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MENARD OCEANIA STRENGTHENS PRESENCE ACROSS SOUTHERN STATES AS MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS CONTINUE TO DRIVE GROWTH Leading design and construction geotechnical specialist Menard Oceania is expanding its presence to support a steady increase in new projects across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. The company’s innovative ground improvement techniques are playing a vital role in two of Victoria’s landmark infrastructure projects; the $6.7bn West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP) and the $11bn Metro Tunnel. These projects form part of $107bn investments earmarked for state capital projects in the Victoria Government’s 2019/20 budget. “The construction industry spotlight is firmly on Australia’s southern region with major infrastructure projects from dams to wind farms, tunnels and roading upgrades all underway,” says Dave Raftery, Business Development and Project Manager for the company’s Victoria office. “Menard Oceania was delighted to have been appointed as ground improvement specialists on both the West Gate and Metro Tunnel projects in Victoria.” Menard was awarded its role on the West Gate Tunnel Project by client, CPBJH JV, to install a grout curtain in two separate locations for the inner and outer portals as well as the TBM retrieval pits, drilling to approximately 35m and pumping grout to fill voids in the rock.

“This is a critical part of the ground preparation works to stabilise the ground, enabling the safe retrieval of the tunnel boring machines,” says Mr Raftery. The tunnel, which is scheduled to open in 2022, will reduce reliance on the West Gate Bridge for commuters travelling between Melbourne’s western suburbs and the CBD. It will also provide an alternative route for vehicles travelling to and from the city’s port. Notably Australia’s biggest public transport project to date, Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel, includes the construction of twin 9km rail tunnels between South Kensington station and South Yarra with five new underground stations. The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) consortium appointed Menard to carry out the ground treatment works in five locations

and construct a 10m high mass grout block at a depth of between 25 to 35m underground, to allow for the safe excavation of the Cross Passages, located in area of poor soils between the two tunnels. To date the ground treatment in the four passages located in North Melbourne have been complete on schedule with the excavations between the tunnels to commence in the coming months. Menard mobilised to the first Metro Tunnel site in early 2019 with the additional teams mobilizing to site throughout 2019 and into 2020. The fourth site was completed in March 2020, with the final section to start in Quarter 3 of 2020. ‘’The Menard team has displayed their skill and professionalism in what can be considered as one of the most challenging jet grouting projects to have been undertaken in Australia,” explained Mr Raftery.

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BRISBANE’S NEW RUNWAY REACHES PRACTICAL COMPLETION Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) and Skyway, a joint venture between BMD Constructions Pty Ltd and CPB Contractors Pty Ltd (a member of the CIMIC Group), are today celebrating the practical completion of Brisbane’s new runway. BAC CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff said while this marked the end of the project, it was just the beginning for Brisbane Airport. “In many respects this runway is symbolic of the very firm belief we have that aircraft will, in the not too distant future, return to the skies and our terminals will once again be full of happy people looking forward to visiting their families, their holidays or to travel to do business,” he said. “The last few months have been difficult for everyone in the aviation and travel industries, as well as the whole community, but we have never lost sight of the fact that this project has been built for the long term. It will serve us well for many decades to come.” “Today is a culmination of eight years of physical construction, many years before that in planning, and foresight from nearly half a century ago for an airport with the growth capacity to meet the aspirations of the city and the state.” Mr De Graaff said thousands of people had worked on the project over the decades and thanked and congratulated them for their contribution to one of Queensland’s most important construction projects in memory. “As we reach this historic milestone, I must commend the entire New Runway team for putting their heart and souls into this project

over the last 15 years. Every step of the way the BAC team has been supported by many partners, suppliers and contractors who have contributed to this project. This truly is a project built by the community for the community.” “This new runway is so much more than asphalt; it is an enabler for recovery and growth across all facets of business, with an estimated 7,800 new jobs created by 2035 and an additional five billion dollars in annual economic benefit to the region” he said. “Now more than ever, it is crucial that we have the infrastructure and mechanisms in place to allow our great city and state to recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic, and Brisbane Airport, and this new runway

will play a strong part in that.” Throughout the life of the project, more than 3,740 people were inducted to work there, with a peak of 650 people onsite in mid-2019. Three hundred and 24 different subcontractors were engaged during the project - 90% of which were based in South East Queensland – putting in approximately 3.3 million manhours. The new runway landed under budget at $1.1 billion, a saving of $200 million on initial estimates. Skyway joint venture’s Project Director, Graeme Fenemore said the project is demonstrative of a significant engineering feat over a number of years and a dedicated project team who worked diligently to always put safety first. “On behalf of the Skyway joint venture, I am extremely proud to be handing over Brisbane’s new runway ahead of program, on budget and with an exemplary safety record of zero lost time injuries,” he said. With practical completion now achieved, the detailed commissioning process for the new runway will continue as part of the wider Operational Readiness and Testing (ORAT) program. Brisbane’s new runway will open on Sunday, 12 July 2020. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


BRISBANE SALE DELIGHTS CONSIGNORS AND BIDDERS WITH ‛CLOSED DOORS’ ONLINE SALE Following the success of the Euro Auctions sale in the UK at the end of March where over 5,500 lots of construction machinery, agricultural equipment, and industrial plant were sold in a live ‛closed doors’ online sale, the Brisbane sale was a similar resounding success. With consignors committed to the recent Brisbane sale and equipment arriving over the previous eight weeks, the yard was full of good equipment and machinery for sale. With expectant consignors trusting Euro Auctions to sell their equipment, the choices were to repatriate machinery ‛un-sold’ back to sellers, leaving the lots for

this sale in the yard for an indefinite period, or making the sale work. As COVID-19 took hold, the urgency for consignors to sell equipment, and raise much needed funds for their businesses was becoming ever more important. Craig Hart, Euro Auctions Territory Manager for Queensland explains how the sale proceeded, “We made the decision to proceed with the sale and make it work within the guidelines set by the Australian government for COVID-19. The Euro Auctions team onsite, the guys at the Global HQ in the in the UK, and the auctioneers based in our sister company Yoder & Frey’s Headquarters

in the USA, put in a huge international effort to make this sale work. Our main concern was that the safety of all staff was maintained at all times. We implemented a plan outlined by the Euro Auctions Group Health & Safety Officer, and a safe working policy was formulated.” Hart continues, “The wearing of PPE, hand washing, the wearing of protective gloves and masks, sanitising and the 2m distancing rule, was observed by the entire team, ensuring staff would be safe during the online sale. With a skeleton team of staff working around the clock, so began the preparation for the online auction.”

NEW DIGITAL TWIN RESOURCE HUB LAUNCHES FOR AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND A new Digital Twin resource hub for Australia and New Zealand has been launched to help promote the benefits of Digital Twin technology in helping activate data and create value for policy makers, practitioners, researcher’s, and the community. The Australia New Zealand Digital Twin Hub ( is being hosted by the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) and is supported by leading innovators and policy makers in the Digital Twin. SCCANZ Executive Director Adam Beck says “todays launch of the Digital Twin Hub presents an opportunity for the region to build an active community and thriving digital twin market place, where strategic policy can be created around social and economic benefit, and that the supply side can partner 10


with government to deliver the best possible services and solutions.” The Hub provides a range of functions including discussion forum, blog and resource library. The SCC’s Digital Twin TV channel is linked to the Hub, as well as their recently released Digital Twin Guidance Note. Beck explained that “this new Guidance Note for Digital Twin provides essential definition and structure at a time when there are few standards available. In lieu of clear guidance to customers, and vendors, we felt it essential to provide as much clarity as possible on what a Digital Twin is, its benefits, and how to prepare a strategy for their application.” The Digital Twin Guidance Note was created with input from both private and public sector

stakeholders and builds on the outputs from the National Digital Twin Symposium hosted in November last year. It also draws from an important resource released by the Spatial Information Council for Australia and New Zealand (ANZLIC) in late 2019 – the principles for spatially enabled digital twins of the built and natural environment in Australia. “I want to thank the members of the SCCANZ Digital Twin Task Force, and ANZLIC, who are undertaking the critical work of helping build the foundations for a thriving marketplace for Digital Twins in the region,” Beck said. He continued, saying “The launch of the Digital Twin Hub now provides the Digital Twin community with a place to network, share and continue to educate and build capacity.”

PROTECTING LAND FOR JOBS AND BUSINESS IN CRANBOURNE (VIC) The Andrews Labor Government has rejected a Casey Council application to rezone industrial land in Cranbourne West – ensuring the land remains available for local jobs. Casey Council was seeking to rezone 133 hectares of land in Cranbourne West from industrial to residential under planning amendment C219 – the motivation for that request is the subject of an ongoing IBAC investigation. The Labor Government will consider any potential IBAC recommendations about how the planning process relates to councils when the investigation concludes. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has denied the Council’s application following an independent planning panels process and

after approving a groundbreaking new plan that identifies precincts like Cranbourne West and Casey Fields South as critical to the city’s future capacity to grow and keep jobs where people live. The Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan reveals parts of Melbourne south east are likely to exhaust all industrial land supply by the mid 2020s and parts of Melbourne’s west have only 15 years supply of zoned industrial land and six years supply of unzoned industrial land. To address the shortage, the Plan identifies around 1,300 hectares of commercial land and 13,500 hectares of industrial land across metropolitan Melbourne. This land has the potential to deliver 270,000 jobs in the office and retail sector, and 300,000

jobs in manufacturing, logistics and other industrial uses. Maintaining industrial and commercial land in the right areas is critical for jobs and investment, and Melbourne’s continued economic growth. Once industrial land is up zoned to a higher value it will never be returned to industrial or employment use. The new Plan follows extensive consultation with local councils, communities and industry, and supports Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 – the Labor Government’s strategy for Melbourne’s future development.

For more information visit: planning.vic.

PLUSTEC IS THE FIRST UPVC WINDOW PROFILE SUPPLIER TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION NSW based Plustec Pty Ltd has become the first uPVC profile supplier to achieve accreditation under the country’s Industry Code of Practice (ICP) for vinyl profiles used in windows and doors in Australia. The company is also one of only two companies that extrude uPVC window profiles locally. Developed by the Vinyl Council of Australia, the uPVC Window Alliance’s initiative is designed to provide greater confidence to specifiers, builders and consumers in the durability of uPVC profiles under Australian climatic conditions and to reduce concern that uPVC profiles may discolour under high UV conditions. The ICP sets specific composition, weathering resistance, colour and strength requirements for extruded uPVC profiles for use in windows and doors in Australian buildings.

Assessments of profile performance to the ICP requirements are made by third party accredited testing laboratories and require physical exposure of the profiles to one of the highest UV radiation exposure standards for these products in the world. This means that purchasers of Australian made uPVC window and doors holding this new accreditation can be confident that the products have been tested to withstand Australia’s higher UV conditions. Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia comments, “Through our uPVC Window Alliance initiative, all local uPVC profile suppliers supplying products in Australia who achieve this trade mark have demonstrated that their products can reliably meet the highest standards required, both to meet our more extreme climatic conditions and those expected by prospective purchasers.

“Consumers in Australia buying uPVC windows expect, quite rightly, that these can cope with a harsher climate. That’s why we have introduced the new testing requirements and trade mark with stringent compliance requirements to provide customers with greater confidence in the durability of uPVC products in Australian climatic conditions.” “We not only encourage people to choose uPVC windows for quality high performance windows, we encourage them to ask for this mark.” Tracy Wakefield, Managing Director of Plustec comments “As a small company, we are extremely proud of this ‘trailblazing’ achievement that has taken considerable time to go through the rigorous testing regimes. It is exciting that the first accreditation is for an Australian made product. We designed our profile specifically for the Australian market and the ICP accreditation endorses our efforts to make a profile specifically suited to Australia’s needs. It makes our effort worthwhile!” The use of uPVC (unplasticised PVC, or vinylframed) double glazed windows has been growing in Australia as they not only perform well in keeping cold out of a building and heat within; they also work to keep summer heat out and the cool air inside. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


MAKE SURE IT MEASURES UP – MAKE SURE ITS AUSTRALIAN MADE The Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL) is encouraging shoppers and renovators to ‘make sure it measures up’ and look for the famous Australian Made logo when shopping for building products, materials and tools. Ben Lazzaro, Chief Executive of the Australian Made Campaign, said, “Australian manufacturers make some of the highest quality building products in the world, and from our most recent research these products and materials are increasingly preferred by builders and home renovators.” A recent study from Roy Morgan Research found that Aussies favour Australian Made products, with two thirds of Australian preferring to buy Australian made building and renovation materials, and a further 61% preferring to buy Australian made tools and hardware. The research also found that high quality, use of ethical labour, and supporting local jobs and employment are all attributes associated with the Australian Made logo and the products that carry it. A focus on quality control is a key component at Mumme Tool’s Lonsdale factory in South Australia. Australian Made licensee, Mumme Tools, is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of hand forged tools. Used across mine sites, by heavy industry, councils, defence forces, tradespeople and

home DIYers, Mumme Tools have been using the Australian Made logo on its products for over a decade and are passionate about manufacturing locally. David Shepherd Marketing Manager at Mumme Tools, said “Here at Mumme Tools we are proud to be Australian Made. Our South Australian facility employs 21 craftspeople who hand manufacture our tools. We make a top quality product. It’s made from the right materials, heat treated correctly and made fit for use, so it’s safe for the end user.”

“As an Australian manufacturer, we need to be supporting local jobs. Firstly, through our direct employees, but also through our network of local suppliers. We believe it is important to retain the skills that have been built in Australia over the last couple of hundred years. Supporting Australian manufactures allows us to pass these skills on to future generations.” To find authentically Australian Made building products and learn more about the benefits of buying Australian Made, visit

NEW APP TO SAVE LIVES ONSITE Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, has announced the launch of SafeWork NSW’s new app, Speak Up, Save Lives which allows workers to anonymously report workplace health and safety issues. Mr Anderson said the app will make it easier than ever to report workplace risks by sending photos of unsafe practices directly to SafeWork NSW. “SafeWork inspectors do a fantastic job – but they can’t be everywhere at once. The app is a

quick, easy and confidential way for anyone to report unsafe worksite or work practices using only their mobile phone,” Mr Anderson said. “If you spot anything risky, play your part in protecting your own safety as well as that of your work mates by immediately reporting it to SafeWork.” Mr Anderson said the Speak Up, Save Lives app and web based tool was developed in consultation with the industry and the family of Christopher Cassaniti, an 18 year old who lost his life in a tragic workplace incident last year. “Since launching Speak Up, Save Lives as a web platform in October last year, SafeWork has received 1,647 reports from workers, handed out 472 improvement notices and $56,880 in penalties,” Mr Anderson said. “Any number



of terrible incidents could have happened as a result of these safety issues and Speak Up means that workers can report issues before these incidents occur, and prevent anyone from having to go through what the Cassaniti family have been through.” Mr Anderson said the most important feature of Speak Up is confidentiality as workers who are casually employed, on temporary or labour hire contracts, or from a CALD community, are less likely to raise concerns about unsafe work. “Speak Up breaks down those barriers and allows reports to be made completely anonymously,” Mr Anderson said. Type in ‘Speak Up NSW’ to your Apple or Android store or visit the SafeWork website to report unsafe work, anywhere, anytime.

ECONOMIC REBOUND AIDED BY SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE Infrastructure will play a central role in Australia’s economic recovery – and sustainable infrastructure can deliver an even bigger rebound, finds new research commissioned by the Australian Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISCA). ISCA’s study, IS Rating Scheme Return on Investment, finds infrastructure projects rated under the IS Rating Scheme will deliver up to $2.40 in benefit for every dollar spent. According to Ainsley Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of ISCA, the economic multiplier effect for infrastructure expenditure is well documented – but this fresh research underscores an even bigger upside.

The independent cost benefit analysis undertaken by RPS Group monetised benefits such as carbon, water, ecology and air emissions. IS-certified as-built assets have delivered accumulated reductions of 14% in energy, 27% in water and 31% in materials when compared to standard practice. Ms Simpson says the ROI study does not quantify wider social value such as health outcomes and human capital development. “Our study makes the business case clear: sustainability and profitability are not mutually exclusive. Importantly, the non-market benefits of infrastructure should not be limited to major projects. If uptake of the IS Rating

“Over the next few years, infrastructure will play a mission critical role in our economic rebound – but we must ensure the money we spend today can be leveraged to maximise environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits tomorrow,” Ms Simpson says. “Governments know that public infrastructure is a great economic multiplier – and that every dollar they invest in public infrastructure delivers around four dollars in GDP value over the life of the asset. “Over and above this productivity dividend, our research finds IS Ratings are set to deliver a minimum of $1.60 in benefit for every dollar spent – and this figure could be as high as $2.40 in benefit.” ISCA’s IS Rating Scheme was launched in 2012, and has since measured the social, environmental, governance and cultural outcomes delivered by more than $170 billion major infrastructure projects.

Scheme was doubled, the net benefit would soar to $90.7 million. All infrastructure – urban and regional, large and small, new and ageing – can deliver more for our communities.” “What we also know from the research is that pursuing an IS Rating upskills the workforce, encourages innovation and drives process improvements. Applying the IS Rating scheme to infrastructure projects trains people to think more strategically across the asset lifecycle, which in turn enhances procurement and supply chain efficiencies.”

Given the central role that infrastructure will play in the next wave of fiscal stimulus, ISCA is calling on all governments to rebound with continued determination and decisive leadership, with five practical actions: 1. Mandate sustainability: Set the policy default for all infrastructure to sustainable and resilient, as well as economically productive. 2. Prioritise productivity multipliers: Invest in projects that that deliver both productivity multipliers and non-market (benefits, including sustainability and liveability. 3. Leverage procurement: Stimulate local economies by developing skills and capacity and drive nation wide innovation across the supply chain. 4. Commit to best practice: Adopt recognised standards on all shovel ready projects to measure and achieve best practice sustainability performance. 5. Embrace transparency: Use assured performance data to communicate the outcomes delivered for business, communities and the workforce. “Infrastructure investment can help us achieve strong economic outcomes for Australia as we bounce back from the COVID-19 crisis. But we need to ensure we are spending our money wisely,” Ms Simpson adds. “Infrastructure Australia estimates that $20 billion worth of infrastructure projects were delayed, cancelled or mothballed over the last decade due to community opposition. Construction fatigue has put pressure on communities and jeopardised the industry’s social license. Download the ISCA’s, executive summary for sustainable investment:

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF SUSTAINABILITY KNOWLEDGE The Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School (the School) is celebrating its five year anniversary and this milestone is an opportunity to reflect on how far not only the School has come, but also our industry. School CEO, Hayley Jarick says that “organisations are leading the charge to a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future in the ‘decade of change’. And they know that the only way to make a difference is to act collectively and enable their partners to act.” Sustainability knowledge has moved from being niche to an operational

imperative and the School has come into its own and is well placed to meet growing industry demand. “There is a lot of opinion readily available and expert information is becoming harder and harder to decipher through the noise. The School cuts out the noise and provides our members a free learning platform about the topics that matter in our industry,” says Jarick. Since the School launched in 2015, it has grown steadily from just 8 founding Partners, 200 Members and 10 learning modules. Now,

the School boasts 30 Partners, 1,684 Member companies, 2,698 registered users and there have been over 4,300 learning resource views. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


COLLINS HOUSE – BUILDING AUSTRALIA’S SLIMMEST TOWER Construction has recently completed on Collins House, Australia’s slimmest tower and the fourth most slender in the world. Developed by Golden Age and joint venture partner Deague Group, the 60-level skyscraper rises from Melbourne’s historic Maker’s Mark building at 446 Collins Street, with the grand façade restored to its former glory. Built by Hickory and designed by Bates Smart, the sleek, elegant tower has a street frontage of just 11.5m and a footprint of 480m2, making it Australia’s thinnest tower. At Level 14, the building has a 4.5m cantilever component which takes the tower over the adjoining building and beyond the site boundary. Located on Melbourne’s most exclusive street, the residential tower features 259 luxury apartments, ranging from one, two and three bedrooms to luxurious sub penthouses and two double-storey crowning penthouses. The interiors of the spacious apartments blend modern and heritage design, with premium finishes and two distinct colour palettes used throughout the spaces. A variety of communal facilities are incorporated across 2-levels of amenity, with Collins Terrace on Level 3 featuring indoor and outdoor dining, along with a gourmet chef ’s kitchen for resident’s use.

On Level 27, residents can find the St James Club, a private space with a state-of-the-art gym, theatre, exclusive bar and outdoor deck. The build of the development was undertaken by Hickory, who was faced with the immense challenge of constructing the needle thin tower on an incredibly tight and narrow site. George Abraham, Managing

Director at Hickory, said “It was the smallest site we’ve ever worked on. With only one point of access, the lack of space gave us very little room to manoeuvre the equipment and materials required for the groundworks.” Hickory worked around these restrictive conditions by using their patented Hickory

DALBY BIO-REFINERY REBORN IN THE BATTLE AGAINST COVID-19 Dalby Bio-Refinery has reopened to manufacture vital stocks of industrial grade ethanol to be used in hand sanitiser, hand wash and surface disinfectant products during the fight against COVID-19.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, best of all, it means jobs for 40 staff. “More and more Queensland manufacturers are making essential products to protect us against COVID-19. That’s good news in the health fight against the virus and good news in our economic recovery.” Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick said the refinery is re-employing almost all of the 40 plus staff who were placed on leave when the business temporarily shut down on 24 February 2020. “By making very significant changes to their refinery plant and process, Dalby Bio-Refinery are now able to reopen and re-employ their workforce which will be a huge boost to the Darling Downs community,” Mr Dick said. “My department has been working closely with the refinery, assisting them to source the chemicals needed to undertake the new



production process to produce the higher grade, industrial ethanol.” “We’ve also been assisting to put them in touch with businesses who are in short supply of industrial ethanol, or those who can use the ‘tops and tails’ distillation by-product, such as distillers, making sure everyone’s needs are met. It’s critically important that supply chains don’t have any gaps and can continue to operate to manufacture critical products which we need right now.” “Dalby Bio-Refinery was Australia’s first grain-to-ethanol facility, and this turnaround in a time of crisis is a great reflection of Queensland ingenuity shining right across the state.” For more information http://statements.

The tower was delivered in November 2019, by which time Hickory had streamlined the construction programme. The project was delivered in 30 months, a vast reduction of the quoted 40 month construction period by other firms.

Building System (HBS). This construction method uses prefabricated elements that increase efficiencies by integrating the core, shear walls, and façade of a building into the structure, which are built offsite, in parallel with onsite works. Pre-installed façades eliminate live edge, making it one of the safest systems in construction today.

Deague Group CEO, William Deague said “Hickory’s prefabricated Building System ensured the development was erected safely, efficiently and sustainably.”

Conventional formwork was used up until Level 14, at which stage Hickory proceeded with prefabricated structural units for the remainder of the project, accelerating the construction programme and ensuring tighter quality control. “The prefabricated 4.5m cantilever posttension system facilitated a safe cantilever floor construction, with a high quality floor finish.” said George Abraham, Managing Director of Hickory. During the build, the project was serviced by a single tower crane, which had the capacity to lift up to 50 tonnes – three times the standard load. The 7-storey crane was used to lift the central floor slabs, along with the 4.5m x 32m cantilevered slabs into the structure. “Our methodology involved using a mixture of precast panels with insitu components that did not require a jumpform. This allowed us

to save 3-4 days per floor in building the walls, plus the time saved in setting up and altering a jumpform,” said George.

“Collins House is a true architectural icon, located on one of the most prestigious and coveted addresses in Melbourne. It is the result of cutting edge building technology and intricate planning, which has produced a truly remarkable feat of construction,” Will said.

Major elements such as the façade and precast floors were fabricated and assembled offsite in a controlled factory environment with higher quality control, before being installed onsite at Collins Street – a process that took less than 30 minutes to crane into place.

As Melbourne’s CBD becomes tighter and more congested, the Collins House project highlights how prefabrication methods are a fitting solution for small, restricted sites, proving that space is no longer a barrier to entry in our dense capital cities.

“By using this system, we were able to heavily reduce the number of deliveries to the site each day,” said George. “This helped us to minimise material and energy waste and reduce noise pollution, which is important when building in the CBD.”

Hickory Building Systems has been widely recognised by the industry and recently received the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Construction Award in the 2019 Awards of Excellence for advancements in the construction of tall buildings.

WATPAC APPOINTS JULIEANNE ALROE TO BOARD Watpac is pleased to advise that it has appointed Julieanne Alroe as a Non-Executive Director. With a career spanning more than 35 years in property and infrastructure development, asset management and complex operating environments, Ms Alroe continues to strengthen the Watpac Board’s connection to the local market. Speaking on the appointment, Watpac Chair and BESIX Group Chief Executive Officer, Rik Vandenberghe, welcomed Ms Alroe to the Board.

“Watpac has a great history and reputation for delivering high quality projects. It’s very exciting to be part of this next chapter as the company expands into new sectors, leveraging BESIX’s global capabilities and commitment to the Australian contracting market,” Ms Alroe said.

“Julieanne has strong credentials in business strategy and innovation, and is a proven executive and director with tremendous experience across a number of sectors,” Mr Vandenberghe said. “She has an indepth understanding of the markets in which Watpac operates and we are delighted to welcome Julieanne to the Watpac Board.”

Watpac has been delivering landmark building projects for nearly four decades including One Central Park and Arthur Phillip High School in Sydney, Herston Quarter and Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, Townsville’s QCB Stadium, Victorian New Schools PPP and the Adelaide Airport Terminal Expansion.

Ms Alroe was pleased to have the opportunity to join Watpac’s Board.

“I look forward to bringing my experience to Watpac’s Board and to contribute to its future success.”

our deep local knowledge and international experience. This also provides our customers greater certainty in the delivery of complex building, civil, marine and specialist projects. Watpac is a leading national construction group with operations across Australia’s East Coast and South Australia and the Northern Territory. Watpac has been part of Australia’s communities for nearly four decades and through previous entities since the 1920’s. Watpac employs around 700 people.

Together in Australia, BESIX and Watpac offer expanded technical capability and inhouse engineering which is enhanced by ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


PROMOTING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CAREERS TO FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has released a research paper from the 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD) Scholarship recipient, Dr Fiona Lamari. Dr Lamari’s paper

presents an innovative approach to engaging with female high school students through a Virtual Construction Site (VCS) Tour. The paper’s release coincides with this week’s announcement of the 2020 NAWIC IWD Scholarship winner.

The VCS Tour mimics a realistic building site and showcases the diversity of career options available in the construction industry. During the VCS Tour, students can look around in 360º while hearing onsite professionals as if spoken to on an actual construction site.

The NAWIC International Women’s Day (IWD) Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2009. Thanks to the support of long term sponsor CULT, NAWIC has invested a total of $220,000 to aid research that improves, benefits and empowers women in the construction industry.

The VCS Tour brings construction sites to students, in particular those in regional locations, and is the first of its kind to be used in this way. Dr Lamari’s aim is to use the technology to ultimately increase female participation in construction-related careers.

Over the past 12 months, Dr Lamari, Lecturer in Construction Management at QUT, has developed and rolled out a VCS Tour.

For more information contact, www.nawic. IWD_Scholarship_Archive.aspx

UPSKILL WITH FERGUS WEBINARS Australia’s construction industry remains relatively strong despite COVID-19. We saw a relatively small dip of less than 8% in new work created in Australia throughout April compared to the same time last year. This is thanks to the careful approach to health and safety that has allowed the industry to continue to operate. Many Australians are also taking advantage of the time at home to make a start on renovations and engaging local tradies to get things moving

– while practising social distancing and keeping safety top-of-mind of course. It’s also brilliant to see that hundreds of trades business owners are upskilling by watching our webinars on remote quoting and how to adapt to running your business during COVID-19. Concentrating on customer experience, reassuring customers and using technology to make your business more efficient will really help moving forward as we all adapt. Fergus’ free webinars available on tradehub

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INVESTA SET TO DISRUPT THE AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY MARKET WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Investa is prioritising the use of artificial intelligence (AI), as it gets set to transform the way data is used across its business. The office market specialist has partnered with cutting edge AI platform provider SparkBeyond, to accelerate and amplify the way in which the business collects, organises, analyses and draws insights from data, at a scale not previously possible. Amir Haramaty, Chief Commercial Officer at SparkBeyond joined Nina James, General Manager, Corporate Sustainability & Responsible Investment and Joanna Marsh, General Manager, Innovation and Strategic Projects at a lunch on the 24th February to discuss the intersectionality of real estate, investment and the global opportunities of AI. The partnership is a first for the Australian property industry, allowing Investa to harness previously untapped insights from hundreds of internal, external and open-source data points – enabling unprecedented decision intelligence across a range of core business areas including acquisitions, tenant attraction and retention, pre-emptive building operations, optimal deployment of capital and aligning investors with the right opportunity at scale. Ms Marsh believes the investment in the platform will allow Investa’s workforce to spend more time on value adding, strategically oriented activities. “We’re really proud to be the first to secure this market leading product for the broader industry,” she said. “In a time of great transformation,

many companies are struggling to innovate in a way that drives real business impact. Being able to see patterns, derive insights and solve business problems through artificial intelligence and machine learning, allows us to make better decisions.”

then, the platform has generated more than seven billion hypotheses and more than a $2 billion of impact for the companies it has worked with, which include McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Pepsico and Anheuser-Busch.

“As we move into the future, we will be able to leverage these insights to uncover opportunities that are not yet articulated clearly or adequately serviced in our industry,” said Ms Marsh.

While visiting Investa’s office, Mr Haramaty said he was very pleased with the unique way the SparkBeyond platform had been able to adapt to the commercial real estate sector.

SparkBeyond was founded in Israel by Sagie Davidovich and Ron Karidi in 2013. Since

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BETTER SITE REHAB TO UNDERPIN PUBLIC CONFIDENCE Victoria’s earth resources regulator has released its strategy to drive better rehabilitation of mine, quarry and other resources sites, to build public confidence in the sector and the jobs it supports.

complete. It also sets out how the regulator will do more to improve site rehabilitation by approving better rehabilitation plans, estimating rehabilitation liabilities and undertaking education and enforcement.

Earth Resources Regulation is responsible for ensuring that sites are rehabilitated to protect people, land, infrastructure and the environment.

The strategy will give landholders and communities confidence that the final landform will be safe and stable when operations cease.

The Regulatory Practice Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites aims to help operators plan and rehabilitate sites over the full life cycle of a mine or quarry project, rather than after extraction is

Rehabilitating sites can provide communities with valuable long-term assets. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, and Niddrie’s Newport Lakes and Valley Lake are all former quarries.

Operators want to do the right thing and Earth Resources Regulation wants to support them by making things clearer and easier. Delivering the strategy is consistent with the regulator continuing to provide clearer processes to increase certainty for operators, local government and community. The strategy will be refined over time based on practical experience and feedback from industry and communities. The Regulatory Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites is available at ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN STEEL The GFC Industries Journey The story of GFC Industries stretches back 60 years to October 1959 when Greg, Fred and Colin founded a company and named it GFC after the first initials of their names. The company originally produced fire doors before progressing to other doors types for power stations, automotive clients (Ford and Holden) and many others. After ownership of the business was wholly transferred to Fred Fritz, they expanded their service offering to include specialist formwork fabrication. In 1968, GFC partnered with leading formwork expert John King and formwork became the company’s primary business. GFC have completed many specialised formwork projects including the Loy Yang Power Station, the South-eastern and Western Trunk Sewers, Upper Yarra Reservoir, Melbourne underground rail loop, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Western Link Elevated Road, Bolte Bridge and hundreds of others. 18

Formwork continued to be the company’s core business until 1988 when the company diversified into structural steel which quickly became their main focus.

Sectors included large buildings, shopping centres, bridges, ports, hospitals and many others.

GFC Industries Today

Since 1988 GFC have been involved in many projects including: • Mail facilities at Dandenong and Ardeer • Ship loading facilities for Globex and Portland • Shopping centres including Epping Plaza, Werribee Plaza, Chadstone and The Glen • Austin, Berwick, Bendigo hospitals • Monash Medical Centre • 50 Lonsdale Street, Southern Cross West Tower, 1 McNab Avenue, 150 Collins Street, Box Hill ATO Building, 271 Spring Street, 80 Collins Street, Parramatta Square, and Australia 108


Federation Square, Melbourne Convention Centre, the Western Link acoustic tube and the Great Stupa (Bendigo)

Today GFC is a proudly home grown Australian company with a strong reputation as a leading fabricator for multi-storey steel buildings. At their factory headquarters in Melbourne GFC have highly experienced employees together with our network of suppliers and subcontractors. We have the capacity and capability of delivering very large and complex projects. GFC have established long term relationships with many clients and strive for this to continue along with new prospective clients. While the company has evolved over the last 60 years to meet the needs of a AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Chadstone Grid Shell (2016)

Western Link Project - Acoustic Tube (1998 - 1999)

Melbourne Convention Centre (2007 - 2009)

changing construction industry, their ethos has remained consistent. From the earliest days up to the present, GFC has strived to achieve the highest levels of attention to detail and quality.

Prefabrication is a growing trend around the world and many projects are realising substantial benefits by moving elements of the construction away from sites and into controlled factory environments.

A New Way To Build

“Certainly one area where steel buildings can deliver benefits is in the off site manufacture,” said Ron. “If you have good craneage on a job you can really accelerate the works and you don’t have to worry about losing days to poor weather.”

As the skylines of Australian cities continue to evolve, the use of structural steel for construction is becoming increasingly prevalent. The use of offsite manufactured steel components has the potential to reduce the amount of labour and equipment that is required onsite with a resulting increase in value. “From a steel fabrication perspective we are at the leading edge of this change,” said Ron Kandell of GFC. “We are very proactive at getting involved in early engagement and looking at things in a lot of detail and there are often opportunities to save substantial amounts on projects.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Waste reduction is another big benefit of prefabricated steel construction with less

waste generated onsite and less vehicle movements required. An analysis by Grocon of a previous project that GFC was involved in found an 80% waste reduction was achieved by using prefabricated structural steel. Prefabricated structural steel also allows greater flexibility in design. “Cantilever structures become much more possible with steel,” explained Ron. “Steel also allows much larger open areas to be achieved with fewer columns and reduced structural thicknesses.”

We are very proactive at getting involved in early engagement and looking at things in a lot of detail and there are often opportunities to save substantial amounts on projects - Ron Kandell, GFC Industries



405 Bourke Street (2018 - 2020)

Federation Square (1999 - 2002)

Wharf Conveyor – SWP Loader (2000)

Telstra (1999 - 2000)

Highlands Hotel

Case Studies: Recent Key Projects 80 Collins Street Situated on a narrow site in central Melbourne, the 80 Collins Street development comprises a new 41-storey office tower constructed by Multiplex. The building incorporates a unique cantilevering design with part of the floor area above the sixth floor projecting over a row of adjacent heritage buildings. “This was a very unique project for us,” said Ron. “During early engagement and collaboration, many improvements were implemented which resulted in de-risking, improved structural efficiency and bettered the outcomes for the project.” “We also focused on accelerating the works. In the end we got down to a six day cycle 20

time per floor which enabled us to gain back between one to two months on the programme.” Parramatta Square The CBD of Parramatta in Sydney is currently in the midst of a major transformation. One of the anchor projects driving this transformation is Parramatta Square which comprises three towers with mixed residential and commercial space. The towers are primarily reinforced concrete buildings, however to deliver one 34-level tower with multiple basement carpark levels in only two years from commencement to building handover, early engagement and planning was essential.


“A triple level jump start occurred. GFC produced three pre-fabricated jump sections utilizing large tubes, welded beams and hot rolled sections of structural steel with composite decking slabs. Sloping 26m high columns, just to add to the complexity,” explained Ron. “The jumps allowed the project to be treated like multiple building sites at once. They are part of the permanent works on the project and enable construction works to start in four different areas at the same time,” Ron said. Chadstone Shopping Centre A highlight for GFC was the assembly and installation of the Gridshell roof structure AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


4 Parramatta Square (2018)

Portland Ship Loader (2006 - 2007)

Werribee River Brigde Girders (2000)

50 Lonsdale Street (2004 - 2005)

Australia Post Ardeer (2002)

Daisy Club Hotel (2002)

Epping Plaza - Stage 3 (2007)

Werribee Plaza (2004 - 2005)

4 Parramatta Square (2018)

for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s iconic Chadstone Shopping Centre.

score for which we were all very appreciative and proud,” said Ron.

GFC was appointed by an International Austrian constructor for the project. The roof components were delivered to our factory where we maximised offsite pre-assembly and using specialised transport and logistics, delivered and site installed the structure with 183 individual panels.

405 Bourke Street

“It was the first large major project for this company to perform in Australia and putting trust within another subcontractor you have never dealt with would not have been an easy decision. Following completion of the project. GFC received a major subcontractor assessment from there organisation and I am proud to say we received a 100% perfect WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

405 Bourke Street is scheduled for completion in 2021 and will be a new landmark reaching 167m high in the heart of Melbourne. GFC fabricated the steel to make this ambitious structure possible, and collaborated closely with the builder

Getting the best possible results from what we do is our main aim. - Ron Kandell, GFC Industries

and the engineers on the project to identify improvements, opportunities and de-risk the project. The tower incorporates a 14.5m cantilever over an existing 9-storey apartment building, with 25-storeys above the cantilever. GFC fabricated the steel to make this ambitious structure possible. They engaged closely with the builder and the engineers on the project to identify structural improvement opportunities and de-risk the project. Through workshops and ongoing discussions they have been able to bring their expertise in steel fabrication and connections to overcome the challenges inherent in this complex project.



Australia 108 Starburst (2019)

Chadstone Grid Shell (2016)

Great Stupa - Spire (2019)

Whittlesea Gardens Footbridge (2006 - 2007)

Western Link Project - Acoustic Tube (1998 - 1999)

Australia 108 (2019 - 2020)



80 Collins Street (2017 - 2019)



Wharf Conveyor - SPC Loader (2000)

Australia 108 (2019 - 2020)

405 Bourke Street (2018 - 2020)

Chelsea Hotel (2000 - 2001)

80 Collins Street (2017 - 2019)

Great Stupa (2019)

271 Spring Street (2018)

Driving Value Through Engagement GFC have gained significant knowledge and experience throughout the past 60 years in the construction industry. This has enabled GFC to provide improvements and help determine successful outcomes for the project. “GFC maintain their commitment to Early engagement with clients,” Ron said. “Working closely together with client, architects, engineers and designers, benefits in efficiencies, safety, risk and costs can be achieved for the project. ‛A win for all’. We see a real opportunity to progress this much further and set ourselves apart from others.”

GFC Industries Chadstone Grid Shell (2016)


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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners delivers ultimate climate control for luxury apartments.

