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2017 western australia NAWIC award winners announced

Women making an impact in Western Australia’s construction industry were celebrated at the 2017 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Awards. Now in its seventh year, the Awards shine a light on the outstanding achievements women are making in the state’s construction industry. NAWIC WA President, Rebecca Carrick said the amount of women working in construction is rising annually, and that this year’s winners showcase the variety of career options available for women in the industry. “The NAWIC Awards celebrate both leaders and up-and-coming women in construction. It’s important to recognise the contribution and value women add to the construction workforce,” said Rebecca. “We received an exceptionally high calibre of entrants across

the nine categories this year, and all winners truly deserve recognition for the creativity and passion they bring to the industry.”

The winners of the 2017 NAWIC Awards are: • Swan Group Crystal Vision Award winner is Kate West, Consulting Group Leader at Arup • Wood & Grieve Outstanding Contribution to Construction Award winner is Noreen O’Shea, Senior Project Manager at APP Corporation •  Shape Outstanding Achievement in Safety Award winner is Jenny Jones, National Health and Safety Manager at BGC Contracting • APP Creating the Best Project Award winner is Natalie Geier from The Perth Children’s Hospital Architects Alliance

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Bankstown Sports Club’s premier restaurants win prestigious award Two of Bankstown Sports Club’s newest restaurants – Peking Sq. and Basement Brewhouse – took out a major award at this year’s Master Builders Association’s Excellence in Construction Awards.

the team. Mr Trethewy said, “This was a collaborative effort and Bankstown Sports Club is to be congratulated for its vision that has created some very exciting destinations for its patrons.

Bankstown Sports Club engaged Paynter Dixon as managing contractor to transform two existing spaces into new food offerings as part of the club’s ongoing diversification strategy that presents new and exciting experiences for its members and visitors.

“The two award winning venues were both innovative and challenging from a construction perspective, especially as the work had to be carried out with minimal disruption to the operation of the club and inconvenience to members. The Paynter Dixon team worked very closely with the club throughout the planning and construction stages and had in place measures such as soundproofing panels and restricted times for demolition work that proved to be very successful,” he said.

The Paynter Dixon team, including key technical consultants, Juicy Design and Pony Design, worked closely with the club to maximise the creative and functional opportunities within the spaces.

comment Lindsay Le Compte Executive Director Australian Constructors Association

construction contracts – the need to change the game The building and construction industry and the approach to project development and delivery is changing. That change is fundamental to successful relationships between clients, head contractors, subcontractors and the industry’s supply chain. Smart clients and contractors have accepted that collaboration, effective risk management and dispute avoidance are the key attributes to successful project outcomes and completion of projects on time and within budget. An example of the need for change relates to Australia’s existing standards for general conditions of contract (AS 2124 and 4000) which have recently been the subject of discussion with Standards Australia.

Bankstown Sports CEO, Mark Condi said working with Paynter Dixon was smooth sailing from start to finish. “The company was totally professional and always respectful of our members and guests, and the fact that we remained open 24/7 throughout construction,” he said. “Paynter Dixon and its team were onboard with our vision from the beginning and came up with some incredible concepts that we loved right away. Basement Brewhouse was something we had been dreaming about for quite some time and when the venue was finished, it was better than we could have ever imagined. The challenge with Peking Sq. was to find a point of difference from the other Asian dining restaurant we have in the club. Aside from the menu, it was the theming, layout and design, done by Juicy Design, that made it stand out,” Mr Condi said. The MBA Excellence in Construction award was accepted by Paynter Dixon’s Construction Manager, David Trethewy, on behalf of

Both the Basement Brewhouse and Peking Sq. feature innovative designs and a mix of high quality, bespoke materials and finishes. The Peking Sq. precinct boasts a Yum Cha restaurant, a traditional Chinese tea-house and four themed dining rooms. In keeping with the traditional Asian theme, the teahouse roof and walls are covered with coloured glazed tiles sourced directly from China. Basement Brewhouse is the newest craft beer destination in Sydney’s west. It features 30 taps serving a variety of craft beers and ciders, wine and cocktails on tap, a gourmet burger bar and a delicatessen. It also has its own microbrewery, producing a range of inhouse beers.

However, to ensure that Australia’s procurement system is relevant and responsive to the future needs of clients and the industry, any review of procurement practices including the standard conditions of contract must include research on what works overseas, involve a wide cross-section of stakeholders, a root and branch review of standard clauses, acceptance of modern commercial practices, plain English drafting and implementation guidance materials. There is an opportunity to re-calibrate how construction projects are developed and managed in Australia, but modern thinking is required to achieve it.

Central to its design are six beer keg-inspired copper-clad seating pods with individual television screens. Also, unique to the design was the re-modelling of the club’s keg room with heated viewing windows installed to allow patrons to fully experience the Basement Brewhouse’s environment. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Romilly Madew Chief Executive Officer Green Building Council of Australia

Australia posts seven years of global sustainability leadership For the last seven years, Australia has held the title of the world’s most sustainable real estate market, according to GRESB, the global benchmark for environmental, social and governance performance of real assets. Disclosure and transparency continue to drive the market in Australia, influenced factors from the Paris Agreement targets and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, to disclosure requirements through the stock exchange and the GBCA’s zero carbon agenda. In 2017, GRESB assessed 850 real estate companies and funds, representing more than 77,000 properties and AUD $4.6 trillion in global assets under management. The Australia/New Zealand regional score was 73, compared with a global average of 63. A record 66 Australian companies with AUD $205 billion in assets reported to GRESB in 2017, up from 55 in 2016. Australia’s “integrated approach to sustainability” is creating “healthy working environments, efficient buildings, inclusive communities and resilient cities,” says Ruben Langbroek, GRESB’s Head of Asia Pacific. Lendlease’s Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial ranked number one of all 850 companies and funds globally. Dexus Wholesale Property Fund was named a global sector leader for diversified office and retail groups. Stockland was ranked first globally among listed companies for the diversified office and retail sector. GRESB also recognised regional sector leaders Vicinity Centres, Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust, Dexus Office Trust and Goodman Group. So let’s applaud these leaders for their exceptional and enduring commitment to sustainability.



buchan leads design of $30 million harbour town expansion Award winning Australasian architecture firm the Buchan Group has unveiled its $30 million expansion of Gold Coast outlet shopping destination Harbour Town.

shopping experience at Harbour Town and capitalises on the centre’s existing reputation as a must-see destination for visitors on the Gold Coast,” he said.

Buchan Group were the architects for the original development and were appointed to this expansion project in 2014 by centre owners Lewis Land and Lendlease. Buchan Group was responsible for the architectural design and designed all public spaces in the precinct’s north west extension, which opened its doors to shoppers earlier this year.

“The new buildings in the centre’s north west precinct boast glass, timber, concrete and steel finishes to accentuate a contemporary feel and complement the existing retail buildings. Our team drew on its extensive retail experience to create a new precinct that is complimentary to the existing centre while creating tenancies that suit the current and future requirements of the tenants. The solution also advances the design of the centre’s public spaces.”

The expansion has boosted the shopping centre’s retail space by more than 3,500m2 to accommodate an additional 25 premium fashion and lifestyle brands, including Adidas, Converse, Kathmandu and Lindt Chocolate Shop. The Buchan Group Principal, Brett Saville said the centre’s new expansion would enhance Harbour Town’s retail offering and further cement the centre’s reputation as the home of major Australian and international brands. “Buchan’s design expands the quality

“Buchan Group has also overseen the upgrade to the new Luxury Precinct in the middle of the centre, where a richer palette of materials and increased use of vegetation combine to create a distinctly different environment. The success of the new expansion reflects the growth of Harbour Town Gold Coast as a retail and lifestyle destination for both tourists and locals alike.”

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mirvac delivers luxury oceanside living with latitude LEIGHTON beach apartments

comment Anthony Roberts Minister for Planning and Housing (NSW)

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For over 45 years, Mirvac has been reimagining urban life in Australia, and the recent completion of the Latitude Leighton Beach apartments is testament to their commitment to delivering the highest quality of luxury living. Overlooking one of Perth’s most desirable beaches in North Fremantle, these stunningly crafted apartments demonstrate the latest in Mirvac’s award winning innovative design and quality, and provide the perfect option for homebuyers considering luxurious oceanside living. The Latitude development includes the Prima and Meridian buildings, located on Leighton Beach Boulevard and Freeman Loop. The apartments combine Mirvac’s renowned focus on planning, detail and quality, with an incredibly unique location that is not only right on the beach but also well connected to the train line via the North Fremantle station and the thriving North Fremantle precinct. Mirvac is at the forefront of creating developments that combine luxury and design elegance with smart interiors and green initiatives to benefit residents and Mirvac is a leading Australian property group, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”). Mirvac’s investment portfolio has interests in office, retail and industrial assets, while its development business has exposure to both residential and commercial projects. With over 40 years of experience, Mirvac has an unmatched reputation for delivering quality products and services across all of the sectors in which it operates. Mirvac is responsible for some of Australia's leading residential projects in Western Australia, including The Peninsula at Burswood and Claremont, by Mirvac.

the surrounding community. The homes are built to meticulous detail with the design and construction researched and tested for long term liveability. Many apartments have generous, shaded balcony and courtyard areas, many with exceptional ocean views, while in the private inner courtyard, the amenities include all those you would expect at a luxury facility; including beautifully landscaped gardens, a resort style pool, BBQ facilities, bocce green and gymnasium. Just under 85% of Latitude is sold, however a limited selection of two bedroom apartments are still available from $970,000 and only two three bedroom apartments remain in the Prima building, priced from $1.625 million. For more information and to really appreciate luxury by Mirvac at Latitude Leighton Beach, visit the brand new ocean facing Sales Centre, located in Prima apartment 102, 29 Leighton Beach Boulevard. In addition, three apartments have been beautifully furnished by award winning interior stylists Coco Republic and are now open for inspection. Visit www.leightonbeach. or call 0466 514 277 for opening times and more information. Artist Impression

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As many in the building and construction industry would already be aware, the NSW Government successfully passed a Bill to change the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) at the end of November. This is the biggest overhaul of the NSW planning system since the legislation’s inception almost 40 years ago. It’s been a long journey, but this Government has remained committed to making the Act easier to understand, better at consulting communities, and strengthening Council’s focus on strategic planning. The new Act reflects the Governments commitment to thriving, safe and well designed communities with local character and heritage. There is no denying that NSW is a great place to live and work, however, the best places do not just happen, they are planned, and planning for the future of our state is critical. By focusing on community participation, strategic planning, clarity in decision making and simpler and faster processes, the Bill will help strengthen community confidence in the planning system. Greater confidence and participation is essential to accommodating an extra 2.2 million people in NSW over the next 20 years, while at the same time maintaining liveability and the richness of our natural and built environment. The changes strengthen councils’ focus on strategic planning, which builds on the recent introduction of Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) in Greater Sydney and Wollongong. For the first time, the Act will recognise the role of councils in strategic planning for the local area through their preparation of new local strategic planning statements. These statements will see councils and communities formulate the vision for land use in the local area, capturing local character and what the community wants for the future. At the same time, the statements will translate the directions in regional and district plans into actions at the local level. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS



Royal Wolf help Macquarie University re-start with sustainable complex

Wayne Liddy Vice President Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

The importance of 'building regulatory reform' in Australia Public confidence in Australia’s building and construction industry is important. Photos courtesy of Macquarie University

But public trust has been eroded in recent years by sensational news reports about incidents involving non-conforming building products both here and overseas. The Docklands apartment fire raised the issue and three years later it’s still not resolved. Then this year there was the Grenfell disaster. We can add issues with Infinity electrical cable, asbestos in ceiling tiles in the Perth Children’s Hospital and in floor panels used by Transport SA in switch rooms on their train network. It’s great to see many states have taken action on NCBP, especially cladding. There are taskforces being set up – I represent the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors on the Stake Holder Reference Group, attached to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce. But, like many examples of issues within Australia’s building regulatory system, the very worthy actions by some of the States are piecemeal with no nationally cohesive approach or uniformity. If each State continues to do their own thing, we could end up with legislation and regulations that are different across the country, much like the case with swimming pools where greater consistency could lead to greater safety and less drownings. AIBS has produced a blueprint for the future of building regulation, ‘The AIBS Policy for Building Regulatory Reform in Australia’ which was released mid-year. To ensure that our building industry continues to enjoy the confidence of the Australian public, AIBS seeks to lead the way by putting forward this vision for the future which emphasises a national approach leading to greater consumer protection. A more modern and robust building control system will lead to better outcomes for consumers and industry. 12


Royal Wolf, Australasia’s largest supplier of shipping containers, is taking the pop-up venue concept to a new level, showcasing the architectural versatility and sustainability of the humble container, in a large scale retail and recreational development at Sydney’s Macquarie University campus. Early 2017, the University commenced plans to deconstruct and then build an innovative new learning and teaching building with food and beverage offerings, as well as the first two of five student housing buildings. The University needed a new area on campus for students and staff to eat, socialise and study during construction and contacted Royal Wolf to find a unique solution. Royal Wolf engineers built a temporary yet sustainable space, – now known as the Campus Common – comprised of 60 modified containers, encompassing absolutely everything for food service areas, bars, spaces, cold rooms for bar service areas and food storage, as well as plant rooms, electrical and HVAC, and site infrastructure, waste removal and restrooms. Campus Common is designed by Architectus and was completed in collaboration with Fabritecture Australia and Grindley Construction. Neil Littlewood, CEO of Royal Wolf, said the company is thrilled to be involved in such a Photos courtesy of Macquarie University

significant project that brings together all the creative modifications they have recently undertaken as the trend of using containers for non-traditional purposes continues to boom. “Our containers have been transformed into everything from festival food stalls and pop-up shops, to accommodation units, entertainment spectacles, and permanent retail spaces. The Macquarie University Campus Common puts the skills of our engineers to the test by combining all of these functions into one,” said Mr Littlewood. Aaron Whitlock, General Manager Projects Division at Royal Wolf, said their team of engineers navigated multiple challenges throughout the project, to maintain the balance of modern design and structural integrity. “Our containers frame the spaces rather define them, being stacked off-centre rather than directly on top of each other, so we had to ensure solid roof support whilst also integrating plants, equipment and still remaining aesthetically pleasing,” said Aaron. One of the most exciting attractions on the campus is the Ubar, an expansive indoor/ outdoor licensed bar, restaurant, food court, and central entertainment venue featuring a wood fire pizza oven and boutique craft beer and ciders on tap. Photos courtesy of Macquarie University

CROWN GROUP CREATES FULL SCALE WATERFALL FOR DESIGN TESTING Referred to as the Manhattan of Sydney, the thriving Sydney suburb of Waterloo is about to experience a green revolution as a new 4-tower development brings nature back to the city with the construction of a 7-storey waterfall. The $400 million development Waterfall by Crown Group under construction at 18 O’Dea Avenue is already popular with Sydney families wanting to live close to the city after a successful sales launch in June 2017. Designed by award-winning Sydney-based architects SJB, Waterfall by Crown Group will comprise 331-apartments across three 7-storey buildings and an iconic 20-storey sculptural tower overlooking lush, tropical landscaping and a beautiful water garden. Waterfall by Crown Group was designed to create an urban oasis and a sense of escape from the hustle and bustle, to bring nature back to the city. Although construction of the waterfall itself has not begun, a full scale prototype was tested last week to select the desired weir for water to flow from.

Crown Group and a team of experts tested four different types of waterfall weirs (Piano Keys Weir, Radius Weir, Wave Weir and Saw Tooth Weir) to see which one is both visually pleasing whilst passing all the construction tests. During testing the team altered the type

of weir and also the volume of water coming over the edge. Testing of weirs helped to refine the design and the optimum flow rate of water. Tests were also carried out on the blade walls surrounding the waterfalls which will contain the drift of the spray. Four weirs will be used in total, creating four separate waterfalls at varying heights up the building. Wind monitors will also be installed to monitor wind speeds which may then vary the volume of water being discharged and which would allow some waterfalls to be switched off in periods of high wind. Crown Group Chief Operating Officer (COO), Pierre Abrahamse said the tests helped to extract valuable data for the design and construction teams. “Crown Group is committed to quality control and is committed to ensuring quality control of the installation of the waterfall,” Mr Abrahamse said. “These tests investigated all the future operational aspects of the design and help to ensure that operation and maintenance is simple into the future,” he added. After the tests were complete, National Construction Director, Craig Elgie said he was pleased with the result. “The tests were successful in gathering information on many aspects such as water volumes, water trajectory and the performance of the various types of weirs. Based on the result we will make some minor adjustments to the design so we can begin construction of the final waterfall,” Mr Elgie said. “To conduct these tests and finalise the design we drew on the expertise of an international waterfall consultant who worked closely with our National Services Design Manager, Phillip Newman, to analyse the hydraulic performance of the waterfall,” he added.

comment Nicholle Sparks General Manager – Group HSE & Residential Construction Frasers Property Australia

Pre-fab construction: an opportunity for further investigation Construction companies must always look at new systems, technologies and methodologies to improve the way we do things, with one proviso: it must always improve the building performance for the end-user – the customer. Frasers Property is investigating the optimum ways to incorporate pre-fab construction into our projects. Pre-fab is a well established industry overseas but in our view, it hasn’t been implemented broadly in Australia in a way that fulfils its potential. For builders, the opportunity to eliminate scaffolding, minimise weather delays, improve scheduling and implement offsite quality control measures make the potential benefits of pre-fab construction compelling. But for customers, an education process is required. The idea of a new home assembled bit-by-bit may conjure – however unfairly – notions of inferior quality or a lack of synergy in the finished product. When people buy property – especially residential property – look and feel are paramount. If pre-fab kitchens, laundries and bathrooms can pass the look and feel test when people inspect a new home, that education process largely takes care of itself.

The final waterfall will be positioned on an exterior wall of one of four buildings in the development complex. Set to be completed in 2020, the project will include public art by Mika Utzon Popov, grandson of Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon, in the form of a large scale artwork. An early indication of the popularity of the project, more than 2,000 people attended a star studded unveiling of the development’s design at Royal Hall of Industries, in Sydney in May.

Improved cost efficiencies, driven by shorter construction timeframes and enhanced quality, will be the icing on the cake for customers.

For more information contact Crown Group, website

How to optimise this role is what we need to learn.

We are working inhouse and partnering with suppliers to tap into a real diversity of thought and capability in the pre-fab space. By taking an open-mind approach and being willing to be educated by the industry, we see pre-fab construction playing a major role in the buildings of the future.




AVID Property Group achieves industry first setting new benchmarks

Chris Lockwood National CEO MATES in Construction

Enough is enough: It’s time we talked about suicide in our industry Every year 190 Australian construction workers take their own lives – which means we lose a worker to suicide every second day. Construction workers are also six times more likely to die from suicide than a work accident. Sadly, these are just two of many statistics that highlight the abnormally high rate of suicides in the construction industry. There are many reasons for these statistics. For one, work within the industry is highly transient with most workers employed on a project-by-project basis, for periods from a few weeks to, at best, a few years. It’s hard to build up rapport when relationships are fleeting. Further, research has shown that workers may find it difficult to discuss feelings with colleagues. Pride was identified as an issue with many saying they had a problem being seen as “not manly”. Given that one in 20 workers will think about suicide each year, there’s a chance that someone onsite, right now, is thinking this way. But there’s hope. Where the industry has chosen to intervene systematically, suicide rates have fallen. And we’ve seen an 8% fall in construction suicides in Queensland after the first five years of the MATES in Construction program. Through initiatives such as the Fly the Flag Day held in September – when sites across the country put the tools down and talked about the issue – we’re gradually becoming aware of the issue. Yes, there’s still much to be done, but all of us in this industry have the power to change it.



AVID Property Group has set new property industry benchmarks, becoming the first developer in Australia to achieve prestigious EnviroDevelopment certifications on its entire portfolio of masterplanned communities. The Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment certification is a scientifically based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects to award certification across six ‘leaves’ – ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community. AVID CEO Cameron Holt said AVID was proud to be the first private developer to achieve this certification across all of its live projects. “Our focus at AVID has been to design communities that incorporate both environmental and sustainability measures and we are delighted to receive industry recognition for our approach,” Mr Holt said. “Setting new industry benchmarks, Brentwood Forest in Queensland received accreditation across all six ‘leaves’ demonstrating AVID’s commitment to sustainability. AVID’s Victorian developments

– Bloomdale and Savana – achieved a five leaf and four leaf certification respectively, while Harvest in New South Wales also received accreditation across four elements. “Last year, Harmony in the Sunshine Coast achieved a South East Queensland first, receiving accreditation across all six leaves within the masterplanned communities’ criteria. It is incredibly important for us to not only create engaging communities where people feel connected, but to ensure our developments are showcasing best practice planning and design to maximise sustainability.” UDIA Queensland CEO, Marina Vit said AVID was setting new standards for masterplanned community developments. “It is a significant achievement for a single developer to receive EnviroDevelopment certifications across its current portfolio of masterplanned communities,” Ms Vit said. For more information on the UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment certification, visit their website

Top awards for Interflow high achievers We are proud to announce that of our four finalists who attended the Civil Contractors Federation NSW President’s Gala Ball on 10 November 2017 two were successful in their nominated category. There were 77 finalists nominated across 14 award categories and Interflow was represented in four of those categories. In just two years with Interflow, Flora has become a respected figure on infrastructure projects in regional areas, demonstrating the ability to successfully manage and deliver challenging rehabilitation

comment programs for authorities within the region. Her ‘can do’ approach has been a major factor in the dramatic growth of the business unit setting a benchmark for others across the company.

Ashleigh Borg and Matthew Cremona who are both based in Sydney Operations and were finalists in the Contract Administrator and the Engineer – Contracts over $2 million categories respectively.

Rob has worked for Interflow for 13 years, managing site works on large and complex projects. He is known as the ‘go-to’ person for difficult jobs that require experience and initiative. The CCF award recognises his ability to manage important projects with demands that are outside the scope of day to day civil construction. Completing an evening of achievement and pride for Interflow were

Civil Contractors Federation NSW sets tough standards for its members, and it has found Interflow’s people are well and truly up to the mark. Interflow Managing Director, Geoff Weaver extended his congratulations to all four finalists. “Our company’s reputation is built on honesty, reliability and competence, and it is very gratifying to see the industry recognising those qualities in our people.”

alchemy construct... must be magic!

Tony Arnel President Energy Efficient Council

Energy efficiency critical in solving the energy affordability crisis For years the top issue for business was taxation policy, but according to the most recent survey from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, it’s energy that keeps executives awake at night. It’s easy to see why. We’ve seen power blackouts in South Australia, investment uncertainty in renewable energy, disunity around our Paris climate commitments and skyrocketing energy prices. We are now wearing the full consequences of a decade of confusion on energy policy and an ideological focus on energy supply. Countless opportunities for jobs, economic growth and carbon reduction have passed us by over those 10 years. And we are paying the price – literally. As we look for a long term fix, the current focus is on the National Energy Guarantee. But the NEG on its own won’t be enough to deliver secure, affordable energy.

With over 250+ education projects completed and more in the pipeline, Melbourne based builders Alchemy Construct are quickly becoming leaders in their field in the Education space. Working for a variety of the State’s top institutions including Monash, RMIT, La Trobe and Deakin University Director, Jamie Nicolson says it’s an honour to be working in such a vibrant design space. “We are seeing a huge focus on the environments that students learn in, long gone are the days of old school lecture theatres and spaces. These creative areas now showcase some of the world’s top architecture and design practice, and we are honoured to be able to construct and bring to life the visions held.” Working with some of Victoria’s top institutions on projects varying from student

learning hubs, laboratories, lecture spaces, communal teaching and learning facilities and bespoke architectural structures including music auditoriums and sports facilities, Alchemy have strong expertise in the work involved in live University environments. Director, Jamie Nicolson added, “We have strongly developed a reputation for going the extra mile, for being willing to work around the complexities of work in these types of spaces, in ensuring that all stakeholders are involved at every stage of the process and importantly in ensuring the build and craftsmanship of all the work we do is something which the client, architect and full design team can walk away and be proud of.” For more information contact Alchemy Construct, phone 1300 259 008, website, instagram @alchemyconstruct

The world’s most respected body on energy, the International Energy Agency, has found that energy efficiency is critical to energy affordability. In fact, in other developed countries, improvements to energy efficiency have slashed households’ energy bills by up to a third. Energy efficiency is fundamental to energy security. And it is the single most important action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Finkel Report, a 200-page blueprint for Australia’s energy future made it crystal clear. Energy efficiency is critical to solve the energy trilemma of affordability, security and sustainability.



comment James Cameron Executive Director Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF)

Acif Forecast a Healthy Recovery in Non-Residential Building Activity The latest ACIF forecasts foreshadow that the decline in the work done in the building and construction industries will slow over the next three years, with an upswing predicted from 2019-20. After some years of decline, a recovery in ‘non-residential building’ activity is expected, which includes an uplift in commercial building, including offices, retail and industrial building. The November 2017 ACIF forecasts project that total building and construction work will continue to fall over the next three years, but the decrease will become smaller each year. All categories of ‘residential building’ are expected to fall over the next two to three years. This will push the value of work done in this category of building down from $96 billion in 2016-17 to $84 billion by 2019-20. Non-residential building activity is projected to see growth over the next three years, rising from $36 billion in 2016-17 to $39 billion in 2019-20. A rebound in infrastructure investment in roads and bridges, railways and harbours, in water and sewerage and in electricity and pipelines is underway and expenditure is expected to increase significantly in the next three years. Engineering construction is forecast to fall and then level out at around $80 billion over the next three years. ACIF forecasts provide 10 year forecasts and 10 year historical data for Australian residential building, non-residential building and engineering construction. ACIF forecasts are available now in two formats: •  Australian Construction Market Report ($250) – an 80+ page expert analysis of the economy and industry sectors that includes detailed commentary, data and charts on the economic drivers for our industry. • Customised Forecasts Dashboard ($200) – an interactive online database where users can query 20 work types, over a 20 year period (10 years of actuals, 10 years of forecasts). 16


JK Williams Builds Project Excellence with IFS Applications JK Williams has grown steadily for the past five years. With over 20 active projects, the civil contractor implemented IFS Applications to modernise operations and better manage project costs while supporting employees to make real time decisions.

we can manage progress and respond to any issues across any project,” said Lachlan Goldsworthy, Project Manager for JK Williams. “That enables us to better manage cost, time, risk, and if we are working to budget and programme.”

Previously, JK Williams used an outdated project management tool and tracked production rates, quantities, procurement and stock usage manually using spreadsheets. This provided limited insight into daily project progress, activity costs and tracking to budget.

“Project managers are now more accountable, having improved insight and control into incurred, committed and actual costs,” said Beckett. “By managing live costs and project progress, our estimate at project completion is more accurate.”

“We didn’t know our financial position until month end or how many hours people worked on a project until site supervisors returned to the office,” said Penelope Beckett, Finance Manager for JK Williams. “We had no system for raising a purchase order. Accounts would need to match to dockets and work out which project incurred the cost.”

“Projects are now tracked in the one system from tender stage through to project completion,” said Goldsworthy. “We can analyse performance and who is the best project manager or site supervisor for particular tasks, and record best practices across projects.”

“Real time reporting, IFS Lobby and the structured implementation plan were the standout reasons IFS Applications was selected as a project based ERP system,” said Leigh Hartog, Managing Director for JK Williams. “The project management functionality enabled us to manage the project lifecycle supporting crucial daily site activities and live costings.” Site staff now enter data on production activities, costs and progress such as measuring bulk earthworks – and managers receive daily reports. “By tracking projects in real time,

Personalised IFS Lobbies “are a big benefit,” said Goldsworthy, offering customised views of real-time project information tailored to managers and site engineers. “If an issue arises, it is highlighted in a quick view ready for action.” JK Williams looks forward to embracing asset management and document management functionality in the future. “IFS Applications provides a strong foundation for managing our core project portfolio, enabling us to be competitive and meet the needs of our customers while managing tomorrow’s challenges,” said Leigh.

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Trafalgar Fire owner cycles from Perth to Broome for Charity

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John enjoying the West Coast!

Getting to see our beautiful Australian West Coast, lose some calories and raise money for a fantastic cause was enough motivation for Trafalgar’s owner John Rakic to sign up for TourXOz – a gruelling eight day cycling event from Perth to Broome. Mental health is a big concern for us globally and all of us know someone who has suffered, is suffering or worst of all has ended their life prematurely as they could not cope any longer. John joined around 60 riders and completed the scenic ride in hot and blustery conditions on rough road surfaces up the West Coast. Join exceeded his personal target of $10,000 and all up the TourXOz Group, started by some friends on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, has raised over $320k so far for this event. The proceeds go to the Black Dog Institute to help with ongoing research into mental health.

John after a hard days ride!

John said that creating awareness for this cause and talking openly with others who have fought and won their own personal battles against ‘The Black Dog’ was by far the highlight of this tour. John is an avid cyclist and has raised well over $100k in the last five years for charities such as ‘Youth off the Streets’, ‘Black Dog Institute’ and ‘The Smith Family’ to name a few. TourXOz was held from 16-23 September 2017 Donations are still open (see address below) my-fundraising/48/john-rakic-tourxoz-2017 For all your passive fire requirements contact Trafalgar Fire Containment, phone 1800 888 714, website

AMA precast forms strong relationships AMA Precast work closely with their clients to determine accurate budgets and programme time lines. They pride themselves on achieving these goals resulting in their projects being completed on budget and ahead of time. AMA is currently supplying precast panels for: Leicester Street, Berkeley Street and Swanston Street Student Accommodation (Icon Co); Sumus Apartments in Maribyrnong and the Brady Hotel Project in Little Lonsdale Street (Brady Construction); Classic East Melbourne (Built); RMIT Village (Adco); and Harbour Town Cinema Docklands (Hutchison Builders). This philosophy has enabled AMA Precast to continue to build on its strong working relationship with existing clients since transitioning from United Precast Vic and share mutual success over many projects.

It has been just over a year since the Australian Building and Construction Commission was re-established on 2 December 2016. Since then, our investigators and executives have presented to nearly 6,000 building industry participants on the agency’s new functions. 2018 will see a new user friendly website and app, as well as webinars to target key messages. The agency assessed 2,583 enterprise agreements for compliance with the Building Code 2016. Code compliance activities achieved a three month sanction of Hutchinson Builders and were supplemented by proactive audits of wages and entitlements. The ABCC now monitors the compliance of code covered entities with state and territory security of payment laws. Code covered builders who fail to comply with state security of payment laws and the Code requirements may be excluded from Commonwealth funded building work. As a member of the Security of Payment Working Group, I have received valuable feedback from key industry representatives on how we can educate industry to improve compliance with these laws. Subcontractors who have not been paid in a reasonable and timely way are encouraged to contact the ABCC for assistance on 1800 003 338 or by email to

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Importantly, our enforcement work has resulted in the courts imposing maximum penalties in a number of recent matters. With over $2.9 million in penalties awarded in our first full year, and 42 matters currently before the courts, the ABCC’s work continues in striving to achieve fair, efficient and productive building work.

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Managing Director – Fairview

Andrew Gillies Fairview is a leading supplier of façade products to the building industry. With almost 30 years experience, Fairview is committed to providing aesthetically pleasing and safe cladding products to the construction industry. With a great deal of attention currently being focused on the façade industry, ANCR met with industry leader Andrew Gillies, Managing Director of Fairview. How hard is it to be in the cladding business right now? Well, it is not hard at all if you are doing the right thing with the right products. The current media and government focus on the industry is making it difficult to overcome gossip and misinformation. It is not easy to convince the community that there are safe façade products available when many headlines and some opportunists are looking for scapegoats rather than solutions. What are the key challenges you’re facing as a category and a business? As an industry sector, our principal challenge is to overcome product vilification and suspicion. Our category must do all it can to set the record straight, especially with respect to the process of approvals and ‘fit for use’. 18

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As a business, Fairview is commited to educate all stakeholders that cladding has evolved so far from PE that the options of doing great things are limitless.

the class leading Imperite 300 polyurethane used in the finishing of high quality building elements. So I have always had a close association with the building industry.

Are architectural façades what you dreamed of doing as a young lad? As someone said ‘life’s what happens to you when you are making other plans’. My early occupation was wood machining and then building staircases.

The past 20 or so years have been in the supply of cladding to the commercial and apartment markets which as you know has come with its challenges.

Fairview is firmly at the forefront of fully-approved, high performance façade solutions... Later I was working for my father who was an industrial chemist and who developed

We have come through and I really look forward to the changes imposed by new legislation and the resultant scrutiny of all players in the supply chain. Good leadership: what does that look like at Fairview? It is more than self-interest. It is being part of a bigger scheme. I see it as considering the needs of those across our company, our construction colleagues and the wider AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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community. It boils down to doing the best thing that’s also the right thing. What gets you out of bed every morning and keeps you awake at night? It is the challenge to succeed in an ever-changing world, a world that is on edge, a world that has turned increasingly cynical and a world that is looking for leadership. Where is Fairview headed over the coming years? We’re going global: Our Vitracore G2 aluminium cladding just passed fullscale tests to BS8414 – that’s a global endorsement for efficacy. We recently acquired Stryum, an Australian owned aluminium panel cladding product which is the pinnacle of modern, sustainable and non-combustible façade panels. We are also engaging consultants to manage façade installation to another level and developing a program of installer compliance that will ensure we never again have a repeat of the past years of non-compliance. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Recruitment ethos: what qualities do you look for in new staff as Fairview’s business grows? I look for the right-minded people. Good values and self-starter team players. In your eyes, what is job satisfaction? I can look up and around in any major city and see where Fairview product has improved the infrastructure environment. I have a deep belief that my own values are consistent with community expectations.

We’re going global: Our Vitracore G2 aluminium cladding just passed full-scale tests to BS8414 – that’s a global endorsement for efficacy. For more information contact Fairview, 18-20 Donald Street, Lithgow NSW 2790, phone 02 6352 2355, fax 02 6352 3115, email, website

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Micos group Celebrates 60 years From selling fly screens door-to-door in the 1950s to having their name on the credits of landmark Australian building projects, Micos Group has earned its position in the top tier of the aluminium and glass façade industry and this year proudly celebrates 60 years in business. The Micos story is a fine example of a classic Australian family business success story. Two brothers going out on their own, coming up with clever ideas to get themselves started, working through the tough times with family support and hard work and developing a successful business, which incorporates old world service and values with innovative design and cutting edge technology. Left: Array, Yarra’s Edge, Docklands VIC Right: Vision, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



Who we were Selling Flyscreens Door-to-Door After working throughout the mid 1950s for a then prominent fabricator of windows and doors made of aluminium “the metal of the future”, two brothers, Nick aged 26 and Mike aged 24 had the bold and courageous idea that they could do for themselves what they did for others. With nothing but some experience in making windows for A. F Agnews and the absence of fear that comes with self belief, they rented a set of old horse stables in Angel St Newtown in Sydney and opened their doors for business on 28th August 1958. With little work for these newcomers they took to selling flyscreens door-to-door throughout Sydney so as to keep the wheels of their new venture turning. They were further supported by their two brothers Con and Steve who were then running a milk bar in Rockdale, Sydney. Business did not seem to improve for quite a while and operations would have ceased had it not been for a close friend, Thimios Magerakis, who after seeing how tough times were on one of his casual visits to see his friends, returned and gave Nick his life savings asking only to be repaid if they made good.

Making Good Fortune favours persistence and with some small projects coming their way and an appetite for hard work the debt was repaid. This catalyst led to the brothers being referred to for more projects which enabled them to start building their reputation which has lasted till today for integrity, quality and loyalty. Before long the adjoining premises were also rented as the orders kept coming. One early client was a new builder/ developer who believed in a market for apartments closer to the city and whose first project was in Meriton Street Balmain. His name was Harry Triguboff. 22

By the mid 1960s their two brothers Con and Steve had already joined them and with their combined efforts the business had outgrown the physical constraints imposed by their premises. In 1965 they designed and cut extrusion dies for their first suite, a sliding window, with Comalco and when tendering for projects would make the windows themselves and buy doors from another supplier. Shortly after the brothers set out to find new premises to accommodate what they now knew would be their livelihood for years to come. They acquired an old farm in Rhodes Street Hillsdale and rezoned the premises for industrial use. In 1967 they moved to 39 Rhodes Street Hillsdale which would serve the business well during the next three decades. Their initial forte was in the establishment of a window warehouse whereby a builder could come and buy off the shelf ready made windows and doors in standard sizes in clear or bronze anodised finishes. This worked in well with their project work filling in voids in production.

Stepping Up With the onset of the 1970s, construction remained strong such that architects also took to building and developing for themselves such as the newly founded Mirvac headed by Henry Pollack.


Such was the quality and service provided by the brothers – in particular Nick as the company’s head project Supervisor, that Micos become the exclusive window and door subcontractor for Mirvac for the next two decades. The reputation they had developed became known to players at all levels of industry and reached the ears of the Managing Director of Civil and Civic, Dick Dusseldorp who had the vision of combining the disciplines of property, financing, development and investment and had just commenced works on his flagship MLC Centre designed by Harry Seidler. No one believed it when Micos were awarded the contract but such was their commitment to the project and their desire to earn their place in the industry that they ensured that they stayed six levels ahead of the construction programme at all times. One day when the alimak was out Nick climbed 50 odd stories to check measure his sizes to make sure all was 100% correct. After the successful completion of this project Micos secured one large tender after another as the builders with whom they forged their early relationships experienced growth upon growth. Micos grew with them. They took great pride in the quality of their product and the ability MLC Building, Sydney


of builders to rely on timely delivery, proactive resolution of problems and after project service which ensured that Micos were a subcontractor that the builder did not have to worry about.

Looking Ahead With the introduction of the second generation family members in the early 1990s the need to expand was obvious. One avenue for growth came with the Sydney residential apartment boom in 1994 which was fuelled by one man’s statement, “And The Winner Is Sydney.” With buildings getting higher, details changing, acoustic treatment of windows and doors becoming mandatory and their clients demanding “something different”, the nephews had to expand their product range. They proceeded to do so at a frantic pace coming up with 10 new suites in the space of 18 months. “Being a tight organisation we didn’t have to deal with all the red tape that most companies had,” Peter Micos recalls. “I sat down one day in a small room with a cluey guy who knew how to draw quickly on computer and stayed there until it was done. I had worked on the floor and he had loads of industry know how so we knew what to look out for. We designed airport noise suites, acoustic high rise windows and doors, multiple sliding doors, heavy duty windows for high rise and on and on. Creative and exciting memories.”

commercial building booms alternate, hence Curtain Wall.”

