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GEORGIOU TO BUILD Western Australia’s FIRST DFO at AIRPORT National building construction, engineering and property development company Georgiou Group will build Western Australia’s first world-class Direct Factory Outlet (DFO). With a construction cost of $69 million, Australia’s pre-eminent DFO will include more than 120 specialty fashion outlets, food and beverage retailers and stores across

24,000m2 of gross lettable space with parking for over 1,500 cars. Chief Executive Officer, John Georgiou said the latest win will see Georgiou deliver its first retail development. “Since establishing our Building division in 2008, we’ve focused heavily on delivering high quality commercial, industrial and residential developments.

However retail has been a key growth area for the business with our dedicated retail team looking forward to delivering this project to the high quality required,” he said. Mr Georgiou said securing the DFO project demonstrates the importance of Georgiou’s “can do” attitude and highlights the value of collaboration with clients in the retail sector. “Having recently completed the forward works contract for this project, it’s a great win for our building division and we will leverage our internal expertise, site presence and knowledge of the Perth Airport area to quickly mobilise our critical early programme activities,” he explained. “This project will also be a great opportunity to build a long-term relationship with our client, Vicinity Centres, here in WA and throughout Australia.” Centrally located, the nine hectare site is within the Perth Airport estate with strong arterial access making Western Australia’s first DFO highly accessible and convenient for both residents and visitors to Perth. Construction, which has already commenced, will see more than 250 personnel at peak with the team working towards a 2018 completion.

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Romilly Madew wins prestigious international sustainability award Romilly Madew, Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), has been awarded the prestigious World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Chairman’s Award for her work to advance sustainable building globally. Ms Madew received the award from Tai Lee Siang, World GBC Chairman, at a special ceremony last night in Jaipur, India. The World GBC Chairman’s Award honours people who have contributed to the transformation of the global property and construction industry.

libraries, community centres, apartments, industrial facilities and the Sydney Opera House have achieved Green Star ratings. More than 1.3 million people visit a Green Star-rated shopping centre each day and 42,000 live in Green Star rated apartments. In addition, 420,000 people are moving into Green Star communities, the same number that live in the nation’s capital. Mr Tai praised Ms Madew’s instrumental role to establish several green building councils – including the New Zealand, South African,

comment Jorge Chapa Head of Market Transformation Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

The future for our industry in an interconnected world On 1 January 2016, United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals officially came into force. Between now and 2030, these goals will mobilise entire economies to end poverty, fight inequalities, tackle climate change, and ensure no one is left behind. The SDGs are increasingly influencing the way businesses operate, and the type of investments available to them. And in time, we’ll understand that the SDGs are as important to the sustainable transformation of the built environment as the Paris Agreement.

Ms Madew was chosen as this year’s winner for her tireless commitment to sustainability, and her inspirational leadership. “Since 2006, Romilly has been at the forefront of a global movement to change the shape of our buildings, communities and cities,” Mr Tai said. “Not only has Romilly been instrumental in transforming Australia’s building industry through her sustained leadership and advocacy, but she has played a vital role at the global level.” At the helm of the GBCA for more than a decade, Ms Madew represents 650-plus individual companies with a collective annual turnover of more than $40 billion. Under Ms Madew’s leadership, the GBCA has certified more than 1,715 sustainable buildings, communities and fitouts under the Green Star rating system. Importantly, these buildings consume 62% less energy than non-Green Star buildings, emit 66% fewer greenhouse gases and use 51% less water. They are also healthier and more productive places – with a raft of evidence finding Green Star buildings can boost productivity by up to 15%. Today, 37% of Australia’s office space has Green Star certification. Schools, hospitals,

Hong Kong and Indonesian GBCs. He also paid tribute to her long service on the World GBC Board of Directors, and work to establish the Asia Pacific Green Building Network. “This award also acknowledges Romilly’s efforts to champion equality and diversity throughout the green construction industry,” he said. Madew joins an illustrious list of previous Chairman’s Award winners, including Sir Timothy Smit of the Eden Project (2012); Qiu BaoXing, former Vice Minister of the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (2014); and Rick Fedrizzi, former CEO of the US Green Building Council and current CEO of The International WELL Building Institute (2016). Accepting the award, Ms Madew said she was honoured to play a role in shaping the world’s greenest real estate sector. “Just last month, GRESB, the global real estate sustainability benchmark, ranked Australia the global green leader for the seventh year in a row. To me, this award acknowledges the leadership of our industry, which is committed to delivering enduring value to communities and investors while creating a better future for us all.”

But these 17 goals cannot be tackled one by one or in a piecemeal fashion. We cannot ensure the health and wellbeing (SDG 3) of all the world’s citizens without eliminating poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2), for example. At the Green Building Council of Australia, we understand this, because the best outcomes for the built environment are projects that achieve a balance of all nine Green Star categories. A building that is energy efficient but uncomfortable for occupants is not a green building. Nor is a water-wise wonder sited on land of ecological value, or a low-emissions masterpiece built on the back of modern slavery. This is how we’ve been thinking about the SDGs and intend to spend the next few years working to make the link between Green Star and each goal more explicit. For many years, we’ve talked about how green building delivers on the ‘triple bottom line’ without always having the framework to demonstrate it. But now, thanks to the SDGs, we do.



comment Scott Williams Chief Executive Officer Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia)

Industry collaboration seeks long term energy vision for new construction A new project led by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia will develop a long term industry led vision for how the National Construction Code can deliver energy and emissions savings alongside financial benefits for building owners and occupants.

The three pillars of fire protection Recent media coverage of fire protection in Australia has been dominated by discussion of products that don’t conform to building codes and standards. Driving that coverage has been two key events; the Lacrosse apartment fire in Melbourne in 2014, and the recent Grenfell apartment fire in London, which claimed at least 80 lives.

In an Issues Paper published in July, the project notes that buildings contribute more than half of our country’s electricity consumption and almost a quarter of emissions in Australia. Energy requirements for new construction in building codes are key to driving energy and emissions outcomes. Leading jurisdictions

Grenfell provided a terrible vision of what can happen when codes and standards are not complied with; the full and shocking magnitude of a breakdown in regulatory control. The red tape reduction that created that climate is not dissimilar to what has been seen in Australia. The improper use of combustible cladding on both Grenfell and Lacrosse has meant the public conversation has understandably focused on building product conformity. But while product conformity is important, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) believes it’s only one part of the picture. There are three key pillars necessary for an effective fire protection industry: • Conforming products: products that are what they claim to be, are validated and are fit for purpose; • Conforming people: professional, educated, accredited practitioners that are fit for action; and • Enforcement: empowered regulators, proactive and willing to ensure people and products come together to achieve compliant building outcomes. As FPA Australia told a Senate Inquiry on the issue in July, these pillars are all interlinked, and without each of the three functioning well, the industry cannot reach the outcomes it aims for. Across the country, governments are increasingly recognising this and making steps to address all three of these pillars.

Tony Arnel, Chair of ASBEC’s National Construction Code Working Group and Global Director of Sustainability at Norman Disney & Young

around the world, including countries, states and cities across North America and Europe, have established long term targets of net or near zero energy buildings, to drive innovation, investment and market transformation in the property and construction sectors. “At a time when energy prices are skyrocketing and energy policies are under critical review, better


Australia’s building standards are governed by the National Construction Code. The Code is updated every three years. The next changes will be implemented in 2019. ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia have partnered on a project to develop an industry led, evidence based pathway for the adoption of ambitious long term targets for the energy performance requirements in the National Construction Code. “It’s vital for Australia’s energy future that the changes to the National Construction Code help to drive more affordable and more widespread energy efficient buildings,” said Tony Arnel, Chair of ASBEC’s National Construction Code Working Group and Global Director of Sustainability at Norman Disney & Young. “By 2030, buildings built after net next Code changes could make up more than a quarter of all Australia’s building stock. By 2050, this could increase to more than half of the total stock. There’s great potential to take the pressure off our power stations and power lines, save money and lower emissions – but we need the right standards in place,” said Tony. “Our building industry – from architects and engineers to developers and builders – has the knowledge to help steer these changes in the direction that will address Australia’s challenging energy landscape. That’s why we’re working together on an industry led vision,” said Suzanne.

Capral aluminium calls for mandatory safeguards for Australian windows One of Australia’s largest window systems suppliers is adding its voice to the calls for greater regulation of all building industry products to safeguard consumers and the construction industry. Capral has manufactured window systems for commercial and residential buildings in Australia for many of its 80 years in


buildings can ease the strain on our wallets and take the pressure off our ageing infrastructure,” said ASBEC Executive Director, Suzanne Toumbourou. “And with climate change starting to bite, they can ensure our emissions meet our obligations under the Paris agreement.”

Australia and rigorously tests its products in NATA-certified laboratories to ensure their safety, quality and compliance with the National Construction Code of Australia. It is now calling for the introduction of an Australian-based mandatory third party certification system to ensure the safety and quality of all new windows whether they are imported or manufactured in Australia.

Statement from the Shadow Minister for the Building Industry For many years the building and construction industry has called for a voice in government to ensure one of Victoria’s largest employers can continue to grow and improve productivity. Victoria’s population is growing faster than ever before and needs an effective building industry to sustainably accommodate over 100,000 new Victorians every year. Daniel Andrews has no plan to manage population growth or a building industry that is hamstrung by inflated costs and burdensome industrial red-tape. “We need to ensure we can build infrastructure as efficiently

and effectively as possible so we can ease the squeeze on our state. As Victoria’s first Shadow Minister for the Building Industry, I officially opened the Independent Builders Network conference to discuss the Liberal Nationals support for small builders who will form part of our comprehensive population plan.” “I joined 150 small builders from across the state to discuss how to better the building industry neglected by Daniel Andrews, so builders can do what they do best – build strong communities.”

Inclusive Aquatic Centre Celebrates an Olympic Legend The Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, transformed by NBRSARCHITECTURE, is a new inclusive, community minded aquatic facility in Lidcombe, Sydney. NBRS comprehensively renewed the facility to create a state-of-the-art centre that respects the historic, social and aesthetic significance of the original fabric. Integrated landscaped areas express strong geometries and provide family friendly recreation areas. The aquatic centre’s predecessor, the Auburn Pool, which opened in 1959 had become severely degraded and required rejuvenation to satisfy industry standards and to meet the growing needs of the Cumberland region for the years to come. The revitalised centre features outdoor 50m and 25m lap pools to provide for swimming carnivals, leisure swimming, springboard diving and waterpolo, an interactive water play area and an extensive surrounding concourse with spectator grandstand. The indoor facility includes a 25m lap pool, family leisure pool

and program pool. The building’s namesake, former Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Ruth Everuss, attended a Community Open Day at the centre and commented that its almost unrecognisable from when she first saw the pool as a teenager before the Rome Olympics. “From what I’ve seen the new facility is unbelievable. Just unbelievable.” Ms Everuss said. “I suppose after 30 years I knew every inch of the old pool and I have to say Cumberland Council has done more than a sensational job.” The new centre offers a range of year-round aquatic, leisure and wellness programs for people of all ages and abilities. The facility is an important service which allows the multi-cultural community to meet, learn, keep fit and socialise. Project Architect, Derek Mah said, “NBRS exists to achieve life changing environments and we are proud to have played a part in providing an exemplar facility for the diverse community.”

comment Sarah Hogan President NAWIC NSW

Stories of women smashing the concrete ceiling There’s a story behind every award winner at the NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence, and I’m proud to share some of those stories of women smashing the concrete ceiling. I’m inspired by Jo-Ann Gamble, Sustainability Manager with Lendlease, who developed an innovative community-funded solar array scheme on the Darling Harbour Regeneration project which is delivering social, economic and environmental sustainability. Hansen Yuncken’s Design Manager, Vicki Rushton impressed our judges with her leadership on the Macquarie Rapid Build Prison. Vicki’s inspiring work ethic and loyalty drove her team to achieve 80% completion within an eight week period. And Mirvac Design’s Teenie Lee wowed us with her work on the Chevalier residential development at Harold Park. As a project architect, Teenie developed a unique self supporting fibreglass screening solution for rooftop telecommunications equipment that is functional, affordable and attractive. Construction may remain Australia’s most male-dominated industry, but company leaders now understand the value that women bring to the construction workforce. We now have considerable evidence that diversity improves decision-making, productivity and innovation, which in turn enhances financial performance. Improving women’s workforce participation across Australia could boost GDP by 11% and increase Australia’s economic growth by $25 billion over the next 10 years. That’s about $2 billion extra output for the construction industry alone.

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Opera House releases milestone conservation plan Photo courtesy of Daniel Boud

Nicholas Burt Chief Executive Officer Facility Management Association

Construction – its broader impact There has been a great deal of focus on the construction industry as a critical part of the economy, and there’s no denying that with its financial impact it is important. But what happens after that? Anything that is constructed needs to be operated. Construction only takes up a fraction of the full lifecycle cost of most facilities with research citing 70% to 80% of the costs of buildings in the operational phase, that is facilities management. With facilities management (or FM for those in the industry) having this level of impact, why is design and construction not more aware of facilities management practice and how construction influences the buildings’ ongoing operation? The Industry Association for facilities management has been advocating for some time that there needs to be earlier involvement of facilities management in the design phase of buildings. Involving FM in design ensures greater opportunity is achieved in construction. The reduction of energy use (carbon output), planned and reactive maintenance, improving indoor environment and other ongoing costs and impacts, directly relate to the design and construction of buildings. Design and construction in particular projects (such as Public Private Partnerships) are now more aware of the importance of FM. These projects now have more sophistication in assessing the ongoing impact FM has on the lifecycle. Why? Because there is an interest in understanding the full lifecycle cost. This unfortunately is not as common as it should be.

On 4 October 2017, The Sydney Opera House unveiled the fourth edition of its Conservation Management Plan (CMP), which provides detailed guidance on conservation and management at an important moment in its Decade of Renewal. The CMP Fourth Edition – ‘Respecting the Vision: Sydney Opera House – A Conservation Management Plan’ – has been authored by architect and highly respected heritage expert Alan Croker and builds on the Third Edition (2003), written by the late James Semple Kerr – widely regarded as having set a new international standard for excellence in conservation management. The updated CMP features a number of new tools to help the Opera House manage change as it adapts to current and future needs. This includes Tolerance and Opportunities for Change assessment tables, which will inform day-to-day decisions for each component of the Opera House building and site – everything from the carpets in the Northern Foyers to acoustic features in the Concert Hall. The CMP Fourth Edition author Alan Croker said, “Utzon’s vision was not only to provide space for the performing arts, but to elevate and celebrate them. He designed the building

to express this and it is a performance in itself. The updated CMP provides guidance on how to care for the place and manage future change so that Utzon’s vision is retained and respected. Its continued use as Australia’s pre-eminent performing arts centre is crucial to this vision. Its role as a tourist destination is also important and the CMP provides guidance on all of these, including large and small-scale external events.” Sydney Opera House CEO, Louise Herron AM said, “The Opera House is a World-Heritage masterpiece of human creative genius. When you experience the artistic genius of the performers and works on stage, surrounded by the architectural genius of the building itself, that’s when the magic is realised.” The latest CMP was endorsed by the NSW Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Don Harwin MLC and the NSW Heritage Council. It also involved extensive consultation with the Opera House’s Conservation Council, a specially appointed expert peer-review panel, representatives of relevant statutory bodies, the public, staff and other key stakeholders. The Opera House’s comprehensive implementation plan for the CMP includes dedicated staff briefings and a newly developed e-learning module, which will be ready in the coming months.

Can this change? Absolutely. Through facilities management education, an understanding of FM strategy and practice can be better understood and could inform design and construction, therefore improving the full lifecycle impact of buildings and their users. Alan Croker, photo courtesy of Daniel Boud



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Teneo Offers a new standard to reach for in the inner east Lenland Property Development has announced the launch of its latest residential development, Teneo. Upon completion in late 2019, Teneo will feature 61 one, two and three-bedroom apartments across 6-storeys, set in the thriving suburb of Alexandria. Designed by award-winning architects, Architecture Saville Isaacs, Teneo’s most notable features include several ground floor terrace-style three-bedroom apartments, CBD views from many upper-level apartments, and two rooftop courtyards atop ‘arms’ extending from the rear of the building. “The two communal rooftop spaces located on top of the ‘arms’ influenced Teneo’s name – a Latin word, meaning ‘to know, to grasp, to understand.’ Conceptually, we saw these communal areas as more than just ‘green hands’ that represent an amazing social environment for residents. We saw them as central to the aspirational values that underpin the development,” explains Richard Abbott of RJA Projects – Project and Development Manager at Teneo. “Lenland prides itself on being a boutique developer focused on providing a high quality residential product.

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Lenland’s customers are reaching for a new aspirational life amongst all the amenities and convenience Alexandria has to offer,” says Mr Abbott. Each of the 61 apartments have been designed to maximise both ceiling heights and natural light, replete with quality high end finishes and fitments. This rationale extends to the exterior, a range of open spaces with deep soil landscaping and rooftop amenities to complement the edgy, modern façade. “Alexandria is an up and coming area with great future plans for parklands, restaurants and wine bars within immediate proximity to Teneo. Additionally, the project is well positioned to provide access to the Eastern Suburbs, airport and CBD via road or the nearby Green Square Station,” says Mr Abbott. “Teneo’s future residents will enjoy a completely unique, highly desirable boutique development. Lenland encourages all interested parties to visit our sales suites located at 11-15 Ralph Street Alexandria from early October, with apartments released for sale in mid October.”

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New termiticide sets new benchmark What is responsible for more damage to houses each year than fires, floods or storms and often not covered by general insurance policies? Termites – and one in every three unprotected Australian homes is estimated to be affected. A new advancement in technology is now increasing protection of one of our biggest investments, with the arrival of Termidor® HE in Australia. Recognised as Australia’s best termite treatment, over the last 15 years, Termidor has kept over 300,000 Australian homes protected from termites without a single product failure.

Now, new Termidor HE is taking that best available protection to a new, higher level of security and convenience that is so confident, it is backed by a $2 million guarantee (when applied through an accredited pest control company). A new generation termiticide from BASF, Termidor HE, will provide enhanced coverage with lower impact to the properties where treatment is being applied. Termidor HE has received registration from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and is approved for use throughout Australia.

comment Will Walker Chief Executive Officer Australian Glass & Glazing Association

Glazing compliance: protect yourself Recent media attention on failed glass installations has underlined the risks involved with non-compliant glazing. Using an AGGA (Australian Glass and Glazing Association) Accredited Company will remove that risk. Media reports have included; a shower screen that exploded in Western Australia, seriously injuring a child; failure of multiple balcony balustrades at a building in Melbourne, showering footpaths with glass shards; multiple external glass panels shattering at the ASIO building in Canberra; and a commercial building in Melbourne requiring replacement of every double glazed window, costing more than $2,000,000, due to poor installation. The potential liabilities are enormous when glass is installed by contractors who lack the technical knowledge, skill, or quality practices that are necessary. Employing an AGGA Accredited Company eliminates that risk. To protect yourself; confirm that your glazier is a member of AGGA and holds the required trade qualifications; ensure the glass you have installed is labelled as per Australian Standards; and demand a Compliance Certificate. AGGA Compliance Certificates are backed by the national industry association, and provide assurance that the appropriate Standards for glass selection and installation have been applied. Price should never be the primary factor in your choice of a glazier, or glass selection. Ensure the issues above are addressed before you make your decision. No reputable glazier will dodge any of these questions. Only use the services of a glazier who is on the AGGA Accredited Company Program. Log onto to find out more.



comment Fly the flag raises awareness of suicide

Rob Stummer Managing Director IFS Australia and New Zealand

The team at DATS along with Mates In Construction and The Block’s Foreman, “The Blockinator” Keith Schleiger, a DATS ambassador, hosted a “Fly the Flag” event at a worksite in St Peters to raise awareness of the abnormally high rate of suicides in the construction industry. It was tools down as

Keith and the teams at DATS and MIC chatted over a BBQ to more than 300 workers onsite about the alarming rate of suicides in their industry. It was one of 250 similar Fly The Flag events held at worksites across the state to encourage construction workers to “look out for each other” in the construction industry.

Five constraining factors construction companies must fix There are five IT-related factors constraining construction businesses’ performance; project visibility, inability to collect data onsite, data double handling, delayed project reports, and the management of people, safety and compliance. At a recent IFS roundtable, leading construction companies revealed large gaps in their systems. While they identified barriers to investing in new technology like Building Information Modelling (BIM), robotics and the replacement of traditional ‘man and machine’ jobs were seen as inevitable. Smart contracts and blockchain technology also had huge potential to streamline contract management. Participants said their main IT focus was on becoming more digitally connected and efficient. In our view, far greater benefits would flow from modern, integrated software providing a centralised system to connect business, people and processes. This would also set companies up to adopt disruptive technologies. Most companies still operate with silos of disconnected systems and Excel spreadsheets. Consolidating these within a single enterprise system would vastly improve visibility of project performance. It would also enable field staff to use mobile devices, something roundtable participants said was a priority. The move to real-time data collection would support dynamic, timely decision making, rather than waiting for weekly or monthly reports. Inefficiencies from the double handling of information would also be addressed. And integrated workforce management solutions would remove the constraints imposed by poor HR, training and compliance capabilities. Construction companies do not have to be at the “bleeding edge” of innovation to survive in a digital world. But they cannot afford to remain technology laggards either.



Keith Schleiger (Left) & an MIC team member

Bosch Introduce new products: extra bright gll 3-80 line laser Bosch Blue is expanding its range of professional Line Lasers with the release of the innovative GLL 3-80, featuring extra bright red laser lines and three 360° planes (one horizontal and two vertical lines). Providing tradies with a convenient, all-in-one laser option, the new Extra Bright Red Line Laser from Bosch Blue eliminates the need to use different tools for multiple alignment jobs. Thanks to its three 360° laser lines, professionals can work with improved efficiency, saving the need to re-position the laser on the worksite.

with the RM2 Professional Rotating Mount attachment. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications, the advanced Line Laser also features a robust IP54 Cover which is dust and water resistant, complete with a Pendulum Lock for safe transport. Photo courtesy of Bosch

Thanks to the high-power diodes, trade professionals can now experience perfect laser visibility with an impressive working range of up to 40m (with receiver). Tradies can also work with supreme precision thanks to the line lasers cone mirror technology and enhanced laser line accuracy of ±0.2 mm/m. The GLL 3-80 is compatible with the new LR 7 professional receiver for remote working. For added convenience, the receiver mode can be activated via the in-built keypad, which allows for easy selection of different work functions such as self-levelling, slope and lock modes. Suitable for a wide range of applications, the GLL 3-80 is fitted with a 1/4” and 5/8” tripod thread, and is also compatible

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INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT COLLABORATE TO DESIGN STREETS OF THE FUTURE The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA) and the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) today announced its collaboration to build the street of the future in Sydney’s CBD.

from an event run by AILA and SCCANZ in late 2016, where a number of planning and design professionals gathered to reimagine the role of streets under a range of disruptions, such as climate change, autonomous vehicles, and rapid technological change.

The installation – The Future Street – is to be part of AILA’s national Festival of Landscape Architecture, a four-day celebration on conceiving, reimagining and transforming the outside world from streetscapes to parks and playgrounds, transport solutions to tourism strategies, to new suburbs and even cities. AILA CEO, Shahana McKenzie, said “The Future Street is the culmination of numerous converging ideas around landscape, infrastructure and technology, that have resulted in a unique collaboration to help imagine the important role our streets can play in the future,” McKenzie said.

The third partner of The Future Street, IOTAA, has joined AILA and SCCANZ to help deliver a showcase of the Internet of Things (IoT). IOTAA CEO, Frank Zeichner, said of the installation, “this project provides the opportunity to showcase the benefit of IoT to our cities, economy, and the community. IOT provides the opportunity to grow Australia’s competitiveness, innovation landscape and liveability, by connecting data, devices, people, processes and things to the internet. It helps people make better and more informed decisions to get the best possible outcomes.”

SCCANZ Executive Director, Adam Beck, said, “this project provides us with the opportunity to show government, industry and the community the exciting outcomes from weaving the digital, natural and built environments together in this important public space, the street.” The idea behind The Future Street originated

The Future Street will open for public viewing during the Festival of Landscape Architecture, 12-15 October 2017, and showcase a range of landscape, IoT, utilities, transportation and urban design and place making features. Those interested in being part of the installation are encouraged to contact Shelley Kemp at shelley. or mobile 0414 011 438.

Fluke t6 testers revolutionise the industry Troubleshooting electrical systems can be time consuming and potentially dangerous because it requires access to metallic contact points. The new Fluke® T6 Electrical Testers with FieldSense Technology makes troubleshooting safer and more efficient. It is the only tool that electricians can use to take simultaneous voltage and current measurements, not just detection, without test leads. The T6 testers now make it possible to take reliable true-rms measurements in crowded junction boxes or along conductors with inaccessible end points, saving time, minimising potential errors, and greatly reducing the possibility of arc flash. With the Fluke T6-600 and T6-1000 testers, electricians can be: • Safer: Measure voltage up to 1000V through the open fork without test leads or exposed conductors. • More efficient: Simultaneously measure and display voltage and current on the T6-1000. The T6-1000 also measures resistance up to 100.0 kΩ.

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comment Suzanne Toumbourou Executive Director Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council

Building a Low Carbon National Construction Code The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) is a body of peak organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia. Our members include industry and professional associations, as well as government and academic observers, who are involved in the planning, design, delivery and operation of our built environment. Buildings account for over half Australia’s electricity consumption and nearly a quarter of our carbon emissions. Right now, Australia faces a challenge in delivering cost effective and reliable energy, with rising costs and overloaded infrastructure. Australia also needs to reduce carbon emissions to meet our Paris climate agreement obligations. Improving building energy performance offers a powerful, multi-purpose solution to these challenges. High performing buildings are more comfortable, resilient to extreme weather, more affordable to operate and maintain, a lesser burden on the energy system, and can generate low or even ‘net positive’ emissions.

 aster: With no need to open panels or F remove wire nuts, electricians can speed through troubleshooting. Everywhere: With the widest open fork in the industry, the T6 testers measure 4/0 wires up with current up to 200 A.

ASBEC’s Low Carbon, High Performance report showed how increased energy efficiency could save $20 billion by 2030. As a first step, we need to improve the National Construction Code (NCC), which governs minimum standards for Australian buildings. The next update of the NCC is due in 2019. By 2050, buildings built after 2019 could make up more than half Australia’s total building stock; so we need to act now.

At the heart of the T6 testers is the new Fluke FieldSense Technology, which enables the testers to give simultaneous, reliable voltage and current readings, not just simple go/no-go voltage detection. The rugged testers are 1000 V CAT III, 600 V CAT IV safety rated (600V CAT III for the T6-600 model) and feature an easy to read display with a backlight. For more information on the Fluke T6 Non-Contact Voltage Testers, visit

ASBEC has partnered with ClimateWorks on an industry led vision for advanced energy requirements in the NCC. A clear energy efficiency pathway in the NCC will provide certainty for industry, enable innovation and make buildings cheaper to run and more comfortable to occupy. The technology to deliver this vision already exists – all we need is the will to make it happen! See our website to follow our evolving work:

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John Allan VP Sales & Marketing GeoSLAM

Changing the economics of 3d laser scanning The demand for up-to-date, accurate indoor survey data such as 3D models, 2D floorplans, and volumetric analyses is greater than ever before. At all stages of a project; from planning, construction verification, to refurbishment, having current and real time information can be the difference between a project meeting or overrunning budget. Until now, it has been the specialist’s job to provide this information; this makes the exercise costly and can delay the project if the survey team are in high demand. But lightweight, handheld and mobile 3D laser scanner technologies are changing this. Simply by scanning and walking around a site, a 3D model of the asset can be built up in near real time – never has it been easier or quicker to create accurate and comprehensive 3D models of complex environments. Conventionally, static 3D laser scanners would be used to survey large buildings – but these require individual set-ups in each room. When considering a large hotel with 3,000 rooms, this is both a costly and time consuming exercise which could take around 12 weeks to complete. Using a mobile handheld scanner for the internal work would take just two weeks; proving significantly time saving. Mobile scanners also have the advantage of reaching those places that others simply cannot – such as ceiling voids, tunnels, bridge undersides and manholes. This flexibility opens up new spaces for scanning and renders previously impossible scans possible. GeoSLAM’s handheld scanner is the ZEB-REVO. Handheld 3D laser scanners are indeed changing the economics of 3D laser scanning.

It’s been called ‘The Dally M of the Electrical Industry’ and the 2017 NECA NSW Excellence Awards has lived up to its name and high expectations. Taking place Friday 8 September, the event was hosted by the National Electrical & Communications Association (NECA) which brought together over 700 contractors, suppliers, government representatives, educators, family and friends at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Winners’ trophies and certificates in each of the 13 excellence awards projects and the three apprentice award winners were presented by Sponsors of the event and NECA NSW life members. Oliver Judd, Executive Director of NECA NSW, expressed appreciation to the finalists and winners of the excellence awards for their outstanding achievements that “set the benchmark for all electrical contractors and apprentices moving forward.” “The future of our industry is extremely bright in New South Wales. The projects we have seen presented this year have amazed the judging panel and selecting a winner from each category has been a very difficult task. The apprentices have a great knowledge of their trade and we are delighted by their eagerness to excel and grow in our industry. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists for your outstanding achievements.” “We would like to again thank our sponsors for getting behind the NECA NSW Excellence Awards. Without their support the event would not be possible,” said Mr Judd.



2017 NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards Winners Each Apprentice of the Year Award winner was not only recognised as the best 4th year or recently completed apprentice in New South Wales but they also walked away with $5,000 thanks to Protect – ‘Australia’s leading industry severance scheme provider.’ Second and third place didn’t walk away empty handed either, they each received $2,500 and $1,000 respectively, bringing the total award prize money to $17,000. Category – Commercial/Domestic Winner – James Brown Category – Industrial Winner – Jackson Carmody Category– Communications Winner – Nicholas Spork 2017 NECA Excellence Awards Winners Category – Domestic Residence Company: Mainpower Electrics Project: Wentworth Category – Energy Efficiency and Environment Company: RIC Electrics Project: Wagga Wagga Country Golf Club Solar Installation Category – Industrial Small Project Company: RIC Electrics Project: Albury City Council Water Treatment Plant DAFF Upgrade

comment Malcolm Gunning President Real Estate Institute of Australia

The value of real estate agents: meeting market demands A prudent builder should assemble a group of consultants including a planner, an architect and a real estate agent. Each has their own specific roles, the architect is the designer, the planner focuses on issues like density and use and the agent provides knowledge about the current market. Category – Industrial – Medium Project Company: Barnwell Cambridge Project: IKEA Multi Function Logistic Unit, Marsden Park Category – Industrial – Large Project Company: Stowe Australia Project: Barangaroo South 33kv High Voltage Installation

Each one of those advisors should be consulted to make sure that a building is constructed to meet the need of the market in the location it is being built.

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Category – Commercial – Small Project Company: Crown Electrical Solutions Project: Clintons Toyota and Lexus of Macarthur, Gregory Hills Category – Commercial – Medium Project Company: Star Group Project: Wynyard Walk Category – Commercial – Large Project Company: Stowe Fredon Joint Venture Project: SCICEEP (Sydney International Convention, Entertainment and Exhibition Precinct) Category – Voice/Data Communications & Audio Visual Company: DESA Australia Project: Sage Fitout Category – Lighting Company: Elam Cabling Group Project: Sydney University’s Great Hall Category – Work Health & Safety Management System (Project) Company: Brooklyn Trade Services Project: Medtronic Australasia Pty Limited, Asia Pacific Head Office Relocation

NECA CEO, Suresh Manickam, provided an update on NECA’s advocacy efforts

Proud winners on stage

When you look at the disciplines you have the market well covered from a construction, planning and market standpoint and provided that you take this collaborative approach the end building should meet the market demands and sell or lease well. Considering a project often takes two years or longer from land purchase to completion, the Real Estate agent is generally one of the best people to give a barometer of the demand for their intended project. From a funding point of view the agent will be able to give a clear picture if the necessary pre-commitment can be achieved to satisfy current funding requirements, for example, off the plan sales. If you rely on research then much of that data is from six months ago or older and does not accurately reflect the current trend. Real Estate professionals offer a hands on real time understanding of the here and now.

Category – Work Health & Safety Management System (Company) Company: Kerfoot Project: Kerfoot Category – Small Contracting Business Company: Curry Power Project: Curry Power ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


CEO Interview Peter Bader, Chief Executive oFFICER – APOLLO KITCHENS

Investing in the future of australian manufacturing

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Celebrating 50 years of high quality domestic and commercial joinery, the Apollo Kitchens Group has established a reputation synonymous with producing innovative yet enduring kitchen and joinery designs. CEO and Managing Director, Peter Bader has built his business around the simple notion of providing superior product and service delivery. How did Apollo Kitchens begin? Apollo Kitchens was established in 1968 as a family business. My father started by building kitchen cabinets for family and friends; today the Apollo Kitchens Group has outgrown many factories and supports over 150 staff, delivering hundreds of kitchens and cabinets every week. More recently, I repositioned the business to additionally supply fixed joinery solutions for multi-residential developments, project homebuilders and directly to homeowners, which has proven to be a success. What keeps you so passionate about working with kitchens? Working with an enthusiastic team and understanding the role that kitchens play in different households keeps me passionate. The kitchen is designed as a multi-purpose room and is a focal point where friends and family come together and share a meal. It acts as an as extension to people’s daily home rituals and lives. It can be a second classroom for kids to do homework or a place where people can express their cooking creativities. A great kitchen is flexible, comfortable and accommodating. It is always rewarding to see Apollo Kitchens’ joinery in people’s homes and to hear them explain what makes their kitchen so wonderful. The manufacturing process has its own charm. It’s pretty special to see raw material enter our factory and be transformed by our talented staff into a perfectly customised cabinet that will neatly sit in someone’s kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or laundry. We create a product that engages with peoples’ day to day needs. One of my main tasks is to engage with the myriads of specifiers, quantity surveyors and clients to advise on the latest products, designs and value proposition for their projects. I feel obliged to help them achieve their goals of driving the best products. Have you always worked in your industry? As a family-owned and operated business, I grew up working in and amongst Apollo Kitchens. During school holidays, I would sweep the showroom floors or take on small back-of-house jobs. Whilst completing my


degree in Optometry at the University of New South Wales, I enrolled into TAFE to complete my trade in shop fitting, kitchens and detailed joinery during the evenings. Once I had a firm understanding of the factory process, I began working in different areas of the office. I took over the reins in 1997 and the rest is history. For the record, I never practiced as an optometrist however, I did acquire the valuable trait of having an ‘eye for detail’ (pardon the pun). Briefly, explain the scale of your company. Apollo Kitchens Group incorporates multiple divisions that cater to project homebuilders, multi-residential developments and home owners who are typically looked after by our showrooms. We currently operate out of four manufacturing facilities in Sydney and the Hunter region of New South Wales. This includes our stone fabrication and paint coating processes. We also have showrooms across New South Wales, each with award winning designers who are ready to service customers’ tailored needs. As Apollo Kitchens has been serving the market for 50 years, our processes are constantly being refined as we grow to cater to our rapidly expanding clientele. Many of our customers are long-term clients, with one that still uses our services since 1977. Being customer-centric is critical to our business ethos. You must have the capacity to deliver and always to deliver no matter the ramifications as your reputation is always what sets you apart from the rest. There are a number of businesses within the group that provide complementary products and processes to make us a true ‘one-stop -shop’ to provide for our clients’ varied requirements. What are the plans for the future? Apollo Kitchens is turning 50 in 2018 and we are celebrating with the launch of a revolutionary, world class Smart Factory in Smithfield. We are taking a bold step into the future by implementing the next generation of Australian manufacturing and instilling confidence in the local market – this facility will be a game changer in the industry. Technological innovation is the key driver to creating sustainable industries in Australia.

