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AUSTRALIA 108 LIGHTS UP TO MARK ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY To celebrate its major one-year milestone since grand completion, the tallest residential tower in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia 108, has officially unveiled its spectacular lighting display on the building exterior last month, coupled with a fireworks show for all Melburnians to enjoy. The unveiling of what is the highest building lighting system in the Southern Hemisphere, 319m above ground, and the fireworks show took place from 8:00pm on Friday 6 May. The building’s 18 backlit white stripes spanning a total of two linear kilometres formed a series of glowing hoops that define Australia 108’s form in the night sky. The custom made, spandrel lighting network conceived by leading Australian architect Fender Katsalidis and the multi-award-winning team at Electrolight can be programmed in four vibrant settings:

ave – drawing connections to Melbourne’s W surrounding water features, this sequence creates an elegant wave-like effect up and down the building’s exterior Starburst – inspired by the night sky and Australia 108’s ‘Starburst’ architectural feature, shooting radiant light bands (like a supernova) from the centre of the tower Ripple – channelling Australia 108’s organic building form, depicted as a smooth elevated ripple effect from the base to the top of the exterior façade Pulse – a dynamic illumination setting that transforms Australia 108 into a flashing urban beacon

David Ng, CEO of developer World Class Global, urged Melburnians to come together and join the Australia 108 community in enjoying the unique lighting and fireworks display to mark its exciting one-year anniversary milestone. “Since reaching grand completion last year, Australia 108 has become a prominent sight on the spectacular Melbourne skyline in just a short period of time. Now, the official switching on of its dazzling lighting display

will ensure it’s a view to behold on many evenings throughout the year,” said Mr Ng. “The use of the façade lighting was considered in the early design process to highlight its three dimensionality. These glowing contours offer constantly shifting and intriguing aspects of the architectural form in the night skyline as you move through the city.” To book a private appointment and viewing at Australia 108, please call 1300 888 770.

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A NEW PCA A-GRADE OFFICE DEVELOPMENT AT ONE EDEN PARK DRIVE IS A STEP CLOSER TO COMPLETION Array, by Kamirice is a commercial office building located in Macquarie Park’s central employment hub, comprising of more than 10,000m² of net lettable area over seven levels. Upon completion it is aiming to achieve a 5-Star Green Star Rating, 5-Star NABERS Rating and WELL Platinum Certification. BESIX Watpac began construction on the speculative $90 million boutique development in February 2021 and has since poured over 8,300m3 of concrete and worked more than 200,000 hours to construct the main framework of the building, which reaches its final height this month. BESIX Watpac General Manger, Peter Furlong said the Top Out Ceremony held

on Thursday, 26th May 2022, marked an important milestone in the project which was due to be completed in October. “There is no question the Architectusdesigned Array, will be a building that sets a new benchmark in the Macquarie Park Area.” Mr Furlong said. “We are delighted to be delivering this project for Kamirice, which has a track record of owning high-quality, sustainable commercial office assets.” A December report from the Property Council of Australia shows Macquarie Park’s tightly held commercial market enjoys one of the lowest non-CBD vacancy rates in the country – less than 10% – matched only by East Melbourne, in Victoria. Kamirice Managing Director Mark Ross said the company had invested in its first new development of A-grade office stock on the back of this market strength, and leasing agents CBRE and Colliers International had already received strong interest from prospective tenants.

ISPT DRIVES INNOVATION AND SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION THROUGH HIGH-TECH TRACKING TECHNOLOGY Industry superannuation fund-backed property investor ISPT, has employed a cutting-edge approach to construction to deliver its most recent asset, VU City Tower, a landmark education facility in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD spanning 24,146m3 NLA across 29 levels (plus 3 levels of car parking) with an end value of $385 million. The tower format is a modern and evolutionary way of delivering a high-density campus on a tight inner-city footprint of 1,943m3, which presented a challenging build due to the nature of the site, its location in a bustling pocket of the CBD, as well as the complex design of the façade. In order to integrate with the existing heritage buildings and immediate surrounding urban massing, the façade has been articulated and folded to create a distinctive form, whereby the mass and shape has been broken to distinguish upper and lower elements to create an offset

layering expression, which required enhanced construction methods for delivery. ISPT co-invested $150,000 with project builder Probuild matching the investment, to develop an end-to-end technology solution from Ynomia, to ensure that the highest calibre of construction techniques were implemented to ensure absolute site safety and efficiency through the course of the build.

comment John Held National Principal, Association of Consulting Architects Australia

BETTER PROCUREMENT PRACTICES WILL SUPPORT BUILDING QUALITY, BUT ALSO HEALTHIER, SAFER WORK PRACTICES. Many in the construction industry feel like they have been on the receiving end of a looting raid. Talk to any subcontractor or supplier who is asked to take all the risk on a project that they cannot control. Talk to architects about fee cutting to a point where the job cannot be documented or serviced properly. Talk to governments whose only objective is to shift risk onto someone else. Talk to lawyers who know their contracts are unfair but write them anyway. Look at statistics on mental health and suicides in the construction industry driven by unmanageable risk and despair. We need to support research into procurement options and lobby governments to improve their procurement systems. We also need to recognise the connection between poor procurement decisions and poor mental health outcomes – for architects and the wider construction industry. COVID-19 might have given us better insights into what we really value. We were prepared to value the health and safety of our community as being as important as our economy. Perhaps we can go back to those making procurement decisions with new questions – to what extent do the procurement decisions affect the health and safety, in its broadest sense, of those involved in its creation? On your Safety in Design Risk Register, there should be a new category – procurement. Will the client happily sign off when it says “extreme risk”? New questions might finally result in new answers. Let’s hope that is the case.



comment Rebecca Vassarotti Minister, ACT Greens

ACT MINISTER FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION Every few years, Building Ministers across the country review the national construction code to ensure that it is meeting our needs as a community and to provide consistency in the rules for building across different jurisdictions. In the latest version set to be introduced this year, minimum accessibility standards have been agreed to for the very first time. We are also finalising new energy efficiency standards, which have not been changed for the last decade. Currently, residential buildings are required to meet a ‘six-star energy’ rating. While this provides a basis level of climate resilience for homes, the escalating climate crisis has made it clear that we need to urgently increase this protection. In its latest global report, the International Panel on Climate Change highlighted the extreme urgency of ensuring our buildings are more climate wise buildings. Like other communities across the nation, the ACT is dealing with the everyday reality of climate change – a warming climate and one that is susceptible to weather extremes of dangerous heat, bushfires, storms, and smoke. We have been working with our jurisdictional counterparts to ensure all new homes are comfortable, climate resilient and future proofed in relation to weather extremes. We owe it to our communities to ensure our homes are climate resilient. We owe it to the building industry to deliver certainty and consistency. I’m looking forward to finalising this version of the national construction code that will see homes built for our community that are accessible, climate wise and a place where people are safe and nurtured.



RAM EQUIPMENT LEVERAGES PERSPIO™ TO STREAMLINE THEIR OPERATION RAM Equipment, a South Australian earthmoving equipment hire and sales company, announces the successful deployment of Inauro’s award-winning Perspio™ platform across the operation. The deployment sees all the disparate telematics systems of the RAM fleet brought together in a single software platform, complete with integration to the RAM equipment ERP, providing the RAM team with a single view of their operation. Automations across their commercial workflows and workshop are currently being deployed to provide customers a better rental experience. “Perspio software unquestionably will add value to the daily operations at RAM Equipment simply by having one centralised live platform for all our telematics data. I’m really looking forward to working with the team at Inauro moving forward as we seek to continually improve our

customer service experience,” says Michael Grace, Sales Director at RAM Equipment. With the fleet telematics and the ERP data flowing through to Perspio™, RAM now has a contextual view of its fleet in real-time and is implementing automated servicing, operations, and management workflows. This contract also adds new connectors to the Perspio™ platform including OEM telematics from John Deere, Case Construction, Kobelco and Hitachi, and ERP platform Syrinx by Point of Rental. With the rapid emergence of connected equipment and new software solutions in the Rental and Construction industries, the Perspio™ platform gives RAM Equipment the ideal foundation to build on to provide their own operation and their customers the advanced digital solutions required to be successful in the future.

STATE INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY 2022 The State Infrastructure Strategy 2022 presents a clear vision of the Queensland Government’s infrastructure requirements over the next two decades. It sets out our objectives for infrastructure and the priority actions that will drive the future we want for Queensland. It’s also clear about the challenges and opportunities we’ll face over this time. The strategy sets out to align infrastructure investment across agencies to help inform industry and other levels of government. It promotes place-based infrastructure planning, working closely with industry and the broader community to leverage their experience and knowledge. We will do more with less, driving performance and tackling complex issues while providing infrastructure that meets the changing needs of our population and industries. The strategy will be revised every four years to continue to guide and reflect the evolving nature of infrastructure. Stakeholder engagement was fundamental to shaping the State Infrastructure Strategy

2022, which was developed through regional workshops, online engagement, and consultation on a draft strategy. These consultation activities throughout 2021, together with research and expert advice, helped build a rich picture of challenges, opportunities, and priorities for infrastructure across Queensland now and into the future. The strategy has also been developed in partnership with infrastructure delivery agencies within Queensland Government.

THE HONG KONG GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL LAUNCHES “ADVANCING NET ZERO” Organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) with the support of Principal Partner Swire Properties, the ANZ Ideas Competition received overwhelming response with three Winners and five Merits awarded in November 2021. The competition invited international industry stakeholders, designers, academia, and technology experts to contribute innovative design ideas and practical solutions in two categories: (i) Future Buildings and (ii) Existing Buildings. Participants could propose their ideas based on the real data of two office towers by Swire Properties – site of One Taikoo Place and Oxford House in Taikoo Place, so that the solutions generated could be realistic and the implementation feasibility could be enhanced.

Rodd Perey Principal and Group Design Technology Manager Architectus


The overall aim was to move Hong Kong’s building sector towards a sustainable future and actively meet the Hong Kong Government’s target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 by fostering innovative solutions for the city.

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provide a full suite of services under including; • General Roof Maintenance & Repairs • Scheduled & Programmed Maintenance • Emergency Repairs, Insurance Claims and Assessments • Assessment & Condition Reports • Roof Compliance • Roof Safety Systems (Design, Installation, Certification, Inspection & Maintenance)

Headed by Wayne McLean, and with a team providing coverage across the Greater Melbourne Area and Regional Victoria, SH Roof services buildings in the Commercial and Government Sectors. SH Roof works on a range of sites including; stadiums, shopping centres, office towers, apartment buildings, hotels & venues, aged care sites, hospitals, medical centres, manufacturing facilities, factories, schools, train stations, and local government and community buildings.

Wayne McLean, Director & GM of SH Roof said: “We understand the importance of roof maintenance and we have an experienced team that share our “customer first” vision.

SH Roof is a division of Signal & Hobbs, a trusted roofing subcontractor delivering major construction projects. SH Roof Maintenance enables clients to access the specialist capabilities of Signal & Hobbs with a specific focus on maintenance services. This means that SH Roof is backed by the full capability of the parent business to complete major repair works as well as routine maintenance.

This approach means that we are always responsive to customer needs and requirements, to ensure the long-term integrity of the roof, minimise disruption, and protect the value of the building for the asset owner."

The experience of the SH Roof team, and the backing of Signal & Hobbs, means that they

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We’ve structured our services to include preventive and reactive roof maintenance services including emergency call-outs and repairs as well as periodic inspections and planned maintenance activities as well as roof safety systems.

In construction, projects inherently come with a high amount of risk, and for 20 years, Architectus has used Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the platform for capturing and developing our designs, creating our documentation, and mitigating risk. The digital age means there are many tools available to help project teams, and one of these is BIM. Involving 3D digital models of a facility, BIM represents materials, relationships, geometric properties, and performance characteristics. As adoption has become more widespread, and the models created more sophisticated, BIM has been extended gradually to become a process of information exchange, throughout the project lifecycle. With BIM, the project team has a singular and reliable point of truth to enable a thorough understanding of the design. Now we are using the information within our models to manage the specific risks within our scope. This can be as simple as special-purpose plans and diagrams, that use colour coding to extract and illustrate the achieved performance of architectural elements. These can readily be compared with the requirements of the National Construction Code, or those determined by acoustic, fire, or ESD consultants, and adjusted as necessary. Accessibility, or emergency egress, clearance envelopes can be dealt with as building elements, that create clashes when size requirements are not met. Documentation and analysis targeted at compliance issues can be presented to specialists for their approval processes. What these methods have in common is that they use the potential of the models, to illustrate compliance with complex requirements, and manage risk. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Tom Dean National Carbon Planning Director Slattery

EMBODIED CARBON EMISSIONS The emissions trapped in a building during the construction process – are expected to balloon over the next few decades. As always, measurement leads to better management, says Tom Dean, Carbon Planning Director, Slattery. As Australia’s electricity grid moves away from fossil fuels and building operations become more energy efficient, a new source of emissions is becoming a big challenge for construction. The Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) estimates that 85% of the built environment’s carbon footprint could be embodied emissions by 2050. Embodied carbon emissions are hard to eliminate. Some of our most common building materials – like concrete and steel – require process heat and chemical reactions that can’t be achieved with electricity alone. Without benchmarking the embodied carbon in today’s buildings, net zero emissions targets will remain elusive tomorrow. Benchmarking provides data and insights to help us address embodied carbon, allowing quick comparisons across various building sizes, types and portfolios. But Australia has no industry-agreed frameworks for benchmarking embodied carbon – and inconsistencies in methodology, scope and data sources deliver inconsistent results. Some of the leading advocacy groups in the industry, including GBCA, MECLA and NABERS, and committed companies like Slattery, are already sharing our research, data and experiences. Our endgame is an industry agreed embodied carbon framework and methodology for measurement and reporting. Global regulation has started to shift gears and more countries are measuring and managing the embodied carbon emissions. The signposts show us what’s ahead on the road to net zero – benchmarking gives us the detailed map.



COATES LAUNCHES ‘GREENER CHOICES’ RANGE OF EQUIPMENT AND SOLUTIONS Underpinned by the Circular Economy concept, the Coates Greener Choices range offers customers tangible opportunities for customers to reduce emissions, improve efficiencies and commit to best practice environmental sustainability standards. Sydney, Australia, June 6, 2022 – Coates, Australia’s leading equipment hire and solutions provider, has launched the Coates Greener Choices range of products for its customers.

solutions and recognise that the criteria for inclusion in this range will continue to evolve as the industry advances and new technologies emerge.” With more than one million pieces of equipment, Coates is positioned well to be the market leader in greener choice equipment hire and solutions.

“Coates Greener Choices range offers customers tangible opportunities to reduce emissions, improve efficiencies and commit to best practice environmental sustainability standards,” said Murray Vitlich, CEO, Coates. “As Australia’s leading equipment and solutions provider, we are focused on providing more sustainable equipment and solutions that support our customers sustainability goals and help guide our suppliers in making greener choices in product design and manufacture. We are committed to further developing our Greener Choice range of equipment and

FRASERS PROPERTY AUSTRALIA APPOINTS NEW GENERAL COUNSEL Frasers Property Australia has appointed Cvet Trpeski to the role of General Counsel in a key promotion CEO Anthony Boyd describes as “a great outcome for the business given Cvet’s significant experience and wisdom.” Leading the national legal function for Frasers Property, Ms Trpeski is responsible for the team which coordinates all legal work across the company’s development operations and investment portfolio, as well as corporate finance and other corporate compliance and risk management. Her extensive experience covers advice on acquisitions and disposals of residential, commercial, and retail property, development agreements, structured title developments, government partnerships, leasing, joint ventures, front and back-end construction as well as property-related aspects of financing and corporate transactions. “Cvet leads by example and our business relies on her strategic and pragmatic solutions which are aligned with our customer focus and our

core values,” Anthony Boyd, CEO, Frasers Property Australia says. “From a cultural perspective, Cvet has set the tone in ensuring the legal team’s authentic engagement with the business and her leadership of the team over the past two years has delivered quality outcomes through a variety of complex transactions and risk management initiatives. “Frasers Property congratulates Cvet on this significant promotion,” he says. In a legal career spanning nearly 20 years, Ms Trpeski has acted on some of Australia’s iconic property developments and urban renewal projects, for both private and public sector clients. Prior to joining the Frasers Property team in 2017, she held roles with Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and King and Wood Mallesons. She has also contributed to the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW) as a Committee Member. Ms Trpeski now also joins the Frasers Property Australia Executive Management Team.


INAUGURAL DIG DEEP A RESOUNDING SUCCESS The inaugural Dig Deep event which was held on Sunday 29 May to raise funds for Beyond Blue and awareness for mental health issues in the construction industry has been a great success.

Adam Davies National Accreditation & IGMA Manager National Australian Glass and Window Association

It was a beautiful autumn day which no doubt contributed to the event selling out with a capacity crowd at Gaelic Park, Keysborough.


“We would like to thank our event sponsors, exhibitors, the hard-working crew and most of all the many people who exceeded all our expectations and came out in force to the event.”

DIGITAL INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY: ENSURING THE SURVIVAL OF CONSTRUCTION A greater focus on sustainability is essential for construction companies to survive today’s climate, in both a business and environmental sense, according to leading Australian owned and operated construction group, Hansen Yuncken. As the building industry accounts for more than 18% of Australia’s overall carbon footprint, the sector will play a vital role in Australia’s pursuit of net zero emissions, according to Hansen Yuncken CEO, Peter Salveson. He says there are many ways companies can embrace sustainability. “We’re reducing our footprint at several levels. On the worksite, we’re adopting more sustainable materials, such as green concrete. During planning, we collaborate with our clients to minimise harm to local HFA Heathwood Meat Processing Facility

biodiversity and environments worksites,” Salveson said.


Increasingly sustainable business practices are becoming the norm across other industries too, such as using renewable energy and recycled water. Mr Salveson says new technologies go hand in hand with renewed efforts to reduce emissions. “Innovations such as 3D cameras, drone deployment and artificial intelligence allow us to efficiently map build sites, and to share these maps directly with stakeholders and managers in their offices. This not only lowers the amount of travel required, it also helps to reduce emissions,” he said. These cloud-based technologies can save both time and money for construction companies. “Companies that don’t adopt new technology risk lagging behind if they are unable to match the efficiency and output of firms that are more digitally inclined,” Salveson said. Salveson warns that organisations need to adapt and incorporate new innovations if they want to remain attractive to clients in an increasingly competitive market. “The future is bright, but only if organisations get on board to help make it that way. New technologies and innovations not only work to boost the efficiency of Australia’s construction industry as a whole, but play a huge role in creating a more sustainable future.”

With the ever-increasing push for higher performing and energy-efficient homes, the role and uptake of Insulated Glass Units (IGU) is on an upward trajectory. This is obviously positive for our industry but with greater production and installation of IGUs comes increased risk of non-conforming product entering the market leading to failures. Unlike conventional monolithic glazing, an IGU is a complex system relying on multiple parts, all performing in concert, to achieve the required performance and life expectancy. The Australian Glass and Window Association (AGWA) is seeing an increasing number of disputes and technical enquiries relating to the failure of IGUs. Many of these disputes relate to nonconformance in either manufacture or installation. This is of concern as the market for IGUs will increase as people choose higher performing windows and glass units. More concerning is that these failures generally do not happen soon after manufacture/ installation but can take several years to eventuate. Failures of IGUs can cause significant financial and reputational consequences. The best way to avoid any issues is to ensure you are purchasing your IGUs from a reputable and compliant AS 4666:2012 supplier, such as an Insulating Glass Manufacturers Affiliation (IGMA) member, which is a subcommittee of AGWA. Of equal importance is to ensure the installer follows the correct installation methods as described in that standard. With AGWA seeing the main cause of failure due to lack of adequate water drainage to keep the IGU seals dry and the incorrect selection or installation of setting blocks. Both manufacture and installation are equally important to ensure the longevity of IGUs.



comment Priscilla Radice CEO Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ)

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT RELEASES THE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY The Infrastructure Association of Queensland is calling for the adoption of MMC to be a key part of the Queensland Government’s Innovation & Productivity Roadmap. MMC represents – business efficiency, quality, environmental performance, sustainability and delivery predictability. It offers quality design innovation delivered by non-traditional methods that are safer, quicker, cheaper and more sustainable. Few have taken innovation construction seriously in Australia. We could be solving huge issues by using the design for manufacturing approach to deliver housing, schools and health at better quality and within circular economy principles.

TAYLOR ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR INDUSTRIAL TEAM Taylor has announced its new senior Industrial team is in place with the hire of new Construction Manager Metin Tokcan. The newly-expanded team will deliver a significantly increased Industrial capability, building on Taylor’s existing reputation for excellence in delivery of large-scale industrial projects. Metin Tokcan joins Jerry Fanos, who joined Taylor as the new General Manager Industrial in January 2022, and Taylor’s Pre-Construction Manager Daniel Bacic, who has been with Taylor for approximately seven years. Metin brings 15 years’ experience in commercial and industrial construction experience, having joined Taylor from Hansen Yuncken and previously worked at CIP (ESR Australia) and Lendlease. Over his career, Metin has worked with high profile clients such as ESR Australia, Logos, Frasers Property Industrial, Aliro, Goodman, Charter Hall, Qube Holdings, Altis Property Partners, Quintessential Equity, Multiplex Capital and Stockland.

Industry needs visibility and certainty of project pipeline to invest in the factories and R&D to design and deliver offsite solutions. This provides the potential for a cross-agency cumulative approach and multiple programs to provide the certainty of volume required for contractors to invest in the factories, building capacity and capability. Innovative manufacturing will create new jobs and broadens the workforce pool for the sector by enabling diversity and inclusion through the provision of an inside, controlled workplace environment. It also offers work that does not require project site trade skills and associated length of training and certification, thereby enabling quicker access to job opportunity and placement. Place of production opportunity arises for regional and rural areas throughout Australia to become centres of innovative manufacturing excellence with the development of manufacturing standards for commonly used products across multiple sectors within construction. Investing in and utilising smart innovative construction techniques and methodologies deliver better outcomes for government, industry and the communities we serve. 16


High-profile projects that Metin has led as a Construction Manager include the Target Australia Distribution Centre, the Williams Sonoma Warehouse Development, Barangaroo South Tower One, and other large-scale office and warehouse developments. Jerry Fanos, General Manager Industrial, said: “The entire construction industry rests on trust, so I am pleased to announce our expanded Taylor Industrial team is now in place with two well-known and deeply-trusted leaders in the space joining me at the helm – our new Construction Manager Metin Tokcan, and long-standing Pre-Construction Manager Daniel Bacic. “This marks a new era for Taylor in the industrial space; our clients are asking for innovative, higher-sustainability work reliably delivered on time, and we intend to go above and beyond those expectations to deliver sector-leading industrial spaces.” Metin Tokcan, Construction Manager, said: “It’s a real pleasure to join the Taylor Industrial team, working with some of Australia’s most sought-after industrial clients on exciting projects. “Working alongside Jerry and Daniel, who are both so highly-regarded in our sphere, is a great opportunity. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running on the projects we have underway, and working to grow Taylor’s industrial practice in the years to come.”

PROPERTY COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW MINISTRY AND ELEVATION OF HOUSING INTO CABINET The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the Albanese Government’s new Ministry and commended the Prime Minister for elevating the housing portfolio into cabinet.

Homelessness and Small Business and look forward to working closely with her in addressing one of the country’s greatest challenges,” Mr Morrison said.

Property Council of Australia Chief Executive Ken Morrison said the decision to promote the new Housing Minister to the cabinet table was a symbolic and important move that set the scene for real action on the housing affordability crisis.

“Throughout the election campaign we saw candidates on all sides talking about housing affordability, and that’s because voters want and expect action on it.

“We congratulate Julie Collins on her appointment as Minister for Housing,

“We thank outgoing Shadow Housing Minister Jason Clare for his hard work in Opposition and wish him well in his new portfolio,” he said.

WORLD FIRST ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY TO POWER MURDOCH CONSTRUCTION Robotic technology has been trialled on a Western Australian construction site in a world-first project at Murdoch University, in conjunction with major partners Aurecon and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Alex Fernandez-Soncini Strategic Construction Technologist APAC Procore

The robots have been uniquely designed by UTS researchers to deliver cumbersome screw fixings. This task can cause fatigue and injury in workers given the repetitive and labour-intensive nature of this work, especially on Mass Engineered Timber (MET) construction projects. The catalyst for the trial is the construction of Building 360 at Murdoch’s South Street campus – a technology-rich, MET building which will accommodate up to 60% of the university’s teaching requirements. Building 360 will be the largest MET building in Western Australia and a demonstration of Murdoch’s commitment to sustainability, aiming for a 6 Star Green Star rating once complete. Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Deeks said Building 360 would transform the student and staff experience through offering new, digitally enabled teaching and learning spaces in an environmentally friendly design. “MET is a completely renewable resource and a more sustainable construction material than conventional steel or concrete, which is a huge contributor of greenhouse gas emissions

HOW TECH HELPS THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY MEET CHALLENGES WITH CONFIDENCE: HOW WE BUILD NOW 2022 globally. The building will also have a large array of photovoltaic cells to supply its power needs,” Professor Deeks said. “Working with our design, engineering and advisory partner Aurecon, we set out to determine where technology would add value to the construction process – an opportunity to modernise an industry that, by and large, is yet to take a significant leap in innovation. “The concept was developed to trial robots installing screw fixings – an important, but labour intensive task, that’s essential on MET construction sites.” Aurecon’s Managing Director, Built Environment Australia, Tim Spies, said the pilot project showed that by thinking more innovatively, the timber industry could lead the way in improving construction project outcomes.

MATT HYATT JOINS THE TEAM AT WALLBRIDGE GILBERT AZTEC Multidisciplinary engineering and project management team Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA) has announced a new senior appointment with Matt Hyatt joining as joint Regional Manager, Victoria. The move comes when the company celebrates its 40th anniversary and invests in several new appointments to support its growth strategy across Australia and New Zealand. He joins WGA from pitt&sherry where he held the position of Regional Area Manager for the Victorian office. He led projects through the MRPV Panel, including Childs Road, Western Roads Upgrade, Yarra Trams Panel and MTM Panel. Before that, he spent over two decades at Aurecon as Technical Director and a Unit Manager.


He will be working alongside current Regional Manager Cameron Jackson, who has led the Victorian team for 24 years, achieving significant recent growth.

The construction industry is continuing to battle rising costs, ongoing labour shortages and supply chain issues. However, according to Procore’s 2022 ‛How We Build Now’ benchmark report there is remarkable resilience across Australian construction companies, with 85% feeling good about the year ahead, and even higher levels of optimism across the wider Asia Pacific region. A clear finding from the report is the correlation between technology adoption and industry sentiment, with those most confident turning to technology to ensure their businesses can adapt as the world evolves. We saw an uptake of technology adoption during COVID, with more than two in five (43%) Australian respondents agreeing the pandemic accelerated their adoption of digital technology. Despite the added pressure on the industry, this shift to digitalisation was necessary, with 43% of Australian construction decision makers agreeing technology will help improve resource efficiency through fewer errors. It’s been incredible to see a decrease in rework since our last How We Build Now report. The average Australian construction company spends 12% of its time (or one in every eight hours) on rework, which is down from 18% in 2020. In fact, Australian construction companies spend the least amount of time on rework of all five markets surveyed. This is a solid gain in efficiency and suggests a correlating improvement in the quality of building practices which we hope to see continue in years to come as technology adoption increases.



comment Michael Sugg CEO Formwork Industry Association

COMING SOON - A NEW FORMWORK SAFETY PROGRAM A pathway for workers to receive micro credential learning on formwork specific WHS issues.

PROPERTY COUNCIL LAUNCHES NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION COUNCIL AND UNVEILS NEW PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Property Council of Australia today launched its newly formed Student Accommodation Council and announced Anouk Darling as its inaugural President and Torie Brown its inaugural Executive Director. The Student Accommodation Council is a newly formed Division of the Property Council, specifically created to represent and advocate for Australia’s Purpose Built Student Accommodation sector.

Inaugural President of the Student Accommodation Council and CEO of Scape, Anouk Darling, said the Council’s advocacy agenda will focus on supporting the maturation of the industry including attracting increased domestic and international capital to the asset class, building relationships with the tertiary education sector, addressing tax and lending frameworks as well as the continued safe return of international students with stable settings to support open borders.

In addition to addressing the current qualification issues and access to government funding for apprenticeship programs, the FIA over the past year has sort to address the safety issue of workers onsite. With high incident levels onsite and other industry pressures there is still a need, and demand, for the right level of training and expertise to minimise the level of risk and improve safety onsite. Industry feedback requested the FIA create industry wide and recognised minimum levels of safety to get workers safely onsite. Feedback also stated a need to re-engage workers in learning and prepare them for future learning/ training. In late 2021, the FIA, as part of their strategy to provide a new education and training pathway and an industry led solution to the issues in the industry, sort funding from SafeWork NSW to prevent or minimise harms by improving workplace health and safety, and reducing serious injuries and fatalities in NSW workplaces. The proposed solution was the introduction of a “Safe Formworker Pilot Program” – A pathway for workers to receive micro credential learning on formwork specific WHS issues. This program will provide specific formwork skills and positive awareness of the industry risks, by providing practical learning outcomes to benefit workers. The Activity will focus on the individual formworker to allow that person to increase their safety knowledge

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The Council has been formed off the back of consistently strong industry growth, which, over the last five years, has delivered 31,000 purpose-built student beds with an estimated value of $9.3 billion. The Council’s 10 founding members account for almost 50,000 of the 123,000 purpose-built beds across Australia, with current assets valued at more than $20 billion, and many more projects in the pipeline.

ARBS APPOINTS NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD ARBS Exhibitions is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Tony Arnel as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately, replacing the outgoing Chairman, Ian Hopkins.

of Australia and World Green Building Council. He was also the Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commissioner for 12 years.

An Australian business leader, architect, academic and former high-ranking public servant, Tony has devoted three decades to industry collaboration, sustainability and regulatory reform to improve Australia’s built environment.

“I feel privileged to take on this role at an inflection point for our industry,” Professor Arnel said.

Currently a professor at Deakin University, Tony is a former president of the Energy Efficiency Council, Green Building Council

“With Tony’s vast experience in the built environment, together with his incredible network of industry associates, the Board views Tony as the ideal person to lead ARBS through the next series of events,” said Exhibition Manager, Sue Falcke.

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and skills, allow them to become more employable, more connected to the industry and their peers and increase motivation and enthusiasm in the industry. In an industry with very poor learning skills, desire to learn, or even requirement to learn,

the easy to access micro credential learning program will be accessible to workers at toolbox talks, pre starts or other times in the shed, via mobile learning. With video and image-based learning, along with gamification, it is hoped to re-engage workers in learning, tackle the language barriers and prepare workers for further learning. Look out for the launch in July.

GLOBAL CONSTRUCTION TECH COMPANY REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SYDNEY WITH PLANS TO CREATE 100+ NEW JOBS Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software, today announced the opening of its new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Sydney. The continued investment in the region follows significant local demand, with business nearly doubling across Asia Pacific from 2020 to 2021. Five years since opening its first office in Australia, the investment in a new, larger space demonstrates Procore’s ongoing commitment to Sydney as its regional headquarters. The company’s rapidly expanding local team continues to grow in response to sustained customer growth across APAC in 2021. To scale the business and meet the continued demand of the local construction industry, Procore has plans to create over 100 new jobs in ANZ. Tom Karemacher, vice president APAC at Procore commented, “As both the business and the team have rapidly expanded, we needed a flexible and collaborative new working environment that is built for true scale. Procore understands that most employees now prefer a hybrid working style, so we made a conscious decision to allow one desk for every two employees, and ensure all meeting and event spaces could provide a great experience both in person and virtually.

David Jenkins CEO Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia


We hope to attract and retain the brightest talent on Australian shores.” Procore’s new offices are set in SubStation No.164, two adjacent historic Sydney buildings that have been innovatively revitalised into a commercial and cultural space by Built. The world-class office facility in this iconic Sydney site spans 15,000 square feet over two floors, equipped with automated technology to support sustainability and the wellbeing of occupants. Completed by Belvia, the internal fitout has drawn inspiration from Procore’s flagship US offices in Carpinteria, California and Austin, Texas, while ensuring it is designed to meet the unique needs of the ANZ team.

MITIGATING SUPPLY RISK IN HYDROCARBON PROCESSING FOR AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES Energy’s centrality to Australia’s economic growth is well recognised, and the importance of securing an uninterrupted energy supply absolutely vital for numerous local businesses where hydrocarbon processing is part of their supply chain. Examples of hydrocarbon processing are found in the compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) sectors.


Specialty gases as utilised in the hydrocarbon process for safety, process control and compliance, have historically been imported into Australia, however, global supply chain issues are now affecting Australian companies that have traditionally relied on overseas suppliers. Steps to safeguard supply security include generating awareness of domestic specialty gas production to ensure a more energy secure future for Australian businesses. Coregas is the only Australian industrial gases company manufacturing locally and distributing specialty gases throughout Australia and New Zealand, including calibration gases, chemical gases, process gases, purging/inerting gases, electronic gases and instrumentation gases.

As issue that is important to our members in the building and construction industry is the rapidly escalating skills shortage in Australia. As the peak association for infrastructure management representing professionals who deliver public works and engineering services, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) has called on all levels of government to commit to educational programs that raise community awareness of infrastructure asset management and its importance in the delivery of sustainable and resilient outcomes for our communities. Severe skill shortages, lack of best practice planning and reporting, audit and follow up are identified as some of the key problems in the IPWEA White Paper: ‘Best Practice Asset Management of Essential Public Infrastructure’. Continuously seeking to help grow and maintain infrastructure asset management capability can deliver greater employment opportunities, improve sustainability, build resilient communities and deliver stronger returns on investment. All are key focus areas for IPWEA. Australia is limiting its return on investments by failing to adequately respond to the shortage of infrastructure planners by under investing in their professional development. There have been numerous discussions around the skill shortage and the severe implications for the community; and we need a solution. That is why we developed the IPWEA Asset Management Pathway. The Asset Management Pathway, seeks to provide flexible and accessible education with people and skills at its core to address the skills shortage. Along with its call to action, the IPWEA White Paper defines asset management, its role in the community and the challenges asset owners face. It also outlines problems and solutions, and six recommendations for the way forward.




ADAM MCARTHUR Found Concrete is an app that makes it easier to order concrete. Started in 2018, Found is a tech-enabled alternative to the traditional process of concrete ordering and currently serves customers in Sydney, Newcastle and Central Coast, Melbourne and South-East Queensland. The team at Found bring together decades of industry experience and a deep understanding of the technology sector. Led by CEO Adam McArthur, they are dedicated to making tradespeople’s lives easier, freeing up valuable time, alleviating construction site pressures and improving productivity. Adam shared his insights about the exciting innovations Found Concrete is bringing to the sector.

What makes the app such a game-changer and explain what challenges the app helps overcome in the industry? Smaller industry players typically find it difficult to place a concrete order. They often have to call several suppliers and compromise on things like price and delivery time. They often place orders with multiple suppliers to secure delivery times and then cancel orders they don’t need, which is very inefficient The supply chain is set up to support larger projects but all our suppliers really want to serve their smaller customers better. The app is set up to let them do that. We match concrete availability with orders, with a user-friendly interface to help customers quickly source the concrete they need, at the time they need it. How do customers use the app? The app has a transaction-based model with customers paying per order. Found is introducing innovations in pricing, the first of these 20


is to provide discounts for orders placed in the afternoon to make it cheaper for customers and better for suppliers to serve customers in off-peak times. Suppliers love it. We’ve really been able to add value for suppliers because the app helps them find new customers for their spare capacity, giving them better utilisation while also delivering a better service to the market. Where did the idea for the app come from and how did you get involved? Found was created by people in the construction industry who saw an opportunity to improve concrete ordering. It was developed through an incubator consulting firm and has since grown rapidly. My prior experience includes sectors including aerospace, automotive, commerce, logistics and education. I’ve always found it rewarding to help out small businesses. However, construction has always been a AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

passion since I started my career at James Hardie. The industry is ripe for disruption, with lots of manual processes that affect productivity. What’s next for Found? Ultimately I would like to see Found expand to serve a broader section of the construction industry. Our vision is to make it easy for smaller customers to order all sorts of construction materials – steel, timber, aggregates… you name it.

and plan their works. If people are sitting on hold trying to order materials during the day, that time could be better spent supervising the workforce onsite and keeping everyone productive. What has the customer feedback been like so far? As use of the app grows in the construction industry, Found has received universally positive reviews from customers who appreciate its ease of use and value for money.

This is especially important today with all the logistical challenges facing distributors. Suppliers everywhere are struggling to meet demand and customers are desperate for materials. We can’t control raw material costs but we can help make businesses more efficient with less wasted time and effort for both the supplier and customer.

It’s been great to receive positive feedback and hear that we are making a difference. Small companies are the backbone of Australian industry and it’s always really rewarding to hear from our customers who have got some of their precious family time back thanks to Found.

Found improves efficiency by freeing up valuable time onsite. Up to 30% of customers place orders outside business hours. Customers like to place orders at the end of the day when they can sit down

For more information contact Found, Level 11, 3 Spring, Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 1300 980 626, email, website





LOOKING AT DIVERSITY THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS When Harriet Oldmeadow, a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright, and Elizabeth Brookes, Special Counsel with Lander & Rogers, stepped into the shared role of Co-Presidents of the New South Wales Chapter of NAWIC, they immediately saw the enormity of the task ahead.

