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PROBUILD APPOINTED TO CONSTRUCT SP SETIA’S ICONIC 65-LEVEL RESIDENTIAL TOWER, UNO MELBOURNE Probuild has been appointed as the builder for award-winning Malaysian property developer SP Setia’s latest landmark project, UNO, a 65-level residential tower in Melbourne’s CBD, bucking the trend of a challenging housing market. The 210m high development at 111 A’Beckett Street, architecturally designed by Elenberg Fraser, will occupy 1,741m2 in the heart of the city, encompassing the address’ existing heritage building and housing ground floor retail amenity, plus a childcare centre on Level 2. SP Setia’s Australian CEO, Choong Kai Wai, is excited to see the UNO vision come to life, saying he was pleased to be partnering with Probuild to deliver the project. “I’m incredibly proud of our team in Australia to get to this point in the development of UNO, which will truly be a new landmark for Melbourne’s skyline,” Choong said. “We look forward to progressing our new relationship with Probuild, a builder who is committed to safety and delivering high quality residential apartments.” The central location of UNO Melbourne set it apart from SP Setia’s other projects. “In addition to its exceptional residential amenity, UNO occupies a prime CBD footprint, within walking distance of the best Melbourne has to offer, including sought after

buyer criteria, such as the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Central and RMIT University,” Choong said. Probuild’s Group Managing Director, Luke Stambolis, said the company was proud to be appointed by SP Setia, Malaysia’s leading property developer, following its other benchmark projects in Melbourne, including Fulton Lane, Parque Melbourne, Maison Carnegie and Marque Prahran. UNO Melbourne will be Probuild’s fourth residential project with Elenberg Fraser. “SP Setia and Elenberg Fraser have always created projects of distinction through

timeless, considered design and UNO will be no different, with highly considered apartments and world class residential amenities,” Luke said. “This appointment is testament to the faith SP Setia has in Probuild’s extensive expertise in residential construction, as well as our commitment to safety and delivering Melbourne’s best quality apartments.” When complete, UNO is planned to comprise a lobby and concierge, with a private dining area, lounge, bar, entertainment space and media room on Level 1. Additional residential facilities on Level 9 will include a yoga studio, therapy room, gym, steam room, sauna, spa, swimming pool and outdoor cinema.

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MHI RECEIVES 2019 CANSTAR BLUE MOST SATISFIED CUSTOMER AWARD Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) have done it again! As one of the country’s most trusted brands by consumers, MHIAA has scooped up the 2019 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award in the 2019 Air Conditioners category. This accolade follows the announcement of MHIAA winning CHOICE’s Best Brand award in late 2018 as well as their AvantiPLUS® split system receiving the Gold Good Design Award in July this year.

mounted split system AC units as well as ducted AC units.

As Australia’s most trusted comparison website, Canstar Blue was born out of the prominent Canstar brand in 2010 and is focused on consumer goods across 150+ categories. The findings are based on independent, professional customer satisfaction research and ratings as well as inhouse expert research and ratings.

Managing Director for MHIAA, Mr. Yuji Ito says that receiving this accolade cements its commitment to quality, technology and customer service. “As a customer centric organisation, we are honoured to have received this Canstar Blue award. At MHIAA, we pride ourselves on delivering on our promises to deliver premium products to the market and giving consumers exactly what they need.”

Receiving 5 Stars for overall satisfaction, functionality, reliability, quietness and 4 Stars for ease of use and value for money, MHIAA was the only brand in the Air Conditioners category to receive five stars for four out of the six categories. Scoring was based on wall

This latest award, in conjunction with previous honours, both nationally and internally, reflects the brands continued commitment to delivering, quiet yet high performing air conditioning solutions for Aussie homes and strengthens the brand’s image as a reliable supplier of heating and cooling solutions within the Australian market.

As a brand built to outlast and outperform, Mr Ito says that beyond quality, MHIAA is dedicated to ensuring their service stands out.

comment Grant Warner CEO Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

MINIMISING FINANCIAL RISK What is often missed is that building and infrastructure assets are essentially financial products and as such the application of the funds being invested into those products should be managed by professionals with the requisite qualifications, experience and skills in both construction methodology and processes, as well as construction cost management. To that end, it is a Certified Quantity Surveyor who can provide the best advice to clients with respect to managing construction project costs and whole-of-life project costs. This is best achieved by engaging a Certified Quantity Surveyor as the lead consultant from project inception (i.e. before design concepts) through to project completion (including pre-contract and post contract evaluations). This should result in optimal outcomes for both the client and end users. It would be reasonable to expect the best outcomes in respect of time, cost and quality in respect of project funding. The unique skillsets provided by a Certified Quantity Surveyor enables them to clearly identify and manage development and whole-of-life risks that impact projects over the short, medium and long term.

MCGREGOR COXALL APPOINTS NEW CEO It is a pivotal moment in the 21 year history of McGregor Coxall. Founding Director Adrian McGregor is handing over the reins as Chief Executive Officer, appointing George Panos as the design firm’s new Chief Executive Officer. A qualified accountant, lawyer and MBA, George was most recently at Architectus. His extensive experience of the design industry will make a vital contribution to propelling McGregor Coxall forward as the firm continues to expand its global reach.

The appointment frees Adrian McGregor to focus his energies in a new role, Global Director of Design. Innovation, design vision and thought leadership will be among his core priorities as he leads the McGregor Coxall global practice. McGregor instigated the establishment of the practice’s BioCity Research initiative, a realisation of his visionary commitment to designing sustainable cities and vibrant places.

Implementation of reforms in support of the Shergold-Weir Report will need to incorporate the role of independent construction cost management experts who have a detailed understanding of how built environment assets are constructed and the optimal use of project budgets, over both the design and construction phase, as well as the life-cycle of the asset(s). There has, for too long, been an imbalance between time, cost and quality in the built environment. Due to the increasing level of technology and innovation now being integrated into the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built environment assets, it is essential that associated budgets are effectively in order to minimise risk. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Brad Parker CEO - NSW MATES in Construction

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boot designed for optimum support, protection and comfort for the toughest job sites. From construction to property, engineering and electrical trades, the two styles, #892 and #897, are part of the wider Women’s Safety Series providing an extra level of support and cushioning with Blundstone’s SPS Max Comfort system, featuring XRD® Technology.

LOOKING OUR FOR YOUR MATES MATES in Construction is a charity set up in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers and is owned and controlled by the Australian Building and Construction Industry. Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives; this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide. Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work.


For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men. Research has shown that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues and the nature of the work has made social support more difficult.

An award winning and prominent builder with a lifetime’s experience and expertise in building and construction has joined the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) as the new Assistant Commissioner – Technical.

MATES in Construction provides an integrated program of training and support: training is a tool to raise awareness and that we can all be part of the solution; support is provided through case management and a 24/7 helpline.

Yvonne Pengilly has had an extensive career in the industry from subcontract brick and blockwork to a company director overseeing high end resort and multi-storey apartment developments.

MATES is based on the simple idea that ‘suicide is everyone’s business’ and that if the building and construction industry in Australia is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of workers and to reduce suicide then it cannot be left to the mental health professionals, but rather everyone in the industry must play their part.

Ms Pengilly has worked in all facets of the industry, including trade contracting, contract administration, project, design and development management, and has held titles such as Project Superintendent, Regional Manager and Company Director. She is a licensed open builder and has held board positions with two state regulatory authorities and was an electoral committee member of Master Builders Queensland (MBQ).

So while mental health issues and suicide may be complex, mates helping mates may just be the solution.

Ms Pengilly was awarded MBQ State Woman in Building 2013 and used this platform to establish Women in Construction FNQ, which successfully promotes engagement of engineers, architects and builders in Far North Queensland through educational events. “I have seen the industry from all perspectives, and have worked with people at all levels from



across the State and further afield,” Ms Pengilly said. “My focus will be on continuing to deliver improvements in building performance and compliance as our construction methods and materials move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.” In her role at the QBCC, Ms Pengilly will be responsible for leading more than 200 staff, from across a range of teams which regulate building standards and quality. The role will also see her heading up the QBCC’s work to ward off serious building defects seen in southern states, such as with the Opal and Mascot towers. “QBCC inspectors are authorised to enter building sites, including high rise construction sites, to conduct random inspections of building work. Our inspectors can issue on-the-spot instructions to rectify, well before a tenant sets foot inside in the building. We will be using all the tools available to us, including the country’s toughest non-conforming building products laws, to reassure Queenslanders that our buildings meet standards and community expectations for safety.” If residents living in newly built high rises, or other dwellings, have a complaint about defective work, they’re urged to contact the QBCC on 139 333.

DORIC BREEZES PAST COMPETITION TO WIN “MOST INNOVATIVE WINDOW SYSTEM” Leading Australian hardware manufacturer, Doric has won the coveted ‘Most Innovative Window System’ award at the AUSFENEX19 Design Awards night, for the Ventus Automated Plug and Play system. This marks the fifth occasion Doric has won the sought after title, which recognises creative and original products that specifically take into consideration issues relevant in today’s market, including solar, thermal, noise, security and environmental factors. The Ventus Automated Plug and Play system, a collaboration between Doric and Ventus, developed to penetrate the Doric market, is a simple to install 24V control system that allows the use of louvre and awning chain winders to be controlled via wireless controls. Suitable for residential and commercial applications, the automated hardware system can run up to eight windows on one controller with an infinite number of remotes. “There is no doubt the Ventus Automated Plug and Play system is a deserving winner. We are so very proud of this product and are thrilled to receive this recognition,” Niels Verhaar, Product Manager – Louvres, Doric, said. “When briefing the design team, we knew we wanted a simple to use a plug and play technology as a true retro option. The automated control system caters to multiple window types and that most importantly allows the window fabricator to maintain control from fabrication to installation.”

with ease, with no external support required. The fabricator then retains their role as window expert, meaning the end result and the sale revenue belongs to the fabricator alone.” Through the use of quick connector plugs and the wireless controls, the system provides for an easy way to automate multiple openings, including those that in the past may have been considered inaccessible. By providing greater flexibility in access and control, combined with the systems automated response to environmental factors, including wind, rain, changes in light, smoke and humidity, Doric has ensured the end user greater influence over airflow and temperature in turn lowering power usage and costs while also benefiting the environment. The Ventus plug and play system is compatible with Building management systems, CBUS, smoke detection and fire services or is a perfect standalone control system. For more information contact, https://doric.

Jason Gaekward Regional Manager – Building Physics and Sustainability Inhabit

PASSIVHAUS IN AUSTRALIA The Passivhaus Standard represents excellence in occupant comfort, construction quality, and energy use. I believe most of us in the industry can agree on this fact. However the principles used to achieve the standard are often divisive. Much of the guidance provided to Passivhaus designers is suited to cool climates rather than warm or humid climates. This includes recommended design features such as superinsulation and triple glazed windows. Warmer climates in Australia, especially Queensland and the Northern Territory, need a different design approach. While this warm climate design approach still adopts “traditional” Passivhaus characteristics such as airtightness and ventilation, consideration of external building finishes, shading, and glazing design is essential. As we approach milder climates, such as New South Wales, the method to achieve Passivhaus becomes closer to standard construction practice, with an increase in construction quality being all that is required. Cool climates in Victoria, Tasmania, and Canberra err towards the “European” style of Passivhaus design, although it may be possible to get away with double glazing for some designs.

“Too many times, we were hearing about window fabricators needing to outsource to an electrician or alike. The Ventus allows the architect to spec a system that the fabricator can then install, commission, and automate

PAY STAYING STEADY, GOOD NEWS “The Australian property industry is remaining stable and positive, but in an environment of mixed signals Avdiev Report subscribers are watching and waiting” said Rita Avdiev, Managing Director of The Avdiev Group, remuneration consultants. “With the May 2019 Federal elections out of the way there is political stability but uncertainty about the global economy and its impact on Australia’s future. The mood is mixed.” A big four bank survey reports improvement in business conditions and employment intentions.


The latest Avdiev Remuneration Report 2019 October Update, the product of a formal Australia wide survey of property, investment, development and construction employers and design and building consulting companies, finds that young smart workers in Building, Design and Construction, Finance, Corporate and IT have been offered the biggest remuneration rises to September 2019. For more information contact,


Vernacular architecture is a useful starting point when it comes to climate aware design. I think this is where we sometimes fall down as an industry, when we try and force buildings from one place into another place. Buildings in, for example, Dubai, Melbourne, and Taipei, should have a radically different aesthetic and function. So far we’ve used technology to offset the poor climate suitability of these designs, but this anthropocentric world view will only take us so far. The Passivhaus Standard forces us to consider the climate and the occupant as critical to the success of the building.



comment Bob Stopani Director DSC Consulting Engineers

AUSTRALIA’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SET TO REGAIN GROWTH MOMENTUM Australia’s construction industry, which is currently facing a troubled period, is set to regain growth momentum from 2020 on the back of a range of major infrastructure development programs and projects, according GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

by State and Territory to 2023’, reveals that Australia’s construction industry’s output value, measured at constant 2017 US dollar exchange rates, declined from US$171.6bn in 2017 to US$165.3bn in 2018, reflecting a sharp drop in activity in the oil and gas sector as major projects were completed.


GlobalData’s report, ‘Construction in Australia – Key Trends and Opportunities

Over a number of years Design and Construct has become the preferred and prevalent method of delivery in the building industry.


However, a common issue has reared its head with a lack of experience and low fees leading to poor scope definition in consultant RFP’s and as a result poorly defined design documentation. A 70% D&C should represent 70% of the detail and 100% of the scope, often what is delivered is an arbitrary 70% set of documents. Added to this and with no minimum fee scales, consultant selection is regularly based on price, not scope coverage and detail, resulting in an uneven playing field, while relegating the primary interests of the client. Builders are expected to accept the intent of the design and resolve latent design issues, which often triggers a value management process to maintain project viability with the end user expected to accept any drop in quality. As a result of these failures in the procurement and design process it is now accepted practice that builders are increasingly being forced to employ and bear the cost of consultant teams to peer review D&C documentation to identify risks, ensure trade coverage and minimise rectification works. The solution would be to provide an appropriately scoped RFP written with consultant input and return to a traditional delivery with the architect fully commissioned as the lead, thereby reducing everyone’s risk, removing buildability issues, improving coordination across services, improving the quality of the installation and delivering a better outcome for the end user through the builder.



Award winning builder Condev Construction have won a major contract with Shintaku Australia to build The Spot, a dog focused development in Broadbeach. The site is located in the high density precinct of Broadbeach, on the corner of Chelsea Avenue and Gold Coast Highway. The $20 million project, designed by BDA Architects, offers renters a unique dog friendly apartment building with a rooftop dog run and play area and a proposed hydrobath station. The project offers high quality residential apartments with a mix of one bed, two bed, two plus one bed and three-bedroom apartments. All apartments open out onto large liveable balconies that act as outdoor rooms to encourage indoor/outdoor interaction. The balconies also act as sun shading devices which allow an open and transparent façade maximising natural light and ventilation. The building houses 56 apartments over seven levels with a rooftop communal recreation area

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with a BBQ, multi-purpose area, communal vegetable garden and a large open terrace area. Vehicle access is from Chelsea Avenue with visitor parking behind the three alfresco café and restaurants to be built. Condev Managing Director, Steve Marias says the development will bring something unique to the Gold Coast. “Dog ownership is increasing as is apartment living, so it’s rewarding to do our part in delivering options for pet owners with beneficial projects like this one,” says Mr Marais. “This provides an alternative option for people who are downsizing and pet owners who have had difficulty finding somewhere central and pet friendly.” This building will be an iconic addition to the Broadbeach Precinct. Construction has commenced with the first residents expected to move in by December 2020.



Wayne Smith CEO National Fire Industry Association


From left to right: John Gillam, Julie Coates, Harry Triguboff, Andrew Rottinger, David Cremona at opening of new Hebel plant

CSR Hebel officially launched it’s new Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) manufacturing facility at Somersby, New South Wales on Friday 11 October 2019. This is a landmark investment for CSR, investing $75 million over the last four years to build the new Hebel plant. This will allow Hebel to double it’s current capacity and continue to service the growing demand of the Australian housing market for innovative, quality building products such as Hebel. CSR began production of Hebel in Australia almost 30 years ago, and still remains as the only local manufacturer of AAC in Australia and New Zealand. This is testament to the fact that Hebel continues to deliver innovative, high quality products and systems that have gained rapid adoption for their fast install times without compromising on quality, and energy efficient buildings that are design led and achieve on trend looks. This is a fact supported by Harry Triguboff, Managing Director of Meriton Group, who was in attendance at the launch – “Meriton have long been a supporter of CSR Hebel. We value the high quality, low risk products and systems that Hebel produce and their commitment to making it easier and simple to build. Much like Meriton, CSR Hebel are making an impact on the Australian landscape and their new factory Is an exciting development that allows them to continue doing so for many years to come.” Hebel’s new state-of-the-art facility borrows the best technology from around the world

and combines it with decades of local knowledge and expertise to showcase the best in AAC automation, customisation and environmental waste management. As CSR Chairman, John Gillam noted in his opening address. “Sustainability was core to the design of the plant as we have invested in the latest technology... importantly this is strong endorsement of the manufacturing skills we have here in Australia.” Planning for Hebel’s new plant began over four years ago, and the focus has remained on the local economy and minimising the carbon footprint. This has underpinned the decision to work with local suppliers, manufacturers and products sourced in the region where possible. As a result, much of the $75 million spend has been spent locally in Australia, and once the plant is running at full capacity, 45 new jobs will have been created for the local community on the New South Wales, Central Coast, a point noted by Julie Coates, CSR CEO & Managing Director, in her welcome speech. Celebrating 30 years in Australia next year, CSR Hebel are poised for continued growth in Australia. This new manufacturing facility, and the committed team at CSR Hebel, places Hebel well to do so. For more information on CSR Hebel please visit

Fire Protection systems and their correct design, installation and maintenance are critical for protecting people, buildings and assets in the event of a fire. However, based on historical data it can be said that fire safety systems in numbers of buildings in Australia are non-compliant. Despite so many reviews and the industry’s expert input, very little has changed and we continue to tolerate non-compliant systems which could result in a higher risk to people and property in Australia in the event of a fire. This sad reality exists because of a legislative framework in some states which enables unqualified practitioners to design, install, maintain and test essential fire safety systems. NFIA believes that it is absolutely imperative that all aspects of fire protection work is carried out by competent practitioners with the appropriate qualifications and credentials. The 4 Core Principles of Good Fire Protection Regulation 1.




egistration of Fire Protection Practitioners R – There must be a comprehensive system of contractor registration across all occupations involved in the design, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of fire protection systems in Australia. NFIA suggests implementing a similar licensing scheme to that which is currently operating in Queensland across all jurisdictions. Appropriately Trained Fire Protection Practitioners – Any licensing scheme should be underpinned by nationally recognised trade qualifications. Enforceable – A registration system must be aligned with an independent, standard and consistent compliance and policing system. Government Run – NFIA cannot support the privatisation of regulatory oversight and is strongly opposed to any body other than Government acting as the regulator.

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comment Jane Lowney Head of Engineering and Infrastructure Robert Walters

ENCOURAGE STEM TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE With thousands of Australian students participating in climate change strikes across the country, attention must turn to how we can better support their passionate pleas into future careers.

LARGEST INVOLVEMENT IN TUNNELING CIVIL WORKS FOR DOKA The new stand-alone railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66km of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Australia’s biggest city travels. Doka supplies formwork engineering services, material and equipment supply for the mined tunnel concrete lining construction at Martin Place, Pitt Street and Victoria Cross Station sites. Image supplied by Sydney Metro

The commitment demonstrated by our students is testament to the importance they are placing on reversing the global carbon footprint. However, how can we encourage this passion by helping them into a career that will enable them to protect the environment? To begin we must do a better job in encouraging our students into future STEM careers. Participation in STEM subjects in is at their lowest level in 20 years, while the proportion of Australia’s population aged 20 to 64 with post-school qualifications in STEM is dwindling compared to a decade ago. The challenge is how we collectively engage young people into STEM while fuelling the flame and their passion for the environment. The solution is to appeal to their hearts and minds, by helping them join the dots into jobs that can positively impact the environment and as a result STEM related careers.

When Sydney Metro is extended into the Central Business District (CBD) and beyond in 2024, metro rail will run from Sydney’s booming North West region under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond to the south west. Sydney’s new metro railway will have a target capacity of about 40,000 customers per hour, similar to other metro systems worldwide. Sydney’s current suburban system can reliably carry 24,000 people an hour per line. Sydney Metro,

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The project has become a showcase for Doka’s heavy duty supporting system SL-1; a modular system, which provides complete formwork solutions for widely differing tunnel cross sections, regardless of shape and load. As the company’s largest involvement to date in major tunneling civil works, Sydney Metro has drawn on other Doka strengths. Doka Global Expertise Centre (GEC) for tunnel infrastructure, based at the headquarters in Austria, has been heavily involved in the project. It will account for more than 20,000 engineering hours to design formwork sub-structures for the concrete, which will line and support the massive underground station caverns and tunnel intersections. Doka’s ability to turn around engineering solutions quickly, by drawing on its own design expertise in another hemisphere where time zones allow such collaboration, has been a success. Unique formwork solutions for tunnel intersections Standard but specialised Doka SL-1 components and modules have been employed for most requirements, but Doka Australia has also drawn on its parent

RAMLER INTERNATIONAL: M GALLERY CHADSTONE HOTEL LUXURY FURNITURE November saw the launch of Accor Hotels’ highly anticipated M Gallery Chadstone Hotel by Sofitel, a luxury boutique hotel.


together with signaling and infrastructure upgrades across the existing Sydney rail network, will increase the capacity of train services entering the Sydney CBD – from about 120 an hour today to up to 200 services beyond 2024. That’s an increase of up to 60% capacity across the network to meet demand.

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with the JHCPBG site engineering teams and subcontractors. This approach ensures all parameters and requirements are considered in finding the best solution to increase the efficiency and safety of the work. “Doka has demonstrated a willingness to tackle the complex and unique challenges of our project, which has resulted in a high level of collaboration between the construction teams and Doka’s local and international branches,” emphasised Benjamin Russo, Planning & Engineering Manager, Mined Tunnels.

company’s expertise to design and manufacture custom accessories. Doka worked intensively to produce unique formwork designs for all mined tunnel intersections, pedestrian and service adits at Martin Place, Pitt Street and Victoria Cross Station sites. Each individual mined tunnel profile and intersection requires unique designs for offsite pre-assembly and onsite installation for the in situ concrete pour. Doka’s team is in constant communication, meetings and workshops

The deliveries started in early 2019 and Doka materials will be used through to late 2020 when construction of concrete lining finishes. The Doka heavy duty supporting system SL-1 is extremely adaptable. SL-1 beams, walings and struts can be arranged in variable configurations, enabling optimum use to be made of each item of equipment, with short set-up times and heavy duty supporting-unit components. Built-in safety systems ensure high workplace safety including integrated work platforms and ladderways.

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STRONGER POWERS FOR BUILDING REGULATOR UNDER NEW LAW The Andrews Labor Government is delivering greater protections for building and apartment owners under sweeping new changes introduced to Parliament. The Building and Environment Protection Legislation Amendment Bill will give stronger powers to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to investigate illegal phoenix activity, where companies deliberately go into administration to avoid liability for building work before re-emerging as a new entity. The Bill strengthens the fit and proper person tests required for practitioner registration by incorporating financial probity requirements. This will allow greater scrutiny of company

directors, secretaries and influential persons as part of the registration process. The VBA will be able to refuse applications for new registration, or renewal of registration, if the applicant is suspected to have engaged in illegal phoenix activity at any time over the previous two years. The Bill also expands existing suspension powers for building practitioners responsible for unsafe works to ensure that plumbers and architects can also face immediate suspension. This power was introduced for building practitioners in 2018 and has already been used by the VBA.

Matthew Knight Vice President Pembroke

THE MOVE TO MINIMISE WASTE FROM DISCARDED WARM SHELLS In an era where consumers, industry and government are all bringing social governance and sustainability to the forefront of decision making, the Australian building and construction industry can assist these groups to achieve their objectives by changing the way office space is delivered to tenants. In Australia, construction of commercial buildings typically follows the warm shell model, where offices are provided to tenants with standard features including carpet, ceilings, painted walls, lighting and HVAC. With the rise of flexible working and the trend towards wellness and employee experience, the number of sophisticated tenants wanting a bespoke fitout design is growing. This more often than not means tenants will remove the carpets, lighting and ceilings, causing a huge amount of waste. In the USA owners follow a cold shell model, whereby they provide tenants with a blank canvas, allowing an occupier to facilitate its own finishes and only fitout the space with finishes it desires, whilst complying with the fitout rules of the building. If no floor coverings or ceiling are desired, they are not installed. This reduces costs and time for owners and tenants, minimises waste and improves sustainability. At Pembroke we work closely with our tenants to design office spaces that accommodate the best working environment for their staff. However, if construction progresses before a tenant is secured it often means the warm shell is complete before tenants have input into the design. If a cold shell model was adopted, it doesn’t matter when a tenant engages, as the space would not have been finished to a specification that would result in abortive works having been undertaken. Both models have their pros and cons however moving towards a cold shell model in Australia should be considered to help improve sustainability and minimise waste in the industry.



comment Emily Gilfillan Associate Director, Seniors Living Sector Leader Billard Leece Partnership

SENIORS LIVING AFFORDABILITY CONSIDERED IN DESIGN PROCESS Housing affordability affects a large portion of our population and it has steadily declined since the early 1980s. With house prices in our capital cities continuing to rise regardless of corrections, one of the main concerns for our Seniors is whether they have adequate funds in order to downsize and maintain their lifestyle.

RIPARO LED URBAN LIGHTING SOLUTION The Riparo LED urban lighting range was curated from several diverse and intricate designs that have evolved throughout the years. These carefully designed pieces are an ideal contemporary choice for anyone wishing to effectively illuminate an urban space. European Styled these aesthetically alluring pieces, combined with durable components and materials are available in a range of colour temperatures and mounting options, fit for varying weather conditions and outdoor areas. These innovative Post Tops can be equipped with a special diffuse lens configuration that offers a high degree of comfort by limiting glare and brightness. A patented and wide area

The costs of entering a retirement living village or lifestyle community can be challenging to navigate. Put simply, in order to reduce upfront costs when entering a village, a deferred management fee (aka “exit” fee) is charged upon exiting the village. This exit may come as a result of requiring enhanced services in an aged care facility. There has been much criticism in recent times regarding these fees that largely comes about due to a lack of understanding of retirement village contracts, and associated fees and charges - they can be quite complex. Although there are also Government initiatives around Superannuation incentives for downsizers, this does not cater for lower income households. If possible, it is far more cost effective for someone to be cared for in their own home with a tailored home care package, however this may be impracticable for a number of reasons, but can be as a result of requiring modifications to one’s home. As designers, our remit therefore is to design homes and buildings for all ages and abilities that are easily maintained and affordable. Housing should be adaptable and flexible so that walking aids and handrails can be retrofitted if required. Good design doesn’t need to cost more, however it does positively impact on residents’ intrinsic needs.


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NEW APPOINTMENT AT CORELOGIC CoreLogic Appoints Ryan Dinsdale – Executive - Customer Operations, Sales and Marketing Australia and New Zealand Data and analytics market leader CoreLogic, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Dinsdale as Executive Sales, Marketing and Customer Operations for Australia and New Zealand, effective immediately. Ryan will join the CoreLogic International Executive Team, reporting directly to CEO International Lisa Claes and be Sydney based. Dinsdale is an experienced executive, with a diverse background in digital marketing, sales, distribution, product and strategy in highly competitive markets. He brings a unique depth of experience spanning roles in major corporates as well as disruptive start-ups such as ‘Purplebricks’ where he was CEO for three years. Ryan has held prior executive roles at CommSec (CBA) where he was General


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Manager, Customer Experience and Marketing. His remit included P&L responsibilities along with setting and delivering on strategy for the end-to-end customer experience. He has also held senior roles across both the real estate and financial services industries including Virgin Money, Telstra and Westpac. He has a deep passion for developing and growing his teams and aligning organisational culture to deliver business growth and the very best in customer experience. CEO CoreLogic International, Lisa Claes said, “This appointment brings strong customer experience and digital marketing expertise combined with a deep understanding across two of our core markets in banking and real estate. Ryan’s skills, honed from both disruptive and traditional business models, will strongly complement the bench strength within our business which is privileged to serve customers across diverse industries, geographies and models.”


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LEVERAGING HISTORICAL DATA IN THE DIGITAL AGE Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced Kane Constructions as the successful tenderer to develop the next stage of the Australian Museum’s $57.5 million redevelopment known as Project Discover. “This major investment will ensure the Australian Museum has world class museum exhibition spaces and new education facilities for visitors to our State as well as residents to enjoy,” Mr Harwin said. “As the NSW Government continues to deliver our visionary infrastructure plan, I am thrilled the Australian Museum can now take the next step towards becoming a leading scientific and cultural icon for the nation.” The $57.5 million renovation will significantly expand the Museum’s public floor space

and deliver a better experience for visitors including a major new touring exhibition hall; new flexible education spaces; Grand Hall and more public amenities. Director and CEO of the Australian Museum, Kim McKay said the project is running on time for its blockbuster opening exhibition. “Project Discover will deliver a new experience at the Australian Museum, ensuring we will be ready to host the internationally acclaimed Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition in early 2021,” Ms McKay said. Kane Constructions previously built the Australian Museum’s award-winning Crystal Hall glass entry pavilion and is a multi-award winning company.

‘POWER OF TWO’ PARTNERSHIP Two global leaders in providing secure and streamlined access to buildings and facilitating movement around public and private facilities have joined forces to enhance security while streamlining pedestrian traffic flows through lifts. Schindler and Royal Boon Edam have combined their expertise to produce a security speed gate system that integrates with lift and pedestrian access destination technology to provide users with a seamless journey that reduces waiting times by up to 50%. The new global partnership, known as ‘The Power of Two’, delivers an integrated system

that greatly enhances transit efficiency, especially in high rise buildings with multiple lifts, and including public and private facilities throughout the Asia-Pacific and Australasia. The time between entering a speed gate and reaching the lift (typically 5-10 seconds) can now be utilised to call the correct elevator, using Schindler’s industry leading destination algorithm. Security is enhanced throughout the entire process, with Boon Edam Speedlane Lifeline speed gates preventing unauthorised personnel entering a waiting lift, said Michael Fisher, Managing Director of Boon Edam. “The new partnership has considerable benefits to customers throughout Australasia, by combining the best technologies from leaders in their individual fields and making them readily available from one source. Specifiers, architects, builders, refurbishers and security specialists will now have access to the harmonised technologies through the national and global networks of both organisations,” Michael said.