What makes this project so special is the ability to produce custom cabinets and joinery in a controlled and timed environment. With integrated smart surface finishing lines, the Smart Factory can produce a variety of mixed finishes with precision and volume in a short period. The new software system will add value to our customer experience. We are working with a number of vendors to create a system to monitor each project so we will be able to integrate with our clients’ programs and specifications. Our staff are equally excited and take confidence in our ambitions to expand the business. At Apollo Kitchens, we take a 360° approach in managing clients, staff and stakeholders as they are all interlinked. By looking after our clients, we see greater stakeholder engagement and ultimately, a return in business. What future challenges do you envisage in your industry? Protecting Australian manufacturing is vital to strengthening the economy and ensuring high quality materials and standards are met across industries. Australia needs to encourage the industry to grow and promote innovation, as manufacturing jobs provide people with pathways to gain practical experience into high demand trades. Our staff depend on a company that provides the opportunities for growth, to continually move to the next level of skills to keep them engaged and relevant. Our new investment is a testament to this. It builds capacity for an industry that requires innovation and size, allowing for larger and more time critical developments to take shape. The construction supply chain is also noteworthy, as supporting suppliers is a key to building a better Australia. Apollo Kitchens is working with organisations such as the Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association and Furniture Cabinets Joinery Alliance, to encourage investment and create jobs in Australia. For more information contact Apollo Kitchens, 120 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 908 090, email sales@apollokitchens., website

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2017 NAWIC Awards for Excellence:

Driving practical and positive change An industry-leading diversity strategy, an influential business leader, exceptional teams and talented tradespeople are among the winners of the 2017 NAWIC Awards for Excellence. Hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW Chapter, the 2017 awards attracted 61 entries across 11 categories. More than 925 guests gathered at The Star in Sydney in late August for the 21st anniversary event. According to NAWIC’s NSW Chapter President, Sarah Hogan, the awards celebrate both rising female stars and recognised leaders from across the property and construction industry, as well as the companies supporting and guiding female talent. “Each year, the awards celebrate practical and positive changes occurring across the industry, and the number of award submissions grows as our female talent pool does,” Ms Hogan


says. “More and more company leaders in our industry now see gender equity as a driver of productivity, innovation and enhanced financial performance. The rewards are great – as the individuals and companies acknowledged can confirm.” The coveted Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry was presented to JLL’s Project Director, Esti Cogger. Ms Hogan says the judges were impressed with the depth and breadth of Ms Cogger’s influence within JLL. “By conducting extensive focus groups and working closely with the JLL leadership across regions, Esti has made great inroads into the retention and promotion of women in her organisation.” “The real-world results are exceptional – and include 100% of women returning to work after maternity leave over the last two years,


a 38% increase in female promotions in JLL’s project development services business over the last six years, and remuneration parity for senior staff.” The HASSELL Award for Business Woman of the Year was presented to Juliette Economo of Downer Group. As National Commercial and Risk Manager, Ms Economo is a highly-influential member of her organisation with a broad range of achievements to her credit. “Juliette demonstrates sound business skills, alongside an enduring commitment to her colleagues and the broader community. This is evident in her work as a mentor and the projects she undertakes,” Ms Hogan adds. The Sydney Street Choir, which aims to inspire and empower those who have experienced hardship or disadvantage, performed during the ceremony. Lee Lin Chin was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.


2017 award recipients category and merit award winners PROBUILD Tradesperson Scholarship Winner: Tamara Currey, John Holland Group Procore Scholarship for Future Leader Award Winner: Ali Blanch, CPB Contractors Merit: Ruth Hoog Antik, Lendlease CPB Contractors Award for Innovation in Design Winner: Teenie Lee, Mirvac Design CBRE University Scholarship Winner: Alayna Topolovec, UTS, Bachelor of Construction Project Management Roberts Pizzarotti for Contribution to a Project’s Development Winner: Vicki Rushton, Hansen Yuncken, for Macquarie Rapid Build Prison

Acoustic Logic Award for Contribution to Sustainability Winner: Jo-Anne Gamble, Lendlease Merit: Sharon Gray, John Holland Group MPA Award for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fitout Winner: Amanda Hackett, Shape Group John Holland Award for Team Innovation Winner: International House Sydney project team, Lendlease Merit: Mirvac Design team, Brighton Lakes Master Builders Association of NSW and Clinton Recruitment Project Manager Award Merit: Kirsten Evans of CPB Contractors

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



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Thinking Outside the Box Smart thinking delivers an innovative formwork solution for Melbourne’s luxury Aurora project. As the only residential tower with direct access to Melbourne’s underground City Loop rail line, the Aurora building has been designed with a focus on convenience, luxury and sophistication. Combining 92-levels and reaching more than 269m in height, it features 941 residential apartments, 250 serviced apartments, retail spaces and strata offices, as well as 300 car parking spots and 780 bike spaces. Aurora’s unique curves and attractive curtain wall, including LED fins made of vertical aluminum panels, will provide a dynamic and beautiful addition to Melbourne’s skyline – reflecting the iridescent silver, blue and rose hues from the bay, the city and the mountains. Probuild engaged the services of Lubeca for specialist formwork solutions to achieve their targets for this impressive project. Lubeca and Doka have worked again successfully together. Speaking about the Aurora project, Crispian Packeer, Design Manager with Lubeca, said: “Probuild requested the large core to be split into two separate climbing systems to achieve quicker cycle times. They also needed access and egress from each system to the other system. The main challenge was to develop a split core system to give the project efficiency and flexibility. The integration of Lubeca’s platform system and the Australian-tailored Screen Protection and Monorail System give the Aurora Project an even greater competitive edge.”

The greatest challenge for this project is the complexity of the shape of the building. From the top it looks like a butterfly. From level 68 it will change to a heart form. Another challenge for Doka is to assemble 56 screens together and transport them to the site. We also had to consider new design updates and be flexible in finding solutions,” Richard added. Ready for the solution “The Xclimb protection screen with a monorail to install the façade will become the modern way of high rise building. We’re very excited to see this innovation leading the charge. With the focus on speed and safety – we are promoting a product customised to Australian standards and expectations – our client, Probuild, is one of the biggest construction companies in Australia. We’re delighted to be in a strong partnership with them,” Christian Unger, Doka Managing Director said. The first protection screens were delivered onsite from mid-June. “This project sets the tone for what is to come in the Victorian high rise construction market. We have been able to break into the market with a highly innovative concept and deliver it in practice,” Christian Unger said. “We are truly proud and excited to be supporting Probuild in the construction of one of Melbourne’s tallest and most iconic residential developments,” said Adam Halliburton, Lubeca’s Managing Director.

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Not surprisingly, the combination of complex design, building height, the compact site footprint and Aurora’s inner CBD location presented some significant construction challenges. These included the design, supply and operation of formwork for the project. Richard Wimmer, Doka’s Project Manager Global Expertise Center (GEC) Highrise, said: “I still remember very well when I met Alexei Simm, Project Director from Probuild for the first time in February 2015. From this time on we‘ve been in contact. He also visited our Doka Forum at our headquarters. In meantime Doka Australia & HQ developed a new system especially for the Victorian market with the focus on Aurora.”

Safety is important to us. Our work starts with safety in mind and carries through to all of our products and services. We also understand if it’s done safely, it’s also the fastest way to do the job. Safety is the number one thing we do. Doka and Lubeca have been involved in the innovation developed on this project including how to ensure the approach could and did indeed work safely and efficiently.


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At the moment, construction works are on schedule. We have spent much time with Lubeca and Doka in the initial set up and planning stage, received great support for several challenges and have tackled innovations we wanted to include in this project especially in split core system and the rail system.

The solution to this challenge was to provide external trailing walkways and additional external stair units hanging from System 1. The two levels of cantilevered walkways and additional stair towers give workers safe and easy access through a door opening in the cladding (on the outer face of the system) of System 2 and access to the poured stair shaft in system. The design for the Aurora project was developed with the Doka Australia team, GEC Highrise, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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led by Mr Richard Wimmer from Doka’s High Rise Expert Center at Headquarters, and the Lubeca design team. They kept the client interested for the protracted 24-month bidding process. Aurora is to date the biggest single order for Doka Australia. As soon as Doka Australia was awarded the project, they created a team straight away. The effort Doka Australia put in was well worth it as potential projects are already in pipeline. This was only possible due to a highly WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

motivated team. The Aurora development is scheduled for completion in late 2019. The Facts

For more information contact Doka Formwork Australia Pty Ltd, 52 Airds Road, Minto NSW 2566, phone 02 8796 0500, email australia@, website

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW BUSINESS, MOITS TRAFFIC SERVICES Our traffic services include the proper planning via strict traffic management plans, permits and approvals required by the authorities, and the delivery via accredited traffic control, signage and high visibility equipment for your needs such as construction projects or events. MTS are the Safety Specialists.


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Sorona® Naturals Collection The Natural Commercial Choice Godfrey Hirst enjoy a reputation for being at the forefront of flooring innovation, technology and design. That’s why Godfrey Hirst are excited to launch the revolutionary Sorona® Naturals Collection of commercial carpet tiles and planks. A range that meets the demands of aesthetics and high performance, brings the benefits of using renewably sourced materials and provides a superior level of cleanability and easy maintenance. Godfrey Hirst have been able to successfully integrate performance and environmental benefits into an impressive collection of products. Not only does the range provide a design edge and is made in part with annually renewable materials but the Sorona® Naturals Collection offers a transcendent level of cleanability, making it a supreme choice for commercial spaces, particularly in health and aged care facilities. The construction of Sorona® makes the carpet fibre virtually impervious to liquids, meaning spills simply cannot penetrate the fibre and turn into stains. This results in an in-built or inherent stain resistance where


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spills on the carpet can simply be cleaned with water*, saving valuable time and money for commercial venues. Harsh chemical cleaners are no longer required and can be thrown away because the inherent stain resistance does not wear or wash off over time, it remains for the life of the carpet. This built-in fibre technology also means that almost no moisture is absorbed by the fibre, offering exponential benefits to commercial spaces like hospitals, healthcare clinics and aged care facilities. With independent laboratory tests to support, the ability of bacteria to breed and multiply is significantly inhibited. The carpet also dries quicker after cleaning, meaning any affected area is out of action over a much shorter time frame. Beyond the exceptional cleanability and inherent stain resistance is the journey of the Sorona® Naturals Collection and how it is derived from a sustainable material. Godfrey Hirst is proud to have developed this premium range of carpet tiles and planks using the breakthrough Sorona® biopolymer technology from DuPont™.

This unique biopolymer is made from 37% annually renewable, plant based materials, placing much less reliance on limited natural resources and petroleum based ingredients than other synthetic fibres. The impressive process of the Sorona® Naturals Collection begins with the sustainably grown and rapidly renewable plant based materials. This is then fermented and converted into a groundbreaking biopolymer that Godfrey Hirst then extrude into yarn and craft it into carpet tiles and planks to make the Sorona® Naturals Collection. Better still is the reduced impact the Sorona® biopolymer has on the environment. With less dependence on fossil fuels and less CO2 emissions, it is a more eco-efficient bio-based process compared to nylon. Producing Sorona® uses 30% less energy and releases 63% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the production of nylon 6, a popular synthetic fibre. When compared to nylon 6,6, a premium synthetic fibre, Sorona® production uses 40% less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 56%.

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The Sorona® Naturals Collection offers three design friendly products specifically created for commercial spaces. Prompted by the products plant based origins, inspiration was taken from nature to curate a range of carpet tiles and planks featuring colours and patterns that echo three distinct concepts – Terrene, Nautilus and Oxygen. Developed to use alone or mix and match, this versatile range makes creating a bespoke interior incredibly easy. Terrene explores the connection between man-made linear design and the ancient uninterrupted alluvial lines of the earth itself. The linear pattern of Terrene flows through the skinny plank serving to visually expand interior dimensions, while anchoring the space in terrestrial harmony. Nautilus multi-level loop carpet planks evoke the mesmerising ebb and flow of the ocean with a subtle tidal design. Taking its cue from the mysterious coils and wave-like crest of the Nautilus shell, a soothing repeat pattern crafts a congruous space awash with reflective calm and serenity. Oxygen is inspired by a visual representation of the atmosphere and features a discreet free form pattern in a tip-sheared loop

pile. An elegant yet visually arresting tile, the broad application of Oxygen delivers a blast of pure and invigorating energy to any commercial interior. Sorona® Naturals Collection will handle the toughest of foot traffic too. Rated Contract Extra Heavy Duty and Stairs, the highest possible grading awarded under the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme, with a superior underfoot ‘bounce back’, these carpet tiles and planks are suitable for busy working environments and active public spaces in the office, retail, healthcare or hospitality and education segments.


Drawing on one hundred and fifty years local manufacturing experience, the Sorona® Naturals Collection is made in Australia from the yarn right through to carpet. Godfrey Hirst is delighted to present this genuinely innovative product with its strong environmental focus, designed for you to create beautiful, healthy and high performance commercial spaces. To request a sample, view the range or find out more about the extraordinary Sorona® Naturals Collection, please visit or contact your local Godfrey Hirst Account Manager. Nautilus


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Tomorrow’s founDation, today Australian Piling Group (APG) is one of the fastest growing piling contractors in New South Wales. Utilising the latest in cutting edge technology and equipment APG specialises in bored, CFA, cased and contiguous piling. Their customer centric approach is focused on being nimble to changing trends and working closely with their clients to deliver targeted and tailored foundation solutions. Co-Founders and Directors, Prasana Ketheeswararajah (B.Eng. Civil & Construction) and Ramzi Korkees (B.Eng. Civil & Environmental), have a total 35 years experience within the construction industry and have built an organisation with a strong focus on safety, the client and building a highly qualified and capable team of engineers, designers, operators and support staff. “We see safety as paramount and have a comprehensive training programme to ensure our team is diligently trained in WHS laws and policies, as well as in the latest industry technical developments,” said Prasana. Prasana and Ramzi believe APG’s greatest asset is their high performing and highly qualified team with all senior members having attained recognised Degrees in Civil, Environmental, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering as well as Diplomas in Project Management, Building and Construction. Their ability to bring this discipline,


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professionalism and diligence when dealing with clients onsite and during the tender phase allows the organisation to be highly effective in providing quality customer service at a very effective price. APG has a wide range of the latest hi-tech equipment which has ‘back to base’ capability for real time monitoring and analysis by its project managers and suppliers to provide graphical measurements of progress and efficiency. The capability of APG is highlighted by the fact that it has mastered the ability to achieve 300mm diameter bored piles with its heavy drilling rigs and is capable of drilling in Class I and Class II rock and up to 40m in depth. APG is the only piling contractor in Sydney who can achieve this milestone delivering significant time and cost benefits. In addition this capability increases the basement floor space efficiency and as an end result drives better overall project returns for the client. One of APG’s particular specialties is shoring wall systems utilising a variety of technologies including piling, anchoring and shotcrete. APG has various types of track mounted drilling rigs from 13T – 50T available in Sydney and the greater New South Wales region. These rigs are capable of drilling depths of up to 40 lineal metres into extremely high strength rock.

APG’s recent projects include a combination of public and private works with some of Australia’s top and renowned builders such as: • • • • • •

ADCO Construction – Westmead Hospital Extension, Parramatta Stadium and Kellyville Aged Care Living Grindley Construction – St Clair High School Taylor - Homebush West Public School, Mixed Use Development Liverpool Lahey Construction – Riverstone Police Station and Harbord Public School Parkview – Multi-Storey Apartments ‘Mezzo’ in Glebe Richard Crookes Construction – Summit Care in Baulkham Hills, IGLU Student Accommodation Redfern

“We are well known for working closely with our clients, ensuring strong communication so any challenges that arise on a project can be managed efficiently and quickly,” Prasana said. “We strive to maximise performance onsite to meet client requirements and minimise expensive delays and founding life long partnership.” Australian Piling Group 3 Wiltona Place, Girraween NSW 2145 phone: 02 9636 1930 email: website:

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Smart design and high performance glass creates transparent learning space With a vision that their new CADET (Centre for Advanced Design and Engineering Training) building would change the way students and staff view their place of study and work, Deakin University set Gray Puksand Architects the ambitious task of delivering a space that would inspire and excite. The building’s internal flow and outdoor connection were critical elements of the plan with glazed rooms and outdoor studios integrated to inspire teamwork and give students the opportunity to enjoy an outside learning environment. Glass was the key material used to achieve these design objectives – it was installed in every facet of the building including the façade, the staircases and above and below floors. Glass partitions enhanced the flow within internal spaces. The design team relied on the technology offered by high performance glass to overcome the challenges that were presented by this open plan and generously glazed building, such as noise and solar exposure. For example, the shared spaces and extensive glazing meant internal and external noise would be an issue. To address this and ensure peaceful study spots, the use of Viridian acoustic performance glass VLam Hush™ (10.5 mm and 12.5 mm) was essential.

Due to the complex brief, the design team relied on Viridian to guide them on the glazing strategy. The result is an incredible and exciting space that Deakin’s engineering community will benefit from for years to come. For more information contact Viridian Glass, phone 1800 810 403, website PROJECT DETAILS CADET Building, Deakin University (Geelong) Architect: Gray Puksand Principal Glazing: • Viridian Double Glazed Units using: Viridian SolTech™ Grey and VFloat™ Clear (façade) • Viridian VLam Hush™ (partitions) • Viridian SpectraSeraphic™ (spandrels)

To create these naturally illuminated, visually impressive spaces with expansive indoor-outdoor connections, the glass that wrapped the building had to provide exceptional insulation and solar control. Viridian Double Glazed Units using SolTech™ Grey were chosen as it features a Low E coating; providing increased thermal insulation, reduced solar heat gain and high light transmission. Screens on the western façade added another level of control without decreasing the vision inside or out to the landscape.


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Panel impersonations Texture Panels are industry leaders in façade panels with incredibly realistic natural textures across a variety of designs including wood, stone, brick, and fake bamboo. The panels are approximately 600mm by 1,200mm and can be applied to any flat surface, weigh between 2-4kg each, are affordable, easy to install, interlock seamlessly and can be used in all climates. The product has been on the market for 25 years and is becoming increasingly in demand for both indoor and outdoor building applications with customers across the retail and commercial markets, hospitality industries, trade shows, theme parks, portable buildings, modular homes, and the residential and sign industries. Texture Panels supply to both local and overseas markets.

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High density polymer composites are moulded from natural products to produce the realistic, high quality, unique finished panels that come in a variety of pre fabricated sizes and over 200 designs and colours that are added to constantly to keep up with market trends. Texture panels are very hardy and durable and come in 15-45mm thicknesses depending on the design. The panels won’t rot, crack or warp, are impervious to insect attacks and moisture, insulate and sound proof (with a 5 R rating), are waterproof and can withstand extreme weather, direct sunlight (UV protected) are environmentally sound and are backed by a 25 year manufacturers warranty. Texture Panels even outlast real wood and interestingly, Boeing use the same material on their aircraft.

Texture Panels can produce custom colours and prototypes for design/architects/clients on request. Since Texture Panels are so easy to handle, lightweight and cost less, they can be used in place of many traditional building materials at a fraction of the price and in a fraction of the time without compromising on quality. Texture panels are a wholesaler not a retailer and are continuing to grow across multi-level constructions in any sector having just finished the 7-storey Western Street Apartment complex in Rose Hill, that has used the brick and slate panels. For more information contact Texture Panels, 2 Wesley Place, Geelong VIC 3220 (by appointment only), phone 03 5278 2588, mobile 0414 746 345, fax 03 5278 2588, website

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sparks of innovation Sparks + Partners Consulting Engineers is frequently associated with some of New South Wales’ largest commercial and public construction projects. With a proud reputation for being ‘project-centric’, the company brings over 27 years of high level experience in hydraulic, civil and fire services’ engineering, to the table for its clients. “Our strengths lie in our service delivery. We are customer focused and the project is paramount. We leave our egos behind. We are also ISO 9001 qualified and are currently underway with the 2016 certification standard,” Head of the Civil Engineering, Morgan Walter said. Sparks + Partners Consulting Engineers hydraulic services take in potable water, sewer and gas, and their civil engineering includes the built environment; roads, stormwater drainage – those elements that are external to the building. The company’s fire services include engineering related to sprinklers, fire hydraulics and hydrants. The company is based in Parramatta, Sydney but works across Australia and has an enviable ‘word of mouth’ reputation. “We have extremely good quality assurance processes. We use the Building Information Modelling (BIM) 3D software program. We also conduct weekly staff training sessions so that our internal systems are strong and we all keep abreast of technological developments and engineering design.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With a staff of 22, Sparks + Partners Consulting Engineers promotes a hands-on approach flowing from concept to completion. High calibre and experienced staff are allocated to clients to suit their needs. The company is currently working on the new training facility for Fire & Rescue NSW, providing civil and hydraulic services. “The new state-of-the-art facility is located at Orchard Hills, Sydney and is custom designed and purpose built,” Morgan said. “We have also just finished upgrading drainage design for the Spotless Stadium at the Sydney Showground. They were having issues with flooding and when it stormed, events had to be postponed or cancelled,” explained Morgan. “Another major project has been the commercial and residential project, Pier 99 in Pyrmont. We provided hydraulic engineering services for that development.” “We have a lot of repeat business and that’s due to our experience, efficiency, smart design and understanding of what the projects need,” said Morgan. This has been demonstrated by Sparks+Partners winning the 2016 WSABE Business of the Year Award and thier nomination as finalists for 2017 WSABE Excellence in Business award. For more information contact Sparks + Partners Consulting Engineers, Level 1, 91 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 9891 5033, fax 02 9891 3898, email, website ANCR Special Focus



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A perfect pick Energy efficiency and maximisation of natural light in buildings, especially multi-storey and high rise constructions, is a high priority. Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd (AGC) is leading the way in the provision of the latest technology in glass cladding through the supply of products manufactured by Okalux GmbH to the architectural and building industries. AGC is a cutting edge supplier of bespoke, high performance façade products and has more than 20 years experience in the glass and façade industries. Since 2010, AGC has partnered with Okalux to present trusted and innovative products to the architectural community, highlighting the advantages of energy efficiency, end user comfort and the use of natural daylight to reduce the running costs of buildings throughout Australia and South East Asia.

reduces running costs of cooling systems. The personal comfort of occupants is also improved through reduced glare and increased visual light transmission.” Barry acknowledged that there is a price premium for a quality product like Okatech but the offsetting economic and personal comfort benefits as well as enhanced building appearance make the product highly attractive. A key to success is doing research on the product and liaising with the supplier before the builder becomes involved. “This ensures a smooth process once construction begins,” Barry said. For more information contact Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, Suite 17, Wharf Central, 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, email, website

“Our goal is to develop optimum solutions to satisfy architects specific demands – with glass,” said Paul Nipperess, Sales and Marketing Manager of AGC. “Okalux has decades of experience in the development and manufacture of high quality insulating glass for international construction projects.” One of the latest AGC projects which used Okatech by Okalux is the Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University being built by Multiplex. Architect from John Wardle Architects, Barry Hayes, said that Okatech achieves a large reduction in the solar heat gain coefficient on buildings. “Where a client doesn’t wish to have external solar control, Okatech reduces solar load on buildings which


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

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


gardens of desire With the focus of the design team to create gardens that compliment their setting, Myles Baldwin Design are passionate about working closely with clients to deliver gardens that “respond to a site,” says Practice Manager, Michael Pye.

into the gardens of these spaces can “provide a sense of escape or distraction to what otherwise would be a very urban environment,” says Michael. “A garden that contains a sense of privacy while you’re in it, so it doesn’t feel like you’re living with your neighbour is important.”

Director of the company, Myles Baldwin is an award winning landscape designer and horticulturist. His extensive knowledge of flora allows him to combine plants in a way that creates unique and special landscapes. A graduate from Northern Sydney Horticultural College, trained at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Head Gardener at the historic Bronte House for 11 years, Myles is an expert in his field.

Myles Baldwin Design aims to satisfy the change the client is looking to make to their property, while also importantly complementing the architecture and being suitable to the environment.

Myles Baldwin Design has over 60 design projects Australia wide. Although the majority of the company’s work has been private residential gardens, it is beginning to undertake multi-residential and commercial high rise landscapes too. Putting the time and effort

The design office of ten has also often been approached to design landscapes for sites of political or historical importance. Understanding the importance of a historical site critically influences the landscape created. Past projects from the design team notably include Parliament House and Government House Sydney. The team at Myles Baldwin Design are committed to working closely with the client to create a bespoke garden that satisfies their wishes as well as complementing the featuring and surrounding architecture. For more information contact Myles Baldwin Design, 1A/357-359 Cleveland Street, Redfern NSW 2016, phone 02 9699 2622, email, website


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Ryde Gardens Project The BKH Group was called on to supply more than just the formwork for the Ryde Gardens Project. They constructed a large podium and three residential towers for Watpac Constructions. BKH provided the formwork, structural screens, jumpforms, concrete services, pump and tower booms. They had three separate crews and up to 140 staff onsite. “We also have dedicated project engineers, surveyors and managers to look after the coordination of our involvement with the project with multiple teams and works being coordinated efficiently and to a tight programme,” said Ben Geisker, Director. Ryde Gardens is one of 12 key projects they’re running in the Sydney market. That development started in July last year and their work there will finish in October. BKH Group opened for business in 1996 and is now one of the largest formwork and concrete contractors in New South Wales. “We’re unique in offering formwork, scaffolding and concreting services with our own direct labour under one roof. We also fabricate and design various formwork solutions in house for projects,” he said. They also offer a new form of jump form system to the market and have a large stock of specialised formwork equipment such as screens, shoring systems, scaffolding, high strutting shoring, tables and screens. “Our new ‘Jacking System’ jumpform system is faster and more accurate because it uses electronic screw jacks and runs via a computer, not hydraulics. With our joint venturer, we’ve actually patented this technology for use with formwork,” said Ben. The company works mostly in Sydney for commercial, infrastructure and industrial sectors, but has also branched out to the ACT, regional New South Wales and Adelaide. Their key clients are Tier 1 contractors doing high rise developments.

For more information contact BKH Group Pty Ltd, 32 Tattersall Road, Kings Park NSW 2148, phone 02 9672 8700, fax 02 9671 2981, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Bridgewater Security Products Bridgewater Doors is a locally owned business in the Canberra region that manufactures Fire, Security, and Solid Core Doors primarily within the commercial sector. Bridgewater Security Products are designed specifically to be user friendly and to meet the ever-increasing physical security requirements on new and existing Security Door Sets within the industry. We provide products to meet a variety of needs from the installation, adjustment, concealment and upgrading of Security Hardware and Door Sets. Our products are suited to be compatible with existing Electric Strikes, Micro Switches, Mortice Locks and Lever Sets.

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pumped to impress Zanet Concrete Pumping supplied concrete pumps for the Esprit Residences Mascot and relied on two way radios to coordinate the pumping of 50,000m³ of concrete. The company employs approximatly 20 staff, 12 of whom were working on the site. “Initially it was tricky because there was such a big hole and floor space we had to fill. We ran static lines, put in power booms and concrete placement booms, that ran in certain dedicated spots,” said Managing Director, Gianni Zanet. “We specialise in high pressure long distance concrete pumping whether it’s 10m or 500m away, we get it there,” said Gianni. “We might be 200m away so the only communications is via a two way radio. The driver at one end is feeding the concrete through the pump and can’t see anything. He’s relying on the guy at the other end with a two way radio. That’s what makes the job easier.” Zanet Concrete Pumping has three booms from 42m to 48m in length, plus two high pressure line pumps. “We keep buying extra machines and pumps as we need them to service the industry. Our clients are doing all the big jobs, so that means we’re working for Meriton, Lendlease, Westfield, even at the start at Barangaroo,” he said. The company services three or four buildings every day, sometimes running up to 10 machines thanks to their great relationships with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

other pumping operators. On average they pump 3,000m³ of concrete weekly. That means regular maintenance, but their drivers are quick to know if there’s an issue while the concrete is pumping at 300 bar. For more information contact Zanet Concrete Pumping Pty Ltd, 76 Yerrick Road, Lakemba NSW 2195, phone 02 9758 0066, email ANCR Special Focus


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pros from inception to completion Operating out of the company warehouse in Thomastown, Prosam Building Services have been active participants in the construction industry for over 15 years. With a modest staff body of 30 members, they have successfully overseen projects throughout Victoria with a broad repertoire of interests. From both challenging and conventional building engagements, the company’s experience extends across many sectors such as commercial fitouts, retail, residential developments and renovations or extensions. Whether it is a small scale home improvement or large scale commercial fitout, a multi-unit development or simple building maintenance, Prosam manage projects from inception to completion. No project is too big or too small. Noteworthy completed projects include Matheson Library at Monash University, Clayton which saw the implementation of wood-form feature ceilings. A product relatively new to the market, it required the manipulation of curved surfaces set at angles then baked and sealed at specific intervals. Prosam’s contribution to the T2 Luxury Retail Fitout at Melbourne Airport demands equal praise for its beautiful, complex feature ceiling. Prismatic and elegant, the precision of the angles and clean detailing show only the most expertise handling and care for materials from start to finish. Alongside Prosam’s feature ceiling for The Strand, Melbourne CBD, it proves a remarkable installation. Exploring the Prosam timeline shows a trend for projects outside the box in terms of building services. Such complex and challenging

projects are extensive and feature: the Immigration Museum Melbourne CBD, Anti-Terrorism Unit Customs Melbourne Airport, Australian Federal Police Building Melbourne CBD, Herald Sun and IBM Towers South Bank, CBA Banks all over Victoria, Crown Casino Melbourne, VICLAND Offices Chapel Street Melbourne, high end residential in North Melbourne, Armadale, Essendon and Cremorne. For more examples of their work check out their instagram account: prosambuildingservices. Directed by Samuel Garrard – a Registered Building Practitioner in both Residential and Commercial with a Certificate III, IV and Diploma in Building and Construction. Prosam Building Services not only follow their projects through from start to finish but over a care package for the future maintenance of the built product. This is a unique service and means clients can be as adventurous as they like with the use of unfamiliar materials. With an extensive list of skilled tradesmen, Prosam ensure projects are completed on time without compromising quality and excellence. Clients are also assured Prosam Building Services will use the most cost effective building methods for the installation, renovation or building of a new form.

For more information contact Prosam Building Services, PO Box 555, Hurstbridge VIC 3099, mobile 0400 922 502, email

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Minimise time and labour requirements of establishing a Jumpform System on your construction programme It’s no secret that time and budgets get tighter every year in the construction industry. You need a supply chain that saves you time and labour onsite, will deliver what you need when you need it, and with a return on investment that not only delivers on but exceeds your initial financial outlay. This is where we come in. Sureform Systems is a supplier of innovative formwork systems to the construction industry. We provide all types of formwork solutions with a focus on offsite manufacture, which means we supply our system to your project in pre-assembled modules that simply need to be bolted together, including;

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Wallforms. Working platforms. Cladding panels and external cladding platforms. Structural steel assemblies. Lift installation, protection and template decks.

We dismantle the system in our yard once the cores are complete, and we pick it up in the same modules as we delivered it. This saves crane time and the labour required to strip the wallforms and platforms onsite at a stage of the

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Basic Operational Details; Increased onsite safety. A user-friendly and modern system. The system is assembled and climbing in an economical and more efficient time period. Core systems are removed from your critical path early. Removing the need to fabricate working decks on the project can save you up to two weeks of system assembly time on medium to larger sized projects.

