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SMART CITIES AWARD WINNERS STEP UP IN 2020 The smart cities leaders of Australia and New Zealand have accelerated their efforts in 2020, with new technology solutions and innovative projects tackling the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic head on.

SDG ACTION AWARD Winner: City of Canterbury Bankstown – Closing the Loop

Eighteen winners have been acknowledged across seven categories for their visionary leadership, best practice projects and real world impact. The third annual Smart Cities Awards was presented virtually this year by Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand. “This year’s winners have played key roles in the national advancement of smart cities across Australia and New Zealand, while also leading a digitally enabled and datadriven recovery from COVID-19,” says Smart Cities Council’s Executive Director, Adam Beck. The City of Parramatta took home the coveted Leadership City category after rolling out a host of dynamic smart cities projects. Among these is a sensing network on a new 25 hectare development, a parking app which was enhanced in 2020 in response to COVID-19, and Floodsmart Paramatta, Australia’s first automated real time flash flood warning system. Four individuals were applauded for their leadership. City of Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding was recognised for delivering Australia’s first ‘smart transparency and integrity hub’. Nicole Stephensen from

Ground Up Consulting was presented with an award for her work to reframe privacy as an opportunity, rather than a roadblock. Sean Audain from Wellington City Council was acknowledged for harnessing technology to build resilience to earthquakes, sea level rise and other natural disasters. Lake Macquarie Council’s Claire Chaikin-Bryan was recognised as an emerging leader for her work to expand the use of IoT, support local innovators and encourage community digital and data literacy. “Smart cities innovators have been laying solid foundations for several years, and some of

these multi-year projects have been rewarded in 2020. But COVID-19 has also accelerated smart cities efforts in 2020, and we are seeing greater data sharing, digitally supported services and community engagement in smart cities innovation,” Mr Beck adds. “Together, our winners demonstrate the central role of smart cities in enhancing services for communities, building prosperity and enhancing resilience. 2020 confirmed that people are at the centre of the smart cities movement.” Full winners list:

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PROJECT LIFE AGREEMENTS SET TO UNLOCK JOBS AND INVESTMENT Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA welcomes the confirmation that the Morrison Government will legislate for ‘Project Life Greenfields Agreements’, a crucial industrial relations reform that will create jobs and economic growth by stimulating investment in the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. “AMMA has advocated the case for Project Life Greenfields Agreements for at least a decade,” Chief Executive, Steve Knott said. “The inability to secure industrial relations certainty for the full length of a major project construction phase has been a massive disincentive to investment in the past. “Investors would often scratch their heads as to why greenfields agreements had a maximum duration of four years when applied to projects that take an average of six years to build. It makes no sense and is a very real barrier to securing final investment decision. This simple but important change will significantly boost Australia’s ability to secure new major project investment in the ultra competitive post COVID global marketplace.” “The resources and energy sector has displayed remarkable resilience in the face of pandemic related challenges. The Government is right to do all it can to present an attractive investment platform and stimulate growth in the industry keeping our national economy afloat.” AMMA notes the Federal Department of Industry’s Office of the Chief Economist

released its Resources and Energy Major Projects Report, strongly indicating that investment in Australia’s resources projects has entered a new growth cycle. The Chief Economist reported the number of resources and energy major development projects increased by 19% to 335 projects, and the value of projects in the investment pipeline increased by 4% to $334 billion. “Once investment is secured and construction is completed, major resources projects deliver revenues of many billions of dollars to state and national accounts, funding public infrastructure and services, and supporting regional areas and businesses of all shapes and sizes,” Mr Knott said. “Project Life Greenfields Agreements is a no-brainer for helping convert this potential into realised investment, short and long term jobs and economic benefits for the Australian people. This reform should be non-controversial given employer and union parties still need to negotiate on the terms and conditions of those arrangements, and the agreed timeframe for which they will run.” “This change simply offers the important ability to cover the full cycle of the life of a major new project construction, whether that is four, five or eight years. With the Federal Opposition indicating prior to the election it would support such a policy, we expect this job creating reform to receive bipartisan support.”

INSPIRING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF RECYCLED MATERIALS REWARDED Mark Paul, creator of Australia’s first greenwall over 30 years ago, sustainability innovator and founder of The Greenwall Company, has been presented with the 2020 Award of Excellence by the Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH). The former Horticulturist of the Year has this year been recognised for inspiring research and development of recycled materials being used in greenwalls. Mark Paul says, “It is wonderful to receive recognition of the ongoing research and development we are doing to make our greening solutions, particularly our EcoPillow’s, even more sustainable on our journey to reclaim the built environment.”

comment Craig D’Costa General Manager The Hermitage and SHAWOOD Sekisui House Australia

SUSTAINABILITY WILL BE A CRUCIAL BUYER FOCUS IN 2021 A recent SHAWOOD consumer survey found that 24% of Australians would buy a more sustainable or environmentally friendly home if they had the chance. This growing awareness will mean a greater focus on sustainable technology, features, and approach in 2021. At Sekisui House Australia, we take a holistic approach to sustainability to create long term and resilient housing in Australia. Housing should be economically sustainable, utilising materials and passive design principles to reduce ongoing running costs; and environmentally sustainable, optimising innovative building technologies and construction practices that result in long term efficiencies. It should also be socially sustainable, where homes are built within a thoughtfully planned community designed to promote health and wellbeing. SHAWOOD is a sophisticated pre-engineered post and beam system that delivers a home that is inherently strong and precise, with substantial improvements in quality and reliability, significantly reducing workload, build times and waste. This highly advanced wooden frame construction system was created by Sekisui House in 1995, following the Kobe earthquake in Japan. The SHAWOOD system exhibits the necessary resilience and durability to cope with the country’s frequent natural disasters. In Australia, we fuse this technology with key design and construction principles that factor in health and wellbeing, thermal comfort, acoustic comfort, passive design, and energy efficiency, to ensure an optimal living experience. This kind of timeless design is allowing Australians to live and love their homes for longer as trends, needs, and abilities change.

Mark Paul, The Greenwal Company



comment GBCA TRANSFORM 2021 Matthew Mackey National Director Cost & Commercial ARCADIS


For decades, the construction sector has been plagued by rising costs, stagnant productivity, high waste, and low margins – all this making it an ideal target for disruption. And while our industry is slow to change, the world around us is changing quickly. Buildings and infrastructure are becoming more and more complex and expectations around performance and sustainability credentials are increasing. On top of that, construction has a major role to play in addressing the climate change challenge. But to succeed, we need to forget the old ways first. The platform revolution, as an example, is already well underway, with modular construction and DfMA being one of the first outcomes. While there is still much to be done, in terms of standardisation, technology development and changes in our approach to design, it is becoming clear that a successful adoption of a platform solution and underpinning digital tools will contribute to addressing the long standing issues of productivity, enabling faster delivery, and minimising the carbon impact of the construction industry. In the longer term, it could also help transform the sector’s image into a high tech manufacturing based sector enabling it to attract new and diverse talent.

2021’s TRANSFORM will tackle the big challenges of how we build back better with circular, positive sustainability strategies, and cover a breadth of topics including upfront carbon, responsible supply chains and how we get to all electric buildings. The new online event format will comprise a two day conference followed by a two week series of immersive breakout sessions, available to watch live or on demand.

GEORGIOU AWARDED CONTRACT FOR BRIGHTWATER’S INGLEWOOD DEVELOPMENT Brightwater Care Group’s new residential aged care, research centre and corporate head office has reached its next milestone, with Georgiou Group appointed as the head contractor on the $40 million development. Brightwater Care Group is a not for profit residential aged and disability care provider and, in a first for Western Australia, the new building will combine a corporate head office with a residential aged care facility and industry leading research centre. Construction on the new development is anticipated to commence in early 2021 and will be completed mid-2022. CEO for Brightwater Care Group, Ms Jennifer Lawrence, said the development was an excellent example of Brightwater’s desire to continuously innovate.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the transformation of our sector should follow these simple steps: • Inform yourself about ongoing initiatives. • Consider their impact on your business. • Spread the word with clients and the supply chain. These actions will create a ‘market pull’ effect, increase awareness of technology solutions, and help prepare the ground for its application. After all, knowing is half the battle. Artist Impression : Brightwater Aged Care



GBCA CEO Davina Rooney Photo by Tim da Rin

“We are exceptionally proud of this development as it brings together our 100 plus years of experience caring for people in the WA community. “Brightwater Inglewood has been designed to be a vibrant, inter-generational and inclusive campus with shared community engagement spaces, for staff, clients, family and visitors to interact and socialise.” Mob Monaci, CEO of Georgiou Group, said the company was immensely proud to add the project to its building portfolio for the coming year. “Together with our colleagues at Georgiou Developments, we have worked very closely with Brightwater and the design team in an early contractor involvement model, to help determine the best design solutions to meet our client’s functional and operational needs.”

comment ELIZABETH BAY RESIDENTIAL PROJECT GIVEN GREEN LIGHT BY CITY OF SYDNEY Andrew Hogg National Director Clients & Strategy, Project Management Savills Australia


Artist Impression – 11-13 Greenknowe Avenue

Emerging integrated property group, Top Spring Australia, has received development application (DA) approval from the City of Sydney for its premium residential project in the Eastern Suburbs hotspot of Elizabeth Bay.

According to Sydney Ma, Director and General Manager of Top Spring Australia, Greenknowe Avenue will also demonstrate the company’s ambition to incorporate the character of the local area into each of their projects.

Located at 11-13 Greenknowe Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, the project will replace the disused building most recently occupied by SHMH Group Australia, which was formerly the headquarters of the NSW Country Women’s Association.

“Elizabeth Bay is well known for its stunning architecture, so with our Greenknowe Avenue project, we are committed to delivering an exemplary level of quality and design, while respecting and honouring the distinctive architectural character of the local surroundings,” explained Mr Ma. “In this context, it will be of utmost importance for us to deliver an outstanding building design that complements Elizabeth Bay, and it’s pleasing to know the City of Sydney approves of our vision.”

With the existing building confirmed by City of Sydney as having no heritage significance, the new PBD Architect designed scheme approved for the site will reflect the surrounding area’s heritage through its brick façade and art deco features. The 6-storey residential development will feature 30 luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences, including a penthouse, above a single level basement car park accommodating 31 vehicles. In order to complement the exceptional architectural design envisioned by PBD Architects, Top Spring Australia has also recently appointed award-winning Melbourne based designer, Miriam Fanning, of MIM Design. The stellar project consultant team also includes Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects, whose design narrative seeks to introduce a natural landscape setting to the surrounding urban environment. Taylor Brammer’s lush landscaping and greenery will create a green haven for residents, ideal as a peaceful retreat, or to enhance productivity when working from home.

The project is also important because of the limited amount of new residential developments in Elizabeth Bay, says Mr Ma. “Elizabeth Bay is a well established inner city residential suburb, with a highly desirable harbourside location,” he said. “While this is a major point of attraction for residents, it also means there are not typically many opportunities for redesigning the suburb’s urban fabric.” As a result, Top Spring Australia believes purchasers will be drawn to this offer of new luxury residences in a highly coveted suburb. The project will provide future residents with incredibly rare walkable access to superior amenity, including sophisticated fine dining and retail, as well as the chance to live within one of Sydney’s most vibrant communities.

If there is one thing we have learnt over the last few months, it is self reliance. Not just personally, but also a reliance on locally made products and services. The ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on world wide logistics may be felt for months and even years to come. This is forcing clients, designers and contractors to seriously consider buying Australian made to ensure programme impacts are mitigated. The focus on local suppliers and manufacturers to support a sustainable construction industry is creating a unique opportunity for the Australian supply chain to demonstrate (through innovative approaches) that it can provide high quality product at competitive pricing. Indeed, the current environment provides our local supply chain with a real incentive to surprise the market with its innovation, ingenuity and comparable pricing thereby securing a long term pipe line of work. On the sustainability side of things, a competitive and robust Australian supply chain, will mean Greenstar points for use of locally sourced products will be an “easy-get”, rather than scrounging through product receipts to pull enough evidence together to hopefully meet the target. So the challenge is there for the entire construction process – for clients to demand Australian Made; for designers to specify Australian Made; for contractors to source Australian Made and for the supply chain to provide high quality Australian Made products at competitive pricing. This must be a pathway to a self perpetuating, job intensive recovery.




NEW GREEN STAR BUILDINGS RATING TOOL LAUNCH The new Green Star Buildings rating tool launched in October is a step change in ambition for the property industry. It has had a complete overhaul to reflect the challenges facing Australia over the next 20 years including climate change, biodiversity loss, health and wellbeing and the need for a more circular economy. The credits, categories and scoring have all changed. The tool is more outcomes focused and has 10 minimum requirements that all projects must achieve if they want certification. Two of the biggest changes in the tool relate to zero carbon and engaging with the material and product supply chain. Zero Carbon is now mandatory for 6 Star buildings, and by 2026 even 4 Star buildings will have to be zero carbon. This means reducing energy consumption, reducing embodied carbon, eliminating fossil fuels such as natural gas through electrification, generating and/or procuring renewable electricity and offsetting other emissions. Many building owners have already committed to zero carbon – Green Star now provides a clear definition of what that looks like for new buildings. The federal government will eventually catch up. To reduce embodied carbon and to support a circular economy approach Green Star has a new approach to responsible procurement. Suppliers and products with demonstrable sustainability credentials, such as third party environmental and social certifications, will be recognised. This encourages the supply chain for structural materials, façades, finishes and building services to offer more sustainable products, benefitting all projects not just those using the tool. Green Star Buildings sets a new standard for sustainable buildings for the next decade. It is all achievable with the technologies and skills available today while also encouraging innovation and new approaches. I’m looking forward to everyone in our industry embracing the new opportunities. 10


Consult Australia announced the recipients of their Special Award and Gold Award. 2021 Awards call for entries open in February. SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS Large Firm of the Year: Arup Medium Firm of the Year: Tonkin Small Firm of the Year: Tungsten Structures 2020 Presidents Award Winner: Syd Gamble

ARUP - Large Firm & Innovative Design

Tungsten Structures - Small Firm

CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS Innovative Design: Arup for Queensland Country Bank Stadium People First: Tonkin for Building resilience and a mentally healthy workplace Technological Innovation: Aurecon and Ampcontrol for Project Gilghi Superior Sustainability: Cardno and ACT Government, Transport Canberra City Services for 2019 ACT Government Municipal Infrastructure Design Standards and Municipal Infrastructure Technical Specifications for Water Sensitive Urban Design Infrastructure Small Business Excellence: Tungsten Structures for Specialised Value Engineering - Saving the planet, materials and dollars! Collaboration for Project Excellence: SMEC GHD Design Joint Venture (SGJV) for Logan Enhancement Project Community Engagement Excellence: Arup with Monash University XYX Lab for Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls with Light Future Leader: Meg Panozzo - Arup Champions of Change Female Leadership: Dr Marianne Foley - Arup

GBCA WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS Green Building Council of Australia welcomed the appointment of two new Directors to the GBCA Board, Nicole Lockwood and Josephine Sukkar.

over 30 years ago. Her training as a research scientist, coupled with deep experience in construction and governance will bring rounded experience to the board.”

Chair of the Board, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, said she is delighted to welcome Nicole and Josephine who will bring decades of experience to the Board.

Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz thanked the outgoing Board members Rod Fehring and John Flecker who have both made outstanding contributions to GBCA, helping to deliver the biggest overhaul of Green Star through the release of Green Star Buildings which will lead the shift to net zero buildings across Australia.

“Nicole Lockwood has a strong background which spans across law, government and advisory,” Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz said. “As the Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Western Australia and a former board member of Infrastructure Australia Ms Lockwood has a strong understanding of large scale infrastructure planning and delivery and will help us to expand our influence in this space.” “Josephine Sukkar is the Principal of Australian construction company Buildcorp, which she established with her husband

“Rod Fehring and John Flecker have been instrumental in the development of Green Star Buildings which looks beyond the environment to human health, resilience, people and place. They have also played significant roles in helping to drive the strategy for Green Star Homes which we look forward to releasing to the market early next year,” Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz said.

FLEETWOOD CHALLENGE CUP TAKES ON AUSTRALIA’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CHALLENGE An Australian first inter-University design competition saw Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) students team up to face the challenge and deliver industry leading built environment design solutions to solve Australia’s housing affordability challenges, with concepts integrating the latest wave of offsite manufacturing industry practices (4.0), the future of construction. The inaugural Fleetwood Challenge Cup was established to support the next generation of built design professionals for the rapidly changing construction industry. Connecting industry and academics, the competition was developed in partnership with industry association prefabAUS. “The offsite manufacturing and prefabrication industry has changed significantly – the gains it can offer now in terms of sustainability, flexibility and customisation provides the industry with new options for design balanced with affordability. The creative use of design materials by students to deliver innovative solutions has surpassed all industry expectations,” Fleetwood Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, Brad Denison explained. Cross disciplinary teams were asked to address Australia’s looming shortage of affordable housing by using offsite construction and prefabrication methods to develop high quality, aesthetically pleasing, affordable housing solutions suitable that could be relocated costeffectively over a 50 year period. A Judging Panel drawn from Australia’s most respected Winner: Melbourne University (ecoShip)

AEC companies assessed 10 groundbreaking designs submitted from The University of Melbourne, Curtin University, the University of Queensland and Monash University. The University of Melbourne team took out the Fleetwood Challenge Cup overall award, with a holistic approach. The students’ ‘ecoShip’ design was chosen as the most affordable, functional and sustainable construction solution, with features fostering social and community connectivity. “Being part of the Fleetwood Challenge Cup has been a fantastic and an extremely valuable experience which has given our team the opportunity to apply knowledge into practice to help solve a real world problem!” advised the winning University of Melbourne team. An AEC University of Queensland team secured second place, with an innovative Link_POD design, that provided multi-storey living spaces to accommodate ever changing accommodation requirements. Third place was awarded to Curtin University, who developed a design called Infinity Apartments, a unique social housing concept. A Fleetwood Industry Award was presented to another team from Curtin University for using a novel and inspiring approach to incorporate prefabrication, flexibility, relocation and adaptability elements and holistically integrating the use of architecture, engineering and construction design disciplines to address the challenge brief.

comment Paul Mullet Group Engineering and Technology Director Robert Bird Group


I recently read a fascinating BBC Future article which suggested that we were at a ‘hinge’ in history – a defining moment when the decisions made now can fundamentally affect the future of our civilisation. We are certainly at a similar defining moment in the history of our industry. The complexity of construction is accelerating, projects are getting larger, and the social, economic and environmental stakes continue to rise. Meanwhile, evidence suggests that we are struggling to keep up with the demands of society; project delays, cost over runs, contractual claims and quality issues are still rife. It is no longer an option to continue doing things the same way. With a plethora of traditional, segmented and industrialised design solutions available, and an increasing range of technologies and approaches to utilise, it can be challenging to understand risk and make informed choices. One thing is sure; drawing a line between design and construction is no longer viable. Permanent and temporary works design and construction methodology must be considered in conjunction with an overall Construction Methodology and Erection Sequence (CMES) to deliver holistic value. It is now possible, powered by BIM and Digital Design techniques, to digitally rehearse construction and assess options in a way that is interactive and ensures all stakeholders have clarity and confidence to make better decisions including the ‘how’, not just the ‘what’. This increases certainty, an increasingly rare and valuable commodity. Go to to see RBG’s approach and how our journey in Virtual Design and Construction is evolving.



comment Michelle Ciesielski Partner & Head of Residential Research Knight Frank Australia


Confidence had returned to the Australian residential market heading into 2020 spurred on by rising wealth, low interest rates and a limited number of new properties being built. These drivers are encouraging market recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent lockdowns, as well as state and international border closures.

PROPERTY AWARDS REWARD THE BEST DEVELOPMENTS DRIVING GROWTH The ceremony and celebration may have been virtual, but there was no shortage of applause for the winners of the 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards. The awards programme, now in its 38th year, showcases innovative projects, pioneering solutions and inspiring leadership in Australia’s property industry. “An impressive 127 finalists were announced back in December 2019, and it has certainly

Upgrading the family’s residence will be the top reason for purchasing a new home in the future, followed by improved access to quality healthcare. Other reasons listed were a new holiday home in the sun, business or employment reasons and downsizing. Almost half of the respondents said they’re more likely to buy a detached family home than they were prior to the pandemic – favouring waterfront and rural homes. Interestingly, demand for apartments has remained largely static with 52% of respondents stating their attitude to apartment living has remained the same.

RLB has partnered with the Property Council to present the awards programme since its inception in 1982. “Our awards continue to champion the role that a strong property industry plays as a driver of jobs, growth and prosperity for all Australians,” Mr Harris concludes. Barrack Place


A full list of award winners is available from

BELMONT HUB Belmont Hub has been established by The City of Belmont to deliver integrated community services, and features a library over two levels, a digital hub, seniors’ hub and state-of-the-art museum. The project is unique to PACT Construction and Western Australia, incorporating a façade with Curtain walling, Kingspan cladding, shingles and aluminium panels – slanted at different angles around the building giving a three dimensional illusion effect. Complex construction methods were required on each floor of the 4-level building with a mix of in situ beams, post-tension beams, pre-tension slabs and a polished concrete topping being used, meaning the normal 10 day process with most traditional suspended slabs, instead took 28 days on average. Other unique features include the central glass lift which sits within an exposed space allowing


“Our industry shapes the future of our cities, and has a strong commitment to excellence and innovation as the winners of these awards demonstrate.” Investa’s Barrack Place was presented with the coveted Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year Award. “Investa’s Barrack Place reminds us of the role that offices play in supporting people to do their best work while creating activity, vibrancy and productivity in our CBDs,” says RLB’s NSW Managing Director Matthew Harris.

Lockdown has certainly allowed buyers to reflect on what they want in the future. At this time, Knight Frank Research surveyed our global clients to understand how the pandemic was having an impact on residential buyers’ attitudes. A quarter are more likely to relocate over the next 12 months as a result of the pandemic with 40% buying a property in the same location. One third will be to a different country – Australia was fourth most desirable – attracted to the quality of life, stable currency and world class education. A quarter will be elsewhere, but in the same country.

been a longer wait than usual for us to unveil the winners,” says the Property Council’s Chief Executive Ken Morrison. “In a year of unprecedented change, our industry’s commitment to designing, building and managing great places remains steadfast.”

visitors to see all the beams and mechanics of the equipment. The ductwork and electrical services also have a high level of exposure, giving the building a raw, industrial look. The ceilings feature raw concrete structure, timber slats and Autex acoustic panels in multiple colours and cuts provide insulation and acoustic absorption while adding texture to the elements. Some of the most ambitious features include the floating staircase and central skylight. The veneer clad stairs have no supporting columns or beams underneath, and the striking skylight sits over the central void that runs down the entire central spine of the building. Designed by award winning architects, Bollig Design Group, the $41.5 million project took PACT 24 months to build.



By David Holmes, CEO, Fergus Job Management Software for Trades Businesses

It’s heartening to see a promising bounceback in construction following Melbourne’s second lockdown as the number of jobs per company on Fergus software platform reached preCOVID levels in November. With this accompanying a 3.3% rise in GDP over the last quarter, Australia’s economy and construction industry are so far poised for recovery. During March and April, Victoria’s 2020 jobs were higher than in 2019 due to an influx of home improvement jobs during the initial lockdown period. This continued as Victorians saw more freedom in May, June and into the beginning of July before a sharp decrease in trade work when the second lockdown restricted the number of workers that could be on site. As restrictions have lifted, so has the job creation number, putting trades businesses back to work at a time when they’re usually winding down for the year.

The data shows that tradies are having a strong end to a difficult year. The Federal Government’s HomeBuilder program, which had seen 7,636 applications in Victoria on November 20 - more than any other state - is likely to be playing a role in the recovery. We are really encouraged by this latest data. This has been a really turbulent year for tradies - for all small business owners. To see new jobs being generated faster than at any point this year in the period after Stage 4 lockdown is great news for our trades, our customers, our families and our economy. There are a lot of families out there who aren’t going to have the same kind of Christmas that they usually do because tradies are going to be catching up on the work that has been lost throughout the year. A recovering housing market and healthy infrastructure pipeline will hopefully keep demand for construction strong in the early months of 2021, helping our industry power an economic recovery from a very difficult year.

HICKORY FILLS INCREDIBLE SKY POOL AT $300M HAWTHORN PARK DEVELOPMENT Construction firm Hickory has just filled Melbourne’s first sky pool, suspended seven storeys high between two buildings at Dahua Group’s $300 million Hawthorn Park development. The 25m lap pool features a clear acrylic bottom, giving swimmers a daring view of the landscaped gardens 18.5m below, with a brave handful of the Hickory construction team testing out the water out for the first time. The pool’s 50-tonne stainless-steel frame was imported from Italy in two parts and winched into place via two cranes, with six bridge bearers allowing the structure to move independently of the two connecting buildings – a key design consideration of the complex build. Project manager Julie Radonjic said that the sophisticated feat of engineering took over seven months to build, and more than a year of planning. The total structure includes an 82,000L, 25m lap pool and a 75,000L, 35m family pool that overlooks the leafy suburb of Hawthorn and the city skyline.

Hawthorn Park, which is currently being developed by Dahua Group and constructed by Hickory, comprises four interconnected residential buildings across a massive 12,600m2 site footprint. The development includes 345 spacious dwellings, spanning apartments, townhouses and retail tenancies. In addition to the unique sky pool experience, facilities also include fruit and vegetable gardens, private landscaped garden lounges and a wellness retreat including a state-of-the-art gym, yoga studio and massage rooms. Sky pool at Hawthorn Park

Grant Warner CEO Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

DELIVERING VALUE UPFRONT FOR ASSET OWNERS For an asset owner, accurate costing and risk assessment, delivered to them upfront, can result in greater certainty of a project’s end cost relative to its qualitative benchmarks. To achieve this outcome, an asset owner should engage a Certified Quantity Surveyor (CQS) from conceptual stage through to operation. If one thinks of construction like a chess board, a CQS doesn’t just see the individual players, they also have the skills and experience to see the ‛whole board’ from a financial, timing, and quality perspective. For example, upfront value is delivered by a CQS at pre-tender stage. When engaged early, the CQS understands the strategic intent, available investment, and desired outcomes of the asset owner. It is important for tender documentation to be clear and consistent and the designs are to at least LOD 300 (the BIM model is accurate in terms of quantity, size, shape, location and orientation) before going out to tender. This, combined with a CQS developed Bill of Quantities (Builders Bill), will reduce the number of addendums issued as result of RFIs (which are time consuming and costly) and enable tenders being easily compared, apples for apples. Another example of a CQS being capable to deliver value upfront, revolves around the geotechnical report. With an early understanding of any latent conditions, a CQS can provide an assessment of potential impacts and a fair and reasonable approach to the cost of removing any additional volumes. Engage a CQS early to maximise success and minimise risk.



comment Ainsley Simpson CEO Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

A NEW ERA OF SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AHEAD Two recent announcements – the federal budget and Infrastructure’s 10 principles for an infrastructure led COVID-19 recovery – can catalyse a new era of sustainable infrastructure. Among the measures announced by the Morrison Government, a massive $14 billion has been allocated to new and accelerated infrastructure projects, including Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail and the Western Sydney international airport. Shovel ready projects, like smaller scale road safety, will receive $3 billion. A further $1.9 billion investment in next generation energy technologies will support low emissions and renewable technologies and help the federal government reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

PACT CELEBRATES MASTER BUILDERS WIN FOR BOB HAWKE COLLEGE PACT Construction has won the Master Builders 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards – Best Education Building: $50-$100m – for Bob Hawke College (Stage 1). The $55 million brand new secondary school, adjacent to Subiaco Oval, was completed by PACT safely and ahead of schedule last year, ready for the start of the 2020 school year. Jason Thomson, General Manager of PACT Construction, said it was a real honour to be recognised for the hard work that went into this special building – the WA State Government's flagship secondary college. “Over 3,000 workers helped to deliver the entire school campus over 17 months.” The College, designed by Bateman Architects and T&Z Architects in a joint venture, is split across five sectors of two and three level buildings together with a linkway. A total 11,000m2 of facade cladding was completed over the various building elevations.

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The Master Builders Awards recognise construction excellence in overall quality, project and site management, value for money and innovation. “We were up against some tough competition in this category, like Hammond Park Secondary College and the UWA Ezone Student Hub,” said Jason Thomson. Dale Alcock Projects, the other commercial construction company of the ABN Group, also won two awards for Ardross Apartments (Best Multi Unit Development $1.5-$5m) and Willowbrook Lifestyle Village (Best Seniors/ Aged Care Multi Unit Development $1.5-$5m). Bob Hawke College is a key part of the WA Government’s future education plan and will eventually cater for 2,000 students after expansions are completed in 2025.

Meanwhile, Infrastructure Australia’s 10 principles have been warmly welcomed by industry. The principles include selecting projects and reform initiatives that enhance productivity, improve sustainability, build resilience and encourage innovation, as well as coordinated action on climate change and other disasters. Our challenge is to ensure the multi-billiondollar investment ahead delivers jobs and growth today, and secures positive social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes for many years to come. By embedding sustainability into decision-making at the earliest stages of projects we can consider whole-of-life outcomes of infrastructure. We have clear evidence that sustainable infrastructure projects not only deliver better environmental outcomes, but also maximise social, cultural and economic benefits.

A public artwork component is incorporated into the building façade – 78 perforated metal fins that echo the texture and peeling quality of the paperbark tree. PACT worked closely with Fremantle artist Penelope Forlano to plan the installation of the artwork elements, ensuring they were installed correctly to realise the intended artistic vision – one that speaks to the history and natural features of the school environment.

PACT Construction delivers commercial construction projects across multiple market segments including apartments and mixed use, aged care, education, retail, hospitality, offices, industrial and community.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BACKS BETTER BUILDINGS FOR A LOW CARBON FUTURE More energy efficient buildings could deliver more than a quarter of Australia’s emissions reduction target and save $20 billion in energy bills for businesses and households. Recognising this potential, the Australian Government has announced funding to increase the energy productivity of our buildings. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) welcomes the announcement from the Australian Government which outlines funding and an expanded mandate for the Australian Renewable Energy Authority (ARENA), and a package of

measures to facilitate improved energy efficiency for residential and commercial buildings. “More energy efficient buildings provide a win-win-win opportunity in terms of jobs, energy savings and emission reduction,” said ASBEC’s President, Professor Ken Maher AO. “Whilst Australia’s foremost developers are leading globally in terms of sustainability, our broader building sector lags far behind, meaning we are not gaining the health, comfort, efficiency and environmental benefits that we could reasonably expect.” Read full brief:

MCMAHON SERVICES ACQUIRES CLADDING SPECIALIST ASURCO South Australian construction and environmental services provider McMahon Services has acquired long standing glass reinforced concrete and cladding specialist Asurco Contracting Pty Ltd (Asurco). McMahon Services will be taking over the contracts Asurco have in progress and will ensure all services remain business as usual for clients. The result will be that the brand, specialist services and expertise of Asurco will live on as a division of McMahon Services called Asurco Roofing and Cladding.

Geoff Dart Executive Director Australian Institute of Building

LEADING AND EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY IN ALL ASPECTS Amidst the challenges facing our industry, as we gradually move to more stability and emerging pipeline of building and construction projects, we cannot lose sight of the longer term objectives of social and economic reform. The construction industry employs 1.2 million people, accounts for 9% ($380 billion) of Australia’s GDP and key to the road to recovery and employment growth.

Asurco has a proud history with the business being founded in 1969 and offering a broad range of cladding products and services to clients across Australia and South-East Asia. The Royal Park company had faced the very real prospect of permanent closure after a challenging 12 month period significantly worsened by the onset of COVID-19. 36 of Asurco’s staff have been retained by McMahon Services and Managing Director David McMahon said that the acquisition of Asurco is good news for the construction and development sector, adding strategic value to their extensive range of services. “We have a long standing relationship with Asurco and are delighted that its market leading products, as well as specialist expertise garnered

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over more than 50 years, will be preserved as a division of McMahon Services,” explained Mr. McMahon. “We have offered roofing services for many years, and with the added expertise acquired through Asurco in construction cladding, we see significant commercial opportunity for the combined business.”

INDUSTRY COMMENTS CONTINUED A new era of sustainable infrastructure ahead - Ainsley Simpson

Leading and embracing sustainability in all aspects - Geoff Dart

Independent analysis undertaken by RPS Group, IS Rating Scheme Return on Investment, finds infrastructure projects rated under the IS Rating Scheme will deliver up to $2.40 in benefit for every dollar spent.

“Rurbanisation”, as coined by the author, needs to part of the solution. This is the development or rural communities such as Goulbourn in NSW and Seymour in Victoria to house around 250,000 to 500,000 people, each with access to a VFT, 45-60 minutes from outer Sydney and Melbourne.

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IS-certified as-built assets have delivered accumulated reductions of 14% in energy, 27% in water and 31% in materials when compared to declared baselines. We know infrastructure contributes around 70% of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. But an infrastructure-led recovery from COVID-19 can create jobs, enhance national productivity and build sustainable community assets. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.


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Commercial building is no exception and we, as industry leading building professionals, can develop solutions and guide developers as to areas in which to build, what to build and hence, advise architects as to the ways in which buildings are to be built. Embracing technology, energy saving solutions for the betterment of occupants and the broader community will be an imperative over this coming decade.

Implicit in this, is leading and embracing sustainability in all aspects from conception, site selection, design, building and eventual occupancy and lifecycle of all buildings. In the author’s view, we need to consider the size and purpose of all buildings considering permanent changes in working, living, and learning patterns because of CV-19. What will this look like? Shorter office and apartment buildings, regional hubs, larger homes, fewer shops, regulated sustainability and energy saving, will see the end of the Skyscraper and high density city living. This is possible in Australia due to large tracts of land available for urban spread around capital cities. 2030 will Australia’s population reach close to 30 million and these folk should not be accommodated in crowded cities for social, economic and environmental reasons. As reported, Victorian government announced a $797 million energy efficiency affordability package. This sets minimum energy standards with five stars for rental properties and seven stars for new builds and is also significant policy that can advance sustainability in retrofits and transform infrastructure. This comes as part and parcel of Victorian and NSW Governments’ significant investments in harnessing the power of energy efficiency and social housing to create jobs and drive economic recovery.

