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A 6 Star Green Star Community Riverview Developments CEO, David Maxwell, said the community was being developed with a vision of creating a place underpinned by leading-edge design and development practices. “Environmental awareness and sustainability are at the heart of the vision for Ginninderry,” Mr Maxwell said. “Sustainability is not a single idea, it’s about investing in conservation and the community to create opportunities for education, employment and innovation. This is achieved through a combination of initiatives throughout the planning, design and construction of Ginninderry. The size, location and long development timeframe of the project provide a great opportunity to trial various technologies and initiatives.”

David Dawes, Land Development Agency Chief Executive Officer; Romilly Madew, Green Building Council of Australia Chief Executive Officer; David Maxwell, Ginninderry Development Manager; Jessica Stewart, Ginninderry Sustainability Manager.

Ginninderry has been recognised as a future sustainable community by achieving a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. Joint venture partners, the Land Development Agency and Riverview Developments, welcomed the announcement that Ginninderry had achieved the highest rating possible for a community under the national Green Star – Communities rating system.

LDA CEO, David Dawes, said only a handful of projects nationally have received this rating. “Ginninderry is the first community in the ACT and the capital region to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating,” Mr Dawes said. “This internationally recognised certification is a testament to the high-quality features and detailed planning that will make Ginninderry a liveable, environmental and community focused development.”

Ginninderry, which is bounded by the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek, will be an industry leader in water sensitive urban design. New technologies are being explored that will help householders reduce the amount of energy they use. Solar panels will be mandated for all homes and demand management systems will be installed to help educate new residents on how they can more efficiently use power within their homes. “We are planning neighbourhoods that put people first – through an urban design layout that allows people to walk and cycle safely through a network of well-designed path and access ways both within Ginninderry and into the broader West Belconnen region,” Mr Maxwell said.

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BUCHAN DRIVES $300M RETAIL HUB Construction of the $300 million Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre in the New South Wales Hunter Valley is entering its next phase, brought to life by Australasian architecture firm The Buchan Group. Upon completion in May 2018, the retail destination in East Maitland will boast a combined 69,300m2 of retail space, a 900-seat cinema complex and approximately 3,100 carparks. The Buchan Group was appointed to the project in July 2014 by Stockland Property Group and Brookfield Multiplex to manage the design development, document and construction services for the project. During each phase of the project, The Buchan Group is drawing on its considerable retail development experience, which includes upgrades to the Gold Coast’s Harbour Town and the Retail Podium for Sydney’s acclaimed One Central Park. Since construction commenced in January this year, the multimillion-dollar project has already seen the part-demolition of the existing complex, allowing for reconfiguration and expansion of the existing retail level, and the opportunity to add an additional level of retail space over the new part of the lower level.

Buchan Group Senior Associate Alan Polden said the redevelopment would see the new additions seamlessly join the retained portion of existing single-level retail space. “The fast-tracked construction of Stockland Green Hills has led to the necessity to undertake all architectural services phases simultaneously,” he said. “Construction will occur in stages to provide new replacement accommodation for existing mini-major tenants, prior to taking possession of areas to be demolished. “The additional 45,000m2 of retail space will see the project double in size to welcome major retailers David Jones, Target and H&M, and make way for the region’s largest Dan Murphy’s. “An exciting eight-screen, 900-seat cinema complex will also be included over the western end of the new rooftop carpark, with direct links to the retail and food precincts below. “The existing basement parking will also be expanded and the existing on-grade parking will be replaced with additional multi-level covered parking and roof top carparking. “Stockland Green Hills is already one of the most successful shopping centres in the region, so we are confident that this redevelopment will ensure the project remains a bustling retail hub for many years to come.”

Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre

comment Jorge Chapa Head of Market Transformation Green Building Council of Australia

Better places for people on the construction site A sustainable building isn’t just good for the environment – it’s good for people too. The latest updates to Green Star sustainability rating system for buildings and communities promise to accelerate action on climate change, incentivise new industries and encourage market leaders to push the innovation envelope. One of our proposed changes to Green Star is a new requirement within the ‘Construction and Environmental Management’ credit, which would see all contractors receive sustainability training alongside workplace health and safety. We want to enhance industry’s understanding that sustainability is as non-negotiable as safety. The Green Building Council of Australia believes the benefits of healthy buildings should support those who build them. And so, changes to Green Star would include requirements to address the provision of welldesigned site offices that foster the health and wellbeing of workers. This recognises a general shift within industry that high-performing, sustainable buildings demand site offices that meet basic standards of health and wellbeing.

Economic Summit first step for NT Northern Territory’s building and construction sector was well represented at the first of a series of summits that state will run to talk about planning economic development priorities. The summit, organised by the Northern Australian Development Office and Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, was held in October 2016.

“Construction is a major contributor to the economy and should play a vital role in shaping the future of the Territory, said Neilia Ginnane, Executive Director (NT) of the Housing Industry Association. “This collaborative approach is promising and we look forward to participating further throughout this process,” she said.

A number of industry leaders have invested in creating better site sheds, with quality lighting and furniture, clearer signage and healthier spaces – and when teams have moved to new sites, they’ve demanded that their old site sheds come with them. Delivering sustainable places for people means ensuring those working on the site are cared for too.




Collaboration on infrastructure the key to unlocking our cities potential

Grant Holman Director Wood & Grieve Engineers

The Data age Technology is driving and shaping change across the property and construction industry, offering unprecedented levels of data and delivering insights to radically reshape the way we operate. Rapidly developing technology is already helping us solve the highly-complex issues involved in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and the importance and influence of data can’t be underestimated. We are able to gather more data than ever before, and we have the power to consume and interpret the data in more meaningful ways. As companies identify new ways of capturing and harnessing data, collaboration across the entire supply chain will increase as a matter of necessity. This requires a shift in how we currently approach projects – we’ll see more collaboration between clients and consultants, as well as between the consultants themselves. It will be difficult for a single entity to be a ‘lone wolf ’ of disruption, the future will see us working together to unlock the potential opportunities. As technology evolves, the influence of geography will continue to diminish with ‘big’ not being as important as ‘reach’. The critical component companies must consider is how they create the right culture – one that embraces change. The most innovative and successful firms will have highly engaged work forces – people that choose to ‘opt in’ to a company. Organisations can prepare now by recruiting the right people – those who are inherently creative, entrepreneurial and collaborative – to unlock opportunities new technology will bring.



'The Greenhouse', GBCA premises Photographer: Emma Cross Grollings

The Australian Government’s commitment to collaboration has been welcomed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), as the federal government responds to the Infrastructure Australia Plan. The Turnbull Government’s response to Infrastructure Australia’s 15-year plan includes support for 69 of the 78 recommendations. The Turnbull Government had already committed to invest a record $50 billion on national infrastructure over five years to the end of the decade.

City Deals across Australia, are important first steps. “The Prime Minister’s commitment to collaboration, and his determination to work with the states and territories, is the best way to deliver better value for money and longer term strategic planning across Australia.

Speaking to Parliament earlier today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said “we need to get better at planning and building the infrastructure and to do that, we have to work together. By working together, we will build a legacy of liveable, sustainable, productive cities and regions for future generations.”

“The promise to develop urban rail plans across Australia’s largest cities, together with a new national freight and supply chain strategy and land transport market reform, recognises the importance of working with all modes of infrastructure to deliver a system that works in the national interest.” Mr Cartledge says the Prime Minister’s response “rightly observes” that infrastructure is an enabler of jobs, economic growth and productivity. “Infrastructure is the key to unlocking our cities potential, and if well planned, will deliver liveable, sustainable, healthy and resilient communities as our populations grows.”

According to Jonathan Cartledge, the GBCA’s Senior Manager – Government & Industry, the significant financial investment, alongside the Smart Cities Plan and the development of

The GBCA argues that measuring the success of decisions and investments today remains essential to the delivery of lasting value to communities.

Task group to help boost BIM Consult Australia announced it would set up a Digital Built Environment Task Group to help government and industry see eye to eye on new technology and approaches such as Building Information Modelling (BIM). The group will be open to representatives from industry and government with demonstrated experience and the Consult Australia Innovation Roundtable will oversee it. Consult Australia was prompted to set up the task group as it wants all jurisdictions to be part of the National Digital Engineering Working Group.

“The intention is to break through the technical language and marketing rhetoric and focus decision makers on those actions that will help to ensure the delivery of long term benefits,” said State Manager, Matthew Trigg. Industry collaboration will help deliver maximum potential benefits from approaches such as BIM, he said. BIM is commonplace in large-scale construction contracts as clients are keen to drive innovation and new technologies on their projects.

Laing O’Rourke takes out SafeWork New South Wales award Major builder, Laing O’Rourke won the SafeWork NSW Excellence in workplace health and safety culture award at a Sydney event in October 2016. Laing O’Rourke’s Region Director, Mark Dimmock pointed to his company’s Next Gear safety agenda as giving his company the edge. It challenges the traditional approach to safety, building safety resilience into the organisation and is centred on three key principles, he said. They place people as the solution, safety as the

presence of positives and safety as an ethical responsibility and not a bureaucratic activity. “Next Gear challenges us to move beyond traditional safety practices and measures and recognise that statistics are not necessarily an indicator of safety success,” Mr Dimmock said. “Our approach is founded on engagement and trust, placing our people at the heart of safety decision-making and focussing on understanding success and the many things that go right.”

Commission to benefit community and small business Australian communities and the small business sector are expected to be the winners with the possible revival of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), according to Master Builders Australia. The move will help tackle union practices which

add to construction costs, said Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia. The former Labor Government abolished the commission and Master Builders is urging the incumbent Federal Coalition Government to bring back the ABCC.

The MODe experience Brake has significant experience both in public and private sectors developing transit-orientated projects with a strong focus on sustainable infrastructure and using value capture as a funding model.

Kevin Brake, Transport & Development Expert

Arcadis Australia Pacific has officially launched a new mobility orientated development (MODe) business line and appointed Transport & Development Expert Kevin Brake to lead it. MODe is a modern and holistic approach to planning transport infrastructure that factors how to best integrate transport into an area to create a community-focused precinct that achieves the highest possible community benefit and value from transit investment. Arcadis has significant international MODe experience, having used its bespoke MODeX tool on projects such as London King’s Cross St Pancras station and Crossrail.


“I’m very excited to drive this new business and take Arcadis’ global MODe experience and apply it in Australia,” Brake said. “MODe is an experiential approach to infrastructure planning. It takes the infrastructure as the foundation and builds upon it to create a space that will drive community engagement, which then provides greater investment return. It’s about driving better value capture and creating more from the assets you own. “I’ve seen first-hand how siloed infrastructure and rail planning can be. Rail is vital to successful urban districts, so it’s crucial that public and private sectors collaborate to create precincts that meet the needs of the community. There are few examples of this done well in Australia, so I’m excited to take our MODeX global rating tool and see how Australia compares to international best practice.”

Megan Motto Chief Executive Officer Consult Australia

Growing for the future If Australia wants to grow the economy, we need a strong pipeline of investment in infrastructure to boost productivity and attract investors. The Reserve bank of Australia and more recently the International Monetary Fund have consistently laid out the case for increasing government borrowing to invest in infrastructure. Recently the G20 launched the Global Infrastructure Hub with a mandate to grow the global pipeline of quality, bankable infrastructure projects. Government should not be afraid to borrow to build assets. It is vastly different from borrowing to fund recurrent expenditure given that the asset will deliver a reasonable return on the investment. Debt that is used to provide a longer term economic and social return is smart; it ensures that the initial capital outlay is serviced and repaid. The concern for Australia is that at some point in the not too distant future our economy will slow. There is no point rushing a project to market to try and soften the blow of an economic downturn. Action to address this is needed now. A major challenge in infrastructure delivery is the lack of integrated planning, and underinvestment in the early feasibility and design phases of projects. Too often early design is rushed to market, developed reactively against pre-made decisions. Times are tough; but we must not forget the windfall benefits that the right infrastructure projects can provide to a more productive Australia.

The new MODe business will sit within Arcadis’ Buildings and Urban Development sector. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Stuart Brown Chief Executive Officer BlackWall Pty Ltd

COWORKING SPACES BECOME KEY DRIVER IN COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Coworking spaces are becoming key drivers in the commercial property market, with WOTSO leading the way. A recent global survey by CBRE has found that effective space and cost management along with employee engagement are key issues for multinational corporations. The research also found the concept of sharing workplaces has caught up with not only the small businesses and start-ups, but also large multi-nationals. Major companies in Australia and overseas are now using or are planning to use shared workplaces, as this not only helps in saving costs but also conveys the progressive and modern values of the organisation, a key factor in talent attraction and retention. A large section of the respondents also enjoy the community and networking elements of co-working, in addition to convenient work locations. Drivers of companies’ workplace strategies are changing rapidly, with many companies turning to coworking spaces to improve their space utilisation with the aim of reducing costs, improving productivity and enhancing the overall work experience for employees. The survey found that better collaboration with customers, colleagues and coworkers is now the key reason behind implementing workplace strategy, while JLL recently found that traditional office space that companies own or lease is under-utilised for a striking 60% of the typical workday. The trend towards coworking spaces in Australia is being led by individuals and small teams, including start-ups and high technology groups, seeking flexible and cost-effective accommodation. The corporates and large groups are starting to utilise spaces but the early adopters in this field have always been freelancers, creative and consultants, of whom there are now more than ever. 12


Chadstone Shopping Centre Expansion Opens to the Public CallisonRTKL, the global architecture, planning and design practice, in partnership with Vicinity Centres and Gandel Group, are proud to announce the opening of the $660 million expansion of Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne – the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere with a 56-year history as one of Australia’s top retail destinations. Serving as Concept Designer with The Buchan Group as Executive Architect, CallisonRTKL devised the design for additional space to accommodate upwards of 100 new retailers and entertainment offerings, including a Legoland amusement centre, as well as a new grid shell roof. “This world-class architecture reflects the essence of leading flagship retail and iconic locations from around the globe, and perfectly showcases the premium customer experience on offer at Chadstone,” said Angus McNaughton, CEO and Managing Director of Vicinity Centres. Chadstone’s new claim to fame is the 31m high, 7,000m2 gridshell glass roof, resulting in a dramatic, column-free space. A product of collaboration with specialist engineers and research departments at University of Stuttgart and University of Bath, the design was achieved using 3D parametric modelling and refined through a combination of video and imagery. The roof is the first of its kind on the continent.

“The client didn’t want just any roof. They wanted the best roof in the world – one that could redefine the boundaries of what is possible,” said CallisonRTKL Director, Jorge Beroiz. “Every single panel of glass is different. Every node is different. I don’t think I’ll ever design another roof quite like this in my career.” Chadstone Shopping Centre has been a long-time staple of CallisonRTKL’s awardwinning retail portfolio. The firm initially engaged with the centre in 1988 on the design of a 52,000m2 addition and played an integral role in more recent stages of development and expansion, including the addition of Chadstone Place in 2008 and Chadstone West Mall in 2009. Throughout that time, CallisonRTKL and The Buchan Group have worked in partnership. “All around the world, shopping centre owners and developers are trying to figure out how to reinvent their existing inventory,” said Beroiz. “Gandel Group has consistently kept the centre ahead of retail trends, and we knew that the design of this extension would be no exception.” Chadstone Shopping Centre opened in 1960 as the first regional shopping centre in Victoria. Since Gandel Group’s 1983 purchase of the property, Chadstone has undergone a total of 34 redevelopments and more than quadrupled in size.

Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne

National Construction Code seminar series for 2017 How to use and apply the Building Code of Australia, information about fire safety in high-rise building, product certification and updates on Australia standards are the highlights of half-day program throughout Australian capital cities in early 2017. Registrations for the BCA information

session opened in November 2016. On the same day the sessions run in Sydney and Melbourne in March, a complementary afternoon session will be held exploring case studies on using Performance Solutions. For more information, visit

Difficult Access Engineering Difficult Access Engineering ‘DAE’ is a specialist division of Signdraft Pty Ltd, with over 25 years of commercial building signage and rope access expertise, their motto is ‘doing the bizarre and ridiculous since 1990.’

Benita Husband Director of Strategy Norman Disney & Young

DAE provides all manner of access and safety solutions to the construction industry, which other companies would consider impossible. From installing and maintaining signage and sculptures on top of the iconic Sydney Tower by helicopter, to rope access installation of high rise building signage for AMP, Telstra, Macquarie and Commonwealth Bank. DAE has even flown a V8 Supercar to the top of Mount Panorama for Team Vodafone as a tribute to the late Peter Brock!

Why strategy is key to organisational success When articulating a strategy there’s a delicate balance required in getting the right fit for your organisation. Leave the strategy too ‘loose’ and open to interpretation, and your intent and messages can be diluted; have it too ‘constricted’ and you may stifle creativity and autonomy within the business leading to possible missed opportunities.

It’s this ‘out of the square’ problem solving that has positioned DAE as the best in the business of height access. This is why organisations including John Holland, Brookfield, Multiplex, Lendlease, Westfield, Grocon and Meriton turn to DAE to provide them with practical access solutions for every type of project.

The key to achieving the correct balance is open and continuous dialogue. By structuring a process whereby regular, open and candid discussions can occur with your people and key clients, you allow for opportunities to test the relevance of your strategy and make adjustments as required.

DAE’s ability to design, engineer and custom manufacture components inhouse is paramount to delivering projects ahead of time and on budget. Façade surveys, repair works, removal and installation of HVAC and of course manufacture and installation of access systems such as rope anchors, ladders, catwalks and fall arrest systems is all in a day’s work at Difficult Access Engineering. Contact Mike Hurst at DAE on 02 9524 0557 to discuss how they can solve your access problem.

Building industry improving overall A Master Builders Survey of Building and Construction showed builder confidence was still firm for the September 2016 quarter, actually gaining 0.7 points on the BCMI index. Growth in sales contracts and an easing of skills shortage constraints helped buoy the sentiment of builders surveyed across the country. Activity in inner-city apartment markets may weaken over the next two years, said Matthew Pollock, National Manager Housing for Master Builders Australia. “Non-residential builders have lowered profit expectations and non-residential work-on-thebooks is soft. Typically, these are good leading


indicators for industry prospects, with the current results pointing to a slower period for the nation’s non-residential builders,” he said. “The CBD office markets in Perth and Brisbane remain a lingering weight on broader sectoral business conditions as the resource boom hangover continues to cast a long shadow. Other pockets of vulnerability include inner-city apartment markets and pretty much the entire engineering construction sector.” Meanwhile, non-residential builders have reigned in profit forecasts and are expecting a slow period. The index showed performance and forecasts varied across industry sectors.

Whilst a well-formulated strategy provides a pathway for decision-making, this is just one component. It’s important to foster a culture of self-actualisation and accountability to see it through. You need to ask your clients what they think is different about you to your competitors to test whether you’re really nailing it. In reference to our own firm, engineers are very logical and I believe they appreciate the transparency of a well-articulated strategy. That’s not to say they won’t ‘test’ it – and so they should. Importantly, an agreed strategy isn’t stagnant. Whilst it shouldn’t change too frequently or too dramatically, it may evolve over time. A strategy requires flex to accommodate change. One needs only to look at the engineering profession: as our industry has matured, and certain parts of an engineer’s role has been automated or commoditised, we are now becoming more valued as advisors than ‘pure’ designers. Over time our business models and our clients procurement methods have evolved too. The talent pool is now more mobile, and business is more global. We need to adapt and, where possible, anticipate what the future looks like for our clients so that we can ready ourselves and continue to add value. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Nicolaj Dahl National Sales & Marketing Manager Viridian Glass Commercial & Design

Glass: Transforming building design The challenge every designer faces with each project is achieving the balance between meeting the client brief while still delivering light filled, engaging, energy efficient spaces where occupants can interact with the outside world. Natural light is synonymous with good design and glass is the tool that links natural light to the everyday spaces that we live, work, play and grow in. As a result, glass plays an increasingly influential role in building design. The advancements in glass technology now mean designers can use expansive areas of high performance glass to maximise natural light levels without compromising on the building’s thermal performance. It also means larger glass doesn’t have to mean darker glass as the latest glazing options offer different levels of solar control, ensuring uninterrupted views and protection from UV exposure. Viridian has developed our performance glass options to allow designers to pick and choose the glass type that best meets their needs, offering them the flexibility to create comfortable, captivating spaces that still deliver on building performance and efficiency. The demands of modern day architecture require designers to embrace the three hallmarks of building design – appearance, performance and function and glass helps to achieve these principles unlike any other building material. Viridian is committed to delivering the latest glass technology and styles to ensure Australian designers have access to leading edge glass solutions. We are often called upon to provide inspiration for the most intricate and niche design challenges, allowing designers the flexibility to maximise their creative potential. Our extensive range of high performance glass products allow designers to deliver beautiful, illuminated spaces that don’t compromise on performance or building code requirements. We believe the design community should never be restricted by material selection, so our glass innovations are designed to help them push the boundaries of interior and exterior architecture. 14


Australia on top of the world for green ranking Sharing experiences and insights with their competitors has helped Australian and New Zealand companies clinch top ranking in 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). The ranking, released in September, was based on environmental, social and governance performance of real assets. It assessed a record 759 real estate companies and funds comprising more than 66,000 assets and AUD$3.7 trillion in gross asset value. The average GRESB score of companies and funds in Australia/NZ improved from 70 in 2015 to 74 in 2016 against a global average of 60. For the past seven years, Australia and New Zealand has ranked an average of 12 points above overseas peers. Australia has more than 1,320 Green Star-rated buildings. The report said Australia and New Zealand’s “unbroken streak of global leadership”

comes despite increasing global competition. It also reflected a long-term commitment to sustainability and a “pervasive spirit of collaboration and knowledge sharing,” said Ruben Langbroek, GRESB’s Head of Asia Pacific. “Australia’s property industry also regards superior sustainability as a proxy for quality,” he said. The industry’s continuing challenge was to keep raising the bar while working towards zero carbon. Investors are increasingly demanding reliable data on energy efficiency and sustainability to help guide their decision making, said Romily Madew, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia. “Sustainability is intimately connected with risk, reward and reputation and sustainable buildings are not only more efficient and environmentally-friendly, but are also future-proofed assets,” Romily said.

Genevieve Gowland to lead HR function at Norman Disney & Young Former General Manager HR Group Business Services at Australia Post, Genevieve Gowland, has been appointed as Director of HR at international professional services engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young (NDY). As the incoming Director of Human Resources, Genevieve joins the NDY Executive working with CEO Stuart Fowler and the senior leadership team to lead the HR function and facilitate the implementation of the NDY people strategy. With over 20 years of experience, including senior roles at Australia Post, ANZ, Barclays, Hudson and Capita, Genevieve is recognised for being a conceptual thinker and contributor to organisational strategy, and for her advocacy of innovative talent initiatives and diversity programs. “Genevieve brings to NDY extensive global expertise including previous roles at major business brands,” says NDY CEO, Stuart Fowler. “Genevieve joins NDY at a pivotal time of growth for our firm where she will play a lead role in the development and implementation of our people strategy. “Genevieve’s successful track record of delivering national and global large-scale people

change and transformation activity – along with her reputation for being a trusted advisor to the C Suite – adds a wealth of senior level external expertise to the NDY Executive. We are delighted to welcome Genevieve in playing a lead role towards NDY’s ongoing growth and development.” Adding to her commercial acumen, Genevieve has attained a number of credentials over her career including, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Degree in Organisational Psychology. For more information on visit Genevieve Gowland

a door to opportunity

comment Karl May Managing Director Turner

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IS NOW A KEY TO SYDNEY DEVELOPMENTS Garage Doors are considered to a bold design statement for a lot of residential homes and properties, but in cyclone prone areas of Australia, they also play a major safety role in protecting residents from harsh tropical weather conditions. When new building codes for cyclonic proof garage doors were released in 2012, many garage door manufacturers tackled the exhaustive specifications by adding more heavy and stiff support beams to their doors. However, according to Mark Canning of Centurion Garage Doors, these doors are now considered a safety risk due to their excessive weight and the design elements of them must be revisited. “Traditional garage doors designed for cyclonic conditions often see over one-third

of a tonne hanging over residents’ heads,” he said. “This poses a major safety issue for residents and they can be an accident waiting to happen. After 40 years in business, we tasked our engineering team with the challenge to design a lighter weight door and the result is our new revolutionary C2V2 Cyclonic Garage Door. They are around a quarter of the weight of a traditional cyclonic door and only marginally heavier than a standard garage door,” added Mark. “The doors have been specifically designed to provide a new level of safety for residents in cyclone prone areas and the company is expecting a great response from the Bundaberg through to Cairns market. The C2V2 features a patent pending webbing and track retention system and delivers a new cutting-edge level of safety, strength and security.”

John Holland in joint venture to revamp old Royal Adelaide Hospital site Leading engineering contractor John Holland Group and Commercial & General will collaborate on a $1 billion-plus development to revamp the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site into a new sustainable living precinct. “The development will return land to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and provide major economic benefits to South Australia creating up to 4,500 new jobs once operational and injecting $7.5 billion into the South Australian

economy over the first 12 years,” said John Holland, CEO Glenn Palin. John Holland Group will be a joint developer and investor as well as construct the project, which will start next year and take a decade to develop. It will include a 1,000-home multi-generational living precinct, a campus with curate incubator spaces for businesses, a cultural precinct and more than 5ha of open public space.

Richard Crookes wins Armidale hospital redevelopment A $60 million contract for Armidale’s Rural Referral Hospital redevelopment in northern NSW, has been won by Richard Crooke Construction’s New England office. The project, to be completed by late 2017, will

upgrade the facility to include a new emergency department, intensive care unit, a day surgery and new operating theatres. Richard Crookes has built hospitals at Parkes, Narrabri and three stages of Tamworth Hospital.

Leading developers, construction companies and architectural firms like Turner are fully committed to innovative and sustainable design outcomes. The understanding and consideration of active and passive environmentally responsive design principles should underpin all development, with key factors being the site’s location, orientation of buildings and technical service installations. It is important that these concerns are supported by an understanding of the commercial and social implications of design. The guiding principles of environmentally sustainable design are inextricably linked with the concern for the betterment of commerce and society, with the starting point for any project being a consideration of the quality of the environment for the occupant. The multi-award winning East Village at Victoria Park in Sydney is widely quoted as a mixed-use benchmark in Sydney in the delivery of a range of validated sustainability initiatives underpinned by knowledge, rigorous research and an understanding of global best practice and benchmarks. The building is designed to 5-Star Greenstar requirements in retail
and commercial areas and 4-Star Green Star requirements in residential areas. A tri-generation plant with heat rejection absorption chiller provides common area power, residential hot water and hot and chilled water to retail and commercial tenants. Design of all developments should take a holistic approach to sustainability, considering all aspects of the design in terms of environmental impact, occupant experience, operation and maintenance. The buildings often feature sustainable features like highly efficient appliances, increased insulation, solar-boosted energy generation, smart meters, natural ventilation and reduced lighting loads. Turner often involve sustainability consultants early in the project to ensure all opportunites are explored and design aspects are considered and audited throughout the project. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS




Andrew Grimshaw Director/Design Manager SBS Group (VIC)

THE RISE OF PRE-FABRICATION IN TODAY’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Colliers Sales Executive, Will White & Alder Director, Greg Alder onsite

In just over 15 years, pre-fabrication of commercial cold formed steel has certainly advanced a long way. From the early concept of a steel house frame, we are seeing rapid implementation in offsite challenging solutions. Combining AS4600 cold formed structures code and innovative fastening and fabrication technologies, builders now have an advantage in replacing traditional expensive constructions with efficient easy to install designs. With a growing need for diverse solutions, architects, builders and engineers are steadily growing accustomed to smarter offsite pre-fabricated designs utilising lightweight and aluminium materials. The industry has certainly embraced these advantages on many typical and complex projects alike in today’s construction market and with so many opportunities and new design software available, projects can now be built within sustainable budgets. One recent example is the 5-level RMIT Bundoora Student Accommodation project. Approximately 140 façade frame modules of varying sizes, typically a floor unit high x 10m long, were detailed, fabricated, pre-clad and installed in just over 12 weeks. The system completely removed the need for scaffolding on approximately 4000m2 of façade. This also reduced onsite cranage time and labour requirements in achieving the builders’ tight deadline. With pre-fabrication, the possibilities are endless.




Construction has commenced on the dual tower second stage of the Aura Apartments development, with nearly half of the 64 apartments on offer already sold. The second stage comprises two absolute lakefront towers, to be developed by Gold Coast based Alder Developments and constructed by sister company Alder Constructions. The Alder Constructions team has already won several awards for quality projects including the Gold Coast Turf Club, Jupiters Casino Atrium Bar and Seachange Country Club at Carrara to name a few. Alder Developments Managing Director, Greg Alder, says the early sales success of the new Aura Apartments can be attributed to the growth potential of the Varsity Lakes region, which continues to attract both local and interstate investors. He says a recent report by consulting firm Urbis shows that Varsity Lakes has a higher rental yield than most capital city regions. “Investors often look to capital city markets for a solid yield but Varsity Lakes’ yield of 5.5% tops the average yield for Brisbane (4.8%), Melbourne (4.1%) and Sydney (3.8%). It even trumps the wider Gold Coast market, which has an average yield of 5.3%,” he said. “The current Gold Coast vacancy rate of just 1.4% is the city’s lowest in five years, with Varsity Lakes again ahead of the field with a vacancy rate of just 0.7%, due to its position as a major employment, education and lifestyle hub.”

build Mr Alder says rental returns and potential gains were not the only drawcard for purchasers, who were also impressed by Aura’s resort-style facilities and high quality fittings and finishes. “The feedback we have had from purchasers and residents alike is that the amenities on offer exceed their expectations,” he said.

“Residents feel like they are on holiday every day with exclusive access to two pools, an outdoor spa, a gymnasium, sauna and teppanyaki grill. It’s quite unique to have all of these facilities in a boutique development of just 120 apartments. There’s also an expansive rooftop terrace atop each building, which provides vistas across Lake Orr to the hinterland, city skyline and ocean. Every apartment in stage two is beautifully appointed with stacked sliding doors which are fully retractable leading onto the balcony, timber look flooring to the living areas and stone benchtops in the kitchen, complete with quality stainless steel appliances.” Mr Alder says there are limited apartments remaining in the second stage of Aura, giving investors and purchasers limited opportunity to secure a lakefront address in one of the Gold Coast’s most sough after suburbs. “Aura Apartments is positioned at the heart of the Gold Coast and at the centre of the Varsity Lakes CBD, which is a highly desirable location with a smorgasbord of lifestyle and education amenities nearby, including Robina Town Centre, three schools, Bond University and numerous restaurants, parks and cafés just a short walk away,” he said. “Our purchasers to date have been a mix of investors, young professionals, young families and downsizers looking for a spacious apartment with plenty of natural light, great views and, privacy as a result of having just four apartments per floor. Construction of the new Aura stage two is expected to be completed by late 2017. A new display apartment is now open at 33 Lakefront Crescent, Varsity Lakes. For further information, contact 1300 882 206 or visit

GHD Advisory supports asset owners in a transforming world Australia was one of the first economies to see infrastructure as an investment class. Today competition for public private partnerships and capital recycling opportunities remains high. Having provided technical due diligence and yield optimisation on more than $100 billion worth of infrastructure acquisitions, divestments and refinancing since 2009, GHD has launched a dedicated GHD Advisory capability to enhance services to public and private sector clients. GHD’s Advisory business is headed by Mark Read, who previously led GHD’s growth strategies and client service initiatives in Australia. He is a former CEO of a listed company and held senior roles with global multi-disciplinary consultancies. Mark explains, “GHD has always offered services that go beyond design and delivery of assets, we are now extending those capabilities with a distinctive service offering and a new brand. GHD Advisory enables us to leverage our global connected network as we drive to deliver enhanced value across our clients’ business life cycle, through a blend of technical leadership and commercial acumen.” “Infrastructure is a long-term asset, with economic life cycles in excess of 50 years and typically a long term operating cost that is much greater than upfront ownership. As investors move away from a ‘bid to win’ to a ‘bid to own’ mindset, there is an increased demand for strategic advice that goes beyond the finance and accounting disciplines, and integrates insights from professionals who have experience across the asset life cycle: in infrastructure design, delivery and operations,” says Richard Fechner, who leads GHD Advisory’s Infrastructure Investment and Economics area.

GHD Advisory helps asset owners improve infrastructure delivery and operations, and support the long-term sustainability of their businesses. In the public sector, it not only informs individual transactions, but also delivers solid and meaningful business cases that enable governments to make smarter investment decisions, prioritise investment and improve service delivery. Ashley Wright, CEO says, “To respond to our clients’ needs more effectively, a key strategic imperative is to extend our services from the beginning of the asset’s life cycle, when a project is planned, designed and constructed, through its operations and maintenance, and ultimately to decommissioning, closure and capital recycling. One of the ways we are doing this is by investing in digital systems that add a new dimension to our traditional strengths, such as virtual reality and data analytics.” In addition to infrastructure investment and economics, GHD Advisory also offers a targeted range of services in asset management, strategic communications, regulatory and risk, digital and innovation. Mark Read, Group Executive Manager GHD Advisory

Martin West Group General Manager – East ATCO Structures & Logistics Pty Ltd

MODULAR CONSTRUCTION PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF INNOVATION When people think of ATCO they often think of the white and yellow band ‘donga’ or modular construction office. But ATCO is also considered a leader in remote workforce housing solutions, recently completing in excess of $1 billion worth of work. ATCO also operates across a number of different market segments providing permanent modular solutions. This work has centered around large state, catholic and private education projects (classrooms), medical facilities, child care facilities, health hubs, correctional services facilities and commercial offices. As a whole, modular construction continues to push the boundaries of innovation in design and technology in the evolving Australian construction industry. Modular construction has evolved to offer owners and designers improved environmental impact, greater collaboration, flexibility in design, and superior sophistication and innovation. As a result, modular construction is emerging as an increasing complement to traditional building. As one of the industry leaders, ATCO Structures and Logistics exemplifies the leap from modular construction as remote location housing supporting the resources sector, to more refined applications in residential, education and commercial solutions. Our sophisticated modular components are increasingly being integrated into traditional builds such as modular classrooms and low cost residential builds.

Dunlop FLoors Dunlop Flooring has the solution to all of your flooring needs. Whether you’re looking for an engineered timber, laminate, vinyl plank or the underlay that is perfectly suited to your chosen floor, we’ve got you covered. Dunlop Flooring keeps abreast of the changing requirements of hard floors, and is proud to state that all of our Hard Flooring Underlays give you superior acoustic performance and the required moisture protection, which are key elements in a trouble free installation. In the development


of our underlays we take into consideration the unique requirements of the Australian market, the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF), and the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) guidelines. So buy with confidence, knowing that Dunlop’s Hard Flooring Underlays are best-in-class in Australia for quality composition, acoustic performance, water vapour transmission and are proudly Australian made.

Combining modular and traditional building means both types of construction can take place simultaneously, saving time and money on a project. Modular advances allows greater collaboration including owner, architect, engineer and manufacturer to produce refined permanent buildings or modules with the advantages of a guaranteed faster build, assured high quality and efficiency control.



Chief Executive Interview Inhabit Inhabit has grown to 16 offices in just over five years, delivering expertise on projects across the globe. Inhabit’s unique multi-disciplinary approach allows relationships to be created with architects, developers, builders and fabricators, leading to exceptional results.

Having been on Inhabit’s board as a founding member in 2011, how has the company evolved over that time? Well, we have achieved a lot thanks to the very talented team of people involved across the business. We established a practice in six major disciplines: façades, building physics, acoustics, lighting, building maintenance and logistics, opened 16 offices around the world and have invested time and money in new methods, processes and Intellectual Property. Would you review your six months at the helm of the group? In a nutshell, what does your role involve? 18

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One of my main tasks has been to assess our current position and reflect upon the foundations and strategy of where we have come from, for the next evolution of our business. It’s important that I am a leader who unifies the business by consolidating on our positive working culture, continuing to nurture innovation, whilst ensuring we continue to provide evolving and innovative services for our clients.

forefront of innovation. We are here to give our clients value for money, and that can mean looking at the bigger picture and achieving outcomes that help solve their problems.

What’s the group’s new vision? How will it change the way your business works?

At Inhabit we like to always think outside the box. As a group, our core strength is cultural diversity which we will continue to build on. This approach brings incredible minds and personalities into the business. Also, we want to increase our contribution to industry discussion and debate on the world stage.

We want to reinforce and consolidate our position as a global leader in our field, at the

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Innovation can be as simple as constantly improving the way we work, to creating new ideas. We see it as a way of giving back to the industry. For example, our building physics team developed online tools and software for architects that allows them to have a much more fluid approach in the early design phase of a project rather than having to call on us. We took the ‘big picture’ approach for the industry.

are just as relevant to our current built environment. I have been involved in many projects where we pushed the boundaries looking for better ways to reduce embodied energy through material selection and quality engineering. Inhabit looks at our client’s problems and challenges with a multi-pronged solution by considering façade design and engineering, building physics and acoustics as an integrated approach.

Façade or, more accurately, architectural envelope design is becoming much more expressive and articulate. New, lightweight materials are enabling this as well as clients that are becoming more adventurous in their vision. We have been involved across various R&D projects with industry partners such as designing a lightweight façade system to achieve high-level acoustic ratings that differ from traditional design methods. A very difficult challenge considering the need to address low frequency noise ie traffic and rail. What’s something the average construction industry person would not know about façade engineering and construction?

“It’s important that I am a leader who unifies the business by consolidating on our positive working culture, continuing to nurture innovation, whilst ensuring we continue to provide evolving and innovative services for our clients.” Tony Alvaro - Chief Executive Officer

Developing a façade is not as simple as walking into a store and making a purchase. There are many layers and complexities from design approach through to getting in at the right time where our advice can have the most value. Why is it important to have experienced architects, designers, engineers and contractors collaborate on façade work? Communication is key to a successful project. Being guided by experienced practitioners allows the appropriate attention to the issues that influence the outcome of the design and construction process. Are there plans for expansion into other parts of Australia and overseas?

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How have you represented your industry and shared your expertise nationally and internationally?

We are in four major cities in Australia and see ongoing organic growth alongside continued strong growth in South East Asia. Expansion into the United States is an important part of evolving our business to reinforce our existing relationships with our US partners.

I am a big believer in mentoring and educating our next generation of consulting professionals, empowering them and giving them the opportunity to prove themselves.

For more information contact Inhabit, Level 6, 99 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 8669 2777, website

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Fletcher Insulation Using your smartphone to specify the right insulation for your project makes sense, particularly if all the tech specs and advice you need is at your fingertips. That’s just what one of the biggest players in insulation products in Australia, Fletcher Insulation, has developed.

said Matthew Bradshaw, National Marketing Manager. “Our customers can work out which products they need based on different scenarios. Previously, you’d have to go through a whole lot of catalogues, technical data and paperwork. We are finding that architects, builders and specifiers love it.”

Their FletcherSpec® Pro App has been proving a hit with clients since its launch in September 2015. It was developed to simplify the specification of insulation solutions in Australia, giving users a smarter approach to identifying an appropriate product to satisfy various building code requirements, climate zones and design needs. It has hundreds of product solutions,

“Our extensive product range ensures we are able to supply the most suitable product for any thermal, acoustic or fire protection application. The residential, commercial and industrial building sectors demand products that enable buildings to meet stringent requirements as set out in the National Construction Code (NCC). Our job is to make that task as easy as possible for our customers,” said Matthew.

Importantly, their products tick the box for credentials through Fletcher Insulation’s Global-Mark third party product certification quality management system and The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certification. “As well, in 2014, Fletcher Insulation launched its innovative ‘soft touch’ insulation making Pink Batts® considerably less itchy than traditional glasswool products,” said Matthew. Fletcher Insulation has one of Australia’s widest Insulation distribution and sales coverage networks. It offers energy efficient, fire protection and acoustic solutions. Fletcher Insulation was the supplier of choice to Geometric Construction for their work on the Spire Apartments in Newcastle City. They sourced acoustic, thermal wall and ceiling insulation with R ratings from 1.8, 2.2, 2.5 to 3.5. The main products supplied to Geometric were Pink Partition, an acoustic walling product, Tuff Wrap 497 for wall frame protection as well as Permastop, for optimum roofing insulation.


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“Fletcher were very good all round in customer service and technical back up. We needed that for the acoustic ratings and for acoustic clarification on warranties for the products we sourced from them,” said Logan Lyaloo, Director and Project Manager of Geometric.

as ‘Sisalation®’. Over the years, iconic Australian brands such as ACI, Pink Batts, Fat Bats, Vapa-Check as well as Insulco were united under the Fletcher name. Over a period of 55+ years, its Pink Batts® and Sisalation® products have continuously delivered exceptional value to Australians.

“Fletcher is one of the market leaders in the supply of insulation and they have the product that we required to successfully complete the project. It’s the first time we’ve used them and we’ll absolutely use them again.”

Today, Fletcher Insulation stands as a leading insulation manufacturer and distributor supplying renowned brands Australians love and trust. They pride themselves on providing first class products and technical support to deliver extraordinary value to their customers. Their core range comprises of Pink Batts®, Sisalation® building membranes and Permastop® Building Blanket designed

Fletcher Insulation has 370 employees and is part of the Fletcher Building Group, a multi-national company with more than 20,000 staff making it one of Australia’s largest building companies. Their Australian brands include Laminex, Stramit, Rocla, Tasman Sinkware (Oliveri Sinks) and Fair Dinkum Sheds.

for residential and commercial segments. They manufacture heavy density boards and blankets, which are customised for the HVAC and Industrial segments. Also, Fletcher Insulation distributes a range of alternative insulation products and/or accessories including reflective foam composites, rigid foam boards and insulation spacers.

