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Perth Stadium lighting system revealed

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Night-time events held at Perth Stadium will be illuminated through the biggest sports lighting system in the world. Premier Colin Barnett said the unparalleled lighting system included 15,000 LED lights and was already used in stadia around the world, but on a smaller scale. “This lighting system is another world-class design feature, allowing visually stunning light shows to be created inside and outside of the stadium,” Mr Barnett said. “Perth Stadium will truly change the spectator experience and every design decision has always had the fans and their experience at the core. This lighting system will interact with the fabric roof lighting system, allowing the roof to act as a giant canvas, capable of showcasing a variety of colours in numerous configurations such as purple for Dockers games and blue and gold for Eagles home games.”

The lighting system is designed and supplied by global lighting company Philips Lighting. Once installed, it will be the biggest LED sports lighting installation of its kind in the world, providing a lighting solution that is adaptable to specific requirements of sporting codes and other events. Several major European stadiums already use the same Philips Lighting system, but on a smaller scale, including Stamford Bridge in London, home of the Chelsea Football Club, and Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, home of Juventus Football Club. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said stadium construction was progressing well and remained on track for completion ahead of the 2018 AFL season. “We are currently just over 70% complete and by the end of the

year, the stadium structure and its surrounding parkland precinct will be complete and an extensive testing and commission phase will be undertaken,” Ms Davies said. “It will not be long before 60,000 fans are here cheering on their favourite sport and entertainment acts.” The construction focus is currently on the internal fitout and the site workforce is more than 800. Nearly 80%, or more than $450 million worth of stadium subcontracts awarded to date have been to WA companies, which is having positive flow-on effects to our local economy. The unique aluminium façade is nearing completion and 40% of the 60,000 seats are in place. The lighting system was procured by Westadium which is responsible for the design, build, partial finance and maintenance elements of the Stadium and Sports Precinct.

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$3 MILLION RESEARCH GRANT LIFTS AUSTRALIAN INNOVATION CSR, the name behind many of Australia’s most trusted and recognised building product brands, has signed an agreement with the federal government for a $3 million grant. The grant will support the company’s innovation and development of an Australian-first high performance building façade system. “The federal government is to be congratulated on invigorating industry-research collaboration under the National Innovation and Science Agenda,” CSR Chief Executive Officer, Rob Sindel said. “CSR believes this kind of innovation initiative is exactly what is needed to help create real technology advances and new jobs in the Australian manufacturing industry.”

awarded under the Cooperative Research Centres Programme (CRC-P) – a competitive, merit-based grant program supporting industry-led collaborative research partnerships that deliver real results. The successful projects will apply high quality, collaborative research to solve an industry specific issue and develop new products, technologies or services. Senator Sinodinos, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science said, “This work supports the National Innovation and Science Agenda pillar to foster industry-research collaboration.” “CSR is particularly excited about this opportunity as it could take local innovation to the world, with digital support from Australia.

comment Stephen Cox Associate Director of Architectural Practice Turner

Integrated Housing Can Be A Win-Win For Developers and the Community Cities are receiving a new lease of life with a big increase in new social and affordable housing, integrated with private housing. Architects are meeting the challenge to create social housing that looks and feels like modern private housing, with the key being to mix those subsidised dwellings with private housing. The New South Wales Government recognises a balanced mix of private and social housing will achieve better social outcomes than the creation of estates solely directed at vulnerable families. Far-sighted developers have recognised both the financial and social benefits of integrated developments and are cleverly structuring projects to deliver similar returns to those in stand-alone private developments.

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CSR will locally manufacture a new generation of advanced, pre-fabricated unitised façades for the Australian commercial and institutional construction markets. The system will offer safer, faster, higher performing and more durable façades for Australian buildings. When successfully implemented, it will make construction in Australia more competitive against global manufacturers, reduce costs on a range of projects, as well as expand the local skill base. Façades and building envelopes, which form the outer skins of buildings, are a crucial element of building design and represent a $20 billion market in Australia. CSR is investing more than $3 million of its own funds into developing this opportunity to full commercialisation. The grant, which is delivered over a three year period, was

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Integrating private and public apartments in buildings is the most optimal outcome for these developments, backed up by intelligent and appropriately resourced management of the buildings.

A thriving high technology building industry in Australia would also be an opportunity for workers from other industries in decline, such as the car or steel industries, to transfer their skills to a different type of assembly” added Mr Sindel.

The social and private apartment occupiers should be able to mix together within the development, with shared common facilities and open spaces, while also being involved in community activities.

CSR is committed to continued innovation and will use the funding to develop the technology and capability to establish a viable, ongoing operation. The project will fund dedicated research staff at the University of Melbourne as well as testing costs, materials and prototypes. Australian engineering consultants, Inhabit Group, will provide world-class façade design expertise as a key participant on the research project. University of Melbourne Dean of Engineering, Iven Mareels said, “A building’s façade accounts for up to 70% of a building’s energy efficiency and up to 20% of the cost of a building.”

The challenge for architects is to design the structures, interiors and external spaces of developments that are cost-effective, functional and amenable for each type of occupier, eradicating any feeling of 'us and them'. This is already being achieved in a range of estates through the cooperation of architects, developers, charities and the government, as well as taking inspiration from the best of local and international integrated residential models.



comment Alison Price President (QLD Branch) NAWIC

A balanced approach There are few who would argue against the results of having a well-rounded team which embraces communication, innovation and equality. Getting the edge over your competitors is about the relationships established within your teams and how effectively they communicate and inevitably affect the productivity of your business. Our industry has demonstrated on various occasions how a balance of male and female approaches to roles can lead to better results and communication. A feminine approach is typically more nurturing, empathetic, and sensitive, can build a more inclusive team environment, remove risk associated with rushing into a project and is often seen to defuse confrontations. The masculine approach is displayed by assertiveness with a focus on facts only. These workers tend to disregard the emotional side of business, which can lead to a less harmonious workplace. While women are still in the minority in our industry, more and more employers are recognising they have benefits to add including different communication, negotiation, planning, thinking, research and problem-solving skills.

setting new benchmarks in opulence The excitement is building in the Sydney CBD as the city’s most luxurious apartment building starts to take shape. ONE30 Hyde Park is destined to set a new benchmark in opulence, and has caught the eye of many buyers. Not surprisingly, business executives have been prominent, enticed by the opportunity to be able to take a leisurely walk to work. Luckily, there is still a handful of two-bedroom apartments remaining, from $2.2 million. These spectacular 101 to 107m2 apartments face north to magnificent Hyde Park. There is also a selection of one-bedroom apartments (66m2 and 67m2) still available from $1.29 million. The eye-catching 38-level development at 130 Elizabeth Street will look north to the Opera House and Sydney Harbour, and south to as far as Sydney Airport. ONE30 Hyde Park is a joint venture between the Chinese-based Aoyuan Property Group and Ecove, a local company that transformed Sydney Olympic Park into a fully functioning residential suburb. Work on the project has been underway for more than a year. Demolition of the old building was completed last June, and excavation is now in full swing. The lower levels of ONE30 Hyde Park will start to become visible to bypassers in a few months, with the building expected to top-out by early-2018. Full fitout and completion will take a further 12 months from then. ONE30

As a woman in the construction industry, I love that sending me to negotiate with an aggressive subcontractor using the 'F-word' as an adjective can often take the confrontation and posturing out of a situation so we can all have a conversation about what is needed and move on. So where do we find these elusive women keen to work in the construction industry? The National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) can help with ideas, referrals and networking opportunities. Successfully implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy won’t be easy but could give you a unique edge over your competitors.

“Kajima’s investment provides us with the financial resources and technical expertise to enable us to grow our existing specialist market in social infrastructure in Australia. It will also ultimately allow us to expand our international business in Asia Pacific and the United States where demand is growing.” All existing Cockram executive shareholders will remain


Hyde Park is being sold through Ecove. For more information call 1300 88 20 88 or visit

Kajima Corporation makes strategic investment in Cockram Malcolm Batten, Managing Director, Cockram said, “Kajima has a global track record of investing in high performance businesses and retaining and working with the local management to successfully help them grow their businesses. This investment demonstrates confidence in our strategy of providing diversified construction services throughout Australia and Asia Pacific.


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invested in the company alongside Kajima who will become the majority shareholder. Kajima has been in business for over 175 years with current annual revenues of approximately A$21 billion. Kajima entered the Australian construction market in 2015 with a similar strategic investment in Icon Co, an Australian residential and commercial builder. Kajima’s investment in Cockram will ultimately lead to a merger between Cockram’s Australian business and Icon Co during 2019. The merger will combine Icon’s extensive residential and commercial construction expertise with Cockram’s specialist social infrastructure business to create a compelling full spectrum construction services offering in Australia.

