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• QLD 480 queens street - Grocon ············································································································ 130 Habitat West End - Stockwell ·········································································································· 148 Orion Apartments - Sommer & Staff Constructions ·································································152 cairns base hospital redevelopment - QLD Health ························································ 158


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Construction will begin on almost $2.5 billion of major infrastructure projects in South Australia this year creating thousands of jobs.

start early in 2016 and together these three projects alone should support more than 850 jobs this year.”

The Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said together with continuing projects, such as the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Torrens Road to River Torrens upgrade, more than $6 billion of major infrastructure projects are underway or about to start.

Mr Mullighan said the Government’s $208 million commitment to build 1000 homes in 1000 days would create about 400 jobs this year and another 500 a year in 2017 and 2018. “Add to that the $900 million Festival Plaza redevelopment, of which the State Government is investing $180 million, and which will generate hundreds of jobs during construction and 400 ongoing positions,” Mr Mullighan said.

“Our biggest major infrastructure project to commence this year will be the $985 million Northern Connector due to start in May,” Mr Mullighan said. “The $620 million Darlington Upgrade and $160 million O-Bahn tunnel are also due to



“As the Government continues implementing Transforming Health, work is set to start on a $15 million PTSD Centre of Excellence, creating about 30 jobs during construction.”

“City planning reforms have also unlocked 44 private sector-funded projects, now underway or approved, valued at $1.4 billion and supporting hundreds of jobs in the construction industry,” Mr Mullighan said. One local business already benefiting from the public infrastructure boom is CME Civil, an Adelaide-based company working on the Torrens to Torrens project. CME Civil Director Malcolm McNeil said the company had engaged new staff for the project. “Projects such as Torrens to Torrens are really important for local South Australian businesses such as CME Civil,” he said. “This project will allow our business to grow and employ more local South Australians including supporting apprentices and trainees.”

VIC ACTIVITY CONTINUES TO SURGE Victoria’s construction industry continues to power ahead with the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing an 11 percent increase in construction activity throughout the state in 2015. This was the strongest growth in construction work done by any state in Australia and is great news for jobs. By comparison, as Victoria bounds ahead, the corresponding figure across Australia fell by 3.8 percent. Construction work, which comprises work done on total building and engineering construction, grew in Victoria by 1.1 percent

over the December quarter. This was again the strongest result of any state and a reflection of Victoria’s increasing economic momentum. Victorian total building work grew by 1.6 percent over the quarter and by 12.0 percent in 2015 – well above the national average of 8.0 percent. Victorian growth in engineering construction over the year of 11.0 percent was also in stark contrast to a national fall in activity of 14.7 percent. Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected, Victoria has created 68,700 new jobs, and the number of unemployed Victorians has dropped by 9,200.

SOLID SUCCESS Nationwide Concrete Pumping Machinery

Nationwide Concrete Pumping are specialists in the concrete pumping industry. Having a reputation for superior quality in pouring concrete for assorted types of projects the family owned and operated company won the tender for the construction of Central South Yarra. Working just over 18 months on the tower their experience and professionalism was evident when the crew had to navigate a very tight site. Veronica describes, “when the loading bay and the pumping station were in the same place there was only one direction of traffic - the road was very narrow so ordering concrete, plus handling deliveries meant we had to be very organised on the day.” Added to negotiating a very tight site the crew had to work fast and efficiently as a team, “you’re pumping the concrete from the bottom to the top we have a core mix - then there are different mixes we have to contend with - some mixes are a bit more difficult to pump than others and you don’t have much time.” So having to wield concrete to the 30th floor of the tower was a significant accomplishment!

Nationwide Concrete Pumping utilised two selfclimbing towers, “all of our boom and boom heads are self-climbing, we don’t use crane time at all - this sets us apart from other companies as our clients see us pump sufficiently.” Dependable, honest and hardworking, they bring new techniques and methodologies with them. Nationwide Concrete Pumping take pride in their work employing 50 people they strongly believe in and offer outstanding customer service, “we care and really value the work we do - we work with the client and are dedicated to bringing the best solution to each job.” They are versatile having 75 leading brand industry approved tools to choose from. This means they can offer ‘more than one option’ to each construction programme.

For more information contact Nationwide Concrete Pumping, 14B Tullamarine Road, Tuallamarine VIC 3043, phone 03 9023 6927, email, website www.

comment By Paul Fletcher Minister for Major Projects. Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

City Planning for the future The Turnbull Government has an ambitious agenda to build new infrastructure – with some $50 billion of Commonwealth money to be spent by 2019, which in turn is expected to leverage total expenditure of around $125 billion – and to work with state and territory governments to make our cities more efficient, productive and livable. The federal government is firmly of the view that in Australia we need better coordination between the way we plan transport infrastructure and our broader urban planning. Soon Infrastructure Australia will provide the Australian Government with its 15 year Australian Infrastructure Plan, which will identify projects across the country with significant economic and productive value that will support growth in our cities that governments can take forward. A 15 year plan for Australian infrastructure is a key part of the Commonwealth Government’s planning agenda for cities and infrastructure investment. Another aspect of the plan will be an emphasis on key principles of good infrastructure planning, particularly corridor protection. Of course a key challenge is how we fund the construction of new infrastructure. One approach that we could make better use of is value sharing. A fair amount of work is already being done around Australia under these kinds of arrangements. Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 1 is a good example: it was funded partially through a rate surcharge imposed by the Gold Coast City Council, with the rationale being that property values would increase once the light rail began operating. The NSW and Victorian governments are looking at value sharing options for the Parramatta Light Rail and the Melbourne Metro projects. Public transport projects typically do not generate revenues sufficient to cover their operating costs, let alone contribute to the capital cost of the project. Yet such projects can generate significant economic value in areas close to the station. Our success in building sustainable cities will be determined at least in part by our ability to develop innovative ways in which to fund their infrastructure.



comment By Grant Withers Head of Design The Buchan Group

THE CHANGING FACE OF RETAIL Shopping centres today demand a distinctive edge to compete with urban densification, an oversupply of centres and the robust growth of online shopping. Retail malls alone are no longer enough. It’s about creating lifestyle destinations; compelling, authentic, welcoming and safe spaces that encourage customers to linger longer – sophisticated food and beverage offerings in place of traditional, centralised food courts; the introduction of big name international retailers; and integration with community facilities such as art centres, libraries, fitness clubs, commercial offices and education facilities. Through our experience in placemaking and designing mixed-use lifestyle destinations, The Buchan Group inherently understands that community ‘ownership’ is the new heart and soul of shopping centres, prompting an emotional investment and connection to place. We work with community stakeholders to ensure the development envelops the community context, turning the shopping centre from a commodity to a destination. QIC’s $665 million expansion of Eastland Shopping Centre is one such example. The Buchan Group’s design for the Centre fosters community connections by employing design elements inspired by the surrounding Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, cementing it as an entertainment and leisure focal point for the residents of Ringwood. The Centre is set to become one of Melbourne’s most progressive and exciting urban lifestyle destinations, offering a fusion of food, fashion and lifestyle brands and introducing a seamless integration of art, culture, learning and events.



Mega borer Elizabeth resurfaces in Sydney metro northwest The third Sydney Metro Northwest tunnel boring machine to finish tunnelling has been pulled out of the ground in a precision operation. Tunnel Boring Machine 1 Elizabeth recently finished her journey at Cherrybrook after digging nine kilometres of Australia’s longest railway tunnels. Its massive 105-tonne cutter-head has been lifted 10 metres to the surface using a 600 tonne crane. Tunnelling is now 99 percent complete with only one mega tunnelling machine, TBM2 Florence, remaining underground with less than 500 metres of tunnelling to go. TBM1 Elizabeth was one of the four mega machines delivering the twin 15 kilometre tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping and the first to start tunnelling in September 2014.

Named after local colonial pioneer Elizabeth Rouse, TBM1 chewed through more than 700,000 tonnes of Sydney Sandstone and shale and went through 735 hardened steel teeth due to the forces of tunnelling on her 15-month journey from Bella Vista to Cherrybrook. Specialist crews have been dismantling TBM1 since early December with a carefully choreographed operation required to retrieve her 105-tonne cutter-head and bring it to the surface at Cherrybrook. Cherrybrook is one of eight new metro stations on Sydney Metro Northwest, the first stage of Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project. New metro services start in the first half of 2019 with a train every four minutes in the peak.

Australian Construction Achievement Award announces six project finalists The Australian Constructors Association together with Engineers Australia has announced six project finalists to compete for the 2016 Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA). “The independent judging panel for the ACAA has identified six projects as finalists, with one overall project winner to be selected this year at a gala dinner on Thursday 26 May 2016, at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Perth Western Australia. “The finalists, together with the construction companies, architectural and engineering people behind them, have delivered world class construction outcomes and solutions. The breadth of skill involved in the wide range of projects nominated as finalists exemplifies the diversity of the industry and its capacity to adapt to differing client requirements,” said Lindsay Le Compte Executive Director Australian Constructors Association. The ACAA Finalists for 2016 are: •  Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW – A $210m project by Lend Lease Engineering recreates a precolonial headland in Sydney Harbour. • Moorebank Units Relocation, Holsworthy NSW – A $834m project by Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction. The project covered an overall area of 100ha and involved the complete relocation of the Department of Defence assets from Moorebank to Holsworthy Barracks.

 lennfield to Leppington Rail Link, NSW G – A $670m project by the John Holland Group providing a rail link from Sydney’s south-west to major employment centres in the Sydney Metropolitan area. Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access, WA – This $954m project by Leighton Contractors, Georgiou Group, GHD, AECOM and BG&E was Western Australia’s largest road project, designed to improve the safety and efficiency of one of the state’s most important transport hubs. North Strathfield Rail Underpass, Sydney, NSW – This $270m alliance partnership project was undertaken by John Holland Group and Bouygues Travaux Publics Australia for Transport NSW. University of Technology, Sydney, NSW – Dr Chau Chak Wing Building – A $124m project by Lend Lease Building designed by famous architect Frank Gehry with structural engineering provided by Arup and AECOM. The 12-storey tower provides teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for 1,300 students and over 300 academic staff.

“The aim of ACAA is to showcase the people within the industry that are succeeding in setting new benchmarks in the design, delivery and management of building and construction projects across the country,” said Mr Le Compte.


Hopkins receives prestigious President’s Award Ian Hopkins, Award Recipient

By Jeff McCarth Director Infrastructure Development, Roads & Maritime Services

PREPARING FOR THE NSW INFRASTRUCTURE BOOM It is an exciting time to be a part of the infrastructure revolution taking place in NSW with a record $60 billion government investment on infrastructure planned across the next five years. The Roads and Maritime major projects spend alone is expected to more than double to over $4 billion per annum.

Last Friday evening, Consult Australia held its annual awards program where the immediate-past CEO of Norman Disney & Young (NDY), Ian Hopkins, was awarded the prestigious 2015 President’s Award. Ian’s contribution to Consult Australia spans more than 30 years, and his support has seen Consult Australia flourish from its early days as the ACEA through to the powerful, modern lobbying association it is today. Ian is highly respected by his colleagues through his contribution to the Board, Congress, Large Firms Forum and Champions of Change. “Ian is not only a respected statesman of our industry, but a terrific advocate of collaboration and collective activism through Consult Australia,” says outgoing Consult Australia President, Matthew Harris. Ian officially passed over the CEO reigns at NDY in March 2015, but remains a board member of the firm and also contributes to external boards including ARBS and, until very recently, Consult Australia (including the Champions of Change). Ian’s personal commitment to sustainability has led to NDY being seen as a leader in the sector with regards to providing solutions at the cutting edge of energy efficiency. A key initiative in this context has been the design, development and operation of NDY’s Melbourne office at 115 Batman Street, West Melbourne. This building was one of the first in Australia to achieve 5 Green Star rating for Design, As Built and Fitout. In addition to Ian’s contribution as a Director of Consult Australia (March 2012 – October

2015), he has been a Congress Member on many occasions and a host, presenter and panelist at numerous Consult Australia events. More recently, Ian has taken an increasingly active hand in the leadership of Consult Australia through his role as a Director, and also through stronger leadership in the Large Firms and Champions of Change forums. His intelligent, considered comments are always well received in these influential circles, and give our industry and policy contributions tremendous credibility and authority. Ian was a founding member of the Consult Australia’s Champions of Change in 2012, an initiative designed to turn the dial with regards to female participation and promotion in our industry. His recognition of gender balance and inclusiveness as a key business driver, and his transparency and humility in sharing data, case studies and personal insights have helped immensely with the early success of the program, and with building a culture of trust and openness with the group. Ian’s long term and active support for Consult Australia, fostered by a deep belief in giving back, progressing the industry cohesively and developing the next generation of leaders, makes him an outstanding figure in our organisation. He displays all the characteristics we encourage in our young professionals – generosity, integrity, personability and strength of spirit.

For all industry to benefit, we will need to work together and seek out new ways of working together with innovative partnerships to deal with challenges and resource shortages. At Roads and Maritime we are already changing to ensure we are well prepared and can continue to deliver safe, quality, cost effective projects on time and on budget. This evolution includes our recent shift to a program office delivery model for our major projects and for our complex easing Sydney’s congestion portfolio. Through this new structure we have grouped similar projects together with common goals or “vision” and are delivering work under integrated, accountable, empowered management. On the safety front, we recently started a series of roundtable discussions with around 20 chief executives from industry to identify what we can collectively do to make sure our workforce is kept safe as our pressure to deliver increases. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and the only way forward here will be together. We now have a unique opportunity to invest in our people and our systems, to build effective relationships across industry and to drive innovation to ensure a strong legacy for the NSW transport industry and great outcomes for our customers and our communities. It really is an exciting time. Buckle up!

Harris says that Ian is an enduring role model for individual and business success in our industry, and a worthy recipient of the 2015 President’s Award. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS



Tatts group relocating to 180 by daisho Brisbane’s iconic 180 by Daisho commercial tower

Professor Alan Patching Project Director Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

The ‘Future’ of Construction In a schedule and profit-driven industry, time availability for a ‘future view’ tends to be limited. I believe that looking at trend forecasts through the critical eye of a Quantity Surveyor, but then applying long proven approaches to business practice, leadership and management constitutes the best possible ‘future’ approach. From reading trend forecasts and interviewing some well-known figures in international economics in 2014 – one being an economic advisor to President Obama, one of the key trends relevant to any astute developer, contractor or consultant in Australia would have to include the ‘Asia Situation’. As a professor at Bond University, I have witnessed a classroom trend manifest in recent years, with overseas student numbers rising strongly. Australia is an obvious choice due to a weakening dollar, strong reputation in education and post-graduation visa availability for professionals in certain fields such as Quantity Surveying. Australian businesses in property and construction could do well to start thinking from the perspective of those who are actually currently investing. These could arise from either an ongoing and increasing level of Asian investment in property and construction in Australia, or from opportunities that could be created by the quickly increasing numbers of middle class families countries like India, Vietnam and India creating demand for a higher standard of consumables and services within their own countries. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. 12


Global wagering and lotteries giant Tatts Group has committed to lease 10 floors at 180 Ann Street in Brisbane. The $500 million 34-storey 180 by Daisho is Brisbane’s latest premium CBD commercial tower. Tatts Group will become the second ASX-listed company to set up headquarters at 180 by Daisho, following the 11-year deal signed with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia last year. Daisho Portfolio Manager Belinda Kalinin said the announcement signals a vote of confidence from discerning businesses, and

reflects the strong interest Daisho has had in a product designed to be a ‘cut above’ other commercial developments. “Daisho is delighted with Tatts Group’s commitment to relocate operations to 180 by Daisho, which allows them to co-locate their existing operations. We are pleased to have provided an accommodation solution that aligns with the aspirations of the Tatts Group and their unwavering commitment to staff amenity and comfort,” Ms Kalinin said. “The deal is a ringing endorsement of 180 by Daisho’s exceptional quality, architectural design and five-star hotel-style facilities. 180 by Daisho, designed by renowned architects Crone Partners, has been created in the luxurious style typical of Daisho’s property portfolio and features an array of eye-catching design elements. Daisho’s Project Director Ikuo Morito said the building’s amenity offering, sustainability features and proximity to public transport were key elements of 180 by Daisho’s appeal. The tower is also the Brisbane’s first 6 Star Green Star Office Design V3 rating development. “180 by Daisho’s smart technology and environmentally sustainable design are highly attractive to environmentally responsible organisations,” Mr Morito said. “It offers unprecedented public transport accessibility, as it’s adjacent to Central Station and King George Square Bus interchange and is also located on major north and south-bound arterial routes through the city.”

NEPEAN® acquires Ellton Conveyors NEPEAN®, is pleased to announce the acquisition of another leading supplier of engineered bulk materials handling solutions, Ellton Conveyors. The transaction, effective immediately, includes the business assets and intellectual property of Ellton along with the retention and transfer of the engineering team and key staff to NEPEAN Conveyors Pty Ltd. Thereby providing certainty for Elltons’ customers for what are challenging market conditions. The CEO of NEPEAN®, Miles Fuller said “Our investment in Ellton Conveyors, and more importantly Elltons’ customers, is a commitment to the industry, and further strengthens NEPEAN® as a highly trusted conveyor partner with deep skills and application knowledge. This is an exciting opportunity to bring together two of the industry’s leading businesses in conveyors

and bulk materials handling and to deliver an unmatched service to the industry”. NEPEAN® envisages that significant benefits can be delivered to the combined customer base. The opportunity to share and optimise product, technology and methods, expand capability and better service our customers’ needs will be key outcomes. Rationalisation of shared services, as well as general economies of scale in supply and project execution, will drive cost efficiencies being sought by our mining customers. NEPEAN® is Australia’s leading privately owned engineering, mining services and industrial manufacturing organisation. NEPEAN’s, Specialist mining businesses are: NEPEAN Conveyors, NEPEAN Power and NEPEAN Longwall. For more information, visit

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR NSW INFRASTRUCTURE There is a positive outlook in 2016 for all industries involved in building infrastructure in NSW according to the State Division of the Institute of Public Works Engineering (IPWEA-NSW) whose members undertake the major capital works projects for the private and public sectors. IPWEA NSW Chief Executive Officer, John Roydhouse, said the Federal Government is injecting billions into infrastructure programs and the State Government has announced its own $20 billion infrastructure program as part of the Rebuilding NSW plan which includes investing $6 billion in regional NSW. He said NSW is the premier state for infrastructure and will receive a major portion of the $9.7 billion in Federal funding to the States. Mr Roydhouse said the dynamic growth in infrastructure commitment has been reflected in bookings from overseas and across Australia for the IPWEA’s CIVENEX Expo to be held at the Hawkesbury Showground on May 18-19, which is the State’s major infrastructure show case.

He said the WestConnex road project has topped the list of infrastructure programs in NSW again in 2016, but now there was also the NorthConnex road project currently underway. Mr Roydhouse said Stage 2 of WestConnex, which will more than double the capacity of the M5 East, is beginning ahead of schedule because the Commonwealth is providing a concessional loan of up to $2 billion, on top of the $1.5 billion grant it committed for all three project stages. “Road congestion costs Australia $16.5 billion in 2015 while also adding massively to city pollution levels. Such projects as WestConnex will help ease congestion and improve accessibility to workplaces for employees and delivery drivers. This a win for lifestyle, cost reduction and the environment.” Mr Roydhouse also praised the Federal and State Government for working cooperatively to complete the upgrade of the Pacific Highway by the end of the decade which will help speed up domestic road trips and the delivery of primary and secondary industry production to ports to boost the Australian economy.

$2 Billion parramatta square envisioned to rival sydney’s cbd Walker Corporation has commenced works on the $2 billion re-development of Parramatta Square, with a four stage demolition program. Archaeological works will commence in mid2016, with development approvals for the two commercial towers expected to be lodged in early 2016. One of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia, the development will see Parramatta city rival Sydney’s CBD in terms of amenity and high quality residential and commercial space. The three hectare city style precinct will transform the heart of Parramatta CBD into a vibrant, cosmopolitan, commercial and residential precinct, with people attracted to the area to live, work and play. We plan a mixed-use development to accommodate two commercial buildings, incorporating retail and a range of café and restaurant amenities, as well as the tallest residential tower in Sydney, known as the Aspire Tower. The precinct will also feature the 26,000m2 Western Sydney University Campus housing more than 10,000 university students, as well as community facilities, a civic building, community centre, library and a 250 metre long public domain in the heart

of the city – critical to the activation of the project. We are in advanced discussions with a range of large scale, potential tenants for the commercial buildings. Strong interest demonstrates the underlying demand for high quality, sustainable, A-Grade office space in the Parramatta market – along with significant infrastructure investment in the region – which fundamentally proves the vision for Parramatta to become Sydney’s second CBD. The entire precinct will be built to a minimum 5 Green Star rating in accordance with the standards for environmentally sustainable development, set by the Green Building Council Australia and will provide best practice benchmarks with third-party verification for sustainability and liveability at the precinct level.

Lang Walker, Chairman of Walker Corporation

comment By Paolo Bevilacqua General Manager Frasers Property Australia Pty Ltd

Green from the word go Sustainability is now expected from the property industry, not only from institutional investors and commercial tenants, but from people simply seeking a greener home. Tools like Green Star and NABERS are helpful. But the job is not done once a rating is achieved. The underlying processes within these tools that drive better environmental performance must be embedded into the design and construction schedule. In this way, ratings merely reinforce that the project is on the right path, but the journey to drive improved performance continues. A sustainable approach from the outset, through construction, can and must lay the groundwork for a greener lifecycle for the project. At the Fairwater residential community, Frasers Property Australia embedded the principles of the Green Star Communities tool to ensure the project embraced a broad notion of what a sustainable, functional community looks like. Not just now, or when all homes are complete, but over the long term. The geothermal technology installed in every Fairwater home is a case in point. This technology harnesses the earth’s constant temperature to heat and cool underground pipes. A pump circulates refrigerant through an underground loop, about 80 metres deep, which assumes the same temperature as the surrounding earth, which is much cooler than the air in summer and much warmer in winter. When the refrigerant returns to the surface, most cooling or heating has taken place. The desired internal temperature is therefore achieved using significantly less energy than traditional air conditioning. Geothermal technology is one of the reasons Fairwater achieved a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating, joining a handful of projects nationally. Geothermal is not something you can add at the end. It begins at the concept phase. Each lot must be prepared before the home’s foundation is laid. This requires a green commitment from the outset, one that carries through, to the finished product. It’s the new norm. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS



Introducing Kintrol’s Auto climate control - health and safety interface Wi-Fi automation enables the technology to be operated both remotely and locally from a secure source, with the confidence of new backup power.

By Jeremy Parker Managing Director Cedar Sales

LONG LIVE TIMBER CONSTRUCTION Over the past decade, many design and construction professionals have responded to industry demand for genuine architectural timber solutions. Clients have always loved the naturally-warm, timeless appeal of real timber. Advances in machining technology have boosted that popularity even further, empowering timber manufacturers to deliver highly innovative timber building products. As demand for renewable materials and eco-friendly building practices continues to increase, it’s not just clients who are pushing for genuine timber building solutions. Government authorities are responding to the outstanding physical and sustainable properties of timber. The Wood Encouragement Policy, formally adopted by Latrobe City Council in December 2014, has inspired a recent resolution of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to implement its own pro-timber policy. The Resolution, carried at the 2015 National General Assembly of Local Government, encourages the use of timber products for construction projects by Local Government across Australia. The ALGA endorsement will be welcome news for architects and builders, creating further incentive to embrace the use of timber in their design and construction projects. Timber offers builders and architects a costeffective solution for sustainably-designed homes and commercial buildings. Boasting one of the lowest carbon footprints of all building materials, timber is ideal for those looking to boost the Green Star rating of their buildings. At Cedar Sales, we believe in the importance of both sustainability and style. All of our Western Red Cedar and Hemlock timbers have Chain of Custody PEFC™ Certification, catering to industry demands for eco-friendly building solutions. On the style front, our product range is bursting with ultra-modern, in-vogue profiles that turn heads and generate genuine wow factor. 14


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Kintrol has been involved in the development of its own Innovative Window and Door Automation products and systems. Designed to ergonomically benefit its users by monitoring the environment, the power windows or electric opening systems react when required to control the surroundings and provide sustainable comfort, safety, security or to avoid damage. A recent addition to product range, Kintrol is excited about the launch of their new climate control operating system that’s set to change the way climate control works forever. The new battery backup

According to Ivan Kinsela, Manager of Kintrol, “Our vision is to provide complete and automated window operations to reduce the dependence on HVAC systems and promote window independence to control the internal conditions on all types of buildings. These include buildings such as homes and apartments, retirement villages and hospitals, preschools and universities, as well as offices and factories.” Visit for further information.

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BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX APPOINTED TO CONSTRUCT AUSTRALIAN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY BUILDING Brookfield Multiplex, one of Australia’s leading contractors, has been appointed to construct Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) new multimillion mixed-use commercial development located at 535 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne’s CBD. The new 15,722m2 building will span 10-levels and will become ANMF’s Head Office, featuring a 400 seat auditorium with educational facilities including a library, student hub, simulation laboratories and classrooms.

Graham Cottam, Regional Managing Director Victoria at Brookfield Multiplex. ANMF building will also comprise two levels of basement car parking and six levels of PCA A grade office tower, three of which ANMF will offer for lease. Crone Architects have designed a flexible floorplan to provide the possibility of multiple tenants per floor in the future and target a 5 star As-Built rating under the Green Star Office Version 3 tool. Construction is scheduled for completion by September, 2017.

Complexities involved with construction include the retainment of heritage façades on Elizabeth Street and O’Connell Street.

Brookfield Multiplex has completed several commercial projects across Melbourne in the past two years including Cbus Properties Medibank office at 720 Bourke Street and National Australia Bank building at 700 Bourke Street. It also has over $800 million worth of residential projects currently under construction in Melbourne including Platinum Tower in Southbank along with Australis and Melbourne One in the CBD.

“We are delighted to be appointed to deliver this commercial office project for ANMF. We have extensive experience in the restoration of heritage buildings, including 171 Collins Street, Melbourne and the award-winning project at 50 Martin Place, Sydney,” said Mr

Kingspan Insulated Panels - fire testing for high-rise cladding Kingspan Insulated Panels is urging the regulatory authorities to introduce large-scale fire testing as a minimum requirement for external high-rise cladding materials, in a bid to address the use of dangerous non-compliant combustible cladding. “With a growing demand for composite cladding materials and a predicted rise in commercial and multi-level apartment developments, the need for stringent large-scale fire testing of cladding materials is a critical safety measure,” said Dr Mark Tatam, Technical Director at Kingspan Insulated Panels. While the National Construction Code currently requires cladding materials to be fire tested, the acceptability of external cladding systems has historically been determined by internal fire tests and/or small scale reaction to fire tests, involving relatively small fire sources and samples of restricted size.

and wall assemblies, as it is based on large-scale façades fire testing. “We commend the work of the ABCB in addressing the current testing environment for cladding products. While internal or small-scale fire tests can help to screen out materials that exhibit poor fire performance, they do not adequately demonstrate how a cladding system may behave when subject to a large fire from within or outside a building. “We urge the industry to follow the footsteps of the UK and US building codes, which mandate that combustible cladding systems used in high-rise buildings are assessed using large-scale fire tests that involve large fire sources and a significant area of cladding. This helps to better assess the performance of high-rise cladding materials, and their fixing and joint systems, in a real fire scenario,” said Dr Tatam. Kingspan Insulated Panels fire testing

Standards Australia in conjunction with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has developed a new Australian standard (AS 5113 Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings) that will provide a more accurate indication of the fire combustibility of wall claddings

By Dr Gerard Healey Senior Engineer Arup

Making sustainability meaningful 2015 was a big year for sustainable buildings. The Green Building Council certified 218 projects, a 40% increase from 2014, with Arup guiding more of these to a rating than any other consultant. While we are proud of this achievement, certification is not the end game. People don’t continue to invest in, own and use buildings because of a certificate on the wall - they do so because of meaningful outcomes. For investors, Green Star and NABERS rated buildings can deliver better financial returns. For owners, they have reduced outgoings. For users, they can improve wellbeing and productivity. 2015 also saw significant events at a global level, with COP15 resulting in a global commitment to limit the maximum global average temperature increase to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.


Set to become a landmark at Sydney’s new Green Square precinct and incorporating direct underground access to Green Square train station, the $575 million tower is located on the corner of Bourke and Botany roads; in the heart of council’s $8 billion Green Square redevelopment precinct. The eye-catching 20-storey design was named winner of the 2014 UDIA NSW Concept Design award in 2014. City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Crown Group CEO Iwan Sunito ‘turned the first sod’ in construction of the award winning Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square on Thursday the 17th of March.


The momentum to make sustainable buildings the norm appears to be growing, however we must keep meaningful outcomes in mind. Learning from history, the single-minded push for energy efficiency in the 1970s in response to oil embargos contributed to more efficient but less healthy buildings. By the 1980s, Sick Building Syndrome was a term in common use. Moving forward a few decades, we now understand that a good building is not one that doesn’t make you sick; a good building is one that makes you feel well. A holistic approach to building design is therefore crucial.

Designed by Koichi Takada Architects, the mixed-use project features a 1180m2 open-air plaza at its heart with gardens, and trees surrounded by retail outlets, restaurants and cafés. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment By Rhonan O’Brien Managing Principal MODE Design Corp Pty Ltd

Design for Manufacture in the Built Environment The Design for Manufacturing in the Built Environment concept has been mooted and explored in the construction industry since the industrial revolution, but is still seen as a challenge to be adopted across the majority of project typologies. The manufacturing of furniture, cars, mobile homes and every other man made product has been automated with vast improvements in quality and choice – which serves as a secondary benefit only to the greatest benefit being, the affordability for the greater majority. Culturally we can accept manufactured building elements such as windows, doors, kitchens, walls etc. but if we produce a manufactured building in a completed form it is branded as cheap, transportable or demountable. With affordability housing in Australia and most of the western world at crisis levels, this issue needs to be resolved so that development of affordable housing can be ‘produced’ by the manufacturing sector and ‘assembled’ in the construction industry. Architects and designers must realise the benefits of manufacturing and reconsider traditional designs to enable high quality, low cost environments that can have individual design results without penalties of time or cost. Educating building professionals to take advantage of manufacturing technologies is critical to the acceleration of this concept as the ‘norm’ not the vanguard to the construction industry. Three dimensional printing, cross laminated timber structures, flat pack walls panels, fold out container buildings etc. are in their infancy of design development. When manufacturing accounts for greater than 70% of building works, then the realisation of truly inventive and cost effective architecture will flourish.



Condev secure almost $200 million in Brisbane residential projects for Urban Construct Multi award-winning building company Condev Construction has recently won several project tenders for Brisbane developer Urban Construct. Collectively, Condev has secured $190.8m in residential projects across south east Queensland including Harbour Village, Hilltop Residences, Hillside Residences and Manhattan Terraces. Together Condev Construction and Urban Construct have already delivered 95 waterfront villas to the Emerald Lakes area. These upcoming projects will mark the next step in their relationship together. Condev commenced construction on Harbour Village late last year, with completion scheduled for early 2017. Construction on Manhattan Terraces commenced earlier this year and construction on The Residences is yet to commence. Urban Construct’s Todd Brown says relationship and quality are the key reasons Condev was chosen for the projects. “We have a long-standing relationship with Condev based on years of experience,” says Mr. Brown.

“They are competitively priced while still maintaining the high level of quality we expect of our developments. “We use Condev time and time again because they have the experience and the ability to fast-track the design and construction process to deliver the project on time.” The $47 million Harbour Village project is located on the Gold Coast at Emerald Lakes and comprises of 83 two and three-storey villas on the waterfront. The $28.8 million Hilltop is also located at Emerald Lakes and comprises of 51 townhouses with views of the lake and out to the Gold Coast hinterland. Hillside is a $40 million project in the Emerald Lakes precinct, which boasts a European inspired village lifestyle with 74 two and three bedroom villas. The luxurious $80 million Manhattan Terraces located in West End, Brisbane comprising of 80 two, three and four bedroom high end terrace homes. The luxury terrace homes feature private rooftop retreats, spacious interior designs and open garden spaces. From Left to Right: Damian Hackett, Todd Brown & Steve Marais

Built exceeds all Green expectations at 20 Martin Place, Sydney Award-winning construction company, Built, has outstripped the Green Star target for its $110 million refurbishment of 20 Martin Place, Sydney. The company was contracted to deliver a 5 Star Office As Built v3 rating but instead targeted and achieved the As Built rating of 6 Stars at no extra cost to its client, Pembroke Real Estate.

comment By Kim Vojacek Director Cottee Parker Architects

Building Information Modeling (BIM) While the 5 Star Green Star Office Design v3 pathway contemplated at early stages of design targeted 65 points, the project team quickly identified two additional Green Star points and 10 innovation points that could be implemented, without increased capital cost to the client. The result is World Leadership status as a green building for the project, with a total point score of 77 points awarded by the GBCA during the Round 1 submission – a rare occurrence. 8 out of the 10 innovation points came from Innovation Challenges, including using 64 percent zero VOC paints, contractor sustainability education and materials life cycle assessment. An EN15978 compliant Life Cycle Assessment concluded that retaining the 22-storey structural steel frame within the building would save 1,291 tonnes CO2e, while replacing 30 percent of cement with flyash would save 2,809 tonnes

The acronym BIM is used daily in our office. Colleagues, clients, consultants and builders casually drop it into the conversations with the expectation that the nodding heads are indicating that everyone is on the same page – we all know about BIM right?

Built’s ‘Green’ Refurbishment at 20 Martin Place

CO2e. To put these figures in context, the building is projected to emit 107,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions in operational energy use over the building’s expected 60-year life. So initiatives that improved operational energy savings provided a key avenue for carbon abatement in the Life Cycle Assessment.

Safemaster – Revolutionary Platform Solutions Leading specialist in height safety around Australia, Safemaster is the number one provider and manufacturer for the PROLANE SERIES of roof platforms. The PROLANE SERIES is a work platform that provides a quick, simple, safe and versatile solution for the support and access of rooftop plant/machinery, HVACR equipment, solar panels and louver systems. It helps to reduce the risk of damage from rooftop traffic. The platform also comes with a non-slip grating, ensuring and providing extra safety to workers. PROLANE SERIES can also be integrated with Safemaster’s flexible, robust, cost effective grating handrail systems. This is an excellent addition of safety for protecting the open side of the PROLANE SERIES. 100% Australian designed and manufactured, the platform is a revolutionary low cost solution building on the ground of Safemaster’s engineering expertise and advanced manufacturing facilities. Constructed from

lightweight aluminum, the PROLANE SERIES platform can be adapted to any roofing profile. PROLANE SERIES work platform has proved to be a major success to those in the construction industry including trades people, architects and structural engineers across Australia. The PROLANE SERIES is evidence of Safemaster’s commitment to research and development of innovative products for continuous improvement. All Safemaster’s PROLANE SERIES work platforms come with five years warranty against product defects, workmanship and installation. Safemasters ability to problem solve and attend to client requests and specifications, allows them to produce innovative solutions while being creative and finding new and better ways to fulfill and exceed expectations. For further information on the PROLANE SERIES please contact Safemaster on 08 6218 5158 or email

Wrong – BIM, while having the potential to deliver productivity and efficiency gains, has not truly become widely adopted in Australia because most people get hung up on what BIM is or is not rather than what BIM can do. BIM is about collaboration – working together in an agreed electronic environment – to design projects, that when they get to site, are better resolved, coordinated and delivered. Architects now largely deliver 3D design models facilitating a dynamic design process where modifications can be implemented quickly and efficiently. Our experience is that far too often the “life” is squeezed out of our models with structure and services being limited to the 2D world of PDF markups in the early stages of design. Sadly, this is where the real benefits of electronic collaboration can be lost. BIM isn’t about a standard software platform. Platform differences can be quickly dismissed through project wide adoption of the IFC file format. All designers, regardless of discipline, now have ready access to this format. Why isn’t BIM and electronic collaboration more widely adopted? Perhaps old commercial models and outdated habits at the design phase are the real inhibitors to innovation. As the D&C delivery method becomes the norm, perhaps the required cultural change toward widespread BIM adoption will be driven by the contracting sector.





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EXECUTIVE Interview Fabrizio Perilli, Chief Executive of TOGA Development & Construction

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With a 53-year legacy of success, Australian property developer and hotelier TOGA has created projects nationwide and has 5,000 residential apartments in the pipeline across Sydney. Chief Executive of TOGA Development & Construction Fabrizio Perilli discusses TOGA’s impressive work across the property and construction industries. How did TOGA begin? TOGA was founded in 1963 by Mr Ervin Vidor AM and today employs more than 2,500 team members worldwide. Initially, the group started as a developer of mixeduse assets and later moved into hotels and short term accommodation. Today TOGA has grown into a fully integrated property company in the areas of: property development, construction; investment and asset management, project management and hospitality management. What’s your for TOGA?




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to the greater Sydney area as well as hotel developments throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe. We work very hard to nurture long-term and repeat relationships with not only our purchasers but every stakeholder important to our business. From a strategic perspective, TOGA will continue to improve the nation’s built environment by activating urban centres enriched by effective transport interchanges, infrastructure and services. TOGA will also continue to drive its focus on innovation to improve development and community outcomes for both our clients and the wider public. What future challenges do you envisage TOGA facing? More and more we will start to see a shift toward intergenerational living. As a developer we need to look at ways

to accommodate evolving social norms such as families living under the same roof for longer, young professionals’ house sharing as habitually as students and first home buyers retaining their first residence as an investment down the track. A large part of this focus is delivered at a design level. Our in-house Design and Technical Services business unit is leading the way in this area. At TOGA we don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to design. We’re constantly exploring design innovations such as creating functional spaces that are easily transformed. From ‘flexi spaces’ that can easily become a home office or the inclusion of convenient amenities such as gymnasiums and high tech rooms in our plans, TOGA’s developments offer longevity and convenience by design. ANCR Special Focus



EXECUTIVE Interview Fabrizio Perilli, Chief Executive of TOGA Development & Construction

Boeheme Bondi, NSW

From a construction delivery perspective, I believe that we all will be challenged by a skilled labour shortage over the next five to ten years which will need to be addressed through a combination of innovation initiatives such as pre-fabricated modules and construction optimisation through digital project management. Another consideration should be population growth targeted at supplementing skill gaps. What to you consider TOGA’s proudest achievements and most notable projects? A personal favourite of mine is TOGA’s Boheme Bondi development. From its inception, Boheme Bondi presented a set of unique challenges; we needed to deliver a vibrant and cohesive mixed-use hotel, residential and retail development that enhanced the livelihood of the local 20

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community and concurrently served the needs of visiting travellers. We worked closely with planning authorities to ensure both these outcomes were met. By attracting celebrated restaurateurs and retailers such as Bills, Messina Gelato, A Tavola, Harris Farm (and more) to our ground-floor gourmet food precinct ‘The Hub,’ we successfully created a thriving village nucleus on Bondi Beach’s iconic Hall Street. The Adina apartment hotel added to the mix by enhancing Bondi with much-needed hotel accommodation that was sympathetic to the local area whilst attracting new visitors to the precinct. What do you think TOGA demonstrates as a leader in your field? From a value-add perspective, TOGA’s fully-integrated in-house capabilities

enables us to add value throughout the development process. Within TOGA we have built a team that encompasses a full-spectrum of expertise across acquisition, planning, procurement, design engineering, construction, marketing and sales. These skills allows TOGA to focus on delivering high-quality products that remain cost-effective. We also exercise strong control over all outcomes and this ensures we always uphold the quality inherent in our brand expectations. I believe that TOGA’s approach to Client Relationship Management (CRM) sets us apart from our industry peers. We focus heavily on a lifetime approach to client care. Our clients are actively encouraged to contact us anytime and will enjoy a standard of service underpinned by a 53-year legacy as well as the assurance that TOGA will be around to AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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provide the complete after-sales service experience for decades to come. How would you say your earlier career development has informed your leadership style? I was fortunate enough early in my career to work with strong and capable leaders that were strategic and achieved the objectives they set out to accomplish. I learned early in my career that success is often underpinned by strong relationships with people and particularly creating mutually-beneficial, enduring partnerships. This is certainly an approach I have applied at TOGA. We continue to attract some of the industries most respected joint venture partners and affiliates. Leading names the TOGA have partnered with include Far East Orchard, Gresham, NRMA, LaSalle Investment WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Management, Real Estate Capital Asia Partners and more. This is also a testament to our people. TOGA continues to attract experts in their respective fields to the workforce as well as emerging talent. I think it’s important to value the full breadth of experience.

strong pipeline. I’m also very passionate about learning and development programs; we always encourage our staff to extend themselves. At TOGA we won’t compromise our culture or our core values – I think that’s a large driver of our success.