For more information contact Fletcher Insulation, 600 Woodstock Avenue, Rooty Hill NSW 2766, phone 1300 654 444, email, website

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Infection Control with Getinge Getinge has provided specialist infrastructure for the all-important area of central sterilisation and infection control at the new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital. Getinge’s new and innovative systems, hardware, and technology have been installed in the Queensland hospital, located between Caloundra and Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. Robert Owen, Senior Project Implementation Manager with Getinge in Brisbane, advised that a staged and thorough process was required in the successful implementation of infection control in such a key regional facility. “This type of installation requires careful planning and design. You have to work closely with the builder to ensure that what is needed can be supplied, before making the machine selection. Once this is complete we work closely with our Swedish manufacturing facility to ensure the custom built systems meet the hospital’s needs, adhere to all local standards, and meet all infection control parameters for Australia,” Robert said. “All equipment used in surgical theatres depends on correct processes. Without a central sterilisation unit, absolutely nothing could be re-used,” Robert said. “Soiled equipment arrives back from theatre, is decontaminated, then sterilised, ready for use. Instruments have to be completely sterile, so adequate procedures and equipment are needed to process surgical equipment particularly in peak times. You don’t want cross contamination.” Getinge’s involvement at Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital included a range of hardware and service provision. The hardware Getinge delivered included eight washer-disinfectors in a range of sizes, notably two large trolley washers supplied for hospital carts and large equipment. In addition, two very specialised index washers were also supplied, both multi-chambered with five parts for five different processes. “With these five processes built-in, it takes away the manual handling aspect and reduces the risk of human error,” Robert said. The advanced multi-chamber washers and disinfectors are modular, compact and exceed throughput requirements while using significantly less water than previous generations. Within this system, the load is transferred smoothly and ergonomically with specialised transfer trolleys which ensure less manual handling for the staff. The use of detergents are vital to ensure effective decontamination of instruments and equipment. For the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital operators – Queensland Health, Getinge provided a custom Central Management System (CMS) that automatically doses and supplies detergents for all of their machines. 22

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“With these systems, staff don’t have to worry about their detergents as they are not required to change over any chemicals. The detergents are supplied in bulk quantities and managed remotely, by Getinge, who monitor this system 24 hours a day and arrange replacement detergents automatically” Robert explained. “Electronic notification comes through to us at Getinge, we then send a chemical technician to do the replacement or changeover at the hospital. The system is linked to an online portal ‘Getinge Online’ which allows Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital to view and monitor the equipment and detergents from any device.” As part of the sterilisation processes and procedures, an innovative ‘reverse osmosis water process’ has been provided for Queensland Health through Getinge. Reverse 24

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osmosis is a water purification technology, supplying treated water throughout the Central Sterilisation Department at Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital. Providing water in this way required specialist design and production, devising a tailor-made system to distribute the processed water efficiently and reliably. “What this means is the best results from the machines,” said Robert. “It’s a new and innovative approach, and central sterilisation units will be moving more in this direction to meet the new standard AS/NZS4187.” In the area of sterilisation, Getinge installed eight large sterilisers with automatic loading systems. These reduce human labour and other manual handling risks as the processes are automatically driven using the latest loading technology.

“Again, risk and handling issues are reduced as there is no physical loading,” said Robert. Getinge is part of the Swedish-based Getinge Group of companies, a group with over 150 years of history. Getinge and the Infection Control business unit operates in two main areas, Healthcare and Life Science. The first provides infection control solutions, while the Life Science deals with contamination prevention solutions. Getinge Group operates in over 40 countries in addition to an extensive distributor network in many more. Getinge Group’s contribution to the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital has provided planning and provisions of a top-level functioning central sterilisation unit, highlighting the importance of supplying excellent infection control and sterilisation for advanced care in Australia’s growth zones. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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The new public hospital is part of the 20-hectare Sunshine Coast Health Campus that will incorporate a health institute, a private hospital and opportunities for health-related commercial developments. The hospital will mean about 10,000 patients each year will not have to travel to Brisbane for complex treatment. Facilities will include a range of new services for the region such as comprehensive cancer care and neurosurgery. A global company, Getinge Infection Control has 5 offices and operations/service facilities across Australia in addition to an office and service facility in New Zealand. Getinge Infection Control is supported by over 60 passionate staff nationally, who all contributed to the development and implementation of infection control and central sterilisation facilities and systems WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

at the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital. The team includes project managers, product experts, service personnel and sales consultants who work collaboratively to ensure the very best outcome for their customers and patients. In 2012, Getinge was engaged to provide conceptual designs and mapping of associated workflow, with the final design ensuring optimal reprocessing pathways within the CSSD. Practical and technical completion of the project was finalised in July 2016, with performance documentation and validation completed in December. Sunshine Coast University Hospital is scheduled for opening in April 2017 with about 450 beds and the capacity to grow to more than 738 beds in subsequent years. Even greater expansion has been factored in to meet the growing demand for

hospital services. The hospital will also train local residents to be the health workforce of the future. Robert said the new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital facility will serve the region well. “It’s in the ‘green belt’ of the Sunshine Coast, at Kawana Waters, and is of particular importance to the region as this is the first tertiary hospital in the surrounding area.” Getinge Infection Control has also recently worked on similar projects at the New Royal Adelaide, Cairns and Rockhampton hospitals. For more information contact Getinge Australia Pty Ltd, phone 1800 GETINGE, website, 1/205 Queensport Road North, Murarrie QLD 4172, PO Box 50, Bulimba QLD 4171 ANCR Special Focus


reduce your construction time BY up to 50%. lESS Steel, CONCRETE, Excavation, labour & costs. The solid proof is in Ceerose Apartments, where Dincel Structural Walls are the next level solution for simple and economical permanent polymer formwork for walls and columns. The patented, low-cost system eliminates waterproofing costs, and significantly reduces the reinforcing and concrete requirements for slabs and walls. With an installation speed of 12sqm/per man/per hour, the durable, lightweight panels are proven to take projects off the critical path and put construction savings back on your bottom line.


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special WEST focus REGIONAL CANCER CENTRE SOUTH WARRNAMBOOL, VICtoria The South West Regional Cancer Centre is a PPP project that was won by a consortium led by Epworth HealthCare. The Epworth HealthCare Consortium built and now operates the $30 million facility, which will provide a broad range of facilities in a contemporary and welcoming environment including oncology and radiotherapy services, clinical consulting suites, therapy suites, pharmacy, administration areas and Peter’s Project Supportive Care Centre. Two radiotherapy bunkers are provided (one shell for future use) and a CT Simulation Suite. The project scope also includes the design of a multi-deck car park on an adjacent site across Worland Grove providing 139 spaces. Funding for the project has been provided from both the State and Federal governments, supplying $15 million and $10 million respectively, with an additional $5 million contributed by local community group Peter’s Project. The facility has been designed to have the capacity to treat up to 500 patients a year from western Victoria and south-east South Australia. Silver Thomas Hanley were the architects for the project. The whole process was incredibly satisfying from the design through to the construction, due to the positive and collaborative approach by all involved, particularly the Epworth project team, the contractors Construction Engineering, and the health professionals and community

that were part of the user group process. The architectural expression of the building was deliberate in its intent to signify a tertiary, state of the art cancer centre. It has a contemporary, dramatic and curvilinear feel, and uses a mix of materials to create interest with white and red paneling (the latter referencing the opposite hospital’s use of corten to mimic ‘a rusted shipwreck coast.’) The undulating curves of the façade give the building a feeling of softness and wellbeing enhanced by the timber soffits and window reveals, while expressing the technological sophistication of the interior fitout. The design of the Centre uses Patient Centred Care as the core principle. Inviting and private areas for staff have also been created, so that staff can treat, work and relax in a secure and pleasant work environment. A holistic approach to the treatment of cancer has been embraced in the Centre. The site was a fantastic opportunity to maximise views to the sea and surrounding Norfolk Pines. The interior of the Centre has a coastal theme with light colours, and a warm palette of pale timbers, carpets, and feature rugs. There is strong evidence that shows design with connection to nature encourages and supports the healing process and emotional wellbeing of the patients. This is provided in numerous ways; large windows to all rooms to maximise views of the sea and Norfolk Pines, accessible gardens and water features, views to the sky or sea in the Oncology Unit, with low

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side service panels and bench seats so patients can attend with their carer and socialise with other patients if they desire. A large deck on Level 2 provides staff with a private retreat with sea views. A 3-level stairwell with ‘profiled’ glazing overlooking the garden connects the three floors. Local artists have provided sculpture and photography through the centre, to reinforce the community connections. The maze into the radiotherapy bunker is treated as a gallery of ‘images of Warrnambool’ from local photographers. The centre piece of the facility’s focus on supportive care and healing is the Supportive Care Centre which is prominent with the use of double height ‘profiled’ glazing. This glass will ‘glow’ at night creating a beacon for the site, as well as providing maximum daylight and privacy to the occupants of the Supportive Care Centre, creating a calm and inviting environment inside. Solid timber floors, feature rugs, and a contemporary kitchen and lounge provide a place of respite to all visitors. The purpose of the Peter’s Project SCC is to provide the people of South West Victoria with access to a place with services that address their social, psychological and cultural needs associated with a cancer diagnosis. For more information contact Silver Thomas Hanley, 3 Glenarm Road, Glen Iris VIC 3142, phone 03 9885 2333, fax 03 9885 2455, website

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special focus Founded in 1967 by John Dodd, Coldflow Mechanical Services began as Coldflow Refrigeration. Fifteen years ago, the company was handed down to his three sons. Since then, the then-small company has grown into one of Melbourne’s most successful and awarded commercial and industrial mechanical service providers today. Coldflow Mechanical Services is one of Melbourne’s leading Commercial Air Conditioning Specialists; with over 100 years combined experience in our management, we are one of the market leaders for all things Commercial Air Conditioning with over 1000+ projects to our name. Coldflow Mechanical currently employs approximately 60 staff. Over the past 50 years, we have been involved with providing quality commercial and industrial mechanical services to some of Australia’s leading companies and most recognised builders.

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BETTER WAY TO BUILD HEBEL SYSTEMS OFFER FLEXIBILITY IN DESIGN, SPEED OF CONSTRUCTION AND MAKE NCC COMPLIANCE EASY TO ACHIEVE. Hebel wall systems deliver exceptional benefits in terms of cost, quality, project efficiency, and risk minimisation. Used in a range of applications including facades, intertenancy, corridor, shaft and service walls, Hebel wall systems go up quickly and easily helping with project costs and schedules. They are also tested, designed, and well-proven to achieve BCA/NCC fire and acoustic rating compliance easily. CSR Hebel is Australia’s only manufacturer of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), a strong, non-combustible, lightweight masonry product. Hebel - a better way to build.

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The Solution to a HOT topic Constant innovation in materials technology is a hallmark of the building industry. Nowhere is this more important than in minimising fire risk in high-rise, commercial and industrial buildings. Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, a cutting-edge supplier of bespoke, high performance façade products, has now introduced Reynodual®, the ‘new’ aluminium composite material of the construction industry offering a solution to the fire threat as happened in the Lacrosse apartment fire. Reynodual® is the first coil-coated double sheet aluminium panel for façades with high technical, visual and environmentally friendly requirements. Utilising a 2 x 1.5mm skin it is more resilient and robust than previous aluminium composites and offers the possibility of creating complex shapes for an attractive and creative appearance. Reynodual® guarantees good wind resistance and meets the stringent fire-protection requirements of AS1530.1, EN-13501-1, class A2. This makes it ideal for façade projects such as high-rise, industrial and public buildings. The team at AG&C has 20 years experience in the façade and glass industries. Sales and Marketing Manager, Paul Nipperess, said that AG&C not only offers products but solutions to complex


applications that others usually avoid. “We can provide optimal solutions to building owners by supplying products with unique aesthetic qualities, thermal and energy efficient values, insulation against noise as well as a broad range of sustainable products,” Paul said. “We are especially excited about the Reynodual® product. It has been tested and approved by the CSIRO to meet all current fire safety standards including AS1530.1.” Lendlease has been one of the first to select the revolutionary new non-combustible Reynodual® as the exterior cladding for its latest project, Toorak Park in Melbourne. “Lendlease will utilise 22,000m2 of Reynodual® which will be installed by Cladding Systems Pty Ltd of Thomastown, Victoria,” Paul said. “Reynodual® offers a range of colour finishes and Toorak Park will take full advantage of this with 11 different colours and finishes. It will be an outstanding example of the versatility of the product. Damian Hogan, owner of Cladding Systems commented to me how easy it was to work with Reynodual®.” For more information contact Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, Suite 17 ‘Wharf Central’ 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, email, website

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The pre-finished composite cladding with timber-grainembossed surface delivered the look and met building requirements with: • A tongue and groove profile and machined screen slots making installation a breeze • Seven natural wood colours • The availability of high Rw acoustic rating • Large coverage width of 155mm • The offer of smart, corrosion-resistant aluminium trims • The proof of extreme endurance tests • Compliance with the BCA’s fire hazard properties and fire resistance.

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Glass plays pivotal role in creating an office space like no other While offices in industrial estates are rarely creative or uplifting spaces, Ballarat Construction Management (BCM) was determined to break the mould with an inspiring and thoughtful workspace to reflect the craftsmanship and professionalism BCM prides itself on.

While many glass suppliers passed on the project deeming it ‘too hard,’ Viridian were able to meet the team’s demanding specifications and manufacture complex glass shards to extremely tight tolerances; creating the bespoke glass panels that fuse beautifully with the building’s design.

Glass and concrete were selected as the key materials in meeting the design objectives for the organisation’s new headquarters, resulting in an award winning façade that lights up an otherwise standard industrial estate.

With a project plan that was principally focused on creating a space that staff would feel engaged by, Project architect Alan Cubbon Director of Crosier Scott Architects felt glass would play a key role in achieving this.

Tasked with the challenge of creating a healthy, light-filled and stimulating workspace, Crosier Scott Architects delivered a stand-out 2-storey building that is a distinct departure from the usual office space archetype.

“We are committed to the fact that design can stimulate healthy and active habits in the workplace. Glass provides the ability to create a highly permeable building envelope which allows people to connect with and be aware of their environment. This is recognised as a major contributor to one’s health and well-being.”

The project’s prismatic, fractured façade comprised of polished concrete aggregate, Corten steel accents and Viridian SuperGrey™ glass. Much of the glass is rebated into the concrete formwork and the incorporation of wrap around windows and thatch-style glass skylights allow staff and visitors to appreciate the sweeping views of the surrounding sky and treeline.

Having scooped New York’s Architizer’s A+ 2016 People’s Choice Award for world’s best building façade, Alan’s team and BCM not only created a visually captivating design but also produced a functional, creative and healthy workplace that staff and customers can enjoy. For more information contact Viridian Glass, phone 1800 810 403, website

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Mixing compliance with style “Many of our customers in the building and construction industry specify our Pelican Pool hoist into their developments. The hoist is designed to be more elegant and discreet and to provide dignity to people who need greater accessibility to facilities, such as pools in residential and commercial developments” Sally Farrow, General Manager

As an architect or builder keen to ensure your developments are accessibility compliant, you don’t have to compromise on style. Para Mobility is a 33-year-old company recently acquired by DNW Group, specialising in innovative access and mobility equipment solutions to enable independence for people with a disability, ageing and those who are less mobile after experiencing an injury or illness. The Disability and Aged Care market is growing exponentially across Australia and Para Mobility is at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to meet the needs of those who have access and mobility challenges in their everyday living environment. Under the Building Code of Australia, a pool over a certain square meterage must comply for access for people with a disability. Para Mobility offers advice, customisation and installation of equipment solutions in new and existing buildings, along with offering ongoing service and maintenance.

The range of products offered are pool and spa access hoists, ceiling hoists, vehicle access lifter, change tables, floor hoists, beach chairs, wet area wheelchairs, stair climbers, stair and platform lifts, pool access steps and swim platforms. Anthony Leuzzi of Morris Goding Accessibility Consulting guides people in the construction industry about the laws, regulations and codes to plan for accessibility in developments has worked with Para Mobility on many installations and states “The Pelican hoist complies with the Disability ‘Access to Premises’ under the Building Code of Australia 2010 standards, which falls under the Disability Discrimination Act of 1992.” Builders and architects need to consider those areas of BCA to ensure they are compliant for residential, commercial developments and public and private infrastructure.

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Working mostly on commercial projects, Fire Sealed are finding their expertise in penetration schedules is proving to be a drawcard.

With more than three decades of combined passive fire industry experience, the key staff at Fire Sealed, a Melbourne-based specialist company, are well placed to advise you on practical solutions.

“We’ve been doing a fair bit of work in this area and are becoming known for our innovative approach, which uses new technology. We’ve got a good way to do it. Our clients are asking us for this service more and more as the need for it has become more stringent across the industry,” said Directors Lukas Calleja and Christopher Dove. Chris and Lukas have worked for a range of leading fire protection companies, allowing them to hone their skills working across all facets of the industry including project management, sales, installation, design and construction. Fire Sealed specialises in passive fire requirements, smoke and acoustic penetration sealing of services, design and construction of fire-rated bulkheads, access

panels and hatches, cladding of steel and ductwork as well as fire-rated wall and floor joint caulking. They work with fire-resistant wraps for mechanical ductwork, fire-resistance cladding for bulkheads and use fire-resistant paints for structural steel and electrical applications as well as fire wraps for penetration upgrades to achieve compliant FRL’s. “We offer competitive pricing with professional service from our project management team right through to our installation specialists. From your initial consultation, through to certification Fire Sealed can install, inspect, and repair the passive fire protection system within your building. That is for new projects or retrospectively fitted to existing buildings,” they said. The company relishes creating solutions for clients to save them program time and costs. They ensure projects comply with Australian

Standards having worked with them intimately over the years. “We’ve got the ability to look at a job that a client or subcontractor think can’t be sealed, be it for a new project or retrofitting an existing building. “We can come up with a solution to ensure that the passive fire protection system is backed by test certificates and/or fire engineers, with the inclusion of acoustic and smoke seals to all plumbing, electrical and mechanical ductwork. “We also offer a wide range of services offering peace of mind to managers, builders, building owners and body corporates such as quarterly/annual inspections and audits and site inspections to check for compliance and produce detailed reports outlining where they can make potential cost saving,” said Lukas. The company strives to continuously improve its services and keep up-to-date with new industry specifications and requirements.

“You might not have heard of our company name as it’s relatively new, but our staff have been in the industry for decades. If you are looking for innovative, cost-effective and compliance advise on passive fire protection systems, give us a call, we are just as good if not better than the competition,” he said. “We aim to be the most trusted professionals in the passive fire protection industry.” Fire Sealed has worked in the building, industrial, health, electrical, plumbing and mechanical industries. Key projects the company has worked on include Parliament Square, where they installed fire and acoustic seals, and the redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital involving all stages of the project and reinstating fire and acoustic integrity in existing buildings. They’ve also worked on the Platinum Towers in Melbourne and Latrobe Hospital in Traralgon.

Fire Sealed Windsor, VIC 03 8590 8872 Luke – 0499 076 448 Chris – 0424 401 367 admin@firesealed.

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The VESDA solution A world-leader and largest manufacturer of very early warning aspirating smoke detection systems, Xtralis has been a pioneer in life safety and security for over 30 years. Now owned by Honeywell, Xtralis is perhaps best known for its Australian-invented VESDA product range. The technology was invented by the CSIRO and Australia Post in the early 1970s (Packham & Gibson). VESDA was a response to the need for a very early smoke detection system capable of detecting smoke even when it couldn’t be seen within the telecommunications industry for Telstra (formerly Telecom). “If you can detect it early you can prevent it from becoming a large fire,” explains Eddie Tieppo, Pacific Sales Leader with Xtralis. “It gives time to react to prevent a disaster – especially in a data centre space, where it can take time to detect a fire.” VESDA can be located at a level where it can be readily accessed – rather than on high ceilings which may require a ladder or scissor lift. This means the detection system is easier to access for maintenance and safety. For builders and architects, VESDA is a value-add system that enables them to meet fire protection requirements within the National Construction Code (NCC). “VESDA can be used in most applications. It is a system that can solve problems through the Performance criteria of the NCC,” Eddie adds. With its ability to be unobtrusive, VESDA is being favoured by architects, particularly for ceilings, where traditional fire detection points may interrupt an interior’s aesthetics. “Iconic buildings are another example where a very early warning system is required but which is not obtrusive,” Eddie adds. For this reason, VESDA products are preferred by renowned Australian landmarks such as the National Museum of Australia, St Patricks Cathedral, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Exhibition Centre, St Andrews Cathedral. Additionally, the inconspicuous nature of VESDA has seen it applied in the prison system as VESDA eliminates the need 44

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to enter cells for maintenance as well as removing potential ligature points. Where detecting smoke can be more difficult for traditional spot type detectors, the VESDA range provides a resolution. “For environments with a high air flow or large volume, it is very difficult to detect smoke,” Eddie explains. “You need a detection system with the flexibility in both application and detecting a low or high amount of smoke. Most of the former Masters stores, for example, were protected with VESDA because of their high ceilings, large volume and airflow.” It was part of a fire-engineered solution to meet the performance criteria set out in the NCC. While the sprinkler system in the stores are designed to activate when fire has established and put it out quickly, the air flow from the air conditioning and heating systems would prevent this occurring. The early warning VESDA system turns off the air conditioning and heating enabling the fire sprinklers to work as designed.”


As well as building and architecture, VESDA solutions are being used across a range of industries, including industrial, accommodation, healthcare, public transport, pharmaceutical and public venues. Being a very early warning detection system, VESDA enables occupants to evacuate a space safely (be it accommodation centres or large public venues), even when there are longer evacuation distances. “Where you have a lot of people in an enclosed area, you want to have a very early detection system to investigate the cause and eliminate or evacuate those people without panic,” Eddie says, adding that VESDA helps alleviate this panic as smoke can’t be seen. R&D is taking place around how to further improve Very Early Warning Detection Systems. This includes integrating them with security systems to enable faster and planned response and detecting the type of smoke or gas and eliminating false alarms.

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premier fire protection | Masters of Fire Barangaroo Commercial Precinct, Sydney NSW

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

“In New South Wales, designers and installers at this stage do not need to be licensed or accredited. Our company however, employs only skilled tradesmen who understand and apply the relevant codes and standards”. Premier Fire has developed that expertise since setting up almost 30 years ago, with its first project being the iconic Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour. “The senior staff at that time all came from one of the major fire protection companies. The Sydney Aquarium project allowed Premier Fire to gain a reputation for excellence in its own right which has led to countless iconic projects including Aurora Place in Phillip Street Sydney, Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and as a joint venture partner on the Barangaroo Commercial precinct in Sydney. Gordon Stalley is one of the National Councillors of the National Fire Industry Association, mostly representing the Association on New South Wales issues. During that time the NFIA has opened fire industry training colleges across Australia. For more information contact Premier Fire Protection, Unit 2/3 Gibbes Street, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 02 8422 6888, fax 02 8422 6899, email, website ANCR Masters of Fire Special Feature


North point consulting | Masters of Fire

Proud of our vital role in Perth’s Major Projects

North Point Consulting is a specialist in designing fire protection engineering. Principal of North Point Consulting, Nathan Fraser, explains this role is different to that of a fire safety engineer. “Fire safety engineers determine what fire systems are required for a building; a fire protection engineer designs and documents compliant and cost effective fire protection systems to meet the project requirements.” “90% of our projects involve a shared water supply for the fire sprinkler and hydrant systems. It is vital to get the balance right with pipe, pump and tank sizing. We fully calculate our fire systems, simulating simultaneous operation of fire sprinklers and hydrants. Using minimum or standard flows for combined systems and water supplies puts the project at risk of under sizing the actual water supply requirements; costing time and money during construction” North Point Consulting has an impressive resume of successful projects including Commercial High Rise, Shopping Centres, Industrial, Mining, Residential and Health Care. Most recent projects include; Kings Square 1,2 and 4, Old Treasury Building, Capital Square Tower 1, West Stadium and Masters Hardware. North Point Consulting engineer and design all types of fire protection systems 48

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including fire hydrants, fire hose reels, fire sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, fire detection and occupant warning systems. The focus on Fire protection means North Point Consulting has an in depth knowledge of Australian Standards, NFPA and FM Global Loss Prevention Data Sheets to navigate clients through the compliance issues related to their project. Nathan has had extensive experience in all facets of the fire protection industry and all types of fire hazards. He has been devoted to the fire industry since 1998, and his roles in the industry include; fire sprinkler fitter, project manager, discipline leader for fire engineering at a top tier consulting firm to now proudly operating North Point Consulting. Nathan’s experience also includes two years in Canada with one of the largest Fire Protection Contractors in North America. Nathan’s practical industry background and experience in project delivery and fully coordinated system design, ensures North Point Consulting delivers strategic, cost effective solutions utilising the latest fire protection technology. For more information contact North Point Consulting, PO Box 2028, Churchlands WA 6018, mobile 0457 050 580, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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Passive Fire Systems has been specialising in just that since inception in 2005, with Founder and Managing Director Jim Paterson drawing on his 25-year-plus experience in the industry. The award-winning company creates systems that are compliant with the Building Code of Australia. These include fire-resistance rated walls, floors and other devices to compartmentalise a building into smaller sections. “It’s all about systems which help slow or prevent fire and smoke spreading from rooms and allows more time for people to evacuate,” said Jim. “Most of our products lay in a dormant state until such time there’s a fire,” he said. The company supplies, delivers, advises on, installs and certifies passive fire products and systems for the building and construction industry, Australia wide. They have offices in Brisbane and Sydney, with staff licensed under the QBCC for Fire Equipment – Passive (penetration and joint ceiling). “We have customers that need to install small fitouts and large. We treat all jobs with the same attention,” said Jim. “We can do some rectification work. Our priority is the plumbing, we can facilitate electrical and air conditioning but specialise in plumbing services.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Passive Fire Systems manufactures and supplies a vast range of fire collars for both floor and wall applications, retro fit and cast in situ. They also have a large range of fire stopping sealants and mortars, fire boards and metal pipe insulation. We carry a range of pvc fittings and puddle flanges and have a range of fixings and clouts for the correct installations. All meet the Australian standard. “Our core product range is fire collars, which we manufacture and supply. We mainly supply to the home unit builder market sector,” Jim said. “Our latest fire collar designed for floor waste and shower applications won a Good Design Award in our category, which was an amazing pat on the back for not giving in and not backing away from a very big challenge. We competed with some very large companies throughout the world.” Passive Fire Systems deals directly with the installers to assist with any problem installations.

For more information contact Passive Fire Systems (QLD) Pty Ltd, 109/193 Southpine Road, Brendale QLD 4500, phone 07 3205 8622, email, website ANCR Masters of Fire Special Feature


Kingspan Insulated Panels help to address rising concerns about combustible cladding Combustible cladding on high-rise buildings has become a critical issue owing to the use of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels (ACP) on façades across the globe. Combustible cladding poses serious safety concerns to people entering buildings in the event of a fire and particularly Australian fire brigades and emergency services. This has brought into sharp relief the importance of those in the building and construction industry, as well as fire brigades and regulatory authorities, to ensure they have an up-to-date understanding of the different materials available for external cladding. Using the right materials at the start of a build, with careful consideration given to the quality and type of materials used, can help to mitigate fire risk. Kingspan Insulated Panels is a global leader in the manufacture of fire-safe insulated panel and façade systems, backed by robust large-scale fire testing and a range of certifications to meet and exceed with Australian and global regulatory standards for fire safety. Its insulated building envelope cladding solutions contain a thermosetting core, which offers vastly superior fire performance over thermoplastic materials. Combined with the other benefits of Kingspan systems, this enables high-performance buildings to be constructed safely and more rapidly than other construction methods. Kingspan Insulated Panels fully supports the objectives of Australian Standard AS5113 Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings and its panels have undertaken extensive, full-scale fire testing to meet fire regulation compliance in various markets around the world. Its tests include:

The British test BS8414-1 for fire performance of external cladding systems. This includes test methods for non-loadbearing external cladding systems applied to the face of a building and it is one of the methodologies given in AS5113. The American National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA285 test, which is a standard fire test method for the evaluation of fire propagation characteristics of exterior non-load-bearing wall assemblies containing combustible components. The Swedish SP105 test, which is performed on façade coverings and external walls in accordance with the test method SP Fire 105 for all kinds of commercial and residential buildings.

Kingspan Insulated Panels also has a number of real fire case studies where building façades constructed with its panels have been exposed to large fire loads.

Kingspan Insulated Panels Pty Ltd 38-52 Dunheved Circuit St Marys NSW 2760 1300 KINGSPAN (1300 546 477) 50

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PASSIVE FIRE Four years ago, Peter Olin, known as the Owner/Operator of Brisbane Joint Sealing branched out in to the Passive Fire world and formed BJS Fire Solutions. Luke Mackey (0402 691 142) now runs the division for Peter, and BJS has built up a reputation as go-to guys for Passive fire advice, installation and certification.

As well as installation work servicing from the Sunshine Coast to Byron, Luke and his team offer help with quality assurance, penetration register management and ensuring that your work is compliant with the BCA, AS4072.1 and AS1530.4. Avoid the pitfalls of “She’ll be right”

Utilising products from the leading brands in the industry like Promat, Trafalgar, TBA Firefly and Snap Collars, BJS prides itself on maintaining high standards of work doing large and small scale work as a fully licensed operator under the QBCC. BJS is a solution based company, working closely with manufacturers like Promat, who make time to go the extra mile to make sure your requirements are met. Even if an alternate solution or evidence of suitability is needed, BJS will help get your project over the line. The Passive fire industry is a continuously evolving niche creating a headache for builders, certifiers and sub-contractors trying to navigate the minefield. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Hydroflow Distributors is a multinational wholesaler specialising in the supply of high quality systems and services to the Plumbing, HVAC, Fire Protection and Industrial markets. Hydroflow Distributors are agents for leading global brands including: Watts, Ames, Victaulic, Erico, Bugatti, SAB, Saint-Gobain, APEX and Insapipe. Hydroflows’ Distribution Centre, Customer Service and Technical Department are located in Altona (15 min from the Melbourne CBD). Sales Specialists are located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Hydroflow prides itself on providing system solutions and a high level of service and technical support to our national customer base. The Hydroflow Building Services Division specialises in piping systems for HVAC, Fire Hydrant and Fire Sprinkler systems. Our Building Services range includes: • Primed and Galvanised Pipe – Plain end, Threaded or Roll Grooved • Black ERW and Seamless Pipe and Buttweld Fittings • Stainless Steel Pipe and Fittings • Victaulic Roll Grooved Couplings, Fittings and Valves 52

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Victaulic Sprinklers and Vic-Flex assemblies Watts WM Flanged and R/G Valves Hydroflow Flanged Valves, Expansion Joints and Strainers Threaded Valves including Bugatti Ball Valves GAL MAL Threaded Fittings Erico Hangers, Channel and Rod Ames Backflow Devices – SDC, DDC and RPZ Fabrication Services – Pipe Preparation and Prefabrication

Product Approvals include: UL, FM, ActivFire, Watermark and AGA. Projects include: Sports Stadiums (MCG, Tennis Centre and Skilled Stadium); Shopping Centres (Eastland, Southland, Werribee Plaza, Chermside); Education Facilities (Latrobe University, Melbourne University, RMIT); Hospitals (Cabrini, Monash Children’s); High Rise Buildings (Collins Square Tower Two and Tower Four, Burke Place, Collins Place.)

For more information on our company, products and services please contact Suzy Peck (National Sales Manager, Building Services), mobile 0407 009 802, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Ignis Solutions | Masters of Fire

When you’re dealing with the fire engineer who contributed to the National Building Code, you can rest assured this man knows fire safety.

or know whether it’s fire compliant. We help by doing a performance analysis to say ‘it’s okay’ or recommend this is the testing required,” said Benjamin.

Director/Principal Benjamin Hughes-Brown set up his boutique fire engineering design and advice service, Ignis Solutions, in Canberra just over four years ago and now employs six others. He’s at the peak of the industry, being one of only 18 fire safety engineer fellows of Engineers Australia, which means his wealth of experience and qualifications as internationally accredited. He’s also accredited with the Fire Protection Association of Australia.

“Our approach is to listen to our clients needs, rather than try to drive a solution. We can then create something that’s suitable and with our knowledge with design and installation of fire safety systems we can deliver something that works and complies.”

“Our company offers fire safety advice and design compliance for fire related matters from drawing board to signing off/certifying for handover. It’s a complete service,” said Benjamin.

Iconic projects that Ignis Solutions has been working on include one of Canberra’s highest residential towers, The Mayfair Apartments, the Highgate Building and the Marketplace Gungahlin project.

He shares his expertise through monthly face-to-face seminars, which sees him travel across the country.

Ignis provides performance based design and evaluations on product testing and buildings for manufacturers to ensure those products meet the Building Code of Australia. “We find that many developers want to use specific products or designs, but the manufacturers may not have the right information WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Ignis Solutions Pty Ltd, PO Boxes 674, Civic Square ACT 2609, phone 02 6100 3900, email, website ANCR Masters of Fire Special Feature


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Lpg Fire Australia | Masters of Fire

More than 120 years experience in the Special Hazards fire suppression industry – that’s what LPG Fire Australia – has to offer you ! At LPG Fire Australia our vision is to continue to be the leading provider of quality solutions for Special Hazards fire risks across all major industry sectors in the Australian and New Zealand markets. With our depth of experience and broad range of products we protect our clients and their business from the devastating effects of fire. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer cutting edge technical solutions complimented with superior customer service to meet the individual demands of our customers. As a Member of the FPAA and a QBCC licensed company we recognise our responsibilities to our customers and we are committed to providing the most appropriate fire protection solution to each and every project. We understand the importance of getting it right the first time so we work closely with consultants, end users, industry, procurement companies and suppliers to develop solutions to meet local industry specific demands. To ensure continued supply and support of our products we maintain substantial stock holdings of cylinders, extinguishing agents, nozzles, valves and accessories in our warehouse. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

We are also represented on the ground in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland and Christchurch, positioning us well to service the Australian and New Zealand markets. Major industry sectors and markets serviced by LPG Fire Australia include: • Petrochemical • Data storage • Museums • Heritage buildings • Rail • Hangars

• Commercial • Industrial • Oil and gas • Mining • Power • Infrastructure

For more information contact LPG Fire Australia, Unit 1/10 Fremantle Street, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, phone 07 5522 1953, email, website ANCR Masters of Fire Special Feature


firequip | Masters of Fire

Firequip is a major supplier of an extensive range of specialist products to the fire protection, plumbing and building industries. They’re the company to go to for products including metal pipe, pipe fittings and couplings, hydrant assemblies, valves, sprinklers, fire extinguishers, tools and pipe fabrication equipment. They have a manufacturing capability to customise and build fire sprinkler systems and fire hydrant systems for commercial and residential buildings and carparks. “We are committed to providing high quality certified products backed by unrivalled customer service” said Wayne Collins, General Manager.

“One of the main reasons we developed this was because through speaking to people in the industry, we found there were poor levels of service among our competitors. Thanks to our efforts here, we’re now a leading specialist fire equipment supply company.” An example of how Firequip will go above and beyond to ensure it meets it customer service promise is that its service does not stop at the point of sale. If the company sends out a hydrant booster kit and the plumber doesn’t know how to assemble it, Firequip would send an expert out onsite to show them how. The company has supplied to the North-West Rail Terminal, Canberra Hospital, the M2 Tunnel and multiple residential developments in greater Sydney.

In April 2016, Firequip introduced and have maintained their Customer Service Promise, which has given the company an edge over its competitors. “It’s unique as all our employees contributed to the working and design of the promise. It focuses on four points: availability and responsiveness, professionalism and honesty, quality and certification, and continuous improvement.” 56

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For more information contact Firequip Pty Ltd, 2 Pike Street, Rydalmere NSW 2116, phone 02 9638 1300, fax 02 9684 2427, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Auscoast fire services | Masters of Fire

Auscoast Fire Services is at the forefront of cost saving engineering in the specialised field of fire protection systems. Haydn Mackie believes this is one of Auscoast Fire Services biggest draw cards. The company was formed in 2007 and is Co-Owned by Haydn and Murray Vandak and together with their team of designers have more than a century of fire industry experience. Haydn and Murray employ 40 people in their Queensland office, including nine apprentice sprinkler fitters. Their staff work across the state and have now branched out into New South Wales. The company’s strengths are in the design, employing their own inhouse designers, complemented by a highly skilled team of tradesmen completing the installations. “We treat all of our clients with their interests at heart. We have the resources to provide our clients with cost saving solutions through astute engineering, while still providing them with a system that not only complies with the Australian Standards, but delivers an overall result that is of high quality and cost effective. Over the years, I have saved my clients tens of thousands of dollars by applying these principles,” said Haydn. “The core of our business is automatic sprinkler installations and fire detection and alarm systems.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Auscoast Fire Services are nearing the completion of the 41-storey Sunland Group project, Abian, located in the Brisbane CBD. This project features an incredibly high level of finish and their team has delivered an installation consistent with this high benchmark. Other notable projects that they have completed are a 56-storey residential building on the Gold Coast, and an 80-storey building which is currently the highest residential tower in Brisbane. Their team also specialises in hydrants and hose reels, fire pump sets, water storage tanks, inspection, fire detection and alarm systems, testing and maintenance. They can also provide special risk installations such as transformer protection, LPG tank cooling systems, conveyor protection, foam and gaseous suppression systems and concept proposals. “Our edge is that we work hard, we’re committed and ensure we maintain a sense of pride in our workmanship. This approach has delivered us a lot of repeat work with our loyal client base,” said Haydn. For more information contact Auscoast Fire Services Pty Ltd, PO Box 37, Paradise Point QLD 4216, phone 07 5557 6788, email, website ANCR Masters of Fire Special Feature



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Trafalgar fire | Masters of Fire

The Revolutionary Fyrebox Trafalgar Fire’s new engineered fire stopping system, the Trafalgar Fyrebox, is gaining plenty of attention in the building industry. Featuring a patented two-piece, clip together design, the Fyrebox Slab-Mounted has been developed for high-rise residential apartments. It allows for multiple and mixed services to be run quickly and easily prior to wall construction, and in close vicinity to each other. Proven fire testing has eliminated the need for 200mm separation between adjacent services. “The Fyrebox system ensures that all services are adequately fire stopped and eliminates the common compliance issues associated with residential fire stopping,” explains Leanne Freel, Trafalgar Fire National Sales Manager. The Fyrebox has been tested in single layer plasterboard, Hebel and other common residential wall systems with all relevant services. The Fyrebox system enables building designers and service consultants to identify the required services location and specify Trafalgar Fyrebox Slab-Mounted, ensuring all services are adequately fire stopped. The Trafalgar Fyrebox range includes Fyrebox Slab-Mounted, Fyrebox Cast-In, Fyrebox Maxi and Fyrebox Mini. Trafalgar Fire recently assisted Next at the Mirage residential development, Meadowbank with a complex fire stopping issue, where WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the Fyrebox Slab-Mounted was installed in Hebel. Joseph Di Girolamo, Next Founder and CEO said, “Next have a responsibility to ensure the highest safety methods are practiced onsite and we are responsive to innovative solutions and products such as Fyrebox. We are now proposing to use this system on several major projects across Sydney.” “Additionally, industry feedback has been extremely positive with many Tier 1 builders now using the Fyrebox Slab-Mounted. It is being specified and used on major projects,” said Leanne. “Momentum is building for this revolutionary product, and the flexibility of the design has received very positive feedback from building surveyors and designers,” Leanne says. “The use of Fyrebox allows a completely different approach to who does the fire stopping and why on construction projects. Builders can now plan ahead for services and avoid costly fire stopping mistakes by using Fyrebox. A little bit of forward planning and builders can rest easy knowing that their fire stopping is sound.” For more information contact Trafalgar Fire Containment Solutions, 26A Ferndell Street, South Granville NSW 2142, phone 1800 888 714, email, website, ANCR Masters of Fire Special Feature


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This not-quite-three-year-old startup has carved quite a niche in the fire industry. Ikon Fire Safety & Maintenance, based in Penrith, in Western Sydney, was the brainchild of Greg McVicar, who has 13 years industry experience. “I was keen to make my mark in the industry,” said Greg, who employs 17 people in his fire business and another 29 in the other McVicar Group companies covering plumbing, excavation and civil engineering. “Ikon Fire Safety covers all aspects of the fire protection industry. That’s not only construction-based projects, but also maintenance of existing buildings. We design, construct, fabricate elements, install and maintain systems for wet or dry fires.”

walkways with gardens at Waterloo. All units opened to the natural environment and there were bridge walkways between five buildings as well as planter boxes and vertical gardens. “Trying to get compliance was challenging because there were new elements, such as non-fire rated compartments for firehydrants and involved thinking outside your generic and conventional construction that have to be taken into account. We worked closely with the engineers and architects so our solution was to put the hydrants on the landings,” said Greg. “We also achieved fire-rated passageways by installing fire sprinklers in the front lobby areas of the units. This is virtually unheard of.”

The have expertise in special hazard fire protection systems, which is more on the maintenance side. Ikon Fire Safety has the capacity and specialisation to do Tier 1 residential constructions ranging from a minimum of 100 apartments to up to 400. Their inhouse design team runs the latest computer programs such as in 3D modelling. A recent unconventional Sydney project they completed, Garden House, comprised a residential unit complex with open-atrium system 60

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ARA Fire is a national provider of fire protection services. ARA Fire specialises in the design, supply, installation, service and maintenance of fire protection systems. Comprised of Automatic Fire Protection Design (nationally) and Asset Fire Security & Mechanical Services (Queensland), ARA Fire delivers innovative fire solutions to large-scale infrastructure projects and across a range of industries and market sectors including mining and resources, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, food and beverage and commercial buildings. ARA Fire is located in New South Wales, Queensland,Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT.