Building ‘well’ for the future A stronger partnership between the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) will have a rapid impact on both planetary and public health. Speaking at the Green Cities Conference in Sydney, IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, announced a raft of updates that will support Australian building owners looking to boost the sustainability of their assets while supporting the health of building occupants. “From the beginning of the green building movement, we’ve known that more sustainable buildings would also be healthier for the people we care about – our families and friends, employees and students,” Fedrizzi said. “The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) has given us a framework for focusing on the building enhancements that can have direct positive impact on human health. By partnering with the leaders in the movement, especially those here in Australia, we’ve identified a number of things that enhance the WELL experience.”

our environment and for our industry and ultimately tenants. The best way to do that is to work in partnership.” The GBCA and IWBI announced their partnership in March 2016, and subsequently released Green Star and WELL Building Standard™ Approaches to buildings or fitouts seeking a dual rating – a document which maps the credits and criteria that may be used for an assessment under both Green Star and WELL. “We’ve made a lot of headway in advancing our joint goals over the last year, and have identified several pathways to add more value to industry by reducing the time and cost of certification and harmonising Green Star and WELL,” Ms Madew said. Education and training in Australia will be delivered by both GBCA and IWBI in partnership. The GBCA will work with IWBI on the product development of other WELL standards, including the WELL Community StandardTM. “The GBCA is renowned globally for its achievements

Rick Fedrizzi and Romilly Madew, Green Building Council Australia

“I’m especially excited about our new ‘all projects in’ strategy, where any building type can use our Alternative Adherence Path process to account for variables needed for a specific building type. We’re shifting from WELL for healthy buildings to WELL for ‛your’ healthy building and creating a framework that will make implementing WELL easier.” According to the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew, “the Green Building Council of Australia’s job is to get the best outcomes for our buildings, for

with the Green Star Communities rating tool, and the team and Australian industry’s insights will be invaluable as we work together the WELL Community Standard,” Mr Fedrizzi explained. “Partnerships are a key pillar of our strategic plan. We recognise that our ambitious agenda cannot be achieved in isolation. By working with other like-minded organisations, we can amplify our efforts – and help our industry become a world leader in healthy buildings in much the same way it already leads the world in sustainable buildings,” Ms Madew concludes.

comment Adrian Hart Senior Manager (Infrastructure and Mining) BIS Shrapnel

Falling investment to challenge the construction industry Investment, in economics, refers to real additions to capital stock. In Australia, around 50-60% of the value of investment each year is embedded in new building and construction. Typically, swings in investment and construction activity correlate with key turning points in growth in the economy and employment. As an economist, it’s worth keeping an eye on. Investment boomed through much of the 2000s – delivering “jobs and growth” in the process – but has been in steady decline over the last four years. Meanwhile, economic growth in Australia has slowed from 3-3.5% per annum to 2-2.5% per annum. A turnaround in investment is required if economic growth is to move back to 'pre-bust' rates. The problem is that the outlook for total investment is weak, and this has implications for construction activity. The LNG bust is driving private investment lower, and this will be joined by an inevitable downturn in residential building from current boom levels. Consequently, much depends on the public sector to step up its own investment. At BIS Shrapnel, we expect public investment to rise 8% over 2016/17 and 2017/18, led by infrastructure initiatives. But this is not big enough to offset declining private investment. More could – and should – be done here. But it’s not all plain sailing, even in the infrastructure construction market. Infrastructure work is spread unevenly across the country, focused largely on mega-transport projects. And significant threats to industry capability and capacity remain despite a lower level of national construction work than during the mining boom.




PEMBROKE APPOINTS BUILT AS construction contractor for t&G building T&G Building, 161 Collins Street, Victoria

Ray Baksmati Development Director (NSW) Frasers Property Australia

Building for social change If there’s one thing that the construction industry does well in Australia, it is creating and building spaces for people. It’s no surprise then that companies big and small in the sector contribute resources, funding and expertise to the Property Industry Foundation, which is building homes for homeless young people across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland as part of its PIF House Program. It’s a tangible way for the industry to help make a difference to the serious and persistent problem of youth homelessness. Each night across Australia there are 44,000 young people who are homeless. As part of the PIF House program Frasers Property Australia has built one home at Bonbeach, Victoria, for Foundation Charity Partner Lighthouse Foundation and will house five young people. PIF House Blacktown, Sydney, is now under construction, being built for Marist180 with Frasers Property Australia as the major sponsor providing design services, construction expertise and project management. The home will also accommodate five young people along with an onsite carer. The construction value of PIF House Blacktown is $520,000 with a growing number of project partners donating their expertise and materials to the project. Some of the companies who have given their support to the project include Craig and Rhodes surveying consultants, Residential Engineering structural consultants, Ideal Foundations, Dave King Plumbing, New Edge Concrete and Brickworks, Boral to name a few. To keep up to date with the progress of PIF House Blacktown you can follow the blog at Youth homelessness is a national problem but there is no shortage of ways for companies in the construction sector to be involved in providing real and lasting solutions. I’m certainly proud to be involved.



Pembroke Real Estate has appointed building contractor Built for the extensive refurbishment of Melbourne’s historic T&G Building at 161 Collins Street. Built was awarded the contract following a competitive process that included four leading national construction companies. Although the other contenders were very high quality, Built was chosen upon strength of team and experience. Pembroke Real Estate Vice President and Head of Australia, Matthew Knight, said, “We are delighted to have appointed Built for the T&G Building, given their proven ability to deliver high quality office and retail spaces within a heritage context. We have an established relationship with Built through our 20 Martin Place development in Sydney, which we are looking forward to continuing as work gets underway at the T&G Building.” Originally constructed in 1928, the T&G Building is located on the corner of Collins and Russell Streets, at the Paris-end of Collins Street, and offers 43,000m2 of A-Grade T&G Building, 161 Collins Street, Entry

commercial space across ten levels. Working alongside appointed architects Bates Smart, Built will carry out the refurbishment works at the T&G Building including refashioning the office floors to include intelligent design and imaginative shared spaces. A dynamic new dual entrance will allow tenants to choose between the classic entry on Collins Street or the newly pedestrianised Ramsden Place, both maximising the corporate address while welcoming Melbourne’s unique laneway culture into the building. Additionally, businesses will have the opportunity to secure campus style floor plates of up to 4,000m2, and embrace flexibility, productivity and connectivity within their workplace design. New end-of-trip facilities also will be included with 266 secure bicycle spaces for tenants as well as extensive shower and locker facilities. Built’s Managing Director, Brett Mason, said “We are thrilled to be working with Pembroke Real Estate on the redevelopment of the T&G Building, and know that this will be another impressive and sought after property once complete.

WATERPROOFING, FUTURE PROOFED The Gripset GC range is sheet membrane waterproofing with high performance characteristics. High performance comes with notably faster and easier installation for large wet areas, which save on major labour costs. The membrane’s fracture resistant qualities also allows quicker, effective finishes over existing cracked tiles, green concrete, aged substrates and even uneven timber substrates. The Gripset GC range shares the same technology platform, with a polyethylene sheet as the central core of the membrane, and there are four derivatives of the current range; Gripset GC1 and GC2 for internal and external wet areas, respectively, Gripset GC3 for underground projects, and Gripset GC4 that is a footfall sound-dampening waterproof underlay, ideal for multi-storey developments. Gripset GC waterproofing technology is

Workers applying Gripset sealant

already protecting tens of thousands of square metres of internal and external wet areas in Australia, with the added OH&S worksite benefit of incorporating Gripset’s safe, solvent-free adhesive systems. The membrane itself is an impermeable, tear-resistant sheet, that has the manufacturer’s 20-year guarantee. With high level durability, waterproofing longevity and fast turnaround, the Gripset GC range provides new competitive advantages for specifiers, contractors and asset owners. Compared to traditional sheet and liquid systems, the Gripset GC range saves projects major costs with labour and installation costs reduced by up to 50%, without compromising quality or durability. In addition to saving time on installation, more time and budget is saved because finishes can be applied immediately after installation. No more welding and torching, or profiling around fixtures, penetrations and upturns. The Gripset GC range answers the shortcomings of traditional sheet and liquid membrane systems, and improves builders and contractors capabilities and productivity. For more information contact the Gripset Technical Team on 1800 650 435.

J&J Metro air conditioning: offering solutions for all hvac needs J&J Metro Air Conditioning, offers complete turn-key solutions for all HVAC needs. The company specialises in air conditioning installation, service, design and maintenance for residential, commercial and industrial markets. Plus, it has now expanded its offer, specialising in engineering and designing projects inhouse. As part of their ongoing commitment to their clients, they have recently received ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, from initial concept engineering design all the way through to 24/7 emergency breakdown callouts, one of the first in the industry. An ISO900:2015 Quality Management System ensures that J&J Metro Air Conditioning offers their clients improved quality of service, systems and procedures to help deliver their service on time, compliance with

all standards, requirements and obligations, commitment to quality with ongoing audits and ultimately, their client’s satisfaction. Customer satisfaction is their ultimate goal in any project they undertake and continually hand-over projects on time and on budget.

comment Peter Brook Design Director Peddlethorp

Planning for Housing Diversity I believe that it is clearly evident that, in Melbourne, we have oversupplied the development of small apartments, particularly in the inner suburbs. It is also clear that there is now a lack of diversity in housing types and family sized accommodation, which is now under supplied. The debate about this trend is often depicted as a criticism of the development industry, however, in my opinion, it is more about the failure of the planning controls. In the last decade, there has been a focus on supporting high profile, major projects. Planning has promoted large inner city apartment developments and to a lesser extent medium scale apartments in middle distance suburbs. Townhouse developments have been reduced in volume because apartment developments generate higher land values. To address the critical social issue of housing affordability for families, I believe the logical form of development is to encourage medium density, infill housing, particularly townhouse development. This can be achieved by specifying planning controls that limit suitable sites to townhouse projects. This can be accomplished by restricting densities below apartment requirements. The land value would then match the townhouse densities and encourage that form of development. These zoning standards would then be applied to areas with good community infrastructure such as shops, schools and access to transport. I also believe that this sort of development is more likely to enhance existing neighbourhood character. Better housing development diversity and affordability can be tackled quickly and with a negligible cost impact if we use the planning system creatively and with a wider sense of purpose.



comment Karim Muri Head of Marketing & Technical Services (Asia Pacific) Kingspan Australia

maximising space with thinner walls: boosting returns on investments Intense competition in Australia’s commercial property markets is driving developers to find innovative ways to boost returns on investments. One solution attracting growing interest is maximising usable internal areas by installing high performance slimline wall insulation. New research findings show these slimline solutions can offer a ROI of up to 856% when compared with conventional glass wool fibre batts solutions. Technically advanced Kingspan Kooltherm slimline wall insulation solutions can facilitate internal space gains within a building’s footprint with the width of external concrete walls incorporating Kingspan Kooltherm wall insulation solutions at least 16% slimmer than the built up width of concrete walls using glass wool fibre batts. They feature ultra-low conductivity and are resistant to the passage of water vapour; are easy to handle and install and thereby speed up construction and are ideal for both new builds and refurbishments. World-leading asset management and construction consultancies, Currie & Brown Australia and Sweett Group UK evaluated the impact of various insulation systems on costs and returns in a development. Concrete external wall constructions were examined and two Kingspan Kooltherm build-ups were compared against conventional steel stud and track wall lining systems using 90mm glass wool fibre batts. The study found that Kingspan Kooltherm’s lower thermal conductivity meant it could be used in thinner sections, resulting in thinner external wall construction and a greater internal floor area. This greater internal floor area creates the potential for greater return on investment – of up to 856%. 14


Doka brings home the safety message An emotional heart tug is what formwork company, Doka Australia, is harnessing with a new safety campaign to be launched in time for the World Day of Safety on the 28th of April. The innovative campaign, Stay Safe – For Moments that Matter, features a series of safety videos to be posted on social media and sent via email link to Doka Australia’s customers. “This campaign aims to put safety firmly on the radar for our customers’ every waking moment. The video shows a ‘real’ Australian family going about a typical working day from the morning to the evening in a real Aussie location,” says Marketing Professional for Doka Australia, Nelli Hegi. There are 14 common hazards and risks in formwork and falsework, according to the authority, Worksafe Australia. In fact, formwork failures on high rise sites lead to the most injuries and deaths in the construction sector, says US site Concrete Construction.