What’s your area of expertise? Setting an aspirational vision and strategy for the business and successfully leading, mobilising and challenging individual business units to meet and exceed our goals. What’s your approach to retaining good staff ? For us, retaining good staff is about creating an interesting and challenging environment with good projects supplemented by a

For more information contact Toga, Level 5/45 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, phone 1300 008 642, email, website ANCR Special Focus



Xbright screens deliver the ideal combination of enclosed safety and comfort, with the benefit of natural daylight.


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Protection Screen Xclimb 60 with Framed enclosure Xbright AU Premium protection for Perth’s prestige Pinnacle. The skyline of Perth, Western Australia, is constantly changing, with many high-profile projects on the rise. This growth has spread across the Swan River to South Perth, with the new Pinnacle South Perth project now underway. The $70 million, 20-storey residential tower - the tallest residential tower to receive development approval from the City of South Perth in almost 45 years not only sets a new standard in sophisticated apartment living, it is also setting a benchmark in construction safety and efficiency, thanks to Doka’s Protection screen system. The latest flagship project from international developers Zone Q Investments Pty Ltd, Pinnacle South Perth delivers the ideal combination of luxury living, quality facilities and outstanding location. Every apartment at Pinnacle has been architecturally designed to maximise space and comfort, and will be beautifully appointed with high quality fixtures and fittings befitting of such a prestige development. Construction of the 20-storey residential tower is now underway, and is scheduled for completion in late 2016. To streamline construction and maximise safety on the site, the project’s formwork contractor, Advance Formwork, is utilising Doka’s state-of-the-art Protection screen Xclimb 60 with Xbright frames and perforated enclosure sheeting, together with the high performance Doka TLS (Table Lifting System). The Xclimb 60 system provides contractors with a safe and enclosed working environment which helps to mitigate

the risks of working at height, while also providing protection for those working below from falling objects such as tools. A loading platform can be integrated into the protection screen for fast, efficient and safe repositioning of slab formwork, tools and other materials. All protection screens were installed in just three days, thanks to Doka’s supervision and off-site preassembly. Advance Formwork selected Doka as the formwork provider because, based upon the longstanding relationship between the two companies, they knew Doka had the knowledge and equipment to make the job work. Practical Solutions for a Challenging Project. Doka Australia worked in close partnership with Advance Formwork to develop a number of practical solutions for the Pinnacle South Perth project, including a hydraulic protection screen system with integrated TLS (Table Lifting System) to provide storage and lay down space outside the building perimeter at great heights. “Our experience, to date, with the Xbright 60 screens has far exceeded our expectations,” said Karl Morrison, Manager, Advance Formwork. “What’s more, the service provided by the Doka team, both on site (JP du Toit, Site Supervisor) and over the phone (Jan Pienaar, Thusitha De Alwis and Micheal Fitzthum, Senior Engineers), is second to none.” Michael Fitzthum, Senior Project Technician with Doka Australia, commented “The Pinnacle South Perth project offered a number of challenges, both from a planning perspective, and in terms of providing a practical, functional formwork and safety

solution. One of the biggest challenges was to ensure that we had good lines of communication open, thereby ensuring that we could deliver a system that met all of the client’s needs. This is particularly important given the tight lead times and construction schedule for the project.” The first system of its type in Australia, Doka’s Protection screen Xclimb 60 provides a cost effective and versatile solution that can be easily adjusted to suit varying external factors and clients’ preferences. The Xclimb 60 screens provide the ideal combination of strength and safety, whilst still allowing a good level of daylight to pass through providing a safer working environment with minimal need for artificial lightning. Boosting Safety and Productivity. As well as boosting safety on the site, Doka Australia came up with a number of innovative solutions to increase construction productivity. “Due to changes in the slab geometry, we have designed big screens that better suit the project. Importantly, our design also gave us the flexibility to deal with smaller openings for hoists and our table lifting system,” Michael Fitzthum said. Advance Formwork team preassembled all formwork elements off site, thereby ensuring the highest level of quality, accuracy and productivity on site. JP du Toit supervised the team to assemble approximately 1,060m2 of protection screen panels in less than 250 man hours to meet the delivery deadline. The project was the ‘Australian premiere’ of the 0.6m connecting profile and the new lifting karabiner, which is used to manipulate the pre-assembled screen parts until the assembly is completed. Karl Morrison added, “The ease and speed with which the screens are assembled and installed was surprising. Furthermore, we believe that the increased safety the system offers to the project, together with the presentation of the screens with their vibrant yellow colour, will have a positive follow on effect for both ourselves and Doka in the Western Australia market for this and future projects.” For further information, please visit the website: For more information contact Doka Formwork Australia Pty Ltd, 52 Airds Road, Minto NSW 2566, phone 02 8796 0500, email: nelli., website


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CLIENT : Adelaide City Council Builder : Unique Urban Built Consulting Engineers : FMG Engineering Plant & Equipment : Statewide Pool Services Tiling Contractor : Tectonic Tiling


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Making a splash The Adelaide Aquatic Centre is a complex of indoor heated swimming pools operated by the Adelaide City Council. The Aquatic Centre is located in the northernmost extent of the Adelaide Parklands in North Adelaide. The centre opened on 20 December 1969 and is now over 40 years old. The Adelaide Aquatic Centre features a 50 metre Olympic-sized swimming pool and a smaller adjacent pool used for aqua aerobics, canoe polo, diving, underwater hockey and water polo. These two pools are surrounded on three sides by raised seating for competition spectators. The wet areas also include an octopus-themed ‘Octopool’ for children’s swimming lessons and recreational use, two leisure pools, two water slides, two spas, a dry sauna and a steam room. The centre also offers a child minding area and a health club equipped with cardio machines, pin-loaded weight machines and free weights. There are also shops providing swimming equipment and food, and an outdoor barbecue area. In 2014 The Adelaide City Council together with the South Australian Government commenced refurbishment of the existing pools and areas with an estimated cost of $5 million. Tectonic Tiling were awarded the tiling contract and commenced work on the 50m pool, dive pool and leisure pools. Existing tiles were removed from the two leisure pools which were then converted into one larger pool area. Contractors repaired the existing concrete walls and floors as well as repairing and reinstalling the control joints using Kerapoxy (acid-resistant epoxy grout), Mapeband TPE (TPE tape for flexible sealing and waterproofing expansion joints and cracks subject to movement) and Eporip (solvent-free epoxy adhesive for sealing cracks in screeds). Mapegrout Rapido (a fast-setting and drying shrinkage-compensated, fibre-reinforced mortar for concrete repair) was applied to seal around the penetrations on the pool floors. Planicrete SP (latex additive used in the preparation of high performance screeds and renders), sand and cement were used to obtain a steadfast render which was WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

applied to all areas, followed by two coats of Mapelastic Smart (highly flexible cementitious waterproofing membrane used to protect concrete structure and renders with hairline cracks). Mapetex Sel (non-woven, macroholed, polypropylene fabric used to reinforce waterproofing membranes) was embedded into the Mapelastic Smart membrane to ensure that the integrity of the pool walls and floor were fully protected prior to the tiling installation. Tectonic Tiling commenced with the installation of Metz 119mm x 244mm x 9mm slip-resistant pool tiles to the flooring areas. Additional tiles were also installed from the Metz pool tile range including rebated finger grip tiles and grate support tiles to the wet decks, satin finish tiles to the wall areas and step tread tiles to all steps and ladders. Contractors used Mapei’s Kerabond Plus high performance adhesive, mixed with Isolastic (latex additive to improve the adhesion, deformability and impermeability to the substrate once hydration has occurred). The pool tiling was grouted with Ultracolor Plus – specifically chosen for this project due to the grout’s durability in immersed conditions as well as the product’s specific anti-efflorescent properties. Mapesil AC silicone sealant was selected to form a perfectly elastic gasket in the wall/floor expansion joints. Mapesil AC is an ideal sealant for pool environments as it contains properties to resist mould and mildew as well as protection from chemical agents found in pool water. With over 3500m2 of tiling, 2500m2 of waterproofing, 1000m2 of levelling, 440m2 of render, 1060m2 of cement screeds and 2100 lineal metres of silicone joints required to complete all pools, contractors chose to install the final pool tiles using Mapei’s Granirapid (fast setting adhesive) to accelerate the tiling process, ensuring the project was completed on time.

For more information contact Mapei Australia Pty Ltd, 180 Viking Drive, Wacol QLD 4076, phone 07 3276 5000, fax 07 3276 5076, email, website ANCR Special Focus



ProGuardtm Texture - Innovation in textured coating technology Nanokote Pty Ltd specialises in the engineering, manufacturing and sales of specific nano coating materials for glass, metals, plastics, concrete and textiles. Nanokote was set established in 2005 as a marketing and distribution company within Micronisers Pty Ltd but has since expanded into being a manufacturer in its own right and is quickly developing a reputation as one of the very few nanotechnology companies successfully commercialising products on a global scale. “Our globally patented coatings are all manufactured in Dandenong, Melbourne Australia and Dallas, Texas USA,” informed Simon King, Nanokote’s Technical Director and CEO. “We also have distribution partners in the US, EU, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Nanokote products with hydrophobic and oleophobic functions are available for many surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, plastic, mineral undercoats, textiles and leather and ensure surfaces maintain their clear and clean appearance longer and allow superior glass visibility and presentation of other surfaces. The enhanced surfaces can also be effortlessly cleaned with less and more environmentally friendly cleaning products. “Our latest innovation from our Melbourne plant is ProGuard™ Texture, a new concrete coating that can be applied using a roller,” said Simon. “We’ve been working with government road, rail, power and water authorities globally for eight years supplying our standard ProGuard Flat which was primarily developed for application on highly stressed concrete surfaces for prevention of concrete cancer. ProGuard™ is an organometallic coating, that is, it has both organic and inorganic components. Compared with traditional coatings that are inherently organic, such as polyurethane, acrylic, or styrene acrylic, our hybrid coatings have some exceptional properties.”

ProGuard™ Texture is suitable for a wide variety of civil and community projects including hospitals, sports stadiums, shopping centres, apartment buildings, aquatic centres and car parks. It is being applied to the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital currently under construction on the QEII Medical Centre site in Nedlands and due to open to the public in late 2016. Nanokotes R&D staff in Dandenong have been working hard to expand their coating range and a single coat for mild steel, meaning no priming is necessary, will be released early in 2016. “Our manufacturing plant in Dallas, Texas USA opened earlier in 2015 after a successful tunnel project in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado,” continued Simon. “Our coatings fill a gap in the market, having the flexibility to apply a single coat to concrete, damp or dry, in a wide range of weather conditions, from temperatures as low as 2°C and 95% high humidity is a real advantage and one that our customers are welcoming with open arms.”

For more information contact Nanokote Pty Ltd, 6-8 England Street, Dandenong VIC 3175 Australia, phone 03 9768 3277, fax 03 9768 3986, email, website

ProGuard™ Texture is a modified polysiloxane hybrid for the decorative protection of concrete. ProGuard™ provides excellent protection from concrete cancer combined with permanent anti-graffiti and easy to clean/self-cleaning functionalities. It has outstanding resistance to corrosion, better weatherability than aliphatic polyurethanes and acrylic paint technology and is available in a range of profiles and colours. Normally only requiring one and no more than two coats, ProGuard™ can be applied directly to dry or damp concrete. This replaces typical competitor systems of a standard four coat system, primer, two separate coats of roll on acrylic 24 hours apart, followed seven days later by two pack polyurethane anti-graffiti top coat. “Typical competitor systems cannot offer a warranty on textured surfaces due to the topography of the surface,” added Simon. “ProGuard™ has a ten year warranty and is approved by the German, Swiss, Australian and US Governments. It’s certified for VicRoads Sec.685 and WA Main Roads for anti-graffiti. It also meets all Green Star rating requirements with a low VOC content of 63g/litre.” 26

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EMI Solutions Faraday Pty Ltd design, install and test electromagnetic shielding systems for major medical, commercial, industrial, and defence projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. One facility to benefit from Faraday’s expertise was the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. “Faraday completed a suite of 6 EEG, EMG rooms for neurophysiological testing and two MRI suites for the Radiology department,” said Managing Director, Kingsley McRae. The Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville, Victoria was another project which highlighted Faraday’s expertise. From a bespoke engineered steel structure to support 20 + tonnes of magnetic shielding, through to a high performance copper radio frequency (RF) shield, Faraday successfully designed and constructed the first 7 Tesla MRI suite in Australia. Faraday invested considerable time working with everyone from the head contractor, Brookfield Multiplex, to the electrician, mechanical services contractor, fire services contractor, MRI supplier and end users to produce a complex design solution.

Faraday profiles and delivers solutions for problematic sites. In one case it was a large magnetic field generated by Melbourne’s trams, 50 metres from the proposed site of Peter Doherty Institute’s sensitive electron microscope. Faraday calculated the electromagnetic field from the tram’s electrical supply to determine the required solution. “We installed a complete shielding solution, incorporating a Magnetic Active Magnetic Compensation System (MACS) which produces a counter-veiling magnetic field, in addition to an EMF shielded enclosure, which enabled the microscope to work in an environment it otherwise would not,” said Kingsley. From Faraday’s humble beginnings in 2002, the Directors determined to have a national focus. By employing full-time Australian staff, we maintain quality control and timely customer service. Faraday Pty Ltd is proudly Australian owned and operated.

For more information contact Faraday Pty Ltd, PO Box 555, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9729 5000, website


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Delivering critical infrastructure solutions The Reinforced Earth Company (RECO) has a long history of delivering time-critical and reliable infrastructure solutions – The Chaffey Dam Safety Upgrade Project is no exception. The company was subcontracted by John Holland Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor for Water NSW to design and supply 6,950m² of Reinforced Earth® concrete back-to-back vertical walls, built on the crest of the existing earth and rockfill dam embankment. During construction RECO also designed and supplied a temporary Reinforced Earth® wire wall to create a cranage platform from which the morning glory spillway bell mouth crest was raised. Precast structural products were also designed and manufactured to provide for an access walkway at the base of the upstream wall and to provide a parapet for the top of the upstream wall.

Design engineers assessed stresses and deformations including for flood surcharge and earthquake, while around 1,910 TerraPlus® precast concrete facing panels, used to construct the upstream and downstream walls, were cast at RECO’s precasting facility in Tuggerah, NSW. RECO also manufactured 29 parapet units matching them with existing units from the original dam and 124 L-units in Peri formwork for the access walkway. All materials were stored on site in readiness for rapid construction. To provide adequate drainage, backfill was placed in multiple fill zones ranging from silty, to sandy, to granular. Finer backfill was placed on the upstream side so any water ingress would be accommodated by the granular fill on the downstream side. The Reinforced Earth® technique is ideal for forming a double-faced structure to elevate the height of an existing earth dam to either raise the crest height or increase the overall storage capacity. Through uniform distribution of loads and the ability to increase the stability of existing embankments, the method is well suited for construction on top of earth and rockfill dams. The Reinforced Earth Company’s work on the Chaffey Dam Safety Upgrade Project has helped to secure a long-term water supply for Tamworth, improve the security of water entitlements for downstream users and improve the ability of the dam to withstand extreme flooding. For more information contact The Reinforced Earth Company, Level 4, 20 George Street, Hornsby NSW 2077, phone 02 9910 9910, website


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SPECIAL FOCUS ← The BENCHMARK Evolution range by Kingspan Insulated Panels has been used to create a unique façade for the new Action Stations extension at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Completed in 2015 to mark the centenary of World War I, the Action Stations experience is an exciting way for visitors to experience the compelling history of the Royal Australian Navy. As a significant extension for the Museum, the building’s design was to be both striking and functional, while bringing the narratives of maritime war to life. The project scope required 891m2 of wall panels that would be slim enough to maximise the useable internal space while maintaining thermal resistance values. Due to the building’s location, the exterior would need to be weatherproof and deliver continuity of colour despite the harsh environmental conditions. The design of the building, with curves and swoops, required a bespoke approach and flat panels that could be installed quickly to minimise costs and meet construction deadlines.

The panels include insulation for more efficient installation, and deliver a high thermal performance, lifetime insulation continuity and certainty of an airtight finish. Tim Marlow, National Specifications Manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels, said, “Kingspan worked closely with the entire project team. We liaised with the project engineers on the structural design and installation method, and we worked closely with the architects to extend the boundaries of what could be done with these insulated panels. We also worked with our suppliers to refine and optimise the detailing for this application, taking into consideration the saltwater environment, to maximise durability for the project.” The result is a futuristic ode to Australia’s maritime history, built with modern materials that will stand the test of time. For more information contact Kingspan Insulated Panels, 38-52 Dunheved Circuit, St Marys NSW 2760, phone 1300 546 477, email, website

Kingspan’s BENCHMARK Evolution wall panels provided sleek appeal, durability, ease of installation, continuity of colour and weather resistance. This was supported by unique technical service in terms of detailing support to enable the intended complexity of the design. The extended thermal, structural, and paint coating warranties were also attractive. The large BENCHMARK panels are locally manufactured in controlled conditions and built to specification. Working with project teams, Kingspan designs and constructs customised panels for each project to facilitate fast installation and reduce waste and costs.

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Smart Hob® is a pre-fabricated riveted permanent formwork system, used with growing success throughout the construction formwork industry. The Smart Hob system consists of cold formed steel formwork, fixed to the slab and then filled with concrete. The hob is traditionally tanked or sealed as required. Warping and twisting of conventional formwork is prevented when using the strong, straight and true hobs. By eliminating traditional on site hob forming, the Smart Hob system is truly a labour saving alternative. It provides an extremely fast and easy solution to the traditional method of forming hobs on site.

Smart Hobs in use by Form 700 on Australis Apartments.

The Smart Hob system has been used by leading formwork/concrete companies for over 15 years on projects of all sizes such as Upper West Side Apartments, Melbourne One Apartments, Swanston Square, The Caulfield, Brave Apartments and The Montgomery. To find out more or to download a brochure, visit Smart Hobs… easier, smarter and faster.

The Smart Hob system is a registered design. Manufactured and supplied by SBS Group Vic, 3 Bessemer Road, Bayswater North VIC 3153, phone 03 9761 7095, fax 03 9761 7035, email sales@, website

Window of opportunity Kintrol® is a Company with a very strong social commitment to safety, security, the environment and life style. Providing automated windows to increase building performance and offer controlled environments and safety. Kintrol has been a leader; design and construct systems for all types of projects – public, private, school, factor, hospital, aged or impaired and residential; upper or lower value, low and highrise, low or high tech. Offering standard products or expertise in specific design for all the markets and window designs, operating single to multiply windows or aspects. Kintrol is committed to R&D now offers a new world first Australian design and made Wifi Cintrol® Net App with interaction to weather stations – rain, temperature, wind, time (night purge), on or off location control and or BMS and is regularly included in the fire design specification, new ‘plug n play’ systems for all windows, awnings, sliders (Powerslide®) to louvres and all can be operated by a new battery backup module.

For more information contact Kintrol, Unit 5, 10 Hook Street, Capalaba QLD 4157, P.O. Box 1317, Carindale QLD 4152, phone 07 3390 1955, fax 07 3390 1954, email 34

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Experts at Keeping it Clean SEQ Construction Cleaning is leading the way in the Queensland commercial cleaning industry due to their wide range of services, attention to detail and exceptional customer service.

full time Occupational Health and Safety Officer on staff, SEQ ensure that they are fully compliant with OHS, with team members holding the necessary safety tickets in their chosen fields.

With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, the team at SEQ Construction Cleaning offer an extensive range of expert cleaning services including:

Since its establishment, SEQ has consistently and sustainably grown via careful planning and the backing of its talented and industrious team. Winning contracts for multi million dollar projects such as The Milton, Queensland Children’s Hospital Academic and Research Facility, Westfield Pacific Fair and The Next Hotel in Brisbane, SEQ consistently demonstrate their capacity for delivering a professional and cost efficient service time and time again.

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External abseil window cleaning High Pressure cleaning Office and high rise cleaning Commercial carpet cleaning Building/final construction cleans Daily site clean Graffiti removal Warehouse cleaning including high dusting Retail commercial cleaning Car park sweeping and scrubbing

With competitive rates and superior systems and processes in place, SEQ Construction Cleaning is committed to providing a consistently high level of service. SEQ look forward to continuing to surpass their clients’ expectations in all manner of jobs across the State of Queensland.

No job is too big or small for the team at SEQ, who take pride in excelling at their work. The work performed on all jobs reflects their company values of honesty, integrity and respect and clients can be assured that SEQ will provide the best possible solution, completing jobs on time and within budget. Customer Service is of paramount importance to SEQ and they work with their clients to guarantee the best outcome at all times. With a WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Fit for a king Established in the 90’s by owner Lexlie Castle, Castle’s Kerbing specialises in extruded kerb work and slipform kerb work for builders, developers and councils and governments from northern New South Wales to areas in far North Queensland. “We offer an array of different kerbing services to cater for most clients’ needs,” informed Manager Allan Gregorenko. “There are over 50 different extruded kerb moulds and 20 slipform moulds to suit any job, big or small. The slipform machines create barriers and parapets to a height of up to 2.2 metres, with the resources to create new profiles to suit the job if need be. Moulds can also be created within a 24 hour time frame to match the needs of the client.” Castle’s Kerbing team has over 45 years combined experience within the industry providing quality work for construction companies of any size and saving clients valuable time and money. Teams also work either night or day at a time that best suits the client.

Extruded Kerbs are suitable for creating parking spaces or for installation alongside municipal roads, highways and freeways. Slipform Kerbs include Slipform Concrete Barriers, Slipform Concrete Slot Drains and Slipform Concrete Bridge Parapets. Castle’s Kerbing services are of the highest standard, complying with national safety requirements and training. No matter the size of project, no matter the difficulty of the job, Castle’s Kerbing’s friendly and experienced staff has the resources and know-how to complete any kerbing project with quality and precision. For more information contact Castle’s Kerbing, Po Box 2377, Burleigh Heads, MDC QLD 4220, phone Allan - 0418 760 526, email, website

“We’ve recently completed extensive highway works throughout Queensland that include the Warrego Highway, Toowoomba to Oakey by Seymour Whyte, Lendlease’s Nambucca Heads - Urunga and Oxley Highway interchange at Port Macquarie.,” added Allan.


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Give your project the Taubmans touch.

Taubmans now provides professional advice, onsite inspections and tailored specifications to ensure the right finish for every substrate. No matter the project size, our experienced commercial team is committed to supporting architects, specifiers, engineers, builders and developers at every stage with a personal touch. To schedule a visit, call 131 686 or request a specification at Plus, with the added reliability of Taubmans Endure Nanoguard Technology, Taubmans can ensure the highest quality coatings specification for every project.



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Mixed-use Botanica Residences, South Brisbane, boasts 179 residential apartments over 20 levels. IJF Australia provided all interior joinery including kitchen cabinetry and island benches including toughened mirror splashbacks and toughened mirror overhead wall paneling, shaving cabinets, linens, wardrobe internals, shelves and study desks plus exterior joinery to the rooftop BBQ area. As part of the overall joinery package, IJF Australia also completed the restaurant fit-out including banquet seating, louvre screens and feature wall paneling. All joinery was manufactured at IJF Australia’s Virginia (Brisbane) factory. Placement and installation was managed and completed by the IJF team. Developer, Aria Property Group and builder, PBS Building (QLD) are well pleased with IJF Australia’s professional performance across all aspects of the joinery sub-contract. Current IJF Australia projects include Victoria One (Probuild), 883 and 889 Collins Street (Lend Lease), Forge Apartments (Mirvac) and new Royal Adelaide Hospital (Hansen Yuncken-Leighton JV).

For more information contact IJF Australia Pty Ltd, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, Peter Liebmann email, website


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A Healthy Choice SGI Architectural, a leading distributor of quality building façades, supplied the Campbelltown Hospital project with an innovative exterior façade cladding product boasting exceptional fire resistance. The product, Alpolic/fr, is an aluminium composite panel that exemplifies SGI’s commitment to providing the Australian market with the world’s finest composite products. Specially designed for the construction industry, Alpolic/fr comprises a core of non-combustible mineral between two skins of 0.5mm thick aluminium. Featuring fluorocarbon paint topside and a wash coating on the back, the light yet rigid Alpolic/fr panels tick all the boxes for fire safety, aesthetics and cost effectiveness. As well as complying with fire codes worldwide, Alpolic/fr is officially recognised by Codemark Certification and is backed by a full manufacturer’s warranty. The versatile Alpolic/fr range has inspired innovative aesthetic and functional achievement in building design around Australia. As a world class fire retardant building product, it is a popular choice for large-scale hospital projects such as Campbelltown Hospital. Other


hospital projects supplied with Alpolic/fr by SGI include the Gold Coast University Hospital, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (QLD), Fiona Stanley Hospital (WA) and Robina Hospital (QLD). CEO Stephen Geddes founded SGI Architectural in 1988 after identifying the need for an independent glass source in the Australian architectural market. By 1992, having established the first supply chain of architectural glass with Sun Glass Products Inc, SGI was a market leader supplying glass to many of Australia’s most prestigious buildings. SGI continues to supply architectural glass as well as eco-friendly aluminium façades, timber and cement composite panels, clay tiles and non-combustible rockwool core sandwich panels. The company excels at providing architects and designers with product solutions that promote aesthetic innovation as well as functionality through materials that are fire-resistant, sustainable, lightweight and rigid. For more information contact SGI Architectural, Unit 31/5-7 Inglewood Place, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, phone 02 9620 7988, email, website

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JOINT OWNERS : Mirvac & AMP Capital DEVELOPER : Mirvac Projects Pty Ltd main Construction Company : Mirvac Construction Pty Ltd Architect : FJMT STructural & CIVIL ENGINEER : BG&E MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, VERTICAL TRANSPORT, HYDRAULIC & FIRE ENGINEER : ARUP Acoustic Consultant : Renzo Tonin Traffic Consultant : Colston Budd Hunt & Kafes Facade Engineer : Surface Design Fire Services Engineer : DP Consulting ESD : ARUP Surveyor : Rygates CONSTRUCTION VALUE : Estimated $245 Million 40



a star is born 200 George Street is a state-of-the-art warm and organic landmark office tower and is one of Australia's most environmentally sustainable buildings. It refines the city skyline through its innovative, triple layer façade of automated timber louvres and clear glass. Developed by Mirvac, 200 George Street is a new breed of office building. Rejecting the traditional cold metallic box in favour of a warm, more human form, 200 George will be one of Australia’s most environmentally advanced and sustainable buildings. It represents ‘World Leadership’ in environmental sustainability practices having achieved a 6 Star Green Star in V3 Office Design rating and a 5 Star NABERS excellence energy rating. 200 George Street is owned jointly by Mirvac Property Trust and AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund and is being developed and constructed by Mirvac's in-house development and construction divisions. Mirvac Group is an ASX listed, integrated, diversified property group comprising an investment portfolio and development business. The company’s investment division, Mirvac Property Trust, invests in and manages office, retail and industrial assets and the development business has exposure to both residential and commercial projects. The AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund provides investors with exposure to a portfolio of prime office assets predominantly in the largest Australian markets of Sydney and Melbourne. The fund strategy focuses on well-located assets with active asset management maximising the operating income and ultimately distributions to investors, while also capturing capital growth.

“Redefining the CBD office Tower was foremost in 200 George Street’s conception,” said Mirvac’s General Manager for Commercial Development, Simon Healy. “From the micro climate at the ground level to the public space that responds to the blurring of workplace and life.” This new premium grade landmark building, designed by architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, embraces innovation and leading technology to produce a tower form that is organic and responsive. “Automated timber blinds, combined with vertical timber shading elements and three layers of performance glazing, combine to create an advanced environmental skin,” informs Simon. “This unique system is the first of its type in Australia and it adjusts to external factors and occupant preference.” Internal spaces at 200 George Street reflect contemporary thinking for a flexible workplace creating an advanced urban environment in which to work and spectacular views to Sydney’s most recognised icons — the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The Circular Quay precinct combines history, character and the distinction of being in the financial and decision-making heart of the City. “Located in the heart of Sydney’s financial district, overlooking the harbour and its most famous cultural icons, this world-class

commercial tower will be a striking addition to the city skyline. It will be a natural focal point of Circular Quay.” “The elegant lines of 200 George place it in good company with its eminent neighbours the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The location alone, alongside Australia’s most recognised structures, offers prestige on a global scale.” Since 1972 Mirvac’s vision has been to set the standard as a world-class Australian property group that attracts the best. With more than 40 years experience in the Australian development and construction industry, they create, own, and manage a diverse portfolio of assets. Mirvac’s point of difference is their integrated business model. “It enables us to bring a diverse range of skills to a development or acquisition opportunity. These skills span across: Development and Project Management, Leasing, Design, Construction and Asset Management. We’re focused on maximising these skillsets and leveraging our competitive advantage in the sectors we operate in — office, retail, industrial and residential,” informs Simon. “By maintaining a core capability across these sectors, Mirvac is able to manage an appropriate balance of passive and active assets and can also unlock complex urban multi-use opportunities.” In 2013, Mirvac launched an ambitious sustainability strategy across the group called “This changes everything.” “We recognised that while there was great substance behind our sustainability work, we needed to unify our initiatives, clarify our approach and set some clear goals. The strategy we’ve developed and implemented since has done just that. 200 George Street is proof,” said Paul Edwards, Group General Manager of Sustainabilty and HSE. For more information contact Mirvac Group, L26, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9080 8000, fax 02 9080 8111, website




Below Permasteelisa Group provided the mfree-SCCF System to 200 George Street.

Permasteelisa Group is a worldwide leading contractor in the engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems, that focuses on environmental sustainability themes. Their expertise in dealing with ‘special features buildings’ was a perfect match for Australia’s most environmentally advanced and sustainable building—200 George Street, Sydney. At 200 George Street the Permasteelisa Group introduced the highly innovative mfree-SCCF (Maintenance Free, Sustainable, Closed Cavity Façade) into the Australian architectural landscape. “The building envelope contains approximately 16,000m2 of the mfree-SCCF system and coupled with the use of timber shading devices represents one of the largest applications of the technology in the world,” stated Andrew Vatiliotis, Permasteelisa Pty Ltd Australia’s General Manager. “The key to the system integration and the project’s execution success has been the initial high level commitment made by Mirvac Development, Mirvac Construction and Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) to embrace and engage the mfree-SCCF technology.” Originally known as ISA in Italy, Permasteelisa was established in 1973. Expanding internationally in the mid-eighties; today Permasteelisa’s architectural projects implement new energy saving strategies, custom made intelligent façades that filter light, abate acoustic pollution and save heat from the sun for winter heating, or summer ventilation. Their building designs are capable of generating power through photovoltaic cells and resisting the strongest seismic events or explosions. It’s no wonder then that 200 George Street already represents ‘World Leadership’ in environmental sustainability practices with a 6-star Green Star in Office Design rating and a 5-star NABERS excellence energy rating. “At 200 George the system is a unitised, compact highly transparent double skin façade with the integration of an automated natural timber shading device,” added Andrew. “The external skin of the façade system consists of a monolithic glass with the internal skin an insulating glass unit. It’s configured in such a way that the internal cavity of the façade cannot be contaminated by dust or condensation, regardless of the internal and external environmental conditions.” Research and development within the Permasteelisa Group has primarily focused 42


on sustainable design of buildings and the development of façade components and systems to achieve protection, energy saving and comfort and efficient design and materials. “The high transparency of the glass accentuates the natural timber lamellas, which promotes warmth inwards to the occupants and outwards toward Sydney’s more traditional masonry and metal cladding fabric. The dynamic shading device also plays a key role in the management of the heat and light transfer, whereby glare and solar radiation can be controlled depending on the location of the sun relative to the building whilst dynamically maximising the view.” In addition to the enhanced light and heat transfer properties of the system the external/ internal skin configuration also carries an inherent additional acoustic insulation, resulting in a high acoustic performance system suitable for a CBD area. “The end product is a façade system that promotes high level thermal, visual and acoustic comfort for its end-users. The thermal performance of the system during summer and winter allows building owners to reduce mechanical equipment capacity, which results in opportunities to lower initial cost and long-term maintenance cost,” said Dennis Battistella, Permasteelisa’s Project Manager. Ultimately, the mfree-SCCF system used in the 200 George Street façade attains similar performance to a double skin system, but without the associated complexity in production, loss of net-lettable-area and the high maintenance cost of a traditional double skin façade system. Permasteelisa has led the industry in the development of free and fluid form structures with the successful completion of numerous prestigious projects worldwide. Their research has focused on providing technology that can be extended and applied to various project standards and specifications, not simply one-off ad-hoc products. Recent projects include: The Old Treasury Building (Perth), 567 Collins Street (Melbourne), VCCC Melbourne, 180 Ann Street (Brisbane), Hobart Parliament Square (Hobart). For more information contact Permasteelisa Pty Ltd, 13-15 Governor Macquarie Drive, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9755 1788, fax 02 9755 1418,, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW




CRANE PLACE HERITAGE DISPLAY BOXES 14 steel boxes showcase a selection of significant artefacts unearthed during archaeological investigation of the site. Neatly embedded within the stepped stone cladding, each box is backlit, ventilated and sealed in a traditional aged bronze frame. Screen printed text and 'Quick Response Code' complete the experience.

DALLEY STREET HERITAGE DISPLAY CASES An impressive array of display cases along Underwood Street recount the history of the locale from pre-settlement to recent site excavation. Multiple interlayers within the digi-glass laminate convey the story to stunning effect.

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Below NEPEAN provided complete structural steel solutions to the 200 George Street project.

NEPEAN is Australia’s leading privately owned engineering, mining services and industrial manufacturing organisation offering unique capabilities to deliver high value, innovative and sustainable solutions spanning various industries. These quality attributes were the perfect fit for what was required by Mirvac on the $245 million 200 George Street development. NEPEAN has four divisions: Engineering & Innovation, Mining, Building & Infrastructure, and Transport. “Each division has the experience, facilities and resources to deliver superior outcomes and when combined, seamlessly deliver largescale fully integrated solutions,” informs Dushyant Sangar, General Manager of NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation. “Continuous investment in equipment, facilities, people, research and development irrespective of market conditions has strengthened our capabilities.” “At the first stage of the 200 George Street project, NEPEAN manufactured distinctively and aesthetically shaped Y-Columns design with a total weight of around 400 tonnes of steel. The Y-Columns provide a large high-rise open area straddling from level one to level four of the 37-storey building. The site conditions were very challenging because of restricted space and the busy working environment of Sydney’s CBD,” explains Dushyant. “Portable sections of the Y-Columns were transported from NEPEAN manufacturing facilities to the site so it could be fabricated and welded WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

together there to produce the desired structure, shape and finish. It took around nine months to fabricate, join, weld, re-enforce and complete this massive steel structure. NEPEAN spent a further 18 months manufacturing, painting and installing many other steel columns and structures equivalent to another 400 tonnes of steelwork within the building, which included: the entry awning, roof feature, plant room and fire stairs” says Dushyant. NEPEAN provides a full engineering service to the construction, mining, manufacturing, infrastructure, scientific, automotive and agricultural sectors. “Our operations are supported by extensive design facilities with state-of-the-art machinery and include custom design and construction of special purpose machinery, complex machining and precision tool making, laser cutting, heavy and light metal fabrication, sheet metal, shot blasting, painting and powder coat finishing. Our 150 employees can deliver nearly three-quarters of a million productive hours per annum,” concluded Dushyant. NEPEAN has the depth, diversity, capability and experience to successfully deliver on the largest and most complex engineering projects. For more information contact NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation Pty Ltd, 23 Graham Hill Road, Narellan NSW 2567, phone 02 4646 1511, fax 02 4648 2505, email, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 200 GEORGE STREET







Below McPherson Plumbing installed the plumbing, gas and hydraulic systems for the base building at 200 George.

For more than 45 years McPherson Plumbing has been providing plumbing services in the commercial, residential and industrial areas of the ever growing and changing construction industry. Some 30 years ago they completed their first major project and has since become a highly regarded industry name. Today they’re a leading hydraulic services contractor that specialises in the design, construction and fitout of major projects for all types of construction including apartment complexes, hospitals, commercial office space, shopping centres, resorts and large international hotels. Operating from Erina on the NSW Central Coast, they primarily service all of Sydney, as well as the Hunter, Newcastle and the Central Coast and work alongside large construction companies including Mirvac, Westfield, Baulderstone, Hutchinson Builders, Icon, Laing O’Rourke, Multiplex and John Holland. With McPherson Plumbing’s extensive portfolio in high-rise residential and commercial developments it wasn’t surprising to see them working with Mirvac on 200 George Street, Sydney. “We installed the plumbing, gas and hydraulic services systems for the base building infrastructure at 200 George,” informed Paul Anderson, McPherson’s Construction Manager. “In addition we did 50


the tenancy fitout for Ernst and Young, the major tenant, as well as Mirvac’s 3-level tenancy.” 200 George Street will be one of Australia’s most environmentally advanced and sustainable buildings. Attaining 6-Star Green Star rating it represents ‘World Leadership’ in environmental sustainability practices. Sustainability features will include the use of a triple gazed façade design allowing high levels of natural light, high volume fresh air intake, a combination of active chilled beams and V.A.V. systems, improved air quality via use of low VOC materials, cyclist facilities, two sockets for Electric Vehicle charging and water recycling in addition to the latest building energy and water efficient designs and intelligent monitoring and control systems. McPherson’s team of dedicated, loyal and extremely competent employees, many who joined the company as apprentices, are currently working on a variety of other projects including a number of residential developments and a major extension of the Warringah Mall. For more information contact McPherson Plumbing Pty Ltd, 11-13 Barralong Road, Erina NSW 2250, phone 02 4365 3940, fax 02 4365 3928, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Alkon Constructions provided the internal fitout for the 200 George Street project.

Situated in Australia’s leading business and cultural precinct in the heart of Sydney is 200 George Street. Set to become Australia’s most environmentally advanced and sustainable building it is inextricably linked to the quality of the working environment.

creates an interior space and architectural form that orientates directly towards these important and world-renowned Sydney views. The second corner is set at right angles to the first presenting western views of Darling Harbour and Port Jackson.

Premier tenant Ernest and Young on this $245 million development have engaged the renowned expertise and experience of Alkon Constructions to provide their internal fitout. “Company performance and staff satisfaction are paramount considerations in internal fitouts,” says Alkon’s Anthony Maiuri. “The natural warmth of the materials and responsiveness of the environmental systems at 200 George Street reinforce the human focused qualities and provide us a platform for the long-term success of its tenants.”

“We’ve created floor plans that support agile activity driven work spaces, yet can equally be configured for traditional offices and open workspace,” said Anthony. “Efficient industry based modules and a rectilinear ceiling grid layout also allows flexibility. Even the design of 200 George Street’s public and work spaces acknowledges the way in which business conduct has evolved, offering active uses and amenities conducive to the interaction and exchange of ideas.”