Our industry has seen huge leaps forward in the methods, materials and processes used across its history, from rudimentary structures through to modern day skyscrapers. Despite this, decision makers are often still reluctant to invest in transformative technologies. In the race for competitive advantage however, the enterprises that apply the right innovations are seeing improvements throughout the value chain. Historical project data is a perfect example of an underutilised asset in present day construction. Many of those tasked with producing conceptual estimates and benchmarks are currently trawling through their stored data to find relevant past projects. From here, it’s a case of performing manual calculations to ensure figures are up to date, or else relying on spreadsheets with their inherent propensity for errors. Estimators in 2019 can streamline this process by centralising all their historical data in a single digital repository, where each estimate can be enhanced with supplementary information related to project attributes. It’s then a simple case of selecting relevant projects and automatically applying indices to adjust for time and location factors. What was once a laborious and imprecise process can now be tackled in minutes with the right digital tools. It’s not just early stage estimating that can be improved by historical data; owners and project managers can access such information to inform their decisions as the build progresses. By placing our faith in the right innovations, I’m confident we can secure a more productive future for the Australian construction industry.



2019 NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence:

CONSTRUCTION STARS SHINE BRIGHT From hard working apprentices to visionary business leaders, innovative project managers to dynamic teams, the talented and tenacious women of Australia’s construction industry have been recognised at the 23rd annual NAWIC Awards for Excellence. Australia’s largest awards program for women in construction, the 2019 NAWIC Awards for Excellence is hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction NSW Chapter. Growthbuilt’s Melanie Kurzydlo took home the Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry. Aurecon’s Global Leader for Rail and Mass Transit, Rowenna Walker was presented with the Laing O’Rourke Award for Business Woman of the Year. It was a night of firsts, as Harriet Oldmeadow and Elizabeth Brookes took the reins as Co-Presidents and 1,200 guests gathered for the gala event to celebrate a record 136 nominees in 11 categories vying for coveted awards. It was also the first year that government agencies have sponsored the awards. NSW Co-President Harriet Oldmeadow was excited to announce a new advocacy agenda “to build NAWIC’s industry voice”.


“We want NAWIC to be the ‘go to’ organisation that can assist in transforming the construction industry. The solutions, we think, are multi-faceted – big steps and small steps are required. As NAWIC recalibrates and starts this journey of change, there are two important steps that everyone in the industry can take together: listen and challenge the status quo.” Aligning with this theme of ‘firsts’, Co-President Elizabeth Brookes announced a new award which will be launched in 2020 to recognise men in the industry “who demonstrate real acts of mentorship.” The night was a celebration of the contributions made by women at all career levels and in all sectors of the construction industry, Ms Brookes added. “NAWIC established the Awards for Excellence because we recognised that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. More than two decades later, we are overwhelmed by the exceptional talent and extraordinary outcomes delivered by women across the construction industry.”


“Our annual celebration of excellence continues to demonstrate how far we’ve come as an industry – and we applaud every woman contributing, from the first year apprentice to the company CEO.” A panel of industry experts selected winners based on strict award criteria. The coveted Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry was presented to Melanie Kurzydlo, Director of Strategy & Business Relations at Tier 2 construction company Growthbuilt. “As the first woman to join Growthbuilt’s executive leadership team, Melanie has used her influence to champion diversity in all its forms, and to drive progressive change within her company and throughout our entire industry,” Ms Oldmeadow explained. “Melanie has encouraged Growthbuilt to embrace targets as it strives for gender balance


and today 30% of the business is female. We applaud Melanie’s leadership, advocacy and her commitment to the values that NAWIC holds true: to be bold and brave, and to care and connect,” Ms Oldmeadow added. The Laing O’Rourke Award for Business Woman of the Year was presented to Aurecon’s Global Leader for Rail and Mass Transit, Rowenna Walker. “Since joining Aurecon in 2016, Rowenna has expanded her business sector with strong leadership skills and now oversees a $100 million portfolio. A proven industry leader and influencer on large scale and complex city shaping projects, Rowenna is a role model and mentor to many,” Ms Brookes explained. Richard Munao, Founder and Managing Director of Cult, in partnership with Fritz Hansen, generously donated a JH97 lounge chair, which was auctioned off to support NAWIC’s International Women’s Day Scholarship in 2020. Cult has supported the scholarship for 11 years, making the annual $20,000 grant the most significant of its kind for women in the property and construction industry.


HASSELL Award for Innovation in Design Winner: Madeleine Blanchfield, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects Merit: Rebecca Deegan, Hansen Yuncken

Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry Winner: Melanie Kurzydlo, Growthbuilt

CPB Award for Contribution to Sustainability Winner: Amanda Visser, The Star Entertainment Group

Laing O’Rourke Award for Business Woman of the Year Winner: Rowenna Walker, Aurecon

Roberts Pizzarotti Award for Contribution to a Project’s Development Winner: Natalie Borozan, Multiplex Merit: Natasha Devlin, Investa

Transport for NSW Tradesperson Scholarship Winner: Aurora Hartshorn, AXIS Plumbing NSW Merit: Fatima Bertolini, Planet Plumbing NSW Pty Ltd Probuild Award for Project Manager of the Year Winner: Brooke Emmett, Fulton Hogan


Acoustic Logic Scholarship for Future Leaders Winner: Camille Sevestre, Turner & Townsend MPA Award for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fitout Winner: Diana Jones

John Holland Award for Team Innovation Winner: Multiplex HR team Merit: Timnit Tessema, Vanessa Lesicnik, Harshaa Raha and Aleksandra Rakic, Multiplex Merit: Delivery Coordination Team, Stockland CBRE University Scholarship Winner: Vanessa Lesicnik, Multiplex Merit: Kara McCormick, CPB Contractors Contact NAWIC at



2019 NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence:

TO BE BOLD AND BRAVE Winners Interview: Melanie Kurzydlo, Growthbuilt Melanie Kurzydlo, Director of Strategy & Business Relations at Growthbuilt was presented with the Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry.

I speak openly about women and about my personal choices, showing that being female and part of the LGBTQI community is not a barrier to performance.

Melanie has used her influence to champion diversity in all its forms, and to drive progressive change within her company and her industry. As a dedicated mentor, Melanie has also influenced the next generation of leaders through her association with Sydney schools, universities and allied industry bodies. Melanie has encouraged Growthbuilt to embrace targets as it strives for diversity balance, with a strong focus on gender.

What do you see as the challenges to overcome in getting more women to work in the construction industry? One of the first things that needs to be addressed is the education at school level around the career possibilities for women. In my view, schools should place more focus on the construction industry as a possible and exciting option for girls and their careers. Role models should be made visible and provided within the industry so the girls can see themselves in a similar role in the future which will enable them to choose subjects like math’s and physics from Year 9 onwards to assist in appropriate University pathways. From Year 9, after the girls select their electives, it takes about 8-10 years for them to start their career in the Construction Development and Property Industry. We need more women (and other diverse groups) in the construction industry to assist in driving new innovations and at present women only constitute 10% of the enrolments in construction and property degrees. Unfortunately, there is just not enough women to fill the needs of the industry diversity demand! To assist in the drive to encourage more women to join the industry we need more role models, and we can only have more role models if women choose a career in construction! You can’t be what you can’t see. Professionals and business owners in the construction, property and development industry need to be supportive of driving a diverse and inclusive workforce, not just from a People and Culture point of view but also from an executive strategy point of view. Company 18


support means you get the best people resulting in strong revenue drivers. At Growthbuilt all the Executives work hand in hand to drive the culture and strategy for the business, which encourages people to stay more focused and dedicated to the overall industry and company outcome. Every endeavor and initiative that I have chosen to drive from a strategy, business development and diversity point of view, Growthbuilt have supported which has encouraged creativity and innovation across the group and personally I have never been more inspired to speak up and drive progressive change across the industry. How do you address these challenges in your work at Growthbuilt? At Growthbuilt myself and the Executive leadership team formulate strategies to grow the company from a sector diversity point of view and the important part of this is encouraging diversity in all forms, not just for the inclusive philosophy but for the proven 19% increase in revenue. I speak openly about women and about my personal choices, showing that being female and part of the LGBTQI community is not a barrier to performance. I have the confidence to be who I am, leading by example, as well as leading and encouraging people from the front and back. At Growthbuilt it is not just about driving support for women, it is about inclusivity across all dimensions and society. To encourage wider diversity across the industry we need to see a diverse and inclusive AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

workforce. It must be noted that diversity also includes all people of different cultural backgrounds, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, LGBTQI community and other diversity forms. It is also important to note that diversity of your client pool continues to drive diversity across your business. This opens the doors to new ideas, innovation and different ways of achieving positive and profitable outcomes. True diversity within a company means that the typical way of achieving your strategy can be influenced by a variety of experiences and alternate ways in making decisions. A result of this, you achieve company growth in new (and potentially unexpected) areas as you are challenging the status quo. I am especially conscious of increasing awareness around subconscious bias when recruiting new people and encourage others and my industry peers to broaden their view when it comes to employment. Managers should allow themselves more time during recruitment as it is proven to take an additional three weeks to find a more diverse pool of people to be considered for the role. If companies allow recruiting parties this time, one will achieve a more well-rounded outcome to employing a diverse workforce and will avoid the pressure of meeting quotas without an understanding as to why that is a measure. I also encourage strong work life integration supporting a broader and flexible working view for both men and women. Companies need WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to be mindful of the way in which people work and the integration of both work and family life, as if you provide flexibility around the ways in which people work you will create more dedicated empowered workforce. Has your family background contributed to your personal success, and the promotion of women, in the construction industry? Yes absolutely. I have received a tremendous amount of support from my parents and family in choosing to follow my passion and anything I wish to do. They have believed in me and openly told me how proud they are of what I have achieved from school through to adulthood (even up until yesterday). Both my mother and father have always worked throughout their lives, whilst raising a family of four girls, which has shown me and my sisters how anything is possible. My dad was a builder and is an incredibly successful well-rounded man, he has had an extremely positive influence on me in my life and career and has always encouraged me to be myself no matter what I do. As a result of the above I have developed into a confident assured person who has always loved her career and has had the ability to set goals, go for it, fall over but has had the resilience to get back up and give it another go. My wife and my two boys are also my backbone who have enabled me and been the driving force for my recent successes in life and within the construction industry. ANCR SPECIAL FEATURE NAWIC AWARDS 2019


2019 NAWIC WA Awards for Excellence:

NAWIC WA CELEBRATING FEMALE ACHIEVEMENT Women from the Western Australian construction industry were honoured at the 2019 NAWIC Awards for Excellence held in Perth at The Westin Hotel. Hosted by journalist Jan Fran and presented by NAWIC WA, the awards acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Western Australian women across eight award categories. Award recipients are selected by a panel of industry experts including Alysia Harper (Cubic), Balraj Hansra (BHP), Isla McRobbie (Jackson McDonald), Niamh O’Connor, (Donald Cant Watts Corke), Sandy Anghie (Historic Heart Project), and Steve Okill, (Georgiou). Ms Tanya Trevisan, COO of private WA based property developer Iris Residential, was named the recipient of the Swan Group Crystal Vision Award.

The esteemed Crystal Vision Award, recognises and celebrates the achievements of an exceptional individual, business or organisation within the construction industry, who has carved a path for themselves with vision and commitment, and promoted and encouraged the development of other women. Confirming her selection, the judges said, “whilst having an impressive career in the construction industry generally, Tanya has driven thought and behavioural change in the key advocacy and leadership roles she has taken on. She deserves to be recognised with this Award.”

Commenting on the 2019 awards and winners, NAWIC WA Chapter President, Natalie Busch said, “these awards bring together over 500 representatives of the local construction industry to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of our female peers.” “They are an opportunity to reflect on the high calibre of inspiring female talent that forms part of our industry; a chance to celebrate the career successes of some truly outstanding women; and a moment to acknowledge the role they have all played advocating for and supporting other women in the industry,” Ms Busch said.

2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS Swan Group Crystal Vision Award Winner: Tanya Trevisan, Iris Residential Discus Print & Signage Creating the Best Project Award Winner: Annika White, Hassell Wood & Grieve Outstanding Contribution to Construction Award Winner: Carmen Tasker-Watson, Broad Construction Probuild Young Achiever Award Winner: Tricia Qiu, RPS Group Hassell Innovation Award Winner: Hilary Hunt, Jackson Mcdonald Arup Diversity and Inclusion Award Winner: Fiona Lethbridge, Georgiou Group Tbh Social Responsibility in Construction Award Winner: Robina Crook, Hassell Curtin University Excellence in Sustainability Award Winner: Madlen Jannaschk, Cundall




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Winners Interview: Tanya Trevisan, Iris Residential

Tanya Trevisan, COO of Iris Residential was presented with the Swan Group Crystal Vision Award to celebrate her contribution to change and advocacy in the industry. What are the challenges you face in your role in promoting women in the construction industry? The biggest challenge is the lack of gender diversity. Statistically the construction industry is the worst for gender diversity in Australia and as a result there’s not many role models for women in the industry. It’s also due to the lack of knowledge about options available, particularly in schools. It’s very daunting for young girls to make early career decisions about working in construction, there’s not really any information about what’s available to them. How do you address these challenges in your work? When I’m speaking at events I’m reminded of how unusual it is for a woman to be in my position. By being seen I am able to show that women are able to succeed within the industry. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

I try to dispel the myth of achieving a work/life balance. Having a career and a family is more of a juggle than the achievement of that holy grail. It’s another fallacy that eats away at you, another expectation of reaching perfection. I say ‘Don’t make a rod for your own back’, we are human. How has your personal background contributed to your success in the construction industry? I studied architecture in the early 80s and found going onsite quite a frightening experience, I felt ignorant and quite useless. In retrospect I was wrong, a lot of the demons were in my own head. On the whole women need to be kinder to themselves, be brave and self confident and keep going. Don’t feel pressured, you don’t have to be superwoman. Going back to the 70s and 80s Australia was still quite a conservative society and working mothers were in the minority. My mum

always worked and it helped normalise that role for me. In my first job as a parent, I had to leave at 5pm on the dot to collect my daughter from childcare. I made that a stipulation of my employment and it was accepted and I was even promoted after six months. Success at work is about how effective you can be, not the amount of hours you put in. I really love my work especially being onsite and being part of a team creating a building. How has NAWIC assisted you in advancing the interests of women in the construction industry? I follow the NAWIC vision statement ‘We are bold and brave’ and encourage women to push themselves into the unknown. I’m thankful to NAWIC, I have found great support there and have learnt a lot too. For more information contact NAWIC, website









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THOUGHTFUL JOINERY SOLUTIONS Think Joinery has an enviable reputation in the market place based on superior customer service, outstanding design, innovative production techniques and a commitment to professionalism in every part of their business. Think Joinery has built the capability to handle any project, be it a bespoke wall unit or a complete cabinetry fitout for a multi-level residential building. The company has established a highly experienced and knowledgeable team which is supported by the latest production technology and design capability to translate their customers’ ideas and concepts into reality.

The $35 million project known as Blackwattle Apartments comprises 99 residential units, basement parking, multiple commercial tenancies, as well as landscaped roof gardens. The design of the apartment interiors was a feature of the development, with a focus on the joinery and cabinetry complementing the contemporary urban design which included black light fixtures and fittings, floor to ceiling windows together with a monochromatic colour palette.

Think Joinery recently undertook the design, manufacture and installation of all joinery requirements for the major social housing project in Sydney’s Glebe.

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Built by Kane Constructions for the New South Wales Government, the project part of the transformation of the popular location and will make a significant contribution in tackling housing affordability in the inner city.

Think Joinery, met the short time frames on the project with careful planning and co ordination with the builder and the other trades onsite. “We had a three month deadline to complete the hand over of the apartments and we were able to complete the task utilising 11 of





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The same detailed approach is taken by the project management team. Mario said that a priority for Think Joinery is having the best resources available to ensure that every job is executed to the highest standards. “Our supervisors, leading hands, installers and labourers are all focused on ensuring delivery and installation schedules are met with optimum performance, guaranteeing a first class job for our clients.”





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STRATA DEFECT SPECIALISTS SYDNEY Two recent major issues facing builders and developers attracting significant media and regulatory attention are first, the presence of flammable cladding on high rise residential apartments and second, construction defects in a small number of high rise developments, which in one or two of the worst cases, has resulted in buildings being evacuated and rendered temporarily uninhabitable. The impact of these issues also obviously affects owners, tenants and strata bodies all of whom can become embroiled in complex engineering, legal and financial issues which require specialised investigation and advice.

essential that an expert analysis be prepared of the alleged defects. Our approach at SDSS is to offer an evaluation programme, whereby we take a high level review of the report and then provide a one hour meeting with our builder or developer client to discuss the most appropriate strategy.” The next step is for SDSS to carry out a site inspection. A full report is then prepared which is sufficiently detailed and robust to be lodged with the courts if that becomes necessary. These reports are capable of being tendered as high as the Supreme Court if it reaches that level.

It is essential that an expert analysis be prepared of the alleged defects.

This is the space in which Strata Defect Specialists Sydney (SDSS) operates. SDSS provides a full suite of building inspection services, including defect reports and specialised advice for their clients which includes builders and developers as well as strata managers, owners’ corporations, the legal profession and private purchasers. SDSS has assembled a team of highly qualified inspectors in all disciplines in the construction industry enabling SDSS to provide expert reports on any building issue ranging from structure to waterproofing. Managing Director of SDSS, Nicholas Hudson, said that many clients are builders and developers who have received a defect report from lawyers representing an owners’ corporation. “This can be a challenging situation for any builder or developer and it is


However SDSS can also provide a mediation process to try and prevent the matter from escalating into the legal system which has the potential to incur excessive legal costs for their clients. “We prefer to direct the issues in the direction of compromise which can be more beneficial for all parties,” Nicholas added. SDSS does recommend that builders and developers engage the company’s expert team to prepare a defect inspection at the time of completion but prior to any occupancy.

to deal with defects once the building is occupied. SDSS also acts for strata managers and owners’ corporations where reports are requested on evident cracking in concrete structures. “In most cases there is no major defect detected and we can reassure our clients with expert reports, giving them peace of mind.” The combustible cladding issue has produced a new set of challenges for builders, owners’ corporations and private apartment owners. SDSS offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach whereby SDSS will test the type of cladding installed on a building to check whether it complies with the new regulations. If the owners’ corporation decides to replace the cladding, or if it is under notice to do so, SDSS will undertake a tender process with suppliers and installers, analyse the tenders, make recommendations about a suitable supplier then manage the installation process. With the revised Strata Scheme Management Act now in force and with building compliance codes constantly being updated, SDSS was an essential partner for the provision of expert advice for all stakeholders in the construction industry.

We can reassure our clients with expert reports, giving them peace of mind.

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BRINGING THE PASSIVHAUSE CONCEPT TO LIFE Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioners installed at The Fern

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) has reached a significant milestone, with 2019 seeing the company celebrate 20 successful years in Australia. As one of the country’s most trusted brands by consumers, MHIAA was named by leading consumer advocacy group, CHOICE® as being the best air-conditioner brand in Australia and has just scooped up the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award in the 2019 Air-Conditioners category. Managing Director of MHIAA, Mr Yuji Ito, said that it was a proud moment for MHIAA to mark their 20th anniversary. “We have drawn on a rich 130 year heritage to build a company with a real local heart that is inspired by our customers. We learn from them so that the solutions we offer meet their requirements.” MHIAA has always been driven by a commitment to innovation, integrity and excellence with a dedicated team of people who have been responsible for the company’s success and growth. 32


“Over the past 20 years we have been instrumental in creating change through engineering and design. From silent operation, to long reach air flow, energy conservation and durability right through to digital advancements with optional WiFi connectivity, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ products continue to focus on innovative solutions for the HVAC market.” MHIAA recently worked on the ground breaking The Fern development in Sydney, located only 300m from Redfern Station and close to the nearby South Everleigh (Australian Technology Park). Designed by renowned local architects, Steele Associates and utilising the ‘Passivhaus’ concept; a revolutionary way of building that creates an airtight, super-insulated envelope with 24/7 filtered fresh air, forming a healthy, clean, quiet sanctuary in the city, The Fern sets a new standard for sustainable 21st century city living, and is the first ‘Passivhaus’ certified apartment building in the southern hemisphere. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Comprising of 11 one-bedroom, next-gen serviced apartments, the building features triple glazed doors and windows which are six times more energy efficient than code compliant equivalents plus airtight construction, said to be 40 times better than average homes, keeping out dust, noise and insects. The challenge for MHIAA was to meet the requirements for constant fresh, hypoallergenic filtered air free of dust, pollen and pollution through heat recovery ventilation, now a code compliant ventilation solution. The project also required a compact and modern split system air conditioner that was energy efficient enough to abide by the buildings strict energy efficiency requirements. MHIAA’s solution was to provide 11, 2.0kW Avanti PLUS® split system units for The Fern’s rooms and other spaces. The Avanti PLUS® is MHI’s platinum series of split systems which boast industry leading energy ratings. The model installed at The Fern has a 7 Star energy rating – the highest of any air conditioner in Australia. As well as being one of the quietest units on the market, the Avanti PLUS® WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

incorporates advanced components and energy saving features and functions such as an intelligent motion sensor which detects human activity and adjusts the operation to save energy. Like many of MHI’s other products it is an award winner, recently claiming an Australian Good Design Award for its modern design and energy efficiency. MHIAA will continue to give high priority to innovation through research and development. “Celebrating our 20th anniversary has given us new impetus to ensure we remain a market leader in what is now a very competitive market. We want to ensure our customers have the very best in new climate control technology available to them, like the Avanti PLUS® range.” For more information contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd., Block E, 391 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, phone 1300 138 007, email info.mhiaa@, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS



BIM FUNDAMENTALS: WHAT IS BIM AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? As global Building Information Modelling (BIM) adoption becomes the aspiration of construction professionals, it’s important to understand why BIM is so essential to the development of the construction industry in Australia. There is major market drive for the adoption of BIM and Digital Engineering (DE) in general in this region. The introduction of these rapidly accelerating technologies are driving global change, giving our home-growth industry an opportunity to leverage advancing technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics in more and more innovative ways. This will ultimately influence the way we design and construct buildings and infrastructure and support growth in this sector in ways unimaginable. BIM can instil an efficiency in the design process. As BIM is set to become a primary consideration for project teams all over the world, we can use BIM processes to improve the sharing and analysis of data across the entire supply chain using common data environments (CDE) as well as standardise and consolidate processes to understand and build our projects. At its most basic level, BIM provides a common environment for all information defining an asset, whether it be an office building, a bridge, a school etc, together with its common parts and activities. This includes shape, layout and construction time, costs,



physical performance, logistics and how the end user will work, live or perform within the space. Through improving data management and collaboration, we will see the industry deliver efficiency throughout each stage of a project, as well as reducing costs and saving on construction time. BIM data also provides a way to store the necessary architectural and design data for 3D modelling and simulation activities, which is enormously useful for the design and structural considerations of a project, as well as allowing clients to engage at each stage of the project when and if they require. Effectively with BIM, we are building the asset twice, first virtually in a 3D model environment and second, physically. The virtual stage allows us to assess all capabilities of materials and asset attributes, identify and avoid clashes to minimise the need for re-work onsite at the build stage. The virtual build engages all teams to work collaborative to save on time and budget. However, whilst the idea of BIM and a joined up, interoperable construction industry presents major efficiencies for the industry,

we are still a long way from BIM and DE being the norm. We’ve only just begun in terms of full adoption and to truly embrace BIM which requires a huge amount of education amongst industry professionals, learning new technologies and processes as well as whole new ways of working. Construction projects are high-cost, highrisk, and often take a long time to complete – and in order to perform well and efficiently, we need to invest in the people and skills that will be working on them. The current shortage of industry professionals trained in BIM remains a barrier to industry-wide adoption of collaborative working. The construction industry accounts for approximately 1.1 million jobs in Australia alone. With BIM and DE becoming such an integral part of the industry, there is an immediate need to educate and train industry professionals on the benefits of new working practices and modern methods of construction. This will allow us to be more productive and in turn deliver better projects across our sector. For more information contact Digital Node, 19 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 7078 7080, email, website


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PREMIER FIRE PROTECTION Premier Fire is one of Australia’s largest privately owned fire protection companies. It has offices in New South Wales and Queensland and employs over 250 people. Most of its staff has worked for the company for many decades. “We are truly a one-stop-shop. We provide everything that’s required to suit the fire protection compliance needs of a building”, said Gordon Stalley, Managing Director and Founder. The company specialises in the design, supply, installation, commissioning and servicing of fire protection systems. They are best known for creating fire protection systems for Tier 1, high end projects, particularly in commercial and residential high rise buildings and shopping centres. Premier Fire has design and engineering expertise in automatic fire sprinkler systems, drencher systems, fire hydrant and hose reel systems, gaseous fire suppression systems, fire detection and alarm systems, emergency warning and evacuation systems, extinguishers, passive fire protection systems, access and egress requirements, emergency lighting, fire and smoke doors and Council Compliance Certification. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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











IN-GROUND SHORING SOLUTIONS SOLVED The team at Meso Solutions is passionate about meeting difficult challenges in ground works and resolving major problems faced by clients in a creative and innovative manner. In-ground works can be the most challenging and time consuming part of construction. Meso Solutions recognises this and uses a combination of proven approaches and continuous innovations combined with technical experience to find the best balance between costs, risks, duration and outcome. What is the outcome you want to achieve? This is the key question the team at Meso Solutions ask their client rather than just relying on documents supplied. Once the outcome is clearly defined, Meso Solutions draws on its expertise to find the most effective outcome for its client saving them time, money and minimise any effects of issues that may arise. The team works closely with In-Ground Design Consultants Pty Ltd (fully qualified geotechnical and civil engineers) to ensure the desired outcome is achieved.

from the planning stages which resulted in offering the builder a more cost effective shoring solution. The builder not only saved a construction time of 8 to 12 weeks but also saved approximately $1.2 million (a combination of Meso Solutions shoring and the builder’s costs for the construction time saved). Meso Solutions was able to redesign and certify their shoring system in five working days. Saving time and money and mitigating risks on a project is what all builders want to achieve in the current economic climate. By engaging Meso Solutions in the early stages of the project, we can work together to develop the best solution for the ground works. For more information contact Meso Solutions, 53 General Holmes Drive, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216, phone 1300 106 376, email, website

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GRAPHICS AND INFOGRAPHICS BECOMING THE NORM IN TENDERS AND BIDS AS COMPETITION HEATS UP Professional graphics and infographics are fast becoming the norm in tenders and bids in the construction industry for first, second and third tier contractors. With contracts becoming increasingly competitive across Australia, construction companies are turning to graphics and infographics to make their bids stand out from the crowd.

A COSTLY EXERCISE Incorporating graphics and infographics into bids is a costly exercise that needs to be integrated through the tender preparation process. Jason Cooney, Director of the Tsaks Group which is the father company of local bid writing consultancy – The Tender Team, commented “We have employed an inhouse graphics designer, largely because our smaller clients including subcontractors are now incorporating professional graphics and infographics into their bids.” Infographics and graphics are not always as simple as inserting some pictures. It’s best practice to ensure that the graphics and infographics have meaning and that infographics are used strategically to provide a simple summary of complex solutions. Real life images are regarded as optimal to demonstrate a company’s capabilities and make a bid more personalised. They can also be dangerous. Jason commented “If you are going to put in real life work photos in a tender proposal, it’s fine, however, it’s critical to make sure that the images put you in your best light. That means all safety and environmental initiatives are in place.”

CONVEYING THE MESSAGE It’s also critical to create infographics and call-out boxes for information that is critical to winning the bids and ties in with your key win themes. If you are going to introduce graphics into a bid, don’t do it just because everyone else is. Instead use graphics to convey key messages and win themes and push your argument to the reader. Remember that some reviewers may prefer to look at a short graphic than read through loads of content.

OTHER TRENDS EMERGING – DEVELOPING INHOUSE TEAMS The use of graphics and infographics isn’t the only trend emerging in tenders and bids. Major construction companies are increasingly investing in training for their inhouse personnel with a view to increasing their internal capabilities and decreasing reliance on external contractors. The Tender Team also provides recruitment services with Jason commenting “We’ve seen more and more top tier construction companies investing more in terms of recruitment and training and personal development of their inhouse tender writers. They see developing the bids and proposals inhouse as a more cost-effective option that drives efficiencies through client knowledge. Our clients are coming to us and asking us to find them good bid writers and asking us to provide training and up-skilling for their writers. From their point of view, they get more value and don’t need to pay the higher rates associated with bringing in contractors.” Who knows, maybe we will see more and construction companies employing inhouse graphic designers as well. For more information contact The Tender Team, email, website





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5 Martin Place


Architect : Tanner Kibble Architects & JPW



Material Science and Engineering Project Architect : Grimshaw


8 Chiffley Square

Architect : Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Lippmann Partnership




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Sixty Martin Place is an architecturally inspired premium grade 33-storey commercial tower located in the financial and law district of Sydney’s CBD. The new development comprises of a spectacular, 5-storey 22m high atrium, known as the ‘Civic Room’, premium retail offerings, flexible working spaces, concierge services for tenants and visitors, outdoor green terraces, and superior end-of-trip facilities. Sixty Martin Place is targeting several prestigious environmental performance ratings such as 6 Star Green Star Rating, NABERS 5 Star Energy Rating and has recently been awarded the WELL Core & Shell Pre-certification at the Platinum level. In February 2015, Hassell were announced the winners of Investa’s international design excellence competition for a commercial tower to be built in Martin Place, replacing the building previously known as the Westpac building. In early 2016, demolition commenced and Lendlease Building were awarded the D&C contract to construct the PCA Premium grade 33-storey commercial tower recently completed in September 2019. “We created a building with 40,000m2 NLA replacing the previous 1960’s 28,000m2 NLA building,” said Mark Tait, Group Executive and Head of Commercial Development. “The change in building size has occurred due to a challenging planning process in which we amended the Local Environmental Planning Controls and looked for innovative ways to create tenant amenity and larger floor plate sizes.” When the structure of the building reaches Level 11 it begins to progressively cantilever over its adjoining building, the historic St Stephens Church until the graceful curve, reflecting the spire in the façade, reaches Level 24. “Our journey with St Stephens Church has created a positive outcome for all stakeholders – in return for the additional airspace which has been acquired by cantilevering over the Church, St Stephens have received a monetary contribution to put towards maintaining the important heritage building and in return Sydney has a world class development that honors and incorporates colonial Sydney architecture within a unique and contemporary civic space,” said Mark.

and floor to ceiling windows to maximise views and an abundance of natural light. Large areas of high performance glazing minimise the use of artificial lighting and automatic window shading reduces the need for air conditioning as well as modern ventilation technology producing exceptionally clean indoor air environment. On the Level 18 plantroom level, there are more than 150 tonnes of steel trusses for the cantilever structure and over 23,000m3 of concrete that was been poured in about 4,000 trips by concrete trucks. The building is contributing to the revitalisation of Martin Place and making a positive contribution to the reinstatement as Sydney’s Civic Heart with nearby transport connections, including the upcoming Sydney Metro development due for completion in 2024, integrating the development into Sydney commercial core. “Sixty Martin Place has not just been about a single building and its tenants; significant developments like this are placemaking

The 4-storey sandstone podium is reflective of the surrounding sandstone and brickwork façades that lend Martin Place it’s character and is reflective of Sydney architecture. The interior of the $285 million skyscraper has the potential for interconnected workspaces 46


opportunities affecting the whole of the community and Sixty Martin Place is about the whole of Martin Place precinct. With other like minded commercial office neighbours, Investa and Gwynvill (the owners) formed the Martin Place Owners Group committee early on in the development process with the aim of ensuring the future relevance and vibrancy of Martin Place, this committee includes 14 neighboring businesses and landowners,” said Mark. This placemaking development contribution is a strategic focus of Investa demonstrated on other projects. A recent development by Investa, Barrack Place at 151 Clarence Street Sydney, was recently awarded the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific 2019 Award for Excellence. A key criteria for the award was that the development demonstrate relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which it is located.

