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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NIGHT OF NIGHTS – AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Save the date and prepare to be inspired as the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia prepare to announce the best of the best in construction. The prestigious Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) presentation event is back and promises to be bigger and better with both the 2020 and 2021 winners to be announced in Melbourne on 26 August 2021. Now in its 24th year, the ACAA recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements and expertise of the construction industry in setting new benchmarks for design, innovation, financial and operational deliverability, environmental and sustainability. Importantly, the ACAA recognises more than just projects. It acknowledges an unwavering commitment to safety and a truly collaborative culture where problems are shared and overcome together. It is about the professionals, the manufacturers and suppliers of products and materials and the workers who contribute to the finished project, and the way in which they go about their tasks. It is about a sustainable construction industry where all players thrive. Since the inception of the award, the quality of projects selected as finalists has continued

to inspire audiences around the world. This year’s finalists are no exception. 10 of the nation’s best projects competing for the award include: 2020 finalists: • Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project – CTD Alliance • Clarence Correctional Centre – John Holland • Darlington Upgrade Project – Gateway South • New Museum of WA – Multiplex Constructions • Newcastle Light Rail Fixed Instructure – Downer EDI Works • Sydney Metro Northwest – Northwest Rapid Transit

2021 finalists: • Australia 108-Melbourne – Multiplex Constructions • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway – Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture • Pacific Highway Upgrade – Woolgoolga to Ballina Section 2A – ACCIONA • Zero Cost Energy Future – Enerven An award of this value could not proceed without the valued support of major industry partners including Caterpillar, Cbus, Holcim, InfraBuild and Oracle Construction and Engineering. All are significant contributors to the Australian construction industry. Tickets to the presentation event can be booked at

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LOW CARBON CONCRETE SLATED FOR UPLIFT AFTER CEFC SUPPORT IN INDUSTRIAL DEAL The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has dipped its toes into low carbon building materials by committing $95 million towards a carbon neutral Perth logistics and industrial facility that will be built with Boral’s low carbon concrete. The work on the 56-hectare Roe Highway Logistics Park is the work of a consortium led by Hesperia and its development partners Fiveight and Gibb Group. The green bank’s foray into embodied carbon will include the construction of at least five new warehouses from low carbon materials. Numbers crunched by Edge Environment have shown that the low carbon concrete alone will save 42% of emissions compared to traditional concrete. According to Hesperia Managing Director Ben Lisle, Boral’s product is much lower in emissions than traditional concrete because it replaces Portland cement, which is emissions intensive due to the chemical process of limestone calcination, with industrial fly-ash and recycled aggregates. CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth expects the project to influence supply chains in the construction industry, potentially helping to kickstart Australia’s uptake of low carbon materials. “This offers a new pathway to cut emissions from the supply chain, known as scope three emissions, and provides a world-leading example of low carbon options for the industry.” A lack of demand for building manufacturer’s low carbon products has been flagged as one of the reasons uptake of these materials has been slow in Australia, as has the reluctance of customers to pay more for these products. The building and construction industry’s unwillingness to take risks on a new material has also been identified as a barrier.

Other sustainability features As well as the low carbon concrete, around 2MW of solar PV will be installed across the site’s warehouses to generate clean energy for tenants. The solar system will be accompanied with smart inverters, smart metering, power factor correction and voltage control. Other sustainability initiatives include: • Onsite water recycling • Storm water management systems • Low energy lighting • Double glazing • High performance insulation • Native trees planted across the estate Hesperia’s ambitions on climate action According to Mr Lisle, attracting environmentally-conscious tenants is a key driver for pursuing carbon neutral warehouse facilities. “Roe Highway Logistics Park is both setting a new standard for sustainability and meeting the needs of many companies for initiatives that align with their overall values and long term commitment to the environment,” he said. He also told The Fifth Estate that his company has been compelled to act on climate change in recognition that the property sector is responsible for around 30-40% of GHG emissions globally. The business offset its operational emissions to become climate neutral last year and is now aspiring to deliver carbon neutral projects only. While offsets will be part of these projects, Mr Lisle is committed to driving down building emissions first. This goal is not only targeted at the Western Australian developer’s industrial and logistics facilities, where it has a strong presence, but its residential, retail, hospitality and commercial projects as well.

comment Neil Scales Director-General Department of Transport and Main Roads

CONTRIBUTING TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY As we continue to build our nation’s future, sustainability is a crucial consideration. While the concept of sustainable infrastructure is nothing new, now more than ever there is a significant shift in focus towards the use of recycled materials in construction projects. To create more resilient and sustainable transport systems, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is researching and integrating innovative technologies wherever we can into building and maintaining Queensland’s road network. Our current specifications allow contractors to choose from a variety of recycled materials during construction, such as glass, tyres, reclaimed asphalt, and construction and demolition waste. In efforts to support and contribute to the construction industry, TMR developed a Technical Note that provides guidance on how recycled materials can be used to improve sustainability outcomes in infrastructure projects. A waste calculator has also been created to determine how waste can be reduced or recycled in our projects. Already we are seeing the impact. TMR has estimated that in the past six years more than 1.1 million tyres have been saved from landfill by using them as crumb rubber in sprayed seals. We have also seen through re-using construction and demolition waste in our road bases we can save up to 8,000 tonnes of landfill waste for every kilometre of road built. It is a priority for TMR to continue working with the construction industry to reduce landfill, contribute to a circular economy, and reduce emissions while also delivering cost savings and improved network performance. I invite discussion, feedback and collaboration from industry partners in this space – it is conversation Australia can’t afford not to have.

Ben Lisle, Managing Director Hesperia



comment Paul Craig CEO Savills Australia and New Zealand

OFFICE SECTOR REMAINING RESILIENT The Australian Industrial and Logistics sector is expected to remain 2022’s dominant asset class; however, the office sector has proven to be resilient as capital values have sharpened in the last 12 months, a result of how Australia is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which ultimately increased investor confidence in the office sector. This year’s sale of Brisbane’s ‛Gold Tower’ at 10 Eagle Street for $285m highlights the continued investor confidence in core real estate investments across Australia. The sale was transacted by Savills and marks the largest office asset sale in the Brisbane CBD this financial year. The performance of the office sector was further highlighted by the sale of a 33% interest in 1 Bligh Street, Sydney to Mercatus in their first direct property acquisition, a transaction also negotiated by Savills during the pandemic. The demand for core office stock has continued into 2021 with Savills being appointed to sell a 50% share in 200 George Street Sydney. The campaign saw strong involvement from offshore investors who are optimistic in Australian office fundamentals and see relative global value in core office cap rates, in comparison to other developed cities. With a significant spread between property yields and 10 year bonds, and the cost of debt being at historical low levels, an argument is presented for further cap rate compression for core, defensively positioned office assets now and in 2022.

AM ALPHA ACQUIRES LANDMARK LOGISTICS PROPERTY IN ADELAIDE AM alpha, a Munich-based family office has successfully completed the largest industrial transaction to date in South Australia for 2021. Realmont Property Partners (Realmont), an independent boutique real estate investment management group, introduced the asset to AM alpha and will provide ongoing local management support. The acquisition from SCT Logistics (SCT) of the fully leased Treasury Wine Estate Intermodal Facility at 123-145 Pellew Road, Penfield SA for $98 million represents an equated market yield of 5.1%. The deal was negotiated off market by Ryan Mills and Rino Carpinelli of Savills Australia on behalf of SCT. The modern property is approximately 28km north of the Adelaide CBD and comprises a purpose-built temperature-controlled and ambient distribution facility together with further development land. The property has an area of approximately 45,000sqm on a site of 10.95 hectares and is fully leased to ASX listed tenant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) with a WALE of around 9.5 years. The facility is a domestic and international distribution centre with immediate access through the SCT Penfield Rail Freight Centre to the rail freight line providing direct access to Port Adelaide and further to Melbourne, Perth and Darwin. According to Ryan Mills, Associate Director, Capital Transactions at Savills Australia, SCT Logistics Penfield Rail Freight Centre is strategically located in Penfield to the North of Adelaide adjacent


“Within a short space of time, it has become one of Australia’s busiest rail hubs. The site acts as a centre for freight consolidation and distribution, making it an attractive location for organisations as an anchor point into northern Adelaide, the surrounding region, the interstate rail network and with direct access to Port Adelaide” he said. According to Rino Carpinelli, Managing Director – SA at Savills Australia, this is just one of a number of off market Industrial transactions that Savills has been working on this year. “The South Australian Industrial sector has been a hive of activity during the last 12 months with strong interest in securely leased industrial investment opportunities. The growing tenant demand for quality logistics assets and no stamp duty on commercial transactions will continue to strengthen investment in the Adelaide market.”

BRIDGE INSTALLED IN LESS THAN 8 HOURS As part of the ongoing construction of the Parramatta Light Rail project, Sarens has carried and installed a 1,425 tonne steel bridge arch across James Ruse Drive in Rosehill, Sydney. The bridge was mobilized for its transport from the production site before being lifted and placed onto steel arch bearings, making it the second largest in New South Wales. When fully operational, it will serve as a light rail flyover as well as pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Sarens was hired by Parramatta to install the elevators as part of the project. S&L Steel provided the bridge with the steel materials. Minhaj Rizvi, Sarens Project Manager, noted that a small crew of six employees was able to


to the ARTC Adelaide to Port Augusta mainline and has seen significant growth since inception.

complete the bridge installation in record time. “Working within tight deadlines to mobilise, assemble, and install all of the elements was a challenge, but our design knowledge helped our engineering team to prevent any delays and be incredibly efficient,” Rizvi added. The light rail will connect numerous significant destinations between Westmead and Carlingford and is projected to be fully operational in 2023. The bridge’s materials weighted 1,425 tonnes and was 64m in length. The bridge was raised to a height of 11.7m using Sarens cranes. Belgium supplied the towers, bracings, modular lifting beams, and strand jacks, and the onsite team required four welders.

MHIAA ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THEIR VIRTUAL SHOWROOM Dedicated to bringing the best products to customers, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) is excited to announce launch of their Virtual Showroom Innovation Park. With Virtual Innovation Park, MHIAA is delving into the online space to offer a new and intuitive way for customers to get up close and personal with the latest product ranges, technical information, features and functions. Virtual Innovation Park allows users to customise their experience, granting them access to information in a user driven way. Customers will be able to experience the latest product offerings from small residential solutions right through to large commercial solutions. Managing Director for MHIAA Mr. Yuji Ito highlights that each experience and interaction with the showroom can be driven by the user and offer them the chance to find out more about our product offerings. “With Virtual Innovation Park we wanted to give all our customers and users the chance to get up close with our products anywhere at any time. Through this tool, customers can not only explore our product range but they will also be provided with up to date product images and key features and functions on each product,” Mr Yuji Ito, Managing Director MHIAA. For consumers and customers alike, this tool is not only capable with providing them with

access to new information but also gives them the opportunity to experience new features including WI-FI technology and its integration in the SMART Home. “At MHIAA we recognise the importance of moving towards the SMART Home and developing ways that our products can be integrated into these homes. Through Virtual Innovation Park, users will have the opportunity to experience firsthand how our WI-FI system works with Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Customers can select from prebuilt commands that would be standard across all systems and see exactly how these commands would be used to operate your unit.” Mr Yuji Ito. With Virtual Innovation Park, MHIAA is demonstrating its commitment to consumers around Australia and New Zealand by offering them new and improved ways to engage and interact with their product range. The site also offers users the chance to find out more information through enquiries or brochures and gives them the chance to request a quote for any selected unit. “Today, manufacturers realise how engaged consumers are before making a purchase, particularly one that is an investment for their home. At MHIAA we are continually looking for ways that we can support our customers and offer them the best forms of engagement with our product range. Virtual Innovation Park for us is the next step in continuing to evolve our customer services and experiences.”

comment Damian Kelliher CEO Decmil

CONTRIBUTING TO RECONCILIATION With construction employing 8.9% of the total Australian workforce, it is important for our industry to recognise the significant contribution we can make to achieving national reconciliation in our country, and the importance of focusing on Aboriginal employment and participation within our industry. With our industry facing a potential labour shortage, it is a great time to encourage First Nations people to consider a career in construction, and then to provide them with the support and knowledge they need to succeed, in turn providing a stable, local workforce. Investing in education and initiatives that increase the employment prospects of young Aboriginal people is key, and we support The Clontarf Foundation and other similar organisations. Workforce diversity provides a richness of ideas, improved solutions and improved decision making, and companies that practice diversity have better results. Significant investment in direct engagement with the local communities in the locality of our projects has enabled us to increase participation greatly. On our current Albany Ring Road Project in Western Australia, 17% of our overall construction workforce is Aboriginal. Through our relationship with Supply Nation and exploring Aboriginal Business Directories, we have increased our current Aboriginal suppliers and subcontractors list by 56% and we focus on awarding work packages to Aboriginal subcontractors where possible. We are pursuing nationwide agreements such as Aboriginal company Waddi Springs that supplies goods for our project site offices around Australia. I believe that to drive the success of Decmil’s Reconciliation Action Plan, the leaders within our organisation and our employees, together with our clients and business partners, need to be united on our reconciliation journey to combine efforts to achieve project goals and make a positive change for First Nations people.



comment TREMCO CPG AND USL GROUP ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION IN ASIA PACIFIC Sumit Oberoi Industry Strategy Manager Autodesk Construction Solutions

MEETING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS Design and construction information management standard ISO 19650, a high-level flexible framework that can be adapted to projects of a wide range of scale and complexity, is now a requirement across international markets. The ISO 19650 standard is great for the construction and design industries because it clearly defines information requirements at the inception of each project. This provides the clarity and certainty all parties involved need to direct their efforts effectively with minimum confusion, cost and time overruns, rework, waste or conflict. It also provides clients with clarity on whether their requirements have been satisfactorily met. Standardisation across the construction industry allows teams to build more efficiently and create stronger collaboration among project and company stakeholders. ISO 19650 was introduced to ensure firms meet specific requirements, including standard naming conventions often defined by each country, and calls for project data to be stored and managed in certain ways. The uniformity helps teams streamline processes, become more efficient and create a safer, more secure and more predictable approach to data governance. Autodesk has recently announced that ISO 19650 workflow compliance support is now available in Autodesk Construction Cloud. This is supporting the industry by providing new workflows that offer a robust set of tools to define a structured and standardised process for publishing, sharing and storing project information using Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Collaborate Pro, Autodesk Takeoff and Autodesk Docs. Designed and developed in close collaboration with Autodesk customers, new workflows within Autodesk Construction Cloud empower teams to efficiently configure, organise and distribute documents across the project lifecycle to support ISO 19650 requirements. 10


On 1st June 2021, Tremco Construction Products Group (CPG) Asia Pacific (APAC), already home to nine distinguished construction brands across different product offerings, began supplying USL Group brands in the Asia Pacific region. The USL portfolio will be integrated into Tremco CPG for the Asia Pacific region under the leadership of Dr. Abu Saleh Mohammod, business development director of the Infrastructure segment, who will drive the growth of complimentary USL Group product brands including solutions from Matacryl, Pitchmastic PmB, Nufins, PDS and Prime Resins. The route-to-market collaboration will see USL Group’s range of bridge deck waterproofing, drainage, movement control technologies and construction chemicals marketed by Tremco CPG APAC, effectively solidifying Tremco CPG’s position as a one-stop solution provider of construction products. “This partnership offers significant value to our customers and stakeholders and unlocks new business opportunities for Tremco CPG

APAC, especially within the infrastructure sector,” explained Saleh. USL Group is a leader in the structural protection and movement control construction landscape. Established in 1981, USL Group manufactures, supplies, and installs a wide range of specialist construction products across the globe. USL Group’s expertise in infrastructure and civil engineering, coupled with its strong presence in distribution channels and innovative specialty coatings, allow them to deliver superior and efficient engineering solutions. The addition of USL Group brand’s diverse and high-quality range of products is timely, and the newly formed symbiotic relationship will strengthen the expansion of the infrastructure segment while complementing Tremco CPG’s singular streamlined approach for architects, developers, and contractors. “Together, our powerhouse of brands and strategic technologies will cover many aspects of a construction project, so we look forward to this exciting new chapter ahead of us as we build a joint successful future.”

LENDLEASE’S SECOND GREEN BOND ALSO OVERSUBSCRIBED Australian property company Lendlease has followed up its first oversubscribed green bond with a second. The new $300 million 10 year fixed rate green bond will help fund green building projects, such as Sydney’s Barangaroo, the UK’s International Quarter London and Chicago’s Southbank. As well as reducing the carbon emissions in buildings, the company has flagged the use of low impact materials as a factor in its eligible projects. Health and wellbeing benefits are also considered important in its green building projects. According to the company, the combination of the new $300 million bond, which pays a coupon of 3.7%, and last year’s $500 million bond will make the company the largest non-bank ASX issuer of green bonds. Lendlease has committed to becoming a ‛1.5°C aligned company’. It has two carbon targets –

net zero carbon by 2025 and ‛absolute’ zero carbon by 2040. It’s also committed to the creation of $250 million of measured social value by 2025. Barangaroo South

comment THE START OF A NEW SUSTAINABILITY SPRINT By Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Behind Brisbane’s ‛irresistible’ bid for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics is a secret weapon: a legacy of hosting green games and a truly authentic vision for a sustainable future. The Green Star rating system is embedded into Brisbane’s bid with a promise that all new vertical infrastructure and significant upgrades will target 6 Star Green Star. This commitment alone is worthy of stadium-sized standing ovation! IOC President Thomas Bach has said Brisbane impressed with a “clear vision for a sustainable and feasible Olympic Games”. Cities invest billions in sporting infrastructure that they hope will last a lifetime, but what often gets left behind is not a pretty picture: deserted venues and dilapidated villages ready for demolition. But Australia has a different story – one that stretches back to before the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when a group of green building pioneers set their sights on sustainability. Sydney was a laboratory for green design and construction with world firsts for solar arrays, water recycling and waste management. The Olympics catalysed entire industries around sustainability, as suppliers along the supply chain started thinking differently about their products, services and designs. After the Games were over, Australia’s builders, designers and developers had positive proof that they could deliver sustainability at scale. But they also had a big challenge ahead: how would we measure best practice and separate green from greenwash? The idea for the Green Building Council of Australia was born, and with it Green Star.

Since then, we have rewarded game changing sporting infrastructure with Green Star ratings, like the La Trobe Sports Stadium in Melbourne and Scarborough Beach Pool in Perth. The 4 Star-rated Gold Coast Commonwealth Games athletes’ village was transformed into a build-to-rent apartment precinct in recognition of its enduring appeal as a sustainable asset. And 20 years after the Green Games, Sydney Olympic Park achieved a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating – an acknowledgement of the ground-breaking work that laid the foundation for a sustainable future and two decades finding ways to be even better. Olympics venues are the jewel in the crown of social infrastructure, but there are also innumerable schools and hospitals, museums and libraries being built around Australia that could be influenced by Green Star. We now have a strong case yet for sustainable social infrastructure, including a 20% saving in energy efficiency and a 4.3% premium in asset value. Olympics leave legacies that echo for generations. But, as we know from our experience with Sydney, they can also shape values long before a brick is laid, or a sod is turned. We can expand our industry’s sustainability skills and amplify the Games’ impact by committing to Green Star on all new projects. We are standing on the starters blocks as new era for sustainable social infrastructure awaits. The Green Building Council of Australia is ready for the starter pistol to fire and we’ll be off at a sprint.

CONSTRUCTON TO START ON NEXT STAGE OF SYDNEY LIGHT RAIL Funding of $50 million has been allocated for the start of work on the next stage of a light rail network serving the western suburbs of Sydney in Australia.

The funding will go towards planning, utilities and geotechnical investigations, as well as to progress the development of the project’s environmental impact statement.

The government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced that its upcoming 2021-22 budget will commit money for the planning and development of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2.

Major construction of the $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 is under way, connecting Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is expected to begin operations in 2023.

Mick Boyle Founder and Executive Chairman Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure

REACHING NET ZERO OPERATIONAL CARBON EMISSIONS In March 2021 Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, one of the largest Australian owned infrastructure contractors, announced its ambition of reaching Net Zero operational carbon emissions by 2035. A long term advocate of a just and planned transition from fossil fuel based energy to renewables, Abergeldie has not only been researching ways to reduce its carbon footprint on infrastructure projects it has also adapted its world leading blind boring capability for hydrogen and renewable energy storage. Abergeldie launched Abergeldie Energy in December 2020 to provide renewable energy storage and grid stabilisation using the Abergeldie regenerative shaft system which is based around lifting and dropping heavy weights suspended in deep shafts drilled with the Abergeldie blind boring method. Abergeldie Energy has also invested significantly in Ardent Underground which provides economical and safe underground hydrogen gas storage tanks and hydrogen storage solutions. Baseload renewable energy technology is available in Australia. Forward thinking industry leaders from manufacturing, retail, construction, and agriculture are all working to help Australia make the inevitable green energy transition required, not just because it means creating a cleaner environment for future generations, but because it will provide a cheaper and more secure energy supply. With a well planned transition from fossil fuel based energy to renewables Australia has the potential to produce the most cost effective energy in the world and become both a high value manufacturing exporter and renewable energy exporter. Abergeldie is excited to be part of the journey to make a more prosperous Australia while addressing climate change.



comment Trent McCreanor Regional Director APAC – Assignar

INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRACTORS DEEP IN A PRODUCTIVITY CRISIS A report by KPMG, Climbing the Curve, found that 69% of owners say poor contractor performance is the biggest reason for project underperformance. Unsurprisingly, large projects often take 20% longer to finish than scheduled and exceed budgets by up to 80%. The skilled labor shortage, rising equipment /material costs, competitive landscape, and tightening compliance has driven complexity in construction operations. Consequently minimising margins and costing the industry billions each year. As self-perform and subcontractors take on over 90% of work on projects their businesses are hit hardest by the productivity crisis. Despite this grave situation contractors continue to be adverse to technology adoption. Technology can enable timely data collection, communication, and decision-making, yet nearly 50% of contractors report spending 1% or less on technology annually. Simultaneously, 45% of contractors report spending more time than expected on non-optimal activities such as looking for project information, conflict resolution, and dealing with mistakes and rework. The time wasted on these activities is often due to paper based, manual processes. To combat the challenges of the productivity crisis, contractors are moving towards digital solutions to maximise their resources, protect their business from claims and get paid faster. In this highly competitive market, technology is giving contractors an edge in their tenders, from GPS tracking, field data collection and depth reporting. Businesses need to get ahead of the pack and start reaping the rewards of adopting technology today.

ANDREW REID DEVELOPS EMEA DIVISION APPOINTING NEW COMMERCIAL LEAD Specialist commissioning, design and diagnostic consultancy appoints Commercial Lead Prosper Magaya, as the company continues its growth plans HDR | Andrew Reid is expanding its team with the addition of Prosper Magaya in the position of Commercial Lead, EMEA. The company’s commissioning and building engineering services businesses have grown exponentially throughout EMEA by securing major accounts and projects including financial headquarters, commercial offices, mixed use schemes and data centres. Prosper brings a wealth of experience to his position at HDR from his time in Consultancy and Contracting. He is an accomplished operational and commercial business operator. In alignment with the Group’s strategic initiatives, Prosper will lead the exercise in supporting HDR | Andrew Reid’s operational team commercially, whilst contributing to the firm’s continued growth plans into new sectors and territories. On news of Prosper’s appointment, Steve Hawkins, Managing Director, Commissioning, EMEA, said: “I am delighted to welcome Prosper to the team. Prosper has extensive

experience in construction and building services and comes with a successful track record for leading commercial and operational teams in rapidly growing businesses at an international level, which is exactly the type of experience the business currently needs to support its strategic initiatives.” Andrew Reid, HDR

Prosper has an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from Kings College London, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Greenwich. He also holds professional affiliations with The Chartered Institute of Arbitration (MCIArb) and The Society of Construction Law (SCL.)

SYDNEY RAIL LINE PICKED UP AND MOVED IN 48 HOURS The section of track between Chatswood and Artemon on the northbound side of the 130 year old Sydney Trains T1 North Shore Line was cut and moved to connect with new tracks 20m to the west. The move was necessary to enable the new Sydney Metro line to be extended from the city’s north west into the CBD and beyond to Bankstown in the south-west. It needed to be done because the existing track, which was built in 1890, had been effectively blocking the new metro in the city-bound direction.

All up, 250 workers were involved in the operation which took 48 hours to complete. The workers had to cut, slew and join the existing suburban line with almost 900m of new track and about 2.5km of overhead wiring. Transport Minister Andrew Constance applauded efforts of all involved. “We’ve essentially picked up and moved one of Sydney’s oldest and busiest railway lines, which was an amazing feat of engineering and required incredibly hard work from the 250 local workers involved,” he said. The works were completed as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, which will deliver a new dedicated metro service with new trains from Chatswood just north of the CBD through to Bankstown in the south-west under Sydney Harbour and via the CBD. It is being delivered in two sections.




comment Laurie Aznavoorian Leader, Strategy & Research Bates Smart


Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind continue to be the cheapest sources of new electricity generation capacity in Australia, even when the integration costs of renewables are included, according to the final 2020-21 GenCost Report, released [8 June 2021]. Each year Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) consult with industry stakeholders to estimate the cost to generate electricity for new power plants in Australia through their GenCost report. This year’s report used a new, more accurate approach for analysing the cost of renewables like solar and wind, to include additional ‘integration’ costs such as storage and new transmission infrastructure, and still found solar and wind continue to be the cheapest sources of new-build electricity generation. CSIRO Chief Energy Economist Paul Graham said an early draft of the report, released to stakeholders in December 2020, had been improved to reflect feedback about the impact of weather variability on driving up these integration costs. “The final report addresses this feedback: our analysis of renewable integration costs now includes greater recognition of this year to year weather variability and the impact it has on electricity demand and supply,” Mr Graham said. “We took the integration costs from the highest of nine historical weather years.”

Stakeholders asked that the analysis recognise batteries are achieving longer lives before they need to be replaced and costing less, meaning the costs of storage from batteries is lower than previously thought. This report concludes that: • Solar and wind continue to be the cheapest sources of new-build electricity. • Battery costs fell the most in 2020-21 compared to any other generation or storage technology and are projected to continue to fall. Lower battery storage costs underpin the long-term competitiveness of renewables. • Pumped hydro is also important and is more competitive when longer durations of storage (above eight hours) are required. • The new approach is a model of the electricity system that optimises the amount of storage needed, and also includes additional transmission expenditure. • Previous reports added arbitrary amounts of storage costs and did not include transmission or other costs. This report includes hydrogen electrolysers for the first time and finds that hydrogen is following a similar trajectory to more established renewables.

Many attribute Covid as the catalyst for changes being considered in commercial office towers, but these ideas are not new, they simply have received more traction in the wake of the pandemic. For context Bates Smart had seven commercial office projects on board prior to early 2020 when the pandemic hit and started two projects after it began. The following are three significant changes we’ve observed and why they are important. 1. The boundaries between public and private continue to erode with ground floors being allocated, or having the provision to be allocated, to public use on weekends or after hours. This is a move to maintain vibrancy in cities, reconnect to community and a means to earn the commute for employees who now only want to come to the office three – four days a week. 2. Podiums are expanding vertically, and security lines are shifting. Bases of towers are being reimagined as public or semi-private zones containing specialised environments. Tenants enjoy access without excess baggage, sometimes shrinking their own tenancy. In the short term it’s a virus bubble, in the long term it’s a way to encourage community building and cross business interaction. 3. Access to fresh air and daylight are now considered inalienable rights, the pandemic planted the notion we should have such attributes in our workplaces without needing to travel. Outdoor terraces and mixed mode workplaces linked to BMS are rapidly becoming a feature on every floor, with improved mechanical systems finishing the job.

With increased interest in global deployment, and many demonstration projects worldwide, substantial cost reductions in hydrogen technologies are expected over the next decades. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS




Rebecca Pickering CEO and Executive Director Civil Apprenticeships and Careers Ltd CCF SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CIVIL INDUSTRY WORKFORCE AND APPRENTICESHIPS We need only look around our projects and workforce to appreciate youth is poorly represented. Of all South Australian construction workers our Civil Industry has the highest number of workers over 50 years of age, a massive 1/3 of our workforce. Up until now, youth have overlooked our industry as we had no Apprenticeship pathways. Many schools and the community were also unaware of our industry – who we are, the work we undertake and its significance. To further compound our aging workforce concerns our replenishment ratio is one of the lowest rates across the construction industry at 1.3%. There are not enough newly qualified Civil Tradespeople to replace those retiring or leaving the industry, with predictions this skill replacement gap will continue to increase according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates based on 2019 apprenticeship completions. A strong supply of apprentices is essential as it brings to industry quality training and outcomes, improved industry image and greater industry participant applications. CACL and other industry representatives, attend schools and promote themselves regularly as ‘industries of choice and of the future’. Unless that can be matched by growing apprenticeship opportunities within the industry, our numbers will not grow. In South Australia we now have two newly declared trades/apprenticeships for our industry, a number of entry level apprentices employed, and more Host seeking apprentices. We have started addressing our aging workforce issues. We now need industry to embrace more apprentices and enable our aging workforce to pass on their craft. Critically and equally important, industry needs work. CCF SA will continue its advocacy for a strong pipeline of projects to facilitate the process and boost business confidence. 14


The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) are pleased to announce the release of a new NCC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) online course that provides guidance and understanding of the NCC requirements and associated design principles for fire safety. The development of fire safety regulations of the built environment to minimise the impact of fire is an evolving process. This means practitioners need to regularly maintain and refresh their knowledge of the National Construction Code (NCC) fire safety provisions so they can stay-up-to date with change and innovation.

Report (BCR). Fire safety was one of the key motivating factors behind the Building Ministers commissioning the BCR to examine ongoing issues with defects, non-compliance and barriers to innovation.

This new Fire Safety course is primarily targeted at design practitioners, however, it may also be relevant to other practitioners using the NCC and working with fire related matters. It has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects as Formal CPD through its Refuel CPD Program.

The two hour course aims to help practitioners feel confident in designing innovative buildings, and demonstrate to clients and colleagues that their talents are backed by appropriate learning and credentials. This course helps practitioners have a thorough understanding of how their work must address both active and passive requirements.

NCC CPD forms part of the Australian Building Codes Board’s response to the Shergold and Weir Building Confidence

One of the foundational principles of the NCC fire safety provisions is to ensure that occupants can safely exit the building in the event of a fire. The course content explains the key factors that contribute to achieving this, such as protection from heat and smoke, risks to the integrity of the building and requirements for structure and materials.

To find out more about the Fire Safety course, visit the NCC CPD website.

GOLDEN AGE’S $190 MILLION COMMERCIAL BUILDING TO COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION Golden Age Group will officially commence construction on its $190 million state-ofthe-art boutique commercial office building on Little Collins Street, signifying one of the largest strata office builds to commence construction since the pandemic started in 2020.

sold since its launch late last year. Over a two to three year period the project will create 343 jobs, including around 300 within the construction phase, with Golden Age appointing ProBuild as the builder following the successful completion of its Sky Garden project in Glen Waverley.

The Melbourne CBD strata office market has proven resilient throughout the pandemic and has outperformed other major CBDs within the country and 130 Little Collins is a testament to this, with 50% of the project

Once complete, the project will also provide retail tenancy activation to Coromandel Place, assisting with the revitalisation and in alignment with the City of Melbourne laneway activation and greening strategies.

JACOBS THE LATEST MARKET LEADER TO JOIN EFFORTS ON DIGITAL CITY TRANSFORMATION Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) announced today that leading professional services company Jacobs had joined the peak body to support action and investment in digital solutions that advance sustainability outcomes in our cities, towns and communities. The Smart Cities Council is the world’s largest network of smart cities practitioners and policy makers, and with Jacobs now a member company, “the Council has a new partner that can bring deep knowledge and experience in shaping the most sustainable cities through smarter solutions,” said Adam Beck, SCCANZ’s Executive Director. “Jacobs has a long history of solving complex challenges for our clients. The digital transformation is enabling us to shape the next generation of smart, innovative solutions for our cities,” said Jacobs Regional Solutions Director Digital Solutions, Asia Pacific, Paul Francis. “We’re pleased to be joining the Smart Cities Council and are ready to lend our

support in advocating and shaping smarter and more connected, sustainable cities.” Jacobs shares the Smart Cities Council’s vision of cities that are liveable, workable, and sustainable. As a global leading advisor to the built and natural environment, Jacobs impact here in the Australia New Zealand region is one that continues to grow and will be fundamental in our pursuit for more sustainable growth in the coming decades. “The Smart Cities Council is working with governments around the world to help them accelerate their sustainability goals by embracing citizen-centred smart technology, data, and intelligent design. But our cities, towns and communities are diverse and under much stress,” said Beck. “That’s why we are so excited to have Jacobs experience part of our efforts to position Australia New Zealand as the global leader in smart and connected communities. The Jacobs team brings the inspiration, curiosity and innovation to deliver real value to people, planet and prosperity.”

AGGREKO ANNOUNCED RENTAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR IN THE HRIA HIRE INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS Aggreko has taken out the prestigious ‘Rental Company of the Year’ Australian hire industry award, hosted by the Hire and Rental Industry Association of Australia (HRIA). Managing Director, George Whyte, said entering the Hire Industry Excellence Awards (HIEA) and becoming a Finalist was a great result in itself, but winning was perfect timing after the year that was. Recognising outstanding achievement and industry excellence, the HIEA pay tribute to the exceptional standards of service and innovation displayed through the hire sector. In March 2021, Aggreko showcased its merit in the next stage of the HIEA process when the HRIA judges were invited to the company’s Head Office in Melbourne. During that visit, various functional teams presented to the judges to detail how the company differentiates itself from its competitors.


technology, safety and customer experience, as well as highlighting the importance of community engagement with our corporate social responsibility program known as ‘Orange Day of Difference’” Mr Whyte said. “We also communicated our diversity and inclusion strategy, including our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and our success in employing new female technical talent to our business by way of apprentices and power station operators.”

Michelle Ciesielski Partner & Head of Residential Research Knight Frank Australia

COLLECTIVE SITE SALES POST STRONGEST RESULT IN DECADE Sites sold collectively – considered those with the potential for residential development and including more than one vendor – performed strongly in 2020, accounting for 19.8% of total site sales – the largest portion captured in the past decade and rising 6.2% since 2019. In 2020, horizontal collective sites, including multiple homeowners banding together to form amalgamated residential super-lots, rose 19.4% to total $246.8 million across the major Australian cities. Although down 11.7% over this time, Sydney saw the most activity with $137.5 million worth of sites sold this way. Vertical collective sites, including owners of strata apartments and suites selling in-one-line, recorded $412.9 million across Australia. Sites sold in this manner increased 11% between 2019 and 2020. In this time, the combination of Brisbane and the Gold Coast noted the greatest share of vertical site sales from total sales, at 19.6%, whilst Greater Sydney tallied the most sales, at $337.2 million. Vertical site sales have been more dominant in Sydney following new legislation for strata schemes in late 2016 – which saw a share of 1.3% sold in 2015, rising to 19.8% in 2017. This reform provides owners of freehold strata lots in NSW with an alternative way to end their strata scheme if at least 75% of owners agree to redevelopment. Unlike Greater Sydney, Greater Perth didn’t see an immediate spike in vertical collective sales when the WA amended Act came into effect on 1 May 2020, with sales remaining low, reflecting the wider development site sales market.

“When we entered the HIEA pre-COVID, we decided to share the Aggreko story and focus on our internal digitalisation program, ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


REAL ESTATE | Off-The-Plan Yarra One 18 Claremont Street, South Yarra VIC Standing proudly above South Yarra, the 26 storey tower encompasses 247 one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments, as well as three penthouses and a wide range of innovative amenities throughout. Yarra One offers pet-friendly services, a rooftop garden (featuring sweeping views of Melbourne), a wellness precinct equipped with a gymnasium, outdoor spa, dance studio, yoga room and premium dining facilities. 1 bed - $455,000 to $605,000, 2 bed - $595,000 to $1,310,000, 3 bed - $1,315,000 to $2,285,000, Penthouse - $3,520,000 Edward Chang | 0422 861 218

Belrose 9 Ambrose Avenue, Cheltenham, VIC Cheltenham’s newest work precinct, has been expertly crafted by award-winning design team DKO, SDA and Tract Consultants. Now selling in Belrose North is a limited collection of 30 creative hi-tech units, premium offices and showroom style office warehouses all located within an architecturally refurbished 1950s red brick factory. Spaces range from 48 - 220m2 Pricing: Offices from $269,000, Hi-tech units from $475,000, Office warehouses from $734,000 Stuart Gill | 0417 322 080 Julian Vautin | 0420 406 660

130 Little Collins 130 Lt Collins Street, Melbourne VIC Premium strata offices for sale in Melbourne’s exclusive Paris End. 27 floors of flexible office spaces with luxury amenities. Flexible, column-free office floorplates ranging from 82m2 to 556m2.

Dandan Zhao | 0421 046 788

Sky Garden 235 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley VIC Situated above the newly transformed The Glen Shopping Centre, Sky Garden offers 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom residences with access world class amenities including gym, swimming pool, private dining and lounge, as well as 4,000m2 of private podium garden featuring vegetable gardens, children’s play area, outdoor fitness zone, BBQ station and more.

Sales Enquiry | 0499 688 988




VICTORIA Haven 42 Homeleigh Road, Keysborough VIC Nestled within an established residential neighbourhood, Haven is a carefully curated collection of 59 contemporary townhomes. Prices start at $642,000 for a 3 bedroom townhomes, and $748,000 for a 4 bedroom townhomes. Placed perfectly in a prominent yet secluded area, Haven sits amongst park lands and wetlands, as well as sporting and education facilities, shops, services, roads and transport, carefully planned to suit a wide variety of lifestyles with low maintenance gardens. Haven homes are situated off public roads which creates the optimal community lifestyle, giving residents their very own private neighbourhood.

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Sixth Ave 15 Sixth Avenue, Chelsea Heights VIC Sixth Ave, the latest development by Aultun Property Group, New two, three and four bedroom contemporary townhouses available at Chelsea Heights. Having just released the 5th stage for selling, prices start at $560,000 for a 2 bedroom townhomes, $675,000 for a 3 bedroom townhomes, and $825,000 for a 4 bedroom townhomes.

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Collins & Bates 72-76 Batesford Road, Chadstone VIC Collins & Bates, designed by Point Architects, represents individuality and comfort. The peaceful residence includes 1 bedroom apartments starting from $420,000 and 2 bedroom apartments starting from $520,000, with all 3 bedroom apartments now sold out. Discover the exclusive Collins & Bates residences and explore all they have to offer. 1 bedroom residence from $420,000 2 bedroom residence from $520,000 Frank Ruffo | 1300 009 238




NEW SOUTH WALES West Village 88 Church Street, Parramatta NSW Developer EcoWorld International's first ever Australian project, West Village is situated in the heart of western Sydney suburb, Parramatta. The landmark 40-level apartment tower designed by Woods Bagot offers luxury light-filled apartments with residential amenities including a rooftop viewing platform overlooking the Harbour Bridge, complete with BBQ facilities, a virtual golf room, a piano room and a sky garden. 1 bed - $550,000 to $650,000 2 bed - $750,000 to $900,000 3 bed - $1,220,000 to $1,500,000 Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm Sunday10:00am - 12:00pm (Appointment booking required)

Simon Zhong | 0433 321 298

East Sydney Collection 22-38 Yurong Street, Darlinghurst NSW Just moments away from some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks and the CBD, this bespoke development over 4 levels features 27 stunning lofts, apartments and terrace homes. A premier developer-builder, HIGA have proudly partnered with MHNDU and Lawless + Meyerson to deliver one of their finest projects to date. Under construction; completion due late 2022 Price range: $1,275,000 to $6,500,000 Colin Griffin | 0419 233 689

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

Sales Enquiry | 1800 685 598




WESTERN AUSTRALIA Rivière Residences 59 Canning Beach Road, Applecross WA Enjoying an absolute riverfront location, Rivière promises buyers a level of refined luxury that has never been seen in Perth. The popularity of this development can be attributed to its bespoke design by Hillam Architects, extraordinary level of resident amenities, and proximity to Perth CBD, public transport, freeway connections and established local conveniences. 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed apartments, sub-penthouses and 2-storey penthouses from $550,000. Hugh Peacock | 0452 177 900

Eden Floreat 1 Finishline View, Floreat WA The first stage of Edge Visionary Living’s luxury Eden Floreat development, Eden West, is complete! Overlooking Perry Lakes Reserve, Eden sets a new bench benchmark for luxury living in Perth’s prestigious Western Suburbs, offering a luxurious parkside lifestyle with resort style amenities just 3km from the beach and 7km to the CBD. 3 and 4 bed apartments, penthouses and 2-storey private residences from $995,000 Sharon Hawkins | 0405 180 279

Vantage Riversedge Apartments 60 Riversdale Road, Rivervale WA 6103 Vantage offers a resort lifestyle close to Crown Perth and Optus Stadium on the banks of the Swan River. Just 10 minutes drive to the airport and 3.5km from Perth CBD, Vantage is a popular investment for business travellers and FIFO workers, and owner occupiers who demand standout amenities and river, city and hills views. 1, 2 and 3 beds from $402,000 - $1,725,000

Hugh Peacock | 0452 177 900

Arthouse Apartments 113 Grand Boulevard, Joondalup WA Arthouse benefits from the conveniences of inner-city living in Joondalup with an enviable connection to the natural wonders of Lake Joondalup. Boasting sweeping lake, ocean and city views and a superb range of resort style amenities, Arthouse is also located minutes’ walk to public transport and Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre. 1, 2, 3 beds from $337,500 - $927,500

Todd Buckley | 0413 709 760





DARLEY ALUMINIUM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MAKING YOUR IDEAS POSSIBLE 25 years ago, in November of 1996, Darley Aluminium started as a small family owned business fabricating and installing security windows and doors from a suburban home in Sydney. The business started with four employees and has transformed during the 25 years that followed.

WHO IS DARLEY? Darley Aluminium is a distributor of aluminium extrusions and associated products that are used to fabricate aluminium window, door and framing systems for residential and commercial applications. Celebrating 25 years of service, Darley offers the following four core functions: 1. Distribution of aluminium window and door systems 2. Custom-made extrusions 3. Alucity fully glazed windows and doors 4. Residential kits

KEY BRANDS ClimateGuard – thermally broken window, door and framing systems KlassicView – residential window and door systems CityView – commercial window and door systems ScreenGuard – stainless steel mesh system HarbourView – multi-folding door system


AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS All of the systems outlined in the above, have been designed to suit Australian climatic conditions and meet Australian testing standards.



It wasn’t long before Darley expanded their capabilities which led to the need for a bigger workspace. The team moved from their home office to a spacious warehouse in Wetherill Park. The new 1,000m2 facility was able to accommodate the additional products bought in for distribution and keep up with the growing demand. By the year 2000, the team had evolved to 25 staff which included drivers and warehouse employees, however this wasn’t where the expansion ends. FULL STEAM AHEAD Fast forward to 2021 and the company has grown to become a national distributor with four branches positioned throughout Australia and employing more than 230 staff. Darley has become one of the largest distributors of aluminium extrusions in the country and provides complete systems and services for all types of residential, commercial and industrial projects. 2006 was a milestone year for Darley following the acquisition of land in Erskine Park which saw the construction of a much needed new head office. Spanning over 12,000m2, the NSW branch is now the main AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


hub for distribution and is home to the business operations. In Victoria you will find Darley’s largest distribution centre which is housed in a massive 15,000m2 building.

dedication, and support of their employees. The company’s success is also attributed to their loyal customer base, who continually provide repeat business and referrals.