Fire Protection Services: • Inspection, testing, maintenance and service support • Design and installation of fire sprinkler, detection and alarm systems • Fire suppression systems - gaseous, restaurant and vehicle • Consultancy, compliance management and certification • Pressure testing and recharge of portable equipment • Fire sprinkler fabrication A major project carried out by the ARA Group Queensland division during 2016, was to install fire protection systems to two high voltage facilities in Northern New South Wales. Included in this protection were fire SPRINKLER/FIRE DETECTION including VESDA Systems and IG 55 GAS SYSTEMS.


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red fire Engineers | Masters of Fire

The RED experience The combustibility of façades and façade materials has come under the spotlight following high profile building fires in Australia (Melbourne), China and the Middle East.

RED Fire Engineers is a team of internationally trained, professional fire engineers with a strong track record in providing innovative design solutions to the property industry.

However, did you know that fire safety professionals have been tackling this problem for thousands of years? After the great fires in Rome, London, Chicago and other cities around the world, authorities have adopted building codes that aim to avoid fire spread via façades.

The company are professional problem solvers for developers, builders and designers in the private and public sectors. RED’s aim is to surpass its clients’ expectations in all areas of fire engineering and risk management consulting.

“Australia already has a strong performance-based building code that addresses this issue,” explains Blair Stratton, RED Fire Engineers’ Victorian Manager. “The Building Code of Australia includes strict ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ provisions that restrict the use of both combustible façades and façade attachments.”

With a highly experienced and diverse team of fire engineers, RED always strives to maintain communication and support throughout the life cycle of every project. It proactively delivers fire engineering designs that carefully identify and respond to program, budgetary and spatial constraints.

“In general for high-rise buildings, walls need to be non-combustible and attachments to walls need to have limited combustibility. What type of attachments can be used depends on the risk to occupants, fire fighters and adjacent buildings,” adds Dr Jonathan Barnett, RED’s Technical Director. “A professional fire engineer will help you understand when combustible or non-combustible cladding is appropriate to use as part of a holistic building fire safety solution.”

“We design projects around Australia and the world from our offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,” Blair adds.


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work life safety systems There’s minimal downtime for construction sites who hire Work Life Safety Systems (WLSS) to run fire and emergency management training. The Adelaide-based company wheels its purpose-built trailer onsite to the customer to deliver the training in as little as one and a half hours, says Director, Tristan Winen, who has worked in the safety and construction industry for more than 20 years. WLSS’ fire safety training trailer features 20 operational extinguishers, to allow all participants to get ‘hands on’ fire simulation training, boost their confidence and improve their competence in assessing and handling fire emergencies. Importantly, this innovation brings training onsite in familiar surroundings. This results in cost-effective training as there is no lost time for clients in travel time. Our clients have regularly complimented us on our well-built and professionally stocked trailer. It is a clean solution to fire training. We do not bring oil and other flammable materials to site that may result in a mess. Our flammables burn cleanly and the LPG used in the simulation, and CO2 extinguishers leave no residue, as preferred by the EPA. Known as Adelaide’s ‘go to’ for work health and safety (WHS/OHS), and fire experts, the company employs four people and proudly services a much-needed area. WLSS can assist businesses to develop WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

work health and safety management systems, safe work practices, undertake audits and risk assessments, WHS education training and induction, testing and tagging of electrical items and fire equipment, develop site-specific emergency plans, provide onsite safety support and provide licensed incident and accident investigation. WLSS has experience developing temporary solutions for construction sites, such as air horns for raising the alarm in the event of an emergency, where the fire alarms have yet to be installed. The way we develop emergency solutions for construction sites, they can then, where possible, be used in a permanent capacity at the completion of construction,” he said. WLSS offer a one-stop coordinated, comprehensive service that can deliver a business’ complete safety requirements without engaging other providers. A total solution! WLSS provides tailor-made safety solutions for any size business, from sole traders through to large corporations, with systems to suit you, that are streamlined and simple to use.” For more information contact Work Life Safety Systems Pty Ltd, phone 08 8322 2279, email, website ANCR Masters of Fire Special Feature


Commercial and Storage | Dry Pendent ELO Sprinklers Viking’s Standard Response and Quick Response Dry Pendent ELO Sprinklers are the first of their kind as the only FM Approved ELO dry barrel models. With a nominal K-factor of 11.2 (161), the new sprinklers can reduce the overall water demand required in many cold storage sprinkler systems, particularly where ceiling heights are 35 ft. (10,5 m) and below. By reducing water supply requirements, Viking’s new dry ELO sprinklers can help lower system costs by possibly eliminating the need for a fire pump and reducing the size of system piping and related components. Plain barrel, standard adjustable, and recessed adjustable models are all available in both standard and quick response options.  The only FM Approved ELO dry barrel pendent sprinkler.  Ideal for a wide variety of low temperature commercial and cold storage applications subject to temperatures below 40° F.

Approvals: Factory Mutual K-factor: 11.2 (161) Connection: 1-1/4” NPT (requires 1-1/4” tee) 32 mm BSP Temperature: 165°F (74°C) 205°F (96°C) 280°F (138°C) Operating Element: Fusible Link Finish: Brass, Chrome, White Item Price Group: V19.5

 1 ¼” barrel and thread size – requires 1 ¼” tee.

Occupancy/Hazard: Storage/Non-Storage

 Lengths in 6” increments from 12” to 48” (305 to 1,219 mm) for plain barrel, standard adjustable, and recessed adjustable models.

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 Available in ordinary, intermediate, and high temperature ratings; 165° F (74° C), 205° F (96° C), and 280° F (138° C). Contact your local Viking SupplyNet team to place an order today!

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legends of lifting | clark cranes

World-best tower and mobile cranes for hire, buy new or second-hand, are what give Clark Cranes and its sister company, Associated Mobile Cranes, the edge in lifting, says Owner and Founder, Michael Clark. Clark Cranes has the dealership for Italian-made Raimondi tower cranes for the construction industry for wet or dry hire. The range he offers from his Melbourne base includes cranes that can lift as little as 4 tonne with a reach of 39m, up to a 14 tonne machine that raises 2.7 tonnes at 76m. As well, he stocks $200,000 of spare parts for Raimondi cranes which gives their clients peace of mind. “The Raimondi cranes are very well built and easy to erect and dismantle plus they are electric, so very quiet and there’s no emissions. The latest model of a luffing crane has a 60m jib and takes just a day to erect. That’s half the time of a comparable crane,” said Michael. “We even have cranes that can go inside the lift shaft to build a building to take away any of those penetrations through slabs or outside of the building. It’s a small crane with a big capacity.” The relationship with Associated Mobile Cranes? It’s the company his father set up in 1990 and for which Michael worked until he branched out on his own a decade ago. The two businesses work closely together to offer the construction industry a one-stop shop for cranes including training and operator hire. Clark Cranes sell new and second hand cranes so offer the whole package from erection, dismantling, spare parts to certification and commissioning reports. Other products for sale or hire include plant equipment, tipping bins, kibble buckets, onsite skips, man cages, plaster cages, first aid cages, and brick cages. The company employs 25 people, operates across Australia and conducts most of its business in Melbourne and Brisbane. “You have the full support of the company talking directly with the owner. Any dramas you have can be sorted over the phone or the help of our two support vehicles on the road everyday catering to our clients’ needs,” Michael said. For more information contact Clark Cranes Pty Ltd, 336 Settlement Road, Thomastown VIC 3074, phone 03 9464 7444, email, website

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legends of lifting | ace tower hire

When heights have to be scaled to complete a task, particularly an out-of-the-ordinary job, more often than not a call goes out to the specialists at Ace Tower Hire and Services. Whether it is telecommunications tower maintenance, bridge work, erecting advertising billboards, replacing lights at sporting facilities or church spire inspection, Ace Tower Hire can provide the right equipment and skilled operators for the lift. Now part of the ‘Yes, it’s Ace’ Group, Ace Tower Hire is based in Melbourne but services clients around Australia. Director, Mark Calvi, said that the company provides a full range of services utilising its modern fleet-mounted aerial work platforms from cherry pickers through to travel towers with a range from 8m to 101m. Fully trained for working at heights, Ace Tower Hire operators are provided to assist in working the bucket for clients. “We are often called in when a client has a particular problem to solve,” Mark said. “Designing a solution and an action plan to resolve the issue provides plenty of challenges but makes each job all the more interesting for our team.” Mark pointed to the work that Ace Tower Hire has done on the West Gate Bridge as a prime example of the company’s capabilities. West Gate Bridge is a steel box girder cable-stayed bridge spanning the Yarra and is one of the busiest road corridors in Australia carrying 200,000 vehicles a day. Bridge preservation activities and preventative maintenance are critical. Ace Tower Hire conducts general bridge inspections and has played a major part in the bridge strengthening program and the upgraded anti-suicide fencing project. “Naturally we have to carry out all our work with a minimum of inconvenience to the traffic flow so we work at night with a tight time frame, which poses extra problems,” Mark added. “There is also the weather to consider, as wind and rain can increase the difficulty of the exercise. However with our fleet of truck-mounted elevated work platforms and specialised bridge units plus 70

our experience, it makes us the number one choice to deliver working at heights solutions for major bridge projects Australia-wide.” A challenge of a very different nature was the contract to change all the glass light globes over the clay courts at the Melbourne Tennis Centre. Imported from Italy, the globes had to be handled carefully and there was the added challenge of bringing the right equipment onto the court area with limited doorway access. “We worked out a way to solve the problem and were able to complete the job as per the contract,” Mark said. “We apply the same analytical approach to all our jobs whether it is servicing wind farm towers, tree pruning for electricity suppliers or lifting large panes of glass for glaziers on construction projects.” The Ace Group operates a compliant integrated quality management system that meets the ISO9001: 2009 and ISO14001: 1996 standard. All employees are inducted into the system and its implementation. Factors bearing on the QMS are quality assurance, environmental issues, industrial relations, safety management and operating procedures. Mark said that the quality management system was critical to the company’s success as it continued to grow and expand its services. “We employ nearly 40 people all of whom are committed to improving our various core business processes that will ultimately lead us to advance our overall performance and relationships with our clients, many of whom are Australia’s leading construction companies, power utilities and telecommunications providers.” “We are determined to maintain our leadership position in the high lift market, so we continually source new equipment for the ever-higher construction and maintenance tasks Ace Tower Hire is asked to perform,” Mark said. For more information contact Ace Tower Hire, 185-191 Liverpool Road, Kilsyth VIC 3137, phone 1800 13 13 66, fax 03 9761 8049, email, website

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legends of lifting | botany cranes

Continually refreshing their fleet of cranes and support vehicles to better fit with their clients and customers’ needs is a strength of Botany Cranes & Forklifts. This 60-year-strong company is a true ‘Legend of Lifting’ that’s time and time again helped the Sydney metropolitan construction sector with equipment hire to ensure their projects are completed safely and on time. “It’s easy to find worksites that are in dire need of a quality crane in Sydney and even easier to find satisfied foremen and construction site organisers that have come to us for crane hire and completed their projects far ahead of schedule,” said Managing Director, Damian Griffiths. “That’s because our Botany Cranes work vehicles are certified, safe and among the most well-tested in all of New South Wales. There are few things more dependable than one of our trucks working in tandem with our reliable, well-trained operators and dogmen.” Botany Cranes’ rental process involves an experienced staff member having an in depth site visit to get a grip on you job’s requirements. This approach ensures they give you the best vehicle for your needs. Leave it to Botany Cranes to operate and dog the cranes and take care of the workplace health and safety documents for that equipment. Damian has been at the helm of this family run company since February 2016, having worked up the ranks over previous years

refining his skills as a marine and motor mechanic. He has more than 12 years experience in the crane and access industry. Botany Cranes has 15 mobile cranes ranging from small (3 tonne) mini crawler cranes, city cranes, franna cranes, truck cranes and a fleet of all terrain cranes ranging from 35-130 tonne. There’s also a low loader and semi trailers. Two full-time mechanics ensure every crane and vehicle in their fleet is at the ready for any worksite in New South Wales. Five years is the average age of their fleet. For the past 15 years, Botany Cranes has been the exclusive mobile crane supplier to Garde Services throughout Sydney and the Central Coast. Also on Botany Cranes’ client deck are Ausgrid, Caltex, Botany Industrial Park, navy bases as well as industrial sites and various freight forwarders. They even hire cranes to sensitive freight companies installing telecommunication equipment, MRI machines, CT scanners and other sensitive medical equipment around Sydney and beyond. Botany Cranes were called to help upgrade Kogarah and Bankstown Railway stations. They also provide to building, air conditioning and roofing companies as well as the marine industry. Botany Cranes’ customers include the movie industry and flagship events. Their cranes have done the hard yards for Wolverine, Unbroken, Mad Max Fury Road and Hacksaw Ridge as well as for the Extreme Sailing Event on Sydney Harbour each year. The company gets an even bigger boost through its affiliations with Botany Access, Brisbane Access and Newcastle Access. Botany Access actually has Sydney’s largest privately owned access equipment for hire. These include a wide range of scissor lifts, elevated work platforms, scaffolding, cherry pickers, forklifts and telescopic handles to make ease of any access and material handling needs onsite. For more information contact Botany Cranes & Forklift Services Pty Ltd, 15 Hale Street, Botany NSW 2019, phone 02 9666 6366, email, website


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legends of lifting | advance cranes

Advance Cranes is one of Sydney’s leading providers of all types of lifting services and has one simple objective – to become the first choice for lifting needs by providing the best quality equipment and personalised service from highly qualified employees. The company employs over 80 trained and licenced dogmen, crane operators and riggers that are specially trained to operate tower cranes, as well as internal structural and mechanical engineers and qualified electrical engineers. Advance Cranes offers a full range of lifting services for small to large-scale jobs. Safety is a priority at Advance Cranes. Director, Jay El-Mir said that no effort is spared to ensure all equipment is regularly serviced and inspected on a daily basis, and that all employees are comprehensively trained to meet industry regulatory standards. “We also strive to have the latest in modern crane technology in our fleet which incorporate the highest safety standards available.” Riggers from Advance Cranes specialise in crane base installation, Tower Crane installation, commissioning, dismantling and servicing. Structural engineers are also made available for the design of structures that support loads in a safe and efficient manner. Advance Cranes can provide an extensive range of lifting equipment depending on client needs. “We have topless cranes, luffing cranes and hammer head cranes for hire, backed by our internal technical expertise. One of the services we are known for is meeting the requirements of our clients at short notice and if required, we can erect cranes at night to minimise disruption on building sites.” Advance Cranes has its cranes at a number of high-rise projects around Sydney at the moment, with one highlight being the 24-storey Paper Mill apartments in Liverpool. “We have a 16 tonne and a 5 tonne crane supporting that development which is one of many which are revitalising Western Sydney as a great place to live and work,” Jay said. “It is a great example of the excellent lifting service which Advance Cranes is proud to undertake for any client.” For more information contact Advance Cranes Pty Ltd, phone 1800 TOWERCRANE, email, website


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legends of lifting | all about lifting & Safety

‘Saving you time,’ while doing it right is a catchcry of All About Lifting & Safety. It has a mobile testbed truck ready to conduct onsite mechanical load testing and repairs of lifting, rigging, height safety and industrial workshop equipment whenever their clients need it, saving on downtime by bringing equipment back into service on the spot without delay. General Manager, Scott Pennings says his company is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA). While All About Lifting & Safety is a three year old company, Scott and his staff, draws on its two decades within the industry, plus is in partnership with the Barry Evans Lifting World Group, which has branches across New South Wales and Victoria. “We’re a company of eight people and we’re fully tooled up for every type of lifting challenge,” Scott said. “Plus, we can call on nearly 200 years of experience from the Barry Evans Lifting World Group, which employs about 30 people.” All About Lifting & Safety also has an online register system which sends Scott, his staff and his customers prompts via email, when they need to recertify their equipment. He said the average person in the construction industry might not know about the compliance requirements for lifting equipment, which considers how much the equipment is used, not just by a periodical timetable. Height safety equipment should not only be inspected prior to use, but recertified every six months by a competent person who works in the industry according to Australian Standards. Soft slings need to be inspected against specific criteria every three months and swift lifts tested annually. You have to have a paper trail to keep compliant, which our online register system makes easy to do. All About Lifting & Safety is working in diverse industry sectors including utilities, government, bridges, railways, civil works, residential developments and more, on long and short-term contracts. The company is working on the Commonwealth Games Village to open in 2018, carrying out inspections and supplying new lifting and height safety equipment. They’ve even undertaken work in Nauru doing the annual lifting and re-certifications on the island and in Papua New Guinea on drill rigs. For more information contact All About Lifting & Safety Pty Ltd, (QLD) Unit 1, 12 Duntroon Street, Brendale QLD 4500, (NSW) Unit 15, 12 Tierney Place, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486, phone 07 3889 7774, email, website

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legends of lifting | Gleason cranes

Sold by Gleason XCMG XGT560, 25T Capacity

After 40 years in the crane business, Gleason Cranes regularly has second-generation clients, says Founder, Chris Logan. “From some of our clients and their businesses, we’re now up to selling them an 11th or 12th crane. It’s all word of mouth in this industry because it’s so small, everyone knows everyone else by reputation,” said Chris. Gleason Cranes is a trailblazer having been the first Australian company to import new and used cranes approved for operation in Australia. “We were the first company to master that and do it correctly. We’re still doing it today,” said Chris. Gleason’s is also the biggest buyer and seller of used cranes in Australia, and also acts as a broker and sells spare parts. Gleason Cranes is an Australian distributor for Zoomlion, XCMG, Ormig, R&B Mighty Crane and Galizia. As well they offer a comprehensive range of tower cranes, all terrain cranes, truck cranes, crawler cranes, rough terrain cranes, mini crawler cranes and pick and carry cranes etc. The company is a major seller of Chinese cranes across Australia. “We’ve been specialising in that for seven years. We put our name behind it. A lot of people treat Chinese products as being low quality, but today they are very, very reliable machines and you know that because you don’t get calls on the warranty,” Chris said.

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“They are very simple cranes, not overly engineered and not overly computerised so they’re fairly easy to fix. They give you all the protections of German and Japanese cranes, too.” An example of a Chinese crane manufacturer being a big global player, Zoomlion has 13 factories in China and employs over 50,000 people. Gleason Cranes also completes repairs and major inspections to Australian standards and offers a dry hire and crane finder service.

For more information contact Gleason Cranes Sales Pty Ltd, 24 Canterbury Road, Braeside VIC 3175, phone (sales) 1300 686 626, email, website

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When it comes to crane sales and service, Pace Cranes is one of the best in the business. Pace Cranes, the trading name of P.A. Construction Equipment Pty Ltd, is Australian owned and operated and has serviced the needs of the building and construction industry since 1987. Pace Cranes is the authorised distributor for Maeda mini crawler cranes in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as Sennebogen crawler cranes, Valla pick and carry cranes and Shuttlelift rubber-tyred gantry cranes. The innovative Maeda mini crawler range is extremely popular and can be found on most building sites in Australia. Pace Cranes has been associated with Maeda for over 24 years and has sold over 1,000 units in that time. Managing Director of Pace Cranes, Anthony Heeks, said that the versatility and flexibility of the Maeda range make them an indispensible tool. “From panelling and cladding, through the full spectrum of glass handling to restoration projects, specialist lifting applications or in restricted areas on domestic and construction sites such as erecting noise barriers on highways, their compact dimensions and ability to manoeuvre mean that in many lift situations they replace the need for much larger cranes.” Anthony added that the 2.8 tonne and under walk-behind models can fit into man and material lifts with their narrow footprint. “That is just one of the reasons for their popularity on high-rise sites. Another major reason is that the Maeda series can be used on suspended slabs as they are lightweight but have stability with their outriggers extended,” he said. “They are ideal for lifting steel structures and curtain walls.” A new model, the MC815C, with an 8 tonne capacity is due for release at the end of 2016. Pace Cranes supports all its sales with a service department of highly qualified technical personnel with experience and knowledge in repairing most makes of cranes.

For more information contact Pace Cranes, 5-7 Lorraine Street, Peakhurst NSW 2210, phone 02 9533 5411, email, website

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legends of lifting | dynamic rigging hire

Above: Gleason Cranes XCMG XGT560, 25T Capacity Below: Dynamic Rigging Hire

RIGGING GEAR DRY HIRE EXPERTS Dynamic Rigging Gear is the Melbourne go to equipment hire company when it comes to lifting and rigging gear catering to tier 1 commercial builders, tower crane providers, mobile crane companies and the civil contracting sectors. With a range of more than 1,000 pieces of equipment Dynamic Rigging Hire provides all the gear between the hook of a crane to the load. In commercial construction one key speciality is rigging gear for precast panel lifts with a large range of lifting clutches, sheave blocks, spreader beams and chain slings that can cater for the largest of panels and multi point lifts.

• spreader beams • crane work boxes • materials cages • chain sets to 32mm • sheave blocks 8 to 50t • lifting clutches in all brands

Dynamic Rigging Hire can provide gear nationally and currently have equipment on sites in all states including the Skytrain project in New South Wales and the Itchys project in Darwin. The range of equipment is issued pre-inspected, tagged with test certificates so the equipment is sent to site and ready to be put to work, as you need it with no ownership/certification hassles. Service is the key to the success of Dynamic Rigging Hire. We understand the unpredictable nature of construction and provide a quick response to all enquiries and site deliveries.

151 Dohertys Road, Laverton VIC 3026 (03) 8360 8910 | 0457 777 725

legends of lifting | strictly cranes

A leading provider of tower cranes and related services, Strictly Cranes Pty Ltd (Strictly Cranes), has established a strong reputation in the burgeoning construction industry by centering its offering around superior client relationship management paired with the latest in heavy lifting technologies. Based in Regents Park in Sydney with a regional office in Brisbane, Strictly Cranes draws on more than two decades of experience boasting a solid team of highly-skilled and dedicated lifting specialists. With a fully European-sourced fleet, including Italian manufactured Raimondi topless and luffing crane models, Strictly Cranes also acts as the exclusive agent for the Italian companies Boscaro and Electroelsa. “We provide the very best in European technology to the local market. Our fleet of Raimondi cranes, globally recognised for research-based design, hoisting innovation and leading technology, ensures that our clients can choose from versatile machines that deliver enhanced performance – Raimondi products achieve the optimum balance between safety, efficiency, quality and durability,” explained Ramey Alkhoshaibi, Commercial Manager, Strictly Cranes. Offering both sales and rental alternatives, the company also facilitates jobsite successes by providing fully trained, certified and licensed staff to address both erection and operational needs of a wide variety of both residential and commercial construction projects. “We back up all of our cranes with first class technical and service resources. Our sales technicians execute site inspections to recommend the best-fit type of crane, and we then provide all required documentation to satisfy Worksafe Australia licensing requirements,” he continued. “We also extend our services to include client reminders on license renewal, regulatory changes, and servicing schedules. After sales service is a strong focus for us,” continued Ramey, highlighting the importance of providing a smooth client experience with unsurpassed personal jobsite attention and competitive pricing strategies.

For more information contact Strictly Cranes Pty Ltd, Suite 6, Level 2, 398 Chapel Road, Bankstown NSW 2200, phone 02 9649 3737, fax 02 9649 2727, email, website

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1 william street DEVELOPER : Cbus Property Main construction company : Multiplex Architect : Woods Bagot STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Acadis LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT : ASPECT & Urbis project value : $650 million

STATE GOVERNMENTS NEW SEAT The $650M 1 William Street Project is a landmark 46-level premium grade office tower, featuring an iconic lobby area with unique sky gardens and is designed with a minimum 5.0 Star Green Star Office Design Rating v3 and a 5.0 Star NABERS Energy Rating. The unique collaborative central core allows extraordinary daylight and 360 degree views with laneway connections through the core to provide collaborative workspaces and circulation flows to create an optimum working environment. Helping Queensland’s government invest in efficiency is one way of looking at a joint project between Cbus Property and Multiplex that’s taken about three and a half years to complete.

which are unattractive and unsustainable workspaces. The fitout of 1 William Street now reflects contemporary standards appropriate for the Government of Queensland.”

1 William Street, Brisbane was completed in October 2016. It is the new-era 46-storey offices for the Premier and cabinet as well as more than 5,000 public servants. The development is Brisbane’s second-tallest skyscraper being almost 260m high and each floor has a Queensland flora or fauna theme.

The development has notched five stars for office energy and three stars for water ratings under NABERS. Features include a unique central core letting in loads of daylight and the design offers 360 degree views. Not bad for a former carpark that took up a whole city block. There are three levels below ground and parking spaces for 318 cars.

Cbus Property and Multiplex have delivered a “high performance workplace” boosting collaboration and workplace efficiency, says Cbus Property CEO, Adrian Pozzo. “It allows the State Government of Queensland to compete with the private sector in the battle for talent. This has been an investment in efficiency because, in many cases, the government is leaving old, inefficient and under-occupied buildings,

When asked about project challenges, Adrian said, “The move to 1 William Street is the largest move the Queensland government offices have made in more than 40 years. We worked closely with them, investing time and resources into fully understanding their specific business requirements and making sure their accommodation requirements were designed to meet those exact specifications.”


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Cbus Property has a continuing role in the building as the hands-on landlord under a 99-year lease for the site. The government has signed a 15-year lease for 60,000m2 of office space. Cbus Property set up for business in late 2005, but had been a developer in the three years before that. It now employs 34 staff with offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. It has strengths in commercial, residential, industrial and retail developments. Investing in the property and construction industry is the core business philosophy of Cbus Property because the industry employs the company’s members. After all, its full name is the Construction and Building Unions Superannuation Fund. Over 5,000 workers were employed in the construction of 1 William Street, over the three and a half year build. Key commercial projects Cbus Property has developed include: Melbourne sites 171 Collins Street, 700 and 720 Bourke Street; in Perth, 140 William Street; and in Sydney, 5 Martin Place and 1 Bligh Street. Furthermore, notable residential projects include Dominion in Darlinghurst, Warleigh Grove in Brighton and Breakfast Point in NSW. The company has a ‘work book’ of about $4.5 billion and is undertaking one of Melbourne’s largest mixed-used developments, 447 Collins Street, with an end value of $1.1 billion. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Meanwhile, builder Multiplex was in their element in the project as they’re well known for creating large-scale and complex landmark properties and infrastructure assets over the past half century. For more information contact Cbus Property, Level 7, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9639 0131, email reception@, website For more information contact Multiplex, Level 22, 135 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9322 2400, fax 02 9322 2001, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 1 william street


working on the edge The 1 William Street tower is a sophisticated development which provides modern office space in Brisbane’s central business district. Located close to Parliament House, the tower has been developed for the Queensland Government as part of a renewed Administrative Precinct to meet its accommodation needs. Spanning 44-levels above the ground, 1 William Street is the tallest commercial building in Brisbane to date. Working with Brookfield Mulitplex, WorkRight Edge Protection Systems supplied the handrail system onsite throughout the duration of the construction period. The beauty of the WorkRight Edge Protection Systems handrail is the ease of integration. Their are many add-ons available that can be seamlessly added to the project at any time with little, or no disruption to the works. These products include: mono rails, rubber flaps, stirrups, fence panels, full height screen, mesh guards, plant equipment stoppers, kickboards, hinges, posts, stillages and catch nets. Mono rails are a popular choice. The needles adapt onto stirrups to carry mono rails that may be required on projects from time to time. The patent design allows the installation to be carried out with no access equipment required and can be erected in half the time of conventional monorail systems. Catch nets are another great feature available through WorkRight Edge Protection Systems. Falling material on constructions sites is unfortunately a hazard that has been in the industry for many years and can cause serious injury or death to onsite workers or the general public. For that reason WorkRight Edge Protection Systems designed and developed a catch net system that meets the needs of builders and provides a high level of safety through the various construction stages. The beauty of the catch net system is the ability to retract nets within seconds without having to dismantle structural elements of the system. This key feature gives you the flexibility to carry out various construction tasks without the dismantle and reinstallation costs required with other systems. The unique netting systems has two layers which offers 84

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strength and captures items as small as 5mm in size. The WorkRight Edge Protection Systems catch nets will cantilever up to 4.5m without the need for additional braces when attached to the fencing provided. The catch net system has undergone testing which has been conducted in accordance with BS EN 1263-1 2004 ‘Temporary Work Equipment – Safety Nets’. This test required a weight of 100kg dropped from a height of 6m. WorkRight Edge Protection Systems begun with the idea of implementing solutions for construction companies and their workers to feel safe working at heights without the need for harnesses. Having spent decades at building sites, the founders went through a rigorous process of research and testing to develop their innovative and failsafe products. Applying their experience and technical knowledge, the end result was nothing short of an industry changer. With a commitment to keeping up with the latest technology, WorkRight Edge Protection Systems are able to employ cutting-edge practices, which guarantees quality assurance on their entire range. Their high standards demonstrate their promise to always deliver superior products and services for every project. With crews available in every state of Australia, WorkRight Edge Protection Systems have become a leader in their field having worked with many leading brands including Lendlease, CIMIC Group, Mirvac and Richard Crookes Constructions. WorkRight Edge Protection Systems have also worked on notable projects such as Barangaroo, 161 Sussex Street, 177 Pacific Highway and 200 George Street.

For more information contact WorkRight Edge Protection Systems Pty Ltd, 34 Fairey Road, South Windsor NSW 2756, phone 02 4577 3684, fax 02 4587 9382, email panda@weps., website


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Reaching new heights Lindores Construction Logistics have what it takes to deliver a first class personalised service to their customers. Their commitment to providing outstanding results has given them the reputation as a leader in their industry. Lindores prides itself on thinking outside of the box and providing solutions that reduce costs for their clients and increase productivity. Lindores were excited to be a part of the 1 William Street project in Brisbane. The team provided three dedicated tower cranes which included a new crane specifically purchased for this development. The 1 William Street development was a high profile job which held significant risk due to its close proximity to the freeway. The skilled team at Lindores considered all risks involved to ensure the project progressed seamlessly. Lindores have a simple yet effective attitude towards safety – “Safety is not negotiable.” The company believes safety is the first step in being a recognised, respected and responsible subcontractor in a high risk industry. Every high risk task is minimised with a controlled risk assessment ensuring their procedures are of the highest standard. Along with specialised crews and riggers, the following cranes were used for 1 William Street: • Favelle Favco M380D, 16t S.W.L with a 60m boom • Favelle Favco M220DX, 16t S.W.L (high speed) with 50m boom • Favelle Favco M380D, 16t S.W.L (high speed) with 60m boom (purchased brand new for the 1 William Street project) Australian owned and operated Lindores is a leading crane and labour hire business that has exceptional experience in the construction industry. With a team of 90 staff, they specialise in tower cranes, mobiles cranes, man material hoists and specialised labour hire. The team at Lindores are also working on several other notable projects at present including Jewel, Jupiters Casino and 300 George Street. For more information contact Lindores Construction Logistics, 18 William Banks Drive, Burleigh Gardens QLD 4220, phone 07 5593 8440, fax 07 5593 7440, email, website


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set-out for success Bennett + Bennett are experts in providing specialist surveying services for major construction and infrastructure. Having partnered previously with Multiplex on various high-rise projects throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the company was again engaged to provide works for the 1 William Street development. The scope of works included: • Set-out of the structural elements for each floor; • As-constructed surveys of services, structures, holding down bolts, lift core and slab floor edges; • Various cadastral services including identification surveys, boundary realignment surveys and volumetric easement surveys; • Lease surveys for each tenant across all floors and; • Survey of final constructed building height including spire – 266.35m (AHD). A challenging, yet interesting aspect of the development was the control of the split level core. The building core was constructed in two parts, with two separate jump systems that had to remain connected and in unison with each other. They required high level vertical monitoring to analyse and register any compression.

movement. This survey was conducted using laser scanning to form a 3D point cloud for accurate meshing and defining of the structure in order to compare the scan with the original structure position. “Working with Multiplex on this landmark project provided unique challenges and opportunity for our company. We are proud to have delivered high quality solutions and strong results, which enabled us to demonstrate our versatility and new services within a large-scale development,” said Craig Wood, Director / Brisbane Office Manager. Established in 1968, Bennett + Bennett has a wealth of knowledge and experience that puts them at the forefront of the industry. The company currently operates from five office locations throughout Queensland with the capacity to service locations Australia wide. Capabilities include surveying, town planning, laser scanning, photogrammetry and titling. For more information contact Bennett + Bennett, Head Office – 95 Upton Street, Bundall QLD 4217, phone 07 5631 8000, email mail@, website

Bennett + Bennett provided highly accurate monitoring of the building brackets on each floor, whilst also controlling the construction of the complex steel roof structure, which is five floors high. This also included the position and erection of the 90m high spire. The team also undertook extensive observations of the steel awning structure at the front entry to the building to look for traces of structural


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Innovation at its best Established in 1990, B & D Insulation have been providing quality thermal and acoustic insulation and metal sheathing for pipework, ductwork and vessels. Just recently the B & D Insulation carried out work on the 1 William Street project in Queensland. The scope of works included providing and installing Insulation for the mechanical services, the chill water pipe insulation and ductwork insulation – the chill water pipe insulation provides condensation control and energy saving which is paramount in development these days. With a team of 16 dedicated specialists, B & D Insulation spent around 20 months working on the 1 William Street development. Installation was carried out by the dedicated experts at B & D Insulation.

As with all projects, all pipes and fittings were checked to make sure they were free of chemicals such as corrosive cleaners and heavy dust, prior to installation. The team are meticulous in ensuring that the thicknesses and densities meet specification and BCA requirements. With a diverse range of skills and experience, B & D Insulation provide a seamless service on all projects undertaken. Managing Director, Dominic Santoro is a leader in his field with over 40 years experience. “Our aim is to consistently provide the highest quality of service that focuses on delivering timely and cost effective results without compromising those old-fashioned business ethics,” said Dominic. Other services that B & D Insulation offer include: • Thermal and Acoustic Insulation • Ducting – Internal and External • Piping – Hot, Cold and Acoustic • Tanks, Chillers and Pressure Vessels • Plantroom Walls and Ceilings • Fire Rating of Duct • Sheetmetal Manufacture • Cladding of Pipe, Duct and Equipment • Ductboard Manufacture For more information contact B & D Insulation, Unit 8/20 Ingleston Road, Wakerley QLD 4154, phone 07 3890 1737, fax 07 3890 4515, email, website


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letting in the light KWA Blinds was contracted to supply and install solar controlled Vertilux motorised blinds for the 1 William Street project in Queensland. The selected blinds were installed from the ground floor up to Level 41 and came in a selection of finishes including Vertilux Euroscreen Non-metallised and Vertilux Eurobloc fabric. The team at KWA Blinds also had to organise the installation of a weather station, which is used to control the blinds, on the building’s spire. Careful consideration was also given when installing some of the blinds which had up to a 12.5m drop. The iconic office tower is home to more than 5,000 Queensland public servants and includes a high level of environmental credentials including a 5.0 Star Green Star Office Design Rating v3 and a 5.0 Star NABERS Energy Rating. KWA Blinds is code compliant to the Building Industry National Code of Practice and are very conscious of Green Star Building requirements and the reduction in Green House emissions that can be provided by window coverings. KWA Blinds are privy to the vital role their blinds can play in reducing the strain on air conditioning and consequently a noticeable reduction in electricity. KWA Blinds is the leading supplier of quality custom made blinds and curtains in the commercial marketplace. Established in 1994, the company specialises in the commercial marketplace, and offers a level of expertise in this field which is second to none. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With new technologies, motorised blinds such as those used on the 1 William Street project, have become more affordable and user friendly through building management systems and local operation. For more information contact KWA Blinds, Unit 8/26 Weippin Street, Cleveland QLD 4163, phone 07 3821 2555, fax 07 3821 2422, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 1 william street


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Tower four – Collins Square Developer : Walker Corporation main Construction Company : Brookfield Multiplex Architect : Woods Bagot Construction Value : $380 million


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Towering ahead The $380M Tower Four Collins Square will deliver an efficient workplace with access to amenities as well as stunning features such as a vertical green wall, collaboration pods and external terraces. Walker Corporation’s $2.5 billion Collins Square development has seen the completion of Tower Four with a number of high-profile tenants already in place. The $380 million Tower Four in Melbourne’s largest commercial office precinct provides a flexible, highly efficient workplace and great amenities for staff. Designed by internationally renowned design studio Woods Bagot, the large 2,600m2 side core floor plates in Tower Four create a connected and enjoyable workspace for tenants who will also enjoy access to the many amenities of Collins Square and the nearby public transport links including Southern Cross station. Designed to achieve a 5 Star NABERS energy rating, key features of Tower Four include an expansive internal atrium with a 60m green wall, balconies and collaboration pods plus external terraces on Levels 13 and 21 capturing panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. Collins Square boasts the highest concentration of environmentally sustainable buildings in the southern hemisphere. Collins Square comprises over 200,000m2 of net lettable area across five commercial towers, a 8,000m2 retail and entertainment zone and the historic Southern Goods Shed. It is situated in the highly soughtafter western end of Collins Street, in the Batman’s Hill precinct. Collins Square is fast becoming the premier address for blue-chip companies in Melbourne. The development is in the unique position of being the premier commercial precinct for both the large corporate users and just as importantly the smaller private firms that are also looking for premium Collins Street premises. An intrinsic part of the design which reflects Melbourne’s history is the interconnected laneways linking tower to tower. Featuring winter gardens and alcoves where people can eat, drink and relax among the substantial artworks. Collins Square features pioneering workplace design, high security and environmental excellence. The latest in green technology is inbuilt throughout including the Tower Four vertical green wall. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Tower Four and the other buildings making up Collins Square have created more than 3,500 jobs. Tower Five, currently under construction, will employ a further 1,200 workers through to 2018. Forecasts indicate that more than 46,000 people will use Collins Square daily, enjoying the seamless integration of commercial, retail, public and civic spaces in one bustling precinct. With 200m of prominent Collins Street frontage, Collins Square provides a corporate address and an expression of architecture demanded by leading Australian and global companies. A feature that Tower Four tenants have available is the Collins Square onsite Business and Events Centre. It offers private, flexible meeting rooms designed to suit business meeting requirements. The Events Centre can host private seated dining for groups from 12 to 200, or cocktail events for up to 400 guests, as well as training facilities, seminars and other functions. All the spaces are fully equipped with the latest in audiovisual, tele-presence and soundproofing technology. Walker Corporation is one of Australia’s largest private development companies, with a successful record spanning 50 years. Its legacy is developing iconic, large-scale, award winning developments. The company has delivered over 1,000 projects that span the length and breadth of Australia and internationally in America, Canada, Fiji and Malaysia. Walker Corporation has expertise across all areas of the property spectrum, from land subdivision through to residential properties, retail, commercial, industrial and resort living. It is at the forefront of commercial design and architecture. By fusing cutting-edge design with the latest in workplace functionality and ecologically sustainable development practices, it creates exceptional premises like Tower Four Collins Square. For further information contact Walker Corporation Pty Ltd, Collins Square, Tower Two, Level 7, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008, phone 03 9252 7600, fax 03 9252 7699, email, website

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Below 808 Design Glass fabricated and installed planar glazing and doors in the lobby plus window walls on levels 16-20.

Glass is an integral component of modern high-rise structures and Tower Four Collins Square is a striking example of the clever utilisation of this material. 808 Design Glass played an integral role in the final appearance and functionality of Tower Four through the provision of specialised glazing services. 808 Design Glass fabricated and installed planar glazing and doors in the lobby plus window walls including aluminium frames in the atrium on Levels 16-20. The company also manufactured and installed window frames and glass for shops on the two level retail precinct. Director of 808 Design Glass, James Baltzis, indicated that the company faced the challenge of meeting tight time-frames on the project by establishing an evening crew. “At the height of activity we had up to 14 men working plus up to eight on the double shift. Another challenge was the installation of the planar wall on Level 3, as it had to be millimetre perfect. The glass had all been pre-cut and there was no room for error. But it all went in perfectly!” 808 Design Glass handles glass from creation to installation and understands how to utilise glass for optimum results. Focusing on high-end commercial, industrial and architectural projects, it converts vision to reality and can solve glass-related problems WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

with its extensive knowledge and experience. “808 Design Glass is well equipped to manage installation and replacement of glass on large structures and highrise buildings. Our skilled team guarantees any job is delivered with priority given to safety, efficiency and high-quality workmanship.” Safety and compliance are paramount when dealing with large-scale glass projects. Before undertaking any job, 808 Design Glass conducts a full safety audit to assess the risks involved in execution. A safety plan is developed and implemented, compliant with Australian Safety Regulations, relevant insurances and WorkSafe requirements. All 808 Design Glass work complies with Australian Standard 1288-2006 Glass in buildings – Selection and Installation. The company’s manufacturing plant, head office and showroom are located on one purpose-built site in Keilor Park. Having all fabrication under one roof ensures that clients’ glass and glazing requirements are met in a seamless and convenient manner, with strict quality control. Clients are welcome to visit the Keilor Park facility by appointment to discuss projects, view showroom samples or view their work under production. While the company has been very successful with its glazing service for high-rise buildings and multi-storey structures, it also has a niche in providing top-end glazing to shopping centres and retail shops.