For more information Investa, Level 30, 420 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8226 9300, website



Below NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation manufactured and installed the structural steel elements including the trusses and mullions.

NEPEAN is Australia’s largest privately owned engineering, industrial manufacturing and mining service company. NEPEAN operates globally and is made up of four divisions; Mining, Transport, Building and Infrastructure as well as the Engineering and Innovation division that supplied engineering services for Sixty Martin Place. In mid-2017, NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation started designing and engineering the large-scale structural steel elements, as per the architect’s and engineer’s specifications. Shop drawings were created prior to the manufacture of each element, which typically took 2-8 weeks to fabricate, weld, blast and paint in NEPEAN’s huge 50,000m2 facility. Onsite work began in November 2017. NEPEAN manufactured, erected and assembled three 43 tonne steel transfer trusses. The three 4.5m high by 21m long trusses are installed in the plantroom on Level 18. At podium level, they fabricated and installed steel mullions or blades and steel framing for the stone cladding and decorative stainless-steel trim for the sandstone features. Steel awnings were installed across Levels 1, 2, 5 and 31. “We had some tricky work beginning at podium level where we installed some very tall, 16m long mullions that were machined from a solid block of steel. They were not only difficult to manufacture, but also to install, especially as they went in after the glass above. We completed a successful job and they are a beautiful feature,” said Johan Dreyer, Manager of the structural steel division. “The trusses allow the building to cantilever out over the top of St Stephens Church. The trusses also support the hanging load of the four floors beneath, to maximise cantilever. They support weight above and below, a good piece of design by the engineers. Fabricating the trusses was a lot of hard work as they were so large and required special welding and machined mating surfaces. There were engineered fittings for some intricate bolting to enable installation.” NEPEAN made full penetration butt welds of the plates, 100mm for the flange and 80mm for the web, to make the I-beams, using 120 passes to complete the weld. To achieve the required precision at the bearing connection, eight joints for each truss, they machined the surfaces and 48

drilled holes for 140 bolt connections with a maximum 0.6mm gap allowed between each bearing connection. Such a heavy structure required a special installation method that they erected using a 40-tonne overhead crane and test bolted prior to delivery onsite. The challenges also included the development of customised connection details for installations by other trades such as stone cladding and glass. This involved high level of detailing and coordination, in addition to complexity in fabrication given high level of efficiency of the entire building structure. “Cast-in elements were used throughout the building to anchor the steel elements and transfer the loads. We spent time reassessing the position of the elements, and updating the shop drawings, after the concrete pours. Manufacture of the steel elements was therefore done just in time on a tight schedule. As a fast-tracked project, one of the big challenges was the time frame required to fabricate and to execute the works on site. NEPEAN and the builder worked together to develop a customised site solution for items that needed further design development and changes throughout the project. We successfully met the challenging target dates with professionalism and a high level of quality despite the complexity of fabrication,” said Johan. NEPEAN also fabricated and installed the staircase in the foyer, another feature element at Martin Place. The staircase is an elegant design, a 5-level steel frame clad with timber and glass hanging from cables. The design, manufacture and installation were extremely challenging. NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation was established in 1974 and currently employs 110 staff at their Narellan site, one of Australia’s largest fabrication shops. They are expert in procurement, materials handling, manufacture, building methodology and programming. “We prefer large, complex projects that are usually for the large commercial and industrial sectors,” said Johan. For more information contact NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation, 23 Graham Hill Road, Narellan NSW 2567, phone 02 4646 1511, email, website






Below Shellbay Stones supplied and installed all the sandstone cladding, marble, porcelain and terrazzo flooring for the project.

Shellbay Stones is a leading stone cladding specialist and an expert at the design, supply and installation of stone cladding for commercial applications. They provide stone façades, travertine, porcelain and marble walls and floors as well as paving for large developments. The contract for internal and façade linings for Sixty Martin Place was awarded to Shellbay Stones in mid-2015. Director, Paul Saikali worked with two others in their design team for five months creating shop drawings. Paul went to the Savoy Quarry in France, with Lendlease, their architects and clients to choose a grey coloured marble that suited the architect’s specifications. The blocks were then shipped to a facility in Italy and cut to slabs, then cut to required size. “We manufacture our marble products in France and Italy,” said Paul. “The sandstone comes from Gosford.” Onsite installation began in September 2018 with the supply and installation of a range of stone products including 3,500m2 of sandstone for the façade cladding at podium level. The reception desk, staircase and lining of the lobby required 2,000m2 of marble and 1,500m2 of porcelain was used for terrace floors. In the large basement level end-of-trip facility, 500m2 of terrazzo flooring and 500m2 of porcelain walls were installed across the showers and washrooms. Shellbay Stones also supplied and installed terrazzo walls and floors to the bathrooms and amenities throughout the commercial floors from Level 1-31. “The challenge of the job was the sheer size of the panels and modules,” said Paul. “A large amount of material was needed and most of the sandstone and marble pieces were extremely large.”

Established in 2000, Shellbay Stones works across the Sydney region and the Australian Capital Territory specialising in large scale constructions, offering project management services and professional delivery of large projects. “We’ve just finished a large scale job at Harbord Diggers Club for Genellan,” said Paul. “We supplied and fit the sandstone façades, the granite floors and paving around entryways to all six buildings of the development.” Shellbay Stones have completed some impressive commercial projects such as the supply and install contract for the extensive marble cladding and tiling throughout the Westfield Centrepoint Tower, as well as the stylish lobby of 200 George Street, completed in August 2017. In June 2013, Shellbay Stones installed the internal lining for the Westpac Place, using 15,000m2 of travertine for the lobby floors and walls and over 5,000m2 of black granite on a staircase and throughout the food court. At the City West Offices in Canberra, Shellbay Stones used a mix of limestone, ceramic and marble stone in the wet areas and the main entry foyer of the contemporary 12-storey building. Other large developments include stone and marble fitouts, including grand staircases bathroom vanities and counters, for luxury residences, restaurants, hotels. For more information contact Shellbay Stones International Pty Ltd, mobile (Paul) 0411 185 407, email, website

The podium façade and the interior of Sixty Martin Place has been beautifully clad by Shellbay Stones, with their high quality custom made stone products. The company provides quality stone materials as well as ceramic tiling, paving and cladding for any large construction job involving stone. Shellbay Stones provide expert craftsmanship along with a complete service from tendering, budget estimates, preliminary design sketches and project management. 50






Below RFI Technology Solutions and installed the In Building Coverage network solution for Sixty Martin Place.

RFI Technology Solutions (RFI) is a global technology solutions company specialising in wireless coverage providing mobile phone and data transmission as well as radio coverage inside a building. They are Australia’s largest In Building Coverage (IBC) network provider supplying technology solutions for networks installed in new commercial developments. For Sixty Martin Place, RFI designed, installed and commissioned 10 mobile phone IBC solutions covering 40,000m2 of floor space over 33-levels including the multi-level underground car park. The solution provides IBC for all seven telecommunications bands and is designed to be shared with all carriers. “The design required multiple iterations with input from all stakeholders and took approximately six weeks to complete,” said Stuart Joyner, Technical Services Manager. “The solution has resulted in optimum coverage for mobile voice and high speed 4G data applications within the office building. The result is high speed mobile data connectivity for all tenants, employees and visitors within Sixty Martin Place.”

Brisbane and Melbourne. We are also at work on tunnel radio rebroadcast work for major road infrastructure projects in Sydney. RFI has previously delivered wireless coverage in tunnels around the Asia Pacific region,” said Stuart. Established in 1979, RFI started as a small company manufacturing component they now employ 250, manufacturing 10,000 production lines and exports to over 80 countries. The company has three manufacturing facilities in Victoria and an R&D facility in South Australia for design, development, manufacture and testing of high performance antennas, components and repeater/rebroadcast systems. Their services include site interference analysis and remediation, lightning protection, the installation of cables and connectors, batteries and industrial energy products. RFI designs, installs and supplies their products so they have control of the supply chain enabling them to implement design changes quickly and can manufacturer very high volume, low cost product when necessary.

RFI faced tight delivery schedules including the later requirement to deliver MIMO. “MIMO means multiple input and multiple output, giving the network increased capacity and therefore a better user experience for mobile phone users at Sixty Martin Place,” said Stuart. “Adding MIMO required additional design iterations as well as additional equipment to be installed to facilitate the technology. We worked extensively with all of the required stakeholders to resolve and overcome any site challenges. This collaborative approach has resulted in a best in class high speed mobile data installation.”

RFI is also Australia’s largest solar energy distributors and design, supply and install solar power systems and equipment. They have a team of experienced renewable energy project managers who have worked on both large scale solar and energy storage projects in Australia. The company installed a 100kW solar system on their largest manufacturing facility, 4,000m2, at Bayswater, with 540 solar modules, a bank of SolarEdge inverters and a 40kW battery storage system to offset electricity usage and reduce power bills. They carried out the design and supply of this battery on grid PV system, coordinated with the network provider, obtained grid connection approval and managed delivery of the whole project.

The sophistication of contemporary technology and the expectations of modern business translates to the need for reliable IBC in new commercial buildings. RFI also designs and builds many Distributed Antennae System (DAS) for hospitals and shopping centres.

RFI supply integrated network systems across a range of sectors including the mining, oil and gas industries, transport, utilities and infrastructure as well as the agriculture, commercial and broadcast industries.

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For more information contact RFI Technology Solutions, 99 Station Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 8814 2300, email enquiry@, website






Below Siemens designed the Integrated Services Platform and automated tools for the project.

Siemens is a global company focusing on electrification, automation and digitalisation to produce energy efficient, resource saving technologies. Siemens is a leading provider of smart infrastructure solutions and services for commercial and industrial buildings, contributing to cities that are more sustainable, resilient and accessible. In early 2017, the team started design work on an Integrated Services Platform (ISP), a set of automated tools for connecting software applications. The ISP chosen for Sixty Martin Place was a Siemens Desigo CC Building Management System (BMS). “The design approach was formulated as a result of interfacing workshops with both the end users and trades to confirm the availability of the selected technologies, and to confirm the functionality available to the ISP through the use of industry standard open protocols,” said Siemens NSW Regional General Manager for Smart Infrastructure, Stephen Connell. “This then progressed into an offsite lab being setup to carry out integration and functionality testing prior to deployment within the building. This ensured that the project execution itself was as smooth as possible.” The Desigo CC Building Management System surpasses a traditional BMS by integrating all building requirements into one comprehensive interface. It allows all data to be viewed in one place, on screen, for a real time snapshot – a snapshot of the whole building functioning as a system of controllable subsystems. The subsystems include building automation, utility consumption, HVAC, electrical systems, lighting, blinds, lifts, hydraulics, the communications network, fire safety and security. “The key focus of bringing all the subsystems together is to give the building operator full situational awareness, in order to be able to react in real time. The Desigo CC BMS platform provides a workflow for the most appropriate action,” said Shane Perkins from Siemens. “Each subsystem is independent of other subsystems and can therefore be upgraded or replaced without impacting other subsystems. All subsystems are connected to the ISP via the Integrated Communications Network (ICN) using industry standard open protocols. This ensures the flexibility and longevity of the system by allowing future subsystems to be added as the building’s requirements evolve.” 54

Siemens also engineered and installed the Energy Management System which includes electrical, water, thermal and diesel monitoring. All of this data is captured by the ISP and leveraged by Siemens Navigator, the cloudbased data management platform designed to optimise the performance of buildings. Built with powerful reporting and analytic capabilities, Navigator collects and analyses building performance data, identifying performance optimisation and energy savings measures on a continuous basis. “A challenging aspect of the design was that it involved a large number of different trade suppliers and internal and external stakeholders. There was a lot of input to take into consideration as we moved into design finalisation,” said Shane. From concept through design, engineering, integration, installation and commissioning, a fluid team of up to 20 worked across the entire project. Installation of the hardware across all 32 floors, three basement floors and the roof level plant room began in May 2018 and was completed by September 2019. “At Sixty Martin Place, Siemens has installed one of the most comprehensive and automatic systems in the Sydney CBD,” said Shane. In Australia, Siemens has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane to provide comprehensive building solutions and services perfectly tailored to any individual situation. Siemens is currently at work on multiple sites throughout Australia including premium commercial developments, universities and hospitals as well as projects in the security, infrastructure and transport industries. “The future for Siemens is promising. There is an appetite in Australia for smart buildings and Siemens is at the forefront of this technology,” said Stephen. “At Siemens we aim to create sustainable urban environments which promote flexibility, sustainability and productivity. Smart buildings are a powerful source of this competitive advantage and can interact with its people, systems and external elements. The end goal is to make the building an active contributor to the organisation’s success – so that it is more than just four walls.” For more information contact Siemens, email, website






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Below De Martin & Gasparini pumped 35,000m3 of concrete which involved over 4,000 truck deliveries to Sixty Martin Place.

De Martin & Gasparini (DMG) is a concrete supply and placement company with years of experience working within busy city sites. Starting on Sixty Martin Place in early 2018, DMG supplied, pumped and placed 35,000m3 of concrete which involved 4,000 concrete truck deliveries, a pump and two tower booms. “We had one tower boom servicing the jump forms and another for the suspended floor slabs,” said Project Manager, Joel Di Biasi. “With up to 20 men onsite we completed the job in July 2019.” As a subsidiary of Boral Limited, DMG are able to draw on the resources, skills and knowledge of a large company for innovative projects like Sixty Martin Place. “Whilst for the most part it was a relatively straightforward project, there was significant complexity with engineering challenges of the cantilevers at the upper storeys,” said Joel. “Large trusses were used to transfer the loads and we strengthened the concrete elements, such as the columns, to take these loads. We supplied super high strength Boral 120Mpa concrete, achieving a complementary solution for the complex engineering.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

DMG was established in 1947 and is now one of largest concrete supply and placement companies in the country. With offices in Sydney and Newcastle, DMG services New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and they are currently expanding into Southern Queensland. “Over the years DMG has supplied and placed concrete for between 70% to 80% of the high rise structures in the Sydney CBD,” said National General Manager, Greg Miller. Their previous work for Lendlease includes concreting services for three towers and smaller residential and retail buildings at Barangaroo where an onsite batching plant was constructed to supply 300,000m3 of concrete, eliminating the need for deliveries. The large scale project required a broad range of plant and equipment and DMG made a substantial investment in modern trailer pumps and tower booms to ensure the demands of the project were met.

For more information contact De Martin & Gasparini, Unit 4B, 7 Worth Street, Chullora NSW 2190, phone 02 9748 5100, email graziano., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SIXTY MARTIN PLACE



The 12-storey mixed use Edge 28 in the heart of St Leonards has 3-levels of basement car parking, a 4-storey podium with commercial and retail tenancies and an 8-storey residential tower comprising 48 apartments. Novati Constructions was awarded the $21 million construct only contract for Edge 28 in early September 2016 and work started onsite 19 days later. Inside the units have large balconies, stylish finishes and sweeping unobstructed views to the east. The rooftop terrace comprises tiled flooring, luxurious seating and eating areas. Architectural plantings, with further plantings are featured on Levels 7 and 8 and bring a touch of nature into the development. “The structure is of in situ concrete core, walls and floors with columns and blade walls of Ritek. The façade is clad with Equiton fibre cement panels and Diversaclad as well as a Corten feature on the top 6-storeys of the residential tower,” said Project Manager, Anthony Melia. The Albany Street site is within a busy area of residential, commercial and retail activities and, with up to 145 workers onsite during peak periods, much planning was required for the movement of labour and materials over the three year build. “The site was only 730m². It was challenging to build in such a tight site with bulk services,” said Anthony. Embracing new technology, Edge 28 is the first lettable building in the area to be marketed using state-of-the-art VR tours. Computer generated images and drone photography have been used to give potential buyers a virtual look at the apartments before they were constructed. Since 1971, Novati Constructions has been delivering projects in new construction, refurbishment and heritage restoration within the Sydney basin. Novati Constructions provides design management, value engineering and cost planning as well as quality construction services specialising as head building contractor. Novati Constructions recently completed the Harris Park project for the client Catholic Diocese of Parramatta; and the Mirabell 58


Turramurra project is an innovative boutique residential development comprising of 75 incredibly designed one, two, and three bedroom open plan apartments. The project includes a private central courtyard, a lush communal greenspace as well as BBQ and entertaining pavilions. As well as successful residential and mixed use developments Novati Constructions has earned a solid reputation for delivering quality buildings across a range of sectors including commercial, industrial, aged care, education, accommodation and community. They also build institutional and student accommodation and is prequalified to undertake D&C works for New South Wales Government schools and facilities. Novati Constructions focuses on building long term relationships with their clients as well as consultants and subcontractors with most of their projects from repeat clients. Novati Constructions has been the recipient of many awards. In 2013, Novati Constructions won the NSW MBA Excellence in Housing Adaptive Re-use for the Sugarmill at Camperdown, an old brick factory built in 1900, transformed into a stylish medium density residential development. In 2015, Novati Constructions won the same award for Henry Apartments in Lilyfield, a boutique residential development involving the conversion of an existing warehouse building into 17 residential dwellings.

For more information contact Novati Constructions, Level 1/99 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 8436 9000, email, website




PANEL PERFECTION D&L International are experts in the supply and installation of internal plasterboard walls and ceilings, and external cladding. For Edge 28, D&L International’s team of 20, installed gyprock partition walls and ceilings across all the units and common internal areas, in addition to fitting 500m² of Equiton panels to the façades. The company were responsible for installing the unique architectural feature made of 12 silver coloured metal panels designed to rust over a few weeks. They also installed 150m² of Diversaclad – a new product for D&L International, specified by the architect due to its aesthetic and lightweight composition.

“Diversaclad is a designed system of interlocking panels with mechanical fixings to battens,” said Owner, Nick Dong. “The installation required proper planning to build a sub frame and battens onto concrete walls.” “The job went well, it was scheduled properly, and the trades worked well together,” said Nick. “This is our second job for Novati. Previously we worked on No 1 Wharf Road, installing walls and ceilings across all 62 apartments and common areas. Last year we completed a two year long job on a $30 million luxury residence in Cremorne. The house is huge with 4-storeys that were 600m², we fitted all the walls and ceilings there.” Established in 2010, D&L International employs 15 trades and subcontracts labour for larger projects. Nick has over 20 years personal experience in the industry, mostly working on high end residential jobs. The company supply and install partition walls, fire rated walls, plasterboard and Hebel panel walls. They also provide plasterboard ceilings as well as ceiling tiles for acoustic and thermal insulation. D&L International is primarily a plastering contractor for commercial projects including Westfield Shopping Centres and the enormous Bing Lee shop in Mount Druitt where they installed plasterboard walls and partitions, ceiling panels and tiles and fire rated walls.

For more information contact D&L International, Level 2, 46-48 Pemberton Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 8810 5016




THE DINCEL WAY The Dincel Construction System is a permanent polymer formwork for structural walls. An Australian invented and tested system with superior waterproofing and fire rated properties, Dincel’s lightweight panels clip together for a speedy installation with no crane required. In March 2018, Dincel started the supply of 1,500m² of their panels and accessories to the Edge 28 site. “I worked with the estimators to determine quantities and we supplied Dincel formwork for the basement, the lift shaft and stairwells as well as for the gardens at roof level,” said Account Manager, Ben McMillan. “Edge 28 was our first job for Novati and we are now up to our 5th residential apartment development with them. Novati has been a fantastic company to work with on every project, everyone is very well organised.” Dincel structural wall systems are ideal for both above and below ground applications. In basements and retaining walls, they require minimal clearance for installation, are waterproof and quick to install. Dincel can also be used for columns, load bearing walls, façades walls and are a fire compliant cladding system, having been classed as a deemed-to-satisfy solution to ISO 9705 and deemed suitable as a performance based solution to AS 5113/BS 8414. Other applications WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

for Dincel also include swimming pools, planter boxes, fences, as well as tanks, cable pits, culverts, sea walls and erosion control. Dincel manufacturing and warehousing facilities are located in Erskine Park and Kemps Creek New South Wales, and the company also have offices and warehouses in Victoria and Queensland. Products can be manufactured to custom or stock lengths, to suit a range of wall designs including curved designs. Projects for Novati include the delivery of Dincel formwork for lift shafts, fire stairs, load bearing walls and basement walls to Harris Park RACF and for 18 at Chatswood. Currently Dincel are at the 6-storey mixed-use development Wharfside Residences, in Manly. For more information contact Dincel Construction System, 101 Quarry Road, Erskine Park NSW 2759, phone 02 9670 1633, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE EDGE 28


Edge 28, New South Wales




INLINE FLOORS Inline Floors provides comprehensive flooring services with a specialisation in the supply and installation of carpets and resilient flooring. At Edge 28, Inline Floors supplied and installed carpet in the common areas and bedrooms of 48 apartments within a two week programme. Similar high rise residential development projects by Inline Floors for Novati Constructions includes Mirabell Turramurra, The Metropolitan and 18 at Chatswood. “Inline Floors have worked with Novati Constructions for nearly three years. We consider them a key client and our synergy with their team is proven in our continuous engagement over the years,” said Founding Director, Isaac Lennon. “We look forward to supplying and installing over 3,000m² of vinyl and carpet at St Augustine’s College towards the end of this year.” Established in 2016, Inline Floors has steadily experienced growth and now provides flooring services to a number of sectors including high rise residential, office fitouts, hotels, education and aged care. With an emphasis on transparent communication and efficiency, Inline Floors thrives on cementing robust relationships with suppliers, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

architects, designers, and contractors to consistently deliver high quality results. Recent successful projects completed by Inline Floors include The Octagon, Parramatta, where 9,000m² of carpet, rubber and vinyl were supplied and installed for the NSW Transport offices within a 12 week programme; Crown Plaza Hotel, Coogee, where 8,000m² of Axminster carpet was installed over two stages; Anglicare Woolooware Shores, where 8,500m² of carpet and vinyl were supplied and installed to the aged care development. In 2019, Inline Floors opened premises in ACT with Adam Williams as Managing Director. Getting off to a great start, Inline Floors ACT is commencing their 20,000m² supply and install contract for Grand Central Towers, a high rise residential development in Woden, Canberra. For more information contact Inline Floors, Unit 6C, 415-443 West Botany Street, Rockdale NSW 2216, phone 1300 707 035, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE EDGE 28






Oxford Central is a $260M masterpiece consisting of 252 apartments across two 16-storey towers showcasing impeccable craftsmanship and includes luxurious interiors, Miele appliances, Parisi fittings, imported tiles, rooftop garden, public plaza, and 625m2 of retail. The Oxford Central residential development is part of Epping’s exciting transformation. Constructed by Ceerose, the building will be an icon that celebrates Epping’s rich heritage enhanced by a cutting edge contemporary design. The project includes 252-units and four retail spaces housed within two 16-storey towers on top of a landscaped podium with three basement levels. “We started construction in November 2017 with excavation and piling,” said Trevor Chiha, Site Manager. The original structural system of the building was changed prior to construction. “The build was redesigned to be a precast building,” said Trevor. “2,000 precast panels went into the project. Precast helped with quality and speed. We wanted to build the job more quickly with a more reliable and longer lasting product. The precast panels are more structurally sound and have a finer finish.” There were a few challenges over the course of the project which required careful planning in order to keep on the target programme. “The government commenced the rail upgrade from Epping to Chatswood,” Trevor explained. “We needed to keep the road clear for buses which meant that we lost a lot of road access and couldn’t close the roads. The end date but it was a big challenge.” Some innovative approaches were taken to deliver the project as efficiently as possible. “We used screen edge protection which meant that we had no scaffold on the job,” said Trevor. “This helped with speed and workability. It meant that we didn’t need to wait for the scaffold to be dismantled before undertaking podium works.” Without scaffolding an alternative solution had to be found to apply the finishes to


the precast panels. “We used swinging stage platforms off the façade,” Trevor said. “The platforms hang off the edge of the building. We had up to 10 platforms at any one time with a total of 52 movements.” One important aspect of the new development is the heritage building that has been retained on the site. “There is a heritage listed shopfront dating back to the early 20th Century in the front part of the development,” said Trevor. “It is being reinstated and refurbished and will be transformed into a new café. Some of the new finishes and balustrading we used in the development were actually selected to match the heritage building to enabling it to meld in with the new development aesthetically, and will explain the history of Epping and the site.” “It was a great build with a challenging timescale but we managed our resources and committed to the completion date,” said Trevor. “Now we’re actually ahead of schedule and the job is running really well. The site and management crew have formed a great team. Everyone understands what needs to be done.” Ceerose is a leading property group with a reputation for delivering innovative and dynamic developments across Sydney. Founded in 1998, the company has a proven track record in exceeding benchmarks with their design and construction approach. Dedication to exceeding the expectations of their clients enables them to provide cost effective solutions with a high degree of professionalism regardless of the size and type of project. For more information contact Ceerose, 447 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt NSW 2040, phone 02 9571 9999, fax 02 9571 9900, email, website



Below Haneco Lighting supplied a range of lighting products for the specialised lighting desgin for the project.

When lighting a domestic dwelling one looks to lighting to enhance the room, to make the home feel bigger, brighter and friendlier, allowing people feel more welcomed in the space. To arrive at a warm and inviting home, especially in the winter months, with tailored lighting, is like walking into the best cocktail lounge you have ever been to. This is achieved by utilising quality light fittings that are efficient, with longevity, as people are looking for 10, 15, 20 years of residing in their homes The primary functional requirement of a lighting system is that people are able to use the lit space safely, with enough light to achieve this requirement. The amount of light needed is actually quite low compared with that needed for the performance of most visual tasks. If safe movement and orientation are also seen as ‘tasks’, then lighting design requirements can be examined under three categories; the visual task, visual comfort, appearance and atmosphere. The internal recessed downlights selected from Haneco Lighting for Oxford Central are ultra-thin, have an IP44 rating that provides protection from splashing of water, IC-4 rating which means they are safe to be covered with insulation in the ceiling cavity, dimmable with a recessed diffuser for visual comfort. Something lit directly from overhead looks radically different to the same thing lit from



below or at an angle and when similarly, the same object is seen lit by different light sources it will appear with very different colour balances and even rendering of detail. That is why hidden LED strips from Haneco Lighting were utilised above the cooking range in the kitchen and under the vanity cupboard in the bathroom. To reflect the open and inviting atmosphere of the Oxford Central development, the exterior lighting system was a combination of warm white, medium-beam, ground-mount and inground LED fixtures. Lucesco Lighting luminaires with their excellent representation of elegant, simplistic design provided a lighting solution with minimal glare that naturally complemented the building and its landscape. Established in 2011, Haneco Lighting is based in Adelaide, with offices in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and far North Queensland. Not only does the company make and distribute lights, their inhouse experts provide advice and lighting designs for a whole range of clients. Haneco’s team creates designs for everything from luxury hotels and shopping centres to carparks and country bowling clubs. Haneco Lighting constantly explore smarter and more innovative ways to light different spaces. For more information contact Haneco Lighting, 262 Marion Road, Netley SA 5037, phone 1300 001 LED (1300 001 533), fax 08 8297 6769, email, website





Below The Steelfixing Group installed the reinforced steel for Oxford Central’s two residential towers.

The Steelfixing Group (TSG) specialise in providing steelfixing services across Sydney and New South Wales. The company has over 30 years of steelfixing experience on residential and commercial projects. They were contracted to do the steelfixing works for Oxford Central.

Since their conception, The Steelfixing Group have grown rapidly to meet demand. “We are a family business,” said Spiros. “My old man set up the company and my brother and I joined in 2017. We rebranded the business as The Steelfixing Group and have grown from 5-8 steelfixers to around 80-90 operatives.”

“We installed the reinforced steel that holds the structure together,” said Spiros Mamary, Managing Director. “We had around 15-20 operatives onsite at any time. We started around October 2017 and finished in early 2019.”

The Steelfixing Group’s vision is to produce quality work with the utmost integrity and highest expertise. They were well placed to successfully deliver the Oxford Central project. “We are experienced with large buildings having done that type of work before,” Spiros said. “Now we are working on a range of other projects for Ceerose and others. Our aim is to become one of the biggest and best steelfixers in New South Wales.”

The Steelfixing Group were able to complete their works very efficiently, moving between the two residential towers in tandem with the other trades. “There were two buildings onsite so we just kept jumping from side to side,” said Spiros. The relationship between the different trades onsite was very positive and collaborative. “Most of the trades are consistently working together but this was our first job with Ceerose,” said Spiros. “We already knew the structural trades from many other projects. It was a well structured project and we had a positive relationship with Ceerose who were a great main contractor to work with.” 68


For more information contact The Steelfixing Group, 10/1 Cooks Avenue, Canterbury NSW 2193, phone 02 9718 0306, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below One Seal Waterproofing applied the waterproofing for the bathrooms, balconies, retaining walls and roof areas.