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Joining together IJF Australia Pty Ltd has a proud, long established reputation for manufacturing and installing high quality interior joinery for major builders nationwide. It recently completed major contracts for Lendlease including 883, 888 and 889 Collins Street Melbourne (1,642 apartments) and Lendlease’s flagship Toorak Park project in Melbourne’s Armadale. Toorak Park comprises 450 apartments spread throughout 16 different buildings and three different precincts, Toorak Park is its own community and includes a number of outdoor gardens and common areas. IJF spent almost 12 months onsite and conducted approximately six months of presite coordination, prototyping and shop drawing. IJF successfully managed the project over a very large footprint, utilising up to 25 team members, installing kitchens, vanities, shaving cabinets, robes with sliding and front frame doors, linens and laundries with front frame and bi-fold doors. IJF valued its collaboration with Lendlease at Toorak Park. It is currently working on Darling Square NE Plot in Sydney and looks forward to partnering with Lendlease on future projects around Australia. For more information contact Peter Liebmann, IJF Australia Pty Ltd, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, email, website


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ADcon Group of Companies Since the conception of Adcon Group of Companies within the South-East Queensland Market, Adcon has been committed to the Building Code Compliant construction market. The organisation has forged a reputation for delivering large multi-level high density residential and commercial structures on time and on budget for its repeat builder cliental. With projects located throughout South-East Queensland, North Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Adcon aim to please our clients by being adaptable to their needs. The company has a vast depth of knowledge with 30+ years of construction experience, there is no project that Adcon can’t handle or design within their dynamic Engineering, Design and Fabrication Departments, 90% of Adcon Group’s work are from repeat clients, with Adcon being their preferred Structure Contractor. Inhouse Capacity To ensure Adcon business has the capacity to deliver any project, of any size, regardless of complexity, Adcon is system focused. As the business is constantly delivering in excess of 25 projects at all times. The business is structured to deliver, with; • Flatline Senior Management Structure with extensive national and international experience and hands on approach. • Man and Material Management Systems which link design, yard, operatives, materials and commercial systems to individual project programmes. • Individual Project Reporting Systems reporting on, Onsite and Offsite Productivity, Operative Movement, and Material Movement. •  Design and Engineering Departments focused on Autonomous Innovation in Self Climbing Structure Systems. • 3 International Design and Engineering Offices working 21hr a day. • 3 yards nationally with steel fabrication and assembly facilities with 24hr capacity. As part of this commitment to systems, Adcon Senior Management developed a programme based operative and material management systems, to ensure that from submission of tender, Adcon adopts the correct operative and


material resourcing, which links to their design and yard facilities, and commercial systems. Together with this, Adcon is focused on providing a total inhouse structure system solution. On each project Adcon will design, engineer, manufacture and assemble or site customise the most innovative structure systems to reduce the structure programme whilst maximising safety and operative productivity. Adcon is committed to improving site accuracy and productivity whilst removing risk and is focused on developing and implementing more autonomous vertical formwork systems. Adcon’s Design Department a solution will progress to one of their three manufacturing and assembly facilities located in Queensland and New South Wales. Each of these facilities have craneage, steel fabrication, and painting facilities, as well as 24hr capacity to ensure that the proposed system is ready on time in accordance with manufacture and assembly programme as well as the technical manual. Adcon’s Approach From receipt of tender documentation, Adcon Group of Companies’ Design Manager, Construction Manager, programmers and draftsman collaborate to provide a complete structure proposal which includes; • Preliminary Designs • Formwork System Proposal • Screen and Jump Form Proposal • Staging Plans • Adcon’s Structure Programme (taking into consideration pour sizes and durations) The intention of this approach is to reduce the structure programme – without compromising quality and safety. Adcon also utilises the latest internally developed and manufactured formwork structure systems. Based on this detailed approach and company methodology, Adcon Group has found that 95% of project programmes are reduced by up to 16 weeks.

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Adcon Engineering Whilst working with their construction department, programmers and Safety Manager, the Adcon Engineering Team complete an engineering analysis on qualifications of loads, reactions and the like on all proposed elements during the design phase. For complex and specialised project solutions, Adcon’s Design Team will then finalise shop drawings for their Manufacture Department to fabricate including project specific solutions such as edge protection screens, jump forms, cantilever/spanning formwork systems or high strutting table forms/systems to the specific requirements/constraints of their clients. These project specific solutions will then match all relevant staging plans and proposed construction methodology – which are all taken into consideration when developing the structure programme. Safety Focused With the utilisation of the variety of their formwork systems, Adcon’s focus is to remove risk, by proposing the right formwork system for each specific task. Adcon will work with your business to remove or mitigate risks where possible and ensure safe operations of their systems and the like.

Adcon’s Systems Adcon Group of Companies has an extensive range of structure systems which include; • Doka Slab/Wall Systems • Ulma Slab/Wall Systems

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Calcono Since its formation in 1989, Calcono Formwork Contractors has operated on the basis that exceeding the expectations of its clients would be the pathway to success. Nearly 30 years later, the company has grown from just five staff to over 200 personnel. Calcono specialises in commercial, industrial, residential, educational and recreational projects. Two major projects recently undertaken by Calcono which demonstrates the company’s capacity, are the Harbord Diggers Club in Freshwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the South Village Precinct Kirrawee in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney’s South. The Harbord Diggers project is creating a world class leisure and entertainment complex and a community hub, including a high quality seniors village, a childcare centre plus a fitness and aquatic centre. Calcono’s General Manager, Stefano Calautti, said that the typical basement floor plates are around 15,000m2 and the overall formwork quantity is approximately 100,000m2 for the entire project. “The scope consisted of formwork to common basements one and two, plus the lower ground and upper floors, followed by all levels to buildings A-D and F in Stage 1, with Building E to be completed in Stage 2.” Stefano said that 60% of the Harbord Diggers project consisted of basement, carpark and commercial club space. “These areas were mostly high strutting areas with particularly deep beams and structural elements. A major challenge was to maintain the right flow of labour and resources to meet programme requirements. Our manpower at times reached 100-150 workers onsite.” Calcono utilised a mix of systems for the project including the KingFlor™ Metal Decking System, which was used for all slab areas in the basements and commercial levels. The system helped to minimise labour and material resources for these particular challenging areas. “Beams were formed using our Faresin Alufort system, which was also utilised to form slabs to apartment levels, with conventional formwork to balconies to achieve the appropriate class of finish,” said Stefano.


Stair and lift cores were formed using a pre-made conventional shutter system, while external walls that reached from lower ground up to apartment levels, were completed using a mixture of AFS Rediwall and Dincel wall systems. The Dincel system allowed Calcono to achieve the specific radii required for the curved design of the walls. The South Village project will deliver apartment buildings and retail spaces to be occupied by major supermarket retailers, specialty shops and dining options. The project also includes 9,000m2 of public park and private podium gardens.

South Village Precinct at Kirrawee.

“This is a massive project that consists of a total formwork quantity of approximately 315,000m2. Our scope consists of formwork services to common basements and commercial levels (Basement 3 to Level 1), as well Buildings A through G. The highest tower (Building G), maxing out at Level 14.” Manpower has reached up to 200 workers onsite. Many of the same formwork systems used on the Freshwater project have been utilised on this project also. “Particularly challenging was the high strutting in the commercial areas, one area in particular from basement through to ground was 1500m2 of 12m high strutting. Certain beams in this area exceeded more than 2.4 x 1.5m deep. We used our own conventional strutting system in lieu of a structurally adequate scaffold system. Particular attention to safety and structural adequacy was required in this zone,” Stefano said. There were also two large onsite detention tanks, one of which was approx. 1,000m2 with a 6m high lid. “One full team was allocated to this tank alone and took two to three weeks to complete,” Stefano said. Calcono are proud to be associated and involved in these and other projects past present. Particular thanks goes to everyone on our team from the builders, site management, office admin and most importantly all the loyal personnel working on the frontline everyday. For more information contact Calcono Formwork Contractors, 1600 Canterbury Road, Punchbowl NSW 2196, phone 02 9793 9233, fax 02 9793 9544, email admin@, website

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AGI Formwork AGI Formwork specialise in formwork including general foundation, general formwork, foundation bored pier, steel fixing, finishing, pump hire, waffle and raft slabs, suspended slabs and retaining walls. AGI Formwork has a strong focus on quality and constantly maintain and ensure that they adhere to their quality management systems and assure success of construction the first time around. AGI Formwork also has risk assessment and management systems to identify project risks as early as possible to make sure they are managed appropriately. One of their specialities is the Airodeck which is a low weight, high productivity, simple slab formwork system. Airodeck is available in a variety of alternatives with a wide selection of propping heights making it flexible to suit most propping requirements. It is comprised of aluminium panels with a minimum number of components, making it 30% lighter and having 40% fewer parts than traditional props and timber, minimising construction time and labour as well as reducing costs. The support system is comprised of a prop aliminium table sytem. AGI Formwork’s other speciality is their strategic jump form system. Through careful planning of the construction process, strategic jump WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

form systems facilitate efficiency by minimising labour and crane time and expediting construction speed. The formwork is independently supported, allowing core and shear walls to be built before the rest of the main structure, as well as allowing creation of high quality surface finishes. This system decreases congestion onsite while also increasing safety. AGI Formwork was recently contracted for maintenance work at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney, as well as for the construction of the the Sydney Southwest Private Hospital in Liverpool, and also the Australian Maritime Museum, among various other projects. AGI Formwork is a strong supporter of Camp Quality; a non-profit organisation that strives to bring optimism and happiness to children and families affected by cancer, through fun therapy.


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For almost six years, Mela Bar Chairs have been supplying large construction projects, steel suppliers and distributors in Sydney and Canberra with plastic bar chair products for concrete work. For the Esprit Residences Mascot they supplied the steel fixing and bar chairs. The Sydney based company has 27 plastic products and is the only Australian company to offer 200mm to 340mm high bar chairs in plastic. We offer the perfect height range. This larger size of bar chair in the past, were usually made of steel, but this new design replaces steel, thus reducing the risk of concrete cancer and allows for easier manual handling, due to the reduction in weight of bags. The products are tested, certified and available within 24 hours. For more information contact Mela Bar Chairs Pty Ltd, PO Box 581, Engadine NSW 2233, mobile 0418 461 584, email, website

DYWIDAG-SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL DSI Underground (formerly known as DYWIDAG Systems International) is a market leader in trusted and proven anchoring systems. DSI is Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of specialist strata reinforcement and support products to the Coal & Metalliferous underground mining, and civil construction sectors.

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Marques Group: formwork contractors Marques Group is one of the fastest growing Tier 1 formwork companies in New South Wales. They have a professional and experienced team working in roles ranging from formworkers, estimators, structural engineers and construction managers to safety officers, riggers and foremen. Marques Group undertakes a wide range of projects within Sydney and interstate, with the capability to work on commercial, residential and civil projects. The team at Marques Group works with clients to ensure the formwork solution they prepare is right for each job. The company’s pre-planning and attention to detail ensures Marques Group continues to grow based on the needs of the industry. With 10 years of experience, Marques Group are able to take on projects from main construction companies which inlcude Brookfield Multiplex, Icon Co, JQZ and Lendlease. Recently, the company completed Sydney Domestic and International Airport multi-storey carparks for Lendlease, which expanded the carpark by 100,000m2. Marques supplied and managed the Perimeter Screens. The Emblem Apartments in Waterloo for JQZ required Marques Group to construct approximatly 350 apartments across three towers and 24-levels. Marques Group supplied and operated hydraulic jump forms to the main towers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Avantra Apartments in Mascot for Icon Co consists of 330 apartments across two towers and over 12-levels. Marques Group supplied all the required formwork, as well as four formwork hoists to assist with the sites vertical movement requirements. Marques Group strive to provide an injury free workplace by taking all steps to eliminate hazards in order to prevent injuries. By utilising the latest formwork systems, continuous improvements to their use, workplace training and practices, as well as monitoring, Marques Group can almost eliminate falls from heights and other hazards and risks. Marques Group extensive supply of material’s and resources allows them to undertake projects of any size. They own more than 20,000m2 of Peri Skydeck and Acrowform decking, in addition to formwork hoists and 1,000’s of square metres of Doka Wall Formwork and conventional formwork. In addition to formwork services, they can provide; perimeter safety screens, hydraulic jump forms, formwork and material hoists, forklifts and manitous. Marques Group is gaining a reputation as the go to formwork contractor to get the job done fast, safely and to the highest of standards. For more information contact Marques Group, 21 Day Street, Lansvale NSW 2166, phone 02 9755 1811, fax 02 9755 1911, email alan@, website ANCR ScaffoldING and formwork Special Feature



O’connell Agencies O’Connell Agencies (OCA) is Australia’s leading formwork material supplier. They specialise in nationwide high rise, commercial and civil construction projects. OCA was established in 1984 and have been committed to the needs of the formwork market in the dynamic construction industry for over 30 years. OCA has long standing experience and knowledge across all sectors and they are Australia’s largest PVC column form manufacturer. Their new Ocatube that is manufactured locally in Brisbane, is a revolutionary PVC tube which features superior strength and waterproof capabilities. It is lightweight, highly versatile and easy to handle, making it revolutionary for formwork construction including piling industries, main roads, mining and foundations. “Made from non-hazardous strong PVC, it is economical and maintains its shape in transit. These columns can bring your design visions to reality by using simple, one-piece geometric shapes to create beautiful bespoke columns,” said Natasha Nicholson, Spokeswoman for OCA. OCA manufactures square, rectangle, round, oval and hexagonal one-piece one-pour concrete building columns available in 300-1800mm diameters with an architectural smooth finish. This eliminates costly labour for boxing and shuttering and has fast 64

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turnaround. Being 100% recyclable, OCA strip, collect and recycle formwork contributing to higher sustainability which has given them a Greenstar rating. Ocatube columns have many benefits which include moisture proof, sun proof, termite proof, unrestricted pour rate, come in various textures and finishes, have no height limit, impact resistant, retain shape and strength during all weather conditions, customisable and made to measure with no storage restrictions. Their flexibility and robust capabilities makes them suitable for all kinds of construction, supports, and infrastructure. OCA is involved in the development of key construction projects which include the T180 building, William Street, Garden City Shopping Centre, Gasworks, Coal Miners Memorial and multiple Bunnings developments across South-East Queensland.

For more information contact O’Connell Agencies, 3 Mary Street, Blackstone QLD 4304, phone 07 3810 2700, fax 07 3282 6300, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Scaffold Logistics Scaffold Logistics is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of scaffolding products and services. The family owned business goes back four generations which has given them invaluable knowledge and experience.

of two 9km tunnels with five new underground train stations in CBD South, CBD North, Arden, Parkville and Domain. The project will allow more trains to run more often and allowing better navigation through the city.

They are a multi-purpose company with a building division and a scaffold division and have a strong workforce of over 100 employees, working together with ISO accreditation. They design, engineer and supply all their products, providing detailed plans which identify risks and costs ensuring that their clients are not blindsided. The team also conduct safety checks and improvements.

Scaffold Logistics is additionally involved in the new development for the Rod Laver Arena, which will give the arena a new more vibrant look with a newly designed Eastern Annex, as well as the addition of an 8-storey media building, food and beverage outlets, better facilities, a larger loading bay, improved rigging capacity and a pedestrian bridge over Batman Avenue.

One of the major projects that Scaffold Logistics is involved in is 4.5km of elevated rail on the Cranbourne and Pakenhan line (Stages 2 and 3 at Clayton and Noble Park), which will be built as part of The Level Crossing Removal Project. The rail will be 8m above ground with gantries reaching 8m further into the air. The project will lead to reduced congestion and improvements to public transport which will be welcomed by residents in the area. Scaffold Logistics is contracted for a number of level crossing removals across Victoria which are planned to take place over the next eight years. Another major project they have is the John Holland Melbourne Metro Tunnel, which involves the construction WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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the heart of hobart The $100M Parliament Square ‘Salamanca Building’ involves the construction of a new office building in Hobart’s busy Salamanca precinct. The new 5-Star Green Star Building delivers premium grade commercial office services, boasts large scale feature Y-shaped columns in the main entry foyer and Hobart's first contemporary curtain wall façade. The landmark Parliament Square development covers a whole CBD block and is located in close proximity to Sullivan’s Cove. The Tasmanian Government will lease approximately 15,000m2 of the development’s office space making up Stage 1A.

quality outcome. The dramatic Y columns rise 14m, and allow the building to cantilever over a 130 year old sandstone retaining wall. The columns support seven levels of office above, necessitating the need for the use of concrete up to 100mPa – this was a first in a Tasmanian building project.

Hansen Yuncken were awarded the design and construction role to deliver the Salamanca Building. “We have engaged more than 80 subcontractors mainly locally based,” said Project Manager, Leo Maria, who approximated 500,000 man hours have been spent on the job from 2014 to project completion.

During construction the client team initiated a number of significant changes to the building’s design including relocation of a roof level plantroom to the basement to create an additional office level and later in the project, the introduction of a second additional level plus a 3-level glass atrium that provides a direct link between Parliament House and the new building.

The Salamanca Building has incorporated approximately 7,000m3 of concrete poured for the structure, 600 tonnes of steel reinforcement used and up to 220 tradespeople onsite each day during construction of the building that includes 11 office levels, a single level basement and rooftop plantroom. “Projects of this scale are rare for Hobart. We have had to manage and plan around local industry resource constraints to ensure program outcomes,” explained Leo. Hansen Yuncken took on the project at 80% design, so were required to oversee design finalisation through to 100% then through the shop drawing process. “We undertook many workshops with our contractors and interstate based consultant team. Our subcontractors shared their knowledge and expertise which helped us realise the design.” The building’s entry foyer features five custom built Y-shaped columns providing a striking feature at the building’s main entry. Solving the aesthetic and engineering challenges associated with these exposed concrete elements was critical to the project’s construction program and a successful 66


Despite the scale and far reaching design and construction implications of these changes, the highly detailed and intensive nature of the integrated fitout and resource constraints in the buoyant local construction industry, the changes were successfully incorporated and have resulted in greatly improved development outcomes. Hansen Yuncken’s other iconic projects in Tasmania include the internationally acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and the recent Port Arthur Penitentiary Conservation Project at the World Heritage listed site. “Hansen Yuncken has a commitment to continually engage with the industry and our innovation puts us in a unique position. We operate with transparency and mutual trust to achieve outstanding project results and business outcomes,” Leo said.

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, 39 Patrick Street, Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6215 4600, email, website

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Below Tasmanian Fire Doors provided specialty doors and fittings to industry standards.

Tasmanian Fire Doors supplied specialty fire rated doors and fittings for the Parliament Square project. The 30 year old family owned company has supplied approximately 300 fire and architectural doors, in addition to fire windows to the project. “The doors are locally made to the project’s specifications – that’s how we work. We’ve also ensure all products supplied have green star rating meaning there’s little environmental impact,” said Jono Emmett, company Estimator. “Contrary to what some people might think, there’s no steel in these doors, only the handle. The doors have a core of manufactured pyropanel and we fit the externals so it can look like a normal door.” The company also manufactures fire rated windows, security doors and grilles, industrial doors and offers fire door certification, door hardware repair and replacement. They also have a full range of non-fire rated pressed metal door frames in their standard profiles. Passive fire protection products they offer include fire collars, mortar, fire pillows and fire snakes. Tasmanian Fire Doors supply the hardware to install the doors, such as door fittings, handles and locks all tested and fire rated. 68


“Tasmanian Fire Doors is a Tasmanian family owned and operated manufacturing company with more than 100 years combined industry knowledge in the door manufacturing business,” said Jono. The company supplies doors across Tasmania specialising in the commercial construction sector. Another iconic project they have supplied for includes the Menzies Centre Stage 1.

For more information contact Tasmanian Fire Doors Pty Ltd, 21-23 Stony Risa Road, Quoiba TAS 7310, phone 03 6424 7666, fax 03 6423 1216, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Permasteelisa Group manufactured and installed a bespoke façade using over 10,000 terracotta tiles.

Permasteelisa Group manufactured and installed a bespoke façade for the Parliament Square project, which they completed in 18 months. The Group is a global contractor in engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems. They operate in four continents and have a network of approximately 50 companies in 30 countries. Andrew Vatiliotis, General Manager, based at Permasteelisa’s Sydney office said “the façade work was fairly typical of commercially designed panelised curtain walls systems; the difference was in the detailing and incorporation of the different materials.” What made this project unique were the 10,000+ terracotta grey and yellow tiles that wrap around the building along with the timber features. Permasteelisa worked closely with the architectural firm FJMT and Hansen Yuncken, to design and develop the concept into a unitised system. “It’s the first large scale curtain wall façade in Tasmania. The building enclosed the structure with a fully interconnecting WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

envelope, which is drained, pressure equalised and performs better for thermal and acoustics. The challenge for Permasteelisa was to integrate the terracotta tiles into a factory fabricated curtain wall unit,” said Greg Styler, Permasteelisa’s Project Manager. “Traditionally the terracotta tiles are hand set on the building site using proprietary railing. The tiles are effectively a ‘hook on’ and to build this into the curtain wall unit, the rails were replicated into a series of transoms, which were accurately spaced to give a uniform and consistent appearance and line, across long tiled elevations. Any deviation would be unsightly,” said Greg. Permasteelisa also supplied and clad the vision mullions onsite with specially selected timber to more than 500 panels. They also supplied the feature timber linings and back pans behind the glass to match, which can be seen from inside or outside the building through the ultraclear glass. For more information contact Permasteelisa Pty Ltd, 13-15 Governor Macquarie Drive, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9755 1788, fax 02 9755 1418, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE Parliament Square


Below All Brick Tasmania supplied and installed over 35,000 concrete blocks for the Parliament Square project.

All Brick Tasmania supplied and installed all of the concrete blocks, Hebel and bricks for the iconic Parliament Square project. All Brick Tasmania, which supplies and installs products throughout Tasmania, specialises in commercial works, school and government projects, as well as large residential unit developments

“We demonstrate our professionalism with our set up, we have fantastic office support, also ensuring we have the best qualified bricklayers, overseeing and assessing our projects by our project manager or general manager on a daily basis to ensure the work is of high standard and running to schedule,” said Matt.

“We carry out a range of works from historic remedial works to new commercial builds. The Parliament Square project would be our largest continuous running project,” said Matt Barratt, Estimator and Project Manager.

Matt won a bronze medal at bricklaying in the 2012 WorldSkills National competition. It’s not the first time company staff have made it to the nationals. His brother Ben won silver in 2010, while Sam and Tom also took part in 2014.

Approximately 10 of All Brick’s 50 staff worked on the project from March 2015. They laid 35,000 concrete blocks and 8,500 Hebel blocks. The site proved to be a challenge due to the CBD location, however the team took this in their stride – having worked on similar CBD projects previously, and ensured all their work met acoustic and fire ratings, of an exceptionally high standing.

All Brick Tasmania has worked on other iconic sites, including the Port Arthur Historic site. They’ve also worked on the MAQ1, installed the exo-tech cladding at Montrose Bay High School and brickwork at Riverside Nursing Home. They also worked on the Watermark Apartments at Bellerive, Hobart Airport, Glenorchy Intergrated Care the new Myer store and completed block work and carpentry at the KGV Sports Ground, to name a few projects.

“How we’re different to our competitors is that we’re a family business – that’s Dad, Mum and five boys that work in a close knit team. We also strive to be very professional in what we do, as well as maintaining a good work ethic throughout our company” Matt said. 70


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Below PDA Surveyors facilitating the fitting of decorative glazing, to the façade Y-columns.

PDA Surveyors have been involved in the Parliament Square project since its inception by the State Government in 2004. “We carried out the original site and title survey for the Department of Treasury, then as the project progressed, we’ve been working with the new owners to finalise the architectural design and local planning requirements,” said Hugh Clement, Director of PDA Surveyors. “Often what we find that our clients value most is our team’s dedication to the project and flexibility as well as their quality assurance work in checking the construction plans. On a project of this size there are numerous revisions of the plans and our surveyors verify the dimensions giving the builders confidence that there won’t be any issues during construction,” he said. As part of the site is heritage listed and partly situated on old reclaimed land, there have been a lot of unknowns to take into consideration with existing underground services and heritage buildings – including working around St Mary’s Wall, a heritage listed retaining wall constructed in the 1800s. PDA Surveyors had up to four of their surveyors working on the construction phase with Hansen Yuncken, leading up to the completion WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of Stage 1. As well as normal building set out and control surveys, the survey team had to survey the precise detail of the Y-columns to facilitate fitting decorative glazing in channels around the middle of the columns to very tight tolerances. “Our professional staff comprised of surveyors, engineers and planners allow PDA Surveyors to undertake work in all areas of property development, land and engineering surveying, and civil engineering. This gives our clients access to a one-stop-shop for all of their development needs,” said Hugh. PDA Surveyors started operating in 1953 and now employs 50 staff across seven offices throughout Tasmania. Other recent construction projects include the Mona Gallery extension that is under construction and the recently completed Blundstone Arena extension.

For more information contact PDA Surveyors, 127 Bathurst Street, Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6234 3217, fax 03 6234 5085, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE Parliament Square


Below Halton Joinery supplied and installed timber, joinery and stone for the Parliament Square project.

Halton Joinery provided a range of joinery solutions for the expansive Parliament Square project. The contract called for 290+ joinery units, to be installed across a range of different room types including: 39 rooms with feature walls; and 18 rooms with feature ceilings, across eight levels. “The joinery units range from simple overhead shelving units to credenza units in meeting rooms, individual office storage units, plus we’re also installing nine decent sized kitchens, display units, reception counters, big layout benches for teams in the open office spaces, various utility cupboards for mail/IT rooms, banquet seating including much that is curved,” said Managing Director, Adam Halton. Halton Joinery used a variety of products on Parliament Square, which included pre-finished coloured melamine boards, veneers in the higher end offices, natural timbers such as Tasmanian Oak, Stringy Bark Veneers and Spotted Gum. The company also supplied natural granite and engineered stone. “Parliament Square has allowed us to really showcase our high end commercial work,” said Adam. The project is a great fit with he company’s business model, which sees Halton Joinery working 72


along side their sister company and stone benchtop specialists, Huntingfield Granite. “We have about 900m2 of manufacturing space using recently updated ‘design to construction’ software, so we can do anything from basic residential jobs such as ‘first home’ type kitchens through to high end kitchens, as well as low to high end commercial joinery. We’re quite diverse in what we can turn our hands to,” said Adam. The company employs 22 people, all of whom have been working on the project since November 2016. Working on the Parliament Square project has given Halton Joinery a better insight into the Green Star Rating System, and how Halton Joinery can work to meet these requirements within its project ranges. Halton Joinery’s other projects include MONA, the Moorilla Winery, Review Café at Wrest Point Casino and Customs House Hotel in Hobart. For more information contact Halton Joinery Pty Ltd, 16 Ascot Drive, Huntingfield TAS 7055, phone 03 6227 2411, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Aspect Furniture installed customised desks and hutches, along with selected items of loose furniture.

Australasian commercial furniture specialist Aspect Furniture, was the successful tenderer for the supply of 900 workstations to the Parliament Square project in Hobart.

Aspect is a family business with over 30 years experience in designing and manufacturing office furniture. Across Australasia they employ 75 people, with showrooms and factories covering major locations.

They’ve installed sit-stand desks and custom designed personal storage units to approximately 900 work points along with a range of supporting loose furniture. “We’ve used a number of subcontractors within Tasmania to support the local market, supplemented by our own manufacturing plant in Western Sydney. Our commitment to manufacturing within Australia, coupled with excellence in design means Aspect can offer quality solutions on better lead times and clearly still be price competitive,” says Andy McCulloch, National Sales Manager.

“New showrooms are currently in the pipeline in both Melbourne and Canberra, which will enable us to better support our customers and the design community in these markets,” says Andy. Major contracts they’ve completed include fitouts for Maddocks Lawyers in both Sydney and Melbourne, Clayton Utz in Melbourne and Access Canberra and Department of Prime Minister in Canberra.

“Cable management and reticulation were some issues we had to resolve. We had to get the power from the ceiling in a way that was aesthetically acceptable to the architect, so we designed a power blade to integrate with the privacy screens that was visually light but still had sufficient capacity to feed large clusters,” said Andy. Aspect Furniture operates nationally in Australia, both in the major centres and regionally, with preferred supply agreements in place to deliver solutions to a number of nationwide customer branches. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below Quadric installed the Optima partitioning systems for the project’s 20,000m2 of office space.

When the architects for the Parliament Square project set their hearts on Optima for the partitioning systems, they knew who to go to. Quadric, an award-winning commercial interiors company, had the exclusive Australian and New Zealand rights to distribute this top-ranked UK system.

brighter, have dry joints so you don’t need wet trades onsite. The system is demountable and reusable.” There were challenges for Quadric in project managing a European product to be made in Asia, freighted to Australia for finishing and powder coating, then shipped to Tasmania.

“We understand the sometimes off-the-shelf solutions don’t meet design intent. That’s why Optima works with some of the leading names in architecture and commercial interior design to create great office interiors,” said Ben Scott, Quadric Managing Director.

“But it’s not one we don’t come across right around the world with Optima,” said Ben, whose company partnered with a local commercial window installer for assembly.

“The project has been running for us for more than two years, but we only started swinging a hammer two months ago and expect to complete the work in September,” he said.

Quadric employs 50 people and offers largely inhouse principal contractor services for commercial fitouts, joinery, building maintenance and renovations and has a well equipped 2,500m2 joinery workshop.

The Optima product they sourced for the 20,000m2 of office space, had a high-performing acoustic quality and was slim line, just 55mm wide by 25mm high – half the thickness of a traditional partition. “Having less framing means we need to engineer our product to make it strong. The aluminium thickness of our products is in some cases five times or ten times thicker than conventional systems. The offices are WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Quadric Pty Ltd, 43 McCarthy Road, Salisbury QLD 4107, phone 07 3275 0000, fax 07 3275 2205, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE Parliament Square



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the height of sophistication Developer : Asian Pacific Group and Ironfish Developments mAIN Construction Company : Maxcon Constructions Architects : Peddle Thorp Architects STRUCTURAL Engineer : Adams Consulting Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $200 million

The Whitehorse Towers represents a new era in modern living, with 516 new age apartments, plus 100 hotel suites boasting modern architecture and high end features, housed within a striking façade. The mixed used development also comprises commercial and retails spaces, with rooftop pool and gym facilities. The $200 million Whitehorse Towers development is located at the gateway to Melbourne’s Box Hill. The bold and striking building was design and constructed by the team at Maxcon, and the development is the tallest outside Melburne’s CBD. The Whitehorse Towers offers residents all the luxuries of contemporary living, cultural design, art and prestige with a gym, four retail tenancies, apartments, office spaces, and 100 hotel suites. The 310 residential apartments located over 36-levels of Tower 1 with access to a rooftop communal space, while the second tower boasts 206 apartments, with access to a rooftop pool area. The one and two bedroom apartments feature open plan living and dining with stunning timber flooring, personal balconies, and a designer kitchen complete with Miele appliances, stone benchtops and feature stone tile splash backs. The buildings unique appearance is due to the curved curtain wall façade combination of a concrete and glass. The floor to ceiling balcony windows and the private balconies not only let in a wealth of natural light to the apartments, they also accentuate the towers unique curves.

Work for The Whitehorse Towers project commenced onsite in February 2016, with completion in September 2017, with the project engaging 2,083 people onsite at it peak. Maxcon was responsible not only for the design and construction of the project, but also for coordinating subcontractor works, preserving the programme, maintaining the project budget, resolving problems and delivering a high quality, compliant building. “Maxcon is pleased with the result,” Carol Elzain, Senior Project Manager said. “It was a pleasure to work on and successfully deliver such an iconic project. The building is impressive both internally and externally, and is an excellent example of the high quality construction that Maxcon is renowned for.” As a family operated and owned business, Maxcon specialises in designing and constructing buildings with a range of commercial and residential purposes, offering vertical and lateral integration skills. Confident in its ability to deliver diverse and innovative solutions, the company has a commitment to delivering on time, to specification, and within budget. Maxcon’s recent projects include the Bohem Apartments and commercial space in Adelaide, as well as the 420 Spencer Street high rise apartments in West Melbourne, and the 8 Lygon Street apartments in Melbourne suburb Brunswick East. For more information contact Maxcon, 71 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9650 9580, fax 03 9650 9960, email, website

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steeling the show Specialising in structural steel, Metalex-AL has provided steel to the construction industry for over 15 years. The structure and shape of the building was key to the execution of the project, and Metalex-AL provided drafting and fabricating services, as well as installing structural steel to suit the architect’s unique requirements.

“For this project they required a lot of rectangular hollow steel and square hollow steel for the window supports,” said Alin Alexa, Managing Director of Metalex-AL. “The factory fabricates everything and then we get it sent off to get sandblasted and painted and when they’re up to the right level, we go in for two or three days to do all the installation.” The company’s long term relationship with Maxcon, means that it is often working on multiple projects simultaneously. “We work on a lot of projects at a time. This job didn’t require a lot of steel, so it’s not a problem. We’ve happily worked with Maxcon in the Melbourne area for between 10 and 12 years,” Alin said. The company regularly dedicated up to three of its 18 employees to work onsite on The Whitehorse Towers project. While all builds come with unique challenges, Alin said that The Whitehorse Towers project has been straight forward in terms of Metalex-AL’s involvement, with the company finishing Pergola features on Tower 2 within expected timeframes. Alin said he was pleased to see the building’s progress and proud of Metalex-AL’s involvement. “It’s a very nice building actually. It’s a bit different.” For more information contact Metalex-AL, 27 National Drive, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9702 4485, fax 03 9702 4489


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Shaping the future Peddle Thorp Architects provided design services to the $200 million Whitehorse Towers project. Peter Brook, Design Director for Peddle Thorp Architects, said that the project was a spectacular opportunity for the experienced company to create a local icon. “We came up with the concept of the two towers with the corner tower being a landmark that enters into the shopping precinct,” Peter said. A design team of six and documentation team of 15 overcame several planning and technical challenges to complete the design. “The building straddles a main sewer line that crosses deep down under the site. There were also a unique range of engineering and structural challenges in achieving the shape of the building,” he said. Overall, Peter said Peddle Thorp Architects were pleased with the design. “I think it introduces the idea of simple, clean, elegant buildings which can set the character of Box Hill in the future.”