Using high-quality materials and qualified glaziers, installers and fabricators, the 808 team can provide shop fronts, curtain walls, glass roofs and canopies, toughened assemblies, and atriums. Drawing on its broad experience, its team can deliver the appropriate solution for each industrial project with respect to windows and façade installation. 808 Design Glass also supports private high end home and residential developments with its architectural glazing services. Working from the front door to the back of the property. 808 can provide glass and feature walls. Other major commercial projects on which 808 Design Glass has been engaged include RMIT’s New Academic Street, the façade at the Chadstone Shopping Centre Redevelopment and the Rod Laver Arena refurbishment. James said that contributing to the construction of Tower Four Collins Square had been very rewarding for 808 Design Glass. “The building is a great example of the way glass brings light, beauty and versatility into an inner-city building, enhancing the environment for the people who will work in the building.”

For more information contact 808 Design Glass Pty Ltd, 5 Logistics Street, Keilor Park VIC 3042, phone 03 9336 2808, email, website

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Below Wetspot Waterproof & Tiling completed all of the stone masonry work, porcelain tiling and waterproofing.

You won’t have to go far within Tower Four Collins Square in Melbourne to see the craftsmanship of Wetspot Waterproofing & Tiling, also known as Wetspot Consolidated. Think stone and you’ll see and appreciate their work throughout this building, part of the $2 billion Collins Square Project. “We completed all of the stone masonry throughout the project, that’s more than 7,000m2 using imported stone called serpeggiante, which was creamy grey in colour. We did a lot of processing of that stone in house,” said Director, Justin Davis. His company is one of the largest waterproofing, tiling and stone contractors working throughout Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. “We completed the stone in the whole main lobby, then all the building’s amenities, lift lobbies, in the Level 7 atrium plus all the porcelain tiling throughout the bathrooms including waterproofing. Plus we completed approximately 20,000m2 of epoxy coating to the carpark.” “We’re most proud of Level 3 because of the amount of natural stone and our work in mechanically fixing the stone to the walls. You don’t often see such a large amount of stone in a building as projects don’t often have those budgets to do something special like that. It really lends the project an element of prestige and helps showcase what our company can do,” said Justin. As per the client’s request, Wetspot applied special anti-slip coatings to the stone floor and have created a special maintenance program so the client can maintain it at a premium level. Wetspot was invited to tender for the project and saw 60 of their 300 staff work on it in the five months to September 2016. The company has been operating for almost 20 years and has a well-established niche working for tier 1 and 2 clients.

trades, which Justin said involved a lot of coordination with the builder, Multiplex and the other subcontractors. “It was more just maintaining a stricter program for deadlines,” he said. Justin was keen to make special mention of the tile supplier he used for the project, Signorino Tile Gallery, based in Richmond, Melbourne. “Their level of product is second to none. While we imported the marble ourselves, all the porcelain tiles we procured through Signorino Tile Gallery. The quality of their product and level of service and expertise they have was amazing.” “I would like to thank Multiplex staff for giving us the opportunity to complete such an iconic project and for the guidance and support namely Ben Hawker, Nick Davies, Tom O’Loughlin, Brad Wheeler, Danielle Savio and Frank Cuzzilla,” said Justin. “Special thanks to my staff Anil Thomas, Ivan Matijas, Frank Bellizia, Jan Mohammad, Sandro D’Astolto and Nick Munafo for their dedication to the project.” The Collins Square project is expected to attract more than 46,000 people using its integrated commercial, retail, public and civic spaces including the refurbished historic goods shed in a precinct that has 200m of prominent Collins Street frontage in the Docklands. The five commercial towers add 200,000m2 commercial mixed-used development built above a 10,000m2 retail podium. In short, it’s an entire city block. Current tenants include Marsh Mercer, CBA, the Australian Tax Office, Maddocks, Pearson Publishing, KPMG, Transurban, Regus, data analytics company Link Group, and accountancy firm BDO. The latter two

A key challenge for the Tower Four Collins Square project was the short time frame. “We had to work around the clock to get it completed. It wasn’t a problem as we’d done that with the Melbourne Airport project we’d worked on,” said Justin. For that project, the company worked around the clock self-levelling and tiling just over 7,000m2 on the Melbourne Airport T2E. Another tricky part of the Collins Square Tower Four project was working with other 98

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are already in Tower Four, with Link Group’s deal to lease 20,000m2 over 10 floors ensuring it has naming rights to the building. Tower Four has 21 floors above ground. Wetspot Waterproofing & Tiling processes natural and reconstituted stone in its 6,000m2 facility in Campbellfield, north of Melbourne. They use a specialised CNC machine for their processing and have waterjet machinery for precision cutting to 0.01mm. “Our general turn around for stone is three to five days while the industry standard is seven to ten,” Justin said. They’ve proven their mettle with large commercial and industrial sites right down to domestic residential projects. This hasn’t stopped them excelling at small intricate projects in the past, although increasingly the company only works on large-scale multi-residential projects. In August 2016, Wetspot Waterproofing & Tiling expanded its venture to offer timber flooring and carpets. “It’s a new line in our business and means we’re able to offer a complete package to our clients,” he said. Wetspot Waterproofing itself with Australia’s manufacturers so only products, which comply Australian Standards.

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“Our management team brings more than 40 years of industry experience and we have a strong hands-on approach to working with our clients to ensure a high degree of confidence,” said Justin. “Our aim is to set up a solid and professional relationship with our clients by satisfying their objectives. We want to be part of your journey in cost-effectiveness through improving our WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

systems and construction methods,” said Justin. “Our unique selling proposition is being able to deliver on a project, maintaining the construction program, the high quality and level of service we give throughout the project and process and the horsepower to deliver a project when the client needs to push the program.” Staff demonstrate the company’s values to ensure clients’ projects are successful by meeting the time frames, costs and quality targets. The company is continuously upgrading its technology and software plus ensure they are up to date with the latest processing and installation methodology. Iconic projects on which Wetspot Waterproofing & Tiling has worked include the Crown Casino, the Adelaide Oval (to install a complete waterproofing system to the entire stadium, concourse areas, staircases and specialist food beverage coatings), Hamer Hall in Melbourne’s Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment (applying waterproofing membranes, selling wet areas including balconies and industrial rooftops), as well as Melbourne Airport. Other projects include 278 Collins Street, Baulderstone in South Yarra, Deakin University, Genesis Fitness Centre in Berwick, the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne University, Myer Adelaide and Melbourne University. The company also has a strong community support spirit having donated to the Country Fire Authority, Ambulance Australia, Disability Victoria and many others. For more information contact Wetspot Consolidated Pty Ltd trading as Wetspot Waterproofing & Tiling, 49 Metrolink Circuit, Campbellfield VIC 3061, phone 03 9303 9911, email, website

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Below WSP Structures provided engineering services and consultancy on the Tower Four Collins Square Project.

With its well-established reputation as a leading engineering consultancy, WSP Structures was commissioned to provide structural and civil engineering services for Tower Four Collins Square. This project adds to the company’s proud list of achievements in the vicinity, with the nearby Southern Cross Station redevelopment and a number of other Docklands buildings already to its credit. The Collins Square precinct consists of five architectural design towers and the refurbished South Goods Shed. WSP Structures were engaged for structural and civil engineering services on Towers 1, 3, 4 and 5 (under development) and the South Goods Shed. The Tower Four Collins Square project presented a number of interesting challenges. Peter Hindmarch, Director of WSP Structures said that the site is located within a geologically complex area of the Yarra River delta. “The depth of soft variable silt is approximately 20m deep. A single-level drained basement was achieved using a hung secant pile that terminated 2.5m below the basement floor to act as a cut-off wall for ground water inflows. Clustered large diameter CFA piles were used as foundations for the building.” The building required the podium floors to connect with the adjoining buildings. In so doing, differential shrinkage, timed connection of the podium floors etc. had to be taken into consideration – WSP Structures provided a design for all the buildings to ensure that each of the head building contractors interfaced the construction of the connections to the adjoining buildings with great ease and accuracy. Linkages are also being established between each of the towers as construction proceeds. WSP Structures designed a new glass canopy which was constructed between the five towers to act as a roof to the lower retail zone and to control downward environmental wind. The glass canopy is 1,000m2 in size and was retrofitted after Tower 1 and 3 were constructed. The existing historical South Goods Shed dating from the 1870s required extensive piling and reconstruction. The southern wall

consisted of a large arch over the original entrance to the platform. “The western buttress to this arch was in a very poor condition,” says Peter. “It had to be demolished and rebuilt. The arch was supported using a temporary bracing and then permanently secured using a new steel mullion.” Peter said that the world-wide resources of the WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff group ensured their clients had access to the latest information and technical solutions across a broad range of engineering issues. “With over 34,500 employees and operating in over 40 countries, we can leverage off the global expertise of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff to the benefit of our clients.” “Each of our disciplines is a market leader in terms of quality of service and design outcome. By integrating these into a team of specialists we provide a consistently higher quality of project outcome than our competitors,” Peter further explained. “We at WSP Structures have worked with our specialist building services colleagues on many major projects prior to the acquisition of Winward Structures by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to form WSP Structures. Our approach now is as it was then, but we are under the same roof and work from a common platform.” WSP Structures is an Australian business, part of the global WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Group, with 150 staff operating from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. It delivers high-quality, cutting-edge engineering design, documentation and construction on a diverse range of projects across the country. WSP Structures is currently engaged on projects including Queens Wharf in Brisbane, Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast, Parramatta Square Tower 8 in NSW, Elizabeth Quay Lot 9 and 10 in Perth, the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre expansion and the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal project. For more information contact WSP Structures Pty Ltd, Level 15, 28 Freshwater Place, Southbank VIC 3006, phone 03 8327 8600, email com, websites,

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Below Westkon Precast fabricated and installed 520 precast concrete column and precast walls.

Westkon Precast Pty Ltd is an established Australian company that has developed a reputation for providing highly innovative precast concrete structures and products for some of Victoria’s most prominent and largest landmarks, sporting stadiums and road developments. As Westkon likes to say “if you have been to Melbourne, you have probably driven on roads, crossed bridges, visited stadiums and hospitals, or stayed in apartments and hotels that have been built with Westkon Precast components!” The company was contracted to fabricate and deliver an extensive range of components, including 410 precast concrete columns and 110 precast walls. The most challenging part of the project however was fabricating one of the largest green walls ever erected in the southern hemisphere. Originally designed to be a glass-fibre reinforced concrete panel wall, the wall was converted to textured precast concrete panels. Project Manager for Westkon, Pramesh Shah, said that the wall covered 800m2 and required 140m3 or 400 tonnes of concrete. “It was most important to produce a top quality architectural finish for the green wall. We used a rubber liner in the moulds to create a wood-grain finish. It was a great result.” 104 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Tower Four Collins Square

Pramesh said that the specific detailing required on the façade panels was another challenge. “Extra care had to be taken in handling the panels to ensure the edges were not chipped or damaged.” Westkon has an experienced team including estimators, production managers, steel fixers, formworkers, concretors and riggers through to the project managers and transport employees, all of whom played some role in delivering the project. At the forefront of concrete technology, Westkon has many landmark developments to its credit including the Simonds Stadium at Geelong, the City-Tullamarine widening project and the Australis Apartments.

For more information contact Westkon Precast Pty Ltd, 133-199 Ferris Road, Melton VIC 3337, phone 03 8746 1300, fax 03 9747 3088, email, website

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Below dormakaba manufactured, supplied and installed their products in a number of locations across the entire project.

First impressions are always crucial and that certainly applies to prestige developments like Tower Four Collins Square in Melbourne where high quality dormakaba doors are making a stunning impression as tenants and visitors enter the building. The brand name dormakaba is relatively new. It became the identity of the international company formed by the merger of Dorma and Kaba effective in September 2015. The merger has ensured that customers now have a single supplier for a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions encompassing door technology solutions, automatic door systems, a wide variety of fittings, door closers and stoppers, and locking systems from cylinders, keys and locks to fully networked electronic access solutions. For Tower Four Collins Square, dormakaba manufactured, supplied and installed revolving automatic doors, sliding automatic doors, swing automatic doors and door hardware throughout the project. As a trusted partner to architects, designers, distributors, fabricators and builders throughout Australia and New Zealand, dormakaba was the natural choice to provide the doors for this landmark building. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Projects of the size of Tower Four Collins Square will always provide challenges, predominantly around access and timeline movements but Carlos Inacio, dormakaba’s Victorian State Sales Manager – Automatics Sales Channel, said that none of this is new to the company given its wide experience in working on major building developments. “We always address the day-to-day issues by maintaining open communication with all stakeholders.” “We had up to ten employees and contractors on site to ensure we were adhering to required timelines and that this project was aligning with associated trades,” Carlos added. dormakaba currently have 475 employees in Australia and have recently worked on a number of developments where a broad spectrum of its products are specified and installed, including Monash Children’s Hospital, Epworth Geelong, Werribee Plaza, Chadstone Shopping Centre and Melbourne Airport.

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Below Construction Cleaning provided premier cleaning services to the Tower Four Collins Square project.

Construction Cleaning Services Pty Ltd, Melbourne’s premier cleaning company has been offering professional, high-quality commercial cleaning services for over 15 years. Project Manager, Jas Gavrilovski said that Construction Cleaning enjoyed a close working relationship with most of Australia’s builders and developers who appreciated the commitment that Construction Cleaning had to quality control, safety, efficiency and reliability. “Our clients know that we can provide a variety of cleaning services including industrial cleaning, commercial cleaning including warehouses and carparks, office and business cleaning including IT and data cleaning and specialised floor cleaning services including carpet steam cleaning, floor sealing and restoration and floor maintenance.” Construction Cleaning had earned a reputation for exceptional cleaning services across many of Melbourne’s major construction projects and it welcomed the opportunity to be involved with the Tower Four project. For more information contact Construction Cleaning Services Pty Ltd, 14 Water Road, Preston VIC 3072, phone 03 9416 9699, fax 03 9416 9399, email, website 106 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Tower Four Collins Square


Below Eascom Electrical installed all electricals, fibre optic data cabling and mobile antenna system cabling.

Equipping Tower Four Collins Square with all electrical wiring services and communications cabling was not a job for the faint-hearted. It required technical competence, experience and a commitment to safety, budgets and the building schedule. Eascom Electrical was selected for this major contract as it has an excellent performance record in highrise electrical contracting. To add to the size of the project, Eascom Electrical simultaneously completed the electrical work on Tower 2 Collins Square.

Eascom Electrical was established in 2009 and has grown to become a market leader in commercial electrical projects and maintenance. Developing total electrical solutions for its clients is what Eascom does best. It has recently completed major electrical works on Melbourne One, UOM Building of Architecture and South Bank Grand. Some of Eascoms current projects also include the Australis and Southbank Central Residential Towers as well as the Monash University Learning & Teaching Centre.

Project Manager for Eascom Electrical, Rom Testa, said the tight time frame on the Tower Four project required a solid commitment of personnel to meet deadlines. “We had up to 70 of our 140 total staff numbers on site at peak times. This enabled us to maintain progress without calling in extra shifts.”

Rom Testa said that apart from the technical expertise of the directors and senior staff at Eascom Electrical, the company employs only fully-qualified and ticketed staff with a retention rate of over 95%. “As a result we have a staff which totally aligned with our objectives, quality standards and commitment to exceeding our clients’ expectations. Our team is very proud of its contribution to the Tower Four project.”

Eascom Electrical installed all electricals, fibre optic data cabling and mobile antenna system cabling. “The biggest challenge was setting up the lighting for the huge green wall in the Atrium,” Rom said. “It is reputed to be the biggest green wall in the southern hemisphere so it naturally took some careful design and planning to get it right.”

For more information contact Eascom Electrical Pty Ltd, 36 Sabre Drive, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 1300 327 266, fax 03 9646 8819, email, website


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Below Fabmetal Specialists provided the bronze feature wall and ceiling for Tower Four Collins Square.

When does architecture become art? Fabmetal Specialists proudly see its work as art in the fullest sense of the word, inspiring the senses with amazing visual effects. Fabmetal, having worked on Tower 2 at Collins Square, has graced the Tower Four building with its specialised metal. Starting with a spectacular bronze feature wall and ceiling at the entrance, Fabmetal also supplied black stainless steel mirror columns on levels 16 to 20 together with glass balustrades. Fabmetal’s Gordon Heald, said the cross discipline of bronze and black aluminium on the feature wall, a veritable maze of rhomboids and parallelograms which soar 12m overhead. “The wall and ceiling are conjoined which forms a canopy and curtain 16m x 20m long which is held in place by sky hooks and some canny engineering solutions from our partnered engineers at Inhabit for this project.” Gordon further explained that the finishes and aged patina on the brass sheet were chemically produced, forming a thin corticated oxidised layer, creating a beautiful natural antique look. “This process was applied to the manufactured panels by Bronzeworks whom we engaged to provide an expert finish.” 108 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Tower Four Collins Square

Fabmetal’s methodology of fabricating and assembling its column modules is an effective procedure which is able to reduce lead time and facilitates larger quantities featuring its patented secret fixing system allowing no visible fixings or ugly caulked joins. Gordon said that Fabmetal’s signature material ‘Jet Mirror’ from its TiVox range was used at Tower Four, as it was in Tower 2. A team of 10 men worked on Tower Four out of Fabmetal’s total workforce of 30 including its project managers, coordinators and estimators. Fabmetal has recently completed UoM Art’s West façade and has won its latest job at Monash University, tasked to fabricate the B17 front entry. Fabmetal’s work at Tower Four justifies its reputation as one of the leading fabricators of architectural metal works in Melbourne, specialising in complex geometric fabrications and specialised finishes. For more information contact Fabmetal Specialists, 18 Brunsdon Street, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9720 2177, fax 03 9720 3277, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Fytogreen completed the planting of the massive green wall.

The tallest, largest and most ambitious vertical green wall in the nation has been completed by Fytogreen Australia Pty Ltd at Tower Four Collins Square. The towering 53m verdant showpiece enhances the ambience and built environment of this landmark building.

alarmed, flow monitored system with remote access combined with a backup system with capacity to communicate to the site BMS and Fire Board systems to ensure complete monitoring at all times. Fertigation is via the Fytogreen system using a Dosatron to supply hydroponic nutrients.

Geoff Heard, Managing Director of Fytogreen Australia, said that completing the project was a mammoth task. “We had to install 826 panels by two swing stages using a rope pulley system delivering panels to each swing stage from Level 7-20. All the material had to be craned to Level 7 of the adjacent Tower 5 and then the panels had to be walked across to an occupied office complex over 12 continuous days.”

“Another major challenge was selecting the plant species list,” Geoff said. “It was determined by the available light levels provided by supplementary lighting of a minimum of 1,500 lux using metal halide lights with a 5,600K lamp. Hence all species are low-light indoor plants suited to the warmer, more humid conditions within the atrium.” A total of 13,890 plants of 18 different species make up the wall which is an amazing landmark in the Collins Square development.

Fytogreen used a rolling team of 6 out of a group of 10, followed by the maintenance team coming in each afternoon to take over and check, train and tidy up the panels for hand over. Fytogreen is a world leader in lightweight sustainable green walls including design, construct and maintenance services, backed by 23 years of international research. The very latest Fytogreen technology is utilised in the Tower Four project. The irrigation system is a fully WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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VIC Project Feature DEVELOPER : MAB Corporation Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hickory Group ARCHITECT : Woods Bagot STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Mordue Engineering CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $116 million



a quay performance Set in Melbourne's harbourside Docklands precinct, the $116M NewQuay Promenade is comprised of two shimmering towers, the Aqui (bronze tower) and Promenade (silver tower). Aqui Tower consists of 272 apartments over 22-levels and the Promenade Tower consists of 164 apartments over 18-levels. Features include a 25m indoor swimming pool, a podium rooftop garden with barbeque and picnic areas, and resort-style facilities throughout. Hickory Group has completed the brilliant NewQuay Promenade project located harbourside in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct. Comprising the shimmering Promenade and Aqui towers, the Hickory team delivered both of the Woods Bagot designed towers for client, MAB Corporation, in a single project programme. Consisting of 437 apartments over a common 5-storey podium with resort-style facilities and 4-storey multi-level car park, all apartments sold out well before completion. Aqui Tower has a bronze sheen and consists of 272 apartments and one retail tenancy over 22 levels, measuring 76m to the top of the crown. Promenade Tower has been given a silver appearance and comprises 164 apartments over 18-levels measuring 65m to the top of the crown. Project Manager for Hickory, Peter Frank, said that the development featured five distinct maritime colour schemes and 33 modern apartment layouts. “Residents will also have a 25m indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium at their disposal plus a private meeting room, residents’ lounge and library. The podium rooftop garden features barbeque and picnic areas and integrated gardens.” “From a construction perspective, Hickory used driven precast and sheet piling techniques to ensure the structural integrity of


foundations,” Peter explained. “Our inhouse formwork structures team was involved from the commencement of specifications right through to pour, formwork and quality control. The team includes surveyors, steel fixers, riggers and labourers, ensuring our projects have direct access to the industry’s most experienced structure specialists.” One of the major challenges on the project was the high level of detail to finishes. It meant a lot of time was invested to take the concept design through to shop drawings and fabrication. “Consequently the fitoutcycle times were condensed in order to meet the completion dates,” Peter said. In addition, the structural floor-to-floor height was only 2,950mm but the design brief dictated 2,600mm ceiling heights with full height windows and full height joinery. “This required precise services coordination and ductwork layouts to deliver these requirements,” Peter added. “The various window systems were procured, delivered and installed by Hickory’s own inhouse façade division.” At the peak of construction, Hickory had 340 people onsite. Over 1,400 site inductions were carried out. A feature of the apartment finishes was that many of the fixtures and fittings were bespoke to the project including appliances, china basins, tapware and joinery

handles. This involved product design, prototypes and offshore manufacturing. Hickory is one of Australia’s most prolific apartment builders, with proven experience in high-quality construction fitouts. Current projects in Melbourne include the Banksia Apartment development on a neighbouring site to NewQuay at Docklands as well as Claremont Manor in South Yarra, the Parque Apartments and Opera Melbourne, both in St Kilda Road and Lakeside Apartments at Albert Park. Hickory also has a firm commitment to continuously improving its safety processes and performance, developing strict procedures and protection systems to ensure the safe containment of materials, tools and workers on all Hickory sites. Peter said the NewQuay Promenade development reflected the very best of Hickory’s core values and quality systems. “The project is a superb addition to the Docklands’ landscape and will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”

For further information contact Hickory Group Head Office, 101 Cremorne Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 7411, email, website www.


a stunning guise Twelve Group provided full drafting and shop drawings when called in at short notice, by Hickory, builder of the NewQuay Promenade and Aqui towers at Melbourne’s Docklands. Owner/Director of Twelve Group, Wiliam Liew said that the specifications of the role included the drawings for the building façade, i.e. curtain walls, balcony sliding doors and balcony windows for towers. “Twelve Group operates in boutique’s style,” Wiliam said. “We specialise in complex building façade design, predominantly in curtain wall systems and window wall systems for multi-storey commercial and residential buildings, so the NewQuay project was well within our technical capacity.” Offering its services across Australia’s major cities, Twelve Group transforms architects’ ideas into a realisable product design, bridging the gap between the concept and the final product. “NewQuay Promenade and Aqui are beautiful iconic buildings in their unique setting so Twelve Group is proud to have contributed to the visual outcome of the building’s façade,” Wiliam said.

For more information contact Twelve Group Pty Ltd, Level 1/433 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9676 9029, email, website


NewQuay Promenade, Victoria

The finest flooring TFC Commercial is a Melbourne based company with first hand experience of the growing trend to feature quality timber flooring in new apartment developments. With a number of large commercial projects to its name, TFC Commercial has recently supplied and installed timber floors to the prestigious NewQuay Promenade apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands. Tony Carr of TFC Commercial, said that the company has been operating for three years as a specialist in commercial projects, like the NewQuay Promenade apartments where his company has supplied and installed European Oak engineered timber. “We established TFC to specialise in the commercial sector. We have had 20 years experience with our other companies which focus on importing and distributing timber flooring to residential and other markets. The move into the commercial sector reflects the growth in this area and our capacity to meet the requirements of developers and builders with our specialist services and professional staff.” Timber flooring is in demand because of its sustainability, appearance and warm appearance. Engineered hardwood has particular advantages, being less susceptible to the variations of moisture and temperature change. It is produced with multiple layers of a cross-grained plywood core which increases stability and durability, avoiding gapping and peaking. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“TFC Commercial scours the world for the best engineered timbers and source product from Europe and Asia,” Tony said. “We use specialist installers to ensure the highest quality finish.” The NewQuay Promenade development saw TFC Commercial working to tight deadlines and at the peak of activity, had 15 professional layers doing installation. “As with all these developments, everyone has to work as a team and TFC has worked with Hickory to meet the tight schedule,” Tony said. “TFC Commercial is expanding its operations and we would be very pleased to provide quotations on any large-scale development,” Tony said. For more information contact TFC Commercial Pty Ltd, 13 Olver Street, Preston VIC 3072, phone 03 9478 9888, fax 03 9478 8988, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE nEWQUAY PROMENADE 113

First class cabinetry NewQuay Promenade’s 436 apartments in Melbourne’s trendy Dockside boast stylish kitchen cabinets, laundry and bathroom cabinets made by Hangzhou Rebon Cabinets, located in Jingjiang industrial zone of Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Specialising in producing European style cabinetry, Hangzhou Rebon Cabinets offers a range of quality materials including Lacquer (Two Pack), Melamine, PVC and Solid Wood etc. Hangzhou Rebon Cabinets has an extensive range of designer kitchen and bathroom cabinets but can also produce custom-made products. Export Manager, Andy Sheen, said that Rebon Cabinets has production equipment imported from Germany and Italy supported by other up-to-date technology including an Homag intelligent automatic production line to ensure that only the highest quality product is offered to the market. “Our product range, service and technical knowledge is unmatched in the industry and our prices are highly competitive. We create partnerships with our clients to guarantee all specifications are met, whether we are working with them on one project or a hundred.” Andy said that Australia is one of Rebon Cabinet’s main markets. As well as the NewQuay project, the company has provided cabinets for many residential buildings including for 533 apartments at Metro Chatswood, 536 apartments at Swanston Square, 923 apartments at 114 VIC PROJECT FEATURE nEWQUAY PROMENADE

Melbourne’s Upper West Side 3 and 4, 431 apartments at Caulfield Village and 433 apartments at the Marco Apartments on Southbank, Melbourne etc. “All our products shipped to Australia meet Australian standards so developers can choose from our range with total confidence,” Andy said. “From new homes to renovations, single cabinets to major developments or commercial offices to retail, Rebon Cabinets have the ability and expertise to exceed expectations and meet strict budgets.” In addition to kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinetry, Rebon Cabinets also supplies wardrobes, general storage and garage cabinets. “Our first class design team can produce detailed plans for any development and we invite enquiries from builders working on projects of any size,” Andy said. For more information contact Hangzhou Rebon Cabinets Co. Ltd, 99 Qinqliu South Road, Jingjiang, Xiaoshan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 311223 China, phone/WhatsApp +86 137 3225 5713, fax +86 571 8299 8655, email or, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



VIC Project Feature

PLC Performing Arts Centre DEVELOPER : Presbyterian Ladies College MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Cox Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wood & Grieve Engineers

A grand performance The new PLC Performing Arts Centre will provide an iconic state-of-the-art music and drama facility, incorporating a 550-seat auditorium, three large rehearsal rooms, drama classroom, and multiple studio teaching spaces. The PLC Performing Arts Studio will allow students to reach their full potential within an architecturally inspiring environment, that is like no other. Kane Constructions has been working on the PLC Performing Arts Centre in Melbourne, a 550-seat auditorium project that is significant in scope and size says Contract Manager, Andrew Winn.

“I don’t believe we won it purely on one particular facet. It was a combination of price, our system and the quality of previous builds that also include specialist auditoriums and music halls,” said Andrew.

“Having an orchestra lift is pretty rare for a school. That’s something you’ll find in premier performance spaces in the city with international performances. We’re building an international standard acoustic space.”

Soon after winning the PLC construction contract it was down to work with the shop drawing process and engaging temporary works engineers to formulate how they were going to build the job.

Even before the contract was signed, the team went through the value management stage to try to meet the needs of the client. “In the end we put forward about 150 elements including alternate design, materials and construction methods, of which, approximately half were incorporated into the project. That’s not unusual – we’re doing that a lot lately right before we win a project,” he said. 116 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PLC Performing Arts Centre

“With the initial design, they expected we’d be using tower cranes, but to expedite the project, we built it using mobile cranes and accessible equipment which was done throughout our construction methodology. We used the time before we started onsite to get as much engineering and contract letting as possible so we could hit the ground running.” Kane continued to be involved in the structural design during the shop process and the same for the architectural design to work out the joint and façade layouts. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“For us it’s not full on design, but discussing so we can tweak details that will still look great, but might function better.” Kane drew on 15 of its 330 management and structure foremen from January 2015 until November 2016. Challenges included very wet and windy weather which meant 280 hours of delay recorded by mid-September, so outdoor trades struggled. Precast panels were used for some of the structure, but the rest of the cladding had to be done on site. “The job’s very tight physically in amongst the school building, hockey pitches were not allowed to go on, netball and tennis court we can only go on certain times of the year. We’ve had to use some very large cranes to put in very small items, 50m from the nearest access point,” said Andrew.

Kane operates throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Its strengths are taking a team approach highlighting collaboration.

“There were many bespoke acoustic details including an auditorium within the building that had to be built separately to the main building structure to ensure no sound transfers in or out of the auditorium. Concrete floors were jacked up post pouring to have a 100mm acoustic gap between the structural slab and the final floor slab,” he said.

Marquee jobs Kane have completed include the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, RACV Torquay Resort, University Hospital Geelong, Epworth Richmond Lee Wing Main Works, University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment and Aquanation. They are now working on RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Simonds Stadium Stage 4 Redevelopment Main Works and Melbourne Grammar School Science and Technology Hub.

Founded in 1973, Kane Constructions is a multi-award winning and privately owned commercial construction company highly achieving in all sectors of the industry. With a turnover in excess of $600 million,

For more information contact Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, Level 1, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, fax 03 8420 1201, website


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PLC Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Image supplied by Cox Architecture

Switching it on CR Electrical Services is a specialist electrical services business for the education and aged care sectors. Their services cover electrical repairs, maintenance and setup, CCTV and security systems, fire systems, exit and emergency systems, thermography, compliance, auditing, data and fibre, integration and energy efficiency, infrastructure, lighting control and audio/visual systems. Director, Chris Richardson set up the company 15 years ago and now employs 16 people, 10 of whom are working on the PLC Performing Arts Centre project. “We’re doing all of the internal and external lighting, theatrical cabling, theatrical lighting, communications (data cabling), fire alarm, security system, access control system, main switchboard, distribution boards and general power,” said Chris. “Labelling is crucial as there’s hundreds of cables for the intercom, lighting, amplifiers for the auditorium and we’re thorough. We’ve done work like this before, but this is by far the most complex.” For more information contact CR Electrical Services, 241 Hendersons Road, Hastings VIC 3915, phone 03 9571 0049, (Chris) mobile 0417 389 258, email 118 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PLC Performing Arts Centre


Casting the vision Vision Precast was established seven years ago to specialise in precast concrete forms, supplying to a wide range of Victorian and interstate clients. They range from small builders to first-tier contractors on some of the largest projects Australia-wide.

“They’re each a one piece construction, especially hand-boxed. We didn’t use machines to box these up. They have aggregate stone and pink, white and beige colours and we had to achieve either a sandblast finish or a normal finish,” said Joe.

Its two directors and key management have more than a century of experience specialising in architectural panels.

Vision Precast designed a lifting system then worked with the principal contractor to supervise another subcontractor who installed the panels.

“We work with numerous architects and developers to design and come up with new building methods and concepts for prefabricated concrete,” said Joe Pinto, a Director of Vision Precast.

The most challenging part was to ‛achieve the architect’s end result.’

“We achieve planning requirements, for example, we achieve heritage requirements from our heritage in brick snaps – bricks that we imprint into our precast panels which gives you 99% of a brickwork-look and achieves all structural requirements, without the labour issue and scaffolds.”

“The precast panels have what we call an arrow head on one side. We had to fabricate a special mould on one side and had to come up with 10 different moulds for the architect to choose one. It took a lot of planning and design to come up with what they needed,” said Joe. For more information contact Vision Precast, 18 Jones Road, Brooklyn VIC 3012, phone 03 9314 6939, fax 03 9593 1780, email enquiries@, website

The company employs 27 people, all of whom worked on the PLC Performing Arts Centre project from November 2015 until the end of August 2016. Vision Precast was invited to tender for the work and hadn’t worked for Kane before. About 150 architect-designed concrete panels, each weighing about 12 tonnes and measuring 1,500mm wide by 11m high, were manufactured in Vision Precast’s Brooklyn plant. Each panel took about eight hours to make.


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VIC Project Feature


A walk in the parque DEVELOPER : SP Setia MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hickory Group ARCHITECT : Fender Katsalidis Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Robert Bird Group Construction Value : $106 million

Spanning across 9,000m2, the $106M Parque Apartments consists of 332 luxury apartments situated across two iconic glass towers. Connected by a private outdoor area, featuring a 25m infinity pool, clubhouse, library, function room and outdoor terraces, the Parque apartments epitomises the perfect mix of contemporary and heritage luxuries. The Parque apartments project has created two iconic glass towers housing 332 luxury apartments connected by a private outdoor area. Features of the development include a 25m infinity pool, clubhouse, library and function rooms. Melbourne-based Hickory Group, which has been in business since 1991, was invited to tender and won the design and construct contract. It follows a successful relationship with the same developer, Malaysian-based SP Setia, on the Fulton Lane development , their first in Australia. Hickory’s founders are fourth-generation builders, Michael and George Argyrou, and through their leadership, the company has become one of the nation’s top construction groups with a reputation for innovation and dynamism. Hickory is an integrated company with more than 600 staff and provides its clients with turnkey ‘best for project’ solutions. They’ve successfully completed projects across Australia and have specialised inhouse divisions including construction, formwork, façade, fitout, crane logistics and manufacturing. The company also offers prefabricated building systems, modular bathrooms, joinery, plant hire, design and engineering. The 9,000m2 site for the Parque apartments is one of the largest to be developed in recent years with Hickory starting work on the site in January 2015. The heritage-listed grounds feature 150-year-old elms listed on the National Trust of Australia’s register of significant trees, requiring careful site coordination to ensure the trees are protected throughout construction. The Western tower fronting St Kilda Road spans 11-levels, dips to 8-levels in the 120 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PARQUE

centre which offers views of the Shrine of Remembrance and the city, before rising to 19-levels on the Eastern tower. The project has integrated the built and natural environments, blending sculptural glass façade elements with one acre of lush landscaped designer gardens and extensive heritage grounds. “The tower façade is the main drawcard bringing something different to St Kilda Road, particularly with the heritage elm trees. Building around them gives the site a green feel. There’s over an acre of green land associated with the development,” said Project Manager, Travis Budd. Hickory has used its own internal façade management team to spearhead the whole façade procurement to the installation side of the project.

for the basement to be created and the last level was where the water table was. There was a large amount of dewatering which complicated the basement construction. We managed to overcome that by planning and installing the appropriate dewatering needles.” In 2016 the Hickory Group will also have completed Claremont Manor in South Yarra, NewQuay Promenade, La Trobe Tower, which is the nation’s tallest pre-fab building and a 17-level hotel in Perth. Other projects underway include Melbourne projects The Fifth, Lakeside Apartments, Opera, Collins House and Banksia Apartments. For more information, contact Hickory Group Pty Ltd, 101 Cremorne Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 7411, fax 03 9428 7376, email, website

“The curtain wall façade was a complex design element. We needed to do a lot of design development to ensure it was functional, waterproof and aesthetically pleasing and that it fits together as it includes curved double-glazed glass. We identified early on the risks and foreshadowed further issues down the track,” said Travis. The site is adjacent to one of Melbourne’s busiest hospitals, the Alfred, and Hickory have managed any potential disturbance to that facility with a site-specific construction management plan and environmental management plan. They’ve also met with hospital management before the works started and forewarned them when noise and dust work was to occur, plus continue to keep lines of communication open. “The 3-level basement was the most challenging part of the project,” said Travis. “We removed 12,000m3 of soil from the site AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW





Below James Martens-Mullaly, Arbor Co’s new Managing Director, with Operations Manager, Hollis Hills. Arbor Co Australia were engaged to protect the 150-year-old elm trees.

So how do you protect an avenue of 150-year-old, heritage listed elm trees during the construction of a residential development on a 9,000m2 site? Give the job to a proven industry heavy weight with 20 years experience on the books. That’s why Hickory approached Arbor Co to protect the elms on the Parque development. It’s also why Tree Logic, one of the largest consultancies in the arboriculture industry, recently acquired Arbor Co. For Arbor Co clients, bolting into an industry leader with 10 full-time consulting arborists is a big bonus – now the entire lifecycle of a project can be catered for: from pre-development planning and advice to ribbon cutting and beyond. It’s a first for the industry. “Managing infrastructure is one thing, but managing mature green assets is an organic process requiring expertise and strong problem resolution skills. Finding solutions for our customers using contemporary techniques is what we specialise in. Linking this to a consulting culture builds our capacity to cater for challenging projects. We’re responsive, and flexible, which minimises disruption to construction activity. On a complex site it means our clients can meet the delivery timelines without compromising the trees,” said James Martens-Mullaly, Arbor Co’s new Managing Director. Arbor Co’s approach to the challenges on the Parque site is a great example. Starting with vegetation removal and pruning, the team prepared an extensive protection zone around the 20m high trees, which included weeding and mulching, and advising on irrigation requirements. They also treated the trees against pests to preserve and enhance their condition. “As the site arborists we inherited a tree management plan. We had to take the plan, interpret it, provide follow-on consultancy, and do the operational works. It’s a complex site, particularly with the constraints of large trees, which created access issues for the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

construction works. Fenced tree protection zones were established to protect the trees and their roots from damage,” said James. As construction progressed and site congestion increased there was pressure to access the protection zone. “What many people overlook is the roots, the hidden half of a tree, where often the most damage can happen. Protecting roots and the soil is equally as important as protecting the trunk and branches,” said James. “We developed design solutions to get heavy plant and machinery on top of root zones whilst preserving the roots and avoiding soil compaction.” This included a site specific, temporary road to allow heavy construction vehicles to operate within 1m of the tree trunks, and even included irrigation under the roadways to ensure the tree roots were kept healthy. Much of the ground protection had to stay in situ for more than 12 months. “With such a tight area to work in you can’t predict how the site will unfold. When there was a query regarding work around a tree or what the impact of a particular design or construction element might be, that’s where we came in with our expertise. It was a seamless information flow from the consultancy to the operational side of the business.” The measure of success won’t be how the trees look at ribbon cutting day, but how they perform five years down the track. However, with the trees presently in better condition than before the project commenced, James is quietly confident they will be complimenting the site for decades to come.

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NSW Project Feature

Royal Shores Ermington

The Royal Treatment

Developer : PAYCE Consolidated and Sekisui House Australia Main Construction company : Dasco Australia Pty Ltd Architect : HDR Rice Daubney Group Project value : $200 million

The $200M Royal Shores Ermington will become one of the most unique and recognisable waterfront communities on the shores of Sydney Harbour. It will comprise over 600 apartments across nine residential buildings all featuring luxurious open living spaces, stainless steel Smeg appliances, beautifully landscaped gardens and all season living rooms. Destined to be a highly sought-after and distinctive location, Royal Shores Ermington by PAYCE pays homage to the area’s naval history while providing luxurious waterfront living. Undertaking the Design and Construct contract for the Royal Shores project was Dasco Australia Pty Ltd, which has worked on several developments for PAYCE.

Dasco commenced work on Royal Shores in November 2014, with the initial building, Lot 305, consisting of 62 units and was completed in April 2016. Work on 121 units for Lots 301 and 302 started in January 2015 and was finished in August 2016. Works on Lots 303 and 304 started in August 2015 and construction of the 120 units will be completed in November 2016.

The scope for the entire Royal Shores involved the design and construction of four projects – split between two project managers. Project Manager, Charbel Chelala, managed the construction of the low rise units along the river front (a total of 303 units) and Carmelo Emmi managing the construction of the 329 units along the Silverwater road frontage.

Also due for completion in November 2016 is Lot 306 – the final stage of the project – consisting of 329 units, construction of which began in March 2015.

“This involved nine separate buildings – five along the Parramatta River shore line and four along the Silverwater Road frontage,” Carmelo explains. “There are a total number of 632 units with a total construction value of approximately $200 million.”

Inside, the apartments feature generous open-plan living, stainless steel Smeg appliances and are surrounded by immaculately landscaped gardens. The development’s all season living rooms provide extra living space.

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This exclusive development has certainly generated plenty of buzz – all of Royal Shores’ apartments were sold well before final completion.


Public transport is nearby while the project includes access to new park and playground facilities, as well as to the Parramatta River boardwalk and cycleway. The architecture of the building itself celebrates Ermington’s naval history, inspired by Sydney’s Halvorsen boats. “The architectural design concentrated on the industrial nature of the area and is reflected in the saw tooth roof design and painted brick/weatherboard external façade features,” says Carmelo. “This emphasises the past history of the area.” Carmelo adds that the project has seen the involvement of an extensive work force. “There have been approximately 75 Dasco employees and approximately 750 subcontractors and trades employees throughout the total of the projects,” he says. Carmelo says that while there were some challenges during the construction phase, there weren’t any specific major hurdles that impeded project delivery. “One of the issues with having a development beside the water is that there are always going to be excavation hurdles to overcome. As former industrial waterside sites undergo rezoning and conversion to residential uses, these types of issues are more commonplace. We have undertaken a number of similar projects previously and are well aware of the potential pitfalls. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

We took particular care with the shoring design and the waterproof tanking detail and this has resulted in a quality building outcome. “All locations have their peculiarities. We have always tried to eliminate or minimise any potential problem at the design phase rather than try to deal with it while construction is in full swing. It was obvious that proximity to the Parramatta River would present some specific design issues, but appropriate planning and design methodology minimised any downside impact.” Royal Shores has proven to be another successful collaboration between joint venture partners PAYCE, Sekisui House Australia and construction company Dasco Australia. “I believe the quality of our finishes is extremely high and that the company’s strengths lay in good design and construct practices. This allows for simplification of build to deliver a high quality long-term product that will deliver years of trouble free living for the end users,” says Carmelo.