One Seal Waterproofing are waterproofing specialist with a reputation for high quality, they provided their services for the Oxford Central development to redefine luxury apartment living.

external applications including liquid membrane, sheet membranes, joint sealing, epoxy coatings and remedial works. Established in 2010, they serve the Sydney metropolitan area.

“We applied the waterproofing for bathrooms, balconies, planter boxes, retaining walls and roof areas,” said Robert Brazzo, Director. “We also installed a green roof build up including drainage and pebbles to some roof areas.”

In addition to Oxford Central, One Seal Waterproofing have been delivering other projects including 95 units in Liverpool and 27 units in Cronulla. They have achieved the highest quality results on these projects in line with their focus on complete customer satisfaction.

Some aspects of the project required creative solutions. “One challenge was that there were no set downs along the sliding doors on the balconies so we installed 70mm powdercoated aluminium angles to serve as finished hobbs for the windows and sliding doors,” said Robert. “It was something we hadn’t done before.”

“This has been the biggest project we’ve done to date and it is a successful project for us,” said Robert.

“We have worked with the main contractor, Ceerose, for several years and find them very good to work with,” said Robert. “The team onsite was very helpful with everything we asked for.” The team at One Seal Waterproofing have an unbeatable reputation with over 20 years experience in waterproofing and joint sealing. They provide a range of waterproofing solutions for internal and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact One Seal Waterproofing, PO Box 924, Five Dock NSW 2046, phone 0426 811 893, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE OXFORD CENTRAL


MOSAIC OF LIFE DEVELOPER : Kazcorp MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Duffy Kennedy Constructions ARCHITECT : Tony Owen Partners CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $25 million

Kaz Tower is an iconic 15-storey luxury mixed use development comprising 36 luxury residential apartments with beautifully crafted interiors, 3-levels of commercial office space, retail spaces, a state-of-the-art automatic car parking system, and a unique façade which uses a parametric calculation of reflected sun to maximise solar amenity. Duffy Kennedy Constructions have a vision to be Australia’s most client focused building company. They pride themselves on being fluent in the art of problem solving, turning a vision into reality – an approach they call Intelligent Construction. One of the latest projects to demonstrate their approach is Kaz Tower, a 15-storey mixed use, residential and commercial development which has transformed Sussex Street in Sydney’s CBD. Duffy Kennedy were appointed for demolition of the existing building and construction of the new development. “The experience of our company is what enabled us to deliver this project,” said CEO, Gavin Duffy. “We are able to do the majority of the work inhouse which gives us control over both time and labour that sets us apart from any other contractor in Australia.” “Kaz Tower is a truly iconic building, there isn’t another building like it in Australia. We were breaking new territory and new ground. We have 25 years of experience in the industry and the internal capability to work with the design team which allowed us to become a true partner in the design process.”

deliveries and ensure our contractors hit the mark every time.”

company that is nevertheless supported by strong traditional values.

There were also heritage aspects to consider with the project located in a historically significant area. “In the early 1900s, the site was the first abattoir in Sydney Cove,” said Gavin. “A range of domestic and abattoir tools were found and will be part of a permanent archaeological display in the residential lobby.”

“In the last few years we have become very well rounded and now we can take on any project,” said Gavin. “The market has expanded greatly and that has allowed us to diversify our business. We’ve got both the ability and capacity to deliver complex projects.”

The building has been carefully designed and detailed to respond to the surrounding historical context. “Some of the wharf timber from the existing building was carefully removed from site and partially reinstated in the new building,” said Gavin. “We also used English bond brickwork to the first 4-levels to keep with the appearance of Sussex Street.” Duffy Kennedy have grown to over 100 employees and are experienced at delivering a wide range of project types including educational campuses, assisted living projects, residential and mixed use projects, CBD projects on constrained sites, commercial and industrial facilities. They are a progressive

As problem solvers, Duffy Kennedy have an ability to work collaboratively with clients and project teams as true partners and experts in design, construction and engineering. This collaborative dynamic can lead to a personal investment in achieving successful project outcomes and its clear that Kaz Tower is no exception. “We are very passionate about this job,” said Gavin. “It has been a huge success and that is testament to the ability of our design and delivery team.” For more information contact Duffy Kennedy Constructions, PO Box 626, Miranda NSW 1490, phone 02 8521 0000, fax 02 8521 0022, email, website www.

The project presented many challenges that had to be faced on a daily basis throughout the job. “We had to be very innovative as a team,” said Gavin. “It was a very complex build with skewed brickwork and an oscillating glazed façade. Each façade panel was hand installed. We made custom extrusions that were designed inhouse to meet all the angles and ensure the building was watertight.” “We also faced challenges working in the Sydney CBD with the Sydney Light Rail works nearby, the project was in the part of the city where all the action is happening. We did a lot of coordination to manage 70






Below April Showers Waterproofing installed their independently developed waterproofing system to Kaz Tower.

April Showers Waterproofing is warranted for the life of internal wet areas. Externally, the range of membranes carry a warranty covering labour and material for periods in excess of the Builder’s statutory warranty period. The April Showers system was developed in the 1980’s to address the shortcomings of conventional waterproofing systems, and had to possess the following properties: Elongation before break had to be a minimum of 300%; Unaffected by all chemicals that would be encountered in sewage; Consistent and uniform thickness; Unaffected by any building movement, vibration and settlement; Complete installation in a single site visit; Fume free for following trades; Nil curing time; Similar price to liquid systems, and saves up to three days.

April Showers Waterproofing have a wide range of benefits over conventional systems but perhaps one of the most compelling is their track record of over 35 years with no known failures. They offer the quickest possible service that achieves the best quality at a competitive price. With such a compelling offer April Showers were the perfect fit to supply and install the waterproofing systems to the Kaz Tower project. “We have a very strong relationship with Duffy Kennedy,” said Bob. “This is the 4th D.K. project that we have completed. Our role with D.K. has grown to almost that of a waterproofing consultancy, we work with the management to plan and prepare upcoming projects.”

“Our products are designed a bit differently,” said Director, Bob Hearn. “We have independently developed an alternative internal waterproofing system that overcomes the shortcomings of a liquid system.”

April Showers Waterproofing’s record of successfully waterproofing over 30,000 new bathrooms without defect speaks for itself, as do the glowing testimonials from many happy clients. “The most popular question we get asked is ‘how long has this been on the market?’. A growing number of our customers know there is a product that carries a warranty and saves them three days on every bathroom they deliver.”

“Our product lasts for a long time which allows us to offer a warranty for the life of the bathroom. It’s loose laid over the substrate, which means the structure can move without stressing the membrane. With an elasticity of 300% the structure will fail before the membrane.”

For more information contact April Showers Waterproofing, phone 1300 427 745, mobile (Phil) 0498 398 937, email, email, website




Below AENEC ensured that Kaz Tower is BCA compliant by performing JV3 alternative solution analysis.

Building energy efficiency plays an increasingly important role in the construction industry and has become an integral part of any building project these days. The regulatory environment is complex and constantly evolving, making the selection of the right energy efficiency team crucial, for achieving great overall budget results while achieving the right building performance. AENEC (Australian Energy Efficiency Consulting) have been providing building energy sustainability services to the Australian construction industry since 2009, offering a wide range of services to suit the requirements of any project. AENEC utilised the JV3 alternative solution for Kaz Tower in order to achieve the compliance of the building with BCA (Building Code of Australia) energy efficiency requirements. AENEC played a key role in developing the right solutions/ configurations to ensure the most positive outcome for the project. “Bringing the glazing in line with BCA requirements was the most challenging part for us,” said Dimitri Harakidas, Managing Director. “The client preferred High Solar Heat Gain window for the top floors. That caused building to overheat, however through optimisation we were able to provide a cost effective solution that also enabled WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

us to “thermally balance” the building by using the right window specifications for the lower floors.” In addition to BCA Section J assessments, AENEC offers a range of other services including BASIX certifications and NatHERS assessments. They use advanced software and CAD technology to achieve the best results and the best value for their clients. “We put a lot of focus on communication, and are working closely with our clients to understand their needs,” said Dimitri. “We want to spend the time to get the best outcome since a bit of extra effort in the modelling process can lead to greater benefits for our clients in the long run.” AENEC’s willingness to push boundaries to find the best solution allows them to build long term relationships with their clients. “We’ve been working since day one with many of our current clients, while we are continuously expanding our clientele and growing our reputation,” said Dimitri. “We are always investing in enhancing our procedures so we can deliver even better results.” For more information contact AENEC Australian Energy Efficiency Consulting, Level 14, 309 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9994 8906, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE KAZ TOWER


Kaz Tower, New South Wales




Below CBS Engineers worked in collaboration with the fire engineer to create the mechanical smoke ventilation solution.

CBS Engineers are a building services engineering consultancy with a reputation for innovation, integrity and professional excellence. They designed the mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and fire services for Kaz Tower. CBS Engineers are experienced at delivering the best outcomes in a safe, timely and sustainably manner. They approach all their projects with a ‘can do’ attitude which is apparent in some of the innovative solutions that were developed for this unique project. One such solution was the twin shaft for the mechanical smoke ventilation that was developed by CBS Engineers in collaboration with the fire engineer on the project. “Buildings over 25m in effective height need both a sprinkler system and a relief shaft,” said Director, Maher Chamsine. “In case of a fire smoke is sucked into the shaft. We designed one shaft for supply air and one for exhaust, on opposite sides of the lobby. We documented the solution and it was confirmed by the fire engineer’s modelling.” The design presented other challenges that required close coordination by the design team. “To keep the façade looking nice we had to make sure services penetrations were not exposed,” said Maher. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“For example, we located the exhaust louvres from the toilets in the balcony ceilings so they can’t be seen.” “There were also spatial constraints in the lobby which houses the main comms and hydraulics cupboards. We were really embedded with the architects when it came to the coordination,” said Maher. “Everyone working on the project was excited knowing that the building would be a real landmark on Sussex Street.” The fantastic result is testament to the skill and creativity of the entire team. “We like to come up with solutions,” Maher said. “Our mindset is that there is no barrier we can’t overcome. No matter how big or small the project is we like to take it head on.”

For more information contact CBS Engineers, 23 Penshurst Street, Penshurst NSW 2222, phone 02 9788 6446, email sydney@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE KAZ TOWER



DEVELOPER : Central Real MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Central Construct ARCHITECT : Integrated Design Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $40 million

Elysium is a stunning residential development comprising 63 luxurious two, three and four bedroom apartments with ocean and garden views over six boutique buildings with premium finishes including Miele appliances, integrated fridges, stone benchtops, contemporary bathrooms, full height glazing, and a resort style 25m swimming pool set amongst 2.5 acres of tropical landscaped gardens in one of the prime positions at Terrigal Beach. Central Real are specialist property developers who live and breathe the Central Coast. They are one of the most heavily invested developers in the region and are committed to designing places to live and work that are perfect for the Central Coast lifestyle. Following the success of their residential projects Vue in Gosford and Marina in Point Frederick, they are currently delivering a number of projects including Icon, Scenic and Aqua in Gosford, Northwood in Niagara Park and Peninsula in Point Frederick. Adding to this list is Elysium, a bold architectural vision claiming a premier location on Terrigal’s beachfront where the ocean meets the lagoon. Comprising of six individual boutique buildings, Elysium offers a limited collection of contemporary luxury residences set within lushly landscaped tropical grounds. The Elysium project was built by Central Construct, the construction business of Central Real that works exclusively on the group’s projects. 76


Central Construct is supported by Central Real’s extensive resources and strong financial backing and is committed to delivering projects of a world class standard. As well as rejuvenating local communities through socially inclusive placemaking, Central Construct also employs local contractors and suppliers wherever possible and support local businesses. Their ongoing investment in the area gives them a vested interest in seeing the region thrive. As the region’s premier integrated builder and developer, Central Real and Central Construct are devoted to its development. “The Central Coast Region is one of the most beautiful in the world and I have always believed in its incredible potential,” said Tony Denny, Founder. “We are committed to playing an integral part in the long overdue growth that the region is currently experiencing.” Construction on Elysium commenced in February 2018. The project includes a total of 63 apartments with luxury fittings and finishes throughout as well as extensive landscaping including a AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

resort style swimming pool, spa and ornamental pond. In addition to its iconic design the Elysium project has sustainability at its heart with extensive solar panels allowing the building to generate all its own power. The beachfront site posed some challenges in planning the construction. The site had its geotechnical challenges and deep screw piles were required as well as thick ground slabs to deal with hydrostatic pressure. Waterproofing blankets were also applied to basement areas. “The hardest thing was to bring the building out of the ground,” said Paul Lyons, Site Manager.

“At one stage we were working at 100% capacity with all trades on site at the same time.” Despite these challenges, the Central Construct team worked closely together as a cohesive unit. “We had a very good site team,” said Paul. “We worked together but we also each had our own roles running different facets of the job.”

“Conditions at the lower end of the site were quite poor and we only had a single access point from Terrigal Drive. This forced us to build from the back out, working towards the front.”

The project is now nearing completion with residents commencing occupation and is set to be a significant milestone for Central Real’s ongoing investment in the region. “This will be the premier building in Terrigal,” said Paul. “Reflecting back on it I’m extremely proud of what myself and the team have achieved. It has been a privilege to build something in my local community that I can look back on with pride for years to come.”

This phased approach meant that the construction of each building advanced at different times. “We had buildings topping out while we were still pouring the ground slabs on others,” said Paul.

For more information contact Central Real, 3-13 Stockyard Place, West Gosford NSW 2250, phone 02 4320 0088, website




Below Fencing Manufacturers designed, manufactured and installed the pool fencing, privacy screens and frameless glass balustrades.

Fencing Manufacturers are a family owned business based on the Central Coast and their reputation and diverse capability made them a great fit for the Elysium project. “Our scope started as frameless glass balustrades,” said Adam Woods, Project Manager. “This was extended to include storage cages, pool fences, privacy screens and secure carpark enclosures.” “We have done four of Central Construct’s previous projects. We find them to be very cooperative and good to work for. The site was a very happy place to work,” Adam continued. Fencing Manufacturers provide a range of products but can also develop bespoke solutions, as was the case for Elysium. “We worked with Central Construct to develop something that was more of a one off to suit the project,” said Adam. “It’s good to work on projects where clients are interested in finding different solutions.” The Elysium project was carefully managed to ensure site efficiency was maintained. This meant that once a design was agreed for each item, a quick turnaround was critical to staying on programme. “In one instance we had materials onsite within 24 hours of receiving 78


the order,” explained Adam. “Another time we made a whole fence from scratch and got it to site within four days.” The flexibility to adapt to individual project needs is a key part of Fencing Manufacturers’ success. “We not only manufacture fencing but also balustrades, gates, louvres and privacy screens, and we also do our own powdercoating” said Adam. Fencing Manufacturers have been designing, producing and installing a complete range of fencing, balustrading and screening products since their inception in 1978 and are now a renowned and trusted manufacturer serving the Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney regions.

For more information contact Fencing Manufacturers, 28 Tathra Street, West Gosford NSW 2250, phone 02 4324 2525, fax 02 4325 3800, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Integrated Design Group were responsible for the Elysium’s elegant design, capturing the essence of the natural setting.

The Elysium development is located on Terrigal’s beachfront where the ocean meets the lagoon. Its elegant design by architects Integrated Design Group (IDG) reflects the beauty of the idyllic, natural setting and will establish a new community landmark in Terrigal. “For us the challenge was to make the development feel both unique and luxurious,” said Director, Simon Thorne. “Conceptually it became a series of boxes that, viewed from the beach, appear to have washed up on this rugged coastline. The orientation reflects the organic flow of the ocean while opening the apartments up to the views as well.” This original design vision has been fully realised through the construction process. “It’s a project we are really excited about,” said Simon. “The end result embodies the essence of the first sketches we did.” The development has also captured the imagination of the local community. “The product has been very well received,” said Simon. “The client has been able to sell most of the units to local buyers.” IDG are an award winning architectural practice with offices in Sydney, Penrith and Bathurst. They maintain a passion for regional WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

New South Wales as well as strong links to projects, clients and councils across the Sydney basin. In addition to luxury residential developments, another area of expertise for IDG is aged care and seniors living, including affordable and homeless accommodation. This aligns with their commitment to achieving social, environmental and economically sustainable outcomes through design. The ability to work across the whole spectrum from affordable to luxury housing gives IDG a unique perspective. “The Elysium project is a nice opportunity for us to showcase our capability at the high end,” said Simon. “There are lessons we can draw from each end of the spectrum. If we can design high quality buildings that can be put together efficiently we can achieve fantastic results.”

For more information contact Integrated Design Group, PO Box 77, Croydon NSW 2132, phone 02 9764 6100, email info@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ELYSIUM


Below Alphasafe erected all the scaffolding and completed regular scaffold safety inspections and certification.

Alphasafe is an expert provider of professional access solutions supplying the entire New South Wales region with safe, innovative and reliable scaffolding and swing stage solutions from their depots in Sydney and Newcastle. With over 20 years experience across multiple sectors ranging from multi-unit residential projects to industrial facilities, large scale civil engineering projects and public access structures, Alphasafe have a proven track record for safe and reliable project delivery. Alphasafe combines world leading scaffolding systems and an experienced team to deliver any scaffold solution, meeting tight time constraints and client requirements.

took between two and five days including regular inspections and certification of all scaffolding structures onsite.” For Alphasafe, the safety of our site team and the scaffold users is the top priority. Inspections of the scaffolding installations were carried out over the course of the construction process. “We had guys onsite carrying out regular inspections nearly every day,” said Ryan. With their work now completed, the Elysium project went smoothly from Alphasafe’s perspective. “When we started, we had discussions with the site team to programme the work,” said Ryan. “From our perspective sometimes on larger sites we come across difficulties but on this project, everyone knew what needed to be done, communication between the scaffolders and the client was constant and the site was organised well.”

“Scaffolding is one of the first things that needs to be installed on a construction site,” said Ryan Zeitsch, Newcastle Branch Manager. “It’s on the critical path for site access for all trades so we have to work fast to maintain site programmes.”

For more information contact Alphasafe, 13 Severn Street, St Marys NSW 2060, phone 1300 735 221, email, website

The Elysium residential development in Terrigal, New South Wales was no exception. “Once each slab was poured, we were onsite the following morning,” said Ryan. “The erection of each scaffold then

For Newcastle contact Ace Scaffolding Services, 7 Laverick Avenue, Tomago NSW 2322, phone 02 4902 5200, email admin@, website




Below Norfolk Blinds manufactured and installed the roller blinds for the Elysium project.

Norfolk Blinds, a specialist manufacturer of commercial and multi-residential blinds and curtains, were contracted to supply and install both motorised and manually controlled blinds to all units in Terrigal’s new Elysium development. “The blinds were manufactured to client requirements,” said Paul Humber, Director. “The Central Construct design team selected fabrics from the range we put forward and then the blinds were custom made.” Norfolk Blinds are a national supplier with 25 years experience supplying to all states of Australia. They are also local to the Elysium project having recently established a manufacturing facility on the Central Coast. “Our Lisarow plant produces a range of blinds and curtains for residential, commercial and healthcare applications,” said Paul. A strong relationship with the client was an important part of the project’s success. “Central Real are a terrific company to work with,” Paul explained. “We also provided blinds for their Scenic and Icon developments.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The phased construction of the project presented challenging timescales. “It was a matter of keeping up with the building programme since we were going in as each building was finished. Central Construct were well above standard in the way they managed trades to avoid congestion onsite.” As manufacturers, Norfolk Blinds were able to adapt production to fulfill the order on time. “We can have blinds rolling off our lines exactly as required to meet challenging timescales” said Paul. There is no secret to Norfolk Blinds’ success. “We need to be efficient in this competitive world,” Paul said. “It’s about achieving DIFOT (delivery in full on time), without defects. Our DIFOT rate is 94% which is about as high as you can get. That’s why builders like us.” “Clients want good value. Going straight to the people that produce the product delivers the best result.”

For more information contact Norfolk Blinds, 37 Sunny Bank Road, Lisarow NSW 2250, phone 1300 732 903, email projects@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ELYSIUM


Below PCW Commercial Windows provided a combination of energy efficient and acoustic glass supplied by Viridian, and utilised Capral’s architectural glazing systems.

With over 30 years experience, PCW Commercial Windows specialise in the manufacture and installation of aluminium windows and doors for the commercial and architectural market. Based in Somersby on the Central Coast, they are a local market leader, with the Elysium development in Terrigal showcasing another successful case study for PCW in the premium residential sector. “We supplied and installed Capral’s premium architectural system, and Viridian glass products for Elysium,” said Managing Director, Leigh Spinks. “We used high quality, robust powder coated sections that are designed for the exposed location. We also provided acoustic glazing to selected units to minimize road noise.” The location of the site in downtown Terrigal meant that access was constrained. “Site deliveries were a challenge,” said Leigh. “We were able to negotiate this with careful planning, and clear communication through our site team. The site crane certainly got a workout!” To complete the project, PCW benefited from prior experience working with Central Real and Central Construct on other apartment projects such as Scenic and Aqua at Gosford and Marina at Point Frederick. “We had a fantastic crew onsite working together, 82


with strong back up from our experienced fabricators back at our Somersby factory. Central Construct also had a very organised, approachable site team,” said Leigh. “It was one of the more seamless jobs we have been involved with.” “Over the years, PCW has built a strong reputation for excellence, and is the company builders turn to for both quality and service,” said Leigh. “Our customers know that we see the job through until the project ends. Post install service is very important to us.” As their reputation has grown so has PCW’s business. “Our staffing levels have increased dramatically over the last few years,” Leigh said. “It’s definitely been a healthy growth period. More and more people are coming to us once they experience what we can do.” PCW’s hard work combined with experience is really starting to pay off!

For more information contact PCW Commercial Windows, Unit 1/113 Wisemans Ferry Road, Somersby NSW 2250, phone 02 4340 1100, email, facebook PCWCommercialWindows AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Freedom Pools completed the 30m long swimming pool, 6,000L spa, glass mosaic entrance pond and water features.

One of the key features of the Elysium apartment complex is the 30m long swimming pool incorporating 400m2 of Spanish glass mosaic tiles. Along with the adjacent 6,000L spa and the 8x4m glass mosaic entrance pond, the water features are a crucial part of the lush tropical setting of the development. The swimming pool and associated water features were constructed and installed by Freedom Pools, a family owned and operated business who have been building swimming pools in Sydney and the Central Coast for over 35 years. “This pool is a bit different,” said Adam Bugden, Project and Sales Manager. “It is a luxury pool on a mega scale. It’s a combination of a high end residential pool and a commercial pool with sanitation and filtration complying with public pool standards.” Despite the location of the swimming pool in the heart of the development, Freedom Pools had no problems onsite. “This was our first job with Central Construct and we found it to be very well organised,” said Adam. “Everyone was onsite at the right time and not working on top of one another.” Freedom Pools have a wide range of experience on multi-unit, private residential and commercial projects. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

They are no strangers to challenging sites having worked in difficult locations from the cliffs above Whale Beach to the shores of Woy Woy Bay. Their modern philosophy of design and efficiency has helped them win most awards given by the Master Builders Association and HIA for swimming pool building, as well as the SPASA 2018 National Pool of the Year award. The complexity of the Elysium project was no problem for Freedom Pools who drew on their wealth of specialist capability to deliver a successful result. “We like to do the big complicated pools,” said Adam. “That’s our sweet spot!”

For more information contact Freedom Pools, Unit 28, 7 Sefton Road, Thornleigh NSW 2120, phone 1300 763 761, email freedom@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ELYSIUM


Below Purr-Fect Roofing supplied and installed all of the sheet metal roofing, downpipes, skylights and flashings.

One critical aspect of the Elysium build requiring the highest standards of performance and water tightness was the roofing which was installed on all six buildings by Purr-Fect Roofing, a specialist in metal roofing and associated products. With over 20 years experience in domestic, architectural and commercial roofing, Purr-Fect Roofing services the roofing needs of the Hunter, Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney regions. They boast a dedicated team of professionals whose quality of workmanship are second to none. For the Elysium project, Purr-Fect Roofing supplied and installed high performance sheet metal roofing that was specified to cope with the exposed coastal location. They also provided flashings and downpipes as well as custom made skylights to Building A and penthouse units. In addition to residential projects, Purr-Fect Roofing were involved in landmark projects including Sydney’s World Square East and Cockatoo Island, and will soon start work on the upgrade of Darling Harbour’s King Street Wharf. Purr-Fect Roofing also specialise in the industrial, education and healthcare sectors. They are working at Terrigal Public School and have recently completed work at Toronto 84


Private Hospital, Tuggerah Private Hospital and Brisbane Waters Private Hospital. Through their inhouse tradespeople and a network of approved subcontractors, Purr-Fect Roofing have the flexibility to deliver projects of all sizes great or small. Whatever the project, Purr-Fect Roofing seeks to achieve a solution you will love that represents great value for money. Their experienced team takes great pride in their work which sets them apart. “We are pretty fussy,” said Kim Field of Purr-Fect Roofing. “Our name is Purr-Fect so we’ve got to be perfect to keep to our name!”

For more information contact Purr-Fect Roofing, 78 Lake Road, Balcolyn NSW 2264, phone 0418 699 607, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below LouvreSpan Sydney installed the three opening roof infills to the Elysium project.

LouvreSpan offers an award winning premium opening roof system which with professional technical advice provide solutions to the most challenging projects. LouvreSpan also offers a comprehensive range of external sun louvres, shutters and privacy screening. Three opening roof infills were suppled and installed at the Elysium project. The LouvreSpan opening roof systems on this project were constructed using extruded aluminium components powdercoatded in Dulux Duratec (Eternity Bronze) which will meet the demands of the harsh coastal environment. Various other coatings are available from standard powdercoat, anodising the DecoWood finishes which is growing in popularity. All visible components such as drive and passive frames, gutters and flashings are coated and provide a long lasting high quality finish. “Typical opening roof products on the market rely using link arm system where all the operating parts are exposed to the prevailing conditions and are powered using 12 volt motors and transformers,” said Greg Moore, LouvreSpan Sydney. LouvreSpan’s award winning operating system is completely concealed and uses a marine grade stainless steel drive shaft coupled with Somfy 240 volt direct tube motors to provide an attractive appearance while virtually eliminating maintenance. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“After being recommended by a mutual contact and presenting the benefits of our system to their management, Elysium became our first project for Central Construct,” said Greg. “We understood their requirements and timelines and by addressing issues that could possibly arise prior and during the construction with their project management team ensured the installations went smoothly and as well as a result I believe we achieve the best possible outcome.” LouvreSpan Sydney is going from strength to strength and has completed six opening roofs at the Saddles dining venue at Mount White and is currently installing another seven roofs at the Se project in Campbell Street, Terrigal as well as projects all over Sydney. The majority of their work is through word of mouth and recommendation which demonstrates commitment to customer satisfaction. “Our clients know when they select the LouvreSpan system, they are getting a quality product,’ said Greg. “We believe there is no better operating system available on the market.”

For more information contact LouvreSpan Sydney, 24B Pile Road Somersby NSW 2250, phone 0402 212 556, email gmoore@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ELYSIUM







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Those with long memories will recall a time when flashing was always used in the installation of doors and windows and how over time the use of flashing slowly disappeared.

into line with the masonry standards, while timber and composite wall cladding now has specific flashing requirements (Clause with correctly installed head, sill and jamb flashing now mandated.

Now a notable change to the National Construction Code (NCC) for 2019 has reinforced the need for builders to use flashing.

There is an exception for head flashing when there is protection afforded by an eave or roof that extends horizontally out from the wall by at least three times the distance from the top of the window to the underside of the eave or roof. In that case the head flashing can be omitted.