Now in their 21st year of operation in Australia, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) continues their commitment to delivering award-winning air conditioning systems of outstanding quality and high performance in Australian climatic conditions. Amongst their recent successful projects has been the supply of a reliable and high end heating and cooling solution for Essence apartments, one of Perth’s newest luxury residential developments. Situated in inner city Claremont only minutes from Cottesloe beach and popular shops, bars and restaurants, Essence represents a high end project with meticulous specifications. MHIAA worked closely with experienced contractors, Ocean Air Services to develop a comprehensive HVAC solution for the multi-building project. Essence has 143-apartments of one, two and three bedrooms plus penthouses, spread across three separate boutique sized buildings. The development also incorporates a large retail and commercial space on the ground floor plus extensive rooftop amenities. The challenges of the project surrounded the requirement to provide the best level of comfort for the residents of the apartments and customers and staff in the retail outlets while ensuring the heating and cooling system remained invisible to apartment owners in keeping 24


with the luxury design of the project. The system also needed to be extremely quiet while in operation. In addition, the project called for a system that would provide owners with complete control over their climate, including individual zone control and Wi-Fi capabilities. From a design and installation perspective, there was only a small amount of space in between levels, which presented a challenge for indoor unit selection. There were also large external windows which produced high heat loads during Perth summers which had to be taken into account. In response to the project requirements and challenges presented, MHIAA in conjunction with Ocean Air Services, chose a mixture of slim profile ducted units and compact ceiling cassettes for the indoor units, with a mixture of compact FDC ducted condensers, KX Micro VRF systems and KXR heat recovery VRF systems being chosen as outdoor units. The compact size and incorporated condensate pumps of the FDUM mid static ducted systems and FDU high static ducted systems offered a discreet solution for apartments and communal areas, allowing easy installation into the confined bulkheads and ceiling spaces while still maintaining a high level of performance. The ‘Airzone’ premium zoning solution was used as a high specification upgrade for 81 two AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW








The solution provided for the large grocery store and other spaces on the ground floor as well as the spacious communal spaces on the rooftop were high efficiency KXZR heat recovery VRF systems with sizeable indoor capacity and large airflow indoor units.



MHIAA’s 9� SL4 touch screen controllers were installed for all VRF systems. The new, stylish FDTC series of compact ceiling cassettes were used in the offices connected to lower commercial spaces, delivering optimum comfort. The powerful, compact MHIAA VRF solution, KX Micro systems, were connected in a multi-format to ducted systems which offered a high performance, flexible and energy efficient solution for larger apartments and other areas within the buildings. Delivering adequate airflow and a space saving design, the system allowed all the outdoor units to fit within the tight confines of the basement plant room.

As they have done so often in more than 20 years dedicated to superior HVAC solutions for their Australian clients, MHIAA in association with Ocean Air Services delivered a high end, practical and totally reliable solution for Essence, in keeping with this unique luxury complex.


and three bedroom apartments. This system gives users complete temperature control of each individual zone while Wi-Fi adaptors were installed in one bedroom apartments giving users ability to control their systems via any smart device, including Google Home.

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MORE THAN JUST KITCHENS... Apollo Kitchens continues their impressive record of industry leadership with their commitment to innovation, customised design, superb craftsmanship and outstanding installation service. It is no surprise that they are the company of choice for so many residential and commercial customers as well as top tier builders seeking kitchens, bathroom and other complimentary joinery in addition to bespoke amenities. Based on their reputation and proven performance, Parkview Constructions chose Apollo Kitchens to supply and install joinery for common amenities as well as the kitchens and bathrooms for the prestigious Woolooware Bay Stage 3 development at 475A Captain Cook Drive, Woolooware. The development by Capital Bluestone, Woolooware Bay Town Centre is part of a new visionary waterfront community on one of the Sutherland Shire’s most prized bayfront sites and includes the revitalisation of the area surrounding the Cronulla Sharks rugby league club and stadium. Stage 3, called ‘Crest’, is one of four buildings built on the site and features one, two and three bedroom options. The design team worked closely with the builder and architects to achieve a consistent appearance and theme throughout each apartment. 28


“Apollo manufactured, supplied and installed joinery for the 230-apartments, nine of which were townhouse styled dwellings with premium select finishes and additional joinery such as butler pantries,” said Group Managing Director and CEO of Apollo Kitchens, Peter Bader. Kitchen doors and external panels were selected using timber grain in two colour schemes. The colours were matched with polyurethane finishes. The island benchtops were in engineered stone with bespoke herringbone feature panels and silver-backed mirrored splashbacks adding a sense of texture, drama and light. “The kitchen island under bench included a feature panel which presented an interesting challenge. However our state-of-the-art machinery easily managed this component. The panel was then painted in our automated polyurethane spray booth,” said Peter. Apollo Kitchens also manufactured and installed bathroom joinery featuring complimentary textures and a neutral colour palette for a distinctly modern look. Vanities were finished with timber-grain cabinetry for a warm, textured effect and included silver mirrored shaving cabinets. The dual mirrors were designed to create a geometric form to allow for open shelving and maintain a chic look. Linen AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


shelving, laundry storage and joinery for the studies in the apartments were also manufactured and installed. Another component of the project was the joinery for the exclusive rooftop sanctuary, ‘Crest Club,’ a resort-style pool area including change rooms. In the adjoining dining and BBQ area, outdoor kitchen joinery was provided with upholstered timber inspired banquette seating. The project took Apollo Kitchens four months to complete in line with an intricate construction programme. Apollo Kitchens allocated three installation teams onsite with an experienced foreman to deliver this prestigious project.

multi-level residential apartment building. Apollo Kitchens believes joinery decorates lifestyle and is the heart of the home and we put our heart and soul into ensuring all our clients experience great satisfaction and pleasure in our creations,” said Peter.

The installation process went smoothly due to the excellent management of the site by the Parkview Constructions team. “It is always a great pleasure to work with a valued returning customer in Parkview and we look forward to working with the team again,” said Peter. Woolooware Bay Stage 3 was another very successful project for Apollo Kitchens to add to their substantial portfolio of completed work. “A well designed and constructed kitchen adds value to any new development, whether it is in an individual residence or in a WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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FINISHED TO PLATINUM STANDARDS Platinum Hydraulic Design (PHD) is a dynamic privately owned company founded in 2016, specialising in the design and documentation of hydraulic services and fire protection. With more than 50 years combined industry experience, PHD has built a solid reputation for completing multifaceted projects and overcoming specific design challenges.

“The PHD team have been excited and proud to be part of this flagship project, collaborating with ADCO Constructions, for Queensland Health and the State Government,” said Managing Director, Adam Williams. “With the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre at Wacol in 2014, I believe this project to be one of the most needed facilities to be completed within the last couple of years.”

PHD was engaged to complete the detailed design of the hydraulic services for the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre which also included involvement throughout the construction stage. The new facility is located within the existing campus of Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital and forms part of a new Queensland Health strategy to improve much needed services for Queensland’s youth suffering from complex mental health issues.

PHD recently completed several state secondary colleges including Foxwell Road, Yarrabilba and Mango Hill, as well as the Australia Post Distribution Facility at Redbank and the new Linfox Logistics Distribution Warehouse at Willawong, currently under construction.

The PHD design approach adopted the use of several renewable energy services throughout the project such as rainwater harvesting system and hot water generated via solar thermal evacuated tube. The design team also saw the need to incorporate ‘point-of-use’ thermostatic mixing valves which reduced pipe lengths of tempered water to outlets, mitigating the risk for microbial growth. The inclusion of a stand-alone water treatment plant ensures the water quality meets the Queensland Health guidelines through the full time chlorine monitoring and dosing plant.

Current projects include Yamanto Shopping Complex, University of Queensland Collaboration Hub, DHL Distribution Facility and GPT Warehouses at Wembly Business Park.

For more information contact Platinum Hydraulic Design, 5/212 Cracknell Road, Tarragindi QLD 4121, phone 07 3848 5370, email, website

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DARLEY ALUMINIUM OPENS NEW SHOWROOM AT THEIR VICTORIAN BRANCH Darley Aluminium, a national leader in the distribution of residential and commercial aluminium window and door systems, is proud to announce the opening of the New showroom at the Darley Aluminium Victorian branch located in Keysborough.

Attended by over 120 customers and suppliers, the grand opening of the Victorian showroom event was a great success – customers were treated to a buffet lunch service, coffee from the onsite coffee van, tours of the warehouse, as well as a tour of the new showroom and a tool bag + showbag as a giveaway at the end of the event.

To celebrate the opening of the new showroom, a grand opening event was held at the Victorian branch on Thursday 14th November. Darley’s fabrication customers were invited to the event to see the new showroom, showcasing the latest residential and commercial window and door systems, as well as paint samples and hardware components.

The new and improved showroom showcases Darley’s range of KlassicView – residential windows and doors, as well as our CityView – commercial windows and doors and the new range of ClimateGuard – thermally broken windows and doors.

Customers were also given the opportunity to take a tour of the warehouse and learn more about some of the other services Darley Aluminium provide including; • KlassicView and HarbourView Kits • Brake Press and Guillotine machines • ClimateGuard thermally broken window and door systems • New ScreenGuard Licensee programme WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Suppliers, customers and end users are all welcome to come to the Darley Aluminium Victorian branch to see the new showroom for themselves. For more information contact Darley Aluminium Victorian branch, 10 Bridge Road, Keysborough VIC 3173, phone 03 9238 3888, fax 03 9768 7288, email, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS






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AN EYE FOR DETAIL Argus Vision has over 80 years experience in the architectural window system industry, specialising in commercial sector. Their commitment to excellence in customer service, design and manufacturing is the foundation for Argus Vision’s enviable record of success working with some of the largest construction companies in Australia. On the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre for Queensland Health in Chermside, Argus Vision designed, manufactured and installed custom made architectural glazing systems. Project Manager, Craig Hendy said that the elements supplied throughout the building included glass sliding doors, hinged doors, fixed glass and integrated drainage sills all with anti-ligature hardware. “We used the Ezial Integrate Drainage System product which is an innovative solution for providing flush sill thresholds with effective drainage. The system substantially increases the volume of water storage capacity eliminating the risks of pooling and overflow. It also provides seamless room transitions that are safe and slip resistant which makes it ideal for children and wheelchair access.” Many of the glazing items including locking systems for the doors had to be custom made to ensure they met the requirements of the Centre. “All the glass used within the centre was a special toughened laminated make-up. Argus Vision has 30+ direct employees whom all had necessary input on the project. Argus Vision employees have countless years of knowledge and experience within glazing industry, ensuring that all projects are delivered on time in a professional manner.

focused, innovative and forward-thinking approach has won the respect of major Tier builders.” Projects completed 2019 to date include Mantra at Sharks (Southport), Pure apartment complex at Spring Hill (Brisbane), numerous apartment towers on the Gold Coast such as Miami Ice, Neo, Stanhill, Anchorage, Bellevue, and Bay Grand, the recently completed Lady Small Haven and they are currently working on RACF FernHill .

Argus Vision also provides bespoke architectural glazing systems to aged care facilities, specialised retail developments, prestige apartment developments and high-end private residences. “Our customer

For more information contact Argus Vision, Units 6-7, 610 Pine Ridge Road, Coombabah QLD 4216, phone 07 5571 5099, email, website





PROTECTIVE COATINGS THAT NULL-I-FIRE Remedial Building Services is a multi-faceted provider of commercial and residential building solutions, ranging from structural fire protection for steel, timber and concrete to waterproofing and façade upgrades and repairs. With over 50 years service of professional service to the building industry, they have become a trusted and well known organisation.

Supervisor on the project for Remedial, Michael Zurillo, said that his team applied Nullifire SC902 Intumescent Coating on the structural steel elements supporting the entry stair area. “This product is approved for external use and is an aesthetically pleasing fireproofing product. It also allows for a fast application and offers the choice of being applied both off-site and on-site.”

Remedial Building Services were engaged by the builder of the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre at the Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside, Brisbane for their expertise in the supply and application of thin film intumescent coatings for structural fire protection.

Several of their team members worked on the project from the initial planning and estimating stages through to application. Remedial offers more then just a product and application. “We offer comprehensive technical advice on fire protection coatings through our technical division Permax, to ensure compliance from the design phase through to construction. Remedial has a solid resource base of qualified staff who receive continual training to ensure the company has the best staff, certified methodologies and the latest products,” said Michael. The Nullifire SC902 Hybrid Intumescent has been applied by Remedial Building Services for over seven years on a range of projects throughout Queensland, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory, providing structural fire protection solutions for hospitals, schools, universities, high rise buildings, airports and heritage listed building refurbishments. As an industry specialist in construction services, Remedial is constantly seeking to develop and implement best practice. The company works closely with product suppliers, engineers and industry associations, so clients can be assured that their recommendations and workmanship are compliant and of a high standard. For more information contact Remedial Building Services Australia, 4/15 Flinders Parade, North Lakes QLD 4509, phone 07 3865 5554, email






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ROYAL HOBART HOSPITAL John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture / Hobart







THE EPITOME OF HEALTH DEVELOPER : Department of Health and Human Services & Royal Hobart Hospital MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture ARCHITECT : Lyons Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $350 million

The Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment is the largest capital infrastructure project ever undertaken in Tasmania. The project consisted of the construction of 36,000m2 of new space and refurbishment of 11,000m2 of existing clinical areas including operating theatres, endoscopy, paediatrics, maternity, mental health, and women’s clinics. John Holland is one of Australia’s leading engineering and building contractors and delivers innovative construction projects and diverse service solutions to Australia and the world. They work across multiple sectors, from infrastructure and property development to rail and building, with their purpose to transform lives. They have industry-leading healthcare capability on projects that are built for clinical excellence with patients at their heart. Fairbrother is one of Tasmania’s largest and oldest building contracting firms with a long history in government project delivery. John Holland and Fairbrother have successfully delivered hundreds of millions of dollars worth of building work in Tasmania in past successful joint ventures. The John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture is the Managing Contractor for the design and construction of the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment. The project is Tasmania’s largest hospital and the major teaching and research hospital of the University of Tasmania. Demolition of the existing Building B was carried out during 2016 and construction of the new 36,000m2 facility commenced in 2017. As part of the project, a temporary solution was required to maintain hospital operations over the construction period. “There were three distinct phases to the project,” said Stephen Adcock, Project Director for the Joint Venture and Managing Contractor’s Representative. “First was the construction and commissioning of temporary facilities for use as hospital operational areas. “This was necessary to maintain the same level of service to the Tasmanian population prior to any works commencing.”

areas. All adjacent existing structures, including heritage buildings, had to be protected during the demolition works. The third stage involved the construction of the new building. “The building contains full admissions services for the entire hospital campus, new operating theatres and CSSD, two floors of mental health wards and 5-levels of paediatric, adolescent, birthing and general wards,” said Stephen. Due to the phased nature of the project some innovative construction approaches were required in order to stay on track against the programme. The project was redesigned to make use of predominantly precast vertical elements and pre-formed stairs to aid swift construction. The location of the project in the heart of Hobart’s CBD posed some logistical challenges. “A great deal of planning was required not only for surrounding public areas, but also to maintain access and amenity for hospital employees and patients,” said Stephen. “Additional areas of planning and control were required due to the age of the existing buildings.” The project was a reunion for John Holland and Fairbrother as joint venture partners. “The joint venture was replicated for this

project following successful partnerships in the past for the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania,” said Stephen. “This set the project team up with the local knowledge of Fairbrother combined with the expertise of a Tier 1 contractor in John Holland.” John Holland continues to transform lives across Australia through their work in the healthcare sector. Recent projects including the Lismore Base Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus redevelopments are evidence of the success of their approach in delivering positive results in these challenging environments. John Holland have also been awarded the upcoming Victorian Heart Hospital project. The Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment is Tasmania’s largest ever building infrastructure project and represents a significant boost to the state’s building industry. “As a high profile piece of social infrastructure this project will improve the quality of healthcare for Tasmanians,” said Stephen. “We are proud to have been instrumental in the successful delivery of such a critical piece of infrastructure that will serve Tasmanians well into the future.” For more information contact John Holland, website

In the second stage, hospital operations were relocated from the existing Building B which was then demolished. This included numerous physical connections, accessways and bridges between Building B and adjacent 40









Below Aidacare installed a Swedish manufactured tracking system which also act as a bariatric system with a capacity of up to 500kg.

One of Australia’s largest healthcare equipment and service providers, Aidacare has been assisting Australians in hospitals, residential aged care, home and community care, and rehabilitation sectors for over 25 years. Aidacare is on most government healthcare equipment contracts in Australia and hold supply agreements with many private sector healthcare companies. This makes Aidacare the natural choice to provide specialist equipment to the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment project. For the Royal Hobart Hospital, Aidacare supplied and installed a ceiling tracking system manufactured by the Swedish company Liko. The project was managed by Joe Gason and Grant Devonshire of Aidacare. “The tracking system is suspended from pendants bolted to the concrete ceilings,” said Joe and Grant. “It’s basically a tracking system that lifts patients, from wheelchairs onto beds or a therapy gym.” One application for the system is to facilitate gait training, which is a type of physical therapy to assist patients in regaining the ability to stand and walk. This allows early mobilisation of the patient. “It has a circular track set up to assist with walking, so that patients can practice and relearn this skill in a safe environment,” said Joe and Grant. The system also functions as a bariatric system with a capacity of up to 500kg to assist heavier people who cannot stand unaided. The rehabilitative applications of the system are wide ranging. “We covered more or less every room in the new section. There are many patients that don’t require it, but for those who do, it is there,” said Joe and Grant. In most cases, the installation of the system was towards the end of the fitout programme. “We were usually one of the last trades in. The rooms must be plastered and painted, then finished before the equipment goes in,” said Joe and Grant. This meant that Aidacare needed to be ready to rapidly complete installation works throughout the construction programme. Aidacare planned the pendant placing and spacing to avoid clashes with services and ensured sufficient tolerances were allowed. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Shop drawings were then submitted to the main contractor and architects for approval. “If they were not happy, we fit it in to suit them. After approval of the shop drawings, we could get cracking. We segmented the project into levels so we could start on a level and complete it before moving onto the next one.” Aidacare provide much more than just the Liko ceiling tracking system. “That’s just one of thousands of products we distribute in all states and territories across Australia. Equipment they provide includes hospital equipment, therapeutic chairs, walking aids, wheelchairs, bathroom and toilet equipment, mobility ramps and scooters.” As well as stocking equipment manufactured under other brand names, Aidacare also manufacture a premium range of healthcare equipment which has been designed, tested and manufactured to meet Australian standards. To more comprehensively support their customers, Aidacare have recently opened a new 6,000m2 showroom located five minutes from Melbourne Airport, called ‘Project and Fitout Solutions by Aidacare’. The showroom displays a wide range of hospital and aged care fit outs that can be delivered by Aidacare. “We’ve always done fitouts but now we are delivering a whole solution. We’re offering everything from initial planning of a new build to the finishing touches,” said Kate Williamson, Marketing Manager. With the launch of this unique facility, Aidacare are even more well placed to deliver cohesive end results in healthcare services that deliver on both design and price. Aidacare are working on many hospital and aged care facilities across Australia including upcoming projects in Queensland for Estia Health and Japara Healthcare.

For more information contact Aidacare, phone 1300 133 120, email online@aidacare., website



Below Donald Cant Watts Corke was selected to work with Matrix Management Group as Cost Manager and Quantity Surveyor for the hospital.

With extensive experience in healthcare projects, Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC) was well placed to support the Royal Hobart Hospital project. Donald Cant Watts Corke was delighted to be appointed as Quantity Surveyor and Cost Manager for the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment. Founded in 1966, Donald Cant Watts Corke is one of Australia’s largest privately owned cost and project consultancies. The company have been involved in over $12 billion worth of healthcare projects over the last five years. They also have diverse experience in other sectors, working with government, private and public sector organisations on some of the largest infrastructure and development projects in Australia. One of the keys to their appointment was their partnership with local firm Matrix Management Group. DCWC has worked on numerous other hospitals around Australia including the Royal Children’s Hospitals in Perth and Melbourne, the Northern Beaches Hospital in Sydney and the Sunshine Coast Hospital in Brisbane. They were able to draw on their national experience to add value to the project, having worked on numerous other hospitals. “At the time, we were working across a number of different hospital projects nationally,” said Victorian Quantity Surveying Managing Director, Stephen McCoullough. “This meant that we were able to advise and compare the Royal Hobart Project with other projects nationally. We were offering our national health sector capability and through Matrix we were also able to bring local knowledge and experience of the Hobart construction market.” Every hospital redevelopment comes with its own unique complexities. “The project had originally been intended to be built in two stages in order to minimise the need to decant and relocate functions within the hospital. However, after significant planning and review the decision was taken to build the project with a single stage approach,” said Stephen. “The change required a range of renegotiations with the revised scope taken into account.” “It meant a greater input into the planning phases of the project. The single stage approach made construction easier from the point of view of complexity, as the existing hospital areas were now moved out of the 44

way to facilitate the construction, but it required more work up front to decant these areas to enable that to happen. The project is now being completed within the revised time frame stipulated and within the budget set,” said Stephen. “As the largest healthcare project undertaken in Tasmania, there was considerable consideration given to the size and capability of the local contractors and trades, given the scale and difficulty of what we were proposing,” said Stephen. “It was a matter of getting an understanding of what the local market could support and supply and what may need to be supplemented from elsewhere. All of this was key to getting the costs for the project correct from the beginning and eliminating any surprises down the track.” In Tasmania, Donald Cant Watts Corke’s projects include The Hedberg, the University of Tasmania’s new multidisciplinary facility, this time working for Matrix Management in the cost planning phase and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) redevelopment. As an integrated business, Donald Cant Watts Corke understands the entire process of healthcare project delivery. “We are a multi-service organisation,” said Stephen. “We support projects from concept all the way through to completion.” Donald Cant Watts Corke offers a full suite of services to support all needs through all phases of project development and clinical operations. To further their footprint within the health sector, Donald Cant Watts Corke has a specialist advisory team, offering master planning, service plans, models of care, functional briefs, transition planning, businesses cases and post-occupancy evaluations. “The advisory team is looking at design elements, breaking down the project needs to focus on what the client is really after,” said Stephen. “They provide more context regarding what is required, and then our quantity surveyors can ensure the project team delivers the project on time and on budget.”

For more information contact Donald Cant Watts Corke, Upper Level 3 GPO Building, 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 8662 1111, email dcwc.vic@dcwc., website










Armstrong’s Custom Design Centre allowed us to tailor the design of our flooring enabling a unified design outcome. Being able to work with almost any colour gave us limitless opportunity to bring the space alive and deliver a one-of-a-kind project. Needless to say, the client is thrilled with the outcome. - Andim Taip, Lyons Architecture


Below Armstrong Flooring completed a complete wall and floor vinyl package, providing a variety of colours and textures.

Armstrong Flooring are an international company with a history going back to 1860 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1969, they commenced manufacturing in Australia and today they are one of the country’s leading manufacturers and distributors of commercial and residential floor products.

ongoing costs as well as reducing resource waste throughout the life of the floor.”

For the Royal Hobart Hospital project, Armstrong’s brief was to deliver a complete package of bespoke colour and design vinyl and wall products. Their Specification Sales Manager for Victoria and Tasmania, Elise Johnston, worked closely with John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture and Lyons Architecture to develop products that met the hospital’s design brief.

Engagement with key hospital stakeholders was an important contributor to the success of the project. “Like all major projects it was important to get involved early and define the scope clearly,” said Michael. “This provided us with the opportunity to collaborate and problem solve throughout the journey from concept to creation and installation.”

In conjunction with Lyons Architecture, Armstrong Flooring developed 24 bespoke floor and wall finishes in a diverse array of colours for installation throughout the facility to create a harmonious environment that contributes to patient well being and enables intuitive wayfinding.

Following the successful completion of the Royal Hobart Hospital project, Armstrong Flooring will continue to develop and manufacture durable Australian made products for projects around the country and for export markets. Their strong in country expertise means their local technical support is second to none.

Various elements of colour and texture such as Pantone® and Dulux® swatches were used to inspire the colour scheme. These were then aligned with Armstrong’s pigments, from there over 200 bespoke samples were then produced by Armstrong’s inhouse colour technician at their factory in Braeside, Victoria for client approval of the final 24.

Armstrong Flooring manufactures and supplies the highest quality flooring products to a vast range of projects in many sectors around Australia. Some other notable recent or upcoming projects are the Perth Children’s Hospital, Knox Private Hospital, the State Netball and Hockey Centre of Victoria, Launceston Hospital and King Island Hospital.

All products were then manufactured at Armstrong’s Braeside factory. Armstrong manufactured approximately 60,000m2 of floor and wall vinyl ranges, in both standard and slip resistant finishes, utilising custom colour products from concept to creation.

Part of the reason for Armstrong’s outstanding reputation and ability to build long term relationships with major clients in healthcare and other sectors is their commitment to sustainability. “We strive to meet and exceed environmental expectations,” said Michael. “Our Accolade® and Wallflex® products are third party certified by Global GreenTag™ and achieve not only GreenTag™ GreenRate® Level A, but also GreenTag™ LCARate® Gold.”

“We have the ability to manufacture in Australia bespoke colours and visuals based on our popular Accolade® and Wallflex® ranges,” said Michael Keam, Strategic Marketing Manager. “This allows for shorter lead times, smaller minimum order quantities and enables us to produce products with various degrees of slip resistance in the same bespoke colourway and visual.” “Every day we manufacture products for installation in some of the most demanding spaces, for example hospitals, schools, prisons or even airports,” said Michael. “As such our products have to provide extremely durable, hygienic and easy to maintain floors which assist in minimising WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“At Royal Hobart Hospital we supplied Accolade® Plus for general traffic areas and Accolade® Safe for areas requiring a higher degree of safety.”

“Our floor and wall systems have a proven track record across the country,” said Michael. “We are proud to have supplied the client with a durable and cost effective product to keep their facility looking new and fresh for many years to come.” For more information contact Armstrong Flooring Australia, 29-39 Mills Road, Braeside VIC 3195, phone 1800 632 624, email, website



Below Honeywell supplied and installed the electronic security system, which included CCTV, security monitoring and access control.

Honeywell is a global technology company with a diverse range of services that help their customers become more connected to make the world safer, smarter and more sustainable. They have been innovating for more than 100 years and now they are creating what’s next. They deliver aerospace products, building technologies, performance materials and technologies and safety and productivity solutions. They were pioneers in the automation of indoor comfort in buildings and today they provide control and comfort solutions to 10 million buildings of all types and scales around the world. Operating in Australia since 1962, Honeywell now have over 1,500 employees in 28 offices. In Tasmania, they boast a strong local team that benefits from wider company support from project managers, engineers and technical staff. Honeywell have a long standing relationship with the Department of Health and were appointed to provide the electronic security system for the Royal Hobart Hospital project, a major development that is Tasmania’s largest ever building infrastructure project. The electronic security system provided by Honeywell included CCTV, access control, intercom and security monitoring. As a major redevelopment of an existing hospital in a city centre location, the project has not been without its challenges and the logistics of the complex and busy building site required Honeywell to work closely with the overall programme to manage interfaces with other trades. “The project has also included a lot of design updates and changes, so detailed project management was required to manage and facilitate these changes,” said Wayne Kent, General Manager - Service, Asia Pacific. As a world leader in implementing intelligent building solutions that bring building management systems, solutions, technologies and business processes into a single integrated platform, Honeywell was uniquely placed to introduce innovation and achieve a best in class outcome on the project. “The Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator and Digital Video 48

Manager platforms have provided a great flexible and scalable integrated software solution for the security system,” said Wayne. The Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator uses flexible architecture and open industry standards to integrate existing building systems, streamlining processes and optimising building performance. It allows clients to increase productivity and flexibility while reducing operational, energy and maintenance costs. Honeywell’s Digital Video Manager is a unique digital video solution that delivers enterprise wide access to process and security video. It is used extensively in a range of industries and is a trusted solution to increase safety, security and process performance. In addition to healthcare, Honeywell service clients across a broad range of sectors including commercial offices, landmark buildings, airports, stadiums, universities, government buildings, museums and data centers. With several other projects also running in Tasmania at present including other healthcare projects, hotel projects and work for the University of Tasmania, Honeywell are looking to build on the success of the Royal Hobart Hospital to continue to deliver market leading and value driven solutions for their clients. “The experience and learnings our local team has gained from this large project will be valuable as we move on to other projects,” said Wayne. Honeywell is rightly proud of their role in this transformational project for Tasmania’s healthcare infrastructure. “We have been involved with the Department of Health in Tasmania for a number of decades providing technology solutions for their facilities,” said Wayne. “They are a great customer of ours and we look forward to continuing to be a major supplier in the future.” “This is a huge project for Tasmania and we are very pleased to be a part of the project delivery team.” For more information contact Honeywell, Level 3, 2 Richardson Place North Ryde NSW 2113, phone 02 9353 7000, website









Below Miami Design supplied and installed the blinds and tracking system, which included the unique EZR curtain change system.

Miami Design are specialists in the installation of privacy curtain tracking and blinds for healthcare facilities. Their commitment to completing quality installations with maximum efficiency made them an ideal choice to complete the requirements at the Royal Hobart Hospital project.

Once the proposals were approved and construction started, Miami Design commenced the supply and installation of the full blind and tracking package including both motorised and manually operated blinds, privacy curtain tracking, IV tracks and necessary component to complete the installation.

Over the three years leading up to the commencement of site works for the Royal Hobart Hospital project, Miami Design were involved in extensive discussions and design work to ensure that the blinds met the hospital’s functional requirements. “Communication is a point of difference for us,” said John Zsarik, Project Manager. “Four or five years ago we decided that Customer Relationship Management software, wasn’t for us. We prefer to pick up the phone and talk.”

The Royal Hobart Hospital is the first site in Australia to use the recently released and patented EZR curtain change system which was invented by Miami Design. “One of the biggest occupational health and safety issues with curtain tracking is the reaching overhead to change curtains, a continuous operations requirement,” said John. “We’ve identified a need for a better way. Avoiding ladders. The EZR has a section of track that is removed to accommodate the fitting of a change arm. The curtain travels on the track, down the change arm to waist level, no reaching no ladders.”

One of the biggest challenges in the project was the fixing of blind bracketing to the external windows. “For this building the windows were part of the external shell and no penetrations, post installation, once water tight could be made through them,” said John. This made the fixing of the blinds, as well as the electrical cabling that provides operational control over them, very challenging. To ensure that these challenging requirements were met, coordination between trades was vitally important. “Over a period of time we decided the best way to do what we needed to do,” said John. “All fixings had to be completed prior to the windows being weather sealed. All cables had to be prefabricated, positioned and sealed into the window and then once the windows were installed the blinds would be clipped in position and installation completed.” “We made a model to show the different configurations of brackets and generated schedules to show where the brackets had to go,” said John. “We also had to ensure that the cable ducts didn’t impede the blinds. Within a prototype room, set up by John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture the client could see the planned end result.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The EZR system, although only recently launched, is already starting to generate strong demand nationwide. Following the Royal Hobart Hospital project, there are plans to install it in the Casey Hospital project in Melbourne and interest has also been expressed by NSW Health. “Our main aim is to get our EZR product up and running so we can wholesale it across Australia and eventually USA and Europe,” said John. Miami Design is a family business founded in 1988. They have built a strong reputation through their involvement in over 30 new build and extension projects for hospitals, starting with Portland Hospital in 1992 and recently including Monash Children’s Hospital, Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Frankston Hospital and Holmesglen Private Hospital. The company develop long term relationships with their clients to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved. With all their projects, Miami Design have demonstrated their ability to deliver quality installations. For more information contact Miami Design, 4/47 Parer Road, Airport West VIC 3042, phone 03 9310 5155, email sales@miamidesign., website



Below All Brick Tasmania completed all of the brick and blockwork throughout the Royal Hobart Hospital project.

All Brick Tasmania is a family owned and operated business based in Hobart, they provide a wide range of brickwork and blockwork services to construction projects across Tasmania. They are experts in commercial projects and are also highly experienced at multi-unit residential developments. The company supplied and laid all the brickwork and blockwork for the Royal Hobart Hospital project. All Brick commenced work on the project in early 2018. “We started with the blockwork to the lower ground rooms, mainly fire rated rooms, before moving on to the other floors,” said Ben Barratt, Project Manager. “In the last couple of months, we have been laying curved common brick walls in the garden landscaped areas as well. These are rendered which is part of our scope as well. These are some of the last things to be done on the project, so we have to go in and be quick.” They had a team of up to eight bricklayers onsite during the works. “We had a tight time frame, especially for the blockwork to keep ahead of the services installation,” said Ben. All Carpentry Tasmania is the sister company of All Brick. “We have been doing carpentry for six years now,” said Tom Barratt, All Carpentry General Manager. “We are also based in Hobart and we do commercial and multi-residential projects across the state.” “For the Royal Hobart Hospital project, we installed a fire-rated wall system called Speedpanel which is a fire rated system with acoustic elements,” said Tom. “We had upwards of 20 carpenters onsite at any one time. Our works started in the basement and then we created the riser shafts as the building went up. We worked across quite a few levels, installing part of the risers first and then returning to close them off after the services were installed. We also worked in the plant level at the top of the building. We started on site in January 2018 and are keeping up with the programme.” During the works, there were challenges in coordinating with other trades on such a complex project. “One of the hardest challenges for us was coordination with other trades who are trying to get plant and services installed while we are completing our work,” said Tom. 52

“There was a model made of services in the building but that did change, so we left it up to the services trades to decide where the services should go. In some cases, plant equipment was installed first and we put the walls in afterwards. Then we cut penetrations through the walls to allow services trades to make their connections,” Tom added. The company is part of the same family owned business as All Brick. “There are five boys and the parents,” said Tom. “Four of the boys are bricklayers but I wanted to go into carpentry. I guess I am the black sheep.” Together, All Brick and All Carpentry form Tasmania’s leading bricklaying and carpentry team. They have worked on projects for Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, MONA, Housing Tasmania and many other high profile clients. They are currently involved in The Hedberg development for the University of Tasmania, one of Tasmania’s most ambitious arts projects encompassing the historic Theatre Royal and the University Conservatorium of Music. With a strong reputation, a positive family ethos and a depth of experience across a wide range of projects, they are well placed to expand their business and continue to provide quality bricklaying and carpentry services across Tasmania. For more information contact All Brick Tasmania and All Carpentry Tasmania, Ground Floor, 85 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6244 2220

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STAYING ON TRACK DEVELOPER : Level Crossing Removal Project MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Southern Program Alliance CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $3 billion

Melbourne’s Level Crossing Removal Project involves the removal of dangerous and congested level crossings and the creation of new community open spaces, rail infrastructure upgrades, lift towers, waiting rooms, ticketing areas, kiosks, public toilets, landscaping improved parking, bike facilities, and new walking and cycling connections to improve public safety and create new premium stations. In one of the nation’s largest infrastructure initiatives, the Victorian Government is removing 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne. With a completion target date of 2025, the multi-billion-dollar investment programme represents the largest project of its kind in Victorian history. The Level Crossing Removal Project is managing the programme which has already successfully removed 35 crossings, and will provide significant benefits including a major improvement in safety for road users and pedestrians. It will also improve travel time around Melbourne for public transport users, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. On the Frankston line, 18 level crossings will be removed and 12 new stations will be built, as part of a $3 billion upgrade of the line that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often. The section is under the direction of the Southern Program Alliance (SPA), which comprises Lendlease, ACCIONA Coleman Rail, WSP, and Metro Trains Melbourne, with the Level Crossing Removal Project. 54


Carrum Station and level crossing removals as well as the $10 million revitalisation of Seaford Road were completed earlier in 2020, with Cheltenham and Mentone stations currently under construction. New stations at Mentone and Cheltenham are planned to open in August. In Melbourne’s north, Reservior station opened in December 2019 and later in 2020, the Coburg to Moreland level crossings will be receiving attention. Several aspects of the level crossing removal programme are delivering substantial benefits which go beyond the engineering achievements. Thousands of jobs have been created during construction. Many of these positions have opened opportunities for disadvantaged people, with a positive emphasis on inclusiveness in the workforce. Creating these positions means that those involved have received valuable vocational training to assist in securing their futures. “We’re able to leverage the Victorian Government’s massive investment in major infrastructure to help support social enterprises and create an inclusive workforce,” Level Crossing Removal Project CEO, Kevin Devlin said. “I’m extremely proud of the work we’re doing in this space.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Urban renewal has also received a great boost. A recent survey by the RACV revealed that nine of the 10 of the most loved stations were those built as part of the crossing removal programme. This high ranking is a result of the striking architectural aspects of the new stations, the beautiful community spaces and park lands, extensive bicycle and pedestrian paths and improved community connections. There has been a strong emphasis on sustainability, with the preservation and re-planting of mature trees and the planting of Australian native shrubs and trees. Importantly, community input has been integral to the design of station, park lands and surrounds. A great deal of effort has been invested in ensuring that local communities around each crossing are consulted. As a result, the designs and plans that are finally instituted have a high degree of community ownership and support. This has included acknowledgment of Indigenous history. Incorporating Indigenous designs into the infrastructure was highly important. This culminated with design features like the 12m high WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

‘urban marker’ and ‘yarning cirlce’ near Carrurm Station. The ‘urban marker’ has an aluminium frame with wedge-tailed eagle design, or Bunjil, the symbol of the creator of the bay for the Bunurong Indigenous Owners. Specialists in the field of strategic planning and team building are being used to bring together the many subcontractors utilised in the programme so that there is an alignment of objectives to deliver high performance outcomes. The use of technology to keep track of all personnel and equipment on any one site in real time, is enhancing safety and simplifying record keeping. Similarly, the latest technology in measuring traffic movements around work sites has allowed extra construction time and minimised disruptions to the public. For more information contact Level Crossing Removal Project, Level 9, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 1800 105 105, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below UDEC prepared documents for utility relocations including drawings, utility register, risk/opportunity matrix and management plan.

UDEC (Utilities, Design, Engineering, Construction) is an Australian based consultancy specialising in high quality, cost effective utilities solutions. With expertise in road and rail infrastructure, UDEC was contracted by the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) for the Carrum Station Redevelopment project. UDEC’s work was preparation of bid documents for utility relocations, including drawings, a utility conflict register and inputs to the programme, risk/opportunity matrix and management plan. During the project early works phase UDEC provided the Utility Authority Interface Manager. UDEC supported SPA by managing utility interface and liaison during the Design and Construction phase of the project, and securing Utility Authority approvals. As an accredited consultant to the Melbourne water industry, UDEC prepared the detailed design for water and sewer relocation, undertook site auditing during construction, and facilitated hand over to the utility operator. UDEC took the information gained through liaising with the Utility Authorities and used it to produce combined utility design packages. A combination of 3D and 2D computer 56


software was used to integrate utility works with other disciplines. UDEC’s designs were compiled into SPA’s federated models. “The temporary removal of high voltage overhead power lines across the Patterson River to allow bridge construction saw UDEC interface with the electrical authority and the bridge designers to ensure the lines could be reinstated before the high demand period began. In the Carrum area the utility relocation works designed by UDEC included six new utility crossings of the rail corridor,” said UDEC. UDEC is currently engaged on four other projects with SPA to undertake similar utility consulting. UDEC’s work in managing utility risk continues to support the Alliance in the removal of level crossings on the Frankston rail line. UDEC has built an industry reputation as a cohesive, experienced and effective team. UDEC draw on this experience to fulfill the needs of Clients in the field of utilities; water, sewerage, gas, electrical and telecommunications. For more information contact UDEC, phone 0435 245 145 / 0423 701 557, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ADE Consulting Group completed a range of occupational hygiene, geotechnical and environmental services.