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Event hosted by the Central Coast Sustainability Association Words by Phaedra Pym

SHOWCASING A SUSTAINABLE CENTRAL COAST The Central Coast is home to many sustainable, innovative businesses working tirelessly on an individual and collective basis to improve our community and the world in which we live. Those businesses along with local industry leaders met along with a range of speakers to share their stories, open their doors and inspire the business community at the inaugural Central Coast Sustainability Showcase. The showcase promotes the valuable contribution businesses are making in the global sustainability sector and facilitate connection between business owners and startups and council specifiers and venture capitalists. Featuring three components: an exhibition of local businesses showcasing their latest innovations; R.E.E.L Talks (Relevant, Environmental, Economic, Local) from industry experts, including funding advice and technological advancements; and a sustainability trail inviting attendees to visit the workplaces of some of the local sustainable businesses to gain a deeper insight into what they do. Speakers included Paul Young, an angel investor who considers hundreds of sustainability focused business opportunities each year. Paul shared what he looks for in a business and the start-up traps to avoid. Nigel Hennessy spoke on his insights on how businesses 16


can take advantage of the Federal Government’s $270 billion defence funding and increased support for local suppliers, while Matthew Hingerty discussed energy of the future and how regions like the Central Coast could be placed on the global hydrogen rollout map. They joined a panel of 10 other speakers discussing a broad range of topics from sustainable building, manufacturing, food production and healthcare to innovative options for repurposing and reducing waste streams in business. Organised by the Central Coast Sustainability Association (CCSA) and supported by Central Coast Council, the showcase came at a critical time for the business community and economy, in a post-COVID world. Event organiser, CCSA president and owner of local recycled timber manufacturing business, Bib’ n Brace, Bruce Cottrill said, “For too long it’s been too easy for business and government to hide behind greenwash. As a group we (CCSA) decided that those that genuinely measure and manage the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits – the real measure of a sustainable business – should have a forum to celebrate and collaborate on the benefits and challenges of being truly sustainable.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

















BCA CodeMark Certified & BRAC Accredited The original and internationally patented permanent polymer formwork system. After a series of new large-scale tests in 2019, Dincel has been issued a CodeMark Certificate of Conformity to the BCA by certification body SAI Global and a product accreditation by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC).

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External and internal loadbearing wall applications. Walls with joints or penetrations. Bush fire prone areas (up to and including BAL-FZ).

BRAC BRAC Accreditation Accredited

The BRAC Certificate of Accreditation verifies that Dincel is compliant with the performance requirement CP2 – Spread of fire, and subsequently confirms that Dincel can be used where a non-combustible external wall is required. A BRAC Certificate of Accreditation is proof by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee that a product meets performance requirements of the BCA.

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COOL SOLUTION FOR AUSTRALIA'S BEST HOME The accolades for multi-award winning Mitsubushi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) just keep rolling in!

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) has been announced as the 2020 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award winner in the air conditioners category, making it the second year in a row they have taken out this prestigious award. In addition, MHIAA have won the 2020 CHOICE® Best Brand of Air Conditioners, the third year in a row that they have scooped the pool for this highly coveted honour. Winning the Canstar Blue award for the second year in a row was especially rewarding for MHIAA. Canstar is Australia’s most trusted comparison website and assists Australians wanting to choose the best air conditioner for their needs. From a survey of over 1,000 participants, MHIAA was the only brand to receive a 5 Star rating for overall satisfaction. MHIAA was also the only brand of air conditioners to receive a 5 Star rating for five out of the six customer satisfaction ratings which included functionality, reliability, quietness, ease of use and overall satisfaction. Recognition through the Canstar Blue and CHOICE® awards highlights how the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries brand has rapidly become one of the most awarded brands of air conditioners in Australia. The reasons are clear to see. MHIAA are dedicated to delivering engineering 22


excellence backed by industry leading service, delivering quiet yet high performing air conditioning solutions for Australian homes. As a customer centric organisation, the company prides themselves on delivering on their promises of providing premium products and giving consumers exactly what they need. “We are extremely honoured to take out both Canstar and CHOICE® awards for two years in a row,” said Managing Director, Mr Yuji Ito. “At MHIAA, we believe in creating long lasting relationships with our customers. From finding the perfect AC unit, to installation and services throughout its lifetime, by investing in our service support, we ensure that our superior products are backed by service excellence.” “We’d like to thank Canstar Blue, CHOICE® and consumers for their recognition and belief in our brand as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering the best products to the Australian market,” said Yuji. A recent air conditioning installation in The Cove House, a stunning riverside home at Sanctuary Cove on Queensland’s Gold Coast, highlights the award-winning performance of MHIAA and their products. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Named as the 2020 HIA–CSR Australian Home of the Year and the HIA Australian Custom-Built Home Award, the home’s unconventional layout revolved around lush, open air garden atriums, timber features and brutalist concrete feature walls The design presented a unique challenge and required extensive planning between the contractor, MHIAA technical team and experienced Contractor, Arnelec. The solution had to be as discreet as possible and extremely quiet. Due to the roof design, indoor units had to be slim profile, allowing them to fit within the confined ceiling space without compromising output. It also had to ensure optimum temperature in every room, especially during the hot Queensland summer.

MHIAA again proved their capacity to deliver a high end, reliable solution that will keep the occupants comfortable all year round for years to come.

MHIAA’s FDUM ducted systems in combination with high performance KX Micro VRF systems were chosen for the project. FDUM mid-static ducted indoor fan coils were chosen for all spaces including the large bedrooms, living and dining areas offering a quiet and discreet solution, delivering even airflow via modern grilles. The slim profile requires less ducting than other systems and allows for easy installation in ceiling spaces and bulkheads. KX Micro VRF condensers were installed in a multi-format to power all indoor fan coils. These units have a wide operating range and deliver high performance. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd., Block E, 391 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, phone 02 8774 7500, email info.mhiaa@, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


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BRIGHT CONSTRUCTION GROUP Bright Construction Group is a specialist drywall and plastering subcontractor based in Sydney. With over 25 years experience in the industry, Bright Construction Group offers a highly professional service for both construction works and design. By virtue of an efficient and competent management team, self motivated professional tradesmen and sufficient manpower, their experience includes a wide variety of jobs, commercial, residential and industrial alike, contracting to some of the well known builders in the local industry, which is illustrated by their completed project portfolio. Bright Construction Group is a licensed construction subcontractor for drywall plastering. They specialise in the supply and installation of; • Wall/ceiling linings • Suspended ceilings • Tile ceilings • Metal/timber framed bulkheads • Metal/timber framed partition walls • Hebel PowerPanels • Timber future panels and various types of cornices

Bright Construction’s area of expertise also includes aluminum metal cladding, CFC Cladding and ALUCOBOND/Vitrabond for external walls and ceilings. In order to establish a competitive edge, a foremost principle of Bright Construction’s management is to provide competitive price while not compromising cooperative spirit, product quality and compliance with the work programme. Moreover, their operations are in an honest manner and our company always ensures that all required insurances and contributions are current. Recently, the company was engaged on the One Melrose – Stage 1, part of the smart living neighbourhood currently under construction in Sydney, where they delivered the internal walls, ceilings and external cladding. One Melrose incorporates 277 premium apartments and Bright Construction Group have recently completed their works in the first of the three buildings comprising the project. The project represented a new chapter in a long history of working with DASCO. “We are proud of our good relationship with DASCO having worked with them for nearly 20 years,” said Director Tom Chen. “We are involved in many of their jobs which we believe represents proof of the quality that we can deliver.” For more information contact Bright Construction Group, Suite 3, Level 2, 45-47 Hunter Street, Hornsby NSW 2077, phone 02 9987 2168, email, website





THE PERFECT BALANCE The Apollo Joinery Group produces high quality, unique joinery on a large scale to meet the needs of all market segments from high rise developers, retail and corporate fitouts to project home builders. Utilising the very latest in manufacturing technology and software, Apollo Joinery Group has won accolades for their consistent delivery of innovative design and exceptional craftsmanship, backed by first class service. Apollo Joinery Group has completed an extensive project at the Sekisui House development The Sanctuary, in Wentworth Point on Sydney’s Parramatta River. The Sanctuary is set to be one of Sekisui House’s most celebrated Australian residential developments. A fully planned estate which puts family, community and the environment at the heart of its experience, The Sanctuary is a harmonious blend of Japanese design principles and Australian identity that connects people to their surroundings. Apollo Joinery Group manufactured, delivered and installed kitchens and cabinetry to over 360 apartments across four buildings. The 26


comprehensive contract included vanities and shaving cabinets, laundry joinery, TV units and pantry storage. The kitchens offer two colour schemes using Polytec ‛Maison Oak’ Ravine and Polytec ‛Estella Oak’ Woodmatt. The shadow line is Polytec Black ‘Venette’ finish for consistency. Drawers and cupboards were supplied with sharknose finger pull for lower units and overhang finger pull for overhead cupboards. Metal recessed handles were used on storage cabinetry. Quality drawers were installed using Apollo Kitchens branded Hettich Silver Innotech soft close systems to ensure residents enjoy smooth drawer action, durability and impressive stability for many years to come. Bathrooms had similar finishes to the kitchens. The benchtop supporting shelf was manufactured in ‛Maison Oak’ Ravine finish with concealed brackets. The shaving cupboard doors were finished with 4mm silver backed glass. Doors on the laundry cabinetry and the TV units also followed the design formula of Polytec ‛Maison Oak’ AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Ravine or ‛Estella Oak’ Woodmatt with the shadow line in Polytec Black Venette finish. Apollo Joinery Group also fitted out the common areas where kitchenettes and bookshelves were finished in Polytec Ravine. The design team was engaged early in the building programme to design the structure of the curved kitchen benchtop with timber slats which is a feature of The Sanctuary apartments. “Being engaged early on this project gave my team the chance to consult and bring the project to life, through being functional and cost effective,” said Owner and Managing Director, Peter Bader. “We are equipped with the very latest in design software and machinery, plus skilled craftspeople, to design and produce the volume of kitchens and cabinetry required for projects similar to the scale of The Sanctuary. We can meet the highest specifications required by our clients.” The tight timetable on the project was challenging but the Apollo Joinery Group was very familiar with project requirements on high WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

rise developments and was equipped to deal with them. “Parkview, managing the construction of The Sanctuary, had a very well organised job site which helped considerably and we enjoyed working with them. We are also very comfortable in Wentworth Point, having completed four projects – Savannah, Jewel, Taiga and Billbergia’s Marina Square,” said Peter. Apollo Joinery Group has the well known Apollo Kitchens under its corporate umbrella as well as Apollo Stairs and has developed the inhouse capability to design and produce complete fixed joinery solutions, becoming the supplier of choice for leading builders and developers. “We have the capacity and the skills to meet a new generation of projects,” Peter said.

For more information contact Apollo Joinery Group, 17 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 908 090, email, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS






VICTORIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EMBRACES AUSTRALIAN FIRST BLUETOOTH CONTACT TRACING SOLUTION The Victorian construction industry is forging ahead on the road to recovery and taking advantage of the latest Bluetooth contact tracing technology, becoming the leaders in Australian safety. Despite a year of constant setbacks, The Commonwealth and Victorian governments have committed to supporting construction jobs across Victoria by jointly investing an additional $525 million to deliver infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades.

In the event of a suspected or confirmed case, this new contact tracing system will notify only those with recorded close contact this advancement enables construction to continue with minimal disruption.

Within the past three months, Major Roads Projects Victoria (MRPV) and their construction partners Decmil, Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd, John Holland Group Pty Ltd, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd, Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd and Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty have all implemented a new contract tracing system as part of a rigorous COVID-safe plan across their sites to keep these critical projects on track and Victorians in work. Over 8,700 Contact Harald cards have been distributed across these worksites, with more to follow.

Director of Health and Product at Contact Harald, Elissa Reid, said: “Now is the time for key infrastructure to take shape as we ease back into day to day life. Contact Harald is the only complete and reliable solution currently available that allows those working on site to continue to operate safely.”

Contact Harald is a wearable contact tracing card that is given to all onsite visitors including workers. The technology then records and stores interactions that last over two minutes and within a 1.5m radius. If a visitor declares symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, only the recorded users in close proximity to the suspected or confirmed case will be sent an SMS and email via the secure Contact Harald database, owned and administered by the construction company – removing the need for external agencies and nullifying cyber security concerns.


“Contact Harald is built from best practice, simple and smart technology to map, manage and minimise the impact of outbreaks for construction sites and businesses alike. If an outbreak were to occur onsite, we want to be able to act fast and manage the breakout, in order to keep important public and private works on track.” Ms. Reid said. Contact Harald is currently being used by large, multi-national organisations across a variety of industries that include construction, aged care, manufacturing, entertainment and mining, to name a few, both in Australia and overseas. To find out more or request a demo, visit




BORAL: BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT Boral holds an industry leading position as a supplier of an extensive range of building and construction materials throughout Australia and across major international markets. An ASX 100-listed company, they are led by an experienced management team with proven business and technical expertise. Boral team members are dedicated to providing professional and personal service to the company’s large customer base in residential, commercial and industrial development, civil works and major infrastructure projects.

concrete was from the Everton Park plant, operated by Q-Crete, a Boral subsidiary.

Locally, Boral Australia provides concrete, cement, asphalt, quarry materials, concrete placing, roof tiles, pavers, timber and interior linings. One of their recent notable projects has been the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre at the Prince Charles Hospital located at Chermside in Brisbane.

Boral had 15 employees engaged onsite supported by numerous staff in the Queensland Customer Service Centre, technical team and sales team.

Queensland Executive General Manager, Simon Jeffery said that Boral was proud to be part of the construction of such an important facility that will provide essential services for Queensland’s youth. “We are conscious of the effect mental illness can have on people within our community no matter where they live. We are always proud to support the communities in which we operate and were pleased to be given this opportunity.” Working with builder ADCO Constructions and concretor Placecorp, Boral supplied standard and decorative concrete for the entire project, including footings, posttension elements, slabs and suspended deck over the car park entrance. Boral met the specification requirements for early age and high early strength concrete for the project. The structural concrete was sourced from Boral’s Geebung plant. Landscaping, footpaths and driveways were created with exposed concrete from Boral’s exposé® decorative concrete range in Cherry Blossom. The exposé® decorative concrete range is created by removing the surface fines from the concrete resulting in the internal aggregates being exposed, highlighting the natural elements of the stone. exposé® is ideal for use on outdoor areas and the more heavily exposed finish is perfect for driveways or areas requiring more grip. Decorative 30


The facility is in a unique location and frequently affected by traffic congestion, which created challenges for Boral. This was overcome with successful traffic management by banking their 12 agitators nearby and calling them through on time to supply two pumps on either side of the building. Four agitators serviced each pump at any time. This process also assisted Boral in meeting project time schedules.

Simon, said that in all their projects, Boral was guided by their values of excellence, integrity, collaboration and endurance. “We have a health and safety policy of ‘zero harm today’ for our workforce, we are an award-winning supporter of veterans employment and we are proud of our policy of inclusiveness and support of indigenous people, communities and businesses.” Boral is also helping further the dialogue around mental health, reduce stigma and improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through their partnership with the Black Dog Institute. Boral has an impressive list of completed projects which, in recent times, include Emerald Airport in Queensland, Geraldton Airport in WA, Kingsford Smith Drive and Gateway North upgrades in Brisbane, the RAAF Base Amberley and the Punchbowl Mosque in Sydney. Boral’s versatility is illustrated in their numerous current projects which include Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane, Ocean by Meriton in Surfers Paradise, Crown Towers in Sydney, the Sydney Metro and North Connex and the Pacific Highway upgrade W2B which is in addition to numerous other segments of the Highway rebuild. In Melbourne, Boral is engaged on the Westgate Tunnel project, the Metro Rail and the Level Crossing Removal Programme. For more information contact Boral, phone 1300 305 980, email, website







07 4774 7257 0427 777 199 Rod Mathiesen Truck Hire are a Townsville based, family owned business who have been offering tippers, water trucks and aggregate spreaders for the past 43 years. The company’s fleet of trucks have recently been involved with the construction of a number of bridge abutments around Queensland and various Roadtek projects, along with the Haughton Duplication.

controlled cannons to reach inaccessible areas. It can sound like pretty mundane work, but sites like this simply can’t function without water trucks.”

“We were involved in many aspects of the project, including the earthworks, dust control, wetting the fans and compacting the soil around the pipe to keep it in place,” said Rod Mathiesen. “Sand trucks had drive 6-7km off the road to get to the pipe, so we had a lot to do in regards to maintenance of that track.”

Rod Mathiesen Truck Hire regularly invest in new equipment in order to deliver the best possible service to customers. Most recently, the team welcomed several new trucks, including an impressive Mack tipper/prime mover and an 8x4 Isuzu tipper.

“All the trucks used in this project had been fitted out with cabin-controlled water cannons, which certainly made the job quicker and easier. The width of the trenches also required the use of remote



“We are a very adaptable company, and we’ve recently bought some new vehicles to ensure we remain ahead of the game. These trucks are a major part of my life and I’m excited about where the company can go in the future.”





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

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NEW SOUTH WALES Haven Luxury Apartments 2 Natura Rise, Baulkham Hills NSW Offering a range of one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments, most of which feature generous balconies and spacious layouts, Haven boast the best of location, luxury and lifestyle. The sense of luxury continues beyond your apartment with a resort style heated swimming pool, building concierge, community entertainment space with kitchen, business centre meeting rooms and resident bike sharing service. APARTMENTS COMPLETE AND READY TO MOVE IN

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Nightfall Grazier Lane, Belconnen ACT The third and final stage of the Fender Katsalidis designed, Republic Precinct offers buyers one last chance to buy into the ACT’s largest mixed use precinct through its latest development, Nightfall. The 22-storey apartment complex will include 334 one to two bedroom apartments and a private entertaining space, complete with a barbecue area, chef’s kitchen and private dining room on level two. From $295,000

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Park Avenue 20 Allara Street, Canberra City ACT 2601 Experience true city centre living. Canberra’s newest premium address, Park Avenue offers a high end lifestyle with unrivalled amenity. Positioned alongside premium retail and office space in the heart of Canberra City, these architecturally designed one, two and three bedroom residences feature superior inclusions, luxurious finishes and stunning views. It’s a combination of work and play, leisure and sophistication that helps Park Avenue create a remarkable opportunity where life takes … Pride of Place. 1 bed from $455,900, 2 bed from $549,900, 3 bed penthouse $1,799,900 Morris Property Group




AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY High Society Grazier Lane, Belconnen ACT Canberra’s two tallest towers and the ACT’s biggest ever residential undertaking. High Society includes Abode Belconnen, restaurants and speciality stores below almost 600 residential apartments. High Society sets a new standard of amenity around Australia with pools and spas, a gym, children’s play centre, wine cellars and viewing platforms. From $300,000 Available to move in by the end of 2020

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Renaissance Manuka

2 Light Street, Griffith ACT 2603

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

all that Manuka offers. A selection of one, two and three bedroom residences have been curated, with the utmost attention to liveability and a sense of refined sophistication. 1 bed from $449,900 2 bed from $649,900 3 bed from $899,900 Eligible for HomeBuilder grant, completion 4th quarter 2021

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Koko Broadbeach 12-14 Elizabeth Avenue, Broardbeach QLD Koko Broadbeach is a boutique development comprising 99 apartments over 31 levels in the heart of Broadbeach. The project has only four north facing residences per floor all enjoying magnificent ocean and city views. Koko has an urban heart and coastal soul and is inspired by the cosmopolitan living and buzzing lifestyle of this high end beach side food and beverage precinct. This vibrant area has village style and thriving social scene which will see residents enjoy a colourful, enticing and chic beach side lifestyle. 2 beds starting $719,900 3 beds starting at $2.1M

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QUEENSLAND The Horizon Collection - Brisbane Skytower 82.07, 222 Margaret Street, Brisbane QLD Queensland’s Tallest building soaring 270 metres into the city’s sub-tropical skies, panoramic views reach out in all directions making them the most captivating and glamorous residences and penthouses in Brisbane. This 180sqm, luxury three bedroom residence is equipped with modern design living areas, ducted zoned air conditioning, engineered timber floors and stone benchtops. High end kitchen appliances including Gaggenau 900mm gas cooktop, electric oven, steam oven and dishwasher as well

as fully integrated Miele DynaCool fridge freezer and temperature controlled wine fridge. Double glazed floor to ceiling windows to all apartments and tandem car bays with separate storage all on the second level basement. On the 89th floor, Horizon penthouse residents have exclusive use of the highest pool in the Southern Hemisphere as well as impressive private entertainment spaces and a comprehensively equipped gymnasium.

The porte cochère provides a fitting sense of arrival being greeted by your concierge, the quality experience begins upon entry as a supremely elegant lobby welcomes you. On the lower levels of the building is The Westin, a 5 Star luxury hotel that will be offering first class lifestyle and spa services exclusively for The Horizon Collection residents. Price: $2,550,000

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Novotel Twin Waters 270 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters QLD

Urban Sophistication | Coastal Calm. A life in artful balance, where position and proximity sit in harmony. 21 two and three bedroom residences afford residents a truly modern oasis in a quiet pocket of Twin Waters. Embracing the style, sophistication and culture of urban living, Habitat is a collection of reimagined coastal townhouses and apartments unlike any other. Adjacent to Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort, Habitat residents can have it all, uncompromised. Residences, with exclusive resort access

like this, are few and far between. Whether it be tennis, mini golf, sailing or water sports on the lagoon, the Habitat lifestyle exudes true vibrance and energy. Be surrounded by lush landscaping, breathtaking waterways and coastal greenery in one of the region’s last pockets with direct Mudjimba Beach access. Habitat presents a rare and compelling opportunity to invest for private use, or to own and lease through Novotel.

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

Dandan Zhao | 0421 046 788

Collins & Bates 72-76 Batesford Road, Chadstone VIC Collins & Bates, designed by Point Architects, represents individuality and comfort. The peaceful residence includes one bedroom apartments starting from $420,000 and two bedroom apartments starting from $520,000, with all three bedroom apartments now sold out. Discover the exclusive Collins & Bates residences and explore all they have to offer. 1 bedroom residence from $420,000 2 bedroom residence from $520,000 Frank Ruffo | 1300 009 238 42



VICTORIA Belrose Work Precinct 9 Ambrose Avenue, Cheltenham VIC Belrose, Cheltenham’s newest work precinct, has been expertly crafted by award-winning design team DKO, SDA and Tract Consultants. Divided into two Stages, Belrose North will see an existing 1950s red brick factory transformed into versatile workspaces, whist Belrose South will feature contemporary office warehouses that integrate seamlessly with the heritage surrounds. Now selling is Belrose South comprising 24 showroom and office warehouse spaces. Features: - Architecturally designed by DKO, SDA & Tract Consultants - Interior design by DKO. - First floor, air conditioned offices - Toilet, shower & kitchenette within each unit - LED lighting within each unit - Showrooms with street frontage - Vehicle and bicycle parking - Onsite café - Australia Post parcel pick up - Lush landscaping & green water practices - Sustainable heritage restoration - Situated on a tree-lined boulevard Julian Vautin | 0420 406 660 Stuart Gill | 0417 322 080

Sky Garden

235 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley VIC

Situated above the newly transformed The Glen Shopping Centre, Sky Garden offers one, two and three bedroom residences with access world class amenities including gym, swimming pool, private dining and lounge, as well as 4000sqm of private podium garden

featuring vegetable gardens, children’s play area, outdoor fitness zone, BBQ station and more.

Contact the Agent | 0499 688 988




REAL ESTATE | Off-The-Plan

Vantage Riversedge Apartments 60 Riversdale Road, Rivervale WA 6103 Vantage offers a resort lifestyle close to Crown Perth and Optus Stadium on the banks of the Swan River. Just 10 minutes drive to the airport and 3.5km from Perth CBD, Vantage is a popular investment for business travellers and FIFO workers, and owner occupiers who demand standout amenities and river, city and hills views. 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms from: $390,000 - $1,850,000

Todd Buckley | 0413 709 760




WESTERN AUSTRALIA Arthouse Apartments 113 Grand Boulevard, Joondalup WA Arthouse benefits from the conveniences of inner-city living in Joondalup, which was recently named as one of five Perth suburbs set for property price growth. Boasting lake, ocean and city views and a superb range of resort style amenities, Arthouse is also located minutes walk to public transport and Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre. 1, 2, 3, 4 beds from $335,000 - $1,357,500

Hugh Peacock | 0452 177 900




RAISING THE LIMIT DEVELOPER : SkyCity Adelaide MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECT : Buchan and Walter Brooke with Hecker Guthrie STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Aurecon CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $330 million

The SkyCity Adelaide Casino Expansion is the crowning jewel of the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct. Spanning 12-storeys, behind the complex curved golden façade sits an array of bespoke joinery, stonework and brass. Featuring 120 luxury 5 Star rooms, function and conference spaces, expanded gaming, four new restaurants and two new bars, spa and wellness centre and a boutique pool. This is Adelaide’s newest luxury destination, requiring exceptional planning, commitment and attention to detail from the project team. In 1985, one of Australia’s largest privately owned construction companies Hansen Yuncken began an association with the Adelaide Casino, using innovative building techniques to convert the historic Adelaide train station to the city’s premier entertainment complex. Collaborating again, Hansen Yuncken has undertaken the exciting development which expands the Casino’s existing footprint, and seamlessly integrate the grand heritage railway station with a modern, sophisticated and iconic new building. Thinking Outside the Box Construction As Managing Contractor, Hansen Yuncken commenced construction in June 2018. Senior Project Manager David Focareta, said the redevelopment posed several challenges which were solved using the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the project team. “We established teams to manage the project in three sections – the casino, hotel and restaurants. In addition, we had to utilise Hansen Yuncken’s experience in managing logistics in a busy location without causing inconvenience to a wide range of stakeholders.” Located in the heart of the CBD on North Terrace, surrounded by the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Festival Centre, a neighbouring construction site and the existing operational casino, meticulous planning, transparent and collaborative communication was established at project commencement. To comply with the SkyCity project brief, Hansen Yuncken had to provide uninterrupted access for all delivery vehicles through the construction site on a 24/7 basis while the main concrete structure was constructed above. 46

Hansen Yuncken designed a temporary steel structure with ceiling lengths up to 18m. After six weeks, the upper concrete slab achieved the required concrete strength and the temporary structure was dismantled and stripped. The temporary gantry allowed for unimpeded deliveries including the bump-in and bump-out of major shows at the Adelaide Festival Centre. For the Aladdin production, over eight days, 41 x 40ft semi-trailers were delivering staging, costumes and props underneath the construction site. All deliveries, including construction vehicles and concrete trucks, required meticulous planning to ensure business continuity for all Riverbank stakeholders. “In addition, we managed a public interface with a high volume pedestrian environment including access for sporting events, for the public’s safety and to maintain access a pedestrian gantry was constructed. Entry to the gantry was coordinated for agreed sporting events then closed to allow construction works to occur,” David said. A crucial factor in the project was stakeholder engagement. “We needed to understand their requirements and ensure their businesses could run as smoothly as possible even though access to their loading docks was through the construction site itself. The proximity to stakeholders also proved problematic due to the extent of demolition and interfacing works which inevitably produced noise and vibration.” Hansen Yuncken’s stakeholder engagement strategy was to establish open two-way lines of communication. Regular meetings were held to address any concerns and advise of upcoming works. By getting on the front foot, the Hansen Yuncken team built strong and trusted relationships with all stakeholders, allowing construction to


continue alongside their business operations with little to no interruptions. Blending Functionality and Glamour “SkyCity Adelaide Casino has a very high standard of finish which is rarely seen in South Australia, Hansen Yuncken is extremely proud to achieve this level of standard,” David continued. “From the very beginning, our goal was to exceed SkyCity’s expectations and deliver the build and finishes to the highest standard possible and meet budget expectations. We wanted to tick every box!” Crystal chandeliers hang elegantly, and marble bathrooms add a touch of class to the hotel suites. Custom carpets and crafted ceiling panels set the tone for the high end gaming areas while the boutique pool and surrounds provide a space to relax and forget about the day to day. Evident on every floor, the entire venue delicately blends functionality and glamour with no detail missed – a testament to the entire project team who have shown an exceptional level of dedication and pride in delivering this iconic project for SkyCity and South Australia. Embedded into the fabric of Adelaide’s Riverbank skyline, SkyCity Adelaide Casino represents the third recent development for Hansen Yuncken following the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and UniSA Cancer Research Institute. Now, works continue on our most recent Riverbank win, the Adelaide Festival Plaza completing the Adelaide Riverbank’s revitalisation.

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 191 Fullarton Road, Dulwich SA 5065, phone 08 8229 7300, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW




Below JRCM completed the total joinery fitout of 120 luxury hotel rooms as well as the bars, restaurants and gaming rooms.

JRCM Commercial Joinery is a high achieving South Australian manufacturing business specialising in custom commercial joinery solutions. JRCM has been producing high quality, cost effective, full turnkey joinery solutions delivered on time for a diverse range of clients including Tier 1 builders for over 25 years.

These walls were laser cut from rolled aluminium plate and painted to an automotive finish.

Engaged by Hansen Yuncken on the redevelopment and expansion of SkyCity Adelaide Casino, JRCM undertook the joinery fitout of 120 luxury hotel rooms as well as the bars and gaming rooms, including four VIP gaming suites.

JRCM Commercial Joinery is proud of their contribution to Australian manufacturing and the use of local materials. “We have all our own production facilities located in a 4,000m2 workshop at Dudley Park, complete with all the latest equipment. Our greatest asset is our skilled team of 53 full time staff and 15 subcontractors who are all committed to the production of the highest quality joinery solutions for any project,” John said.

There were a number of complex designs and specifications in the project. “These included undulating and illuminated walls with a 2 pac finish and handmade curved staircase balustrade rails made from solid walnut. Using our skilled carpenters, we manufactured the rails onsite,” said John Reuther, Founder and Managing Director of JRCM Commercial Joinery.

JRCM has an impressive record of achievement across a range of construction sectors. The company recently completed the refurbishment of Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre which involved a complexity of detail. In 2019, JRCM completed work at the Calvary Adelaide Hospital. Currently JRCM is working on the Adelaide Oval Hotel project.

JRCM are particularly proud of the impressive ‘button’ wall for the main concourse entry, made from mild steel laser cut discs, which they designed, supplied and installed. JRCM also manufactured and installed 300m2 of special feature walls designed by the architect.

For more information contact JRCM Commercial Joinery, 88 Exeter Terrace, Dudley Park SA 5008, phone 08 8234 9600, email, website




Below Frost Group was contracted to carry out the entire fitout works including all the kitchens, bars and restaurants.

Few companies can boast more than 100 years experience in their specialised field, but the Frost Group of companies has a history dating back to 1885. A multi-million dollar organisation, Frost Group is a leader in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial kitchens and catering products across a broad range of sectors ranging from restaurants, bars and casinos to defence facilities, healthcare and education establishments. Frost Group was contracted to carry out the fitout works including all the kitchens, bars, and restaurants. The main challenge on the project was meeting the detailed specifications prepared by the architects and interior designers. “We have completed many similar projects in hotel and casino developments including SkyCity Darwin, the Star Casinos in Sydney and the Gold Coast, and Crown Casino, so we are very familiar with the process of meeting the high quality standards specified by the designers for these projects,” said Michael Pultar, Managing Director of Frost Group. Frost Group manufactured all the equipment for SkyCity Adelaide Casino in their Newcastle and Adelaide facilities. Once delivered WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to site, Frost had up to four of their team working through the installation process. As the supplier of choice for many commercial organisations and government bodies, Frost is able to supply a turnkey solution for any venue with a totally integrated package. “Our extensive range of catering products includes food preparation, gas and electric cooking equipment, dish and glass washers, bar equipment, refrigeration and ventilation systems,” Michael said. “We tailor all requirements to the exact needs of our clients with competitively priced solutions. We utilise the latest equipment in our stainless steel fabrication facility and back everything we do with expert advice and first class service.”

For more information contact Frost Group, (SA) 8 Symonds Street, Royal Park SA 5014, (NSW) 115 Stenhouse Drive, Cameron Park NSW 2285, phone 1300 376 787, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE SKYCITY ADELAIDE CASINO


Below Ceiling and Wall Contractors were engaged to complete the suspended ceilings and partitions to the podium from the concourse.

Highly regarded by major builders for their expertise and workmanship, Ceiling and Wall Contractors were engaged by Hansen Yuncken on the SkyCity Adelaide Casino refurbishment and expansion. Ceiling and Wall Contractors supplied and installed ceilings and walls on several levels of the project. A major section of the work was the suspended ceilings and partitions to the podium from the concourse to Level 2. This included restaurant fitouts on the ground floor and first level. Additional work included ceilings and wall partitions from Levels 3 to 8 in the SkyCity Hotel and the restaurant fitout on Level 10. Products used included USG Boral Highlands metal pan ceilings and USG Boral Ensemble acoustical panels.

Hansen Yuncken, the whole project ran smoothly for Ceiling and Wall Contractors. Proudly Australian, Ceiling and Wall Contractors has been in business since 1992 and are award-winning specialist suppliers and installers of suspended ceilings, steel stud partitions, fire rated systems, acoustic systems, insulation, Barrisol® ceilings, internal aluminium windows and doors and general fitouts in the commercial construction market. With a corporate focus on quality, integrity, hard work and teamwork, the company has an extensive portfolio of achievements including the Osborne Naval Shipyard Precinct, Adelaide Festival Plaza Station Entry, the Lyell McEwin Hospital and the Modbury Hospital.

The COVID-19 pandemic added a significant level of complexity when the work was at its peak. “We had 120 of our team working onsite and moving around in lifts was very difficult as lift capacities were significantly restricted. Material delivery was also challenging given the site location in the Adelaide CBD,” said Contracts Manager, Luke Hoyle. All these factors added further pressure on the programme, however with maximum effort from the team and great cooperation with 50


For more information contact Ceiling and Wall Contractors, 5 Hampton Road, Keswick SA 5035, phone 08 8292 6600, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Greencap completed risk management assessments relating to the presence of hazardous materials.

Greencap is a leading risk management specialist with a team of 300 professional, technical and engineering staff. Focussed on their purpose of ‘making our world safer’ through the delivery of expert services, online solutions and training in health and safety, property risk, environmental risk and emergency management, they have operated in Australia since 1984 (formerly Noel Arnold and Associates and AEC Environmental). Since 2017, Greencap have been contracted to provide their expertise on the SkyCity Adelaide Casino project, working with the Casino owners, Hansen Yuncken, Shape Australia, and Schiavello Construction to provide numerous risk management assessments relating to the presence of asbestos, mould, noise and dust. A major part of the work conducted by Greencap included intrusive audits to assess for the presence of asbestos in areas of the Casino earmarked for refurbishment works. “This included sampling and analysis of suspect materials uncovered prior to and during the refurbishment works at Greencap’s inhouse NATA accredited laboratory,” said the Greencap Property Practice Manager. “We also actively conducted airborne fibre monitoring, and noise assessments during the refurbishment works.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

In addition, Greencap completed a ‘Safety in Design’ WHS Assessment, trained workers onsite in relation to asbestos and conducted mould assessments in Level 2 of the Casino. The project required Greencap to provide fast response times due to the dynamic environment and multiple clients at the site. “We prioritised all work requests on this job and ensured we had senior level staff available to conduct all the assessments required. At least 10 members of our team have had an involvement in this high profile project given the multiple risk management services required,” explained the Practice Manager. Greencap has eight offices across Australia and New Zealand with the ability to form large scale partnerships with clients to deliver practical, tailored and sustainable risk management solutions. In South Australia, Greencap has completed risk management assignments at Lot Fourteen (The Old Royal Adelaide Hospital) redevelopment, decommissioning of the Elizabeth GMH Plant, decommissioning of the Mobil Pt Stanvac Oil Refinery, refurbishment of Modbury Hospital and regeneration of the Repat Health Precinct. For more information contact Greencap, phone 03 9896 8743, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE SKYCITY ADELAIDE CASINO


Below O’Connors supplied, installed and commissioned all the mechanical services across the entire project.