They Don’t Just Do Residential With the same self belief as their fathers they decided to venture into the more engineered building façade specialty of Unitised Curtain Wall in 1998. The horror stories of projects having catastrophic results, glass falling out of buildings and warnings from their fathers not to do so only excited them more. Their first project was the Webster Building at the University of NSW. Needing more room, a small factory was rented in Ralph Street Alexandria and the nephews would get together after hours to assemble and glaze the panels for this project well into the early hours of the morning. “To position the glass accurately they would rest the glass on my back as we had no cranes,” Con Micos laughs. The Curtain Wall team was slowly

developed and the nephews purposely restricted the projects they would take on to 6-level office buildings as they gained more and more experience and as a result, confidence. After completing a string of projects in a timely manner and with a quality product they forged solid relationships with every builder for whom they completed a Curtain Wall project. Builders started to talk, “They don’t just do Residential,” which resulted them in being awarded the 52 level Lobana House in 2002 and the soon to be complete 32 level Suncorp office tower in Brisbane. To further complete their ability to tend to the growing needs of builders, Micos also ventured into frameless assemblies, entries, roofs and awnings and established their Architectural Division in 2006. This enabled Micos to supply builders with creative architectural solutions that are normally required for the impressive foyers and entries that modern architecture demands. This latest division enabled Micos to provide solutions to all glass and aluminium elements to the envelope of a building.

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The Micos business became synonymous with High Rise Apartment Buildings throughout Sydney from 1994 to 2003. Like his father before him Andrew Nick Micos supervised the flagship projects such as the Forum and Harry Seidler’s Horizon. “We forged good relationships with not a few but all Major Construction Companies in Sydney and in Melbourne. But we knew that all good things come to an end. We also knew that residential and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



Who we are Micos Group design, manufacture and supply product solutions that span three different elements of building façades:

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Since engaging in overseas production, Micos have no capacity issues for completing Residential Window and Doors or Curtain Wall projects. We have 15 to 20 high rise projects currently running through production with capacity for more should we require it. Our highly experienced project managers are able to control the logistics of each project, ensuring that we have stock to keep up with the programme and avoid any onsite delays.

Above all, in all that we do, Micos Group follows old world values of pride, integrity and honesty with all our clients. Today, traditional demarcation lines between subcontractors no longer exist.

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With Micos Group, builders have the luxury and the manifold benefits of dealing with the one contractor for their entire project façade, from design and detail solutions, procurement of quality materials and components, quality manufacture, project management, and timely delivery and installation.

All new designs are tested both inhouse and by independent NATA accredited laboratories prior to manufacture and installation. These include the CSIRO, Ian Bennie and Associates, National Acoustic Laboratory, Schlegel Testing Facility, Azuma, Red 1 and others locally and overseas.

Across all three divisions of the Micos Group, we use our extensive expertise to design and develop glass and aluminium façade solutions that meet and exceed the increasingly challenging demands of discerning architects and commercially driven builders.

Micos also conduct inhouse testing to meet the ongoing demands of our Research and Development department.

Experience With 60 years of experience in the building façade industry, Micos is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of building façade products, with projects currently under construction Australia-wide.

facility For the last eight years Micos has been manufacturing our renowned residential façade systems in modern offshore factory facilities, following suit to our Curtain Wall systems, which have been produced overseas for the last 15 years. This model has allowed Micos to remain an industry leader in Australian façade, maintain our quality, further develop our systems, whilst remaining commercially competitive in the Australian market. 24

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Quality Control Using nothing but state-of-the-art machinery and materials, Micos have developed stringent Quality Control systems and tests to ensure that we deliver the best product for every project. Micos employ QA staff who conduct rigorous quality inspections of our factory’s production batches on the factory floor, and also complete regular QA inspections of our supply chain of all material and components.

Prototypes When required by clients, Micos is able to produce and install Visual Mock Up (VMU) prototypes or Performance Mock Up (PMU) prototypes for review by architects and façade consultants to ensure that finishes, components and details are exactly as they were intended by the architect and to meet the project specific criteria. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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Interiors – the bigway Bigway Joinery (previously Bigway Interiors), recently completed an innovative new design for Lendlease’s Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour project, showcasing once again why they are industry leaders in interior design.

Sydney’s Darling Harbour has been transformed in the last two years with the building of the new, world-class International Convention Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Now there is another architectural highlight – the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, poised alongside the new conference and concert venues. It is the first 5 Star luxury hotel opened in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics. Certain to attract thousands of international as well as domestic visitors, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has 590 rooms as well as restaurant and bar facilities of an extraordinary standard. Lendlease selected Bigway Joinery to undertake the difficult challenge of creating amazing interiors in the restaurant and cocktail bar to fit the ambience and aesthetic of the new hotel. The outcome is an impressive blend of high quality joinery and architectural achievement. Sydney-based Bigway Joinery, which has had an association with Lendlease for over 20 years, is a leading provider of interior project delivery services. It was established by a team of construction 28

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professionals with many years of industry experience to provide efficient, cost effective and personalised service in the interior fitout and refurbishment sectors. Bigway Joinery was a key contractor to Lendlease in the fitout of the International Convention Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre, so the two companies are very familiar with working together on major construction projects. The restaurant at the Sofitel – named Atelier, is on Level 3 of the hotel and commands magnificent views across Darling Harbour to the city skyline. However, it is the beautiful fitout achieved by Bigway Joinery which will attract comment and admiration. Featuring timber paneling, including around a large column in the bar area, the welcoming contemporary space artfully integrates French elegance and local history. Bigway Joinery has created the perfect environment for diners to enjoy the international menu offered in the restaurant. The second area fitted out by Bigway Joinery is the cocktail lounge on Level 35. The timber-curved ceiling is an absolute highlight AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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alongside the feature paneling, all of which was designed and manufactured by Bigway Joinery at its Wetherill Park production facility. The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has provided another opportunity for Bigway Joinery to again reinforce its reputation for delivering high quality results within budget guidelines. With up to 30 of its employees engaged on the project at any one time, Bigway Joinery was able to meet the challenges which arose along the way, including changes in design and the construction timetable. The Bigway Joinery team included its own architect designer, experienced fitout supervisors and joinery specialists. The objective throughout the fitout was to ensure its usual high standards of detailing and finish were being delivered, right down to the smallest item. Bigway Joinery is a one-stop-shop, able to construct working environments for clients, ranging from commercial office fitouts and refurbishments, to specialised temporary displays, retail spaces, bespoke domestic joinery projects and all types of interior construction needs. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

They can design packages to suit individual client requirements and provide a complete package of services. The company has its own joinery manufacturing factory with full time staff and specialised equipment including 3D CNC routers, fully modulated heated spraying oven for oven-baked polyurethane, two pack and other specific coatings. The inhouse facility plays a key role in Bigway Joinery’s capacity to deliver tightly controlled quality to meet client specifications. Bigway Joinery has worked with Lendlease on other major projects including a new fitout for the Telstra building at 400 George Street, Sydney and the Wallace Wurth Medical Building at the University of New South Wales. Bigway Joinery are proud of their contribution to the international venues and the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. For more information contact Bigway Joinery Pty Ltd, 12 Elizabeth Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 9757 1177, fax 02 9757 2838, email, website ANCR interior design excellence


Hot Waterfocus Solution Excellence | Mitsubishi Heavy industries special

A new generation high efficiency CO2, hot water solution for commercial applications Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty Ltd (MHIAA) is a leading supplier of residential and commercial air conditioning solutions within Australia and New Zealand. With over 130 years of design, development and manufacturing experience, MHIAA has recently expanded their product range to include a highly efficiency, hot water solution designed specifically for commercial applications. Applying their years of international, research and development, and engineering experience, MHIAA are excited to announce Q-ton – their new, highly efficient CO2, hot water solution. Designed for commercial applications where there is a demand for large amounts of hot water such as hotels, gyms, aged care homes, resorts, etc – the Q-ton boasts exceptional efficiency by drawing a very small amount of electricity while having a huge output but low levels of emissions. MHIAA completed their first Q-ton installation earlier in 2017, with the hot water solution being installed at the Matterhorn Lodge in Perisher Valley, New South Wales. The system, which is the first of its kind to be installed in the alpine region, where ambient temperatures can reach -20°C, is currently receiving water at a 2°C. The product is able to reliably heat approximately 1000 litres of water in two hours in ambient conditions of -5°C. 30

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“This Q-ton installation is a great example of an environment where natural refrigerants, such as CO2, excel in performance over every other alternative,” said Trent Miller, as he detailed the installation at Matterhorn Lodge. The owners of the lodge were looking for a safe and cost effective solution to replace their existing diesel boiler and supply hot water for their hotel guests. “Matterhorn Lodge wanted to reduce reliance on LPG and potentially phase out the use of their LPG boiler, which performed very poorly and inefficiently, accumulating considerable running costs,” said Trent. Being located in a National Park, it was important to the owners that they reduce the long term environmental impact of their facility via any means necessary. “They want to make sure the lodge is there for a long time to come and are quite forward thinking and environmentally conscious in all the things that they do, they are already looking at completely replacing their LPG boiler by next year,” added Trent. MHIAA first approached Matterhorn Ski Lodge about 12 months ago with the initial plan to install the Q-ton and update the diesel boiler to an LPG boiler, as a hybrid system, with the goal of slowly phasing out the boiler. The Q-ton, however, has already exceeded the owners’ expectations and that they’re very happy with AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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its performance. They’ve really seen that what we’ve been able to deliver so far has been exceptional. Though Matterhorn Lodge is a great example of a company that is forward thinking and environmentally responsible, the number one reason they chose to go with the Q-ton, Trent explained, was due to the high level cost savings that the system offered.

For more information contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty Ltd, 9C Commercial Road, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, phone 1300 138 008, fax 02 8571 7992, website

MHIAA projected the company to save 50% off of their energy costs, versus a traditional gas boiler. Though ambitious, Trent was confident in the proposal, and now he is seeing the actual results. By installing the Q-ton as a replacement to the traditional gas boiler, MHIAA estimated the lodge would significantly reduce their energy consumption. Though ambitious, Trent was confident in the proposed Q-ton system. By working closely with hydraulics consultants, architects, builders and plumbers, to not only supply the units, but by taking a proactive approach and continually monitor the performance of installed systems, MHIAA is able to ensure the highest level of safety and maintenance by identifying potential issue before they may occur. The demand for the Q-ton has already exceeded MHIAA’s expectations and are already planning many more projects for 2018. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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all systems go Due to the poor ground conditions at the new Perth Stadium site, Brookfield Multiplex and their hydraulics consultant SPP Group, concluded that the risks of environmental damage to the Swan river were substantial, given the likelihood of building movement possibly resulting in pipe fracture. Consequently, a decision was taken to avoid under slab drainage, and they approached Avac Australia Pty Ltd, who had pioneered the use of vacuum drainage inside buildings within Australia two decades previously. Avac had also designed and commissioned a system for the MCG stadium in 2012, and the experience gained there was to prove very valuable in the design development for the nPS project. The Avac system’s reliability, proven over two decades of experience in critical projects including maximum security prisons, was also a major factor in the decision making process. This system allows a designer to avoid under slab drainage (either in-ground or suspended). It enables the contractor to defy gravity by lifting the liquid wastes vertically from in-slab or on-slab fixtures, but in this project, there is a unique combination of very high volumes and very high lifts. Avac assisted SPP Group to develop a design based on lifting all liquid wastes from the Event Level (Ground floor) of the building, before transporting it horizontally underneath the Level 1 deck.

of the time, but have extremely high peak load demand during events. The major elements of this system design are: the vacuum central plant room equipment, the piping network, the field equipment (specialised fixtures), and the electronic control system. Avac engineered the fully automated vacuum central plant on an N+1 principle, to provide the desired redundancy, as well as the need to accommodate the extreme range of demand. The piping network design was modelled and tested by Avac, before installation by the hydraulics contractor Sanwell Pty Ltd. The above ground pipe network includes ‘buffers’ for collecting given volumes of wastes, and vertical risers leading to horizontal mains which lead back to a single vacuum plant room. The specialised vacuum field equipment supplied by Avac includes vacuum toilets, large capacity stainless steel buffers, and smart valve panels – these factory built SVP’s incorporate all necessary vacuum interface valves, water delivery valves, and electronic control equipment. The custom software control system was developed by Avac to suit the particular needs of this very special project. This software is currently using world-class practices, including algorithms to allow the system to self-adjust to varying conditions as they occur, such as very heavy demand during events and the relatively light demand when there are no events occurring, as well as to cater for localised factors such as high demand at very high lift locations etc.

All sanitary and trade wastes generated on the Event Level of the stadium, as well as all trade wastes from Levels 1-6, are collected and transported by the Avac system, as is the ‘first flush’ washdown of the 60,000 seats and the concrete tiers on which the seats are located. These liquid wastes are lifted on average 7.5m, however this would not be possible reliably, without the use of Avac’s fully networked electronic control system.

The unison of Avac’s state-of-the-art electronic control and communication systems, coupled with the major benefit of vacuum drainage, i.e being able to lift waste vertically, has permitted the design and construct team the opportunity to meet the significant plumbing demands of this unique project, without compromising the inherent sensitive environmental situation caused by the project’s location.

The design for the new stadium, had to accommodate significant problems inherent in a public stadium building of this scale (60,000 seats), one of which is that the building’s services experience comparatively very low to moderate demand on those services for most

For more information contact Avac Australia Pty Ltd, Unit 13, 54-58 Nealdon Drive, Meadowbank QLD 4131, PO Box 625, Springwood QLD 4127, phone 1300 123 451, email, website


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Not wasting time Dial A Dump Industries (DADI) has been a leading waste management company in New South Wales for over 30 years, their innovative approach has earned them an outstanding reputation that has led to the company’s fast growth. DADI is a prime provider of waste removal, waste management and waste transfer services, offering innovative environmental solutions for the majority of sectors. They work with all segments of the construction industry, from owner builders through to Tier 1 multinational organisations. Having the fastest available turnaround of waste bins, DADI’s expertise with waste transportation means that they provide service to clients that is unmatched within the waste management industry, ensuring that they take care of site specific requirements and provide a personalised and exceptional customer service experience. DADI provides a full range of services that includes waste bins, waste transfer centre, landfill and recycling facilities and a range of recycled products available to the market. DADI Group is licensed to transport, store, recycle, reprocess and dispose of wastes with its huge inventory of bins, a large fleet of 34

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modern trucks fitted with state-of-the-art GPS tracking systems, experienced drivers and a series of specialised equipment to counter any access or operating issues and ensure that their processing is conducted as effectively and efficiently as possible. Dial A Product which is part of the DADI Group offers wholesale quality recycled products, including road base and aggregate products, woodchip and mulch, soil and sand products, as well as sandstone. All products are tested to the New South Wales EPA’s standard and help reduce construction costs, allowing savings to be passed on to clients. Furthermore, in 2006 DADI group also attained a former hard rock quarry in Eastern Creek, which has since then been developed into a state-of-the-art construction, demolition and commercial waste recycling and recovery centre and landfill known as Genesis. The Genesis facility is licensed to accept 2 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste per year, enabling it to capture a significant portion of the construction and demolition waste recycling market in the Sydney region. Eastern Creek’s AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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this Energy from Waste (EfW) facility which will significantly reduce generation of greenhouse gases and rectify the energy and waste needs of Western Sydney. The Dial A dump Group support multiple charities and organisations such as Sydney Children’s Hospital, and participates in numerous community events such as Lendlease Community Day and supports local sporting clubs including Minchinbury Jets Soccer Club and Minchinbury Junior Rugby League Club. For more information contact Dial A Dump Industries, phone 02 9519 9999, email, website ANCR Special Focus


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Delivering Excellence Delcon Civil is a multi-award winning Australian owned and operated civil construction company that provides quality engineering solutions to their clients. The company was founded by Managing Director, David Harry and has quickly established itself as reliable and trustworthy, earning a distinguished reputation in the construction industry for delivering consistent exceptional standards in all their construction projects. They are a key player in complex, high risk and demanding infrastructure projects within Victoria, including work for large organisations, government, and utilities. Delcon Civil is an industry leader in major pipeline infrastructure and complex civil works. The company has a broad range of capabilities and capacity for achievement with a proven track record of success to back it up, being able to handle nearly all their jobs inhouse due to their diverse expertise. “We have built a significant brand within the Victorian Civil Construction space as a major pipeline and civil works contractor committed to quality and safety. We focus on providing a boutique service to clients going above and beyond to deliver service excellence to our clients and achieve optimal project outcomes and solutions,” explained David. Delcon Civil is governed by three crucial underlying principles – delivering high quality standards, dedication to environmentally friendly practices that strive to minimise their impact on the environment. The company also has a complete commitment to zero harm along with the wellbeing of their people and the community on all projects they undertake. “Focusing on what really matters – quality,

safety, and the environment – has enabled the company to enjoy impressive growth,” said David. Delcon Civil has a collaborative approach to projects. Their experienced and professional team members partner with their clients to ensure that the needs of the project are executed seamlessly according to their vision. Working in a systematic and methodical manner with openness and accountability, Delcon Civil provides the diverse talents of their team and share their knowledge and opportunities to maximise benefits for their clients, and ensure excetional project results. “We work with our clients to achieve outcomes and solutions across a wide range of objectives with a clear focus on collaboration and developing strong relationships with all stakeholders through honesty, reliability and integrity,” said David. “We are focused on the success of our clients, our people and our industry.” Delcon Civil was recently awarded the 2017 National Earth Awards for Excellence in Civil Construction based on their work for a major pipeline upgrade project in Victoria. The national award win reinforces the high skill and performance of the their project teams and is testament to the extensive commitment Delcon Civil has to going above and beyond in everything they do. “It is great to get recognition for our team and our project performance. We are excited about our ongoing growth and development as we to take our business to the next level in 2018,” said David. For more information contact Delcon Civil, website

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Squeaky clean Cleaning new apartment blocks in preparation for hand over to enthusiastic owners is a highly specialised business. No one does it better than the team from Corporate Construction Cleaning which has a reputation for quality control, safe work practices, efficiency and reliability. With a well trained complement of 45 staff, Corporate Construction Cleaning focuses entirely on what it does best – cleaning newly constructed developments for builder clients. All internal and external areas including exterior windows are part of the service provided. Manager, Adam Lumsden, said that a large percentage of the company’s business was conducted in south east Queensland, notably Brisbane and the Gold Coast, but inquiries were regularly received from builders in other capitals. “My attitude is that we will go wherever we have an opportunity so I fully expect to see the company expand its geographic footprint in the near future.”

Corporate Construction Cleaning has an inhouse training programme which ensures that all staff are well educated in the latest cleaning techniques and the procedures followed by the company to ensure maximum customer satisfaction. “Health and safety has a very strong emphasis,” Adam said. “We have a full time WHS officer who continually checks on work practices and provides work place training. He is also a licenced rehabilitation officer and is currently training staff in first aid.” The company structure ensures that communication with clients is easily facilitated. As Manager, Adam is the point of contact for all clients and he stays in touch throughout the contract period, ensuring any challenges or problems are solved as quickly as possible. “The other benefit we offer all existing and potential clients is that we are a one-stop-shop, providing a first class service across all new building cleaning requirements,” said Adam. In the last 6 months, Corporate Construction Cleaning have completed over 1,600 apartments on various high end projects, over 800-bed student accommodations and also a 350 room 5 Star hotel. For more information contact Corporate Construction Cleaning, mobile (Adam) 0434 394 894, mobile (Samantha) 0413 351 561, email,


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The 2018 Finalists Macquarie Rapid Build Prison – Wellington NSW Hansen Yuncken managed the design and construction of the first dormitory style, rapid build prison in Australia. Covering a site of 27 acres, the 480-bed prison concept features 14 buildings comprising four accommodation buildings interconnected by secure walkways, surrounded of 5.4km of multi-layered security fencing.

TOP CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES LINE UP FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD The entries are in, the finalists selected, and all that remains is for the judges to travel the country undertaking their critical on-site assessment of the projects. Each year the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia promote the Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) to celebrate the best of the best. There can only be one winner, so to take possession of the 60-kilo polished stainless steel trophy the projects that make the Finalist round have to be seriously good. The projects are not only judged on whether they were completed on time and on budget, they must also be exemplars of safety standards, and environmental and energy efficiency. They must be innovative, and unique in terms of design, the construction must be well planned and managed and they must add value in many other ways. The winner will be announced Melbourne on 24th May 2018.

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by Hansen Yuncken Northern Beaches Hospital – Frenchs Forest NSW CPB Contractors, a member of the CIMIC Group, was awarded the contract to design and build a modern 9-storey hospital that will contain 488 beds, 1,400 car park spaces and a helipad. The Northern Beaches Hospital development is a Design and Construction Project for the operator, Healthscope to serve both public and private patients. by CPB Contractors Pty Limited Pacific Highway Upgrade Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads – Macksville NSW The upgrade between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads involved the design and construction of 19.5km of new dual carriageway. ACCIONA Infrastructure, as part of the Pacifico Joint Venture, was responsible for the design and construction of the project. by ACCIONA Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd Perth Stadium and Stadium Park – Burswood WA A 60,000 seat multi-purpose venue, designed with a ‘fans first’ philosophy, the stadium delivers an unrivalled experience for Western Australia. Multiplex’s scope included the surrounding Stadium Park, offering year round community facilities including parklands, nature play areas, restaurants, an amphitheatre and a pedestrian and cyclist network. by Multiplex Constructions Pty Limited Post Entry Quarantine Facility (PEQF) – Mickleham VIC

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Princes Highway Upgrade for Foxground and Berrypass – Berry NSW NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) engaged Fulton Hogan to manage the design and construction of the Princes Highway upgrade, incorporating 11.5km of dual carriageway highway, 12 bridges, 1.5 million m3 of earthworks, eight vehicular/ fauna underpasses, three interchanges and local road upgrades. by Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd

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Cut sharp like a diamond Tyrolit is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grinding, cutting and drilling diamond tooling and machinery for the construction industry. The family owned company founded in 1919, is an integral member of the Swarovski Group (Swarovski Crystal). Based in Schwaz, Austria, Tyrolit globally has over 4,480 employees at 27 locations in 11 countries on five continents. Tyrolit products grind, cut and drill almost any material of any hardness using advanced technology from Tyrol. Embedded within the dynamic Tyrolit Group, Tyrolit Australia is one of the largest suppliers for innovative solutions in diamond tooling and machinery in Australia. Originally founded as Castle Tools in 1984, Tyrolit Australia has been in the Australian industry for over 30 years. Tyrolit Australia continually reviews and optimises the quality of their products and services, and continually adapts their business processes to meet the changing demands of the market. With its global sales network and a team of experienced application engineers, Tyrolit Australia offers top quality service to the industry, for day to day construction requirements or for in depth individual technical applications.

and wire sawing due to the strong independent ties to their family company Tyrolit Hydrostress, Switzerland. The company’s partnership also extends to the world leader in road sawing, grooving and grinding machines manufactured by Diamond Products, USA. For the last 25 years Tyrolit Australia has also been partnered with the leading manufacturer of floor preparation machines and tooling, HTC Professional Floor Systems. Their expertise and professionalism in providing their customers with HTC exceptional products has led to them becoming HTC 2006, 2010 and 2016 global partner of the year. In a very challenging industry Tyrolit Australia strives to be the ultimate market leader for professional diamond tools, machinery and abrasives. For more information contact Tyrolit Australia, 9 Tarlington Place, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 897 654, fax 1300 235 689, website

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Joinery quality When it comes to Australian companies manufacturing and installing high quality interior fitouts nationwide, there are few to compare with IJF Australia Pty Ltd. The company is working alongside Probuild Constructions to deliver high quality joinery at Avant Apartments on A’Beckett Street in Melbourne. IJF is installing kitchens, shaving cabinets, laundries and robes with sliding doors. The main finishes include Dura Board Laminates and 30% Gloss Painted finish. Most joinery items are manufactured in IJF associated offshore facilities, fully monitored and supervised to guarantee high standards are maintained. Avant consists of 456 apartments over 54-levels. Installation commenced in April 2017 with a targeted completion date of May 2018. IJF’s onsite installation team is completing about 35-40 apartments a month. IJF is currently working with Probuild on Empire Apartments, Victoria One Apartments and Marina Towers in Melbourne and Elizabeth Quay in Perth, continuing IJF’s record as the pre-eminent provider of high quality joinery to the Australian building industry. For more information contact Peter Liebmann, IJF Australia Pty Ltd, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, mobile (Peter) 0423 025 178, email, website


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innovative facility for compounded medicine For Colby Industries, working with the Green Dispensary to successfully deliver their new state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy in St Peters, Adelaide, has only further extended the company’s already eclectic range of projects. This new facility needed to be Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) ready to comply with new regulations soon to be introduced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). With hazardous and non-hazardous areas, pharmaceutical grade clean rooms, and specialised mechanical service requirements, the regulatory check list was endless, and the potential risk for time delays, budget blow out and business interruption were high. Working with CEO, Antony Condina, Colby Industries assessed the options, enabling the business to settle on relocating the compounding pharmacy to a new site, so it could be built without interrupting existing business operations – at a total project cost of $4.5 million. Colby Industries then successfully secured a $2 million Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program (NGMIP) grant from the Australian Government on behalf of the Green Dispensary for the project.

management and design that enabled a local commercial builder and subcontractors to inexpensively achieve GMP quality construction. The new compounding pharmacy was officially opened on 21 November 2017 by South Australian Government Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, The Honorable Kyam Mahar. It will enable the Green Dispensary to manufacture a diverse range of pharmacy medicines, including hormone treatments, addiction control medications, and medicinal cannabis, and support Australians to live healthier and longer. Colby Industries assists small to medium companies to plan, deliver and secure funding to achieve their future business goals. It works across all industry sectors, including manufacturing, mining, technology, food, agriculture, defence, water, environmental and pharmaceuticals. For more information contact Colby Industries, Level 1/60 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8297 2385, email chris.colby@, website

With time pressures to complete the relocation within 12 months, Colby Industries prepared performance specifications and assisted the business to select and contract the project management and design team (led by Lucid Consulting Australia with Cheesman Architects) and local commercial builder (Integra Projects) who worked together to complete the project. Colby Industries’ hands on style with the design team and builder, ensured a collaborative approach from start to finish. Key to delivering the project on time and budget was scrupulous attention to detail combined with innovative approaches to value

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Feeling secured With a team of over 380 directly employed staff, Monjon currently supplies security solutions to Melbourne’s own Skyrail Project, a project stretching from Caulfield Station to Dandenong. Monjon provides site security staff, security systems and strategic security support to multiple sites along the construction corridor. Spanning across one of Melbourne’s biggest train corridors, the Skyrail Project sees the erection of elevated rail tracks across nine level crossings which will then be removed. For Monjon, supplying security to these construction sites calls for the provision of static guards, mobile patrols, electronic surveillance and security consultation. Continuous communication and relationship management are key elements for securing these sites with continual movement of site machinery and assets along the corridor. Understanding the what, where, when and why is the critical success factor in providing a secured environment, day and night. With a robust supervision and reporting model has resulted in minimal theft, graffiti and breach of train corridors. Operating out of Victoria for over 18 years, Monjon has built a strong portfolio of construction security ranging from guarding services, mobile patrol services, electronic surveillance to road traffic management services. Monjon is dedicated to their business WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

which has seen them operate in a range of capacities including major construction, road and rail projects, prestigious residential and commercial towers, television and film production sets throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Monjon works with Tier 1 construction companies including but not limited to, clients such CPB, Lendlease, John Holland, along with multiple tier two and three construction companies. Monjon has a commitment to excellence, transparency, innovation customer satisfaction 100% of the time. Whether it’s static guard, mobile patrols or electronic installations Monjon can fulfil your requirements. For more information contact Monjon, phone 03 9521 9676, email, website ANCR Special Focus


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EXPERIENCE AND INNOVATION With more than 25 years of industry experience, ENGIE AV Technologies is Australia’s leading professional audio-visual, collaboration and unified communications solutions specialists. Educational institutions are increasingly turning to audio visual technology to offer active, relevant content. ENGIE AV Technologies has over 25 years of installing AV systems into educational institutions such as their most recent project at the Monash University Caulfield Library. The company provides AV solutions for creating a learning environment that can be accessed from anywhere in the world as it happens on campus. Crestron audio visual automation was installed within the library. Creston has evolved far beyond the touch panel and control system, being the definitive source for centrally controlling, managing and presenting information, with the ability to control and automate the lights, screens, thermostats and AV equipment from an easy-to-use touch panel. ENGIE AV Technologies provides control systems that connect, control and switch audio-visual presentation equipment, designed to simplify installation and operation of presentation systems to provide a single control point for an entire network of equipment. During the Monash University Caulfield Library installation, a team of 10 programmers and installers was deployed to install all the audio visual equipment.


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The company spans Australia, with 100 staff in the Victorian office working on the project. ENGIE AV Technologies is also working on a $2 million project with Australia Post, and providing audio visual solutions for Monash Children’s Hospital and Bendigo Hospital, in addition to a recent Completion of a $5 million project with KPMG. Given all this, it is not surprising that ENGIE AV Technologies is a premier solutions provider in all aspects of integrated AV including; Digital Signage, Control and Automation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Professional Audio and Intelligent Building Infrastructure. For more information contact ENGIE AV Technologies 54-56 Geddes Street, Mulgrave Victoria 3170 Phone 03 8561 1700, website


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Seamless creation Alchemy Construct is a successful, privately owned construction company specialising in commercial construction, fitout, refurbishments, interiors and engineering. Based in Melbourne, Alchemy was founded by Director, Jamie Nicolson in 2015 and has fast built a reputation in a very competitive Melbourne market. With a vast portfolio of clients across some incredible projects, the company builds its success through the recruitment of top professionals working in the industry, by building strong working relationships with clients and stakeholders and in ensuring that all projects are delivered over and above expectations. “I worked for many years in project management, in client
relations. I shared the frustrations that many in our industry have when it comes to time pressures and ensuring builders and contractors are delivering the best service they can. At times I didn’t feel there was a company doing what I thought needed to be done,” said Jamie. “That was to excel in customer service, be willing to go the extra mile, and care so much about the end result and the stakeholder and user experience that it was at the centre of everything the project was built on. For that reason I decided to start the company I was looking for, and Alchemy was born.” “We believe our success is entirely dependent upon our project outcomes, our clients’ satisfaction, and the quality and input of our people.” With expertise in the education sector Alchemy also work across the following industries; hospitality, education, office, government, sports facilities, science and laboratories, and healthcare. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Alchemy are part of the Construction Supplier Register for the Victorian Government as well as being certified with Internationally Recognised QAS status. An energetic team environment and strong company culture has proved to be a strong part of the company’s success. Alchemy offer a variety of services including; construction and building, retail, interiors, engineering, project management, construction management and design and build services. Recent projects include; TT Line Spirit of Tasmania Passenger Terminal, ICU Unit Royal Melbourne Hospital, Collingwood College, Point Cook Community Centre and Library, Camberwell Primary School, RMIT Connect, Monash University Sound Shell, Deakin University Student Hub, Old Melbourne Gaol Courtyard, Monash University Living Laboratory, Windermere Childcare Centre and Balwyn Medical Centre. For more information contact Alchemy Construct, phone 1300 259 008, website, instagram @alchemyconstruct ANCR Special Focus



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Panel impersonations Texture Panels are industry leaders in façade panels with incredibly realistic natural textures across a variety of designs including wood, stone, brick, and fake bamboo. The panels are approximately 600mm by 1,200mm and can be applied to any flat surface, weigh between 2-4kg each, are affordable, easy to install, interlock seamlessly and can be used in all climates. The product has been on the market for 25 years and is becoming increasingly in demand for both indoor and outdoor building applications with customers across the retail and commercial markets, hospitality industries, trade shows, theme parks, portable buildings, modular homes, and the residential and sign industries. Texture Panels supply to both local and overseas markets.

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High density polymer composites are moulded from natural products to produce the realistic, high quality, unique finished panels that come in a variety of pre fabricated sizes and over 200 designs and colours that are added to constantly to keep up with market trends. Texture panels are very hardy and durable and come in 15-45mm thicknesses depending on the design. The panels won’t rot, crack or warp, are impervious to insect attacks and moisture, insulate and sound proof (with a 5 R rating), are waterproof and can withstand extreme weather, direct sunlight (UV protected) are environmentally sound and are backed by a 25 year manufacturers warranty. Texture Panels even outlast real wood and interestingly, Boeing use the same material on their aircraft.

Texture Panels can produce custom colours and prototypes for design/architects/clients on request. Since Texture Panels are so easy to handle, lightweight and cost less, they can be used in place of many traditional building materials at a fraction of the price and in a fraction of the time without compromising on quality. Texture panels are a wholesaler not a retailer and are continuing to grow across multi-level constructions in any sector having just finished the 7-storey Western Street Apartment complex in Rose Hill, that has used the brick and slate panels. For more information contact Texture Panels, 2 Wesley Place, Geelong VIC 3220 (by appointment only), phone 03 5278 2588, mobile 0414 746 345, fax 03 5278 2588, website

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Bridgewater Security Products Bridgewater Doors is a locally owned business in the Canberra region that manufactures Fire, Security, and Solid Core Doors primarily within the commercial sector. Bridgewater Security Products are designed specifically to be user friendly and to meet the ever-increasing physical security requirements on new and existing Security Door Sets within the industry. We provide products to meet a variety of needs from the installation, adjustment, concealment and upgrading of Security Hardware and Door Sets. Our products are suited to be compatible with existing Electric Strikes, Micro Switches, Mortice Locks and Lever Sets.

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BKH Group Case Study:

North East Plot The Darling Exchange BKH is continuing with the development of both the North East Plot and Darling Exchange projects within the Darling Square Precinct. BKH Contract works include formwork on the North East Plot and both formwork and concrete to the Darling Exchange, both of these are now well under way. The North East Plot features a large 6-level podium and three residential towers all rising concurrently. The North East Plot underwent significant pre-planning to ensure that the exacting requirements of Lendlease in programme performance, quality and safety management were adhered to. The Darling Exchange project is a 6-level innovatively curved irregularly shaped Community building featuring their high strutting rosset system to provide both formwork and perimeter scaffolding requirements. BKH is providing key systems to both these projects including our light weight deck panels, hydraulic self climbing perimeter screens and self climbing jump form systems. Once again they are proudly showcasing their new jump form systems with three cores on the North East Plot utilising Advanced Climbing Systems, Australia’s (ACSA) pioneering technology. The collaboration between BKH and ACSA has provided continued development in design and technology which has enabled BKH to provide safer, faster and more efficient core systems. In the coming months BKH will be installing further ACSA systems on some of Sydney’s premier projects which will set the bench mark for the industry. BKH has also been collaborating with Peri Australia in developing and improving the technology in self climbing safety screens providing efficient, safe perimeters whilst enabling finishing trades to access the perimeters on the lower levels. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

In 2018 BKH will be working across a number of key commercial and infrastructure projects including Westconnex, North West Rail, Barangaroo, Parramatta Stadium and many more across the Sydney area. We have significant resources available in both labour and equipment and would be happy to discuss what solutions we can provide to your upcoming project.

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the Importance of Drainage Regulations Plumbing and drainage have a number of important regulations to adhere to, without which major problems can be caused for the projects they are integrated in. Minimum outlet size requirement is an important element of plumbing regulations as a drain with too small an outlet for wastewater will not be compliant. Load prescriptions are another vital aspect in construction standards related to drainage. For example, a drain with a pedestrian load classification could not be used for a project where the drain will be put under vehicle access – which varies from light to large vehicles. In such cases, even if the product itself is conforming, used in the wrong application, it will be deemed non-compliant and has the potential to jeopardise the entire project. Access and mobility is also integral to the success of drainage systems. The Australian Standard Design for access and mobility provides building professionals with the minimum design requirements for new building work, to enable access for people with disabilities. In terms of drainage, this addresses a number of elements such as level thresholds. A threshold drain will assist in achieving compliance by ensuring there is no step-down, creating a hidden water barrier between interior and exterior living areas. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Stormtech drains are fully compliant with a number of building codes, in particular Plumbing Code AS3500. With 25 years experience in architectural drainage, Stormtech have all products certified by Greentag and Level 2 Watermark to help with Green Star credits. The Australian, family owned business works closely with regulators, legislators, end users, trades and distributors to develop problem solving products. Their experienced team welcomes any questions about product selection and compliance. For more information contact Stormtech, phone 1300 653 403, website ANCR Special Focus


Minimise time and labour requirements of establishing a Jumpform System on your construction programme It’s no secret that time and budgets get tighter every year in the construction industry. You need a supply chain that saves you time and labour onsite, will deliver what you need when you need it, and with a return on investment that not only delivers on but exceeds your initial financial outlay. This is where we come in. Sureform Systems is a supplier of innovative formwork systems to the construction industry. We provide all types of formwork solutions with a focus on offsite manufacture, which means we supply our system to your project in pre-assembled modules that simply need to be bolted together, including;

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Wallforms. Working platforms. Cladding panels and external cladding platforms. Structural steel assemblies. Lift installation, protection and template decks.

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no onsite delays, and the crane will need to be available during the erection of the system.

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Basic Operational Details; Increased onsite safety. A user-friendly and modern system. The system is assembled and climbing in an economical and more efficient time period. Core systems are removed from your critical path early. Removing the need to fabricate working decks on the project can save you up to two weeks of system assembly time on medium to larger sized projects.

To maximise your time onsite, Sureform Systems requires 8 weeks lead time to design and fabricate the system. Allowing us this time will ensure as far as is practicable

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security you can count on P&C Fencing specialise in the supply and installation of high security fencing and gate products. The company was started over 40 years ago by Peter Mannah, who is still overseeing the business today. Between Peter and the senior management team, P&C Fencing bring decades of experience to the table and ensure the right product is installed the first time. P&C Fencing supply an array of security fencing and gate products including gate motors and associated hardware such as bollards and wheel stops. Their fence and gate products are available in a multitude of configurations, heights and colours to suit their clients’ needs. “We want to deliver the best products and service possible, while keeping the price at market expectations to ensure our clients win their project and we can continue to build long term working relationships,” said P&C Fencing Managing Director, James Mannah. The company is Australian owned and certified to ISO9001 for quality, ISO14001 for environmental and 4801 for WHS. They regularly complete work for government agencies, such a Sydney trains and Transport NSW, as well as many Tier 1 Commercial contractors and agencies. P&C Fencing has a team of 25 highly skilled fencing installation staff and trained inhouse employees, with only overflow work being subcontracted. This guarantees that insurance is always current and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the workforce is always cooperative with the designated deadlines. The company plans to expand their workforce further so that they can service more clients simultaneously. With every project, P&C Fencing assign a project manager to oversee the site, while each work crew has a working supervisor and at least one installer under them. Accordingly, there is always a person in charge onsite as well as having full support from their office which ensures that client expectations and deadlines are met. P&C Fencing also sponsor multiple charities such as Breast Cancer Council, MS Foundation and drug awareness programmes for local schools. For more information contact P&C Fencing, 5 York Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565, phone 02 9605 1111, fax 02 9605 7666, email, website ANCR Special Focus


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SANITARY HOT WATER SOLUTION • An industry leading high COP of 4.3 is achievable • Sanitary hot water supply from 60 to 90oC. Operation down to -25°C ambient temperature • Natural Refrigerant (CO2) GWP = 1 & ODP = 0 • Up to 50% less annual CO2 emissions and running costs compared to a gas boiler • 3,000/100,000 L/day configurations, Single/Modular, 30/480kW • Easy-to-use touchscreen controller with graphical display and scheduling functions • Rated heating capacity of 30kW is sustainable down to -7°C



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Hansen Yuncken + Getinge Australia + HDR + Greencap + MAPEI + KARL STORZ Endoscopy Australia + Premis Solutions + SAFE Integrated Systems + TekEquipment + Godfrey Hirst Australia




leaders in healthcare construction Uniquely placed as a leading Australian construction company, Hansen Yuncken is proud of its 100-year history and continuous private ownership.