Previously versions of the NCC only required “adequate” flashing for windows and doors in timber and composite walls with no direction as to what might be adequate and it was silent on flashing for masonry walls (although masonry flashing requirements were in Australian Standards (AS) 3700 Masonry Structures and (AS) 4773.2 Masonry in Small Building construction). NCC 2019 now includes flashing of both head and sill for masonry veneer to bring it


The removal of the word “adequate” when it comes to flashing is welcomed by the window and door industry as it reinforces correct installation procedure in a way that is clear and not open to interpretation. Instructional videos can be found at:




LEADING LIGHT TO IMPRESSIVE TAILORED DESIGNS Leda Aluminium is renowned for the proven performance, reliability and stylish design of their aluminium products. They have been manufacturing and installing in retail, commercial and residential projects in the greater Sydney area for over 35 years. Specialising in aluminium doors, windows, curtain walls, louvre systems and slump glass, Leda Aluminium has many outstanding projects to their credit. One of the latest to be completed is The Galleria at 23-29 Hassall Street, Parramatta, a residential development of 170 apartments spread over 20-floors, located in the heart of the CBD. The Galleria is an award winning development. Builder Nucorp Constructions had very specific requirements relating to the windows to meet the architect’s design. Special 300mm blade louvres were required for the project, so Leda Aluminium’s research and development team worked alongside APL Louvres to fully design and fabricate the louvre system. The louvres are a feature of the building, making both a visual impact and providing functionality and practicality for residents, who can use the opening louvre system to improve ventilation and reduce dependence on air conditioning systems. Apart from the distinctive louvres, the project needed a range of different doors and windows. The windows included sliding, awning and fixed styles with special coloured back glass and safety glass as required. Leda installed their unique commercial grade high performance sliding door, the LEDA CSD-100 series, which was designed by their research and development team. It has been fully tested and certified by NATA with the ability to withstand water penetration of 650Pa and has an ultimate strength of around 4,000Pa. The CSD-100 series is ideal for buildings of around 20-storeys, perfectly suiting the requirements at The Galleria. Leda Aluminium has their facilities and skilled staff at their Lakemba factory to do their own powder coating to ensure a high quality durable finish meeting Australian standards and warranties. For The Galleria, the door and window frames were powder coated Dulux Eternity Silver Kinetic and the 88

exterior glass louvre frames were finished with Anodic Natural. A project of this magnitude is well within the scope of Leda Aluminium and they utilised six experienced installation teams throughout, with one supervisor constantly available onsite, with a fully engaged project manager and project administrator. All components were manufactured at Leda Aluminium’s technologically advanced factory at Greenacre in Western Sydney and delivered to site for installation. All production targets were met and the installation teams moved around the building to undertake fitting and testing of all windows and sliding doors as required. The company has a well earned reputation for the consistent delivery of outstanding quality products. They have achieved this by working closely with their suppliers and clients to ensure that they meet construction timetables and budgets. Leda remains a family based business with many family members occupying key roles in the company. They also have a proud policy of supporting Australian suppliers and maintaining a friendly but professional approach in every aspect of their business. This philosophy combined with the renowned structural integrity and value for money of Leda’s products has resulted in regular repeat contracts for the company. Another marketing edge for Leda Aluminium is their accreditation and licencing from both Dulux and Interpon to enable them to do all their own powder coating inhouse. Architects and designers seeking special colours can be accommodated for both commercial and residential projects. While Leda is focused on the greater Sydney region, they have expanded their footprint to include areas around Sydney including the Central Coast. The company undertakes work across all segments of the building industry including residential, apartment developments, commercial and retail. For more information contact Leda Aluminium, Unit 2, 4 Naughton Street, Greenacre NSW 2190, phone 02 9642 8588, email, website








CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION Impressive glass façades and glazing add elegance and timeless style to any building. Sharvain Projects has built an outstanding reputation for the design, fabrication and installation of complex, glass façades and geometric glazing features. Headquartered in Sydney, Sharvain Projects provides comprehensive design and construct solutions for specialised glazing and façade projects. They have a local design office supported by designers in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangdong in China. A wide range of their façade components for the international market are manufactured in their fabrication bases – also located in China. Sharvain Projects has a highly skilled team with experience encompassing glazing, façades, metal cladding, structural and mechanical engineering. “We can draw on these resources to undertake and deliver every stage of challenging projects, from conception to completion,” said Managing Director, Boris Kostura. An excellent example is their work on No. 1 Bligh Street Sydney, which comprises 30-storeys of curved glass, capped with an irregular shaped skylight and a main entry lobby with large span operable frameless glass louvres. Another is the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building 90


at the University of Technology, Sydney. Famous for its unusual shape, Sharvain Projects designed, manufactured and installed all the extremely curvy and irregular façade surfaces. Sharvain uses the state-of-the-art 3D modelling systems for projects with irregular and complex geometries to guarantee the façade panels and elements are sized to fit the design surfaces, ensuring construction complies with thermal and structural movement requirements. “We interact very closely with our clients and their architects through all project phases to ensure delivery of the design concepts,” added Design Director, Shangyun Zhao. Sharvain Projects has access to an experienced group of full time and part time contractors to ensure the installation stage meets project deadlines and quality standards. Current Sydney projects include the Opera Residences on Bennelong Point and Wynyard Place. Sharvain Projects is manufacturing the super complex façade and Crown Roof for the 52-storey Quay Quarter Tower. For more information contact Sharvain Projects, Unit 7, 119-133 McEvoy Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9698 3411, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


REMAX DOORS: SMARTER, SAFER AND COMPACT Remax is a highly successful Australian manufacturer providing durable, reliable, efficient and safe door and barrier solutions to a wide range of industries, which require the installation of large mechanised doors. Remax doors are designed and manufactured to deliver a number of superior features compared to traditional industrial door products. Managing Director, Damian Pederick said that the Remax Compact Sectional Door is one example of the company’s innovative product range. “The Compact Sectional Door has a folding mechanism which stacks slimline panels above the access. They take much less room within the door space and have no balance springs, reducing maintenance costs. Quieter and faster to operate, they are also insulated, assisting to maintain ambient temperatures in buildings, reducing energy bills.” The Compact Sectional Doors are aesthetically appealing, with a contemporary appearance which can complement modern building design. Auto showrooms are an obvious market for the Remax Compact Sectional Doors and the company has installed these doors in many showrooms, particularly luxury vehicle dealerships. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Land Rover and Jaguar dealership in Artarmon on Sydney’s North Shore recently installed the Remax Compact Sectional Doors, enhancing the aesthetics of the building design and providing a practical, safe and effective solution in the day to day operation of the business. The doors glass panelling allows natural light to flood the showrooms so that vehicles are presented to maximum advantage. Remax works with clients and their builders from the earliest stages of the planning process and then provides a project management role to take the load off the builder, ensuring the installation of the doors fits the construction schedule and meets all deadlines. “Our capable team can design, manufacture and install our Compact Sectional Doors to meet any industry requirement, delivering a product that is not only attractive but will have an exceptionally long operating life,” said Damian. The company installs their compact doors in a range of industry segments across Australia including auto showrooms, defence, food industry and schools. For more information contact Remax, 5 Davidson O’Malley Court, Nathalia VIC 3638, phone 1800 010 221, email service@, website ANCR WINDOWS AND DOORS PRODUCTS & MORE SPECIAL FEATURE



YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR BUSINESS Darley Aluminium is a leading distributor of aluminium extrusion products and associated components that are used to manufacture window and door systems, largely for residential and commercial projects. For more than 22 years Darley has been designing and distributing window and door systems that offer superior performance and style. A family owned and operated business, Darley’s systems are designed in Australia and manufactured by one of the largest aluminium extrusion factories in China.

but also end users to come and experience the window and door systems for themselves. The new showroom also features a new accessories section with colour charts and hardware on display from suppliers including Dormakaba, Allegion and Austral. Darley’s research and development, and customer service departments are on hand at the New South Wales office, if clients require any technical product information or need help to place an order.

No matter how large or small the project, Darley can provide the complete solution. Their innovative window and door systems are designed to suit Australian climate conditions and exceed Australian testing standards. Darley are proud to announce that in early May they opened a new and improved showroom at their New South Wales head office. The showroom displays their new range of KlassicView (residential) and CityView (commercial) window and door product ranges, as well as their new ClimateGuard, thermally-broken windows and doors. A perfect environment for not only window and door fabricators, 92


For more information contact Darley Aluminium, 8 Tyrone Place, Erskine Park NSW 2759, phone 02 8887 2888, email sales@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


PROUD TO BE RELIABLE AND METICULOUS Modern Glazing Group specialise in the Design, Manufacture and Installation of aluminium doors and windows for commercial and large scale residential developments. The “Modern Glazing Group” pride itself on providing innovative and cost effective solutions for clients’ needs, taking the time to fully understand critical issues, requirements and expectations. The Modern Glazing Group is a company established by Sam Mehrkhavari and Frank Forouzandeh which has now become one of the most fast growing glazing contractors in New South Wales. “At Modern Glazing we are capable of large scale production but at the same time we look into fabrication and installation of custom designed glazed façades. We provide a complete new glazing solution, a refurbishment or a stunning shopfront,” explained Managing Director, Sam, who has 10 years experience in the glazing and façade industry. “We make quality aluminium framed windows and doors, internal glazed partitions, bi-folding and stacking doors and windows, Glazed walls and architectural features such as skylights, glazed roofs/awnings.” The Modern Glazing Group has put their focus on community related projects in recent years and majority of its works are in the education WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and health sectors, Such as hospitals, clinics, aged care facilities as well as brand new and refurb public and private schools. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver our products and services, utilising new technologies and industry experience to find the best solution for every project we undertake. We also work really hard to maintain long term relationships with our local suppliers and distributors, which is vital for the survival of this industry,” said Sam. “As a small company we are able to respond to client’s needs immediately and always find the best and quickest solutions. We distinguish ourselves by receiving excellent feedback and customer satisfaction is very important to us. Our reputation is everything to us and this is the attitude all our members carry on their daily tasks” said Executive Director, Frank. Modern Glazing Group are based in Bella Vista, New South Wales (head office) with manufacturing facility in Kings Park, New South Wales where majority of the fabrication and assembling are taking place. For more information contact Modern Glazing Group, 307/14 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista NSW 2153, phone 02 8883 2504, email, website ANCR WINDOWS AND DOORS PRODUCTS & MORE SPECIAL FEATURE



The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Narre Warren was built on behalf of the plumbing, fire protection and HVAC industries, to train plumbing and HVAC apprentices, and pre-apprentices. The building includes a ground source heat pump – closed loop geothermal system with integrated hydronic heating, and thermomass precast panels to ensure a net zero energy rating is achieved. Hutchies are leaders in constructing innovative building design across many development sectors.

building to fruition. It was exciting to be part of this project which will set new standards for building energy efficient structures in Australia.”

PICAC Narre Warren has set new standards in transforming energy hungry structures into environmentally friendly places to live and work which are designated net zero energy – generating all the power, heating and cooling required to run the building onsite. The structure is Victoria’s first education and research facility which meets this transformative objective and is one of the first of its kind in Australia.

The PICAC Narre Warren campus facilities include a 100 seat auditorium, 12 training rooms, confined spaces and roof access training, administration offices and welding and gas fitting facilities.

Hutchies were awarded the project in mid-2017 and began an extensive 12 week value management period followed by a 12 week design period. The first construction work began in mid-December 2017 and practical completion of the project was achieved in 24 April 2019. The company has now been engaged to do further fitout works.

Marcel said that some of the unique features of the building enabling the net zero energy target to be achieved included a 280 kW PV system consisting of 781 panels and 9 inverters as well as the introduction of a full scale geothermal system which was upgraded from an initial idea of a token educational system. The geothermal bore field was integrated within the structural foundation screw piles of the building thereby gaining a secondary function from the piles and possibly establishing an industry first in Australia.

Marcel Van Vliet, Project Manager for Hutchies, said that an average of 10 Hutchies employees were directly employed on the development, with another five indirectly involved. “Our team worked with a great group of contractors and subcontractors to bring this state-of-the-art

“This initiative saved half the drilling costs for the project as approximately half of the 3,000m of vertical pipe was installed without any extra drilling,” Marcel said. “We were able to eliminate all gas for heating and cooling to the building except for training and testing




purposes. In recognition of the creativity of the design, the project was awarded $500,000 of government funding under the ARENA Programme which is focused on the provision of power systems from innovative technologies that are non-traditional.” The plumbing industry gave exceptional support to the PICAC project, with suppliers donating smart toilets, vacuum toilets, syphonic drainage systems and a large amount of pipe and plumbing fixtures. Another unique feature of the centre is the way plumbing systems are demonstrated. A significant effort was made to display plumbing workmanship which was challenging because most plumbing is underground and within walls. “We built a number of floor and wall displays so that trainees can have a visual demonstration of how systems work. A fully visual glass plant room was constructed in the middle of the building with all equipment on full display,” Marcel explained. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The success of this project from Hutchies perspective is that it will generate new enthusiasm for careers in the plumbing industry and see hundreds of apprentices receive training in the latest plumbing technology. They also received further direct benefit with the contract to build another centre for the same client in Beenleigh Queensland. “The interest in the building industry about incorporating geothermal technology into new developments has also been stimulated by the PICAC at Narre Warren,” Marcel said. “We have received enquiries about being involved on other geothermal projects as a result.”

For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 70-72 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9282 9500, email info@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN





Below Cooke & Dowsett ensured the net zero energy target was met through their design innovations and solutions.

Cooke & Dowsett are leaders in the field of commercial and industrial plumbing. The company have built a strong reputation for delivering complex design and construction projects, with their client list including many Tier 1 and mid-tier contractors. Cooke & Dowsett played a key role in the construction of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Narre Warren campus which has set new standards in sustainable building. It is the first net zero energy education and research facility in Victoria. All the energy required to support the operation of the building will be generated onsite through the incorporation of a number of renewable energy technologies. Cooke & Dowsett were engaged in the PICAC project right from the early planning stages. The company’s internal hydraulic design team were heavily involved in the design innovations and solutions for the facility to ensure that the net zero energy target could be met through the use of renewable energy resources and systems. These included solar hot water utilising a Rotex thermal system, an AVAC vacuumed sewerage plant, rainwater and storm water re-use systems, building management systems and Caroma Smart Command bathroom products. As a special feature, perspex panels have been installed to provide a transparent view of the plumbing works, enabling a clear view for training apprentices.


As the project developed, their registered plumbers and apprentices became involved alongside the company’s project manager and project administrators. As a result of the enthusiasm showed by their team, the rest of the industry responded in a massive show of support with over $600,000 in products donated by suppliers and manufacturers throughout the project. “PICAC Narre Warren will be of enormous benefit to the plumbing industry,” said Directors, Chadd Cooke and Scott Dowsett. “The purpose of the PICAC training centre is to be the breeding ground for our industry’s apprentices, plumbers, designers and business owners, taking us into an exciting future with new technology which is constantly evolving. We are immensely proud to have been an integral part of the project.” PICAC Narre Warren is a unique project, one very close to the corporate philosophy of Cooke & Dowsett, it focuses on providing world class training for the highly skilled plumbing trade. Course offerings range from entry level and pre-apprenticeships to the Certificate III in plumbing. Other lines of study include occupational health and safety training and specialised courses, including medical gas and gas appliance servicing. The facility will be shared by PICAC, Master Plumbers Association, PPTEU and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) which is one

of the world’s leading plumbing product certification agencies. PICAC’s students and the whole plumbing industry will benefit from this cooperation as IAPMO’s new research centre and product testing laboratory will be based in the facility Formed in 2008, Cooke & Dowsett has developed into a national organisation capable of servicing clients in all states and territories. Cooke & Dowsett has successfully completed many major commercial plumbing projects ranging from the new PPP Bendigo Regional Hospital, RACV Cape Schanck Resort in Victoria and the Grand Central Shopping Centre Toowoomba in Queensland. Their current contracts include the Victorian State Netball and Hockey Centre (Kane Constructions), the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Lendlease) and the Inner City School at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane (Hutchinson Builders).

For more information contact Cooke & Dowsett, 25 Mc Gregor’s Drive, Keilor Park VIC 3042, phone 03 9365 7000, email, website



Below Geothermal Industries Australia (GIA) drilled 28 vertical bores and installed 2,500m of energy pile piping.

Harnessing the Earths stored energy for sustainable cost efficient heating and cooling of buildings of all sizes is a rapidly growing field. At the forefront of delivering this technology is Geothermal Industries Australia (GIA), a specialist in ground sourced thermal energy projects. When the PICAC at Narre Warren was in the early planning and design stages, it was apparent that installing geothermal energy systems in the centre had many advantages. These systems will not just make a substantial contribution to the net zero energy objective for the structure, but also provides an ideal demonstration of the way geothermal systems work to thousands of future students and apprentices who will use the centre. GIA recognises that education in geothermal technology and the benefits is paramount. The PICAC provided the perfect opportunity for GIA to make a contribution to the education process by giving back to the industry and creating a demonstration and teaching facility. As a result, they generously donated and constructed multiple educational displays throughout the centre that will allow students and members of the public to see first hand how the technology works. The company was involved from the early stages of the project, selected to initially drill a test hole to 100m for a thermal conductivity test to assess the suitability of the site. Thermal data was then collected over a 48 hour period and formed the basis of an appropriate design for the geothermal system at the centre.

GIA also installed 2,500m of energy pile piping including grouting with an enhanced thermally conductive grout. The PICAC demonstrates how geothermal energy can tie in with other leading clean energy technologies like water heat recovery, solar hot water heating, solar photovoltaic panels and geo-exchange. The project is also an excellent display of the efficiency and environmental benefits associated with harnessing the stored energy and replenished thermal energy underneath the earth’s surface. “I am certain that people from all sectors of the building industry, the energy sector, all levels of government and the wider community will want to see the system in operation,” said Managing Partner and General Manager at GIA, Clint Patzack, “There is a genuine business case supporting geothermal energy as a source of heating and cooling. We are going to see an increase in interest in this proven technology in Australia, particularly as energy costs from traditional sources continue to escalate and the focus on clean energy increases,” Clint added. Their systems are completely flexible and applicable for both residential and commercial situations. The systems can be installed in new buildings or retro fitted to existing buildings. GIA takes an integrated approach to system design by working collaboratively with all stakeholders and provides a solid business case for any project.

During the drilling of the test well, it became apparent that the swelling clays extended to a greater depth than anticipated. This presented a challenge, however by sourcing a different drilling technology which involved adding a new specialised Commachio drill from Italy to their fleet, GIA was able to drive casing past the troublesome zones and completed each borehole by the intended schedule.

“Our solutions ensure builders, developers, municipalities and end users stay ahead of the capital curve. By leveraging geothermal energy resources, a building becomes a thermal energy asset that has the ability to harvest, store and reuse renewable energy,” Clint concluded.

Throughout the install of each of the 28 bores, GIA achieved a 100% success rate of getting each ground heat exchanger installed to depth on the first attempt. In addition to drilling the 2,800m of vertical bores,

For more information contact Geothermal Industries Australia, 52 Gaine Road, South Dandenong VIC 3175, phone 0437 973 583, email, website







Below DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) laid 4,000m3 of concrete on the suspended first level floor and another 4,000m3 at ground level.

Leading Melbourne concrete contractor DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) was an obvious choice to undertake the major construction challenge of providing all structural concrete for the PICAC Narre Warren. DRD Concrete has worked alongside the PICAC’s contracted builder Hutchinson Builders, on several significant projects and has developed a trusted working relationship. This was invaluable in the construction process of this unique building which is the first net zero energy building of its kind in Australia. PICAC Narre Warren was a typical job in terms of size for the company. “Our MD at the time the PICAC started was Bob Russell and under his leadership the company developed a working plan to optimise the way we prepared the site, planned for the concrete deliveries and managed the many pours that had to take place,” said Managing Director, Bodie Brown. “On the ground floor alone, 4,000m3 of concrete were required.” The first level was a suspended slab and also required 4,000m3 of concrete. Other notable aspects of the project were the 192 screw piles at 13m deep which doubled as a geothermal heat source for the building. The PICAC facility is the first in Australia to utilise building foundation screw piling to source geothermal energy for the buildings heating and cooling requirements. Together with 28 geothermal bores drilled to 100m, the 220 wells are used for the Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system to heat and cool the building. The GSHP system integrates thermal heat loops within the structural screw piles for geothermal heat exchange. Once the heat loops were installed, DRD Concrete completed the process of filling the screw piles with concrete.

world leading facilities to produce highly trained tradespersons for years to come. “The PICAC facility also marks a milestone in building design delivering environmental goals which is definitely the way of the future. We also enjoyed working alongside Hutchinsons on yet another project, further developing our strong working relationship,” Bodie said. DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus) was established in 2009 and has grown to become a leading operator with extensive capabilities in all types of concrete construction. The company’s method of operation is to have their entire team work in an inclusive, cooperative and supportive manner on every construction project undertaken. The experience and capability of their multiskilled team is under pinned by company owned and operated plant and equipment. In circumstances where a large contract is being undertaken, DRD Concrete utilises their strong links with other major concrete construction businesses to supplement its own equipment resources. The company works with most of the major Tier 2 builders in and around Melbourne and takes on projects from $100,000 up to around $10 million. Recent projects have included the Armstrong Creek East Community Hub in Geelong with Hutchinsons, the Knox Operations Centre with Melbcon and a major Woolworths development Heidelberg. For more information contact DRD Concrete & Excavations (Aus), 4 Astro Court, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9796 5937, email

Another challenging aspect of PICAC Narre Warren project was the requirement to construct 60 columns on angles. “During the heaviest part of the programme, we had 10 to 12 of our team on the job full time for three months, lightening off to seven to eight people once the major work had been completed,” said Bodie. DRD Concrete has a usual complement of 20 employees with a team of subcontractors available as required. DRD Concrete was very proud to have been involved in a significant project providing 100 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN




Below Techniblock created a world first duel purpose screw pile, achieving structural and geothermal objectives.

Techniblock is Australia’s leading screw piling company specialising in screw piling, bored piers, underpinning and foundation repairs.

Techniblock’s purpose built facility in Melbourne’s western suburbs. From concept to creation, the piles used local resources, materials and expertise, representing a real win for local manufacturing.

Established in 1989, they have completed many complex assignments ranging from large industrial sites and infrastructure projects to small residential builds. One of their recent projects at the PICAC Narre Warren set new benchmarks for innovative screw piling.

“It is without a doubt one of the most unique screw piling projects ever completed,” said John. “Techniblock has unrivalled expertise and experience gained over 30 years in the piling and foundation industry. We are proud to have been associated with this leading edge project which will undoubtedly be the forerunner to many similar developments as the construction industry seeks to make buildings more energy efficient.”

Piling General Manager, John Ozgec, said that the challenge at the PICAC was to create a world first dual purpose screw pile that achieved the structural and geothermal objectives of the project. “In partnership with Project Manager, Marcel Van Vliet of Hutchison Builders and General Manager, Clint Patzack from Geothermal Industries, we set out on a mission to design, test and commission a screw pile suitable for both foundation stability and geothermally adequate to support the ground source heat pump system.” In total, 606 screw piles were installed to depths varying from 13m to 18m and 28 piles were installed to a depth of 100m. The creatively designed screw piles were manufactured at 102 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN

The ground source heat pump system is a major contributor to the PICAC achieving net zero energy status, with all the energy required to run the Centre, including heating and cooling, being generated onsite.

For more information contact Techniblock, 2/981 Mountain Highway, Boronia VIC 3155, phone 03 9720 7700, email office@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Efficiency Matrix ensured the building envelope is as airtight as possible to assure a net zero energy status.

The team at Efficiency Matrix specialises in airtightness testing for commercial and residential buildings. They provided their services for the innovative PICAC Narre Warren to reduce the carbon footprint and also improve the overall comfort and build quality. Managing Director, John Konstantakopoulos, said that to ensure the net zero energy status of the centre, it was absolutely essential that the building envelope be as airtight as possible. “We conducted regular inspections and testing as the building progressed and were able to report the day after each inspection utilising our inhouse developed software. Once the building was completed, we conducted a whole building test to produce a final report on the airtightness of the entire centre.” Efficiency Matrix is working with building owners who are responding to the realisation that it makes excellent economic sense to reduce air loss from stack, wind and mechanical operational effects which in turn maximises thermal efficiency and reduces energy costs, while improving the ambient temperature and humidity for building occupants. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Another significant benefit is improving the longevity of a building. Less condensation means less degradation of the structure,” said John. The company has a highly skilled team of five employees who can provide a turn-key solution for improving building airtightness. They are a fully ATTMA accredited company to perform airtightness testing to AS/NZS ISO 9972 ‘Thermal Performance of Buildings’. Efficiency Matrix can audit for building airtightness and insulation consistency, articulating where holes are located and recommending a course of remediation. Reporting includes a predicted leakage rate if issues are not remediated. They also have a wide range of products they can supply to improve thermal efficiency. Efficiency Matrix has been in business for 10 years and from their Melbourne head office they can service clients around Australia. Some of the local major projects they provided their services to include the Melbourne Quarter, Carlton Connect and Caulfield Grammar Aquatic Centre. For more information contact Efficiency Matrix, 14 Ondine Drive, Wheelers Hill VIC 3150, phone 1300 027 874, email sales@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN 103



Below DM Formwork provided their formwork services for the suspended slabs on the first floor of the centre.

DM Formwork is a leading formwork operator in the Melbourne area, with particular expertise in large projects involving suspended slabs, walls, columns, stairs and complex designs. The company’s skills and experience were called upon to provide formwork services at PICAC Narre Warren. The company’s main role at the centre was installing the formwork for the extensive suspended slab for the first floor. “The main challenges we faced, as usual, were a tight schedule and the high standards required as a lot of the concrete underside is going to be seen,” said Director, Murray Beljon. “In order to meet the builder’s deadline, we used a team of 15 to 20 employees to ensure completion on programme, which we achieved in eight weeks.” A scaffold construction system was used to ensure high safety standards.

but as PICAC Narre Warren illustrates, the company has a versatile approach enabling it to undertake a diverse range of formwork assignments. “PICAC Narre Warren is just one of the major works that we have recently undertaken,” said Murray. “In the last 12 months we have also completed our largest ever contract at The Mark in Glen Huntly Road Elsternwick. This mixed use development built by the Hacer Group involved a large Coles Supermarket, Liquorland store, 173 residential apartments above and 3-levels of car parking space.” Work on this project involved a total of 45,000m2 of formwork for a number of suspended slabs as well as other in situ construction including walls and stairs.

DM Formwork have been in business since January 2006 and have assembled a skilled team of 60 employees who undertake formwork projects in the commercial, industrial and residential sector. At times of peak demand, staff complement increases to around 100 people. The majority of DM Formwork’s activity is in the multi-storey residential sector in inner city Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact DM Formwork, Lot 29/5 Technology Circuit, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 8786 3819, email info@ VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN 105

Below Close Commercial Services installed 3,200m2 of Askin Xflam panels on the roof and 2,500m2 of interlocking metal cladding to walls.

Close Commercial Services were chosen to supply and install the roof panelling and wall cladding for the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC). Managing Director, Jason Close said that approximately 3,200m2 of Askin Xflam fully insulated panels were installed on the roof, providing a weather tight and extremely thermally efficient outcome. “This was very important in a building rated as net zero energy. The Askin product was ideal and offered a reduced installation cost as well as a superior spanning and thermal capability.” The walls required 2,500m2 of interlocking metal cladding which was insulated with sarking, tapes and flashings to ensure airtightness. “With a variety of colours and architectural themes to accommodate, this was a challenging project but we were very proud to be involved in the PICAC project, having worked in the commercial roofing and cladding sector for over 25 years,” Jason said. For more information contact Close Commercial Services, 4/30 Network Drive, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 9770 8416, email, website 106 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN


Below EBS utilised their ISOtherm sectional doors on PICAC Narre Warren, providing superior insulation and precise sealing.

Envisage Systems P/L (EBS) designed, supplied and installed thermally efficient sectional doors at the innovative PICAC Narre Warren.

The look of ISOtherm sectional doors complemented the façade of the innovative building. To suit various building exterior designs, these doors come in a broad range of colours and run smoothly and quietly.

EBS proved that it is possible to get superior thermally efficient and appealing customised sectional doors at the price of roller shutters when they supplied and installed ISOtherm doors for PICAC Narre Warren, even though the customer originally specified thermal roller shutters for this project.

Based in the Melbourne, the Australian owned company, has a network of representatives capable of servicing EBS products across Australia and New Zealand. They take pride in the precise and durable engineering of all their products, a result of their strong connection to Germany. The company specialises in the manufacture of thermally efficient high speed roller and overhead sectional doors for use in a comprehensive range of industrial applications.

The EBS ISOtherm sectional doors were the ideal solution to maintaining thermal integrity in the net zero energy building. The 60mm thick ISOtherm door panels are three times thicker than the originally specified thermal roller shutters. They provide superior insulation, while precise sealing helps to eliminate drafts and preserve warm or cool air as required. The PICAC project was unique; each of the six large EBS doors had to be individually designed due to the architecture of the Centre. “We had to come up with a customised solution for each of the door openings, then manufacture individual elements for precise installation,” said Managing Director, Darren Zimsen. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

To complement their extensive range of industrial doors, EBS recently expanded the product offering to include safe and easy to operate, quality hydraulic dock levellers. “We work with European and North American companies to supply our customers with complete entrance solutions. Our one-stop-shop offering also includes dock shelters, lights, vehicle restraints and buffers,” said Darren. For more information contact EBS, 4/83 Boundary Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 1800 877 888, email contact@ebssolutions., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN 107

Below GeoExchange Australia designed, supplied and installed the ground source heat pump (GSHP) system.

A major contributor to the PICAC Narre Warren project was GeoExchange Australia. They designed, supplied and installed a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system for the heating and cooling requirements of the centre. Combined with onsite renewable energy generation, the highly efficient GSHP system has enabled the PICAC facility to achieve a net zero energy rating. The GSHP system consists of 28 boreholes drilled to a depth of 100m and 192 energy piles installed at a depth of 13m. Together, the 220 wells access a constant 19ºC ground temperature that provides the buildings heat source in winter and its heat sink in summer. They also provide thermal storage. Heating and cooling is distributed through the building via a combination of hydronic heating and forced air. Yale Carden, Managing Director of GeoExchange, said that his company was involved during the earliest concept discussions, through the feasibility studies and on to construction and commissioning. “GeoExchange Australia stresses the importance of design as an integral part of a successful system. It is particularly important for 108 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN

GSHP systems as they integrate with the natural environment and in many ways are an extension of it. Understanding the relationship between the buildings heating and cooling requirements and the thermal capabilities of the ground is critical to the success of a GSHP system,” said Yale. GeoExchange has been involved in a number of award winning commercial and residential projects. “Every project we undertake is unique and exciting in its own right. We apply a proven technology to achieve sustainable, long term and low maintenance solutions to the challenge of balancing a comfortable living and working environment for low ongoing cost,” said Yale.

For more information contact GeoExchange Australia, 100 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 1300 088 177, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Outstanding Plastering installed indoor plastering, internal partitions and suspended ceilings.

Outstanding Plastering focuses on ensuring the highest standards and quality of internal plastering, partitions and suspended ceilings on commercial projects. PICAC Narre Warren is just one stand out example of the work undertaken by the company. For PICAC Narre Warren, Outstanding Plastering was engaged over a period of nine months with their team ranging from 10 to 20 onsite at any time. They completed all the indoor plastering, internal partitions and suspended ceilings. “One of the challenges for us was to ensure that all our work met the airtightness targets for the building. The airtightness was regularly tested, so we worked with the builder and specialists to achieve the necessary targets,” said Managing Director, Peng Cheng Zhang. The PICAC will accommodate training for hundreds of apprentices in the plumbing, fire protection and HVAC industries. As a zero net energy building, it incorporates many of the innovative technologies features that will be widely adopted in the future, like geothermal heating and cooling, solar PV panels and hot water heating, thermally broken windows and thermomass precast panels. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“It was an exciting project to be involved in, with the PICAC being a net zero energy building,” said Peng. Another challenge for Outstanding Plastering was the design of the theatre within the PICAC Narre Warren. The perimeter had a series of curves which required special treatment, with a series of fans and returns. “We do have a very experienced team within our total complement of almost 40 employees so we can deal with these challenges,” explained Peng. Outstanding Plastering covers the entire Melbourne greater metropolitan area and has completed many major commercial projects. “We welcome enquiries from builders and developers, with no project being too big or small,” said Peng.