The National Association of Women in Construction had been a vocal advocate for change since 1995. Tens of thousands of women attended events across the country each year, and there was no better place for networking. But Harriet and Elizabeth look at the world through a distinctly legal lens. With that lens on transparency, governance and cultural change, they’ve spent the last three-and-a-half years recasting NAWIC’s agenda in New South Wales. “NAWIC is not just a vehicle for networking. It is a platform for discussion and debate. If NAWIC is to truly empower women in the construction industry to reach their full potential, we must change the culture of the entire industry,” Harriet says. Australia’s construction industry is characterised by long working hours, lack of diversity and low levels of wellbeing. BIS Oxford's The Cost of Doing Nothing report, published in May 2021, lays out the challenges in black and white. Roughly a quarter (23%) of construction employees reported to regularly working more than 50 hours each week in 2018, for example. This came at a cost of $708 million in lost productivity. Almost 150,000 construction employees suffered from moderate or severe mental illness. Work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses cost at least $6.1 billion. Meanwhile, the obstinately low female employment rate – which at 12% is below any other employment sector in Australia – aggravates an already serious labour shortage. If diversity unlocks innovation by creating an environment where ‛out of the box’ ideas can be shared, the lack of women on construction sites is an industry problem, but a national one.

Elizabeth Brookes (Lander & Rogers)




“The Construction Industry Culture Taskforce, chaired by the amazing Gabrielle Trainor AO, had already begun work on a new culture standard to lift productivity and performance when we took on the role of co-presidents,” Elizabeth notes. “We saw an opportunity to complement that work and drive meaningful change throughout the industry.”

Harriet Oldmeadow (Norton Rose Fulbright)

The reasons why women aren’t choosing careers in construction are well documented but not easy to fix. One research project, undertaken by Dr Phillippa Carnemolla and Dr Natalie Galea and supported with a NAWIC scholarship, found parents of talented female high school students discourage their daughters from taking on careers in construction for fear of gender discrimination. Another study by Dr Galea, also supported by NAWIC, found men’s informal networks – basically the ‛boys’ club’ – helped them progress their careers faster than their female counterparts. These are two illustrations of a complicated and compounding problem. Complex problems are only solved through diversity of thought – so Harriet and Elizabeth set about to broaden the reach of NAWIC in New South Wales. “We didn’t want NAWIC to be seen as an inner city, elite club,” Harriet notes. NAWIC began hosting events and educational workshops in partnership with Western Sydney University. A new award category – the Acoustic Logic Regional Woman of the Year – was launched as part of the NAWIC Awards for Excellence under Harriet and Elizabeth's direction. Emma Muller received the award in February for establishing Maliyan Horizons, a civil engineering company headquartered in Cootamundra, that has created employment opportunities for Indigenous people in the regions. “Emma is delivering multi-million-dollar contracts and supporting jobs and local businesses across regional New South Wales. This is a success story to celebrate,” Elizabeth says. NAWIC’s national mission to achieve a 25% minimum female participation by 2025 is unlikely to be achieved without the help of male leaders, which is why the new ADCO Champion of Change award – presented to Roberts Co’s Stephen Surjan in February – is so important. “Stephen has championed flexible working, removed recruitment entry barriers, introduced a five-day working week and set new standards for safe sites. He increased female representation at Roberts Co by 7% in one year. This is a model for other Tier 1 contractors to follow,” Harriet says. COVID-19 gave the Co-Presidents a chance to step back and to “focus on what mattered,” Harriet said. The Women in Leadership series, staged virtually during the height of the pandemic, has expanded to a national audience, for instance. Other important milestones on the pair’s journey include a new alliance with the Property Industry Foundation, which will see NAWIC members roll up their sleeves to build homes for homeless young people. Another alliance with Mates in Construction is focused on cultural change to prevent one construction worker from taking their life, on average, every two days. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Elizabeth and Harriet – who as volunteers have devoted up to 20 hours a week to the association – have set NAWIC’s success trajectory and will proudly pass the baton to a new leader, or leaders, this year. There are big challenges ahead on the horizon. Australian construction companies face a perfect storm: rising commodity prices, materials shortages, labour squeezes and other supply chain disruptions. But NAWIC NSW remains focused on the future. “We like to think we represent the best of the industry’s commitment to collaboration. We are two women from competing law firms who have worked side by side for three years with a determination to create a better, stronger, more diverse construction industry,” Harriet concludes.

- About NAWIC – Established in 1995, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) champions and empowers women in the construction and related industries to reach their full potential. NAWIC’s vision is an equitable industry within which women fully participate, and its values are: Courage, Inclusion, Resilience, Integrity, Safety and Wellbeing.




HOW SPLIT SYSTEMS CAN HELP REMOVE ALLERGENS Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty. Ltd. creating innovative solutions with Clean Air Technology. With a track record of engineering excellence spanning over 130 years from their origins as a leading industrial innovator in Japan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) is the leading supplier of premium residential and commercial air conditioning in Australia and New Zealand. MHIAA’s product range incorporates the latest technologies and innovations to improve their customers’ health, wellbeing and quality of life. Their design philosophy is focused on providing solutions to make people’s life and work more comfortable.

One of the technological advancements offered by MHIAA is the incorporation of ‛Clean Air Technology’ features within their split system air conditioners. These features combine several different yet specialised components working together to provide customers with improved air quality in the home and greater protection against allergens. The feature works by first allowing airborne allergen particles like pollen, dust and other irritants to be drawn into the split system and caught in an Allergen Clear Filter. The filter contains a specially formulated Enzyme-urea compound which breaks down the captured allergens and deactivates any bacteria,

mould and viruses, preventing them from recirculating back into the room. Recent testing has shown that this technology is also effective against the COVID-19 virus. The next line of defence is a Photocatalytic Deodorising Filter which captures additional airborne particles like fine smoke and neutralises any odours they might be carrying. This easy-to-wash filter helps keep the home smelling fresh. MHIAA air conditioners contain a number of separate functions to ensure the effective operation of these systems. For example, the Allergen Clear Operation is a multi-stage operation which cycles between heating and cooling to generate moisture which activates the enzymes in the Allergen Clear Filter, causing those enzymes to carry out their function of deactivating particle-borne bacteria, mould and viruses. Another important function is the Self Cleaning Operation which dries out the air conditioner’s internal components including the fans and filters. This helps the unit deliver




clean, odour-free air while eliminating mould and extending the unit’s operational life. Odour-causing mould is also inhibited by special anti-microbial treatments that have been applied to the fans within MHIAA split systems. All these different elements of MHIAA split system air conditioners work together to deliver unparalleled performance in domestic air quality, playing a key role in reducing exposure to environmental allergens and helping to prevent resulting seasonal conditions like hay fever. MHIAA products are supported by a knowledgeable and dedicated technical team who work closely with customers to ensure system design and product selection in line with the unique requirements of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

each project. “Our products are of the highest quality making them reliable and perfect for the tough Aussie climate,” said MHIAA’s Graham Hamilton. “We focus on the reliability and quality of our products first and foremost which is reflected by the awards we have received.” Over the years MHIAA has garnered many awards and industry recognition. They were named by consumer advocacy group CHOICE as Australia’s best air conditioner brand four years in a row and recognised by Canstar Blue as having the most satisfied customers for three years in a row. Australia’s No. 1 consumer opinion site ProductReview recently named MHIAA’s Avanti and Bronte split systems as Australia’s best spit system air conditioners for 2021.

Most recently, MHIAA were awarded as the best overall split system brand for 2021 and 2022 by Finder, another leading consumer comparison site. These accolades reflect MHIAA’s enviable position as one of Australia’s most trusted air conditioner brands, as shown by their many satisfied customers. Delivering award-winning, reliable and high-quality air conditioners to Aussies is MHIAA’s focus and it’s what makes them the nation’s Experts in Air. For more information contact Mitsubushi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioning Australia, Pty. Ltd., Block E, 391 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, phone 1300 130 007, email, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS



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Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Waffle Pods have been the preferred system in slab construction in Australia for the past 30 years. They will continue to be your number one choice for the next 30 years. EPS packaging from white goods, fresh produce boxes and other construction off cuts is actively recycled into EPS Waffle Pods by the industry as part of its commitment to a circular economy.

EPS Waffle Pods  Lightweight  Cost effective  No concrete blowout  One standard size easy to cut and install to suit slab design

 Simple installation  Insulation benefits  Reduce CO2 emissions from concrete use  100% recyclable

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FANTASTIC FAÇADES Archer Façades specialises in the manufacture and installation of stunning contemporary architectural façades for commercial buildings as well as for high rise residential structures. Starting the D&C contract for Silk One in August 2021, Archer Façades manufactured and installed façade cladding to the external rooftop. A composite of materials was used including aluminium and honeycomb panels as well as aluminium RHS fins. The rooftop components were manufactured at Archer Façades’ brand new 800m² facility in Meadowbrook, the largest in Queensland, with the latest technology, plant and machinery. Onsite, the challenges were material supply and lead time issues along with COVID restrictions and weather interruptions. The team at Archer Façades worked collaboratively and steadily and a quality installation which was completed by April 2022.

Archer Façades has completed many successful projects in Brisbane, south east Queensland and northern New South Wales including the sophisticated Bentley Maserati Showroom in Southport, the $27 million Broncos training facility in Red Hill and Hotel X in Brunswick. Archer Façades is a highly experienced and dedicated team of estimators and designers, project managers and site installers as well as factory and administration staff, all with demonstrated abilities within the architectural cladding industry. Key members of the team have decades of industry experience and are recognised as some of the driving minds behind many of the most prominent and detailed architectural cladding projects throughout Queensland. Services offered by the Archer team include evaluating design concepts and investigating how they can be realised as well as providing a prototype and giving a cost estimate. One of the team’s biggest projects is 300 George Street, the W Hotel in Brisbane city. The spectacular façade consisted over 8,000m² of external façade cladding. Upon successful completion of the W Hotel, Archer Façades were awarded a further 3,500m² of works within the precinct and the project was awarded the Queensland MBA’s 2019 project of the year. For more information contact Archer Façades, 6/12-18 Ellerslie Road, Meadowbrook QLD 4131, phone 07 3299 6877, email, website





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DARLEY ALUMINIUM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MAKING YOUR IDEAS POSSIBLE 25 years ago, in November of 1996, Darley Aluminium started as a small family owned business fabricating and installing security windows and doors from a suburban home in Sydney. The business started with four employees and has transformed during the 25 years that followed. It wasn’t long before Darley expanded their capabilities which led to the need for a bigger workspace. The team moved from their home office to a spacious warehouse in Wetherill Park.

also attributed to their loyal customer base, who continually provide repeat business and referrals. THE FUTURE

By the year 2000, the team had evolved to 25 staff which included drivers and warehouse employees, however this wasn’t where the expansion ends. FULL STEAM AHEAD Fast forward to 2021 and the company has grown to become a national distributor with four branches positioned throughout Australia and employing more than 230 staff. Darley has become one of the largest distributors of aluminium extrusions in the country and provides complete systems and services for all types of residential, commercial and industrial projects. 2006 was a milestone year for Darley following the acquisition of land in Erskine Park which saw the construction of a much needed new head office. Spanning over 12,000m2, the NSW branch is now the main hub for distribution and is home to the business operations. ADDING VALUE Darley offers a number of value added services in addition to the distribution of aluminium extrusions, which includes powder coating, light fabrication and packaging. In 2008, Darley developed a new suite of window and door systems. The CityView system for the commercial sector and the KlassicView for residential window fabricators.

Darley are excited to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year and are looking forward to another 25 years of success. The management and staff are committed to the ongoing growth of Darley and will continue to stay at the top of their game with the latest technology and systems. Ray Kwan, National Sales Manager at Darley Aluminium said, “We started as a small family business providing aluminium extrusions to window and door fabricators.” Over the last 25 years, the business has grown into more than just an aluminium distributor and into a full service solutions provider, offering customers everything from locally designed and tested thermally broken windows and doors, customised extrusions and fully glazed windows and doors via our partnership with Alucity Architectural Product Supply. Darley are committed to building a sustainable future by investing in developing their window and door systems, digital infrastructure and investing in their branch facilities and people. If one of the 3,000 aluminium extrusion products on offer at Darley isn’t what you need for your next building project, then the team at Darley are there to help. Darley is your one-stop-shop for all your aluminium window and door needs and can cater for small-scale fabricators to large construction companies buildings multi-level apartments.

More recently in 2019, ClimateGuard was launched. Along with building their capabilities, Darley have established a solid and experienced team leading to the company being recognised as a trusted, and highly regarded brand. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE Darley value their people. They understand that they could not have achieved the longevity and continued growth without the hard work, dedication, and support of their employees. The company’s success is 29 ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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The Andrew N. Liveris Building at the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland is an innovative state-of-the-art 12-storey building space featuring an incredible glazed central atrium, suspended curved meeting pods and unique façade with an articulated glass veil. Hansen Yuncken, with their exceptional track record across all sectors of the Australian building industry, was appointed to design and construct the project, which is now the tallest structure on the campus. Construction commenced in April 2019 and was handed over in July 2021. The $132m building was realised thanks to the support of UQ alumni and principal sponsor Andrew Liveris, formerly CEO and Chairman of The Dow Chemical Company. The building will contain the School of Chemical Engineering, part of the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology. The building is designed to be a vibrant hub for industry and interdisciplinary collaboration to address global challenges in areas such as energy, water, metals, bioengineering, gas, food production, materials, petroleum and mining. Excellence in research, teaching, student learning experiences and integration with other disciplines and external stakeholders will be facilitated by the design and layout of the building. The new structure has an approximate gross floor area of 21,440m² and an effective height of 46m. A distinctive feature is the atrium from Level 4 through to the roof, with the atrium void open to the floors on Level 4 to Level 8. The design allows for a combination of open plan learning and collaboration


spaces, project rooms, studios, laboratories, seminar rooms and plant facilities. Heavy equipment laboratory areas provide workshop type environments housing heavy equipment including furnaces. Constructing the circular pods which cantilevered into the atrium provided one of the challenges on the project. Building in circles always poses issues as the components of concrete, steel and cladding require absolute accuracy. Hansen Yuncken had to build to strict dimensional control as there was no room for the level of tolerances usually seen when building straight walls. The Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership has been established on Level 9 and will provide programmes to deliver a pipeline of effective and creative leaders for the digital era with the capacity to contribute to a sustainable future. A further highlight is the scale of the pilot hall which extends from Levels 1-3 and is at the centre of the building. It will allow the fundamentals of processes used in industry to be replicated and demonstrated. Learning spaces and informal student areas overlook the pilot hall. The design concept of the architects, Lyons + m3architecture, focused on creating a physical environment and identity that will allow the School to reinforce its strengths,


including a strong emphasis on leadership in sustainability. The building’s distinctive glass skin provides a highly energy-efficient façade, while creating a visual link to the older sandstone buildings on the campus. This was achieved using a glazed panel with a coloured ceramic frit that acted as a mirror to reflect the light from the sandstone buildings. The Andrew N. Liveris Building is another successful addition to Hansen Yuncken’s proud record in building landmark facilities across the education sector, with over $2.5 billion completed projects. In Queensland, the company completed the stunning Moreton Bay Foundation Building for the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2020, and the recently completed Student Services Hub also for the University of Queensland. In New South Wales, Hansen Yuncken has recently completed the Honeysuckle City Campus Stage 1A for the University of Newcastle. Hansen Yuncken continues to drive change, implementing new technologies, methods and attitudes that change the way the industry approaches sustainable, quality projects that deliver real benefits to the Australian community. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 639 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3872 4000, email, website



Below Hi-Reach Rentals Australia supplied two SC5000 single mast climbers on two elevations on the shear walls of the lift shaft and stair well sections.

Hi-Reach Rentals Australia has a mission to ensure the construction industry can work at heights with superior levels of safety by providing the nation’s largest range of aerial equipment backed by unrivalled expertise. Hi-Reach Rental’s extensive range includes boom lifts, scissor lifts, spider lifts, cherry pickers, a range of specialised elevated work platforms, mast climbers, specialised scaffolding and swing stages, all of which are regularly serviced and maintained to the highest standards. Hansen Yuncken contracted Hi-Reach Rentals to supply equipment for specific roles in the construction of the Andrew N. Liveris building at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. At 11-storeys high, the building will be the tallest building on the campus and the home for the School of Chemical Engineering. The company supplied two SC5000 single mast climbers on two elevations on the shear walls of the lift shaft and stair well sections. “The façade contractors used the mast climbers to progressively install their monorail system up the building. This enabled them to bring their glass panels from inside the building onto the monorail then fix the panels from the mast climbers,” explained Colin Fox, Managing Director of Hi-Reach Rentals. Hi-Reach Rentals first conducted a site visit in order to inspect the access challenge first hand. “Our service always includes expert advice and providing optimal solutions for all access challenges on any project. Our recommendations are focussed on cost effective solutions to enhance productivity, combined with the highest safety standards,” Colin explained. The Hi-Reach mast climbers were in position for around six months at the building site. Hi-Reach provides expert installation of all their hire equipment by their experienced team. “This ensures total safety for staff and contractors working at heights which is integral to everything we do at Hi-Reach rentals,” Colin added. “Safety is also a high priority for Hansen Yuncken and its Site Safety Officer was very satisfied with our policies and procedures.” 32

Hi-Reach Rentals was established in 1996. Its Directors brought decades of combined experience in EWP and the construction industry, seeing a real need for specialist expertise in providing equipment for aerial work of all kinds, with round-the-clock, seven day a week service. The majority of its work is in the southeast corner of Queensland with facilities in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. However, Hi-Reach’s expertise and equipment has been called on for projects in all mainland capitals and New Zealand. “We work with a full range of construction businesses, from Tier 1 companies including Lendlease, Multiplex and John Holland, to smaller builders. Whatever the size of the project, we supply a highly flexible, customised solution.” Colin said. Hi-Reach has been engaged on many large projects where working at heights was particularly challenging. At the National Library in Canberra, Hi-Reach erected the largest freestanding Scanclimber mast climber in Australia, approximately 41m long and 23m high, to facilitate the removal of Carrara marble around the parapet. The mast climber was configured as a twin mast and had no ties to the building, which meant there was no patching required when the mast climber was removed. A project for the Auckland City Council saw four mast climbers employed on a two year project to replace granite cladding. The mast climbers transported workers and materials quickly and safely up and down the sides of the building and provided a stable and ergonomic working platform to a height of approximately 100m. Elsewhere around Australia, Hi-Reach has provided equipment at the Brisbane Square project for Lendlease, University Hospital in Adelaide, the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant in Victoria, and the erection of light towers at Manuka Stadium in the Australian Capital Territory.

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Below Fitout Glass and Aluminium created unique coloured and curved glass features throughout the project.

Fitout Glass and Aluminium has added another quality project to their extensive portfolio with the completion of the Andrew N. Liveris Building at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Contracted by Hansen Yuncken for the project, Fitout Glass and Aluminium manufactured and supplied all specified internal glazing requirements including doors, aluminium framing and glass partitions. While most of the items represented standard products for Fitout Glass and Aluminium, there were a number of special finishes, such as the timber frames with curved glass panels on the top floor. “We gave special attention to the design and manufacture of the curved glass to meet the architectural specifications,” said Company Director, Micah Woods. “The finished product looked very attractive after installation and is one of the unique features of the building.” Fitout Glass and Aluminium was involved on the project for around eight months, working closely with Hansen Yuncken to meet the construction timetable and to coordinate the installation of the glazing around the other trades working on the building. “We have worked on a number of projects with Hansen Yuncken and it is always a very positive experience,” Micah said. “In particular, the emphasis on safety on Hansen Yuncken’s jobs is always of the highest standard and that fits in perfectly with our own approach to safety.” Fitout Glass and Aluminium’s work on the Andrew N. Liveris Building reflected the values that the company brings to all its contracts. Quality of workmanship is of the highest priority and Fitout Glass and Aluminium always delivers on their commitments. “Our track record has made us the preferred supplier of internal and external glass and glazing systems including the installation of internal office partitions, fabrication of aluminium framing and doors, installation of specialist hardware and door systems, frameless glass systems and balustrading in commercial applications to the construction industry in south-east Queensland,” said Micah.

“We constantly work very diligently to make sure we retain that hard-earned position. Our large team of over 80 people plus a strong sub-contractor base, gives us the capability to service several projects at the one time without compromising quality or service.” Fitout Glass and Aluminium also has a focus on innovation to ensure their customers are offered the latest in design and products for their clients. Many are now seek superior environmental performance to achieve Green Star ratings and Fitout Glass and Aluminium can provide thermal and acoustic glass solutions to meet these standards and which do not impact on the mechanical or optical qualities of the glass. From their 2,000m2 office and aluminium fabrication facility in Eagle Farm, the trained and skilled Fitout Glass and Aluminium team manufactures windows and doors from raw extrusion to high quality finished products, always meeting clients’ delivery schedules. At any one time, the company can have 200 individual projects underway. The company’s manufacturing processes also focus on being environmentally responsible and sustainable. Fitout Glass and Aluminium continues to grow across south-east Queensland, using market knowledge, experience and industry relationships to source innovative and unique products which maximise quality and cost effective solutions for their expanding client list. “We have the inhouse experience to anticipate issues in design and installation so that we can provide advice and solutions in the early stages of a project in collaboration with our builder clients,” said Micah. Fitout Glass and Aluminium is working with Hansen Yuncken on the refurbishment of the Thomas Dixon Centre in Brisbane’s West End, the home of the Queensland Ballet. Another major current project is The Complex in Creek Street Brisbane for Hutchinson Builders.

For more information contact Fitout Glass and Aluminium, Lavarack Avenue, Eagle Farm QLD 4009, phone 07 3393 9033, email, website www.





Below Ellis Air completed design, construct and fitout of all mechanical services, including the Manifolded exhaust systems for the fume cupboards.

Ellis Air Conditioning Pty Ltd is an award winning, ISO Certified air conditioning and mechanical services company with a reputation for excellence across the commercial building industry. Operating in both Victoria and Queensland, Ellis Air prides themselves on providing tailor made solutions for all heating, ventilation and air conditioning requirements, particularly for large, challenging projects including multi-story apartments, offices, education facilities, hospitals, clean room facilities and sporting facilities. Ellis Air was engaged by Hansen Yuncken in May 2019 to design, construct and fitout all mechanical services at the unique Andrew N. Liveris Building which houses the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland’s St. Lucia campus. The landmark 11-storey education facility has been designed to provide a significant teaching and research centre within the engineering precinct of the campus. From Ellis Air’s perspective, the project represented The University of Queensland’s largest laboratory style project on the campus and consisted of specialist laboratory systems including manifold fume cupboard systems and the use of extensive laboratory gases, requiring the specialist expertise of Ellis Air’s inhouse design team. There were a number of unique features and challenges in the project. “Due to the complexity of the construction, we conducted a full BIM LOD400 service co-ordination among all trades. We also had

to provide mechanical services on exposed ceilings throughout the project,” said Project Director Joshua Daley. Manifolded exhaust systems were designed and supplied by Ellis Air for laboratory fume cupboards. The manifolded exhaust system, with a primary fan and a backup unit in a common duct system, has higher energy efficiency than multiple, dedicated fans working independently. They save energy as less fan power is required and the airflow system is adjustable in response to varying requirements. They also require less energy to disperse exhaust plumes due to increased dilution and momentum of effluent. A highlight of the Ellis Air’s work was a mega riser of 16 sections, designed and built off site and installed into the central shafts of the building. Ellis Air also supplied high/low pressure and high purity laboratory gas installations. Due to the hazardous nature of the chemical engineering activity in the building, dust extraction exhaust systems had to be built and certified to meet regulatory requirements. “The Andrew N. Liveris Building project required a very significant effort by our team with up to 75 staff and subcontractors being involved at the peak of the work,” Joshua said. “This was an iconic project from many perspectives, principally because it is the largest laboratory of its kind for The University of Queensland and in fact is the largest one of its kind in Brisbane.

We are delighted to have worked with Hansen Yuncken on the building and to have made a major contribution to the safe working of the facility.” Ellis Air is no stranger to large, challenging projects. The company also worked on The University of Queensland Elkhorn Building refurbishment at the Long Pocket campus in Indooroopilly where it completed PC2 microbiology and chemistry laboratory facilities. In the health sector, one of Ellis Air’s outstanding projects was at the new Roma Hospital, where all mechanical services were designed, constructed and installed, requiring a major effort from its team in a regional location distant from Brisbane. Major projects in the commercial sector undertaken by Ellis Air in Brisbane include the Queens Wharf development, where it is delivering the central infrastructure for air-conditioning and mechanical services to the precinct plus basement car park ventilation and the central energy plant. Also in Ellis Air’s current portfolio are the 80 Ann Street and 300 George Street projects. Ellis Air provides a complete package on any project from the concept stage to completion, enhancing efficiency and saving costs by eliminating the need to deal with multiple suppliers. For more information contact Ellis Air Conditioning, 54 Alexandra Place, Murarrie QLD 4172, phone 07 3213 9700, email ellis@, website



Below Condrill Services completed a range of concrete cutting services across the project including the atrium void.

Condrill Services is renowned for its professional capabilities in all aspects of concrete cutting and drilling, demolition and associated works. Established in Queensland in 1982, Condrill Services has won the respect and trust of the full spectrum of builders from Australia’s leading Tier 1 construction companies through to operators in the domestic housing and renovation sector. Hansen Yuncken engaged Condrill Services to undertake a range of concrete cutting services on the Andrew N. Liveris Building at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.

Head-quartered on the Gold Coast with an additional office on the Sunshine Coast, Condrill Services undertakes projects from northern New South Wales, across south-east Queensland including Brisbane and has completed assignments in regional areas. Condrill’s portfolio includes iconic projects like the Gold Coast Hospital, the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Q1 Apartments. The company is currently working on the new Star Casino in Brisbane, the Queens Wharf project on the Brisbane River and is engaged on demolition and reconstruction works at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast.

The building had a number of unique architectural features including an atrium from Level 4 through to the roof, with the atrium void open to the floors on levels 4-8. Along with standard concrete cutting tasks like cutting out doorways and lift shafts, the Condrill team had to scan all capping beams to identify the location of all reinforcing.

“The Condrill Services fully trained team of operators is committed to ensuring all projects are completed to the highest standards of safety and cost effectiveness, whether it is a major infrastructure project or a standard domestic build,” Ben said.

“We have the specialised equipment that allows us to provide a safe, non-destructive and rapid onsite imaging service in these situations,” said Condrill Services’ Project Manager, Ben Wilson. Condrill Services had 10 operators for approximately two years onsite from the commencement of the project.

For more information contact Condrill Service, 4/54 Kingston Drive,Helensvale QLD 4212, phone 07 5519 9011, email admin@, website



Below Yorke Consulting provided the blue-collar workforce for the project which included all skilled trades, hoist operators and traffic controllers.

Yorke Consulting is a specialist recruitment service provider offering labour hire and permanent recruitment solutions for their clients and candidates within the construction industry across South-East Queensland. Founding Directors, Rhys Yorke and Donald Stout established Yorke Consulting in January 2018 with a commitment to the highest standards of recruitment, with a mission to build long lasting business relationships. Yorke Consulting successfully tendered for the labour hire contract with Hansen Yuncken providing the blue-collar workforce for the Andrew N. Liveris building project which included various skilled trades, hoist operators and traffic controllers. The experienced and dedicated team of Yorke Consulting ensured all workers complied with the utmost professionalism, since the construction project was operating in a live campus environment. Safety, quality and team-ship was paramount in delivering the project successfully on-time. Managing Director, Rhys Yorke, commented “The Andrew N. Liveris project was an exciting and positive experience for all our team which we trust will develop into a mutually beneficial long-term relationship with Hansen Yuncken.”

Yorke Consulting offers total flexibility and a personal approach to their business, tailoring their services to meet most staffing requirements. “Through our rigid recruitment processes we endeavor to attract the best talent, offering reliable permanent and contract solutions,” Rhys said. Consistently building a loyal team of construction workers and with offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Yorke Consulting are geographically well placed to respond to staff needs promptly and efficiently across Queensland. Relationships, Service and Quality are the three areas which Yorke Consulting thrives upon. Seeking a reliable and trustworthy recruitment partner, look no further than Yorke Consulting.

For more information contact Yorke Consulting, Level 3, South Tower, 527 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3613 9030, email, website





Built on a history of migration, collaboration and innovation, Australia has long been a ‘melting pot’ of cultures, with diverse ideas and traditions integral to its way of life. Bringing Australia’s diverse and progressive culture to life are purpose-built construction projects to house communities, ideas and experiences. One example is the Victorian Pride Centre, built by Hansen Yuncken which opened its doors in 2021. In recognition of the project’s significance and success amongst the community, the project was announced as the winner of KONE’s 2022 Victorian People in Property Awards for Team of the Year. Hansen Yuncken CEO, Peter Salveson, said, “Underpinning our corporate values is a desire to make a real difference to the communities in which we work. The $36 million Victorian Pride Centre project ticks all the boxes when it comes to engaging local and diverse communities, and we are extremely proud to have brought this important hub to the St Kilda neighbourhood. “Having our strong and collaborative team recognised as part of the KONE People in Property awards is extremely rewarding and a great acknowledgement of a collective 42

mindset and delivery – a reminder that we are better together.” Victorian Pride Centre CEO, Justine Dalla Riva, says the building is a milestone for the community: “It represents progress, openness, becoming and belonging. The opening and operation of the Pride Centre is a step towards equality for LGBTIQ+ communities. It’s a place that embodies our key values of support, celebration, belonging and pride in form and function. “The Victorian Pride Centre has become a hub of community activity, collaboration, and celebration. Our social events have brought a sense of togetherness for our communities after a couple of disjointed years during COVID.” Another example of how communities can be constructed through building development was Hansen Yuncken’s Greater Shepparton Secondary College (GSSC) project in Victoria. During the peak of COVID, Hansen Yuncken donated $10,000 to Shepparton Foodshare to bring food to the tables of local families living in isolation. A 1,270L freezer, worth more than $8,000, was also provided to the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project


to support their work with youth facing food insecurity. Hansen Yuncken was able to create opportunities to employ Shepparton residents living with disability, to plant beautiful mature trees across the site, through social enterprise ConnectGV. The money paid to ConnectGV for the project has since allowed them to provide meaningful long-term employment for workers within their nursery complex. “Not only did Hansen Yuncken have the opportunity to support the Shepparton community while constructing GSSC, part of our project delivery team involved school alumni who attended Shepparton High as students themselves, many moons ago. “Bringing those team members back to help transform a place that holds memories for them was very special, it was nostalgic for them and certainly strengthened the community connection in the build,” tells Mr Salveson. “After Victorian students have faced an undeniably challenging past couple of years AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


of remote learning during COVID, a world leading education hub like GSSC will be a game changer for Shepparton students to seize new opportunities. “With some of our most crucial and culturally defining sectors being left behind, Hansen Yuncken is excited to be playing a key role in Australia’s post-pandemic recovery through meaningful, considered and relevant construction. Project by

project, we are reinvigorating life back into Australia, across rural towns and capital cities alike. “We are thrilled to win KONE’s People in Property award, and excited to continue working with communities to deliver complex projects with pride.”

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MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ON THE FRANKSTON LINE DEVELOPER : Level Crossing Removal Project MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Southern Program Alliance comprising ACCIONA, Coleman Rail, WSP, Metro Trains Melbourne and the Level Crossing Removal Project.

As part of a huge program of works across Melbourne, the Level Crossing Removal Project has built three new stations at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach and removed five dangerous level crossings in the area, boosting safety and reducing congestion for local drivers. In total, the Victorian Government is removing 20 level crossings and building 13 new stations along the Frankston Line as part of a $4 billion upgrade that will improve safety, ease congestion and increase train services for the 40,000 passengers who use the train line every weekday. Following the Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach works, 16 level crossings along the Frankston line have already been removed. Next, another four level crossings will go and two new stations will be created on the line at Glen Huntly and Parkdale. Once the boom gates are gone for good at Glen Huntly in 2023, the line will be free of level crossings between Melbourne’s CBD and Moorabbin. The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing a total of 85 level crossings across Melbourne by 2025. The Southern Program Alliance (SPA) is delivering the Frankston Line works and is also duplicating parts of the Hurstbridge line in the city’s north-east. SPA is made up of alliance partners ACCIONA, Coleman Rail, WSP, Metro Trains Melbourne and the Level Crossing Removal Project. Frankston Line works began at the end of 2017. Over the course of 2021 the team removed five existing level crossings and

closed a sixth, excavated three rail trenches that were each around 1km long and up to 7m deep, built four new east-west road bridges above the lowered line, created three new stations at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, three pedestrian overpasses at each of the stations and a pedestrian bridge at Chelsea, with a total railway occupation period of about six weeks.

opening three fully functional and disability accessible stations at the same time was a first for the Level Crossings Removal project.

“Throughout the level crossing removal projects, we have had a strong focus on leaving a positive legacy for the community – this included commissioning artwork and procuring significant works from Indigenousowned contractors and other organisations working with disadvantaged groups.” said Andrew Brenchley, Level Crossing Removal Project A/Program Director.

The Frankston Line presented many challenges including congested sites hemmed in by major roads on two sides and surrounded by busy shopping and local precincts.

Communities along the Frankston Line have been transformed by the works which have contributed to a wider economic revitalisation, creating new jobs and improving town centres for small business. The benefits of the project in terms of improving safety, removing congestion and increasing public space has also been felt by the community. “The feedback has been really positive, and residents are really seeing the benefit of what we have produced,” Andrew Brenchley said. “One resident sent a letter to say he is getting better sleep since the noisy boom gates have gone!” Works at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach stations were completed concurrently and

“We were proud to achieve this milestone while still delivering such exceptional architectural outcomes with three really impressive new stations,” said Andrew Brenchley.

The line is also very close to the Port Phillip Bay foreshore and water ingress was an issue with trenches dug below the waterline. “Another challenge which impacted the whole industry was the COVID shutdown which hit us during a railway occupation and navigating these challenges was thanks to our strong and resilient team,” said Andrew Brenchley. The whole project team successfully completed the works within an exceptionally short delivery timeframe. “The construction period was condensed from years to months and the entire Chelsea Station went from concept to completion in only three years,” Andrew Brenchley said. The alliance contracting model played a big part in the success of the project. “The alliance model worked really well in ensuring speed of delivery,” Andrew Brenchley said. “On every project we have got better and better so there is a real opportunity for continuous improvement and innovation. All the alliance partners including the client are working together, sharing their expertise with the common goal of delivering value for money and huge benefits to all Victorians.”

For more information contact Level Crossing Removal Project, phone 1800 105 105, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



Below Johnston Project Management and Consulting provided range of tasks related to the successful management of the project.

Johnston Project Management and Consulting (Johnston PM&C), a Melbourne based Civil Engineering and Infrastructure consultancy, assisted the Southern Program Alliance to remove level crossings along the Frankston Line as part of the Level Crossings Removal project. This major $1.9 billion project comprised an Initial Works Package and two Additional Works Packages with the aim of alleviating congestion and improving safety along this major Melbourne suburban rail corridor with new stations and removed level crossings at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach. The project has also improved access to the Port Phillip Bay foreshore for the local community. Johnston PM&C was contracted for the delivery phase of the project with a contract for over $300,000 to provide Senior Project Engineers, Project Engineers and Site Engineers to deliver the following services: • Project Management and Project Engineering in the field – scope including stations, bridges, civil roadworks, pavements, retaining walls and drainage. • Cost tracking and resource planning. • Risk assessment and safety inspections onsite. • Managing major components of work on an accelerated occupation program, tracked hourly. • Quality Management and Surveillance of works. Johnston PM&C’s professionals brought many years experience in major infrastructure projects to provide support to the Alliance at every level. This complex project was made even more challenging by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented shutdown in Victoria which led to resource availability and logistics issues which required careful management. Despite these challenges, Johnston PM&C made a major contribution to the successful delivery of the project. “Our contribution on this project demonstrates our invaluable experience to support clients on Government projects involving high risk, complex infrastructure and high-pressure environments,” said Gary Johnston, Director. “Our multidisciplinary construction expertise and knowledge was used to support the Alliance and provide solutions to risk prior to commencing the major occupation scope. 46

“We understand the drivers the Alliance has, how they measure success and how we could best contribute to this success.” In addition to the Southern Program Alliance, Johnston PM&C provides services to a range of other rail and road infrastructure projects around Victoria.” We are currently providing Project Management and Engineering resources to major projects including Inland Rail, the Suburban Rail Loop and the Western Roads Upgrade,” Gary said. Sustainability is a major focus for Johnston PM&C. The business is carbon neutral and in the 2020 financial year they offset 35 tonnes of carbon emissions through Yarra Biodiversity Corridor reforestation projects, helping to address the climate crisis and deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. “Partnering with Johnston PM&C means your project will have zero net carbon emissions from the provision of our services,” said Gary. With almost 20 years of industry experience, Johnston PM&C have built an impressive track record working with Government agencies and top-tier contractors on major infrastructure projects. They bring substantial technical experience and a sophisticated approach to construction project management. Their management systems are ISO certified and they are an active member of industry association Consult Australia. Another aspect of Johnston PM&C that makes them stand out is their focus on building relationships and trust. Their engineering and project management professionals are fully integrated into clients’ teams from day one, allowing them to bring their depth of experience and passion for transport infrastructure to quickly transfer skills and knowledge to the whole team. Over the years Johnston PM&C have proven themselves an invaluable partner for complex and high risk infrastructure projects around Victoria, delivering value-driven and innovative solutions to achieve successful outcomes.

For more information contact Johnston Project Management & Consulting, phone 03 9448 2387, email, website









Below Monero Constructions provided a concrete Formwork, Reinforcement and Pour package for the new Chelsea Station.