Those rates have prompted Doka to get the message out that safety on site is paramount and that Doka “has your back, too, with its approach to safety,” says Nelli. Doka’s General Manager, Christian Unger, said the campaign aims to get to the core of Doka‘s business, to make sure its formwork systems keep people safe on site. We are keen to create an emotional connection with the audience and continue our conversations with our customers that Doka offers a safer system and we care about the people onsite.” Doka is one of the world leaders in developing, manufacturing and distributing formwork technology for use in all fields of the construction sector. With more than 160 sales and logistics facilities in over 70 countries, the Doka Group has a highly efficient distribution network, which ensures that equipment and technical support are provided swiftly and professionally. An enterprise forming part of the Umdasch

New goulburn Murray water upgrade

PCG Chair Mike Walsh and Project Director Frank Fisseler

John Holland has been chosen to deliver a significant part of the Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) Connections Project, which will upgrade vital irrigation infrastructure in regional Victoria. Key features and benefits of the project include: creating water savings for environmental use across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District; develop modernised infrastructure that will extract the maximum amount of value from available water; assisting irrigation communities in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District to adapt to reduced water availability and build a sustainable future for productive agriculture; creating employment and opportunity for local Contractors and Communities; enhancing the environment locally, and across the Murray Darling Basin.

Chief Executive Officer, Joe Barr, said the project would bring important benefits in water security for local Victorian farmers. “The Murray Darling Basin is the largest river system in Australia, contributing 40% of the gross value of agricultural production in our nation and supplying water to over two million Australians. We look forward to working with irrigators and communities to enhance the security of this most precious resource,” he said. “John Holland has been associated with a number of irrigation projects in Australia and New Zealand. We will bring this knowledge to the Connections project to deliver necessary water saving to GMW.” Regional General Manager VIC/SA/TAS & NZ, Trevor Hall, said John Holland welcomes the opportunity to work with Goulburn Murray Water and the local community.

Digital transformation and growth expert joins GHD Advisory Kumar Parakala, the Founder and Managing Director of digital transformation and growth consultant Technova, and former global partner at KPMG, has taken up a new role as Global Leader – Digital at GHD Advisory. Kumar brings more than two decades of experience and insights of working at the intersection of business and technology with leading global organisations. Most recently he was named International Professional of the Year at the SEARCC-ACS Digital Disruptors Awards.

Kumar Parakala, Global Leader – Digital, GHD

Ashley Wright, CEO of GHD says, “We recognise the changing needs of our clients and the impact digital technologies are having on their businesses. Through GHD Advisory, we are keen to enable our customers to achieve better outcomes and create greater

value for their customers, by combining deep technical leadership and commercial acumen. We are actively investing in digital services to leverage the opportunities delivered by new and emerging technologies.” Mark Read, Group Executive Manager GHD Advisory, says, “We are delighted to welcome Kumar, who will drive the growth of this exciting area of our business. Using our skills in location intelligence, virtual reality, visualisation, and data analytics we can help our clients adapt. Our focus is on providing new services and products that empower clients to optimise processes, resolve challenges, predict future scenarios and make the right business decisions.” Kumar Parakala, says, “The ground rules and assumptions that businesses previously relied upon are no longer valid. Digital technologies are transforming the way products and services are created, distributed and consumed. The built environment sector in particular still operates in a largely analogue environment and there are vast opportunities to unlock new efficiencies for our clients. Thanks to our deep understanding of assets, business processes and technology, we have the capability to help clients reimagine and define their digital futures through new customer engagement models, products, business models, work definitions and organisational structures.”

The Atrium breathes new life into North Sydney’s casual dining North Sydney’s casual dining market is set to receive a shake-up thanks to an edgy design by Australasian architectural firm The Buchan Group. The Atrium at Greenwood Plaza, completed in March 2016, has been revitalised by the award-winning firm, transforming the food court into one of the most modern and exciting casual dining precincts in the area. The Buchan Group Senior Associate, Malou Ellis said the initial design concept was inspired by the stoma cell, incorporating discrete, varied zones to offer relief and contrast from the pace and rigid structure of the North Sydney business district. “The design approach was driven by the fast paced demographic of the broad clientele. It was imperative to ensure the space responded

to the varied target market,” she said. “We really wanted to redefine Greenwood as an engaging and inspiring space through integration of a rich interplay of finishes and textures. “We did this through utilising elements and finishes inspired by the patterns in nature and applying them in an eclectic way. Natural light, and the way nature plays with this light, was a particular inspiration for the design solution.”

comment Scott Gibson President Insulation Australasia

Third-party independent certification: the only solution Australia’s building industry remains under threat from wide-spread non-compliance with a rising tide of building products falling far short of Australian standards and regulators failing to police. With reports of up to 95% non-compliance in some building industry segments the only solution is to introduce an independent and mandatory product certification program. These sub-standard products are endangering Australian lives and deny consumers the performance they paid for – they fall short in properties such as strength, fire ratings, energy performance or other values mandated by Australian standards for building products used in this country and they are getting away with it with policing at site non-existent. Australian standards are designed to protect Australian lives and ensure performance fit for purpose. The offending products are often easily tested and fall far short of the mandated standards. We have already had a raft of scandals involving building fires, asbestos and other product failures. They’re the tip of the iceberg – Australian legislators must act decisively to ensure that not a single life is lost nor a consumer mislead by mandating third party certification on critical building elements such as insulation, glazing, steel, electrical and plumbing components. IA looks forward to the Australian Building Code Board’s CodeMark review release, scheduled for early 2017. However, CodeMark remains a voluntary building product certification scheme and as such cannot provide full industry coverage. The evil of building product non-compliance prevails while the good men and women charged with policing this do nothing, and to date there has been much said and lots of pointing, but no action in terms of policing.



comment Carlo Giannasca Head of Urbanite (Part of Frost* collective)

Early adoption of VR set to redefine the construction industry With VR taking centre stage in many sectors in 2016, unsurprisingly the building and construction industry also took note of its enormous potential. We’ve all read about, if not directly experienced the benefits that VR has brought to the industry (note Frost*collective’s work with Coronation’s 8 Phillip Street), but the relevance of its application to the design and engineering stages of a project are less understood. By adopting a smart, integrated practice combining disparate models, or a smart interactive 3D model from the start – architects can gauge human responses to a construction’s spatial experience earlier in the design process. The VR build itself, enables the process of visualisation and specification before passing the benefits on to the project’s subsequent stages. The immediate design benefits offered by 3D make 2D a redundant option. Put simply – integrate early, design experientially and fail faster.

Seismic compliance is not negotiable… Many architects and constructors are seemingly unaware that Section 8 of AS 1170.4 code requires (Non-structural) ‘Parts and Components’ to be designed for seismic loads: including ceilings, partitions and walls that are not part of a seismic-force-resisting system. This applies to all Importance Level 4 Buildings and most IL3, and is mandated by the National Construction Code (adopted without limitations) for all Australian states and territories. To meet compliance requirements Studform can provide comprehensive solutions to your project’s seismic design requirements for

Ausco modular participates in ozharvest cookoff to raise funds Wacol-based company Ausco Modular is getting behind the OzHarvest CEO CookOff for another year with an $8025 donation. The donation was made by Ausco’s 321 staff members across Australia, who collectively chose to forfeit a part of their individual staff Christmas presents late last year to give back to those in need. As a result of their generosity, a $25 donation was made on behalf of each Ausco staff member, which will allow OzHarvest to provide over 16,000 meals to the most vulnerable people in Australia.


“Ausco supports OzHarvest’s mission to address hunger, homelessness and food waste in our community,” he said. “After our participation in the CEO CookOff in 2016, the whole company decided to get behind OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn this year, so we have donated our funds to her campaign.

“During last year’s CEO CookOff, I was so touched by the recipients I got to meet and share a meal with. They are just normal Aussie’s who have come across hard times yet still manage to have so much enthusiasm and warmth. It was such a humbling experience.”

Our ability to connect with physical environments as they are created through VR is transforming how we design, build and use the built environment. This has significant implications on social and cultural outcomes characterising our cities. We ostensibly have the tools to choreograph spaces and places enhancing our interaction with, and impacting our experiences of the built environment.


Ausco Managing Director, Anthony Walsh, participated in the CEO CookOff in Brisbane last year, raising $3300 for the charity. Anthony said Ausco’s staff were so thrilled to be aligned with the charity last year they encouraged their boss to sign up for a second year.

“What struck me about this particular charity was that it is aiming to fix a real problem with innovation. Ausco prides itself on being innovative so it makes sense for us to align with OzHarvest and help restore dignity to people doing it tough through food.

VR encourages collaboration, a true value-add in a complex sector both procedurally and creatively. VR technologies are providing us with a new level of flexibility to plan work and to manage the quality and safety of developments from early design stages through to a development’s marketing and sales.