For more information contact Outstanding Plastering, phone 1300 083 817, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE PICAC NARRE WARREN 109


The $207M Thompsons Road Upgrade includes duplicating Thompsons Road between DandenongFrankston Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road, construction of new signalised intersections at Western Port Highway, McCormicks Road and Evans Road, building more than 10km for shared walking and cycling path, the removal of the Thompsons Road level crossing, a six-lane bridge to be built over the railway line, and major service relocations and upgrades including power, stormwater, sewer and drainage. The Thompsons Road Upgrade project is a $207 million investment by Major Road Projects Victoria which involves the upgrading and duplication of a 12km stretch of Thompsons Road between Dandenong-Frankston Road and BerwickCranbourne Road, as well as two new bridges over a railway line, a bridge over a local creek and the upgrading of three roundabouts to signalised intersections. “Stage 1 involved grade separation, removal of boom gates and 1km of roadworks at either end,” said Daniel Rose, Project Manager at BMD Constructions, the main contractor for the project. “Stage 2 started in December 2017 and involved 10km of roadworks. Both stages ran concurrently from December 2017.” The remaining sections of new lanes on Thompsons Road were opened in June 2019 which saw the end of major construction activities, with landscaping and works to replace an additional roundabout at Frankston-Dandenong Road ongoing. 110 VIC PROJECT FEATURE THOMPSONS ROAD UPGRADE

The project involved significant infrastructure works in a busy location near Melbourne and as such posed challenges in minimising disruption to the surrounding communities. “The Western Port Highway/ Thompsons Road intersection was a 2-lane roundabout and was being converted to a signalised intersection while still retaining traffic flows,” said Daniel. “This required complicated planning and night works. We diverted traffic in the evenings over a three week period to complete all the asphalt works. At the end of each night we opened it back up to traffic.” Another challenge involved minimising the impact of the works on railway operations. “We built two new bridges over the railway line which were part of the Victorian Government’s level crossing removal programme and we had to build them with minimal timetable disruption,” said Daniel. “We worked at nights and on weekends and also tried to coordinate shutdowns with other projects happening on the network to maximise the available working time and minimise the effect on the travelling public.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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The removal of the level crossings along the busy thoroughfare has made a big difference to motorists who no longer have to wait at the boom gates, especially during peak periods. BMD Constructions worked with their subcontractors to bring innovative approaches to the project and achieve a superior result. “Our subcontractor Fulton Hogan, used electronic averaging beams on the asphalt pavement to take out irregularities and bumps and ensure good rideability,” said Daniel. “They also used live bottom trucks which have a conveyor belt in them. When you deliver the asphalt it comes out on a conveyor so you get less starts and stops and a smoother ride.” BMD Constructions offer civil and industrial construction services to the transport, water, rail, port, resources and energy sectors. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

They operate nationwide as a sole principal contractor, managing contractor or in joint venture with other partners. The successful result of the project is testament to the positive way in which BMD Constructions managed the works. “One of our strengths is working collaboratively with the client,” said Daniel. “That’s important in these projects due to the amount of stakeholders involved. Three different local councils were affected by this project as well as local businesses, residents and the travelling public.”

For more information contact BMD Constructions, 24-30 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123, phone 03 9811 3444, fax 03 8668 1394, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE THOMPSONS ROAD UPGRADE 111

Below Dalton Consulting Engineers designed a staged relocation of water and sewer assets for both stages of Thompson Road.

Dalton Consulting Engineers (DCE) is proud to have designed the relocation of water and sewer assets affected by the Thompsons Road Upgrade project. DCE were engaged by BMD Constructions for both stages of the project which involved grade separation and duplication of Thompsons Road. DCE designed a staged relocation of all South East Water assets, Trility Recycled Water assets and several private sewer assets, as well as carrying out site supervision during construction. There were nine separate stages of sewer and water relocation works across the two road packages, involving the relocation of over 2km’s of water and sewer assets. A key aspect of the project was relocating services prior to commencement of major construction works. “We had to shift priorities to get some works done so others could start,” said Jonathan McGrath, Senior Associate of DCE. “Our role was to look at the assets and how they were being impacted by the project. There were a few water authority stakeholders and other gas and telco services were also competing for space in the road reserve,” Jonathan added. 112 VIC PROJECT FEATURE THOMPSONS ROAD UPGRADE

“The main challenge was maintaining a continuous supply of water to customers,” said Jonathan. “We had to put temporary measures in place, so customers still have access to water.” DCE are building on the success of the Thompsons Road Upgrade project with other infrastructure projects including the Yan Yean Road Upgrade with BMD, the Chandler Highway Upgrade and the Mordialloc Freeway Upgrade. In addition to infrastructure projects, DCE also specialise in land development; industrial and residential, as well as sporting projects. The successful delivery of the Thompsons Road Upgrade project has further cemented DCE’s reputation as a leader in civil engineering design and project management. With their commitment to world’s best practice, DCE are well placed to maintain their position as an industry leader in technological innovation.

For more information contact Dalton Consulting Engineers, Level 3, 678 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9813 7400, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Elite Crossings designed, fabricated and installed the require components for two multi-span pedestrian bridges on the project.

Elite Crossings are an open space infrastructure design and construct company, constructing all types of pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, shade structures, road bridge barriers and balustrading to name a few. For the Thompsons Road Upgrade, they provided a full service from design and engineering, right through to fabrication and onsite installation. Elite Crossings scope included the installation of two multi-span galvanized steel pedestrian bridges including fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) mesh decking, balustrades and handrails. They also excavated and installed the reinforced concrete abutments over steel screw piles. The project had numerous challenges including installation adjacent to the roadway and beneath live power lines which necessitated the use of shorter screw piles and other innovative techniques. There was also the need to meet different sets of statutory and client specifications. “Melbourne Water have their waterway protection guidelines and a pre-start approval process,” said Scott Nish, Commercial Builder and Director of Elite Crossings. “We deal with these authorities on a weekly basis. VicRoads also have stringent D&C specifications and the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Bridge Code is always adhered to. We are VicRoads prequalified and so are the design engineers we outsource our engineering to.” The company completed their work on the project in 2018. “We delivered a quality project on time and on budget and our client seems really happy which is great,” said Scott. “We handled the whole project ourselves which was a big advantage for a contractor like BMD who could get on with the balance of the project.” Elite Crossings offer a full design and construct service from concept to completion and are 3rd Party ISO9001, 14001 & AS4801 accredited. The company’s mission is to provide innovative design and construct infrastructure solutions with skill and passion that benefit their customer, their people and their communities. “We are a one-stop shop for this type of thing and would like to think we are a market leader,” said Scott. “We are a specialist contractor with 20 years’ experience and a highly valued and loyal group of clients.” For more information contact Elite Crossings, Factory 2, 2-6 Wanrua Street, Cheltenham VIC 3192, phone 0439 630 975, email sdnish@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE THOMPSONS ROAD UPGRADE 113


Sky One, Box Hill is a $170M landmark mixed use development of 440 apartments over 36-levels with three levels dedicated to high end retail and fine dining. The building features premium stainless steel appliances, stone bench tops and designer tapware, a residents sky lounge, landscaped gardens, pool, gym, spa, sauna, yoga studio, lounges, private dining, private cinema room and an entertainment room. The residential tower comprises 440 apartments above a retail podium and basement carpark with space for 325 cars. In January 2017 Hickory was engaged on an early contractor involvement basis to assist with design development, façade and structural analysis, programming advice and value management. Hickory was then awarded the early works package, including demolition of existing structures and the construction of the 7-level basement. “The site was next to a live rail line and twice a week we had inspections from a Rail Authority representative to make sure that our construction wasn’t impacting on their asset,” explained Project Manager, Travis Budd. A temporary platform was constructed to allow greater access for the earthmoving equipment during the excavation. “This involved the placing six 35m high columns of 1,500mm diameter, constructing a top down slab and then excavating underneath,” said Travis. The basement alone took 10 months to build and Hickory was then contracted for the construction of the tower. “The tower is a conventional structure with an in situ concrete core and post-tension slabs” said Travis.

“Through the value management process, we were able to find efficiencies throughout the structure, services and façade elements of the build.” A unique feature of Sky One is the glass façade; it curves in and out creating a beautiful seamless glass envelope. The challenges included maintaining the seamless glass facade whilst accommodating the large amount of retail services to the podium levels. The curved glass façade with the LED and the stainless steel capping adds to the impact of the exterior. The company also had a complex task of transferring structural loads in the podium. Each retailer had a different floor plan, with support columns in different places so it required a number of transfer beams to take into account. “We had to work to a tight time frame to ensure the apartment block was completed to schedule,” said Travis. “The 3-level podium was redesigned due to client’s wishes and the 5,000m² retail area will now be completed in March 2020.” Established in 1991, Hickory has a reputation for their innovative construction methods


and has successfully completed projects across commercial and high rise residential sectors. Their capabilities include an inhouse formwork structures team as well as joinery and fitout services for quality interior finishes. They also have a façade team that manages the design, procurement, fabrication and installation of all steel, aluminium, window and curtain wall systems. Hickory is well known for their prefabricated building system that integrates the core, shear walls, bathrooms and façade of a building into a unified structure which is built exsitu and in parallel with onsite works. The Hickory Building System delivers high rise construction projects up to 50% faster with reduced cost. A feature of the Hickory Building System is their prefabricated elements such as the sync bathroom pods. With up to 300 onsite, separable Portion 2 of the DKO designed tower was completed by the end of October 2019, taking its place as the tallest building in Box Hill.

For more information contact Hickory Group, 101 Cremorne Street, Richmond Victoria 3121, phone 03 9429 7411, email info@, website




Sky One Apartments, Victoria



Below NJM Design worked on the engineering, design and documentation of the mechanical and hydraulic services.

NJM Design (NJM) is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy based in Melbourne. They specialise in designing mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services as well as fire protection, sustainability services (ESD) and vertical transportation.

renovations of existing facilities as well as new constructions for commercial, residential, retail, medical and Greenfield developments.

A team of five started work at the Sky One Apartment in June 2017, for six months they worked on the engineering, design and documentation of the mechanical and hydraulic services.

Established in 2004, NJM provides specialist designs and consultancy in the areas of ecologically sustainable development, communications and security systems, water treatment and management, fuel systems and standby power generation. They also provide architectural and specialist lighting designs and thermal modelling.

“The main challenges were accommodating the ducts for the retail kitchen exhaust system and working out the smoke management strategy for the retail atrium,� said Founder and Managing Director, John Maroulis.

The company delivers a package of engineering, design, documentation and project management services or provide their specialist fire engineering and ESD solutions independently. NJM also offer energy management and audits, compliance audits and feasibility studies.

NJM has been working with Hickory Group since 2005, providing building services designs on up to 30 developments. They have a vast experience with different overseas construction methods successfully completing projects in over 10 countries in Europe and Asia.

A recent successfully completed project for NJM is 9-11 Cremorne Street, a 5 Star Greenstar designed and as built office building with a large basement car shuffler. The ESD features include solar power, natural ventilation louvres and rainwater collection measures.

Across Australia NJM services major corporations, semi-government bodies and private developers as well as architects and project managers. They provide building service designs to a range of sectors including

For more information contact NJM Design, Level 12, 461 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9600 4400, email mail@, website




Brightwood Monash is an extraordinary luxury residential development of thoughtfully designed 129 one and two bedroom apartments and 26 three and four bedroom townhouses finished to a superior standard to suit a large range of lifestyle choices with open plan kitchens, living and dining hubs, stainless steel Bosch appliances, and includes communal rooftop spaces with BBQ’s and day beds. Valeo Construction are renowned for collaborating with the best professionals in the industry to ensure excellent delivery of innovative lifestyle projects. Melbourne based Property Developers, NX Property Group awarded Valeo Constructions the design and construct contact for Brightwood Monash. Located within the residential heart of multi-cultural Clayton, Brightwood Monash is a private oasis just minutes from prestigious Monash University and 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Constructed on vast open grounds and split into 4-level towers of apartments and separate townhouses, Brightwood Monash is destined to become a landmark residential address in the region with a superb range of quality residences. No other style of living comes close to these superbly crafted 26 distinctive three and four bedroom low rise residences and the 129 premium, contemporary one and two bedroom apartments featuring generous courtyards and balcony spaces for the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. With bespoke Honey Elm joinery, 118 VIC PROJECT FEATURE BRIGHTWOOD MONASH

sumptuous, elegant and creative living spaces, expansive balconies, vast entertainer’s kitchens with quality Bosch appliances, superbly appointed bathrooms, walk through robes, private carparks and onsite visitor parking and much more. Defined by light and space, communal rooftop spaces and surrounded by beautifully landscaped outdoor areas, Brightwood Monash provides the discerning homeowner exceptional lifestyle choices. “Whilst project is a crown jewel build for Valeo and one of the largest projects we’ve undertaken, Valeo strive to deliver quality projects such as these for their valued clients. Similar quality and class is evidenced with large scale projects such as Teri apartments, the General, and the soon to be launched Esque,” said Project Manager, Donald Rennie. “Working with the Developer, NX Property Group and Project Managers and Architects, Mushan Group and Mushan Architects respectively, has been extremely beneficial. We have a permanent team of 60, but for Brightwood Monash we also required subcontractors. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

They were carefully selected to ensure our continued delivery of a quality product, on time and budget for a valued client.”

on long lead time fabrication items and streamlined the construction programme to provide value for money for our client.”

“For more than 25 years our teams have worked tirelessly to consistently deliver top quality, multi-award-winning, successfully completed entry level home ownership or investment accommodation in the form of boutique apartment development projects,” said Donald.

With a thorough understanding of the industry, Valeo Construction grasps the true meaning of getting a residential product right.

Valeo’s core business is the design and construction of new residential, industrial and commercial buildings. They also provide consultative services from designers, architects and engineers to complete the design process and then deliver the actual construction through to completion. Their expertise and track record in the medium density residential accommodation construction market, combined with cutting edge design services and fast track programmes continually ensures their industry successes. “The same principles of excellence that we have adopted in all projects since our establishment are still our priority today,” said Donald. “We are hands on with detailed participation in all areas of the development and construction. At Brightwood Monash, our expert team worked extensively on innovative design solutions that cut down WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Other projects they are currently working on include Esque Apartments in South Yarra, Lygon Place in Brunswick, Poplar Apartments in Box Hill, Hello in Heidelberg, Elk Apartments in Elsternwick and Stratos in Carnegie. From Belle House of the Year 2015, Best Residential Interior for the Hampton ‘Concrete House’, and listed in the prestigious HIA-Cordell Australia’s Top 100 Non-Residential Construction Companies, the talented and professional Valeo Construction team believe in their collective power to shape where people live, both for today and tomorrow.

For more information contact Valeo Construction, 34 Eastern Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9686 2588, email info@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BRIGHTWOOD MONASH 119

DESIGNED FOR LIFE Skoumbris Carpets and Flooring have the most significant brands, variety of products and the most comprehensive range of local and aspirational suppliers across a wide range of flooring. They supply and install carpet, vinyl, timber and laminate floating floors. Other services on offer are floor preparation, levelling and overlocking. This certainly made the choice easier for the team at Brightwood Monash residential development. “Beginning in February 2019, our professional team supplied and installed all the carpet, carpet tiles, timber and vinyl flooring for

the luxury apartments and townhouses at the Brightwood Monash development,” said Managing Director, Greg Skoumbris. “We offer a large variety of floor coverings and pride ourselves on supplying only the best quality products, backed with professional installation. No job is too big or too small.” Founded in 1993, Skoumbris Carpets and Flooring is a proudly family owned and operated business with a large retail showroom in Clayton, Victoria. “We pride ourselves on visiting the customer onsite. We have an abundance of product samples, and our people have a wealth of product knowledge to ensure you’re making the best available choice, at the lowest price,” said Greg. Other sizeable commercial and residential projects the talented team are working on include a high school in Mulgrave with over 1,600m2 of carpet and vinyl, a 3-storey Age Care facility in McKinnon with 9,000m2 of carpet and vinyl, and another four apartment blocks with a total of 90 residences. Whether their clients require luxury, comfort, style or durability, Skoumbris Carpets and Flooring supply and professionally install a range of quality flooring products to suit every room, apartment, workplace, school or health service. “We have it all, and our team can do it all,” said Greg. For more information contact Skoumbris Carpets and Flooring, 1/30 Audsley Street, Clayton South VIC 3166, mobile 0400 033 507, phone 03 9558 6082, email, website, facebook @skoumbrisflooring



CREATE BOLD STATEMENTS WITH WINDOWS With over 15 years of experience, Perception Windows is known for their excellence in product design, manufacture and customer service. The company was awarded the supply and installation of all aluminium windows and doors, including the architecturally designed main entry and internal smoke doors at Brightwood Monash. “At Brightwood, there were unconventionally high acoustic requirements for the facade facing the church,” said Executive Director, Cynthia Zhao. “As a result, our inhouse designer created a new NATA certified product that complied specifically with this project's acoustic report. Another unique aspect was the many floor crossing feature windows with spandrel glass, which is rarely seen in residential developments.” “Our strength is in our flexibility to design our own products, as demonstrated through this project,” said Cynthia. “This allows us to cater to each project’s specifications and design features, whilst also achieving higher energy and acoustic performance at a lower cost.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“A lot of our customers love that our product can achieve low U-Values without thermally broken frames. We also use a minimum of 5/12/5 toughened double glazing as a standard, at no additional cost to the customer,” said Cynthia. As a long term member of the Australian Glass and Window Association (AGWA), Perception Windows products are certified and tested for longevity and sustainability. Their experienced technicians install and service any project, large or small. “Currently, we are completing many other pre-eminent Victorian projects including Windsor & Co. in Preston for Ironside, Alke in Oakleigh and Quest Preston for Pellicano Builders, The Lyric in Fitzroy for Balmain & Co., CIRQ in Point Cook for Burbank, and Orion in Braybrook for Glenvill,” said Cynthia.

For more information contact Perception Windows, 79 Hallam South Road, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9796 3996, email sales@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BRIGHTWOOD MONASH 121

THE BMD WAY DEVELOPER : Major Road Projects Victoria MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : BMD Constructions CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $131.2 million

The 3.9km upgrade of Yan Yean Road will minimise traffic congestion and improve safety by reducing the risk of head-on collisions and off-road crashes. Upgrades include optimised traffic lights, installation of safety barriers, a new shared user path, dedicated bus lanes, as well as improvements to existing roundabouts. The Yan Yean Road Upgrade is a massive roads project commissioned by Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) to supply infrastructure to support the rapid growth of Melbourne’s north-east. The upgrade improves road safety and cuts transport times for road users travelling through Plenty, to Melbourne’s CBD. The project includes the construction and relocation of intersections, traffic signals and bus stops. MRPV awarded BMD Constructions the contract for the upgrade of 3.9kms of Yan Yean Road in October 2017. Work started onsite in February 2018 with BMD Constructions carrying out bulk earthworks, excavation, battering and profiling and the building of retaining walls. The work included the removal of dangerous road bends, widening sections of the road from one to two lanes and upgrading six intersections with optimised traffic lights and signalised pedestrian crossings. A centre safety barrier to help prevent head-on crashes was installed and service lanes, to provide safe access to residential properties, were constructed. There are new shared foot and cycle paths along the full length of the western side of Yan Yean Road and new footpaths along sections of the eastern side. In January 2019 the job was fast tracked to complete three months of work in less than three weeks at the intersection of Yan Yean, Aqueduct and Diamond Creek Roads in Plenty. New road lanes and a new centre median strip were constructed and road levels modified to suit the new work. Almost 5,500 tonnes of crushed rock was placed, 4,000 tonnes of asphalt laid and more than 20,000 hours were worked by construction crews to complete the upgraded intersection which was finished three days early. “Delivering the accelerated programme was an enormous achievement and keeping

the traffic moving throughout the whole project was a major job in itself. There were challenges concerning the environment and the community in Plenty, especially in regards to land acquisition,” said Anthony Damiani, BMD Construction’s General Manager Southern Region. “The area of Plenty is a small hamlet close to the city – a unique place with a passionate community. We spent time in consultation with the locals and their input was successfully incorporated into the project.” “A major component of the construction was the environmental impact of the removal of trees. The removal of each tree was a considered process and a place was found for it as bench seating, playground equipment or mulch. We gave 12 trees to the original landowners, the Wurundjeri people.” As part of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade, a small historic weatherboard church built in 1925 was relocated and is undergoing a refurbishment. It was moved 700m from the corner of River Avenue and Yan Yean Road to a more comfortable site next to the Plenty Hall. The Yan Yean Road upgrade was completed on time in mid-2019 and now transports 24,000 vehicles every day. The large scale project is typical work for BMD Constructions, the company offers civil and industrial construction services for major infrastructure projects throughout Australia. It operates across a range of sectors including transport, water, rail and port, mining and resources as a sole principal contractor, managing contractor or in a joint venture.

For more information contact BMD Constructions, 24-30 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123, phone 03 9811 3444, email, website For more information contact Major Road Projects Victoria, phone 1800 105 105, website



KEEPING IT CLEAN Patriot Environmental Management environmental management provider.




As a part of the Patriot Group, founded in Brisbane, Patriot Environmental Management offers a variety of environmental and industrial services across the mining, oil and gas, industrial and construction sectors, across Australia with a reputation for excellence in liquid waste management. Striving to be a ‘first choice-best value’ provider, Patriot Environmental Management provides liquid and semi liquid waste removal, non-destructive digging, CCTV pipe inspection, drain cleaning, sub-surface utility locating and site storage solutions. Patriot Environmental Management are proudly committed to their staff, customers and the environment with a zero-harm ethos. Starting in December 2017, Patriot Environmental Management carried out subsurface utility investigation, non-destructive digging and drain cleaning with CCTV surveys at the Yan Yean site. They worked throughout the whole 3.6km of the Yan Yean Road upgrade between Diamond Creek Road and Kurrak Road in Plenty.


“On a daily basis hydro-excavation units would dispose of all hydro-excavated non-contaminated material into onsite holding pits. We were also engaged to remove all clean fill slurry and material from the pits and transport over 190,000L of clean material to approved waste facilities,” explained Operations Manager, Ben Richards. The enormous road building project required many workers and Patriot Environmental Management supplied up to 15 operators during any one shift. “Our challenge was to ensure we did not let BMD down, we understand that availability and reliability is critical to the project schedules and timelines,” said Ben. Working across the eastern seaboard of Australia with operations in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the company have provided a range of services to a number of infrastructure projects, including BMD’s Thompsons Road Upgrade and the Melton Highway Level Crossing Removal project. For more information contact Patriot Environmental Management, Unit 2, 3970 Pacific Highway, Loganholme QLD 4129, phone 1800 PATRIOT, email, website


CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE AT ITS BEST Established in 2016, Civil Infrastructure Group specialises in construction services for the civil infrastructure industry in Victoria. The company provides professional services from engineering and design through to site supervision and delivery. For Yan Yean, a team of 14 worked on the design and engineering. They supplied 600 piles, 700lm capping beams and parapets as well as 670 precast concrete elements to construct 13 retaining walls over 1.5km. The job also included forming and casting in situ transition barriers, in situ pedestrian ramps and installing rail and handrail systems. “The precast elements were manufactured by our division Civil Elements at our facility in Rockbank and the light steel elements, handrails, brackets and guardrails were fabricated by our steelworks division, CIGFab, in our 2,000m² factory at Campbellfield,” said Site Engineer, Conor Luxmoore. “Working in a live environment was a challenge, we had to keep the traffic moving and beware of the safety of the general public. We worked with the client and other subcontractors on the project scheduled events, like power outages and the creation of restricted areas, to minimise the impact on residents and road users.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“At Civil Infrastructure Group we have 18 site engineers, if we have problems onsite they are available to assess the challenges and come up with a solution,” explained Conor. “Our company provides formwork, reinforcing and concrete pouring services and this enables our clients to combine extensive scope of works into one subcontract package. This translates to more efficient management and a simpler programme.” Civil Infrastructure Group focuses on engineering and construction services for road and rail, bridges, water and sewerage treatment plants, electrical substations and general in situ concrete construction. In 2018, Civil Infrastructure Group completed the Thompsons Road Upgrade for BMD Constructions. The job involved the construction of two road bridges over existing rail lines as well as building abutment structures, piers, T-beams that included temporary jack diaphragms and the bridge deck. For more information contact Civil Infrastructure Group, 2070 Hume Highway, Campbellfield VIC 3061, phone 0447 717 191, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE YAN YEAN ROAD UPGRADE 125



BLAST FROM THE PAST | Rectangular Stadium



s one of the world's leading technology enterprises, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, has a particular responsibility for the people directly and indirectly affected by our work. This responsibility is reflected in our wide-ranging activities to support people and the environment. It is one of our chief priorities to take into account business, social and ecological aspects in our decisions. After the take over of Hoesch Siegerland Werke by ThyssenKrupp and the foundation of ThyssenKrupp Bausysteme GmbH in 2003 and the recent amalgamation into the ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG Corporation in October 2009, the Profit Center Color/Construction Team of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG now has a most extensive product portfolio and is the leading manufacturer of construction elements and systems made out of coil coated steel material. With a total of nine production lines for the brands Hoesch, ems-isolier® and Isocab composite cladding products we are in a position to offer the world’s largest product range to our clients, architects, engineers and planners. Our architectural product ranges effortlessly co-ordinate form and function, making them the perfect choice for creative specialists and architects in all fields of the construction industry. 128 ANCR BLAST FROM THE PAST RECTANGULAR STADIUM

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG produces a full range of insulated panels for roof and walls. The panel options include fire rated, acoustic and cool storage either with polyisocyanurate (PIR) or rockwool cores. ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG panels have Factory Mutual approval FM 4480, Loss Prevention Certification Board approval LPC and fulfil many other international test requirements and are exported world wide with projects completed in Russia, Middle East, South America and Asia. The ems-isolier® product line specialises in a range of solutions predominantly used in the design of deep freeze and cold storage facilities. With over 30 years of insulation panel construction experience, these products are a first choice for the food and beverage industry. The Hoesch line of standard single and double skin products have been tried and tested over decades for simple and effective solutions in the rapidly expanding construction industry. The Hoesch line of products contains cutting-edge products for the ambitious construction of industrial structures, sports arenas and agricultural buildings in the modern age. It is with this product line that the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium has been developed. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

With a ground-breaking design for the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium roof, a product to reflect the unique, futuristic and technological appearance was highly sought after. ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG were chosen to supply the builders due to their innovative designs, competitive quotations and reliability. The roof design reflects the geometry of the soccer ball with a pattern of interlinking triangular panels in several different materials and finishes combining to form the well known hexagonal patterns used to form soccer balls. The metal faced 100mm thick isowand vario® ML-100-V insulated panels were designed and produced in Germany before being imported to Australia and assembled for the roof structure of the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. The panels are a “sandwich-style” construction with an isowand vario® rigid polyurethane foam core for insulation. This foam has been developed by ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG and has been CFC free in its production since 1998. The panels are typically used for walls; however, a patented EDPM gasket was developed to allow these to be adapted for the roof application. A special ‘whisper white’ colour finish sealant, unique to Australia and the Rectangular Stadium Project, was developed to seal the panels.

Australia Pty Ltd, assisted with the design and engineering of the special patented gasket system, the supply and delivery of the panels, the tendering and presentation of the ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG system to construction company executives as well as the supervision of the job on site, to ensure efficiency and rapid installation. ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG products have been available in Australia since 2005 through and www. Recently TKH Building Systems Australia Pty Ltd. has been responsible for the installation of over 14,000m² at the Melbourne Airport re-development, 4,000m² at the Royal Women’s Hospital and jobs for the Hydro Commission in Hobart as well as over 16,000m² of REC Scan Wafer non-combustible wall panels for a Sandvik regional distribution centre in Singapore.

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Engineering Elegant Solutions

Data centers/ ICT Defence Education Health Justice Mixed Uses Retail Sports/Leisure Transport hubs

Aurecon is a global group created by the merger of three world-class companies, Africon, Connell Wagner and Ninham Shand. Together, they provide multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services to some of the world’s most complex and important infrastructure, commercial and industrial projects. From working on difficult site conditions, to the inherent challenges of tall buildings, to the complexities of stadia design; from facades, fire engineering and 3D modelling to building science, security and sustainability, the group’s Asia Pacific Development Manager for the property sector, David Johnson says “we thrive on interesting challenges”. Aurecon’s vast experience in delivering stadia design includes projects such as the iconic Peter Mokabe Stadium in South Africa, Wembley Stadium in the UK and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Hence, their skills were called upon to provide engineering design services for the new redevelopment at Adelaide Oval.



The innovative roof design created the challenge of combining technical requirements from the consultants and providing a buildable solution within the allocated budget. “We’ve gained a strong reputation for our lateral thinking and elegant design solutions in many aspects of building engineering, including tall buildings, sporting and leisure projects, airport terminals and other transport facilities, education, justice and health facilities” says Johnson. “Our priority is to continue to build and nurture strong and collaborative relationships with our clients to gain a clear understanding of their business and project objectives”.

Aurecon’s sound understanding and knowledge of critical factors including geographic, cultural, climatic, environmental, statutory and legal requirements in global markets gives clients peace of mind as they enter new frontiers. Johnson continues “our relationship with our clients is at the heart of everything we do – it’s built on quality, accountability and shared success”. Enquiries: David Johnson Development Manager – Property – Asia Pacific Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd Phone: (08) 8237 9707 Email:

Following the merger in March 2009, Aurecon has expanded its global reach with over 6,000 staff in 87 offices across 28 countries. The team’s experience in often challenging terrains makes them flexible and resourceful, allowing for a highly effective and efficient allocation and mobilisation of resources.













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Rectangular Stadium, VIC

From super stadiums to grass roots, Thorn provides all your sports lighting answers When it comes to lighting, Thorn has over 80 years experience. Over the years Thorn has managed a number of sports lighting projects, from small projects such as local sporting facilities to major stadiums.


Major Sporting Projects: Australia:

Rectangular Stadium (Melbourne), Bellerive Oval (Hobart), Skilled Park Stadium (Gold Coast), Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane), Diary Farmers Stadium (Townsville), Sydney Olympic Park (Sydney)



Kadir Has Stadium (Turkey), Eden Stadium (Prague), Parc y Scarlets (Wales), Ďolíček stadium (Prague), Croke Park (Dublin), Due Pini Stadium (Italy), Dolphin Stadium (Miami), Stadium Municipal (France), Vest Sports Centre (Denmark)

Suncorp Stadium, QLD

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WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED SHAWL Group (SHAWL) a leading Australian uniform, PPE/safety and promotional items supplier. The company provides tailored corporate uniform, workwear and safety services. They have the experience, capability and capacity to look after the needs of businesses of all scales from small individual trades to multi-site, nationwide and international operations. SHAWL supplies to a range of businesses, from 5-star hotels to leading builders and government departments. They also operate four Totally Workwear (TWW) stores and an inhouse manufacturing facility for custom sewing as well as value added services such as embroidery and printing. Over their history the company have supplied over 1.5 million workwear garments, 500,000 corporate items and over 300,000 pairs of boots. They consider themselves a “Boots to Suits” supplier capable of providing anything their customers need from corporate and functional workwear to promotional gear and beyond. The supply of safety gear and personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most important aspects of SHAWL’s business. “We are not just a uniform company, but we are also a PPE-specific company,” said Brie Eyre, Communications Manager. SHAWL has a long history of meeting their customers’ safety needs. As part of their commitment, the company often has to fulfill unusual or highly specific requests. “We sourced very specific wind safety harnesses for one of our customers who works on wind turbines,” said Ashley Jones, Founder of SHAWL. “In another example, we provided custom reflective tape configurations on high visibility garments for a customer working on road and rail projects. We have even been asked by some of our port customers to source pallets of 25kg bags of pool salt.”