Since 1996, Darley Aluminium has remained a family owned and operated business with its customers and people at the centre of what it does. The team at Darley have enjoyed developing long standing relationships with prominent builders and building materials suppliers. Since the very beginning, the aluminium extrusions have been supplied by the same overseas extrusion partner.

Darley offers a number of value added services in addition to the distribution of aluminium extrusions, which includes powder coating, light fabrication and packaging. In 2008, Darley developed a new suite of window and door systems. The CityView system for the commercial sector and the KlassicView for residential window fabricators. More recently in 2019, ClimateGuard was launched. Along with building their capabilities, Darley have established a solid and experienced team leading to the company being recognised as a trusted, and highly regarded brand.

THE FUTURE Darley are excited to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year and are looking forward to another 25 years of success. The management and staff are committed to the ongoing growth of Darley and will continue to stay at the top of their game with the latest technology and systems.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE Darley value their people. They understand that they could not have achieved the longevity and continued growth without the hard work, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Ray Kwan, National Sales Manager at Darley Aluminium said, “We started as a small family business providing aluminium extrusions to window and door fabricators.”

Over the last 25 years, the business has grown into more than just an aluminium distributor and into a full service solutions provider, offering customers everything from locally designed and tested thermally broken windows and doors, customised extrusions and fully glazed windows and doors via our partnership with Alucity Architectural Product Supply. Darley are committed to building a sustainable future by investing in developing their window and door systems, digital infrastructure and investing in their branch facilities and people. If one of the 3,000 aluminium extrusion products on offer at Darley isn’t what you need for your next building project, then the team at Darley are there to help. Darley is your one-stop-shop for all your aluminium window & door needs and can cater for small-scale fabricators to large construction companies buildings multi-level apartments. DARLEY ALUMINIUM NSW (02) 8887 2888 VIC (03) 9238 3888 QLD (07) 3287 1888 WA (08) 9437 2999









Void Free Concrete Walls.

Left to Right : 155mm (3m high), 200mm (3m high) and 275mm (5.2m high) Dincel Walls

Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) is a unique type of concrete mix that dramatically increases flow and workability without causing segregation, loss in strength or undue shrinkage. •

SCC flows under its own weight and does not require vibration to undergo compaction.

You’ll avoid the added expense of potential future rectification works to address any air voids.

Self Compacting Concrete Pre-Pour Test

Successfully testing Dincel walls with SCC resulted in solid compacted concrete within the formwork.

This was independently verified following an inspection of core holes and removal of the polymer skin.

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KEEPING IT COOL AT PAVILIONS Mitsubushi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty. Ltd. creating flexible solutions with Airzone. Pavilions by Mirvac at Sydney Olympic Park is an outstanding development of apartments, terraces and skyhomes built around a 4,500m2 green space, all delivering the exceptional design and clever craftsmanship for which Mirvac is renowned. When it came to the provision of air conditioning solutions for this high quality project, the choice was simple. It had to be Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA), widely recognised throughout the construction industry for their innovative and premium HVAC products manufactured to the highest degree of engineering excellence. MHIAA worked in conjunction with installers Twin Lakes Air and Solar on the project. Pavilions was constructed in a series of towers ranging in height from 8 to 35-levels, with a total of 696-residences ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom in size. The project has a strong focus on amenity and private open space for its residents and tenants, with the large landscaped podium situated over 4-levels of basement car parking, gym, community room, herb garden and BBQ facilities for exclusive use of its residents. The building has extensive green credentials built into its design, including solar panels and storm water management. This focus on environmentally sound solutions extended to the air conditioning brief, with a specification incorporating energy efficient heating and cooling solutions, including intelligent zoning and the capacity for a high level of control over temperature in individual rooms. In most of the apartments, this involved heating

and cooling capacity for five rooms, the living area and, where applicable, the foyer. Flexible design solutions were devised by MHIAA and Twin Lakes Air and Solar to meet site and project requirements. MHIAA’s FDUM and FDUA middle and high static pressure series of ducted systems were installed, integrated with the Airzone zoning solution. Airzone is the ideal product for developments like Pavilions as it provides the ultimate level of comfort, offering complete temperature control over each individual zone in each residence while delivering high energy efficiencies and cost savings. Airzone has top quality European engineering, designed to meet tough Australian weather conditions. The system offers three different easy to use controllers to suit varying architectural requirements and up to 10 zones can be monitored. In the case of Pavilions, the architects wanted controllers in each room rather than a master controller in the living area. This was achievable with the tailor made Airzone system. Another strong feature of Airzone is the AirzoneCLOUD app which gives residents complete control over their system, including temperature control, timers, weekly schedules and other functions from an iOS or Android device. Condensers for the ducted systems were mostly located in floor level central plant rooms with some on roof spaces and some in the basement. MHIAA’s Bronte split systems were installed in back of house areas. The Pavilions project had very tight delivery schedules as all towers were constructed

simultaneously. The large building site required careful planning of deliveries to fit in with multiple trades and their delivery requirements. The right products had to be available at the right time for the air conditioning installers so inventory had to be well managed. Highlighting one of MHIAA’s strengths was the fact that they had the entire order ready to be drawn down based on the dates specified in the construction programme, illustrating MHIAA’s understanding of large commercial project requirements. The MHIAA air conditioning systems installed at Pavilions will ensure tenants will enjoy total climate control on a year round basis, coupled with reliability and energy savings. The project marks another outstanding achievement for MHIAA which has now had 22 years of exceptional success in Australia delivering award-winning air conditioning systems of unrivalled quality and high performance for Australian climatic conditions.

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





Blackwoods, Australia’s leading industrial and safety equipment supplier, can be found on worksites across the country, assisting employers to keep their teams safe from workplace hazards. One of Blackwoods’ areas of focus is providing expertise and appropriate equipment for the management of respirable crystalline silica (RCS). A disturbing rise in the number of workers affected by RCS in mining, construction and, more recently, those who work with engineered stone, has resulted in new Safe Work Australia Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) and changes to regulatory standards for atmospheric and worker health monitoring. Blackwoods takes an integrated approach to provide solutions for their customers. The company works closely with their customers to assess and understand the specific hazards they face. Utilising the expertise and knowledge of Blackwoods’ technical safety specialists who are experienced across a range of industries including mining and construction, work practices are reviewed and tested, with recommendations made on the management of risks. Where stock is critical, particularly safety equipment, and time is limited, Blackwoods can provide streamlined solutions using smart technology to allow the better management of inventory, reducing costs, freeing up capital and improving productivity. 26


Knowledge is the key to accident and illness prevention. Workplace safety is a constantly evolving issue and Blackwoods stays abreast of the latest safety standards and safety technology so they can better inform and protect customers. With their global sourcing capability and long standing relationships with suppliers, Blackwoods can provide customers with the latest innovations and equipment for handling RCS, including respiratory protective equipment and H-class vacuum cleaners which can safely capture and contain extremely hazardous dust. The source of RCS is generally well known in industry. Crystalline silica is found in most rocks, sand and clay. It is also found in manufactured products including bricks, concrete, tiles and composite stone. Also known as quartz, crystalline silica dust is harmful when inhaled and can lead to silicosis. The respirable dust contains particles so small that they pass to the lower regions of the lung airways, the alveoli, where they are deposited. These particles are generally less than 5-7µm in diameter. Exposure to crystalline silica can lead to irreversible health effects and death from both acute and chronic exposure. The new WES limits established by Safe Work Australia halved the previous eight hour time weighted levels from 0.1mg/m3 to 0.05mg/m3. Exceeding the exposure level defines the difference AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


A disturbing rise in the number of workers affected by RCS in mining, construction and, more recently, those who work with engineered stone, has resulted in new Safe Work Australia Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) and changes to regulatory standards for atmospheric and worker health monitoring.

between a safe and unsafe workplace. However some people may suffer adverse health effects from exposure levels below 0.05mg/m3.

systems and inspections, transport chain of responsibility compliance and workplace health, safety and wellbeing.

The implications are clear for companies and businesses that manage people involved in work processes that have the potential to release RCS dust either directly or indirectly by disturbing settled materials. Examples of these activities include stone cutting, abrasive blasting, demolition of structures, drilling, grinding, sanding and jackhammering. Employers need to identify hazards, assess risks and implement practical controls to protect workers’ health and safety. Compliance is required under Commonwealth, state and territory laws, with each jurisdiction having its own processes.

Putting customers and safety first, Blackwoods ensures that their products and services meet the relevant legislative and industry based requirements and comply with recognised local and international standards. For more information contact Blackwoods, Level 4, 26 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 03 8756 8340, email construction., website Scan the code to get a copy.

Blackwoods’ unrivalled expertise and ability to bring together the best of the best makes them Australia’s first choice for industrial and safety products and services including PPE, welding and gas, power tools, hand tools, workwear and much more. Today Blackwoods supports businesses large and small with a range of over 200,000 products from the world’s best brands. Blackwoods maintains an effective quality management system, accredited to ISO 9001 and works closely with suppliers across operational areas such as regulatory compliance, sustainability, quality WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



PARK INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIALISTS For over 30 years Grillex have been trusted partners with landscape architecture, design and construction companies to provide open space solutions for their projects. With a holistic approach, we support the landscape and external works industries in creating innovative and inviting outdoor space projects with our 100% Australian made, complete park infrastructure solutions – backed by our 20 Year 100% satisfaction promise.


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EVERY ANGLE COVERED Nothing beats the breathtaking finish that stone leaves on a project, as well as the lasting impression it leaves on its visitors. Absolute Tiling & Stone (ATS) prides themselves in delivering best-in-class tiling, stone and façade finishes on illustrious projects, no matter the type or size of construction. The team at Absolute Tiling & Stone are known for their all-encompassing delivery of projects, from procurement to installation, on a plethora of Tier 1 developments on landmark sites across Australia. With capabilities that allow them to import stone from all over the world, Absolute Tiling & Stone are able to source unique products directly from overseas quarry. “We work closely with architects and clients on each stage of the project to ensure the design expectations are met. The team at Absolute Tiling & Stone understand the importance of designing and procuring the right stone to complement each individual project,” said Matteo Gotti, National Director at ATS. “Our team can offer advice and solutions throughout the entire project from the design concept, engineering and shop drawings through to procurement, local fabrication and finally, installation. We have our


very own stone factory in Sydney which enables us to produce tailored solutions that inspire and exceed expectations,” said Matteo. Some of the stand out projects that Absolute Tiling & Stone are delivering include the MLC Centre in Sydney, Parramatta Square precinct, The Greenland Centre in Bathurst Street, Ribbon Hotel and The Landmark in St Leonards. The company started in 1974 as a wholesaler and supplier to the industry and has since added a 16 year history of installation on larger commercial and residential projects. Over the years, the team have worked on countless major projects such as the ANZAC Memorial Hyde Park, Star City Casino and Sydney Airport. They continue to diversify their capabilities in response to the ever changing market demand.

For more information contact Absolute Tiling & Stone, Level 7, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9896 7727, email,



THE INTELLIGENT ZONING SOLUTION WITHOUT LIMITATIONS MHIAA’s high performance, VRF ducted air-conditioning systems combined with Airzone intelligent zoning solution delivers unrivalled climate control for your entire building. Access all of your system’s features and functions via Airzone’s intuitive controllers while easily integrating Airzone into your building’s management system for centralised monitoring and control. | 1300 138 007 30


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BRINGING DESIGN TO LIFE Sharvain Projects specialise in the integrated design and construction of remarkable façades and glazing. The team deliver innovative, elegant and cost effective outcomes that bring design visions to life. Over the years the team have been involved in many notable projects. One particular project, which produced outstanding results, was the UNSW Biosciences Building in Randwick. The development featured an integrated façade system with terracotta screens that maximise natural light and enhance the learning environment. The client wanted to create a world class learning environment with natural and fresh spaces that would inspire student learning. The modular façade system was constructed mostly from prefabricated elements, which assisted in reducing time and cost on the project. At the Commonwealth Bank building in Darling Square, the team at Sharvain Projects elegantly unified skylights, sunshades and curved glazing along with a spectacular frameless entry. The curved panels and shaped horizontal shading were integral to achieving the architect’s vision. The key feature was the operable elliptical louvres over the main building atrium glazing. These aluminium and frameless glass louvres are connected to the buildings BMS system and programmed to regulate heat gains and lighting for the atrium space. The Duo at Central Park, an urban sanctuary that hosts unique spaces to live, work and play, saw the team at Sharvain Projects seamlessly combine four different types of buildings into one spectacular façade. The external building envelope was constructed with 16 uniquely complexed façade types and 28 different glass configurations which derived from some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available to date. The Darling Exchange in Darling Harbour boasts an innovative solution that optimises the glass façade and bold wooden exterior. Sharvain Projects designed a distinctive glass façade with louvres and operable glass walls in between the building structure providing shelter from the elements while maximising thermal comfort and visual connections. On this project the team worked closely with Lendlease to devise a unique construction methodology to enable multiple trades 32

to work simultaneously to meet target delivery dates. Another UNSW project which Sharvain Projects was involved with was the Hilmer Building. The design for the building saw a variety of sunshades elegantly integrated to create a striking façade that optimises the spaces within. The integrated GRC sunshades not only look elegant but perform differently on each of the buildings elevations to improve the practicality and comfort of the internal spaces. By using sunshades in the façade Sharvain Projects eliminated the need for robust steel supports and in turn reduced construction costs. Most recently, in April 2021, they completed the façades and most of the Podium Glazing at Brookfield Place. The building is located above Wynyard station, between Carrington and George Street in Sydney. Brookfield Place provides a dynamic and diverse experience for businesspeople, commuters and shoppers in the heart of the city. And lastly, it is worth noting a very recent project, Quay Quarter Tower. This exceptional project has seen Sharvain Projects produce an amazing facade with detailed panels that have truly captured the essence of the project. The installation methodology used on this project shows the true abilities of the team. Established in 2006, Sharvain Projects has built a reputation for delivering outstanding outcomes on projects of any scale and complexity. The team work collaboratively with all parties involved to capture and enhance the core design intent. For projects with more complex geometries, the team develop detailed 3D models to ensure every element fits the design surfaces, can be constructed as required and complies with thermal and structural movement requirements. The team also integrate ‘smart façade’ features into many of their designs, using natural, renewable energy sources to meet a building’s energy needs and provide a more comfortable indoor environment. For more information contact Sharvain Projects, 1/16 Darby Street, Silverwater NSW 2264, phone 02 9698 3411, email website


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ith a proven ability to deliver the most intricate large-scale architectural façade projects, Colab Façade has earned our position as one premier façade contractors in Australia. Colab Façade has professional inhouse teams providing design, engineering, fabrication and assembling services for façade projects of all dimensions and complexity. Highlighting Colab Façade’s capability is the work Colab carried on 1000 La Trobe. 1000 La Trobe is a 40,000 square metre A-grade Office building that consisting of 23 storeys of office tower that provides an active and engaging ground plane, retail offering and lobby that takes full advantage of its location on La Trobe Street. Colab Façade provided a total façade solution for the unique structure. From the earliest discussions with the builder through the concept design and engineering stages then on to fabrication, delivery and installation, the Colab team provided a unified one-stop-shop management process. “We can leverage our extensive experience on countless major projects to deliver architectural aspiration and the highest-quality façade,” explained Directors, Trent Carolan and Kevin Kang. Colab Façade has built an Australian team of 135 headquartered in Melbourne, with a branch in Brisbane. We also have a office in Shanghai China, with fabrication undertaken in China. Colab Façade has built a strong relationship with Australia’s largest builders including Multiplex, Probuild, ADCO and Crema.

COLAB FAÇADE 03 8578 3298 34 Bonview Circuit, Truganina VIC 3029


A PROUD HISTORY OF FAÇADE DESIGN The MICOS Group name is synonymous with high quality building façades, which has been demonstrated once again through the recently completed Constitution Place, a two building commercial development in the heart of Canberra. With a total surface façade area of 13,442m2 across both buildings, the curved geometry of both buildings utilise façade strategies that respond to their respective solar orientation and context. The unique geometry and performance requirement of each building required a custom façade system to be developed inhouse by MICOS Group, which was then tested to AS 4284. MICOS spearheaded the design, manufacture and installation of the performance prototype, during which time it fine tuned the complete façade design to adequately meet the requirement for the project. The unique challenge was designing the custom glass fibre reinforced concrete (GRC) fins, which were placed at 90 and 45 degrees to the façade line. MICOS tailored a custom manufacturing process to produce a completely enclosed GRC fin and sunshade. Building A, a 5-storey commercial building, has 6,082m2 of custom high performance, double glazed, unitised façade made up of both flat and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

curved panels with GRC fins attached to 97% of all panels from Levels 1 to 4. “This unique method of supporting concrete structures from the façade panel is a technical achievement. The heaviest GRC fin weighed 279kg and projected up to half a metre from the façade glass line,” said Project Manager, Che Daries. Building B, of 12-storeys, saw MICOS install 7,360m2 of similar façade material to Building A, but aluminium sunshades were used and attached to 100% of all panels from Levels 1 to 12. The ground floor façades consist of a custom fabricated steel façade, letting extensive light into the building through extra large modulations of 2,500mm. MICOS remains proud of their family values and commitment to the highest standards of quality, design and performance. Following the success of Constitution Place and Civic Quarter 1, the company was recently awarded the contract for Civic Quarter 2 for Construction Control and 80 Ann Street in Brisbane for Mirvac.

For more information contact MICOS Group, Suite 1.02, Unit 16B, 1801 Botany Road, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 02 8058 3000, email, website ANCR FAÇADES CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS



DELIVERING FLAWLESS ARCHITECTURAL FINISHES Architectural façade specialist Zipclad provides end-to-end design and installation of custom curtain walls and façades on major commercial and residential developments in Sydney and the surrounding region. They collaborate closely with clients to develop market leading façade solutions in aluminium composite panels, solid aluminium panels, curtain walls, fibre cement composite panels and timber veneer compressed sheet and ventilated façades. Zipclad works closely with clients from the earliest stages to ensure the design meets all regulatory requirements while also delivering top quality results with excellent value for money. “We provide a diverse range of solutions to meet our client’s budget, design requirements and time frames,” said Director, Kristian Milosevski. “Our experienced team sources products from a huge range of suppliers to ensure we always have the right products for the job.” Innovation is at the heart of Zipclad’s ethos. They are experienced in developing customised solutions that adapt off-the-shelf products and systems to bespoke situations and achieve unique buildings. One example of this is the Wavelength residential development in Cronulla which is an architectural landmark with an undulating 36


interlocking aluminium façade. Zipclad designed a custom extrusion to achieve a more precise finish without increasing the project cost. The full cladding system including all panels and extrusions was made in Australia. Zipclad are also experienced in combustible cladding replacement. They were appointed to complete façade remediation on Sydney’s Land and Environment Court which was not in compliance with the regulations. The entire façade and sub-frame was removed and replaced to achieve regulatory compliance. “Our ability to deliver outstanding results on complex projects sets us apart,” Kristian said. “We’ve always been passionate about innovation and creativity and we like a challenge.” From concept to installation, Zipclad has established a position at the forefront of architectural façades in Australia. Their portfolio of award-winning buildings showcases the very best in building design. For more information contact Zipclad, 37/110 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9661 3021, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


KINGSPAN LAUNCHES FAÇADE SYSTEMS Kingspan Insulated Panels is proud to announce the official launch of its Façade Systems range. Manufactured in Australia, the rainscreen façade systems use advanced insulated metal panel technology to deliver high performance building envelopes. The Kingspan Façade Systems range eliminates the conventional complexities in design and build. Following installation, the façade is immediately removed from the critical path, the entire building is weathertight, and all interior fitout work can commence. Kingspan Façade Systems enable landmark buildings to be built at speed without compromising design versatility, performance or high aesthetic values. All rainscreen cassettes are made from solid aluminium, which is deemed to satisfy non-combustible under NCC 2019 C1.9. Examples of Kingspan Façade Systems can be found across Perth in several recently completed landmark projects, including: the science building of Edith Cowan University Joondalup Campus, designed by Silver Thomas Hanley Architecture; WA Museum Boola Bardip, designed by Hassell and OMA Architecture; NEXT DC designed by Hames Sharley; and Belmont Hub, designed by Bollig Design. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Kingspan Façade Systems range creates buildings that feature a unique façade design and aesthetic, adding to Perth’s vibrant architectural landscape. Many of these striking façades were achieved using Dri-Design; the most versatile cassette from the Kingspan Façade Systems range. The name Dri-Design is derived from its patented interlocking system that acts as a self draining gutter. This removes the need for any maintenance of the façade as there is no streaking, staining or delaminating, unlike other façade systems that may use silicone sealants or gaskets, or are laminated. Dri-Design also simplifies the installation process, as fewer components are required, enabling faster installation. Available in three distinct profiles: flat; shadow; and tapered, the cassettes can be powder coated to match any RAL colour. Turn vision into reality with Kingspan Façade Systems. For more information contact Kingspan Insulated Panels, phone 02 8889 3000, website ANCR FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS


TESTED Metal Wall Cladding and Roofing to meet the current National Construction Code - NCC. Archclad™ is probably the only metal cladding manufacturer that can offer design assistance in the form of TESTING to meet the Evidence of Suitability laid out in the NCC and the Building Code of Australia – BCA. Project: Corten, Truganina

All our roll formed profiles have been tested by a NATA Approved Testing Laboratory to meet the following criteria: • Non-Combustibility BCA C1.9 (e.) (v.) • Structural testing to AS 1562.1 as described in the 4040 series of tests. • Weatherproof testing to FP1.4 to meet FV1.1 in the NCC Archclad™ Profiles include: • • • •

Archclad Cliptray 48™ Archclad Express™ Panel Archclad Cliptray 25™ Archclad Standing Seam 25mm

Let us hear what Professionals, Builders and Installers have to say about Archclad™?

Project: Olea Residences, Caulfield North

“We had a project that needed Combustibility and Weatherproofing certification to meet the NCC, CodeMark and Australian Standard Compliance. We involved Archclad™ from the start and they were able to provide the Architect all the relevant documentation which gave the Client confidence in using the system.” John Meads, Director - Design Cladding Systems. Corten, Truganina

“Archclad™ gave CK Architecture a very informative presentation and demonstrated excellent knowledge of all products. Karl was always available for us and responded to all queries promptly. The process of specifying Archclad™ was very easy. Archclad™ provided all required technical data including relevant testing to successfully obtain a building permit for our multi-residential development, Olea Residences.” CK Architecture

Project: Gore Street, Fitzroy

Olea Residences, Kambrook Road, Caulfield North Builder: Balmain & Co. - Installer: Raw Plumbing

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“Archclad assisted our project during the design phase, by providing a cladding system that could satisfy both the fire resistance and weatherproofing requirements of the BCA. On top of this, the product was able to be installed without a substrate, which helped increase productivity on site.” Gus Milham, Project Manager - Balmain & Co Gore Street, Fitzroy - Architect: Hayball - Installer: Raw Plumbing




UNIQUE REMEDIAL SOLUTIONS Since 1983, Freyssinet Australia has been providing solutions for building remediation and façade repair works, along with specialist engineering services. Their success stems from an unrivaled expertise, teamed with well proven and innovative technologies which result in effective outcomes on every project. Freyssinet has built their reputation world wide on a delivery model of performing works utilising their own inhouse trained technicians and delivery partners who have a record of outstanding performance within their area of expertise. “When working on existing structures, every project requires its own unique solution,” said Business Development Manager, Kieran Smith. “When repairing and upgrading façades, we are quite often dealing with a whole range of challenges that were not present during the initial construction project. The main one being that we are turning what was previously a typical functioning work place, or home, into a construction site, and that is something that can only be done successfully by a specialist remedial contractor.” “Our specialist approach is often a key differential that enables us to successfully deliver challenging projects. Our inhouse engineers are familiar with the complex nature of façade upgrade projects and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the assurances that a safe and reliable access system provides to our site teams. We are also an innately creative organisation, and readily think outside the box about project access requirements which has sometimes led to some very exciting results,” said Kieran. At Freyssinet, it is their philosophy of passion, excellence and vision that sets them apart from their competitors. “Our teams pool their talent, experience and creativity to seek out the best solution at any stage of the project. We strive for outstanding delivery across all our activities and customer satisfaction is the benchmark against which we measure our performance,” said Kieran. Freyssinet Australia was established in Sydney almost 30 years ago and has since expanded to now feature offices in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand.

For more information contact Freyssinet Australia, Level 3, 13-15 Lyonpark Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 1300 373 977, email, website ANCR FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS



BRINGING ICONIC LANDMARKS TO LIFE Custom Clad is a façade cladding designer, manufacturer, supplier, and installer located in Melbourne’s southeast which operates throughout Victoria. We are an all-in-one solution with the capability and capacity to service any project scale or type. Also producing our own Custom Clad solid Aluminium, a noncombustible cladding solution which does not compromise design, developed from 5005 grade Aluminium, we offer a premium cladding solution, exceptional quality, and fire performance and compliance with relevant codes, all installed by our fully qualified team.

in module form due to the complexity of each panel being curved different to up to 80 unique shapes to suit the profile. Working with well representable builders such as Lendlease, Mirvac and Probuild, Custom Clad have been in operation for over eight years fulfilling all cladding needs across Victoria.

Custom Clad completed works at The Glen Shopping Centre, a $490 million project, and Sky Gardens apartments which is located above the busy shopping centre in Glen Waverly. During 2019 Custom Clad installed over 4,000m2 of solid aluminium cladding to the exterior façade of the shopping centre, as well as featured cladding throughout the shopping centre including David Jones signage. Recently completed, Sky Gardens consisted of the installation of aluminium planter boxes and glass balustrades to over 400 balconies across the three newly build towers which elevate above The Glen Shopping Centre. The layout required each balcony to be designed 40


For more information contact Custom Clad, 30 Apollo Drive, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9791 2904, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


COMMITTED TO WHAT WE DO Magellan Company has been providing building remediation and maintenance services for more than 20 years and offer a diverse range of capabilities including full façade refurbishments, building inspections and defect rectifications along with scheduled maintenance programmes. Recently, Magellan were appointed to carry out works at 153 Walker Street, North Sydney. The façade upgrade included the removal of the entire 1970’s terrazzo tiled façade to each elevation and install a new aluminum composite façade in order to give the building a fresh, new modern look. Magellan’s team worked closely with the local council, external engineers and the client to deliver this brilliant transformation. Severe concrete spalling was exposed throughout the structural columns which saw the team at Magellan conduct rectification work to the full height of all structural concrete columns to both the East and West elevations before installing the new Alucobond cladding. This required special handling and monitoring to ensure asbestos materials contained within the building structure were not disturbed and to adequately meet the engineers specifications. Approximately 8,000 litres of concrete repair was required across the two façades. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The project spanned 18 months and access was made via mast climbers to each façade. The outcome has been undeniably breathtaking with the buildings unique façade exhibiting expressed concrete columns and set back windows. The team at Magellan called on their extensive experience to provide a seamless work schedule in order to minimise disruption to tenants who remained in the building throughout the entire project. Magellan provides a comprehensive range of façade services including initial façade inspections with reporting and defects finding, to full remediation and restoration of façade coatings and claddings, waterproofing systems, glazing replacements, height safety access system design and installations with adherence to current standards, even façade signage, from complete engineering designs, manufacture and installations. The team at Magellan pride themselves on building and maintaining a trusting relationship with all their clients and have a proven track record of providing cost effective solutions while ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety. For more information contact Magellan Company, phone 1800 682 244, website ANCR FAÇADES, CLADDING AND CURTAIN WALLS








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The HOTA (Home of the Arts) Art Gallery spans 7-levels and is the largest public gallery outside a capital city with over 2,000m2 of international standard exhibition space which includes a main exhibition gallery, a dedicated children’s gallery, exhibition space for temporary exhibitions, and nearly 1,000m2 of collection storage. Hansen Yuncken is one of Australia’s most accomplished builders, with over a century of service and thousands of projects completed. Hansen Yuncken was engaged by the City of Gold Coast to commence the first stage of the 2-stage Managing Contractor delivery method for the $60.5 million Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gallery located at Surfers Paradise. The HOTA Gallery forms part of the City of Gold Coast’s transformational Cultural Precinct Development and will host Australian and internationally recognised exhibitions. The planning for the construction of the remarkable building commenced in late 2018, based on a concept design from an international competition held in in 2012-13. The HOTA precinct and new Gallery were to be unified visually by the dynamic, organic cellular structure of the Voronoi, nature’s most robust but delicate pattern. The colours for the building follow the palette from the William Robinson painting, ‘The Rainforest’, one of the most valued paintings in the City’s collection. Hansen Yuncken worked collaboratively with project stakeholders to develop the design from the original concept to a detailed set of project plan documents. “Hansen Yuncken’s wide experience was vital in this process to ensure the incorporation of critical elements such as buildability, construction methodologies, cost planning and value management,” said Project Manager, Rod Derbyshire. The final agreed design included a main exhibition gallery of 1,000m2, a collections store of 1,000m2 to house the art work when not on show, three galleries for exhibitions, artists’ workshop, childrens’ gallery, two restaurants, an elaborate feature stair allowing the public to walk between galleries while taking in the views of Surfers Paradise, administration and back of house spaces and extensive hard and soft landscaping. A full BIM process was adopted which was completed to LOD400. Hansen Yuncken’s BIM management team assisted the process and although being very demanding, resulted in the team being able to resolve many

challenges posed by the complex geometry and interface between several different materials and façade systems, and the need to maintain critical clear heights in gallery spaces while ensuring the layout of services was aesthetically pleasing even though many were exposed. Construction commenced in late April 2019. Notable challenges included the erection of the feature stair that weaved the tower from the ground floor to the rooftop bar, the erection of the roof pop out structure and the implementation and commissioning of the critical AAA services, including temperature and humidity control systems. The unique pop-out structure involved extensive planning. The CHS prefabricated steel members were erected in three large sections in the fabricator’s Brisbane yard to ensure tolerances and setout, then disassembled into 18 prefabricated sections that were transported to site and erected. The sequence of installation was carefully planned and the erection included 13 full penetration butt welds, each taking 1 to 1.5 days to complete. The members were lifted into position, landing on the temporary propping and cradles, then held in position by the crane until temporary brackets were secured between members and a series of tack welds completed. The crane could then move onto the next member while the butt weld process could begin. The building was handed over in February 2021 providing the Gallery with three months to prepare for the opening exhibition in May 2021. Hansen Yuncken was proud to have been associated with the iconic building, with the high quality of spaces evident both within and outside the Gallery including superb landscaping. The HOTA Gallery adds another significant project to Hansen Yuncken’s impressive portfolio in the Australian cultural sector.

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 639 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3872 4000, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HOTA GALLERY


Below Dexion Hendra designed, engineered, manufactured and installed sliding art storage racks for the gallery. Photo supplied by HOTA Home of the Arts

The name Dexion is well known throughout Australia for their expertise in quality storage solutions including pallet racking and shelving. Hansen Yuncken and the HOTA Gallery turned to Dexion Hendra to provide specialist sliding racks for the storage of valuable artworks at the HOTA Gallery. This major project was undertaken by 16 team members at Dexion Hendra, with the design, engineering, manufacture and installation of the sliding art storage racks taking the team six months to complete. “The racks are a unique storage product, designed and engineered exclusively to the client’s specifications. The racks enable Gallery staff to securely store and then access individual art works, with the manually controlled sliding mechanism providing smooth and easy movement with excellent safety attributes,” explained Glenn Thomas, General Manager. The racks have a durable steel construction. The double faced, woven steel mesh design allows the Gallery staff to hang artwork on both sides of the rack without interference. The mesh is flush with the posts allowing a totally flexible arrangement. 46


The other unique feature of the project is that the Dexion Hendra sliding art storage racks are the largest of their kind ever made. “Our team thrives on a new challenge. It was exciting to be part of the HOTA project, designing specialty racks that will facilitate the protection and efficient handling of valuable art pieces. The quality of construction means that they will be part of the HOTA Gallery for decades.” Dexion Hendra is no stranger to providing local government and community art galleries with storage solutions. Similar projects have been undertaken for Brisbane City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redlands City Council and the Winton Art Gallery. The Dexion art storage is a particularly practical product with an emphasis on the effective use of space with many options available to suit the specific needs of each individual client, making it a popular choice for galleries and other clients throughout Australia. The mobile art rack delivers an almost limitless hanging arrangement while ensuring only one access aisle is needed. This storage system also offers greater capacity, with double sided mesh screens that are flush to the art rack frame. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The range of industrial, commercial and office storage solutions provided by Dexion Hendra is almost without limit and includes selective pallet racking, drive-in pallet racking, shuttle racking, cantilever racking and double deep racking. Dexion Hendra can also supply warehouse relocation services, rack safety audits and office furniture. Dexion can assist clients to narrow down the most appropriate storage and racking solution for their needs. “With so many options available, we can provide a consultancy and design service to ensure the most appropriate, cost effective solution is recommended to clients to improve materials handling and supply chain performance, while providing protection of assets,” explained Glenn.

are streamlined and competitive,” Glenn said. “For companies with a national footprint, the Dexion Australia group has supply centres across the country so supplies of parts and service are readily available.” Dexion Hendra, as part of the Dexion Storage Solutions Group, is the progressive, customer focussed supplier for companies in Brisbane and throughout greater Queensland and all of Australia, seeking innovative and cost effective storage solutions.

All Dexion Hendra products are built to the highest standards. Racking is made from high grade steel and the range of commercial products such as Compactus®, lockers and filing cabinets are cleverly designed and built with durability. Warehouse automation incorporating the latest in conveyor technology is also a Dexion Hendra speciality. “We have the know-how and experience to deliver seamless, integrated solutions that incorporate the latest in world class machinery to ensure warehouse operations WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Dexion Hendra, 370 Nudgee Road, Hendra QLD 4011, phone 07 3332 0222, email sales@dexionhendra., website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HOTA GALLERY


Below Aodeli Australia supplied SAP 3mm solid aluminium panels made from 5052 marine grade aluminium for the stunning façade.

The stunning façade of the HOTA Gallery in Surfers Paradise has been constructed using high grade, fire safe SAP aluminium panels supplied by locally based Aodeli Australia, a leading supplier of aluminium architectural cladding solutions which meet Australian Standard AS1530.1 for non-combustibility. The preferred product solution for the exterior cladding was Aodeli’s SAP 3mm solid aluminium panel made from 5052 marine grade aluminium. These premium quality panels are a proven fire safe solution as well as being resistant to the Gold Coast’s climatic conditions. The unique design of the Gallery required 11 separate custom matched colours for the panels as chosen by the project architects, ARM Architecture to achieve their iconic design. Accomplishing the high specification colour matching is a particular capability of Aodeli. “We were able to translate the architect’s vision into reality with exact colour matches, with each panel having a consistent, seamless colour application through our coil coating process,” said Wayne Saunders, General Manager of Aodeli Australia. 48


The Aodeli SAP aluminium panels were cut and bent to the required sizes to create the distinctive cellular Voronoi design by Cladding Creations, another local company. The HOTA Gallery will be an iconic part of the Gold Coast landscape for decades to come, so the choice of 5052 marine grade aluminium ensures greater longevity compared to lesser grade aluminium panels. “We only offer 5052 grade alloys at Aodeli because of our commitment to quality and sustainability,” Wayne said. “These panels combined with the use of the superior three coat PVDF Kynar 500 paint technology provides first class protection against weathering, aging and pollution.” Aodeli Australia is a relatively small but growing manufacturer and was proud to be associated with this significant local project. Other projects include Monterey Apartments at Kangaroo Point, Australia’s tallest residential timber tower, where Aodeli’s solid and perforated panels form part of the façade. Aodeli also offers façade recladding solutions and recently completed the recladding of the Cairns Hospital. For more information contact Aodeli Australia, phone 1300 263 354, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Cladding Creations shaped, bent and routed at the aluminium panels to create the cellular-web appearance of the façade.

Cladding Creations is an industry leader in the design, supply, fabrication and installation of architectural façade systems. The complex exterior design of HOTA Gallery features a Voronoi pattern, providing a cellular-web appearance over-laid with individual solid aluminium panels in 11 custom colours. The SAP 3mm 5052 marine grade aluminium panels, custom colour matched, were supplied by Aodeli Australia. The individual panels were shaped, bent and routed at the Cladding Creations’ Burleigh Heads manufacturing plant, which is equipped with the latest 3D software and CNC technology to undertake the most intricate designs.

Manager engaged on the installation. “We were continually in communication with ARUP façade engineering team and Hansen Yuncken during installation to ensure all design specifications were met and any design issues resolved. It was a successful project for Cladding Creations and we were proud to be part of it.” Cladding Creations has also installed 4,000m2 of Aodeli’s SAP solid aluminium panels and perforated screens on the timber-structured Monterey Apartments at Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point.

“The most interesting feature of the façade that we had to deal with was the black band which separated the different coloured panels and was designed to be 10mm proud of the panels,” said Damian Popovic, Director of Cladding Creations. “Once manufactured, the band and panels were mechanically fixed to the aluminium sub-frame, with the panels strengthened by aluminium stiffeners and structural silicone.” Cladding Creations were involved on the project for around seven months, with up to 15 experienced employees including the Project WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Cladding Creations, 7/11 Taree Street, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, phone 1800 432 223, email info@, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HOTA GALLERY








Below Soil Surveys Engineering undertook geotechnical investigations on the site to provide design parameters for the buildings foundations.

Soil Surveys Engineering is a leading geotechnical engineering consultancy based in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The company’s wide experience and professional skills have played a pivotal role in the construction of the HOTA Gallery located in Surfers Paradise and the prior development of the wider cultural precinct, including the Green Bridge from the HOTA site to Chevron Island and the outdoor amphitheatre and stage. Engaged by Hansen Yuncken for the Gallery project, Soil Surveys undertook geotechnical investigations in early 2018, drilling deep boreholes up to 40m in depth. The site profile was found to consist of various alluvial deposits to depths exceeding 20m before rock was encountered. With this information, Soils Surveys was able to provide design parameters that were ultimately utilised by the structural designers to arrive at a deep foundation solution incorporating CFA (continuous flight auger) piles. During construction, Soil Surveys Engineering undertook an audit role of earthworks and provided design and certification of a working platform for the CFA piling rig. A 120 tonne piling rig applied operational loads of up to 350kPa, requiring design of a substantial construction platform. Soil Surveys were able to demonstrate time 52


and cost savings for the project by utilising existing in situ materials, reducing the requirement for imported fill. The company dealt with a range of challenges during their extensive involvement with the development of the HOTA cultural precinct and Gallery, including working in an operating public space. “Providing safe areas for large construction equipment and communicating effectively with multiple consultants and contractors was also a priority,” said Nathan Brooking, Gold Coast Engineering Manager for Soils Surveys. Soil Surveys’ client base is extensive, ranging from large multinational organisations to small companies in both the public and private sectors. “We provide a superior geotechnical service of real practical value for our clients,” Nathan said. “Our designs and reports are a combination of high technical merit and workable solutions.”

For more information contact Soil Surveys Engineering, Level 2, 19 Finchley Street, Milton QLD 4064, phone 07 3369 6000, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Brisbane Joinery and Shopfitters fabricated and installed all joinery work at HOTA, including restaurant furniture and bathroom infinity mirrors.

Brisbane Joinery and Shopfitting, an accomplished team of professionals with an impressive portfolio of quality work, fabricated and installed all joinery work at HOTA.

A sister company of Brisbane Joinery, Staintec, provided all the stainless steel for the two restaurants, including kitchen benchtops, ice wells and in other sections of the bars.

The extensive scope of the joinery work at the Gallery included all office cabinetry, reception desks, the joinery for the childrens’ workshop, the restaurant fitouts on the ground floor and Level 5 and sophisticated finishes in the bathrooms including cabinets with mirror doors, brass shelves and large infinity mirrors with brass floor to ceiling supports.

Brisbane Joinery specialises in one off projects with distinctive architectural features requiring skill and precision. Around Brisbane, the company’s work can be seen at Blackbird Bar and Grill, Eagle Street, Gerard’s Bistro and Bar 11 in Fortitude Valley, IRIS rooftop bar for Hotel X, and they have also built multiple Oscar Oscar Hair Salons across Australia.

“The detail in the restaurants included solid timber slabs for bar tops, waiter stations, credenzas, a gantry above the bar with brass features, granite stone backs to the bars for bottle displays, booths with leather upholstery and outdoor banquet seating including mobile seats totally upholstered,” said Chad Chemali, Project Manager. Spotted gum was used for the joinery and gallery furniture, which was fabricated offsite when possible however around 50% of the work involved fitting and installation onsite. “We had a team of up to six of our team working either at the factory or onsite throughout our nine month engagement at the Gallery,” Chad said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Brisbane Joinery and Shopfitting, 59 Dunn Road, Rocklea QLD 4106, phone 07 3276 8975, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HOTA GALLERY


Below SPL Security Solutions completed the door hardware supply and bespoke electronic lock installation across the HOTA Gallery.

SPL Security Solutions protects businesses, assets and people through state-of-the-art mechanical and electronic locking solutions, backed by outstanding customer service from their 100+ strong team. Working with Hansen Yuncken, SPL completed the door hardware supply and bespoke electronic lock installation at the impressive HOTA Gallery on the Gold Coast. Specific items supplied by SPL included door hardware, sanitary ware and electromagnetic locks. The company’s project team and specialist locksmiths, under the leadership of Thao Valitutti, worked collaboratively and creatively with Hansen Yuncken, their subcontractors and the architect to meet the design and high technical specifications demanded in the unique HOTA Gallery building. “We project managed Hansen Yuncken’s site requirements as well as ensuring the supply of compliant, high quality dormakaba hardware according to the construction schedule,” said Greg Noble, Architectural Manager. SPL Security Solutions overcame several challenges presented by the project, from providing onsite design and functional advice to meet 54


changing construction needs, through to installing electromagnets to secure enormous 10m high sliding doors. Specialising in the provision of mechanical and electronic hardware, access control solutions and locksmithing services across south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, SPL is ideally positioned to provide fast, efficient and effective security solutions. SPL include the design and installation of bespoke restricted keying systems, automatic door operators, mechanical door hardware for all door types, the supply and installation of hotel locking, access control systems and CCTV. SPL is currently working at Ocean by Meriton and Jewel Residences at Surfers Paradise, Destination Gold Coast at Broadbeach, the refurbishment of the Gabba, Tricare Ashgrove Residential Aged Care development and various fitouts including Rio Tinto at the Midtown Building in Brisbane’s CBD. For more information contact SPL Security Solutions, 101 Ashmore Road, Bundall QLD 4217, phone 07 5588 8111, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below HOTA features a SafeScape S9000 side coiling fire shutter with an integrated egress door installed by Greene Fire.

Greene Fire installed the first SafeScape S9000 side coiling fire shutter with an integrated egress door in Australia, in the HOTA Gallery, representing world class fire safety technology.

lobby separations. It is also ideal where there is restricted headroom, as the head track assembly is able to navigate around tight curves and contoured openings.”

Produced by McKeon in the United States, the S9000 was the ideal solution for the HOTA Gallery, with the side coiling system providing emergency egress where conventional swinging doors would not provide an adequate design solution. “All the housing for the S9000 is to one side so it does not intrude on the aesthetics of the building and its architectural features, as it is virtually invisible,” Karl Pettit, New South Wales and Queensland State Manager for Greene Fire.

Greene Fire is the distributor for McKeon Door, the only manufacturer in the world to offer standard swing egress doors in their fire rated wide span opening protectives. With offices in Sydney and Melbourne, Greene Fire can deliver a range of compliant products for fire engineered solutions, like the SafeScape S9000. Currently, Greene Fire is undertaking projects at the Quay Quarter Tower and the Sydney Metro.