To contribute productively and creatively to the construction industry is key. We look forward to fresh collaborations with you throughout 2017.

non-structural ceiling and partition elements. Studform can assist with all project challenges: For Grid and Tile, Concealed Suspension, Drywall Framing, and many standardised details including parameter requirements for spacing to support services. Studform’s solutions will not only provide outstanding hygiene and aesthetic outcomes, but ensure economical installation and ongoing access of vital in-ceiling services. Studform’s mission is to drive sustainable Health and Corporate Facilities forward ensuring projects are truly there for tomorrow’s needs. Call Studform on 1800 352 366

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This year’s CEO CookOff will see over 100 CEO’s serve delicious meals to 1,000 vulnerable Australians while raising much needed funds for the charity. Every $1 donated allows OzHarvest to deliver the equivalent of two meals and has a Social Return on Investment value to the community of over $5. The CEO CookOff will take place on March 6 in Sydney. Locals wishing to get involved can make a donation through

$5 million loan fast-tracks infrastructure works

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Water and sewage works at Palmview’s largest masterplanned community, Harmony by AVID Property Group, are officially underway with construction kick started thanks to a $5 million loan from the Queensland Government’s Catalyst Infrastructure Program (CIP). The Catalyst Infrastructure Program is an initiative to invest infrastructure in the state that boosts development and long-term jobs and growth prospects, and requires the developer to repay the loan in full over the life of the project. Set on 378 hectares and located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Harmony by AVID Property Group is set to deliver more than 4,800 homes for 12,000 future residents, 100 hectares of open space and a 15,250m² GFA Town Centre. AVID General Manager Bruce Harper said the funding loan from the State Government had allowed AVID to fast-track this stage of the development. “This funding loan has given the project the means to accelerate the commencement of the water and sewage

works, which is a great thing for the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Harper said. “AVID has committed to repaying the State Government the $5 million within the first five years of Harmony’s 15 year construction timeframe. “The funding loan means we’ll be able to deliver Harmony for the community much sooner, with these key infrastructure works forecast for completion by September-2017. “We are extremely grateful and pleased the State Government has loaned the money to Harmony, a project which we believe is going to be a legacy for the region.” Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad, said the Palaszczuk Government could see the enormous economic benefit the project would contribute to the Sunshine Coast region. “With more than 9,000 jobs to be generated on the Sunshine Coast the $5 million Catalyst Infrastructure Program loan will lay the groundwork for this entire project,” Ms Trad said.

RICHMOND BRIDGE TO BE BUILT BY LENDLEASE Lendlease was named preferred contractor in February to design and build a new 1km long bridge on the Pacific Highway about 15m over the Richmond River in NSW. The bridge is part of the 155km Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade. The New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said the upgrade was the nation’s biggest regional infrastructure project. “This upgrade of the existing highway from Woolgoolga to

Ballina to a four-lane divided road will be the final link in the duplication of the Pacific Highway by 2020, and this section remains a hive of activity.

We’ve seen the cloud revolutionise businesses across the globe. From finance to retail, many industries are embracing the cloud for daily applications. The construction industry too is changing. Recently, we’ve seen powerful cloud-based collaboration platforms emerge to empower construction professionals with increased efficiencies across the design and building of projects. Specifically, construction companies can benefit from cloud and mobile technologies, which provide access information from any job site, at any time. This makes workflows seamless for the staff who are scattered between the field and office. The streamlining of workflows has transformed collaborative processes, allowing teams to access, analyse, manage and share project data from anytime, anywhere. In addition, the cloud can and will set in motion big changes in the design methodologies used by construction companies. Cloud-based design technologies help meet the need for collaboration in a global market, helping to support creative processes through one collaborative platform. For growing and often international companies, this makes sharing of ideas easier and more prevalent. Construction companies needs to keep pace with other industries with their technology adoption or risk falling behind in terms of growth. The fact is, customers and contractors today expect digitally-evolved design methodologies, real-time information sharing and decision making as well as more collaboration across the project site – without embracing the cloud, this becomes impossible to deliver.

Soft soil works, which are being carried out before major work begins, are continuing at a number of locations along the length of the upgrade, including around Maclean and Woodburn,” she said. Work will start on the bridge in April and it’s expected to be completed by 2019. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


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Inside out living Builder : Icon Co Pty Ltd Architect : JPR Architects Landscape Designer : Myles Baldwin Construction value : $50 million

Icon Co has delivered a gold standard in residential apartment design, with the aptly named Garden House project in Waterloo, Sydney. The careful architecture of the development is nestled within exquisite gardens, both inside and out and features flourishing views of the adjacent park and city skyline. “The project focused a distinctive, garden-like feel with individual garden entrances adorning each residence. The lush landscape design has been intrinsically woven into all aspects of the build welcoming the outdoors in, while providing an array of striking features throughout the development,” said Julian Doyle, Director (NSW) for Icon Co, which constructed the project. The project comprises 161 apartments ranging from one, two and three bedrooms within four distinctive residential buildings, each with 6-storeys. The development shares a common basement, below all four buildings housing 122 carparking bays over two levels, and approximatly 100m2 of retail space. The complex sits within the confines of a 5,660m2 site, with a gross floor area of 23,100m2. Planning started on the project in November 2014, with work completing in November 2016. Icon Co worked with exisiting structures on the site, including retaining walls on Elizabeth and McEvoy streets boundary, which were incorporated within the new basement structure.

aluminium cladding, exposed concrete and smooth rendered walls, Icon Co met the design intent to create a striking finish. The external corridors made materials handling extremely difficult and essentially turned four buildings into seven. Icon Co handled materials through strategic hoisting and materials movements. “We also preloaded floors and expedited materials to floors after the decks were poured so there was no need to navigate materials through small doorways and across open linkways,” said Julian. Icon Co installed rain sensing louvres to the top levels to cover these exposed linkways. The louvres would close when it was wet, preventing rain entering the voids within the buildings, which would have slowed construction considerably.

Julian says the company has left an “indelible impression on the Australian landscape having delivered more than 125 projects and completed $2.5 billion of works in the past 20 years. Icon Co employs about 400 people in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney with currently 18 projects under construction split equally between those cities.” The next project due for completion is Bosco Apartments in Five Dock, in Sydney’s inner-west. The $62 million project comprises 152 residential apartments and is expected to be completed by July this year. Icon Co offers design, construction planning, project management and delivery to a huge range of sectors including residential, healthcare, commercial, retail and defence. It has a strategic and financial partnership with Japanese construction giant, Kajima Corporation.

To ensure the 297 terrace planters for the individual garden entrances remain verdant, Icon Co installed a complete irrigation system. This ensures that the planters will always be supplied with water, keeping the whole development green.

It is a multi-award winning company having taken out several Master Builders’ Association, Australian Property Institute, Australian Institute of Building, Design Development and Commercial Architecture awards.

The watering system pipework is disguised with colour matching and running within PFC members. Over time, the plants will grow and further disguise this system.

For more information contact Icon Co, Level 1, 135-153 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027, phone 02 9327 8444, fax 02 9327 8744, website

“Logistical challenges for construction of the project included the constraints of working on two busy thoroughfares close to the CBD,” said Julian. “The complex design and innovative use of external corridors provided a plethora of design challenges to be faced along the journey. The use of corbelled Bowral blue brickwork throughout the façade was extremely intricate.” “With use of shelf angles and pinning of brickwork which needed to be designed by façade engineer Inhabit, coupled with other complementing elements of Kingspan 18

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Taking architectural glass a step ahead Architectural Glass & Cladding has put their reputation behind the trusted and innovative products of Okalux GmbH. Since 2010, their close partnership has helped the architectural community to discover the advantages of energy efficiency, end user comfort and the use of natural daylight to reduce the running costs of buildings throughout Australia and South East Asia. “Our goal is to develop optimum solutions to satisfy architects specific demands – with glass,” said Paul Nipperess, Sales and Marketing Manager of Architectural Glass & Cladding. AG&C has more than 20 years experience in the glass and façade industries. “Okalux has decades of experience in the development and manufacture of high quality insulating glass for international construction projects. The very first product which sparked off the idea for the founding of the company also set the standard for its powers of innovation. Hollow fibres, which were originally conceived for the textiles industry, produce great advantages when inserted in the space between the panes of a window: they produce a soft diffusion of daylight and deep illumination of interiors,” said Paul. This was followed by systems for light deflection and improved diffusion, transparent heat insulation and energy reduction. Paul goes on to say, “Glass is one of the most fascinating materials available

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to architects. It allows natural light into buildings and contributes decisively towards the end user’s comfort. Okalux has dedicated itself to using natural light and ensuring that its products produce a balance of often contradictory demands; supplying a building with light and thermal energy while simultaneously protecting against overheating, heat loss and UV radiation.” Because of this, Paul has called on architects, designers and builders to keep windows on their radar early by “creating purpose built solutions.” This partnership between Okalux and Architectural Glass and Cladding has provided solutions to many key projects by utilising many of the unique and innovative Okalux products. These projects include: 570 Bourke Street Melbourne, Australian Catholic University NSW, Australian War Memorial ACT, The Peter Doherty Institute (University of Melbourne), Illumin8 Building (Adelaide University), Malaiwana Estate (Phuket Thailand), and 5 Martin Place (Sydney). Projects currently under construction include Monash University (Melbourne), and the Hong Kong Art Museum.