The form of 200 George is derived from the overlapping intersection of two carefully proportioned rounded rectangles and a simple rectilinear core. The buildings form captures the unique primary view corridors with each corner offering a primary point of generation or ‘centre point’. The northern corners centre points are directly related to the significant views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Alkon Constructions Pty Ltd, Unit 37/65 Marigold Street, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 02 9772 3922, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE 200 GEORGE STREET


Below H Dallas provided joinery solutions and services to 200 George Street.

More of Australia’s leading Architects and Builders are turning to H Dallas when they require some of the most advanced joinery for many of Australia’s landmark buildings. Since 1979 H Dallas has been producing joinery on projects of up to $25 million from their 6,000m2 production facility located in Revesby. The H Dallas name has become synonymous as one of the most trusted names in providing commercial joinery solutions, some of their works can be seen from the Perth Children’s Hospital, to the T2 Qantas terminal in Sydney, to the Utzon Room of the award winning Sydney Opera House and more recently 200 George Street for Mirvac Construction. H Dallas employs over 115 staff and boasts a staff retention rate in excess of 40% of all fulltime having served in excess of 10 years, to over 25% 20 years and beyond. H Dallas also adopts an Apprenticeship induction program to develop young Australians into becoming top craftsmen ensuring the “passion for excellence” continues within the H Dallas brand. In 1992 the staff of Laurie Casalini, Alan Swarbrick and Loriano Casalini had a vision to develop inroads into the larger commercial joinery sector throughout the Sydney and Canberra regions, informed Phil Cant, H Dallas Business Development Manager. “Our current projects will see H Dallas grow throughout the current financial year and beyond as we see record amounts of commercial construction throughout the greater Sydney region.” 52


H Dallas commenced working on the 200 George Street project in July 2014 producing a variety of joinery from the concierge and reception desks, 35-levels of custom veneered washroom partitions, kitchenettes and custom made veneered acoustic bi-fold doors. The work on the washroom joinery was unique as it involved the use of veneered plywood that had to be shaped into ceiling panels running down to form the face of the washroom doors and partitions whilst it all had to be suspended without the use of legs to support the structure. The veneer used was a solid rock maple of which had to be matched and stitched into sections to be shipped to Melbourne for the laying up process of each individual panel. “There was also a process of joining the solid timber edges with the veneer within the specific timeframe to avoid any gapping in the joins,” stated Phil. “The 200 George Street project is one from which our design, production and installation teams can be proud of in overcoming some of the challenges involved within such a scope of works. Despite this, the team managed to work through the obstacles to deliver yet another great project that the H Dallas name can add to its ever growing portfolio.” For more information contact H Dallas Commercial Joinery, 47 Marigold Street, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 02 9771 4200, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Shellbay Stones provided sandstone cladding and solid stone façade services to the 200 George Street project.

In the heart of the city and overlooking Sydney Harbour, the 37-storey commercial tower at 200 George Street will not only be a natural focal point of Circular Quay, but the most environmentally constructed building of its time. As part of the site development, archaeological excavations in the northern part of the George Street basement uncovered natural sandstone shelf bedrock below the basement floor. Australia’s stone specialists, Shellbay Stones International has been retained on the $245 million project and will use much of this excavated sandstone to clad the lobby walls and floors including solids and radials to lobby and external staircases. Most of all this showcases the French solid limestone cladded concierge desk, and tenant desk including all 11 turnstyles. Since 2001 Shellbay Stones has built its foundations on excellent service and quality products, specialising in technical design, high quality custom made stone products, stone cladding, paving and tiling and large scale construction installation. “Features of this project include solid stone façades externally and sandstone and granite for all internal lobby walls. It’s a very unique façade and complicated stone floor design, especially the stair cases,” informs Director Paul Saikali. “Once routed the sandstone will also be embellished by an artist and become part of a public art initiative on the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

site.” Through using natural timber, sandstone and clear glass 200 George Street will contrast the surrounding greyness of existing towers. Shellbay Stone’s team of 28 professional stone masons are amongst the most experienced in NSW and their work can be seen in projects throughout NSW and the ACT, including: • Extensive marble and tiling throughout the award winning re-design of Westfields Sydney and the Sydney Court House; • Large amounts of granite and travatine – 15,000 square metres to be exact – in the Westpac Building, Sydney; • A mix of limestone, ceramic and marble stone in twelve stories of tiled wet areas and the main entry foyer of the City West Offices in Canberra. • ANZ Tower, Castlereagh Street in Sydney Shellbay Stone’s highly qualified craftsmen work directly with architects and engineers to achieve the perfect outcome. Their experience in construction tendering and large-scale project management is unparalleled. For more information contact Shellbay Stones International Pty Ltd, 1 Henty Close, Prestons NSW 2170, phone 02 9822 4285, fax 02 9602 2005, Paul 0411 185 407, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 200 GEORGE STREET



Innovative anti-tracking, pre-applied waterproofing system for below-ground waterproofing The Proofex Engage waterproofing system has successfully waterproofed millions of square metres of below-ground structures. It can be found in projects in many countries around the world and is quite simply one of the best performing cost-effective below-ground waterproofing solutions available today. Parchem have introduced the innovative Proofex Engage system, which incorporates a unique cell mesh that mechanically bonds to freshly placed concrete giving a tenacious waterproof seal, preventing water migration even if ground settlement occurs. It is installed rapidly with no need for blinding concrete, priming or protection and can be trafficked immediately after application. It is also gas resistant and highly durable and is unaffected by contaminants within the ground. Quality is assured through BBA and EN13967:2004 and the system is suitable for use in accordance with BS8102:2009 Grades 1, 2 and 3.

PROOFEX ENGAGE - SAVES TIME AND MONEY !!! NON WATER-TRACKING In the unlikely event of damage to the membrane during installation, the smart anti-tracking mesh design of Proofex Engage will prevent water tracking between the membrane and the concrete. Proofex Engage has been tested to ASTM D5383 and shows no lateral water migration when tested at 70m hydrostatic water pressure.

STRONG MECHANICAL BOND The unique mesh design of Proofex Engage gives a permanent tenacious mechanical bond to freshly placed concrete. This bond is not dependent on any chemical reaction and can be assured each time concrete is cast. The heavy-duty mesh design and properties result in a robust, proven membrane which is ideally suitable for project conditions.

PERMANENTLY BONDS TO STRUCTURAL CONCRETE PVC membranes, self-adhesive and torch-on membranes can collapse where ground settlement takes place. This can lead to stretching and tearing of the membrane and can result in leakages. Proofex Engage however, will remain in place fully bonded to the structural concrete assuring complete waterproof integrity even if ground settlement occurs.

NO BLINDING CONCRETE REQUIRED Blinding concrete is preferred, however Proofex Engage can be placed directly on top of a well compacted smooth granular fill substrate. A broadcast of damp sand on top of the granular material is useful.

Parchem offers the most comprehensive range of below-ground waterproofing product systems, manufactured to the highest quality standards backed by independent test certificates. Our wealth of experienced technical experts and specification managers will help you find the best system solution for your project.

Removal of the blinding concrete means less concrete and less labour time but also means less concrete truck movements which not only saves time and money but is more environmentally friendly.

NO MEMBRANE PROTECTION REQUIRED Proofex Engage is a robust, heavy duty membrane with millions of square metres in projects throughout the world. The structural steel reinforcement is laid directly on top of the membrane ready for the structural concrete placement. There is no requirement for screed protection which saves valuable time and money.

BENEFITS TO OWNERS / DESIGNERS An ever increasing level of importance is being placed by owners and designers with regards to structural integrity, costeffectiveness and durability. Parchem recognise this, and Proofex Engage with its proven history, excellent holistic cost benefits and independent certification offers an unparalleled system solution for below-ground structures to combat these demands. It provides owners, clients and designers with a high performance system backed by excellent customer/technical service delivered through a comprehensive international network.

BENEFITS TO CONTRACTORS / INSTALLERS Proofex Engage is designed for typical site conditions. It is heavy duty, robust and can be rapidly installed with easy to apply jointing ancillaries which are system-compatible. The system has a long track record; however Parchem can offer on-site training assistance for specific projects, delivered through teams of local experts. Contact your local Parchem office for more details. 1300 737 787

Below Engineering Commissioning Services undertook the commissioning management and also achieved the Green Star requirement on 200 George Street.

With the increasing number of environmentally advanced and sustainable buildings being constructed, the commissioning of building services is now more important than ever. One of the best in this field is Engineering Commissioning Services (ECS). Their unique depth of experience on global commissioning management projects and delivering buildings that perform as intended, has led to award-winning results. As an independent commissioning management organisation, ECS is the vital ingredient that binds together the services design, construction and operation through a collaborative approach. “We manage the gap between client expectations, services design intent and the finished product: delivering a fully functional and energy efficient building is our business,” stated ECS Business Manager, Nic Mills. “We don’t just tick boxes, we think outside the square.” ECS has been working on Mirvac’s 200 George Street since October 2013, undertaking the commissioning management for the project and also achieving the Green Star requirement for commissioning. “ECS ensure that the commissioning process and procedures are performed in a structured and well defined way; to review, inspect and test operational components and prove the building services,” informed Nic. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Commissioning is applicable to all phases of a project. It starts with conceptual design and extends through detailed design, procurement, construction, and final handover. It also extends to maintenance throughout the operation of the asset.” The main objective of commissioning is the safe and orderly handover of the building from the constructor to the owner, ensuring its operability in terms of performance, reliability, safety, information traceability, energy consumption and maintainability, meet required standards. It ensures the facilities provide optimal occupant comfort, low energy consumption and the resultant low carbon footprint. Operating from offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, ECS managers are registered with the Commissioning Specialist Association (CSA) and have been responsible for the delivery of many prestigious projects, from highly technical mission critical facilities to multi-use sustainable projects. ECS were winners of the most recent CIBSE Building Performance Award for Commissioning, and were a finalist in the CSA Best Project and Best Commissioning Provider categories. For more information contact Engineering Commissioning Services (ECS), on phone 02 9928 6960 or visit NSW PROJECT FEATURE 200 GEORGE STREET


Bridging The Gap MAIN CONTRACTOR : VSL-Brady Joint Venture DESIGN ENGINEER : ARUP SURVEYOR : Auspat PROJECT VALUE : $40 million

The Homebush Bay Bridge, constructed by VSL-Brady Joint Venture, connects two of Sydney’s newest communities, Rhodes and Wentworth Point. Reaching 320m across Homebush Bay the bridge is designed for pedestrians, cyclists, public buses and emergency vehicles. VSL has been established in Australia for over 50 years and operates worldwide in a network of some 50 locations. The company has a wealth of experience in the construction of complex structures allowing it to offer its customers high added-value technical solutions. Their expertise in bridge construction methods includes launching gantries, balanced cantilever form travellers, full span precast beam erection, cable stays and precast segmental erection. Prestigious and complex bridge projects that VSL have


been involved with include the M7 long span bridges, Gateway, Windsor Flood Evacuation Route, Newmarket Viaduct (NZ), Hunter Expressway Alliance, Gautrain in South Africa, Emigrant Creek Bridges Stage 1 and 2. “We’re focused on complex structures, long span bridge construction and heavy lifting,” says Homebush Bay Bridge Project Manager, David O’Donnell. “We also have a ground engineering division, centralised expert technical centres, and research and development teams that provide modern and cost-effective


construction technologies. We offer not only post-tensioning solutions but also innovative construction techniques, designed to increase site safety, save time, improve durability and reduce costs.” Brady Marine & Civil are a Brisbane based marine infrastructure specialist with core capabilities in the construction of wharves, jetties, offshore pipelines, bridges over water and other marine based complex structures. Their involvement in bridges over water over the past decade stretches north from Sydney to Brisbane including marine works for Tarban Creek bridge remediation, bridges over the Hastings, Wilson and Kalang rivers in NSW, the Nerang river light rail and


pedestrian bridges on the Gold Coast and the Kurilpa bridge superstructure in Brisbane. The combination of VSL’s bridge superstructure expertise and Brady’s marine substructure skills and resources produced a joint venture with complimentary skills perfectly matched to the requirements of Homebush Bay. Sydney’s first privately funded bridge. This bridge connects the communities of Wentworth Point and Rhodes and is a new landmark in Sydney's inner west. This sets a new benchmark in environmentally sustainable transport and service infrastructure in Sydney, playing a major role in the NSW government’s Urban Activation Precinct. The bridge is funded by Wentworth Point landowners, Billbergia Group, Sekisui House, Homebush Bay Holdings and Homebush Bay Properties.


VSL-Brady JV are responsible for the design and construction of the entire 520m bus-way bridge connection, from Shoreline Drive in Rhodes to the adjacent high rise building structure at Wentworth Point. “We bring the long span bridge construction to the partnership and Brady Marine bring the marine works and foundations expertise,” David adds. “Although the structure is relatively complex, it’s what we do best. The key challenge has been to manage the needs of many stakeholders involved, ensuring their many requirements are met and can be integrated together into an efficient and cost effective end product.” “Another significant challenge was the contamination of this stretch of water due to chemical plants in the area 50 years ago. These contaminants are still in the riverbed. Therefore construction techniques had to minimise riverbed disturbance and minimise excavation. We chose a long span structure spans requiring less piers.”

“The piles were driven steel tubes with a short pile plug detail, instead of the traditional, excavated, long pile plug. The short pile plugs, although requiring painstaking welding works in a confined space, achieved the ‘excavation free’ target.” Around Australia VSL have also recently completed the Tarban Creek Bridge Repair Project, and are working on the Inpex LNG Tanks Darwin, Post-Tensioning for the Berry Bypass Bridges, Slab on Grade projects throughout Victoria and Post-tensioning buildings in Tasmania. “It is our hope that with the ever growing focus on the aesthetics and environmental impact of road and rail bridge construction projects, more and more clients and stakeholders look towards longer spans as the preferred solution in both urban and rural environments.” For more information contact VSL Australia, 6 Pioneer Avenue, Thornleigh NSW 2120, phone 02 9484 5944, email info.australia@, website

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Below Constructive Workforce provided professional contract staff for The Homebush Bay Bridge construction.

Constructive Workforce provides contract staff, labour hire and recruitment services to the Australian construction industry. We worked from the beginning of the Homebush Bay Bridge project with the site management of Brady/VSL JV to understand the exact requirements of each role. Their goal was to build a team of experienced, enthusiastic, high skill level multitaskers who would be useful for the whole project, this would also provide solid income for our workers and reliability for the bridge project. “CWF provided barge supervisors, barge team, land works team, segment assembling team, the safety team, and site cleaners” informs Millie Booth, Constructive Workforce’s Managing Director. “We have developed a close working relationship with everyone on this project. They were a great group. CWF worked really hard for the entire project and we are very proud of our contribution to this great asset and landmark to the area.” By providing the right staff for the job CWF improves productivity. The workers’ satisfaction, welfare and development is also elevated. They achieved this on the Homebush Bay Bridge Project and as a result the rate of worker turnover was very low. CWF employees move from project to project, and their skills and career aspirations are also considered and they help with further training. We monitor the performance of our workers to ensure quality of service and satisfaction, meeting and even exceeding a client’s expectations. “At CWF we have a team of quality workers who take pride in their work and have a strong desire to do the right thing


for themselves, their fellow workers and our clients.” With CWF on the job, a client can be assured that all aspects of the labour recruitment have been handled by experts who will safeguard their project’s reputation. Their staff have an unwavering commitment to complying with relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures. “Constructive Workforce provided some key staff and labour to our bridge project at Homebush Bay. The personnel provided were of a high caliber and were very motivated throughout their placement here, providing a significant contribution to the success of the project. Constructive Workforce provided consistent support to us, and to the personnel they provided, and I would happily choose them again for future recruitment needs.” David O’Donnell, Project Manager, Homebush Bay Bridge. “In my role as Project Engineer for the Homebush Bay Bridge Project I found that calling upon Constructive Workforce was a great choice. Constructive Workforce have the ability of supplying a wide range of skilled workers at very short notice. I found the workers to be very well mannered, always had a good attitude towards work and were of the skill level as described/required. I will certainly consider Constructive Workforce when recruiting for my next project/endeavour,” Kevin Toomey, Project Engineer, Brady Marine and Civil. For more information contact Constructive Workforce, 8/1 Burroway Road, Wentworth Point NSW 2127, phone 02 8197 9560, fax 02 8197 9561, website




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Below Cubic Pumping provided precast concrete segments for The Homebush Bay Bridge construction.

Working in the construction industry since 1988 Silvano Ciaschetti established Cubic Pumping in 2003. In September 2014 Silvano, who operates the Zoomlion 33m boom pump and Steven Salem who operates the Flowcrete 28m boom pump for Cubic Pumping, began their pivotal work on the Homebush Bay Bridge.

and a local shuttle bus service. It is not open to private vehicles, taxis, hire cars or motor bikes, but will have the capacity for a future light rail service.

A precast box cantilever construction, the bridge consists of two-lanes, 12m wide. Stretching 330m across Homebush Bay it sits on five major piers, with a maximum span of 68m between piers.

“It’s rewarding to seeing the architect and engineers vision for this bridge come to life stage by stage and know that Cubic Pumping’s expertise will provide an important link between Rhodes and Wentworth Point and reduce the travel distance from 8km to less than 500m,” beams Silvano.

The Homebush Bay Bridge is constructed from precast concrete segments that Cubic Pumping produced onsite at Wentworth Point. Each concrete segment was loaded onto a barge, before being progressively lifted into position by a giant crane.

Cubic Pumping’s strengths are also evident in the Darling Harbor Convention Center, Abercrombie Central Park in Sydney, new sub-division developments at Marsden Park, Rouse Hill and Leppington.

“We will have pumped a total of 100 precast panel segments for the bridge, each weighing about 75 tonnes,” informs Silvano. “We’ve also pumped all the foundations and piers for the bridge.” The Homebush Bay Bridge was funded by four Wentworth Point landowners, headed by Billbergia Group. It’s designed for pedestrians, cyclists, emergency service vehicles, public transport 62


For more information contact Cubic Pumping Pty Ltd, PO Box 64, West Ryde NSW 1685, mobile 0400 762 266, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below JC Butko provided the safety barrier rails and pedestrian balustrades for Homebush Bay Bridge.

Established in 1976 by John and Carolyn Butko, JC Butko Engineering specialise in providing quality stainless steel and mild steel fabrication, safety screens, barrier rails, balustrading and handrails, tanks, pressure vessels, pipework, stainless steel storage tanks, conveyors and material handling, total project engineering and management, drafting and design services, onsite installation and labour hire. “Spread over three hectares our workshop is the region’s largest general engineering company,” said Paul Butko, Butko’s Commercial Manager. “Our fully equipped machine shop has the capacity to manufacture tanks and large structures in excess of 20 tonnes. Silos with a volume of 300m3 have been fabricated, delivered and installed in one piece, or site assembled depending on the customer’s preference.” This family owned business now employees 110 locals. Twenty four staff worked on the Homebush Bay Bridge project from fabricators, stainless steel pipe welders, design engineer, draftsman, workshop foreman, QA manager, project managers to the Butko truck driver. JC Butko Engineering prepared the drawings, fabricated and installed 830m of safety barrier rails, 420m of pedestrian balustrade and 840m of stainless steel handrail. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Our biggest challenge was the design and fabrication of the unique jigs we created to ensure efficiency and accuracy of the various sizes and configurations of barrier rails and balustrade,” added Paul. JC Butko’s success is due to the ongoing hard work and commitment of all their employees and the strong relationships they’ve forged with clients and suppliers. “We’ve trained over 170 apprentices over the years,” informed Paul. “This is our first project for VSL and Brady and it’s been stimulating working with such a professional team to successfully deliver this exciting project.” JC Butko Engineering has also worked on the Barham Bridge and Carrathool Bridge Projects. Other major clients include Mars Corporation, Lend Lease, Grain Corp, Visy and Nestlé. “We’re proud of our business, our quality certification and being a major employer in the region,” concluded Paul. “Our skilled work force, share our commitment to providing the best possible engineering solutions in full, safely on time and within budget.” For more information contact JC Butko Engineering Pty Ltd, 7 Moloney Drive, Wodonga VIC 3690, phone 02 6024 4799, fax 02 6024 4075, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE homebush bay bridge


DEVELOPER: PSR Crown Investment Pty Ltd BUILDER : Oxford Construction Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Urban Link Pty Ltd SURVEYOR : SDG PROJECT VALUE : $40 million


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SETTING THE STANDARD Comprised of two 48 metre high towers, 135 modern apartments, 4,000m2 of retail and office spaces, and rising majestically on the South Pacific coastline in Wollongong, Oxford on Crown's $40 million development has been meticulously designed to ensure maximum natural light and views. Oxford on Crown has set the standard in the rejuvenation of the Wollongong CBD. Taking the landmark position of the derelict Oxford Tavern, mixed-use Oxford on Crown introduces high quality residential apartments plus prime commercial frontages to a previously neglected city corner. Oxford Construction, part of the Oxford Crown Group, undertook an end-to-end approach to bringing this new jewel on the Crown to life. “As Builder/Developer, we manage the whole project from start to finish,” explains Anthony Moran, Construction Manager, Oxford Construction/Oxford Crown Group. What Oxford Construction has achieved is an iconic development that opens a new chapter on residential apartment living in Wollongong City. Comprising 135 apartments across two 14-storey towers, Oxford on Crown has been designed with the needs of its residents firmly in mind. “The apartments are extremely good value, very high spec, very reasonably priced,” says Anthony. The range of apartment sizes available in Oxford on Crown cater to a diversity of lifestyles. Offering the choice of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with or without a study, 3 bedrooms and 2 or 3 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms and 3 or 4 bathrooms, the spacious apartments have been designed to capture abundant natural light and the natural beauty of the surrounding area including ocean, city and mountain views. Fitted with high quality kitchen appliances and bathroom accessories, the apartments


of Oxford on Crown have another added advantage – they are “smart”. “We made the apartments intelligent with NBN and intelligent electrical and communications systems,” explains Anthony. “Residents have the option to take advantage of the intelligent systems we have incorporated into the building. You could open the garage door or lift, turn on or off the air conditioning, lights or music, close or open the blinds, even open the entrance door from anywhere anytime.” Completing the package for residents of Oxford on Crown is an artist-designed “Air Garden” located on Level 1. A beautiful landscaped courtyard, the “Air Garden” enriches the complex with a living work of contemporary art. Benefiting the wider city community, the commercial portion of the development comprises approximately 4,000m2 retail and office space with frontages on the bustling Corrimal and Crown Streets. Perfectly positioned in Wollongong’s Eastern CBD, the commercial space of Oxford on Crown has been designed to accommodate a childcare centre, medical centre, retail bank, pharmacy, newsagency, café, gourmet restaurants and convenience store. Oxford on Crown has been acknowledged as an important contribution to the evolving character of the South Coast city. “This is the most significant development in this corner of the CBD in Wollongong for a long time,” Brett Daintry, planner and spokesperson for the project, has said. “It will set the standard

and desired character of future high-density residential developments that will activate the city and bring it back to life.” The restoration of a landmark position with a contemporary development could have faced significant challenges. Oxford Construction, however, delivered the project without major trouble. “It was certainly not an easy job as we have archaeological, environmental, sewer diversion and many other issues to address,” says Anthony, “managing it in a professional and timely fashion has proved a challenge.” Oxford Construction specialises in high-rise residential and mixed-use developments. Operating for three years, Managing Director Robert Huang has over 20 years experience in residential apartment development and construction. Oxford Construction is part of the Oxford Crown Group, a Sydney based integrated property development and investment company. Oxford Construction is currently completing two other major developments. Mixed-use residential Crownview, also in Wollongong, comprises two towers of 20 and 10-stories. The Pearl, located in Southport, QLD, boasts two towers of 46 and 45-stories of mixed commercial and residential space.

For more information contact Oxford Constructions Pty Ltd, Shop 6, 122 Corrimal Street, Wollongong NSW 2500, phone 02 4229 8898, fax 02 4229 8886, email, website

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Going the extra mile Civil construction company Cadifern Civil Pty Ltd prides itself on successfully overcoming the toughest of challenges. Civil construction company Cadifern Civil prides itself on successfully overcoming the toughest of challenges. Specialising in difficult jobs in built-up areas, Cadifern Civil knew just how to manage the Oxford on Crown project’s complex location. “We completed a 3.3 metre deep sewer under-bore from a jacking pit on Burelli Street to the sewer manhole on Corrimal Street,” explains Helen Reilly, Operations Manager, Cadifern Civil. “We also open trenched a sewer main up to Town Hall Lane where we then built a maintenance hole over an existing sewer line on Town Hall Lane.” Cadifern Civils’ Sydney Water accreditation enabled them to carry out this work. Working in the middle of two of Wollongong’s busiest roads presented the high level of difficulty Cadifern Civil welcomes in projects. Overcoming the immediate challenge of high traffic volume on Burelli and Corrimal Streets, Cadifern Civil drew on its extensive practical experience to develop traffic management plans. “Cadifern Civil designs and implements our own traffic management plans, and as we do the work we know it – that helps when we know the design plan.” Another critical concern at Oxford on Crown was the vast network of underground services at the site. Cadifern Civil undertook an extensive service location to negate the risk of striking one of these services. 66

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Cadifern Civil is able to perform this task because “Cadifern Civil owns its own vacuum truck and performs all its own non-destructive service location,” Helen explains. Cadifern Civil is, in Helen’s words, always “prepared to go the extra mile – to work weekends, nights, whatever it takes – to get the work done.” For the Oxford on Crown project, Cadifern Civil completed most of its work at night, as needed by the central city location. Unfazed by long hours or tight deadlines, the team from Cadifern Civil believes in going that extra mile to deliver the best results for its clients. Cadifern Civil was established in 1990 by Managing Director Peter Reilly, and has built its reputation on honesty and hard work, to become a leading civil construction company in the areas of Wollongong, Illawarra, South Coast and Sydney. Encompassing all aspects of civil construction, a selection of Cadifern Civil’s services include bulk and detailed earthworks, sewer and water mains and connections, roads and bridge construction, culvert and stormwater works, formwork and concreting, as well as general civil and building works. In addition to embracing the most technically difficult projects, Cadifern Civil stands apart by self-performing most tasks that, in many companies, are subcontracted out. Cadifern Civil operates as a project management team that includes in-house engineering, a fully manned workforce able to successfully tackle complex jobs as well as owning a dedicated fleet of plant and equipment. This inclusive AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

construction experience offered by Cadifern Civil is completed by on site management and third party quality assurance. With full accreditation in Quality Management, Environmental Management and Occupational Health and Safety, Cadifern Civil is committed to delivering the best for both its clients and staff. “We value our staff and want to provide a good environment where they can reach their own goals,” explains Helen. In turn, clients benefit from the passion and productivity of a well-supported workforce. Cadifern Civil is currently engaged in a variety of major projects around NSW. As part of Shellharbour’s new Shellcove Marina project, Cadifern is completing all stormwater infrastructure. For the Corrimal Medical Centre, Cadifern is delivering all civil works including pipe works, footings and pierings, plus all roads, carparks and footpaths. At Slade Park, Austinmer, Cadifern Civil has been engaged by Wollongong City Council to complete coastal remediation and a retaining wall. For Wingecarribee Shire Council, Cadifern Civil is undertaking road widening, stormwater and pavement work at Bong Bong Road, Mittagong, while at O’Riordan Street, Mascot, the company is constructing a slip lane and all associated civil works. For more information contact Cadifern Civil, 126 Phillip Street, Thirroul NSW 2515, Helen Reilly, Operations Manager mobile 0423 571 860, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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THE QUIET ACHIEVER Noise is an everyday occurrence we don’t usually notice until it becomes a problem. To ensure noise doesn’t adversely affect our home or work environments, local, state and federal legislation stipulates how noise must be managed. Sydney-based acoustic consultancy firm Rodney Stevens Acoustics provides comprehensive noise assessments and solutions to assist clients in achieving compliance with noise regulations. For Oxford on Crown, Rodney Stevens Acoustics assessed how external noise would impact occupants inside the building, as well as the nearby neighbours, due to noise and vibration generated by the construction of the building itself. “We did the environmental assessment of the building – for example, the effect of surrounding traffic noise – with the goal to planning the internal noise levels that have to be achieved and maintained,” explains Rodney Stevens, Managing Director, Rodney Stevens Acoustics. “We also did the Construction Noise Management Plan.” A Construction Noise Management Plan sets out how to meet the noise guidelines of The Environment Protection Authority (EPA). It advises hours of operation for construction works plus types of equipment that can be used. The plan also addresses minimising the impact of potentially damaging vibration to adjoining buildings, and recommends mitigation measures to minimise noise and vibration WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

intrusion to nearby sensitive receivers. As Rodney says, Rodney Stevens Acoustics was involved with the Oxford on Crown project “from the very beginning – from the Development Application.” At a project’s commencement, Rodney Stevens Acoustics can determine how the design will impact a building’s internal noise levels. For Oxford on Crown, one key consideration was the future “impact of the commercial development in the building on the residential development,” Rodney explains. Since 1989, Rodney Stevens Acoustics has provided Transportation, Occupational and Residential Environmental Noise Assessments and noise reduction services throughout NSW. The highly experienced and specialised team prides itself on working closely with clients to provide practical solutions that meet their needs. Rodney Stevens Acoustics is currently completing approximately 30 different projects including residential and mixed use developments, service stations, licensed premises, childcare centres, places of worship, schools, fitness centres, office fit outs, road, rail and aircraft noise assessments. For more information contact Rodney Stevens Acoustics, phone 02 9943 5057, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE oxford on crown


the high life MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY & DEVELOPER : TOGA ARCHITECT : Stanisic Architects and Architectus PROJECT VALUE : $120 million


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Highpoint Hurstville is a vibrant masterplanned community combining convenience and lifestyle appeal with its three elevated towers and spectacular district views that can be soaked up from the exclusive vantage of a rooftop sky garden. At an epicenter of growth, Highpoint Hurstville is a $120 million residential project comprising 448 luxurious one, two and three bedroom apartments built over a common podium. The three elevated towers - Ruby, Pearl and Emerald - are anchored by striking landscaped gardens and lively retail at the street-level. Perhaps Highpoint Hurstville’s most impressive feature is its opulent rooftop Sky Garden with spectacular views to the city and surrounding districts. TOGA is both the developer and builder of Highpoint Hurstville. The integrated property company specialises in multistorey residential apartments and mixed-use developments with a nationwide portfolio of successful projects and a strong focus on metropolitan Sydney. With a committed focus on innovation, TOGA has addressed climbing demand for residential housing and a skilled labour shortage in the construction sector by strategically implementing prefabrication systems at Highpoint Hurstville. All vertical load bearing structural elements were designed in precast including the external façade, lift shafts and internal columns. The bathrooms were prefabricated off-site prior to being lifted into place on site, allowing the internal fit-out works to be fast-tracked. The project followed a 23-month construction program to completion. TOGA Development & Construction is integrated across five business units comprising: Development, Construction, Design & Technical Services; Sales & Leasing; and Finance. The company has an excellent track record of delivering multiuse residential projects which attract new residents and investors to key areas around Sydney and which capitalise on the existing amenities, as well as encouraging retailers and restaurateurs to invest in the area. TOGA is the nationally-recognised name behind popular residential and retail hot-spot ‘Boheme’ in Bondi Beach, the award-winning Jones Bay Wharf rejuvenation in Sydney, the Darwin Waterfront revitalisation and the Adelaide Treasury Building. For more than 53 years, TOGA has enhanced and refined its award-winning operations and today functions as one of the most WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

broad-spectrum and experienced property development companies in Australia. From judiciously selecting capable development and project management teams, the design, documentation and delivery phases are expertly managed. To this point, cost and quality control are treated with meticulous attention throughout the end-to-end development cycle. TOGA also maintains an active and collaborative relationship with the client from first interaction to apartment handover and beyond. The company has a lifetime approach to after-sales service as a part of its client relationship management programs. The TOGA Group of Companies was founded by Ervin Vidor AM in 1963 and today employs more than 2500 team members worldwide. The TOGA team working on the Highpoint Hurstville project comprised a site based team of 22 employees. TOGA invests heavily in developing its skills, resources and knowledge to excel within the competitive Australian property industry. Well managed communication and collaboration across TOGA’s full team of specialist professionals ensures each project meets the expectations inherent in TOGA’s brand reputation. TOGA’s portfolio of projects is rapidly growing. The group currently has three other major projects under construction across Sydney; Macquarie Green, a 164-dwelling apartment and townhouse development in North Ryde, The Chatswood, a 156-apartment development in Sydney’s Lower North Shore and Harbourfront Balmain, a 121-apartment development on 150 metres of prestige waterfrontage. TOGA is also set to commence construction on One Twenty Macquarie later this year. At 23-storeys, One Twenty Macquarie is on-track to be Macquarie Park’s tallest tower when it completes in 2018. In the next three to five years, TOGA has a pipeline of 5,000 apartments expected to hit the market in locations including: Kingsford, Kensington, Five Dock and Frenchs Forest.

For more information contact TOGA, Level 5, 45 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, phone 1300 008 642, email, website

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Below Future Form Group provided formwork for the structure of Highpoint Hurstville.

Highpoint is the ultimate master planned community to grace Hurstville, the southern capital of Sydney. Perfectly positioned, it is the ideal union of vibrant lifestyle and exclusive living. Buyers have the option of a diverse range of luxuriously appointed one, one plus study, two and three bedroom apartments, all with panoramic city, district or garden views. Future Form Group were responsible for the timely delivery of the formwork component of the structure. Sixty people worked on this project and the works went smoothly for the experienced crew. The only challenge that Future Form Group faced was the coordination of the precast elements and the formwork but professionalism and careful planning overcame any potential problems or time delays. They are a progressive company who hire over 70 people. Future Form Group have been providing formwork carpentry services and full formwork packages since 2002 across all major project sectors, including commercial, residential, mixed-use and special purpose buildings. Future Form Group prides themselves on their professionalism and the relationships that they build with their clients. Working closely with the client allows them to develop the most appropriate formwork 72

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solution, including self-climbing, standard formwork, custom formwork and table forms for post-tensioned slabs. By adopting a professional and proud approach, Future Form Group are highly recommended by past and current clients. They prioritise achieving the required goals in an efficient, cost-effective and innovative manner. The Liverpool-based company have continued their strong relationship with Toga by working on a residential project named 'The Chatswood'. An indulgent retreat in Chatswood’s vibrant heart, The Chatswood offers homes of infinite simplicity and beauty. The Chatswood comprises a striking mix of one bedroom, one bedroom plus study, two and three bedroom apartments designed by the award-winning architects, Kann Finch.

For more information contact Future Form Group, Suite 7, Level 3, 26 Castlereagh Street, Liverpool NSW 2170, phone 02 9426 6900, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ACE Demolition and Excavation completed extensive demolition, civil and construction activities for Highpoint Hurstville.

ACE Demolition & Excavation (ACE) have serviced the construction industry for more than 17 years and have managed a wide range of projects throughout Sydney. The company has built a solid reputation in the industry with proven methods and expertise to undertake a diverse range of projects. Employing around 130 staff, the team has a depth of industry knowledge and cumulative years of experience. ACE boasts a highly professional and skilled team who look after the company’s extensive project portfolio. Their services include asbestos removal, demolition and excavation, vibration free excavation in rock, shoring systems, contaminated waste removal and waste management, site remediation, civil work, piling and underpinning and rock and soil anchors.

Twenty five staff were a part of the works completed for the Highpoint Hurstville project. Their works included demolition of buildings, underground tank removal, remediation of site, the removal of 45,000m3 of material, excavation for a 3-level underground basement, design and construction of a shoring system, Shotcrete, capping carpark beams and rock anchors and 1800m of bored piers and 400m of foundation piers. ACE are currently working on numerous major projects throughout Sydney for a number of the industries major builders and developers.

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For more information contact ACE Demolition & Excavation Pty Ltd, PO Box 63, Auburn NSW 2144, phone 02 9644 5596, fax 02 9644 5595, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Highpoint Hurstville


Below Pacific Group provided scaffolding for Highpoint Hurstville.

With a management structure with excess of 20 years’ experience in the construction and industrial sectors, Pacific Group has capitalised on inquiries from their existing and new clientele in regards to innovative design and construction solutions. The Pacific Group Hoardings and Scaffold came together 15 years ago to provide collaborative service to the construction industry. Their extensive portfolio includes Scaffolding, A and B Class hoarding, Façade retention, Construction services, Traffic management systems, OH&S and Engineering. The family-based company worked closely with the developers on the Highpoint Hurstville project to provide over 26000m2 worth of scaffolding and hoarding solutions on the residential project. Ten employees worked together on this project, with no challenges presenting themselves. Current projects for the Pacific Group include the Broadway Shopping Centre and the Narellan Town Centre. For more information contact Pacific Group Pty Ltd, PO Box 7, Seven Hills NSW 1730, phone 02 9912 5700, fax 02 9912 5707, email, website 74

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Below Vision Precast provided precast concrete elements for Highpoint Hurstville

Established six years ago, Vision Precast offers a team of experts with a combined experience of over 100 years in the production of precast concrete elements including panels, columns and barriers. Their highly skilled personnel can produce any design that is required. Operating from their state of the art manufacturing and storage facility, Vision Precast have grown quickly to become a precast supplier to some of the largest projects in New South Wales and Victoria. Vision Precast’s involvement with Toga’s Highpoint Hurstville Apartments was initially limited to supply approximately 360 precast blade walls from their precast manufacturing facility. However in the early stages of the structure of the four apartment towers, it became apparent that the construction system for all of the rest of the structure’s vertical elements was going to be needed to be changed to precast. The original proposed system may have been appropriate for a project of staged towers, but for the construction of four towers, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to meet Toga’s construction program, it was clear that the original proposed system was going to result in time and cost blow-outs. Vision Precast worked quickly to convert the rest of the structure’s vertical elements to precast. The result was an approximate quadrupling of Vision Precast’s original precast contracts quantities, amounting to just under 14,000m2. The result was that the construction of the four towers’ structures was able to proceed at a much faster pace, resulting in cost savings associated with the on-site preliminaries, financing costs and cost savings passed on to Toga by their other subcontractors on the project. Vision Precast is proud of its involvement in the success of this project and other significant structures across New South Wales and Victoria.

For more information contact Vision Precast , 18 Jones Road, Brooklyn VIC 3012, mobile 0416 212 402, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Highpoint Hurstville


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Below Waste Audit and Analytics provided the waste management plan for Highpoint Hurstville.

Waste Audit and Analytics was established in 1992 and from its inception has been one of the leading consultancies specialising in the development and implementation of waste management strategies for a broad range of industry and commercial sectors. From being the first company to develop techniques for conducting waste audits through to developing and implementing waste management programs, Waste Audit and Analytics has led the way in innovation in waste management. Their key to success is in having staff with a diverse range of skills and knowledge of the waste management industry – including legislation, technology and sustainable programs. This means that for all clients, be it a development requiring Development Approval through to commercial businesses with operations across Australia, they analyse real and potential waste streams to determine what will be generated and how much. For the Highpoint Hurstville project, the approach for developing the Waste Management Plan was similar to other projects that they have worked on. From analysing the tenant type and sizes for each of them, they were then able to calculate the estimated waste and recycling streams. This then provided a solid point from which to both WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

develop an operational waste management plan as well as validating architects drawings in regards to the location and size of waste management infrastructure. With offices in Melbourne and Sydney and eight staff, Waste Audit and Analytics are in a strong position to service the construction industry. Apart from developing Operational and Construction/Demolition Waste Management Plans, they have recently been commissioned by the City of Sydney to develop a sustainable waste management strategy for all of their offices and other buildings such as libraries and community health centres. They are also working with NSW EPA on their “Bin Trim� program which will help to audit 500 business and develop actions plans for them to improve waste management.