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Below Apollo Kitchens supplied and installed the joinery for Royal Shores Ermington.

Providing kitchen joinery and complementary joinery at Royal Shores Ermington, with more than 600 apartments, Apollo Kitchens’ objective on the project was to deliver a high quality kitchen with a unique theme and materials. There is no doubt the company achieved this objective seamlessly. Celebrating Ermington’s rich naval history, Royal Shores brings to life Sydney’s newest waterfront living experience. Throughout the architecture, the navel theme is upheld with the use of unique materials, including thermos-laminated wall cabinet doors with v-grooved panels and framed panels. A diamond mesh on cabinet doors also married in with the sea-shanty feel. The intranet exposed rivet screws, with full detail, for a clear and authentic finish. “The specialised materials were not an issue for Apollo Kitchens,” says Peter Bader, Managing Director of Apollo Kitchens. “Our staff are experienced and disciplined in delivering projects with a high level of detail.” Large floor plates also required multiple Apollo teams to complete works on the development’s levels at a rapid pace. “Our project management team worked closely with other tradespeople to deliver the project on time and in full based on client schedules and to specifications,” adds Peter. “We have the capability to create unique pieces that bring more character into kitchens. We enjoyed working on this project as it gave the team a platform to showcase their talent.” Founded in 1968, the family-owned and operated Apollo Kitchens are experts in the design, manufacture and installation of kitchens as well as vanity and laundry joinery. The company has a passion and a strong commitment to delivering Australia’s best kitchens and vanities. This dedication is evident in Apollo Kitchens’ outstanding results, including designs that are aesthetically pleasing while also being practical. This has seen Apollo gain a well deserved reputation for quality craftsmanship, innovation and flexible design, and become the company of choice for builders and commercial developers, interior designers and home owners.

Additionally, as one of the nation’s leading kitchen design and manufacture businesses, Apollo Kitchens’ advanced, modern facilities enables them to produce quality products and keep up with a project’s program. Capacity is not an issue for Apollo Kitchens as they plan to launch a new state-of-the-art, high-tech factory in early 2017. “The facility will increase our capacity by an additional 400 kitchens per week when required,” explains Peter. “It will be an Australian first and will set a new benchmark for the manufacturing industry, and will handle large volume projects with a high level of detail and quality.” “The new head office and automated factory will complement our stone, paint and cabinet manufacturing plants in New South Wales,” he adds. “Our new system will be able to create real time communication between our clients and the factory floor.” “This is a new chapter for Apollo Kitchens and the industry will benefit immensely from this project and we invite our valued customers to join us on this journey.” As well as an extensive portfolio of work on substantial developments such as Royal Shores, Apollo has several projects earmarked for the future. These projects include a number of developments for Ceerose – Urban Apartments in Camperdown, The Mint (Willoughby), and Lumina (Ashfield). Apollo Kitchens is also scheduled to undertake works on ‛Jewel’ at the Ferry Terminal (Wentworth Point) for Dasco PAYCE and ‛Tiaga’ (also at Wentworth Point) for Sekesui to name but a few.

For more information contact Apollo Kitchens, 120 Long Street, PO Box 2558, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 90 80 90, email, website

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Below JRL Aluminium supplied and installed doors and windows across Royal Shores Ermingtons 600 residential apartments.

As specialists in the manufacture and installation of aluminium doors, windows and shopfronts, JRL Aluminium’s expertise and professionalism made it the easy choice to work on an extensive development such as Royal Shores Ermington. Completing the manufacture, supply and installation of all aluminium doors and windows on the project, JRL Aluminium’s work shows why it has gained an enviable reputation in the industry. The company installed doors and windows across more than 631 residential apartments (including the apartments’ balconies) as well as the Royal Shores Ermington’s lobby shop front. Having been involved in the manufacture and supply of quality aluminium doors, windows, louvres, awnings and shop fronts for more than 20 years, JRL Aluminium continues to provide a superior service to its customers. Supplying and installing its products to both commercial and residential clients, the company works throughout the Sydney metropolitan area. Its modern factory is well-equipped, ensuring JRL Aluminium has the ability to manufacture products to its customers’ precise specifications. The company’s fully trained and skilled tradesmen install the products onsite in line with JRL Aluminium’s high standards, ensuring their customers are completely satisfied. JRL Aluminium controls the entire product process from manufacture and supply to installation, to ensure nothing is left to chance on a project.

Making JRL Aluminium stand out from the pack is its range of commercial aluminium products – whether for a multi-storey office building, factory or a single storey building, such as a shop fronts or internal fitouts. JRL Aluminium mainly uses Alspec products, which is considered to be a front runner in the market when it comes to designing and providing ground breaking aluminium systems. JRL Aluminium is part of the Australian Window Association (AWA), a national body, consisting of almost 600 window manufacturers and industry suppliers, with members having their products tested to Australian Standard AS2047. According to the AWA, this testing ensures that products are made to endure Australian conditions, giving a customer confidence that products provided by an AWA member will withstand these conditions. As well as catering to the commercial industry and large projects within this industry, JRL Aluminium provides a range of products for the residential market. This includes sliding doors and windows, double hung windows, double glazed sliding windows, awning and casement windows, and multi-track sliding doors. In addition to Royal Shores Ermington, JRL Aluminium has worked on a number of projects for Dasco, including the Platinum development (buildings A, B, C, D and E) and the East Village development (buildings A and B) in Zetland. The Platinum development included 322 apartments within a five building complex (with a 15-level tower), while East Village comprised of 206 residential apartments, as well as an integrated commercial and retail space. JRL Aluminium also worked on the Como development in Riverwood, which consisted of 197 apartments and the 192 apartment Fairmount development (also in Riverwood). JRL Aluminium will soon start work on two new projects for Dasco, both of which are also located at Riverwood. For more information contact JRL Aluminium Pty Ltd, 48 Alfred Road, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9728 9402, fax 02 9728 9401, email maria@jrlaluminium., website


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Below LP Consulting Australia Pty Ltd provided hydraulic services for Royal Shores Ermington.

In successfully completing the hydraulic services design and documentation for Royal Shores Ermington’s 630 residential units, consulting engineering firm LP Consulting Australia Pty Ltd worked closely with PAYCE Communities, Robertson + Marks architects and Dasco Australia. The company produced high quality hydraulic and fire services documentation. The hydraulic services incorporated sanitary plumbing and drainage system, grease waste drainage, storm water, down pipe and detention systems, potable cold, hot and warm water and a natural gas system.

LP Consulting’s third commission saw the company undertake civil engineering consultancy for the construction of Royal Shores Ermington’s communal car park. This was following a voluntary agreement by clients Sekisui and PAYCE with Parramatta City Council to construct the car park. Located on Broadoaks Street, the public communal car park includes the provision of 78 parking spaces. LP Consulting undertook the civil engineering design for the car park’s storm water, water sensitive urban design and filtration systems, and pavement detailing works design.

“The hydraulic systems comply with the Australian Standards, Council and ESD requirements,” explains Principal Engineer Louis Panagopoulos. “The project was fully coordinated with all architectural/structural elements of the building including mechanical, fire and electrical services.”

Additionally, LP Consulting worked with PAYCE and Dasco to design the civil engineering and storm water works for Royal Shores Ermington’s communal parks, which are located between the site’s buildings. The company liaised with PAYCE and Parramatta City Council to obtain the necessary statutory approvals. “LP Consulting is proud to have worked closely with all stakeholders to produce a fully designed and documented project,” Louis adds.

In addition to hydraulic and fire services documentation, LP Consulting was commissioned to act as Sydney Water Services coordinator, providing project management and design services for water supply agent and sewer asset construction.

For more information contact LP Consulting Australia Pty Ltd, Suite 2, Level 8, 15 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9223 4444, mobile 0416 256 955, email, website

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Below Robertson + Marks Pty Ltd provided design and construct services for Royal Shores Ermington’s 631 units.

Architectural firm Robertson + Marks Pty Ltd has seen the transformation of Sydney first-hand during the company’s 120+ years of continuous practice. Offering quality architectural and related services covering a broad consultancy spectrum, the firm specialises in architecture from concept to completion. Its extensive history and knowledge of working on projects across Sydney meant the company was a natural fit to provide design and construct services for Royal Shores Ermington’s 631 units. Robertson + Marks committed a four staff member team to work on the project, which included the use of textured Weathertex Panels and Timberlock paint on the building’s cladding to give it a timber-like texture. “The site is surrounded by industrial buildings so the roof proposed followed the industrial buildings’ style with saw-toothed concrete roofing together with skylights being introduced to this project,” says the firm’s directors. “We at Robertson + Marks are pleased with how well it merged/blended in with the existing buildings, being sympathetic with its surroundings.” With around 25 staff (including three directors, an associate director, architects and support staff), Robertson + Marks prides itself WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

on selecting the best team tailored for each project. Its directors emphasise that the company’s focus is on excellence in design and delivery through talent and vision. “We have a commitment to sustainable work practices and a collaborative work environment that is designed to build relationships and foster creativity. Our work environment aims to cultivate the sharing of ideas and combined with dynamic research, is essential to the completion of the design process.” “Active communication among work colleagues, partners and clients is essential to achieving consistent and incredible outcomes. For over 120 years, a culture of open and shared innovation is what sets Robertson + Marks apart to consistently bring great designs to reality.” The firm is currently also working on Shepherds Bay and Harts Landing in Penrith. For more information contact Robertson + Marks Pty Ltd, Level 3, 36 Carrington Street Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8396 1805, fax 02 9319 7338, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Royal Shores Ermington 131

Below Ghossayn Group provided the bulk excavation works for Royal Shores Ermington.

As one of the largest demolition and excavation companies in Sydney, Ghossayn Group’s workmanship and performance is considered the benchmark for the industry. Completing bulk earthworks on Royal Shores Ermington, Ghossayn Group worked on four project sites for Dasco along River Road. Materials taken away from the site included VENM (virgin excavated natural material), clay, shale, sandstone, sand and PASS (potential acid sulphate soils, which when disturbed can pose a considerable environmental risk). Following clearance of the grounds by a Supervisor, Machine Operator, Bobcat Operator and Labourer, the site was excavated in a staged sequence to remove materials in their separate composition. “When the VENM was taken to the reduced level consisting of sand, the specified material was placed as a blinding layer to separate and contain the PASS,” says Ghossayn Group’s George Ghossayn. “The sand was excavated in sections, allowing the continuation of our works to remove the PASS in a manner that would allow access for the plants/machinery to dig to the bulk excavation level (BEL) without constant movement of PASS materials that when exposed could pose a threat of becoming acidic. 132 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Royal Shores Ermington

“Once the BEL was achieved, the detail works were conducted by smaller excavators using shoring plates, placed as bridging. The correct procedure to implement and conduct the removal of this toxic material is minimal handling of movement – dig once, load once,” he adds. “Competent operators would move into a position once and excavate detail works once and pull back the material, continuing this process in an orderly manner placing the material in an area to be loaded and carted away.” “There were many challenges, issues and obstacles faced whilst conducting these works but extreme care was exercised with minimal disturbance,” adds George. “The operators were briefed with tool meetings of the risks and mitigations controls to complete the job successfully.” Ghossayn Group is currently undertaking bulk earthworks and shoring works at 566 Princes Highway, Kirrawee. For more information contact Ghossayn Group, 25-27 Governor Macquarie Drive, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9755 2777, fax 02 9755 2005, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below J&J Metro Air Conditioning installed a Daikin split system air conditioning unit with the outdoor unit on the balcony of each apartment.

A focus on innovation, versatility and customer service continues to see J&J Metro Air Conditioning successfully work on a range of projects valued from $200,000 to $17 million. J&J Metro Air Conditioning, one of Daikin’s largest dealers, offers complete turn-key solutions for HVAC needs. Catering for small residential to large commercial/industrial projects, it specialises in in-house heating, ventilation and air conditioning design and engineering, installation, service and maintenance and Tri-Generation Systems. J&J Metro Air Conditioning has recently received ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, from initial concept engineering design all the way through to 24/7 emergency breakdown call-outs, one of the first in the industry to further their quality commitment to their customers. Their work on Royal Shores Ermington is a prime example of the company’s exceptional track record. It fitted more than 600 residential apartments with a Daikin split system air conditioning unit with the outdoor unit on the balcony, ensuring all fire rating of penetrations complied with code. Innovation plays a vital role in the success of J&J Metro Air Conditioning, allowing the company to stay ahead of the competition and ensure WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

clients’ needs and requirements are met. “Customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal in any project we undertake. Another objective is to hand over the project on time and on budget,” explains Managing Director, John Megalli. “Commitments made to our customers play a vital role in the business as the end result for any job is the client’s satisfaction.” J&J Metro Air Conditioning recently completed a new corporate building, Astra Zeneca in Macquarie Park, as well as, a refurbishment project at Rydges Parramatta. It’s also working on multi-residential developments in Asquith, Campbelltown, Homebush, Meadowbank, Mount Colah, Thornton, Waitara, and Wentworth Point to name a few. “Our company prides itself on not only providing air conditioning services to commercial, industrial and domestic clients that is second to none, but also on creating a great family environment that flows through every facet of the business,” adds John. “Furthermore, we have a great client base with mutual loyalty between our company and our clients.” For more information contact J&J Metro Air Conditioning, 229 Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116, phone 1300 883 153, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Royal Shores Ermington 133

Below Design Confidence provided access consultancy services across the entire Royal Shores Development.

Design Confidence’s expertise continues to be utilised on projects both within Australia and the Middle East to assist in ensuring that buildings and landscapes are accessible for all users, thereby maximising independence for persons with a disability. The access team continues to work with clients and relevant stakeholders to incorporate universal design philosophies into design schemes by providing practical and compliant solutions. Design Confidence is a multi-disciplined building regulatory firm which provides expert and comprehensive consultancy services pertaining to the following disciplines: Accessibility; Fire Safety Engineering, Building Code/Regulatory; Acoustic Engineering; and Sustainability. Luke Sheehy of Design Confidence stated, “Our offices have an eclectic team consisting of accredited fire safety engineers, building surveyors, registered architects, acoustic engineers and ESD consultants who provide consulting services. Our point of difference is we have an indepth understanding and knowledge of Building Codes both Australia’s and other countries and therefore we are able to adapt to suit a particular design – be it via a prescriptive or performancebased approach. This ultimately provides value to clients, allows maximum architectural flexibility, and ensures that appropriate levels 134 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Royal Shores Ermington

of safety and compliance with the relevant parts of the Building Code of Australia are met.” As the accessibility consultants for Royal Shores Ermington, the company ensured it provided input to the design team from the concept stage to ensure accessibility was considered from the outset. “The provision of accessible fixtures and fittings is typically an afterthought,” says Luke. “Hence for this project Design Confidence worked collectively with all members of the design team from concept through to the completion of the design documentation. This ensured that the access features such as lifts and ramps were given the same thought, consideration and creativity given to other areas of the building design, preventing it from detracting from the overall design.” The company is currently working on Majors Bay development, Aspire Tower (UAE), Lucent North Sydney, EXPO 2020 (UAE) and Cardinal Freeman Village. For more information contact Design Confidence, Shop 2, 35 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, phone 02 8399 3707, email sydney@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Plumb & Level Masonry worked on the Royal Shore Ermington completing the development’s brick and block work.

Having been founded on a family history of excellence, Plumb & Level Masonry Pty Ltd’s origins can be traced back to Cyprus, where founder John Meitanis learnt the masonry trade, before moving to Australia in 1975. John’s vast knowledge, hard work and ethics were passed to his son Costa, who started Plumb & Level Masonry – successfully combining old-world masonry methods and innovative, modern technology. Boasting some of the best bricklayers, labourers and operators in the industry, Plumb & Level’s expertise and professionalism was called upon for the Royal Shores Ermington project, completing the development’s brick and block work.

Plumb & Level has established a strong record of performance within the industry that it continues to build upon to this very day. It prides itself on its team of professional staff, including its skillful tradesmen. The skills of this masonry company continue to be in demand. Plumb & Level is currently working on 55 units for SH Group (a division of Zhinar Architects), Lane Cove Council building for Trinity Constructions and 143 units and 10 levels of commercial facilities in Burwood for Urban Apartments.

“All four buildings are constructed in painted face brickwork,” says Plumb & Level Masonry’s, Costa Meitanis. “We used a concrete brick by Adri Masonry, which is highly recommended.” Costa adds that the project required a lot of brick and sand pallet handling per floor. “We had to dedicate specific time slots with the crane drivers in order to keep our men moving.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Plumb & Level Masonry Pty Ltd, 210/43 Majors Bay Road, Concord NSW 2137, phone 1300 487 687, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Royal Shores Ermington 135

Below Stoneworx provided the stone and tiling for Royal Shores Ermington.

The family owned and operated Stoneworx Marble & Granite has been providing its quality services and workmanship now for two decades. As major fabricators of natural stone and quartz stone as well as tile supply, the company has worked on its fair share of major construction projects. This includes the Royal Shores Ermington, where it supplied the tiling and stone for the complex. The company supplies and installs natural stone and engineered stone (such as Silestone, Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz and Smartstone) for kitchen benchtops, vanity tops, fireplaces, wall panels, staircases and flooring. Natural stone options include granite, marble, limestone and onyx. As specialists in sourcing, crafting, cutting and installing a variety of natural stones including granite, marble, limestone, travertine and more, Stoneworx Marble & Granite ensures its materials are of only the finest quality, sourcing them from quarries across Australia and around the world. Its expert workmanship is reflected in the company’s attention to detail, resulting in a superior finished product. 136 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Royal Shores Ermington

Adding to the Stoneworx Marble & Granite excellence is its staff. The company employs around 18 people, including expert stonemasons and tilers, who specialise in custom made products, such as benchtops and vanity tops. Given all this, it’s not surprising that Stoneworx Marble & Granite has a well-regarded reputation for its reliable and efficient service – from quotation through to the final stages of installation. Additionally, with its proud history of excellence and expertise, the company continues to ensure it strives to meet its clients’ needs – for any size job. Stoneworx Marble & Granite also supplies pool copping and floor pavers in a range of finishes including sandstone, limestone, granite and marble. It provides tiles for large and small commercial projects in marble, granite, ceramic and porcelain tiles, while its external wall cladding includes stackstone, limestone and external decorative stone features. For more information contact Stoneworx Marble & Granite Pty Ltd, 96 Victoria Road, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 9630 4311, fax 02 9630 4322, email,, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Avopiling provided design and construct foundation piles and installed sheet piles on Royal Shores Ermington.

As a company specialising in ground engineering and foundation works, Avopiling has proven its excellence time and time again, working on projects across Australia. Awarded the contract by Dasco Australia to design and construct foundation piles and install sheet piles on Royal Shores Ermington, Avopiling installed AZ20-700 sheetpiles. These ranged from 12m to 25m with a total area of 15,000m2. They also constructed foundation piles, drilled displacement piles ranging from 450mm to 600mm in diameter to 25m deep and CFA piles 750mm and 900mm to 21m deep. Delivering wide equipment to a work area with narrow access, ground conditions near the Parramatta River and noise and vibration control near a residential area were all challenges on the project. Avopiling used new upgraded drilling tools for drilled displacement piles and CFA piles. Given the ground conditions, the displacement piles proven to be a suitable foundation system for the multi-storey buildings. “We also conducted pile dynamic testing on drilled displacement piles and results were above expectation,” adds Avopiling’s Dennis Ecarma. Established in 1989 by current Owner and Managing Director, Avo Tevanian, Avopiling has grown to become a market leader in the piling industry. Employing over 120 employees, they have undertaken various WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

challenging ground engineering projects for major infrastructure works for roads, railways and bridges nationally in Australia. Delivering a high quality product with engineering excellence, Avopiling’s team of engineers and site operatives are highly qualified in piling and ground engineering. “We have successfully delivered a wide range of projects including civil works, sheet piling, CFA piling, bored piers, retaining walls and abutments, foundations for multi-storey buildings and bridge foundations for roads and rail,” says Dennis. In addition, Avopiling recently made significant capital expenses to expand their diaphragm wall capacity. They currently possess state-ofthe-art equipment and plant for diaphragm wall construction including two trench cutters which can excavate rocks in strength over 300 MPa for deep basements and shafts. “Avopiling will be very pleased to be part of your team in providing services for economical and best engineering solutions for foundation works in any type of challenging ground,” adds Dennis. For more information contact Avopiling Australia Pty Ltd, Unit 3, 72-74 Lower Gibbes Street, Chatswood NSW 2067, PO Box 426, Forestville NSW 2087, phone 02 8467 1300, mobile 0419 019 170, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Royal Shores Ermington 137

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window of opportunity MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Ceerose ARCHITECT : Giles Tribe Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Australian Consulting Engineer CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $22 million

Lumina is an exceptional mixed-use development of 61 luxurious apartments with stylish retail areas, sophisticated finishes, modern appliances, and beautiful light-filled interiors in a prime inner west location. Ceerose were appointed to undertake the design, construction and project management for the recent Lumina project in Ashfield. The scope of works commenced at DA Stage and included obtaining four staged Construction Certificates to carry out the works. In the early stages, Ceerose managed and coordinated the architectural, structural and services drawings and documentation. The team implemented design amendments to further improve the construction and express the project vision. The highly experienced team at Ceerose rose to the challenge of coordinating the entire works. Weekly meetings were conducted with the client and project manager, along with intense monthly reporting to the client, project manager, superintendents and representatives of the ANZ bank. Ceerose also took control of project programming and budgeting while engaging relevant consultants, sub contractors and suppliers throughout the project. 138 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUMINA

Lumina is a sophisticated development located in the prime inner west position of Ashfield. The new residences have been built to support smart urban living and, with a location just 9km from the Sydney CBD, Lumina offers a choice of transport options. Ensuring a state-of-the-art development, luxury and designer finishes have been included throughout. 110mm Dincel walls, as both load-bearing and exterior walls, were implemented and rendered with three coats of specially selected textured paint. The team at Ceerose worked hard to minimise impact, especially given the confinement of works and the close proximity to neighbouring properties. Access to the site for deliveries and materials handling was limited due to a double bus stop located directly outside the site. Ceerose personnel drew from past experience to ensure a smooth transition of goods onto the site. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

A core issue on the Lumina project was the implementation of scaffolding. As scaffolding was required above the neighbouring properties, a great deal of input was required from the project engineers. The scaffold loading platforms were built in a manner as to not impose on the building areas. Special care was taken when constructing the 1,200m2 basement levels as the shoring works were carried out directly next to the neighbouring buildings. Ceerose are at the forefront of Sydney’s design and construct industry, producing and delivering exceptional outcomes on every project. As a leading property developer and construction company, Ceerose have established a notable reputation for consistently providing high quality commercial and residential developments. The team take pride in being a local service and are highly experienced in identifying the individual needs of their clients whilst exceeding expectations. With awards in excellence, Ceerose are committed to bringing innovation and professionalism to the prestige property market in Sydney. Their proven track record for developing many of Sydney’s most desired locations has largely contributed to the success of their company. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Ceerose work closely with professional property developers and contract construction managers who are committed to providing properties with long-lasting growth potential, design that incorporates sustainability and affordable living in prime locations across Sydney. By adopting a systematic approach, their clients’ investment returns are maximised. Along with Lumina, Ceerose is proud to have also been a part of the following projects: Watsons Grove, The Mint, Arlington, Boston University Sydney Central, Soffita and Northerly Park. Ceerose received the status of ‘Highly Commended’ by the Asia Pacific Property Development Awards for the recent Eliza project. As an award winning company, their work has been highly recognised over the years and details of the Company’s other acheivements can be found on their website.

For more information contact Ceerose, 580 Parramatta Road, Petersham NSW 2049, phone 02 9571 9999, fax 02 9571 9900, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUMINA 139



Below Giles Tribe Architects compiled the construction documentation package for the Lumina project.

Giles Tribe Architects were appointed as the project architects to compile the construction documentation package for the Lumina project in Ashfield, Sydney. Key responsibilities on this project included the documentation for the project whilst coordinating with a range of consultants and liaising directly with the client. Whilst the project progressed to schedule, designing within tight site boundaries proved to be quite a challenging part of the project. The Lumina development incorporated a combination of different elements including brickwork, concrete, and fire-rated glass blocks. The end result on the Lumina project was a modern, eye catching façade and stylish interior with numerous residential apartments and a selection of retail tenancies. Giles Tribe Architects is a medium sized Australian architecture and urban planning practice. Established for over 40 years, Giles Tribe Architects have undertaken a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, retail, urban design and master planning projects. The architects at Giles Tribe Architects are constant in their commitment to realising their clients’ goals through personal attention, flexibility, responsiveness and creative energy. Their diverse range of skills include many accredited professionals skilled in sustainability, corporate styling/branding, fitout, green field development, adaptive reuse, conservation and conversion of the built environment. The team at Giles Tribe Architects have always sought to deliver outcomes that have resilience to the passing of time. For architecture, it is a well conceived building that exceeds the brief, solves the challenges of its location and is delivered close to budget. For planning, it is a built environment and context that is unique to its place. With an ongoing commitment to staying at the top of their industry, Giles Tribe Architects offer a seamless architectural solution to their clients. Their services are broken into two categories; WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Architecture and Urban Planning & Design. A full list of services can be viewed below. Architecture Site inspection and analysis; building regulation review; brief preparation; consultant selection and coordination; schematic design; detailed design; obtaining statutory approvals; contract documentation; tendering; contract administration; post-construction services; measured drawings; conservation plans and heritage impact statements; corporate image program implementation and management. Urban Planning & Urban Design Review of planning controls site analysis – opportunities & constraints; strategic planning; master planning; subdivision design; sustainable design, statutory planning, development control plans; planning agreements; statements of environmental effects; development assessment; place making; theming; design guidelines; design manuals; and architectural and landscape standards. In recent years, Giles Tribe Architects have engaged in a diverse range of residential and urban planning projects, many of which have been recognised with various awards, nominations and written publications. Giles Tribe Architects’ list of residential developments extends to include apartments, townhouses and individual dwellings as well as alterations, additions and heritage restoration. A selection of recent and completed projects include: Breakfast Point; Kiah – Willoughby; Peat Island; Willow 1 – Carlingford, Willow 2 – St Ives; Hayberry – Crows Nest; and Emerson – Lindfield. The unique designs delivered by Giles Tribe Architects continue to be recognised and just recently they were a finalist in the 2016 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence in the category of Medium Density Residential Development. For more information contact Giles Tribe Architects, Level 8, 263 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9264 5005, fax 02 9262 9908, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUMINA 141

Below PGH Bricks & Pavers layed Dry Pressed, Mowbray Blue Bricks on the Lumina project.

Brick has proven its longevity. It has played a vital part in our past and is set to take us well into the future. PGH Bricks & Pavers has a long and deep history in brick making excellence and continues to make significant commitments to creating a viable and thriving brick offering in Australia. In May 2015, CSR and Boral entered a joint venture, trading under the PGH Bricks & Pavers brand. In October 2016, CSR announced it would acquire Boral’s share in the joint venture and take full ownership of the PGH Bricks & Pavers Brand. Nick Pezet, Executive General Manager, has applied his 20 years of operational, sales and management experience in the brick industry to seamlessly integrate the two brick businesses. “Over the last 18 months, we have worked closely with Boral to integrate the two businesses, delivering improvements in manufacturing, service delivery and range that benefit our customers,” said Mr Pezet. PGH now offers the most diverse and colourful range of bricks on Australia’s East coast and $5.5 million investment in major upgrades at their Thomastown and Albury plants has improved the quality and availability of their product. Display centres have also been upgraded to make the process of selecting a PGH brick or paver easier. PGH has increased the range of product on display and provided improved visualisation tools, colour consultation services and schemes, product samples and technical advice. “One of the biggest highlights to emerge has been a strong focus on customers. On our journey to offering the ultimate in customer service, the PGH team has truly listened to our clients, builders, and others in the industry to understanding their needs, desires and ultimately, the bigger picture.” “We don’t assume to know what our clients need. We investigate, engage, analyse and then provide. This is a big undertaking for the team at PGH Bricks & Pavers but has already proven to be a game changer,” said Mr Pezet. 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUMINA

In a competitive walling market, Mr Pezet believes brick will continue to be favoured. “In a recent survey, we identified that 85% of respondents desire bricks for commercial and residential applications. The public continue to be attracted to both the look and feel that brick provides. “While many alternative products have become available over the past years, brick has still managed to play an integral role in the building industry and regarded by many as a trusted product,” Mr Pezet explains. With advancements in technology, bricks are available in a wider variety of colours and textures than ever before. Bricks have a remarkably low environmental cost and an extraordinary long life making them an environmentally responsible choice. Their thermal mass even reduces the need for artificial heating and cooling. Looking forward, the transfer of ownership to CSR holds exciting prospects for PGH. “While it is business as usual for our customers, the opportunity for PGH Bricks & Pavers to work closely with industry leader CSR will deliver more efficient operations and provide an even better customer experience, with access to CSR’s brands, digital expertise and innovation,” said Mr Pezet. LUMINA For the Lumina project in Sydney, Mowbray Blue Bricks were chosen from the Dry Pressed collection. Dry Pressed bricks are perfect for those that appreciate the craftsmanship of traditional bricks. It’s the unique way that Dry Pressed bricks are made that makes these premium bricks so special. Dry clay is pressed into individual moulds under high compression to create solid bricks with sharp, clean edges.

UWS Kingswood Campus Library, New South Wales Architect: Alan Jack + Cottier

Firing in boutique batch kilns enables PGH Bricks & Pavers to make a wide variety of crisp colours from deep dark blues to light creams. These bricks can be used to create modern showpieces in residential or commercial properties. For more information contact PGH Bricks & Pavers, phone 13 15 79, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Love Building, Victoria Architect: CHT Architects


Bellbowrie Pool, Queensland Architect: Bureau Proberts


Below Apollo Kitchens designed and installed all of the kitchens, shower cabinets and linen storage cupboards.

With a reputation built on innovative and flexible design, expert craftsmanship and exceptional service, Apollo Kitchens have become the kitchen company of choice for countless home-owners, interior designers, builders and commercial developers.

plants in New South Wales. This is an exciting new chapter for Apollo and the industry will benefit immensely from this project as the factory will be an Australian first and will set a new benchmark for the joinery manufacturing industry.”

Recently, the team at Apollo Kitchens worked on the Lumina development in Ashfield, just 9km from the Sydney CBD. Comprising 62 apartments, the Lumina apartments feature elegant finishes accompanied by modern appliances, light-filled interiors and ample storage space.

Apollo Kitchens manufactured kitchens for the award winning DNA apartments at Camperdown and the award winning Harbour Mill in Pyrmont by Ceerose. Apollo Kitchens are appointed for the Lumina which incorporate 61 apartments with ground floor retail shops in Ashfield. Apollo Kitchens will deliver Royal Shores, Ermington, Jewel at the Ferry Terminal at Wentworth Point by Payce and Tiaga at Wentworth Point by Sekesui. Apollo Kitchens will deliver on the much anticipated, ‘The Mint’ in Willoughby.

Apollo Kitchens collaborated with the development team to cost engineer the project, and in turn, increased the functionality of the kitchens. The team ensured that the kitchen layout maximised space and efficiencies. Apollo Kitchens also completed the shaving cabinets and linen storage cupboards. One stand out feature of this project was the mixed polyurethane and timber veneer look doors. The finished product was nothing short of charismatic. With a choice of two colour schemes, Apollo Kitchens provided the stylish kitchens for all 62 apartments. The choice consisted of white or grey cupboards and benchtops with a gorgeous timber veneer applied to all. The team at Apollo Kitchens has the capacity to offer a diverse service. They are able to place project managers onsite, on a daily basis, to ensure each project is on schedule. A defects team is also available to reduce the chance of delays or obstacles. Their inhouse maintenance team will also overlook each project on behalf of the builder and home owners at completion. Peter Bader, said, “Apollo Kitchens will launch its new state-of-the-art, high tech factory early next year. This will increase our capacity by an additional 400 kitchens a week and will continue to handle large volume projects with a high level of detail and quality. The new head office and factory will complement our stone, paint and other cabinet manufacturing 144 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUMINA

You can find the array of products designed by Apollo Kitchens in a range of areas including: private residential, multi-storey residential developments, contract home developments, commercial/retail, high rise office fitouts and industrial complexes. Apollo Kitchens takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and as such, is acutely aware of the impact that building materials have on the environment. That’s why they’ve joined forces to work with suppliers who are members of The Green Building Council of Australia. This organisation is strongly supported by both the industry and Governments across Australia, and is vital in developing a sustainable property industry for the country.

For more information contact Apollo Kitchens, 120 Long Street, PO Box 2558, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 90 80 90, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



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Below Chalouhi carried out demolition and excavation work, along with bulk and detailed works.

The experienced team at Chalouhi carried out demolition and excavation works for the recent Lumina project. Their involvement included bulk and detailed works along with pillars, anchor and shotcreting. With a successful team of more than 50 staff, an accomplished group of ten were chosen to work on the Lumina project. The Lumina at Ashfield boasts a fantastic design with a functional yet luxurious fitout. The apartments are very appealing to families and commuters given the close proximity to transport and the shopping mall along with being located within reach of several great schools. While the development progressed smoothly, Chalouhi was careful to preempt any challenges that may have arose from the limited site access and heavy traffic surrounding the development. Chalouhi is a leading civil engineering and construction company with extensive experience in the industry. Their team boasts an enthusiastic and experienced group of engineers, project managers and estimators who are involved in the design, planning and costing process for each project. 148 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUMINA

At Chalouhi their aim is to deliver a high quality service for their clients, within budget and without any compromise to workplace health and safety or the environment. Soon to be added to their extensive portfolio, Chalouhi are undertaking the following notable projects; Lidcome, Fraser Properties; Chatswood Place, Platino Properties; Burwood Grand, Anson Group; and Lane Cove, Kane Constructions. As a trusted partner and contractor in the construction industry, Chalouhi have built a positive reputation through honesty, reliability, hard work, employee training, innovation and meticulous attention to detail. The team are proud to hold an outstanding safety record which is supported by robust quality assurance procedures. The team at Chalouhi are also proud to say that almost 90% of their demolished materials are salvaged for re-use and the non-recyclable items are disposed of at EPA approved tipping sites to reduce the environmental impact.

For more information contact Chalouhi, phone 02 9790 3799, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters undertook all of the rendering and painting on the Lumina project.

Located just 9km from Sydney CBD, Lumina offers a stylish and functional design matched with urban living. The exceptional architecture and luxury interiors make Lumina the ideal choice for many Sydney residents. Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters were contracted in April 2016 to undertake the rendering and painting works for the Lumina project. The materials used for this exquisite project included the ASTEC system of texture and paints for the Dincel walls, and Euromix acrylic renders for the remaining brick and block walls. While the works progressed smoothly, careful consideration and care was given to the application of the Dincel walls due to the unique nature of the materials. The team at Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters enjoyed working on the Lumina project. The scope of works, and overall size of the project, was a great match for the company. Working closely with other trades onsite, Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters provided a positive outcome for this project with quality of workmanship delivered in a timely manner, and on budget. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The size of the Lumina project suited the size of our company and we strived to achieve the best possible outcome in this project by aiming at the best possible quality of workmanship delivered on a timely manner and on budget without any issues or problems arising,� said Director, Nuno Paula. Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters, is an Australian owned and operated company, focused on the successful delivery of superior cement rendering services for residential, commercial, government and retail construction projects. Within a short time, Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters has established a solid reputation built on their ability to deliver exceptional results on every project. The cornerstone of their success is attributed to their wealth of experience, quality workmanship and ability to build long term and successful relationships with their clients.

For more information contact Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters Pty Ltd, 408-410 Canterbury Road, Canterbury NSW 2193, phone 02 9787 5830, fax 02 9787 5829, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUMINA 149

NSW Project Feature

Old Wallgrove road upgrade Developer : NSW Roads and Maritime Services main Construction Company : Daracon Group Construction Value : $50 million

hitting the road The $50M Old Wallgrove Road Upgrade project for NSW Roads and Maritime Services, provides a much needed link between the Western Sydney Employment area and major roadways. The project includes a number of upgrades to the current Old Wallgrove Road infrastructure as well as providing a 400m link road to the northbound on and off ramps to the M7. Old Wallgrove Road provides a vital east-west link connection for the Western Sydney Employment Area, which comprises existing land at Greystanes, Huntingwood, Eastern Creek and Erskine Park, as well as newly released land at Ropes Creek and Horsley Park. The extensive upgrade involves a number of key features to facilitate traffic flow and expected usage related to the employment area. These works included the multiple lane widening to two (between Roberts Road and Southridge Street) and three lanes (between Southridge Street and the M7 Motorway and Wallgrove Road interchanges) in each direction with a central median to allow for additonal lanes in the future. In addition to providing bus stops near each intersection on Old Wallgrove Road and upgrading intersections with bus priority, shared path for pedestrians and cyclists from the Erskine Park Link Road to the shared pathway on the M7 Motorway, as well as the 400m dual lane link road and the upgrade to the 1km Wallgrove Road to provide additional turning and through lanes. Some key project elements was the construction of a 4-lane carriageway pavement under live traffic, four major traffic switches, construction and upgrades of five signalised intersections and the widening of two bridges. One of the challenges with the project had been maintaining traffic flows to the motorway for smooth operations.“The project is for RMS but connects to the M7 on-ramp and off-ramp, so the project interacts with the ramps – and the challenge was to maintain flows to the motorway during construction, for continuity. Also to maintain traffic flow during utility relocation,” John Rossi, a Project Manager with Daracon, said.

“Utilities were relocated and managed without closing the M7 – we had lots of staging and traffic control. There was heavy interaction with the M7 Motorway, with a great deal of planning and interaction to ensure they were satisfied,” John said. Daracon oversaw the relocation of utilities, which involved electrical mains, both overhead and underground power lines, as well as major communication lines and major water mains. “An overhead electrical main was relocated over live traffic. It was all about coordination. There was constant surveillance from their traffic control room” said John. Daracon has a skilled and motivated workforce of around 800, consistently delivering projects. Daracon’s range of construction activities include road, rail, concrete structures, landscaping activity, quarrying and mining activities made possible through a large plant and machinery fleet maintained to the highest standard. Daracon’s multiple divisions provide integrated civil construction services to their clients. With a 30 year track record, Daracon’s specialised team can offer all the services a client wants including plant hire, quarry material or landscaping requirements. As Daracon is able to fulfill most client needs inhouse, time and money is saved and a quality outcome assured with fewer coordination problems. Other major projects Daracon has worked on include Sydney’s North West Rail Link, now Sydney Metro Northwest, as well as construction of the concrete piers for the skytrain portion of the project, which takes Sydney Metro Northwest above ground between Kellyville and Rouse Hill. Daracon also undertook earthworks and roadworks for the skytrain section.

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For more information contact Daracon Group, 17 James Street, Wallsend NSW 2287, phone 02 4903 7000, fax 02 4951 1070, website


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got it covered Profiling and pavement stabilisation for the Old Wallgrove Road Upgrade was carried out by Roadworx. Our modern Wirtgen W210 profiler with enclosed cabin used for the project was a first – the only one of its kind in Australia, and Roadworx was also the first in the country to obtain the Wirtgen WR240 pavement stabiliser – according to Roadworx Business Development Manager, Aaron Paterson. Aaron said, “We excel in bringing business innovation and equipment to the market of pavement stabilisation, ITS, profiling, manufacturing, sealing and asphalt paving.”

Roadworx Group Pty Ltd services the Sydney, Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Country New South Wales communities, providing infrastructure to road services for the public and private sectors. For more information contact Roadworx Group Pty Ltd, Unit 5-6, 6-8 Herbert Street, St Leonards NSW 2065, phone 02 9436 0390, fax 02 9436 0369, email, website

For Roadworx, the Old Wallgrove Road Upgrade project involved about 10-12 employees, from tendering to consultation and operational works. Established in 2008 and with around 190 employees in all, Roadworx is growing. Roadworx personnel have a strong history with upkeep and construction of New South Wales infrastructure for local governments and the private sector, such as upgrading traffic signals, resurfacing and reconstruction for council streets and RMS affiliated projects, and the maintenance of their assets. Earlier this year Roadworx launched its own hi-tech asphalt batch plant at Kembla Grange, for a variety of asphalt types for Sydney, Illawarra and Southern Highland customers. Roadworx also owns New South Wales’ largest street sweeping company, All Sweeper Hire. Customers like the extent of their operations to add what has already been discussed, including asphalt placement, spray seals, traffic control, traffic signals and minor civil works. It has a solid range of services to offer Councils, the RMS and private companies. “It can be all inhouse with Roadworx,” Aaron said. “If you need your road upgraded, it can be a one-stop-shop for our customers. We are a young company but diverse and broad. When we speak to customers, they like that diversity.”