“Our suppliers are located all over the world,” said Brie. “We check our factories regularly to ensure that they are compliant with our welfare standards for staff and our factory quality standards.” Online uniform management and ordering began over 10 years ago and is fundamental for SHAWL’s operations. “We developed SHAWL Unify, our online ordering system, from scratch,” said Brie. “It’s an online ordering portal that can accommodate allocations down to the employee level.” In addition to managing allocations SHAWL Unify also assists with managing budgets and site specific requirements and provides a range of finance and payment options. It was built to serve businesses, organisations and governments in managing their specific workwear and safety needs. SHAWL is a family owned and operated business and the company’s family atmosphere remains very important. “The name SHAWL stands for the family members Sheridan, Holly, Ash, Will and Leesa” said Brie. Founded in 2004 operating in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland and supplying all over Australia and New Zealand. “We are actually celebrating our first year in Auckland,” said Brie. “We are looking to grow further into New Zealand but there is always room for improvement here in Australia too. We are always looking to do so much more for the industries we are involved in.” For more information contact SHAWL Group, 52-60 Kent Road, Mascot NSW 2020, phone 1300 551 340, email, website

As befits a company with such a strong focus on safety gear, SHAWL also puts workplace and supply chain safety at the heart of their operations. They are partnered with the best suppliers and work to ensure environmental and ethical standards are maintained.










YOUR TAILORED SOLUTION RWW Group are market leaders in suppling high performance apparel and personal protective equipment (PPE) ensuring construction crews are properly kitted for every job.

Dataspace is available as a desktop product and app, developed to help companies manage their orders giving them control over what they spend on their uniforms and total visibility of what they are ordering.

RWW is a large family owned company that supplies uniform and safety goods to the construction, mining, civil and transport industries. They have established a national infrastructure to serve and support customers large and small in all parts of Australia.

RWW have many loyal customers that have been partnered with them for decades, and they continue to receive glowing testimonials. Recently they were given the chance to transform apparel procurement for a major Sydney based property company, Parkview Constructions.

“From our original headquarters in regional New South Wales, we can achieve overnight delivery to the east coast capital cities,” said Brad Firth, Head of Marketing and Innovation. “We also have a distribution warehouse in Brisbane and Melbourne for our customers in those areas with plans in place for expansion into Perth.”

“We gave RWW the opportunity to set up their app and provide us with uniforms and it has been fantastic,” said Rubin Burmuzoski, Purchasing Manager at Parkview Constructions. “In terms of admin, delivery, stocking and ordering we are extremely happy and would recommend them to other construction companies.”

RWW’s range of safety wear offers excellent value and can be sourced from all the big brands when requested. “We also have a core range of high visibility workwear that are directly imported from offshore and audited at the factory to certify our products are compliant with the standards.”

RWW are also looking into introducing new products and technologies as well as further upgrading their ordering platform to maintain focus on their product development and service quality.

The company also has a comprehensive range backed up on their in house developed uniform and safety management portal, Dataspace. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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SAFETY BEHIND THE CURTAINS Smoke Control is at the forefront of delivering high quality fire and smoke control systems and services. One of their outstanding products is the Fyrehalt Evolution Concertina Fire Curtain. As a global first, the Fyrehalt Evolution Concertina Fire Curtain was installed at Shellharbour on the south coast of New South Wales in 2009. Since then it has been a leading fire and smoke control innovation, offering longevity to match the life of the building, with no unexpected or hidden maintenance costs. The Fyrehalt Evolution is a complex electromechanical system which is designed and manufactured by Smoke Control at their factory in Western Sydney, proudly certified Australian made. The system uses a proprietary woven stainless and fiberglass matrix fabric which provides up to a two hour integrity barrier to the passage of flames, smoke and hot gases in the building. The flexible properties of a textile curtain allow them to boast the smallest available headbox on the market, which can fit into a


tight ceiling cavity while still adapting to a variety of shapes to suit architectural considerations. The entire curtain system has been fire tested to both Australian and International standards, a process involving a simulated fully developed flashover fire, exposing the curtain to the full heat and pressure of a real fire scenario. In August Smoke Control completed an installation of their Fyrehalt Evolution for Bank of China in Sydney’s CBD. The fire curtains are located on Levels 12 and 13, providing protection over an open stairway linking both floors. The project involved the sales, design, production and project management team, and typically with a project of this size and complexity a realistic lead time of around 10 to 12 weeks is required prior to two installers fitting the concertina curtain over a two week period. A follow up maintenance program is also available to support the functionality and compliance of the product during its lifetime.



One of the interesting challenges of the Bank of China installation was negotiating the feature ceiling. Made of parallel beams, even a slight change in the angle of the decorative tray holding the concertina curtain in the ceiling would have created an optical illusion which would not have been presentable or up to standard. The solution was to set up the base on the floor under the curtain and have the bottom tray sit on top of the decorative tray. This kept it equidistant from all sides and the result was visibly flush. A unique characteristic of the Fyrehalt Evolution Concertina Fire Curtain is that its hidden from view when in standby mode, eliminating the need for side guides or corner posts. The Fyrehalt Evolution concertina fire curtain is a highly versatile product. When housed, it offers unlimited shape configurations with open ends or joins to form a continuous system. As it is housed in the ceiling it also maximises valuable functional floorspace. When deployed, it provides full coverage to the allocated opening and features an unmatched anti-tilt system providing total confidence.


The aluminum decorative bottom tray at the base of the curtain can be powder coated to any colour within the Dulux Dullaroy range, allowing it to blend seamlessly into its environment. Smoke Control prides themselves on their end-to-end life cycle service and that a core range of their Fire & Smoke Control products are certified Australian made. Their skilled and expert team ensures their clients receive the very best in the design, installation and maintenance of all their products. For more information contact Smoke Control Systems, 26C Ferndell Street, South Granville NSW 2142, phone 1300 665 471, email info@, website



KEEPING PROTECTION IN SIGHT A market leader in quality and brand-loyalty, DEWALT Safety Glasses and Goggles are unrivalled when it comes to the protection of your eyes in the workplace. A priority in every activity, they ensure safe, efficient and comfortable vision in the occupational situation, protecting against such common occupational hazards as flying particles and fragments, dusts, splashing materials and molten metals, as well as those invisible dangers, including harmful gases, vapours and aerosols, Australia’s renown extra-strong sun glare and harsh optical radiation in the natural environment. When it comes to choosing the right type of safety eyewear, you need to consider the workplace hazards at hand. Industries that involve flying particles or objects, or dusty conditions will require the use of safety glasses as a minimum, however the use of safety glasses featuring side protection or foam linings is often suggested to enhance the level of protection. If you are working with chemicals, you must wear goggles with indirect vents. The DEWALT Range is certified to meet Australian and New Zealand Safety Standards, boasting a number of key standout features that effectively position the brand as a leader in its market. For more information contact, website

ALTURA ACCESS SAFETY DESIGN & COMPLIANCE Ensuring safe working conditions at height is a non-negotiable. Altura are safety specialists and leaders in their field of design and compliance review for access solutions for maintenance at height or confined space. Uniquely, they are one of the only professional service providers independent of the sale of height safety equipment. Established in 2011 and operating nationally, the company provides specialist services for complex maintenance access solutions, including access to plant or complex façade maintenance strategies. Managing Director, Brendan Sutton said that Altura’s philosophy was to minimise hazards through best practice design. “Our purpose is to ensure those working at height do so in a safe and uncompromised environment. By involving Altura during the preplanning and design phase, long term costs associated with hire equipment and add on structures are reduced.” Altura has provided their professional services on a diverse range of projects including recently Optus Stadium, Westin Hotel, new Perth Museum, and 1 The Esplanade in Perth. For more information contact Altura – Height Safety Professional, 15/20 Churchill Avenue, Subiaco WA 6008, phone 08 6143 5850, email, website 152 ANCR SUPERSTARS OF SAFETY SPECIAL FEATURE


The Drug Detection Agency

MOBILE DRUG TESTING The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) is Australasia’s complete solution provider for all workplace drug policy, education and testing needs. Our end-to-end services provide our clients with a level of comfort in relation to creating a safer workplace together. TDDA started in 2005, and was conceived in order to supply a specialised service to companies that were conducting workplace drug and alcohol testing or looking at doing so within their own organisation. In March 2008, the Standard AS/NZS 4308:2008 was released after TDDA had submitted public comment in respect of onsite screening. Over the ensuing years TDDA worked diligently to ensure compliance to the drug testing Standard and in August 2010 became the first workplace drug testing company in New Zealand to have received International Accreditation of New Zealand (IANZ) ISO 15189 accreditation to the AS/NZS 4308:2008 drug testing Standard. Proving their dedication and quality to their customers, TDDA went on to have each of their 20 offices around New Zealand independently accredited by IANZ under ISO 15189. Making TDDA the only truly nationally accredited organisation throughout New Zealand.

have received accreditation from both IANZ and NATA respectively for both AS/NZS 4308:2008 (NZ, Aus) and AS 4760-2006 (Aus) drug testing Standards. TDDA now comprises 40 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand with specialist onsite testing vehicles and qualified collecting and screening staff providing a truly international service. TDDA’s team is extremely knowledgeable about the illicit drug industry and its negative effects. With over 10 years of operation TDDA has forged an excellent reputation with their clients through the company’s worldclass services. When you deal with TDDA you can be confident you are getting services that offer superior methodology, an adaptable attitude, people who genuinely care about what they do and internationally recognised standards of quality.

In 2011, after strong demand from their clients to have the same high quality service for their Trans Tasman operations, TDDA expanded into Australia. To ensure they met their clients expectations TDDA worked hard to replicate their systems and processes and were pleased to announce gaining further accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) within TDDA Australian operations. This has been significant for both TDDA and their clients, as they are now the only New Zealand and Australian drug testing provider to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



PALMERSTON POLICE STATION Palmerston Police Station involved the construction of a new 3-level police station, a state-of-the-art watch house, administration offices, operational areas, multiple meeting and interview rooms, a waiting area, new Emergency Response Operations Centre, covered parking areas, as well as the landscaping, fencing, pathways, and connections to all relevant services. Having won many state and national industry body awards to date, and more recently the 2019 Master Builders National Business Leadership Award – Large Civil Construction Business of the Year, Sitzler constructed the new NT Government’s 24 hour Palmerston Police Station and Watch House. “The Palmerston Police Station is no ordinary secure building,” said Sitzler Director, Michael Sitzler. “It’s a significant and complex state-of-the-art policing facility dedicated to the staff and public users requiring police assistance, which includes secure and safe holding and processing facilities for those in custody.”

With a footprint exceeding 6,000m2 across a 20,000m2 site, the Palmerston Police Station is a 3-storey facility, twice the size of the existing station and caters to 200 staff on 24 hour rotating shifts. The 24 hour watch house enhances response times for Palmerston Police and prevents the need for officers to travel to Darwin in order to process offenders. The new station is constructed to an Importance Level 4, with the accommodating services and backup systems able to be operated in

DEVELOPER : NT Government, Department Planning, Infrastructure and Logistics MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Sitzler Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Ross Tonkin & Associates STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : ADG Engineers (AUST) CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $31.5 million 154 NT PROJECT FEATURE PALMERSTON POLICE STATION


isolation, during and after significant weather or natural disaster events where regular power and water services may be inoperable. Physical and visual security features are also constructed within the building envelope ensuring confidential materials and people are protected, without the fear of loss of privacy or dignity.

Commencing construction in April 2018, the project was completed in August 2019, employing 650 local workers, including 21 apprentices, seven trainees and 51 Indigenous workers. 61 local subcontractors and businesses were engaged, including four Indigenous businesses.

“Sitzler has previously constructed police stations for NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services at Galiwinku, Wadeye, and Mutitjulu. Our partnership with NT Police and the NT Government allows us to achieve the best results from a dynamic design process, while also meeting the emerging needs of NT Police,” Michael said.

This fast track build meant developing a series of construction processes such as a precast concrete lid to the lift shaft and precast concrete stair landings and stairwell roof alleviating the need for formwork in the lift shaft, and scaffolding and formwork in the stairwell. Transfloor panels to cell roofs also saved on formwork and working at height issues.

“The facility incorporates best practice design standards from across Australasia and includes provision for future technologies. It also meets the United Nations Nelson Mandela Standard Copenhagen 2016, in respect of access to fresh water, air, and natural light as well as population density, cell size, and ablutions.”

“The team developed a new key matrix and a locker keying system for the police,” said Michael. “A personal locker ventilation system also allows police vests to dry in eight hours between shifts. Plus, the new, flexible chiller exhaust air system can be easily removed for fan maintenance.”



Left to Right : Sitzler Defence Sector Leader Allan Schmidt, Sitzler Managing Director Steve Margetic and Executive Director of Master Builders NT Dave Malone.



Below Sitzler provides long term employment, training and business opportunities at all levels to Indigenous people throughout their operations.

A highly regarded Australian construction company delivering quality projects safely in an environmentally and socially conscious manner, Sitzler have come a long way since Peter and Paul Sitzler founded the business in the center of Australia in 1957. From those humble beginnings Sitzler quickly formed a strong reputation of providing reliable construction services in Australia’s center. Sitzler expanded further north to the top end in 1976 and with a successful business model and a growing client base requesting their services elsewhere, Sitzler established in Adelaide in 2002. Under the ownership of Directors Steve Margetic and Michael Sitzler for the past 20 years, the company has continued to develop and grow, building on experience, technical capability and a reputation to deliver exceptional results. In 2007, Sitzler was the first privately owned construction company in the Northern Territory to achieve accreditation with the Office of the Federal Safety Commission. “We have strategically resourced our offices to comprise of long term industry professionals who possess the technical capabilities to undertake unique and multifaceted projects. Our professionalism and passion for design, construction and project management is what keeps our clients coming back.” From the early days of building in the remotest parts of Australia to the present where projects range from specialist facilities for the Department of Defence and US Airforce Space Command, to specialist diagnostic and treatment health facilities to remote road and bridge infrastructure work, Sitzler has transitioned from a respected family business to a professional multiaward-winning, trusted specialist providing quality construction solutions. “We’ve expanded considerably across Northern Australia, South Australia and Western Australia over the past 30 years to service the needs of our clients,” Michael continued. “A key advantage is how we operate, not as separate state based entities, but as a highly focused coordinated flexible group.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Today Sitzler deliver a diverse range of projects for all major industry sectors including defence and space innovation, civil and infrastructure, health and commercial, industrial, and community and civic infrastructure. Sitzler have extensive inhouse technical capacity along with design and construction experience across all sectors and industries of the economy, including public infrastructure, defence, education, retail, commercial, civil, health and energy sectors.” Sitzler also has a long and successful history of providing stable employment, training and business opportunities at all levels to Indigenous people throughout their operations. Of their 100 employees, 10% are Indigenous and growing this number is a key focus of the business. “We have provided a large number of apprentices and trainees with opportunities to attain their trade qualifications, certifications and licenses while growing the regions capability considerably. We’re passionate about providing regionally based jobs and have great confidence in the capacity of regional Australia. Despite the slowing economy, we are still employing.” “Wherever our projects are, we seek to engage with local subcontractors and businesses to support the regions we work in. We tailor works packages to the known strengths of the local subcontractors and work closely with them to successfully complete the work.” “From the early planning stages of a project, including feasibility analysis through to the collaborative management of the project, we provide a comprehensive suite of services. These are based on strong capability and scalability of delivery of all project types,” Michael explained. “At Sitzler, our drive to deliver on our commitments enables us to continually exceed client expectations.” For more information contact Sitzler Pty Ltd, (NT) 100 Pruen Road, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8922 4000, (SA/WA) 129 Greenhill Road, Unley SA 5061, phone 08 8293 1018, email, website


Below JGA Concreting provided all the concrete slab works, including steel fixing, formwork, concrete finishing for the Palmerston Police Station.

A local concrete finisher for 45 years, JGA Concreting are proud of being part of the construction of Palmerston Police Station. “We’re familiar with Darwin’s harsh working environment and know what it takes to complete the job on time and budget to a high quality,” said JGA Managing Director, George Alexopoulos. “We ensure each project has a solid foundation by delivering quality on all aspects of concrete work, from preparation to placement and finishing. No matter the size of the job, we’ve got the skills and expertise for it!”

The company have worked on many projects with Sitzler over the past 30 years, and they’ve gained a solid reputation as one of the Northern Territory’s most trusted concreting services. “It’s always a pleasure working with Sitzler and their organised, professional team,” added George. George and his father John have provided Darwin industries, businesses and residents with concreting solutions for their every need, from suspended slabs, driveways, paths, stairs, to high rise buildings and more.

JGA provided all the concrete slab works, including steel fixing, formwork, concrete finishing. Plus, the buildings external paths, car parks, verandah, entry slabs, hardstands, drains, retaining walls, stairs and stone pitching. Between April 2018 and July 2019 over 40 of JGA’s team worked on Palmerston Police Station, including three with aboriginal backgrounds, successfully bringing the project in on time and within budget.

JGA Concreting has consistently provided quality services to domestic, commercial, industrial, health and defence clients in the Darwin region, including on Casuarina Shopping Square, Casuarina Cinema, Robertson Barracks, NACC Tindal R8000, Skycity Resort, Hastings on Mindil, Inpex TMP1 and Building 1, Darwin Airport Terminal Extension, Gateway Shopping Centre and more.

“Our people are the backbone of the company. Their quality workmanship and proficiency ensures our solid reputation and trust within the Territory, guaranteeing our success,” said George.

For more information contact JGA Concreting, 7 Willes Road, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8947 5372, email office@jgaconcreting., website



Below Innovative Office Furniture fitout the station with an extensive range of joinery and furnishing options.

Operating since 2013, Innovative Office Furniture Pty Ltd is 100% Indigenous owned and operated,and supplied a wide variety of furniture, fittings and quality joinery for Palmerston Police Station. “We successfully supplied and installed everything from shelving, meeting and interview room tables, over 300 chairs, secure cupboards and filling cabinets to clocks and rubbish bins,” said Allan Lodge, Director Innovative Office Furniture. “The counter and tabletops were all manufactured at our Kalano Community factory in Katherine.” The Katherine factory employs a workforce made up of 70% Indigenous trainees and cabinetmakers. Manufacturing at the factory includes polytech board and compact laminate products, along with custom made recycled timber furniture. Innovative Office Furniture is renowned for delivering a range of high quality joinery services and bespoke, custom designed products to clients across the Northern Territory and beyond. They have developed an excellent reputation within the industry, becoming a one-stop-shop for Tier 1 and primary contractors. They offer a diverse and affordable product range from health, educational and hospitality WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

furniture, commercial joinery, toilet partitioning, kitchenettes, lockers and more. “We are committed to providing quality and innovation by providing project management, advice and support to our clients from the beginning of the design journey to project completion,” added Allan. “Our company has a demonstrated track record in delivering design excellence whether the project is in the city, regional centre or a remote Aboriginal community across the Territory, in Western Australia or Queensland.” Other recent works include a $1.3 million project with Lendlease at Delamere Defence Base, the new Katherine Fire Station, Katherine Headspace, Brisbane airport as well as extensive joinery works on the Gold Coast and in Toowoomba. “We’re also providing all the joinery packages for Darwin Defence, NBC in Tennant Creek and Truck Central,” Allan said.

For more information contact Innovative Office Furniture Pty Ltd, 44 McMinn Street, Darwin NT 0800, phone 08 8941 1390, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE PALMERSTON POLICE STATION 159

Below All Cast NT manufactured and installed precast wall and floor panels for Building B and C on the development.

Specialising in the manufacture and installation of precast concrete including culverts, stormwater, electrical and sewer manholes, wall panels and flooring, bridge beams and an assortment of small products, All Cast NT manufactured, transported and installed wall panels and retaining walls around Building B and transfloor precast floor panels in Building C at Palmerston Police Station, between June 2018 and February 2019. “More than 42 All Cast NT employees and over 15 local suppliers were involved in this project. We’re Territory proud and have a long history of working within the Northern Territory. We always aim to keep it local,” said General Manager, Jonathan Foster. Local Territorian, Ray Bail established Alice Precasters in 1985, becoming All Cast NT in 2004. All Cast NT provide plumbers, engineers, developers, civil contractors, government departments, local councils, and communities, with reliable services and costeffective products of superior quality both in finish and strength. All Cast NT is renowned for developing and offering engineering solutions. “We developed, designed, manufactured and installed a mass earth retaining wall for the Tiger Brennan Drive realignment 160 NT PROJECT FEATURE PALMERSTON POLICE STATION

and Garramilla Boulevard. This reduced the cost and construction time while simultaneously increasing local participation and keeping proceeds within the Territory.” More recent works include Palmerston’s Gateway Shopping Centre, Hidden Valley bridge feature retaining wall, Palmerston Boulevard Plaza and the Tiger Brennen Drive re-alignment feature earth retaining wall. All Cast are currently supplying over $900,000 worth of culverts and drainage pit works to various projects. All Cast NT are proud bridge builders and have serious piling and bridge building capabilities. Current projects include Darwin Airport ATC Tower piling works and Finniss River bridge construction (164m, 7-span bridge).

For more information contact All Cast NT Drainage Systems Pty Ltd, 20 Makagon Road, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8947 1154, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below NT Electrical Group provided extensive electrical and control systems to the Station, including the access control systems.

NT Electrical Group’s prior experience in NT Government Police Station facilities allowed them to deliver all the necessary electrical works for the station in a timely manner. “All police buildings are complex,” said NT Electrical Group’s Director, Brad Fullwood. “The security and systems required to operate a functioning police station and holding cells are complex, the NT Government Police requirements make it such. But our qualified team worked diligently completing all the electrical installations successfully and on time.” NT Electrical Group provided all the general power, lighting, communications, security, fire, CCTV, cell call system, access control and standby generator systems at the new station. Locally owned, NT Electrical Group has operated from Darwin since 2007 providing a full range of construction and civil electrical works, including installation, servicing and maintenance for commercial, industrial and residential projects Territory wide. “Our electricians are regularly contracted to work for some of the largest companies operating out of the Top End. We have completed WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

projects for the Power and Water Corporation, various Northern Territory and Australian Government departments, Telstra, BMD, Halikos, Sitzler, John Holland, Ahrens and UGL,” added Brad. “We pride ourselves on delivering projects with the highest quality electrical systems in the Northern Territory. Our commercial and industrial electrical services incorporate all facets of design, construction and installation through to routine inspections, maintenance and commissioning.” NT Electrical Group provides a complete range of electrical services ranging from full design and installation through to final testing and certification. They believe in supporting the local community and regularly hire and train local tradespeople, in conjunction with providing both full time and school based apprenticeships. “We also proudly sponsor several local charities, sporting clubs, schools and emergency services.”

For more information contact NT Electrical Group, 96 Jessop Crescent, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8947 5500, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE PALMERSTON POLICE STATION 161

Palmerstone Police Station, Northern Territory



Below Demountable Sales and Hire set up and demobilised the temporary site office, crib room and all amenities for the site.

Headquartered in Darwin, Demountable Sales & Hire (DSH) has constructed secure, affordable, transportable housing for a range of clients, from government office accommodation, mining and construction camps, to homes for the public throughout the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. “We’ve been looking after Territory industries and businesses since 1998,” said DHS Director, John Tannos. “For this project, we supplied, set up and demobilised the site office, crib room and all amenities for builders, Sitzler, and their various teams.”

Now adopted across Australia, DHS is also the proud innovator of the transportable cyclonic concrete footing. During the past five years, DSH has constructed over 1,000 various building modules. These have been supplied, delivered and installed Australia wide for the rural communities, stations, mining, oil and gas, commercial and residential sectors. DHS take care of the entire process from design, manufacture and installation to removal.

“We have hundreds of various configurations that our customers can chose from, or we can create a unique customised build,” said John. “Our highly qualified and licenced team have the knowledge and flexibility to make the design work for any project requirement, big or small.” The DHS difference is their insulated panelling system. “It provides all the functionality you’d expect with a permanent building, including safety regulations and energy efficiency. Our buildings also come complete with cyclone rating certification, but with the speed and simplicity that only modular construction can offer.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Demountable Sales & Hire, 52 Dawson Street, East Arm NT 0822, phone 08 8947 4220, email admin@dshnt., website NT PROJECT FEATURE PALMERSTON POLICE STATION 163

THE RIGHT REMEDY CLIENT : Calvary Health Care DEVELOPER : Commercial & General MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : John Holland ARCHITECT : Silver Thomas Hanley STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Mott MacDonald CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $345 million


The $345M Calvary Adelaide Hospital is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility comprising 344 beds, 16 operating theatres, a 24 hour emergency department, rehabilitation wing with hydrotherapy pool and mobility garden, a custom designed Hybrid Theatre. The new hospital offers the most comprehensive range of services ever delivered by a private healthcare facility in Adelaide including orthopedic, cardiac, neurosurgical, and rehabilitation specialties. The new $345 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital is the largest private hospital in South Australia and will provide services previously supplied by Calvary Wakefield and Calvary Rehabilitation hospitals including orthopaedic, cardiac and neurosurgical specialities. Calvary Adelaide Hospital enhances the modern patient experience by providing a ‘hotel’ feeling. There are 344 beds in single patient rooms with ensuite bathrooms and the interior design shows how far modern health care has evolved away from harsh, clinical aesthetics. A more comfortable look has been achieved with softer colours and interesting graphics that showcase Adelaide and its surrounds. John Holland were awarded the D&C contract by developer Commercial & General in July 2016 and their inhouse team of five worked on the design development with Silver Thomas Hanley, structural, building services and specialist technical consultants. “Involvement in the early stages of design allowed John Holland to achieve the best outcome for our customer, and for future patients,” said Project Manager, Joanne Potts. “We were able to deal with structural and design issues before the design was finalised when changes were still possible.” The structure is a standard in situ concrete frame with a 3-level basement car park. The 5-level podium is clad with cream coloured precast concrete panels and Levels


6 to 12 have a unitised curtain wall with distinctive blue glass. The podium has a rectangular footprint with an impressive 2-storey entrance, a 24 hour emergency department, 16 operating theatres and four procedure rooms. There is also a medical imaging centre and a pathology laboratory as well as new consulting suites, staff and administration areas. From Level 6 upwards are patient rooms, the ICU and a rehabilitation wing complete with hydrotherapy pool and mobility garden. With a three year build and a site area of 57,000m2 in Adelaide’s CBD, the construction process had the potential to have a huge impact on the area and some careful planning was required. “A challenge of the build involved ensuring we minimised disruption at the busy city site,” said Joanne. “In Adelaide the residential areas are quite close to the CBD so we ensured that materials deliveries and noisy construction procedures, such as piling, operated within permitted times and didn’t exceed acceptable noise levels.” “The site has a number of schools nearby and is bounded by a road with major bus routes so the timing of materials and equipment deliveries was critical in order to keep the work progressing and maintain safety both onsite and for local businesses and the general public. We also had to be aware of impacting on the essential services near the site – the police and the fire brigade,” said Joanne.

John Holland are a Tier One infrastructure, property and building company that distinguishes themselves from their competitors by having a vast network of resources that includes the skills and knowledge of their people, and support is always available from its highly experienced managers and supervisors. John Holland’s core construction projects have been within the infrastructure sector and they have a string of successfully completed tunnelling, road and rail projects including the Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline, completed in 2018 and the Sydney Metro Northwest project, finished in 2019. Currently the company is continuing work on Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel, due for completion at the end of 2025; and stage two of Sydney Metro. John Holland has always been a builder, and is known for constructing iconic structures such as Australian Parliament House and the MCG Great Southern Stand. It has renewed its focus on its building business, which is completing large scale developments such as the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment, and Victorian Heart Hospital. The team recently completed the award-winning $50 million library and plaza complex at Green Square in Sydney, and the iconic MercedezBenz lifestyle precinct in Brisbane.

For more information contact John Holland, website


Below Atelier JV took on the role as Façade Engineers to develop the architectural design of the façade of Calvary Adelaide Hospital.

Atelier JV specialise in structural and façade engineering designs for complex architectural projects. As part of the team on Calvary Adelaide Hospital, Atelier JV were engaged by John Holland to provide Façade Engineering services to develop the architectural design of the façade to a level that could be tendered on and shop drawn by their façade subcontractor. Atelier JV continued in the role of Façade Engineer through the construction process in order to assist John Holland in maintaining the quality of the façade construction. The first 5-levels of the hospital have punch windows in precast panels with a challenging overlapping arrangement. Level-6 and upwards has high performance unitised façade panels. Atelier JV designed and specified the façade then worked with the façade subcontractor, Synergy Facades (now Sky Facades) as they developed it to their system. “It’s the first time we’ve worked with Synergy Facades and it was a successful collaboration,” said Project Engineer, Dan Buckley. They also carried out value engineering with thermal modelling in order to optimise the façade performance and glass selection for the building. The final selections culminating in the construction, by Synergy Facades of a 2-storey visual mockup prototype of the façade for the client and consultants to view at their factory in Foshan, China. “For the double level atrium entry to the Hospital, we engineered a structurally glazed full height façade and designed slim 8m tall mullions. The mullions were designed to be as elegant as possible by the addition of significant internal stiffening. Synergy Facades developed this concept to adapt it to their preferred section profiles. The atrium was one of the last pieces of façade to be completed and it now looks really good, it is a feature of the entryway for the Hospital.”

and CAD technicians. Based in Perth, they work across Western Australia and in South Australia over a range of sectors such as; commercial developments, mixed use and residential complexes, industrial, education and health facilities as well as entertainment and retail. Atelier JV also provided engineering design services for beautiful ‘see-through’ jagged metal sculptures of surfers at Perth and Bondi Sculpture by the Sea for artist April Pine. The company’s façade engineering services include schematic design through to construction services. Their experience with façades covers all aspects of façade structural design in all materials and systems. Atelier JV has an impressive portfolio of award-winning and significant buildings that have contributed to the development of both Perth and Adelaide. They are currently engaged for Façade Engineering on the second South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide. SAHMRI II is a $320 million project, a high tech glass building sited next to SAHMRI I and Royal Adelaide Hospital. In Perth, the new WA Museum is taking shape and the recently completed Forrest Chase are among the many projects that Atelier JV have been proud to be a part of. “Atelier JV congratulates John Holland and Synergy Facades for a successful project in Calvary Adelaide Hospital and is looking forward to more exciting projects in Adelaide,” said Simon. For more information contact Atelier JV, 123 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge WA 6003, phone 08 9228 9120, email info@atelierjv., website

There were four visits to China for quality assurance inspections to ensure the end result was a high grade product. “We visited the aluminium, glass and fabrication assembly factories to ensure the quality and appearance of the product was consistent,” said Director, Simon Jewell. “This is an important part of the process of ensuring a quality product.” Established in 2012, Atelier JV employs a team of 10 including engineers, designers 166 SA PROJECT FEATURE CALVARY ADELAIDE HOSPITAL




Below ARA Manufacture supplied and installed all the fire doors and supplied acoustic doors, solid and foam cores, and also lead lined doors.