This includes the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (newRAH), arguably one of the world’s most advanced hospitals and the largest, most complex hospital in the Southern Hemisphere.

For almost a century, the company has been delivering major commercial and institutional buildings – 5,000 projects in total. Operating nationally from offices in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland, Hansen Yuncken directly employs around 600 staff, generating an annual turnover consistently exceeding $1 billion.

The new $2.3 billion, 800-bed newRAH project brought together construction experts from around the globe, setting a benchmark for construction projects now and into the future. Leading the design and construction was a 50/50 Joint Venture including Hansen Yuncken. Under a Public Private Partnership, Hansen Yuncken formed part of the project consortium led by Celsus (previously SA Health Partnership), Spotless and DXC Technologies.

The health sector has been a long and significant part of Hansen Yuncken’s business with more than 120 health projects delivered nationally since 1980 – equating to $5 billion in project value. “Over the past decade Hansen Yuncken has developed and nurtured a significant capacity to successfully deliver large brownfield redevelopments around Australia,” explains the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Salveson. “Complementing these are the numerous smaller scale general expansions and upgrades, cancer centres, mental health and other associated health facilities. These projects have been delivered under all common and innovative forms of project delivery.” Hansen Yuncken understand the importance of their role in achieving the best outcome for clients through a process of meaningful collaboration, trust, transparency and fair dealings, and is committed to harnessing the best design innovation. This is evident through their extensive health experience, which demonstrates a capacity for communicating and effectively working with a wide range of stakeholders. Early contractor involvement allows Hansen Yuncken to draw upon its in-depth knowledge, experience and track record to minimise project risks and deliver certainty and quality outcomes for clients. The company places high importance in developing people and implementing procedures to ensure quality communication and outcomes. “The knowledge of our people is a key reason we consistently deliver successful projects and maintain strong client relationships,” added Peter. “In support of this, Hansen Yuncken has a number of key experts with a depth of health sector knowledge, who are responsible for ensuring they capture synergies in health expertise and resources nationally. This transfer of knowledge provides up-to-date, sector-specific experience for our people across Australia. A key objective is to ensure clients’ operational and handover needs are met no matter what unique challenges occur.” Over the past 12 months, Hansen Yuncken has managed a portfolio of over 25 healthcare projects exceeding $1.2 billion.



The hospital’s technology includes a fleet of 25 automated guided vehicles to transport food, linen, waste and stores, and advanced tele-health facilities. It also has the biggest pneumatic tube system in an Australian hospital, rapidly delivering critical supplies such as blood samples and medicine. Built to withstand a 1:1500 earthquake, the hospital has an independent water and electricity supply allowing it to operate in ‘island mode’ for at least 48 hours. “The complexities, challenges, planning and coordination of this marvel can’t be underestimated,” explained Peter. “What is clear, is that the newRAH is not just a hospital, but part of South Australian history and a symbol to those across our industry who devoted so much passion to its creation.” Hansen Yuncken’s understanding of the value of engagement during design and construction phases also saw it chosen for the NSW Government’s $282 million Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital Redevelopment Stages 1 and 2. The company’s team focused on incorporating features to facilitate sustainable practices during operation, achieve a high level of indoor environment quality, promote health and wellbeing, and achieve high levels of energy performance. Hansen Yuncken’s full implementation of BIM and Virtual Design Construction (VDC) in both the design and construction phases, gave the client certainty and a full understanding and scale of the building. “When it comes to health projects, generally specifications and standard benchmarks are set higher compared with other projects, this is where the use of technology excels” explained Peter. “Clients want to be sure that the project meets a specific quality and safety standard. BIM can drill down into a specific material which is very useful for hospitals. The quality, safety and the completion of each building component can be tracked from start to finish. The use of BIM field technology, on the project allowed Hansen Yuncken to capitalise on the use of BIM data at the coal face and during delivery. This initiative ensured accurate to the minute, information, in an intuitive format that enabled the personnel




constructing the facility to leverage the power of and information contained within the model. “Repetitive issues drawn from design challenges can be translated into the system and solved accordingly, saving the client time and money,” Peter explained. To facilitate the construction of a new Acute Services Building at Westmead Hospital, Hansen Yuncken completed the $22 million Westmead Main Works Enabling and Helipad Project. A multi-phased construction process that included three main components. For milestone one, detailed design and construction of a new helipad and link bridge to the Children’s Hospital was required. Hansen Yuncken utilised new innovative techniques to construct the Helipad itself. Manufactured in China, the Helipad was assembled in a factory, before each component was dismantled and shipped to Australia in ‘flat pack’ style. This enabled Hansen Yuncken to minimise disruption to the children’s hospital operations as well as deliver the new helipad ahead of time. The works for milestone two included the relocation, refurbishment and fitout of an existing double storey office building to house critical care services including NETS administrative and the management team from Westmead Hospital. The new premises was modified and tailored to the occupants. The existing helipad and multi storey carpark were also demolished to enable the main works of the redevelopment of the new facility. Hansen Yuncken approached milestone three through innovation and meticulous planning honouring the need for live operational facilities to continue without disruption throughout construction. The Westmead Hospital and Children’s Hospital were linked by an elevated sky bridge which was to be demolished to make way for future Central Acute Services Building redevelopment. Temporary Linkway were established between hospitals to be used for clinical transfers to facilitate smooth transportation of critically ill patients as well as staff, while construction was underway. A 120m long Linkway included a concrete tiered substructure, structural steel portal frame and a modularised Linkway manufactured off site and delivered in 14 segments, fully fitted out in controlled factory conditions. The modularised approach saved in excess of 5,000 man hours onsite, greatly reducing disruptions to hospital operations within the precinct, eliminating 90% of the working at heights risk as the modules were completed at ground level in a controlled factory environment and it reduced the onsite programme by 6 weeks. Stages 3 and 4 of the NSW Government’s $150 million Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment is yet another prime example of Hansen Yuncken’s ability to deliver healthcare construction projects across the country. As well as meeting increased demand for health services in and around the Dubbo region, the NSW



Government redevelopment will cement Dubbo Hospital’s place as a major rural referral centre and acute care hospital for specialty services. Stages 3 and 4 of the redevelopment will deliver a new emergency department and short stay unit, critical care floor and intensive care unit, and cardiac catheter laboratory. There will also be a new medical imaging unit, ambulatory care unit, expansion of the oncology unit, new entry and drop-off zone, upgrade of the women’s and children’s community health services, and additional car parking. “Responding to the scope set out by NSW Health Infrastructure, Hansen Yuncken created a dedicated inhouse team responsible for the management and delivery of the project’s BIM and VDC components,” explained Peter. Through incorporating the use of the model in Stakeholder User Group workshops a far superior level of understanding and spatial context was achieved when compared to the traditional 2D approach to communicate a space and associated room planning and fitout. Feedback received by the clinicians and Hospital staff, as well as meeting minutes/records were managed through the model, which allowed the designers to access and action those notes directly within the model, and generate an improved and far more efficient workflow during the design development phase. Hansen Yuncken’s existing healthcare portfolio includes Hervey Bay Emergency Department, Wollongong Hospital Illawarra Elective Surgical Service, Flinders Medical Centre Neonatal, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Redeloyment and Glenorchy Integrated Care Centre, equating to $1.2 billion in the health sector alone. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 3, 479 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9831 6500, website




Getinge’s royal treatment for adelaide The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (newRAH) was a complex project from start to finish and one of the most complicated pieces of the jigsaw was the medical equipment fitout. Leading medical technology company, Getinge, was one of the handpicked providers who worked on this project and helped to create Australia’s most advanced hospital. Operating in 44 countries around the world, Getinge provides products and services for surgery, intensive-care, long-term care, infection control and sterilisation. Every day their work contributes to saving lives and ensuring excellent care. They have a significant team infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand that allows them to partner successfully with local clients. The company started work on the newRAH project almost 10 years ago and their relationship continues past the official opening date. They were a full-service partner and their remit included consultancy, planning, design, manufacturing, product supply, installation and aftercare. “A primary part of the contract was the med tech infrastructure – the backbone of the hospital,” explained Jaylea Strauch, Getinge’s President, Australia and New Zealand. “A key element of this was the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD). This utilises our leading automation system, T-DOC, to prevent and control hospital acquired infections. It enables surgery and is a crucial element of patient care.” The T-DOC Sterile Supply Management System is a best-in-class sterile and supply management solution, providing complete traceability of surgical instruments and endoscopes, all the way to the patient. This leads to a higher level of patient safety, efficiency and control – ensuring that all equipment is available at the right place, at the right time and with the right quality. “Infection Control is a critical aspect of any world-class hospital and we believe that the CSSD in this new hospital actually can be considered one of the best in the world,” said James Blieschke, Senior Director Surgical Workflows. The eight emergency rooms and 40 technical suites are fitted with integrated technology control centers; TEGRIS for intuitive operating room integration in the technical suites and INSIGHT managing the patient flow throughout the hospital in both the technical suites and emergency department. The TEGRIS Operation Room Integration System delivers full control over the information and equipment in the operating



room, ensuring an efficient workflow in surgery and thereby also optimising patient safety and medical quality. There are proven effects in terms of reduced errors, reduced risk of infection due to less equipment being needed in the theatre, as well as higher productivity and cost efficiency. This TEGRIS installation is now Getinge’s biggest in the world and was a complex undertaking. “This was the largest clinical digital integration system we have ever installed. It was a challenge and required global collaboration by our teams across the build, delivery and installation. The local team worked incredibly hard to ensure it was up and running for the hospital’s first day of operation,” said Jaylea. An independent study conducted in a hospital in Denmark proved that use of the INSIGHT system, a solution for secure and efficient clinical logistics, enhanced productivity, in terms of patient throughput, by 19%. Another survey revealed outcomes with 15% higher utilisation of operating rooms and a 66% reduction in the number of cancelled operations – which is a common problem leading to a stressful work environment, disturbances, time-wasting and resources that otherwise could have been used for treating patients. Throughout the technical suites, 61 intensive care unit rooms and eight emergency department rooms, there are a number of key products that enable day to day critical intervention for patients. The newRAH is the first public hospital in Australia to perform Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting. This is a minimally invasive technique used in cardiac surgery and Getinge supply the single use medical device required for the procedure. Cardiohelp, the world’s smallest portable heart-lung support system,








is available across the intensive care units, emergency rooms and operating rooms. The hospital’s intensive care unit uses Getinge’s Advanced Monitoring PulsioFlex System for continuous cardiac output monitoring. The newRAH is equipped with three heart-lung machines, three heater-cooler units and Getinge’s thoracic drainage products. They are complemented by MetaVision software, which is a point-of-care clinical information system for the workflow of the perfusionists running the heart-lung machines.

was successful and we have received very positive feedback about how our equipment and medical devices are contributing to positive outcomes for critically ill patients.” Getinge hire over 15,500 people worldwide and own a number of their own manufacturing facilities allowing them to guarantee quality and delivery.

The trauma rooms, intensive care units and operating theatres are supported by the latest range of Getinge products; Modutec pendants, PowerLED lights and AlphaMaxx operating tables.

Sustainability is an important aspect of the new hospital and Getinge is a company focused on reduced environmental impact. Their production facilities prepare quarterly reports on their environmental performance regarding consumption of fuel and electricity, quantities of waste and recycling as well as emissions of solvents.

A Cardiosave Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump and Sensation Plus Intra-Aortic Balloon Catheter are available for external counterpulsation therapy − a procedure performed on individuals with angina, heart failure, or cardiomyopathy. There is also a full range of aortic and peripheral grafts and stents as well as advanced bio surgery products.

A major part of Getinge’s development efforts are carried out pursuant to the EcoDesign principles, which allows the provision of products and services for a more sustainable society. During all the product development phases, from feasibility studies to implementation, the project team involved must determine the product’s environmental performance.

“Our involvement goes beyond supply and installation,” said Jaylea. “We also provide a day to day aftercare service for our customers to ensure the hospital functions in the highest possible manner.” To safeguard the immediate and long-term success of the newRAH, Getinge will have at least one full-time engineer onsite at the hospital to provide service and on-the-spot customer care. They have eight service engineers in South Australia’s metro area.

Their environmental goals include greater responsibility in the areas of energy, climate and waste and are based on the analysis of the most important environmental aspects that are carried out at each production facility.

The newRAH was the company’s largest project to date within the Australian market and a truly global effort involving people from all parts of the company. “The hospital was a huge undertaking and teams from the southern and northern hemispheres collaborated extensively – it was an amazing journey,” said Jaylea. “We are very proud to be part of the team of med tech providers who worked together to supply world-class equipment and medical devices that support both patients and staff in this new state-of-the-art healthcare facility,” added Jaylea. “The opening


Founded in Sweden in 1904, Getinge works on major medical projects around the world. Current portfolio pieces in Australia and New Zealand include the new Christchurch hospital, the Gosford hospital redevelopment and the ambitious new Northern Beaches hospital in Sydney. The modern new hospital, scheduled for completion in 2018, will be one of the best in Australia. It will include 488 beds, 1,400 car spaces, a helipad, a 50-space emergency department, 14 operating theatres, advanced intensive care and critical care units and an inpatient mental health facility and will employ 1,300 staff. For more information contact Getinge Australia, Level 2/4 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, Sydney NSW 2113, phone 1800 438 464, website



Supplying eco-sustainable andand innovative products for the for Supplying eco-sustainable innovative products preparation and installation of flooring for hospital facilities the preparation and installation of all types of flooring Such developments mean that the problem of domestic pollution With 80 years of successful construction projects, MAPEI continue deriving from the use of chemical products for floors in the to apply their research and development of technologically building industry, may be tackled and solved. This innovative advanced products, and tailor-made service for all those who use range has led to a considerable reduction in the emission level of and apply their products. Creating the right ambience for patients volatile organicand compounds, both immediately after applying the and in hospitals and healthcare facilities is extremely important, Mapei manufacture supply solvent-free resilient adhesives adhesive and over a longer period of time. just as it is as important to ensure that products used in a substrate preparation products offering a complete system for the healthcare facility are not harmful to the installer, the staff or the installation of carpet, vinyl, linoleum, rubber and LVT. MAPEI’s commitment to the production of adhesives with people visiting and staying in these buildings. a low emissiona level of VOCrange has been recognisedadapted with the to all Mapei manufacture complete of products ‘Environmental Protection’ award, from the Italian national inter- over MAPEI has developed a series of polymer modified water based installation systems, on any scale. With the capability to supply universityto Consortium – Chemistry in the environment (INCA). products as an alternative to those with an organic solvent 1500 base. products the building and construction industries our range

Carpet, Vinyl, Rubber and Luxury Vinyl Flooring

includes (but is not limited to) adhesives, hydraulic binders for screeds, and ancillary products suitable for applications until recently considered technically impossible but that now open up a number ofepoxy-cementitious exciting new possibilities. install three-component system which has the

GEELONG HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT – completed primers, levelling2009 compounds

MAPEI Australia was commissioned to supply and quality flooring products at the Geelong Hospital Emergency capacity toalso withstand to arequirements 22m head of hydrostatic pressure Mapei products exceedupthe outlined by the Green Department, to assist in the rapid installation of Tarkett vinyl in and moisture migration. Triblock P* also forms a compact Building Council and can contribute valuable points towardslayer your next areas totalling approximately 1,600m2. suitable for the installation of timber, PVC, linoleum, ceramic, Green Star™ project. epoxy and polyurethane coatings. Mapei products selected to install the wall and floor vinyl at the After diamond grinding the existing slab and a thorough A primer coat of Mapeprim SPCentre. was then applied to ensure the mechanical clean, Triblock P* was applied to the substrate Victorian Comprehensive Cancer perfect bonding of the Ultraplan self-levelling and smoothing to ensure that the surface being covered was protected from compound to the substrate, prior to the vinyl installation. Ultraplan any moisture emitting from the concrete. Triblock P* is a is particularly suitable for hospitals and healthcare facilities due to the product’s extremely low VOC content and its unique ultra-fast drying properties which ensures fast-track floor laying.

Ceramic and Stone Flooring

Mapei manufacture and supply innovative products for the installation of ceramic and stone flooring including adhesives that exceed the Ultraplan dries without shrinkage, cracking or crazing and requirements of aISO standards. develops very13007-1 high compressive and flexural strength. Ultraplan

is strong to withstand traffic and contains paste Mapei can offer enough a complete range ofwheeled cementitious adhesives, excellent compressive and flexural strength making it ideal adhesives, hydraulic binders for screeds, primers, levellingancompounds, self-levelling compound that is not only resistant to heavy loads grouts, sealants and ancillary products suitable for both residential and but also presents for a perfectly smooth surface for laying vinyl. commercial situations. Ultrabond 350* –installation an acrylic polymer based vinyl adhesive Mapei can offer Eco complete systems complete with Work that offers unique flexibility – was selected to adhere the Tarkett Method Statements available for a variety of tile and stone installations to the main areas on all levels of the emergency department. includingvinyl waterproofing systems for both indoor and outdoor projects.

Mapei products selected to install flooring at the ofMelbourne Ultrabond Eco 350* is ideally suited for the installation solid vinyl sheet flooring and tile products, is easy to apply, contains International Airport BioBlock technology to inhibit the growth of mould and mildew, emits low-odour and is perfectly suited for the installation of flooring in occupied environments. Ultrabond Eco 350* exhibits less than 0.1% VOC content and exceeds the requirements of the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star™ requirements.

All MAPEI products installed in this project comply with the requirements of the Green Building Council and contribute valuable points towards Green Star™ credits.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) – completed 2016

Mapei has been manufacturing products for the construction At completion of the waterproofing applications any surface The new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) industry 1937 and over the years has become a were point of with an application of Latexplan Trade irregularities smoothed facilitysince is located in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, (two-component smoothing/levelling compound) and Planiprep the heart of Melbourne’s research and biomedical precinct, reference for the global market. A long, proud history which SC (high-performance fibre-reinforced skimcoating compound) to and is home to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and new cancer has research always beenservices closely connected to their forsurface on both the floors and walls. createcapacity a perfectly smooth and clinical for Melbourne Health (including the Royal Melbourne Hospital), new cancer research facilities for groundbreaking research and innovation, making Mapei an University of Melbourne and new education facilities. then installed 60,000m² of Gerflor vinyl on the floors ideal The partner for designers, architects, builders Floor91 and contractors using Ultrabond V4 SP (universal adhesive for installing resilient floor coverings) and 2,000m² on the wall with Rollcoll (universal The extensive facility covers an area of 130,000m2 in total, over adhesive for installing vinyl and textile floor and wall coverings). multiple floors, room types and purposes. One of the key elements to Floor91 also installed 40,000m² of Interface carpet tiles with MAPEI’s success with this project was the ability to provide Grocon Mapei has been manufacturing products for the construction Ultrabond Eco Tack (acrylic tackifier for self-laying textile tiles). (the builder) and Floor91 (the contractor) with a one manufacturer industry since 1937 and over the years has become a point of specification, ensuring no compatibility issues with all the MAPEI reference forforthe A long, proud history which products required the global floor and market. wall installations. With the growing demand in the residential, commercial and public

Timber Flooring

has always been closely connected to their capacity for building sectors for timber flooring, MAPEI has developed a new line The concrete substrates throughout entire project making were groundbreaking research andthe innovation, Mapei an of specific products comprising of not just adhesives, but a complete primarily treated with Planiseal EMB* (a two-component/one ideal partner for designers, architects, builders and contractors range including binders, admixtures and ready-mixed mortars to coat moisture vapour barrier), primed with Eco Prim T (undiluted) create screeds, primers, consolidators, moisture and then levelled with Ultraplan (premium ultra-fast self-levelling waterproofing membranes, water-based varnishes compound) throughout all general areas in the new facility.

Timber Flooring All wet areas were waterproofed

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strength skimming and smoothing compounds.

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Innovation in healthcare flooring With over 150 years of Australian manufacturing experience, Godfrey Hirst is extremely proud of its heritage and long standing history that has evolved into a natural expertise in flooring. Covering buildings across a vast selection of commercial market segments, Godfrey Hirst is experienced in the demands of providing suitable flooring for the health and aged care sector. That’s why Godfrey Hirst was excited to recently launch the revolutionary Sorona® Naturals Collection of commercial carpet tiles and planks. A range that meets the demands of aesthetics and high performance, brings the benefits of using renewably sourced materials and provides a superior level of cleanability and easy maintenance. Godfrey Hirst has been able to successfully integrate performance and environmental benefits into an impressive collection of products. Not only does the range provide a design edge and is made in part with annually renewable materials but the Sorona® Naturals Collection offers a transcendent level of cleanability, making it a supreme choice for commercial spaces, particularly in health and aged care facilities.

The construction of Sorona® makes the carpet fibre virtually impervious to liquids, meaning spills simply cannot penetrate the fibre and turn into stains. This results in an in-built or inherent stain resistance where spills on the carpet can simply be cleaned with water*, saving valuable time and money on cleaning and maintenance schedules.

using the breakthrough Sorona® biopolymer technology from DuPont™.

Harsh chemical cleaners are no longer required and can be thrown away because the inherent stain resistance does not wear or wash off over time, it remains for the life of the carpet.

The impressive process of the Sorona® Naturals Collection begins with the sustainably grown and rapidly renewable plant based materials. This is then fermented and converted into a groundbreaking biopolymer that Godfrey Hirst then extrudes into yarn and crafts it into carpet tiles and planks to make the Sorona® Naturals Collection.

This built-in fibre technology also means that almost no moisture is absorbed by the fibre, offering exponential benefits to commercial spaces like hospitals, healthcare clinics and aged care facilities. With independent laboratory tests to support, the ability of bacteria to breed and multiply is significantly inhibited. The carpet also dries quicker after cleaning, meaning any affected area is out of action over a much shorter time frame. Beyond the exceptional cleanability and inherent stain resistance is the journey of the Sorona® Naturals Collection and how it is derived from a sustainable material. Godfrey Hirst is proud to have developed this premium range of carpet tiles and planks

This unique biopolymer is made from 37% annually renewable, plant based materials, placing much less reliance on limited natural resources and petroleum based ingredients than other synthetic fibres.

Better still is the reduced impact the Sorona® biopolymer has on the environment. With less dependence on fossil fuels and less CO2 emissions, it is a more eco-efficient bio-based process compared to nylon. Producing Sorona® uses 30% less energy and releases 63% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the production of nylon 6, a popular synthetic fibre. When compared to nylon 6,6, a premium synthetic fibre, Sorona® production uses 40% less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 56%.

The Sorona® Naturals Collection offers three design friendly products specifically created for commercial spaces. Prompted by the products plant based origins, inspiration was taken from nature to curate a range of carpet tiles and planks featuring colours and patterns that echo three distinct concepts – Terrene, Nautilus and Oxygen. Developed to use alone or mix and match, this versatile range makes creating a bespoke interior incredibly easy. Terrene explores the connection between man-made linear design and the ancient uninterrupted alluvial lines of the earth itself. The linear pattern of Terrene flows through the skinny plank serving to visually expand interior dimensions, while anchoring the space in terrestrial harmony. Nautilus multi-level loop carpet planks evoke the mesmerising ebb and flow of the ocean with a subtle tidal design. Taking its cue from the mysterious coils and wave-like crest of the Nautilus shell, a soothing repeat pattern crafts a congruous space awash with reflective calm and serenity. Oxygen is inspired by a visual representation of the atmosphere and features a discreet free form pattern in a tip-sheared loop

pile. An elegant yet visually arresting tile, the broad application of Oxygen delivers a blast of pure and invigorating energy to any commercial interior. Sorona® Naturals Collection will handle the toughest of foot traffic too. Rated Contract Extra Heavy Duty and Stairs, the highest possible grading awarded under the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme, with a superior underfoot ‘bounce back’, these carpet tiles and planks are suitable for busy working environments and active public spaces in the office, retail, healthcare, education or hospitality segments.


Drawing on the rich history of local manufacturing experience, the Sorona® Naturals Collection is made in Australia from the yarn right through to carpet. Godfrey Hirst is delighted to present this genuinely innovative product with its strong environmental focus, designed for you to create beautiful, healthy and high performance commercial spaces. To request a sample, view the range or find out more about the extraordinary Sorona® Naturals Collection, please visit or contact your local Godfrey Hirst Account Manager.



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Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd t: 1300 444 778 f: 1300 793 023 7 Factories Road South Geelong VIC 3220


Putting safety first SAFE Integrated Systems is an experienced one-stop-shop specialist in extra low voltage (ELV) communication systems, particularly nurse call systems and paging systems for the healthcare industry as well as security and access control systems. The aging of the Australian population is seeing huge growth in the aged care, nursing home and hospital sector. Managing Director of SAFE Integrated Systems, Ben Pavlic said that around 80% of his company’s business is in healthcare. “There is no greater priority than ensuring the safety of the older members of our society and those who are spending time in hospital. SAFE Integrated Systems provides instant call systems, both portable wearable devices and fixed installations in patients’ rooms, meaning help is quickly at hand in the event of an emergency. Our systems provide 24-hour real time locating of people who have indicated they are in need of assistance.” SAFE Integrated Systems has a combined technical experience of over 100 years, including electronics hardware and software. Ben’s background is in electronics engineering and since he founded the business six years ago, he has built his resources to a total of twenty people, all qualified electronics technicians or engineers. 74


In addition to nurse call and paging systems, the company provides radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, fire detection and emergency warning intercom systems (EWIS), audio visual systems, intercom systems, CCTV and access control and security. Their support services cover facilities throughout Australia including remote site assistance. SAFE Integrated Systems’ professionalism and expertise is best exemplified by the major contracts it has fulfilled recently. These include the Perth Stadium where SAFE Integrated Systems installed emergency call buttons in the ensuites. They have also installed systems at Royal Perth Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, aged care facilities and a number of country hospitals in Western Australia. SAFE Integrated Systems has also installed its systems in other states and Ben has a strategy to create a national footprint for the company.

For more information contact SAFE Integrated Systems Pty Ltd, Unit 3/20 Prindiville Drive, Wangara WA 6065, phone 1300 723 326, fax 08 6323 1810, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Sunshine Coast University Hospital continued to earn high-level recognition for its design, with the project capping its stellar year of accolades by taking home its eighth award in 2017 – a National Architecture Award for Public Architecture. In its citation, the jury lauded the illustrious Sunshine Coast University Hospital project as “a sensitive response to both Sunshine Coast culture and its vernacular architecture,” and “a demonstration of the value of patient-centred hospitals, responding here in both form and content to its place in subtropical Queensland.” Jury chair and Immediate Past President Ken Maher said this year the jury was looking for projects “demonstrating the contribution architecture can make to the public good; …that were inventive in their responses to context, site and program; and those that celebrated an understanding of materials and making.” HDR and Architectus as Sunshine Coast Architects delivered full design services as part of the winning Exemplar Health Consortium. It is Queensland’s first Public Private Partnership hospital and one of the largest non-replacement green field hospitals built in Australia in the past 25 years, as well as one of Australia’s largest construction projects to date. Upon its completion, Sunshine Coast University Hospital went on to win numerous awards at the regional, state and national levels.

Honoured to be awarded the F.D.G Stanley, Karl Langer & Gabriel Poole ‘Building of the Year’ Awards 2017 Australian Institute of Architects (QLD) Awards • Public Architecture – F.D.G Stanley Award • Urban Design – Karl Langer Award 2017 Australian Institute of Architects Regional Awards • Gabriel Poole Building of the Year • People’s Choice Award • Regional Commendation


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Fundamentals Of Successful Live Environment Projects


Live environment projects are a challenging undertaking at the best of times, with a hospital setting adding more complexity in relation to noise access, restrictions and infection/contamination control. At Premis Solutions we have extensive experience delivering build and refurbishment projects in 24/7 healthcare environments, staging our projects to facilitate a “business as usual” operation during construction. Some fundamentals we find are vital to successfully managing projects of this kind are:

Collaboration Full collaboration between all parties is necessary for a live environment project to run smoothly. It’s important that you thoroughly explain your needs and the realities of the day-to-day operations so your project manager can devise an appropriate plan to keep your project on track.

remained in full operation. We achieved this by cultivating a thorough understanding and management of the processes and working collaboratively with site management and hospital staff. We also maintained a clean, noise and contaminant-free environment throughout the project. Redcliffe Hospital’s Head Engineer Kerry Jones stated:

Minimal disruption is a good measure of a successful live environment project. Your project manager should keep you well informed through every phase of the project. Extensive planning – including contingency planning – is the final key requirement for reducing the risk of surprises and other challenges during your project.

Operating During Construction Premis recently delivered the refurbishment of two operating theatres and a CT scanner suite at Redcliffe Hospital. Two existing theatres (in a line of six) were stripped out before work began in-situ while the other four theatres



“This is the first time I have had a builder on-site where there has not been one complaint from any clinical, administrative or nursing staff regarding noise, debris or contamination.”

Get Your Project Right What sets Premis Solutions apart is our ability to interpret, understand and deliver the client vision within an environment that operates on a ‘business as usual’ or ‘live environment’ basis throughout construction. Contact us today to discuss your next hospital project.


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at the forefront of medical advancement Very few sectors in the economy are experiencing technological change at the rate being achieved in the medical and healthcare sectors. KARL STORZ Endoscopy Australia Pty Ltd is at the forefront of this revolution, bringing cutting-edge technology to hospitals and specialist surgeries throughout Australia. The company recently introduced the KARL STORZ OR1 Fusion System into Lismore Base Hospital in northern New South Wales, linking six operating theatres with a range of functionalities, providing surgeons, theatre staff and various disparate hospital administration tasks, including patient records, to be fully integrated into one ‘sole source’ solution. The OR1 operating theatre integration system is a compact, fibre-based platform providing exceptional image management for surgeons, documentation, communication and safety features. The KARL STORZ OR1 System is the result of the company’s 20 years worldwide experience in hospital integration solutions. The system gives each surgeon an individual screen for real-time viewing of surgical video signals from e.g. endoscopic/laparoscopic cameras, patient monitoring, or surgical microscopes as well as images from the patient’s record such as X-rays and CT scans during surgery and other theatre participants also have access to a large screen. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

There is a medical device to control equipment from a sterile field and the capacity to capture video and pictures for teaching purposes and the preparation of articles for medical publications. The system also ensures that pictures and records are copied in the correct patient files by integration with the hospital IT system. With inter-connectivity being a key aspect of every aspect of today’s society, the OR1 system can connect to any mobile or fixed device around the world. Skype functionality is also built-in to enable worldwide communication if needed. The Lismore Base Hospital installation was part of the multi-million dollar refurbishment of the hospital and was supported by NSW Health and NSW Health Infrastructure. KARL STORZ is continuing to innovate and develop its theatre integration product range to ensure its robust, medical grade and reliable OR1 system remains at the forefront of medical and healthcare technology. For more information contact KARL STORZ Endoscopy Australia Pty Ltd, 15 Orion Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066, phone 02 9490 6700, fax 02 9420 0695, email, website ANCR HEALTHCARE Construction SPECIAL FEATURE



stainless steel in pathology TekEquipment provides premium medical products to the Australian, New Zealand and Asian healthcare markets.

versatile work areas integrating improved ventilation, variable height, high quality lighting and built-in IT systems.

TekEquipment provides high quality laboratory, autopsy and mortuary equipment from premium manufacturers around the world. It specialises in anatomical pathology equipment as well as products for the forensic, hospital and funeral industries.

TekEquipment is a leading supplier of the latest technology and equipment in this sector, meeting growing industry expectations including the provision of solutions for integration of equipment into Building Information Modelling.

TekEquipment brings to the market its high quality German design and fabrication. Their comprehensive range covers many aspects of pathology, with an emphasis on sound ergonomic design including height adjustable work areas. Anatomical pathology equipment includes
down-draft grossing tables, ventilated cabinets, lift and transport trolleys and customised designs.

TekEquipment has recently supplied equipment to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Melbourne University Medical School, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, indicating its industry-leading position in the provision of high quality products, customer support and service to the health care industry.

One of the particular challenges for the industry is the growing requirement for the handling of bariatric cases. There is a need to reduce work health and safety risk for staff. TekEquipment offers specialist equipment for the safe lifting and movement of patients. Similarly, work health and safety requirements are driving changes in the histology sector where there is a need for 78


For more information contact TekEquipment Pty Ltd, 12 Bellevue Crescent, Preston VIC 3072, phone 1300 368 138, fax 03 9484 8792, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Going further in managing risk Greencap are a risk management solutions company leading the way in this field since 1984. Greencap is a major player in the Australian Health Sector, providing a high level of ongoing asbestos/hazardous materials, occupational hygiene, environmental management and WHS services from the pre to post-construction phases of redevelopments and building of state-of-the-art facilities. Occupational hygiene and the management of asbestos are key risks for any business, especially in an operating hospital environment and Greencap have established a high reputation of trust in this area. Having long-standing partnerships with a large number of operators in the health sector throughout Australia and New Zealand such as Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (NSW) and Mater Health (QLD), Greencap provide various property risk, occupational hygiene, asbestos and hazardous materials related consulting services. Both these companies also use Greencap’s online solutions to manage their portfolio from an asbestos risk perspective. Celsus recently engaged Greencap to provide WHS assurance and audit services for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. This relationship WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

has evolved from a construction phase to an operational phase with the aim of providing ongoing assurance to the consortium in terms of compliance with government, legal and contractual obligations. Greencap’s ongoing collaborative approach to building relationships with clients, and their ability to tailor their methodology to the needs of each business, allows the company to deliver tangible business results through expert services, online solutions and training. The company has achieved ISO9001 accreditation for the highest levels of quality, efficiency and consistency in project delivery. Client service excellence is a key focus with proven successful project outcomes, validated via an external research agency that conducts monthly customer satisfaction surveys on the majority of their projects. This ensures that Greencap are continuously improving the service delivery.

For more information contact Greencap Pty Ltd, Level 1, 677 High Street, Kew East VIC 3102, phone 03 9896 8600, website ANCR HEALTHCARE Construction SPECIAL FEATURE


DEVELOPER : St John of God Hospital & Generation Healthcare REIT DESIGN AND Construction Company : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECT : Silver Thomas Hanley STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec SERVICES ENGINEER : Wood & Grieve Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $120 million

a successful operation The $120M St John of God Berwick Hospital is located in one of Australia’s fastest growing communities and provides 164 new beds, six operating theatres, two endoscopy theatres, a cardiac/vascular catheter laboratory, six birthing suites and approximately 350 basement carparks. The project also includes the first Intensive Care Unit for the region and a dedicated Cardiac Unit. The St John of God Hospital was delivered in partnership with Generation Healthcare REIT and is operated by St John of God Health Care. The purpose built facility located in Berwick, provides the community with a much needed facility, bringing a number of services to the area including an intensive care unit. “We have a great relationship with St. John of God Health Care, having worked on Stage 1 of the project, and now Stage 2. The new hospital is located in a health and medical precinct,” Hansen Yuncken Project Manager, Chris Cavenett said. “We are pleased to not only be the main construction company for the new hospital but also to be part of the team providing a new facility for the Berwick community. That has been very rewarding for the Hansen Yuncken team.” 80

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The project required the construction of a 5-storey building to house two levels of basement, associated plant rooms, a suite of ground floor consulting rooms, in addition to theaters and the intensive care wards. “It is a diverse building and our role was quite clear from the outset in that we worked directly from drawings. The client was very well versed in what was needed,” Chris said. Hansen Yuncken was onsite from January 2016 and at its peak, the company had around 300 construction personnel onsite. The team had a tight build schedule and was required to work within a number of parameters unique to the project. “As it was a hospital development there were seismic requirements which meant there was a joint in the centre of the building. That made building the intricate podium on the ground floor a challenge AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

as the joint ran through the middle,” explained Chris. “We ended up constructing the East and West buildings – originally envisaged for the hospital – as one building.” The seamless management of the intricate build was aided by the use of modelling, which helped pre-plan where services and trades needed to work within the different spaces. “Modelling involves 3D computer drawings and assists in a more precise understanding of spatial requirements before actual construction. For example, the mechanical and the electrical contractors modelled how their services would be co-located within corridor spaces. It was the key to construction moving forward,” Chris said. Along with the use of modelling software, Hansen Yuncken used an innovative approach of prefabrication to help streamline installation processes for the relatively small space available onsite. Chris explained that of the 150 ensuites needed for the hospital, 87 were preassembled pods. With these units built offsite, their quality could be controlled in a factory environment, and then brought onto site complete. Hansen Yuncken has trusted expertise in the construction of large scale projects across a number of sectors. Their history of constructing some of Australia’s most notable health projects is well documented, and includes recent completion of Australia’s largest hospital, the $2.3 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital now in full operation. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The company is committed to bringing sustainability to each of their projects, with a strong sense of responsibility to the communities these developments are a part of. Incorporation of new technologies such as modelling and the selective use of prefabricated elements, not only allows developments to be completed within project timelines, but also ensures a strict control of wastage within the project schedule, in terms of both time and materials. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 3, 479 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9831 6500, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE St John Of God Berwick Hospital


Below Mills Glass provided the curtain wall, louvres, composite wall and external façade on the project.

