as exceptional public spaces for everyone’s enjoyment – Victoria Cross is another example of what these partnerships can deliver.”


WORLD CLASS DESIGN FOR 131 HENRY STREET, PENRITH Penrith City Council has announced the winner of its design excellence competition to reinvigorate the former Council Chambers into a new commercial building set to revitalise the Penrith CBD. Global architecture firm, Woods Bagot, produced the winning design for the redevelopment, known as 131 Henry Street, following a rigorous Design Excellence Competition and assessment from the judging panel of independent industry experts. Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM said the winning design offered an innovative architectural solution that responded to the competition brief, and future urban character of the Penrith CBD. “We are thrilled to start working with award-winning architects Woods Bagot to deliver a highly advanced workplace at 131 Henry Street, which will feature a sustainable design, and activated public and retail spaces for the community,” Cr McKeown said.

“The transformation of 131 Henry Street will not only help address the limited supply of A-grade commercial space in Penrith, it will also strengthen Penrith’s role as an employment and service cluster within Western Sydney, creating in excess of 150 jobs through construction and a further 430 jobs upon completion,” Cr McKeown added.

The winning design will undergo further design development and refinement with the development application to be lodged by the end of 2021. Artist impression 131 Henry Street, Penrith

BANNING DANGEROUS CLADDING IN VIC

Taking effect from February 1, the ban will prohibit the use of these products on apartment buildings, and other residential buildings such as hotels and aged care facilities with two or more storeys. The ban also applies to the use of these products on office buildings, shopping centres or other retail premises, warehouses, factories and car parks with three or more storeys.

Chris Melham Chief Executive Officer Civil Contractors Federation

ADOPTING A BORROW TO BUILD POLICY The proposed design, featuring approximately 8,000m2 of flexible commercial space, ground floor retail, onsite parking and a building façade that activates both street frontages, incorporates best practice principles of environmentally sustainable design and is targeting a minimum of 5 Star Green Star rating in line with Council’s ‘Cooling the City Strategy’.

“The redevelopment of 131 Henry Street will set the benchmark for future city developments and be the catalyst for the revitalisation of the Penrith CBD, alongside Council’s investment in a new City Park and transformation of Soper Place. As a key city within Western Sydney, Penrith will be the first to connect to the new Nancy-Bird International Airport at Badgerys Creek and surrounding aerotropolis by metro rail from day one of operations.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced a prohibition on flammable aluminium composite panels and rendered expanded polystyrene as external wall cladding on all future multi-storey developments. The decision to ban the use of these products on certain building types was based on expert technical advice, which found they can contribute to the spread of fire when used inappropriately or installed incorrectly.

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Applying the ban to new multi-storey developments limits the potential risk to the public from any future inappropriate use and reduces the risk of cladding fire incidents. The Government also commissioned a cost benefit analysis, which found the ban will result in a net economic benefit of approximately $1 million annually due to reduced insurance costs. The Victorian Building Authority will enforce the cladding ban in its role as Victoria’s building regulator, with penalties of up to $400,000 for significant breaches. In July 2019, the Labor Government established the $600 million Cladding Rectification Program to enable rectification of hundreds of buildings identified through the State-wide Cladding Audit being conducted by the Victorian Building Authority.

With the 2021-2022 Federal Budget only weeks away, the civil construction industry is keenly anticipating further details of the Government’s infrastructure investment program. Australia’s peak national voice for the civil infrastructure sector, the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), is calling on the Federal Government to adopt a bold ‘borrow to build’ policy to bounce back from recession, to generate jobs and to stimulate economic growth. CCF’s 2,000 strong membership across the country, who are responsible for the construction and maintenance of Australia’s civil infrastructure, including roads, bridges, pipelines, drainage, ports and utilities, are well positioned to lead Australia’s economic recovery and to support thousands of new jobs in the current economic climate. CCF’s key recommendation to Government is to take advantage of historically low interest rates and use debt funding to increase levels of civil infrastructure investment. Similarly, CCF is also calling on the Government to disaggregate large projects where possible and to encourage expressions of interest from Tier 2 and Tier 3 head contractors, and for project allocations to be spread across all jurisdictions to ensure widespread community benefits are realised from Government’s infrastructure funding. CCF has also used its 2021-2022 Federal Government Pre-Budget submission to call for procurement reform, including the simplification of procurement processes, and for procurement agencies to work more closely with civil construction companies via collaborative contract arrangements. As Treasurer Frydenberg stands at the Dispatch Box on Budget night, CCF will be looking for a greater commitment by Government to harness the economic capacity of the civil construction sector in these uncertain economic times.

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comment Colin Mitchell National General Manager – Strategy BMD Group

INFRASTRUCTURE-LED RECOVERY WHILE SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNTIES The Australian infrastructure industry is viewed as an effective conduit to rebuild the economy post COVID-19. With government investment in infrastructure and stimulus packages at record levels, our entire sector is benefiting through the significant project pipeline. The challenge is to ensure that with this tremendous opportunity, we are delivering real jobs, committing to training new entrants to the industry, and securing positive social and economic outcomes for years to come. Pleasingly and in the main, the infrastructure industry was able to continue operating during the pandemic as an essential service, keeping our valuable people employed. However, many other industries have not been as fortunate such as hospitality and tourism and additionally, many community service groups were significantly impacted. BMD has a proud history of supporting local communities and our Board recently awarded more than $160,000 in funding to 36 grassroots and not-for-profit organisations across Australia. At BMD, we are always looking for opportunities to make a difference and this give-back initiative has allowed us to support small organisations in the areas of health and wellbeing, arts and culture, job creation, environment, education, and social and community development. These community groups will use the funds to purchase equipment, allocate resources to updating programs, and ensure the ongoing operation of services. We trust that BMD’s demonstrated leadership through this community support initiative assists our nation’s volunteer organisations to resume their vitally important and valued roles in benefiting and supporting the communities in which we live and work.

EDEN PEAKS IN PARKSIDE PARADISE The first stage of Edge Visionary Living’s luxury Eden Floreat development, Eden West, is located within the Perry Lakes Estate, site of the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, in Perth’s prestigious Western Suburbs. Nestled adjacent to the Perry Lakes Reserve for never-to-be-built-out views over the lake and neighbouring Bold Park nature reserve, Eden is just 3km from the beach and 7km from the Perth CBD. Edge Visionary Living Director Gavin Hawkins said that Eden Floreat was designed to bring premium apartment living to one of the finest parkside locations that Perth has to offer. “Traditionally a location such as this had been accessible only to individual residences. It is therefore a tremendous privilege for us to create an apartment address of this distinction somewhere so unique and peaceful, yet connected to life’s conveniences,” said Mr Hawkins. Architecturally designed by award-winning Hillam Architects and completed by BGC Construction. Eden West consists of

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Exclusive residents’ amenities include multiple private dining and living rooms and a sunset terrace with views over the lake, a wine cellar, heated 25m lap pool, gymnasium and yoga studio, library, games room and theatre. Eden also boasts a parkside café, which will contribute to the vibrancy of the greater community. “The Edge team has worked within the framework provided by the vision of the Perry Lakes masterplan to create a building that, through its timeless architecture, is sympathetic to the heritage of the site while embracing and connecting with the pristine parkside location,” Mr Hawkins said. Since its launch in March 2018, the development has been extremely well received and despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 with regard to work separation protocols on site and some disruption to supply chains, we are extremely pleased with BGC’s capabilities of keeping construction on track. Mr Hawkins said a high number of owner occupiers have taken up the opportunity to live at Edge, attracted not only to the sophisticated apartment designs and luxury residential amenities, but to the promise of an open, healthy outdoor lifestyle that the premium location inspires.

PROTECTING VIC’S HERITAGE BUILDINGS The Andrews Labor Government introduced tough new laws to strengthen Victoria’s building system and provide greater protection for heritage listed places. The new provisions under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 will prevent developers from benefiting from the unlawful demolition or neglect of our precious heritage. The changes to the Act will allow the Labor Government to regulate the development of land where a heritage building has been unlawfully demolished – in whole or in part – or left to fall into disrepair. The legislation will allow the Government to prohibit development on these sites for

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up to 10 years if the owners are charged with unlawful demolition. The bill will enable existing permits to be revoked and allow for new permits to be issued for specific purposes – such as building a park or reconstruction or repair of the heritage building. These new provisions are a significant strengthening of the current enforcement regime and are expected to act as a powerful deterrent to the unlawful demolition of buildings of heritage significance. The changes have been developed following extensive consultation with the building industry and other stakeholders.


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Infrastructure Australia added a record 44 new proposals to its $59 billion Priority List this year. The 2021 list demonstrates a strong commitment to transparency, best practice and world-class infrastructure that delivers social, cultural, environmental and economic value. New projects emphasise Infrastructure Australia’s holistic focus across transport, utilities and social infrastructure, and will address the international competitiveness of Australian ports, new energy sources and water scarcity. More than half of the investment opportunities on the 2021 Priority List are focused on regional communities. 10 projects have moved off the Priority List and are now in the construction phase. Nine of these are pursuing third party verification using ISCA’s IS Rating Scheme. Among the projects now progressing with IS ratings are the M4 Motorway Upgrade in

New South Wales, the METRONET MorleyEllenbrook Line in Western Australia and sections of the Bruce Highway and M1 Pacific Motorway in Queensland. IS ratings will provide an assured evidence base of sustainability performance during the post construction review process as Infrastructure Australia assesses each project’s outcomes against the expectations of the business case. We have clear evidence that sustainable infrastructure projects deliver better environmental outcomes and maximise social, cultural and economic benefits. Independent analysis finds infrastructure projects rated under the IS Rating Scheme will deliver up to $2.40 in benefit for every dollar spent. With 70% of Australia’s emissions enabled by infrastructure, a holistic approach to infrastructure investment is fundamental to our resilient, inclusive and low-emissions future.

SHARING ECONOMY REIMAGINED: B2B CONTRACTING NETWORK The Skill Xchange, a new business-to-business human capital management platform. The revolutionary digital contracting network is designed to enable seamless transactions between businesses in the construction industry that require temporary skilled staff or workspace. Initially devised in September 2017 by CEO Eden Spencer, the technology behind The Skill Xchange (TSX) allows construction companies to alleviate supply and demand by contracting to one another when they have excess capacity. Should a business have

skilled yet underutilised employees, TSX enables business leaders to contract out those employees to other businesses on a short to medium term basis, increasing the business’ resource base’s billability. Even in normal economic times, the construction sector is plagued by a supply and demand problem that often results in businesses not having access to the skills needed during active projects. On the flip side, other businesses may not have enough work available, meaning their employees and other resources sit idle and deplete profits. By enabling businesses to contract to one another, TSX solves not only these common, industry-wide challenges, but also tackles the skills shortage and underemployment crisis that has shaken Australia for decades. Combining an easy-to-use digital platform with a strong social conscience, The Skill Xchange promises to make a lasting impact on the future of employment in Australia and further afield.

Kristine Scheul National Chair NAWIC

INDUSTRY TO FINISH WHAT THE WOMEN'S JOB CREATION FORUM STARTED When I attended the Women’s Job Creation Forum hosted by the Commonwealth Minister for Women in August last year, I was truly excited about what could be achieved for women in the post COVID economic recovery planning. The forum was, I had hoped, one way of turning around the criticism of the cash splash on construction and infrastructure projects being described as ‛jobs for the boys’. Unfortunately to date, any actions arising from that forum have been either negligible or disappointing. When the analysis of the last budget was done, it showed that about $8 per female worker per year until 2025 is all that had been allocated to address women’s economic security – that’s about one third of 1% of the entire budget. The industry has benefitted from the COVID stimulus spending and it is the responsibility of government and industry to work together to ensure that some of that spend is aimed at working towards equal participation of women in construction. The Victorian Government has confirmed that part of their post COVID budget will focus on getting more women into the construction industry, with $5 million in funding for the Women in Construction Program. Victoria though, is just one state. In a year where more women lost jobs and at a faster rate than men, why we are not revisiting the strategies discussed at the Forum in August at a Federal level, is a mystery. NAWIC looks forward to expanding on this work in 2021 and is actively encouraging its fellow industry partners, stakeholders and government bodies to do the same.

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MIRVAC UNVEILS INDUSTRY-FIRST APARTMENT MADE FROM WASTE GLASS AND TEXTILES Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) led by global pioneer in waste technology, Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

industry but provides a valuable second life for the mountains of glass and clothing, much of which would otherwise find its way to landfill.

Mirvac CEO & Managing Director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, told the gathering of property, construction, design and sustainability leaders that it At the unveiling of the was time for the industry to revolutionary Pavilions We have find a more sustainable way apartment at Sydney been able to to build. “Every year, an Olympic Park, attended estimated 11 billion tonnes by NSW Energy and demonstrate of waste are sent to landfill Environment Minister Matt a better way globally. 92 billion tonnes Kean, industry leaders had to build, using of materials are extracted, a glimpse into the future – flooring, wall tiles, kitchen reformed waste with buildings responsible for around 50% of global and lighting features, and materials used,” said Ms Lloyd Hurwitz. furniture and artworks, made from waste glass and textiles. “In Australia, the building industry is responsible for around 60% of the waste The ‛green ceramics’, used for the first time we generate. At Pavilions, we have been able as a construction material, are the result of to demonstrate a better way to build, using a collaboration that began in 2019 between reformed waste, which not only helps our Mirvac and the UNSW Centre of Sustainable

“We are demonstrating to the broader industry that there are viable commercial and sustainable alternatives that can lead to a more sustainable future, where we consider the whole life cycle of the resources and materials we use in housing and construction.”

Mirvac recently revealed an industry first apartment, made using waste materials, that has the potential to revolutionise home construction and at the same time transform household waste into a valuable resource.

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Professor Veena said she was delighted that Mirvac was so committed to sustainability and she was impressed the company was prepared to take risks to find new ways and purposes for materials that can end up in landfill. “Mirvac is a true industry leader and I commend Sue and her team for being part of the journey to help society create a materials revolution where we start to think of, and treat and reform, waste as a renewable resource,” Veena said. “These very stylish and functional furnishing and products made in AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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lead change in the industry as it charts its own path towards zero waste. “We have an innovation culture that aligns well with the SMaRT Centre whose brilliant scientists and engineers have produced an entirely new built environment material from waste.

NSW Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean said it was great to see Mirvac partnering with Veena and the UNSW team to Mirvac was ready help demonstrate the to lead change commercial potential of these ground breaking in the industry as ‘green ceramics’.

“To get the green ceramics from the lab to the marketplace it is imperative first get the product right it charts its own to and also establish that there is path towards a market. To this end SMaRT “The innovative Centre provides the science Pavilions partnership zero waste and engineering smarts could be the Blueprint and Mirvac contributes expertise in design, for how we do sustainable development in the development, construction and marketing.” future,” Mr Kean said. “Diverting the large volumes of waste generated on construction For more information contact Mirvac, sites from landfill to create quality finishes Level 28, 200 George Street, Sydney and furniture is not only good for our NSW 2000, phone 02 9080 8000, website environment but good for the economy.” www.mirvac.com Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz said Mirvac was ready to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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DIGITAL INNOVATION SUPPORTING YOUR SITE NEEDS For over 140 years, Blackwoods has supported Australian businesses with market-leading industrial and safety products. Now offering a range of over 250,000 fit-for-purpose products from over 55 branches and distribution centres across Australia. Blackwoods has harnessed innovative digital technology to provide a specific service to major infrastructure contractors working on significant projects like road and rail line construction. Complementing the supply of industrial and safety products, a focus with their digital technology has been on kitchen and cleaning consumables. While these might be considered basic products, they are essential on every construction site for health, hygiene and general staff well-being. Blackwoods has an extensive range of these products, which includes everything from paper towels, mops, detergents and cleaning products to tea, coffee, utensils and whitegoods. Blackwoods’ Victorian Major Projects Manager, Terry Meachen said teams of Blackwoods Site Facilitators are equipped to visit construction sites with scanning technology integrated on their phones which can quickly scan stock to determine replenishment requirements. “The scan results are automatically uploaded to one of Blackwoods’ locations and products are picked and packed for speedy delivery back to site. Blackwoods can ensure that the lunchroom remains stocked and that all supplies necessary to keep storage areas tidy and facilities clean are delivered in a timely manner.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Terry explained that there were a number of benefits for the construction management teams. “Time and staff costs are always of the essence on all major projects. Our VMI system relieves the contractors of having the storeman do an inventory count and place an order. We can do it all automatically and the system has full reporting capability including the creation of purchase orders. We can essentially manage the requirements for on-site stores without taking up the time of essential personnel.” “Traditionally, Blackwoods may not have been known as a supplier of these products, but it is a rapidly growing sector for us.” For more information contact Blackwoods, Level 4, 26 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113, phone 03 8756 8340, email construction. projects@blackwoods.com.au, website www.blackwoods.com.au ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS

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With the completion of the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT), the Port of Brisbane (PBPL) is now able to accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world and capture the growing cruise market in southeast Queensland. This was achieved by leveraging an existing integrated port management system, NCOS ONLINE, provided by Seaport OPX (Seaport), that has yielded a step change in PBPL capacity as well as optimising Port operations over the preceding three years. “The Port of Brisbane is the lifeblood to trade in the state of Queensland. It provides thousands, upon thousands, of downstream jobs to the greater community, across the state. Once COVID19 travel restrictions eases, the BICT will provide a further boost to the local economy. To be able to use our port technology services to support such an important cause has been an honour and a privilege,” says Mr Simon Mortensen, Managing Director, Seaport OPX. Seaport’s preliminary simulation studies for BICT identified the risks and provided recommendations for the safe operation of cruise ships and mitigation measures at Luggage Point. The studies assessed the manoeuvrability of the cruise ship during arrival and departure and its influence of moored ships at neighbouring berths, identifying passing vessel induced interaction on a cruise ship moored at the proposed terminal, and evaluated potential impacts of the BICT infrastructure and operation on the shoreline in the vicinity of the development. In addition to the investigations, PBPL leveraged its existing NCOS ONLINE with the addition of the new Wind Decision Support System (DSS) module. This module being seamlessly integrated into the existing PBPL system to optimise operations and enhance passenger experience at BICT. Using a high-resolution atmospheric model to accurately forecast local meteorological events, PBPL is alerted if local wind conditions are predicted to exceed their defined set of threshold conditions such that operations can respond in a proactive manner. Roy Cummins, CEO Port of Brisbane, says, “NCOS has been a gamechanger for the Port of Brisbane. By boosting the Port's capacity to handle larger vessels without compromising safety, we have added value to our customers and maximised efficiency for all Port users.” Seaport OPX is a global business unit of DHI Group specialising in digital services for ports. Building on DHI’s 50+ years of dedicated research and real-life experience from more than 140 countries and 120 ports, we strive to make this knowledge globally accessible to clients and partners by channelling it through our local teams and most advanced software tools and technologies. Our NCOS ONLINE system is supporting ports around the world with their strategic and operational decision making. Seaport OPX provides a holistic approach based on the development and implementation of a digital portal to a physical port environment made up of complimentary modules which are combined to provide increasingly thorough physics-based decision support to capital and operational decision making.

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WATERPROOF SCANNING KEEPING THINGS WATERTIGHT Water leakage through damaged or faulty waterproof membranes can be extremely difficult to detect and result in substantial damage until found and correctly rectified. Failing to detect, identify and fix even minor water intrusions at the earliest stages can result in huge costs that can be incurred in removing any existing finishes like green roof components, tiles, concrete etc. However there is now innovative technology available to provide a safe, precise and cost effective leak detection method with the ability to locate the leaks in any location using any type of waterproof membrane available and to replace the need for flood testing. Detec offers a electronic leak detection scan of all types waterproof membranes and a separate non-destructive thickness testing technology within all areas of a building envelope. The IntegriScan confirms waterproofing membranes are free of breaches, holes or seam voids during installation and can be used to locate active leaks in existing buildings. IntegriScan is advanced technology in leak detection which works by establishing a voltage potential between the waterproof membrane and the existing substrate and then tracking any leakage current.

“This is accomplished by wetting the surface of the membrane, applying a voltage with respect to ground and then locating areas where electrical current flows through membrane breaches to the surface area,” said Director, Craig Edwards. A scanning platform is used to test the membrane for breaches such as holes, voids and cracks where water has penetrated through. The platform is constructed with dual metal sweeps which makes a continuous electrical contact with the membrane surface. Breaches can be located by sweeping the area until an alarm sounds off with a high intensity, a gauge with light sensors also will indicate when a breach is located. The exact breach location can then be pinpointed by using a secondary sensor. IntegriScan confirms conclusively if a horizontal or vertical membrane is watertight. The technology locates breaches directly after waterproof membranes have been installed so repairs can be made immediately. It can also locate breaches caused by follow-on trade damage prior to the placing of overburden such as tiles, gardens and concrete toppings. “We can also pinpoint hard to find leaks in older membranes,” Craig said. “IntegriScan is a game changer in the detection of waterproofing membrane failures and fully complies with ASTM Practice D8231 and ASTM Guide D787.” For more information contact Detec NSW, 35 McPherson Street, Carlton NSW 2218, phone 0423 579 303, email craig@detecnsw.com.au, website www.detecnsw.com.au

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ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING SPECIALISTS Case Study: Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital Redvelopment

Faraday Pty Ltd is Australia’s leading specialist electromagnetic shielding company. They were recently engaged by Siemens to complete the design, supply and installation of a custom made Faraday Cage and helium quench pipe for a new 1.5T Sola MRI Scanner as part of the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital redevelopment. “The project required a fair bit of coordination,” said Richard Senyard, Managing Director. “The project was already well underway when we started so we had to work around other trades onsite. Thankfully the site was well run and Besix Watpac and the other trades were easy to deal with.” Faraday modelled their works in BIM to enable clash detection and coordination with other services. “We were already familiar with the Revit BIM platform used on the project,” said Richard. “The clash detection exercise revealed some coordination issues particularly around the overhead plumbing that required custom solutions but we were able to deal with them and complete the works without any problems.” The cage incorporated special features designed by Faraday including a high performance acoustic wall system to reduce transmission noise

and reverberation from the MRI scanner. A virtual backlit LED sky ceiling was also installed in the MRI suite to improve patient comfort. “One of our strengths is our ability to take on whole projects and provide an end-to-end service,” said Tony Langelaan, National Sales Manager. “We can take projects from design all the way through to completion and ongoing maintenance as well.” Faraday have a long track record of providing shielding solutions for a broad range of industries around Australia including defence, industrial testing, telecoms, medical imaging and research. Other current and recent projects include Electron Microscope shielding at the University of Melbourne, shielding of a 3T MRI scanner at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, and 50Hz EMF shielding for power infrastructure at Campbelltown Hospital also in New South Wales. For more information contact Faraday Pty Ltd, 4 Prospect Place, Boronia VIC 3155, phone 03 9729 5000, email sales@faradayshielding. com.au, website www.faradayshielding.com.au

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“Our company employs only skilled tradesmen, engineers and designers who understand and apply the relevant codes and standards”. Premier Fire has developed that expertise since setting up over 30 years ago, with its first project being the iconic Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour. “The senior staff at that time all came from one of the major fire protection companies. The Sydney Aquarium project allowed Premier Fire to gain a reputation for excellence in its own right which has led to countless iconic projects including Aurora Place in Phillip Street Sydney, Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and as a joint venture partner on the Barangaroo Commercial precinct in Sydney. Gordon Stalley is a director of the National Fire Industry Association, mostly representing the Association on New South Wales issues. During that time the NFIA has opened fire industry training colleges across Australia. For more information contact Premier Fire Protection, Unit 2/3 Gibbes Street, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 02 8422 6888, fax 02 8422 6899, email gordon.stalley@premfire.com.au, website www.premfire.com.au ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS

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Colab Façade has professional inhouse teams providing design, engineering, fabrication and assembling services for façade projects of all dimensions and complexity.

Colab Façade has built an Australian team of 135 headquartered in Melbourne, with a branch in Brisbane. We also have a office in Shanghai China, with fabrication undertaken in China. Colab Façade has built a strong relationship with Australia’s largest builders including Multiplex, Probuild, ADCO and Crema.

large-scale architectural façade projects, Colab Façade has earned our position as one premier façade contractors in Australia.

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Building a New Museum for Perth CLIENT : Government of Western Australia ARCHITECTS : Hassell + OMA MAIN CONTRACTOR : Multiplex FAÇADE SUBCONTRACTORS : Com-Al Windows; ABS Facades; ASA Windows FAÇADE ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION) : Atelier JV

We first came across this project in early 2014 when the State Government put out a tender for the formation of a design review panel for the new museum which was only in its feasibility design stage at the time, prior to the appointment of the design and construction team. As such an exciting and important project for Perth we followed the developments with keen interest and a desire to be involved in the project. It was such a pleasure then to be engaged by the façade subcontractors, not just for one package, but to be able to design the full envelope of the building from cladding, veil and screens to glazing and soffits. The synergy that this provided, having a single façade engineering practice across multiple packages meant that the design process was able to be coordinated very efficiently in one office. Atelier JV had learnt from experiences gained in the design of some of Perth’s other recent landmark buildings such as Yagan Square and the Perth Airport and were able to bring to the project a wealth of experience. Working with Com-Al Windows; ABS Facades; ASA Windows; Multiplex, Hassell and OMA was a pleasure in what became a very proactive and collaborative design environment, and this is seen in the elegance of the results onsite. Our sister company Design3 carried out the shop detailing for Com-Al’s glazing package and being co-located in the same office brought further advantages to the process. The overall scale of the museum disguises the length of the mullions which top out at around a 9.5m clear span. The Reynaers aluminium stick mullion system was used for the glazing to elegantly span these tall spaces

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in a 60mm wide mullion with a 250mm deep body. The glass is a mixture of clear where it is behind veils and the striking gold and silvers of the glass that is in full view, these colours being introduced to the glass makeup by the use of Sefar’s metallic mesh interlayers within a 10mm laminate as part of the IGU. In the cladding, many hours of complex finite element modelling and analysis were employed to check the veil that drapes around the building for the applied loads. A wind tunnel was conducted on the building which enabled us to stiffen only the high wind zones of the South West and leave the other veil panels unstiffened, their simple hook-on design making them easy to install. CASE STUDY:

Belmont Hub showcases Bold Architectural Façade Designs CLIENT : The City of Belmont ARCHITECTS : Bollig Design Group MAIN CONTRACTOR : PACT Construction FAÇADE SUBCONTRACTORS : Com-Al Windows FAÇADE ENGINEER : Atelier JV

Gently curved and leaning the glazed façade of the Faulkner Civic Centre Belmont Hub formed a subtle conical shaped façade. The end result has been a successful architectural building creating a sense of place for the Belmont community. 3D point cloud scanning was employed on this project to identify any potential clashes with structural elements prior to installation onsite. The 3D point cloud surveys allowed us to optimise the set out of the façade to achieve the architectural design even where unforeseen coordination challenges arose. The glazing on this building supported a selection of shading devices directly off the mullions and these included a 1.8m wide canopy cantilevering off the ground floor mullions.

For more information contact Atelier JV, 123 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge WA 6003, phone 08 9228 9120, email info@atelierjv. com.au, website www.atelierjv.com.au

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FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS | OLAM® CLAD

BRINGING SAFETY BACK TO CLADDING OLAM® Clad is a cladding technology company that offers world class cladding products engineered to the highest industry standards. The OLAM® Clad system was developed through several years of research, development and testing and incorporates a wide range of engineered solid aluminium material (SALM) cladding. OLAM® Clad believes that every building can be cladded aesthetically with modern design while guaranteeing safety and sustainability. This belief has driven the development of the product range OLAM® Clad offers. Compared with typical aluminium composite cladding, the OLAM® Clad system is designed with Australia’s challenging weather in mind, being completely non-combustible and fire retardant, and can withstand higher wind load capacity of 3.5kPa. All the products in the system are certified to AS1530.1 and AS1530.3 and compliant with NCC (National Construction Code) 2019. OLAM® Clad also offers up to a 30 year warranty on the mill finish panels. As well as being a high performing, fully certified system, the OLAM® Clad range has been specifically developed to offer an interesting design solution that adds aesthetic value to projects. The system incorporates 15 individual and fully interchangeable extrusion cladding suites, offering a myriad of façade design features. OLAM® Clad products are assembled with mechanical fasteners and incorporate no adhesives or sealants. They feature an innovative inter-lockable clip-on technology that facilitates quicker and easier installation. Combined with the wide variety of colours and finishes that are available, OLAM® Clad offers nearly limitless design possibilities. The company also offers the ability to customise external cladding features to provide even greater design flexibility. OLAM® Clad products are suitable for both internal and external cladding applications on new build projects as well as recladding of existing buildings and structures. OLAM® Clad also provides non-combustible roofing, interior ceiling and partition cladding applications. 36

OLAM® Clad can also provide guidance and technical advice on the most cost effective approach to remove existing cladding and install new cladding to comply with the requirements of NCC 2019. Based in Brisbane with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, and proudly Australian owned, OLAM® Clad has built a strong reputation as a world class cladding system with architects and engineers and throughout the Australian construction industry, with design, manufacture and fabrication, testing all carried out in Australia. “We fabricate everything ourselves which differentiates us from some of the other products on the market,” said Santosh Rodrigues, General Manager. “It gives us total control over the quality process and being done in Australia it gives our clients confidence that we can supply on time and to the highest quality standard.” The flexibility of the OLAM® Clad system makes it suitable for application on a vast range of project types, examples of which include major residential and mixed-use developments Hunter Werribee in Victoria, Gallery House in Queensland, and East End Apartments in South Australia. OLAM® Clad products have also been used on a diverse range of other projects nationwide including the Tailem Bend Motorsports Park, the Australian National University in Canberra and the redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital in Sydney. The company’s team of engineers have over 100 years combined experience in the façade and cladding industry and this is reflected in the innovative, industry leading products they have developed in close collaboration with architects and façade designers. The combination of total design flexibility, full certification and Australian manufacturing practices makes OLAM® Clad Australia’s number one provider of safe wall cladding for both exterior and interior applications that can add immense value to the project. For more information contact OLAM® Clad, phone 1300 00 OLAM, email info@olamclad. com, website www.olamclad.com

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REAL ESTATE | Off-The-Plan The Harrington Collection 85 Harrington Street, The Rocks NSW Designed by award-winning architect fjmt, these four distinctive stories read as a seamless collection of moments, housed within The Rocks. Drawing cues from the dramatic texture and beauty of this heritage locale, each home has its own style and aspect, reflecting the intricate craftsmanship of the area and individual tastes.