For more information contact Waste Audit and Analytics, Level 21/133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9199 4521, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Highpoint Hurstville





The Height of luxury MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Meriton ARCHITECTS : Tony Caro Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Bonacci Group Pty Ltd PROJECT VALUE : $450 million

Soaring above 170 metres to become the tallest residential building in the Parramatta CBD and designed by award-winning Architects the $450 million Altitude Apartments sets a new benchmark. Since 1963 the Meriton Group has spearheaded Australia’s apartment revolution. Leading the way with award winning residential apartments in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, they have grown to become Australia’s largest and most successful residential developer, having built, sold and leased over 70,000 residential and serviced apartments. A private company, Meriton’s founder and managing director, billionaire property entrepreneur Harry Triguboff, is still passionately involved in the design and construction of all projects. Many are the tallest residential towers down Australia’s eastern coast. Altitude Apartments is the next in line. Soaring 53 levels with stunning Sydney CBD and river views, Altitude is designed by award winning Tony Caro Architects. It will be the ultimate height of living and the tallest tower in Parramatta. “Rising over 170m high, Altitude is right in the heart of the cultural district, surrounded by dining, sporting and outdoor options,” informed David Cremona from Meriton. “Like all our projects, Altitude is being built with the community and residents in mind, to activate the riverside area, maximise views

and make this into a landmark development for residents, shopping and dining.” While enjoying sweeping views of Parramatta, inside the apartments residents will enjoy contemporary apartment living and premium quality finishes and fixtures throughout. “There are one, two and three bedroom layouts to choose from, many with studies and timber-tone flooring throughout living areas,” added David. “Entertaining will be easy, with sleek gourmet kitchens. Residents will also benefit from Meriton’s own shopping centre built below Altitude tower, that will include cafes, a convenience store and specialty services.” Residents will also enjoy full access to Meriton’s renowned 5 star resort style facilities including an outdoor resort-style pool with views over the Parramatta River, an indoor heated pool, spa and sauna, fully equipped gymnasium and an onsite building manager and security. Already established along the waters’ edge and only a short walk from Altitude, are numerous award-winning restaurants and a live theatre. Riverside Shopping Centre will add further convenience to Altitude residents as well as the local area.

Meriton offer a superior choice of residential apartments for sale and rent, along with luxury serviced apartment accommodation. Each apartment development is an evolution in quality and design, driven by an understanding of the way people want to live. “50 years of evolution, superior quality control and a 100% completion record is what makes Meriton different,” David proudly states. “Meriton’s apartment living offers something for everyone. We build each development with children in mind; from purpose built playgrounds, landscaped gardens, resort style swimming pools, to on-site child care centres.” Today the Meriton Group offers a complete package with sales, leasing, property management and strata management services, as well as the luxury accommodation brand Meriton Serviced Apartments at more than 13 locations nationwide. “We adapt to market conditions, predict housing trends and design to suit our customers’ ever changing needs. Collaborating with some of the world’s leading architects and designers, we implement innovative design and construction methods to create apartments that exceed our customers’ expectations,” continued David. “Our in-house team control the planning, design, construction, sales and marketing of all our apartment projects. We also undertake property and strata management, enabling strict quality control and superior outcomes at every stage.” Being self-funded, Meriton’s size and scale allows them to undertake major projects with certainty. They offer stability no matter what the market conditions, with a proven track record of completing every single project they have started – something no other developer can offer. For more information contact Meriton, Level 11, Meriton Tower, 528 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9287 2888, email, website







Below JBW Surveyors provided a wide range of specialised surveying services for the Altitude development.

JBW Surveyors is one of Australia’s leading surveying companies and has been partnering with Meriton on a variety of quality projects for over 40 years with many outstanding award-winning results. With JBW’s dedication to the successful delivery of a wide range of specialised surveying services for the property development and construction industries, Meriton’s new soaring Altitude Apartments in Parramatta is in excellent hands. Established in 1959 by John Boulton White in the St. George area of Sydney, JBW’s initial involvement in surveying consisted of marking boundaries, setting out cottages for project home builders and carrying out identification surveys for solicitors. “As time passed the firm became more involved with medium density residential developers and as developments became more complex our involvement with the developer grew to a stage where, today, we are an integral part of the development team from pre-purchase through to completion,” informed Robert Cornish, a Director of JBW along with Wayne Diver-Tuck. JBW commenced work on the Altitude Apartment site back in 2010 undertaking various site investigations followed by a boundary survey and comprehensive detail and levels survey of the site and surrounding streets, buildings and other features all for design and DA submission purposes. During demolition and excavation, JBW were involved in a high precision monitoring exercise to monitor movement of Church Street and the adjoining neighbouring property adjacent to the southern boundary. Monitoring commenced in February 2014 and was completed in April 2015. “The specific requirements of the monitoring included the preparation of complex graphs tracking the movement of the 12 fixed monitoring points with associated reporting for the project engineers,” informed Robert. “We’re currently engaged to monitor the compaction rate of certain internal elements of the concrete structure including various columns and the lift core.” Altitude’s West Tower is designed with 57 levels above ground and utilizes a mechanical jump form system over the entire floor plate. “Our biggest construction surveying challenge is to maintain the accurate transfer WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of vertical survey control over the entire height of the building across its floor plate,” said Robert. “The West Tower jump system weighs approximately 500 tonnes and progressively climbs the structure from floor to floor placing incredible loads on different parts of the structure during construction. It’s our responsibility to transfer control vertically and set out the required elements needed, together with the ongoing liaison with the sub-contractors involved — all crucial to the timing and completion of the structure.” Other challenges facing JBW include the complex stratum subdivision of the building into a number of retail and residential components, and subsequent staged strata subdivision of the West Tower. JBW currently has a staff of around 35 including Surveyors, field assistants, draftspersons and administrative staff. “Since the commencement of this project, we have had no less than 15-20 staff members working on the site at different times for different tasks. Currently we have two dedicated survey teams controlling the construction surveying requirements on site,” added Robert. “The relationship we’ve built-up with the Meriton Group over the past 40 years and the success of the projects like these two iconic towers in Parramatta has only been possible because of our incredibly committed staff who complete these works. Both my Co-Director Wayne Diver-Tuck and I sincerely thank our entire staff and congratulate their efforts for maintaining such a professional approach, attitude and service on a daily basis. We are also pleased to have had such a long and professional relationship with the Meriton Group.” JBW is currently involved in a number of other large-scale projects with the Meriton Group at Pagewood, Rosebery, Dee Why, Waterloo, Lane Cove, Chatswood, and Zetland. JBW Surveyors’ client focus and personalised service, combined with strong surveying expertise, delivers high client engagement and satisfaction, delivering professional results every time. For more information contact JBW Surveyors Pty Ltd, Level 7, 376 Bay Street, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216, phone 02 9335 9700, fax 02 9556 3100, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE altitude


Below JK Geotechnics provided Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Consulting Services for Altitude.

New South Wales most livable suburb, Parramatta will soon have its tallest residential tower. Soaring 170m skyward Altitude Apartments is a proud collaboration with award-winning architects, Tony Caro Architecture and developer Meriton, who once again have raised the benchmark in apartment living. Beautifully framed by the banks of the Parramatta River, Altitude takes centre stage with 360-degree panoramic views and 53 levels of luxury living and 4 levels of basement which extend to below water level in the adjacent Parramatta River. A development this size begins below ground level and JK Geotechnics provided Meriton with their industry leading Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Consulting Services for Altitude. Established in 1976 as Jeffery and Katauskas Pty Ltd, JK Geotechnics have 40 years of experience and more than 28,000 successful projects under their belt. They provide cost-effective solutions and can identify the potential issues affecting a site such as groundwater conditions, landslide risks, acid sulfate soils, and contamination. “JK Geotechnics is proudly employee owned and managed. We value professionalism through honesty, dependability and integrity. We strive for excellence in practical, innovative and value added solutions. It’s been our goal to help individuals, developers, architects, structural and civil engineers, and local and state government bodies identify potential geotechnical and environmental problems across a range of projects,” informed Associate Geotechnical Engineer Nicholas Smith. “We understand that the performance of buildings and infrastructure hinges not only on their design, but on an understanding of the environment they are built in. Knowledge of the surface and subsurface conditions that can impact on a development’s integrity is essential to the success of the project. By offering qualified and competent services we give our clients confidence. Our fully qualified and experienced staff will provide solutions for developments no matter how complex and technically challenging.” JK Geotechnics have about 40 professional engineering and scientific staff, four who worked directly on the Altitude project since 2011 completing both preliminary and supplementary geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations and providing detailed design advice for the proposed development. “We subsequently completed detailed 2D Finite Element Modelling to assess potential 82


impacts of the proposed development on neighboring properties and optimise the design of the boundary retention system,” added Nicholas. “Design of the deep basement shoring system, particularly along the southern boundary, required detailed consideration of the soil-structure interaction as deformations below the neighbouring buildings needed to be controlled. Also, for stability, groundwater cutoff and founding considerations, the shoring system needed to be socketed a significant distance into the underlying high strength sandstone bedrock. The wall system eventually adopted was an anchored diaphragm wall.” JK’s geotechnical site investigations give a client peace of mind, ensuring the development is protected. JK Geotechnics’ advice can cover issues such as:

Foundation Recommendations: considering the site’s subsurface conditions to recommend appropriate foundation advice for the development. Excavation Methodology: assessing the site’s subsurface conditions and recommending appropriate soil and rock excavation methods. Retention: identifying the appropriate temporary or permanent retention systems to both make the construction site and development stable. Slope Stability Issues: vital when building on steep slopes, whether located in coastal foreshore settings, bushland or near creeks and other landslide risk areas, the assessment methods will help identify hazards and management measures. Groundwater: critical when basements are proposed, assessment of groundwater levels and flow conditions, dewatering requirements and long term basement tanking requirements, including analysis and assessment for submission to DPI Water.

JK Geotechnics are currently working on a large number of projects across Sydney, including multi-story residential apartment buildings, commercial buildings and transport infrastructure and have the capability to provide efficient, reliable and high quality services. For more information contact JK Geotechnics, 115 Wicks Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 02 9888 5000, fax 02 9888 5001, email or, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW







Below Sypher Solutions supplied and installed all of the lighting solutions for the Altitude Apartments.

Australian owned and operated, Sypher Solutions Pty Ltd has over 16 years of experience in the lighting industry and are renowned for sourcing and supplying the best lighting products for commercial, retail and residential developments. Our ability to supply only quality lighting products at a price which meets the budget of every project has ensured our success and growth over the years. Sypher Solutions Pty Ltd were contracted to design and supply the lighting products for the Altitude Apartments, located at 330 Church Street, Parramatta. Altitude is a multifunction development on the former David Jones site, designed by Tony Caro. It includes an East tower at 30-storeys (242 serviced apartments), a West tower at 53-storeys (354 residential apartments), a 3-storey podium including eight commercial tenancies and a 4-level underground car park. The development includes lively outdoor dining and cafes along the riverfront and Meriton's new Riverside Shopping Centre as part of the complex, with the estimated capital investment valued at $149.9 million. We are proud to be associated with many of the quality Meriton developments, including Altitude Apartments Parramatta, the current Kent St Mascot project and Lane Cove projects amongst many others. Working closely with the Meriton team, Sypher Solutions Pty Ltd have helped design and have supplied many of Meritons Serviced Apartment projects, such as Chatswood and Zetland in Sydney and in Brisbane at Herschel Street and Adelaide Street. Working closely and co-ordinating our work with other trades has proven to be a valuable tool in managing our business. Through advanced management techniques, Sypher Solutions ensures that illumination for the projects is streamlined and their client base is completely satisfied. Collaborating from the early stages of a project has proven to be advantageous to the development of Sypher Solutions. Expertise in understanding the illumination needs of their clients enhances the lighting process which provides vast opportunities to highlight their skills in creating that unique ‘wow’ factor, resulting in a positive and satisfying experience for both the client and their company. The undeniable combination of high quality WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and unique products always works together in creating smart, energy efficient and cost effective results. “Working alongside interior designers and engineers alike from project infancy allows us to fully understand every design brief attained from a client thus allowing us to create unique lighting solutions for large or small projects. Many of our fitouts have included successful retail outlets, specialty locations, commercial offices and more,” added Tony. More than ever there is an increasing demand for appropriate building illumination as it can transform any building by creating an exclusive ambiance and an assured customer experience. Factors such as lighting efficiency, budget compliance and quality become huge determinants to many developers. Sypher Solutions have developed specialised products by request, to suit the requests of their clients. This may include working closely with clients to go through a “design and manufacturing” process, and spearheading creations which never cease to intrigue the masses. By offering flexibility to diversify the current product range and adapt to a gamut of needs, clients are presented with a much needed opportunity to satisfy specific applications on various projects. This further highlights the creative talents and specialised experience of the Sypher Solutions team to successfully supply, manufacture and install various fixtures. One of Sypher Solutions conscious approaches towards promoting a greener environment is through the use of energy efficient lighting by utilising LEDs. “With access to a wide and diverse range of manufacturers we also custom design lighting products to suit specific customer requirements,” added Tony. “We pride ourselves on our exceptional service and competitive prices, which has led to a loyal customer base that is growing rapidly.”

For more information contact Sypher Solutions Pty Ltd, Unit 7/71-83 Asquith Street, Silverwater NSW 2128, phone 02 9648 5223, fax 02 9648 5243, email sales@syphersolutions., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE altitude





Below Bonacci Group provided award winning structural, civil and infrastructure engineering design consulting services for the Altitude project.

For over three decades Bonacci Group has been providing award winning structural, civil and infrastructure engineering design consulting services from their national offices in Sydney, Parramatta, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide in Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. Bonacci Group were the structural engineers for Meriton’s two residential projects in Brisbane, Soleil in Adelaide Street and Infinity in Herschel Street. “Both towers were 77 storeys above ground and the Soleil project won a Queensland Engineering Excellence award in 2013,” said Bonacci Group Director Tim Hoare. “We’ve been assisting Meriton on Altitude Apartments in Parramatta since the beginning and have an on-going role till completion.” In the heart of Parramatta, Altitude Apartments will be the tallest tower around, over 170m high with 53 levels of luxury apartment living, each with spectacular Sydney CBD and river views. Bonacci Group has developed innovative engineering approaches and set standards that are recognised nationally through their many awards. “We’re solution driven. We listen and aim to find solutions that facilitate faster construction, enhance project economic viability and buildability, while maintaining the integrity of environmental sustainability and creative design,” stated Tim. “We have an in depth understanding of the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

imperatives of developers and builders and the factors that influence excellence and economy in structural design, with strong capabilities in 3D structural and civil modeling and documentation (BIM) systems. For each engagement, we commit a dedicated project team to draw from our collective experience and specialised skill base.” Bonacci Group employ over 120 permanent staff in their various Australian offices. Their new Auckland office has a team of six people who work in the development and building sectors designing new buildings and assessing existing buildings for earthquake compliance. “In Parramatta our team of ten people are servicing both Meriton’s Altitude project and also the residential redevelopment of the Heartland Holden site in Church Street.” Apart from many other high-rise projects, Bonacci also work in the health sectors field with Health Infrastructure NSW and are currently in the planning stages of Taree, Musllebrook and Goulburn Hospitals. For more information contact Bonacci Group, Suite 402, Level 4, 24 Hunter Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 8247 8400, fax 02 8247 8444, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE altitude


Below Avopiling undertook the piling and ground engineering work for the Altitude Apartments.

Diaphragm Wall – Basement retention system for Altitude Apartments

With 27 years of diverse experience in the piling and ground engineering field it’s easy to see why Meriton chose Avopiling to do the ‘ground work’ on the exciting new Altitude Apartment towers in Parramatta. Established in 1989 by current owner and Managing Director, Avo Tevanian, Avopiling is an Australian owned and privately run family business that has contributed to major building infrastructures in every mainland state. “We employ over 120 staff. The head office is in Chatswood, our major workshop facility in Unanderra, NSW and branch offices in Clontarf, QLD and Rivervale, WA,” advised David Tevanian, National Operations Manager for Avopiling. Our team of engineers and site operatives are highly qualified and continue to deliver a wide range of projects including civil works, sheet piling, CFA piling, bored piers retaining walls, ground improvement works, cut off walls, foundations for multi-storey buildings, bridge foundations, drilling large diameter shafts and offshore piling throughout Australia to a broad client base of developers, builders, engineering consultants, architects, mining industry, government and public organisations. A diaphragm wall with multi-level anchors was designed and built by Avopiling as a basement retention for a three level car park for Altitude Apartments. The diaphragm wall was designed to extend beyond 88


the final excavation depth and penetrated well into high strength sandstone to provide ground water cut-off. “Our major challenges were the ground conditions and the pre-existing footings and piles from the old building that had to be removed prior to us starting the diaphragm wall work,” informed David. “Being adjacent to Parramatta River added additional risk to the works with respect to trench stability and sensitivity for environmental reasons, plus the close proximity to local businesses that need to remain operational whilst we operated on site. Minimal movement of the adjacent wall had to be maintained and guaranteed for the duration of the excavation. We met these requirements during the excavation process by monitoring the wall movement at each stage of the excavation.” Avopiling have been a market leader in the piling industry and continue to provide cost effective and sound ground engineering solutions. Their current involvement include WestConnex-M4 Widening, CSM Wall at Bay Street, Botany, Maitland WWPS Upgrade, Moreton Bay Rail Link, Jupiter Casino redevelopment in Gold Coast and Yagan Square in Perth. For more information contact Avopiling Pty Ltd, Unit 3, 72-74 Lower Gibbes Street, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 02 8467 1300, fax 02 9417 5055, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Uplift Cranes provided and conducted crane services to the Altitude project.

Uplift Cranes is a proudly family owned and operated business. Established by Santo Rapisarda back in 1988, they have been providing top-notch tower crane and mobile crane hire service to its customers for almost 30 years. After migrating from Sicily at 16, Santo has proudly called Australia his home for over 50 years. Today his team of experienced and professional engineers, project managers, cranes, personnel and rigging services have over 50 years combined industry experience — the reason Meriton chose them for their soaring Altitude Apartments towers in Parramatta.

“On the east tower we have two external climbing cranes. This meant we had to take into consider the global loads that the crane ties exerted on the building itself. On the western tower we installed one of the cranes inside the lift shaft and climbed the crane internally using the lift core walls. This brought the two cranes servicing this tower within 20m of each other, so our engineering department came up with a new way on how to weather vain the cranes so they wouldn’t collide when packed away in free slew.”

“Our team possesses insights and expertise that can’t be matched in our industry,” informed Haisam Nouh, Uplift Cranes National Manager. “We tailor the clients requirements for each project. Also by using our modern and computerised fleet of tower and mobile cranes, we provide greater efficiencies.

Uplift Cranes employees 85 staff nationally. At any one time 12 staff have been working at Altitude Apartments since November 2014, including operators, doggers, engineers, erection, dismantle, climbing, tie manufacture and installation personnel. Their tower crane fleet comprises hammer-head cranes, 8 to 24 tonne winch luffing cranes and can also integrate external climbing frames and lift shaft climbing frames to suit construction site requirements.

“We ensure that each site is inspected by an experienced crane manager or supervisor so that the most appropriate crane is used for the job thus avoiding unnecessary delays. At Altitude Apartment towers we are operating four cranes. They are situated so close to each other this brings its own set of challenges, particularly the staging of the cranes.

For more information contact Uplift Cranes Pty Ltd, 16 Healey Circuit, Huntingwood NSW 2148, phone 02 9671 6626, fax 02 9621 8502, email, website




splendour in the park MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Mirvac ARCHITECT : Eeles Trelease Pty Ltd Architects PROJECT VALUE : $122 million

The $122 million Maestro at Harold Park development comprises four buildings with a total of 345 residential terrace homes and apartments. The buildings have a highly detailed facade including saw-tooth balcony, custom louvres, large windows and floor-to-ceiling glass as well as a number of energy efficient measures including rainwater reuse for landscape irrigation and energy efficient appliances. With more than 40 years experience and over 300 design and construction awards in the Australian development and construction industry, Mirvac continues to set the standard for luxurious living, premier investments, superior locations and landmark buildings. “Our point of difference is our integrated business model which enables us to bring a range of skills to a development or acquisition opportunity from design, through construction and asset management,” says Mirvac’s Head of Residential, John Carfi.

released in the Harold Park development and will add 345 terrace homes and apartments to the market as part of this new parkland suburb. Designs include a generous floor plan and floor-to-ceiling glass to maximise light throughout, large open plan living areas, and quality designer finishes throughout, plus basement carparking, and storage. From Harold Park residents have an easy walk to the CBD, surrounding bays and public transport right on their doorstep. Close by are Broadway shops and cafes, Sydney University, the University of Technology and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Maestro at Harold Park is the newest offering at Mirvac’s most talked about inner west location. Located just minutes from the light rail and only 2.5km from Sydney’s CBD, this versatile collection of homes is an exciting addition to the company’s enviable portfolio of fine residential projects including Walsh Bay, The Peninsula at Burswood, Yarra’s Edge and Ephraim Island.

After more than a century the former Harold Park paceway enters a new era. On the edge of a network of parks that extend to the Sydney Harbour foreshore, Harold Park is set to be a place for people who embrace the outdoors.

On offer are one, two and three bedroom apartments and terrace homes set within 3.8 hectares of parkland, extending down to the harbour foreshore. Maestro is the third of seven buildings to be 90

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“More than 35 percent of Harold Park is being dedicated to parkland, creating a 208,000m2 network of parks linking Jubilee, Federal and Bicentennial Parks to the Blackwattle Bay foreshore,” added John. “Step outside your door and stroll or cycle along the Foreshore Walk that skirts the picturesque Rozelle and Blackwattle Bays. Along the way AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

you’ll pass by the area’s many sports fields, playgrounds, and wetlands while enjoying panoramic views of the Harbour, the Anzac Bridge and the city skyline.” From Harold Park residents can connect directly with Sydney’s heart and soul via light rail network from nearby Jubilee Park station to the CBD, Central Station, Darling Harbour, The Star Casino, Sydney’s Fish Markets and Chinatown are all just minutes away. Glebe village is also a short stroll away and offers a selection of specialist bakeries, small bars, pubs, book stores as well as a range of international cuisine from Mexican to Nepalese and everything in between. “Harold Park residents have only a short drive to the Anzac Bridge and the city’s major East-to-West corridors,” continued John. “So, as secluded as Harold Park is, there are few places in Sydney that can claim such convenience.” Located on the northern edge of Harold Park are also the heritage-listed Rozelle Tramsheds. Forming one of the key elements WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of the Harold Park redevelopment, on completion the Tramsheds will be home to a community scale supermarket, market food halls, boutique retailers, cafes, restaurants and a gymnasium as well as 500m2 of community space dedicated to the City of Sydney Council. Mirvac are retaining the Tramshed’s iconic character and impressive, industrial proportions. “You’ll see Sydney’s heritage preserved in the brick façade and that so often photographed sawtooth roof,” said John. “But beneath the towering glass ceilings the changes to the old depot will be state-of-the-art.” Mirvac Group is an ASX listed, integrated, diversified property group that invests in and manages office, retail and industrial assets and the development business has exposure to both residential and commercial projects. September 2013 changed everything for Mirvac when they committed to investing in a new sustainability strategy. Harold Park and Maestro are living proof of Mirvac’s continued commitment. For more information contact Mirvac, Level 26, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9080 8000, fax 02 9080 8121, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE maestro at harold park


Clever conductor of design Multi award-winning Eeles Trelease Architects is a broad-based architectural practice with over 30 years experience in delivering the design of residential, commercial, educational, public buildings, assisted-living and aged-care projects. Since inception in 1984 the principles of passive sustainable design have been integral to Eeles Trelease’s design approach. “Our recent focus has been implementing active sustainable design in our commercial and residential projects, as demonstrated at Double Bay and the seniors living apartments at Prince Henry, Little Bay,” advised Director, Kathy Trelease. “And this is the foundation of our work at Mirvac’s Maestro at Harold Park.” Located just 2.5km from the Sydney CBD, but surrounded by parks that extend to the Sydney Harbour foreshore, Maestro at Harold Park offers a rare combination of convenient living and ample outdoor space. Eeles Trelease Architects were appointed to design the largest precinct in the Harold Park Development, in association with Mirvac Design. The City of Sydney’s Masterplan typology called for four 8-storey buildings arranged around a communal courtyard. “The 2-storey terrace apartments at street level were carefully articulated to provide streetscape presence, individuation and differentiation to the apartments above,” Kathy described. “Balconies were angled to optimise daylight entry while louvres were used to deflect glare and to provide privacy from cross-viewing. These balconies were then articulated to create a rhythmic pattern in the façade, animating the public streetscape.”

design services ranging from the preparation of Planning and Rezoning Proposals to preparing Masterplans for medium density developments. Eeles Trelease experience across a wide range of building types brings a broader insight into most projects. “We have worked with many Councils, in NSW including Sydney’s most demanding, and have a 100% Development Application approval rate,” states Kathy. “From the start of our practice, Environmentally Sustainability Design (ESD) has always been a leading principle of our design philosophy. Our design process is a collaborative workshop-based approach, with all stakeholders participating. We use the workshop process as a forum for cross-disciplinary input, ensuring the clients needs and expectations dovetail with engineering, ESD, construction and budget to develop an integrated solution from the outset.”

“Ground breaking at the time, it became a model for projects that followed,” Kathy added. “Many of its initiatives have now become commonplace, with public awareness and expectations of sustainability in buildings steadily growing. The building was recognised with nine industry awards for urban design and sustainability.” For more information contact Eeles Trelease Architects, Level 1, 17-20 Federation Road, Newtown NSW 2042, phone 02 9550 1644, fax 02 9550 5044, email studio@eelestrelease. com, website

Today most of Eeles Trelease work comes from referrals, not only previous clients but also other architects. They have a reputation for being able to successfully design and deliver projects on difficult sites with very challenging briefs, more than often achieving award-winning results. Some of these projects include the recently completed, Anchorage Apartments, a mixed-use residential project for Fivex Property Group opposite the Finger Wharf in Wooloomooloo. The challenge of a restricted and irregular shaped site, with three street frontages was met with a 5-storey building elegantly addressing Cowper Wharf Road. The development has two retail spaces on the ground level, 4-storeys with 15 apartments and a top floor penthouse.

Eeles Trelease’s meticulous planning has allowed for the best opportunity for desirable solar access and cross ventilation through each Maestro apartment. Vertical and horizontal louvres provide privacy from cross-viewing while also providing solar protection to private open spaces.

“Careful planning of apartments on the upper levels maximised space and daylight entry while an array of precisely positioned sunshade devices control glare and solar heat gain,” explained Kathy. “The result is apartment interiors suffused with a soft light and optimised views.”

Eeles Trelease provide architectural design services ranging from concept design for feasibility studies to full documentation services for construction stage, plus urban

Another is Double Bay commercial development, also for Fivex Property Group. The curved concrete form beautifully turns the corners of the site, generating activity


and interest in the public domain. The case for desirable commercial and retail space is strengthened through its advanced sustainable design initiatives. The building incorporates passive solar control, is cross-ventilated, recycles its own sewerage on site and incorporates energy and water saving initiatives.

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Double Bay | Rowan Turner Photography



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Bridging Success Main construction company : BMD Constructions project value : $55 million

The $55 million Kapooka Bridge/Olympic Highway upgrade sets out to improve road safety and reduce travel times. Transforming almost 3km of new approach to the bridge which was built in 1880, and realigning the Olympic Highway to reduce accident risk and enhance transport efficiency. Roads and Maritime Services is realigning the Olympic Highway and replacing the existing bridge over the main southern railway line at Kapooka, and multi award-winning civil construction company BMD Constructions is the Principal Contractor for this $55 million project. The federal and state governments will each contribute $27.5 million. The contract recognises BMD’s capability to deliver complex infrastructure projects for local communities across the country. With approximately 1,700 staff throughout Australia, BMD has the capability and experience to deliver projects ranging in size from $1 million to over $1 billion. The Group is supported by third party certified management systems. Substantial balance sheet strength and the resources and flexibility of a large Australian owned private company. “We’ve grown from a small Queensland family business to become one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction, consulting


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and urban development organisations,” stated Mark Gallagher, BMD Project Manager. “Our expansion into new capabilities and broader geographic footprint has positioned the company as a major player in the national construction and property industry.” Built in 1880, the current brick Kapooka Bridge is 7.5km south of Wagga Wagga and spans the main southern railway line between Sydney and Melbourne on what is now the Olympic Highway. The two 90-degree turns onto the bridge have been the cause of multiple accidents since its construction. With more than 300,000 truck movements through this section of the highway each year, the project is a priority for the region as part of the Bridges for the Bush Program in NSW. The new bridge will have nearly 3km of new approach road built for the four-lane bridge. Vehicles will then be able to drive safely at a straight 100km an hour. The bridge has also been designed to be high enough for double stack trains to pass under.


Major building work began in November 2014, with completion expected in mid 2016.

new intersection and access road for the Blamey Army Barracks at Kapooka and north and south tie-ins constructed during three stages.

BMD are responsible for installing and maintaining environmental controls and constructing sedimentation basins, installing fencing and signposting, stripping top soil, earthworks, drainage work, concrete pouring of bridge components, construction of reinforced soil walls at the bridge, and construction work at the northern end of the project where the existing Olympic Highway will meet the new highway.

The proposed upgrade aims to improve road safety along this important stretch of highway to reduce accident risk, reduce travel times and improve interstate freight transport efficiency.

“The project is unique given the type of prestressed girder used on the bridge structure,” said Mark. “We’re using 33no, Bulb-T girders on the project, only the second such type of bridge being constructed by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services in recent years. This unique type of girder allows for higher bridge skew angles of some 53° degrees to the railway and thus the potential to straighten road horizontal geometry”. Along with a new three span 99m bridge, the scope of works includes a new alignment, intersection improvements, footpaths, bicycle ways, utility adjustment works and improvements to the existing highway including 2.8km of single carriageway on an essentially greenfield site,


“In 2015, our Kapooka Bridge project team received the Dare Award for Collaboration and the NSW Safety Award. These were internal awards from BMD, recognising the commitment and dedication our team has had to the project and each other and excellent commitment to safety.” Added Mark. “They’re national awards across the BMD group of companies.” Other projects BMD are currently working on include: Bringelly Road Upgrade, Camden Valley Way, Narellan Road Upgrade, Seventh Street – Sydney Airport Corporation, Webb Dock – Port of Melbourne, and the Buangor Bypass. For more information contact, BMD Constructions (Head Office), 25 Cambridge Parade,
 Manly QLD 4179, PO Box 197, Wynnum QLD 4178, phone 07 3893 7000,
 fax 07 3893 1006, email, website

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Piling it on The Olympic Highway at Kapooka carries around 4,500 vehicles per day including 750 heavy vehicles. A further 2,200 vehicles turn off the Highway to access the Kapooka Army Base via Camp Access Road. The existing highway alignment crosses the main southern railway line over an 1880 brick arch bridge with two 90-degree bends forming the bridge approaches, which has been the cause of many serious accidents. Roads and Maritime Services are spending $55 million to realign the Olympic Highway and replace the existing bridge. The Principal Contractors for the new Kapooka Bridge and Olympic Highway project is BMD Constructions. They subcontracted award-winning Caporn Piling Pty Ltd to strengthen and stabilise ground conditions to support the dual carriageway road bridge and realignment work for the project. Established in 2012, Caporn Piling is a leading Australian privately owned piling contractor. The business owners’ experience in the Piling Industry spans 50 years, having previously owned the largest Piling Contractor in Australia, plus Managing Director, Greg Caporn, offers 18 years of industry knowledge, combined with a lifetime of being immersed in the Civil Engineering environment. “Caporn Piling design and install all types of piling solutions, including bored, driven, CFA, displacement, sheet piling, marine piling and falsework installation across QLD and NSW,” Greg said. “We have some of the most experienced pilers in Australia within our group and our team of over 30 people have worked on some of the largest and technically challenging projects in Australia. Together with 96

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our quality equipment we are able to offer the most competitive and effective piling design and construction services in the market.” On the Kapooka project Caporn Piling have supplied and installed 38 No.900mm diameter bored piles to 22.2m deep, at two pier locations and two abutments with extensions to 8.2m high. “The actual ground conditions at pile locations were our biggest challenge,” added Greg. “They revealed harder rock than the earlier Geotechnical and Bore Log reports. This meant slower progress and deeper pre-drilling.” Caporn Piling is tri-qualification accredited in Quality, Safety and Environment and offers a full design capability with input from some of the most experienced contractors and design engineers in the world. During 2016 Caporn Piling will be relocating to a new purpose built office and plant yard facility, plus expanding permanently into NSW, on the back of their first year operating in this region. For more information contact Caporn Piling Pty Ltd, 306 Duffield Road, Clontarf QLD 4019, phone 07 3889 3989, fax 07 3283 2219, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Precision Surveying With over 40 years of consulting survey and engineering experience in major heavy construction projects behind them, Linke & Linke Surveys are the ideal partner for BMD on the Olympic Highway realignment and bridge at Kapooka project. Jointly funded by the Australian Government ($27.5 million) and the State Government’s Bridges for the Bush program ($27.5 million) the project is on track with 90% of the earthworks and bridge structure now complete. Specialising in precision project surveying services for roads and bridges, the Linke & Linke Surveys team has been instrumental in this progression. “Our Kapooka project team are using unmanned aerial vehicles to create a digital model of the project,” advised company Director, James Linke. “From these we calculate volumes and also create hi-res spatial correct orthophotos, coloured mesh models and point clouds.” This advanced image-based 3D modeling solution creates professional quality 3D content from still images. Based on the latest multi-view 3D reconstruction technology, it operates with arbitrary images and is efficient in both controlled and uncontrolled conditions. With the use


of photogrammetry and ground control points, the imagery provides a base for collecting all the 2D and 3D features. Photos can be taken from any position, providing that the object to be reconstructed is visible on at least two photos. Both image alignment and 3D model reconstruction are fully automated and build a textured 3D mesh model or point cloud. “Point Cloud and Mesh increase the density of 3D points of the 3D model, which leads to a higher accuracy for both the DSM and orthomosaic,” said James. “After densification, the point cloud is filtered allowing the user to define the parameters and desired output formats for the densified point cloud and 3D Textured Mesh.” The Linke & Linke Surveys team utilises all that UAV and Laser Scanning technology can offer, to enhance customer satisfaction and improve efficiency whilst maximising project outcomes. For more information contact Linke & Linke Surveys, 1a Fletcher Street, Bondi NSW 2026, PO Box 3085, Tamarama NSW 2026, phone 02 9365 7336, fax 02 9130 3278, email, website

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Using latest technology For over 22 years Sewer Services have built their reputation on providing quality service and workmanship in specialised pipeline rehabilitation and pipe inspection for Government, Councils, Civil Companies, Plumbers and Water Authorities within NSW and Canberra. They also hold NATA accreditation for CCTV and air testing. “Our accreditations for product and systems reflect our focus on working in partnership with clients in order to provide a quality product whilst maintaining a safe workplace and also protecting the environment,” said Sewer Services Director, Mark Bugeja. Sewer Services have had up to six of their 21 employees working on the new $55 million Kapooka Bridge and Olympic Highway realignment project south of Wagga. This is one of the largest projects of its type in the region’s history and impacts on several public utilities including electricity power poles, a CAN optical fibre line, a secondary high-pressure gas line and a high-pressure water main that is being relocated underneath the new bridge. Sewer Services is a provider of No-Dig Technological solutions and is committed to investing in the latest technology and equipment and also in ensuring staff are trained to the highest level. “In 2013 we did patch repairs and CCTV Inspections at the Kapooka Bridge project, and in 2015 we did cleaning and more CCTV 100 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Kapooka Bridge/Olympic Highway

inspections and reporting with certification of the lines,” stated Mark. “Our CCTV units are fully self contained and equipped with the latest in Information Technologies, allowing real time video surveys, streamed direct to the client who can access these reports shortly after the survey is completed via our website. All of our mainline CCTV units have the capability to do 100mm diameter – 3m diameter pipes.” Sewer Services uses the latest Wincan inspection reporting systems, allowing high quality CCTV footage along with detailed pipe reports for a complete package. They also specialise in High Pressure Water Jetting and Drain Cleaning, High Pressure Cleaning, Vacuum loading, Potholing and Patch Lining. “Our company has grown along with the needs of our clients and we remain at the front of the pack in terms of latest equipment and technologies and are seen by many of our clients as a one-stop-shop.” Mark said. “We also work closely with authorities on many projects in an advisory capacity.” For more information contact Sewer Services Pty Ltd, PO Box 209 Concord, 2137 NSW (with Depots in Arndell Park and Queanbeyan), phone 02 9676 3742, fax 02 9676 8835, email Operations@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Making business easier with high performance concrete solutions For over 20 years G McMullan Contracting have been specialising in Pipe Laying, Plant and Labour Hire around NSW. “Since December 2014 we’ve had 30 employees, an excavator and water truck, pipe layers and concreters working on the new Kapooka Bridge and Olympic Highway realignment south of Wagga,” informs Gerry McMullan, founder and Director of G McMullan Contracting. “And every week our team has received the weekly award for safety.” The current Kapooka Bridge is a brick construction built in 1880, 7.5km south of Wagga Wagga and includes two 90-degree bends on the approaches that have caused numerous vehicle accidents over the years. The bridge also crosses the main Sydney–Melbourne railway line on the Olympic Highway at Kapooka and is a restriction for higher productivity vehicles on this route. The project is located within a natural gully with steep hills both sides. A main project objective is to allow for increased railway clearances and this has required a substantial increase in the level of the highway. The upgrade will improve road safety and reduce travel times.

Creek with OHL and York Joint Venture; the Pacific Highway upgrade between Halfway Creek and Glenugie with CMC Mining; and the Hexham Relief Roads and Long Term Train Support Facility for the National Rail,” Gerry said. “We’ve also worked on the Trangie Nevertire Irrigation Scheme near Dubbo for MacMahon and ADASA Joint Venture and several other highway upgrade throughout New South Wales.”

For more information contact G McMullan Contracting Pty Ltd, 5 Arthur Street, Grafton NSW 2460, phone 02 6643 1932, mobile 0412 911 153 (Gerry), email

The G McMullan contractors are responsible for the excavation, pipe laying and concrete box culverts on the project and staff have RISI tickets to work in the rail corridor. “Other teams are currently working on the WestConnex-M4 widening project; the Pacific Highway upgrade from Woolgoolga to Halfway


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A thriving Thirty 8 Thirty 8 Albert is a mixed-use development consisting of two towers, both of which offer 71 luxury and 100 serviced apartments, with podium levels consisting of retail facilities and a full service eye hospital.