The built-in egress door is fully compliant with fire standards and leads occupants to a safe fire exit door. Another advantage of the SafeScape S9000 is that its basic design means that it only takes a couple of days for two people to install it. “The side coiling design with inbuilt egress doors makes the S9000 the perfect solution for cross-corridor situations in schools or hospitals. They have also been widely installed overseas in casinos, convention centres, museums, railway stations and retail spaces where there are area Fire separations required, occupancy separations and elevator WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Greene Fire, Unit 2/7-11 Parraweena Road, Taren Point NSW 2229, phone 02 9526 3100, email sales@, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE HOTA GALLERY








Below KLEEMANN Elevators Australia designed, manufactured and installed all the unique lifts required for the gallery.

KLEEMANN Elevators Australia, a leading lift, escalator and moving walkway specialist, was appointed by Hansen Yuncken to design, manufacture and install the lift requirements in the impressive HOTA Gallery on the Gold Coast. Three lifts were required in the building to move people and goods between 7-floors. Two lifts were reserved for passengers and one was specifically designed as a goods lift with a number of unique features. The Gallery had a requirement for a 3m high door opening on the goods lift and the capability to lift 9 tonnes. “The Gallery will be exhibiting large art pieces so needs the capacity to move the pieces within the Gallery without being limited by the size and lifting capability of the goods elevator. KLEEMANN is the only company able to manufacture to the door height specification which is unusually high. We used an overhead traction lift mechanism to ensure the heavy lifting capacity could be met,” said Matt Halim, Queensland Regional Manager. KLEEMANN’s design team worked closely with the Gallery’s architects and builder Hansen Yuncken to ensure all the unique specifications were met. “We will also be continuing our association 58


with the installed lifts on an ongoing basis through our service team, to ensure maximum performance and reliability, with a minimum of down time,” said Matt said. KLEEMANN Elevators Australia is currently manufacturing and installing unique lift solutions for Rockhampton Art Gallery and has also recently completed other large and complex installations, like the 12 escalators, passenger and goods lifts at Market Square Sunnybank. KLEEMANN has also been a major supplier to the Queensland Department of Education and for many years. As part of the global KLEEMANN Group, KLEEMANN Elevators Australia leverages pioneering research, state-of-the-art design and inhouse manufacturing excellence; to deliver exceptional equipment solutions and service outcomes for thier customers.

For more information contact KLEEMANN Elevators Australia, Unit D2, 5 Grevillea Place, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008, phone 07 3103 0611, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Custom Timber Flooring installed the stunning thermally modified hardwood across the project, including on the stairs, flooring and ceiling.

HOTA takes advantage of Custom Timber Flooring’s experience in creating amazing spaces with natural timber. Using an Australian hardwood product, Hurford’s Roasted Peat supplied by Hurford Flooring, timber is featured throughout the gallering, with its inclusion on the floors, stairs and ceilings.

south-east Queensland where they undertake all aspects of plank timber flooring, parquetry timber flooring, custom stairs and feature walls and ceilings. “We are tongue and groove specialists, particularly in solid European oak flooring. At the present time we are laying this product in a $6 million private residence on the Gold Coast.”

“The total area covered was approximately 3,000m2,” said Michael Young, Director. “Our team of five floor professionals completed the entire job in under five months. The work included laying and fixing the tongue and groove boards, followed by sanding and an application of an alcohol-based sealer with a water-based finishing oil as a final coat.” Hurford’s Roasted is a high temperature thermally modified hardwood that uses a custom designed heating programme to alter the woods molecular structure. This has many benefits that include locking in the colour, increasing the durability and limiting movement to a fraction of normal kiln dried flooring. “The finished timber had a deep rich tone and provided a luxurious appearance, adding to the ambience of the Gallery for visitors,” Michael said. Apart from their commercial assignments, a large part of Custom Timber Flooring’s work is in the high end residential sector in WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Custom Timber Flooring, phone 0488 346 327, email QLD PROJECT FEATURE HOTA GALLERY


Below Southwell Lifts and Hoists created a custom scissor art hoist with a 5 tonne capacity and a 5.9m x 2.9m platform.

The newly completed HOTA Gallery required a custom designed hoist to assist in the movement of the gallery’s iconic pieces. Southwell Lifts and Hoists, based in Camden in south-west Sydney designed, manufactured and installed the bespoke scissor art hoist with a 5 tonne capacity and a 5.9m x 2.9m platform. The particular challenge in designing and installing the art hoist at the HOTA Gallery was that the walls on the hoist were specified at 5m high. Due to the size and complexity of the project, most of the company’s 23-strong workshop team were involved as well as the engineering design team, multiple draftsmen, the factory manager, the project manager and installations team.

“One of our 25 tonne truck lifts in the Melbourne Art Gallery has been operating for 30 years and is continuing to provide valuable service,” said Hamish. Southwell Lifts and Hoists was established as a family-run business in 1945 and brings their 76 years of experience in mechanical and electrical engineering to the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of speciality lifts and hoists including ground support equipment for the airline industry, goods lifts for the self-storage industry, car lifts with turntables and one-off lifting applications.

COVID-19 posed extra difficulties as the whole project was carried out during the lockdown period.

Southwell Lifts and Hoists currently has 67 projects underway around Australia and New Zealand, including a custom triple scissor art hoist for the Sydney Modern Art Gallery with a 9 tonne capacity travelling 9.5m.

“The special art hoist is a totally Australian made product,” said Hamish McGregor, General Manager of Southwell Lifts and Hoists. “Our factories at Camden and Smeaton Grange can provide lifts and hoists anywhere in Australia and New Zealand. We also provide after sales service to all our customers, ensuring the longevity of our products and minimising down times.

For more information contact Southwell Lifts and Hoists, 36 Edward Street, Camden NSW 2570, phone 02 4655 7007, email, website




Below Dewpoint Group installed and commissioned an Air Handling Unit which serves the entire gallery space.

Hansen Yuncken engaged Dewpoint Group to work on the new build of ‛Home of The Arts’ on the Gold Coast as Dewpoint are recognised as an industry leader in design, installation and maintenance of air conditioning mechanical services. The business operates out of Brisbane and Sydney.

addition to Dewpoint Groups portfolio, who’s specialist capabilities range across commercial, hospital, laboratory, university, leisure and defence sectors.

HOTA is a state-of-the-art, complex project that had to navigate significant challenges including maintaining strict temperature and humidity criteria, within AAA rated spaces, to allow the display/storage of significant artworks. The building was completed successfully and was opened in May. The construction has a vertical format gallery over 6-levels and over 1,000m2 of AAA rated control exhibition space. As part of the works, the team installed and commissioned four pipe air cooled chillers which provides simultaneous heating and cooling helping to reduce the energy typically used in a AAA rated building. The entire Dewpoint team consisted of approximately 30 skilled tradesmen which worked in conjunction with thier design and project team to deliver this outstanding project. This completion was a great WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Dewpoint Group, 24 Webster Road, Stafford, QLD 4053, phone 07 3352 4446, email reception@ QLD PROJECT FEATURE HOTA GALLERY


LIFESTYLE MEETS LOCATION Parallel Apartments is a stunning 17-level tower with 123 residential apartments, with an incredible architecturally designed alternating slab and column façade, high end facilities including a horizon pool, opulent shared dining, lounge areas and gym facilities. Parallel Apartments at Rivervale is a high end residential tower with 123 apartments, a 4-storey basement and quality facilities including a horizon pool, sophisticated shared dining, lounge areas and gym facilities. Located on the Swan River, the 2,144m2 site offers 360 degree views across the water, Perth CBD and to the hills in the east. The building presents a contemporary and dynamic architecturally designed façade with stunning alternating slab and column features. Designed by Perth based architects Hillam Architects, the 13-storey tower creates the street elevation while at the back, the building steps down to the river with 3-levels of apartments, 4-levels of terracing and basement car park. Chinese based property developer Laudis Developments awarded West Australian based JAXON Construction the construct only contract for Parallel Apartments and onsite work started in early 2019 with the excavation of a 4-level basement containing 39,800m3 of sand. “It was the largest excavation I had ever undertaken,” said Project Manager, John Twinch. “The challenge of the build involved getting the structure right, it was a complicated design with a number of transfer elements and many different angles meeting the soffits. All the slabs were poured in situ and the vertical elements were precast and that required considerable coordination.” COVID-19 restrictions had an impact on the work and JAXON engaged a supervisor to ensure physical distancing and sanitisation


procedures were in place for the massive workforce. With 170 onsite personnel during peak periods, the project was completed in April 2021. With over 60 years of commercial building experience, JAXON has a solid reputation for the delivery of quality projects in both metropolitan and regional locations throughout Western Australia. Strong in the delivery of D&C projects, they are a well recognised and highly regarded Tier 2 construction company providing a comprehensive range of building services including planning and programming, constructability reviews and approvals, cost estimating, value engineering and construction management. Established in 1958 as JAXON Construction, the company focused on the construction of dwellings and in 1965 won the tender for 30 houses at Exmouth RAAF base. By 1968, JAXON was working steadily for BHP and Goldsworthy Iron in Port Hedland and in 2014 the company started to tender for civil works. Today, JAXON is at the forefront of quality construction enjoying a large volume of repeat business. Successfully completed projects for JAXON include the $21 million Lucent Apartments, also designed by Hillam Architects. Lucent comprises 39 boutique residences across 5-storeys with two ground floor commercial tenancies and two basement levels and was completed in February this year.


Large scale D&C projects for JAXON include Cirque, a 20-storey residential tower with 111 apartments completed in early 2019. The project received a 5 Star Green Star rating as well as a 5 Star Green Star As-Built rating. Later that year JAXON delivered on the 4.5 Star Adnate Hotel in the Perth CBD. With 250 rooms across 27-storeys the contract was awarded following JAXON’s successful completion of a previous development for the same client. JAXON’s projects are delivered on time and within budget and the exceptional quality of their work has been acknowledged by the string of awards including MBA Building Excellence Awards for their apartment constructions in both 2014 and 2015. In 2012, JAXON’s 58 luxury apartment development Rivershores was recognised with three awards: the MBA Excellence in Construction Awards for Best Apartment Development as well as the Perth and the WA HIA Housing Awards for Apartment Project of the Year. 2019 saw JAXON win the MBAWA Excellence in Construction Award for Best Multi-Unit Development along with the HIA Perth Housing Award for Best Apartment Complex under 3-storeys for their boutique apartment building in Cottesloe. For more information contact JAXON, 4 Gwenyfred Road, South Perth WA 6151, phone 08 9368 9999, email info@, website



Below Know Hydraulic & Civil Contractors completed the hydraulic design and installation for Parallel Apartments.

Know Hydraulic & Civil Contractors provide excellent hydraulic and civil services to the construction industry, business and residential sectors across Perth Metro and South West. KNOW were awarded the contract for hydraulic services at Parallel Apartments in early June 2019. “The 4-level basement at Parallel Apartments was 17m below ground and we found that the initial hydraulics design wasn’t going to work very well,” said Managing Director, Reza Manesh. “There wasn’t the time to go back to the consultants so our inhouse design team worked to improve the installation including the storm water system, retention tanks, filtration units and sewerage. We also installed the plumbing across all 123 apartments, the BBQ area and the café on the ground floor.” A significant change KNOW made to the design was the size of the water metre. They were able to reduce the meter size from 100mm diameter to 80mm, through a full water designthereby saving close to $180k for the developer. KNOW also tried out a new product for the bathrooms at Parallel Apartments. “We fabricated a metal stud wall in our factory and fitted the tapware and the rest of the back of house plumbing to it to create a frame that we could install in most of the bathrooms. Once in place the connections to water and waste can be done within 45 minutes. Using prefabricated units translates to enormous savings in time and money by reducing the number of tradesmen required to build a bathroom, there is less waste of materials and the result is of a much higher quality.” “We were also able to free up a lot of space by fitting our pipework into the wall rather than in the ceiling cavity and this contributed to a avoid clashes with other services. This type of prefabrication is new for Western Australia and yet we already have four contracts in place for its use.” Onsite installation started in late June 2019 and With a team of 10 at work the job was completed within 18 months. 64

“This was our first job for Jaxon and we found them a great company to work with. They were always ready to talk through any issues and take care of everyone,” said Reza. Established in 2007, KNOW are a team of experts and focus on meticulous planning followed by a systematic installation to achieve a quality result. As commercial plumbers, they work in partnership with builders to provide hydraulic and civil infrastructure on commercial properties. KNOW also provide civil drainage services for new constructions and subdivisions. With an office at Osborne Park, KNOW have a warehouse and yard at Malaga where they house plant and equipment including well maintained excavators, bobcat and compactors ready for civil works. “The majority of our projects are commercial developments, residences and strata titles and about two thirds of the work we do has a D&C approach, we always offer a design service tailored to our client’s budget,” said Reza. Other projects for KNOW include Rosewood Aged Care, a 5-storey building in West Perth. KNOW completed the civil and drainage works as well as the entire fire protection system of sprinklers, tanks and pumps. KNOW also service the south west of WA and in December 2020 completed a hydraulics and civil works package for a new Bunnings in Albury. The $1.3 million contract included construction of the carpark and the installation of plumbing, fire hydrants and a rainwater collection system with a 100,000L underground tank to supply water to the toilets and to irrigate the gardens. The future for KNOW includes hydraulic works for further high rise residential developments and a contract with the Department of Education. For more information contact Know Hydraulic & Civil Contractors, 10/7 Hector Street West, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9240 4018, website






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Below Granite World fabricated and installed the unique stone benchtops and splashbacks for the project.

With over 15 years experience, Granite World operates across Perth metropolitan area supplying, fabricating and installing fine crafted quality stonework for kitchen benchtops. For Parallel Apartments, Owner Director, Daniel Rezaie worked to architect’s specifications to fit engineered stone benchtops to all 123 kitchens. Onsite installation starting in late October 2020. “There were so many different designs of apartments, each kitchen was unique,” Daniel said. “Preparation involved taking accurate measurements and fabricating the different shapes and sizes for the benchtops to fit cleanly and neatly against existing splashbacks and walls. It was challenging aligning each piece of stone, matching the veins in the material, to create a cohesive and attractive pattern. A team of three installers spent five months onsite, and we achieved a high quality result to match the standard of the interior finishes at Parallel Apartments.” Granite World has a team of professional stonemasons who have been with the company for many years. They are highly skilled craftsmen and produce exceptional and individually tailored stonework for benchtops, fireplaces and other stone features. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“At Granite World we offer a free design and colour consultancy service to create bespoke engineered stone, marble, granite and quartz counter tops,” said Daniel. “At our facility in Malaga we have a range of well maintained machinery and equipment and we focus on creating beautiful interiors for discerning clients. We supply and install finely crafted stonework to high end residential apartments and luxury homes as well as to the commercial sector.” Previous work for Jaxon includes the 24 apartment boutique residential development, Evermore, in White Gum Valley; Botanical in Subiaco, with 74 units; and Horizon on the waterfront at Scarborough with 54 apartments, completed in March 2021. “We have a good working relationship with Jaxon and have been supplying and installing stone benchtops to their apartment buildings over the last six years,” said Daniel.

For more information contact Granite World, 1/355 Victoria Road, Malaga, WA 6090, phone 08 9249 3009, email sales@graniteworld., website WA PROJECT FEATURE PARALLEL APARTMENTS



Olderfleet is a premium grade 58,000m2 office tower which has set a new precedent for adaptive heritage and workplace integration. The project includes hybrid COVID-19 safe-working measures, smart technology, leading sustainability, premium amenities, an expansive lobby entrance, and a 25m high glass atrium with a unique art installation. Mirvac Group (Mirvac) is a leading Australian property group with a vast investment portfolio of commercial, retail, residential, and industrial assets. With over 48 years of experience, Mirvac has an unmatched reputation for delivering quality products and services across all of the sectors in which it operates. Co-owned by Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (Suntec REIT) and Mirvac, Olderfleet is one of Melbourne’s best-known heritage sites, comprising of three historic buildings – Olderfleet, Record Chambers, and New Zealand Chambers. An icon along Collins Street, the brick and stone Victorian buildings were a popular commercial site built to serve the burgeoning retail trade at the Docklands in the late 1800s. The original Olderfleet building was designed by William Pitt, the Record Chambers by J.A.B. Koch 1887, and New Zealand Chambers by Oaken Addison and Kemp 1888. All are fine examples of Victorian Architecture with Gothic and Romanesque influences, and are heritage listed. The premium grade 58,000m2 office tower, constructed behind the original Olderfleet heritage buildings, is a sophisticated example of contemporary building standards and services with the latest in technology, amenities, wellness, and sustainability. The design for the Olderfleet tower evolved from a competition between four of Grimshaw’s global studios, with the final design bringing the best ideas into a singular vision for the site. The resultant concept was the creation of a tenant-focused design that incorporates a vertical village concept. The tower is split into neighbourhoods to respond to the tenants’ specific requirements and provide them with a unique identity within the overall building. Three expansive client floors with recessed terraces are introduced between the 68


neighbourhoods to provide diversity of space and connection with the external environment. Setback columns provide flexible floorplates, and inter-floor connectivity has been achieved with fire-rated glass-fronted stairs. Premium amenities include high quality end-of-trip facilities, a series of terraces, an exclusive business lounge (managed by Work Club), diverse onsite food retailers, a boutique gym, and onsite childcare. A new partnership between Mirvac and Work Club at Olderfleet sees co-working spaces, an underground Nordic bar, and café, alongside the business lounge. Work Club also provides a premium concierge service for the entire building, creating connections for tenants, hosting events from conferences to workshops, and educating and inspiring the workforce. The hotel-like end-of-trip facilities also offer 50 showers, 446 bike parking spaces, and 410 podium car parking spaces. The Collins Street entrance to Olderfleet opens on to an enormous light-filled 7-storey atrium with soaring walls and columns. The 40-storey office tower has been seamlessly integrated into the original brick and timber structure, where old meets new with stone, steel, and glass. The original façade and heritage buildings have been retained and an internal brick wall restored as a feature within the ground floor lobby.

within. Carr collaborated with Grimshaw to create the award-winning interior design of the building. Mirvac’s sustainability strategy for Olderfleet includes data management and reporting to ensure optimal environmental performance for the building. There are LEDs throughout, rainwater harvesting with storage to a 216kL rainwater tank, and 176 rooftop solar panels use ‘string communication’ to respond to shade and mitigate energy loss. Car parking includes 22 EV charging stations with provision for 57 future spaces. Mirvac has established resource recovery targets for Olderfleet with an 80% diversion of waste from landfill by 2023 and zero waste to landfill by 2030. Mirvac worked closely with tenants, including major tenant Deloitte, to identify technology requirements and offer a smart technology solution that can be tailored for bespoke tenant needs. Olderfleet uses a Smart Building Technology Platform with an Integrated Control Network (ICN), enabling the building’s systems to be interconnected with one point of control. This includes HVAC, lighting and utility metering, security systems, waste treatment, public Wi-Fi, and more, all displayed through mobile devices.

The feature wall was restored using recycled ‘vintage’ bricks, sourced from a specialist supplier who salvaged them from a house demolition. The bricks used were made at the same factory as the original Olderfleet bricks, ensuring the wall retained an original and consistent colour.

Olderfleet is the first building in Australia to achieve a Platinum Core and Shell WELL Pre-Certification. The WELL rating is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing. Olderfleet is also on track to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating, a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating, and 4 Star NABERS Water rating.

Lovell Chen worked with Mirvac and Grimshaw to sensitively restore the buildings, creating boutique office and retail spaces

For more information contact Mirvac Group, phone 02 9080 8000, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW




Below Custom Clad designed, manufactured and installed the aluminium cladding for the façade, ceilings and walls.

Established in 2012 Custom Clad is a leading façade cladding designer, manufacturer and installer, offering a comprehensive solution for façade cladding across a range of projects of any scale. At the end of 2018, Custom Clad began the design work for Olderfleet. Prototypes were made for the architect’s and engineer’s approval with onsite work starting in early 2019. “We installed multiple materials at Olderfleet including the façade cladding with Custom Clad’s own solid aluminium panels. In the lobby we installed GKD mesh ceilings. The design intent required hidden fixings on the GKD mesh ceilings so we engineered tie wire clips to leave a clear and clean ceiling,” said Design Manager, John Kinsella. “We also installed Rimex black mirror ceilings and wall panels at high and low levels in the lobby. Rimex is made in the UK and we had a 12 week lead time,” John explained. “We made customised units for the ceilings and walls, with some pieces 4m long by 1,500 wide and we used it as trim around the elevators, door entrance and around the GKD ceilings.” On the main atrium stairs, Custom Clad made aluminium framing for the MondoClad solid aluminium panels, which wrapped around the stair soffits and stringers. With 12 installers on site at peak periods Custom Clad finished the job by the end of August 2020. “The challenge was coordinating with other trades. The lobby is 7-storeys high and we were all working together, one floor at a time, removing the scaffold as we worked downwards,” said John. Custom Clad operates across Melbourne’s south-east with most of their work in low to mid rise apartment developments, commercial buildings and stadium. Custom Clad can draw on the expierience of thier inhouse design team, inhouse engineering and drafters as well as 45 fully qualified accredited installers including night works and elevated works teams. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

At the 100m² factory and yard 20 people are employed manufacturing aluminium cladding panels, lightweight framing, sunshades and louvres, all with custom finishes. Options for composite cladding include stainless steel, glass and windows as well as timber look aluminium cladding. Digital 3D modelling, shop drawings and design reviews are also available. Custom Clad’s self produced aluminium panels are strong, lightweight fire resistant panels that easily satisfy stringent fire standards. The powder coating is low maintenance, corrosion resistant with the ability to be folded into cassettes and recyclable. Since the Lacrosse fire at the Melbourne Docklands in 2014, the suitability of façade cladding for multi-level structures has been in the spotlight and Custom Clad are currently working on a number of recladding projects to replaced old façade panels with their aluminium panels. In October 2019 they completed the recladding of the 19-level Aurora Apartments in Melbourne, addressing the safety of residents and reducing insurance premiums. Previous successful projects for Custom Clad include Bolte Tower 11 at the Docklands with Mirvac, where Custom Clad designed, manufactured and installed its solid aluminium panels to the façade, walls, canopies and soffits. In 2020, Custom Clad completed the especially detailed cladding of the curving façades of the Rod Laver Arena, creating a 3D model of the design, developing an efficient modular manufacturing plan to improve installation time. The individual modules, measuring 9m x 3m each, were assembled in the factory before transportation to the site and craned into place. “In the future we hope to speed up production by making modules, already we designed and fabricated 500 aluminium and glass balconies delivered and installed to an apartment block,” said John. For more information contact Custom Clad, 30-32 Apollo Drive, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9791 2904, email au, webstie VIC PROJECT FEATURE OLDERFLEET


Below Fabmetal Specialists manufactured and installed a coloured stainless steel product TiVox, to the lobby, entrance area and podium.

Fabmetal Specialists established 1994, are the go-to experts for design, manufacture and installation of balustrades, handrails, architectural features and contemporary metal cladding of walls, ceilings and columns. Fabmetal were contracted to design and construct cladding to the ring beam and provide feature metal cladding to a 27m high H like column and transom. Both elements covered additional structural steel required to support the new works whilst maintaining the façade of the heritage listed Olderfleet building. Initial specifications called for brass cladding with respect to the ring beam. Whilst Fabmetal has significant experience in brass they recommended using TiVox, with a PVD finish and AFP anti finger print coating – similar to that used on stainless steel fridges. TiVox accomplished the design intent to create a striking golden ring around the girth of the entrance and match the satin finish brass sample provided. TiVox, unique to Fabmetal, is a purpose made stainless steel. TiVox in this case, avoided the aging patina of brass, will never tarnish whilst maintaining its luster and always look as fresh as the day it was installed. Fabmetal’s signature product, TiVox is available in a range of finishes and colours especially suitable for large public spaces including beautiful mirror black columns which lend a grandeur to any space. 72


“In the lobby Fabmetal were contracted to clad a 27m high H like column. Fabmetal developed 172 modules up to 1,200 x 3,200 in Bx3 (bead blast black) finish totaling 650m² of cladding. Specialist equipment was designed in house to move the modules into position covering the monumental structural element whilst protecting the heritage listed gothic façade,” said Construction Manager, KW Soon. Fabmetal Specialists can engineer, design and fabricate all types of architectural metalwork in any combination of materials including aluminum, stainless steel, glass, brass, copper, bronze, zinc, iron, graphite and related alloys for use in modern commercial design on façades, feature walls, columns, canopies, staircases, balustrading, decorative and stand-alone feature metal works. “Currently we are developing a rigid backing panel for TiVox,” said Managing Director, Gordon Heald, with 40+ years’ experience. “We used Astrosmeg material that is light, strong and fire resistant. It’s properties virtually eliminate distortion and curving having a much better coefficient of thermal expansion than other materials like ply and MDF.” For more information contact Fabmetal Specialists, phone 03 9720 2177, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Arup completed works to deliver Olderfleet for Mirvac including a comprehensive suite of NABERS, WELL and Green Star ratings.

Arup’s involvement with Olderfleet started at concept stage in 2013 and continues through to the performance tuning of the building. 200 Arup staff have worked on the project across the last eight years, designing and delivering a high performance and sustainable building for Mirvac and their tenants. Olderfleet was the first building in Australia to achieve pre-certification for a WELL Platinum Core and Shell rating and is in the final process of achieving full certification following a range of operational performance verification checks including air, water, light, and acoustic quality. The development’s broader sustainability credentials will be validated through the nationally recognised Green Star Design and As-built rating with a 6 Star certification targeted following independent verification by the Green Building Council of Australia. In operation, at least a 5 Star NABERS Energy Base Building rating and 4 Star NABERS Water Whole building rating has been targeted with Arup engaged to monitor and tune the building. Arup’s guidance through the WELL process helped create a workplace that is sophisticated and future-proofed, designed for better health and wellness outcomes and leading to improvements in areas such as WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

employee productivity, engagement, and retention. “Sustainability is everything for our organisation and the Olderfleet building for Mirvac represents a significant step forward for high-rise commercial office buildings as we move towards our 2030 targets defined by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” said Richard Stokes, Arup’s Sustainable Buildings Leader VIC/SA. The photovoltaic (PV) panel array on the rooftop was maximised to take up all the available space and meet the back of house lighting energy demand on the occupied floors. It uses ‘DC optimisers’ to operate effectively even when partially shaded whilst the ‘SMART’ lighting incorporates daylight dimming and motion sensors throughout. “The HVAC solution is a hybrid variable air volume and perimeter fan coil unit system that provides significant spatial savings, high energy efficiency and flexibility required for office use,” explained Arup’s Project Director, Dave Collins. “This system hadn’t been used in Melbourne on a commercial project before and we demonstrated its viability through our team’s sophisticated energy and 3D modelling.” For more information contact Arup, phone 03 9668 5500, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE OLDERFLEET


Below Engineering Directions detailed, manufactured and installed structural and architectural steel for the 477 Collins Street Olderfleet project.

Engineering Directions manufacture and install structural and architectural steel to top Tier 1 builders working across Melbourne. At Olderfleet, Engineering Directions were responsible for all steel across the site, including; retention and strengthening of the three heritage buildings; design development, manufacture and installation of the skylight system in the lobby; primary and secondary support steel for the East, West and South lobby walls; main lobby stairs and lift shafts; and the plant room structure on the roof. “We had to retain the heritage structure during demolition of the existing building and strengthening of these buildings during construction,” explained Project Manager, Chris Axiak. “The challenge involved connecting the new build to the existing heritage structure. The only access into the heritage structure was through a scaffold and we couldn’t use equipment to get the steel in, it was moved by hand and with trolleys and winches.”

installation. Their services include design development, site inspection and engineering services to facilitate design, fabrication and installation. They offer D&C or ECI contracts and structural steel packages. They supply a range of frames that includes custom steel and glass modular systems as well as pre-clad and pre-glazed steel frames. “We have expanded our production capabilities by moving into a purposebuilt factory set on four acres with 6,000m² of factory floor. We have seven overhead cranes, with 30T capacity, a Daito CNC Coping Robot and an OMSG Shot Blasting Machine. Currently we are involved in structural steel projects for the Queen Victoria Market, the Shangri-La on Exhibition Street, 150 Lonsdale Street and Queens Place,” said Chris. Previous work for Mirvac includes Eastbourne Apartments with Engineering Directions supplying and installing the structural and architectural steel to the 11-storey concrete building.

The workforce was reduced due to COVID-19 restriction and with 25 onsite during peak periods the job was finished by July 2020. Engineering Directions is a skilled team with expertise in steel fabrication from concept through design, manufacturing and 74


For more information contact Engineering Directions, 313A Dohertys Road, Truganina VIC 3029, phone 03 9369 9890, email sarah@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below du Chateau Chun issued building and occupancy permits for the Olderfleet development.

du Chateau Chun are experts in the implementation of building regulations, codes and standards. With over 30 years experience du Chateau Chun offer a range of consultancy services including structural, fire and accessibility compliance. In July 2016, Director Greg du Chateau was appointed as the relevant building surveyor for the Olderfleet development. du Chateau Chun issued building and occupancy permits for the new commercial tower and the existing structure built in 1890. “Upgrading existing buildings to satisfy today’s standards is especially challenging to architects, engineers and builders,” said Greg. “The Collins Street façade of the old brick and timber Olderfleet building was to be retained and integrated into the new construction which included the 7-storey atrium, a carpark and the 35-storey office tower to the back of the site.” Addressing the compliance issues associated with incorporating new work into the existing heritage building was especially challenging, it involved aligning existing heritage architecture, structure, engineering services as well as managing to determine compliance with access and egress at the site. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

du Chateau Chun have offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and service the eastern seaboard of Australia. As well as identifying and advising on fire and safety issues they are specialists in accessibility and DDA compliance and will work with clients at planning and DA stages as well as carrying out audits of new and existing structures. They also provide performance based design solutions, advice and reports to assess and improve regulatory compliance. Currently du Chateau Chun are at work ensuring Mirvac receive building regulation compliance for their newest development, a commercial and residential development at Flindes West in the Melbourne CBD. In 2018, du Chateau Chun completed work on Mirvac’s 664 Collins Street in the Docklands. The glass fronted, 9-level office building was constructed over an existing rail corridor forming part of Southern Cross Station, requiring coordination with local authorities and some detailed work to achieve compliance. For more information contact du Chateau Chun, Suite 428, 838 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008, phone 03 9081 1688, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE OLDERFLEET


Below Greene Fire installed the largest fire rated glazing system in Victoria for the internal stairway from Levels 9-38.

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Greene Fire specialises in the design and installation of fire curtains, fire rated glazing and specialist fire solutions. In March 2018, Greene Fire began design work for Olderfleet with Grimshaw Architects and the design team at Mirvac. A clever building design feature was utilising only one central core stair for the entire building. Being both a fire stair and inter tenancy stair, it consisted single glazed fire doors and fire rating glazing with an FRL of -/120/120 from Levels 9-38. “After months of careful planning we installed the largest fire rated glazing system in Victoria and one of the largest in Australia. We moved some enormous pieces of glass, panes that were 3m high and 64mm thick. The logistics of moving and installing that much glass was a challenge and had to be carefully organised in our local factory first, delivering each floor to site when required. It was a weighty load with each pane of glass weighing just under 400kg, needing specialist lifting machinery,” Darren Civil, State Manager for VIC, SA, WA and TAS explained. “To cope with demand for our fire products, we have recently opened a new 1,650m² facility in Dandenong South where we will 76


be manufacturing aluminium framed fire rated glazing and heat attenuation screen.” Greene Fire has offices and manufacturing facilities in Victoria and New South Wales for projects across Australia including commercial, residential, industrial, educational facilities and health care. Greene Fire design and installs niche fire solutions that give greater freedom to architects and building designers, enabling them to satisfy fire regulations in new ways. A popular product installed by Greene Fire is their FireMaster Concertina, a multi-sided self supporting fire curtain allowing for multiple interconnecting stairs and fire compartmentation which is completely invisible in non-fire mode. Current projects include 405 Bourke Street where they are installing 12 large concertinas and fire rated glazing, circular concertinas curtains at Minter Ellison and Rosella complex which will be the new headquarters to Reece Group and the new beautifully designed Chancellery building at Monash University, Clayton where Australia’s longest fire curtain at 76 linear meter, is installed. For more information contact Greene Fire, phone 03 8526 1990, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Link Stone Works created shop drawings, sourced, crafted and installed granite walls and floors to the lobby, and turco argento to benchtops and vanities.

Link Stone Works is a professional team of designers, engineers, stonemasons and installers working throughout the Melbourne CBD and regional Victoria. Working to the architect’s specifications Link Stone Works created shop drawings, sourced, crafted and installed granite walls and floors to the spectacular 7-storey lobby at Olderfleet as well as to five other lift lobbies in the building. “We also supplied and installed turco argento, a beige coloured and veined marble limestone, tops to the vanities in the end-of-trip facilities, as well as ceramic tiles to staff bathrooms,” explained by Project Manager, Steven Gomes. “We source our material from many different places overseas including Turkey, India and China to find the right stone for the job. The long lead time meant we worked on the installation very quickly to meet the programme and with 40 installers at work we completed the job within six months. It was challenging moving the large pieces of stone up the scaffold, especially working around the other trades sharing the gantry.” With 30 years combined experience the expert team at Link Stone Works provide custom designed stone work and is able to tackle the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

largest of projects. Prior to installation they offer computer generated images of proposed work to ensure approval from designers and clients alike. “Most of our work has been in the commercial sector,” said Steve. “We have recently started operation at our new 10,000m² facility where we can increase production of ceramic and porcelain tiles for the domestic market.” Link Stone Works have completed many successful projects with Mirvac including the stylish stone cladding to the façade of the podium at Epworth Freemasons private hospital. In 2017, Link Stone Works completed the installation of travertine wall cladding with mechanical fixing to a suspended steel frame at Mirvac’s 664 Collins Street.

For more information contact Link Stone Works, 42-44 Jessica Way, Truganina VIC 3029, phone 1300 546 578, email sales@linkstone., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE OLDERFLEET




A HUB OF EQUALITY DEVELOPER : Victorian Pride Centre Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd ARCHITECTS : Grant Amon Architects & Brearley Architects + Urbanists CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $36 million

The Victorian Pride Centre marks incredible social progress and is one of the largest in the world at 5-storeys and over 6,000m2 of floor space. This architecturally impressive development is a safe, inclusive and vibrant LGBTIQ+ hub – a destination where the public, community groups and over 40 organisations can connect, share, support and engage. The Victorian Pride Centre is an impressive development of curved and linear forms that create a dynamic and sculptural building. The building is a safe, inclusive hub for the LGBTIQ+ and wider community, as well as over 40 organisations to connect, share, support and engage. “The design competition for the Centre recognised that ‘normal architecture’ wasn’t enough. The building had to acknowledge, embrace and encourage diversity,” said Operations Manager, Brian McAdam. “From a field of 18 entries, Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and Urbanists won the competition for the Centre. Hansen Yuncken saw the opportunity to be part of a building of significance for the LGBTIQ+ community, as well as the people of St Kilda.” The building addresses the urban character of Fitzroy Street, extending an arcade over the footpath and retreating to the south with a variety of terraces and arches. The design ensures light and views from floors overlooking any future development, allows solar access and preserves existing trees. Inside is over 6,000m2 of floor space spread across 80


5-storeys that capture sun through beautifully shaped circular and elliptical windows, and direct light via the smooth oval atrium. Hansen Yuncken were awarded the D&C contract which included demolition of the existing structure, a new building and integrated fitout for a cinema, library and a rooftop garden. Tenant fitouts included health services for Star Health and Thorne Harbour Health as well as JOY radio with studios isolated from the slab and acoustically insulated. Onsite work started in late 2019 and the unique architecture of the Centre presented challenges at every stage. “The project was one of constant problem solving,” said Brian. “Conceptually the building is a solid that has been cored out east west as well as from the top down. It makes interesting forms that work for the function of the building as well as creating a beautiful aesthetic.” The structure uses concrete in its many forms in situ, precast and Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) skins to construct 17 different arched shapes. To construct the 3D façade each trade had to provide AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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layout drawings of their installation and Hansen Yuncken coordinated the successful interface between them. “The building fabric was made up of seven layers including structural and secondary steel, aluminium extrusions and cladding panels. There were 1,100 aluminium cladding panels, all curved in two dimensions, of different shapes and sizes. We had to match colours, with products from overseas, and it’s important to match the right people with different tasks,” added Brian.

mosques. Another special product used was silvertop ash for cladding the offices. Harvested in Gippsland and repurposed as feature timber panelling, it was cut with precision at the mill so that when it arrived onsite, it split like a chocolate orange, revealing rough sawn weatherboards. Onsite completion was achieved in April 2021. “It takes a long time to get a building finished these days with many procedures to go through,” added Brian.

“Installing the ‛eggshell’ feature in the atrium was challenging. The 18m high GRC sculpture arrived as 34 pieces which were bolted together. The shape reflects the architectural forms of the building and is actually bisected horizontally by the fire curtain. This shows how practicalities and building regulations can be satisfied while still maintaining an aesthetic.”

Previous projects for Hansen Yuncken include major projects such as the spectacular $230 million SKYCity Adelaide Casino Redevelopment, through to low bono and pro bono projects such as the Harris Transportable Housing Project for Launch Housing, comprised of 14 low cost prefabricated houses situated across multiple inner city locations, to help combat homelessness.

The curved ceilings were made from troweling the finish direct to an engineered insulation – a stiffer and denser product from Germany with acoustic properties. It’s used in Dubai, on the curved ceilings of

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 10, 412 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9831 6500, email melbourne@, website




Below Bravo Plasters fitted a variety of internal linings throughout the Victorian Pride Centre.

Bravo Plasters are a dedicated team of professionals with years of experience providing quality plaster finishes and stylish timber linings for interior walls, floors and features. At the Victorian Pride Centre, Bravo Plasters had an especially challenging job, characteristic of the building is the myriad curves and angles of the walls. The sculpted interior volumes needed some skilled carpentry and plasterwork to showcase the beauty of the unfolding spaces. “Our contract with Hansen Yuncken started in May 2020,” said Director, Xinling Ji. “The job wasn’t an especially large scale one for us, but it was unique. As a busy plastering company we work across a range of sectors however the Pride Centre was a new and interesting project for us.” “We fitted many different types of linings including Blackbutt, Spotted Gum and Silver Top Ash wall cladding as well as cork and perforated timber for the ceilings,” explained Managing Director, Tong Ying Ji. “We installed timber flooring to the steel framed staircase in the auditorium and we spent some time adjusting the timber thicknesses to get the levels right. We also built the timber frame and lining for the bookshelf under the stairs. The plasterwork was varied with the each level receiving a different treatment. We installed a perforated plaster ceiling, acoustic tiled ceilings and some custom acoustic treatments on ceilings and walls for sound insulation.” “The challenge of the job was that most of areas are shaped and curved in different dimensions and we needed to design the fitout,” said Site Foreman and Technical Manager, Yuhong Wang. “Some of the materials we used were hard straight boards that be had to bend without damage. We succeeded at producing a high quality job.” “The most important step of this job was designing the installation and this was done by our experienced workers, an architect 82

and a structural engineer, both with a background of working in China,” explained Tong Ying. The job included fitting a new product, Fade Insulated Plasterboard, engineered in Denmark and used extensively overseas to reduce noise levels within public spaces. The ceilings on the ground floor were lined and finished using this new system which comprises acoustically insulated lining boards that can be curved and shaped and also combined with an applied plaster finish. Despite the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, Bravo Plasters had 30 installers working continuously onsite and had the job completed by the end of May 2021. “It was a very hard time for everybody during COVID-19 and I would like to thank all of my workers, who all stayed with us on the job at Bravo Plasters, throughout 2020 and afterwards,” added Xinling. “The Victorian Pride Centre was our first job with Hansen Yuncken and we are honoured to be working with the 100 year old company. We now have another job with them, plasterwork at a development called Industry Lanes, three interconnected buildings of retail and commercial space at Richmond in Melbourne. We hope to join with Hansen Yuncken in future projects and continue to grow this valuable working relationship.” Established in 2002, Bravo Plasters’ team of installers are ready for work on large scale interior fitouts and plasterwork projects. Based in the CBD, Bravo Plasters work across the Melbourne metropolitan area as well as regional Victoria. “We supply plastering and lining services for large commercial developments as well as for smaller scale projects,” said Tong Ying. “We’ve completed domestic jobs, retail and high rise apartments.” For more information contact Bravo Plasters, phone 0402 471 811









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Below Able Industrial Floors Pty Ltd polished 3,000m2 of concrete floors throughout the project.

The team at Able Industrial Floors Pty Ltd are experts in providing polished concrete surfaces and applying attractive hard wearing epoxy and urethane coatings to concrete floors. In business for over 30 years, Able is a family company owned by brothers Andrew and Stuart Theakstone, working across the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. In February 2020, Able started onsite work at the Victorian Pride Centre. “We polished up to 3,000m2 of concrete floors across the 5-levels of the building,” said Andrew. “The job went very well and with four workers onsite we completed the work by early May 2021. Able has been working for Hansen Yuncken for over 35 years and we find them very easy to work with. The staff do as much as they can to streamline the onsite work so everything runs smoothly, they are well organised.”

“Most of our work is for warehouses, food production facilities and environments that require a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene such as laboratories. We work across the country and have completed a 12 year contract with the Australian Navy applying protective coatings to the decks of frigates and support vessels. Our overseas projects include a number of restaurants in Fiji and frigates in New Zealand,” said Andrew. Able provides painted coatings, spray or trowel applications as well as concrete repairs, curing and sealing. They use Green Star compliant materials and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products. “Able is especially well equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and an exceedingly reliable full time workforce of 17,” added Andrew.

Previous work for Hansen Yuncken includes the application of epoxy roll coats, coving and linemarking to a 2,000m2 area at the new Amart Store and two adjoining warehouse in 2020. In 2019, they worked at the huge NewCold facility in Truganina laying a polyurethane cement screed system, roll coats and coving. 86


For more information contact Able Industrial Floors Pty Ltd, 2/417 Dorset Road, Bayswater 3153, 03 9738 0742, email ablefloors@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ShapeShift Design Technologies designed and manufactured the ‛egg’ with specifically developed ShapeShell-RT.

ShapeShell-RC vaults, located on the roof, gives VPC the unique look you see today.

ShapeShift Design Technologies design, engineer and manufacture complex architectural structures. Starting in May 2019, ShapeShift worked on the engineering, design and manufacture of arched roof vaults for Levels 2 and 5 and the stunning ‛egg’ shaped feature installed in the central lobby.

look. ShapeShift helped the builder maximise panel sizes that could be transported and lifted into place. This minimised risk of misalignment and also the amount of work required on site to complete the install. We finished up in June 2020, our first project with Hansen Yuncken. They were great to work with on this complex building.”

ShapeShell-RC (Reinforced Concrete), an advanced GRC product was used for the exterior elements with a finish of off-form grey to suit surrounding precast and in situ elements. The ‛egg’ was made of ShapeShell-RT (Reinforced Thermoset), an advanced fibre-reinforced thermoset material ShapeShift has developed specifically for the construction industry.

ShapeShift specialises in geometries not possible with traditional building methods and materials. It works with architects and Tier 1 builders to supply the most challenging structures dreamed up by architects, as its tagline states, ShapeShift are Bridging Creativity and Buildability.