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Experience true city centre living. Nearing completion, Canberra’s newest premium address Park Avenue offers a high end lifestyle with unrivalled amenity. Positioned alongside premium retail and office space in the heart of Canberra City, these architecturally designed one, two and three bedroom residences feature superior inclusions, luxurious finishes and stunning views.

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Ideally positioned only moments away from Canberra’s well know landmarks, Renaissance is the next chapter for Canberra’s Inner South. Renaissance’s desirable location brings together the conveniences of a vibrant dining and entertainment precinct, with easy access to Canberra’s shopping, sporting and recreational venues. Surrounded by some of Canberra’s finest cafés, dining and entertainment venues, living at Renaissance lets residents indulge in all that Manuka offers. A selection of one, two and three bedroom

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Opus Broadbeach 16-18 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach QLD Opus is a boutique development comprising 113 apartments over 27 levels. The building is located on prestigious Chelsea avenue in North Broadbeach. The name Opus was selected as the project is a symphony of the elements. It is an artistic work of art – A well balanced composition of greenspace, ocean, amenity and city. Completion is expected Q3 2021. www.opusbroadbeach.com

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QUEENSLAND The Horizon Collection - Brisbane Skytower 82.06, 222 Margaret Street, Brisbane QLD Queensland’s Tallest building soaring 270m into the city’s sub-tropical skies, panoramic views reach out in all directions making them the most captivating and glamorous residences and penthouses in Brisbane.

well as fully integrated Miele DynaCool fridge freezer and temperature controlled wine fridge.

This 189m2, luxury 3-bedroom residence is equipped with modern design living areas, ducted zoned air-conditioning, engineered timber floors and stone benchtops.

Tandem plus single car bays with separate storage all on the third level basement.

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The porte-cochère provides a fitting sense of arrival being greeted by your concierge, the quality experience begins upon entry as a supremely elegant lobby welcomes you. The Westin, a 5 Star luxury hotel that will be offering first-class lifestyle and spa services exclusively for The Horizon Collection residents. Price: $2,700,000

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Koko Broadbeach 12-14 Elizabeth Avenue, Broardbeach QLD Koko Broadbeach is a boutique development comprising 98 apartments over 31 levels in the heart of Broadbeach. The project has only 4 north facing residences per floor all enjoying magnificent ocean and city views. Koko Broadbeach, with its urban heart and coastal soul is inspired by the cosmopolitan living and buzzing lifestyle of this high end beachside food and beverage precinct. This vibrant area has village style and thriving social scene which will see residents enjoy a colourful, enticing and chic beashsdie lifestyle. 2 beds starting $719,900 Now Complete www.kokobroadbeach.com.au

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Collins & Bates 72-76 Batesford Road, Chadstone VIC Collins & Bates, designed by Point Architects, represents individuality and comfort. The peaceful residence includes one-bedroom apartments starting from $420,000 and two bedroom apartments starting from $520,000, with all three bedroom apartments now sold out. Discover the exclusive Collins & Bates residences and explore all they have to offer. 1 bedroom residence from $420,000 2 bedroom residence from $520,000

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VICTORIA Sky Garden 235 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley VIC Situated above the newly transformed The Glen Shopping Centre, Sky Garden offers 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom residences with access world class amenities including gym, swimming pool, private dining and lounge, as well as 4000m2 of private podium garden featuring vegetable gardens, children’s play area, outdoor fitness zone, BBQ station and more.

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130 Little Collins 130 Lt Collins St, Melbourne VIC Premium strata offices for sale in Melbourne’s exclusive Paris End. 27 floors of flexible office spaces with luxury amenities. Flexible, column-free office ranging from 82m2 to 556m2.

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REAL ESTATE | Off-The-Plan Eden Floreat 1 Finishline View, Floreat WA The first stage of Edge Visionary Living’s luxury Eden Floreat development, Eden West, is complete! Overlooking Perry Lakes Reserve, Eden sets a new bench benchmark for luxury living in Perth’s prestigious Western Suburbs, offering a luxurious parkside lifestyle with resort style amenities just 3km from the beach and 7km to the CBD. 3 and 4 bed apartments, penthouses and 2-storey private residences from $995,000 www.edenfloreat.com.au

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Arthouse Apartments 113 Grand Boulevard, Joondalup WA Arthouse benefits from the conveniences of inner-city living in Joondalup with an enviable connection to the natural wonders of Lake Joondalup. Boasting sweeping lake, ocean and city views and a superb range of resort-style amenities, Arthouse is also located minutes’ walk to public transport and Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre. 1, 2, 3 beds from $337,500 - $927,500

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Cbus Property / Multiplex

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WHERE LUXURY LIVES FOREVER DEVELOPER : Cbus Property MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Multiplex ARCHITECT : SHoP Architects and Woods Bagot DEVELOPMENT VALUE : $1.25 billion

Cbus Property’s world-class mixed-use development, Collins Arch, occupies an entire Melbourne city block and features a pair of stunning 164-metre-high towers. Joined by an elegant sky bridge, the project includes 184 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, including four penthouse apartments, a sky garden, five-star W Melbourne hotel, approximately 49,000m2 of premium office space, and Melbourne’s first public park in almost 40 years. The 42-level Collins Arch is a significant architectural statement occupying a site area of 6,000m2 in the heart of Melbourne. “Cbus Property bought the island site in 2012 and then sent a team of employees overseas, to London, New York and Singapore, to consider some unique building designs,” explained Cbus Property’s Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Pozzo. “We then requested local architects select an international partner to participate in a design competition. In mid-2013, local architects, Woods Bagot, who had teamed up with New York-based design firm, SHoP Architects, were appointed.” Composed as two buildings with linked floor plates that tie the structures together, the design focuses on limiting the shadows cast over the Yarra River and its northern bank. The building steps back as it rises, satisfying planning regulations and creating a highly articulated façade that makes a statement in the Melbourne CBD skyline.

being joining the two towers with the sky bridge, an extraordinary accomplishment. That made the completion of Collins Arch an incredible achievement,” said Adrian. The first 15 levels in the East Tower are occupied by the W Melbourne hotel, a five-star luxury lifestyle hotel comprising 294 guest rooms, bars, restaurants, a café, FIT gym and WET pool. The 184 Collins Arch luxury residences start at Level 16 and extend over the arch above. Some of Australia’s biggest corporate businesses help to occupy the more than 49,000m2 of office space in the West Tower. “The office accommodation was completed in March 2020 and Cbus Property was one of the first tenants to occupy the building in April 2020. The hotel component was then completed in May 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will open in February 2021. The residences commenced to settle in September 2020,” said Adrian.

On-site work started in 2015 with the demolition of the old National Mutual building, and excavation for the five-level basement. Following the excavation of the total city block, it took approximately 12 months to construct the basement to ground level.

“The design coordination and build of the residences were quite complex, as not many of the residences have the same floor plan but they all have spacious living areas, kitchens and bedrooms with abundant sunlight and magnificent views. The residences on the south-facing upper floors also feature significant outdoor terraces.”

“It was an extraordinary build, with one of the major challenges of the construction

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a seamless connection from Collins Street to Flinders Lane and Southbank beyond. By taking the surrounding streetscape into its design, Collins Arch makes a significant contribution to the character and function of the Melbourne CBD. “Bordered by exclusive retail, dining and coffee experiences, the ground plane of Collins Arch is the unique and versatile meeting point between the east and west towers, underpinning this landmark new precinct for Melbourne,” said Adrian. “The Melbourne City Council and Victorian State Government agreed to close off half of Market Street to vehicle traffic to create a park precinct. Once approved, in collaboration with the City of Melbourne, we landscaped 1,900m2 of open space in the middle of the city, creating Melbourne’s first park in almost 40 years.” The park introduces green public space to the area, combining bluestone and sandstone elements inspired by the surrounding CBD laneways and heritage buildings. The park also utilises a range of sustainable technologies incorporating reused rainwater for irrigation and minimal stormwater run-off. For more information, please contact Cbus Property, Level 14, 447 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 1300 319 890, email reception@cbusproperty.com.au, website www.cbusproperty.com.au


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When it comes to greening the built environment Fytogreen is the leading design, supply and installation company of unique greening solutions for the ‛Built Environment’. Established in 2002 and employing 40, Fytogreen specialises in the creation and maintenance of green walls and façades, roof gardens, planter boxes and arbours Australia wide. In late 2017, Director Geoff Heard, started work with the inhouse design and botanist team Erik van Zuilekom and Mitchell Clouten, designing for Collins Arch, consulting with the architect, builder and client. After the design approval process was completed, the key item of selecting and securing the Liriodendron tree was undertaken, so the advanced growth of 7.5m was ready for crane lifting in. Onsite work commenced in March 2020 with the tree being craned in and maintained while the rest of the void space was constructed. 52

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The green wall also was installed in March and the pre-grown green façades for the central concourse were installed in May 2020. The final section was the Level 39, 40 and 41 garden and climber element which commenced in June with a team of five skilled installers completing the installation by late September 2020. Fytogreen designed, fabricated and installed stylish tapered stainless steel planter boxes for Levels 40 and 41, the northern and southern façades have cascading plants, while the climbers on the eastern and western façades are supported by architectural mesh from Tensile. The main challenge Fytogreen faced for this huge greening project was coordinating with the steel fabricators for the green wall that runs along William Street, as each green wall was sloping in two directions – but the final product is looking fantastic and is thriving. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Below Fytogreen installed unique greening infrastructure along the central concourse, all four façades and within stainless steel planter boxes. Photos taken December 2020

Fytogreen has successfully installed some of the largest greening projects across Australia and New Zealand. Recent projects include the $97 million apartment building in Melbourne’s CBD, Paragon where they installed a created an Indoor Urban Forest and integrated green walls on the lower ground, mezzanine and Level 2 Denison Street, North Sydney fitting 340 linear meters of elevated planter boxes.

“We have developed numerous products to advance the green infrastructure cause, all thoroughly researched and tested, which has enabled Fytogreen to lead the way in developing Fire Compliant Greenwall systems and the super lightweight Fytoarbour system throughout 2020 and beyond.”

Fytogreen focuses on sustainable biophillic design ensuring the species chosen thrive throughout their natural lifespan in their elevated environment. “We prefer to get involved early and work with architects and landscape architects at the design stage when possible, so that the design is well thought out, with sufficient consideration for light and wind conditions, constructibility and importantly, future maintenance access and feasibility,” said Lisa, Fytogreen’s marketing coordinator. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below Richstone Group produce prefabricated units for hot and cold water, drainage and gas, that were not repeated units.

Richstone Group is a leading plumbing and gas fitting contractor specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of a modular prefabricated system that enables the rapid and accurate fitting of plumbing hardware. “We were interested at tender to see if our prefabricated system could be adapted to the project. Prefabrication works well for repetitive items and we wanted to see how well we could produce prefabricated items that were not repeated units. The plumbing and gas fitting hardware we installed at Collins Arch proved that we could successfully prefabricate a standard with modifications while maintaining quality and timely delivery,” explained Shannon Egglestone, Richstone Group’s Managing Director. “We had three separate and quite different areas within the building: the hotel, the commercial tenancies and the residences and each area required a different response. The design process evolved quickly, creating a template that would suit adaption to the three different requirements.” “Collins Arch is a complex structure and we used 3D computer modelling to aid the design work and the detailing necessary for prefabrication,” said Shannon. “We also had lots of metering to take care of due to the enormous number of individual spaces and we had lots of liaising with Energy Safety Victoria.” “During the design work it was my job to flag key areas that needed more detailing for a successful outcome,” said Project Manager, Des Miller. “Onsite work started in July 2017 and with 45 onsite during peak periods we installed the plumbing and gas fitting for the entire complex as well as fitting out six plant rooms.” Each module is packed with all the necessary hardware for hot and cold water, drainage and gas, to suit the space to be built. “The system works really well as the prepacked components arrive onsite and are put in place straight away. There’s no need for onsite storage and we don’t have to spend time moving materials around,” continued Des. 54

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The logistics of transporting each module to the right place within the structure is dealt with by colour and number coding each module and tracking it from when it leaves the factory to is final placement onsite. Established in 2003 by Shannon Egglestone restructured in 2020 with James Williams, Rhett Newell and John Rocci joining the team as Directors. Richstone employs over a 150 staff to work across the commercial and residential developments in Sydney and Melbourne. “We are certainly going through a growth phase at the moment. Over the last four or five years we have increased our business by 600%!” said Shannon. “With our modular prefabrication everything is made in the factory and we can produce a high quality product in a controlled environment.” “Green plumbing is about more than harvesting rainwater, it’s about sustainability. We reduce waste by recycling any excess material in the factory. Using our modular units for the plumbing component of a development saves time and money.” At the same time Richstone Group were at work on Collins Arch, they were on another massive project M-City in Clayton, a mixed use development completed in April 2020. It is a testament to their modular prefabricated plumbing system that two such large scale projects were finished on time. Previous works for Multiplex include 700 and 720 Bourke Street, both Cbus Property Buildings, as well as Swanston Central, a 70-story tower completed in 2019. The company’s prefabricated modular plumbing system was also installed at Multiplex’s $120 million Southbank Place Apartment building completing 54-stories with 593 apartments.

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Below ASP Access Floors installed 50,000m² of access flooring on all 42 Levels of Collins Arch, concealing services yet allowing easy access.

ASP Access Floors are experts at the manufacture, distribution and installation of unique and versatile access floors. The company’s stylish access flooring systems are most suitable for contemporary commercial environments concealing services yet allowing easy access. Functional and durable access floors are quick and easy to install. At Collins Arch, ASP installed 50,000m² of access flooring on all 42-levels of the building. The base build side of the project commenced in May 2019 and with a team of 20 installers at peak times the job was completed by April 2020. “We also did the fitout for over a dozen of the tenancies including Cbus Property on Level 14,” said Sales Manager, Paul Wszola. The majority of the fitout work entailed adjusting floor heights to accommodate different finishes as well as detail curves and radius for feature finishes. “We finished the last fitout in July 2020,” said Paul. “Our Urban Interlock product made from calcium sulphate was heavily used across multiple fitouts as it is suitable for the installation of stone and tile. It is a highly stable raised floor that can be tiled over directly, alleviating the need for any substrates.” “Basebuild projects with multiple integrated fitouts are inherently challenging, as often different builders are awarded different tenancies after works have commenced. Having experienced supervisors to navigate the constantly shifting sands onsite is essential to a successful outcome,” explained Paul. The company’s access flooring system is an integrated structural system of panels fitted together and providing ease of reconfiguration. The flexibility of using an access floor system can hide vast amounts of

power and data cabling, pipe and ductwork, as well as reduce maintenance costs of services. ASP’s access floors come in a range of materials, colours and finishes with terrazzo and porcelain tiles, concrete, cork timber and vinyl available. They also supply HPL (high pressure laminate) with ESD (electro-static discharge) properties to floor panels for data centres and communication rooms. “ASP prides themselves on constantly improving their products and offering builders, architects and end users choices and ingenuity. This is backed up by a culture of passionate on and offsite expertise, which has fostered an enviable partnership of trust and reliability with the major industry players when it comes to delivering quality projects,” explained Paul. “The majority of our work is based around commercial towers followed by healthcare, learning and community facilities, retail and gaming, then data centre related projects.” ASP Access Floors operates internationally with projects in Europe, the Middle East and distributers in Vietnam, and the mojority of work coming from Australia. New South Wales and Victoria are the main drivers but the company has delivered projects in all States and Territories with bases in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. A previous job with Multiplex was 80 Collins Street with ASP completing the floor installation to all levels and tenancy fitouts totaling 40,000m2 in December 2019. In February 2020, ASP Access Floors finished the supply and installation of 11kN rated panels across all three gaming floors in the podium at the Crown Casino, Barangaroo. Other successfully completed projects include Barrack Place, Clarence Street, home to Arup Sydney’s new offices. Arup wanted a new kind of workspace focusing on wellness and sustainability and incorporated a low energy, low noise underfloor displacement ventilation system, utilising 8,000m² of access flooring. By providing air through the floor Arup have created the highest levels of indoor air quality. The fit out achieved a 6 Star Green Star Interiors v1.1 Design Review Certified rating. For more information contact ASP Access Floors, 32 Prime Drive, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9620 9915, email sales@aspfloors. com.au, website www.aspfloors.com.au

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Below XSPlatforms Australia designed and engineered the façade access equipment for the unique Collins Arch.

XSPlatforms are experts in the design and fabrication of premium façade access equipment. An example of this is Collins Arch, XSPlatforms designed and engineered three Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) for the façade access and a monorail system. “We started the contract in 2017 and the following 12 months we worked purely on the design and engineering for the façade access equipment. This involved developing a working concept, obtaining approvals and generating the final engineering design,” said Australian Director, Manuel De Rivero. XSPlatforms collaborated with architects, developers and construction companies to help resolve any complexities regarding this complex project. XSPlatforms engineers have years of experience designing their safety solutions to suit contemporary façade access equipment. “I took XSPlatforms designs, implementing them with the Collins Arch team, through the process we had to make adjustments to the design to ensure the BMU fit within the building’s structure, parking space and aesthetic,” explained Manuel. “It was a challenging design because of all the different areas of the building including, negative façade, sloping facades, sunshades, terraces, etc. We worked closely with the architect, sharing 3D information to ensure all our equipment fit in the space provided and could reach the entire façade, this careful and considered collaboration resulted in a hugely successful outcome for Collins Arch and XSPlatforms.” The BMU located on Level 16 is an articulated knuckle BMU that unfolds to reach the front and both sides of the façade around level 16 and below. The BMU has an integrated remote-control sliding glass balustrade which allows the cradle to be suspended over the edge of this level. XSPlatforms also installed a BMU on Level 28, this machine is optioned with an automatic parking system. This allows the operator to safely park the BMU, removing any concern for human error. The BMU is specifically designed to access the skybridge façade. A monorail system was also installed, with a platform suspended from the underside. 58

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On Levels 40 to 41, XSPlatforms installed a 110 tonne BMU which has a reach of over 40m when fully deployed. The BMU tracks are installed on two different levels, due to space restrictions, making the design unique for its class. At its initial parked position, the BMU extends from Level 39 to almost Level 42 making it the largest BMU in the southern hemisphere.

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“It’s an impressive set up,” said Manuel. “We required to ensure the BMUs were hidden when they were not in operation in some extremely tight spaces. We designed and installed a set of automatic doors fully synchronised with the BMUs, for example on Level 41 we have five doors that operate using a complex PLC program. The coordination, design and installation of these complex door structures was the responsibility of our partner Andrew Engineering”. (www.andeng.com.au) “Certainly, this has been one of our most challenging, but also one of our most iconic projects in Australia. We collaborated well with Multiplex as we have done on several previous projects. There is always pressure on a construction site, especially at the end and during the unique COVID requirements, however we supported each other to deliver an amazing project overall,” Manuel said. XSPlatforms is a global company with the head office located in The Netherlands. XSPlatforms have offices across the globe including the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Our Melbourne office, focus on the supply of complex projects across both Australian and New Zealand markets. XSPlatforms also supply suspended platforms, fall protection systems as well as scaffolding for safety and protection throughout the construction process. As an international company XSPlatforms meets the many safety standards required for the use of their equipment all around the world. For more information XSPlatforms Australia, Exchange Tower, Level 1, 530 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9909 7450, mobile (Manuel De Rivero) 0403 843 712, email info@xsplatforms.com, website www.xsplatforms.com AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Below CAPACITY Building Emergency Management implemented emergency procedures for the entire Collins Arch precinct.

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Below Living Landscapes installed of all the soft landscaping, including mature trees and over 1,000 native and evergreen shrubs.

Living Landscapes is a specialist landscaping company creating gardens and plantings for sustainable commercial environments. Working to the landscape architect’s specifications a team of six worked on the landscape installation for Collins Arch, which included the supply and installation of all the soft landscaping, and a number of 6m mature Weeping Lilly Pillies. “We also laid irrigation to maintain the plantings. The installation to part of Market Street, at the side of the building, was particularly successful, we put in a lawn, irrigation and garden beds with plantings of over 1,000 native and evergreen shrubs,” said Chris Brenchley. “It was challenging working during COVID-19 restrictions, Stage 2 reduced our workforce and we were finished by June 2020.” Established 1987 Living Landscapes has 15 full time employees including six qualified landscapers. With a reputation for quality they work with their customers from concept to completion also offering long and short term maintenance contracts. Living Landscapes has completed a full range of projects supplying and installing soft and hard landscaping solutions, along with compatible irrigation systems. The company focus on commercial, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

however have been recognised for their work within the residential sector, winning the Excellence in Housing Award from the Landscape Institute Association of Victoria in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2013. Living Landscapes has completed a number of jobs for Multiplex including Australia 108, Southbank where they provided civil works and soft landscaping including feature palm trees on balconies, outdoor furniture and gardens at Level 11, brass hanging baskets for the Skygarden and bluestone works at ground level. Successful projects also include the Hyatt Hotel and the Australian Events Centre at Essenden Fields where Living Landscapes supplied and installed garden beds, soil, mulch and plants with a pond, timber seat walls and bicycle hoops. They also constructed extensive concrete and paving works and laid an irrigation system.

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Below LL Installations installed a range of wall and ceiling features throughout the lobbies and entrances to Collins Arch.

Established in 2002, LL Installations offers high quality commercial architectural solutions that include stylish cladding and fitouts across commercial and public developments in Melbourne’s CBD. “LL Installations specialises in commercial installations, predominantly wall and ceiling linings including carpentry and joinery works, stone, metal fabrication, upholstery, glazing and acoustic panelling,” said Project Manager, Adam Thompson. At Collins Arch LL Installations worked at the Williams Street and Flinders Lane Link installing solid blackbutt timber battens as wall and ceiling feature cladding, suspended off structural framing on the ceilings. “For the colonnade we used Blackbutt marine grade ply cut and formed into 3D diamond shapes to make an extensive feature ceiling. This has become known as one of the most eye catching areas of the project,” said Adam. In the main lobby a series of three feature ceilings were constructed from anodised aluminium mesh supplied by GKD Australia, imported from Germany. These were folded onto custom metal frames and suspended on a concealed system. For the east and west residential lobbies, LL Installations built a series of feature walls clad in fluted walnut supplied by Mortlock Timber with acoustic panelling behind. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Working with the aluminium mesh was extremely challenging. It is a very brittle product that requires a lot of care and precision when folding. The design process on this material was also a challenge and took extensive prototyping and workshopping with the architects and consultants to get the desired outcome,” Adam explained. “Our practice spans from environmental retrofits of existing buildings to the complete planning and design of new neighbourhoods and public spaces. While our work is aesthetically diverse, our projects are linked by a focus on enhancing human relationships through architecture,” said Adam. Recently completed projects include a fitout with ceiling panelling and feature wall for Monash University at 750 Collins Street, as well as Multiplex’s residential tower Melbourne Square at Southbank where LL Installations fitted the structural steel stair with glass and timber treads to the penthouse, and podium level external lounge pods.

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BACK INTO THE SWIM OF THINGS The Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre saw the construction of an eight lane 50m competition pool, with 500 spectator seats, indoor water play zone, warm water therapy pool, learn to swim pool, sauna and steam room. Complete with a gym and group fitness rooms, two large water slides, wellness centre, a 25m outdoor pool, geothermal heating, café and retail space, the facility has been designed to support the regions range of health and wellbeing needs. The Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) is an exciting addition to the Latrobe Valley’s community sports infrastructure and will provide a major new recreational facility in Traralgon, a home for major regional sporting events and an estimated 100+ new jobs. The aquatic centre was designed to serve a wide range of community health and wellbeing needs. “We conceived the project to serve all members of our community regardless of age or ability,” said Luke McGrath, Senior Project Manager for Latrobe City Council. “Facilities include a toddler pool, kids’ play areas, learn to swim classes and waterslides, elite sport facilities, water polo, gym, leisure areas, rehabilitation and aquatherapy.” The focal point of the centre is an eight lane 50m indoor swimming pool with 500 spectator seats and space for further temporary seating along with a 25m outdoor pool, café and retail precinct.

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“There has been a longstanding community desire for an indoor swimming centre in Traralgon for 30 years or more,” Luke said. “There’s been many attempts over the years but this time we made it happen.” One major catalyst for the project was a release of government funding for new sports and community infrastructure as part of a regional transition away from coal fired power. In addition to the aquatic centre, the investment benefited several other sports facilities in Gippsland including a new basketball stadium and centres of excellence for AFL and cricket. The building is also designed with accessibility in mind, incorporating access ramps and hoists to ensure that the facilities can be enjoyed by all.


Community engagement was integral to the development of the aquatic centre. A project reference group was set up including a wide range of community stakeholders to provide input, advice and feedback into the design of the components of the project. The latest state-of-the-art technology was included in the project. The centre’s heating requirements are met by a deep bore geothermal system almost eliminating the centre’s natural gas consumption with resulting savings to ratepayers. The Neptune Benson filtration system also saves energy with a 1-2 micron filtering ability achieving better water quality with less power needed for pumping. The pool construction was also innovative. Myrtha stainless steel prefabricated pool shells were used instead of conventional in situ concrete. This allowed overall construction times to be sped up since there was no need for a 30 day concrete curing period. To ensure the project gave the greatest economic advantage possible to the Latrobe Valley, a significant number of local companies and materials were used on the project including structural concrete and steel, plumbing, stormwater, security, public address systems, glazing, civil works, floor coverings and joinery.

“We had a great relationship with the main contractor ADCO,” said Luke. “They understood the big picture and the need to use local people on the job wherever they could.” Many challenges had to be overcome to successfully deliver the project, starting with the remedial works required to decontaminate the site. After construction started works were impacted by smoke from the bushfires in early 2020 and then by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The pandemic restrictions had a big impact,” explained Luke. “We kept the site open but bringing new workers to site was sometimes a challenge. It was all managed well to the credit of ADCO and their subcontractors.” The aquatic centre will be operated by the YMCA on behalf of Latrobe City Council. “All the initial feedback has been really positive,” said Luke. “There is a real excitement in the community and everyone is eager to get in there and start using it!” For more information contact Latrobe City Council, 141 Commercial Road, Morwell VIC 3840, phone 1300 367 700, email latrobe@latrobe. vic.gov.au, website www.latrobe.vic.gov.au

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Below GBG Concrete and Construction completed detailed excavation, formwork design and construction, as well as extensive concrete placement.

The Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre is an exciting new community facility for the Latrobe Valley and construction has involved a range of local businesses including the region’s largest concrete contractor, GBG Concrete & Construction. Established in Sale, Victoria in 1954, GBG Concrete & Construction is a family owned business providing civil, in situ concrete, precast concrete and other construction services to projects across Victoria ranging from domestic buildings to large scale commercial and industrial facilities. GBG Concrete & Construction completed detailed excavation, formwork design and construction, reinforcement installation and concrete placement works for the project. Peri TRIO and SKYDECK formwork systems were used for the works which encompassed ground slabs and foundations, lift shafts, pool bases and ramps, balance tanks and lids, suspended slabs/post tensioned (PT) slabs and grandstand seating platform. The aquatic centre required some special treatments including shrinkage control admixtures for the balance tanks. A cardboard void former was specified for the ground slab which required weather 66

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protection prior to pouring the slab. In addition to the in situ concrete works GBG also supplied and installed precast stair treads and landings to the waterslide tower. With an inhouse precast yard at their Sale facility, GBG offer a one-stop-shop for both precast and in situ concrete works. As a local Gippsland business with prior experience on aquatic projects, GBG Concrete & Construction were well placed to deliver a successful result for the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre. “We’ve worked with ADCO before and the project went smoothly for us,” said David Coggan, Estimator and Project Manager. “We had to deal with some challenges onsite, first with bushfire smoke and then COVID-19 procedures but we managed all those issues.” On all their projects, GBG Concrete & Construction aims to provide high quality products and services on time and on budget. They offer a large range of specialist equipment backed up by highly trained staff and a comprehensive safety management system to ensure the best results and quality. For more information contact GBG Concrete & Construction, phone 03 5144 2913, email info@gbg.com.au, website www.gbg.com.au AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Below Centaman Entrance Control supplied and installed EasyGate SG security gates and a SwingGate for disabled access on the project.

Centaman Entrance Control is a supplier of entrance control solutions including pedestrian security gates, speedgates and turnstiles. In business for 14 years, they operate nationwide and specialise in corporate offices and leisure facilities. Centaman supplied and installed two lanes of EasyGate SG security gates and one SwingGate for disabled access to the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre. The EasyGate SG lanes were supplied with EasyScan, a cost effective dual RFID and barcode reader which scans both types of credentials in one unit to create a neater and more compact look. EasyGate SG is a specialist speedgate for leisure applications and includes a customised safety setting to make it more user friendly and tolerant of users who may need more time or are unfamiliar with such systems. The gates were manufactured in Europe and incorporate the highest quality finishes and detailing at a competitive price. All gates supplied by Centaman are manufactured to ISO9001 quality standards. The gate installation at the Aquatic Centre went smoothly. “As we are one of the last trades onsite there is never a lot of time at the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

end but we had no issues,” said Michael Bystram, General Manager. “We worked hand in hand with the builders to align our lead times with their project plan.” Centaman also produced shop drawings for the gates and provided them to the builder, to allow them to install the conduits and wiring. The company offer a wide variety of pedestrian gates, specialising in solutions for the corporate office and leisure sectors. Centaman Entrance Control has a focus on providing high value solutions that offer market leading innovations for the best possible price. “We are always looking for new, unique products that add value in the leisure sector,” Michael said. “We spend a lot of time vetting our suppliers to ensure they can provide the best quality products at the right price.”