Teamwork was the key to the success of the biggest project to date for Victorian based commercial aluminium and glazing company, Mills Glass during the redevelopment of the St John of God Berwick Hospital in Melbourne. Mills Glass supplied glazing to the external façade curtain wall, composite cladding and louvres. Twenty staff were employed onsite during construction peaks. “It’s our biggest project so far and it has had challenges for us as a company. We had to lease another factory to store the curtain wall but I’ve been really happy with my staff ’s performance on this project,” said Mills Glass Director, Ben Mills. “Our team did a really good job and went above and beyond what was expected, at times working 12 hour shifts in the factory.” The St John of God Berwick Hospital $120 million redevelopment was completed on the hospital’s Kangan Drive site at Berwick in Melbourne. To assist with the St John of God Berwick Hospital redevelopment project, Mills Glass invested in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining. CNC machining creates efficiencies during fabrication. Through the use of computers, machine tools are controlled, enabling automatic routing and greater precision. The Emmegi Comet T6 HP handled aluminium, steel and industrial profiles with ease during the hospital redevelopment project and also offered the possibility of working with different profiles and materials in the same fabrication cycle.

these types of landmark developments and redevelopments,” said Ben. “We’ve also won the contract for another hospital redevelopment in Melbourne’s CBD at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Our business usually works on one landmark project each year, with medium and smaller projects filling in the remainder of our yearly schedule. The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital will be our landmark project for 2017-2018,” said Ben. Mills Glass complies with all relevant Australian Industry Standards and its licenced tradesmen are fully insured and trained to work safely and efficiently to complete projects to high standards. The company is based in Campbellfield, Melbourne and works across the City and the Melbourne region, though is centrally located to service Victoria. Since its inception in 2010, it has grown steadily from a staff of one to a current workforce of 40. “When we started, it was just me but we’ve grown in the seven years of operation. I think that’s because our business prides itself on quality workmanship. We don’t take shortcuts and we focus on using high quality, locally made products,” said Ben. Employee safety has also been important, with the business placing a priority on a safe working environment for staff. For more information contact Mills Glass, 2/27 Metrolink Circuit, Campbellfield 3061, phone 03 9303 9193, email info@millsglass., website

Mills Glass also understands the need for flexibility in glazing solutions and the need to collaborate closely with designers, architects and builders to find the right mix of glass products and innovation for projects. The St John of God Berwick Hospital redevelopment provided valuable learnings for the company that they can build upon and take forward. “As a business, we learned a lot on this bigger project and we’ve incorporated those learnings into the work we do on 82

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Below dormakaba provided access solutions across all of the rooms and buildings of St John of God.

Trading as Kaba in 1862 and Dorma in 1908, a company merger in 2015 has established dormakaba as specialists in the field of security and access to buildings and rooms. With over 500 employees in the Pacific and 15,000 globally, dormakaba were engaged to provide smart and secure access solutions for St John of God, a new $120 million hospital development on Kangan Drive in Berwick. For dormakaba, providing access solutions involves a range of products, from automatic doors, mechanical key systems, door hardware, electronic access and data, physical access systems, interior glass fittings, to safe locks and services. More specifically for St John of God Hospital this meant the provision of locks, door handles, door closers, hinges, automatic sliding door operators and automatic swing door operators. Of particular interest is the supply by dormakaba of automatic doors to operating theatres, endoscopy theatres, a cardiac/vascular catheter laboratory and an intensive care unit of the new hospital. The fitting of these automatic units has made for a smooth transition for patients and staff approaching sensitive areas. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Already highly active in the construction industry with current projects across health, defence, education, retail, hospitality and sport as well as multi residential, dormakaba’s work for St John of God was well within their range of expertise. With their expert knowledge of the project’s requirements, dormakaba’s documentation of all door types went smoothly and displayed no challenges or performance issues. Recognised globally as one of the top three companies in their field, dormakaba promise transparent and sustainable services to both individuals and commercial organisations. At dormakaba, instilling trust in their customer relations is pivotal to their extensive and continuous success.

For more information contact dormakaba, 46-52 Abbott Road, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 1800 675 411, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE St John Of God Berwick Hospital


a class of its own The $30M Melbourne Grammar School Science & Technology Centre is a new 5-level building replacing the school’s existing science building. It is comprised of cutting edge design to facilitate the teaching of science, technology, engineering and IT. It encourages collaborative thinking and provides dynamic teaching methods in both formal and informal learning spaces. When Melbourne Grammar School decided it was time their science building needed a fresh approach, Kane Constructions were engaged from the outset. Responsible for the demolition of the old establishment and the full construction of the new Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub, the client-contractor relationship was rigorous. Commencing work on the school’s new $30 million project in July 2016 with completion having taken place late 2017, Kane Constructions had no time to waste. The unique, 5-level development housing teaching laboratories and learning spaces had two agendas to deliver: a singular architectural form in keeping with heritage requirements and the capacity to allow a collaborative teaching/learning environment. This, coupled with a need for a contemporary design with stylistic longevity, meant Kane Constructions were working with complex spaces involving cutting edge features.

Multi-award winners with over 330 employees, the privately owned commercial company were in their prime working in the education sector. With a business history of over 44 years, it was a visit to their roots, having branched out across many sectors from their original school-based engagements. Now operating at a high level turnover, their uniqueness can be attributed to their promise for doing what they know best; delivering quality projects across all sectors – at any location – on any scale. Operating in both Australia and overseas with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, the company’s Business Management System is at the forefront of innovation. Helping to design their very own interactive digital platforms, Aconex and Aconex Field has meant employees and clients can access, inspect and review projects as they progress. Aconex Field is the platform’s extra arm, allowing mobile and real-time interaction with projects.

BUILDER : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Denton Corker Marshall STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Irwinconsult CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $30 million


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With such a strong WH&S and quality assurance scheme, Melbourne Grammar School was assured from the outset that the company was delivering labour and planning with great transparency. Creating new spaces for learning in science, technology, engineering and IT, Kane Constructions faced repeated challenges concerning architectural innovation. With a bespoke façade system and feature wall panelling, the product specifications were always complex and detailed. Constructing the project has meant Kane Constructions’ successful completion of the innovative façade has facilitated a learning/teaching space with spectacular, slit-eye views across the school grounds. To look at the space itself is to see a slim, streamlined building boasting a magnificent interplay of natural and artificial light. Collaboration offering a design brief that inspired a 5-level building with interactive vantage points and exposed learning spaces, stand out features include exposed piping, unobtrusive vents and a bright design palette of yellows, pristine white and subdued greys. Interior surfaces are highly polished while the interior structures are fresh. To look, for example, at the science fiction inspired curvaceous, pristine white laboratory desks alone, is to sample the performance/aesthetic newness of the development.

Feature projects by Kane Constructions show their commitment to teamwork and active participation across all sectors of the industry with developments spanning from the multi-award winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre to the Master Builder of the Year Winner – University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment, proving their broad expertise and unique project application in eclectic and diversified developments. Then there is the impressive list of current projects such as the Cabrini Health New Clinical Building and Glebe Social Housing in New South Wales. Clearly for Kane Constructions there is a work ethos that is unrelenting when it comes to energy and enthusiasm. With the construction of the aesthetically pleasing and high end performance capacity of Melbourne Grammar School’s new Science & Technology Centre, they have shown there is no challenge which they can’t dazzle into materialisation. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, fax 03 8420 1201, website

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Below Menco Electrical installed highly detailed and complex electrical works to the new Science and Technology Centre.

Menco Electrical, a Tier 1 Electrical and Communication Design and Construct contractor, were engaged for the new Melbourne Grammar School Science and Technology Centre, and at a casual glance, their project presents as no small feat. Responsible for the complex, sophisticated and highly detailed electrical works to the architecturally designed, ‘Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub’, Menco Electrical planned and delivered, with timely completion in December 2017. With a project agenda inclusive of major electrical infrastructure and distribution, energy efficient long life LED lighting, KNX lighting control comprising open protocol bus technology, integrated voice and data structured communications systems, WAN fibre optic links, and critical infrastructure to support multi-vendor audio-visual systems, Menco Electrical’s contribution was extensive. Defined as an electrical business which covers the engineering, installation and maintenance aspects of a project, their work on the demolition of the old Science building to make way for this new and innovative hub, meant Menco Electrical’s reputation for zero harm and maintaining high levels of health, safety and environmental performance, was a test that strengthened their profile. A company operating out of Victoria, their mission statement reads as the perfect solution to such a cutting-edge architectural development. Claiming, “from concept to connection – our people make it happen,” Menco Electrical have a straightforward 88

objective and the high tech expertise for success, as demonstrated by their use of 3D design tools to optimise design, multidisciplinary coordination, buildability and fast track installation. To glean an overview of the project itself, the Science and Technology Centre is a singular complex with five levels. Designed to accommodate learning in science, technology, engineering and IT, the laboratories and study spaces are collaborative and interactive. Each level offers both upper and lower views, presenting an overall impression of invaluable exposure and shared clarity. With a focus on teaching laboratories and learning spaces, the electrical demands were high, with requirements for a superior system that promised long-lasting effectiveness. Achieving a gentle balance between natural and artificial light would seem tantamount to work stations demanding scrutinous visual lucidity. Menco Electrical’s sensitive approach to their interior electrical solutions reflect nothing less than superiority in this pitch. Aside from its outstanding aesthetic charm, the development’s capacity to perform has a complexity understated by its upfront qualities. With sleek views of the college grounds across four levels, the project presents a delicate combination of natural and artificial light. For Menco Electrical this necessitated careful planning and implementation of the intelligent lighting controls, including the position of exterior accent lighting to showcase the building after hours. Further Menco Electrical credits to the project

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include custom main electrical switchboards, PhotoVoltaics, NABERS energy metering across the power distribution network, and high speed fibre infrastructure pathways for integration with the school’s existing networks. Adopting an ethical approach to successfully manage a range of developments is evident not only in this exciting educational venture, but also in Menco’s other latest works including the redevelopment of the T&G building at 161 Collins Street, the new 20-level commercial building at 271 Spring Street, the redeveloment of the Ford Asia Pacific Engineering Headquarters and Buchan’s Architects new Melbourne Studios. In all engagements, it is clear Menco Electrical have the contemporary classiness to meet the demands of innovation and design cleverness. Menco Electrical is a company above distinction in reliability, efficiency and fashionable design capacity. Promising to see a project through to the end and beyond in terms of building tuning, service and maintenance to ensure its optimum performance, Menco have taken the worry out of the nitty gritty challenges of high end developments. Their elegant contribution to the Melbourne Grammar School Science & Technology Centre is nothing short of award-worthy, leaving no questions as to why they are often the preferred Electrical and Communications Design and Construct contractor. For more information contact Menco Electrical & Data, 58 Wirraway Drive, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9681 9800, Tony Lukic (Managing Director), email t.lukic@menco., website

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Below Dandy Steel Fabrications provided all of the structural steelwork including four levels of staircases and the wrap-around façade frames.

Curved auditorium structure in Mount Waverley for SJ Higgins Pty Ltd

Curved auditorium structure in Mount Waverley for SJ Higgins Pty Ltd

Dandy Steel Fabrications provided the structural steel and façade steelwork for the Melbourne Grammar School Science and Technology project, including four levels of staircases and the wrap-around façade frames. Although Dandy Steel Fabrications comes from a largely industrial background, previous school-based jobs at Caulfield Grammar School and Sacred Heart in St Albans have allowed Dandy Steel Fabrications to establish themselves as equally capable of working to aesthetic specifications, including Melbourne Grammar’s curved building design. “Each of the curves are at different radiuses, and there are approximately 10 to 15 different radiuses,” said Chi Chih, General Manager of Dandy Steel Fabrications. “The steel takes more processing time, as well as experienced boilermakers to ensure the steel is accurately fabricated. The material used is quite light so the material is prone to deforming under heat. Further, we are working with a curved slab, so the tolerances are very small.” Dandy Steel Fabrications are also working on a curved auditorium structure in Mount Waverley for SJ Higgins Pty Ltd (pictured above). 90

For more information contact Dandy Steel Fabrications, 5-23 Carter Way, Dandenong VIC 3175, phone 03 9799 6180, email

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Below Greencap provided Kane Constructions with risk management and compliance services saving up to $250,000 in soil disposal costs.

Australia’s largest risk management and compliance company, Greencap, was engaged by Melbourne Grammar School to complete a soil contamination assessment and hygiene services during the contaminated soil removal for its latest project.

Kane Constructions to manage the contamination,” Darren said. “Kane Constructions were a pleasure to work with and I particularly enjoyed watching the works involving the preservation of a historic bluestone wall as part of the project.”

As a result, significant savings were made following a data review conducted by the company, according to Regional Practice Manager – Environmental (VIC/TAS), Darren Cordy. “Greencap was initially engaged directly by Melbourne Grammar School to undertake a third party data review, collect supplementary soil classification data at the site and provide a soil management strategy for proposed bulk excavation works.”

Greencap is highly regarded for assisting businesses in managing risk and compliance by providing integrated expert services, training and online solutions.

“Based on the outcome of the data review and using statistical analysis, Greencap was able to realise a saving of around $250,000 in soil disposal costs.” Five of Greencap’s 300 employees worked on the project alongside a team from Kane Constructions. During the excavation process, several areas of unexpected contamination were found. “They required quick sample analysis to ascertain the offsite disposal requirements and effective communication in partnership with

“The company mission is to benefit society through the improved risk management of people, property and the environment and our vision is to be ‘best in class’, delivering value through practical solutions,” Darren explained. The company dates back to 1984 when Noel Arnolds and Associates commenced business. It then became part of Greencap which was acquired by Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety in 2013.

For more information contact Greencap Pty Ltd, Level 1, 677 High Street, Kew East VIC 3102, phone 03 9896 8600, website

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Chilled out The PFD Food Services Warehouse and Distribution Facility is a 25,484m2 building with 14m high ceilings and multi-temperature environments housing a high-grade office and refrigeration spaces consisting of a 8,500m2 freezer and 5,500m2 refrigerated cool room. It also features 25 dedicated loading and unloading docks and includes a 1.5 million litre recycled rainwater system. Boasting 25,484m² of high-grade office and refrigerated warehouse distribution space, the new PFD Food Services Warehouse and Distribution Facility will further enable the Australian-owned company to retain its commanding force in the food service market. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Knoxfield, the facility includes a dedicated seafood processing area and refrigerated food storage and dry food storage areas. It also incorporates a dedicated truck wash and maintenance space for the company’s large fleet of vehicles.

“Early access dates allowed for fitout works to be completed simultaneously in conjunction with the base build.” For Vaughan, accurately representing the PFD brand and the excellence it stands for was an important consideration in the design process. “Ensuring the building was both practical and fit for purpose while maintaining an aesthetically appealing façade presented challenges,” said Mr Noble.

Delivering the new distribution facility under a design and construct contract was Vaughan Constructions. Work began in late November 2016 and the site handed over on 24 October 2017.

“Vaughan worked in partnership with subcontractors and the client to ensure fittings and pipeworks on the building’s exterior were screened, to create a visually-appealing façade that draws attention within the Knoxfield landscape.” Mr Noble said the project’s quality is “to the highest standard in every aspect, excellent execution and finishes.

“Vaughan’s internal design team partnered with PFD’s appointed project managers, TM Insight to establish the project’s scope and develop a comprehensive design to suit the growing needs of the food service company,” Vaughan Constructions Managing Director, Andrew Noble explained. “Vaughan were further responsible for the management and coordination of the building, services and racking. The project was delivered as an integrated project with the base build and fitout.

Sustainable water conservation initiatives for the facility are exceptionally impressive. Tanks onsite can collect and store over one and a half million litres of rain water to be reused for refrigeration systems, bathroom facilities and landscape irrigation. The majority of the stormwater drainage captured on external pavements is treated through raingardens before entering the council stormwater drainage system. Staff facilities are excellent [and] inclusive of ample


break space, a wellness room and outdoor areas. PFD Food Services are very much providing an employer of choice environment for their staff.” “The Vaughan team [also] had the great support of the customer’s project managers TM Insight who successfully managed stakeholders, coordination and integration of fitout and superintendency of the design and construct contract,” Mr Noble added. To facilitate the integrated fitout and keep to schedule during a winter build, Vaughan programmed the project to complete external works early. “This included laying the freezer base slabs while the structure was being prefabricated and delivered effectively, mitigating potential time delays due to heavy rainfall saturating the site. Works were [also] sequenced in a way to fast-track the project. The entire site was stabilised with cement and lime to improve subgrade performance and limit the impact of inclement weather,” said Mr Noble. Certain areas of the facility were also strategically prioritised, enabling early access to install fitout equipment. This ensured PFD Food Services were able to move into the facility on the handover date. The new build caters for future growth with areas available for expansion, including spaces that are not currently chilled but allow for chilling, saving time and money for any future expansion plans. Vaughan has delivered similar distribution facilities for leading food and beverage giants Coca Cola Amatil, Diageo, Pepsico, Woolworths,

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Arnotts, Coles and Aldi. Torino Food Service’s new warehouse and distributions facility in Ingleburn, another Vaughan project was recently recognised for construction excellence by the Master Builders Association of New South Wales. The company are also nearing completion on Woolworth’s 50,000m² Melbourne South Regional Distribution Centre in Dandenong Victoria. For more information contact Vaughan Constructions, 880 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9347 2611, website mAIN Construction Company : Vaughan Constructions ARCHITECTS : Ö  RA Architecture & Watson Young in conjunction with Vaughan Constructions STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wayne Spencer & Partners


PFD chose the absolute best Specialising in providing and installing pallet racking and other storage solutions, Absolute Storage Systems prides itself on providing a Tier 1 product, as well as first-class project management, resulting in on-time delivery. Absolute Storage Systems Chief Executive Officer, Scott Giles says a major factor of the company’s work on the PFD Food Services Facility was the size of the installation over a short timeframe. The overall storage capacity was 18,500 pallet positions with multiple frame configurations and load capacities up to 10.3m in height and 1300kg per pallet. “The tight timeframes were a fairly significant hurdle to overcome and the requirement to work hand-in-hand with multiple contractors at the same time with their own demands made for an interesting project,” he explained. “There were three different areas for the racking – frozen, chilled and ambient. Each one had a significant deadline that the client required to be met. For example, the frozen area takes time to get to temperature, so we had to work with the consultant, builder and trades, and work in with each other to meet the deadline.” 94


Scott added that scheduling deliveries to the project site were also critical to ensure installation could take place. “The access within the facility also posed an issue. The internal access doors were narrower than usual so our standard MHE equipment wasn’t able to be used when moving the materials into each area. We actually designed and built our own trollies and carts, and tested them at our premises to make sure we could manoeuvrer them around the tight areas without damaging anything.” Scott said he is pleased with Absolute Storage Systems’ work on the project. “With every job there’s always a little bit of anxiety about ensuring that it is delivered, especially with these large-scale projects that come with performance contracts and penalties for non-performance.” “I’m really happy with the way Absolute Storage, TM Insight and Vaughan Constructions worked with one another. That has been a large part in the success of the project. This facility is world-class and something that PFD will be extremely proud of,” said Scott. “With the design work, tender process and project management being managed by TM Insight and Vaughan Constructions to complete and AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

oversee the build process; a lot of the usual stress points with these large projects have been eliminated. I’m also happy with the way my team pulled together and managed the racking installation.” “From my point of view getting the job done on time was important as it shows we can deliver on what we promise throughout the sales phase and ensures that the client can proceed with their own implementation requirements. Furthermore, seeing my own staff develop as a team is very satisfying,” said Scott. The company, which has been in business for more than 25 years, is a gold tier distributor for SSI Schaefer, the world’s largest materials handling and storage solutions company. Schaefer systems are represented throughout Absolute Storage’s work on the new PFD food facility. “From our point of view, the use of Schaefer on this project gives the customer a peace of mind,” Scott explained. “In the Australian storage area, all products must meet Australian standards for safety reasons. Schaefer is independently tested and certified to meet these Australian Standards. For us, having a product that meets these standards and the safety is hugely important. Schaefer products are also always at the forefront of technology and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

development. For Absolute Storage, it’s about having a product itself that has been independently tested and is reliable.” Scott added that ensuring timely delivery and installation of products is crucial to the company. “For us as a racking provider we are constantly in a very competitive market environment,” he says. “While clients will look at price, it is also important to look at whether products can be supplied on time and installed on time. Some clients also don’t take into consideration manufacturing and installation times, which are a significant part of a project.” “However, if we don’t believe we can meet the deadline we will tell clients upfront. For us it’s more than just selling a product, it’s about the service and the after sales support. I would rather be leaving a client with a smile on their face than having to ring them and tell them that we can’t deliver what we said we would.” For more information contact Absolute Storage Systems Pty Ltd, 367-373 South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 9799 2291, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PFD FOOD SERVICES FACILITY


got it covered An established commercial and industrial metal roofing company, KTB Roofing Solutions Pty Ltd is enjoying new levels of success thanks to its dedication and professionalism. Backed by a proactive team of trained and trade-qualified roof plumbing professionals, KTB Roofing Solutions is quickly becoming renowned for its high quality results and standards across Melbourne and regional Victoria. This is evidenced by the company progressively working on larger projects, such as the PFD Food Services Warehouse and Distribution Facility. KTB Roofing Solutions completed the PFD Food Services facility’s roof along with the wall cladding around the building, as well as rainwater aspects, such as gutters and downpipes.

that we have been late getting a project completed. We always make sure it happens,” he says. “The project was pretty standard for the company, it was just that the scale of it was a lot bigger than what we have done previously.” KTB Roofing Solutions is being kept busy working on numerous other projects, including a large project in Corio for the new Bowens facility. It is also working on projects in a number of schools as well as smaller warehouse developments. For more information contact KTB Roofing Solutions Pty Ltd, Factory 15, 355-365 South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 8782 0977, email, website

The company’s owner Jamie Wickham says the project was the biggest development KTB Roofing Solutions had worked on to date. “It ran fairly successfully and we were happy with the way the project went. It was great for us as a company to get such a big job, especially as the business is only five years old. It has also meant that bigger builders are now looking at us for jobs, which is always good. The project has opened up a lot of opportunities for the company.” Jamie adds that while the project had a fairly tight deadline, KTB Roofing Solutions was able to meet the timeline. “I pride myself on always being able to meet deadlines and there has never been a time




bowen interiors fitout for pfd food services Bowen Interior’s ability to customise solutions to suit the exact furniture requirements for PFD Food Services’ head office, has resulted in another successful project. Part of Bowen Group Australia (along with Bowen Storage), Bowen Interiors worked with PFD Food Services to develop custom designed furniture solutions, then supplied all furniture to the new facility. This included workstations, seating, meeting and training room furniture, lockers, joinery, custom power and data solutions. “This unique ability to source anything they wanted and to be able to work through a very detailed design brief to come up with a comprehensive furniture package, ensured we were able to provide the right solution that PFD was happy with,” explained Bowen Interiors’, Ross Phillips.

Bowen Interiors has a long history of working in the construction industry with many major builders, and works in seamlessly with other trades onsite such as electricians, joiners, plasterers, painters, etc. Ross adds that Bowen Group has a very well set up supply chain with reliable partners, “Our ability to source from a very wide range of product sources played a key role in our successful delivery of this project, and in the satisfaction of the client in the end result.”

Bowen Interiors provided detailed design drawings and concepts, right from the early stages of enquiry, forming the basis of the furniture design. This enabled Bowen Interiors to provide very clear direction to PFD management as to what furniture styles they were proposing. “By providing various options on each furniture piece, we were able to quickly arrive at a package that the client was happy with,” said Ross.

Bowen Group is currently working on, and has completed, an array of major projects. These include: • Department of Defence – RAAF projects nationally • Department of Treasury and Finance sites around Australia • Mercedes-Benz head office • Victoria Police

Delivering such a comprehensive furniture package for a high-profile client did involve some challenges, including coordinating lead times and other trades onsite, and working in with builder’s timelines.

For more information contact Bowen Group Australia, 11 Ramage Street, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 1300 780 654, email solutions@, website




EBS – Innovation Inside and out Specialising in the manufacture, supply and maintenance of quality industrial doors with high thermal insulation, EBS (Envisage Systems Pty Ltd) is an Australian company that was started in Germany over 10 years ago. Benefiting from the German precision and innovation, EBS’ high-speed rapid roll and sectional doors provide insulation for environments with temperatures varying from as low as -35ºC up to 95ºC. Its leading insulation technology saw EBS contracted to supply and install thermal/energy-efficient rapid roll doors to the PFD Food Services Warehouse and Distribution Facility in Melbourne. “EBS’ brief was to supply a cost-effective solution for internal and external openings: freezers, chillers, seafood production and storage rooms in the PFD Food Services new distribution centre,” explained EBS Director of Marketing and Business Development, Darren Zimsen. “Our solution was EBS’ bestselling energy/thermal-efficient

rapid roll door, THERMOspeed®, which can be used internally and externally.” “Due to the constraints of construction specifications and timeline, EBS could not mount the doors the usual way and had to come up with an intelligent solution for installation,” said Darren. “[However], there are always challenges when working on large projects, involving many suppliers and trades. EBS is happy to have proven to be a reliable partner and to have successfully delivered our part of the project on time.” Darren adds that EBS is continuing to provide its innovative industrial door solutions in distribution centres around Australia. “We have just finished installing EBS THERMOspeed® doors in the new Woolworths distribution centre in Melbourne,” he says. “EBS are [also] currently installing THERMOspeed® rapid roll doors and ISOtherm sectional panel doors in the new Symbion distribution centre in Sydney.” The company has recently expanded its product range, and now offers comprehensive entrance solutions, complete with dock levellers and dock accessories. For more information contact Envisage Systems Pty Ltd, 4/83 Boundary Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 8787 7877, email, website




Reaching safe new heights When it comes to ensuring that new (and existing) buildings meet Australian Standards for fall arrest and roof access systems, Eastern Height Safety has it covered. Ensuring a worksite is safe for all employees, Eastern Height Safety has been installing roof access and fall arrest systems for over a decade. Working on large, commercial projects is the company’s forté, with its latest safety works able to be seen on the new PFD Food Services Warehouse and Distribution Facility in Knoxfield. Eastern Height Safety completed the installation and supply of all roof access and fall arrest systems to the building’s roof and internal ceilings. “We completed all of the roof access to the internal ceiling,” says Eastern Height Safety’s, Daniel Williams. “We also installed the overhead fall arrest system for the truck maintenance, as well as access and the fall arrest system for the whole building.” Daniel adds that it was a, “pretty straight forward” job, with four of the company’s six staff working on the project. Eastern Height Safety is currently being kept busy installing roof access and fall arrest systems to a number of buildings across Melbourne. This includes work on the AHG Trucks Centre and Eltham Leisure Centre. The company also does quite a lot of work within the local government sphere. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The majority of our work is commercial however we also do domestic buildings,” Daniel says. He adds that Eastern Height Safety also carries out audits. “Every fall arrest system has to be checked every 12 months as per Australian Standards. We do these audits for all types of roof access, fall prevention and abseil systems.” All work by Eastern Height Safety is completed to Australian Industry Standards. The company supplies a Certificate of Certification after works are completed, guaranteeing the job meets all Australian Standards and manufacturer’s specifications. For more information contact Eastern Height Safety Pty Ltd, PO Box 331, Croydon VIC 3136, phone 1300 080 067, email info@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PFD FOOD SERVICES FACILITY


Ingenious fire protection IQ Fire Pty Ltd were the company responsible for the supply and installation of the fire sprinkler system with a fire alarm system by Altaire Servicing, to the new warehouse and office area at PFD Food Services Facility at Knoxfield, Victoria. The Fire Sprinkler system has been designed in compliance of the Australian Standards AS2118 and AS2419. The fire sprinkler design required many different system types to accommodate the extreme environments of the building. Over 5,000 fire sprinklers have been installed, varying from a regular office protection, ESFR storage protection, and a 9,000m2 freezer area which required dry systems. With two large diesel fire pumps delivering an effective duty of 8400 l/min at 987kPa, the water supply fed via a 550,000L capacity tank. Working at heights of over 16m and at times, under 2m, significant planning was vital to the installation process. Coordinating this with Askin (Ceiling Panel Contractors) ensured ongoing high productivity with other services such as, mechanical ductwork and lighting cable trays. Coordination at design stage ensured that sprinklers were in no way compromised. With such a large structure, the concealed space area was protected with 2,500 ordinary hazard wet fire sprinkler systems.

is pressurised with air which has been specially dried to eliminate moisture which can causes defects and internal rusting. The exposed pre-action system to the freezer areas requires two alarms to activate. Additional engineering was required to ensure water delivery time to the fire zone were hydraulically calculated using specialist software. With 18 control valves controlling the fire sprinkler system, a 30 tonne crane and 80 foot boom lift worked in tandem to lift the 16m x 200mm pipe risers into position. Thirteen employees worked closely with Vaughan Construction to ensure that the PFD Food Services Facility was completed on time. For more information contact IQ Fire Pty Ltd, PO Box 240, Patterson Lakes VIC 3197, mobile (Paul) 0403 383 693, email, website

Among the various challenges to overcome was the freezer (-20â—ŚC), the solution and utilisation of a dry pipe system which hung internally under the freezer ceiling structure. The exposed pipework



surecove has the answers Supplying and installing its reinforced fibreglass (vinyl ester) floor-to-wall coving system since 1999, Surecove has the solution when it comes to coving problems. The company’s innovative system of coving for the commercial building and construction industry has particular suitability for the food industry. This includes the PFD Food Services Warehouse and Distribution Facility, where Surecove was contracted to install their system. Complying with Australian Standards, Surecove is suitable for all food and beverage plants and facilities where hygiene protection is essential. The coving ranges in size from 150mm, 200mm and 300mm with a 50mm radius and a 45 degree splay. A 100mm and 150mm flat cove with a 25mm radius cove is also available. The Surecove coving system has been approved onsite by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). It also provides high levels of hygiene protection, has high impact resistance and withstands chemical damage. The coving system can accommodate a high range of temperatures (varying from +70°C to -60 °C), and can be installed against existing walls or as a plinth and concrete filled with reinforcement bars. Surecove can be installed in new premises as well as retro fit to existing sites and it can also be supplied in stainless steel. The coving product WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

has a range of benefits, including product durability, which reduces maintenance costs over the long term, and an installation method that provides genuine time savings – a site can be used immediately after installation. Only one trade application is required. In addition to the PFD Food Services and Distribution Facility, the Surecove system has been installed on a number of major sites including OSI Group (Aust), Linfox, AB Oxford Cold Storage and Coles. Other significant locations where the coving system has been used include Melbourne Fish Market, Patties Foods, Australian Lamb, Diamond Valley Pork, MC Herds abattoir, Biaida Chicken and Ridders smallgoods. For more information contact Surecove, 3 Michellan Court, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9720 6175, fax 03 9720 9613, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PFD FOOD SERVICES FACILITY 101

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Cool as a cucumber Founded more than 25 years ago, industrial refrigeration specialists, Tri Tech Refrigeration, has continued to evolve, offering the latest technology and industry knowledge. This is combined with a dedication to deliver cost-effective projects of excellence. Additionally, the company has an unwavering commitment to its clients, while ensuring its staff operates within a safe and engaging working environment. Tri Tech Refrigeration’s work on the PFD Food Services Warehouse and Distribution Facility is a prime example of the business’s commitment to its clients as well as its talent to provide innovative solutions. The company designed and installed refrigeration systems across the facility for use on multiple applications. Tri Tech Refrigeration General Manager, Chris Garcia, says 15 of Tri Tech Refrigeration’s 60 employees worked on the project, adding that the tight timeframes on the project were a challenge. However this was something the company was easily able to meet. “We have access to additional, quality labour to increase our labour force as required,” he said. “We also have the ability to complete complex work throughout Australia utilising national partners. Tri Tech Refrigeration’s work on the project also demonstrates our ability to be able to provide a cost-effective, multi-faceted solution within a short timeframe.”

savings. “Tri Tech Refrigeration has the capacity to design refrigeration solutions without the need for clients to spend additional money on consultants,” adds Chris.

Tri Tech Refrigeration’s commitment to innovation and its capacity to carry out extensive industry research not only ensures its clients received the latest in technology and know-how, but provides cost

For more information contact Tri Tech Refrigeration, 51 Commercial Drive, Thomastown VIC 3074, phone 03 9465 0099, email, website


Having worked on a number of refrigeration, freezer and chiller systems across Australia, including distribution centres, demand for Tri Tech Refrigeration’s services shows no signs of slowing. The company is currently working on a number of CO , Ammonia ² and Freon projects across Australia, this includes large trans-critical CO projects in Sydney and Melbourne. ²


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A Luxurious Empire DEVELOPER : Kangoala Pty Ltd mAIN Construction Company : Hacer Group Pty Ltd Architect : DKO Architecture Development Project Manager : PDA Australia Pty Ltd Services : WSP Australia Pty Ltd Building Surveyor : McKenzie Group STRUCTURAL Engineer : Robert Bird Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $84 million

The $84M Queens Domain Apartments comprises of 227 one, two and three bedroom apartments over levels 1-19, with three large luxury penthouses and exclusive leisure venues including a secluded rooftop garden, pool, gym, communal lounge, dining room and sensuous paved landscaped entry. The graceful $84 million Queens Domain development features 20-storeys overlooking the luscious Albert Park. The eye catching architecture and high end aesthetic design draws on Melbourne’s rich and diverse history, to encapsulate the heart of the area. The development features 227 light filled one, two, and three bedroom apartments which includes three luxury penthouses, and a range of communal facilities. The design team created a unique exterior appearance to the Queens Domain Apartments development, utilising an innovative glass reinforced panel (GRP) façade. Precast panels were originally planned to be used to create the unique façade, which acts as balcony balustrades and as a creative visual feature to the building. The project team substituted the precast option with GRP, offered a lighter and more practical solution. The state-of-the-art exterior continues inside, with the luxury apartments having Italian joinery and stunning limestone flooring. The kitchens were manufacutred in Italy with a high end timber veneer finish.

Created with an innovative focus on the residents and a feeling of wellbeing, the Queens Domain Apartments design has a tailored emphasis on accessible communal spaces to be shared amongst residents, creating a desirable mini community for the tenants. Ground floor services include a BBQ, a luxurious swimming pool, a shared lounge space, a gym, and concierge. The higher floors also offer amazing views as well as a secluded rooftop garden, and landscaped green spaces for residents to unwind and entertain. Hacer was established in 2000, with a focus on providing an end-to-end property design and construction. The company provides a range of delivery systems, from fixed price contract, to construction management, design and construct and project management and project development packaging. Their building portfolio stretching across a wide range of construction sectors including retail, industrial, commercial, sport and recreation, multi-residential and medical. Hacer’s focus on understanding their clients’ needs is shown through the exceptional caliber of projects they undertake, like the Queens Domain Apartments development. The company’s strong commitment to quality and sustainability is interwoven into each project from the initial planning through to construction. Project specific procedures are created to ensure that each development they undertake has no adverse effects on the environment. For more information contact Hacer, 87 High Street, Kew VIC 3101, phone 03 9810 6888, fax 03 9853 2208, email, website


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Below Moorabbin Cabinets provided the full joinery fitout for the Queens Domain Apartments project.

Being such a unique and modern build, the joinery fitout for Queens Domain Apartments needed to present the clients with something that challenged the norm when it comes to premium cabinetry. Moorabbin Cabinets, a family owned company of 38 years, has formed a partnership in Australia with Italian kitchen giants Snaidero, and robe manufacturers Pianca. As can be seen by the design and quality of the fitout, the collaboration has achieved an amazing and unique result on the project, providing the client with Italian designed and manufactured kitchens and robes. The modular design of the kitchens allow both manufacturer and installer to achieve significant efficiency gains, due to the repetitive use of standard cabinet module sizes, eliminating the need for hundreds of cabinet types which can create unnecessary waste and confusion on a job of this size. With particular attention from both Moorabbin Cabinets and Snaidero given to planning and ensuring all sizes and dimensions were locked in many months before construction, the partners were able to procure and store the kitchens and robes in ample time to meet the project timeframe. The end result achieved speaks for itself, and has been further supported by the very minimal client defects recorded. 106 VIC PROJECT FEATURE queens domain apartments

The other feature of the apartment fitouts is the Italian designed and manufactured internal doors and fire rated entry doors. Moorabbin Cabinets, along with door manufacturer GD Dorigo have completed the AS1905 testing of the 60 minute fire door which is now available for use in the Australian market. During the design phase, the manufacturer was able to collaborate with Snaidero to ensure the decorative timber finish to the doors matched what was being used on the kitchen, to ensure a consistent, matching design throughout the apartments. Moorabbin Cabinets also completed the balance of the joinery fitout on the project locally, including the manufacture and installation of the shaving cabinets, linens, all common area ground floor joinery, hi-macs benchtops and curved feature wall panelling in the reception, lift lobbies and pool area. The overall result is something that Moorabbin Cabinets is very proud of, and to be associated in such a prestigious project with Hacer is a highlight of the businesses 38 year history. For more information contact Moorabbin Cabinets, 8 Tabbita Street, Moorabbin VIC 3189, phone 03 9555 7571, fax 03 9553 5803, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Aloha Pools designed and constructed the internal pool for Queens Domain Apartments.

In designing and installing the 12.5m x 5m indoor swimming pool at Queens Domain, several technical challenges had to be overcome by Aloha Pools.

pool parts including the structural formwork to the pool base, steel reinforcements, waterproofing, glass tiles as well as the pool hydraulic system, switchboard and heating systems.

Located on the ground level, above the resident’s carpark, the pool needed to be acoustically isolated from the main structure. “Queens Domain proved to be a highly technical and detail intensive project, which doesn’t reveal itself when you’re looking at the finished product,” said Nathan Kinder from Aloha Pools. “The swimming pool was engineered to support its own weight through the perimeter corbel and structurally isolated with rubber mounts. Maintaining the correct clearances in the carparking level meant that we could not construct the pool on a structural host slab as would be our preference.”

As highlighted through their work on Queens Domain, Aloha specialise in the full package deal. Operating without subcontractors, from design to completion Aloha is a one-stop pool business. Based mainly in Victoria, the company are experts in all fields from project management to the concrete works, sound isolation, hydraulics, waterproofing and aesthetic finishes. This minimises administration costs and leads to a higher quality product, as everyone is working succinctly toward the same goal, under the same supervision.

Given that the concrete structure is doing so much heavy lifting it was imperative that quality and coordination throughout the design and construction process was maintained. For the head contractor, talking to one main contractor for the pool meant that the process became trouble free. A team of 16 people worked on the project from design, drafting, to building the pool. Aloha Pools installed each of the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Aloha Pools Pty Ltd, 3/35 Lakewood Boulevard, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 8762 0171, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE queens domain apartments 107

Queens Domain Apartments, Victoria

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Below Melbourne Commercial Painters completed all of the internal and external painting for the project.

Melbourne Commercial Painting were tasked with painting the entire internal and external of the 227-apartments at Queens Domain Apartments. “It was a big project, but we handle any size projects,� said Director, Michael Gover. A team of 18 fully trained and experienced painters were working on the job.

To ensure that their work is of the high standard they are renowned for, Melbourne Commercial Painting are dedicated to a job from the initial consultation right through to the final inspection they perform to ensure everything is perfect.