Specialist concrete structures Monero Constructions completed the concrete FRP (Formwork, Reinforcement and Pour) package for the new Chelsea Station as part of the works along the Frankston Line, including building structure, pavements, kerb and channel works. One challenging aspect of the project was the congested site adjacent to the busy Nepean Highway. A lot of planning was required to ensure materials and people could be safely moved in and out of the site when required. Time constraints were also an issue and round-the-clock working was required to meet the demands of the short occupation window of the site. “We did a lot of planning in advance working together with SPA,” said Director, Gary Mongta. “We had a great relationship with everyone onsite and they were the best project team I have worked with. They put their trust in us to get the work done and we were happy to give them that confidence in the product we could deliver.” With extensive experience on formwork and structural concreting for major projects, Monero Constructions strives to deliver projects safely, on time and on budget with an unwavering commitment to quality. The company is also an Indigenous-owned business taking pride in creating opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous formworkers, concreters and steel fixers. “I am myself a proud Monero Ngarigo man and I source Indigenous and non-Indigenous labour from all over Victoria,” Gary said. “Monero Constructions relies on maintaining its positive reputation

in the community to help us continue to close the gap for Indigenous Australians and raise the next generation of skilled tradesmen.” “I founded Monero Constructions five years ago as a one-man show after 20 years in the industry,” Gary continued. “An opportunity arose with Coleman Rail for me to start my own business on one of their projects. In those early days it was just me and a ute full of tools and now we have become one of Coleman Rail’s preferred partners.” Monero Constructions has now grown to over 90 employees, 40% of which are Indigenous. The rapid growth is set to continue with new opportunities coming up with the Southern Project Alliance (of which Coleman Rail are a member) and other clients. “I am grateful for the support of Ty Newman and the Coleman Rail team who saw my potential, put their trust in me and gave me a go,” said Gary. “Getting that first crack is hard for any new business so they really played a big role in getting me where I am today.” In addition to working on Level Crossings Removal projects for SPA, Monero Constructions is also involved in Western Programme Alliance projects for McConnell Dowell including removal of the level crossing at Ferguson Street, Williamstown and North-West Programme Alliance projects for John Holland including Bell to Moreland Station works. “It’s an exciting time to be working in infrastructure in Victoria and with significant upcoming investments we think the future is bright,” said Gary. “Ultimately we want Monero Constructions to be seen as one of Melbourne’s leading concrete structure companies with our blend of expertise and experience.” “In the meantime we are looking forward to continuing our good relationship with SPA in the next stages of the project and getting involved in more level crossing removals across Melbourne.” For more information contact Monero Constructions, PO Box 138, Werribee VIC 3030, phone 03 9339 3200, email, website




Below M. James Engineering completed an extensive concrete package for the Bonbeach Station, Bondi Road Bridge and pedestrian overpass.

The ongoing Level Crossings Removal project along Melbourne’s Frankston Line involves the construction and improvement of several new stations.

They were transparent and an absolute pleasure to work with. We found the site to be a very positive and productive working environment.”

Melbourne-based civil contractor M. James Engineering was appointed by the Southern Program Alliance to carry out the FRP works for the new Bonbeach Station, which included the Bondi Road Bridge, capping beam, pile caps, permanent and temporary prop install, shotcrete walls, tanking slabs, shear stud installation, platform footings and slabs, lift shafts, pedestrian overpass FRP works and precast panel elements.

M. James has a proven track record of civil engineering and construction excellence on projects ranging from minor works to major infrastructure. Rail is a particular strength, and they have also been involved in projects such as the Caulfield to Dandenong Sky rail and Reservoir Station.

A combination of conventional formwork and Peri formwork was used to carry out the works. Peri formwork is a lightweight, plastic formwork system which was utilised for the capping beam component of the works. “Where it would allow, the Peri formwork system could be transitioned with minimal stripping of components and rolled along after each pour, helping us to significantly speed up our programme time,” said Adam Goldberg, Project Engineer. M. James also used prefabricated steel reinforcement cages for the capping beam. This reduced the amount of steel fixing required on site and reduced their overall programme time, allowing them to effectively lay 100 lineal meters of tied steel in one day. “We tried to find innovative solutions wherever we could to bring time and cost savings to the project,” Adam explained. “Any opportunity for prefabrication means we need fewer tradespeople onsite. We don’t want to just do things conventionally. If there’s a smarter way, we will look for it.” The innovative approach taken by M. James on the project helped them achieve a successful result on a complex project within the short time period required to minimise impact on the operational rail line. “It was definitely a challenging project and the site itself was also tricky as it is surrounded by main roads and access across Nepean Highway was difficult at times,” Adam said. “However, the SPA project team was very accommodating and made the job easy for us. 50

The young, dynamic team at M. James are passionate about applying ingenuity to everything they do. This has allowed them to build an impressive reputation as one of Victoria’s leading sub-contractors. Their deep knowledge of the civil industry and close relationship with their supply chain partners is an integral part of their success. In addition to concrete construction and structural formwork, M. James undertakes drainage and earthworks packages and provides plant and labour hire for major projects nationwide. M. James Engineering has expanded from project experience to now offer in house steel fabrication and precast under one roof, to offer our clients the best possible outcome. The high standards of quality, safety, innovation and technical expertise that M. James applies to their projects provides assurance for their clients and helps them stand out from the competition. M. James Engineering takes pride in delivering quality results that outperform and the works completed at Bonbeach Station were no exception. “We are extremely proud with the result we achieved at Bonbeach Station,” Adam said. “The job went as smoothly as we could have hoped for, and the client feedback has been particularly positive.”

For more information contact M. James Holdings, 316-318 Lower Dandenong Road, Mordialloc VIC 3195, phone 0431 219 498, email, website









Below ODM Electrical Contractors installed all lighting and power to the new Edithvale Station, which included the station and carpark.

ODM Electrical Contractors is a Melbourne-based company providing cost-effective and sustainable electrical solutions on projects in diverse sectors including commercial, industrial, rail and infrastructure. ODM installed all lighting and power to the new Edithvale Station as part of the Level Crossings Removal project on Melbourne’s Frankston Line. The new station was constructed in 2021 following the demolition of the existing station, lowering of the railway line into a trench and construction of a new road over the rail line. Removal of the level crossing at Edithvale has eliminated around 42 minutes of road closure during every morning peak period. ODM’s works included carpark and platform lighting, new distribution boards, lighting controls, conduits and containment along with associated civil works. “This was a very challenging project as many of our works were on the project critical path and the schedule was very tight with a 47 day occupation window,” said Oliver Molloy, Director. “We had to work closely with the other trades around the clock ensure our works were completed inline with the program.” Products installed by ODM at Edithvale included vandal-proof lighting, stainless steel distribution boards suitable for outdoor conditions, Siemens meters for power and light monitoring, and a C-Bus lighting control system. “It was a high-end install,” Oliver said. “A lot of coordination was required to get it over the line on time, thanks to the hard work from the ODM team as well as the wider project team.”


access drawings and documentation which ensured that the most up-to-date project information was available to all operatives across a common platform. Since being established in 2015 ODM has grown strongly and now boasts a team of 90 experienced personnel and a steady pipeline of work across Melbourne and regional Victoria including a large proportion of repeat business as well as new clients. “We are keen to continue growing our business to better serve new and existing clients,” Oliver said. “One key factor for us is that we have retained a lot of our skilled personnel as we have grown. Our staff have tended to stay with us which has really helped us build our experience in not only rail and infrastructure but other sectors too.” On all projects, ODM is focused on maintaining good working relationships with clients, engineers, project managers and other contractors. Their commitment to quality, safety and service is reflected by their strong reputation and extensive list of successfully completed projects. ODM has worked with many of Australia’s leading main contractors as well as private clients including Goodman Fielder, Shell, BP, Vopak, Yarra Trams and Metro Trains. They also offer specialised data and communication services including the design and installation of structured cabling systems. ODM’s Maintenance division is a dedicated provider of preventative, routine and breakdown maintenance services giving ODM the ability to serve their clients during the entire operational life of a project.

ODM had a close relationship with main contractor ACCIONA during the works and drew on their extensive experience on other Level Crossings Removal projects including stations on the Cheltenham and Ballarat Lines.

Whatever the project, ODM’s purpose remains the same: to deliver their clients’ vision through sustainable, cutting-edge and cost-effective electrical solutions. They build positive relationships that turn their clients into partners and achieve the best results, on budget and on time, every time.

One way that ODM ensured a successful outcome on the project was by ensuring site supervisors were deployed very early on and remained heavily involved throughout the project. They also used their inhouse job management, auditing, quality assurance and commissioning systems to deliver the works. ODM’s site teams used iPads to digitally

For more information contact ODM Electrical Contractors, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9029 8068, email info@odmelec., website



Below VicDig provided equipment and operators to complete the bulk and detailed final trim earthworks as well as drainage and soil removal.

VicDig are a specialist wet plant hire company serving metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. They provided equipment and operators to SPA for the Level Crossings Removal projects along the Frankston Line in south-eastern Melbourne, including works at Kananook, Seaford, Cheltenham and Edithvale stations.

This focus on people is reflected by the close-knit nature of the VicDig team. “I believe in surrounding myself with people who get along well and are good to work with,” Rohan said. “We try to be approachable and maintain a good family oriented environment, treating people the way we would want to be treated.”

VicDig’s services included bulk and detailed final trim earthworks as well as drainage and soil removal. “We’ve been working on and off for SPA since 2018,” said Rohan Hoiles, Director. “We have gradually worked our way from station to station up the Frankston Line.”

“We want our staff to come to work every day because they enjoy the work, not only to earn money. Once they join us our staff tend to stick around longer because they enjoy working here.”

VicDig had a good working relationship with SPA, stemming from their prior experience working with some of the alliance partners. “We have previously worked for both Lendlease and Coleman Rail on projects including the Ballarat Line upgrade so we knew what to expect from them,” Rohan said. The Frankston Line projects had challenging aspects including space constraints with sites located in heavily populated areas surrounded by major roads. “Nothing is ever completely straightforward but good planning from SPA allowed us to go smoothly,” Rohan said. “This was one of the best jobs we have worked on and the really good atmosphere made each site a great place to work.” VicDig was set up by Rohan from scratch in 2015 with a single excavator and has since grown to offer a wide range of Komatsu excavators for hire, ranging in size from 11 to 35 tonnes, plus equipment operators with expertise in sectors including road and rail infrastructure, residential subdivisions and commercial civil works.

The Frankston Line Level Crossings Removal projects are already starting to delivering major benefits including improved safety and reduced congestion for local communities. “We are really happy to have worked on this project to make Melbourne a safer place to be a driver, passenger or pedestrian,” Rohan said. “We see these removal projects as a positive step forward for everybody and we are proud to have contributed to that. “At the same time it was a pleasure to be involved on such a well-organised and professionally run project and I want to take my hat off to the management from SPA and everyone else who played a part.” On all their projects VicDig are focused on building positive relationships with clients and helping them achieve their targets on time, within budget and to the highest quality. “We enjoy helping clients deliver their projects and get that successful outcome that makes the job worthwhile,” said Rohan. “My philosophy is always to keep on smiling.” For more information contact VicDig, phone 0430 455 602, email, website

In addition to plant hire, VicDig has also recently started taking on their own contracts to deliver civil and drainage works and they are focused on developing this side of the business further in the future. “We have always looked for opportunities to work with good partners, providing the best wet plant and skilled operators to get the job done,” said Rohan. “We have always focused on delivering quality rather than quantity and that means we have to have trust in the skill and experience of our people.” 54






Below Johnson & Young Cranes provided lifting solutions for bridge beams, precast concrete, and steel as well as a variety of general lifts

A Pedestrian Bridge being lifted into place at the Frankston line.

Johnson & Young Cranes (JYC) are a leading supplier of mobile crane hire, transport and ancillary services to projects large and small throughout Victoria and beyond. Johnson & Young Cranes are a dynamic, customer focussed organisation and with certification from the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA), they are well positioned at the forefront of the industry. JYC was the primary mobile crane contractor for the Level Crossing Removal Project along Melbourne’s Frankston Line. They provided lifting solutions for bridge beams, precast concrete, and steel as well as a variety of general lifts, and with a fleet ranging from 3t through to 800t capacity they were well equipped to meet all lifting needs.

travel routes and preparing documents for regulatory approval. JYC also prepared lifting plans using AutoCAD to make certain each lift could be completed safely and efficiently. During the works, JYC maintained a close working relationship with the wider project team. “There is a lot of planning involved to manage works like this and to ensure compliance, so these relationships are extremely important,” said Sandi Taylor from JYC.

The Frankston Line Upgrade was complex, with local traffic and many residential properties close by. To minimise the impact on the surrounding communities, the site area was as small as possible which made some of the heavy lift operations challenging. For example, the installation of a 15.9m x 9.5m, 49t pedestrian bridge utilising an 800t mobile crane.

On all projects they undertake, JYC strives for excellence. Their team is their strength. They are passionate and committed. Understand the constraints, challenges and possibilities of every project, and know that the right attitude is essential. They work towards the common goal of ensuring each job is completed safely, efficiently and to the highest standard and this project was no exception. “This was a rewarding project located in a beautiful part of Melbourne,” said Sandi. “Our team worked tirelessly around the clock to get the work done and we can confidently say that each task assigned to JYC was completed successfully.”

Before starting work, JYC was required to obtain multiple permits to transport the cranes to and from the site, which involved pre-planning

For more information contact Johnson & Young Cranes, 03 8339 3300,,




Below Kings Construction provided machinery, attachments and operators to remove existing rail track and lay new track.

Kings Construction and Rail provides highly skilled plant operators for rail maintenance and construction works.

We had a good relationship with them having worked with Alliance members including Coleman Rail and Lendlease before.”

Established by Simon King in 2018, the company has grown steadily since and will have a total of four Hi-Rail excavators in their fleet, available from July 2022.

Kings Construction has extensive rail infrastructure experience in Victoria including Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel and many other Level Crossings Removal Projects.

For the Level Crossings Removal works along Melbourne’s Frankston Line, Kings Construction provided machinery, attachments and operators to remove existing rail track and build new track at stations including Carrum, Chelsea and Edithvale.

“A big focus for us is being able to provide the best operators,” said Simon. “It’s how we ensure we do the best job possible. We are experts at operating our equipment and even though the company has grown I still operate equipment every day.”

The works were completed using a range of specialised rail attachments. “We have a rail threader to lift old rails off and put new rails on,” explained Simon. “Then we have separate machines to remove the sleepers. One is called the Platypus and it digs out ballast and grabs the sleepers. The other has eight arms to lift up four sleepers at a time – we call it an Octopus.”

“We are also Frankston-based so it’s been great to work on something in our neighbourhood,” continued Simon. “Once the project is done, we are looking forward to enjoying the benefits it will bring to our local area.”

The works were challenging with a short occupation window for each station. “We are always first in and last out so we need to be prepared,” Simon said. “We worked closely with the SPA to meet their timescales.

For more information contact Kings Construction and Rail, phone 0431 150 987, email, website




Level Crossing Removal Project - Frankston Line, Victoria Construction underway at Edithvale







Below L&M supplied and installed vehicular traffic signalling equipment at nine separate sites

Since 1985 L&M Traffic Services (LMTS) has provided innumerable and diverse traffic signal installation works, maintenance and emergency services, across Victoria. As the oldest traffic signal contractor LMTS have extensive experience working with VicRoads, most Melbourne metropolitan councils and major clients, including Lendlease.

correlational between the different sites to coordinate with all the other trades which made it an interesting and rewarding challenge.” “We also had site shutdowns due to COVID-19 to deal with,” Trevor explained. “We just had to plan works meticulously and all in all we managed to get it done with excellent teamwork,”

L&M were acquired by Australia’s leading traffic company Traffic Technologies in 2020 in order to expand their traffic services portfolio and maintenance capabilities across the state of Victoria.

“L&M have considerable experience in the industry with which challenges were easily overcome,” he said. “Now we are part of Traffic Technologies we also have access to a comprehensive range of expertise, information, current technology and world leading products.”

For the Frankston Line Level Crossings Removal Project, L&M supplied and installed vehicular traffic signalling equipment at nine separate sites where the scope included civil works, laying of conduits, wiring, the installation of poles and signals and final commissioning. L&M also retained maintenance responsibility for their works until overall project completion.

As part of the Traffic Technologies Group, L&M has a vast range of specialist software and hardware solutions for signals, street lighting and static signage and with the full capability to meet the needs of their diverse public and private sector clients across Victoria and interstate and will ensure L&M's strong reputation continues to grow for many years to come.

“This was one large project made up of many smaller concurrent projects,” said Trevor Chambers, General Manager - Installation and Maintenance. “It meant there was a lot of consultation and

For more information contact L&M Traffic Services, 1 / 2-4 Souffi Place, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 9768 2637, email, website




Below Lantrack supplied over 280 trucks daily to dispose of over 300 tonnes of material from the site

For over 60 years, Lantrak has been one of the ultimate industry leaders in the construction, development and waste industries. Nationally, Lantrak is one of the predominant industry specialists in material supply, remediation, land rehabilitation, logistics, as well as truck and plant hire. Founded in Melbourne, Lantrak is now ubiquitous across Australia and is currently running major projects in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. Directly engaged in 54 of the 75 Level Crossing Projects undertaken in Victoria, Lantrak was engaged to manage logistics and material disposal on the Edithvale, Chelsea, and Bonbeach Level Crossing Project. Operationally, the project required over 280 individual heavy vehicles daily and comprised the removal, disposal and reuse of over 300,000 tonne of material. “Lantrak managed all material logistic movements on the project,” said Dominic Ring, Lantrak’s Victorian State Manager. “We handled various material types including contaminated spoil on the project.” The vast majority of materials encountered on the project and removed by Lantrak were non-contaminated, all of which have or will be processed for beneficial reuse as aggregates, landscape materials, and compactable fill. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Having been involved in many of Australia’s largest and most notable projects, Lantrak have operational capabilities as well as industry leading compliance, systems and procedures to service and complete the most intricate and complicated projects. Significant projects Lantrak has been involved include Melbourne and Brisbane Metro Tunnels, Parramatta Light Rail, Central Station Upgrade, Inland Rail Stage 1 (Parkes & Narromine) and Wantirna South (by Mirvac) land rehabilitation and development. “Our extensive truck fleet, disposal network as well tracking and safety systems enable us to offer a complete end to end material management solution to our clients, giving them better control and transparency for the duration of their project,” Dominic said. “We pride ourselves on successful project execution and delivery. Over 80 of our experienced staff were involved 24/7 to ensure this project happened and thanks to them we managed a complex logistical operation while ensuring full compliance across the project.”

For more information contact Lantrak, phone 13 9666, email info@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - FRANKSTON LINE


Below City Circle Group deconstructed a range of elements for the project including structures, retaining walls, and platform layers.

City Circle Group is an industry leading provider of demolition and recycling services. City Circle recently completed the demolition of Edithvale Station on the Frankston Line as part of Melbourne’s ongoing Level Crossings Removal Project. The works involved the demolition of existing building structures, retaining walls, hard & soft surfaces, and excavation & removal of fill within the platforms. “The works were carried out during a critical occupation window, working around the clock to get trains and the public on track again with the least disruption. City Circle showcased its ability to complete the works efficiently while preventing and mitigating the risk of problematic situations synonymous with this type of work.”

“Collaborative delivery is core to our business, getting the job done safely, efficiently and as one team with our clients is imperative.” City Circle has developed extensive experience with Level Crossing Removals and understand the strict operational requirements and challenges of these projects. “We have completed the highest percentage of level crossing removals of any Victorian demolition company,” Matthew said. City Circle is a diversified business also operating numerous recycling facilities which process reclaimed materials for re-use within the construction and infrastructure industries.

Challenging aspects of the scope included the presence of an asbestoscontaining pipes within the platform fill, which was identified, removed and disposed of safely by licensed professionals.

“City Circle stands as one of Victoria’s true circular economy businesses in our field. The result is demonstrated in 100% of all the demolished concrete, bitumen, brick, bluestone, and steel from the works being recycled. This is recycled back into our industry, which is unique and important to our environment”.

Having worked with Southern Program Alliance on numerous projects and similar scope occupations “it was a pleasure to see familiar faces on the job and collectively coordinate the works,” said Matthew.

For more information contact City Circle Group, 714-716 High Street, Kew East VIC 3102, phone 03 9489 7600, email admin@, website




Below Nelson-Furnell provided risk assessment and audit services including road safety auditing and railway crossing surveys.

While the primary focus of the Level Crossing Removal Project is on the grade separation of road crossing sites, the works have also impacted on the risks at many existing pedestrian and road crossings through the construction phase and into final completion. Project works effect the safe use of these crossings, and temporary works that are required to provide safe work zones, have also created sighting distance concerns at some locations. Nelson-Furnell Pty Ltd provides a range of risk assessment and audit services including road safety auditing and railway crossing surveys and assessments using the Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model (ALCAM). Surveys are undertaken using a variety of field techniques including gathering drone imagery and sighting distance measurement by GPS, digital range-finding and geometric methods designed to avoid occupying live tracks. CAD design tools are used to evaluate and illustrate geometric issues and propose solutions. Risk evaluations and proposed treatments are based on 17 years experience with crossing risk, human behaviour and the ALCAM risk WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

model and provide an authoritative, independent assessment of site risks for the project. Nelson-Furnell Pty Ltd are trusted suppliers of risk consultancy services to the Level Crossing Removal Project, Victorian DOT and Metro Trains Melbourne. Investigations into road and pedestrian crossing issues such as crossing condition, as well as pedestrian crossing and delineation fencing sight distances which provided proposed safety treatments benefiting pedestrians, cyclists and road users have assisted the project in effectively managing these risks on the Frankston line. Other similar work related to railway crossing risk and the ALCAM models is undertaken for other clients around Australia including TasRail, Transport for NSW, Sydney Trains, ARTC and Bravis, as well as being available to road construction consultants whose projects touch on level crossings. These have included Regional Roads Victoria, the West Gate Tunnel Project, Lang O’Rourke, Lycopodium and Longrun Infrastructure WA. For more information contact Nelson-Furnell Pty Ltd, phone 0428 140 154, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - FRANKSTON LINE


Below Mr. Traffic Hire’s specialist equipment rentals division Citiwest Rentals, provided message boards and traffic management equipment to the project.

Offering a full range of traffic management and safety equipment to suit projects of any scale, Mr Traffic Hire is the perfect traffic equipment rental partner serving Victoria and interstate. Established by General Manager Jamie Haitas, a traffic hire specialist with over 15 years industry experience, Mr Traffic Hire has the expertise to provide the highest level of quality, service and value. Through their specialist equipment rentals division Citiwest Rentals, Mr Traffic Hire supplied variable message boards and other traffic management equipment for the Level Crossings Removal Project on Melbourne’s Frankston Line. Mr. Traffic Hire provided a complete service including delivery and pickup of the equipment as well as programming the messages that were displayed via consultation with VicRoads and main contractor ACCIONA. The project was complex involving multiple separate sites along the railway line that all needed to be managed concurrently. “The scale was not too unusual for us.” Jamie said. “We have done a lot of VicRoads and Level Crossing Removal works before, for example with the North-Western Project Alliance and Western Project Alliance.” 64


Since being founded in 2017 Mr. Traffic Hire has grown rapidly. Through Citiwest Rentals they offer a wide range of traffic and construction equipment in addition to their fleet of over 200 variable message boards. “We can work on big projects but still remain a familyowned business and we try to keep that ethos,” said Jamie. “Compared to some of the other hire companies hire companies we really pride ourselves on personal relationships. I am always available to personally serve our clients and we try to be humble, helpful and approachable.” “As Mr Traffic Hire has grown over the last few years we have also reinvested in our stock so we can offer more to our clients,” Jamie continued. “We are looking forward to being able to offer even more in the future.” For all your hire needs call CitiWest Rentals on 03 9399 1311 or 1300 MR TRAFFIC (1300 678 723). You can also email us at or visit our website for our full range of products & services. CitiWest Rentals is a division of the Mr Traffic Hire (Australia) Group of Companies, the experts in traffic hire equipment, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Wamarra is an Aboriginal civil construction company providing high quality civil and landscaping services.

Wamarra is a highly respected, majority-owned and operated Aboriginal civil construction company determined to make a meaningful impact on the economic independence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities through long-term, meaningful career opportunities and culturally safe and inclusive environments within the construction industry. Forming part of Symal, we are a self-performing contractor providing high quality civil and landscaping services for our government, private clients and many Tier 1 and 2 contractors.

As a proud Wiradjuri man, Managing Director Hayden Heta said we had an experienced team on the project who worked closely with SPA to plan and programme the works each day. “The soft landscaping installation was among the last works at Chelsea Station. Landscaping is one of the last pieces of the puzzle to complete a successful project. As a self-performing contractor, we’re a one-stop-shop to construct functional and beautiful community spaces to the highest standards,” Mr Heta said.

We are constantly challenging ourselves and our partners to find the best solutions to safely deliver various infrastructure, transport, rail, justice, health and energy projects that help shape the communities we work in across multiple metropolitan and regional Victorian locations.

Since Wamarra’s inception in February 2020, the team has invested over 19,680 Aboriginal labour hours in completing 17 Level Crossings Removal projects. Our expertise has excelled due to these major projects, allowing Wamarra to employ more people and provide solid training to upskill and progress their careers.

The Southern Project Alliance (SPA) appointed Wamarra to provide soft landscaping around the new Chelsea Station on the Frankston Line as part of the Victorian Government’s Level Crossings Removal project. The delivery work scope included the supply and installation of topsoil, mulch treatments, seeded grass areas, turf and new planting using a range of native species endemic to the local area.

For more information contact Wamarra, 208-210 Hall Street, Spotswood VIC 3015, phone 1800 314 659, email, website




Below Industrial Demolition Services completed demolition and earthwork services, as well as a heritage building relocation.

Industrial Demolition Services at Central Pier.

The removal of level crossings along Melbourne’s Frankston Line, delivered by the Southern Project Alliance (SPA), is a major undertaking involving the removal and replacement of a large amount of operational railway infrastructure.

Having won multiple packages on the project over time, IDS have been able to develop a good relationship with SPA and worked closely with them to understand their programme and critical path and get in front of any issues.

Industrial Demolition Services (IDS) completed several scopes on the project, initially completing the Chelsea Station demolition including the up and down tracks, platform and building along with associated bulk earthworks.

“Most of IDS’ work is for Tier 1 contractors on major infrastructure so our system and culture aligned pretty well with theirs,” Paul said. “On this project the whole team put in an incredible effort planning, programming and identifying hazards and this was paramount to the overall success.”

IDS also demolished a nearby brick substation and a former industrial site in Seaford which will become a new carriage stabling yard. The company is due to commence demolition of former Caulfield Racetrack buildings and surrounding properties to make way for new railway infrastructure. “Another interesting piece of work we did was the removal and relocation of the heritage railway station at Mentone,” said Paul Cox, Infrastructure Manager. “This 100-year-old building is a local landmark and relocating it required ‘outside the box’ thinking. We delivered on all fronts, successfully lifting out the entire building in one piece with time to spare in a 5-day window.” 66


As one of Australia’s foremost industrial demolition contractors, IDS has a national reputation for high service standards and over 40 years experience on challenging, large-scale projects. The firm offers a comprehensive and modern fleet of plant and equipment together with inhouse expertise in demolition, dismantling, environmental services and recycling.

For more information contact Industrial Demolition Services, 35 Parer Road, Airport West VIC 3042, phone 03 9339 3200, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Calleja Group provided effective solutions to remove and dispose of prescribed wastes, including clean fill disposal and bin hire.

Calleja Civil, a member of the Calleja Group, provide holistic waste management services for large scale infrastructure and development projects.

and truck and trailer hire. “We work in partnership with our client, all project tasks are undertaken with a collaborative focus to minimise disruption,” Don Calleja said.

The Calleja Group have over 55 years experience in the waste management and transport industry. Under their current CEO, Don Calleja, the group have been providing innovative transport and waste management solutions to customers such as Norstar, Sims Metal, Infrabuild (formerly One Steel), as well developing advanced resource re-use and recovery technologies.

“Throughout our projects, Calleja Civil deliver cost effective and efficient waste management and transport solutions to meet the unique needs of our clients.”

Today, their fleet comprises over 140 specialised waste transport vehicles including large capacity tippers, hook lift and roll on/roll off vehicles. Highly regarded by their clients, Calleja Civil are well placed to offer a range of services on the Frankston Line Level Crossing Removal project with expertise, capability, resources and scale to deliver the most efficient waste management solutions. Calleja Civil can provide effective solutions to remove and dispose of prescribed wastes, including clean fill disposal, bin hire and removal WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Calleja Civil have access to a highly skilled labour force of over 250, with the ability to upscale and downscale resources over the lifetime of a project. Calleja Group also operate and maintain a substantial fleet of earth moving vehicles including dozers, excavators, and forklifts, supporting the many aspects of the operations of construction, waste removal, material handling, recycling, landfilling and mining.

For more information contact Calleja Civil, 20-30 Baldwin Road, Altona North VIC 3025, phone 03 9369 6222, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - FRANKSTON LINE





Sitting around 180m high with 55-storeys, Scape Franklin is believed to be the tallest student accommodation building in the world and will connect students, visitors, universities and the local community in a unique first-of-its kind ecosystem. Since launching in Australia in 2013, Scape has been designing, building and operating brilliant buildings for students in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and has emerged as Australia’s biggest purpose-built student accommodation owner and operator.

nestled between Melbourne Central and RMIT University, midway between the major tram routes on Elizabeth and Swanston Street and less than 50m from the new Melbourne Metro Station which will open in 2024, makes this development a natural choice for student, working professionals and visitors alike.

Founded in the UK in 2007, Scape has been built on a simple idea – that students shouldn’t have to compromise on standards of living, so a new offering was created where students have access to beautifully-designed rooms where everything is included in the price – laundry, kitchen, gym, cinema, shared spaces and a round-the-clock service desk.

Scape Franklin as a whole is focused on providing a community – bringing together working, studying and living environments.

“In Australia, we have 16,000 beds in 33 buildings and importantly, our buildings are located close to education institutions, major transport hubs and the vibrant cities that house them,” said Gary Eckersall, Construction Director, Scape. “We have 12 buildings in planning and development which will bring the portfolio to 22,000 beds by 2024 and have also diversified our offering to include Scape Living, which is a new way for students and working professionals to live centrally, affordably and easily.” Located on Franklin Street in thriving Melbourne, Scape Franklin is focused on providing a community – bringing together working, studying and living environments. “We wanted Scape Franklin to be more than student accommodation, so we ensured that the building had multiple uses that could all intersect,” said Gary. Formerly a redundant factory, its prime location in the heart of the education precinct,

The integrated building has 53-levels of occupied space (56-levels in total including the basement and roof plant spaces), with 814 student accommodation beds in studios, two-bed apartments and six-bed apartments and 127 short-stay studio apartments. There are dedicated student communal areas and external spaces, as well as a sky suite with co-working lounge and workspace, cinema/ boardroom, gymnasium, Lounge/Bar area and dining room, with a finishing kitchen for use by external caterers for a fully catered dining experience. The design of the building is a tower above a podium providing approximately 10,000m2 of commercial and education spaces. It has what is referred to as ‘step on’ accommodation, which provides a range of room types to suit both short and long-term stays for students, their visiting families or friends, or even visiting professionals to the city. “It was essential that all uses could integrate and that our spaces were both functional and flexible, allowing for the short-stay accommodation to directly connect to the commercial spaces. We have also ensured the commercial areas have access to bedrooms

for visiting professionals and of course, use of the sky suite at Level 52 for conventions, functions and general get-togethers.” Scape and construction partner BUILT were managing up to 290 workers onsite and were forced to navigate issues caused by a global pandemic, as well as challenges that come with such a tall building. Demolition commenced in September 2018 and works were completed in July 2021, meeting program expectations. “This was a truly fantastic result considering the long Victorian COVID lockdowns, which included periods of only 25% of workers allowed onsite.” “COVID has completely changed the way we had to think in construction and our partner BUILT has delivered an amazing building on time and in very challenging circumstances.” The impressively tall tower offers amazing views across Melbourne and can add a 5-Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating by the Green Building Council of Australia to its attributes. The quality of the fitout really sets the building apart from is neighbours and particular attention has been paid to the design of the bedrooms and communal areas. Scape Franklin is a destination like no other, where the quality fitout, amenities and location make this the perfect place for anyone to enjoy a short or long-term stay, or for students to start their next exciting chapter. “It is a truly integrated building offering work, rest, life and play and the fact that it also has the potential to house commercial tenants means the opportunities are endless.” Scape is present right across Australia with 33 operating sites in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. The company has several exciting sites currently underway, including Scape Kingsford and Scape Kensington in Sydney, as well as Scape Victoria, a new 25-level development boasting 525 beds. For more information contact Scape Australia, phone 03 9977 8088, website







MAKING A SPLASH WITH OFFSITE MODULAR BATHROOMS DNL Interiors is a Victorian-based company which has been supplying and installing modular bathrooms, plastering and carpentry to the construction industry for more than a decade and has installed more than 8,000 pods to date. The company’s latest installation at Scape Franklin further demonstrates DNL Interiors’ ability to handle large scale projects with ease. Managing Director of DNL Interiors, Dennis Popov, is a carpenter by trade and has applied his extensive industry experience over the years to refining his loading and installation process to get the very best results for his clients. This held Dennis and his team in good stead on the Scape Franklin development, which came with a lengthy and detailed scope. “We have worked on two other Scape projects, Scape 393 Swanston Street and Scape CUB prior to this one, so when Built engaged our services for Scape Franklin, we had a fair idea about what was expected,” said Dennis. “Our scope of works was to complete the full carpentry package along with the installation 873 modular bathrooms across the 54-storey building.” At the peak of the project Dennis had a team of more than 30 employees onsite at Scape

Franklin and they were tasked with supplying and installing a total of 1,600 doors and fire doors, the supply of all pressed metal frame jambs and the installation of all pressed metal jambs into precast and blockwork. In addition, DNL Interiors supplied and installed the aluminium and MDF skirtings of various sizes and installed all of the sanitary items throughout the building including toilet roll holders, grab rails, shower shelves and soap dispensers. DNL Interiors also installed in excess of 3,000 appliances in all of the rooms including dishwashers, ovens, rangehoods, microwaves, cooktops and fridges. Scape used Interpod modular bathrooms at Scape Franklin, all built in a New South Wales facility, then installed onsite to a tight weekly schedule by DNL Interiors The seamless bathroom pods have been designed to cater to the build-to-rent lifestyle and each bathroom features modern, space-saving frosted glass shower screen slider doors that couple as a toilet door and floor-to-ceiling wall tiles give the space a sense of class and functionality. The colour schemes and splashbacks of the bathroom pods changes on every fourth level of the building and there is a firewall attached to the back of each pod. A typical day for Dennis onsite was always a busy one and he would often be installing doors on one level one minute, then installing skirtings on another level the next. “The sheer size of the scope made it a challenging project for us, but in the end, I couldn’t be happier with the results,” Dennis said. “It looks great, it was finished on time and all of the amenities make the apartments a really attractive option for students.” Looking ahead, DNL Interiors has some exciting projects planned for 2022, including a scope for 1,780 bathrooms pods for largescale developments on Wills, Latrobe and Russel Streets in Melbourne. For more information contact DNL Interiors, PO Box 16, Kallista VIC 3791, phone 0401 393 686, email, website





THE LATEST IN STUDENT ACCOMMODATION OPENS IN MELBOURNE A new food offering, Scape Eats, launches in Melbourne Scape launches the latest in student accommodation - Scape Lincoln College opening on Friday 1 July. This new 12-storey building features over 460 beds and the best amenities including a rooftop area, cinema, large gym that is open 24/7, a music room kitted with electric guitars, keyboard, drumkit and recording equipment and the latest offering – Scape Eats, where delicious and healthy chef cooked meals are included in the rent price.

Scape Lincoln College. We have reimagined the student experience by giving students everything they need to love their student life in a new city, with new friends. “The pandemic was devastating for the international educational industry, and we know how difficult it has been in Melbourne. We are committed to helping reestablish Melbourne as a leading global education destination and will continue to invest in more developments in Melbourne.”

Scape Lincoln College is the 33rd building in Scape’s national portfolio, and the 11th building in Melbourne. As Australia’s largest purpose-built-student-accommodation provider, Scape is continuing to grow its portfolio with a wide range of rooms and buildings at different price-points.

“Over the last few weeks, we have had thousands of international students booking accommodation in our Scape buildings. They are excited to resume study on campus and enjoy the lifestyle and experience that is unique to Melbourne and Australia,” she said.

Construction of the $66 million building commenced in September 2019, and despite two years of rolling lockdowns and construction restrictions, the building was completed on time in July 2021. Now that international border restrictions have eased and students are back on campus, Scape Lincoln College will open in time for Semester 2, 2022.

Scape has boosted the Melbourne economy during and post-construction. Over 830 jobs were created during construction with another 40 created across management, reception, cleaning and catering. This is in addition to the 100 Scape employees in Melbourne. All subcontractors during construction were Melbourne locals, and the main suppliers were from Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney.

Anouk Darling, CEO of Scape and President of the Student Accommodation Council of Australia says: “We are so excited for our students to experience our latest building,

“International students are a vital part of Melbourne’s economic, cultural and community landscape. We want to be known as the world’s best city for international

students and that starts with making sure they feel supported and welcomed during their time here,” said the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp. “Ambitious projects, such as Scape Lincoln College, that combine accommodation and lifestyle support, go a long way to making us an attractive option for those looking to complete their studies here in Australia. The City of Melbourne congratulates Scape on once again, striving for the best,” she said. As the latest student accommodation building in Australia, Scape is continuing to invest in international education - one of Australia’s leading exports. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, 900,000 international students contributed $41 billion to the Australian economy. The value and importance of this sector cannot be understated. “Australia’s student accommodation industry is vital to Australia’s post-pandemic recovery. We are a world-leading education destination, that not only provides outstanding education outcomes, but the best living experiences for all students. Over the last five years, our industry has delivered 31,000 purposebuilt beds with an estimated value of $9.3




billion and created more than 3,500 direct and indirect construction jobs annually, on top of the 5,000 people who work in the operation of the industry,” said Torie Browne, Executive Director of the Student Accommodation Council of Australia.

internal kitchen that allows the space to be opened or closed off to cater for all weather events. The rooftop will also feature Scape’s urban beehive program, where bee colonies are maintained and harvested for honey for our students to enjoy.