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Below Close Commercial Services supplied and installed Kingspan walls and roofs, as well as polycarbonate cladding and flashings.

Close Commercial Services are a Melbourne based specialist roofing subcontractor. For the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre, they supplied and installed Kingspan roof, Kingspan wall, EEFAS skylight systems, polycarbonate cladding and flashings to make the roof and façade meet airtight requirements. “We’ve worked a lot with ADCO and they were great to work with on this project,” said Jason Close, Director. “The project went smoothly for us, there was a COVID-19 lockdown during the works but our product was pre-ordered so we were not really affected.” In addition to aquatic centres, Close Commercial Services also have broad experience on a range of commercial projects for clients nationwide. “It’s our job to assist the builders in delivering a successful project,” said Jason. “We try to do that little bit extra to get the best result.”

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REIMAGINING URBAN LIFE The Eastbourne is an extraordinary residential development by Mirvac, in partnership with Freemasons Victoria, that comprises of 245-apartments over 14-levels, including The Grand Pavilion Penthouse. Residences boast designer bathrooms and kitchens sculpted with restrained elegance to resemble a work of art. The prestige collection of residences situated on the Fitzroy Gardens frontage of The Eastbourne features deep balconies, some with landscaping designed by celebrated Landscape Architect, Sam Barber.

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Since establishing in 1972, multiaward-winning developer Mirvac has created extraordinary quality enhanced developments and vibrant urban environments. Their latest project, The Eastbourne in East Melbourne, boasts 11 terraced levels on Albert Street and 14-levels on Victoria Parade with spectacular Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne CBD views. The landmark project’s incredible success is not just a testament to the buildings design, facilities and prestigious location but to Mirvac’s ability to design and deliver invigorating places where people want to live, work and play. Built on the historic, former Dallas Brooks Hall site, The Eastbourne offers residents a stunning and convenient lifestyle with outstanding 6 Star hotel style features such as a theatre, stateroom business centre, conservatory, resident’s lounge and dining room, masters club, wine cellar and the inhouse light filled wellness retreat, complete with a pool, spa, steam room and yoga studio. The Eastbourne’s beautiful Spanish limestone lobby leads to 245 generous one to seven bedroom apartments. Each apartment balances indulgence and subtlety with sophisticated palettes and thoughtfully considered details. The lower level apartments have a private retreat feel as they connect directly with the gardens with filtered views to the sky through the tree canopy. The five bedroom, 500m2 Grand Pavilion Penthouse offers among the best vantages in the city with panoramic 360 degree views and 300m2 of landscape terrace with private lap pool. Mirvac continues to break new ground in sustainability with The Eastbourne’s design taking into consideration everything from the construction materials to the

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lighting efficiency and home automation, in order to produce apartments that are lighter on the environment. Stand out sustainability features include a “green switch” to reduce standby power consumption in every residence, a 22kW solar photovoltaic system to provide clean renewable energy to all common areas, two electric car charge stations and a “walk score” of 92%, meaning day-to-day life does not necessarily require a car. Residents also have access to a car share service within the building. The Eastbourne was the result of the powerhouse design collaboration between Mirvac and Bates Smart, the very same union that delivered The Melburnian legacy. Mirvac managed all statutory planning, design, sales, marketing and construction activities for the development. “The residences offer sophisticated, elegant and refined living at every level, creating a life of luxury within uncompromising surrounds and a private sanctuary,” said Mirvac Head of Residential, Stuart Penklis. “Even though we are at the end of a very long, mature residential cycle, buildings that emphasise quality and craftsmanship from a trusted developer will be in demand.” With a project the size and calibre of The Eastbourne, Mirvac’s visionary philosophy, customer first approach, knowledge, passion and experience ensured quality finishes and delivery. “Our integrated model with inhouse design, sales, marketing and construction departments, ensured that the interests of all stakeholders in the development were aligned and The Eastbourne would be a standout development,” said Stuart. “We are renowned for putting people front and centre of all that we do and leaving a legacy of sustainable, connected, vibrant urban environments, as well as delivering invigorating places that unlock long term value.”

With over 600 industry awards to their name, Mirvac is not resting on their laurels with the recent completion of Phoenix, the first building within the exclusive Apartments of Tullamore precinct in the coveted Tullamore community in Doncaster. The Phoenix Building offers one, two and three bedroom residences with generous and flexible floor plans and have been designed with adaptability in mind, offering residents contemporary, light filled spaces with spacious balconies, timeless themes and sophisticated finishes that provide a luxurious, low maintenance alternative to a traditional home. Also situated in the Apartments of Tullamore precinct is Folia, which started construction within four months of sales launch. Folia is a low rise architectural masterpiece designed to blend effortlessly with the landscaped surrounds. Due for completion mid-2021, it comprises one, two and three bedroom apartments, garden terraces and penthouses across 6-levels, including an atrium double height lobby, stunning semi-enclosed residents only rooftop conservatory and north facing ground level kitchen garden perfect for entertaining with friends and family. Mirvac is also working on the $300 million Voyager Tower, a luxury residential development within the Yarra’s Edge precinct. With architecture and interiors by Mirvac’s multi-award-winning inhouse designers, Mirvac Design, Voyager boasts outstanding amenity exclusive to residents on the roof deck and will rise approximately 130m tall with 43-levels, becoming an icon of Melbourne’s city skyline when complete in spring 2021. For more information contact Mirvac, Level 5, Building Q3, 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC, 3006, phone 03 9695 9400, website www.mirvac.com

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Below Trendgosa completed a complete fitout and joinery package for The Eastbourne.

For over 30 years, Trendgosa have consistently provided high quality, top end commercial joinery fitouts for apartments, hospitals, hotels, offices, public and private commercial spaces.

This has been modelled vastly different to many companies who outsource joinery from China yet at the same time allowed TG to focus their Victorian Operation on supporting local manufacturing and growth.

Trendgosa manufactured, delivered and installed all The Eastbourne’s spectacular apartment and common area interior joinery.

This combined strength significantly enhanced Trendgosa’s position in the Australian and global market, including providing services to other states and mixed source solutions for large and medium sized commercial builders. These services combine local site measure, project management and prompt turn around manufacture, with combined overseas procurement where required to meet high volume requirements and produce client cost savings.

“The Eastbourne, is a refreshing palette of materials with a timeless, contemporary, highly crafted architectural feel. It complements East Melbourne’s classical heritage precinct,” said Director and CEO, Collin Ellul. “This prestigious project required precision and a quick turnaround. There were over 100 various layouts across the 250 apartments, with full integration of varied fixtures and fittings. Over 5,000 custom extruded CNC handles were specifically manufactured for this project.” Beginning work in mid-2017, Trendgosa’s team provided all the fully built-in apartment kitchens, vanities, shaving cabinets, wardrobes, study desks, linen cupboards, laundries and feature screens. There were two custom finishes and many varying dimensions and layouts throughout the apartments, as well as luxurious finishes for the lobbies, resident’s lounge with fireplace, cinema, business centre, stateroom, wine cellar and concierge areas. Not many joiners in Melbourne would be able to handle a job this size, but Trendgosa has the capability with five factories covering 16,000m2. Their state-of-the-art machines, integrated manufacturing technology, software and specialised custom built quality assurance tracking and monitoring systems, allow their qualified trades to deliver high quality products every time. Trendgosa provides complete turn-key solutions from inhouse further design development, procurement, manufacturing, spray finishing, to their own team of delivery trucks, drivers and a fulltime installation team.

Trendgosa recently completed various fitouts at Wesley Place 130 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, Collins Arch, Melbourne Quarter R1, Parkhouse Common Area and nearing completing Premier Tower Hotel, Part of 750 Collins Street Monash University Fit Out, Paragon and Tullamore by Mirvac. Other projects they are currently working on include groundbreaking level of luxury apartments and penthouses at Saint Moritz in St Kilda, Vic Uni City Tower, Epworth Eastern Hospital, Pentridge Air Apartments and 308 Exhibition Sapphire Apartments. Trendgosa is also a certified Metalcote Finishing Applicator and has a Solid Surface Fabrication division which forms an integral part of the joinery finishes when specified. “This allows us to provide a full inhouse service with the peace and mind of a one stop shop, maintaining a level of high quality control and workflow management from start to finish.” For more information contact Trendgosa, 133-135 McEwan Road, Heidelberg Heights VIC 3081, phone 03 9459 8944, website www.trendgosa.com.au

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Below Austech Facades were engaged to complete the glazing for all apartments, pool, penthouse and café for The Eastbourne.

Australian owned, Austech Facades have been creating innovative façade solutions for some of the world’s most magnificent buildings for over 20 years which is why they were a perfect fit for Mirvac’s, The Eastbourne. Classically tiered with 11-levels fronting Albert Street and Fitzroy Gardens, and 14-levels facing Victoria Parade, all 245 Eastbourne apartments have spectacular CBD and parkland views. The customised penthouses offer stunning 360 degree panoramas through 50m of glass frontage. Architects, Bates Smart, created a design with individual components that provide scale and ordered horizontal patterning. Double height volumes define the three residential lobbies facing Albert Street, Eades Street and Victoria Parade. Low level residences connect directly to the gardens with filtered views to the sky through the tree canopy. “We believe amalgamation of building structure and façade design is extremely important, completing around 1,000 shop drawings for the project due to the number of different façade systems, individual floor plate sizes, varying floor heights and complexity of the architectural intent,” said Ash Kaliny, Austech Facades General Manager.

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Between March 2017 and May 2019, Austech Facades premier designers and installers provided all apartment glazing, sliding doors, penthouse glazing, café and basement lobby glazing and automatic and revolving doors, pool and resident’s lounge façade for The Eastbourne. “Our Upright Façade Envirowall curtain wall system was used in a window wall application,” Ash said. “With ever changing building design, we look beyond the façade providing innovative and cost-effective initiatives.” Austech Facades specialises in aluminium curtain and window wall systems, design and installation for the commercial and multi-storey residential industry. The company operate on the east coast with projects successfully completed in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and the Gold Coast. They are also working with Mirvac on 477 Collins Street and Voyager Tower 11, Docklands, as well as 254 Wellington Road for CIP, Carlton Connect CLT Building for Lendlease, Flinders Gate for John Holland, King & Phillip and One Hurstville Plaza for Ganellen and Archibald for Parkview. For more information contact Austech Facades, G0.06/87 Gladstone Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9642 3886, email info@austechfacades.com.au, website www.austechfacades.com.au

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ART'S NEW HOME The Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) comprises the construction of a new 5-storey building with four L-shaped plates each of different heights that make up the building’s vertical façades. The new building houses the museum, as well as the Visitor Centre, and the Kaiela Arts Gallery and studio for Aboriginal art and artists. Inclusive of event spaces, and rooftop viewing deck, the project will also serve as a cultural landmark for the community. The Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is an exciting new contemporary art destination and community hub for locals and visitors alike. Kane Constructions were appointed as the main contractor in early 2019 under a lump sum documented contract with piling, formwork, post tensioning, secondary steel framing and the envelope façade design and construct elements included. The new 5,300m2 museum building comprises 5-stories and includes several SAM gallery spaces in addition to administration areas, a Visitor Centre, art museum shop, café, a multi-purpose event space and the Kaiela Art Gallery and Studio which will present Indigenous art and support local Indigenous artists. Situated on the south-east corner of Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake, the museum is integrated into its park setting with the main loading dock and services covered by a grassed ‛Art Hill’ which also provides an external amphitheatre and public recreation area. A concrete construction, the external façade comprised of four metallic plates mounted to a steel frame which allows the façade to float free

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Each plate has a different finish allowing the building to respond to its lakeside context in different ways. The southern approach features a low sheen zinc finish, the Wyndham Street frontage features matt soft charcoal, the park elevation features a metallic mid-grey and the river frontage showcases an ochre-red Corten steel.

During 2020 one major challenge for the construction was COVID-19. “The pandemic was definitely a challenge but we were able to keep on going throughout,” said Brandon. “We followed all the government guidance and maintained COVID controls onsite. Procurement of materials was a challenge particularly for overseas supplied items, glazing, façade elements and FF&E.”

The simplicity and clarity of the external form is continued internally with polished concrete floors, floating timber stairs and Corten perforated panels. “The simplicity of the materials really gave us nowhere to hide,” said Brandon Finucane, Project Manager. “The devil is in the details on this project and everything had to be finished perfectly. Kane set a high benchmark, made sure everyone was aware of the required standard and followed up with close supervision.” The museum also had to be built to the highest standards of air tightness and environmental controls given the sensitive nature of the artworks to be housed inside. The project is targeting a 5 Star Green Star rating with the Green Building Council of Australia. Green Star is Australia’s premier quality mark

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“We managed to keep on track and I’m proud of the whole team for pulling through,” Brandon said. “I’m proud of the quality of the final product and that we have been able to provide a great new facility for Shepparton locals and visitors to enjoy.” Kane’s commitment to nurturing talent and supporting their people was evident in


the positive and collaborative relationship maintained by all parties working onsite during a challenging time to deliver a landmark new facility. Kane have a proud history of serving regional Victorian communities and their first major project, the West Gippsland Art Centre in Warragul, was completed in 1982 and 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. They operate throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra.

For more information contact Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email viccontact@kane.com.au, website www.kane.com.au

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Below Light and Sound Solutions installed an impressive 4.4m x .7m LG Dual 88” Stretch TV with Ultralift Enclosure in the main entrance to welcome museum visitors.

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Melbourne based specialist subcontractor Light and Sound Solutions Integration were appointed by the main contractor, Kane, to supply and install all audio-visual equipment in the gallery including sound and video systems, digital signage and wayfinding panels. One of the most unique elements in the project is the Life Size Side by side LG Stretch TV’s at the main entrance which provides welcome signage for visitors. The two life size TV’s at the bottom of the stairs are recessed into the wall with a bespoke bracketing arrangement to enable it to be pulled out from the wall for servicing.

Over their 20 years in business, Light and Sound Solutions have developed and evolved in response to changing client requirements and new technologies. They offer strong technical capability and experience on education projects, public spaces, performing arts centres, community hubs, libraries, art galleries and many other building types. Light and Sound Solutions have worked on iconic projects such as the control systems for the Melbourne Star, lighting on the Bolte Bridge and the sound tunnel on the Citylink expressway. They have built a strong reputation for providing the most cutting edge audio, visual, lighting and control systems and they are a trusted solutions provider for clients nationwide.

“It is definitely a challenging project. The equipment is sophisticated and sensitive and can’t be affected by dust so the majority has to be installed at the last minute,” said Daniel Thomas, Senior Project Manager. “We like thinking outside the box and working on more complex projects. We are not as big as some of our competitors but our attention to detail is testament to our capability in delivering such a high profile project,” explained Daniel. 80

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Below Innov8tive Services installed multiple levels of security with various detection points and monitoring of all areas throughout the museum.

Innov8tive Services are a specialist electrical, data, security and access control provider based in Melbourne, and supplied and installed security systems on the new Shepparton Art Museum. The extensive systems installed by the Innov8tive team included access control systems electronic door locks and security card access, key management systems, a comprehensive CCTV systems using technology from Milestone and cameras from Axis, people counting systems, and a duress alarm system. The challenging brief required multiple levels of security with various detection points and monitoring of all areas. Innov8tive Services supplied and installed the products and cabling as well as carrying out commissioning and client training over 12 months.

with security, CCTV and key management fully integrated,” said Brett. “It was one of the most advanced jobs we’ve been involved with in that regard.” Innov8tive Services are accredited installers for many leading suppliers and manufacturers of security systems. Founded in 2010, they currently employ 22 staff drawing on 50 years of combined commercial, domestic and industrial experience. With an inhouse team of technicians and drafts people, the company offers the highest level of service, quality and value without relying on subcontract labour. Trusted by a wide established commercial client base, Innov8tive Services manages and maintains security, access control and CCTV systems for some of Melbourne’s leading private companies.

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THE PERFECT PLACE DEVELOPER : Dahua Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hickory ARCHITECT : RotheLoweman Architects ENGINEER : Rincovitch Consulting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $130 million

Hawthorn Park comprises four interconnected buildings of 345 luxurious one, two and three bedroom residences including apartments, townhouses and retail tenancies. The project features a glass bottomed sky pool that bridges two of the buildings, landscaped public piazzas, and exclusive facilities such as a wellness retreat with a state-of-the-art gym, yoga studio and massage rooms. Covering a massive 12,600m2 footprint in a prime location in Melbourne’s inner suburb of Hawthorn, Hawthorn Park is a prestigious new residential development designed by RotheLoweman Architects which invites serenity with a lush landscaping concept designed by award winning landscape architect Jack Merlo. The project incorporates 345 premium one, two and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses featuring premium finishes and high quality appliances from manufacturers including Miele and Gaggenau. The site also includes retail tenancies within the footprint. The apartments are divided between four towers ranging between 3-levels and 6-levels over a 2-level basement carpark and set within the landscaped garden which is open to the public during the day and provides a pedestrian access route between Camberwell Road and Burwood Road. The buildings are crowned by exclusive amenities such as a wellness retreat, garden lounges and a rooftop common area which includes a highlight of the project, Melbourne’s first sky pool which bridges two of the towers and is suspended over the garden area below. Hickory rationalised the pool design to improve buildability and introduce prefabrication for some key elements. “The swimming pool was a difficult one and to get it from the concept on paper to a reality

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was a huge process,” said Julie Radonjic, Project Manager. “We finally got there – it was a great feat for everyone involved and when the pool went in lots of people lined the footpath to watch!” Another key feature of the project is the balustrade ‛ribbons’ on each floor which curve along their length and also undulate up and down with glass infills. Hickory offered an inhouse façade solution to enable delivery of the intricate textured façade using GRC components. “There was 2.5km of ribbon in the project and it was all designed and manufactured overseas,” said Julie. “That meant it had to be fabricated spot on and we were very happy that in the end every single panel fit!” The architectural concept of Hawthorn Park was inspired by the stepped terraces of rice paddy fields and Macchu Picchu. “Every level of the building has a different footprint and the lack of repeatability in the structure between each floor created some challenges,” said Julie. “The curved façades added further complexity for the construction.” Construction started in January 2019 and was completed early 2021. COVID-19 added further challenges to the construction process. “One of the biggest difficulties was the uncertainty,” said Julie. “We had issues with the supply chain and mitigated those

through careful management. Construction continued throughout the lockdown but we reduced the workforce in line with government guidance.” Construction was aided by the two street frontages of the site. “The multiple frontages meant that we could use three cranes at a time which gave us dual lifting capability,” explained Julie. “We engaged closely with VicRoads to ensure we didn’t cause any congestion to traffic flow.” Hickory are one of Australia’s pre-eminent construction groups and an industry leader in Australia’s evolving residential sector with a specialisation in multi-unit urban communities. They pride themselves on innovation and brought their market leading approach to the Hawthorn Park project to deliver a successful result. Hickory have a unique specialised structure with expertise in four key areas of construction: structures, prefabricated building systems, façades and customer care. Together with their extensive track record of project experience in residential and other sectors, Hickory are able to deliver exceptional value for clients.

For more information contact information Hickory, Level 5, 68 Clarke Street, Southbank VIC 3006, phone 03 9429 7411, fax 03 9428 7376, website www.hickory.com.au

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Below Vista Concepts were engaged to create two green walls for Lobbies A and C, using the proven VISTA integrated green wall system which utilises bio-organic soil.

Comprising four interconnected buildings surrounded by 2,000m2 of residential parkland, Hawthorn Park is a luxurious new residential development in Melbourne with a range of green spaces throughout, including two green walls supplied by Vista Concepts to Lobbies A and C. Vista Concepts is a family owned business specialising in green wall systems including living plant walls, no maintenance moss walls and artificial garden walls. Benefits of their unique systems include simplicity of maintenance and installation, a 10 year performance guarantee, and the use of natural bio-organic soil instead of hydroponic systems. For Hawthorn Park Vista Concepts engaged in collaborative discussions with the client to understand the brief and then produced a location grid showing the location of each plant for client approval. Installation of the walls is now complete. “The client and main contractor Hickory were very strict on the aesthetics and precision of both layout and installation,” said Ross Parker, Director. “This is our first project with Hickory and we found them professional and easy to get along with.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With experience in residential and commercial buildings, shopping centres, airports, public buildings, hotels and many other building types, Vista Concepts has the capability to deliver their green wall systems on projects nationwide. Their systems are suitable for both interior and exterior applications, temperate or tropical climates and all orientations from shade to full sun. Other recent and current projects featuring Vista Concepts green walls includes Foundation Place, the first building to be completed in the Sunshine Coast CBD redevelopment, which will include 137m2 of green wall on the external front façade; The new Gold Coast International Airport Hotel; K1 Residences on Union Street, Southbank, Melbourne; William Clarke College, Kellyville, Sydney. With their extensive product range and broad experience, Vista Concepts can deliver green wall solutions Australia wide that are suitable for any situation and budget.

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Below Classic Fireplaces and BBQs supplied and installed gas fireplaces to the penthouses and an electric fireplace for one of the apartments.

Melbourne based specialist supplier Classic Fireplaces and BBQs supplied and installed three premium fireplaces for the Hawthorn Park luxury residential development. Gas fireplaces were supplied for two penthouses in the development – one from US company Heat and Glo, and the other from Australian brand Horizon. An electric fireplace was also supplied for one of the apartments.

Many of their models can be seen in operation at their showroom which is open 7 days a week.

“The Heat and Glo Mezzo fireplace is a top-of-the-line product from one of the most premium brands available in Australia. It combines great aesthetics and cost efficient heating with a long design life of up to 20 years,” said Kevin Hopkins and Brad Wray, General Manager. “The Horizon 1100 Cantilever fireplace is also a great open-front fire with an eye catching floating hearth.”

Classic Fireplaces and BBQs offer a complete range of installation and associated builders works including carpentry, plumbing, finishing and cladding, as well as ongoing maintenance packages. With a qualified construction project manager inhouse, Classic Fireplaces and BBQs can offer a partial or full turnkey service for smaller builders or domestic clients.

The installation process at Hawthorn Park went smoothly despite the challenges of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Classic Fireplaces and BBQs worked with the main contractor Hickory to mitigate the impact of project delays.

With expert staff and an extensive range to accommodate all design preferences, Classic Fireplaces and BBQs take pride in finding customised fireplace and BBQ solutions for any project.

Classic Fireplaces and BBQs have served the Victorian market for 48 years and are specialists in gas and wood fireplaces. They stock 36 different brands including all high end brands available in Australia.

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REINVIGORATING RETIREMENT DEVELOPER : Seventh-day Adventist Church MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hutchinson Builders ARCHITECT : VIA STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : SY Structural Engineering CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $36 million

Pavilions Blackburn Lake is a 136-apartment low rise retirement community spread over an eight building campus more a kin to living in a hotel resort. The project includes beautifully designed residences nestled in a serene natural woodland landscape, a gold class style cinema, business centre, sports bar, and luxurious private residents lounge. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has developed Pavilions Blackburn Lake, an elegant and stylish retirement living project in the leafy green surroundings in Melbourne’s east. Completed in early summer 2020, construction was undertaken by Hutchinson Builders. The Pavilions takes a unique approach to retirement living, recognising that while some seniors want to downsize they do not want to necessarily downgrade their quality of housing or lifestyle. The apartments were deliberately designed to be larger than standard retirement village residences, with balconies, premium finishes and a range of floor plan options. “There has also been a strong emphasis on the health and holistic wellbeing of residents, with careful thought given to design features promoting a connection both within and outside the Pavilions community,” said Infrastructure Coordinator for the Church and Project Lead, Galen Gan. “The café for example has been beautifully styled to match any up market coffee shop in Melbourne. The floor 92

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to ceiling windows in the apartments also provide stunning views of the treescape on the site, bringing the outside environment into the living spaces.” The Pavilions campus style layout also provides a number of areas of interest. “The site has a large number of established trees which is one of the attractive features of the location and will provide a very attractive environment for the residents,” said David Drysdale, Hutchinson Builders Design Coordinator. “Every tree was mapped by an arborist and extensive tree protection zones were put in place to ensure this unique quality of the site was retained. We had to work around the many protection zones which presented some challenges.” The project remained a ‘live’ site, with a school and administration building under the auspices of the client adjacent to the construction site. “We had an excellent relationship with the client and we worked closely with the Church to ensure there was minimal disruption to the school and the administration building.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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standard of work undertaken by Hutchinson Builders on the project,” said Galen. Hutchies has a well deserved reputation as one of the nation’s finest builders and is Australia’s largest privately owned construction company with over 7,000 projects to their credit with a value exceeding $32 billion. Based in Brisbane, Hutchies has operations throughout Australia and employs around 1,700 people and uses 10,000 subcontractors and suppliers. The aged care sector is one of their many specialities and in Victoria they have recently built MiCare at Carrum Downs and a development for Japara Aged Care. Projects outside the aged care sector in Victoria include the multi-level Maroondah carpark and the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Extension. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 70-72 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9282 9500, email melbourne@ hutchinsonbuilders.com.au, website www.hutchinsonbuilders.com.au VIC PROJECT FEATURE PAVILIONS BLACKBURN LAKE

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Below AMA Precast designed and produced the precast panels that were installed on Pavilions Blackburn Lake.

AMA Precast is an industry leader in the manufacture and supply of precast concrete panels, including custom feature panels. Led by an experienced and committed management team which has a passion for concrete construction, AMA Precast has successfully completed work for some of Australia’s largest builders including Hutchinson Builders, Icon and Becon Constructions. With plans well advanced to expand their manufacturing capacity, AMA Precast is on a growth trajectory which will enhance their position in the Victorian concrete construction industry as the supplier of choice for precast panels. AMA Precast recently relocated to their new 12,000m2 facility in Foleys Road, Derrimut. The larger site has allowed the company to double their manufacturing capacities. Engaged by Hutchinson Builders, AMA Precast manufactured and supplied 504 concrete panels. Once the design phase was complete, production began in mid2019 and continued to the end of the year. The panels were then progressively delivered to site in the first half of 2020 and installed by a separate contractor. The specifications for the panels including a number of architectural features which required careful design and production planning. “We had to provide a number of special panels that had different levels on the exposed face that had the effect of a border around a textural feature,” said Project Manager, Gabriel Zampierollo. “These were installed on balconies and looked like a separate frame. Our design and manufacturing team had to devise a way to produce these with the desired appearance.” Other panels were required to be quite thin which risked them being fragile so the AMA team devised ways of manufacturing the panels and combining two panels to give integral strength. With around 10 of the management and design team on the project and 30 on the 94

production side, the whole AMA precast team played a role in this project. AMA Precast’s unique offering in the construction market is delivered by their team of skilled management, estimators, carpenters, steel fixers and concreters. This range of skills ensures that AMA provides a full service package, which ranges from technical advice to builders about precast design and implementation, to producing high quality precast concrete elements and ensuring works are completed promptly and within budget across commercial, residential and civil precast applications. With a long history of concrete panel manufacturing, AMA Precast understands that only the highest quality panels will provide visual enhancement as well as engineering strength to any building. For this reason, AMA’s panels are made to a world class standard which is the underlying reason for the high level of customer satisfaction and trust that the company achieves. With full customer back up always available, clients can be assured that their project is in the best of hands. AMA precast has been involved in a number of other recent significant projects in and around Melbourne. At Docklands, the company was contracted by Icon to provide concrete panels for the new Marriott Hotel. Icon also selected AMA to provide panels for their new office building and for St Boulevard residences on St Kilda Road where AMA supplied structural panels as well as landscape features. “Every member of the AMA Precast team is excited about moving into our new Derrimut premises as it will mark another milestone in the company’s growth.” Gabriel said. “It will give AMA the chance to lift its design and production of precast panels to a whole new level.” For more information contact AMA Precast, 486 Foleys Road Derrimut VIC 3026, phone 03 9363 1505, email info@amaprecast. com.au, website www.amaprecast.com.au

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Below DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) completed the detailed site excavation and concreting of the basement and cinema steps.

DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) continues to be the leading concrete contractor of choice for Tier 2 head contractors in greater Melbourne and throughout South East Victoria. Established in 2009, DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) has earned a reputation for excellent performance and project delivery across all types of concrete construction. Hutchinson Builders chose DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) to undertake the basement work at Pavilions Blackburn Lake. DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) excavated the site and did the concreting to the footings, pads, lift over run pits, ramps, the cinema base incline, basement slabs and mass steps that form the seats in the cinema. Wet weather provided a challenge in meeting the schedule. “Intricate waterproofing methods were needed as the basement was below the natural ground level,” said Operations Manager, Phil Hocking. The majority of the work took five months and DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) had up to nine of their team engaged on the job as well as 2-3 excavators and a tipper during site preparation. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) has completed a number of major projects with Hutchinson Builders including the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre at Narre Warren. “We enjoy working in partnership with Hutchies and The Pavilions has been another successful association,” Phil said. Current projects being undertaken by DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) include the Opalia Melton Shopping Town with Becon Constructions, the new Bosch headquarters in Clayton with Johns Lyng Group and Morwell TAFE with ADCO. “Our success as a competitive and preferred concrete contracting company is attributable to our highly skilled team,” Phil said. “DRD Concrete places high priority on strengthening our team through optimum working conditions, high health and safety standards together with training and development opportunities.”

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A 5 STAR MASTERPIECE DEVELOPER : Capital Alliance MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Icon ARCHITECT : DKO Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Webber Design CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $250 million

The Docklands Residences/Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands is a $250M architectural masterpiece which combines modern hotel architecture with hotel-like residential apartments. The project includes The Docklands Residences – a 92 apartment luxury residential development spanning two curved interlinked towers, and Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands – a 189 room 5 Star Marriott Hotel, and includes a rooftop pool, executive facilities, and modern function spaces. Icon is one of Australia’s largest construction providers and their latest contribution to the industry does not disappoint, a sculptural and sophisticated mixed use building at the vibrant waterfront Docklands precinct in Melbourne.

the early stages of the project, which means there were active loading docks and services requiring extensive coordination. This was particularly the case when a portion of the shopping centre had to be demolished and re-built virtually at the same time.