The exterior of the building was painted using Dulux Acratex, a textured paint product that protects against cracking and staining of the render. The only issue that presented itself to the team was the breeze that seemed to work against them once they had reached Level 14 of the building. Despite this small hiccup, the job went smoothly. Melbourne Commercial Painting have seen a steady growth in business due to their consistent professionalism and high quality standards. This ensures that one-off clients become loyal customers. Hacer, the construction company for Queens Domain Apartments, also contracted Melbourne Commercial Painting for the Dux Richmond Hill apartments in Richmond and the recently completed Garden Hill apartments in Doncaster. The painting company focus mainly on commercial projects, including refurbishment, extensions and architectural, interior and exterior jobs. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Melbourne Commercial Painting, 9 Pasture Crescent, Mernda VIC 3754, mobile (Michael) 0404 186 580, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE queens domain apartments 109

powering ahead DEVELOPER : Windlab and John Laing Group Project cost : $75 million

110 VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Kiata Wind Farm


The Kiata Wind Farm consists of nine 3.45MW V126 wind turbine generators connected into the National Electricity Market through the 66KV network running between Horsham and Nhill. The project will supply enough electricity to power over 20,000 Victorian homes and will have the largest and most efficient wind turbines in Australia each standing approximately180m tall. The $75 million Kiata Wind Farm is a 30MW wind energy project located 50km north west of Horsham, Victoria. The turbines provide enough clean energy for over 20,000 households and are the largest and most efficient wind turbines in Australia. Windlab, an Australian energy development company, are responsible for the development of the project. They co-own the Kiata Wind Farm along with investors John Laing and a group of 25 local shareholders. Windlab utilise atmospheric modelling and wind energy assessment technology to identify ideal locations across the country for the development of wind farms. Work on this project began three years ago when the site was first earmarked as appropriate. “We began preparing the site in November 2016 after the financial close with investors. However, this project began about two to three years before that. A number of our planning and design engineers were already busy negotiating with both the local council and landowners,” explained Martin Vries, Windlab’s site Construction Manager. The project was not overly large with approximatly 100 people working onsite at any one time however over the course of the project, up to 300 inductions were carried out. Construction was a global effort with the turbines and cells arriving from Denmark, the wind towers from Portland, Victoria and the turbine blades arriving from Spain. Given the nature of the location of wind farms, there are always a series of challenges that face the construction team. “The biggest risk is almost always the last construction element – the lift. We had towers that are 120m high and blades that were 63m long, lifting the blades that high into the air to connect to the hub at the top of the wind tower is a challenging process,” explained Martin. “As you are there to construct a wind farm, you are in an area of high wind. It is a critical part of the construction that is at the mercy of the elements. Bad weather can severely disrupt our schedule.” The wind energy industry is tightly regulated, Windlab worked closely with regulator, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), who are responsible for providing generator licenses to every power station in Australia. “It is an extensive undertaking with tests and model discussions and if underestimated it can cause programme delays – testing of the turbines cannot be conducted without a licence,” explained Martin. For Windlab, the key to reducing these risks is through transparent and rigorous project management. “We created a transparent schedule and forecasted the areas with the most risk. Those critical items were continuously monitored and everybody was focussed on finding the right solutions. As a result of this approach, one of our high risk jobs, the energisation of the sub-station, was completed early. That was achieved through working with Powercor from a very early stage in the project.” The V126 turbines, which stand at a total height of 180m, are currently the largest in Australia. Developed by Vestas, the 126m rotor enables greater wind capture, which in turn produces more energy at a reduced cost. The result is exceptional profitability in areas with low wind, and new frontiers for wind energy investment. Windlab have offices in Australia, South Africa and America and became a public company in August 2017. Current projects include the Kennedy Energy Park, it is a world first utility-scale hybrid wind, solar and storage project. Operations will begin in late 2018. KWF is owned by John Laing, Windlab and local Shareholders. John Laing is an international originator, active investor and manager of infrastructure projects. Its business is focused on major PPP infrastructure projects and renewable energy projects, across a range of international markets including Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.

For more information contact Windlab, Level 4, 60 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City ACT 260, phone 02 6175 4600, website

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supporting green energy projects Australia takes full advantage of the country’s renewable resources. Wilson Transformers Company (WTC) can see many large scale wind and solar projects being built to help meet the renewable energy target. Over the last few years WTC have partnered with some of Australia’s leading developers and contractors to supply their products to their wind and solar sites. The $75 million Kiata Wind Farm is one of the projects the company has worked on recently. WTC supplied two 22MVA 66/33kV power transformers. The units – weighing 43.5 tonnes each, were transported to the Kiata Wind Farm site fully assembled and unloaded to the foundation by jack and skate. Following installation onsite, the site acceptance testing was conducted under WTC’s supervision to ensure a successful operation of the transformers. WTC were also honoured to host a media event to announce the financial closure of the Kiata Wind Farm at their Power Transformer factory in Glen Waverley, Victoria, where the company had the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, Shaun Leane MP and the representatives of WindLab, Vestas and other parties involved in the project. WTC are very proud to support the development of renewable energy in Australia and partner with leading developers and contractors. Being a local manufacturer, they are able to provide on-ground support WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

within 24 hours. The company have a dedicated team of people for field operations and support services with specialist equipment to respond to the full range of transformer site works. WTC’s manufacturing facilities also provide them with the ability to offer factory refurbishments in Australia, including vapour phase dry outs. WTC’s products range from 16kVA single phase polemount transformers and three phase 100 kVA compact MV substations, right up to three phase 550MVA 400kV transmission transformers. Through collaboration with international organisations and our ongoing focus on innovation, the company have pioneered a range of alternative solutions for various sectors that are commercially and technically attractive. Wilson Transformers Company’s ideas, experience and commitment to continuous improvement enable them to provide products that minimise their customer’s whole of life cost and operational risks. “We believe the built smart for life philosophy represents superior value, and this is our promise to our customers.” For more information contact Wilson Transformers Company, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Kiata Wind Farm 113

The Gold Standard DEVELOPER : Grocon MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Grocon ARCHITECTS : Archipelago, Arkhefield and ARM Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $550 million

The $550M Parklands development features a mix of apartments and townhouses, 5,840m² retail precinct and green and landscaped spaces built around a ‛Village Heart’. The project incorporates seven hectares of residential and retail precincts with seven hectares of parklands and open space, with a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating. Few construction projects truly deserve the label iconic, but Parklands is certainly one of them. One of the most significant urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast, the $550 million masterplanned development features 1,252 dwellings with a mix of apartments and townhouses, 5,840m2 retail precinct with green and landscaped spaces built around a ‛Village Heart’. In 2013 the Queensland Government selected private developer Grocon to redevelop 14 hectares of the 29 hectare Parklands site for use as the athletes village during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). The new homes will host 6,600 athletes and officials during the Games in April 2018. Civil works commenced August 2014 and building work started in September 2015. In October 2017 construction was completed and the Parklands Project was leased to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to be transformed into the Commonwealth Games Village. After the GC2018 is over in 114 QLD PROJECT FEATURE parklands

April, Grocon will prepare the development for a mixed use residential community that will become available from early 2019. A project of this scale, building an entire new community, will understandably present many construction challenges. Steven Grimes, Project General Manager, at Grocon explained, “A key challenge was the horizontal nature of the project, there were numerous work fronts. It was a 29 hectare construction site split into six major residential development lots; 1,170 one and two bedroom apartments across 18 towers and 82 three bedroom townhouses.” The new precinct was developed in two years and Grocon employed several innovative approaches to reduce programme risk. “The team identified numerous opportunities to increase efficiency through the build period. For example, we removed the need for pile caps through the direct embedment of column starter bars in piles. The use of Dincel permanent wall formwork meant we didn’t require block work or similar heavy masonry trades,” said Steven. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“Saving time is an important factor but many of our approaches also increase site safety, which is vital considering there were 1,135 people onsite at its peak and a total of 6,020 were inducted throughout the entire project. The non-use of blockwork on typical floors removed the risks for our workers of falls from heights, back strains and silicosis.” There’s also the benefit of improved quality. The precast concrete fittings such as the stair flights, dual height columns, structural lift wall panels and structural fire stair wall panels were crafted in an external workshop and brought onsite, resulting in a higher quality product.

Indigenous participation through targeted initiatives focused on employment, training and procurement.

As a high profile development, it was important that Parklands set the bar with quality and sustainability. It boasts a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating with the Green Building Council of Australia, representing ‘World Leadership’ in Sustainability, and a 6 Leaf EnviroDevelopment Mixed Use rating with the Urban Development Institute of Australia. All 1,170 apartments have achieved Gold Level status under Livable Housing Australia Design Guidelines and the 82 townhouses achieved Silver Level status.

Grocon are known for their complex and skyline defining projects in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and have a proven track record across commercial, residential, Government, social housing, health, hospitality and infrastructure.

Boosting the local community was also a meaningful part of the project and over 90% of procurement was from local trades and suppliers in South East Queensland. There was also increased

For more information contact Grocon, Level 33, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3020 0800, fax 07 3020 0899, email, website


Current projects include The Ribbon, a 25-storey hotel and serviced apartment development in Sydney’s Darling Harbour and Twenty95, a collection of luxury apartments in Manly.


Below Inspired Building Pty Ltd (QLD) completed the majority of the fitout work for the development.

Inspired Building Pty Ltd (QLD) did the majority of the fitout work on Lot A at Parklands and work on Lots H and J in the Commonwealth Games Village. This means providing the internal and external framing, internal and external linings, claddings, carpentry and plastering for the 158 apartments in two residential towers, and the retail areas, recreation centre and gym. “We started work here in August 2016. We have about 100 guys on staff – all professional tradesmen, and so have access to a great team,” Director, Julian Wall said. Queensland’s Gold Coast has seen major development in recent years as part of the State government’s ongoing plan to create jobs. There has been an unparalleled population growth in South East Queensland. As part of this initiative, the 29 hectare Parklands Priority Development Area has been established within what is known as The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, a 200 hectare development area that is home to The Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital and Griffith University. “There are temporary walls creating extra spaces that will be removed when the Games are over and the units will be set up for residential 116 QLD PROJECT FEATURE parklands

use. The design for the Commonwealth Games Village allows for a staged approach to the overall project, providing for future adaption of the units and village areas,” said Julian. “It will have mixed use, residential apartments, recreational facilities, commercial venues and generous public spaces.” Inspired Building Pty Ltd (QLD) has been involved with many large projects in South East Queensland, including the Meriton Sundale Building at Southport, providing internal framing and linings for 555 apartments over 55-storeys, the main foyer, retail and common areas. “We’ve been involved in a number of large Meriton projects – one on the Gold Coast and the Meriton Infinity which was 550-apartments over 81-storeys at Herschel Street in Brisbane; also the Soleil Building in Brisbane,” said Julian.

For more information contact Inspired Building Pty Ltd (QLD), 7 Crinum Crescent, Southport QLD 4215, mobile (Julian) 0466 538 753, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below WSP Group provided urban renewal services for the Parklands project.

WSP is leading the charge in sustainable urban renewal developments, setting new benchmarks in sustainable communities for the multi-million dollar Parklands project. From WSP’s inception 130 years ago, the global company has grown to become one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms with a strong presence in Australia. Recently, the firm undertook a mammoth urban renewal project on Queensland’s Gold Coast, providing sustainability and building engineering services to bring the seven hectares residential and retail development – known as Parklands – to life. Comprising 1,252 apartments and townhouses and a shopping precinct, Parklands will also include an additional seven hectares of parklands and open space.

leadership in sustainable performance, a 6 Leaf EnviroDevelopment rating for outstanding performance as an environmentally sustainable development, and Gold and Silver level certifications from Livable Housing Australia for outstanding livability. “Our objective was to help create a well connected, diverse, inclusive and healthy development that minimises environmental impacts and boosts livability,” said Tim. “The project includes planting 136,420 new trees across the site, adopting green building design principles, re-establishing a natural creek and floodplain, creating large green spaces and a Reconciliation Action Plan.” “Overall, we’re delighted to have played a key role in realising the next generation of urban developments for the Gold Coast community to live, work and play.”

Tim Parker, WSP’s Director, Sustainability Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said the world class development sets a benchmark for excellence in sustainability relating to governance, livability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation initiatives. To date, Parklands has earned multiple accreditations including the coveted 6 Star Green Star Communities rating which represents world WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact WSP Australia, 1 Gardner Close, Milton Qld 4064, phone 07 3368 6600, fax 07 3368 6699, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE parklands 117

Below Torrance Aquatic designed and constructed the pools for the Parklands project.

Torrance Aquatic was responsible for the design and construction of the International Standard commercial pools at the Commonwealth Games Village.

contractor for commercial swimming pools, in Australia and the Pacific region, bringing creative ideas and aesthetic features and finishes.

With four large pools, two leisure pools and two lap pools, the aquatic areas were specifically tailored to meet professional athlete standards as well as service the development as communal pools, after the completion of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“We service the commercial building and construction industry with our main focus being on the larger scale projects throughout Queensland. Being a part of the construction of the Commonwealth Games Village has been a great experience and as we are a Gold Coast based company, we are excited for what the Games bring to the Gold Coast as a whole,” Director, Josh Torrance said.

At Parklands, pools had to provide disabled access, including hoists and ramps for paraplegic and other disabled athletes. Torrance Aquatic facilitated these needs into the design and relied on a Sydney based company Para Mobility to complete the installation of these crucial accessibility elements.

Torrance Aquatic are quickly becoming the leader in commercial swimming pool construction and with an experienced team they are providing builders with hassle free, turnkey aquatic options for any scale project.

Design and construct has a lot to do with structure and hydraulics, as many restrictions can influence overall design. Torrance Aquatic work with architects and engineers to ensure the client’s vision can be realised which is particularly important in the design and construction of luxury resorts and hotel swimming pools. Torrance Aquatic has established itself as a preferred 118 QLD PROJECT FEATURE parklands

For more information contact Torrance Aquatic, 3/16 Palings Court, Nerang QLD 4211, mobile 0408 807 923, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Shutterflex designed, manufactured and installed the distinctive and colourful sunblades on Parklands.

Shutterflex designs, manufactures and installs customised façades and screens, creating the perfect solution to the needs of their clients. At Parklands, Shutterflex provided their Trinidad and Tobago vertical sunblades to the façade of the buildings in the Athletes Village. The sunblades, in a multitude of vibrant colours, provide a striking feature that dominates the streets of Parklands.

“We worked through various iterations to continually refine the design in order to meet the budget. We created new extrusions with 3D modelling. This is where we excel,” said Peter. “Grocon saw us as the preferred supplier because we have engineering expertise and can solve problems. We design the product and fixing specifically for the project using our propriety systems.”

“Grocon were looking for solutions that would meet their budget requirements and also the architectural intent; we created a new way to use the product,” explained Peter Ryan, Managing Director at Shutterflex. “We provided external, vertical sections on all the buildings in the Athletes Village. These were mounted vertically on the façade. The sunblades provide a little bit of sun control but they are mainly an architectural feature.” Shutterflex worked closely with the architect and builders to come up with a solution that met the project’s requirements and lowered the cost.

Shutterflex had an installation crew of six people onsite at Parklands, who were supported by the manufacturing team and project managers at Crestmead in Brisbane.

Shutterflex used a unique and innovative way of fixing the blades. Requiring only one fixing, the installation of the product minimised site labour and fabrication time, resulting in less cost. The patented pending design of the Shutterflex sunblades allows them to span over longer distances than their competitors, enhancing the aesthetic of the façade. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Over the years Shutterflex has enjoyed steady growth with builders in South-east Queensland and across Australia. As well as working with established companies, Shutterflex has new clients in its growing portfolio and recently has completed work at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital providing sun control products and batten screens.

For more information contact Design Enviro Pty Ltd (trading as Shutterflex), Unit 2/74-76 Magnesium Drive, Crestmead QLD 4132, phone 07 3277 5428, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE parklands 119

Below StateGuard Protective Services conducted cleaning of the Parklands project.

Parklands on Queensland’s Gold Coast supports 1,252 residences, made up of apartments and townhouses, and a 5,840m2 retail precinct. After the build, StateGuard were responsible for the cleaning of ‛absolutely everything’ according to Ben Bilbilov, Managing Director at StateGuard Protective Services. “The job was exciting because it is part of the Commonwealth Games and also it was great to be working with professionals like Grocon.” StateGuard had a team of up to 15 cleaners working daily at Parklands to prepare the construction for hand over. The company has a proactive approach to protecting people, community and assets, improving on existing infrastructure and strengthening the security environment. StateGuard has a unique approach to Security Systems and Workplace Mobilisations. These complete operation solutions have been customised with risk management services, in full compliance with Australian Standards. StateGuard’s Protective Services division has built its strength through its people and its relationships, underpinned by a commitment to innovative growth. A reputation for consistent quality service delivery and continual requests from clients, led them to diversify into cleaning and facilities management. This move, 120 QLD PROJECT FEATURE parklands

again strengthened by quality service and delivery, led to obtaining the award for ‘Commonwealth Games’ contract through Parklands. StateGuard can supply, install and maintain state-of-the-art security and data solutions across a wide range of commercial applications including retail, commercial, government, hospital, educational, industrial and corporate sites. This involves the design, installation and commissioning of all integrated electronic security systems, which can be either simple or very complex solutions. The company’s philosophy is to build long term relationships with their clients and partners. The solutions provided are designed not only in relation to the individual client needs, but to complement their business operations.

For more information contact StateGuard Protective Services t/a StateGuard Integrated Solutions, phone 1300 723 887, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below RISsafety supplied and installed the façade and roof access safety systems on Parklands.

RISsafety manufactures, installs and designs height safety and access systems, including systems to meet a variety of client and building requirements to meet the Australian Standards. RISsafety designed and installed the façade and roof access systems for building cleaning and maintenance at the Parklands project on the Gold Coast. “We designed the system at Parklands with the clients on-going costs in mind. By casting in the anchors we have been able to reduce the clients costs for annul inspection and maintenance of the system which has delivered a total cost of ownership benefit to the client,” said Barry Johnson, CEO. RISsafety has been an industry leader with more than 30 years experience. RISsafety employs over 100 staff and brings professional expertise in employee protection when working at heights. Five employees were engaged at Parklands to implement the height safety and access solution. With increased awareness in the industry about safety considerations on work sites and best practice risk management being the name of the game in the building industry, RISsafety has the experience and capabilities to provide local and international projects with practical solutions for any height safety, confined space or rope WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

access application. To meet best practice in risk mitigation, RISsafety engineers its own designs and customised service that meets industry’s stringent standards when it comes to protection on the client’s site. RISsafety designs, manufactures and distributes anchor points, horizontal and vertical fall protection systems, aluminium and fiberglass ladders and walkway systems, fall arrest retractable blocks (inertia reels), tripods and winches for confined space. To assist with worker safety in a results driven fast pace construction environment, RISsafety also has its own range of Australian Standard approved personal protective equipment (PPE). RISsafety has also delivered the Southpoint Stage C, Jupiters Casino and Gurner FV. RISsafety has an extensive Australian portfolio, including Q1 Skypoint, Adelaide Oval Roof Climb, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, contracts for the Australian Defence Services, Perth International Airport and Stockland Group, Railcorp, Bunnings and the Australian Submarine Corp. For more information contact RISsafety, 3 Bushells Place, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 8781 2100, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE parklands 121

On track for Gold DEVELOPER : Queensland Rail mAIN Construction Company : Golding Project VALUE : $163 million

The $163M Coomera to Helensvale Duplication completes the ‘missing link’ on the Gold Coast rail line, improving service capacity and reliability for the region, with the construction of eight rail bridges, 8.2km of rail track including all associated overhead electrification and signalling systems, and the replacement of approximately 3.8km of timber fencing. Having previously constructed duplication projects for Queensland Rail, Golding Contractors returned to deliver the Coomera to Helensvale Duplication. The project involved the construction of eight new bridges adjacent to the existing operating rail bridges across waterways and roads including an 860m long through-bridge over Coomera River, Hope Island Road and Saltwater Creek. The team also replaced 3.8km of timber barriers with concrete barriers on the corridor boundary, installed security fencing, along with the associated earthworks and the construction of rail maintenance access roads in the rail corridor. Golding Contractors completed the full design, detailed planning and the submissions required to obtain the necessary developmental and 122 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Coomera To Helensvale Duplication

environmental approvals well in advance of expected time frames. Work commenced onsite in March 2016 and was completed for operations to start in the second half of 2017, well within programme schedule. With a workforce of 120 people onsite, not only did Golding meet deadlines, they were able to provide early handover to Queensland Rail for select areas. As the construction needed to be carried out immediately adjacent to an operating Queensland Rail track with high-speed trains, care needed to be taken at all stages of the construction. Golding’s close working relationship with Queensland Rail allowed for the development of safe work methods which included very detailed work safe statements, the establishment of safe work locations and clever design innovations to reduce interference which permitted construction to take place without interrupting train AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


operations. An example of this was the planning designed to allow two post-tensioned 106 girders for the through-bridge across Hope Island Road, to be constructed onsite and installed over the course of a single night, preventing any extensive road closures and disruption to rail services. The Coomera River provided a number of environmental challenges that needed careful planning by Golding to facilitate the rail bridge crossing. Temporary works had to be established to facilitate the construction, and Golding floated precast girders and multiple pumps for large concrete pours rather than a slower kibble process. Golding also used polymer supported piles to construct bored piles and to support pouring of concrete for the supports, rather than using temporary liners. This ensured that there were minimal disruptions to the sensitive water course, and no harmful consequences to the environment as a result of the bridge construction.

put these plans into action, with the Golding team following key strategies outlined in the severe weather management plan, ensuring all work was secure and safe during the event. The thoughtful preplanning meant that disruptions were kept to a minimum and the work was suspended for only two days. With a worksite stretched over 8km and passing close to residential backyards and areas that were landlocked, a heightened degree of diligence and care had to be maintained. Golding worked closely with Queensland Rail and Phillips Group to liaise and communicate with residents, to minimise disruptions. Golding is situated in Queensland and after having 75 years of success in the civil, urban and mining development projects, they recently expanded to New South Wales. Other major projects include the replacement and reconstruction of the Dawson Highway Bridges at various locations and the Gladstone Area Offline Water Storage Facility.

Golding undertook thorough planning methodologies to assess the ground conditions of the site, using flood modelling, temporary work designs and anticipating rain. Ex-cyclone Debbie

For more information contact Golding Contractors, Level 1, 147 Coronation Drive, Milton QLD 4064, phone 07 3510 3400, email, website


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Quicker, lighter, stronger Quickcell Technology Products specialise in the manufacture of prestressed and precast concrete products, concrete beams, retaining walls, panels and flooring systems. Established in 1993, their initial aim was to create precast and in situ products that are lighter and stronger than traditional constructs.

Coomera to Helensvale Duplication

For the Coomera to Helensvale Duplication, Quickcell Technology Products manufactured and supplied 99 prestressed concrete bridge girders which spanned 25m. The team of 15 worked efficiently to install the girders to keep the project within programme schedule. Quickcell Technology Products develop new products for the Australian and International markets. Another major project they worked on is the Lucinda Bridge at the Port of Brisbane. “In addition to conventional girders and T-roff girders, we have developed Quickcell Super Girders which were used in the construction of the Lucinda Bridge at the Port of Brisbane. These girders have a span of 46m, however they can span up to 55m,� said Hossein Shamsai, Managing Director of Quickcell Technology Products.

Lucinda Bridge, Port of Brisbane

For more information contact Quickcell Technology Products, 2613 Beaudesert-Boonah Road, Bromelton QLD 4285, phone 07 5541 4838, fax 07 5541 4819, email, website

Coomera to Helensvale Duplication, Queensland

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digging deep Hastings Deering is a Caterpillar equipment dealer with an 80 year legacy of supporting customers in the construction, infrastructure and transport industries. For the Coomera to Helensvale Duplication, they have supplied a range of construction equipment for contractors working on the project. The company has accreditation in quality, safety and environmental management systems as well as Gas Work Authority in full compliance with government legislation. For Hastings Deering, their values and integrity are the foundational pillars of their company. Commitment to safety is an integral part of Hastings Deering, implementing strategic safety plans and striving to apply the No Harm workplace initiative with an aim to ensure that all their people can return home safely every day. Hastings Deering has achieved several environmental targets as they continue to work towards minimising their environmental impact. They have now turned their focus to reducing CO2 emissions. Along with their state-of-the-art technology, they provide expert advice to clients on equipment maintenance to maximise efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases. Hastings Deering seeks to understand their clients’ needs and build trusted relationships, ensuring that the best service is provided. It is their mission to employ the best people and train them to their fullest potential so that they can help their customers succeed. Hastings Deering don’t just supply the machinery, they also WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

provide a range of support including expert solution providers, operational support and technical advice, a 24/7 distribution centre, specialist workshops, Caterpillar trained technicians and apprentices, as well as maintenance, service and repairs. The company operates in four countries has over 3,000 employees and 23 business centres located throughout Queensland, Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. They also have one of the largest fluid analysis labs in Australia, providing leading technology for improved efficiency, safety and continuous innovation. For more information contact Hastings Deering, Kerry Road, Archerfield, Brisbane QLD 4108, phone 131 228, fax 07 3365 9420, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Coomera To Helensvale Duplication 125

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A grand statement The $600M Grand Central redevelopment has created a magnetic destination for the community that embodies the pride, tradition and the culture of the Darling Downs region. With the construction of 160 additional speciality retailers, department stores and supermarkets as well as global and iconic Australian fashion brands, Grand Central has transformed into an unrivalled retail, entertainment and lifestyle precinct using natural materials to reflect the Toowoomba region and its surrounding urban environment. With over 26 years experience in delivering investment outcomes to around 100 institutional investors, Brisbane based QIC Global Real Estate (QICGRE) has undertaken a $600 million redevelopment of Grand Central in the regional Queensland city of Toowoomba. Staying true to the vision for a complex aimed at creating a magnetic community hub, the Grand Central redevelopment aims to embody the pride, tradition, culture and opportunity of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region. Working closely with Toowoomba Regional Council for many years to deliver a transformation aligned with the Council’s City Centre masterplan, QICGRE’s project included demolition of a neighbouring shopping centre, ‘Gardentown’, to allow Grand Central to expand to twice its size at 92,000m2 and complement the 126 QLD PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL

existing dynamic retail, entertainment and lifestyle offer. Featuring 160 specialty retailers, discount department stores, supermarkets and fashion brands, Grand Central’s new development also incorporates a fresh food precinct and dining destination with restaurants and cafés, which boarder a new civic space, called Central Square, in the heart of the central business district. QIC’s delivery of Grand Central has brought about 1,500 new jobs during construction with another 1,000 estimated on project completion. With a façade inspired by Toowoomba’s civic architecture and interiors effecting the same charm and character of the city, Grand Central blends agreeably with the local community. Materials such as timber, stone and brick, as well as frameless glass railings with blackbutt handrails maximise views of shopfronts, ceilings and views to the sky. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Developer : QIC mAIN Construction Company : Probuild Architect : Buchan Group STRUCTURAL Engineer : Robert Bird Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $600 million

A significant challenge for the Grand Central team and ultimate achievement was extending construction across a railway line, making it the first commercial complex to do so since 1983. Designing the construction process across three stages of development, QICGRE brought an exciting extension to their retail offer to Toowoomba. The Stage 1, 2-level retail galleria, opened in September 2016, brought more than 50 fashion-focused retailers and a homewares precinct on the lower level. With its feature south facing light windows and generous shop heights, the ambience is one of relaxed elegance and spaciousness. Stage 2 in March 2017 brought some of the biggest names in Australian retail to one location for the first time in Toowoomba’s history, including Kmart, Big W and Woolworths as well as casual food outlets such as Betty’s Burgers, Schnitz and Noodle Hut. It also saw the delivery of significant additional carparking, doubling the total number of spaces at the centre to approximately 4,000. Stage 3 in September 2017 marked the launch of Grand Central’s integrated outdoor community space, Central Square. This space fronts Margaret Street and includes a large staircase into the centre, a stunning focal point for the community and overlooked by the dining precinct, which includes a range of restaurants and cafés new to the Toowoomba region. Central Square includes a grassed area, trees and seating.  WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Also opened in Stage 3 are a range of new retailers in the Centre’s new dining precinct, including Chong Co Thai Restaurant & Bar, Yum Cha Cuisine, Max Brenner and Vapiano. Grand Central’s Duggan Lane space also opened during Stage 3, connecting Duggan Street directly to Level 1 of the centre, with plans for this area to have a focus on food. For more information contact QIC, Level 5, Central Plaza Two, 66 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4001, phone 07 3360 3800, fax 07 3360 3979, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL 127



Below Millennium provided cleaning, security and integrated services on the Grand Central project.

Millennium management is proud of its long-standing and enduring association with QIC Queensland that commenced with the provision of Cleaning Services at Gardentown and Grand Central Toowoomba in August 2010. This relationship has continued through the major redevelopment and combination of the two sites with the first stage opening in September 2016 and the final stage presented in March 2017.

As each stage of the development reached completion a major strip and seal of all the hard floor surfaces was carried out, in conjunction with high cleans to remove all the dust and grit that resulted from the building process. Finally a thorough clean of all glass, chrome and specialist surfaces was undertaken to guarantee that all the stakeholder’s contributions were presented in the best possible light and that the centre looked stunning for it’s official opening.

In March 2011 Millennium was awarded the security services contract at the site and since then their security officers and cleaners have been working as a team providing the improved service, safety and financial benefits of a combined service delivery team. Throughout the complete asset development process, Millennium have participated in additional meetings with their client and members of the construction team, adjusting their rosters, schedules and the delivery of their services to accommodate changing access and client requirements.

Millennium has extensive experience in the delivery of services throughout asset developments completing 16 nationally over the last five years, including QIC Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast in 2016, and the Canberra Centre in the ACT in 2017. As a result they are also experts in the provision of cleaning and security teams for new building cleans or the preparation and manning of buildings for official openings and major events.

Millennium’s security personnel are safety conscious and extended the scope of their services during the construction process to include night patrols of the centre, traffic management, vehicle patrols of the entire development precinct and supervised access and escort services of contractors to and from the site. The frequency and scope of their customer service approach to service delivery was also extended to include additional support to disabled and elderly visitors whose normal access routes were too difficult to approach or not available. All stakeholders in the safe development of Grand Central Toowoomba including the construction team, site inspectors, QIC management, centre tenants, their cleaning personnel and customers alike benefited from the services provided by Millennium’s around the clock security teams. Millennium’s account manager, onsite supervisor and cleaning staff at Grand Central Toowoomba all take pride in their work and despite the difficult circumstances, their entire team maintained their focus and attention to detail during construction so that high standards of presentation were delivered ensuring centre presentation, customer comfort, and safety were paramount. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

At the onset of a potential new partnership, Millennium establishes a responsible and responsive relationship with their client to take ownership of their role and the delivery of cleaning, security and integrated services, that includes concierge and hygiene services, waste management, pest control and building and landscape maintenance. Millennium’s contract portfolio includes more than 900 properties across a diverse range of facilities, including shopping centres, commercial properties, government and public buildings, universities, council properties, sport facilities, and schools. Millennium’s head office is located in Mount Waverley, Melbourne with additional offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney, and international offices in Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. From Millennium’s board to their onsite teams, the company is committed to delivering service excellence.

For more information contact Millennium Services Group Limited, 205-211 Forster Road, Mount Waverley VIC 3149, phone 03 8540 7900, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL 129

Below DECC were contracted for their demolition services on the existing plaza at the Grand Central site.

In November 2014, demolition experts DECC were contracted for the complete demolition of the existing plaza in Toowoomba, Queensland. A contract that required further demolition of the bridge entry to the old development, it’s operations ensured the vision to install a new 2-storey, $500 million contemporary multi-retail shopping plaza was officially underway. Privately owned and operable since 2007, the company operate out of Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong metropolitan areas as well as regional areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Fully licensed with a team of 150 employees, DECC offer their expertise to areas of the commercial sector involving demolition, civil, remediation and environmental contracting and some project management and consulting services. For Grand Central to realise it’s dream, DECC demolished all facets of the old shopping centre including footings and foundations. A specifically machine-orientated project, machines as large as 70 tonne were required for the flattening of the old structure, including the bridge. 130 QLD PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL

Highly conscious of public protection, safety and environmental issues such as waste, contamination, dust mitigation etc, DECC also employed the use of small scale tools. These tools ensured work to the facades, boundaries and separation walls was carried out meticulously and with minimal interference, both civic and environmental. Impressively, DECC operate within strict parameters when it comes to finding a working method that facilitates recyclable waste. At Grand Central, concrete was crushed onsite and reused, and their 96% recycling record was boosted to an extraordinary 98% threshold. Other projects by DECC that show their deftness in demolition and provision for reconstruction include a hospital redevelopment in Brisbane and Greenland’s luxurious apartments project in Kings Cross, Sydney. It was this latter development that saw DECC take down all casing façades and walls to leave just a skeletal vision of its internal workings. Through the installation of temporary bracing, DECC ensured reconstruction could commence immediately. For more information contact DECC, Unit 30, 19 McCauley Street, Port Botany NSW 2036, phone 02 9003 0684, fax 02 9003 0688, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Stowe Australia installed all electrical systems including a unique GPON system facilitating inter-connectivity.

With an unfathomable work history of 110 years in business, Australian based Stowe Australia is unsurprisingly a leading electrical contractor. A hefty team of 1,600 manage the installation and maintenance of commercial and industrial communications and electrics. Equipped with the experience and financial capability to engage with the complete range of requirements for these projects, they have built and successfully maintained a strong reputation for performance, quality and reliability. Undertaking the project, QIC’s Grand Central Shopping Centre in Queensland, Stowe Australia has brought services to Toowoomba’s very first large scale multi-retail development. With $500 million allocated to Grand Central for its full 3-storey redevelopment, commenced in 2014, it showcases major retailers, food retailers and speciality stores in the one complex. Grand Central’s 3-level design concept is contemporary, stylish and uncomplicated. Fashioned with a market-style atmosphere, integrated civic and dining spaces, it has a community focus with an orientation toward diversified shopping, relaxation, enjoyment and pleasure. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Stowe Australia were engaged by Probuild to install all electrical systems including communications, security, DAS, PA and background music. Making use of the unique GPON system not extensively used in Australia but taken to a new level in this development, Stowe Australia were able to facilitate an inter-connectivity between phone lines, internet, CCTV metering analytics and air conditioning. A system which makes use of a fibre optic system not unlike NBN, it meant for efficient correspondence between individual retailers, building services and central management. Other commercial projects by Stowe Australia include at a glance 480 Queen Street, Brisbane; Sunshine Coast University Hospital; and Westpac Head Office, Sydney. From these large scale developments to Grand Central with its unique GPON system, Stowe Australia’s expertise is overtly flexible and displays inspiring competence.

For more information contact Stowe Australia, 23 Hi-Tech Court, Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113, phone 07 3423 6777, fax 07 3423 6799, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL 131

Below Pebblecrete transformed the Grand Central project by providing elegant terazzo tiles on the project.

Pebblecrete In-situ was recently contracted to work on the Grand Central transformation in the Darling Downs region and provided elegant terrazzo tiles that sit in place. 180 additional specialty retailers were added to Grand Central with the use of natural materials to replicate the district and the urban environment. Pebblecrete In-situ has been creating works of art in terrazzo since 1963 and have been appreciated by architects, consultants and developers and utilised by various major construction companies throughout Australia and internationally. Versatile products are manufactured by the state-of-the-art production plant, satisfying the individual requirements of each client.

An example of magnificent accomplishment in craftsmanship is the Grand Market emblem at Centro Bankstown. The title was coloured green and laid in-situ with difficult curves hewed to match architectural design. Pebblecrete In-situ has been held in family tradition and has advanced with modern day technology to achieve a new production process. With over 50 years experience, Pebblecrete In-situ can manufacture terrazzo tiles and pavers in a variety of sizes and thicknesses to meet your needs and make that elegant statement that your project desires.

Pebblecrete In-situ is well known for their reconstruction of granite pavers and terrazzo floor tiles for their attractiveness, versatility and easy maintenance in large shopping centres, walkways, footpaths and railway stations. Terrazzo, is a popular choice for flooring and stepping. The colour range is elegant, natural and beautiful with all sizes available in several different thicknesses. Concrete pavers can be tailor made to suit any project and will certainly make a lasting impression on any project. 132 QLD PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL

For more information contact Pebblecrete In-situ Pty Ltd, 238 Woodpark Road, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 02 9604 3100, fax 02 9725 2607, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Strategic Spaces, a boutique Melbourne based studio, developed a wayfinding strategy and system for Grand Central Shopping Centre.

Strategic Spaces was recently contracted to work on the Grand Central transformation in the Darling Downs region. Strategic Spaces is a multi-disciplinary creative studio, specialising in the design of furniture, wayfinding and customer experience strategies. Their solutions are designed to enhance the built environment and respond directly to the operational and functional requirements of a development, represented in a way that aligns with the overarching design vision.

The team at Strategic Spaces are currently working on wayfinding strategies and systems for a number of sites, including Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Eastland Shopping Centre, Harbord Diggers and The Oasis Shopping Centre. They recently completed Robina Town Centre, Birkenhead Point, 480 Queen, Lutwyche City, The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, Strathpine Centre, The Star Sydney, Australia Fair Shopping Centre and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre.