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IJF Australia Pty Ltd is a proud Australian, family-owned business with a long established reputation for producing and installing high quality interior fitouts, for new builds and refurbishments across Australia. Its continuing collaboration with Lendleases’ high-rise development at 888 Collins Street Docklands in Melbourne provided an excellent example of IJFs’ capacity to deliver a high-end product. The Adelaide based company completed the interior joinery for the project, including kitchens, linen cupboards and front-frame laundries by combining its long-term association with proven off-shore manufacturing facilities, and its local production facilities plus the IJF Site Delivery Team. Up to 20 people worked onsite during the project which included placement of major kitchen appliances. Joinery finishes were a combination of low pressure melamine and two-pack polyurethane. IJF continues its long term relationship with Lendlease at neighbouring 883 and 889 Collins Street Docklands, Toorak Park in Melbourne and Darling Square North East Plot in Sydney. A visit to outlines the breadth and depth of IJFs’ activities. For more information contact IJF Australia Pty Ltd, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, Peter Liebmann email, website



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Raising the bar For the past five years, Mela Bar Chairs Pty Ltd has been supplying large construction projects, steel suppliers and distributors in Sydney and Canberra with plastic bar chair products for concretework. The Sydney-based company has 27 plastic products in its line up and is the only Australian company to offer 200mm to 340mm high bar chairs in plastic. Their innovative design continues to be refined with new plastic moulds created each year. The products are made in one of two factories in the Sydney metro area. “A lot of builders, suppliers and subcontractors don’t know you can get plastic bar chairs that high. We offer the perfect height range. This larger size of bar chair in the past were usually made of steel, but this new design replaces steel thus reducing the risk of concrete cancer and allows for easier manual handling due to the reduction in weight of bags.” The products are ideal for harsh coastal environment exposed to salty air. Being plastic, Mela Bar chairs stay rust-free. The company offers 24-hours lead time, competitive prices and all of its products are tested and certified. “The main feature of our square design plastic bar is that it sits very rigid on bondeck and formwork slabs, creating a safe and stable top-mat for workers such as concreters and steelfixers.” Mela Bar Chairs Pty Ltd has supplied to other large projects including Barangaroo, where about 60,000 tonnes of steel was tied and all bar chairs were supplied to Southside Reinforce (AUS) Pty Ltd and Courtly Reo Pty Ltd. For more information contact Mela Bar Chairs Pty Ltd, PO Box 581, Engadine Sydney NSW 2233, mobile 0418 461 584, email, website


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

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

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

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Cut costs and save time with Doka’s horizontal formwork solutions Commercial and residential building projects in Australia could benefit from three innovative designs for horizontal formwork developed by international experts, Doka. One of the unique systems, the Dokadek 30 Panel Floor Formwork, has demonstrated much success at the Wollongong University Student Apartments project in New South Wales. The $250 million public-private partnership project will see four towers built on campus adding 1,000 beds for students. It will be ready for occupancy next year. The development has benefitted tremendously from Doka’s five years of research, development and many field trials of the unique horizontal formwork, says Doka’s Head of Sales, Jan Pienaar. “This sets a new benchmark in panel formwork systems. The system has been developed and perfected with a focus on speed, safety and versatility.” Another innovative system, Dokaflex 1-2-4, offers an easy formwork solution and replaces the conventional or traditional H Frame system commonly seen in the market. Dokaflex 1-2-4 is easy to set-up and proves to be up to 50% more productive than the conventional systems. The components are light in weight and of very good quality. It works well for all kinds of layouts, too. Any concrete finish is possible using the system using the desired form-facing. “Importantly, only very little equipment is needed thanks to statically optimised beam and prop spacings. These are based on the room geometry and the loads generated,” he says.


Doka also has a tailored solution for formwork needed to build extensive car parks or warehouses and hospitals. The unique Dokamatic table system is an elegant solution to sites, which need medium and large floor slabs to be cast. As requirements change onsite, standard accessories can be attached quickly and easily adapted. “We’ve proven Doka solutions work superbly in Australia as they have overseas. Use our design expertise to lock into cutting-edge formwork that saves construction companies, time and money fast,” said Mr. Pienaar. About Doka Doka is one of the world leaders in developing, manufacturing and distributing formwork technology for use in all fields of the construction sector. With more than 160 sales and logistics facilities in over 70 countries, the Doka Group has a highly efficient distribution network which ensures that equipment and technical support are provided swiftly and professionally. An enterprise forming part of the Umdasch Group, the Doka Group employs a worldwide workforce of more than 6,000. For more information contact Doka Formwork Australia Pty Ltd, 52 Airds Road, Minto NSW 2566, phone 02 8796 0500, email, website Insert: Dokamatic Table, Below: Dokadek 30


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Glass plays critical role in delivering beautiful public space that inspires and connects Libraries perform a crucial function acting as lighthouses of learning to inspire and connect communities. Nestled in the heart of the city’s flourishing cultural precinct, Geelong’s city library is one that perfectly embodies this role.

helped deliver a comfortable space. Viridian’s PerformaTech™ was selected because it provides this perfect balance between high light transmission with low levels of solar heat gain, low reflectivity and exceptional levels of thermal insulation.

Tasked with delivering this much anticipated community gem, ARM Architecture wanted to create a space that connects users with its surrounding landscape. To achieve this, ARM chose generous glazing as one of the key components to create this indoor-outdoor fusion.

The product’s high-performance coating restricts UV and infrared radiation while still providing exceptional levels of natural light, allowing ARM to create a comfortable and illuminated space for people to gather and learn in.

“A very important part of the design is giving people that feeling of being in the library, but also being connected to the outside park,” explains ARM Director, Ian McDougall.

It’s this sense of collaboration and learning that helped the centre earn the Sir Zelman Cowen Award at the 2016 National Architecture Awards, where it was heralded as a vibrant and energised vertical village where the community can meet, collaborate, engage, learn and celebrate.

The expansive glass façade allowed ARM to create a spacious looking, multi-level building which ‘wants to look out.’ The glass panes zigzag in and out, marking the jagged edges of the building’s internal floor plate while also enlivening the façade and blurring the edge between inside and outside. Wrapping a large portion of the building in glass meant the ARM team had to choose a high performance glass that created a beautiful aesthetic, protected the library’s interior from sun exposure and

Since opening its doors in November 2015, the library and heritage centre has enjoyed design recognition and increasing membership numbers. With this project, ARM has not only delivered a public space that presents a captivating sight on the city’s skyline, but one that has won the hearts and minds of the local community. For more information contact Viridian Glass, phone 1800 810 403, website

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On trend Industry innovator Tint Design has been showcasing its flexibility and versatility in designing, manufacturing and supplying custom prints on film and rigid media products including the latest trend, cork. Recently it consulted with the builder and glazer to work out the best way to install printed white graphics on optically clear film on the underside of an outdoor glass canopy attached to Building 10 of Monash University’s Clayton Campus. Tint Design’s approach ensured the project was completed to a high detail and installed in the shortest time possible. Another distinctive project Tint Design tackled at Monash University was the award-winning Logan Hall residence. The company had to install printed optically clear film to glass panels in their factory. The image was then encapsulated within each double glazed unit prior to units being installed onsite to the eastern façde of the accommodation block. It was a logistical feat but with a spectacular result. Tint Design has been finessing its expertise over the past 35 years since starting out as an installer of residential solar tinting. It works

predominantly for commercial clients including hospitals, universities and offices requiring internal or external wall or signage printing. “We offer a diversity of product solutions to satisfy compliance and creative design. Tint Design offers custom printed wall paper and acoustic panels, as well as wall vinyls, aluminium composite panels and custom signage fabrication, which provides a greater scope for artistic and creative applications,” said Production Manager, Tyler Golding. Cork prints are a new trend that give commercial spaces a warm earthy finish with acoustic properties and it’s easy to use as a pin board, or to have it printed with custom artwork. The company, which employs 18 staff, has also worked on the Audi suite at the MCG, Stonington City Council’s offices and the glass atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne. “We’re respected for our fast-turnaround from quoting, right through to high quality installation,” said Tyler. For more information contact Tint Design Pty Ltd, 1/209 Liverpool Road, Kilsyth VIC 3137, phone 03 9724 5100, fax 03 9728 8443, email, website

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

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Reaching new heights Advance Cranes is one of Sydney’s leading providers of all types of lifting services and has one simple objective – to become the first choice for lifting needs by providing the best quality equipment and personalised service from highly qualified employees. The company employs over 80 trained and licenced dogmen, crane operators and riggers that are specially trained to operate tower cranes, as well as internal structural and mechanical engineers and qualified electrical engineers. Advance Cranes offers a full range of lifting services for small to large-scale jobs. Safety is a priority at Advance Cranes. Director, Jay El-Mir said that no effort is spared to ensure all equipment is regularly serviced and inspected on a daily basis, and that all employees are comprehensively trained to meet industry regulatory standards. “We also strive to have the latest in modern crane technology in our fleet which incorporate the highest safety standards available.” Riggers from Advance Cranes specialise in crane base installation, Tower Crane installation, commissioning, dismantling and servicing.


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Structural engineers are also made available for the design of structures that support loads in a safe and efficient manner. Advance Cranes can provide an extensive range of lifting equipment depending on client needs. “We have topless cranes, luffing cranes and hammer head cranes for hire, backed by our internal technical expertise. One of the services we are known for is meeting the requirements of our clients at short notice and if required, we can erect cranes at night to minimise disruption on building sites.” Advance Cranes has its cranes at a number of high-rise projects around Sydney at the moment, with one highlight being the 24-storey Paper Mill apartments in Liverpool. “We have a 16 tonne and a 5 tonne crane supporting that development which is one of many which are revitalising Western Sydney as a great place to live and work,” Jay said. “It is a great example of the excellent lifting service which Advance Cranes is proud to undertake for any client.” For more information contact Advance Cranes Pty Ltd, phone 1800 TOWERCRANE, email, website


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Armstrong Flooring Pty Ltd has a leading position in the commercial flooring space in Australia. What are the core strengths that have put Armstrong in that position? Overall, the company’s strength is attributable to its 106 employees, many of whom have been with us for over 25 years. This is particularly important out in the field, where customers can deal with someone they have known and trusted for a long period. There are three other key strengths – product quality, service and customer retention.

You are the only vinyl manufacturer in Australia. How does Armstrong meet import competition? Armstrong Flooring has been manufacturing vinyl flooring and walling in Australia since 1969. We keep pace with the latest technology and have a research division, which ensures we are manufacturing vinyl flooring that is highly competitive and entirely appropriate for the market. Behind the product we have knowledgeable sales and service personnel who support our customers from order placement through to installation and maintenance.

The business prides itself on manufacturing and delivering product that will exceed customer expectations. In the major project space, it’s not unusual for product from our current range to be replacing product we manufactured decades earlier. The old flooring is still performing as well as it did the day it was installed. Putting the customer first is hardly a new and dynamic concept, but it reflects Armstrong’s culture.

Do you export product? We are very proud of the fact that when everyone is lamenting the demise of Australian manufacturing, Armstrong Flooring is not only making product here, but is also exporting. About 20% of our production goes to customers in 21 different countries on five continents. We even export to China!