The $250 million project is the first Marriott branded hotel to be built in Australia in more than 25 years and has certainly set a new benchmark in luxury. Icon was given the construction brief for the mixed use project comprising 189 hotel rooms, 92 residential apartments and six penthouses, plus something special up its sleeve which provides a sky high wow factor.

“COVID-19 forced us to reduce numbers significantly at times and this created a delay, but Icon did a great job in determining what the critical works were and formulating a plan to keep the project running efficiently,” said Nicholas. “Outside of the pandemic, managing the live environment of the shopping centre was a challenge in the early stages.”

Its perfect location on the corner of Waterfront Way and Docklands Drive sets the Marriott up for high expectations and from every angle this new build, which Icon took from the ground up, is every bit as impressive as you might expect. Icon Project Manager, Nicholas Mascitti led a team of management staff, labourers and subcontractors on a daily basis and when a worldwide pandemic was thrown into the mix, it certainly added a whole other dimension to the project.

Icon has brought the architecturally unique design to life where the curved glass façade which wraps around the two towers takes centre stage. This expansive use of glass gives the hotel rooms and apartments a great sense of space, allowing an abundance of natural light to flood in. It also gives guests and residents the opportunity from every level to soak in the views of Melbourne’s CBD, the Bolte Bridge and Port Phillip Bay. The captivating glass façade, custom joinery, state-of-the-art equipment and 5 Star facilities throughout are just the tip of the

iceberg, with the real drawcard of this project being the spectacular infinity edge pool which wraps around the 15th floor, offering 180 degree city views. “The curved infinity edge pool is a definite highlight of the Marriott which we designed and built with our subcontractor,” said Nicholas. Mesmerising in its design and complete with an adjoining bar, fibre optic lighting inside the pool mimics stars when the sun goes down and is destined to become a hot spot for Melbournians and visitors alike. “The glass façade without a doubt gives the building a bespoke touch and I might be a bit bias, but it has resulted in one of the best looking façades you’ll come across,” Nicholas said. “Marriott was great to deal with throughout and the feedback has all been very positive. We are looking forward to everyone being able to enjoy the new Marriott Docklands soon.” For more information contact Icon, 675 Victoria Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067, phone 03 8862 8888, email info@icon.co, website www.icon.co

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Below Tivoli International (Australia) manufactured the joinery for the hotel rooms and apartments.

Tivoli International (Australia) has fitted out some of the largest and most prestigious properties in the country and the company’s latest project at Marriott Docklands is no exception. The company manufactured the joinery for the apartments and hotel rooms. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Tivoli re-entered into the Australian market in 2015, after a few project in early 2000-2005, opening their doors in Melbourne. With the husband and wife team of Hary and Mary He at the helm, Tivoli has cemented their position as a quality provider of architectural joinery solutions in Australia. Tivoli manages 400 staff across two factories and the company’s one-stop-shop approach has set it apart from the rest. With their own sales, design, drawing, procurement team and self owned manufacturing facilities, Tivoli’s vast production capacity put the company in good stead to deliver Marriott Dockland’s joinery requirements seamlessly. The sheer presence of the dual towers at the bustling Docklands District, meant the interiors needed to be as sleek and grand as the building itself. This is where Tivoli’s expertise is well and truly on show. “The Marriott Docklands is one of our high end jobs, where the joinery is the key focus of the apartments and hotel rooms,” said Office Manager, Olivia Ying. “A lot of time was spent perfecting all of the different sizes and designs as the interiors from room to room are all very different. There is more joinery and cabinetry in this project than in anything we’ve ever done before.”

challenges. Extremely long panels and custom doors are easily scratched when being transported and installed and so the team at Tivoli took extra care to minimise damage and wastage. “The apartments were harder than the hotel rooms in terms of their size and layout and so much work has gone into the management and control of the project,” said Olivia. “It looks simple and clean, but a great deal was done behind the scenes to achieve this result.” Director, Mary He, who started the company from scratch, is still very hands on and can often be found onsite, where her sharp eye for detail will pick up even the smallest of inconsistencies. “The directors have a lot of projects under their belt, a lot of experience and very good instinct,” Olivia said. “Joinery is something that you look at all day, every day so even if something is 1mm or 2mm out of level, we adjust it all onsite. Before the client picks up on it, we try to have it fixed already.” Tivoli’s point of difference is simple, offering a streamlined and personalised process from the initial consultation to installation. “Our team in Australia is small and we manage all of our projects from beginning to end,” Olivia said. “Quite often if a client needs something done or something fixed, they’ll deal directly with the owners and this personalised service allows us to resolve any issues that may arise very quickly.” For more information contact Tivoli International (Australia), 2/93 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong VIC 3175, phone 0423 885 557, email olivia@tivoliinternational.com.au

Unusual sizes, floor-to-ceiling panels and custom design features all come together to create interiors which are sleek, modern and clean. A moody and rich colour scheme of charcoal and brown in a 2Pac matte finish is both warm and welcoming and, above all else, creates a lasting and timeless appeal. These rooms really are the epitome of luxury living and the quality joinery simply enhances the expansive city views. Achieving what can best be described as effortless sophistication in the fitout of 90 residential apartments and 189 hotel rooms at Marriott Docklands, did come with its 102 VIC PROJECT FEATURE THE DOCKLANDS RESIDENCES/MARRIOTT HOTEL

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Below Vision 1 Windows & Doors created the unique curved glass on the ground floor and all the internal curved glass.

Vision 1 Windows & Doors is no stranger to the application of glass for architectural purposes and has brought their industry expertise and clever workmanship to the new Marriott Docklands, Melbourne’s vibrant waterfront hotel and residences. Vision 1 has been installing and fabricating aluminium doors and windows for more than three years, specialising in custom made and fit for purpose solutions to an array of businesses and venues throughout the city. Their latest project at the new Marriott Docklands put the company to the test, with the architecturally unique curved glass design of the building leaving no room for error. The team at Vision 1 Windows & Doors supplied and installed the curved glass façade on the ground floor and all internal curved glass, a faceted internal airlock, internal glazing on Levels 3 and 15, all of the automatic entry doors to the hotel and restaurant and internal cavity sliders. In addition to this, all of the smoke doors, gym and pool doors on Level 15 were installed by Vision 1, as were all of the wintergardens which are enclosed in glass from Level 9 through to Level 18. “We first started working on this project in June 2020 and quickly realised the curved glass panels in the design were a little out of our comfort zone and similarly, getting all of the steel channels made up was a challenge,” said Director, Gavin Nichols. “When it came to installing the glass onsite, with the longest panel sitting at 5m long, it was actually easier than we first thought and the successful supply and installation of this high end scope

of work has enabled us to build confidence for our next project.” To minimise the risk of any blunders occurring onsite, a great deal of time was spent in the office to get the different radiuses right. Significant work was also done on the individual steel channels which were installed to house the glass. “We found that aluminium channels were not going to work on this project with the curved glass, so we worked extensively with our steel manufacturer to individually construct steel channels which were installed onsite before the glass went in,” said Gavin. Another challenging piece of the beautiful glass puzzle that is the Marriott Docklands building was the scallop window on the façade, which spans over six tiers of windows. It took several drawings to get this part right and the end result speaks volumes about the attention to detail paid by Vision 1, the scallop window installed without a hitch. When looking at the building from any angle, captivating and distinct and completely wrapped in glass, the work which has been done behind the scenes can not be underestimated. Each room is afforded spectacular views and from the outside, the enviable waterfront location magnificently bounces off each window, which further enhances the design. “The finished project is nothing short of impressive and the curved glass and the façade has created an architecturally unique building for the city of Melbourne,” said Gavin. “We are always striving to be the best at everything we do and our company’s progression and growth are the result of hard work and a quality product – this is something we are extremely proud of.” Currently working with Icon on another project in Southbank and also working on the redevelopment at Melbourne University, Vision 1 Windows & Doors is fast emerging as a key player in the construction industry. For more information contact Vision 1 Windows & Doors, 1/26 Brett Drive, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 0420 395 728, email gavin@vision1windows.com, website www.vision1windows.com

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Marina Tower, Docklands VIC

One Wellington, St Kilda VIC

Charles and Macquarie Streets, Parramatta NSW

Caulfield Village, Caulfield VIC

Banksia, Melbourne VIC

Bennetts Lane, Melbourne VIC

Aspire, Melbourne VIC

Arkadia, Alexandria NSW

PAUL WEBBER AND THE WEBBER DESIGN TEAM Structural Engineers for The Docklands Residences/Marriott Hotel would like to congratulate Capital Alliance and Icon on this unique project. Level 2, 31Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000 t. 03 9614 7155 Suite 301, 19A Boundary Street Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011 t. 02 9690 2488 Level 1, 432 Murray Street Perth WA 6000 t. 08 6117 0497 e. contact@webberdesign.com www.webberdesign.com


Below CNCPRO Carpenters and Cabinet Makers manufactured and fitout the joinery for the penthouses.

A name synonymous with projects of this calibre, CNCPRO Carpenters and Cabinet Markers has joined Icon once again in delivering sophistication and functionality to the new Marriott Docklands. Providing high quality cabinetry and carpentry for the last decade, Tim Memishi and Sam Emini have continued to take CNCPRO from strength-to-strength, now boasting the prestigious Marriott Docklands to their portfolio. CNCPRO was tasked with the installation of the joinery to the hotel rooms and apartments and the complete fitout of the luxury penthouses and pulled out all stops to achieve a seamless result. These are not your average apartments and CNCPRO needed to think the outside the square. “There is three times more joinery here than in any other job we’ve done and one of the main challenges we faced was that the walls were all clad in panelling, making it tricky for us to navigate the installation,” said Tim. “We ended up making our own timber walls in our factory and installed them onsite, which not only saved us a lot of time and money, but also minimised wastage and damage,” said Tim. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

‘Not your average apartment’ is an understatement and the penthouses on the top four levels are where Tim and Sam’s craftmanship is proudly on display. The high end penthouse apartments are where no expense has been spared with the fully integrated kitchens, laundries, bathrooms, wardrobes, entertainment and fireplace units all supplied and installed by CNCPRO. “Walking into the lobby gives you the feeling that this property is different from all the others in Melbourne,” Tim said. “We sourced a lot of the materials for the penthouses from George Fethers & Co in Port Melbourne and it doesn’t get more high end than that.” Tim’s focus at CNCPRO is to contract the jobs and look after the factory, while Sam is based onsite managing their team of installers. A winning combination it seems, with several other cutting edge projects in Melbourne underway including 800 apartments for Hamilton Marino. For more information contact CNCPRO Carpenters and Cabinet Makers, 15-17 Antonella Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 9768 2324, email estimating@cncpro.com.au, website www.cncpro.com.au

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Below SRD Fire Protection completed the installation of the sprinkler system, fire pumps and extinguishers.

SRD Fire Protection has strived to set the highest standards for the last 18 years and has equipped the Marriott Docklands with effective systems to ensure full compliance for the safety of hotel guests and residents alike. SRD specialises in commercial, industrial and residential sprinkler systems, fire hydrants and hose reels, warning and detection systems offering a complete fire protection package to their clients. At the new Marriott Docklands, SRD Fire Protection was tasked with the design and installation of a combined fire sprinkler, hydrant and hose reel system, warning and detection systems and fire extinguishers throughout. Fire pumps and water storage tanks were also installed on Level 17, completing what is an effective and economical fire prevention system for the building. The 15 month project saw the team at SRD consult with both Icon and Marriott very early on in the construction stage to design and implement the right system to meet the venue’s requirements. One of which was the installation of a wet chemical suppression system for each of the exhaust hoods located in the hotel. “We installed wet chemical suppression systems for the five exhaust hoods located in the hotel’s kitchens,” said Director, Cameron Reid.

“This is not something we would typically do on a job, but it was one of Marriott’s requirements and we are now seeing it becoming more and more popular in large scale installations.” A comprehensive certification process and final walk through with the fire department was undertaken before the Marriott Docklands was given the tick of approval. This essential part of the service, together with ongoing testing and maintenance of fire systems, is all taken care of by SRD – whether it be a 50-storey residential building or an industrial warehouse. The company has three inhouse designers working in Autocad and revit, with 30 site staff in the construction arm and three in testing and maintenance.

For more information contact SRD Fire Protection, 2/81 Bald Hill Road, Pakenham VIC 3810, phone 03 5941 5678, email admin@ srdfire.com.au, website www.srdfire.com.au

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Below Fangda Australia manufactured the bespoke dark blue curved glass façade for the project.

Known for the design and fabrication of high end exterior façades and curtain wall systems, Fangda Australia was engaged by Icon to bring the sculptural design of the Marriott Docklands building to life. The company, which has been operating in Australia for five years, specialises in the design, fabrication and transportation of façades. They bring three decades of experience to the construction industry and have certainly played a key role in creating a wow factor on this project. The 17-storey towers beautifully combine a dark blue curved glass façade with aluminium elements and wintergardens enclosed on each level. The fact that the building is wrapped in this glass façade means each level maximises the spectacular 200 degree city views, including the Docklands waterfront and the Bolte Bridge. The graceful curves of the building did pose a slight challenge for Fangda Australia and fortunately their extensive experience held them in good stead. “Fangda became involved in the early stages of this project with Icon and it was a pretty smooth process throughout,” said Karl Liu, Project Manager at Fangda Australia. “We manufactured the façade WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

through our mother company in China and our office here in Australia coordinated the sample, design, engineering, site coordination, and after sale service. Comparing with other oversea suppliers, our team is capable to address the issues onsite and resolve them directly for our client.” “The curved sections were challenging but we overcame this and made it more practical for the builder at the same time,” Karl said. “We sub-divided the curved sections into smaller components and joined the different panels together so that it still delivers the curved appearance. The result is a happy ending for all parties, both with our product and the service we provided to the client.” With a focus on offering the Australian construction industry a one-stop façade solution with onsite coordination, the company is also in the final stages of the Victoria Square project, fabricating an architecturally designed façade.

For more information contact Fangda Australia, 36 Iris Road, Glen Iris VIC 3146, phone 03 9078 4668, email kristy.sun@fangda.com.au

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Below Caterlink Commercial Kitchens and Bars supplied and installed the ground level, Level 3 and Level 15 high capacity kitchens.

Caterlink Commercial Kitchens and Bars has been in the business of commercial kitchen and bar fitouts in major hotels and restaurants for more than 40 years and their latest installation at the Marriott Docklands has taken the commercial kitchen offering to the next level. As an Australian family owned and operated business, the team at Caterlink has seen their fair share of commercial kitchens. Their most recent work at the Marriott Docklands, however, boasts the essential facilities plus all of the extras, giving the kitchens the capacity to service all of the hotel’s areas and functions with ease.

The large scale installation comprised of stainless steel benches, cooking equipment, all of the refrigeration including four cool rooms and a freezer room and five low consumption and environmentally friendly Ecocanopy exhaust hoods – one of which is 7m long. “I have been blown away by the completed product at the Marriott Docklands and all of the finishes and interior design elements have come together in what is a fabulous result,” Jason said. “Topped with state-of-the-art cooking equipment and advanced solutions for the chefs, it’s going to be a great facility for locals and visitors alike.”

“We were tasked with the supply and installation of the ground floor kitchen and bars, the Level 3 function kitchen and executive lounge and the Level 15 pool bar and back-of-house kitchen,” said Jason Williams, Project Manager. “The client wanted high capacity kitchens, especially to cater for functions and the ground floor kitchen, which is the biggest of the facilities, will satisfy a busy breakfast buffet service.” The team from Caterlink were onsite fairly early in the construction stage, assisting with the coordination of the electrical and plumbing services to ensure everything was in line with the kitchen’s requirements. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Caterlink Commercial Kitchens and Bars, 409 City Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9131 2100, email info@caterlink.com.au, website www.caterlink.com.au

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THE HIGH LIFE DEVELOPER : Geocon MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Geocon ARCHITECT : Fender Katsalidis CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $240 million

High Society is Canberra’s two tallest towers at 100m and 130m and are part of the Republic Precinct. Inside the two towers are a boutique offering of one, two and three bedroom apartments and extensive shared amenities such as an infinity pool, wine cellars, kids play room, and gym. Geocon continues building Canberra’s future with the spectacular twin tower residential development High Society in Belconnen. At 100m and 130m, these are Canberra’s tallest buildings, the newest addition to Republic precinct, the largest mixed use development under construction in the Australian Capital Territory. The 1.6 hectare site is set to become the latest residential, commercial and retail district, revitalising Belconnen and addressing the critical need to accommodate Canberra’s young and growing population. Construction of the precinct was fast tracked from original 10 year plan to meet demand. Australia’s capital is a modern, well serviced city and Geocon is expertly building sophisticated high rise residences with a range of amenities for social, work and health activities. The Republic precinct buildings range from 16 to 27-storeys and are centred around a large public square interconnected by a series of laneways. Soon to be home for 5,000 people, the precinct boasts an urban park, an amphitheatre, a public sky deck and over 500 public car parks. Geocon have already completed Stage 1 with two high rise apartment buildings, Republic and Dusk, Stage 2 is High Society with 868-apartments. Designed by world leading architects, Fender Katsalidis, the High Society buildings rise above the luxury 152-room Abode Hotel. Both towers are 27-storeys, with Tower B taller due to different floor-toceiling heights. There is a vast range of floor plans with sophisticated styling and quality finishes across each unit. Striking floor-toceiling double glazed windows throughout the building maximise natural light and views across Lake Ginninderra and the local region.

The two towers were completed within 14 months. Geocon’s focus on construction efficiencies has contributed to the company’s rapid development across Canberra. In fact Geocon’s many successful quick and quality builds can be attributed to a large scale rethinking of the construction process with as many elements as possible fabricated offsite to streamline the construction process. Through computerised tracking elements are delivered to the right place at the right time. The bathroom construction process usually involves many different trades. Geocon commissioned Hickory SYNC to construct over 1,000 prefabricated bathroom pods for the apartments at High Society and the rooms of the Abode Hotel. Also contributing to the speed and quality of the construction is the new installation system for hydraulics, first used by Geocon at the Infinity apartments, where bathroom pipework was designed, fabricated and assembled offsite, then delivered individually packaged. Geocon has developed prefabricated structural reinforcement systems, eliminating the need for onsite steel fixing with the final product simply craned into position; prefabricated columns arrive on the site with all reinforcement items and permanent

formwork systems in place; and concrete stairs are formed and precast inhouse reducing the need for scaffolding by providing stairs can be used immediately. Offsite construction means the onsite process is simplified and that makes for a safer working environment and a reduction in construction time, defects, material usage and onsite waste. Established in 2007 Geocon is a multidisciplinary design and construct team working across the property market, rentals, hotels and construction. In 2018, Geocon established their own architectural studio to deliver comprehensive architectural services including a standardised documentation system to increase construction efficiencies. Currently Geocon are working on Stage 3 of the Republic, Nightfall with 334 apartments, bringing the total number of residences to 1,300 across five towers. Next is another residential and commercial development at a 7,640m2 site at Allara Street in central Canberra.

For more information contact Geocon, Level 4, 16-18 Mort Street, Canberra ACT 2601, phone 02 6255 0430, email admin@geocon. com.au, website www.geocon.com.au

Resident’s amenities include a private dining room and cinema, library and workspace, a resort style pool with sauna and spa, gym and Pilates studio. There is rooftop sky park and BBQ area, a wine cellar, a wellness centre, indoor kid’s wonderland and resident’s car wash. 112 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY

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Below CPS Steel Fixing installed 3,400 tonnes of steel reinforcement to High Society.

Locally owned and operated CPS Concrete Group has been in operation for 40 years growing excellent working relationships with many large builders in Canberra across commercial, large scale, and high profile developments. CPS Concrete Group evolved from the family run business, CPS Concreters, established in 1990. Managing Director, Tony Costanzo and his family have grown alongside the company with cousin John Costanzo as Director of CPS Landscaping. “The CPS Concrete Group is Canberra’s leading structure specialist,” said Tony. “CPS Concrete, CPS Steel Fixing and Post Tensioning and CPS Landscaping work together to deliver complete packages to builders throughout Canberra and New South Wales,” said Tony. CPS Concrete Group, CPS Steel Fixing and CPS Landscaping were all contracted at Geocon’s massive residential build, High Society with the steel fixers first onsite in November 2018. CPS Steel Fixing installed 3,400 tonnes of reinforcing “CPS had the pleasure of providing steel reinforcement installation from the commencement of the project all the way

through until completion,” said Operations Manager, Taka Power. “We installed up to 3,400 tonnes of reinforcing, laid over 27 levels of both towers. With a maximum of 70 steel fixers onsite at peak periods we delivered on time, finishing up by the end of October 2020.” The structural works at High Society comprised a high volume installation and a tight schedule. CPS Steel Fixing worked both on and offsite. “We had a system of prefabricating columns in our own facility and delivering when required.” Geocon’s focus on streamlining the construction process meant that CPS was able to prefabricate elements offsite. This included reinforcing beams and column cages which enhanced efficiency to support the project programme and helped save time and space on an already tight project. CPS and Geocon have demonstrated a positive working relationship over several years, we have worked together at the Wayfarer Apartments, Infinity Towers, Midnight Apartments and at High Society Stage 1. Established in 2018, CPS Steel Fixing provide quick and quality reinforcement and post tensioning services for large scale developments including structures for the high rise residential and mixed use sectors. CPS Steel Fixing alongside CPS Concrete group first worked together on the Midnight project the two companies worked closely together onsite contributing to an easy and speedy construction, a comprehensive service that could only be improved by the addition of CPS Post Tensioning. “Although we carry the CPS name we operate independently to the other CPS companies,” said Taka. “Nevertheless, meeting programme benchmarks with quality results and always delivering client satisfaction is our focus. CPS Steel Fixing and CPS Concrete are both main aspects of a project’s structural phase and we help each other maintain momentum to meet

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Below CPS Concrete Group pumped and placed 41,000m3 of Boral concrete for the in situ structures.

programme deadlines. CPS Steel Fixing and CPS Concrete always keep communication at a high level in order to avoid any errors or delays that might, in some instances occur. We have always been able to work together no matter what challenges may come our way.” What separates CPS from other steel fixing companies is their innovative management and site teams. They are always looking for new solutions to assist their builders achieve the best results possible. At CPS all staff are considered family. CPS Concrete streamline concrete pumping CPS Concrete Group has been able to address the rapid growth of construction in the Australian Capital Territory and expand their capabilities working at Geocon sites. Working across both of Canberra’s tallest residential towers was a demanding and large scale job with both CPS Concrete and CPS Steel Fixing proving their capacity to deliver on Geocon’s rapid builds. “CPS Concrete completed all pumping and placement for the in situ structural elements at High Society with Boral supplying 41,000m3 of concrete. We poured the first pad footings in December 2018, there were 110 individual suspended slab pours between February and July 2020 with structural completion achieved by September,” said Tony Costanzo. The size and height of the building presented some pumping challenges which CPS Concrete accommodated. Joe Bencich, CPS Concrete Pumping Director developed a streamline concrete pumping solution for High Society, the largest build in Canberra. Joe tackled this challenge with confidence supported by years of knowledge and experience working across Canberra as well as in Sydney. There were multiple jump forms used throughout the building, which was not common in previous projects completed by CPS. The size and scale of the building is unprecedented for most contractors in Canberra and it was a massive undertaking by all. CPS rose to the challenge and delivered. “We first worked with Geocon at Wayfarer in 2015 with a pump and placement package to 116 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY

what was then Canberra’s tallest residential building and we were at Infinity too,” said Tony. “Due to our ongoing relationship with Geocon, CPS has expanded its capabilities and we have a proven capacity to undertake large projects across Canberra and New South Wales. Other projects for CPS Concrete with Geocon include apartments in Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, a Kingston boutique hotel and the Abode Hotel in Murrumbateman.” Previous projects include the large scale Canberra Airport Multi-User Terminal Redevelopment, a $250 million redevelopment of the existing terminal precinct with the construction of a new terminal, carparks, offices and accommodation along with a road network infrastructure and upgraded aprons and taxiways for servicing aircraft. CPS Concrete also provided concrete pump and placement services at the Canberra Hospital Car Park, a $43 million project for ACT Government Health, to build an open deck, post tensioned, 8-level concrete car park designed to be a post earthquake disaster facility. “CPS Concrete deliver concrete projects individually as well as working closely with CPS Steel Fixing,” said Tony. “Some of our projects include Stromlo Leisure Centre, Goodwin Village in Farrer and the Founders Lane development. We worked on Stage 1 at Founders Lane and then provided a complete package, including post tensioning for Stage 2.” CPS Landscaping complete the job All three CPS companies, CPS Steel Fixing, CPS Concrete and CPS Landscaping worked at Geocon’s Grand Central Towers in Woden and at High Society with landscaping works taking place toward the end of the program. CPS Landscaping started onsite at High Society in early June 2020. “We worked to the Landscape Architect’s design and landscaped the outdoor areas at ground level as well as Levels 5 and 23,” said John Costanzo. “The hard landscaping features we installed included paving and planter beds as well as an irrigation system. Also, at ground level we added some tactiles, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Below CPS Landscaping completed the hard and soft landscaping throughout the project.

bicycle racks and bollards as well as street furniture. The soft landscaping component included laying turf and soil and the planting of many shrubs and trees.”

laying turf and artificial grass as well as installing a comprehensive irrigation system. CPS Concrete and CPS Steel Fixing were also contracted at Stromlo.

Most of the plants specified for this project were natives, such as acacias, callistemons, correa and kangaroo paw, to name a few. Then there are always some exotics added in for variation such as rosemary and lavender and we planted some ornamental trees, magnolia and ornamental pear. On this project there was a good mix of flowering plants, grasses and shrubs that once established will give a nice effect in the garden beds of this building.

“We engage CPS Concrete and CPS Steel Fixing if we need their services on a particular job,” said John. “However we don’t often work collaboratively onsite due to the differing timelines of our work. CPS Landscaping’s first project with Geocon was at High Society. We came in towards the end of Stage 1 and progressed into completing all the landscaping works of Stage 2.”

“Not all of the landscaping works to be completed were on the ground floor and gaining access and moving materials to Levels 5 and 23 was challenging,” said John. “During peak periods we had six to 10 workers onsite and we finished, according to programme, by the end of January 2021.” CPS Landscaping provides quality and comprehensive commercial and civil landscaping specialising in providing a complete landscaping service across the commercial and residential sectors in the Australian Capital Territory. They are expert at creating beautiful landscaping and growing areas that complement modern developments with a sustainable mix of hard and soft landscaping features, Australian and exotic plants. They are supplied by reliable local nurseries, some of whom grow their own plants. CPS Landscaping can create a garden from the beginning to end with the installation of soil and irrigation systems to plantings and mulching. In July 2020, CPS Landscaping finished work at Stromlo Leisure Centre, a busy facility in Australian Capital Territory. They provided both hard and soft landscaping elements including tree planting and soil grading, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

CPS Landscaping has recently started a maintenance division and have already completed a number of contracts around the Australian Capital Territory including at shopping centres and car dealerships, residences and strata titles. “With over 30 years experience we know how to tackle any job and we specialise in large commercial builds,” added Tony. “CPS Concrete Group are able to service projects covering multiple trades inhouse, including design and construct for post tensioning and landscaping packages. Across the CPS Group of companies we employ 100 workers and we are proud to support and employ local Canberra and New South Wales tradesmen and labourers across all of our companies. At High Society, CPS had 40 to 50 men across all companies working on different areas of the building. Together we can achieve tight deadlines and quality work.” “From tying steel of the first pad footing to spreading the last wheelbarrow of mulch CPS does it all,” said Tony.

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Below Renrow Steel designed and installed 2,200m2 of aluminium architectural façade screens.

Renrow Steel design, fabricate and install steel and aluminium elements including structural steel members, stylish façade screens and stunning architectural feature pieces. In late 2019, Renrow Steel procured and completed design works of 2,200m2 of aluminium screens for the car park façade of High Society as well as the balustrades to Levels 5 and 23. “We made some changes to the design to make the fabrication more efficient,” said Owner Director, Grant Worner. “We carried out some value engineering, ensuring all the items were aligned with our materials supply as well as being compatible with our manufacturing processes.” “We were able to source suitable materials but with timing landing during COVID we saw some delays. However, due to our streamlined design we were able to put additional resources on the install side of things. With a team of eight we were onsite for 15 days installing 240m2 a day of screens. It all went very smoothly, Geocon are good to work with, their jobs move quickly.” Renrow Steel and their manufacturing branch Renrow Steel and Fabrication operate together to provide a comprehensive design, manufacture and install service covering structural work as well as beautiful and practical architectural pieces. As such they are experts at D&C contracts preferring early involvement with builders and developers to more appropriately tailor their work to the overall project. They focus on the fabrication and installation process as being an integral part of the design while maintaining the architect’s vision. Renrow Steel and Fab manufacture structural steel as well as supplying a range of building products including purlins, cladding, gutters and flashing. Rural and home products are available for fencing, stock handling and vermin protection. They also offer abrasive blasting, priming, painting, site welding and delivery services. They powder coat in many colours, as well as custom matching, with gloss, satin and matte finishes. Together, the two Renrow companies offer structural steel and metal work services across Canberra, Sydney, West Wyalong and regional New South Wales. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We also have an assembly warehouse at Beard in the Australian Capital Territory where we make finer steel and aluminium pieces like sunshades, awnings and exposed structural elements,” added Grant. “About 90% of our manufacturing is carried out at our West Wyalong facility and we’ve recently expanded this premises. We now have a 900m2 factory with a yard area of 30,000m2, and we’ve doubled our production capacity.” Previous jobs for Geocon include an installation at the Midnight Hotel where Renrow Steel designed, fabricated and installed a beautiful powder coated screen, a feature of the lobby that surrounds and conceals the letter boxes. Renrow Steel also supplied the balustrades and structural elements for the building as well as the intricately woven aluminium screens that form the backdrop to the atrium water feature. The elegant curved entry stair of the Rex Hotel’s Howling Moon Bar was fabricated and installed by Renrow Steel and they also provided the structural steel for the glass roof, the slab edge covers, the lighting trays and bar shelves. In 2018, Renrow Steel completed work at a large scale project, the Manuka Oval Media Centre installing 130 tonnes of steel that included new seating canopies and a new camera platform while keeping up with the many design changes and additions to finish according to programme. Also in 2018, Renrow Steel completed the installation of the car park façade screens at the University of Canberra Hospital where they supplied and installed 3,500m2 of black powder coated façade screen. They also supplied and installed the wheelstops, speed humps, height clearance bars, bollards and balustrades as well as black powder coated mesh to the perimeters of the ground floor and Level 4.