ARA Manufacture specialise in the fabrication, supply and installation of solid, fire and veneer doors as well as pressed metal frames for all commercial and industrial applications including the healthcare sector. For Calvary Adelaide Hospital, the manufacture of pressed metal frames for doors and windows began in October 2017 at ARA’s 16,000m² facility, manufacturing over 2,000 doors in January 2018. As fabrication continued, eight workers installed fire and acoustic doors, solid and foam core doors, and doors with a variety of veneer finishes including in the laboratories and fire escapes.

window solutions and Ravco, the continuous hinge for all high frequency openings. ARA Manufacture designs and builds doors, windows and frames for the demanding conditions in factories and chemical plants. They manufacture and install high security doors and locomotive doors to give fire, noise and slam resistance to trains. Established in 1995, ARA Manufacture employs 130 staff and is part of the ARA Group, a network of building and infrastructure services that operates across Australia. Successful projects include Royal Adelaide Hospital, St Andrews Hospital and the recently completed supply of doors to Ashford Hospital.

“We manufactured, supplied and fit some specialty doors,” said Project Manager, Justin Carr. “That included lead lined doors for X-ray and radiation rooms and doors with vision panels specially fitted to avoid collecting dust as well as doors for theatres with finishes that could be kept sterile.”

ARA Manufacture specialise in large scale commercial projects such as the elegant Salisbury Community Hub, a local government building in South Australia. They just finished work on UniLodge, supplying and fitting 800 entry doors to 800 apartments.

Other specialty products offered by ARA Manufacture are Sealeck, for biocontainment; Monarch high quality doors, shutters and grilles; Cbros, high security doors and custom made door and

For more information contact ARA Manufacture, 19 Taminga Street, Regency Park SA 5010, phone 08 8243 7000, email info@, website



Below Armstrong Flooring Australia produced 40,000m2 of flooring and wall vinyl in a variety of colours for Calvary Adelaide Hospital.

Armstrong Flooring Australia is an expert in the manufacture of floor and wall vinyl for commercial and residential projects. They have installed their custom products throughout the interior of Calvary Adelaide Hospital. State Sales Manager, Stephen Ross explained his work with project architect Silver Thomas Hanley and the Armstrong Flooring Australia design team in Melbourne. “The design called for specific colours, custom made for this project and we were able to create them utilising our custom colour product called Infinity.” The project features a large amount of colour changes in the flooring to highlight different areas of the building. Armstrong Flooring has the capability to manufacture these colours in Australia, reducing the complexities often experienced when using a product from overseas. “We manufactured approximately 40,000m² of floor and wall vinyl using a combination of existing colour ranges. We also supplied both standard and non-slip finishes,” said Stephen. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, USA, Armstrong Flooring has been manufacturing in Australia since 1969 and currently employs over WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

110 in their manufacturing plant and warehouse based in Braeside, Victoria, with distributors across all states. “Armstrong Flooring Australia produces durable high performance products for the Australian and export markets. This commitment is backed by ongoing global support from our parent company and thousands of others who work for our suppliers and partner companies worldwide,” said Stephen. “Our business focus is on developing long term mutually beneficial partnerships based on the provision of vinyl flooring and walling across a broad range of applications – from retail and education to health care, contract housing, commercial interiors and public spaces. For decades Armstrong Flooring has been a key supplier of vinyl flooring and walling products for major projects like Perth Children’s, Lady Cilento, Northern Beaches and Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospitals as well as the upcoming Royal Hobart Hospital with John Holland,” said Stephen. For more information contact Armstrong Flooring Australia, 29-39 Mills Road, Braeside VIC 3195, phone 1800 632 624, email customer_services@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE CALVARY ADELAIDE HOSPITAL 169

REVITALISED HEALTH DEVELOPER : Ashford Community Hospital Inc MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Schiavello Construction ARCHITECT : Wiltshire + Swain STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA) CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $ 33 million

The Ashford Hospital Redevelopment included upgrading and doubling the size of the Day Procedure Unit, a new additional operating theatre, refurbishment of the patient recovery area, a new six bed chest pain unit, patient accommodation and wards, refurbishment of the main entrance, a new café, pharmacy and reception, as well as significant infrastructure upgrades. The Ashford Hospital has undergone a $33 million redevelopment that includes new work as well as refurbishment. The additions will enhance patient care, improve staff facilities and house new medical equipment. The redevelopment included a facelift for the main entrance and a new reception area, the ground floor interior is now a brighter and more efficient space with a 3-storey atrium, café and pharmacy. The Day Procedure Unit (DPU) has been doubled in size and the patient recovery area refurbished. An additional operating theatre and new six bed chest pain unit has been built, along with extra patient accommodation of 30 individual rooms and a 24 bed ward on the first floor. A new mezzanine level with offices was constructed and the majority of the hospital’s infrastructure has been upgraded. 170 SA PROJECT FEATURE THE ASHFORD HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT

Schiavello were awarded the contract for the project in May 2018 and onsite work, planned in five stages, started straight away. “The hospital had many renovations and additions over its history. With limited documentation available we didn’t know what we were going to uncover,” said Project Manager, Mark Skinner. “We had a few surprises, including finding brick columns behind walls and footings made of brick where we expected concrete.” “It was especially challenging working within the live environment,” said Mark. “It was essential to maintain services and to minimise any impact on patient care, staff and visitors, which was difficult considering all the dust and noise created by the construction work. Another challenging component of the build was the propping of the live load of two floors while we worked on the ground level. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

We had over 60 props in place which made moving around, especially with machinery, a quite complex procedure that required high level of coordination and ongoing safety assessment.”

Australia team has been increasing their portfolio of successful projects in Adelaide with new constructions and refurbishment projects within the health, education and infrastructure sectors.

A major factor of the redevelopment was to create a reliable and independent power supply for the hospital. A large portion of Schiavello’s contract price was dedicated to electrical upgrades including high voltage installations, a new transformer and mechanical services switchboards.

“Adelaide is a small city where reputation matters,” said Mark. “Building good relationships is important and achieved through reliability, quality work and delivery.”

“We supplied the hospital with two different consumer main feeds as well as replacing the generator and installing a UPS unit for battery back up, to maintain a power supply in the case of mains failure,” said Mark. Schiavello has been operating within Australia since 1966 and started interstate expansion in 1987. Over the past 20 years Schiavello’s South WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Schiavello South Australia construction team were recognised at the 2019 Master Builders SA Building Excellence Awards winning the Excellence in Work Health and Safety for Ashford Hospital and the Excellence in a Commercial Refurbishment or Redevelopment over $5 million for the Adelaide Festival Centre. For more information contact Schiavello Construction (SA), 14 Gilles Arcade, Adelaide, 5000, phone 08 8112 2300, email info@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE THE ASHFORD HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT 171

Below G & G Tiling supplied and installed floor and wall tiles for the ensuites, common areas and surgery rooms.

G & G Tiling specialise in the supply and installation of tiles for commercial and industrial applications. At Ashford Hospital the company had a team of 10 laying floor and wall tiles in the entry foyer, day surgery rooms and ensuites. “The challenges were time constraints and accessibility; the hospital was still operating, and we carried out work after hours to limit public access plus used fast setting materials to speed up the process,” said Project Manager, Vince Trevisan. “Our focus was efficient co-ordination between our project team, client and builder to ensure the refurbishment brought the building up to current codes and standards,” Vince added. G & G Tiling are committed to building on the foundation set by their family 50 years ago. Servicing commercial builders and corporate clients looking for a professional, forward thinking team to provide a complete tiling package from selection through to completion. For more information contact G & G Tiling, 5/1387 Main North Road, Para Hills West SA 5096, phone 08 8336 1431, email office@, website 172 SA PROJECT FEATURE THE ASHFORD HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT


Below Workspace Commercial Furniture manufactured and installed chairs, office desks and workstations.

Workspace Commercial Furniture (Workspace) specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of standard and bespoke furniture for commercial projects. In mid-2018, Workspace commenced a contract with Redback Procurement, the furniture contractor for The Ashford Hospital. “We manufactured and installed hospital grade furniture that included A-series chairs and cozy chairs for patient’s rooms, public lounges, recovery and waiting rooms. We also manufactured and installed office desks and workstations to the administration areas,” said Senior Project Manager, Mel Chrysostomou. “The challenge involved the customisation of seating for patients with hip problems,” said Mel. “We worked with the director of nursing to get the right dimensions and seating pitch so patients could easily use the chairs and be comfortable.” Manufacturing took six weeks in Workspace’s 12,500m² ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified manufacturing facility in South Australia with final delivery in August 2019. “The furniture we supplied for Ashford Hospital was mostly standard items that were trialed by the hospital and modified to suit specific needs,” added Mel. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We have 100 people at work in our factory with a diverse set of skills and trades including upholsterers, cabinet makers, joiners, polishers and wood machinists,” explained Mel. “We also have an inhouse research and development team and our own national delivery fleet. We are able to control and streamline the whole process from design, manufacture through to delivery and installation.” Established in 1911, Workspace manufactures and supplies a wide range of commercial furniture including seating, tables, desks, workstations, storage units and outdoor furniture. With manufacturing based in Adelaide and branch offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane, over 150 employees supply the health and aged care sectors as well as offices and the hospitality and education sectors. In 2017, Workspace completed the design and manufacturing of customised furniture as well as a range of lounge seating for the Royal Adelaide Hospital and they are currently supplying seating for the Calvary Adelaide Hospital. For more information contact Workspace Commercial Furniture, 54 Jose Street, Melrose Park SA 5039, phone 08 8374 8900, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE THE ASHFORD HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT 173

The Ashford Hospital Redevelopment, South Australia



Below ADX Depot supplied steel stud and track framing plus a variety of specialty plasterboard for the Ashford Hospital.

ADX Depot specialises in the supply and distribution of building materials for linings contractors. They offer a vast range of ceiling systems and tiles, plasterboard and accessories, aluminium partitioning systems, insulation, door and door hardware products to the commercial and residential markets. In July 2019, ADX Depot started delivery of materials to Piotto Interiors for the Ashford Hospital refurbishment. The company supplied steel stud and track framing plus a variety of specialty plasterboard for the foyer, day procedure unit, emergency department, reception areas and wards.

a one-stop-shop at three convenient locations across Adelaide where we have drive through warehouses and showrooms displaying a comprehensive range of products and accessories.” Customers trust ADX Depot to take the stress out of ordering and delivering materials to site. “We have a sales team on the road for site visits to assist in product selection and solving any challenges that may arise on the job,” Daniel added. Successful projects for ADX Depot include the supply of internal linings, aluminium framework for partition walls and door hardware to the prestigious Sky City Casino and the supply and delivery of ceiling and wall linings to Adelaide’s largest private hospital, Calvary Adelaide.

“Working within the tight time frame was challenging for our customer,” said Sales Director, Daniel Wright. “The last stage of the project involved delivery of plasterboard to new wards on level 1. We used our new crane truck to unload safely and directly to where it was required, avoiding time lost to pass ups.” ADX Depot was founded by contractors, for contractors, and have built a solid reputation for their ability to supply quality and quantity. “Our mission is to make life easier for linings contractors by offering WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact ADX Depot, 844 South Road, Edwardstown SA 5039, phone 08 8292 5000, email solutions@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE THE ASHFORD HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT 175






















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MIDNIGHT Geocon / Braddon





Midnight is a stunning mixed use development which pushes the boundaries for Braddon and inner-city developments, marrying high quality living spaces with access to amenities such as a lap pool, restaurant, cafés and bar. Directly adjacent to the Elouera Street light rail stop, the project also includes the 199 room Abode Hotel. Through their hallmark, architecturally stunning buildings, Geocon is moving the nation’s capital into a stylish new era and reshaping Canberra’s skyline. From Gungahlin to Tuggeranong their footprint of precinct style developments is creating an iconic Canberra.

use courtyard,” said Ned Pattinson, Geocon Project Manager. “All residential units face the street, with floor-to-ceiling glazing creating a sense of standing in the sky. The hotel rooms face into the courtyard, an oasis of calm within the city with sculptural façades embellished with planting, ponds and a waterfall.”

Geocon’s striking Midnight building at Northbourne Avenue and Mort Street is the latest project bringing a contemporary and seductive fusion to Braddon, with 230 residential apartments, private cabanas and a 25m lap pool with a cascading waterfall into reflection ponds. Midnight also includes the 199 room Abode Hotel and 2,500m2 of commercial space, incorporating vibrant restaurants, bars and cafés.

An integrated property development and construction company, Geocon purchased the Midnight site, which was the former NRMA House, in late 2016. They managed all items from design, approvals, procurement and construction. “Excavation and minor construction started in November 2017 while the remainder of the demolition occurred. Construction was completed in late July 2019,” said Ned. “Two unique features about this project include the introduction of Lean Construction methodologies and the use of prefabricated bathrooms in the hotel rooms.”

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Geocon introduced Lean Construction (LC) methods to analysis material sizing and packaging to find what will best suit the sites, and construction methodology and sequence. Materials are warehoused in the basement or taken directly to the required area when delivered. With extensive subcontractor involvement early on, LC aimed to gain a manufacturing production line level of efficiency by reducing waste and ensuring materials are packaged, delivered, stored and installed in the most efficient way possible. Waste, handling and loss of materials have reduced while also gaining time in the programme. Incorporating 187 prefabricated bathrooms in the 5 Star hotel rooms is a first for Geocon. “These were supplied by Sync Bathroom Pods from Melbourne who worked closely with our design team to refine the construction methodology and find the quickest and best method for installation,” said Ned. With the demand for innovative housing choices showing no sign of slowing in Canberra, Geocon’s ambitious construction division continues to expand with over 120 full time employees with expertise across all disciplines including construction, site and project WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

management, engineering, workplace health and safety, architecture and design. Fuelled by the demand for growth, Geocon is now constructing some of the most significant developments in Canberra, bringing a new level of contemporary living to the area. “We attribute our rapid growth to a housing shortage in the region, and the dedication of our team to delivering a quality product on time,” said Ned. “Our developments stand out by pushing the boundaries of scale and innovation to attract first home buyers, investors and those seeking to live in quality locations.” Other outstanding developments currently being completed include the 1,500 unit Republic in Belconnen, the largest development of its kind in the Australian Capital Territory, 530 units at Grand Central Towers in Woden Town Centre and the 520 unit Metropol in Reid. For more information contact Geocon, Unit 18, Level 1, 24 Iron Knob Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6255 0430, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE MIDNIGHT 191

CREATING BEAUTIFUL SPACES For 30 years, Glascott Landscape and Civil has provided aesthetically beautiful commercial landscapes on some of the largest projects across the east coast of Australia. It was a simple choice for Geocon to partner with Glascott’s dedicated Canberra team for the civil and landscaping works at Midnight. “After collaborating with the client our expert team cleared all existing surfaces from the site before creating concrete slabs, precast walls, footpaths and paving ready for the garden beds, soil, mulching, planting, irrigation, turf and asphalt,” said Matthew Elliott, Australian Capital Territory Manager. “That began in February 2019 and finished September 2019. We’ve created a fabulous public courtyard, looking onto sculptural façades embellished with planting, ponds and a waterfall. The space is an oasis and a separation from the city life around.” Having worked on some of Canberra’s most significant commercial projects such as Googong, Forde, Springbank Rise, Crace recreational park and wetlands (currently on brand new development Ginninderry), Matthew and his team know their job from the ground up. “From tender to completion we grasp the complexities. We know Canberra’s weather,

the environment and what works. We’re able to clearly define a project’s objectives and deliver successful outcomes safely on time. Our greatest reward is the public enjoyment of our work,” said Matthew. Glascott’s Canberra team proudly work with Laing O’Rourke, Lendlease, PEET, Richard Crookes Constructions, Australian Defence Force, Australian National University and the ACT Government on commercial, residential and community master plans, educational facilities, public spaces, road infrastructures, cultural and memorial sites and more. With offices in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Glascott is renowned for their multi-award-winning projects that not only fit aesthetically with their surrounds, but also minimise environmental impact and maintain each site’s natural integrity.

For more information contact Glascott Landscape & Civil, Level 1, 20 Pirie Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6262 8544, email, website

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SAFE AND SECURE Locally owned and operated in Mitchell ACT, Blitz Security design, engineer and install small, medium and large CCTV systems, access control and intercom services for a range of residential and commercial needs. “Since establishing Blitz Security in February 2010, our qualified, licensed, and certified team has provided specialist security design, installation of access control, intercoms and CCTV security systems to meet our clients demands and site specific needs, particularly in high rise mixed use buildings such as the new Midnight development,” said Managing Director, Jason Hogh. “Our main field of expertise is in integrated access control, intercom and CCTV systems and for Midnight we provided all the design concept and installation to final handover. The team seamlessly worked with the architect, Geocon, engineers and other tradespeople to deliver the project on time and within budget,” said Jason. Blitz Security have the necessary expertise to engineer innovative, effective and reliable solutions. With over 30 years industry experience, they pride themselves in delivering high quality turnkey systems at affordable prices, on time, and provide exceptional after sales service. “We strive to develop new and innovative techniques to design, execute, and deliver projects beyond our client’s expectations,” said Jason. “We are constantly raising our standards, evolving and setting a new benchmark for the industry and our competition. We balance this high expectation of our reputation with job fulfilment and productivity rewards for our staff. Our team enjoy encouraging each other, sharing new ideas, and adapting to different environments.” Blitz Security are working with Geocon on several other significant developments around Canberra including Republic, High Society and Grand Central Towers. For more information contact Blitz Security, 5/189 Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT 2911, email, website



KEEPING IN SYNC As one of Australia’s most experienced builders, Hickory knows bathrooms and how this small room can pose significant obstacles during the construction process. In 2013, Hickory established Sync Bathroom Pods which manufacturers superior quality prefabricated bathrooms offsite on a subassembly line, which are easily installed and connected onsite. In 2015, Sync Bathroom Pods won Victorian Manufacturer of the Year. Geocon has introduced 187 of these ingenious bathroom pods, along with integrated tea points and robe in the 5 Star Midnight Hotel. “Our CAD designer, project manager, production supervisor and a team of plumbers, tilers, electricians and joiners worked on the Midnight project from June 2018,” said Sync Bathroom Pods Commercial Director, Chris Ong. “Our patented structural design guards against leaks, producing superior bathrooms that are consistent across the project.” Integrating Sync Bathroom Pods into the construction process offers time saving advantages by taking up to 12 trades off the building site and into the controlled factory environment. This reduces onsite fitout cycles by up to 30% and ensures consistently high quality. Sync Bathroom Pods are built to any specification and arrive onsite fully fitted with services connections, lighting and all finishes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Sync Bathroom Pods can have any finish, fitting or floor plan,” said Chris. “They can suit luxury accommodation, hotels, high spec hospital projects and student accommodation. Sync fits into any large scale building design or project.” Offering a range of flexible and unique solutions, Sync Bathroom Pods are also utilised at High Society for Geocon, and LDK Healthcare for FDC Construction & Fitout. For Hickory Group, they’re producing double bathroom pods at HIEX Southbank and luxurious rose gold and antique colour schemes for Galleria in Glen Waverley. Crown’s new Infinity will have 449 pods and Waterfall a further 432.

For more information contact Sync Bathroom Pods, 55 Leakes Road, Laverton North VIC 3026, phone 03 8329 4111, email info@, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE MIDNIGHT 195

MAKING BUILDINGS SHINE CIC City Industrial Cleaning is a family owned and operated company that provides industrial cleaning services across significant construction sites around Canberra.

“We provide a full range of cleaning services from industrial cleans, end of lease cleans, commercial maintenance, builder cleans, to waste management, demolition and labouring,” said Jorge.

“Our expert people are well trained in using the latest technology and optimise resources for all industrial cleaning jobs,” said Director, Jorge Montalvo. “At Midnight in Braddon, we conducted all the cleans during and post construction, ensuring the project adhered to Geocon’s workplace health and safety standards, as well as everything in preparation for the post handover day, guaranteeing Geocon’s construction work was flawlessly displayed to the public.”

CIC City Industrial Cleaning work with the largest construction clients as well as continuing to support Geocon on other Canberra projects such as Republic and High Society. For more information contact CIC City Industrial Cleaning, 18 Winchcombe Court, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6242 4741, mobile (Jorge) 0417 661 128, email, website

CIC City Industrial Cleaning pride themselves on quality and perfection. “For more than 20 years our business has been built on attention to detail and client satisfaction, guaranteeing peace of mind for our clients. They trust that every piece of assigned work will be finished in a timely matter and to the highest quality,” said Jorge. “No job is too big or small for our team. We have a seamless history of quick action, even in emergency call outs.” Every activity undertaken by CIC City Industrial Cleaning has an environmentally friendly approach. The company optimise the use of eco-friendly chemicals, as well as placing high importance on recycling materials such as rags, plastic, cardboard, glass and more where possible.



NOT TOO HOT, NOT TOO COLD Utilising the best technology available Elite Heating and Cooling are experts in all the latest heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) services, ensuring the residents of Geocon’s mixed use development, Midnight, are comfortable. Five of Elite’s 25 expert installers worked at Midnight fitting the basement car park ventilation systems and other ventilation, air conditioning and bathroom ventilation throughout the building, including all the apartments, hotel rooms, restaurants and bars. “We fitted the highest quality and most reliable equipment on the market today at Midnight,” said Elite Heating and Cooling Managing Director, Fabian Muscat. “All products installed have been designed down to every minute detail. They are then rigorously tested for reliability and durability. We pride ourselves in providing only the highest level of thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality to all our customers.” “We are very proud to be supplying and installing our superior products at another amazing Geocon development,” said Fabian. “Geocon is wonderful to work with. We’re also working at their Republic and Grand Central projects in Canberra.” For over 12 years Elite Heating and Cooling has been providing energy saving HVAC solutions to Canberra residents. “The heating WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and cooling industry is ever changing,” said Fabian. “At Elite Heating and Cooling, we are committed to continually educating customers of the cutting edge technology available to them and producing a variety of energy savings.” Offering the highest quality, reliability and greatest efficiency on the market today, Elite Heating and Cooling stand behind the products they install. For more information contact Elite Heating and Cooling, Unit 1/11 Bodalla Place, Fyshwick ACT 2609, mobile 0402 016 529, email ACT PROJECT FEATURE MIDNIGHT 197

Mobile: 0430 003 434 Email:



CLEAN, SIMPLE, SAFE Specialising in the manufacture and supply of enclosed basement lockers, Innotec Basement Solutions add value to every development, hence the steady growth over the past eight years. Incorporating the most contemporary designs and providing a modern look and feel, Innotec delivers the most aesthetically pleasing basement storage solutions. “Our lockers are secure, private, adaptable and more aesthetically pleasing when compared to standard basement cages,” said Managing Director, Mark Layton. “Across Australia and New Zealand property developers, builders and body corporates are realising the value the Innotec locker for providing superior reflectivity, security and privacy for their clients.” At Geocon’s Midnight development, Innotec’s professional team supplied, delivered and installed all the basement lockers, hydraulic room partitions and plenum walls in their 80% gloss white partitioning with interlocking ‘Secureguard’ internal walls. “All our lockers are manufactured in Australia and can be made to fit any width, depth or height. They are also installed with a mesh WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

ceiling to allow for the ingress of water in the event of a fire while maintaining security in the locker,” said Mark. Using Innotec products for the hydraulic room partitions and the plenum walls is the first application at Midnight. “We pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectations by providing flexible solutions to suit varied architectural and Building Code requirements,” said Mark. “We’re excited about where the residential construction industry is heading and look forward to other future opportunities to showcase our skill set.” Innotec is currently being installed at a variety of significant developments in Sydney and Canberra. With complete inhouse design teams, manufacturing and installation crews, Innotec’s capabilities for on time delivery, manufacture and installation are always guaranteed.

For more information contact Innotec Basement Solutions, 6-12 Strathgrove Way, Orange NSW 2800, phone 02 6391 2860, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE MIDNIGHT 199

Contractors Directory

AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING, REFRIGERATION & MECHANICAL SERVICES Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. Page 30, 36| 1300 138 007

NJM Design

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AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Skyview Aerial Photography Page 4 | 0431 931 910

ARCHITECTS Integrated Design Group Page 77 | 02 9764 6100

BALUSTRADES AND FENCING Beyond Architectural Page 20 | 1300 003 226

BATHROOMS (PREFAB) Sync Bathroom Pods Page 193 | 03 8329 4111

BLINDS Norfolk Blinds

Page 79 | 1300 732 903

BRIDGES, BOARDWALKS AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS Elite Crossings Page 111 | 0439 630 975

BUILDING CONSULTANT AENEC Australian Energy Efficiency Consulting Page 71 | 02 9994 8906

Efficiency Matrix

Page 101 | 1300 027 874

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM) Digital Node Page 32 | 08 7078 7080


CLADDING Close Commercial Services

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CLEANING SERVICES CIC City Industrial Cleaning Page 194 | 02 6242 4741

CIVIL ENGINEERS Civil Infrastructure Group Page 123 | 0447 717 191

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JGA Concrete

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Hickory Group

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Hutchinson Builders

Page 89 | 1800 010 221

John Holland


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Novati Constructions Page 56 | 02 8436 9000

Page 166 | 08 8243 7000

Page 168 | 08 8112 2300


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Page 152 | 08 8922 4000

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Valeo Construction


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Page 73 | 02 9788 6446

EXCAVATION & EARTH MOVING Meso Solutions Page 35| 1300 106 376


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FIRE SAFETY (ALL FIRE PRODUCTS & SERVICES) Premier Fire Protection Page 33 | 02 8422 6888

Smoke Control Systems Page 148 | 1300 665 471

FLOORING Armstrong Flooring Australia Page 167 | 1800 632 624

Inline Floors

Page 61 | 1300 707 035

Skoumbris Carpets and Flooring Page 118 | 0400 033 507

FACADE AND FACADE SYSTEMS Architectural Glass and Cladding Page 25 | 07 5523 2335

Atelier JV

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FENCING Fencing Manufacturers Page 76 | 02 4324 2525

Protector Aluminium

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Page 103 | 03 8786 3819

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS Main Road Projects Victoria Page 120 | 1800 105 105

HVAC&R MANAGEMENT Elite Heating and Cooling Page 195 | 0402 061 529

GeoExchange Australia Page 106 | 1300 088 177

INTERIOR DESIGN & FITOUTS Innovative Offices Furniture Pty Ltd Page 157 | 08 8941 1390

Workspace Commercial Furniture Page 171 | 08 8374 8900


ROOFING Purr-Fect Roofing

LANDSCAPING Glascott Landscape & Civil

SAFETY (HIEGHT SAFETY) Altura – Height Safety Professional

LIGHTING Haneco Lighting


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Page 190 | 02 6262 8544

Page 64 | 1300 001 533

MOBILE DRUG TESTING The Drug Detection Agency Page 151 | 1300 433 832

POLISHED CONCRETE Floortek Surface Solutions Page 24 | 08 8234 5847

POOLS Freedom Pools

Page 81 | 1300 763 761

PLUMBING (ALL PLUMBING SERVICES) Cooke & Dowsett Page 94 | 03 9365 7000

PLASTER & CLADDING D&L International Page 58 | 02 8810 5016

Outstanding Plastering Page 107 | 1300 083 817

PRODUCTS (INTERIOR FITOUT) ADX Depot Page 173 | 08 8292 5000

LOUVRES AND SHUTTERS LouvreSpan Sydney Page 83 | 0402 212 556


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Page 82 | 0418 699 607

Page 150 | 08 6143 5850

Page 143 | 1300 139 166

RWW Group

Page 146 | 1800 637 098


Page 144 | 1300 551 340

SAFETY TRAINING H&I Training Page | 0427 333 677

SCAFFOLDING Ace Scaffolding Services Page 78 | 02 4920 5200


Page 78 | 1300 735 221

SECURITY Blitz Security

Page 192 |

SEWER MASTERPLANNING Dalton Consulting Engineers Page 110 | 03 9813 7400

STEELFIXING The Steelfixing Group Page 66 | 02 9718 0306

STORAGE SOLUTIONS Innotec Basement Solutions



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Page 90 | 02 8887 2888


Page 86 | 02 9642 8588

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THERMAL ENERGY Geothermal Industries Australia Page 96 | 0437 973 583

TILING G & G Tiling

Page 170 | 08 8336 1431

WALLS PANEL SYSTEMS (PRECAST) All Cast NT Drainage Systems Pty Ltd Page 158 | 08 8947 1154

Dincel Construction System

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WINDOWS AND WINDOW SYSTEMS Modern Glazing Group Page 91 | 02 8883 2504

PCW Commercial Windows Page 80 | 02 4340 1100

Perception Windows

Page 119 | 03 9796 3996

Sharvain Projects

Page 88 | 02 9698 3411

Page 59| 02 9670 1633

MOVABLE WALLS/PARTICIANS Dorma Hueppe Page 29 | 02 9645 8336

WASTE MANAGEMENT Patriot Environmental Management Page 122 | 1800 PATRIOT

WATERPROOFING, SEALANTS & EXPANSION JOINING April Showers Waterproofing Page 70 | 1300 427 745

One Seal Waterproofing Page 67 | 0426 811 893

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