Finding inspiration in the inherent history, culture and personality of each location is a key factor in their design research. By incorporating natural materials that reflected the region and urban environment, they were able to forge a connection between their concept and the unique characteristics of Toowoomba. As such, raw materials such as steel, bluestone and GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) feature in the final design. Angela Stephens, Director of Strategic Spaces, describes their experience working on the project as, “an absolute pleasure. QIC are knowledgeable, have a strong design ambition and as a result, their centres are beautiful – it’s a privilege to work on them.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Strategic Spaces Pty Ltd, Suite 1412, 1 Queens Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9863 7003, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE GRAND CENTRAL 133

a class of its own DEVELOPER : Student One mAIN Construction Company : Hutchinson Builders Architect : Arkhefield STRUCTURAL Engineer : ADG Structural CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $80 million



The 38 Wharf Street Student One Accommodation project will provide 753 beds made up of studio, executive, and multi-share apartments. The tower includes retail and recreation spaces, including an exercise room, pool, games room, as well as outdoor dining and lounge areas. Hutchinson Builders were responsible for the design and construction of the $80 million Student One Accommodation project at 38 Wharf Street in Brisbane’s bustling CBD. Taking the project through from documentation to delivery, the 39-storey, 753 bed development has been a challenging and exciting undertaking for the experienced construction company. According to project manager for Hutchinson Builders, Joel Martin, the Student One apartments are a long term project, with the construction starting in December 2015. “The location of the site is very tight. It’s on the corner of Wharf Street and Adelaide Street, which are primary arterials through the CBD. Logistically, it’s been very challenging,” Joel said. Generally the build was a typical concrete construction with post tension slabs. The vertical elements are predominantly precast, with the stair and lift core being conventional reinforced in-situ concrete. There was a monumental jump system on the project that took up a third of the site,” he said. With particular concern for the building’s aesthetics, a Keim mineral paint finish was applied to all precast concrete, creating a stained finish and low-level opacity that allowed the natural texture of the concrete to show through. Joel explained that the building uses a new and different aesthetic typology in terms of building style. Using a mixture of precast,

glass and aluminium, the façade is heavily articulated on the north side. “It has three layers of façade; being precast, using an aluminium rainscreen, and then with the glazed window wall units behind that. It’s quite complex in its construction,” he said. In addition to its complex tower façade, the building has honed coloured precast panels which span three levels on the outer podiums, which proved an intresteing challenge for installation. “Internally, the architect has adopted an industrial look, with exposed concrete soffits and galvanised sprinkler pipes,” he said. To soften the building’s industrial feel, the architect introduced touches of timber joinery, perforated ply ceilings, and signature pink and purple colours to add warmth to the space. Being the world’s tallest purpose built student accommodation tower to date, a number of employees and trades have contributed to the project. Joel estimated that site workers at the location peaked at 170 persons on a per day basis. “Across the duration of the project, in excess of 1,500 people have worked on the job,” he said. Having built largescale residential, industrial and commercial structures since 1912, Hutchinson Builders is one of Australia’s largest and longest running privately owned construction companies, working on over 250 projects on an annual basis. Joel said that a number of projects are currently underway, with two of the most exciting being the Student One Accommodation, and the Spire Apartments project, which is located on a site just across the road. “Our main state for construction is Queensland, but we do have a good national exposure,” Joel explained. “If you look across the Brisbane horizon, the blue Hutchinson cranes popping up are a testament to how the blue machine operates in Brisbane.” For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 584 Milton Road, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 07 3335 5000, fax 07 3335 5005, email, website



making the grade MCD Fire Engineering provided accredited fire safety engineering solutions to the 38 Wharf Street Student One Accommodation project. With 41-storeys and space for 750 residents, the large scale project required innovative techniques and a collaborative approach. Taking responsibility for the project was Mark McDaid, MCD Fire Engineering’s Founder and Director. “It’s a highly performance based building,” Mark explained. “Being the director and registered fire engineer, I worked on it solely due to its unique design challenges.” Mark said his work was solution driven, and innovative. With apartments designed as ‘clusters’, six bedrooms open onto common living spaces. “In Australia, the concept of not fire separating the bedrooms in the student cluster is relatively new. Under the Building Code of Australia strict DTS provisions, bedrooms need to be totally fire separated.” To address this, Mark explained that bedrooms and common spaces were designed with enhanced fire safety systems. “If the code required a certain safety level, we designed to an equal or superior level for sprinklers, detection, alarms, emergency lighting etc. The Building Certifier accepted the design to be equal or higher than the BCA’s strict DTS means of compliance,” Mark reported. Rather than using a stair pressurisation system, MCD adopted an open access balcony approach, allowing any smoke to dissipate rather than entering the stairs. “We weren’t relying on a mechanical system, so there’s less risk of it failing – a balcony acts as the ventilator,” Mark explained. Mark attributes part of the project’s success to his international experience in this field but most notably in this case, client engagement. “The end user isn’t always involved at design stage, but they came to meetings and gave feedback. It benefited the whole process,” he said. MCD Fire Engineering is also working on similar projects across Brisbane and also as a court appointed expert on building defects and non-compliances. For more information contact MCD Fire Engineering, PO Box 442, Manly NSW 1655, mobile 0423 922 745, email, website



a better way to build Interpod was responsible for the manufacture and installation of all student bathrooms in the 41-storey Student One Accommodation project, utilising new products and overcoming a number of challenges to achieve both great design and efficient use of space. Having installed 382 student accommodation bathroom pods for the apartments within the building, including four varied designs and disabled compliant DDA bathrooms, the company had its work cut out for it from day one. “The 38 Wharf Street project site faced significant challenges with an extremely tight deadline, with 41-levels on a footprint of under 1,000m2,” said Interpod’s Project Manager for the Student One Accommodation, Nathan Light. “In the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, Interpod was successful in streamlining the construction through reducing trades onsite, and with reduced logistics and storage of raw materials onsite,” he continued. With over 25 years’ experience in modular building and the ability to manufacture bathrooms offsite and deliver ready for installation, Interpod were largely unhindered by weather conditions and site access. Furthermore, the company made intuitive use of space in the bathrooms, using products that were fit for purpose. “This project utilised a skirting tile in conjunction with Interpod’s Astron Designer Panel System to achieve the modern architectural WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

design concept. Cabinets used were recessed into wall cavities to maximise usable space within the bathrooms,” Nathan said. Interpod has over 150 employees, with between 35 and 40 working on this large scale project. Nathan said that the company has recently reached a major milestone of manufacturing 10,000 pods and have been busy working on a number of exciting projects, including the IGLU Redfern Student Accommodation, the William Inglis Hotel at Warwick Farm, and Unilodge South Brisbane Student Accommodation, amongst others. “The key advantage of working with the Interpod Bathroom Solution is the way that we listen, partner and deliver,” Nathan added. For more information contact Interpod, 4-8 Sylvania Way, Lisarow NSW 2250, phone 1300 007 637, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 38 WHARF STREET 137

38 Wharf Street Student One Accommodation, Queensland


a neutral palette Sarri Painters worked on both internal and external finishes on the student one project at 38 Wharf Street, which will provide 687 students with accommodation in Brisbane’s city centre. Specialising in large-scale projects, the company utilised its experience on high profile developments to complete the painting of the internal student rooms, lobbies, common areas and building facilities, as well as concrete stains on the expansive exterior of the building. While no new products were used on the Student One project, the company had to think innovatively to overcome the challenges the development posed. “The difficulty in the project was working in the city environment and working with large technical external finishes like concrete stains. It’s not your typical external paint finish you’d find down at Bunnings,” explained Aaron Sarri, Owner and Director of Sarri Painters. The 35-storey building, high wind levels and unpredictable weather, made the external staining and painting particularly problematic. Having worked on similar projects in the past, Aaron said the company are able to navigate the high areas with a relative degree of ease. Having traded in the commercial painting industry as Sarri Painters for 34 years, and with roots dating back to 1951, the company and its staff are well placed for large scale commercial projects such as this. With employee numbers fluctuating between 80 and 100 employees depending on demand, the company assigned 15 staff members to the project to complete large areas of painting and concrete staining. Sarri Painters has a long standing relationship with Hutchinson Builders, working together for 18 years, with 38 Wharf Street the latest in a long WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

list of successful projects and Aaron and the team are looking forward to seeing the final results. “We haven’t finished, we’re only about a third of the way through. We expect to finish by the end of 2017,” he said. The company is also currently working on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Ivy and Eve apartments in Brisbane. The company’s preferred projects include large commercial developments and landmark projects.

For more information contact Sarri Painters, Unit 12, Windsor Business Park, 104 Newmarket Road, Windsor QLD 4030, phone 07 3861 1166, fax 07 3357 3155, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 38 WHARF STREET 139

an urban sanctuary

DEVELOPER : SJD Property Builder : Kane Constructions Architect : Mijollo International STRUCTURAL Engineer : ADG CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $35 million

Set amongst a magnolia tree landscape the $35M Magnolia Lane Cove apartments features flowing, open plan and sophisticated layouts, quality appliances, with contemporary amenities. Residents can enjoy a tranquil community village lifestyle within 15 minutes from Sydney CBD. Magnolia Lane Cove development is located in the picturesque northern Sydney suburb of Lane Cove. Comprising 93 apartments over three multi-storey residential buildings, the development offers a selection of one, two and three bedroom open plan apartments. Each apartment is characterised by a free-flowing open layout which provides space through integrated living and dining areas. The interior fitout is modern and sophisticated, featuring engineered timber flooring and contemporary finishes that further enhances the efficient design. Multi award winning East Coast builder, Kane Constructions, utilised a detailed project management system, which was instrumental in the successful construction of the high end development. “We use an internally developed program procedure which focuses on efficient contract management processes so that the teams (subcontractors and suppliers) are ready to go on schedule,” said Matthew McPhee, New South Wales’ Business Development Manager, for Kane Constructions. “It is very detailed ensuring that subcontracting crews, machines and materials, and safety inductions 140 NSW PROJECT FEATURE magnolia lane cove

are set up before construction teams come onsite.” Multiple trades were on the site at once, including large construction crews. The Kane Constructions’ systems effectively managed these challenges and also safety accreditation. “At peak construction times and with up to 130 staff onsite, safety was a high priority for us,” explained Matthew. Kane Constructions instigates a number of innovative systems within their construction approach, that aids in enhancing the efficiency of the building schedule. “We used the Dincel Construction System on this project which meant we could finish construction in less time,” Matthew said. This system uses a lightweight, patented hollow form which ‘snaps together’ and can be utilised for walls of any length. This system helped to counteract challenges from the tight construction area. “It was a tight, narrow site on the side of a hill, and a large development with three buildings over two carparks,” Matthew said. The privately owned Kane Constructions is one of the leading construction companies on the East Coast of Australia, turning over more than $600 million per annum. This 2016 Master Builder of the Year AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

employs 330 fulltime staff and has offices in Melbourne (head office), Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. “We are involved in a variety of public works and private commercial projects. This includes developments for State Health and education departments and for Local Government. We have also completed overseas projects for the defence department,” Matthew said. In May 2017, Kane Constructions was awarded the Best Public Building at the national Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards for the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre project. The motto at Kane Constructions is, “Our success is recognised in the way we achieve, as much as what we achieve.” “We have a flat management structure at Kane. The company’s directors are allocated to a project which means there is a direct link between them and the client,” Matthew said. “The Kane approach is about efficient processes, and safety is a priority. We are accredited by the Office of the Federal Safety Commission and have a strong reputation for robust risk management.” The company is completing a $38 million development of Wenona Girls School in Sydney and a $47.5 million social housing project for the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

NSW Government. The company is also constructing a new ambulance station for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland and has recently delivered the $24 million design and construction of the Trinity College ‘Gateway Building’ for Melbourne University. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 2 John Street, Waterloo NSW 2017, phone 02 9930 5555, fax 02 9930 5566, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MAGNOLIA LANE COVE 141

high skill manoeuvers Active Crane Hire’s involvement in all stages of the Magnolia Lane Cove apartments’ development allowed its team to position two cranes on a tight, residential building site – a challenge the Sydney based company is well set up to meet.

crew were onsite at the Magnolia Lane Cove apartments development, and the company employs 25 staff. “Five are administration and 20 of the staff comprise technicians, riggers and yard personnel. We are a hands on company,” Hermann said.

“The access to this project was difficult and meant manoeuvering our trucks to reach a tight residential site but this is our specialty and because we take a hands on role in the whole planning to implementation process of a development, we were able to address any problems before they occurred,” Active Crane Hire Managing Director, Hermann Buchberger said.

Active Crane Hire works across New South Wales and also has projects in Queensland. It has 140 cranes; 120 of which are currently on construction sites. “I go wherever clients want me to, as I have my own trucks,” Hermann says. “We have cranes in Armidale, Wollongong, Newcastle and Central Coast at the moment and we are currently working on a job for the NSW Department of Housing in Glebe, Sydney.”

“We also do not use any subcontractors, so we retain complete control of our projects.” A minimum of six to eight of Active Crane Hire’s

Active Crane Hire was established in 2001 and has delivered on its vision to introduce innovative material handling solutions to the Australian construction industry. It is a leader in the supply of remote controlled electric POTAIN Self Erecting Tower Cranes and POTAIN City Cranes. As a result of its speciality, Active Crane Hire is one of the top suppliers of cranes in Australia, and has been listed in the latest Crane Index as having 30% of the cranes erected in New South Wales. For more information contact Active Crane Hire, 8 Ainslie Close, Somersby NSW 2250, phone 1300 730 403, fax 02 4372 1780, email, website

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eye for the details As Owner of Acumen Engineers, Anthony Fowler’s 30 years plus experience as a civil and structural engineer provided the necessary expertise to complete complex dilapidation surveying on the Magnolia Lane Cove project. “There were external façades, garden areas and internal units that required surveying,” Anthony said. “This included a nursing home with around 40 units and nine strata plan sites with around 70 units all up, next door to the construction site.” The dilapidation surveying required Anthony to establish the pre-existing condition of the surrounding buildings before construction and then to compare conditions post construction. This is a requirement of local council development applications to make sure construction doesn’t damage surrounding structures. “It prevents vexatious claims and really does lessen the chance of litigation dramatically,” Anthony said. As part of the surveying, Anthony inspected the buildings, compiling photographic and written records. “The challenge on this project was to establish a ‘zone of influence’ which is the area the construction might affect. This ‘zone’ is required as part of council approval. Once this process was finished, I then had to contact the strata managers,” Anthony said. “With so many different strata plans involved, we almost had to stake out the buildings to make contact with the strata manager to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

organise site access. We spent about 40 hours onsite inspecting and photographing the buildings common property and units.” Acumen Engineers is one of only a handful of civil and structural engineering consultancies that specialises in dilapidation surveys. Anthony is known for his expertise, having undertaken 4,000 engineering inspections following the 1989 Newcastle earthquake. “We have a good reputation and are recognised for our concise and accurate reporting of building conditions. I regularly appear before the courts as an expert in particular cases,” Anthony said. Acumen Engineers has recently completed surveys on the Darling Square precinct and the Four Seasons Hotel in Sussex Street, Sydney. “I also do considerable consulting work for strata plans, identifying building defects and maintenance problems. Two of the adjacent sites to Magnolia apartments have asked me to undertake additional work for them,” Anthony said. For more information contact Acumen Engineers, 398 Wilson Street, Darlington NSW 2008, mobile 0412 102 016, email anthony@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MAGNOLIA LANE COVE 143

engineered for safety Safety is a high priority for TFP Co Scaffold, a Sydney based company that specialises in scaffolding for medium to large commercial construction projects. With more than 80% repeat business and no major safety incident, it’s a goal the company gets right. “We operate in a high risk trade and we strive to maintain our good record,” TFP Co Scaffold Owner, Thomas Pickering said.

The company was formed 5 years ago and has grown quickly based on its solid reputation within the industry. “With 15 years in the Sydney construction industry, beginning as an apprentice bricklayer and working my way up to project manager, we are known for meeting deadlines and providing dynamic access solutions.” The company’s growth and success is due to the high value it places on its client relationships and the strong teamwork of its experienced scaffolders. “We know how to get the job done without compromising safety,” Thomas said. “Our aim is to give our client good value on every job we do and that is why we have such a high percentage of repeat business.” TFP Co Scaffold is currently working on a number of infrastructure and apartment projects in Balmain, Glebe and the Northern Beaches. Based in Smithfield, the company services the Sydney region. For more information contact TFP Co Scaffold, 11 Jumal Place, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 02 9635 1592, email

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exploring concepts QS Industries brought almost 40 years of experience to the Magnolia Lane Cove development to get the job completed on schedule and to a high standard. Responsible for the aluminium sun and privacy louvres on the apartments, QS Industries specialises in design, manufacture and supply of quality sheet and extrusions products for the architectural, building and urban design industries. The Orange based company services New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, and also maintains a Sydney office (by appointment only) for its Sydney clients and projects. “The bulk of our work is in Sydney and we also work in Newcastle, Wollongong, Penrith and Canberra, however we are working on the Battlefield Airlifter project at the RAAF Base in Amberley, Queensland,” QS Industries’ Business Development Manager, Stephen White said. During peak construction periods, QS Industries had around four of their 20 staff working onsite. One of the challenges the company met was the need to work with the sustainable building’s sliding panels. “We had to consider what we would fix the louvres to and this meant working closely with the project’s builder,” Stephen said. “Our company is known for its experience and reliability. Our reputation is a good one within the construction industry. On all our projects we work collaboratively with contractors and subcontractors. We have a good team at QS Industries who bring significant industry experience to the job.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

QS Industries began 39 years ago and the company has built its reputation over the years. A wealth of experience in interior and exterior façade work is brought to the company’s projects. QS Industries services the public and private sectors, working on commercial, residential and industrial projects. Aside from the Magnolia Apartments project, QS Industries is also working on the Lotus Apartments development in Lane Cove and the Aluma Apartments project in Burwood, Sydney. For more information contact QS Industries, 25 Leeward Drive, Orange NSW 2800, phone 02 6330 1300, free call 1800 687 688, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MAGNOLIA LANE COVE 145

shore footing Leading civil engineering and construction company Chalouhi literally laid the groundwork for the Magnolia Lane Cove project. With a motto of ‘Building Australia’s future…from the ground up’, the company designed and constructed the shoring system and foundation piers for this high end residential development in Lane Cove. As well as providing solid foundations for future residents, Chalouhi was also responsible for demolition and remediation of the construction site which included asbestos removal and detailed excavation. Over the past 10 years Chalouhi has gone from strength to strength, growing from a small business to an industry leader in demolition, excavation and civil construction. With more than 50 employees, the company is currently involved in several commercial projects across Sydney including the recent Knox Grammar Performing Arts Centre at Wahroonga for Taylor Constructions and the Pinnacle Apartments at Miranda for the Decode Group.

For more information contact Chalouhi, phone 02 9790 3799, email, website

Magnolia Lane Cave, New South Wales

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Main image Head Office, North Rocks Below left Project Warehouse, Botany Below right Truck Loading

a Stainless performance As the strongest independent supplier in New South Wales and Queensland, Cook’s Plumbing Supplies puts customer relationships at the centre of its business model, and it’s paying off in strong company growth. “We were established in 1969 with just one store and are now up to eight. There has been significant expansion in the last five years, with two new stores opening in Brisbane,” Project Manager, Brian Carver said. “We have excellent customer relationships and can work on the specifications to help find suitable products.” Cook’s Plumbing Supplies provided the products used on the Magnolia apartments development, in Lane Cove. Tapware and sanitary ware products manufactured to specifications were sourced and supplied to project builders, Kane Constructions. “It was a delight to work with Kane Constructions and we began the project in February 2017, with final supply in August,” Brian said. “Our company supplies products to the high rise residential, commercial markets and the home building market. We supply WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

a diverse range of clients from plumbers, home builders and commercial builders.” Cook’s Plumbing Supplies employs 170 people in its New South Wales and Queensland stores. Experienced and long term staff are key strengths of the company. It’s this experience and capacity to get the job right that gives our customers the confidence they need to choose Cook’s Plumbing Supplies for large scale commercial, civil and residential projects. “We’ve worked on Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital project, Blacktown Hospital, Pittwater Private Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney International Convention Center, ICC Sofitel and many more,” Brian said. “Our contract administration is thorough and comprehensive and we are active in making sure the project is delivered within budget and on time.” For more information contact Cook’s Plumbing Supplies, 27 Loyalty Road, North Rocks NSW 2151, phone 02 9630 5250, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MAGNOLIA LANE COVE 147

Magnolia Lane Cave, New South Wales

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a breath of fresh air Directed by Andrew Souvaliotis, Advanced Aircon Design & Construct, offers the design and installation of HVAC systems to both small and large scale residential or commercial projects. Promising quality and maintenance, specialist dealership and solid communications, the company working out of Sydney have built their reputation even further, servicing areas in New South Wales and surrounds. With their team led by General Manager, Daniel Wade, and Senior Design Engineer, Nick Spiliotopoulos, Advanced Aircon clients are assured of clean air and efficiency when it comes to both the smooth and long lasting operations of their air conditioning systems. With a commitment to energy efficient systems, Advanced Aircon’s work on the Magnolia Lane Cove apartments was vast, including 93 one, two and three-bedroom apartments built across three multi-storey residential buildings, with shared garden surrounds. The tranquil, village style environment, demanded noise control and signidicant consumer health and safety expectations. With 35 years experience serving the residential and commercial sectors of industry, Advanced Aircon skillfully developed the design of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

air conditioning systems to Magnolia Lane Cove and ensured their safe installation and trouble-free maintenance. Offering a range of systems up to 4.5 star rating, the clients at Magnolia were not without choice and adaptability. Showing discretion when it comes to design, the Advanced Aircon systems at Magnolia have proved them a sensitive company when it comes to accompanying a sophisticated, modern environment aimed at offering its residents a sanctuary away from the busy world. With design features including engineered timber flooring, spacious, high-ceiling and open-plan living areas and comfort, Advanced Aircon’s systems moulded perfectly to the challenges of the project.

For more information contact Advanced Aircon Design & Construct, Unit 20, 7-9 Percy Street, Auburn NSW 2144, phone 02 9749 7400, fax 02 9749 7900, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MAGNOLIA LANE COVE 149

fly-in convenience owner : Futuroscope Enterprises Pty Ltd CLIENT : TFE Hotels – Travelodge builder : Parkview Constructions Pty Ltd Architect : Skematics Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $40 million

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289 King Street represents a new era in mixed use developments and offers A-grade commercial office space combined with a range of trendy hotel accommodation, restaurants, cafés, conference facilities and long stay carparking. In addition to contemporary hotel and office spaces, the mixed use development offers spectacular views of South Sydney, in a central Mascot location and is targeting a 4.5 Star energy rating. “Parkview is known for doing large scale, mixed-use urban renewal projects. The 289 King Street represents a new phase of our business which is one of diversity and balanced growth. We’re continuing to do what we do well, which is to deliver high quality accommodation, then leveraging our skills into delivering other forms of accommodation with recent significant project wins in the hotels, seniors’ living, education and commercial development space,” said Homer Dapas from Parkview. The project at 289 King Street adds more than 800 much needed long stay carparking spaces to the area, which is close to Sydney’s major domestic and international airports. It also comprises a 209-room hotel operated by Travelodge Hotels, 6-levels of A-grade commercial space, a café and laundromat to service business travelers. “We were awarded the D&C contract based on a preliminary design, which we progressed through the design development and finalisation stage. The client had some tight budget pressures and with this in mind our inhouse Design Management team value engineered the preliminary design, explored alternative materials and building systems and incorporated modular prefabricated pod technology for the bathrooms, to achieve a cost effective outcome for the client without compromising on the quality of the final product” said Homer. Challenges included working with a low water table, poor soil compaction and the remediation required of the existing inground soil conditions, together with the

logistical challenges of working adjacent a major piece of infrastructure in Sydney’s Domestic and International Airports. Parkview employs over 250 people, is approaching its 21st year in operation and is a multi-award winning property company focused on integrity, excellence and innovation in residential and commercial construction. They’ve netted awards from Urban Taskforce, UDIA, Master Builders Association, BUILD, AIB, the World Architectural Festival, and the Australian Institute of Architects. The company’s portfolio of completed projects exceeds over $2 billion and is predominately focused in New South Wales. Parkview’s marquee projects include The Address at Wentworth Point, Macquarie Park Village, The Quay at Haymarket, Inmark Tower in Sydney CBD and Polaris at North Sydney. Parkview’s business philosophy is to build deep relationships with its clients and believe in making long lasting contributions to the communities in which they work. The group offers a 360-degree approach and its expertise ranges from concept to handover and post-completion services. “There’s a misconception we’re developers, but we’re not. We’re a multi-faceted property company that works with our clients from inception to completion. We have staff who have come from professional services and institutional banking, they help structure and finance projects for our clients; we have architects, engineers and design managers who value engineer and add value and then we have construction managers and project teams who deliver,” said Homer. “Parkview gets things done. We are the people in the property industry you can seek for advice and who will partner with you, we listen and deliver on our promises.” For more information contact Parkview, Level 6, 235 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, phone 02 9506 1500, fax 02 9506 1599, email, website


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Steering success Construction Consultants offered a comprehensive conception to completion package, for the 289 King Street, Mascot project in Sydney. “We represent our clients from the point of an idea of a project like this one specifically. The only thing we didn’t do was find the site. It was just an idea that evolved from approval into a final realisation for the Travelodge group,” said Michael Dakhoul, the company’s Principal, Founder and current Managing Director. His company has been helping steer the project from site purchase to completion, which took about two and a half years. In that time the design elements changed. Initially it was a “fairly straightforward conventional building”, but it’s since changed to feature a much smarter glass façade, that’s also more economical, he said. The project comprises a mixed use development containing a 7-storey, 204 room hotel, 6-levels of Commercial office space and a multi-level, 840 space Wilson car park at the rear of the property. The project has a 4.5 Star NABERS Energy Rating. Construction Consultants prepared the development application, setting up a team from their Sydney office including an architect, town planners, landscape architects and traffic engineers. They worked with Botany Bay Council on a long process, which also involved winning a case in the Land and Environment Court. As Project Managers, Construction Consultants then proceeded to Tender Stage with Expressions of Interest sought from Tier 1 & 2 Builders. The rigourous process and assessment concluded with the appointment of Parkview Constructions as the Builder. “Our goal was making sure the build fitted within the client’s budget and that we chose the right number and quality of tenderers. At the end of the day, you want to procure this project with the minimum amount of money, but deliver a quality result. So we’re always looking at where the budget should be, work towards it, make sure it’s as lean WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

as possible within the requirements of Travelodge. We had our fair share of minor challenges, too, but overcame them.” Work started on the site early 2016 and the company has been project managing the construction process right up to construction certification. “Our reputation in the industry is based on relationships established with developers and financial institutions that value the trust, commitment and expertise we bring to every project,” Michael said. “The scale of our business also allows us to operate efficiently and flexibly, with wellresourced, personalised service for projects of any scale, from small residential builds to multi-million dollar commercial and industrial developments.” Their diverse suite of services and expertise includes design and documentation, construction and professional quantity surveying, cost planning, project development and management. Construction Consultants have a diverse range of professional employees with backgrounds in Architecture, Project Management, Urban Planning, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Core strengths offered, in short, are experience, knowledge and service. They have exceptional technical expertise, personalised service, efficient communication, an extensive network of industry contacts and competitive fees. Staff have more than 100 years of combined professional services experience in the construction and development sector. To date, Construction Consultants have overseen projects to the value of more than $500 million. The company also has offices in Melbourne, Perth, and Dubai. Their recently completed projects include; 150 Mowbray Road, Willoughby, 25 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, 6 – 14 Park Road, Auburn, 120 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach and 162-170 Parramatta Road, Homebush. For more information contact Construction Consultants Pty Ltd, Level 7, 79 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 9633 9233, fax 02 9633 9311, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 289 King street 153

form and function For the development at 289 King Street Mascot, Sydney Airport, architectural firm SKEMATICS, worked closely with Andary Group (Owner) and Construction Consultants (PM) from site acquisition in 2013 till completion, assisting with establishing the brief and feasibility, then on to designing an optimal concept for the site. “Experience in building design and technology has allowed us to keep within budget and fulfil the client’s brief with a colourful and lively concept, including a Travelodge Hotel, 5,000m2 of office space and an 800 Wilson Parking Hub,” said Skematics Director, Hani J. Akaoui. The firm achieved notable cost savings for the 209-room hotel by designing prefabricated modular bathrooms and specifying light weight composite steel framed aluminium façade walls, which shortened construction time and substantially reduced the cost of development. “Challenges included providing separate identity within the one building for its two different uses, the hotel and the corporate business centre complying with height guidelines and façade reflectivity due to the site’s proximity to Sydney Airport, negotiating with aviation authorities and achieving a maximum development yield while keeping within maximum allowed envelope,” said Hani. The architectural practice was set up in 1993 and runs with a core team of six, including architects and development managers. Skematics is well tuned with 3D CADD technology and BIM, and has designed and successfully completed projects in fields of hospitality, residential, commercial and industrial for clients in Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia. For more information contact SKEMATICS Architecture, 47 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9671 4800, fax 03 9671 4811, email, website

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perfect temperature Orion Mechanical Services is an innovative specialist delivering top-end heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions. It has established an outstanding reputation for expert delivery across multi-storey residential developments, commercial and mixed-use projects, even luxury private homes. Orion Mechanical Services has played a key role in ensuring the new 289 King Street project in Mascot has a highly efficient and effective HVAC system. The 12-storey building is an interesting combination of a Travelodge Hotel with 209 rooms, a long-stay carpark with more than 800 spaces, restaurants with commercial kitchens, café and bar areas plus six floors of commercial office space located above the hotel. Managing Director of Orion Mechanical, Justin Phillips, said that at the start of the project, there was a specification already in place for an air-cooled heat pump VRV system serving the hotel. However, the limitation of that system was that it didn’t provide the capacity to simultaneously heat or cool at separate indoor units. “The building is located next to the QANTAS base which is powered by a unique tri-generation power system. The developer of 289 King Street arranged for that system to provide chilled and heating water via plate heat exchangers to the new building,” explained Justin. “As a result, Orion introduced a 2-pipe changeover system so that every FCU in the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

hotel had a single chilled water coil (plus electric re-heat) for cooling in summer and heating in winter. The revised system not only solved the problem but it did so at minimal additional cost to the client.” Orion Mechanical Services sourced cutting-edge technology for the project through its preferred supplier Pacific HVAC. This included chilled water fan coil units and controls from Euroclima, an Italian company recognised for producing some of the best HVAC equipment in the world. “We actually worked with the suppliers to develop a control system for 289 King Street, delivering a total turn-key solution,” Justin said. “We did what we do best – finding solutions for every challenge.” For more information contact Orion Mechanical Services, Unit 40, 34-36 Ralph Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9669 1404, fax 02 9669 2404, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 289 King street 155

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Streamlined Manufacturing Parkview awarded leading pod manufacturer, Interpod Offsite, the contract for building and delivering 209 modular bathrooms to its development at 289 King Street. Work started on the design in February 2016, followed by the manufacturing process in June. Two months later, 90% of the modules were complete. Senior Project Manager, Sandeep Patel says the bathrooms, featuring an attractive design with a long benchtop and large mirror, took about three and a half weeks to build with multiple pods underway at the same time. “We had a target of manufacturing seven bathrooms a day and we finished one level of bathrooms in five to seven days.” Sandeep said one out of Interpod’s five production lines, with 35-40 employees was dedicated to this project. He described the manufacturing process as ‘straightforward’ after some initial design challenges. “It was challenging because not only did we have to meet strict architect design requirements, but also provide full flexibility to meet hotel hospitality needs.” In Singapore, the government has enforced a rule that all bathrooms must be built offsite by local manufacturers. According to Interpod WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Offsite’s Sales and Marketing Director, Ben Sealey, the rest of the world is following suit. “In Sweden, 73% of bathrooms for construction projects are completed in factories,” he said. “In Australia, it’s less than 5% of the market so its got enormous potential and we’re seeing rapid growth across the industry.” There are many reasons why developers chose modular bathrooms over traditional methods. “A factory can deliver a level of quality that is difficult to be replicated when they build a bathroom onsite, plus there’s the impact it has on project time. Pods can speed up a whole project if bathrooms are on the critical path. So it de-risks the project with regards to programme, quality and safety. Instead of having 12 tradespeople working in a confined space, often creating sequencing issues, they have one pod delivered to the site with one piece of wrapping that goes in the bin. In the words of one of our clients, this keeps the sites neat and tidy and ensures projects are delivered ahead of or right on schedule,” explains Ben. To see how Interpod Offsite’s modular bathrooms work, visit For more information contact Interpod Offsite, 4-8 Sylvania Way, Lisarow NSW 2250, phone 1300 007 637, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 289 King street 157

a visionary masterplan DEVELOPER : Sekisui House Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Parkview Constructions Pty Ltd Architect : Turner Studio CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $110 million

The Address Wentworth Point – Taiga, comprises 383 premium units across three separate buildings. The development includes exclusive amenities, such as a concierge service, luxury rooftop infinity pool, rooftop barbecue and dining area, games room, music room, library, podium courtyard and pocket park. Sekisui House is the owner/developer at the helm of The Address at Wentworth Point – Taiga. The complex includes one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as penthouses, a private pocket park, podium courtyard, barbeque facilities, a concierge service and above it all on Level 27, a rooftop infinity pool that is perfectly positioned to take in the unique aspect of our spectacular city. The Wentworth Point site comprises four projects totalling 996 apartments with the fourth and final stage being Taiga. The first stage was launched in June 2013, while Taiga was completed in September 2017. A team of 10 staff consisting of development managers, sales and marketing managers, project managers and administration worked together on the project for 23 months. “Similar to our last project Savannah – we were landlocked with two other occupied buildings on either side, restricting access to only one side of the street. This would have created issues in terms of traffic flow for our existing residents and contractors to complete works but through effective communication with the community we were able to minimise disruptions by providing them regular updates,” said Marketing Officer, Jessica Santomingo. Founded in Japan in 1960, Sekisui House has built more than 2.3 million homes globally making it one of the fastest growing home builders and community developers. They have more than 23,000 staff worldwide including two Australian offices; Sydney and Queensland. At Sekisui House, their purpose is to create homes and communities with a design that will improve with time and last for generations. Sekisui House’s Japanese origins, explains their sharp eye for detail and adherence to the most rigorous quality

standards. It’s a commitment to excellence that transfers across everything they do, from the integration of Smart Universal Design principles into their overall design philosophy, to the way they focus on building and developing communities – not just residential homes. “It’s our global experience and knowledge that makes us different, but we still realise the value of having our properties designed, delivered and constructed by our own locally based designers, managers, engineers and architects,” said Jessica. “The result is a residential property offering that’s smarter, sturdier and more dynamic than any other. In short, simply better houses, apartments and communities to live in.”

living at the masterplan community of ‘Sanctuary by Sekisui House’ with construction due to commence mid 2018. Sekisui House has also made its mark in contemporary times with the renowned Central Park development in Sydney which it completed with Frasers Property Group. Central Park is on the Frasers Carlton United Brewery site and features spacious apartments, a thriving retail precinct and 58 hectares of futuristic, sustainable architecture and lush gardens. For more information contact Sekisui House, Ground Floor, 68 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 02 8817 1400, email, website

To assist new residents moving into their new dream home, Sekisui House offers residents a high level of customer satisfaction from the initial inquiry through to the settlement process and beyond. “With all our developments we continue our communications well after settlement, through social media platforms and the trusted BuildingLink communication and management portal where residents can log on if they have concerns, receive regular building specific updates in addition to making reservations for community room use and music room use.” Since 2001, Sekisui House has planted more than 11 million trees around the world highlighting their commitment to the environment and the community. In June 2016, Sekisui House also contributed to the $60 million cost for the first privately funded bridge in Sydney, the Bennelong Bridge, that connects Rhodes and Wentworth Point. Sekisui House is undertaking another project at Wentworth Point which will see waterfront

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Below Apollo Kitchens provided all of the kitchen joinery, shaving cabinets and linen storage to the Taiga units at Wentworth Point.

As a company that is synonymous with quality and experience, Apollo Kitchens continue to deliver high quality fixed joinery solutions for projects ranging from high rise developments to home renovations. Apollo Kitchens’ work on their latest project, the Taiga apartments at Wentworth Point, has provided yet another example of the company’s ability to deliver, fulfilling and complementing the luxurious vision of Sekisui House’s design philosophy. Taiga marks the final stage of The Address precinct of over 1,000 dwellings. Working with Parkview, Apollo Kitchens provided kitchens, shaving cabinets and linen storage to 386 apartments over three towers at the Taiga site. The main tower standing 26 levels high. The design included finger pull cabinetry with coloured shadow line detail, soft-close doors and drawers and Polytec textured wood grain, and a mix of gloss Createc panel products. The apartments were designed with an option of two colour schemes. The kitchens were designed with integrated appliances, including fridges and dishwashers, while the penthouse-style living (from Level 21 upwards) included polyurethane painted door finishes. Apollo Kitchens’ Managing Director Peter Bader said, “Taiga was another quality delivered project for the company of which we are proud to have been a part of. Apollo Kitchens have [previously] partnered with Parkview and Sekisui House to deliver the previous stage Savannah in Wentworth Point,” he said. “Wentworth Point is now a mature and robust hub for development and is progressing into an exceptional area for liveability. With the finalisation of nearby shopping and eatery districts, this development embodies the lifestyle exemplified by the area’s attraction.” Founded in 1968, the family-owned and operated Apollo Kitchens are experts in the design, manufacture and installation of kitchens as well as vanity and laundry joinery. The company has a passion and a strong commitment to delivering Australia’s best kitchens and vanity areas. Providing results that are aesthetically pleasing while also being practical, Apollo Kitchens have gained a well-deserved reputation for quality craftsmanship, innovation and flexible design, and have become the company of choice for builders and commercial developers, interior WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

designers and home-owners due to their large capacity and dedicated team. Apollo Kitchens are currently working on Marina Square in Wentworth Point for Billbergia, and have previously completed Jewel at the Olympic Ferry terminal for Payce/ Sekesui House in Wentworth Point and Royal Shores at Ermington. “Additionally, Apollo Kitchens are currently working on some of Sydney’s major commercial/residential developments,” adds Peter. “This includes Fairwater in Blacktown for Frasers Property, Ashfield Central in Ashfield for Abacus/ Ceerose, Arlington Grove in Dulwich Hill, for Galileo/Ceerose, Lake Promenade in Rouse Hill for Insight Capital Projects/Promina, Skyrise in Parramatta for Cowper Constructions and Oxford Central in Epping for Ceerose and Anglicare Retirement Village at The Ponds for PBS Builders to name a few.” As well as working on many projects across New South Wales, Apollo Kitchens have recently opened their new Smart Factory, which is now starting to produce kitchens and joinery. “We intend to set a new benchmark for Australian manufacturing in our space,” says Peter. “The new Smart Factory and Head Office will allow the company to continue their high quality and highly customisable offering for larger volume projects.” With staff now working in the new facility, the Smart Factory will be officially launched in March next year – which will also see Apollo Kitchens celebrate 50 years in the industry. “Most of the line is automated in the new factory, and we are also installing new software for the production and ordering process. This will streamline much of our operation and allow Apollo Kitchens to increase its capacity in excess of 400 kitchens per week.” “The industry is more demanding than in previous years. Our clients are starting to incorporate new systems and technologies to improve their processes. Our new Smart Factory will enable Apollo Kitchens to meet industry demand and take on new projects as Australia continues to develop.”

For more information contact Apollo Kitchens, 17 Long Street, PO Box 2558, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 908 090, email, website

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Below City Steel Pty Ltd installed the reinforcing on the project including an unsual hanging column and hanging infinity pool.

16km west of the Sydney CBD, the new district of Wentworth Point enjoys two alternate lifestyles with the bay style living of Homebush Bay on one shore and the banks of the Parramatta River on the other. With this in mind comes the vision for the new apartment development Taiga, a $110 million multi-stage development blending a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Spanning over six levels with 990 apartments and feature facilities such has a rooftop swimming pool, cabanas, BBQ and dining pods, a meeting and music room, library, podium courtyard and pocket park, it marries intimacy with a buzzing, interior, community focused way of life. For City Steel, engaged to install reinforcing at Taiga, the project continues their long-standing relationship with Parkview Construction Pty Ltd. With a work history of 15 years and an employee ratio varying from 40 to 100+ depending on project demands, City Steel have vast experience in high rise commercial developments. Supplying labour to install the reinforcing to the Wentworth Point apartment complex, City Steel showed their ability to extend their existing skills with innovative design features requiring products not WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

usual to the company’s work practice. Specialising in bantec and galvanised reinforcing, City Steel’s latest challenge at Taiga included hanging columns and a hanging infinity pool. These were installed in situ using off-form hanging columns and reinforcing designed to be rust proof. Other noteworthy projects include Macquarie Park Village, a new resort style apartment complex at Macquarie Park, Sydney. To view this contemporary, luxury style development is to recognise City Steel as a company well embedded in the culture of new and upcoming construction works. With all reinforcing works directed by Billy Karantonis, the team at City Steel Pty Ltd rose to the challenge of delivering a quality product using the same reputable professionalism and level of expertise that has become part of the company’s reputation.