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Below AFS Systems’ Rediwall® system was utilised by Geocon, delivering more than 11,000m2 in situ walls.

Geocon chose AFS Rediwall® to assist in delivering significantly quicker floor-cycles. With no cranage needed to manoeuvre the panels, less waste and mess than blockwork, using Rediwall® is an economical alternative to conventional wall shoring. Fewer trades are needed and sites are kept cleaner. “AFS were proud to partner with Geocon at High Society and the Republic Precinct, the project has produced a scale and speed of construction never seen before in the Australian Capital Territory. Rediwall® was the perfect choice to achieve such a phenomenal outcome in such a relatively short period of time,” said Business Manager, Michael Schroedl. The AFS Rediwall® system is a PVC permanent formwork system with precision-extruded components that easily interconnect for rapid installation. CodeMark Certified and AS3600-compliant, Rediwall® is certified for load bearing walls in multi-level structures. In six profile widths, the Rediwall® range solves above and below ground walling needs including basements, columns, party walls, lift cores, retention tanks, retaining and landscaping walls. It presents a consistently even, durable and water resistant surface that often does not require any finishing. 122 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY

“We had more than 11,000m² of in situ walls, both load bearing and non-loadbearing. Rediwall®’s versatility meant it was the most suitable product for our requirements,” said Geocon’s Project Engineer. “Rediwall® is a quicker and cheaper alternative to traditional formwork with reductions in onsite waste a benefit too. CSR were able to maintain the programme with shop drawings, manufacture and ‘just in time’ deliveries as per our requirements. Aftersales support as well as expert advice was just a phone call away, I will not hesitate to use Rediwall® on my next project.” “Project challenges were managed with successful consultation. An amazing team effort from AFS and an honest, transparent relationship with the Geocon site team were integral to keeping the programme on track,” said Michael. “As someone who grew up in Belconnen, I was proud to support Geocon and the High Society team in achieving such an impressive result.”

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Below SYNC produced 13 types of bathroom pods for residences and four for the hotel for High Society.

SYNC design, manufacture and supply unique and stylish bathroom, kitchen and laundry pods, prefabricated units that contribute significantly to the quality finish and rapid construction. The team at SYNC spent 16 weeks on design and procurement for High Society Project, SYNC also built two prototypes for quality inspection by the architect and builder of High Society. Full production started in June 2019 and by August 2020 SYNC had delivered 1,020 bathroom pods for 868 residential apartments and 152 hotel rooms across 27-levels. “Altogether we had 13 different types of bathroom pods for the residences and four bathroom types for the hotel,” said Project Manager, Usman Khan. “We worked very closely with Geocon on every step of the project that is from rationalising the design, manufacturing pods to delivery onsite.” SYNC also collaborated with Geocon over the installation process on Level 7 upwards, at the interface between the pods and the façade. A ‘dummy wall’ was built, then later dismantled when the pods were pushed in place. SYNC also had some pods with diagonal walls that had to be fitted differently along the façade. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We are very proud to be associated with Geocon and for supplying high quality modular bathroom pods for many of their Australian Capital Territory developments including Midnight, High Society and City 7. We are progressing in the development of our modular pods as Geocon grow and have achieved landmarks such as delivering 50 pods a day at City 7,” said Usman. SYNC was established in 2013 to create a modular building system that would speed up the construction process while still providing a quality solution for modern high rise developments. “It is easier to maintain a high quality result with our pods as they are completely fitted offsite under controlled quality process and are Australian made. We manufacture at our facility in Laverton North, Melbourne, keeping jobs local,” added Usman.

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Below Capital Veneering manufactured and installed the joinery throughout the kitchens, wine cellar and theatre.

With a reputation for innovative joinery among architects, builders and industry specialists, Capital Veneering design, manufacture and install stylish residential and commercial joinery. The team at Capital Veneering specialise in the fabrication of unique designs and pride themselves in delivering outstanding customer service. In August 2019, Capital Veneering were awarded the contract for the joinery at High Society. Following specifications the company fabricated and installed joinery items, including kitchens, across 541 apartments, 153 hotel kitchens, the reception counter and POS station in hotel lobby.

and other trades on construction details and storing offsite,” said Ben. Capital Veneering used Geocon’s new LEAN construction methods to analyse material sizing and packaging to find what would best suit the site as well as the construction methodology and sequence. Joinery was warehoused in the basement or taken directly to the required floor when delivered using a booking and scheduling system. This created a highly efficient production line ensuring materials were packed, delivered, stored and installed in the best way possible.

“We fitout the wellness centre and the wine cellar, put shelving in the library and built the kids room TV unit and the planter boxes,” said Director, Ben Madden. “We also installed credenzas in the meeting room and acoustic panelling to the theatre walls.”

“We’ve been working successfully with Geocon over the past eight years having installed our joinery at one of their first major developments, The Abode Hotel in Woden. We have also completed installations for Geocon at Observatory, Wayfarer and Dusk in the Republic Precinct and at Grand Central Towers which we finished in late 2020,” said Ben.

“Our main challenge on this project was designing, fabricating and installing a large volume of kitchens and detailed joinery on a tight timeframe. We accomplished this by prefabricating a lot of the joinery and by working closely with the builder

For more infomation contact Capital Veneering, Unit 3-4, 67-71 Bayldon Road, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6299 1557, email info@capitalveneering.com.au, website www.capitalveneering.com.au

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Below Purdon Planning assisted with the subdivision planning, DAs and deeds for all three stages of High Society.

Purdon Planning specialise in urban design including strategic planning for large and complex developments in the Australian Capital Territory. In 2019, Purdon Planning were contracted as the statutory planners for all three stages of High Society with Director, Richard Nash and Senior Urban Planner, Emily Leemhuis ensuring that the design, and any modifications, were in keeping with regulations. “We assisted with planning changes to the subdivision pattern, took care of the deeds and produced DAs for external infrastructure works,” said Richard. “The project is a first for the Australian Capital Territory in many ways, reflected in block arrangements and delivery. We are very pleased with the outcome. We have a long history of important city shaping projects and High Society is no exception.”

“In terms of statutory planning, we are a professional team with over 30 years experience of working within the Australian Capital Territory and the region. We have strong relationships with key consultants and government personnel and this enables us to work efficiently and produce high quality results. We are particularly proud of our previous project with Geocon, Grand Central Towers, the Australian Capital Territory’s first transit-oriented development. Purdon Planning worked from DA stage to delivery on this project, identifying the strengths of the site and helping to transform the area by connecting it with Woden Town Centre, the bus terminal and future light rail services,” Richard said.

Purdon Planning assist with site selection and evaluation and guide clients through the planning process with strategic planning advice, due diligence reports and environmental assessments to identify and define potential effects.

Established in 1986, Purdon Planning employs seven qualified urban planning professionals working across large scale residential, commercial, industrial and community developments. The company is especially adept at community and stakeholder engagement holding public presentations, stakeholder meetings, workshops, surveys and focus groups.

For large scale developments they offer urban and regional strategies, master and residential subdivisions as well as major utility and infrastructure approvals.

For more information contact Purdon Planning, Unit 6, 1 Torrens Street, Braddon ACT 2612, phone 02 6257 1511, email purdons@ purdon.com.au, website www.purdon.com.au

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Below MN8 Consulting engineered the HVAC and ventilation systems throughout the project.

MN8 Consulting is a Canberra based company providing building services engineering in Australia. In late 2018 Managing Director, Rob Withers and his team started working on the air conditioning and ventilation for High Society. “We provided engineering for the HVAC systems in the apartments, amenities areas and the hotel rooms. We also designed the ventilation system for the huge common carpark and services areas such as the main switchboard and fire pump rooms,” said Rob. “The design challenge for us is to plan a reliable and efficient installation. Onsite work went very smoothly with the contractor, Elite Heating and Cooling, and Geocon. We carried out site inspections to check on the work and any construction changes. There was good communication and we were able to get great feedback from the guys onsite.”

Hotel Kingston and the City 7 development. Geocon have a number of significant developments in Canberra and we’re very happy to be able to grow alongside them.” The team at MN8 are highly skilled and qualified engineering consultants ready with the right advice and engineering solutions for all stakeholders in the built environment. MN8 work successfully across the commercial sector as well as high rise residential and mixed use developments. “We deliver a wholistic design to suit our client, not just a high tech solution in isolation,” said Rob. “We specialise in engineering solutions that are buildable, efficient and work for the future.”

Working within one large precinct required an overview of the project and some forethought. As the work progressed in stages, thorough planning was required to ensure that the construction work didn’t impinge upon the already occupied areas. “We’ve been working consistently with Geocon over the past several years,” said Rob. “MN8 worked on Grand Central Towers, Abode 128 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY

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Below Spec Services completed high quality biological and environmental cleaning services for the High Society project.

Co-Founders of Spec Services, Katie & Mark Hale

Spec Services is a professional commercial and construction cleaning, services and workforce management company. Through safe, efficient and high quality standards, they are becoming the industry benchmark for cleaning service contract management. In October 2020, Spec Services provided biological and environmental cleaning at High Society. The Spec management team have experience across a broad range of sectors including retail, hospitality and events management ensuring client satisfaction is a key performance indicator. “We are not just a cleaning company,” said General Manager, Mike de Souza. “We have an environmental and a biological division with an inhouse microbiologist and a forensic pathologist. We also manage third party laboratory and scientists that carry out the tests and reports required by the EPA and authorities for certification.” This is a real value add to project managers, facility managers and site supervisors when faced with an emergency onsite. “In our Sustainable Waste Management (SWM) division we design waste management solutions and provide training for the construction period as well as tenanted buildings, with a NABERS Accredited WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Assessor consulting on waste disposal, waste room design and usage for tenants and building mangers alike,” said Mike. Spec Services deliver solutions tailored to individual needs with waste management solutions that maximise recycling rates and money saving opportunities. Spec Services operate across commercial buildings, construction sites, amenities and facilities cleaning. Often starting on a construction project cleaning the demountable amenity blocks, office and sheds through to a sparkle clean for handover to tenants and maintenance programmes after completion. Spec Services attends to data rooms and sensitive equipment cleaning including air particulate testing and classification for data center construction projects. With over 100 directly employed team, Spec Services are available for projects across the cleaning spectrum. They cover the Australian Capital Territory, Sydney, Newcastle and regional New South Wales. Previous work for Geocon includes Republic, City 7 and the Midnight Hotel. For more information contact Spec Services, 1/9 Beaconsfield Street Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6290 6793, email office@specservices. com.au, website www.specservices.com.au ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY 129


Below Preston Hire worked closely with Geocon for the delivery and installation of six SuperDecks and MP-350 props.

At High Society Preston Hire supplied a retractable loading platform system. “We provided six 4.2m SuperDecks and some MP-350 props,” said General Manager, Andrew Lambert. “Our rigger worked with the Geocon team to install the first SuperDeck at the site and provided a full familarisation and induction for the site crane crew explaining the installation and removal process. From there, subsequent SuperDecks were installed and removed by Geocon personnel.” The first delivery and install at High Society was in June 2019. The final return occurred in August 2020 and completed Preston Hire’s works for Stage 2 of the Republic precinct. The company has more SuperDecks ready for Stage 3. “Installation, relocation and removal of a SuperDeck from a building can take as little as 20 minutes with a prop or bolt down method. The simplicity of our design allows a single person to operate the retractions. SuperDecks play an important role in delivering time and cost efficiencies. Their ability to be stacked vertically and the way they roll in and out in a drawer-like manner reduces the number of crane movements and simplifies materials handling by allowing cranes free access to the platforms above and below,” said Lambert. 130 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY

Preston Hire has been working with Geocon over the last four years on their many impressive projects around Canberra. “Our first project with Geocon was the Infinity build, followed by Kingston, Midnight and Republic. We have developed a great relationship with Geocon and they recognise and appreciate the benefits we can provide them with our specialist equipment. Geocon has used our SuperDecks throughout their builds for Infinity, the Midnight Hotel and City 7. It is a pleasure to work with the team and play an important role in the build of this project,” added Andrew. With an impressive fleet of equipment, the Preston Hire product line-up also includes an extensive range of mini cranes, hydraulic crawler and mobile cranes and a large variety of EWPs for specialist applications.

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Below Blitz Security Installations completed the supply of 100 CCTV cameras, 51 access controls and 541 intercoms.

With a reputation for high quality installations, Blitz Security were contracted in early 2018 for the design, supply and installation of the access control, CCTV, and intercom for the High Society project. “We installed 51 building access control points, 541 room intercoms to the apartments and more than 100 CCTV cameras at High Society,” said Director, Jason Hogh. “Geocon’s programme was a challenge but we delivered within the timeframe.”

Blitz is a full service security company designing, supplying and installing a comprehensive range of security systems paired with web based monitoring systems. The company provides after sales support and maintenance and supplies security consumables such as garage remotes and access cards from their in house production company. Previous successful projects for Geocon include Stage 1 – Republic, Grand Central Towers, Midnight Apartments and Hotel, and Infinity Towers.

Blitz completed Stage 1 of the Republic development by the end of November 2020. Completion of Stage 2 a year later, Stage 3 – ‘Nightfall’ started in early 2021. “We have a good working relationship with Geocon and have been working with them on a number of their developments over the past five years,” said Jason. Established in 2010, Blitz focus on multi-storey residential and commercial installations with large and complex buildings a specialty. They have consistently produced quality installations on time and to budget with a high degree of customer satisfaction a priority. The team works with Tier 1 builders across the Australian Capital Territory and is able to service multiple large scale projects at once. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below Waterproofing Diagnostics ensured the highest quality of waterproofing provided for High Society.

With multi-dwelling residencies becoming increasingly popular in Australia, potential buyers are seeking greater reassurance that their investment not only looks great but also meets high construction standards. Strong and effective waterproofing systems work to protect the immediate and long term structural integrity of new and older buildings and are an integral element of high quality developments. Inadequate systems can result in widespread and expensive damage. Waterproofing Diagnostics worked with Geocon to ensure high standards of waterproofing were implemented across all their projects. The independent consultancy, led by Philip Serio, provides services ranging from the design and specification of waterproofing systems, quality assurance, testing and compliance with required Australian standards. “My aim is to help the construction sector have a better understanding of what they need to do to provide a better outcome for themselves and their clients,” Mr Serio said. For more information contact Waterproofing Diagnostics, phone 0414 418 323, email info@membranetesting.com.au, website www.waterproofingdiagnostics.com.au 134 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY

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Below Magellan Company installed five building banners, with the largest being 42m x 13m and weighing 250kg.

Magellan are the high rise experts, a qualified team of abseilers ready for exterior construction and maintenance jobs. Magellan had a team of five travel from Sydney to install Geocon’s enormous orange banner at the High Society site. “Preparations for the job included research into the roof layout and site conditions to see what restrictions we had to work around,” said Owner, Alex Cope. “In total we put up five banners, the largest being 42m x 13m and weighing almost 250kg. The trick with such banners is having the finished product look seamless, with no wrinkling or billowing of the material. The supplier of these banners turned to us because they knew they could rely upon our expertise.” Magellan work across the Sydney CBD, and interstate, accessing the tallest commercial buildings as well as fulfilling contracts for strata titles and a range of industrial abseiling services. Their work also includes full façade remediations, building audits and asset maintenance programmes. Rope access systems are becoming more accepted and are more popular. The trade has grown to become an industry of professionals with highly specialised skills. “As a licensed builder we provide a WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

complete range of services across the remediation and construction industry,” said Alex. “Our largest project to date was the full façade remediation and recladding of 153 Walker Street, North Sydney involving the removal of travertine tiles, treating concrete spalling and installing new fireproof aluminum cladding to the façade. As head contractor we employed a full height mast climber stage system spanning the full width of each elevation.” With over 20 years experience across the building and remedial services industry Magellan are able to provide a complete service from initial diagnostics right through to project completion. The company proudly provide specialised and bespoke engineering services and always ensure that their high standard of workmanship remains a priority.

For more information contact Magellan, Unit 5, 108 Warrane Road, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 1800 682 244, email admin@ magellancompany.com.au, website www.magellancompany.com.au, ABN 73 093 522 251, License No 160831C ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY 135


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Below Adaptive Joinery completed the joinery of the booth seating and banquette seats for High Society.

Adaptive Joinery is a well established and renowned commercial joinery company, offering years of expertise in the manufacturing and installation of high quality joinery throughout New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.

Interchange project on Northbourne Avenue, as well as currently undertaking complex projects at the Queanbeyan Police Station and Queanbeyan Courthouse and Duntroon Military base.

For the High Society project with valued client Geocon, Adaptive supplied the complete joinery package, consisting of beautifully crafted banquette seats and booth seating, adding to and enhancing the glamourous and luxurious feel of this brand new Canberra development.

Established in 1988, Adaptive Joinery has years of experience in the internal fitouts of office spaces, medical centres, hospitals and aged care facilities. “Joinery is a centrepiece in any commercial space and needs to be functional as well as stunning. We focus on finding practical results for the project stakeholders – experience means so much – we can advise on pitfalls in design and enjoy the challenge of meeting the client’s objectives with a creative approach,” said William.

“We went above and beyond to fulfill every expectation of the client,” said Project Director, William Pridham. “The tight deadlines were met, and a high quality finish was achieved. The units we produced were complex and very bespoke but through constant communication and consultation to the client, we made sure the end result was exactly how they expected it. We believe that our people combined with thorough planning creates the perfect recipe for success.”

The company head office is located in Wagga Wagga, with a further two facilities in Wetherill Park, New South Wales and Thomastown, Victoria. The combined capacity and strategic locations of the branches means Adaptive is well placed to service every aspect of the Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne markets.

With this project, Adaptive continued a proud history of many successful projects completed in the Canberra region, recently completing the $1.5 million dollar joinery fitout at the Dickson

For more information contact Adaptive Joinery, 24 Jones Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, phone 1800 064 474, website www.adaptivejoinery.com.au

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Below Safetac Tactiles were responsible for installing the Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) to the project.

At High Society, Safetac Tactiles installed Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) to aid the blind and vision impaired, to navigate the front entrance, the pram ramps and around the carpark and all the stairs throughout the development. “We started in November 2019 installing black polyurethane and some stainless steel indicators,” said Managing Director, Adeel Harrison. “It was a big job, we were onsite for three months on and off with four installers. We worked well with Geocon and produced a good job, it was a pleasure to work with them especially the project management team. We are currently working with Geocon at there City 7 project as well.” The design and installation of tactile indicators is determined by the Australian Standards to ensure safety and to also cover requirements for tactile indicators for emergency access and egress. With over 10 years experience installing tactile indicators, Adeel Harrison established Safetac Tactiles with his brother Yousaf Barkat in 2018. Safetac Tactiles provide high quality services and always strive to improve safety and access for the visually impaired. 138 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY

Safetac Tactile’s TGSIs are resistant to UV and water penetration, they are extremely strong and durable and low maintenance. Their marine grade stainless steel, brass, polyurethane and long lasting carborundum tactiles are ideal for withstanding high foot traffic. Safetac Tactiles specialises in Australian Standard tactile indicators for stairs supplying nosing, edging and tread indicators. “We’re based in Sydney and we travel to the ACT, Newcastle, Mittagong, Wollongong and Bowral,” said Harrison. “We install indicators across the hospitality sector and recently completed work at the Novotel Hotel in Wollongong. We also have a lot of work in council works, schools, commercial and industrial buildings, pubs and clubs.” Safetac Tactiles provide an essential service for considered and compliant developments. In 2020, Safetac completed a large scale installation of tactile indicators throughout the Belconnen Markets in ACT and recently have finished high scale project in Gunghalin ACT and through out New South Wales. For more information contact Safetac Tactiles, 53 Manahan Street, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 0439 775 931, email info@safetactile. com.au, website www.safetactile.com.au AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Below Viking Sauna and Steam fabricated and installed the beautiful Western Red Cedar timber sauna.

Viking Sauna and Steam designs and constructs beautiful timber lined sauna and vapor proofed steam rooms for commercial and private use. In mid 2020, they started design work for the large sauna at High Society. “Viking Sauna and Steam provided a turnkey solution from designing a basic layout, the fitout works to installation and commissioning of sauna equipment and accessories,” said Manager, Chung Wing Mak. “We worked closely with the architect and the Geocon team to ensure that the sauna would be built to meet the design intent and fulfill all the technical requirements of an effective sauna with optimal performance.” The timber used in building the sauna, including cladding of walls and ceiling, benches and door, is premium grade Western Red Cedar imported from Canada, the most popular timber used to build sauna with its distinctive sauna scent. “The ongoing challenge is organising the necessary resources, manpower, materials and equipment, ideally just in time to maximise productivity. We are the exclusive distributor of the most prestigious brands, Tylö sauna heaters and steam generators, all made inhouse in Sweden, and Helo from Finland. At High Society, we have installed a Tylö Sense Commercial 16kw sauna heater connected to a Tylö Elite WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

digital controller which offers a standby function and an ergonomic interface,” said Mak. Operating in Sydney for past 30 years, Viking Sauna and Steam works with licensed carpenters, electricians, plumbers and tilers offering an all round and reliable installation and maintenance services. “We custom build saunas of any size, from one person to multi-user saunas, in aquatic centres, fitness centres and apartment blocks. Our clients include 5 Star hotels, national fitness chains and award winning developers and builders. We pride ourselves in building the largest non commercial sauna in the southern hemisphere inside Geocon’s Southport in Tuggeranong. We also built the sauna at Midnight in Braddon,” said Mak. As a wellness provider Viking Sauna and Steam is committed to offer a professional service from creative conceptualisation, fitout, supply and installation to after sales service for sauna and steam projects. The Viking team is driven by their belief in promoting the wellbeing of their customers. For more information contact Viking Sauna and Steam, 5/28 Buffalo Road, Gladesville NSW 2111, phone 02 9817 5022, mobile 0408 228 119, email info@vikingsauna.com.au, website www.vikingsauna.com.au ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGH SOCIETY 139


A NEW GEM DEVELOPER : POD Project Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Core Building Group ARCHITECT : Stewart Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Indesco CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $44 million

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Jade Gungahlin is a stunning 168 unit development with a mixture of two and three bedroom apartments and six penthouses, with unmatched floorplans and house sized kitchens. The project includes a 20m pool, gym, rooftop alfresco dining area with landscaping, six ground floor commercial tenancies and carparking. Jade Gungahlin is a new residential development situated on a prime location in the heart of Gungahlin Town Centre. Offering stunning views of adjacent Yerrabi Pond and surrounding mountains, Jade Gungahlin is set to become a new local landmark in a rapidly growing precinct. The 14-storey building features a mix of 168 premium residences ranging from compact apartments to spacious penthouses, a landscaped communal rooftop garden and a gym and swimming pool on the Level 2 podium. The development also includes three basement carparking levels and six commercial tenancies on the ground floor. Construction started in October 2018 under a design and construct contract by Core Building Group, a leading construction and development company based in Canberra. Excavation works posed an early challenge to the project. “The substructure works were quite complex,” said Stuart Christian, Senior Project Manager. “The works involved excavating a substantial amount of very hard rock and underpinning the neighbouring building.” As with many projects, COVID-19 also needed careful management. “We were quite fortunate in Canberra to avoid the worst impacts, but we still needed to manage hygiene and distancing onsite,” Stuart said. “We also moved to source all of our critical items in advance where necessary and possible, to avoid supply chain impacts to the programme.” Careful planning was also required to mitigate the impact of winter weather on the construction programme. “Due to the proximity of the neighbouring building we used a luffing crane which is susceptible to wind impact,” said Stuart. “We managed to keep on track and now we’re getting ready for building occupancy.” As the building neared completion, a lot of interest was seen from the public with strong off-plan sales to mainly owner-occupiers. “We’re very happy with the result and have

received very good feedback from both buyers and our industry peers,” said Stuart. “We were lucky to have a client with a lot of faith in us and using a collaborative approach with our team of subcontractors helped us achieve a good result, from a quality and finish point of view.” The high standard of finishes is evident in the end result, particularly in the complex elements of the building including curved balustrading systems and precast panels and the curving curtain walls on the penthouse floors. “We worked hard to get the joints and angles right,” Stuart said. “Lining everything up took care and precision.” Many of the subcontractors involved in the project had worked on the previous Ruby Apartments project built by Core Building Group for the same client. This team continuity helped all parties form a good relationship onsite, collaborating to overcome the project challenges. Since being founded in 2011, Core Developments have grown from a small construction company into a diverse full scale development business specialising in residential and commercial projects in Canberra and the surrounding region. They have built a strong reputation as reliable developers who care about the big picture while maintaining a focus on the small details. One key aspect of Core Developments’ philosophy is respect. Their belief in fostering a spirit of trust within the project team was reflected in the proactive and supportive relationship between the subcontractors onsite. Safety is also a big priority for Core Developments. They have processes in place to ensure that projects are delivered in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. For more information contact Core Developments, 3/57 Dacre Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6108 4918, email info@ coredev.com.au, website www.coredev.com.au ACT PROJECT FEATURE JADE GUNGAHLIN 141


Below Corrib Formwork were responsible for the supply and installation of the formwork to the suspended decks.

Corrib Formwork supplied and installed formwork to all the suspended decks of Jade Gungahlin as well as concrete walls, stairs, columns and other elements.

international construction industry experience, Corrib Formwork has built a highly valued reputation for quality, reliability and safe work practices.

“We used a combination of conventional formwork for basement levels and a German designed formwork system – Hünnebeck which was distributed by US company Dayton Superior,” said Peter Frazer, Director.

Corrib Formwork believe in investing in people. “We have a very close knit team,” said Peter. “Many of our people were once my apprentices and have since joined the business. We are very interested in training people and giving them the opportunity to grow.”

Jade Gungahlin is the biggest project undertaken by Corrib Formwork to date. Despite challenges such as COVID-19 and pollution from bushfires the project has been a success. A key element of the project’s success was the strong relationship with the main contractor, Core. “We have a great relationship with Core having worked with them before,” said Peter. “They are professional to deal with which makes our job easier and they are a pleasure to work with.”

The company has recently completed projects for builders such as PBS Building, Monarch Building Solutions, Richard Crookes Constructions, Core Developments and Binutti Constructions. With over 70 experienced formworkers and other specialists, Corrib Formwork can deliver successful outcomes on projects of all sizes.

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Below EcoACT Doors and Hardware provided 300 fire rated doors, steel frames and hardware to Jade Gungahlin.

EcoACT Doors and Hardware supplied and installed approximately 300 fire rated solid core doors and accompanying steel frames and hardware throughout Jade Gungahlin including common areas and apartment entrances. All doors were fire rated to either one or two hours as required by the project’s fire strategy. The scale of the project did not present any issues for EcoACT and the company was capable of achieving the high standards of quality required by the project team.

Established in 2000, EcoACT is an established supplier of doors and door hardware to the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding regions of New South Wales. With a specialist focus on multi-unit residential and commercial projects, Ecoact has developed a strong local reputation and grown to a team of six experienced tradespeople. Through their partnerships with door and frame fabricators and hardware suppliers Ecoact offers a one-stop-shop, making the logistics of procuring door elements more efficient and stress free. “On all our projects we work with clients to solve any issues they have,” said Lennart. “It’s our job to make those problems disappear!”

“The project was made more difficult due to COVID-19 but the site was managed well so we avoided any major problems,” said Lennart Moller, Director. “There was a good mix of trades onsite that we worked well with. That degree of trust really makes a difference in how smoothly the project runs.” The good working relationship between EcoACT and the main contractor, Core, contributed to the success of the project. “We’ve always worked well with Core,” said Lennart. “They have a good team who care about the end product and are very easy to approach. Their commitment to quality really shows.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below One Star Group completed the internal painting to all 167 units and the exterior of Jade Gungahlin.

One Star Group is a leading commercial painting contractor delivering a full range of painting services to high density commercial and residential projects. Serving Canberra and regional New South Wales since 2013, they have built a strong local reputation based on service, quality and value. For Jade Gungahlin, One Star Group completed internal painting to all 167 units and common areas as well as external painting of the façade including texture coating to concrete balcony soffits. Dulux products were used throughout the project. The company is an accredited installer for Dulux and other leading Australian paint brands. The works were completed during a Canberra winter with characteristic inclement weather and strong winds. Together with the tight programme this created some challenges onsite. “We carefully planned the work to avoid the worst of the weather impacts,” said Director, Steve Cho. “For example, we positioned our teams based on the prevailing wind direction so we could continue working on the windiest days.” With 35 employees, One Star Group were also able to increase the size of their workforce to meet the timescale. “At Jade we started with 10 144 ACT PROJECT FEATURE JADE GUNGAHLIN

painters which increased to about 20 at peak with four crews running at the same time,” said Steve. “We work with many major local and national builders,” Steve added. “We know what our clients want and we cooperate with them to achieve their goal.” Recently completed projects by One Star Group include landmark apartment developments such as Sapphire at Kingston and Branx in Braddon. They have experience on a wide range of project types including schools and universities, police stations, childcare, aged care and pedestrian infrastructure. One Star Group’s experience, coupled with their willingness to learn and collaborate with clients, makes them a natural choice for projects large or small.

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Below CPM Industries supplied and installed 4,000m2 of external cladding panels to the 14-level tower.

CPM Industries supplied and installed 4,000m2 of external cladding panels to the Jade Gungahlin development including Exotech compressed fibre cement sheets from James Hardie and Stryüm aluminium rainscreen cladding from Fairview Architectural. “We’ve used these panels many times before so the job was nothing unusual,” said Jay Carrick, Director. “Cladding for high rise residential projects is a major focus for us.” For such a prestigious development high quality finishes were required and CPM Industries were able to deliver. “Quality is what sets us apart,” said Jay. “We have a keen eye for detail and we always do the best job we can to ensure everyone is happy with the end result.”