Developer : WU International MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Probuild Architect : Peddle Thorp & Walker STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Structural Design Solutions Construction VALUE : Approximately $70 million 102 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Thirty 8 Albert Avenue


Since opening its main office in Sydney in 2009 Wu International Investments Pty Ltd has focused on international trading and investing in the AsianPacific region, especially between China and Australia. “Real estate development is currently our major undertaking,” informed Wu International Development Director Ross Wilson. “We’re aiming at developing medium-high-end commercial and residential projects on land and properties we currently hold around Sydney’s CBD.” Wu International’s flagship property, Thirty 8 Albert Avenue, was completed in November 2015. Located at 38 Albert Avenue, Chatswood in centre of northern Sydney’s CBD, it occupies a prime location on the corner of Albert Avenue and Archer Street adjacent the Westfield centre. “The development is mixed-use and contains a 100 room serviced apartment hotel, 71 luxurious residential apartments comprising 19 one bedroom apartments, 36 two bedroom apartments and 16 three bedroom apartments all sold off the plan, and a state of the art eye hospital along with some minor retail and a 3-level basement with 244 car spaces,” added Ross. “The property contains six different classes of building under the BCA. The integration of all these uses with the built form was quite complex to achieve fire separation and integrated emergency system.” Premier Australian architects Peddle Thorp & Walker (PTW) designed Thirty 8 Albert Avenue, with dynamic national construction company, Probuild, overseeing the build. During their 25-year history Probuild have delivered high quality projects on time and within budget, with a strong focus on safety and the environment. PTW has more than 100 years experience and have delivered numerous remarkable projects including the Water Cubic national swimming centre for Beijing Olympic Game, which won the Venice Biennale in 2004; the Octopus Hotel in Hai Nan Province, China; and the Darling Island water front apartments in Sydney, Australia. Thirty 8 Albert Avenue accommodates seven levels of spacious, luxurious apartments with a distinct emphasis on quality of life and age-old Feng Shui principles that provide the perfect executive or family address. Level two contains WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

a tranquil zone, encompassing a pool, spa and gym. The landscaped rooftop is designed for communal recreational use and is a good place to enjoy the sun and catch up with neighbours. The finishes have been carefully selected to create confident, aesthetically impressive interiors for the apartments that incorporate natural stone and high quality inclusions. The changing light throughout the day provides ever-varied colours, moods and shadows within the context of the white spaces. Warm, inviting coloured wall tiles enhance the bathrooms. Thirty 8 Albert Avenue is being submitted in the UDIA Awards for Excellence in Urban Development. “The Chatswood site was chosen first as it’s one of the North Shore’s major commercial and retail districts, renowned for good shopping. The centralised rail and bus terminal further enhanced the conveniences for residents. Chatwood’s skyline is dominated by gleaming office and apartment buildings, similar to Sydney’s CBD and can be seen from miles away. Thirty 8 Albert has a prime location with an excellent vista that doesn’t impede on any other building,” explained Ross. “Our next site in North Sydney will be for a boutique residential apartment development. We own property in Liverpool and are looking to consolidate the sites to propose a development of some 400 apartments, retail and commercial areas.” Being a multi-cultural company, Wu International’s current seven employees come from different cultural and language backgrounds. In addition to the Sydney team, experience and resources can be drawn from their China based Owada Group if and when necessary. “We endeavour to create a corporate culture that encourages both competitiveness and fairness,” Ross said. “At Wu International we have an open attitude to multi-culture and human-centred values and this places us in a positive position in this era of globalisation.” Wu International Investments Pty Ltd welcomes all investment opportunities from all institutions and individuals. For more information contact WU International Investments, Suite 63, Level 6, 650 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9266 0818, email info@wuinternational., website

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Extinguishing the risks Scientific Fire Services were integral to the design of the $70 million Thirty 8 Albert Avenue project. As fire safety risk engineers their consultancy was critical to the building’s design by providing a performance based solution in relation to the many fire and life safety design issues unique to the overall building development.

fire scenarios by using human movement simulation software. Fire and smoke spread is also assessed by our team using comprehensive state of the art fire engineering modelling tools in order to assess the consequences of potential fires” commented Scientific Fire Services cofounder and Director, Russell Kilmartin.

Fire and life safety performance benchmarks were established for the building design and the application of fire safety risk engineering methodologies resulted in the certifying authority and Fire and Rescue New South Wales endorsing the mixed use development as being fit for use.

The engineering assessment and consultancy took many months to complete working closely with the Probuild team and the Principal Certifying Authority, Blackett Maguire + Goldsmith. After the delivery of the Fire Safety Engineering Report and the completion of the construction, Scientific Fire Services undertook a detailed audit, inspection and commissioning process. The Thirty 8 Albert Avenue development is now fully occupied and represents a great addition to the Chatswood hub area.

Thirty 8 Albert Avenue presented itself as a challenging project. The mixed use nature of the buildings sharing the site resulted in compliance difficulties with the code prescription of the Building Code of Australia. For a structure where a residential apartment tower, a hotel tower, associated car parking facilities and a two-storey hospital co-exist, the fire separation strategies between the different building classifications had to be developed upon sound and robust principles. The company’s fire safety engineers had to demonstrate that fire spread risks were mitigated by the design strategy, and that the emergency egress provisions were appropriately designed to serve four significantly different building classifications concurrently. Similarly, it was an important element of the design brief to ensure that the automatic fire services serving each uniquely different building were compatible and they interacted effectively. Robust fire matrices were developed as part of the overall performance solution for the development. As part of the design and certification process, the core brief for Scientific Fire Services was to demonstrate and justify that the fire and life safety design satisfied the established performance benchmarks. “Our fire engineers analyse the performance of the emergency exits based on various

“The building construction can't start and the building cannot be occupied unless this process is completed. The building has to comply with the performance criteria - it is a significant hurdle for the developer to get the building permit process completed and this is where we demonstrate our value,” stated Russell. Scientific Fire Services have built a solid reputation as experts in the highly specialised field of fire safety and risk engineering. “We are unique in that we don’t only offer intelligent fire safety solutions we also create unparalleled results to suit each building project.”

For more information contact Scientific Fire Services Pty Ltd, Suite 2, Level 8, 16 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9221 3658, website

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The Epitome of Health Developer : Greater Southern Health Service MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken Architect : Billard Leece Partnership Structural Engineer : Mott Macdonald Surveyor : Davis Langdon Australia PROJECT VALUE : $282 Million

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After a monumental four-year effort, the Hansen Yuncken project team, led by Project Manager Michael Martin, have successfully delivered Stage 2 of the NSW Government’s Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital Redevelopment and the new state of the art hospital is now open to patients. The redevelopment project has seen the Hospital’s range of health services and capacity increase significantly enabling the delivery of improved health, education, research and community facilities and provides a flexible building design to allow for future modification and expansion. Hansen Yuncken’s project engagement with NSW Health Infrastructure commenced in March 2012 with the contract award part of the $282.1 million project. Stage 1 involved the design and construction of the Mental Health Building which included an 8 bed dependency unit, 22 bed acute unit, 20 bed sub-acute unit, management offices, courtyards, landscaping and car parking. As the project progressed into overlapping early works for the Stage 2 Acute Hospital Building, Hansen Yuncken needed to navigate a chess-like process of relocating some departments without interrupting Hospital services. In some cases, temporary services and footings were constructed and departments located in small buildings were relocated wholesale into alternative locations. For Hansen Yuncken’s Project Manager, Michael Martin, it has been an incredibly detailed logistical exercise. The new Acute Hospital is an eight storey building which includes 230 overnight beds, an expanded emergency department, medical imaging suite, pharmacy, six operating suites, inpatient units and critical care units, paediatric and adolescent unit, women’s health and new born unit, staff amenities, orthopaedic and surgical inpatient units, plant rooms and IT services and a rooftop helipad. In terms of materials, buildings were constructed from insitu concrete with posttensioned floor slabs, with a brickwork and Europanel cladding façade featuring thermally-efficient glazing and a colour palette inspired by the colours of the Murrumbidgee River. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The Department of Health required that we achieve 10% better energy efficiency than specified in the BCA,” said Michael Martin. “With our mechanical plant, we expect to achieve in the vicinity of 18% more efficient than BCA requirements. Major features of the Acute Hospital building include new main entry, new outpatients entry and wards and medical services over six levels with a rooftop helipad. There is also a new operating theatre suite including expanded recovery capacity, cardiac catheterisation laboratory and angiography suite, women’s and children’s inpatient unit including birthing suites, central sterilising services department with increased capacity and a new medical imaging department. As part of the overlapping Stage 2 works, Hansen Yuncken completed a diversity of smaller construction tasks, including refurbishment of the ground floor services area, construction of three pad mount substations, installation of the infrastructure for a site-wide BMS system, site-wide security and site-wide nurse-call. The construction of a new plant room, a wide variety of temporary storage, new electrical supply network, and the installation of a broadband optic fibre and Cat6E backbone throughout are also elements of the Stage 2 works which were undertaken simultaneously with the completion of Stage 1 works. The Hansen Yuncken project team has also received a National Professional Excellence in Building Award from the Australian Institute of Building for managerial and technical skill in delivering the Phase 1 Mental Health Building.

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, Sydney Corporate Park, Building 1, L3, 75-85 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9770 7600, fax 02 9770 7601, email, website


LEADING PLUMBERS Pipe to perfection Reliable, safe and efficient water supplies are a fundamental need, especially for a facility dedicated to wellbeing like a hospital. Cooke & Dowsett have been applying their skills to delivering excellence in plumbing and hydraulics solutions for over 20 years, including many outstanding health sector projects. Currently Cooke & Dowsett are currently at work on the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital project. The first stage of works from September 2012 involved the design of the hydraulics services in joint venture with engineering firm ACOR, followed by the relocation of existing services, and supply and install of hydraulics for the new Mental Health Unit. This full construct package has included domestic hot water; chilled water; plumbing of amenities for staff areas, common areas and client ensuites; natural gas connections; sewer services; and fire services. Six Cooke & Dowsett plumbers and apprentices worked on the first stage of service relocations, with the workforce doubling during the installation and fit out of the Mental Health Unit. Because the hospital project is being staged over several years in distinct stages in order to keep the busy regional medical facility functional without interruption, detecting clashes between services and identifying buildability issues was extremely important. The project was coordinated by the Albury office, which services projects across New South Wales, and Cooke & Dowsett brought a high level of leading-edge sustainability innovations to the project. “The water reuse component was a full design and construct package for us,” said Cooke & Dowsett Albury Director, Ian Avage. “We installed a syphonic roof water collection system and 50,000L of basement storage, and a 20,000L grey water treatment plant. The treated water is used with the collected rainwater to service the evaporative cooling towers and amenities. The grey water system, which was designed and manufactured by Origin Water on the Sunshine Coast, produces Class A+ water. “All the water supplies at the Albury ATO office are metered and monitored through the BMS, which can detect any irregular flows such as leaks and blockages. Another sustainable feature is that all the drainage pipes on the project are HDPE which has been manufactured from recycled products.” Currently Cooke and Dowsett are working on two other projects in and around Albury – the refurbishment of the Heritage listed Woolstore in Albury’s central district which will become a Quest Serviced Apartments complex, along with the new Albury/Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, $70 million. Cooke & Dowsett are also working on two other major Riverina projects, the Riverina Juvenile Centre (also a Hansen Yuncken project), and Phase 2/3 Acute Hospital in Wagga Wagga, $300 Million Out at Broken Hill, Cooke & Dowsett are undertaking the hydraulics and civil stormwater package for the Coles retail centre development. For this project, the company is using their own senior management and employing local plumbers and labour where possible. This gives the local workforce exposure to skills and knowledge gained on major projects around the country. 108 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital

Cooke & Dowsett work collaboratively with architects, builders, engineers and asset owners to develop innovative, buildable alternatives which are designed and tested against building plans using CAD technology. The company’s specialties include sustainable and innovative hydraulics solutions, fire services, fire sprinkler systems, backflow design and testing, drainage contracting and gas pipe and fitting installations. Other major health sector projects the Cooke & Dowsett group of companies have completed include Joondalup Hospital (WA); AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Geelong Children’s Hospital; Knox Private Hospital; Mercy Hospital; Bendigo and Box Hill Hospitals; Alfred Hospital; and Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Cooke & Dowsett’s Head Office in Melbourne oversees the operations of offices in NSW, SA, QLD, Broome and Western Australia. The company also recognises the importance of improving overall community wellbeing, and holds part ownership of NUDJ Plumbing, a Broome-based NGO which trains indigenous youth, who then return to work on community projects across the Pilbara, improving sanitation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and water supplies. With certification for Quality Management to AS/ NZS ISO9001:2008 and a dedication to maintaining the highest levels of worker safety, end-user safety and environmental sustainability, Cooke & Dowsett create solutions which are truly at the leading end of the industry. For more information contact Cooke & Dowsett (Albury) Pty Ltd, 3A/39 Bennu Circuit, Albury NSW 2640, phone 02 6043 2910, fax 02 6043 2549, email, website


Successful safety systems ArjoHuntleigh led the way with innovative technology to deliver a “world first” in ceiling hoist solutions for the Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital (WWRRH) Project. The brief was to deliver a quality large Referral Hospital that would facilitate current and future demands of the Riverina population. ArjoHuntleigh took up the challenge to supply, install and commission the latest innovative patient handling solutions to create a safer environment for both patients and care staff with return on investment through reduced risk of injury and improved productivity. Early engagement with the Facility Health Planners, LHD user groups, WH&S management and the awarded construction company was vital to this project. Led by ArjoHuntleigh’s Paul Currey (Projects BDM for NSW/ACT) and supported by an Implementation Team, ArjoHuntleigh were able to design, deliver, install and commission the latest in safe manual handling technology. With a high SWL of 455KGS allowing access to ensuite’s via room covering H Pattern systems linked to dual electronic gates, this was the first Maxi Sky II Plus super bariatric dual cassette ceiling lift system commissioned in the world garnering WWRRH global recognition. Additionally the ArjoHuntleigh Maxi Sky II (SWL 272Kgs) system was installed widely throughout the various wards in the facility to accommodate room-linkedto-ensuite access and rehabilitation areas. Future proofing was firmly on the LHD’s management team’s radar.

Sidath Wijethunga, ArjoHuntleigh’s Area Manager and Application Specialist for states NSW/ACT, was involved in this project. He sites that acquiring the Enterprise bed range for the hospital was a gamechanger as well: “Getting the Enterprise 9000x in to the ICU was a major breakthrough as this led to the presence of ArjoHuntleigh being felt at the hospital. As a result of ongoing trials and the good will that we had created, we had the support of the clinicians to get this through. Soon after the clinicians made a decision to go with a variety of our products like Enterprise beds (E9000x, E8000x, E5000x), Carendo shower chair, Omega examination couches and Tenor lifters to name a few.” The fact that this is competitively priced, offers a compact storage and transport system available to accommodate four point powered DPS hanger bar systems, universal stretcher frames, Weigh Scale and other accessories made the Maxi Sky Range the obvious choice. The Maxi Sky ceiling hoists were also complemented by ArjoHuntleigh’s market leading Enterprise bed and mattress range, mobile patient floor hoists and hygiene solutions that were supplied throughout the facility to accommodate the various clinical and WH&S requirements.

For more information contact ArjoHuntleigh, 78 Forsyth Street, O'Connor WA 6101, phone 1800 072 040, fax 1800 009 077, email, website

This saw large numbers of rooms throughout the facility fitted with a provision to allow a low cost solution to be implemented with minimal inconvenience when retrofitting as the clinical needs change. With the new Maxi Sky 2 and Maxi Sky 2 Plus (bariatric), ArjoHuntleigh are able to supply systems which share common accessories and parts, as well as the unique Kwik Connect Hanger Bar System. This system allows efficient changes in hanger bars/ support frames to suit the clinical needs of the caregiver and patient. 110 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital



A positive verdict

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton officially opened the new $90 million courthouse in Newcastle, the state's largest regional courthouse.

“This new $90 million, seven-storey complex is the most secure and technologically advanced courthouse in the state, setting a benchmark for how we deliver modern justice services in NSW.”

“Today marks an exciting new era for justice services in Newcastle and the Hunter region,” Ms Upton said.

The 12,000 square metre complex has 10 state-of-the-art courtrooms and two tribunal rooms for Local, District and Supreme Court hearings, including a courtroom large enough to cater for trials with eight defendants and up to 15 jury members. Video conferencing technology allows remote bail applications and testimonies from

“The last time a new courthouse was opened in the CBD was the Church Street building on 29 February 1892 – almost 124 years ago.” 112 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEWCASTLE COURTHOUSE


off-site witnesses, and new extensive jury facilities include five deliberation rooms. Victims can give “in camera� evidence from one of six private and secure suites, and private rooms will reduce the stress of taking part in the court process for domestic violence victims and their families. In addition, there is dedicated space for the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Legal Aid and Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Closed Circuit Television cameras and an airport-style scanner and metal detector will be used to monitor the building, and 190 solar panels and energy efficient air conditioning will reduce its carbon footprint. The development employed more than 1500 local tradespeople from Newcastle and surrounds over the past two years injecting millions into the area. For more information visit, NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEWCASTLE COURTHOUSE 113



A picture perfect project Raygun is a creative photographic services company specialising in photography, video, custom timelapse and long term timelapse for construction, mining, industrial, architectural, corporate and commercial businesses throughout Australia. In 2013 Raygun was commissioned to provide photography and timelapse services for the NSW Department of Justice Newcastle Courthouse project by John Holland Group. Drawing from extensive experience, Raygun used a timelapse system that would create a lasting record of the project build. Together with the timelapse video, photography of the construction was captured from the commencement of the project through to completion. The resulting video and image collection is a superb visual archive for the City of Newcastle and all involved in the project. Garry Owens, owner of Raygun, boasts more than 25 years experience as a photographer. Based in the UK, he worked globally in advertising before moving to Australia in 2010, in 2012 he started Raygun Photography to enable him to work directly with industrial and construction clients.

The ability to work directly with his clients enables Garry to deliver a customized approach to his projects and produce creative and effective videos. Raygun is now a leading provider within this field. After 3 years of monitoring, the timelapse for the courthouse is now completed and can be viewed at: nswjustice/ Raygun is about to embark on a project that will see them shoot a five minute video for Keller Australia, showing their operations throughout Australia. This is a fabulous opportunity and one which Raygun is looking forward to working on. Additional to this project, Garry is working on a project for PowerWater NT on their Solar Setup Initiative to install six timelapse camera units at remote indigenous communities to record the solar installations. To supplement the timelapse footage Garry will also shoot a documentary video of the project. Since the beginning of 2016, Raygun now has CASA certified aerial drone facilities. With this equipment Garry is planning to include aerial within his timelapse and video projects. With great imagery, a vast technical knowledge, an easy to deal with personality and the knowledge that you will get a great result, Raygun is the perfect choice for creative photography and video production. Raygun is fully compliant with OH&S and currently hold the Construction Induction and RISI certificates as well as having full Public Liability Insurance.

For more information contact Raygun Photography, mobile 0420 804 047, email, website www.raygun. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


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technical teamwork Douglas Partners were involved in the Newcastle Courthouse project from the outset, undertaking geotechnical investigations which included the intricate assessment of abandoned mine workings in two coals seams below the site. Remedial grouting works were designed by Douglas Partners based on the results of detailed investigations along with their considerable experience with grouting of other mine workings in the Newcastle area. Grouting works were undertaken in the Dudley Seam, which is at a depth of about 24m, and the Borehole Seam, which is at a depth of about 75m. Douglas Partners was intimately involved during these grouting works, working closely with the grouting contractor at all times.

Douglas Partners made use of their specialised down-hole equipment including oriented sonar and oriented pan/tilt CCTV equipment to provide an accurate plan of the workings, reducing the uncertainty with regard to grout quantities while allowing accurate targeting of grouting bores. Their observations during the works led to an enhanced understanding of the behaviour of grout flow in the Newcastle workings, which can be used to further refine future grouting projects.

Douglas Partners also provided extensive construction advice to John Holland Group throughout the Newcastle Courthouse Development, including site and crane pad preparation, crane and scaffold foundation assessments, dewatering and piling advice.

The company provides a full range of geotechnical, contamination and groundwater services and their experienced staff pride themselves in providing Integrated Practical Solutions.

One of the challenges associated with assessment and grouting of abandoned mine workings is the poor accuracy of the mine records and in the case of the shallower Dudley Seam, no detailed mine layouts were available at all.

For more information contact Douglas Partners Pty Ltd, 15 Callistemon Close, Warabrook NSW 2310, phone 02 4960 9600, fax 02 4960 9601, email, website




ecologically sustainable development

A new decade of disruption In 2015, we surpassed the milestone of 1000 Green Star projects. A massive 600,000 plus Australians now work in Green Starrated offices – that’s 4.5% of the nation’s total workforce. More than 4,400 people now live in Green Star-rated apartments. Upwards of 16,800 students learn in Green Star-certified schools. And Green Star – Communities projects certified in the last year will be home to 100,000 people. Australia has been recognised as the world’s green leader by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) for five years in a row. Our largest property and development companies are committing to portfolio-wide Green Star certification, with Frasers Property Australia alone certifying 1.3 million square metres of space. And new finance mechanisms such as green bonds are reshaping a market that has set its sights on long-term value. If sustainability is no longer a disruptive force, then what is? There are a multitude of emerging trends which will accelerate over the next few years, and the industry’s leaders will again seize an unassailable market advantage by embracing them. Zero in on net zero Our buildings present some of the cheapest and fastest opportunities to reduce emissions – and we can do this with proven and readily-available technologies. The property and construction industry understands how to deliver low-carbon buildings – all those Green Star ratings are positive proof. Our next challenge is to move beyond ‘low carbon’ to ‘no carbon’. The GBCA will introduce a ‘net zero’ label later in 2016, which will recognise buildings, fitouts and communities that are energy, carbon or water neutral. The label will also reward those projects that go beyond net zero and make positive contributions to, for example, generating more renewable energy than consumed. Is net zero the new 7 Star Green Star rating? Only time will tell.


Healthy buildings in the headlights A number of Australian companies are looking at the WELL Building Standard, which takes the focus on healthy building to a new level. WELL is focused on the people within the building. More than two million square metres of space has gained WELL certification in 12 countries, and Macquarie Group, Lendlease, DEXUS, Frasers Property Australia and Grocon are all looking at certification in Australia. Investing in healthy interventions will enable companies to cut costs, boost productivity, enhance their brands and demonstrate their long-term commitment to their greatest asset – their people. Ramp up the resilience factor While our conversation around “resilience” has previously been centred on climate change impact, rising sea levels, heat waves and so forth, expect this to change. Consider the challenges facing our own cities. Infrastructure Australia says that, without significant investment, the annual cost of congestion will climb to $53b by 2031. We can expect our new Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, to have this high on his agenda in the months ahead – but the clever companies are already looking at how they build-in resilience. The 30-odd Green Star – Communities projects currently working with us are creating local jobs, ensuring people of all incomes can live in the same community, promoting social inclusion, and encouraging healthy and active living. These are all factors that make a resilient community. Set your sights on social equity Companies increasingly understand they have both an obligation and an opportunity to influence the communities within which they operate. I’m inspired by the Homes 4 Homes project – a simple but effective response that aggregates the building industry’s purchasing power to help get people off the streets. Using an innovative finance mechanism which encourages home owners to donate 0.1% of

their sale price to a fund, Homes 4 Homes is able to invest social housing projects. Grocon has committed to support the scheme, and it has been recognised in a new Green Star ‘Social Enterprise for Affordable Housing’ Innovation Challenge. Move beyond the traditional renewables The industry is taking to battery storage with gusto. Morgan & Stanley predict more than one million households will be using battery storage by 2020. Lendlease and West Australia’s LandCorp are pioneering a major communitylevel battery storage project at Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star – Community in Perth. The $6.7m pilot project at Alkimos Beach will include 1.1MWh of lithium ion battery storage that will service more than 100 homes with rooftop solar panels. Cash in on the diversity dividend Finally, expect diversity to remain a talking point across industries. As former editor of BRW Narelle Hooper says in her book New Women, New Men, New Economy: “Everything’s changed. The marketplace is choosing for us…organisations with more women in leadership roles are delivering superior financial returns, increasing productivity and tapping the ingenuity of their people.” Expect to see more organisations embrace diversity not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do. So this year, the cutting-edge companies in our industry will be looking at bringing these trends together to create buildings, communities and cities that are healthy, resilient, equitable and, of course, sustainable.

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (CGCA)


Left & Right : Bowden Village, the first community in Australia to mandate 5 Star Green Star for each building. Insert : Lendlease’s Alkimos Beach development achieved Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Communities rating.

Left & Right : The Tonsley urban renewal development on the site of the old Mitsubishi automotive plant, achieved a 6 Star Green Star - Communities rating in 2015.






Going with the flow in Berry Berry on the NSW south coast, 145 km from Sydney, is a distinctive Australian rural coastal setting. Just seven kilometres inland from Seven Mile beach, Berry sits beside crystal clear waterways including Broughton Creek, a major tributary of the Shoalhaven River. Rolling hills, heritage sites and friendly people are all part in parcel here. Situated between the Illawarra Ranges, nature reserves and National Parks, Berry’s surrounds provide important passage between the coast and hinterland for native fauna species, including the iconic platypus and Australian Bass. “We are working on a 12.5km upgrade of the Princes Highway to allow traffic to bypass Foxground bends and the nearby town of Berry,” said Shannon Chisholm, the projects Community and Environmental Manager. “A key component of the project is a 600m long super T bridge which crosses Bundewallah Creek and flood plain, a vital waterway servicing this thriving environment,” said Shannon. “The bridge offers our team a great opportunity to get to know the community and work within the ecosystems which create this picturesque part of NSW.” “Minimising disturbance is key to all we do,” said Marcus Gibson, Fulton Hogan’s National Environment, Quality & IMS Manager. “Nine threatened species of birds and bats, and six migratory bird species were recorded during field surveys of the area… We want to make sure the wildlife prospers during and long after the project’s completion.” A significant project milestone was the diversion of flows at Bundewallah Creek to allow construction of the Berry Bridge. Steep river embankments, crossings and the inclement weather were a few of the challenges to bridge construction, but sound planning and innovative methodologies resulted in solutions to significantly minimise environmental disturbance. With initial plans for the project including up to three diversions of the creek to facilitate bridge construction, Fulton Hogan really showed its commitment to the local environment by engineering a solution to reduce the number of diversions to just one. “After getting to know the local environment, we found a solution where a single diversion could be constructed by seamlessly recreating the natural system complete with reclaimed river rock and natural features such as tree trunks and root balls,” said Marcus. “Working with our Government partners, the single diversion provides a legacy that mirrors the natural channel morphology and will assist water quality and aquatic ecology, minimising disturbance.” Minimal disturbance was also evident in the innovative approach to ‘tie-in’ works of the waterways, completed with the assistance


of a water filled ‘aqua dam’. The pioneering use of the impervious temporary dam helped the team contain and divert the flow of water during construction. “Aqua dams are really portable, simple to install and their ‘soft’ impact leaves no environmental footprint… it’s a friendly alternative to the traditional methodologies and the challenges normally faced when working in waterways,” said Shannon. “We could get in and out of the area without the need to build hard solutions, such as earthen dams or sheet piling.” “The waterway is generally relatively low in velocity which enabled us to get the vegetation established… it’s also home to some pretty special native species, like the Australian Bass, so creating natural pools and snags became an important design consideration” said Shannon. “We wanted to really minimise our time spent in the waterway and recreate a natural passage that enabled the fish, birds and other wildlife to continue on as normal during the works and well after we have gone.” With many of the Fulton Hogan team being area locals, they were extremely keen to get involved to support the great efforts of conservation groups in the Berry community. “We teamed up with locals from the Landcare Association and Bushcare Group to salvage native plants and seeds, including some Illawarra Flame Trees saved from within the project footprint, and replanted them along creek banks to conserve the local seed stock and help prevent erosion,” said Marcus. The team also took the approach of using bio-degradable stabilisation matting with vegetation and natural elements salvaged during the clearing phase instead of the standard geo-fabric and rock along the river banks to minimise erosion. “We were conscious that some products on the market wouldn’t easily break down or be assimilated by this environment.” “The matting is made of natural fibres to organically decompose over time, and helps keep this setting as beautiful and thriving as ever.” “The team and community were well prepared for the challenge of this project from the outset. We worked hard to put in place some innovative approaches to protect the wildlife that call this area home,” noted Shannon. “It’s been a great opportunity to work within such an iconic setting, and ensure we do all we can to keep it that way.” For more information contact Fulton Hogan, Botanicca Corporate Park, Building 7, Level 1, 572 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9340 6200, fax 03 9340 6299, email, website


For over 12 years PACT Construction has been a leading Western Australian mid-tier commercial construction company. PACT provides a unique point of difference with a ‘whole of project’ service approach, strength, experience and a growing reputation, ensuring success. PACT Construction is also committed to delivering project outcomes in an ecologically sustainable manner. In 2014 they won the Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Award for ‘Excellence in Energy Efficiency’ for the 170 Railway Parade project in West Leederville.

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Their recent signature project, 999 Hay Street in Perth not only showcases their ‘whole of project’ approach and flair for collaborative management, but has already achieved a 5 Star Greenstar As-built v3 certification rating and 4.5 Star NABERS Environmental Efficiency rating. The $54.4 million 999 Hay Street project is QUBE Property’s largest office development to date. It comprises 11-stories, 10 open-plan office floor plates, a rooftop boardroom, office, entertainment deck, EOT facilities and a café integrated into the main lobby at ground level and surrounding streetscape. When viewed from any direction it’s immediately apparent that this is no ordinary commercial office building. “We’ve had a strong working relationship with QUBE. This saw us identified as the right partner to see the job through successfully,” advised PACT Construction’s General Manager, Jason Kunkler. “Being engaged early enabled us to add value from the outset. We looked at a number of cost effective structural design solutions creating both time and cost savings for our client. We’ve also been responsible for Engineering Firm GHD’s 6,547m2 integrated office fit-out.” Environmental principles included in the design and construction of 999 Hay Street cover:


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High efficiency air conditioning using greenhouse friendly refrigerant to improve indoor air quality Solar control to the eastern and western façades High performance glazing to minimise solar heat loads on the western and eastern façades, whilst providing ample natural light; A sophisticated Building Management System that monitors and controls all mechanical and electrical services Water efficient fixtures, movement sensors for lighting in toilets Grey water recycling Utilisation of lighting management systems Proximity to public transport facilities, resulting in a lower employee reliance on private vehicles Provision of tenant and visitor bicycle spaces and lockers Employee shower and change room facilities.

PACT Construction recognises the need to protect and wherever possible, enhance the natural environment as part of its business activity and is setting high standards in environmental performance, while continually improving the quality of projects delivered. “Environmental excellence provides a benefit to our clients, tenants and the wider community, and reflects the need to ensure equity between social, economic and environmental goals,” said Jason. As PACT’s GM, Jason is responsible for the effectiveness of their Environmental Policy that encompasses all services undertaken for their clients. “We’re committed to setting and meeting objectives for local and regional conditions,” said Jason. “This includes applying appropriate technology and best management practices and supporting pollution prevention consistent with environmental regulations, laws and other criteria to which we subscribe.” For more information contact PACT Construction Pty Ltd, Unit 4, 12 Cowcher Place, Belmont WA 6104, phone 08 9340 5900, fax 08 9201 8360, website


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Floth - 69 Robertson Street A new 1,000m2 office building, 69 Robertson Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, quietly beat the field to receive the first Green Star Design and As Built v1.1 certified rating. Remarkably the project team did this by achieving the highest possible rating of 6 Stars, representing world leadership in sustainable design and construction. Floth Sustainable Building Consultants, an independent Australian specialist engineering firm, developed and occupy the three level office building. They undertook the building services engineering and Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and moved into the upper two levels in August. The constrained zero lot line building includes green trellis walls with drought tolerant climbing vines growing up the external faces of the central light well and rear decks. While the planting has been carefully selected to thrive without additional irrigation, roof rainwater is still being collected for green wall establishment and for toilet and urinal flushing.

North Tower) and the first 6 Star Green Star Office v3 Design rated building in Queensland (180 Brisbane).” Anthony Marklund, Floth’s ESD Principal said, “We have leap-frogged the few other buildings in Australia that have undertaken Design Reviews to achieve the first complete Green Star Design & As Built version 1.1 certified rating. I am particularly proud of the 83.3 point round one result and the fact that we actually had to surrender an awarded innovation in order to fit within the maximum of ten allowable innovation credits.” “Beyond Green star, the building meets the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s (ASBEC) zero carbon building standard. A 53% reduction in operational carbon emissions is predicted from façade and integral building services improvements (compared to an equivalent Building Code compliant energy model). A roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system achieves a further 13% reduction, also equivalent to offsetting 28% of the building’s final operational energy. 100% accredited GreenPower purchased from Origin is the final piece of the zero carbon puzzle.”

The new office building is fitted with the latest occupancy- and daylight- controlled direct- indirect LED lighting systems. Heat recovery variable refrigerant flow air conditioning systems are literally able to move heating or cooling from one part of the building to another as required. High indoor air quality is assured with a 50% increase in outside air being delivered to occupants via variable air volume systems that are demand controlled in response to zoned carbon dioxide sensors.

“Over the base building, both Floth’s and the eventual Level 1 tenant’s fitouts will effectively be zero carbon in operation by virtue of the 100% GreenPower supply. Notably the free electricity generated by the solar photovoltaic system will more than offset the additional operational cost of the GreenPower. Given the cost effectiveness of the building, it would be difficult to come up with a better solution.”

Glenn Ralph, Floth’s Managing Director, is elated with the achievement. “When we were originally designing the building, the Green Star Design and As Built rating system didn’t exist and we were working to Green Star Office v3. As the project commenced construction, we were able to test the design and to upgrade to the new rating system once we knew we could achieve our goals.”

Level one of 69 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley is a fully fitted out 370m2 open plan office space served by lift, dedicated amenities and three carparks. One would think that the astute aspiring tenant would need to move quickly to secure this unprecedented opportunity to join Floth in benefiting from the sustainable features of this truly world leading building.

“We are certainly pleased with the outcome, which goes one up on our previous achievements of designing the first 6 Star Green Star Office v2 As Built rated building in Queensland (Green Square

For more information contact Floth Pty Ltd, Level 2, 69 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3252 0977, email, website




Julian and Michael, Alltrade Industrial.

Alltrade Industrial Supplies has been supplying the construction industry with an extensive range of highly effective environmentally friendly products, along with site supplies, amenities, and general industrial supplies for over 10 years. Today Alltrade Industrial Supplies is renown for their Bio Natural Solutions (BNS) eco friendly cleaning products, wastewater remediation solutions, water savings solutions and much more. These environmentally friendly products are based on Bio-Bacterial technology. “This innovative technology from the Australian owned BNS products consists of billions of specifically selected bacteria that target and digest organic matter eliminating the source of cleaning problems rather than masking them,” advised Alltrade’s Director Michael Mathison. “This process guarantees a natural way to treat common cleaning problems with no need for harsh chemicals, making cleaning tasks simpler and greener.” Bacteria reproduce themselves, creating enzymes to digest and degrade the bacterial food source. Enzymes on their own do not have the capabilities of consuming waste material or the ability to reproduce more enzymes. This reproductive characteristic makes Bacterial products more effective than harsh chemical treatments. “All of our biological cleaning products are significantly more effective than conventional chemical based cleaners, offering significant savings,” added Michael. “The difference between our products 128 ANCR ESD FEATURE

and other comparable products is that ours use naturally occurring friendly bacteria that also ensure odour decomposition occurs rather than masking the smells.” BNS products avoid the use of hazardous ingredients, are biodegradable and 100% chemical free, guaranteeing that no harmful chemicals are transferred into our ecosystem through the waterways and disposal systems, reducing the effect on human health whilst also making a positive impact on the environment. The benefits of Alltrade’s biological cleaning products include reducing costs, odour elimination and water savings without the need for harsh chemical cleaners and toxic elements. These products provide solutions for the construction industry. “Our products are the only bacterial based cleaning agents on the market that have the GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) approval,” said Michael. “Alltrade is already recognised throughout the construction industry for speed of delivery, in-depth product knowledge and understanding the demands of the industry. The biological cleaning range is yet another solution based product we can offer.” For more information contact Alltrade Industrial Supplies, F7/8 Commercial Court, Tullamarine VIC 3043, phone 03 9330 4953, fax 03 9330 3449, Michael 0431 010 845, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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One Central Park, Sydney by Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Design Architect) & PTW Architects (Local Collaborating Architect)

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International architecture and design firm PTW Architects has always been at the forefront when it comes to the development of sustainable architecture. As founding members of the Green Building Council, PTW are committed to the principle of ecologically sustainable design (ESD) and seeks to make ESD a priority on all its projects. The company’s commitment to cutting-edge sustainable architecture design is evidenced through its many awards. This includes the inaugural NSW Premiers Award for Sustainable Architecture on the Newington – Sydney Olympic Village project and the first 5 Star Green Star rating and Energy rating for a commercial building on the 30 The Bond, Lendlease Headquarters. Employing more than 220 staff in Sydney, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Taipei, PTW has been producing the finest architectural solutions since its inception in 1889. PTW believes that if ESD is to be successfully implemented, its principles must be used throughout all the stages of a project, from pre-design to the long-term operation and management of a development. PTW Architects works closely with each client to achieve WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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individual solutions that meet the client’s full project aspirations each time in a sustainable and timely manner. In approaching any project, regardless of the location and country, PTW’s pre-design stage involves educating its clients around opportunities for ESD and active participation in the process of developing the brief to ensure spaces and services are designed efficiently for their end uses. The suitability of the building project and its site are then evaluated to ensure any early decisions avoid detrimental environmental impacts. An inter-disciplinary approach with consultants, who are selected on their sustainable design credentials, help with the evaluation and then throughout all stages of the process. PTW’s extensive experience of using ESD features across diverse projects and can be seen most recently in projects such as Alexander in Barangaroo and One Central Park, Sydney. For more information contact Lisa McAlinden at PTW Architects, Level 13, 9 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9232 5877, fax 02 9221 4139, email, website ANCR ESD FEATURE 129




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Eco Friendly Building Solutions Pty Ltd (EFBS) is the licensed manufacturer and supplier of Eco Block and the QT EcoSeries Fire Rated Cladding – two superior quality building materials offering big benefits while leaving small ecological footprints. “The products that we sell, we use, so we know the products work,” says Steve Fava, Owner and Manager of EFBS. “We have been using them for the past 12 years.” Eco Block is an insulated concrete wall system offering advanced structural integrity for multistorey and private residential as well as commercial buildings. BRANZ tested and BCA compliant, Eco Block incorporates structure, insulation, vapor barrier, firewall and battens into one system. The double insulated continuous steel reinforced concrete core, anywhere between 100mm-600mm thick, creates a structure up to 100% stronger than a conventional concrete block wall. Eco Block can be shaped to suit any design and is easily installed through a 3-step “stack, brace and pour” process. “There are three or four Eco Block houses in Sydney under construction as well as projects across Australia,” Steve reports. Steve first came across Eco Block as an installer/distributor and “liked them so much I bought shares of the license to manufacture throughout Australia.” Similarly impressed by the QT EcoSeries, Steve now distributes nationwide. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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QT EcoSeries Fire Rated Light Weight Cladding is an external walling system boasting high thermal and acoustic insulation. Its potential to create a 90/90/90 firewall makes it ideal for external firewalls or walls between units or townhouses. Made of Conpolcrete, a patented formulation comprising recycled polystyrene, cement and binders, the QT EcoSeries is a lightweight material certified to meet any regulatory standard and has been used in multi-story projects across Sydney and Melbourne. It also complies with all F2 Zone and BAL Requirements. From its Blacktown shopfront, EFBS also offers general waterproofing and specialist crack injection for which it has been a contractor on projects including the Sydney Harbour Tunnel since 2011, repair works on ABC Studio Sydney, State Library, Channel 7 Studios Technology Park and works on state rail.