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Water highway Auditing of water and sewer construction for the Old Wallgrove Road Upgrade was handled by Rose Atkins Rimmer (RAR), a licensed Water Servicing Coordinator providing surveillance during construction ensuring that standards are met. RAR Managing Director, Steve Rimmer said work on the Old Wallgove Road Upgrade was like the final piece of a puzzle for RAR. “For the past 10 years we have worked in that location on various projects – all connected to and leading up to this upgrade,” said Steve, with 40 years industry experience. “So this project for us really was completing the puzzle.” RAR commenced with Daracon on the Old Wallgrove Road Updgrade in June 2015 and will stay on the project until roadworks reach the point of final inspections with Sydney Water. All up, an interval of about 18 months. RAR had been the water servicing coordinator for the design phase of the project, engaged by NSW Roads and Maritime Services in early 2015. For the current upgrade Steve Rimmer worked with colleague Greg Lynch, RAR designer and project coordinator. Greg undertook WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

design amendments and liaised with Sydney Water, including ensuring water mains were shut down enabling new mains to be connected to the system. RAR employs around 31 people, with a mix of ages and experience, and has a 20-year track record. RAR has worked on the North West Rail Link, now Sydney Metro Northwest, and a range of projects out of Sydney including North Rothbury in the Hunter and Cooranbong, near Morisset, west of Lake Macquarie. With full Sydney Water accreditation, Rose Atkings Rimmer (Infrastructure) Pty Ltd manages all aspects of the Sydney Water process from making application, designing required infrastructure, coordinating infrastructure works on site and finalising the job. For more information contact Rose Atkins Rimmer, 142 Sunnyholt Road, Blacktown NSW 2148, phone 02 9853 0200, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Old Wallgrove Road Upgrade 153

NSW Project Feature

Z.E.N Apartments Billbergia / New South Wales

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NSW Project Feature

Z.E.N Apartments

Z.E.N ON THE HARBOUR DEVELOPER : Billbergia ARCHITECT : Scott Carver Pty Ltd Project Value : $150 million

The $150M Z.E.N Apartments comprises 451 apartments across two towers. Tower A stands 25-storeys high and Tower B stands 8-storeys high. Level 1 of Tower B consists of external streetscapes, commercial and retail spaces, and a public library. The integration of the project with public roads includes the building of a privately funded $63M bridge linking Wentworth Point with Rhodes. Sydneysiders do not hesitate to say their harbour is the best in the world and the demand for quality residential accommodation within sight of its sparkling waters is almost insatiable. Billbergia is an Australian company which has built an enviable reputation as one of the largest developers of waterfront apartments in Sydney. The latest completed project by Billbergia at Wentworth Point Marinas is the Z.E.N Apartments. Completed in October 2016, the $150 million development saw all of the 451 apartments across two towers sold well before completion. Tower A stands 25-storeys high and Tower B is 8-storeys high with Level 1 of Tower B comprising external streetscapes, commercial and retail spaces and a 3,000m2 public library. One of several unique features of the development was the integration of the project with public roads and the building of a privately funded $63 million bridge linking Wentworth Point with Rhodes, cutting the 8km roundtrip to just 330m. The bridge is used by buses, cyclists and pedestrians and was funded by Billbergia with contributions from three other developers at Wentworth Point, representing the largest privately funded infrastructure project in Australia. Another feature of the construction was the need to cope with the Homebush Bay soil structure. With a large component of reclaimed land and marshes, the construction methods included displacement and CFA piles to minimise spoil and to handle the high water table. Billbergia’s Construction Manager, Chris Kelly, said the design lifted the basement above ground level and the surrounding roads were elevated to match. 156 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments

“This was an innovative way to deal with the challenge of the water table and it has added an attractive rise to the otherwise flat landscape.” Chris added that another issue was the integration of the curtain wall façade with the two residential towers, which allowed the internal wintergardens to function as watertight elements. “Despite the usual technical challenges of building high-rise developments, Billbergia finished the Z.E.N Apartments project four months ahead of schedule. Residents are enjoying beautiful rooftop gardens, double glazed floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors, a security carpark and the new connection to Rhodes with its train station and shopping facilities.” Billbergia is a private, integrated Australian property group with over 25 years of experience. The group has a proven track record in delivering on their motto ‘Creating Communities.’ Founded by brothers John and Bill Kinsella in 1988, the group has remained privately owned with a strong and dedicated management team. Over this time, Billbergia has built its business around a loyal group of long serving employees, consultants and contractors who have reciprocally contributed to the group’s success. Billbergia conducts business across all stages of the property life cycle, including investment management, acquisition, development management, planning and design, construction, project marketing and sales. In addition to their own projects, Billbergia provides professional engineering and project management services to the residential, local government and commercial sectors of the construction industry.

Billbergia is based in Sydney but operates across all Australian states, with its major activities along the east coast. The group currently controls a number of key land portfolios, paving the way for more than 5,000 apartments, 16,000m2 of retail and 45,000m2 of industrial in the development pipeline. These projects also include substantial infrastructure works. The Z.E.N Apartments represented Stage 4 of an eight stage development. “We have the next two stages under construction, the first being Sirius; a $227 million project with 702 apartments, and the second being Marina Square; a $340 million project which includes 768 apartments and a 45-store shopping centre,” Chris Kelly said. “We’re very proud of the high quality buildings that we’re producing and the Wentworth Point development as a whole.” For more information contact Billbergia Pty Ltd, 101/25 Angas Street, Meadowbank NSW 2114, phone 02 8878 6900, email, website


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Below No Bull Blinds produced and supplied the roller blinds for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Furnishing one of Sydney’s newest and most attractive apartment developments with contemporary, stylish roller blinds which complemented the overall architectural impact was the type of challenge relished by No Bull Blinds, a fully Australian-owned business servicing the greater Sydney and Brisbane markets. No Bull Blinds manufactured and supplied the roller blinds in every one of the 441 apartments in the Z.E.N project by Billbergia at Wentworth Point on the Parramatta River. The architects wanted to have a uniform appearance across the buildings and this was achieved by providing charcoal coloured backing to the roller blinds in the high rise which was consistent with the façade colour, with a colour matched sunscreen and blockout in the low rise. Internally, the blinds were white which enhanced the ambience of the bedrooms and living spaces, blending with the internal palate. Director of No Bull Blinds, Justin Gibson said that the Z.E.N Apartments was one of the largest commercial contracts the company had undertaken to date. “We were commissioned to install all blinds during the development phase prior to the building’s completion allowing a much more streamlined program, whereas in many other apartment developments, we are called in after the owners have taken possession, so we deal with them on a one-on-one basis.” Justin also said installing roller blinds to all the perimeter windows was an interesting challenge because of the curvature of the building’s design. “We were working to tight tolerances, a 45mm head rail and some acute angles so we custom made each blind to fit the angles. Where the curvature was shallower, we could use a larger blind, but the overall impact has been excellent.” In the high rise section of the Z.E.N Apartments, total blockout blinds were installed. In the low rise part of the development, a combination of blockout blinds in the bedrooms and sunscreen blinds in the living areas were used. The latter filters strong sunlight whilst still maintaining the residents outlook. All materials were fire retardant quality. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

No Bull Blinds has been in operation for nearly six years and has 35 employees. “We are very proud of the fact that all our blinds are Australian made,” Justin said. “We are also proud of our service to all our clients, from top developers like Billbergia to families looking to style their homes with the latest in blind technology and fashion.” The company also supplied roller blinds to all five buildings at Billbergia’s Village Quays development in Rhodes. Other recent major projects have included apartment buildings in Sutherland in southern Sydney, the SODA development, Spice Apartments and Arena Apartments in Brisbane as well as the striking Iglu student accommodation building on Mary St in Brisbanes’ CBD, which required a patchwork pattern of bright coloured blinds to give the building it’s distinctive look. In addition to its strong representation in the commercial sector, No Bull Blinds has a strong presence in the residential market throughout Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Justin said that part of the success of No Bull Blinds is their ability to provide customised solutions to their clients in tight timeframes whilst maintaining quality and a very competitive price. “We have a very large percentage of repeat and referral clients in both the commercial and domestic sectors, as they seem to acknowledge and appreciate the extra care, attention and flexibility we are able to provide.” The Z.E.N Apartments has been a real project of pride for No Bull Blinds, seeing the external impact of its charcoal backed roller blinds contributing to the overall appearance of such an iconic building has been very satisfying for all staff involved. “We have valued the opportunity of being a partner of Billbergia’s Z.E.N development,” Justin said.

For further information contact No Bull Blinds, Unit 17A/1801 Botany Road, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 1300 132 129, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments 159

Below Absolute Fire Safety designed and installed the fire safety system for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Established in 1999, Absolute Services Pty Ltd trading as Absolute Fire Safety is an Australian-owned and operated fire contracting business, offering complete fire protection design, installation and maintenance services to metropolitan and regional areas of New South Wales. The company has grown to the point that it now employs 35 fire protection specialists. Director, Jason Hughes said that Absolute Fire Safety always delivers quality of workmanship, reliability and complete client satisfaction through its qualified and registered staff. Absolute Fire Safety was appointed by Billbergia to provide fire protection design and installation at the Z.E.N Apartments development. “We have had a proud involvement with Billbergia for 15 years which we regard as a vote of confidence from one of Sydney’s best builders and developers,” Jason said. Working on the Z.E.N Apartments development for Billbergia went smoothly, with some final adjustments towards the end of the project to meet fire brigade requirements. “We were on the site at Wentworth Point for over 12 months, with an average of 16 staff,” Jason said. 160 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments

One of the growth areas for Absolute Fire Safety is the servicing and testing of fire protection systems in existing buildings. Jason said that additional management resources have been appointed to develop this aspect of the business. “We are still essentially involved in the design and installation business, but increasingly we are being asked to provide ongoing maintenance and servicing in buildings in which we have previously installed fire protection, plus new clients asking us to take on that role in buildings in which we were not the installer.” New technology is constantly being introduced into the fire protection business and Absolute Fire Safety stays at the forefront of these developments. “The business is constantly evolving and we strive to ensure all our clients stay abreast of developments,” Jason said.

For more information contact Absolute Services Pty Ltd trading as Absolute Fire Safety, PO Box 4303, Pitt Town NSW 2756, phone 02 4577 5335, fax 02 4577 5337, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Grasshopper Environmental provided waste management services for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Grasshopper Environmental has achieved an amazing recycling rate of close on 90% from construction waste generated at the Billbergia Z.E.N Apartments project at Wentworth Point in Sydney. With over three decades experience in the waste management and recycling business, Grasshopper has lived up to its reputation of being capable, responsible and reliable in servicing the waste requirements of this project.

Grasshopper provides a fully integrated waste service, including detailed monthly reports to clients on the amount and type of waste collected, and the diversion from landfill achieved. “In addition to general construction waste from the Z.E.N Apartments we provided other source separation bins, including steel, concrete and cardboard.” Grasshopper also provides food and office waste bins which are serviced by their own vehicles.

Group Sales Manager for Grasshopper Environmental, Bob Doven said that bins were serviced on an as-needed basis, up to three to four times per day at the peak of activity, with all waste transported to the company’s EPA licensed Arndell Park recycling facility. There it was sorted into the different components and fed through the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where various products are recovered and produced to feed the circular economy. Grasshopper have a reputation for ethical waste management and are fully Green Star accredited.

Grasshopper Environmental has 45 employees and offers a guaranteed turnaround, with a full six day operation. “We respond quickly with extra bins and trucks as the need arises. We turn up on time with the skips you ordered, so your project keeps moving. It’s as simple as that,” Bob said.

Z.E.N Apartments was quite intensive at times, “There is a great deal of vehicle activity around the project and surrounding roads,” Bob said. “However we formed a great relationship with the site team which minimised any effect on other trades and personnel. We know that coordination and timing is critical on a large construction project.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Grasshopper Environmental Services, 12 Penelope Crescent, Arndell Park NSW 2148, phone 1300 147 277, fax 1300 147 299, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments 161

Below Crushing Dynamics crushed an existing slab of concrete onsite for re-use at the Z.E.N Apartments.

The level of recycling of disused and discarded building waste has reached remarkable proportions with the application of smart thinking and clever technology. Crushing Dynamics is a leader in the field of recycling concrete for re-use in major building projects and provided tonnes of crushed and screened material for the piling platform for the impressive Z.E.N Apartments development at Wentworth Point. Peter Murray, Director of Crushing Dynamics, said that the company pulled up an existing concrete slab at the site, pulverising and crushing it onsite. Any shortfall in volume was supplemented by 40/70 clean rock material from the company’s Wetherill Park facility.

provided crushed concrete as a manufactured quarry material for all the piling platforms.” The very experienced management team at Crushing Dynamics fully understands the requirements clients have for crushed and screened material. With two sites in Sydney at Rhodes and Wetherill Park, plus the capability to work onsite even on confined projects, the company undertakes work across the greater Sydney area and regional New South Wales.

Crushing Dynamics fills a very important niche in the construction industry. “The community expectation is that builders and developers will pursue every avenue to minimise the environmental impact of the construction process,” Peter said. “The crushing and screening of waste concrete is a very positive contribution to a ‘greener’ industry.”

Crushing Dynamics also undertakes concrete crushing onsite for Bingo Bins at its waste recovery centres, Eco Resource Recovery at Wetherill Park, Benedicts ongoing partnership for crushing and screening operation, Met Recycling at Silverwater and also for Hanson, a leading Australian supplier of building materials. “With the continued high level of building activity in New South Wales including public infrastructure projects, we expect to see greater volumes of waste concrete recycled through the crushing and screening process,” Peter said.

Peter added that Billbergia, the developer of a number of apartment buildings and public infrastructure at Wentworth Point, utilised Crushing Dynamics in all the projects built so far. “We have

For more information contact Crushing Dynamics, 23-27 Marquet Street, Rhodes NSW 2138, phone 02 9743 4000, email peter@, website

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Below Chevalier provided the curtain walls, skylight and awnings for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia has a number of specialties in the construction industry, amongst them the ability to design, fabricate and install curtain and window walls, cladding, sliding doors, bi-foldings, awnings and skylights. Chevalier exhibited this particular skill at Billbergia’s Z.E.N Apartments development. As with all curtain wall assignments, there are challenges involved as the build progresses, usually related to slight variations to plans from project conception to the actual constructed outcome, but Chevalier’s General Manager, Vivian Leung said that through close coordination with the construction team and its own experience, a successful outcome was achieved. “Chevalier has a wealth of experience in curtain wall and façade construction,” Vivian said. “The company is based in Hong Kong where Chevalier Group was founded in 1970 then Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) was established in 1983. Since then the company has completed over 700 projects in Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and South East Asia.” The local arm of the business was set up in 2001 and Vivian said that the company had successfully recruited a highly professional team in Australia to provide first class design, engineering and management, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

enabling the company to provide a wide range of products and services including curtain walls, metal cladding, glass walls, louvres, skylights, canopies, aluminium windows and granite cladding. Vivian said that the experienced local team had the resources of its substantial engineering, design and production team in Hong Kong to support its Australian projects if required. “We focus on quality and efficiency in fabrication and construction with the objective of producing an excellent result for clients. Our strong resource base ensures we can deliver this outcome.” Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) has successfully completed numerous projects in Australia in the past few years including Four Points Sheraton Hotel at Darling Harbour, Charles Perkins Centre of The University of Sydney, Urbanest Student Accommodation at Darlington and Haymarket, and Bridgehill Residences at Milsons Point. For more information contact Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia, Suite 1603, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9232 3189, fax 02 9231 1802, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments 163

Below Wentworth Point Cleaning provided various cleaning services for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Delivering new apartments to their proud owners in pristine condition is a specialty of Wentworth Point Cleaning Services, the trading name of Pinoy Enterprises Pty Ltd. The brilliant Z.E.N Apartments were quality cleaned by Wentworth Point Cleaning Services but its team had an involvement well before the final clean, working onsite from early in the construction programme.

Providing expert service and quality workmanship accompanied by a friendly approach was the foundation for the success of Wentworth Point Cleaning Services and this approach has generated many referrals and testimonials from satisfied customers. “We focus on a disciplined approach built on proven systems to deliver value for money for all our customers,” Ricky added.

Director, Ricky Solomon said that Wentworth Point Cleaning Services had an established relationship with Billbergia, the builder and developer of the Z.E.N Apartments at Wentworth Point. “We have worked on a number of Billbergia projects at Wentworth Point in the last four years and are completely in tune with the requirements Billbergia has to maintain a clean work site for safety, environmental and quality reasons.”

The company is continuing to operate at the Z.E.N Apartments as the strata cleaning contractor. “The relationship with Billbergia is based on trust and performance,” Ricky said. “We are looking forward to working with Billbergia on its further developments at Wentworth Point.”

Ricky said that in just a few years his business has expanded to employ 22 permanent staff, with extra casuals brought in as required. “On the Z.E.N project we had 10 people at the peak of activity. Our focus is on scrupulous attention to detail so we allocate as many resources as needed to achieve that objective, whether it is a construction site, cleaning finished apartments, strata cleaning services or just doing a house for a family customer.” 164 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments

For more information contact Pinoy Enterprises Pty Ltd trading as Wentworth Point Cleaning Services, 23 Protea Way, Jordan Springs NSW 2747, phone 02 8847 4800, mobile 0403 719 207, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Golden Eagle Painting Pty Ltd provided painting services for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Golden Eagle Painting has had a long-lasting relationship with property developer Billbergia that stretches back over 20 years. This remarkable performance speaks highly of the confidence that Billbergia and other builders and developers have in the team at Golden Eagle Painting. The company has completed yet another major project, having provided painting and decorating services for Billbergia at the Z.E.N Apartments at Wentworth Point in Sydney. With more than 25 years experience, 20 of those focused solely on major projects, Golden Eagle understands what is required to complete painting and decorating contracts for Tier One builders, contractors and developers. Projects like Z.E.N Apartments and other Billbergia developments like Wentworth Point Marinas – Regatta occupy Golden Eagle Painting for up to 12 months by the time planning and consultation is taken into account. Golden Eagle’s Abdul Sarakbi said that once the painting project begins, the company directs most of its professional painting staff to that job. “We have around 30 employees and most of these work as a team on our major project contracts.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Golden Eagle Painting has retained its premier position as Billbergia’s preferred supplier of painting and decorating services through its approach to quality work, efficiency and coordination with other trades as the project develops. “We have a good understanding of a developer’s requirements and the need to be flexible to meet building objectives,” Abdul said. “We are very proud of the confidence Billbergia has shown in us over the years and we enjoy being a part of the team that produces impressive residential buildings like Billbergia has done around the Wentworth Point precinct in Sydney. We look forward to continuing the relationship over many years to come.”

For more information contact Golden Eagle Painting Pty Ltd, 296 Nobel Avenue, Greenacre NSW 2190, phone 02 9642 4640, mobile 0410 541 429 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments 165

Below Inov8 Access installed the façade access and height safety system for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Inov8 Access is an industrial rope access and specialty rigging company providing a comprehensive package of height safety solutions, rope access services, specialised rigging services and building façade maintenance. It continually seeks innovative solutions to the emerging design challenges posed by modern building techniques and architecture. Inov8 Access was chosen by Billbergia to install the façade access and height safety system for the Z.E.N apartment development at Wentworth Point in Sydney. Director of Inov8, Chris Milne, said that Z.E.N required a custom-built façade access system to complement the height safety system. “Designing and installing bespoke systems is one of the specialties of Inov8. With more and more residential and commercial high-rise developments being built with Green Star ratings, rooftops are now being utilsed for gardens, pools and open recreational space for residents. Once they were used only for plant and building services which made installing fixed equipment for maintenance of the façade relatively simple. Now we are required to design and install systems that can be disassembled and locked away.” 166 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments

With ongoing updates and changes to Australian standards and qualifications necessary to perform rope access from heights, Inov8 staff are comprehensively trained and qualified in all requisite skills. Chris said that Inov8 Access had developed its own technology over its 15 years of operation, including its Rope Access Projection system, to put the company at the forefront of the industry. A wide range of clients call on Inov8’s services, including construction companies, building managers, property management companies and rigging contractors. Recent projects have included fitting the fibreglass capping around the Sydney Cricket Ground Stadium, defects rectification at Prince of Wales Hospital new construction, height safety system installation at Barangaroo gardens. Inov8 has also been involved with the design and installation of the height safety system at Royal North Shore Hospital Acute and Community Health buildings and is currently working with CPB Contractors installing the height safety and façade access systems for the new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest. For more information contact Inov8 Access Pty Ltd, Unit 133/7 Hoyle Ave, Castle Hill NSW 2154, phone 02 9634 8832, fax 02 9634 4201, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Tejco provided the waterproofing over 400m of expansion joints for Z.E.N Apartments.

Building contractor Tejco Pty Ltd undertook the task of supply and installation of expansion joints and waterproofing of over 400m of expansion joints at Billbergia’s Z.E.N Apartments. Tejco manufacturer’s, supplies and installs expansion joints for major construction projects as one of its specialties, as well as being skilled in the waterproofing of these expansion joint systems. “As with all waterproofing jobs, you have to be able to work with the structure that is provided and also to undertake the assignment within the overall building programme,” Tejco Director, Clive James said. “Our objective is to make sure the joint system works and that any potential leaks would be prevented, providing long-term protection to the building.” Clive said that he uses ARDEX waterproofing glands, membranes and seam tapes which are very reliable, proven products. “Apart from providing a lot of technical support if needed, ARDEX has a range of rapid-curing, energy efficient waterproofing membranes for all situations and which can stand the test of time.” Tejco had an average of three employees on the job at any time. “We had to do a fair amount of concrete grinding to get a WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

smooth finish, but that is common to most projects we work on,” Clive added. Other recent Tejco projects have included the supply and installation of 450 linear metres of expansion joints for an Atlas Constructions development at Mascot and another Atlas project at Rosebery where Tejco also waterproofed the podium level, plant rooms, planter boxes and terraces. Tejco also provide a range of products and services for the prevention of efflorescence through tile screeds and adhesives. Z.E.N was the first project Tejco has undertaken for Billbergia and Clive looks forward to more opportunities to work with the company. “We enjoyed the process and we were delighted to make a contribution to this impressive development,” Clive said.

For more information contact Tejco Pty Ltd, 35 Gavin Way, Lake Haven NSW 2263, phone 02 4394 0734, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments 167

Below CN Building Services provided cleaning services for the Z.E.N Apartments by Billbergia.

Delivering spotlessly clean apartments and commercial spaces to new owners is the specialty of CN Building Services, a premier contract cleaning business. CN Building Services has proudly been associated with contract cleaning all of Billbergia’s Wentworth Point Marinas and Rhodes developments including the Z.E.N Apartments. Director, Natasha Dizija Markovic said that prestigious projects like Z.E.N deserved the best cleaning service available. “We have been offering professional, high-quality commercial cleaning services for major builders and construction companies since 1999, so we have the skills and experience to ensure every aspect of the building is covered, both internally and externally.”

consistency of performance, quality assurance, safety of employees and technical knowledge of the commercial cleaning business. Besides working on all Billbergia’s projects in and around Wentworth Point, CN Building Services also counted ICON Co, Richard Crookes Construction, Taylor Construction Group, Mainbrace and PBS Building amongst its clients. “We are equipped to provide a comprehensive range of services including industrial cleaning, commercial cleaning including warehouses and carparks, office and business cleaning, and residential work including carpet steam cleaning.”

CN Building Services had between 10 to 15 of its employees working at Z.E.N, commencing well before completion. “Our work included cleaning the external glass of the commercial façades as well as interior cleaning,” Natasha said. “We returned to some areas up to five times as the project continued to maintain the highest possible result.”

With a reputation for delivering a professional result on every contract, CN Building Services remains focused on its long-term relationships with builders like Billbergia. “We enjoy working on impressive projects like Z.E.N as part of the total team delivering a first-class asset to Sydney,” Natasha said.

Natasha said that her company had a close working relationship with most of Australia’s leading builders and developers who appreciated the commitment that CN Building Services had to reliability,

For more information contact CN Building Services, Unit 4/264 Hoxton Park Road, Prestons NSW 2170, mobile 0414 276 469, email

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Below Glascott Landscape and Civil completed the landscape construction for the Z.E.N Apartments.

Glascott Landscape and Civil is one of Australia’s leading multi-disciplined landscape construction companies with wide ranging capabilities and expertise, who excel at managing and delivering high quality projects safely and to budget. Working with Billbergia on two stages of the Z.E.N Apartments, Glascott delivered the landscape construction on the surrounding streets, podium level and unique rooftop. The one-of-a-kind spaces at Z.E.N allowed the company to showcase their passion for blending landscape aesthetics into the built environment, to create tranquil seamless spaces, and is what makes them one of Australia’s leading landscape construction companies. At street level, the team supplied and installed all landscaping including the planting of 12 large palms, along with planter boxes along the median strip. They undertook strategic planting in the main podium on Level 3, and created Z.E.N’s showpiece – the rooftop garden at Level 26. The rooftop is a major feature of the development, providing a unique outdoor environment with 360 degree views. Glascott also designed and constructed the ponds that contain water and fire features, giving the space a sense of peace and tranquility. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Glascott was established in 1989 so has nearly 30 years of experience, which it now offers through offices in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. The vast capabilities of Glascott Landscape and Civil are exemplified in its extensive client list which includes Australia’s top tier-one builders and developers, state and federal government, local councils, landscape architects and civil contractors. Matthew Glascott, Managing Director of Glascott Landscape and Civil, said that his company had particular expertise in partnering with developers on high-density residential and large-scale estates including masterplanned communities. “We undertake streetscaping, reserves, ovals, parks, playgrounds and environmental assets such as lakes for rainwater catchment and biodiversity.” Glascott also works with developers and builders on infrastructure projects such as motorways, university campuses, defence works, public spaces and heritage sites, and ensures that each project they undertake expresses their philosophy of ‘creating beautiful spaces.’ For more information contact Glascott Landscape and Civil, Unit 4, 15-17 Chaplin Drive, Lane Cove NSW 2066, phone 02 9429 8500, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Z.e.n Apartments 169

NSW Project Feature

UON new space

mAIN Construction Company : Hansen Yuncken Architects : Lyons / EJE Architecture STRUCTURAL Engineer : Aurecon CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $95 million

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new horizons The $95M New Space project is 8-levels and will house the Business and Law School Faculty at the University of Newcastle. The 5 Star Green Star design comprises extensive student spaces, modern bike storage and end of trip facilities and retail areas. Hansen Yuncken is engaged in the challenging task of constructing the NeW Space building for the University of Newcastle in the heart of the city. By any measure this is a stunning creation by the University which will not only be an excellent learning facility but also an iconic landmark in Hunter Street. It is well on for completion in time for students to commence in July 2017. As indicated by its name, NeW Space creates a benchmark in indoor environments, fostering exceptional learning and research outcomes across the 8-levels of occupied space, containing formal and informal teaching and learning spaces, a moot court, the Law School, library outlets, collaboration and staff workspaces. Housing the Business and Law Faculty, this dynamic facility will be the catalyst for the Newcastle CBD renewal strategy, projected to be visited by over 3,000 students and staff every day. With natural ventilation a key attribute of the 5 Star Green building design, it also features a dual-directional sun shading system wrapping around the building form, specifically designed for each solar orientation and to provide excellent sunlight protection. Hansen Yuncken has an enviable reputation in building educational facilities and relishes the opportunity to be at the forefront of next generation teaching and learning models withing the sector. NeW Space fits this category but as would be expected it has provided plenty of challenges. Mike Curtis, Senior Project Manager for Hansen Yuncken, said that NeW Space is the most complex building with which he has been involved. “It has been the most rewarding assignment I have had, largely because of the tremendous effort by members of my team, the University’s people and all the subcontractors. Significantly, most of the people on the project were locals, many of them graduates of the University. This is a Newcastle building built by Newcastle people. It has been a real team effort and we are all very proud to be contributing to this outstanding project.” Not the least of the challenges was the lifting of an 85 tonne mega truss onto the building WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

from Hunter Street. Named the Nobby’s Extension after the vista it provides out to Newcastle’s iconic headland, the installation of the mega truss that had been fabricated by Gonzales Steel was an impressive feat. Although completed without a hitch on the day, the methodology and installation was a result of many hours of discussion and debate with all stakeholders. It was agreed that a pre-fabricated lift was the most efficient and practicable from a safety and logistics perspective. Overall loads, wind and safe access post-installation were all part of the hundreds of hours of pre-planning. In April, the team successfully erected Nobby’s structure onto the previously installed columns and secured the 124 bolts to tie it to the main structure with very tight tolerances. This was the first time two 500 tonne mobile cranes had been involved in a lift in the region. Mike said that the key to the success of the construction has been the degree of planning that has gone into the project. “NeW Space is being built to a fairly tight time frame, but we are on track because of the complex and detailed planning that went into the project before any physical work began. There has also been a very strong focus on health and safety which reflects Hansen Yuncken’s priority in this area.” Mike said that creativity and innovation are a primary focus at Hansen Yuncken. “The construction landscape is ever-evolving, so is our approach to systems, technology and innovation. We continually seek smarter and more efficient ways to improve every aspect of our business. Our award winning platform HYway is playing a major role in the building of NeW Space.” Adding to their success, Hanson Yuncken recently attended the Master Builders Association 2016 Excellence in Building Awards in Newcastle and was awarded the Safework Excellence in WH&S Award. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, 50 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle NSW 2300, phone 02 4908 6300, fax 02 4908 6301, email, website

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Steel truss mega lift stops the traffic The University of Newcastle’s NeW Space building is spectacular by any measure. Even during the construction phase it has been a traffic stopper on Hunter Street, the city’s main thoroughfare! The mega lift of a pre-fabricated steel truss built by Gonzalez Steel has been just one episode in the life of this project which has attracted the city’s imagination. Gonzalez Steel is a local structural steel fabrication company extremely well credentialed to undertake the complex task of detailing, fabricating, installing and painting the steel framework in this unique building. Situated in the Newcastle suburb of Beresfield, Gonzalez Steel was involved in the project from inception. Owner Director, Juan Gonzalez, said that it has been an exceptionally interesting project with which to be involved. “The building has presented many complex challenges, but with careful planning by all members of the construction team, it has come together very successfully.” “Over the life of the NeW Space Project, the skills and experience of the whole Gonzalez Steel team were utilised. The fabricated steelwork they proudly produced included feature columns, stairs, framework for the sun roof and five floors of the building.” A special challenge onsite was the positioning of the 2 tonne cast in plates which spanned 2.4m in length and consisted of hundreds of

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holes which required to be aligned with millimeter accuracy in the vertical and horizontal positions in order to ensure that the ‘Mega Truss’ steelwork would connect as per the design, five floors up. The Urban Room frames made from 508mm Circular Hollow Sections measured 12m by 8.5m in addition to the 914mm Circular Hollow Section Mega Columns which also spanned a lengthy 28m. The biggest lift of all was reserved for the 85 tonne Mega Truss which Gonzalez Steel fabricated at the base of the building prior to lifting. “Mention must be made that not only was the complex structure fabricated and installed with precision, the high quality requirements required by the architects, engineers and the client had also been met without an issue.” Detailed planning with all stakeholders was necessary as two 500 tonne cranes were required which meant Hunter Street had to be closed to traffic between 2am and 7am on the morning of the lift. The mega truss forms part of the contemporary design to take advantage of the panoramic views over Newcastle Harbour. With over 35 years experience, Gonzalez Steel has the expertise, the technology and the skilled workforce to deliver on projects of any size. For more information contact 
Gonzalez Steel Pty Ltd, 7 Pippita Close, Beresfield NSW 2322, phone 02 4966 8949, fax 02 4966 8223, email, website


a cut above the rest When it comes to precision concrete cutting, Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing has the skilled operators and equipment to do the job. Nova-Cut is currently working on the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space project in the city’s central business district. Owner and Director of Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing, Waru Whiteman said that he had operators on the site when required by the builder Hansen Yuncken. “Often we have two employees engaged for a week but other times it may only be one. The tasks being undertaken include diamond blade wall sawing and cutting for air conditioning duct work. We also have the specialised equipment available when needed to do precision circular holes with core sizes from 18mm to 1m.” Based at Edgeworth in Newcastle with nine employees, Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing, delivers concrete cutting and sawing services throughout New South Wales and in the last year has established a branch in Bundaberg, Queensland. Major projects completed in recent months include work on the safety augmentation project at Chaffey Dam in the Tamworth district and the Westfield Kotara extensions. Other contract work has taken Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing, to Moree and Goondiwindi. Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing provides its services to a wide range of businesses ranging from owner-builders to leading construction companies. “We do not limit ourselves to any one segment of the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

building industry nor to any geographical location. Nova-Cut is prepared to look at any project large or small,” Waru explained. “We perform precision road sawing to depths from 30mm to 800mm including electric road sawing for jobs in confined spaces where petrol or diesel equipment cannot be used. In addition to our wall sawing and core drilling services, we undertake concrete grinding, joint sealing, soff cutting, wire sawing and concrete scanning to locate structural items up to 1m depth. With a reliable team of employees we can provide a 24 hour, 7 day a week service.” For further information contact Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing Pty Ltd, 7 Aluminium Close, Edgeworth NSW 2285, phone 02 4958 3798, fax 02 4913 5353, (mobile 0412 388 413), email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE university of Newcastle New space 173

working for the future A recovery rate of almost 90% from the waste generated on the University of Newcastle NeW Space building site has been achieved by REMONDIS Australia.

City Council in Sydney. Since then, REMONDIS Australia has experienced significant and sustained growth and is amongst the top five for this industry sector.

Scott Smith, Hunter Western Region Manager for REMONDIS Australia said that eight or nine hook-lift bins of 15-20m3 were being delivered and exchanged per month. By the end of September 2016, 515 tonnes of waste had been generated and removed from the NeW Space site with more than 435 tonnes of this product being recycled and therefore diverted from local landfills. This is a great environmental outcome for the project and for Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

The company currently provides waste collection services for more than 15,000 commercial customers and, through partnerships with local authorities, approximately 2 million residential premises.

“One of the challenges we faced was that there was limited space for sorting onsite so all bins were transported to our depot at Thornton. This is a licenced EPA site and we can weigh-in on entry to the site enabling us to determine our success in recycling materials which pass over the weigh bridge on the way out of the depot.” Waste products which were recovered from the NeW Space project included concrete and concrete rubble, natural and engineered timbers, electrical waste, steel, paper and cardboard, plastic, plaster board, PVC and bulker bags. The recovery operation at Thornton, where REMONDIS Australia has a total of 60 employees, was achieved through a combination of mechanical and hand-sorting methods.

Scott said that with over 35 business locations across the nation, REMONDIS Australia is able to fulfill customer needs in most locations, passing on the benefits of operational efficiencies to both commercial and municipal customers. “The company prides itself on world’s best practice in the handling and recycling of waste, substantially reducing the volume of material which once ended up as landfill.” For further information contact REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd, Level 4, 163 O’Riordan Street, Mascot NSW 2020, phone 02 9032 7100, email, website

REMONDIS Australia, founded in 1982, commenced operations with a municipal bin supply and waste collection contract for Penrith

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Guardians of safety and smooth traffic flow When a major crane lift took place at the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space project, three-quarters of Hunter Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, was closed. Entrusted with traffic management and safety was the experienced team from Guardian Traffic Services.

reliable service to all clients covering the daily supply of traffic control crews, emergency traffic crews and all traffic management needs, including computer-generated traffic plans, site inspections and traffic control audits.

Kelly Groen, Guardian Traffic Services Director, said that the incident-free event was a testimony to the extensive planning undertaken with all stakeholders. “We place a great deal of emphasis on pre-planning for any job, large or small.” “Our involvement with the NeW Space project began when construction first started and is on-going. Guardian Traffic Services developed a traffic management plan to cover every stage of construction and our dedicated traffic control crews implement those plans on a day-to-day basis. Usually three to six employees are onsite depending on what construction activities are taking place.”

With two locations, one in Newcastle and one on the Central Coast, Guardian Traffic Services has participated in large infrastructure projects including the Sancrox Interchange near Port Macquarie to more local assignments like the Nelson Bay Road upgrade. Guardian also prides itself on its safety record and has a comprehensive occupational health and safety management system. All personnel are trained in risk management processes and safety procedures to meet the legislative requirement for the traffic management industry. “As a local company, we have been very excited to be a part of the NeW Space project,” Kelly said. “The building will add to the on-going transformation of Newcastle.”

Guardian Traffic Services was formed five years ago but the people behind the family-owned and operated business have an extensive 20 years experience in all facets of the traffic industry. Offering a 24 hour 7 days a week service, the emphasis is on a personal and

For more information contact Guardian Traffic Services, 3/33 Pendlebury Road, Cardiff NSW 2285, phone 02 4953 7313, (mobile 0409 385 478), fax 02 4954 4930, email, website


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NSW Project Feature

Parramatta square 1PSQ

Thinking outside the square owner/developer : charter Hall Group main Construction Company : John Holland Pty Ltd TENANT : Western Sydney University Architect : Architectus Sydney Pty Ltd Engineer : Arcadis Construction Value : $118 million

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The construction of Western Sydney University’s (WSU) new CBD campus, 1 Parramatta Square (1PSQ) in the heart of Parramatta, is a game changer for the fastest growing CBD in Australia. The construction of Western Sydney University’s (WSU) new CBD campus, 1 Parramatta Square (1PSQ) in the heart of Parramatta, is a game changer for the fastest growing CBD in Australia. The new vertical campus will showcase the environmental pinnacle of how workspaces and education can co-habit to deliver a smarter and more energy efficient city. And now the first building in the redevelopment of Parramatta Square has achieved a 5 Star Green Star – Education v1 Design rating on 1PSQ. 1PSQ, located at 169 Macquarie Street, is nearing construction completion and is the first stage of the urban regeneration redevelopment of Parramatta Square. 1PSQ is a 14-level Property Council of Australia (PCA) Grade A commercial office tower across 26,500m2 of nett lettable area that is fully leased to Western Sydney University. Charter Hall Group is a leading property group in Australia with a total managed property portfolio of over $18 billion. The group owns and manages 295 commercial properties across Australia, including office buildings, supermarket anchored retail centres and a fast expanding stable of industrial and logistics assets on behalf of its institutional, wholesale and retail investors. Charter Hall employs approximately 400 people. 1PSQ’s prominent location at the junction of Macquarie and Smith Street’s in Parramatta has direct access to a new master planned Public Domain that offers students and workers alike open space and amenity at the buildings front door, in addition to having a direct link to Parramatta bus and rail lines. Charter Hall and the D&C builder for the project John Holland have worked closely with WSU to create a bespoke, technology enriched, mixed-use accommodation solution in the heart of the Parramatta CBD to cater for WSU’s specific education and teaching needs through a vertical campus offering. Groundbreaking occurred in February 2015 with architectural firm Architectus leading the design of the iconic building which features highly integrated spaces and inter-floor connectivity throughout, as well as a central atrium (from ground to 9th floor) to connect the podium floors. “Charter Hall has worked with our key strategic partners Western Sydney University and John Holland through the construction and development phase to

bring this outstanding new vertical campus in the heart of the Parramatta CBD to life. For Charter Hall, the delivery of 1PSQ is about forming a longer term partnership with Western Sydney University across the project life cycle,” said Michael West, Senior Development Manager NSW with Charter Hall. There will be a vibrant ground floor retail offering featuring a range of food and beverage operators that will have frontage to the new Parramatta Square Public Domain. The 1PSQ building will have a direct visual connection to the Public Domain through the southern façade that has view lines up and through the building atrium, together with the new piece of Public Art designed by Emily Floyd that will be installed on the underside of the Level 2 soffit at the junction of Smith Street and the entry to the Public Domain that will set a new marker for the entrance into Parramatta Square. “The thousands of students who will study here will be immersed in one of the country’s most technologically-advanced learning environments. Western Sydney University have been visionary in their pursuit of creating new ways for students to learn” Michael said. “As one of the leading developers of education precincts Charter Hall have gained a comprehensive understanding of the key drivers for tertiary education providers through listening to our development stakeholders and implementing a true partnership model with Western Sydney University right the way through the development life cycle and beyond. This will provide us with valuable insights as we seek further opportunities in the education sector.” Technical specifications for the building include the following; 26,500m2 PCA Grade A accommodation, 5 Star Green Star Education v1 Design rating achieved (as built rating targeted in 2017), basement end of trip facilities, 330m2 accessible outdoor terrace area on Level 9, population densities from one person per 6m2 on the lower levels through to one person per 10m2 on the upper levels, low temp VAV mechanical system, premium grade wait times for building lifts. For more information contact Charter Hall Group, Level 20, No.1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8651 9000, fax 02 9221 4655, website

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Below Rest Interiors installed and manufactured the joinery, paneling and upholstery across 12-levels of Parramatta Square.

Ensuring Rest Interiors and its subcontractors sourced and used only Green Star rated products for the Parramatta Square 1PSQ project wasn’t a problem for General Manager, Ali Hashem.

“This project was very well managed on behalf of John Holland. They did a good job of having the tradies working and coordinating together,” he said.

His firm manufactured and installed 12-levels of joinery and 2,500m2 of wall paneling, including to the many lift lobbies, for the fast tracked project. Rest Interiors also completed much of the upholstery comprising Australian and imported fabrics in common areas, study areas, seating and even wall cladding.

Rest Interiors is a family run business established by Ali’s father in 1985. It specialises in architecturally detailed joinery for all facets of the construction and fitout industry. The company has completed commercial and office fitouts, education, hospitality as well as retail, health and large residential projects. Currently, they have approximately six aged care residential projects on their books.

“These were architecturally designed units. Some of them were quite intricate involving specialist designs. There was a lot of bespoke material, mostly Australian product and definitely they all had to be Green Star rated materials,” said Ali.

The unique selling point of the business, Ali said, is the level of service they provide and their “ability to go over and above what’s in the best interest of the project.”