“We pride ourselves on never missing a deadline and all the boys worked hard to get the job over the line on time.” CPM Industries have a strong relationship with Core having also worked on their Ruby project in Gungahlin. They have also started work under a design and build contract on the upcoming Mulberry development on Canberra’s Northbourne Avenue which will incorporate 14,000m2 of cladding. In addition to cladding, CPM Industries provides a range of other services from framing to fitout, kitchens, windows and more. Whatever the service, CPM Industries goes the extra mile to make the client’s experience as stress free and easy as possible.

This collaborative spirit was reflected in the positive atmosphere on site. “All the trades worked really well together,” Jay said. “Everybody shared their ideas to get the best result.” Construction of the project was not always straightforward. Inclement winter weather posed a major challenge. “The weather made the panel installation quite difficult but we overcame that challenge,” Jay said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below Icon Mechanical Services supplied and installed the air conditioning system throughout the project.

Jade Gungahlin features premium fittings and fixtures throughout, including Fujitsu wall hung split air conditioning units throughout all apartments. The apartment air conditioning was designed and installed by Icon Mechanical Services, a specialist subcontractor who also provided air conditioning and extract systems for the basement carparking. Icon Mechanical Services had a prior relationship with Core Developments having worked on the adjacent Ruby project. “Jade went very well for us,” said Josh Day, Construction Manager. “We faced the odd small challenges but overall it was good, largely thanks to the way the project was structured and the good relationship with Core and the other subcontractors.” Icon Mechanical Services, (originally established for over 15 years as Icon Air) pride themselves on versatility, problem solving and a can-do attitude. They always try to think outside the box to achieve innovative solutions for their clients. The company delivers design, supply and installation services for a diverse range of projects with a strong specialisation in commercial developments in addition to a growing residential portfolio. 146 ACT PROJECT FEATURE JADE GUNGAHLIN

Icon Mechanical Services has long relationships with Daikin, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu and other key suppliers. They also have substantial fabrication capacity at their headquarters in Fyshwick, Canberra and with 99% of ductwork fabricated in house they boast the quickest turnaround times possible. In addition, Canberra Icon Mechanical Services also serves regional New South Wales having delivered projects as far afield as Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Albury. They are currently working with Core Developments on the upcoming Ohana Apartments in Batemans Bay. Icon Mechanical Services are evolving for the future with a recent change in ownership bringing a new face to the business while retaining the established expertise and capability that has built the company’s reputation. With capable hands and a fresh outlook, the future is bright at Icon.

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Below Serafin Glazing and Aluminium assisted with the glass requirement and engineering for Jade Gungahlin.

All the apartments of Jade Gungahlin are accessed via a main lobby. As you enter the foyer you walk through a secure and well presented overhead glazed roof foyer then enter through aluminum framed sliding entry doors. The doors are automated to enable seamless access for residents during daytime hours, with secure card reader access at other times. The doors were supplied and installed by specialist subcontractor Serafin Glazing and Aluminium.

said Paul. “They are a competent builder. Their sites and amenities are always well organised, and everything was ready for us to carry out the work required.”

With a strong reputation for supplying quality products to private and commercial customers in Canberra and surrounding areas, Serafin Glazing and Aluminium is proud to offer exceptional service and the best craftsmanship.

In addition to glazed windows and doors, Serafin Glazing and Aluminium specialise in glass façades and balustrading as well as internal fitout elements such as glazed partitions. They can also provide supply and installation of custom specialised safety glass.

“We always try to make the process as simple as possible for the client,” said Paul. “We can advise and assist in the correct products and their use. We always try to offer and deliver what the client requires.”

Managing Director, Paul Serafin brings over 30 years industry experience to the company. With a capable and committed team Serafin Glazing and Aluminium works with builders to achieve a common goal of getting the job done correctly the first time, on time and on budget. The installation process for the doors at Jade Gungahlin was smooth. “We have a great relationship with Core building group having worked with them before on the Ruby Apartments,” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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A DISTINGUISHED LIFESTYLE DEVELOPER : Geocon and Zapari MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Geocon ARCHITECT : Cox Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $120 million

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Grand Central Towers is an incredible development comprising two residential towers of 18 and 26-storeys containing over 400 luxurious apartments. Inclusive of ground floor retail, lobby, and service area, the development boasts an infinity pool, observation decks, gym, lounge, library, and rooftop retreat. The Canberra skyline and built environment has again been enhanced with the construction of Grand Central Towers, a joint venture development by Geocon and Zapari. The twin towers of 26-storeys and 18-storeys make an impressively elegant statement in the revitalised Woden Town Centre in Canberra’s south. Grand Central Towers is one of the biggest developments in Woden and provides a total of 430 residential apartments and 11 commercial spaces. The premium development has been architecturally designed to combine exceptional facilities with stylish finishes, taking inspiration from New York’s Grand Central Station. The foyer on the ground floor features an industrial brick façade that leads to the glass fronted residences and commercial tenancies above. Apartments range in size from 46m2 to 170m2 and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding Canberra landscape through floor to ceiling windows. All apartments have a luxe finish and buyers chose from three stylish colour schemes (Manhattan, Hamptons or Brooklyn), reflecting the New York connection. The Towers had attracted strong interest from both downsizers and people wanting to upgrade their amenities and proximity to quality services. “A tranquil rooftop garden means residents can blend nature, light and open spaces or relax in the infinity pool,” said Elliot Woods, Geocon’s Head of Corporate Affairs. “A gym, lounge, bike hub and climate controlled wine cellar provide additional facilities for exercise, relaxation and socialising.”

One of the many outstanding features of Grand Central Towers is that it offers unrivalled connectivity across the city. The development sits just steps away from the second stage of Canberra’s light rail which has been approved for construction. The light rail will connect Woden to Capital Hill, the CBD and the wider suburban network, making travel for work, shopping and entertainment a simple and pleasurable process. The new Canberra Hospital is also being built about 500m away and the Woden campus of the Canberra Institute of Technology has been approved for construction nearby. The building programme proceeded to schedule despite the pandemic. “Fortunately the ACT had a better experience with COVID than some of the states so we kept the programme going throughout without one down day, with appropriate safety protocols instituted to protect our staff, contractors and suppliers,” Elliot said. Established in 2007, Geocon was founded by Managing Director, Nick Georgalis and has grown to be the largest residential builder and developer in the nation’s capital. Initially building low rise residential dwellings and townhouses in Canberra’s suburbs, Geocon has evolved their portfolio to encompass large scale, mixed use precincts featuring residential and commercial offerings, with an annual company turnover of $500 million. Geocon has a completely integrated inhouse approach which underpins their continuing success. The Geocon team handles all aspects of their projects from development site purchase, master planning, design and construction to real estate sales, financing, settlement and property management. Geocon has recently completed High Society, a residential development in Belconnen, and are currently building Metropol in the centre of Canberra and Aspen Village in Tuggeranong, continuing the transformation of the Canberra skyline into a cosmopolitan capital city. For more information contact Geocon, Level 4, 16-18 Mort Street, Canberra ACT 2601, phone 02 6255 0430, email admin@geocon. com.au, website www.geocon.com.au

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Below CPS Concrete Group completed extensive structural concrete and steel elements as well as the soft and hard landscaping.

CPS Concrete Group was contracted by Geocon on the ground breaking Grand Central Towers project in the Australian Capital Territory’s revitalised Woden Town Centre, and utilised all the companies in the group to complete the works.

and landscaping specialising in large commercial builds. With over 40 years experience in the industry, CPS has the know how and skill sets to deliver major projects in a professional, safe manner and within time and budget parameters.

“The structural steel elements were laid and tied by our CPS Steel Fixing team, the concrete was pumped and placed by the teams from CPS Concretors and CPS Pumping. CPS Landscaping completed the soft and hard landscaping, including the roof gardens on Levels 5, 14 and 16,” explained Director, Tony Costanzo.

Recent CPS Group projects include the Stromlo Leisure Centre, Founders Lane Stages 1 and 2 in Civic, the Mulberry apartments in Dickson, Stage 2 of Goodwin Village in Farrer and the Batemans Bay Leisure Centre.

The CPS Concrete Group was involved onsite from March 2019 until November 2020. Tower pumps were supplied and installed within the core of each building, reaching the height of the 26-storey tower and the second 18-storey tower. The concrete tower pump required the operator at ground level to be in constant communication with the employees operating on the upper slabs. At any time, CPS Concrete Group had up to 50 employees across all companies working on different areas of the building. CPS Concrete Group has established a leadership position in and around Canberra in concrete placing and finishing, post-tensioning 150 ACT PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL TOWERS

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Below Inline Floors ACT supplied and installed carpet, vinyl and timber flooring to Grand Central Towers.

Inline Floors ACT supplied and installed 30,000m² of floor coverings to the expansive Grand Central Towers.

This timeframe was achieved due to the great working relationship between Inline Floors and Geocon.

Inline Floors ACT was engaged by Geocon to supply and install 30,000m² of floor coverings across 430 apartments and 11 commercial units at Grand Central Towers. The development offers Canberra’s most exquisite new residential lifestyle.

Inline Floors ACT is a professional commercial flooring business offering supply and installation services on an extensive range of floor coverings. Inline Floors ACT specialises in commercial projects including high rise residential buildings, medical facilities, government projects and office fitouts in Canberra and surrounding regions.

Godfrey Hirst broadloom carpet was supplied and installed in three different colours. In addition, Inline Floors supplied and installed Signature vinyl planks in select common areas as well as engineered timber flooring in blackbutt and spotted gum within the three penthouses.

Inline Floors ACT is currently supplying and installing 5,000m² of sheet vinyl and carpet tiles in the Paediatric High Care Unit and Building 8 at Canberra Hospital.

“Inline Floors ACT worked on this project for roughly six months utilising up to 30 of our regular installers. With less activity in Sydney construction as a result of COVID, we were able to utilise a number of our installers who work for our Sydney head office, Inline Floors,” said Managing Director of Inline Floors ACT, Adam Williams. The most challenging part of this project was installing dual bond carpet in corridors across 16-levels within a seven day programme. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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HARNESSING THE FUTURE The University of Newcastle has invested $37.5 million in an impressive new BioResearch Building that will support world-class biomedical and biological research giving researchers access to modern, fit-for-purpose facilities that will help Australia keep pace with emerging technologies, methodologies and fields of research.

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Main contractor Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC) completed the 2-storey, 3,820m2 building under a design and construct contract with the finished facility to be operational in 2021. The project has a Physical Containment Level 2 rating and provides different zones to cater for low, intermediate, and high-barrier procedures. The building has been designed so internal spaces can be modified to fit the needs of individual research projects over time. The overall space includes flexible laboratory configurations which can respond to changing needs and future technologies, administration and meeting spaces, secure loading dock and storage areas, as well as the capacity for genomic editing technologies, germ-free facilities and sample freezers. The structure of the facility was based on post-tensioned in situ concrete slabs for the ground floor to Level 2, with Level 2 walls and roof structure being structural steel. The most striking feature of the building is the façade. Constructed from a combination of Monument powder coated Speedpanel and bespoke glazed curtain walls consisting of curved glass in association with a ceramic frit pattern on flat glass, the illusion of an undulating, flowing façade has been created. To meet medical research requirements, specialist mechanical, medical gas, electrical and hydraulics services packages were required, with specific equipment for the operation of the facility including three autoclaves and rack washer. Bear Melvey, Senior Project Manager for Richard Crookes Constructions, said that the large vessels for the autoclaves had to be installed early in the programme with other parts of the facility built around them. “These were specialist items purpose-made for the facility by an overseas supplier and were not available when required. We successfully managed the issue by leaving unbuilt corridors along the path of travel. These were built in following the delivery of the vessels with the finalisation of the corridor works coinciding with the completion of the autoclave installation.” More than 5,000 tonnes of earth were removed during pre-construction and approximately 250 concrete trucks were WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

on hand to pour concrete flooring. “The construction team put in nearly 100,000 working hours from commencement in May 2019,” Bear added. “The project supported 720 construction jobs and we conducted 894 inductions.” Julie Rich, Director of Infrastructure and Facilities Services at the University, said the new BioResearch Building will ensure the University continues delivering research that improves the way disease is detected, diagnosed and treated. “The facility will increase the University’s ability to attract and retain top research talent and support greater collaboration across the University’s various STEMM disciplines. It will also provide researchers with access to new and emerging technologies in a modern, flexible, multipurpose, facility,” said Julie. The University created a project board which included senior researchers to oversee the project. A senior users group made up of researchers and operational managers provided input on specific aspects of the design and user needs. In addition, a technical advisory group ensured the technical integrity of the project by providing input into research methodologies, workflows and equipment. Regular updates were provided to its internal research community. Bear Melvey said Richard Crookes Constructions was proud to be associated with the University on this important project which is classified as a State Significant Development. “RCC has had an involvement including design finalisation over a period of 56 weeks. We had an excellent working relationship with the University team and the contractors and specialists who worked on the project.” Richard Crookes Constructions has a specialist education division and has completed many significant projects in the sector. For more information contact Richard Crookes Constructions, Level 3/4 Broadcast Way, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9902 4700, fax 02 9439 1114, email reception@richardcrookes.com.au, website www.richardcrookes.com.au For more inforamtion contact University of Newcastle, website www.newcastle.edu.au/ research

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Below Northrop Consulting Engineers consulted on all structural, civil and façade engineering design.

Northrop was engaged by renowned architectural firm DCM as structural, civil and façade engineers on the University of Newcastle’s BioResearch Building. “A key consideration for Northrop’s design was the vibration response of floor plates subject to footfall, plant and impact loading. The project brief required maximum floor vibrations of 25µm/s due to the extremely sensitive research equipment and procedures within the facility, which includes optical microscopes to 1,000X magnification. It’s unusual for vibration to be such a key design consideration,” said Neil Petherbridge, Northern NSW Business Manager for Northrop. Northrop undertook detailed computer simulation using Oasys software resulting in an optimised slab design with thicknesses varying from 300-350mm with spans varying from 3.5m to 7.5m in the less sensitive areas. Large penetrations in the floor slabs for services added significantly to the complexity of the analysis. This compares with a typical office building where slab thicknesses would have been more like 150-200mm for these spans. For more information contact Northrop Consulting Engineers (Newcastle), phone 02 4943 1777, email newcastle@northrop.com.au, website www.northrop.com.au 154 NSW PROJECT FEATURE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE BIORESEARCH BUILDING

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Below De Martin & Gaspirini supplied, placed and finished 4,200m2 of concrete for the building and 500m2 for the project’s landscaping.

The De Martin & Gasparini (DMG) name is synonymous with excellence in concrete supply, pumping and placement. A subsidiary of ASX-listed Boral, DMG specialise in large, often challenging projects in commercial, industrial and high rise developments across Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter region. Working with Richard Crookes Constructions, DMG supplied, placed and finished all the concrete required for the University of Newcastle’s BioResearch Building. This involved 1,400m2 of concrete on each of 3-levels, a total of 4,200m2 for the building structure. Externally, DMG supplied and placed 500m2 for the landscape areas with an exposed red riverstone finish. DMG’s Construction Manager of the northern region, Adam Campbell, said that the project was very much in line with the company’s core business. “We have the expertise in our local teams, supported by an extensive range of the latest equipment, so even the most technically difficult job is within DMG’s scope and capability.” DMG is based in Sydney but has had a full time presence in Newcastle to service the areas north of the Greater Sydney region. “We have 30 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

full time employees on the team at Newcastle, supplemented by up to 50 full time contractors,” Adam said. “We have grown the business substantially in recent years because of our commitment to quality, safety and reliability.” Many of the latest and most iconic buildings in Newcastle and the Central Coast have been completed by DMG, including Newcastle beach front apartment buildings Arena, The Royal and Arvia Apartments and, in the CBD, The Herald, East End and the NUspace building for the University of Newcastle. Health infrastructure projects include Wyong, Maitland and Gosford Hospitals Stages 1, 2 and 3. DMG services all construction industry sectors, offering a total concrete structure package from supply and placement of concrete through to total structures and also super-flat industrial floors – for example their most recent super-flat industrial floors project Bunnings Homemaker Centre Bennet’s Green.

For more information contact De Martin & Gasparini, 32 Groves Road, Bennetts Green NSW 2290, phone 0466 153 255, email adam. campbell@boral.com.au, website www.demartinandgasparini.com.au

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Below Engineering Fabrications Newcastle used 3D modeling to optimise the integration of the mechanical services into the structure.

Contracted by Richard Crookes Constructions for the University of Newcastle BioResearch Building project, Engineering Fabricators Newcastle (EFN) completed the detailed shop drawings, supplied the manufactured structural steel from their Carrington workshop, and undertook the installation.

for quality and service. We aim to meet time and budget objectives on every job,” Andrew said. “We work across all sectors including commercial, industrial, retail and residential, undertaking projects from Sydney to the Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast and beyond.”

The new 2-storey, 3,820m2 building has the capacity for up to 16 sample freezers, quarantine facilities, research laboratories and offices, requiring an impressive level of detail and coordination in relation to the cooler plant.

Engineering Fabricators Newcastle offer a comprehensive project management package, from initial concept through to engineering design, detailed shop drawings, advanced bill of materials, workshop fabrication, site fabrication, surface treatment and installation.

“Our vertically integrated operation gives us greater control of any project we undertake, so in the case of the BioResearch Building, we had the capacity and design skills supported by 3D modelling to find the optimal solution for integrating the mechanical services into the structure,” said Managing Director, Andrew Dewar.

Since establishment in 2011, EFN has developed an impressive client list ranging from Tier 1 builders through to medium sized construction companies and are currently engaged on the construction of Maitland Hospital, 388 George Street Sydney and the East End Newcastle redevelopment.

The company’s team of 70 has an extensive skill base, including project managers, estimators, detail drafters, boilermakers, crane drivers and riggers. Around 25 of the team were engaged on the BioResearch Building for a 4-month period. “The EFN team is dedicated to offering a complete and personalised service with an earned reputation

For more information contact Engineering Fabricators Newcastle, 56 Forbes Street, Carrington NSW 2294, phone 02 4023 4578, email info@efnewcastle.com.au, website www.efnewcastle.com.au

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Below I Can Dig It Excavations completed detailed excavation within the small working area at the BioResearch Building.

I Can Dig It Excavations undertakes all excavation services ranging from small backyard jobs through to major contracts. I Can Dig It delivers a precise excavation every time, meeting all client requirements. Contracted to perform excavation services at the construction of the University of Newcastle’s new BioReseach Building, I Can Dig It performed a very detailed excavation within the confined working area. “We have a great deal of experience with the type of excavation required at the BioResearch Building site,” said Managing Director, Paris Corless. “Our team of nine skilfully navigated the logistical difficulties posed by the site and the need to work around other trades on a daily basis.”

contractor and other trades,” Paris said. “It was a pleasure to work with Richard Crookes Constructions on this job.” I Can Dig It Excavations is proud to be a local Newcastle based company supporting local employment and businesses. “We are constantly busy meeting the demand for our services on civil works. We are currently engaged on the Bunnings store site at Bennetts Green, a new subdivision at Glenning Valley, the Coles site at Mayfield and a subdivision at Boolaroo,” said Paris.

I Can Dig It has a wide range of earthmoving equipment to suit any excavation assignment, with a comprehensive fleet including Posi-Track equipment, escavators ranging from 36 tonne down to 1.8 tonne machines. These are supported by 8 tonne tipper trucks and a 12 tonne bogie truck. “The work at the BioResearch Building demonstrated our capacity to undertake complex excavations in full cooperation with the principal WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below Muller Acoustic Consulting completed several aspects pertaining to noise and vibration throughout the project.

Muller Acoustic Consulting completed several aspects pertaining to noise and vibration throughout the project. Muller Acoustic Consulting (MAC) delivers technically robust, high quality acoustic consulting services for their clients across all industry sectors, including the measurement and management of noise and vibration emanating from construction, mining, industrial and commercial sites. MAC was involved on the University of Newcastle’s world class BioResearch Building from project pre-approval in 2017 to completion, delivering noise impact assessments for inclusion in the project’s EIS, the noise and vibration management plan and real time compliance monitoring throughout construction.

receive trigger alarms and real time alerts if established noise or vibration triggers were reached,” said Oliver Muller, Principal Acoustic Scientist. During construction, managing noise and vibration emissions to minimise impacts on surrounding educational buildings was a key constraint. The success of MAC’s management plan could be judged by the fact that the project was completed without complaints from University of Newcastle staff or students, or surrounding stakeholders.

MAC’s team of eight specialists were involved in the work at the BioResearch Building at one stage or another.

Muller Acoustic Consulting has completed a number of major projects for several extractive industries, along with multiple projects for built environment developments and linear infrastructure projects. MAC have extensive experience liaising with regulators including the EPA, DPIE and councils delivering outcomes favourable to clients while maintaining good relationships with all stakeholders.

The University of Newcastle project required several acoustic studies, including road noise intrusion, operational noise and management and monitoring of noise and vibration from construction. “This was completed by utilising real time noise and vibration monitoring systems that enabled the construction contractors to

For more information contact Muller Acoustic Consulting, PO Box 262, Newcastle NSW 2300, phone 02 4920 1833, email omuller@mulleracoustic.com, website www.mulleracoustic.com

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Below Smoke Control Systems installed four Fyrehalt Vertical Fire Curtains® to provide separation between fire compartments and building occupants.

Fyrehalt V at Cromer Industrial Park – Standby

Fyrehalt V at Cromer Industrial Park – Deployed

Fyrehalt V at Ronald McDonald House – Deployed

The team at Smoke Control Systems Pty Ltd has a passionate belief that people deserve to work and live in safe and beautiful buildings. Pursuing this passion, Smoke Control manufactures, supplies and installs curtains, shutters, glazing and smoke ventilation systems that satisfy changing fire and smoke control requirements for the Australian, New Zealand and International markets.

The challenge at the BioResearch Building was to integrate the fire protection system into the building to achieve the required level of fire safety whilst still achieving the intent of the unique architectural design. “Smoke Control’s compact fire curtain system, which has the smallest headbox on the market, makes this goal easier to achieve for any building designer,” said David.

Smoke Control was therefore a logical choice to supply fire and smoke control systems at the University of Newcastle’s BioResearch Building. The optimal solution for the building was to install four Fyrehalt Vertical Fire Curtains® which are Australian designed, engineered and manufactured.

Smoke Control partners with leading local and international organisations to deliver the latest fire and smoke management technology. “Continuous research and development enhances our offering of fire windows, fire shutters and fire curtains, so we can bring the most innovative technology to all projects,” David said.

“The Fyrehalt curtains provide fire separation between fire compartments in the building and also protect occupants as they egress the building in the event of a fire,” explained David Grace, General Manager of Smoke Control.

As well as their standard commercial and residential projects, Smoke Control is currently supplying fire rated glazing at the Crown Resort at Barangaroo and fire curtain systems at the Australia Museum.

Strobe warning lights alert occupants that the units are deploying, and integrated obstruction detection sensors ensure a clear deployment zone below the curtain system. The system is fully tested, and fire rated in accordance with AS1530.4 for up to 2 hours.

For more information contact Smoke Control Systems, 26C Ferndell Street, (Access Via Straits Avenue), South Granville NSW 2142, phone 1300 665 471, email info@smokecontrol.com.au, website www.smokecontrol.com.au

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YOUR WONDERLAND Aqualuna is a premiere luxury residential development comprising 63 one, two and three bedroom apartments spread over 9-floors with an outstanding wave-like façade and features sophisticated open-plan living and dining areas, chef kitchens, designer bathrooms, generous balconies, quality finishes, and incredible views. Renowned for its prestigious projects across greater Sydney, Ceerose has completed Aqualuna, a luxury boutique residential development designed by renowned architect, Koichi Takada Architects. Aqualuna is uniquely positioned at Milson’s Point on the northern side of iconic Sydney Harbour, providing an idyllic lifestyle with unsurpassed views with easy access to the CBD and North Sydney business centre. Ceerose was engaged as the design and construct builder by developer Zone Q Investments for all aspects of the project from bulk excavation to the handover of keys. Aqualuna is an impressive building of 9-levels, featuring a unique wave-like façade, which along with the interior schemes, are influenced by the natural flow of Sydney Harbour. Offering a total of 63-apartments, there is one subpenthouse and four penthouses, five retail tenancies, 4-levels of basement car parking and a common area lounge. The wonderful location of Aqualuna did present some issues that required careful management. “The site area of 906.3m2 had to be totally excavated and all of it consisted of sandstone which required the use of heavy machinery including hydraulic hammers,” said Founder and Managing Director, Edward Doueihi. “The site was also situated in a high density residential area so we had to be meticulous in minimising the impact of excavation activities.” There was also a heritage listed terrace directly adjoining the site and the design of the basement required a 4-level excavation alongside its boundary. The heritage building was very sensitive to vibrations meaning that tactical excavation methodologies had to be employed

which were directly monitored by expert geotech engineers, including monitoring for excessive vibration and sound. Due to access constraints at the site access, the final stages of the excavation saw a 100 tonne steel platform constructed along the southern boundary of the site to support a 30 tonne excavator and the haulage trucks. This platform was also utilised during the substructure stages, accommodating the concrete placement of the below ground concrete slabs. The platform was finally removed before the construction of the ground floor transfer slabs. Aqualuna’s intricate and striking façade was designed to reflect the soft, natural curves of the Harbour. Most of the façade items including the glass balustrades, louvres and aluminium windows and doors were procured offshore but when the façade works commenced in February 2020, it coincided with COVID-19 which had an adverse effect on the delivery of many of the façade components. As a result of these delays, Ceerose had to implement a full resequencing of the construction activities onsite in an effort to mitigate the delays. In addition to the rescheduling, further delay mitigation strategies were devised, involving alternate overseas transportation arrangements including changing from shipping to air freight transport and sourcing critical façade items locally to keep the project moving forward.

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“The way the whole Ceerose team worked together on these issues proved once again that we have the imagination, resourcefulness and commitment to solve any problem which may arise on any of our projects,” said Edward. “Through Ceerose’s depth of expertise, our goal is to ensure every project exceeds expectations and is financially successful with minimal stress for our clients.”

currently working on a mixed used development in Roseville consisting of 112 apartments and five commercial spaces. For more information contact Ceerose, Ground Floor, 447 - 451 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt NSW 2040, phone 02 9571 9999, fax 02 9571 9900, email info@ceerose.com.au, website www.ceerose.com.au

The whole project took 20 months to complete and Ceerose had 14 of their staff directly involved in the project, with over 1,100 subcontactors engaged at varying stages. Founded in 1998, Ceerose has built strong, long lasting relationships across the building industry. They have a proud portfolio of successful projects including Ashfield Central, Harbour Mill in Pyrmont and Urban in Camperdown. Ceerose is

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Below Apollo Joinery Group supplied and installed the elegant kitchen and cabinetry throughout Aqualuna.

Apollo Joinery Group is capping off a great year in 2020 by delivering complete joinery solutions for Sydney’s newest iconic development Aqualuna, situated on the northern edge of Sydney Harbour at 30 Alfred Street, Milsons Point. With stunning views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Aqualuna captures the allure of luxurious harbourside living with the finest finishes. Designed by architect Koichi Takada, developed by Zone Q and built by Ceerose, Aqualuna has raised the bar on high quality boutique residential developments. Apollo Joinery Group Owner and Managing Director, Peter Bader, said his company was excited about being selected to make a significant contribution to the ambience and functionality of the 63 sophisticated apartments through the provision of kitchens, wardrobes and joinery for common areas. Aqualuna provides a variety of mixed sized apartments, including five penthouse apartments all with wave like features and interior schemes influenced by the natural flow of Sydney Harbour. The colour schemes for the kitchens and other cabinetry blend with the reflections off the Harbour which cast white, pale blue and grey shades across the living room. Kitchens were supplied with two colour scheme options. The lighter colour option used Abet Laminati Legni, a light timber imitation high pressure decorative laminate, in Pino Svizzera shade. The dark option utilised Polytec Bottega Oak, a near black coloured oak with wide, distinct, black oak wood grain features throughout. The distinctive feature of the design was a unique seamless curved island bench which incorporated a breakfast bar and a shadow line. Both colour schemes incorporated brass lines perfectly inserted across the pantry, concealed fridge and base cabinets. The brass feature matched the tapware. The cabinetry was equipped with a subtle finger pull ledge. All internal components for shelving were made from black melamine providing a touch of sophistication. The rangehoods were encased in natural white cabinets. Hettich soft-close drawers with silent system runners and Hettich concealed metal hinges were used in the cupboards. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Apollo Joinery Group also supplied extensive cabinetry in the butler pantries, bathrooms, laundries, wardrobes with semi-gloss finishes, storages, fixed study desks with shelves, television credenza and wall panelling. This additional cabinetry incorporated the styles, colours and interesting features of the kitchens to provide a coordinated flow throughout the apartments. The bathroom joinery incorporated a concealed lavatory system and silver-backed glass door for the shaving cabinet with thinned sections to allow for backlit illumination. The specification for the project was very high in keeping with the sophisticated interiors of Aqualuna’s residences. “Apollo Joinery Group has expert craftsmen and high tech machinery to produce the exceptionally high quality joinery required for this type of luxury project, including the curved kitchen island with a consistent shadow line. Importantly, we can also produce and install within time frames required by the builder,” said Peter. Apollo Joinery Group, incorporating the renowned Apollo Kitchens and Apollo Stairs, are proud of their commitment to Australian manufacturing. Their Smart Factory at Smithfield in Western Sydney is the most sophisticated, high tech and sustainable facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Apollo Joinery leads the field in manufacturing innovation and can design, produce and install joinery on a large scale, utilising the latest trends from around the world. “This enables us to deliver projects at a lower cost with high quality standards and with a greater degree of certainty around delivery,” Peter said. “It has been a pleasure to work with Zone Q and Ceerose on the Aqualuna development,” said Peter. “It has been a great way to end the year, which has included the Apollo Joinery brand enjoying media coverage on iconic TV shows House Rules and The Living Room.”