For more information contact City Steel Pty Ltd, PO Box A135, South Sydney NSW 2000, phone 1300 334 959, fax 02 9740 4426, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE wentworth point – taiga 163

road to success DEVELOPER : Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : BMD Constructions CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $140 million

The $140M Schofields Road Upgrade Stage 3, included a 2.5km upgrade to extend Schofields Road to four lanes from Veron Road, across Eastern Creek to Richmond Road. New twin bridges were constructed across Eastern Creek and Bells Creek, in addition to new traffic lights which were installed at Carnarvon Road and the Fermoy Road extension intersection. The Schofields Road Upgrade is part of the NSW Government’s programme of work that is planned for the North West Priority Land Release Area, to support new residential and industrial centres. The release anticipates that more than 70,000 new homes will be built in the area over 20 years.

Bells Creek floodplains effect on the road. The area is liable to flood after 24mm of rain, a rain event which happens at least once every few months. “To overcome this issue, the project team implemented formwork systems that do not require support from the ground level and can be set above flood impacts,” said Eric.

“The NSW Government has provided $140 million to build the third and final section of the upgrade,” said Eric McKone, BMD Constructions’ Project Manager. “Stage 3 involves upgrading Schofield Road between Veron Road and Richmond Road. It includes extending Schofields Road from Veron Road, across Eastern Creek, to Carnarvon Road and widening the South Street alignment.”

Other innovations used on the project included the relocation of the gas line that was designed to share a similar location as the other services within the shared user path. “The gas line was moved to outside the embankment to avoid interaction with other utilities and decrease the risk associated with the timing of the gas line’s installation,” said Eric.

BMD Constructions had a number of factors to consider during the construction of Stage 3, including factoring in the Eastern Creek and

By restaging the project, BMD Constructions provided a solution that avoids any extended road closures to this busy thoroughfare



and BMD Constructions enabled early construction of the last bridge at Bells Creek westbound. At its peak, a crew of approximately 105 have worked on the upgrade, which included the extension of the two lane South Street to a four lane divided road, with an incorporated wide central median to allow for a future upgrade to six lanes, when required. A new signalised intersection at Carnarvon Road has been constructed and also twin bridges and off-road shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of the road corridor. Bus bays and priority lanes at major intersections will also improve traffic flow. The project is due for completion mid-2018, weather permitting. As a subsidiary of the BMD Group, BMD Constructions offers civil and industrial construction services for major infrastructure WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

projects across Australia, and continues to add to its portfolio of works, building capabilities and diversifying markets to deliver necessary infrastructure upgrades, like Schofields Road, across the country. The BMD Group is a national group of companies specialising in engineering design, construction and land development for clients and partners in the urban development, transport infrastructure and the resources and energy sectors. With around 1,700 staff nationwide, BMD has the resources and experience to deliver projects ranging in size from $1 million to more than $1 billion. For more information contact the BMD Group, 02 9475 6900, website



Putting a spring in your step Windsor Turf has been operating since 1974 and is one of the largest stand alone Turf Farms in New South Wales. Over the years Windsor Turf has built a reputation of quality turf and reliability, along with quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. “We have completed many large commercial projects around New South Wales,” says Windor Turf ’s, Matt Parker. “We supply and install turf for civil construction, sporting fields, golf courses and Council parks and gardens.”

“Windsor Turf, the right turf at the right price with the right advice.” For more information contact Windsor Turf, Gate 6, Cornwallis Road, Windsor NSW 2756, phone 02 4577 2550, fax 02 4577 4331, email, website

Windsor Turf have completed major works for Councils around Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Mittagong and the Central Coast. They have also completed major turfing projects for many of the major golf courses around Sydney, Blue Mountains and the south coast of New South Wales including: The Australian, Royal Sydney, Terry Hills, as well as the new golf course at Shell Harbour. “We specialise in ‘Maxi’ rolls which are up to 20m2 per roll. These large rolls allow faster growing time and a quality presentation. Our laying machines allow us to lay up to 12,000m2 per day, giving our clients confidence that their projects are completed on time,” Matt said. Windsor Turf have three qualified green keepers on staff, giving their clients quality after sales service and advice.



in the pipeline It’s not everyday you underbore a creek in order to lay pipes, but during their time working on Schofields Road Upgrade Athassel Civil didn’t just do it once – they had to do it twice. “It’s pretty high risk work,” Project Manager, Michael Brady said. “You drill under the creek because you can’t go through it, so you dig a shaft down either side and those shafts were up to 8.5m deep.” Michael said it was one of the job’s challenges, but with a skilled team and experience working on a broad variety of Sydney Water assets, the work was more than achievable. “There’s a lot more to what goes into the ground than you think. You get the water out of your tap and you never think about where it comes from or how it gets there,” he said. In the case of Schofield’s Road, this involved laying a total of 5km of pipes – 2.5km of trunk water mains and 2.5km of potable water mains, with anywhere between 10 and 20 people working on the site in any given month, allowing Athassel Civil to balance out staffing across multiple jobs. “We like to work on projects of this size and scale as well as smaller ones because it gives us the flexibility to move our staff around as we need it,” Michael said. “With the smaller jobs it takes just as much project management as the big ones,” Michael said. “Each job has its own challenges. We like to think of ourselves as being proactive on the management and construction of the projects we work on.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Recent projects have included working on the stormwater, sewer and watermain components of the Westconnex M4 East and Westconnex M5. We are currently working on two separate sewer projects with Monodelphous in Concord and Beverly Hills and also a substantial watermain project for Georgiou on the Northern Road Upgrade in Narellan. For more information contact Athassel Civil, phone 02 9389 5980, mobile 0412 418 708, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SCHOFIELDS ROAD UPGRADE 167

Schofields Road Upgrade, New South Wales



Tech savvy solutions SITECH Solutions Trimble’s NSW & ACT distributor has made major highway construction more effective and efficient. The company supplies technology solutions to major construction projects across NSW & ACT providing geospatial solutions, software, productivity analysis tools and 3D machine control technology for multi-million dollar projects like, Schofields Road Upgrade. Specialising in geospatial technology for marine, landfill, mining, roads and civil construction projects, SITECH Solutions has invested heavily in technology and field testing for the construction industry, to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and safety. “In today’s demanding industry of tighter deadlines, tighter costs and higher standards, construction projects can all benefit from our technology,” said Anthony Gosden, Sitech Solutions Sales Representative. “When we provide project solutions, it also comes with the advantage of our expertise. With our trained staff of industry professionals, we engage with the project and provide training and guidance so that the technology is maximised to its full potential. That is our strength. Nothing in today’s world is perfect but here at Sitech Solutions we strive to keep our technology working for you.” SITECH Solutions employs over 32 staff, two of which worked on the Schofield Road project. New technology was also used onsite WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

which improved the communication between SITECH Solutions and the heavy machinery. “We set this site up to be completely wireless which meant ACMA licencing was not required. We could log in from our computers via remote access and interact in real time to the machinery,” Anthony said. “We are now using internet and WiFi solutions which means if operators have an issue we can log in, interact instantly with the machines, and troubleshoot in a much more timely manner.” SITECH Solutions supply Trimble construction products which not only provide efficiencies but increase safety on construction sites. This is due to minimising the need for construction crews on the ground who may have interacted with heavy machinery in the past. “The main construction company for the project, BMD, is now rolling out the technology on all its jobs nationally,” Anthony said. SITECH Solutions have been involved on major road construction projects such as the Bringelly Road upgrade, and has also provided technology solutions for Windfarm development in Southern New South Wales and the Snowy Hydro project. For more information contact SITECH Solutions, Unit 2, 9-11, South Street, Rydalmere NSW 2116, phone 02 9860 0000, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SCHOFIELDS ROAD UPGRADE 169

a regal vision DEVELOPER : Loulach Steel Pty Ltd mAIN Construction Company : Loulach Steel Pty Ltd Architect : Zhinar Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $39 million

VISUM is an iconic premium residential tower representing the epitomy of lifestyle and quality living in Sydney’s inner west. Comprising 134 beautifully designed apartments over 11-levels, with cleverly incorporated indoor/outdoor living areas. The new multi-level apartment VISUM in Queen Street Auburn, was developed by the reputable property development firm Loulach Steel Pty Limited. Established in 1983, Loulach Steel have grown extensively to engage multiple facets of Australia’s construction and capital industries. Offering superior services across the board, Loulach Steel took care of VISUM’s design, planning, funding and project management requirements to present a quality, affordable complex with up to date features and smart, contemporary façades. The new complex featuring one, two and three-bedroom residential apartments, offers generous living spaces at walking distance from the town center. Loulach Steel have ensured VISUM offers not only style and affordability but also a locality close to schools, parks, childcare facilities, Auburn Hospital, quality medical centers and doctor surgeries. With a reputation for being Western Sydney’s employment hub, VISUM ensures its strong economic growth is continued. The units offer one bathroom per bedroom and quality living areas with fully-equipped kitchens. The interior fitout features household brand favorites when it comes to stovetops, dishwashers and washing machines. Externally, the economical façade system brings a class and a sophistication to the development. With the appearance of cladding, VISUM’s façade is actually a superior Dulux coating system. Promising a commitment to excellence and ethical business operations, the future for professionally accredited Loulach Steel have over 100 years collective experience in the development of Australian commercial projects, with numerous projects completed in the Hills Shire, Parramatta City and Auburn Council areas. Working tirelessly at maintaining their relationship with multiple industry bodies, 170 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Visum

their package delivery does not compromise on quality. Completed projects include apartments in Dundas, Parramatta, Kellyville and Castle Hill, as well as townhouses in Baulkham hills. Loulach Steel’s project success in the commercial sector is further extended at VISUM. Yet this large-scale achievement ought not overshadow their provision for first home lenders, next home buyers or those looking for investment properties. Indeed, no individual or company body is too small or too large for the hugely adaptable Loulach Steel. With Loulach Steel, VISUM sourced the perfect growth and wealth solution to their vision. Loulach Steel, took into account the projects location and socio-ecconomic audience, and were able to consider budget, timeframe and circumstance limitations of their client. Such a diversified client capacity can be largely attributed to the accessibility and user-friendly nature of their service. For instance, clients wanting market-leading interest rates or simply the chance to browse loan options, Loulach offer a free online, no obligation, time-efficient comparison tool. Here, clients can view the most up-to-date and competitive loans available which in essence means 1,500 products compared from a panel of at least 30 lenders. For more information contact Loulach Steel Pty Limited, mobile (Simon) 0421 309 988, email


first choice for FaÇade Flexibility and performance For CSR Hebel, Auburn’s premier new residential address presented the chance to showcase the flexibility and well known performance of their Hebel High Rise Façade System. Used for all façades in the new development VISUM, the Hebel system contributed to the successful construction of a one, two and three-bedroom multi-level apartment complex. Conveniently located a short walk from the town center and only 1.7km from the M4 freeway by car, Auburn’s new acquisition bolsters their economic potential as a thriving and expansive multi-cultural community. Contemporary, stylish and hospitable to a range of individuals, couples and families young and old, the demands for VISUM were high when it came to presenting an up-to-date, community-savvy development. Bringing Hebel façades to the project has ensured this requirement is never undercut. To begin with the positive aspects of using Hebel façades is to appreciate a whole host of outstanding benefits. Made from steel reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), Hebel panels are non-combustible, highly thermally efficient, have strength and solidity, effectively buffer noise and are a sustainable building product that’s both builder-friendly and occupant-caring. In terms of building system advantages, the Hebel High Rise Façade System goes up quickly and easily, plus panels can be ordered to length for even faster installation and minimal onsite waste. A dry cavity system, it’s been designed to pressure equalisation principles so there’s significant reduction in rain water being drawn through a penetration in the coating and panels. Another big advantage is its high fire performance with fire rating levels for external fire loads from -/120/120 up to -/180/180, depending on whether a hidden or visible slab edge is required. Popular amongst architects, builders and developers for apartment projects ranging from 4-levels up to 30, the VISUM apartments show the Hebel façade performs at a level of aesthetic complexity, surprising many that the 172 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Visum

stylish finish is not, in fact, cement render but a Dulux Acratex coating system over routed Hebel panels. This type of design flexibility comes with the unique nature of the Hebel panels, which can be routed and rendered to create an architectural look with high level street appeal. Either routed onsite by a Hebel installer or machined at the CSR Hebel AAC manufacturing facility in Somersby and delivered to the project site, design possibilities go far and wide. For the VISUM project the Hebel façade system was installed by Hebel specialists Render And Paint who routed the panels onsite, then applied the Dulux Acratex coating system. Other projects such as ‘The Jewel’ at Wentworth Point, Sydney show CSR Hebel does not produce understated buildings when it comes to new developments. The façade work on this project, showcases a high level of finesse that can be achieved with Hebel. CSR Hebel’s high performing façade system offering exceptional design versatility makes it a first choice for builders, developers and architects. At VISUM their building solution presents another excellent example of Hebel systems delivered on time and in style. For more information contact CSR Hebel, L5, Triniti 3, 39 Delhi Road, North Ryde NSW 2113, phone 1300 369 448, email, website



the spirit of roseville The $79M Uptown Roseville project comprises 192 apartments across six buildings. Providing residential apartments, dining and retail areas, and large communial park spaces, close to the city, the Uptown Roseville development is another elegant landmark project for builders Icon Co. Uptown Roseville combines elegance with attention to detail with the landmark residential development showcasing Icon Co’s high quality construction. Icon Co began construction in November 2015 with early works and finished in July 2017. The Uptown Roseville development stretches over 41,079m2 of land and includes parking for 319 cars, over three basement levels. The six buildings each stand 4-storeys tall, with the overall development featuring expansive external landscaped common areas. The building façades on the Uptown development are primarily face brickwork with façade enhancements that include vertical and horizontal louvres, providing privacy and sun shading to windows and glass sliding doors. The development also offers 10,006m2 of landscaped gardens, multiple common BBQ areas with winding pathways throughout, and around each building. The buildings each feature recycled sandstone walls, which were constructed from materials sourced from site. Innovative solutions were required during excavation which took place next to the rail

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corridor. Other project challenges included complex retaining structures, and extensive tree protection. Icon Co was established in Australia in 1997, and in 2017 established a presence in New Zealand. Since the company’s inception, Icon Co have specialised in design and construct project delivery, with a focus on hands-on design management and providing clients with innovative solutions for complex projects. In March 2015, the Kajima Corporation, a major Japanese construction company with more than 175 years of history, acquired 70% of Icon Co. Kajima operates in over 50 countries and has an annual turnover of approximately $20 billion. Icon Co is currently working on approximately 18 projects, across the country; ranging from a $3 million childcare facility in Sydney, to projects in excess of $200 million. For more information contact Icon Co, Lvl 1, 135-153 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027, phone 02 9327 8444, email, website

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Below Dynatech Industries designed, supplied and coordinated the installation of the HVAC system for Uptown Roseville.

Leading provider in heating, ventilation and air conditioning services, Dynatech Industries Pty Ltd have seen their excellence extended to Uptown Roseville. Featuring 220 apartments equipped with hi-tech gadgets, Dynatech’s air conditioning and mechanical supply to the complex showed equal innovation. With six separate buildings comprising one, two and three bedroom apartments, Dynatech Industries’ design, construction and installation of air conditioning and mechanical services was varied and large in scope. Each of the apartments were fitted with iPads to control mechanical and electrical features inclusive of air conditioning, plus an interactive community platform ‘iCommunity’. Dynatech Industies also provided carpark ventilation, basement; roof plantrooms, garbage room exhausts, and lobby relief systems. Dynatech Industries services to Uptown Roseville, unsurprisingly meet a well-considered array of standards such as AS 1668.1 and AS 1668.2; ASHRAE Standards; CIBSE Standards; BCA (NCC) - 2015; BASIX; ESD Report; Project PPR; Acoustic Specification; SEPP65 Requirements for Residential Flat Buildings. Dynatech Industries Pty Ltd. is an ISO 9001:2008 Company, certified by Transpacific Certification Limited, Australia for its Quality Management 176 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Uptown roseville

System concerning all activities related to Design, Development, Manufacturing and Servicing with After Sales Support of mining, drilling equipments and hydraulic machinery. Dyantech Industries were founded by Sam Bachir and are a family owned company based on trust, integrity and accountability. Based in Rockdale, New South Wales and operating for over two decades, the company’s reputation has grown from grass roots values and gained notoriety on many prestigious projects. A flexible and focused provider of mechanical and air conditioning services including HVAC Systems, the Dynatech Industries team shows passion combined with a genuine skill at constructing, fitout and refurbishing a range of differing projects. Significant projects by Dyantech include the South Village, Lindfield, The Grove, and Ascham College Edgecliff.

For more information contact Dynatech Industries, Level 1, 27 King Street, Rockdale NSW 2216, phone 02 9505 730, fax 02 9531 4500, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Unisite Group manufactured, supplied and installed the outdoor entertaining equipment for the project.

Unisite Group supplies a wide range of premium outdoor furniture for public spaces and for Uptown Roseville, the company provided and installed six double BBQs, 25 park seats and six table settings. Unisite Group manufactured and packaged the products before sending them to site for installation by their team. The supply and installation began in July 2017 and was completed late 2017. Unisite Group installed the Barbeco Grillex Double BBQ unit, which comes with a hotplate and a sink. The units are easy and safe to clean and feature strong aluminium powder-coated cabinets with stainless steel tops, adjustable cooking temperature and cooking time, a child lock, and a heavy duty vandal resistant lock. The units were supplied fully assembled reducing installation costs and are fully tested and certified to Australian Standards. The park seats and table settings feature hardwood timber slats on strong durable alloy frames. The kits are flat packed and delivered to site and come with a lifetime structural warranty for repair or replacement covering structural failures caused by erosion, deterioration and faulty workmanship. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With 25 years of experience, Unisite Group have established a reputation for delivering the best. All of their products are made from high quality materials to meet design and manufacturing standards. Unisite Group are able to supply a wide range of products to a variety of projects, and their range includes: stadium seats, retractable seating, grandstands, BBQs, drinking fountains and bike parking. Unisite Group supply their products across Australia including some recent projects such as the supply of many bin enclosures to Cairns (Queensland) and Waverly (New South Wales) councils.

For more information contact Unisite Group, 10 Maddison Court, Bundaberg QLD 4670, phone 1300 552 102, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE UPTOWN ROSEVILLE 177

Below Dalma Form Specialists provided the formwork systems for Uptown Roseville.

Dalma Form Specialists supplied the formwork systems on the Uptown Roseville development and specialises in both the commercial and residential sectors. “We provided the conventional and panel system formwork for all six buildings on the Uptown Roseville project,” Managing Director, Jason Andrijic said. Any prefabricated elements supplied for the project was done at the company’s Mt. Druitt factory and assembled onsite. Dalma employs around 220 staff, 75 of which worked on the Roseville development from May 2016 to February 2017. “We design formwork, fabricate and install the systems, using tried and tested products,” Jason said. The project ran smoothly for Dalma, however the dense nature of the construction site was challenging logistically, with the large volume of material required and the space available. At one stage all 6 buildings were running concurrently. This was the second project Dalma has completed for Uptown Roseville builders Icon Co, and the company is now working with them again on a 36-storey residential apartment development in Homebush. 178 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Uptown roseville

Safety is the number one priority for Dalma, followed closely by delivering on time and to the highest quality – a mix that has earned the company a strong reputation in the construction industry. “We operate with a purpose written EHSQ Management System complete with internal checklists and audits. These systems are used by the company on all projects,” explained Jason. Established in 1989, Dalma has worked on major Sydney developments including the renowned Barangaroo development on Sydney Harbour’s foreshores, Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park and the North West Plot at Darling Harbour. “We have long term and extremely experienced staff at Dalma with between 25-35 years of experience in the formwork industry. We have some of the best formwork supervisors in the industry who have worked with us from the start. As a result we have strong teams and are currently in the process of further improving our safety and QA Management Systems,” Jason said. “We are also not afraid of trying new systems and opening our eyes to what’s innovative on the market.” For more information contact Dalma Form Specialists, PO Box 730, Willoughby NSW 2068, phone 02 9498 2466, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Central Plumbing installed all the hydraulic systems, plant and fixtures to Uptown Rosevilles’ 220 apartments.

Market leader Central Plumbing was able to draw on over 30 years of experience for the Uptown Roseville apartments development, providing hydraulic plumbing to 220 units over six individual towers. The company installed the civil storm water, sewer drainage, sanitary plumbing, gas, cold water, hot water including hot water plant and sanitary fixtures and tapware. Central Plumbing has extensive experience in providing hydraulic plumbing services inclusive of cost planning, design, inter discipline coordination, construction, preventative maintenance and ongoing maintenance and service. Central Plumbing employ in excess of 100 personnel within New South Wales, they carry out all works inhouse, not being reliant upon external subcontractors. They own all their own earth moving equipment inclusive of excavators, loaders, trucks and automated compaction equipment etc. Central Plumbing is an approved Sydney Water sewer and water main infrastructure provider. Central Plumbing has established itself as a market leader in the hydraulics contracting sector. With a highly respected management team and portfolio of projects, inclusive of health services, commercial offices, retail, residential, educational and institutional, correctional facilities, data centres, transportation (rail, air, road), hospitality, sporting WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and leisure facilities, aged care, industrial, authority infrastructure, Green Star, heritage and refurbishment. Central Plumbing is a reliable and financially sound alternative at all tiers of the construction spectrum. Central Plumbing’s success is primarily based on its people. Their management and staff are regarded as the best in the industry, the experience and knowledge they bring to each project undertaken is paramount to their success. Their entire senior staff, from site managers through to project managers, estimators and directors all have more than 20 years individual experience in relation to large industrial, commercial, health, institutional, retail and residential projects of more than $10 million in value. Central Plumbing has in place the necessary systems to monitor the quality of projects undertaken as well as protect its workers and the environment via sound and effective WHS structures. Their systems are continually reviewed by management and frequently audited by third parties. Their commitment to training and improving their company means that their clients and projects benefit from their determination to be the best in the industry. For more information contact Central Plumbing, phone 02 9669 2722, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE UPTOWN ROSEVILLE 179

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Below CN Services Australia provided extensive cleaning services for the length of the Uptown Roseville development.

CN Services Australia provided after construction cleaning services on the Uptown Roseville development, tasked with cleaning basements, carparks and the external and internal of all buildings. “We did the initial clean, then the finer clean and then the pre-settlement clean before the handover to the client,” said Natasha Markovic, CN Services Australia’s, Managing Director. “That included the external façade, around 220 apartments, carparks, outside pavers… everything really.”

“We are known for our quality cleaning and also our ability to provide service 24/7, 365 days of the year. We never let our clients down and we make sure the job is completed on time and on budget.” Based in Preston, Liverpool, CN Services provide their services across Sydney, New South Wales and Canberra. “We go where we are needed,” Natasha said. CN Services Australia is currently working with Uptown Roseville builders, Icon Co, on its Lindfield apartment project and has also worked with them on the Opal residential development at Homebush.

The company also managed the maintenance cleaning on the construction site over an 18 month period, with their crew of 10. “We have a good reputation for high quality work, and we use tried and tested cleaning products. We’re also known as good communicators and are open with our clients.” Natasha said. CN Services has been operating since 2000, and have completed commercial cleaning contracts for all major builders, and are proud of their relationship with the construction industry union, CFMEU. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact CN Services, Unit 4/264 Hoxton Park Road, Prestons NSW 2170, mobile 0414 276 469, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE UPTOWN ROSEVILLE 181

Living redefined The $30M Mezzo Apartments comprises 126 luxury apartments across two towers, with a heated roof top swimming pool and BBQ area. The building façade utilises precast concrete with double glazed windows, generous private balconies and extensive terraces. Described as ‛redefining the very notion of apartment living’, the Mezzo Apartments in the Australian Capital Territory suburb of Gungahlin, offers residents resort style living, combined with exclusive views to match. Construction of the luxury residential complex was undertaken by Core Building Group, which commenced onsite in May 2016. “It is a 6 and 11-storey tower development, which has 126 residential apartments and has four commercial spaces on the ground floor,” explained Core Building Group Project Manager, Chris DeVoy. The 11th floor terrace has a heated 25m x 4.5m rooftop pool, unofficially the biggest fibreglass pool on a building in the southern hemisphere. It has fantastic open space entertainment areas and overall it is a really high end fitout, in which each tower’s common area includes entertainment decks. Mezzo Apartments features a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments offering a range of options. There are two penthouse suites on the 11th floor in the west tower, as well as four very spacious apartments on the sixth floor in the east tower. Each apartment features a balcony – providing residents with amazing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, water and the urban environment. “We’ve paid particular attention to the balcony fitout, using the latest technology in waterproofing, fixtures and fittings,” said Chris. “It has a state-of-the-art full membrane waterproofing system combined with suspended pavers on VersiPave chairs. It’s about ensuring the end user gets the absolute best quality, particularly with the waterproofing, drainage and guttering.” Profoil was used as the waterproofing membrane, while the outside of the building is clad in Stryum intelligent aluminium façade, which is extremely high in its fire rating, and Cemintel cladding material. “From a construction perspective, an enormous effort went into detailing the fire systems and it has been carried out to the highest 182 ACT PROJECT FEATURE mezzo apartments

level and standards possible,” said Chris. “The building has a 7.5 Star energy rating, which is an amazing result. The acoustic rating is also very high improving liveability which is extremely important to both Core Building Group and the developer, POD Projects Group.” The building has been constructed using double glazed windows, while Blackrock Tiles supplied all the tiles, pavers and chairs. All the balustrades and handrails were supplied by Flight Stairways. One of the construction challenges was the top floor of the complex’s west tower, with the 11th floor having the design appearance of a house sitting on top of a building. “The challenge was to collaborate the different building techniques used in the top floor to the regulations governing the rest of the building,” said Chris. “Our other challenges have been supplying the high level of energy efficiency as well as the construction and installation of the 25m pool.” There were many other positives resulting from the construction, the energy efficiency of the building and the overall aesthetics, which complements the area beautifully. Core Building Group work in partnership with their subcontractors and endeavour to make things as seamless and cohesive as possible, while providing a safe, comfortable and efficient working environment for all involved. “This is only possible due to strong systems, preparation and scheduling which eliminates frustration,” said Chris. Core Building Group is also working on The Salt apartments Kingston, Gateway and Mizura Villas in Lawson as well as residential projects in Googong, Coombs and Denman Prospect. Additionally, the company is preparing to commence numerous new residential projects across Canberra For more information contact Core Building Group, 3/57 Dacre Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6108 4918, email info@corebuilding., website

DEVELOPER : POD Project Group mAIN Construction Company : Core Building Group Architect : Guida Moseley Brown Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $30 million



Local Quality Canberra Drilling Rigs – the only local drilling company in Canberra – were hired to complete the piling and anchoring works for the Mezzo Apartments. The Mezzo Apartments site involved drilling down 12m for the piling, and the company’s experience with the local rock types, allowed them to gauge the type of rock they would encounter at different depths.

“Drilling in extremely high strength rock is not uncommon for Canberra,” said Canberra Drilling Rigs’, Dale Gaffey. “We beat this by using great tooling to cut through the rock, in particular, using the correct drill bits got us through.” “The Mezzo Apartments required that we diversify ourselves,” explained Dale. “We have bought a new piling rig from Italy called a SoilTek S60.” There are only five of this machine in Australia. The SoilTek S60 offers the best in class torque and power to weight ratio, resulting in a faster result with high accuracy. Completing the contract for the piling and anchoring works for the Mezzo Apartments, showcases Canberra Drilling Rigs capacity to work on Tier 1 projects. The company has also recently won the contract to complete piling works on the Canberra light rail project. In addition to commercial developments, Canberra Drilling Rigs complete bridge piling works. “We’re the only one in Canberra and surrounds to do bridge piling works,” said Dale. The company also undertakes all foundation works, piling and anchoring works for silos from Tamworth through the Shepparton. For more information contact Canberra Drilling Rigs Pty Ltd, 2 Sax Place, Macgregor ACT 2615, mobile (Dale) 0433 382 365, email

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A GREATER CHOICE Specialising in commercial fitouts, façade manufacturing and installation, Greater Construction Services is a diverse company with an ability to manage multiple jobs in multiple locations with a focus on delivering a complete package of interior and exterior architectural finishes. Having been in business for five years, Greater Construction Services has already had an impact on the construction scene, employing 70 staff and working on notable projects, including the Mezzo Apartments. 35 of its staff worked on the project, completing partition walls, ceilings and the glazing package as well as general carpentry. Greater Construction Services also installed K10 Soffit insulation – a fibre cement sandwich panel design (and a new product used by the company). With wide ranging experience, the Canberra based Greater Construction Services works across the east coast of Australia, with a diverse team that exceeds its clients’ expectations through excellence in project delivery. The company has a proven track record when it comes to achieving high quality interior fitouts for a range of sectors. This includes government, commercial, retail, education and multi-residential. Greater Construction Services also works in live environments and to tight timeframes with limited site access. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Priding itself on having a culture based on integrity and excellence, the company’s focus on services sets it apart from the rest. This is also demonstrated by its project and site managers, all of whom have extensive experience when it comes to leadership on large commercial projects and its industry partnerships. Additionally, the company’s focus on consultation and collaboration (with clients and delivery partners) ensures it can significantly improve the efficiency and quality of project delivery, while anticipating challenges and remaining flexible in complex situations. Its expertise when it comes to value management (from the early design and tender stage) for its scope of works also provides clients with greater value. Greater Construction Services is currently working on Salt Apartments Kingston, Brindabella Christian College and Australian Institute of Sport. For more information contact Greater Construction Services Pty Ltd, 2/110 Lysaght Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 7903 9839, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE MEZZO APARTMENTS 185

Pump it up The Mezzo Apartments 11 and 6-storey towers called for specific pumps to reach the heights required, and Jag Concrete Pumping provided their pumps for most levels of the development.

working onsite at a time. The fleet at Jag Pumping incorporates a number of different sized pumps to cater to a wide range of building types including a 22m, 23m, 28m, 33m, 34m, 44m and 46m pumps.

The scale of the Mezzo Apartments required Jag Pumping to utilise its entire fleet of concrete pumps, often having more than one pump

Recently the company added a tower boom and spider boom to their fleet, expanding Jag Pumping’s capacity to work on larger multi-leveled developments. Glenn Kennedy started the business in 2010, growing from one man and a truck, into a well supported fleet and a team of 12 dedicated staff. “Glenn started in the industry as a concreter, but he always had an interest in concrete pumping and he grew from there,” said a company spokesperson. The company is now continually growing and evolving to incorporate new ways of providing their services to their clients projects. As well as working on a couple of commercial projects of a similar size to Mezzo Apartments, Jag Pumping is being kept continually busy with many projects, including major government sector works. For more information contact Jag Pumping Pty Ltd, 8 Daly Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, mobile (Glenn) 0409 305 404, email

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Quality cappello Founded in 2003 by Director Ryan Cappello, Cappello Hydraulics & Civil has built an impressive and extensive client list and expanded to employ 100 qualified and experienced staff. Specialising in civil engineering and commercial hydraulic services, the company’s track record when it comes to working on large infrastructure projects is notable. For Mezzo Apartments, the company completed the bulk excavation/civil works of the 3-storey basement, and hydraulic services (stormwater drainage, sewer, water and gas supply) for the development. Cappello Hydraulics & Civil has a commitment to providing high quality and reliable services to its clients. Since it started almost 15 years ago, Cappello counts among its clients those from the government and private sector. These clients include local, state, territory and Commonwealth Government agencies, developers, architects, property owners and investors. Among its services are hydraulics for major construction projects as well as multi-residential development, fitouts and refurbishments. Its civil arm provides bulk earthworks, detail excavation, site infrastructure, storm water drainage, pipeline and structures connection, inground hydraulic services and utilities, rural subdivisions and road and car park construction. In addition to Mezzo Apartments, Cappello’s major projects list includes recently completed essential infrastructure upgrades at WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Canberra Hospital, construction of the ACT Government Secure Mental Health Facility and the Alexander Maconochie Centre Additional Facilities project. They also completed infrastructure upgrades at the Canberra International Airport and have recently been contracted to work on the construction of the Canberra Metro light rail network. For more information contact Cappello Commercial Hydraulics & Civil Pty Ltd, 3/57 Dacre Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6242 9420, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE MEZZO APARTMENTS 187

INNOVATIVE FIRE ENGINEERING Established in 2012, Florian Fire Consulting specialises in performance based fire engineering, providing Performance Solutions for Building Code of Australia (BCA) non-compliances.

Florian’s work on the Mezzo Apartments is a prime example of the company’s ability to take on large projects. The development required 20 Performance Solutions (Alternative Solutions) and regular interaction with the project team and fire brigade.

Headed by its Director, David Sloan – a chartered Fire Engineer with 17 years of fire engineering experience and 13 years of operational firefighting experience, Florian can provide fire engineering throughout Australia. The company has both New South Wales C10 and Queensland RPEQ accreditation.

“Following the best practice International Fire Engineering Guidelines and working closely with the Certifier, Florian developed a Fire Engineering Brief (FEB) Report. Then after liaising with the brigade, produced an initial Fire Engineering Report (FER),” explained David. “During construction, as various issues arose, again working with the project team and the brigade, Florian was able to revise the FER to ensure Building Approval was obtained in a timely fashion.”

“The majority of Florian projects have been in the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and New South Wales, however projects in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have also been undertaken,” David said. He explained that common BCA non-compliances addressed by Florian include reduction in type of construction, unprotected openings too close to boundaries and travel distances.

Florian also regularly produces reports for much smaller jobs, such as 2-storey Class 2 townhouses with basement carparks that may only have one or two BCA non-compliances. “No job is too large or too small,” David added. In addition to being involved with the design and approval of new buildings, Florian has also assisted with office fitouts, and changes in use and upgrading of existing buildings. Florian has worked on apartment blocks, townhouses, mixed use multi-storey, wineries, warehouses, offices, Class 1 residential, ski chalets, shopping centres, back packers, schools, retirement villages and Telstra Exchanges. Florian has even worked on the Australian National Gallery and Rockpool Restaurant. For more information contact Florian Fire Consulting, PO Box 536, Campbelltown SA 5074, phone 08 8336 8566, mobile (David) 0419 697 866, email, website

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the papas way Papas Painting is a Canberra based company who have been involved in the building industry for over 30 years. In this time, the company has undertaken thousands of projects in the residential, commercial and retail sectors. Papas Painting have won a number of awards in recognition of their outstanding attention to detail, quality and service they provide on each and every project. In the recent years, Papas Painting has undergone an expansion in their operations whilst at the same time developing the company’s systems and practices in order to deliver a superior service to all of their customers. This expansion and development has allowed Papas Painting to specialise in the extremely competitive multi-unit residential market. Amongst their peers and building companies alike, Papas Painting are now considered as the industry leaders in this market, and this success is attributed to the tireless efforts which their directors, managers and employees all contribute to the business on a daily basis. Although they specialise in multi-unit and commercial projects Papas Painting still maintains a healthy portfolio and pipeline of residential projects in which the company has a select group of employees who specialise in this type of work. Papas Painting’s commitment, passion and professionalism for this work dates back to the late 80’s when owners Paul and Vicky started smaller residential works across Canberra. This type of work is something that the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

business has always enjoyed and regardless of the scale of larger projects and will always hold true and stay passionate about the type of work which got them started some 30 years ago. With an inhouse estimator and colour consultant, Papas Painting offers free estimates and consulting for all painting needs. One of their most recent successful multi-unit contract was the Mezzo Apartments. A project the company is very proud of and congratulate Core Building Group on achieving an excellent development. For more information contact PP&C t/a Papas Painting, 7/175 Gladstone Street, PO Box 837, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6280 0848, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE MEZZO APARTMENTS 189

Laying it out straight All Floors Commercial has the experience when it comes to flooring in the commercial sector. The company has a long history of working on large projects, including residential builds such as the Mezzo Apartments.

“The carpet is a range called Critics Choice from Beaulieu Australia. It is a 100% nylon twist pile solution dyed in the colours taupe and graphite,” Brian said. “The bamboo flooring is from Oz Timber, in coffee and natural colours.”

“In the last year we worked on more than 1,000 apartments,” said All Floors Commercials’, Brian Russell. The company also work on early learning centres, health, aged care, education and hospitality facilities.

A local Canberra company, All Floors Commercial has more than 25 years experience in flooring. While the family run company works mainly on commercial sites, it also specialises in domestic flooring. “We install all floors, including timber, solid timber, carpet and commercial vinyl floors for hospitals, aged care homes and commercial fitouts,” Brian said. “We also specialise in floor preparation levelling and epoxy floors.”

The company started onsite at Mezzo in late June, installing 1,300 lineal metres of carpet to most of the apartments’ living and bedroom areas as well as bamboo floating floors, in selected apartments.