“ShapeShift were engaged early in the project to assist in concept design and ensure the final shapes could indeed be manufactured,” said Commercial Manager, Frank Rosselli. “The base design of the sculpture remained largely unchanged, however ShapeShift provided a lot of input to help understand how the items would be constructed and installed.” “We performed finishing and jointing works onsite prior to painting and ensured the final product met the architectural intent of a seamless WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For over 20 years, ShapeShift has provided solutions on a variety of landmark projects including 4,800m2 of large span ShapeShell-RT elements sweeping across the façade and colonnade of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Care Hospital and the Renzo Piano designed 72-storey tower, One Sydney Harbour in ShapeShell-RC. Live projects include works in the United States of America and Singapore. For more information contact ShapeShift Design Technologies, Suite 107, 33 Longland Street, Newstead QLD 4006, phone 07 3666 0007, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE VICTORIAN PRIDE CENTRE


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Below Keralton Plumbing and Drainage were responsible for the design and installation of the hydraulic system.

Keralton Plumbing and Drainage provides hydraulic design and installation services for medium to large scale commercial and industrial projects in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. With almost 60 employees, the team is able to manage a number of projects at once. Starting in August 2019, Keralton assisted in the design, and supply and installation of the plumbing, drainage, and hydraulics services to the Victorian Pride Centre. The job included connecting water and gas supplies, the installation of pumps and hot water plant, a water treatment plant, as well as sewerage and stormwater works. “The challenge involved designing a hydraulic system that complemented the intricate design and aesthetic of the complex,” said Project Manager, Danial McFarlane. “We also had to take care of ground water seepage and controlled it with a sub slab collection system which then treats the groundwater for re-use. Working with a number of valued suppliers, we were able to meet the design requirements for the centre, including the visually appealing installation of the bathroom fitout.” Keralton Plumbing is a family owned business established over 30 years ago with Tony McFarlane as Director, alongside his sons, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

daughter, son in law and daughter in law all working in the business. Keralton works across a variety of sectors including hospitals, schools, aged care and institutional facilities. Keralton are currently working on the hydraulic design and plumbing installation on a number of large scale apartment buildings including Liberty One, The Marker, Baptcare Aged Care redevelopment and at a Caritas Christi Hospice. In April 2020, Keralton began work on the hydraulic and plumbing package for St Moritz, a development of three luxury apartment buildings on the St Kilda esplanade. Previous projects completed by the team for Hansen Yuncken include the complete hydraulics installation for the Casey Specialist Medical Centre in Berwick, in 2015 and the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre in 2012.

For more information contact Keralton Plumbing and Drainage, Factory 1, 27 Bate Close, Pakenham VIC 3810, phone 03 5940 3379, email, website www.keraltonplumbing. VIC PROJECT FEATURE VICTORIAN PRIDE CENTRE


Below Complete Shotcrete completed the application of shotcrete to the basement concrete piles and lift shaft.

At the Victorian Pride Centre, Complete Shotcrete applied shotcrete to the concrete pile walls of the basement as well as spraying shotcrete to the preformed lift shaft. “As the shotcrete component of the basement was completed after the main structure, the access to the site was made difficult,” said Owner, Director, Damian Spokes. “It was a challenging, enclosed space which needed the addition of task lighting as well as extraction fans to ventilate the area and remove silica dust.” In business for 10 years, Complete Shotcrete employ 25 and had the whole team at work on the Pride Centre. They service Melbourne and regional Victoria applying shotcrete for commercial and residential projects specialising in finishes for concrete walls including retaining walls and panels as well as steel trowel finished walls, curves, colours, custom jobs and water features. Civil works include basement construction, steel fixing, bridgeworks and capping beams, underpinning and swimming pools. Complete Shotcrete have years of experience with infrastructure contracts and have been at work on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel since 2018 applying shotcrete to tunnels and shafts throughout the 90


network including at Franklin East, St Kilda and La Trobe Street. They have also been working at a number of the Level Crossing Removal Projects (LXRP) including Buckley Street and extensive works at Cheltenham, completed in July 2020. Currently they are at work on the large scale LXRP at Glen Roy, due to be finished by late 2021. Complete Shotcrete is an established family company and to offer a comprehensive service, Damian often works with brother Gavin whose company, Subterranean Solutions, supplies and fixes steel reinforcing prior to shotcreting. “We are the first in Australia to import spray equipment that can reach up to 6m, we can complete jobs without the need for scaffold or EWPs,” said Damian.

For more information contact Complete Shotcrete, 187 Station Street, Corio VIC 3214, phone 03 5275 8235, email estimating@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Policrete worked to the architects specifications and polished 800m2 of ground floor in four weeks.

Policrete are Melbourne and Geelong’s experts at pouring and polishing concrete to create beautiful concrete floors. Shiny and hard wearing, Policrete’s polished concrete floors add highlights to vast lobbies and cool, light reflective surfaces to small spaces. In late 2020, Policrete started the polish on the ground floor of the Victorian Pride Centre working to architects specifications to make a decorative and polished floor with coloured aggregate. “With six of us on the job we worked quickly, we polished the 800m2 of ground floor within four weeks,” said CEO, Marcos Shaw. “It was our first job with Hansen Yuncken and they gave us a good run with lots of assistance. Policrete have been contracted for another job with Hansen Yuncken at a warehouse in Dandenong, putting a burnished finish on a 300m2 structural slab.” Policrete can apply any decorative finish to concrete surfaces including a mechanical polish, grind and seal as well as epoxy resin. They have a showroom in Footscray, open seven days a week that displays the wide variety of finishes available. However, Policrete do more than polishing alone and offer a comprehensive service of preparation, including formwork and steel fixing, pouring, placing and polishing WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

concrete elements. They also provide engineered infill slabs, hydronic heating slabs, concrete benchtops and landscape elements. Established in 2009, Policrete has a team of 18 to serve domestic and commercial builders and architects, home and business owners. “Most of our work has been for high rise residential developments, polishing floors in the lobbies and within the separate apartments,” said Marcos. “More recently we are having success with warehouses and factories, Woolworths supermarkets and luxury homes.” Successful projects for Policrete include the grinding and polishing on 500m2 of floors and connecting spiral staircase at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, completed in late 2019; two large 1,200m2 grinding and polishing jobs at RSCV Cape Shank; and the University of Melbourne WEBs building.

For more information contact Policrete, 11 Geelong Street, West Footscray VIC 3012, phone 1300 565 017, email marcos@policrete., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE VICTORIAN PRIDE CENTRE


DIVING INTO IT DEVELOPER : Mornington Peninsula Shire Council MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Buxton Construction ARCHITECT : Peddle Thorp STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wallbridge and Gilbert CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $38.5 million

The Rosebud Aquatic Centre features an indoor 51.5m eight lane pool, warm water and learn-to-swim pools, aqua play area, spa, sauna and steam rooms. The project also comprised of the reception, café, entry foyer and health club including programme rooms, gym and multi-purpose room, along with environmental design features to improve efficiency throughout the building. Buxton Construction is a trusted, multi-award winning construction company with several aquatic projects to their credit. The company has broad professional capabilities across the commercial, industrial, education, high end residential, retirement living and sports sectors. The spectacular Rosebud Aquatic Centre for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, is Buxton’s latest accomplishment. The $38.5 million project is centred around an indoor 51.5m, eight lane Olympic sized pool which can be split into two 25m pools though the use of a special boom. The centre also has warm water and learnto-swim pools, aqua play area, spa, sauna and steam rooms with access for people with a disability, a family change village, offices, reception, a café with commercial kitchen, entry foyer, a health club including programme rooms, social space, a large gym, multi-purpose room, a wellness centre, external terraced areas and landscaping. 92


“There are stringent regulations surrounding air leakage from buildings containing large swimming pools and special construction techniques are required to ensure air pressurisation and tightness is maintained in the structure, supported by testing to ensure compliance,” said Operations Manager, Jeremy Laird. “Perhaps the most challenging aspect however, is the construction of the Olympic sized pool and the roof spanning across the entire facility.” Once the pool was formed up and poured, it had to undertake the hydrostatic testing process where it has to be left for 28 days to let the structure cure. It was then filled with water and left for 25 days to check for leaks. The water was then pumped out and recycled for other pools and the pool structure had to be left to dry out again over 30 days before tiling could begin. This meant that the roof had to be completed to ensure the pool remained dry during the 30 day drying period. This required precise onsite coordination to ensure the roof could be constructed while other trades were working below. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

The roof was built using insulated Colorbond Klip-Lok sheets secured to a steel framework. The walls comprised insulated Kingspan panels and a polycarbonate multi-cell walling system which allowed light to penetrate the structure. A thermally broken glazing system was used for the windows. “All these elements ensured high performance insulation for the building envelope,” Jeremy said. The pandemic introduced other challenges for the building schedule as key materials were being sourced from overseas, including the specialised boom for the pool from Seattle, the aqua play equipment manufactured in Canada and the pool tiles shipped from Germany. Further distinctive features that had to be accommodated were the intensive services that are required to run 24 hours per day, seven days per week including very large circulation pumps, chlorination and UV light disinfection plant and other pool equipment. Buxton commenced work in September 2019 and the company had eight of their staff onsite throughout, with support from staff in the office. “Buxton have considerable experience in building these centres, having completed a number of similar projects including the Geelong Leisure Links Aquatic Centre and the Croydon Aquatic Centre, Broadmeadows Leisure Centre, Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, Beacon WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Cove Recreation Centre, Peninsula Kingswood Country Club Sports Centre, as well as a significant number of pools connected to mixed use developments,” said Jeremy. Buxton has a culture of continuous improvement and consistently strives to ensure that their delivery, performance and the quality of work meets the highest industry standards. “Buxton pride themselves on combining traditional core values alongside innovative thinking and methodology,” Jeremy said. “The Rosebud Aquatic Centre is a great example of our approach.” With current projects totalling around $250 million, Buxton Construction continues to contribute to the built environment around Melbourne, including the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub, Elison luxury townhouses in Kew, a mixed use development in Swan Street, Richmond, Stage 2 of the Nelson Bourke apartments in Ringwood, Morgan BassCare Independent Living in Glen Iris and social housing for Housing First.

For more information contact Buxton Constructions, 1/262 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9644 7000, email admin@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE ROSEBUD AQUATIC CENTRE


Below METRA Australia were responsible for all the locker systems throughout Rosebud Aquatic Centre.

METRA Australia is at the forefront of innovative locker solutions, delivering touchless, reliable, and robust personal locker storage utilising smart locking technology with cashless payment solutions. METRA Australia’s locker systems are ideally suited to high moisture environments like aquatic centres, water parks and gymnasiums so was a logical choice for the new Rosebud Aquatic Centre in Melbourne. Working closely with the builder Buxton and the client, the METRA team designed an appropriate locker system that would serve the Centre’s members as well as casual patrons. An RFID ‘on door’ locking system was installed on all lockers which were arranged in banks outside the family change area and the gym and fitness rooms on Level 1. One of the great strengths of METRA’s lockers is that they are manufactured from high pressure laminate, providing robust security and damage resistance. “HPL is durable and resistant to moisture and corrosion,” said General Manager, John Sottile. “No part of the locker structure is susceptible to rust. Particularly significant is that the HPL material is anti-bacterial, a real plus in these health conscious times.” 94


World class hardware, software and technology is used in designing systems for clients. Working with the facility management software group, the MyMetraLocker software integrates seamlessly, allowing control of who can access what lockers. The software also allows for analysis of locker use with reporting options and a real time view of locker status. Remote opening can be actioned either by the software or by Mastercard®. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, METRA Australia can provide solutions to clients nationwide across all industry and government sectors. Recent projects include the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland, New South Wales and the Peninsular Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Frankston, Victoria.

For more information contact METRA Australia, phone 1300 638 722, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below PCD Group installed a Geberit Pluvia Siphonic system to the roof areas of the project.

Geberit Australia, part of the global Geberit Group, is a world leader in the design of siphonic roof drainage systems and has been successfully operating in the Pacific region for over two decades. Geberit Pluvia Siphonic outlets, piping and fittings were chosen for the Rosebud Aquatic Centre in Melbourne. The Geberit Pluvia Siphonic system allows large roof areas to be drained using fewer pipes and simplified hydraulic designs, allowing architects to develop building plans free from the restrictions of conventional roof drainage systems. The Pluvia system was an ideal choice for the expansive roof area at the aquatic centre. Marc Williams, Southern Region Sales Engineer, coordinated the design, quotation and onsite training for the project. The products were supplied by Reece Abbotsford and installation was undertaken by PCD Group. The decision to utilise siphonic rainwater drainage was made late in the design and early in the construction process. “We called on Eranda Dissanayake in the Geberit Pluvia design studio at our Sydney office to design the siphonic rainwater system requirements on Geberit’s specialised ProPlanner software. The design was constantly updated as installation progressed during the building’s construction, with final installation in November 2020,” said Marc. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Geberit Pluvia Siphonic rainwater systems can be used on any project, from skyscrapers to warehouses, utilising hydraulics to drain rainwater faster, through fewer pipes of a smaller diameter than conventional systems. This results in a simpler civil system underneath the building. Geberit supplies full design and onsite support to builders, architects and plumbers. In the last 18 months, Geberit Pluvia systems have been installed on iconic Melbourne projects including the M-City multi-tower development in Clayton, the Collins Arch project with its twin linked 42-floor towers in the CBD and the 70-storey Swanston Central apartment tower.

For more information contact Geberit Australia, 6-8 Byfield Street, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 02 9889 7866, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE ROSEBUD AQUATIC CENTRE






Mortlake South Wind Farm includes 35 Nordex 4.5MW turbines with a capacity up to 157.5 MW, which will generate clean energy for the equivalent of up to 117,000 households and a 15km underground connection line to the 220kV Terang substation. The wind farm will assist the Victorian Government’s target of 40% of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2025, while bringing significant economic activity to the region. The energy division of ACCIONA is constructing its fifth wind farm in Australia at Mortlake South in southwestern Victoria. On completion, the wind farm will have a generation capacity of 157.5 MW, sufficient to power 117,000 homes. The Mortlake South Wind Farm, situated on open farm land, forms part of the Victorian Government’s legislated energy target, which is aiming for 25% of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020 and 40% by 2025. The $280 million Mortlake South project will prevent the emission of some 532,000 tonnes of CO2 from coal-fired power stations per year. It will be equipped with a battery storage facility of between 4MW and 5MW to increase the farm’s performance and facilitate its integration into the power grid. The Mortlake South Wind Farm will be powered by 35 Nordex 4.5MW turbines, with the 72.5m blades having a maximum tip height of 186m. “The turbines will be positioned on towers manufactured by Hayward’s Steel in Tasmania and Keppel Prince in Victoria, providing a significant level of Australian content,” said Dan Belton, General Manager Engineering and Construction for ACCIONA’s Australian energy business. “The turbines are heavy duty, high capacity units and have the highest output of any wind turbine in Australia. Due to the weight of the turbines, the 105m towers are being located on reinforced foundations measuring up to 23.6m in diameter and 3.4m


deep, requiring approximately 720m3 of concrete for each tower.” The first turbine was successfully installed in late November 2020, representing a major construction milestone for the project. Comprising four steel tower sections, a nacelle, hub and three blades, the turbine was erected over the course of four days by a team of skilled personnel. The crane required to lift all the elements for the top of the turbine is capable of lifting the heaviest components together – the nacelle, hub and drive train – which collectively weigh 210 tonnes. “This lift is the heaviest ever completed by a construction crew at a wind farm in the southern hemisphere and it was an impressive effort by our team,” Dan said. “A second crane is now at the site and each crane will complete the installation of one wind turbine per week between now and late May.”

protocols in order to keep our workforce and the local community safe. Our team and delivery partners were very diligent and committed to maintaining a COVID safe workplace,” Dan said. A particularly wet winter in 2019 and 2020, though great for the local farming community, added some complications to civil works. Despite all these challenges the project has been able to maintain the construction schedule with completion expected in the June quarter 2021. A key part of the Mortlake South Wind farm project has been community engagement and apart from employment opportunities, local businesses have benefitted from the supply of goods and services to the project.

ACCIONA has been proactive in promoting local jobs. Up to 124 jobs have been created during construction and there will be 10 ongoing jobs once the farm is complete. Farmers have been able to continue their activities unimpeded during construction and when the wind farm is operational.

ACCIONA will be the long-term owner and operator of the wind farm. The Mortlake South project will bring ACCIONA’s total installed capacity in Australia to 592MW, which is enough clean energy to power 416,000 homes. The company is part of the Spanish ACCIONA Group, a global leader in sustainable infrastructure construction and management, encompassing wind and solar power, water treatment and road and rail transport.

COVID-19 created a number of unique challenges. Delays were experienced through the supply chain as COVID impacted equipment manufacturers from China, Europe and South America. “Additionally, we had to operate under strict COVID-19

For more information contact ACCIONA’s Energy Team, Level 38, 360 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9027 1000, email, website





SUPPORTING LOCAL RENEWABLE INDUSTRY In 2019 Wilson Transformer Company (WTC) was awarded a contract to deliver a 185MVA 220/33kV power transformer for ACCIONA’s Mortlake South Wind Farm project, located in South West Victoria. The 35 turbine wind farm was one of six new renewable energy generation facilities that had been successful in the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) Reverse Auction, securing a 15 year support agreement with the State. The unit took around two and a half months to build in the WTC manufacturing facility in Melbourne once materials were available. WTC Bids and Solutions Manager, Muthu Subramaniam said that the procurement and coordination of the transformer parts and materials was an important aspect of the manufacturing process. “Some of the parts and materials were ordered from overseas, including bushings from Europe, core steel from Japan and conductors from South Korea, and we needed to ensure that they all arrive on time so that the transformer could be built and delivered to site as planned,” Muthu said. A special feature of the design was using composite resin impregnated paper (RIP) bushings, which have some technical advantages such as fire resistance. The project saw WTC graduate trainees and apprentices working alongside their experienced colleagues on the design and construction of the unit. The manufacturing of the transformer was completed in early February 2020 with the official celebration event taking place on 7 February 2020 at WTC’s factory in Glen Waverley. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio,

State Member for Mount Waverley District Matt Fregon, ACCIONA Energy Managing Director, Brett Wickham and WTC representatives attended the event to celebrate the delivery of the transformer. “It gives us all great pleasure,” said WTC Managing Director Ed Wilson, “to contribute to the local renewable energy sector and support the reliability of Victoria’s electricity supply. We are grateful for the Victorian Government’s VRET initiative, which encourages large developers to connect with local business to build and support local capability to benefit Australia and local communities.” In early February 2020 – just before the outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria – the power transformer was transported to site, travelling overnight under VicRoads supervision. The transportation was carefully organised to combat the inherent risk that comes with transporting heavy equipment. “Transportation ran seamlessly – we were lucky that it was scheduled before the outbreak of COVID,” Muthu said. Following its arrival, the unit was then installed in the substation at Mortlake, taking several weeks, and included site assembly, oil filling, and site acceptance testing. The WTC team worked closely with ACCIONA to complete the installation and ensure it was ready for use. Muthu said that the transformer would be a critical asset for the Mortlake South Wind Farm. “It’s essential that the product is of high quality and is reliable so that it can consistently export power to the grid for the next several decades,” Muthu said. Once operational, the Mortlake South wind farm will generate enough clean energy to power more than 115,000 houses each year. The Mortlake South wind farm is the second project WTC delivered to ACCIONA in recent years. In 2017, the company supplied two 80MVA 66/33kV power transformers and forty-four, 3.5MVA 33/12kV distribution transformers for the Mt. Gellibrand wind farm project, located in South West Victoria. For more information contact Wilson Transformer Company, 310 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley VIC 3150, phone 03 9560 0411, website











Level Crossing Removal Project / Northern Program Alliance Image supplied by Level Crossing Removal Project



The Bell to Moreland project involves the removal of four dangerous and congested level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg, and Moreland Road in Brunswick by raising the rail line over the roads. New stations at Coburg and Moreland have been built while existing heritage-listed station buildings have been restored and repurposed, along with new community spaces, and improved east-west connections. Melbourne’s Level Crossing Removal Project is overseeing a transformation of the city’s rail and road networks on behalf of the Victorian Government. A total of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings are being removed across Melbourne by 2025, with 46 already removed. The project is providing the people of Melbourne with the additional benefit of significantly enhancing the public amenity through extensive parks, cycle paths and pedestrian paths.

Kellogg Brown and Root, Metro Trains and the Level Crossing Removal Project. In order to remove the four level crossings quickly and efficiently, a 3 month rail line closure was commissioned from July to November in 2020 on the Upfield line in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. This was the longest rail line closure the Level Crossing Removal Project had seen in its 5-year history. Extensive planning was undertaken to ensure passengers could continue to get to their destinations using replacement buses and nearby trams.

One of the recent successes of the project has seen four level crossings removed at Bell Street, Reynard Street and Munro Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick. The rail line was elevated for 2.5km and new stations were built at Coburg and Moreland which are now in operation. The heritage-listed station buildings were retained and landscaping and other ground works under the rail line will continue in the coming months.

A major challenge for the project arose with the Melbourne lock-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many residents were at home 24 hours per day along the narrow 2.5km rail corridor. The Communications and Engagement team worked tirelessly to communicate the purpose of the works. Relocation was offered to many people directly affected by the noise from the construction work.

The Bell to Moreland project was undertaken by the North West Program Alliance headed by John Holland Group in alliance with

Matt Thorpe, Program Director, Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project, said the project has been a real game changer.



“Under very difficult circumstances we closed a rail line for three months, removed four level crossings, constructed 2.5km of new rail line, and built new stations at Moreland and Coburg. This was an immense effort by everyone involved.” Matt added that throughout the project, new ways of getting the job done more efficiently were sought wherever possible. “We used innovations on the project such as 4G tracking technology to monitor deliveries in real time. Delivering over 400 concrete segments including L-beams, piers and headstocks was a huge logistics exercise.”

they assisted in the efficient placement of the concrete segments in the narrow corridor in which the contractors were working. New open spaces underneath and alongside the elevated Upfield rail line will open in mid-2021 and will cater for all ages and abilities. The project will deliver three half-size basketball courts, playgrounds, a dog park, table tennis tables, skating and parkour area, plus exercise equipment for the community to enjoy. The open space is designed to improve east to west connections and provides an upgrade to the Upfield bike path, including separated cycling and walking paths along the rail line and more lighting for safety.

“To ensure they arrived onsite on time, the 4G tracking technology was used. This technology was also helpful to team members unable to be onsite due to the lockdown as they could see in real time how the deliveries were progressing each day.”

With 46 level crossings now gone from around Melbourne, the Level Crossing Removal team continues work towards their goal of removing 75 level crossings by 2025.

Another innovation on the project was the use of two new custom built 90 tonne gantry cranes from the USA. These cranes were around 18m high and 17m wide with rubber tyres. Being highly manouvourable,

For more information contact Level Crossing Removal Project, phone 1800 105 105, email, website



Below Active Green Services provided arboriculture impact assessments and tree protection management planning.

Active Green Services is a dedicated environmental consultancy utilising state-of-the-art technology to protect and enhance the environment. With a national footprint of highly qualified and experienced inhouse and external experts in arboriculture, ecology and environmental science, Active Green Services offers an integrated and complementary portfolio of consulting and reporting services focused on the challenges of sustainability, urban greening, bushfire mitigation, tree management, habitat restoration, erosion control, water and air quality. The expertise of Active Green Services (AGS) is regularly sought by local councils, Tier One construction companies and state government authorities, particularly on large infrastructure projects. In Melbourne, AGS has had an involvement in several projects for the Level Crossing Removal Programme, including the crossings at Maroondah Highway Lilydale and Manchester Road Mooroolbark, the Abbotts Road Cranbourne upgrade, the Cherry Street Werribee crossing and Aviation Road Laverton upgrade. AGS consultants provided arboriculture impact assessments and tree protection management planning, including supervision of tree protection techniques on the projects. “Tree retention in urban areas is always important, but the size and scope of infrastructure development can make it very difficult,” said Lead Environmental Scientist with AGS, Bryan McMullan. “We actively manage this challenge through close collaboration with the client’s construction teams, supplying a number of alternatives within our reporting so

construction teams can plan around all eventualities and select the most efficient methods and approaches.” The innovative approach of AGS is illustrated by the pioneering work they have done to develop Active Tree Canopy Measurement methodology (ACM) which maps and measures canopy gain or loss over time using satellite imagery. ACM acquires high resolution satellite imagery on or about December 1st each year. They then assesses 100% of the area using artificial intelligence to interpret and determine temporal canopy cover. The AI assessment of mapped coverage is visually inspected by a qualified arborist and adjusted if required. After confirmation, the data is compared with the various local government areas and changes caused by canopy growth and loss calculated. The ability of local councils and major projects to facilitate positive change and actively manage tree canopy cover is greatly enhanced by ACM as 100% of areas are mapped and geospatial identification and positioning of all canopy gain and canopy loss is provided. This removes variability caused by limited area sampling or human misinterpretation. AGS also utilises the latest technology and software to facilitate integrated data collection, storage and reporting via business intelligence platforms, including data captured from geospatial and drone aerial inspections. The approach AGS takes when contracted for arboriculture and ecological impact management for government or private


sector projects is to initially conduct a survey for flora and fauna inventory purposes, then to prepare impact assessment reports that identify vegetation removal and retention. Our reports are structured to inform clients on best case work practices that will bring about impact avoidance and minimise ultimate impacts on flora and fauna. Protection plans are prepared for each specific site. AGS consultants will meet with work teams to discuss protection measures and to assist with supervising habitat protection and management during the construction activity. The team at Active Green Services is passionate about its mission to keep communities safe and green. “We pride ourselves on delivering operationally and commercially informed answers to our clients about the environmental challenges they encounter. We build long term relationships with our clients, evidenced by the level of repeat business we experience.” Active Green Services continues to work on sectons of the Level Crossing Removal Programme for both the Western Programme Alliance and the South East Programme Alliance.

For more information contact Active Green Services, 53 Jersey Road, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 1300 130 287, email, website Offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.






Below CKI Industrial undertook non-destructive digging, service locating, vacuum loading, de-watering services and ultra high pressure waterjetting.

CKI Industrial is a young but rapidly growing Australian company providing an extensive range of Industrial Services throughout Australia. CKI Industrial’s service offering includes: high velocity vacuum loading, high pressure and ultra high pressure water jetting, non-destructive digging, waste handling and management, tank cleaning, cold cutting electrical services and emergency response. Clients of CKI Industrial have access to a team with decades of experience backed by a technologically advanced fleet of EPA licensed, purpose built equipment and vacuum combination units. CKI Industrial’s team have worked on large scale contracts for heavy industrial clients as well as in the civil, municipal and government sectors. “Our professional experience and modern fleet ensure customers are provided with the most cost effective and safe solutions for their projects,” explained Tom Mitchell, CKI Industrial Managing Director. A recent assignment for CKI Industrial has been on the Bell to Moreland stage of the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project, involving the removal of dangerous and congested level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick. CKI Industrial undertook non-destructive digging, service locating, vacuum loading, de-watering services and ultra high pressure waterjetting, including concrete demolition. At any time, around 15 of CKI Industrial’s team were engaged on the project. The client often required teams and equipment to be mobilised at very short notice, including weekend and night shifts. “The nature of our business is that we have to be nimble and responsive on any project, juggling personnel and equipment to meet the immediate needs of our clients. We have structured the CKI Industrial business to be able to respond to these situations.” The pandemic added extra challenges and in order to meet social distancing requirements, extra vehicles had to be added to the fleet to transport teams to and from job sites, as all equipment deployed from the depot each day. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The health and safety of all our staff and the customers we interact with on a daily basis is our highest priority,” Tom said. “All of our management and supervisory staff are accountable for health and safety and the response from our whole team in dealing with COVID-19 protocols was exemplary.” CKI Industrial’s rapid growth in the Civil Infrastructure market has also seen significant involvement to Tier 1 contracts, including Melbourne Metro Tunnel, the Rod Laver Arena Redevelopment as well as many other Level Crossing Removal works. “In terms of turnover and equipment utilisation, we now have a near 50/50 split between our civil clients and our traditional core business in the industrial sector, where we service the manufacturing and petrochemical market. This has been a pleasing result for us, as it helps in diversifying our capabilities and gives our business exposure to a much wider customer base,” said Tom. The environment is a priority for CKI Industrial, with a large part of the company’s work is assisting customers with overall management of non-hazardous or hazardous waste, both solid and liquid. CKI Industrial has a broad spectrum of EPA licensed waste vehicles and personnel, ensuring that they are involved in the entire waste life cycle, from collection to final treatment and disposal. Tom attributed the growth in the CKI Industrial business to the company’s obsessive commitment to customer service. “We apply a very blue collar mentality to our work. We recognise that each job requires a tailored solution and we always aim to integrate into our customers projects in a seamless manner, acting in a partnership. Our supervisors and managers are operationally visible on our jobsites every single day of the week.” CKI Industrial recently moved to a new purpose built headquarters at Williamstown North in order to accommodate their expanding business and to better service its wide customer base. For more information contact CKI Industrial, 48 Macaulay Street, Williamstown North VIC 3016, phone 1300 CKI 300, website


Cool Logic is a highly regarded provider of technologically advanced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. The Cool Logic team specialises in unique and challenging projects across Australia in all construction sectors. Cool Logic has successfully completed several HVAC projects at the new Melbourne rail stations as part of the Level Crossing Removal Programme. One of their latest assignments was on the Bell Street, Coburg to Moreland Road, Brunswick section of the programme, where Cool Logic supplied and installed all HVAC and mechanical services to the new stations constructed at Coburg and Moreland. The company also supplied HVAC systems to the smaller heritage station buildings which have been preserved as part of the overall project. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) reverse cycle ducted and High Wall units were installed for the new stations. “The equipment is able to withstand heavy duty use for both heating and cooling. Combined with BMS it can deliver high performance with optimum efficiency,” said Cool Logic Director, Robert Rondi. The services were delivered and commissioned in record time to meet the critical programme, over a three to four month period, around 10 members 110 VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - BELL TO MORELAND

of Cool Logic’s team were involved, sometimes around the clock, in design, sourcing, installation and commissioning of the HVAC systems. An interesting challenge (Cool Logic in Collaboration with KBR Consultants) had to meet was to design and implement a ‘smart’ design system which included BMS control and monitoring. “This was specifically designed and installed to meet the rail operator (MTM) requirements, to remotely monitor the status of the mechanical equipment and support any preventive/reactive maintenance activities that will produce a positive overall outcome for MTM to maintain the equipment functionality and life,” Robert explained. Cool Logic regularly deals with requirements for smarter systems. “Traditional building management systems typically have standalone applications with separate monitoring and control stations for HVAC controls, energy metering and power management, central plant equipment and lighting,” Robert said. “While each application is beneficial on its own, the real power lies in managing them as one, intelligent solution.” Cool Logic has successfully completed a diverse range of technically challenging solutions, including critical care facilities, comfort environmental control for both in situ construction sites as well as complex modular built constructions. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Cool Logic installed HVAC and mechanical services to the new stations constructed at Coburg and Moreland.

Operating across Australia, Cool Logic specialises in unique projects which require flexible, reliable and energy efficient air conditioning, such as exclusive architecturally designed commercial buildings and high end residential construction. The company has also completed HVAC projects in Numerous schools, Public buildings, Air Force Live-In Accommodation, Retail, and high rise residential developments. The growth of the family owned business reflects the valuable relationships Cool Logic has established with builders, developers, suppliers, and consultants, providing competitive and efficient solutions for all heating and cooling requirements.

and final product design. Cool Logic also has a team of experienced air conditioning service personnel, available to service perform essential maintenance work on everything from single units to an entire building system. Delivering 100% customer satisfaction is the aim of every member of the Cool Logic team, whether it is in design, engineering, installation, or maintenance. “We are committed to ensuring that our clients have the latest innovative products that are designed to optimise healthier indoor air quality and comfort levels combined with efficiency in energy consumption.” It’s Logical – Cool Logic.

Cool Logic has a focus on four elements – operational efficiency, project management, quality control and attention to detail on all projects. “This focus ensures we are competitive, delivering HVAC systems to a high standard of workmanship and service without compromising on design. We can provide the latest solutions for industrial and commercial systems to meet the needs of any size space, designing and delivering bespoke solutions with an emphasis on energy efficiency, practicality and commercial viability.” Cool Logic offers cost effective 2D/3D design and drafting services for all mechanical and HVAC applications, transforming client ideas into actual 2D/3D designs, bridging the gap between conceptualisation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Below CSA Specialised Services completed educting, CCTV inspection, drain cleaning and utility locating/ mapping on the Level Crossing Removals.

CSA Specialised Services has earned a deserved reputation for innovative, competitive and cost effective turnkey solutions that take care of all aspects of waste removal for Victorian businesses including documentation, disposal and risk management. CSA’s specialised environmental services are continually in demand by Victoria’s infrastructure, construction, underground utilities and industrial sectors. CSA’s services were contracted on the largest section of the Melbourne Level Crossings Removal Programme undertaken so far, which was the removal of four crossings from Bell Street, Coburg to Moreland Road in Brunswick. The rail line was elevated above the road, involving the construction of a bridge 2.5km long. New parks, open spaces and walking and bicycle paths were constructed underneath the elevated rail line. CSA undertook hydro excavation, industrial sweeping, educting, CCTV inspection, drain cleaning and utility locating/mapping on the project. Work proceeded around the clock, so the CSA team worked on a roster to ensure their equipment and qualified operators were always available, enabling the project programme to be maintained. CSA has the most innovative and technically advanced equipment available, including hi-rail and standard non-destructive digging (hydro excavation) units, eductor trucks, street sweepers, locating utes, heavy vacuum trucks and CCTV vans, all of which were utilised on the project. “We apply the latest digging methods and utility locating services which have the least environmental impact compared to traditional techniques. We regularly perform NDD around critical infrastructures such as sewer lines, power cables, gas lines, signals, substations and telecommunication cables so we were well placed to handle this project,” said CSA Project Manager, Wes Miller. Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is a specialty service provided by CSA, offering a full range of services related to utility infrastructure. The foundation of CSA’s SUE business is the collection of accurate, reliable utility data in accordance with AS5488-2013 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Subsurface Utility Information. Services include utility mapping, pipe and cable locating, ground-penetrating radar, concrete scanning, utility coordination and surveying. CSA has a workforce of 120 skilled personnel, many of them being veterans in the waste management business. All team members hold appropriate licences and qualifications to undertake project assignments, including qualified civil drainage and construction workers, carpenters, electricians, asbestos supervisors, plumbers, surveyors and utility locators. The team at CSA is well known for its response to any emergency situation at any time, day or night and prides themselves on being able to mobilise emergency teams and equipment within one hour. They are often called out to unblock major drains during periods of heavy rain and to prevent run-off from chemical or oil spills entering sensitive waterways. On several occasions, CSA has been called out to protect waterways from contamination during bushfires and industrial fires. For over a decade CSA has worked with many of Australia’s largest private corporations and semi-government authorities, allowing them to develop, refine and deliver a range of sophisticated waste management solutions. CSA’s extensive client base includes John Holland, Laing O’Rourke, ACCIONA, Melbourne Metro, Melbourne Water and municipal councils. CSA is currently working with the Southern Program Alliance on further level crossing removals and for the Metro Tunnel Project. In their 15 years in the waste management business, CSA has completed over 250 projects. The outstanding success of CSA’s solutions has resulted in CSA being recognised as a genuine leader and innovator in the field of waste and asset management. With a passion for excellence and pride in the quality of their work, CSA’s greatest reward is client satisfaction and the knowledge that their work preserves and protects the Victorian environment, particularly waterways. For more information contact CSA Specialised Services, 7 Pascal Road, Seaford VIC 3198, phone 1300 859 829, email info@csaspecialised., website


Below Daly’s Constructions (Australia) completed the electrical relocations on the Bell Street, Coburg to Moreland Road, Brunswick section of the removals.

Daly’s Constructions (Australia) is a family owned enterprise established in 1971, when Gabe and Mary Daly started the business to install cables in new estates throughout growing metropolitan Melbourne. Today, Daly’s provides specialist design, civil and structural works, cable installation, jointing and terminating services to the energy infrastructure industry across Australia and New Zealand. Daly’s were engaged by John Holland and the North West Programme Alliance to undertake electrical relocations on the Bell Street, Coburg to Moreland Road, Brunswick section of the Melbourne Level Crossings Removal Programme. Daly’s scope was to relocate underground electrical assets to enable the rail works to proceed. The works comprised of conduit installation, concrete and structural works, cable hauling, substation installations, earthing, jointing and terminating. Management to Jemena’s standards and processes, including commissioning the new assets during limited power outages, was a key deliverable. Due to the age of the local areas, works were required on a number of old cables including paper lead steel wired armour cables. “Transition jointing of new XLPE cables onto paper lead steel wired armour cables requires a high level of skill that can only

be developed with experience,” explained Operations Manager, Alex Anderson. “We are very proud of our team and what they bring to every project we undertake.” The company operated under tight time frames as the electrical relocations had to be completed to schedule otherwise other work on the programme would be held up. “We had to be conscious of other works underway on the site, ensuring we did not restrict the movement of plant and people,” said Alex. “Having to deal not only with the challenges of the work but also having to work under restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic was difficult. Working with Tim Synan and his team at John Holland was a pleasure as they are very proactive and cleared the path for us so we could come in and be efficient.” All of Daly’s staff are Victorian Electrical Supply Industry trained. Mandatory training is undertaken annually, including first aid, CPR, manual handling, safe approach distances as well as specific industry and customer required training and development. “We are proud that our workforce are all full time direct employees. We value their training and development.” Other recent Melbourne projects undertaken by Daly’s include the West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP) for CPBJH JV and Metro Tunnel for John Holland. On WGTP Daly’s undergrounded existing overhead 66kV


subtransmission lines, while on Metro Tunnel, Daly’s relocated existing 66kV circuits, including jointing of oil filled cables. The company is currently working on the North East Link Early Works for CPB to relocate electrical assets in Greensborough Road, Lower Plenty Road and Watsonia Station. As a specialist in major subtransmission and transmission design and construct underground projects, Daly’s Constructions’ reputation reflects their capability and performance. The company has a strong value system based on principles that includes a commitment to safety, quality of service, integrity in their relationships and client satisfaction. “We regard our people and their expertise as our greatest asset. We have staff who have been with the company for over 50 years,” Alex commented. “Investing in our people and a strong focus on customer service enables us to deliver to a very high standard. Our experience allows us to develop innovative solutions that are practical and work on site to save time and cost without risking quality.”

For more information contact Daly’s Constructions (Australia), 20-26 Cyanamid Street, Laverton North VIC 3026, phone 03 9360 9485, email, website






Below Hitch Group installed the combined services route (CSR), as well as completed road profiling on four crossing removals.

Hitch Group is renowned throughout the civil construction and infrastructure sectors for the delivery of high quality workmanship, excellent service and safe work practices. Since their establishment in 2007 by Joe Hitchcock, Hitch Group has experienced dynamic growth, achieving a leading position as one of the most progressive civil and rail companies in Victoria. The family owned Australian company has been singularly focused on meeting the total requirements of companies working on civil and infrastructure projects through the provision of qualified trades personnel and fully compliant plant and equipment. Based on their experience and reputation, Hitch Group has been regularly subcontracted to work on various sections of the Melbourne Level Crossings Removal Programme. One of their latest contracts was on the project removing level crossings at Bell and Munro Streets in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick. The four crossings were removed in November 2020 by elevating a 2.5km section of rail, with two new stations built at Coburg and Moreland, with open space created under the rail bridge. Hitch Group was actively engaged throughout the project which proceeded over 90 days, allocating up to 40 of their total employee complement of 60 to the assignment at various times The scope of works included the installation of the combined services route (CSR), profiling, installation of access roads and tracks, construction of the hardstand for the crane pad, the manufacturing and delivery of site safety boxes, piling and heavy haulage. Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent restrictions impacted all contractors on the project including Hitch Group. Director Joe Hitchcock said the company’s priority was the safety of all their employees and the other stakeholders with whom it interacted. “We implemented stringent company guidelines and procedures, fully cooperating with the other participants on the site. This enabled us to continue our activities in a safe and efficient manner.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

One of the specialist services that Hitch Group offers is steel manufacturing. The Emergency Response Stations for the Bell to Moreland project were actually manufactured by Hitch Group and then delivered to site. The Group also repairs, maintains and modifies their own plant and attachments, along with other small manufacturing projects. Hitch Group offers an extensive range of plant and equipment for hire on a wet or dry basis as an additional service. The range includes excavators in a range of capacities, crane trucks, tipper trucks and skid steers. All equipment is regularly serviced and maintained to a fully compliant standard to ensure reliability and a high level of performance. Hitch Group has strong relationships with Tier 1 contractors involved in Victorian infrastructure programmes. “Relationships have always been the key to our past success and will continue to be so in our future,” Joe said. “Our ongoing list of projects with Tier 1 contractors is testimony to the trust they have in our ability to perform with diligence, professionalism and safety.” Projects include work for the South Eastern Program Alliance on the Manchester to Maroondah line, the Rail Infrastructure Alliance at Calder Park and Kensington, substation upgrades across Victoria for Metro Trains Melbourne and several upgrades for the Southern Program Alliance and the North West Program Alliance. On all their projects, Hitch Group always provides high calibre personnel that are well trained and experienced in working within a civil works and rail environment, including those adjacent to live rail services. “All our clients can have full confidence in the quality of work performed by the Hitch team, including technically challenging work,” Joe said.

For more information contact Hitch Group, email, website


Below Douglas Partners completed geotechnical design and verification of the railway bridge piles, retaining walls and station buildings.

Douglas Partners is a specialist engineering consulting firm in the fields of geotechnics, environment, groundwater, rock mechanics, geophysics and earthworks. Douglas Partners provided geotechnical services on one of the largest projects to date in the Melbourne Level Crossings Removal Programme. The scope of work on the Bell to Moreland project included geotechnical design for the railway bridge piles, associated abutments, retaining walls and station buildings, as well as verification during construction to confirm geotechnical design assumptions. Piling for the bridge was a critical part of the project and Douglas Partners worked on site to ensure the piles met the design requirements, while at the same time shortening piles wherever the ground conditions allowed, thereby speeding up the bridge construction programme. “It was a challenging project as work was undertaken during a rail occupation on a 24 hour a day basis for seven days a week. Our team worked on a rotating basis for three to four months,” said Per Henrikson, Geotechnical engineer and Senior Associate of Douglas Partners. 118 VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - BELL TO MORELAND

“The site works were undertaken at the peak of the second lockdown in Melbourne. Sourcing staff from interstate locations was impractical. A total commitment by our Victorian team members enabled our work to be completed ahead of the project schedule.” Owned and managed by its employees, Douglas Partners is one of the most experienced and innovative geotechnical consultants in Australia. The skills, experience and professionalism of their employees and the application of state-of-the-art technology are the foundation of the company’s success. With over 500 employees located in 20 branches and 15 NATA registered laboratories across Australia, Douglas Partners has contributed to major projects around the country and in the Pacific region.

For more information contact Douglas Partners, 231 Normanby Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9673 3500, email melbourne@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Arbor Survey supervised the tree management to ensure a number of established trees were protected while work was being undertaken.