For more information contact Peddle Thorp Architects, Level 1, 525 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9923 2222, fax 03 9923 2223, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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The Personal Touch Lapege used decades of premium stone and tiling experience to give The Whitehorse Towers’ 516-apartments and 100 hotel rooms their classic, luxury finish. As importers of porcelain, ceramic, marble and mosaics, the company has specialised in providing a high quality product for these types of projects for 15 years. The project used a variety of tiles and incorporated natural handmade products that give the project its distinctive look and feel. Specialised made-to-order Italian Terrazza was installed in the lobby to create a

seemingly simple, yet intricately textured first impression, that sets the tone for quality echoed throughout the development. Lapege provided all the bathroom finishes, which feature a hand-made penny round mosaic. “With anything handmade the quality controlling has to be very strict,” explained Morena Petrolo, Lapege Director. Stone, being a natural product can be hard to maintain its consistency, particularly with such as large volume required for The Whitehorse Towers. An Italian timber-look porcelain tile was used on the project to add an extra level of sophistication to each apartment. Being porcelain, the tile can be made to imitate timber in a range of colours, adding a depth of texture to the space, without the need for ongoing maintenance that can be required for a natural timber product. The company’s two directors liaise directly with their overseas suppliers and manufacturers to ensure a high level of quality is maintained throughout the whole process. The innovative approach of the Lapege team and their extensive product knowledge, allow them to approach spaces with an attuned attention to the details at every stage and provide products that are intelligent and functional for contemporary city living, without compromising the aesthetic design. For more information contact Lapege, 146 Johnson Street, Collingwood VIC 3066, phone 03 9419 8777, fax 03 3419 5041, website


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crystal clear vision Aloha Pools was contracted to complete the design and construction of The Whitehorse Towers’ luxury rooftop swimming pool. Building a swimming pool at height requires high attention to detail and communication between many different aspects of the construction process. “Coordinating with trades onsite is a challenge, as well as getting finishes and concrete up to that height,” explained Nathan, Aloha Pools’ Sales Engineer. “Even before construction, the pre-design phase requires us to settle on the design work with various engineers, architects and builders, while considering cost constraints.” Taking on responsibility for the pool’s finishes, waterproofing and onsite construction, the company’s decades of experience were crucial to the project. Aloha Pools employs various new techniques specific to each pool installation, with particular attention paid to the waterproofing. “Waterproofing is still a big issue,” explained Nathan. “Dealing with a swimming pool, there can potentially be a lot of issues if you don’t get that right.” Aloha Pools have specialised in high rise commercial pool design and construction with 50 years of industry experience. “Our focus is on achieving good outcomes. We’re lucky that we get to work with a lot of passionate people and harnessing that is really exciting,” said Nathan. Aloha Pools ensures that they take the time to fully understand the functionality of the end result, and work that into the final WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

designs. Nathan said that the company focuses on achieving a high aesthetic outcome. The Aloha Pools team is well-trained in the construction of a range of different pool styles, under a wide variety of environments, which allowed a team of 10 to install The Whitehorse Towers’ pool within scheduled time frames and with excellent workmanship. Aloha Pools has also recently worked on Maxcon’s Central Park Apartments and the Northern Geelong Special Development School’s hydrotherapy pool. For more information contact Aloha Pools Pty Ltd, 3/35 Lakewood Boulevard, Carrum Downs VIC 3021, phone 03 9775 0033, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The whitehorse towers


DEVELOPER : St Vincent's Health Australia mAIN Construction Company : ADCO Constructions Architect : Health Science Planning Consultants (HSPC) STRUCTURAL Engineer : Wood & Grieve Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $70 million

a healthy delivery The St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee (SVPHW) is a state-of-the-art hospital facility that will provide health services for up to 16,000 patients living and working in Wyndham, one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities. The $70 million hospital features 112 beds, six operating theatres, four delivery suites, a day procedure unit, cardiac catheter laboratory, day oncology/infusion centre, rehabilitation facilities, radiology and consulting suites. Located in Werribee Victoria, the hospital was constructed concurrently with a new aged care facility that will accommodate 80 residents with dementia and low, high and respite care needs. Funded and owned by St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA), Australia’s largest Catholic not-for-profit health and aged care provider, the contract for Design and Construct was awarded to national construction company ADCO. “We have an excellent track record of delivering projects on time and within a client’s budget,” said ADCO Constructions. 82

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“This was very important for SVHA as they were working to a tight budget and timeline. Value management played a big role in securing the contract. Our design innovations ensured the project met the client’s budget requirements without departing from the desired level of architectural intent and overall quality” said ADCO. The design for the cutting edge facility was multi-faceted and required a lengthy period of consultation between ADCO, the architects and the engineers. “It was a structurally complex project. Construction commenced in December 2015 but before that point we worked closely with the architects and engineers to workshop solutions to improve the design from a buildability perspective,” ADCO explained. To manage this process a full time ADCO Design Manager was dedicated on the project to ensure there was a smooth transition from design phase to construction. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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The commissioning team at SVHA are currently conducting scenario testing of all clinical spaces and the first patient surgery is scheduled for January 2018. The finished building features a polycarbonate atrium skylight and several different types of cladding including feature pattern precast and aluminium battens. A key consideration of the design, however, was the complicated nature of the medical fittings.

Certain parts of the hospital needed to be fast-tracked and completed in order to provide vital services to the aged care clients,” said ADCO.

“One of the critical aspects of the build was handling the installation of the technical hospital equipment, in particular the Siemens system for the cardiac catheter laboratory and Stryker pendants in the operating theatre,” said ADCO. “The team’s extensive experience in developing health facilities proved invaluable.”

ADCO’s portfolio features numerous notable projects across Australia, including the $100 million Gold Coast Airport Redevelopment, the newly completed $63 million 512-bed student accommodation for Deakin University in Burwood, and the $52 million redevelopment of 52 Martin Place in Sydney for the NSW Government, home of the Department of Premier, Cabinet and Treasury.

“This project demanded a focused and committed management team who played a major part in achieving programme and handing over defect free,” ADCO added.

The overall project consisted of two separate buildings, the hospital and aged care facility. Construction of both buildings on the four hectare site ran concurrently and presented many logistic and sequencing challenges.

Current schemes include the $60 million Shepparton Law Courts development for Court Services Victoria and the $40 million Sydney Airport Terminal 1 Bifurcation Roof and Luxury Retail Precinct.

“One of our main challenges was to meet our client’s tight programme for both buildings. We had two separate handovers and the hospital was still in construction when the aged care facility opened in May.

For more information contact ADCO, Level 9, 75 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9832 1400, fax 03 9832 1444, email, website


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the finer details The internal workings of a building, whilst not always visible, are crucial for its operational success. Responsibility for St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Werribee’s vital organs, sat with ADP Consulting.

systems, fire protection systems and transportation design. “Our work requires a variety of skillsets and 16 members of the team worked on this project simultaneously,” said Marthinus.

The company provides consulting engineering services for the construction industry, specifically relating to a variety of industry sectors including commercial, retail, healthcare, education, government, residential and hotels.

When working with such complex systems, challenges are to be expected. “We had two buildings that functioned independently of each other but had to share the same space, so designing the building services was complicated. We had to connect the two buildings from a building services perspective to improve the efficiency of the systems, networks and infrastructures we had created,” said Marthinus. “It was an unusual set up but through effective building services design we enabled both buildings to share the space in a manner that boasted operational efficiency.”

The team oversaw the design and implementation of the building services across both the hospital and aged care facility. “We joined the project at concept stage and we’re contracted right through to the end of the 12 month defects liability period,” explained Associate Director, Marthinus Noyce. The term ‘building services’ encompasses a wide range of responsibilities and ADP Consulting’s remit included the air conditioning systems, hydraulic designs, electrical data and security

ADP Consulting has a team of 100 spread across offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Established only six years ago with six employees, the company attributes its growth to exceptional client service. The team are currently working on one of the largest retail projects in Australia, the $950 million Castle Towers expansion in Castle Hill, New South Wales. For more information contact ADP Consulting, Level 11, 60 Albert Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9521 1195, email, website


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All planned out With over 25 years of consulting experience, SJB Planning understands what it takes to craft a successful proposal. Their expertise and industry knowledge secured the planning approval for St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee (SVPHW). SJB Planning managed the entire planning approval process for ADCO Construction. The team prepared, coordinated and lodged the statutory planning applications. Complex design matters are usually a primary issue in the application journey but that wasn’t the case for SVPHW. “The design parameters didn’t present a significant challenge for this project. Instead it was more about convincing the authorities about the operation of the facility and its external impacts” says Marc Ellenbroek, Planning Director on the scheme. One of the primary issues for stakeholders were parking and traffic control. SJB Planning worked with the Council and State Government to ensure they were comfortable with the parking provision onsite and the proposed management strategy amongst other issues. They also coordinated with Public Transport Victoria to upgrade a bus stop directly in front of the site. Given the number of parties involved, it was a lengthy process to develop such a complex proposal. “This project encompassed a lot of government stakeholders and managing everyone’s input and desired outcomes was crucial. Our role was to work collaboratively with all parties and ultimately achieve a positive outcome for our client.”

private clients. SJB Planning also has a Sydney office. Their advice has been instrumental in major planning approvals including shopping centres, hospitals, offices, commercial buildings and all types of residential developments. Notable SJB Planning successes include securing the approvals for various stages of the Caulfield Village urban regneration project at the Caulfield Racecourse. The team also managed the approvals to transform the iconic Yorkshire Brewery into a mixed residential development.

Specialising in statutory, strategic and master planning, the team is based in Melbourne and works on large-scale projects for public and

For more information contact SJB Planning, Level 1, 80 Dorcas Street, Southbank VIC 3006, phone 03 8648 3500, fax 03 8648 3599, email, website


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St Vincent's Private Hospital Werribee, Victoria


Certified delivery As one of the leading practices in Regional Victoria with a wealth of experience in health projects, BSA Building Surveyors were chosen as the relevant Building Surveyors in the development of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee (SVPHW). Recognised for their expertise on commercial, industrial, institutional and educational projects, the company provides clients with a building permit service paired with regulative design development and technical advice. “We were brought on board in the early design stages of the project. We provided key regulatory advice and identified regulatory challenges to be considered by the design team,” explained Dean Bertuch, Director of BSA Building Surveyors. “Our approach to facilitating the building permit process was both collaborative and responsive and we worked closely with all stakeholders involved to help meet project milestones.” St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee was designed to provide health services for up to 16,000 people and presented a number of performance solutions developed by the scheme’s Fire Safety Engineer. It was BSA Building Surveyors’ role to review and certify them. “Our team, lead by Senior Building Surveyor Jo Van Loon, applied their vast experience in the area of healthcare and residential aged care to assess the performance solutions and manage their implementation throughout the construction phase,” Dean said.

service delivery of mandatory inspections for projects in both Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The company also offers allied building surveying consulting including essential safety measures assessments, and fire safety and regulative assessments of existing buildings. Past projects include the $40 million major redevelopment of St John of God Geelong Hospital in Victoria, the $70 million major Geelong Hospital Redevelopment, the 12,000m2 retail development of Bunnings Warehouse in Bayswater and a 5-level open-deck carpark at the Deakin University Burwood Campus.

BSA Building Surveyors has a permanent team of 13 and an extensive network of freelance building surveyors and inspectors to assist with

For more information contact BSA Building Surveyors, Level 1, 126 Torquay Road, Grovedale VIC 3216, phone 03 5241 2559, fax 03 5241 2563, email, website


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St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee, Victoria



making tracks mAIN Construction Company : Level Crossing Removal Authority CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $481 million

Victoria's Level Crossing Removal Project has ensured the continued safety of pedestrians and road traffic at Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road. The project involved lowering the train lines, the construction of a new bridge overpass, and associated cycle and pedestrian paths to alleviate peak hour congestion. The Level Crossing Removal Project is being undertaken by the Victorian Government, and overseen by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, with 50 dangerous and congested level crossings expected to be removed by 2022. In the past, crossings have been removed one at a time, or in pairs, over a period of time. However the Level Crossing Removal Project ensures a strategic approach to multiple removals and a corresponding financial investment. Benefits of these removals include safety, easing congestion and creating better connected and liveable communities. The ambitious timetable – 20 crossings removed by 2018 and the remaining 30 by 2022 – is on track and Project Director, Tony Hedley says the removals are actually ahead of schedule. 90

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“There are more than 180 level crossings located around Melbourne and we are removing 50. As part of this project, Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road crossings were removed,” Tony said. “The key to successful removal is the pre-planning and we were undertaking site specific planning at least 18 months before the actual removal. You find traffic and urban congestion everywhere in Melbourne, so removing the crossings was a challenging job.” The removals at Blackburn and Heatherdale roads were not without challenges, and the Authority’s pre-planning approach meant that when problems were encountered, contingencies kicked in. “We wanted to do as much work in advance as we possibly could,” Tony said Following the pre-planning stage, an intense construction period of six weeks followed where rail lines within the area were shut down and AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

traffic diverted. This phase began on the 27th December 2016 and was completed by the 6th of February 2017. “We did plan around a 24/7 construction cycle and there were a number of shifts that staff rotated through. We had 800 workers onsite during peak construction times,” Tony said. Removal required the construction of a new bridge at the crossing location, with improved pedestrian and cycle paths, along with appropriate traffic access. Safety is only one of the reasons for the removal of the level crossings. Research from the local area revealed that at Blackburn Road, the boom gates were down for around 54 minutes in the two-hour morning peak (7-9am). The road is used by some 16,000 vehicles a day, and the crossing was located nearby a busy shopping centre. With the level crossing now removed, vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists now have priority. Tony explained that the aim “was to have no conflict between road and rail.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Level Crossing Removal Authority, phone 1800 762 667, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Level Crossing Removal Project


Below Subterranean Solutions installed concrete and steel for The Level Crossing Removal Project.

Gavin Spokes established Melbourne based Subterranean Solutions, who specialise in various forms of ground stabilisation works. They employ 14 staff, however work in close collaboration with various other subcontractors in their field, in particular Complete Shotcrete. Subterranean Solutions upscaled its staff considerably for The Level Crossing Removal Project, to approximately 50 onsite staff. “I project managed our component of the job which was demanding because it had to be completed in tight time frames, but it was rewarding to deliver the project on time, so the trains could begin to run again,” Gavin said. The project involved drilling and placing dowels, strip drains and hanging mesh in preparation for the shotcrete walls, around 10 weeks. Ground level was excavated to 10m and there was 17,000m2 of mesh to hang, and 25,000 holes to drill before dowels could be fitted.

Shotcrete about six years ago and in 2014 I followed with Subterranean Solutions. We now combine forces,” said Gavin who has a history as a geologist with extensive experience in the mining and construction sectors. His experience in high level project management, and his technical knowledge and experience have helped Subterranean Solutions quickly establish a solid reputation for getting the job done, with safety and quality as priorities. “I draw on wide experiences in my role at Subterranean Solutions, including as a board member of the national not for profit, the Sharing Stories Foundation. We run self-representational media projects in 18 Indigenous communities across Australia, assisting young people to produce their own stories through various forms of digital media. I’ve been a photographer, a documentary maker and a project manager with the Foundation and my experience with Indigenous communities and Elders has developed and honed my communication skills,” Gavin said.

“When you have a large crew working in a confined space with heavy machinery and electricity there are big challenges managing safety, however the whole job was completed without one safety incident,” Gavin said. “Good communication was fundamental to risk management because nothing slows a job down more than a breach of safety.”

“I’m pleased to get my foot in the door and we delivered well on The Level Crossing Removal Project. The key to how I run Subterranean Solutions is in commitment to a high level of communication. I listen and evaluate. I think that builds alliances which increases successful outcomes,” Gavin said.

“Something like 200,000m3 of earth was excavated to form a very narrow corridor which had to accommodate massive machinery. I had a good working relationship with my crew but I also had to be agile in responding to any problems, and then communicate that with the main contractor. They were very responsive and took the time to have those roundtable discussions to solve any problems.”

Communication often accompanies team leadership skills and Gavin puts a significant amount of value in his team. “My crew is not scared to have a voice. In our work you need that trust in leadership because there is often risk involved. We also value innovation and encourage our staff to think and constantly work at increasing their personal capacity,” he said.

The majority of Subterranean Solutions work to date has been in basement construction in Melbourne but there has been a steady increase in civil infrastructure projects.

Subterranean Solutions works across Melbourne and Victoria and doesn’t rule out national work. “The sky is the limit, even though we spend all of our time underground,” Gavin said.

“I cut my teeth with Geotech, one of Australia’s largest civil contracting businesses and I used that experience as a basis to start my own company. My brother and his business partner began Complete 92

For more information contact Subterranean Solutions, 10 Minnie Street, Yarraville VIC 3013, mobile 0477 893 468, email gavin@, website

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Below Aquatec installed pump stations at the Level Crossing Removals and provided water and wastewater solutions.

Aquatec, who have offices in Shepparton, Melbourne and Brisbane were involved in The Level Crossing Removal Project from design stage through to commissioning and beyond. The company designs, manufactures and commissions water and wastewater solutions and supplied the pump stations for the project. “We’re a turnkey service. Our project managers oversee all aspects of the project from design delivery and commissioning to ensure our pump stations arrive on time and within budget,” Aquatec General Manager, Harvey Seeley said. The Aquatec pump stations assist with drainage of groundwater, stormwater or sewage. The company supplies both commercial and residential developments, partnering with water authorities, consultants and developers to provide a solution. Aquatec pump stations were installed for drainage and groundwater below the surface level of the crossings at Blackburn Road, Main Road, Furlong Road, Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Melbourne. The project was challenging in that it required Aquatec to work within tight space constraints at each site. “We had to be innovative in our design to provide protection for personnel who might work on the pump stations in the future,” Harvey said. “We were able to incorporate 94

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a handrail that was built into pump station lids to establish a safety grate. This handrail will act as a built in safety barrier in the future.” Aquatec employs a staff of 40 and at least 15 employees were involved in The Level Crossing Removal Project. “It is a high level project in Melbourne and Aquatec is proud to be associated with it,” Harvey said. Aquatec prides itself on its ‘end to end’ service model. The company was established 30 years ago and is still a family business today, servicing Australasia including providing pressure sewerage systems to Samoa, Vietnam and New Zealand. “We stand out as a pump station solution provider to the water and wastewater industry with our unmatched business model in providing a complete end-to-end solution. We hold the civil contractors hand through the complete installation process to ensure a successful outcome,” Harvey said. For more information contact Aquatec, 2 Provincial Crescent, Shepparton VIC 3630, phone 1300 088 555, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Fleet Pant Hire supplied up to 400 trucks to The Level Crossing Removal Project.

Fleet Plant Hire provided cartage and plant hire solutions with approximatly 400 trucks per day at the peak of The Level Crossing Removal. During this time, the disposal points were operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “We removed excess spoil, from the new cuttings, some 204,000 solid meters of excavated material,” Fleet Plant Hire Director, Chris West said. “In the lead up to the excavation we provided trucks on an hourly hire basis.” The disposal sites that accepted the spoil included sites for reuse in construction materials, various urban infill sites and a major brick manufacturer.

Fleet Plant Hire is a well established business, operating since 1988. It prides itself on its ethical and moral compass and its focus on project delivery. “We negotiate our rates with our clients at contract stage and we don’t vary them. We believe we have skin in the game and what is in the contract, we stick to,” Chris said. Fleet Plant Hire employs over 20 staff at its headquarters in Scoresby, Melbourne, working predominantly across the city and associated areas in Victoria. “We will go wherever we need to go,” Chris said. The company is currently working on a number of projects, including the Craigieburn Sewer Hub and the Melbourne Water Treatment Plant.

“It was a challenging job logistically,” Chris said. “We implemented a new fatigue management system, for our suppliers which met current industry regulations. This ensured the drivers only worked to regulation hours.” “We also had to deal with high volumes of truck movements through congested roadways in Melbourne, but we met these challenges and are pleased to have our name associated with the project.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Fleet Plant Hire, 10 Caribbean Drive, Scoresby VIC 3179, PO Box 2659, Rowville VIC 3178, phone 03 9561 3988, fax 03 9561 4988, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Level Crossing Removal Project


Below Access Covers Australia supplied The Level Crossing Removal with precast concrete pits and lids.

Access Covers Australia Pty Ltd specialises in the supply and manufacture of access covers and grates, precast concrete products and structural steel components. “It was a tight schedule and we supplied hundreds of concrete pit lids, all manufactured in Melbourne to Australian Standards,” Access Covers Australia’s Operations Manager, Andrew Paganelli said. The precast concrete lids provided access to a number of concrete pits that were built into the ground to house pipes and high voltage cables. During peak times, 15 Access Covers Australia staff were employed on the project and a fleet of crane trucks delivered the products to site. “Time restraints meant we had to increase our capacity throughout the project,” Andrew said. The company began in 1993 and has grown steadily ever since, particularly in the last eight years, with a staff of six increasing to 40 employees today at their Airport West premises. “We are quality accredited and third party certified. We are also approved suppliers to VicRoads, Citipower, Ausnet Services, Melbourne Water, Yarra Valley Water, City West Water and South 96

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East Water in Melbourne,” Andrew said. Access Covers Australia is currently working on the Mernda Rail Extension for the Level Crossing Removal Authority and the Merri Creek Rehabilitation Project for Melbourne Water. “We have engineering capabilities and quality processes that ensure high standards of design, manufacturing and delivery,” Andrew said. “We are a one-stop-shop for access covers, grates, structural steel and associated components, and we promote a quality-in-all-we-do attitude and a strong commitment to continuous improvement.” The company’s quality policies include a focus on client relationships and responsiveness, and marketplace competitiveness. Access Covers Australia services the Melbourne area and provides delivery of their products by crane truck, as well as same-day delivery for all stocked products.

For more information contact Access Covers Australia, 22-28 Hawker Street, Airport West VIC 3042, phone 03 9335 5355, fax 03 9335 6055, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below AF Industrial supplied The Level Crossing Removal Project with hold down bolts for the new gantries.

AF Industrial knows about civil infrastructure in Australasia. With its reputation for safety and reliability, the company was contracted to supply the hold down bolts on the new gantries for The Level Crossing Removal Project.

made, they were delivered to site,” Jim said. “Communication was very important on that job for a successful outcome but we are experienced in the civil infrastructure sector and maintain high quality relationships with our clients.”

A division of Allfasteners, a fasteners supplier to trades and heavy industry since 1994, AF Industrial has been involved in some of Australia’s most significant construction projects. “We provide customised stud bolts for the petrochemical, mining, energy and resources and civil infrastructure sectors,” AF Industrial Director, Jim Strange said.

AF Industrial between its Australian and US operations (who also directly service the US telecommunication tower sector), employs 60 staff. The company has representatives in all states of Australia. The company is currently working on the Melbourne’s Ring Road expansion, as well as the $400 million White Rock Windfarm in Glen Innes, New South Wales. “We work nationally and internationally, in South East Asia and the US,” Jim said.

“We are accredited to ISO 9 001:2008 standard and a certified Achilles supplier. Achilles is a leading provider of quality assurance, supplier risk management services and pre-qualification programmes.” AF Industrial has supplied the hold down bolts on about eight level crossing removals so far. They source materials and components locally and from QA-approved suppliers, which are then customised at the AF Industrial factory in Keilor Park, Melbourne. The Level Crossing Removal Project was characterised by tight timelines. “We had fast turnarounds and as soon as the orders were WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We have decades of experience in the construction industry, as well as significant inhouse collective knowledge of engineering within the company. Our quality assurance standards mean that any hold down bolt assembly, anchor studs, or any other type of industrial fasteners solution will be compliant and effective.” For more information contact AF Industrial, 78-84 Logistics Street, Keilor Park VIC 3042, phone 03 9330 0555, fax 03 9338 6434, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Level Crossing Removal Project


Below Spatial Technologies provided aerial drone surveying for The Level Crossing Removal sites.

Spatial Technologies employed state-of-the-art surveying technology on The Level Crossing Removal Project to provide cost effective and highly accurate surveying for the Victorian Government. With more than 20 years experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, Spatial Technologies is a ‘one-stop-shop’ when it comes to combining technology with surveying, living up to their motto ‘we do it differently…we deliver the future’. Spatial Technologies surveyed three sites for The Level Crossing Removal Project and began work in late 2015, completing their portion of work on the project in November 2016.

explained Anton. “We only have a short window of opportunity at times to capture the data.” The company was founded in 2015 due to a gap in the industry. Anton has a background in stereo imaging and his partner was an experienced surveyor; so Spatial Technologies combines the two: cutting edge technology and software with traditional surveying. “Raw surveying data is transformed into precision data on a software application which means you can spend less time onsite and get more information than traditional surveying, this is known as Reality Data Capture” Anton said.

In the past, traditional surveying required the use of total stations and staff being on ground zero. However drones are smaller, safer and more cost effective. The 3D modelling we produced also allowed the client to monitor progress onsite,” Spatial Technologies Director, Anton Van Wyk said. “We have knowledge across all fields of the work-flow which includes stereo imaging from Drones, Survey and GIS technology.”

“We are currently working on the Latrobe sand quarry, as our technology allows for greater safety in surveying as you are not onsite. We are also producing promotional videos for Frankston City Council, capturing imagery to allow the council to monitor development over the next two years,” Anton said.

Drones and stereo imaging, provides highly accurate information for clients, however can be limited by uncontrollable environmental factors. “Weather will always be a challenge with aerial surveying,”

For more information contact Spatial Technologies, PO Box 5143, Mordialloc VIC 3195, mobile 0429 902 229, email contact@, website


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Below Green Power Solutions provided temporary power options for the level crossing sites.

Green Power Solutions provided biodiesel powered generators and light towers to allow continuous operation on The Level Crossing Removal Project sites. The Thomastown based company works across Melbourne and nationally, creating solutions for the long term. They have been involved with many of The Level Crossing Projects since inception.

Green Power Solutions also looked at innovative solutions while on the project and introduced other technologies such as solar power and batteries to reduce reliance on biodiesel. “On one site we provided a small generator, a battery pack and solar power for traffic lights which operated for three months. At the end of three months, only 100L of biodiesel was used,” Stephan said.

“Some of The Level Crossing Removal sites required temporary power 24/7,” said Stephan Curtis, Green Power Solutions’ Sales Manager. Generators powered site camps compounds and light towers providing temporary power lighting along the train lines, which was more economical than tapping into the existing electricity grid.

The company is a member of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and is able to work with clients on their ISCA rating. “Every infrastructure project funded by the Federal Government requires an ISCA rating. When companies use our generators and light towers, they are able to fulfill a component of what they need for the rating,” Stephan said.

Green Power Solutions not only rented generators and lighting for use on the project, they also provided B20 grade diesel to power the equipment. Offsetting the consumption of diesel by using B20 biodiesel produced by Green Power Solutions (20% biodiesel 80% diesel) equates to 0.53kgs of CO2 saved for every one litre consumed. As part of the service to its clients, refuelling of all GPS equipment on site is maintained. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Green Power Solutions, 182 Holt Parade, Thomastown VIC 3074, phone 03 9463 3000, fax 03 9465 9150, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Level Crossing Removal Project


Below The Tubeworks manufactured formatubes and steeltubes used in foundations and piers for foundations and concrete columns.

The Tubeworks’ expertise in formwork helped the company meet the tight turnarounds for the large scale supply of product, required on The Level Crossing Removal Project. The Victorian based company supplied the formatubes and steeltubes used in foundations and piers, and also in the above ground concrete columns. “They were different diameters and lengths, ranging from 150mm-1200mm, and 3-4m in size. All were custom made; and we supplied hundreds and hundreds of tubes to multiple Melbourne Level Crossing sites,” The Tubeworks Manager, Jason Burns said. The Tubeworks has been working on the project for a year, and are still supplying product to level crossing removals across Victoria. The Tubeworks were required to manufacture 150 of one particular formatube in a week, and were generally supplying around 140 lengths of formatubes a month. Jason recalls however, that at one point they were asked to provide 400 lengths at the drop of a hat. A challenge the team rose to with ease. “We have more than 29 years of experience in the industry and we have more than 500 different lengths of formatubes in the factory. 100 VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Level Crossing Removal Project

We were able to provide the quick turnaround the project required,” explained Jason. “We have the expertise in formwork and can delivery stock the next day, and also work with end users on custom made products.” New products used on the job included the EPH Voidforme which creates a void in the ground slab. It ultimately protects structures, preventing walls from cracking when there is movement in the slab due to poor soils. The Tubeworks also sell Builders Film poly, and are preparing to release a range of industry standard construction tools. The company employs eight staff and all products are manufactured in Melbourne. It works across Victoria, and also has supply agents in Queensland and Adelaide. “We also have the capacity to manufacture in Sydney, Queensland and Tasmania,” Jason said. Current projects include the Glenn Shopping Centre at Glen Waverley, and the Opera and Ivanhoe Apartments, in Melbourne. For more information contact The Tubeworks, 36-40 Northern Road, West Heidelberg VIC 3081, phone 03 9457 5545, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below CUBIS Systems manufactured and supplied customised pit and ducting products for the entire Level Crossing Removals Project.

CUBIS Systems are a global innovation leader in the manufacture and distribution of network access pits and ducting systems, used in the construction of infrastructure projects worldwide. The company has supplied fundamental network access products to The Level Crossing Removals Project which involves the removal of around 50 crossings throughout the greater Melbourne area. Troy Ware, Southern Sales Manager for CUBIS Systems, said that CUBIS provided a range of access solutions earlier to projects in the level crossing removal programme, like Bayswater Station, and continues to deliver both industry standard and design engineered custom built products as further crossings are removed. “The rail system requires a variety of ducts and pits for communications and electrical cables, all of which demand a high degree of safety and security. As well as our extensive national approved range, our inhouse engineering specialists have designed and manufactured pits with custom entries and concrete or steel covers to meet the client’s requirements.” CUBIS have utilised the latest innovation technology, developing a complete range of network access products to meet even the most WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

challenging of installation requirements. The modular structurally preformed access pit and ducting solutions have been designed to accelerate construction of infrastructure networks, providing robust strength to weight properties. Already installed across major projects and telecommunication networks both nationally and abroad, CUBIS’ range of advanced underground products have gained international accreditations. The company has multiple manufacturing facilities along the East Coast of Australia, with the global supplier exporting to over 25 countries worldwide. CUBIS’ national distribution services have secured the company’s prominent foothold across all major industry sectors. The products it produces are widely used for defence base and airport upgrades, in the electrical and telecommunications industries, as well as rail and road systems. The company prides itself on their commitment to quality, innovation, and long term partnerships with clients. “CUBIS Systems products are world class and provide sustainable, secure and sturdy solutions for our customers,” Troy said. For more information contact CUBIS Systems, 73 Ballarat-Carngham Road, Winter Valley VIC 3358, phone 1800 065 356, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE The Level Crossing Removal Project 101

a royal residence DEVELOPER : Hallmarc Limited ARCHITECT : Hallmarc – Malcolm Elliott INTERIOR DESIGN: Hallmarc – Brittany Cini STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Consentino Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $70 million

Arthur Apartments represent a new era in modern living and offers a range of luxurious apartments designed for the ultimate urban lifestyle. The development comprises of 96 cutting-edge luxury apartments most with spectacular views over Albert Park. Hallmarc’s Arthur Apartments is the premium address for those looking for luxury, modern living, with spectacular views of Melbourne’s Albert Park and the beautiful Port Phillip Bay. The 14-level development on Queens Road comprises the 5-Star Tyrian Serviced Apartments from the ground level to the fifth floor (with 85 serviced apartments), and premium residential apartments from the 6th to 13th floors. “The building is less than 1.5km to the city, South Yarra, St Kilda and from the beach,” explains Hallmarc Director, Michael Loccisano. With a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as penthouses, a majority of the residences have already been sold since they were released for sale in March 2015. Five New York style loft apartments which were released upon completion in September 2017. Further emphasising the building’s luxurious theme, the entire top level is a dedicated 5 Star, resort-style entertainment area. This includes an infinity swimming pool overlooking Port Philip Bay and Albert Park, a fully equipped private dining room, 5 Star gymnasium and resident BBQ areas. This theme continues within the apartments themselves, which features include Valcucine Italian-made kitchens. “They’re the Ferrari of kitchens,” adds Michael. “They’re all engineered in glass and beautifully made. They really complement the style of the building which includes sleek floorboards and generous sized balconies offering views to the park and bay.”

Albert Park and its beautiful lake (including the annual Grand Prix). External balconies featured in other apartments enjoy views of Albert Park, while owners of apartments located on the Queens Lane side are treated to city-style vistas. “About a third of Melbourne’s open space is surrounding Arthur Apartments with Albert Park, the Botanical Gardens and Fawkner Park all within walking distance,” says Michael. “This location is rapidly being realised as a premium residential area in Melbourne, when compared with other major world cities this is Melbourne’s version of living on Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London.” He adds the building’s close proximity to everything Melbourne has to offer has also made it attractive to buyers. “We did a walkability assessment [of the building] before it went to market – it scored 95 out of 100 for walking distance to everything – the city, the beach, South Yarra and St Kilda,” says Michael. He adds that Arthur Apartments are aimed at the local Melbourne market, not overseas buyers or investors. “There is no shortage of downsizers from the leafy suburbs of Melbourne who are looking for a high quality apartment with large spaces, they want quality and space” says Michael. “Our buyers are a combination of downsizers and young professional couples who work in and around the city.”

The planning phase for the building was reasonably straight forward, with the site previously a commercial building. While the bones of the building were retained, the development has been completely rebuilt from the ground up including the construction of an additional basement carpark. The advantage of the site having been a commercial building also meant the ceiling heights within Arthur Apartments are up to 3m high. Hallmarc has also started construction on its second stage of Vista at Kingston Park in Highett (consisting of 154 apartments in three buildings) and numerous town houses in Point Cook at the Waterhaven Estate, another one of the firm’s projects. “We are an end-to-end developer,” adds Michael. “We have all the disciplines inhouse from architecture, design, construction, sales and marketing, asset management and owner’s corporation management. We take a site from acquisition, right through to sales and beyond all within our business model. That’s a pretty unique thing in the construction industry these days.” For more information contact Hallmarc Group, Level 14/257 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9660 9000, email, website

Buyers are also able to enjoy all the services that living above a 5 Star hotel brings, including a 24hr reception, onsite café/restaurant and inhouse management services and even car hire available. All the building’s west and south-facing apartments capture the expansive views of 102 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Arthur Apartments



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from old to new Melbourne based Cosentino Group undertook all structural work on The Arthur Apartments on Queens Road. Work began in 2015 with a number of engineers and draftspersons working on the project.

“The additions consisted of two extra floors, an extra basement and extensions to the front and back of the building. So the main challenges was to reconfigure the building to withstand lateral and earthquake loads.”

Cosentino Group Managing Director, James Cosentino and his team were responsible for working around the original structure of an 11-storey commercial office building that is being transformed into a 14-storey apartment tower. There were a number of structural challenges as the development was part of an existing building.