“Scape Lincoln College is another example of how our members put students at the heart of the design of the building and deliver exceptional experiences that help students thrive,” she said.

Scape Lincoln College is the first building in Melbourne (and the second building in the portfolio) to offer Scape Eats where a resident chef prepares delicious and healthy meals. Scape’s recent TikTok food collaboration showed how important sharing meals and food content is for students. At Scape Lincoln College, students will start their day

With each new building, Scape prioritises its ESG commitments. During construction of Scape Lincoln College, the team worked hard on sustainability initiatives such as a waste recycling program that saw 91% of all waste recycled. The building has a 5 Star Green Star As Built rating and features an advanced energy management system that activates the power only when an apartment is occupied. The building has modern studios and share student apartments, each with bathrooms, kitchenettes, a full suite of appliances, study areas and smart storage solutions. Students will also enjoy two levels of communal space as well as a commercial grade kitchen. Level 11 has an external terrace linked to an WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

with complimentary continental breakfast with a variety of healthy options. For dinner, residents will be served a delicious hot meal prepared by our resident Scape Eats Chef or can pick up ingredients from the Scape Pantry to develop their culinary skills and prepare in their own apartments or in one of the communal kitchens.

Media Enquiries Anouk Darling | 0425 324 417 Ros Lill-Lusby | 0410 048 640

ABOUT SCAPE Scape is the largest developer and owneroperator of Australia’s largest purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) provider, with a diverse portfolio for domestic and international students. In Melbourne, Scape has Scape was founded in the UK in 2007 on a simple idea: being a student or graduate shouldn’t mean having to compromise on quality living and its purpose is to shelter and shape the minds of tomorrow.

Established in Australia in 2013, Scape is a global, fully integrated PBSA platform, with over A$6 billion in assets owned and operated alongside global wholesale and institutional investors. Scape Australia owns and manages 33 high quality assets located in the key education precincts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide with 16,000 operational bedrooms, and 4,000 bedrooms under development. The global Scape Group includes over 32,800 PBSA bedrooms in the UK (7,000) Australia (22,300), Ireland (500) and USA (3,000).




Ferntree Business Park Stage 1A sets a new benchmark for inspired commercial space with a 6-storey new A-grade office building with ground level foyer and extensive end-of-trip facilities, fitness equipment, outdoor seating, and landscaping. After successfully delivering an earlier stage of the Ferntree Business Park Precinct – Building C (the Olympus Building) – three weeks ahead of the contract completion date, exceeding the net lettable area and achieving a higher Green Star and NABERS rating than required – Hansen Yuncken was contracted to deliver the latest stage (Stage 1A) of the Notting Hill facility The project is spread over a 15,400m2 GFA and has considerable leisure and outdoor space. Hansen Yuncken’s scope of works comprised of the construction of two levels of basement car parking plus 6-storeys of new general office space; ground level foyer with extensive end-of-trip facilities, a loading dock area, services for the substation, significant landscaping surrounding the new building, and an additional large undercover area with adjoining fitness equipment and outdoor seating. Work commenced onsite in November 2020 and is expected to be complete in June 2022. “The Ferntree Business Park is really lifting the standard of business spaces,” said Daniel Cagaroski, Hansen Yuncken Project Manager. “This particular stage will be a great asset for the 74


business park. The facilities are second to none and there is the added bonus of so much leisure and outdoor space. After riding your bicycle to work or using the gym, the end-of-trip facilities have everything you need to prepare for the business day ahead.” The development is being completed for Spirit Super Superannuation Fund, is project managed by JGS Property, and is a Gray Puksand design. “A really unique feature of the building is the glass reinforced concrete implemented to the feature fins on the façade which promotes the highly weatherproof façade system,” said Daniel. “The exterior design of bright white projecting bricks wrapping around into the foyer area complements the façade fins as well.” The biggest challenge Hansen Yuncken faced during this project was the impact of COVID-19. Along with the mandated two week shutdown, the project experienced increasing pressures on the supply chain with delays and fluctuations in material availability due to the global shipping crisis. At the peak of the project, Hansen Yuncken had up to 100 workers onsite each day. “Like everyone else, we had to manage the government AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

directives regarding changes to capacity limits onsite,” said Daniel. “But we were able to successfully navigate this period with little impact on the build.” Hansen Yuncken has been in business for over 100 years. Lauritz Hansen and Otto Yuncken formed their partnership in 1918 with a handshake and a one page agreement. Since then, their company has gone on to create some of the nation’s most iconic buildings such as the recently completed Victorian Pride Centre in St Kilda. The company has a history of innovation and is a recognised industry leader in the implementation of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC), including Building Information Modelling (BIM) processe and technology. Data driven and future focused, harnessing these smart solutions offers the ability to simulate buildings, spaces and activities in a virtual sense and plan projects in a digital environment before work even begins, allowing workflows to be mapped out in advance so potential issues can be averted well before construction has commenced. Hansen Yuncken has completed more than 5,000 projects, has 600 plus staff across nine offices, and an annual turnover exceeding WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

$1 billion. They operate in every Australian state except Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Hansen Yuncken has reimagined construction as a service industry. It’s about how they can help, not just what they can build. The company is always evolving and adjusting their delivery procedures to suit each client’s specific requirements. The company is an enduring and dedicated supporter of the construction industry. Being long term players in most Australian markets, they are not just affiliated with professional bodies, they are actively involved. In 2018 Hansen Yuncken celebrated 100 years of continuous membership of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Current projects include the new North Melbourne Primary School, the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Redevelopment, and the Bills Street Social & Affordable Housing Development in Hawthorn. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 10, 412 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9831 6500, email melbourne@ VIC PROJECT FEATURE FERNTREE BUSINESS PARK





Below Bravo Plasters installed timber wall and ceiling panels and the mirrors with curved frames to the bathrooms, and mirrors above the lifts/doors.

Ferntree Business Park is a new commercial development in Notting Hill, Victoria. With 15,400m2 of A-Grade office space, associated support areas and landscaping housed in an iconic new building with a 4.5 NABERS rating, Stage 1A will create a new destination workplace in this emerging business precinct in Melbourne. With 20 years experience providing quality finishes and linings for interior walls, floors and features, Bravo Plasters was the ideal choice to deliver some of the most important internal finishes in the Ferntree Business Park. Bravo Plasters installed bespoke timber wall and ceiling panels to the main entrance lobby and corridors, along with mirrors in curved mirror frames to bathrooms and above the lifts and doors. “The process of sourcing, fabricating and installing the timber panels was quite complex since all the steps were done by different parties,” said Tong Ji, Managing Director. “We sourced the materials from Elton Group and then MadeCo cut the panels to size. We then put the finished panels together and installed them onsite.” Each individual aspect of the mirrors including the glass, backing, frames and even colour was customised and had to be fabricated to very high tolerances. There were 150 separate mirror pieces above the lifts alone and every single piece had to be manually adjusted to suit site dimensions. Each piece was assigned a unique number in the factory to ensure it could be placed accurately onsite.


“It was a very labour-intensive project for us,” said Tong. “We worked with a professional glass installer to provide certification after the installation was complete. It took a lot of time but the end result is a really elegant, high quality internal environment.” Sourcing materials during COVID was a challenge due to supply chain disruptions and workforce availability was an issue at times however Bravo Plasters kept on top of the project and delivered the works on time. A key focus for Bravo Plasters is repeat business and the project’s main contractor Hansen Yuncken is a major client. Ferntree Business Park is the third major project Bravo Plasters has delivered for Hansen Yuncken after the acclaimed Victoria Pride Centre and Industry Lanes developments. “Repeat business is definitely very important for us,” said Ji. “We strive to be a reliable subcontractor that firms like Hansen Yuncken can trust to do a good job on their projects. Hansen Yuncken helped us a lot on this project, they are great to work with and we hope to continue our relationship with them on future projects.” The high quality finishes that have been achieved by Bravo Plasters’ team on this prestigious project will further grow their strong reputation in the industry for quality, reliability and attention to detail.

For more information contact Bravo Plasters, phone 0402 471 811



Below IBuild supplied and installed the exterior of the building including the white Glass-Fibre Reinforced Concrete vertical fins on the façade.

The stunning façade of the Ferntree Business Park Stage 1A building is the design and work of IBuild Corporation. IBuild Corporation is responsible for the supply and install of the building envelope for Business Ferntree Park. The white Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) vertical fins on the glass façade and horizontal fins on the roof is the subject of much praise and admiration. IBuild believes that the project outcome has successfully achieved projects architect Gray Puksand's intent. Through the tender process, IBuild has been tasked to finding a valued engineered solution, in which the project team has decided to adopt GRC material as a substitution of precast concrete panels to achieving the featured fins. GRC is lighter and can be easily integrated together with the curtain wall system, streamlining the site installation processes. The project also comprised of GRC columns that spans more than two floors height at 8m tall, that require proper planning from the design to ensuring these GRC columns could be erected safely. “This was quite a challenging build as we had to ensure that the vertical fins are aligning when the curtain wall system is stacked on top each other,” said Joe Chong. “A slightest misalignment of a 0.5 degrees would have throw out the vertical fin to misaligned by 7mm.” 78


IBuild has developed a range of quality control and quality assurance methods to deliver the project, including laser measurements and building a jig, that accurately interacted with the material in order to actualise the design intention. JMC Facades, who is the façade installation company, install the fins with diligent and ensuring that the fins are aligning. “The most challenging installation, is to erect the 8m long GRC columns that span from ground floor to Level 2,” said Joe. Despite being onsite and having to work alongside the COVID-19 restrictions, IBuild has successfully produced a unique building envelope for Ferntree Business Park. “This is another successful project delivered together with Hansen Yuncken with a good quality in mind from the get-go to achieved the intent for the client and architect. We appreciated the hard work of the whole team which includes JMC Facades, GuangYa, Pendyala Consult and Sands Formation." For more information contact IBuild, 2/5 Aristoc Road, Glen Waverley VIC 3150, phone 03 8555 9626, fax 03 8555 9126, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ACRT used a high tech solid surface that is both functional and aesthetic for all of the vanity tops to the bathrooms.

ACRT Fab manufactured and installed all of the vanity tops to the bathrooms and the end-of-trip facilities at the Ferntree Business Park Stage 1A project. The vanity tops were formed from DuPont Corian® by CASF, a high tech solid surface that has a track record of successful invention and has made a major contribution, both functionally and aesthetically, to global markets, projects and end user products. Created to offer a higher performance alternative to conventional surfacing materials, Corian is now internationally recognised for its value to the world of design and architecture.

medical and commercial sectors. They cover every aspect including templating, design, fabrication and installation at competitive prices. As well as DuPont Corian, ACRT Fab are licensed fabricators of Staron and Hi-Macs surfaces. “The Ferntree Business Park project was really smooth-running with no major challenges,” said Gavin. “A great experience.” Current projects for ACRT Fab include Victoria Clinic, St Moritz penthouse apartments, 637 Flinders Lane, and Melbourne Airport amenities.

“Corian by CASF is a fantastic product,” said Gavin Christie, Director of ACRT Fab. “It is aesthetically pleasing and there are no joins which means it is extremely hygienic and easy to clean.” Corian Solid Surface is non-porous, making it stain and impact resistant. It is ideal for benchtops and other surface applications where durability and versatility are a must. With 25 years experience in Solid Surface fabrication, ACRT Fab prides itself on offering an excellent quality service to domestic, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact ACRT Australia, 25 Lathams Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 9776 9177, email For more information about Corian by CASF, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE FERNTREE BUSINESS PARK


Below Allsafe Power provided an extensive electrical package including a Steinel lighting control system for Ferntree Business Park.

As the electrical contractor at Ferntree Business Park, Allsafe Power undertook all works for the switchboards, mains, submains, general power, general lighting and emergency lighting, automated lighting control, security services, lightning protection, fire detection services and solar PV generation. Allsafe Power is a commercial electrical and communications contractor who have been in operation since 2009. This was the first project undertaken by Allsafe Power for Hansen Yuncken, and the collaboration was smooth and easy. As the Managing Director of Allsafe Power since the companies’ inception, Tristan Kokkinos has completed a wide range of projects and explains “Hansen Yuncken have been excellent to work with. All the trades worked well together with effective coordination. We hope this is the beginning of a long-term professional working relationship between the two companies. This was a great project to be part of, and the finished product is outstanding”. Tristan is responsible for Project Management at Allsafe Power, which involves project planning, programming and resource management, 80


OH&S procedures, quality management, contractual obligations and procurement of goods and services. As the electrical contractor, Allsafe Power engaged the services of FDS Fire for the fire detection services and HC3+ Security for the Access Control, CCTV and Intruder Detection. The success of the project can be attributed to the technical knowledge of these specialist trades. Allsafe Power also relied on local AWM and Lawrence and Hanson Stores for the timely supply and delivery of electrical equipment and materials. The project also uses a Steinel lighting control system that is designed for maximum sensitivity to minor movements, making its application perfect for office spaces where occupants are most often sedentary. Allsafe Power is currently undertaking works on three Victorian School Building Authority projects as well as a Retail-Commercial project. See our website for a list of our current and past projects and clients.

For more information contact Allsafe Power, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Continental Steel supplied all of the structural steel in the development of Ferntree Business Park.

Continental Steel is a structural steel fabricator, specialising in steel construction and metallic structural works industry for industrial, civil and residential construction, since 2012. “We are an up and coming company that has grown a lot in 10 years,” said Philip Baes, Project Manager for Continental Steel Australia. “Our vision is to continue growing to become a market leader.” Located in Dandenong South, the company supplied all of the structural steel in the development of Ferntree Business Park Stage 1A, including the airlock system, ground and first floor, the roof structure and general roofing. Continental Steel also provided the structural steel for the walkways and pergola, which used over 500 individual pieces of galvanized steel.

“The erection of some of the structure had to be done without a tower crane,” explained Philip. “Thanks to the ingenuity of our workers we were able to develop an attachment for use by a tele handler that enabled us to secure the steel member and erect it to the underside of the slab.” Philip was also pleased with his team’s ability to handle the restricted capacity regulations brought about due to COVID-19. “We were able to coordinate around the 25% capacity and get the job done with essentially only a quarter of the usual workforce. Everyone pulled together to make it happen.” The company’s next big project comprises 1,600T of steel making up the new Mainfreight Distribution Centre in Fox Drive in Dandenong South.

“Most of the steel we sourced was from local mills in South Australia, depending on the profile, namely supplied by Infrabuild and GAM Steel, rather than overseas,” explained Philip. With over 30 staff, every single one of them was involved in this project at some stage. One of the challenges the team faced were the access restrictions on the actual build. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Continental Steel, 17 Endeavour Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 8787 8944, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE FERNTREE BUSINESS PARK


LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION CLIENTS : Docklands Studios Melbourne, Development Victoria and Creative Victoria MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Grimshaw Architects ENGINEERS : WSP Australia, Integral Group Australia and Arup CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $40 million

The Docklands Studios Melbourne (DSM) Project involves the construction of a purpose built 3,700m² state-of-the-art, dry-hire facility for film and television production. The construction of Sound Stage 6 increases the studios stage capacity by 60% to a total stage area of 10,000m², making it one of the largest production stages within the southern hemisphere. The facility is 17.5m high internally, and offers full soundproofing, a floor loading capacity of 20KPA, along with a 900,000L subfloor tank for the filming of underwater scenes. Sound Stage 6 is the new flagship stage for the world class studios located in the heart of Melbourne. Its combination of floor space and height, as well as a wet stage, give it features common to only a handful of stages worldwide, positioning DSM as a leading competitor with larger Australian based studios in Sydney and the Gold Coast. It is expected to attract large scale international productions. The design of the building integrates with the architectural language of the existing buildings in the precinct and meets the high level of acoustic performance essential to the operation of the facility. Kane Constructions was awarded the Design & Construct contract during the early design stage in September 2020, with Stage 6 reaching practical completion in February 2022. Ortech and acoustic elephant doors were used in the construction of Sound Stage 6 to control external noise. This was particularly important given the proximity to the Citylink roadway. The acoustic performance of the building was a large focus for this project with extensive consideration given to internal reverberation control, vibration control and sound insulation. 82


“We used Ortech Durra panels for acoustic sound insulation. The integration of the Ortech Durra panels with the structural steelwork meant we needed close coordination with a wide range of trades in order to get the acoustic connection correct. These trades and consultants included the acoustic engineer, structural engineer, architect, steel fabricators, and the roofers and riggers onsite,” said Mark Spolidoro, Project Manager for Kane Constructions. Ortech Durra panel is a fully certified wall and ceiling panel system that contains an engineered biomass panel core made entirely out of reclaimed wheat straw. It is 100% recyclable and biodegradable while maintaining the desired properties of acoustic and thermal control, fire resistance and durability. The three storey annex building attached to the Sound Stage provides best practice office workspaces by promoting natural light, sun control measures, ventilation, access to outdoor spaces and a flexible open-plan working environment. Kane Constructions had a management team of 10 personnel leading the delivery of the DSM project. At the peak of construction, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

120 workers were delivering works onsite. The five existing sound stages remained operational while the project was under construction. “The doors were sourced, designed and built from ACRAN in Brisbane. Sourcing materials and products outside of Melbourne was a key challenge during the peak of COVID. Shipping the doors across the border from Queensland to Victoria and then managing the installation from interstate was no exception,” Said Mark “We had an outstanding pool of subcontractors on this project. We developed a strong collaborative working relationship from the outset right through from design through to construction.” “Our team took pride in maintaining a collective, highly communicative, positive and effective culture. Through leadership, consultation, implementation and a ‘roll up your sleeves’ approach, our senior management team led by example and demonstrated a continued commitment to delivering positive project outcomes,” said Mark Founded in Melbourne in 1973, Kane Constructions has grown into a multi-award winning commercial construction company with over 2,000 successfully completed projects across all industry sectors. With over 450 employees, Kane operates throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra. No stranger to industry accolades, Kane was awarded the 2016 and 2019 National Construction Master Builder of the Year, as well WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

as Master Builder of the Year in Victoria in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Recently, the $40 million Docklands Studios Stage 6 project won the 2021 Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence in Health and Safety Award. Heading into 2022, the team are currently delivering several notable projects in Victoria including the $152 million Bendigo Law Courts, $50 million Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC), $54 million Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre, $18.6 million Spirit of Tasmania Passenger Terminal Building and the $76 million Wonthaggi Hospital Expansion Project. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE DOCKLANDS STUDIO STAGE 6


Below Signal & Hobbs developed and installed a modular Ortech Industries Durra panel Acoustic insulation system.

Roofing specialists Signal & Hobbs were contracted to complete the roof and internal wall installation of Docklands Studios Stage 6. Roof installation consisted of multiple layers that included Lysaght Spandek roofing profile in Australian made Bluescope steel to the outer roof skin, Ortech Industries Durra panel Acoustic insulation system, CSR Bradford glass wool, and Proctor HTR vapour barrier products. The approach was determined to provide the best thermal and acoustic performance, and this has been proven in practice The Ortech system consisted of 2 layers. The lower layer of the Ortech system was fixed to the steel frame using isolation pads. The lower layer incorporated a soundsorb cassette and 2 x 50mm Durra panels, and was covered with glass wool prior to upper Ortech system installation. The upper layer of Dura Boards was laminated with a cement sheet and another layer of glass wool. This build up was covered in Proctor HTR and finished with a sprung curved Spandek profile roof. 84


The internal acoustic wall was a build up of CSR Anticon fixed to the precast panel followed by a layer of Ortech Dura panel, with Martini board acoustic instulation completing the build up. Signal & Hobbs worked closely with structural engineers at Apex Welding and Steel Fabrication to ensure the integrity of the structual support system. Signal & Hobbs site team needed to ensure the 60m radius of the roof was maintained and alignment of the modules with the superstructure was critical. To meet this challenge, Signal & Hobbs developed a solution using custom made jigs to prefabricate the frames on the ground. This allowed for a modular system installation, using a hydraulically controlled custom made lifting frame developed by Ortech Industries specifically for this project. This approach enabled Signal & Hobbs to fabricate the modules to maintain the required tolerances and ensured they would drop correctly into position. Once the modular solution had been developed, Signal & Hobbs were able to call on P&D cranes and Shot-Al Constructions to AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

provide their expertise and highly skilled riggers to assist with the installation of the modularised Ortech system. The modular system drastically improved the speed of installation onsite benefiting the overall project timeline. Working closely with the Kane Construction team, Signal & Hobbs commenced planning for the project delivery in November 2020 with onsite works commencing March 2021 and the bulk of works completed by November 2021. Signal & Hobbs mobilised 20 of their experienced roofers lead by Site Foreman Luke Houldcroft to undertake the work, drawing on the specialist skills required to complete the install to the expected high standard. Signal & Hobbs were a natural choice for the project with a 50 year heritage, specialist expertise and a strong reputation in the market, based on a track record as a trusted roofing subcontractor for major construction projects. While this was a major project with a significant roofing area, the team are used to dealing with projects of this size, and were able to apply the expertise they have developed working on many similar Tier 1 construction projects. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We are proud to have worked on the Development Victoria Docklands Studio project, supporting Kane Constructions to successfully deliver Stage 6,” said Rodney Signal, Director of Signal & Hobbs. “Bringing our engineering expertise to bear, along with our fabrication capability, we were able to overcome some specific project challenges with the roof radius by introducing a modular pre-fabrication approach that enabled us to achieve tight tolerances and install a multi-layered roof while reducing the time spent onsite.” For more information contact Signal & Hobbs Roofing Specialists, 20 Summit Road, Noble Park North VIC 3174, phone 03 8726 3050, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE DOCKLANDS STUDIO STAGE 6


Below Victoria City Tiling completed the waterproofing, screeding and tiling in all of the internal wet areas and balconies.

Tiling work for the Docklands Studios Stage 6 project was put into the capable and experienced hands of Victoria City Tiling. This included waterproofing, screeding and tiling all of the inside bathrooms and external public amenities, as well as the balcony. The company started work in June 2021 and completed the project in February 2022 with a team of five tilers. “The job was really good and the whole process went very smoothly,” said Dawoud Nazari, CEO and Manager of Victoria City Tiling. Despite the challenges of COVID, Dawoud was pleased with the project delivery. Dawoud and his team needed to coordinate with a range of trades onsight including insulators, plumbers and electricians, to create a polished finish for each space. When COVID restrictions were introduced, this required juggling the schedule to work with only 25% of trades allowed onsite. Victoria City Tiling also worked closely with the Architects to ensure that the tiles used throughout the wet areas, met the high quality required for the project. The team successfully managed a range of restrictions that arose during peak COVID periods, to supply the required tiles and create a high caliber finish. “We pride our business on our ability to provide quality services and workmanship to all our customers no matter how big or small


a job may be,” Dawoud said. “We offer sound honest advice that could potentially save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long term.” Victoria City Tiling was established in 2006, and pride themselves on a professional and high quality tiling services, which they are able to deliver across a range of Melbourne sites. With over 20 years experience, the team are able to offer a range of services including residential tiling, commercial tiling, paving, waterproofing and screeding. The company have recently expanded their operations to include joinery and stone work. “We’ve worked with thousands of companies – both big and small – and I treat all jobs as though they were my own family and home,” said Dawoud. “Customer satisfaction is one of the most rewarding and incredible feelings.” Recent projects include Bendigo Law Court, 80 Collins Street, Bunnings Mercure Hotel in Doncaster, North Blackburn Shopping Centre, 150 Lonsdale Street, Chadstone Luxury Flagship Shopping Centre, Victorian Academy in East Melbourne and the Cbus Property fitout. For more information contact Victoria City Tiling, 21 Central Avenue, Sunshine VIC 3020, phone 03 8590 1432, email info@, website






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Victoria Tower is a stunning collection of 190 one, two and three bedroom residences with expansive living spaces, premium kitchens, lavish bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, generous storage areas, podium, and amazing private resident amenities including communal lounge, library, gym, onsite garden and BBQ facilities. Victoria Tower are a collection of 190 luxuriously appointed residences situated within Melbourne’s revitalised Pentridge precinct. The apartments are split across two buildings above 3-levels of basement car parking. The development also includes a gym and an array of internal and external community spaces for residents. Construction Engineering were appointed as the main contractor to the project. They are a leading Melbourne based builder specialising in the construction of residential and commercial developments.

found the footings were not to an acceptable standard. We modified the footings and installed new steel supports before creating new openings in the wall block by block.” The whole project team worked together to deliver this complex project on a tight schedule despite the additional logistical challenges caused by COVID-19 which required Construction Engineering to accelerate letting and ordering of the project, manage supply chain impacts and seek local material supplies where possible.

Construction Engineering are focused on maintaining strong client relationships and a large proportion of repeat business. Their reputation for innovation and project excellence was evident on the complex Victoria Tower project.

The site location caused a further challenge with the Essendon Airport flight path directly above the site which restricted the use of the tower crane to a three month window. “This placed extreme pressure on completing the structure and loading of our apartment floors within this three month period,” said Michael.

“One of the most unique and challenging aspects of the project was the recreation of the bluestone heritage walls around the site,” said Michael Rapinett, Project Manager. “We needed to incorporate today’s standards and engineering with the existing heritage walls built over 150 years ago.”

Weekly project meetings, careful consideration of construction methodologies and the understanding and commitment of all contractors helped make the project possible.

“One wall spanning 50m along the south of the site was carefully dismantled and the blocks were stored and reinstated once the façade works were complete,” Michael said. “Extensive workshops with engineers, contractors and suppliers were needed to reach a design that was acceptable to Heritage Victoria.”

“As a team we focused heavily on developing realistic, achievable and detailed programmes capturing every element to minimise potential delays,” Michael said. “Our architect Konzepte Architects understood our time constraints and assisted in the best possible

way by reviewing shop drawings, RFIs and samples in extremely short timeframes.” Construction Engineering were focused on delivering the best possible value to the client throughout the works. They identified an extensive list of cost saving opportunities during construction that enabled the works to continue. Construction Engineering also worked to mitigate and avoid delays by managing a strict and thorough cost saving and design development phase concurrently with structural slab construction. As the wider Pentridge masterplan has taken shape its positive impact on the surrounding community is becoming clear. “The uniqueness of the Pentridge development meant we were all working on a project that was very special,” said Michael. “All involved in the project shared the same feeling which meant we were all committed to getting the best outcomes for the project.” “Everyone involved showed resilience and determination to complete this special project and our client was always willing to be involved throughout its life cycle which led to a positive collaborative experience for all.” For more information contact Construction Engineering, 28 Albert Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9699 1122, email, website

The approved design for the wall incorporated the original blocks laid in a Flemish bond. This was tied back with fixings to a precast panel sitting on a capping beam with piles and further strengthened by steel channels braced back to the basement slab. The other wall also presented challenges. “When the wall to the west was surveyed we 90






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Below Konzepte balanced the heritage bluestone wall with modern facade design to integrate the two perfectly.

Part of Melbourne’s revitalised Pentridge precinct, Victoria Tower is a collection of apartments that embody the essence of urban living. Lead architect Konzepte oversaw the design from the original concept through planning permission and into construction. With offices in Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh, Konzepte delivers exceptional projects to meet the needs of communities and Victoria Tower and the smaller Rook Apartments are no exceptions. “We inherited a built form from the initial precinct masterplan,” said Country Director, Craig McLeod. “The form was a perfect square above an existing bluestone heritage wall. We broke the façade down into a series of smaller masses to stop it from dominating the heritage wall.” The heritage wall is an important aspect of Konzepte’s design. The bronze colour scheme of the upper levels creates a neutral backdrop to the wall which is also integrated with the landscaped outdoor communal areas. Glazing gives internal communal areas a visual link to the heritage wall. During the project, Konzepte worked through multiple challenges including a fluctuating apartment market, an increasing focus WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

on residential cladding fire safety and various COVID-19 issues. “We are a young practice but our talented designers ensured the success of the project, ” Craig said. “Importantly the heritage aspects of the site were integrated and celebrated both internally and externally in the design that allow the general public and residents alike to experience the original Heritage walls in a carefully curated way. ” Konzepte brought their unique design approach to deliver the best possible outcome on the project. “It’s part of our DNA to exhaust the opportunities that are available,” Craig said. “The design started in a different place and was gradually refined into the finished solution whether the colour palette, finishes, materials and other aspects, we focused on getting them all right.” “The resounding success of the project is testament to the exceptional work of all involved.”

For more information contact Konzepte, Level 9, 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9942 3082, email contact@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE VICTORIA TOWER


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Below Cranmore Carpentry supplied and installed all fixed carpentry elements as well as the external decking and pergolas.

Pentridge Precinct in Melbourne is a major regeneration on a former heritage prison site. It includes commercial and cultural facilities plus residential developments including Victoria Tower, a collection of luxury residences in the heart of the precinct. Cranmore Carpentry supplied and installed all fixed carpentry elements within the Victoria Tower project including doors, skirtings, external decking and pergolas.

Construction Engineering and we would work with them any day of the week,” Thomas said. “They have a very good team and we work together very well.”

The blackbutt timber decking was cut to size to suit the design of the external decking areas which were a range of shapes and sizes. The decking was also carefully integrated with the heritage wall which is a key feature of the site, one of the oldest buildings in Melbourne.

Cranmore Carpentry have served metro Melbourne for almost 10 years with a wide range of services including fixed carpentry, façade and landscape works to commercial and residential developments, hospitals, schools and more.

Despite COVID-19 challenges Cranmore Carpentry’s works went smoothly. “We put in our material orders as soon as COVID started which meant we got our deliveries on time,” explained Thomas Murray, Director. “During lockdowns our headcount was down to 25% but after restrictions lifted we caught up quickly and completed our works on time.”

“Whatever the project, we are 100% focused on quality and getting the details right,” Thomas said. “It’s how we win contracts, deliver the best results and ensure repeat business.”

The good relationship between Cranmore Carpentry and the main contractor helped ensure success. “This is our second job with

For more information contact Cranmore Carpentry, 0404 895 735, email


“It was a successful project and we are very happy with the result, especially the decking and pergolas which stand out for me as a great landscaped area for residents,” he said.





Narrandjeri Stadium includes a range of facilities including four indoor multi-purpose sports courts, a show court with fixed seating, player and public change and toilet amenities, a multi-purpose function area, café and administration areas, external landscaping and 320 additional car parking spaces plus reconfigurations to the existing Darebin Road intersection to improve site access. Darebin City Council’s new Narrandjeri Stadium is aimed to boost the health and wellbeing of Darebin’s diverse community by creating a welcoming and culturally inclusive space for everyone to get involved in sport and other community activities. The facility meets the needs of several community groups including netball, basketball, volleyball and other sporting associations, with multi-purpose community spaces also available. The need for the new stadium was identified in consultation with the community as one of the Council’s ‛16 big actions’ and is a key part of the Council’s commitment to making Darebin a vibrant place to live. Darebin Council is committed to promoting gender equity by developing inclusive, safe and accessible places supporting women’s ability to participate in all aspects of civic and community life. Narrandjeri is the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung word for ‘Women Leader’, recognising and reflecting Traditional Owners’ history 96


in the area and promoting women and girls’ participation in sport. The court configuration was considered in terms of inclusivity, with the show court designed as a standalone component to ensure privacy for culturally sensitive groups. The function room spaces allow for programming opportunities addressing Active Victoria’s strategy of inclusivity for culturally diverse communities. Council has invested over $31 million into this new $34 million precinct and is grateful to have received $2 million towards the stadium and surrounding precinct through the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, in addition to $1 million from the Inner City Netball Program for the outdoor netball courts Accessibility is also considered in line with Active Victoria’s strategy to increase participation of people of all abilities, with gender neutral and fully accessible player change and toilet facilities incorporated, as well as a Changing Places facility for people with disability. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Sustainability was key to the development which is targeting a 6-Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating. Key features include a thermal labyrinth system, roof-mounted solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and 15 StrataVault tree cells in the carpark to allow tree cover to spread without damaging the pavement. The main structure of the show court consists of engineered glulam timber portal frames which are visually impressive while significantly reducing the amount of steel on the project. The design had to be carefully managed to ensure Netball Victoria height clearances were achieved within a set building envelope. A unique element of the project is the integration of public art into the building design with a permanent integrated artwork incorporated on the glass windows at the entrance and café, and a large-scale artwork on the wall of the foyer. The relationship between Brand Architects, the City of Darebin and main contractor ADCO Construction was very positive. The building was originally modelled in 3D allowing the Council to fully understand the design intent and communicate feedback to progress the design. During construction the whole team worked WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

closely together to navigate various challenges during the building’s construction. For example, several existing services were required to be diverted and consolidated to enable construction to commence. ADCO Construction planned the works to minimise downtime to users of the site’s existing facilities and Council managed the liaison and communications with users. Another major challenge was the COVID pandemic which limited the team’s ability to regularly meet onsite. Virtual platforms facilitated the communication required to coordinate the design and successfully deliver the project. “Seeing the project come to fruition is extremely exciting for council,” said Darebin Mayor, Councillor Lina Messina. “We are pleased with the project outcomes and thoroughly enjoyed working with Brand Architects and ACDO Construction. To finally see the benefits the stadium brings to the Darebin community is the most important part of the project.” For more infomation contact Darebin City Council, PO Box 91, Preston VIC 3072, phone 03 8470 8888, email mailbox@darebin.vic., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE NARRANDJERI STADIUM


Below Tesla Lifts worked with the finest European manufacturers of disabled access lifts for Narrandjeri Stadium

Tesla Lifts Australia is a specialist supplier of innovative, high-quality elevators for projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

finding. Also with Bluetooth technology, enabling user control via a smart device, positioning the Evoluta lift as a premium product, exclusive to Tesla Lifts.

Based in Melbourne, they are 100% Australian owned and operated, with decades of expertise and a nationwide reputation for excellence.

While the Narrandjeri Stadium project was a complex build which required careful management and planning, Tesla Lifts was able to meet the complex and multi-dimensional needs of the project team. “Every job comes with its own unique challenges, but we love satisfying the needs of our clients while remaining focused on end user experience,” says Brendon.

Tesla Lifts’ leading technology is customers’ ultimate safeguard. With innovative products that offer complete peace of mind through non-reliance on the grid, Tesla Lifts offers a range of services including the supply of battery-powered residential and commercial lifts, and lift maintenance and repairs. Tesla Lifts partners with the finest European manufacturers, chosen through a rigorous process of research and testing to ensure safety and reliability for its customers. Tesla Lifts is celebrating its 100th installation of its flagship product: a state-of-the-art machine roomless traction lift called Evoluta. Engaged to supply and install the disabled access lift for Narrandjeri Stadium, a new multi-sports stadium by Darebin City Council in Melbourne, Tesla Lifts continues a mission towards a more sustainable and mobile future for their customers. Italian designed and developed in conjunction with Tesla Lifts, Evoluta’s patented design is manufactured in Italy to suit applications where safety and reliability are critical. “Evoluta runs full-time on batteries, with mains power only as a charging supply,” explains Brendon Mulkearns, Sales Manager at Tesla Lifts. “This ensures the lift remains fully operational in a power failure.” “The latest version is capable of up to 100 starts in a power failure, making it an extremely safe and reliable option. Most importantly, the Evoluta lift provides complete freedom and peace of mind to our clients. Being stuck in a power failure becomes a worry of the past.” The new brushless motor in the Evoluta lift is an exciting advancement in lift technology. Using a fraction of the power required by a standard MRL or archaic hydraulic lifts, its operation is smoother and quieter than ever before. The latest lift controller is also capable of data logging and remote access, enabling Tesla Lifts to conduct remote fault 98

Tesla Lifts worked closely with the project engineers and design consultants to understand the functional requirements of the lift. These included its size and specification, and the subsequent proposal of suitable products to deliver the required performance at a competitive price. “We enjoy working closely with the client and project team to customise for each project,” Brendon says. “At the end of the day, our aim is to deliver a compliant, safe, reliable and competitive product that compliments overall design.” In this project, Tesla Lifts drew on significant prior experience to deliver a successful and inspiring outcome at Narrandjeri Stadium. Still, the team is also experienced across a full range of other project sectors. “We pride ourselves on keeping agile,” Brendon says. “Whether the project is a sports centre, office building, medical practice, RSL Club or highend home, we tailor our service and product to achieve the best result.” From Tesla Lifts’ home base in Melbourne, the company services a wide range of projects, nationwide. They are thoroughly committed to delivering the best quality products with the most up-to-date technology possible. “We’re always striving to make our products better and deliver maximum value for our clients,” says Brendon. “From here, we’re now exploring ways to use solar power to improve reliability and sustainability even further. We love keeping our clients happy.” For more information contact Tesla Lifts, 6/210 Boundary Road, Braeside VIC 3195 phone 1300 083 752, email, website



Evoluta runs full-time on batteries… lift remains fully operational in power failure Brendon Mulkearns, Sales Manager at Tesla Lifts










INDUSTRY LANES DEVELOPER : Salta Properties and Abacus Property Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Architectus STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Northrop CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $101 million

Industry Lanes exemplifies a contemporary vision of change and innovation. Blurring the lines between working and living, this mixed-use precinct in the urban heart of Richmond has set a new benchmark in the commercial space – incorporating smart technology, shared flexible workspaces, and impressive sustainability design. Co-developed by Salta Properties and Abacus Property Group, this new generation workplace is comprised of three interconnected buildings, designed with world class commercial, retail and collaborative workspaces to form an integrated campus aspiring to an exceptional level of wellbeing, connection and amenity. Placing millennials front and centre, Hansen Yuncken has delivered a cutting edge, new-world workplace for the 21st century workforce. Since being founded in 1918, Hansen Yuncken has built a reputation for providing innovative solutions beyond the standard scope on many projects in many sectors around the country, and Industry Lanes is no exception. With challenges presented from start to finish, this landmark project combines high end architecture, state-of-the-art finishes, and services installation that achieved industryleading energy performance. Impressively, Industry Lanes achieved a 5-Star Green Star (Excellence) NABERS energy rating and includes 150m2 of wellness and green space complementing around 18,000m2 of A-grade office accommodation. Each of the internal spaces within the development including lobbies and courtyards has been carefully considered to create a nuanced and authentic user experience with structural elements like

feature steelwork and precast concrete proudly on display. The development creates a bold architectural statement along bustling Church Street with an impressive façade incorporating bespoke details and materials including approximately 125,000 individually hand-laid bricks. “Creating the façade in this way gave us the precision and craftsmanship to achieve the high-quality result that Salta was looking for,” said Jamie Chartres, Project Manager. “The project pays homage to the industrial heritage of the neighbourhood while also being a catalyst for rejuvenation.” Hansen Yuncken was initially appointed to participate in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase which allowed them to establish good working relationships with the client and consultant teams ahead of starting works. “Salta are a very well-respected property developer and Hansen Yuncken has had the pleasure of maintaining a strong relationship and doing ongoing repeat business with them,” said Jamie. “During the ECI phase we worked with them to reach a design solution that matched their budget while also getting on with procuring long lead items.” This ability to accelerate procurement helped minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the project, particularly regarding elements such as the façade, and specialist lighting and

feature planter boxes which were imported from overseas. Hansen Yuncken also invested heavily in local trades and suppliers to complete the project. The site’s location in the densely populated, inner city suburb of Richmond presented its own set of challenges. “Undertaking major construction works within a busy commercial and residential zone like this is never easy,” Jamie said. “Hansen Yuncken has the experience to deal with these challenges and we were able to maintain a steady rate of progress even in the face of local restrictions and lockdowns.” Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used extensively to manage the project, allowing easier coordination and clash detection between the various subcontractors who were involved. “Each subcontractor provided models and Hansen Yuncken’s Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager produced a federated model on a fortnightly basis for coordination,” said Jamie. The BIM model was also used for client engagement and information sharing, allowing partners and project financiers to engage with the digital model and better visualise what the completed project would look like. The end result that has been achieved onsite at Industry Lanes has achieved the design intent and delivered the innovative, forward looking workplace that Salta strived for. “The buildings look fantastic and the quality of form and finish is a standout,” Jamie said. “The combination of our team’s drive and the excellent collaboration we had with the client, consultant and trade groups guaranteed a very successful result and a project which will no doubt stand the test of time.” For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, phone 03 9831 6500, email, website





Below Ibuild Corporation manufactured bespoked components for the glazed curtain walls, external windows, canopies, and core wall claddings.