ADE Consulting Group (ADE) is a leader in environmental, occupational hygiene, geotechnical, drilling and laboratory services. ADE was engaged by the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) to undertake consulting services at the Carrum Station Redevelopment where three level crossings were being removed and a new station constructed. ADE’s Operations Manager, Shahin Motamedi, said that ADE conducted a range of occupational hygiene, geotechnical and environmental services across the site. “The hygiene aspects included identification of asbestos containing material, asbestos air monitoring and clearance inspections under controlled environments to ensure safe removal of these materials.” Geotechnical services included classification of subgrade materials in the rail corridor to ensure minimum strength requirements were met, based on the specifications for the project. Soil material was sampled across the site and classified according to the EPA industrial waste resource guidelines, a requirement for offsite disposal. Additionally, soil material was assessed for the purpose of reuse onsite against criteria under the relevant guidelines. Validation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

sampling was also conducted to confirm successful removal and classification of soil materials. Due to the known occurrence of acid sulphate soils in the Port Phillip Bay area, sampling and assessment of soils within the natural profile was undertaken to enable identification of potential acid sulphate soils underlying the fill material within the site. Established in 1997, the group has a team of 140 including over 100 professionally qualified personnel across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle. “This was a major project utilising ADE’s scientists, engineers and our own NATA accredited laboratory in Melbourne, providing an excellent example of ADE’s capabilities and professional expertise,” Shahin said. ADE has also been engaged on significant rail projects with Rail Infrastructure Alliance, North West Program Alliance and Metro Trains Melbourne. For more information contact ADE Consulting Group, Unit 4/95 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 1300 796 922, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below 3D Safety installed an efficient and paperless compliance management system, for contractor on-boarding and governance on the project.

3D Safety System installed at West Connex - Rozelle Interchange project.

Keeping track of all compliance and workplace safety requirements is a key priority on any construction site. 3D Safety Systems is an innovator in providing accurate, efficient and paperless compliance management systems which can be tailored to any construction project. 3D Safety Systems was engaged to provide their compliance system to the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) which is removing seven railway level crossings on the Frankston line in Melbourne. 3D Safety Director Simon Morrow, said that a critical requirement for the SPA consortium of contractors was the accurate on-boarding and governance of all workers and contractors on the site. “The Carrum Station redevelopment had certain high risk elements and it was essential that the project teams had insight and visibility on everyone involved onsite on a real time basis, particularly if a situation arose where evacuation was necessary,” explained Simon. The on-boarding process was comprehensive, involving registration of every worker’s details, the safety training they had undertaken, their qualifications and licensing, and where they were working on the project at any time. The process is paperless with all details accessed 58


onsite via mobile apps or online. Kiosks set up by 3D Safety enable workers and contractors to tap on each morning using an ID card issued after initial registration. The 3D Safety software also includes an application for plant used onsite which plant specialists and providers can access. In the case of the Carrum Station Redevelopment, 3D Safety Systems customised the software to deliver specific requirements of the Victorian Government including reports on diversity of the workforce such as indigenous employment and the number of trainees and apprentices employed on the project. “The 3D Safety team provides support throughout any project, making any adjustments to the reporting capability to deliver insights as required.” Operating across the entire eastern coast of Australia, the 3D Safety team of highly skilled mobile staff services the safety and compliance needs of more than 150,000 users. For more information contact 3D Safety Systems, 27 Sir Joseph Banks Street, Botany NSW 2019, phone 1300 663 195, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Utility Mapping accurately recorded the position of all underground utilities, anomalies and structures that were located.

Point cloud data with 3D model of underground utilities in section view using Pointerra

3D model of underground utilities

Using a range of geophysical and survey techniques coupled with skillful modelling and analysis, Utility Mapping provides essential subsurface information needed to ensure a viable and accurate design is established before construction begins. Utility Mapping’s expertise has been engaged extensively during the removal of dangerous level crossings in the greater Melbourne area. One of the latest projects undertaken by Utility Mapping was the Carrum Station Redevelopment, for the Southern Program Alliance (SPA). The survey team accurately recorded the position of all underground utilities, anomalies and structures that were located, allowing for easy integration with existing feature survey data and the proposed design. Utility Mapping recorded valuable utility information including depth, utility type, size, material, direction of flow and configuration when multiple conduits were present. The data was then presented in a three dimensional modelled format. Alex Jones, Utility Mapping’s Operations Manager and Matt Keppich, General Manager, said that the project posed a number of challenges. “We worked under tight time constraints to not only complete site works but deliver the data as required to ensure the project hit critical WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

deadlines. There were multiple work fronts, activities and large complex data sets to be managed in a busy location with railway operations continuing around the site.” Alex and Matt said the team overcame these challenges by allowing sufficient time, pre-planning and resources to cover the project requirements. “We used a dedicated team of eight site staff and four office based staff which ensured continuity of information and work flows. The final deliverable in 3D format provided the project with a detailed model of utility information throughout the project.” After five years of operation, Utility Mapping has established a strong reputation in the subsurface utility engineering industry and has grown to become a leading provider of utility location, survey, ground penetrating radar and utility mapping solutions for level crossing removal projects including Mentone, Cheltenham and Parkdale for SPA and Mooroolbark, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills and Lilydale for the South-East Program Alliance. Utility Mapping were also contracted for the track renewal project for Metro Trains Melbourne. For more information contact Utility Mapping, phone 1300 627 746, email, VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Image supplied by Level Crossing Removal Project The old track at Reservoir Station Level Crossing Removal




Below Monero Constructions supplied a formwork, reo and pour package for 9km of shared user path pavements and various in situ concrete works.

Operating with a priority focus on safety, integrity and high quality workmanship, Monero Constructions has become a highly respected concrete specialist in the construction industry.

Gary is committed to providing employment and educational opportunities for Indigenous youth in order to open lifelong opportunities in the construction industry.

Proudly Indigenous owned and led by Director, Gary Mongta, Monero Constructions has worked with some of the largest building companies in Australia. They have been engaged on a regular basis to work on the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal project.

“Pre-employment training is provided through our partnering organisation, Nerdu Badji Education. We then provide on the job mentoring and support to ensure our staff are empowered as a team in an inclusive and encouraging environment. We always target 40% Indigenous employment rates which we have achieved on the SPA projects.”

Established in 2017, Monero provides integrated structural solutions in the civil, commercial and high rise construction sectors across formwork, steel reinforcement and concrete with capabilities spanning level crossing removals, roads, bridges, culverts, raft slabs, suspended slabs and landscaping. Gary said that Monero Constructions has been involved in several level crossing removal projects for the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) as well as crossings to the west of Melbourne. “We are delivering a formwork, reo and pour package for 9km of shared user path pavements and various in situ concrete works between Seaford and Mentone for the SPA. We commenced in September 2019 and the work is ongoing.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Monero Constructions is Supply Nation registered and a member of Kinaway, the Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. “We aim to be a major force in producing a new generation of Indigenous industry leaders. Australia’s major construction companies have been very supportive of our social objectives.”

For more information contact Monero Constructions, 18 Bottletree Road, Point Cook VIC 3030, phone 0400 458 420, email projects@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below Next Generation Concrete Pumping provided their pumping services at Carrum, Seaford, Mentone and Cheltenham stations.

Next Generation Concrete Pumping has built a reputation for excellence in the delivery of concrete pumping services during more than 10 years of operation across the greater Melbourne area. A total commitment to superior service and outstanding project outcomes is the foundation for Next Generation’s success. Amongst the company’s long list of achievements pumping concrete for government, commercial and residential projects, has been the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP). Engaged by the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) which is removing dangerous level crossings and re-building a number of stations, includign those on the Frankston line, Next Generation Concrete Pumping provided their services at Carrum, Seaford, Mentone and Cheltenham. Managing Director of Next Generation, Paolo Russo, said that high capacity concrete pumping was an integral part of any major construction job and infrastructure projects were no different. “We gave top priority to the jobs we did for SPA, including investing in new technology to ensure a first class result. Apart from the major challenge of working with heavy equipment in a very narrow corridor, the Level Crossing Removal Projects have been great to work on.” Paolo added that the project was trialling a new concrete mix and Next Generation had the task of adjusting the pumping method to ensure a successful pour, especially where the fills in the tracking were similar to a grouting process.

of dollars in state-of-the-art concrete pumping technology, primarily manufactured by global brand leader Putzmeister,” Paolo said. “This has enabled us to be highly competitive on any project, particularly for high rise jobs.” The company established their high rise division in 2018 and has acquired a large number of 32/36m Z-fold static booms. Their fleet of mobile pumps are all high pressure machines set up to plug in and push extreme heights. Booms range in size from 20m to 56m, so Next Generation has the ability to service the requirements of virtually any job. All the boom pumps used by Next Generation are fully compliant to all Australian Standards and less than five years old. As they all have the capacity to Z-fold, Next Generation are able to pump concrete height restricted areas, such as tunnels and factories, both internally and externally. All of the company’s mobile concrete pumps have the ability to shotcrete as well, providing another option for clients. Next Generation utilises the most up-to-date and safest methods to spray concrete and puts in the extra effort required to get a premium result. The Next Generation vehicle fleet is comprised of late model Mercedes, Volvo, MAN and DAF trucks that are maintained in excellent condition. Paolo said that safety is Next Generation’s number one priority. Crews are trained in all aspects of working safely and all equipment is well maintained and serviced regularly.

“We also bought new natural rubber reducing hoses from Germany for the job. These provided a greater level of safety for our pouring teams as air pockets could be squeezed out safely. They provide greater flexibility in the pouring process as well. The end result was a high capacity concrete pumping technique that was safe, fast and cost effective.”

“We start every job and every day with a thorough safety briefing to ensure our safety standards are maintained. Our equipment is fitted with the highest level of safety options available and team members are professionally trained by our equipment distributor to ensure all machinery is operated in a safe and effective manner.”

Next Generation Concrete Pumping is constantly expanding their fleet so that the company remans at the forefront of the latest technology. “We’ve invested tens of millions

For more information contact Next Generation Concrete Pumping, phone 0400 093 428, email, website







Below McKay United provided an extensive range of equipment to support the lifts required on the project.

McKay United has built a sound reputation over their 30 years in business as a dependable and committed operator of three mobile crane hire businesses and a bare rental company.

McKay United has around 100 employees in Victoria with the Carrum Station job requiring 30 employees at the peak of activity.

From their beginnings servicing Melbourne’s western industrial and construction precinct as Williamstown Crane Hire, McKay United now has additional operations in Geelong through Eastside Crane Hire, and Hobart through Elliott’s Cranes.

“We have a specialised project team at McKay United which prepares plot drawings of crane positions well in advance to the site engineers. This team then works on the project and delivers the crane requirements as needed by the client, delivering cost effective and efficient services with safety as a priority.”

McKay United was selected by the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) to provide cranes for the Carrum Station Redevelopment on the Frankston line south of Melbourne. Managing Director Tom Smith, said that a large range of equipment was supplied over a period of six months including cranes capable of heavy lifts.

McKay United is no stranger to large projects. They have provided 17 cranes to the ExxonMobil maintenance program in which 60 crew members were required. They were also involved with the QUBE ports resupply programme involving 250 tonne – 450 tonne hydraulic mobile cranes.

“We supplied a GMK7450 450 tonne All Terrain crane and a GMK6400 400 tonne All Terrain for this purpose, plus two 350 tonne Demag crawler cranes, two 250 tonne All Terrain units, various 25 tonne pick and carry cranes and three other units for lighter loads,” said Tom. “The main challenge we faced was delivering the full range of project requirements in the small amount of space available.”

For more information contact McKay United, 114 Doherty’s Road, Laverton North VIC 3025, phone 1300 555 214, email, website




Below BDS Civil & Construction provided 1.6km of Combined Service Route (CSR) for signalling, electricity supply and communications conduits.

BDS Civil & Construction is an accomplished practitioner in all aspects of civil construction with a particular specialty in the rail construction industry. The company has expertise in the planning, methodology and development of new and existing rail projects and rail infrastructure. BDS Civil was engaged by the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) to provide approximately 1.6km of Combined Service Route (CSR) at the Carrum Station Redevelopment, part of a Victorian Government programme removing 71 dangerous level crossings around Melbourne. The CSR housed all conduits for signalling, electricity supply and communications. The company also carried out a range of civil and structural tasks as well as providing a labour and plant hire service to SPA. BDS Civil had provided similar services at the Seaford crossing removal. Director, Scott Rerden said the total package provided by BDS Civil & Construction included building pedestrian crossings, a 1.2m high retaining wall at the south end of the bridge and general excavation and civil tasks. “Probably the major challenge when building the CSR was dealing with existing underground services. We had to undertake WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

deep trenching in sandy conditions which at times was 1.5 to 2m deep. The trenches required shoring to ensure worker safety.� At the peak of the project, around 25 skilled team members from BDS Civil were onsite. The company also supplied 5 tonne and 8 tonne excavators and tip trucks, plus posi track skid steer loaders and a float for the machinery Founded in 2016 by a team of experienced civil and rail industry practitioners, BDS Civil has already established an excellent reputation in platform and station construction, light rail construction, track lift and lining as well as all associated specialised and civil tasks. The company is working on numerous tram and light rail projects in addition to the Ballarat Line Upgrade and Cheltenham and Mentone Crossing Removal projects.

For more information contact BDS Civil & Construction, phone 0412 531 077, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below Tree Top Tower Hire was engaged to undertake designated tree removal within the rail corridor throughout the Level Crossings Removal Project.

Tree Top Tower Hire is a Ballarat based business providing quality tree care services across metropolitan Melbourne, western Victoria and the central highland region. The company also undertakes large interstate projects. With a successful track record in tree removal and vegetation clearing, Tree Top Tower Hire was engaged to undertake designated tree removal and associated tasks at the Carrum Station Redevelopment. Director Jason Scholten, said that Tree Top completed works ranging from tree pruning for improved line-of-site and aesthetic reasons, through to complete removals including stumps. Sizes ranged from smaller scrubby type trees through to very large eucalyptus trees. “We always customise the service we provide utilising the advice of our expert arborists,” Jason said. “We also take into account client project management needs as well as the job site layout.” Jason added that equipment and crew numbers supplied by Tree Top are specific for the site and stage of works being completed to ensure the works are completed in the safest, most efficient and cost effective manner for the client. 66


“On rail projects like Carrum Station we typically have five to six employees and equipment usually consisting of a 12m to 23m truck mounted elevated work platform, a 5t excavator to feed the cut material into a Bandit Intimidator 21XP chipper, one of the largest available and only a few available in the country,” Jason said. “Larger logs are removed from site using one of the company’s tipper trucks and stumps ground using a self-propelled 100hp Rayco Stump Grinder.” On all large projects, time frames change and unplanned works arise. Tree Top is conscious that if these changes cannot be completed as soon as possible they could have significant effect on downstream works of other contractors. “We will always do whatever it takes to get the work done on time and on cost for the client, including working over public holiday weekends or night shifts,” Jason said. This is especially important to keep shutdowns to the rail network to a minimum.”

For more information contact Tree Top Tower Hire, 302 Charlesworth Street, Ballarat East VIC 3350, phone 0419 501 126, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below E & J Septics provide a comprehensive range of waste management services including septic tank desludging, waste tanks and a pump-out service.

E & J Septics Pty Ltd has provided a wide range of waste management services and products for over 40 years across all suburbs of Melbourne including the Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong Ranges and south eastern suburbs. The company was contracted to provide servicing of the portable toilets set up by the construction teams at the Carrum Station Redevelopment in Melbourne’s south east. Manager of E & J Septics, Ryan Sockett said that his company provided a daily service call to the Carrum Station site to maintain a high standard of health and hygiene for construction workers. “We also have a 24 hour, 7 day a week service availability to cover emergency call outs and work sites operating around the clock.”

E & J Septics is a locally owned and operated business with a team of eight drivers and three office staff. They have built a specialised fleet of modern service vehicles including tankers and trailers designed to reach any location including basements, carparks and restricted access sites. Tanker sizes range from 2,100L, 8,000L, 12,000L to 24,000L capacity. The company also has a crane to facilitate portable toilet delivery and removal. E & J Septics always ensures it provides their clients with a prompt, professional and value-for-money service whether as a one off job or on a regular contract basis.

E & J Septics provides a comprehensive range of waste management services encompassing septic tank desludging, domestic grease traps, waste tanks and a pump-out service for large events like music festivals. No job is too big or too small for his team. “With our fleet of tankers we can handle septic system pump-outs from 1,800L to commercial size 25,000L filtration systems. We always carry up to 60m of suction hose to ensure almost every property is easily accessible.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact E & J Septics, Factory 2/11 Isa Way, Boronia VIC 3155, phone 03 9729 6844, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below Action Alliance applied the protective coatings to steelwork and concrete on a number of Level Crossing Removal sites.

Action Alliance has a high reputation as the leading industrial and protective coating, abrasive blasting company in Victoria. This has been earned over 25 years of business by their team of industry specialists who work closely with customers in order to deliver tailor made and cost effective coating solutions.

Station and Buckley Street underpass at Essendon Station. “Both projects were very significant,” Adam said. “We had 24 of our total team of 50 staff working on the Reservoir job for around four months and another 12 on the Buckley Street project for three months, where a deep concrete underpass was painted.”

Action Alliance has been contracted on several projects for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP). One of the major tasks undertaken has been for the Southern Programme Alliance (SPA) at Carrum. Action Alliance applied all the protective coatings on the new bridge across the Patterson River. This included the tower, the steel balustrading and concrete elements which were coated with an anti-graffiti paint.

Action Alliance has also completed work at Mernda and Hawkstowe Stations, north-east of Melbourne and Ringwood, Rosanna and Wyndham Stations. The company has also worked at SkyRail Stations at Noble Park, Clayton, Hughesdale and Murrumbeena, all part of the LXRP.

Adam Wharton, Action Alliance General Manager, said Industrial Protective Coatings were used on the steel structures. “We apply coatings in our factory on new steel fabrications which requires abrasive blasting prior to the spray application process. Where we need to work onsite on concrete structures, we would use a number of techniques to apply the coatings on the surfaces.” The location around the bridge, station and other works at Carrum presented several challenges. “Being right on Port Phillip Bay meant the winter months extended curing times, with wind and rain impacting on the number of hours we could work onsite. Delivering on time became a priority. We had around sixteen employees in the factory and six onsite to meet the schedule, which we were able to do.” Other major projects that Action Alliance has undertaken for the LXRP included Reservoir

With a large, custom built facility in Laverton North in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Action Alliance is close to the Westgate Freeway and so can easily service any location in Victoria for coating or abrasive blasting requirements. The company has held ISO 9001 quality accreditation since 2004 and is fully qualified to provide fire protective paint for structural steel using intumescent coatings. Often working on projects with large steel components, Action Alliance also has an associated company, Shamick Transport, which has been providing over mass and over dimensional load transport, general cartage and pilot services since 2009. Shamick Transport complements Action Alliance’s activities, moving all over size steel fabrications to site, like bridge girders, large dimensional frames and lift shafts. Shamick Transport also provides the same services to other customers, with their haulage service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week across Australia.

Shamick’s fleet of trucks and trailers is fully equipped with the latest technology to safely manage the transport of machinery, equipment, steel and miscellaneous items from pick up to the final drop off location. With a modern fleet of new prime movers, trailers and other short and long distance vehicles, the company’s carbon emissions are kept to a minimum and productivity is maximised. Shamick’s experience, versatility, reliability and personal approach to all client needs means they provide an unequalled service. Deliveries can be programmed to suit clients’ schedules with flexibility in the event of timing changes. Located in Laverton North with Action Alliance, Shamick Transport is ideally placed for easy access to all major arterial routes.

For more information contact Action Alliance, 3/50 Cyanamid Street, Laverton North VIC 3026, phone 03 9931 0740, fax 03 9931 0750, email, website

For more information contact Shamick Transport, phone 03 9369 9468, email, website

Buckley Street Underpass at Essendon Station.




Reservoir Station




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Below Jelmac completed directional drilling for combined services routes and utilities where open-cut trenching was not possible.

With a reputation for tackling difficult projects, horizontal drilling specialist Jelmac Directional Drilling has continued to deliver their expertise on the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal project. Managing Director of Jelmac, Brad Boote, said that the main focus for his team was on the combined services route and utilities where open cut trenching was not possible. “Our trenchless underground drilling enables the various conduits, pipes and cables to be laid with accuracy and safety. We have completed work at Mentone and Carrum for the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) and are currently engaged in water main relocations at Cheltenham.” Amongst the challenges have been the ground conditions, with sandy soils complicated by a high water table throughout the southern route. “Holding bore hole integrity to ensure that piping and conduits can be installed properly has required close attention,” Brad said. “We have also had to drill at considerable depth in some locations and this makes tracing and steering the borehead quite challenging.” For the larger horizontal bores, Jelmac’s highly experienced team utilises a Vermeer D60x90 machine which enables trenchless underground 72


installation of varying conduits under environmental areas, roadways, footpaths, driveways, sewer and drainage systems in various diameters, lengths and ground conditions. Jelmac also provides vacuum truck support for the removal of fluids and muds generated as a result of the horizontal directional drilling process. Jelmac Directional Drilling has achieved outstanding success since Brad founded the company in 2013, including major work on the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project. Working throughout the greater Melbourne area, Jelmac has been on a growth trajectory since its inception, acquiring the most advanced equipment in the industry. “We have a skilled team of technicians who are committed to delivering every project safely, accurately, within budget and on time,” said Brad.

For more information contact Jelmac Directional Drilling, 2 Jeanette Maree Court, Kilsyth VIC 3137, phone 0417 351 908, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Auspat Land Survey Australia’s qualified surveyors assisted with construction of the elevated rail line, stations and associated infrastructure works.

Auspat Land Survey Australia is a dynamic and progressive survey company providing skilled survey professionals to the construction and infrastructure industries. With 20 years experience, Auspat has successfully completed many large scale infrastructure projects throughout Australia. One of their largest jobs has been the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project which is a multi-billion dollar project to remove 75 dangerous suburban level crossings and rebuild stations and associated services. Auspat Director, Colin McIntosh, said that the Level Crossing Removal Projects were always challenging because of the complexity of the design. “This creates time constraints as there is obviously a requirement to move these projects along as quickly as possible to minimise disruption to commuters and communities.”

our qualified surveyors engaged in the field plus office support for the project’s consortium,” Colin said. “We are committed to meeting all deadlines and this major project was no exception.” One of Auspat Australia’s key advantages is that they have the ability to mobilise quickly to deliver full onsite survey resources to clients. Auspat’s service is enhanced by state-of-the-art survey software and hardware providing clients with confidence that the job is completed accurately and on time. Auspat has successfully completed the requirements and certification process for ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 45001 OHS Management Systems & ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and recently achieved accreditation.

The Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal commenced in August 2016 and completed in January 2019, the project involved the removal of nine level crossings and rebuilding five stations on the Cranbourne to Packenham line. Auspat was involved in the construction of the elevated rail line, stations and associated infrastructure works. “We had up to ten of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Auspat Land Survey Australia, F55, 63 Turner Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 1300 669 182, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below Tree Transplanting Victoria relocated a number of mature palms with assistance from their truck-mounted SuperSpade.

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The preservation of natural assets, including mature trees, is now a major community objective. Facilitating the relocation and conservation of large trees is the domain of Tree Transplanting Victoria, recognised as one of Australia’s leading authorities on large, complex tree transplanting methods. The Melbourne Level Crossing Removal programme utilised the expertise of Tree Transplanting Victoria at several locations, including the Frankston Line, which required strategic planning and creativity to complete the tree removal safety. “The size of the trees and tight space restrictions meant we had to be creative in our approach. At Cheltenham Station, we removed four very large date palms, 15m high with a 2.2m root ball,” said Director, Dan Rooney. “We had to devise an innovative method of dislodging the root ball from the soil so that the crane didn’t have to wrench the tree from the ground. We used air bags wedged around the root ball and as they inflated, the tree was safely freed from the surrounding earth with the root ball intact.” Dan said that the date palms removed at Cheltenham Station, as well as another 500 plants and small trees removed at Mentone Station, 74


are all in nurseries being maintained until they can be replanted back onsite. Tree Transplanting has all the specialised equipment necessary for the removal of mature trees even if they weigh many tonnes. Their secret weapon is a truck-mounted SuperSpade, an all-in-one excavator, crane and road legal transport vehicle. Tree Transplanting Victoria has developed techniques with the support of David Caldecott to minimise stress to transplanted trees, ensuring a high success rate. Tree Transplanting Victoria has also worked at Ormond, McKinnon, Bentley, Blackburn and Footscray Stations. Another major project was undertaken at Melbourne Zoo where they relocated a 120 ton moreton bay fig, as well as many other valued trees. See all videos of tree relocation at

For more information contact Tree Transplanting Victoria, PO Box 547, Mount Martha VIC 3934, phone 0405 427 812, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Mooven manages traffic disruption through real time, web based tools, optimising work schedules and monitoring safe speeds.

The Southern Programme Alliance (SPA) utilised Mooven from the start of the Carrum Station redevelopment through to its completion, to reduce the impact of construction activity on projects. Mooven creates space by helping contractors understand when and how to work. This is achieved through a real time platform that enables contractors to understand traffic patterns. As a result, delivery of projects is streamlined and disruption for local communities reduced. “Our technology monitored traffic conditions including journey times, delays and average speed to allow SPA to use current, rich information to plan when construction activity should occur. We monitored the real time impacts and provided an evidence base on performance to support client queries, media responses and community engagement,” said CEO, Micah Gabriels. “Before Mooven we couldn’t have the discussion with VicRoads about moving the standard construction hours’… Now we can. It has become possible to accomplish more in a shorter space of time,” Andrew Mason, Traffic Manager (SPA). WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

An analysis of the Mooven traffic management technology undertaken by SPA, LXRP and Mooven at Carrum Station highlighted that SPA were able to secure up to 2.5 hours of additional time onsite per day, a 40% increase in productive time, without impacting customer experience for road users. A net reduction in disruption to local communities. At Carrum, project teams also had the ability to respond to unexpected traffic events on the road network, implementing proactive mitigation strategies in real time to minimise the impact on traffic Mooven’s technology is being used on the Cheltenham and Mentone crossing removals. The company is also working with Transport for Victoria and the MTIA for road projects including the Westgate Tunnel.

For more information contact Mooven, phone 1800 841 854, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below L&M provided all civil and electrical construction services for the full traffic signals upgrade and associated hardware of each site.


Image supplied by Level Crossing Removal Project Seaford traffic signals

Since 1985, Victoria has been proudly served by L&M Traffic Signals. During that time, L&M has grown strong relationships with VicRoads, local councils, road and rail contractors and emergency services. The experienced L&M technicians have extensive inhouse resources supporting them, ensuring that the company remains at the forefront of traffic signal and public lighting installation. L&M Traffic Signals has been very involved with the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) at several sites. The largest project was at the McLeod Street, Station Street and Nepean Highway intersection and currently L&M is undertaking the construction of seven pedestrian sites, all within close proximity to the main site. L&M Traffic Signals were also part of the Seaford crossing removal project for the Southern Programme Alliance (SPA) in 2019. L&M Director, Allan McConnell said that the specific products and services provided by L&M included all civil and electrical construction for the full traffic signals upgrade and associated hardware of each site. L&M had a team of 10 civil and electrical staff engaged on the project out of their total full time staff complement of 13. 76


The level crossing removal programme sites all operate on tight time scales because of the need to minimise interruption to road and rail commuters. L&M only had access to the rail corridor at the Nepean Highway site five days before the agreed completion date. The challenge was compounded by the adverse weather conditions, with high winds and heavy rain enforcing restricted works and even site closures. “To achieve site hand over on schedule, on budget and without disrupting the train network was a great achievement by the L&M team,� Allan said. L&M is constantly introducing new technology including solar power and radio controlled systems to reduce environmental impact. Amongst the many major projects recently completed by L&M was the Stage 1 Plenty Road, Mill Park upgrade for Major Road Projects Victoria.

For more information contact L&M Traffic Signals, Unit 1, 2-4 Souffi Place, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 9768 2637, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ORBIZ have deployed their integrated performance management system for various participants across the Level Crossing Removal Project.

ORBIZ is a multinational management consultancy firm that facilitates the delivery of significant and sustainable improvements in bottom line performance across a variety of industries. “We generally support our clients to increase their effectiveness in three ways: increasing their control of performance outcomes through improved visibility and accountability of programs and key performance indicators; resolving complex problems that are impacting organisational performance; and developing management systems that promote a culture of continuous improvement,” said ORBIZ Co-Founder and Director, Ross Sterland. “Ultimately, we enable our clients to reduce risk and cost whilst increasing productivity and employee engagement.” ORBIZ have been engaged across the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) in Melbourne since 2017, deploying their integrated performance management system to increase performance whilst developing a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. These systems have been developed specifically for the construction industry to increase governance and project control through transparency of information and clear accountability at each stage of the project lifecycle. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The system being deployed by the Western Program Alliance to provide oversight to the removal of three level crossings in Melbourne’s west, and the Cranbourne Line Upgrade project in Melbourne’s south east, encompasses five tiers of Visual Management Centres (VMC) including both traditional stand up and digital forums that cascade from the alliance leadership team to the worksite crews. The system being deployed by the LXRP to increase owner governance incorporates four tiers of VMC that cascade from the project executives to the discipline teams. ORBIZ methodology has been utilised to engage multi-disciplined teams in alliance wide events to solve complex problems and deliver step change improvements. These methods that are built upon industry best practice principles have resulted in the development and execution of strategies to resolve key performance issues across design review, systems engineering and social inclusion. “Several members of our team have been involved in this program at various stages and the results have created significant interest from other major projects being delivered across the region and overseas,” said Ross. For more information contact ORBIZ, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below Enviro Management Services planted and maintained 110,000 plants over 2km either side of the rail line at Seaford Station.

Marriott Support Services provides employment opportunities for people with disability in the rewarding area of landscaping and horticulture within Enviro Management Services (EMS). As a certified social enterprise EMS’s success can be easily determined by the great demand for their professional services from government, local councils and the private sector. EMS successfully undertook a large landscaping and maintenance project at Seaford, as part of the Melbourne Level Crossings Removal Project. Divisional Manager for EMS, Raymond Lee says the Seaford contract involves planting and maintaining 110,000 plants over a 2km distance on either side of the rail line between Station Street and Bardia Avenue. EMS have also planted out and turfed the playground which is also a part of the Seaford redevelopment. “We had between 5 and 10 of our employee’s onsite at any time depending on the program requirements. All work is supervised by our Project Managers and trained Horticulturists,” said Raymond. “All employees involved in the project gain valuable experience in all aspects of preparing the ground for planting, selection of plant varieties, mulching and after-planting maintenance.” 78


The range of landscaping services offered by EMS includes construction, grounds maintenance, bushland management, broadacre and specialist mowing, along with weed control. “We are presently contracted with Melbourne Water, South East Water, Department of Human Services along with several of Melbourne’s local councils, providing grass cutting and maintenance services,” Raymond said. EMS assists companies reach their social procurement goals set by the Victorian Government for the employment of people with disability. Marriott Support Services also offers work to people with disability within their further social enterprise Marriott Industries (MI). MI offers 3PL warehousing, pick & pack, packaging, light assembly, event show bags, dried food packing and bonded warehouse services. Both EMS and MI are making a significant contribution to the objectives of Marriott Support Services, assisting people with a disability to lead a connected, healthy and independent life. Presently 104 people with disability are successfully employed by both social enterprises. For more information contact Enviro Management Services, 15a/56 Keys Road, Cheltenham VIC 3192, phone 03 9947 1123, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below SPI Property Inspections prepared dilapidation reports and street surveys including a geolocation inspection and video survey.

Large road and rail infrastructure projects require detailed information on the condition of homes, buildings and council assets adjacent to the construction activity. This essential service has been delivered during the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals Project (LXRP) by SPI Property Inspections, an independent building inspection company specialising in dilapidation reports on residential and commercial properties for large government infrastructure projects. The Southern Program Alliance (SPA) is managing the removal of level crossings on the Frankston line and SPI Property Inspections prepared dilapidation reports and street surveys including a geolocation inspection and video survey. Projects Coordinator, Samantha Bilton said that the reports were prepared on both a pre and post construction basis. “We worked on the crossing removals at Seaford, Carrum, Cheltenham and Mentone.” SPI Property Inspections also covers building condition reports on all non-residential properties, including structural and building services. “We can provide an accurate assessment of the structure and overall condition of the building before a decision is made about buying, leasing or general maintenance,” Samantha said. “Our sister company, The Home Inspection Hub, focuses on a wide range of residential WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

inspections including pre-purchase, owner builder defects reports and new home construction inspections.” SPI Property Inspections has been in operation since 2002 and has 17 employees, 11 of whom worked on the LXRP as well as six contract inspectors. Samantha said that working with SPA was a pleasure as there was always great teamwork and a willingness to support SPI in developing new procedures to suit the project, like the notification documentation and distribution processes to ensure homeowners were sufficiently informed. “This assisted in gaining consents to undertake surveys.” SPI Property Inspections is currently working on a further nine Level Crossing Removals across Melbourne, as well as the Mordialloc Freeway, the Rail Infrastructure Alliance sections of the Metro Tunnel and Tram Route 96 upgrade. For more information contact SPI Property Inspections, 4/164 Boronia Road, Boronia VIC 3155, phone 1300 721 032, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below Manco Rail specialises in overhead wiring electrification, supplying tensioning equipment, elevated work platforms, wire recovery equipment and cranes.

Manco Rail specialises in the supply of customised equipment specifically for overhead wiring electrification, from construction through to maintenance programs. The range includes such items as tensioning equipment, mobile and truck mounted elevated work platforms, wire recovery equipment, cranes, wiring masts and state of the art pantographs.

Caulfield to Dandenong project which has seen the removal of nine crossings. “Along with work on the Southern Program Alliance (SPA), we have also been engaged by the Western Program Alliance on the western line programme. We are now starting work with NEPA (North/East Program Alliance) and SEPA (South/East Program Alliance) on their Level Crossing Removal Projects.”

As a supplier of such specialised equipment, Manco Rail’s capabilities not only cover 24/7 product support, but comprehensive operator training programs.

In addition to outright sales, a substantial range of equipment under short and long term leasing options is available including specialised items manufactured under joint collaboration with overseas partners like the Italian company, OMAC the overhead line stringing equipment specialist. Manco Rail is able to supply both wet and dry hire options.

As a subsidiary of the Manco Engineering Group of companies, the group has been designing and manufacturing products that have been part of the evolution of productive hi-rail electrification construction and maintenance since 1973, Manco Rail has been a principal equipment supplier for many prestigious projects in the rail industry throughout Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and New Zealand, including the resent Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP). National Operations Manager, Rob Di Naccio, stated the company has been engaged in supplying a wide range of equipment on the 80


“We have world class equipment that is regularly inspected and serviced. All our equipment complies with Australian rail safety standards, Workcover, design regulations, and State and Territory statutory requirements.” “Our strong service support team has a wealth of knowledge and experience with many team members having more than 20 years with the company,” said Rob. “We provide our customers with AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

comprehensive, ongoing training and fast solutions in the case of unexpected challenges. Manco Rail Hire customers have access to our round-the-clock network located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.” Innovation is a key driver at Manco Rail. As an example, they are introducing a hi-rail volumetric concrete mixer with a 6m conveyor belt which can move by rail to locations not accessible by trucks to provide “Mix as Required” volume of concrete. Ryan Black, General Manager of Manco Engineering in Australia, said that Manco Rail is fully supported by their parent company in equipment design and supply, team training on servicing and operating equipment and the supply of spare parts from their Wetherill Park facilities in Sydney. “Manco Engineering is committed to growing the Manco Rail Hire business through the provision of innovative equipment with high quality engineering and service. Manco Rail can always call on the technical expertise of their parent company’s 100 person strong team,” said Ryan. Manco Rail team, under the leadership of Rob Di Naccio, continue to win major rail infrastructure contracts due to their commitment WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to first class customer service, training and high quality equipment. Manco Rail now offer long term and project equipment in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia will be by 3rd quarter of 2020. For more information contact Manco Rail Hire, AU enquiries: Ryan Black, email, phone +61 401 748 873, NZ enquiries Bryan Black, email, phone +64 21 960069, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below NVC Precast manufactured 66 L-Beams measuring between 27m and 30m long for the elevated rail structure at Carrum Station.

Located just north of Melbourne on 60,000m2 of hard stand, NVC Precast is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of large prestressed concrete elements to the civil construction industry. The company prides themselves on their relationships, customer focus and industry expertise. The NVC Precast management team leads the industry by applying their many years of knowledge and expertise in precast manufacturing and in situ construction. “Our strength in providing high quality service and a great result for our customers lies in the strong relationships we have built with them, our supply chain and other stakeholders,” said Dan Kleinitz. In recent years the company’s growth has led to significant investment in the precast facilities. Their purpose built 10,000m2 building complete with gantry cranes from 20 tonnes to 50 tonnes allows NVC Precast to offer their clients: a wide range of casting beds to provide a higher level of production capacity and flexibility; high volume production efficiencies across short to medium production runs; exceptional product quality and compliance to specification and strict tolerances; and inhouse mould design and fabrication. 82


“Our team of engineers and technical specialists, with our inhouse drafting and steel fabrication, specialise in quick response and mould change overs to provide the rapid turn arounds necessary to meet the demands of today’s construction deadlines,” said Dan. NVC Precast have recently completed their second project for the Southern Program Alliance which involved the precasting of 66 L-Beams that were between 27m and 30m long for the elevated rail structure at Carrum. The first project completed for the Alliance saw 16 L-Beams, with length variations of 25m, 30m and 31m, cast and delivered for the Seaford Level Crossing Removal. The cooperation and communication within the Alliance teams, NVC Precast and all of the supply chain entities, paved the way for very smooth well managed projects. “The success of these projects can be attributed to the strong relationships that our team has developed with each Alliance, where we both worked towards the shared goal of meeting the strict project deadlines. We look forward to the opportunity to work with such great teams again in the near future,” explained Dan. For more information






Below Fredericks Fabrications welded the 12m high urban marker at Carrum station and 3 million shear studs onto pilings at Ormond Road.

One of the outstanding features of the new Carrum Station on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne is the 12m high ‘urban marker’ which recognises the Bunurong Indigenous Owners. The marker has an aluminium frame with wedge-tailed eagle design, or Bunjil, the symbol of the creator of the Bay in Indigenous tradition. Building the marker was a major task undertaken by Fredericks Fabrication, a family owned steel construction business which commenced operations in Melbourne in 2006.

day shift and 20 working at night,” Brenden said. “All our people are highly experienced and besides our welders we have all trades covered, including carpenters, crane drivers, riggers and dogmen. We put a high priority on safety as well as attention to detail and quality work.” Fredericks Fabrications has also worked on the SkyRail project at Clayton where over-size steel girders traversing eight lanes of traffic required NATA approved test welds. Fredericks is currently working on the Metro Tunnel and Westgate Freeway tunnel.

“The Carrum Station marker required four months of welding work, with a section at a time being fabricated on the ground then craned into place for installation,” said Director Brenden Fredericks. Specialising in welding, both onsite or in the company’s workshop, the team negotiated the added challenge of a busy and confined working space. This was not a new experience for Fredericks Fabrications as the company has been engaged on many projects for the LXRP, including on the Frankston line for the Southern Programme Alliance (SPA). Another project for the SPA was at the Ormond Road rail and road separation where Fredericks welded 3 million shear studs onto pilings to anchor the shotcrete in the underground section of the project. “The size of the job required us to have 40 staff involved, 20 on the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Fredericks Fabrications, 230 Telegraph Road, Upper Beaconsfield VIC 3808, phone 0438 770 528, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


Below ONIT Group provided independent construction, infrastructure and property consultation for the project.

Below Victoria Asphalt completed the surfacing of the new Reservoir Station platform and Carrum Station Platform.