Affiliated with all commercial flooring manufacturers across Australia, All Floors Commercial has accredited installers and is compliant and registered in all aspects required for commercial builds. This includes first aid, ticketing, heavy handling and electrical. All its tools are also tested and tagged monthly. All Floors Commercial has just completed works on a 320-room apartment block and another residential build in Newcastle. “We’re also working on the Gateway Lawson, a residential apartment block for Core Building Group,” Brian added. For more information contact All Floors Commercial, 8 Raws Crescent, Hume ACT 2620, mobile (Brian) 0418 493 096, email, website

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Setting the scape Completing the external works for the Mezzo Apartments saw commercial landscaping company Rilack Landscapes utilise a new paving and waterproofing method. “The waterproofing method we have used is called a Profoil waterproofing system,” said Matt McIntyre. “Being a fabric rather then a paint on product means it can be applied in low temperatures and is a quicker process as it does not need a two or three coat application. The waterproofing can also be laid one day and paved over the next.” Pavers are laid on a pedestal or chair, that suspends them above the waterproofing membrane. Unlike laying pavers directly on the waterproofing, the suspended system allows for easy access to the membrane if there were to be a water leak. “This type of waterproofing is new to Australia and is the first time we have used it. It is a little more expensive but it has sped up the process of paving the balconies and filling planter boxes,” Matt said. “It is also, I believe, a superior product to traditional waterproofing.” The garden beds onsite are planter beds on a concrete slab that required waterproofing before adding drainage cells and geotech fabric to protect the waterproofing and to allow the water to drain away. Then it’s a matter of filling with garden soil with the use of a crane, putting irrigation in place, then plants and mulch. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

As well as waterproofing, paving and planter beds, the company also completed verge works. Established six years ago and growing each year, Rilack Landscapes’ team of professional landscapers come with many years of industry expertise. As well as the Mezzo Apartments, the company is also working on St Christopher’s Manuka and Gateway Lawson. For more information contact Rilack Landscapes Pty Ltd, 87 Old Gold Mines Road, Sutton NSW 2620, mobile (Matt) 0413 500 822, mobile (Mark) 0438 156 048, email,, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE MEZZO APARTMENTS 191

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Bright Sparks Carrying out the general electrical work for the Mezzo Apartments, National Electrical Solutions completed the whole electrical installation, including lighting, power points, meter panels, kitchen area and lighting towers in the development’s public areas. National Electrical Solutions, Ivan Cerni says the company regularly takes on projects the size of Mezzo and larger. “We start from the ground up to completion,” he explained. “We can complete the job in the timeframes, there is always pressure to complete works within the schedule. As a company, we can keep up with a construction schedule, completing work on time and to required standards.” National Electrical Solutions undertakes a range of general electrical works, from multi-storey sites, apartment developments, to big residential houses. The company also completes electrical works in the commercial sector, including factories and warehouses. Ivan founded his own electrical company almost 30 years ago from which National Electrical Solutions evolved. “I started about 28 to 29 years ago, with just myself and have grown ever since,” Ivan said. Now with 42 employees, Ivan emphasises that National Electrical Solutions is all about its staff. “There’s always challenges that pop up WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

when working on projects, but part of the challenge is to solve them,” he said. “It comes down to the team of guys. The guys I have working for me solve any problems. I can rely on my workers and have a lot of faith in them. Some have been with me for 10 to 15 years. Without them the company wouldn’t be the success it has become.” As well as Mezzo Apartments, National Electrical Solutions is working on two other projects for Core Building Group, Salt Kingston and Gateway Lawson (which it recently completed). It is also working on the Odin development in Coombs, Parc in Macquarie, as well as a smaller development of up to 40 units. For more information contact National Electrical Solutions, Unit 7, 59 Vicars Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, mobile (Ivan) 0418 622 232, email ACT PROJECT FEATURE MEZZO APARTMENTS 193

Transforming healthcare CLIENT : Department of Health and Ageing MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECTS : Silver Thomas Hanley & Cheesman Architects Pty Ltd CONSULTING ENGINEERS : Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd & BCA Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $185.5 million

The $185.5M Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Redevelopment has transformed the FMC into a major healthcare facility for Adelaide’s southern metropolitan area. Adjacent to the existing FMC facilities is a new Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Facility with 70 beds, new gyms, a hydrotherapy pool; a new multi-deck carpark and a new 30-bed Older Person’s Mental Health Unit. Innovation, problem-solving and forward-thinking risk management, ensured that Hansen Yuncken achieved excellent outcomes for the South Australian (SA) Government on the $185.5 million FMC Redevelopment. The redevelopment improves and upgrades healthcare and facilities at FMC and is part of the SA Government’s Transforming Health plan. It has expanded the site into a major healthcare facility for Adelaide’s southern metropolitan area. New buildings, services and carparking are the foundation of the expansion, and include:

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 new rehabilitation centre, with 55 rehabilitation beds (plus 15 A palliative care beds), new gyms, research facilities, 50 consultation rooms and an indoor hydrotherapy pool. Southern Adelaide Palliative Services will relocate to Level 5 of the new rehabilitation building, offering access to shared spaces and a large rooftop garden. A dedicated orthogeriatric service.

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 new centre to accommodate the Older Person’s Mental A Health Unit including 30 patient rooms, support spaces and large secure courtyards. A new 1,820 space multi-deck carpark (1,260 more spaces than before the redevelopment commenced).

The South Australian based office of Hansen Yuncken was contracted to construct three buildings, the Rehabilitation Building, the Older Person’s Mental Health Unit, and the multi-deck carpark. “The 6-level carpark solves a difficult existing carpark situation and allows for the health precinct to be ‘future-proofed’ for further development,” said Heath Price, Hansen Yuncken’s Senior Project Manager. “The new rehabilitation centre connects to the existing hospital building and new Older Person’s Mental Health Unit via link bridges, so that staff and patients can move between buildings sheltered from the outside elements.” In addition, the complex features active garden spaces to provide the amenity and natural environment for patients and staff. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Hansen Yuncken began construction on an existing carpark zone in December 2015. With around 300 people onsite, the project reached Technical Completion in September 2017. The redevelopment has not been without its challenges, however, innovation and preparation has resulted in high level outcomes. “The original design for the carpark was for 4-levels and we accommodated the variation to add the two levels. We managed this without any impact to the project’s programme,” said Heath. “We were also subsequently engaged to fit out two new Operating Theatres in the hospital which was completed within tight timeframes. We used Building Information Modelling (BIM) which assisted with the Operating Theatre fitout as it allowed design coordination and precision.” BIM along with Virtual Design Construction tools enabled prefabrication of various construction elements such as the two bridge links that were fabricated offsite and transported on multiple wide loads. “BIM provided dimensional precision. Without it, the prefabrication would have been too challenging,” said Heath. Risks onsite required preparation and management, said Heath. “The main risks were around building on a rocky site. We had to make sure we had the right rock-breaking equipment. This was obviously a major risk that was addressed through preparation and we were able to keep to the schedule as a result,” said Heath. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The successful outcomes on the FMC Redevelopment were possible due to the strength of the Hansen Yuncken team and the collaboration framework established with subcontractors and consultants. “We geared up for this project with a strong team culture and our subcontractors understood that. We worked within a collaborative team environment – we had a really cohesive and highly functional team,” said Heath. “The project from a design and construction point of view, was a five year project and we have completed it in three years. That couldn’t have happened without a cohesive team.” Hansen Yuncken is currently working on a number of projects across Australia, in South Australia these include the $220 million University of SA Health Innovation Building (HIB) and the $45 million Port Adelaide Government Office Development. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 191 Fullarton Road, Dulwich SA 5065, phone 08 8229 7300, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE flinders medical centre redevelopment 195

Below Davison Earthmovers cleared 40,000 ton of materials out of the work area for construction to take place.

Davison Earthmovers began work at Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment in November 2015. “Flinders is part of the Transforming Health plan in South Australia and we had to clear ground for a new rehabilitation centre and mental health facility. This involved bulk earthworks and removal,” as Len Condo from Davison explains. “This was a major project and we had an average 10 people in the field for nearly two years.” Davison Earthmovers moved 40,000 ton of material out of the work area. “The tricky thing about this job was that the entire medical centre is on a slope so there was lots of pre-work to prepare areas. It was not a straight-forward access,” described Len. Included in the Flinders redevelopment was the building of a new 1,780 space multi-deck carpark. Davison Earthmovers are fully equipped for these types of industrial and commercial jobs bringing their own equipment and people to the site. Len explains, “This site extended over 28,000m2 and across different levels. The challenge was the large amount of rock through the site and services, such as stormwater, had to be diverted around the 196 SA PROJECT FEATURE flinders medical centre redevelopment

carpark and the site. The tricky thing was the coordination with the builder and other trades on site. Imagine three multi-storey buildings all coming out of ground at the same time. It developed into a real coordination with the builder. We also constructed an 8m high Gabion retaining wall plus a 15m span entry bridge to the carpark.” Accreditation has always been an integral part of the way Davison Earthmovers conducts business. They have a comprehensive Integrated Management System that complies with Quality Certification – ISO 9001:2008; Safety Certification – AS/NZS 4801:2001 and Environmental Certification – ISO 14001:2004. These systems are externally accredited through TQCSI. Davison Earthmovers has a staff of 40 people, 27 in the field. At the same time as working on the Flinders Medical Centre redevelopment, Davison Earthmovers was working on a number of other projects including the Modbury Hospital.

For more information contact Davison Earthmovers, 3 Symonds Street, Royal Park SA 5014, phone 08 8447 7833, fax 08 8447 7442, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Harkk Pty Ltd supplied proprietary aluminium and glass balustrades on the rehabilitation building.

Harkk is a name associated with innovation, and it was this strength that created a design solution for the 1.8m high balustrade needed for the rehabilitation building at the Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment. “We utilised our proprietary Harkk View balustrade system to meet the requirements of the client, architect and builder. This was particularly challenging as we were required to provide and install a 3kN crowd loaded balustrade without a handrail at a height of 1,800mm from floor level,” Harkk Managing Director, Thomas Hartley said. “To obtain a 3kN C5 rating without a handrail we conducted and provided independent NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia) testing and certification for the project to meet the relevant Australian standards, specifically AS1288 for glass and glazing and AS1170 for balustrade loadings. The result being that our balustrade system not only met Australian standards and project requirements, it maximised the significant views from the balconies.” Harkk’s strength lies in the unique profiles and installation methods it provides which are visually appealing, tested and engineered to meet the most stringent Australian standards. The company specialises in the design and supply of glass and aluminium balustrades, screening and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

pool fencing for commercial and residential markets. All its extrusions are sourced from Australia and New Zealand, with its products being supplied and installed by a growing network of authorised distributors across Australia including the Jim’s Glass network. Harkk has also supplied systems internationally in France, the US and Noumea. Established in 1991, Harkk has grown from supplying predominantly pool fencing and café screening to state-of-the-art balustrades. Harkk employs nine full-time staff from a broad range of tradespeople to management. The company has fabricated and supplied products for major construction projects in Adelaide, including Liberty Towers Glenelg and the Crown Plaza Hotel.

For more information contact Harkk Pty Ltd, 3 Staite Street, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8347 4001, fax 08 8347 4909, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE flinders medical centre redevelopment 197

Local Government Infrastructure

Bulk Excavation

Pavement Redesign or Rectification

Slab Preparation

Stormwater Drainage

Site Remediation (including level 1 testing)

Bitumen Pavement Preparation and

Shopping Centre Carpark Upgrades


Greenfield Projects

Detailed Excavation

Carpark Realignments

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Below Dickson Glass & Aluminium supplied and installed approximately 6,000m2 of windows on the project and installed windows, doors and aluminium louvres.

Dickson Glass & Aluminum supplied and installed 6,000m2 of glass for the Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment in Adelaide, supplying and installing windows, doors and aluminium louvres for the rehabilitation building and the carpark. “We are really happy with the outcome. We began work onsite at the end of July 2016 and finished in October 2017,” said Managing Director, Brenton Keogh. “We were able to use Alspec’s newest product ThermA frame on the job.” One of the main challenges on the project was incorporating the buildings’ post disaster engineering system into the window, door and louvre specifications. “We had to make sure that if a sizeable earthquake occurred, the products would remain intact,” Brenton said. However, Dickson Glass & Aluminium’s 23 years of experience working with a wide range of construction projects, ensured they were more than capable of accommodating to these technical specifications without affecting construction timeframes. The company employs 46 staff across its two Lonsdale factories and prides itself in its long-term relationships with Adelaide’s top construction companies. Dickson Glass & Aluminium is in the unique position of not only being able to fabricate but also import finished WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

product which enables cost effective and timely delivery on projects. “This is definitely one of our strengths. Our factory in Lonsdale is able to fabricate aluminum and steel, cut glass, and we have a secondary factory where structural glazing is done, however we can also import pre-fabricated and glazed product from China which we can install,” Brenton said. “We work in Adelaide across commercial building projects, offices, universities, and residential apartments,” described Brenton. “We’re now a Tier 1 window company and we’ve completed some of Adelaide’s major projects,” Brenton said. “We have moved to the highest rating of DPTI contractors and are able to undertake all forms of government work.” In 2012, Dickson Glass & Aluminium supplied 30,000m2 of glazing on the Tonsley TAFE, and have also completed work on the Flinders University Hub for Lendlease and the View Apartments which is Adelaide’s tallest residential tower at 27-storeys and are now working on Kodo apartments with Watpac which is a 30-storey tower. For more information contact Dickson Glass & Aluminium, 1 Lindsay Road, Lonsdale SA 5160, phone 08 8387 0600, fax 08 8387 0666, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE flinders medical centre redevelopment 199

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offbeat luxury DEVELOPER : Starfish Developments mAIN Construction Company : Maxcon Architect : Enzo Carsoscio Architecture & Design STRUCTURAL Engineer : Adams Consulting Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $110 million

The $110M Bohem Apartments completely transform downtown Adelaide. The mixed-use development boasts 220 apartments, 500m² of communal amenities and recreation facilities including a sweeping 22m vertical garden façade made up of more than 3,000 native and exotic plants. Melbourne based construction company Maxcon was appointed as the head contractors by client, Starfish Developments. Starting onsite in December 2015, the entire project took almost two years to complete and employed 1,091 people at the peak of construction in June 2017. The complex ‘push and pull’ architectural designs created two buildings above a 5-storey podium level with scaled heights from 12 to 17 storeys. The balconies are staggered across the building, alternating between projected and partially recessed over the different floors. As a result of these elements, the build process was complicated. Ken McLeavey, Senior Project Manager for Maxcon said, “Due to the varied nature of each level, with different balcony designs at varying elevations, it was not a standard build procedure. It carried a greater risk factor for safety that required close management. This was also the first time in Adelaide that a 23-storey building was wrapped in external scaffolding. It was a challenging exercise as the subcontractors had to do their work inside the confines of the scaffold. The building is structurally complex and there was a lot of work involved in putting it up and removing it afterward.” Experience played a big role in success. Maxcon sat down with their subcontractors at the start of the project to establish the best safety systems for the build which were tracked through weekly meetings. “We have a roster of consistent and trusted contractors. Their expertise and knowledge is crucial in challenging projects like Bohem. Everyone who worked across it, the client, architects, consultants and subcontractors, has contributed to a successful build.” The development is visually distinctive and boasts copper coloured external Alucoil cladding that contrasts with the dark 202 SA PROJECT FEATURE bohem apartments

windows. The four penthouses feature floor-to-ceiling windows which are 7m in height and offer panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside. Attention to detail can be witnessed throughout the building, even down to the word ‘Bohem’ inscribed in the tilework featured at the bottom of the swimming pool on the sixth level. Built on the once derelict corner of Morphett and Wright Streets, Bohem was designed to blend seamlessly with the park it overlooks, Whitmore Square. Greenery plays an important role in the design and alongside the vertical garden façade, Bohem features pocket sky gardens and a 6-level resident carpark whose exterior is cleverly concealed with plants. “The landscaping on this development is quite remarkable. The plants were installed a year ago and are thriving, the finished product looks exactly like it did in the architectural renderings. It really sets it apart from everything else in the area,” said Ken. Maxcon is a family owned and operated construction company that works across Australia’s east coast. Their strong reputation is built on their sound business practices and stringent ethical standards. Completed notable projects include the $70 million Vue Apartments in Adelaide and the $172 million Whitehorse Towers in Melbourne. The impressive building features 516 apartments, a hotel, four restaurants and 19 office spaces. They are currently working on the Realm project in Adelaide. When completed the 40-storey complex will be one of the tallest residential buildings in Adelaide. For more information contact Maxcon, 71 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9650 9580, fax 03 9650 9960, email info@, website


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Keeping it cool One of the last contractors to leave the Bohem Apartments site is Climat Commercial, the company responsible for the air conditioning and ventilation throughout the development. Climat Commercial has extensive experience in all forms of mechanical services contracting including air conditioning, chilled and heating hot water systems, built-up plant and building management control systems. Their full remit on the Bohem Apartments project included the apartment air conditioning systems, the building smoke control systems, carpark ventilation systems and air conditioning systems in the communal areas. They began work in December 2016 and the final smoke control systems test was completed in December 2017. The development’s design complicated the installation of the air conditioning units. Adam Percy, General Manager of Climat Commercial explained, “Spatial allowance within the plant rooms that store the air conditioning condensers was extremely tight. We had to engineer a solution that worked and could be warranted using CFD analysis. We upgraded some of the systems to VRV systems to make the space limitations work for us.”

feature a boutique specialised air conditioning system installed by the Climat Commercial team. Systems included architecturally selected long linear bar and linear slot diffusion providing ideal air movement and great aesthetic appeal. Formed in 2005 as a division of the highly successful Climat Air Control group, Climat Commercial became an independent company in 2006 and employs a full time team of 35. Their work is primarily based in South Australia with the exception of interstate mining projects, including the Roy Hill mine. The team are currently working on the Realm Adelaide tower, expected to be Adelaide’s tallest building when it completes in 2020. For more information contact Climat Commercial Pty Ltd, 85 Harrison Road, Dudley Park SA 5008, phone 08 7324 8222, email, website

The penthouses on Level 22, which ranged in price from $1.2 million to $2.1 million, boast a large internal footprint, spacious balconies and loft-like vaulted ceilings. Their high end contemporary interiors



Painting perfection Every detail in a luxurious apartment needs to be perfect, right down to the paint on the walls. PLG Painting is known across South Australia for delivering a high quality service and was responsible for the internal paint work throughout the Bohem Apartments. Encompassing 22-levels and 220 apartments, Bohem was the largest project the company has ever undertaken. “It took almost an entire year to paint the Bohem, we started in February 2017 and finished in December,” said Peter Giamarelos, Director of PLG Painting. “Working across every unit and all the communal areas was a huge undertaking.” The scale of the project presented the biggest challenge to the team. “We hired additional staff for this job and placed 10 people on Bohem full-time,” explained Peter. “We pride ourselves on having created a team that we can trust to get the job done within the time constraints and to a very high standard.” Project management was a crucial ingredient of success and a site manager worked on Bohem full-time to ensure the job was completed on schedule. “Sotiri Giamarelos, our Site Manager, oversaw the team and kept a tight grasp on time management,” said Peter. “He also ensured that there was a consistent level of quality across each apartment. The Bohem is one of the most elegant residential buildings in South Australia. We were delighted to be able to showcase our workmanship on this prominent Adelaide building,” added Peter. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

PLG Painting has been in business for over 30 years and employs a full-time team of 20. They have earned a strong reputation for their high quality and consistent performance in painted finishes across all surfaces and materials. Current projects include the Regis Burnside Lodge aged care facility in Linden Park and the Minda Apartments in Brighton, South Australia. For more information contact PLG Painting Ply Ltd, 26 Lysle Street, Brooklyn Park South Australia 5032, phone 08 8352 8180, mobile (Peter Giamarelos) 0412 807 393, email SA PROJECT FEATURE bohem apartments 205

an iconic hub The $53M Station Street Commercial Development is a state-of-theart mixed use project featuring approx 10,200m² of office space, premium retail tenancies and basement parking. Encompassing Coles supermarket, Target discount department store and casual dining options, the project is a hub for the community. Subiaco’s former Station Street Markets site has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, vibrant and place changing mixed use development. Providing a range of retail, dining and beverage outlets, as well as office space, the $53 million Station Street Commercial Development forms part of the Western Australian Government’s broader strategy for the area. Additionally, the project is seen as an opportunity to create new economic activity in Subiaco, drawing people into the area and activating local businesses. Complementing the Subiaco area by offering the local community increased retail choices, the Station Street Commercial Development includes a Coles supermarket, Target discount department store, speciality retail tenancies and a range of dining and beverage outlets. The development provides approximately 10,200m² of office space within the 4-storey building’s two upper levels, as well as parking for more than 400 cars. In addition, public art and landscaping has helped activate the development by creating vibrant, inviting places and spaces. Doric Project Manager, Mick O’ Dea said that adding to the appeal of the Station Street Commercial Development is its distinctive external façade. “The façade incorporates public art into the fabric of the building,” he says. “This includes dichroic glazing and a bespoke external lighting theme called ‘Lumen’. The building features a European structural clamped curtain walling system with high performance glazing.”

structure also posed some challenges with high floor levels and curved features,” said Mick. However, as a construction company whose capabilities are vast and varied, Doric Contractors was able to meet and resolve all challenges presented along the way. Founded in 1989, Doric is supported by some of the best people in the industry and world class business systems. In the course of the company’s almost three decades in existence, Doric has grown and evolved to become one of Western Australia’s biggest privately owned construction businesses. Doric have focused on creating a company capable of delivering a broad range of projects, which has, in turn, driven the company’s diversification into every sector of the construction industry. Operating in every key sector of the industry, Doric’s values are the foundation upon which the company has been built, and still form the pillar of its approach to business to this day. The company remains committed and focused on adhering to its values, principles and ethical practices: an approach that ensures Doric continues to drive its success, growth and long term sustainability. The company’s strong and proven track record within the industry is certainly evidence of this.

The Station Street Commercial Development has seen over 250 onsite construction personnel work on the project at its peak, with more than 1,400 people expected to be inducted onto the development by its completion.

Doric are currently delivering a range of landmark projects for valued clients including Local, State and Commonwealth Governments. This includes HMAS Stirling Stage 3A Redevelopment for the Department of Defence ($367 million), Yagan Square for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority ($68 million) and the Melbourne Hotel Redevelopment ($34 million). The company is also delivering the Midland Gate Shopping Centre Expansion ($64.5 million) and Red Earth Arts Precinct for the City of Karratha ($43 million).

The project did pose a couple of challenges, including restricted site and street access given the large logistic demand supplying the 35,000m2 project. “The post tension concrete

For more information contact Doric, Level 1, 420 Hay Street, Subiaco WA 6008, phone 08 9388 2655, fax 08 9388 1484 website

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Below Meales Concrete Pumping provided concrete pumping solutions for the Station Street Commercial Development.

Meales Concrete Pumping is a specialist independent concrete pumping contractor with a proud history of 40+ years of continuous trading under the ‘Meales’ brand. At work, their capabilities were clearly demonstrated in the recently completed Station Street Commercial Development. The new $53 million shopping complex in Subiaco awarded Meales the opportunity to work with the principal contractor from inception onwards. Through this engagement, Meales were able to tailor a suitable comprehensive solution for the efficient and timely delivery of concrete pumping at the site. The Station Street Commercial Development included several facets of concrete pumping: the installation of tailored high rise placing boom systems, which provided coverage as the multiple floors were constructed; the deployment of line pumps to site to provide the concrete feed to the placing boom system; and lastly, the extensive utilisation of Meales’ mobile fleet on site for additional pumping requirements. The Meales operation provides concrete pumping services and support to all types of construction projects including LNG, mining, energy, 208 WA PROJECT FEATURE Station Street Commercial Development

infrastructure, civil, commercial and residential. They are undisputed market and industry leaders and offer the largest fleet of mobile boom pumps, placing booms systems, stationary and line pumps in Australia. Meales has proven to be a leader in formulating efficient operational procedures, safe work practices and quality control procedures for their pump operators, line hands and equipment. Major contractors have recognised Meales capacity and capability to service large and complex projects and they are regularly engaged on major construction, high rise, infrastructure and remote area, resource sector projects throughout Australia. The company’s strong focus over many years has been on developing comprehensive concrete pumping services, specialist technical and operational knowledge, and general skills. Through this they have strengthened their confidence in providing efficient and professional concrete pumping services suited to a wide range of applications and projects of all scale and type. For more information contact Meales Concrete Pumping, 11 Crocker Drive, Malaga WA 6090, phone 1300 MEALES, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below BCA Consultants provided a variety of services, engineering and design for the Station Street Commercial Development.

Celebrating 25 years, building services design and engineering company BCA Consultants continues to maintain an exceptional dedication towards excellence. The company’s work on the Station Street Commercial Development is no exception, where it completed the electrical, mechanical, fire, hydraulic services, fire engineering and lighting design. All were designed to 4.5 Star Green Star ratings, with mechanical services meeting full NABERS compliance. “The Station Street market project has been challenging. It’s a $53 million, 6,000m2 mixed use landmark building in the heart of Subiaco with a NABERS rating and Green Star engineering technology applied,” explained BCA Consultants’, Warren Levisohn. “We are working with an educated client and architect, and a great construction team so we are happy to have had the opportunity to be involved.” There are ‛three key ingredients’ that have contributed to the company’s success during the past 25 years. “Our dedicated team of engineers and a unique company culture are a major contributing factor. You find out a lot about your team when you go through a depressed market and we have been through a few in our 25 years as BCA. Throughout that period we have retained the core that makes up our senior team members and directors,” said Warren. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Second and equally important are our industry partners, our Clients that have provided a consistent level support and worked alongside us. Our diverse client base allows us to attract opportunities from a number of sources and provides a mix of unique and interesting projects.” BCA Consultants has a reputation for delivering sound technical advice, and outside-of-the-box thinking. The company doesn’t outsource or send work offshore, they support the Western Australian economy. “Each of our projects are designed specifically for the needs of our Clients for their specific project. Everything we produce is produced inhouse and to a consistent level of detail which our Clients have come to expect and the reason that they rely on us as their trusted advisors,” said Warren.

For more information contact BCA Consultants, Suite 59, 102 Railway Street, West Perth WA 6005, phone 08 9265 1400, email enquiries@, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Station Street Commercial Development 209

Bridging the gap DEVELOPER : Main Roads WA Main Construction Company : Georgiou Group Project cost : $52 million

The new Mandurah Traffic Bridge was built to accomodate increased traffic due to the areas population growth. Featuring four traffic lanes, and a separate pedestrian and cyclist walkway, the unique curved design makes a landmark statement across the estuary and pays homage to the community’s iconic Old Mandurah Bridge. The $52 million Mandurah Traffic Bridge project saw the replacement of the existing two lane Mandurah traffic bridge with a modern alternative. The new bridge manages increasing traffic with four traffic lanes, and features a separate pedestrian and cyclist walkway to the north side of the new bridge, fishing platforms and boardwalks accessible from the eastern and western foreshores. Georgiou, one of Australia’s leading building and civil construction companies, was chosen by Main Roads WA to demolish the old bridge and construct the new structure. The scope of work also included the approaches, associated road and footpath works, public artwork and landscaping. The company secured the contract based on their extensive experience and their impressive track record developing infrastructures and engineering solid road networks across Australia. Prior to bringing Georgiou on board, the City of Mandurah engaged in a significant period of public consultation with the community. 210 WA PROJECT FEATURE Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement

The old bridge, which opened in 1953, was an iconic fixture in the area and held great sentimental value within the community. “Prior to the official tender process the City of Mandurah communicated regularly with the local authority and had a good understanding of what was important to the people who use the bridge every day. That proved invaluable over the course of the project and ensured a positive level of local interaction,” explained Anthony Deurloo, Project Manager at Georgiou. The bridge is also a pivotal part of Mandurah’s infrastructure and a key component of the project was to ensure continuous traffic flow throughout the entire construction period. The solution was to construct the new bridge alongside the old one. “It was a unique situation to have our building site located side by side with live traffic, it was a challenge to maintain traffic flow whilst AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The design of the new bridge is complex and the construction was challenging. The structure is curved in three directions – it’s curved in elevation, in plan and, in cross-section, it has a curved soffit.

then jacked section by section to eventually reach the eastern shore. As the bridge extended across the estuary, the launch nose at the front rested on each of the piers in turn. Two lanes of the new bridge opened to the public in September 2017 and with all four lanes fully operational by Christmas 2017. Final completion of all the work is expected in late January 2018.

“It was a technical build. The casting bed framework we created was an extrapolation of the constant curve and the tolerances that we had to construct to, were very tight. The cross section of the bridge is also rare, it’s asymmetrical as it features a lowered pedestrian footpath on one side. From an engineering point of view, it’s been rewarding and satisfying but rather difficult,” added Anthony.

Community has played a large role in this project and prior to commencing demolition, Georgiou and the City of Mandurah opened the bridge one last time and hosted a farewell party. “The whole project has been very well received locally and a big part of that was our consistent messaging. We brought the community along for the journey each step of the way.”

The bridge was built using the incremental launch method, meaning individual concrete segments were constructed on the western shore, by pouring the concrete into a casting bed formwork. These were

For more information contact Georgiou Group, 68 Hasler Road, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9200 2500, fax 08 9200 2300, email, website

not endangering the public and pedestrians or our construction team,” said Anthony.


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Below Power On Cabling provided specialised drilling services to access utilities located within the riverbed.

Specialists in directional and vertical drilling, Power On Cabling were chosen to lay the gas and water pipes for the Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement project. Unlike the old bridge, the utility pipes do not run alongside the structure, instead they sit deep within the river bed. Power On Cabling were the only company in the state with the right expertise and equipment to drill under the estuary. Cameron Swift, General Manager at Power On Cabling explained, “Our Ditch Witch JT100 directional drill was the only piece of equipment capable of completing this job to the required depth of 18m. We started in May 2016 and finished the works in October 2016.” Even with this advanced machinery, the process was complex due to the nature of the project. “The drill rod is required to be consistently monitored. Usually we use a hand held tracker to monitor drill rod location, scan for its location, depth and mark it on the ground. Working underwater required a complex telemetry unit which could read the signal of the drill rod under the ground beneath the estuary,” said Cameron. Although it is a complex undertaking, there are many benefits of this approach. The size of the pipes, a 225mm gas pipe and two 630mm 212 WA PROJECT FEATURE Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement

water pipes for this project, is a factor. When placed underneath the ground they are not exposed to hazards such as pedestrians, traffic accidents or bridge failures. It is also a more cost effective method. “Placing the pipes underground allows us to use polyethylene. It’s a thick material that’s soft but really strong. It costs a lot less to install than steel and is better for the environment,” said Cameron. Power On Cabling operate across Western Australia and are currently working on a combined utility project renewing gas and water mains in the City of Fremantle for Water Corporation and ATCO Gas Australia.

For more information contact Power On Cabling, PO Box 83 Wattleup WA 6166, phone 08 9410 0633, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Custom Mageba RESTON®POT bearings were used on the bridge to control transfer of loads between the superstructure and the substructure.

The bespoke pot bearings used across the new Mandurah Bridge were designed and supplied by Mageba (Australia). The company is a subsidiary of Mageba, one of the world’s leading suppliers of structural bearings, expansion joints and other high quality products and services for the transport infrastructure and building construction sectors. The company were awarded the contract by Georgiou based on their strong global reputation. “We won the project based not only on price but on the proven quality of our product across international projects. We were also able to impress with our onshore design and testing capabilities,” said Virendra Ghodke, General Manager of Mageba (Australia). Once the brief for the pot bearings was received, the team began the design stage. The company boasts a suite of their own trademarked products and the Mageba RESTON®POT bearings were utilised for the new Mandurah Bridge along with POM sealing chains, as now made mandatory by AS5100.4 – 2017. This system ensures the controlled transfer of loads between a structure’s superstructure and its substructure. The structural steel versions are custom designed for each project. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The bearings were manufactured in the company’s factory in Shanghai. After production was complete, they underwent testing in the Mageba (Australia) NATA accredited testing facility in Sydney before being delivered to site. The bridge is designed to be earthquake resistant which presented a challenge. “Some of the bearings required external uplift restraints. The design meant we could not make use of frictional assistance to transfer the horizontal loads. Therefore, the load combinations in this project were rare,” explained Virendra. “Our designers in Sydney worked alongside our designers in Switzerland to overcome the issue. We inject this globalisation into all of our client projects – bringing global experience to local problems.”

For more information contact Mageba (Australia), Unit 8, 42 Peter Brock Drive, Eastern Creek NSW 2766, phone 02 8188 5850, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE ManduraH Traffic bridge Replacement 213

Contractors Directory

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Skyview Aerial Photography


Page 6 | 0431 931 310

Page 165 | 02 9389 5980


CLEANING & SECURITY SERVICES Millennium Page 126 | 03 8540 7900

Climat Commercial


Page 202 | 08 7324 8222

Page 179 | 0414 276 469

Page 147 | 02 9749 7400

Comfort Heat

Corporate Construction Clean

Page 50 |

Page 40 | 0434 394 894

Dynatech Industries

StateGuard Protective Services

Page 174 | 02 9505 7300

Page 118 | 1300 723 887

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Page 28, 58 | 1300 138 008

Orion Mechanical Services Page 153 | 02 9669 1404

ARCHITECTS HDR Page 73 | 02 9956 2666

SKEMATICS Architecture Page 152 | 03 9671 4800

ARCHITECTURAL WALL PANELS Texture Panels Page 51 | 03 5278 2588

AUDIO/VISUAL EQUIPMENT Engie AV Technologies Page 48 | 03 8561 1700

BALUSTRADES & SCREENS Harkk Page 195 | 08 8347 4001

BATHROOM PRODUCTS Stormtech Page 55 | 1300 653 403

BRIDGES (EXPANSION JOINTS & SEISMIC LOADS) Mageba (Australia) Page 211 | 02 8188 5850

BUILDING ASSOCIATION Australian Constructors Association Page 42 |

BUILDING CERTIFICATION BCA Consultants Page 207 | 08 9265 1400


CONCRETE (All concrete services) Jag Pumping



Page 43 | 1300 897 654

Page 86 | 03 9981 9800


Page 141 | 0412 102 016

Page 217 |

CRANES/HOISTS & RIGGING (ALL CRANE PRODUCTS & SERVICES) Active Crane Hire Page 140 | 1300 730 403

Page 144| 02 9790 3799

Core Building Group Page 180 | 02 6108 4918

Doric Page 204 | 08 9388 2655

DECC Page 128 | 02 9003 0684

DEVELOPERS QIC Page 124 | 07 3360 3800

Sekisui House Page 156 | 02 8817 1400


Colby Industries Page 45 | 08 8297 2385

Equipment Sale/Hire Hastings Deering Page 123 | 131 228

Excavation & Earth Moving Moits Page 34 | 02 8026 1705

FAÇADES Fairview Architectural Page 1, 16| 1800 007 175

FAÇADES & COMMERCIAL FITOUTS Greater Construction Services Pty Ltd

Page 108 | 02 6175 4600

Page 183 | 02 7903 9839




Page 112 | 07 3020 0800

Page 52 | 02 6299 5011

Page 18 | 02 8058 3000

DOORS & WINDOWS dormakaba


Georgiou Group Page 208 | 08 9200 2500

Golding Contractors Page 120 | 07 3510 3400

Hacer Page 102 | 03 9810 6888

Hansen Yuncken (SA) Page 192 | 08 8229 7300

Hansen Yuncken (VIC) Page 60, 78 | 03 9831 6500

Hutchinson Builders Page 132 | 07 3335 5000

Icon Co Page 172 | 02 9327 8444

Kane Constructions (NSW) Page 138 | 02 9930 5555

Kane Constructions (VIC) Page 84 | 03 8420 1200

Loulach Steel Page 168 | 0421 309 988

Maxcon Page 200 | 03 9650 9580

Parkview Page 148 | 02 9506 1500

Vaughan Constructions Page 90 | 03 9347 2611

Page 36 |

Page 83 | 1800 675 411

Page 170 | 1300 369 448


FENCING P & C Fencing

Page 30 | 1300 123 451

Page 57 | 02 9605 1111

DRILLING & BORING Power On Cabling


Page 210 | 08 9410 0633

DRILLING/GROUND ENGINEER Canberra Drilling Rigs Pty Ltd Page 182 | 0433 382 365

EARTHWORKS/CIVIL CONTRACTING Cappello Commercial Hydraulics & Civil Page 185 | 02 6242 9420


Page 47 | 02 9638 1300

Florian Fire Consulting Page 186 | 08 8336 8566

GN Consulting Page 41 | 02 9874 9488

IQ Fire Pty Ltd Page 98 | 0403 383 693

MCD Fire Engineering Page 134 | 0423 922 745

Page 194 | 08 8447 7833

FLOORING All Floors Commercial


Page 188 | 0418 493 096

Davison Earthmovers Page 196 |


Page 129 | 07 3423 6777

Viewpoint Construction Software

Page 206 | 1300 MEALES

Page 162 | 02 9475 6900

Stowe Australia ENGINEERING CONSULTING Acumen Engineers


Page 191 | 0418 622 232

Page 38 | 1300 705 035



Page 184 | 0409 305 404

National Electric Solutions

Godfrey Hirst Australia Page 70 | 1300 444 778

FLOORING (ADHESIVES) MAPEI Page 68 | 1800 652 666

Flooring (Vinylester Coving) Surecove Page 99 | 03 9720 6175

FORMWORK BKH Group Page 53 | 02 9671 8700

Dalma Form Specialists Page 176 | 02 9498 2466

Formwork (Jump Form Systems) Sureform Systems Page 56 | 03 9357 9686

GLASS & ALUMINIUM Dickson Glass & Aluminium Page 197 | 08 8387 0600

Mills Glass Page 80 | 03 9303 9193

HEIGHT SAFETY Eastern Height Safety Page 97 | 1300 080 067

RISsafety Page 119 | 02 8781 2100



ROLLER DOORS Envisage Systems

TRANSFORMER SOLUTIONS Wilson Transformer Company

Page 64 | 1800 438 464

Page 96 | 03 8787 7877

Page 110 |

Page 75 | 02 9490 6700

ROOFING KTB Roofing Solutions

TURF Windsor Turf

SAFE Integrated Systems

Page 94 | 03 8782 0977

Page 164 | 02 4577 2550



Page 142 | 02 9635 1592

Page 115 | 07 3368 6600



KARL STORZ Endoscopy Australia Page 72 | 1300 723 326

TekEquipment Page 76 | 1300 368 138

MODULAR BUILDINGS Interpod Page 135, 155 | 1300 007 637

OUTDOOR FURNITURE Unisite Group Page 175 | 1300 552 102

PAINTING Melbourne Commercial Painting

Page 203 | 08 8352 8180

Page 117 | 07 3277 5428

Page 187 | 02 6280 0848

Sarri Painters Page 137 | 07 3861 1166

PLUMBING Central Plumbing Page 177 | 02 9669 2722

PLUMBING PRODUCTS Cook's Plumbing Supplies Page 145 | 02 9630 5250

Page 26 | 02 9757 1177

Page 105 | 03 8762 0171

Bowen Group Australia

Torrance Aquatic

Page 95 | 1300 780 654

Page 116 | 0408 807 923

Premis Solutions

PRECAST CONCRETE Quickcell Technology Products

Page 74 | 1300 773 647

Page 122 | 07 5541 4838

JOINERY & CABINETRY Moorabbin Cabinets


Page 114 | 0466 538 753

Page 104 | 03 9555 7571

JOINERY & KITCHENS Apollo Kitchens Page 158 | 1300 908 090

IJF Australia Page 44 | 08 8349 7400

Page 143 | 02 6330 1300

PLG Painting

Papas Painting (PP&C)

Bigway Joinery

Inspired Building

SHEET & EXTRUSIONS PRODUCTS QS Industries SHUTTERS, ROLLER DOORS & BLINDS Design Enviro Pty Ltd (trading as Shutterflex)

Page 107 | 0404 186 580

POOLS Aloha Pools

Page 49 | 1300 259 008

Page 47 | 03 9521 9676

Page 150 | 02 9633 9233

REFRIGERATION Tri Tech Refrigeration


Page 32| 02 9519 9999

Remondis Page Back Cover| 13 73 73

WATERPROOFING & FLOODTESTING ILD Australia Page 44 | 1300 453 453

WAYFINDING STRATEGIES & INTERIOR FITOUTS Strategic Spaces Page 131 | 03 9863 7003

Page 161 | 1300 334 959

STEEL (STRUCTURAL/ FABRICATION) Dandy Steel Fabrications Page 88 | 03 9799 6180

STORAGE SOLUTIONS Absolute Storage Systems Page 92 | 03 9799 2291


TILING Pebblecrete In-Situ Page 130 | 02 9604 3100

TRAINING & ASSESSMENT Sydney Construction Training School Page 54 | 02 9645 2112

Page 101 | 03 9465 0099

LANDSCAPING Rilack Landscapes


Page 189 | 0413 500 822

Page 77, 89 | 03 9896 8600

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