Centrally situated in the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant suburb of Richmond, Industry Lanes is an exciting new best practice workplace and mixeduse precinct featuring a wide range of spaces including retail, communal amenities, open air courtyard and shared workspaces. The design concept for the development stitches together three buildings and draws people through the site from the surrounding neighbourhood with an open and inviting courtyard and street frontage, encouraging increased activity at ground level. The texture, materiality and architectural expression of the façade is a key driver of the project’s success. Main contractor Hansen Yuncken appointed specialist façade contractor Ibuild Corporation to deliver some of the most complex parts of the façade including glazed curtain walls, external windows, canopies, core wall claddings and retail shopfront windows. “This was a unique project featuring bespoke customized aluminium components developed by Ibuild that has made the building standout,” said Joe Chong. |“The prominent feature of the building which are the horizontal and vertical fins have went through multiple iterations before coming into fruitation, something that has happened in the background.” The curtain wall façade were performance tested together with the fins design to verify compliance with Australian Standards. Ibuild pushed for the system to be tested to a more stringent air tightness requirement above the code is required. This is to ensure the façade performs and provide compensation for any other need that may occurs during the construction The fabricated fins were subject to factory quality checking by internal QA/QC inspectors from our fabricator partner GuangYa and external independent QA/QC inspectors Sands Formation. “Sands Formation were in the factory whenever production was running to verify the quality,” Joe said. “We were in touch with them every day to address any issues that WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

occurred in real time. This type of inspection was an additional cost for us but it made a huge difference in terms of the level of quality we could achieve onsite.” The design of the fins needed to meet the architect’s design intent. “The featured fin profile were too large to be extruded in a single section so we combined cladding and extrusion profile components, forming into a large C-profile to achieving the intent. We also increased the fin thickness to ensure we could achieve a straight line all the way up the façade.” Site installation was also challenging particularly due to the lockdowns. “The project has very large floorplates with many different façade types which we had to manage,” Joe said. “JMC had a team of up to 18 installers split into two separate crews with two concurrent crawler cranes. JMC’s key achievement on the project achieved a record of total 80 panels installed in a day utilising conventional installation method.” Despite these challenges the façade installation was a success. “We provided a very good quality product which impressed our client and the architect,” Joe said. “Despite COVID-19 impacts and increases in shipping costs we also managed to complete the works on time which was a great result.” “We worked very well with Hansen Yuncken and found them very easy to work with,” Joe explained. “We also had a great team including JMC Facades, GuangYa, Sands Formation and Pendyala Consult. We appreciate the hard work of the whole team. Without them we would not have been able to make this project possible with such a high-quality result.” Established in Melbourne 11 years ago, Ibuild has developed a reputation for the highest quality window and curtain walling installation on complex projects across multiple sectors. With their team of skilled experts, tradesmen and specialist partners, Ibuild works with clients to design and deliver the highest quality facades from conception to completion. For more information contact Ibuild Corporation, 2/5 Aristoc Road, Glen Waverley VIC 3150, phone 03 8555 9626 VIC PROJECT FEATURE INDUSTRY LANES 105

Below Bravo Plasters completed the internal plastering on the project including ceilings and internal partitions, across the three buildings.

The design of the Industry Lanes precinct reflects the changing definition of contemporary workplaces and is characterised by stylish, open-plan spaces. To achieve the quality finishes befitting a development of this calibre, main contractor Hansen Yuncken partnered with subcontractors with a reputation for quality and reliability. Bravo Plasters were a key subcontractor for all the buildings in the Industry Lanes development and did all the internal plastering on the project including ceilings and internal partitions. They also installed Armstrong suspended ceilings to internal office areas and Kingspan insulation and cementitious sheeting to soffits around the building. Established in 2002, Bravo Plasters is a leading plastering and finishes subcontractor serving Melbourne with the capability to deliver commercial projects of all types in many sectors. With 20 years experience providing quality plaster finishes and linings for interior walls, floors and features, Bravo Plasters was the ideal choice to deliver the premium finishes of the Industry Lanes development. The Industry Lanes project specification was very demanding as a very high standard of quality was set. In order to achieve the highest sustainability performance and provide a healthy workplace environment for users, the building was designed to achieve a high Green Star performance and every material used by Bravo Plasters on the project needed to have Greenstar certification. Sourcing the materials during COVID was a challenge due to supply chain disruptions and cost fluctuations however Bravo Plasters were able to manage these issues effectively and deliver the works without any issues.


“The project itself was fairly straightforward,” said Tong Ji, Managing Director. “The biggest challenge for us was labour availability during COVID lockdowns however we managed to provide the manpower and materials required to get the job done.” A key focus for Bravo Plasters is repeat business and Hansen Yuncken is a major client. Industry Lanes is the second major project Bravo Plasters has delivered for Hansen Yuncken after the acclaimed Victorian Pride Centre and they have since commenced multiple other projects with them. “Repeat business is definitely very important for us,” said Ji. “We strive to be a reliable subcontractor that firms like Hansen Yuncken can trust to do a good job on their projects. We hope to continue our relationship with them on future projects and continue to grow this valuable working relationship.” The strong collaborative relationship of everyone on the project was also a key contributor to the project’s success. “We are always happy to work with nice people,” Ji said. “We were really lucky to be able to work well together with Hansen Yuncken and the whole project team to deliver a job that we are really proud of.” Industry Lanes is a highly successful project that is playing a key role in the ongoing revitalisation of Richmond’s Church Street strip, reflecting its industrial heritage while signposting a bright future as a hotspot for Melbourne’s creative class. Bravo Plasters’ key role in the project means their strong reputation for quality and reliability is only set to grow stronger.

For more information contact Bravo Plasters, phone 0402 471 811







Ask 10 people what a ‘smart city’ is and you’ll probably receive 10 different answers. According to Wikipedia, ‘The smart city … integrates information and communication technology (‛ICT’), and various physical devices connected to the Internet of things (‛IoT’) network to optimise the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens’. But it’s so much more. Smart Cities Council of Australia New Zealand (SCC) ( suggests that, ‘Technology and data (are) foundational to ensuring more productive, equitable and sustainable communities (in our) cities, towns and regions’. The impact of technology and data on everyday-living is not some futuristic sci-fi vision. Smart devices, sensors, software and CCTV are today facilitating more efficient and effective monitoring and control of our energy and water systems, transportation networks, human services, public safety operations – the list goes on. Impacts in remote and regional areas range from ‘Zoom’ medical consultations and even surgery to remotely-operated irrigation systems hundreds of miles from any township. And this is not just a developed-world phenomenon. Urbanisation hot-spots like India and much of the African continent are embracing 108 ANCR OPINION SMART CITIES: WHAT, WHY & WHERE TO NOW?

the smart city concept enthusiastically. Sometimes, the focus may be different. In Africa, for example, the application of smart tech is being prioritised initially for the provision of essential services such as electricity and clean water to people who have never experienced either before. Across the developed world, technology enabled working from home (WFH) and studying from home for millions during COVID-19 and, arguably, accelerated an emerging shift toward Hybrid or WFH models, with implications for commercial and retail building owners and lessees, public transport operators, inner-city coffees shops and other small businesses, individual mental health and wellbeing, and more. Along with undeniable benefits, technology and data applications often have widespread implications well beyond their immediate application – as seen with the WFH/Hybrid model. They also come with many potential issues and risks. Is this tech for tech’s sake? What about those without digital devices or skills (the ‘Digital Divide’)? What are the impacts, have they been factored-in and have the community and other stakeholders been consulted? Who captures, manages and owns the data? Is there AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Along with undeniable benefits, technology and data applications often have widespread implications well beyond their immediate application

transparency, equity and fairness? What is the governance structure? SCC recently published a Future of Place Framework, to assist policymakers/practitioners navigate the evolving relationships between people, place, technology and data. The Framework reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and incorporates three Practice Principles: • Embrace technology and data solutions where they help amplify the quality of place, and human experience • Design technology and data solutions with purpose, deploy with transparency and operate them ethically and • Uphold the principle that technology and data can help shape great places, but in support of other foundational enablers. • The next step is a Future of Place Handbook which will explore and provide best practice guidance. Meanwhile, the Sustainable Digitalisation Project (SDP) is establishing sustainable digitalisation for the built environment. The SDP defines sustainable digitalisation as, ‘the use of digital technology in a way that is responsible, ethical and sustainable; providing environment, social and governance benefits while carefully managing the risk of harm’. It responds to issues such as digital inclusion, privacy, job automation and eWaste. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The SDP has created five Sustainable Digitalisation Principles to guide practice: • Clarity of Purpose • Whole Impact • Benefit for Humanity • Broad Responsibility, and • Stakeholder Accountability. Whether you have a general interest in smart cities, planning and development, construction, the intersection of people, place, technology and data or how our buildings, services and communities are going to look next week, next year, next century, I would highly recommend you take a look at the work of both the Smart Cities Council and the Sustainable Digitalisation Project. You’ll be inspired!

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The Aerie is the ultimate resort-style retirement village located in Narrabundah and bordering Capital Public Golf Course. The Aerie village includes, finished two and three bedroom open-plan homes, incredible resort facilities including a clubhouse, indoor pool, gym, resident lounge and more. PBS Building started the construct only contract for The Aerie Retirement Village in December 2018, a resort style village for over 55’s, next to the Capital Public Golf Course in leafy Narrabundah. The well-designed development comprises 92 independent units with two or three bedrooms with elegant kitchens and bathrooms that are homes with single level access and open-plan living. Additional facilities include a comfortable clubhouse, an indoor pool and gym as well as bar, residents’ lounge and entertaining areas with beautifully landscaped gardens creating a village atmosphere. Civil works started in July 2018 for the 37,500m2 site, with PBS commencing construction activities in December 2018 for the first stage. “The units are brick veneer on concrete slabs with predominantly face brick and feature render to columns and façades. The development was completed across several stages, so the numbers onsite varied, averaging 50 a day, to deliver by June 2022,” explained Project Manager, Harry King. 110 ACT PROJECT FEATURE THE AERIE – NARRABUNDAH

“The challenge of the project came toward the end of the job after a number of the residents had moved in, we were working in a live environment while some construction activities were still in progress.” “The whole building industry has had difficulties over the last 6-9 months, there’s been a shortage of various building materials as well as skilled labour across many of the trades.” Established 30 years ago, PBS Building employ over 200 plus across New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT and have acquired extensive experience in the construction of aged care facilities, retirement homes and independent living units. However PBS Building is a diverse construction company, building across a range of sectors including commercial and highrise residential construction, education and retail. They have completed student accommodation and social housing developments and they also provide internal fitouts services for practical and good looking interiors. They offer a range of contracts and focus on value management for their projects as well as an innovative approach to find a better way AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

to build. The PBS Building team actively participate in the design and technical engineering of a development with professional management teams and carefully considered project teams. PBS Building focus on creating a culture where people are proud of their work and forming teams that work together with the common goal of delivering a quality result. They are renowned for building environments with integrity and this translates to PBS Building creating inspiring places to live, work and play, developments that enable a balanced and healthy lifestyle for future communities with the aim to build efficiently and form trusted business partnerships. PBS Building teams work with clients to achieve their goals. PBS Building have in-house teams specialising in feasibility, planning, design and construction, ready to deliver through D&C and other building contracts. They operate an integrated management system for the organisation of environmental, health, safety and quality aspects of a project and use cloud-based software solutions to improve communication and collaboration between all stakeholders. With a $400 million turnover, PBS Building has grown a solid reputation for delivery on some significant works including construction at the Sydney Olympic Village – an example of PBS Building’s best practice with respect to the environment and sustainability. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

At the Goodwin Village Farrer PBS Building constructed 150 brand new independent living apartments with basement parking, and the clubhouse complete with a gym, lounge, bar, commercial kitchen, reception area, theatre, chapel, library and billiard room. Throughout the works the building was operational and PBS Building had a lot of timetabling and co-ordinating to do to keep the project on track while maintaining the health and safety of workers and visitors. For more information contact PBS Building PL ACT, 15 Denison Street, Deakin ACT 2600, phone 02 6101 9800, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE THE AERIE – NARRABUNDAH 111

Below Holland Brothers installed the sewage/ stormwater drainage systems, hot and cold water reticulation and gas supply to all 92 villas and clubhouse.

Holland Brothers Plumbing is a family run company providing Canberra and its surrounds with hydraulic and drainage solutions for residential and commercial projects of any scale. Holland Brothers Plumbing commenced work at ‘The Aerie’ in December 2018. The scope of their contract included sewer and stormwater drainage, hot and cold- water reticulation as well gas supply across all 92 villas. Holland Brothers Plumbing also completed the hydraulic, drainage and gas systems for the communal clubhouse which includes a commercial kitchen, hairdressers, doctor’s surgery and the indoor heated pool.

As well as ‘The Aerie’, Holland Brothers Plumbing delivered the Hydraulic and civil package at Richman Place in Kambah for PBS in January 2020. This project encompassed amalgamating two existing blocks and constructing eight individual, ambulant compliant houses. The scope included the civil works for the Sewer, Stormwater and Water mains. The company has built a reputation for reliability backed by a proffesional approach to problem solving in all the services they provide. They adopt those values in all the areas they operate, be it renovations, extensions, knockdown rebuilds, commercial fit-outs, new houses, townhouses or unit developments as well as a full maintenance sector.

“The Aerie site has a gradient of 15m and as such, we encountered quite a bit of rock. We regularly consulted with the hydraulic engineer to achieve solutions, best suited to the site conditions,” explained director, Jake Holland. “With such a large gradient, a number of villas in stage 2 and 3 incorporated an ‘under/over’ design, whereby separate dwellings were built within the same footprint. This required all penetrations and elevated stack work to be both fire rated and soundproofed.”

“We have a full range of machinery and equipment allowing Holland Brothers Plumbing to be reliable, quick and accurate, but our biggest asset is our staff. Our directors, site foremen, excavator operators, truck drivers, tradesmen, apprentices all contribute to our commitment of delivering a quality product. Whilst working with your brothers, has it challenges, it definitely gives us an advantage,” says Jake.

“The construction process was split into six stages, each stage tendered and awarded individually. We were awarded the contracts for all six stages, which demonstrates our competitiveness and recognises our ability to deliver a quality outcome on all projects we undertake.”

For more information contact Holland Brothers Plumbing, (Jake) 0433 957 301, email, website



Below About Kitchens manufactured and installed the joinery items in the kitchens, bathrooms and laundries at The Aerie.

About Kitchens is a family owned business with over 20 years experience in the joinery industry. From renovations and new residences, to commercial, alfresco and unique items, About Kitchens supply and install joinery items across the Australian Capital Territory, as well as to Sydney and the New South Wales’ south coast and alpine regions. At The Aerie, About Kitchens manufactured and installed joinery items in the kitchens, bathrooms and laundries of all the residences. With an eye on the details, About Kitchens improved the design of the cupboard door handles and ensured there were no sharp edges in the finished product, making them easier for use by the elderly. In the clubhouse they completed a full installation including the commercial kitchen and the bathrooms with toilet partitions and vanities. “The Aerie was a large job however it was done in stages and the whole project ran very smoothly. We coordinated well with the other trades onsite, particularly the electricians, to ensure a good overall result. With a team of six onsite we completed the installation by April 2021,” said Operations Manager, Matthew Johnston. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

About Kitchens has built a solid reputation for quality and reliability and the volume of repeat work they receive confirms their standing in the industry. “We have a good working relationship with PBS Building and have manufactured and installed joinery items to their developments before. Currently, we are installing joinery in The Parks luxury terraces at Red Hill” added Matthew. About Kitchens invite you to their showroom in Fyshwick to view their vast range of products for domestic and commercial projects and bespoke joinery. The staff at About Kitchens offer a comprehensive service assisting through the design process of beautiful joinery items as well as quick and accurate measure-up, manufacture and install.

For more information contact About Kitchens, 5/9 Collie Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6280 0965, email, accounts@, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE THE AERIE – NARRABUNDAH 113

Below ACT Concreting provided the concrete supply and placement for The Aerie's external works, residences and common areas.

ACT Concreting provides a quality comprehensive service of concrete supply and placement for all domestic and large scale residential projects across the Canberra region. “We work with our clients to achieve the best outcome in both timeframe and quality and that is why we have continued repeat business and a great working relationship with our clients,” said Director, Brad Nealon. Starting in January 2019, ACT Concreting provided all the concrete supply and placement for the estate’s external works, residences and common areas including the $5 million clubhouse. “We supplied and installed the reinforcing steel and poured and placed over 4,000m³ of concrete for all the pier footings, retaining walls and ground floor slabs. We used the Waffle Pod design for the slabs, as they can be completed quickly,” said Brad. “Our biggest challenge is making sure that deadlines are met to the best of our ability and to the satisfaction of our client.” “Previous to The Aerie we were contracted by the PBS site team to complete waffle slabs and external works at The Grove. We started at 114 ACT PROJECT FEATURE THE AERIE – NARRABUNDAH

The Aerie under the same site team, they were a pleasure to work with, they were well co-ordinated and organised, and this had the biggest impact on the project operating well overall,” said Brad. “It was a bigger challenge than The Grove and we are proud of the completion of our work at The Aerie.” Currently ACT Concreting are working on the next project for PBS at a development consisting of Waffle pod concrete slabs with a lot of dropped edge beams to work with the sloping nature of the ground that the dwellings are being constructed upon. “We have begun a towing company this year which we plan to operate alongside our concrete company. With a reliable reputation among residential contractors that need machinery moved, we plan to provide that transportation service to the Canberra region and surrounds: ACT Towing Services Pty Ltd – 0499 255 959.”

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Below Moraschi Roofing installed over 16,000m² of roofing to the 92 villas and clubhouse at The Aerie.

Established in Canberra in 2002 Moraschi Roofing has built a reputation for delivering a high-quality product on time, every time. At The Aerie, Moraschi Roofing installed the roofing to 92 villas as well as the clubhouse. Onsite work started in December 2018 with a team of nine fitting over 16,000m² of Colorbond sheeting and completing the job within 15 months. “The initial stages of the job ran very smoothly. It became challenging when the clients started moving in – we had to manage staff and deliveries while protecting and respecting the older population of the community,” said Owner Director, Lee Moraschi. “We have completed similar projects for PBS: we have roofed the 161 villas, two clubhouses and a Men’s shed at ‘The Grove’ at Ngunnawal as well as the development of 122 villas with a clubhouse at ‘Isabella Gardens’ at Isabella Plains in the ACT. Moraschi Roofing have also done projects for PBS, with Lendlease, in New South Wales. They installed roofing for 137 villas at Worrowing Heights and 21 villas at St. Georges Basin. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

They have continued to work with PBS on different projects in the ACT and New South Wales every day. Considering all these works, Moraschi Roofing has completed 522 villas with four clubhouses and one Men’s Shed. “Moraschi roofing has been working with PBS Building for over 10 years. We have built a lot of good homes and we have made a lot of good friendships. I have a firm saying that ‘good relationships deliver good results’. Thank you PBS.” Moraschi Roofing is proud to be the preferred supplier for some of the most respected builders in the Canberra and Queanbeyan region. One example of a successful large scale project for them is John James Village in Garran, ACT. Moraschi Roofing won the Specialist Works Project award at the Metal Roofing and Cladding Association of Australia awards in 2016 for this project.

For more information contact Moraschi Roofing, 1/30 Lowe Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6297 1919, email office@, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE THE AERIE – NARRABUNDAH 115

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Below Outdoor Structures constructed all the exterior work including decks, walls, pergolas, fencing, slat screening and more for The Aerie.

Allsorts Outdoor Structures offer a comprehensive service of design, supply and installation of all landscaping and outdoor structures across the Australian Capital Territory. Starting in late 2018 Allsorts Outdoor Structures worked from designer’s specifications to construct all the exterior work at The Aerie – Narrabundah. The scope included the installation of decks, walls, pergolas and handrails made of powder coated steel as well as fencing, slat screening and all the other outdoor features, including paving, concreting and sleeper retaining walls. There were a number of factors which influenced the timing of works during the construction period, which included COVID restrictions as well as a range of adverse weather conditions. “We are set to complete the 4th Stage of the project, the last group of residences, by June 2022,” explained Owner Director, Rick Jordan. “We have an ongoing relationship with PBS Building that has developed and evolved over the last 12 years. Recently we completed the installation of fencing and slat screening at Isabella Plains Retirement Village and at The Grove in Ngunnawal. The job at The Aerie was our first complete package for PBS.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

In business for 22 years, Allsorts Outdoor Structures is a family owned company employing 12 qualified tradesmen. The company has a total of 70 years combined experience in carpentry, plumbing, horticulture, and landscaping. They focus on working in partnership with their clients, listening to their needs and working to adjust designs and construction to suit each unique project. “We have years of experience of the local market,” said Rick. “We source the best materials from a number of suppliers and our nurseries provide us with plants well suited to the environment. Our knowledge of local developments ensures that the landscaping features that we plant, design and build compliment the building. At Allsorts Outdoor Structures we provide the absolute outdoor solution for all landscaping and outdoor structures. We deliver elegant hard and soft landscaping features to commercial projects on time and to budget.”

For more information contact Allsorts Outdoor Structures, PO Box 82 Waramanga ACT 2611, phone 0417 664 334, email allsorts.rj@ website ACT PROJECT FEATURE THE AERIE – NARRABUNDAH 117


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KINGS OF CONCRETE | De Martin & Gasparini

QUALITY, INNOVATION AND RELIABILITY De Martin and Gasparini began as a partnership in 1947 with nothing more than a wheelbarrow and a desire to work hard. By 1982, when Val Gasparini joined Peter De Martin in retirement, the multi-million dollar company became a full subsidiary of Boral. DMG’s core business model is the supply and placement of concrete. They also have considerable experience and a proven capability to deliver complete structural packages which involve formwork, post-tensioning, reinforcement, scaffolding and associated concrete work preliminaries. “Clients who engage with De Martin and Gasparini do so because of the reputation we hold,” said DMG Director, Louie Mazzarolo. “It’s our ability to get the job done and help our clients when problems arise which is dearly recognised. DMG is a leading contractor in terms of safety, performance and quality, with decades of experience.” It is DMG’s quality range of concrete pumping and placing equipment which allows the company to meet program requirements for a number of major projects simultaneously. Another factor that sets DMG apart is its extensive experience working on a WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

variety of projects from industrial warehouses to commercial and residential high-rises and infrastructure projects for both private and government clients. The professionalism of the team is another highlight. “Working at DMG gives employees the potential to work on various large and iconic projects,” said Mr Mazzarolo. “The entire company operates as one big family, where employees look forward to their work day.” Since 1947, DMG has only had 4 executive directors. With a staff of over 200, many of the team have worked for the company for decades and continue to provide the foundations of loyalty and respect that DMG is built upon. DMG is currently working on multiple large infrastructure projects including the five Sydney Metro Stations and The Western Sydney Airport.

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FORM IS THE FUNCTION Euro Precast is an established leader in the manufacture, delivery and installation of quality precast concrete panels and other precast elements for the construction industry. Established in 2006, Euro Precast has grown a solid reputation for reliable delivery in Victoria and are continuing to expand into Queensland with an office and 12,000m² workshop in Sherwood, opened in 2015. The majority of Euro Precast’s work is through construct only contracts with the in house team working on value engineering and cost analysis to produce efficiently manufactured and economical precast panels. “We apply value management to the sizes and shapes of panels, especially those with more complicated forms and different methods of manufacture. We focus on the structural connections of the panels for ease of movement by the crane around the site and throughout the installation,” said Managing Director, George Spiropoulos. Specialising in the commercial and highrise residential markets, Euro Precast has also completed jobs for hospitals, schools and correctional facilities. Their manufacturing facility in Dandenong produces up to 35 precast panels per day. Euro Precast also produce unique and stunning architectural feature panels such as those at the AIA building in Melbourne, precast concrete panels with a complex 3D geometry integrated with high performance glazing on the façade. Euro Precast also supplied bubbbledeck precast floors and precast columns to the 22-level building, completing the job by August 2013. “Prefabricated elements contribute to faster build times and better quality control with cost savings and safety records improvements due to a smaller onsite workforce. The precast industry is moving forward as areas, especially the cities, become more dense and prefabricated building systems become a more efficient alternative,” added George. Euro Precast has built its foundation upon four key values: honesty, reliability, quality and service. “We apply honesty and reliability

to all our dealings with clients, as well as within the company with our suppliers, administration staff and tradesmen. Quality and service are the values we follow to produce and install an excellent product as well as to grow good working partnerships. At Euro Precast we are proud of these principles,” said George. “We work toward a common goal, maintaining the designer’s intent and ensuring the outcome meets the expectations of all stakeholders. We’ve built a strong reputation based upon the successful partnerships we establish with our clients and we have a lot of repeat business as a result.” Euro Precast are involved with precast projects from initial design through to manufacture, delivery and installation with a skilled production management team and installation crew. Products include concrete panels for lift shafts, stairwells and façades as well as columns and beams, basement retaining walls, apartment party walls and specialised architecturally designed panels with a range of finishes available. Euro Precast has a portfolio that includes a string of highrise residential and commercial developments in and around Melbourne and South East Queensland. These include AIA Melbourne, Melbourne Village West Melbourne, W Hotel Brisbane, Industry Lanes South Yarra, Ambrose Milton, Midtown Brisbane, Luminare Brisbane, 443 Queens Brisbane, Stature Southbank, HIEX Melbourne and many more. Floods, wild weather and COVID restrictions have recently hampered the construction industry. However, the construction industry has battled through and allowed Euro Precast to deliver some further iconic projects across two major cities. Valued client support and partnership has allowed Euro Precast to grow from strength to strength in providing efficient precast solutions for the projects. For more information contact: Euro Precast Pty Ltd email Euro Precast (QLD) Pty Ltd email









BUILDING A BETTER WAY The ADCON Group was established in 2014 in south east Queensland as a formwork company. Through drive, innovation and culture ADCON became a much larger company, and found themselves winning multiple contracts in Queensland. In 2018, ADCON decided to make a move into the Melbourne market. It was a decision that would shape the future of the company and catapult them into the big league.

Jason O’Hara. “We are a solutions-driven business and we have forged a new road in this industry that has seen us evolve as leaders in the field.” Jason describes some of ADCON’s biggest innovations as the automated single-sided wall and shutters, Jumpforms, full wraps and other systems that their engineers developed specifically for Parkville Station in Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel project.

The Melbourne market created an opportunity for ADCON to engage with builders differently, requiring mega-packages for form, reo, pour projects. Two years ago, ADCON secured a significant package with the Melbourne Metro Rail. The success of this project paved the way for multiple government contracts and an enviable reputation, confirming ADCON as the largest contractor for work of this nature in the country.

The single sided wall machine can self-strip and relocate, and do a 23m by 8.6m wall in one go. It increased efficiency and cemented ADCON’s reputation as true innovators.

The ADCON Group consists of three arms: Engineering, Infrastructure, Structures. ADCON Engineering team has decades of global experience managing commercial, residential and civil engineering requirements. ADCON Infrastructure delivers large-scale civil projects from stations and bridges to water treatment plants and tunnels. ADCON Structures understands programme, site requirements and construction methodologies to deliver the most complex jobs in a timely manner.

While the COVID period created many challenges for the construction industry, ADCON applied resources to developing more innovative design & methodologies to its structure and infrastructure divisions.

“Our success is due to the true vertical integration of our Group enabling us to streamline operations through our inhouse construction services,” said General Manager,


“That link between our engineering staff and our construction and site managers has been instrumental in setting us apart from our competitors,” said Jason. “It is a style of collaboration that carries through to the way we work with our clients as well.”

“In Melbourne, where significant were imposed on the industry, our innovative approach was proving to be a core element for maintaining the schedules associated with the infrastructure tunnel projects within tolerable levels. A significant success given the impost of COVID on the industry.” said Jason “The Queensland market did not have the same restrictions as Victoria and the market really heated up. Highrise residentials and hotels boomed.”

With their diverse and innovative footprint in place, ADCON found their services in demand in both states. Another key to the company’s success is their loyal and highly experienced staff. “We have excellent retention rates and a core group of staff who have always been prepared to travel to where the work is, either in Queensland or Victoria,” said Jason. ADCON has close to 1000 staff across Queensland, Victoria and now New South Wales as the company begun to establish themselves in Sydney market with focus on infrastructure & structure packages. ADCON engages with consultants, subcontractors and suppliers with a long-term view of delivering end-to-end solutions for the property and construction market. They build systems that integrate with current business processes, designed to fulfill manufacturing (in part or whole), billing, website design, training or content management with an affordable and simple turnkey solution that allows business activities to commence in the newly built structure. “Our clients and projects benefit from the expertise of the three specialised, fully integrated divisions of ADCON,” said Jason. “We are all about innovation and solutions and that shows in the projects we’ve completed.” For more information contact Adcon Group, 2/83 Stevedore Street, Williamstown VIC 3016, website


CREATING SOLID FOUNDATIONS SM Concrete Constructions (SMCC) was founded in 2015 and provided day labour for concreting and finishing services to other contractors and quickly created a reputation for reliability, hard work and excellent quality. In time it became apparent that SMCC had gained the experience and knowledge to establish themselves in the concrete industry in their own right. In 2018, SM Concrete Constructions started taking on their own Projects, servicing the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Regions in New South Wales. Since that time SMCC has quickly developed a sound client base and has demonstrated the ability and capability to deliver numerous projects across the residential, commercial, industrial, civil, health, education and aged care sectors to the highest possible standard and with excellent quality and service. Adam Truong is the General Manager and has been with the company for three years. “It’s such a great company to work for. Sandy has done a terrific job of bringing together a team that is passionate about their work and extremely experienced in the industry.” SMCC covers all aspects of concreting works including detail excavation, formwork, reinforcement supply & fix and concrete supply, pump, place and finishing. Their highly skilled team of workers possess a wide range of experience in all aspects of concrete construction which enables them to provide a range of services from total structure packages to labour only and place and finish. SMCC’s mission is to become the preferred subcontractor for concrete services in the Central Coast/Newcastle region and to bring their experience, expertise and quality to each project in a timely and safe manner all whilst focusing on client satisfaction.

communication and respectful work sites on all their jobs. This approach has resulted in a large amount of repeat business and a reputation for integrity and quality work. “We pride ourselves on our knowledge, experience, integrity, abilities and commitment to the needs of our clients,” said Owner and Managing Director of SMCC, Sandy Martin. “We stand behind our work and take pride in delivering a high quality end product.” Sandy’s vision for SMCC is to be a great company to work for and a great company to work with. “I recognise that the company’s biggest asset is our staff,” said Sandy. “It might sound like a cliché but it’s true. Everyone is valued and treated with the same amount of respect regardless of whether you are a labourer or a site supervisor.” Adam Truong agrees. “This company has created a great sense of work/life balance. Sandy really does appreciate what each member of the team brings to the table and we are rewarded for the effort we put in and the skills we have with a fantastic positive working environment,” said Adam. “This attitude extends into the way we work with our clients and the level of professionalism we bring to every job.” The SMCC workforce is highly trained and experienced and committed to excellent quality and first class service on all projects. SMCC is currently working on a number of projects across a broad range of sectors and has the ability and capability to take on any Project regardless of size and complexity. For more information contact SM Concrete Construction, Unit 3/33 Arizona Road, Charmhaven NSW 2263, phone 0415 932 541, email, website

“Client satisfaction is our top priority,” said Adam. “We pride ourselves on being transparent with our clients every step of the way. If the client wants a breakdown of the total price to understand where their money is going, we can provide it.” Building a good relationship with construction companies and site managers is also really important. SMCC prefers a collaborative approach to projects and always champions open 124 ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE





KINGS OF CONCRETE | Fortis Construction

STRUCTURAL SPECIALISTS Fortis Construction began contracting in 2012 and since then have completed a large array of concrete structures. Beginning with high end residential off-form concrete works and gradually moving into larger commercial, educational and multistory builds, Fortis has established itself as a reliable structure based company with the ability to deliver on quality and program. Fortis believes in treating everyone with respect, from employees to site teams, other trades, and consultants. “Without our excellent team of employees, we wouldn’t exist. They are all positive minded, hard working and dedicated to constant improvement in work and in other areas.” said Cathal, Co-Director.

works at Tricare required a high level of coordination and attention to detail. For this project Fortis used the Peri Duo system for all the in-situ stair cores, lift shafts and walls. “This system enabled us to easily meet the program targets.” Stephen, Co-Director. “The Sacre Coeur Learning Centre was four levels of curved offform concrete with exposed concrete throughout the building. This required a large amount of planning and skilled workmanship which Fortis delivered,” explained Cathal. Fortis continues to work with well-respected contractors in and around Melbourne, sustainably growing the business and building their reputation as a highly skilled team in concrete structure construction.