For more information contact Apollo Joinery Group, 17 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 908 090, email info@apollojoinery.com.au, website www. apollojoinery.com.au NSW PROJECT FEATURE AQUALUNA 165


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Below Southern Cross Climate Control installed Daikin heat recovery VRV systems throughout the apartments.

In just over 20 years, Southern Cross Climate Control has built an enviable reputation as a specialist in the design, supply and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in both the residential and commercial sectors. Partnering with Ceerose, Southern Cross Climate Control has successfully completed a high end project at Aqualuna, just metres from Sydney Harbour at Milsons Point.

Southern Cross is an authorised Daikin repairer so clients have the benefit of a complete package which includes servicing and maintenance. “Southern Cross Climate Control has two sister companies which gives us the ability to share resources,” said Camilo. “Velocity Air specialises in service and maintenance and IFS is a specialist in HVAC solutions for residential apartments, working with Meriton on their developments.”

Aqualuna is a boutique collection of 63 luxury residential homes and six retail tenancies. Southern Cross Climate Control completed all mechanical services including ventilation of plant rooms, basement carparks and apartment toilets and laundries. The air conditioning of the apartments was achieved through the installation of high end Daikin heat recovery VRV systems with one fan coil unit per living space including bedrooms, allowing residents to control the climate in each room.

Southern Cross has been in the residential sector for more than 20 years, providing good quality to builders like Deicorp, Westbourne, Helm, Northpoint, Growthbuilt, Ultra, Richard Crookes and much more. In the last two years they have installed mechanical solutions to more than 3,200 apartments. Also, Southern Cross has been expanding their presence in the commercial construction sector and when partnering with builders can provide value engineering solutions at the time of tender. This delivers the optimal HVAC outcome for the builder at the most economical cost.

The project required tight quality control and attention to detail. “We tested every system to the highest professional standards including air-flow and condensation pipes to make sure there was no leakage or backing up of water,” said Southern Cross Climate Control General Manager, Camilo Poveda. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Southern Cross Climate Control, Unit 48/7-9 Production Road, Taren Point NSW 2229, phone 02 9540 1155, email reception@southerncrossclimatecontrol.com.au, website www.southerncrossclimatecontrol.com.au NSW PROJECT FEATURE AQUALUNA 167


TOP OF THE CLASS DEVELOPER : NSW Department of Education MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : St Hilliers ARCHITECT : Gardener Wetherill STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Taylor Thomson Whitting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $26 million

The Kent Road Public School upgrade brings students the latest education facilities and includes 34 new homebases, special programs spaces, a new canteen, new outdoor play areas, new covered outdoor learning area (COLA), and a multi-purpose sports court and administration facilities, which when complete will create an impressive modern school which is vital to the growing local community. School Infrastructure NSW has recently completed the stylish and comprehensive upgrade of Kent Road Public school to accommodate the expanding student population in Marsfield. The project comprises three new buildings, two 3-storey classroom structures and one single storey administration building with special program/counselling rooms, a canteen and end-of-trip facilities. External works comprise the construction of a new entry canopy, reconfiguration of car drop off/pick up arrangements on Kent Road, a new covered outdoor learning area (COLA) and a multi-purpose sports court, also included is the installation of solar panels and new outdoor play areas with landscaping, fencing and tree removal. In February 2019, St Hilliers were awarded the Design and Construct contract for the upgrade of Kent Road Public School including design finalisation and site preparation. “Early design development involved making the structure more buildable,” explained Project Manager, Ben Owens. “We changed a curved concrete roof to a steel structure with a metal deck. We also had to assess the design and materials to 168 NSW PROJECT FEATURE KENT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL

achieve a 4 Star Green Star rating for the building as well as satisfying the EFSG.” The EFSG is the Educational Facilities Standards and Guidelines, a document that outlines the NSW Department of Education’s recommendations for the design and construction of new school developments. Under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act of 1979, some projects are classified as State Significant Developments (SSD) due to their size, economic value or for the potential environmental or social impacts they may have. As such SSD projects require development consent from the Independent Planning Commission or the Minister for Planning. “We were especially careful clearing the site as there are a number of protected trees there and we had state environmental auditors as well as independent auditors onsite, assessing the work every six weeks,” said Ben. “We were working to a deadline, the first day of the 2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


school year, and the wet weather, as well as COVID-19 restrictions, impeded our progress. However, our team worked over Christmas and were pouring concrete to the external areas on New Years Eve, and with up to 130 people onsite we were able to complete the project on time.”

St Hilliers are a trusted contractor of the Department of Defence and with 20 years delivering Defence projects throughout Australia, they are able to meet the challenges of operating in high security, live environments and expansive sites with concurrent work fronts.

Established in 1989 by Tim Casey, St Hilliers is a privately owned Australian company with a vast portfolio of successfully completed government projects, a testament to their ability to meet stringent statutory and planning regulations while still delivering according to programme.

In January 2021 the Department of Defence awarded St Hilliers a contract to complete the $109 million State of the Art Fighting Vehicle Program Facilities Stage 1 with works commencing this month. To be complete in May 2021 is the $5.7 million upgrade of five buildings at Garden Island that includes mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire protection and building code compliance works.

“We’ve completed contracts with School Infrastructure NSW for seven schools so far including at Claremont and Yandelora Special School and we’re at Monaro and St Ives High Schools,” said Ben. Currently St Hilliers are at work on the $15 million TAFE Multi-Trades Hub in Bega. The new development includes a workshop, a specialist facility to support aged care and disability training as well as a commercial kitchen and restaurant, scheduled for completion by August 2021. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With offices across Australia, including Townsville, St Hilliers also works across the private and government health care sector, aged care and retirement living as well as on community infrastructure projects. For more information contact St Hilliers, Level 3, 8 Windmill Street, Millers Point NSW 2000, phone 02 9380 8368, website www.sthilliers.com.au NSW PROJECT FEATURE KENT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL 169


Below Masonry Pacific were responsible for the brick and block laying for Kent Road Public School.

Masonry Pacific, part of Rocpac, provide brick and block laying, rendering and painting as well as specialist masonry services. With over 25 years industry experience Masonry Pacific is a professional team, fully licensed and insured, focused on producing a quality result. In April 2020, Masonry Pacific started onsite work at Kent Road Public School supplying and installing facework bricks to the covered walkways, the ground floor façade and balconies. They provided block and brickwork for stairs, garden walls and external ramps as well as building feature piers using Burlesque bricks, attractive and stain-resistant ceramic glazed bricks suitable for hard wearing surfaces required in a school environment. With Foreman, Paul Simmons, seven bricklayers and two labourers on the job, Masonry Pacific finished up by the end of November 2020. “It was a challenge keeping up with the programme,” said Bricklaying Manager, Tane Knebel. “Moving from floor to floor and from building to building required some planning. This is our first project for St Hillier’s, however we have since started at St Ives High School sports complex and we are currently working on two of their other projects in the south of New South Wales, one at the TAFE Multi 170 NSW PROJECT FEATURE KENT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL

Trades Hub in Bega and one in Cooma, the expansion of the Monaro High School.” Masonry Pacific has the knowledge and skills for any masonry project including for new builds, renovations and retaining walls and feature pieces for landscaping projects. Masonry Pacific install Hebel products, provide stonework as well as heritage works and remedial work. Operating from their office and factory at Tuggerah, Masonry Pacific service Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle, the Hunter region and New South Wales North Coast and South Coast. “We provide masonry services to the commercial and residential markets with the majority of our work being commercial projects, apartments, schools and retirement villages,” said Tane.

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Below Rest Interior manufactured and installed a range of joinery including the reception counter and staff room kitchen.

Rest Interior specialises in quality joinery and interior fitouts for high end projects Australia wide. They also work with clients from planning and design to manufacturing and installation.

Rest Interior employs over 50 and runs a 7,000m² manufacturing facility with machinery to meet all projects requirements and ensure timely delivery. They use the latest in computer controlled machinery including self loading beam saws, CNC machines and edge banders.

At Kent Road Public School, Rest Interior designed, manufactured and installed a complete range of joinery and cabinetry items from the entry reception counter and presentation room seating, the staff room and kitchen, tea station, breakfast bar and canteen server. They also installed many benches and cupboards, storage units and shelving including the sick bay cabinet.

“We have completed numerous projects over the years for the Department of Education, most recent Willoughby Public School and Picton High School,” said Managing Director, Hashem Mahmoud. “Previous work for St Hilliers includes Garden Island Navy Base in 2017.”

“Design and shop drawings started in August 2020 with a team of four working through to production,” said General Manager, Ali Hashem. “Manufacturing started in September and we were ready to install by October. St Hilliers and the trades worked well together and with six installers we finished within three months.”

Successful projects include the cool and sophisticated lobby of 15 Castlereagh Street and the stylish timber rib columns, walls and ceilings at East Village mixed use development in Zetland. Rest Interior has also completed joinery for the QBE buildings in Sydney and at Parramatta, the Liverpool Catholic Club and Dee Why RSL.

In business for 35 years, Rest Interior works closely with clients to create unique joinery and achieve an innovative solution. They are expert at complex and large scale projects across a range of sectors including commercial, hospitality and retail, government and luxury homes.

For more information contact Rest Interior, 20 Clements Avenue, Bankstown NSW 2200, phone 02 8700 1800, email info@restinterior. com.au, website www.restinterior.com.au

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Below TGB Electrical designed and installed all of the electrical and data wiring throughout the school.

TGB Electrical (TGB) is a family owned electrical design, supply and installation company offering a comprehensive service for all electrical and data needs across commercial, educational and residential sectors. “We designed and installed all the electrical and data wiring for the school,” said Director, Tumay Beha. “LED motion sensor lighting, both internal and external with time delay switches, ceiling fans and many power points. We installed fibre cables for broadband and carried out an upgrade on the main switchboard. TGB started the installation at Kent Road Public School in early 2020, with a team of 10 personnel onsite, we completed the job within 12 months.” “The challenge of the job involved keeping up with the design changes as well as meeting the deadline of the first school day of the year for 2021. But, we excel at the hard jobs,” said Tumay. TGB are Level 2 service providers with years of working experience satisfying codes and standards. They provide quick and quality work with free quotes and expert advice for all electrical and data requirements across the Sydney metropolitan basin, the Hunter and the Central Coast. They also provide dry fire services with an inhouse WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

designer for occupant warning alarm systems and connections to sprinklers and pumps. “TGB also install a number of Home Automation Systems that can be controlled remotely by phone,” said Tumay. “We design, supply and install hardware for Apple TVs, Foxtel, split and ducted air conditioning systems, lighting fixture and fittings, sound and CCTV security systems as well as intercom/access control systems. Recently we started the design for home automation systems, as well as all the electrical wiring and data cabling, for a luxury 18-unit development in Newport, Sydney. Currently they are with St Hilliers at Holsworthy Army base.” Previous work for St Hilliers includes electrical installation for lighting, intercom/access control, switchboard and substation, connecting and commissioning for 100-units across a 12-storey structure in Thornton North, Penrith. Other works carried out in the past four years includes Pemulwuy for Lendlease, 218 free standing homes at Antegra Over 50’s Village at Leppington and a Student Boarding House at Newtown. For more information contact TGB Electrical, 19/2 Barry Road, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9723 0950, website www.tgbelectrical.com NSW PROJECT FEATURE KENT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL 173


Below BHE Metal Fabrication supplied and installed the balustrades, screens and the two steel pieces for the plant rooms.

BHE Metal Fabrication specialises in quality architectural and structural steel fabrication, offering a comprehensive service from estimation, design and consultancy through to installation. At Kent Road Public School, BHE fabricated and installed balustrades and handrails as well as steel pieces for two plant rooms and screens. Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) grating, platforms and walkways were also installed on the project. The pieces were manufactured over six weeks and with three installers working over a month, onsite work was completed by the end of January 2021. “The challenge is always coordinating with other trades onsite and this was a good job,” said Partner, Ben Emery. “We’ve been working with St Hilliers over the last four years and have a good working relationship with them. They are professionals and certainly contribute to things running a lot easier onsite.” “We supplied structural steel and similar works with St Hilliers and the Department of Education at St Ives High School. We also worked at Villawood Detention centre with St Hilliers manufacturing and installing aluminium and steel screens and stairs, wall blades, platforms and plant room.” 174 NSW PROJECT FEATURE KENT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL

BHE are expert at fabricating unique pieces, custom made steel and aluminium metalwork. They make showpiece flights of steel stairs, in a variety of finishes for luxury homes and for apartment lobbies. Their stainless steel work includes architectural features as well as sinks and benches for residential and commercial kitchens. Established in 2015, BHE are located in Tuggerah on the Central Coast to service customers throughout Sydney and Newcastle supplying and installing any structural steel for new building construction. BHE build to specification and welcome tight time frames. Their services include restoration and manufacture of steel furniture and the accurate fabrication of plastic and concrete molds. BHE make architectural awnings and gazebos, hanging wall gardens, widespan sheds, gate frames, stainless steel drains, grates and steel walk ways. Successful projects for BHE include contracts for the Roads and Maritime Services fabricating and installing overpass safety screens.

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Below Better View Landscape & Civil Contractors laid turf, installed the irrigation and planted a range of native trees.

Better View Landscape & Civil Contractors (Better View Landscape) were onsite at St Hillier’s Kent Road Public School in November 2020 with a delivery date of the first day of the school year.

Hard landscaping services include excavation and drainage works, concreting, paving and decking, retaining walls and playgrounds installations. Soft landscaping takes care of all planting needs with the supply and installation of soil, plants and irrigation.

“We carried out detailed excavations for landscape works at Kent Road Public School,” said Owner, Shane Rogers. “Landscaping included plantings around the buildings as well as a number of native trees and shrubs throughout the grounds. We installed all the irrigation as well as laying turf and some synthetic lawn. We also constructed a rain garden, a swale with plantings that runoff flows through, it’s a form of natural irrigation and drains the site. Kent Road was our third school job for St Hilliers, we completed similar civil and landscaping works at Ingleburn and Richmond High Schools in 2018.”

Successful projects for Better View Landscape include soft and hard landscaping for the upgrade of the grounds at St Spyrindon College in Kingsford and two Homeworld cafés at Leppington, Marden Park and Box Hill. Recently Better View Landscape completed work at Stage 2 of Glenbrook Park after successful completion of Stage 1 in 2018. At $1.2 million the total works included landscaping, building paths and stone walls and also installing play equipment, BBQ’s and shade sails.

Better View Landscape provide expert civil and landscaping services to the commercial, educational and government sectors across New South Wales. As the structural landscaping experts in Sydney, the company has a comprehensive fleet including skid steers, tipper and excavators from 1 to 12 tonnes. They also have their own concrete crew to provide a complete service for all civil works including infrastructure, public domain and streetscapes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Better View Landscape & Civil Contractors, 3/18 Rennie Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 0412 157 117, email shane@betterviewlandscapes.com.au, website www.betterviewlandscapes.com.au NSW PROJECT FEATURE KENT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL 175


A SUSTAINABLE SPLASH DEVELOPER : Lane Cove Council MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Icon ARCHITECT : Team2 Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : ACOR Consultants CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $11.2 million

The Lane Cove Aquatic Centre redevelopment features a new eight-lane 50m pool with a unique divider to segment the pool for a range of activities. The 800 seat grandstand, houses a range of amenities including changing rooms, with solar panels, and energy efficient lighting. Icon are considered one of the most diverse construction companies in Australia and New Zealand with the capability of delivering a range of projects from sub $10 million up to $400 million. Icon are no longer considered a multi-level residential builder with recent D&C projects being delivered in the commercial, hotel, health, education, defence, pharmaceutical, sports and leisure sectors across the country. A recent project demonstrating Icon’s range of capabilities is the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre redevelopment, a $11.2 million project for Lane Cove Council to provide a new 50m outdoor swimming pool, concourse and modern 800 seat grandstand. The new heated pool has a fibreglass swim wall that can be raised to separate the pool for different uses. The main grandstand contains offices, timekeeprs room for carnivals, youth center equipped with kitchen and amenities including changing room and outdoor showers. Lane Cove Council’s sustainability targets led to the installation of a range of energy saving features including: a 59.13kW solar panel system fitted to the grandstand, marshalling area, roofs and LED 176 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LANE COVE AQUATIC CENTRE

lighting using the Dali system which uses sensors for increased energy efficiency. A pool blanket was also installed to help retain heat and reduce evaporation, as well as water saving devices for all taps and toilets, a 20,000 litre rainwater tank to provide irrigation to the oval next door and a condensing boiler which uses gas and is 92% efficient as it reuses heat from the flue and the boiler. The project also has a number of accessibility features including an accessible ramp into the water in the 50m pool, accessible toilets and a brand new accessible changing facility equipped with adult change table, hoist and shower to cater to people with high support needs. Onsite work started in October 2019 with Icon taking over a novated contract to finish the outdoor pool, construct the concourse, plant room, grandstand marshalling area and basketball court. The necessary logistics for constructing an in ground swimming pool created challenges moving around the site. After curing and filling the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


pool, the walls must be visible to check for leaks with an exclusion zone constructed around the pool for this purpose. A major effect on the job involved dealing with COVID-19 restrictions. Icon introduced designated separate working areas and staggered break times to ensure a minimum number of workers in one place at a time. With up to 60 onsite workers during peak periods the new 50m pool and amenities were ready for the official opening in October 2020 with guest Ian Thorpe. Icon have extensive experience in delivering sporting and aquatic facilities including the $23 million Ruth Everess Aquatic Centre, $43 million East Kellor Leisure Centre Redevelopment and $50 million Camberwell Grammar School Sports facility. Icon have also worked on some of the Australia’s leading sporting facilities including the MCG, Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence Junction Oval, and the WA Institute of Sport. Established over 150 years ago Icon is today one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest building contractors and are highly regarded as a genuine alternative to the traditional tier 1 builder offering across Australasia. Icon has one of the strongest balance sheets in the Australian construction industry and have the financial capability to deliver large scale projects across a variety of sectors WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Icon have also experienced substantial growth in government infrastructure sectors such as education, health and defence, which includes the recent signing of their first Australian Defence project in Vanuatu. Icon expect considerable spending in these sectors and have geared up across the country to service these specific market demands. For more information contact Icon, Level 2, 179 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027, phone 02 8456 6500, email info.nsw@ icon.co, website www.icon.co NSW PROJECT FEATURE LANE COVE AQUATIC CENTRE 177


Below Full Scope Electrical Services completed the D&C contact for the communication and electrical systems.

Full Scope Electrical Services (FSES) offer a complete service that includes the installation of electrical, data and communications, security and dry fire systems. In September 2019, FSES were awarded the D&C contract for the electrical services package at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, which included electrical, communications, dry fire, public address and hearing loop. Onsite work started in December 2019 with the company working on early works for the grandstand and youth centre. The team installed a multitude of services, including mains upgrade and automated lighting control system, as well as general and emergency egress lighting. FSES also installed the communications systems, an AV package, a public address system, CCTV and a hearing loop. “It was our first project with Icon, they were fantastic to work with and were always helpful. We are looking forward to many future projects with them,” said Project Manager, Luke Usherwood. “Due to the difficult times brought on by COVID-19 restrictions, lead times on imported items became a sticking point. We offered alternate solutions to ensure programme was maintained, and performance and expectation was exceeded.” 178 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LANE COVE AQUATIC CENTRE

Based in Western Sydney, FSES serve greater Sydney and beyond with electrical installations across the commercial construction, fitout, health and education sectors. FSES has years of experience providing a D&C service that starts at tender submission and includes drafting, design coordination and project management. Although 2020 was a tough year across many industries, Full Scope was able to maintain its trajectory and work on some fantastic projects. Some of the notable projects, in which they completed end-to-end electrical systems are: St Agnes Catholic College, Kuring-Gai High School, Mx Dome and St Andrews Chapter House – Performance Hall. Full Scope were delighted to be part of the fantastic project, while collaborating with Icon and Lane Cove Council, and look forward to seeing the facility give back to the local residents for many years to come.

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Harvey Norman Commercial (HNC) has a highly professional and experienced EPC Solar team offering solar power installations as well as total energy management solutions. In June 2020, Icon contracted HNC for the design, engineering and installation of a 59.13kW solar system for the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre. The grandstand and marshalling area roof were chosen as the place for the solar panels but it was shaded by pillars. Most solar systems require full sun and their ability to perform is reduced by shade, HNC solved this by using Enphase micro-inverter solar system technology. This was one of the first commercial sites using Enphase technology that integrates two separate solar arrays into one system. “A stable internet connection is critical for Enphase system’s production and monitoring. We chose RFI’s Duomax MA 2055 4G modem and their custom made CSM500 extension antenna kit to increase 4G reception which is working very well. Harvey Norman Commercial also supplied all bathroom fixtures and washroom products throughout the Aquatic centre,” said Solar Operation Manager, Phoebe Linne. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Below Harvey Norman Commercial installed 59.13kW solar panels and utilised Enphase micro-inverter solar system technology.

Operating for over 25 years, Harvey Norman Commercial Division is a trade only business offering the building, hospitality and educational fields a comprehensive range of packages and solutions. Their four state-of-the-art showrooms are specifically designed to cater to architects, developers, builders, plumbers and designers. With an outstanding pedigree and reliable reputation, HNC take pride in their ability to deliver consistent customer satisfaction. They have the financial capacity to satisfy client requirements from medium density living to multi-million dollar projects. “Icon and the Lane Cove Council are not only our customers but great partners in making this project a success. We worked hand in hand on site and together we exceeded everyone’s expectations. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of such a unique project which adds so much value to the Lane Cove Community.”

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THE COASTAL BUZZ DEVELOPER : The Heaton Group & The Peterson Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : TQM Design & Construct ARCHITECT : PBD Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : TQM Consulting Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $30 million

Balgowlah Residences is a boutique residential development with 17 spacious residences, a sub-penthouse and a whole floor penthouse. The project features opulent interiors including oak flooring, calacatta marble inspired stone benchtops, premium Miele appliances, designer bathrooms, entertainment terraces, 3-levels of parking and two retail spaces. TQM Design & Construct’s newest residential development, Balgowlah Residences, comprises 17 premium boutique apartments over 4-levels with, two retail spaces and 3-levels basement parking. The apartments are of exceptional quality consisting of one, two and three bedroom units, a sub-penthouse and a whole floor penthouse. High quality finishes include oak flooring, stone benchtops, designer bathrooms and entertainment terraces. Sydney developers, The Heaton Group have joined with The Peterson Group to create a quality development with the $30 million Balgowlah Residences.

Onsite work started with demolition of an existing commercial building then the excavation of a 3-level basement began in September 2019. “We were surprised with the geotechnical report that stated that the foundations were stronger than we thought but we were able to deal with that immediately due to our inhouse engineering team. This is an important distinction for TQM,” said Maroun. “We provide a complete service. We finished the excavation in December and poured the basement slab in January 2020.”

“Balgowlah Residences is TQM’s fourth project with The Heaton Group,” said Managing Director, Maroun Taouk.

TQM used the CSR wall system for the party walls to provide a column free space to create a building with smooth clean lines. The flat roof is of concrete with a steel awning perimeter and feature lighting underneath.

The D&C contract for Balgowlah Residences started in August 2019. TQM engaged PBD Architects to produce construction documentation.

The project was due to finish in February 2021, but TQM managed to reach completion earlier than expected with an average number of 45

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“We had to deal with two existing communications towers, Vodafone had a 12 month contract for their use so we built hoardings on Sydney Road and transferred the towers onto them. They were attached to structural steel masts and worked around them to complete the job.”

Established in 1999, TQM is the most prominent design, engineering, and construction partner in the Australian residential market. With expertise and years of experience in residential development, TQM provide surveying, design and engineering, certification, and regulatory advice as well as professional construction services. As a company TQM is continually assessing and improving their communication and delivery.

“There was the issue of traffic management on busy Sydney Road, so we used the access point on Woodland Street but once we got the tower crane installed things went more easily.”

Recently TQM acquired ISO Certification (for quality, safety, and environment) allowing them to take on contracts for government and health care projects.

In 2018, TQM won the MBA NSW Housing Award, the UDIA NSW Award for Excellence and the Urban Taskforce Australia award for their modern apartment development 88 Kensington on Anzac Parade. The $145 million Kensington comprises 126 luxury units and four retail tenancies, pool, sauna and gym over 9-levels.

For more information contact TQM Design & Construct, Level 10, 6 Mount Olympus Boulevard, Wolli Creek NSW 2205, phone 02 9556 1046, email info@tqmdc.com.au, website www.tqmdc.com.au

tradespeople onsite. “When the scaffold came down in October it looked good. It’s on a corner block, a gateway site to Manly,” said Maroun.

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Below Fine Steel provided over 250 tonnes of reinforcement to Balgowlah Residences.

Established in 2014, Fine Steel is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high quality reinforcing steel and accessories. Working from the supplied structural reinforcing steel specifications Fine Steel manufactured and delivered over 250 tonnes of reinforcement to Balgowlah Residences. Manufacturing started in September 2019 with deliveries to June 2020. “The only challenge of the job was about delivery. From our manufacturing facility to the Northern Beach’s site is a fair distance and we chose to pre-load the truck the night before so we can set off as early as possible to beat the traffic and have our product onsite first thing before any other materials, ready for steel fixers and installation,” said General Manager, Ouyang Lan. Fine Steel’s experienced inhouse team of schedulers and advanced customised software allow any queries responded in a timely manner. “We have a short lead time of 3-5 days for even the largest project – not to mention the guaranteed 24 hour turn around for any urgent or less than 2 tonne orders,” said Ouyang. Fine Steel possess over 7,000m2 workshop at Condell Park and successfully certified this exciting facility with both ISO-9001 Quality 184 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BALGOWLAH RESIDENCES

Management and the Australian Committee of Reinforcing Steel (ACRS) 2019 standard. Fine Steel has a fleet including utes, flat tray trucks, vehicles with fixed cranes, as well as semi-trailers able to deliver up to 12m lengths and 24 tonnes. A copy of the schedule and tag plans will always comes with deliveries. Fine Steel manufacture prefabricated reinforced cages, footings, beams and columns as well as offering estimates, quotations and tag plans for efficient steel placement. “We offer the most competitive prices with premium service,” said Ouyang. “We have a good working relationship with TQM and first supplied reinforcing to them in 2017 for their job at Waterloo. Fine Steel has continued to supply TQM for their multi-level residential developments including 1,000 tonnes of reinforcing to Stage 1 of Glen Street, Eastwood and a further 500 tonnes for the second stage in 2018,” said Ouyang.

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Below Soldier Tower Cranes & Labour Services supplied a highly skilled crane driver and rigger to the project.

Soldier Tower Cranes & Soldier Labour Services (Soldier) is a highly efficient tower crane and labour hire company. Starting in early 2020, Soldier had a crane driver and a rigger working at Balgowlah Residences using a supplied crane. “The job went very smoothly,” said Director, Paymaan Shahrokhey. “It was a testament to the skills of our operator and rigger. TQM Design & Construct were very well organised and with a highly professional site manager.” Soldier is Sydney based, working across the CBD as well as projects in Gosford, Newcastle and Wollongong. Established in 2015, Paymaan and his business partner have over 30 years combined experience in the crane and labour hire industry. With over 50 employees Soldier specialises in the hire of cranes and general skilled labour including crane operators and riggers. With a fleet of 35 cranes including hammer heads, flat tops, luffing cranes and franna cranes Soldier can meet the needs of any building project. “We provide the right crane and crew for any job, including large scale projects,” said Paymaan. “We also provide skilled labour, RTA certified traffic controllers, traffic management services and machine operators.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

In 2019, Soldier supplied a tower crane for the construction of a Bunnings at Gladesville and will be further contracted for the supply of a crane and crew for Bunnings next development. Soldier have been working with TQM on many of their high and medium rise residential developments and are currently at work on the $65 million, 32-storey Deane Street apartments in Burwood, providing the Crane Crew and Franna Crane for all spin off precast panels. In January 2020, Soldier were at the 9-storey Clarence Apartments in Burwood where they installed TQM’s tower crane and supplied the operator and two riggers along with their Franna Crane for the installation and lifting of precast panels. Soldier also provided the Tower Cranes for both Stage 1 and 2 of TQM’s Eastwood Central and also provided the Labour for their Wollongong Project Avante. “It’s a real pleasure to work with TQM on all these projects,” said Paymaan. For more information contact Soldier Tower Cranes & Soldier Labour Services, PO Box 197, Sydney Markets NSW 2129, phone 1300 SOLDIER, email info@soldiertowercranes.com.au, website www.soldiertowercranes.com.au NSW PROJECT FEATURE BALGOWLAH RESIDENCES 185


LINKING UP

DEVELOPER : Department for Infrastructure and Transport CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $67.7 million

Gawler East Link Road provides flexibility for future growth, as well as allowing full development of the Gawler East area. The project creates direct access to Main North Road for local traffic without needing to travel through the Gawler Town Centre, reducing travel times, increasing safety and minimising vehicle emissions. The South Australian Government's Department for Infrastructure and Transport has completed another important project, the Gawler East Link Road (GELR).

“We undertook extensive consultation with stakeholders, including local residents and businesses, as well as the Town of Gawler and Springwood developers to find the best solution.”

The road upgrades support economic activity in Gawler and enhance connectivity between current and future developments, commercial and school precincts, and supported approximately 110 jobs over the life of the project.

The project works included: • Construction of a new link road between Potts Road and Calton Road • Upgrade and signalisation of the Main North Road intersection with Potts Road and Para Road • Provision for future services infrastructure (new trunk sewer and water mains) • Upgrade of the existing Potts Road, including road widening and formalised footpaths • Construction of new roundabouts at the intersections of the new link road with Potts Road, Gawler-One Tree Road and Calton Road • Construction of a new bridge over the South Para River • Construction of a precast concrete arch structure to maintain a key environmental corridor for local fauna • Installation of LED road lighting to save energy and improve night time visibility.