Specialising in structural design and civil engineering, Cosentino Group delivers a wide range of projects to the commercial, industrial, residential and government sectors. Among them are shopping centres, industrial complexes and residential developments in addition to multi-storey offices, sporting facilities, carparks, bridges and more. There have been many highlights but one of the company’s most significant projects was Richmond Icon in Swan Street. Like The Arthur Apartments, the refurbishment of the historic Dimmey’s building presented its own set of challenges. The development included a 2-level basement carpark below the heritage listed perimeter walls which had to be kept as part of the façade. For more information contact Cosentino Group, 12 Business Park Drive, Notting Hill VIC 3168, phone 03 9265 9888, email engineering@, website


Peace and Quiet Noise and vibration isolation specialists, Embelton, were responsible for completing work on the swimming pool and gym at the Arthur Apartments. The company spent three months between January and April 2017 designing, manufacturing and overseeing installation of springs to isolate vibration from impacts in the gym, pool and spa. “It is important, due to the infinity edge on four sides, to ensure the pool is balanced through the careful selection of Embelton springs,” said Mechanical Engineer, Lloyd Cosstick. “Activity in swimming pools, particularly diving, can generate high vibration levels in the pool structure. Unless isolated from the building, swimming pools on the upper levels can be a major source of annoyance to occupants through re-radiated noise.” Lloyd also said careful design was required when coming up with isolation solutions for the gym floor.

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“Embelton take a particular interest in gym isolation due to the complex vibration characteristics that can occur as a result of incorporating gyms into higher density living and are experienced in meeting the individual requirements for each application,” says Lloyd.

“A system that is appropriate for heavy weights may be inappropriate for cardio areas,” Lloyd said. “In addition, it is important that the system selected does not resonate with the structure. Providing a comfortable space to use with consideration of these constraints can be a challenge.”

In addition to projects across Australia, Singapore and the UK, Embelton has completed work in New Zealand, China, Dubai and Indonesia. The company’s most significant projects include large isolated floors in Prima Pearl in Melbourne, building isolation of the R9 development at Barangaroo and an isolated basketball court spanning between two buildings at the Tennery in Singapore.

Despite these challenges, Embelton is known for its effective gym isolation solutions. The company has worked on more than 50 gyms over the past year alone, including projects in Singapore and the UK.

For more information contact Embelton, 147 Bakers Road, Coburg VIC 3058, phone 1800 339 638, fax 03 9353 4855, email, website


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Wealth of knowledge BUILDER : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECTS : John Wardle Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Irwin Consult CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $38 million

The Monash University Caulfield Library has undertaken a $38M redevelopment with a complete refurbishment of the existing four floors, combined with spacious extensions to the west and south, featuring impressive highly architectural façades. The flexible state-of-the-art teaching and study spaces have a contemporary natural light filled open layout with various advanced digital technology throughout. Hansen Yuncken began major demolition on the Monash University Caulfield Library in January 2016. The Caulfield Library was opened in 1972 and is very popular with staff and students in the Faculties of Business and Economics; Art, Design and Architecture; Arts; and Information Technology. The new facility will cater for people movements through the front door in the order of 12,000 on any busy campus day. The original building provided 750 seats and is now moving to a capacity of 1,500. The design team, leaders in educational facilities, have worked closely with Monash University and Hansen Yuncken engaged under a D&C contract, to deliver a facility that will enliven the centre of the campus by creating a new transparency between the interior and exterior of the building. As the library is the heart of the campus, the aim was to create a welcoming and inspiring entrance, significantly increase the size of the facility and contribute to community engagement 106 VIC PROJECT FEATURE MONASH UNIVERSITY CAULFIELD LIBRARY

by showcasing the Library’s Artists’ book collection, incorporate the University’s artwork with the theme of ‘Community by Design’ and emphasise the artistic flair and sophistication by offering an inhouse café. Project Manager for Hansen Yuncken, Damien Penfold, said that the upgrade provided an integration of new elements into the old building, whilst continuing to maintain services for occupants throughout the project. As part of our tender response, Hansen Yuncken devised the staging strategy and adapted it during construction to suit the university and librarians needs, a very complicated exercise, but have maintained the relationships throughout. The architectural shadehouse entry framework is intrinsic to the redevelopment and encourages a sense of great access, community and collaboration. Stainless steel fabric mesh has been used for shading at the front of the building, which is a unique application of this material, and a great fit with the balance AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

of the natural products such as timber and fabrics used throughout the building. One of the major challenges on the project was integrating new building and services elements whilst ensuring the safety and good amenity of the facility by staff and students. The approach was lead by considerable planning and consultation throughout each works stage to ensure that the impact on occupants was minimised whilst still completing the project efficiently. Across the stages, Hansen Yuncken has conducted around 750 site inductions with an average of 100 employees onsite each work day. Damien said the redevelopment of Monash University Caulfield Library reflected the ability of Hansen Yuncken to work very successfully with industry leading consultants and subcontractors to deliver unique and highly architectural buildings, and most importantly achieve our client group’s expectations of excellent outcomes.

100 years whilst being privately owned. Well known major projects in recent years include the MONA Art Gallery in Hobart, Melbourne’s Waterfront City Docklands, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, which is the largest hospital ever undertaken in Australia.

Hansen Yuncken is uniquely placed as a leading Australian construction company that has been trading continuously for almost

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 3, 479 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9831 6500, email melbourne@, website



Below Raeco supplied custom shelving on four levels of the Monash University Caulfield Library project.

Defined by high end design, quality and proud heritage, Raeco creates 21st Century learning spaces for public, schools, universities and corporate education spaces around the world. Servicing the industry for over 55 years while creating innovative, flexible and functional spaces with Raeco’s latest product and finishes, they provide onsite consultations to discuss the use and application of an extensive range of standard or customised product designs. Raeco collaborate and engage with architects, clients and project managers to generate the desired functionality and fit with floor plans and overall design. Raeco has a large client base, providing library fitouts locally and internationally including projects in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Phillipines and Romania. Distinctive local libraries that Raeco has worked with include the Docklands library, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Top Ryde Library, Dudley Denny Library Mackay and the Dandenong Public Library. For this project, Raeco has worked with the project managers at Hansen Yuncken across four levels of the Monash University Caulfield 108 VIC PROJECT FEATURE MONASH UNIVERSITY CAULFIELD LIBRARY

Library, delivering a blend of standard and ‘bespoke’ library shelving. The Raeco team has supplied and installed their ‘Linea’ metal shelving range, along with custom design perforated metal bay end panels and dust covers. The unique design required the development of prototypes for approval before installation began. Work commenced on the site in June 2016, with installers working to erect the shelving across the floor level as directed by Hansen Yuncken. The perforated ‘Bay End’ panels instantly provide a distinctive look and along with paint colour ‘Matt Canvas’ which is used in other libraries of the Monash University group, which creates an inviting environment for patrons using this facility. Raeco has grown into an international business that is still driven by their passion for working with libraries and institutes.

For more information contact Raeco, 75 Rushdale Street, Knoxfield Victoria 3180, phone 1300 727 231, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Tali Engineering fabricated a structural steel framework with architectural detail resembling an intricate spider web.

Tali Engineering was contracted to fabricate the structural steel framework including secondary steel for the Monash University Caulfield Library in Victoria. Australian grade steel was installed and finished with Dulux paint products with a metallic finish containing poxy and metallic rich paint. The library will be used to engage, compel and stimulate learning and research at the university. The team at Tali Engineering are providing a framework that resembles an intricate spider web, which began in July 2016. Careful consideration had to be given to the architectural detail within the shade house design to achieve the sophisticated and creative effect of the library. Over 16,000 people use the library to participate in intellectual pursuits, so the refurbishments were designed to welcome and stimulate the learning and thinking environment. The structural steel frame needed to be strong, tough and rigid, whilst being aesthetically pleasing as part of the building to promote an intellectual environment for students and staff members. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Tali Engineering is the leading supplier of quality custom structural steel frameworks in the commercial marketplace. The company, consisting of 70 employees, has a variety of projects within Australia including Melbourne, Bendigo, Darwin and Karratha, working within an assortment of commercial premises such as indoor stadiums, swimming pools, stadiums and carparks. One of their current projects includes the Casey Regional Basketball and Netball Centre Redevelopment in south-east Melbourne, where community spaces, formal meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms and a large function room are available for the wider community. Cost-effective, durable and stable high quality steel construction solutions, such as that provided on the Monash University Caulfield Library project, have become more affordable and intricate for today’s modern designs that provide intellectual, creative or community minded environments. For more information contact Tali Engineering Pty Ltd, 299-301 Hanson Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8240 4711, fax 08 7111 0863, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MONASH UNIVERSITY CAULFIELD LIBRARY 109

Monash University Caulfield Library, Victoria

Below Bureau Veritas HSE provided support, advice and guidance for practical solutions in relation to OH&S requirements.

Bureau Veritas HSE had the unique opportunity to meet and effectively manage occupational health and safety requirements for the Monash University Caulfield Library Redevelopment Project. Bureau Veritas assists clients with occupational health and safety risk management, conduct assessments and provide ongoing support for their clients with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. A Hazardous Building Materials Survey was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Division 6 of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007, to assess the premises for the presence of hazardous building materials in the form of asbestos containing materials and synthetic mineral fibre products, and for the possible presence of polychlorinated biphenyls and lead based paints. Bureau Veritas identified the location, type and condition of the hazardous building materials with recommendations to minimise the risk of exposure to them during proposed works.

challenges. Clients and associated stakeholders were constantly kept informed with the progress of works, which encouraged a harmonious working relationship to deliver the common goals of the project. Bureau Veritas is one of the few companies in Melbourne whose senior consultants have a minimum of 25 years experience in Asbestos Management. With such valuable resources, Bureau Veritas is providing support throughout the project using expert scientific instrumentation to accurately assess hazards as they are encountered. At the head office in Melbourne, Bureau Veritas is fully equipped with a NATA Accredited Laboratory specialising in Asbestos Identification and Air Monitoring in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. The Asbestos Identification Laboratory and Asbestos Air Monitoring Laboratory can perform rapid turnaround results for all analytical services associated with the project.

During the demolition and construction phases of the project, Bureau Veritas was on hand to provide support, advice and give recommendations and practical solutions associated with complex

For more information contact Bureau Veritas HSE, Unit 3, 435 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9922 0700, website



Height of style DEVELOPER : Caydon Property Group BUILDER : Icon Co Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Caydon Property Group STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Irwin Consult CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $97 million

The $97M ONLY Flemington residential apartments exemplifies the trends in contemporary living, combining the best of luxury and sophistication in every aspect of the 22-storeys. The project makes the most of the spectacular view of the iconic Flemington Racecourse, with unique entertaining pods on the podium deck. Featuring an intricate interplay of three complex façades, the stream-lined 22-storey ONLY Flemington project is Flemington’s tallest building, and is a landmark for urban renewal and expansion occurring in the area.

company Kajima International operating out of Japan, Icon Co are rapidly expanding. According to Icon Co’s Drew Skinner, the success of ONLY Flemington means the company’s moves toward offices in New Zealand are well in place.

Opposite the Flemington Racecorse, the building’s design shows great affinity for its racecourse location. ONLY Flemington represents the new and innovative direction for the Flemington area, which reinstates the relationship between Flemington and the ever-progressive Melbourne CBD.

Facilitated through a recent amalgam with Cockram, projects such as ONLY Flemington have taken Icon Co’s capabilities to a highly competitive level, showcasing they are able to complete typical Design and Construction apartment builds, as well as cutting edge duo-build ventures.

Work commenced onsite in September 2015, with construction company Icon Co leading a team of 300, to bring ONLY Flemington to its final completion within programme schedule.

Icon Co provides stand out services, with swift and competent delivery which is on trend with the move towards constructing apartment style living that is progressive and a hallmark of Icon Co’s vision.

ONLY Flemington’s sculpted tower rises from a 3-level podium containing serviced apartments, with residential apartments starting from Level 4. Available in one, two and three bedroom configurations, the apartments have been fitted out to an exceptionally high calibre with fully appointed kitchens, European appliances, matte stone benchtops, luxurious timber floors and balconies. The development sports a unique multi-use entertainment deck that contains an array of architecturally designed pods with spectacular views of the Flemington Racecourse. These pods allow residents to access a variety of facilities including a BBQ , a lounge area and indoor/outdoor dining. Residences also have access to a sundeck, fitted with a structurally complex infinity pool overlooking the city skyline and private sitting areas. Icon Co was founded in 1997 and ONLY Flemington marks another stepping-stone in the company’s forward-looking, visionary approach to construction. With offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and a parent 112 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Only flemington

In this commitment to practical, forward thinking design, Icon Co have forged their way to a new and exciting future; and ONLY Flemington is a great leap toward this reality. For more information contact Icon Co, 110 Cubitt Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 6099, email, website


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Below AMA Precast Pty Ltd supplied precast concrete panels and columns to this soaring landmark.

AMA Precast manufactured and designed precast concrete panels and columns for the spectacular ONLY Flemington. ONLY Flemington is a soaring landmark made possible by AMA Precast’s contribution. The project required 687 panels covering 6,821m2, which were manufactured at AMA Precast’s New Gisborne factory, before being installed onsite. The team were able to handle all the delivery and installation challenges in their stride and completed the project on schedule and within budget.

AMA Precast provide their panels to a range of construction sectors including residential, commercial and civil. The company has recently completed a number of projects within Victoria including Vic Roads Sunshine, Smith Street in Collingwood, Simmons Street in South Yarra and Standard Bay Street in Brighton.

AMA Precast recently underwent a number of changes to the ownership structure of the business. Previously United Precast Vic Pty Ltd, AMA Precast promise the same service and competitive edge, with a new focus on offering the best outcome for their clients. With over 40 employees and a management team originating from the former United Precast Vic team, the company offers a complete start to finish package including design, manufacturing, delivery and installation. The professional AMA Precast team is assembled from accountants, CAs, engineers, project managers, estimators, carpenters, steel fixers, riggers and concreters, who are trained and fully qualified to produce high quality precast concrete elements for any architectural design. 114 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Only flemington

For more information contact AMA Precast Holdings Pty Ltd, 34 Sauer Road, New Gisborne VIC 3438, phone 03 5428 1023, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below OC Energy provided an Electrical Embedded Network to the ONLY Flemington project.

OC Energy specialises in the implementation of In-Building services. Specifically, OC Energy focuses on establishing Electrical Embedded Networks along the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. The implementation of an embedded network allows OC Energy to consistently deliver discounted electricity to customers in a way unparalleled in the market place.

The recent “ONLY” project in Flemington, OC Energy’s National Implementation Manager, John Garrard and his team worked closely with Project Manager, Charlie Davis from Icon Co and Jarryd Alexander, Development Manager from CAYDON, bringing together 409 apartments in the 22-storey tower while boasting magnificent views of the Flemington straight and The Melbourne skyline.

Their innovative business model has also been developed to encapsulate the supply and management of Hot Water Plants and Hot Water Meters. Further to that, OC Energy also offers an In-Building Wi-Fi service, OC Ultranet, allowing tenants to connect to the internet instantly. They are also capable of providing Fibre to the Property (FTTP) mandated by the NDN rollout.

OC Energy manages In-Building infrastructure in excess of 400 sites across Australia. One of their recent signature projects A108, which will be the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere.

OC Energy is privately owned, with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and head offices in Melbourne. Their management team collectively boast over 100 years of experience in the provision and management of In-Building Services with experiences in a variety of fields covering IT, legal, finance, property and engineering. OC Energy operate on the Goldilocks theory, meaning, they are big enough to provide excellent service to the developments however, small enough to listen, change and adapt for their stake holders. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact OC Energy, 636 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 1300 494 080, fax 03 8888 7978, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Only flemington 115

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Stormtech: Architectural drainage for bathroom projects The importance of choosing compliant and conforming products in bathroom designs is critical for its required functionality. While cutting corners can be tempting, shaving margins off by buying cheaper, low-quality products will end up costing more in the long run – and not just in a monetary sense. Products demonstrating reduced flexibility can signal low quality, as they are only relevant for general applications. A cheap solution also suggests a lack of testing, or a short research and development period, which could lead to problems later down the line.

As the pioneer of linear drainage in Australia, Stormtech provides a range of choices to suit a myriad of drainage possibilities to suit specific situations. Stormtech’s use of Grade 316 marine grade stainless steel illustrates its dedication to a higher quality of material. Stormtech drains are fully compliant with a number of building codes, in particular Plumbing Code AS3500. With 25 years experience in architectural drainage, Stormtech have all products certified by Greentag and Level 2 Watermark.

Unfortunately, the lasting impact of cheap alternatives may be completely unforeseen by those who have invested in them. Reduced flexibility, for example, could lead to the need to rework existing plumbing. Like cheap products from any sector, it is probable that less costly drainage systems will result in a shorter lifespan and if drainage systems are not suitable for the job required, it may result in damage, not only to the system, but also to the building it is incorporated in. In the worst-case scenario, if a drainage system is found to be non-conforming and non-compliant, it may need to be replaced entirely. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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marbled perfection Apollo Marble is renowned for having one of the widest and stunning ranges of quality marble and granite. The business has extensive experience with residential and commercial projects completing some of the most luxurious installations in Tasmania, including the recent Macquarie Wharf Redevelopment.

touch of luxury to any space. Applications for their products are as wide reaching as the types of stone available and includes floor treatments, wall coverings and tiles, as well as granite vanity bench tops. It also supplies stone fireplaces in premium suites and stone features in the building’s reception and cocktail bars.

“We were very honoured to be involved in such a project architectural piece for Tasmania,” says Apollo Marble’s, Panagiotis Behrakis. “It is a well thought-out design and a great project to be involved in.”

Apollo Marble has a spectacular portfolio which includes work on notable projects such as the Saffire Hotel, Fairway Rise Retirement Village and Metz Apartments Battery Point. Apollo Marble and Granite also worked on refurbishments for the Freycient Lodge, Woolstore Hotel, Country Club, Henry Jones Hotel and Wrest Point Hotel.

Dealing in stone materials such as granite, marble, onyx, limestone, travertine, bluestone and sandstone, Apollo Marble can bring to life a wide range of conceptual design ideas with their extensive product knowlege and craftsmenship. This includes kitchens, vanities, fireplaces, feature walls and table tops. “We also deal with engineered stones such as Smartstone, Quantum Quartz, Caesar Stone and Essa Stone,” added Panagiotis. “We source materials from all around the world, primarily Italy, Brazil, Spain and China.” Apollo Marble has access to some of the most spectacular materials, in a range of colours that are both hard wearing and adds a unique WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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CLEAN, QUICK AND EASY Add-A-Bathroom is the prefabricated bathroom division of Fibre Composites International Pty Ltd, an independently owned Australian company started by John Arnold in 2000. Fibre Composites is the manufacturing division that John started over 17 years ago to produce a range of fibreglass components for the Australian commercial and domestic markets. The company started making the Add-A-Bathroom prefabricated bathrooms and shower cubicles 15 years ago and has supplied these units into the Australian market across the commercial and domestic sectors ever since. Over the past six years the company has undertaken an extensive development programme and has developed the Add-A-Bathroom prefabricated bathroom system to incorporate ‘flat packed kit’ and ‘fully assembled’ pod formats and has introduced the new Tiled Look finish, taking the product to a new level of feel, fit and finish. In recent years, Add-A-Bathroom has also exported both the prefabricated bathrooms and showers into a number of countries throughout the Pacific Islands. It has recently started to export the Add-A-Bathroom range to New Zealand. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The manufacturing division has its primary factory based in Adelaide, with a second factory in Batam, Indonesia producing flat packed modular bathrooms and shower cubicles. The addition of the off shore facility has enabled Add-A-Bathroom to offer even more competitive price structures to its many clients. The fitout and assembly of the Add-A-Bathroom pods is completed in their Australian facility to individual clients specifications or to a standard Add-A-Bathroom package. Add-A-Bathroom pods can also be supplied in small quantities so are suitable for use in smaller projects, even in individual units. They can be provided in ‘flat packed kit’ or ‘fully assembled’ format. The pictures above depict some Add-A-Bathroom pods being delivered and placed into the $47 million Victoria University Student Accommodation project recently completed in Footscray. Add-A-Bathroom supplied bathroom pods in fully assembled pre-fitted format into the 173 apartments. Their pods have been used in a number of other student and hospitality accommodation projects around Australia. For more information contact Fibre Composites International Pty Ltd, phone 1300 559 121, email, website ANCR Bathrooms & Accessories Special Feature 121

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Bathrooms now and forever Gro Agencies is a family owned and operated business with our showroom located in Osborne Park WA and retail partners across Australia. We have been offering personal service and advice to our customers for over 35 years. Our business is focused on providing European designed and manufactured bathroom products.

and is a major contract supplier to luxury hotels and cruise ships throughout the world. Inda’s bathroom furniture is comprehensive, with over 3,000 combinations available, Inda has the solution for most bathrooms domestic or commercial. The extensive range of bathroom accessories by Inda are leading in design, functional and affordable.

Gro Agencies is the national distributor for TECE, a German company specialising in concealed flushing and drainage technology. TECE have won several major design awards including the DesignPlus and Red Dot design awards for their market leading design of the TECEsquare Metal push plate and their new flush valve with variable flushing volume.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, with locations throughout Europe, GRAFF is globally recognized for its trend-setting products and unique vision. Supported since 1922 by extensive plumbing and hardware manufacturing experience, GRAFF has positioned itself at the forefront of design creating designer-based collections for the luxury market.

The TECE cisterns are all WELS approved for 4.5/3 litre flush with the 8cm cistern also approved for 6/3 litre flush. All TECE cisterns have a minimum water capacity of 9 litres. Pictured is the TECEsquare Metal push plate which is available in 4 finishes, Stainless Steel, Chrome, Gloss White and Matte Black. The Square Metal push plate when installed sits 3mm off the wall, a beautiful slim line design. TECE also offer a modular profile system that can be made offsite, this system can include the cistern, washbasin and other components for the bathroom. Inda is our Italian supplier of bathroom accessories and bathroom furniture. Inda have been manufacturing for more than 70 years WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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a sirius transformation Developer : Billbergia Architect : Scott Carver Pty Ltd Engineer : Rincovitch Consultants Pty Ltd CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $230 million

Wentworth Point Sirius is a powerful example of inspired design finished to the highest quality. Comprising six building cores ranging in height from 8-28 levels, the project includes commercial and retail spaces and commands spectacular views. The $230 million Wentworth Point Sirius is yet another example of the inspired design and quality of Billbergia Group’s vibrant waterfront development, Wentworth Point Marinas. Comprising six building cores ranging in height from 8-28 levels, Sirius incorporates more than 700 one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as commercial and retail units. Wentworth Point Sirius is the fifth stage of the $1.6 billion master planned, 8-Stage Wentworth Point Marinas precinct development, which is transforming the area’s waterfront. The development includes the construction of Bennelong Bridge, which reaches more than 300m across Homebush Bay, connecting the Wentworth Point and Rhodes communities. One of the biggest developments in Sydney, the Wentworth Point Marinas precinct incorporates the reconstruction of the foreshore along Parramatta River, as well as a library, park areas and a shopping centre. As part of the development, Billbergia Group has previously completed the residential projects Quarterdeck, Broadwater, Regatta and Z.E.N, with the sixth stage, Marina Square under construction. 128 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEntworth point sirius

Similar to the previous residential projects at Wentworth Point Marinas, Sirius Waterfront apartments are an iconic waterside landmark. Located on the shores of Homebush Bay and neighbouring a spacious parkland, the architecturally designed apartments provide extensive water views, all set against the picturesque Rhodes skyline. The apartment’s interiors continue the theme of thoughtful design, offering floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the water views and providing plenty of natural light, modern kitchens and luxurious bathrooms, generous bedrooms, double glazed windows and doors, and access to a rooftop garden. Public transport, the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry, the centres of Rhodes and Sydney Olympic Park are all close by, as are schools and universities. The Bennelong Bridge (also known as Homebush Bay Bridge) provides a short 25-minute journey into Sydney’s Central Business District. Billbergia’s Wentworth Point Marinas development is a stunning example of the company’s motto ‘creating communities’. The company’s vision for the development is to create the harmony of natural tranquillity and urban vitality that characterises every apartment. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

With more than 30 years experience in the industry, the private, integrated Australian property group is one of the largest developers of waterfront apartments in Sydney. Billbergia has a commitment to excellence, ensuring their projects exceed expectations in terms of quality, style, design, time and value. The group has a range of inhouse professional expertise including development management, construction management, design, project management, civil and structural engineering, quality assurance, project marketing and sales, finance and legal work. While the group is based in Sydney, Billbergia operates across all Australian states and territories, with a concentration of its major activities along the country’s east coast. As well as continuing with the remaining stages of the Wentworth Point Marinas precinct, Billbergia is working on Brisbane Skytower – a 90-storey high rise building located on the Brisbane River. The large project is currently under construction.

For more information contact Billbergia, Suite 101, 25 Angas Street, Meadowbank NSW 2114, phone 02 8878 6900, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below Trinity Windows fabricated and installed the project’s double glazed doors and windows and glass façade.

Trinity Windows has extensive experience when it comes to the design and construct of aluminium windows and doors for high rise commercial and residential apartment projects. Working on a range of significant high rise projects across Sydney, the Directors of this Australian company Rene Revano and Robert Betrous are deeply involved and hands-on in every aspect of Trinity Windows.

projects, office partitions, glass roofs, façade curtain walls and glasswall façade spider fittings.

“Trinity Windows has worked with Billbergia on various Sydney projects for more than five years,” explains Director, Rene Revano. “In Sirius we contracted as design and construct for the façade aluminium windows and doors for 750-apartments and commercial shops.”

Trinity Windows’ quality assurance system ensures it delivers only the best products and workmanship to relevant Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia. All this while providing a high level of professional service to its clients.

Trinity Windows designed an external façade sliding door system to integrate the glass balustrade as one system. All the glazing installed on the project is double glazing. The system was installed between the slabs with internal bi-fold doors and sliders in 15 year warranty Silver and Jasper colour Wintergarden, while the façade installation was installed using a screen system with a six day cycle for every floor.

When it comes to the fabrication of aluminium doors and windows, this is where Trinity Windows’ extensive industrial expertise comes into play. The company is committed to offering a wide range of aluminium windows and doors through its fabrication services. Their doors are designed using only quality-approved metal which Trinity Windows procures from trusted vendors. This results in a product that is sturdy and durable.

“The challenges of this project was the tight schedule, from the design to installation pace, that we achieved way ahead of the project programme,” Rene says. Delivering the windows and doors on time, allowed the project to move months ahead of the project programme, an achievement the company is immensely proud of. Trinity is capable of providing over 150 staff, fabricators, project managers, supervisors and installers. With its team members experienced in all aspects of the window industry all staff have a minimum of 15 years experience, Trinity Windows can design, fabricate and install window systems regardless of their size and type. The company’s services include the supply, installation, fabrication and installation, of commercial aluminium windows and doors, refurbishment projects, design and construct

The company’s skills and vast knowledge comes through in Trinity Windows’ commitment to their clients and superior products, including an ability to design, fabricate and install windows and doors systems to all projects, no matter how big or the type of project.

As well as excellent products and service, Trinity Windows also offers a timely installation service of its windows and doors, aided by its high-tech equipment in the installation process. Furthermore, this installation is completed by its experienced professionals to client specifications. As well as other significant projects, Trinity Windows continues to work with Billbergia on a range of developments. It has secured another project with the developer for the design and construct of the next stage of Block E for Wentworth Point Marinas: Marina Square II. For more information contact Trinity Windows, 91 Mandoon Road, Girraween NSW 2145, phone 02 9631 5577, fax 02 9636 7061, email, website

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Below AllPrep Flooring Specialists’ precise floor levelling and preparation for the development’s 703 apartments.

AllPrep Flooring specialises in high quality industrial and commercial floor preparation services, and have more than 25 years of experience in providing reliable service to their clients. The company has vast knowledge of the different requirements needed, when it comes to the preparation of sub floors, and are able to refurbish, polish and level both old and new concrete surfaces. Working across all 703 apartments in the 6-building complex, AllPrep Flooring staff completed the concrete rectification and installation of floor levelling cements, in preparation for the apartments’ floor coverings. When it comes to floor preparation, levelling and all aspects of concrete repair, coatings and polished concrete, AllPrep Flooring focus on quality. On large projects, after inspecting a floor, AllPrep Flooring uses a team of skilled surveyors to determine the requirements for rectification – a process particularly important for the installation of floor coverings. Once tolerances are known, AllPrep Flooring starts its floor preparation works, which may involve either grinding or shot blasting. The floor is then primed using epoxy or water-based products. The final stage involves the installation of self-smoothing products, creating an effective finish for resilient flooring. AllPrep Flooring emphasises that preparation is the key to any successful installation. The company uses a range of preparation techniques, including shot blasting, scarification and diamond grinding. It also uses self levelling compounds, ensuring the resulting surface is smooth and level, and ready for floor coverings installation. For Wentworth Point Sirius, the company were able to achieve very tight tolerances, which where needed for the tiling. “We had to survey the floor then grind the high concrete down to the nominated RL’s. Using our customised Putzmeister Pump and Hippo Porta Mixers, we then installed the topping to the Australian Standards Specification of 3mm in 3m. These tight tolerances were achieved across the entire project” said AllPrep Flooring Managing Director, David Kealy. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Overall the company was onsite for eight months, ensuring everything met to Australian Standards. AllPrep Flooring understands the need to maintain project deadlines and access requirements. The company is also a ‘Licensed Approved Applicator’ for a number of different brands including BASF, SIKA, ARDEX, MAPEI, PARCHEM and more. “Our wealth of industry knowledge in all aspects of floor preparation works is vital and we take pride in not only achieving but exceeding customer expectations.” David adds that the company takes pride in first-time delivery to a high standard. “We have the skills to provide the optimum solutions to virtually any application. Getting it right the first time is critical,” he says. “We are continually setting new benchmarks for our customers and clients. We have provided services to Australia’s top construction companies and as the results show, have achieved and exceeded their expectations,” adds David. AllPrep Flooring also offers epoxy flooring (with a wide range of colours and finishes suitable for commercial kitchens, hospitals and carparks) and concrete polishing, using the Hiperfloor/Superfloor polishing system. This concrete polishing system is a natural, sustainable process that results in hard-wearing concrete which needs minimal maintenance. Its projects over the years, both large and small, include: • Richard Crookes : Erko & Eve • Probuild : Shore & Star Casino • Hutchinson Builders : Bondi Pacific & Bondi Vue • Icon Co : Bondi & Broadway • Lendlease : Macarthur Square & Barangaroo • Taylor : Putney Hill • Westfields : Parramatta & Miranda • Watpac : One Central Park

For more information contact AllPrep Flooring Specialists, PO Box 184, Round Corner NSW 2158, mobile (David) 0419 289 152, email david@allprepflooring., website

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Below Electromaster supplied, installed and manufactured the extensive electrical services required for the project.

Founded in 1972 by Con Calavrias, the family-owned and operated Electromaster specialises in all aspects of the electrical industry. This has earned the company a solid and proud reputation within the residential, commercial and industrial construction industries. Originating as a mechanical electrical installation services company, Electromaster has since expanded to provide a complete electrical engineering and installation service. This includes electrical services, mechanical electrical services, industrial, commercial and residential projects, automatic controls (BMS) and complete custom switchboard design and manufacture. As the electrical services contractor on the Wentworth Point Sirius project, Electromaster were responsible for the installation of lighting and power across all buildings and common areas. In addition to providing temporary power to the site during construction, Electromaster also manufactured and installed all main switchboards, distribution boards as well as the apartments’ smoke detection and alarm system, communication and data services (including voice/data cabling services, free-to-air and pay TV distribution network), access control, intercom and CCTV services. “Electromaster performed the project on a Design and Construct basis,” explains Finance and Operations Manager, Michael Calavrias. “As such, we utilised our ability as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all electrical services including its design and ensuring it complies with Australian Standards. “We use only minimal specialised subcontractors. Electromaster does everything itself from manufacturing our own main switchboards (four of them on the Wentworth Point Sirius site), distribution boards, apartment boards, to wiring and installing the entire Dry Fire System. “We utilised our experience of over 45 years to ensure the project went to plan and ensure a favourable result for us and our client, Billbergia,” he adds. Currently employing over 100 staff, Electromaster’s workforce ranges from apprentices to experienced, qualified electricians. The company also has electrical fitters, engineers and project managers.

Electromaster provides its customers with full time project management encompassing work health, safety and environment compliance, program coordination, switchboard manufacture and installation, and quality assurance. Maintaining its proud tradition of ensuring a safe work environment and generous employee benefits, Electromaster also provides a great workplace for the development of its apprentices. The company has vast experience in all facets of Electrical Services, be it an installation to engineers’ specification or to a Design and Construct project. Electromaster can also provide an extensive range of electrical installations ranging from commercial, retail and residential developments. As detailed above, Electromaster’s scope of works expands even further than the work the company performed on Wentworth Point Sirius. It is the company’s ability to combine a range of areas of electrical work, including switchboard manufacturing that makes Electromaster a unique organisation. This has also provided the company with a stand-out reputation within the industry. “We also perform electrical services to the mechanical services industry (mechanical electrical services), which was how Electromaster got started,” adds Michael. Electromaster has been involved in some of Sydney’s most iconic buildings including Sydney GPO in Martin Place, World Tower and 1 Bligh Street. “Our ability to combine the various areas of electrical work, complete with switchboard manufacturing, makes Electromaster a unique organisation with a proud reputation within the industry.” Electromaster’s current projects include the new Darling Square Precinct, Northern Beaches Hospital and St George Hospital Acute Services Building.

For more information contact Electromaster, 127 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204, phone 02 9569 3911, email, website

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Below MP Fire Pty Ltd provided international standard passive fire protection services for the Bennelong Bridge.

MP Fire Pty Ltd were tasked with undertaking a world first in passive fire protection on the Bennelong Bridge, part of the Wentworth Point Sirius development.

The unique design has attracted international interest with Bennelong Bridge currently being studied to be applied on two other bridges under design in Europe and South America.

The bridge required vertical movement to be factored into the bridges passive fire protection. “Passive fire protection is traditionally a static solution,” explained MP Fire’s General Manager and Senior Project Manager, Mauro Ceccarelli. “Many company warranties specifically exclude relative movement of the substrate. Developing a solution that allows for this movement while meeting all legislative and safety requirements, with sufficient durability was the differentiating factor.”

A relatively new competitor in the Australian market, MP Fire is a specialist consultant and installer of passive fireproofing systems. MP Fire operates with a team of seven staff, with Managing Director, Peter Gillard at its helm. Having worked on more than ten high profile projects across New South Wales in the last nine months, working on the Wentworth Point Sirius has been a stand out project for the company.