“Most of our projects have a technically challenging element, which is what we look for when sourcing work. These challenges push us to strive for constant growth and improvement as we are committed to delivering outcomes of the highest quality” said Cathal. Recently completed projects include Tricare Williams Landing for Total Construction and Sacre Coeur Learning Centre for Devco Construction and Project Management. To complete the expansive WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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BUILT TO BUILD Cassaform is a privately owned and trusted Australian supplier of formwork, shoring and propping equipment based in Queensland and Victoria. A strong philosophy of service and solutions is at the core of their values.“We are committed to providing our clients with the very best innovative and cost-effective, locally engineered construction solutions,” said Managing Director Joe Caprara. “We provide both hire and sales solutions to major residential, commercial, civil and industrial customers.” Cassaform draws upon the most innovative formwork systems, propping and shoring equipment systems from Australia and Europe to service the Australian construction and building market. Cassaform’s P300 Formwork is a universal modular formwork system suitable for casting in-situ walls or any vertical structure onsite. The P300 Formwork panels are simple, strong, and sturdy. Thanks to their modularity they are suitable for small and medium size sites and for large projects to build shear walls, retaining walls, shafts, columns, abutments, and piers. 128 ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE

The Aluminium Pan System is a modular formwork system for concrete slabs cast in place. It is lightweight and consists of a series of props with a drop head system which supports aluminium beams and panels. It is easy to install and does not require specialised labour. It’s suited to residential construction, multi-story buildings and industrial construction projects. “We also have a wide range of propping equipment, from standard acrow props through to heavy duty props,” said Joe. “The 30t prop is a modular system which provides a custom solution for almost any application on building sites and the Super 100 prop gives you a massive 100 tonne load capacity.” Cassaform’s services are backed with over 30 years experience in the construction and rental industries, recognising that temporary works form a key function in the overall construction process. They supply cost efficiency to construction sites by providing custom designed solutions. For more information contact Cassaform, 1300 745 674, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

KINGS OF CONCRETE | GCP Applied Technologies

CONCRETE QUALITY IN REAL TIME GCP Applied Technology is dedicated to the development of high performance construction products including concrete and cement additives, building materials and technologies that ensure specified quality and enhance business productivity. GCP is focused on a steadily growing global construction industry, helping customers solve some of the most complex construction challenges in residential and commercial building, infrastructure and underground construction. “One of our recent innovations is the breakthrough VERIFI® In-transit Concrete Management System,” said Wade Moir, Commercial Manager for GCP in Australia and New Zealand. “This technology closes the gap in the concrete industry in terms of quality control between the concrete plant and customer site.” VERIFI® is a concrete slump management system installed on ready mix trucks. Sophisticated internet-connected sensors can provide concrete producers with real time monitoring data across their entire fleet of trucks. This data is accessible on phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops – anywhere there’s an internet connection. With VERIFI®, all loads are measured for slump, temperature, total revolutions and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

water additions, letting producers ensure consistent concrete strength and quality. Low strength concrete can be mitigated, as well as the risk of having to repair or replace concrete. “For contractors VERIFI® In-transit Concrete Management means no more waiting around as their concrete arrives on site ready to pour, with no need for onsite adjustments said Wade.” “Concrete will always arrive at the desired slump which means fewer rejected loads, and less waiting for the next truck. Additionally, contractors will be able to maintain a consistent workflow due to the consistent set time. All of this leads to your crew getting off the job faster and spending less money.” Whether your project is infrastructure, commercial, or residential structure, gain complete visibility into the properties of the concrete by working with a VERIFI® Ready Mix Producer Partner and rest assured that all your concrete consistently meets specs – each and every load. For more information contact GCP Applied Technologies, website ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE 129

ASCENT 200 The next generation debris screen protection system Ascent 200 is the latest evolution of the award-winning Ascent-S safety screen system. Designed to provide complete protection for workers and the public on high rise construction projects, the Ascent 200 system has been developed in conjunction with major contractors to ensure that it covers all safety screen requirements. NEW FEATURES INCLUDE:  Improved mast design to increase the strength-to-weight ratios and allow the construction of two wet decks and columns  transport and logistics and reduce costs The comprehensively engineered Ascent 200 delivers the highest level of safety and performance on high-rise construction sites across the globe.

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CONCRETING THE DARWIN WAY The family owned and operated business has provided trade services to Darwin’s industries, businesses and residents since 1977, with concreting solutions for their every need, including suspended slabs, driveways, paths, stairs, to highrise buildings and more. The company has been in operation for over four decades. Throughout the years, JGA Concreting has gained a solid reputation as one of the Northern Territory’s most trusted concreting services, delivering quality on all aspects of concrete work, from preparation to placement and finishing. JGA has the skills and expertise for every job, no matter how big or small. “When it comes to concreting in Darwin, trust us locals,” said JGA Managing Director, George Alexopoulos.

on the loyalty and proficient workmanship of their team. “Our people are the backbone of the company and many of our original staff that started with the company are still working with us,” said George. “Their quality work and experience have cemented our solid reputation and trust within the Territory, playing a major role in our overall success.” JGA Concreting have been involved with a number of small and large projects over the years and continue to deliver a high standard of workmanship for each job they complete. Projects include the Oasis Apartments – Wood St, Darwin, Skycity Resort – Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, Central Apartments – Mitchell St, Darwin, TOGA – Waterfront (Stage 2) and Darwin Airport Extension – Henry Wrigley Dr, Eaton.

“Here at JGA Concreting, we are familiar with Darwin’s weather conditions and know what it takes to utilise concrete that will stand the test of time.” They also specialise in many different styles of concreting, to ensure the client gets the exact look that they’re after. JGA pride themselves WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact JGA Concreting, phone 08 8947 5372, email, website ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE 131


THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB Any job is only as good as the tools you use to do it and when it comes to working with concrete, the challenge exists from the start. Without the right concrete tools, it’s almost impossible to get it right. Betontools Australia supplies the right concrete and construction tools to the building and construction industry.

Betontools is also an online store and ships Australia-wide. In the last two years, Michael has increased his online revenue by 351%, with a massive 77% increase in organic traffic every year. Whether you’re a seasoned Online Shopper or it’s your first time, Betontools promise to make every purchase a rewarding experience.

Based in the New South Wales suburb of Leichhardt, Betontools is part of the Largest tool and industrial buying group in Australia with over 850 member retail stores Nationwide and access to more than 500 national and local suppliers.

“We stock all major brands, but our best sellers are Masterfinish, Marshalltown and Kraft Tools,” said Michael. “We have also introduced our own brand called ThorTools”

Regardless of the scope of the job, you need high quality tools that will stand up to the strength of concrete. You need to start with the right construction equipment whether your project is pouring wet concrete or cutting hard concrete. Betontools makes it easy to get the best tools in the business at a reasonable price. “One of the reasons our customers keep coming back is because we know what we’re talking about,” said Owner, Michael Murdica. “We are a specialist store and all our staff have specialist expertise.” This expertise has meant Michael is needing to find bigger premises – after having moved to a larger store only three years ago. 132 ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE

Betontools is adding another feather to their cap by expanding their expertise into the Stone Industry.

For more information contact Betontools, 192 Marion Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040, phone 1800 238 668, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


QUALITY PUMPING Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Services (HVCPS) is a team of professionals with a comprehensive fleet of modern well-maintained equipment ready to move on significant and large scale projects.

“We employ 50 staff and we keep up to date by adding to our fleet and training our operators to use the latest methods and equipment, that way we can continue to provide a variety of concrete pumping options.”

With a range of truck mounted boom pumps, line pumps, trailer pumps and separate placing booms HVCPS give high delivery rates over large areas. They have years of experience designing placing booms for the construction of high-rise buildings and are specialists in the pumping and placement of concrete for large jobs.

HVCPS have completed a number of successful major projects at Sydney Metro. The teams worked three pumps in shifts over 36 hours for a wall pour, showing their amazing capabilities. They have completed contracts for large construction companies such as Multiplex at Maitland Hospital and GWH at Sky Projects, a 20-storey development in Newcastle where HVCPS were onsite for 18 months.

“We started out as a small family company in 1980,” said Manager, Bailey Pretti. “From one line pump we now have over 30 pumps and a series of booms 20-58m long. We use German manufactured equipment, Schwing and Putzmeister, they’re durable and reliable. All our trucks and pumps are regularly serviced by four full-time mechanics in our workshop.” With an office and yard in Newcastle and depot in Dubbo HVCPS serve Australia wide. They also provide dry hire for the mining industry; concrete pumping for civil works for councils and shotcreting services to Sydney, Newcastle and surrounding areas. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Concrete pumping requires the team to stay ahead of the job,” added Bailey, “we have to deliver a quality result.”

For more information contact Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping, 2 Enterprise Drive Tomago NSW 2322, phone 02 4964 8552, email, website ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE 133



THE EASY WAY TO ORDER CONCRETE ONLINE Found Concrete have made it their mission to take the hassle out of ordering concrete by developing an app that lets you book and manage concrete deliveries with the push of a button. Making an order takes just two minutes after downloading the Found app. Select your concrete mix, then delivery date and time. The partnership Found has with its concrete suppliers has the suppliers updating their available time slots directly onto the Found system. Meaning when a customer books a concrete delivery, it is instantly confirmed with the supplier. “We started Found with the objective of making small construction jobs easier and have been amazed by the feedback from both customers and our suppliers,” said Found Concrete CEO Adam McArthur. “In the past year we have worked to provide, both our customers and suppliers, things like; the ability to get a quote online, afternoon discounts, changing orders online and a referral and partner program. We now have hundreds of customers per month ordering concrete, saving time and money and helping to improve how they operate. We have recently celebrated a milestone of our 7,000th order submitted.” “We are always looking for ways to provide customers with the ability to save time and money and have worked with suppliers to offer discount pricing for orders made on delivery after 12pm.”

Fogolin and Sons Concreting has been a Found Concrete customer since April 2020 and has completed over 70 orders with Found. “Found has made ordering concrete so efficient. I can order out of hours and make adjustments to the order without making phone calls,” said Phillip Fogolin. “The orders are always on time and the customer service is fantastic.”

Found Concrete operates in Melbourne, Geelong, Greater Sydney, Southern Highlands, Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Valley and is launching into South East Queensland.

Pictured above - Works completed by Fogolin and Sons Concreting in Cheltenham, NSW



KINGS OF CONCRETE | Wallace Concrete Pumping

PUMPING IT UP On March 16, 2002, Stephen and Rebecca Wallace purchased their very first line pump and started their first concrete pumping business servicing a largely residential customer base. In April 2012, Wallace Concrete Pumping was established, and they changed their focus to concentrate on Tier 1 clients and government funded contracts. “We’ve just celebrated 20 years in business,” said Rebecca. “And the company has grown to a state-of-the-art fleet of 14 high quality, well-maintained high-pressure line and boom pumps ranging from 19m, right up to 50m booms.” Wallace Concrete Pumping pride themselves on delivering the best all round service from the moment of booking through to the completion of the job using their extensively maintained pumps. They have vast experience in residential, commercial, and civil construction across Greater Sydney. “We specialise in underground pumping,” said Stephen. “On any given day there would be half our fleet underground.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Wallace Concrete Pumping has an ongoing focus on safety and is one of the few pumping companies who comply to Australian Standards. “The ongoing maintenance of our vehicles and training of our staff are our top priorities. We value each staff member’s safety and the safety of our clients,” said Stephen. The company has 25 staff, including a team of five full time, admin support workers. “We have a great team culture,” said Rebecca. “Everyone shares the same goals, and we are all proud to put our name on the work we do.” Wallace Concrete Pumping have been part of many major infrastructure works in Sydney including the M2 & M5 widening, Northwest Rail Link, Epping to Thornleigh Third Track, North Strathfield Rail Underpass, Northconnex, Westconnex including M4 Widening & New M5, ISJV Skytrain and Northern Road Upgrade. For more information contact Wallace Concrete Pumping, phone 1300 925 223, email, website ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE 135

KINGS OF CONCRETE | TEC Concreting Systems

CONCRETE YOU CAN TRUST TEC Concreting Systems Founder and Director Trent Collins started in the concreting game in 2000 as a 16 year old. He quickly discovered he had a real passion for building structures and in 2015 launched his own business in order to bring to life his vision of providing quality concreting services.

expect great communication when we are working on your project,” said Luke. “When you choose TEC you are assured of working with a team who are highly skilled in their area of expertise; that keeps within budget and delivers to the highest industry standards. We are prepared to go the extra mile.”

Trent has assembled a team who shares his passion for concreting and is committed to providing quality workmanship and excellence in everything they do. TEC Concreting Systems specialise in pump, place and finish with a 40m and 47m concrete boom, and a high/low pressure static line pump at their disposal to meet the varied needs of a project.

TEC believes teamwork is essential to quality outcomes and prides themselves on effective teamwork which supports all facets of project planning and service delivery. The company is looking to increase innovation to their team by engaging new apprentices, and exploring pathways for youth to develop critical skills and create a new future within the concreting industry.

Located on the Central Coast, TEC has earned a solid reputation for efficiency, quality of work and excellent service across the Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter construction belt. They may be a young company but they are certainly making their mark on the concreting industry.

Some of the projects TEC have provided the place and finish for include the ATO building, Bonython Towers, Warnervale Public School, St Bede’s Catholic College, Toronto Foreshore Apartments, St Hilliers Commercial Apartments in Gosford and the 19 storey Verve Residences in Newcastle.

“Trent has created an innovative concreting service with fresh and diverse ideas that are reflected in both the team and the standard of work we do,” said Luke Grant, Business Coordinator for TEC. “We aim to exceed the client’s expectations and you can always 136 ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE

For more information contact TEC Concreting Systems, phone 02 4380 0470, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

KINGS OF CONCRETE | Putzmeister Oceania

THE CONCRETE EQUIPMENT EXPERTS As the equipment provider behind Australia’s biggest projects, Putzmeister Oceania understands concrete pumping. They have more experience than any other concrete pumping equipment supplier in Australia and offer world-leading solutions for pumping, mixing and placing concrete, mortar and industrial solids. Their extensive product range includes Putzmeister and SANY concrete pumps, placing booms, mortar, plaster and grout pumps, shotcrete, refractory and underground machines, Boom Makina spider and crawler booms and Maxon remixers. All products are supported by the best quality parts and accessories, with maintenance at their Service Centre or onsite. Putzmeister Oceania is a fully owned subsidiary of Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH and was formed by the 2022 acquisition of CPE Machinery, an established Australian business with over 40 years experience as a domestic leader in concrete pumping. “CPE Machinery has for a long time been one of our flagship dealers,” said Michael Schmid-Lindenmayer, Putzmeister Head of Asia-Pacific. “It is a natural progression for us to make this acquisition which WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

presents an opportunity to strengthen the offering, grow the business and ultimately provide the best support possible to the Oceania region.” The acquisition also saw Putzmeister Oceania become the Australian distributor of SANY Concrete Machinery, allowing them to offer a new line of concrete equipment that is hugely successful overseas, and complements their existing offering by providing a cost-effective yet high-quality alternative, supported by the technology and experience of Putzmeister. Australia’s largest infrastructure projects rely on Putzmeister equipment to get the job done. Putzmeister Oceania delivers high performance, quality and reliability coupled with local knowledge and support, often working with contractors through the planning stages to provide effective solutions to unique challenges. With an enhanced presence in the Australian market and a wider range of pumps than ever before, we can only expect to see more Putzmeister and SANY concrete equipment onsite. For more information contact Putzmeister Oceania, phone 03 9931 4200, email, website ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE 137

KINGS OF CONCRETE | Ritecase Enterprises

THE RITE CHOICE Ritecase is a proudly Australian manufacturer of Formwork, Soakwells and Caissons operating out of Wingfield, South Australia. Established in 2008, the company services a wide range of industries including residential and commercial, utilities and heavy industry, mining and infrastructure. “We have a philosophy of keeping manufacturing in Australia” said Owner and General Manager, Nick Gaeta. “One of the great aspects of Ritecase is that every sale we make not only helps to build Australia but also maintains the manufacturing presence and therefore jobs in this country.”

“Ritecase is really excited to have commenced an internal project to integrate First Nations businesses into their supply chain. This is a journey they started back in 2011 when they sponsored the ‘Just Too Deadly’ Academic Achievement Awards. Ritecase has recently supplied their formwork and caissons to a number of large projects within South Australia including Gawler Electrification, Northern Expressway, Snapper Point Power Station and several large supermarket builds and some large housing estate works.

This commitment to Australian supply and manufacture meant the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns did not impact as negatively as it could have. While raw materials were a concern for many during this period, Ritecase sourced their raw materials from a local supplier.

“There is a lot of work in the pipeline we have either booked or are tendering for,” said Nick. “Most of our customers are repeat business and new customers generally become the former. We pride ourselves on establishing long term partnerships and always put our customers’ needs at the front and centre of everything we do.”

“We manufacture our products ourselves right here in Wingfield,” said Nick. “This has ensured our ability to always deliver for our customers and guarantee their projects run to plan. Our product is superior to alternatives, is made to specification for each project, is cost effective and 100% waterproof and site tough.

For more information contact Ritecase Enterprises, 18 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 0407 427 191, email, website



KINGS OF CONCRETE | Premier Constructions Australia

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION Premier Constructions Australia (Premier) is a fast growing construction subcontractor, specialising in structural concrete Form-Reo-Pour (FRP), earthmoving, and labour hire. Premier operates nationally, providing services across the public and private sectors in civil infrastructure, mining, defence, renewable energy, and the highrise residential and commercial development industries. Company Managing Director, Seamus McHugh, moved from Ireland to Australia in 2010 and after working construction across Australia, he combined his construction skills and experience, with his passion for business, and founded Premier in 2015. Since then Seamus has overseen Premier deliver over $50 million worth of construction projects. “I wanted to build a company that offered a sense of community, and not just a place of employment at Premier, and I believe that is something my team has helped achieve,” said Seamus. “I started the business as a one person management team, and we worked on the construction of one of Australia’s largest solar farms at the time. Fast forward seven years, and we’ve now grown in size and specialty with strong experience in bridge construction, architecture formwork, substructure construction, and early works services.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Premier’s structural concrete FRP delivery team started work with Oracle Structures and Maxcon in 2019 to build the foundation of 40 floors on the REALM Adelaide development which involved the placement of approximately 4,560m3 of concrete. Premier’s vision is to accelerate the industry’s sustainable solutions across construction technology, environmental practices, and health and wellbeing. In practice, this looks like strategic industry partnerships, adoption of new-age technology to increase project efficiencies, and introducing ways to normalise the conversation about mental wellbeing across the floor. Premier is a subsidiary company of Premier Management Corporation, and in the last 12 months has grown to include Premier Concreting Group, a sister company in Melbourne; PremHire, a fleet, plant and equipment hire service and, UtillixAR, a mobile GIS app that provides a live Augmented Reality view of underground assets to improve safer underground construction. For more information contact Premier Constructions Australia, phone 1800 773 628, email, website ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE SPECIAL FEATURE 139


The $157M South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop refurbishment spans 31,000m2 over 3-storeys across 15 bays creating a hybrid mixed-use destination bringing together contemporary retail and commercial spaces within one of Sydney's most historic precincts while incorporating key heritage elements. The Locomotive Workshop in Sydney’s South Eveleigh was constructed in the 1880’s and is a heritage listed building of significant historical importance to New South Wales. It has played a pivotal role in the history of railways, manufacturing and industrialisation, and the birth of labour unionisation in the state.

“This project was really like building a commercial development and a museum at the same time,” said Adam Sutherland, NSW Operations Manager for Mirvac. “We were building in and around the heritage structures the whole time and we needed to be very careful with everything we did.”

Leading Australian property group Mirvac has transformed the Locomotive Workshop into a dynamic mixed-use precinct with 8,000m2 of bespoke retail offerings, around 23,000m2 of modern infill office and heritage interpretation installations.

The works involved extensive alterations to the existing structure as the previous 1990’s fitout was fully removed to return the building to a bare shell. A new composite deck was then added with the old and new structure carefully tied together. Around 20,000m2 of existing roof was also fully upgraded to enhance its thermal, acoustic and waterproofing performance.

The development, wholly owned by Mirvac, has been carefully designed to preserve and celebrate the building fabric, its extensive collection of original machinery and artifacts, and the ongoing presence of blacksmithing activity on the site. It will set an industry leading precedent for adaptive reuse of heritage assets.

A major internal intervention was the construction of a new tunnel and travelator to connect the workshop to an adjacent carpark building. To build the tunnel new penetrations were formed through the existing building fabric which required careful investigation and management of risks.



“The new build elements of the works are designed to be reversible and sensitive to the building’s heritage,” Adam said. “The design was carefully developed by our team in consultation with the community and Heritage NSW to bring new life to the site while preserving its legacy. The whole team gave 100% effort to get it right.” The heritage elements of the workshop brought many risks and challenges to the project including the condition of the existing roof, structure and services and the presence of hazardous materials, lead dust and ground contamination. “We had to carefully work around other construction works and also tenants moving in nearby,” Adam said. “A lot of staging of works was needed and we had to carefully manage the programme’s critical path.” The Locomotive Workshop is part of an extensive redevelopment of the whole South Eveleigh precinct which also includes other commercial buildings, pedestrian thoroughfares, open spaces and public art. “Previously, the site was quite underutilised with a tired business park feel,” explained Adam. “We've turned it into a new era thriving WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

technology and innovation precinct, closely integrated with the wider community.” The Locomotive Workshop project was completed in stages with Mirvac working hand-in-hand with tenants and their design teams to complete fitouts and hand over commercial tenancies. Mirvac approached the project from the start with a long-term vision to ensure the future viability of the site. They will remain closely involved over the long term to manage, operate and maintain the Locomotive Workshop. “We want to be a good neighbour and make a positive impact on the community,” Adam said. “This is an iconic and unique Sydney building and we are proud to have breathed new life into it while allowing it to retain its heritage. Now with the activation of the retail areas and public precincts we are excited to see it in full swing!”

For more information contact Mirvac, Level 28, 200 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9080 8000, website


Below Curio Projects have delivered an interpretative experience that brings new life to the Locomotive Workshops.

The South Eveleigh – Locomotive Workshop, one of New South Wales’ most significant heritage buildings, is being transformed by Mirvac into a commercial and retail hub. Heritage consultants Curio Projects have delivered an interpretative experience that brings new life to this previously under-utilised asset while showcasing its rich history. Curio worked with Mirvac and the precinct’s tenants to obtain over 50 heritage approvals. They worked with each of the tenants to get viable outcomes that were acceptable to Heritage NSW and the City of Sydney Council while also achieving functional, exciting spaces. Curio were involved in multiple community consultations inform the heritage outcomes and help it reflect the deep connection between Redfern and the Locomotive Workshop over the years. “There are layers of history on this site from its origins as Aboriginal Country through its use from the 1870s as a locomotive manufacturing workshop to its most recent role as a technology hub. There are so many stories to tell,” said Natalie Vinton, CEO. “This was one of, if not, the state’s biggest employer and arguably started Australia’s industrial revolution,” Natalie continued. “Neighbourhoods built 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SOUTH EVELEIGH – LOCOMOTIVE WORKSHOP

up around the site to support it. It was a rare urban Aboriginal employment hub and a hotspot for unionisation. Mirvac haven’t taken any shortcuts in creating a world-class facility that reflects this amazing heritage.” The project incorporates interventions such as Aboriginal gardens, a fully operational blacksmith’s operation, cultural heritage tours, special events, displays, digital exhibitions and interpretative artworks. “There is nothing else like it,” said Natalie. “Our vision was to create an industrial museum that is as authentic as possible for experts while also delivering elements of surprise and engagement for the general public in a space that is commercially usable.” Based in Sydney and Tasmania, the Curio Projects team delivers a holistic and innovative approach to heritage management through interpretation, storytelling and placemaking to create sustainable and exciting cultural legacies. For more information contact Curio Projects, 5 Blackfriars Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, email, website curio_projects AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Fredon Air re-engineered aspects of the concept design to ensure it fit heritage and council requirements.

The Locomotive Workshop building at South Eveleigh is one of NSW most significant heritage buildings and is being transformed by Mirvac into a multi-purpose precinct with retail, dining, office and fitness offerings. Fredon was appointed by developer Mirvac as the Design and Construct (D&C) mechanical contractor for the project. “We re-engineered many aspects of the concept design to make to work well for Mirvac while also fitting around the heritage requirements,” said David Womersley, Project Manager. “We had to plan and design the details carefully to satisfy the architects, council and Heritage NSW.”

Careful planning was necessary on the project since the mechanical installations were exposed as part of the final design. “On some projects the services are hidden but here it was all on display as part of the finished product,” explained David. “The work we did to comply with the requirements was not easy but we are proud to have achieved a result that looks really good.” Established in 1968, Fredon is a leading provider of installation and maintenance solutions in asset services, electrical and communications, HVAC, technology, security and infrastructure. They are an engineering business that can take full responsibility for the design and delivery of outcomes that are workable, energy-efficient and better performing in terms of cost.

Fredon developed a Building Information Model (BIM) of the design which was coordinated with the rest of the project in 3D. “A lot of work was done on the model to get it right beforehand,” said David.

With a nationwide presence and a track record of major projects, innovations and industry awards, Fredon offers industry-leading technical solutions and expertise across all their divisions.

“Then onsite we had myself as the project manager plus a full-time senior engineer and site manager to address any unforeseen issues as they came up.”

For more information contact Fredon Air, 123 Wetherill Street, Silverwater NSW 2128, phone 02 9475 9400, website



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Below Red 8 Roofing installed new corrugated roof sheets, flashings, insulation, and more for the South Eveleigh project.

Red 8 Roofing is one of Australia’s largest and most highly regarded metal roofing companies. They were recently appointed to upgrade the roof of stages 1-4 at South Eveleigh, with stage 2 being the Locomotive Workshops, as part of its recent transformation by Mirvac. Red 8 Roofing stripped off the roof coverings that were previously installed and exposed the original internal heritage roof which was retained. They then applied new corrugated roof sheets, flashings, insulation, skylights and dome lights and a new safe access system. The existing heritage roof had to be treated with care, particularly where new penetrations needed to be formed. In addition some of the purlin support for the roof sheets were in poor condition and needed to be replaced. Red 8 Roofing knew the site well having installed roofing to other areas of the Australian Technology Park. “One really challenging aspect was access around the site which was constrained by one side which is the rail line,” said Jason Cavanagh, Director. “We installed a buggy to carry roof sheets up to 90m across the roof where the construction crane couldn’t reach.” 146 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SOUTH EVELEIGH – LOCOMOTIVE WORKSHOP

The presence of tenants such as Channel 7 Studios onsite meant that Red 8 Roofing had to be very careful to avoid causing disruption, meaning night shifts were often required during the works. “It was a difficult project but we had a good team on the job and have worked with Mirvac for years so we had no problems,” Jason said. “We had no incidents and no defects on the project which is a sign of a successful job.” With over 30 years experience in the roofing industry, Red 8 Roofing offers superior workmanship and customer service that is second to none. Their diverse, talented team services New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT with industry-leading experience in metal roofing of all types.

For more information contact Red 8 Roofing, 5/12-16 Mangrove Lane, Taren Point NSW 2229, phone 1800 429 110, email office@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Sissons created new structures reflecting the original locomotive routes and significant heritage of the building.

Sydney based practice Sissons Architects were the lead designers for the recent transformation of the South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops. The Locomotive Workshops are a significant industrial heritage asset dating from the 1880s. Understanding its history was an important part of the design process. “The workshop was built in stages over time,” said Nick Sissons, Partner. “The building housed a wide variety of functions, all working in concert to build and maintain the early years of the NSW railway network. It was a significant building as it brought together a diverse workforce that formed the early years of the labour movement.” “Right from the start it was important for us to try and find building’s rhythm,” Nick continued. “We wanted to capture its heartbeat and restore something of its former spatial glory.” Their approach was to remove the building’s recent poor quality fitouts and create new lightweight mezzanine structures oriented around a central ‘road’ reflecting the original axial route through the building. The final design includes top-lit commercial spaces, a rich retail mix, heritage interpretation areas and an operational blacksmith at the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

project’s heart. The new structures are fully removable and detached from the original structure to celebrate and protect the building’s heritage. Sissons produced a 3D digital design model, using modern CAD systems to visualise what the spaces would look like and how they would be constructed. “The project was a great showcase for preserving old structures using new technology,” Nick said. Sissons worked closely with developer Mirvac to ensure the project’s success. “Mirvac were highly motivated to make this an active, successful building,” Nick said. “Many of the new insertions like the carpark travelator and loading dock became opportunities to showcase the story of the building. Mirvac were really focused on delivering the best possible result for the project.” On all their projects, Sissons combines commercial realities with creativity, logic and big picture thinking. “We love to solve difficult problems with clever thinking,” Nick said. “Sometimes the simplest solution can be the hardest to find.”

For more information contact Sissons, phone 02 8904 1853, email, website


Below Edwards Heavy Lift developed the temporary works to reduce impacts on the unique heritage structure of the building.

South Eveleigh – Locomotive Workshop’s transformation into a mixed-use precinct required careful planning to mitigate impacts on the unique heritage structure and its contents. Edwards Heavy Lift designed the temporary works for the project including developing construction methodologies and temporary structural supports and assessing heritage items for lifting, removal and reinstatement. One complex area of the works was the roof that was extensively reconfigured requiring access. Edwards Heavy Lift worked closely with the developer Mirvac to assess and certify the live loading potential of the roof and define the maximum roof area that could be impacted at any time. Another challenge was the need to move the heritage equipment and machinery located in the workshop for cleaning. “All the equipment is historic and unique with no manual or technical drawings,” explained Stuart Edwards, Director. “We did a comparative analysis of existing load paths to determine safe lifting methods for each item. In some cases we proposed a lifting 148 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SOUTH EVELEIGH – LOCOMOTIVE WORKSHOP

method that replicated the current state but when that wasn’t possible we designed custom-built cradles to allow the items to be moved safely.” Planning of the works was complex as some existing areas were congested with a large amount of equipment and closely spaced columns. Planning of transport routes and crane access methods was required. Height and width limitations for road transport also had to be considered. “In the end the project went smoothly,” Stuart said. “The heritage aspect of this job was pretty unique but we do a lot of this type of work involving lifting unusual and valuable items.” Edwards Heavy Lift is a leading provider of specialist engineering for heavy lifting, transport and specialist construction methodology across many industry sectors. Years of practical experience allow them to cover both temporary and permanent works and provide complete turn-key solutions that are cost-effective, safe and buildable.

For more information contact Edwards Heavy Lift, 43 Main Street, Clunes NSW 2480, phone 02 6629 1862 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ICS restored the original heritage machinery and tools for integration into Mirvac’s refurbishment.

International Conservation Services (ICS) is Australia’s largest private fine art and heritage conservation practice. Their world-class team of conservators and heritage experts conserve and secure artworks and items of cultural value. The Locomotive Workshop contains a large range of original heritage machinery and tools reflecting the many layers of history at the site. ICS was appointed to restore the items for integration into Mirvac’s refurbishment of the site into high-quality office and retail space. “Our role was to restore the historical tools and machinery to their former glory, retaining their character, while protecting and making them fit for display in a way that clearly shows the processes and functions performed in the Locomotive Workshop,” said CEO Julian Bickersteth. To achieve this ICS moved most items to a warehouse for cleaning, surface stabilisation and coating. Minor modifications were made to items with moving parts to make them safe for display. Some large items such as the locomotive turntable were restored in-situ. After restoration, the items were transferred into a new display area WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

onsite, accompanied by information boards to showcase the activities that were performed in the workshop. Records of each item, with documentation of the cleaning and maintenance process, are now online for future public access. The sheer size, weight and bulk of the collection presented a major challenge for conservators (many of the pieces of machinery weigh over 40 tonnes). Larger items, like furnaces and flues, required ICS to find innovative ways to safely display them in their new environment. ICS worked closely with Mirvac throughout the project to achieve the best possible outcome for this unique collection. With labs in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth, ICS provides a range of conservation, restoration and collection management services for everything from colonial buildings to marine artifacts, painted surfaces, mosaics, sculptures, outdoor heritage, and fine and decorative arts.

For more information contact International Conservation Services, 53 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 02 9417 3311, email, website


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Below City Projects provided AcoustiSorb sound-absorbing panels for the roof platform at South Eveleigh - locomotive Workshop.

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City Projects are a specialist provider of high-end commercial fitout and residential construction serving New South Wales and Victoria. The company is focused on delivering high quality finishes on time and within budget, with their attention to detail and dedication to operational excellence helping them build a strong reputation and establish long-term relationships with many clients. As part of the restoration and rejuvenation of the South Eveleigh – Locomotive Workshop, City Projects were appointed by developer Mirvac to provide an acoustic enclosure for the roof platform that housed the plant equipment serving the project. City Projects worked closely with the acoustic engineer, Mirvac and the project design team to understand the requirements and design a suitable solution. This collaboration resulted in AcoustiSorb sound-absorbing panels being selected for the project since the product buildup and insulation density allowed the project’s acoustic requirements to be achieved. “This was a challenging project with a lot of complexity driven by the physical characteristics of the roof,” said Alex Macinger, Director. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We put a lot of time into pre-planning and ensuring buildability. Ultimately it was a smooth process onsite, we planned it well which paid off for us in the end.” City Projects provides a diverse range of services including both principal contracting and subcontracting. Whilst delivering South Eveleigh, City Projects along side Developer Mirvac, delivered Westpac's Head Office at 275 Kent Street. This project showcased their capability to engage and successfully deliver on a complex scope. “We are versatile to meet our clients’ varying needs,” said Alex. “We can take on diverse and challenging scopes which has helped us establish repeat clients. At South Eveleigh we are proud to have worked with Mirvac to deliver a good solution.”

For more information contact City Projects, Unit 2, 175 Lower Gibbes Street, Roseville NSW 2069, phone 02 9417 7297, email, website


INNOVATION’S HISTORIC NEW HOME CLIENT : Development & Planning Environment NSW MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : FDC Construction & Fitout ARCHITECT : TKD (Tanner Kibble Denton) CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $18 million

The Western Sydney Start-up Hub is a heritage refurbishment for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and the adaptation of five buildings to facilitate their re-use including essential conservation works. Set among heritage sandstone walls and billowing jacarandas, Sydney’s newest start-up hub is coming to life. Western Sydney is one of Australia’s fastest growing and most culturally diverse communities. Part of the New South Wales Government’s Greater Parramatta North Program, the Western Sydney Start-up Hub (WSSH) offers a space for innovators, entrepreneurs, scaleups and businesses to grow and flourish.

was originally established in 1847 for convicts but became a public asylum in 1849.

WSSH’s home is in an historic location, the Parramatta North Heritage Core – specifically the Parramatta Female Factory and the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum buildings. It was FDC’s responsibility to transform them into the WSSH – while retaining their historical significance.

TKD Architects’ Megan Jones, FDC Senior Site Manager, Jake Dufferin and the rest of our team were determined to preserve this history. “We want everyone to come to the site and enjoy it for its new purpose, but also understand its previous use,” Megan says.

The walls of these buildings hold stories dating back nearly two centuries. The Parramatta Female Factory was Australia’s first purpose designed convict facility for women. The Parramatta Lunatic Asylum

In total the project consists of five buildings. Restoring them was no small task, but niche trades, time-accurate materials and some creative solutions made it possible.


Before work began, the site was tested and evidence of Aboriginal inhabitants from around 7,000 years ago was found. Tools, signs of a camp site and other archaeological pieces deepened the site’s historical and cultural significance. These finds can be viewed in the WSSH visitor space.


“Heritage work takes a lot of planning and needs passion and patience from everyone on the team. We have to think on our feet and come up with out of the box solutions,” Jake explains. “You can’t come in thinking you know everything – you’ll fall flat on your face.” The architects created a design for each building that stayed true to its earliest form, removing previous extensions, and retaining original material where possible. On a site of this nature, discoveries are sure to be made. Both historical and Aboriginal archaeologists were present to monitor the excavation to avoid disturbing the in-ground relics. “We needed to bring this new home for innovation up to speed with today’s technology and standards, while honouring the past. It was our responsibility to make sure the almost 200-year-old structures could meet today’s expectations,” said Jake. “With a considerate and detailed approach, the team reconsolidated and remediated the structures to ensure their integrity and all services were upgraded – from stormwater to sewer upgrades, to mechanical, fire and power systems. We were guided by meticulous attention to detail, expert archaeological advice, and Heritage Council approval.” The result is five stunning 19th-century sandstone buildings showcasing carefully reconstructed stonework capped with Welsh


slate and refined with copper gutters, lead work and flashing. Inside, innovators can enjoy all the 21st-century tech they need in open, high-ceilinged spaces, bathed in natural light. “I just love the transformation this place has gone through. And the fact that these are beautiful contemporary spaces within historic buildings,” says Megan. Despite their age, these buildings now boast a 5-star Green Star rating complete with solar PV systems and remote-control lighting. Amongst its lush gardens, this new hub for innovation will inspire inhabitants through stories from past, present and future. Jake and Megan hope whoever finds themself in the space will love it as much as they do. “I’ve become a little protective of this place. It’s incredibly special. I hope people give it the passion and respect it deserves,” says Jake. FDC Construction & Fitout were honoured to work on such a culturally significant site, that means so much to so many. “We, too, are energised for the future and empowered by the past. And we hope all the new innovators in WSSH feel the same as they forge the ideas of tomorrow,” expressed Jake. For more information contact FDC Construction & Fitout, phone 02 8117 5000, email, website


SUSTAINABLE STONEMASONRY Founded in 2005, Sydney Stonemasons PL are experts in all aspects of stonemasonry. Whilst specializing in heritage restoration they also have a vast experience in stonemasonry on a commercial and residential scale.

internal brickwork was failing. We carefully dismantled the brickwork, put in a new reinforced concrete footing, and then reconstructed the internal brickwork, ensuring all windows and doors, the fireplace and chimney breast were all reconstructed to their original details.

The Sydney Stonemasons team began works onsite in early June of 2021. A total of five buildings at the North Parramatta site were refurbished and renovated for the Hub including the Female Factory, part of the old hospital and the kitchen block.

We rebuilt using a combination of salvaged stone and new stone, cut, and dressed onsite, to match the original in profile and detail. Finally, the wall was cleaned and pointed using traditional lime mortar. All the salvaged material was stored for re-use and future repairs, maintaining as much of the original heritage fabric as possible.

“We carried out a lot of repointing, desalination, new stone indents and created many new internal and external openings, whilst also modifying many existing openings” said Director Roscoe Hannagan. “Many of the original openings had been closed and we reconstructed them by installing structural steel lintels and carefully removing the sandstone infill. We also made few new openings to facilitate movement through the new buildings while leaving evidence of the later additions.” “On one of the buildings the gable required immediate attention. We shored up the gable then catalogued and coded all stones in the wall before careful dismantling. When we removed the external stone skin, we found that there was no footing below the wall and the 154 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTERN SYDNEY STARTUP HUB (WSSH)

“The job involved stabilizing the structure so as not to damage any existing features while we carried out our work. Also, colour matching the new stonework was a challenge and we spent a lot of time at Gosford Quarry searching for stone that would match. Eventually we used a mix of four different coloured stones to closely match the original stonework. “We worked extremely well with FDC; they are a very good team. Our first job with them was at Shore School in North Sydney where we carried out sandstone cladding. FDC were happy with our work there and contracted us for Stage 1 at the WSSH and we will be on Stage 2 of the project, rebuilding the heritage perimeter wall.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Sydney Stonemasons PL have established a strong reputation within the heritage restoration industry. They are based out of their factory in Hillsdale and employ up to 40 tradesmen with specialist skills who carry out all the preparation and restoration of sandstone and other masonry. The workshop is fully equipped with modern machinery to automate the process as much as possible. “This allows us to complete work more quickly, as a result we are capable of completing large scale projects to the highest of standards in a timely manner.” said Roscoe. As one of the leading stonemasonry firms in the country, Sydney Stonemasons PL have been at work on a number of significant Australian buildings. In 2020 they were at the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project replacing and repointing cladding stones, and later that year completed restoration work at the Australian Museum. The future for Sydney Stonemasons PL involves expansion into the overseas residential and commercial market. In April 2022 General Manager Thomas boarded a plane to Dubai to open a new office.

will be installing marble and granite cladding along with sandstone,” Thomas said.