Arbor Survey Pty Ltd provides expert arboricultural advice and analysis to protect and enhance the urban environment. Arbor Survey’s professional arborists have together had over 30 years of experience in tree management and protection plans, large scale tree surveys, construction impact assessments and tree safety issues. Arbor Survey has the expertise to manage projects from inception to completion. “We use the initial discussions with a client to determine the detailed requirements, then survey the trees to determine the best trees suitable for retention. This information is then fed into the design and once agreed we execute the tree management plan through to completion of the project,” explained Managing Director and Founder, Mark Reynolds. Arbor Survey was engaged to supervise tree management on the Bell Street to Moreland Road, Brunswick level crossings removal project. A number of established and iconic trees had to be removed or protected while work was being undertaken at the rebuilding of Moreland and Coburg stations. There were a number of species involved including Indigenous River Red Gum and some significant exotic species such as Canary Island Date Palms, Peppercorns and Elms. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The team provided advice and supervised contractors on the site on ways to avoid damaging trees while working close to them or digging trenches for power and water services. “There was a large amount of landscaping involved in the project, so ensuring tree protection zones were observed and movement around the trees was done in a way to minimise potential damage was our objective,” explained Mark. Arbor Survey Pty Ltd has been involved with a number of the level crossing removal projects, including design work at Preston, Glenroy and Pakenham. The company has also been involved in a number of innovative projects to protect trees on development sites, as well as large scale tree survey projects for golf courses, educational institutions, local government and private land holdings. “We use the latest technology in all our project designs and our fully qualified arborists provide accurate, researched and knowledgeable advice. We don’t just write reports, we project manage solutions from inception to completion,” Mark said. For more information contact Arbor Survey Pty Ltd, 37 Arbor Way, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 8521 4966, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - BELL TO MORELAND 119

Below Rangedale completed hydro excavation (Non-Destructive Digging NDD), to expose underground services, mitigating risks.

Rangedale Drainage is a leading multi-skilled company providing a wide range of industrial and civil services to major infrastructure projects and other market sectors. Rangedale provides a holistic service approach with expertise, capability, resources and scale to deliver on projects of any size. Rangedale provides its valued customers with a comprehensive service providing turnkey solutions utilising inhouse services. With vast industry knowledge and expertise, Rangedale offers services such as utility locating, mapping and survey, non-destructive digging, CCTV, drain cleaning, bulk liquid waste management, disposal and recycling, saw cutting, asphalting, along with other Civil services of relining, manhole rehabilitation and traffic management. As a long term service provider to the North West Program Alliance, delivering successful outcomes for Melbourne’s level crossing removal projects (LXRP), Rangedale have been integral in the success of the Bell Street Coburg to Moreland Street Brunswick section, recently providing services through a history making 90 day occupation. A major component of the project was service locating and survey, hydro excavation and proving of services. “We also managed contaminated and non-contaminated mud slurries, along with other 120 VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - BELL TO MORELAND

waste streams of Bentonite and polymer slurries arising from drilling and boring activities,” said Mick Polwath, Business Development Manager for Rangedale. Other tasks carried out included drain cleaning and CCTV inspections of storm water systems and sewer systems. Rangedale also provided some bespoke relining during the life of the project. “In collaboration with the Alliance, all project tasks were undertaken with a community first focus to minimise disruption,” Mick said. “Other challenges included the tight working space of the rail corridor and overhead electricity amongst others. We also had to be conscious of the needs of the local community in terms of noise levels and hours of work.” Rangedale Drainage has a highly trained labour force of around 250, with up to 40 at peak stages of the project. The company also utilised their specialised fleet of hydro excavation combination drain cleaning units, sealable mud slurry bins, semi-tankers and specialised CCTV and relining equipment. For more information contact Rangedale Drainage, phone 03 8368 8888, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below CPE Construction fabricated and installed structural steel trident stairs at Coburg and Moreland stations, with aluminium cladding.

CPE Construction fabricates and erects structural steel for large buildings and infrastructure projects across Melbourne and regional areas in Victoria and southern New South Wales. Under the leadership of Owner and Director Damion O’Callaghan, a qualified civil engineer with 20 years experience in the building industry, CPE also provides construction management services.

the project, CPE delivered end-to-end structural steel and cladding solutions across multiple disciplines and requirements.”

Highly regarded by John Holland, principal contractor with the North West Program Alliance, CPE Construction was engaged to undertake a range of services on the Bell Street to Moreland Road level crossing removal project.

The CPE Construction workshop in Cobram in regional Victoria excels in technically difficult steel fabrication for architect designed commercial work, producing highly competitive, flawless, precision fitted steel. The company also fabricates for general commercial, industrial and large domestic project, offering a complete service including technical paint systems and a full onsite erection team.

The CPE team fabricated and erected structural steel trident stairs at Coburg and Moreland stations, with aluminium cladding to the structure. CPE also provided fabricated steel structures for ancillary signalling facilities and walkways. “There was a degree of complexity involved in installing the trident stairs due to the cantilevered design which had to be erected in a confined space,” CPE’s Project Manager, Chris Keys said. “The finished product now provides a safe, wider access for the thousands of people who use the stations every day. Throughout WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

CPE’s work on the Level Crossing Removals Programme continues, with contracts on the Bell to Preston line and the Frankston line. They also worked on the Ballarat line upgrade.

CPE Construction has a prime focus on developing close working relationships with their clients. “We are there to help our clients achieve their aspirations and objectives, within their budgetary parameters and time frames,” said Damion. For more information contact CPE Construction, 3718 Murray Valley Highway, Cobram VIC 3644, phone 03 5872 2156, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LXRP - BELL TO MORELAND 121




About Daly’s DALY’S CONSTRUCTIONS AUSTRALIA ARE A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED ENTERPRISE ESTABLISHED IN 1971. We provide specialist design, civil works, cable installation, jointing and terminating services to the energy infrastructure industry across Australia and New Zealand, specialising in major sub-transmission and transmission design and construct underground projects. Our company has a strong value system based on principles that include commitment to safety, quality of service, integrity in our relationships and client satisfaction.




















MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Lanskey Constructions ARCHITECT : CHC Architects ENGINEER : Klopfer Dobos CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $25 million

Coles Cobblebank Village sets a high benchmark for future development in Melbourne’s new gateway to the West with an exemplar design on a landmark site beside a new transport hub. It’s the result of close collaboration between client, builder and designers, nimble construction programming necessitated by Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown, and a shared commitment to creating vibrant, sustainable communities. Cobblebank sits 40 kms north-west of Melbourne in a western growth corridor designated by the Victorian government as a Metropolitan Activity Centre as significant as those in established suburbs including Box Hill, Dandenong, Footscray and Frankston. Cobblebank’s activity centre covers around 100 hectares, intersected north-south by Ferris Road and east-west by the Melbourne-Ballarat train line. The City of Melton’s Urban Design Framework earmarks it as a future home for 160,000 people. Major urban infrastructure on the way includes a new hospital, local council headquarters, and diverse civic, recreational, educational and mixed use developments. Coles Cobblebank Village is the town centre’s first retail development. The landmark site is a former grazing property situated beside the new Cobblebank Railway Station, opposite the new Western Base Community Hub, and on the doorstep of Athertone Community, a residential joint venture between Lendlease and Melton City Council. Jason Delaney, Development Manager for Coles Group Property Developments, turned to regular collaborators ClarkeHopkinsClarke 124 VIC PROJECT FEATURE COLES COBBLEBANK VILLAGE

Architects to design a future focused, transport oriented, sustainable mixed used development using its holistic, high impact ‘creative vibrant communities’ methodology. “We’ve used ClarkeHopkinsClarke numerous times over the last 10 years and they’re one of the best.” The 2.1 hectare development comprises a full line Coles, 18 specialty shops and community facilities including a town square and café, medical centre, 24 hour gym with panoramic views, parents’ room, end-of-trip facilities for employees and carparking with charging for electric vehicles. Extensive landscaping by FORMium Landscape Architects features an extraordinary 6,500 trees and plants selected for drought tolerance and biodiversity. They’re thriving and reaching maturity early, even in carparks, thanks to innovative irrigation including TerraVault modular soil support units made from recycled polypropylene. “We see it as really important to invest in greening our sites,” Jason says. “The landscaping here is a signature component of the overall design.” Polyrok, a concrete aggregate alternative containing recycled plastic collected from supermarkets nationally, is used for external paving. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“That’s six to seven million pieces of soft plastic that would otherwise go to landfill,” Jason says. “This was the first major shopping centre to take on that very important sustainability initiative, and we’ve got many more projects in the pipeline.” Architect, Richard Lee says Cobblebank Village’s angular built form and feature walls of stacked local stone built by a local stonemason are inspired by the area’s iconic woolsheds and the Gold Rush-era dry stone walls celebrated in Melton’s heritage strategy. The simple material palette includes expressed structural steel and timber battens used to create screening, rhythm and layering. Internally, two generous corridors topped with feature windows maximise natural light and treetop views. Jason credits the ingenuity and commitment of “trusted builder of choice” Lanskey Constructions for delivering the project with pride and to the highest level of quality. Out of a total 18 month construction period, only two weeks were lost due to the significant disruption of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Melbourne’s 112 day COVID lockdown. Lanskey’s Senior Site Manager, Ricky Lang says. “We could only have 24 people on site, including myself,” he recalls. “Initially I looked at getting a mixture of trades on site so all tasks could continue, but this meant each task would take longer due to the reduction in labour. Prioritising one trade at a time was the reason we ended up adding only two weeks to the original programme, despite our workforce being reduced by 75%.” Lanskey’s Business Development Manager, Ralph Trovato concedes it was a stressful period, which makes the project’s success especially sweet. “With so many challenges, so many high quality finishes on this project, to achieve that result on such a sizeable project was a stand-out.”

For more information contact Lanskey Constructions, Unit 1, 38-42 White Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9684 1300, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE COLES COBBLEBANK VILLAGE 125

Below Pieper Noack Commercial installed all the fittings and fixtures to the new supermarket and the other retail tenancies.

Pieper Noack Commercial is a plumbing and roofing company that has been delivering projects all around Australia since 2019 and has become a name well known in the construction industry for commercial projects and in particular, new shopping centres and other retail outlets. The company specialises in the supply and installation of insulated roofing and cladding panels and also provides a wide range of plumbing services including hydraulics, civil and stormwater works, inground fire services and gas installations. “We are more of a one-stop-shop and builders seem to lean to us because of this, as they’re only dealing with one contractor and the jobs then flow a lot smoother from start to finish,” said Director, David Pieper. Contracted to the Coles Cobblebank Village on what was primarily a plumbing services scope, Pieper Noack spent 12 months installing all the fittings and fixtures to the new supermarket and the other retail tenancies. This included toilets, hand basins, washdown sinks in the bakery and deli as well as all the sewage, water, drainage and gas points throughout the development. “We had a team of 10 workers onsite and when COVID hit and restrictions were put in place, we were only allowed 25% of our workforce for a period of time,” David said. “COVID was definitely the biggest challenge that we faced on this job, but Lanskey are so experienced and so professional with all of their shopping centre projects and therefore managed to keep the job running on time and it’s such a credit to everyone involved.”

major drawcard for this new suburb,” David said. “It’s the first of its kind for the local area and as with all the shopping centres we’ve worked on with Lanskey, we are really proud to have been a part of it.” Pieper Noack Commercial is a relatively young business but Directors David and Paul worked together for a long time before their company was formed. Combined, the pair have more than 16 years of experience in the industry and this has significantly contributed to the success that Pieper Noack Commercial is enjoying today. “We are really good friends and we share the workload and the best part is that we get to travel all around Australia working for different builders,” said David Pieper. Pieper and Noack Commercial is a growing company and word-of-mouth is proving to be the only advertising they need. David Pieper and Paul Noack are really excited about the projects that lie ahead for their company and are currently working on the redevelopment of the Moorabin Football Ground and have several Aldi shopping centres on the go around the country. For more information contact Pieper Noack Commercial, 2/10 Cheshire Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, mobile (David) 0400 263 891, mobile (Paul) 0419 225 407, email

Pieper Noack have also become quite experienced in the development of shopping centres such as Coles Cobblebank Village, as this is where they can showcase all of the services they have to offer. The company is often juggling up to eight jobs at any given time and have gained a reputation for quality and service that is second to none. “Coles Cobblebank is a great looking shopping centre and without a doubt is a 126 VIC PROJECT FEATURE COLES COBBLEBANK VILLAGE






Below Lux Precast supplied and installed a Robertson brick inlay façade around the entrances to the development.

Leaders in the production of large scale precast concrete elements and panels, Lux Precast has been manufacturing precast concrete elements such as walls, columns, formliner and brick inlay façades for the construction industry for more than 20 years. Led by Managing Director Brandon Groves, whose hands-on approach to every project ensures both quality and service which is second to none, Lux Precast has gained a reputation for creating sculptural façades that are making a statement on buildings across all sectors. The company’s production facility, which is located in Dandenong South, is well equipped to manufacture up to 1,000m2 of precast panels per day, thanks to an experienced team of concreters, formwork carpenters and steel fixers. Lux Precast’s latest work can be seen at the Coles Cobblebank Village, with the supply and installation of all precast concrete elements. Prominently located on Ferris Road in the Cobblebank Town Centre, this new local hub is part of a raft of developments in the suburb designed to cater to the fast growing population base in the region. At the Coles Cobblebank Village, Lux Precast was tasked with the supply and installation of the Robertson brick inlay façade around the entrances using two different types of bricks. The Robertson brick inlay system is an innovative solution that speeds construction time and significantly reduces construction costs, while still delivering an award-winning and architecturally creative cladding solution. Lux Precast’s scope for the Coles Cobblebank Village also included the installation of the rock look Reckli formliner pattern on Building B, which has added another element to the project. Chosen to provide a point of difference as well as adding depth and texture to the concrete surface, the result to this part of the project is something Lux Precast is particularly proud of. The team from Lux Precast was onsite at Coles Cobblebank Village for six months WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and during this time it was all hands on deck. Throughout the duration of the project, the company’s 50 employees were working both onsite and in the factory to make installation as streamlined as possible. “Particular care had to be taken during the shop drawing and manufacture process to ensure the brick inlay joints matched right across the façade of the building,” Michael said. “The end result of the brick inlay in particular is very pleasing, given the short production time frames that were associated with this project and the rock look Reckli formliner pattern on Building B is also very impressive.” Michael Clayton, Sales and Construction Manager for Lux Precast has more than 10 years of experience in the industry and credits the company’s excellent level of service to the team’s practical approach and focus on structural integrity. “We specialise in formliner and brick inlay precast façades for high end architectural features and our experienced team is successfully delivering exposed aggregate, graphic concrete and an extensive range of formliner, custom mould and colour finishes for a wide range of projects,” Michael said. “We are different from our competitors in our size and volume – we manufacture a lot of custom elements in a much shorter timeframe.” Lux Precast’s large capacity production facility sets it apart from the rest in the industry and the company’s dedicated sales, project, logistic and floor staff have the experience and know-how to manage all precast projects from start to finish. More of Lux Precast’s work can be seen all across Victoria, including recent projects undertaken at the Burwood Brickworks Apartments and the Ivanhoe Gardens.

For more information contact Lux Precast, 5-23 Carter Way, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 8762 1500, email info@luxprecast., website



Paragon is a lifestyle masterpiece comprising of 227 exquisite one, two, and three-bedroom residences over 48-levels with only six apartments per floor and includes a crafted artisan façade, exclusive entertainer’s club, shared library, private theatre, wellness zone, gym, pool, sauna, and Australia’s first elevated indoor forest. A prominent corner of Melbourne’s CBD has been cleverly transformed with the completion of Paragon, an outstanding boutique residential development by developer Beulah. The mixed-use, 48-level residential tower at 318 Queen Street accommodates 227-apartments and features the restored façade of the iconic Melbourne Celtic Club. Paragon is home to Australia’s first elevated indoor forest, pioneering the concept of promoting greenery and nature in high rise developments to provide a place for residents in the busy CBD to escape and unwind. The project also consists of premium residential amenities on par with a luxury hotel experience, including a concierge, indoor pool, state-of-the-art gym, spa and sauna, private dining lounge, library and theatre/yoga/family room. Beulah is pioneering a refreshingly progressive approach to Melbourne’s property and lifestyle landscape and is committed to bringing about positive change for cities, communities and individuals. Luke Thornton, Beulah Senior Development Manager, described Paragon as a peoplecentric project that will enhance the human experience of residents. “Paragon firstly pays homage to Australia’s oldest surviving Irish Club, the former Celtic Club, which was located on the site for 57 years. Paragon’s façade has a striking geometric, Celtic inspired diamond pattern across curtains of glass, while the heritage façade on street level has been meticulously restored.”

allow for a quiet escape with seating zones and a masonry wall covered in pockets of greenery.” Beulah purchased the Celtic Club in 2016 through a vote from club members, then commissioned Fender Katsalidis to amend the existing permit and design. The number of apartments per floor was reduced providing greater light penetration through wider fronted dwellings, maximising corner apartments and improving amenity for residents. The restoration of the Celtic Club façade involved a detailed heritage assessment report which identified the historic relevance of each area and directed the procedure for its restoration. The façade was secured to structural support which incorporated a public protection gantry located on the footpath. It was found that the façade was actually in extremely good condition and only minimal work was required to restore it. The window frames were also restored using traditional workmanship and updated with modern, higher performance glass. Paragon’s placement within the central city grid provided unique construction obstacles the project team needed to troubleshoot. The site’s location placed it close to the main underground train loop and analysis identified that a traditional retaining wall design would

cause a deflection of the train tunnel, which would compromise its structural integrity. To overcome this, the builder used huge hydraulic struts to internally brace the retaining walls and allow excavation of the basement until floor slabs could be poured to take up the bracing. Above ground, a 100+ tonne steel catchfan was designed to be cantilevered from within Paragon during construction, as a preventative measure to protect people using a neighbouring rooftop garden. Beulah managed all stages of the development process inhouse, with an average of 15 to 20 team members involved in the project at any one time. This allows a holistic approach to all aspects of project delivery, from design and customer relations through to sales, ensuring consistent and high-quality outcomes are achieved. The company is about to commence the development of Southbank by Beulah, The Wilds at Northcote, with construction of Provenance at Camberwell also underway. For more information contact Beulah, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9629 3988 email melbourne@, website www.

“The second outstanding feature is the urban forest 3-levels high, designed by the award-winning landscaper, Paul Bangay. The tall, dense trees that are incorporated in the design help to enhance urban forestation, attract native birds, sequester CO2 and produce oxygen, filter and store rain water, enhance energy efficiency, promote biophilia, educate families and 130 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PARAGON




YNW Series Heat Pump & Heat Recovery » Increased Efficiency*

» Reduced Refrigerant Volume*

» Quieter Noise Setting

» Increased Capacity for Single Module

» Fan Static up to 80Pa

» Automatic Pump Down Function**

» Four-Sided Air Intake

*In comparison to the previous YLM models. **Additional field supplied equipment required.

Contact your local Mitsubishi Electric Sales Representative for more information 132 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PARAGON

Phone:1300 280 625


Below Mitsubishi Electric Australia supplied and installed their 2-pipe heat recovery variable refrigerant flow system.

Mitsubishi Electric has made a significant contribution to the year round comfort of residents and visitors to Paragon, an outstanding boutique residential development located at 318 Queen Street Melbourne. Developed by Beulah International, the mixed use, 48-level residential tower accommodates 227 apartments. Mitsubishi Electric was involved in the Paragon project from the design stage through to the final commissioning along with Ellis Air Conditioning, one of Mitsubishi Electric’s Australia Diamond Dealers. The design team selected Mitsubishi Electric’s 2-pipe heat recovery Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system based on its performance and high energy efficiency level. Wall mounted indoor units were chosen for the low rise apartments, while the high rise apartments were equipped with ceiling concealed bulkhead ducted units. With over 19 indoor unit models over varying capacities, Mitsubishi Electric’s VRF system was the proven solution, providing versatility and flexibility in design and installation. The unique 2-pipe heat recovery VRF system is a patented technology which provides simultaneous heating and cooling to all indoor units while maintaining the highest efficiency level using inverter technology, resulting in reduced operating costs for owners and the body corporate. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Refrigerant standard AS5149 restricts the use of refrigerants in occupied spaces and Ellis Air Conditioning designed the system with the minimum amount of refrigerant to comply with the standard. For other projects that have challenges to comply with AS5149 due to small room volumes, Mitsubishi Electric provides an alternative solution with Hybrid VRF that uses water-based indoor units to eliminate refrigerant in occupied spaces, removing the need for refrigerant leak detection systems. Paragon represents another successful project for Mitsubishi Electric partnering with the professional team at Ellis Air Conditioning. Mitsubishi Electric’s proven track record and commitment to continuous innovation in the design of HVAC solutions over their 100 year history makes it the supplier of choice for any major project.

For more information contact Mitsubishi Electric Australia, 348 Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116, phone 1300 070 032, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PARAGON 133

Below United Lift Services designed and installed the car stacking robot at the Paragon project.

United Lift Services is a highly experienced operator in the provision of comprehensive vertical transport solutions, with expertise in the design, installation and servicing of car stacking robots, circular glass lifts, goods lifts and high rise lifts. United Lifts was selected to design and install a car stacking robot capable of storing 20 cars at the luxury Paragon apartment development built by Multiplex in Queen Street Melbourne. Director of United Lifts, John Hermus, explained that the car stacking robot was capable of taking cars from a turntable into the car stacking lift shaft area from which point the lift moves to the nominated floor. The platform then travels left or right and the robot takes the car from the lift shaft area into the nominated parking bay. Cars are stored over five different levels. There were a number of complexities in the project. “The small footprint of the building required the car stacking robot to include a turntable to spin cars 90 degrees before they can enter the car stacking lift shaft. We also had to develop a basement drive system to allow for low headroom specifications. This enabled the floor space above the car stacker to be fully utilised which added value to the building.” 134 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PARAGON

Another complexity caused by the small building footprint was the absence of storage room for components during the build. United Lift Services and Multiplex had to work closely to ensure materials were delivered to site in a timely manner without interruption to other trades. “This was by no means easy with large steel structures and expensive robots being delivered,” John said. “However our team of 15 team worked exceptionally well with Multiplex and got the job done.” United Lifts not only designs and constructs car stacking robots, they also provide outstanding maintenance and a 24/7 callout service. The company has completed significant projects around greater Melbourne including major upgrades at Melbourne Airport.

For more information contact United Lift Services, 3/260 Hyde Street, Yarraville VIC 3013, phone 03 9687 9099, email reception@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below CSR Hebel provided their fire rated, Hebel PowerPanel to the vertical risers for the project.

As Australia’s only manufacturer of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), CSR Hebel was ideally placed to meet the specification requirements for the vertical risers in Paragon. Hebel systems are compliant, easy to approve and well known for their thermal, acoustic and fire performance benefits making them the safe choice for high rise developments. “Hebel PowerPanel is perfect for fire wall applications in high rise buildings as the systems provide solid and secure separating walls between apartments and common areas with fire ratings of up to two hours, creating simple and effective fire compliance,” said Kylie Teuma, Specification Manager. “The panels can be installed both vertically and horizontally making it ideal for continuous risers or slab to slab construction as was the case with the risers at Paragon. Hebel PowerPanel was supplied to the required length making installation quick and simple and providing efficiencies onsite.” Hebel PowerPanel also has proven performance in pressurised shaft applications allowing removal of the internal duct work in the shafts and risers which is a considerable cost saving to the builder. With a standard Hebel panel width of 600mm there are typically less joins using hebel in ductless shaft applications than you would have with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

other narrower panel systems, which can reduce the risk of air leaks. PowerPanel has also been specified and supplied as ductless risers for Queens Place in Melbourne. One of the great advantages of Hebel systems is that they simplify the building process when complicated services installation is required. Hebel systems use minimal componentry, with simple penetration, fixing and junction details, the Hebel panel does most of the grunt work to achieve the required FRL performance making installation and compliance easy. “This is another reason PowerPanel is the standard for intertenancy walls in apartments in NSW, if you stay in a hotel or buy and apartment in Sydney it is highly likely that you will have a solid separating wall between you and your neighbors,” Kylie said. PowerPanel has been supplied for the intertenancy walls systems in Mirvac’s Yarra Edge Development, Mirvac’s Eastbourne Development, Lendlease’s Collins Wharf 1 Development and the Melbourne Quarter R1 building for Lendlease. For more information contact CSR Hebel, 7 Dalmore Drive, Scoresby VIC 3179, phone 1300 712 896, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PARAGON 135


The Northern Hospital Inpatient Expansion adds an additional 4-levels to the existing hospital creating space for three 32-bed wards accommodating 96 acute inpatient beds, three new operating theatres including one hybrid theatre, a critical care unit, a new Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD), as well as laying the foundations for future additional expansion.

CLIENT : Department of Health & Human Services (VHBA - Victorian Health Building Authority) MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Lyons ENGINEER : Meinhardt Bonacci CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $95 million 136 VIC PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN HOSPITAL INPATIENT EXPANSION – STAGE 2


A major step in meeting Melbourne’s increasing demand for quality health infrastructure, the Northern Hospital Inpatient Expansion – Stage 2 project is a $95 million commitment by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) involving the addition of four new levels above an existing operational hospital and a new infill building connecting the tower to the existing hospital. Kane Constructions partnered with VHBA to build the project which provides 96 new inpatient beds, three new operating theatres including a hybrid theatre (with built-in imaging capability) and other spaces to meet the hospital’s current and future needs. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates the latest technology in the operating theatres, Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) and inpatient wards. Part of the existing undercroft beneath the hospital was filled in to create a new front entrance, a commercial kitchen, transit lounge, and other back of house support services. The new CSSD replaces the former department which has been reconfigured into a new 20 bay recovery space providing an eight bay capacity increase for the hospital. The works also involved extensive upgrades to existing hospital services and infrastructure. “We were concurrently undertaking major upgrades to the electrical supply and HVAC system for the hospital precinct,” said William Gullifer, Senior Project Manager. “There was a huge amount of work being done in parallel and we managed to maintain the operational continuity of the hospital while working around, on top, below and within it, without a single unscheduled major disruption.” The works started in July 2019 and the main tower and infill building works concluded at the end of 2020 with the refurbishment works to the new recovery ward expansion continuing into early 2021. The project

involved almost 600,000 working hours with a peak of 335 workers on multiple workfronts concurrently. “Managing all those workfronts concurrently was a huge challenge. When the global pandemic was declared, and especially during the Victorian second wave, the Northern Hospital became a central point for dealing with the severe situation in the North. We implemented a range of measures to mitigate COVID-19 risks especially as there were active COVID-19 wards within the hospital. We implemented expanded amenities, staggered meal breaks, temperature checks and additional continuous cleaning,” explained William. Collaboration was key to maintaining a positive working environment despite these challenges. “We maintained good morale through clear and transparent communication,” said William. “We scheduled daily toolbox meetings with the workforce each morning to update them on the latest COVID-19 circumstances which instilled confidence in the Kane protocols we were implementing.” Frequent communication with VHBA, the Northern Hospital and the rest of the project team was pivotal. During the delivery Kane raised over 500 RISC forms related to works within or impacting on the existing hospital operation. Kane’s existing risk management procedures allowed for a bespoke risk assessment process and a new Kane protocol to be implemented for the project. “The RISC form process is a highly communicative process. Our approach was embraced by Northern Health and VHBA who worked with us to get the job done,” said William. “It was a huge effort by the whole project team to complete such a complex project in a challenging and unprecedented time. It has been great to receive positive feedback from the hospital team, who are really excited about the new facilities and the quality of the build.” Kane has a track record of delivering successful healthcare projects around the country. They are also active in most other sectors of the construction industry and are the recipient of Master Builder of the Year awards. They have the established processes and specialist expertise required to achieve the best results on the most challenging projects. For more information Kane Constructions, phone 03 8420 1200, email viccontact@kane., website



Below Norris Group excavated around 2,400m3 and used 1,000m3 of fill along the new front entrance.

Geelong based civil contractor Norris Construction Group were initially appointed to complete bulk earthworks to form the building platform of the Northern Hospital Inpatient Expansion. They excavated around 2,400m3 of cut and used 1,000m3 of fill along the new front entrance. Following the completion of the earthworks Norris Group also installed hardscaping, curved retaining walls, external stairs, wheelchair accessible ramps and the asphalt loading dock. The works were completed to a very high standard of quality, particularly the main entrance area where coloured bands of paving were used to form the pedestrian approach to the hospital. “The front entrance was a challenging location because it was also the only access point to the site,” said Alex Dixon, Senior Project Manager. “Our work zone was also being used as the loading bay and concrete pumping point for the levels under construction, above.” Close collaboration between Norris Group, the main contractor Kane Constructions and other trades was essential. “We had a daily coordination meeting to work through any issues and Kane also put a foreman on the front entrance to manage deliveries,” said Alex. “We’ve worked with Kane for close to 10 years so we know them well and we were able to avoid any major issues.” The excavation works also presented some challenges. “The ground is remediated land so the soil was quite poor quality,” Alex explained. “There was some soil contamination. When removing the soil, we had to coordinate truck movements with the hospital to avoid impacting their daily operations.”

Following their success on the Inpatient Expansion project Norris Group were also appointed by Kane Constructions to work on the new multi-deck carpark at the hospital which is also under construction. To deliver a successful project Norris Group were able to draw on their previous hospital experience which includes Werribee Mercy Hospital, Epworth Hospital, Geelong Hospital and others. Norris Group also has diverse experience in other sectors including retail, education, sports facilities, roadworks, commercial buildings and memorials. “We’re quite a diverse business,” said Alex. “We offer earthworks, hardscape and softscape works, structural concrete and drainage to all scales of project from large infrastructure right down to small one off projects like school buildings.” Norris Group was founded in 1964 as a plant hire company and has since grown into a comprehensive civil contractor with 200 full time staff including equipment operators, drivers, engineers, administration and management. Norris Group offers a large fleet of state-of-the-art equipment and an inhouse Integrated Management System which has enabled them to successfully tender for many large scale projects in Geelong, Melbourne and around regional Victoria. Norris Group is a member of the Civil Contractors Federation and an approved supplier to many government organisations, utility companies and commercial clients. Despite their ongoing growth and development Norris Group remains family owned and committed to providing a reliable service, good value and high quality results.

“The soil is also highly reactive which required careful slab detailing,” Alex said. “A high amount of reinforcement was used with intricate jointing, especially between the paving bands.”

“We always try to do the best we can,” Alex said. “For us it’s important to work with our clients to understand what they need and help achieve the best result for everyone.”

Over the course of the excavation works Norris Group also removed 500m3 of rocks, some of which were selected by the project’s landscape architect and retained onsite for use as external landscaping features.

For more information contact Norris Construction Group, PO Box 40, Belmont VIC 3216, phone 03 5221 1880, fax 03 5221 8993, email, website





Below Rauland Australia deployed fully integrated Responder Nurse Call and Clinical Workflow solutions throughout the expansion.

Rauland Australia offers the Concentric Care platform for acute care hospitals, aged and mental health care providers that helps clinicians to communicate, connect and care. For the Inpatient Expansion of Melbourne’s Northern Hospital, Rauland was engaged to deploy its fully integrated Responder Nurse Call and Clinical Workflow solutions. These solutions improve operational and clinical efficiency, providing a quieter and safer environment for patients and removing risks associated with staff alarm fatigue. Direct ‛patient-to-nurse’ speech and messaging capabilities will also improve staff response times.

Rauland worked closely with multiple vendors to ensure the customer’s outcomes were achieved. Careful communication and scheduling helped ensure the tight timescales were met. Integration between Rauland’s Responder systems and other hospital systems enabled patient information to be transferred directly into Rauland’s systems saving time and protecting data integrity. During the project, Rauland maintained a strong relationship with main contractor Kane Constructions, electrical contractor Anova Electrical and each of the Hospital teams. This collaborative approach helped Rauland achieve a smooth deployment and implementation phase.

“We worked very closely with the builder and the Northern Hospital to deploy solutions that would meet their needs now and in the future,” said Steve Gomes, Director Rauland Australia. “By co-designing the solution with the hospital staff we could deliver solutions specifically designed to deliver the clinical outcomes the hospital needed.”

“It’s been inspiring to work with a Hospital team that was striving to achieve a facility to meet the current and future healthcare challenges of this growing community,” said Steve. “It has been a fantastic project to be involved in.”

“One challenge was the placement of the Operating Theatres and Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) on separate levels of the building,” said Steve. “We introduced touch operated digital workflow terminals to enable rapid and seamless communication between staff in both areas.”

For more information contact Rauland Australia, 40 Straker Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051, phone 03 9328 5811, email sales@, website



Below Ultimate Interiors Group installed perforated plasterboard ceilings and plasterboard walls over lead lining throughout the hospital project.

Ultimate Interior Group has provided superior plastering services to residential and commercial projects around Melbourne for over 10 years. Their professional team of skilled tradesmen are dedicated to providing the best customer service and the highest quality in plastering. For the Northern Hospital Inpatient Expansion, Ultimate Interior Group supplied and installed interior partitions and suspended Gyprock ceilings on 4-levels of the project. “One challenging aspect was the perforated plasterboard on the ground floor,” said Andy Wu, Director. “This type of surface requires skill and precision to avoid cracking at the panel joints. I’m proud to say our team managed to achieve a perfect finish.” The company also installed plasterboard walls over lead linings in the theatres on Level 1, which allowed the team to draw on their previous experience, to complete the installation successfully. “We have previously worked at hospitals such as St. Vincent Hospital in Werribee and Cabrini Hospital in Malvern,” explained Andy. The works at Northern Hospital were completed smoothly with no issues onsite despite the tight schedule and challenges caused by WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

COVID-19. “We are used to working on complex projects in sensitive environments,” Andy said. “Our focus is always on quality and technical performance. We are used to dealing with speciality products and difficult installations.” Ultimate Interior Group has a good industrial relationship with unions, a fully qualified inhouse project management team and an internal quality control system. Their tradespeople have Work Cover, Public Liability, Occupational Health and Safety, Professional Indemnity and Contract Work Insurance. Other completed projects by Ultimate Interior Group include Quest Hotel in Preston, schools such as McKinnon Secondary College and many private dwellings. The Monash Medical Centre is currently under construction with Stage 2 well underway.

For more information contact Ultimate Interior Group, PO Box 1108, Blackburn North VIC 3130, phone 0431 386 186, email admin@, website


Below Cummins South Pacific installed the hospital’s emergency power system including a C1400 D5 generator with a DMC8000 digital master controller.

Cummins South Pacific is a fully owned distributor of Cummins, a global provider of engines and power generation products. They were approached to design, construct, install and commission the emergency power system for the inpatient expansion of Melbourne’s Northern Hospital. The system comprised a new C1400 D5 generator with a DMC8000 digital master controller. The system was paralleled with the hospital’s existing generators which also required an upgrade of the existing control system. “Intricate planning is required to manage the level of complexity in an existing hospital,” said Dallas Gledhill, Senior Project Manager. “We scheduled the testing overnight to minimise disruption to the hospital. We had to pause testing a few times while the operating theatres were in use.” The new generator and master controller were both manufactured by Cummins who also programmed the control system. “The controls were completely bespoke and designed sspecifically for the Northern Hospital, which synchronises all three generators to the utility supply for seamless switching of hospital loads,” explained Dallas.

The Northern Hospital is Cummins’ second hospital project in two years working with main contractor Kane Constructions. “We have a good relationship with Kane and are familiar with how they work and what their expectations are,” Dallas said. Cummins took overall responsibility for the emergency power system but the positive outcome was achieved through a team effort. “We are grateful for the support from our subcontractors who provided many elements of the works such as the fuel system and acoustic enclosure,” said Dallas. In addition to hospitals, Cummins supplies power solutions to projects of all scales from large mining applications to backup generators for retailers and private companies. They are also a leading provider of engines for on-highway use. Founded in Indiana, USA in 1919, the firm has grown into a technology leader with a team of over 60,000 employees in 150 countries focused on quality and continuous innovation.

For more information contact Cummins South Pacific, phone 1300 286 646, website



Below Med Gas Systems provided medical gas installations across the hospital for air, oxygen, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.

Med Gas Systems are Victoria’s first choice for installation and commissioning of medical and laboratory gas infrastructure. They were employed for medical gas installations including medical air, oxygen, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, suction, tool air and central sterile services department (CSSD) air across seven floors of the new Inpatient Expansion at Melbourne’s Northern Hospital. The works included new medical gas manifolds, relocation of existing manifolds, new medical air, medical suction and CSSD air plants, 650 new medical gas outlets, 23 new valve isolation boxes, surgical tool air control panels and a gas alarm network, all installed, tested, and commissioned in accordance with AS2896. The new installation also incorporated the installation of new isolation valves to minimise disruptions of existing medical gas systems during future expansion. “To extend the existing system and relocate the existing manifolds we had to temporarily shut down the hospital’s medical gas system,” explained Todd Cowan, Managing Director. “The fact that the hospital remained operational throughout the works posed a major challenge for the system installation, requiring the team to work efficiently to minimise the impact of the shutdown on the hospital.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Through meticulous planning and with multiple teams stationed around the hospital the shutdown of the existing medical gas system was a success finishing well inside the timeframe allocated. All works were completed on time and handed over in multiple stages according to the construction programme. “We have a great relationship with Kane having done many jobs for them before,” said Todd. “Through close collaboration and planning we made this job a success.” Med Gas Systems are qualified specialists in medical and laboratory gas installation and service. They offer an estimating, project management, drafting and administration team with the ability to service and manage projects of all sizes. Their professional and dependable team is focused on delivering projects on time and on budget in accordance with design specifications and relevant standards.

For more information contact Med Gas Systems Pty Ltd, 5 Zenith Drive Warrenheip VIC 3352, phone 0437 899 325, email, website


Below Gamble & Coxhell installed over 600 timber doors with Acrovyn® coatings throughout the hospital.

Specialist carpentry contractor Gamble & Coxhell installed over 600 timber doors with Acrovyn® coatings across the Northern Hospital Inpatient Expansion as well as wall mounted sanitary fittings to wet areas throughout the project. All installations were completed to high quality with precise tolerances. Gamble & Coxhell’s long history working with main contractor Kane Constructions helped the project run smoothly and there were no issues onsite. Over 38 years in business, Gamble & Coxhell have developed expertise in all types of carpentry. In addition to hospitals and healthcare projects they work on schools, prisons, aged care facilities and other projects in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Gamble & Coxhell are a family oriented company and directors Mark Coxhell and Mick Gamble maintain a hands on approach.“Getting personally involved in projects helps us identify issues before they occur,” said Mark. “It helps us ensure we always deliver the quality and reliability our customers expect.”

For more information contact Gamble & Coxhell, phone 0419 103 205, email 144 VIC PROJECT FEATURE NORTHERN HOSPITAL INPATIENT EXPANSION – STAGE 2


Below Urban Initiatives designed, documented and was the contract administrator for the building’s front landscaping.

Urban Initiatives is a collaborative landscape and urban design practice. With a focus on healthcare, schools and public realm projects, they produce well resolved projects that enrich public space and contribute positively to the natural and built environment.

Although the landscaping will develop and mature over time, the size and spacing was carefully considered to achieve an immediate impact. Planting was carried out in December to meet the overall programme however good summer rainfall ensured the plants have established well.

The Northern Hospital Inpatient Expansion in Melbourne needed to respond to the character of the existing hospital and the surrounding urban environment. Urban Initiatives was appointed to carry out the design, documentation and contract administration of the frontage landscape.

During excavation works several large rocks were collected from the site and repurposed as part of the entrance landscaping. “The rocks create a very robust landscape and fulfill a dual function of aesthetic interest and guiding vehicle movements,” said Tim.

“We wanted to use the landscape to reinforce the building entrance and create a flow from the outside into the lobby,” said Tim Hart, Managing Director. “It’s a smallish area but intensively landscaped with canopy trees and low ground cover.” The landscaping strategy was developed to soften the visual bulk of the new 7-storey building while also providing a calming, green outlook for staff and patients looking out. “We made some really bold, textural plant choices and also included Aboriginal medicinal plants as part of our response to provide cultural safety,” explained Tim. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

This repurposing of existing site materials is a recurring theme in Urban Initiatives’ work. “It’s about being site responsive,” said Tim. “By reusing and repurposing existing elements we can ensure our design reflects the character of a site and the layers of history in a place.”

For more information contact Urban Initiatives, Ground Floor, 143 Franklin Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9329 6844, email, website


Below Allcaulk installed sanitary sealants throughout the hospital including germproof and antifungal sealants.

Allcaulk are a specialist internal and external caulking contractor operating in Melbourne and around regional Victoria. The company was appointed by Kane Constructions to install internal caulking throughout the Inpatient Expansion project at the Northern Hospital. Allcaulk installed sanitary sealants throughout the hospital including germproof and antifungal sealants as many areas of the hospital need sterile and easily to clean surfaces. Allcaulk were required to seal anywhere germs could hide. The sealing works had to be completed with care and precision since some spaces were required to be airtight. “Air tests were carried out afterwards to ensure the sealant was performing but we had no problems,” said Ian Oakenfull (Snowy). “The timescales were also quite tight but as a finishing trade we are used to that.” The company was established in 2011 and over the years Allcaulk have built a strong reputation for quality and reliability which has won them a high proportion of repeat business. Their focus is on working with the builder to get the job done on time to the highest standard.

“We have worked a lot with Kane and we know their team well. We always try to build a good personal relationship with other people onsite as the best projects are the ones where everyone gets along well,” said Snowy. “We always strive to be onsite on time whenever we’re needed. Our aim is always to do a great job for a competitive price.” Allcaulk services many types of projects including apartment development, high end residential, commercial and industrial projects. Over the years they have worked on many healthcare projects including hospitals in Traralgon, Frankston, Box Hill and Holmsglen as well as Peninsula Private Hospital.

For more information contact Allcaulk, phone 0409 610 005, email, email



Below IntraSpace supplied and installed custom furniture and medical shelving across the Northern Hospital Inpatient Expansion.

The Inpatient Expansion of the Northern Hospital includes a wide range of clinical spaces with specialised furniture and fitout requirements. IntraSpace supplied and installed custom furniture and medical shelving including taking site measurements and creating customised 3D designs of the furniture solutions for each space. “We provided a wide range of catalogue and custom projects for the project,” said Daniel Palmero, Sales Executive. “From start to finish we found the project team easy to work with and we had no issues onsite.” IntraSpace have more than 15 years experience in high quality storage and fitout solutions. From their home base in Victoria, they have the capability to deliver Australia wide. They enjoy a track record of superior customer service, OH&S compliance, environmental awareness and attention to detail. With specialised healthcare products such as IntraMed Clinical Storage and Filestor Shelving, IntraSpace have the ability and experience to meet the most challenging healthcare applications, as well as a range of projects including libraries, schools and universities and government WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

buildings. The modular concepts available throughout their range can meet each project’s unique requirements. “We are focused on quality and providing custom solutions,” said Daniel. “We always try to consider our clients’ needs and find the best solutions for them. We are always happy to guide clients through the process and provide advice.” As part of their service, IntraSpace works closely with an independent AS4187 Consultant who has over 36 years of experience with sterilisation and helps facilities with accreditation and compliance to have the correct segregation zones and meet AS4187 standards. They offer a comprehensive report and gap analysis on what products or measures need to be taken to meet the guidelines. At every step on a project, IntraSpace are committed to working with clients to achieve a successful outcome.

For more information contact Intraspace, 27-29 Gerves Drive, Werribee VIC 3030, phone 03 9742 2262, fax 03 9742 2402, email, website



The Northern Road and Bringelly Road upgrades consist of a 15.6km stretch of road being upgraded to a 4-lane dual carriageway with shared paths for active transport and a central median for future expansion. The grade separated interchange at Bringelly will support population growth and provide easier, faster and safer travel for the 15,000 motorists who use The Northern Road and 10,000 motorists who use Bringelly Road every day. The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP), a major $4.2 billion investment by the Australian and NSW Governments, supports 4,000 direct and indirect jobs and Western Sydney communities. WSIP includes a total of 65km of major road upgrades to support an integrated transport solution for Western Sydney. The recent opening of the upgraded Northern Road and Bringelly Road Stage 2 represents a significant milestone on this journey.

areas, as well as the future Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis, and intersects with other major roads including Bringelly Road.

Jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments, $1.6 billion was committed to the Northern Road and $509 million to Bringelly Road to reduce congestion, improve safety and lower travel times for the motorists who use The Northern Road and motorists who use Bringelly Road every day.

The first stage of the upgrade project, on Bringelly Road between Camden Valley Way and King Street and on The Northern Road between Old Northern Road and Peter Brock Drive, was completed in 2018 and another stage of the upgrade between Mersey Road and Eaton Road opened to traffic in September 2020.

The Northern Road is a key north-south arterial link between Richmond Road, Berkshire Park and Camden Valley Way, Narellan. The 51km road connects the North West and South West growth

Stage 2 involved upgrading 11.3km of The Northern Road between Peter Brock Drive at Oran Park and Mersey Road at Bringelly and 4.3km of Bringelly Road between The Old Northern Road at Bringelly

As a key east-west arterial link, Bringelly Road provides direct access to Camden Valley Way and The Northern Road as well as providing access to Leppington Station, surrounding businesses and services including schools.



and King Street at Rossmore to 4-lane divided dual carriageway with an 80 km/h speed limit, as well as the new Bringelly interchange. The project also involved the construction of new bridges over Thompson Creek and South Creek, upgrades to several key intersections, bus priority lanes at traffic lights and indented bus bays. Stage 2 was constructed by ACCIONA (formerly Lendlease Engineering) and its completion is an important step in providing smoother, safer and more reliable journeys. The upgrades will also capitalise on the economic benefits through freight and passenger travel to Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in the future. The Bringelly interchange is a key feature of the upgrades due to its considered design and seamless fit in to its surrounding landscape. The bridge spans the full width of The Northern Road carriageways. There are no supporting piers within the median, leaving unobstructed views at the lower level of the interchange and providing clear lines of sight for motorists passing beneath Bringelly Road. The bridge is adorned with anti-throw screens that are a strong and recognisable presence for pedestrians and motorists and have become a visual landmark within the precinct. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The retaining walls, decorated with bold, playful, dynamic colour panels, continue through this 65m long section of The Northern Road. The design of the panels were inspired by the Cumberland Plain Woodland; the light weight panels themselves reflect distinctive vertical tree trunks and their colours echo the red tones of the Sydney Red Gum and Bloodwood trees, the black tree trunks that follow on from bushfires, and the green of regenerating forests. Throughout its lifetime the project achieved some incredible feats, including one of the largest concrete pours ever undertaken in New South Wales. In January 2019, a 24 hour continuous concrete pour took place to complete the overpass deck of the Bringelly interchange. More than 100 workers poured 2,600m3 of concrete throughout the day and night. Along with achievements like this, the project’s success can be attributed to the countless contractors, subcontractors and suppliers who dedicated their time to the upgrades from start to finish. The contract provided contracts for 360 suppliers (up to Dec 2020 data), including 189 suppliers in Western Sydney (up to Dec 2020 data) based in Western Sydney, and 170 Subcontractors (up to Dec 2020 data). As the project was fully opened to traffic in December 2020, 2.8 million people hours were dedicated during construction and 4,400


Below Every day, the 15,000 motorists who use The Northern Road and 10,000 motorists who use Bringelly Road benefit from the upgrades.

inductions were carried out. There were 170 property adjustments, 32km of pavement laid, 14 traffic signals installed, 16km shared concrete foot path laid and 11km of future bus lane built, making it one of Western Sydney’s biggest infrastructure projects to date. “The completion of the project late last year was great news for the local community who had been waiting patiently to see this part of the upgrade open to traffic,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said. “Motorists have seen significant changes along this section of The Northern Road that have and will continue to support integrated transport in the area, and will capitalise on the economic benefits from the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek”. The remaining upgrade works along The Northern Road are scheduled to be completed in 2022, weather permitting. The benefits of the investment in this precinct, including The Northern and Bringelly Road upgrades, come to life every day, supporting the NSW Government’s vision for the Western Sydney region. These benefits include: • Increased capacity for traffic growth; • Improved travel times in the future; • Improved safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians; • Better bus priority and facilities; • Improved access to the future Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, Leppington Railway Station and the M5 and M7 motorways; • Improved access and travel times for road freight in South-Western Sydney; • Access to the future South West Growth Centre precincts along Bringelly Road, including Leppington Town Centre; • Improved street lighting and enhanced landscaping. For more information contact Transport for NSW, 231 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 0802 2200, fax 02 8202 2209, website For more information contact ACCIONA, Level 2, 55 Harrington Street, The Rocks NSW 2000, phone 02 8117 0100, email, website





Below B&K Revegetation and Landscaping completed revegetation and landscaping the verge works, median strip and garden planting.

The second stage of the upgrade of The Northern Road and Bringelly Road by ACCIONA for Transport for NSW, are part of a wider road upgrade programme to provide easier, faster and safer travel for motorists in Western Sydney. Specialist commercial landscaping contractor B&K Revegetation and Landscaping was appointed for revegetation and landscaping of 30km of verge works, 15km of median strip and garden planting along the entire road length. Works included: • 1.6 million plants and 7,500 trees • Approx. 50ha of hydromulching completed • Approx. 36,000m2 of compost blanket installed and 30,000m2 of turf installed • Approx. 48ha of cultivation to garden beds and turf areas • 62,000m2 of jute matt installed • 20 property adjustments “Getting 1.6m plants in the ground at the right time required careful planning. We also had to manage the impacts of drought in the early stages and adapt our approach to ensure all the planting established well,” said Cameron Darby, Sydney Area Manager.

is being completed in multiple stages over approximately three years. “The landscape is constantly transforming and the plants in the early stages have already grown substantially,” said Cameron. “The job is looking absolutely brilliant. It’s one of the best road jobs we have worked on and the commitment to green landscaping from the project team has been great to see.” B&K maintained a collaborative working relationship with main contractor ACCIONA and Transport for NSW over the course of the works. They will also deliver post completion maintenance services to ensure the planting establishes well and continues to flourish. These services include weeding, pruning, mowing, plant removal and install, fertilising, watering and general maintenance. While the Stage 2 works were underway for The Northern Road and Bringelly Road upgrade, B&K were also undertaking revegetation works on The Northern Road upgrade Stage 3, 4, 5 and 6 for ACCIONA and other contractors.

“A lot of recycled mulch comes from construction waste so supply goes up and down depending on what construction projects are underway,” Cameron explained. “To get the required quantity of mulch on site we had to look at other sources.”

B&K provide a diverse range of services covering all aspects of landscaping including commercial and streetscape works. They specialise in road infrastructure, major park and playground upgrades along with large scale foreshore revitalisation projects and work with all major Tier 1 builders on roadworks projects across New South Wales and also work in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The Northern Road and Bringelly Road upgrade is a major infrastructure project and

Other services offered by B&K include mine and construction site rehabilitation, erosion


control, dust abatement and carbon offset tree planting. Sister company B&K Developments is an award-winning home builder operating on the New South Wales Central Coast. “We are really focused on delivering quality at scale,” Cameron said. “We have a lot of equipment and labour that makes us a one-stop-shop for landscape works. Using our own labour minimises reliance on subcontractors giving us greater control over the end result.” With the capacity to work on the biggest projects, B&K have a family oriented approach to business, with a focus on building personal relationships with suppliers, clients and contractors and within their own team. “The managing directors are often present in the yard and engaging with the guys which is a real rarity these days,” said Cameron. On all their projects, B&K strives to provide their clients with the highest standard of professional results. They are committed to ensuring the health and safety of their staff and dedicated to protecting and caring for Australia’s precious natural environment.

For more information contact B&K Revegetation and Landscaping, 6 Apprentice Drive, Berkeley Vale NSW 2261, phone 02 4384 4159, email, website






Below Hutchison Weller, with Cameron (left) and John (right), delivered innovative noise and vibration services to the project.

With broad experience in noise, vibration, air quality, environmental management and auditing, Hutchison Weller is an environmental consultancy focused on working with public and private clients to deliver outstanding results and exceed client expectations. The upgrade of The Northern Road and Bringelly Road was one of Sydney’s first projects to use Hutchison Weller’s proprietary web-based noise assessment tool ‛KNOWnoise’. Having initially delivered a noise and vibration management plan and construction noise and vibration impact statements, Hutchison Weller provided the project team, led by main contractor ACCIONA, with its project-specific customised version of KNOWnoise. The tool enabled the project team to independently prepare its own noise assessments during construction. KNOWnoise quickly and simply provides project teams of all sizes with the tools to plan, assess and manage noise impacts. Built on Hutchison Weller’s specialist expertise, it offers a game changing approach to dealing with noise in construction projects of all types. “We always try to work smarter, rather than harder,” explained John Hutchison, Co-Founder of Hutchison Weller. “KNOWnoise allows our clients to do their own noise assessments that are as accurate as those prepared by a noise consultant. No training is necessary and clients can quickly get specific advice to help them get on with their projects.” The software has a user-friendly interface, in which the user selects the equipment and the map location where works will be carried out as well as the start and finish time. The tool quickly generates the noise assessment based on the input data. Results are based on expert noise predictions using SoundPlan to ensure accuracy. The model considers buildings, walls and topography in the surrounding area. The noise assessment report generated by KNOWnoise is tailored to the project and includes compliance tables and maps. Predicted results can be exported into Excel. Upcoming works can then also be accessed through a visual calendar interface. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Using this tool has helped many of our clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars commissioning noise assessments,” said John. “However, an even bigger benefit is the flexibility it gives contractors when planning works. They can use the tool to explore hypothetical scenarios and assess the impact of each. The initial investment is repaid in no time.” For smaller projects, a non-project specific tool, KNOWnoise: Minor Works, is also available. After a simple setup, where the user sketches a work site in the map interface, contractors can generate noise assessments for small projects at minimal cost, benefitting from the power of KNOWnoise that larger projects enjoy. Hutchison Weller has added value, including KNOWnoise, on all types of state significant infrastructure in New South Wales. They have assisted major projects such as Northconnex, WestConnex, Western Sydney Airport, Batemans Bay Bridge Replacement and several stages of The Northern Road among others. KNOWnoise was designed and developed by Hutchison Weller to provide the best automated noise assessment tool currently available in New South Wales. “We wanted that point of difference when we started out,” John said. “We really want to add value for our clients and that drives us to be innovative.” KNOWnoise is constantly being refined and includes vibration and multi-storey capability. Hutchison Weller is exploring ways to expand the tool’s capability into new markets. “We are focused on building strong relationships with clients and finding interesting new challenges where we can add value,” John explained. The partnership between Co-Founders, Cameron Weller and John, perfectly balances environmental management and noise and vibration services. John says, “blending our noise and vibration services with Cam’s environmental management expertise greatly benefits our clients who can rely on us for practical and innovative advice.” For more information contact Hutchison Weller, Level 1, 357 Military Road, Mosman NSW 2088, phone 02 8969 6071, email, website


Below Millcon supplied 2,600m3 of B80 bridge mix concrete and vibratory truss screeds for the deck of the Bringelly viaduct bridge.

The second stage of The Northern Road and Bringelly Road upgrade project is a major investment on road infrastructure in Western Sydney that comprises part of the $4.1 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan and is set to improve safety, increase road capacity and reduce congestion and travel times in the area. Millcon were appointed to carry out place and finish works for the voided slab at the Bringelly Interchange viaduct bridge, the main grade separated interchange that was constructed as part of the upgrade project. Millcon’s works involved a continuous pour of 2,600m3 of RMS approved B80 bridge mix concrete at a pour rate of 180m3 per hour. Five pumps were used including one standby pump and Millcon also supplied four vibratory truss screeds to finish the deck excluding some small areas which were hand screeded due to access constraints. “The project was a bit out of the ordinary,” said Jim O’Keeffe, Director. “Overall it was a 26 hour pour for us. We started on a Friday afternoon and finished the following evening with separate night shift and day shift crews.” To ensure the successful completion of the works, Millcon undertook extensive prepour checks and carried out inspections and sign offs during the pour itself. “We’ve worked with the main contractor ACCIONA, before,” said Jim. “We knew the guys onsite and had a good relationship with them so that helped us a lot.” The long overnight pouring operation was made even more challenging by unfavourable late January weather conditions. “It was particularly hot that day so in addition to managing workforce fatigue we also had to manage dehydration risks,” Jim said. “We rotated our team and provided plenty of rest breaks. We were continuously monitoring all our guys to make sure they were okay.” With an inhouse team of 50-70 trained operatives, Millcon were able to provide a sufficient quantity of skilled labour to cover both shifts of the pouring operation.

Millcon are always striving to develop the skills and experience of their employees and supervisors to ensure a greater ability to deliver successful projects for their clients. It is an approach that has allowed Millcon to grow and thrive and allows them to look towards an even brighter future. “A key feature of Millcon is our ability to self-perform with minimal reliance on external subcontract labour,” Jim explained. “We find this gives us greater control over the work to ensure we always have the right experience on the job to get the highest quality result.” Established in 2008 and serving the Queensland and New South Wales markets, Millcon have built an impressive track record of success on major road infrastructure projects such as WestConnex M4 East, upgrades to the Pacific Highway and many more. With a specialist focus on concrete structures, Millcon’s areas of expertise include bridges, culverts and headwalls, water retaining structures, cut and cover structures, precast panels and parapets and civil infrastructure. They offer inhouse fabrication of custom formwork as well as labour and light vehicle supply. Millcon draws on their experience and expertise to deliver value to their clients. “We are always finding innovative solutions to get the job done while maximising quality and efficiency,” Jim said. “We often work with clients to improve their design to reduce the required manpower and get a better outcome while achieving the desired completion date.” Other projects recently completed by Millcon include the Farley Wastewater Treatment Works for Hunter Water, the Sydney Desalinisation Plant, the Coffs Harbour Water Treatment Plant and Chaffey Dam Augmentation. For more information contact Millcon, 5/36 Industrial Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450, phone 0413 556 592, email admin@





Below Eather Group supports a sustainable waste-to-resource ethos creating opportunities for bulk excavated materials to be transformed.

Eather Group vehicles pictured in front of the stockpile of excavated shale from the Bringelly Road project, and below are five of the brick products that were produced using this material.

Sustainability in the construction industry is of utmost importance to the Australian population, and local business Eather Group innovated a unique solution for this project. Eather Group is a 100% Indigenous owned-and-operated specialist business that offers sustainable solutions which support the civil, construction, and waste-to-resource industries along the eastern seaboard.

Eather Group were able to present the material to a brick making facility only 1km away from the excavation site. All 100,000 tonnes of that material is now processed and ready to be turned into bricks to feed the local building industry

Entering their 11th year in business, Eather have sustainability at the core of what they do, with their business centering around creating and maintaining a circular economy by working with clients to assess bulk excavated material and design opportunities for it to be reused in the future. Their services were engaged by Lendlease to dispose of the excess excavated raw material from the overpass on Bringelly Road. With seven of their own drivers, and local subcontractors they engaged, Eather Group tripled production and carted out over 100,000 tonnes of excavated material in just over three months. The fate of such materials tends to be landfill, and the travel costs, as well as carbon footprint, of carting so many tonnes can be astronomical. But after careful assessment and management,

For more information contact Eather Group, 128b Terrybrook Road, Llandilo NSW 2747, phone 02 4777 4407, email info@eathergroup., website



Below CKF Surveys undertook construction and engineering surveys for five bridges along The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrade Stage 2.

CKF Surveys is an engineering and construction surveying firm specialising in infrastructure projects. Based in Port Macquarie, they service projects nationwide for state and federal governments and the private sector. Established in 2012, they are certified with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and committed to providing the best possible survey support to meet project specifications. CKF Surveys were appointed by main contractor ACCIONA to undertake construction and engineering surveys for five bridges along The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrade Stage 2. Following the initial surveys, CKF Surveys remained involved throughout the construction process addressing requests for information and verifying as-built information at the end of the project. To obtain the most accurate measurements possible CKF Surveys used a new Leica Nova MS60 MultiStation surveying instrument. Over the course of the project CKF Surveys’ scope was increased to include surveying of a 20km Sydney Water trunk main running parallel to the road works. They also assisted in surveying the asphalt paving along the entire road length. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

During the project CKF Surveys also contributed to the development of the finer details of the design in collaboration with ACCIONA, Transport for NSW, other subcontractors and engineers. “It was a really good job for us,” said Chad Ferrett, Director. “ACCIONA and all the subcontractors had a real safety focus and everything was triple checked onsite which meant we always felt safe.” The large scale of the project made collaboration between parties important. “We work well in conjunction with others so this project suited us,” explained Chad. “We welcome opportunities to collaborate and we are open to new ideas.” “On this job it was great to see everyone working together to solve problems and get the project finished in the best possible way.”

For more information contact CKF Surveys, 22 Kingfisher Road, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, phone 0400 002 050, website


Below Environmental Earth Sciences Group developed a surface water management strategy to treat groundwater that was contaminated with PFAS fire fighting foam.

Environmental Earth Sciences (EESI) Group is Australia’s leading environmental science group. They have over 30 years experience helping clients mitigate financial, regulatory and legal risks associated with legacy contamination upon land, surface water and groundwater, and facilitating management of waste. For Stage 2 of The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrade, EESI was contracted by CPB Contractos to develop a surface water management strategy to assess, divert/store, contain and treat groundwater that was contaminated with PFAS fire fighting foam. Together with CPB, they liaised with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to obtain approvals and resolve the contamination problem. EESI were also engaged by BMD to undertake soil classification along the new road to characterise the degree of contamination and asbestos content to aid the development of materials management plans. For Stage 4 of the upgrade they are also providing asbestos management plans, clearance assessments and certificates. In addition to consulting services, EESI also operates a soil recycling facility in Cootamundra New South Wales called New Soil which offers

a more sustainable alternative to landfill disposal for contaminated soils. The bioremediation processes at New Soil converts contaminated soil into reusable material for a significantly lower cost per tonne than landfill disposal. The New Soil facility was set up 10 years ago and was the first of its type. It has become a model facility for other regions and EESI is now looking into establishing new facilities in Victoria and closer to Sydney. EESI are highly experienced in major linear infrastructure projects nationwide as well as in many other project sectors for public and private sector clients. EESI are committed to developing scientifically sound solutions for a cleaner, greener earth. “We like to go for challenging projects,” said Chris Newlands, Principal Consultant. “We’re always building on our experience with contamination and remediation to find more sustainable solutions for today and into the future.” For more information contact Environmental Earth Sciences International, 82-84 Dickson Avenue, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9922 1777, fax 02 9922 1010, email, website



Below Subterra installed approximately 26km of stormwater drainage pipes for Stage 2, and completed a range of related services.

Subterra Civil is a specialist stormwater drainage and civil contractor based in Sydney, providing services for Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors across New South Wales. Founded in 2015 by Christopher Noone and Patrick Joyce, Subterra Civil have grown into a multi-disciplinary team of experts focused on finding solution for challenging projects. Subterra installed approximately 26km of stormwater drainage pipes for Stage 2 of the upgrade to The Northern Road. They also provided a range of related services including plant and labour hire and excavation. The project was the first completed by Subterra for ACCIONA and they have subsequently been engaged on Stage 3 of the project as well as the new Western Sydney Airport.

I are also very hands on, providing direct input and attending team meetings. We appreciate what our guys are doing even more when we are also doing it ourselves.” Problem solving is another key aspect of Subterra’s approach. “We are always trying to find problems months before they occur,” Chris said. “We want to help the contractor to identify problems through good planning and design around them.” Subterra are committed to providing the required support to reach completion safely and efficiently, on time and within budget. They have the machines, manpower and industry experience to deliver on projects of any size.

“The project was big compared to others we have done,” said Chris. “At one stage we had four to five crews working simultaneously. The works were planned very well by the main contractor which helped us. We could see what was coming up and plan our resource to ensure everyone on the job was productive.” “We rely on the efficiency of our crews. Some of our guys have been with us for years and run a tight ship,” explained Chris. “Patrick and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Subterra Civil, PO Box 171, Kellyville NSW 2155, phone 02 4708 9625, website




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Below Stywill Texture Coating applied Dulux Acra-Tex paint system paint to retaining walls and applied a clear anti-graffiti coating to concrete structures.

Stywill Texture Coating are a Sydney based contractor specialising in painting and anti-graffiti application. In business for 37 years, they have become synonymous with noise barrier and highways projects in New South Wales and interstate and have worked on some of Australia’s largest projects. For Stage 2 of The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrades, Stywill Texture Coating applied Dulux Acra-Tex paint system paint to feature retaining walls at underpasses and applied a clear anti-graffiti coating to concrete bridge structures. In total they completed 4,000m2 of painting and 12,000m2 of anti-graffiti coating on the project. The anti-graffiti coating was SureSeal Graffiti Shield. When applied over a raw concrete or painted surface it creates a non-sacrificial barrier. Graffiti can then be easily removed using a water-based remover that is also supplied by Stywill Texture Coating. “The Graffiti Shield product represents good value being both economical and functional,” said Blair Hamilton, Managing Director. On all projects Stywill Texture Coating aims to work alongside other trades to minimise disturbance and deliver their works quickly and to a high standard. Using airless and texture spray units, air compressors,

pressure washers and generators, they can complete kilometres of painting with precision and speed. In addition to highways, Stywill Texture Coating also undertake work on railway stations and tunnels, as well as offer domestic roof restoration, vermiculite ceiling services and maintenance contracts for schools. With expertise in many fields they work with clients every step of the way from planning to completion. “The way we approach projects sets us apart,” Blair said. “We work on major projects around New South Wales and further afield. Despite being a small contractor we go through all the pre-tender processes that are required of us and keep up with the work onsite where it matters.”

For more information contact Stywill Texture Coating, 6/8 Artisan Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9674 9700, fax 02 9674 9711, email, website



Below Trans Vent provided steel pier liners to form concrete foundations in areas with unstable ground on The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrades.

Trans Vent is a family owned, Australian company founded in 1975 and dedicated to manufacturing and fabricating spiral tubing and ducting. For Stage 2 of The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrade, Trans Vent provided steel pier liners to form concrete foundations in areas with unstable ground. The pier liners were fabricated based on the main contractor’s requirements and supplied directly to site. Trans Vent pier liners are lightweight, cost efficient and easy to modify. They are corrugated to provide rigidity for peace of mind. They can also be used as void formers to form cavities within concrete for applications including bridges and concrete decking. “In this case we fabricated the liners to order but we also hold a lot of stock for immediate delivery or pick up,” said Daniel Cronshaw, Sales Manager. “We pride ourselves on short manufacturing times and always try to offer a quick turnaround.” The large scale of the project was nothing new to Trans Vent who have the capability to serve roadworks, bridge building and other infrastructure projects of any scale nationwide. Their range includes spiral piers, piping and sheet metal products. They also supply ducting for commercial and institutional applications. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Trans Vent products are made in Australia from Australian steel and manufactured in a range of metals including stainless steel, mild steel welded tube and galvanised lock seam. Their sister company CMP Manufacturing also supplies mobile mills for onsite pipe forming in remote locations. As a family owned company, Trans Vent places importance on a friendly and personal workplace culture. “We are committed to providing a personal touch for employees and customers,” said Daniel. “A lot of our guys have been here a long time and are experts at what they do.” For small or large projects, Trans Vent are ready to assist with products for diverse applications.

For more information contact Trans Vent Spiral Tubing, 38 Peachtree Road, Penrith NSW 2750, phone 1300 780 315, email, website


Below Delta Solutions managed scheduling works using Tilos Linear Planning software to optimise work schedules on the project.

Below Topline used two Callaghan boom pumps capable of pumping a combined 170m3 of concrete per hour on the project.

Delta Solutions specialises in software for construction and engineering to improve project management, communication and decision making. For the Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrade Stage 2, Delta Solutions were appointed to manage scheduling works using Tilos Linear Planning software.

Topline Group is a family owned business specialising in concrete pumping and are one of only a couple of suppliers in Sydney offering a full range of pumps from line pumps to 50m boom pumps.

Tilos is a planning software for linear construction projects which enables the visualisation of progress in terms of distance over time. The visual interface allows bottlenecks to be identified and schedules optimised. Different scenarios can be explored and compared. As a dynamic tool, Tilos also tracks progress. As-built information is easily imported to allow planned works to be compared with reality. Bi-directional integration with Gantt chart tools such as P6 creates a project planning suite with complementary functionality.

Founders, Giovanni Cettolin and Peter Martin have been in the concreting industry since the 1970s and have complemented their expertise by investing in the latest fleet equipment. Over the past 35 years, Topline have been involved in most major infrastructure projects in New South Wales, including supplying pumping equipment for The Northern Road and Bringelly Road upgrade.

Tilos helps manage project risks and achieve the best business outcomes. Delta Solutions are the exclusive distributor of Tilos software in Australia and New Zealand and provide leading solutions for the infrastructure of tomorrow.

To complete the project Topline purchased two new Callaghan boom pumps capable of pumping a combined 170m3 of concrete per hour. “This project was the biggest RMS pour in New South Wales at the time,” said Peter. “Whilst we have completed larger pours in the past, We’re proud to have played our part at Bringelly.” Serving Sydney and surrounding regions, Topline Group have the experience and equipment to complete any job to the highest standard.

For more information contact Delta Solutions, phone 07 39 111 066, email, website

For more information contact Topline Group Australia, phone 0418 263 269, website



Below Scully Outdoor Designs Australia designed and installed community infrastructure including a new transit shelter with seating.

The Northern Road and Bringelly Road upgrade is a major infrastructure investment for Western Sydney and includes new community infrastructure such as the construction of a new transit shelter with seating to serve Rossmore Public School on Bringelly Road. The shelter was custom measured onsite, designed and fabricated by Scully Outdoor Designs at their Caringbah factory and incorporates a galvanised and powder coated steel frame, and a steel roof with powder coated galvanised steel gutters and downpipes. The bench seating is also powder coated steel frame with recycled composite plastic slats. The shelter was selected by the school from Scully Outdoor Designs’ extensive range of transit shelters in different shapes, configurations and materials. Their range also includes shade sails, covered outdoor learning areas, playgrounds and street furniture. Their Scully Stone range is an innovative high quality range of impact rated stone street furniture designed and engineered to provide safety and peace of mind to Australian communities while contributing to creating a sense of place in their urban environment. With all their clients, Scully Outdoor Designs strives to build long lasting relationships based on trust and reliability. They work with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

clients to create high quality, durable solutions that excel in form and function. They focus on designing and supplying products that solve problems and deliver positive change to Australian communities. “We service any project where outdoor furniture is required, but the education sector is a particular strength of ours,” said Shane Scully, National Marketing Manager. “We are really focused on transforming under utilised parts of schools into loved spaces. It’s very rewarding to work in a school that is lacking usable outdoor space and after we do the project the school really comes to life.” Scully Outdoor Designs is a leading supplier of quality and innovative outdoor products. Established since 1994, the company serves many sectors including state and local government, aged care, day care, cemeteries and shopping centres, and various other commercial companies.

For more information contact Scully Outdoor Designs Australia, 7D, 1-3 Endeavour Road, Caringbah NSW 2229, phone 02 9531 4166, fax 02 9531 6699, email, website


PERFECT BALANCE Landing is the first stage of Sanctuary, a sophisticated and uniquely positioned masterplanned community on the shores of the Parramatta River, nestled serenely amongst a mosaic of green surrounds and boasting amazing water views. This stunning project comprises 364 residences across four buildings with a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments and two and three bedroom townhouses and maisonettes. Sanctuary is a new multi-stage residential estate on the shores of the Parramatta River in Sydney’s Wentworth Point neighbourhood. The development covers just under 95,000m2 with 400m of river frontage and when all stages are complete, will incorporate approximately 2,100 apartments. The first stage is named Landing and features a total of 364 apartments with a mix of one, two and three bedrooms spread across four buildings surrounding an elevated landscaped courtyard with underground parking below. “We chose the name Landing because it really is the gateway to the whole site, both as the first stage and also due to its prominent location,” said Paul Wainwright, Sales and Marketing Operations Manager. “We worked hard to plan layouts that maximise floor space and water views wherever possible. Landing sets the quality benchmark for all the stages to come.” The carefully designed floor plans of the apartments have been a talking point at Landing with many residents giving positive feedback.


Sekisui House drew on the design philosophies of their Japanese heritage to plan apartments with a focus on maximising usable space. Importance was also placed on maximising natural light, ventilation and privacy in the apartments. The external elements of the building was carefully planned to ensure balconies were positioned in such a way as to maximise views while avoiding privacy issues. “We are experts in place making within apartments,” explained Paul. “During the design stage we are continuously auditing and renewing our floor plans and finding improvements. Only when the plans get a unanimous thumbs up from

our architects and the Sekisui House teams in Australia and Japan do we proceed into construction.” This focus on continuous improvement carries through into construction. Sekisui House collaborated closely with main contractor Parkview to find ways to simplify the construction process and speed up the programme. “We’ve had a long and prosperous relationship with Parkview and they are a great team to work with,” Paul said. “We worked with them to make sure we had an efficient and buildable design, for example by minimising transfers in slabs and ensuring structurally efficient column positions.” The collaborative approach is fundamental to Sekisui House’s methodology. “It’s a great way to do it,” said Paul. “It’s so valuable to get input from the guys who are actually working on the ground. On every building we do a lessons learned exercise to find ways to do better next time, in everything from design to finishes to ensuring a smooth handover.” One particular challenge for Landing during the construction process was the need for physical distancing onsite due to COVID-19. The size of the site team was greatly reduced, particularly for internal works. However careful management meant the targeted construction timeline was achieved.

Landing is another milestone in the transformation of Wentworth Point into a diverse, cosmopolitan and desirable suburb. “More and more families are starting to call Wentworth Point home,” said Paul. “With new schools and retail precincts opening up there is a real community buzz. Future stages of Sanctuary will include lots of foreshore recreational space for use by residents and the broader community as well.” Sekisui House was founded in 1960 and has since grown into one of Japan’s most respected community developers and homebuilders with over two million homes built. Their key philosophy – ‛Love of Humanity’ – puts customer respect and service at the heart of everything they do. Since launching Sekisui House Australia in 2009, the company has been committed to making a positive impact in the Australian market, improving the lives of people through innovations in sustainable and thoughtful housing design. For more information contact Sekisui House, Ground Floor, 68 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 02 8817 1400, website




Below Australian Cladding Specialists installed the terracotta and aluminium cladding at the Sanctuary.

Australian Cladding Specialists (ACS) were appointed under a design and build contract to supply and install external façades to Stage 1, including terracotta and aluminium cladding to all three towers in the complex. The detailed design of the cladding was developed by ACS in conjunction with the architect and main contractor based on the architect’s design concept. Detailed design activities included developing the installation sequence, frame and subframe design and the fixing strategy for the cladding tiles and panels. The design and engineering was done by WSP. “It’s unusual for a cladding contractor to have that much early involvement and engagement,” said Claus Maarschalk, Director. “On Sanctuary we were able to contribute to the early planning and thinking together with Parkview and Turner and work out how to achieve the design concept as efficiently as possible.” “We have worked with Parkview many times and we were very happy to have that early engagement to find good solutions for this interesting project,” said Claus. Based in Sydney, ACS work on projects across New South Wales and interstate including residential and commercial developments as well as industrial and infrastructure projects. ACS have many years experience in supplying and installing cladding materials and operating a state-of-the-art prefabrication workshop with vertical saws and controlled vertical cutting, CNC routing, precision cutting and precision bending capability. ACS boast a highly skilled team of tradespeople with expertise in most types of commercial cladding systems including solid aluminium panels, terracotta tiles, GRC panels etc. The inhouse Quality Management System at ACS ensures that their work meets current documentation and contractual requirements. ACS implement ITP processes through all their project phases. They review and monitor changes in legal or compliance WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

requirements and standards and take corrective and preventive actions in cases of non-conformance. Most importantly, ACS listen to their customers’ feedback. In terms of safety, ACS are focused on achieving zero incidents in the workplace, both onsite and in their facility. As such, ACS have a WHS management system in place to ensure all the employees are aware of ACS policies and procedures. The safety of their workers is paramount among their core values. Designing for safety was a big part of their role on Sanctuary with a particular focus on how the cladding systems could be safely installed and accessed for maintenance and repair. In addition to new projects, ACS also offer inspection and cladding replacement services in light of new laws introduced in Australia in August 2018 related to combustible cladding. Not only the rectifications are needed for the combustible cladding, but in the lifetime of any building, cladding rectification works become a necessity whether it be to repair damaged panels, modernise the appearance of an older building or improve energy efficiency. The strong reputation in the cladding industry that has been built by ACS is based on their experience, expertise and dedication to working with clients to find optimal solutions and was demonstrated by their commitment to supporting the Sanctuary project from detailed design through to installation. “We are interested in solving problems and we never walk away from a challenge,” said Claus. “We are focused on safety and finding the best installation strategy to get the job delivered as smoothly as possible for the client.” “We’re proud of what we have achieved on Sanctuary and the good results that were made possible through collaboration with the project team.”

For more information contact Australian Cladding Specialists, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park NSW 2021, phone 1300 930 889, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SANCTUARY 171

Below CHERIO Civil Works completed the external civil works including kerbs, parking bays, footpaths and roadways.

CHERIO Civil Works is founded on the belief that workmanship and quality should never be compromised. As a unified team they are able to achieve this through their attention to detail, experience and professional approach. CHERIO was contracted for the external civil works at Sanctuary including kerbs, ramps, drainage pits, public domain works, parking bays, linemarking, footpaths and the internal road that feeds the entire development. There were many existing underground services within the site that made the civil works challenging. One particular challenge that CHERIO faced was the existing gas main located beneath the new driveway. The collaboration with an authorised Jemena Spotter was necessary in order to complete the work safely and develop a solution that would offer the necessary protection to satisfy both the client and Jemena – but nothing CHERIO couldn’t handle! The use of smaller sized machinery coupled with potholing by hand, allowed the CHERIO team to locate all existing services and ensure protection was guaranteed prior to works commencing. Collaboration with other trades was critical for Cherio Civil since completion of the external works was needed for Parkview to achieve and obtain their Occupation Certificate. “We hit the accelerator a few 172 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SANCTUARY

times, but it was also critical to maintain quality,” said Operations Manager, Adam Neou. “We are very used to coordinating and working closely with other trades as it is always the most effective way to bring the project to completion.” CHERIO holds RMS prequalification status. Their area of expertise includes road and bridge works, demolition, excavation, storm water drainage including GPTs, light and heavy duty concreting, landscaping, linemarking, street furniture works and any public domain related works in general. CHERIO prides themselves on providing an excellent service, bringing projects to completion to the required quality, absolutely on time and on budget. As a result, they enjoy a large amount of repeat business from their satisfied clients.

For more information contact CHERIO Civil Works, PO Box 355, Earlwood NSW 2206, phone 02 9758 2622, email admin@cheriocivil., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below PKF installed the premium oak timber and carpet flooring throughout Sanctuary.

Family owned and with over 40 years experience, PKF (Peter Kelly Flooring) are Australia’s leading commercial flooring specialist. With a diverse range of projects delivered or under development across a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, aged care, correctional centres, hospitality, commercial and residential high rise, PKF are at the forefront of understanding and responding to project specific requirements and consistently deliver expert floor and wall solutions that create tangible value. PKF’s relationships with their customers and suppliers alike are built on mutually aligned interests and an uncompromising commitment to executing and delivering some of the most recognisable and emblematic construction projects across Australia and New Zealand. Parkview awarded PKF the flooring contract for the Sanctuary by Sekisui House and the results definitely put the final touch on this extraordinary residential offering. “PKF have a long standing partnership with Parkview that is based upon mutual respect. We trust one another and we are acutely aware of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

how the relationships we build with our clients impacts our success,” said Andrew Sky, General Manager. The first stage of Sanctuary showcases the quality of PKF’s excellent workmanship with timber and carpet throughout the apartments and lobby areas. “The depth and breadth of PKF’s experience allows us to meet the specific requirements of any one project and Sanctuary was no exception,” Andrew said. “As a finishing trade, we are familiar with tight time constraints and with an extensive network of reliable and quality subcontractors, we have a reputation for being agile, flexible and most importantly, for getting things done.” “Other aspects of our company that are highly valued by our clients are our strong administration team, quality control and compliance systems,” said Andrew. “Our track record has enabled us to develop and maintain an exceptional reputation in the construction industry.” For more information contact PKF Pty Ltd, Unit 9, 6 Gladstone Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154, phone 02 9899 6688, email info@pkfgroup., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SANCTUARY 173

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Below Infinity HVAC Services supplied and installed the Mitsubushi air conditioners and ductwork for Sanctuary.

Infinity HVAC Services are an industry leading specialist in HVAC systems for commercial, industrial, institutional and high end residential projects. They were appointed to supply and install mechanical services to Sydney’s new Sanctuary residential development built by Parkview for Sekisui House. New Mitsubishi air conditioning systems were provided along with ductwork fabricated inhouse by Infinity who also took on the detailed design of the system. “We were working on the design well before construction started,” said Miljan Miric, Director. “We had to meet specific requirements especially for energy efficiency and extraction rates in wet areas. We collaborated closely with Parkview, Sekisui House and the design team to make it happen.” The project was delivered on a tight timescale despite the challenges of COVID-19 lockdowns during construction. “This was one of the fastest projects we have ever delivered,” Miljan said. “We were already commissioning our systems around 12 months after starting onsite. The site stayed operational during the lockdowns and we worked with Parkview to manage the team and ensure physical distancing particularly in the goods lifts,” Miljan explained. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With offices in Sydney and the Gold Coast, Infinity offer a diverse range of services and are experienced at all stages of delivery from conception to handover and ongoing maintenance. “It’s unusual for a company like ours to do so much inhouse,” said Miljan. “We have our own estimators, engineers, technicians and draftsmen working together to achieve the best results. We fabricate our own sheet metal and offer maintenance services as well. It means we get much tighter control over our delivery schedules and we don’t need to wait for third parties.” With the ability to control costs, timescales and quality across all aspects of their work, Infinity is uniquely positioned to offer outstanding workmanship on time and on budget for projects of all sizes.

For more information contact Infinity HVAC Services, Unit 2, 14 Bellingham Street, Narellan NSW 2567, phone 1300 699 868, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SANCTUARY 175

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The University of Sydney Engineering and Technology Precinct redevelopment involves the integration of a new 8-level building with the Engineering Link Building and Mechanical Engineering Building, the upgrade of the retained southern tower of the Electrical Engineering Building, and the creation of open plazas. The redevelopment of the Engineering and Technology Precinct at the University of Sydney is well underway with the new Engineering and Technology Building providing world class research and teaching spaces for the University community. The works are part of the ongoing Campus Improvement Program to transform the University’s infrastructure for generations to come. “This part of the Darlington campus has been fairly untouched for a period of time so an update and refresh was needed,” said Seamus O’Connell, Project Manager. “The new Engineering and Technology building is the first in a potential series of precinct redevelopment projects.” The new facility incorporates an existing and a new building connected by a central atrium and houses three separate schools: the new School of Biomedical Engineering, and the schools of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Electrical and Information Engineering. The facility includes a range of laboratory, workshop and teaching spaces as well as communal areas and a new hub for receiving deliveries. The facility has been designed to create opportunities for people from different backgrounds and disciplines to mingle, share ideas and work together with cutting edge research spaces and collaboration areas to foster beneficial interactions between people. “It’s an unusual building in some ways,” Seamus explained. “The design endeavours to put engineering on display with a lot of exposed and visible services. The project also includes a reinforced concrete bridge with fibre optic cables to show how the structure works under load as people walk across it which is a first in Australia.” The building has been awarded a Best Practice 4 Star Green Star rating. The curvilinear arrangement of internal spaces and feature mesh screens within the building reflect the University’s Wingara Mura Indigenous design principles. Initial discussions and early design development commenced in 2014. After an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)

phase Laing O’Rourke were appointed as main contractor in 2017. Demolition works were carried out in 2018 with construction underway from 2019. Practical completion of the tower was achieved in May 2021. “It was a long and often challenging process,” Seamus said. “The existing building remained partly operational throughout the works so the interface with students, researchers, academics and staff had to be carefully managed to avoid disruption. Additionally, deliveries and vehicle movements were carefully planned to minimise inconvenience to other schools in the University and surrounding residences.” Weekly meetings were held between Laing O’Rourke and University stakeholders to plan activities around University operations. “There was a lot of goodwill and collaboration from the University and local residents also worked very well with us to allow the project to happen,” Seamus said. During construction, the project team also engaged with the University to showcase the works. “Laing O’Rourke offered the opportunity for some schools at the University to come and see the live construction site,” said Seamus. “It was interesting and exciting for students to see the works and get a feel for what was happening.” Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used to position solar shading to maximise daylight penetration through the façade while minimising glare. The BIM model was also used to visualise the structure before it was built and show the impact of demolition works. This enabled better stakeholder engagement and early planning. Preparations are now underway for the new facility to be occupied by students in time for the start of the August 2021 term. “What the team achieved here to construct this facility adjacent to an existing building is a great feat,” said Seamus. “The hard work and planning of many people made happen and the whole team deserves credit.” For more information contact University of Sydney, phone 02 9351 2222, email, website


Below O’Hara Brothers provided full remediation works on the site including connections into existing Sydney Water infrastructure.

O’Hara Brothers are a multi-utility civil construction and remediation company with a focus on providing safe, dependable, competitive and high quality solutions for challenging projects. Founded in 2011 by brothers Adrian and Jarlath O’Hara, the company has worked with some of Australia’s largest contractors and infrastructure providers. The company was engaged to provide earthworks, FRP (formwork, reinforcement and pour) concreting works and installation of stormwater pits for the new Engineering and Technology Precinct redevelopment.

The Engineering and Technology Building was O’Hara Brothers’ first contract at Sydney University, however they have wide experience on many large scale civil infrastructure, utilities, transport and industrial projects throughout New South Wales. Current projects include upgrade works at Sydney Airport and pipeline maintenance in Strathfield. “We are a very diverse company and we always try to exceed our clients’ expectations,” said Adrian. “I believe that our staff are what drives us forward and many of our original staff are still with us today.”

Focused on the southern courtyard of the new development, the works included full remediation works on the site and connections into existing Sydney Water infrastructure. “The works had to be completed in a tight timeframe and in constrained conditions,” said Adrian O’Hara. “There were also many different stakeholders to engage with including Sydney Water, Sydney University internal stakeholders and other subcontractors.”

“We also have a big focus on training young people, passing on our knowledge and experience to grow their talent,” Adrian said. “On this project we employed students studying civil engineering at Sydney University so they could learn first hand what goes into the structures they visit and study in every day.”

“Much of the external stakeholder management was conducted by the main contractor Laing O’Rourke, who also kept the site very clean and well organised which made our work easier.”

For more information contact O’Hara Brothers, PO Box 2039, Maroubra NSW 2035, phone 02 9665 1631, email adrian@, website



Below Pebblecrete In-situ manufactured, supplied and installed approximately 1,300m2 of new terrazzo flooring, as well as terrazzo stair treads.

The Engineering and Technology Precinct required hard wearing, high quality finishes on the hard surfaces throughout, which included terrazzo flooring in the major circulation areas. Sydney based terrazzo tile and paving specialists Pebblecrete In-situ manufactured, supplied and installed approximately 1,300m2 of new terrazzo flooring and 162 linear metres of terrazzo stair treads for the project. Pebblecrete was founded in 1963 as a family owned company and has remained in the same family ownership ever since. The traditions of quality and precision run through the company to this day with all orders custom made and no stock items.

Pebblecrete were able to bring their extensive university experience to the project, having previously worked at Macquarie University and University of New South Wales in addition to the University of Sydney. They also have a wide range of experience in other sectors in Australia and overseas. Completed projects include shopping centres, airport terminals and railway station platform surfaces for the new Sydney Metro. With the capability to supply high quality Australian made products across the country at a competitive price, backed up by their decades of experience, Pebblecrete are a natural choice for all projects demanding attractive, versatile and easily maintained terrazzo and paving.