Carrum Station Platform Image supplied by Level Crossing Removal Project

Reservoir Station Platform Image supplied by Level Crossing Removal Project

ONIT Group is a Melbourne based, independent construction, infrastructure and property advisory group. Through their cohesive, expert team of project managers, cost managers, strategic advisors and construction planners, ONIT provide services to a diverse client group. The company’s projects range in scale from under $1 million to ventures costing $100s millions. ONIT provides services to a range of clients – major infrastructure projects (bid and construction phases) including engagement on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel (bid), Frankston and Ballarat Line upgrades (bid & construction), level crossing removals & rail maintenance facilities, road infrastructure, hotel, education (primary to tertiary), residential and community projects.

Victoria Asphalt is a specialist in the asphalt business, delivering high quality surfaces for local councils, private corporations and major rail projects in the greater Melbourne area. Established by Claudio Centofanti in 1985, Victoria Asphalt has a long list of accomplishments, including working for the various consortia involved in the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal projects. Victoria Asphalt has completed the surfacing of the new Reservoir Station platform and has been working on the Carrum Station Redevelopment for the Southern Program Alliance. Carrum Station had some extra challenges with the tight logistics requiring the asphalt to be craned onto the platform, with strong sea breezes adding an extra dimension of difficulty.

ONIT comprises a highly skilled team with domestic and international knowledge and experience. “ONIT is flexible and adaptive in our approach, we listen to our client’s needs, and work collaboratively with them to provide a customised outcome. We are committed to sustainable and ethical long term relationships with each client.”

“We have a flexible Asphalt Crew along with Management which is available 24/7 to get the job done. Our focus as always was on quality workmanship and safety,” explained General Manager, Ivan Fong.

For more information contact ONIT Group, Suite 306, 63 Stead Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 0407 105 191, website

For more information contact Victoria Asphalt Pty Ltd, 62 Chifley Drive, Preston VIC 3072, phone 03 9480 1199, fax 03 9480 3721, email




Below Trio Plumbing (Australia) completed a range of services including roofing, soffit lining and the installation of perforated metal screens.

Reservoir Station Image supplied by Level Crossing Removal Project

Frankston Station

In 25 years of successful operation, Trio Plumbing (Australia) has grown to become a dynamic and unique business employing 140 people with four divisions covering construction plumbing, roofing, architectural cladding and maintenance. Based in Tullamarine with both an office and warehouse facility, Trio Plumbing services an extensive range of medium to large companies Australia wide, on a number of projects including the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals Project (LXRP).

Frankston Station

tight time schedule so we allocated our senior project managers and key experienced employees to complete these contracts,” Peter said. “Our clients were very happy with the results and we are proud to have played a role in building these important public projects which will be used by thousands of people every day.” Trio Plumbing continues to work on rail infrastructure at Mentone Station, West Footscray Station and Kananook Stabling Yard where all facets of the business are undertaken.

Director of Trio Plumbing, Peter Lord said that at the Carrum and Kananook Stations, Trio carried out all the plumbing and drainage works, and at Frankston, Reservoir and Rosanna Stations, Trio Plumbing installed a range of roofing, architectural screening and cladding products. “At Frankston Station we undertook roofing, soffit lining and the installation of perforated metal screens which provide shelter and passenger comfort by allowing natural ventilation and sunlight to reach the platform,” said Peter.

“Over the years we have been involved in a number of state and federally funded projects that we have been able to deliver on time and on budget. Our portfolio also includes airport developments, hospitals, schools, high rise apartments, shopping centres, aquatic centres, large scale car parks and industrial facilities,” said Peter.

Perforated screens were installed at Reservoir Station, while at Rosanna Station, the company installed the roofing and metal wall cladding. “These projects involved considerable night work and had a very

For more information contact Trio Plumbing (Australia), 13 Dib Court, Tullamarine VIC 3043, phone 03 9338 5225, email, website




Below Montgomery Constructions & Rail specialises in the rail and construction industries and their fleet worked extensively on the Level Crossings Removals.

With a skilled, fully trained team and a fleet of modern plant and equipment, Montgomery Constructions & Rail has the capacity to take on any major project, and specialises in the rail and construction industries. Montgomery was engaged on the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals (LXRP), working at several locations including Heidelberg, Reservoir and Seaford. “We undertook drilling and piling, laying sleepers and rail track as well as other general track work. We have the capacity to supply all rail-related plant and equipment on a hire basis or with our skilled operators,” said General Manager, Teena Montgomery. “In these locations we used our team members to operate the equipment, often up to 10 at a time depending on the activity level.”

trolleys and special attachments. Montgomery’s wide range of equipment and attachments is available for wet or dry hire and includes Volvo loaders with buckets, forks and jib, hi-rail excavators with the options of tampers, platypus, octopus and rail grabs, backhoes, graders and a multiple range of different truck combinations. The company has worked on numerous rail and tram projects across Australia for all the major construction companies including John Holland, Fulton Hogan, Downer, ARTC and BHP. They are currently performing work for Laing O’Rourke at Metro Trains Melbourne. Montgomery has also been working for 14 months at the large Stockyard Hill windfarm project west of Ballarat doing road construction and maintenance and building pads for the turbines.

Safety is always a high priority for Montgomery and the LXRP required extra care as concrete sleepers were being lifted and craned from height. “We always had someone making sure that no one was underneath the sleepers during the craning process,” Teena said. Montgomery have their own transport capability to ensure efficient, on time delivery. They also have their own maintenance facilities in Melbourne with the ability to fabricate their own equipment including 86


For more information contact Montgomery Construction & Rail, 51 Eucumbene Drive, Ravenhall VIC 3023, phone 03 8390 6390, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Systemix Group helped the project succeed at a high level by maximising the performance and collaboration of all participants.


Delivering success in complex infrastructure projects involving multiple participants is the driving force behind the work of Systemix Group. The Group has been engaged in many significant projects including the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal project (LXRP).

that will be required to achieve success. Then these aspirations need to be translated into tangible plans and metrics. Finally, there is the need to sustain the momentum through leadership and open dialogue, dealing with any breakdown quickly and promoting a spirit of continuous improvement.

The LXRP was very dynamic with high visibility and many participants, requiring a significant level of organisation and collaboration. “For the companies involved, the margins are not great so any loss of efficiency can be costly. The stakes are also high for the government which is seeking to achieve positive community outcomes whilst getting maximum value for taxpayer dollars. The aim of Systemix is to have each project succeed at a high level by maximising the performance and collaboration of all participants,” said Managing Director, Ken Lowe.

“Buying into the Systemix process takes real leadership at a company level as there are many competing pressures for people’s time and attention,” Ken said. “We recognise that as a challenge, together with the legacy of past practices which often have to be overcome. On lengthy projects, sustaining the commitment to the initial agreed aspiration can also be challenging.”

Audits of infrastructure projects indicate that most operate at about 50-60% of efficiency. Systemix works with participants to lift that level of efficiency towards 80-90%. The first goal is to gain core alignment by all the leaders and shapers on the common purpose of the project and the essential strategies for success. The second step is to promote the engagement of the wider team on the core purpose and behaviours WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The measure of the success of Systemix’s processes can be judged by the ongoing relationship they have on many of the large infrastructure projects for the Victorian Government.

For more information contact Systemix Group, Unit 301, 15-87 Gladstone Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 1300 551 835, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL


THE PLACE TO BE Latrobe Place is an iconic, stylish residential development comprising 91, one and two bedroom luxury designer residences over 7-floors featuring spacious open-plan interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows, designer kitchens, elegant bathrooms, secluded balconies, sleek cabinetry, stunning views and ground floor gardens, the project represents some of the best residential architecture in Melbourne. Situated in Bundoora, part of the La Trobe University precinct, Latrobe Place is a stylish complement to the number of bold architectural statements within the precinct. The architectural forms of Latrobe Place offer a stylish reflection of the streetscape with rectilinear façades along Plenty and Settlement Roads and dynamic curves at the street intersection. Topgan Group’s Managing Director, Fei Gan collaborated with award-winning Melbourne based Interlandi Mantesso Architects and builders ARC3 to create the practical floorplans and flowing aesthetic of Latrobe Place. “It is Topgan’s first corner development in Melbourne,” said Fei. “Interlandi Mantesso Architects’ design is a considered way to create a tall building moving around the corner. The design phase took four months and the architects managed the tender drawings, design and documentation within that time. The first challenge we encountered was receiving council approval, at 7-storeys Latrobe Place is the tallest residential building in the area.” DEVELOPER : Topgan Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : ARC3 ARCHITECT : Interlandi Mantesso Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Taylor Thomson Whitting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $25 million


“Onsite work at the 1,966m2 site started in July 2018 with excavation for 3-levels of underground carparking. We encountered ground water which we dealt with by pumping out the site,” said Fei. “This is common in Melbourne and didn’t cause significant delay to the programme, we then proceeded waterproofing and pouring concrete for the basement and two lift cores. The cladding is white precast concrete panels as well as Vitracore, aluminium panels made by James Hardie.” “Latrobe Place was built with standard construction methods and materials,” said Fei. “In our developments Topgan is concentrating on doing ordinary things in an extraordinary manner.”

“Another challenge of the build was the traffic management issues. Contributions to council infrastructure involved some roadworks, including the construction of a new traffic island, as well as relocating power lines underground. We chose to carry out the roadworks at night to minimise the impact and this added to the overall costs of the project.”

The company established their Melbourne office in 2009, acquiring solid experience in the construction of commercial, mixed use and residential apartments as well as luxury townhouses. Along with development, design and construction and project management, Topgan also provide investment advice and valuation services, and also buy, sell, lease and manage property.

At peak periods there were up to 30 workers onsite, a small and efficient team, finishing the build in late January 2020. However Latrobe Place has proved itself to be a rewarding development prior to completion with 90% of the apartments sold by the end of 2019.

“Topgan are working in Melbourne city and surrounds,” said Fei. “Focusing on well designed boutique developments with an emphasis on how people live and an efficient use of available space – our goal is to achieve maximum impact with minimum intervention.”

Topgan has a portfolio of successful high rise residential developments over the past 20 years having completed a number of in situ concrete apartment blocks of more than 20-storeys across China.

Latrobe Place is Topgan’s second collaboration with award-winning architects Interlandi Mantesso Architects, the first being Brilliant, 66 apartments across 9-levels in Hawthorn East, completed in 2017. Topgan has also developed some unique heritage sites including at Windsor Terrace a complex of 51-apartments and four retail tenancies incorporating heritage façades that act as a podium level while maintaining the traditional streetscape. For more information contact Topgan Group, Suite 9, 322 St Kilda Road, St Kilda VIC 3182, phone 03 8534 3500, email, website



Below BEUCON were engaged by Arc3 to hoist the precast panels for Latrobe Place since its conception.

BEUCON provides quality tower crane operators, riggers, dogman and construction labourers for commercial construction industry in Victoria. BEUCON specialises in getting the structure built and fitout, to programme. In October 2018, BEUCON was at the birth of Latrobe Place with an experienced team, a crane operator, three riggers and labourer working around the clock to meet the client’s schedule. “At Latrobe we hoisted the precast panels. We often install them as well and plan to offer more of this service in the future. Latrobe is a landmark project and BEUCON is proud to have been on the job, achieving all the client’s milestones,” said Office Manager, Suzanna Skidmore. “It was our first job for Arc3 and everything went really well. The team were very professional, always available and ready to engage with us.”

project stays on schedule, we are always ready, and qualified, to take on a range of tasks. Our personnel have over 25 years experience in the construction industry and are all multi-ticketed. Our head riggers read drawings and study the site to ensure materials are in the right place at the right time,” said Director, Jason Skidmore. Services supplied by BEUCON include site induction for new trades, First Aid, traffic control as well as being available to lock and unlock the site and empty rubbish bins. They will install safety perimeter screens, modify scaffold, remove props and carry out steel erection and electrical spotting. The team will operate a personnel and material hoists, booms, EWPs and forklifts.

“We are a family operated company with a Director who hand picks each crew member for each project. We keep our workers onsite from start to finish to ensure consistency and reliability throughout the life of the project.” “BEUCON is proactive and we focus on keeping the job moving. Our teams work well with site and project managers to ensure the 90


For more information contact BEUCON, phone 0400 550 818, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Paramount Fire Protection completed the design, supply, and installation of the fire protection system.

Paramount Fire Protection (PFP) specialises in the design, supply and installation of fire protection systems. In early February 2019, PFP’s inhouse designer started work on the fire protection system for Latrobe Place. The design included the sprinkler system throughout the building, a diesel fire hydrant pump set in the basement pump room as well as the fire booster assembly at the front of the building, 30 fire extinguishers and six hose reels. Onsite work started in June 2019 and with a team of four the installation was completed by February 2020. “The challenge of the design was working within the architectural constraints, the limited ceiling space and other services’ hardware, the ducts and pipes. We had to adapt to design and construction changes as the building progressed,” said Director, Hussein Fattal. “Paramount has designed and installed similar fire protection systems for Arc3 including an installation at their high rise residential block in Prahran completed in 2019 and Residence East in Mont Albert, a low rise residential development with a huge floor plate of 9,000m2 in 2018. Latrobe is our sixth project for Arc3, we have many repeat clients due to our comprehensive service, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

we are a ‘hands on’ company and work with our clients from start to finish explaining the systems we install and attending final MFB testing meetings.” “About 70% of our work is design and installation of new systems carried out by our construction division, while our maintenance division tests and maintains existing fire protection equipment. We also retrofit modern equipment and systems to older buildings.” Established in 2014, Paramount Fire Protection works across a range of sectors including retail, industrial, and aged care. Recently they finished work at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne relocating the valve room and installing three new sprinkler valve sets, working in the live environment of the new trauma section.

For more information contact Paramount Fire Protection, Unit 26, 10 Cawley Road, Yarraville VIC 3013, phone 1300 212 162, email, webiste VIC PROJECT FEATURE LATROBE PLACE


A NEW DIMENSION DEVELOPER : Growthpoint Properties Australia MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hacer Group ARCHITECT : Gray Puksand CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $85 million

Botanicca 3 is an impressive commercial office development offering a new benchmark in quality and amenities. Comprising two towers of seven and eight levels with 19,374m2 of office space over podium level, the project includes a fitness studio, child care facility, cafe, outdoor terrace, end-of-trip facilities, outdoor gardens, secure parking and a high performance facade system. The building has achieved a 5 Star Green Star rating and has been designed to achieve 5 Star NABERS Energy and Water ratings. Botanicca 3 is a context sensitive addition to the final stage of development at the Botanicca Corporate Park in Richmond, Victoria. The new building delivers approximately 19,300m2 of PCA A-grade innovative office accommodation across two towers, located at 570 Swan Street Richmond in Victoria. The developer, Growthpoint Properties Australia, is an ASX-listed real estate investment trust (ASX: GOZ), with a mandate to invest in Australian property in the industrial, office and retail sectors. Growthpoint owns interests in a diversified portfolio of 58 properties comprising office and industrial assets throughout Australia valued at approximately $4.2 billion. The two tower design, across seven and eight levels, includes hotel style end-of-trip facilities, onsite childcare services, a dedicated 92


fitness studio and spaces for 420 vehicles including 22 electric vehicle charging stations. The building features an abundance of natural light and panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline. The defining feature of Botanicca 3 is the high performance facade system and perforated metal sunshades which surround the building. This feature represents more than aesthetics as the energy rating of the building is greatly enhanced by the creative design which shades the occupied areas in summer and allows sunlight to warm the building in the colder months. Growthpoint has a strong commitment to sustainability across their business and aspires to be a positive contributor to the physical environments in which they invest and operate. The company builds sustainability considerations into their processes including capital AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

works, procurement and employment to ensure the long term impact has been appropriately considered. “Botanicca 3 is an outstanding example of this approach and I’m very pleased that the building achieved a 5 Star Green Star certified rating with the Green Building Council of Australia and has been designed to achieve 5 Star NABERS Energy and Water ratings,” said Steve Lee, Manager – Projects & Sustainability.

to the Yarra River Park precinct where superior running, bicycle and sporting facilities are available. Transport options for staff and clients are excellent with metro rail and tram services nearby and the M1 Motorway just a two minute drive away.

“We are receiving strong interest from a number of prospective tenants as Botanicca 3 offers the Melbourne office market a new benchmark in quality and amenity,” said Steve. “The prominent location and commanding position at the front of the Botanicca Corporate Park, coupled with the new generation design and high quality construction by Hacer Group makes Botanicca 3 ideally suited to major local and international corporate tenants.”

All properties owned by Growthpoint are located in Australia where their management team has a comprehensive understanding of the key markets. The company’s portfolio is spread across the office and industrial sectors and Growthpoint has pursued a strategy to diversify their holdings to cover every mainland state and the Australian Capital Territory.

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Access to other amenities is another feature of Botanicca 3, with the retail precincts of Church and Swan Street just a short distance away.

For more information contact Growthpoint Properties Australia, Level 31, 35 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 8681 2900, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE BOTANICCA 3





Below Track Works Civil Contracting were engaged to complete all of the civil works for Botanicca 3.

Track Works Civil Contracting is a civil contracting company which, in just four years of operation, has built a strong client list which includes major construction companies like Lendlease, Hacer Group, Icon and Pace Construction Group.

and blind back up to underside of footings. This provided an exceptional outcome, ensuring the security of the footings and avoiding the expense and significant additional time that would have been required to drilling foundation piles.

Track Works was selected by Hacer Group to undertake all the civil works at the Botanicca 3 project located in Melbourne, which is a major development with a prominent and commanding position at the front of the Botanicca Corporate Park.

Another major challenge on the project was site access on the adjoining roads especially during peak hours. In addition, entry via the business park was limited so that the existing tenants were not affected. However, the process was handled extremely well by Hacer, enablling multiple concrete pours and truck movements throughout the day.

Managing Director of Track Works, Leo Iacuone, said that his team completed all the bulk earthworks for the site of Botanicca 3. The company then undertook the detailed earthworks followed by raft and footing construction, crane bases and slab preparation. Once the building was completed, Track Works returned to complete the external civil works including concrete pavements, parking areas, retaining walls, kerb and channel, and asphalt pavements. The site presented a number of challenges. There was a varying basalt profile throughout but mainly in the eastern one third of the site. The bore logs in the geotechnical report didn’t totally reflect the characteristics of the site which is not uncommon over a large site like Botanicca 3, given the unpredictable nature of basalt formations. This made achieving the founding depth of footings more difficult than usual. Track Works considered using foundation piles with caps but this option would have significantly extended the time allowed in the excavation programme. Instead, Track Works elected to deepen the excavation, in some areas up to 4m,

The company has a team of 12 and due to the size and complexity of the Botanicca 3 development, the whole team had an involvement at different stages of the project. Track Works also utilises other resources when working on major jobs as labour requirements vary greatly from day to day. “Two companies that give us great support are QA Steel Fixing and Construction Contract Labour (CCL) for skilled and ticketed trades when there is a need. CCL provides us with concretors, carpenters and skilled labour,” said Leo. Four years ago, Track Works began by doing footings packages for I&D Group, one of the largest deliverers of formwork solutions in Victoria. Since then, they have expanded their coverage to other civil works packages and variation work directly for builders. “We have worked alongside Hacer Group on a number of other projects, including West End in West Melbourne, Burwood Brickworks and The Mark in Elsternwick,” Leo said. “Working with Hacer is always a real pleasure as it has a great team of professionals who ensure every aspect of the job runs as smoothly as possible.” Previously the company has been involved with projects for Icon at 480 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, the Marriott Hotel, Docklands and 8 Claremont Street, South Yarra. They also worked with Lendlease at Wesley Place, Melbourne and the Rod Laver Arena upgrade. For more information contact Track Works Civil Contracting, phone 03 9417 2925, email, website




Below LSC Fabrications designed, manufactured and installed over 750 sunscreen panels and bracketing systems for the façade.

When expert design and fabrication of stainless steel is required, LSC Fabrications is a highly logical choice. The Botanicca 3 project, a premier development in Richmond, is an excellent example of LSC Fabrications’ skills. The project required LSC Fabrications to design, fabricate and install sunscreens and the support bracket system to the façade of the project, with over 750 panels and five different colours. The sunscreens formed an integral part of the building’s aesthetics and functionality, particularly with respect to its environmental performance. In addition, LSC Fabrications also designed, fabricated and installed perforated carpark screens to various levels of the carpark within the building. The screens were designed to all have concealed fixings from the outside and to incorporate planter boxes throughout. There were a number of complexities in the design of the building which created a number of challenges. In working with the architects on the design of the sunscreen panels and supporting bracket system, the challenge was to provide a product which accommodated five different angles without having five different and separate support brackets. LSC Fabrications also had to cater for numerous different lengths of panels. The design solution created by the company was a simplified multi-angle clamp bracket with indexed holes. Based on the concept drawings provided, LSC Fabrications developed a design that was capable of being fabricated with the strength that was required to pass engineering standards. “The sunscreens were also vigorously tested in a wind tunnel to check for strength, movement and any noise implications prior to manufacture,” said Managing Director, Rick Jones. LSC were able to fulfill the specifications set out for the sunscreens as well as managing the entire process of fabrication, overseeing the anodising of the screens and finally installation. “Perhaps most challenging of all was to have almost 1,000 panels of different lengths and widths, five different colours and five different angles transported to and from New South Wales for anodising, then have 96


them delivered to site, all in the correct order for installation.” The sunscreens are an outstanding feature of Botanicca 3, forming part of the architecture of the external building so are clearly visible from the street. They are also visible from within the building so achieving the right dimensions, angles and colours was critical to achieving an aesthetically pleasing result as well as adding positive functionality to the building. Based in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Bayswater, LSC Fabrications is a proudly Australian fabricating business, specialising in stainless steel fabrication, custom manufacturing of steel stairs, stainless steel balustrade and all aspects of aluminium and architectural work. The company has been in business for 12 years, starting with one employee and now having a staff of nine. “Everyone is hands on in the company and we have built a great network of trades and specialists to call on if required,” said Rick. The company offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ service to their clients, taking stainless steel from sheet form to the finished product. “We begin with excellent design, drawing on the 20 years of experience within the LSC team, then fabricate and install to the highest standards. We have the capacity to undertake projects from basic through to the most complex of architectural form, at all times delivering with highly competitive pricing,” said Rick. Other major projects undertaken by LSC Fabrications include the design and installation of balustrade to the prestigious Melbourne Jetbase, rectification works to approximately 3.5km of balustrade on the prominent YVE building in St Kilda Road and the design, manufacture and installation of custom bi-fold perforated doors to apartments in Collingwood.

For more information contact LSC Fabrications, 40 Industry Place, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9729 6916, fax 03 9729 2697, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW





Nellie Melba Retirement Village involved the redevelopment of the former Brandon Park Secondary College into a 5-storey retirement village. Featuring 114 aged care beds, 96 assisted living suites, and 174 independent apartments, the village offers a range of amenities including a movie theatre, café, indoor pool, gym, library, hair salon, billiards room, and bowling green. The Nellie Melba Retirement Village, in the lively Melbourne suburb of Wheelers Hill, is the latest in Ryman Healthcare’s growing portfolio of resort style facilities. The project is home to around 700 residents and was the redevelopment from the former Brandon Park Secondary College into a 5-storey retirement village with 114 aged care beds, 96 assisted living suites and 174 independent apartments. The Nellie Melba Retirement Village is a classy, modern complex that’s been lovingly designed and built to provide maximum comfort, enjoyment and safety for Australia’s older citizens. The buildings are striking and memorable, and the village has a wonderfully warm and inviting atmosphere. The village has put the community aspect of living into focus, creating spaces for residents to interact and form long lasting friendship, while catering to a range of different needs. These spaces include a movie theatre, café, sparkling indoor pool, gym, library, hair salon, 98


billiards room and a wonderful bowling green. The village is located across the road from the well appointed Brandon Park Shopping Centre, giving residents of Nellie Melba Retirement Village easy additional access to a range of local services. The Nellie Melba Retirement Village builds on the success of Ryman Healthcare’s Weary Dunlop Retirement Village, which is also located in Wheelers Hill, to provide a truly special new home for those entering the next stage of life. The development combines brilliant design, top workmanship and the latest technology with beautiful landscaping and eye catching design elements. “What makes Ryman Healthcare’s villages different from the competition is the full continuum of care,” Project Manager, Travis Cocks explained. “We have independent apartments, assisted living apartments, low care, high care and specialist dementia care all on the one site. In terms of construction, we have currently built over 65,000m2 of buildings. The larger of the two buildings has a footprint of approximately 2 acres.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Such a huge project demands impeccable teamwork, and Ryman Healthcare sought only the best in their respective industries when planning the village. Top landscapers, bricklayers and wardrobe installers have all contributed to the success of Nellie Melba Retirement Village. “Our trades have all worked great together,” Travis said. “We have had multiple trades working on multiple buildings at a time and we’ve maxed out at 420 people onsite per day. The team work and progress we made in a short period of time, in order to get our first residents in whilst maintaining a safe environment for all staff, contractors and the public, was incredible. We will be onsite for approximately a further two years. We have all but completed the first three buildings with two more to go.” “We have a total of 11 sites in Victoria,” Travis added. “Currently two villages, including Nellie Melba, have residents occupying them. We have four sites currently in construction with another two sites moving into that stage during 2020. We are extremely lucky to have had the support of a great organisation and senior leadership team to assist us quickly with any challenge we face.” Ryman Healthcare was founded by John Ryder and Kevin Hickman in 1984 and the company has been growing ever since, both in Australia and New Zealand. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Ryman Healthcare, PO Box 33119, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 1800 288 299, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE NELLIE MELBA RETIREMENT VILLAGE


Below Austral Bricks supplied a premium collection of nearly 700,000 locally manufactured bricks.

Austral Bricks have been helping to build this country for more than a century, and the Nellie Melba Retirement Village has been one of their largest projects to date. A huge number of bricks have gone into this spectacular development, providing an enchanting and captivating home for the many new residents.

Austral Bricks are at the cutting edge of building technology and are market leaders in their field. Austral Bricks’ manufacturing operations are continually being upgraded and improved, with the company proudly boasting the world’s best building technology and environmental protection features.

“Comprising nearly 700,000 bricks in total, this impressive residential development exemplifies a sense of community, comfort and lifestyle,” said State Sales Manager, Cinzia Camorani. “The Nellie Melba Retirement Village showcases a carefully selected, premium collection of locally manufactured bricks, instantly creating a look and feel that will never age.”

This innovation allows for the ultimate in production efficiency and quality, enabling the introduction of new and highly innovative products. Austral Bricks are determined to continue creating new fashions and trends in the residential and commercial building markets.

“The contemporary neutral colours of Austral Bricks’ Indulgence range bricks in Praline, Truffle and Biscotti colour palettes have been skilfully coupled with the iconic Nubrik Traditional series in Domain Terracotta, to deliver a stunning streetscape, exuding quality that will endure for generations to come,” said Cinzia. Austral Bricks offer a large number of bricks in styles to suit anyone, with the company servicing the whole of the country. These include their popular Metallix, Industrial and Indulgence lines. 100 VIC PROJECT FEATURE NELLIE MELBA RETIREMENT VILLAGE

Centuries of improvement and a passion for excellence have culminated in Austral Bricks’ stellar work on this very exciting new development and their bricks mean that the Nellie Melba Retirement Village will stand strong and look great for many years to come.

For more information contact Austral Bricks, Brick Makers Drive, Wollert VIC 3750, phone 03 9303 4046, fax 03 9308 1974, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Over one million bricks and 60,000 blocks will be laid by AJP Bricklaying Pty Ltd by the time the five building Nellie Melba site is completed.

The Nellie Melba Retirement Village is a timeless brick development, and the incredible results are thanks to AJP Bricklaying Pty Ltd – a professional, Victorian based outfit that has been making its mark in the construction industry for nearly 30 years. Over one million bricks and 60,000 blocks will have been laid by the 35 plus strong team, made up of bricklayers, laborers, machine operators, scaffolders, brick cleaners and caulkers, when the stunning, five building retirement village is completed. AJP Bricklaying did more than just lay the bricks. “We pride ourselves on offering a full package service,” said Director, Anthony Pickles. “On this occasion our scope of works also included 1.6km of strip footing for the boundary fences and retaining walls.” The Nellie Melba Retirement Village is the fifth Ryman Healthcare site that AJP Bricklaying has worked on – both in Australia and New Zealand – and there’s soon to be a sixth. The AJP Bricklaying team is supported by machinery including three Manitous, a concrete pump and a team of brick cleaners and caulkers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

AJP Bricklaying’s early years were spent in the domestic housing market before emerging as a significant player in the semi commercial and commercial multi-storey arena. “We work closely with Ryman Healthcare supervisors like Greg Conquest to ensure key dates are met,” said Anthony. “We have a great working relationship with Austral Bricks who have supplied all the blocks and bricks onsite.” “Ryman Healthcare are an exceptional company with an exceptional business model and their commitment to their residents and to the hundreds of construction staff who work onsite each day is unmatched,” added Anthony. “Safety underpins everything onsite.” “Whether you are a resident of one of their beautiful villages or construction staff, Ryman Healthcare bring you into their family – and it’s a family we are proud to be a part of,” concluded Anthony.

For more information contact AJP Bricklaying Pty Ltd, 1/8 Heland Place, Braeside VIC 3195, phone 03 9598 6434, mobile 0417 341 435, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE NELLIE MELBA RETIREMENT VILLAGE 101

Below MLH Corporation installed retaining walls, planter boxes and green roof landscaping.

MLH Corporation were in charge of landscaping at the Nellie Melba Retirement Village and the beautiful, lush results are a testament to their hard work. The MLH Corporation team looked after the preparation and implementation of retaining walls, planter boxes and green roof landscaping above basement carpark areas. A range of irrigation systems were installed to assist with the growth and continued development of the village’s plentiful gardens, leading to a relaxing environment for the new residents moving in. MLH Corporation are landscape construction specialists and have built an enviable reputation within the industry for high quality work. The team members pride themselves on their problem solving abilities, ensuring the best results every time. No matter the complexity of the project, MLH Corporation’s professionalism and ability to deliver landscaping projects on schedule and within the budget are renowned. MLH Corporation’s experienced team are driven by quality and have been delivering world class landscaping projects for over 10 years. They provide all hard and soft landscaping construction and their maintenance crew look after new and existing projects with unrivalled dedication. 102 VIC PROJECT FEATURE NELLIE MELBA RETIREMENT VILLAGE

MLH Corporation’s work at the Nellie Melba Retirement Village was wide ranging and challenging, as the team needed to balance looks with practicality, as the new development has many man made obstacles they needed to work around. In addition to their work at the Nellie Melba Retirement Village, MLH Corporation have successfully delivered landscaping projects for other aged care facilities, new housing estates and large apartment and commercial complexes. MLH Corporation certainly create a wonderful ambiance wherever they work. “We first worked with Ryman Healthcare on the nearby Weary Dunlop Retirement Village, which opened in 2014, and have continued to build a strong relationship with them. We understand how each other works, and it helps both sides to come up with the best results possible.”

For more information contact MLH Corporation, P.O. Box 1025, Elsternwick VIC 3185, phone 1300 456 654, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Eco Airconditioning supplied and installed all air conditioning systems throughout the development.

Eco Airconditioning are keeping the residents of the Nellie Melba Retirement Village comfortable with an extensive air conditioning system. The Victorian company’s work on the project has included the supply and installation of all air conditioning systems throughout the development, complete with all associated power wiring, controls, filters, ductwork, condensate, refrigerant, branch boxes and associated ancillary equipment. Eco Airconditioning use state-of-the-art products and methods, ensuring their work at the Nellie Melba Retirement Village is of the highest quality. Company Director, Craig Ingram is particularly proud of all facets of his team’s work. “We’ve used Zoomlock pressure pipe crimping systems on all AC refrigerant pipework,” said Craig. “We have also utilised the Conqa QA management system to ensure up to date quality assurance and job status information is shared with the builder.” “We’ve implemented power apportioning systems from the DAIKIN Intelligent manager central control system, allowing AC usage information for accurate billing by our client and third parties. We have also overcome very tight spatial restraints.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Eco Airconditioning have been in business since 2005 and have a strong reputation in the manufacturing, health and construction industries. Eco Airconditioning have been working with Ryman Healthcare for a number of years and it’s a relationship that has proven beneficial for both companies. “Eco Air are proud to be involved with Ryman Healthcare as they roll out their Australian villages. We worked on the first Ryman Healthcare development, Weary Dunlop Village in Wheelers Hill and have completed three buildings in the current Nellie Melba Retirement Village at Brandon Park. We’re excited to be underway with Ryman Healthcare at their new Burwood East Village. Eco Airconditioning are also involved with the maintenance and service of our installations at Weary Dunlop and Nellie Melba villages.”

For more information contact Eco Airconditioning, 16/47-49 Frankston Gardens Drive, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 9770 8081, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE NELLIE MELBA RETIREMENT VILLAGE 103

TOP OF THE CLASS DEVELOPER : Macquarie University MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Lipman ARCHITECT : Budden Nangle Michael & Hudson Architects, and Architectus STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : TLB CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $110 million

The recently completed $110m Macquarie University Arts Precinct Project was a transformational project that consolidated 10 of 12 Art faculties into one space, also including a new museum and office building, which was connected with 25 Wally’s Walk (formally known as W6A and W6B) via a new atrium made up of unique roofing “cushions”. As part of the 10 year Campus Master Plan, the Macquarie University Arts Precinct project will play a major role in shaping the University’s future as a place where learning opportunities are amplified through interaction and collaboration. The Arts Precinct project centralises 10 of the 12 departments within the faculty of Arts into a single precinct that showcases the unique and varied focus areas of each department. The project includes an upgrade and expansion of the existing buildings at 25 Wally’s Walk and the construction of a new 4,800m2 museum and office building, as well as a new atrium between the buildings with surrounding areas landscaped.

community. The new museum space consolidates a range of existing collections and the atrium features innovative roofing “cushions” that provide weather protection while flooding the space with natural light. The complex nature of the project and particularly the interface between old and new elements presented some challenges for the construction. “The floor-to-floor height of the existing building was really low,” said Angus Darling, Group Manager – Business Development. “This posed a challenge for services coordination during the refit works.

The development will highlight the faculty’s ongoing work, research, and achievements and allow greater engagement with the wider

The project had a range of different workfaces with the wider university campus. “We had to work around the normal operation of the university, minimising noise impacts on lectures,” said Angus. “Keeping the surrounding campus services live while we were



making our connections was also a huge challenge requiring us to communicate shutdown periods and coordinate them with university stakeholders.” When it came to coordinating the construction works with the wider campus, Lipman’s prior experience at Macquarie University proved invaluable. “We had a good knowledge of the university and who the major stakeholders were,” said Angus. “During the tender stage, we did a detailed stakeholder analysis, looking at the risks and impacts associated with each of them along with mitigation plans. The site team has executed it well which has been a key part of our success.” Lipman has previously built an innovative mass timber prefabricated building, “The Incubator”, at the University which was a fast tracked project delivered in only six months. “Prefabricated construction and offsite manufacturing is a real focus for us,” said Angus. “We’ve been in a process of visiting factories and suppliers around Australia and overseas to see how it can improve quality, deal with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

issues around availability of trade skills, and ultimately add value to developments.” For Lipman, the project has presented an opportunity to deliver a project that grows their already strong reputation. The original company vision of “cooperative contracting” remains both relevant and apparent in the way they operate today. “We are a safe pair of hands in tertiary education,” said Angus. “We have been operating for 54 years and we are still privately owned. We have been around that long because we build well and we care about quality.” For more information contact Lipman, L6, 66 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 9955 7000, email lipman@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY ARTS PRECINCT 105

Below Fine Form Precast Solutions completed 7-levels of precast concrete lift shafts and a further 4-levels of stairwells.

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Fine Form Precast Solutions manufacture and stock precast concrete components ranging from the smallest products to large bridge and civil components.

“We suggested the use of Ancon connectors which have no protrusions. Our team cast the connectors into the precast panels, then we attached the starter bars onsite.”

The company were appointed by Lipman, the lead contractor for the Macquarie University Arts Precinct, to supply and install seven floors of precast concrete lift shafts and four floors of stairwells to the project.

With major projects coming up, the future looks bright for Fine Form. “When Kristy and I started 10 years ago it was just with an apprentice,” said Jukka. “Now we have two apprentices, 10 staff and are expanding all the time.”

“We have an ongoing relationship with Lipman,” said Jukka Ylinen, Owner of Fine Form. “For a project like this in Sydney we knew the logistics would be challenging but our relationship gave us confidence that it would be a good project.”

Based in Woolgoolga New South Wales, there is no secret to their success. Fine Form are focused on customer service, making sure that they deliver on time with the best quality products possible.

The use of precast concrete brought a range of benefits to the project including better quality from the controlled factory environment and reduced time onsite. “We can install a stairwell or lift shaft in a day whereas to cast it onsite would take a week or more,” explained Jukka. Fine Form’s expertise in precast concrete construction also allowed them to improve the design. “Originally cast in connecting bars were specified but it made the panels difficult to transport,” Jukka said.

For more information contact Fine Form Precast Solutions, 37 Bosworth Road, Woolgoolga NSW 2456, phone 0413 302 381, email admin@, website



Below BNMH Architects are responsible for the design for the Macquarie University Arts Precinct founded on interaction and visibility.

The new Macquarie University Arts Precinct is a reimagining of the Faculty of Arts which is set to enliven the educational and research experience. The precinct includes a new 4-storey Museum and Languages building with an extensive roof garden, the re-planned and re-facaded 8-storey academic tower and 3-storey tuition and seminar complex along with a range of circulation and gathering spaces. BNMH, a boutique architectural firm located on Sydney’s North Shore, were engaged as the lead architect for the precinct. BNMH has an expert team applying over 100 years of experience to deliver outstanding projects within the educational, medical, commercial and multi-unit residential sectors. “BNMH are one of the state’s most recognised practices in tertiary education,” said Practice Principal, Ray Hudson. The Macquarie Uni Arts Precinct design, founded on principles of social interaction, promotes improved interfaces and enhanced visibility between students, researchers, academic staff and the wider community.

internal walls provide further visual connections,” said Ray. “We used louvres in the glazed façade to meet the energy efficiency requirements. It’s a quite innovative façade and only the second in Australia to use this technology.” The new and existing buildings are linked by a collaborative hub space and an associated atrium with a unique ETFE polymer membrane roof. “It creates a spectacular and innovative atrium space that helps define the arts precinct and this will be an existing and interactive complex that weaves together study and research into a collaborative, interactive and exciting new community for the Faculty of Arts,” said Ray. “It goes hand in glove with the Faculty of Arts’ strategic vision as well as providing tremendous new spaces for Macquarie University,” said Ray.

The design concept is echoed in the twin wall façade to the north elevation. “The twin walls enable views in and views out while glazed

For more information contact BNMH Architects, 17/130 Pacific Highway, Greenwich NSW 2065, phone 02 9906 5599, email info@, website



Below Gunlake Concrete supplied around 5,000m3 of ready-mix concrete to the Macquarie University Arts Precinct.