“Australian architects are designing for Dubai and there’s a lot of heritage work there. We’ll be also looking at the sandstone cladding on the Dubai Museum as well as plans for a massive high rise where we

For more information contact Sydney Stonemasons PL, 55 Smith Street, Hillsdale NSW 2036, phone 1300 075 544, email info@, website



THE PLUMBING EXPERTS Established in 2012 TJO Plumbing Services specialise in all aspects of commercial plumbing and maintenance services from Newcastle to Wollongong including the Sydney CBD and metropolitan areas. In June 2021, TJO Plumbing Services started work at the WSSH. “We were onsite, from the beginning of the demolition work as we were contracted to make safe, refurbish and investigate all existing pipework before we installed the hydraulic services,” said Owner, David Owsnett. “We then continued with the comprehensive fitout of all building services including hot and cold water supply, hot water plant, LP gas, fire hydrants, stormwater and sanitary plumbing and drainage as well as commissioning the whole system.” “Working on heritage listed buildings is always challenging, the excavation was investigated by archaeologists and heritage consultants and they found some artefacts, old sandstone footings, that had to be documented and preserved.

TJO Plumbing Services will work with clients during the design phase to identify better construction methods and provide a comprehensive approach to site conditions and trades coordination. With a team of estimators for accurate tender submissions, TJO Plumbing Services have experience with contemporary energy systems, including heat pumps, for cost savings and Green Star ratings. “More recently we are doing mostly commercial work, retirement villages, schools, shop fitouts and childcare centres,” said David. “We’ve also completed a number of dental surgeries along with crematoriums and a mortuary.” From first breaking ground to commissioning and delivery, TJO Plumbing Services have the expertise required to complete a quality project also offering preventative and emergency maintenance, drain cleaning and repairs. For more information contact TJO Plumbing Services, phone 0414 378 710, website

The Hub was a great project for us, TJO Plumbing Services have been working with FDC for the past eight years on a number of new projects and refurbishments. In 2021, one of our most recent with FDC, we completed the refurbishment of the Glasshouse Building for the Rolex shop in Sydney.”



PROFESSIONAL FITOUT & REFURBISHMENT Permax Commercial is a dynamic company providing sophisticated interior fitouts with the supply and installation of partitions, ceilings, doors and fine joinery items across the Sydney CBD and metropolitan areas. At the WSSH Permax Commercial commenced onsite work in August of 2021 installing internal fitout components across all five buildings including aluminium and glass partitions, plaster partitions, fire doors, aluminium doors, solid core doors, a number of feature suspended ceilings including detailed bulkhead and light pelmets. “We installed CSR perforated plasterboard for the feature ceilings to building C107 and C104. This particular perforated product does not require any standard setting, rather joining the panels with minimum spacing to create a seamless finish. This was a challenge which we tackled head on, especially in the event area where we were working at above 6m heights. Safety was a priority as we worked from EWPs, lifting panels and balancing to complete the detailed work,” said Project Manager, Stephen Paric. “We had anywhere between a team of 3–10 onsite and established exclusion zones and used a spotter to coordinate with other trades in these high-risk areas. External works were delayed due to inclement WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

weather which pushed out our programme, finishing up in April 2022,” said Stephen “FDC is one of our most trusted and valued clients and we have established a very close working relationship with, and look forward to many more future projects. Over the last five years since our inception of working with FDC, we’ve completed an array of projects across the commercial and hospitality construction sectors, some of which include three Cornerstone Medical Health projects, Phoenix Gallery, Bloomberg Sydney Offices and Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) Sydney offices to name a few. “At Permax, we pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to bring the intended design to fruition and continually strive for a high quality fitout from the outset to project completion,” said Stephen. For more information contact Permax Commercial, 2 Artisan Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9674 4848, email info@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTERN SYDNEY STARTUP HUB (WSSH) 157

SETTING THE STANDARD New Edge Group offer a comprehensive design and install service for all mechanical HVAC, electrical, data and communication technology needs. In late 2021, New Edge’s in house design team started detailing the design for the HVAC system at the WSSH. The mechanical systems consisted primarily of a variable refrigerant volume (VRV) heat recovery system. The project had several unique challenges including severe limitations due to the building’s heritage nature, very high occupancies due to the use of the space and limitation of the existing building fabric. A key architectural intent for the project was to maintain the very high floor to ceiling heights, typically over 3.5m. This meant that a significant amount of mechanical equipment was required to be fit within extremely tight and conjected spaces. With sustainability a key focus for the project, a 5 Star Green star rating was achieved, mechanically this involved providing high efficiency system to reduce energy and CO2 emissions, increased fresh air rates, better access and maintenance provisions from improved cleaning and more sustainable materials. “NEG based our design on the original consultants, however due to the spatial constraints and increased size of equipment, the design was heavily modified to fit the ductwork and mechanical system, into an

old building, with timber ceilings and walls. To compound challenges onsite work was delayed due to COVID restrictions and bad weather, however with 20 site staff onsite throughout the project, we completed commissioning by the end of May 2022,” said Project Director, Danny Canal. “It was an interesting project carrying heavy heritage elements which required some out of the box solutions,” said Project Manager, Stanley Eng. “Site Manager Mark Cannon and I worked together to achieve a good outcome for the end client, maximising floor-to-floors heights and higher fresh air rates for occupant amenity”. “The WSSH was our first job for FDC, and we’ve developed a good working relationship with them from which we have built a strong foundation,” said Danny. “After the Hub, FDC contracted us for a $10 million, multi-level, high end fitout with the installation of new HVAC systems for Goldman Sachs in the Sydney CBD.” New Edge Group’s focus is to bring to each project the understanding of ‘the little details matter’. “Our teams combine the knowledge and expertise of our internal design staff with experience and delivery of our construction and commissioning team members, to create a cohesive turnkey approach. New Edge prides itself of having a collaborative team all working towards the common goal of the project which we showed on the WSSH.” For more information contact New Edge Group, Level 8, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9725 5555, email info@newedgegroup. website


LOCK AND KEY SOLUTIONS Independent Locksmiths & Security were at the WSSH precinct from 2019 installing security and keying systems to existing buildings. Working with the state government’s Property NSW, Independent Locksmiths & Security designed and installed the master key system for over 60 buildings across the precinct. In 2021 FDC moved onsite and contracted Independent Locksmiths & Security to design, supply and install an extension to their existing master key system for the five heritage buildings. “I carried out a survey of the buildings, noting the conditions and the security requirements for the tender submission and then designed the master key system,” explained Sales Director, Keiran McGovern.

Independent Locksmiths & Security specialise in the design, supply and installation of comprehensive master key systems. The in house team uses innovative technology, including Cloud based access control systems, and will build, monitor and maintain networks for data systems. They also install safes, intercoms, alarms and CCTV.

“The challenge of the heritage work involved designing and fitting modern working hardware to older materials, we weren’t able to change anything on the doors but still had to make them secure. We removed the cylinders and worked closely with our manufacturer to design several new key barrels to suit the heritage locks.

“We pride ourselves on service,” said Keiran. “Celebrating nearly 50 years in business, we have long standing partnerships with some of Australia’s most iconic brands, Westfields, Woolworths, Telstra, Transgrid NSW Health and Sydney Zoo working with a diverse range of security requirements.”

“We’ve been working with FDC over the last 15 years, currently we’re installing a keying system to an FDC warehouse for TK Maxx at Sydney Business Park. TK Maxx is one of our biggest clients with over 75 stores nationwide, each with our master key system installed.”

For more information contact Independent Locksmiths & Security, 552/560 Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2151, phone 1300 500 600, email, website



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QUALITY CARPENTRY Starting at the WSSH in June 2021, Xcel carpentry carried out structural works, framing the floor and veranda roof and strengthening the existing structure. The scope of works also included the installation of new recycled timber flooring, the repair and refurbishment of existing timber floors and the construction of timber decking and seating. Window frames and timber ceilings as well as internal and external timber linings were rectified or replaced to match existing materials. “Most of the job involved working from the original heritage design and matching the existing materials. We used recycled blackbutt for the floors, ceilings and decks and custom-made cedar for the barge boards. Lead times of materials became challenging at times,” said Director, Jesse Burns. “Xcel Carpentry have a successful working relationship with FDC, we’ve been with them at major developments. In late 2021 we finished a two-year contract with FDC at Macquarie University installing external decking, furniture and stairs. We had a defect free handover and completed the job in front of all programme deadlines.” “In April 2022, we finished at the Log Cabin in Penrith where we installed Millboard Decking, internal wall panelling, flooring and handrails as well as aluminium battens. We’re proud of this job and have received plenty of compliments for our work. This is the first WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

pub we have completed and already we have another pub project under FDC, the Calderwood Tavern.” Sydney based, Xcel Carpentry work across the commercial and residential sectors with plans to expand interstate. “Xcel are striving to move towards a green future, we are putting a large emphasis on Mass timber construction. Currently we are completing a CLT building at Oakhill collage, with a plan to further expand into this market. We aspire to become one of the leading carpentry companies in the commercial sector,” added Managing Director, Zac Burns. For more information contact Xcel Carpentry & Construction, 13/62 Argyle Street, South Windsor NSW 2756, phone 1300 932 522, email au, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTERN SYDNEY STARTUP HUB (WSSH) 161


Designed by renowned architects Rothelowman, Aire the Orchards offers 57 beautifully appointed designer apartments including one, two, three and four-bedroom options set in lushly landscaped surrounds featuring private and communal open spaces, residential lounge and rooftop terrace areas with BBQ facilities, cabanas and access to an infinity pool. Aire is Stage 2 of Sekisui House Australia’s masterplanned community The Orchards which is spread across seven stages with a range of buildings of differing heights providing purchasers with 1,300 high-quality and generously proportioned designer apartments.

rooftop infinity pool in order to reduce noise and vibration for the penthouse located directly underneath it. Growthbuilt also worked with the design team to re-design the rooftop plant and terrace area to ensure it could be safely maintained during the building’s operational life.

adaptive reuse and refurbishment projects within their sector expertise which includes residential, aged care, commercial, hospitality, education and mixed-use projects. They have an 90% repeat client base and a passionate and committed team with a depth of experience.

Leading Tier 2 Design & Construction company Growthbuilt were appointed as the main contractor for Aire starting with the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase which allowed them to engage with the client, architect, engineers and wider team to help bring the client’s vision to life.

Aire has been designed as a standalone landmark building but also as an integral part of The Orchards. Part of Growthbuilt’s scope was to connect Aire’s 3-levels of underground car parking with the neighbouring Imperial, The Orchards to create a shared amenity for both developments.

Growthbuilt were able to draw on their proven track record of delivering similar high-end residential projects to ensure a successful outcome on Aire. Growthbuilt’s loyal subcontractor, consultant and supplier base was also integral to the project’s success.

During the ECI phase Growthbuilt also appointed specialist design consultants and investigated constructability, metholodogy and value engineering proposals to foster greater collaboration with the client and improve project outcomes.

During the design and construction of the project Growthbuilt maintained an open, professional and collaborative relationship with the whole project team, based on trust and a shared understanding of the client’s vision. “Understanding Sekisui House’s vision has been key to our relationship,” said Joint CEO and Director, Peter Sukkar.

One unique aspect of the project was the façade design which featured articulated and curved precast panels that had to be fabricated from custom moulds. Growthbuilt and their team completed structural and façade engineering, coordination and shop drawings for the façade. They found a solution to make more efficient and cost effective precast panels that could achieve a simpler and sleeker look while enabling them to achieve the client’s vision within the project budget and timeframe.

“As a builder, we focus on producing high-quality built forms that last for generations. Growthbuilt goes the extra mile, exceeding expectations onsite, offsite and throughout the whole building journey.” Growthbuilt are focused on producing high-quality work on new-build, fitout,

“At Growthbuilt we have a strong win/win business culture which is adopted by all our employees and our partners,” said Peter. “It helps ensure we always maintain great team cohesion on our projects as everyone is focused on producing high-end, high-quality products that deliver the best value for our clients.” Sekisui House Australia recognises this, and have appointed Growthbuilt, for the second time, to deliver their 330 luxury apartment development Lumia, Stage 3 of The Orchards Masterplan. For more information contact Growthbuilt, Level 9, 100 William Street, Sydney NSW 2000, website

The precast façade panels were also designed to be load bearing which enabled Growthbuilt to minimise the number of internal columns required, increasing the amount of saleable area in the project and delivering a marketability benefit to Sekisui House Australia. Some cutting-edge technologies were used on the project including a proprietary heavy-duty spring system to isolate the 162 NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRE THE ORCHARDS




Below Chalouhi completed a range of civil tasks for the development including deep excavation, demolition and shoring.

Sydney-based company Chalouhi is a trusted and reliable civil engineering provider, which has been helping shape the landscape of Sydney for more than a decade. The company’s reputation is largely thanks to its experienced team of estimators, engineers and project managers who are providing valuable engineering advice during every stage of a project. Appointed as the civil contractor at Aire - The Orchards development by client Growthbuilt, Chalouhi’s ability to multi-task across all works was heavily showcased. Every step was critical in successfully delivering what is being described as the ‘gold standard’ in resort-style apartment living. Chalouhi commenced on site with the design and construct of shoring works. Chalouhi then began deep excavation, demolition and shoring works concurrently to enable the extension of the existing neighbouring basement carpark. Simultaneously Chalouhi completed road works, stormwater installation and retaining wall construction. Chalouhi’s design team, which works to provide effective solutions across a range of unique projects all over Sydney, designed an innovative shoring system at Aire - The Orchards. The design of both the shoring 164 NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRE THE ORCHARDS

walls and the foundation piles has taken future works and services into consideration while suiting all stakeholders and maintaining Chalouhi’s high quality standards. Working in a live environment during construction, the existing apartments and neighbouring retirement village presented its own challenges, Chalouhi’s ability to navigate these challenges efficiently and with minimal disruption to residents was imperative. This was ensured through the use of dust suppression, progressive hoarding construction as well as noise and vibration monitoring. The Orchards, is a landmark project for the Norwest region and Chalouhi is proud have it join their extensive portfolio of works as the preferred civil contractor at Stage 1 (Imperial), Stage 2 (Aire) and Stage 3 (Lumia).

For more information contact Chalouhi, 22/22 Centenary Avenue, Moorebank NSW 2170, phone 02 9790 3799, email admin, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Xavier Knight completed the façade engineering services, to assess weatherproofing integrity, practicality and constructability.

Specialising in structural, façade and civil engineering, Xavier Knight (XK) was established with an ambition to raise the standard of engineering services available in our built environment. Employing a team of 50 staff, Xavier Knight boasts a Senior Technical Team committed to delivering the most practical, sustainable and cost-effective engineering solutions. Providing façade engineering services, Aire The Orchards development is a great testimony of XK’s expertise and successful implementation of the recent legislative changes of the DBPA 2020. In close collaboration with architects Rothelowman, XK reviewed the architectural design at the design development stage and assessed the façade for weatherproofing integrity, practicality and constructability w hilst delivering on the architectural design intent. XK also developed the weatherproofing performance solution and façade specification and reviewed the Design and Construct façade packages, advising on improvements to the performance of the façade system whilst lowering the cost of construction. “It is important that a façade of a project is confident and exudes a pleasing aesthetic to the community. It is the first thing we see, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and is what leaves a lasting impression,” commented Feris Chehade, XK Managing Director. “This is why we are so passionate about achieving the architectural intent in our projects. It’s not just artistry, but the community and cultural impact too.” The building’s sculptural form was thoughtfully designed and shaped to respond to its context, with smooth edges and rebated sections. “We have a vast knowledge of materials and the suitability of their application. For the Aire project, we used curved, load-bearing precast panels and CSR Hebel panels to form its exterior; and to address accessibility and weatherproofing, the balconies were designed with pavers on jacks.” “By facilitating collaborative conversations and keeping project partners a part of our design process, we are able to achieve the desired outcomes efficiently and effectively. Building that relationship and open line of communication with project partners is an essential element in all our projects,” Feris added. “We respected the creative vision of the building envelope and delivered a cost-effective and buildable solution.” For more information contact Xavier Knight, phone 02 8810 5800, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRE THE ORCHARDS 165

Below Tight Seal Water Proofing completed a an extensive range of waterproofing tasks across the Aire the Orchards project.

When Remon Gorkis and Shane Cardona established Tight Seal Waterproofing in 2013, their aim was to successfully show people what quality was all about. Tight Seal Waterproofing undertakes all types of waterproofing – including liquids, sheets and polyurea waterproofing – basically any type of waterproofing system. “We do rooftops, balconies, lift pits, basements, bathrooms, planter boxes, retaining walls – any waterproofing aspect on a building site,” Remon explained. Together, Remon and Shane have more than 40 years’ experience when it comes to waterproofing solutions. “Between the both of us [this experience] is what we’ve given to the industry, and what we show on all our jobs is quality,” Remon said. “Obviously, myself and Shane with the expertise that we have and the work that we do, it says a lot for itself. “Basically, we’ve built our reputation on quality,” he added. In further testament to this reputation, since establishing the company in 2013 Tight Seal Waterproofing has grown over the years and now has 25 employees. 166 NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRE THE ORCHARDS

In working on Aire The Orchards, Tight Seal Waterproofing carried out waterproofing works to the development’s balconies, roofs, planter boxes and podiums. As well as preparation, the works required walls in the building’s substrates, ensuring fill thicknesses and applying the membrane, and ensuring the thicknesses were all correct. “All products were supplied by Tremco and all the balconies were an agcrete product. The external roof was Tremco,” Remon said. He added that a highlight of the project was collaborating with Probuild to provide the consumer with a quality result. Tight Seal Waterproofing is currently working on a number of projects by prominent developers, including Total Construction, Richard Crookes Constructions, Hansen Yuncken and Taylor.

For more information contact Tight Seal Waterproofing, phone 0415 652 008, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Aus Windows manufactured and installed aluminium windows and doors to the façades, lobby and balconies.

Specialising in the design and manufacture of commercial grade aluminium windows and doors, Aus Windows boasts a highly-skilled team with 22 years experience in the industry.

“Our biggest challenge on the project were the two façades that incorporated large curved aluminium frames and glass as per the architect’s specification,” he said.

Added to this is a commitment to producing the highest standard of product, complete with innovative design and scope. Aus Windows, which commenced in 2010, also prides itself on efficiency of service.

Peter adds however, that all design challenges were carefully considered during the initial design stages of the project, ensuring the project ran successfully.

“All of Aus Windows product ranges comprise of premium, high quality systems that have been specifically designed for the residential and architectural application,” Project Manager, Peter Giannakakos added.

“Together with the builder and architect, this process was easy which made the project run smoothly on site,” he said. “Predetermining the curved façades was not easy however given the above, all sizes came out perfect.

It was this experience, commitment and high-quality systems that saw Aus Windows contracted to complete work on Aire The Orchards residential development.

“The project ran absolutely flawlessly – together with the site team and installers there was no real issues.”

The company manufactured and installed aluminium windows and doors to the façades, lobby and balconies. All products used by the company on the project were from aluminium systems specialists Alspec. Peter said the company did encounter a challenge on Aire The Orchards development around its façades. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Aus Windows is currently undertaking a range of similar projects throughout Sydney.

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The NSW Government is investing $178 million to upgrade the Pacific Highway between Ourimbah Street and Parsons Road at Lisarow to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for the 30,000 motorists who use this 1.6km section of the Pacific Highway each day. A key feature of the upgrade will be a new rail bridge across the main Sydney to Newcastle rail line, replacing the existing narrow bridge and delivering two lanes of traffic in each direction. Daracon were appointed by Transport for NSW as the principal contractor for the construction of a significant upgrade 1.6km section of the Pacific Highway between Ourimbah Street and Parsons Road at Lisarow.

across the highway and improved access to the parking area at Lisarow Railway Station.

The project is complex with a tight programme and a challenging site with sloping terrain, with works taking place within the existing Pacific Highway road corridor and the main railway line linking Sydney and Newcastle.

Several new retaining walls are required as part of the project including one in front of Lisarow Cemetery which is more than 6m high and 100m long. Sandstone feature facing panels will be incorporated to acknowledge the heritage of the site and the original cemetery gates will also be reinstated along with new sandstone block feature work.

Along with the new rail bridge which will provide two lanes of traffic in each direction the project will also deliver new traffic lights at the Railway Crescent and Tuggerah Street intersections, upgrades to The Ridgeway intersection, improved pedestrian and cycle paths along and

Works are well underway with considerable progress over the past 16 months and overall completion on track for late 2023. The first stretch including the first half of the new overbridge across the main northern railway line is already complete and opened for traffic in October 2021.



The first half of the new bridge is supported by 27 concrete girders manufactured in Newcastle, which are 35m long and weigh between 65 and 70 tonnes each. The bridge itself contains 150 tonnes of steel, while 430m3 of concrete has been used for the bridge deck. To date almost 90% of utility relocation work has been completed including water, sewer, gas, NBN, Telstra, Nextgen and electrical services, as well as the relocation and commissioning of 380m of trunk water main. Ongoing works include completion of remaining utilities and service relocations, construction of bridge piers and abutments for the second half of the new rail bridge, construction of retaining walls and preparation works for the widening of existing sections of The Ridgeway and the Pacific Highway. Earthworks, installation of stormwater drainage, concreting of shared pedestrian paths and landscaping, are also underway. As the project traverses the main northern railway line, a number of temporary possessions of the rail track have been required to allow construction of the new bridge and removal of the existing bridge. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A key focus of the project team during the works is to minimise impact on the surrounding community as well as users of the existing road. Impacted residents and businesses have been regularly notified of upcoming works and impacts on existing traffic flows have been minimised through regular out-of-hours work, temporary traffic changes and diversions. Daracon’s experienced project team worked closely with all specialist subcontractors to achieve on-time completion of the works to date despite inclement weather and other challenges. A close collaborative working relationship was maintained across between Transport for NSW, Daracon and their Subcontractors, which is reflected in the positive attitude of all parties towards ensuring a successful outcome. The project has provided a welcome boost to the local economy, with work for about 1,400 people created to date including work for more than 150 different suppliers and contractors. For more information contact Daracon, 20 Kullara Close, Beresfield NSW 2322, phone 02 4974 9200, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PACIFIC HIGHWAY UPGRADE LISAROW 169



ALL HANDS ON DECK Damcon are a specialist provider of formwork, reinforcement and concrete placement (FRP) for Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors on building and infrastructure projects around New South Wales. With 25 years of industry experience, Damcon offers an experienced team and an extensive range of services from early stage tender through to project delivery. Damcon was appointed by main contractor Daracon Group to the Pacific Highway Upgrade, a complex project involving the widening of the Pacific Highway to a 4-lane road through a built-up area. The project will deliver improved traffic flow and reduced travel time for the 30,000 motorists who use the road daily. Damcon were awarded the FRP concrete package for a new four-lane bridge over the main Northern Rail Line to replace the previous narrow bridge. Damcon’s scope of work on the project included abutments, blade and curtain walls, piers, headstocks, bearings, cross girders, deck slabs, traffic barriers, footpaths and kerbs and approach slabs. All concrete was required to comply with the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) QA specification B80. The project provided an excellent opportunity for Damcon to show the team’s high caliber of managment. “The programme had critical major milestones,” said Daniel Damjanovic, Managing Director. “On gaining possession of an area we had to work through a lot of inclement weather to get it done on time.” The weather was a particular challenge with rain and thunderstorms however the works

were completed safely with zero incidents despite the extreme conditions. Damcon recently received a commendation from Daracon and RMS for successfully completing the Span 1 and 2 deck pour which involved placement of 500m3 of concrete. “I’m very proud of our achievements on this project,” said Daniel. “It shows our commitment and experience but also the good atmosphere onsite with everyone working together to get the best outcome.” This commitment to achieving the best quality through teamwork is an integral part of Daniel’s management philosophy and reflects the holistic approach taken of Damcon. Daniel brings a wealth of experience to the Damcon team, with a management style that is inclusive and hands-on. Believing strong communication is the foundation for success, Daniel works closely with estimators and attends site regularly to ensure the team is meeting the required outcomes to get the best results, regardless of a projects complexity. Damcon values their employees and has a strong training focus, empowering them to succeed, and to ensure the company have the right people and the right skillsets onhand to get the job done to the highest quality. In addition to road and bridge works Damcon is experienced in infrastructure, rail, civil, education, industrial and commercial projects. They have a team of highly skilled carpenters, steelfixers and concreters giving them the ability to achieve quality and precision on all aspects of concrete while complying with applicable regulations and project requirements. Damcon is able to undertake a range of projects with varying scopes of works, including Government and Transport Access Projects (TAP). Over time Damcon has continued to develop its reputation and is now recognised as an Australian industry leader in FRP. Their depth of knowledge, dedication and expertise ensures their clients receive the highest standards in quality whatever the challenge. For more information contact Damcon, phone (Daniel) 0408 547 993, email info@damcon., website





INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS Since being established four years ago, Complete I.T.S Group has held NSW Transport for NSW (TfNSW) TS F2 prequalification covering Transport for NSW projects and takes on all aspects of ITS works. Our core business is traffic signals with the ITS underground and equipment such as on this project, VMS construction, CCTV installation, accredited enforcement installation, SCATS vehicle detection, backbone fibre and power, TfNSW streetlighting and any other ITS in New South Wales With an inhouse team of nine civil crew and four electrical crew, Complete I.T.S Group can deliver projects of any size and complexity. They offer an end-to-end service with the ability to input into the design stage of civil works and provide post completion maintenance and auditing of traffic signals, and all types of ITS equipment. Complete I.T.S Group also benefits from the third party accredited integrated WHS, Environmental and Quality Systems held by CIVX. Their experienced team of TfNSW licenced traffic controllers are used to engaging and collaborating with clients to work through challenges and deliver jobs on time and on budget. Main contractor, Daracon appointed Complete I.T.S Group to deliver traffic signalling and associated works to the Pacific Highway upgrade between Ourimbah Street and Parsons Road at Lisarow,


New South Wales. The project will create a dual carriageway stretch of the Pacific Highway with new and upgraded existing traffic signals at key intersections to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety.

the project programme to stay on track. “Whenever there were changes to the programme Daracon would communicate with us to work out when we would be needed back onsite,” explained Wayne.

For the project Complete I.T.S Group provided two new sets of traffic signals and one reconstructed set, in addition to altering the existing signals for several interim stages of road operation during the construction works.

Over the course of the works Complete I.T.S Group have grown to become one of the leading signalling contractors in New South Wales. A major contributor to this growth has been their strong reputation for quality with management paying close attention to ensure the success of all their projects.

Complete I.T.S Group also provided other elements including CCTV surveillance cameras mounted to traffic signals and standalone poles as well as gantry mounted electronic signage and vehicle counting systems. “This was a large and complex project with a long three year programme,” said Wayne. “It is a very narrow site with a rock face on one side and the railway on the other which made access very difficult. As a project, we had to be careful to manage our interface with all the other trades which took a lot of careful planning with Daracon.” “We have worked with Daracon before on the recent Newcastle Light Rail project which was our first big prequalification package so they have really supported us before and it was great to work with them again,” Wayne continued. “They had a really well organised and switched on team and we got on really well with them.” The project was also affected by inclement weather requiring some reorganising of

“We are the best at what we do,” Wayne said. “That’s because we manage our guys differently and we look after them. Our engineers, project managers and construction managers are very active onsite and so am I – we spend as much time onsite as possible to ensure we are achieving the results that the client is looking for.” This stellar growth is set to continue in coming years from NSW number one signal company, Complete I.T.S Group and becoming increasingly involved in earlier tender stages. With a winning combination of experience, dedication and specialist expertise, Complete I.T.S Group offer the complete package for traffic signal, complete civil/signals or any ITS works you may require.

For more information contact Complete I.T.S Group, PO Box 209 Windsor NSW 2756, phone 02 4555 9811, mobile 0455 502 489, email


BUILDING TRUST WITH QUALITY WORK Established in 2011, SNG Constructions is a diverse construction company with experience in utility staging, civil projects, earthworks, piling, pumping stations, wastewater treatment, boring and pipeline works. They have Sydney Water accreditation and a range of third party accreditations. Managing Director, Kedar Gharpure is a civil engineer and brings a problem solving mindset to the company. “We have a constructive approach. We always try to work with project teams to find solutions to challenging problems.” The Pacific Highway upgrade project at Lisarow was a recent challenge for SNG Constructions who were contracted by Daracon Group to divert 340m of existing DN900 SCL water main pipe and associated air valves, fittings, truss blocks and piling works to enable the construction of a new bridge abutment.

Their works involved all excavation, backfilling and concrete encasement associated with the pipe removal as well as pressure testing and disinfecting the relocated water main. “This was an extremely difficult project,” said Kedar. “We were operating a 160t piling rig next to a live water main. Delicacy and precision were required to avoid breaching the existing main which would have disrupted the adjacent rail assets.” There were significant time pressures as only a limited window was available to complete the bridge installation over the operational railway and the diversion had to be completed prior to the bridge works commencing. Continuous dewatering was required onsite during the diversion works due to inclement weather however the diversion was successfully completed on time. “The timely delivery of this job was a great achievement,” said Kedar. “Daracon had an excellent management team and I am proud of what we accomplished with them.” SNG Constructions have an experienced team and a network of trusted subcontractors. They offer inhouse project management and AutoCAD capability. Their experience and expertise ensures they deliver complete satisfaction on every project. For more information contact SNG Constructions, BREED Business Centre, Warawara Circuit, Sydney NSW 2763, phone 02 8006 2929, email, website



GOOD FENCES MAKE SAFE SITES 1300TempFence is an Australian market leader in temporary fencing hire and sales. Established in 1999, they have experienced strong growth and now offer a huge stock of temporary fencing, acoustic curtains, crowd control barriers, temporary hoarding, site cameras and more. Currently 1300TempFence has over 1.2 million metres of temporary fence on hire right across Australia, with such extensive stock on hand, it ensures they are able to cater for projects of all sizes. They are renowned for their unrivalled next day delivery, competitive prices and high quality temporary fencing systems. 1300TempFence was contracted to supply and install temporary fencing to the Pacific Highway Upgrade providing two lanes in each direction between Ourimbah Street and Parson Road in Lisarow. Since the project commenced in February 2019, 1300TempFence have installed over 4,500m of high quality engineered temporary fence systems with bracing.

1300TempFence also have a nationwide presence and in Victoria they are providing products to Level Crossing Removal Projects, the Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel, North-East Link and VSBA School upgrades in Victoria. In South Australia, they are working with the Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance and the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication.

All their works were covered by robust occupational health and safety (OH&S) procedures to ensure the project ran as smoothly as possible.

The multi-disciplinary team at 1300TempFence has experience in both the construction and event sectors and offer complete fast and reliable site solutions with industry leading products for any project at competitive prices. 1300TempFence has built a strong reputation for ensuring customers can get their job done safely and securely with all products fully compliant to Australian standards.

In addition to the Pacific Highway upgrade, 1300TempFence are working on projects including WestConnex, the Northern Road upgrade and Parramatta Light Rail.

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



LEADERS IN FORMWORK INNOVATION ReadyForm is a leading formwork, steelfixing and concrete company located on New South Wales’ Central Coast. With over 17 years industry experience, ReadyForm has established a reputation as a reliable contractor focused on achieving the best quality without compromising safety. ReadyForm completed the formwork, reinforcement and pour of a range of concrete structures for the Pacific Highway upgrade in Lisarow. Their original scope was focused on retaining walls but was increased during the project to include capping beams, culverts, headwalls, girder installations, apron works, edgeboards and other elements. “We do all sorts of concrete works and are flexible and versatile to meet our clients’ needs,” said Dean Buczynski, Owner. “This helped

us expand our role at Lisarow and we ended up responsible for probably the largest overall contribution to the project in terms of concrete structures.” The Pacific Highway upgrade was a complex project in a challenging location. “It’s a wet, swampy site and the project involves lifting the entire roadway higher above the water level,” Dean explained. “Rain impacts were a big challenge for us. We managed to work around the issues as well as COVID-19 related shutdowns to get our works done.” This was the first time ReadyForm worked with main contractor Daracon and they established a good relationship during the works. “Daracon had a good team who worked together with us to push the job forward,” Dean said. ReadyForm is highly experienced in road infrastructure and hold an RMS B80 qualifications. They also work in diverse sectors including mining, residential and multi-storey works, parks and civil infrastructure, rail, education and more. They own and operate their own excavation and earthworks equipment and have worked with many of Australia’s leading construction and engineering companies. Whatever the sector, ReadyForm excels at achieving quality results on intricate and complex formwork packages. For more information contact ReadyForm, phone 0413 199 018, email, website




TRANSPORT FOR NSW LAUNCHES ONLINE LANDUSE TOOL TO HELP DEVELOPERS PLAN PROJECTS Transport for NSW has launched a new ‘one-stop-shop’ landuse webpage to help developers who are planning projects that may interact with roads, rail and waterways. Director Development Services, Land Use, Damien Pfeiffer said having the correct information to hand could save developers time and money when planning a project with potential impacts on transport networks. “The aim of this new online tool is to direct developers to resources that will help prepare their application before submitting it for approval through the Planning NSW Portal,” Mr Pfeiffer said. “There are a range of regulations regarding roads, rail and waterways that developments must adhere to and it’s easy to miss a step or make an error that could result in their application being delayed or even rejected, and no one wants that. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We work every day with project proponents, and we hope the webpage will foster even greater collaboration between developers, councils and Transport for NSW during the early stages to help achieve the best possible outcomes. “Last year, more than $6 billion capital investment value in development applications were assessed by Transport’s Regional and Outer Metropolitan Development Services team along with more than $33 billion in State Significant Developments and Infrastructure. “This website is one tool Transport is using to help these applications move through the assessment process smoothly and efficiently as we look to keep the economy moving given the COVID-19 related impacts of recent years and will continually evolve.” Road-related resources on the webpage include road classifications, information on which agency is responsible for each type of

road; fact sheets; and advice on carrying out roadwork during a project. For developers where the project may have potential impacts on the rail network, there is information about delegated rail authorities and utility supply authorities as well as key contacts. Developers can also find details to help when proposing projects that may impact on the waterways of Sydney Harbour and its tributaries, as well as Botany Bay, Newcastle Harbour and Port Kembla Harbour.

Scan the QR code to access the developer planning webpage.

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FIT FOR A QUEEN CLIENT : Ace Property Development Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : TQM Design & Construct ARCHITECT : DWA Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $45 million



The Queen Auburn is an incredible 11-storey boutique residential development with sophisticated interiors, engineered timber flooring, European appliances, and large windows and balconies to take advantage of its central location. The development has delivered a timeless and beautiful building fit for royalty. TQM Design & Construct is a Sydney based building, construction and property company which has been making an impact in the industry since 1999. Renowned for delivering premium residential apartments in vibrant urban areas, the company’s latest project, The Queen Auburn, is another impressive example of how TQM is setting new benchmarks through sustainable, creative design and detailed construction. Established by brothers Maroun and Mark Taouk, TQM’s humble beginnings working across small-to-medium projects, continues to hold them in good stead today. Now a major player in the industry, The Queen Auburn joins a long list of large-scale, multiple highrise developments delivered by TQM across Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle. The company is no stranger to industry accolades, having received several awards from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW) and the Master Builders Association NSW and this latest project will further build on TQM’s reputation as one of the best engineering, design and construction partners in residential development. “Over the last 23 years, TQM has always provided a high level of excellence, never losing touch with the core values that drive the business – value, quality

and loyalty,” said Maroun Taouk , Managing director at TQM.

the work done by TQM during construction which has created a point-of-difference.

“Our impressive track record has been built upon years of research and innovation and, as a team, we are continually striving for excellence in design and construction.”

“Sharp and clean interfaces provided by an intelligent precast design is something that we would like to highlight,” Maroun said. “This has allowed for neat, eye-catching finishes to dress the façade such as the multicoloured louvres and glass balustrades.

The Queen Auburn is a $45 million development, where TQM has joined forces with the Ace Property Development Group, to design and construct 44 residential units, 3-levels of basement parking and four commercial tenancies. Its central location in the heart of Auburn together with its clever design, sets The Queen up for high expectations and from every angle, this new build does not disappoint. Designer louvres, expansive glass and precast concrete perfectly combine to create a timeless, beautiful building. Each apartment has been meticulously designed to maximise natural light and to provide a great sense of space with large windows, open living areas and sliding balcony doors which help to bring the outdoors in. Engineered timber flooring, sleek interiors and modern kitchens which boast custom joinery and stylish European appliances and tapware all add to the beautiful aesthetics of each apartment, but the real distinction is

“Furthermore, The Queen is one of few buildings in the modern era which has had the privilege of being inspected and signed off by auditors, from The Office of the NSW Building Commissioner.” TQM Project Manager Stephen Alphonse led a team of 85 workers for a year-and-ahalf onsite to carry out a detailed scope which included the demolition of existing structures and the construction of the mixeduse development for a multi storey, residential slat building. TQM is known for its innovative construction techniques during the design and construction phase of a project and the inclusion of commercial tenancies and a 3-level basement underground makes The Queen an attractive option for buyers, adding further value for all stakeholders. An upscale design, with sophisticated and modern interiors, an appealing common area on the rooftop and complete with four retail spaces, The Queen Auburn is destined to become a drawcard for the local area and is an example of premium, yet affordable living at its finest. “The Queen is by far the most modern development in Auburn today and this building will set the standard for future developments in the suburb,” Maroun said. TQM’s work can be found across New South Wales and there are some exciting projects in the pipeline, including a residential development on Mann Street in Gosford and The Archibald, Mosman, eleven boutique apartments with a sophisticated fit out and abundant outdoor living spaces in the heart of Mosman Village. For more information contact Pauline Elters, TQM Design & Construct, phone 02 9556 1046, website, email



THE GOLDEN TOUCH Golden Eagle Furniture & Kitchens (GE Kitchens) has enjoyed a long-standing presence in the construction industry in New South Wales, fitting out commercial and residential developments with custom joinery for the last 20 years. The company, which started as a furniture manufacture four decades ago, is a family business that prides itself on quality joinery and attention-to-detail. GE Kitchens’ extensive experience, together with state-of-the-art machinery, was a perfect fit for the scope at The Queen Auburn, which was designed to offer sophisticated interiors and designer finishes. “We have been working with TQM for several years now and have completed more than 10 large scale projects together,” said Jamie Olymbios, Manager at GE Kitchens. “The objective for the interiors was to provide modern, streamlined kitchens and laundries that would offer longevity and high-end quality throughout the boutique development.”