O’Connors Services is a leading South Australian mechanical construction and services company, known for their engineering expertise and whole of life focus on systems performance. O’Connors supplied, installed and commissioned all the mechanical services across the entire project including the thermal plant with water-cooled chillers, cooling towers, heating hot water units and pumps, CHW/HHW air conditioning systems, kitchen exhaust ventilation systems, stair pressurisation and relief systems. O’Connors value managed the chilled water system to a primary variable system saving 12 pumps and further resolving spatial issues. To achieve an optimal outcome, O’Connors used 3D scanning of existing areas of the building, saving time and improving accuracy. The team also implemented the prefabrication in the thermal plant room pipework. “Along the way we had to keep the programme on track while our client initiated multiple late redesigns, a common challenge on large projects,” said Managing Director, Andrew O’Connor. For more information contact O’Connors Services, 107 King William Street, Kent Town SA 5067, phone 08 8212 3555, email service@, website 52



Riga Floor Coverings

The outstanding qualities of natural and engineered timber flooring are well recognised throughout the commercial and residential construction sectors. Adelaide based Riga Floor Coverings has been creating beautiful floors for over 52 years and is a specialist in solid timber floors, engineered floating flooring and laminated floating floors. Their extensive range of flooring options also includes sprung timber floors, vinyls, carpets and carpet tiles. With a reputation for craftsmanship, service and expert knowledge on flooring suitable for South Australian conditions, Riga Floor Coverings was the logical choice to provide the floor coverings in the redevelopment and expansion of the SkyCity Adelaide Casino. The project includes a high end, 120-room hotel, along with gaming rooms including luxury VIP gaming suites, bars, restaurants, a wellness centre and a gym. Riga supplied and installed all of the specialty carpet for the gaming rooms at SkyCity Adelaide. Along with the supply and installation of the timber flooring and carpets to the EOS by SkyCity accommodation levels. “We used engineered European oak and broadloom carpet which had been specially designed for the hotel. We also supplied carpet to gaming rooms, Armstrong vinyl for back-of-house and special rubber WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Below Riga supplied and installed all the timber flooring and carpets to the accommodation levels in the hotel.

flooring for the hotel gym,” said Paul Ceplitis, Estimator/Director for Riga Floor Coverings. “Working within the parameters created by COVID-19 added a level of complication, particularly as timeframes were being adjusted as the project progressed. This also impacted on the coordination of delivery of some stock from overseas,” said Steve Buttery, Estimator for Riga Floor Coverings. One of the highlights of the project was the high end carpet required for the Level 9 VIP gaming suite. The carpet was manufactured from French yarn, woven in the USA then hand carved in China. Riga Floor Coverings employs six full time staff and 30 subcontractors. Covering both the commercial and domestic markets, Riga has completed many notable projects around South Australia, including the Flinders Hospital redevelopment, St Mary’s College where the company installed specialised sprung acoustic flooring, Ashford Hospital Redevelopment and Thomas Foods. For more information contact Riga Floor Coverings, 380 Magill Road, Kensington Park SA 5068, phone 08 8364 1455, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE SKYCITY ADELAIDE CASINO


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Below Adams Jones manufactured and installed a range of carpentry products throughout the SkyCity Adelaide Casino.

Adams Jones Pty Ltd is a multi-faceted carpentry company specialising in medium to large first and second fix commercial, industrial and educational packages. Established in 1996, Adams Jones has a modern workshop facility in the Adelaide suburb of Edwardstown. Within their dedicated team of 15 carpenters, some have been with the company for over 18 years. The company manufactured and installed a range of carpentry products at the SkyCity Adelaide Casino, which includes sundry fixtures and bumper rails throughout the back-of-house and corridors as well as a sprung floor in the gym. The timber doors for the three restaurants were fabricated in the Edwardstown factory prior to installation onsite. Being the exclusive South Australian distributor of the Aqualoo range, they focus on integrated panelling partitions, bench seating, vanities, modern lockers and lock systems. They also supply signage and washroom accessories such as mirrors, hand dryers, coat hooks, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and grab rails. The company is also a premium installer of the Gerflor range of SPM door and wall protection, bump rails and corner guards, offering a complete service. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Proprietors Brett Adams and Roley Jones, said that the Aqualoo range provides exceptional quality for designers, ranging from colourful and fun toilet partitions for preschools to attractive and practical lockers with integrated or free standing bench seating in gymnasiums or end-of-trip facilities as well as compliant yet stylish toilet and shower cubicles in the educational, industrial or commercial environments. “We can supply and install complete customised washroom solutions including ambulant toilet cubicles and accessories, using the Aqualoo range to meet Australian standards. Employing our own specialist installers gives us greater quality workmanship and flexibility especially with our after-installation service, giving our clients and builders a greater level of security,� Roley said. Recent projects include the GPO Tower, Adelaide Airport expansion as well as facilities for Netball SA and the Norwood Football Club.

For more information or quotations contact Adams Jones Pty Ltd, 8 Deloraine Road, Edwardstown SA 5039, phone 08 8276 1133, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE SKYCITY ADELAIDE CASINO



The Crowne Plaza Melbourne, originally built in 1988 has undergone a large scale refurbishment over the past five years. The Crowne Plaza Melbourne Stage 2 refurbishment focused significantly on refurbishments and upgrades to hotel and guest amenities across Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the existing Crowne Plaza Melbourne Hotel as well an additional level to provide 30 new hotel rooms. The extensive refurbishments provided significant upgrades and repurposing of each area throughout the hotel. Kane Constructions was awarded the Stage 2 project following the successful completion of Stage 1 in 2018, which included the refurbishing of existing hotel rooms by Kane’s fitout and refurbishment division, arete Australia. On-site work for Stage 2 commenced shortly afterwards with the hotel remaining fully operational. Stage 2 focused on significant refurbishment and upgrade to hotel and guest amenities and was delivered in eight separable portions with many of the portions running concurrently. “Separable Portion (SP) 1 included demolition of the existing space on Level 2 and the construction of a new fine dining restaurant, Yugo, with show kitchen for executive chef Matthew Butcher, along with café, bar, commercial kitchen and new reception area and amenities to feed the new spaces,” said Project Manager, Jack Fowler. “We started Separable Portion (SP) 2 with the demolition of Level 1, then commenced the construction of six new function rooms with pre-function space with bar and café. SP 3 commenced once the Level 2 commercial kitchen was successfully handed over and included the 56


full demolition of the existing kitchen, re-running and fitting new services to suit the new and improved commercial kitchen, purposed for hotel room service. As for SP 4 and 5 we constructed a new gym, boardroom, workspaces and guest amenities. “SP 6 commenced on the successful completion and handover of SP 1 and SP 2 and we were at work on the east entry and the construction of the driveway with Porte Cohere and stair leading from Spencer Street providing direct access to the hotel from Spencer Street”. SP 7 included upgrading five elevators and the construction of 30 additional guest rooms. “Suspending a new level underneath an existing building and over an operational driveway while maintaining the main entry of the hotel was a challenging operation and a task which needed a great deal of coordination between our trades and the hotel management staff.” “The overall system and process was carefully coordinated on an hourly basis and managed between our site management team and the hotel management staff to ensure overall safety of pedestrians and workers was achieved, as well as the ongoing operation of the hotels and main entrance. A very challenging element of the project which AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

was managed extremely well by our site management team to ensure no incidents through construction.” SP 8 involved renovation and rejuvenation of the rooftop pool and its surrounding amenities including new tiled concourses, landscaping, new toilet and shower amenities, as well as provision to upgrade facilities to become DDA compliant. Partway through construction Kane were approached by Salter Brothers to provide a variation to partially infill and reshape the pool profile to provide a more suitable pool for the everyday hotel pool user. Kane adopted a polystyrene designed lost formwork infill to provide a lightweight engineered concrete pool infill to suit the existing structural conditions. Once the new concrete structure was complete the new pool was finished with a mosaic tile finish. “Property fund manager Salter Brothers own the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Hotel and we worked in close conjunction with Tina Schober, Director of Development. Tina was exceptionally helpful throughout the project, always available to assist with coordinating the works, enabling us to meet programme deadlines and ensure overall successful delivery of the project,” said Jack. The main project challenge involved staging and scheduling the work within the live environment. A lot of logistics planning was required to carry out each separable portion demolition and construction while keeping the hotel operational and maintaining the safety of the guests and staff, as well as construction workers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Social distancing requirements due to COVID-19 also demanded a lot of planning and management. Maintaining safe physical distancing between construction workers as well as many other measures implemented and required under the Kane COVID Safe Plan meant that the pace of the work was slowed compared to our usual operations. However, it was an important and necessary adjustment required by the entire construction industry to ensure we did our bit to minimise the effects of COVID-19 in Victoria.” Kane Constructions has years of experience within the hospitality sector, including the $20 million redevelopment of the Grand Hyatt Melbourne completed in 2009. The following year they finished new work and refurbishment of the Novotel on Collins, a job that included the construction of seven new levels on top of the existing building while the hotel and shopping centre below remained operational. Kane Constructions was established in Melbourne in 1973. With numerous successfully completed projects in Australia and overseas across many sectors, Kane Constructions has been awarded the 2016 and 2019 MBA National Construction Master Builder of the Year, as well as the Master Builder of the Year in Victoria for 2016, 2017, and 2019. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email viccontact@kane., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CROWN PLAZA MELBOURNE


Below Approval Systems was the appointed building surveyor for Crowne Plaza Melbourne.

Approval Systems has been one of Victoria’s leading building surveying practices for almost 20 years. Known for being solutions oriented without compromising on compliance, the practice has a comprehensive body of work in its portfolio, representing most sectors of the property industry. Building surveying services for projects large and small are conducted by a team of highly qualified and dedicated staff working with integrity to guide the client through the statutory requirements of the construction process. At Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Approval Systems was appointed as the relevant building surveyor to a project which comprised multiple separate areas of work as part of an overall refurbishment of the existing hotel. “The challenges of the job involved working within the constraints of the existing structure along with assessing a complex palette of materials to ensure compliance with relevant building standards was achieved,” said Associate, Stuart Brown. With cladding materials currently being under intense regulatory scrutiny, we had to pay particular attention to issues arising from the external cladding to level three and materials used for the porte-cochère.” 58


“A cohesive approach had to be achieved with the designers, engineers, Fire Rescue Victoria and the builder. It was satisfying to have been part of the team that achieved outstanding results on a challenging project and I have no doubt that the expertise and depth of knowledge we brought to the table contributed to the successful completion of the project.” Approval Systems’ projects range from major mixed-use developments, health and aged care retail, commercial to innovative domestic design. We work with design teams from concept stage, through design development, contract documentation and construction to ensure compliance of design with all relevant building regulations and codes. As well as the Crowne Plaza Hotel, our recent projects include East Brunswick Village, St Vincent’s Hospice and Aged Care, Alfred Hospital Innovation Hub, Chemist Warehouse, Yarra Valley Grammar and Newlands Road Commercial Warehouse Precinct.

For more information contact Approval Systems, Suite 5, Level 7, 289 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9639 5500, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Green Design Group developed the design and documentation for the café, bars and kitchens

Green Design Group brings a new level of passion to the kitchen consultancy sector, each project is treated with the excitement and respect it deserves, focusing on collaboration and relationship building to deliver on budget, on time and on point. Through the design and documentation phases, challenges presented are seen as opportunities to step outside the box and resolve with their ‛open mind’ approach. “We are a company of dedicated, passionate foodies who love taking architectural plans from conceptual visions to well resolved, functional spaces that reflect the overall vision of our clients,” said Brigette Green, Owner Director of Green Design Group.

that couldn’t be re-used and we had to create a new design for the exhaust systems. A feature at Crowne Plaza is allowing the cooking process to be seen by diners and the design required a balance of aesthetics and function. With the live fuel cooking we had to install a misting canopy to satisfy the building code.” Established in 2018, Green Design Group employs a team of five with extensive industry experience in architecture, building and design drafting as well as senior culinary and executive hospitality management experience. The company has completed designs for corporate facilities, hotels, aged care and hospitals and wineries.

In 2018, Brigette and her team developed the design and documentation for the Crowne Plaza Melbourne, the project scope included three commercial kitchens, two bars, a ‛Pow Wow’ Grab and Go café and room service pantry.

Green Designs has a remarkable portfolio across the hospitality sector in both Melbourne and Sydney as well as overseas. Recently completed projects include the Crowne Plaza at Coogee Beach, St Hubert’s Winery in the Yarra Valley and a large scale development in Vanuatu, Lelepa Island, a resort owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises.

The project presented significant challenges from the start. “The Crowne Plaza is a round building and the shape determined the design,” Brigette explained. “We also had to be flexible within a changing brief. As the build progressed we found a lot of ductwork

For more information contact Green Design Group, 3/6 Riddell Parade, Elsternwick VIC 3192, phone 0422 206 454, email brigette@, website




Below Instyle Stone designed and installed the palladiana terrazzo floors to the restaurant and café.

Instyle Stone is a specialist designer, supplier and installer of stone, terrazzo and polished concrete floors for commercial, industrial and residential projects. In early 2019, Instyle Stone was contracted to design and install palladiana terrazzo floors to the restaurant and café along with new concrete floors to the kitchen and bar area at Crowne Plaza. “We spent nine months planning the job,” said Business Manager, Elle Gat. “This included sourcing marble slabs from Europe, and seeking approval of the material from the architects. The challenge involved producing the creative work, the patterning of the floor, within the tight time frame. However we have a fantastic working relationship with Kane and they were instrumental in facilitating our work and with a team of six onsite we completed the job within three months.” Working across Australia, they have completed the highly detailed restoration of terrazzo flooring at Horsham Town Hall for Kane Constructions, and recently RACV City Club and CBUS Lonsdale Street. For more information contact Instyle Stone, 10/9 Bradshaw Street, Mordialloc VIC 3195, phone 0412 382 416, 0412 195 214, email info@, website, @instylestone 60



Below Brenair Mechanical Services were responsible for the renovation and upgrade of the HVAC system.

Brenair Mechanical Services are Victoria’s number one commercial air conditioning experts. At Crowne Plaza Brenair carried out the full renovation and upgrade of Air Handling Unit plant rooms and the installation of as new Chiller, as well as designing and installing new ductwork for the upgraded HVAC system. “As mechanical contractors we carried out a full document check on the supplied documentation over 12 weeks with onsite work starting in July 2019,” said Director, Patrick Brennan. “We were working in a live environment and had to be mindful of workers and guests in a fully functional hotel. The hotel was then used as a COVID quarantine area and we also had to work around police. With limited numbers able to work in small spaces and a number of quarantine violation incursions the process made our works extra difficult. The challenge of the upgrade involved designing and installing into limited spaces such as ceilings cavities and we had to be flexible. With no existing conditions drawings or information available and with a tight programme ductwork was being measured as ceilings were being removed. We had a team of 12 on the job and were finished within 12 months.” Brenair Mechanical Services’ specialty is the comprehensive service they offer including design, supply, installation, commissioning and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

servicing of mechanical and air conditioning systems. They construct new systems as well as retro-fitting or full system upgrades of plant and process pipe work for retail, commercial and residential sectors across the Melbourne metropolitan region. Brenair assess buildings and provide a detailed appraisal of the HVAC systems then plan and design the feasibility of upgrades. Their services include energy audits, cost analysis, lifecycle assessment, energy management, and researching current government funding available for their clients. They can also assess the star rating of a development for registration with NABERS and the Green Star rating scheme. “We look at buildings and then design for cost savings and how to make the building operate more efficiently,” said Patrick. Previous work for Kane Constructions includes Ringwood Aquatic Centre Project. “That was a full green build which was an essential part of our design approach to the mechanical and electrical, hydraulics and building materials inclusions,” said Patrick. For more information contact Brenair Mechanical Services, phone 03 8790 6999, mobile 0400 609 745, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CROWN PLAZA MELBOURNE


Below Spence Doors supplied and fitted over 150 doors throughout Crowne Plaza Melbourne.

Spence Doors are a leading manufacturer of quality doors for large scale projects including hardwearing doors for practical purposes, safety doors and stylish joinery glazed entry doors. Working from specifications supplied by the interior designer, the doors for Crowne Plaza’s renovation were made in Spence Doors’ large manufacturing facility in Melbourne. “We supplied internal timber doors, flush panel for the guest room entry doors, laminate sliding doors and some fire doors with glass and grilles. Altogether we fitted over 150 doors,” said Project Manager, Jackie Leung. “The challenge of the job was manufacturing in two stages. In January 2020 we made the doors for the service and common areas of the hotel with the doors for the guests rooms fabricated in April. It meant we had a limited time frame and we had to work quickly.” Since 1951 Spence Doors has manufactured and supplied doors to the industrial and commercial sectors, hospitality and retail as well as health and aged care. Spence Doors offers design consultancy for unique feature doors and builds customised solutions to suit industry and individual needs 62


working with architects, builders and home owners to achieve practical and stylish solutions. Spence Doors purpose built doors include fire separation doors, lead lined doors for X-ray rooms, prison security doors and special needs doors to effectively seal laboratories and other critical workspaces. They offer a low maintenance product built for endurance with impact resistant facings and hardwood timber edge strips especially for educational institutions and multi-residential developments. They also manufacture a vast range of standard timber and metal doors including acoustic, metal clad, pivot, bi-fold and cavity sliding doors, all available with solid timber or metal frames. Recently Spence Doors completed the manufacture and supply of various timber, fire resistant and disabled access doors for the Alexandra Hills Hotel and Function Centre.

For more information contact Spence Doors, 85-89 Tulip Street, Cheltenham VIC 3192, 03 9584 4899, email sales@spencedoors., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Innov8tive Services completed the design and install of the security system, including CCTV and IP intercom.

Innov8tive Services is a specialist provider of technology services covering the design and installation of security and access control systems as well as electrical, data and fibre solutions. Innov8tive Services were contracted by Kane Constructions in July 2019 to design and install the security systems at Crowne Plaza Melbourne. After a six week design period fine tuning the electrical consultant’s specifications the company installed over 70 card keys to guest and service rooms as well as CCTV across all corridors, public rooms and externally. They also provided an IP intercom for after hours access. “Working while the hotel was operational was challenging,” said Business Development Manager, Brett Schofield. The company spent 12 months onsite with work completed in August 2020. “We have a good working relationship with Kane and have been with for them for many years. We supplied CCTV and access control for them at a private clinic in Wyndham and are currently at work with Kane on a large scale project, the Shepparton Arts Museum.” Founded 2011, Innov8tive Services comprises an experienced management team, all with various project management experience WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and over 50 years combined experience in the commercial and industrial sectors. “Our point of difference is that we offer a comprehensive service with inhouse design and construction expertise,” said Brett. A new product for Innov8tive Services is thermal detection cameras that temperature check groups of people moving through, such as in schools. These can be integrated into an existing access control system. They also offer services and maintenance contracts. Innov8tive Services have provided security systems for some of Melbourne’s elite private schools, local councils, logistics and warehousing and manages and maintains security, access control and CCTV systems for some of Melbourne’s top private companies. Innov8tive Services has provided installation and maintenance services to Essendon Airport for the past eight years.

For more information contact Innov8tive Services, Unit 5, 10 Lakewood Boulevard, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 8764 8250, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CROWN PLAZA MELBOURNE



The Pentridge Shopping Centre is a unique project including a supermarket, retail and food tenancies, cinema, restaurants, stunning landscaping and a huge piazza, transforming the former prison into a vibrant mixed use urban village. Originally built as a prison in 1851, Pentridge closed in 1997 and was later divided into two sites. In 2013, Shayher Group purchased the Pentridge Coburg site and set about breathing new life into the iconic landmark. The vision behind Pentridge was to invigorate the area of Coburg and providing locals with a great place to shop, dine and love life. Construction Engineering was tasked with the job of bringing this vision to life, based on their reputation for innovation and project excellence since their inception in 1953. While Pentridge will be a fresh destination for residents and visitors to Melbourne’s north, the main objective was to create a contemporary hub while still celebrating the rich architectural heritage and historic materials of its past, such as the iconic bluestone and imposing turrets. “Original elements from the site were incorporated in the centre design and construction, namely an existing bluestone turret and wall, and existing walls and buildings in the piazza area,” 64


explained Construction Engineering Director, Anthony Trantino. “This provided challenges in how to integrate the new structures with these heritage listed components.” They conducted dilapidation reports prior to work commencing and construction was monitored throughout the build to ensure the ongoing integrity of the older structures. “There were also numerous requirements to be met through Heritage Victoria and the overall Planning Permit, including heritage artwork and signage interpretations that reflect and respect the site’s past as an operational prison,” Anthony explained. Stage 1 construction (involving excavation and piling works) commenced in March 2018 and was completed by September 2018. Stages 2, 3, and 4 focused on the structures and finishes, and began in September 2018, with completion in mid-2020. The central piazza is over 6,500m2 and surrounded by heritage buildings, cafés and restaurants. It’s a relaxing space that integrates a stunning AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

water feature, outdoor seating and re-use of the renowned bluestone. The shopping centre itself is entered via a glass canopy and features a 15 screen cinema, IGA supermarket, and over 20 speciality retail and dining options. Construction Engineering had up to 150 staff working on site, as well as another 15 in head office providing vital support systems to the project.

“Due to the sheer size of the structure, each level had to be broken up into six separate areas and formed and poured separately. This equated to a total of 28 concrete pours throughout the structural programme with a total volume of 8,300m3. There were also 600 precast elements [panels and columns] and approximately 300 tonnes of steel in the roof structure,” Anthony said.

Apart from the heritage aspects of the build, the project presented a chance for Construction Engineering to flex their expertise muscle when it came to conquering obstacles.

Due to their close relationship with developer Shayher, Construction Engineering are involved in nine projects within the site. “For Pentridge, we provided a tailored solution that met the client’s requirements, including early contractor involvement, overseeing the design management process and managing the agreed contract sum,” Anthony said.

“The structure was challenging and involved the use of two tower cranes to lift precast concrete panels and distribute formwork, reo, post tensioning, blockwork, structural steel and other materials around the site,” Anthony said. “Digging a 10m deep basement in solid rock while maintaining the structural integrity of the fragile 150 year old bluestone wall and turret was also a big achievement.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Construction Engineering, 28 Albert Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9699 1122, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PENTRIDGE SHOPPING CENTRE


Below PTA Landscapes completed an extensive external hard and soft landscaping elements for the shopping centre.

As specialists in the construction of commercial, residential and educational spaces, PTA Landscapes has been essential to the beautification of the new Pentridge Shopping Centre.

management was key in achieving efficient progress while maintaining a high level of safety and quality,” said Dion.

PTA Landscape’s work on the project was extensive and included much of the external hard and soft landscaping elements. “Prior to work beginning, we conducted client consultations to go over the project’s differing elements,” said Co-Director, Dion Loncar.

Coordinating with active trades was done in advance to ensure safety was maintained while enabling access to large quantities of materials. On top of this, any contaminated soil had to comply with government regulations, and changes in relation to the underground services network meant open communication and collaboration were ongoing.

“The landscape construction phase included the installation of new and reconstitute walling types, such as new in situ concrete walls with interpretative heritage recesses, to the bluestone walls, seating and feature elements using reclaimed site stone. Pavements included both water exposed and sandblasted concrete, along with five different types and formats of bluestone pavements. We built split level timber deck structures, water feature components, and a new steel and timber entry portal. The hard works are softened by lawns, garden beds and established trees,” explained Dion.

PTA Landscapes have recently finished construction on Tote Park, the first landscape stage of the Moonee Valley Racecourse redevelopment and the Victorian Emergency Services Memorial in Treasury Gardens. The team were awarded 2019 Commercial Landscape of the Year by Landscape Victoria Master Landscapers and built the gold medal winning and Best In Show Garden at the 2019 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, highlighting their diversity and quality of workmanship, reinforcing PTA Landscapes’ position as the leading contractor in the Victorian landscape industry.

Due to site restrictions, the work was approached in stages. “Being situated at a live site meant we had to tackle this project with a piecemeal approach. Coordination, communication and site/project

For more information contact PTA Landscapes, 14 Ramage Street, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9720 0113, email info@ptalandscapes., website




Below EPM&C installed the electrical, communication, audio-visual, access control and CCTV at the iconic centre.

The quality of workmanship and their attention to detail on previous heritage listed building projects were integral factors in EPM&C winning the contract for Construction Engineering at Melbourne’s iconic Pentridge Shopping Centre redevelopment.

lighting system by Dynalite, partners with Bluebottle. The site is also protected and monitored with 120 CCTV high definition cameras in constant operation.”

“After successfully completing projects for Crown Casino’s Club 23, the Victorian CFMEU head office and the ETU Training Centre, EPM&C were entrusted with the design and construction project at Pentridge Shopping Centre’s new retail hub,” said EPM&C Project Manager, Brendan Maloney. Commencing work onsite in July 2018, the company was responsible for the electrical, communication, audio-visual, access control and CCTV installations.

The main challenge involved the heritage nature of the site and the preservation of any removed materials, but their prior project experience at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Shrine of Remembrance, held the team in good stead. “For EPM&C’s site team, the careful planning and meticulous workmanship has transformed Pentridge Shopping Centre into an electrical extravaganza of the highest dimension, successfully blending the old and the new,” said Brendan.

The state-of-the-art development of the former prison features a 15 screen cinema complex, supermarket and approximately 25 speciality shops. The project also includes a public piazza in which EPM&C installed custom linear LED lighting which showcases the heritage listed space.

EPM&C’s reputation has been built upon reliability, dedication and a commitment to excellence in every aspect of their business practices, striving to maintain strong community relationships and lead the way by building and enhancing developments which aim to meet the demands of modern needs, while still celebrating our heritage.

“In partnership with Electrolight, we have highlighted the bluestone walls of the prison at night with a beautiful wash of warm light,” said Brendan. “This feature comprises a ‘one touch’ computer controlled

For more information contact EPM&C, 30 Boundary Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9682 8787, email admin@, website




A SENSE OF STYLE DEVELOPER : Ecoworld Yarra One Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hickory ARCHITECT : Fender Katsalidis Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Webber Design CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $101 million

Yarra One is a breathtaking landmark development consisting of 247 luxurious one, two, and three bedroom apartments plus four penthouses, over 27-levels with opulent interiors, a gleaming curved façade, atrium, fitness studio, library, wine tasting room, outdoor garden terrace with spas, roof top entertaining area, and two retail tenancies. Rising 27-storeys over South Yarra, the new Yarra One tower is a landmark residential address in inner Melbourne. Built by Hickory, the development incorporates 247 dwellings ranging from one to three bedrooms and four Penthouse apartments. Common amenities within the facility include two retail tenancies, a fitness studio and yoga room, kitchen and dining room, combined library/lounge area and a cellar/wine tasting room. The roof top garden and BBQ area on Level 27 affords sweeping views spanning from Port Phillip Bay across the CBD to the Dandenong Ranges. The striking modern aesthetic of the building, designed by Fender Katsalidis, is characterised by glazed curtain walling and glass balustrade balconies on the external façade. High quality finishes have been provided throughout the internal areas including fine grain chevron timber flooring and honed marble benchtops. One key feature of the development is the tiered open air ground floor atrium plaza and surrounding widened footpaths which provide new public links between Daly and Claremont Streets and through to Yarra Lane. Framed by a timber look aluminium clad lattice structure and characterised by integrated green landscaping, the atrium is a new public amenity for the City of Stonnington in a high density urban area. The site location in a densely populated area of Melbourne meant that logistics needed to be carefully managed. “Claremont Street is a one-way street and there were two other construction projects on the street,” explained Project Manager, Stephen Ashwell. “We had to carefully manage deliveries and vehicle movements to avoid causing congestion.” 68


“There was a lot of communication and cooperation with the site managers of the other two projects and that was good to see.” The surrounding infrastructure also required careful managing during the build. The site incorporates a high voltage electrical substation which also provides a connection between two grids served by substations on Daly and Claremont Streets. A stormwater channel also crossed through the site which needed to be temporarily diverted to enable basement construction and subsequently reinstated. The atrium is one of the most complex aspects of the project incorporating a structural steel frame and an aluminium trellis with grated maintenance walkways. The phased installation of services, lighting, fireproofing and landscaping in the atrium area needed to be carefully coordinated with the structural works. “All the different trades really came together in the atrium,” said Stephen. “A few months of design coordination workshops with all the different trades were required to make sure it all worked. It all came together onsite and we are proud of the result.”

components ourselves,” explained Stephen. “All the structural works are also inhouse. Control over these key elements allows us to manage and maintain a high standard of quality and achieve better programme performance.” As an integrated construction company with over 1,000 employees, Hickory were the ideal delivery partner for Yarra One. Hickory have built an industry leading reputation for their innovative and dynamic approach to some of Australia’s most complex and iconic projects. Since their founding in 1991 Hickory have partnered with clients, subcontractors and suppliers to achieve the most efficient and effective project outcomes. For more information contact Hickory, L5, 68 Clarke Street, Southbank VIC 3006, phone 03 9429 7411, website

As with many projects under construction in Melbourne in 2020, the COVID-19 lockdown affected construction but the Yarra One project avoided the worst impacts. “Luckily we were very close to completion when the Level 4 lockdown started,” said Stephen. “Most of the materials and products had been ordered and called up during the first quarter of the year once the impacts started to be felt so although our workforce was reduced to 25% in line with restrictions it did not have too big an impact on the supply chain.” Hickory’s unique contracting approach was also a contributor to the project’s success. “At Hickory we source and install façade AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Below Cazam Kitchens provided customised joinery fitouts in all of the apartments in Yarra One.

The Yarra One development is a new landmark residential address encompassing four penthouses and 247 apartments across 27-levels. Boasting brilliant joinery for all apartments and superb penthouses designed, manufactured and installed in Australia by Australians, it comes as no surprise that Cazam Kitchens is the team behind the impressive workmanship and Cazam’s passion is to keep Australians building Australia. All aspects of joinery were provided including kitchens, wardrobes, bedroom dresser units, vanities, laundry fitouts, entertainment units, bookshelves and fire extinguisher doors in the common areas. The fitout of most apartments were customised to the specific requirements of each owner. This means that the majority of Cazam’s work was quite bespoke with variations across the entire scheme, making each apartment as individual as its owners and occupiers. The kitchen joinery included metal cabinets which were complex to fabricate, requiring the finish to be custom pressed, folded and finished inhouse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cazam had to maintain a maximum of three installers at one time. “This project had its challenges, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

particularly due to the resource constraints,” said Andre Lakkis, Site Manager. “I’m extremely proud of the team in delivering outstanding quality and meeting difficult deadlines in this unprecedented time.” Cazam maintained a strong and collaborative relationship with the project team throughout construction. “Hickory are a professional and hands on team,” states Christopher Obeid, the Client Relations Manager. “They are very passionate and supportive of their trades.” “The client, Ecoworld International, were also great to deal with,” added Daniel Obeid, General Manager. “Many thanks to the Cazam team, particularly Andre and the installation team on another successful project!” Cazam Kitchens is one of Melbourne’s leading manufacturers of custom made joinery both to the residential and commercial sectors of the building industry. It is a family run business with a reputation built on 20 plus years of experience and uncompromising standards. For more information contact Cazam Kitchens, 7 Waigani Avenue, Ravenshall VIC 3023, phone 03 8390 0562, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE YARRA ONE


Below Phenix Saunas designed and built a 12-15 person sauna and 6-7 person steam room for the project.

Yarra One is set to become Melbourne’s most refined address and a new landmark within the Forrest Hill pocket of South Yarra. The premium apartments are complemented by a wide range of amenities within the common spaces of the development including a custom designed sauna and steam room which was supplied and installed by specialist subcontractor Phenix Saunas. Phenix Saunas provided a steam room for 6-7 people and a sauna for 12-15 people. The sauna was finished with Western Red Cedar and natural stone finishes were provided in the steam room. The design and specification of the sauna and steam room was completed by Phenix Saunas based on the architectural concept. During construction a collaborative atmosphere was maintained on site which aided the successful completion of the works. Phenix Saunas could also draw on their prior experience working for the main contractor Hickory on projects including Opera Melbourne on St Kilda Road. Based in Melbourne, Phenix Saunas has long experience serving customers across the east coast of Australia. “I grew up with saunas,” said Director, Paul Iysy. “It’s a passion of mine that has turned into 74


a business. I have been in the building industry for 20 years and dedicated to saunas for the last 10 years.” “I design and build everything myself so customers can benefit from my knowledge and my care and attention to detail,” Paul said. “Saunas are a growing market in Australia and I am always researching the latest innovations and market trends to ensure we are providing the best products.” Phenix Saunas provide indoor and outdoor saunas, barrel saunas and steam rooms for commercial and domestic projects. In addition to custom designed solutions they also manufacture built-to-order kit saunas. Whatever the project, they are passionate about good products and exceptional service.

For more information contact Phenix Saunas, phone 0477 245 057, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Vetraio Australia installed the bronze tinted frameless shower screens and kitchen splashbacks in Yarra One.

Boasting 247 luxurious apartments and penthouses, Yarra One is a landmark residential development incorporating the highest standards of features and finishes throughout. The mirrored kitchen splashbacks and frameless shower screens in all apartments in the development were supplied and installed by Vetraio Australia, a Melbourne based designer, manufacturer and installer of frameless glass solutions that add value to any project.

knew they understood how we work and could give us the support we needed to get it right.” “We could pass on a lot of savings on the project,” Nimit said. “We often structure projects in this way. With a bit of early coordination you can save a lot of cost and avoid hiccups later on.”

“The project was quite unique,” said Nimit Aggarwal, Procurement Director. “We provided bronze tinted glass and fittings to match the architect and interior designer’s colour scheme.”

Vetraio have experience with high rise commercial, residential and hotel projects including the supply of frameless glass solutions for other recent Hickory projects including Chadstone Hotel and Sky One Apartments. They also work with many other Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors across Melbourne.