The bridge support structure also had to meet the FRL -/120/120 criteria and allow for this movement adjacent to the car park wall. “The solution required significant care in the design and application. It was however applied to approximately 150 linear meters and bridge support structures in under four weeks,” said Mauro. The success of MP Fire system for Wentworth Point Sirius is the result of the special design that ensures a two hour fire rating level that allows the vertical oscillation of the bridge (+/- 50mm), without compromising the durability of the solution. 138 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEntworth point sirius

For more information contact MP Fire Pty Ltd, 237 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby NSW 2077, mobile (Peter) 0415 337 838, mobile (Mauro) 0452 177 066, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Golden Eagle Painting Pty Ltd used multiple teams to complete painting, patching and rendering works to 355 apartments.

Golden Eagle Painting has again shown the quality of its work on large construction projects, in particular with the Sirius Waterfront Apartments. The company worked on building cores one, five and six, carrying out painting, patching and rendering works to 355 apartments. Golden Eagle Painting’s Abdul Sarakbi said, while the company worked overtime and seven days a week to ensure all works were completed within the required timeframes, the job was fairly straight forward. “We did have the three different building cores to work around, so that just required proper planning between the different teams.”

Specialising in painting and decorating, Golden Eagle Painting has been in business for 25 years, with 20 of those focusing on the construction industry. From the outset Golden Eagle Painting has forged a strong relationship with Billbergia, which now spans over two decades long. “I’d like to thank Billbergia and their staff for their continued support,” Abdul added. Golden Eagle Painting is about to start work for Billbergia on the Block E building for the Marina Square project as part of the next stage of the Wentworth Point Marinas development.

Golden Eagle Painting had a team of 25, who worked on the project, with the schedule calling for their works to be completed before fitout. The team was there for approximately nine months, starting in December 2016. The company has completed a number of buildings within the Wentworth Point Marinas development, having completed three or four buildings within the different stages. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Golden Eagle Painting Pty Ltd, 296 Nobel Avenue, Greenacre NSW 2190, mobile 0410 541 429 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEntworth point sirius 139

Below YME Metal Projects manufactured and installed a number of balustrades, fences and screens throughout the project.

YME Metal Projects Pty Ltd is a leading metal fabricator providing services to the commercial, industrial and residential sector, with many years of fabrication and installation experience covering aluminium, steel, glass and stainless steel products for medium to large developments. YME Metal Projects manufactured and installed aluminium glass balustrades to balcony units, stainless steel handrails and balustrades for the podium, lobbies and common areas, aluminium and glass fences and privacy screens to ground floor units, as well as steel handrails and balustrades for the basement. Director Yianna Matsoukas said that YME Metal Projects was generally always the last trade working in the majority of the areas onsite as dictated by the construction programme. “In order to meet deadlines and not to delay completion of the project, YME needed to be ahead of the programme at all times by pre-manufacturing our finished products, something which is always a risk as site conditions can change within hours and is dependent on other trades” Yianna said. This was ensured through the adaptation and flexibility of our resources at hand.” 140 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEntworth point sirius

The installation of the glass on the balustrades within the balconies was the most challenging aspect of the project for YME Metal Projects. When the installation of balustrades started, scaffolding was not in place on the majority of the façade. The balustrades had to be installed from inside the balcony using harnesses connected to a static line provided by Billbergia. YME Metal Projects designed and fabricated a special bracket to hold a spatula in order to skillfully silicon the area. The balustrade design utilised at Wentworth Point Sirius was of the highest quality as a result of the collaboration between YME Metal Projects and the architects and engineers involved in the project. YME Metal Projects is currently undertaking work with Richard Crookes, Hansen Yuncken, Alliance, Taylor Constructions and Adco Constructions amongst other top tier builders.

For more information contact YME Metal Projects Pty Ltd, 4 Kay Street, Clyde NSW 2142, phone 02 9897 1772, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below No Bull Blinds provided block out and translucent blinds for Wentworth Point Sirius.

Engaged to provide blockout roller blinds to all bedrooms in Wentworth Point Sirius and translucent blinds to all perimeter windows in all six cores. “The planned timeframes were very tight, meaning that all six cores had to be measured and installed concurrently in order to meet the handover deadlines,” says No Bull Blinds Director of Operations, Justin Gibson. To assist in the effective execution of the project, the installation was broken down into multiple parts. All the drilling and affixing work were carried out during the construction phase to minimise the chance of delays and assist in working around other trades. The final installation of the finished blinds was completed along with a final clean, to minimise the chances of damage to both the blinds and the unit. A sophisticated tracking system was use to keep abreast of the progress of each individual unit throughout the entire process. This ensured all units were completed on time and external factors were able to be accommodated into the installation schedule. The precision of the installation process adopted by No Bull Blinds, ensured that the finished façade had a consistent look. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Justin says that fabric selection was very important, particularly when blending in with the external colour scheme of the building. “The blockout blinds in the bedroom have a white interior colour to blend in with the internal colour scheme of the bedrooms. The exterior facing side has a charcoal colour to blend in with the façade of the building.” “The blockout fabric used in the bedrooms was Mermet Centro Project Winter White, with the translucent fabric Hunter Douglas Elements Translucent Midnight Storm. The hardware systems used was a combination of Rollease Acmeda and Commander Furnishings.” Wentworth Point Sirius is the fifth project No Bull Blinds has completed for Billbergia in the area. Additionally, the company is working on a range of other projects, including a new student accommodation building in Redfern and a premium motorised package for a new development in Sydney’s Clarence Street.

For more information contact No Bull Blinds Pty Ltd, Unit 17A/1801 Botany Road, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 1300 132 129, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEntworth point sirius 141

Below Drumderg Services completed extensive demolition and site preparation works for Wentworth Point Sirius.

Drumderg Services Pty Ltd has a proven track record in successfully delivering civil, demolition, asbestos removal, onsite recycling, crushing and screening services. The company has worked with Billbergia on a number of its Wentworth Point projects in preparing sites for construction, the latest being the Sirius apartments building. The site had a large warehouse which had to be removed before the foundation and construction work could begin. Not only did the warehouse have to be dismantled and removed, the work had to be done in such a way that the warehouse could be re-erected at another location. As always, there was a tight timeframe, but Drumderg Services delivered an exceptional result, dismantling the building and clearing the site in six weeks, four weeks ahead of schedule. Project Manager for Drumderg Services, Steven Fam, said the company dedicated 35 of its staff to the project. “It was a significant job but we knew that with the right equipment and our trained staff we could meet the deadline. In the event, we finished well ahead of the target date.” 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEntworth point sirius

Steven said that Drumderg Services had a technical approach to every job, using the latest European machinery to increase productivity. “Our plant-based methodology minimises the number of staff onsite and therefore enhances safety performance.” Drumderg Services continues to work on Billbergia sites, currently performing asbestos remediation on a new Wentworth Point project. “Asbestos removal and remediation is one of the company’s specialties,” Steven said. “We have a Class A Hazards licence for both bonded and friable asbestos. Drumderg’s employees are all fully trained to meet licence requirements. We also hold an unrestricted demolition licence.” Other notable projects undertaken by Drumderg Services include the demolition of the old Wickham Station at Newcastle for Downer and the remediation and demolition of a 4,000m2 warehouse for Liberty Industrial.

For more information contact Drumderg Services Pty Ltd, 8 Styles Street, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327, phone 02 4936 1347, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Sydney Renderers & Painters applied acrylic render and polymer modified render to prefabricated walls on the project.

Sydney Renderers & Painters are one of the largest and well-respected cement rendering and painting contractors in the Sydney construction industry. Established in 1987, the firm operates under a full licence which allows it to carry out all types of architectural finishes. The company applied acrylic render and polymer modified render to Dincel walls, as well as other surfaces throughout the project including seats, general walls and planter walls. It also rendered the apartment dividing walls. Director of Sydney Renderers & Painters, John Gill, said that this was a significant contract for the company as the building is Sydney’s ‘new age’ Sirius. “Everyone is familiar with the old Sirius building in The Rocks which has been ear-marked for demolition – which some groups wish to save. Whatever happens to the old Sirius, the new Sirius apartment building will become a new Sydney icon at the Wentworth Point development when all construction in the area is complete.” Sydney Renderers & Painters committed six staff to the project to ensure project deadlines were met. “SRP always has the objective of high quality work around on any construction. This minimises WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

call-backs which can be time consuming. Our people have a high success rate in getting the job right the first time,” John said. The geographic location provided a challenge for completing the job and technically the Dincel walls required extra attention. However Sydney Renderers & Painters has the experience and skills to handle any surface and, in addition to rendering, offers a full range of services including, plastering work, concrete repairs and building restoration. Sydney Renderers & Painters regularly undertakes work for top tier builders including Lendlease, Hutchinson Builders and Multiplex. The company has successfully rendered and painted some of Sydney’s best known developments including ‘One Central Park’ in Chippendale, ‘Chris O’Brien Lifehouse’ at RPA Camperdown and buildings at UNSW in Kensington.

For more information contact Sydney Renderers & Painters Pty Ltd, 6-8 Denby Street, Marrickville NSW 2204, phone 02 9550 9337, fax 02 9550 0569, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WEntworth point sirius 143

A mighty masterpiece mAIN Construction Company : St Hilliers Property Pty Limited Architect : dKO Architecture STRUCTURAL Engineer : SDS Engineering Development VALUE : $100 million

Purposefully designed to be Penrith’s new exciting hub, the $100 million Centurion is the latest stage of the Thornton Central development to welcome residents into the much acclaimed, cornerstone project of the region. The project is spearheaded by the joint venture of developers First Point Properties and St Hilliers, with St Hilliers engaged to undertake the construction of the Thornton Central project, including the recently completed Centurion project (Stage 2 of the development). Thornton is the first high rise residential apartment and retail precinct to be built in Penrith’s city centre and is the catalyst to Penrith’s much acclaimed city transformation as part of the wider Thornton community, masterplanned by Urban Growth NSW. As one of three strategic regional cities in Sydney, Penrith plays a major role in growing health, education, business and recreation offerings and has been a clear focus for government spending recently to alleviate the housing shortage in Sydney evident through strong dwelling approvals in recent years. St Hilliers continues to work collaboratively with all key stakeholders including Urban Growth NSW, Penrith City Council and the NSW Government during concept design phases to ensure the development exceeds all expectations and delivers an exceptional facility. After the successful completion of the 151 Stage 1 apartment complex, Centurion is Stage 2 of the development and involved the design and construction of 191 spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, across three towers varying in height up to eight levels, with a sophisticated and refined scheme incorporating an upmarket design at an affordable value. The project features a combination of precast, brickwork, paved and timber finishes, throughout a shared common Ground Floor Podium, a multi-level carpark as well as public open spaces surrounded by an array of green areas to create a truly liveable environment. 144 NSW PROJECT FEATURE centurion

Commencing in January 2016, the team successfully delivered the project on time and on budget this September. Keeping sustainability and environmental awareness in mind they also achieved a 97% recycling rate for the Stage 2 project. With over 300 workers onsite during peak periods for Centurion, the Thornton Central development has now inducted over 2,100 workers over the course of the construction phase and has assisted in the creation of 770 new jobs in the Penrith central business district. The company’s focus on the community is to be further commended with their support of Kids West, a local volunteer charity that supports paediatric and neonatal intensive care units across Western Sydney. The team has now raised over $18,000 to date since the beginning of the Thornton Central project and will continue to raise funds through the next stages of the development, with all proceeds going towards Kids West.

and services in design management, cost planning, civil and building construction, refurbishment, and property development. The company, now in its 28th year of business, prides itself on its diverse national portfolio of projects in every state and territory of mainland Australia. Projects range from the delivery of highly secure defence facilities, civil infrastructure upgrades for regional councils, through to the development and construction of residential and commercial high rises. For more information contact St Hilliers Property Pty Limited, Level 3 (Ground Floor), 8 Windmill Street, Millers Point NSW 2000, phone 02 9259 5200, website

Current stages under construction include the Sheffield project, Stage 3 of the development which consists of 214 sophisticated one, two and three bedroom apartments, each architecturally designed by award winning architect Group GSA and featuring double level loft style penthouses with floor-to-ceiling double height glazing. St Hilliers are also well down the construction path of a new 115-key Quest Apartment Hotel including a mix of studio and one bedroom configurations over seven levels along with a conference and business facilities, a guest gym and a café. Planning for future stages for the mixed use development is well underway. St Hilliers is an integrated property and construction group providing expertise AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



Below Precise Windows & Doors installed all of the windows and doors on the Centurion project in Sydney.

Precise Windows & Doors have a dynamic capacity to design, manufacture and install, high quality aluminium doors and windows which ensures that all of the access and ventilation was taken care of for the Centurion. The company was responsible for the installation of all the windows and doors in all of the residential units. The choice to use aluminium frames – a strong and light product, meant Precise Windows & Doors were able to minimise the thickness of the frames and allow for larger, unobstructed views through the glass sliding doors and the windows. The frames were dressed both internally and externally to ensure that they are protected from weathering and erosion, and the addition of sub sills and sub heads prevents water leakage. The doors and windows installed were top of the range. As with most parts of Australia which can reach scorching temperatures in the summer, it was important to reduce the amount of heat that was entering the apartments caused by the thermal effects of solar radiation hitting the glass doors and windows. Precise Windows & Doors used low-emissivity glass with a 101.6mm single centre pocket glazing system, which minimises the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light passing through the glass, without compromising the amount of visible light entering the apartments. This allows the interior of the apartments to remain brightly lit in the day while providing passive heating and cooling, reducing the need for air conditioning and has contributed to the improved efficiency and energy rating of the units. Most of the sliding doors and some of the windows also have an air intake grill added above them to allow further air flow into the apartments which provides additional breathing comfort without compromising on insulation, security and aesthetics. Precise Windows & Doors’ 25 years of experience in the industry and their knowledge of innovative, state-of-the-art 146 NSW PROJECT FEATURE centurion

products proved to be invaluable for this construction. The team of 12 were able to complete their part within the nine months schedule, and were able to carefully manage all aspects of supplying and installing the windows and doors on the Centurion. Precise Windows & Doors were honoured to have worked on this project with St Hilliers, as well as the other collaborators that contributed to the construction of the complex. “Everyone was really professional and great to work with, it was a congenial collaboration that facilitated the progress of the Centurion complex which allowed us to complete our part of the project with optimal standards and in a timely manner. I would be more than happy to work with them again in the future,” said Dani Alzened, Managing Director for Precise Windows & Doors. Precise Windows & Doors focuses their work in New South Wales and are currently working on another major project on 1 Avon Road in Pymble; a development of 174 apartments that aims to synergise with the beautiful surroundings of the blue gums forest, which no doubt emphasises the importance of doors and windows that provide a harmonious balance for viewing satisfaction. For more information contact Precise Windows & Doors, 99 Percival Road, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 02 9756 5882, fax 02 9757 1330, email, website



Below ADI Corporation carried out all carpentry and joinery installation throughout 191 apartments over a four week period.

The ADI Group is comprised of three related companies which provide a range of services. ADI Corporation (AUST) is a carpentry and door based works specialist; ADI Holdings focuses on aluminum windows, curtain walls and glazing; and ADI Onsite provides skilled labour hire including general labour, skilled carpenters, supervisors and windows and joinery installation specialists. For the Centurion, ADI Corporation carried out the joinery installation for Stage 2 and will be undertaking the Stage 3 installation as well as the general doors and fire doors package. Although ADI Corporation experienced no notable challenges, they managed to complete all the joinery installation for 191 apartments within four weeks, which is quite a feat to undertake that amount of work in such a short, accelerated time frame. It stands as a testament of their reliability and efficiency. “ADI is committed to supporting our clients from project inception through to delivery and completion and we pride ourselves on being the contractor of choice for many of our clients. We support our projects with skilled supervision and tradesmen dedicated to doing the job right the first time. ADI is proud of our workforce and the quality of work we continually provide,� Said Joe Lorefice, Spokesman for ADI Corporation. 148 NSW PROJECT FEATURE centurion

ADI Corporation commenced working at Centurion in May 2017 with a peak of 25 employees. They have further secured the design, supply and installation of the windows and doors, inclusive of metal frames and hardware for the two 10-storey towers at Thornton set to be completed by October 2018. ADI Corporation is rapidly expanding their Aluminium and Glazing division within the medium rise sector of construction, whilst targeting challenging and none standard projects for their current client. ADI Corporation works mainly in New South Wales with plans to expand nationally. They are currently undertaking projects with Mirvac (Moreton, Harold Park, Lachlan Street Waterloo, Green Square), Toga (Habour-Front Balmain), Hutchinson Builders (VUE Bondi Junction, Pacific Bondi Beach, Schofield Residential Estate, Global Switch Carpentry Works), and Watpac (Ryde Gardens).

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Below McKanna Fabrications supplied and installed structural steel awnings, pergola frames and carpark entry structures.

McKanna Fabrications is a leading company in the fabrication of structural steel for residential and commercial areas, specialising in metalwork and steel fabrications, universal beams, stainless and aluminium welding, metal rolling and bending, balustrades, commercial building construction and other architectural applications. They also construct large curved spiral staircases incorporating steel and timber, along with treads, handrails and LED lighting.

details to ensure that everything was artistically pleasing. With their extensive experience they had no difficulty in delivering. For Centurion, McKanna Fabrications had a team of five fabricators offsite as well as five contractors completing installations onsite. Despite access being tight and very limited, the team from McKanna managed to work around that by using a large crane that lifted a small crane around as required, allowing them to install fabrications in intricate areas.

The company were involved in the Centurion at Penrith as well as other stages of the Thornton development. They supplied and installed structural steel awnings, structural steel pergola frames and structural steel carpark entry structures. They also constructed architectural steel arbour entries, painted with a three coat system, as well as installing stainless steel cable wires that ran between the pergola frames, awnings and carpark entries which will have climbing plants growing on them.

McKanna Fabrications operates across New South Wales and also Queensland, and they were part of a specialised project in Canada which involved a large rotating home. Other projects they’re currently working on include the cinema complex in Westfield Kotara, Shearwater apartments in Warners bay, and the Bonython towers in Gosford.

McKanna Fabrications’ work was mainly external around the buildings with high impact and visibility. Their work played an integral part of the design and architectural aesthetics of the Centurion and Thornton project. As such, a high degree of attention was committed to the

For more information contact McKanna Fabrications Pty Ltd, Industrial Estate, Sweet Street, Warners Bay NSW 2285, phone 02 4947 3375, email, website



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Below Classic Architectural Group supplied and installed quality floor safety products and carpark safety solutions.

Classic Architectural Group is a quality supplier of floor safety products, skate deterrents, architectural entrance matting systems and carpark safety solutions. Their range of products and the knowledge of their standards and application is why they were chosen as the preferred provider for the floor safety solutions for the Centurion, Thornton project. The breadth of their work included the installation of A138R aluminium stair nosing in silver anodised finish with black grit tape insert, individual Polymer Tactile indicators and the Integra Vantt 5500 Series entrance mat. Classic Architectural Group had up to four installers onsite. They supplied their products at different phases of the project with the first set delivered in June 2017 and completed installation by August 2017. The company experienced no major difficulties and conducted their work smoothly in conjunction with other contractors. “Every team onsite was extremely helpful and worked seamlessly with our teams to ensure that the products were brought in and installed to everyone’s satisfaction within the stipulated timelines,” said Sujeet Sankar, Spokesman for Classic Architectural Group. “Our motto is WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to make our customers’ access issues disappear and every employee is driven by our core values of being rigorous, respectful, responsible and resourceful.” Classic Architectural Group operate all across Australia, with the majority of their projects in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. They also supply their products in New Zealand and the United States of America through partners as well as direct sales. Some of their award winning projects from this year include the University of Melbourne, Arts West; Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre; Deakin University, Building M; Vermont Medical Centre; Vision Apartments, Melbourne; ATO, Dandenong; Royal Adelaide Hospital; Lego Discovery Centre Chadstone; Chadstone Shopping Centre; Werribee Sports and Fitness Centre and Sydney Cricket Ground.

For more information contact Classic Architectural Group, 13 Bourke Street, North Parramatta NSW 2151, phone 1300 244 377, fax 1300 768 876, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE centurion 151

A league of their own The $120 million Revesby Workers Club redevelopment included the extension of the Club with a new class-leading retail, medical and entertainment precinct. The existing Club has also been revamped to include a new fitness centre, child care centre, multi-level car park; and refurbishments to the gaming room, lounge areas and hospitality precinct. Established in 2004, Australian-based property group Cerno provides tailored project delivery, property investment, property management and property finance services.

Club and the smaller yet no less significant Campsie RSL Club, where Cerno Management has been integral to the master planning and redevelopment.

Cerno Management, the project and development management, and project delivery side of Cerno’s broader business, is increasingly carving out a name for itself as a project delivery leader in the club redevelopment space, with the $120 million Revesby Workers Club project amongst a spate of other prominent New South Wales club developments where multi-million dollar transformations have either been completed or are underway. These include the $180 million redevelopment of Harbord Diggers Club, the $130 million redevelopment of Canterbury Leagues

The Revesby Workers Club project drew on the company’s breadth of experience managing construction projects. Expansion of the Club included a 4,500m2 supermarket (Coles), 600m2 of specialty shops, a 3,590m2 medical precinct, and a 2,895m2 entertainment quarter (AMF Bowling Centre and Carnival Kingdom Play Centre); along with a multi-level car park (762 parking spaces), new fitness centre, 90-place child care centre and class-leading hospitality precinct. Cerno has overseen the $120 million Revesby Workers Club redevelopment since 2008, at which time a Master Plan was developed to address the Club’s expansion.

Project Manager : Cerno Management mAIN Construction Company : Lendlease and Built Architect : Altis Architecture STRUCTURAL Engineer : Taylor Thomson Whitting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $120 million

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Initially, the project commenced alterations to the existing Club facilities, including the new fitness centre, child care centre, multi-level car park and refurbishments to the gaming and lounge venues. Then, in 2013, a major extension of the Club was undertaken comprising the new 12,000m2 retail, medical and entertainment precinct, and 2-level basement car park. This self-contained precinct is known as ‘Revesby Village Centre’. The most recent phase of the Master Plan has centered on the new hospitality precinct catering for family dining and diverse cuisine restaurant experiences. The old bistro area has been completely revamped to include an outdoor seating area with a retractable roof. “Internally there are three eating venues, the ‘Firestone’ for family dining which has seating for 380 people, an Asian offering ‘Aunty Eights’ which can accommodate 100 diners, and a fine dining Italian restaurant which can seat 90,” explains Cerno Associate Director, Peter Whittle. While the Club’s redevelopment falls within the Group’s expertise within project delivery services, including project management and development management, Cerno Management also offers fit out management, tenancy coordination and advisory services across a broad range of asset classes including commercial, registered clubs, mixed use, hospitality, industrial, residential, retail, and seniors living. “We take total responsibility for the management and control of all facets of project delivery, from inception to completion, allowing


clients to maintain their focus and efforts on their core business activities,” explains Cerno Founding Director, Paul Di Cristo. “Our key differentiation is our integrated approach to project and development management and our depth and breadth of experience in dealing with and managing complex projects and assets,” Paul continues. Working closely with clients, Cerno Management focuses on balancing the time, cost and quality components of each project to deliver on clients’ objectives. “We gain a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ goals and objectives at all stages of the project life cycle, ensuring they are an integral member of the project team to determine project scope, setting objectives, undertaking feasibility analysis, design development and delivery,” Paul says. It’s this blend of Cerno Management’s project delivery services; in combination with the broader Cerno Group’s property investment, property management and property finance operations, which provides a point of difference with other companies. “Asset management, as well as acquisition, means we understand property development. I believe we provide a boutique offering with experienced and professional staff, and a high level of service underscored by our respect for the client,” Paul adds.

For more information contact Cerno Management, Suite 801, Level 8, 28 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8246 6500, fax 02 9231 4222, email, website

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Having a cold one Rob Adam Refrigeration replaced 20 traditional fixed capacity refrigeration condensing units at the Revesby Workers Club in order to reduce costs and increase reliability and efficiency of the fridges. Installed in their place were two advanced technology variable capacity refrigeration rack systems, that operate all of the clubs medium temperature refrigeration systems, which includes 44 refrigerated cabinets, 18 cool rooms and five glycol tanks. Both the refrigeration rack systems and all of the cool rooms and glycol tanks’ performance and operating parameters are monitored 24 hours a day by a state of the art supervisory system, which also provides instant alarms in the event of any potential problem. The supervisory system can be accessed directly from a smartphone or tablet over the Wi-Fi network created by the system itself. Moreover the supervisory system automatically generates all required HACCP reports to meet government food safety requirements, precluding the costly and timely manual logging of temperatures during the day by numerous staff members. The goal of the replacement scheme was to increase the effectiveness of the systems, as the traditional fixed capacity units were not energy efficient and required constant maintenance due to their susceptibility to regular breakdowns. Previously, these refrigeration systems had been running all year round at the most intense level, however this was unnecessary and in turn, extremely costly. The advanced new variable WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

capacity systems only operate to cool the required capacity of the fridge, whilst still providing the ability to work at different capacity loads. This makes them more reliable and more energy efficient. Rob Adam Refrigeration monitored the power consumption and costs in April and June of the old traditional fixed capacity condensing units and compared them to the new systems after their installation in August. The findings revealed that the new systems used an average of 38% less energy, reducing the club’s overall power consumption by 5%. In the business since 1988, Rob Adam Refrigeration is dedicated to maintaining its reputation as reliable and cost competitive in both its maintenance and installation departments. Their 24/7 breakdown service stems from the understanding that failures of refrigeration systems can have very disastrous effects on a business through loss of stock and reduced trading. Rob Adam Refrigeration operates in five key areas: commercial refrigeration; ice makers; beer systems; energy efficiency equipment and greener solutions; and full design and estimating services. No job is too big or small and the company strives to ensure that all customers are treated with excellent service regardless. For more information contact Rob Adam Refrigeration, 2/78 Harley Crescent, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 02 9707 3337, fax 02 9793 1118, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE REvesby Workers club 155

got it covered MP Roofing Services were engaged to carry out metal roofing work to the Revesby Workers Food and Beverage Refurbishment on Level 2. The complicated web of box gutters had to be integrated around structural beams and posts and in turn, finding its way to the internally located downpipes. MP Roofing had a team of eight working around many other trades and restricted work areas with limited access. With constant communication with all those carrying out works onsite, MP Roofing were able to meet the projected milestones with ease. Some of the materials used were speed deck 700 roof sheeting and lexan twinwall polycarbonate roofing to allow natural light to filter through into the new outdoor dining areas below. With over 35 years of combined industry experience Michael and Jerry Pagliuca are passionate and pride themselves in providing the best roofing solution for each job they tackle. The Sydney based metal roofing company engage in all sectors being commercial, residential, industrial and strata. MP Roofing are leading experts in metal roofing projects from new, refurbishments and problematic rectification roofing jobs. They will also guide and assist with long term preventive roofing maintenance that work to prolong the life of your roof and rainwater system. For more information contact MP Roofing, 54 Blackshaw Avenue, Mortdale 2223 NSW, phone 02 9570 9751, mobile 0412 239 859, email, website

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think outside the 'brick' The Steel Backed Brick Company is fast becoming known for its innovative construction of interior brick feature walls. Its work is on display at the $120 million Revesby Workers Club redevelopment. “We constructed the featured brick wall on that project, using a real brick cladding system without the weight and size of normal brick,” the company’s Operations Manager, Irine Klar said. “We used PGH’s Homestead brick blend which was cut to size and then fixed to a side rail, and then mortared into position. A normal brick wall weighs 150kg per square metre and is 160mm from the substrate. Our system weighs 50kg and is 35mm from the substrate. This allows for real brick walls to be built in the interior of buildings as feature walls.” The company’s system is gaining ground with developers. They are now supplying builders across the state and nationally, as well as using the system in their own projects. “One advantage of our system is that the brick finish comes up really clean. You can’t acid wash an interior brick wall. With the Revesby Workers Club project there was no need to wash down after construction,” Irine said. “We also do a lot of work on projects where designers are chasing a particular brick look, without having to use recycled brick.” The rail system is manufactured in a factory unit in Western Sydney and bricks are delivered to site pre-cut on pallets. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The interior brick wall is a feature of the new alfresco dining area and also in the Aunty Eights restaurant. “As it was a second floor redevelopment, brick weight was an issue but our system bypassed the weight issue,” Irine said. “The total wall area was 220m2 and was 33 tonnes worth of brick weight. Imagine how heavy it would have been without our system.” Steel Backed Brick Company was established in 2005 and focused originally on residential and fibro conversion, however in the past eight years they’ve concentrated on creative commercial developments. Their work is on display in shopping centres and restaurants across Sydney. For more information contact Steel Backed Brick Company, 36 Princes Street, Riverstone NSW 2765, phone 02 9627 4116, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE REvesby Workers club 157

top of the town DEVELOPER : Toga and Reyhoda Pty Ltd Main Construction Company : Toga Architect : KannFinch CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $45 million



The 12-storey premium residential development, The Chatswood features a striking architectural façade, with geometric screens and dynamic vertical blades. The 156 apartments boast luxury finishes including timber floors, stone bench tops, floor to ceiling windows, with access to an internal courtyard, rooftop gardens, seating and pergolas, as well as retail and dining areas. The Chatswood by TOGA in Sydney’s Lower North Shore includes a mix of impeccable apartments located in close proximity to the area’s vibrant Victoria Avenue. Priding itself on its design excellence while encapsulating the ultimate in urban convenience, TOGA acquired the site for The Chatswood with development approval. Work commenced onsite in early May 2015 with residential occupation from April 2017 and retail occupation expected in late June 2018. Acting as developer, in joint venture with Reyhoda, and builder, TOGA oversaw the demolition of the site’s existing five structures, excavation for a 3-level carpark, and construction of 3-level substructure. The finished development consists of 12-levels with a total 159 residential units, nine retail areas and outdoor alfresco areas. TOGA had a challenging site to work with during construction which included limited storage areas, high traffic flow roads on both sides and intensive public safety requirements due to the nearby schools. For more than 50 years, TOGA has completed world-class developments across Australia through its Development & Construction business, which is a member of the TOGA Group of Companies. Focusing on developing in key locations (primarily within New South Wales) to create vibrant communities, TOGA strongly believes great developments are best delivered in well-connected destinations.

Capitalising on existing amenities to activate thriving urban centres enriched by effective transport interchanges, social and public infrastructure and services, all TOGA projects envision to create value and deliver aspirational living environments. In addition to The Chatswood, most recently TOGA completed its master-planned 448-apartment development Highpoint Hurstville and its 618-apartment development Macquarie Central in Macquarie Park. “With a strong focus on the Sydney market we pride ourselves on our ability to quickly respond to new trends, purchaser demands and government policy changes,” Chief Executive Officer TOGA Development & Construction, Fabrizio Perilli said. “Likewise, we have remained at the forefront of evolving market trends, offering our clients unique opportunities in areas with the prospect of strong growth complemented by existing infrastructure and services.” Fabrizio explained that TOGA’s name is synonymous with value and quality outcomes. The team strives to create residences that deliver more to their clients, which creates a flow-on effect, resulting in many of their clients returning to TOGA to manage their future developments. “The ‘Australian Dream’ is no longer typified by the quarter-acre block,” Fabrizio said. “People today are increasingly more time challenged and want to reduce the energy involved in day-to-day chores and routine activities such as grocery shopping, home maintenance and their daily commute.” “There will be a rise of satellite cities outside the Sydney CBD tapping into transport and social infrastructure as well as nearby employment hubs. By focusing on more responsive apartment design and building in strategic locations, developers can provide homes that are increasingly attuned to the ever-evolving, modern lifestyle.” For more information contact TOGA, Level 5, 45 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, phone 02 9356 1000, email, website



Below Sunny Interiors installed all of the walls, ceilings and partitions in the project, as well as the façade.

Sunny Interiors Pty Ltd has proven expertise in constructing and finishing building interiors, showcasing their professional capabilities with their recent work on TOGA’s development, The Chatswood.

a higher number of apartments to finish on each floor. “To meet the builder’s requirements, we devoted all our resources on each floor so that the interiors could be completed within the time schedule. Generally we had 45 employees onsite at any one time.”

The Chatswood project is a 156-apartment building in bustling Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore. The area is one of high demand, as evidenced by the fact that all apartments were sold well before completion. Sunny Interiors completed all the walls, ceilings and partitions in the project. TOGA also asked Sunny Interiors to undertake the façade, constructed from compressed CFC (compressed fibre cement).

Sunny Interiors undertakes projects across metropolitan Sydney. It has recently commenced work on a complex of 96-apartments at Kingswood for Skyton Developments and is again working for TOGA on a 121-apartment development at Balmain which is of special interest because it incorporates eight separate buildings.

Director of Sunny Interiors, Jeffrey Shi, said that the TOGA project at Chatswood was indicative of the work that his company undertakes on a regular basis. “The projects we usually undertake range from 100 to 200 apartments. The Chatswood, at 156-apartments, sat comfortably within that parameter. Importantly for us, TOGA undertakes premium standard projects and we share that commitment to high quality work.” Jeffrey said that one of the challenges at The Chatswood was meeting project timelines given a larger than normal floor area per floor with 160 NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Chatswood

“These projects appeal to Sunny Interiors because they demand a high standard of workmanship and a focus on quality finishes. This is the type of contract that we prefer to undertake and we are always looking for more of these opportunities,” Jeffrey said.

For more information contact Sunny Interiors Pty Ltd, 13 Fowler Street, Seven Hills 2147, phone 02 8878 9563, mobile 0431 060 694, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below KannFinch was involved in all stages of the architectural design and assisted TOGA to navigate council approvals.

Designed by award-winning architects KannFinch, The Chatswood is a striking development with a mix of residential and commercial use positioned in the vibrant hub of Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore Line. KannFinch’s role in the project was not only limited to providing initial architectural design capabilities, it also assisted TOGA, the developer, in navigating the council approvals process, dealing with authorities and providing architectural services during the construction phase of the project until the building’s completion. In addition, KannFinch developed a number of architectural design outcomes early in the planning process based on potential site amalgamation scenarios that the client was exploring. These studies were key in assisting with its feasibility analysis and ultimately the realisation of the development. KannFinch Senior Associate, Mat Clarke said the project presented a number of interesting challenges ranging from working with the sloping topography of the site to the retention of a large existing mature eucalypt. “We were able to work the existing mature tree into the design, with the façades on the corner of Help and Anderson Street incorporating a series of screening elements creating a backdrop to the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

tree.” Mat said there was also a need to minimise overshadowing of the residential buildings to the south. “All these factors taken together defined the final architectural design and building envelope.” One of the outstanding features of The Chatswood is the high level of user comfort and amenity delivered by the KannFinch design. The building was planned using passive design principles to ensure the best possible levels of solar access and ventilation were achieved. The Chatswood also boasts two attractive landscaped rooftop areas. KannFinch has a well deserved reputation as a multi-disciplinary design firm. A current project is ‘Ovation’, a mixed-use residential development with 420 apartments. KannFinch has also completed ‘Exordium Apartments’ in Zetland, for which it won the UDIA NSW Award for Affordable Housing.