Pebblecrete offer products suitable for internal and external applications and available in a diverse range of sizes and thickness to satisfy the needs of individual clients. All tiles and pavers manufactured by Pebblecrete, including those used at the University of Sydney, are 100% Australian made at their Smithfield factory using modern technology and production processes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Pebblecrete In-Situ, 238 Woodpark Road, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 02 9604 3100, email, website


Below Planex’s extensive range of contemporary steel products offered an innovative storage solution for the project.

Planex is a designer and manufacturer of adaptive steel storage solutions for the workplace. They offer innovative and award winning products manufactured in Melbourne from locally sourced material with a commitment to sustainability and quality. Planex lockers and storage products were specified by Cox Architecture for the new Engineering and Technology Building at the University of Sydney. The products were selected from Planex’s extensive range of contemporary storage solutions and included Virtu Swing Door, Linea Acoustic Sliding Door Cabinets with planter boxes and xLocker2 lockers. “All products provided for the project are AFRDI Blue Tick certified and the Linea and xLocker2 products also have the AFRDI Green Tick Platinum Level A for sustainability,” said Wendy Claydon, Sales New South Wales and Queensland. “The Linea sliding door cabinet also offers unique workplace sound attenuation features,” Wendy said. “We conducted tests to compare its acoustic performance against a comparison cabinet without sound absorbing qualities. The tests showed that the Linea cabinet offered better sound absorption and superior suppression of workplace noise.”

The xLocker2 system also offered unique features for the project. The system is comprised of reconfigurable steel modules that connect together in flexible ways. Units of different heights and widths can be joined together to create project specific designs. The patented system also accommodates data and power reticulation and a range of access control solutions. Planex has built a market leading reputation over 48 years of innovation in storage solutions. Their values of sustainability, integrity, simplicity and performance run through all aspects of the business. They are committed to providing affordable, high quality products that cause no environmental harm and reflect Indigenous culture through designer partnerships on selected products. With a customisable range and over 300 colour options for all commercial, educational, sports, hospitality and residential application, Planex have the right solution for your evolving workplace.

For more information contact Planex, 191 Princes Highway, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 8795 1100, fax 03 8795 1122, email, website



Below Arris Projects fabricated and installed all joinery including bespoke joinery arches and banquette seating.

Arris continues to deliver their intricate, high-end joinery to prestigious Sydney projects, with the University of Sydney being their latest success. Not only is the University of Sydney one of the world’s finest universities, it’s been voted among the top 10 most beautiful universities in the world. The opportunity to add their mark of craftsmanship to this icon was a privilege embraced by Arris.

Arris takes joinery to the next level and are available to talk to you about how they can make your vision a reality.

Partnering with Laing O’Rourke and Cox Architecture, Arris fabricated and installed the joinery throughout the new Engineering and Technology Precinct at the University of Sydney. The arch work is a feature of the project, working subtly to blend the classic with the contemporary by incorporating booth seating, flexible LED neon lighting, mesh screens and laser cut aluminium trims. The 2pac polyurethane coating provides a superior seamless finish. Arris has a growing reputation as the ‘go-to’ people for challenging joinery – the stuff that keeps architects awake at night. Their highly skilled team love a challenge and teamed up with Shape to deliver the WeWork co-working space in George Street, Sydney and are currently working with Hassell and Lyons on two more high-profile projects at another prominent sandstone university. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Arris Projects, 244 New Cleveland Road, Tingalpa QLD 4173, phone 07 3908 4888 (Amber Bishop), email, website


Below Unison Joints supplied architectural cover plates and fire seals to conceal large expansion joints between the new and old buildings.

Established in 2001, Unison Joints is an Australian owned business operating both nationwide and internationally, specialising in the manufacture and supply of innovative, sustainably sourced movement joint systems to meet the engineering and design requirements of construction projects. Unison Joints were appointed by main contractor Laing O’Rourke to supply architectural cover plates and fire seals for the new Engineering and Technology Precinct at the University of Sydney. All the products supplied by Unison Joints complied with applicable Australian standards and the national construction code and arrived at site fully assembled and installation ready, saving time, and reducing error onsite.

“It’s very common for us to design bespoke solutions,” said Bernie Scott, Managing Director. “We liaise with the designer or contractor to explore design alternatives and value engineer solutions.” In addition to developing bespoke solutions, Unison Joints holds a large range of stock products which allows them to dispatch materials very quickly in most cases, helping builders meet challenging timescales. Unison Joints offers a combination of excellent customer service, expertise and inhouse manufacturing and certification capability. “We never stop developing our products,” said Bernie. “We are always looking for ways to expand our product offering and deliver better solution for our clients.”

The aluminium three piece mechanical cover plates were used to conceal large expansion joints between the new and old buildings which were required to deal with settlement, shrinkage, thermal, seismic and wind movements.

As Australia’s leading provider of cover plates, expansion joints and movement solutions for construction, Unison Joints have a close relationship with all leading contractors. Their prior experience with Laing O’Rourke includes Brisbane Airport, IKEA Logan, Brisbane International Convention Centre and many other projects.

Unison Joints also provided fire blankets to stop fire spread within pressurised risers. A new clamping method had to be designed to ensure the blankets could withstand the riser pressure.

For more information contact Unison Joints, 2/282 New Cleveland Road, Tingalpa QLD 4173, phone 07 3907 0500, website



Below Specialist Height Access developed a Working at Height Safety system for the building using 3D modelling.

Due to the complexity of the new Engineering and Technology Precinct’s shape, conventional access methods such as building maintenance units (BMUs) were not practical and a more sophisticated solution needed to be found. During design development and from the early project stages, the leaders in rope access solutions, Specialist Height Access (SHA) engaged closely with Cox Architecture. They used 3D modelling to ensure the proposed systems enabled access to all areas and overlaid other trades’ drawings to identify and mitigate clashes and then developed and installed a safe access system to all areas of the roof, internal atrium and external façade. The system also has the advantage of providing for external glass and louvre replacement, cleaning and general building maintenance. “We have a range of suppliers and the inhouse engineering capability to put them all together into a tailored system for every project,” said Scott Noble, Director. “All the components we supply and install are tested and certified to applicable AS/NZS standards. Our focus is always on finding the right solution for the end user.” With prior experience at the University of Sydney, SHA were well placed to deliver on this project. “There were some challenges, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

especially the need for social distancing between site trades,” said Scott. “However, Laing O’Rourke were very professional and had all the right procedures in place which we appreciated.” Established in 1998, SHA work nationwide and offer inspection and testing, maintenance, installation and repair services in all industrial and commercial sectors. With clients ranging from small businesses to major global companies, they have provided access solutions to some of Australia’s most iconic buildings and infrastructure. If you also have a head for heights and spend a lot of time on roofs, SHA also offer IRATA accredited Rope Access Training in their state of the art facility in Banksmeadow, situated close to Sydney airport and major motoways. The ultimate hands on experience with a qualification recognised around the world, you will learn how to ascend and descend the ropes using the appropriate equipment and also learn safe rigging practices and recreate real-life rope access scenarios. For more information contact Specialist Height Access, Unit 6/3 Exell Street, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 1300 000 742, email, website



The Byron Bay Bypass improves connectivity and traffic flow between the north and south of Byron Bay providing an alternative route that reduces the number of cars travelling through the town centre by an estimated 30%. The opening of the Byron Bay Bypass at the end of February 2021 has been widely welcomed by the local community with clear evidence of faster commutes around Byron Bay and reduced traffic volumes in Jonson Street, the main road going through the town centre. The Bypass, funded by the NSW Government and the Byron Shire Council, was the largest single infrastructure project Council has ever undertaken. Hazell Bros Group was awarded the contract to build the Bypass in May 2019 and construction commenced in July 2019. The purpose of the project was to improve connectivity and traffic flow between the north and south of Byron Bay, provide an alternative route that avoided the town centre, reduce the number of cars in the town centre on a daily basis by an estimated 30% and prioritise pedestrians over cars in the town centre. “The building of the Bypass was regarded as a priority by many in the community and giving pedestrians priority over vehicles in the town centre was strongly expressed by the local community throughout 186 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BYRON BAY BYPASS

the Shire’s Masterplan process,” said Byron Shire Council’s Project Manager, Josh Winter. The Bypass was approved following a rigorous environmental and planning process. All the necessary approvals required under New South Wales law were obtained and were approved by the NSW Land and Environment Court. Council and all contractors adhered to the very strict environmental protocols on this project including pre-clearing surveys undertaken by qualified ecologists and wildlife specialists prior to the removal of any vegetation. In addition to this, as part of the strict approvals from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the Shire Council is now undertaking the restoration and conservation of 44.5 hectares of similar wetlands to an amount of 1.56 hectares that was removed to provide space for the Bypass. A number of challenges arose during construction, including an area of soft ground necessitating some design changes. The area where AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

the road was built was very flat with a high water table, so creating adequate drainage was a necessity. A number of old services were discovered during excavations, including asbestos mains and other material that had to be removed. “We also uncovered some heritage footings and tanks from the old Norco Butter Factory which we were able to remove after the necessary approvals were obtained,” Josh said. The pandemic created some issues, particularly because the principal contractor and a number of other subcontractors were based in Queensland, so during the border closure imposed by the Queensland government, local subcontractors had to be found to keep the construction programme moving forward. The Bypass project delivered an upgraded roundabout at Shirley, Butler and Jonson Streets, 1.2kms of new road construction, 250m of road renewal and resurfacing, increased road width by 6-10m on average, increased size of the Butler Street drain, construction of a pedestrian WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

footbridge on Butler Street, 12 safer crossing points, 2.3kms on road cycleway, noise mitigation works at 19 properties and construction of 200m of noise wall. “The overwhelming positive community reaction to the opening of the Bypass, together with the recognition that very tight environmental controls were adhered to during construction, has justified the Council’s decision to move ahead with the project which has been substantially supported by the NSW Government,” Josh said. “Byron Bay residents are already experiencing the benefits of improved traffic flow and reduced vehicle numbers in the town centre. We’re looking forward to seeing how it performs during peak holiday periods when Byron welcomes thousands of visitors.” For more information contact Byron Shire Council, 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby NSW 2482, phone 02 6626 7000, email majorprojects@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BYRON BAY BYPASS 187

Below Bishton Group completed the acoustic attenuation upgrades along Butler Street for the project.

Bishton Group is a privately owned construction company established on the Gold Coast in 2014 specialising in residential, commercial and industrial projects, particularly for local government, councils and Tier 1 builders. Bishton Group undertakes both new buildings and remediation of existing structures. Engaged on the Byron Bay Bypass, they undertook acoustic attenuation upgrades along Butler Street. The scope of work included custom acoustic fencing, installing acoustic glazing, doors and air conditioning in homes and other rectifications as required. “In order to maintain the integrity and significance of the street, the materials and designs of the fences were varied to suit the houses,” said Director, Scott Bishton. Bishton Group’s specialty is difficult, commercially sensitive, high stakeholder engagement type projects. “We focus on minimal disruption to the day-to-day activities of our clients’ businesses or homes.” Bishton Group has also built a reputation for excellence in project and construction management. For more information contact Bishton Group, phone 07 5628 7032, email, website QBCC 1286359 NSW 291907C 188 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BYRON BAY BYPASS


Below GeoLINK were responsible for the environmental management plans to protect the endangered fauna.

In 2021, GeoLINK is celebrating 30 years of excellence and success in the environmental engineering and management business. Now well established with an impressive portfolio of projects to their credit, GeoLINK’s multi-disciplinary team works across the public and private sectors including land development, mining, power, water, transportation and intensive agriculture.

phase, GeoLINK had a team of ecologists working day and night. “We had to carefully monitor the clearing of the road corridor to reassure interested community members every part of the approved management plan was followed to the letter,” said Director, Simon Williams. “We supplied the contractor with monitoring data to then be shared with the Council and the community.”

A recent project for GeoLINK has been the Byron Bay Bypass, a complex development by the Byron Shire Council. GeoLINK assisted both Council and the contractor, Hazell Bros with environmental management over the 18 month construction period. GeoLINK assisted with the preparation and implementation of environmental management plans which required approval prior to construction. There were particular concerns about water quality, contaminated land and threatened species, requiring careful assessment and management. They were also involved with the designs for fauna underpass structures.

GeoLINK focuses their environmental consultancy work on regional areas from their offices in Lennox Head, Coffs Harbour, Armidale and Lismore. GeoLINK was appointed as the environmental manager for the Chaffey Dam pipeline project and was engaged by Transport for NSW to provide environmental and ecological services during the construction of the new Tabulam Bridge. Current projects include the proposed inland rail, the Newcastle inner-city bypass and the Coffs Harbour bypass. “Being privately owned and independent, we can rapidly respond to the changing needs of projects and can quickly assemble a multi-skilled team to provide clients with a cost effective practical solution for any project,” Simon said.

Threatened species of concern included koalas and the critically endangered Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail which required referral to the Australian Government for approval. During the clearing

For more information contact GeoLINK, Level 1, 64 Ballina Street, Lennox Head NSW 2478, phone 02 6687 7666, email info@geolink., website



Below Coastal Asbestos safely removed and disposed of the unexpected asbestos discovered during construction.

The team at Coastal Asbestos knows everything there is to know about the safe removal and disposal of all asbestos products. Licensed by Workplace Health and Safety, Coastal Asbestos works with corporate, municipal and private clients from Brisbane to northern New South Wales, providing professional asbestos services, including removal, inspection and reporting, and management and awareness programmes for businesses. Coastal Asbestos have been contracted for many major infrastructure projects, including the Byron Bay Bypass. Work at the bypass for the Hazell Bros Group extended over two years, with Coastal Asbestos available at call to manage any asbestos finds and then undertake safe removal. “One of the unexpected discoveries was asbestos product buried in a railway carpark,” said Director, Jason Spaull. “With the area fenced off and the appropriate warning signs in place, we proceeded to remove all the offending product and certify the area as safe.” Coastal Asbestos was also present when construction work was proceeding in an area where it was suspected that asbestos might be found, including old pipes and dumped or buried building material. Once any asbestos product was removed, Coastal Asbestos arranged appropriate compliance certificates for the principal contractor. 190 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BYRON BAY BYPASS

The work at the Byron Bay Bypass had to be handled with sensitivity for the environment. “There was also a need to ensure the safety of nearby residents and allay their fears about the asbestos removal process. When local people engaged with us, we would reassure them about the absolute safety of our procedures and our standing as licenced asbestos removal specialists.” The quality of the work undertaken by Coastal Asbestos is exemplified in their 2020 Queensland Master Builders Award for Excellence in Workplace Safety at the Gold Coast Sewage Pump Station project. The company has also worked for the Gold Coast Council on the removal of asbestos from 200m of retaining walls and is regularly engaged by Energex on network activities.

For more information contact Coastal Asbestos, 4/55 Upton Street, Bundall QLD 4217, phone 07 5570 3706, email info@coastalasbestos., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Clearpro Water Solutions were responsible for the dewatering and water treatment for Byron Bay Bypass.

Clearpro Water Solutions has achieved great success as a specialist water treatment contractor and system manufacturer for industrial and construction industries. Based in southeast Queensland and servicing the east coast of Australia, Clearpro combines expert water treatment knowledge with manufacturing skills to provide mobile water treatment equipment for all dewatering requirements. Having completed projects as varied as tunnel boring, major bridge construction, dewatering basements in high rise residential projects to providing purified water for large scale hydroponic tomato production, Clearpro was engaged by Hazell Bros as the dewatering and water treatment contractor on the Byron Bay Bypass project. The bypass, opened in late February 2021, is reducing traffic congestion through the Byron Bay town centre and assisting communities to the south of Byron Bay access the Pacific Highway. The project attracted concern from local environmental groups as the bypass was being built through sensitive wetlands with vulnerable plant and animal species. Clearpro’s role was to assist in the mitigation of any adverse environmental impacts. A number of culvert installations required dewatering and the installation of drain bypass systems. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Due to the shallow groundwater table, high flow volumes were extracted from the wellpoint spear systems. “The groundwater was very acidic and iron rich, with high concentrations of heavy metals,” said Director, Nathan Piper. “We therefore had to deal with high turbidity through the duration of the project. Various combinations of water treatment equipment were used at different locations to achieve the required discharge criteria, including the latest LB15 treatment systems.” After Clearpro’s treatment, the water was suitable to be released into the adjacent wetland system, achieving a positive environmental outcome for the Bypass project. Clearpro can professionally manage water treatment projects from preliminary reporting and system design, through to onsite implementation and compliance reporting. The company is currently working on the M1 upgrade at Palm Beach and the Gold Coast recycled water upgrade. For more information contact Clearpro Water Solutions, 1/40 Township Drive, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, phone 1300 702 288, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BYRON BAY BYPASS 191

HOMELY HERITAGE Quay Quarter Lanes is an integrated mixed use development involving the construction of three new residential towers over a common basement and the restoration of two heritage buildings, and includes 104 boutique high end apartments, three commercial floors, 22 retail tenancies and an underground museum space. Located a stones throw from Sydney Harbour, the Quay Quarter Lanes development is situated on a prime piece of real estate with a rich history and an exciting future ahead. AMP Capital appointed Richard Crookes Constructions as the head contractor for the project which boasts a mixed use development with three new residential towers built over a common basement. There are also two heritage buildings on the site which have been tastefully restored. This is the first project that Richard Crookes Constructions has undertaken with AMP Capital and essentially it was five projects in one. “The buildings shared common services but that is where the similarities ended, each building’s design was completely individual having been completed by a different architect. The new buildings contain retail and commercial tenancies, 104 apartments and the ground plane included the creation of and renewal of seven laneways, five of which are dedicated to public pedestrian use,” said Guy Bell, Senior Project Manager. It was an interesting project for Richard Crookes Constructions as they navigated the different building designs with architects Carter Williamson Architects, Lippmann Partnerships, Studio Bright, Silvester Fuller, SJB Architects, and ASPECT Studios. The bespoke nature of the architecture saw each building intertwine with the next while still claiming its independent design. “The level of individuality of each of the buildings and the way in which they combine to create such a fantastic space for not only those fortunate enough to own one of the apartments but all members of the public who will be able to come and dine, drink, and meet with friends in a truly unique City of Lanes within our City of Sydney,” said Guy. The approval process throughout the entire project saw a combination of efforts from many entities. “The detailed design development and approval of the public domain works covered all seven lanes and street frontages of all five buildings. The team at Richard Crookes Constructions and their designers, ASPECT Studios and

Arup Civil, worked tirelessly in conjunction with the City of Sydney’s Public Domain Team over a period of two years to secure an approval and to construct the public works to a level befitting of such a prominent part of our city. The Public Domain also incorporated five integrated works of Public Art, by renowned Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, and numerous elements of Heritage Interpretation, each of which required their own regulatory approvals before their insertion into the public domain works,” said Guy. One particular challenge was that the site is split in two by a heritage asset called the Bennelong Drain, a large ovoid brick duct, that is tunnelled in rock and sits approximately one metre below the surface. “The project’s design required us to dig basements up to 5-storeys deep and within 75cm of the heritage tunnel on either side. The engineering and monitoring of this exercise was massive and carried out with complete success. The heritage asset was not damaged in any way by the excavation and construction of the buildings,” said Guy. “The project straddles a unique geological feature called the Sydney GPO Fault-Line. This underground feature consists of fractured Sydney sandstone which creates an underground stream that seeps into Sydney Harbour. When the ground water was tested it was found to be contaminated (note that the contamination was not caused or attributed to the Quay Quarter Lanes site both past and present), so as part of the project we designed and built a drained basement and a permanent water treatment plant that is capable of extracting and treating over 80,000L of contaminated ground water per day.” Richard Crookes Constructions is a private, family owned construction company that has been building for both government and private clients since 1976. For more information contact Richard Crookes Constructions, Level 3, 4 Broadcast Way, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9902 4700, website


DEVELOPER : AMP Capital MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Richard Crookes Constructions ARCHITECTS : Carter Williamson Architects, Lippmann Partnerships, Studio Bright, Silvester Fuller, SJB Architects, and ASPECT Studios CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $200 million Photo supplied by Sydney Site Photography NSW PROJECT FEATURE QUAY QUARTER LANES 193

Below RJC Group completed the restoration of the sandstone, including the supply of 500 new sandstone pieces.

As part of the Quay Quarter Lanes project, two incredible 19th century buildings, Hinchcliff House and Gallipoli Memorial club, required a complete makeover with specialised restoration works. These beautiful buildings, which are more than 140 years old, are the oldest buildings that RJC Group have had the privilege of working on. RJC Group were engaged by Richard Crookes Construction for the major restoration of Hinchcliff House and Gallipoli Memorial Club, at Circular Quay. This included the restoration of the sandstone façade as well as the supply and install of almost 500 new sandstone pieces. Given the age of the buildings, there was also the desalination process of the façades to remove salts and increase longevity and bring back the heritage fabric. RJC Group were also responsible for the removal of all lead paints. RJC Group had 10 stonemasons and two apprentices working tirelessly onsite for two years to restore the beautiful sandstone, inside and out, to both buildings. “The biggest challenge we faced was removing the five layers of lead based paint from the building facades as they had been painted over due to deterioration of the stone. Sandstone is porous and it absorbs salts from the air, especially in the sea mist this close to the harbour. Once the salt crystalises it expands and makes the front of the stone crumble and delaminate. Instead of fixing it properly, people just rendered it, or painted over the top. A special paint stripper was used to remove the paint, revealing the extent of the damage to the stone beneath. We then had to work out which stones could be repaired, and which needed replacing,” said Jaimie Cookson, Managing Director. The original sandstone blocks that were not able to remain in place were considered for reuse based on their structural integrity and whether the salt had caused any damage. Those stones that were still partially able to be reused were cut down and used as indents. New yellow block sandstone bricks were sourced by Gosford Quarries and came from Sydney’s infamous 200 George Street

site. These local blocks were quarried in 2013 with the intent of them being used for local restoration works. The Quay Quarter Lanes project certainly fits the criteria for these rare and beautiful blocks to be reused. Sydney yellow block, an oxidising and now rare stone material pays tribute to colonial Australia. Its rich thermal capabilities, acoustic properties and charming appeal makes this natural substance a crowd favourite. As part of this project the Gallipoli Memorial club building, which dates back to 1880, has been restored and conserved, and basement levels created to house a new museum. Hinchcliff House which was built in the 1870s, has historic significance, evoking a bustling period in Sydney’s history when Circular Quay was the centre of the international shipping trade, and wool was Australia’s chief export. As part of the Quay Quarry lane project, this building has been restored and reinvented for retail use, while still capturing the history of the area and embracing the wool store itself. The new venue boasts a discreet entry to a basement bar via a former fire door in Loftus Lane, along with other exciting retail and dining venues. RJC Group have been involved in many significant stonemasonry and heritage restoration projects, and are currently undertaking restoration work on the Intercontinental Hotel façade along with palisade fence restoration works at the Royal Botanic Gardens. RJC Group are leaders in stonemasonry and heritage restoration in Sydney, and work closely with Tier 1 Builders, Heritage Consultants and Government departments. Their expertise is sought on sensitive and significant projects across the country. Given that the restoration of heritage buildings is a delicate task, RJC Group combines their comprehensive building and construction knowledge with the latest in curative techniques to ensure each building is restored in its full glory whilst embracing the heritage intricacies and requirements. For more information contact RJC Group, Unit 2/4 Jullian Close, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 02 8322 1832, email info@rjcgroup., website





Below Enravel were responsible for the HVAC engineering, providing a BIM Model with LOD 300.

Enravel is a leading provider of BIM consulting, modelling, drafting and engineering services to the building industry. They provide a reliable, all in one service with a focus on MEP (Inc Fire), architectural, structural and BIM coordination.

The team at Enravel spent two years on the Quay Quarter Lane project with over 3,000 man hours clocked up. The team are well versed within the ever changing construction market, aspiring to continually raise the benchmark.

The team at Enravel were contracted as the HVAC engineers and documenters for the Quay Quarter Lanes project. “The Quay Quarter Lanes project was an interesting one with the complexity of dealing with several lead architects rather than one single overseer. This meant that decisions were required to be approved by multiple people before we could proceed,” said Director, Trevor Joy.

Their intent is to exceed expectations on every development. Enravel have enjoyed working on several multi-billion dollar projects including Brookfield Place in Sydney, Pitt Street Station and Martin Place Station (as part of the Sydney Metro development) and the M4 and M5 Road Tunnels. To date, the company have completed more than 5,000 projects across Australia.

Enravel were involved early on in the project providing Richard Crookes with a well coordinated BIM Model with LOD 300. With energy efficiency in mind, the team simplified the design from the original concept by integrating all the various systems to a single common water cooled system. This also helped in minimising the central plant requirement. Enravel understand that heating and cooling costs can be a major expense, and getting the most efficient design plans will save money in the long term. That’s why Enravel offers smart HVAC design and planning that considers all the project factors, present and future.

For more information contact Enravel, 2a/10-12 Woodville Street, Hurstville NSW 2220, phone 02 9579 4003, email enquiries@, website



Below Shutterflex manufactured the perforated bi-fold and fixed screens for the balconies of the project.

Shutterflex has the reputation for providing engineered solutions for climate control, including façades and screens. As well as an extensive product range, the company provides bespoke solutions. The team at Shutterflex, worked closely with Quay Quarter Lanes architect, Studio Bright, and head Contractor, Richard Crooke Constructions, to produce a unique design. Representatives from both companies traveled to Shutterflex’s manufacturing facility to consider the prototype. The result was the manufacture of distinctive bi-folding perforated screens, and fixed perforated screens for the balconies. “It was very much a collaborative design process. In particular, the fixings and installation which presented some challenges. From the very start, every aspect of the design and install was carefully considered and engineered,” said Peter Ryan, Managing Director. “This was a design and construct contract for Shutterflex, so the architects, developer, and builder were all involved in a collaboration to ensure the design not only achieved the desired look, and clever operation but engineer how the screens would be fixed to the building and be incorporated into the brick façade.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Specific to this design is a HOD bracket that is fundamental to the structural integrity of the balcony screens. It holds up the brick façade, HOD plate and bifolding doors. The colour of Sable Medium Bronze colour of the screens created a warm, shimmering finish. At certain times of the day, the reflecting light plays with the perforations and references the patterned brickwork to achieve an aesthetic where all elements work together effortlessly. The functionality of the perforated screening means filtered light streams through the apartment along with breezes, whilst providing privacy. The combination of aesthetic appeal, cost effectiveness and sustainable performance made this Shutterflex product the perfect solution for this sophisticated inner city project.

For more information contact Shutterflex, Peter Ryan 0400 304 606, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE QUAY QUARTER LANES 197

Quay Quarter Lanes, New South Wales



Below SCP Consulting were responsible for the extensive heritage engineering of the Hinchcliff House and Gallipoli Memorial Club.

Working with AMP Capital and Richard Crookes Constructions on the Quay Quarter Lanes project saw SCP Consulting undertake structural and civil engineering of the entire project from concept and design through to construction completion.

of Building A to allow for column free space in the museum space under. The 5-storey deep excavation was also engineered to ensure there was no damage to adjacent properties including the heritage listed Customs House.

The Quay Quarter Lanes project is part of a much bigger development of the Circular Quay precinct. This particular project, involved the construction of three new residential towers over a common basement. The project also saw the refurbishment and conservation of two heritage buildings, along with the preservation of the Bennelong Drain which runs through the site.

The project involved deep rock excavation below the sites water table along with specialised ground water removal to enable minimal cost basement construction.

“As part of the project, our team undertook the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the 150 year old Hinchcliff House and the Gallipoli Memorial Club,” said Director, Paul Siewert. “This involved extensive heritage engineering work along with the construction of basement levels below the existing building footprint without compromising the structural integrity of the building.” SCP Consulting also engineered the retention system to use the existing basement walls of the original site buildings. Other works included a column free, 2m deep, transfer floor at the ground floor WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Over the past five years, SCP Consulting has experienced rapid growth of over 400%. The company boasts an exceptional reputation which stems from their 40 years experience in the construction industry and having built long lasting, collaborative relationships with their clients. The team at SCP Consulting are proud to be known throughout the industry as an engineering consultancy that thinks differently to deliver better.

For more information contact SCP Consulting, 507 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 1300 727 364, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE QUAY QUARTER LANES 199

Below Award Architectural Aluminium installed the Sky Frame sliding door aluminium system to the project.

For the past 23 years, Award Architectural Aluminium have been manufacturing and installing aluminium and steel windows and doors for residential and commercial projects alike. For the Quay Quarter Lanes project, a team of over 40 skilled engineers and tradespeople were deployed to deliver a high performing sliding door system that embraced the million dollar views on offer. Manufactured in Switzerland, the Sky Frame sliding door system was chosen due to its minimal vertical interlock, and floor to ceiling glass, making it the perfect solution to provide seamless views over Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House.

walls, ceiling, and floor. A modest 20mm vertical mullion where two sections overlap is all that is visible of the frame. This makes for unimpeded views and a harmonious connection between the inside and outside. Besides offering aesthetic advantages, the system also meets the highest standards in thermal insulation and safety. Award Architectural Aluminium are currently busy working on 40 other high end residential and commercial projects. The team are proud to offer the highest quality solutions from all around the world, which include products from Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand.

“The Sky Frame product was chosen due to its minimalistic look and ability to provide a free flowing space. While engineering challenges presented, the end product met all thermal, acoustic and structural requirements for this high end residential apartment project,” said Chris Lyons, Director. “The Sky Frame system was used in Building C, for all residential units spanning Level 5 to 13 on the Northern elevation.” Sky Frame is a unique system, which is perfect for large surface sliding door projects. It features a frame that can be installed flush with the 200 NSW PROJECT FEATURE QUAY QUARTER LANES

For more information contact Award Architectural Aluminium, phone 02 4388 2111, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Manooga installed the beautiful Corian® products in the bathrooms and kitchens in the apartments.

When it came to choosing the perfect product for the bathroom and kitchen surfaces on the Quay Quarter Lanes project, the choice was simple. The team at Manooga reached straight for the Corian® products which are renowned for their superior design and superb finishes. Corian® is not only known for its beauty but its renewable and repairable design, meaning the product can be fully restored to its original condition if damaged, without having to replace the entire unit. This is particularly beneficial if minor damage occurs during construction. Glacier White, a timeless colour choice, was used in the bathrooms, while Silver Grey was chosen for the kitchens. One apartment, however, was fitted with Deep Titanium for a darker result, which was chosen by one particular vendor. The properties of Corian® not only allow for seamless joins but there is also the added benefit of being able to heat and shape the material which was key to the design and finish of this project. The island benchtops provide a superior combination of beauty and hygiene, allowing the lucky owners to enjoy an easy care and healthy experience, due to the non-porous and harmonious design of these surfaces. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“This project was particularly interesting as the kitchens were completely seamless. Six pieces were combined to make one continuous end product. The smooth, radius corners resulted in a remarkable finish,” said David Page, Director. The team at Manooga invested 18 months working on the Quay Quarter Lanes project with six of those months spent onsite. Currently, the team are working simultaneously on several other notable projects including Natura at Macquarie, Ribbon Hotel Darling Harbour and a number of private residential and commercial fitouts. Manooga is a family owned business where managers, David and Michael Page, are known to be completely hands on in every facet of the business. David and Michael, together with the Manooga team, provide superior quality and highly durable, bathroom, kitchen and commercial benchtops which are backed by exceptional customer service and a true desire to achieve excellence on every project.

For more information contact Manooga Products, 13 Rhodes Street, West Ryde NSW 2114, phone 02 9807 3511, email sales@manooga., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE QUAY QUARTER LANES 201


The Bolivia Hill Bridge project will improve road safety and transport productivity with the upgrade of 2.2km of the New England Highway and the construction of a bridge approximately 320m long. Including the widening and realigning the existing two-lane highway, and the regrading of temporary access tracks to provide permanent 4WD drive access, the project will improve road safety and road transport productivity. Located 35km south of Tenterfield, the major upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill was undertaken by Georgiou as principal contractor in a joint venture with SRG Global.

roads and a temporary compound site with a concrete batching plant, a site office, and stockpile areas. Retaining walls also had to be cut and filled.

The $134 million project, funded by the Federal and NSW Governments, will improve road safety and road transport productivity, minimising the impact on the natural environment.

The project has required over 11,000m3 of concrete and 80,000m3 of earthworks. “Geotechnical issues were challenging, with some of the site zones composed of class 1 granite, the hardest rock in Australia,” said Gareth Davie, Georgiou Project Manager. “In other areas there were weaker zones of weathered alluvial material. The adjacent steep hill was also very unstable with a significant number of rock floaters so we had to stabilise the top surface and secure individual boulders with rock anchors.”

An outstanding feature of the Bolivia Hill upgrade is the construction of a 320m long balanced cantilever bridge poured insitu which, on completion, will be the longest bridge of its kind in Australia. It is also unique because of the steep topography which required an 8.2% grade on the bridge. The scope of the project covered the 320m long bridge, 2.2km of road widening and realignment with a minimum shoulder width of 2m, with early works requiring the building of temporary access 202 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BOLIVIA HILL BRIDGE

A one in a hundred year drought during construction created issues for the supply of water for concrete batching and potable water for onsite teams. The Tenterfield Council was experiencing their own water shortage so water had to be sourced over 100kms away. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

A large bushfire in the region also impacted the site, but the Rural Fire Service successfully saved the compound assets and bridgeworks. The location of the project, nearly four hours from metropolitan Brisbane, created logistical challenges for sourcing personnel and materials. The site also experienced extreme temperature ranges from over 40ºC in summer to a winter low recorded at -12ºC requiring special processes to cool concrete batches in summer and warm them in winter to achieve correct temperature hydration levels. The project involved more than 80 subcontractors and around 1,050 site inductions were carried out. “Georgiou had up to 60 people on the project at any stage with 40 SRG Global employees involved. There was a high level of teamwork and cooperation by everyone on the job, despite the challenges posed by the remoteness of the location and the environmental conditions,” said Gareth. Formed in 1977, Georgiou is an established building and civil construction company which continues to deliver a diverse range WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of civil engineering and construction services to government and private clients across Australia from their offices in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. In the civil sector, the company provides services in road and rail transport, urban development, oil and gas, mining, defence and water. In the building sector, Georgiou works in residential, commercial, health, retirement and aged care, education, industrial, mining, public infrastructure, and defence. Georgiou recently completed the Green Bridge between Chevron Island and Surfers Paradise in a JV with Brady Marine and Civil. In New South Wales, Georgiou has completed the replacement of the Windsor Bridge and in another JV with Brady Marine and Civil the new wharf reconstruction at Garden Island Naval base. For more information contact Georgiou, Level 5, 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3319 4500, fax 07 3319 4545, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BOLIVIA HILL BRIDGE 203

Below CQT Services provided tender support for concrete and quarry materials, mix design optimisation and site pumping plan.

CQT Services provides high quality, professional advice as a specialist consultant in the field of engineering materials, including concrete and quarry investigation, training, product optimisation and constructibility. Working primarily on major civil and construction projects, CQT Services offers their skills from pre-tender stage, through the construction phase to the final quality audit. CQT Services was involved throughout the whole Bolivia Hill Bridge project. They provided tender support to the Georgiou SRG Joint Venture Team, advice on concrete and quarry materials, onsite batch plant establishment and review, mix design optimisation, the pumping plan, Transport for NSW B80 training, constructibility advice, durability concrete plan, hot and cold weather plans and Selected Material Zone (SMZ) design using quarried materials won from site. The Bolivia Hill Bridge project presented a number of unique challenges. “The location has an extreme temperature range between summer and winter (-10ºC to 45ºC), making concrete batching difficult. We had to use ice and chilled water in the mix during hot summer days and warm water during winter to meet the tight hydration temperature limits.” 204 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BOLIVIA HILL BRIDGE

“It was essential to achieve early age strength in the large bridge sections to meet the specified time frame for construction and optimisation of the concrete performance reduced the construction cycle, of each segment, by an entire day which led to a large time and cost saving across the whole project,” explained Michael van Koeverden, Owner and Managing Director of CQT Services. During the project, CQT Services provided consistent and regular support to Georgiou SRG which involved meeting with Transport for NSW and conducting two independant audits on the aggregate quarries and site concrete plant. Audits are one of a range of expert professional services the company offers, which also include troubleshooting, site investigation and dispute resolution.

For more information contact CQT Services, PO Box 7030, Redhead NSW 2290, phone 02 4944 7358, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Geoforce Solutions provides turnkey solutions for rockfall mitigation and slope stabilisation for the civil, mining and rail sectors.

GeoForce Solutions has a unique skill set, providing professional design and construction services for rockfall mitigation and slope stabilisation for the civil, mining and rail sectors. Collaborating with experienced geologists and geotechnical engineers, GeoForce provides turnkey solutions for projects of any size. The Bolivia Hill Bridge project has been one of GeoForce’s latest assignments. The complex and challenging project located between Glen Innes and Tenterfield on the New England Highway has seen a 320m cantilever bridge built 35m above ground level to span a steep gully, with over 2km of new roadwork. GeoForce used rope access and specialised drilling equipment to manage a large amount of geotechnical and access issues. The work involved installation of tower crane ground anchors, removal of formwork from under the bridge on ropes, removal and stabilisation of large boulders and assistance in slope assessments. Where necessary, expanding grout was used for rock removal. Founder and Managing Director of GeoForce Solutions, James Rutledge, has had over 10 years experience in the civil and mining sectors. His areas of expertise include rockfall prevention systems WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

using draped or pinned mesh, catch fence installation, slope stability systems, scaling slope hazards, industrial abseiling and using explosives underground. Having served four years in the Australian Army, James is committed to providing employment opportunities for ex-Defence Force personnel and to assist them to settle back into a meaningful life after their military service. “We have two veterans on our small team at present and we will grow that number as our business expands,” James said. “Veterans make excellent team members because their training gives them a attention to detail and a commitment to the culture of the business.” GeoForce Solutions is currently engaged on the Warwick water treatment plant for Southern Downs Regional Council and The Gold Coast M1 Motorway upgrade plus many smaller projects.

For more information contact GeoForce Solutions, 637 Carney’s Creek Road, Croftby QLD 4310, phone 0408 746 369, email james.rutledge@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BOLIVIA HILL BRIDGE 205

Bolivia Hill Bridge, New South Wales



Below EXEGEN provided up-to-date survey information to project engineers to accommodate for climatic changes throughout the day.

EXEGEN is one of the most experienced survey consulting firms specialising in construction, engineering, mining and marine infrastructure projects on Australia’s east coast. Since their establishment in 2007, EXEGEN has compiled an impressive portfolio of large developments through the delivery of accurate technical survey solutions from early tender support through to post-construction handover and follow up. EXEGEN was contracted as the survey manager on the construction of the Bolivia Hill Bridge. The challenging project required the building of a 320m concrete balanced cantilever bridge cast in situ 35m above the valley floor. EXEGEN provided a detailed and precise survey for the set out of the bridge formwork including tendon ducting for the top and bottom of the bridge. The extreme variation in climatic conditions provided a significant challenge throughout project. “In winter, the morning survey taken in frost could produce a large variation in measurement compared to the afternoon. We checked differentials throughout the day, reporting findings to the engineers so that they could make any required adjustments on the cantilever formwork traveller,” said Nelson Harch, EXEGEN Survey Manager. “The same applied on the next set of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

piers which were built in the summer heat, requiring close monitoring as each segment was built.” The company’s approach at Bolivia Hill Bridge mirrored the surveying standards, quality processes, technology and understanding of project specific methodologies employed on all their assignments. “Our aim is to always deliver accurate, holistic and simple survey solutions throughout the project lifecycle,” explained Scott Smith, EXEGEN Director. “We understand that incomplete or inaccurate design information can potentially lead to inefficiency, delays and errors, adding extra time and cost to any project.” EXEGEN’s extensive portfolio includes the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Queensland Rail’s stabling project, a new wharf for the RAN at Garden Island in Sydney and the construction of Dyrandra Drive component of the parallel runway upgrade at Brisbane Airport.

For more information contact EXEGEN, PO Box 4271, Gumdale QLD 4154, phone 0421 870 847, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BOLIVIA HILL BRIDGE 207


Neue Macquarie Park is an incredible residential development comprising 285 elegant apartments over two striking towers which include beautifully designed kitchens, contemporary bathrooms, and extraordinary amenity standards. Award-winning Parkview Constructions is renowned in the construction industry for delivering high quality projects which enhance community assets and lifestyles across multiple industry sectors. With an ever-expanding portfolio of projects, Parkview Constructions is admired for its integrity and excellence in construction, including its focus on design, strategic planning, execution, risk management and uncompromising safety standards.

The main challenges faced by the Parkview team were posed by the building programme which called for both towers to be built simultaneously. “Construction took place across the whole footprint of the site,” Peter and Antonio said. “As a result, space for storage onsite was extremely limited. In addition, there were Council restrictions on unloading and loading which meant that extensive planning was required to coordinate site deliveries and events like concrete pours.”

The company recently achieved completion of Neue Macquarie Park, the growth suburb’s latest landmark comprising two striking towers of 22 and 23-levels with 285-apartments set amidst beautiful landscaping. Around 85% of the one, two and three bedroom apartments have prime corner positions and all residences include beautifully designed kitchens, contemporary bathrooms and premium amenity standards.

An innovative solution was to have the windows installed offsite in the precast panels, a step which also eliminated the challenge of working at heights to accomplish the window installation. This resolution was an outcome of the ‘Safety in Design’ meetings and it also provided productivity efficiencies by increasing the amount of work being conducted offsite.

Neue Macquarie Park is COLI Australia’s first Australian project and its selection of Parkview to build the residential development, has further cemented Parkview as the builder of choice within the Macquarie Park Growth Precinct. Neue Macquarie Park is a high profile, very connected development with many important facilities within walking distance, including Macquarie University, a range of transport options and a blue-ribbon shopping centre. The development also retains as many as 48 native red gums synonymous with the area and complements these with an abundance of lush new landscapes to provide residents with a pleasant bushland environment.

The size of the Neue project and the construction programme saw as many as 250 subcontractors onsite at any one time, with a team of 25 involved from Parkview. The completion of the project adds yet another Macquarie Park success for Parkview, having previously built Macquarie Park Village, comprising 700 residential apartments across seven buildings and 12 retail spaces, with 2-levels of basement containing 753 car spaces.

Parkview has forged its reputation as one of Australia’s premier upper tier builders with an outstanding portfolio of completed projects in sectors including aged care and seniors living, residential, master planned communities, education, retail and hospitality. The company continues to pursue the growth of its business and has built a team of talented individuals to achieve this aim. Parkview is currently engaged on a range of projects across greater Sydney including The Archibald in the heart of Bondi Junction, an 18-level tower combining sculptural features with breathtaking views of the Sydney skyline. Completed in January 2021 was Sanctuary (Stage 1) at Wentworth Point, providing 364 apartments across four buildings. Parkview is also currently working on Granville Place, a large mixed use retail development with over 9,000m2 of retail space including a Woolworths supermarket, over 25 specialty stores, gym and childcare centre.

For more information contact Parkview Group, Level 7, 60 Union Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, phone 02 9506 1500, email, website www.

The construction contract was issued in 2019 and the Parkview team commenced onsite in May of that year led by Site Manager, Peter Doyle and Project Manager, Antonio Screnci. The outstanding highlights of Neue include the patterned, grooved precast façade, feature entry awnings and sky homes of double and triple levels on the top of both buildings. 208 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEUE MACQUARIE PARK



Below JEC Air Conditioning Services installed Daikin DX mini VRV bulkhead systems in the project.