Due to the accelerated construction programme the shower screen glass had to be procured prior to completion of finishing works, which meant it was produced based on shop drawings rather than site measurements. “We produced the glass as per predetermined sizes which were coordinated with the plasterers and tilers to ensure it would fit,” Nimit said.

Since their conception, Vetraio have established a reputation for innovative customised glass designs. They offer experienced craftsmanship at affordable prices, inspiring design solutions by exploring the possibilities of glass.

The project benefited from Vetraio’s longstanding strong relationship with the main contractor, Hickory. “We were able to coordinate closely with Hickory and the other site trades,” said Nimit. “We

For more information contact Vetraio Australia, 32-40 Tarnard Drive, Braeside VIC 3195, phone 1300 088 225, email, website




URBAN LIVING B.E. Apartments at Brunswick East embodies affordable luxury, comprising of one, two and three bedroom spacious and contemporary residences featuring Miele appliances, stone benchtops, reverse cycle air conditioning, private balconies and secure car parking. The project also includes a well equipped gym, outdoor workout space, movie room, and resident’s lounge with full kitchen and courtyard in one of Melbourne’s best locations. The B.E. Apartments development is setting new benchmarks in residential apartment living. Developed by Jameson Capital, an independent funds management and advisory business specialising in Australian real estate investment, B.E. Apartments comprises 97 residences with ground floor retail amenity. The $60 million project is



desirably located just 4km from the Melbourne CBD, offering all the facilities and attractions of the city’s north. Jameson Capital fulfilled the role of underwriter and fund manager for the project. Director, Nick Browne described B.E. Apartments as an exciting project, providing premium and spacious apartments at an attractive price point. “We have a great development team which includes the highly respected architecture and interior design team of Rothelowman. The builder is Element Five, well known for their quality projects around Melbourne.”


The residences are being offered as one, two and three bedroom configurations with starting prices at $399,000. The apartments have been cleverly designed, offering clean, contemporary lines and quality fittings, including Miele appliances and stone benchtops. All have and reverse cycle air conditioning and private balconies overlooking a vibrant neighbourhood. A secure car park with storage is provided. Excellent transport connections by train, tram or bus are easily accessible and the authentic food and entertainment culture of Brunswick East, with its award-winning restaurants, are on the doorstep. Residents of B.E. Apartments will also have access to fantastic common areas. “There will be a well equipped gym with outdoor workout space, movie room and a residents lounge with full kitchen and courtyard which will be perfect for entertaining guests,” said Nick. “One of the features at B.E. Apartments will be commissioned artworks by recognised local street artist, Ghostpatrol,” Nick added. “The interior murals will enhance the entrance and key communal spaces and reflect Brunswick’s distinctive street style and culture.” While many of the residents at B.E. Apartments will be owner-occupiers, the development is also an ideal vehicle for investors, located in an area of high rental demand and a low vacancy rate, with a median suburb rent of around $400 per week.

B.E. Apartments is just one of Jameson’s ventures. The firm has been involved in real estate dealings with a transacted value of around $2 billion. The principals have over 30 years combined experience in Australian real estate. In that time, they have established a vast network of industry contacts enabling them to source private transactions on favourable terms with excellent partners before offering them to their exclusive network of investors throughout Australia and Asia. Jameson Capital’s network enables the firm to assist in complex transactions and a variety of structures, including equity joint ventures, structured corporate debt, mezzanine debt and senior debt. “Our network comprises international and local institutional investors which enables us to provide certainty of funding and faster execution speeds,” said Nick. “Jameson is capable of providing funding within four weeks from deal introduction to first drawdown and has the flexibility to consider lower pre-sales cover and higher gearing ratios. This is very advantageous for our clients who are developers seeking a broad range of funding options ranging from $5 million to $200 million.” Apart from B.E. Apartments, Jameson Capital has utilised their experience and real estate financing expertise to finance residential projects in the Melbourne suburbs of North Fitzroy and Hawthorn, and the Perth suburb of Mt Pleasant. The firm has also provided debt raising services for a commercial office redevelopment in South Yarra, Melbourne. As one of Australia’s leading alternative capital partners to the property development industry, Jameson Capital continues to seek out innovative real estate investment opportunities. For more information contact Jameson Capital, Level 16, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9614 7600, email, website




Below Perfect Pool Fencing manufactured and installed all the glass balustrades for the project.

Perfect Pool Fencing is a specialist in frameless glass fencing including balustrades and glass pool fencing. Renowned for their attention to detail and high quality performance, Perfect Pool Fencing stands by their product with a customer satisfaction guarantee. The B.E. Apartments have been enhanced by Perfect Pool Fencing’s glass balustrades. Working with builder VCON, the company met strict specifications for the placement of the balustrades, which had to be precisely measured and fixed to be no more than 10mm apart. The manufacturing and installation of the balustrades went smoothly.

“We have a mix of commercial and residential business. Whatever the size of the job, we ensure our products are made and installed to the highest quality,” Jason said. The versatility of Perfect Pool Fencing is illustrated by their product range. Apart from fully frameless glass balustrading and pool fencing, the company supplies kitchen splashbacks, shower screens, powdercoated tube fencing and aluminium slat screen fencing. “After 10 years in operation, we now are in the fortunate position of seeing most of our business coming via word of mouth and repeat business from satisfied clients. We have recently expanded our area of operation to Geelong and the Surf Coast,” said Jason.

“We have our own fabrication facility at Mornington, with a team skilled in frameless glass work plus welders qualified to weld stainless steel and aluminium,” said Managing Director, Jason Lange. “This gives us a great capacity to control our production to exactly meet the quality standards demanded by clients.”

Perfect Pool Fencing will again be working with VCON on the high end Rockley Gardens apartment development in Toorak Road, South Yarra.

Attention to detail is their motto and Perfect Pool Fencing take the time to ensure all balustrades and pool fences are high quality and engineered to comply with building codes and Australian standards.

For more information contact Perfect Pool Fencing, 19 Fuji Crescent, Mornington VIC 3931, phone 0417 059 598, email jason@, website




Below Clark Cranes provided three 2,800mm iRoll Decks and a tower crane to B.E. Apartments.

Clark Cranes are proudly family owned and operated and have the solution for every construction lifting job with an extensive fleet of modern and state-of-the-art tower cranes, iROLL Decks, hoists and equipment. Michael Clark, company Director, established this business in 2008. The family’s other company Associated Mobile Cranes has a reliable fleet of Mobile Cranes ranging from the 20 ton Franna to 35 ton-300 ton all-terrain. Between both companies, they share in over 30 years of industry experience. Clark Cranes were commissioned to work at B.E. Apartments in Brunswick East, an Element Five construction project. They supplied a tower crane and three 2,800mm iROLL Decks. The Sales Manager for Clark iROLL, Leeanne Loustas, said that the project ran smoothly with respect to the installation and operation of the tower crane and iROLL Decks. The revolutionary iROLL Deck is proudly manufactured in Australia from the best quality materials with a SWL of 5 tonne. It has rear rollers for ease of installation with harness anchor points and is available in sizes, 2,200mm, 2,800mm, 3,200mm and 4,200mm models. Clark Cranes offer a package deal for the dry hire of their tower cranes and iROLL Decks. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The iROLL Deck is very popular in the construction industry because of its simplicity, quality and it allows you to move building materials in a safe and timely manner. Customer service is another key focus as I offer expert advice and ensure that I meet every customer’s requirement in a friendly and efficient manner,” said Leeanne. “We proudly maintain over 100 tower cranes, 66 iROLL Decks, 60 Hoists and other equipment,” Leeanne said. “I’m very excited to mention a new item to our fleet, Wireless Remote Hydraulic Tipping Bin which enables hands free unloading, a safe way to dispose of waste and building materials.” Clark Cranes has a team of 60, of which 15 were engaged on the B.E. Apartments project. The company operates throughout metropolitan Melbourne and country Victoria. For more information Clark Cranes, phone 03 9464 7444, website Director, Michael Clark, phone 0418 107 566, email michael@ iROLL Sales Manager, Leeanne Loustas, phone 0436 336 333, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE B.E. APARTMENTS


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Below The Blockwork Company installed the structural basement wall prior to main construction then completed the non-structural apartment walls.

The Blockwork Company is a specialist in the supply and installation of concrete blocks, particularly for structural work. They have built a strong reputation based on the exceptional quality of their work and the focus they give to understanding the specific requirements of their commercial and residential clients. The B.E. Apartment development in Melbourne’s trendy suburb of Brunswick East has seen The Blockwork Company contracted to supply and install a structural retaining wall prior to the main construction beginning and later, non-structural walls in the apartment complex.

with the builder and other trades to maximise the use of storage space and available delivery time slots. The cooperation was excellent so we were able to complete our contract on time.” The Blockwork Company works closely with a wide range of architects, prestige builders and engineers to complete all types of projects. Concurrently with the B.E. Apartments project, The Blockwork Company undertook work at Royal Ascot Residences in Ascot Vale. The company is currently working on the Nova Apartments development at Bundoora which includes 40 townhouses.

Initially the structural basement wall for the basement was laid, then the company returned a few months later to undertake the blockwork for the non-structural walls. “Overall, we had an involvement for 12 months and we engaged eight out of our total staff which has now grown to 10 people,” said Managing Director and Founder, Gordon Lindberg.

“While we specialise in structural and non-structural blockwork construction, we can also handle landscaping blockwork if required. We also do Kwikstage Scaffolding,” Gordon said. “Our mission is to exceed our clients expectations on quality, cost effectiveness and timeliness on every project.”

The Blockwork Company laid over 25,000 blocks at B.E. Apartments. “The access to the site was very tight which created difficulties with deliveries,” Gordon said. “There was a lot of coordination required

For more information contact The Blockwork Company, phone 0430 054 607, email, website





Jewish Care’s Carnegie Senior Living & Community Precinct saw the construction of a $39 million two-storey, 120-bed aged care home featuring eight small houses with individual living and dining areas, al fresco courtyard terraces, gardens, and boutique lifestyle facilities including a café, beauty salon, cinema, wellness centre and synagogue. In south-eastern Melbourne, a new vision for aged care has become a reality. Jewish Care Victoria’s new Carnegie Senior Living & Community Precinct is a premium residential development that will transform the meaning of best in class aged care. The Carnegie Senior Living & Community Precinct was conceived to provide a range of accommodation offerings to meet the diverse needs of elders in Melbourne’s Jewish community in the growth corridor in south-eastern Melbourne. Occupying a large parcel of land in Carnegie, the two-storey, 120-bed development encompasses eight small houses with 15 beds each, all having access to landscaped gardens. Elders of Jewish Care’s new Carnegie Senior Living & Community Precinct will be able to take advantage of boutique lifestyle facilities including a café, club lounge, gym, beauty salon, cinema and synagogue as well as the individual living and dining areas, terraces, internal and external courtyards and gardens in each house. 82

The project is part of Jewish Care’s $200+ million, ‛Growing. For our Community’ capital campaign, a major 10-year investment program launched in 2014 encompassing aged care, disability and community services. This incredible capital program is enabling Jewish Care to enrich more lives through the provision of state-of-the art accommodation that provide a culturally safe and familiar haven in times of need. “This project completes our aged care strategy of replacing all of our outdated homes,” said Marcus Harty, General Manager – Strategic Projects and Acquisitions. “We have created 276 beds in brand new homes over the last six months, creating superb facilities for our staff and elders.” The contemporary design was co-designed in partnership by Jewish Care and Smith+Tracey Architects, a firm with a long history of creating high quality education, community and religious projects throughout Australia. The design is an architectural response to



Jewish Care’s new pioneering model of support. The two-storey brick building is sensitive to its neighbourhood context, integrating with the surrounding community. The project is designed to foster a sense of warmth and maximise independent living while also providing the highest standard of care that is characteristic of Jewish Care’s innovative ‛Hand-in-Hand’ model of support. Catering to the unique needs of the Jewish community, the project includes kosher commercial kitchens in the basement and kosher domestic kitchens within each house, and an impressive synagogue provides spiritual care to elders, their families and the wider community. A noticeable feature of the Senior Living & Community Precinct’s internal environment is the array of Memory Boxes which have been installed outside each of the individual rooms. These are glass boxes within which elders can place small items of personal significance. This memory care friendly approach facilitates easier navigation and wayfinding for elders, particularly those with diminishing cognition. In general, the internal layouts, artworks, fitting and finishes within the development are aligned with Jewish Care’s luxury standards; creating a sense of comfort and familiarity for the elders who will move into the Senior Living & Community Precinct from other Jewish Care homes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

ARC3, a Melbourne-based boutique building company specialising in multi-residential, industrial, commercial and institutional projects, were appointed under a design and construct contract. “ARC3 have been terrific,” said Marcus. “Despite COVID-19, ARC3 finished ahead of time and within budget. They have exceeded our expectations in regard to project delivery and attention to detail, so too have the subcontractors who worked extremely hard to produce a first class building.” “Jewish Care has a 172-year history in serving the community. Throughout these years, we have seen many changes in aged care and have continued to provide the Jewish community with state-of-the-art services and facilities,” said Marcus. “We’ve been doing that for a long time, and I have no doubt that this project will help us continue for many years to come.” For more information contact Jewish Care Victoria, 619 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 8517 5999, website



SYNCED UP Since their establishment in 2013, SYNC has set a new benchmark for high quality prefabricated bathrooms. SYNC integrates innovative prefabrication and digital design to improve efficiency, quality and safety on construction projects across Australia and New Zealand. By enabling the offsite completion of bathroom works, SYNC removes multiple trades from the critical path of a construction project while achieving a lower cost and superior quality installation with less waste than conventional bathroom construction. SYNC was appointed to supply bathroom pods for builder ARC3 at Jewish Care’s new Carnegie Senior Living Community. SYNC provided 118 individual bathroom pods in two different typologies, (two types, three colour schemes). Three different wall finish colour schemes were used across the project and vinyl flooring was provided to all pods in line with standard requirements for aged care and senior living residences. The SYNC process is end-to-end starting with consultation, design and prototyping to ensure that high quality products are delivered that

meet client requirements. SYNC’s inhouse design team developed the pod designs in collaboration with Smith+Tracey Architects. “SYNC was proud to play a part in developing Jewish Care’s joinery design,” said Gerard Gilder, Project Manager. “All joinery units were designed and built inhouse at SYNC, allowing us to monitor quality firsthand, adapt instantly and provide flexible solutions to achieve Jewish Care’s design intent.” Other items produced inhouse for the project were steel cavity sliding doors as well other miscellaneous metalwork items. The pods were manufactured at SYNC’s fabrication facility in Laverton North, Victoria then delivered to site and installed. “Working alongside ARC3 we were able to execute a robust installation method which also enabled a level transition into the bathroom” said Gerard. “This made for a seamless, wheelchair friendly design that feels perfectly in sync with the rest of the room.” Incorporating pioneering prefabrication, digital design and manufacturing processes, SYNC’s bathroom pods are purpose-built in Melbourne and suitable for application on a wide range of project types including residential, aged care, hotels, student accommodation and hospitals. For more information contact SYNC, 55 Leakes Road, Laverton North VIC 3026, phone 03 8329 4111, email, website




HOME AMONG THE SPOTTED GUM Covering all aspects of carpentry, Barzen Carpentry is committed to establishing long lasting, memorable relationships with a focus on repeat business with their clients, across residential and commercial carpentry projects in Melbourne. Barzen Carpentry build on these relationships by simply enforcing our key business principles; quality of service, quality of design, quality of materials and quality of cost control. Combining a long history of successful projects completed on time and within budget, Barzen Carpentry are dedicated to delivering exceptional service on every project. Barzen Carpentry were appointed for the second fix and installation of the spotted gum ship-lapped cladding to the new Jewish Care Senior Living Community, a premium residential aged care development in Carnegie, Melbourne.

pace and still achieved our usual standards of quality,” said Ethan. “It was good to work with a builder who was willing to work with their subcontractors to meet the tight deadline.” Despite the challenges of COVID-19 Barzen Carpentry still managed to get the job done on time and on budget. “We have a COVID-safe plan and we implemented protective measures such as physical distancing and masks onsite,” Ethan explained. Barzen Carpentry’s specialist expertise in high end timber made them a perfect fit for the project. “Our experience and quality is what sets us apart,” said Ethan. “With 15 skilled carpenters we have a crew who knows what they are doing and can manage the fast pace of a big job.”

“The Carnegie project was our first time working with both Jewish Care and the main contractor ARC3,” said Owner, Ethan Barzen. “We found them to be forward thinking and good to work with.”

Barzen Carpentry are building on the successful outcome of the Jewish Care project with new projects including high end apartments in Hampton for Figurehead Construction and the Plaza of Holy Angels Mausoleum at Fawkner Memorial Park for Harris HMC.

The project had a short programme which required Barzen Carpentry to work within tight timescales. “We worked closely with the other trades onsite to meet the deadline. We managed to keep up a good

For more information contact Barzen Carpentry, phone 0405 587 000, email, website





Collins & Bates is an exclusive residential development comprising two individually styled buildings representing the very best in sophisticated living and contemporary design. The project includes 98 stunning 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences with beautifully crafted interiors, custom bespoke joinery, crafted stone bench tops, wool carpets, engineered timber flooring, inviting bathrooms with monsoon showers, and ample storage space in a lush, leafy setting. Aultun Group has successfully developed a portfolio of premium residential developments across Melbourne, all underpinned by a design driven vision to create enriching lifestyles and communities. Aultun’s superior apartments and townhouses are located in Melbourne’s most sought after locations, providing residents with a quality living environment. Collins & Bates in Chadstone is the latest high quality residential apartment project completed by Aultun Group. The 98 residences are set across 4,000m2 of well located land close to scenic walks, sports centres, playing fields, recreation areas and gyms. The apartments surround lush courtyards and the two buildings have a beautifully landscaped street frontage. Aultun Group provided a comprehensive package at Collins & Bates which included land acquisition, design and planning, project management, construction and development, maintenance and warranty, marketing and sales through to final settlement. 86


The project took four years from concept planning to final settlement in December 2020. Construction began in early 2017 and 942 workers were on the site over the course of the building programme. Managing Director of Aultun Group, Bruce Yang, said that COVID-19 presented a huge challenge. “Minimal numbers were allowed onsite and we had to implement staggered start and finish times due to site restrictions. Nonetheless, we completed the project on time which was our goal. This is a tribute to the sterling efforts of the whole Aultun team and subcontractors engaged on the site.” The initial excavation works also took some time, as excavating for the carpark levels required a high volume of earth fill to be removed. “The location on Collins Street required careful movement of trucks and cranes moving on and off the site, particularly because of the power lines,” Bruce added. “We also were considerate of our neighbours, minimising noise and dust.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Collins & Bates is a classic example of Aultun Group’s dedication to their vision to create multi-residential projects that add value to existing communities. “Since our establishment in 2012, Aultun has had a passionate commitment to responsibility and integrity in all our actions, never compromising on any detail,” Bruce said. “We handle all processes inhouse, from conception to completion, so we have total control over a project.”

“Our approach is to constantly analyse what our customers want in terms of lifestyle and living spaces. We cater to those who are taking the exciting step of owning their first home, those who are downsizing and savvy investors.” Civil works have recently commenced on Aultun’s Haven Townhomes in Keysborough, which consist of three and four bedroom designs.

A unique feature of Aultun Group’s offering is their inhouse Owners Corporation, providing management services. Along with carefully selected external partners, it allows Aultun to achieve high quality client service, value for money and efficiency.

In January 2021, civil works will commence on Sixth Avenue in Chelsea Heights which will offer 58 townhouses consisting of two, three and four bedroom designs.

“Using our extensive experience we strive to remain steps ahead of the industry, continuing to forecast key growth areas, new and desirable project locations and the latest market trends,” said Bruce.

For more information contact Aultun Group, 106-108, 424 Warrigal Road, Heatherton VIC 3202, phone 03 9551 7959, email, website




A ROCK SOLID VISION Liquid Rock Constructions is at the forefront of the concrete business in and around Melbourne, with a combined 50 years experience in residential, industrial and commercial concreting services. The company’s success is evidenced by the long list of repeat clients who know they can be totally assured of meticulous attention to any concreting assignment.

concrete services contract at the exclusive Collins & Bates residential development in Melbourne’s Chadstone.

Directors of Liquid Rock Constructions, are skilled operators who can undertake excavation, formwork, steel fixing and concrete supply, placement and finishing. Liquid Rock’s reputation won them the

“As this was a design and construct contract, the design was being changed as we progressed so our inhouse engineers provided solutions to keep the project on time and on budget. We placed upwards of 5,000m3 of concrete, with up to 100 of our staff and some specialist subbies involved at the peak of activity.”

Liquid Rock delivered the complete concrete structure beginning with a detailed excavation, then inground footings, all formwork, reinforcing and concrete placement with post tensioning.

Anticipating possible problems during construction is one of Liquid Rock’s strengths, utilising their inhouse engineering design team and onsite experience to find solutions before they become a major issue. This is accompanied by clear communication with the builder and client. “We provide a project manager, contracts administrator and OH&S manager on every project. In addition, the directors will oversee the work to ensure the client receives an exceptional result.” The capacity to undertake several large projects concurrently is one of Liquid Rock’s unique market offerings. The company is working with Kane Constructions at the present time on a major project at Melbourne University over three buildings including the new Student Precinct. For more information contact Liquid Rock Constructions, 252 Wickham Road, Moorabbin VIC 3189, phone 03 9555 4567, email, website


DELIVERED WITH PRECISION Nero Electrical Solutions is a dynamic electrical contracting business which has been on a rapid growth path due to their reputation for delivering the highest quality craftsmanship with great precision. Based in Melbourne’s south east suburbs, Nero Electrical Solutions completed all electrical and communications requirements across 98 residences at the Collins & Bates luxury apartments. The Nero team completed all lighting and power including external lighting, cable tray and supports, reticulation, access control, individual meter boards, the main switchboard and the distribution board. “We also installed intercoms, data facilities and communications including lightning broadband works, fibre and splicing, solar supply and installation, CCTV, security systems and all temporary construction wiring, including the crane, for the course of the project,” said Director, Peter Floros. Founded by Peter and fellow Director, Jim Vlahos in 2013, Nero Electrical has built a team of 25 skilled professionals and at the peak of activity at Collins & Bates, 10 team members were onsite. “Apart from COVID-19, our main challenge was to keep up with the pace of construction across a large site footprint,” Peter said. “We devoted whatever resources were required during the 14 months on the job to ensure we met our commitments on time and within budget, always delivering to the highest quality standards.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Peter and Jim focus on building strong industry relationships based on the values of honesty, integrity and respect, supported by a strong work ethic and reliability. Nero Electrical Solutions has completed an impressive portfolio of projects in residential, commercial, aged care, medical and education construction, as well as fitouts, including extensive work at Monash University and Stages 1 and 2 at Albert Park College. For more information contact Nero Electrical Solutions, PO Box 1032, Huntingdale VIC 3166, phone 1300 116 376, email, website


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SAILING AWAY The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is a 2-storey 9,800m2 world class facility designed to cater for the largest cruise ships in the world. The development includes building management systems, 275m of elevated walkways, public open spaces, transport interface, as well as long and short term parking. Cruising has become hugely popular and Queensland is seen as a highly desirable destination for both domestic and international travellers. The cruise ships visiting Brisbane have been growing, both in quantity and in length, and with larger vessels unable to travel to existing cruise facilities further upstream, a viable, long-term solution was needed to accommodate the influx of larger vessels. A purpose built cruise terminal facility was approved through the Queensland Government’s Market-Led Proposals framework in October 2017, with the Port of Brisbane fully funding, managing and maintaining the project. “Together with the cruise lines and government, we identified an underutilised greenfield site at the mouth of the Brisbane River suitable for a dedicated cruise facility,” said Roy Cummins, CEO of Port of Brisbane. “In fact, this is the only location in Brisbane that

could accommodate the new cruise terminal with natural deep water, an existing swing basin and ideally located close to Brisbane Airport with good connectivity to major arterial roads.” As the site was undeveloped, all aspects of the terminal needed to be constructed, both on land and in the water. The Port of Brisbane teams began onsite in November 2017 to start with the necessary reclamation and groundworks. To meet the required flood immunity levels, a significant volume of fill material (over 2m in some areas) was needed, and the subsequent ground settlement was a major challenge faced before construction could begin. Avoiding an underwater sewer main and negating the proximity to a nearby wastewater recovery centre were other hurdles overcome in the early stages. Wharf construction commenced in early 2019 and reached practical completion in March 2020, while the terminal work itself began in

DEVELOPER : Port of Brisbane ARCHITECT : Arkhefield ENGINEER : Arup CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $177 million 90



April 2019 and finished on time in August 2020, adhering to strict public health directives due to COVID-19 and importantly, supporting local construction jobs. “The key concept was to design a dedicated fit-for-purpose cruise facility that focused on operational efficiency and passenger experience and was capable of servicing the largest cruise vessels in the world,” Roy said. “The terminal was designed specifically to meet the needs of the cruise industry, so we consulted extensively with the cruise lines as well as others who will operate within the facility such as border agencies, transport/logistics operators and others to finalise the design.” Using pedestrian modelling software known as MassMotion, project designer Arup and its architect Arkhefield were able to design a facility to ensure the seamless and efficient movement of passengers between the vessel, the terminal and into the transport zones outside. Considering the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal had received over 180 bookings for its first season pre-COVID, this optimised


analysis is integral in creating a world-class experience for passengers. On average, the project has supported almost 250 jobs during every year of construction with over 450,000 man hours spent on the project, but more importantly, zero lost time injuries. “We’ve also delivered a number of project innovations including the installation of a 800kW solar shaded car park at the new cruise terminal. It will generate around 1,300MWh of power each year, the equivalent of powering approximately 106 homes,” Roy said. Within 20 years, the new cruise terminal will potentially triple Brisbane’s cruise industry to support 3,750 jobs; bring over 760,000 visitors annually; and contribute $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy. “We’re building a piece of national tourism infrastructure that will be vital in helping the cruise industry to grow, playing a particularly important role in its post-COVID recovery here in Queensland.” For more information contact Port of Brisbane, 3 Port Central Avenue, Port of Brisbane QLD 4178, email, website



MAKING DESIGN CONSTRUCTIBLE The new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal incorporates world class passenger facilities, and as the newest gateway to South East Queensland, will deliver a major long term economic boost to the region’s growing cruise industry. To aid the construction of the terminal, DBM Vircon were engaged to manage digital engineering on the project. Model production commenced in May 2019 and was originally focused on coordinating the work of different trades during the construction phase. “We started by drafting a management plan to set the rules for the subcontractor models,” said Gabor Gulyas, Operations Manager. “The models we received from the subcontractors were then federated into a single model. We also provided some models to fill in the gaps of elements not modelled by the subcontractors, such as piling, subsurface utilities and topography.” DBM Vircon structured the models to enable automated federation and quality auditing, streamlining the model production and review process. The completed models were used to identify potential clashes and coordination issues on the project. 92


“We utilised a platform to identify issues, assign them to specific individuals and track them to completion. Results were represented in smart dashboards for ease of communication,” said Gabor. “By collaborating to find potential issues before they occur we avoid the lost productivity associated with onsite decision making, demolition and rework.” During the project, DBM Vircon identified approximately 500 potential issues and 75,000 clashes which were resolved prior to construction, preventing potentially costly rework and avoiding the delays and indirect costs which would have otherwise resulted. George Green, Services Manager of Hindmarsh, said “Thanks to the efforts of DBM Vircon the construction process was made much more efficient and we did not see any significant issues during construction.” As-built verification processes proved that the building was constructed within tolerance of the coordinated design, proving that conflict checking processes were efficient. This process ensured that the model can be used as an as-built digital representation of the terminal. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The digital model was also used to engage with Australian Border Force (ABF) during construction. “We created model views for every CCTV camera in the terminal,” said Gabor. “ABF reviewed and commented on the camera positions so the design could be adjusted accordingly.” “The additional clarity and insights afforded to us by DBM Vircon’s digital model gave us total confidence that the BICT project would meet our operational requirements,” said a representative of ABF. Other benefits of the digital model produced by DBM Vircon included: • Views of the main passenger routes through the terminal were produced to improve wayfinding and make signage more intuitive; • Installed elements were checked against the model using photo comparisons and laser point cloud surveys to confirm the construction was in accordance with the design intent; • Maintainable asset information was stored in the model to enable future use of the model during the operational phase of the facility; • 360 degree panoramic renders were produced from the model for marketing, stakeholder and public engagement. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With the successful completion of the terminal construction, the many benefits of digital model production became clear. “The production of the digital model by DBM Vircon helped us achieve a better and more efficient project with benefits not just during the construction phase but also moving forward into asset operation,” said Peter Cane, Project Manager from Port of Brisbane. DBM Vircon is a premier construction modelling, detailing and digital engineering company. With 850 professionals in multiple locations worldwide, they offer an unparalleled blend of highly skilled experts and low cost resources. They excel at delivering projects across all industry sectors, producing value for deliverables in any format.

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Below BNE Air completed the HVAC systems for the building including building automation and the control system.

Specialising in the design and implementation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, BNE Air have brought more than 100 years combined experience to the new state-of-the-art Brisbane International Cruise Terminal project. Providing the design and construction of the associated mechanical services for the development, they began in April 2019 by creating a system solution using the latest technology and efficiencies. “The mechanical services undertaken included heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for the building including building automation,” said Construction Manager, Paul McTigue. “We have used the latest technology in energy efficiency for a building of this type. There is an energy metering system installed in the building to provide real time energy usage data to the end user.” Work commenced onsite in September 2019 with a trade qualified site team of 16 and was finished within 12 months. Holding numerous affiliations and accreditations on top of their expertise helped BNE Air to create some of the unique features of this world class international travel facility. “We had to work very closely with all stakeholders in developing the Australian Border Force fitout component of the project, which has a significant security component to it.” 94


With a portfolio of work from high rise residential buildings, through to large scale commercial developments, and specialised government facilities, BNE Air have successfully completed projects in the education, defence, aged care, residential, commercial and accommodation sectors. “We are currently undertaking another project with our valued client Hindmarsh called 14 Stratton Street, which is a 12-level commercial building located in Newstead. The development targets a >5 Star NABERs rating and in addition to the design and construction of the mechanical services, BNE have been engaged to model the energy performance of the building to ensure a minimum 5 Star NABERs rating for this development,” Paul said. As well as new builds, BNE Air’s sister entity BNE Service, offers preventative and responsive services to maximise the life of existing HVAC assets, to complement and complete their capabilities.

For more information contact BNE Air, Unit 24, Burnside Road, Ormeau QLD 4208, phone 07 5563 2245, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Flagstaff Consulting Group completed independent mandatory certification for the port including the Achievement of Practical Completion.

Flagstaff Consulting Group provides specialist project delivery and advisory services to the transport, marine, resources, water, health, education, building, finance, insurance and utilities sectors. They were tasked with completing independent certification for the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal development. “The role of the Independent Certifier (IC) requires the validation of the developer’s obligations,” said Principal, Steve Abson. “For this project, those obligations originated from the Port of Brisbane’s market led proposal and were documented into a Development Agreement. The key certification elements were the attainment of surcharge completion, the wharf structure, roads and carparks, and the terminal building designed to meet the required passenger flows.” “A key obligation of the Development Agreement was for Flagstaff to certify that Practical Completion had been reached, in accordance with a set of conditions precedent pre-agreed between the State of Queensland and the Port of Brisbane.” Steve and his co-certifier Ben White commenced their engagement on the project in late 2018 under the tripartite agreement with the State of Queensland, the Port of Brisbane, and Flagstaff, maintaining open communication from the outset. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The role provides a critical assurance function for both the State and Port of Brisbane and we adopted a collaborative approach from the outset.” Steve said. “The Port of Brisbane provided regular progress and milestone updates to help Flagstaff prepare for certification. including on key elements such as the passenger boarder bridges (PBB’s) that were sourced from Spain.” “There are many unique aspects of this new asset for the Port of Brisbane, which will cater for 300m length cruise liners holding some 4,400 passengers processed through a world class passenger terminal. The completed facility provides a terrific first impression to international visitors arriving in Queensland and the quality of the asset is testament to all involved,” Steve said. “Our deep experience in major project delivery and renowned independence provided a strong platform for completing this important project role to both Port of Brisbane and the State’s satisfaction.”

For more information contact Flagstaff Consulting Group, Level 6, 87 Wickham Terrace, Springhill QLD 4000, phone 07 3831 2811, Melbourne office: Suite 901, 140 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9663 6661, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL CRUISE TERMINAL



The Bolton Clarke Fernhill Aged Care Facility is a state-of-the-art architecturally designed, master planned community over 7-storeys with 162 residential aged care beds. The project includes resident’s café, day spa, library, day therapy/rehabilitation centre, wellness centre, home support service, onsite commercial kitchen and laundry and extensive external landscaping, creating a world class aged care and memory support environment. Fernhill Residential Aged Care is Bolton Clarke’s newest addition to their portfolio of 25 aged care facilities across New South Wales and Queensland. Fernhill, in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, is a master planned community with Stage 1 comprising 162 residential aged care beds over 7-storeys. The development is a technologically sophisticated facility which sits amongst an existing retirement village. Future stages of the Fernhill master plan will provide further diversity on site with the inclusion of assisted living, build to rent, student housing, and co-living accommodation. Hansen Yuncken began their involvement with the Fernhill Aged Care service with an ECI phase dealing with cost planning, stakeholder engagement and services infrastructure design throughout the wider brown field existing site. “It was interesting working with Bolton Clarke who have development experience of low rise aged care facilities. This 96

is their first high rise and it was exciting to go on that journey with them. Bolton Clarke are heavily invested in the design of Fernhill as it is to be an exemplar of their capabilities as they refine their unique model of aged care in Australia,” said Project Manager, Scott Butler. The $50 million master planned community was collaboratively designed with residents and their families, community neighbours and a team from the Queensland University of Technology who established a study on how the built environment affects the physical and physiological response of aged care residents. Fernhill’s design is in the shape of a ‛W’, a single building made of separate forms, joined and angled around beautiful landscaped gardens. There are no straight walls which provides for some interesting spaces. The façade is predominantly of face brickwork, not common for Queensland, and provides familiarity for the residents with an architecture reminiscent of the 50s and 60s.