Gunlake Concrete is a leading supplier of concrete with cutting edge automated mixing processes set to meet all technical specifications from material selection to mix design. For the Macquarie University Arts Precinct they supplied ready-mix concrete. “We have a good working relationship with the Lipman Group as we have completed several projects with them previously. So we are able to service their jobs to the standard they require,” said Paul Abdilla, Area Manager at Gunlake Concrete. “We supplied around 5,000m3 of concrete in total.” Key to meeting this service standard was Gunlake’s commitment to accurate pricing. “We review all the structural specifications, concrete notes and any special requirements of the project thoroughly at the tender stage with Lipman’s estimating team. This ensures we are providing competitive prices for the correct mixes required on the project, so they can stay within budget,” said Paul.

on the suspended slabs the following day. The hard part was achieving both requirements at the same time, yet still provided a workable mix.” The project has been very smooth for Gunlake. “The project manager and site team were professional and well organised,” said Paul. “It made our job a lot easier so we can focus on getting the concrete to the pump at the required rate and to the desired quality.” The Gunlake Group are a proudly Australian owned, family company spanning four generations in the quarrying and concrete industry in Australia. Their advanced plant technology and cutting edge vehicle fleet sets them apart from their competitors. With their growing capacity and strong reputation, they are well placed to continue leading the industry into the future. With four operational concrete plants, another plant under construction in Sydney and a hard rock quarry in Marulan, Gunlake are strategically located to handle projects of all sizes in Sydney and surrounds.

One challenge was the need for low shrinkage concrete to stitch together new and existing structure. “The specification required us to use a shrinkage reducing additive in the mix,” Paul said. “However, they also required a high early strength so they could sit precast panels

For more information contact Gunlake Concrete, 2/53 Cross Street, Double Bay NSW 2028, phone 1300 857 091, email info@gunlake., website



Below Tonkin were engaged to complete the structural design of the refurbishments and new elements of the project.

As one of Australia’s leading providers of engineering, environmental and related services, Tonkin has the expertise and capability to deliver intelligent solutions in a range of sectors. They provide consulting services to clients including developers, construction firms, councils and government departments. Tonkin was engaged directly by Macquarie University in 2017 for the structural design of the new build elements and refurbishments of the Arts Precinct project. Tonkin were then novated directly to the builder, Lipman, to see the project through construction.

One major challenge was caused by the existing services crossing the site. These had to be carefully identified and surveyed prior to below ground works commencing. The project is a major milestone for Tonkin who are experiencing rapid growth in the eastern states. “Tonkin is 65 years old and still a major firm in South Australia,” said Tim. “But we are now growing in Sydney, Brisbane and regional locations. That growth has been successful so far and shows no sign of letting up.”

Tonkin were able to leverage their prior experience at Macquarie University as well as their successful track record with Lipman. “We work well together with Lipman in finding ways to make the design more efficient to deliver more value to the client,” said Tim Ennis, Business Development Manager.

Tonkin are now an accomplished consultancy, having just won the Consult Australia Medium Firm of the Year award in October 2019, with a national footprint. They are continually learning, diversifying and taking on new challenges. For Tonkin, this spirit of innovation is key to fulfilling their vision of being Australia’s infrastructure consultant of choice.

The project includes some distinctive features including one of the largest ETFE membrane roofs to be used on an educational building in Australia and a link bridge with a highly visible supporting structure. Tonkin worked closely with the project architect to design members that were structurally efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

For more information contact Tonkin, Level 6, 1 James Place, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 9409 3300, email sydney@, website



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Below AGI Formwork were responsible for the conventional formwork system used on the project.

With highly experienced staff and the latest formwork technology, AGI Formwork have built a strong reputation as industry leaders in concrete placement, reinforcement fixing and formwork. They provided the formwork for the Macquarie University Arts Precinct. AGI Formwork used a conventional formwork system including a pre-climbing shaft system which allowed the core walls to be formed at low level before being lifted up by the crane. The company benefited from their prior knowledge of the site having delivered the formwork for the recent E7A project, also on the Macquarie University campus. “It was a challenging site with tight access and limited areas for materials handling,” said David Amorim, Business Development Manager. “This made the logistics challenging and deliveries needed to be at a certain time. Through proper planning with the team we were able to resolve these issues. We have worked with Lipman before and they are very good to work with.”

steel fixing, finishing, pump hire, waffle and raft slabs, suspended slabs and retaining walls. The company is a family owned serving the Sydney region. They have delivered a range of projects for many of Sydney’s premier builders covering all project sizes and are specialists in education and aged care. On all their projects, AGI Formwork apply their inhouse developed risk assessment process and quality systems to give clients the confidence in knowing that the company is low risk and professionally run. Their focus on occupational health and safety and comprehensive induction processes allow them to achieve the highest quality standards. With their market leading combination of leading technology, processes and experience, AGI Formwork aim to achieve total customer satisfaction.

AGI Formwork provide a range of value added and turnkey solutions to clients including foundations, foundation bored piers, formwork,

For more information contact AGI Formwork, 38 Saggart Field Road, Minto NSW 2566, phone 02 9603 3388, fax 02 9603 3377, email, website



Below Skyworkers Group designed, erected and maintained the scaffolding used for the Macquarie Uni Arts Precinct.

Skyworkers Group is a well established company bringing together a highly experienced team of specialist staff who have been involved in scaffold construction for Tier 1 contractors on some of Australia’s biggest and most complex builds. For the Macquarie Uni Arts Precinct, Skyworkers Group were appointed to provide a comprehensive service encompassing design, erection, maintenance and assembly of the scaffolding on the project to provide safe access for all trades working on the site. Skyworkers Group undertook two separate phases of work on the project. “Our first appointment was for the demolition where our scaffolding provided access, fall protection and also protection from falling debris thanks to our fire retardant mesh,” said Matt Thomas, Operations Manager. “We then dismantled and installed a new scaffold as per engineered design for all trades to access the site and complete their works safely.”

Every week the scaffold is inspected and tagged to confirm it’s ‘fit for use’ and the safe weight allowance that can be placed on it.” Safety is of the utmost importance to Skyworkers Group. Their work is governed by established safety and legislative requirements and they pride themselves on being compliant to all Australian Standards. Skyworkers Group specialise in using both the Layher Allround scaffold system manufactured in Germany and Pro Scaff Ring Lock System which also complies with Australian Standards. “It’s lightweight and versatile. It provides a higher load rating across its working platforms than any competitor and can deliver diverse applications that basic scaffolds simply cannot.” With extensive expertise and the most innovative equipment, Skyworkers Group pride themselves on team work, consultation, education and delivering superior builds that stand out.

“We worked continuously onsite during the project supporting any requests that were issued by the builder,” said Matt. “We prepared our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) that we are bound to comply with and regularly review it with the lead contractor.

For more information Skyworkers Group, phone 0478 044 090, email, website



Below St Marys Joinery supplied custom made joinery aspects including glass display cabinets, lockers and office credenzas.

St Marys Joinery provided a wide range of furniture and fitout services for the Macquarie Uni Arts Precinct including wall linings, column cladding, lockers, tea points, office credenzas, bathroom mirrors, whiteboards, glass display cabinets, conversation booths and reception counters utility benches and storage cabinets. All items are custom made and delivered to site by St Marys Joinery who are also undertook installation works. “The works went through our factory,” said Matt White, Director. “There were some challenges as the timescales were short but our highly skilled team was on top of it. The site team have been great and we have had good communication and collaboration with them.” St Mary’s Joinery provides joinery for projects including schools, aged care, hospitals and commercial developments. “We have worked on various projects at Macquarie University before,” said Matt. “In fact we have just wrapped up a small project there.”

“We have been growing recently and we are also expanding our factory a bit,” said Matt. “We’re investing in new machinery and automation and also going through a recruitment drive.” “Some of our team have more than 20 years of joinery experience. We have a lot of experience here, a real powerhouse of skills.” St Marys Joinery have in excess of 30 full time staff and the capacity to tackle commercial joinery projects up $3 million.

The Macquarie Uni Arts Precinct is set to further strengthen the company’s reputation. “This will be a real signature project for us,” said Matt. “After it is finished it will be great to be able to put up our hands and say we did that.”

Based in Windsor, New South Wales, St Marys Joinery serves the Sydney region and surrounding areas. “We’ve worked as far afield as Port Macquarie, Bathurst, Nowra and even Canberra,” said Matt. “We are happy to go where the work is.”

For more information contact St Marys Joinery, 7 Speedwell Place, South Windsor NSW 2756, phone 02 4577 4254, fax 02 4577 4381, email




Highpoint Apartments in Charlestown is an impressive 17-storey residential development of 68 spacious one, two, and three bedroom apartments with high quality fittings, finishes and appliances. Residents can enjoy an expansive BBQ area and rooftop terrace which offers 360 degree ocean views. GWH is an independent commercial, industrial and residential property builder and developer with more than 20 years of history in the Greater Hunter Region, Highpoint Apartments is the newest project to join their impressive portfolio. The 68-apartment complex was constructed on a 1,200m2 site with three basement levels of car parking and 17-floors comprising ground floor commercial and retail, then 16-levels of apartments. Other features include a common rooftop terrace and podium. Jonathan Craig, GWH Managing Director, said that Highpoint will provide a striking addition to Charlestown’s urban landscape, being the highest building in the Lake Macquarie area. “Highpoint offers a highly appealing lifestyle with breathtaking views and seamless indoor / outdoor living.” Construction commenced in September 2018 with approximately one third of GWH staff having been engaged during various times on the project. Members of the team involved at Highpoint include directors, development management, finance, sales, marketing, project management, contract administration, site management and onsite employees. The 68 apartments all boast premium finishes throughout, with walk-in wardrobes, laundry room, linen cupboards, stainless steel appliances and island stone bench tops, plus designated car space and lockable storage. The two superb terraces allow residents to

dine under the stars on either the expansive garden, entertainment and BBQ area or on the Rooftop. Jonathan said that as with many residential building projects, the excavation works for the basement presented several construction challenges, given Charlestown’s well documented history as a mining hub in the Lake Macquarie and Hunter region. “The GWH construction team and engineers had to give full consideration to the implications of the mining history and develop appropriate solutions. The team carefully reviewed the design and produced dynamic, efficient construction solutions to the various related groundwork challenges. At all stages of the design, GWH ensured that safety, construction and programme risks were minimised.”

property that are only imagined,” Jonathan said. “It is also due to the long standing relationships GWH has built with solid and reputable local companies, ensuring that every GWH project is a quality build.” Thanks to their vertically integrated partnerships and preferred partner network, GWH has the capacity to provide outstanding architectural and structural solutions, control project timings, effectively manage risks, provide firm handover dates and deliver consistently high quality projects across commercial, industrial and residential projects. GWH continues to expand and grow. Highpoint is GWH’s tallest residential tower to date but will soon be overtaken by the completion of their 19-storey SKY Residences in the Newcastle CBD, which will have 180-apartments.

GWH is a part of a vertically integrated group of companies, working side by side with the Hunter Construction Group, which includes Hunter Structural Steel, Hunter Readymixed Concrete, Hunter Precast, Hunter Windows, Hunter Install and Hunter Quarries. In addition, GWH has a preferred partner network with many contractors moving with GWH from project to project.

GWH also completes contract builds of commercial, industrial and residential projects. These include the Evolve Housing affordable housing development currently under construction in Newcastle CBD, Tyrepower Lisarow and Karuah’s Lionel Morten Oval sporting amenities upgrade for Port Stephens Council.

“The success of GWH is a result of the commitment of the team to building a strong Hunter region community, empowering individuals and businesses to invest, own, live and work in the types of

For more information contact GWH, 770 Hunter Street, Newcastle West NSW 2303, phone 02 4966 3766, email admin@, website





SETTING THE STANDARD Wallace Design Group (WDG) is a team of building services professionals specialising in the design of hydraulic (plumbing), fire protection and water/wastewater infrastructure services. “We started the contract for Highpoint Apartments in early 2017 and spent three months detailing the design and creating working drawings for the plumbing and fire contractors’,” explained Director, Shaun Wallace. “The hydraulic (plumbing) work included the domestic water and gas supply, sewer and stormwater as well as recycling water to landscaped areas. For the fire services we provided documentation for the sprinkler system as a wet fire solution for the building and specified hydrants and hose reels throughout the development. The challenge in the design was coordinating with the other services and working within the structural constraints.”

Shaun acquired nine years experience working as a plumber and project manager before establishing his consultancy Wallace Plumbing and Fire Design in 2011, recently rebranded to WDG. They work across a range of sectors including commercial, industrial and defence as well as healthcare and education in Newcastle and the Hunter region through to the Central Coast and Sydney. “We offer a complete design solution for hydraulic (plumbing), fire protection and water/wastewater infrastructure services and also work with builders to detail ‛Design and Construct’ works,” explained Shaun. “We’re often engaged by plumbing contractors for detailing workshop drawings, providing value engineering such as the project we completed for Woolworths at Cameron Park, detailing the hydraulic (plumbing) and fire protection design for a more efficient and economical use of space.” “We’ve worked with GWH on a number on projects over the years including Sky Residences in Newcastle, a large scale job where we detailed the hydraulic (plumbing) services for the 189 apartments in the 19-storey tower.” “We have a good working relationship with GWH and hope to work with them on future projects including their newest developments, Macquarie Tower, a 17-storey mixed use development next door to Highpoint and Darby Plaza in the city.” For more information contact Wallace Design Group, PO Box 850 Warners Bay NSW 2282, phone 02 4929 4109, email mail@wdegroup., website


DEPENDABLE FIRE SERVICES Dependable Fire Services (DFS) are experts in the design, installation and commissioning of fire protection systems as well as providing comprehensive inspection, testing and maintenance for existing works. For Highpoint Apartments DFS carried out the combined hydrant and sprinkler design for the fire protection system working from supplied plans, the engineers report and the New South Wales Fire Authority’s specifications. They then sent shop drawings to fabricators to manufacture the required hardware and were ready to start installation in July 2019. “We had a team of six install a wet fire sprinkler system to service all 68-units, the common areas and basement carpark. We supplied the fire extinguishers and installed hydrants on every level as well as in each of the two fire stairs and in the basement. We constructed the pump room for connecting boosters to the mains water supply and the fire hydrant booster outside the building for connection by the fire brigade,” as explained by Director of DFS, Darren Finn. “The challenge of the job involved installing the pump room, it was on Level 1 of the building so access was difficult and the space available was tight. We finished the installation by the end of January 2020.” “Highpoint was an extremely successful project,” added Darren. “GWH are a very well organised and professional company that were WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

a pleasure to deal with. We’ve started the design detailing of a similar wet fire system for GWH at SKY Residences and the commercial development, Macquarie Towers.” Established in 2005, DFS works across a range of sectors including shopping centres and retail outlets, hospitals and aged care facilities, industrial and educational complexes. DFS design and install automatic fire protection systems and portable fire protection units. DFS are also expert at fire suppression systems for special hazardous environments including mining facilities and power stations. In 2017 they completed a large scale project for Integra Coal installing a gas fire suppression system for fire control in electrical rooms. For more information contact Dependable Fire Services, Unit 3, 26 Tathra Street, West Gosford NSW 2250, phone 02 4322 9225, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HIGHPOINT APARTMENTS 117

Highpoint Apartments, New South Wales



HALTING SMOKE IN ITS TRACKS Smoke Control are industry leaders in delivering high quality fire and smoke control systems and services. One of their outstanding products is the Smokehalt-V overhead coiling smoke curtain. The Smokehalt-V, a complex electromechanical system which is designed and manufactured by Smoke Control at their factory in Western Sydney, is tested in accordance with EN12101.1 and BS7346, and available with various performance levels from D30 through to DH120. The system is also power fail safe, requiring no back up power supplies to function when required. Proudly certified Australian Made, the Smokehalt-V vertical smoke curtain has been installed in the basement of Highpoint Apartments for smoke compartmentation over several elevator openings, to stop smoke migration between floors during a fire event. It is a budget priced smoke curtain system designed to suit smaller openings of up to 8m wide without overlaps, depending on the drop height required. The flexible properties of a textile curtain allow them to boast the smallest available headbox on the market, which can fit into WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

a tight ceiling cavity, adapting to suit architectural considerations. The headbox, if not concealed, can be powder coated to any colour within the Dulux Dullaroy range, allowing it to blend seamlessly into its environment. The system is also supplied with a bottom bar cover as standard, maximising value for money and aesthetic finish, and can be supplied with or without side guides. Smoke Control pride themselves on their end-to-end life cycle service and that a core range of their fire and smoke control products. Their skilled and expert team ensures their clients receive the very best in the design, installation and maintenance of all their products. For more information contact Smoke Control Systems, 26C Ferndell Street, South Granville NSW 2142, phone 1300 665 471, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HIGHPOINT APARTMENTS 119


Pavilions by Mirvac is a landmark mixed use development of 696 intelligently designed one, two and three bedroom apartments over four residential towers, a private gym and community room for exclusive resident use arranged around a beautiful 4,500m2 landscaped courtyard and with panoramic views. The site is adjacent to a state-of-the-art children’s park which is currently under construction. Situated at the gateway to Sydney Olympic Park, Pavilions is set to become the heart of the city’s newest community, offering residents the superior quality that has come to be expected from a Mirvac construction. Designed through a competition by renowned architects BVN in collaboration with Mirvac Design, the development began construction in 2017 and is a fusion of landscaped green spaces and luxury living quarters, all set in a convenient, future-proofed location close to the proposed Metro West line. Toby Long, Mirvac’s General Manager of Residential Development in New South Wales explained what makes Pavilions more than just real estate. “Owners have the confidence of knowing they are in a development that has been built to the high standard of quality for which Mirvac is renowned. The apartments themselves have been through rigorous design testing to ensure that finishes are not only beautiful, but durable. Room layouts have also been heavily scrutinised to ensure that sofas, tables and entertainment systems fit, key walls reinforced to allow screens to hang off them and power points are where you need them. It’s the little details like this that make all the difference to our customers,” said Toby.

over 244,000 tonnes of soil and rock from the basement, laying more than 175,000 bricks and pouring 43,000m3 of concrete. With four cranes in operation throughout the build, averaging 45 lifts per day, as well as the huge workforce involved, it was imperative that logistics and coordination were exemplary to reduce waste, and conserve time and resources. Pavilions embodies many of Mirvac’s recent innovations in terms of sustainability and a drive for excellence. Over 1,000 bathroom pods were pre-fabricated offsite to allow creation with greater precision and a significant reduction in waste; while a commitment to the natural environment saw the successful relocation of a 15m Moreton Bay fig to preserve its heritage value. Mirvac’s reputation stretches from design, through to construction, quality finishes and then support after occupation. “Our unique integrated business model in which we have expertise in design, construction, development, marketing and sales all under one roof means that we are

accountable and responsible from beginning to end and beyond,” said Toby. “That we have successfully coordinated such a large scale construction project is testament to the benefits of having so much expertise and knowledge all under one roof at Mirvac. It allowed us to anticipate and respond quickly to circumstances as they arose, drawing on many years of experience.” In fact, some of Mirvac’s most trusted staff were onsite throughout, many with more than 20 years industry experience. “Right across the Mirvac group we can proudly say that we have been able to attract and retain the best in the business. It’s through the talent and loyalty of people such as these that Mirvac has been able to build its reputation for quality. Every one of them feels a responsibility for upholding the Mirvac legacy and that is something that we treasure.”

For more information and to arrange a private inspection by appointment contact Mirvac, phone 02 9080 8888, virtual tours

Pavilions is the largest single staged residential development that Mirvac has ever undertaken, with all four buildings constructed simultaneously. Normally the buildings would be staged, but because there is one single 730 car combined basement, a concurrent build was the most efficient approach. At its peak, approximately 500 workers were onsite on a single day, with Mirvac Construction personnel overseeing every aspect of the job. That included excavating 120 NSW PROJECT FEATURE PAVILIONS BY MIRVAC



Below Class One Painting were contracted to undertake the wallpapering and painting of the internal and external of the project.

When top quality high rise residential and commercial developments need a painter, they turn to Class One Painting Solutions. It’s what happens when you have a reputation for dedication, professionalism and skill. Operating for more than two decades, they specialise in not just painting, but protective coatings, textural and bespoke finishes, wallpapering, remediation, as well as the equipment needed to carry the work out, such as abseiling gear and swinging stages. Many of these services were employed during their time working on the Pavilions by Mirvac development at Sydney Olympic Park. “As a company we undertook the painting and the wallpapering for Pavilions, for both the internal and external surfaces,” said Director, Lucky Dimitrakopoulos. “As well as the painting for individual apartments, we’ve applied the wallpaper to inside the corridors and the tower lobbies.” They commenced work onsite in February 2019 and finished up the remaining top floors of the tallest tower in June 2020. With around 25 staff working on the project to complete, it has proven to be one of the bigger contracts for the company of around 80 staff. “We were doing swing stages externally, as well as scaffolding,” said Lucky. The colour scheme and aesthetic was decided upon by the architect prior to building commencement, so the task at hand was a matter of quality assurance, logistics and successful implementation for Class One Painting.

due to the intricate design on the wallpaper – it had a lot of lines – so we had to ensure it was perfectly aligned. But, we conquered it all in the end,” said Lucky. As well as the initial work prior to occupation, Class One Painting will also be called upon in the coming months and years for any follow up work that needs doing. Their commitment to projects is long term and this will ensure Pavilions looks first class well into the future. Although it was a big undertaking in terms of the number of apartments and the size of the structures, Lucky said the work went according to plan throughout the course of construction. “The job overall was pretty straightforward, despite its size. It went smoothly from beginning to end with all the different stakeholders. The weather was very good for us and worked in our favour.” “Working with Mirvac, safety was paramount on the Pavilions site and this tied in well with our existing approach to workplace and occupational activities.” The company carries out mostly Sydney based work for commercial, residential and aged care facilities and developments, completing the painting for some recognisable buildings. Concurrent to Pavilions, the Class One team worked on a Galileo Group project in Sydney; Stage 3 of the Woolooware Bay Town Centre; the 60 Bathurst hotel and residential high rise on Sussex Street in the CBD; and have also tackled the internal and external painting of the recent Harbord Diggers expansion and development; the restoration and remediation of the Primus Hotel in Pitt Street, as well as the iconic Bondi Beach House.

“Upon receiving the contract from Mirvac, everything was laid out. We made sure we adhered to that design brief. It’s more of a white based palette inside, with neutral to earthy colours outside.”

It’s their expertise and extensive knowledge of protective coatings that have made them invaluable contractors for the numerous projects they have been involved with to date.

Dulux products were used for the painting, while the wallpaper was supplied by Vescom. In total, Lucky estimates that around 400m2 of wallpaper was used on the project. “The wallpaper installation was a bit interesting. Keeping the visual quality was challenging

For more information contact Class One Painting Solutions, Unit 3/45-47 Stanley Street, Peakhurst NSW 2210, phone 02 9584 1290, email, website





Sync bathroom pods are sustainably manufactured in Australia in a purpose-built facility in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Digitising the manufacturing process and implementing systems has enabled Sync to mass produce pods with flexible customisation, that reflects the client’s architectural vision and overall project scope. Continuous investment in in-house joinery and metal-work equipment and machinery enables highly efficient turnaround times. Sync is proud to be a local manufacturer and supporter of local employment, with over 200 dedicated staff who design, produce and deliver pods each week to building sites across Australia. After 7 years in business and over 15,000 bathroom pods delivered for the aged care, hotel, residential and student apartment sectors, Sync is well-equipped to take on any project.

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Below Dynamite Electrical completed the electrical system installation throughout Pavilions by Mirvac.

Dynamite Electrical Group are recognised specialists for the installation and delivery of electrical, security and communications systems for both residential and commercial projects.

“At four buildings and over 700 units, it’s been one of our biggest jobs,” said Marlo. “There have been different declines for the completion of each stage along the way.”

Established in 1992 by Managing Director Theo Theodorou, it was their quality driven ethos and exceptional workmanship, as well as their extensive experience that lead them to be part of the Pavilions by Mirvac project.

With all deadlines met, Dynamite Electrical Group will now take care of Pavilions for the coming 12 month period to ensure all is working perfectly. “We have a warranty for one year for any possible defects needed to be rectified and have supplies for all the systems,” said Marlo.

“The scope of our work on Pavilions included electrical installation works, security access control systems, communications and data system delivery, MATV TV antenna system installation, as well as a lighting protection system,” said Contracts Administrator for the group, Marlo Joven. The work at Pavilions was overseen by Dynamite’s Construction Manager, Con Panagopoulus and commenced onsite in 2018, with work completed in June 2020. The team of 10 from Dynamite were onsite everyday, installing everything from light fittings and motion sensor lighting, to switchboards, conduits and cabling, and all the subsequent equipment to support the systems for the entire development. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With almost 30 years in the industry and employing a team of 50 personnel, Dynamite are busy with a range of metropolitan based projects including the 26-storey Poly Centre office tower in the Sydney CBD; Natura apartment living at Macquarie Park; the hotel and residential development of 60 Bathurst; and the huge residential and retail complex at West Village in Parramatta.

For more information contact Dynamite Electrical, 1053 Botany Road, Mascot NSW 2020, phone 02 9669 3311, email admin@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PAVILIONS BY MIRVAC 125




The $500M Burwood Grand is an incredible landmark mixed use development marrying high quality living spaces with superior access to amenities and comprises three multi-level residential buildings. One 11-storey tower, one 24-storey tower, and one 19-storey tower housing 498 apartments with premium finishes, 16 retail tenancies, 4,036m2 of council chambers and 4-levels of basement parking. Decode Group is a leading diversified construction company covering the full spectrum of the property industry including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, aged care and education projects. In December 2019, Decode successfully completed managing the construction of the prestigious Burwood Grand mixed use, residential development located at 39-47 Belmore Road in Burwood. The project was sited on a 10,149m2 block, developed by the Anson Group and designed by KANNFINCH. Construction commenced in August 2017. Decode managed the excavation of the site and construction of three towers of 24, 19 and 11-storeys comprising 498 apartments, 16 retail tenancies and 4-levels of basement parking. Apartments are configured as studios and one, two or three bedroom layouts with balconies. All interiors have high quality finishes and hardwood timber flooring throughout the living areas. Kitchens feature premium Caesarstone benchtops, ducted range hoods and Miele appliances. The development delivers an excellent lifestyle for residents with interconnected landscaped spaces and commercial, retail and public domain areas. Major external features of the development include the use of precast concrete and textured paint with extensive glass curtain walls on the ground and first levels of Building A. A major tenant of the Grand will be Burwood Council. The perimeter of the three buildings


also houses 1,795m2 of retail, commercial and restaurant tenancies. Decode’s Founder and Managing Director, Sam El Rihani, said that Decode was very proud of their accomplishments at Burwood Grand. “This has been the largest project we have ever undertaken in terms of project value at $500 million and number of apartments constructed. The project demonstrated the capability, drive and collaborative skills of the Decode team.” Decode has successfully completed many mixed use residential projects, which have been delivered by teams of highly capable and qualified people. Their skills, and previous experience of leading teams on projects of this size and complexity, have been instrumental in the effective management of the construction programme for the Burwood Grand project. The strength of any organisation relies on the quality of its people. They have built a team of people who are passionate, highly driven and collaborative and that’s what sets them apart. Decode gave a priority to maintaining an effective collaborative relationship with their client in order to manage the client’s expectations throughout the construction process. Specialist input was provided when modifications to the existing design were requested, including the services design and the requirement to add three additional floors to one of the towers. Another focus was ensuring procedures and processes through Decode’s integrated management systems were followed to provide the highest standards of safety, service and project outcomes.

The site proved to be a challenge, located within Burwood’s busy commercial centre with a shopping centre, railway station and public school close by. Public safety was a priority. Peak times for commuters and school students were considered when scheduling materials handling and concrete pours. Decode worked closely with Burwood Council to construct a 20m bridge across Hornsey Street, providing a valuable link for Burwood Grand residents and the general public accessing the library and community hub. The bridge delivery required absolute precision, with the delivery truck measuring 25m in length and operating after hours on account of its size. The 6-tonne structure was successfully hoisted into place by a 55-tonne mobile crane and bolted into place. Decode also carried out extensive civil works and services upgrades for Burwood Council. Decode currently has an extensive portfolio including The Lofts III at Homebush, Newlife at Pyrmont, Peony Apartments at Kellyville and an affordable housing project for Wentworth Community Housing in partnership with the NSW Government in Western Sydney. Decode’s success is driven by a strong leadership team and their corporate values of integrity, reliability, teamwork and uncompromised quality.

For more information contact Decode Group, Level 5, 619 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065, phone 02 9695 1778, email, website




Below Trinity Windows manufactured and installed the aluminium framing and glazing for Burwood Grand.

For more than ten years Trinity Windows has specialised in high rise building and apartment glazing, windows, doors, curtain walls and window walls. Midway between central Sydney and the Parramatta city centre, the mixed use development of Burwood Grand offers a new, cosmopolitan community heart for Burwood. The superbly designed apartments have at least one side facing north, east or west to optimise solar access and many have a dual aspect, improving cross flow ventilation. All bedrooms and living areas are located adjacent to perimeter glazing, and all habitable spaces are within 8m of the perimeter glazing that has all been expertly installed, designed and constructed by Trinity Windows. “Irrespective of the size and type of project we will design, fabricate and install your window and door systems,” said Directors, Robert Betrous and Rene Revano. “Our team of 80 workers have a minimum of 15 years experience in all aspects of the window industry. At Burwood Grand 20 to 30 of the team coordinated with the architect, builder and other tradespeople as required, then designed each element to ensure a perfect solution, delivered on time and within budget.” Trinity Windows quality assurance system is developed to deliver the highest quality product and workmanship on every project in the most professional manner and in keeping with the relevant Australian Standards and BCA. “Our aluminium framing incorporates strong, bold profiles enabling large expanses of glazing to be achieved. This was perfect

for Burwood Grand,” said Robert. “Offering the perfect balance between style and function, our versatile material provides a modern slimline look. It is low maintenance, easy to clean and will enhance any home or building with its modern, sleek lines. Our new windows also have low emissivity glass in the glazing, complete with argon gas filled cavities to comply, that assists in reducing the occupant’s energy bill.” Trinity Windows expertly engineer angled, segmented and radiused frame configurations to any specification, ensuring frames arrive precisely pre-cut and individually packaged for smart installation. “Our vast industrial experience in this domain results in us offering a wide assortment of aluminium window and door fabrication services. All designed using quality approved metal procured from trusted vendors in the market and sophisticated machines in compliance with set industrial norms,” said Rene. “Our products are widely appreciated by our clients due to their sturdiness and durability. Clients can choose standard or custom anodised finishes, or electrostatically applied painted finishes in a range of designer colours for all our windows and doors and can be installed with folding, stacking or sliding movements, whichever best suits your application.” Other projects Trinity Windows are currently working on include Westbourne in Norwest, two towers with 19-storeys each, and Richard Crookes in Penrith. Trinity services include supply and installation of both commercial and residential aluminium, windows, doors, refurbishment projects, design and construct projects, office partitions, glass roof, façade curtain wall and glass wall façade, spider and patch fittings. The care Trinity takes when they come to measure up for their client’s windows or doors is reflected through their process from manufacture to installation and beyond.

For more information contact Trinity Windows, 91 Mandoon Road, Girraween NSW 2145, phone 02 9631 5577, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Below RMK Industries completed the installation of the precast panels of the internal and external walls and balconies of Burwood Grand.

Locally owned and operated RMK Industries, were responsible for the installation of precast panels that made up all the internal and external walls and balconies, of the three high quality architectural buildings of Burwood Grand. “Each building utilises a composition of punched window openings in precast concrete walls, slab edges and balcony upstands,” said Pedro Rodrigues, RMK Industries Director/Owner. “With over 10 years of broad range construction industry experience, my team of skilled and specialist tradesman and labourers, concretors, riggers, scaffolders, welder/boilermakers, plant operators and crane drivers can competently handle any job. We’re known for being all rounders in our field.”

remove or modify plant,” said Pedro. “RMK has extensive experience in the supply and installation of precast and tilt panels for homes to large high rise developments We’ve grown into a company who delivers an all round service providing an end-to-end client experience, something scarce in our field.” RMK Industries is a division of the RMK Group alongside RMK Cranes. They are currently working on a variety of Government projects as well as providing the structural steel component of the Windsor and Parklea Prison extension in partnership with Apollo Fabrication. Experienced, prompt and reliable, RMK deliver excellent, efficient and professional services.

Having their own custom built inhouse AT20 Franna, a range of EWPs and a semi-trailer allows them to deliver their own panels, which created a more efficient production line on the 11, 22 and 19-storey buildings that make up Burwood Grand. RMK’s specialist rigging solutions can meet the most complex project requirements. “Our highly skilled riggers are experienced at fleeting loads in and around tight locations saving clients time by not having to 130 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BURWOOD GRAND

For more information contact RMK Industries, 1/43 Durgadin Drive, Albion Park Rail NSW 2527, phone 0457 911 951, email contact@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below KANNFINCH were the architects and interior designers responsible for the landmark Burwood Grand project.

The Burwood Grand mixed use development was designed by the national and international, multi-award winning KANNFINCH. The development boasts a high quality, high amenity living environment for over 1,000 residents in three residential towers with the convenience of streetfront retail and office space linked to the adjacent Burwood Library and Community Hub. The distinctive building form and architectural design is combined with landscaped residential courtyards and upgraded pedestrian link/public domain to create a desirable addition to the Burwood streetscape and skyline. “As the architects and interior designers on Burwood Grand we explored design options, developed the preferred design, prepared development applications, coordinated the design with the consultant team and prepared tender documentation for the developer, Anson Group. Then we were subsequently novated to the builder Decode, to finalise design coordination and construction documentation, respond to RFIs and attend site meetings/inspections as required,” said Principal, Stephen Jamison. “As with any project of this size there are always challenges during the various project phases, but our expert team successfully maximised the development outcomes, managed any ongoing design changes WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and documentation approvals, overcoming conflicts between design intent and construction practicality in their stride.” For over 55 years KANNFINCH has provided architectural, interior design and urban design services, specialising in large scale residential, hospitality, commercial office and education projects around Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East. KANNFINCH’s comprehensive range of expertise and experience, their sustainable design principles and strong technical proficiency, along with their collaborative, innovative, and responsive approach, have seen them successfully grow over the years. KANNFINCH’s current residential projects include a 50-storey tower in St Leonards for Anson Group, a 20-storey luxury tower in Bondi Junction and a mixed use building project with 800 apartments in Homebush. Other projects include a 240 room hotel in Parramatta, a 50,000m2 office/laboratory at Macquarie University building and a 50-storey office tower in Ho Chi Min city, Vietnam. For more information contact KANNFINCH, Level 2, 228 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9299 4111, email reception@kannfinch. com, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BURWOOD GRAND 131

Below Axis Commercial’s expertise was utilised for the ceilings, insulation and partitioning for Burwood Grand.

Axis Commercial is a certified interiors company with a team of professionals who are extremely experienced in their field, and constantly deliver the best outcomes for our clients. At Burwood Grand, the team coordinated with the various trades to resolve any design and construction concerns during the build, preventing cost blowouts and ensuring client savings. “Burwood Grand is a unique new addition to the neighbourhood’s growing residential apartment market,” said Jackson Lu, Axis Commercial Director, who has more than 20 years of commercial and hospitality experience. “The project comprises three multi-level residential buildings: one 11-storey tower, one 22-storey tower and one 19-storey tower.” Burwood Grand’s design positively influences internal and external amenities for residents and neighbours, combining engaging room shapes with access to sunlight, natural ventilation, outlook, and acoustic privacy. Since 2005, Axis Commercial has provided the expertise and professional workmanship for suspension ceilings, partition walls, cornice, painting, gyprock, Hebel, interior renovation, residential, 132 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BURWOOD GRAND

commercial fitouts, and hospitality refurbishments in a range of office buildings, hospitals, schools, clubs, commercial buildings and residential housing, making their knowledge and perfectionism ideal for all the ceilings, partitioning and insulations required at the new landmark, mixed use Burwood Grand development. “With our sufficient manpower, we were also able to catch up the schedule easily. Our successes in the past has proven the standard in which we approach all our projects,” said Jackson. “Our projects are diverse, ranging from large scale buildings to smaller housing and residential developments, spanning many major cities across Australia including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart.” Other buildings the Axis Commercial team are currently working on include The One, 1-5 Treacy Street, Hurstville, and Loft 2, 208-214 Parramatta Road, Homebush.

For more information contact Axis Commercial, Unit 23, 105A Vanessa Street, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, phone 02 9554 3515, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Loka Consulting Engineers worked closely with Decode on Burwood Grand, providing essential design advice.

The Burwood Grand required experienced, top level, design engineering consultants like Loka Consulting Engineers to provide specialist advice to create or improve the physical and social infrastructure that underpins communities of this size. “Four of our team worked on Burwood Grand from February 2018 to March 2019 providing civil design and external stormwater design,” said Director, Nermein Loka.

With over 18 years of industry experience, Nermein and her experienced team of eight engineers, have a passion for providing the best engineering solutions at a minimum cost. Loka Consulting Engineers focus on residential, commercial and industrial stormwater design, from subdivision to domestic, alterations and additions. “Our teams always consult with councils, architects, consultants and construction companies to seek feasible solutions and successful, cost effective outcomes,” said Nermein.

Loka Consulting Engineers worked on the stormwater design, soil and water management, erosion and sediment control plans, BASIX and NatHERS Certificates, flood and overland flow studies, flood risk management reports, waste management plans, civil design, construction management plans, dilapidation report, water sensitivity analysis, internal traffic and traffic impact reports, traffic control plans, access reports and livable housing assessments.

“We provide advice, leadership, attention to detail and the innovation required to complete projects on time, within budget and without compromise. By tying all components together into comprehensive, top quality documentation packages and project specific specifications, we can define clearly council and engineering requirements for every development.”

Since 2013, Loka Consulting Engineers have offered a comprehensive range of engineering and scientific services to the community, government, commercial and industrial clients, including international aid agencies, government (Federal, State and Local), major industry bodies, developers, contractors and architects.

For more information contact Loka Consulting Engineers, 14a/8 Avenue of The Americas, Newington NSW 2127, phone 02 9748 8742, email, website




The Croydon Central Shopping Centre redevelopment provides the greater Maroondah community with an exciting new Market Food Hall offering customers a range of fresh food and dining experiences and includes a new childcare centre, gym, medical centre, upgraded children's play area. The development also includes 20 luxury three and four bedroom terrace homes. Lanskey Constructions are a building contractor with a difference. They have built a strong reputation in Australia and New Zealand as a capable builder and construction partner for a diverse range of projects with a specialisation in shopping centres and retail sites including complex refurbishments and upgrades. The Croydon Central Shopping Centre, the latest project undertaken by Lanskey Constructions is creating a new community destination for convenient and easy shopping in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The project involved the renovation and extension of the existing centre including a new ALDI supermarket, retail and fresh food stores, a Market Food Hall and other services including a childcare centre, upgraded children’s play area, gym and medical centre. The project faced a number of challenges including a very wet winter which resulted in significant delays, and adverse ground conditions requiring specialist geotechnical advice to develop an appropriate foundations solution. One of the most complex aspects of the project was the need to minimise disruption to the existing areas of the shopping centre. 134 VIC PROJECT FEATURE CROYDON CENTRAL SHOPPING CENTRE

“One half of the shopping centre has been continuously trading during construction,” said Julian McPhee, Construction Manager for Victoria operations. “Lanskey Constructions worked very closely with the centre management to minimise disruption to tenants.” “One particular challenge that we are planning for will be the power change over. We need to cut in a generator to an existing power supply while the kiosk substation is connected by the power authority. A high level of coordination is needed to ensure everything complies with the requirements of the individual stores that are affected,” explained Julian. “We had good collaboration with the client and tenants. We are starting to see the project come together now and the tenants appreciate that while getting to this point has not always been easy, the benefits of the project from a trading perspective will be significant.” Lanskey Constructions’ experience at working in live environments gave them the capability to manage the project and achieve a successful outcome for all parties. “It has been a rewarding job and we were fortunate to have a good client,” said Julian. “Lanskey Constructions are a relationship contractor so we have strived to provide the good AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

level of service to the client that they expect and we look forward to more opportunities with them in the future.” As a relationship contractor, Lanskey Constructions’ repeat business is responsible for 89% of their overall workload which is unrivalled in the construction industry. In order to service their clients fully, Lanskey Constructions maintains builders contractors licences, registrations and insurances in every state and territory across Australia. They have regularly been the recipient of the BP Contractor of the Year award and often achieve 100% in external safety audits. Today, Lanskey Constructions have an immense variety of projects across multiple sectors including health, community and education, fuel and petrochemical, general commercial and retail, food processing, laboratories and chemical processing plants. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Ever since their founding in the mid-1980s, Lanskey Constructions has aimed to build strong client relationships and repeat business on all their projects by focusing on clients and their needs. “Ever since those early years this approach has given Lanskey Constructions an important point of difference when compared to most other building contractors,” said Founder, Paul Lanskey. “We are proud of the way we conduct business and consider our honest, ethical approach one of the keys to our success.”