JEC Air Conditioning Services is an accomplished leader in the mechanical services sector, offering their clients the highest level of professional design, construction, installation, maintenance and servicing of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning requirements. JEC Air Conditioning has been in the HVAC business for over 35 years and in that time has provided their services across all construction sectors including commercial, high rise residential, leisure, medical, aged care, industrial, petroleum and educational. The proven performance of JEC Air Conditioning underpinned their engagement by Parkview Constructions on the Neue Macquarie Park high rise residential project. The scope of the project was the design, construction and installation of all mechanical services including air conditioning and ventilation for all 285 apartments. “Our team also provided the general air conditioning and ventilation required for the common areas, the car park ventilation system and stair pressurisation, with all associated electrical works,” said Construction Manager, Alex Hadigol. “The whole installation was integrated into the Building Management Control System.” Apartments were supplied with Daikin DX mini VRV bulkhead systems with zoning for day and night operation, providing maximum comfort for residents. “The size of the project required detailed planning in terms of having the right products available at all times to ensure the installation programme was not delayed,” Alex explained. “We involved four senior members of our team to undertake the design, estimating and project management. Standing behind them in support was our 65-strong team of engineers, estimators and drafters as well as service managers, technicians and a professional safety, finance and administration team.” To achieve the headroom height specified in the carpark, JEC Air Conditioning provided an innovative solution using jet fans. “This was a great example of the value that JEC Air adds on any assignment. Developments in the HVAC sector are moving in a way

that requires more engineering and quality solutions,” Alex said. “We are able to utilise our expertise and professional team to provide technically advanced solutions during the project design phase, which gives JEC Air a competitive edge in the market.” When approached by a client with a new project, JEC Air always guarantees a prompt response that includes a competent survey, fit-for-purpose design and competitive pricing. For this reason, JEC Air is heavily involved in Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) engagements, enabling the company to add the best value option to projects of any size. JEC Air Conditioning has completed projects ranging from multi-level residential apartments to commercial retail and office buildings, including heritage listed structures requiring sensitive treatment. Other projects involve refurbishment of all mechanical plant while buildings are still occupied. While most contractors require everything to be cleared out of the workplace during the refurbishment, JEC Air takes the approach that disruptions are inconvenient and therefore, using careful logistical planning and project management, strives to carry out their work with minimal fuss and distraction to achieve successful outcomes for all parties involved. JEC Air Conditioning Services has worked with Parkview Construction on a number of successful projects to date. “We are committed to listen to our customer requirements and delivering viable solutions outcomes in both short terms and long terms. I always enjoyed providing solutions to my customers and associates,” Alex said. Currently, JEC Air is utilising skills on a range of projects in the medical, aged care, high rise residential, educational and hospitality industries. For more information contact JEC Air Conditioning Services, 2 Prince William Drive, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9674 3188, email, website





Below SP Formwork installed 90,000m2 of formwork to the Neue Macquarie Park project.

SP Formwork provides professional formwork solutions for the construction industry, always delivering on their commitment to safe operations, superior performance and total reliability. SP Formwork recently demonstrated their capability by supplying, installing and dismantling 90,000m2 of formwork, including jump form and perimeter screen protection at Neue Macquarie Park. Neue Macquarie Park was designed over two towers, one of 22-storeys and the other with 23-storeys, providing a total of 285 apartments. A major effort was made on the pre-planning for the project. “One major step in the planning process that impacts the construction process is the selection of the formwork systems and equipment that will best apply to the structure,” said Managing Director, Tony Pekjovic. “SP Formwork has a vast inventory so we were able to allocate some the most technologically advanced systems currently available.” The formwork systems and equipment required in the construction of perimeter walls, tanks and other structures throughout the basement and podium levels were carefully chosen by SP Formwork, with due consideration to aspects such as limited storage space, the construction programme, quality, speed, efficiency and the overriding priority of safety. To meet the stringent demands of the projects, SP Formwork selected systems including Peri Trio and Dincel for walls. A combination of Gridflex and conventional shoring frames system were selected for the basement carpark slabs and the high, heavy duty podium slabs. For the towers slabs and beams construction, Peri Gridflex was the obvious choice as it is a flexible system with simple assembly and uncompromised safety, capable of supporting a concrete thickness of up to 670mm. “With its uncomplicated design and forming operations safely taking place from below, we were able to combine short installation times and a high level of safety with cost effectiveness and high quality formwork,” said Tony. SP Formwork opted for Peri Duo for the building’s vertical structural elements, an innovative, lightweight, polymer base composite material with very high load

bearing capacity, especially designed for column and wall applications. The robust, lightweight and simple to use modular panels facilitated the speedy construction over 500 columns and blade walls. Perimeter edge protection issues were addressed using self climbing screens. The screens operated by licenced riggers provided perimeter edge protection on the leading decks while allowing finishing trades to complete works on the façade, reducing the need for man box or swing stage systems for the completion of external works. The size of the project presented challenges, as it required meticulous coordination of all participant trades to ensure consistent cycles of formwork, fixing of reinforcing and concrete pours were maintained, ensuring that as the structure progressed, the following trades could begin their work, ensuring the overall project timetable was met or bettered. A further challenge was to meet an architectural aesthetic requirement to provide vertical grooves on the external core walls to create a visual impact and complement the adjacent precast concrete elements. “It was testimony to SP Formwork’s skill and ability to deliver a Class 2 formwork finish, rather uncharacteristic to the jump form system of core construction,” Tony said. “The jump form systems were purposely designed for this project.” The design of the floor layout on the two main towers presented material access issues. These were overcome by the deployment of internal, remote control formwork hoists operated by SP Formwork. The hoists ensured consistent vertical recirculation of formwork equipment, saving valuable tower crane time and reducing the time formwork materials were stored on floors below. “Our commitment to outstanding quality, exceptional customer service and superior safety performance saw us complete the structural phase of the Neue project well ahead of schedule.” For more information contact SP Formwork, Unit 7/51 Owen Street, Glendenning NSW 2761, phone 1300 773 676, email, website





Below Precast Elements completed 1,262 individual elements of precast including structural walls and balustrades.

Precast Elements is a leading specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of high quality precast concrete products, supplying projects ranging from high rise residential apartment buildings to commercial and industrial developments, sporting stadiums, prisons, civil and transport infrastructure. Precast Elements brings over 20 years experience to every project, delivering a hands on, practical, safe and cost effective precast solution. When Parkview Constructions needed a supplier capable of handling the significant precast requirements for the Neue Macquarie Park development, they turned to Precast Elements. The project is one of the areas major recent projects and consists of two towers of 22 and 23-storeys. Precast Elements relished the challenge of bringing the project to life with its capable team. Precast Elements’ scope of work encompassed all external structural walls, balustrades and landscaping furniture, totalling 1,262 individual elements. “By any measure, this was a substantial project,” said Daniel Arias, Senior Project Manager. “The design phase involved a high level of collaboration with Parkview and project consultants. Following fluidly with the design, manufacturing commenced in August 2019 with completion and placement of final elements in May 2021. 214 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEUE MACQUARIE PARK

At peak of construction, our team combined up to 60 people between design, manufacturing and project construction teams.” The project included a number of special finishes and challenges, notably alignment with the feature pattern grooves on the external walls, with coordination throughout design to installation phases, ensuring aesthetic pleasure. “With the combination of both towers, we delivered over 15,000 lineal metres of grooving features to the external walls,” Daniel said. “Our greatest challenge like most in the industry was adapting and evolving with the global pandemic. With careful planning and execution we reconfigured our manufacturing systems and installation methods with a successful outcome.” Precast Elements recently completed major projects such as the Rhodes Station Central Precinct for Billbergia and the Westmead Hospital Redevelopment for Multiplex. Precast Elements are now underway with a series of new projects with industry leaders such as Lendlease, Kane Constructions, Multiplex and Georgiou Group. For more information contact Precast Elements, 49 Pine Road, Yennora NSW 2161, phone 02 9003 1330, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ABE Consulting were responsible for the accessibility design as well as the performance solution report.

ABE Consulting is a specialist consulting business focused on creating practical accessible built environments for all end users, providing outcome based professional advice to project managers, building designers, architects and building certifiers for all types of property development projects.

A number of site features required special attention. The street gradient interfacing pedestrian entries at the allotment boundary presented some challenges to line up with the building entries and stairway. Design changes during construction had flow on effects for accessibility design.

Renowned for their extensive experience and professional approach, ABE Consulting was contracted by COLI and Parkview Constructions to provide accessibility consulting services for the Neue Macquarie Park residential development, a project encompassing 285 apartments over two towers. Founding Director, Abe Strbik described the brief as comprehensive, requiring a review of the architectural plans to ensure compliance with AS4299, the Adaptable Apartment requirements, and to confirm that the buildings met Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements as per the BCA National Construction Code, AS1428.1-2009 and the Disability Access to Premises Standards.

ABE Consulting has been chosen as the preferred access consultant on thousands of projects in the residential, commercial, education, health care, and retail sectors throughout New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory since their establishment in 2013. ABE Consulting are involved at all stages of the design and construction phases including site audits to identify access barriers and provide recommendations and solutions to improve accessibility.

“We were involved from concept design to completion (OC) phases to ensure compliance with accessibility requirements,” Abe explained. “We addressed some site constraints via a Performance solution report.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Current projects by the company include Elara Shopping Village for Parkview, Greenwich Health Campus for HammondCare, Meadowbank TAFE Precinct for Hansen Yuncken and 180 George Street, Parramatta’s tallest riverfront residential tower development for Meriton. For more information contact ABE Consulting, Level 1, 280 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040, phone 02 8065 0400, email info@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEUE MACQUARIE PARK 215

Below Safespot Architectural Products installed their Millennium range of tactile indicators to Neue Macquarie Park.

The mission of Safespot Architectural Products is to facilitate safe and independent access to the built environment for blind and vision impaired people through the supply and installation of Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) and stair nosings. Safespot was selected by Parkview Constructions to supply and install TGSIs and stair nosings to meet the relevant Australian Standards at the Neue Macquarie Park development of two towers of 22 and 23-storeys. This involved installing the nosings and tactile indicators, where required, to all fire stairs, public access stairs, the landscaped area and the lobby stairs. The company only supplied the highest quality and robust tactile indicators. “Our Millennium range is crafted from solid 316 marine grade stainless steel and is uniquely machined into one piece resulting in superior strength and durability,” said Director, Melanie Hunter. “Importantly, Safespot’s tactile indicators and stair nosings are all slip resistant, greatly reducing the probability of injury and avoiding unnecessary liability claims.” The Neue project was straightforward from Safespot’s perspective, with all stair nosings and indicators being installed over a two week 216 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEUE MACQUARIE PARK

period utilising three staff. “We approached the project with the same level of attention to detail and professionalism as we do with all our contracts, large or small,” said Melanie. Safespot TGSIs are fully compliant with AS/NZS 1428, 4:2002 for stairways, ramps, escalators and travelators. The company also has a range of tactile mats, skate board deterrents and single directional indicators, all in a range of colours. Safespot’s tactile elements have been tested by the CSIRO for luminous contrast qualities and slip resistance. Safespot’s tactile indicators and stair nosings are in demand across the Greater Sydney area and have recently been successfully installed at the Tallawong to Chatswood section of Sydney Metro Northwest, the Darling Harbour Entertainment Precinct and the Sydney Cricket Ground at Moore Park.

For more information contact Safespot Architectural Products, 30/56 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 8068 8783, mobile 0406 753 977, email, website www. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below National Sign Build completed all of the wayfinding, identification, statutory and external signage including public art.

National Sign Build is at the top of their field in the creative design, manufacturing and installation of signage. From custom, bespoke signs, to large scale sign programs including national branding rollouts, the National Sign Build team has the proven capability to take any signage project from initial survey, to concept and design, manufacturing and successful installation across the country. Parkview Constructions engaged National Sign Build to deliver the signage package for the Neue Macquarie Park residential development. The signage brief covered all statutory signage requirements to meet BCA and Australian Standards, unit numbers on 285 apartments, all basement signs, extensive wayfinding signage and external street signage as per Council requirements including public art to the building.

footprint. “We are proud to service signage for CBA nationally, as well as working with other corporate company’s nationally. We provide all the corporate signage design to meet brand architecture, then manufacture and install according to our clients’ requirements.” From their manufacturing facility at Arndell Park in Sydney, National Sign Build can ship to any location in Australia and utilises accredited partners including their own staff to perform installations. Currently they are working for Parkview at Granville Place which has two 20-level towers with 2-levels of basement parking and 617-apartments. They’re also doing the signage at Murrurundi Hospital which includes a heritage section for which National Sign Build is supplying a Corten steel heritage monument.

National Sign Build worked closely with Parkview to meet the architectural signage specifications and completed shop drawings for approval prior to manufacturing. “Installation took place in stages over about two months with up to four of our own installers on the job,” said Managing Director, Graham Shannon. Another major component of National Sign Build’s work is corporate branding programs, particularly for businesses with a national WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact National Sign Build, 4/8 Vangeli Street, Arndell Park NSW 2148, phone 02 9678 9540, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEUE MACQUARIE PARK 217

Below Oxford Electrical Group completed the installation of the electrical and communication systems.

Electrical Oxford Electrical Group has experienced solid growth since their establishment in 2010 by Director, Fred Helou. Oxford Electrical Group has worked on some of Sydney’s landmark projects and enjoys a significant level of repeat business from clients who appreciate the company’s professionalism, high quality workmanship, safety and budgetary requirements. Engaged by Parkview Constructions for the impressive Neue Macquarie Park residential development, Oxford Group undertook a design and construct contract for all electrical and communications for this project. Aadler Engineering was engaged by Oxford Group and both implemented the agreed design and consultation required, which covered the installation but not limited to temporary works, NBN infrastructure, structured cabling, supply and installation of lighting and power, the supply and termination of the Main Switchboard, Main Distribution Board, Meter Panels and House Boards. Neue Macquarie Park is a significant development with over two towers of 22-levels each, with a total of 285 apartments plus common areas. The size of the project saw Oxford Group involved 218 NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEUE MACQUARIE PARK

from September 2019 to April 2021, completing the project with an amazing crew under the guidance of a PM and Site Manager with an excess of 20 qualified staff and subcontractors. Special attention was given to a number of design and installation elements which included external landscape and feature lighting, the luxurious fitouts of lobbies, along with the high end apartment finishes. “We always strive for perfection on all our projects and Neue was no exception,” said Construction Manager, George Helou. Oxford Electrical Group has recently been involved in several outstanding developments including NEW LIFE Project which comprised of a mixture of boutique and serviced apartments at Bondi Junction, SILKARI Prestige apartments at Pagewood and is currently working on Melrose Park Stage 3 and the design at Babylon residences in Rouse Hill.

For more information contact Oxford Electrical Group, Unit 15, 20-30 Stubbs Street, Silverwater NSW 2128, phone 02 9002 3377, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Style Timber Floor supplied European Oak flooring from their Milano collection to the project.

Style Timber Floor supplies and installs timber flooring of exceptional value and craftsmanship, specialising in high end residential apartment and hotel developments. Parkview Constructions selected Style Timber Floor to provide their quality products at the Neue Macquarie Park development.

Style Timber Floor is at the forefront of contemporary flooring trends, offering chic and eye catching designs to add a luxurious look to residential, hospitality and commercial premises. The company uses state-of-the-art manufacturing methods coupled with ecologically sound, quality products.

Every aspect and amenity of the project was specified to the highest quality, including the flooring. European Oak from the company’s Milano collection was recommended to the client to ensure that the flooring specification was not just met, but exceeded. “Two colour schemes, Champagne and Ivory White, were selected for the flooring to blend with the colour palette in the apartments,” said Managing Director, Jack Wang. “The 190mm boards add charm and warmth in any setting and provide a valuable addition to the overall ambiance in the apartments.”

Style Timber Floor is currently providing the flooring for the Landmark residential development of 430 units at St Leonards for Hutchinson Builders and Aqualand at Milsons Point where they are installing chevron patterned parquetry flooring. The company has also supplied Lendlease with a range of different timber flooring for the four restaurants at the Crown Casino at Barangaroo.

Style Timber Floor faced a challenging installation programme as both towers were being constructed at the same time. “Over a period of around eight months, we successfully and efficiently completed the assignment using up to 10 of our inhouse professional installers,” said Jack. “The fact that we were just providing flooring in the apartments was a positive, as this is very typical of the work we do all the time.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Style Timber Floor, Shop 1/133 Botany Road, Waterloo NSW 2017, phone 02 8094 8859, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE NEUE MACQUARIE PARK 219

DELIVERING VALUE CLIENT : Dicker Data Limited MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Novati Constructions ARCHITECT : WMK Architecture ENGINEER : M+G Consulting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $45 million

The new Dicker Data Facility in Kurnell is an innovative and iconic warehouse and distribution centre with associated offices for Dicker Data. Supporting 400 staff, the 12 hectare site includes a new 22,000m2 high security industrial warehouse and a state-of-the-art 6,000m2 IT commercial office facility. Proudly celebrating 50 years in the construction business in 2021, family owned and operated Novati Constructions has completed yet another impressive industrial and commercial project – the Dicker Data Facility located at Kurnell on the shores of Botany Bay in Sydney’s south. Dicker Data Limited is an ASX-listed distributor of ICT hardware, software, cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for reseller partners. In business for over 40 years, Dicker Data embarked on a major construction programme on a site adjacent to thier current facilities to provide the warehouse space and offices it requires for forthcoming decades. Novati Constructions was entrusted with the contract after a competitive tender process to design and construct the new 22,000m2 high security industrial warehouse and a state-of-the-art 6,000m2 IT commercial office facility. Dicker Data had a tight budget to build the facility and needed a builder they could trust to develop their vision while maintaining 220 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DICKER DATA FACILITY

cost constraints. A key driver for Dicker Data in the design of the new facility was employee satisfaction. “Our priority was to keep our people front of mind throughout the design process. We saw our new facility as an opportunity to cement our position as one of the most desirable places to work in the Australian IT industry,” said Dicker Data CFO, Mary Stojcevski. A major consideration was the high level of security required due to the large 12 hectare site and the high value goods to be stored in the warehouse. “There were also very stringent IT requirements to meet reflecting Dicker Data’s position as a hardware and software supply company of global excellence,” said Novati’s Business Operations Manager, Jason McLauchlan. The scope of the project included design and construction of the warehouse and office building including complete fitout, hardstand areas, a fire access road to the rear of the warehouse, extensive solar power capacity to run the entire facility, commercial kitchen facilities AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

to cater for 400 staff, essential services, a vehicle access road and carparking. The site required extensive environmental and geotechnical investigation to ensure statutory requirements were met. Novati successfully completed the ground remediation work and partnered with the architects and engineer to remove the requirement for driven piles throughout the warehouse, resulting in significant savings for the client. The entire peninsula of Kurnell is of cultural significance to the local Aboriginal people. A ‛Welcome to Country’ ceremony was held to celebrate the cultural importance of the site. An Aboriginal heritage assessment was required which included comprehensive archaeological test excavations across the property. The excavations found evidence of an extensive midden extending from Captain Cook Drive into the northern portion of the property. The midden included a shell layer about 500 years old. An area of 30m by 60m was cordoned off and was included in the overall landscaping plan. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

COVID-19 hit three months into the project. “We implemented mandatory temperature testing, foot controlled wash facilities, tripled the amenities onsite to maintain social distancing of the 120 staff working each day and based our WHS Manager permanently at the site,” Jason said. “The pandemic complicated our ambitious construction schedule as we needed to complete work to allow Dicker Data to transfer all staff over to the new facility in the quieter New Year period. Despite this unexpected event, plus some delays in getting service authority approvals, the Novati team completed the project ahead of schedule, much to the client’s pleasure.” In their 50 years operating under the original builder’s licence, Novati Constructions has become renowned as a leading builder of quality residential, industrial, education, aged care and commercial projects. For more information contact Novati Constructions, Level 1, 99 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 8436 9000, fax 02 8436 9001, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DICKER DATA FACILITY 221

ELITE CUSTOMISATION The diversified commercial kitchen group Elite Food Appliances are an undisputed leader in their field, with an unmatched reputation for delivering superior products and services. During the company’s 30 years of operation, Elite Food Appliances has focussed on translating the individual needs of each client into a commercial kitchen, café or bar design that provides optimum performance for the customer. Elite Food Appliances completed the design and install contract for the commercial kitchen and café at the Dicker Data Facility. The Facility will house 400-500 staff at various times, requiring a large commercial installation to ensure meals and refreshments can be prepared and served in a timely and professional manner. The kitchen design and installation encompassed exhaust systems, dishwashing equipment, stainless steel benches, refrigeration, Houno steam ovens and Goldstein cooking appliances. Café equipment and display and serving cabinetry were also installed. A team of 12 worked on the project for four weeks.


“From our perspective, it was a straightforward job as we had done detailed planning and worked closely with the builder and the other trades on site to accomplish the installation according to timetable,” said Joe Staltari, Director of Elite Food Appliances. Elite Food Appliances acts as a distributor of leading imported and locally manufactured brands, ensuring their clients have access to the latest foodservice technology. ​ The company’s experience and integrated approach has seen them win an impressive and wide-ranging list of clients ranging from Google to the iconic Machiavelli restaurant and Bondi Icebergs. Currently, Elite Food Appliances are installing a specialised and exotic fitout for the new Sushi Yoohee in Randwick and installing a new commercial kitchen at the Wild Pear Café in Dural – also known as the family café of 2019 Master Chef winner, Larissa Takchi. For more information contact Elite Food Appliances, phone 02 9816 1945, email, website


THE FINISHING TOUCH Firmtech are proud to be part of and work with Novati Constructions for Dicker Data Facility project. Firmtech’s good working relationships with their supply chain enabled them to complete the project using Capral Aluminium window systems fitted with local supplied Australian glass from Viridian. The Vision glass specifications is a high end double glazed glass ‘Soltech Neutral’ with high performance in energy ratings. The ground floor window system was constructed from Capral 419 flushline double glazed units – full height. In communal office areas of this floor Firmtech supplied and installed full height DGU external stacking bi-fold door systems with steel structure support. These systems have also been designed with commercial grate drainage systems, all transitioned from internal to external in flush floor levels. The 1st floor window system spans from ground external soffit to Level 2 roof capping which spans high enough to form handrail compliance on the roof. The window system is constructed from the Capral CW150 Curtain Wall System. The system consists of vertical heavy duty captive window mullions integrated with non-captive horizontal transoms. The system has been engineered and had a custom designed vertical feature fin added to conceal all support fixings externally. The main entry is a full vertical steel structure that has been completely structurally glazed. The glass is supported by concealed dead load brackets at horizontally siliconed joints. This façade is interfaced with two frameless auto entry door systems forming an airlock entry WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

which then interfaces with a full height structurally glazed bay window located at the reception area. “Firmtech’s façade team has decades of combined industry experience spanning across all aspects of the façade industry,” said Yan Xie, Founder of Firmtech. “We can offer fabrication, engineering and cerification of tested systems, delivered door-to-door.” For more information contact Firmtech, phone 0422 889 685, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE DICKER DATA FACILITY 223



STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS Elite Certification provides professional certification services, partnering with builders, developers, consultants and other industry specialists to deliver practical and structured advice on meeting compliance with complex building regulations. Elite Certification was engaged as Principal Certifying Authority on the Dicker Data Facility. The impressive facility involved a 22,000m2 high security industrial warehouse and a 6,000m2 top quality information technology office building. Elite initially assessed the architectural plans for compliance with the Building Code of Australia and Council consents, in order to

issue a Construction Certificate prior to the project commencing. They then reviewed progress during construction to monitor compliance with approved plans. Finally, an Occupation Certificate was issued on completion to verify that the building was ready for occupation and met all BCA, legislative and Council requirements. Elite’s company structure ensures that key staff members are present throughout every stage of the project, from design review through to inspections and approvals. “We provide a comprehensive review of building plans to assess compliance with the Building Code of Australia and the conditions of consent,” said Director of Elite Certification, Anita Raffoul. “Our professional team will identify and provide guidance on any issues that require attention or remediation in order to ensure the Occupation Certificate can be issued.” Legislative requirements in the building industry are constantly changing and Elite Certification invests in continuing professional development for all team members so that they are equipped with the latest industry requirements. “This enables Elite to pass on current requirements to our clients, minimising the possibility of delays or re-works in the construction schedule,” Anita explained. Although a relatively young company, Elite Certification has already achieved an outstanding portfolio of projects across the retail, residential and commercial sectors. Current engagements in Sydney as PCA include the mixed use Eastlakes Live development, the Castle Residences in Castlereagh Street, and the luxury ORA residential development in Dolls Point. For more information contact Elite Certification, Suite 7, Level 2, 1-17 Elsie Street, Burwood NSW 2134, phone 02 9715 2555, email, website




St Luke’s Square is a state-of-the-art multi-functional building of 112 serviced apartments and 42 luxury residences with top quality finishes, timber flooring, and open plan kitchens over 29-storeys with three retail tenancies, 5-levels of basement parking, and a beautiful garden area. TQM Design & Construct, recognised by their clients and members of Australia’s construction industry for their capacity to deliver high quality residential projects, has successfully completed St Luke’s Square, an impressive project in the sought after inner Sydney suburb of Burwood.

enabled us to open up space and maximise the efficiency of construction,” Tony said.

Newcastle, Thirroul, Wollongong, Hurstville, Arncliffe and Auburn.

Beyond Level 10 of the building, TQM installed and climbed a 150mm static line to pump concrete up the tower for the remainder of the floors.

St Luke’s Square is currently the tallest tower in the area, spanning 29-floors with a total height of 91.35m. Located at 7 Deane Street, the development includes residential floors, serviced apartments, three retail outlets and three commercial levels. There are 5-levels of basement parking.

TQM began the construction of St Luke’s Square in October 2018 with completion occurring in April 2021. “At various times, up to 18 of the TQM team were engaged on the project,” said Tony. “We also had great support from experienced suppliers and subcontractors across all trades and services, with some complex issues being handled very professionally, like the relocation of the sewer main and the amplification of the water main supply to the building.”

TQM remains a family owned business, established by brothers Maroun and Mark Taouk in 1999. Both directors remain heavily involved in all aspects of the TQM business. The entire management team at TQM have extensive industry experience with expertise in all facets of residential development from engineering, building and surveying through to certification and regulatory advice. All members of the team take professional pride in finding the best engineering solution to meet the functional and financial requirements of a project.

St Luke’s Square offers a level of luxury not seen before in the thriving hub of Burwood, with luxury state-of-the-art internal finishes, European Oak timber flooring throughout, modern open plan kitchens with European stainless steel appliances and quality bathroom fittings. Many of the apartments capture views of the city and the Harbour Bridge. A unique feature of the building is the concrete precast façade comprising 670 precast panels which have been finished with metallic paintwork. Due to the height of the tower, lifting the panels presented a challenge three ties were required on the crane for stability. “We also had to contend with high winds at times so special measures were put in place to ensure the safety of personnel on the site and in surrounding streets,” said Project Manager, Tony Assaf. “These procedures ensured no accidents occurred during construction.”

St Luke’s Square is TQM’s third high rise residential project in Burwood, the other two being located at 36-38 Victoria Road and 29 George Street. The company has many other similar projects dotted around Greater Sydney and Wollongong, including 35 Oxford Street Epping, 88 Anzac Parade, Kensington and 19-25 Everton Road, Strathfield. Currently, TQM has six other projects in progress in

“Our speciality is high rise residential development and we constantly seek to implement the latest innovations in materials and methods,” Tony said. “This approach has underpinned TQM’s reputation as a market leader.” For more information contact TQM Design & Construct, Level 10, 6 Mount Olympus Boulevard, Wolli Creek NSW 2205, phone 02 9556 1046, email, website

All hydraulic services were cast into the concrete slab on Level 1 to maintain maximum heights in the retail areas and main lobby. Post tension slabs were laid from basement Level 4 up to Level 5, which is the final of the two transfer slabs constructed to allow for the dead load exerted from the 29-storey building. One of the transfer slabs is 1,000mm thick. “The post tension slabs 226 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST LUKE'S SQUARE




Below Simplex Engineering designed the power distribution and completed the electrical substation.

Simplex Engineering provides sophisticated electrical infrastructure design for industrial, commercial and residential developments. As one of the first companies to be accredited at ASP Level 3, Simplex Engineering connects Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy networks to their clients development projects, utilising their hands on engineering skills and 25 years experience. Simplex Engineering provided the electrical substation and power distribution design for the St Luke’s Square project. A chamber substation was integrated into the building at street level using ABB SafeLink high voltage switchgear which was connected to the Ausgrid network in Deane Street. This necessitated running a cable from Deane Street to Marmaduke Street where the substation was positioned. The Marmaduke Street location required negotiating an easement for the cable with the Council as Marmaduke Street was not designated as a public road. “The easement was successfully negotiated,” said Electrical Engineer, Mark Shakour. “We also had to relocate a street light to accommodate the cable work. This had to be carefully designed and positioned so light did not impact on residents neighbouring the project.” 228 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST LUKE'S SQUARE

Other recent projects have included a hotel and residential development at 60 Bathurst Street Sydney and Shore School in the education sector. They are currently contracted by Richard Crookes Constructions for electrical engineering work for the additions to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Simplex Engineering always delivers projects to the highest standards for their clients through an innovative and flexible approach. “Our professional engineers do all of the design and drafting themselves to ensure none of the finer details in the design are missed,” Mark said.

For more information contact Simplex Engineering, 503/107 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 9460 3622, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Soldier Tower Cranes & Labour Services supplied highly experienced crane operators and riggers for the project.

Soldier Tower Cranes & Labour Services (Soldier) is a highly experienced operator in the construction industry, providing a complete one-stop-shop service for builders and construction companies of any scale, offering a range of cranes, crane operators and riggers, labour, precast panel installation and traffic control. Soldier have a well deserved reputation for supplying dependable, motivated and well trained personnel and this status won them the contract from TQM Design & Construct to provide crane operators and riggers for the 22-storey St Luke’s Square residential development in Burwood in inner West Sydney. The team operated cranes supplied through another company. “Our crane operators and riggers are renowned for their strict observance of all safety regulations and their experience in handling complex lifts in tight site conditions,” said Director, Paymaan Shahrokhey. “They are also specialists in lifting and positioning of precast panels for installation, which was a significant part of the St Luke’s project.” As well as being able to supply teams of trained crane operators and riggers, Soldier has the capacity to provide cranes to suit projects WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of any size. Soldier has over 30 cranes in their fleet, ranging from self erectors to hammer heads and luffing cranes. All cranes are maintained and serviced to the highest manufacturer’s requirements and Australian Safety Standards by Soldier’s full time technicians. Soldier has worked with TQM on many of their projects around greater Sydney including at Balgowlah, Arncliffe and Thirroul. The company has worked on projects for Forte Group and supplied cranes to Piety Group. Cranes and crew have also been supplied to Quasar Constructions for Bunnings warehouses at Gladesville and Pymble. With over 30 years combined experience in the crane and construction industry, the team at Soldier has an unwavering commitment to delivering excellent, reliable equipment, personnel and services which ensure cost savings are achieved and all client expectations are exceeded.

For more information contact Soldier Tower Cranes & Labour Services, PO Box 76 Kemps Creek 2178, phone 1300 SOLDIER, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST LUKE'S SQUARE 229

Below Opal Water Management completed the design and project management including connection of the significant water and sewerage main upgrades.

Opal Water Management, an evolution of well known Sydney plumbing contractor, Greg Houston Plumbing, provides a complete water, wastewater and stormwater design, certification and project management service. The experienced Opal Water team ensures builders and developers can negotiate the sometimes complicated process of achieving certification and compliance for their projects from Sydney Water, Hunter Water and local councils throughout New South Wales.

A new sewer main had to be constructed to run along neighbouring Marmaduke Street as the old main ran through the building site. “The water main had to be amplified to provide higher pressure and flow to meet the building code and fire fighting requirements. This was challenging as there was a need to preserve water connections to other buildings in the surrounding streets. We staged the process over two weeks, disconnecting the old main when we had the new main built so everyone could be transferred over without disruption,” said James.

St Luke’s Square was a recent major exercise for Opal Water Management, contracted to design and project manage the mains water, sewerage and connections for the building, including all Sydney Water approvals and S73 Certification.

Opal Water Management’s expertise and professionalism has also been utilised on a 10 stage master planned development for Holdmark in the Shepherds Bay Precinct on the Parramatta River. The Opal team are ISO certified in quality, safety and environmental management providing a sound foundation to proudly service many of New South Wales leading builders and developers with Building Plan Approvals, Service Protection Reports (pegouts), stormwater investigation, Section 73 applications, hydraulic design, water, wastewater and stormwater design and project management.

When the design work was completed, a tendering process was conducted to select a suitable contractor. “Opal Water’s role was then to oversee construction and audit all works to ensure they conformed with the appropriate approvals,” said James O’Donnell, Designer and Project Manager. “We had a team of four on the project to ensure there was always someone available around the clock to perform audits and document the testing of works to ensure Sydney Water’s standards were met.” 230 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST LUKE'S SQUARE

For more information contact Opal Water Management, Ground Floor, 350 Victoria Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 8320 2200, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below HMO Electromasters were responsible for installing all of the electrical and fire components for St Luke’s Square.

With 31 years experience in providing quality commercial, industrial and residential electrical contracting in the Sydney region, HMO Electromasters has completed more than 145 high profile assignments. HMO Electromasters was again contracted by TQM on the impressive residential development at St Luke’s Square. HMO Electromasters completed all electrical and fire components in the 22-storey building which has 154 apartments, four basements and three retail spaces. In addition to the lighting, fire alarm and electrical wiring fitouts in each of the apartments, HMO also installed feature lighting in the penthouse, on balconies and in the lobbies. An added installation highlight was the provision of an automated and integrated lighting system for residents of the apartments. “We completed all the installation work with 12 of our qualified electricians to meet the builder’s timeline. It was a great team effort,” said Project Manager, Omar Harris. HMO Electromasters prides themselves on the quality of their work, based on a blend of sound project management and technical skills. “We combine the best commercial electrical, data and communications WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

installation practices with first class service support once construction is complete, providing a complete all round package,” Omar said. “Follow up works after a project is complete can be important for clients and we provide that as part of our service.” Services provided by HMO include main switchboard connection with consumer mains, connection of sub-boards including circuit breakers and residual current devices, laying conduit in concrete slabs, PayTV systems, NBN pre-provisioning, telephone cabling, audio and video intercom wiring and connection, CCTV, intercom and access control systems, and smart system wiring. The commitment to excellence by every member of HMO’s 35 strong team is the foundation for the company being the preferred electrical contractor for major installation works across residential developments, offices, industrial complexes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and aged care projects.

For more information contact HMO Electromasters, Unit 59, 8-10 Barry Road, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 7226 0855, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ST LUKE'S SQUARE 231



METRO MEDICATION CLIENT : Health Infrastructure and Northern Sydney Local Health District MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : BESIX Watpac ARCHITECT : (Planning) nettletontribe, (Delivery) Silver Thomas Hanley ENGINEER : Taylor Thomas Whitting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $265 million

The NSW Government’s Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital Redevelopment provides purpose-built facilities for the integration of health services and includes a Medical Imaging department with MRI, ultrasound and associated facilities, a 6-storey Clinical Services Building with roof-top helipad, an expanded and refurbished Emergency Department, new ambulance entry and bays, demolition and subsequent refurbishment of Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC), demolition of existing buildings, improved accessibility, and extensive landscaping and civil works around the campus. Healthcare in northern Sydney is undergoing a transformation with Stage 2 of the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital Redevelopment. This major project is funded by the NSW Government as part of a record $10.7 billion investment programme into state health infrastructure. The new building houses various departments including intensive care, outpatient services, medical imaging, paediatrics, a combined respiratory/cardiac unit, medical assessment, rehabilitation and other facilities. The project is being delivered by BESIX Watpac, a leading Australian multi-disciplinary construction company that combines the international multi-sector expertise of BESIX Group with Watpac’s four decades of trusted local experience and partnerships. The project is being completed with multiple completions and go lives of the various clinical services. The project involves partial demolition and reconstruction as well as new build areas. BESIX Watpac is engaged under a full design and construct contract GC21. “We took a human-centred design approach that considers the patient journey as well as

the working environment for the hospital staff who will operate and staff it,” said Nick Limbrey, Senior Project Manager. User group consultation, open and collaborative, has been key to maintaining a smooth working relationship with the client. “Every department is different with different wants and needs that need planning and to be managed,” said Nick. “We are also constructing some new departments not previously at the hospital so we engaged with other district hospitals to provide user feedback.” During construction, BESIX Watpac arranged regular inspections for hospital stakeholders. “It’s a chance for us to get feedback, establish expectations and address any issues,” Nick explained. “It means the users know what they are getting and the whole project goes a lot smoother.” The site has remained operational as a live hospital throughout the works. This means construction activities have often been in very close proximity to hospital areas. “The work is carefully integrated with the existing hospital,” said Nick. “For example, we may be constructing on one side of a

wall and on the other side there could be an operating theatre or MRI scanner.” The need to maintain normal hospital operation has required BESIX Watpac to employ a meticulously planned business continuity programme to avoid disruption. Careful sequencing of works enabled early access to conduct surveys of buildings slated for demolition. Some hospital departments also needed to be decanted into temporary facilities. “We needed to do a lot of things differently to a normal project,” explained Nick. “We worked with the hospital every day to ensure their daily needs were met. It’s been a challenge but a lot of fun as well.” All the departments within the new CSB are already operational having been handed over during the earlier milestones. “The medical imaging and paediatrics departments are both completed and we received great user feedback from staff and the community,” Nick said. “The service offering is now greater and the facilities are just fantastic.” The integration of Watpac into BESIX Group in 2018 has given this proud Australian construction company an even greater breadth of expertise. Now with three international hubs in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, BESIX Watpac is a trusted partner for both Government and the private sector with the expertise to deliver cost-effective outcomes on the world’s greatest engineering challenges. With a reputation built on quality, the BESIX Watpac team is united by their common purpose to create sustainable solutions for a better world. For more information contact BESIX Watpac, Level 24, 44 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8741 7400, fax 02 8741 7401, website



Below Quick Plumbing Group completed the Design and Construct Hydraulic installation across the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital Project Stage 2.

Quick Plumbing Group is a Sydney based, 3rd generation family owned business originating in Melbourne and focusing on Tier 1 Design and Construct (D&C) projects for the Government and private sectors.

was a high point for us as many areas could not be finished in one pass as is traditional in large hospital projects,” Thomas said. “One of the best parts of our approach was that awareness of other work faces and building works when planning each area of works.”

The diverse experience of Quick Plumbing Group encompasses many project types including large commercial and distribution centres, medical, hospitality, education and facility management. They have experience with major plant installations and environmental systems as well as integrated solutions for NABERS and Green Star targets.

Working in an operational hospital also brings challenges. For example, the staged handover required by the hospital and the project team required careful management of the hot and cold water to maintain ring mains and the infection control risk associated with dead legs.

Quick Plumbing Group were engaged in 2018 to perform the D&C Hydraulic installation on the $265 million Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital Stage 2 Project. Further areas of the hospital redevelopment were expanded including a Level 3 extension of Rehabilitation, Stroke, Delirium and Dementia Services Inpatient Units, a new Level 5 Sydney University Education and LHD Administration space and a rooftop helipad inclusive of hydraulic services capable of handling fuel spills to safely protect the hospital. As the works were carried out within an old existing hospital precinct, integration and extension of largely undocumented existing services was a constant challenge and required methodical investigation and problem solving. Quick Plumbing Group’s scope included delivery of authority infrastructure, as well as infrastructure to support the future expansion of the hospital. The works have delivered a modern facility that offers greater comfort to patients and modern equipment to allow staff to be more efficient and achieve greater levels of care. “One unique aspect of this project was the staging,” said Thomas Quick, Managing Director. “The lengthy time frame of the project, difficult nature and the moving number of work faces were the biggest challenges faced by the Quick Team. Working on multiple work faces throughout the hospital at varying stages of completeness meant we were often challenged.” “Shifting team members through the different areas and successfully scheduling these movements to maintain the programme

The addition of the helipad midway through the project also introduced a significant challenge which required the design to pivot to new standards of compliance. Accommodating the current operation of the precinct and successfully integrating new project structures into the existing spaces was a complex task requiring close collaboration between all parties involved in the works. The Quick Team consistently displayed positive communication and proactive planning to assist the broader project team. The staged testing and handover of areas was complex to manage and integrate with the construction process. This was handled well by the Watpac Site Team and made easier with group planning sessions. “Clear communication from key stakeholders and the Watpac Team certainly helped to keep the project moving with efficiency,” said Thomas. “The Quick Team would like to thank the APP and Watpac Teams for all their assistance and professional delivery of a difficult project.” Recent projects completed by Quick Plumbing Group include the Rail Operations Centre for Transport for NSW, the Acute Services Building, at St George Hospital for NSW Health Infrastructure, Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School for NSW School Infrastructure, and Axle at South Eveleigh for Mirvac and Commonwealth Bank.

For more information contact Quick Plumbing Group, phone 02 9316 9206, Unit 21, 32 Perry Street, Matraville NSW 2036, email, website




Below Renyi conducted computer simulations to analyse the thermal performance of the façade for the hospital redevelopment.

Construction of Stage 2 of the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital redevelopment project’s design and construction team has focused on achieving a world class new healthcare facility for the local community. Renyi, a leading specialist sustainability consultant, was appointed to help ensure the project achieved its sustainability targets. Renyi’s role in the project was to ensure the building façade and services complied with National Construction Code Section J 2016 (Amendment 1) energy efficiency requirements. They conducted computer simulations to analyse the thermal performance of the project and proposed design improvements to increase energy efficiency where required. “We tried to improve the façade while staying within the budget,” said Allan Ang, Director. “There were multiple façade types around the building envelope and we looked at the details and specifications for each type to make recommendations to achieve better efficiency.” Renyi worked closely with Watpac throughout the construction stage. They produced energy efficiency documentation for submission to statutory authorities and reviewed shop drawings to confirm 236 NSW PROJECT FEATURE HORNSBY KU-RING-GAI HOSPITAL

compliance. They also played a role checking and verifying as-built details onsite. “We worked quite efficiently and were able to provide real time review and feedback to Watpac,” said Allan. “Our approach is always to work with builders to develop energy efficient solutions that are also easy to construct.” “We prioritise using proprietary products to minimise heat gain through the façade resulting in less intensive servicing requirements. We bring our understanding of buildings and façades to help builders achieve what they need to.” Based in Sydney, they have the capability to help builders Australia wide achieve value engineered and optimised design solutions to improve the environmental performance and operational efficiency of buildings of all types. Renyi offers a comprehensive range of environmental building design solutions for many industry sectors including education, commercial, residential, retail and others.

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Below MFP Group were appointed for passive fire protection of the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital redevelopment project Stage 2.

on call 24 hours every day to complete urgent tasks when required and ensure the performance and integrity of the building’s fire protection systems. Despite the tight programme MFP Group collaborated closely with main contractor BESIX Watpac to ensure the works ran smoothly and were completed on time. MFP Group delivered a fire protection solution that met the architectural design intent and client requirements while complying with all relevant BCA and AS/NZS specifications. Maintaining a high standard of quality was a key focus for MFP Group on the project. On all their projects the team of licenced and qualified workers at MFP Group are focused on providing the best level of service and professionalism.

On the project, MFP Group supplied and installed fire protection products from Promat, TBA and Trafalgar Fire. They provided fire protection coatings to structural steel, fire seals to all control joints and rectification of defects caused by services penetrations through fire barriers. The project timescale was very challenging to achieve the targeted opening dates for the different areas of the hospital. MFP Group were WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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