Everything they manufactured or used for the project from substrate to adhesives had to be Green Star certified to be used onsite. They also had to ensure their partners and contractors used only Green Star products. “We had to be on top it. With my glazier, for example, we informed them since the tendering stage that their products had to be Green Star certified. We asked them to submit datasheets about the products they were going to use.”

For more information contact Rest Interiors Pty Ltd, 20 Clements Avenue, Bankstown NSW 2200, phone 02 9708 0633, fax 02 9793 9133, email, website

Another challenge was the “sheer quantity” of wall paneling Rest Interiors needed to manufacture, handle, polish and paste for the project. To meet the timeframe, the company outsourced to within its trust network. “We have quite a large facility, however we were fortunate enough to partner with other companies on this one who were able to produce items and do the painting finishing works for the wall cladding for us to fast track. We still managed the process from beginning to end with no detriment.” About 100 people work for Rest Interiors and about 60 of them on the Parramatta Square project. “We feel we have grown with this experience with Green Star rated projects. Other high quality, bespoke office fitouts we’ve previously completed had more joinery in it, but was over a longer stage. These sizable projects are definitely our forte,” he said. 178 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Parramatta Square 1psq



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Photo: 169 Macquarie st, Parramatta. © Moits 2016.



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Below Mesh & Bar supplied 1,400 tonnes of reinforced mesh and bar to the Parramatta Square 1PSQ project.

Mesh & Bar is one of Australia’s leading independent reinforcing steel suppliers who have serviced the Australian construction industry since 1999 with reinforced bar and mesh, concrete accessories and various associated building products.

The Parramatta Square project required various Ancon products, meaning Mesh & Bar had to coordinate production schedules with bartec couplers and threading as well as key boxes to help with the developments Jump form and site program.

One of the benefits of dealing with Mesh & Bar is their commitment to a sustainable environment, with the company using only recycled steel in its reinforcing mesh and reinforcing bar products.

“The project was very fast paced; there were regular drawing changes and revisions and constant program changes sometimes daily because of the complexity of the project,” said John.

Four staff members at its Glendenning, New South Wales office worked on the Parramatta Square 1PSQ project. Mesh & Bar were John Holland’s chosen supplier of reinforced mesh and bar, supplying approximately 1,400 tonnes to the project.

The company offers a full service for scheduled reinforcing steel and prepares detailed schedules and marking plans from the information provided by its customers.

One of the challenges of the project was producing monthly reports and other documents necessary to assist the project gaining its green star accreditation. The materials had to be sourced and manufactured as required. The reinforced bar that arrives in batches each month at our site has to have traceability of the steel back to the mill. “It was time consuming but not difficult,” said John George, Key Account Manager. 182 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Parramatta Square 1psq

Mesh & Bar’s philosophy of customer service is to ‘provide cost effective solutions and proactive service with uncompromising quality’ and ‘to establish long term strong relationships with its customers.’

For more information contact Mesh & Bar Pty Ltd, 15 Owen Street, Glendenning NSW 2761, phone 02 9832 2000, fax 02 9832 2550, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below BSA is responsible for the design and construction of the mechanical services throughout the building.

BSA Build HVAC (formally Allstaff and Triple M), are working on the iconic Parramatta Square commercial office development, which will function as a campus for Western Sydney University. BSA is responsible for the design and construction of the mechanical services throughout the building. During the construction there was more than 80 team members working on the project, from offsite design and drafting to onsite installation and commissioning. The design incorporates heating and cooling systems with on-floor VAVs including on-floor allowances for tenant CW.

an atrium, which is open from ground to Level 7. Extraction is via fans located on Level 9 plant room space. The solution called for extensive CFD modelling, which follows as part of the fire engineer’s report. Installing the supply duct risers within a larger return air plenum riser proved to be a challenge for the site teams. The design and installation sequencing had to take into account safety of installation in the first instance, as well as accessibility within the riser, which was provided within the riser itself, together with access from the floors into the space.

Offsite works consisting of design and drafting started in mid 2015, while the team began onsite work in December and anticipate completion at the end of 2016. During the design phase, there were several challenges including the smoke exhaust system, which serves the low rise floors. Traditionally, the essential services system would comprise of a ‘deemed to satisfy’ solution, but here the low-rise smoke exhaust uses WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact the BSA Build HVAC, Level 3, Quad 2, 6 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127, phone 02 9763 6200, fax 02 9763 6201, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Parramatta Square 1psq 183

Below Signdraft’s team installed safety line access systems for façade maintenance and window cleaning.

For more than a quarter of a century, Signdraft has developed and refined its expertise as a one-stop shop for signage in Sydney. “I started the business out of the garage at home in 1990 and now employ 15 people. We do a whole lot of different things from a small sticker that goes on a wall to probably 50% of the sky signage in Sydney,” said Michael Hurst, Founder and Managing Director of Signdraft. Signdraft does the concept artwork, manufacturing and installation of signs.



“With the products we now have available, the sky signage is maintenance free for five years. That’s five years before you even need to think about the sign,” he said. The biggest sign he’s produced is for the MLC building in North Sydney, which has approximatly 15,000 individual LEDs that were installed by hand. Signdraft has also installed signs for AMP and CBA across Sydney city. For the Parramatta Square 1PSQ project, it’s not actually the signs Michael and the team are putting in, it’s safety line access systems 184 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Parramatta Square 1psq

for façade maintenance and window cleaning, which is headed by Signdraft’s spinoff business, Difficult Access Engineering. Three of Michael’s staff were working there. “They just had to change their shirts,” he said. “We’re using the same employees as Signdraft, just using their skills to do different things. We’ve been doing that for 15 years.” Difficult Access Engineering sets up its permanent systems, and checks them yearly, to allow building remediation work, such as concrete cancer repair, resealing façades and chimney remediation work at power stations. “The hardest thing was coordinating with the builder to have the components onsite ready for the concrete pour for example. We overcame any issues through good communications with the builder and clarifying just when they need us onsite to do our work.”

For more information contact Signdraft Pty Ltd, Unit 3, Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah NSW 2229, phone 02 9523 0557, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Mela Bar Chairs supplied their products for the steel and concrete works on the project.

For the past five years, Mela Bar Chairs Pty Ltd has been supplying large construction projects, steel suppliers and distributors in Sydney and Canberra with plastic bar chair products for concretework. The Sydney-based company has 27 plastic products in its line up and is the only Australian company to offer 200mm to 340mm high bar chairs in plastic. Their innovative design continues to be refined with new plastic moulds created each year. The products are made in one of two factories in the Sydney metro area.

24-hours lead time, competitive prices and all of its products are tested and certified. “The main feature of our square design plastic bar is that it sits very rigid on bondeck and formwork slabs, creating a safe and stable top-mat for workers such as concreters and steelfixers.” Mela Bar Chairs Pty Ltd has supplied to other large projects including Barangaroo, where about 60,000 tonnes of steel was tied and all bar chairs were supplied to Southside Reinforce (AUS) Pty Ltd and Courtly Reo Pty Ltd.

“A lot of builders, suppliers and subcontractors don’t know you can get plastic bar chairs that high. We offer the perfect height range. This larger size of bar chair in the past were usually made of steel, but this new design replaces steel thus reducing the risk of concrete cancer and allows for easier manual handling due to the reduction in weight of bags.” The products are ideal for harsh coastal environment exposed to salty air. Being plastic, Mela Bar chairs stay rust-free. The company offers WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Mela Bar Chairs Pty Ltd, PO Box 581, Engadine Sydney NSW 2233, phone 0418 461 584, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Parramatta Square 1psq 185

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Below Strategic Formwork supplied the self-climbing jump form system for the Parramatta Square 1PSQ project.

Strategic Formwork entered the Australian market in 2002, with its inhouse designed and developed self-climbing ‘CoreMaker’ jumpform system for the construction of core vertical elements.

An in-house trained site technician supervises all aspects of the site works, with a ‘Fit for Use Certificate’ issued on completion of the site erection and a ‘Certificate of Competency’ issued to the system operators once the system is in full operation.

Site logistics at Parramatta Square 1PSQ, demanded that the CoreMaker being extended in plan at the set-up stage to integrate the northern and southern stair cores which were incorporated later at ground floor. Subsequently the CoreMaker was designed to lift these additional formwork panels and working platforms throughout the first two floors where these elements were not present.

Currently Strategic Formwork is the market leader having over 40 jumpform systems in operation, in all major capital cities along the eastern seaboard.

Strategic Formwork invests heavily in the planning and design phases, producing detailed fabrication and assembly drawings which are professionally endorsed to Australian standards. The scope of work includes exact climbing sequences for the full height of the core construction plus step-by-step assembly and dismantle sketches with associated method statements. The company’s logistics team ensures that despatches, including wide loads, are matched to site requirements meeting time and zone restrictions, unloading and storage restrictions. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Strategic Formwork, Level 3, 33-35 Belmont Street, Sutherland NSW 2232, phone 02 9545 0244, fax 02 9545 0255, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Parramatta Square 1psq 187

NSW Project Feature

the grove – randwick DEVELOPER : St. Basil’s Homes MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: Deicorp Constructions Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : PTW Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : BG&E Pty Ltd PROJECT VALUE : $75 million



a new benchmark The Grove – Randwick is a $75M aged-care facility that offers a lifestyle promoting independence, active living and luxury. Comprised of 113 residential aged-care bedrooms, 79 spacious apartments all with modern appliances, stylish interiors and beautiful views from the upper levels, each apartment has been designed to provide disabled access with onsite car parking. St. Basil’s The Grove – Randwick is an architecturally designed set of luxury apartments designed to take aged care into an unprecedented level. When St. Basil’s settled on builder/developer Deicorp, they were not only getting a well known company, but one with a solid reputation earned over 15 years for delivering the demanding quality expected of The Grove – Randwick project. “The project is special as it is a significant step in the development and growth of our clients, St. Basil’s Homes, in providing services to the aged care market,” Deicorp, Senior Project Manager, Arne Leonard says. The Grove – Randwick, on St. Pauls Street, consists of 79 self-care independent living units from 1-3 bedrooms, 20 single-bedroom serviced apartments, 93 residential aged-care bedrooms and onsite parking for 154 vehicles. Facilities for residents include a café, men’s shed, multi-purpose community room and pool, plus a day centre open to seniors in the community to encourage respite, socialisation and leisure. The $75 million project commenced work in 2014 with early works consisting of demolition, site clearing, excavation and piling, anchoring, and shotcreting of the foundations. Stage 2 work on the main build was awarded in the fourth quarter of 2014. “As a developer in its own right, Deicorp has an intimate knowledge of the value in a quality development completed in a timely manner,” Arne says. Not all projects are smooth sailing, and The Grove – Randwick proved no exception when materials handling presented a significant challenge. “With a single vehicle entry, on a site of 400m in length and significant heritage retained foliage on the site, feeding materials to work faces on four separate structures running simultaneously was challenging,” Arne says. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With a desire to improve efficiencies in the delivery process and some significant regularity in design outcomes, Deicorp saw an opportunity to incorporate elements of prefabricated construction into the project. Not only was precast concrete used extensively throughout the project for both quality of finish and efficiency in construction, but also prefabricated bathrooms. While comparable to traditional construction from a cost perspective, the construction offsite of over 100 bathrooms significantly improved site efficiencies during the fitout phase of the works. Procured from Sync Building Systems, a division of Hickory in Melbourne, the installation of the bathrooms commenced during the final stages of the structural program. Landscaping design services have been supplied by Scott Carver Architects who have considered the site’s heritage, its coastal location and its future occupants. The Grove site contains a diverse range of historical gardens typical of the late 19th Century, including a significant number of well developed Moreton and Port Jackson fig trees. A dementia and private courtyard allows high care patients to access the outdoors and view colourful gardens from their rooms. The garden is flanked by an existing heritage sandstone wall and creates a secure and safe loop for exercise and pleasure. St. Basil’s now have their vision fulfilled and will shortly be offering a superior level of care to Australia’s senior citizens, thanks to a dedicated team of contractors. “With a consistency in delivery, brought about by a clear understanding of value, the Deicorp product speaks for itself,” Arne says. For more information contact Deicorp Pty Ltd, Level 3, 161 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW 2016, phone 02 8665 4100, fax 02 8665 4111, email, website




Below Dynatech Industries designed and installed mechanical services and ventilation systems on The Grove – Randwick project.

Dynatech Industries is a Sydney based family operated mechanical services contractor that has been operating since the mid 90s. Over that time Dynatech has transformed from a commercial refrigeration manufacturing company to a leading provider in the design and construction of heating ventilation and air conditioning services, with an annual turnover of more than $30 million. With its experience on high end projects and a team of over 50 people meant that Dynatech had systems in place to deal with any contingency for St. Basil’s The Grove – Randwick. “The bigger and more complex a project gets, the more you need formal processes and techniques to effectively manage the work,” Dynatech Industries, Senior Project Director, Rabei Bachir says. With a team of approximately 25 people working to build the 73 retirement living apartments ranging in size from one to three bedroom and 113 residential aged care beds, Dynatech took it into their stride when the contractor changed the completion date from the end of July 2016 to December 2016. Rabei puts a lot of Dynatech’s ability to deal with shifting schedules down to the fact that it is a family operated company. “Family businesses have some distinct advantages, including a shorter chain of command when it comes to making crucial decisions and a sense of solidarity that can only come from family ties,” Rabei says. “Family firms that remain successful tend to be the ones committed to more than just profitability,” Rabei added. At St. Basil’s The Grove – Randwick, due to their low maintenance cost, power efficiency, small size and overall cost, Dynatech designed and installed 19 Fujitsu VRF (variable refrigeration flow) air conditioning systems to 93 residential aged care bedrooms and common areas, including the corridors, atrium, multi-purpose room, day care and community room. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

In addition they installed 203 fan coil units that are a combination of slim, medium static, high static and some compact cassette units. For the 73 retirement living apartments in Buildings A to D, a total of 73 Fujitsu VRF air conditioning units that are heat pump systems and 243 fan coil units were installed. Mechanical ventilations were also provided for the car park, loading dock, various kitchen exhausts, commercial laundry gas drying power flow system and common toilet exhaust systems. Miscellaneous mechanical ventilation was also installed in all of the other service rooms, including the scooter charging room, garbage rooms, main switch room, pool plant room and domestic kitchen areas. “The original design and specification called for a closed loop chilled-water cooling system, which we adapted to reduce the client’s upfront monetary cost and will save them a total of $1.2 million over a 15 year period in maintenance and running costs,” Rabei says. Dynatech’s commitment to innovation has recently seen them research and develop a 98% efficiency heat exchanger that continues their active role in environmental management solutions. “That sense of commitment can also include a long-term focus on customers, employers, suppliers and the greater community – all principles that fit in well with the focus on sustainability,” Rabei says. Other projects of Dynatech Industries include; an apartment complex of 209 apartments in Kellyville with a budget of $20.9 million; Otto Roseberry for ICON, Deicorp’s Little Saigon Plaza Bankstown, and Alpha in Sydney’s inner west.

For more information contact Dynatech Industries, Level 1, 27 King Street, Rockdale NSW 2216, phone 02 9505 7300, fax 02 9567 1633, email, website


Below Leda Aluminium manufactured and installed aluminium door and window frames on The Grove – Randwick.

Leda Aluminium Pty Ltd is a specialist in the manufacture and installation of commercial and residential aluminium doors, windows, curtain walls, louvre systems and slump glass. With 35 years experience in the aluminium business, Leda Aluminium has built a reputation for supplying quality products at affordable prices. Located at Greenacre in Sydney’s south-west, Leda Aluminium currently employs 60 people, 10 of whom are family members in key roles such as Directors, Chief Financial Officer, General Manager, Operation Manager and Powder Coating and Factory Managers. “We firmly believe that a family operated business brings a more friendly and intimate service to all our clients,” said Leda Aluminium Chief Financial Officer, Joseph Sabella. “We are very proud of the fact that we have retained the family involvement in the company since the founding of the business by Mr Tony Asfour.” Leda Aluminium provided the aluminium doors and windows at The Grove – Randwick. Joseph said that Leda Aluminium’s relationships with other contractors working on The Grove – Randwick was ‘easy going’, but there were a number of challenges faced by the company which required careful analysis. “Every single opening at The Grove – Randwick was specially made to fit and comply with the architectural drawings,” he said. “We used different glass as per the specifications and installed 100mm and 150mm front glazing as well as some centre glazed aluminium sections.” “The aluminium used is all sourced from local suppliers, extruded by us and certified by the Australian Window Association,” Joseph continued. “The Leda Aluminium HP system was used for all sliding doors and windows, along with Alpolic wood grain finished aluminium composite panels.” Leda Aluminium also used double-hung windows with a two-colour special range powder coating from Dulux that is produced inhouse. “We are one of only a few aluminium manufacturers that have our own powder coating facility with a licence for both Duractec and Interpon 2015,” Joseph adds. The Grove – Randwick has incorporated many special design features, but with

35 years experience to call on, it was easily managed by Leda Aluminium. “What differentiates our company from other aluminium suppliers is that we do everything with pride, we don’t take short cuts and we believe in service and consistent turnaround times,” Joseph said. Leda Aluminium’s work can also be seen at The Charles Apartments in Canterbury, another Deicorp project which was finished in 2016. The Charles has a total of 229 units with retail anchored by Woolworths, BWS and a range of other commercial retail operators. The development was finished with top quality commercial windows and doors, with every single opening needing to be tailor made. The project had high requirements for acoustic and energy efficiency ratings. Being located on Canterbury Road, one of Sydney’s busiest arterials, noise reduction was a major objective which Leda solved with a double-glazing system. In addition, a number of the units required special energy efficient glass which Leda sourced locally from Viridian glass, the company’s glass supplier. The team at Leda has the same approach for all its projects, no matter how big or small. The company undertakes work across all segments of the building industry including residential, commercial, apartment developments, and retail. All plans and proposals are thoroughly analysed and, depending on the specifications, Leda always suggests the best options to meet the needs of their clients. “Leda Aluminium products all have the essential qualities of proven performance, reliability, style and security,” Joseph said. “Our aluminium products provide functionality, value for money and structural integrity.” Durable as well as being easy to maintain and clean, Leda’s designs are available in a wide choice of colours, sizes and configurations.

For more information contact Leda Aluminium Pty Ltd, Unit 2, 4 Naughton Street, Greenacre NSW 2190, phone 02 9642 8588, fax 02 9642 8743, email, website


The Grove – Randwick


The Charles Apartments

The Grove – Randwick


The Charles Apartments


NSW Project Feature

Maiden Place

a place for everything developer : St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd and First Point Property joint venture Main construction company : St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd Architect : dKO Architects project value : $62 million

The $62M Maiden Place consists of 151 apartments over 7-levels with an expansive ground level courtyard, located in the flourishing region of Sydney’s west. This exciting new development promises urban inner-city living never before experienced in the heart of Penrith. St Hilliers Property and First Point Property are creating a benchmark medium density residential development in North Penrith, Western Sydney.

staff are working across the three stages. Work started on Stage 1 in August 2015 and finished before Christmas 2016, on track despite the rain.

“There’s nothing quite like it out there, nothing medium density. This is a breakthrough style of development,” said Chad Doran, St Hilliers’ Senior Construction Manager.

Stage 1 comprises 151 apartments spread over 7-levels in one, two and three bedroom configurations finished in a contemporary style at an affordable price. Award winning firm dKO undertook the architecture design with a fresh and innovative approach.

Thornton is the first high-rise residential apartment and retail precinct to be built in Penrith’s city centre and is part of the wider Thornton community, masterplanned by UrbanGrowth NSW. St Hilliers is one of Australia’s leading private integrated property and construction groups with a collaborative approach second to none. Over 95% of the company’s work comes from repeat clients, a testament to St Hilliers collaborative approach and ability to create working relationships on solid foundations. In addition to its own property development projects, St Hilliers has a dedicated focus working for government clients across Australia including the Department of Defence, with an extensive portfolio of complex projects ranging from unique Defence training facilities to modular aviation fire stations located on live airfields. The company’s broad range of experience spans civil, education, cultural, heritage, hotel, residential, commercial and retail. The Maiden Place at Thornton project is the first of three stages of residential development currently under construction by the St Hilliers and First Point Projects joint venture. Chad says about 15 of his 194 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Maiden Place

The site is located in the flourishing region of Sydney’s outer west next to the train station and Penrith’s bustling CBD. It’s only five minutes from the regional Nepean Hospital and on the footsteps of the iconic Blue Mountains meaning residents will enjoy the perks of being in a location with amenities at close range in any direction. Future stages will include cafés, restaurants, a gymnasium, a full line supermarket, hotel, commercial spaces and more residential buildings with over 5,500m2 of retail space. “We didn’t have any issues with council, they’ve been very supportive of this development,” said Chad. “Importantly, it’s not a box. There’s a sheet metal balustrade that goes up and down, left and around the façade. It gives a good funky feel to the façade, adding interest and feature.” “The development does have a very large natural light filled courtyard in the middle. It has landscaped and turfed areas for people to relax, sunbake if they wish or enjoy their sandwich. As well this gives the apartments greater space, privacy and ventilation.

It’s quite unusual to have such a large courtyard in a unit block development.” “The fact that St Hilliers is part of the development team and also the contractor has led to a seamless progression of the design from development application to construction. It’s very easy to manage and there have been no hiccups. We have a very collaborative development team.” St Hilliers has been working with the community. Construction staff working on the site have raised thousands of dollars for the local ‘KidsWest’ charity through its successful onsite barbecue. They’ve also held raffles and donated funds towards an extra Humidicrib for the neonatal intensive care unit at Nepean Hospital.

For more information contact St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd, 8 Windmill Street, Millers Point NSW 2000, phone 02 9259 5200, website



YOUR FORMWORK PROFESSIONALS SINCE 1970 "I would like to sincerely thank all of our dedicated and loyal team members who strive for excellence across all of our projects in both New South Wales and Queensland" – Steven Soong, Managing Director

For more information contact Fyna Constructions Group, Phone (02) 9637 7219 (NSW) or (07) 3733 0812 (QLD), Email, Website



Below Dump It Bins provided extensive waste management services for the duration of the Maiden Place development.

The Maiden Place project, is one of the biggest waste collection and processing company Dump It Bins has undertaken, but it’s proved no challenge. For the past year, the company has supplied its own fabricated skip bins and waste management solutions there and will continue for another 12 to 18 months, said Director, Matt Calleija, who started the company a decade ago. All of his company’s employees, from office staff, welders to pickers, have been involved in the Maiden Place project. The huge drawcard for their business is its recycling capabilities and being able to offer their clients a waste reporting service. “It’s done on every bin that’s brought back to our facility. We do a breakdown of what’s in each bin, the materials can be recovered from that particular load and what happens to them. At the end of the month we produce a report about all the bins taken from that site and give that report to St Hilliers saying they’ve recovered this percentage amount, preventing it going to landfill,” said Matt, whose brother, Christopher, joined him as a Director three years ago to help steer the company. Recycling is at the core of Dump It Bins’ business and recently it opened a waste recycling facility in Sydney’s Smithfield to boost the green credentials of their many clients in the demolition and construction industry. The 5,000m2 facility processes an incredible “couple of thousands of tonnes of product each week”, said Matt. “These include general recyclables and a lot of gyprock, steel, concrete, brick and timber. We recycle those by usually transferring them to different waste streams. The timber, for example, goes to a Sydney company that chips it and manufactures it into chipboard. That’s the advantage of our family being in the industry that long, we’ve made so many connections over many years,” he said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Less than 15% of the waste it accepts can’t be recycled so it goes to landfill. “That’s what gives us a competitive edge being able to recycle more reducing our tip fees which in turn is passed on to our clients.” Dump It Bins services commercial, industrial and residential/domestic customers. Its waste recovery/transfer station means they process their clients’ as well as other customers’ waste. “We’re a family business and we’re efficient at it. We’re big enough to work for any size project especially like St Hilliers’ jobs, but you still get that small business feel, but with big business capabilities. As a Director, I’m involved in sales and allocation,” said Matt. “Come try us. You don’t have to be the biggest to be the best We are the up and comers and we’re doing it well. Every customer who’s come over to us has been happy – we haven’t lost a customer.’’ “You can order online, via email and our truck drivers are in the digital age with iPads to process orders and invoicing.” Other projects Dump It Bins has worked on include some around the $160 million mark as well as the Putney Hill residential development. “For generations my family has always been in this industry. We’ve been in the rubbish industry forever. It’s something we can do and do well, better than the average,” said Matt, who started in the industry at age 16 as a ‘picker and brick thrower’ and now relishes his role in sales and general running of the business.

For more information contact Dump It Bins, 13 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 211 111, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Maiden Place 199

Below Well Connected Electrical completed all the electrical design and construct for the apartments at Maiden Place.

The Maiden Place Project is one of the biggest projects Well Connected Electrical Pty Ltd has tackled, but the small company has stepped up to the plate without a problem. Loui Geagea set up the company in 2005 and later promoted one of his workers to business partner. They employ 12 staff – 10 of whom are working on the Maiden Place project.

communication to power, to the main work, but are not doing air conditioning or ventilation,” he said. One of the challenges has been designing the whole job to make it work and coordinating with other tradespeople.

“We are a small company and took this project on and are doing well and we are keeping up on time and the quality is high,” said Loui.

“We had to make some changes getting the services to the basement. We put the conduit in the slab rather than the usual, a cable tray. This meant it was a much better job and we were able to save the client a lot of money. The design had to take into account the height restriction.”

“What helps is that we’re always onsite to make sure the quality is up to where it should be. It means we have less defects and problems.”

“We customised phlanges in a range of sizes in plastic to work in with the different formwork system being used.”

Over the years the company has specialised in electrical work for luxury homes including home renovation and lighting design, but now has a more expansive offering covering residential and commercial jobs – more of the latter – jobs of any size. “We’re doing all the electrical work from design to construct for 151 residential apartments. We engage engineers and do everything from 200 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Maiden Place

For more information contact Well Connected Electrical Pty Ltd, PO Box, Dural NSW 2158, phone 1300 677 693, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Superior Design Group installed the built-in robes and the internals for linen cupboards in the apartments for Stage 1.

Superior Design Group are a family owned and operated company specialising in the design and manufacture of built-in wardrobes, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as custom joinery, and have been servicing customers across Sydney for over 15 years delivering each job with passion and expertise. The company has successfully completed a diverse range of construction projects including many comparable in scope with the Maiden Place project. The owner of SDG has been working within this industry for over 30 years, and has formed this company with both his son and daughter working together with him. “Ali manages the construction and production side of the business, while I manage the design and administration aspects,” said Alissar Hammoude, Chief Interior Designer. The company has been involved in a variety of projects with a wide range of both private and multi-storey residential contracts, as well as retail and commercial high rise developments. SDG’s staff manufactured and installed 281 built in robes and the internals for 151 linen cupboards for Stage 1 of the Maiden Place project. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Its been challenging balancing the Thornton Project alongside our regular commercial and residential work” said Alissar. “We dedicated a team of five staff members solely to work on this project to ensure that we met all deadlines and produced work of a high standard.” “Our business relies heavily on customer satisfaction, and a great deal of our work is through customer referrals and word of mouth.” Other projects SDG have been involved in include The Daintrey Gardens in the heart of Randwick, Sydney, where Superior Design Group supplied and installed wardrobes to 18 lavish boutique apartments. In Barton Canberra, the group worked on Governor Place - SDG were contracted to install built-in robes in 136 luxurious apartments across two architecturally designed buildings. Meanwhile at the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Penguin, the group constructed battery-charging stations along with lockable weapon storage cabinets.

For more information contact Superior Design Group, Unit 14, 39-41 Marigold Street, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 02 9792 2233, fax 02 9792 2244, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Maiden Place 201

NSW Project Feature


Luxury Urban living Main construction company : Ceerose Architect : Allen Jack + Cottier Architects project value : $75 million



The $75M Urban Project is nestled in a culturally diverse and eclectic area that epitomises the very best of inner city living. The apartments have generous balconies with timber decking accessed seamlessly through large stacking sliding doors, blurring the distinction between inside and out. Reputedly New South Wales’ most luxurious developer and builder, Ceerose is a multi-award winner and has constructed its latest project, ‛Urban,’ in Camperdown, inner Sydney. “Ceerose has developed some of Sydney’s most notable locations which is all made possible by our committed, inventive and creative staff,” said Managing Director, Mr Edward Doueihi. “We offer quality, innovation and value for money without overlooking style and high quality finishes.” The Urban Apartments are located opposite the University of Sydney and are a stroll from the heart of inner-west Sydney. Urban is a master planned community comprising 214 luxury residential units spread across nine buildings. These range from five to seven levels and have lush landscaped gardens and terrace homes among them. “One of my favourite aspects is the design of the glass winter gardens. They create bright, open space within the apartment and ensures the outdoor area can be used year round. The mix of concrete, brick, panelled and render external material ensures the rustic elements of the site are maintained while being modern,” said Mr Doueihi. As well, there are some 30 different floor configurations among the apartments. This means they will cater for students or

professionals working from home. The apartments will have an incredible ceiling height of 2.7m, plus in the kitchens there will be stone benchtops. Many of the apartments have studies and there are generous balconies. Ceerose employs 65 people, 12 of whom were dedicated to the project spread across the site and office. Work started on the project in October 2014 and residents will move in February 2017. The project posed challenges in design and construction, particularly the façade cladding and heritage. “For façade cladding, Ceerose was responsible for creating an impressionable design with the Equitone and Vitrabond panels and I believe we succeeded,” said Mr Doueihi. The rich heritage of the site was recognised through a unique interpretive sculpture and seating area. The project also involved the transformation of a car-park into a public park, which will be handed back to City of Sydney Council and residents as part of public domain works. “The average person would not know that Ceerose also has an exceptional development arm based on property acquisition and market analysis. This, coupled with our construction arm, makes Ceerose a strong developer, and building company.” Edward Doueihi, the Principal and Founder of Ceerose, started the business in 1998 and has over 25 years experience as a property developer and residential builder. Other iconic projects for which Ceerose has been at the helm are the award winning Harbour Mill located in Pyrmont and Eliza in Sydney. For more information contact Ceerose Property Group, 580 Parramatta Road, Petersham NSW 2158, phone 02 9571 9999, fax 02 9571 9900, email, website



Below Complete Height Safety provided the height safety systems for the Urban.

Complete Height Safety is a company committed to using innovative research and design to provide solutions to meet the needs of height safety industry and its customers. Whilst some companies would be challenged by a roof profile that was not standard, as was found in the Urban project, Complete Height Safety saw this as an opportunity to apply their research and design skills to develop a new product. “The roof profile was uncommon so we went back to the drawing board to create a product that would serve for abseiling and fall arrest for roof and building maintenance. It’s the first time we’ve used this innovative anchor so we ensured it was rigorously tested and certified,” said James Mahomet, Founder of Complete Height Safety. This contributed to the company successfully winning the tender for lead builder Ceerose, for whom they have previously worked. Complete Height Safety work for all industry sectors from residential to commercial to industrial developments across New South Wales. They have completed work for Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Airport, Fairfax Media, and government departments such as Sydney Water, Councils and Health. “Our mindset at Complete Height Safety is that we focus on the solutions, not the problem,” said James. It is clear that there is a strong research and development flavour to this company. “Sometimes we’re given a design to follow, but with the Urban’s three to eight storey buildings, we had to design the system to meet the customer’s requirements,” said James. With the safety standards in mind, they conducted a risk assessment, recommended the safety equipment and systems needed, then designed and manufactured those for a customised fit. “We designed, manufactured, supplied and installed fall arrest systems, abseiling systems, platforms, access ladders and static lines. We also supplied and installed fire rated access hatches,” said James. Complete Height Safety maintains high quality in the safety of their products. They design and manufacture their products to exceed the requirements outlined in the 204 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Urban

Australian Standards. They use the National Australian Testing Authority for further quality assurance. Complete Height Safety stands true to its name in that it offers a complete height safety solution. Not only will they install, design, manufacture and distribute your safety equipment, they also can provide a service to inspect, test, re-certify and report on your system as required by the Australian Standards. Furthermore, they provide information, instruction, training and supervision in risk control procedures. “In essence, we’re a complete solutions company. There isn’t a component of the job we can’t deliver on or develop or adapt to suit your needs for working safely at heights,” said James. The range of products they can install include permanent anchor points, ladder access systems, walkways and safety railings. Complete Height Safety is a supplier for industry leader, Spanset. They have an extensive range of safety harnesses and other safety requirements such as harness kits and rescue equipment. “One of the reasons we have such a great working relationship with our customers is that we understand the pressures of the building industry and the importance of not only delivering top quality products, but having the highest level of professionalism by being dependable with a strong work ethic and we know that our customers can have tight timeframes,” said James. “Importantly, at Complete Height Safety we recognise that safety isn’t just about meeting a standard, it’s more than that. We know that safety is about looking after the people around you; someone’s loved one. Safety is not something that can be put off until tomorrow – it needs to be prioritised today and we have the solutions to make this happen.”

For more information contact Complete Height Safety, Unit 31, 34-35 Able Street, Penrith NSW 2750, phone 1300 394 349, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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Below Apollo Kitchens provided and installed the kitchens for the Urban.

Apollo Kitchens were contracted by the Urban apartments builder, Ceerose Pty Ltd, manufacture and install over 200 kitchens, showers and linen cabinets in their five building, 4-storey apartment complex and the 15 terraces in between. To maximise space, the kitchens are open plan and integrate with the apartment. For a bright, breezy, natural and elegant look they were built with warm wood and stone tiles. The appliances are incorporated – the stove, fridge and cabinets against one wall. One important feature is the oversized island bench complete with a sink and extra drawers. The bench has timber grain framing, 32mm thick framing panel with two-tone colouring, giving a durable feel with a modern edge. To install 30 kitchens a week, on a stringent deadline and peak construction boom period, Apollo Kitchens utilised its factory in Newcastle to support the Sydney team. Onsite, they allocated multiple installation teams to work in the separate towers and terraces to advance the project and meet the construction program. Their project managers were onsite daily to coordinate with other trades efficiently. Family-owned and operated since 1968, Apollo Kitchens has a reputation for innovative and flexible design, expert craftsmanship and exceptional service. They are the kitchen company of choice for many commercial developers, builders, architects and interior designers. Using state-of-the-art facilities and software, the kitchens are designed, manufactured and installed to the highest standards. Furthermore, their progressive inhouse design team keep up with the very latest in trends from around the world. A quality product needs to be produced in first-rate facilities and using the best possible software and machinery. Apollo Kitchens take pride in their advanced quality control methods overlooking every kitchen that they design and build. Apollo Kitchens belong to several industry bodies, including FIAA Australia, HIA Kitchens & Bathrooms, KBDI, Urban Development Institute of Australia and the NSW Business Chamber. Peter Bader, CEO and Managing Director of Apollo Kitchens is a member of HIA’s Kitchens and Bathroom Committee. This means WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

they keep on top of the latest industry trends and developments and provide true value when it comes to their client and supplier relationships. Apollo Kitchens take its environmental responsibilities seriously and as such, is acutely aware of the impact that building materials have on the environment. That’s why they work with suppliers, who are members of The Green Building Council of Australia, to ensure they apply these important green principles. The GBCA organisation is strongly supported by both the industry and Governments across Australia, and is vital in developing a sustainable property industry for the country. Peter Bader, said, “Apollo Kitchens will launch its new state-of-the-art, high-tech factory early next year. This will increase our capacity by an additional 400 kitchens a week and will continue to handle large volume projects with a high level of detail and quality. The new head office and factory will complement our stone, paint and other cabinet manufacturing plants in New South Wales. This is an exciting new chapter for Apollo and the industry will benefit immensely from this project as the factory will be an Australian first and will set a new benchmark for the joinery manufacturing industry.” Apollo designed and manufactured the kitchens for the award winning DNA apartments at Camperdown, adjoining the Urban apartments, the award winning Harbour Mill in Pyrmont all by Ceerose Pty Ltd developments. Ceerose Pty Ltd have appointed Apollo Kitchens for Lumina which incorporate 61 apartments with ground floor retail shops at Ashfield and the much anticipated ‛The Mint’ in Willoughby.

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Below Style Windows supplied and installed all the windows and sliding doors for the Urban.

A fast turn-around for Australian-made aluminium-framed windows and doors is the speciality of Style Windows. The company was invited to tender for the Urban project as they’d worked for Ceerose previously on the first stage of that development. “For the 209 apartments, we’ve installed every single sliding door and window on the premises. We also installed the entry doors to every single tower and triangle glass panels in the terraces which feature environmental glass,” said Managing Director, Norm Huwazan. He set up the company with his brother, Ross, two decades ago and they now employ 28 people. Style Windows offers the flexible Elevate range of aluminium doors, windows and commercial framing. Each product is designed, made and manufactured in Australia using locally sourced aluminium. “The Urban Project was tricky because there were over nine buildings, so our staff had to go backwards and forwards. If it was just over three buildings, that would have been a walk in the park for us. “We relied on Ceerose’s great management as well as having our foremen and also myself to overlook the project as I’m a very hands-on director. We kept to the schedule which Ceerose set. “Being hands on means my client can call me anytime and that’s the strong part. For example, I’ll take calls directly from builders at 8pm at night to hear any of their concerns or would be happy to meet face-to-face to talk over a cup of coffee.” Some of the glass panels for the Urban were huge measuring 2.5m2 such as for the shop front facing Parramatta. The variety of sizes weren’t a problem for Style Windows as they have their own 1,200m2 factory where they fabricate windows, awnings and sliding doors using glass and aluminium powder coating WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

projects as well as façades. They also have a 300m3 office and showroom. “We’re not importing cheap products. We’re fabricating everything locally as we measure up. We have multi-million dollar tooling in our factory so we can do a five day turn around for the frame and glass and that’s something a lot of companies can’t produce,” said Norm. Style Windows works mostly for commercial and residential apartment projects ranging from small up to 500 units. In Sydney, they have worked on the iconic Infinity project in Alexandria and for many years, Deicorp in Kellyville. For an up to date insight into their range of projects, Norm advises people to visit Style Windows Pty Ltd on Facebook. “We specialise in high capacity, large scale jobs with a proven ability to supply and install.” “Quality must be second to none. We’re one of the first people onsite and we’re using a finished product. It’s like painting the walls when the kitchen hasn’t been done and walls haven’t been painted. Windows need to keep the elements out of the towers. “We don’t look at windows as something you can just open and close to keep the weather out. It actually increases value of your property and when you install a window in a project, you can start seeing the completion of the project,” said Norm. Style Windows is a “family owned company and 100% Australian,” he says. “We are so proud of what we’ve achieved in Australia and so happy being supported by fellow Australians.” For more information contact Style Windows, 67 Mersey Road, Bringelly NSW 2556, phone 1300 078 953, email, website www. NSW PROJECT FEATURE Urban 209

NSW Project Feature

breakfast point nantucket

the evolution of design mAIN Construction Company : Richard Crookes Constructions DEVELOPER : Rose Group and Cbus Property Architects : Rose Architectural Design STRUCTURAL Engineer : BG&E Pty Limited CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $35 million

Breakfast Point Nantucket is located just footsteps away from the waterfront and offers amazing views of Sydney Harbour. It's nestled within immaculate terraced gardens and private outdoor retreats known as The Springs, and the building presents a collection of luxury one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses with air conditioning, fitted LED down-lights, 100% wool carpets and European-style designer kitchens. Rose Group used its inhouse architectural team to produce the design and oversaw head contractor Richard Crookes Constructions to do the build, said Group Marketing Manager, Craig Walkerdene.

September almost 90% of the units had sold, just two months before expected completion. By then the project would have used 14,000 tonnes of concrete, 450 tonnes of reinforcement and 22,500m2 of formwork.

“We remain involved. Our architects have a watching brief over the design and construction process. As the developer, we’ve been intimately involved and Richard Crookes Constructions invites that from us because they have the same ethos as us. We’re really building it for the purchasers, not ourselves. We’ve found Richard Crookes has a very good eye for detail and they understand who the real customer is,” said Craig.

Richard Crookes has been involved in the Breakfast Point development since about half way through. That company’s Project Manager, Liam Brosnan, says the longevity of Breakfast Point development has allowed Richard Crookes to develop, tweak and continually improve the Rose principal design model, allowing both parties to enjoy efficiencies with program, design and construction costs. Strong quality assurance processes and early delivery are their drawcards, particularly with the Nantucket project.