For more information contact Lanskey Constructions, Unit 1, 38-42 White Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9684 1300, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CROYDON CENTRAL SHOPPING CENTRE 135

KLIPLOK ON TOP The Croydon Central Shopping Centre in Croydon Victoria, has undergone a major transformation into a vibrant retail hub with a range of new facilities including an ALDI supermarket, a new dining precinct, new fresh food stores and many other retail offerings. Pieper Noack Commercial supplied and installed Colorbond Kliplok roofing, a concealed fix roof sheeting product from Metroll, to the main roof and raised roof areas of the project. They also supplied and installed Colorbond corrugated cladding products for the building’s façade. In both cases the products were supplied to match the specification from the project design team. During the construction period, Pieper Noack Commercial benefited from their long standing relationship with Lanskey Constructions. “We have worked with Lanskey many times over the last five years on projects all over Australia,” said Director, David Pieper. “We have delivered projects for Lanskey in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, and we have developed a very good relationship with them.” The extreme weather conditions during the construction period presented some challenging circumstances to work with to reach programme targets. “The weather was not kind to us,” explained David. “We had some 40°C days as well as some high winds and a lot of rain. The completion date for the construction programme couldn’t be changed so the team ended up having to work longer hours to make up the time which we ended up doing successfully.” Other than the weather, there were no major issues for Pieper Noack Commercial on the construction site, partly due to their good relationship with Lanskey Constructions. In addition to supplying metal roofing and cladding products, Pieper Noack Commercial

are specialists in the supply and installation of insulated roofing and cladding panels. They also provide a wide range of plumbing and other services including hydraulics, civil and storm water works, inground fire services and gas installations. Pieper Noack Commercial is a young company having been established in 2019, however they were set up from a previous company with 16 years experience in plumbing, roofing and cladding and this experience was integral to the new company’s success. Pieper Noack Commercial has an established specialisation in commercial projects and particularly new shopping centres and retail. In addition to shopping centres Pieper Noack Commercial has completed other commercial and industrial projects such as retail stores for Bunnings and an extension of the Kenworth Trucks facility in Bayswater, Victoria. Pieper Noack Commercial has an unusual operating model in that there is no official head office for the company. “We are a national company and therefore we don’t really have a fixed base as such,” explained David. “Currently we have 12 employees based around New South Wales and all our employees travel to each job depending on the type of work and the level of manpower we need at any time.” Regardless of the location or type of project, Pieper Noack Commercial prides themselves on their quality of work and a level of service that is second to none. “We try to deliver high standards of service and quality on all our jobs,” said David. “This has allowed us to develop a very established client base and we are still growing with some exciting projects coming up in the pipeline.” For more information contact Pieper Noack Commercial, mobile (David) 0400 263 891, mobile (Paul) 0419 225 407, email admin@





The refurbishment of the St Augustine’s College involved two stages. The first saw the redevelopment of the Brimson Centre into a new TAS (Technology and Applied Studies) design and technology facility, and Stage 2 involved a major extension to the Goold and Lecceto Wings to transform the buildings into a large hub of general and specialist teaching spaces and a new ‛vertically distributed’ library. Novati Constructions has been building quality projects since 1971 and is operating under their original building licence issued to founder Peter Novati. The company specialises in new construction, refurbishment and heritage restoration across the greater Sydney area in the commercial, educational, residential, aged care, industrial, institutional and student accommodation sectors. Novati Constructions was awarded the contract to undertake all construction works at St Augustine’s College at Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Stage One of the project, involved a redevelopment of the school’s library space in the existing Brimson Centre into a new Technology and Applied Studies design and technology facility involving a major footprint extension. Stage Two involved the redevelopment and extension of two existing buildings in the Goold and Lecceto wings into a large hub of general and specialist teaching spaces. The extension also allowed for the integration of a new ‘vertically distributed’ library, spanning areas across all levels. 138 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE

St Augustine’s College approached the Two Stage development with a brief to provide learning environments that promote a shift toward flexible learning through the provision of varied student experiences and activities, which are integrated into the College’s core educational model. The design by architects FJMT Studio was finalised after numerous staff engagement sessions to establish an understanding of the College’s educational model and aspirations for new learning environments, especially in an era of development and experimentation in the design of educational spaces. The new facilities constructed by Novati provide an increased number of open project spaces that adjoin two large shared machine rooms for woodworking and design, including laser cutters and 3D printers. FJMT aimed to provide flexibility while working within strict safety parameters for the equipment. Adjoining spaces are generally open AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

and connected, encouraging team teaching across classes and sharing of ideas and work. All project spaces overflow directly to outdoor space, supporting project activities, including a covered pergola and BBQ area. As the College retains a strong tradition of instructional teaching, it was critical to the redevelopment that core classroom spaces were provided as a base. However, the revitalised amenity of these spaces to provide abundant natural light and connection to breakout spaces supports a redefinition of core learning at the College. There are also a variety of new spaces for the College that encourage collaborative and student-led learning. Physically, this translates into the provision of diverse environments, sized to suit small and large group learning with a range of settings, including meeting areas, group booth seating and relaxed breakout areas equipped with writable surfaces and power to support flexible learning methods and technology. The changes to the school library were a project highlight. Instead of being an autonomous area that class groups and individuals would visit when required, the library is now spread throughout all levels of the building to provide more integrated support in the various learning centres. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A significant challenge for the Novati team was to create minimal impact on student day to day activities. This involved programming potential high impact construction activities in school holidays and out of school hours. Movement of materials and supplies also had to be coordinated to ensure all safety standards were observed to protect students, staff, visitors to the school and all onsite staff. Novati Constructions has a focus on building long term relationships with clients, consultants and subcontractors. This played an important part of this project where critical time path organisation was needed. Novati has a substantial client portfolio and enjoys significant repeat business from their clients who recognise the professionalism and commitment to quality delivered by the Novati team.

For more information contact Novati Constructions, Level 1, 99 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 8436 9000, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE 139

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Below Baines Masonry supplied 10,000 blocks with at least one polished face to the Brimson Centre rebuild and extension.

Baines Masonry is an award-winning manufacturer of an extensive range of concrete masonry blocks, supplying the building industry across metropolitan Sydney and regional New South Wales. A family owned company with a team of 28 people based at Appin south of Sydney, Baines Masonry recently completed the commissioning of a new state-of-the-art plant which will cater to architects’ requests for more specialised masonry. Selected to provide masonry blocks for the Brimson Centre rebuild and extension at St Augustine’s College at Brookvale in Sydney, Baines Masonry supplied 10,000 blocks totalling 100 tonnes to the project. “90% of the blocks were required to be polished on one face and the balance had to be polished on one face and one end. Two different sizes were supplied. The coloured and polished blocks were selected in ‘Appin Stone’ by the client and were used on internal walls,” said Tim McGoldrick, Sales and Marketing Manager. The main challenge was to manufacture and deliver the large order in a timely manner to meet the building schedule. From order to delivery takes approximately eight weeks when polished blocks are involved. Once manufactured, blocks are stored for six weeks before polishing can commence. Delivery then takes place over one week. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

By any measure, Baines Masonry offers an impressive selection of products. The team will also custom design and manufacture blocks to the specific requirements of builders and architects, as they did in the case of the St Augustine’s College project. “Our team is also constantly developing different finishes, one example being StoneFace™ which has a reconstituted stone face finish,” Tim said. Baines Masonry’s awards include the 2019 Masonry Contractors of Australia Excellence in Brick and Block Awards for Face Block work for their honed opal white block provided to the Covenant Christian School, Belrose. In 2018 they won a similar award for blocks used at the William Inglis Hotel and Riverside Stables.

For more information contact Baines Masonry, 900 Wilton Road, Appin NSW 2560, phone 02 4631 1383, fax 02 4631 1402, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE 141

Below Better Electrical carried out all electrical and related work which included fibre, data, audio and visual, security and fire.

Quality workmanship, unrivalled service and competitive pricing are the trademarks of Better Electrical. Covering the greater Sydney area, Better Electrical provides a comprehensive range of services across all electrical, data and communications requirements to the highest professional and safety standards. Selected to undertake the electrical contract for the refurbishment to the Brimson Centre plus the building work and fitout to the Goold & Lecceto building at St Augustine’s College in Brookvale. Better Electrical carried out all electrical and related work which included fibre, structured data, audio/visual, security, fire, lighting control systems and all power cabling.

Founded in 2006, Better Electrical prides themselves on delivering exceptional workmanship and paying detailed attention to the exact requirements of their clients. All Better Electrical’s staff are fully licensed to industry standards and receive continuous training in all aspects of electrical work, including new products and regulations in the industry. “We also give priority to safety standards, ensuring our clients and staff are guaranteed a safe environment,” said Bill. Better Electrical’s commitment to precise workmanship, unequalled customer service, safety standards and staff development has seen the company achieve their vision of growth in every sector of the electrical industry, from household service to large commercial and residential developments.

Better Electrical Founder and Managing Director, Bill Pejovski said that the contract required a dynamic system design approach as there were a number of unexpected challenges which included building features not identified in the tender documents and last minute design changes.

Current projects being undertaken by Better Electrical include the Altessa Apartments at 888 Pacific Highway, Gordon and 18 At Chatswood apartments for Novati Constructions.

“By consulting closely with the builder and architects and maintaining clear lines of communication, we successfully worked through all the issues that arose,” explained Bill. Better Electrical assigned 10 of their total staff of 25 to the project at St Augustine’s College.

For more information contact Better Electrical, PO Box 370, Panania NSW 2213, phone 1300 023 883, email, website



Below Epic interiors installed Supawood perforated ceilings with both curved and flat sections, in additional to Instyle acoustic baffle ceilings and wall panels.

Epic Interiors has grown their interior fitout business to become one of the leading companies in their field. Operating in the greater Sydney area, Epic interior’s expertise extends to work in major shopping centres, office fitouts and external cladding and were picked as the company of choice to undertake the refurbishment and extension of the Brimson Centre at St Augustine’s College. “We installed a Supawood perforated feature ceiling involving both curved and flat sections. We also installed 3mm aluminium ceiling panels with a wood grain decorative print to achieve a Group 1 fire rating,” said Sam Galluzzo, Founder of Epic Interiors. In some areas, Instyle acoustic baffle ceilings and wall panels were employed to achieve sound absorption. Epic Interior’s other work included perforated plasterboard ceilings and plasterboard partition walls. Epic Interior’s dedicated team varied between 19-25 members work, depending on the work and schedule. “There were some challenging lead times that we had to meet, including sourcing and delivery of materials,” Sam said. “From time to time there were adjustments onsite to the architecturals which we had to accommodate. By consistently communicating and consulting with the builder, Novati Constructions, we were able to meet all requirements.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Founded in 1992, Epic Interiors operates from modern premises in Gladesville and now has 72 highly trained employees. As one of the top 10 companies in their sector, the company is focused on always delivering a quality job on time and on budget. Epic Interiors recently completed work in shopping centres at Top Ryde, Narellan, Willowdale and Gregory Hills. The newly refurbished David Jones flagship store in Sydney saw Epic Interiors provide cladding on the escalators and other works in the atrium.

For more information contact Epic Interiors, Unit 11, 41 Higginbotham Road, Gladesville NSW 2111, phone 02 9809 1811, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE 143



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Below Austrite designed and installed a range of ducted air conditioning and ventilation systems to service the extension and refurbishment of the Brimson Centre.

Excellence and integrity are the hallmarks of Austrite Industries, a Sydney based company specialising in air conditioning and mechanical services for high rise residential, commercial, industrial and education developments. Austrite industries were selected to provide air conditioning and ventilation systems in the building extension and refurbishment of the Brimson Centre at St Augustine’s College. This was a major project creating a new technology and applied studies facility, plus a major extension and an additional storey to existing wings, creating a large hub of general and specialist teaching spaces, including art and music. There was also the integration of a new ‘vertically distributed’ library spanning areas across all levels. Co-founder of Austrite Industries and Project Director on the College development, David Capraro, said that Austrite designed and installed a range of ducted systems including commercial grade Mitsubishi Electric split systems linked to a large outdoor unit. In some areas, where space was limited, bulkhead air conditioners were installed. “These are highly effective and are very quiet in operation which perfectly suits the classroom environment.” General ventilation across the refurbishment of the campus was also part of the brief. “We used our experienced team including our 146 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE

mechanical engineer to conceptualise and design an efficient and effective system which had to meet the challenge of spatial restraints in the existing building, said David. “The limited spacing for outdoor units meant the most effective solution was to use a series of VRV condensing units.” “We had eight of our team of 20 people engaged in the project across design and installation to ensure efficient service and quality workmanship,” said Fellow Co-owner and Sales Director, Tony Sidis. Austrite Industries have been in business continuously since the year 2000 and have successfully designed, installed and maintained HVAC systems in many projects in the Sydney area. David and Tony have over 60 years experience combined in the industry, which is transparent in each of their completed projects. They are currently working on the Manly Civic Club redevelopment which will include 38 apartments and a revamped licensed Civic Club on the ground floor. Austrite are also working on several multi-level apartments across Sydney. For more information contact Austrite Industries, phone 02 9533 5539, fax 02 9534 5565, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Firmtech Aluminium supplied and installed over 2,000m2 of external glazing and curtain wall.

Firmtech Aluminium’s expertise is in the manufacture and installation of high quality façades for both residential apartments and commercial properties. With many successful projects already accomplished, Firmtech Aluminium has earned a well deserved reputation for the professional design, supply and installation of all aluminium glazing products, extending to façade and curtain wall systems, louvres and balustrades.

The wide range of Firmtech’s products mean that any internal or external glazing requirement can be met cost effectively, with high performance and impressive aesthetics. Specialty products include double glazed framing and glazing, louvre systems for residential or commercial use and custom designed balustrades. Firmtech’s fully trained installers ensure that all products are professionally fitted to the highest standards.

Selected to work on the Brimson Centre refurbishment and redevelopment at St Augustine’s College, Firmtech Aluminium supplied and installed over 2,000m2 of external glazing and curtain wall. “Our curtain wall has been developed to provide a robust and flexible solution for small to mid-sized curtain wall projects, up to a nominal 30-storeys high. However it can also be utilised on larger projects depending upon wind loads,” said Jiamin Zhang, Co-Founder and Managing Director. The scale of the project required 15 of Firmtech’s 45 strong team to be allocated to the design, manufacture, delivery and final installation of the windows and curtain wall.

Current projects include 17-storeys high-end apartments and hotel for Parkview at Bondi Junction, and 18-storeys Luxury Apartments for Modco at Wollongong CBD.

Firmtech Aluminium has two factories, one being at Revesby in south western Sydney where the fabrication and assembly of the component parts for St Augustine’s College took place.

For more information contact Firmtech Aluminium, 6 Marigold Street, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 0422 889 685, email firmtechaluminium@, website


“Firmtech Aluminium can meet the needs of any project, from residential homes to high rise apartment blocks and commercial offices,” said Yan Xie, Co-Founder of Firmtech. “Our objective is always to meet the needs of our clients, delivering with maximum satisfaction.”


Below Steel Fabrication Services designed, manufactured and installed approximately 43.53 tonnes of steel products throughout the school.

Steel Fabrication Services is a highly accomplished steel contractor delivering comprehensive and cost effective steel fabrication solutions to the commercial, residential, industrial and retail sectors in Sydney and throughout regional New South Wales. Steel Fabrication Services provided St Augustine’s College with the requisite steel fabrication solutions for the refurbishment and extension of the Brimson Centre at the school. Managing Director, Michael Simos said his company designed, manufactured and installed steel for shelf angles, lower and upper internal atrium stairs, fire separation angles, main entry beam, Level 2 spandrels, external fire stair, west spandrel louvre supports and a shade structure in the BBQ area. The shelf angles provided structural strength to the building and some were part of the architectural integrity and visible as they formed part of the building’s fascia, but most were concealed within internal walls and not visible once the building was complete. Most of the steelwork on this project is concealed within the building finishes, but the external fire stair was exposed and required special design and manufacturing considerations to eliminate corrosion from rusting in a salt water environment. 148 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE

A total of 43.53 tonnes of steel supplied to this project requiring different surface treatments, including a project specific Dulux three coat High Build Recoatable Polyurethane system for the external fire stairs. “It was a challenging assignment as it had a high level of architectural design throughout, but with a combination of sound design, careful planning and good communication with the architect, engineer and builder we were able to deliver all requirements in a timely manner and meet the specifications with top quality steel products.” As with all work carried out by Steel Fabrication Services, quality was paramount on the project. All work was rigorously inspected before and after fabrication in the company’s factory and after installation. Senior Estimator and Project Manager, Paul Dinsdale resolved any major architectural and engineering design issues, using practical steel manufacturing and installation solutions. Providing strict adherence to ‘old school’ drawing, fabrication and management procedures, enables Steel Fabrication Services to eliminate substandard workshop drawings which cause escalating manufacturing costs and onsite installation problems. For more information contact Steel Fabrication Services, 49-51 Mitchell Road, Brookvale NSW 2100, phone 1800 551 296, email sales@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Silver Trading Timber Flooring supplied and installed timber flooring seating requirements and treads for the atrium stairs.

Silver Trading Timber Flooring supplies and installs a comprehensive range of flooring including all the major brands in Australia. With literally hundreds of materials, products, colours and styles from which to select, Silver Trading Timber Flooring specialises in assisting clients to choose the perfect flooring to suit their budgets. Selected to provide timber products for the Brimson Centre refurbishment and extension at St Augustine’s College, Silver Trading supplied and installed timber flooring in the help desk area, seating requirements and treads for the atrium stairs. Silver Trading’s Managing Director, Patrick Yu said that a team of three employees completed the job in three weeks. “The stairs were particularly challenging, requiring an innovative approach to the joinery to meet the design requirements for both the joints and finishes.” Timber used for the flooring was sourced from overseas but all other items were purchased from local suppliers. Through their extensive local and overseas contacts, Silver Trading is able to supply hardwood, Euro Oak, high quality laminate and bamboo flooring plus a wide range of vinyl flooring. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Patrick took over the business in 2014, now employing eight full time staff and 20 subcontractors. “Our business has grown through word of mouth recommendations,” Patrick said. “Quality matters to our customers and we ensure the best products are supplied, with professional installation to guarantee satisfaction. A 20-25 year structural warranty covering warping or twisting of any board is provided on most timber flooring products.” As a one-stop-shop for all flooring needs, Silver Trading has the capacity to service the requirements of individual residential customers right through to major commercial and high rise residential projects. The company has been involved in a number of major developments including the Burwood Grand mixed use development and One The Waterfront at Wentworth Point.

For more information contact Silver Trading Timber Flooring, 4/7 Stubbs Street, Auburn NSW 2144, phone 02 9648 2826, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE 149


Scone Bypass involved construction of a 5km two-lane bypass which included three new bridges, intersections, associated stormwater drainage, street lights, and road signage. The bypass removes approximately 500 heavy vehicles per day from Kelly Street, and improves road safety and travel times for freight. After extensive community consultation, planning and development since 2011, the construction of the Scone Bypass was funded by federal and state governments to address the Scone’s rising road and rail volumes, as well as ongoing safety issues. “Around 8,000 vehicles were using the crossing every day including 1,200 heavy vehicles,” said Mark Cure, Project Manager with Transport for NSW. “There was also a poor crash history on the 4km section of the New England Highway in the study area, with 29 crashes in the five years to June 2014, including one fatality.” The New England Highway is part of the inland Sydney to Brisbane National Land Transport Network and the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Maitland and Newcastle. The bypass is focused on supporting freight and long distance travel and will remove around 500 heavy vehicles per day from the main thoroughfare of Kelly Street, improving road and resident safety and travel times. 150 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SCONE BYPASS

Although a relatively short distance, the bypass includes three bridges, spanning a total of 705m: the Parsons Gully Bridges which runs over the Kingdon Ponds floodplain; the Rail Bridge which crosses the Great Northern Railway; and the Kelly Street Bridge. “Firstly, we had to ensure the town remained accessible, so we have three intersections providing access to the south, middle and north of Scone,” explained Mark. “Secondly, the project is almost entirely located within a floodplain. Hence, there was a significant amount of flood planning work carried out. We also had poor geotechnical conditions through Parsons Gully, meaning piles to the 540m long bridge through the gully are steel cased to support the sides and up to 35m deep through multiple layers of rock and coal seams.” After the project was approved in 2016, the main construction was awarded to Daracon Group in early 2018. “Main construction commenced in July 2018 and was completed at the end of April 2020,” said Mark. “It took approximately 22 months and was finished six months ahead of programme.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Despite its relatively short distance, more than 170 bridge girders were required for the project, over 10,000m3 of concrete was poured to build the bridges, and 23,000m3 of specialised road base was placed.

construction project was a key focus for us,” said Mark. “The Scone community embraced the construction and Transport for NSW would like to thank them for their patience throughout.”

A huge amount of road construction material was required during the 22 months, including over 250,000m3 of fill material which was sourced from three different locations to reduce traffic impact on local streets, with truck movements peaking at 100 per day.

The project has received positive acknowledgement from the community and local government for the benefit it will have on the town, as well as the broader logistical improvement for freight along the New England Highway.

Bridge construction was planned around rail shutdowns, with Transport for NSW, Daracon and the ARTC working together to achieve milestones for construction of the 3-span bridge over the Great Northern Railway and lifting 24 75-tonne bulb-T bridge girders into place.

“We’re proud of the good communication with the local community and the fact we reported no environmental or safety incidents throughout,” Mark said. “Through a great collaboration between Transport for NSW and our delivery partner Daracon, the result has been a high quality and finish of road and bridge construction, not to mention the bypass is a great scenic drive showcasing Scone as a destination.”

With a project this size, regular community meetings were held to update residents on how each stage would affect their movements in the short term. “Reducing impact to local residents with a significant WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Transport for NSW, phone 1800 870 751, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SCONE BYPASS 151

SOLID FOUNDATIONS Steel Fixing are specialist steel reinforcement contractors providing reinforcement fixing services in civil, mining and commercial sectors of the construction industry throughout regional and metropolitan regions of eastern Australia. BE Steel Fixing was awarded the steel reinforcement fixing works on the Scone Bypass project, with the works including bridges, abutments, headstocks and deck slabs. By completion of the Contract more than 1,350 tonnes of reinforcement steel were fixed. The works under the Subcontract were completed on schedule within 11 months with a steelfixing crew of nine staff. 48 BE Steel Fixing have worked on numerous projects similar to the Scone Bypass, however the geographical location added a unique challenge to ensure the highest standards were met.

Mobilisation of the crew was paced to meet with project programmes. This allowed BE Steel Fixing to commence works with a smaller crew, before ramping up labour later in the project. Weather conditions throughout the majority of the construction period ensured we were able to stay on target with Daracon’s construction programme. BE Steel Fixing works on numerous government infrastructure projects throughout Queensland and New South Wales, and relish the challenges associated with each individual development due to the confidence in their depth of expertise and knowledge, as well as their capabilities. “As BE Steel Fixing has grown, we have identified the additional services that are often critical to ensuring the steel fixing works are carried out efficiently for our clients, and we are pleased to offer our clients the opportunity to take advantage to these services which include crane hire, prefabrication offsite services and welding services as required,” said Stephen Boland (BE Steel Fixing Operations Manager). “The BE Steel Fixing team prides themselves on providing quality service and systems to Australia’s civil, mining and commercial contractors, with the focus continuing to aim to meet project targets, being on budget on all projects, and maintaining full project and industry compliance with a focus on quality, environmental and safety requirements.” BE Steel Fixing’s goal is to reinforce Australian infrastructure while never compromising on service and quality. For more information contact BE Steel Fixing Pty Ltd, phone 07 3286 7321, email, website



KEEPING YOU SAFE With over 40 years of combined experience installing, maintaining and repairing guardrail systems and numerous projects under their belt, Guardrail Systems were the go-to company to install the guardrails along the new Scone Bypass. “We began work on the project just before Christmas 2019, and completed the runs in April,” said Guardrail Systems’ Director, Leigh Brenton. “Our team of five, installed about 1,500m of wire rope and 4,000m of guard rail.” Approached by Daracon to complete the work, it was Guardrail Systems’ reputation for reliability and quality that secured their involvement. Although a relatively short distance, the bypass presented a challenge in that there is no median strip down the centre of the road. The road was built as one and then divided, making the surface harder to drill. Guardrail brought in a heavier excavator to tackle the drilling. “It was also on the finished road, so we had to keep the dirt from the whole of the finished surface,” explained Leigh.

The family owned company has completed projects for Transport for NSW, local councils, mine sites and major contractors such as Daracon and their previous work includes the Pacific Highway upgrades around Bulahdelah, Coffs Harbour and Dubbo, the Oxley and Golden Highways and guardrail installation at Mt Pleasant mine. “It’s wherever the road takes us,” said Leigh.

“We are hands on throughout a project, they’re dealing with me and dealing with Tim, our Works Manager, who’s onsite all the time. You’re not dealing with someone who’s distant, or not a manager,” Leigh said. “We pride ourselves in the quality of our work.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Guardrail Systems, 112 Hubbards Road, Mayers Flat NSW 2423, phone 0419 422 967, email leigh@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SCONE BYPASS 153

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE Newcastle Hi-Tensile Bolt Company (NHTB) is a premier fastener specialist located in Newcastle, and is the preferred supplier to hundreds of companies spanning the construction, manufacturing, mining, heavy engineering, automotive and maritime industries. Founded in the 1960s, NHTB is an Australian owned and operated family business. The company supplied a range of required materials to the Scone Bypass, utilising their stock of 50,000 products, which they are able to dispatch quickly to site, due their strong commitment to stock holding. They also offer a manufacturing fastener service to perfectly suit customer requirements. The team of 22 at NHTB strive to exceed expectations in offering helpful service and advice from their trained professionals to businesses throughout Australia, along with practical solutions to solve any problems. With more than 50 years experience, they offer the best fastening and bolt knowledge, range, stock and service for small to large projects. For more information contact Newcastle Hi-Tensile Bolt Company, 3 Gipps Street, Carrington NSW 2294, phone 02 4968 9101, fax 02 4968 9110, website

Rosebrook Sand and Gravel have been proud suppliers of various quarry materials to the Daracon Group during construction of the Scone Bypass project. Rosebrook Sand and Gravel specialise in the manufacture, supply and delivery of quarry products to the mining, civil, concrete, construction and landscape industries. The company also offers contract material processing solutions for customer sites. Rosebrook Sand and Gravel’s professional team can assist in all aspects of project management including material design, specification and time critical import schedules. The company’s quarries are conveniently located in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales with the capability to deliver across the state.

For more information contact Rosebrook Sand and Gravel, phone 02 4015 0990, email, website 154 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SCONE BYPASS


BRIDGING THE GAP With a dedication to projects of any size, Trans Vent tackles jobs as diverse as air conditioning vents for offices, to industrial projects such as the Scone Bypass. Trans Vent were approached to supply bespoke steel tubing for the installation of pier liners as well as column formers to support the bridge work for the bypass. “Daracon requested the tubing was made to order,” said Trans Vent Sales Manager, Daniel Cronshaw. “We made around 35 column formers in total, 1100mm, 1300mm and 1500mm diameter column formers of varying lengths. They were big tubes; a person could almost stand up in one.” Once the column formers were installed, secured and filled, they were then stripped to leave the remaining concrete support column. With supply beginning in March 2019 and finishing up within a 12 month timeframe, the team manufactured everything at their Penrith office and delivered it to the bypass construction site using their own fleet of trucks. “We have a good relationship with Daracon, we’ve worked with them many times before. Prior to making the column formers and pier liners, we talked about what they needed; it was all very straight forward for us as we’ve been doing this for over 40 years,” Daniel said.

pipe, supply fittings and accessories, as well as offering sheet metal fabrication services. Located in both New South Wales and Queensland, and with a sister company operating a mobile mill, Trans Vent is well equiped to undertake a wide range of projects. Trans Vent supplies tubing for air movement at mining sites, air conditioning in shopping centres and schools, plus piping for projects such as the Gold Coast University Hospital, Sydney Airport and the Oxley Water Treatment Plant; as well as numerous civil jobs for bridges and roads. “At the moment, we have an order for the Barangaroo project. It’s a huge job – there’s over 1,000 lineal metres of void,” Daniel said. For more information contact Trans Vent Spiral Tubing, 38 Peachtree Road, Penrith NSW 2750, phone 02 4731 6100, fax 02 4732 1604, website

Using Australian galvanised steel, Trans Vent has the ability to make tubes from 40mm up to 2400mm in diameter locally with the ability to make up to 7600mm diameter onsite, with the length only limited to the transport used to move it into place. Aside from concrete formwork solutions, they can manufacture spiral ducting and culvert



DEVELOPER : Newquest Property and Manly Civic Club MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Novati Constructions ARCHITECT : Mijollo International Pty Ltd STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Adams Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $35 million



WHARFSIDE RESIDENCES & CLUB Wharfside Residences are a luxury boutique 5-storey mixed use development which includes a community Civic Club on the ground floor with 38 luxurious residential units, with premium finishes exuding coastal elegance and seamless flows between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, a lavish penthouse level above 2 levels of basement parking. Novati Constructions is a leader in the Australian construction industry and proudly holds a unique position, operating under the same builders licence since 1971. They remain a 100% family owned business and the Novati family are still an integral part of the management team, and their portfolio includes some of the finest buildings in Sydney, including Wharfside Residences. The project incorporates the Manly Civic Club in the iconic Sydney suburb which is set between the harbour and the beach. The 5-storey mixed use, $35 million development comprises the historic Civic Club on the ground floor with 38 luxurious residential units above and 2-levels of basement parking. The apartments offer premium finishes including oak floorboards that complement the stunning harbourside setting. Wharfside offers an amazing lifestyle located just moments from Manly wharf, Manly beach, shops and transport. Novati commenced onsite early 2018 and handed over in March 2020. Fifteen members of the Novati team were dedicated to the project and over 60 subcontractors were engaged during the construction phase. Novati Project Manager Jason Gaff said Novati utilised an innovative cutter soil mixing retaining wall in the foundation construction process to stiffen soil elements by the introduction and mixing of fluid binders into the soil. As the cutter penetrated the ground, the in-situ soil was broken down and mixed by the rotating wheels. A bentonite-cement slurry was introduced into the loosened soil material converting it to a fluidified plastic bentonite-cement soil mixture. “Groundwater also made construction conditions difficult. A dewatering system was put in place to pump groundwater away WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

from the site to make suitable conditions for earthworks, shoring and piling,” Jason said. “Acid sulphate in groundwater needed to be treated prior to its expulsion in order to neutralise its pH level. The slab on ground is composed of a 450mm thick hydrostatic slab designed to impose an opposite force against hydrostatic pressure. The slab is coupled with 550mm pile caps in multiple locations.” Similarly, the acid sulphate soil needed to be treated prior to its removal from site. Another challenge was maintaining and restoring valued heritage components associated with the Manly Civic Club, which was formed in 1947 and incorporated in 1952. “The heritage aspects included the Auckland garage which was an old inter-war Spanish mission style 1930’s service station and is now being used as a part of the newly renovated Civic Club. The heritage work required special attention by the Novati team. The new Civic Club will provide excellent entertainment facilities for members and their guests.” Jason said that the Wharfside Residences project is a great example of the capability of Novati Constructions. “We have a strong, quality leadership team with a very secure financial base. With almost 50 years in the building business, Novati has wide experience with all major forms of design, construction and delivery methods. If problems arise on a project, we work as one team to resolve them.” With over 150 projects completed since 1971, Novati Constructions is forecasting a strong growth trajectory for its business, with a focus on projects in schools, aged care, industrial and the commercial sectors. For more information contact Novati Constructions, Level 1, 99 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 8436 9000, email website


Below For Wharfside Residences Premier Steel Technologies manufactured and supplied 700m² of Truedek® panels for a permanent formwork solution.

Premier Steel Technologies Pty Ltd (PST) is a specialist custom rollforming manufacturer based at Wetherill Park in Sydney and was commissioned to supply 700m2 of their Truedek panels, a steel decking system used as permanent formwork, for the underground carpark area of the Wharfside Residences. “Truedek® was the ideal product for Novati at Wharfside,” explained Business Development Manager, Neil Dupen. “The basement hydrostatic slab was 5m below the water table and Truedek® was used to build a suspended slab as a secondary level above it, including ramps between the levels. Some Truedek® panels were installed less than 100mm above the base floor and required only a 40mm end bearing on the supporting walls. For the longer 7m spans the panels were used in a full truss configuration, but for some of the shorter spans it was possible to use our infill sheets between them, in a truss/pan/truss configuration.” “Truedek® decking is light weight and easy to install and is incredibly strong as the panels interlock together, so even in its formwork stage it becomes a safe working platform,” said Neil. The specialised rollforming machinery used to manufacture Truedek® was developed and built by Premier Steel. 158 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WHARFSIDE RESIDENCES

Established in 1980, the PST team is expert at manufacturing non-standard products, overcoming technical design and production challenges. Their services also include tooling and design and they have produced a wide variety of products for clients all over Australia. “Using the Truedek system saved us time and money and we are looking at using it for many future projects,” said IMS Manager for Novati Constructions, Adrian Novati. The benefits of the Truedek® system include: • Can span 7.5m without propping. • Four different panel heights to suit different slab designs. • Custom lengths manufactured to suit, means no cutting or waste. • Pre-cambered to minimise wet concrete deflection and ponding. • Optional web-holing to allow for solid or voided slabs. • Underside leaves a flat soffit. • Able to accommodate additional reinforcing. • Can also be used as a flooring beam system without concrete. For more information contact Premier Steel Technologies Pty Ltd, phone 02 9756 0602, email or, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below KLAUS Multiparking supplied and installed 14 double-storey car stackers for the Wharfside Residences’ carpark.

KLAUS Multiparking (KLAUS) offers premium car parking solutions for modern city properties where the efficient use of space is a priority. KLAUS started the supply and install contract for Wharfside Residences in July 2018, specifying 14 double storey car stackers. “For the basement parking area at Wharfside we chose the KLAUS Multibase 2072i, a 2.7m x 5.3m unit with horizontal platforms, our most popular model,” explained Design Manager, Danyle Saleika. “The installation took a couple of weeks and we finished in late November 2019.” “The challenge for us is coordinating with the builder and other trades for the time to do the installation, however most important is to keep track of any design or construction changes that occur so that the space available for our product isn’t modified in any way.” “We have an inhouse team of designers to work with developers, architects and builders to integrate car parking requirements at the planning stage, we then supply a suitable parking system for each project and provide the builder with working drawings,” said Danyle. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Wharfside was our first with job with Novati and we found them a good team to work with. They communicated well and the job went smoothly. Our technicians return when the construction is finished to show residents how to use the key operated system.” “We have a range of parking systems available including two and three car stackers, semi-automatic, remote control as well as fully automatic shuffle systems and turntables to allow our clients to get the most out of the space available. We also design customised solutions and install our product in existing buildings.” Across Australia KLAUS has completed more than 600 installations using their space saving technology to provide parking for over 7,000 vehicles to private and commercial developments including The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne where they delivered parking solutions for 30 cars, saving 150m² of space.

For more information contact KLAUS Multiparking ANZ Pty Ltd, 414-426 Lower Dandenong Road, Braeside VIC 3195, phone 1300 455 287, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WHARFSIDE RESIDENCES 159

A CROWN JEWEL Ruby Gungahlin’s two towers of 13 and 17-storeys, redefines modern living with its 179 luxurious two and three bedroom apartments. The penthouse and apartments feature deluxe kitchens and bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, timber floors and tiled balconies. Residents are also able to enjoy a rooftop sanctuary with resort style BBQ ares, along with a gym and lush gardens. Ruby Gungahlin is the most recent addition to POD Projects Group and Core Building Group collaborative building programme within the Gungahlin area. Named for the vibrant red feature panels adorning the facade of the development, the project is set to be a luxurious new addition to the fast growing region. Ruby Gungahlin comprises 179 luxurious apartments over two towers of 13 and 17-storeys each. The two and three bedroom apartments plus penthouses have floor-to-ceiling windows offering expansive views. Internal fittings include timber floors and spacious tiled balconies. The taller tower boasts a rooftop entertainment area and the complex includes a 20m pool, a gym, BBQs, pizza ovens and lush gardens. The development includes over 300 parking spaces, with 3-levels in the podium and two underground, as well as 1,300m2 of commercial space. The D&C contract started in late 2017. “We detailed the design collaborating with the client and the architect from the beginning of the project,” said Senior Project Manager, Stuart Christian. “We carried out some value engineering while maintaining the


architect’s vision modifying the precast concrete façade to make it a more functional structure. We changed the hot water system by installing instantaneous electric hot water units in all the apartments, saving space that would be used for a central plant and supply pipes to each separate unit. The space saved was used for an extra commercial tenancy and enables each unit to have an independent hot water supply and be billed separately.” “The increasing development in the area of Gungahlin proved to be a challenge. Core Building Group, along with POD Project Group and other developers in the area had to contribute to infrastructure improvements as the pre-existing power supply network could not service the increased demand”

Onsite work started in February 2018. Weather conditions onsite were not optimal as it was consistently windy throughout the construction. Above the podium two separate buildings rise with two in situ cores and a façade of smooth painted precast concrete. The main challenge involved maintaining the programme and pushing to delivery. The two modern towers were completed in late 2019 with the 17-storey tower topping out at 55.1m high, the tallest Core Building Group structure to date. Established in 2011, Core Building Group offer expertise in development, construction and project management specialising in the construction of residential complexes from boutique townhouses to large resort style complexes. The team works with their clients from design and approvals through to construction and delivery with managers skilled at bringing large scale projects to a satisfactory delivery. “The Australian Capital Territory market is demand driven and the population is growing. Land releases, approvals and developments are handled differently in the Australian Capital Territory and are often difficult procedures,” added Stuart.

Core Building Group has completed a number of projects in the Australian Capital Territory. Recently completed projects include the successful residential developments in Gungahlin Mezzo, 126-apartments across two towers of 7 and 12-storeys, completed in November 2017 and Jade, a 14-storey residential tower due for completion in mid-2020. The company’s extensive portfolio includes Northridge in Denman Prospect, high end townhouses and apartments completed in June 2019 and Salt, a stylish 6-storey block in Kingston completed in 2018. In the suburb of Lawson is the elegant Mizura Villas, winner of the 2018 MBA Townhouses of the Year Award and Gateway, winner of the 2018 MBA Medium Density Apartments of the Year Award. In Coombs their developments include three quality townhouse projects, Shoji Coombs Villas, and the 4-storey Kushi Coombs. Core Building Group has extended their range to the south east coast of New South Wales, building Ohana which consists of 67 seaside apartments and penthouses Batemans Bay. For more information contact Core Building Group, 3/57 Dacre Street, Mitchell ACT 2911, phone 02 6108 4918, email, website DEVELOPER : POD Projects Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Core Building Group ARCHITECT : Stewart Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $50 million


Below Ecoact Doors supplied and installed over 300 frames, doors and hardware to the project.