For more information contact KannFinch, Level 9, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9299 4111, fax 02 9290 1481, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Chatswood 161

Kicking goals Client : Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Main construction company : A W Edwards Architect : Populous STRUCTURAL Engineer : Taylor Thomson Whitting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $40 million

The Australian Rugby Development Centre houses both the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The ARU component includes a high performance training facility, indoor training field, hydrotherapy pools, staff facilities, and offices while the UTS component consists of teaching areas, laboratories, indoor training rooms and a roof level running track. The Australian Rugby Development Centre (ARDC) will be the new high performance home of the nation’s beloved rugby team, the Wallabies. Located adjacent to Moore Park Road, the $40 million 6-level building will provide a state-of-the-art base for the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). It’s an Australian first for the integration of science and sport at a major sporting precinct. The project is a partnership between ARU, UTS, the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust, and the Federal and New South Wales government who are contributing $20 million in funding. Multi-awarding winning construction company, A W Edwards, were awarded the Design and Construct contract in early 2016. The scope of their work included the dramatic exterior façade and three different internal fitouts. “Creating a home for two high profile residents was a big undertaking,” said Project Manager, Steve Chamberlain. “Both required a set of different yet equally complex internal structural features. We worked across three separable portions; the base building, the ARU fitout and the UTS fitout.” The ARU levels feature a high performance training facility, indoor training field, hydrotherapy pools, staff facilities, and offices. The UTS component consists of teaching areas, laboratories, indoor training rooms and a roof level running track. “The project was structurally challenging. There was a large floor plate with a lot of

internal voids and vertical off-form concrete. For example, the ARU internal playing field, essentially a 3-storey void, was adjacent to the their gym space, a 2-storey void. It was a complex build,” explained Steve. The construction of a building like the ARDC can only be successful with a competent and dedicated workforce. At the peak of the project around 200 people were employed onsite. “We relied heavily on our team here at A W Edwards, they’re a highly skilled group of people who can be trusted to do the job right. Our subcontractors also played a vital role, the selection of subcontractors was particularly important as it’s not your run-of-the-mill office fitout,” said Steve. Specialised contractors worked across elements such as the 4G turf installation for the indoor playing fields and the three recovery pools; an endless river for resistance recovery, cold plunge pool and hot spa. Construction on the Australian Rugby Development Centre commenced in May 2016. ARU will move into the building first, followed by UTS with teaching set to commence in the new building from 2018. Reflecting UTS’ commitment to sustainability, the ARDC is fitted with a full environmental monitoring system which allows the building managers to track water and electricity usage and identify waste. Solar hot water and electricity panels installed on the roof will generate energy to service the building’s water heating needs as well as its general power requirements. The building’s dramatic exterior also enhances its green credentials, with fixed horizontal aluminium

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shading devices sheltering the façade and interiors from direct sunlight. More than just a home for the country’s top rugby team, the Australian Rugby Development Centre will also be a base for the Wallaroos and men’s and women’s sevens squads. It’s hoped that the development of this world class sporting, education and community hub will give Australian rugby the winning edge. A W Edwards is a family run business that has been operating for almost 100 years. They’re responsible for numerous notable New South Wales’ landmarks including The Concourse at Chatswood, M A Noble Don Bradman & Dally Messenger Stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and the refurbishment of the heritage listed Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. Current and recent projects include the Sydney Trains Rail Operational Centre and Calvary Bruce Private Hospital in Canberra. For more information contact A W Edwards, 131 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge NSW 2063, phone 02 8036 7200, fax 02 9958 6208, website


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Below Benzini Australia provided the precast concrete for the Australian Rugby Development Centre project.

Known for the quality of their handcrafted custom precast concrete products, Benzini Australia was a natural choice for the unconventional seating design on Level 5 of the Australian Rugby Development Centre. The company was contracted for the supply of a large precast concrete seat with an integrated planter. “As each product is custom built, we have a relatively long lead time,” said Co-Owner and Director, Corinne Meunier. “A W Edwards contracted us in March 2017 and we delivered the seat in June.” “The client sent through their initial drawings and from there we produced the shop drawings – this is the stage where we can assist with the finer details of design for reinforcing, casting and finishing of the product,” explained Corinne.

core filling. Once the weight was reduced we had to readdress the steel reinforcing and the lifting points. Attention to detail is vital; you don’t get a second chance with custom pieces,” said Corinne. Benzini Australia has a small team of eight people. Everyone has a part to play in the finished product; from the office work, to mould making to casting and finishing. The company works across the east coast and has a strong track record in commercial seating. They have been commissioned by the Gold Coast City Council to create outdoor concrete seating and they’re currently working on projects for Griffith University and the Parklea Correctional Centre.

At this point it was discovered that the original seat design was too heavy for its fifth floor destination. The structural integrity of the building was endangered as the architectural plans had not accounted for an extra 14 tonnes of weight. “We worked closely with A W Edwards to redesign the seat and reduce the weight, it needed to be reengineered to feature a polystyrene 164 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Australian Rugby development Centre

For more information contact Benzini Australia, 35 Demand Avenue, Arundel QLD 4214, phone 07 556 33 555, mobile 0429 919 922, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Barnwell Cambridge provided full electrical services for the Australian Rugby Development Centre.

The sophisticated electrical and data communications system within the Australian Rugby Development Centre (ARDC) was installed by Barnwell Cambridge including base building design. The electrical contractors design, develop and implement complex systems for a range of facilities including bespoke Data Centers, major sporting facilities, commercial office space, transportation hubs and major retail outlets. Their work for the ARDC included but wasn’t limited to the general power and lighting, two high voltage substations, specialised lighting, Dali Lighting Control, PV system, security and communications. Home to two different tenants, the ARDC required two independent systems. “This project presented a number of complexities during its installation,” explained company Director, Anthony Cambridge. “We had to design security systems that tied into the base building system and satisfied the needs of the two tenants. This was also encountered with the common building lighting control system which needed to be individualised to work for both tenants and with the base building.” “It was interesting to work with two different clients with two distinct sets of requirements and ideas within the same building. We have WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

worked with A W Edwards for over 30 years and that collaborative relationship and understanding played an important role in the project’s success,” said Anthony. Established in 1988, Barnwell Cambridge has a wealth of experience across complex projects and employs a field crew of over 150 electricians. Their portfolio includes Sydney Cricket Ground, Westmead Hospital Children’s Medical Research and the White Bay Overseas Passenger Terminal. They are currently working on the Sydney Trains Rail Operations Centre (ROC) and associated Infrastructure in Alexandria, this facility will modernise how Sydney’s rail network is controlled by incorporating dozens of different systems into a single location. Within this four level building (including a double height top floor) Barnwell Cambridge are responsible for the supply and installation of all of the electrical, communications and associated services across the breadth of this project. For more information contact Barnwell Cambridge, 9 Subway Road, 
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Below Beyond Fire supplied and installed the fire protection services on the project.

Beyond Fire are the company who were responsible for designing and delivering the fire protection services for the Australian Rugby Development Centre. Fire protection specialists, their experience and industry knowledge is extensive and includes commercial, residential, government, healthcare, hotels, transport and utilities. “We started work on this project in June 2016,” explained Director, Anthony Rocca. “Fire services are an integral part of any type of building and we were brought on board at a very early stage. We oversaw the design, supply and installation of the fire protection equipment in the building, this included the fire sprinklers, alarms, curtains, extinguishers and pumps.” The team are currently establishing inspection and testing procedures for the building. Enjoying ongoing growth since their establishment over two years ago, Beyond Fire is also working on 4 Murray Rose Avenue at the Sydney Olympic Park and new carpark and facility building at Australian Turf Club Randwick. For more information contact Beyond Fire, Unit 24, 10 – 18 Orchard Road, Brookvale NSW 2100, phone 02 9948 3803, email, website 166 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Australian Rugby development Centre


Below MBM provided complete quantity surveying services for the Australian Rugby Development Centre.

MBM worked closely with the University of Technology Sydney, Australian Rugby Union and the project team on this world class sporting, education and community hub. They delivered full quantity surveying service, including precontract cost advice, cost planning, value engineering, tender review and post contract services with assessments of progress payments and variations. The success of the project can be attributed to the collaborative working relationship with the client and the project team. The team has followed a systematic and structured process of team based decision making to achieve the best value for the end users through tailor made design solutions within the cost parameters and timeframe. “MBM’s early and effective cost advice helped to assess the viability of the project by identifying key development risks and ensured the bespoke design solutions could be provided within budget. MBM is proud to be associated with this high performance facility,” said Helga Maynier, Director. MBM believes that value for money in construction is about more than just delivering a project to time and budget. The aim is to build WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

good structures and to ensure a balance between function and whole of life cost. The need for economy, efficiency and effectiveness should constantly be tested during the design process to achieve the best outcome. The Australian Rugby Development Centre project was led by Helga Maynier, Director; David Madden, Founding Director; and Ling Chen, Senior Quantity Surveyor and supported by a national multi-disciplinary team. MBM is an award winning and accredited practice establishedin 2002 as a quantity surveying firm and has grown into a national asset advisory practice with over 100 staff. As a value driven business based on Precision, Integrity and Reliability, the multi-disciplinary team provides innovative, tailored and optimal solutions to its public, corporate and private sector clients across Australia, PNG and New Zealand.

For more information contact MBM, Level 7, 68 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9270 1000, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Australian Rugby Development Centre 167

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Below ACT Stainless Steel provided the stainless steel commercial kitchen for the project.

ACT Stainless Steel manufactured and installed the commercial kitchen, serveries and pantries in the Australian Rugby Development Centre. Since 1995, ACT Stainless Steel has become one of the largest manufacturers of custom stainless steel and suppliers of commercial kitchen equipment in the industry. Through expert design, coordination and quality of workmanship, the company collaborates with local and interstate builders, clubs and food service consultants. ACT Stainless Steel is fully committed to a comprehensive process of quality assurance. Each phase of work on any project is reviewed by senior project managers to ensure all documentation and coordination of installation is correct and performed to the highest standard. Offering full design service with CAD and 3D Revit flexibility and accuracy, along with expertise in all aspects of commercial kitchen and bar fabrication. ACT Stainless Steel’s scope of work included the coldrooms and refrigeration system, exhaust hoods and the fitout of the custom stainless steel and commercial kitchen equipment required for the project. The team started the project in early 2017. “The extent of our role is always project dependant. We offer a full inhouse design service but for this fitout we were supplied drawings in the tender,” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

explained Director, Trevor Tsiouris. “Our inhouse draftsmen used these designs to create our shop drawings, once these were approved by A W Edwards, we started the manufacturing process. We have our own factory and do not need to outsource the stainless steel products. It enables us to guarantee a high quality service.” ACT Stainless Steel’s team manufactured all the custom stainless steel. While the kitchen equipment and exhaust hoods were sourced externally from the manufacturers. Adhering to the building’s sustainability commitment, the specifications for the equipment focused on efficiency and environmental impact. A total of 17 people working on the project from the factory floor to fitout. Notable portfolio pieces include the kitchens and bars at Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney Cricket Ground, the National Portrait Gallery, Parliament House Australia and The Star Casino. They’re currently working on a fitout at UTS Student Accommodation, Urbanest, in Darling Harbour and numerous other projects. For more information contact ACT Stainless Steel, Unit 5, 10 – 12 Lyell Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6228 1123, fax 02 6228 1129, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Australian Rugby Development Centre 169

State-of-the-art office building welcomes thousands of government workers developer : Cromwell Property Group Builder : Joint Venture FDC Construction & Fitout and Richard Crookes Constructions Architect : nettletontribe STRUCTURAL Engineer : SCP Consulting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $172 million

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This month, Cromwell Property Group (Cromwell) and FDC Construction & Fitout (FDC) welcomed close to 2,500 staff from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to their new 38,400m² gross floor area national headquarters, a $172 million, state-of-the-art office building at Soward Way, Tuggeranong in the ACT. Construction commenced in May 2015, following an Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted in 2013 by Cromwell and FDC to develop a new office precinct on a block already leased by DSS from Cromwell. After being appointed as the preferred partners to deliver the development, Cromwell and FDC worked with the DSS to develop a design that not only delivered the required NLA, but also created a highly flexible, quality commercial office, with ultimate services flexibility and resilience that provides energy efficient operation and high standards of air quality. Prior to commencement onsite, FDC joined forces with their joint venture partner Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC). FDC and Richard Crookes are both multi-disciplinary building contractors with expertise in construction, fitout and refurbishment. FDC and RCC have a long-standing relationship, work in similar market sectors, and operate complementary business models. “The joint venture has been really positive, productive, and the project team operate as one cohesive unit,” commented Matt Hawkins, FDC Construction Manager. Fundamental to designing the Department’s new space was delivering a sustainable commercial office solution that outperformed environmental and energy requirements and used innovative design to offer a flexible and efficient workspace.

office space, plus basement, the building incorporates a soaring 800m² glass atrium through the centre of the building, providing an abundance of natural light to each floor. The open space includes a series of tenant circulation stairs and cantilevered balconies to promote floor-to-floor connectivity and provide additional break-out areas. Space is divided into four ‘neighbourhoods’, each with a central hub to encourage staff interaction and synergy. The ground floor includes an integrated business lounge suitable for informal staff and visitor meetings, visible from the upper levels of the building. Taking inspiration from its surrounding environment, the building design incorporates natural shape and profile elements, with the external façade embracing the terracotta theme of the Tuggeranong Town Centre. The building features breathtaking views of Canberra’s Brindabella Ranges from the upper floors and rooftop BBQ facility, and a staff reflection precinct.

Damian Horton, Cromwell Head of Property, said Soward Way was an exciting and rewarding project to deliver end-to-end. “We have worked closely with the Department throughout the project and are pleased to have welcomed them to their new state-of-the-art headquarters.” Testament to its thoughtful design, the development aims to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating and a minimum 4.5 Star NABERS rating. “Sustainability and design innovation were key to creating the flexible and efficient workspace DSS needed. Using cutting-edge audio-visual technology, LED lighting throughout and a dedicated Building Services Network are just some of the initiatives that will lead to an industry-leading rating,” Mr Horton said. Matt Hawkins, said Soward Way showcased what could be done with new builds.

The project was delivered under the Soft Landings Framework. The objective of the Soft Landings Framework is to smooth the transition from design to construction; construction to handover; and handover to occupancy. It is intended to promote information sharing, learning from past experiences, and streamlining the handover process such that less time and effort is required to rectify issues and educate the end users of the building.

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“Sustainability is a focal point for new buildings and at FDC we continuously look for ways to incorporate green principles into the design of our projects,� Mr Hawkins said.

For more information contact Cromwell Property Group, Level 19, 200 Mary Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3225 7777, email, website

For more information contact FDC Construction & Fitout (ACT) Pty Ltd, Level 4, 10 Moore Street, Canberra ACT 2601, phone 02 6222 8800, website

Having retained the 2,000+ DSS staff in Tuggeranong, the development is a mainstay to the local economy and community. This positive community impact was recognised by the Commonwealth Government, which, prior to construction, signalled their commitment to the Tuggeranong region by signing a new 15-year lease for the building.


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Below Airmaster Australia designed and installed a Building Services Network (BSN) for the project.

Airmaster Australia provided a Building Services Network (BSN) for Tuggeranong Office Park, a product that streamlined operations and minimised overhead duplications. Airmaster Branch Manager (ACT), Rob Huntington said the BSN uses the common network platform (Ethernet TCP/IP) shared by a majority of technologies used in the operation of a building. “The primary objective is to provide commonality for data transfer between all engineering systems onsite and to reduce the amount of cabled infrastructure and hardware across the building,” he explains. “This is achieved through the BSN’s design that allows for either a reduction or elimination of the need for multiple cabling distribution systems, parallel networks and additional head end equipment.” Airmaster’s engineered design of the BSN infrastructure is a combination of passive structured cabling and active networking, supporting the large amount of information transmitted throughout the building. The result is a stable, failsafe and resilient infrastructure for the day-to-day running of the building which provides a cost effective solution for the roll out of site wide services, now and into the future. 174 ACT PROJECT FEATURE tuggeranong Office Park

The success of this project was due to Airmaster’s ability to act as the conduit between the construction and services team onsite building the structure and services and the company’s IT specialists. Although IT services are not usually installed in a building until construction is complete, the BSN as the single communications backbone, had to be one of the first services completed. To ensure the BSN was fully tested, commissioned and operational well in advance of the project’s completion date, the entire BSN hardware solution was built and configured offsite, before being torn down, repackaged and delivered to site ready for installation. “There is a huge opportunity for data analytics platforms and managed services to be deployed across the greater BSN and have ongoing root cause analysis carried out on the entire building and all of its connected systems,” said Rob. “You will see these developments with future iterations of Airmaster BSN’s nationwide as we apply our considerable integration and data analytics capabilities to this emerging BSN technology.” For more information contact Airmaster Australia Pty Ltd, phone 1300 247 627, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below SJ & TA Structural provided structural steel services for Tuggeranong Office Park.

Fabricating, painting and erecting all the structural steel (including the atrium and communication stairs) for the Tuggeranong Office Park, required SJ & TA Structural to draw on their extensive experience to complete the multi-storey installation, to tight timeframes. The sheer size of the steel required for the design needed to be specially ordered for the project. The large atrium opens up the centre of the building, allowing light to reach every floor. At a height of 800m, each of the large structural beams needed to be carefully lifted into place. SJ & TA Structural provide their own onsite riggers and crew for the erection of the steel onsite, to ensure an integrated service and absolute quality control at every stage. The experienced team at Tuggeranong was led by Site Manager, Rodney Barton, who coordinated the installation process in collaboration with builders FDC and Richard Crookes. “The partnership of Richard Crookes and FDC was great to work with,” said Rod. SJ & TA Structural’s planning and experience with the process from expertise in fabrication, surface preparation and installation, ensured the production schedule was met safely and efficiently. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The privately owned Australian family business has been operating since 1994. The experienced SJ & TA Structural team is guided by Managing Director, Simon Phillips, who has more than 30 years experience in structural steel. Plant Operations Manager, Jason Vyner, has a strong trade knowledge ensuring the smooth production through its workshop with precision and quality workmanship. SJ & TA Structural are proud of their integral part in many iconic, large scale, architecturally diverse and highly complex projects across Australia’s built environment. The company is currently working on the Ararat Arts Precinct for Nicholson Construction and the Aviagen Pedigree Facility for Artifex Building and Construction. Recently they have completed work on school upgrades in Shepparton, Goulburn Murray Trades Skills Centre and rail facilities in Cootamundra and Parkes.

For more information contact SJ & TA Structural Pty Ltd, 11 Kane Road, Wodonga VIC 3690, phone 02 6024 6722, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE tuggeranong Office Park 175

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Below Central West Waterproofing completed all the waterproofing for the Tuggeranong Office Park project.

As a company providing waterproofing services across the commercial and industrial industries, Central West Waterproofing Pty Ltd not only guarantees its waterproofing, but has the expertise and experience to back this guarantee up. Contracted to work on the Tuggeranong Office Park project, the company undertook waterproofing works throughout the building. “We completed all the waterproofing from below ground, internal basement areas and through most floors to the roof, essentially everything from top to bottom,” explained Central West Waterproofing’s, Matt Waters. “This included the epoxy flooring, concrete sealing and waterproofing which was done to the BBQ area on the building’s rooftop. It looks magic from up there.” He added that while the rooftop BBQ area did require more extensive waterproofing, overall the project was ‛pretty good’ with no significant challenges experienced by the team. Using Parchem waterproofing material (a regular product used by Central West Waterproofing), 12 of its staff worked on the job. The company worked onsite at Tuggeranong Office Park for about a year and a half. As a company that works for both commercial WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and industrial industries, Central West Waterproofing undertakes waterproofing to the internal areas, external areas and below ground tanking, as well as epoxy flooring, concrete sealing and repair. As per its name, Central West Waterproofing had its beginnings in the central west area. The company has now been operating for 10 years and has expanded over the past decade. In fact, Central West Waterproofing, as well as employing up to 12 staff, has a base in Canberra, as well as its original base in central west. “We also have projects running in the Sydney area as well as the South coast,’’ added Matt. Central West Waterproofing has a strong track record when it comes to larger projects. While Tuggeranong Office Park was on the upper end of the scale, Central West Waterproofing previously completed work on the Australian National University’s (ANU) student accommodation project, Wellington Correctional Centre expansion and the Norwest Private Hospital expansion in Bella Vista, Sydney.

For more information contact Central West Waterproofing, mobile (Matt) 0400 354 029, email ACT PROJECT FEATURE tuggeranong Office Park 177


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AWJ Civil Eastern Creek Stage 5 – EC5 Infrastructure Project AWJ Civil was established over 30 years ago as a family owned and operated company. Today they boast over 90 employees and over 70 items of plant construction equipment and machinery. AWJ ensures to add value to their clients by partnering with them and offering strategic and construction services. They provide thorough designs and cost planning to find the most efficient and financially feasible outcome. One of the major projects that AWJ is proudly undertaking is the landmark EC5 located at Honeycomb Drive, Eastern Creek. Stage 5 of the project includes a distribution facility and two big lot subdivisions. The future addition adds to the already existing industrial development which will be vital in providing further logistical support to an ever growing region, delivering excellence through their project partner model. By working collaboratively with the client, they engaged in an open and honest way, welcoming the opportunity to discuss and refine project details to deliver optimal results. More so, AWJ aims to surpass client expectations of quality, time and cost, while being adherent to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

safety and environmental measures for the duration of the project. AWJ are committed in completing the 450,000m3 of cut to fill while working on their requirements of the project including over 1.8km of storm-water, 1.2km of Road and infrastructure, 5,000m2 of retaining walls and over 9,000m2 of basin/environmental works. AWJ is a proud state industry partner of Mates In Construction and wholly support MIC Fly the Flag Day. On the EC5 jobsite their workers came together to fly the flag to spread the message of R U OK Day and to help minimise suicide in the construction industry. AWJ’s multidisciplinary engineering division specialise in project management, civil and environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering and complex infrastructure projects. Delivering over two million square meters of civil works in the last two years, AWJ has established itself as being a trustworthy project partner known for the highest level of service, commitment and value engineered turnkey solutions. For more information contact AWJ Civil, 155 Newton Road, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 9757 2999, fax 02 9757 1677, email, website ANCR CIVIL construction Special Feature 179



HIGHWAY MONITORING & INCIDENT DETECTION AGD SYSTEMS PTY LTD. Unit 17/15 Valediction Road Kings Park NSW 2148 Australia

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AGD Systems AGD Systems provide a range of services including design, supply, installations, manufacturing and maintenance of car traffic and pedestrian management systems with AS3000 standards for carparks, ramp control systems, factory parking control, loading docks and pedestrian safety zones.

passing vehicles for speed and red light enforcement applications as well as collect data allowing integrators and road authorities to assess the flow of approaching and receding traffic at any given detection zone. This will increase traffic flow, reducing congestion as well as increasing safety for the community.

They also supply solar powered traffic light systems used for safety at pedestrian crossings. With over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge, they have earned prominent respect in their field.

The third is the AGD 645 Pedestrian Protector, which is a state of the art optical kerbside detector that improves crossing safety. Its next generation design and engineering provides robust detection within greater 5m x 3m zones. Having real time video and internet protocol capabilities allows smart cities to make fully informed decisions and adjustments remotely with just a few clicks.

AGD have several new systems that they are proud to be releasing. The first is the AGD307 Radar. A low powered radar used for intersection control, speed Signs and temporary applications. The 307 is designed to be robust, cost effective and highly versatile, achieving advanced bidirectional vehicle detection capabilities with a 150m range which provide numerous Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) management applications. The second is the AGD350 Radar which will replace inductive loops and works as a ‘Stop Line’ detector and as a highway detector. The 350 has been further developed to meet the evolving and complex demands of the global ITS sector. It can measure speed, range and angle of 180 ANCR CIVIL construction Special Feature

AGD Group has branches in Australia, UK and France, as well as a number of distributors throughout Europe and other parts of the world.

For more information contact AGD Systems, Unit 17/15 Valediction Road, Kings Park NSW 2148, phone 02 9653 9934, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Non Destructive Excavations Australia Non Destructive Excavations Australia (NDEA) is a subterranean safety specialist that commenced operations in 2005, introducing non destructive excavation to Sydney, which has now become an industry standard. The NDEA process combines high-pressure water and a high-flow vacuum, allowing for quick, clean and precise excavations, exposing underground utilities such as gas mains, water pipes, electrical conduits, optical fibres and other buried assets. Importantly, the last stage of the process is an EPA approved cartage of the slurry waste to an EPA approved waste facility. Kim Liddell, Managing Director, founded the company in 2005 and has worked tirelessly to grow it from one truck, to a fleet of half a dozen, ranging in size from a 2,000L slurry capacity rig for the hard to access sites, all the way up to a 12,000L rig mounted on a semi-trailer. NDEA supports projects within the greater Sydney region, from Newcastle in the North, to Nowra in the South and Lithgow to the West. They work on some of New South Wales’ largest projects including the Sydney Metro project, NorthConnex, WestConnex and RMS Road Upgrades, as well as for civil contractors such as Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, Talis Civil, Ward Civil and Western Earthmoving to name a few. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

NDEA has a confident team of workers who possess a vast skill set and are highly experienced in what they do. Their core values are safety, excellent customer service, reputation and environmental awareness. These values motivate the team to find the best solutions to any problem or job at hand. NDEA prides itself on providing a quality tailored service to meet their clients’ needs. The Civil Contractors Federation of New South Wales, impressed by Kim’s approach and contributions to the industry, elected her to a seat on the board in 2016. Together they have recently launched the Women in Civil programme that mentors and supports women in the industry. The CCF have also launched the Civil Industry School Engagement programme with aims of promoting the growing construction industry as a great career path opportunity for up and coming generations. For Kim, “It’s more than just a business to me, it is about supporting and developing the industry that supported and developed me. While also seeing future generations grow from foundations that we lay.” For more information contact Non Destructive Excavations Australia, phone 13 000 B SAFE (1300 027 233), email, website ANCR CIVIL construction Special Feature 181


Caporn piling Caporn Piling is a nationwide diverse piling contractor with significant experience in the infrastructure and building industry. They design and install all types of piling solutions, including but not limited to bored, driven, CFA, displacement, sheetpiling, marine and falsework. They are also fully ISO accredited for quality, safety and environmental. Caporn Piling was engaged by Seymour Whyte Constructions to carry out the land based bored piles, as well as design and construct the marine temporary support structures for the shared path bridge over Nepean River at Penrith – a 200m long single span straight triangular truss bridge, serving both practical use as well as an attractive landmark for the area. “The major component of the project for Caporn Piling was the design and construction of the two temporary support structures as they had to be built to extremely tight tolerances of less than 5mm with all work being carried out from a floating plant, whilst at all times keeping the Nepean River open to recreational rowers. Safety and quality were of paramount importance to us at all phases of the project” said the Project Manager, Carl Voigt. “These Temporary Support Tables will serve as staging platforms for the footbridge as it is incrementally launched from the eastern embankment and as such will become redundant and be removed by Caporn Piling once the footbridge reaches the western embankment.” 182 ANCR CIVIL construction Special Feature

This project and others like the Tourle Street Duplication in Newcastle, Burrill Lake Causeway Duplication in Ulladulla, Kapooka Bridge in Wagga Wagga, Maitland Roundabout Bridge in Maitland, Wickham Transport Interchange in Newcastle and Pacific Highway Upgrade – Oxley to Kundabung, are some of the recent examples of the diverse range of piling/foundation projects that Caporn Piling have carried out in the past and worked with their respective clients to offer innovative solutions to challenging ground engineering and buildability problems. Caporn Piling draws on the significant experience and expertise of its employee base and as such can take a concept through the design process and deliver a solution that is both practical and cost effective whilst always ensuring a quality product is delivered to a high level of safety compliance. Being a privately-owned company, with its business owners experience spanning 50 years in the industry and having previously owned the largest piling contractor in Australia, gives Caporn Piling the competitive edge required to meet ground engineering challenges in the current modern-day market. For more information contact Caporn Piling, 9 Knight Street, Lansvale NSW 2166 & 306 Duffield Road, Clontarf QLD 4019, phone (NSW) 02 9727 5490, (QLD) 07 3283 2219, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Ghossayn Group Ghossayn Group WHS accredited, Civil contracting and Engineering arm, is today one of the largest demolition and excavation companies in Sydney. With 45 years of experience, Ghossayn Group’s quality of workmanship and performance is considered the benchmark for the industry and repeat orders have ensured that an enduring strategic alliance has been formed with these construction companies. In numerous large scale construction projects, Ghossayn Group are stated as the preferred demolition and excavation contractor. In certain situations, it is well known that only Ghossayn Group has the expertise, equipment and labour to complete complex and time constrained jobs – in time, every time. Ghossayn Group provide plant hire by supplying both machines and operators to the earthmoving industry. To give peace of mind, their equipment is well maintained and their licensed and fully trained operators are available to assist onsite with semi-trailers and bogies, trucks, road sweepers, water carts, dozers, skid steers (bobcats) and excavators from six tonnes to 45 tonnes. Ghossayn Group specialises in household, construction and industrial waste disposal. They have a variety of bins available for hire from 2m3 to 15m3. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For the past 30 years, Ghossayn Group have been working with many of the major construction companies across Sydney and consistently deliver competitive, safe and effective waste management for all their clients. Additionally, they are licensed to handle and transport all types of waste, general or contaminated materials. Ghossayn Group is currently undertaking bulk earthworks at Meadowbank, Bankstown RSL Club, Epping and throughout the Darlinghurst area.

For more information contact Ghossayn Group, 25-27 Governor Macquarie Drive, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9755 2777, fax 02 9755 2005, email, website ANCR CIVIL construction Special Feature 183

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Nace Civil Engineering Nace Civil Engineering is a leader in the civil engineering industry capable of meeting all kinds of infrastructure requirements, including roads, bridges, power and water works, bulk earthworks, railways, airfields, marine works, subdivisions, buildings and structures. They work collaboratively with clients, approaching every project with nimbleness and dedication to overcome challenges with design issues and create strong open relationships with clients. Nace Civil is part of the Kypreous group of companies that work collaboratively to provide vertical integration of services which allow them to tackle any job with their complete inhouse capabilities. This streamlined one-stop-shop approach leads to increased efficiency and reduced cost for their clients. The group consists of State Asphalts (Manufacture of Asphalt), State Asphalts Services (Supply and Lay Asphalt and Spray Sealing), Atlas Traffic Management, Sydney Road Profiling and Kypter (Plant Hire). The company has a strong focus on managing and delivering projects to the highest quality and safety standards, within budget and on time, and with sustainability awareness, not only ensuring that their clients are happy, but also being socially and environmentally responsible. 184 ANCR CIVIL construction Special Feature

They hold accreditation with the FSC, RMS, ABCC, WHS as well as complying with Quality Management Systems and Environmental Management systems. Nace Civil Engineering was a pioneer to the slipform concrete paving in this country. Complemented by their ability to undertake a wide range of civil infrastructure projects and their high quality of work has earned them upstanding regard by leading professional organisations which has enabled them to be involved in the construction of most major motorways in and around Sydney and throughout New South Wales. Some of their projects include Alfords Point Road Upgrade, Prince Henry urban redevelopment in Little Bay New South Wales, Camden Valley Way Stage 1 and 2, Princess Highway Duplication in South Nowra, Central Coast Highway, M5 widerning and various projects at Sydney Airport such as the airport upgrade for the Sydney Olympics and A380 super jumbo jets.

For more information contact Nace Civil Engineering, 90 Jedda Road, Prestons NSW 2170, P.O. Box 598, Hoxton Park NSW 2171, phone 02 9607 1988, fax 02 9607 1999, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Westforce Construction Westforce Construction are a multi-disciplined company servicing many sectors of the construction industry. At its establishment in 2006, Westforce Construction was mainly working in the mining industry. However since then, the company has diversified to specialise in commercial work and civil engineering, including steel fabrication and erection, underground drainage, earthworks and highway construction and high and low voltage electrical installation. Westforce Construction adheres to a model of self performance which sits at the core of the company. Managing Director, Mike Murrey notes that Westforce has, “a real culture of going that extra mile for our customers.” This is made possible by the 70 employees that comprise of a committed team right through the whole process, from tender to delivery. Operating and owning an extensive range of high quality and well maintained plant minimises the need to subcontract other companies. This simplifies administration and reduces the cost of the project thus benefiting the client. “We pride ourselves on our excellent safety records,” said Mike. Westforce Construction have Commonwealth Safety accreditation as well as environmental management and quality certification. Additionally all builders are registered and the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

company are members of the Western Australian Federation of Civil Contractors highlighting their credibility. The company has been involved in exciting projects such as the building of a new flight training school and maintenance hangar at Air Force Base Pearce 35kms from Perth. This job was executed at a very high quality to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the training base once completed which was done so on time and incident free. Water Corporation contracted Westforce Construction to design and construct a new roof for a drinking water tank in the short time frame of only one month. The team of 20 people worked tirelessly including working night shifts where required, in order to get the project completed on time. Westforce Construction will continue to build on this experience and their diverse client base into the future.