GE Kitchens supplied and installed the custom joinery for the 44 kitchens and laundries in the apartments, as well as the foyer and lobby of the building which included the wall panelling on the ground floor which is a focal point as soon as guests walk into the building. The kitchens boast Antique White polyurethane with a Polytec Ravine finish board in Sepia Oak, Blum hardware for soft-closing doors and draws, stylish European appliances and tapware. “The Queen Auburn is an elegant and modern building and as with all builds by TQM, it is a solid and attractive option for buyers,” Jamie said. GE Kitchens is joining forces with TQM again at 8 Dumaresq Street in Campbelltown, where they will be installing the kitchens, laundries, storage areas and shaving cabinets in the 53-apartment development. GE Kitchens is also fitting out Fairlight Residences, which features three double-story homes with enviable views and where luxury is key. For more information contact Golden Eagle Furniture & Kitchens, 52 Fitzpatrick Street, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 0401 784 484, email, website




ALL THINGS GLASS Since 2017, B&G Group NSW Pty Ltd, has been a popular choice for construction companies in New South Wales for the supply and installation of all things glass – mirrors, frameless and semi-frameless shower screens, glass panels, splashbacks and wardrobe doors. Director, Bernard Ghalie, who has more than 22 years of experience in the industry, leads his team of installers to ensure each project is done in a timely and professional manner. The company prides itself on quality workmanship and always meeting the industry’s highest standards in Australia. At The Queen Auburn, B&G Group NSW was engaged by TQM Design & Construct (TQM) to supply and install all of the shower screens (a combination of frameless and semi-frameless), the internals and doors for the built-in wardrobes and the coloured kitchen splashbacks in all 44 residential apartments. The development, which stands 11-storeys high and is already a major drawcard for the local area, is yet another example of what can be achieved when two like-minded companies work together. “We’ve worked with TQM for around 10 years now and because both parties always maintain great communication and quality is the absolute priority, we didn’t experience any issues or delays on this project,” said Bernard Ghalie, Director at B&G Group NSW. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The Queen Auburn really stands out from the other buildings on the street and will be an attractive option for buyers as each apartment has been stylishly designed with really nice finishes.” The team from B&G Group, including Bernard himself, spent around six months at The Queen, where all glass was custom-made here in Sydney, toughened and polished at B&G Group’s headquarters, then installed onsite. There’s no rest for the company with two other large-scale projects currently underway for B&G Group including a 72-unit residential tower for TQM in Arncliffe where Bernard and his team is installing all the wardrobes, as well as the installation of shower screens for a 250-unit development in Newcastle. For more information contact B&G Group NSW, phone 0404 015 551, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE QUEEN AUBURN 181

GET SET TO GET WET DEVELOPER : Goulburn Mulwaree Council MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : FDC Construction and Fitout ARCHITECT : DWP (Design Worldwide Partnership) CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $28 million

The Aquatic & Leisure Centre redevelopment in Goulburn, is the latest stage in the transformation of the historic regional city’s Victoria Park pool precinct. The state-of-the-art community facility included the refurbishment of the existing pool, as well as the addition of a new 25m pool, children’s splashpad areas, gym and café. Goulburn Mulwaree Council awarded the milestone project to FDC Construction and Fitout in 2020, as a comprehensive upgrade and expansion of the existing Goulburn Aquatic Centre. The project encompasses a new 8-lane 25m indoor pool and warm water pool, a learn-to-swim pool and children’s splashpad area, change rooms, a café and gymnasium. This significant regional redevelopment project created a new link between the aquatic centre and the adjacent Victoria Park which incorporates multi-sports facilities and an adventure playground. $10 million of the project cost has been contributed by the NSW Government with the remainder allocated by Goulburn Mulwaree Council. The project timescales were brought forward by three months due to COVID-19 restrictions which resulted in the facility being operational for use by the local community sooner than originally planned. 182 NSW PROJECT FEATURE GOULBURN AQUATIC CENTRE

“This is a very well-known facility for the Goulburn community which along with its location on a prominent site meant there has been a high level of community interest in the project,” said Daniel Stephenson, Project Manager. “FDC took the concept and developed the detailing to make it buildable,” Daniel explained. “It was a great collaboration between the council, consultants and ourselves. Everyone had a say in the project which has created a shared sense of ownership in the finished product.” The site was quite spatially constrained and the 50m outdoor pool was required to remain operational throughout the works. Careful planning and sequencing of works ensured that disruption to the operational areas of the facility and the wider community was minimised. FDC were able to draw on their extensive experience within the aquatic centre industry to complete the project. The materials used on AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

the project were chosen for longevity, sustainability and their ability to withstand corrosive pool environments. “One innovative solution we developed was the use of large format Kingspan insulated roof panels which allowed us to install the whole roof in only two days,” Daniel said. “As well as providing great acoustic and thermal performance this approach also allowed us to seal the building envelope faster which also helped with COVID-19 related controls.” “The building looks fantastic and sits really well with the landscape,” said Daniel. “It’s also really cost-efficient with the majority of the funds spent on the functional areas of the project which represents good value for the public funds.” The FDC team have successfully completed regional projects across Australia. “Projects located in regional areas can often be challenging WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

with the need to import specialist consultants and contractors from elsewhere,” said Daniel. “However on this project FDC really prioritised local trades and we managed to find a good balance.” FDC is an independently owned and operated contractor with over 30 years experience delivering quality projects in many sectors. With offices in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth, FDC have a nationwide capability and a focus on delivering best in class construction, fitout, refurbishment, mechanical and building services.

For more information contact FDC Construction & Fitout, phone 02 6222 8800, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GOULBURN AQUATIC CENTRE 183

Below BAVAP installed a Hychem Aqua-Tuff coating to the areas around the pool, a heavy-duty and waterproof floor topping and coating system.

Images on this page supplied by FDC - Kasey Funnell

BAVAP are a specialist installer of durable, aesthetically pleasing and quality flooring solutions, serving New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. For the Goulburn Aquatic Centre, BAVAP worked closely with lead contractor FDC during the construction period to develop a workable drainage strategy for the pool surrounds that would allow the coatings to perform as required while also keeping costs down.

BAVAP were well situated to support the project as their main warehouse facility is also located in Goulburn. “It was great to work on a project in our own backyard and the end result looks really good,” Anja said. “It will be a great facility for Goulburn with a hygienic, anti-slip surface that will stand the test of time.” With nearly 40 years experience and a reputation for quality and attention to detail, BAVAP has the expertise to deliver long-lasting surfaces on projects in many industries including both new builds and refurbishments.

“We worked hard to achieve a solution that suited the client,” said Anja Peschler, Director. “Once the design was agreed we had to carry through with the remedial works and installation quickly and we were able to deliver our finished coatings in a very short timescale despite COVID and wet weather disruptions.”

The team at BAVAP thrive on working closely with clients from the early stages of projects until their completion. With the support of BAVAP’s rigorous focus on workplace health and safety, they are dedicated to delivering flooring solutions of the highest standard.

A Hychem Aqua-Tuff coating was applied to the pool surrounds. The product is a bespoke, decorative, heavy-duty and waterproof floor topping and coating system utilising rapid cure MethylMethacrylate (MMA) technology, and as an approved Hychem installer, BAVAP were able to offer a full system warranty covering both the product and installation.

For more information contact BAVAP Industrial Floor Coatings, A21 35-39 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone (Anja) 0435 958 449, email, website



Below Welkin supplied and installed the external cladding and screens to the Goulburn Aquatic Centre project.

Welkin Construction Group is a Sydney-based contractor established in 2016 and specialising in the supply and installation of cladding, glazed and internal partitions and ceilings as well as plastering and general construction. The company supplied and installed the external cladding and screens to the Goulburn Aquatic Centre project. Cladding panels from Colorbond Spandek were installed on the project along with 6.5m high Capral aluminium slatted screens. During the project Welkin’s installation team temporarily relocated to Goulburn to ensure that works could continue without being disrupted by lockdowns. “We are very happy to have worked with FDC on this project and we hope they were also happy with us. FDC have a very well managed team who ensured the works went smoothly with all of their subcontractors,” said Director, Rebecca Zhou. The innovative and professional team at Welkin provides expertise and quality workmanship to the commercial, residential, industrial, education and aged care sectors, with the company able to offer a broad range of knowledge and experience across many aspects of construction. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

They have worked on major projects around Sydney and regional New South Wales for leading Tier 1 contractors and are also experienced at delivering smaller projects as a main contractor. “Everyone on the Goulburn Aquatic Centre project worked hard to deliver a good job together and we are proud to have been involved,” said Noom Zhuang, Construction Manager. On all their projects Welkin prides themselves on professionalism, integrity, honesty and fairness. They have the breadth of experience to see possibilities and solutions that others cannot. “Because we are a builder ourselves, we know how construction projects work,” Rebecca explained. “We understand the big picture rather than being restricted to a specific aspect of the project. We are used to working with other contractors to get the job done promptly and within the budget.”

For more information contact Welkin Construction Group, Unit 12/42 Harp Street, Belmore NSW 2192, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GOULBURN AQUATIC CENTRE 185

Below XLam manufactured and supplied a highlly sustainable (GLT) glue laminated timber for the roof structure of the main pool hall.

The Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre boasts a host of new facilities including a new eight lane indoor pool, warm water pool, change rooms and associated facilities. The roof structure of the main pool hall is comprised of a primary steel structure with glue laminated timber (GLT) purlins which were provided by mass timber manufacturer XLam ( The use of timber created an elegant architectural statement, introducing warm, natural tones into the project. As well as being a great aesthetic choice, GLT is also a highly sustainable option. “We only use Australian grown, PEFC certified (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), plantation pine timber milled to strict specifications by Hyne Timber. The GLT used for this project is grown and manufactured here in Australia as well” said Robert Mansell, Business Development XLam. The prefabricated GLT elements supplied by XLam were factory pre-cut to match the project requirements. “We prepared shop drawings for all elements which were then machine prefabricated to the exact length and profile,” said Robert. “Our prefabricated, DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) approach made site installation easier for the main contractor FDC.” 186 NSW PROJECT FEATURE GOULBURN AQUATIC CENTRE

XLam has had previous interactions with FDC along with many other leading building and construction companies and contractors across Australia and New Zealand. In addition to supplying and installing GLT they also specialise in Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) for use in Mass Timber Construction (MTC) as well as for use in conventional construction projects using a hybrid approach, combining CLT with steel and concrete to improve the sustainability and efficiency of construction. Their local manufacturing capability and full vertical integration with the timber feedstock supply means they were able to guarantee supply despite the logistical challenges presented by COVID-19. Goulburn Aquatic Centre is a new community asset providing significantly enhanced amenities for Goulburn residents. “At XLam we are always supportive of projects where customers like the Goulburn Mulwaree Council thinks outside the box to deliver special facilities like this for their communities,” Robert said. “Everyone associated with the project should be applauded for helping to make it a reality.” For more information contact XLam Australia, phone 0407 646 416, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Highlands Concrete provided formwork, reinforcement and concrete pumping, placement and finishing at Goulburn Aquatic Centre

Highlands Concrete Constructions are a professional concrete contractor that has served Sydney, Illawarra, the Southern Highlands and surrounding areas since 2009. Their expert team has over 30 years of concrete flooring expertise and the capability to fulfil concrete requirements for any project large or small. Highlands Concrete provided formwork, reinforcement and concrete pumping, placement and finishing on the Goulburn Aquatic Centre project for main contractor FDC Construction & Fitout. The design of this project was straightforward, and we had a strong relationship with the team from FDC,” said Peter Gualtieri, General Manager. “We had a few issues with the weather and some COVID challenges with frequent testing requirements, but we managed to get the job done and achieved a really good result.” “We are committed to achieving high standard results and take a lot of pride in the finished product,” explained Peter. We like to go into a project, achieve quality result for the client and win repeat business. Highlands Concrete is proud of the 80% of contracts originating WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

from existing clients and are committed to growing their client base both in Sydney and regional areas. After the successful completion of Goulburn Aquatic Centre Highlands Concrete already have other projects lined up with FDC Construction & Fitout in Canberra. They also work for many other clients with a focus on high-rise developments and warehousing where a premium concrete finish is critical to a project’s success. “We dedicate ourselves to giving our clients the best result, however big or small their project is,” Peter said. “Our experienced staff will be with you every step of the project and pride themselves on attention to detail and quality workmanship.”

For more information contact Highlands Concrete Constructions, 16 Drapers Road, Colo Vale NSW 2575, phone 0405 412 847, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GOULBURN AQUATIC CENTRE 187



Below BMAC supplied and installed Verosol Veroscreen Roller Blinds to the gym and offices of Goulburn Aquatic Centre.

BMAC Window Furnishings supplied and installed 3m long Verosol Veroscreen roller blinds to the fitness gym and office areas within the aquatic centre. The blinds were specified by the architect and varied in width between 1.2m and 2.4m. “Verosol Veroscreen is a top-notch product,” said Kayleigh Lawrence, Commercial Manager. “It provides UV protection, helps with glare control and minimises direct sunlight. It also gives excellent transparency so if the blinds are down people inside can see out without hindrance while still getting full privacy.” Goulburn Aquatic Centre is another project BMAC have completed for main contractor FDC Construction & Fitout outside Canberra where they have an established track record of collaboration. “We work really well with FDC and on this job everything has been very smooth with open communication and they have been a lovely team to work with,” Kayleigh said. Established since 2013, BMAC Window Furnishings are a family owned business with strong experience in both the commercial and residential WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

sectors. Their main focus is Canberra and the surrounding region but they have grown to serve regional New South Wales and Victoria. BMAC is driven by a passion to meet their clients’ needs and preferences when choosing curtains and blinds, offer a great combination of professional services, competitive prices and quality products. With flexible appointment times and a wide product range, BMAC ensures that customers are comfortable with their choices and satisfied by the result. “We always like a challenge,” Kayleigh said. “Whether it’s a small owner-occupier or a big commercial client, we strive to find the answer that best suits their needs.”

For more information contact BMAC Window Furnishings, 1/5 Penney Place, Queanbeyan East NSW 2620, phone 02 6285 1717, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GOULBURN AQUATIC CENTRE 189

RAISING THE BAR Darby Plaza is an 8-storey state-of-the-art ‘A’ grade office and retail development. The project features smart building technology, superior end-of-trip facilities, informal meeting areas, and a lobby cafe and public plaza that will enrich the lives of its occupants and the wider community. GWH is a company built by locals for locals in the Newcastle and Lower Hunter region, positioning the company to tender for the Darby Plaza project in the Newcastle CBD through the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC). The key aim of the tender was to activate a disused site which once formed part of the old Newcastle rail corridor and in doing so provide a public link between the very popular Darby Street and the Newcastle Foreshore. GWHs proposal was to design and construct a multi-storey state-of-the-art ‛A’ Grade work and lifestyle destination that will enrich the lives of its occupants and the wider community. The combination of smart building technologies, incredible end-of-trip facilities, informal meeting areas, lobby café and public plaza linking Darby Street to the Newcastle Foreshore will create an unrivalled and unique tenant and customer experience. “True innovation lies in the ability to view, manage and streamline a project from beginning to end. And that’s where we’re without equal,” said GWH Marketing and Communications Manager, Shannon Hutton. “We have a strong reputation for turning possibilities into reality for our clients by delivering on time, high quality, end-to-end solutions that exceed expectations.”


There are a number of highlights and unique elements to Darby Plaza including a Kone destination control lift system and precast concrete and post tension suspended slab construction. “The building is supported by continuous flight auger piles (CFA) which extend 14m down to the layer of rock below,” said Project Manager, Blake Maxted. “The structure consists of precast concrete structural walls and columns supplied by Hunter Precast. Hunter Precast also constructed the structural cores from precast concrete” The façade of the building features custom moulded feature patterned precast concrete panels and architectural laser cut feature screening. Hunter Windows custom engineered a strip window system that was hybridised to form elements of curtain wall to produce the continuous appearance over multiple stories on the building

façade. Custom faceted sections were used to form the curve on the SE corner of the building. The window framing was supported on custom made slab edge mounted support brackets. LOW E glass was used throughout to meet and exceed energy efficiency requirements. The air conditioning system for the building is a Water Cooled VRV system which provides energy efficiency and plant lifespan advantages when compared to other systems. There is also a large solar electricity system on the roof to contribute to the building power and again reduce the building’s energy requirements. Imported Turkish marble features throughout the building and the end-of-trip facilities featuring secure showers, change rooms, lockers and bike & surfboard storage are unlike any others in Newcastle. However, the development was not without its challenges. “We had to relocate major inground infrastructure from within the site including the underground stormwater culvert, high voltage electricity substations and cables,

telecommunications cables, traffic light control infrastructure and sewer mains,” said Blake. “We’re proud of our established network of preferred partner relationships that came together to deliver Darby Plaza,” said Shannon. “Having completed more than $1 billion of projects over our 25 years, GWH has the proven formula to always deliver on time, and within budget while exceeding expectations.” GWH was established in 1995 by Grahame Chevalley and Hilton Grugeon AM and within a year they had completed their first industrial building in Thornton. 10 years and numerous major commercial and industrial projects later, they were awarded the Master Builders Newcastle 2015 Excellence in Building Award. Major completed projects include AERO and Highpoint apartments, Mercure Hotel - Newcastle Airport, and Wyee Shopping Village. For more information contact GWH, Level 3, 352 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, 2300, phone 02 4966 3766, email, website




Below Onyx Rope Access was hired to paint the façade at Darby Plaza including the checkerboard pattern.

Onyx Rope Access and Height Safety Solutions provides a unique service that ensured Darby Plaza’s façade was in keeping with the state-of-the-art project.

costs and focus on getting the job complete to the highest level of quality, and faster with less disruptions to residents and businesses,” said Anthony.

Onyx is Newcastle’s premier commercial and industrial abseiling company and they provided the façade caulking and painting, as well as the height safety installation and certification which consisted of roof top anchor points, roof access, static lines and fixed ladders. Once construction is complete, Onyx will also provide a team to clean the external windows and walls of building debris.

The team of highly skilled rope technicians are trained and certified under the internationally recognised IRATA (International Rope Access Trade Association) qualification system. Many of them have trade qualifications in other areas as well such as carpentry, electrical, painting & decorating, building and construction, enabling us to provide a range of specialist services.

Onyx Rope Access is a Dulux Accredited company and can provide a complete Dulux Paint System. The highlight of this project was the unique and complex colour scheme that Onyx supplied.

All work is carried out in accordance with NSW Workcover Authority Guidelines for Rope Access and the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011. The company adheres to the Australian Standards AS/ NZS 1891 (Industrial fall arrest systems and devices) and ISO 22846 parts 1 & 2 (Industrial Rope Access Systems). Safe Work Method Statements are used for all jobs along with rescue plans, equipment logs/gear checks and risk assessments. The Onyx team is committed to providing the best in elevated inspection, maintenance, and cleaning without compromising safety or quality.

“Usually this type of complex design would be done by painters on a traditional scaffold where they could walk back and forth, painting one colour after another,” explained Onyx Rope Access Director, Anthony Pellew. “Because of the proximity of neighbouring buildings, there was no other access to the wall other than via ropes.” The design of the paint scheme involved four or five colours in a checkerboard pattern in which nothing lines up. It was a huge process of working out which colour would be painted first, and then overlaid with the next, and so on. “It was quite a feat!” said Anthony. “There were lots of diagrams and numbers with colours positioned in just the right place that needed to be reproduced on the façade.” Onyx Rope Access are building painting specialists and offer a wide variety of professional painting services such as membrane and protective coating, textured finishes and entire building paint systems. The company works alongside some of Newcastle and Australia’s biggest construction, commercial and industrial companies. Rope access services have become an integral part of assisting these industries in project completion, rectification works, and ongoing maintenance. “By using the abseil method rather than expensive scaffolding we can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars on access WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Onyx Rope Access specialises in full external building refurbishments including re-rendering, re-caulking, painting and protective coating. “Our team are all locals too, which is why we mean it when we say we have a vested interest in helping to maintain Newcastle as one of the prettiest cities in Australia, and the world,” said Anthony. “We have a committed team who take pride in Newcastle’s appearance from sparkling clean windows to freshly painted and restored building façades creating a perfectly polished city we can all be proud of. We take great delight in servicing some of Newcastle’s most iconic residential and commercial buildings and will continue to do so for many years to come.” For more information contact Onyx Rope Access and Height Safety Solutions, 3/51 Hargrave Street, Carrington NSW 2294, phone 02 4929 1638, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DARBY PLAZA 193

Below Lithic Australia sourced, designed, manufactured and installed the Elevator hobs and Turkish stone paving For Darby Plaza.

Lithic Australia specialise in imported designer natural stone. For Darby Plaza they were tasked with sourcing, designing, manufacturing and installing the breathtaking feature elevator hobs and supplying Turkish stone paving for the entrance and external courtyards. Each hob is made of five solid stone pieces weighing 600kg and standing tall at 3m. “GWH came with an intricate design using 20mm slabs, we conceptualised the use of solid structural pieces. We designed the stone fabrication and install for this project from scratch” said Managing Director, Martin Spencer. “For the external spaces we found stone that was complementary to the existing streetscape and fabricated it to match perfectly.” Lithic thrive off the adventure that is sourcing stone and enjoy working with the international quarries and factories to bring the finest product to their customers. Each product carries with it a rich and natural history of millions of years. Lithic believes it is their job to respect and present this stone in a way fitting its creation. “Our mission is simple; from earth to art.” 194 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DARBY PLAZA

“When we include a stone in our range it is not just selected on its beauty, but also its technical attributes. Strength, abrasion resistance, slip resistance, salt resistance, freeze thaw, and continuity of supply are all critical in our selection process,” said Martin. Lithic has strict quality assurance processes. The first batch of stone that was sourced for Darby Plaza failed quality assurance before it had even arrived, requiring a second batch to be procured and brought to Australia without any delay to the project. “It is all part of our innovation mindset. The diligence with which our company operates allows us to take on these complicated projects and turn them into massive successes,” said Martin. Lithic Australia has over two decades experience and services all east coast capital cities and most regional areas. For more remote locations, custom arrangements can also be facilitated.

For more information contact Lithic, phone 02 4966 8474, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below DAB Air & Electrical installed an innovative air conditioning system to ensure quality and longevity for Darby Plaza.

DAB Air & Electrical has established itself as one of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s leading air conditioning companies built on a reputation of providing high quality solutions at a competitive price, making them the installer of choice when it came to Darby Plaza. The design and location of Darby Plaza meant an innovative air conditioning system was needed to ensure quality and longevity. “The Mitsubishi Electric Watercooled VRF System was perfect for Darby Plaza due to the building’s proximity to the ocean. This system will limit exposure to salt spray to the equipment, ensuring a longer lifespan,” said Darren James, Director of DAB Air & Electrical.

DAB worked on this project for over six months with a team of 15 sheet metal workers, aircon installers and plumbers involved. “DAB has become the preferred partner of GWH and this has helped to grow our business substantially,” said Darren. “We really appreciate the relationship we have with them.” DAB are specialists in the design, supply, repair, service and installation of air conditioning systems for commercial and residential sectors. They strive for market leadership through expert design, quality workmanship, and friendly and professional customer service. Their team of highly qualified air conditioning technicians has more than 25 years of experience.

The system has a double heat recovery operation. The first heat recovery is within the refrigerant system. Simultaneous cooling and heating operations are available with heat recovery performed between indoor units. The second heat recovery is within the water loop, between the units.

DAB is currently working on Stage 1 and 2 of Sky Apartments in Newcastle; a job with 189 apartments.

“It was a highlight to design the air conditioning as part of this building,” said Darren. “Although the system has been within the industry for some years, it is unique to the Newcastle area.”

For more information contact DAB Air & Electrical, mobile (Bradley) 0410 515 884, mobile (Darren) 0457 333 445, email admin@, website



Below Oxworks created a custom lasercut-screen design that wrapped around the entire frontage of Darby Plaza.

Since our inception in 2001, Oxworks has grown to become one of Australia’s leading stockists of glass, aluminium, and steel fencing products. Our major focus is the custom manufacture of aluminium and steel architectural building products for both domestic and commercial markets.

As well as offering a high impact aesthetic for the civic space, the fascia was required to provide weather protection and ventilation to the carpark levels of the building. Oxworks’ solution for this was to use custom designed LV60 industrial louvre screens, which were installed directly behind the decorative fascia.

We pride ourselves on superior customer service, competitive pricing, and short production lead times – attributes that have given us the opportunity to work with GWH Builders on such an iconic project as Darby Plaza.

Further works required a secure bike store within the carpark with automated access control via the use of fob keys. Maintaining the design aesthetic of the building’s fascia, we delivered a range of decorative panels and automated sliding gates with powder coated perforated mesh backing for optimum security.

Using GWH’s initial design outline for the decorative fascia, we created a custom laser-cut-screen design spanning more than 100 screens and wrapping around the entire frontage of Darby Plaza. Strength, weight, and low maintenance were key factors in the material selection and our use of high tensile powder coated aluminium was the perfect choice. Using our automated pre treatment and powder coating plant at our 10,000m2 manufacturing facility, we finished the decorative screens in a specialist pearlescent gold powder coating, giving the building façade impressive wow factor. 196 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DARBY PLAZA

Within the Oxworks team it took the combined effort of our commercial sales specialist (based in Newcastle) and our head office design and manufacturing team to bring this project to life. It was a pleasure working alongside GWH on such an iconic project within the Newcastle CBD. The result is one we at Oxworks are extremely proud of.

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Below Rocpac put the finishing touches on Darby Plaza with concrete repair and rendering in the lobby.

Rocpac Rendering and Painting Pty Ltd is a professional painting and rendering service with a joint commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. The company put the finishing touches on the state-of-the-art Darby Plaza. Their works included concrete repair, rendering of concrete façade beams, and the applications of concrete effects to balcony balustrades. “It was a great opportunity to be part of this project,” said Rocpac Director, Michael Thompson. “Darby Plaza is such a unique building.” Over three months, Rocpac completed the job with a team of six workers.

professionals at providing, masonry, painting and rendering services with a joint commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.“We pull out all the stops to meet client expectations. Whatever the weather, we are onsite when we say we will be,” said Michel. “Where others see a problem, we use our innovation to find a workaround.” Company headquarters are based on the Central Coast of New South Wales. With over 25 years experience in the industry, the Rocpac Group services Newcastle, the Central Coast, the Hunter region, Sydney, the North Coast and the ACT. They are supported by a professional team of qualified tradesmen and experienced labourers who can tackle everything from small insurance jobs to large, multi-million dollar developments, and always put safety first.

Rocpac is all about delivering a high quality product combined with high quality customer service. Their team can undertake all forms of painting, rendering and architectural coating. This includes solid plastering, cement rendering, texture coating, plaster setting, polystyrene applications and natural finishes.

“The Rocpac Group upholds a robust reputation for quality, efficiency and reliability by applying our knowledge across every industrial, commercial and residential project we put our group's name to,” said Michael.

Rocpac Rendering and Painting, along with BRP Building Services and Masonry Pacific form The Rocpac Group. The Rocpac Group are

For more information contact Rocpac/Masonry Pacific, 7/14 Reliance Drive, Tuggerah NSW 2259, phone 1300 356 705, website



Below Laminex provided Laminex Raw Birchply for the end-of-trip facilities and fitout across the Darby Plaza development.

Darby Plaza provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the versatility of the Laminex Waterloo Partitioning System Range. With a broad array of colours, substrates, fittings and fixtures, Laminex Waterloo provides all of the security, comfort and aesthetic appeal that is required in effective contemporary design. Laminex provided all of the end-of-trip facilities, amenities on every level of the complex and 79 banks of lockers with keyboards for the Darby Plaza project. This included the manufacture and installation of all work. “The textured finishes on the Waterloo range is a new product,” said Project Manager, Jake Rowland. “In fact, they were fresh out of production and this was the first big job they have been used on.”

anodised aluminium hardware are integrated into a design that offers exceptional durability and stability, is easy to clean and offers overall low maintenance. “Bringing the Waterloo Range to a project of this size was a real highlight,” said Jake. “Our only challenges were the same that everyone else faced during the COVID lockdown period.” Laminex was established in a tin shed in Melbourne in 1934. Almost 90 years later, Laminex is a surface solutions specialist with multiple large-scale manufacturing plants in cities and country locations right around Australia.

Laminex Waterloo Partitioning Systems are assembled in Australia using Australian made Laminex Compact Laminate, and can be standard or custom designed.

Laminex is dedicated to keeping manufacturing local, investing in industry skills growth as well as supporting communities and our industry. Through innovation and a strong belief in Australian Made, Laminex continues to invest in new technology to produce locally made products with a focus on sustainable business practices.

The partitioning range consists of five systems ideal for a variety of applications, looks and budgets. The impact resistant board and

For more information contact Laminex, phone 132 136, website



Below Nelson Bay Electrical Services strives to provide premium, stress free services across every project.

Nelson Bay Electrical Services was contracted to supply all of the electrical work for the Darby Plaza Project. This included lights, power, fire alarms, CCTV, access control and integrated fit outs within each of the tenancies. “It was a big job and very intense,” said Matt McGarry, Director of Nelson Bay Electrical Services. “The work itself was standard and the only real challenge – apart from COVID restrictions – was finding parking in the city.” 10 staff worked on the project for 18 months. “Darby Plaza was an excellent project to be part of,” said Matt. “GWH are always good to work with.” Nelson Bay Electrical Services is a large project specialist electrical contracting company servicing Newcastle, Port Stephens, the Central Coast and the greater Hunter area. With over 20 years experience in the industry, the company specialises in multi-unit residential apartments, subdivisions, commercial, industrial and government works. The team consists of 18 highly skilled staff, many of which began their career with Nelson Bay Electrical. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Matt is a great supporter of the NSW Government Apprenticeship Initiative, with the majority of the team completing their electrical training with him. Each year they take on two or three new apprentices. “We are proud of being able to provide jobs for some of the young people in our local area,” said Matt. The company’s focus is on providing premium, stress free services for all their clients across every project. The expert team at Nelson Bay Electrical Services are flexible and adaptable and can design and construct your project or work in with your existing design team to deliver high quality results, on time and on budget. “We understand the importance of working alongside the client to get the job done in a timely and safe manner, and have an impeccable safety record.”

For more information contact Nelson Bay Electrical Services, 3/16 Shearwater Drive, Taylors Beach NSW 2316, phone 02 4981 9811, email website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DARBY PLAZA 199

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ACOUSTICS Signal & Hobbs Roofing Specialists Page 82 | 03 8726 3050


Fredon Air


CONCRETE PUMPING Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping

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Page 131 | 02 4964 8552



ARCHITECTS Konzepte Page 91 | 03 9942 3082

Sissons Page 145 | 02 8904 1853

BATHROOMS (PREFAB/MODULAR) DNL Interiors Page 68 | 0401 393 686

CARPENTRY Cranmore Carpentry Page 93 | 0404 895 735

Xcel Carpentry & Construction Page 159 | 1300 932 522

CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES SNG Constructions Page 172 | 02 8006 2929

CIVIL CONTRACTING Wamarra Page 63 | 1800 314 659


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City Circle Group

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Page 112 | 0402 538 013

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DEMOLITION Industrial Demolition Services

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Page 22, 26| 1300 130 007

Page 54 | 03 8339 3300

HERITAGE CONSERVATION International Conservation Services

Permax Commercial

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AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Skyview Aerial Photography

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Mitsubushi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioning Australia, Pty Ltd.

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Wallace Concrete Pumping


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Chalouhi Page 162 | 02 9790 3799



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De Martin and Gasparini

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Page 28 | 07 3872 4000

Page 165 | 02 8068 6955

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Di Prinzio Concreting

Hansen Yuncken (VIC)

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Page 72, 100 | 03 9831 6500 Page 80 | 03 8420 1200

EARTH MOVING (EQUIPMENT HIRE) Kings Construction and Rail

Expanded Polystyrene Australia

Mirvac Group

Page 55 | 0431 150 987

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Di Prinzio Concrete Pumping

Kane Constructions

Page 124 |

Found Concrete

TQM Design & Construct


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Page 176 | 02 9556 1046

Page 52 | 0430 455 602


Page 129 | 08 8947 5372


Putzmeister Oceania

Page 2 | 1300 734 318

Fortis Construction

PBS Building PL ACT

Page 125 |

Page 108 | 02 6101 9800

Highlands Concrete Constructions Page 185 | 0405 412 847

JGA Concreting Page 135 | 03 9931 4200

TEC Concreting Systems


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CONSULTANTS Johnston Project Management & Consulting

SM Concrete Construction Page 122 | 0415 932 541

Page 38 | 07 5519 9011

Page 44 | 03 9448 2387

Page 96 | 1300 083 752

ELECTRICAL SERVICES ODM Electrical Contractors Page 50 | 03 9029 8068

Allsafe Power Page 78 |

Nelson Bay Electrical Services Page 197 | 02 4981 9811

New Edge Group Page 156 | 02 9725 5555

ENGINEERS (CONSULTING) Xavier Knight Page 163 | 02 8810 5800

ENGINEERS (STRUCTURAL) Webber Design Page 90 | 03 9614 7155

ENGINEERED WOOD PRODUCTS XLam Australia Page 184 | 0407 646 416

EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS BAVAP Industrial Floor Coating Page 182 | 0435 958 449

EQUIPMENT HIRE Lantrak Page 59 |13 9666

Hi-Reach Rentals Australia Page 30 | 1300 661 500

FABRICATIONS ACRT Australia Page 77 | 03 9776 9177

FAÇADES Archer Façades Page 25 | 07 3299 6877

IBuild Page 76, 102 | 03 8555 9626

FORMWORK Adcon Group Page 120 |

FUNITURE & KITCHENS Golden Eagle Furniture & Kitchens Page 178 | 0401 784 484

GLAZING & ALUMINIUM Fitout Glass and Aluminium Page 34 | 07 3393 9033

Page 74, 102 | 0402 471 811

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS & COUNCILS Level Crossing Removal Project Page 42 |

Darebin City Council Page 94 | 03 8470 8888

HEAVY LIFTS Edwards Heavy Lift Page 146 | 02 6629 1862

HERITAGE MANAGEMENT Curio Projects Page 140 |

HVAC DAB Air & Electrical Page 193 | 0410 515 884


JOINERY (KITCHENS) About Kitchens Page 111 | 02 6280 0965

Damcon Page 168 | 0408 547 993

Page 39| 07 3613 9030

Page 126 | 1300 745 674

Monero Constructions Page 46 | 03 9339 3200

Premier Constructions Australia Page 137 | 1800 773 628

ReadyForm Page 174 | 0413 199 018

Ritecase Enterprises Page 136 | 0407 427 191

Page 115 | 0417 664 334




OUTDOOR STRUCTURES Allsorts Outdoor Structures

Welkin Construction Group Page 183 |

PLUMBING Holland Brothers Plumbing

Page 79 | 03 8787 8944

STONE AND TILE Lithic Page 192 | 02 4966 8474

STONE MASONRY Sydney Stonemasons PL Page 152 | 1300 075 544

TJO Plumbing Services


Page 154 | 0414 378 710

Page 173 |1300 836 733


TILING Victoria City Tiling

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Page 84 | 03 8590 1432

RECRUITMENT Yorke Consulting

TOOLS Betontools

Page 39 | 07 3613 9030

Page 130 | 1800 238 668



Page 110 | 0433 957 301

Page 61 | 0428 140 154

ROOFING Moraschi Roofing

Page 62 | 03 9399 1311

Mr Traffic Hire Page 62 | 1300 678 723

Page 113 | 02 6297 1919


Red 8 Roofing

Page 58 | 03 9768 2637

Page 144 | 1800 429 110

SCAFFOLDING RMD Australia Page 128 |


SECURITY/LOCKSMITHS Independent Locksmiths & Security

Page 194 |

Page 157 | 1300 500 600

MASONRY Rocpac/Masonry Pacific


Page 195 | 1300 356 705


Page 179 | 0404 015 551

TRANSPORT SYSTEMS Complete I.T.S Group Page 170 | 02 4555 9811

WASTE MANAGEMENT Calleja Civil Page 65 | 03 9369 6222

WATERPROOFING & WATERPROOFING SERVICES Tight Seal Waterproofing Page 164 | 0415 652 008

WINDOWS AND DOORS (ALUMINIUM) Darley Aluminium Page 27 |

WINDOW FURNISHINGS (BLINDS) BMAC Window Furnishings Page 187 | 02 6285 1717




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