EcoACT Doors and Hardware specialise in the supply and installation of both fire rated and non-rated frames and doors with associated door hardware for both internal and external applications. At Ruby Gungahlin, EcoACT supplied and installed all the metal frames and doors for the complex including, the one hour fire rated unit entrance doors and stair doors, the frames and doors for both common area doors, and electrical/comms service cupboards all of which doors had to meet the relevant Australian standards for both smoke and fire, where applicable. “We started onsite in October 2018. We installed over 300 frames and doors with all the hardware (mortice locks, closers, fire/smoke seals and door handles),” said Director, Lennart Mollar. “We had five onsite and the job went really well. We had the last doors in by the end of November 2019.” The fire doors that were installed are steel plated with a vermiculite core and the EcoACT certified installers ensure that the AS1905 standards we met during installation. “Core Developments are really easy to work for,” said Lennart. “Recently we have completed works for Core Developments on Mezzo Apartments, finishing in 2017, Northridge Apartments (27 apartments), and 11 townhouses in Denman Prospect, in June 2019. 162 ACT PROJECT FEATURE RUBY GUNGAHLIN

In late 2019 we were engaged on Jade Apartments, a complex of 167-units also in Gungahlin.” EcoACT also do commercial work. In 2019, the company finished a fitout at the Canberra Raiders Club in Braddon. EcoACT are equipped to handle any size job ranging from a small office fitout to a very large apartment complexes. Recently EcoACT teamed up with Jomon Architectural Hardware at Fyshwick in order to provide a complete service. The companies have recently finished a very complex designed apartment building, Founders Lane in Braddon. Founders Lane comprised of over 300 apartments, equalling to approximately 1,800 frames and doors. EcoACT and Jomon Hardware worked in conjunction with each other to tackle a challenging design of the frames and door hardware meeting both design intent and ensuring products adhered to the relevant Australian Standards for compliance. “It was both challenging and both rewarding, and we handed over a very high quality finished project.” For more information contact EcoACT Doors and Hardware, phone (Lennart) 0416 116 686, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Key Constructions completed all of the platerboard, skirting and architraves throughout all 179 apartments.

Key Constructions is a young company specialising in the design, supply and installation of partition walls and doors for interiors. Key Constructions started the contract for Ruby Gungahlin in November 2018, sourcing materials according to specifications. “We did all the internal plasterboard partition walls across all 179 apartments,” explained Director, Martin Lee. “We also installed the internal doors, architraves and skirtings. At peak periods we had 18 working onsite and delivered on time at the end of November 2019.” The challenge of the job involved delivery of materials, the company used the onsite crane to lift material to different floor levels and the space was quite tight. Working across two towers at once required some good planning and organisation on Key Constructions’s part and along with coordination with the builder and other trades the project. “Ruby was our first job for Core Developments and they were great to work with. The team was very accommodating, ready to listen and this certainly contributed to the success of the project,” said Director, Benny Guan. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Key Constructions is a young company, with partners contributing over 25 years experience in general construction servicing the Australian Capital Territory and regional areas. Before completion of Ruby Gungahlin they were at work on another Core Developments project, Northridge carrying out the same design, supply and installation work across 27 apartments and 11 townhouses, finishing up in May 2019. Key Constructions specialises in high rise residential projects and also has experience of designing and installing custom made doors, architraves and skirting for bespoke projects such as the Belconnen Arts Centre, a government contract completed by Key Constructions in January 2020. Successful commercial projects include the design, supply and installation of partition walls, high end doors, skirtings, architraves and door hardware for the addition of a new floor of rooms at the Ovolo Hotel in Acton. For more information contact Key Constructions, PO Box 891, Gungahlin ACT 2912, phone (Benny) 0412 504 355, (Martin) 0411 201 069, email, ACT PROJECT FEATURE RUBY GUNGAHLIN 163


USC Moreton Bay’s Foundation Building comprises 16,000m2 of floor space and includes a stunning 600-capacity internal atrium, large theatre-type auditorium for lectures and community events, multi-purpose rooms, laboratories, student centre, library, food and beverage spaces, and multi-deck carpark designed to cater for rapid growth of the student population while providing relaxed study areas as well as a venue for community events. USC Moreton Bay’s foundation building is the first project of its kind to have received a Federal Government loan to cover construction costs. It represents the culmination of years of planning by the university, together with Moreton Bay Regional Council, to provide a full-service university campus for an area the size of Brisbane. With over 400,000 residents, Moreton Bay has a large student demographic lacking adequate education infrastructure, until now. Hansen Yunken constructed the building with Hassell Studio as the university-novated architect. The expansive building will cater for the first three years of student growth at the USC Moreton Bay campus before further buildings are required. As USC is offering a large number of different courses and degrees, it required a diversified approach to the building design. 164 QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING

The building includes student collaboration and learning rooms, library facilities, retail and student breakout areas and a 460-seat auditorium that can be compartmentalised with an acoustic sliding partition. The building was designed to be modifiable and extendable in the future. Key plant areas and equipment were sized to accommodate future university expansion. The central focus of the building is known as the Rise; a grand, tiered seating area which ascends through all three floor levels, featuring a large overhead LED screen, and serves as a communal gathering place for students. “The building features state-of-the-art IT and AV that was designed inhouse by the university with their own consultant who was novated across to Hansen Yuncken,” said Justin McGrath, Senior Project Manager. “We dovetailed them into our construction programme and integrated them with the rest of the team.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The equipment in the building was procured directly by the university and pre-wired and tested at their Sippy Downs campus to make site installation and commissioning less of a programme constraint. The tight timescale was one of the most challenging aspects of the project. “It was a lot to come together within a 15 month construction period,” said Justin. “The building had to be open for the start of the first semester of 2020 with no extension of time allowances in the contract.” Hansen Yuncken carefully selected their subcontract team to ensure on time completion. “We looked at price but also capability, particularly in project critical areas. We were clear and transparent during the tender negotiation phase regarding what was required,” explained Justin. “It was important to us to have that honesty upfront to ensure that all trades could collaborate well together on the project.” This collaborative effort was a key part of the project’s success. “I had a lot of personal discussions with trades who said it’s one of the best jobs they have worked on and it’s very satisfying to hear that,” said Justin. “A lot of credit goes to the subcontractors for working with us to get the building done on time.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Over their 100 years of operation, Hansen Yuncken have created landmark projects across many sectors and the Foundation Building is a new milestone in their extensive education portfolio. “Diversified projects like this are difficult to construct but Hansen Yuncken are not afraid of delivering more complex and technical jobs,” Justin said. “It helps them stand out from competitors which has held them in good stead throughout their history.” Hansen Yuncken pride themselves on their history of innovation and performance. Their mission is to expand and diversify their sector by bringing wisdom and problem solving to every project in a spirit of open and fair collaboration. “For us it comes down to personal relationships, communication and taking the client on the journey,” said Justin. “It leads to a more successful and satisfying outcome for all involved.” For more information Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 639 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3872 4000, email brisbane@, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING 165



Below Fitout Glass and Alumnium provided the internal aluminium framing and glazing throughout the Foundation Building.

Fitout Glass and Aluminium are an installer of commercial glazing systems and glass to the commercial construction industry. Their services include installation of glazed internal office partitions, fabrication of aluminium framing and doors, frameless glass systems and commercial balustrading. They were appointed to provide internal aluminium framing and glazing to the Foundation Building at the new University of Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay campus. Fitout Glass and Aluminium were involved in the project from early on. “We started working with the architects, Hassell, very early on,” said Micah Woods, Director. “It all started with a phone call from Hassell regarding the ceiling heights and oversized glazing on the project. We were asked to suggest some products that worked and we helped to come up with the solution.” This early involvement set Fitout Glass and Aluminium up for a successful project. “Obviously the Foundation Building is a large scale job and required lots of coordination with other trades to keep up with the programme,” said Micah. “In the end there wasn’t much trouble for us on the job and that was partly thanks to having been involved with the design from the start.” Installation of the large glazing elements required careful consideration. “The lift shaft in particular featured very large glass panels that had to be craned in from the top floor,” said Micah. “The logistics involved in getting them onsite, lifting and craning them safely and getting them in place was challenging, but we found a way.”

The project also involved oversize internal automatic sliding doors that were procured and installed by Fitout Glass and Aluminium. “The doors were very large so we had to lay them down in the vehicle to get them up there for installation,” Micah said. Another challenge on the project was the need for a 100mm aluminium section that met the project’s acoustic requirements. “We worked with our aluminium supplier to reduce their existing 150mm section to 100mm while still meeting the acoustic requirements,” explained Micah. “We got it tested and it works. Now it’s on the market and has been quite a successful product.” Throughout the project, Fitout Glass and Aluminium maintained a good working relationship with the other parties involved. “Hansen Yuncken were really good to work with and so were the other trades onsite,” said Micah. “Safety was very good on the job and in that regard Hansen Yuncken are second to none.” Fitout Glass and Aluminium are based in Brisbane and primarily serve South East Queensland, although they have worked as far afield as Cairns and Coffs Harbour. The company’s large workforce of up to 100 employees gives them the capability to service many projects at one time without compromising on their integrity or the quality of their workmanship. The values of Fitout Glass and Aluminium are reflected in all their projects, including their focus on innovation and environmental responsibility. They believe that clients and suppliers are critical to the safe delivery of the highest quality products for end users and that a partnering approach provides the best outcomes for all. “We always try to work with builders and designers to address design issues and come up with workable solutions”, said Micah. “We love doing jobs right and we will offer a solution every time. We try not to say no to anybody – we are always willing to help from the largest project to the smallest.” For more information contact Fitout Glass and Aluminium, 185 Lavarack Avenue, Eagle Farm QLD 4009, phone 07 3393 9033, email, website



Below Delta Group logged more than 7,000 site hours completing civil construction works on the project.

Delta Group provided a range of civil construction services including more than 2,600m3 of bulk excavation, 50m of stormwater drainage works, installation of pavements, 1,000m3 of detailed excavation, pile trimming of 200 piles and blinding to all footings and pile caps. Delta Group’s works spanned from October 2018 to completion in January 2020. Over the course of the project Delta Group were required to accommodate a 70% increase in their initial scope. “We had the resources to deal with the increased scope,” said Peter Gaylard, Divisional Manager, Queensland. “At peak we had a 15 strong workforce including eight separate trades onsite and we logged more than 7,000 site hours on the project.” Not only were Delta Group’s works completed on time and within budget, but they also achieved their target of recording no lost time injuries or medically treated injuries. “The work we do is a high risk part of a high risk industry so safety is a major focus for us,” said Peter. “For Tier 1 builders we pride ourselves on being the best choice. It’s critical to have a great partner for early works and our clients can have confidence in us.” 168 QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING

Delta understands the project lifecycle better than any other contractor. “We can be trusted to deliver the works and that trust and confidence is key,” said Peter. “We pride ourselves on understanding the project lifecycle better than any other contractor,” Peter added. “From high rise demolition in the CBD to civil construction projects like the USC Moreton Bay Foundation Building; or even commercial skip bin hire and landscaping – we have the capacity to deliver Tier 1 contracting services across the full spectrum of any construction project lifecycle.” Delta Group is one of the largest diversified contractors of their type. Their expertise has been proven across multiple disciplines in the world’s most challenging environments. As a partner to leading clients worldwide they continue to shape the urban and industrial landscapes of tomorrow.

For more information contact Delta Group, Commercial Building, 33 Remora Road, Hamilton QLD 4007, phone 07 3268 5395, fax 07 3630 2269, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Wilde and Woollard Queensland provided cost planning, tender documentation, tender review and construction phase project auditing services.

Established in Brisbane in 1928, Wilde and Woollard Queensland is a proactive quantity surveying company committed to delivering high quality, project specific services for their clients. They are a member of the national Wilde and Woollard group of practices. As a leading provider of cost management and related services to the higher education sector in Australia, Wilde and Woollard were engaged by the University of the Sunshine Coast to provide cost planning, tender documentation, tender review and construction phase project cost auditing services for the new Moreton Bay campus Foundation Building. A key requirement for the project was to deliver value for money. “Right from the outset we worked with the architect to design a building that came within the client’s budget,” said John Waterworth, Director. “The project was budget driven but also had to be functional.” The project had a very tight programme which was dictated by the university client, which required the building to be operational for the first semester 2020. “From the start to the finish this was an intense project. To deliver such a high quality project in a short time and within WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the budget is a credit to the good team effort of everyone involved,” said John. In addition to the USC Moreton Bay Foundation Building, Wilde and Woollard have delivered cost management services for a wide range of tertiary education projects across Australia and are proud of the position they have achieved through a commitment to this sector spanning 30 years. Wilde and Woollard is one of the oldest continuously operating construction cost consultancies in Australia. They are proud of their contribution to the Australian built environment. Their heritage over the past 92 years shapes their key values of trust, integrity and client focused service delivery.

For more information contact Wilde and Woollard Queensland, Level 14, Brisbane Club Tower, 241 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3368 3050, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING 169

Below KUSCH designed the prefabrication systems and seismic restraint solutions for building services.

KUSCH Consulting Engineers is a structural consulting firm that specialises in the design of support systems for building services, often referred to as non-structural elements. KUSCH designs prefabrication systems and seismic restraint solutions for building services on major construction projects across Australia. The National Construction Code and AS1170.4 requires that ceilings, partitions and building services be designed and installed to resist earthquake loads without harming occupants, and to remain fully operational after an earthquake within critical facilities. KUSCH supported main contractor Hansen Yuncken, with a project wide seismic design service for the Foundation Building at the University of Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay campus. KUSCH provided guidance and direction to ceiling and partition designers and completed the seismic design for each services trade, ensuring that the bracing required to resist horizontal seismic loads could be constructed within often congested ceiling spaces. “It’s somewhat unique for contractors to engage a seismic consultant as part of the design team,” said Martin Kusz, Director of Engineering. “Typically, the seismic design of non-structural elements is pushed 170 QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING

onto individual contractors during the construction phase of a project. However, this has the potential to create coordination and construction issues and can result in poor seismic performance overall as most elements interact with each other in some way.” “Making the seismic performance of all non-structural elements a single consultant’s responsibility ensured consistent outcomes across all trades,” said Martin. “It facilitated practical assessments of interactions between elements and evaluation of inherent seismic resilience throughout the project. This improved the overall efficiency of the design by minimising the additional seismic bracing materials that were required.” Since 2013, KUSCH has grown in scope and size every year. Their success has been built on the firm’s belief that cooperation and a can-do approach enable the most imaginative and complex projects to be brought to life.

For more information contact KUSCH Consulting Engineers, 36 Hollonds Street, Mount Beauty VIC 3699, phone 0437 040 025, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Ontime Guardrail installed RHINO-STOP® Elite safety barriers to the USC campus multi-storey car park.

Ontime Guardrail are a specialist supplier and installer of barriers for roads, mine sites, carparks and warehouses. For close to 30 years they have made a significant contribution to road and site safety on projects in Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales.

All guardrails supplied by Ontime Guardrail are manufactured to the highest standards. Their professional workforce is highly trained in road safety barriers and they are also BMA mine certified with extensive mine site experience. As well as new installations they can also carry out repair and maintenance works.

At the University of Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay campus, Ontime Guardrail installed RHINO-STOP® Elite safety barriers to the multi-storey carpark adjacent to the new Foundation Building.

Ontime Guardrail maintains a fleet of plant and machinery and a large amount of available stock to be able to mobilise and deliver any project as quickly as possible. Their mission is to supply and install quality assured guardrail on time to every project.

RHINO-STOP® Elite is a modular carpark safety barrier which incorporates superior crash performance along with a slender profile and galvanised or powder coated finishing options. “The RHINOSTOP® product is significantly stronger than other products that are anchored with a rigid post. It has been crash tested and proven to prevent the concrete structure from being damaged on impact,” said Damien Duncan, Director of Ontime Guardrail. “We have been the sole Queensland installer of the RHINO-STOP® Elite product since it was first released in Australia six years ago,” said Damien. “Since then we’ve completed installations on many multi-storey carparks in the state.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We always try to ensure we do the job quickly and to the highest standards while maintaining a safe working environment for our employees,” said Damien. “At Ontime Guardrail we pride ourselves on our people and training.”

For more information contact Ontime Guardrail, 51 Commerce Circuit, Yatala QLD 4207, phone 07 3287 3000, fax 07 3804 6700, email sales@, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING 171



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Below Embelton installed thousands of meters of engineered European oak flooring, Harlequin dance floor, vinyl and carpet for the project.

Embelton was founded in 1925 and operates in two main industries - flooring and acoustic isolation. The company is headquartered in Melbourne and employs over 100 permanent staff and hundreds of contractors nationally. Embelton is also one of Australia’s largest wholesale flooring distributors. Embelton combines a nationwide supply and installation capability with a reputation for quality products, service and expertise. They were contracted to supply and install floor coverings for the Foundation Building project at the USC Moreton Bay campus. The work included the installation of 1,700m2 of engineered European Oak Flooring in the Stoop area Auditorium and Harlequin dance floor along with 600m2 of vinyl and 5,700m2 of carpet tiles throughout the classrooms and common areas. 300 linear metres of solid timber stairs were also custom fabricated and installed in the project. Also, areas of the project incorporated the supply and installation of a modular access floor system to provide access to underfloor services at all point across the floor. Embelton worked closely with main contractor Hansen Yuncken to achieve a successful outcome within a tight schedule. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Embelton collaborates closely with acoustic consultants, structural engineers, architects, builders and installers to design and supply bestin-class solutions on major projects across Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In 2020, Embelton is celebrating being in business for 95 years. As the company has grown they have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Australian Construction industry. Their expansion has seen them come together with some of their competitors, most notably with the recently announced the acquisition of Omnifloor, one of Australia’s largest and most successful flooring contractors. “We are thrilled to bring together the Embelton and Omnifloor Commercial Contracting Businesses,” said James Embelton, Managing Director. “As part of this transaction, joining the team are an outstanding team of highly experienced flooring contractors, positioning Embelton as the largest and most experienced Commercial Flooring Contractor in Australia.” For more information contact Embelton, 147-149 Bakers Road, Coburg VIC 3058, phone 03 9353 4811, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING 173

Below ERDS provided planning and design services to ensure the electricity supply to the campus.

ERDS are a leading electrical planning and design consultancy that has been operating in Queensland since 1997. They provided planning and design services to establish the electricity supply to the University of Sunshine Coast’s new Moreton Bay campus. “Initially we extended the existing backbone (HV) network on behalf of the network operator, Energex,” said Matthew Keeffe, Senior Project Manager. “This involved crossing public and private land to find the most economical and effective route and connection point.” The connection works involved extensive negotiation. “There were many stakeholders involved including Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads,” explained Matthew. Once the supply connection was established ERDS designed a new indoor chamber substation within the Foundation Building. “The substation includes an 11kV supply provision for the proposed building load plus future supply for the whole campus. The substation was designed to Energex requirements as they will own the asset. ERDS is an A-Rated Energex accredited design consultant that has a well established working relationship with Energex. In addition to the chamber substation, ERDS completed the subdivision design for 174 QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING

Stage 1 of the development and the lighting and traffic signal design for the main entry to the campus,” said Matthew. ERDS is at the forefront of electrical substation design works – the team has extensive industry experience, a large network of contacts and expertise in all aspects of electrical supply for developments in Queensland. ERDS offer a large range of specialist design services including distribution networks, subdivisions, large customer connections, lighting and traffic signalling and intelligent transport systems. Their one-stop-shop service offering spans from assessments and feasibility studies though to Issue for Construction designs, authority approvals and tendering. The attention to detail, teamwork and communication that ERDS applies to their projects is second to none and on all their projects they strive to be a preferred partner by providing high quality, responsive and cost effectiveness deliverables to their Clients. For more information contact ERDS (Electrical Reticulation Design Services) Pty Ltd, Unit 1, 44 Borthwick Avenue, Murarrie QLD 4172, phone 07 3518 3100, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Fagaleo Custom Seating designed 300 bespoke timber seats for the auditorium for the project.

The campus features a range of state-of-the-art spaces including a flexible auditorium for teaching and community events. Among the innovative and unique design features of the new auditorium are the 300 bespoke timber seats that were manufactured and installed by Fagaleo Custom Seating, a Queensland based company operating nationwide.

client’s specifications and has an increased width to meet bariatric requirements. “We are flexible enough to adapt our products to suit the specific requirements of any project ranging from slight modifications to major changes,” said Les. “We are happy to adapt to the needs of our clients. That’s the way that we have worked for almost 30 years.”

As an established specialist provider of custom seating to auditoriums, cinemas, places of worship, performing arts centres and offices, Fagaleo Custom Seating were appointed by Hansen Yuncken and worked closely with the university to accommodate their requirements and finalise the order before fabricating and installing the seats. “The majority of the fabrication was done inhouse. We worked closely with our suppliers to ensure we could receive materials and complete the order on time,” said Les Heinemann, General Manager. “The installation process was smooth and we had no issues. We have worked with Hansen Yuncken before and we find them very good and professional to work with.” The Foundation Building seating was based on a standard seat from Fagaleo’s range but incorporates customised timber features to the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Fagaleo Custom Seating, 86 Eastern Road, Browns Plains QLD 4118, phone 0418 191 083, fax 07 3800 3702, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING 175

Below GRAPHIS designed a range of signage and wayfinding solutions for the interior and exterior areas of the new campus.

Brisbane based experimental graphic design studio GRAPHIS were appointed to design the internal and external signage and wayfinding to the Foundation Building. GRAPHIS designed a range of clear and legible external signage that draws from the university brand in terms of both colour and font. Much of the external signage was designed to be changeable as the campus continues to evolve. “The process began with a wayfinding analysis of the site to identify the different modes of access, circulation paths and various user groups. This information formed the basis of the Wayfinding Strategy” said Megan Mackenzie, Director.

have three main focuses,” said Megan. “The first is intuitive navigation – to minimise stress or cognitive load. The second is seamless integration with the architectural form and materiality. Lastly is effective communication – clear messaging aligned with the client’s brand.” GRAPHIS is comprised of passionate strategists, designers and artists with over 30 years experience in sectors including education, commercial, health, residential, retail and government. On all their projects they work collaboratively with the full design team and client to produce beautiful and successful communication material.

“We are also concious of the wayfinding for the wider campus which will be under development over the next many years. For example, we looked at how to get people from Petrie train station to the Foundation Building and how that will change over time,” explained Megan. Internally the signage adopted a different look and feel that was closely aligned with the interior finishes of the Foundation Building but retained the university’s standard font, Barlow. “At GRAPHIS we 176 QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING

For more information contact GRAPHIS, 38 Elliot Street, Clayfield QLD 4011, phone 0410 102 870, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below SPP Group designed and documented services for fire services, including hydrant and sprinkler tanks and pumps.

SPP Group has been designing hydraulic and fire services for over 42 years. The company were engaged on the University of Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay Campus to provide hydraulic consultancy services for the following, sanitary plumbing and drainage, trade waste plumbing and drainage, laboratory waste plumbing and drainage, roof water drainage (including rainwater harvesting), fire hydrants and fire hose reels, fire sprinklers, hot and cold water, rainwater reuse, and LP gas reticulation. SPP Group also provided advice for the Precinct Masterplan, along with other USC initiatives such as, precinct centralised water storage and booster pump facilities, energy saving measures including solar preheating for the hot water system, rainwater harvesting reuse for toilets, urinals and the irrigation system, and detailed wastewater and water usage monitoring systems. “The project provided various design challenges for the SPPG Team, including the lack of any authority sewer or water infrastructure to the site at the time of design, however our team, utilising 3D BIM modelling and working closely with Hassel Architect, USC, Hansen Yuncken and MBRC developed the right solutions, including a large sewer pump station with 80,000L of emergency storage capacity,” said Director Darren Campbell. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Alongside their education sector capability, SPP Group are a broad based consultancy with experience in the all of the building sectors including corrections/institutional, retail, residential, mining, defence, science and research and healthcare. They operate Australia wide with offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Mackay, Perth and Melbourne. “As a boutique company we’ve been engaged to provide Consultancy Services on some of the country’s largest projects including Royal Adelaide Hospital, Optus Stadium Perth, Victorian Cancer Care Centre and the first Vertical High School in Queensland, ICNSS,” said Darren. “It was a pleasure to be able to work closely with Hassell, Hansen Yuncken and USC representatives to deliver this project and we wish USC all the best for their new Campus.”

For more information contact SPP Group, Suite 3, Level 1, 36 Park Road, Milton QLD 4064, phone 07 3846 3077, email brisbane@, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE USC MORETON BAY FOUNDATION BUILDING 177

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY DEVELOPER : The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Lendlease CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $867 million

The $867 million Northern Connector is a six-lane, 15.5km motorway providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway. Predominately constructed from concrete, with a diamond groove finish, the new road took three and half years to complete. The Northern Connector is one of the largest and most groundbreaking projects in South Australia’s history, and has revolutionised travel in the state. Providing a vital freight and commuter link between major arterial roads in the state, the project was a much needed development for the area. “The project delivers significant travel time savings for road users, an average of 10 minutes depending on the time of day,” said Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s, Paul Kermode. “This has great benefits for tourism areas north of Adelaide such as the Barossa Valley, which are now perceived as being more accessible. It also makes it quicker and safer for heavy vehicles to deliver goods from the north to the airport, Port Adelaide or the city.” The Northern Connector is part of the North-South Corridor, which when complete will provide a 78km non-stop motorway between Gawler and Old Noarlunga. Uniquely for a project of its size in South Australia, the road surface for the Northern Connector has been constructed primarily of 178 SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR

concrete, rather than asphalt, as the concrete pavement is expected to last much longer and have lower ongoing maintenance costs. A concrete batch plant was constructed onsite specifically for the Northern Connector project, relocated from a previous project in New South Wales, to the rear of the site compound at Waterloo Corner. The batch plant produced approximately 175,000m3 of concrete for 15.5km of the Northern Connector alignment, excluding the four interchanges which were constructed in asphalt. Changing to a concrete road surface for the bulk of the motorway also contributed an additional $11 million to local industry, and assisted in creating 480 full time equivalent jobs each year during the construction. The project also helped individuals and local businesses upskill, giving them a pathway to future employment or contracts, leaving a lasting legacy especially for Aboriginal workers, northern suburbs workers, people facing barriers to employment, and trainees and apprentices. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The location of the road provided a number of environmental and geographic challenges that needed to be managed carefully during the construction period. A number of systems were put in place to ensure the surrounding environment was protected and included an Environmental Management Plan, regular monitoring of local wildlife by specialists, and sediment control, as well as noise, vibration and dust management. The project team liaised closely with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW), Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Natural Resource Management Board, local councils and other key organisations to ensure best practice measures are implemented for environmental protection. Great care was taken to build over the neighbouring mangrove area, to minimise impacts to the mangrove root systems and the ecosystems of the adjacent wetlands and watercourses. The salt pans also proved challenging, requiring metres of materials to be dug out, refilled and allowed to settle before pavement works on the motorway itself could begin. Each of the four interchanges (Southern Interchange, Bolivar Interchange, Waterloo Corner Interchange and Northern Interchange) presented the logistical challenge of trying to minimise disruption to motorists, while also maintaining the highest of safety standards for WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

all workers. With the assistance of experienced contractors, the project proceeded as smoothly as possible. The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is currently working on other projects within the corridor, namely the Darlington Upgrade Project and Regency Road to Pym Street Project. Planning work is also well underway on the last remaining section of the North South Corridor, between the River Torrens and Darlington. For more information contact the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR 179

Below Lendlease were assigned as head contractor, forming a partnership with a number of local industry partners.

The Lendlease brand is recognised around the world for their creation of outstanding commercial, industrial, civil and social infrastructure. Established in Sydney 62 years ago, they have grown in influence and stature in the global construction industry. Amongst their recent achievements in Australia is the Northern Connector, the first major concrete motorway in South Australia. The $867 million project is now open to traffic and provides a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway. Funded by $694 million from the Australian Government and $173 million from the South Australian Government, the six-lane, 15.5km motorway is a critical component of Adelaide’s 78km north-south corridor. The Northern Connector enables an unimpeded journey from Port Wakefield, the mid north, the Barossa Valley and the Riverland to the Port of Adelaide or the length of the corridor, to Old Noarlunga in the south. This will significantly improve freight access to the Port of Adelaide and the industrial areas of Adelaide’s north and northwest, improve road safety and efficiency, reduce travel times for commuters travelling to and from the northern suburbs, cater for forecast traffic volumes which are currently reliant on Port Wakefield Road, and better serve the industrial and commercial sectors along Port Wakefield Road. The many businesses along Port Wakefield Road will benefit from improved traffic flow.

As well as the obvious engineering and construction aspects, this project has focused on delivering economic benefits to the local South Australian community including creating 480 full time equivalent jobs each year during construction. The programme had a target of at least 50% of all jobs to be filled by northern suburbs residents and at least 90% of onsite labour hours to be undertaken by South Australians. Additionally, at least 20% of all onsite labour hours had to be undertaken by ex-automotive industry workers, Aboriginal people, people facing barriers to employment and trainees and apprentices. All these objectives were successfully achieved, with some categories exceeded by a significant amount. Lendlease has been responsible for some of the nation’s most ambitious and complex road and bridge infrastructure projects including a 281km section of the Pacific Highway between Hexham and Tweed Heads in New South Wales which includes the longest bridge in Australia across the Macleay River and flood plain, the Westlink M7 in Sydney and the Gateway Bridge upgrade in Brisbane. Lendlease also provides long term operational support and maintenance services to public and private road asset owners in Australia. For more information contact Lendlease, 14/431-439 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8202 8888, email info@, website

The new motorway will have three-lanes in each direction, a posted speed limit of 110km/ph, and four road interchanges. The project also provides a 16km path for cyclists and pedestrians that will connect with the Northern Expressway’s existing 23km path. To facilitate the Northern Connector project in a manner that would fulfill the objectives of all stakeholders, Lendlease as head contractor formed a partnership with a number of local industry partners, including Catcon, McMahon Services, Intract, LR&M Constructions and SEM Civil. 180 SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR




Below Adelaide Brighton provided locally made high quality cement, aggregates and premixed concrete to help build a durable and sustainable road.

Adelaide Brighton has been building a better Australia since 1882. As one of Australia’s pioneering construction materials and industrial mineral manufacturing and distribution business’, they are agile and always ready to partner with customers and communities to make sure they create a better way of life.

Adelaide Brighton is no stranger to the infrastructure sector. They recently played a key role in the $1.1 billion RAAF Base Tindal upgrade in the Northern Territory supplying aggregates and cement, while in Western Australia they have an extensive history of supplying cement and lime to key oil and gas infrastructure.

When planning began for the Northern Connector, Adelaide Brighton knew that building a concrete road was the opportunity for them to showcase their local expertise and capability. Partnering with Lendlease they worked collaboratively to solve challenges and supplied over 1.2 million tonnes of construction materials through their trusted local brands of Adelaide Brighton Cement, Penrice Quarry & Minerals, Southern Quarries and Direct Mix Concrete.

The company’s integrated business model supplies a full range of construction materials to the infrastructure, mining, residential and commercial building sectors including cement, lime, concrete, aggregates and concrete masonry products.

With concrete being used for the first time as a road pavement at this scale in the state, Adelaide Brighton’s technical expertise and state-of-the-art NATA laboratory played a key role in developing a highly consistent and reliable Type SL (Shrinkage Limited) cement capable of withstanding the wear and tear of tens of thousands of cars every single day.

The company has 95 concrete plants and 44 strategic quarry reserves across Australia including joint ventures. It is also the country’s largest manufacturer of concrete masonry products, making it the perfect partner for large infrastructure projects.

The sheer volume of material needed for the project meant that Adelaide Brighton had to cover all possible contingencies to ensure it was produced and delivered safely, on time and to the highest quality standards. Adelaide Brighton’s solutions-focused mindset led them to align their production schedules to peak construction periods, while its dedicated project team built strong stakeholder relationships based on ‘doing what they say’. In total, over 900,000 tonnes of fill and road base, 310,000 tonnes of sand and aggregate, 42,000 tonnes of cement and slag, and 25,000m3 of premixed concrete was safely supplied to the project. Adelaide Brighton, an ASX200 company, has strong connections within South Australia with the company founded there nearly 140 years ago. Today, Adelaide Brighton is a leading supplier of construction materials and industrial minerals operating from over 130 locations across Australia and employing over 1,500 people.

Each year Adelaide Brighton sells over 4.3 million tonnes of cementitious materials, making it the largest Australian owned supplier in the country.

The company has invested for a strong future and is always ready for the next challenge. It has constructed a brand-new concrete plant in the Brisbane suburb of Pinkenba to service the expanding south-east Queensland market. The company as also invested in a new quarry at Scotchy Pocket, in the Gympie region of Queensland, further reinforcing their role in the state. Conscious of its social licence to operate and desire to be part of the community, Adelaide Brighton is committed to a sustainable future. Currently alternative fuels supply 14% of the company’s energy consumption, with further enhancements planned. With a culture of ‘Work Safe, Home Safe’ the safety of its people is central to everything they do. This year they launched their inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan to help create a business that is as diverse and inclusive as the communities in which they operate. For more information contact Adelaide Brighton, phone 08 8223 8000, email, website



Adelaide Brighton’s Birkenhead plant manufactured high quality cement products for the Northern Connector concrete road.



Below Fieldquip installed chain mesh security fencing and noise mitigating fencing to 15km of the Northern Connector.

Fieldquip provided chain mesh security fencing to the boundaries of the Northern Connector and safety fences to all bridges and headwalls. With a total project length of more than 15km, Fieldquip’s chain mesh security fencing proved to be a cost effective, strong and resilient option for the project’s security needs. Fieldquip’s scope of works included the installation of 22,000mm of 1800mm high black PVC coated chainmesh fencing, 5,000m of 2400mm high chainmesh security fencing with bottom rail, safety fencing to bridge abutments & drains, bikeway fencing & balustrading with shoulder rails, light pole footings and concrete works across the project. They also installed noise mitigation fences to a large number of properties surrounding the construction. Fieldquip’s noise mitigation fencing ensured that nearby residents experienced as little impact from the new road as possible. Attractive and practical, these barriers will maintain the privacy and peace of those nearby for years to come. Fieldquip also installed handrails and balustrades to the bridges and overpasses on the Northern Connector. Fieldquip were challenged by the sheer size of the Northern Connector, which required many kilometres of fencing to keep workers and 184 SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR

members of the public safe, as well as to ensure that construction proceeded on time. The rugged landscape and at times brutal weather conditions were other challenges that required consideration. The team met and exceeded these demands through hard work and determination. Fieldquip have been in business for 20 years and have 30 employees, with 12 working on this project. The company provides a broad range of fencing solutions, with their own inhouse manufacturing facility in Adelaide allowing them to design, manufacture and install a wide range of chain mesh, sheet, tubular, security, acoustic walling, and gates. Fieldquip have previously worked on the construction of the iconic Wayville Railway Station and several major housing estates around Adelaide. They’re looking forward to working on the North South Corridor Regency to Pym and Flinders Link projects this year, as they further prove themselves to be the experts in security fencing and balustrading.

For more information contact Fieldquip, 2 Mons Avenue, Edwardstown SA 5039, phone 08 8293 2299, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below HDS Australia provided independent road safety audits during every stage of the project.

HDS Australia is a specialist engineering consultancy focussing on traffic engineering, road design, road transport planning and road safety audits. They played a vital role in making sure traffic flowed safely during and after construction of the Northern Connector, with regular road safety audits conducted to ensure the safety of all road users.

As an Australian owned and operated business, HDS Australia has forged a strong reputation over the past 30 years as a specialised civil engineering and project management consultancy that provides high quality services to all levels of government, and to the private sector, in a cost effective and professional manner.

“HDS Australia has been heavily involved with the Northern Connector project since design stage road safety audits commenced in February 2017, and it’s certainly exciting to see the project completed,” said Principal Engineer, Daniel Ahrens. “We specialise in providing independent road safety audits and provided a full review of this project during every stage. The safety of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, at interchanges and intersections was a key consideration.”

“HDS Australia is the major road safety audit provider in South Australia, with similar services offered in VIC and NSW. We currently employ eight senior road safety auditors across the three states. This means we can deliver fast turnaround on complex projects, and also gives us the ability to work on multiple major projects at the same time.”

“Two of the more significant road safety challenges in the early stage of the project involved design of a shared path along its full length, and design of the Bolivar Interchange. Several workshops, and an on going close working relationship with the design team, main contractor and DPTI representatives, ensured that all safety concerns were addressed.” said Daniel. “Similarly, road safety issues associated with construction stage traffic diversions and night time temporary lighting were resolved by close liaison between our auditors and Lendlease traffic engineers.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

HDS Australia has also been working on another major upgrade to South Australia’s transport network for the past four years, while simultaneously undertaking road safety audits and heavy vehicle route assessments on a multitude of medium and small scale transport projects. Successfully handling this large number of projects at the same time is testament to the skills and dedication of the company’s road safety team. It has seen the company’s reputation grow considerably as a key specialist in road safety. For more information contact HDS Australia, phone 08 8333 3760, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR 185



Below Diamond Contractors completed concrete and bitumen sawing, as well as core drilling, cutting roads and working with expansion joints.

Diamond Contractors have been providing a high quality concrete drilling services to the Australian construction industry for more than three decades. They worked closely with the developers and other contractors throughout the construction of the Northern Connector to ensure it opened as soon as possible. There were stringent conditions for the team to meet whilst working on this project and they were happy to rise to the occasion. “We had the contract for the concrete and bitumen sawing, as well as core drilling, cutting roads and working with expansion joints,” said Diamond Contractors’, Steve Browne. “Basically, we were there to sort out the day-to-day issues that arise with a project of this scale.” The team at Diamond Contractors needed to quickly respond to tasks that came up at short notice, including emergency rescheduling and night work. “We have a great bunch of guys and made it through. I was really proud of the team work we showed,” said Steve. The world of concrete drilling and sawing is always evolving, and Diamond are always at the leading edge of technology to offer the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

most efficient service to their clients and also minimise the effect on the environment, where ever possible. “We’ve recently updated our equipment to be more environmentally friendly, with a reduced carbon footprint. This was a requirement for working on the Northern Connector project, but also something we wanted to do as a company moving forward,” explained Steve. Diamond Contractors have recently finished a 12 month contract on South Australia’s Regional Bridges project.

For more information contact Diamond Contractors, PO Box 297, Brighton SA 5048, phone 08 8298 2835, mobile 0411 878 420, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR 187

Below Titanium Security supplied a range of security services to the project including static security officers, mobile patrols and alarm responses.

Titanium Security are leaders in their field, offering an extensive range of security services including guards, mobile patrols and alarm response, crowd control, cash transit, armed security, electronic alarm systems and CCTV. The Northern Connector project required a vast amount of manpower due to the size of the project and many companies involved relied on their services. “We provided a range of security services to the project,” said Chief Operating Officer, Ian Haylock. “This included static security officers, mobile patrols, alarm responses and electronics throughout the project.”