Onsite works started in July 2018 with an early works package that comprised the demolition of 15 buildings as well as the installation of new services, and relocation, of existing services. “There were a lot of different buildings there,” said Scott. “The old transformer was in the middle of the new building footprint so we moved it, we put in a new generator, site wide main switchboard and submain cabling throughout the entire facility..” Excavation for the basement started in March 2019. In an unusual move for construction in Queensland, Hansen Yuncken used freestanding precast concrete for the structural cores at Fernhill, two fire stairs and two list shafts. At 24m high, they believe these to be the tallest installation of its kind in Queensland at that time. The choice to use precast, rather than in situ concrete, was due to the quality that can be achieved with the manufacture of precast products in a controlled environment and the quick installation. “We reduced 126 walls to 64 by using precast panels. Additionally, we changed the construction methodology for the 550 columns, by using the APTUS WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

coupler system instead of traditional poured insitu concrete columns. This method allows installation of precast columns which don’t require propping,” said Scott. Queensland University of Technology has chosen Fernhill as the site for one of two Queensland based ‘Living Labs’ testing early commercial technologies to improve energy efficiency and enable renewable solutions. The project is focusing on the health care industry and will demonstrate how heating and cooling can be coordinated and controlled to more efficiently respond to demand, improving comfort for residents and reducing energy consumption. The Fernhill redevelopment has been named runner-up in the Best Silver Architecture (In-Construction) category at the 6th Asia Pacific Eldercare Awards. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 639 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3872 4000, email, website






Below Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd designed and installed the windows and large fixed glass panels, louvres on balconies and fitted sliding and bi-fold doors.

Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of Architectural Glazing Systems, servicing a wide variety of clients including all tier commercial builders, property developers and high end domestic builders. In May 2018, Argus Vision commenced discussions with Hansen Yuncken which led to the formulation of a design brief and contract negotiations. “We recommenced design work in July 2019, continuing through to December when we commenced on site. We have supplied in excess of 300 windows and doors for the Fernhill Project.” At the Aged Care Facility, the floor level remains the same throughout, achieving zero thresholds. To establish the same floor level across the exterior doorways Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd incorporated the innovative Ezi Aluminium Systems InteGrate Product, a flush floor drainage solution for all door types, which requires no set downs. Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd also helped designed and install all windows from the North to East side of the facility, along with large banks of louvres, automatic doors coupled to manual sliding doors on the balconies, sliding and bi-fold doors including oversized glass panels. There were extensive design challenges with the requirements of zero thresholds throughout the resident rooms and common areas. Hansen Yuncken and the Client were introduced to our idea’s integration allowing the detailing and construction phases of the project to run smoothly from start to finish. Although, the Fernhill Aged Care Project was one of the largest Aged Care developments in the Southern Hemisphere, the project had to maintain progress and remain on schedule whilst meeting the highest standards of quality, health and safety. All those challenges in the midst of COVID-19 were overcome and delivered without any delays. “This was our first venture with Hansen Yuncken, who we look forward to working with again in the future,” explained Argus Vision’s Senior Project Manager, Craig Hendy. Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd custom WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

manufactures, windows, doors and all other aluminium joinery systems to suit a range of architectural designs. “Our 1,800m² manufacturing facility is located at Arundel, North Gold Coast, which allows us to service Brisbane, Gold Coast, The Sunshine Coast and Northern New South Wales. We fluctuate between 20-25 direct employees and over 20-30 subcontract installers, dependent on workload.” “We predominantly work on large commercial projects; however, we also provide personal assistance in design, manufacturing, supply and installation of architectural glazing systems to all Tier Builders, Architects and Developers. Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd is proud to be an accredited member of the Australian Glass and Window Association (AGWA) and we are recognised for excellence in our field.” With years of experience of commercial aluminium fabrication Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd work across a range of sectors including Government and Education, Industrial, Retail and Residential. Completing projects such as Miami Ice, an iconic site on the Gold Coast that has now become a 17-storey apartment building. Recently delivering a similar Aged Care Project, Lady Small Haven in Benowa, Gold Coast. Our portfolio includes Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine in Robina, Volvo Trucks new headquarters and maintenance facility at Ipswich and BMW’s new state of the art showroom at Southport. “Argus Vision (Australia) Pty Ltd has worked on several high-rise developments across South East Queensland. Current projects include The Queensland Government’s prestigious Pimpama Sports Hub, The Catalina Apartments on Chevron Island, East at Palm Beach and all stages at Anchorage, Hope Island” added Argus Vision’s CEO Darren Peacock.

For more information contact Argus Vision, Unit 7/610 Pine Ridge Road, Coombabah QLD 4216, phone 07 5571 5099, email, website





Below RFS Fire Protection installed fire detection and occupant warning hardware, sprinkler system and duel diesel/electric pump set.

The team at RFS Fire Protection (RFS) designed, installed and commissioned the automatic fire protection system throughout the building and carpark at the aged care center. RFS’s scope of work included the installation of fire detection and occupant warning hardware, a sprinkler system as well as a duel diesel/electric pump set and booster assembly with connections for the fire brigade. Two designers worked on the fire protection system for Fernhill for three months. The installation started in November 2019 and with a team of 10 onsite, practical completion was reached within 11 months. “The design and coordination was done using 3D modelling software. It was a challenge to coordinate our installation with the many other services that were being installed in the same tight space,” said Managing Director, Greg Bartlett. “We aimed to minimise the change of direction in our services and aligning our sprinklers with other fixtures in the rooms to ensure an aesthetically pleasing end product.” Greg has 30 years of experience within the fire protection industry and established RFS in 2001. Today the company employs 12, working WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

across Queensland and New South Wales, servicing the commercial, industrial and residential sectors. RFS offers a one-stop-shop for fire protection solutions and provide site assessments, design and fabrication, installation and commissioning. They also assist with acquiring the necessary permits, annual certification and continued maintenance and testing. RFS have completed the design and installation of fire protection systems for retirement homes across Queensland including for Blue Care and Bolton Clarke developments, as well as large scale industrial commercial projects. Recenlty RFS completed the Roadtek Depot for the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Nolan Meat works, where the team designed, supplied, installed and commissioned a high hazard sprinkler system, 300,000L water storage tanks, diesel pumps and booster/suction assemblies, as well a range of other associated services, including underground mains. For more information contact RFS Fire Protection, PO Box 1300, Gympie QLD 4570, phone 1300 131 030, email admin@rfsfire., website


A NEW SCHOOL OF THOUGHT DEVELOPER : Australian National University MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Construction Control ARCHITECT : Hassell Studio CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $56 million

The ANU Research School of Social Science (RSSS) is a 7-storey, 12,000m2 building designed for more than 500 academic staff to facilitate research and learning. The project includes teaching spaces, a central courtyard, 140-person lecture space, stand-alone roof top plant, and sound masking system for the offices. Housing a combination of schools under the College of Arts and Social Sciences, the sophisticated project includes teaching spaces, a central courtyard, a 140-person lecture space, stand-alone rooftop plant, two lifts, three stair cores, a sound masking system installed to all offices, and an impressive entrance lobby. “Construction Control were awarded the contract following a competitive tender in the local market,” said Sam Bond, Development Project Manager for Construction Control. “As a company we have extensive experience in delivering buildings for the ANU, and provide an experienced team to best achieve their end goals.” The project reunites the schools disciplines from a dozen buildings spread across the ANU campus, back under one roof for the first time in over 50 years. 102 ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU RESEARCH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

“The architect Hassell, inspected all the buildings that the school sits in, taking notice of the finishes, design and how they interact with the site,” Sam said. “What this has resulted in is several nods to the campus, whether it be the balustrade design, the use of spotted gum or the finish to the can-light fittings.” Working closely with Hassell, Construction Control were able to enhance key elements to ensure they fit the function and aesthetic, including the use of a high gloss electro powder coat for the external façade. “Originally specified to be polished stainless steel, the capital and maintenance cost for the material was high. Our proposed and visual mock up process resulted in a highly reflective, easily maintainable, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

robust façade finish that saved money and really expressed the buildings’ design. So much so, Hassell have recommended the product on other projects they are specifying.” Working to a staggered timeframe allowed for a staged approval process; demolition of the existing building commenced in 2017 and main construction began in September 2018. Despite hurdles faced throughout the build – bushfires, hailstorms and COVID-19 – the site team of seven grew to a work force peak of 160 people, equating to 202,406 man hours overall.

“The system uses microphones to determine the sounds and adjusts the white noise to suit. This service allowed us to remove all full height walls to the offices, improving construction efficiency but also allows for future occupant flexibility to remove walls,” Sam said.

Construction Control used a number of innovations to deliver a great building with an exceptional user experience. Prefabricated service risers were utilised to allow for one day installation instead of six weeks and a reduced risk to workers.

Foresight, collaboration and communication are central to the way Construction Control approaches project delivery and by rigorous reviews and focusing on the end user at RSSS, they were able to make efficiencies throughout development. “This project provided great opportunities for innovation and construction expertise. We explored numerous opportunities on this project and were able to deliver them within the tight project budget,” Sam said.

A sound masking system was also installed in all offices which produces white noise and limits the ability for someone to hear or understand conversations in the next room.

For more information contact Construction Control, Unit 124, Level 1, 24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ACT 2612, phone 02 6257 4775, website



Below ACT Geotechnical Engineers conducted geotechnical investigations and provided specialist geotechnical advice and certification during construction.

The certainty of strong foundations is priceless when it comes to beginning a new building project. The team at ACT Geotechnical Engineers have been providing geotechnical engineering services to construction developments in the Australian Capital Territory and southern New South Wales with expert assurance since they began operations in 1994. Specialising in conducting geotechnical investigations and providing specialist geotechnical advice and certification during construction, they were involved with the recent ANU Research School of Social Science build with a team of five staff undertaking the work. “For this project we first conducted a geotechnical investigation as part of the design process,” said Director and Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Jeremy Murray. “This was done to determine the ground conditions so that footings could be designed to suit the site.” The team drilled cored boreholes up to 10m in depth using a drill rig. It took around half a day to drill each borehole, with the full investigation taking about a week to complete. “We were trying to establish what the ground conditions were. Specifically, the presence of uncontrolled fill, soil profile, depth and strength of bedrock, 104 ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU RESEARCH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

and the depth to groundwater,” Jeremy said. With no concerns, the build was able to proceed and the team’s focus turned towards supervision of the earthworks and ongoing certification that the footings were founded in suitable bedrock. “Throughout construction, we supervised and certified all phases of earthworks, including verifying geotechnical conditions, inspection and approval of soldier pile footings, pad/strip footings, proof-roll for road sub-grades, inspecting excavation batters for stability, assessing foundation for concrete pumps and mobile cranes and more,” he said. With a vast portfolio of commercial and residential projects in Canberra and surrounds under their belts, ACT Geotechnical Engineers are now expanding into Sydney through a new company called Fortify Geotech. Providing the same reputable level of service and expertise, Fortify Geotech will tailor practical engineering solutions to residential, commercial and industrial developments. For more information contact ACT Geotechnical Engineers, phone 02 6285 1547, website For Sydney contact Fortify Geotech, phone 02 9188 4033, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Capital Veneering supplied and installed custom joinery using steel, Corian and recycled timber, throughout the offices and communal spaces.

Capital Veneering specialises in commercial and residential joinery, as well as stunning custom made furniture and veneer pressing. With 20 years in business and a huge team of more than 70 staff, Capital Veneering has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from. Known for a focus on innovation and attention to detail, their involvement on the ANU development was also due to a reputation for meeting schedules without compromising on quality. “Our scope was to supply and install custom joinery for the new Research School of Social Science,” explained Ben Madden, Managing Director of Capital Veneering. “Over the course of around 16 months, we met the needs of the project thanks to our team of skilled craftsmen and a commitment to exceptional outcome delivery.” Employing state-of-the-art software and first class machinery allowed the team to produce ground breaking joinery solutions for the huge development, but this extends to all their clients: builders and architects, as well as private, government and commercial customers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Innovation centring around unique design and bespoke installations was evident in the ANU build. “We used materials including steel, Corian and recycled timber throughout,” Ben said, which adhered to the design aesthetic of raw textures and burnished materials for the private and open plan offices and communal spaces featuring shelving, cabinets and storage options. Capital Veneering are an award-winning firm recognised throughout the industry for their work. Some of their accolades include the Master Builders Excellence Awards in 2019 for Best Kitchen Project over $30,000 and in 2018 for Best Bathroom Project over $30,000. They have also been recognised at the HIA-CSR ACT Southern NSW Housing Awards in 2018 for the Kitchen of the Year. Other current projects they are working on include the contemporary Republic Apartments in Belconnen with Geocon, and the impressive Adina Apartment Hotel Grand at Constitution Place with Construction Control. For more information contact Capital Veneering, Unit 3-4, 67-71 Bayldon Road, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6299 1557, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU RESEARCH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 105



Below Cappello Hydraulics & Civil completed detailed excavation including external civil works, and the landscaping package.

With almost two decades of experience in the construction industry, Australian Capital Territory owned and operated Cappello Hydraulics & Civil were awarded two contracts for the ANU RSSS building development. The first was for bulk and detailed excavation including external civil works, and the other was for the landscaping package. Both contracts had multiple facets that needed completion. “The bulk and detailed excavation component involved excavation of the site to the required level and preparing it for the installation and construction of the building’s structural system,” said Cappello Civil Operations Manager, Alex Paunovic. “It also included the coordination of a temporary access and material handling zone, detailed excavation and construction of an apron hardstand slab to the ActewAGL substation.” External civil works involved the improvement of Ellery Crescent and the driveway ramp to Melville Hall, while the landscaping side of the project incorporated the installation of concrete pavers and bleachers; garden beds and plants; tree pits and trees; footpaths; grassing and turfing; as well as an irrigation system. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Cappello completed excavation works in 2018 and came back for landscaping in 2019 through to July 2020. “Over that time we had to implement traffic control and management along Ellery Crescent as students were always near the site,” Alex explained. “We also brought in dust, noise and vibration mitigation devices to minimise the impact on any neighbouring occupied buildings. This was ramped up to cope with COVID-19 measures during site works.” Due to site constraints throughout the build, the delivery of materials, plant and truck movements needed to be properly managed and coordinated with the client and other trades. Safe working systems are a priority at Cappello. “Our health and safety policies, our high quality assurances, as well as our environmental policies are always integral to the way we do business,” Alex said. Boasting an extensive client base covering government and private sectors, the Cappello staff are also supported by a highly experienced team of subcontractors to ensure reliability and success every time. For more information contact Cappello Hydraulics & Civil, 3/57 Dacre Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6242 9420, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU RESEARCH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 107

Below Benmax designed, manufactured and installed 7-floors of HVAC services with an exposed rooftop plant room.

Benmax provided heating, ventilation and airconditioning (HVAC) to the new ANU Research School of Social Sciences facility. Benmax started works on the project in March 2019, however planning and design was taking place well before this date, and it was these preparations and planning that enabled Benmax to supply a high quality service to the project. “Our scope was to provide 7-floors of HVAC services with an exposed rooftop plant room,” said Benmax Site Supervisor, Alex Lawder. “We had the pleasure of pushing prefabrication inside our company for this project. Two of the large modules were built in separate pieces and joined together onsite, each totalling 4,500mm in width, 2,250mm in depth and 24m in length. This equates to 7 tonnes worth of duct, pipe and frame.”

Through a combination of offsite construction in controlled environments and innovative practices, the team were able to cut back on the number of hours onsite for installation, improve delivery time frames, as well as provide a higher level of productivity and quality control. “Benmax pride ourselves on delivering an immaculate product for all of our clients,” Alex said. “We are most definitely proud of the bulk prefabrication and innovation we’ve had the pleasure of installing on this project. We have continually pushed the boundaries with what we are capable of and proved ourselves each time.”

The team installed seven completely different riser modules through the building, including duct risers, pipe risers and multi-service risers.

The main challenge faced was a huge hailstorm which smashed through the precinct in January 2020, meaning they had to disassemble the exposed rooftops plant rooms for replacement of any damaged equipment and roof structure, but it was nothing the Benmax team couldn’t overcome.

“The best part was that not one of our workers entered an open riser, minimising the risk of injury to our team.” With a crew of Benmax staff and subcontractors as high as 25-30 onsite at any time, this is testament to the value they place on safety and stability.

For more information contact Benmax, 33 Hincksman Street, Queanbeyan East NSW 2620, phone 02 6122 3800, email, website



Below Quattro Building Services completed the internal fitout installation of partitions, feature ceilings, wall linings, and doors.

Once an external build tops out, it turns to the contractors completing the interiors to really bring the project to life. Quattro Building Services completed the huge task of installing the internal fitout including the partitions, feature ceilings and wall linings, as well as doors and hardware. Working from the architectural finishes schedule, Quattro procured the specified material via local suppliers throughout Canberra and New South Wales, then set about completing the installation for the entire 7-storey building. “We started in March 2019 but throughout the project there was so much going on. We had bushfires where we had to monitor the air for smoke and exit the site, as well as a hail storm which caused some damage to our products,” said Quattro Building Services Director, Sean Taylor.

“The original product for doors was way too expensive, so we provided an alternative and used a stain to darken to colour it to what they wanted. We were able to give them an alternative that they were happy with,” explained Sean. They also opted for medium density fibreboard for the perimeter bulkheads instead of plaster to assist with the installation of blindfolds. “It was a quick switch and everyone was happy,” Sean said. Founded by two brothers qualified in commercial carpentry, Sean and Daniel Taylor, Quattro Building Services specialises in commercial spaces and pride themselves on superior service. “For each project that we take on board, we feel a responsibility to deliver 100%. The buck stops with Daniel and myself, even though the name says Quattro. We take it personally and strive to do the best we can to get the job over the line.”

“We pushed the numbers of the onsite crew up when we were under the pump after the delays – around 30 workers at the peak – but we knew we could meet that need and we got the job done.” It was the company’s adaptability and out of the box thinking that also helped reduce costs for the client along the way. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Quattro Building Services (ACT), 34 Stephens Road, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6299 3613, email ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU RESEARCH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 109

ANU Research School of Social Sciences, Australian Capital Territory



Below MNGD supplied, installed and programed the AV Technology systems required throughout the learning and lecture spaces.

The new ANU RSSS building provides an environment to teach, research and study for over 700 staff and students, and for this reason a robust audio-visual system was required. MNGD specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of AV technology and was engaged to supply, install and program the systems needed throughout the learning and teaching spaces in the new building.

Many external forces required the project timeline to be responsive and adapt, resulting in a constantly changing project timeline, as well as warranty knock-on effects. Josh and his team enforced high level communication between all stakeholders to coordinate through the changing timelines. Each situation was assessed, and a strategic plan was put in place to ensure complete transparency to minimise further delays.

“In collaboration with consultants Learning By Experience (LBE) and head contractor Construction Control, MNGD were able to successfully deploy systems for three large teaching spaces, 14 meeting spaces, a breakout space, and six digital signage displays,” said MNGD Director, Josh Chircop.

“This allowed MNGD to act in an agile manner, able to pivot at short notice with the project’s changing lifecycle,” Josh explained. “MNGD’s policies for procuring equipment early and use of local offsite storage facilities allowed for the ease of installation when appropriate opportunities of time opened. MNGD’s extensive network of AV technicians allowed for an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to ensure equipment was installed efficiently during these short timeframes.”

A combinable lectorial space was given alternate floor box locations, allowing the lectern and other portable equipment to be relocated and adaptive to the teaching environment required. The multipurpose auditorium was also given alternate floor boxes for manoeuvrability. Smaller meeting spaces support BYOD connectivity through wired or wireless capabilities, as well as video conferencing. “The audio-visual systems installed include an impressive 61 speakers, 26 Panasonic displays and projectors, 29 Crestron NVX devices and 18 user control interfaces,” Josh said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Their adaptation and ability to action items in a constantly moving environment instilled confidence and allowed each stakeholder to focus on the larger tasks at hand. As a result, the client’s expectations were exceeded even with the delays. For more information contact MNGD, phone 1800 717 474, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU RESEARCH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 111




West Village is a landmark 40-level tower of 398 luxury apartments with custom luxury finishes including caesarstone benchtops, mirrored splash backs, Miele appliances, engineered floor boards, bathrooms with feature tapware, large balconies, a gorgeous rooftop entertainment deck with pocket parks, shelters, seating, grassy terraces and BBQ areas, plus an exotic ground floor retail and intimate alfresco dining precinct. Parkview is an award-winning industry leader in the delivery of high quality living spaces. Over the last 10 years they have expanded their sector coverage, diversifying into large master planned communities, hotels, aged care, hospitality, commercial, industrial and education projects. Integrity, excellence and innovation characterise Parkview’s approach to every project it undertakes. Parkview constructed West Village, located in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD. This landmark residential, retail and hospitality development for EcoWorld International was designed by Woods Bagot changing the face of Parramatta, providing 398 luxury apartments over one 40-storey tower and a second 7-storey tower. Apartments enjoy stunning views to the Sydney CBD, to the East and also the Blue Mountains to the West. West Village has an impressive 5-level atrium in the main lobby to the largest tower. Communal rooftop gardens complete with BBQ facilities are provided on Level 40 and Level 7. The residential floors are complemented by retail and commercial spaces on lower levels. Residents will also enjoy a roof top music room and golf simulator room. Images this page by FRMEZ

Parkview began their involvement with West Village in early 2017 when tendering started. The contract was executed July 2017 and work commenced in December 2017. Completion is anticipated this year. “We are excited to be the builder of this iconic project,” said Project Manager, Laurence Yenco. “West Village has an impressive and elegant natural concrete façade with vertical glass screens, delivering a striking new addition to Parramatta’s skyline.” The central location of the West Village has brought its challenges during construction. “Located on the very busy corner of Church Street, Parkes Street and the Great Western Highway, with Westfield Parramatta in the vicinity, has created some restrictions on movements of personnel and materials. We have had to carefully plan all logistics,” said Laurence. Another challenge during construction was related to working at height, with safety being a number one priority on the 40-storey building. Façade works in particular were challenging, with moving workers and materials safely over the 40-storeys taking a considerable amount of time. Moving rubbish and waste material back down and

dealing with the environmental challenges like winds at high levels has also placed extra demands on the team. “Fortunately we have a great deal of experience within Parkview to deal with issues like these,” said Laurence. “At any one time we had 45 Parkview employees on the project, ranging from construction workers, plant operators, foremen, administrators to managers.” The Parkview team is renowned for taking pride in every project they undertake and West Village is no exception. The skilled management team provides an extensive multi-disciplinary background and experience in construction, engineering, architecture, project management, property development, investment and asset management. The company’s business philosophy is to build long lasting relationships and exceptional projects with all clients and partners. “We are here for the long term, just like our buildings,” said Laurence. Parkview employs a three stage design management process incorporating early planning, construction, and finally completion and handover. This enables Parkview to value engineer the project and produce the best value design to ensure the smooth delivery of every project, on time and within budget. Parkview continually strives to set new benchmarks in design and construction. Current major projects include The Orchards, a master planned community for Sekisui House Australia at Baulkham Hills, Sanctuary apartments at Wentworth Point also for Sekisui House Australia and Neue Apartments at Macquarie Park for COLI Australia. For more information contact Parkview, Level 7, 60 Union Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, phone 02 9506 1500, email enquiries@, website www.parkview.



Below Feenix made a visual impact on West Village, providing the glazed balustrades and aluminum balusters.

Feenix has been designing, manufacturing and installing high quality balustrades, louvres and screens since they were first established in 1992 in Sydney. They also have factory facilities in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, giving them the resources to service the demands of the construction industry on Australia’s East Coast. With an impressive portfolio of projects completed for some of the best known Tier 1 and Tier 2 builders in the country, Feenix was contracted by Parkview Constructions to design, manufacture and install façade requirements for the outstanding West Village residential and retail tower in Parramatta. Feenix has made a major contribution to the visual impact of West Village through the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium balusters to the podium levels, glazed balustrades to the tower and louvres and screens to both the podium and tower. The significant size of the louvres required special lifting equipment in the form of a large boom and crane to position them in place. The location of West Village on a major intersection in Parramatta meant scheduling the lifts with the boom at times that would minimise traffic disruption. Now in position, the louvres add an elegant and functional aspect to the exterior of the building. Feenix specialises in designing and supplying a complete package for their clients so that balustrades can be complemented with aluminium fixed and sliding louvres, privacy screens, speciality louvered fencing or any other miscellaneous vents and screens required to complete façades. All elements are produced to the highest quality finish. A testimony to Feenix’s success is the fact that the company supplies and installs over 15km of high quality balustrades on average every year. The high level of demand is driven by the company’s practice of fully fabricating to size, delivering to site and installing complete with protective plastic. Once installed, instant edge protection is created and the removal or jump of screens/scaffold can be done, reducing the build costs for the builder. 114 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEST VILLAGE

Feenix offers over 60 different aluminium extrusions to assist in creating the appearance that a client may require for their project. All products are manufactured from a reputable ISO 9001 quality certified supplier. The suppliers are approved Dulux and AkzoNobel/Interpon certified so that all powdercoating carries a 15 year warranty. As well as aluminium products, Feenix also provides a range of stainless steel and mild steel glazed balustrades, often prescribed to create a visually appealing element in shopping centres and commercial spaces. Feenix provides a complete project management package. With their internal resources of design, project management, an architect team and a highly experienced external engineer, Feenix can provide shop drawing development, fabrication, powdercoating through to onsite installation. It has a dedicated team on the factory floor managing the manufacturing processes including quality control and accuracy. Recently completed projects which indicate the versatility of Feenix include the Wonderland development by Multiplex in Central Park, Chippendale in Sydney, where Feenix supplied and installed aluminium glazed balustrades, fixed batten screens, perforated mesh sliding screens and privacy screens. Feenix also worked alongside Multiplex on The Beach apartment tower in Broadbeach supplying and installing glazed balustrades, pool fencing, privacy louvres, mechanical room louvres and services louvre gates. The expansion of The Star on the Gold Coast, built by Probuild and completed in 2018, saw Feenix supply and install aluminium glazed balustrades to external balconies. The West Village project further enhances Feenix’s reputation in the design, manufacture and installation of high quality, cost effective balustrades, louvres and screens. For more information contact Feenix NSW, 7/53-57 Burrows Road, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9516 0100, email admin@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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Below Think Planners were responsible for managing the approval process, achieving development consent.

Town planning specialist, Think Planners, has a particular affinity with Western Sydney where it has significant, established connections and substantial experience. No surprise then when it was awarded the planning contract for the transformative West Village project in Parramatta. West Village will create a new benchmark for apartment living in Parramatta, with elegant finishes, spectacular roof top views and access to popular alfresco restaurants on the retail level. Rail and bus connections are close by. Director, Adam Byrnes said that Think Planners managed the entire approval process for West Village. “It was highly important that the design of the project met the highest standards of excellence for developers, EcoWorld International. Think Planners undertook the design development and achieved development consent for this outstanding building which will be a major contributor to Parramatta’s new skyline.” Think Planner’s approach was to engage their senior practitioners on undertakings of the scale of West Village. Adam and his fellow Directors, Jonathon Wood and Schandel Fortu worked 116 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEST VILLAGE

on the project with the support of their Planning Manager, Brad Delapierre. “We always work in close collaboration with our clients right through the planning process, assisting in shaping their project concepts, testing project potential and advising on design development,” said Adam. “Think Planners remained engaged with our West Village clients right through to approval of the development proposal.” With 10 years experience and a team of nine, Think Planners has successfully delivered planning projects across many of Sydney’s local government areas. They are currently involved in over a dozen high rise developments in the Parramatta CBD, and have a strong track record in delivering planning proposals and development approvals in places such as Granville, Penrith, Bankstown, Blacktown, The Hills, Hornsby and many more local government areas. For more information contact Think Planners, May’s Hill Gate House, Great Western Highway, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 9687 8899, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Orion Mechanical Services supplied and installed Daikin ducted split VRV air conditioning throughout the project.

Orion Mechanical Services has an outstanding reputation as a specialist in delivering customised HVAC solutions for commercial, residential, industrial and mixed use property projects. The company provides a complete design and construct service, encompassing documentation, services coordination, procurement, supply, installation, commissioning and service. Orion Mechanical was engaged by Parkview on a design and construct contract to provide HVAC services to the project. Site Manager, Sajid Safadi said that an experienced team was assembled consisting of two designers, a project manager, one full time site manager, two project engineers, two foremen, nine installers and two apprentices. Orion Mechanical designed, supplied and installed Daikin VRV-4S fully ducted air conditioning systems to all the apartments plus both tower and podium main entry lobbies. The basement carpark mechanical ventilation system includes a single large VSD driven Chicago Blower DWDI centrifugal exhaust fan plus three in-line axial carpark supply fans all controlled via a Carbon Monoxide Monitoring System connected to the BMS (Building Management System). The stair pressurisation system includes a reversible mechanical relief/outside air fan with motorised dampers on each level. Provisional commercial WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

kitchen exhaust duct risers were provided for all future retail tenancies. Mechanical ventilation systems were provided to all garbage rooms, plantrooms and the adjoining electrical substation. The combined mechanical lobby relief and outside air system required the design and selection of a reversible 1,000mm diameter in-line axial fan with special consideration to the size of the fan, motor, blade selection and positioning. “We also had to ensure airtight installation of the ductwork system with the masonry riser, requiring a high level of coordination with the builder during installation to ensure quality and performance,” said Design Engineer, Ryan Boediman. Orion Mechanical also worked on the Park One development at Macquarie Park for Icon. The company is currently working on the Sir Moses Montefiore retirement living project at Randwick for Richard Crookes Constructions, with Lendlease on the BaptistCare Fivedock project and also with Watpac on Romeciti’s luxury residential towers, NATURA, at Macquarie Park. For more information contact Orion Mechanical Services, Unit 19, 198222 Young Street, Waterloo NSW 2017, phone 02 9669 1404, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEST VILLAGE 117

Below CHERIO Civil Works provided civil services, including kerbing, line marking, tree planting and drainage.

CHERIO Civil Works is founded on the belief that workmanship and quality should never be compromised. As a unified team they are able to achieve this through their attention to detail, experience and professional approach. CHERIO provided both internal and external civil works for the West Village project, including the public domain and roadworks. In addition to the civil works, CHERIO also provided kerbing, drainage, tree planting (including stratavaults), linemarking and street furniture encompassed in the scope of works. Given the busy CBD location, traffic and pedestrian management had been a key consideration. Similarly, working on underground services required a critical focus on timing, traffic management and safety. CHERIO Civil Works’ experience in working in this type of environment has been invaluable and their ability to liaise with both Parramatta Council and the client prove to be the difference. Their full time staff were fully engaged throughout the project as the level of difficulty exponentially heightened as the works continued to progress. CHERIO holds RMS prequalification status. Their area of expertise includes road and bridge works, demolition, excavation, storm water 118 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEST VILLAGE

drainage including GPTs, light and heavy duty concreting, landscaping, linemarking, street furniture works and any public domain related works in general. CHERIO has recently completed a major contract at Macquarie Park Village in Sydney where they delivered the public domain works including traffic and pedestrian control measures, night and day shift teams, demolition and earthworks, drainage, subgrade preparation works, managing service authorities (Optus/Vocus/TPG/Telstra/ Ausgrid), kerb and gutters, concrete and paved footpaths and landscaping. A challenge on the project was the construction of the main entry cobblestone driveway as the works had to be completed out of hours, but access still given to all residents. CHERIO prides themselves on providing an excellent service, bringing projects to completion to the required quality, absolutely on time and on budget. As a result, they enjoy a large amount of repeat business from their satisfied clients. For more information contact CHERIO Civil Works, 2015 9/23 Garema Circuit, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, phone 02 9758 2622, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below G. James Facade Solutions supplied and installed all the aluminum windows, feature glazing and glass privacy screens.

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The G. James Group is a family owned manufacturing business which has proudly specialised in the Australian based production of aluminium windows and doors, building façades, processed glass and aluminium extrusions for over 40 years. West Village was a major undertaking for the G. James Facade Solutions division, supplying and installing all aluminium windows and sliding doors (some of which specified disabled access) as well as several shopfronts. The project also required some specialty elements which included feature glazing for the main entry, glazed canopies and stripe screen printed, heat strengthened laminated glass privacy screens. Most of the installation was completed within the 5-floor high formwork and access screen system which jumped two floors every two weeks. This system required close coordination and commitment from all trades, providing an efficient and safe method of installation. Installation of the curtain wall’s full height panels from behind the screens required some unique solutions. “We also had to have flexibility in our delivery schedule and overcome access challenges in a very busy CBD location. With all materials and fabrication completed inhouse or locally sourced we were able to lead the façade works,” said Sydney Branch Manager, Mark Sandblom. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

All aluminium was extruded and surface finished in Australia by G. James’ extrusion division while the glass incorporated in West Village was processed and supplied by the G. James Glass Products Division. Fabrication of the aluminium joinery was a task undertaken by G. James Facade Solutions, sourcing product from both their Sydney and Brisbane factories. “G. James is proud to support and foster Australian made products and local manufacturing,” Mark said. “The project provided assignment for 15 factory workers, with 12 installers regularly onsite.” G. James Facade Solutions undertakes projects ranging from large monumental assignments to smaller custom jobs, some of which have achieved prestigious architectural design and industry awards. Of note, is G. James’ work on Sydney’s UTS Central Podium project which saw them awarded the 2019 Australian Glass & Window Association National Design Award for the Best Use of Glass & Glazing. Other recent major residential projects include Central Park Duo, Marrick & Co for Mirvac and Macquarie Park Village. Commercial projects include No. 1 Bligh Street and the UTS engineering building. For more information contact G. James Facade Solutions, 26 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 02 9732 2452, email sydney_, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEST VILLAGE 119

AGELESS LUXURY CLIENT : Tulich Project Management MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Richard Crookes Constructions ARCHITECT : Calder Flower Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $99 million

The Royce is a an exceptional living retirement community comprising 133 independent living units and a residential aged care facility containing 128 luxurious light-filled suites over 3-levels with oversized ensuites and spacious storage, and includes a landscaped central courtyard with communal areas, cafe, bar, restaurant, beauty salon, mixed activities room, internal and external dining areas, library and media room. Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC) managed the design and construction of The Royce, a seniors’ living village with exceptional facilities within Penrith Panthers Leagues Club Precinct. The Royce developed by Tulich Project Management represents one of the most exciting recent community developments in Western Sydney. The project is named after 1991 Penrith Panthers Premiership Captain Royce Simmons, who will be a resident in the completed project.

Built in two stages, Richard Crookes Constructions commenced negotiations in July 2017 and works began onsite in March 2018. Stage 1 was handed over in August 2019 and involved 49 independent living units and a retirement aged care accommodation with 128 beds. Included in Stage 1 were a commercial kitchen, laundry and office facilities, plus a basement carpark. Extensive civil stormwater and road works were also undertaken. Stage 2 commenced in August 2019 with a further 81 independent living units and a basement carpark. All civil works and roads were also finalised and handover occurred in August 2020.

Designed by award-winning Sydney based architects Calderflower, The Royce features beautifully landscaped courtyard gardens and rooftop terraces. Other amenities include Café Royce, a hair salon, wellness centre, a media room and members only bar.

“Over 8,450m2 of existing bitumen carpark had to be demolished and we bulk excavated more than 25,000m3 over the site for the building footprint, external pavements, stormwater works and landscaping works,” said RCC Project Manager, Matthew Huttary.