For more information contact Eco Friendly Building Solutions Pty Ltd, U2/10 Carnegie Place, Blacktown NSW 2148, phone 02 9676 5500, Steve 0418 248 323, fax 02 9676 5522, email, website ANCR ESD FEATURE 131

Manifesting the future MAIN Construction company : Grocon ARCHITECT : BVN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS : Aurecon CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $500 Million

Grocons $500 million 480 Queen Street development will set the benchmark for workplaces of the future. The office tower consists of 31 levels and will provide space for 4,000 office workers. With experience spanning 60 years, it’s not surprising that Grocon has grown to be Australia’s largest private developer and constructor. Specialising in property development and tier one construction assignments, Grocon has been involved in some of Australia’s most forward looking and award winning developments. 480 Queen Street is no exception, Grocon creating the ultimate business environment in the heart of Brisbane. The $500 million development is located at the apex of the Golden Triangle, Brisbane’s thriving business district. The 31 level office tower will provide a home to around 4,000 office workers, with major clients coming on board at the prestigious new address. Designed to draw people together to work, collaborate, create and connect in both its formal and informal open areas, 480 Queen Street is a flexible, activity based workplace, and one which will set the benchmark for workplaces of the future. The Tower at 480 Queen Street incorporates Sky Rise (levels 24-31), and High Rise (levels 14-24). Designed with tenant flexibility in mind, the tower features interconnecting steps, variable fit out options, side core configuration and natural light to optimise productivity, communication and collaboration. Floor plates for these levels range from 1550m2 to approximately 1700m2 and tenants include prestigious companies such as BHP Billiton, Herbert Smith Freehills, The Executive Centre, Allens Linklaters and Grocon’s Queensland headquarters. Larger floor plates again are available on Park Rise, which incorporates levels 5-13. These range from 2,650m2 to 2,800m2 and offer operating efficiency and flexibility. Sitting below this is the Town Centre that incorporates Australia’s first built in parkland. Sitting on level four, and equivalent to the size of six tennis courts (1,400m2), this subtropical space is open to the public and is a free flowing green space where people can work, interact and relax. 132 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street

Accessible by dual street frontage via Queen and Adelaide Streets, 480 Queen Street has views across the Brisbane River, Story Bridge and the historic St John’s Cathedral. The ground floor and mezzanine levels are home to a vibrant retail zone, and include cafes, food retailers and a fine dining facility.

the Commonwealth Games Village for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the VCCC Hospital, a $1 billion facility for cancer research in Melbourne, Grocon will continue to utilise collaboration and forward thinking to provide the best possible outcome for clients and the community.

The Forum, an amphitheater that caters for 100 people, provides the perfect space for meetings, presentations or informal gatherings. Commuters have also been catered for, with three levels of basement parking available.

For more information contact Grocon, L8, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3020 0800, fax 07 3020 0899, email, website

Designed to deliver outstanding environmental credentials, sustainability is a priority at 480 Queen Street, the building achieving a 6 star Green star accreditation and 5 star NABERs rating. Significant energy saving mechanisms were incorporated into the building, and advanced technologies and energy efficient materials have been used in the construction phase. Encouraging environmentally friendly travel, end of trip cycling facilities have been included with 600 bike stations, 500 personal lockers, 45 showers and separate air conditioned male and female facilities provided. Grocon’s core values of sustainability, innovation, community and safety have been included in the design of this prestigious premium office tower. The first steel framed building in Brisbane since 1970, 480 Queen Street also boasts a rooftop grove, providing a spectacular entertaining area for its many tenants. Another spectacular feature of 480 Queen Street is The Ravine. This two level public space will entice visitors to experience a visual journey, with walls lined by 350m rainforest artwork by Australian artist Danie Mellor. Grocon has created a prestigious workplace that is flexible, innovative and environmentally sustainable in 480 Queen Street. Currently working on the Parklands Project on the Gold Coast, which will be transformed into AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Below Polyseal provided waterproofing services for 480 Queen Street.

Polyseal Waterproofing QLD is well known for their expertise in waterproofing, and with 25 years’ experience behind them, were the perfect choice when it came to providing services on 480 Queen Street, Brisbane. Committed to their customers’ needs and specialising in the application of waterproof membranes and associated products, Polyseal Waterproofing QLD provided a myriad of waterproofing services on the $500 million 31 level development in Brisbane’s Golden Triangle business district. Working to strict project specifications and meeting their clients design requirements, Polyseal determined the membrane that was most suitable for the large project. As such, spray membrane technology was utilised on level four of the business complex, this area consisting of Australia’s first in built parkland. To ensure maximum waterproofing efficiency for the planter beds and vertical gardens on level four, the Enviro HP-1200 trafficable waterproofing membrane was selected. This two component, solvent free and 100% solids polyurethane waterproofing membrane has been uniquely formulated to provide high elasticity, tensile and tear strengths whilst also providing excellent abrasion resistance. With seamless and fast system application, the Enviro HP-1200 is Australian designed and manufactured for the harsh weather conditions, having a UV resistant membrane and low VOC as well as a rapid curing profile, ensuring time efficiency on the job. Whilst this specialised product was utilised in the subtropical green space that makes up level four, Polyseal Waterproofing QLD also applied waterproofing services to other areas of the major development.


applied with a roller and sprayed systems that can be touch dry in less than 30 seconds in addition to being applied at a daily productivity rate of up to 1000m2. Areas of application for Polyseal’s waterproofing products include bridge decks, walkways, podium decks, balconies, retaining and basement walls, internal wet areas, roof decks, green roofs, carparks, tunnels and tanks including those for potable water, sprinklers and blackwater. In addition to providing waterproofing services, the 200 employee strong Polyseal Waterproofing QLD also specialise in tiling, crack injection and building remedial works. Recent projects that have received specialised services from Polyseal Waterproofing QLD include The Green Apartments, The Rhapsody Surfers North, Newstead Towers and Skyring Apartments, and they are currently working on the Belise Apartments, The Yards and the Beach Hotel Apartments. Polyseal offers services throughout Australia, with offices also located in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia. From their strong background in waterproofing for both new and existing structures, Polyseal has grown to encompass a wide range of services that include concrete repair works, carbon fibre and other forms of structural strengthening, cathodic protection and prevention, jointing, epoxy flooring, fire service upgrades, coating application to steelwork and concrete structures, minor civil works and associated general construction. Polyseal has the ability to work with all industry sectors including civil infrastructure, mining, commercial, retail, residential and residential remedial and have built and maintained global alliances with material supplies to source the most suitable products for their clients time after time.

This work included providing waterproofing membrane to all amenities from the ground floor up to level 31, external tanking to the roof top areas, external tanking to roof top terrace, plant room waterproofing and membrane work to level three, and waterproofing on the Podium on level four.

Polyseal Waterproofing QLD is using its expertise and knowledge in the waterproofing industry to complete works on major developments in Queensland, with its State counterparts offering the same high level of service across the Country.

Polyseal has built its reputation on providing excellence in waterproofing services with membrane types ranging from multi layer bitumen torch on systems, to liquid systems

For more information contact Polyseal, Unit 3, 28 Burnside Road, Yatala QLD 4207, phone 07 3386 1171, fax 07 3386 1302, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street 135

Below OneSteel provided advice and services for structural and reinforcing works on the 480 Queen Street development.

When work needed to be completed on the first high rise structural steel framed building in Brisbane since 1970, the experts at OneSteel were called in. Having had a presence in the steel industry since 1915, and specialising in the manufacture and distribution of steel long products including structural, reinforcing, rail, sleepers, wire, fencing and strand products and solutions, OneSteel was involved with a myriad of tasks for 480 Queen Street, the prestigious business development in Brisbane’s Golden Triangle Business district. Multiple divisions of OneSteel were utilised for the major development, with the Market Development Group working with structural engineers Aurecon in the conceptual and design stages, assisting in the development of the structural steel schemes. To ensure that a steel structure would be of optimal value to the project, OneSteel advised on the structural beam and decking design, efficient connection design, product selection and optimisation and fire engineering opportunities. Steel supply and availability, sustainability and the ability to utilise higher strength structural steels to achieve both an enhanced solution and also attain Green Star points for the project were also advised upon. Attaining Green Star points was a key driver in the design. The final structural design selected utilised a portion of OneSteel Universal Beams in Grade 350 material to AS/NZS 3679.1. This not only allowed for the optimisation of the steel sections to minimise the depth of the steel beams but also provided the project with the opportunity to gain a Green Star point through the use of the required portion of higher strength structural steel. This was a major achievement for OneSteel and added extra value to the development. To provide confidence to the project team that the steel would meet the design intent, OneSteel also provided product traceability information to the project and construction team, including OneSteel Test Certificates, which demonstrated that the structural steel met the Australian Standards called up in the project specifications. When it came to the supply and manufacture of the steel for the project, the OneSteel Metalcentre team at Coopers Plains Brisbane, 136 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street

stepped up to the plate. Supplying around 4,500 tonnes of structural steel, the OneSteel Metalcentre team also provided logistics, processing and supply chain support to the fabricator, Pacific Industrial Company. The importance of the reinforcing steel was also critical to the success of the project, with the OneSteel Reinforcing team supplying around 2,900 tonnes of reinforcing products as well as being involved in scheduling, supply and logistics of the reinforcing bar and mesh for the project. The structural steel framing selected by Project Developers Grocon delivered an economically viable solution as well as enhanced speed and safety during construction. With the steel frame delivered four months earlier than originally planned, the project was able to commence without delay. The steel trades also contributed to the project’s impressive safety record, with zero MTI or LTIs recorded on the steel component of the project. OneSteel, through its portfolio of structural steel, reinforcing products, design optimisation and fixing services, looks for opportunities to work across the construction industry to provide the most effective steel solutions that will contribute to construction projects being delivered safely, on-time and on-budget with the desired sustainability outcomes. OneSteel continues to proudly prove the merits of steel framing to project teams on a wide range of multi-storey projects, including commercial, retail, parking, sporting, residential and public buildings. OneSteel are currently involved with many substantial projects for major developers across the country including Perth Stadium for Brookfield Multiplex, 80 Arthur Street North Sydney for Meriton, Adelaide Convention Centre for Lendlease and Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne for Probuild.

For more information contact OneSteel, David Bell, phone 0407 357 120, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Below Triple M Mechanical Services provided the mechanical services for the air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems on 480 Queen Street.

Established in 1994, Triple M Group specialises in all aspects of HVAC and Fire Systems across industrial and commercial buildings. Providing design, drafting, manufacturing, defects liability management, construction, commissioning, and ongoing maintenance services, Triple M Group has it covered. With experience spanning over 20 years, Triple M Group has the size, strength and resources to provide optimal lifespan and energy performance on all manner of projects. Whether planning a new building or refurbishing an existing structure, Triple M‘s experienced team will ensure the best possible service is provided, working closely with their client from the planning and construction phases and beyond. As one of Australia’s largest building services specialists, it was only fitting that they were called upon to provide their services to 480 Queen Street, Brisbane. The building, located at the apex of the Golden Triangle, Brisbane’s thriving business district, consists of Sky Rise (levels 24 – 31), and High Rise (levels 14 – 24) and has been designed to draw people together to work, collaborate, create and connect. With around 4,000 office workers expected to utilise the prestigious 31-storey building, it was imperative that Triple M provided quality systems to ensure a comfortable work environment for occupants all year round. Triple M's design of the air conditioning, heating and ventilation has achieved a design 6 Star Green Star rating and a 5 Star NABERS energy rating. To meet these high energy standards and to maximise efficiency, active chilled beam technology was chosen above other system types. Utilising the latest equipment from our partners York and Johnson Controls, the designed and installed chilled water system incorporates low temperature chillers serving a low temperature AHU chilled water circuit and a high temperature chilled water loop serving active chilled beams. The high temperature chilled water loop water is blended from the low temperature chilled water loop by using three stage mixing valves, the most effective and energy efficient means of dual circuit control. Triple M Mechanical Services have specialist expertise and abundant experience in 138 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street

delivering mechanical systems for health, research and educational facilities, as well as retail and commercial developments. They are currently working on the retail expansion of the Pacific Fair Shopping centre at Broadbeach, Queensland. Their air conditioning services include not only the design and engineering phase, but also ductwork manufacture, sheet metal and piping installation and the ongoing maintenance of air conditioning installation systems. Triple M Mechanical Services and their associated companies, Allstaff and BSA are based in offices in Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory as well as undertaking installations across the Eastern states. Their strength lies in their capability to provide innovative mechanical services solutions for complex and sizeable projects. Triple M’s expertise covers all elements of project delivery from design and installation to engineering and servicing.

For more information contact Triple M Mechanical Services Pty Ltd, 56 Overlord Place, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110, phone 07 3272 1177, fax 07 3272 2199, email TMQAdmin@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Below Speedpanel Australia provided fire and acoustic wall systems to the 480 Queen Street development.

If it’s fast and efficient fire and acoustic wall systems you’re after, then Speedpanel definitely lives up to its name. Established in 1999, Speedpanel Australia Ltd is known for its cutting edge fire and acoustic rated wall systems, having provided their versatile product to a myriad of projects around the country. A forerunner in the fire and acoustic wall system market, Speedpanel Australia were recently contracted to provide essential services to the prestigious 480 Queen Street, Brisbane, a 31 storey development in the Golden Triangle Business district. With a variety of products available, Speedpanel’s fire and acoustic wall systems are constructed of lightweight materials, are easy to install and possess superior fire and acoustic properties that are sought after by major construction companies. It was for this reason that the versatile Speedpanel products were utilised in a variety of manners in the prestigious business hub. Available in three different thicknesses, 78mm, 64mm and 51mm, each with varying Fire Resistance Levels (FRL), the Speedpanel products are easy to build as well as being cost effective. With wall systems to suit all applications and footprints, Speedpanel products were applied to the scissor stair separation walls, stair pressurisation walls, riser shafts and carpark and plenum walls at 480 Queen Street. Perfect for use in the stairwells, the 64mm product with its 90 minute FRL was utilised. Primarily used in inter-tenancy walls and corridor walls in between apartments and townhouses, a major advantage of using the 51mm (60 minute FRL) and 64mm Speedpanel wall systems is that it reduces the need for multiple layers of expensive fire rated

plasterboard therefore saving time and money. This system also eliminates the need for fire boxes behind General Power Outlets. Speedpanel’s versatile product was also used in the fire rated walls around the foyer area as well as being used as a substrate for the tiled finish. Although a non-loadbearing product, the advantage of Speedpanel is that it can be used as a substrate for façade systems that are relatively heavy. The team at Speedpanel also demonstrated the versatility of their product by fitting out plant rooms. The panels are so adaptable they are able to be cut to a ‘swiss cheese’ effect, large close clusters of penetrations all certified to contain fire dampers, cable trays, pipes and access hatches. The nature and fast installation of Speedpanel provide a huge advantage over their competitors as it allows for other trades to have quicker access to the workface, and can save weeks in overall building completion time. Dedicated to product development, Speedpanel are constantly improving their product, with all panels fully certified by NATA approved laboratories. With sustainability of utmost importance, all Speedpanel products are fully recyclable and composed of recycled materials and can even be re-used. Acoustic systems also range from Rw32 to Rw80 to suit various BCA requirements. The lightweight features and the ability to be manufactured to size in any lengths up to 9m, makes Speedpanel a sought after product as it drastically reduces labour costs on site. In addition, the vertical span can be up to 6m between supports, and there is capacity for unlimited wall heights when installed horizontally up to 4.5m wide. Recent projects that have benefited from the exceptional Speedpanel product include VCCC (Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre) Adelaide Convention Centre, Barangaroo and upcoming Brisbane Skytower. Speedpanel pride themselves on achieving quality outcomes on projects Australia wide, working with Architects and Contractors to provide solutions based on practical and simple construction methods. Their versatile product is making waves in the building industry offering not only sustainable outcomes, but economically viable ones. For faster, easier and stronger fire and acoustic wall systems, Speedpanel is your first port of call. For more information contact Speedpanel, 421 Dorset Road, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9724 6888, fax 03 9724 6889, email enquiries@, website


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Below Brisbane Pre-Cast manufactured, delivered and installed precast panels, columns and lids for 480 Queen Street.

Brisbane Pre-Cast Pty Ltd offer the perfect concrete precast solutions for projects across Queensland and New South Wales. With 32 years experience along with the quality and service they offer, makes them unrivalled in the industry. Specialising in the offsite manufacture of precast panels and products, Brisbane Pre-Cast lent their skills and expertise to 480 Queen Street, the $500 million office tower in Brisbane’s Golden Triangle precinct. Working on the basement up to level four, Brisbane Pre-Cast manufactured, delivered and installed all the precast panels, columns and lids required for this part of the project. Able to cater for a variety of needs and purposes, Brisbane Pre-Cast was able to manufacture the precast panels to the precise specifications that were needed for a building of this size. The manufacture of precast panels is a core part of their business, and Brisbane Pre-Cast worked with the main construction company to ensure that the most suitable design for the job was produced. The precast produced by Brisbane Pre-Cast are known for their strength and durability and extensive quality control measures ensure they are of the highest quality. Providing a flexible solution to 142 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street

projects and with no limit to design or application, the precast was manufactured to fit seamlessly with the project’s needs, the expertise and knowledge of Brisbane Pre-Casts team coming to the fore. Due to the size and duration of the project, a challenge arose regarding storage of the precast products. This was overcome by storing panels away from their factory, freeing up space for other jobs that were being undertaken. Offering cutting edge design, manufacture, delivery and installation, Brisbane Pre-Cast continue to offer the perfect solution to projects that include Gardens – Riverside West End, Robina Shopping Centre, Alto Apartments in Toowong and Light & Co Apartments in West End.

For more information contact Brisbane Pre-Cast Pty Ltd, 2/94-98 Lipscombe Road, Deception Bay QLD 4509, phone 07 3204 7181, fax 07 3204 7182, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Yuanda Australia manufactured and constructed the building façade systems for Queen Street’s business hub.

Formed in 2007 as a subsidiary company of Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Industry Engineering Co Ltd, Yuanda Australia specialises in the manufacture and construction of commercial and institutional building façade and curtain wall façade systems. With significant resources and local infrastructure to accommodate large developments, Yuanda Australia was the ideal choice for 480 Queen Street in Brisbane, the latest of 20 projects completed in Queensland.

elevations have an offset mullion design where the panels are stacked in a brick pattern to produce a striking and prominent exterior. The Collection House and Trustee House elevations on 480 Queen Street feature aluminium recess panels that are incorporated into the curtain wall to enhance the unique look and feel of the building. Due to the steel structure of 480 Queen Street, the cast-ins were bolted to the steel edge angles, allowing for the façade brackets to be fixed to them for the installation of the curtain wall.

In addition to the design, Yuanda Australia also engineered in-house and installed the façade systems. Ensuring that the right façade was chosen for the project, Yuanda Australia’s team undertook extensive analysis to assess the suitability of the base system for the local climate, as well as determining the performance and behaviour of the system.

The results of using multiple façades speak for themselves, Yuanda Australia demonstrates their versatility and experience in creating unique and environmentally sound façade solutions for projects across Australia, as well as ensuring they are successfully completed on time.

The end result were 10 different façade systems selected for 480 Queen Street, with over 25,000m2 of façade utilised. Whilst the façade consists mainly of double glazed curtain wall, both the Queen and Adelaide Street façades feature coloured backpans with a frit pattern on the glass to give texture and depth to the façade. In addition, these

For more information contact Yuanda Australia, 3/40 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006, phone 07 3251 6100, fax 07 3251 6150


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Below East Coast Steel Fabrication provided the steel framework for 480 Queen Street.

Established in 2000, Queensland Company East Coast Steel Fabrication has made a name for itself specialising in architectural metalwork.

Story Bridge and St John’s Cathedral. A specialist outdoor terrace structure on level 14 for BHP Billiton was also made possible by East Coast Steel Fabrication.

With work recently completed on 480 Queen Street Brisbane, East Coast Steel Fabrication’s skilled team used their expertise to provide steel framework on the $500 million project.

The work performed extended to Adelaide Street where steel frames for stone work were constructed along with an awning marking the Adelaide Street entrance.

Work completed included providing the steel support structure on The Ravine raking gardens, a wall of lush greenery that will stretch from level two to level five. Members of the public will travel between these levels on one of the longest elevators in the country, the journey possible due to East Coast Steel Fabrications fitout of the escalator support steel. This in itself created major challenges due to the scale of the escalator and it was necessary to connect twin V-strut braces to the core wall with Hilti HDA-T mechanical anchors. This was critical to the construction program as multiple trades needed to access the same narrow area.

The most impressive steel feature is the Queen Street awning. The awning, which weighs in at around 30 tonne, consists of an 8mm steel plate canopy, this aspect alone weighing in at 15 tonne.

Other work completed included steel frames for the light voids on level three, and the viewing platform on level four, constructed to enable the community to take in the views stretching over the Brisbane River,

For more information contact East Coast Steel Fabrication, 9 Cameron Street, Clontarf QLD 4019, phone 07 3885 2300, email

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With projects currently being undertaken at Westfield Pacific Fair and Northlakes, East Coast Steel Fabrication continues to support the building industry with their architectural steel work expertise.


Below ASP Access Floors provided flooring solutions for 480 Queen Street.

Australian owned Company ASP Access Floors Pty Ltd provides flooring solutions to projects across the globe. Specialising in the manufacture, distribution and installation of raised access floors, ASP is known for delivering some of the most effective flooring solutions on the market. Recently completing work on 480 Queen Street in Brisbane, ASP installed a total of 50,000m2 of product on the $500 million development, including their specialised Steel Cementitious Medium and Heavy Grade Ultrafix systems. The Steel Cementitious Ultrafix panel is ASP Access Floors most specified panel and is regarded as the standard system for general office environment applications. The stringer less system is used widely for power and data cable management as well as applications where there is need for an under floor baffle/plenum or air highway. The patented product also provides a noise free flooring solution as well as quick installation methods. Other fit out work that ASP Access Floors provided for 480 Queen Street included integrated slab to slab walls, set downs for various floor finishes and cutouts for workstation grommets. Their new Calcium WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Sulphate Interlock system was utilised in some areas where tiles or stone were specified thereby reducing costs as the need for a substrate under the stone and tile finish was eliminated. The Calcium Sulphate Interlock System provides a safety factor of three times the concentrated (design) load and has a specially designed interlock edge profile to ensure the panels remain locked together with minimal movement. Currently working on the largest access floor project to date in Australia, ASP are proud to be installing 300,000m2 of access flooring at Barangaroo International Towers in Sydney. ASP Access Floors are continually researching and developing their products to ensure that they remain the leaders in their market, their products revolutionising the access floor industry worldwide.

For more information contact ASP Access Floors Pty Ltd, 32 Prime Drive, Seven Hills NSW 2147 Australia, phone 02 9620 9915, fax 02 9620 9918, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street 145

Below A Sign Design developed, supplied and installed the sky signage for 480 Queen Street.

When it comes to signage that stands out from the crowd, A Sign Design has it covered. Established in 1982, they are focused on providing a quality service, building and maintaining mutually rewarding relationships with their customers. Experts in their field, A Sign Design develop, design, fabricate, manufacture and install their product, working with leading companies in Australia and across the world.

was also completed by A Sign Design, with work on the set out of signage and graphics for BHP Billiton also completed.

Using their in house design team, A Sign Design worked to create sky signs for BHP Billiton on the prestigious 480 Queen Street, Brisbane. In addition to creating the design, A Sign Design supplied and installed the sky signs to the roof level faรงade on two elevations. It was here that challenges arose, as the signage had to be installed on the glass curtain wall prior to it being placed on the building.

A Sign Design continue to use their expertise to provide signage for a myriad of projects and are currently providing signage for Papua New Guinea National Football Stadium as well as providing their services to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Following precise placement of the signage this was accomplished, yet further complications arose surrounding the electronic connection of the sign. To overcome this, a specialised wiring system was devised with a special conduit on the glass utilised to enable safe connection from the inside of the building. The result is spectacular, and the skilled team at A Sign Design overcame the challenge with fantastic end results. Wayfinding and ID signage within 480 Queen Street 146 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street

Recently moving into new premises, A Sign Design has increased their capacity and capability. They have upgraded their digital manufacturing equipment which has assisted in streamlining their operations significantly.

For more information contact A Sign Design, 12 Birubi Street, Coorparoo QLD 4171, phone 07 3847 5305, email info@asigndesign., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below KWA Blinds installed and supplied blinds to minimise direct sunlight penetration to align with green energy practices.

Established in 1994, KWA Blinds is the leading supplier of quality custom made blinds and curtains in the commercial marketplace. Committed solely to the commercial market, KWA Blinds used their expertise in the industry to determine the most suitable product for 480 Queen Street, a $500 million development in Brisbane’s Golden Triangle financial district. Collaborative relationships are such an important part of modern business, and the supply and installation of the blinds for the major project is a great example of the combined efforts of KWA Blinds, Vertilux Corporation - the blind manufacturer, Grocon and BVN Architects. The 31-level 480 Queen Street is a six star Green Star rated office tower like no other, with a public park positioned on the fourth floor of the tower. In line with this green star rating, it was important to minimise any direct sunlight penetration into the office space. This required a close working relationship between all four parties (KWA Blinds, Vertilux, Grocon and BVN) to design and develop a double overlap bracket configuration to minimise this sunlight penetration in corner situations. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The final selection for the 4,000 + roller blinds was the Vertilux BGS roller system, with Euroscreen fabric (a Trevira CS fabric which is inherently fire retardant and PVC free), and EuroBloc Blockout fabric (also a Trevira CS fabric). KWA Blinds in combination with Vertilux Corporation have worked with Grocon on previous projects including Australian Taxation Office at 140 Elizabeth Street Brisbane and the accommodation complex Brisbane Common Ground. KWA Blinds and Vertilux Corporation are also working on other current projects such as 1 William Street and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. From providing a single blind to thousands of blinds in multi-storey buildings, KWA Blinds can provide the most suitable product based on quality, budget and product performance.

For more information contact KWA Blinds, Unit 8/26 Weippin Street, Cleveland QLD 4163, phone 07 3821 2555, fax 07 3821 2422, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street 147

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Below Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes provided all of the landscaping services for the 480 Queen Street development.

Specialising in all aspects of landscaping, Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes were the obvious choice when it came to the prestigious 480 Queen Street, Brisbane.

the versatile Stonespec Juperana Granite being utilised throughout the building. This product with its contrasting red granite features brings an earthy feel to this architecturally advanced development.

Using materials that complement the natural beauty of the Queensland surrounds, Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes provided a full complement of landscaping services for the $500 million development.

Experts in timber decking and platforms, Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes completed specialised work for BHP Billiton on level 14, creating a unique viewing platform as well as a private outdoor garden for their staff and clients to enjoy.

On the external walls, cladding in the form of Stonespec Juperana Granite resembles a sandstone cliff face and is further enhanced by the engineered stone clip system used to seamlessly secure the granite to the building. Plants cascade from pockets of the granite, giving the appearance of a vegetated cliff environment, and green walls throughout the building create a rainforest ambiance that promote an atmosphere of calm. One of the most exceptional features of this building is the open air park on level four. The first high rise park in Brisbane, the space is 1400m2 of subtropical beauty, and Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes ensured they generated a place where office workers and the public can interact and relax. Paving work was also covered by Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

All ground floor works, street scaping, including footpaths, trees and Street Spec Furniture seats, were provided by these authorities in landscaping, as well as a rooftop garden complete with a tree grove to provide much needed shade. The results speak for themselves, and Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes has certainly lived up to their name, creating a unique and visually appealing environment for this extraordinary workplace.

For more information contact Bland 2 Brilliant Landscapes, 29 Hutchinson Street, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, phone 07 5536 8007, fax 07 5599 3007, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 480 Queen street 149

exclusive Habitat The residential development Habitat West End completes the Riverpoint Community precinct with the construction of two buildings, consisting of 148 open-plan apartments in an ideal location. With over 60 years’ industry experience, Stockwell has established itself as a leader in private property solutions. Specialising in strategic property investments, property development, design and construction, funds management, property management and sales and leasing, Stockwell has the in house experience to deliver major developments from initial inception to ongoing property management. Instrumental in pioneering the revitalisation of the iconic Brisbane suburb of West End with their Regatta Apartments in early 2000’s, Stockwell have done it again, this time with the Habitat West End apartments. Habitat is the final stage of Stockwell’s master planned Riverpoint Community, and they have certainly delivered, producing larger than life apartments that are perfect for property investors and owner occupiers alike. Consisting of 148 apartments across two boutique buildings, Habitat West End has been designed with the residents in mind, with a multitude of communal facilities available. Residents of the one and two bedroom apartments can utilise the shared amenities of a lap pool, pleasure pool, plunge pool and two gymnasiums. To help create a culinary masterpiece, a communal herb garden is accessible, along with a BBQ pavilion and event space. The addition of a residents recreation room is the perfect way to relax and catch up with those lucky enough to live in this sought after development. The apartments themselves have been designed with the view to creating a life filled with light. With 2.7m high ceilings in living areas, and an open plan layout, the units are large and spacious, the colour palette used within creating a feeling of freshness and comfort. Quality joinery has been used in the kitchens and this, along with designer bathrooms and abundant storage space, adds to the appeal of these spacious apartments. Step into the bedrooms and you are bathed in natural light, the feeling of belonging embracing you. Entertaining opportunities are not limited to the communal areas, with both the one and two bedroom units featuring a generous 150 QLD PROJECT FEATURE HABITAT WEST END

courtyard or balcony that will easily accommodate a gathering of friends or family. With wide open doors and expansive windows leading from the outdoor living space, every apartment is filled with light. The landscaping at Habitat West End is nothing short of spectacular, the lush landscaped gardens featuring sub-tropical foliage accentuating the shaded walkways to which residents can access the communal facilities. This fits beautifully with the classic climate friendly architecture of the buildings, the touches of timber, coloured elements and stone blending perfectly with the vertical greenery that adorns the buildings walls. Habitat West End is tantalisingly close to not only the Brisbane CBD, but also to the cultural precinct of South Bank. Surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, farmers markets and retail, Habitat is positioned to make the most of what Brisbane has to offer. Transport options abound, with secure basement access car parking available for all apartments, along with 84 car spots for guests. With cycle and walking paths, City Cat Ferry and Express Bus services only a short distance away, residents are spoilt for choice as to how they can get out and about to work, study or play. Further adding to the liveability of Habitat West End is the proximity to educational facilities. The University of Queensland, Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology all have campuses close by, with West End falling into the Brisbane State High School catchment area. Stockwell’s vision of a thriving, vibrant lifestyle rich in economic, cultural and wellbeing opportunities has certainly become a reality with Habitat West End. With combined strengths in design, development, construction and property management, Stockwell produces results time after time. For more information contact Stockwell, 399 Montague Road, West End QLD 4101, phone 07 3004 6888, fax 07 3004 6899, email, website

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building blocks of success National Masonry is a leading manufacturer of an extensive range of masonry blocks, bricks, pavers and retaining wall products. Established in 2012 following the acquisition of Boral Masonry’s Mackay operation, National Masonry expanded further in 2013 with the acquisition of Boral Masonry’s South Queensland and Victorian operations. Retaining the heritage of expertise and industry credentials, National Masonry have lent their experience to the Habitat West End project in Brisbane, supplying all structural concrete block masonry and accessories. The niche apartments in the popular area benefited from one of National Masonry’s iconic products, the Concrete Grey Block. This specialised product has thousands of applications and is available in a full range of sizes from 100 through to 300 series blocks. National Masonry has further advanced the Concrete Grey Block by producing a high strength concrete masonry block exclusive to the construction industry that is capable of reaching 50mpa. Utilising the latest technology, this lightweight high strength block is suitable for varying building needs and provides a sturdy block for the future.


In regard to other products, National Masonry’s Designer Block range is the Architects choice, available in a range of colours and finishes which provide an aesthetic and functional walling solution. Their range of landscape products cater to every need, be it paving or building a retaining wall. From DIY projects, residential property, to commercial scale projects, National Masonry has a wide variety of products to meet their clients’ needs. National Masonry are currently working on projects around the country including Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast; Ikea at Northlakes; Mitchelton Apartments; Sundale Apartments and South Hampton Apartments in Southport and Newstead Apartments. Whether it be Concrete Grey Blocks, bricks or pavers and retaining wall products, National Masonry have an extensive range of stock that will stand the test of time. For more information contact National Masonry, 62 Industrial Avenue, Wacol QLD 4076, phone 07 3271 9292, fax 07 3271 1815, website


color of choice With over 40 years’ experience in the residential and commercial painting industry, Gold Coast based company Colormode provides affordable painting and interior design solutions to a variety of projects across Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Specialising in painting and decorating, these experts in their field can also supply faux marble, sandstone, gold and silver leaf finishes, as well as providing wallpaper installation for the commercial and domestic markets. Colormode’s specialist skills and services have been utilised in high end homes on Sovereign Island, Mermaid Beach and Sanctuary Cove, as well as projects such as the luxurious Habitat West End Apartments in Brisbane. When it came to Habitat West End, Colormode completed the internal painting for all 148 apartments, their scope of work including ceilings, walls, skirting boards, doors and frames. Their precise work along with the subtle colours used complimenting the feeling of light and spaciousness that each apartment provides. The exterior of Habitat West End also experienced the Colormode touch, the concrete soffit render walls coming to life under the skilled hands of the Colormode team. This work blended perfectly with the touches of timber and stone that the exterior of the building boasts. Colormode’s accomplished team took their professionalism and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

expertise to Habitat West End, their painting prowess adding colour and life to the prestigious development. Colormode’s impressive portfolio includes numerous government, health, commercial and residential projects, with work completed on fire and police stations, shopping centres, schools, medical centres and private hospitals. Multi storey buildings are also included, with Water Point, a 13-storey building at Biggera Waters just completed, with work soon to commence on the 10-storey Garland Apartments in Coolangatta. Experts in all manner of painting and decorating, no project is too big or small for this company who is passionate about their craft.

For more information contact Colormode, PO Box 729, Broadbeach QLD 4218, phone 0417 071 176, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HABITAT WEST END 153

developer : KTQ Developments Main construction company : Sommer and Staff Constructions Architect : Cottee Parker Architects Pty Ltd project value : $40 million

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Rising above the crowd The $40 million Orion Apartments project is in the epicentre of the Eastern Suburbs where there is high demand for the flourishing lifestyle and friendly vibe. With 186 one and two bedroom apartments with spacious open plan living areas and modern kitchens over ten levels, roof top pool and two levels of basement parking, the Orion Apartments is transforming Coorparoo. A new apartment block in the evolving Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo has arisen, with construction industry experts Sommer and Staff at the helm. Established in 1974, Sommer and Staff have built its reputation on its multi faceted skills of design and construction, project management and consulting services. They have completed residential; commercial and retail; legal and defence; health and aged care; hospitality and mining; and resource projects for private enterprise as well as State and Federal Government departments.

The initial concept for the buildings was for a load-bearing blockwork structure which traditionally has been one of the most cost effective methods of construction for a development of this size.

Appointed as the design and construct contractors on the $40 million Orion Apartments, Sommer and Staff worked closely with KTQ developers to ensure the best possible design for the multi-storey apartment block was produced. KTQ Developers had purchased the property with an existing Development Approval for 186 units over ten levels with two and a half basement levels of carpark. The initial design concept also consisted of a larger north tower connected by a covered walk to a smaller south tower that also contained two lifts.

Consisting of light weight internal and external walls using standard walling systems from CSR Gyprock, this method also ensured that fire and acoustic requirements were met.

Wanting to provide a more rationalised design, Sommer and Staff amended the concept to two equally sized towers connected by a common lift core containing three lifts. This provided a more balanced appearance to the building as well as providing better access and more security on each floor for the residents. By making these amendments, travel distances for fire safety were also greatly improved.

Using their advanced knowledge, Sommer and Staff determined that it would be cost effective as well as acoustically sound to change the building design to a flat slab and column structure. This alternative light weight construction method enabled shorter construction times and better compliance with National Building Code requirements.

Weight savings within the structure were also provided and together with the introduction of post tensioning enabled the typical slabs to the reduced to 200mm thick. By switching to the flat slab and column structure, Sommer and Staff eliminated the need for an extra trade on the job as well as speeding up production time. Crane costs were also reduced as there was less need to load materials and remove rubbish, and the addition of a separate stud and plasterboard wall was not needed to meet sound rating requirements. Further time savings were found by changing the conventionally formed columns to blade walls using the AFS System which is permanent formwork. The AFS panels can be stood on day one and then the deck formwork installed up to them immediately. The panels can then be filled with concrete straight from the deck saving on scaffolding required for the pouring of conventional columns. Located close to public transport and located just 4 km from the Brisbane CBD, Coorparoo is being transformed to meet the demand of inner city living, the high number of owner occupier buyers is testament to the quality of the project. The Orion Apartments have been built with the Queensland climate in mind, with a rooftop pool being just one of its many features. Orion Apartments will be the first project in Coorparoo to rise above four levels, and the twin 11-storey towers are sure to be a stunning sight against the picturesque city backdrop. Sommer and Staff are proud to have been behind the design and construction stage of these luxury apartments, and will continue to build their strong relationships with their stakeholders in Australia and off shore. For more information contact Sommer and Staff Constructions, 25 Argon Street, Sumner QLD 4074, phone 07 3376 7544, email, website


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Below MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd provided the concrete elements for Orion Apartments.

Established in 2005 by Marc Garcia, MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd have grown to be a solid family business, working with leading developers and builders across Queensland on multiple size projects. Specialising in all facets of industrial, commercial and decorative concreting, MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd were the perfect choice when it came to Orion Apartments in Coorparoo, Queensland. The apartment block, consisting of twin 11-storey towers, required experts in the concreting field, and this is certainly what they acquired with MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd. MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd provided all the concrete elements on the Orion Apartment project, placing and finishing the foundations and ground slabs, as well as the vertical and suspended concrete slabs. Using the latest concrete technology, equipment and methods, MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd provided a professional finish that met with project specifications. In addition, Danley construction join products were used, allowing for greater pour sizes therefore achieving more efficient solutions on site. Work on the Orion Apartments was not without its challenges due to the building footprint taking up most of the boundaries. This proved to be difficult when it came to the setting up of the concrete pumps 156 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Orion Apartments

and the pouring of the concrete, as well as concrete truck access onto site. These issues were overcome however, and the MG team continued to produce quality work despite the limitations. MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd have proven time and time again their ability to work closely with construction companies and developers and their work on the Orion Apartments was no exception. Their professionalism, skills and attention to detail are key to their long customer relationships and the repeat business that they gain from major companies. Currently working on projects including Annexe Apartments, Aveo Clayfield Aged Care, Boston Apartments, Aldi Marsden and Slacks Creek. MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd continue their high level of workmanship and personalized services throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast region.

For more information contact MG Constructions QLD Pty Ltd, 27/1631 Wynnum Road, Tingalpa QLD 4173, phone 07 3172 5703, fax 07 3009 0652, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Airlie Glass and Aluminium provided the doors and windows for Orion Apartments.

When it came to fitting windows and doors for the Orion Apartments in Coorparoo, Queensland, Airlie Glass and Aluminium had it covered. Airlee Glass and Aluminium have been offering aluminium window and door solutions to residential and commercial markets across Australia since its establishment in 1996. They are committed to staying in touch with the changes in the building industry and always ensure that they meet strict Australian Standards. Specialists in manufacturing energy efficient windows and doors, Airlie Glass and Aluminium ensured that the twin 11-storey towers of the Orion Apartments would benefit from energy efficient products to counteract the Queensland weather conditions and the noise elements of bustling Coorparoo. As a result, 186 apartments were fitted out with Wintec Aluminium doors and ALSPEC Awning Windows. The ALSPEC Awning Windows were ideal for the multi level apartments, offering the benefit of overlapping internal and external seals to provide superior weather performance. The engineered window systems were perfect for the residential units, and as well as providing ease of use, offer energy efficiency properties as well as supreme weatherability and noise reduction. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

When it came to doors, Wintec were the preferred choice. The Wintec sliding doors have been engineered to carry substantial glass sizes and weights, yet still have the ability to be easily operated. The double glazing also ensures for better energy efficiency and acoustic results whilst still being visually appealing, fitting in well with the modern living feel that the Orion Apartments portray. The utilisation of these modern glass and aluminium products created light filled apartments with spectacular views across Coorparoo. Experts in their industry, Airlie Glass and Aluminium custom make to their clients requirements, achieving their clients’ vision whilst creating a high level of comfort, even on the most challenging of projects.

For more information contact Airlie Glass and Aluminium, 16 McIntosh Drive, Cannonvale QLD 4802, phone 07 4946 4055, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Orion Apartments 157

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Below Zico Formwork provided the formwork for Orion Apartments.