Titanium specialise in the delivery of individualised, professional security solutions for private, commercial, corporate, local government and industry clientele. The company are also currently working on South Australia’s $354.3 million R2P Alliance project. This undertaking comprises a number of motorways and overpasses, intersections and pedestrian facilities.

Titanium were proud to utilise new technology and procedures to keep everyone safe and everything progressing. “We were able to bring state-of-the-art technology into play, such as electronic incident reporting and tracking of vehicles and persons in live time via GPS,” explained Ian. Titanium Security was established in 2007 and are 100% Australian owned and operated. They have offices in South Australia, where they were founded, as well as New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. 188 SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR

For more information contact Titanium Security Australia, 14 Bayer Road, Elizabeth South SA 5112, phone 1300 800 667, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below A.C.T. Hire provided loaders and rollers, as well as a large number of excavators, tipper trucks and carters to the project for its entire duration.

A.C.T. Hire are one of South Australia’s leading providers of Tier 1 compliant heavy machinery, with more than 125 pieces of earthmoving and construction plant. Their extensive range was on hand during the Northern Connector.

A.C.T. Hire’s range of equipment continues to grow, enabling the company to work on an increasing number of major developments. Their roster of machinery can now be found hard at work at many large construction sites in South Australia.

“A.C.T. Hire provided loaders and rollers during initial works, and a large number of excavators during the very important lighting process,” explained Business Development Manager, Lindsay Lawrence. “There have been quite a few tipper trucks carting materials. It’s hard to put a definitive figure on how much of our equipment has been used, but it was significant. Some gear has been out there 12 months, some seven to eight weeks, but all of our equipment has played an important role in making this project a success.”

A.C.T. Hire recently sent a large amount of equipment to the Gawler Rail Electrification Project, and are also involved with the Regency Road to Pym Street project. “We have a reputation for quality equipment and we can be relied upon. We’re all very proud of supplying top equipment for major developments,” said Lindsay.

A.C.T. Hire has been in operation since 1986, specialising in the dry hire of compaction equipment, water carts, excavators (from 1.7 tonne through to 30 tonne), wheel loaders, track and wheeled skid steer loaders, site dumpers, graders, tippers and attachments. “The entire A.C.T. Hire team are pleased by the performance and reliability of all the machines we sent out to this project. Most of the gear is relatively new, and we employ a rigorous maintenance and safety programme, so we keep downtime to a minimum,” Lindsay said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact A.C.T. Hire, 348 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8347 0552, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR 189

Below Lincon supplied truck mounted under bridge units for the Northern Connector project, which were dry hired.

Project safety is always a priority. This is even more critical when working within live traffic and at heights. Lincon are industry leading specialists in height access and safety with world class international brands making up their fleet of specialised machinery. Lincon supplied truck mounted under bridge units for the Northern Connector project, which was a monumental task given the number of bridges and overpasses within the project. Lincon were able to offer a dry hire option for the client which enabled the overall project costs to be reduced and delivered on budget. In addition to this, Lincon supplied highly skilled employees for machine delivery, training and servicing during the course of these works. Lincon’s under bridge fleet is made up of a variety of highly capable, versatile and easy-to-operate machines. Notable amongst these are the Barin ABC 60 and 180 Under Bridge Work Platforms, and the Barin AB 16SL and AB22 Under Bridge Inspection Units. Lincon also offer a wide range of travel towers, road rail combis and insulated travel towers. 190 SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR

“I’m particularly proud of the uniqueness of our underbridge units. They are very cost effective compared to scaffolding or cranes,” said Lincon General Manager, Craig Guschal. The comapny’s fleet is the most modern in Australia, with Lincon boasting a regular fleet replacement programme, and offering OEM maintenance services for their entire range of equipment. Lincon are also the Australasian agent for Palfinger Platforms and Barin. Lincon was formed in 2001, as the safe height access industry was undergoing rapid change and becoming more specialised and regulated. The Lincon team believed they could source superior machinery than what was then available in Australia, and in doing so changed the industry forever. Lincon operates nationally, all across Australia. The team work on a huge number of infrastructure construction projects in all states, and also undertake ongoing maintenance work for a large number of clients. For more inforamtion contact Lincon, 17 Westcombe Street, Darra QLD 4076, phone 07 3712 0780, fax 07 3712 0782, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below True Line Kerbing created the kerbs, gutters, median kerbs, median islands on the intersections and bridges, for more than 20km of roadway.

True Line Kerbing were in charge of constructing the kerbs and gutters for more than 20km of roadway on the Northern Connector. The extensive project included the creation of six traffic lanes, as well as cycle and pedestrian pathways, and four road interchanges, and bridges, and it proved to be a massive undertaking that tested the skills and resilience of this innovative company. “Our team have been on most major infrastructure projects in South Australia over the past 10 years, but this was on another level,” said Business Development Manager, Harito Chrisakis. “We started in June of 2018 and were contracted to complete all the kerb types for the project. This included kerbs, gutters, median kerbs, median islands, across work on the interchanges and bridges.”

volume and quality of the finished product.” True Line Kerbing also worked on many side projects, including the car parks of an adjoining power sub-station, a SA Water treatment plant, as well as many ramps and footpaths in parks surrounding the Northern Connector. “It was a challenging job because the scope was so big. Each zone had its own set of project managers and engineers to work with, so it was like starting a new job each time we moved to a new section. The Northern Connector was so much bigger than anything we’d ever worked on, but it was very rewarding as much as it was challenging.” True Line Kerbing have previously worked on South Australia’s Adelaide Airport, Urban Superway and are currently working on the Darlington Intersection upgrade.

A big, fast moving project like the Northern Connector requires a company to employ a variety of methods to get the job done. True Line Kerbing used two main techniques for this project. “Due to the size of the project, we did a lot of work with our kerb machines, which produces high quantities of kerb in a run, because we had so much to do in such a short amount of time. But we also completed lots of hand work as well, which both can been seen by the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact True Line Kerbing, 16 Leeds Street, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 8360 SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR 191

Northern Connector, South Australia



Below Ward Tipper Hire supplied a range of fit-for-purpose vehicles for the civil aspects of the Northern Connector.

Ward Tipper Hire, a privately owned company, has been supplying vehicles and equipment to construction sites since 2002. On the Northern Connector, the company supplied vehicles from their extensive fleet to help with the civil aspects of the project.

and the Port River Expressway. We look forward to continuing on with these upgrades,” said Mark.

“We supplied the project with machines such as wheel loaders, backhoes, skid steers, water carts and tip trucks,” explained Ward Tipper Hire’s, Mark Ward. “We had a semi water cart made, because this project was spread out over such a large area and we needed the extra capacity. It was the first one in the Adelaide region.” The 15.5km motorway posed a number of challenges due to its size. “We had to deal with the issues of supply and demand, working at short notice, regular night shifts and things like that. But we really enjoyed conquering these issues,” said Mark. Ward Tipper Hire are always willing to meet the high demands and specific requirements of their clients’ projects, by expanding their fleet capabilities and company offerings. “Ward Tipper have worked on many major infrastructure projects around the region, such as the Northern Expressway, Gawler Bypass WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Ward Tipper Hire, Lot 32, McVann Avenue, Paralowie SA 5108, phone 08 8281 1716, email admin@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN CONNECTOR 193

A GRANDSTAND PERFORMANCE CLIENT : City of Norwood, Payneham & St. Peters MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Schiavello Construction (SA) Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : + Tridente Boyce STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec SERVICES ENGINEER: BCA Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $9 million

The Norwood Oval redevelopment saw the construction of a new 2-storey community centre, a Premier’s Bar for 90 patrons, function room, and commercial kitchen, as well as the renovation and refurbishment of existing grandstands, major upgrades to the services infrastructure, extensive glazing to provide an uninterrupted view of the oval area, and face lift to the heritage listed Sir Edwin Smith grandstand. Norwood Oval, one of the most historic and iconic football grounds in Adelaide, is in the midst of a major transformation to deliver new and upgraded facilities. Schiavello Construction were contracted to construct a new 2-storey pavilion between the southern Sir Edwin Smith Grandstand and the Western Grandstand comprising a new Premiers Bar on the ground floor and the new Wolf Blass Function Centre on the upper floor, with an exposed viewing deck and a large glazed façade overlooking the oval. The works include alterations to both grandstands and connections to the new building. The Sir Edwin Smith Grandstand will be upgraded to house Norwood Football Club change rooms, offices, a boardroom and gym while the Western Grandstand will include a new kiosk, umpires change room and amenities and two away team change rooms. The Norwood Oval first opened in 1901 and has been an iconic feature of the neighbourhood for many years. “There’s a lot of history here,” said Andrew Hay, Project Manager. “The Sir Edwin Smith Grandstand 194 SA PROJECT FEATURE NORWOOD OVAL

is heritage listed and required detailed and intricate temporary propping with minimal work allowed to the external façade.” “With the extensive temporary propping in place we were then able to demolish the old concrete and brickwork columns. This allowed the new structural footings and columns to be installed to suit the new layout.” The new building also presented some challenges for construction with a complex external geometry. “The roof of the building is raking in multiple directions which made the coordination of the lighting and services quite challenging,” said Andrew. One unusual aspect of the build was the exposed off-form concrete ceiling in the new Premiers Bar. “We cut and measured the plywood formwork so the joints aligned with the position of lights and smoke detectors,” said Andrew. “After we poured the slab, removed the formwork and exposed the concrete the pattern of the plywood sheets was visible with cables coming through the slab exactly where they were needed.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Norwood Oval is an operational ground and construction overlapped with the end of the 2019 football season. “Temporary change rooms were provided and clear and safe access and egress to the grandstands on game days,” Andrew said. “We could not interfere with the power supply to the automatic siren and ground lighting which meant that some works like upgrading distribution boards was completed during the off-season.” As a supporter and sponsor of the Norwood Football Club, Schiavello recognises the significance of the project for the community. “There’s a lot of deep passionate support for the SANFL and the Norwood Football Club,” said Andrew. “There’s a lot of talk around town and on social media. Even the SA Premier is a Norwood club member and came to have a look.” “This is a significant project for Schiavello. We are very proud that we picked the job up and we are keen to showcase our ability to deliver iconic and complex construction projects like this. We are looking forward to a fantastic finish for the council and football club,” said Andrew. Since their foundation in 1966, Schiavello Construction has delivered inspirational and intuitive buildings across a wide range of sectors including offices, hospitality, health and aged care, retail, residential and education. Among their specialist areas of expertise are fitout projects, refurbishments and heritage works. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Schiavello’s diverse service offering also includes property development, people and culture consulting and furniture manufacturing. Over 50 years of history, their ‛anything is possible’ attitude has seen them grow into an innovative, multi-disciplinary and trusted property partner. For more information contact Schiavello Construction, 14 Gilles Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8112 2300, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORWOOD OVAL 195

TERMIMESH: STOPPING THE TERMITES IN THEIR TRACKS Termimesh is recognised as the industry leading system for prevention of termite ingress into residential and commercial buildings. Invented and developed in Perth by TMA Corporation, the Termimesh System is supplied across Australia and internationally. Termi Home & Commercial (SA) was responsible for the design and installation of the Termimesh System on the Norwood Oval Redevelopment project. “We have worked well with the lead contractor, Schiavello in the past so they knew our capability,” explained Drew Wilson, Accounts Development Manager. “We reviewed their programme and made sure we ticked all the boxes.” The project involved works to existing structures as well as new build areas. “When you are doing remedial works nothing is straightforward,” said Drew. “We designed the installation onsite to suit the unique building requirements. The beauty of our product is in its flexibility to suit any project. So, although it was a challenging installation, we made our works fit around the construction schedule without causing disruption.”

The Termimesh System is comprised of TMA’s proprietary grade TMA725 stainless steel woven mesh which forms a physical barrier around the service penetrations and perimeter of a building. The composition of the ultra-marine grade stainless steel makes it highly corrosion resistant and durable, typically lasting beyond the lifespan of the building. Termimesh has maintained their position as market leader in termite protection in the South Australian construction industry for over 25 years, with a strong domestic and commercial portfolio. They are one of few companies that are triple certified to AS48001, ISO9001 and ISO14001. The system requires minimal maintenance and given that it provides a physical barrier there is no need for reliance on chemical repellents. This makes the system 100% poison free and environmentally friendly. Termimesh offers an initial 10 year warranty without the need for compulsory annual inspections, plus there is the opportunity to extend for additional peace of mind. “Our system is unique in Australia,” said Mr Tracey Hendy, Business Development Manager. “Other companies have tried to copy us, but none have matched the research and development we have committed to deliver, what we see, as the most effective product on the market for the past 25 years. And we are very proud of that fact.” For more information contact Termi Home & Commercial (SA), 70 Goodwood Road, Wayville SA 5034, phone 1300 206 856, website



PINE CARPENTRY Pine Carpentry and Interiors is a boutique company providing Adelaide with professional and reliable carpentry services. Headed by Managing Director Nathan Pine, and a team of certified carpenters, they draw from a long family history of professional carpentry and are committed to delivering the best results on time, all the time. For the Norwood Oval redevelopment project, Pine Carpentry and Interiors were contracted by Schiavello Construction to complete a range of carpentry and interiors works including doors and door hardware, bathroom fittings and fixtures, plywood columns in the gym area and 220m2 of structural plywood flooring to the mezzanine area. “So far it has been a straightforward project for us, we are currently on track and the job has presented no major challenges,” said Nathan. “However, there are some intricacies in the project and we are not onsite continuously, but coming and going at different times during the programme to coordinate with other trades.” Pine Carpentry and Interiors are also currently working with Schiavello on the Strathmore Hotel redevelopment and other recent or upcoming WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

projects include Endeavour College and the Women and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. “We specialise in all first and second fix carpentry and internal fitout works,” said Nathan. “We do a lot of work for contractors but also work directly for commercial businesses like schools and hotels.” With over 15 years experience serving the metropolitan area of Adelaide, Pine Carpentry and Interiors have built a strong reputation in the industry for quality and service. “We pride ourselves on the service we provide,” said Nathan. “We assign a dedicated project manager to all our projects to ensure that we do the project efficiently and finish to the highest possible standards.”

For more information contact Pine Carpentry and Interiors, 235 Port Road, Queenstown SA 5014, phone 0408 607 684, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORWOOD OVAL 197

Norwood Oval, South Australia



THE SMART CHOICE Adelaide based contractor Smart Tech Electrical were responsible for installing electrical services on the Norwood Oval redevelopment project, including external and internal installations to both new build and existing areas, switchboard and sub-main upgrades and repairs and maintenance to the original grandstand. “One challenge with this project was the age of the existing building and how important it was that the new elements worked alongside the old,” said David Martin, Director. “We worked closely with the project engineers to find solutions to issues that arose onsite. In a building like this every day you find things you didn’t know were there.” “Norwood Oval is a beautiful place and an icon in Adelaide. For that reason there were many people watching the project closely and it was a chance for us to showcase the level of quality we provide in our work.” As well as having close personal connections to such a historic community facility, Smart Tech also had the right level of capability and experience to deliver the project. “This was the right size project for us,” said David. “We target these medium to large contracts working with builders right across Adelaide.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Smart Tech primarily focus on projects in the Adelaide metropolitan area but also work across regional South Australia. They offer a full general electrical service with a broad range of project experience including commercial, industrial, residential, maintenance and servicing. Since being established in 2009, Smart Tech have become a trusted name in electrical solutions throughout South Australia. Their reputation within the industry for quality and service is based on the broad experience of their team and bolstered by their commitment to operating safely. “Safety is number one for us,” said David. “We are NECA (National Electrical Communications Association) accredited, CM3 certified and DPTI E1 certified. On all our projects we put safety first.” For more information contact Smart Tech Electrical Pty Ltd, 1 Mobius Crescent, Golden Grove SA 5125, phone 08 8281 1379, email admin@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE NORWOOD OVAL 199




As South Australia’s tallest residential apartment building, Realm Adelaide adds a stunning new silhouette to the Adelaide skyline. Rising up 40-storeys, Realm offers premium finishes to the 309 high quality residences and luxury amenities spread over 40,000m² floor space. At 132m high Realm is Adelaide’s tallest residential high rise developed by Eklipse Capital, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of Myst Group, and was formed specifically for the Realm development. “Prior to Eklipse Capital being involved in the project there were a number of designs for the site. Architects, Elenberg Fraser had been involved since 2015 and had obtained a DA for a smaller building,” said Myst Group Associate, Anthony Pattinson. When Eklipse Capital purchased the site the main issue was the carpark which had been designed below ground, typical for Melbourne or Sydney projects. In Adelaide the water table is too high for deep basements. After review of the design in early 2016 Elenberg Fraser amended the design and created the 40-level tower which received DA in December 2016. The project was tendered in late 2017 with Maxcon Construction beating a number of high profile contractors for the job. Onsite work began at the 1,536m² site at Austin Street in late 2017. “The structure is of precast concrete including the columns and the cladding panels are aluminum, a non-combustible selection and there is one underground level with bike racks and storage cages,” said Anthony. “The challenge involved the excavation and construction of the basement, which


is always difficult on a small site. There were over 130 piles sunk to 30m into the ground and the lift core was massive. Over 1,800 workers inducted onsite and up to 300 workers were onsite during peak periods with practical completion achieved in April 2020,” continued Anthony.

the first coinage of the colony. The shining gold geometric screens on the façade of Realm Adelaide are tribute to Assay House, and the screens filter the sun and cool the apartments during Adelaide’s hot summers. The gold motif is repeated inside in the tiling and fixtures in the stylish penthouses.

The $100 million building spans the iconic Renaissance Arcade and features includes a gym with climbing wall, two private function spaces, a games room and an outdoor terrace with a 25m lap pool, on Level 8. While on Level 39 there is a 500m² wellbeing zone with yoga studio, massage retreat with changing facilities opening onto a 270m² rooftop with a spa, steam room and sauna, BBQ and seating area.

Myst Group have vast experience in the property, advisory and banking sectors and specialise in the delivery of short term and bridging financial solutions for the construction industry.

The huge double-storey penthouses have four bedrooms each, with dressing rooms, bars, wine cellars, private spas, huge terrace, with a kitchen on each level. Residences are 605m² including 150m² outdoor space with open plan living offering panoramic views across Adelaide. Fiber optic cabling has been installed throughout the building core to ‘future proof ’ the design and provide high speed Internet and communications for all residences. The development includes the restoration of the façade of Assay House, built in 1858. Prospectors took their gold to Assay House where it was minted into the Adelaide pound,

Recent projects from Myst Group include the acquisition of development sites and assistance with refinancing to allow restructuring. Myst Group also purchase and refinance stalled construction projects and provide lowly geared land bank transactions to allow for DA approvals and rezoning issues. “We are involved in a mix of boutique and high rise residential developments,” added Anthony. Currently we are looking at a large mixed development in a Brisbane outer suburb that would comprise a hotel, and low rise residential with retail and commercial tenancies.”

For more information contact Eklipse Capital, Myst Group, Suite 802, 26 Ridge Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 9922 3737, email, website


Below RMB Lifting supplied the materials lifting equipment including concrete kibbles, builders cages, steel rope and accessories.

RMB Lifting are one of the fastest growing lifting and safety equipment supply and service companies in Australia, working across a large cross section of industries but specialising in the construction industry.

“At RMB we are committed to providing quality products, as a result we are an authorised distributor for the world leading manufacturer of technical wire ropes, Casar, as well as for Spanset Height Safety products and Kito hoisting equipment,” Mark explained.

Starting at Realm Adelaide in June 2019, RMB Lifting supplied lifting and materials handling equipment to the project, as well as providing testing and inspection services of the equipment throughout the construction process.

Operating across South Australia and nationally, RMB Lifting work from a 7,500m2 site in Regency Park where they supply, manufacture and test lifting and materials handling equipment, including lifting and spreader beams.

“The challenge of the job at Realm Adelaide was the quick turnaround required. We had to deliver and test equipment quickly and efficiently to keep within the tight timeframes required. Also the CBD site was a busy one with space restrictions, so we took some equipment offsite for testing, and still delivered on time, every time,” explained General Manager/Director, Mark Eberhard.

Products supplied by RMB Lifting include chains and wire rope, rigging and hoisting products as well as height safety and load restraint equipment. RMB Lifting offers a full asset management service that includes onsite inspection and testing, and also offer a range of hire options across all product groups.

Established in 2017, RMB Lifting is a team of six with over 80 years combined experience in the crane and lifting industry. “Our strength is our personalised service which includes attention to the detail of the job as well as our ability to respond in a timely manner to customer requirements. Experience|Quality|Service is our motto.” 202 SA PROJECT FEATURE REALM ADELAIDE

For more information contact RMB Lifting, 605 South Road, Regency Park SA 5010, phone 08 8268 1300, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Authentic Tiling sourced, supplied and installed a variety of porcelain and mosaic wall and floor tiles.

Steam room

Lobby tiling

Pool side tiling

Authentic Tiling is a team of construction professionals specialising in the installation of tiles and stone flooring for commercial and high end domestic projects. Authentic Tiling supply a vast range of tiles including porcelain, ceramic and marble as well as quality crafted stonework. Starting in February 2019 Authentic Tiling sourced, supplied and installed a variety of porcelain and mosaic wall and floor tiles at Realm Adelaide. Their work can be seen in the elegant entrance lobby, the podium and the beautiful Level 8 pool deck, the shared rooftop, all 314 balconies and a feature gold leaf stone tile in the penthouse bathrooms. With up to 30 tilers onsite, Authentic Tiling completed the work at Realm Adelaide within 13 months. “The job went very smoothly,” said a Spokesperson from Authentic Tiling. “There were constraints to be overcome due to the small footprint, deliveries and moving materials around the site were challenging and we managed this with tight programming and scheduling.” Authentic Tiling comprises a team of skilled and talented qualified tilers, registered waterproofing applicators and project managers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Penthouse bathroom

Lobby tiling

The skilled team also supply and install benchtops. Offering the latest in natural stone, engineered stone, acrylic solid surface and the latest in porcelain panels. “We are distinguished by our professionalism,” said a Spokesperson. “We provide a high quality and reliable service.” Operating for 10 years, Authentic Tiling is an independent family owned company working across the high rise residential and commercial sectors of Melbourne and Adelaide. Recently completed projects include a similar installation with a mix of porcelain and stone tiles for a 9-level residential development in Adelaide, One on the Park, completed mid 2020. Authentic Tiling finished the large residential high rise Melbourne Village, containing 529 apartments across two buildings. The project lasted 12 months and was completed in December 2019.

For more information contact Authentic Tiling, 70 Slater Parade, Keilor East VIC 3033, phone 03 9331 7158, email info@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE REALM ADELAIDE 203

Realm Adelaide, South Australia



Below Corporate Clean Property Services cleaned each of the 314 apartments, the penthouses, lobby and the external windows.

A proudly South Australian family owned and operated business, Corporate Clean Property Services is an experienced team providing high quality cleaning services within the construction industry. Corporate Clean Property Services cleaned each of the 314 apartments, the penthouses and lobby at Realm Adelaide, headed by Project Manager, Anthony Quadling and onsite Supervisor, Geoff Culby. Corporate Clean Property Services was also contracted to maintain the clean functioning of the site and ensure a healthy working environment throughout the construction process.

high rise and commercial projects such as the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the large road construction the Northern Connector. “We have worked with a number of high profile building and engineering companies in assisting them with all their cleaning requirements from major builders cleans and facilities cleaning to ongoing cleaning of their offices and display homes,” continued Jared. “We have an especially good working relationship with Maxcon, they are able to rely upon Corporate Clean Property Services to provide a high quality clean. In 2017 we completed a similar job for Maxcon at Boheme, another high rise residential development.”

“We were engaged to ensure a high level of Builders Clean and we removed all traces of construction and trade activities at the end of the project. Then a Sparkle Clean to leave the units and common areas in showroom condition. We ensured that when the new owners move into this amazing building that we will meet, and even exceed, their expectations,” said Owner, Jared Candido. Established 1991, Corporate Clean Property Services employs 14 experienced staff, all trained in builders’ cleaning techniques. Recently completed projects ranging from smaller residential properties to larger WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Corporate Clean Property Services, 18A Gumbowie Avenue, Edwardstown SA 5039, phone 08 8277 4555, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE REALM ADELAIDE 205




Sabina Applecross is a stunning high rise residential development of 170 stylish residences and resort style amenities over 30-levels. The project includes a 25m heated pool, cabana, outdoor kitchen, gym, wellness room, media hub, private dining room, business lounge, music room and games room. The Sabina Applecross apartments sets a new benchmark for style and prestige in Perth’s desirable Applecross neighbourhood. The first stage of the development incorporates a 30-storey residential tower with 170-apartments, three commercial units, a gym, games room, wellness room, 25m swimming pool and other amenities.

Since the raft pour was completed in December 2018, progress was swift with a 14 month overall construction period. “The project was two months ahead of schedule,” said Michael. “That is down to the good team we had onsite. We are a well oiled machine for this sort of thing and the construction and finishing teams worked well together.”

The project is the latest in a long line of successful residential developments constructed by Hanssen, a family owned construction company based in Perth and specialising in high rise residential and commercial apartments with resort lifestyle facilities.

One aspect of Hanssen’s operations that sets them apart from competitors is the high proportion of site labour they engage directly. “Most of our guys work directly for us which gives us greater control over every aspect of the build,” said Michael. “Many of our subcontractors have also worked with us for 10-15 years or more so they know how we work.”

Hanssen was founded in 1992 by Managing Director, Gerry Hanssen who has over 50 years experience in the construction industry and is a passionate advocate for training and developing industry skills. Hanssen operates on a design and construct basis and includes an inhouse design team and engineering consultants. Gerry’s vision of ‘Making a Difference’ has seen Hanssen grow to become one of Perth’s leading high rise construction companies. Construction on Sabina Applecross started with a notable achievement for Hanssen. “We set a new bar with the raft slab,” said Michael Hanssen, Project Manager. “At 2,600m2 it was the biggest raft pour that Hanssen have ever completed and it went like clockwork.”


“We try to achieve one floor per week in the construction phase and one floor per week in the finishing phase,” said Michael. “On a project like Sabina with 7-units per floor that’s a rate of 1-unit per day.” As with all of Hanssen’s projects, Sabina Applecross incorporated a large amount of prefabricated materials including the Bubbledeck™ precast floor panel system. Hanssen was the first builder in Australia to use this system. Much of the construction material for Sabina Applecross including steel and precast panels was prefabricated by Hanssen in their own factory. “A lot of works are integrated

from our factory which means we have much greater control over build times,” said Michael. “We can utilise our staff more efficiently by taking them offsite and putting them in the factory when needed to avoid bottlenecks.” The Sabina Applecross project was developed by Finbar, Western Australia’s leading apartment developer, for whom Hanssen are exclusive builders with over 5,000 apartments delivered over the last 22 years. Other Finbar projects in the pipeline for Hanssen include Sabina Stage 2, Riverena in Rivervale and the $180 million Civic Heart project in South Perth. The success of the Sabina project is testament to the strength of the collaborative relationship between Hanssen and Finbar that has remained intact over many years. “We have become very streamlined at what we do,” said Michael. “The whole team has grown together over many years which means there are no arguments between the developer, architect and builder, we all work together from day one.” “In an industry where a team often only builds a single job together before moving on, we are proud that we have been able to maintain that consistency over time.”

For more information contact Hanssen, 271 Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere WA 6055, phone 08 6218 3800, website


Below GTEK™ Plasterboard’s products were supplied to the Sabina Applecross project by WA Direct Plasterboard.

Pictured: Technical and Specification Manager, Martin Beel and Business Development Manager, Jayd Holmes

BGC is a family owned group of companies based in Western Australia with diverse interests in the construction sector. BGC Plasterboard manufactures a comprehensive range of GTEK™ plasterboard products in their Hazelmere factory and BGC Fibre Cement manufactures an equally impressive range of Innova™ fibre cement products in their Canning Vale facility. As the largest manufacturer of plasterboard and fibre cement building products in Western Australia, BGC is a significant employer of Western Australians. Together with their distributors they provide great support to the Western Australian building industry and the state economy. The sole purpose of BGC Plasterboard and BGC Fibre Cement is the manufacture of GTEK™ linings and Innova™ cladding products and the development of cost effective partitioning and cladding systems.

GTEK™ wall and ceiling solutions along with all the necessary performance and compliance information. BGC congratulates the team at Hanssen on the delivery of the iconic Sabina Applecross luxury apartment building. The GTEK™ products in the project were supplied by WA Direct Plasterboard, a family owned and operated business and one of Western Australia’s most trusted suppliers of lightweight wall and ceiling solutions. With branches in Welshpool and Kalgoorlie and over 65 years experience in the industry, the WA Direct Plasterboard team has the knowledge and expertise needed to meet your project requirements. They too are to be congratulated for their part in the project’s delivery.

This certified range of lining and cladding systems is backed by dedicated and timely technical support provided from concept through to project completion. Product specialists can review project drawings and consultant reports and provide a tailored GTEK™ Specification Proposal listing 208 WA PROJECT FEATURE SABINA APPLECROSS

For more information contact BGC Plasterboard, 290 Bushmead Road, Hazelmere WA 6055, phone 08 9374 2922, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Pope Electrical supplied switchboards for the carpark exhaust and stairwell pressurisation systems.

Pope Electrical were responsible for two critical life safety systems within the Sabina Applecross development. “We provided switchboards, carbon monoxide detectors and variable speed drives for the carpark exhaust system,” said Pope Electrical’s Owner, Bradley Pope. “We also wrote the custom designed logic for the control system. When the carbon monoxide level exceeds the allowable threshold the fans come on to remove carbon monoxide from the space.” In total Pope Electrical provided control of seven exhaust fans over seven carpark levels, using an Eliwell Evolution Control System and 16 Dwyer carbon monoxide detectors for the project. Pope Electrical also provided a pressurisation control system for the stairwells within the building. “The system maintains positive pressure in the stairwells so smoke can’t enter them when people are escaping from a fire,” explained Bradley. “The aim is to assist the fire brigade by helping people escape from the building in an orderly manner.” “The system used ABB variable speed drives, the Eliwell system and four Dwyer static pressure transducers,” said Bradley. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Specialised staff including Control Systems Engineer Jared Reed, were onsite throughout construction. The company also provides an ongoing inspection and service to verify the performance of their installed systems. Pope Electrical’s long relationship with Hanssen, the lead contractor, made the project execution easier. “We have quite a technical role and the better the building is constructed, the better the systems will perform in the long term,” said Bradley. “Hanssen have got these buildings down to a fine art and so we had no surprises along the way.” With tried and tested systems that are adaptable to ensure cost competitiveness, Pope Electrical have established themselves as leaders in the design, manufacture and installation of automation and control systems.

For more information contact Pope Electrical, Unit 3, 4 Yelland Way, Bassendean WA 6054, phone 08 9379 2781, email brad@, website WA PROJECT FEATURE SABINA APPLECROSS 209

Below Sovereign Hydroseal cross-pumped their patented NOH2O® emulsion grout system into the D-Wall joints around Sabina Applecross.

Sovereign Hydroseal is a globally recognised manufacturer and applier of polymer based waterproofing solutions. Their patented polymer based emulsion grout system is called NOH2O® and was originally developed for use in the mining industry but has since been utilised worldwide. The NOH2O® grout system is renowned for its durability, flexibility and strength. In addition to mining projects it has been used on many other types of projects including road and rail tunnels, agriculture and grain receival, domestic applications and commercial projects. NOH2O® was specified for the Sabina Applecross residential development in Western Australia, as well as other projects constructed by Hanssen including Arbor North, Reva and Aurelia. For Sabina Applecross, Sovereign attended site at the beginning of the project to cross-pump NOH2O® into the D-Wall joints around the building perimeter. “The expectation is for the D-wall construction to be water tight, however they rarely are,” said Dave Le Roux, General Manager. Sovereign also carried out a routine courtesy inspection towards the end of the construction period to ensure that the integrity of the membrane has not been affected by settlement of the structure. “Overall Sabina Applecross was a great project to work on in a nice 210 WA PROJECT FEATURE SABINA APPLECROSS

location,” said Dave “The amount of water ingress was pretty much as we would expect for a site near the river. However, it doesn’t really matter how much water is coming in, with our product we have successfully sealed leaks up to 164 litres a second and at pressures of 2,900psi.” “Our NOH2O® product seals the building from the positive side to avoid the need for negative tanking. It prevents any water ingress into the structure. This adds longevity to the integrity of the structure by minimising the possibility for rusting of the reinforcing steel or concrete cancer forming,” explained Dave. “The product flows into all cracks and voids, then becomes a seal.” NOH2O® is an organic product combined and blended from natural materials. It is classified as non dangerous goods and is both environmentally and user friendly. All product performance, installation and workmanship is warranted for five years. Sovereign’s unique product is used worldwide and delivers outstanding protection from water ingress on a diverse range of projects. For more information contact Sovereign Hydroseal, 17 Horus Bend, Bibra Lake WA 6163, phone 08 9418 7124, email mail@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Capral supplied a complete 5,500m2 façade system through their Capral Facade Solutions (CFS) supply model.

The highest standards of finishes and façade treatments have been applied across the 170 apartments within Sabina Applecross. With an unequalled range of aluminium profiles and commitment to architectural creativity and innovation in design, Capral were well suited to provide the sliding doors, fixed and awning windows for the project. “We supplied a complete, fully fabricated system through our Capral Façade Solutions (or CFS) supply model,” said Market Manager, Andrew Maslin. “We supply exactly the same Capral product that is manufactured throughout Australia except we provide it pre-assembled and glazed. This provides a lot of convenience to our customers and reassurance that the products are fully tested and compliant. For Sabina Applecross project it gave the lead contractors Hanssen greater simplicity – they received product from us that was ready to install.” “We supplied 5,500m2 of glazed product across all 30-levels of the Sabina Applecross project,” said Andrew. “It all came with full support from Capral and the reliability that comes from our 85 year reputation in the marketplace for quality and trusted performance.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“As with all our projects, Sabina Applecross had a Capral project manager who made sure the products arrived at a suitable time as well as resolving any issues that arose during the works.” Capral are a nationwide company with over 900 people in their Australian operations. They operate a national network of world class aluminium extrusion plants as well as sales offices in all states and territories. They are a market leader in the supply of aluminium products including windows and doors to fabricators and distributors, with a comprehensive product range serving the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. “Capral are experienced at supplying products to a diverse range of projects,” said Andrew. “Going forward we will continue to support our existing and new customers to win more work and champion Australian businesses in today’s competitive construction industry.”

For more information contact Capral, phone 1800 258 646, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE SABINA APPLECROSS 211

Below PPG Industries supplied a range of Taubmans products including Taubmans Texture Armawall system and Taubmans All Weather exterior paint.

PPG Industries is one of the largest architectural coatings companies in the world; a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products and specialty materials. PPG supplied interior and exterior architectural coatings for Sabina Applecross, having previously supplied products to the main contractor, Hanssen, as a preferred supplier for past projects. The paint supplied by PPG for the project is manufactured under the Taubmans brand. Taubmans has a longstanding reputation as one of Australia’s leading paint brands having been founded in Sydney in the late 1800s by George Henry Taubman. Taubmans became a public, wholly owned Australian company in 1930 and was acquired by PPG Industries in 2007. The Taubmans Texture Armawall system was used on the external surfaces of the building along with the Taubmans All Weather exterior paint. All Weather is PPG’s premium exterior paint product in the Australian market. To meet sustainability targets, the products supplied by PPG are also low in VOC emissions (volatile organic compound). 212 WA PROJECT FEATURE SABINA APPLECROSS

Sabina Applecross is a very high profile building in Perth. It has been visible on the city’s landscape since the day it started to rise up from the ground and the speed at which it has been constructed is remarkable. PPG maintained a continuous supply of the Taubmans products throughout the construction. “We are proud of the enviable reputation we’ve built by working in partnership with our customers, upholding high service standards, reliability and of course, supplying superior products,” said Dal Ashford, State Sales Manager, PPG Industries. PPG Industries works every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that their customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, PPG partners with their customers’ to solve their biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward on their mission to protect and beautify the world.

For more information contact PPG Industries, 14 McNaughton Road, Clayton VIC 3168, phone 03 9263 6000, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Variflow supplied their own Variflow products to Sabina Applecross which included diffusers, louvers and grilles.

Since their establishment in 1955, Variflow has built a strong reputation as a leading manufacturer of quality air diffusion products and being Western Australia’s foremost air diffusion specialists. Having been involved in several previous projects with the lead contractors Hanssen, they were the ideal choice to supply grilles, diffusers and outside louvres for Sabina Applecross.

and contractors on future projects and we also do factory projects, hospitals, universities and any other commercial project.”

“We are agents for a range of manufacturers of air diffusion but for this project our own Variflow products were used,” said Steve Pearson, General Manager. “The project designers were very specific about the look they wanted to achieve both inside and out.”

As part of their service, Variflow has a wide range of inhouse capability including a conditioned testing facility, metalworking services, powder coating and aluminum fabrication, which reduces their reliance on external third parties, allows for custom and standard diffusion solutions.

“The site functioned well with good communication,” said Steve. “We worked with the site requirements and our own lead times to ensure there was always stock available of when it was needed onsite.”

“We are happy to supply across the country as well as abroad. We are currently involved with a large building upgrade in Melbourne CBD and supplying to a large project in China,” said Steve.

From their base in Western Australia, Variflow has built a diverse portfolio of products and supplied to a wide range of projects.

With four generations of family history, Variflow has a bright future ahead. “As a family business we believe Variflow provides a high quality product and service to Western Australia and abroad,” said Steve. “We always strive to offer the best price and service to our customers.”

“We supply grilles to everything from domestic and high end residential to large commercial projects too,” said Steve. “We are currently working on a large shopping center extension, with consultants

For more information contact Variflow, 26 Katanning Street, Bayswater WA 6053, phone 08 9279 2720, fax 08 9377 1183, email, website



Sabina Applecross, Western Australia



Below Marra Stone supplied and installed the natural granite and marble internal and external cladding and benchtops for Sabina Applecross.

Marra Stone is a leading local stonemasonry business in Perth. Established by Ross Marrapodi, an experienced stonemason with 19 years experience in the industry, Marra Stone has built a reputation for high quality, reliable and affordable service. One of Marra Stone’s recent projects is the new Sabina Applecross residential development. Marra Stone were appointed to supply and install a range of materials including natural granite external cladding and marble internal cladding to the entrance lobby. They also installed a granite benchtop to the outdoor kitchen and cabana area. The 30-storey Sabina building is the tallest building in Applecross and will be a new local icon. The scale of the finishes reflected the scale of the project. “We provided full length free standing stone panels to the lobby,” said Ross. “Getting them up onto the lobby wall without them breaking was a challenge and required careful management and handling but we did it.” Sabina Applecross represents a new chapter in the long relationship between Marra Stone and the main contractor Hanssen. “We’ve worked with Hanssen for nine years,” said Ross. “We have a great relationship with them. We were previously installers WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

but this is our first supply and install project which has been a great opportunity.” Marra Stone fabricate, supply and install stone sourced from the world’s finest quarries. They specialise in residential work and can cater for large or small projects. From their factory in Malaga, they cater for projects around Perth as well as regional Western Australia, supplying all stone aspects including facades and benchtops. Trust is an important part of Marra Stone’s work as their reputation is based on providing the best service for all stone needs. “As a family business we care about our people and our clients,” said Ross. “Once clients come and meet us they know they can have confidence in us.”

For more information contact Marra Stone, 4/42 Denninup Way, Malaga WA 6090, phone 0430 470 609, email marrastoneperth@, website WA PROJECT FEATURE SABINA APPLECROSS 215

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