The project provides quality apartment living for the residents who have easy access to all the entertainment facilities of Penrith Panthers as well as being conveniently located to the vibrant city of Penrith at the foot of the Blue Mountains.

Significant modification was also made to the Bazooka channel culvert structure, with just over half a kilometre of stormwater pipes being installed on the project to divert the existing stormwater runoff from the Panthers carpark and Panthers stadium oval.



Throughout the projects span, over 19,000m3 of concrete was poured for the structure equaling 2,710 truck loads, and over 1,600 tonnes of reinforcing bar and 26,000m2 of reinforcing mesh was installed within the post tensioned slabs and external works. RCC had nine members of their team involved in the management of the project. The team developed constructive relationships with all contractors to ensure the project progressed smoothly, which included safely managing the flow of deliveries and movement of contractors and their equipment on the site, as Panthers’ daily operations involved constant visitor and staff traffic. Tulich Project Management praised RCC for the quality of their work, with Managing Director Maurice Tulich, saying that watching each stage develop and grow was incredibly exciting. “The RCC team made extraordinary progress thanks to Richard Crooke’s fantastic construction team.” RCC has a dedicated Aged Care and Retirement Living division, reflecting their long history in the design and construction of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

specialised social infrastructure including community housing. The specialised division was only established in 2015, however has already seen 300% growth in aged care delivery. “RCC has a proven capability to deliver quality, state-of-the-art facilities which provide a better quality of life for residents in a welcoming home-like environment,” Matthew said. “With an aging demographic in Australia, there is a need to build further aged care resources and upgrade older facilities. RCC is at the forefront of that activity.” RCC Aged Care Division has a number of projects underway including independent living units at Montefiore in Randwick, Kokoda Residences at Waitara, Japara at Belrose, a Catholic Healthcare project at Norwest and Riverview assisted living apartments for Carrington Care at Camden. For more information contact Richard Crookes Constructions, Level 3/4 Broadcast Way, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9902 4700, fax 02 9439 1114, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE ROYCE 121

Below EES Fire designed, supplied and installed an automatic fire sprinkler system, as part of the fire services package for The Royce.

Since being established in 2007, EES Fire Pty Ltd has experienced dynamic growth, taking the business from small to medium fire system installations to now successfully undertaking large scale construction projects with Tier 1 and Tier 2 builders, designing, installing and maintaining all types of fire safety systems. Recently, EES Fire designed, supplied and installed an automatic fire sprinkler system, as part of the fire services package for The Royce, a major seniors retirement living project in Sydney’s west. “The system is fully charged at all times to provide immediate and maximum fire suppression. We also installed sprinkler heads on all balconies wider than 2m in keeping with new Australian Standards,” said Patrick Smith, Founder and Director of EES Fire.

The Royce project. “We foster an awesome culture at EES Fire which carries through to our performance on the job,” Patrick explained. “We value and build long term relationships with our clients, ensuring we have regular repeat business.” EES Fire has the experience and knowledge to design and install fire protection systems of any size. The company recently handed over a major project at the Oran Park commercial precinct in Western Sydney. EES Fire has an excellent working relationship with Richard Crookes, currently engaged on multiple projects for the builder.

“Our work at The Royce proceeded very smoothly over the two year project duration thanks to excellent communication and coordination with Richard Crookes’ Project Manager, Matt Huttary, and Site Manager, Lucas Riley,” Patrick said. “Their cooperation ensured we could meet project deadlines and deliver a first class result.” Proudly Australian, EES Fire has an enthusiastic and committed team of 30 people, eight of whom were engaged at various times on 122 NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE ROYCE

For more information contact EES Fire Pty Ltd, Unit 4/30 Park Road Mulgrave NSW 2756, phone 1300 12 FIRE, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Calderflower was engaged to provide a re-work of the original plans for Council approval for the project through to architectural and interior design services.

Calderflower Architecture is a specialist in creating aged care and community living spaces with a focus on design excellence and innovation. One of their current flagship projects is The Royce, a collaboration between Tulich Project Management and Penrith Panthers, located in Western Sydney. Calderflower Architecure and Calderflower Interiors worked together in crafting a luxurious development of 130 independent living units and a 128 bed aged care facility at The Royce, which forms part of the Penrith Panthers masterplan. The design philosophy behind the development is to allow for ‘ageing with choice’ which brings services to the individual within their home, allowing them to retain independence.

including extra columns, thicker slabs and beams, additional risers and hydraulic and mechanical penetrations.” Lara added that in comparison, Stage 2 had been much smoother due to the learnings from Stage 1. As well as delivering an outstanding architectural outcome, Calderflower was also contracted to design the interiors through their interior design division and has created a unique and sophisticated retirement living experience. Calderflower is proud of its position as the premier provider of design excellence and innovation for aged care, retirement living, social housing, childcare and community projects though their vibrant and progressive practice which is backed by four decades of experience.

Managing Director of Calderflower Architecture, Lara Calder, said that the firm was engaged to provide a re-work of the original plans in order to secure Council approval for the project. “We undertook continual discussion with Council, engineers, services consultants and subcontractors to get the project approved. We built very constructive working relationships with all stakeholders during Stage 1 which enabled us to manage the many changes required WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Calderflower Architecture, 2/140 Myrtle Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, phone 02 9698 9822, email email@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE ROYCE 123

Below Doolan Plumbing’s scope included sewerage and hot and cold water requirements, as well as the hydrant fire services booster.

In just 10 years, Doolan Plumbing has established a trusted relationship with many of Sydney’s top echelon builders and developers, delivering tailored solutions across every aspect of the plumbing spectrum. Founder Jared Doolan has built a fast growing family enterprise built on strong relationships with clients, producing regular repeat business. Doolan Plumbing was engaged by Richard Crookes Constructions to complete all plumbing requirements at The Royce retirement village and aged care project located at Penrith Panthers in Sydney’s west. The Royce was built in 2 stages and involved a total of 210 independent living apartments and 128 aged care units. Jared said the size of the project involved Doolan Plumbing for a period of three years. “The scope of the job covered all sewerage and hot and cold water requirements, all trade waste including grease arrestors, hydrant fire services including booster assemblies for fire and rescue use at the front of the buildings and all drainage and stormwater connections to Sydney Water services.” Hot water services were installed using Rheem Tankpak gas-fired units, one for the aged care building, one each for the independent 124 NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE ROYCE

living unit blocks and one for the commercial kitchen and laundry. “We installed all the toilets and tapware in the independent living units, however in the aged care rooms, the bathrooms were installed as Interpod pre-fabricated pods so we had to have the plumbing in the exact position to fit the pipes in the pods,” explained Jared. The Doolan Plumbing team, communicated with both RCC and Interpod to ensure a high level of cooperation between all companies involved, and to get a quality end result for the client. “We have built a great relationship with Richard Crookes Constructions having worked on several of their projects including Summit Aged Care at Baulkham Hills, Opal in Blacktown and two public schools in western Sydney,” Jared said.

For more information contact Doolan Plumbing, PO Box 6567 Rouse Hill NSW 2155, phone 1800 DOOLAN, email jared@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below New Vision Joinery manufactured and installed all the joinery requirements at The Royce, including kitchens and lobby.

New Vision Joinery Pty Ltd specialises in cutting edge custom joinery focused on quality and craftsmanship. Based in Sydney, New Vision Joinery was established by David Pozar and Mathew Croker in 2016 and undertakes commercial and residential projects. New Vision Joinery was commissioned by Richard Crookes Constructions to undertake the substantial assignment of manufacturing and installing all the joinery requirements at The Royce.

The project went smoothly with no major issues arising. New Vision Joinery has an impressive portfolio of custom joinery work for both new builds and renovations. Recent projects include Park Sydney at Erskineville and Omnia, a boutique development of nine apartments in Cronulla.

The New Vision team first built a prototype to the architect’s drawings for the joinery items required in each unit, which included the kitchen, bathroom cupboards, wardrobes, linen and storage cabinets and a study desk. Once reviewed by the client and architect, manufacturing commenced, followed by installation. The project also includes a café, library, wellness centre, hairdresser and concierge, which required additional joinery to be completed. In the lobby extensive floor to ceiling wall panelling was installed, in additional to the front reception desk. In the café, New Vision used a concept drawing to supply steel frames which were made by a specialist fabricator. Further work was undertaken in other common areas and back of house facilities. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact New Vision Joinery Pty Ltd, Unit A5, 366 Edgar Street, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 0475 003 475, email or NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE ROYCE 125

MAKING CONNECTIONS Airport North Precinct project involved the widening of O’Riordan Street in each direction between Bourke Road and Robey Street and connecting to the one-way road system through and out of the T2/T3 domestic terminals at Sydney Airport. The project included the reconfiguring of traffic lights, improved pedestrian and cycle access, and coordination with internal airport roads to help improve traffic flow. The Airport North Precinct involved upgrade of the roads north of Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, to improve traffic flow and connections to the airport and Port Botany, two of Australia’s important international gateways for domestic and international air travel and container traffic. The objective of the Airport North upgrade was to deliver improved traffic capacity and reduced congestion along O’Riordan Street, improve access to Sydney Airport domestic terminals and improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. The project involved the widening of O’Riordan Street to three lanes in each direction between Bourke Road and Robey Street to compliment the recently completed one-way pairing of Robey Street


and O’Riordan Street, the reconfiguring of the existing traffic lights on O’Riordan Street between Qantas Drive and Bourke Road and upgrading the footpath on O’Riordan Street and Robey Street. Additionally, there were a multitude of essential underground services running down O’Riordan Street including a 132Kv cable, a high pressure gas main, telecom cables and water mains. The majority of these utility services including overhead power cables had to be relocated to accommodate the widening of the O’Riordan Street carriage way. Tenders for the project were concluded mid-2018, with John Holland being appointed as principal contractor.

The project posed a number of challenges, as O’Riordan Street is a key link to Sydney Airport and Port Botany, two lanes of traffic in each direction had to be maintained during peak traffic times. Transport for NSW engaged with a large number of key stakeholders and businesses including Sydney Airport, Bayside Council, the Traffic Management Centre, hotels and businesses on O’Riordan Street and the local community. Active community and stakeholder communication ensured the impacts of the construction work were reduced whilst enabling the project to be delivered in a timely manner. To work with the demands of the road, work zones were tight and night work was required to complete larger areas of work. The onsite teams worked effectively to reach the required programme timeframes, included completing the northbound lanes on the western side within five weekend closures and with the addition of COVID-19 protocols. The Airport North Precinct proposal is part of a suite of upgrades to improve traffic flow around Sydney Airport. The Airport West

upgrade, completed in 2018, widened Marsh Street, Arncliffe to three lanes in each direction between Giovanni Brunetti Bridge and the M5 interchange. Transport for NSW completed the Airport East upgrade in November 2019. The benefits of this project included improved road user safety by removing the existing railway level crossing on General Holmes Drive, improved traffic flow and access to the airport and Port Botany, improved movement of rail freight to and from Port Botany and reduced congestion in the area for airport traffic. The projects are also part of the WestConnex enabling works around the airport. Due to the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions and a significant decrease in local traffic, the project was completed months ahead of schedule. For more information contact Transport for NSW, email airportnorth@, website




Below SJ Read Earthworks & Haulage provided trucks and excavators for the carting of excavated material from site for disposal.

There are few companies as dedicated to digging and moving large volumes of earth than the family owned and trusted SJ Read Earthworks & Haulage. For the Airport North Precinct road widening project, SJ Read dedicated significant personnel and equipment resources to the project, with most of their 25 strong team of drivers and operators taking part. Founding Directors, Steve and Cheryl Read were also actively involved to ensure the more challenging aspects of the job were expertly handled. Steve undertook many night shifts early in the project to get the jersey barriers and lighting in place. The company supplied trucks and excavators for both the day shifts and night shifts, carting excavated material from site and disposing of it at a licenced tip. A major challenge was a shutdown weekend in February 2019. Steve and Cheryl planned the logistics of the weekend well ahead of time, sourcing and arranging sufficient trucks and excavators to meet the goals set for the shutdown. Over 5,000 tonnes of material were carted away from Friday night to Sunday night. Trucks ran continuously for 18 hours at a time with a roster of drivers to enable change over at the appropriate times. Steve stayed onsite for each 18 hour shift to ensure work went smoothly and to liaise with the project’s superintendent and foreman. Cheryl also spent time onsite to manage the disposal of different materials as there were varying charges at the tip for each type of material, which had budget implications. Steve and Cheryl established SJ Read Earthworks & Haulage in 2003 after spending

a total of 15 years in the trucking business. They brought their valuable experience on major haulage and civil projects into the company which at commencement had just one truck. The business has now grown to the point they have 25 trucks and seven excavators. SJ Read Earthworks & Haulage will undertake any job from the home DIY renovation through to larger scale industrial projects, offering hourly rates or fixed price contracts. “We have a large range of different excavators and attachments, bobcat tyre and track loaders and a variety of tipping trucks,” Steve and Cheryl said. “Together with our knowledge of the industry and hand picked team, we are equipped for any assignment.” SJ Read also specialises concrete slab preparations and can also prepare foundation footings and conduct diamond blade rock sawing. Illustrating SJ Read’s capability, the company has been actively involved in the bush fire clean up on the south coast of New South Wales around Mogo, Batemans Bay and Cobargo. “There are 2,500 houses to be demolished and removed,” Steve said. “We are supplying and managing up to 60 trucks for the subcontactor working withwith Nass and Laing O’Rourke.” Backed by years of experience and equipped with a large fleet of the latest excavators and trucks, SJ Read Earthworks & Haulage has been regularly engaged on some of Sydney’s largest publicly funded projects including the Light Rail, NorthConnex, WestConnex and the Cronulla-Sutherland rail duplication. They are also currently working on the Sydney Metro rail project at Marrickville and Central, also with Laing O’Rourke, and the Waterfall station development for Abergeldie. To ensure the company can fully employ their team if infrastructure programmes are quiet, SJ Read Haulage & Excavation has diversified into container haulage, general freight and warehousing.

For more information contact SJ Read Earthworks & Haulage, 26-28 Burns Road, Heathcote NSW 2233, phone 02 9520 1970, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Below Solid Scapes completed a range of civil works including footpath repair across the whole Airport North Precinct project.

When integrated landscaping solutions are required, Solid Scapes is the first choice for many builders, developers and government authorities. Renowned for extensive capabilities ranging from concrete construction to artificial grass installation, Solid Scapes has developed a business based on reliability, experience and a commitment to proactive communication with clients throughout all projects. The Airport North Precinct project, commissioned by Transport for NSW to deliver improved traffic flow and pedestrian accessibility around Sydney Airport, required Solid Scapes to deliver footpath and paving repairs, kerbing and guttering and other civil works.

four years. In the Randwick section, we did all the footpath upgrades and landscaping. We were also involved in the construction of five of the projects substations and surrounds. This involved the excavations, concrete placing and finishing for the substation there,” explained Andrew. Solid Scapes also work regularly alongside larger builders i.e. Lendlease, and Mirvac. At Marrickville Library, Solid Scapes undertook footpath upgrades, a childrens’ playground, and the public domain works. The depth of knowledge and experience of Solid Scapes’ team ensures that all clients can depend on a high quality result, delivered on time and within budget.

“In total we will have worked on Airport North for around 18 months once the project is complete. At various times we have had up to 12 of our team on the site,” said Director, Andrew Fuda. “We often worked in very restricted areas and always had to be conscious of live traffic movements, especially when working at night.” Solid Scapes has built up a substantial portfolio of work on publicly funded projects since Andrew founded the business in 2007. “We have been working on the Sydney Light Rail project for around 130 NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRPORT NORTH PRECINCT

For more information contact Solid Scapes, 114 Galston Road, Hornsby Heights NSW 2077, phone 0407 784 581, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Wexcon completed concrete paving and kerb works along O’Riordan Street for the Airport North Precinct.

In the three years of operation, Wexcon Pty Ltd has pursued their vision of becoming Australia’s Form Reo Pour contractor of choice. Wexcon’s success is evidenced by their rapid growth rate and level of repeat business from satisfied clients. Engaged by principal contractor John Holland, Wexcon accomplished an extensive range of formwork, steel fixing and concrete placement activities, across the Airport North Precinct. Their scope of work included kerb and gutter, vehicular crossings, pram ramps, driveways, footpaths, ACO drains, protection slabs and signage footings.

Since their establishment in 2017, Wexcon has been involved in a multitude of complex projects throughout greater Sydney, working alongside some of Australia’s top tier contractors. Completed and current projects have ranged from engagement on the Sydney Light Rail, the Sydney Metro project at Marrickville and Barangaroo, through to the Cronulla Boat Ramp Upgrade in the Sutherland Shire. Wexcon’s success is due to the experience and expertise of their hands on directors and a skilled, well trained, enthusiastic team who are aligned to the company’s core values of delivering high quality workmanship within the financial goals of their clients.

“The majority of work was completed on night shifts, working under lights with a road occupancy licence with continuous live traffic, so it was a challenging environment,” said Director and Operations Manager, Adrian Keane. “Working at night in cold temperatures required a specifically designed concrete mix, tailored to the conditions to be used on the project, due to the small window for concrete finishing.” “The safety of our team and other contractors was always a top priority. We were able to manage the situation through proactive communication between Wexcon, John Holland and traffic control,” said Director and General Manager, Jason O’Gorman. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Wexcon Pty Ltd, Unit 9/17 Power Avenue, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 0421 251 256, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRPORT NORTH PRECINCT 131

Below Norwest Group completed a full range of concreting assignments, including formwork, steel fixing, pouring and finishing.

Norwest Concrete Constructions, trading as Norwest Group, is a specialist in all types of concrete structural work, including excavation. Selected to undertake work on the Airport North Precinct road widening project on the approaches to Sydney Airport, Norwest Group completed a full range of concreting assignments. Thier scope of work included covering formwork, steel fixing, pouring and finishing, drainage pits, traffic islands, f-type barriers and cycleways. A team of 20 were involved on the project from commencement through to completion. “The project posed a number of challenges, with the need to adjust all workplace safety practices as a result of COVID-19,” said Managing Director, Brenttin Davidson. “We were fully focussed on the need to ensure the safety of our team, fellow workers on the site and the public.” An Australian owned family company, Brenttin founded the business in 2015 and the company has experienced significant growth. Brenttin is a ‘hands on’ Managing Director who diligently manages all projects 132 NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRPORT NORTH PRECINCT

from start to finish around the state, supported by Norwest Group’s inhouse civil engineer. Comprising a team of skilled operators with all the necessary machinery and equipment to perform any concreting task at a highly professional level. “Our work has recently been recognised with the awarding of all three QMS Quality Assurance ticks,” Brenttin said. “This is a tribute to the commitment of everyone on the team to delivering an excellent standard of workmanship, within budget and meeting the client’s schedule.” Norwest Group currently has an involvement in a number of projects, including Tallawong Station on the new Sydney Metro, construction of Bunnings Campbelltown, hardscapes at Sydney University and work at Erskine Park for Roads and Maritime Services.

For more information contact Norwest Group, 0447 512 525, email,

phone website


Below SAF Group completed ITS pit and pipe installation, cable hauling, vacuum and mechanical evacuation, trench backfill and compaction.

SAF Group Pty Ltd is a highly skilled operator in civil works, able to successfully excavate, build and reinstate any utility requirement. Equipped with their own modern fleet of trucks and plant, SAF Group undertakes utility infrastructure construction, vacuum and mechanical excavation as well as traffic control. SAF Group has been engaged on the Airport North Precinct project for Transport for NSW since 2018. The project was typical of the work the group carries out on a day to day basis, completing ITS pit and pipe installation, cable hauling, vacuum and mechanical evacuation, trench backfill and compaction. The work was completed in stages to suit the project timetable, with a continuous presence onsite for the first six months in 2018, then a return in 2019 until 2020. A large part of the project was undertaken at night due to the busy location near Sydney Airport. “Working near the Pullman Hotel required a special effort to minimise noise below set levels,” Managing Director of SAF Group, Bill Fardous said. “We found ways to successfully sound-proof our trucks, particularly our vacuum trucks. In all other respects, the project proceeded very smoothly for SAF Group.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Many of Sydney’s roads and footpaths have had surface and subsurface restoration work performed by SAF Group, including concrete manhole construction, either precast or poured in situ. The company’s skillset also extends to non-friable asbestos removal, with SAF Group holding a Worksafe NSW Asbestos Removal Class B Licence. SAF Group is family owned and the directors oversee all operations, ensuring the highest safety and quality standards are maintained. “We pride ourselves on our strong work ethic, reliability and consistency,” Bill said. The company’s expertise has won them many major contracts with clients including Telstra, the NBN, WestConnex, Ford Civil and Sydney Light Rail. Currently, SAF Group is working on the Rozelle Interchange and Parramatta Light Rail.

For more information contact SAF Group Pty Ltd, 33 Waterview Street, Carlton NSW 2218, phone 02 9547 2233, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AIRPORT NORTH PRECINCT 133

OUT TO DISCOVER CLIENT : Australian Museum MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Neeson Murcutt Neille and Cox Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $57.5 million

Australian Museum has repurposed existing space to significantly expand the touring exhibition halls to 1,500m2 across two-levels, allowing the hosting of either one major exhibition or two exhibitions simultaneously. The expansion included the creation of new education facilities, a new museum shop, a second café, and expanded Members’ Lounge, allowing more of the Museum’s collection to be displayed while attracting world class touring exhibitions. Accomplished and multi-award winning builder Kane Constructions has completed the stunning expansion and refurbishment of the Australian Museum. The complex and heritage sensitive build was accomplished with great success, a tribute to the skills and capabilities of the Kane Constructions team and the specialised trades working on the project.

opening works throughout the Museum. The new ground floor Great Hall had a suspended post tensioned slab installed on top of the existing slab which allowed for the existing columns in the basement to be demolished. With a significant amount of sandstone and concrete in the building, all major items were saw cut and crushed by robotic demolition equipment to avoid vibrations and dust.

The transformation of the Australian Museum, called Project Discover, saw the creation of a new flexible Great Hall across two-levels to allow for major exhibitions to be held. The redevelopment also significantly improves the visitor experience with the creation of new education facilities and museum shop, a second café, expanded members’ lounge, cloaking and amenities.

The Museum was a ‘live’ site, with all Museum staff continuing to work in the non-construction areas of the building. “In addition, we had to be cognisant of the very valuable collections in the Museum which needed to be protected during the building programme. So we had vibration monitors set up throughout the building, constantly monitoring the impact of demolition and other activities,” said Thomas Taylor, Kane Constructions’ Project Manager.

Construction work was across all nine-levels of the Museum, spanning 7,200m2 in floor area. Kane initially undertook major structural demolition works involving an existing fire stair across six-levels, a structural mezzanine slab in the Great Hall and major structural 134 NSW PROJECT FEATURE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM - PROJECT DISCOVER

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the building through roof spaces into the ground floor Great Hall area and also via a retractable roof installed above the feature stair. The Museum’s goods lift was also utilised.

of the incumbent services subcontractors were used. Kane has had previous experience at the Museum, completing the Crystal Hall at the front entry in 2015.

“We also had to cope with the impact of the pandemic which added complications in the procurement of required materials and managing people safely onsite,” Thomas said. “At the peak of the construction, we had 180 workers onsite daily.”

Thomas said Kane Constructions had a high level of experience with complex heritage projects and can add real value to clients’ projects. “On the Museum project, our people dedicated significant time and resources to ensure sufficient support was provided to the client’s design team to achieve all the desired outcomes.”

In keeping with the heritage values of the building, a significant amount of natural timbers were used throughout the refurbishment, including recycled timber flooring in the basement, lower ground timber flooring, ground floor parquetry and lobby timber cladding. Sandstone elements were also renovated throughout. Heritage Architect, Peter Phillips provided valuable guidance to ensure all aspects of the project were sympathetic with the historical elements of the Museum.

NSW General Manager, Brett Moore, highlighted that a highly collaborative relationship was established with the Australian Museum and Create NSW Teams from the outset, and it was this proactive and professional approach to dealing with day-to-day challenges that allowed the project to achieve many critical milestones, all culminating in a great final outcome for all stakeholders.

The design and construct contract was awarded to Kane Constructions by Create NSW in August 2019. This was a fully documented project and due to the complexity of existing services at the Museum, many

For more information contact Kane Constructions, 2 John Street, Waterloo NSW 2017, phone 02 9930 5555, email, website



Below Sterland Roofing & cladding installed a range of high end roofing and cladding products to blend with the existing heritage building.

Sterland Roofing & Cladding is a roofing and cladding specialist providing the highest quality services across a range of products including copper, zinc, stainless steel and Colorbond.

The key to the project was selecting the right products for the required application.

Sterland’s successful track record on projects with unusual and demanding specifications made them the company of choice to work on Project Discover at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

“All products used were high end to meet the exacting specifications set by Kane Constructions and Cox Architects for the Museum. For example, sections of new copper roofing were merged into the existing copper roof. KME 0.7 gauge natural finish material was used with a standing seam sourced from Prestige Roofing & Cladding Supplies.”

The iconic heritage listed building’s redevelopment project has been designed to repurpose existing storage space and significantly expand the touring exhibition halls to 1,500m2 across 2-levels. New education facilities were added along with a new museum shop, a second café, expanded Members’ Lounge, cloaking and new amenities.

One of the most challenging parts of the project was the need to protect artefacts stored in the Museum during the roofing process. One section of 400m2 was done under the threat of rain. Sterland Roofing organised a team of 15 roofing specialists who worked from 2pm one afternoon and finished under lights at 9.30pm ahead of the forecast rain.

The new work had to be blended with the existing building which introduced a number of complexities.

“We used Stramit Speed Deck Ultra with concealed fixing on steel purlins, along with the roof razor system,” Matt said. “To meet the high level of acoustic and thermal regulations we laid a 130mm Anticon insulation blanket under the roofing. It was an incredible effort but was essential to ensure security for the valuable artefacts.”

“As the existing building was constructed well before current building codes and fire regulations came into force, we had to upgrade a lot of the older roof area as well as bring new cladding aspects into the fold. There was considerable repair work to tie the old roof in to the new one,” explained Matt Sterland, Director. “The other factor we had to take into account related to the Government’s own regulations and standards for one of its own buildings.”

VMZinc wall cladding was also installed using 1mm gauge interlocking panels for the link way walls which wrapped into 1mm stainless steel mirror finish panels leading to the Crystal Hall entrance way.


For most of the project, Sterland Roofing used a team of four to five, who had been specially trained for the high end roofing and cladding work required. All the specialist roofing and cladding products were sourced from Prestige Roofing & Cladding Supplies who could supply the products in the profiles required. The company has completed many other complex commercial projects including the Ultimo Dome elliptical VMZinc roof in standing seam curved panels, a VMZinc wall cladding project for Billbergia at Wentworth Point Marinas, Rhodes and the warrick lane Blacktown project for A W Edwards. The wide ranging industry expertise of Sterland Roofing & Cladding means that they can provide professional advice on any project, from the planning and design stages through to completion. “Our precision roofing and cladding delivered with the highest standards of workmanship suit any project,” Matt said. “We are very proud of our work at the Australian Museum. The quality of the roofing work completed by Sterland will protect the building, its priceless contents, its staff and visitors for decades to come.” For more information contact Sterland Roofing & Cladding, phone 02 9939 0841, email, website






Below Ergo Group were selected by Kane Constructions to deliver the contract for the design and construct of all electrical and communications requirements on Project Discover.

Ergo Group is a highly accomplished electrical and communications contracting company with special design and construct capability encompassing electrical installations, communications networks, audio visual systems, automated lighting control, security systems and dry fire systems. Ergo Group have a reputation for careful risk assessment on all projects and a proven ability to work in live environments, which was a critical requirement for Project Discover at the Australian Museum. The Australian Museum is a highly valued heritage building and so required careful focus in all aspects of this project. “As well as ensuring the existing building itself was not damaged in the course of the installation of lighting, power and communications networks, there was the major consideration of protecting the 18 million artefacts and collections stored throughout the building, including DNA freezers containing irreplaceable samples that had to be maintained at minus 80º throughout the work,” explained Ergo Group’s Managing Director, Oliver McGarvey. One of the major tasks completed by Ergo Group was relocation of the main communications room for the entire Museum campus. The relocated communications room was designed by Ergo Group’s specialists who have skills in Wi-Fi systems, optical fibre, telephone systems and installation of structured cabling networks. The museum was also a live site with 350 staff continuing their work throughout construction. “This obviously makes our work more challenging than with a new build,” Oliver added. “We pride ourselves at Ergo Group on our ability to deliver projects in live environments. Our detailed attention to risk assessment and safety ensures all work is carried out with great care and personal protection. We also arrange night shift work to avoid disturbing staff in the day-time when required.” Ergo Group can call on a range of expertise and experience within their team which is WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

made up engineers, estimators, electrical and data technicians, service crew and project managers. Ergo Group have a proud reputation in delivering practical, high quality cabling and installation solutions at competitive industry rates. “We work alongside some of Australia’s leading construction companies and institutions and always ensure we develop trusted relationships through our commitment to high quality work completed on time and to budget,” Oliver said. “Working with Kane Constructions at the Australian Museum was very rewarding, with sound communication and cooperation throughout the project.” Ergo Group is an approved vendor and nominated contractor for the New South Wales Government and has undertaken many projects with them including the recent refurbishment of the Sydney Opera House Function Centre. “We have completed many projects in the New South Wales Public Education space, with over $100 million in construction value to date,” Oliver said. “We also have an ongoing maintenance contract for over 120 locations in New South Wales.” In 2019, Ergo Group were awarded the BICSI South Pacific award for Excellence in ICT Infrastructure Installation for their work on Architect’s BVN’s ground breaking head office in Sydney. Currently, Ergo Group are working on a wide range of projects spanning the hospitality, health care and commercial sectors including the Gucci flagship store in Sydney and Alex Avenue Public School. “Ergo Group’s multiple repeat business with our clients is testimony to our success in fostering long-standing relationships,” Oliver said. For more information contact Ergo Group, Unit 25, 17 – 21 Bowden Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9519 1179, email, website


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Below Sydney Stonemasons worked with the heritage stone to ensure seamless transition from old to new, and preserve the existing stone in the building.

Sydney Stonemasons is an award-winning specialist in heritage restoration projects and was contracted by Kane Constructions to undertake complex restoration work on the Australian Museum ‘Project Discover’ Redevelopment. The Australian Museum has been on its present site since the mid-1800’s. The handsome sandstone structure and the priority in the redevelopment work, was to ensure that all modifications fitted seamlessly with the existing sandstone structure. This is where the extensive experience and skilled craftsmanship of Sydney Stonemasons was so invaluable. Director Roscoe Hannagan, said that as well as ensuring existing sandstone features were not damaged in any way, there was also priority given to protecting all the exhibits throughout the Museum. “Our work was all inside the building, so we had to follow safe practices which took all these factors into account.” Sydney Stonemasons’ Master Mason Dennis, was called into carry out numerous mortar repairs where he achieved a perfect colour and texture match to the existing stone. Dennis had the task of grinding off the silcon and cement which was stuck to the surface of the stone WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

once the roof had been removed. Once complete the stone was then bush hammered to create the same surface texture, before colour matching to the surrounding stone. The restoration work completed by Sydney Stonemasons included opening new doorways to suit the changes to the Museum layout. “We used sandstone from within the building itself to make the new doorways. Any extra stone that we needed was sourced from the Public Works stockpile,” Roscoe said. Sydney Stonemasons has a total staff of 25, all with the specialist skills of working with sandstone as a construction material. “As one of the few companies to specialise in heritage restoration, we have a commitment to detail and are always meticulous in our craftsmanship which earns us regular repeat business,” Roscoe said.

For more information contact Sydney Stonemasons, 55 Smith Street, Hillsdale NSW 2036, phone 1300 075 544, email info@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM - PROJECT DISCOVER 141

Below Crane Contractors installed a tower crane with a crew of three to handle material lifting for the site.

Crane Contractors is renowned throughout the building industry for their integrity, experience and crane operation knowledge that is second to none. Crane Contractors supplied the tower crane and operations crew at the expansion and refurbishment of the Australian Museum being undertaken by Kane Constructions. During the project, a team of three from Crane Contractors worked the tower crane for all materials handling over 40 weeks. The installation and final recovery of the crane involved a team of 10, with the support of 15 trucks and a 400 tonne mobile crane, all owned by Crane Contractors. The tower crane was positioned on a static base using ballast instead of expensive non-recoverable rock anchors, producing a significant cost saving as it eliminated the expense needed to reinstate the grounds to pre-work conditions. “The installation and recovery of the tower crane was particularly difficult as we needed to conduct all works from within the site boundaries due to road permit restrictions on William Street,” said David Crane, Owner and Managing Director. “The restrictions made it impossible to undertake the critical works within the permit 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM - PROJECT DISCOVER

time allowed, so the tower crane installation work was completed over four nights. A different strategy was employed when dismantling the crane, with work being completed over a weekend during daylight hours and again avoiding traffic diversions on William Street.” Servicing the Sydney and Newcastle construction markets for 30 years, Crane Contractors supplies a complete range of modern electric luffing and saddle jib tower cranes, diesel powered tower cranes and the necessary ancillary equipment for all materials handling requirements. Crane Contractors enjoys repeat business from satisfied reputable leading building companies. Recent assignments have included the Opera Residences in Circular Quay and Gosford Hospital for Richard Crookes Constructions. On the M5 upgrade, Crane Contractors supplied a 400 tonne capacity mobile crane, three large tower cranes and experienced crews to allow all equipment to be worked 24 hours per day 6 days per week. For more information contact Crane Contractors Pty Ltd, 7 Park Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9620 9133, mobile 0448 994784 email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Tamar Windows installed AlSpec architectural aluminium framing for a new glass curtain wall at the museum’s entrance and curved glass internal shop walls.