Rose Group employs 35 people, all of whom worked on the Breakfast Point Nantucket project. Design work began in early 2013 and by mid

“At Richard Crookes Constructions we strive for repeat business and the Breakfast Point development is a great example of just what can

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be achieved over a 10 year period. The longevity of the relationship comes with its own complications, as you have to deliver a consistently high product without getting complacent on cost, program or quality. We set strict goals for ourselves and aim to deliver each apartment with zero defects and up to Rose Groups’ consistent show home standard.” “At Breakfast Point we have a history of delivering the projects early. We do this by selecting known supply chain (who understand the Breakfast Point design and construction process) and agreeing an aggressive target programme. We utilise LEAN planning techniques to manage the target programme and communicate the key activities to the team.” “To achieve the zero defect goal we have embraced technology and the entire supply chain have signed up to use Acconx system and field tools. The system allows for easy access of drawings onsite through their smartphones or devices minimising errors and speeding up key decision turn around times.” “The system also allows defects to be logged or closed out via the same devices and it saves hours and hours of writing up/closing out WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and explaining defects to operatives. We’ve improved our systems so we’re getting things right the first time.” Meanwhile, Rose Group is a multi-award winning family business that has operated for 37 years and specialises in large-scale master plan residential real estate. Its other signature projects include Beaches, a 550-lot development at Catherine Hill Bay as well as the Lakeside Estate at Gwandalan on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Another project on the drawing board is on a recently acquired site at Fisher Street, Dee Why. “Our unique selling point is we design and produce homes that we would be happy to live in ourselves. There’s an ongoing quality control process, which focuses on the evolution of design and detail. The ultimate indicator of what we’re doing there is that we’ve achieved a very high level of repeat purchase and referral. Between 40% to 50% of our sales are from repeat purchasers,” Craig said. For more information contact Rose Group Pty Ltd, 51 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, phone 02 8302 1400, fax 02 8302 1444, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE breakfast point nantucket 211

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Keeping it cool Orion Mechanical Services is a leading Australian specialist in custom Design and Construct HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use property developments and luxury homes. Orion Mechanical Services were subcontracted by Richard Crookes Constructions to design and install the air conditioning and mechanical ventilation systems to all 101 apartments within the Breakfast Point 7D2 Nantucket Project. Orion’s Design and Construct scope of works includes: Daikin VRV-4S air conditioning systems serving each apartment; Daikin ducted or high-wall indoor A/C unit installed in each room; Daikin Navigator wired wall controls and temperature sensors located in each room; Daikin A/C condensers located in the basement carpark or within roof plantrooms; basement carpark mechanical ventilation systems with VSD fans and CO controls; and central ducted toilet exhaust systems. “It’s our ninth building for Richard Crookes Constructions within the Breakfast Point precinct,” says Justin Phillips, Founder and Managing Director. “We collaborate with the builder to streamline the design and de-risk the installation. Being proactive raises awareness of potential non-compliances and coordination issues, resulting in best solution outcomes prior to starting onsite.” Orion prides itself that all air conditioning and ventilation systems installed on its projects are compliant and work as per the client and manufacturer’s specifications. “We procure the best available equipment and constantly invest in our labour force so that, upon project completion, all our installations are defect free. We design all our systems with the end user in mind.” “Managing fire safety is a priority on all our projects. We schedule, photograph and document all fire dampers, fire collars and fire compartmentation installed on each project.” With limited ceiling space, Orion’s solution was to install PVC flat pack ventilation ductwork to maintain required ceiling heights and minimise bulkheads. In addition, the Breakfast Point sites required limited hotworks. Orion used Lokring compression fittings at all refrigerant pipework connections to avoid the need for brazing. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Orion uses Aconex, an online project and document management software platform used in the building industry. Sharing project drawings and project correspondence via an iPad means a savvy foreman can have access to all of the drawings at their fingertips in the field. “Having completed so many stages at Breakfast Point, alot of accumulated knowledge has been acquired and retained through our shared experience with the Richard Crookes project management teams. We’ve established good QA procedures for checking off our installation at the various stages, especially at project completion for checking the fit off drains and commissioning of all the air conditioning systems.” Orion is currently working on multiple projects including the Travelodge Hotel, Mascot and Mezzo Apartments, Glebe for Parkview Constructions, Platino Chatswood for Taylor Constructions and Tailors Walk, Botany also for Richard Crookes Constructions. Orion is currently also designing the next and final project stage at Breakfast Point, called 7D1 Providence. It will comprise 117 luxury apartments and will be completed by late 2017. Orion is highly committed to working with clients to develop best practice environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient solutions, which comply fully with Section J of the Building Code of Australia (Energy Efficiency). Orion Mechanical Services is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia. Orion’s energy-efficient solutions focus on cleverly using existing and new technologies. At the Travelodge Mascot Project, Orion is also installing, for Total Constructions, all tertiary side chilled and heating water pipework to serve the future corporate levels. The source of all onsite chilled and heating water is via large heat exchangers fed from the adjacent Qantas Trigeneration plant. Orion’s success can be measured on the fact that its Founder and Managing Director, Justin Phillips, is always customer focused and is intimately involved in every project, whether it be big or small, simple or complex. For more information contact Orion Mechanical Services Pty Ltd, Unit 40, 34-36 Ralph Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9669 1404, fax 02 9669 2404, email, website

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Masters of design The concept structural design, detailed design and documentation for the Breakfast Point Nantucket development was another BG&E Pty Limited accomplishment. The award winning civil and structural engineering company has been working on the development since 2007, says Associate Director, Vince Betro. In Australia and the Middle East, BG&E employs approximately 300 people, six of whom worked on the Nantucket project. “We’ve done the site supervision for the structure, too, meaning we work closely with the builder, Richard Crookes Constructions, and developer,” he said. Even though BG&E has worked on the Breakfast Point development since 2007, each new building can present challenges. “There’s always something new. The construction material may change and the way builders want to build changes to adapt to different materials or improvements to techniques.”

the Walker Corporation and Hutchison Builders and is currently working on the redevelopment of Sydney’s Castle Towers Shopping Centre for QIC. Through their three Middle East offices they do “standout builds” such as the Index building in Dubai comprising 80-storeys of commercial and residential for Multiplex. About 20 staff are based in BG&E’s Middle East division. “Labour is cheaper so they tend to do things differently. Concrete structures are easier to build in a dessert environment and they are starting to do modular work. They also tend to do bigger complexes than we do here,” said Vince. For more information contact BG&E Pty Limited, Level 2, 8 Windmill Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9770 3300, email sydney@, website

“We thrive on technical excellence for cost-effective, innovative designs. As we’re privately owned, we steer our own ship and can compete against some of the larger organisations on bigger projects yet we’re small enough to do all ranges of projects,” said Vince. The company specialises in structures, civil and structural engineering, roadworks, bridges, façades, residential, commercial, retail and industrial complexes as well as education and medical facilities. Recently, BG&E worked on the 200 George Street, Sydney Commercial Tower development for Mirvac and has worked for

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engineering success SEMF is a multi-disciplined engineering, environmental and management consultancy, which works nationally across disciplines. Set up in 1980, it has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart and employs more than 130 people. “We do projects ranging from single houses through to 500-unit apartment blocks and have extensive retail experience,” said Principal Mechanical Engineer, Blake Thompson.

Through negotiation and discussion with the architect and structural engineer, we engineered a solution that was physically difficult to figure out where you get the air in, where the ducts go. The hard bit was coordinating to get it right,” he said. As part of SEMF’s broader range of projects it’s been involved in Etihad Stadium, Queen Victoria Art Gallery and Museum, Salamanca Mews, Christchurch post-earthquake, the Royal Hobart Hospital. It’s now working on a George Street, Sydney, residential apartment block, and a refurbishment project of the old TNT tower buildings in Redfern.

For the Breakfast Point Nantucket project, SEMF was the building services design and consulting engineers for all services. They designed the air conditioning ventilation, the electrical services including the power supply arrangements, the hydraulics/plumbing including storm water and did a small service on the lifts. “We have an excellent working partnership with Breakfast Point Pty Ltd and have been involved with the site for 16 years. The Nantucket is the last major development on the site.” SEMF started preliminary works for this component in 2014 and will be “attending to queries from the builder” until works conclude towards the end of this year. The major issue was ensuring the stairwell was pressurised for the 3-level carpark. “Once you go beyond two levels, you have to pressurise the stairs. This is in case of a fire alarm and stops the smoke getting into there. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Switched ON Word of mouth, not advertising is how DDP Electrical Services have built up their impressive client portfolio over the past 20 years. They now employ up to 60 electricians and have completed works for major corporations such as Woolworths, Aldi and AHG to name a few. “DDP Electrical Services conduct electrical work in the commercial, light industry and large residential sectors. We have also completed water treatment plants, factories, shopping centres and car yards,” said Founder and Director, Darren Stevens. DDP Electrical Services have completed in excess of $6 million of work within the Breakfast Point Precinct over the past four years including the Nantucket project. At any one time, there have been four to ten employees who have worked on the Nantucket project in the last 12 months. They have installed more than 3,000 LED down lights and 1,500 general purpose power points.

the mechanical and hydraulic services. It meant they had to reticulate via basement two, then through basement one to gain access to the residential levels to supply power to the units. The main switch room is about 6m below the substation, this meant they had to ensure conduits containing the supply cables stopped outside the switch room and drainage was installed to prevent water ingress into the room.

“At DDP Electrical Services we pride ourselves on working closely with the client to meet their needs, ensuring at all times our work is of the highest standard. For this project, we completed the security access control, fire detection, intercom and master antenna systems. We also completed the cable containment design to enable the National Broadband Network to bring fibre in to each of the premises.”

“We had to adjust and plan out the Switch room to ensure we complied with AS3000 and Ausgrid regulations, as the original allocation was too small to house the main switchboard, metering, house services and NBN. This was completed in conjunction with the architect, builder and client so as not to affect lettable area.”

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For more information contact DDP Electrical Services Pty Ltd, Unit 1/11 Stoddart Road, Prospect NSW 2148, phone 02 9679 9011, fax 02 9679 9003, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Exemplifying class and elegance Custom manufacturer, Shutterflex supplied powder-coated aluminium privacy screens for apartment balconies and frieze panels at the Breakfast Point Nantucket project.

“People may not know that with our manufacturing capacity and installation experience we’re large enough to handle large scale projects,” said Tracey.

The Miami Colonial privacy screens were installed between apartment balconies and frieze panels were installed above the balconies to offer some privacy control and weather protection.

This year, Shutterflex has completed the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for Lendlease, balcony shutters for two residential towers for Mirvac in Brisbane, and currently undertaking major projects in the Brisbane CBD with Hutchinson builders as well as Parklands with Grocon for the Commonwealth Games site.

“The shutters contribute to the fresh, nautical design of Nantucket with the white shutters adding a touch of class and elegance,” said Tracey Thompson, Marketing Manager of Shutterflex, who with husband, Peter Ryan, took over the company in 2003. They also manufacture a broad range of other aluminium architectural products, including sunblades and large louvre systems for sustainable building facades. Their extensive portfolio includes commercial and residential work throughout Australia and the South Pacific.

For more information contact Design Enviro Pty Ltd (trading as Shutterflex), Unit 2/74-76 Magnesium Drive, Crestmead QLD 4132, phone 07 3277 5248, email, website

“Our products are stronger than those imported. We have inhouse engineering expertise and are a custom manufacturer. We work with architects so our products can be designed to meet a project’s specifications. This also allow us to engineer a solution for any challenging installations.” The Nantucket project, however, was ‘very straightforward’ as Shutterflex had been doing many projects for Richard Crookes and have been supplying shutters for the Rose Group developments at Breakfast Point for more than 10 years.


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ACT Project Feature


AT THE PINNACLE OF LUXURY Main construction company : GEOCON Architect : Cox Architecture project value : $139 million

GEOCON has again redefined the Canberra landscape with the $139 million Wayfarer project. Boasting an impressive 27-storeys, Wayfarer is the tallest residential building in Canberra and has taken luxurious inner-city living to new heights. Wayfarer’s 331 apartments capture stunning views over Lake Ginninderra and surrounding areas from their waterfront Belconnen location. The two main façades face east and west to maximise solar access around the entire building. In emphasising sunlight, ventilation and a connection to the natural environment, Wayfarer offers a fresh approach to living in the nation’s capital. As Ronan Moss, Associate at Cox Architecture, explains, “Wayfarer represents a new way of living in Canberra. For so long Canberrans have been obsessed with living below the canopy and in the tree line. With Wayfarer, we have designed a building that changes that.” The development’s trademark is its resortstyle amenities. In addition to a spacious sky lounge entertainment area on level 25, Wayfarer boasts Canberra’s highest pool on level 27. The infinity pool sits 88m above the ground and is encased by glass walls to take full advantage of the panoramic views. From the ground up, Wayfarer embodies a design as impressive as its landmark height. Commencing with provisional commercial space at the ground floor, the entrance to the development makes a grand statement with 6m high ceilings. The first five levels consist of dedicated car parking, which is artfully concealed within the façade followed by a podium level providing up to 160m2 of outdoor living area. Housing a collection of beautifully appointed terraces, the podium level features pergolas to offer partial protection from the elements. Levels 6-27 contain one, two and three bedroom residences with accompanying balconies up to 35m2 in size. Commencing the apartments from an elevated position has ensured the spectacular views remain uncompromised for all residents. 220 ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer

Other impressive features of the apartments include the floor-to-ceiling double glazed windows, which help reduce energy use, and the stylish kitchens specially designed by renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda that come with Electrolux appliances. GEOCON is proud to add Wayfarer to its impressive list of achievements. “As the developer and builder, we have managed Wayfarer from start to finish; from acquiring the land, putting together the scheme, selling the units and constructing the building,” said GEOCON General Manager Construction, Damon Smith. “That’s the advantage of being a fully integrated business, with diverse capabilities.” Positioned at the forefront of new development in Canberra, GEOCON possesses the expertise and experience to deliver a project as ambitious as Wayfarer. “The main challenge was the height and scale of the project,” Damon says. “The 331 units were to all be handed over in one stage.” Within this exacting timeframe, realising some of the more striking features of Wayfarer added to the complexity. “The level five transfer slab that supports the tower structure was one of the most complex pieces of the Wayfarer puzzle,” said Damon. “There was a lot of effort in coordinating the cast in hydraulic services around the 140t of reinforcement that holds the enormous 1,600m3 slab together, with millimetres for tolerance. The beams transferring the load of the tower were over 1m deep, which meant brackets had to be welded

to each beam side to keep them together while the concrete was being poured. Moving around the decks was not easy especially with greater trades and numbers than usual so we engineered bridges to help with the traffic and safety. So with months of planning, drafting, modelling and sketches, and just under a month to pull it all together on site, the transfer slab was a success.” For nearly 10 years, GEOCON has remained dedicated to sustainably building Canberra for the future. Originally constructing free standing suburban homes, GEOCON has grown to become Canberra’s largest developer with a portfolio of apartment complexes and hotels plus office, retail and childcare developments. GEOCON focuses its operations on offering competitive pricing whilst maintaining the highest levels of inclusions, amenity, client service and project execution. The company’s commitment to sustainable growth ensures projects are conceived to deliver the best possible social outcomes. While Wayfarer is nearing completion, construction is now underway at some of GEOCON’s other sites across Canberra, including Southport at Tuggeranong and Infinity at Gungahlin. GEOCON is also planning to develop two new mixed-use precincts; one in Belconnen and one on Northbourne Avenue in Braddon. For more information contact GEOCON, Unit 18, Level 1, 24 Iron Knob Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6255 0430, fax 02 6241 2706, website


Photo FEATURE by HCreations Photography 221 ACT PROJECT Wayfarer

Below A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes provided the shower screens and mirrors for the Wayfarer.

The Wayfarer showcases first class finishes throughout its residences. Designed to evoke the epitome of contemporary inner-city living, every detail depends on outstanding workmanship. A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes manufactured and installed the highest quality glazing and joinery to the bathrooms, bedrooms and laundries. “We were engaged to do the shower screens, linen internal shelving, bedroom wardrobe shelving and sliding doors as well as the laundry hinged doors,” explains Jeremy Rowe, General Manager, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes. A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobe’s experience and expertise were critical to the success of completing the installations to the Wayfarer’s 331 residences within a demanding timeframe. “The tight program was challenging but the opportunity to work on an iconic project such as Wayfarer and to test our business’ capability to perform on a project of this size made it well worth while.’’ A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes belongs to an industry leading group providing sophisticated living solutions along the New South Wales coast. “A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes is part of the Kolder Group along with Sydney Shower Screens and Wardrobes, North Coast Shower Screens and Wardrobes, Wollongong Glass, Trademark Kitchens and Designs and Kolder South Coast,” Jeremy explains.

Serving commercial properties, builders, developers, architects, designers, merchants and private home owners, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes has the expertise to deliver the perfect solution for any style of interior. Guaranteeing the best possible quality and safety, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes manufacture all its products to comply with Australian Standards and the AS2208 and AS1288 Glass Installation Codes.

on glass backing), frameless polished edge mirrors and frameless bevelled edge mirrors.

For the bathroom, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes offer custom shower screens combining style with functionality. The company’s in house design team work to achieve a client’s vision from a range of contemporary and traditional screen types including framed, frameless, semi-frameless or sliding. A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes utilise premium quality materials to maximise the longevity of the screens with every step of the manufacture and installation process undertaken by only the most skilled craftspeople.

As with shower screens, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes can supply the ideal built in wardrobe solutions to meet any requirement. The company’s range of wardrobe designs includes softline framed wardrobe doors, softline frameless wardrobe doors, hinged/sliding wardrobe doors and internal shelving. Also manufacturing and installing bi-fold or hinged doors to laundries, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes excels in delivering the finest internal joinery.

To add the finishing touch to any bathroom, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes specialise in a variety of vanity mirrors including SE8 framed mirrors, SE19 framed mirrors with mitred corners, framed Artact square/round mirrors, Mirrox flat/round capped framed mirrors, dual framed Cowdroy mirrors (polished/bevelled edge mirror

A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobe’s expert glaziers also create bathroom and kitchen splashbacks in a range of colours. Custom made in Canberra, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobe’s coloured glass splashbacks allow cut outs for power points, light switches and other items with all glass cut to exact specifications.

A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes’ recent projects include Hillcrest for Project Coordination and Yumi Townhouses for Pelle Homes. For more information contact A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes, 46 Hoskins Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6262 3007, fax 02 6262 3009, website www.actshowers.

Since 1992, Kolder has remained the largest New South Wales independent provider of shower screens, vanity mirrors, wardrobes, kitchens and splashbacks to the construction industry. Building its reputation on manufacturing the highest quality products, Kolder matches exceptional workmanship with an inclusive end to end service that ensures a seamless installation process. Backed by the strength and unity of the Kolder Group, A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes was established in 2011 to deliver the same market leading quality and service to the ACT and surrounding areas. “We have a massive footprint in the New South Wales town of Googong,” says Jeremy. “And areas such as Goulbourn and Yass.” 222 ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer






Below Moraschi Roofing supplied and installed the guttering and Bluescope Longspan for the Wayfarer.

Moraschi Roofing has built a successful niche working from its Queanbeyan, NSW, base to service nearby areas including the ACT. It supplies and installs metal roofing, roof tiles, plumbing downpipes, fascia, guttering, wall cladding and bond façades. “We’re a one-stop shop for roofing. We can cover all aspects of roofing be it commercial or domestic. That’s unique. You can either go to a roof tiling or a metal roofing company, or us. We do the lot and do it every day,” said Lee Moraschi, Co-director. The company employs 50 people and seven of them worked on the Wayfarer apartments, Canberra’s tallest apartment building at 88m. They installed 15m of guttering and about 200m 2 of a unique product, Bluescope Longspan. The roof is curved like a wave over the swimming pool meaning special insulation was needed to reduce damage from the pool’s chlorine vapours. “We don’t fabricate, but our affiliate, Stramit Building Products, does that for us, based on our design for this roof,” said Lee. “The main construction company, GEOCON, gave us a plan of what they wanted, so we had to come up with the materials best suited to achieve that. It has to be sustainable for the next 50 years and the product looks great.”


The challenges involved working at height, often to 7:30pm and installing the material over four to five days instead of the usual two weeks due to the rain delaying the tight construction schedule. “Just to get our materials up to the site took the best part of half a day. As well, at ground level not a leaf was moving, but at the top of the building it was blowing a gale.” “There are scaffolds that high, but we worked in a bird cage attached to a crane that moved our staff around the outside of the building. It can be quite daunting as none of our team had worked on a roof that high before.” Wind, snow, frost and heat can prevent roofers doing their work safely or at all. “There is a misconception we can work all day no matter what the weather is like as long as it is not raining,” said Lee. Lee became an apprentice roof tiler at age 17. Some years after working across country NSW and the Gold Coast, he started Moraschi Roofing as a one-man operation in 2002. He gained his metal roofing license seven years later when he expanded his product range and, in 2012, moved to their current warehouse in Queanbeyan. Trudie came on board in 2006 as office Manager

then Director in 2011. They even have their own dedicated truck for delivery services. “The amount of repeat business Moraschi Roofing receives is testimony to the quality we strive so hard to provide. We’re proud to say that many of our clients have been with us since the beginning,” said Lee. Moraschi Roofing has worked on large projects such as GEOCON Constructions, the Fringe Building at the Canberra Outlet Centre in Fyshwick (2,000m2), GEOCON Constructions Observatory Living Wright (7,000m2), Victory Homes, Rolfe Mazda Gungahlin, Bovis Lendlease and, at Hume, the Alexander Maconochie Correctional Centre. The company is a strong supporter of the local community doing much pro bono work, including for the Leukemia Residences at Garran and sponsoring local groups. They have also been involved in the Group Training Kids Assist Program that supports at risk high school students in getting apprenticeships.

For more information contact Moraschi Roofing, 1 Paterson Parade, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6297 1919, email, website


Below Elite Heating and Cooling installed the HVAC system in the Wayfarer.

For 10 years Canberra-based Elite Heating and Cooling has specialised in the supply and installation of air conditioning, heating and ventilation equipment. On top of a decade’s worth of experience, Elite Heating and Cooling can now add completing a HVAC installation to Canberra’s tallest building to its list of achievements.

Servicing both the domestic and commercial market, typical projects for Elite Heating and Cooling include apartments, offices, residential homes, restaurants and cafés. The range of air conditioning equipment Elite Heating and Cooling can supply and install includes ducted gas, evaporative cooling, reverse cycle and split systems. The company also has a repairs and maintenance division.

Elite Heating and Cooling supplied a team of four to install all the air conditioning, heating and the base building ventilation to the Wayfarer Apartments.

As well as offering a wide range of HVAC solutions to meet the needs of any project, Elite Heating and Cooling prides itself on always providing outstanding customer service. Focused on delivering to the client’s satisfaction, Elite Heating and Cooling can be relied upon, as Fabian says, “to get the job done.”

Experts in delivering HVAC solutions to large-scale apartment developments, the most unique aspect of this project was installing the ventilation to the infinity pool on Levels 26 and 27. “The indoor pool has specific ventilation requirements,” explains Fabian Muscat, Director, Elite Heating and Cooling. While Elite Heating and Cooling found the overall process of installation to be straight forward, the sheer size of the project made it one to remember. “It is the tallest building in Canberra – it was a great achievement,” said Fabian. 226 ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer

Elite Heating and Cooling’s current projects include the C5 development in Campbell for Chase Building Group as well as Infinity Towers and Southport for GEOCON.

For more information contact Elite Heating and Cooling, Unit 1/11 Bodalla Place, Fyshwick ACT 2609, mobile 0402 016 529, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below CPS Concretors provided placing and finishing services for the Wayfarer.

With over 40 years experience in placing and finishing concrete, the Wayfarer subcontractor Canberra-based CPS Concretors are proud to be involved in one of the ACT’s most prestigious projects to date.

CPS Concretors is also currently working on Southport Apartments at Tuggeranong with GEOCON, the Kingsborough Apartments in Kingston and the Calvary Private Hospital in Bruce.

“We’ve been on this job about 14 months,” says CPS’ Co-director, Tony Costanzo. “It’s been really smooth, with our worker numbers varying from day to day, depending on onsite requirements at the time. We’ve run on a tight schedule, but it works well because my fellow Directors Sebastian Costanzo, Joe Bencich and I have our responsibilities evenly divided.” Tony handles CPS’ office administration and planning logistics, his father (and company founder) Sebastian is responsible for the 20 employees while Joe manages the pumping side of the business. The latter utilises four mobile concrete placing boom pumps and three tower placing booms ranging from 28m to 52m, enabling flexibility and tailoring for all manner of specifications, depending on the project. Tony estimates that 14,500m3 of concrete were poured for this project, with a 32m tower placing boom used for the Apartments’ higher levels. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information, contact CPS Concretors, Unit 7, 63 – 65 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6228 1552, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer 227

Below Capital Doorworks installed the security shutters for the carparks on Wayfarer.

Capital Doorworks is Canberra’s leading provider of commercial and industrial doors, security gates, shutters and grilles. Supplying, installing and servicing both custom and pre-manufactured products, Capital Doorworks understand every project requires specific solutions. “Every situation has a slightly different application,” explains Rob Clarke, Project Manager, Capital Doorworks. “We have to supply the right product to purpose.” Capital Doorworks installed security shutters to the two car park entrances of the Wayfarer as well as doors to the garbage bin enclosures. The car park security shutters were fit-to-purpose to manage frequent use. “The doors go up 200-300 times a day,” Rob says. “They have to be a high cycle specification and the same goes for the motors.” The expertise Capital Doorworks bring to every project extends beyond specialist product knowledge. Benefitting construction of the Wayfarer, Capital Doorworks utilised its extensive experience to coordinate installation with the other services on the very busy and condensed building site. 228 ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer

Since commencing operations 10 years ago, privately owned Capital Doorworks has established itself as the leading name in Canberra’s door market with strong trading links to suppliers. Servicing the ACT as well as surrounding areas, Capital Doorworks’ three divisions can cater to the needs of any residential, commercial and industrial project. “Our capacity and broad experience allows us to take on various tasks from supply and production to installation through to prescribed periodical maintenance to give the end client the lowest costs of ownership for the life cycle of the product,” explains Rob. Capital Doorworks’ extensive capabilities have allowed the company to specialise in non-mainstream projects. “We do a lot of custom installations, a lot of building sites that need temporary automated gates,” Rob says. “We also do a lot of automation work to new and existing installations.” Current projects include the National Archives in Mitchell, Ivy Apartments in Franklin and Casey Marketplace, North Canberra. For more information contact Capital Doorworks, 42 Raws Cresent, Hume ACT 2620, phone 02 6260 2252, fax 02 6260 2258, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below IC Formwork Services provided all formwork for Wayfarer.

IC Formwork Services has a proud history of contributing to the ever evolving Canberra skyline. One of the largest and most experienced formwork providers in the region, IC Formwork was the natural choice for supplying efficient formwork solutions to the Wayfarer. Since being founded in 1980, IC Formwork Services has provided innovative formwork to commercial and residential construction projects in the ACT and surrounding regions. As a family-run business, the company remains dedicated to upholding the same values and work ethic underpinning its success. Prioritising quality and safety, IC Formwork Services has built its reputation on always supplying the most efficient formwork solutions.

systems. In the early stages of the project IC Formwork Services worked closely with GEOCON to ensure the formwork systems would be safe and efficient during the construction phase of the project. The results speak for themselves with the Wayfarer structure being delivered safely, within programme and to the highest quality standard. IC Formwork Services’ extensive range of formwork systems for soffit, lift shaft, column, wall and stair formation systems include table and panel systems, hydraulic lift shaft systems, pre-fabricated wall and column systems, pre-fabricated metal decking systems and pre-fabricated stair systems.

IC Formwork Services were responsible for the design and delivery of all formwork systems at the Wayfarer inclusive of the perimeter screen edge protection, jump form, prefabricated stairs, slab, column, wall and pool formwork. A company that prides itself on providing win-win solutions for builders, IC Formwork Services brought to Wayfarer its trademark commitment to ensuring clients receive the best possible formwork WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact IC Formwork Services, 1 Couranga Crescent, Hume ACT 2620, phone 02 6260 1260, fax 02 6260 1842, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer 229

Below Heyday Group provided the electrical services for Wayfarer.

Heyday Group are proud to be involved with Canberra’s most ambitious residential project to date, Wayfarer, directly responsible for the ‘design and construction’ of the electrical and communications infrastructure/services. Working closely with the Developer, GEOCON and the project team from start to finish, the company was an active participant in the design and delivery process. Established in 1978 with offices in both Sydney and Canberra, Heyday is a leading installer of electrical and data communication systems to the construction industry, with a specific emphasis toward D&C projects. With over 30 years of industry experience their customer base is testament to their ability to tailor both design and delivery concepts to meet client expectation. Corporate values of customer focus, quality and safety form core values adhered to by all levels of management. The design and engineering team were able to include architectural feature lighting to all areas of the building with particular attention to the infinity sky pool, while ensuring compliance using 3D modelling/ rendering. The use of energy efficient fittings and occupancy based lighting control ensures the lighting installation will not only look great but be both cost effective to operate and maintain. 230 ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer

Thirty of Heyday Canberra’s 90-strong local workforce is currently deployed on the Wayfarer project delivering services to the 331 apartments, rooftop infinity pool, and sky lounge with its 360 degree views of Canberra along with several specialist retail spaces. Utilising the full complement of Heyday Group’s inhouse design capability all facets of the projects engineering and drafting requirements are incorporated into the delivery phase of the project allowing seamless resolution of coordination and architectural pinch points. Heyday’s portfolio of experience within the region encompasses private and Government sectors, with Health, Retail and Residential projects routinely undertaken. The recently completed Bega Hospital, Observatory Apartments and Winyu House ACT Government Office building demonstrate the diverse capability. Along with Wayfarer, Heyday is currently involved in Southport and Infinity Apartments with GEOCON and the University of Canberra Public Hospital providing full design and construct on behalf of ACT Health and Multiplex. For more information contact Heyday Group, 192 Gladstone Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6280 0400, mobile (Doug Prail) 0416 076 800, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Capital Veneering supplied Tetsuya Wakuda designed kitchens for the Wayfarer apartments.

The Wayfarer feature statement kitchens designed by world renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Demanding expert processing and installation, multi-award winning Capital Veneering was the natural choice to deliver the chef quality kitchens. “We supplied and installed all of the kitchens and joinery,” explains Ben Madden, Managing Director, Capital Veneering. To achieve the kitchen’s stunning finish, Capital Veneering utilised its expertise to process a high volume of a challenging high-gloss paneling. “The material we used is a high-gloss material for the doors and panels in the kitchens. This material required more care when handling and processing,” Ben says. “It was the first time this material was used on a multi-unit project in Canberra.” As Canberra’s tallest residential tower, the Wayfarer called upon Capital Veneering’s capabilities for delivering exceptional quality detail on a challenging scale. “Some companies can handle high volume but not detail and some can handle detail not volume,” says Ben. “We can handle large-scale projects that require a high level of detail and volume.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Capital Veneering is Canberra’s specialist supplier and installer of large-scale, detailed commercial fitouts and high-end residential joinery. Established 17 years ago by Ben Madden and Markus Kohler as a boutique veneer pressing and furniture making workshop, Capital Veneering has steadily evolved into a larger organisation with 60 staff. Specialists in solid surface fabrication using materials such as Corian, Capital Veneering maintains an industry-leading position through a dedication to continuous improvement. “We are focused on systems and procedures,” Ben explains. “We like to be innovative with procedures as well as having state-of-the-art machinery in our workshop. We like to be at the forefront of technology.” Capital Veneering is currently working on the Secure Mental Health Unit project, the fitout of the new International Terminal at Canberra Airport, the National Archives and a number of residential projects. For more information contact Capital Veneering, 4/67-71 Bayldon Road, Queanbeyan Canberra 2620, phone 02 6299 1557, fax 02 6299 1979, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE Wayfarer 231

ACT Project Feature

Atelier Apartments

Waterfront Elegance

Main construction company : St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd Architect : Bates Smart project value : $45 million

The $45M Atelier Apartments is Kingston Foreshore's newest premium, absolute waterfront address. Located in one of Canberra’s most vibrant areas, Atelier is designed to exceed expectations with its sophisticated and refined design throughout its 73 elegant one, two and three bedroom apartments. St Hilliers’ prestigious $45 million Canberra apartment development, Atelier, is destined to be one of the outstanding residences in the nation’s capital. On-track for December 2016 completion, Atelier is prominently positioned on the waterfront in the unique Kingston Foreshore area on Lake Burley Griffin. Atelier has already been an overwhelming success with all apartments pre-sold. Senior Project Manager for St Hilliers, Michael Rae, said that Atelier had a number of features which made it highly attractive to buyers looking for a quality residence or investors wanting a prime Canberra position for long-term capital growth. “Atelier was designed by award-winning architects Bates Smart and offers 73 spacious one, two or three bedroom apartments, most with spectacular views towards Kingston Harbour and on to Lake Burley Griffin. The external façade is made almost entirely of glass, which will set it apart from others on the Foreshore.” “A unique feature are the external louvres which will provide protection from the western sun in summer as well as privacy for residents. Each apartment has an internal feature wall and utilises a variety of building 232 ACT PROJECT FEATURE Atelier Apartments

materials including brick, metal and glass. The net effect is a warm, Brooklyn-style warehouse feel.” Kitchens have natural stone benchtops and Bosch appliances in keeping with the quality theme. Carpeted floors are standard but buyers can choose a timber floor option if they prefer. Michael said that the site did pose some challenges. “Working next to water on reclaimed land meant that we had to drive piles down to a rock base. Just over 100 piles were drilled to an average depth of 13-14m. The building’s basement slab was constructed above the water table to safeguard the carpark from any potential water ingress issues. The bottom of the lift shafts were below the water table and were managed through a ‘belt and braces’ approach to meet all engineering specifications and deliver the best whole of life outcome for the building.” “There were also height restrictions applying to all buildings in the Kingston Foreshore precinct,” Michael explained. “We had to design and build the 5 floors within that height requirement which we have done.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Most of the Atelier apartments have been sold to local owner-occupiers and investors who have responded to the premium quality in Atelier and the surrounding vibrant precinct, which will include more than 60 retail and hospitality outlets including cafés, restaurants and boutique shops. Positive sentiment about Canberra’s future growth including the light rail project and the commencement of international flights has supported strong apartment sales in the Kingston Foreshore area.

Australia including the Department of Defence and numerous State Education Departments. Testament to this is St Hilliers reputable and unique portfolio of construction projects across the country including the construction of Defence facilities to support the introduction of Special Operation Vehicles and substantial upgrades to over seven schools through regional New South Wales as part of a current Government initiative.

St Hilliers is one of Australia’s leading, private, integrated property and construction groups. It has been in operation for more than 25 years and has built its business and reputation by ensuring its clients’ expectations are delivered if not exceeded. St Hilliers is proud of its record in producing high-quality buildings and has successfully delivered projects in excess of $4.5 billion. With a full national footprint, it is capable of working with clients in any region of Australia. It is currently engaged in a joint venture major residential development, Thornton, at North Penrith in western Sydney.

The company’s civil capability is also continuing to advance with four civil projects currently underway in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

As well as residential projects, St Hilliers is well known for its ability to deliver complex projects for Government Departments across WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“St Hilliers is proud to have been the developer of Atelier, a stylish and sophisticated building positioned elegantly on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin,” Michael said. “We congratulate all the buyers who have shared our vision with us.” For more information contact St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd, 8 Windmill Street, Millers Point NSW 2000, phone 02 9259 5200, fax 02 9259 5201, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE Atelier Apartments 233

Below Trak Building Services provided a variety of services for the Atelier Apartments.

Trak Building Services Pty Ltd was selected by St Hilliers to complete a range of tasks during the construction of the Atelier Apartments on the Kingston Foreshore. Owner Director Ron Villero said that sealing the stressing pan, concrete grinding and forming-up then filling the step-downs on balconies were the principal assignments. “We had four people engaged over a period of six weeks on the site and will be doing the line marking in the basement of Atelier prior to the opening of the building.” Trak Building Services is a relatively new business in Canberra but Ron and his team of 30 bring a great deal of building experience to the company. “We have the capability and flexibility to perform a range of building services, from concrete floor rectification to framing and carpentry. We also have a line marking team, a labour hire service and a traffic control team. We operate throughout Canberra and we were delighted to be part of the Atelier construction.” For more information contact Trak Building Services Pty Ltd, PO Box 811, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6255 5911, mobile 0488 388 068, email, website 234 ACT PROJECT FEATURE Atelier Apartments


Below Purdon Planning provided statutory and strategic planning services for the Atelier Apartments.

Purdon Planning is a highly experienced team of Canberra-based urban planning consultants working with developers, builders and Government departments to navigate through a range of planning and development requirements to produce outcomes which meet the objectives for the city, and also for those that invest in it. The team strives to enrich the places and spaces that people use, and have a strong focus on building sustainable communities. It has been working with St Hilliers on its Atelier Apartments development on the Kingston Foreshore since the inception of the project.

Project Director for the Atelier project with St Hilliers, Trevor Fitzpatrick, said that the firm was part of the design team that included the developer, architects, builder and landscape architects. “There were a number of design challenges we had to work through in order to meet statutory requirements, while still striving for the design excellence that befits the site and its location. Our team worked hard to reach negotiated development solutions between Government agencies and the wider project team, in order to deliver an optimal outcome for our client and the site itself. Atelier is an outstanding addition to the Kingston Foreshore development which we are proud to have been a part of.”

CEO of Purdon Planning, Kristi Jørgensen, said that the focus at both a government and private sector level in the ACT is strongly in urban in-fill around strategic locations. “Canberra is changing and Purdon Planning has a strong commitment to regeneration projects which will increase the population density around our major activity nodes. For this reason we have been involved for a number of years in the planning and development of the Kingston Foreshore, one of the most significant in-fill projects in Canberra.”

Kristi Jørgensen said that Purdon Planning works across all aspects of statutory and strategic urban planning in order to deliver practical, exciting outcomes for clients, contributing to the vibrancy and amenity that is continuing to prosper within the ACT. “Our team has a range of complementary skills and expertise and we pride ourselves on building strong working relationships with all parties based on collaboration, communication and a passion for what we do.”

Established in 1985, Purdon Planning has had over 30 years experience in providing deliverable urban planning solutions for its clients. It welcomed the opportunity to work with St Hilliers on Atelier.

For more information contact Purdon Planning, Unit 4 Cooyong Centre, 1 Torrens Street, Braddon ACT 2612, phone 02 6257 1511, email, website


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Below Monaro Mix provided and poured the concrete for Ateilier Apartments.

Local firm Monaro Mix Specified Concrete Pty Ltd was entrusted with the task of supplying high-quality concrete to the prestigious St Hilliers Atelier apartments project at Kingston Foreshore precinct. Around 6,000m3 of concrete were poured over the various stages of the build. Monaro Mix Manager, Mark Dawes, said that Atelier required total focus by his company at certain times during the project’s schedule, with the peak effort being needed for the pouring of the podium slab which involved around 700m3 of concrete. “We had our plants at Mitchell and Queanbeyan working full-time with all our trucks dedicated to the delivery of the required volume for the podium on a continuous basis. It was an impressive sight seeing a line of our trucks waiting for their turn to deliver!” Mark said that Monaro Mix concrete was utilised for footings, slabs, columns and walls as the Atelier building progressed. “We have a proven capacity on large projects but also cater for smaller jobs. We have great flexibility as we have 20 trucks and 28 employees working from three plants. We cover the northern areas of Canberra from Mitchell, the southern area from Queanbeyan with a further plant located in Bungendore.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Monaro Mix was founded in 1971 and it is still a family-owned business. “With around 45 years in the business, Monaro Mix has a wealth of local knowledge and experience,” Mark said. “As a locally owned and operated premixed concrete supply company, we’re trusted by many residents and local businesses to deliver quality products along with superior customer service.” They are currently suppling several high profile projects throughout the Canberra region. Mark said that the Atelier project was the first for the company in Kingston but the exposure it gained from its fleet of trucks in the Foreshore precinct has already earned it more contracts. “The entire Monaro Mix team were delighted to work with St Hilliers on the impressive Atelier development.”

For more information contact Monaro Mix Specified Concrete Pty Ltd, 9 Bowen Place, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6297 3325, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE Atelier Apartments 237

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RED Fire Engineers Page 61| 03 9079 4143

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Viking Corporation Page 64| 08 8352 2888

Work Life Safety Systems Page 63| 08 8322 2279

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Hangzhou Rebon Cabinets Co. Ltd Page 112| +86 137 3225 5713

Capital Veneering Page 229 | 02 6299 1557

Superior Design Group Page 199 | 02 9792 2233

LANDSCAPING Glascott Landscape and Civil Page 167| 02 9427 8500

Speciality Trees Page 113| 03 9796 8308

MECHANICAL AIR SERVICES BSA Build HVAC Page 181 | 02 9763 6200

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Getinge Australia Page 20 | 1800 GETINGE

PAINTING Golden Eagle Painting Page 163 | 02 9642 4640


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Page 135| 02 8467 1300

Formwork & Scaffolding Fyna Constructions

PLANT HIRE Ghossayn Group

Rope access (high rise safety technicians) Signdraft


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KWA Blinds Page 89| 07 3821 2555

No Bull Blinds Page 157 | 1300 132 129

SHOWER SCREENS, MIRRORS & WARDROBES A.C.T Shower Screens and Wardrobes Page 220 | 02 6262 3007

STEEL (STRUCTURAL/FABRICATION) Gonzalez Steel Pty Ltd Page 170 | 02 4966 8949

SURVEYORS Bennett + Bennett Page 87| 07 5631 8000

TSS Total Surveying Solutions Page 144| 1300 877 000

TILING Stoneworx Marble & Granite Page 134| 02 9630 4311

TRAFFIC CONTROL Guardian Traffic Services Page 173 | 02 4953 7313

WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES Dump It Bins Page 196 | 1300 211 111

Grasshopper Enviro Page 159 | 1300 147 277

REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd

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Page 102| 03 8746 1300

Page 151| 02 9853 0200

Page 94| 03 9336 2808

Viridian Glass Page 35| 1800 810 403

GREEN FAÇADES Fytogreen Australia Pty Ltd Page 107| 1300 182 341

HEIGHT SAFETY Complete Height Safety Page 202 | 1300 394 349

Inovb Access Page 164 | 02 9634 8832

Page 206 | 1300 078 953

Page 215 | 07 3277 5248

Page 194 | 02 9637 7219

808 Design Glass Pty Ltd

Wetspot Consolidated

Page 172 | 02 9032 7100

Rose Atkins Rimmer

REINFORCING Mesh & Bar Page 180 | 02 9832 2000

RENDERING Sydneywide Cement Renderers & Painters Page 147| 02 9787 5830

ROOFING & CLADDING Moraschi Roofing Page 222 | 02 6297 1919

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