In 1890 the company’s founding father Thomas Armstrong put a different spin on the adage ‘let the buyer beware’ by saying ‘Let the buyer have faith’. Today this is still the core of Armstrong’s culture. Many customers in the flooring market have been with us for decades.

How important is innovation and the introduction of new technology to Armstrong Flooring? Very important. We recently invested $1.5 million in new machinery and in the next two years we plan to buy new technology worth $2 million to produce improved coatings. Our aim is to be at the leading edge in


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Armstrong Flooring have been Inspiring Great Spaces in Australia since 1969. Their dynamic and innovative team, champion integrity, creativity and sustainability to develop products that positively affect the spaces where people live, work, learn, heal and play.

the manufacture of vinyl flooring within the Armstrong Flooring global family and by doing so, be the world leader. The company has a strong emphasis on product sustainability and its ‘green’ credentials. Does that provide a marketing edge? Most definitely. Armstrong Flooring’s Australian made vinyl floor and wall products, achieve third party certification by NCS International to the Green Building Council of Australia’s ‘PVC Best Practice Guidelines’ and by ecospecifier to GreenTag® Greenrate ‘Level A’ which permits use of Armstrong Flooring’s best practice PVC products in GBCA Green Star projects. This is becoming more important in building construction across all our commercial markets. You mentioned that you have a high rate of employee retention. What strategies does Armstrong utilise to retain and motivate its employees? We have a very intricate engagement process, whereby we encourage employees to develop within their roles, or seek experience in other parts of the business. We work hard to give them the skill sets they need. One advantage we have over our competitors – who are all importers is that we have WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

more options for our employees, from manufacturing through to HR, finance, technical, marketing and senior management. Being a global company, there are opportunities overseas as well. Finally Rob, what is Armstrong Flooring’s vision for the future? Designing innovative flooring solutions that inspire great spaces, that’s what motivates and unites the people of Armstrong Flooring.

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INTRODUCING THE NEW AUSTRALIAN TIMBER 1.8M LUXURY VINYL PLANK RANGE Here at Dunlop Flooring, we have just unveiled our latest range of Heartridge LVP: a flexible construction,1.8m range of Australian Timber decors. They have been carefully recreated by way of scanning genuine Australian Timber samples, and great attention has been paid to every little detail and feature that goes into each plank. No repeated pattern will be found within any 1.8 meter length thus ensuring that each colour has 5 unique planks and a total of 10 unique plank options when reversed.

Dimensions 5 x 189 x 1855 mm Wear Layer 0.55mm


All Heartridge floors come accompanied with the documentation that you need to place this product in all manner of settings, including: Fire, Slip, Acoustic, VOC, Dimensional Stability and Adhesive Recommendations. The subtle colour variations, the authentic grain and natural feature, and the popular 1.8m length make this the most stunning range of Australian Timber vinyl in the flooring market.

Construction Flexible, 100% virgin PVC with fibreglass stabilising layer Available In Blackbutt, Brushbox, Jarrah, Northern Spotted Gum, Southern Spotted Gum, Tasmanian Oak

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Flooring special feature Kenbrock Pty Ltd

KENFLEX 360: Durability with Flexibility and Design Kenbrock is an ‘Australian owned’ company at the innovative forefront of technologically advanced resilient flooring. The company originates and distributes Resilient Floor Coverings specialising in Residential and Commercial Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tiles, Commercial Sheet Vinyl, Residential Cushion Vinyl plus commercial grade Rubber Flooring and Tactiles, suitable for multi-purpose commercial applications, such as aged care, health care, community housing, educational and sporting facilities, retail outfits and hospitality. KENFLEX 360 is a high performance, fully flexible, homogeneous Commercial Sheet Vinyl Flooring in 2m wide sheets. The product achieves the highest test result in abrasion, being Group T. This result ensures end users of excellent resistance to wear and tear in high traffic areas. Due to its unique laser etched PUR surface, the product not only offers excellent cleaning characteristics and improved resistance to scratching and scuffing but also offers a P4 slip rating via the new pendulum slip test. Safety and clean-ability in the one product is certainly innovative technology at its best! Featuring a non-directional polychrome design incorporating coloured chips to ensure an even colour throughout the thickness, KENFLEX 360 comes in a pallet of six contemporary colours allowing for creativity and freedom of design. The products densely compacted surface further enhances its wear-ability and ease of maintenance. Hence, it is highly recommended for offices, gyms and restaurants, in WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

fact, anywhere where an easy to maintain, hard wearing floor covering with an attractive and modern appearance is required. Due to the products great flexibility, it also simplifies the installation in areas such as hospitals and other medical facilities where material is skirted up walls and often used for other surfaces like handrails. Its suitability for such areas is further reinforced due to the fact that KENFLEX 360 is resistant to the main chemical products used in healthcare and is non-reactive to residual indentation with a value ≤0.04mm (EN 433). It is Castor Wheel tested and boasts very good anti-static (<2kV) and excellent anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties. This floor covering has extremely low VOC emissions, more than 40 times lower than the European standards (<10 μg/m3 TVOC after 28 days ISO 16000-6) ensuring greatly improved indoor air quality. This feature together with the fact that the product is 100% recyclable makes it an excellent choice for the environment. As part of our sustainable development policy, this product is manufactured in a plant certified with highest quality standards ISO9001 and environmental standards ISO14001 and is backed up by a 10 year commercial warranty. For more information contact Kenbrock Pty Ltd, 22-24 Edison Road, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 9765 2222, (QLD) 07 3881 1000, (NSW/ACT) 1300 785 000, (SA/TAS/WA/NT) 1800 674 145, website ANCR Flooring Special Feature


Supplying eco-sustainable and innovative products for the preparation and installation of all types of flooring Carpet, Vinyl, Rubber and Luxury Vinyl Flooring Mapei manufacture and supply solvent-free resilient adhesives and substrate preparation products offering a complete system for the installation of carpet, vinyl, linoleum, rubber and LVT. Mapei manufacture a complete range of products adapted to all installation systems, on any scale. With the capability to supply over 1500 products to the building and construction industries our range includes (but is not limited to) adhesives, hydraulic binders for screeds, primers, levelling compounds and ancillary products suitable for applications until recently considered technically impossible but that now open up a number of exciting new possibilities. Mapei products also exceed the requirements outlined by the Green Building Council and can contribute valuable points towards your next Green Starâ&#x201E;˘ project. Mapei products selected to install the wall and floor vinyl at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Ceramic and Stone Flooring Mapei manufacture and supply innovative products for the installation of ceramic and stone flooring including adhesives that exceed the requirements of ISO 13007-1 standards. Mapei can offer a complete range of cementitious adhesives, paste adhesives, hydraulic binders for screeds, primers, levelling compounds, grouts, sealants and ancillary products suitable for both residential and commercial situations. Mapei can offer complete installation systems complete with Work Method Statements available for a variety of tile and stone installations including waterproofing systems for both indoor and outdoor projects. Mapei products selected to install flooring at the Melbourne International Airport


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Mapei has been manufacturing products for the construction industry since 1937 and over the years has become a point of reference for the global market. A long, proud history which has always been closely connected to their capacity for groundbreaking research and innovation, making Mapei an ideal partner for designers, architects, builders and contractors

Timber Flooring With the growing demand in the residential, commercial and public building sectors for timber flooring, MAPEI has developed a new line of specific products comprising of not just adhesives, but a complete range including binders, admixtures and ready-mixed mortars to create screeds, primers, consolidators, moisture vapour barriers, waterproofing membranes, water-based varnishes as well as highstrength skimming and smoothing compounds. MAPEI systems for installing and bonding timber flooring are solventfree and have a very low content of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Mapei products are safe for those who use them and for those who live around them, and which remain durable over the years. Project References like the Hawthorn Arts Centre can be viewed on our website at Mapei products selected to install the timber flooring at the Hawthorn Arts Centre

Sports Flooring Any sport, whether played at amateur or professional level, requires high performance and a high degree of comfort from the playing surface. Resin playing surfaces made using the Mapecoat TNS System is a combination of resistance, strength, durability, comfort and safety while playing. Mapecoat TNS System is a system of coating and finishing products made from acrylic resin in water dispersion and selected fillers. They may be used to form playing surfaces for various indoor and outdoor sports and multi-purpose playing areas with high resistance to wear, UV rays and various weather conditions. Recently completed Project References include the Emerald Lakes Tennis Centre at Carrara on the Gold Coast, Woodriff Gardens Tennis Complex in Penrith, Burnie Tennis Club in Tasmania in time for the Burnie International Tournament, Scots College in Sydney and numerous courts in Gympie, Qld.

Testimony of Mapeiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast array of Project References both here in Australia and overseas can be viewed on our website at

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Designed for wellness Do you work in the health, aged care or education sectors? Keen to make your next project a standout not just nationally but internationally? Consider bringing a landscape architect into the picture before you break ground, particularly a business with an edge for using the landscape as a tool for therapy and education. “Our innovative approach to design is making us quite well known all over Australia as there are few landscape architectural practices who focus in this area,” said Tara Graham-Cochrane, Director of Designwell Landscape Architects. “We design spaces that use the landscape as a therapeutic tool to bring people back to health.” “When we’re brought in at the planning stages of a project, that’s when the development can become award-winning because the building and landscape are able to be designed as a cohesive whole. People in the construction industry might not think about how the whole built environment can affect how people physically and mentally use space and how when we undergo stress or trauma that we are instinctively drawn outdoors to heal and recover. The landscape is the conduit that links people in the building to the healing properties of nature,” said Tara. This is the importance of the work designed by the team at Designwell. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Therapeutic landscapes in the aged or healthcare sectors allow specialists and staff to take therapy out of clinical rooms and into the outdoors whether it be to walk, talk, engage in gardening, reflect or find peace by connecting with nature. Designwell have hit the mark internationally winning the 2012 International Dementia Excellence Award and were finalists in the 2014 Environments for Aging for Resthaven Paradise Aged Care. Tara’s team has won the 2016 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Communities Design Award also for Resthaven Paradise and the 2015 AILA People’s Choice Award for the Mary Potter Hospice Healing Garden. “We also design outdoor learning and nature playspaces that allow teachers to use nature to teach the curriculum” said Tara. Designwell notched the Kidsafe 2012 National Playspace Design Award for Burton Primary School. “Every state in Australia now has a number of projects by Designwell” said Tara. Designwell has its headquarters in Adelaide and a satellite office in Sydney. They work with clients all over Australia. For more information contact Designwell Landscape Architects, Level 2, 44 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 1300 700 413, email, website ANCR Masters of Landscaping


High-quality landscapes enhance apartment living at Crowle Estate Cabbage Tree Landscape has built a name synonymous with service and industry excellence, providing quality landscape outcomes for their clients for over 40 years.

rubra. Coordination of freight, traffic control, crane and site access were all seamless as the tree was lifted into position ready for the Cabbage Tree Landscape maintenance division to begin post planting care.