What matters most to Tamar Windows is total client satisfaction. The team at Tamar Windows strive for perfection in the design, fabrication and installation of premium quality glass and aluminium windows and doors for every situation. Over the last five years, Tamar Windows has worked closely with Kane Constructions on various exciting projects including the manufacturing and installation of bespoke, sophisticated, world class windows for the renovation and expansion of the Australian Museum – Project Discover. “Innovation, obsession with detail and an unrelenting commitment to quality were the main drivers for the selection of windows and glazing for the project,” said General Manager of Tamar Windows, Richard Beasley. “Externally, we structurally designed, supplied and installed a new multi-level glazed curtain wall adjacent to the main entry. We used Alspec 150mm Hunter Evo double flush glazed framing, which we also applied to the new external windows. All new and replacement glass was structurally glazed into steel framing.” “Internally, Alspec 100mm Hunter Evo single flush glazed framing was applied to all new window partitions. New toughened glass partition assemblies were glazed into either aluminium or fabricated stainless steel channel framing,” Richard said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The Australian Museum project was special in every way requiring pioneering design, fabrication and installation skills to ensure our new generation, state-of-the-art product was applied seamlessly to this unique landmark and heritage listed building,” said Chris Sutherland, Tamar Windows Senior Project Manager. The special attention to design and detail was significantly tested with the same level of quality and innovation required for special areas including curved glass assemblies. Tamar Windows also supplied and installed a frameless glass operable wall and a feature structural floor made from Viridian DécorFloor™ glass panels in fabricated stainless steel framing. “We were delighted to be involved in this flagship project with Kane Constructions. We never took for granted our long and substantial history with Kane Constructions which includes the Mt Druitt Police Station, Vega Headquarters complex, Rainbow Public School, Elgers Residential Apartments in Glebe, Stella Maris College in Manly, Magnolia Residential Apartments in Lane Cove to list a few,” said Richard. For more information contact Tamar Windows, 1/158 Newton Road, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 9729 0061, email sales@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM - PROJECT DISCOVER 143

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Below CDA Building completed a range of unique formwork requirements for the Project Discover refurbishment.

Formwork is the specialty of CDA Building, with capabilities ranging from standard projects through to complex and unusual off-form requirements. Kane Constructions engaged CDA Building to undertake all the formwork required for a major transformation of the iconic Australian Museum. “The entire team was engaged on the Australian Museum project. We were involved onsite for around four months,” said CDA Building Director, Mohd Safi.

CDA Building has established a very strong working relationship with Kane Constructions. The company has previously been contracted by Kane on a number of projects including the Glebe Social Housing Development, a project that required considerable off-form concrete feature designs. Currently, CDA Building is working with Kane Constructions at the Loyalty Business Park, North Rocks. CDA Building is also involved with Project Coordination for their project at St Marks Coptic College, Wattle Grove and Hutchinson Builder at Somerset Rise, Narellan.

“We had to deal with complicated and unique formwork requirements which incorporated existing work and the new extension. The building design required a number of different angles and curved walls. By blending our experience and technical formwork knowledge we were able to achieve the desired result.” Established three years ago, CDA Building places the highest priority on the safety of their staff, other onsite personnel and the general public during all work, with all team members comprehensively trained in all aspects of safety. “We guarantee the quality of all our work and focus on building long term relationships with all our clients,” Mohd said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact CDA Building, 8 Deloraine Close, Hinchinbrook NSW 2168, phone 0414 799 925, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM - PROJECT DISCOVER 145

TAKING THE CROWN CLIENT : Shokai Ausbao MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Parkview ARCHITECT : Team 2 & Smart Design Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $105 million

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is an impressive hotel and residential development, incorporating retail and restaurant offerings. The high quality and luxurious accommodation brings 152 hotel suites together with 95 beautifully designed sky residences, to the Sydney hotel market. Excellence, integrity and innovation are the hallmarks of Parkview, one of Australia’s premier top tier builders. With an outstanding portfolio of completed projects in sectors including aged care, residential, master planned communities, education, retail and hospitality, Parkview continues on a dynamic growth trajectory.

construction architect. The end result is very striking and in keeping with the history of the area.”

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour has been one of their latest constructions. Developer Shokai Ausbao, awarded Parkview the contract as builder in February 2017.

“We were challenged with restricted hours in our work zone, shutting down foot paths, meeting Council regulations and disruptions caused by events like the VIVID festival. In addition, the scaffold for the façade was cantilevered over public domain footpaths to allow us to build. This involved extra Council consultation to obtain permits and footpath and road closures at different times,” said Glenn.

The landmark 27-storey development comprises the 4.5 Star Crowne Plaza hotel with 152 suites, plus 95 residential apartments and a 5-level basement carpark with 98 car spaces. Ideally located just steps from the buzz of Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, with Sydney’s retail centre only minutes away, the development includes an infinity pool, gym, bars and restaurants.

Building in the CBD on the very busy corner of Bathurst and Sussex Streets and in the small Druitt Lane posed the biggest difficulty on the project.

Parkview’s Construction Manager, Glenn Moran said that one of the most outstanding features of the building is the architectural façade which was built with over half a million conventional face bricks, a challenging part of the project as brick layers had to work on a 27-storey scaffold.

Working through the challenges on the project required a team effort. “We have a great depth of experience in the Parkview head office team as well as all our other project teams,” Glenn said. “This is a valuable resource we can call on at any time, so any problem can be quickly resolved. The energy, unity and enthusiasm in the company is the reason Parkview has grown in size and capability over a relatively short period of time.”

“The concept for the façade was submitted by Smart Design Studio which won a design competition held by the City of Sydney Council. Team 2 was appointed as the

Around 40 Parkview staff were involved in the Crowne Plaza project, with up to 350 other trades onsite at any one time and was completed in August 2020.


The Parkview approach to quality construction results and total client satisfaction is based on their design management process, early contractor involvement and smooth project handover to ensure a seamless transition. “On any project, Parkview always assembles a specialised multi-disciplinary team to analyse the requirements, function, processes and costs with a view to finding the best-value design to ensure the smooth delivery of the project within the specified timeframe and in budget.” Parkview believes in making lasting contributions to the communities in which people work, play and live. For Parkview, the physical space is a powerful force in facilitating connected communities and giving a better quality of life. They are setting new benchmarks in design and construction to achieve this end. Parkview have recently completed the 40-storey West Village in Parramatta for EcoWorld International, NewLife in Bondi Junction for TWT Property Group, and are currently engaged on residential projects, Sanctuary at Wentworth Point for Sekisui House Australia and Neue at Macquarie Park for COLI. For more information contact Parkview, Level 7, 60 Union Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, phone 02 9506 1500, email, website






Below Power Distribution Australia installed an Ausgrid Triplex chamber at Crowne Plaza Sydney as well as mart pole street lighting network.

Power Distribution Australia is one of the nation’s leaders in the design and installation of high voltage and low voltage networks. An accredited Level 1 Service Provider for projects associated with Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy, the proudly family owned company has a combined 40 years of industry experience. In March 2020, Power Distribution Australia installed an Ausgrid Triplex chamber substation at The Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Plaza. The company also installed the City of Sydney smart pole street lighting network and RMS traffic signal equipment upgrade on the intersection of Sussex and Bathurst.


In addition to their Level 1 work and the installation of Triplex chamber substations, PDA undertakes pad mount and kiosk substation installations, overhead and underground high voltage and low voltage upgrades, direct distributors, switchboard assembly, earth grid installations, indoor substations, street lighting upgrades and civil works including conduit and cable installation, and pit and pipe installation. The growth in PDA’s business and client list reflects their capabilities and strict attention to detail on all projects, whether large or small. They have completed work for numerous councils, Roads and Maritime Services and a range of Tier 1 builders.

PDA Director, Tony Rossi said that the basement substation required three 1500kVA transformers. “The work included the high voltage and low voltage extensions to the Ausgrid network, with technical protection networks and equipment. The magnitude of the project meant we were involved for 18 months.”

Completed projects include earthing installations for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the WestConnex toll gantries, Sekisui House Stages 1 and 2 at Wentworth Point, the installation of four 1500kVA indoor substations at Granville Place and substation upgrades for Cammeray Girls High School, Bass Hill High School and Sydney Skate Park.

Working on major projects in the CBD always poses difficulties and challenges and working on an electrical network that is compressive and associated with critical supplies needs highly technical supervision and monitoring by experienced personnel.

During 2018 to 2020, PDA has been engaged in a major undergrounding project at the corner of Herring and Epping Roads in Macquarie Park as part of a $1.8 million housing development.

“PDA has very strict safety protocols and quality assurance procedures which enable us to manage all contingencies. This was particularly important on this project as the network with which we were interfacing was undergoing ongoing changes,” said PDA Director Emily.

PDA has approval to work on all electricity networks and provides a comprehensive set of safety management plans, SWMS and plans relating to environmental management and quality assurance for every project. “We are also fully insured for product and public liability, so our clients can have total confidence in our operations,” said Emily.

PDA has nine staff and 20 trusted subcontractors who work closely with the company. The Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Plaza project saw PDA use seven of their team and several of their subcontractors at different stages of the job.

PDA is proud of their commitment to the highest quality construction standards and the relationships the company has built with staff, subcontractors, customers and other stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

“We treat all our staff and subcontractors as part of our wider family,” Emily said. “Our corporate values are strongly aligned to our family values and this also drives our commitment to our clients to provide the highest level of performance and delivery of their projects on time and within budget.”

For more information contact Power Distribution Australia, Suite 17/249 Annangrove Road, Annangrove NSW 2156 phone 02 8880 3514, mobile (Tony) 0408 191 914, (Emily) 0433 494 365, email emily@pdas., website


Below ICR Air Conditioning installed Daikin VRF systems for each of the 95 apartments and chilled/hot water Carrier fan coil units to the 152 hotel rooms

ICR Air Conditioning were contracted to design and construct the mechanical services for the new Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour, a multi-purpose building with 95 residential apartments and 152 hotel suites across 25-levels with facilities including a gym, swimming pool, function rooms, restaurant, several bars and multi-level underground parking. ICR is a leading HVAC company, providing design, supply, and installation through to commissioning, service, and ongoing maintenance. “The solution we designed and installed for the residential apartments involved individual VRV Daikin systems. This allows residents to individually control, schedule and set the desired temperature in each room,” explained ICR Air’s Project Manager, Andre van Niekerk. “ICR Air’s air conditioning systems at the Crowne Plaza will ensure a comfortable environment whatever the weather conditions.” For the hotel section of the building, ICR designed a central chilled and heating water system utilising Carrier chillers and Simons gas hot water boilers which provides chilled and heating water to the common area air handling units and to the individual hotel room fan coil units 150 NSW PROJECT FEATURE CROWNE PLAZA SYDNEY

to cope with the demands for heating and cooling across the hotel suites and public areas. “Perhaps the biggest challenge was the site’s location on a busy CBD corner with narrow surrounding streets,” Andre said. “This created problems for equipment and material deliveries and the associated hoisting to the desired locations thereof. However, the general installation went smoothly for ICR. We followed the construction as it progressed upwards.” Since their establishment in 2007, ICR Air Conditioning has forged a leading position and solid reputation in mechanical ventilation and air conditioning services, with an extensive portfolio of completed projects encompassing hotels, commercial buildings, retail centres, aged care facilities, as well as education and institutional projects.

For more information contact ICR Air Conditioning Pty Ltd, 12/175 Briens Road, Northmead NSW 2152, phone 02 9890 1788, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Lucky Floor installed chevron engineered timber flooring throughout the residential units along with oak engineered flooring to the commercial areas.

Lucky Floor has established a reputation as a leading supplier and installer of flooring in Sydney’s CBD and wider metropolitan area. With an extensive offering of flooring materials including Hybrid SPC, laminate, hardwood timber, engineered floating timber floors and bamboo floors, Lucky Floor can meet the demands of the most discerning customers. The company supplied and installed high quality chevron engineered timber flooring to all 94 residential units and 300m2 of 20mm thick engineered timber flooring in the commercial areas including the hotel, restaurants and bars. There were very tight time frames on the project. “We use only the most experienced installers as the laying of chevron flooring requires particular attention to getting the pattern exactly correct. We had an average of 8 to 10 of our installers working throughout the project to meet the deadlines,” explained Jonson Hao, General Manager of Lucky Floor. Jonson added that excellent coordination with Parkview and the other trades onsite was a critical component in getting the flooring completed to schedule. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Lucky Floor imports flooring from China where they have a direct connection with a manufacturer, so they can offer excellent pricing. They also uses their own qualified inhouse installers and do not have to rely on subcontractors. In business for over 15 years, Lucky Floor has a showroom and warehouse in Revesby with 15 employees who are involved in both the residential and commercial flooring markets. “Our focus is always on ensuring our customers are totally satisfied with our quality products and service,” Jonson said. Amongst Lucky Floor’s current commercial projects is The Majestic in Rouse Hill in Western Sydney. Lucky Floor is installing flooring in 243-apartments in Stage 1 of the development by Westbourne Constructions.

For more information contact Lucky Floor, Warehouse 5, 3-13 Marigold Street, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 02 8710 9046, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE CROWNE PLAZA SYDNEY 151

Below Channon Refrigeration installed hospitality equipment for the ground floor café and the restaurant, bar and back of house kitchen on Level 1.

Channon Refrigeration is a renowned specialist in commercial refrigeration design and quality kitchen and bar fitouts including beer systems. Since 1976, Channon has offered a wide spectrum of equipment for the hospitality industry and has a manufacturing capacity to produce custom designed refrigeration cabinets. Based on their industry leading position, Channon was commissioned to supply and install all the food and beverage fitout at the impressive 4.5 Star Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour. This entailed providing equipment for all the bars and kitchens throughout the hotel. Director of Channon Refrigeration Sales, Bill Mun said the equipment list supplied by Channon was extensive. “On the lower ground floor and finishing kitchen we installed cooking and dishwashing equipment. We fitted out the ground floor café and the restaurant, bar and back of house kitchen on the first level. The beer systems went into the lower ground floor and Level 1 bars. The restaurant was also fitted with a buffet, a refrigerated display cabinet and exhaust hoods.” Channon first quoted on the project in November 2018 and installation began in July 2019 with completion in September 2020. “This was an unusually slow timeline for various reasons and that does provide some 152 NSW PROJECT FEATURE CROWNE PLAZA SYDNEY

challenges,” Bill said. “The busy CBD site with narrow surrounding roads did slow down work for everyone and we ourselves had to work around parking and limited access for unloading equipment.” Apart from the Crowne Plaza, Channon has an impressive portfolio of recent projects including the kitchens, bars, beer keg rooms and coolrooms at the new 30,000 seat Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, the Marsden Brewhouse, Bisteca Restaurant, the Enmore Hotel, Kiama Leagues Club and Coogee Bay Hotel. “Channon can provide a design proposal for any commercial food and beverage situation, with a quality guarantee and full service back-up for all our customers,” Bill said. Channon has a highly qualified service team available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

For more information contact Channon Refrigeration, 6/25 Garema Circuit, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, phone 1300 657 977, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Sure Projects installed Tremco MPU waterproofing membranes in the bathrooms, laundries and wet areas across the development.

One of the most crucial aspects of any building project is waterproofing. Sure Projects Australia is a professional in this exacting field. Working on many of Sydney’s largest construction projects, Sure Projects Australia is a proven performer and has built a constant flow of repeat business from satisfied clients over their 12 years in business. Engaged by Parkview on the Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour project, the team from Sure Projects spent approximately two years waterproofing bathrooms and laundries in 95 residential units as well as the bathrooms in 152 hotel suites. In addition, Sure Projects completed the sealing of the carpark including waterproofing the lift pits. Another major part of the project was sealing the roof and all balconies. The company had up to five of their 41-strong team continuously onsite. “We support our team throughout any project and continuously monitor our work to ensure we deliver the highest quality result for our clients,” said Director of Sure Projects Australia, Samire Fakhri. “We used Tremco MPU waterproofing membranes on all the indoor work,” Samire added. “It is a totally effective product that meets all Australian standards and our team has the skills and expertise to ensure that the product is applied in the correct manner to provide superior WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

performance.” Sure Projects continually monitors developments in waterproofing technology and techniques to ensure they offer their clients the very latest products and services. The management team at Sure Projects Australia is committed to solving complex technical issues, which has contributed to the company’s growing success and expanding client base. The company has recently completed major projects for Multiplex at 388 George Street and the Westmead Hospital. They have also completed work at Quay Quarter Tower, Maitland Hospital and the MLC Centre Retail Precinct. “We are focused on delivering a high quality end product for our customers using superior waterproofing technology,” Samire said.

For more information contact Sure Projects Australia, 112 Queens Road, Five Dock NSW 2046, phone 02 9713 4646, email adel@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE CROWNE PLAZA SYDNEY 153

WAY OF THE FUTURE One Melrose is the award-winning first stage of the Melrose Park North project by Sekisui House Australia, which will create a new integrated smart community in the geographical heart of Sydney. It adjoins the wider Melrose Park urban renewal project, which is a joint venture between Sekisui House Australia and PAYCE. Incorporating three buildings with a total of 277 residential apartments, One Melrose has a striking aesthetic with a curving façade of segmented glass and brick with vertical projecting fin elements which give the building a unique character in harmony with the surrounding area. DASCO were appointed under a design and build contract and were responsible for developing the design for construction. “We undertook an extensive design process with the client and consultants to deliver an exceptional project,” said Stage 1 Project Manager, Chadi Azzi. “The result speaks for itself and achieves a high level of visual, thermal and acoustic comfort.” The detailed design had to avoid adverse impacts on the building’s overall aesthetic. For example, the location of externally mounted plant equipment had to be carefully considered. “A lot of design

coordination went into making sure all the equipment could fit and was adequately screened,” said Chadi. “Ongoing maintenance also had to be considered and we installed a roof jockey and Davit arms to allow access to the façade.” The Melrose Park community is designed with a focus on sustainability. “Double glazing with a high thermal performance was used throughout to allow residents to save on heating costs,” said Chadi. “Other sustainability features include green roofs and rainwater harvesting and a recycled water system will become live in the future.” One of the biggest challenges during Stage 1, as with many current projects, was dealing with the COVID-19 emergency. “Safety is paramount so we took a range of measures such as providing touch free soap dispensers, expanding office space and encouraging social distancing,” said Chadi.



“We also mitigated delays by reconsidering our supply chain and sourcing alternative local products where available. The measures we put in place gave everyone comfort that the site was safe.”

“One of our strengths is the attention to detail we put in to ensure the level of quality,” said Chadi. “We work hard to ensure our clients are happy and the level of repeat business we get is testament to that.”

DASCO will deliver the first two of Melrose Park North and the second stage has already commenced with superstructure erection underway and completion targeted for May 2021. “Stage 2 has the same internal finishes as Stage 1 but externally it is a very different design,” said Alex Nader, Stage 2 Project Manager.

Since the company’s inception in 1993 DASCO has been managed by twin brothers, Daniel and Salim Nicolas, who epitomise DASCO’s core values of teamwork, trust and relationships. “I feel fortunate to work for such a family oriented company with strong professional leaders and a capable and competent team,” said Chadi.

“Communication between the Stage 1 and 2 teams is very important to ensure we are coordinated and benefit from the knowledge that was developed during Stage 1,” said Alex.

DASCO’s skilled workforce and strategic alliances in the construction industry enables the company to provide dynamic solutions for any situation. Their experience and track record are the foundations that enable them to build a better future.

One Melrose is now nearing completion with the fitout and external works both well underway. The high standard of internal and external finishes has set a benchmark for the subsequent phases. “We were very impressed with the quality of the finishes on Stage 1 and we are hoping on Stage 2 we can do even better,” said Alex.


For more information contact DASCO, Unit 19, 6-20 Braidwood Street, Strathfield South NSW 2136, phone 02 9758 7100, email info@, website




Below JRL Aluminium designed and fabricated the features such as the mullions and parapets.

JRL Aluminium were appointed to design, fabricate and install aluminium façades, doors, windows and shopfronts across the entire One Melrose project. “The process starts with an idea,” said George Charestan, Director at JRL. “The architects knew what they wanted but they didn’t know how exactly to make it work. We developed our own system to meet their requirements.” Several features of the Melrose Park project required JRL to develop specially designed elements. The company designed and manufactured a flush awning head to provide a seamless connection point for the awnings and a bespoke curved coupler that extended through the cladding mullions to allow the fins specified by the architect to be connected to the façade. Other elements such as parapet connection details were also developed by JRL to suit the unique design of the project which featured glazed parapets that curved in both plan and elevation. The façades of the One Melrose development are complex and articulated with multiple different finishes and glass colours on each elevation with shopfronts requiring a different design again. “The variation in the façades was challenging in terms of coordination,” said Peter. “Everyone needed to be closely coordinated and the works needed to be carefully synchronised to get it all to happen on time.” Custom elements designed by JRL for a project have to go through a number of steps before they are ready to be installed. Firstly, JRL produce 3D printed prototypes to fine tune the design before undertaking

extensive testing for deflection, water and air tightness, wind resistance and other technical performance criteria. “Once the design passes all the required tests it is submitted to the architect for approval,” said George. “We can also provide details for the architect to use in their drawings. When the design is approved we order the material, fabricate the final elements and send them to site for installation.” The installation process at One Melrose was smooth for JRL. They received a BIM (Building Information Model) for the project which allowed them to plan their works in advance. “We used the BIM model to prepare all the documents before the time came to install,” said George. “The BIM model also helped our fabricators and installers understand the processes which helped the works go smoothly.” JRL services both commercial and residential customers across Sydney. Their well equipped factory is capable of producing a wide range of elements to precise specifications and their fully trained tradesmen are ready to complete installation works onsite under JRL’s control and supervision. Over 20 years in the construction industry, JRL Aluminium has built an enviable reputation for achieving the highest standards in the manufacture and supply of top quality doors, windows, louvres, awnings and shop fronts. They are members of the Australian Window Association and fully guarantee all their work. “Our quality speaks for itself,” said George. “We strive for the highest quality components which allowed us to meet the high standards of detail and finishing of the overall architectural concept on this project.” “It was a great honour to work on One Melrose. You don’t get this calibre of project every day. It really sums up everything we do at JRL from design, planning and management to fabrication, installation and support right up to the handover. It was a great chance to show our full range of capabilities.” For more information contact JRL Aluminium, 10 Pat Devlin Close, Chipping Norton 2170 NSW, phone 02 9728 9402, email, website



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Below Eternity Group were responsible for completing the external rendering on both Stage 1 and 2 of One Melrose.

Eternity Group were engaged by the main contractor DASCO, to apply external rendering to One Melrose and have also commenced working on the next stages of Melrose Park with extensive areas of rendering on both Stage 1 and Stage 2. One Melrose features areas of external rendering on the external façade as well as on the exposed feature columns. Despite the curved geometry the building form presented no challenges. “With our long experience in rendering we are able to work on buildings of all shapes and sizes without problems,” said Director, Joseph Mouawad.

had delays or safety issues on a project which is how we are able to continue working for the same customer for 25 years.” Established 29 years ago, Eternity Group have grown to boast a workforce of 125 renderers and for the past six years have also been delivering painting services. They serve Sydney and the surrounding region with the highest quality finishing works. “We are focused on ensuring that our clients are satisfied,” Joseph said. “We go above and beyond to ensure our clients are happy not only at project completion but also in the years to come.”

Eternity Group have a longstanding relationship with DASCO having completed all rendering on DASCO’s projects since 1993. The secret to such a successful relationship is the shared vision of both companies. “Achieving the highest standards of quality, safety and productivity are the most important factors for us and we know it’s the same for DASCO,” said Joseph. “We have the manpower to meet any time frame without affecting quality,” Joseph continued. “With a dedicated safety officer onsite our focus on safety is rare to find in a subcontractor. We have never WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Eternity Group, 44a Wharf Road, Melrose Park 2114, phone 0414 252 522, email admin@eternityco.,, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ONE MELROSE 159


Bupa Sutherland Retirement Village is a first class senior independent living development comprising 82 spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments with generous open plan layouts and with media spaces or studies, located in two buildings over a 2-level common basement. The project includes large private balconies, premium appliances, audio-visual intercom, a café, pool, cinema room, library area, multi-purpose room, hairdresser and beauty salon. The new $48 million Bupa Sutherland Retirement Village delivers a safe, friendly community in the heart of the Sutherland Shire. The project comprises 82 independent living units across two buildings with a common 2-level basement. Inhouse facilities include wellbeing clinics, arts and crafts, cinema and other multi-purpose rooms, a café, hairdresser and swimming pool.

Both towers are post tensioned, concrete framed structures. “We investigated using precast for the lift core and balconies but there was not enough repetition in the elements to make it viable. The buildings have a highly articulated façade which is great for solar collection – the sun reaches into every unit,” said Scott.

Lipman started the $48 million D&C contract just before Christmas in 2018 and were ready for onsite work in January 2019. “Design work was more about finalisation than modification,” said Project Manager, Scott Gleeson. “The changes we made involved details that became apparent during the build – things that weren’t obvious on paper. We did change the ceiling lining in the pool area, instead of plasterboard over a lightweight steel frame we used a material called Barisol, a fabric, that we stretched over a powder coated aluminium frame.”

“The logistics of the land title had an impact on the construction programme. Bupa made a land swap with Sutherland Council and the build started before the titles were registered. As a result access to some areas was restricted and we built Building B to ground floor while still excavating for Building A. To the credit of the team, we caught up and topped out of both structures at the same time,” said Scott. With 120 onsite during peak periods Lipman completed the Bupa Sutherland Retirement Village apartments by November 2020.



In 1966, Founder, Phillip Lipman’s vision was to create a construction company focused on ‘cooperative contracting’. “We had a particularly good collaboration with Northrup Engineers, a team of passionate and highly skilled professionals,” said Scott. “Bupa Sutherland is a great example of Lipman’s cooperative contracting values. The end product was a high quality building with very few defects. We had an excellent safety record with no LTI’s and handed over on the agreed date. Overall, it was a very successful job.” Lipman has focused on delivering throughout New South Wales via their Port Macquarie and Bathurst offices and added Ballina through the acquisition of Bennet Constructions in 2017 for expansion of their regional capabilities. Lipman works across a range of sectors including commercial, hospitality, health, aged care and industrial including the recently completed Macquarie University Arts Precinct which won the MBA award for Tertiary Buildings $100-$200 million and the $125 million Sydney theme park Wet’n’Wild.

significant public infrastructure upgrades to roads, intersections and services mains. Lipman has won a string of awards, remarkably an MBA Excellence in Construction Award every year since 2016 when they won the award for the refurbishment of 580 George Street, Sydney. In the 2020 MBA Excellence in Construction Awards, Sydney, Lipman received awards for Arden Anglican School – Private Schools – $20 million - $40 million; and Macquarie University Arts Precinct – Tertiary Schools – $100 million to $200 million. In 2019, award-winning projects completed by Lipman included public and private schools in Sydney with particular note to MLC Burwood’s 5-storey class room and multimedia building with a contemporary timber faced façade system and stylish external screens.

In October 2020, Lipman commenced their most recent job, Mission Australia Coffs Harbour Project, a 5-storey social housing apartment block along with a 2-storey community building. The project also has

For more information contact Lipman, Level 6, 66 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 9955 7000, email lipman@, website



Below Hollex Group supplied and installed the windows and framing as well as the vertical louvre system.

Hollex Group specialises in the design, supply and installation of aluminium and glazed façade. Hollex Group also specialises in custom architectural louvre systems, sunshades, canopies and window hoods along with bespoke designed features. Design coordination started for Bupa Sutherland in October 2018. “Through the workshop process with the project architect we were able to accelerate the completion of the design whilst troubleshoot any potential problems,” said Director, Joe Lorefice. “The glazing was procured offshore with fabrication and shipping coordinated for the onsite work to start in March 2019.” Hollex had a range of windows suites for the Bupa project consisting of Window wall and spandrel infills, Awning Windows, Sliding Doors along with Fixed frames and Louvres. All windows were powder coated aluminium framing. Both buildings also had feature vertical façade louvres spanning from Level 1 to the roof, in addition the vertical louvres were capped with a parapet sun hood and louvre infill system on a steel frame. Hollex also undertook the glazed entry canopy. “The challenge involved access, as is often the case with residential buildings, manoeuvring the large glazing units is difficult. However, the job went smoothly and with a peak of 12 installers on the job we finished the bulk of the window installation within six months.” Hollex can boast 75 years combined experience of the design and installation of glazed façades and architectural glazing. They supply and install products of multiple glass thicknesses and configurations all with seals and hardware appropriate to the harsh Australian climate. The company supply and install glazed windows suites, awning and double hung windows, sliding, hinged and bi-fold doors for mid and high rise residential developments. For the commercial sector Hollex provide unitised curtain walls, window walls and integrated fins and will partner

with international suppliers to find the right glazing system for any structure. “We excel at creating custom designs for bespoke projects and enjoy the challenge of providing a practical solution to a unique glazing design,” said Joe. They also supply and install aluminium cladding including flat panels, 3D profiles, perforated and custom made profiles and decorative screens as well as replacing combustible cladding. Hollex offer a comprehensive service working with clients from cost planning stage to delivery. For customers who procure their own glazing they provide an installation only contract. Hollex also focuses on product development and are collaborating with Seeva PL to create construction compliance tracking and tracing software. Hollex are Sydney based with previous work for Lipman on several projects including the Anglicare development at Liverpool, nearing completion early 2021. The contract involved the supply and installation of windows, sun hoods, aluminium glazing units, doors and architectural window hoods across 137 units and 11-floors of affordable housing. “We have been working with Lipman for a number of years and have developed a trusting working relationship with them,” added Joe. With the ability to support projects outside of Sydney, in 2019, Hollex completed the design, supply and installation of windows to Abbot Apartments in Melbourne. Hollex also supply and install to luxury homes along with specialised glass replacement to existing buildings, Hollex work with clients to source and match specialist glass types to ensure the best possible matches can be achieved.

For more information contact Hollex Group, 2/11 Frost Road, Campbelltown NSW 2560, phone 02 8806 0606, email joe@hollex., website





5 STAR RETIREMENT DEVELOPER : Montefiore MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Richard Crookes Constructions ARCHITECT : Jackson Teece STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Taylor Thompson Whitting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $106 million

M by Montefiore sets the benchmark in retirement living with high end design and quality finishes across 79 new luxury independent living units. The 11 one bedroom, 61 two bedroom apartments and 7 three bedroom penthouses feature with stunning interiors and abundant space. The project also encompasses 5 Star inclusions such as pool, fitness centre, 25 seat private cinema, concierge, and a club lounge, set within an operational nursing village. Since 1976 Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC) has delivered projects around across NSW, the ACT and more recently QLD on time and budget, safely and to the highest quality. Remaining a family owned business to this day, the company is proud of their family values and their genuine commitment to maintaining a collaborative partnership with their clients. This family oriented philosophy made RCC the perfect construction partner to deliver the new M by Montefiore project for Montefiore, a not-for-profit organisation that has delivered premium aged care and support to Sydney’s ageing community for more than 125 years. Montefiore is a trusted care provider with a range of options to allow them to meet a diverse set of community needs including residential care, specialist dementia care, a home care service and independent living. Their new development, M by Montefiore, sets a new benchmark 164 NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE

for retirement living with high end design and quality finishes across 79 new luxury independent living units. M by Montefiore is a secure, private complex combining independent living with a hotel lifestyle. The complex features 5 Star inclusions such as a pool, fitness centre, cinema, concierge and club lounge. Internal finishes including marble bathroom and kitchen services, terrazzo floor tiling and automated room controls were installed with a focus on achieving the highest quality standards throughout. One major architectural feature of the project is the ceramic ‛baguette’ façade elements. RCC identified an opportunity to simplify the structural elements of the façade while maintaining the design intent. They worked with the project team to develop a lower cost design that reduced the amount of required support framework and produced a better overall aesthetic. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The complex is set in the south west part of Montefiore’s Randwick campus and incorporates a Gigabit Passive Optical Network to integrate the building with the existing campus systems. RCC was also required to maintain full 24 hour access for the existing village while the new residence was under construction. “Planning the works around the existing facility was a challenge,” said Luke Harrold, Project Manager. “For example, we had to demolish an operational internal road and build a temporary road of an equivalent standard to a permanent road to free up the site for the new building. At the end of the project we removed the temporary road and restored the landscaping.” The project also included works in and around the existing facility which needed to be carefully managed including temporary diversions. “We joined the new building to the existing building via a tunnel for back-of-house services,” said Luke. “We closed the road, constructed the tunnel using a cut-and-cover methodology and then reinstated the road over the top.” “We were lucky to have good site access and the Montefiore team were very tolerant and responsive during the whole project.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With a dedicated Aged Care division backed up by over 30 years of sector experience, RCC was well set up for success on the project. “We were very focused on what the client needed,” said Luke. “The design was developed with the end user in mind. We collaborated closely with them to make the outcome as good as possible.” In addition to aged care, RCC has extensive experience in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors as well as on government projects for defence, health, education and community uses. As M by Montefiore commences occupation, the positive response from both staff and residents is testament to the hard work and efforts of the project team. “For us it’s all about the end users,” said Luke. “The excitement on their faces as their project became a reality and they were getting ready to move in was the most important part.” For more information contact Richard Crookes Constructions, Level 3, 4 Broadcast Way, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9902 4700, website For more on the development, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE 165


Below Jackson Teece were the architects responsible for the design of M by Montefiore.

M by Montefiore is part of the masterplan for Montefiore’s Randwick campus prepared by Jackson Teece. Jackson Teece were also responsible for architecture, interior design and selecting furniture, fittings and equipment on the project. The façade is a distinctive design feature utilising terracotta battens to enhance privacy and sun shading. “The façade system was bespoke and required a rigorous design process in collaboration with the structural engineer, builder and subcontractors,” said Connie Argyrou, Director. The project benefited from a strong relationship between Jackson Teece, Montefiore and Richard Crookes. “This project was a successful collaboration with our committed client and a dedicated builder.” With offices in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, Jackson Teece is an award-winning design consultancy at the forefront of market trends and emerging technologies in both the private and public sectors.

For more information contact Jackson Teece, Lot 1, Pier 8-9, 23 Hickson Road, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9290 2722, email sydney@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE 167

Below Techtile recommended their expert advice on the stone protection finishes, and adhesives for all the stone products.

Techtile offers consultancy services regarding stone/tile protection, installation and specification. With their expert knowledge of stone and tile finishes they can specify the best installation methods and the best materials to deliver a first class result. They act as an independent third party applying their expertise to identify best practice solutions. Techtile were appointed to M by Montefiore by main contractor, Richard Crookes Constructions. They provided advice regarding the natural finishes on the project including marble, terrazzo and ceramic tiles. They recommended premium stone protection products from GEAL and tile adhesive products from Mapei that were used on the project. “M by Montefiore was a great project with first quality materials,” said Principal, Chris Repeti. “The terrazzo is some of the best in the world and the highest quality adhesives and stone protection sealers were selected by Richard Crookes. It was apparent on this project that for Richard Crookes quality was the main driver.” Techtile are experienced at collaborating and communicating with the project design and delivery team to find the best solution. 168 NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE

“There are great tradesmen in the industry but sometimes problems still occur,” said Chris. “My job is to communicate with the project team to offer an objective opinion, specifications and recommendations regarding product use, saving the client money by avoiding defects, repair and rectification.” Techtile has produced over 3,000 technical reports regarding ceramic tiling, stone and waterproofing and provided consultancy services to major projects including Tullamarine Airport and Sydney Metro Central Station, shopping centres, resorts and hotels, high rise apartments and many more. “We have a specialised knowledge that not many other people in the industry have,” said Chris. “We go above and beyond the normal industry standard. All of our energy goes into knowing the correct best practice to achieve a successful outcome.”