Zico Formwork is a growing formwork company achieving a high recommendation in the South-East Queensland market on the back of the company’s three core values, Safety and Environment (zero harm); Quality (highest standard every time); Schedule (on time and budget). With a highly skilled work force committed to these core values Zico has complete a number of high profile projects in the commercial, industrial, residential, health and community sectors. The key to achieving these core values is a highly motivated work force and significant investment in market leading formwork systems that improve safety, quality and efficiency.

The formwork team were able to condense the structures program through the utilisation of Novatec formwork hoists reducing dependence of tower crane and mitigating any potential down-time. Zico Formwork have capitalised on 15 years construction knowledge to have a varied portfolio of work in hand spread amongst South-East Queensland’s largest head contractors.

The Orion apartment’s project consisted of 30,500m 2 of formwork to columns, soffits, including forming transfer slabs at 6.5m, lift shafts and installation of 4,500m2 of permanent wall formwork. Zico Formwork utilised a rail guided crane assisted core system for the construction of the central lift core. Zico were able to overcome a restricted site by prefabricating items off-site in their expansive warehouse facilities. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Zico Formwork Pty Ltd, Unit 2B, 43 Spine Street, Sumner Park QLD 4074, phone 07 3715 7254, email QLD PROJECT FEATURE Orion Apartments 159

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The $454.6 million Cairns Hospital redevelopment provides an expanded range of facilities capable of meeting the needs of the Cairns and Hinterland Health Service District, and the broader catchment areas of Cape York and Torres Strait. Developed in two stages since 2010, the Health Services at Cairns Hospital now include 13 operating theatres, an ambulatory cancer care centre with a new radiation oncology service, additional cardiac care facilities and additional surgical capacity, including day surgery. There has also been the expansion of intensive care capacity, expanded birthing services and a special-care nursery, a new lowrisk Family Birth Centre, additional aged care and rehabilitation services, additional beds for mental health services, and new pathology facilities. Designed by Jackson Architects, Brisbane, and Fisher Buttrose Architects in Cairns, the building layout and features have already won construction awards. Their design not only maximises the views and prevailing cool sea breezes, but captures the architectural character relevant to the region, 160 QLD PROJECT FEATURE CAIRNS HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT

with defined entries and special screening to reduce the impact of the sun, as well as cyclones. The hospital’s perfect tropical seaside location, between Lake Street and the Esplanade, creates a landscaped breezeway to the hospital’s entrance. The building works seamlessly integrate the renovation and expansion of four existing buildings. Covered link bridges between buildings and over streets provide pedestrian access around the hospital and to multi-storey car parks. The exterior colours of yellow, white and crimson red are inspired by the many surrounding frangipanis, and mark the entry, identify spaces, and connect with the vibrancy of the interior layout. Due to significant space constraints and the sensitivity of working in a hospital precinct environment, the project has involved detailed AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

planning and coordination to successfully allow hospital services to continue operating throughout the course of the project. August 2014 saw the opening of the clinical services Block D, part of the redevelopment of Cairns Hospital. This marked a milestone, with more than 250 inpatients transferred and safely relocated in under an hour. Block D is now the hub of the hospital. Housing half of the hospital’s 531 inpatient beds, and the 32-bed Orthopaedic Ward on the top floor, it has panoramic views of the city skyline, mountains and inlet, for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy. The Orthopaedic ward has been years in the planning, with staff contributing to the overall ward design, as well as the furniture, fittings and equipment. It includes a dedicated plaster room, allowing patients to be conveniently treated in the ward and in a timely manner, plus a new gym for dedicated patient orthopaedic rehabilitation. Block D also features a newly developed main entrance to the hospital, a ground-floor pharmacy WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

service, increased short-stay beds with direct access to the emergency and medical imaging departments, new cardiology inpatient unit and coronary care unit, day surgery and procedural areas that are directly linked to operating theatres. This redevelopment moves the hospital into the next century. The extra operating theatres in Cairns Hospital’s new Block D are crucial in its aim to become the top choice for elective surgery in Australia. In the past eight months, the hospital has already managed to reduce elective surgery waiting lists by almost 90 per cent, from 769 patients to just over 80. Having these extra theatres will allow surgeons to work more normal hours, instead of through the night and on weekends. The next stage of the redevelopment involves the refurbishment of existing Blocks A, B and C, and is scheduled for completion in early 2016. For more information visit, QLD PROJECT FEATURE CAIRNS HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT 161

Below Century Cranes provided crane services during construction of the Cairns Hospital Redevelopment.

When it comes to hiring cranes, Century Cranes, which has grown into “the largest crane hire company in Cairns,” is hard to beat. Century Cranes provided all the mobile cranes to the Cairns Base Hospital site, as well as erecting, and on completion, dismantling the tower cranes on site. In 1979 Cairns Steel Fabricators was established and are now one of the largest steel fabricators in Queensland. The company purchased cranes to erect structural steel and it soon became a realisation that there was a need for a crane hire company in Cairns. Cairns Steel began hiring out cranes to local builders and as the demand grew, they established Century Cranes. Today, Century Cranes operates a fleet of cranes ranging from a 13T City Class to 200T All Terrain.

Century Cranes met the challenges of the difficult conditions produced both by high winds on the site was and the need of the existing hospital to continue its services. Century Cranes works mainly in North Queensland, Central Queensland and Papua New Guinea, however, cranes are available on request to anywhere. The company does all that is requested of them, as long as they can perform the task safely. “The secret to Century Cranes success is no secret - it’s about our cranes, our crew and our service,” says a company spokesperson. “Our management team and crew are passionate about what they do and it is through their passion, that each and every client experiences a level of professionalism and service that exceeds expectation.”

Century Crane’s had a crew of 34 that had worked on the hospital project. The tower cranes (owned by another contractor) were erected by Century Cranes. The tallest was 60m. These cranes were used to lift a variety of materials for all contractors on site. The mobile cranes used were All Terrains due to the weather conditions in Cairns and varied in size from 13 ton up to 200 ton. 162 QLD PROJECT FEATURE CAIRNS HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT

For more information contact Century Cranes Pty Ltd, 46 Redden Street, Portsmith QLD 4870, phone 07 4035 1754, email operations@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below PKF Queensland provided floor covering services for the Cairns Hospital Redevelopment.

PKF Queensland Pty Ltd specialises in the supply and installation of commercial floor coverings. The company has extensive installation experience around Australia in hospitals, schools, supermarkets and large public spaces.

General Hospital, Mater Hospital, South Brisbane and The Royal Brisbane Hospital.

PKF has a well-established history spanning 40 years in New South Wales and 15 years in Queensland. The company has roughly around 100 employees.

PKF has worked on a number of aged care facilities including Carseldine Aged Care, Varsity Lakes Aged Care and Gladstone Aged Care as well as some correctional centres such as Lotus Glen, Mareeba, SEQ Correctional Precinct Development, Gatton, Wacol Correctional Centre and Townsville Men’s Correctional Centre.

The Cairns Hospital project involved floor preparation and the supply and installation of floor covering. The team of 16 professionals working on the project met the challenge of a very strict building program and high quality standards. A company spokesperson states that where vinyl flooring is concerned “PKF have established a solid reputation for this specialised sector of the market.”

PKF is very proud of its environmental policies that aim to ensure the best possible outcome for minimising environmental impact. The company’s aim is to “continuously improve our environmental performance.” No matter the job, PKF always demonstrate a professional profile. They focus on ensuring that all clients are happy by providing successful outcomes for all jobs.

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For more information contact PKF Queensland Pty Ltd, 18b Windorah Street, Stafford QLD 4053, phone 07 3352 4888, fax 07 3352 4999, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE CAIRNS HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT 163

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highlights and divide areas within an installation. This has been embraced by many creative designers in suitable residential projects, in Gyms and sporting venues, offices and department stores. M1 Matrix Hammertone rubber tiles have a low VOC formulation, are highly durable and feature superior abrasion resistance for a long lasting and high quality appearance. They perform well in heavy duty areas, including shopping centres, educational & health care facilities, hospitals and day care centres. Kinetics Hammertone ranges (H1, M1 and DIY) feature an R10 slip rating, are non porous, easy to clean and maintain, and will not harbour bacteria. They contain a high percentage of virgin rubber and are therefore 100% recyclable and environmentally sustainable. Kenbrock Kinetics also offers the DIY – Design It Yourself option where you can mix and match from 28 base colours and up to 3 of 10 chip colours to create a custom design. These can be created and viewed on our web site using the design tool in the commercial section of our website. For more information contact Kenbrock Flooring, VIC - phone 03 9765 2222, fax 03 9765 2233, NSW - phone 1300 785 000, fax 07 3881 3287, QLD - phone 07 3881 1000, fax 07 3881 3287, SA/TAS/NT/WA - phone 1800 674 145, fax 03 9765 2233 ANCR BUILDING PRODUCTS FEATURE 173




Ace Waterproofing Pty Ltd are specialists in the treatment of Rising Salt Damp and Damp repairs in South Australia. We are driven by a desire to find smarter, more effective and efficient ways to protect built structures from the damage caused by moisture and other external causes. Ace Waterproofing are the exclusive National Distributors for the PLATON range of environmentally friendly waterproofing and protection products for below grade, retaining walls, cellars, and concrete. Suitable for commercial, civil and residential projects. PLATON WATERPROOFING is a double dimpled HDPE membrane that provides protection to underground structure from backfill and lateral damp. The dimpled design creates an airgap that allows moisture to condense on the membrane and fall freely to the footing drain for removal. This dries out the wall in a way that no other technology can match. The PLATON WATERPROOFING Membrane is fixed to the top of the wall so the wall can crack, shift and settle over the years without affecting its protection performance. Easily bridges 5-10mm cracks and is resistant to sharp objects and soil borne salts. It is commonly used to waterproof block walls, poured concrete, existing foundations and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

PLATON STOP is a cushioning acoustic underlay and vapour barrier for use under floating timber floors such as laminate, bamboo or engineered wood flooring. PLATON STOP has been specifically developed for floating timber floors as an effective barrier to moisture. It is three times as impervious to water vapour as 2mm sheeting so provides superior protection from moisture issues which may occur in existing slabs and also supports the natural drying process of newly poured slabs allowing fast track installation of new flooring. Floor coverings can be laid directly on top of PLATON STOP even with residual moisture levels as high as 5% for cement screed. PLATON STOP also provides a soft, comfortable walking experience and reduces impact noise transmission by up to 19db (ISO 717-2). Suitable for multi-story construction, commercial fitouts and insurance repair work. Specified by Dinesen Timber Floating Floors for use when installing on concrete. For more information/distributors contact Ace Waterproofing Pty Ltd, 244-246 Payneham Road, Payneham SA 5070, phone 08 8132 1166, email, website ANCR BUILDING PRODUCTS FEATURE 175



• GUARANTEED waterproof basement / tank walls* • INNOVATIVE RING FORM works as a reinforcement and allows 230mm concrete slump single pour up to 4m* • Ultimate solution for MAGNITUDE 9 EARTHQUAKES

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Speeding up high rises A new outstanding product from Dincel Construction System will see high rise development become even faster and more effective with the launch of the company’s 275mm profile. Dincel Construction System is a permanent polymer formwork that is becoming the go-to product for developers looking to construct premium quality buildings quickly and cost efficiently. The new 275mm profile has an innovative internal ring form capable of resisting up to 230mm slump concrete when poured from a 4m height. When installed by a professional and accredited Dincel Construction System installer, the 275mm profile provides a 100% guaranteed waterproof solution for basements and tank walls. These waterproof qualities are the perfect resolution to critical building issues, including concrete cancer, corrosion and mould and mildew. The product ensures a higher quality build with fewer defects and lower maintenance throughout the lifecycle of the building. Manufactured in the company’s Erskine Park factory, the launch of the 275mm profile provides a genuine alternative to traditional jump-form systems when constructing buildings up to 50-storeys. Inventor and Chairman of Dincel Construction System, Burak Dincel, said there had been unprecedented demand for the company’s product during the past 12 months.

“Our business doubled its sales growth in 2015, leading to additional production lines being installed in the Sydney factory and new distribution hubs opening in Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand,” Burak, a practising structural and civil engineer, explains. “The 275mm profile has been launched in response to demand from countries like Japan which require earthquake solutions, and local builders and developers who are keen to specify Dincel Construction System for high rise building projects. Our new wider profile is ideal for commercial buildings with shear walls, including the building’s core construction (lifts and fire stairs), columns and blade walls up to 20-storeys higher than previously possible.” Construction speed is enhanced through Dincel Construction System’s ability to uniquely snap into position to quickly build walls and columns while achieving an outstanding result. Dincel’s extensive product portfolio allows more clients to benefit from buildings that exceed quality and performance standards, while satisfying the most discerning engineers. Their experience, performance and expertise ensures every job is handled with a professional approach and finished to perfection.

For more information contact Dincel Construction System 101 Quarry Road, Erskine Park NSW 2759 phone 02 9670 1633, website ANCR BUILDING PRODUCTS FEATURE 177


The Baines Masonry Lockblock® is a lightweight (156kg per M2 Approx.) thin bed masonry system using a 2mm polyurethane adhesive in place of the traditional 10mm sand and cement mortar bed. Lockblocks® can be used in loadbearing basement walls, retaining walls, lift shafts and can also be used in partition walls without the need to concrete and steel reinforce. Lockblocks® are an excellent choice for use in high-rise buildings due to their lightweight and the fact that no sand and cement needs to be lifted and mixed on site creating far less WH&S and site clean-up issues.

Mike Munmo was extremely happy with the outcome, stating that the cost was lower than any alternative method of construction, the speed of block laying was a least twice as fast as the traditional method, sighting that on one occasion two block layers and a labourer were able to lay in excess of 1900 blocks in a day. Mike was surprised how easily it was to core fill the blocks and achieve in excess of the required amount of concrete coverage around the reinforcing steel an important factor when constructing close to the eastern seaboard. Narooma Home Hardware was so impressed with the Lockblocks® they have commenced construction of their new premises using Lockblocks®.

Lockblocks® have a componentry of three, a full stretcher, a half stretcher and a corner or end block, the corner block can be used either right hand or left hand, the adhesive is a fast setting polyurethane adhesive which can be laid on a wet block eliminating costly down time. Lockblocks® were chosen by Narooma Self Storage to construct their new premises in Hotkins Pl Narooma; Mike Munmo, the owner and builder, sourced supply through Narooma Home Hardware. Over 10 thousand Lockblocks® were used in the construction and 80 cubic metres of core fill was placed in the blocks. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Baines Masonry, 900 Wilton Road, Appin NSW 2560, phone 02 4631 1383, email info@baimesmasonry., website ANCR Building PRODUCTS FEATURE 179


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Solution for General Office Buildings

ACCESS FLOORS for general office environments. Tate Access Floors, a Kingspan Group Company, formally known as Tasman Access Floors in Australia is a global provider of access floor solutions for the general office and data center environments. Our innovative products provide a structural, modular platform to efficiently manage building airflow, power and data services reticulation throughout the overall building lifespan, as well as flexibility in tenancy churn. Through form, function and finish, Tate can provide advice on integrated designs for access floors, underfloor air distribution strategy, services layout and modular finishes to support your building design into the future. TATE SIGNITURES selected for Heritage Restoration Central Station is the largest railway station and transport interchange in NSW and is of State significance for its historical value. With its grand sandstone edifices and approaches it is a well-known landmark in Sydney. Tate was engaged to provide a signature flooring solution that supported the historic values of the Central Station Heritage Ticketing office. The Tate Signatures™ porcelain finish access floor system was selected to provide an architectural platform to allow services distribution in the underfloor plenum so as not to interrupt the grandeur of the heritage walls and ceilings which define the space. Tate is thankful to both NSW Public Works and Sydney Trains for being included in this prestigious project.

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Tate Offers Raised Floors, Structural Ceiling Grid, Containment, Airflow Panels and Controls all out of the one factory, with one Project Manager, one invoice and one point of contact - ONE TRADE.

Raised Floors The perfect data center environment requires the ability to handle a large number of data cables, the ability to efficiently handle high heat loads that are variable and diverse, and the ability to adapt for future technological and cooling advancements. Tate’s system addresses all of these needs in a highly adaptable space that provides the ability to respond quickly and easily to client, organizational and technological changes – all while being cost-effective in both construction and operation. With Tate’s raised flooring solutions, you’ll be able to address allof the demands of a data center while meeting the everyday needs of its users in a secure and reliable environment. Structural Ceiling Grid Tate’s Structural Ceiling Grid is the ideal solution for any data center application where large heavy items need to be suspended within a building. Replacing custom-built on-site structural support systems such as Unistrut, with Tate’s Structural Ceiling Grid can offer many advantages. A structural data center ceiling allows you to pre-design and specify the support solution in advance and, best of all it’s less expensive and faster to install. Containment Systems Containing an entire row of air improves capacity and energy efficiency by reducing bypass airflow. The separation of cold supply air from hot exhaust air is one of the most popular strategies in data center design. Tate’s ContainAire® product line is easy to install and modify, our products offer valuable energy saving opportunities. Airflow Panels Tate has a full line of directional and standard airflow panels to cater to all your data center cooling needs. Our range of cost-effective and energy-efficient directional airflow panels offer compelling returns on investment and lower operating costs in both new build and retrofit applications. Sensor & Controls Tate’s automatic and manual airflow controls ensure that the proper amount of airflow is supplied to the cabinet to cool the IT equipment. Tate’s SmartAire® MZ damper monitors inlet air temperature to automatically balance the airflow to deliver the right amount of air to the equipment at the right time to maintain the proper inlet temperature. Real time rack level monitoring and control of airflow improves decision making and reduces operating cost.

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At Portable Cooling Solutions Australia, the focus is on client comfort. As an Australia-wide distributor of the Port-a-cool range of evaporative cooling units, Portable Cooling Solutions ensures customers can achieve comfortable temperatures in even the toughest work environments. The company also offers after-sales service and support to make the ongoing maintenance of the products a breeze. “I’ve always had an interest in finding solutions for people to provide cooling at a cheaper cost, especially outdoors,” explains Faizal Gordon, Director, Portable Cooling Solutions. “I happened to be doing research on the internet and came across the product. I air-freighted it over to see how they work.” That was nine years ago. Today, Portable Cooling Solutions supplies all industries including commercial, industrial, mining, agriculture and military with cost-effective Port-a-cool products to keep workers, animals and machinery at safe temperatures. Whether it be spot or area cooling in a workshop, factory or on-site, Portable Cooling Solutions can provide the ideal product for any application. “With experience in the commercial air conditioning industry, we are able to give the best advice on the most appropriate unit so you get what you need,” Faizal says. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Servicing a multitude of applications, Portable Cooling Solutions has cooled some extraordinary worksites. A recent hire project took Port-a-cool units below water level in bridge footings for Perth’s Elizabeth Quay development, earning the commendation of Worksafe. With heat stress a danger in confined and open worksites, the Port-acool range provides, as Faizal explains, a “cost-effective OH&S solution; you don’t need to shut the site down if you can continue cooling the hot environment. And they provide ventilation – hot air out, cool in.” To further ensure clients meet OH&S requirements, Portable Cooling Solutions offer continued after-sales advice on cleaning and maintaining their units. Always client-focused, Portable Cooling Solutions is currently exploring future growth. “We are looking at different areas where we can make a difference to our customers,” Faizal says. For more information contact Portable Cooling Solutions Australia, Unit 2, 26 Lancaster Road, Wangara WA 6065, phone 08 9408 0801, fax 08 9408 0802, email, website ANCR BUILDING PRODUCTS FEATURE 185

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Brickworks Building Products, one of Australia's largest and most diverse building material manufacturers, is now proud to distribute the INEX>BOARDS range of products throughout Australia. INEX>BOARDS provide a range of high performing, lighter weight materials for the construction industry. INEX>BOARDS offer a superior, yet price competitive, environmentally friendly alternative to fibre cement and plasterboard products. Critically the products are both low carbon and high performing, whilst at the same time being affordable, delivering to the construction industry a better, safer and cost-effective solution. Some of the key benefits of the INEX>BOARDS range include: • Low Carbon - INEX>BOARDS minimise harm to the planet in their production which is undertaken at room temperature. The embodied energy of our board is about 40% to that of comparable fibre cement boards. • Strength - INEX>BOARDS are manufactured to an equilibrium bending strength of 22MPa. • Fire Resistance - Tests demonstrate that INEX>BOARDS are non-combustible, BAL-FZ and FRL 60/60/60 rated. Performance data available at WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Durability - INEX>BOARDS can be used in all climatic conditions – rain, snow, frost, varying humidities and extreme temperatures. • Stability - Tests demonstrate that INEX>BOARDS can retain over 80% of the dry strength after 25 soak-dry cycles. • Acoustic Resistance - Tests demonstrate an acoustic attenuation of Rw5 higher than that of standard plasterboard products. At 10mm thickness INEX>BOARDS provide a similar attenuation as 13mm thick sound rated plasterboard. • Water Resistance - INEX>BOARDS have a high level of water resistance and conform to the requirements of the Water Permeability Test. • Impact Resistance - INEX>BOARDS offer high impact resistance – greater than that of traditional compressed fibre cement sheets or impact resistant plasterboards currently on the market. • Radiation Shielding - Tests show enhanced electromagnetic radiation shielding properties. • Healthier Living - INEX>BOARDS are non-toxic, provide enhanced breathability and inhibit mould.

For more information or product literature for the entire INEX>BOARDS range of products, visit ANCR BUILDING PRODUCTS FEATURE 189

Have you been introduced to Norfolk Blinds? Norfolk Blinds Pty Ltd was launched in 2003 as a custom manufacturer of quality blinds. The company has now established itself as a national supplier of blinds and curtains for commercial projects and has successfully completed some of the larger Australian window covering contracts. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Camdale, Norfolk Blinds is able to provide a high level of service to all areas of the country and has site teams in all states. Being a manufacturer enables Norfolk Blinds to deliver sun control products quickly and with a high level of quality to meet any schedule. All products where possible use Australian manufactured mechanisms and fabric. Norfolk Blinds have embraced modern times with the installation of up-to-the-minute computerised manufacturing equipment, high tech fabric ranges, automated systems and full LEAN aligned manufacturing facilities. Norfolk Blinds supplies premium quality blinds, to your specification and to your schedule.

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Is your car park ventilation system costing you too much? If you’re running your exhaust fans 24 hours a day then YES it is! With a AS1668.2-2002 compliant iQguard car park gas detection system you can run your exhaust system only when needed, reducing running costs and lowering your impact on the environment.

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As the leading force in Western Australia’s height safety industry for more than 20 years, Safemaster is passionate about protecting people working at heights in the construction and other industries. With a reputation for its technical knowledge, rigorous standards and fresh approach, Safemaster continues to innovate and develop new techniques, products and ideas via its extensive research and development. Safemaster’s products are 100% Australian designed, engineered and manufactured in the company’s own workshop based in Canning Vale WA, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including advanced machinery and load-testing facilities. All of its products are designed to be ergonomic, provide maximum protection at a competitive price and to suit most environments where safety is paramount. Additionally, Safemaster has a large inventory storage to cater to all its customers’ needs, as well as a timely and cost-effective Australia wide distribution service. Safemaster’s complete range of fall protection products include X-ERT anchor point systems, FALLNOT guardrail systems, X-CLERATE static line systems and ZERO personal protective equipment. Its other products include SPACEGATE access hatch, SKYCLIMB modular ladders systems

and SKYCLIMB step ladders, stairs and platforms, as well as the PROLANE walkway systems and PROLANE SERIES work platform. All its products are robustly manufactured with a five-year warranty against defects, comply with Australian Standards and conform to Safemaster’s commitment to safety, quality, service and performance. With work at height regulations, equipment and capabilities constantly evolving, Safemaster’s wide-ranging experience, product development and testing ensures it keeps pace with industry changes and compliance to relevant standards and legislation. Safemaster also provide specialised custom products in a wide range that are uniquely designed and manufactured to meet specific applications. This versatility also allows Safemaster and their innovative products to address the demands of modern architecture, heritage buildings and harsh industrial environmental conditions, providing safe access for their many clients who use Safemaster products when working at heights.

For more information contact Safemaster Safety Products, 98 Catalano Circuit, Canning Vale WA 6155, phone 08 6218 5158, fax 08 9456 5014, website ANCR BUILDING PRODUCTS FEATURE 191

A Lasting Memory developer : Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust Main construction company : Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd Architect : BVN Donovan Hill engineer : Bonacci Group project value : $50 million

The $50 million Bunurong Memorial Park redevelopment provides Melbourne with a contemporary twist on the traditional memorial park with the addition of reflection spaces, café, florist, playground and the construction of the memorial bridge stretching across Lake Australis. Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust’s Bunurong Memorial Park is undergoing a major redevelopment, under the watchful eye of Australia’s leading privately owned construction firm, Hansen Yuncken. Established in 1918, Hansen Yuncken is at the forefront of change and innovation in the building industry, undertaking projects in the commercial and industrial fields as well as for Government Departments. A respected builder for major construction projects, and having been in continual operation for almost 100 years, they were the perfect choice when it came to the Bunurong Memorial Park in Dandenong South, Victoria. The $50 million redevelopment, undertaken in two separable portions, is aimed at being a drawcard for families and visitors. When finished, Bunurong Memorial Park will include 101 hectares of Australian native landscape, being almost three times the size of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and it’s envisioned that it will become a popular community meeting place. One of the aims of 192 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Bunurong memorial park

this redevelopment is to demystify cemeteries and get the public to embrace them as a community asset, just as they did in the 1860’s where thousands would flock to Melbourne General Cemetery to picnic on a summer’s day. The transformational development at Bunurong Memorial Park is creating a contemporary memorial park like no other. The Southern Aurora Centre includes the construction of three highly architectural reflection spaces (multipurpose chapels), an administration and function centre, café, florist, playground and multifaith rooms. It is set to change the public perception of memorial parks as a place to gather and celebrate life. In addition, a gatehouse and memorial bridge - The Crossing - have been built, the bridge stretching across Lake Australis and providing visitors with a place to reflect and to remember loved ones. Memorial plaques will also be built into the bridge to mark the final resting place AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

of relatives and friends. To accommodate the anticipated influx of people to the site, road works have been undertaken to ease traffic congestion into the area. Extensive landscaping on site includes the planting of over 80,000 native trees and shrubs before first stage completion. As well as a multifaith meditation garden, a distinctive Australian theme has been devised for the Matilda Garden, with the regenerated Indigenous natural environment providing a suitable habitat for local fauna. With extensive landscaping and civil construction occurring at the major redevelopment, Bunurong Memorial Park is master planned to meet Melbourne’s population needs for the next 50-70 years. Additional grave plots and cremation memorial plots will also be added during the redevelopment. Committed to the highest level of quality and service, Hansen Yuncken is ensuring that Bunurong Memorial Park is being built with the highest quality materials. Specialist timber frames in the form of RAICO THERM+ Timber and Aluminium Thermally Broken Curtain Wall systems have been utilised in reflection spaces 1 and 2 and an STO render finish has been applied to the exterior of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

all buildings. Weathering steel is also a highlight of the project, this material creating a unique look and feel for the memorial park. This product has a distinctive patina, which results from protective surface oxidisation and will develop over the years with its exposure to the atmosphere. With offices across Australia, Hansen Yuncken has become known for innovative solutions to challenging problems and has built a solid reputation on their fair dealings and high quality client service. Having extensive experience in a wide range of project delivery methods, Hansen Yuncken works in partnership with their clients to maximise successful project outcomes. The Bunurong Memorial Park is no exception, and Hansen Yuncken will continue to positively contribute to enhancing the communities in which they work. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, Level 3, 479 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9831 6500, fax 03 9889 8794, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE bunurong memorial park 193

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Below Sto provided an exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS) for Bunurong Memorial Park

Sto products have a worldwide reputation as being hard-wearing and resilient, and with the addition of Sto in Australia to their global network, projects around the country are now benefiting from the international experience of a global company. With the philosophy “Building with conscience” behind them, Sto has become a leading supplier of exterior façade systems and manufacturer of quality exterior and interior render façade systems and coatings worldwide. They are trusted as a leader in exterior and interior render façades, façades, repairs and restoration markets.

has ecological purity, which makes it a popular product with an expanding market.

Sto Australia is still relatively new having been in operation for only two years, however their team is making inroads in the industry and is being utilised frequently on projects due to the unique properties of the Sto product.

Other benefits of StoVentec R include exceptional acoustic properties, crack resistant properties and minimal control joints that result in a seamless monolithic building finish.

Sto’s innovative products were perfect for the Bunurong Memorial Park Redevelopment project in Dandenong South, Victoria. Designed as a sustainable project, environmentally friendly products manufactured in Sto Germany maintain their quality standards and suit the Australian environment perfectly. Sto Australia worked closely with Victorian contractor, Practica MMC, to supply and install 2500m2 of StoTherm over masonry and 700m2 of StoVentec with a bespoken Stolit K raked render finish over the exterior substrate. Practica MMC welcomed this opportunity to blend its technical expertise with Sto’s innovative systems and building technology experience. “Sto’s premium systems are unlike any other in the Australian market,” says Brent Pointon, Practica MMC’ Technical Manager. “Valuable understanding of building envelope methodologies coupled with contracting firepower made this a success story with the end result exceeding all expectations.” Used on the Customer Care Building, Service Centre and the Reflection Spaces (Chapels), StoVentec R is a ventilated rainscreen façade system that provides a seamless render finish. Comprising of lightweight sustainable flexible carrier boards fixed over an engineered adjustable aluminium sub-construction, StoVentec R is not limited in its façade design, making it ideal for designers and architects. The core element of StoVentec R is the carrier board produced in the innovative material expanded glass granulate. The recycled glass material has low thermal and hygric expansion, excellent weather resistance, is low weight and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Thanks to the ventilation of the system, the substrate and optional insulation remain permanently dry, protected and functional, an outstanding feature in the façade market. The stable carrier boards provide an excellent base for reinforced Sto Renders, that can be matched to one of 800 colours in the Sto system, or to any colour specified. Due to the flexibility of render design options, the Bunurong Memorial Park was provided with a render system that was entirely unique to the project.

Another Sto product used on the buildings was the StoTherm Masonry Insulation System. This product is an exterior insulating and finishing system (EIFS) that provides insulation for energy-efficiency. The system has been designed with minimal thermal conductivity and no thermal bridging. Energy loss is cut dramatically by wrapping the building in a thermally resistant envelope utilising the thermal mass of the masonry substrate, which not only reduces energy bills but also CO2 emissions. One of the world’s most successful façade insulation systems, Sto developed the system with a focus on safety to withstand the elements achieving absolute system reliability and durability. Easy to cut, detail and assemble, it has a very high crack resistance, and is thermally modeled to avoid interstitial moisture. Recently completed projects by Sto Australia include the University of Technology Sydney, Ryman Healthcare and the Wheeler Hill project in Melbourne. Another innovative product, StoSilent, is being utilised on 727 Collins Street in Melbourne and at Perth Airport and Jupiters Casino. With a company history dating back from 1835, Sto products have the technological edge over other rendering systems Their environmental properties, insulation abilities and streamlined finishes make them a product of choice in Australia and worldwide. For more information contact STO at Stoanz Australia Ltd, 77 Mitchell Street, Marrickville NSW 2204, phone 02 9560 9589, fax 02 9572 6003, email, website

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Below Landmark Products constructed the bridge for Bunurong Memorial Park.

Established in 1988, Landmark Products have set the benchmark for quality and innovation through their extensive range of products for public open spaces that are known for their durability, quality and ease of maintenance. As Australia’s leading supplier and installer of engineered kit form products, Landmark Products range includes park shelters, restrooms, pedestrian bridges, boardwalk structures and street furniture for urban and community spaces. Currently working on the Bunurong Memorial Park redevelopment, Landmark is constructing one of the major features, a bridge over Peace Lake. The bridge, along with the Boardwalk, will be a major attraction at the Park, with thousands of visitors expected to cross it in the future.

Standards and the mantles are fabricated using steel and coated in a high quality protective coating that will be brown in colour. As all products are provided in kit form and produced in a factory prior to installation, this leads to a better finished result as well as ensuring fewer disturbances on site. LED lighting will also be placed under the mantle on one side of the bridge, shining across the boardwalk to illuminate the decking. Specialised plaques will also been installed on the bridge where cremated remains can be placed. Landmark Products are very proud of the exceptional service that they deliver on jobs time after time, with their specialist products providing a safe, cost effective and efficient solution.

The 121m x 2.5m kinked pedestrian bridge will consist of two pontoons and will provide a place where family and friends can gather and remember loved ones as well as serving as a place for reflection. The bridge, that will be constructed of hardwood joists and decking, also has stainless steel horizontal wire under the mantles. All steel beams, posts and other steel framing is hot dipped to Australian 196 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Bunurong memorial park

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Below Western Commercial Windows supplied and installed the windows for Bunurong Memorial Park.

Bunurong Memorial Park is transforming, and a large part of this is due to the visually appealing thermal broken wall systems that are being utilised in this $50 million redevelopment project. Western Commercial Windows, specialists in supplying and installing fabricated aluminium windows and RAICO THERM+ timber and aluminium thermally broken curtain wall systems, ensured that the right design elements were included for this special project. With their team of seven all involved in the project, Western Commercial Windows used their expertise to create design drawings for each of the six buildings they were contracted to fit out. With each of the buildings serving a different purpose, it was essential to have unique designs for each to ensure their needs were accurately catered for.

directions, yet Western Commercial Windows used their expertise to overcome this with an outstanding end result. Using the RAICO THERM+ products on this project, Western Commercial Windows were able to provide a visually appealing finish in addition to providing a viable and economic solution that fit in with the developers’ needs. The products thermally insulated properties along with burglary resistance properties made it ideal for the Bunurong Memorial Park landscape. Western Commercial Windows continue to use their vision to work on projects throughout Victoria and New South Wales, their experience in the fabrication and installation of thermally broken curtain wall systems being second to none.

Several hours were spent setting out each curtain wall in the individual buildings to ensure they could be fabricated as per the architectural drawings and specifications. Due to the design differences, each building also required varying methods of installation and glazing, as well as different timber mullions and transoms. Challenges also arose regarding the fabrication of the curtain wall in Chapel 3. The curtain wall in this instance curved in two separate WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below Sheer Construction installed concrete precast panels for the Bunurong Memorial Park.

Bunurong Memorial Park is undergoing a transformation with the proficiency of Sheer Construction Pty Ltd playing a very important part. Under the leadership of Bill Sheerer, Sheer Construction specialises in the installation of concrete precast panels, and it is this skill and experience that their team took to Bunurong Memorial Park. Established in 1995 and with a wealth of knowledge behind them, Sheer Construction utilised eight of their ten member team to install the concrete precast panels, which were manufactured off site, on all of the buildings in the first stage of the project.

Sheer Construction have been instrumental in forming solid foundations for the Bunurong Memorial Park, that will cater for Melbourne’s needs for the next 70 years. Sheer Construction Pty Ltd are at the top of their game when it comes to installing concrete precast panels, taking pride in each and every job that they are involved in. Experts in the industry, Sheer Construction are also working on other projects in Victoria that include the Peninsula Private Hospital in Langwarrin, as well as Chadstone Shopping Centre and CSL Broadmeadows.

Sheer Construction manoeuvred the precast panels and put them in place. This formed the base of the buildings and shaped the first stage of the memorial park. Included in their scope of works were the administration and function buildings, two chapels and the funeral services centre with multi faith rooms. In addition, they installed the precast panels for the memorial bridge that will see hundreds of people visit to remember their loved ones. Bunurong Memorial Park is taking shape to become a community gathering place, and is expected to attract thousands of visitors to its beautiful new grounds. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Sheer Construction Pty Ltd, 11 Colwyn Close, Langwarrin VIC 3910, mobile 0417 107 303, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE bunurong memorial park 199


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BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP The $60 million Opus Tower stands 37-stories tall and contains 222 apartments with ground level retail. Resplendent features include a Pandomo concrete floor topping, a gold chain curtain and curved walls, and a stylish lightweight metal cladding façade. Led by a passionate and accomplished team, Crema Constructions is a private family business with over 65 years of building experience. With three generations of family commitment, the company which has a proud and rich history has built an enviable reputation on creating long last partnerships and delivering superior projects for their clients. The Melbourne-based company has the management and on-site experience required to deliver complex projects and provide seamless integration. They specialise in multiresidential apartments, commercial and industrial construction. Spanning six and a half decades, the Crema Constructions story began with the vision of company founder Gilberto ‘Beppi’ Crema. Arriving from Italy in 1951, Beppi started working with cousins Dino and Terry Camillo, who ran a small terrazzo, concrete and formwork business known as Camillo Brothers. Under Beppi’s guidance, the Camillo Brothers business expanded in the 1970s, taking on larger building and development projects. During this time the company emerged as a pioneer in the manufacture and use of tilt-up precast construction. Soon, Beppi’s three sons – Luciano, Romeo and Louis – joined the business. During the 1980s, the company continued to build upon the strong relationships it had developed with its clients over the last decade. The business was rebranded as Crema Camillo and a new headquarters was established in Salmon Street, Port Melbourne. This included a new precast concrete factory, which saw the establishment of Cambar Precast, a new exciting division of the company.

Further growth in the 1990s resulted in the creation of another specialist company, Piave Premix Concrete. The business name changed to Crema Constructions in 2001, to better reflect the family ownership of the company. The company’s proud family tradition continued during this period, with the third generation Crema’s joining the business in various roles. Crema Constructions now takes on projects up to $250 million, with up to dozen jobs underway at any one time. Over 200 people were contracted to work on the Opus Tower project lcoated on City Road, Southbank. Crema Constructions were the principal builder on the $60 million project. Opus Tower stands 37-stories tall and comprises of 222 apartments with ground level retail. The building comprises of stunning features including Pandomo concrete floor topping, a gold chain curtain and curved walls with a stylish lightweight metal cladding façade. Crema Constructions’ scope of works for the 37-level project included the provision of materials, labour, equipment, services and applications for permits from the necessary authorities. Being a design and construct contract, Crema worked closely with the design and services consultants in the early stages to produce a more buildable high-rise that would ensure the timely and cost effective handover of a quality end product. Crema Constructions engaged specialist subcontractors capable of meeting the design brief whilst coordinating these contractors and ensuring key dates and standards of practice were met. Once all trades had passed through a level, Crema would defect each apartment and common area and ensure each defect item was rectified promptly before each level could receive their final clean and be locked off for client and purchaser defect inspections.   The Victorian company have a full bill of works at the moment with a number of projects under construction. These projects include the Marco Melbourne designed by The Buchan Group. This prominently located $105 million project includes two residential towers (36 and 40 levels) above a common podium. Marco Melbourne is located on Balston Street, South Melbourne, and includes 459 apartments which are due to be completed in 2017. Crema Constructions also commenced construction of The Eminence, Carlton last year with 195 apartments over 14 levels on Queensberry Street, Carlton designed by Plus Architecture and Mim Design. In 2015, Crema Constructions also completed Stage 1 of the 3-Stage multi-residential development known as Kubix. Stage 2 and 3 are currently underway, and are due to be complete in 2017. The Hawksburn, on Malvern Road, South Yarra, was also completed at the end of 2015. For more information contact Crema Constructions, 262 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9646 2188, fax 03 9645 2868, email, website


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An embedded network with OC Energy OC Energy specializes in the implementation of Embedded Networks. Specifically, OC Energy focuses on establishing Electrical Embedded Networks along the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. The implementation of an embedded network allows OC Energy to consistently deliver discounted electricity to customers in a way unparalleled in the market place. Their innovative business model has also been developed to encapsulate the supply and management of Hot Water Plants and Hot Water Meters. OC Energy also offers Vlife to their clients, Vlife is an innovative unified technology platform developed for high-rise residential and commercial markets. Combining in-building Wi-Fi management, utility management, unified communications and connected community features. OC Energy also facilitates Fiber to the Property (FTTP) mandated by the NBN Rollout. The Victorian company has been in business for approximately eight years. OC Energy is privately owned with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and their head office is in Melbourne. Forty staff are hired nationally with their staff numbers expected to be bolstered in 2016 to meet growing demand for their services. The current dedicated team of professionals have experience in the energy, legal, IT, finance and property sectors. Their management team collectively boast over 100 years of experience in the provision and management of Embedded Networks. Three employees were assigned to work on The Opus Tower project and will simultaneously provide further expert assistance via OC Energy’s engineering team when required. On the $60 million Opus Tower project, they worked closely with the building Stakeholders (Crema Constructions) to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the site and subsequently established an Electrical Embedded Network. The Energy Company manages infrastructure in excess of 100 sites across Australia. One of their recent signature projects is the Greenland Centre, which is the highest residential tower in Sydney’s CBD. OC Energy pride themselves on the capacity to provide a ‘big business’ service while remaining focused on providing a bespoke solution to each individual Client and Developer.