For more information contact Westforce Construction, 27 Moojebing Street, Bayswater WA 6053, phone 08 9279 1900, fax 08 9279 1422, email, website ANCR CIVIL construction Special Feature 185

a new benchmark in aged care Located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Estia Health Twin Waters is a state-of-the-art aged care facility which opened its doors to residents in early September this year. The home offers five-star amenities including 114 single rooms with private ensuites, a community terrace, hairdressing salon, library, modern dining rooms and lounges, activity rooms and consulting rooms for visiting medical professionals. The innovative design of the home enables the newly appointed Estia team to offer high quality, residential care for ageing members of the community in a modern, vibrant and safe environment. Development Consultant for Estia Health, Georgie Watson said the design of the home also acknowledged the importance of social interaction when delivering high quality aged care. “Our Twin Waters home offers dedicated social spaces, which really create great opportunities for interaction in the comfort of home,” reflected Georgia. “There’s a wonderfully modern café manned by trained baristas, which is fabulous for residents and their visiting family and friends. The community feel is further enhanced by the home’s location adjacent to Living Choice Twin Waters, a retirement village for the over 55s.” In appreciating the importance of community connectedness, Estia Health engaged Living Choice, a retirement village operator adjacent to the new Estia home, to deliver this project as their principal contractor, and work commenced onsite in April 2016 with the handover taking place in July 2017. Living Choice Project Manager, Warren Danter said he was pleased the $25 million project had elicited positive feedback from the local

community. “The extensive range of contemporary façade materials used in the Twin Waters home along with the striking porte-cochere and natural light provided in the atriums gives the project a unique appearance,” said Warren. “We were very proud of how the project turned out, especially the intricate ceiling and lighting details which illuminate the sophisticated level of finishes throughout the home. The architects (CHC) and Estia Health’s Development Management were professional and very responsive throughout the design phase and dealt with design issues swiftly and efficiently.” The recently completed home is certainly impressive and Estia Health can be commended for achieving exceptional outcomes in its construction. Estia Health is an industry leader in residential aged care. Founded in July 2014, Estia Health is the result of a merger between three residential aged care providers with a combined experience of more than 50 years. The company has since grown to be one of the country’s largest aged care providers. Estia Health CEO, Norah Barlow said the new Twin Waters home truly reflected the Estia Health philosophy. “At Estia, we are committed to providing families and their loved ones, access to high quality residential aged care and services, in a really safe and supportive environment,” Norah said. “We are delighted and equally very proud of the completion of our first greenfield site. A purpose-built, modern home with the

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level of local involvement and encouragement we’ve had accompanying the build – we’re thrilled to offer a home we are genuinely impressed by, and to be part of re-inventing what living in residential aged care can look like.” Estia Health offers residential homes across four states, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. The company’s next build is already underway with a new home under construction in Kogarah in Sydney’s south, expected to open in early 2018. For more information contact Estia Health, 357 Camberwell Road, Camberwell VIC 3124, phone 03 9811 9777, fax 03 9804 0336, email, website

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tailored luxury With the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility, safety in its design and furnishings is paramount; add to that quality aesthetics and you have National Tiles. Specialising in flooring and wall coverings, National Tiles supplied the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility with tiles tailored to health care living, ensuring the products provided were of a high slip rating; combining that safety factor with design elements to bring out the prestigious appearance of all the bathrooms, as well as the living and leisure areas. “It was great to be part of a project that’s going to satisfy an extension of aged care within Twin Waters that will help the local community,” said Sharon Dalli, Commercial Business Development Manager. Established in 1979, industry experience comes hand in hand with customer care at National Tiles. “We had to do the research to ensure that we not only fulfilled the brief

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for all of the technical specifications, but also ensure that the tiles are aesthetically beautiful,” said Sharon. The father and son run company takes pride in leading the market in the areas of natural stone, porcelain and ceramic tiles, as well as specialising in trade related machinery, tools and consumables. “Our commercial team has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of developing and specifying products for the growing industry of aged care and retirement living,” Sharon proudly admits. The 400 plus staff business will maintain its stronghold in the aged care accommodation sector, with works planned on more Living Choice villages throughout Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. “We’ve got it covered,” is National Tiles’ mantra, a simple and spot on description when it comes to the international standard of National Tiles and their prominent presence in a very competitive market.

Below The Huff electrical team installed lighting, power and media solutions for the 114 rooms at the aged care facility.

Huff Electrical pride themselves on their ability to provide services to a wide range of commercial, residential, medical and government sectors at a high standard with a focus on reliability. The company has the capacity to undertake large projects nationally, and they used their vast experience on the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility to help bring the project to fruition. The $25 million Twin Waters Aged Care Facility combines the newest innovations of electrotechnology, to bring modern conveniences to the residents’ fingertips. Huff Electrical were responsible for fitting out the 114 rooms of the development with a complete electrical fitout including Master Antenna Television (MATV) networks as well as the high tech lighting control.

lighting that can be controlled through touchscreens and PIR sensors. “The setup involved a communication system comprising of an NBN fibre to the basement network supplying a 20 year Comscope/Krone endorsed Cat6 cabling system, including 2x communications rooms,” said Fabian. Communication is at the heart of the company, with Huff believing it is imperative to ensure 100% satisfaction for their clients and to provide a professional service. Huff Electrical uses their vast industry experience to enhance their product knowledge to bring their clients the best solutions at a competitive price. Their well managed team uphold the highest safety standards and deliver their work on schedule without a compromise on quality.

The essential electrical supply for the facility was provided by 160kVA diesel generator, with an onsite pad mount transformer installed to manage non essential power needs. “We also installed MSB and DB’s throughout for the power and lighting,” explained Fabian Huff, Managing Director of Huff Electrical. Huff Electrical prides itself in staying ahead of the competition, with the pinnacle of the project culminating in the installation of LED WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Huff Electrical Pty Ltd, 3/12 Pike Street, Kunda Park QLD 4556, phone 07 5476 5542, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE twin waters aged care facility 189

Below Laguna Bay Blinds worked on the project by supplying and installing White Thermalite Plantation shutters in all rooms.

For the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility on the Sunshine Coast, Laguna Bay Blinds supplied and installed the White Thermalite Plantation shutters in all 114 rooms of the prestigious residences. The Noosa based company embarked on the project in March and wrapped up work in June, with open lines of communication proving to be the driving force behind the project’s success. Laguna Bay Blinds Director, Phil Martin saying, “everything was on schedule, as each stage became ready we would then install.” Only Australian made products were used in the project, with the shutters sourced from Thermalite Australia. The home grown shutters are made from non-toxic recycled material and constructed with three times the insulation to reduce energy costs, as well as making them water resistant and fire retardant. “The smoothly run operation at the Estia Health project by the Living Choice Australia Group made our job a lot easier. It is always a pleasure to work on sites that have a well-run team from the Operations Manager Warren Danter, to the Onsite Foreman John Fraser, everyone was on the same page and knew what their requirement was at all times,” said Phil. 190 QLD PROJECT FEATURE twin waters aged care facility

The family run business has over 25 years experience in the industry. Think of anything to do with window furnishings, and the tight-knit crew specialises in it, from curtains and shutters to roller blinds and awnings. But it’s in the mechanics where Laguna Bay Blinds really shines, “We are at the leading edge of motorisation and work very closely with architects at design stage to ensure the best possible application on all projects.” Their professional team make up a loyal group of six people at the company. A small group perhaps but with huge prospects, and for now you’ll have to keep guessing where to next for Laguna Bay Blinds, “we have a big new project up North that we are very excited about, but it’s still under wraps at the moment,” said Phil.

For more information contact Laguna Bay Blinds, PO Box 352, Noosa Heads QLD 4567, mobile 0413 753 331, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Aidacare provided a range of equipment including custom designed beds, sluice/pan room machinery and ceiling hoist system solutions.

Aidacare are a leading healthcare equipment supplier that offers a comprehensive range of products and solutions for facility fitouts; such as ceiling hoist system installations; washroom design and installation; bedroom furniture and fittings; rails, ramps and bathroom fittings; and dining, lounge and lobby furnishings. Over a two week period, Aidacare’s technicians collaborated with Living Choice to supply and install 37 ceiling hoist rails and six panamatic midi flusher sanitisers into the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility on the Sunshine Coast. The original design involved curves and joints in the ceiling track to execute a ‘bed to ensuite’ transfer. Leveraging their experience to drive a cost-effective solution, Aidacare reconfigured the bed position and the ensuite door angle to achieve a straight ceiling rail system. The result was a superior aesthetic outcome, which retained clinical effectiveness whilst reducing material and installation costs for the facility. Ceiling hoist systems are gaining popularity in Australia and offer facilities the opportunity to conserve floor space, minimise push and pull injuries and reduce staffing costs with a single handed care strategy. Risk based studies in the UK have demonstrated that 37% WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to 44% of residents could be safely transferred with a single carer present. This is a real opportunity for facilities in Australia to safely reduce staffing costs without compromising the patient’s care. Also supplied and installed by Aidacare were six DDC panamatic midi flusher sanitisers. Once these machines are installed, staff can operate a hands free open, close and start through an infrared hand sensor. This reduces the risk of cross infection, being a major concern in facilities. Aidacare have experienced technicians who support the ongoing performance and safety of the ceiling hoist system and washroom sanitiser machines. A comprehensive preventative maintenance schedule and breakdown service is offered Australia wide.

For more information contact Aidacare, 4 Noonan Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565, phone 1300 133 120, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE twin waters aged care facility 191

Climatech Unit 1/6 Beech Street Airport Industrial State Mudjimba QLD 4564, Australia phone: 07 5450 6001 email: website:

Providing all the mechanical services, Climatech – the company behind the ambience of the Estia Health Twin Waters Residential Aged Care Home – is the force behind both the design and construction of the building’s cooling and heating, as well as refrigeration. Work on the air conditioning and refrigeration installation at the residential aged care home took ten months, with the crew of 28 Climatech staff completing the project in June 2017. The design of the ventilation and air conditioning allowed for cost efficient systems with low operating and maintenance costs. The installation of the DAIKIN VRV4 heat recovery, ‘three pipe system’ was the highlight of the Estia Health Twin Waters project. All 114 bedrooms and support facilities over 2-storeys on the west wing and 1-storey on the east wing were fitted with Daikin air conditioning and per-cooler systems. Climatech also supplied and installed a commercial cool room and freezer, commercial laundry, kitchen extraction and scullery systems. Climatech’s client base of more than 500 customers includes residential air conditioning customers, body corporate groups, builders, local and national developers, commercial businesses, local Councils and national and multi-national companies. The majority of the company’s work is generated by referrals from these existing customers, who are only too happy to recommend the company’s services. The Climatech philosophy of quality equipment, excellence in installation and reliable back-up service has attracted customers who need to ‘get the job done’. Climatech operates throughout Queensland, with a strong presence across the south east of the sunshine state. The eye-catching Climatech fleet of strongly branded red vehicles is seen from Brisbane to Gympie and beyond. Providing cooling and heating in the region for 19 years, owners Glen and Rowan with their team employ only local contractors, taking pride in bolstering the local economy. 192 QLD PROJECT FEATURE twin waters aged care facility


Below Q-Image Construction supplied and installed Knotwood aluminium to the façade of the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility.

Think aesthetics, and that’s where Q-Image Construction comes into play on the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility project. It’s not just the façade Q-Image Construction excels in, but they also specialise in commercial and residential construction and renovation. It was certainly a heartfelt project for the team at Q-Image Construction, commencing work on Valentine’s Day, and completing the task in just over four months. The Queensland based company both supplied and installed all of the Knotwood aluminium cladding to many sections of the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility, including the community hub, planter box, internal and external entry of the reception area, and the south elevation. The team of three installers also fitted battens to the community hub, as well as gates to the booster pump room. It is in the make and quality of the products used that really puts Q-Image Construction on the podium, “Knotwood is a very versatile aluminium product with a realistic timber grain finish; a low maintenance product that combines the sophisticated look of timber with the strength and longevity of aluminium which means it will not warp, bow or fade. One of the most important features of this product WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

is that it is non-combustible so it will not ignite and cannot fuel a fire,” says Director, Andrew Hungerford. “Knotwood aluminium is not limiting either, and is available in a variety of timber grain colours.” As proud installers and distributors of Knotwood products, the crew at Q-Image Construction also give credit where it’s due with Andrew saying the Twin Waters Aged Care Facility was a standout project for them and they were especially “impressed with the site management by Living Choice Australia.” With the majority of Q-Image Construction’s work spread throughout South East Queensland, the construction company also branches out to its southern neighbours in New South Wales and Victoria. Andrew is proud to say, “from concept to design, construction and completion, Q-Image Construction is an innovative and forwardthinking building company who are focused on delivering residential and commercial construction and renovation solutions to meet our client’s expectations.” For more information contact Q-Image Construction, 8 Conara Road, Kunda Park QLD 4556, phone 1800 463 460, fax 1800 700 669, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE twin waters aged care facility 193

hassle free holidays DEVELOPER : Pro-invest Developments Pty Ltd BUILDER : ADCO Constructions ARCHITECT : Reid Campbell INTERIOR DESIGNER : J oseph Pang Design Consultants PROJECT MANAGER : Tactical Group STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Van Der Meer CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $35 million

The new Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre provides easy accessibility to Adelaide's city centre and features 245 well-designed rooms equipped with everything you need for a great stay. Pro-invest Group is a boutique investment firm specialising in private equity real estate and real estate asset management. Pro-invest Developments is the division within the group responsible for the development of assets, which have been invested in on behalf of its partners and international investors. Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is a prime example of its development activities and makes this the third of its kind that’s been brought to fruition. Holiday Inn Express Sydney, Macquarie Park and Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central are the other two. Six more projects are in the pipeline. Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre has 245 rooms that cater to business and leisure travelers, delivering high-quality furnishings within a thoughtful building design. The development features a mutli-purpose space for breakfast, meetings, working and relaxing, self-service laundry facilities and a fitness center. Tim Sherlock, Managing Director of Pro-invest Developments said that the company had actively searched for sites in Adelaide for the Holiday Express Inn. “We often have possible sites brought to us by agents and we then perform our due diligence using our internal resources to acquire the sites. Pro-invest then uses its own people to manage an external consultant team of project managers, architects, interior designers and engineers to bring developments through to completion.”

ground conditions, tight access to the site and the proximity to the heritage hotel next door which required careful management. Pro-invest currently has more than 600 rooms in standing assets with another 1,500 rooms in various stages of development with Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, two Holiday Inn Express hotels in Melbourne, a Holiday Inn Express in Queenstown, New Zealand and a dual Holiday Inn Express and EVEN Hotel development in early stages of development planning in Auckland. Pro-invest works with highly regarded industry partners as well as with local and state governments in order to make its developments successful. Tim said that Pro-invest Developments’ brings financial strength, management experience and resources that help drive developments forward. “As a small and privately owned firm, we are highly responsive to market needs and are able to implement quick solutions on projects in order to ensure project delivery.” Pro-invest’s head office is located in Sydney and its Australian team provides a holistic service to onshore and offshore clients through its knowledge of both the local development process and offshore structuring. “With on-the-ground presence in Australia, the Middle East and Europe, we provide

unique investment opportunities with attractive risk-adjusted returns to both private clients and institutional investors,” Ronald Barrott, CEO and Chairman of Pro-invest Group. “Our people have extensive knowledge in development and hotels operations and hence having both arms of the business inhouse allows us to maximise risk adjusted returns for our investors.” Pro-invest Hotels Group, in collaboration with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is currently supporting Pro-invest Developments in the sourcing of hotel sites for the development of Holiday Inn Express hotels and will lead the operational management of all the hotel assets under Pro-invest Group’s ownership. “The development of the international and domestic travel and accommodation business has been one of the outstanding growth areas in the last 20 years and everything points to continued expansion,” Phil Kasselis, Head of Pro-invest Hotels Group added. “Pro-invest Group, is ideally positioned to participate in the dynamic growth in this sector in cooperation with our industry partners.”

For more information contact Pro-invest Group, Suite 9.01, Level 9, 20 Hunter Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9237 6900, email, website

The Pro-invest Australian Hospitality Fund owns the hotel and through Pro-invest Hotels Group, manages the hotels under a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotel Group. Commenting on the Adelaide project, Tim said that the main challenges were the 194 SA PROJECT FEATURE THe Holiday Inn Express adelaide city centre



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A positive sign Signcraft Pty Ltd is a national market-leading signage company specialising in re-brands, new developments and multi-site roll-outs.

with a dynamic customer landscape from national and international brands to small and medium enterprises. The bigger the challenge the more Signcraft shines.

A highlight of its recent achievements is the provision of all external signage at the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide situated in the vibrant north-west quarter of the city’s central business district.

Signcraft’s Senior Business Development Manager, Travis McKenzie, said that in today’s fast-moving and competitive marketplace, every business has to stand out from its competitors in order to survive and grow. “Signcraft’s commitment is to ensure every client is equipped with a branding environment that enables them to stand up above the noise.”

Signcraft is an end to end brand partner working with its clients to develop and deliver unique and innovative solutions that bring their clients brands to life. Signcraft’s four key service offerings of Consult, Design, Create and Enhance take its clients on a brand journey that empowers the client to speak directly to their target audience whilst providing a premium branding environment to help them stand up above the noise. Headquartered in Melbourne, Signcraft provides incredible reach with six manufacturing sites nationally and over 230 employees. Signcraft’s brand obsessed culture and scale of expertise provides unmatched service to its major clients with a national footprint. Signcraft is also a key partner for the Australian Open for over 10 years. Signcraft works

Signcraft has over 46 years of experience and has developed a complete end to end service offering with a focus on build-ability. Travis said new technologies and new fabrications are transforming the way signage is designed and manufactured. “Signcraft imagines, creates and amplifies its clients brand messaging with unrivalled capability.” Currently Signcraft is working with major Australian businesses such as Holden, Mazda, Toyota, Woolworths, Westfield, Mulitiplex and Lendlease, to name a few. This gives new clients a sense of comfort knowing that businesses with complex and comprehensive due diligence requirements have signed on with Signcraft. For more information contact Signcraft Pty Ltd, 580-598 Kororoit Creek Road, Altona North VIC 3025, phone 03 9360 6222, fax 03 9931 0811, email, website

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picture perfect The new Holiday Inn Express in Adelaide’s city centre boasts first-class paintwork produced by PLG Painting Services Pty Ltd, one of Adelaide’s finest quality painting contractors. PLG Painting were responsible for all internal and external painting across the 10-levels and 245 rooms. Founder and Director, Peter Giamarelos said that the company dedicated 10 of its 20 employees to the project, with his son Apostoli as Site Manager. “We are well-equipped to manage projects of this size. However we were given tight deadlines, so we made sure we had the staff resources committed to the job in order to complete all painting within schedule without compromising our quality standards and the finishes required.” Special painted finishes were applied to the Grand Staircase which is an outstanding feature within the hotel’s public area. “Our experience, technical knowledge and attention allow us to undertake all specialty work as well as large-scale projects,” Peter explained. In business for 32 years, PLG Painting is in demand by builders and developers across the greater Adelaide area and throughout South Australia due to its reputation for high quality and consistent performance in painted finishes across all surfaces and materials. “We were very pleased to be able to showcase our workmanship on this prominent Adelaide building,” Peter commented. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Other major projects being undertaken by PLG Painting include Bohem Apartments, a residential development in Adelaide’s West End, the Regis Burnside Lodge aged care facility, the Barossa Precinct development and Stages 2 and 3 of The Minda apartment complex. For more information contact PLG Painting Pty Ltd, 26 Lysle Street, Brooklyn Park SA 5032, phone 08 8352 8180, mobile (Peter) 0412 807 393, email

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new hospital

DEVELOPER : Northen Territory Government Managing contractor : Lendlease Architects : MKEA Architects PTy Ltd STRUCTURAL Engineer : Irwinconsult Pty Ltd Project VALUE : $170 million

The Palmerston Regional Hospital represents the innovation of Australian medical services with contemporary facilities and the latest technologies. The project merges new construction techniques with the future of medicine to create an environmentally sustainable advanced hospital for the Northern Territory. Jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, the $170 million Palmerston Regional Hospital project has opened the doors to a wealth of healthcare services to one of Darwin’s fastest growing areas. The hospital is classified as Level 3 which means the care provided is for the management of low complexity and low activity cases. The hospital incorporates 22,500m2 of operational floor space over two levels. Level 1 incorporates the emergency department, administration, outpatients, a rehabilitation centre, the Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) service, and back of house facilities such as the hospital kitchen, while operating theatres and surgical,

maternity and general medical wards are located on Level 2. The hospital will deliver a range of core services including a suite of general medical and surgical services and 24/7 emergency. Support services will also be accessible at the hospital with outpatient services, sub-acute integrated treatment areas, specialist support services such as pathology and pharmaceuticals. The state-of-the-art design blends the natural environment sympathetically with the new building. Greeting patients and visitors is an arcade entrance which runs the entire length, of the building and reaches 11m in height. The open, modern face of this entrance

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enhances the contemporary services and facilities beyond. The entrance area also houses a café, open waiting areas and linked bridges which have a sophisticated glazed treatment. A village feel is at the heart of the hospital design, with open courtyards making the most use of Palmerston’s tropical climate. All wards open out to local vegetation or onto courtyards. The hospital is also built to post disaster specifications and is able to function for five days independently post disaster (ie. cyclone/power outage). Palmerston Regional Hospital is located near the new $6.4 million Stuart Highway and Temple Terrace intersection – infrastructure which has also been designed to accommodate AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

future growth. It’s predicted the greater Palmerston and rural region will increase by 17% between 2011 and 2021 to 70,000 people. “The new hospital will also reduce pressure and waiting times at Royal Darwin Hospital, promote innovation in healthcare delivery and also aims to improve Aboriginal health through culturally appropriate services,” said Glen Brady, Northern Territory Government Project Director. The hospital infrastructure provided additional arterial roads and a major intersection to improved access to the growing rural population located on WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the edge of the City. Glen explains the project has included provision of future expansion to accommodate additional development of the health precinct and a broader scale of the Palmerston Regional Hospital project. In a long list of deliverables the project has accomplished, the employment of local people and the resultant boost to the economy is regarded as a stand out outcome. “We are very proud of delivering local jobs. We’ve also been able to deliver the project on time and to budget,” Glen said. “We used a staged contract delivery model which meant we could use local

trade packages and have the flexibility of employing local people. Our mission was to use 90% local trades and products and we are currently sitting at 98% – only two trades that could not be sourced from the area because they weren’t available,” explains Glen. Completion of the project is expected in March 2018 with an opening in July 2018. For more information contact Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Northern Territory Government, Level 5, Energy House, 18 – 20 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT 0801, phone 08 8929 4633, email, website

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a first-class installation NT Project Group, is a comprehensive and professional company dedicated to ensuring a high quality build from design to completion, while importantly maintaining first-class safety standards for their team. The 11 month Palmerston project required a broad range of skills, undertaken by the team of 80 from NT Project Group working on the hospital. “We supplied and installed the engineered ceiling partition system, so that’s the walls and the ceilings,” says Director, Jade Cameron. “We also installed all the doors, hardware, frames, fixtures, fitting and equipment, the internal glazing and supports for specialist medical imaging equipment.”

The project was a complex engineering task due to the Palmerston Hospital being a Class 9 building. This meant it had to be carefully constructed to withstand cyclonic or seismic activity were it to occur. “The construction methodology had to be centered around protecting people inside the building from falling walls or ceilings in such an event. Everything is engineered around the Building Movement Report. This called for extensive planning as they had to consider all aspects of the installation, right from what type of screws to use, to wall supports and even to the fixing of simple things such as a TV bracket or a soap dispenser,” explained Jade. NT Project Group is committed to a buy-local policy for all suppliers and materials used along with all employees hired, avoiding subcontracting labour as much as possible. This can pose a challenge as the size of the market in Darwin can be limiting. Building the hospital meant organising procurement plans early to ensure enough notice was given to suppliers to avoid timelines being affected. Supporting the local communities in the Northern Territory is an integral principle to NT Project Group. The company has a pre-apprenticeship programme which is designed to aid disadvantaged people seeking employment in the industry. For more information contact NT Project Group, 5 Swan Crescent, Winnellie NT 0820, phone 08 8942 4595, email, webiste

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making construction costs count QS Services provide independent, impartial, meaningful, and sound advice as quantity surveyors in their role to the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics associated with the Palmerston Regional Hospital, which is located on an approximately 45 hectare site close to the Stuart Highway and Temple Terrace intersection near Palmerston. Comprised predominantly of eight zones – designed to deliver the most technologically advanced hospital building in the Northern Territory and provide modern health service for Palmerston and Darwin rural residents – this $170 million facility (jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments) is scheduled to open its doors to patients in mid 2018. During construction, as is typical on large infrastructure projects, quantity surveyors are called upon to review site progress and fairly value progress payment claims at regular intervals, and also to review the value of variations (changes to design or quantities) with appropriate rates/benchmarking against similar projects. Review of tender recommendations was also undertaken – checking for arithmetic accuracy, transparency, and ensuring no transposition errors – to enable successful tenderer appointment via the Managing Contractor, Lendlease; several of which are listed on the official website. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Furthermore we attend and participate in regular project control site meetings (typically every two weeks), discussing issues and orderly identifying changes and reviewing their outcomes. Construction will be complete in March 2018, after which the Department of Health will commence fitout and commissioning of medical equipment. QS Services are a Darwin based quantity surveying and cost consultancy, established for over 27 years and have the capability and capacity to assist in providing cost estimates and cost advice on all sorts of building, civil and marine projects, including private, institutional and defence projects, throughout the Northern Territory and elsewhere. For more information contact QS Services, 5 Whitfield Street, Darwin NT 0820, phone 08 8941 0116, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE Palmerston Regional Hospital 201

Quality access solutions and scaffolding All the scaffolding needs for the sizable Palmerston Regional Hospital project were delivered seamlessly by the professional NT Scaffolds team. NT Scaffolds began work on the project in May 2016 and are expected to finish towards the end of this year. The Palmerston Regional Hospital was comprised of eight buildings which all had to be scaffolded simultaneously. “There were always new drawings coming out, so things were always changing all the time,� says Office Manager, Bianca Van Zwol. With over 35 years of industry experience and a dedicated team of 10 experienced scaffolders working on the job, they were able to adapt with ease to meet the needs of the client. As industry leaders in scaffolding access solutions, the company pride themselves on being a one-stop-shop for all scaffolding requirements. The hands-on company are involved in the hiring, labour and sales of scaffolding work, while also offering design and engineering services, independent audit reports and a 24 hour response service in case of any issues that may arise onsite.

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Additionally they own and operate their own transport systems, rendering them capable of working in regional and remote, hard-to-reach areas. NT Scaffolds offer services to a diverse range of industries from offshore/onshore oil and gas rigs, defence, mining, commercial and residential construction. Important to the company is the direct employment of around 30 trained professionals, with skills in advanced scaffolding and rigging, ensuring quality work and reliable service. Raising money for charitable causes is a way for NT Scaffolds to give back to their community. Sponsoring local sporting groups such as boxing, bodybuilding, football teams and motocross events allow them to show their support for worthy causes. Other jobs in the pipeline for NT Scaffolds include scaffolding the $500 million upgrade at the Tindal RAAF Base in Katherine. For more information contact NT Scaffolds, 16 Sadgroves Crescent, Winnellie NT 0821, phone 08 8947 5592, fax 08 8947 5542, email, website


a name you can trust Halikos Roofing’s experienced and dedicated team met the multiple challenges for accuracy and exacting standards on complex roofing and cladding installation for the Palmerston Regional Hospital. The Darwin based company began work onsite in October 2016, and is expected to finish in November 2017. “As the whole building is clad in multiple metal cladding profiles, horizontal and vertical, as well as the Express Wall and Vitracore products interfacing, intricate flashing details were needed to make sure interfaces came together,” Halikos Roofing General Manager, Darren Mullan said. “Despite the complexity of the wall cladding, I'm happy to say that the Halikos crew met the challenge head on and the finished product is a reflection of the guys ability and dedication to the job,” said Darren. Roofing involved the installation of Steeline GRP Steel Rib 675 roof sheeting, insulation, vapour barriers and ply which were all detailed to manage the 24 hour a day air-conditioning of the hospital. “The emphasis was on energy efficiency, so part of the roofing and cladding scope involved the installation of over 15,000m2 of CSR Bradford high density, 75mm PIR insulated board on top of all concrete roof slabs and behind some of the wall cladding,” Darren said. For Halikos Roofing, established in 1987, the professionalism of its team puts it ahead of its competitors. “The strength of our company is undoubtedly the guys who turn up for work every day. We have long term staff who have worked for Halikos Roofing for up to 25 years. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Our core group of staff are well respected by the builders we work for,” Darren said. At the peak of the project, 28 staff were employed onsite. The company began as a roofing contracting business and has since grown into the Halikos Group, a multi-faceted company encompassing multiple arms and providing a variety of services. Halikos Roofing works extensively right throughout the Northern Territory, Top End coastal islands, and in parts of Western Australia and Queensland. Current projects include the Delamere project and the NACC Tindal project at Katherine for the Defence Department. For more information contact Halikos Roofing, 24 Pruen Road, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8935 3990, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE Palmerston Regional Hospital 203

no job is too hard Safety and quality were priorities for C & V Concretors on the construction of the Palmerston Regional Hospital. The Darwin based, Northern Territory company provided all the concreting works for the hospital’s footings, columns and slabs.

however they have been back onsite for smaller jobs. C & V Concretors was established in 2000, with Con bringing a wealth of experience to the table. “I’ve been in the industry since 1981. The company has been growing fast since it was established.”

“The safety criterion on this development was very advanced and more demanding, which we applied accordingly,” C & V Concretors’ Owner, Con Pizanias said. The company employed around 50 staff onsite comprised of concretors, steel fixers, an excavation crew and formworkers. A feature of the job was the use of a new product, a Densi-Proof membrane which helped the concrete to cure and harden. “It was expensive but it worked very well,” Con said.

“We began with housing slabs and driveways and then moved onto the large-scale jobs. We do a lot of work for the Defence Department and in civil construction generally,” Con said.

C & V Concretors began work on the Palmerston Regional Hospital in January 2015 and completed its contract early this year;

“We emphasise quality in everything we do and we understand the environment in which we work. Safety is our priority. We also employ the right amount of personnel on our jobs. We don’t cut corners and we do what we need to do to get the job done. The weather in the NT is often against us, so we will start work at 3am when it’s cool to avoid the heat. We work quickly and all our people are focused on getting the concreting right.” Current jobs for C & V Concretors include working with construction company Sunbuild on commercial projects in Darwin, and with Lendlease on Defence projects such as the Traffic Control Tower at the RAAF base in Darwin. “We work in Darwin and also across the Northern Territory,” Con said. For more information contact C & V Concretors, 31 Hazell Court, Coconut Grove NT 0810, phone 08 8985 5748, email


Excelling in joinery For 4 Kitchens, the success of the Palmerston Regional Hospital development relied on strong coordination between trades. “As this was a hospital development, you have to make absolutely sure that everything is being constructed and installed with precision,” 4 Kitchens Owner, Mario Tsirbas said. 4 Kitchens supplied and installed all the joinery on the project as well as stainless steel benches. Joinery and related products were required for staff stations, receptions and the ward areas. “It is a large scale project,” Mario said. The company began work in May 2017 and expected to finish in September/October 2017. “4 Kitchens was well placed to deliver for our clients. We understand the scope of works and what needs to be delivered for a project of this type. For a hospital development, the risks are too great if you get it wrong,” Mario said. All the joinery was manufactured by 4 Kitchens and subcontractors were employed to assist with product manufacture where needed. “Coordination is our strength. The logistics of supply and installation on these large scale projects are critical. You need to get the right materials to site on time,” he said. 4 Kitchens specialises in large scale commercial developments and has worked extensively on fitouts for medical and government facilities. The company also has a focus on the kitchen and home renovation market. The company was established in 2009 and has grown strongly since then, doubling in size each year to become the largest manufacturer WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of joinery in the Northern Territory. Employing 28 staff, 4 Kitchens had around 18 crew on the Palmerston development at its peak. Current projects include joinery for the Catholic Primary School in Zuccoli, and it has just finished work on the Akoya Apartments, also in Darwin. 4 Kitchens works across the Northern Territory and also sends products to Adelaide, Sydney and Broome, with installation networks in other capital cities. “Our strength is that we never let our clients down. We focus on delivering what we say we are going to deliver, on time and to budget, with a minimum of fuss,” Mario said. For more information contact 4 Kitchens, 39 Winnellie Road, Winnellie NT 0820, phone 1300 454 824, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE Palmerston Regional Hospital 205

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ACCESS COVERS Access Covers Australia Page 94 | 03 9335 5355

ACCESS EQUIPMENT CUBIS Systems Page 99 | 1800 065 356

ACCOMMODATION Milano Serviced Apartments Page 2 | 1300 223 636

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Skyview Aerial Photography Page 8 | 0431 931 910

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TOGA Page 156 | 02 9356 1000

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DOORS & WINDOWS Precise Windows & Doors Page 144 | 02 9756 5882

Tasmanian Fire Doors Page 66 | 03 6424 7666

Trinity Windows Page 128 | 02 9631 5577

FIRE SAFETY (ALL FIRE PRODUCTS & SERVICES) Beyond Fire Page 164 | 02 9948 3803

Firequip Page 46 | 02 9638 1300

GN Consulting Page 37 | 02 9874 9488

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DSI Underground Page 60 | 02 4948 9099

Marques Group Page 61 | 02 9755 1811

Mela Bar Chairs Page 60 | 0418 461 584

O'Connells Agencies Page 62 | 07 3810 2700

Sureform Systems Page 48 | 03 9357 9686

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Doka Formwork Australia Page 22 | 02 8796 0500

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GLASS & GLAZING Viridian Glass Page 30 | 1800 810 403

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS & COUNCILS Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Logistics Northern Territory Government Page 196 | 08 8929 4633

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INTERIOR DESIGN Sunny Interiors Pty Ltd Page 158 | 02 8878 9563

INTERIOR FITOUTS Prosam Building Services Page 45 | 0400 922 502

Quadric Page 73 | 07 3275 0000

Page 138 | 02 9897 1772

MODULAR BUILDINGS Interpod Page 125 | 1300 00 PODS

PAINTING Golden Eagle Painting Pty Ltd

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MP Roofing Page 156 | 02 9570 9751

PILING & FOUNDATIONS Australian Piling Group

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SIGNAGE Signcraft Pty Ltd

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PLANT HIRE Fleet Plant Hire


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POOLS Aloha Pools

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National Tiles Page 186| 07 3273 0333

Rak Ceramics Page 122 | 1300 CERAMIC

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SAFETY SYSTEMS & MANAGEMENT Classic Architectural Group

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