The $67.7 million project connects residents of Gawler and the southern Barossa to Main North Road, eases traffic congestion in the town centre and gives local residents more direct access to Main North Road. The GELR project also provides the capacity to introduce new roads to increase connectivity to future developments including commercial and school precincts. The project features 5.5km of road in total, with 4.3km of new road alignment from Potts Road to Calton Road and a 1.2km upgrade to Potts Road. “Initially, the project faced challenges over the precise alignment of the link road,” said Department spokesperson Paul Kermode. 186 SA PROJECT FEATURE GAWLER EAST LINK ROAD

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The precast concrete arch structure was constructed over the gully crossing along the Link Road alignment. This structure forms an important role in building the connection between Gawler-One Tree Hill Road and the South Para River, and will assist in maintaining a key environmental corridor for local fauna such as the Flinders Ranges Legless Worm-Lizard.

“We had three weeks of night works with work zones shifting regularly to minimise disruption to the residents as much as possible,” explained Paul. Other challenges involved maintaining a 10m environmental buffer at the site of the precast concrete arch structure and ensuring the road is future proofed for future planned developments both within Springwood and along the Gawler East Link Road alignment.

As the project was nearing completion, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri elders met with local students, from the Gawler and District College and Kaurna Plains School, for a community tree planting event, hosted by RAW SA. A smoking ceremony was held before the trees were planted by the South Para River, next to the South Para Bridge section of the new Gawler East Link Road. The trees will help to revitalise local vegetation and wildlife habitat.

The Department sees this project as being crucial for the future of the town of Gawler, with significant safety benefits and amenity improvements for the main street of Gawler due to a reduction in traffic. “The State Government is embarking on a record infrastructure spend, and projects such as this which improve travel times and safety for South Australians are front and centre in that. We want people to get where they are going quickly and safely, so they can spend more time with their family and friends, rather than in traffic,” said Paul.

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SIGNS OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT Established in 1999, Sonnex is an Australian owned and operated engineering, sheetmetal and profile cutting company based in South Australia. At Gawler East Link Road Sonnex manufactured and installed the Karuna Signage on Kelly Circuit. The signage is part of a series of nine signs supplied and installed by Sonnex at sites around South Australia to acknowledge the original inhabitants of the land. Made of Corten, a material that rusts over time, the signs are reminiscent of the red earth of the Australian landscape. “We were provided with architectural drawings and artwork files and we then used them to draft engineering and manufacturing drawings,” said Owner Director, Jano Tuchyna. “The process took around six weeks as we converted all the artwork to DXF files for our profile cutters and waited for approvals from the designers. As the signage was to be installed near a new sub-division, we needed approval from Bardavcol, the main construction company working there.” “The design was quite detailed so the main challenge we faced was making sure the DXF files for profile cutting were accurate. We also made several small changes to the design including moving some holes around to make the columns easier to manufacture.” “The job went smoothly. We have years of experience manufacturing a large number of signs and artwork around South Australia and we know how to address any potential issues early,” said Jano. Installation for the Karuna signs started in early September and took around two weeks. Sonnex has a solid background of working with major Australian and international companies. Once a top tier supplier to

the GMH Holden factory, Sonnex has successfully diversified to provide expert engineering and fabrication services that include laser and drill plasma cutting, folding and bending, tapping, bevelling and rolling. Sonnex’s range of services and comprehensive production facilities enable them to supply high quality structural and architectural metalwork. “The total combined workshop space for plate processing, engineering and paint is 3,400m². All three of our workshops are located in Elizabeth South and we employ 34 people. Our Amada laser cutters, press brakes and the operators who run these machines every day, create excellent results,” added Jano. Sonnex’s background with major Australian and international companies has given them experience across a board range of industry sectors including transportation, automotive, mining, manufacturing, construction, rail and power generation. “Most of our work is local to South Australia, and we do regularly take on interstate projects, but they are only a small portion of the total work we produce. Sonnex do a variety of things, we have a large plate processing workshop, a smaller engineering workshop and a dedicated paint shop,” explained Jano. “We carry out engineering and fabrication of architectural elements sheet metal cutting, plate processing and supply product to other businesses. Our services include installation, prototyping and onsite shutdown and maintenance services for other facilities. We also do a large amount of manufacturing for the concrete precast industry.” Sonnex has been working with the SA Department of Transport and Infrastructure for a number of years. Previous projects include remediation works at Paringa Bridge, completed in June 2017 and at Munno Parra Train Station, completed in December 2008. In 2017 the structural company building the O-Bahn extension footbridge needed a plate processing company who could deliver accurate parts on time. Sonnex were contracted to fabricate and supply the Corten profiles for the build. For more information contact Sonnex, 9 Walsh Street, Elizabeth South SA 5112, phone 08 8252 8777, email enquiries@ sonnex.com.au, website www.sonnex.com.au

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FITTING THE FORM F17 Formwork is a formwork, steel fixing and concreting contractor involved in civil and commercial projects across South Australia. The Gawler East Link Road is one of many jobs F17 Formwork has completed for South Australia’s Department of Transport and Infrastructure. F17 Formwork started onsite work at Gawler in April 2019 providing a package that comprised the formwork, steel fixing and placing of concrete to the bridge over the South Para River. The concrete elements constructed included the four piers, two cross heads, two abutments, bridge deck, and the two approach slabs. With a team of 25 the job was completed within 13 months. “The location for the job was a challenge. We were working in a creek bed really and it was often wet and windy,” said Managing Director Adrian Rosa. “We prefabricated reinforcing for the piers by welding cages together at a laydown yard about half a kilometre away. We then craned steel cages into position and that process took a lot of planning and engineering to complete safely. It was a busy site, we had to coordinate our works around the road building as well as the constructing of reinforced earth walls. We also assisted Bardavcol with the installation of the Super T beams.” “I established F17 Formwork two years ago when I took over TC Formwork as the owner retired. I maintained the employees and the clients and already we have completed some large scale and high profile projects. We are a highly skilled and experienced team and focus on interacting with our clients and building good relationships,” added Adrian. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A recent successfully completed project for F17 Formwork includes the formwork construction at the O-Bahn Park ‘n’ Ride carpark in Paradise, suburban Adelaide, completed in early 2020. For more information contact F17 Formwork, 93 Francis Street, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 0435 883 637, email arosa@f17formwork. com, website www.f17formwork.com.au @F17Formwork

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RACING TOWARDS THE FUTURE DEVELOPER : St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders ARCHITECT : Blight Rayner CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $25 million

The St Margaret’s School Sports Precinct includes the construction of a water polo sized heated swimming pool with two 50m lanes, tennis courts with lights, a gym with engineered sprung maple timber floor, a strength and conditioning gym, an indoor climbing wall, a dedicated ergometer room, modern health and physical education classrooms, acoustic operable walls, and a custom 22m panel lift door which connects the indoor gym to the outdoor tennis courts creating an enviable world class precinct. St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, situated in Ascot in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, has unveiled a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sports precinct. An independent day and boarding school, the school is renowned for providing a holistic education for its students, with sport, health and physical education are an integral part of the school’s programme. Designed by architects Blight Rayner and built by award-winning and privately owned Queensland construction company Tomkins Commercial, the new world class precinct includes a water polo sized heated swimming pool with two 50m lanes, tennis courts with lights, gymnasium with an engineered sprung maple timber floor, a strength and conditioning gym, an indoor climbing wall featuring seven belay stations and 76m2 of climbing, a dedicated ergometer room to support rowing, and modern health and physical education classrooms. St Margaret’s Principal, Ros Curtis said the precinct is an educational environment designed to inspire, develop and build the health and wellbeing of students. “These are important priorities for the school 192 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ST MARGARET'S SCHOOL SPORTS PRECINCT

which boasts a 125-year tradition of providing an all-round education, nurturing and developing the physical, mental, spiritual and academic needs of students.” Project Manager for Tomkins, Jacob Proberts, said that the project was both stimulating and challenging because of a number of highly detailed architectural features and new building technology involved in the construction. “The swimming pool was suspended off the ground with a basement below. The heated pool holds 1.3 million litres of water, with nine 25m lanes for women’s water polo in addition to two 50m lanes for swimming training and is FINA compliant.” The pool shell required several concrete pours with two suspended slab pours and an additional six pours for the walls. The walls include gutter details that are formed with folded steel, reducing the risk of future repair costs and increasing the cleanliness of the pool. “An outstanding feature of the pool construction is the retractable roof installed by MakMax. It is the largest in the southern hemisphere AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


and uses tensioned cables for support, which required pre-cambering of steel elements to form the final shape when tensioned,” Jacob added.

and logistics perspective, we had to be conscious of traffic movement around school drop off zones as well as the needs of the local community,” said Jacob.

The gym has 768 newly designed retractable seats by Interseat. The engineered sprung maple timber floor required accurate installation to achieve the exacting levels necessary to produce a surface that both absorbs shock and allows for a small amount of spring.

Tomkins has extensive experience in the education sector, with many university and college projects in their portfolio. The company is currently working on a multi-purpose sporting facility for Iona College, Lindum as well as high end residential developments at New Farm and Woolloongabba.

Two multi-purpose courts were constructed outside the gym and provide space for HPE classes and training. The courts are separated from the gym by a 22m counterweight door system which, when raised, allows for unfettered access between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Tomkins managed the design and construction of the project in three stages with the first the construction of the new gym and the refurbishment of a nearby school building to house staff rooms and offices. The second stage included the construction of the pool including change rooms, before delivering the completion of the retractable roof and cladding around the pool. Translucent cladding ensures the internal spaces are flooded by natural light. A high degree of cooperation with the school during the construction programme enabled work to be completed smoothly. “From a safety WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Principal, Ros Curtis said that the school community was very excited about the precinct and its high standard of design and construction. “It will equip our girls with life skills that will support them beyond the school gates to be happy, positive, optimistic and connected individuals.”

For more information contact St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, 11 Petrie Street, Ascot QLD 4007, phone 07 3862 0777, fax 07 3862 0701, email WJohnston@stmargarets.qld.edu.au, website www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au For more information contact Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders, 11 Ashtan Place, Banyo QLD 4014, phone 07 3267 0694, email info@ tomkinscommercial.com.au, website www.tomkinscommercial.com.au QLD PROJECT FEATURE ST MARGARET'S SCHOOL SPORTS PRECINCT 193


Below Network Locksmiths and Security supplied and installed the SALTO Virtual Network Access Control System to the project.

Network Locksmiths and Security team of certified professional technicians can design, install and commission electronic security solutions tailored to the specific requirements of the education sector, as well as commercial and industrial clients. Owners, Guy Parker and Belinda Parker each have over 30 years experience in the security industry and provide hands on leadership on all projects. Belinda is qualified in project management and is the only female technician in Queensland certified by SALTO Systems. Guy is a Master Locksmith, skilled in all aspects of locksmithing, safes and electronic security. Network Locksmiths and Security was contracted to provide the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) Access Control system to the St Margaret’s School Sports Precinct. The company supplied and installed the SALTO electronic locks to a number of doors in the precinct and installed a SALTO online reader to control access and security in the lift. The project team worked with the Schools’ IT and Facilities Departments to commission the system, ready for the school to use. The SALTO SVN and RFnet capability for online and offline doors, as well as lifts, gives the school full audit trails, the ability to grant 194 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ST MARGARET'S SCHOOL SPORTS PRECINCT

access to specific rooms or areas for selected time periods, and to adjust locking schedules quickly and easily. Access related information is kept encrypted on the contactless Mifare/Desfire smart cards, doors throughout the campus are able to update and receive information from the cards; delivering all the benefits of traditional hard wired access control without the price tag. The company employed four of their eight strong team during the three months on the project. “We worked collaboratively with multiple trades and the school on the project. This ensured timelines were met and any variations were actioned quickly,” Belinda said. Network Locksmiths and Security has installed the SALTO SVN Access Control System to multiple building projects including St Rita’s College, Hillbrook Anglican School and All Hallows School. They offer complete end to end solutions for electronic security and locksmith services to all areas of South East Queensland. For more information contact Network Locksmiths and Security, 7/787 Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm QLD 4009, phone 07 3493 5990, email belinda@networklock.com.au, website www.networklocksmiths.com.au AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Below MakMax Australia were responsible for the custom designed 40mx30m variable shade system over the pool.

Brisbane based MakMax Australia specialise in creating unique and iconic urban landscapes using lightweight fabric structures. MakMax Australia has recently designed, engineered, fabricated and installed an innovative variable shade system for the new swimming pool at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Sports Precinct. MakMax Australia custom designed the structure to cover the 1,200m2 pool area using a structural grid of cables spaced at approximately 2.5m apart, which in turn support four opposing pairs of 150m2 fully motorised fabric sections. Concept development began in June 2018 and the tender was awarded in February 2019. A full scale prototype model of a fabric panel was installed at MakMax’s fabrication facility in July 2019 and extensive testing was undertaken to verify the design. The push-button controlled motorised panels close from the outside to the centre as a whole or in individual sections, allowing for different parts of the pool area to be covered, providing sun protection for students using the pool at different times of the day. The roof support system is designed for minimal maintenance by combining corrosion resistant aluminium battens with a robust WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

stainless steel cable supported operating system. Soltis FT381 from Serge Ferrari was chosen for the panels, a high translucency mesh material that allows natural light to enter, while protecting swimmers and spectators from harmful UV rays. The MakMax engineering team always relish a design challenge. “Being designer builders, we had the ability to design, test, check and refine our ideas to ensure what came to site would work as expected,” said Director of Engineering, Martin Eddleston. “Complexities of high cable loads, precambering of steelwork and specific erection sequences were all coordinated with the head contractor and our partner subcontractors. Our extensive education experience means the design always progressed to best meet the schools needs and operational requirements.” The project led to the development of the MakMax Velarium variable shade system, an adaptable system that would suit any application requiring large span, column free variable shade. For more information contact MakMax Australia, 133 Lavarack Avenue, Eagle Farm QLD 4009, phone 07 3633 5900, email info@makmax.com.au, website www.makmax.com.au QLD PROJECT FEATURE ST MARGARET'S SCHOOL SPORTS PRECINCT 195


St Margaret's School Sports Precinct, Queensland

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Below Eastman Group completed all the tiling works for the bathrooms, pool surrounds, platforms and general tiling.

Eastman Group is a dynamic, mid-size construction company with proven expertise in commercial and residential projects. Injecting energy into all their projects from the design phase through to handover, Eastman Group works in close liaison with their clients to ensure high quality work is delivered which meets all project parameters. Eastman Group has recently fulfilled a major assignment at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Ascot, Brisbane. The School commissioned a Sports Precinct which includes a 25m heated water polo pool with two 50m lap lanes along one edge, a strength and conditioning gym, physical education centre, a basketball and gymnastics hall and two tennis courts. The scope of Eastman’s work encompassed the tiling work in all the bathrooms, the swimming pool surrounds, the platforms and other general tiling. “We utilised an average of five of our team each day, working in cooperation with builder Tomkins and the School to minimise disruption to the School programme and activities,” said General Manager, Molly Wang. The work proceeded smoothly with the main challenge being the restrictions onsite. “The end result is an impressive recreational and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

sports complex for the School,” Molly said. “We are proud to have made a quality contribution to the development.” Current projects for the Eastman Group include several luxury residential houses and shop fitouts at both Brookside Shopping Centre and Pinelands Shopping Centre. “Commercial fitouts are a major component of Eastman’s work,” Molly added. “Our residential work focuses on custom designed homes, with our senior designers providing clients with creative guidance on how best to translate their dreams into reality. We also build granny flats and do alterations and extensions.” Eastman’s holds a builder’s open licence and is equipped to undertake Gyprock installation and all forms of tiling. The company also offers an experienced building certifier for building inspections, approvals and certification.

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PREPARE FOR TAKE OFF DEVELOPER : Sunshine Coast Council MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : John Holland CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $225 million

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion includes the construction of a new wider and longer runway with better alignment to accommodate larger, more fuel efficient aircraft, an airfield taxiway system, and an expanded apron and conservation corridor to ensure safe passage for wildlife. An exciting transformation has been undertaken at the Sunshine Coast Airport, with a new runway and associated infrastructure set to unlock international travel destinations and economic opportunities for decades to come. To address landing challenges associated with the narrow 30m wide, 1,800m north-south runway, a new runway was constructed with a length of 2,450m and width of 45m which will allow most types of aircraft including the Airbus A350 and B787 Dreamliner to operate fully loaded with no constraints. The northwest-southeast orientation will also reduce the effect of crosswinds. “Maintaining an operating airport throughout the project was a challenge,” said Ross Ullman, Project Director. “We did the work in 10 phases to minimise disruption and every issue was thought through, planned and assessed from every angle.” “Most of the early works were completed before COVID-19 affected us,” Ross continued. “The lower aircraft traffic helped but labour

availability was challenging as the workforce needed to be continuously available onsite.” To raise the runway above the flood risk level a sand embankment was constructed. Marine sand was pumped onshore through a 4.5km long pipe with a delivery capacity of 30,000m3 of sand per day. Sand delivery works had to be completed in a narrow window between the sea turtle nesting season which runs from November until March. Environmental regulatory approvals were also required to protect the pristine natural environment of the adjacent national park. An HDPE liner and bund were installed to prevent sand and salt from entering the surrounding areas. Significant dewatering was required during the works to remove rainwater from the bunded area. A water treatment plant also had to be constructed onsite to remove residual concentrations of PFAS firefighting foam from the soil and prevent it from entering the groundwater.

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The runway was designed to accommodate heavy aircraft and comprises a 690mm deep pavement consisting of 105mm asphalt on top of 585mm of fine crushed rock. The runway surface itself is state-of-the-art and is the first in Queensland to incorporate trapezoidal grooving, a new technology to enable material to leave the runway surface smoothly without negative effects from hot weather. Another key innovation on the project was the fabrication of a new Marco Roller which tests the runway pavement by simulating aircraft movements. The roller was fabricated with higher tyre pressure than any other in Australia in order to provide the most accurate simulation possible. The airport is one of the few local government owned airports in Australia and to fund the project the Sunshine Coast council negotiated a 99-year lease which is projected to deliver $600 million WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

in funds for a $330 million project cost, achieving a positive outcome for ratepayers. The project has been completed during an exciting time for the Sunshine Coast which is also being transformed by major investments including a brand new greenfield city centre and incoming submarine cable. “The major infrastructure development underway here meant we really needed an airport with international capability,” said Ross. “This is a real landmark project for the Sunshine Coast.” The success of the project has resulted in it being awarded Best Project of the Year for 2020 by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Queensland Branch) and it will be up for national consideration in 2021. For more information contact Sunshine Coast Council, website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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AT HOME AMONG THE TREES Biodiverse Environmental is a Queensland based consultancy specialising in environmental and ecological management. With a diverse range of skills in their team, they pride themselves on their ability to innovate and solve challenging problems.

Biodiverse Environmental conducted a Bushfire Hazard Assessment to determine whether any increase in bushfire hazard was expected due to the works. They are also preparing a Regeneration Works Plan to help improve the ecological health of the site in the long term.

Biodiverse Environmental developed the Flora and Fauna Management Plan for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion project. This provided strategies to minimise the impact on flora and fauna of vegetation trimming within the new runway’s Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS).

The project was quite unique, involving extensive works over challenging terrain. “We carefully designed the data collection to capture useful information for long term monitoring and analysis over such a large area,” said Liam Pratt, Director.

As part of their works, Biodiverse Environmental conducted pre-trimming ecological surveys to determine the health of the affected vegetation. They conducted onsite monitoring to ensure all requirements were met and adverse impacts on the existing flora and fauna were minimised.

Biodiverse Environmental’s services include land management, bushfire hazard assessment and planning, development assessment and planning, erosion and sediment control, bush regeneration and weed management, as well as development of Construction Environmental Management Plans, environmental monitoring and auditing, Fauna Spotter Catching, and threatened species management. Biodiverse Environmental operate under an interactive digital work health and safety management system. As part of an ongoing commitment to innovation, Biodiverse Environmental have also recently invested in new drone technology to offer thermal image aerial surveys for fauna and environmental surveying and management. The personal and professional approach offered by Biodiverse Environmental is reflected in the level of repeat business they receive from satisfied clients including energy and infrastructure providers, private clients, local governments, developers and contractors. Their goal is to find solutions that meet their client’s needs while conserving and sustaining our natural areas for future generations to enjoy. For more information contact Biodiverse Environmental, phone 0408 011 584, email admin@biodiverse-environmental.com.au, website www.biodiverse-environmental.

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A BIRDS EYE VIEW Aerometrex specialises in aerial photography, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), and 3D modelling via aircraft and helicopter. Since commencing operation in 1980, the company has grown steadily to employ more than 100 staff and is at the cutting edge of aerial surveying technology. Aerometrex conducted five LiDAR surveys over Sunshine Coast Airport between 2018 and 2020 to provide an accurate ground surface model supported by high resolution imagery (5cm/pixel) to enable construction progress to be monitored. In order to achieve a sufficiently high LiDAR point density each survey required eight runs at a height of 450m. Completing the surveys over an operational airport presented some challenges. “Whenever a commercial aircraft was due to land we had to stay in a holding pattern away from the site until it was safe,” said Ralph Lante, General Manager – LiDAR. “The other main challenge is always weather. Despite these challenges, due to the urgency of the surveys we were often able to fly in the morning and deliver data by the afternoon.” With a key office in Buderim, Aerometrex are local to the Sunshine Coast which was an advantage. “While we have been doing LiDAR WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

projects across Australia for more than a decade, this job was only 10km from our office,” said Ralph. “This meant we could hold face-to-face meetings with the client which was really great.” The LiDAR services offered by Aerometrex are used extensively by many sectors including forestry, road, rail and powerlines, mining, renewables, urban development and resource management. Aerometrex have built a strong international reputation based on their ethos of providing exemplary customer service and the best range of products available on the market. Their long operating history and highly experienced workforce are key strengths and has established Aerometrex as a leading supplier to governments and private companies globally. For more information contact Aerometrex, Unit 4, 99 Burnett Street, Buderim QLD 4556, phone 07 5445 2655, website www.aerometrex.com.au

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SOLID FOUNDATIONS Locally based company Byrne Civil Projects were engaged to provide specialist plant equipment and operators for the ambitious expansion, including the formation of a new 2,450m long runway. The main focus of Byrne Civil Projects’ role was forming a suitable substrate for the runway. Sand was first pumped into place and then compacted by graders. The company provided three graders ranging

from 30 to 45 tonnes, as well as several Moxy dump trucks and utes. Using GPS systems the runway substrate was precisely formed to within 1-5mm of the engineer’s design. Works onsite proceeded smoothly throughout the project. “We put COVID-19 precautions in place but we were lucky that it didn’t really affect us,” said Greg Pedersen, Plant Manager. “Mother Nature can also throw curveballs in terms of weather but she was kind to us this time!” The project was helped by the healthy relationship formed with main contractor John Holland during the works. “John Holland are fantastic to work with,” Greg said. “They are efficient and professional which we like because it makes us work efficiently and professionally too!” Formed in 2013, Byrne Civil Projects specialises in civil construction for roads, utilities and pipelines. They are a proud family business with inhouse heavy haulage and tilt tray operations giving them the ability to service clients nationwide.

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“The Byrne family name is treated with respect,” said Craig McDougal, WHS Manager. “It helps us deliver every project to the highest quality. As an ISO accredited business we also take safety and sustainability into consideration on every project.” “Everyone in the company strives for the best customer service,” added Greg. “With 70 to 75 pieces of plant in stock we aim to be a one-stop-shop that is agile to meet our client’s needs.” For more information contact Byrne Civil Projects, 34 Paulger Flat Road, Yandina QLD 4561, phone 07 5446 7610, website www.byrnecivilprojects.com.au

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ROLLING ON OUT The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project will enable the airport to support the region’s growth for generations to come. The airport runway construction required approximately 1.1 million cubic metres of dredge reclamation from the Moreton Bay region that required containment in a reclamation bund to prevent salt water contaminating the ground water. The bund area was approximately 35 hectare (350,000m2) in size and was to be lined with a HDPE liner. As a national company with over 20 years experience in large scale geosynthetic installation projects, Jaylon was contracted by John Holland to supply and install the liner. The 1.0mm thick HDPE liner arrived onsite in large rolls, 8m wide, weighing 1.6 tonnes and when unrolled 210m long. Jaylon’s installation team consisting of a crew of 18 unrolled the material and welded the material using electronic wedge welders. The welder’s sophisticated electronics monitor the wedge temperature, its speed and roller pressure to ensure optimum welding efficiency. These welders effectively melt and then seal the material, forming a bond as strong as the material itself. The material seal is comprehensively tested onsite with weld samples assessed by an external independent laboratory to ensure compliance with Australian Standards. An independent electronic leak detection survey was also undertaken to ensure the liner was leak free.

programme, and this together with some innovations from Jaylon using geotextiles and manually built up bunds, we were able to manage the water and ensure the HDPE remained dry for the welding operation,” said Alan Liebeck, Business Development Manager. Founded in Western Australia in 1947 as a plastics fabricator, Jaylon has grown to a diversified business with a nationwide presence, including a regional office in Brisbane. The company also fabricate flexible membranes and their wide range of containment materials allows it to supply targeted solutions to meet their clients’ needs. They also supply a diverse range of sheet plastics for agriculture, packaging, healthcare and other applications. With a reputation for innovation and quality forged over decades, Jaylon is the preferred partner to small and large clients in many industries. For more information contact Jaylon Pacific, phone 07 3881 1904, email jaypac@jaylon.com.au, website www.jaylon.com.au

To ensure all welds meet the required international standards the HDPE must be dry and welded in conditions free of surface water. The projects close proximity to the water table, required a unique solution. “The main contractor John Holland, had a dewatering

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A ROAD WELL TRAVELED DEVELOPER : Main Roads WA MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Georgiou CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $51 million

The Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road Interchange involves the design and construction of a grade separated intersection which includes a new bridge, roundabouts, on and off ramps, a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists, along with other supplementary works, and provisions for future extensions. In July 2019 infrastructure giant Georgiou was awarded the $51 million D&C contract for the new interchange at High Wycombe. One of the last signalised intersections on the Roe Highway, the intersection upgrade was needed to keep the traffic flowing around Perth’s outer suburbs.

work too and laid 2.8km of mild steel concrete pipe. There are many authorities and standards that have to be dealt with on such a large civil project and the onsite challenges involved coordinating the build with the underground and overhead services. It’s also very busy working in the live environment with 50,000 vehicles a day passing through.”

The Roe Highway links the Kwinana Freeway to the Great Northern Highway and the new work will improve access to the industrial area, which included lowering the Roe Highway by 9m to pass beneath Kalamunda Road. Provision has been made for future extensions of the road network with new drainage, noise mitigation barriers and street lighting installed, and 4kms of ‘missing link’ PSP (principal shared path) for pedestrians and cyclists was built.

With a precast department in Hazelmere, Georgiou provide precast elements for bridges, carparks, housing options and other modular solutions. “We made 12 concrete T-roff beams for the bridge, each weighing 110 tonnes and 30m long, at our precast facility 2km from the site,” said Jackson. “We also made the precast arches for the tunnels on the PSP.”

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Established in 1977, Georgiou provides a comprehensive construction service from design through construction and project management for commercial, retail and government building projects. With inhouse design teams and offices in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, Georgiou are able to manage the entire building process, from feasibility studies through design and value management to delivery. Georgiou delivers on a wide range of complex civil projects and across a variety of sectors including residential and commercial developments, health, retirement and aged care as well as education. Industrial projects include works for the mining industry, oil and gas, defense, water and agriculture. A string of awards won by Georgiou is testament to the quality of their work. In 2020, the company was the winner of the Civil Contractor WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Federation Earth Awards (QLD) for their work at Green Bridge. In 2019, they were repeatedly recognised for the quality of work done at the Mandurah Bridge Replacement Project, including the MBA Excellence in Construction Awards (WA) for Best Project and for Best Civil Engineering Works. The project also picked up the Concrete Institute of Australia’s National award and a High Commendation at the National Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence in Building Award for infrastructure. The project is set for completion in mid-2021.

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Below Autosweep utilised their extensive fleet to complete road sweeping and dust suppressant services on the project.

Autosweep are Perth’s leading industrial sweeping contractors with a fleet of trucks and full time operators available for street and site cleaning, sweeping and dust suppression services. With over 30 years experience Autosweep specialise in road sweeping, removing all dust and debris to leaving a clean surface ready for road building. From the end of 2019 Autosweep had a truck and operator working full time onsite at Kalamunda Interchange. “We cleared and cleaned the road surface ready for laying the asphalt and then swept again before the emulsion went down. We swept the site to keep the area clear of debris and had a tanker spraying water to keep the dust down,” said Operations Manager, Josh Camp. Josh brings years of experience working with roads authorities in Western Australia to Autosweep. “Working the different areas of the site was the challenge and it took planning to meet the demands of the project including nightwork, ensuring environmental standards were met and working restricted hours.” Autosweep have a well maintained fleet ready for large scale jobs and emergency response with mechanical boom street sweeper scrubbers WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and regenerative air sweepers equipped with sprayers to loosen particles and brushes to gather debris for vacuum removal. As a preferred Local Government operator and Autosweep often provides their services to councils sweeping local roads, kerbs and gutters, carparks and community infrastructure. Autosweep service many shopping centres around Perth sweeping public areas as well as loading docks. Industrial jobs include scrubbing and sweeping hardstand floors in workshops, warehouses and factories leaving clean and safe working environment that easily satisfies WH&S requirements. Previous work includes the Karel Avenue upgrade at Leeming in Western Australia, a $24 million road building development completed in late 2020. Autosweep were also contracted at the massive $134 milllion Armadale Road to North Lake Road bridge project with Main Roads WA, BG&E and Laing O’Rourke.

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KEY DATES Stage 1 entries close 1 November 2018 Finalists announced Thursday 29 November 2018 at the launch event in Sydney

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Submitting an entry provides the opportunity for individual projects to showcase the skills and innovation of construction organisations. Project finalists are assessed against the “best of the best” constructors from across Australia. To view the submission criteria, please visit www.acaa.net.au/call-for-entries/

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