For more information contact OC Energy Pty Ltd, Level 12, 636 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 1300 494 080, fax 03 8888 7978, email, website

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Keeping it cool Coldflow Mechanical Services are proud of their rich history which combines over 100 years of experience in its management of providing quality Commercial Mechanical Services throughout Melbourne, and the greater Victoria region. Being a family business for 45 years, the 15 office staff and 55 plumbers are set with the task of providing quality air-conditioning and mechanical service installations, which is backed by a dedicated sales service and maintenance department. They have been involved with offering quality commercial and industrial mechanical services to some of Australia’s leading companies and most recognised builders. Coldflow Mechanical Services have completed a wide range of projects across Melbourne; from mechanical engineering for design and construction projects, to drafting shops and as-built drawings, tender quotations and submissions, to routine maintenance and 24-hour servicing. What separates Coldflow Mechanical Services from their competitors is the ability to provide end to end air-conditioning and mechanical services from design through to installation. Their work also involves the commissioning and balancing to meet Australian Standards. The Clayton-based company specialise in air-conditioning and mechanical services not only on commercial projects, but high-rise apartment complexes as well. Opus Tower is an impressive 37-story high-rise apartment block with seven levels of car parking and 240 apartments. Coldflow WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Mechanical Services installed the carpark exhaust systems, stairwell pressurisation and lobby relief system, apartment exhaust systems, kitchen rangehoods along with a wall-hung air conditioner split system to each apartment. Coldflow Mechanical Services are also currently working on the Regis Aged Care project in Malvern along with the high-rise project, The Metropolitan on 137 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Past projects include Costco at Moorabbin, The Icon apartments in St Kilda and the True Value Solar Centre in Tullamarine.

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Quality clean up D.C Bin Hire was established in 1996 and is owned and operated solely by Don Santalucia. The Victorian company, who are based in Campbellfield and operate all over Melbourne specialise in bin hire, waste removal and waste recycling. They pride themselves on their efficiency and promptness from the moment an existing or potential client rings their office to the bin/s being delivered. They have nine fully radio controlled trucks on the road with over 300 bins ranging from 2.5m3 to 25m3. Another aspect of their company that puts D.C Bin Hire on top of their competitors is their comprehensive recycling program. All of their materials come back to their depot in the Victorian suburb of Campbellfield to be recycled. A program that has been deemed as a success, they have reduced the amount of waste that goes to land fill by approximately 80 percent.

all waste and recycling. They didn’t succumb to any challenges on the 222-apartment project, working in a professional and efficient manner at all times to get the job done. Other projects that D.C Bin Hire are involved with are the Marco Apartments in Southbank, Swanston Dock, Victoria University, LaTrobe University and Swinburne University.  For more information contact D.C Bin Hire, 189 Northbourne Road, Campbellfield VIC 3061, phone 03 9308 5488, fax 03 9308 5688, email, website

D.C Bin Hire are also known to many Councils for their recycling procedures and are in demand when it comes to projects that need Green Certification. The Victorian company can also work with companies on a Waste Management Report with their strong knowledge in this area. They are accredited with a number of councils in Victoria which include Banyule City Council, Darebin City Council, Hume City Council, Melbourne City Council and Port Phillip City Council. Working closely with the builders of Crema Constructions on the Opus Tower project, D.C Bin Hire provided bin hire service to remove

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A Sign of greatness Briner Ads are leaders in the Australian signage industry specialising in large format digital print. This Victorian company has been operating for more than 70 years and pride themselves on providing innovative signage solutions using cutting edge technology to produce and install to almost any size and specification. The three Directors of Briner all commenced as employees over 20 years ago and employ over 75 staff. Briner has several departments working cohesively to contribute to the successful delivery of signage and display solutions including, a specialised Art Department, Project Management team, Customer Service team and together with our highly skilled Production team will work with their clients to produce and install large format digital prints of almost any magnitude. Working closely with the Principal Contractors on the Opus Tower project, Briner provided the digitally printed gantry banner on City Road and the sign writing on the ground level hoarding. The installation of this job was extremely successful with Briner overcoming complex traffic management for the gantry installation on busy City Road. Another major project for 2015 was to provide and install an enormous mesh banner building wrap to the faรงade of the Opera Development at 45 St Kilda Road together with the external lighting. This difficult installation required abseiling contractors to install the spectacular faรงade building wrap. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

2016 has seen Briner continue with major projects including the MQ Docklands project which is a major Lend Lease development, Stockland Cloverton land development and several more display suite fitouts. For more information contact Briner Ads Pty Ltd, 62 Tarnard Drive, Braeside VIC 3195, phone 03 8587 0000, fax 03 8587 0001, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE opus tower 205

In Good hands DEVELOPER : Regis Group Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Buxton Construction ARCHITECT : Smith + Tracey Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Adams Consulting Engineers PROJECT VALUE : $30 million

The $30 million Regis Aged Care Facility development, to be known as Regis East Malvern, caters for high and low care residents with 126 living units and 19 independent apartments along with highlights such as a hairdresser and day spa, a wellness program and in-house chef. Providing multi awarding winning excellence in property solutions, Buxton Construction is a multifaceted business focused on delivering excellence in construction and enduring client and partner relationships. As one of Australia’s leading and most trusted construction companies, Buxton Construction ensure projects are completed on schedule, within budget and to the highest quality standards. Over the last four decades, Buxton Construction has used their expertise to deliver over 250 projects across all market sectors. Education centres, commercial and industrial buildings, landmark sports developments, innovative retirement living projects, high end residential projects and high rise apartments all form part of the Buxton Construction portfolio. Consistently recognised and rewarded for their professionalism, Buxton Construction’s team collaborated on the Regis East Malvern in East Malvern, Victoria. As principal contractor on the $30 million 206 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Regis Aged Care Facility

development, all the members of Buxton Construction’s project team were based on site. Consisting of a project manager, site manager, contracts administrator, finishes supervisor, a graduate engineer and two labourers, the team ensured they had their finger on the pulse at all times, overseeing the development of this specialised aged care facility that caters for both high and low care residents. The new aged care residence evolved under Buxton Constructions leadership, the four level block with basement facilities comprising 126 aged care living units along with 19 independent living apartments situated on level three. A commercial kitchen and laundry were also constructed, with special additions such as a cinema, hairdresser and private dining facility incorporated into the scope of works. Communal dining and living facilities enhanced the feel of community, with internal and external courtyards and landscape work adding a welcoming atmosphere to all who live or visit the facility. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The project was not without its challenges, with a few issues arising along the way. Early installation was required for the inground services in the driveway and service yard areas. The sequencing of this structure created some coordination issues as bad ground conditions were encountered at the eastern end of the building. To minimise the impact on the project, the structure was rescheduled and civil preparation works were fast tracked to provide a suitable work platform. Specific planning and coordination were also required due to the amount of varying materials used on the façade. The work involved was complex and the building had to be closed up and waterproofed to enable the internal fitout works to continue.

at Sandringham benefiting from the Buxton touch. With 141 and 122 apartments respectively, Buxton Construction are helping to create premium living conditions in the resort style development. Away from the residential arena, Buxton are working on nourishing the community’s souls, with construction underway on the North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub. Residents of Waurn Ponds and surrounds will soon be enjoying the facilities of Waurn Ponds Bulky Retail stores and Monash University will be able to utilise a multi level carpark, both thanks to Buxton Construction.

Complex or not, Buxton Construction’s team used their expertise to ensure the smooth running of the site at all times, creating a homely environment for the aged.

Offering specialised expertise, Buxton Construction’s team has the skill base and quality assurance to ensure success in each project they undertake. Offering understanding and innovation, Buxton Construction works within budget and to the highest possible standards time after time.

Buxton Construction are currently working on a myriad of projects around Victoria, including CV Apartments at Camberwell Junction, the two tower blocks consisting of 146 apartments along with three levels of commercial tenancies. Work on Stages two and three of the Sandy Hill development is also underway, with Gardenside and The Reserve

For more information contact Buxton Construction, Suite 3, 16 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9644 7000, fax 03 9644 7044, email, website


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Below Kitchen Galerie provided the joinery for the rooms and apartments for Regis Aged Care Facility.

Kitchen Galerie prides itself on its exceptional relationships with its clients, delivering a quality product and service to customers across the country. Established in 2011, the Melbourne based company offers a full building service with custom-made joinery and stone capabilities, specialising in both new builds and renovation projects. Designing spaces that fit within lifestyles, priorities and budgets is Kitchen Galleries’ forte, and it was these skills that they took to the Regis Weeroona Aged Care Facility redevelopment project in East Malvern, Victoria. Winning the contract on the $30 million development, Kitchen Galerie supplied, manufactured and installed the joinery and stonework in 126 rooms and 19 apartments at the Aged Care facility. To keep the work on a local level, all the cabinetry and stone benchtops used in the redevelopment were manufactured in Dandenong South, at the company’s in house stone manufacturing facility. The integration of both joinery and stone services under a single roof ensures quality control and efficiency is greatly improved. The team at Kitchen Galerie delivered their products and services to Regis Weeroona in a timely, cost effective and professional manner. In addition to providing joinery and stone, another product utilised at Regis Weeroona by Kitchen Galerie was the Laminex Impression Range with soft close drawer runners. This product provides better user experience and compliments the stylish décor of the facility. Under the guidance of General Manager Maseeh Nasheet, Kitchen Galerie is forging ahead, poised for growth within both the domestic and commercial markets. Becoming a proficient authority in the area of joinery since joining the industry, Mr Nasheet’s vision for Kitchen Galerie is to become the number one go-to company when choosing high quality joinery at the best price point. With extensive management experience, Maseeh Nasheet attributes his success in the industry to his great team and the ability to provide his clients with a fresh approach

and innovative solutions to complex projects. Kitchen Galerie has a reputation for providing quality joinery for a range of projects, their staff of 50 working hard to meet clients’ needs. With cabinet makers, installers, site managers, designers, detailers and stonemasons on their dedicated team, Kitchen Galerie work with clients from inception to completion of the project. This ever expanding company has taken the initiative to set up an overseas procurement office. The establishment of this office has had a positive economic effect, with builders able to source alternative building materials, including engineered timber floors and tiles, at a reduced cost and then pass these savings onto their customers. This tailored manufacturing approach gives clients the opportunity to manage costs, whilst also ensuring the quality of the end product is not compromised. All joinery, whether produced locally or offshore is guaranteed by Kitchen Galerie’s local factory and cabinet making team. Clients’ can be assured that the in-house design and detailing team handle all shop drawings and prototype management at a local level, with all joinery sourced offshore fully assembled locally prior to being fitted on site. Kitchen Galerie’s ability to procure high calibre goods from their trusted international partners ensures that they never compromise on quality, and they can continue to produce exceptional results time after time. Collaborating with experienced designers, cabinet makers and stonemasons with a strong eye for detail is extremely important to Maseeh Nasheet, and this, along with quality control, make Kitchen Galerie a forerunner in this competitive industry.

For more information contact Kitchen Galerie, 69-75 Discovery Road, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 1300 099 995, email, website

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Below Con-Form Group provided the surface mounted platforms for Regis Aged Care Facility.

When it comes to platform systems, Con-form Group are revolutionising the industry with their light weight alternative to the traditional costly and heavier methods. In operation for 15 years, Con-form specialise in surface mounted mechanical equipment platforms. Constructed from aluminium and stainless steel, these specialised platforms have taken away the need for heavy concrete plinths and steel structures, resulting in a more cost effective and time efficient process. The redevelopment of the Regis Aged Care facility has recently benefited from Con-form’s product, the company supplying and installing their Series 2 Surface Mounted Platforms that have been designed specifically for concrete roofs. With anti-slip pedestals incorporating fully adjustable stainless steel rods, the Series 2 platforms can be altered to sit completely flush to accommodate plant equipment. As the need for concrete plinths is eliminated, drainage and water pooling issues are solved, and water is able to run freely to drainage areas. With no roof penetration required, the amount of trades on site is reduced and the roof membrane remains intact. 210 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Regis Aged Care Facility

With an unmatched warranty of 20 years, Con-form offer unique products that are providing a complete solution due to significant cost savings (around half the cost of traditional methods), lightweight yet strong systems, minimal installation time and the visually appealing nature of their screens. Con-form has platform systems to meet differing project requirements, with products for pitched metal deck roofs and high performance raised platforms also available. Acoustic solutions can be added to platforms to suit project needs, the skilled team at Con-form offering noise reduction by reflection, absorption, or a combination of the two. Currently working with a range of high profile companies across Australia including Coles, Woolworths and ALDI, Con-form Group are certainly ‘making it easy’, providing a simple solution to an often complex problem.

For more information contact Con-Form Group, phone 1300 882 490, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Coldflow Mechanical Services provided the mechanical cooling and heating systems for Regis Aged Care Facility

Coldflow Mechanical Services has been providing Melbourne and surrounding suburbs with its expert services for over 45 years. Specialising in air conditioning and mechanical services for commercial projects and high rise apartment blocks, Coldflow has evolved into one of Melbourne’s most successful and awarded HVAC installation companies.

Mechanical cooling systems were also put into place by Coldflow, with a Daikin VRV system consisting of 40 rooftop condensers and 200 ducted air conditioning units installed in the aged care facility. The VRV system, a commercially applied climate management solution, is designed to optimise comfort and control whilst providing energy efficient processes.

Utilising 10 of their 50 member plumbing team, Coldflow Mechanical Services performed their specialised work on the $30 million Regis Aged Care facility redevelopment project in East Malvern, Victoria. Offering high and low care nursing, along with a club service wing and dementia specific wing, it was essential that the work carried out in the aged care facility was precise and in line with health department requirements.

In addition, Coldflow took their expertise to other areas of the redevelopment, fitting out the commercial kitchen exhaust hoods and carpark exhaust systems.

Ensuring that residents, guests and staff would be in a controlled temperature environment year round, Coldflow provided mechanical systems to cater for all types of weather. A hydronic heating system, comprising two boilers, pumps, a central plant and 200 JAGA radiator panels was installed in the facility. The hydronic system devised by Coldflow not only delivering warmth in a hygienic manner, but is extremely efficient in that it operates by re-circulating hot water. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Coldflow Mechanical Services are currently providing their exceptional services to the OPUS Tower South Bank, M Docklands and 137 Bourke Street, combining their expert technical and management skills to deliver solutions tailored to their clients’ needs.

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Below BRL Contracting provided the joinery for the common areas and workstations for Regis Aged Care Facility.

Architectural joinery and internal fitout specialists BRL Contracting have supplied their professional services to the $30 million Regis Aged Care Facility, installing custom made joinery manufactured in their 2000m2 fully equipped factory. Using up to date technology and computer drawings, BRL Contracting provided a complete fitout service catering for the needs of the facility, whilst still delivering a unique product in the process. The result was a fresh new look for the aged care facility, with all common area joinery manufactured and installed by BRL. Devised to increase productivity and produce more useable environments, joinery was placed in the nurses’ station and treatment rooms. Workstations, cabinets and shelving were all installed, transforming the areas into a space where both medical staff and patients would feel comfortable. To add to the homely feel of the facility, six Jetmaster fire places were installed, their appearance highlighted by the addition of laminated cladding. Television sets were placed above the fire places, blending seamlessly due to the joinery that surrounded them. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

When it came to the dining room, the servery benefited from the BRL touch, with joinery appointed to fit in with the sleek and modern look of the facility. To add to the serene surrounds, four fish tanks have been positioned at Regis Aged Care Facility, these set on steel frames to help support the weight of the water. Large joinery units have been constructed around the fish tanks, adding to the visual appeal of this peaceful attraction. The cool calm colours of the joinery used throughout Regis Cared Care Facility along with their clean smooth lines have added to the style and appeal of this popular facility. Currently working on Etihad Business Lounge at Melbourne Airport and the lift panels at ANZ Docklands, BRL Contracting can bring a unique joinery touch to any project.

For more information contact BRL Contracting Pty Ltd, 22-24 Glenvale Crescent, Mulgrave VIC 3170, phone 03 9545 0955, fax 03 9545 0588, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Regis Aged Care Facility 213

DEVELOPER : Capital Alliance Investment Group PROJECT MANAGER : Urban Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Elenberg Fraser STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Webber Design PROJECT VALUE : $140 million



Making A Statement The unique $140 million M Docklands mixed-use development brings a grand impact to La Trobe Street with a landmark 5-star hotel, innovative apartments and premium retail space. The $140 million M Docklands project is stage two of an exciting mixed-used development located at 677 La Trobe Street. Neighbouring Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, M Docklands brings new vibrancy to the once stigmatised Docklands area. Incorporating 1,500m2 of retail space, three podium levels and a 15-storey residential tower, one of the development’s most exciting features is the inclusion of Docklands’ first official 5-star hotel. “This is unique,” explains Mohan Du, Founder/Managing Director of Capital Alliance Investment Group and developer of M Docklands. “We wanted to make a good impact on the precinct. It has been neglected in the past ten years and has had a bad reputation. We wanted to make it better.” The combination of 87 5-star hotel rooms, 194 apartments and 9 retail spaces makes M Docklands, in the words of Bart O’Callaghan, Director of Urban, “one of the few genuine mixed-use projects in Australia.” Working closely with Capital Alliance, who remained hands-on throughout the process, development management company Urban brought the vision for M Docklands to fruition. “We acquired the site on behalf of Capital Alliance and have participated in the role of Development Manager and Project Manager in the delivery of the project,” explains Bart. “This included securing the hotel tenant and the procurement and coordination of the contractor, Hamilton Marino, onsite.” M Dockland’s various elements and its close proximity to the Etihad Stadium were for Urban the most challenging aspects of the project. “There was a complexity to incorporating all the aspects of the project,” says Bart. “As well, the development incorporates the main access to the stadium from the north.” An additional challenge for the Urban team was the inclusion of public artwork into the main façade of the building. “We had an extensive public art regime to be incorporated as part of the project,” Bart explains. “We elected to support new artists in the program including street artist Rone Everfrewsh.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

M Docklands embodies the philosophy underpinning Capital Alliance’s approach to property development. For the past three years, Capital Alliance has sought to create properties that draw inspiration from the mixed-use, lifestyle-focused developments of Asia and Europe. “We have to think outside the box in a globalised economy,” Mohan says. “What we do is genuine and unique.” While Capital Alliance envisages its projects within a global context, the company remains a local Australian development business that seeks to benefit local markets. “We had lots of local buyers for M Docklands,” Mohan reports. “Lots of first home buyers. We want to cater for local markets – developers have a responsibility to the local market.” “We make sure that the projects we do are to a specific standard,” continues Mohan. “We are here for the long haul.” Since purchasing its first project in receivership in 2012, Capital Alliance is continuing to make its mark in Melbourne with the construction of Kings Domain Apartments, 68 Dorcas Street, in collaboration with CVCV. Capital Alliance is also planning two more towers in Docklands. Established in 2009, Urban has developed in excess of 4,500 apartments across Melbourne and Sydney. Specialising in property acquisition, development and project management for high-density residential, mixed-use, retail, commercial and hospitality developments, Urban has acquired over $260 million in development properties this year. Offering clients a tailored service, Urban can acquire sites and opportunities for clients and investors, draft project concept and feasibility models as well as manage the project throughout all phases including planning, sales, finance structuring, design development, project delivery and settlement. For more information contact Capital Alliance Investment Group, Level 11, 720 Bourke Street, Docklands VIC 3008, phone 03 9279 6600, email au, website Urban (Vic Office), Level 1, 125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9654 6220, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE M Docklands 215

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Keeping the flow Residents and guests of the M Docklands hotel and apartment complex will enjoy a most comfortable indoor environment thanks to the mechanical systems designed and constructed by Coldflow Mechanical Services, one of Melbourne’s foremost HVAC installation companies. “Coldflow Mechanical were engaged to design, install and project manage the mechanical services from conception to final client handover,” explains John Joughin, Commercial Project Manager from Coldflow. Supplying an onsite team of Site Manager, ten full-time mechanical plumbers, two apprentices and various subcontractors including electricians, DDC (Direct Digital Control) and fire spray contractors, the project was, as John reports, “well within our capabilities.” Coldflow Mechanical supplied, installed, tested, commissioned and will provide 12 months maintenance of the air conditioning, smoke management and ventilation systems. The range of air conditioning systems supplied to M Docklands included single split ducted systems, wall hung air conditioners, ducted air conditioners, roof-mounted central gas furnaces and a VRV system. Smoke management comprised a stairwell pressurization system and lobby relief dampers. The extensive exhaust and supply air systems delivered by Coldflow provides ventilation throughout the complex including car parks, switch room and communications room. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Completing the package, as John describes, Coldflow Mechanical initialized a “central BMS to control all ventilation and common air conditioning systems along with metering of electrical, gas and water meters.” Specializing in providing end-to-end HVAC mechanical services to commercial and industrial projects, award-winning Coldflow Mechanical combine expert technical and project management skills to deliver solutions tailored to their clients’ needs. Typical projects for Coldflow Mechanical include multi-story residential apartment towers, computer data centres, aged care facilities, commercial offices, industrial complexes and facilities, hotels, swimming pool complexes, childcare centres and council buildings. A handful of Coldflow Mechanical’s recent projects include the Regis Weeroona Aged Care Facility, Opus Residential Tower at Southbank, King’s Pool and Reservoir Community Centre.

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centrE of attention Developer : Scentre Group Builder : Scentre Design & Construction ARCHITECT : Scentre Design & Construction and NH Architecture Development Value : $150 million

The $150M Casey Central Shopping Centre expansion provides an urban retail experience with the inclusion of three major stores, Coles, Woolworths and Target, as well as a range of vibrant retail shops. The expansion enriches and accommodates the growing community of the City of Casey.

The expansion of the Casey Central Shopping Centre has been thoughtfully designed by NH Architecture in conjunction with Scentre Design & Construction with a scheme that lifts the profile of Casey Central and transforms it into a purposeful destination within the region. The existing retail facility sits within the city of Casey, with neighboring centres being Westfield Fountain Gate, Eden Rise and Spring Hill shopping centres. As such, the expansion of the centre has positioned itself in the market to fill the gap between the high-end retail and local shopping. Scentre Group's Director of Design & Construction, Ian Irving said “We have a long history of working with NH Architecture and recognise their ability to properly interpret our design brief which incorporated Scentre’s purpose of creating extraordinary places connecting and enriching communities. At Casey Central this speaks to local context. It has been transformed into a modern, sub-regional shopping centre that can compete in a competitive local environment with a broad retail offer. The design and form

of the new centre will play an important role in how the community perceives its relevance in the marketplace.” Casey Central will incorporate three major stores (Coles, Woolworths and Target) and an ALDI, a new fresh food precinct, food hall and fashion zone. Two dining precincts will be located at either end of the new centre, one of which will integrate casual dining with a children’s play area and the other which is a restaurant and beverage precinct. The expansion is carefully designed to ensure it brings renewal to the area, but maintains the integrity and village charm of the natural surrounds through its layout and considered materials mostly borrowed from the vernacular forms of the shed structure that are so familiar to the region. Materials and colours have been selected to reflect the inherent landscape of the region, in particular the beautiful orchard trees and market gardens. This has been used as a tool to differentiate the precinct areas.



The colour palettes can be seen in the Southern/Eastern precast walls which are painted in earthy colour bands evocative of the surrounding land. This is carried through to the roof to ensure the aesthetic at eye-level is consistent when viewed from afar.

play area with the food hall, helping to create a community hub. The innovative use of bi-fold windows facilitates the visual connection and physical activation between the inside and outside of the building.

Two distinct pavilions at the northern and southern end of the site create the local identity of a village by establishing the traditional thoroughfares and main entry points into the vicinity and a separation for the food hall from the retail area. The pavilions serve both as an entry to the new and pillars of the past, and as such traditional timber battens have been used for the verandah ceiling soffits and brick for the walls.

The marrying-up of timber texture façade and steel portal frames in the entrances on the Western façade integrates the new with the traditional, providing a prominent entry point from the car park and main road, with the added benefit of easy maintenance. The covered verandah which incorporates timber louvre sun screens, provides articulation and a sheltered connection between the northern and southern ends of the development and shields the active western retail frontage.

The choice for these textured and natural materials is a reference to their time-honoured use in the market garden. Taking advantage of its northern aspect the north pavilion provides a focal point with vibrant dining facilities, indoor and outdoor seating, and is further distinguished by its double gable roof form and brick exterior.

Through clever aesthetics and space planning there is a seamless interconnectivity between the separate zones. This cohesive design enables Casey Central to provide for a range of tenants across the retail spectrum.

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For more information contact Scentre Design & Construction, 85 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9358 7000, website


Below Land Surveys provided surveying services on the Casey Central Shopping Centre.

Land Surveys, Australia-wide providers of surveying and geospatial solutions, worked on the ground and in the air to complete surveying works for the Casey Central Shopping Centre Expansion. Land Surveys, as Victoria Manager James Sanderson explains, “did everything to enable construction” of the Centre. Supplying engineering surveying services, Land Surveys completed setout and as-built surveys of over 600 holding down bolts for the main steel structure as well as laser scanning of the finished concrete floors. The company also delivered NLA (Net Lettable Area) surveys for all tenancies and aerial surveys over the site of a new petrol station.

Land Surveys relied on expertise to overcome all challenges within the project’s extremely short timeframe and deliver to the clients’ specifications. “Land Surveys have been able to work well with the Scentre Group’s management and project personnel in order to complete the project scope,” says James. Offering complete surveying services, Land Surveys specialise in aerial surveys, engineering surveys, hydrographic surveys, land development, laser scanning, mining services plus spatial data management and analysis. Other specialised services include utility mapping, concrete scanning, dilapidation surveys and monitoring.

Conducting the aerial surveys required the use of exciting new technology. “We used a drone or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to map the site,” James says. The volumetric data collected enabled production of a 3D model for constructing the new petrol station.

Since commencing operations in 1997, Land Surveys continues to expand and adapt to today’s dynamic market with offices around Australia and internationally. Current projects include Aurora Apartments in Melbourne, Bunjil Place in Casey and Westfield Doncaster Car Park.

A complex project, Land Surveys successfully negotiated the challenges of multiple work fronts at the site. Specific challenges included tight tolerances for holding down bolt installation and the use of laser scanning to measure the flatness of floor slabs.

For more information contact Land Surveys, Suite 3, 343 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9646 0864, email, website



Below Nilsen provided the electrical installation to Coles and Target at the Casey Central Shopping Centre.

Electro-technology leader Nilsen has entered its Centenary year with Casey Central Shopping Centre project marking the milestone. As Nilsen celebrated 100 years of continuous service, Nilsen (VIC) Pty Ltd completed electrical installations for clients Coles and Target in the new Centre. “We did all the electrical installation, design and construct, for Coles and Target,” describes Patrick De Bono, Operations Manager – Commercial, Nilsen. “Lights, power, switchboards, PFC (Power Factor Correction) units – and lighting control in Coles and Target.” Those 100 years of experience ensured Nilsen was more than capable of meeting the project’s tight timeframe and producing a design to satisfy its clients. One of the project’s key challenges, Nilsen worked through the complexities of the designing phase too, as Patrick says, “There was a lot to consider to get the end design right to ensure it meets our clients needs.” In this commitment to delivering the best solutions for its clients, Nilsen continues to uphold the traditions of service, reliability and quality on which the company was founded in 1916. Maintaining an unbroken record of excellence in their provision of electrical and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

communications engineering, contracting and maintenance services, Nilsen was the recipient of 5 NECA (National Electrical and Communications Association) awards in 2015 alone. The company’s dedication to achieving the highest standards throughout all aspects of its operations has also been recognised with health and safety, incident and injury-free awards as well as apprentice awards. Operating Australia-wide, Nilsen has the capabilities and expertise to deliver projects across all sectors including commercial, retail, defence, education, Government, health, industrial, infrastructure and resources. Specialising in contracting, communications and data, electrical, high energy services and switchboards, Nilsen also provides facility and preventative maintenance services and is Australia’s only TEGG- (Predictive Maintenance Thermographic and Ultrasonic Scanning) certified contractor. Other recent projects include T4 at Melbourne Airport, Bendigo Hospital, the fit-out for AECOM’s Collins St office and Webb Dock. For more information contact Nilsen (VIC) Pty Ltd, 43 Sheehan Road, Heidelberg West VIC 3081, phone 03 9450 1300, fax 03 9457 5261, email, website


Below Star Ceiling & Partitions supplied plastering and carpentry services for the ceilings at Casey Central Shopping Centre.

Melbourne-based Star Ceilings & Partitions Pty Ltd supplied expert commercial carpentry and plastering to the Casey Central Shopping Centre Redevelopment. “Our scope included all feature plasterboard and timber ceilings, recycled timber cladding, external metal & FC cladding” explains Peter Cook, Director, Star Ceilings & Partitions. Backed by over 16 years’ experience and working with Melbourne’s foremost builders in commercial construction, Star Ceilings & Partitions continually delivers on time projects of any difficulty. “The size and skills of our labour force enabled us to meet any requests of Scentre Group whatever the task or timeframe.” Star Ceilings & Partitions employs over 100 full-time carpenters and plasterers to deliver large scale builds, high quality fit outs and refurbishments. Providing a full head contract and project management service, they offer complete internal fit-out solutions from design to completion. For more information contact Star Ceilings & Partitions, 14 Southern Court, Keysborough VIC 3173, phone 03 8899 7373, fax 03 9798 6412, email, website 222 VIC PROJECT FEATURE CASEY CENTRAL SHOPPING CENTRE EXPANSION


Below Landells Signs manufactured and installed all internal and external signage for the Casey Central Shopping Centre.

Landells Signs was the obvious choice to produce eye-catching signage for the expanded Casey Central Shopping Centre. For over 100 years, the company has remained industry leaders by combining old-fashioned quality workmanship with innovative technologies from its modern manufacturing facilities in Melbourne and Sydney. “Scentre Group selected us to do all the signage for the build,” explains Michael Cheung, Manager of Projects and Development for Landells Signs. “We manufactured and installed all the internal and external signage including centre ID signs, pylons, amenities and statutory signs.” Committed to delivering the most up-to-date technologies available, Landells Signs used LED modules throughout all of Casey Central Shopping Centre’s illuminated signage. Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are recognised as a cost-effective technology that offers low power consumption with reduced ongoing maintenance requirements. Aesthetically, LEDs produce crisp illumination for any sized or shaped display. From the various available widths and intensity of luminosity, to the best positions for achieving maximum WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

effect, Landells Signs understand all the aspects of using LED that must come together to create the most eye-catching signage possible. Landells Signs also understands the practical necessities of delivering retail signage to the frequently tight scheduling required by the industry. One of the challenges of the Casey Central Shopping Centre project, as Michael explains, was the “condensed program allocated to signage. We came in as a contractor at a late stage and had to meet the centre opening date.” True to a company with over a century’s experience, Landells Signs had no problems keeping to the schedule and installed, as the company always guarantees, on time. Casey Central adds to the list of shopping centre signage projects completed by Landells Signs that includes Summerhill, Smith & Co, Waurn Ponds and Clyde North. Landells Signs are currently completing national signage rollouts for Coles, Kmart, Officeworks, Priceline, Liquourland and Tyremax. For more information contact Landells Signs, 25 Adams Court, Sunshine West VIC 3020, phone 03 9311 9755, fax 03 9311 9555, email, website




Below Speciality Trees provided a variety of trees for the Casey Central Shopping Centre.

Growing healthy trees takes more than just a green thumb. It requires the expertise that Speciality Trees Pty Ltd has developed through 37 years of supplying advanced native, evergreen, deciduous and screening trees to the landscaping and project market.

Crucially, the Casey Central Shopping Centre project reaped the benefits of ordering in advance. “We like to work with people as early as possible in the process so we can source stock and grow it strong to specification,” says Lee-Ann. “Quality is the issue.”

“There is a big difference between quality and poorly grown stock,” explains Lee-Ann Officer, Marketing Manager for Speciality Trees. “We know the key techniques for growing a stronger and more robust tree to last a lifetime.”

Speciality Trees has the capacity to continue expanding into bigger projects. “Benefits to the developer in dealing with Speciality Trees is a keen understanding of NATSPEC and the new Australian Standard AS2303, their relevance to tree quality and long term performance in the landscape, as well as our quality service and working relationships with councils and landscape architects,” explains Lee-Ann.

Contracted in July 2015, Speciality Trees provided the Casey Central Shopping Centre project with advanced trees grown specifically for supply in February 2016. The project required 71x200L ornamental pear trees, 39x200L Chinese Elms and 1x1000L super advanced Kurrajong tree. “Our brief was to supply quality stock, material true to type and of consistent form and height across all varieties,” Lee-Ann describes. “During the course of the growing contract, our service orientated and integrated approach provided both the Scentre Group and designated landscaper periodic project updates with tree images and status reports. Inspections of stock were also encouraged and undertaken.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Speciality Trees is currently managing numerous tree replacement projects with City of Melbourne and will soon be supplying advanced trees to Woodlea, a fully-integrated master planned community in Rockbank.

For more information contact Speciality Trees Pty Ltd, 1060 Wellington Road, Narre Warren East VIC 3804, phone 03 9796 8308, fax 03 9796 8222, website


a crowning achievement Developer : Salvo Property Group MAIN Construction company : Brookfield Multiplex ARCHITECT : Urban Design Architects Pty Ltd Engineer : WSP Structures PROJECT VALUE : $50 million

The $50 million Bella Apartments situated in the heart of the Crown precinct features balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that create uninterrupted breathtaking views in all directions. The floor plans are the culmination of the best contemporary interior thinking and are designed to maximise space and offer an open layout that is efficient and elegant. When you look at Bella Apartments they can only be spoken of as magnificent, extraordinary, and beautiful. The high profile building delivered by the Salvo Group is a 33-storey residential tower comprising of 228 apartments.

Most developers, “start construction after 80 percent of the apartments are sold – we start construction immediately which makes them easier to sell, enabling the developer to make their stamp on the market by selling all the apartments in one year!”

Located in the glamorous Crown Precinct Melbourne on City Road, the apartments are a confident statement of urban design, a model of stylish city living, showcasing the best of the Salvo Group portfolio, and an example of what we expect from contemporary buildings.

One striking and innovative aspect of the building's design is the shimmering reflection from the numerous windows installed in three different colours: translucent glass, charcoal and an aqua centre piece running down the building. Shining and catching different light conditions during the day and coming to life at night.

Salvo maintained an impressive edge over their competitors by taking over the construction of the building after two previous developers started and failed. Christian Lux explains, “Once we had the site handed over to us in May 2014 we started construction straight away, completing the apartments in 18 months. The most outstanding aspect of this program was how insanely quick the build went up. At times three levels of concrete were poured in one week which is an unbelievable accomplishment.” Salvo updated the facade from the original design and relocated the position of the structural columns onto the balcony to preserve the valuable internal area. “It was a small block, the lifts weren't very deep so we re-did those which normally aren't part of a handover from one builder to another. Re-engineering the lifts took a fair amount of time considering how short the construction period was.” Salvo also had the ambitious task of getting the original purchasers, “excited again, trying to convince buyers that we are definitely going to finish this – as we always finish things we start – was challenging.” Christian sites Salvo Group’s success, where other developers went wrong, to years of undisputed experience in the property sector and strong business sense. 226 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Bella Apartments

The floor plans offer smart interior thinking; simple clean lines which maximise an open-plan layout that is both practical and elegant. The ground floor foyer bears modern stone floors, and a stunning feature wall with a chandelier as a statement centrepiece. Each apartment features down lights in the kitchen with polyurethane cupboards, reconstituted stone bench tops, tiled splashbacks, stainless steel electric ovens and fixtures. The bedrooms boast mirrored-door wardrobes and carpet in the living rooms with external balconies. The finishes on the balcony include; oyster light ceiling lamps, floor tiles and framed hand rails. Salvo is a successful Australian property developer proudly committed to creating quality landmark buildings. A small company with less than 20 employees striving for excellence. A self-made man, Mario Salvo’s acute understanding of investment potential is at the forefront of all his projects. The Salvo Property Group have delivered more than $1 billion in property development over the past decade. Salvo’s passion for affordable luxury filters into every development and is at the cornerstone of the company's vision, motivated by the

founder’s humble beginnings. They pride themselves on value for money for both home owners and investors alike and applaud all the interdependent trades on another successful build. Having already produced a high standard of work on previous construction projects, and as industry leaders on some of Australia's most distinctive buildings Bella Apartments is another winner. For more information contact Salvo Property Group, 245 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006, phone 03 9667 0400, fax 03 9682 6912, email, website


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A CLEAN SWEEP The Bella Apartments sparkle at their finest thanks to the expertise of Clean City Services. “We did all the construction cleaning to the end,” explains Lidia, Occupational Health and Safety Manager, Clean City Services. “And we did an apartment clean at the end.” Throughout the Bella Apartments project, Clean City Services demonstrated the extensive range of specialist methods that, as Lidia says, “we use everywhere.” These included scrubbers, steam cleaning, active wash for tiles and abseiling to clean windows. For over 10 years Clean City Services has provided Melbourne with high quality industrial and commercial cleaning. Services include specialised floor cleaning, steam cleaning, spot cleaning and window cleaning. “We do an excellent job because we’re hard workers,” Lidia explains. “We are an experienced company; our workers are experienced.” Clean City Services is currently completing a variety of projects including Chadstone Shopping Centre and Eastland Shopping Centre for Probuild. For more information contact Clean City Services, 14 Water Road, Preson VIC 3072, phone 03 9416 9699, fax 03 9416 9399, email, website

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228 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Bella Apartments


TAKING A PLUNGE CDC Plumbing has delivered on some of Australia's largest construction projects. The Bella Apartments, nestled amongst the Crown precinct, saw them yet again work on time and budget on a quality building. Jon Allen the Project Manager assigned the success of the program to the incredible organisation and impeccable collaboration of all trades involved. Having an established reputation as experts in commercial plumbing and drainage, CDC Plumbing took charge of all plumbing work on the contemporary 33-storey apartment tower, comprising of 228 apartments. The large scale, rigorous project saw them work over a 13 month period to a demanding schedule. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

CDC Plumbing had to co-ordinate, design, and procure all the hydraulic, sewer, storm water, syphonic storm water, main water supply, hot-water plant, hot and cold water reticulation, and gas service to the apartments, employing 16 men at the peak of the construct. Jon adds, “working to an extremely tight frame was a key challenge, the foot print was smaller than other job sites, having to meet all deadlines, from ground work to handover, required complete commitment.� CDC Plumbing worked with Energy Safe Victoria throughout the construction as new regulations were implemented during the project.

For more information contact CDC Plumbing, 13 Aerolink Drive, Tullamarine VIC 3043, phone 03 9272 9000, fax 03 9272 9099, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Bella Apartments 229

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