The landscape industry requires a skill-set that crosses into most other construction trades. Cabbage Tree Landscape has a knowledgeable team of experienced employees, the majority of which hold at least a trade level qualification in landscaping or related horticultural trade. Further training is provided as required in areas such as the operation of earthmoving equipment, the use of chemicals, working at heights, irrigation and inhouse training to promote and reinforce Cabbage Tree Landscape’s internal systems and policies.

A further ten 800L Lophostemon confertus were planted throughout the estate and surrounding streets combining with established trees onsite to provide an elevated dimension to the landscape.

A philosophy at Cabbage Tree Landscape is that the outside of any premises should be an accurate reflection of the inside. A recent project completed by Cabbage Tree Landscape that reflects this philosophy was at Crowle Estate, the prestigious residential complex comprising five towers surrounding historical Crowle Home at Meadowbank near the shores of the Parramatta River, 16km from the Sydney CBD.

“Working on projects like Crowle Estate there is always the potential to encounter a range of issues. Concise communications and planning, both inhouse and with other parties, helps to minimise lost time and avoidable frustrations creating a positive work environment.”

Residents at the complex can indulge in the large open lawn areas bound by lush plantings. Granite pavements provide links throughout the estate. Bespoke outdoor furniture commissioned by Cabbage Tree Landscape provides the opportunity for relaxation or social gatherings within the modern environment. Historic Crowle Home is located in the centre of the complex and includes a 600m2 memorial garden plus traditional homestead plantings. Parts of the original landscape have been preserved and the new features respect the site’s heritage with formal landscaping such as sandstone and crushed granite paths weaving between hedges and roses gardens. For those seeking some time for quiet reflection this location provides the perfect setting. A significant feature as you enter Crowle Estate from the east is a 1,000L Quercus 46

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The Project Manager for Cabbage Tree Landscape, Adam Parkinson, said that one of the company’s many strengths is the capacity to work with the principal contractor and subcontractors on any busy site to ensure the management of materials, people and equipment is a smooth operation.

The site was constructed in two stages with residents moving into Stage 1 upon completion. Throughout construction, Cabbage Tree Landscape had up to 12 staff onsite plus a number of subcontractors. The project took six months to complete. Works included earthworks, soft landscaping, segmental and porous pavements, irrigation to all lawns and gardens, concreting, furniture design and installation, masonry works, design elements, garden edging and ongoing maintenance of the site. With the completion of Crowle Estate, Cabbage Tree Landscape has delivered another quality landscape outcome for its client and the residents that will live amongst the growing environment.

For more information contact Cabbage Tree Landscape, 2/2a Pioneer Avenue, Thornleigh NSW 2120, phone 02 9875 5120, mobile 0409 484 047, email, website

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Wellington Gardens Multi-award winning Deep Green Landscaping, is an innovative construction and project management company offering expertise in commercial, residential, vertical gardens, nature playgrounds, green roofs and living art. They were selected to work on the Wellington Gardens component of the Perth City Link, a visionary urban regeneration project over 13.5 hectares, which will be the home or workplace to about 16,500 people in about another decade.

paved walkways and the large open turfed area. The project showcases lush vegetation set in a beautiful hardscape design.” Deep Green Landscaping managed and installed Wellington Gardens, within a busy CBD environment. They also had to work around a large water reservoir under the site, ensuring they laid down vehicular paving as per the design specifications.

Deep Green Landscaping created the gardens component as a distinctive network of green pedestrian spaces to reconnect the suburb of Northbridge with the CBD. A key feature of Wellington Gardens is a design by Nicole Voevodin-Cash, called Ripplescape. People can walk over miniature hills and contours that feature glow-in-the-dark banding. The gardens opened in March 2016.

Deep Green Landscaping has won a number of Excellence awards from the Landscaping Industries’ Association of WA for Best Overall Landscaping Contractor, Commercial/Civic Contractor Award and Best Newcomer. One of these awards included an Excellence award for the multi-million dollar landscaping works they completed for the Fiona Stanley Hospital. They’ve also worked on commercial projects such as the Midland Hospital Gardens, Aria Apartments Swanbourne, Halls Head Shopping Centre and One 40 William Street

“Wellington Gardens allows the public to access green space in the middle of the city. It’s a great space for people to relax either during the day or at night,” said Julian Rose, company CEO. Having seen something similar overseas, Julian was keen to bring the concept to life in Australia. “We installed everything on the project including the

For more information contact Deep Green Landscaping Pty Ltd, 23 Colray Avenue, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9242 2299, fax 08 9242 2229, email, website


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landscape planning made easy Operating for 16 years, Outward Design uses the science of green spaces to create inviting and rejuvenating retreats within the urban environment. "We specialise is ensuring that our clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preferred style, budget and maintenance requirement can be achieved, while meeting all of the relevant regulations" said Tracey Van Grunsven, Principle Designer. Able to work on small or large scale projects in the residential, commercial and institutional sectors, Outward Design prepare landscape plans for planning permit applications â&#x20AC;&#x201C; completing over 2,500 projects since 2001.

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Working in with mother nature Creating beautiful natural surroundings in the built environment is the specialty of Online Landscaping Pty Ltd, one of Sydney’s most dynamic commercial landscaping contractors.

of natural and synthetic lawn surfaces,” Charlie said. “At the peak of activity we had 30 people onsite with a number of specialist subcontractors working alongside our 12 permanent team members.”

Since its early beginnings in 2001, Online Landscaping has experienced strong growth and has built a professional team in the design, project management and construction of built landscape environments.

Charlie said there were a number of challenges at B1, principally because of the timetable and the need to work around public use of the site, with the shopping centre opening before the balance of the project was completed. “However we overcame all challenges and it was again a pleasure to work with Icon Co,” Charlie said. “We have undertaken a number of large landscaping assignments for Icon Co and value the relationship.”

Managing Director, Charbel (Charlie) Ayoub said the expansion of the business was due to its capacity to understand the complex and technical nature of commercial landscape plans, with complete inhouse resources and all its own machinery and equipment. This is exemplified in Online Landscaping being selected by Icon Co to provide all landscaping services at B1 Square in Burwood (Sydney), an upscale mixed commercial and residential project. Online Landscaping provided all soft landscaping, irrigation, hard construction elements like garden beds, pergolas and granite paving as well as substantial works in the public domain like pebblecreting and street landscaping. “We also undertook major works on the Level 5 podium which involved building a children’s playground, mature tree planting and the installation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Online Landscaping’s portfolio of clients includes Paynter Dixon, FAL Group, Stockland and Infinity. It has also worked extensively with schools and governments at all levels in the greater-Sydney area.

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Notes: All details and measurement should be cross check onsite prior to construction and any discrepancy to be reported to the principal/Project Landscape Designer. All RL's and existing alignment to be cross check onsite. All details should be subject where Ref. to engineer drawings noted, to be cross check and follow as per engineer details. Elevations details as shown should varies after appropriate consultation with suppliers/main contractor but need to be approved by principal/Project Landscape Designer prior to any construction. Some details will need shop drawings from contractor prior to approval. Mounding of soil as directed by principal/Project Landscape Designer on site. Site to be setout by Principal/Project Landscape Designer with the main contractor prior to start construction. All final setout should be coordinate and approved by principal/ Project Landscape Designer prior to construction or material order. All external work carried out on council property shall be in accordance with council's policy. All existing services to be located and protected prior to any construction. During the construction period a competent Foreman will supervise the work being performed. Construction works and all on-site operations are to be undertaken by skilled and/ or experienced trades persons where appropriate to the works. All horticultural works shall be carried out by qualified horticulturists, experienced with current horticultural practices. All trees, other than those indicated on the drawings to be removed, shall be protected at all times during construction. Tree removal is to be undertaken by the Project Arborist. Trees to be removed shall be removed so as to fall away from the Tree Protection Zone. Stumps and roots shall be removed so as to minimise disturbance to

Tee pee constructed with branches allowance to let climbers growing ontop

adjacent trees to be retained. Where trees to be removed are in close proximity to trees to be retained the Project Arborist shall set the depth of the stump grinding. Stumps within the Tree Protection Zone of other trees to be retained should not be removed using excavation equipment.

Small mount area Existing shade sail to be retained and post structure to be repainted in a vibrant colour TBC

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These drawings shall be read in conjunction with each other and with all consultants' drawings and documentation. All dimensions in mm unless otherwise stated. All tree dimensions and RLs in metres. Use figured dimensions only. Verify all dimensions on site before the commencement of any works. Contractors shall locate and protect all services prior to construction. All work shall be carried out in accordance with ASA, BCA and Local Government Regulations. Structural details shall be subject to Engineer's Specifications. Drainage & water installation details shall be subject to Hydraulic Engineer's Specifications. Amendments are indicated by but are not limited to graphic "clouds" shown on the drawings. All work shall be carried out in a professional manner by Qualified Tradesman according to Landscape Drawings and Engineer's Specifications. No responsibility will be taken by Springgreen Landscapes for any variations in design, construction method, materials specified, and general specifications without permission from project Engineer or Landscape Designer. This drawing is copyright to Springgreen Landscapes and may not be used or reproduced at anytime without prior consent.