For more information contact Techtile, PO Box 3152, Helensvale TC QLD 4212, phone 0423 439 790, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Orion Mechanical designed and installed the comprehensive HVAC package for M by Montefiore.

Orion Mechanical Services is a highly regarded specialist in the custom design and construct of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use property projects. Orion Mechanical’s reputation reflects their commitment to intelligent and thoughtful design, skillful installation and superior service. A recent addition to their extensive portfolio of successful projects has been M by Montefiore, a luxury seniors’ living development in Randwick in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Orion Mechanical designed and installed a comprehensive HVAC package, including a four pipe chilled heating water system, to the independent living apartments in buildings E and F, with future provision for the aged care facility in Building D. Equipment included Smardt air cooled chillers, Meridian condensing boilers and York CHW/HHW fan coil units with electronically commutated motors. An Air Change PoolPac unit was installed for the indoor swimming pool area. In the carpark, ventilation was achieved using two large Chicago Blower centrifugal fans. The entire system throughout the development is controlled via an Automated Logic building management system. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Orion Mechanical’s Managing Director, Justin Phillips, said that the M by Montefiore project posed a number of unusual and complex issues which required innovative design. “The four pipe chilled and heating water system we used is not typical for independent living units but it provided the ideal long term solution. Plant and ceiling space have been carefully coordinated with other services trades to ensure everything would fit inside this boutique finish building.” Another interesting aspect of the project was the need to install a temporary chiller plant room that will be relocated to the top of a future building on the site. “We pride ourselves on designing and delivering HVAC systems which exceed the expectations of our clients,” Justin said. Orion Mechanical has commenced work at Natura Apartments at Macquarie Park for WATPAC Constructions where they are undertaking the design and construct of two residential tower central water cooled air conditioning systems. For more information contact Orion Mechanical Services, Unit 19, 198222 Young Street, Waterloo NSW 2017, phone 02 9669 1404, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE 169

Below Aldex Waterproofing installed Wolfin membrane across the M by Montefiore project to waterproof terraces, planter boxes and wet areas.

Water testing at M by Montefiore

Residence at Pt Piper

Headland House

Roof of Dangrove Art Storage Facility

Setting a new benchmark in assisted living in Sydney, the M by Montefiore luxury residences in Randwick features the highest quality finishes and materials throughout. This attention to detail and quality extends to the waterproofing, for which Wolfin membranes were specified. Wolfin membranes have been used for more than 50 years on challenging projects around the world and are renowned for its ability to perform under the harshest of conditions. Made in Germany, they are the only membrane on the Australian market to offer a single point warranty covering both manufacture and installation. Aldex Waterproofing were appointed by main contractor Richard Crookes Constructions to install the waterproofing membrane to the terraces, balconies, roofs, planter boxes and podium areas on the M by Montefiore project. The project went smoothly for Aldex as they were able to draw on a highly skilled team. “We have some of the most experienced waterproofing welders in Australia working for us,” said Graeme Aldridge, Managing Director. “We are flexible to deliver projects of all sizes while ensuring we do the best job about.” 170 NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE

Headland House bathroom

Based in the Southern Highlands, Aldex services clients in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and surrounding regions. Aldex is a family owned and operated business with 27 years experience, and install waterproofing both in paint on and membrane for both internal and external areas on projects of all scales, from small project homes to large developments. Aldex was contracted to waterproof Headland House in Gerringong which was awarded the HIA 2019 House of the Year. Other recent projects include the National Archives in Canberra, Catalina Restaurant in Rose Bay, Marist Bros. College Canberra, and luxury homes in North Bondi, Pt Piper, Mosman, Balmoral Beach and Cronulla to name a few. Photos of Pt Piper Residence and Headland House courtesy of Bellevarde Constructions.

For more information contact Aldex Waterproofing, PO Box 520, Bowral NSW 2576, phone 0411 300 501, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ACE Civil were responsible for the demolition of existing buildings, excavation, civil and shoring packages.

When it comes to early works, ACE Civil (ACE) is by far one of the most impressive companies in the construction industry and the preferred choice for one major project after another by the largest and most reputable builders in the country. With industry knowledge spanning decades, and possessing a talented and skilled team, ACE has the ability to succeed and overcome any challenge, even on the most complex and difficult projects. ACE can tailor work packages to the needs of each client and site, operating as a one-stop-shop, with inhouse design and engineering capabilities, resulting in the ability to complete a wide range of early work services under a single contract, creating significant savings for clients. With over 160 staff and more than 300 pieces of specialsed equipment to complete your project on time, on budget, and to your specifications. For M by Montefiore, ACE’s talented team carried out the demolition of buildings, design and construction of a dewatering system, excavation works, civil works, design and construction of shoring works and design and construction of foundation piles. Based in Sydney, ACE has serviced the construction industry for more than 24 years, and have an extensive portfolio of successful major WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

projects for the industry’s major Tier 1 and 2 builders, and developers. The company’s service offerings are extensive, befitting a company with such an impressive attention to detail and high standard of compliance, and include; DEMOLITION • Asbestos removal • Contaminated material removal • Chemical Demolition (UPSS) • Post-tensioned and precast concrete Structures • Bulk and detail demolition • Unrestricted demolition EARTHWORKS/CIVIL WORKS • Bulk and detail excavation • Excavation in rock and rock sawing • All civil earthworks and civil structures/forms • Remediation works • Contaminated material removal

PILING • Bored piles • Sheet piles • CFA piles RETENTION/SHORING SYSTEMS • Contiguous pile retaining walls • Secant pile walls • Sheet pile walls • Soldier piles • Capping beams • Shotcrete walls • Waler and anchor installations • Design of retention systems • Design of foundation systems

For more information contact ACE Civil, 362 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, phone 02 9644 5596, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE 171

Below Hoxton Cleaning were responsible for completing three stages of cleaning for the project.

Hoxton Cleaning is a family business serving the Sydney region with specialist experience in commercial and construction cleaning. They were appointed by Richard Crookes for the cleaning of the M by Montefiore project. The cleaning was completed in three stages. Firstly, the initial builders’ clean was done to enable final finishing works to be carried out and allow identification and rectification of defects. The final clean was then completed to get the apartments ready for inspection. Lastly, the handover clean was then done to get the development sparkling clean and ready for residents to move in.

Hoxton Cleaning were required to deliver a high standard of cleaning while also meeting the tight handover timescales for the project. “We’ve been working with Richard Crookes for a long time,” said Sanela. “There are pressures on every project but we understand how to work with the builder to deliver what’s required.” M by Montefiore is a premium development with top quality finishes but on every project Hoxton Cleaning always strive to deliver the best. “We always pay full attention to every project,” Sanela said. “No matter the job it’s very important for us to finish it properly and to the best quality.”

The size of the project cleaning team was variable but saw up to 14-15 cleaners onsite at any one time. Dedicated cleaning teams were assigned to each apartment to ensure that the rigorous safety and quality standards of Hoxton Cleaning were met. “This project was particularly challenging due to the top quality finishes and details that were used,” said Sanela Zunic, Manager. “Specific cleaning products needed to be used for some surfaces such as the terrazzo and marble. However, we are experienced with jobs like this and our cleaners had the necessary training to do a good job.” 172 NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE

For more information contact Hoxton Cleaning, 25 Mannow Avenue, West Hoxton NSW 2171, phone 0431 630 175, email nelas@ AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Saba Bros Tiling supplied and installed the stone feature wall, terrazzo floors and stone joinery for the project.

With significant experience in stone, tiling and waterproofing for commercial and residential projects, Saba Bros is one of Australia’s leading tiling and stonework companies. Founder, Peter Saba has accumulated a wealth of experience and talented staff that has seen the company grow to achieve an annual turnover of over $25 million and an extensive back catalogue of successful projects. For M by Montefiore, Saba Bros were appointed to supply and install premium stone joinery, feature wall stone, dining area and kitchen finishes, terrazzo floors and stone granite balconies.

Saba Bros is a family owned and operated business with 31 years of experience in the stone and tiling industry. With factories and offices in Sydney, Queensland and Canberra, Saba Bros is well positioned to deliver on projects across Australia. The company has strong connections with local and international stone fabricators which ensures they have the capability to supply a vast range of stonework with consistent quality and competitive rates.

In line with the 5 Star luxury concept of the development, Saba Bros were required to achieve the highest standards of materials and workmanship. “The quality had to be top notch,” said Peter. “You don’t see projects like this all the time.”

Saba Bros have worked with many Tier 1 builders on iconic projects such as the Star Jupiters Casino The Star Grand in Gold Coast, the Brisbane Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, Westfield Miranda and Pacific Fair Gold Coast shopping centres, Brisbane International Airport, Macquarie University, Australian National University and many more.

All materials were sourced from quarries in Italy and cut and shaped to suit the project in Saba Bros’ factory. Saba Bros also carried out site installation works. Some areas of the project such as benchtops, feature walls and splashbacks required book matching to ensure veins and patterns spanning across adjacent stone panels were aligned across the whole surface.

For more information contact Saba Bros Tiling, 34 Harley Crescent, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 02 9904 9380, email info@sababros., website



Below Rock Form Group supplied and installed the formwork for the project, ensuring a Class 2 finish.

With a specialist focus on formwork, steel fixing, concreting and wall systems, Rock Form Group is a privately owned construction company with the capability to deliver building projects of any size or complexity. Rock Form specialises in both residential and commercial projects. Their experienced and qualified team takes pride in completing works on time and budget as well as to the highest standards of quality, while fully complying with all health and safety regulations. Regardless of the project, Rock Form Group strive to exceed their clients’ expectations and become a value adding asset to their business. For M by Montefiore, Rock Form supplied and installed the formwork for the entire project including the basement, ground floor podium and residential apartments above.

Raad, General Manager. “The oval shaped columns are another example, where we had to think a little bit differently to get the formwork designed, certified and delivered.” Rock Form’s can-do attitude and innovative solutions allowed them to deliver a successful result on the project and their longstanding relationship with main contractor Richard Crookes Constructions enabled good communication and collaboration with the project team throughout the works. “Our Directors Daniel Abdallah and Thomas Kayrouz, and I would like to thank Richard Crookes Constructions for choosing Rock Form Group and we congratulate them on their successful delivery of the project,” said Michael. “I’d also particularly like to thank Martin, Tanya, Luke and Paul from RCC and our Project Manager, Charbel and Site Manager, Jihad for their professionalism from start to finish.”

Some aspects of the design were unusual and Rock Form were required to think outside the box to achieve the best result. One example of this was the planter boxes which had a challenging diamond shaped layout. “We used a metal shutter system to form these tight angles while ensuring the required Class 2 finish could be achieved,” said Michael 174 NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE

For more information contact Rock Form Group, 3A Lenton Place, North Rocks NSW 2151, phone 02 9683 5680, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Unique Frameless Glass manufactured and installed the 10mm thick, toughened glass shower screens.

Defining a new standard in luxury seniors living, the M by Montefiore development sets a new benchmark for aged care. Every detail has been considered to create a 5 Star hotel ambience throughout.

“We have always found Richard Crookes to be very accommodating and understanding,” said Harry. “We understand their expectations and try to live up to their standards.”

The frameless shower screens on the project were fabricated and installed by Unique Frameless Glass. High performance 10mm thick toughened glass was used on the project and a brushed nickel finish was applied to the hinges to achieve a premium aesthetic.

Unique Frameless Glass is one of the fastest growing and most respected glass system installation and design companies in the Sydney and Central Coast area. They are a family owned and operated business with a commitment to innovation, safety and expertise. They work to achieve elegant and low maintenance specialised glass installations on projects of all sizes.

“It all starts with the glass,” said Harry Pindoria, Factory Coordinator. “We custom formed every glass screen to size at our factory in Tuggerah according to site measurements to ensure an exact fit. We then transported the screens to site and completed the installation ensuring each screen lined up properly with the walls and sat perfectly in its channel.”

In addition to frameless shower screens, Unique Frameless Glass offer a diverse range of custom manufactured glass products including mirrors, balustrading, roofs, splashbacks, pool fences and wardrobe doors.

The installation process was completed without any issues and this was partly thanks to the good relationship that Unique Frameless Glass has with the main contractor Richard Crookes Constructions, having worked with them before on projects including Loftus Lane and Opera Residences. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Unique Frameless Glass, Unit 7/12 Pioneer Avenue, Tuggerah NSW 2259, phone 02 4355 4402, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE M BY MONTEFIORE 175

THE FEELING IS MUTUAL DEVELOPER : The Mutual Bank MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : North Construction & Building ARCHITECT : dwp | design worldwide partnership CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $19 million

The Mutual Bank’s head office project involved the construction of a new 6-level commercial building offering 8,000m2 of floor space which includes car parking, landscaping, associated civil works, and special structural elements, including a large exposed Y-shaped column supporting Level 4 and higher, with the upper two floors housing the head office of The Mutual Bank. It has been a hectic 18 months on the East Maitland site of The Mutual Bank’s head office project since the sod turning ceremony was held in March 2019. North Construction & Building, a regional New South Wales commercial construction company with offices in Tuggerah, Newcastle, and Dubbo, was engaged to deliver this $19 million state-of-the-art commercial office building. Designed by dwp | design worldwide partnership, the building boasts dramatic features, both internally and externally, and separated into three distinct elements: a 2-storey face brick component which contains the entry lobby, retail/commercial space and also conceals the carpark levels beyond; a vertical batten screening system wrapping the carpark levels; and 3-storey commercial office levels. The Y-shaped column element is the most dramatic component of the design. “A project as impressive as this one does not come around all that often,” states Matthew Cook, North Construction & Building Managing Director. “It had a mix of some of the most complex structural and architectural features that North would usually experience on several individual projects and combined them into the one unique project.” “North has relished the challenge to showcase our construction skills in tackling all of the highly technical requirements the architect and engineer have inspired and developed into the design of this landmark project.” The project held some unique challenges for the North building team. The site location and the building being designed from boundary to boundary brought some serious challenges to consider, particularly when there were multiple neighbours and stakeholders to engage. North arranged an internal, rather than external, builders hoist through penetrations in the main floor slabs to provide man and material transportation to the upper floors during construction. Significant temporary soldier and whaler retaining walls had to be installed on the boundary to the adjacent KFC restaurant to enable the excavation and construction of the lift shaft. The Y-shaped column that supported the cantilevered structure at Level 4 was a significant engineering exercise. It had to be fabricated onsite from six individual pieces due to its size and prohibitive transport logistics if it were transported in one piece. It required seven 176 NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE MUTUAL BANK

bespoke onsite fabrication jigs in order to position and fabricate the item. It was craned into place at night requiring a full road closure of the busy main street. Once in place, the Y-column had to be filled with concrete and due to its size, this had to be done from the base of the column using a concrete pump attachment welded to its base. Traditional ‘pour down’ techniques were not possible due to the congestion of internal steel reinforcement. The ‘hit and miss’ brickwork to the carpark façade required strict engineering and quality control. North utilised the technical input of the brick manufacturer, Austral Bricks, plus the expertise of the University of Newcastle to provide physical sample testing and mortar bond mix design and admixture specifications to achieve the required outcome. “I was advised that projects of this size, scale and location are always met with several challenges, which certainly proved true with this build and I congratulate North on their ability to remain focused, manage each challenge with the upmost professionalism, working collaboratively with all parties involved to achieve the most cost and time effective outcomes,” noted Geoff Seccombe, Chief Executive Officer of The Mutual Bank. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

In addition to the unique construction challenges faced on this project, North also had to accommodate the COVID-19 crisis. “COVID-19 had an immediate impact for the project,” explained Richard Telfer, North Construction Manager. “Not only was the level of productivity that could be achieved onsite effected, a rapid shift in the site’s daily operational procedures was needed. North mobilised quickly to develop safety systems and processes for all sites across the business to mitigate the coronavirus risk – actions that have, to date, successfully warded off any infections on our sites.” North had zero lost time injuries (LTI) on the project with more than 700 workers inducted onto the site. “We are very proud to have been part of The Mutual Bank head office project,” expressed Mr. Cook. “Thanks to a great client for their trust in us. Thanks, and respect also, to a great group of subcontractors who brought the project to fruition. It’s one of those jewels that we will always drive past and be proud of our involvement.”

For more information contact North Construction & Building, Mariners Centre of Excellence, Level 5, Suite 501, 1 Bryant Drive, Tuggerah NSW 2259, phone 02 4323 2633, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU




CHECKING ALL THE COLUMNS SM Concrete Constructions (SMCC) is a rapidly growing specialist in all forms of concrete construction, servicing Newcastle and the Central Coast of New South Wales. Founded in 2015 by Sandy Martin, each member of the management team has over 20 years experience in the construction industry which ensures that SMCC delivers a high quality end result on every project. SMCC supplied the concrete, pumped into place and finished all the in situ concrete elements for the new multi-level The Mutual Bank head office building. In addition, the SMCC team undertook the formwork, reinforcing and concrete pour to all slab-on-ground construction including the external pavements and stairs. General Manager Adam Truong, said that SMCC also supplied and placed Oxtek’s X550 Carpark Warehouse sealer to the carpark slabs. “This is one of SMCC’s special customer offerings as we are trained and certified by Oxtek Australia to use this product.”

steel column to be pumped up from the base. “The complex shape and reinforcement design of the concrete column encasement section posed challenges with concrete vibration,” Adam explained. “To solve this issue a special proprietary concrete mix was developed and used which was extremely fluid and self-compacting. This mix provided an exceptional, highly aesthetic, architectural type finish to the column.” SMCC has a highly trained, experienced workforce committed to excellent quality and first class service on all projects. SMCC is current working on multiple projects including the Catherine McAuley Catholic College Development, North Gosford Private Hospital and the ING Bank Office Tower at Wyong. For more information contact SM Concrete Constructions, email, website

“The construction zone was restricted to a busy road on the northern side of the site,” Sandy said. “We had to work with a limited pump reach and the inability to achieve a 2-truck feed for the slab pours which limited pumping volumes. However, by working cooperatively with North Construction & Building and Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Services we achieved a highly satisfactory outcome.” The building had a feature ‘Y-column’ and SMCC used a custom made shut-off valve to enable the core filling of the structural




The Forest Hurstville is a premium mixed use development of two residential towers of 4-storey and 13-stories, with 57 contemporary studios and 1-2 bedroom apartments with ground floor retail and 4-levels of underground parking. The development is situated within the Hurstville city centre and located just off the prominent gateway of Forest Road from King Georges Road. The site is only 15m wide, and prior to development was the only undeveloped block in the row, nestled between two highrise residential towers, Highpoint Hurstville and Meriton Apartments of 16 and 18-storeys respectively. The Forest’s two towers have uninterrupted views over the southern suburbs of Sydney and the Sydney CBD. The taller tower has landscaped gardens at street level and the 4-storey building, at the rear of the site, has a roof garden with BBQ area and seating set amongst plantings. The Forest marks WZW Construction’s first step into the construction market. The construction compnay took on the D&C contract for project in mid-2018, with onsite work started with excavation for 4-levels of basement car parking. The in situ concrete structures have Hebel infill walls, a material that is lightweight, a quick to build as well as being compliant of fire regulations for party walls. “The challenge of The Forest build started with the busy site. We were on the main road


of Hurstville and couldn’t start work till 10am,” said Contract Administrator, Crystal He. “This affected deliveries as well as onsite work. It was a small site too, only 15m wide by 60m long and we had to enter the site from the back.” “COVID-19 affected the work as well, we had to go through lots of protection procedures onsite, and obeying social distancing rules was very hard. We continued working, at a slower pace, with a minimum number of people. There was up to 17 working onsite during peak periods and we completed the towers within 12 months.” Established in 2017, WZW Construction specialises in the high rise residential market and is involved in a range of opportunities for delivering high quality large scale building projects. Current projects for WZW Construction include four townhouses at Ashfield and a 9-level apartment building in Bankstown.

For more information contact WZW Construction, Suite 503, 377-383 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9599 8984



Below Stronghold Engineers worked on the structural engineering documentation and basement excavation for The Forest.


Stronghold Engineers are professional, highly efficient and enthusiastic about producing quality structural engineering for residential developments as well as civil engineering for infrastructure solutions. Stronghold Engineers started on The Forest in mid-2018 with five staff working on the structural engineering documentation for four months. Onsite work started from December 2018 with excavation of the 4-level basement carpark. “It was a very tight in space site with only 60m by 15m with only one access point from Forest Road, directing traffic was a challenge. We had many approvals to seek from Transport for NSW because of the Forest Road frontage and we found a heritage listed water main that we had to protect,” as General Manager, Eric Wu explained.

the residential and commercial sectors in New South Wales and Queensland as an engineering and building partners. “We have a crew of eight, five structural engineers and three involved in civil work,” said Eric. “80% of our work is in Sydney, some in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast. Currently we are acting as the structural engineers for an Asian supermarket in Cairns, furthermore also working on the documentation for two new mediums rise residential developments in Hurstville.” The Stronghold Engineers’ team looks after structural matters of commercial fitouts, which includes the lobby of Sheraton on the Park, the UTS Design Studio and an interior with feature lighting for the VIP room of the Star Hotel in Sydney.

“We needed a tower crane to deliver materials to the basement and we engineered temporary works, building a platform and using a 300 tonne mobile crane to assemble the tower crane.” Eric carried out regular site inspections for the project until the project was complete. Stronghold Engineers established in 2018, with Eric being in the industry for over 10 years, providing professional services across 182 NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE FOREST

For more information contact Stronghold Engineers, Suite 79, 89-97 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, phone 02 6100 1148, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below PSEC supplied early design development and documentation as well as CC drawings to WZW Construction.

PSEC specialise in complete architectural services, assessing a clients’ individual needs and providing strategic solutions to maximise site and design opportunities. Working from the approved DA, PSEC supplied early design development and documentation as well as CC drawings to WZW Construction, completing site inspections, finishing in October 2020. “The challenge involved the constraints of the long narrow site 15m wide and no easy access. However, WZW managed the site professionally, they are very well organised,” explained Principal Architect, Patrick Sim. PSEC offer Project Management services that include knowledge of the complex property and planning environment from site acquisition to delivery. “We specialise in working through the full design and construction cycle,” said Patrick. “We have the expertise for any scale project and the skillset to deliver a complete service in residential developments.” Along with architectural services that include client consultation, a site investigation and analysis, PSEC create designs and construction WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

documentation, coordinate with consultants, and provide contract administration. With 20 years experience in residential property PSEC covers the Sydney metropolitan region. They have recently finished work on a 120-unit development in Carlingford. Also a number of apartments in Kiama coming soon. PSEC has also designed some luxury homes, including the Oatley Residence, as well as at Vaucluse where they did a contemporary alternation and addition. They have also been contracted as project architects and project managers for a string of elegant large apartment buildings including Evolv, The Alex and Leppington Central.

For more information contact PSEC, 1903/100 William Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, phone 02 8076 5399, email info@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE FOREST 183

Artist impression The Forest, New Sout

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Below Premium Fire Services installed the wet and dry fire system, as well as two fire hydrants per floor.

Premium Fire Services were awarded the D&C contract for the design and installation of a fire prevention and alarm systems for The Forest in January 2019.

safety systems. The company work on major commercial projects all over Sydney as well as high and medium rise residential developments, industrial, commercial and special use buildings.

They installed the wet fire system, sprinklers in the basement and two fire hydrants per floor; and the dry fire system comprising smoke detection units, speakers and emergency intercom.

The company also provide documentation that includes an inventory of all equipment and hardware as well as plans showing the location of mains supply and stored water. Premium Fire Services design and manufacture hydrant systems as well as providing certification, testing and maintenance.

“We worked with the architect during the DA and were able to advise on the spatial requirements for our equipment,” said Director, Herbert Xia. “It’s critical to have involvement early in the design process. We have eight inhouse designers and we work well with architects, builders and developers.” The onsite installation started in October 2019 with four wet fire technicians and three dry fire technicians at work for 12 months, finishing on time. “It was a challenge working in busy Hurstville,” said Herbert. “It was a very small site and we had to be organised, timetabling use of the crane and ensuring delivery on the spot.” Premium Fire Services specialises in wet fire and dry fire design and installation with over 10 years experience in designing and selecting fire WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Premium Fire Services currently have a number of maintenance contracts, and are also able complete large scale design and install jobs which includes wet and dry systems at TQM’s Deane Street apartment building in Burwood and their 150 unit development in Cross Street, Bankstown.

For more information contact Premium Fire Services, Suite 67, 89 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, phone 02 8880 9930, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE FOREST 185


Cascade Gardens is an exceptional boutique residential development comprising three striking buildings with a premium selection of beautifully appointed one, two and three bedroom apartments, and penthouse apartments. The project features granite island benchtops, custom coloured tapware, Miele appliances, handle free joinery, with blissful landscaped gardens and generous communal spaces. Setting a new standard for luxury apartment living on Sydney’s North Shore, Cascade Gardens is a boutique residential development in a beautiful landscaped setting.

panels to the lower levels. Over the two year construction phase, the programme commenced with demolition in October 2018 and the works were completed in October 2020.

Developed by Tian An LFD and constructed by Growthbuilt, the project incorporates 93 new apartments over a 3-level basement car park and street level commercial tenancy. A mix of one, two and three bedroom units, and grand penthouses have been constructed with the highest quality finishes throughout including marble and granite surfaces, stone wall and floor tiling with veneer panelling in the lobby.

The steep togography of the site presented Growthbuilt the opportunity to show off their extensive experience in overcoming potential problems. “The design incorporated 6-levels of cascading gardens down the very steep site,” said Richard Pym, Project Manager. “The excavation works were managed to allow as much of the existing material as possible to be reused onsite.”

Within the apartments, premium fittings have been used including custom coloured tapware, Miele appliances, handle free joinery and frameless glass shower screens.

There was also a Sydney Water sewer running through the centre of the site which added to the complexity of the earthworks, requiring diversion using an underground boring rig.

The buildings feature an attractive street frontage with large areas of glazing and aluminium screening complemented by sandstone

“The development was required to collect and treat all stormwater before sending it downstream,” explained Richard. “We installed



a retention system to ensure that all the water released to the environment is treated.”

I want to thank everyone involved in getting this fantastic project across the line.”

The green landscaping onsite creates a lush natural setting of native flora for the apartments, also meeting council requirements. “The council asked for 50% deep soil landscaping across the site,” said Richard. “We used the space to reinstate some of the native Sydney blue gum forest and the result has been great.”

The work ethic of the project team reflected Growthbuilt’s commitment to excellence in everything they do. With a focus on delivering projects safely, on time, within budget and to exceptional quality, Growthbuilt maintain a 90% repeat client base and a strong reputation for partnering with clients to ensure successful outcomes from design to delivery.

The originally approved scheme included 98 units and one retail although was amended in collaboration between Tian An LFD and Growthbuilt to offer 93 units and one retail. “The client wanted to rationalise the design to reduce the number of units and reorganise the internal layouts,” Richard said. “The outcome is better internal layouts and a better result for tenants.” The project team worked through the limitations of COVID-19, with Growthbuilt ensuring that site operations continued with everyones health and safety a priority. The Growthbuilt team and their delivery partners really came together, there was a lot of effort and hours put into this landmark development to turn our clients vision into a reality. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Cascade Gardens was aligned with Growthbuilt’s expertise and significant experience in high end multi-storey new build residential projects and their design and construct track record. The inhouse design and construct team at Growthbuilt ensured they could deliver a value added solution at Cascade Gardens with amenity improvements and cost savings. At their heart the philosophy of Growthbuilt is simple. Their goal is always to help you achieve yours. For more information contact Growthbuilt, Level 9, 100 William Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9212 7811, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE CASCADE GARDENS 187

Below Advanced Treescape Consulting conducted tree audits and oversaw the tree protection fencing and trunk armour.

Advanced Treescape Consulting is a specialist provider of arboricultural and horticultural services. Based on the New South Wales, Central Coast, they provide a wide range of services including arborists’ reports, site management, resistographs, identification of horticulture problems and cultural management.

A collaborative relationship was maintained with the lead contractor Growthbuilt throughout the works. “Growthbuilt were a pleasure to work with,” said Russell Kingdom, Founder and Director. “They were very responsible and followed all guidelines. The whole team really did go the extra mile.”

Advanced Treescape Consulting were involved in the Cascade Gardens residential development from the beginning, initially conducting a tree audit of the site to determine root protection zones so the architectural plans could be developed in compliance with Australian Standard AS4970.

Through collaboration with Growthbuilt, Advanced Treescape Consulting were able to amend the landscaping plans and reposition a proposed retaining wall to ensure an additional tree could be retained which was a great achievement.

As the design progressed, Advanced Treescape Consulting prepared an arboricultural impact assessment report to determine the impact of the proposed building, services and landscaping on the existing trees. Their expert knowledge was key to obtaining planning approvals. During construction, the company was appointed as the project arborist and conducted regular site inspections to check compliance. They oversaw establishment of tree protection fencing and trunk armour, monitored the progress of the works and provided certifications to the contractor including the final inspection and clearance letter. 188 NSW PROJECT FEATURE CASCADE GARDENS

Advanced Treescape Consulting offers 20 years of experience serving projects around Australia and have also worked in Fiji for several years. They cater for all clients from owner-occupiers to developers, councils, industry and government. “Whatever the project, we aim to service our clients with an honest appraisal,” Russell said. “We always try to provide the best advice we can.”

For more information contact Advanced Treescape Consulting, PO Box 7192, Kariong NSW 2250, phone 0408 439 186, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Victor Lin and Associates completed the NatHERS and BASIX assessments and certifications for Cascade Gardens.

Building energy efficiency and sustainability, including assuring compliance with statutory requirements, is an essential part of any building project in Australia. Since 1999, Victor Lin and Associates have delivered high quality and creative energy solutions for some of Australia’s leading architects, builders and developers. The professionally trained and accredited consultants at Victor Lin and Associates believe in the importance of prompt and personal service. They have delivered over 10,000 solutions through NatHERS and BASIX assessment and certification, NCC (BCA) Section J and JV3 assessments and reports, and general design advice related to thermal and energy performance, efficiency and sustainability (Environmentally Sustainable Design). “For Cascade Gardens, we used the BASIX and NatHERS tools to assess and advise on how compliance with regulatory requirements for energy efficiency and sustainability could be ensured,” said Louisa Cheng, Thermal Performance Assessor and Senior Associate at Victor Lin and Associates. “We were involved from the project’s conception and initial DA submission through to the construction phase. Our services included WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

providing advice on the benefits of using higher performing glazing to optimise energy efficiency, the best use of insulation within the building envelope, and assuring ongoing compliance in the later stages of the project. For example, we were able to provide confirmation at construction stage that for Cascade Gardens, thermal performance integrity as well as the original façade design would be maintained when using spandrel glass panels, instead of the floor-to-ceiling windows of earlier stages of the project’s development.” Cascade Gardens represents another successful result for Victor Lin and Associates. “One of our strengths is multi-unit residential and greenfield developments so this project was a great fit for us,” said Louisa. “On all our projects we offer the capacity to help clients find cost effective, readily available solutions for optimal energy efficiency while maintaining design concept.”

For more information contact Victor Lin and Associates, Box 5080, South Turramurra NSW 2074, phone 1800 88 41 99, mobile 0431 704 698, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE CASCADE GARDENS 189

Below Pyramids Render Stars utilised the ROCKCOTE® system for the external finished of Cascade Gardens.

Set to become a new landmark on Sydney’s North Shore, the Cascade Gardens boutique residential development has been described as a ‛gem in the north.’ The three buildings feature striking rendered exteriors complemented by perforated metal screens and louvres to provide a distinctive façade that fosters a sense of community while maintaining privacy and solar protection.

apartments and luxury landmark developments of 200 units or more. Pyramids Render Stars work with a range of Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies in Sydney, regional New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The Cascade Gardens project was their first experience working with Growthbuilt and they were committed to achieving positive results onsite.

Pyramids Render Stars were appointed by Growthbuilt to apply a full system of external finishes, rendering and painting, silicon and caulking works and texture paint to balconies.

“We were already very experienced with the ROCKCOTE® system,” said Amir Abdelbadie, Director of Pyramids Render Stars. “We assigned our most skilled workers to achieve the best results possible for this high end residential project.”

On the project, Pyramids Render Stars used a fully warranted system provided by ROCKCOTE®, one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of cement and colored render, textures, paint and natural material coatings for residential and commercial buildings. The works commenced in October 2019 and took approximately 12 months to complete. In addition to ROCKCOTE®, Pyramids Render Stars are also accredited applicators of Dulux and Astec systems. They are one of the largest exterior finishes companies in Sydney with vast experience on residential properties ranging from individual houses to high rise 190 NSW PROJECT FEATURE CASCADE GARDENS

Pyramids Render Stars take pride in their strong relationship with their trusted clients. Their large available manpower allows them to offer reliable service which has led to them establishing long term, repeat business for many of the largest builders in New South Wales. They have a proven track record of delivering high quality finishes on all of their projects. For more information contact Pyramids Render Stars, 2/165 Rookwood Road, Yagoona NSW 2199, phone 0426 191 514, email admin@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below D&J Marble and Granite fabricated and installed the natural stone benchtops and splashbacks.

Situated in Pymble on Sydney’s beautiful North Shore, Cascade Gardens is a luxury residential development comprising 98 new apartments with premium fittings and fixtures throughout. One particularly striking element of the internal fitout is the natural stone benchtops, splashbacks and wall cladding to the kitchens and bathrooms within the apartments which were fabricated and installed by specialist contractor D&J Marble and Granite. The project was D&J’s first experience working with Growthbuilt and they formed a positive relationship from the start. “The amicable working relationship and cooperation on the Cascade Gardens project has produced significant results and looking forward to the opportunity to work together on other projects in the future,” said Megan Su.

explained Megan. “Most of our team have been with us for 15 or 16 years and understand what we are trying to achieve. It’s how we deliver the best possible results on our projects.” Based in Moorebank, New South Wales, D&J are positioned to serve Sydney and the surrounding region. They have strong experience in residential projects at all scales from large luxury developments to home builder projects, in addition to commercial projects such as hotels and licenced clubs. As Sydney’s leading benchtop manufacturer, D&J are accustomed to dealing with the finest quality marble, granite and reconstituted stone. Their state-of-the-art machinery, along with the care and expertise they bring to all their projects, ensures they deliver a level of workmanship and service like no other.

With 23 years of experience, D&J were well placed to deliver a successful outcome at Cascade Gardens. “We have the capability and facilities to handle many kinds of project,” said Megan. “Our factory is fitted out with the best equipment and our installers provide the highest quality service.” D&J’s fully inhouse fabrication and installation team helped them maintain total quality control. “We don’t work with subcontractors,” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact D&J Marble and Granite, 13-17 Iraking Avenue, Moorebank NSW 2170, phone 02 9822 7980, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE CASCADE GARDENS 191

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