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Electrical & Lighting Excellence design - Supply - install Major Special Feature

NECA S.D.F Electrical DEP consulting onled eco light up Electricity and everything associated with it (lighting, communication networks and electrical infrastructure) are a crucial part of modern construction projects. Working in tandem these elements bring internal and external spaces to life, create mood, connectivity and security to projects. This feature showcases some of the leaders in these fields, and the excellent work they do to drive our modern age.


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In 2017, NECA celebrates 100 years of operations. Our first NECA Chapter – known as the Electrical Traders & Contractors Association, opened its doors to Victorian members in 1916 while the first NECA President was appointed in 1917. Things have certainly changed since those ground-breaking days when Australian cities were making decisions around voltage, and even underground cabling 100 years ago. Interestingly by 1918 the first Commissioners were being appointed to regulate and investigate the supply of electricity in a couple of states. And the wonderfully named Electrolysis Board was established in 1921 – only five years after NECA was created as the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, in response to reports around damages to gas, water mains, and underground telephony lines.

We were pleased to be able to argue for the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the introduction of the Registered Organisations Act which we believe we will assist to deliver a more productive, efficient and transparent building and construction sector. Both legislations were passed at the end of last year, following the findings of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

with our members, state chapters and NECA Councillors.

As the peak industry body for the electrical contracting sector, we have developed a strong suite of key policy areas as a result of an internal process of engagement

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We believe that ongoing advocacy of our industry, through discussions and representation with members of Parliament and departmental policy submissions and forums are critical to effecting positive change for our sector.

The Electrical Traders & Contractors Association subsequently became the Electrical Contractors Federation in 1957 with the National Electrical & Communications Association forming in 1992. To cap off our year of celebrations, NECA is hosting its 2017 Electro-Technology Conference at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland between July 14-17. In the year ahead, we will continue to advocate for the interests of NECA’s members and the wider electrical contracting sector across the country. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Jim Chua is the CEO & Lead Engineer at OnLED Lighting. Jim pioneered much of the technology behind the laser optic diodes used in securency, and later, for applications in LED. Jim’s career comes with endorsements from Australia’s leading scientific institutions, including the CSIRO, Innovia and Note Printing Australia.

The Glaring Truth about industrial LEDs In a market where ‘brightness is best’, has workers’ safety been compromised by companies looking to cash in their LED chips? The advent of LED technology has taken the commercial and industrial lighting world by storm, but has not been without some serious learning curves for those of us in the industry. The introduction of State ‘Energy Savings Schemes’ (which offered financial incentives for LED upgrades), was a bitter-sweet turn in the industry. Though it created an incredible opportunity for corporations to capitalise on this truly remarkable technology, virtually overnight it opened the floodgates for ill-informed importers to start cashing in on their LED chips. And who could blame them? In a marketplace for a virtually untested technology, which promised untold savings, businesses couldn’t wait to get their hands on these new lights - after-all, they’re just lights. How complicated could they possibly be? As with all new technologies, in rolled the guinea pigs, and out-rolled the first wave of shiny new industrial LED lamps, which, within months of installation, revealed their first short-coming; fading. All was not lost however, and the savvy purchaser demanded a solution from the industry, which responded with a special “L70” warranty, to guarantee a lamp that will not fade beyond 70% of its original brightness. So, if you were purchasing a light, from a brand that couldn’t disappear overnight, and offered an L70 warranty - problem solved! … Right? Unfortunately, the answer is: ‘not quite’. An LED is unlike most other equipment purchases, in that the actual performance of the product dictates its value through measurable savings. Watts mean big dollars to large indsutrial sites, so historically the question to suppliers has been ‘how low can you go’? And this was in turn measured by which product had the highest brightness (lumens/lm) at the lowest output (watts/W). Aside from the questionable ways these figures are sometimes reported (an article for another time), this meant that manufacturers began driving LED chips to the highest possible levels to compete in the lm/W market, and the cost of that was, you guessed it - safety. 58

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Because LEDs do the same job as traditional lamps, many think of the technology as the same, when actually, it’s an entirely new way of creating light. Unlike legacy lamps with large spherical illumination surfaces, LED lamps are either made from a quantity of individual LEDs, or integrated as a single chip (COB) to emit large amounts of light from a very small surface. The problem is that pushing so much light through these chips causes a new problem that has never before been seen at this level in lighting - glare.

they’re just lights – how complicated could they possibly be? In addition to the incredible, (though often overlooked) difference to aesthetics that a low-glare fitting creates for a working environment, workers are fast showing the effects of chronic visual discomfort, and in some circumstances even disability glare, as they find themselves experiencing intermittent fatigue and even visual impairment. This, should put low-glare fittings at the top of the shopping list, but the lm/W competition has overshadowed virtually all other conversations. To reduce this very real issue, LEDs should always come with diffusers. The problem is that diffusers significantly reduce reported lm/W, so suppliers prefer to use transparent coverings, or difusers as ‘accessories’ so that they can still report lm/W ‘pre-diffuser’. This is such a real issue that a German Court has even recently ruled this practice illegal and diallowed manufacturers from advertising perforance specification above a Unified Glare Ratio (UGR) of 19. Whilst it would be a triumph to see Australia mirror this approach, irresponsible manufacturing occurs in all industries, and it will be up to the informed construction leaders to educate consumers about the technology, and insist on products from suppliers with responsible UGR below 20, for the workers who, once again, are paying the true price for the savings. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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an electrical network S.D.F Electrical is a proudly Australian, privately-owned company which is celebrating 25 years of continued growth and success in the electrical contracting business. It has an outstanding list of major projects to its credit and is currently engaged in two of Queensland’s largest construction developments, Jupiters Casino expansion on the Gold Coast and the new headquarters for Aurizon at 900 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. S.D.F Electrical designs, supplies and installs electrical networks for large-scale commercial and public sector building projects. Managing Director, Steve Flanagan said that the Jupiters and Aurizon projects exemplify the capabilities, Green Star expertise and reputation of the company.

hotel, restaurants and gaming rooms, but the company will also install lighting in the feature gardens surrounding the hotel plus the spectacular lighting proposed for the exterior of the iconic building. The Aurizon project is a high-end commercial building of 15 storeys. S.D.F is working with the architects and engineers to achieve a 5 Star Green Star Rating for the building. Features include a solar panel installation on the roof and 100% generator back-up for all electrical systems. “We pride ourselves on our level of service and commitment to safety. The constant flow of repeat business from our long-term customers indicates they recognise the high quality of our work,” Steve said.

“S.D.F is engaged in the design and construction of the electrical and communications infrastructure for these projects. Our knowledge of technology, available products in the market, along with our ability to work with engineering consultants to jointly develop, innovative, cost effective solutions, ensures our clients achieve the very best outcomes.” The Jupiters development will not only see S.D.F Electrical provide full electrical, security and communications systems to the 6 Star WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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a bright spark Since 1998, after the privatisation of the New South Wales Electrical Supply Industry, DEP Consulting has developed a reputation as an industry leader in specialist Electrical Distribution Network and Substation Design.

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Developer : Vos Nominees Pty Ltd mAIN Construction Company : Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd Architects : Circa Morris Nunn STRUCTURAL AND HYDRAULIC Engineer : Gandy and Roberts CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $38 million

Number one destination The $38M Macquarie Wharf No.1 Redevelopment has transformed the former wharf building into an iconic luxury 114 room hotel, whilst retaining the charming and historical essence of the existing shed. It features 3,000m2 of retail space, a restaurant, cafés, a provedore with waterfront decking, a gallery and an amphitheatre for guests, tourists and locals to enjoy. The $38 million Macquarie Wharf No. 1 project has transformed an old warehouse site into the epitome of luxury, ushering in a new era for Hobart’s waterfront. Developed by Vos Nominees and designed and constructed by Vos Construction & Joinery, the development includes a 114 room luxury hotel on its upper three levels and 3,000m² of ground floor commercial tenancy space. Initial works involved the demolition of the site’s existing warehouse, with the resulting construction retaining the shape of the warehouse while creating a modern-looking building. “Circa Morris-Nunn’s design concept of the ground floor is predominately glazed to instigate the notion of the building floating upon the Hobart waterfront from both interior and exterior views,” explains Vos Construction & Joinery’s, Susan Johnstone. “A three-dimensional faceted façade on the ends animate the traditional gable form and create an inviting entrance to the interior spaces. 62

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The visual impact of the precast panels along the Hunter Street side of the building has been softened with a timber grain finish in the concrete,” said Susan. White cypress timber, chosen due to its sustainability, fire hazard indices and durability, clads the majority of the building’s exterior. More than 30,000 lineal metres was sourced from sustainable plantations in New South Wales. Corridors on the upper three levels run the entire length of the 120m long building. Linear skylights, glazing at each end and large voids connecting the levels using a Tasmanian Oak feature clad wall, provide a visually-arresting, light-filled space. The main tenant, Federal Group, will operate the hotel and a restaurant on the ground floor. Each hotel room is based on a unique Tasmanian character, including biographies and related objects. Tasmania’s history AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

will also be reflected in the fitout for the ground floor reception, restaurant and bar areas, starting with the Indigenous people through to convicts and early settlers. “The forecourt of the project is the location of what once was Hunter Island, this is where nearly 13,000 convict women and 2,000 children first set foot in Van Diemen’s Land in the early to mid 1800s. [It] is an important location in the settlement of Hobart,” adds Susan. The committee Footsteps Towards Freedom has engaged internationally renowned artist Rowan Gillespie to create five life-sized bronze sculptures. To be installed in the forecourt, the sculptures tell the untold story of female convicts and their children who landed there. With three quarters of the building constructed over the Derwent River, the site itself posed a major challenge. “A complex site 3D survey was carried out underneath the wharf. This determined a setout accuracy within 1mm for the sub-floor structure of steel floor beams to be positioned on the concrete deck and sitting across the wharf piles below,” explains Susan. “The survey also allowed the setout to be transferred to the upper level steel structure. The masses of elements were more critical than usual in this project since we were using the existing structure below and had a great number of transfer beams. A steel test frame was made and set out across the wharf deck using two 110 tonne hydraulic jacks WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to analyse the performance of existing wharf piles and deck structure. The weight of the building was then carefully designed and engineered, composing of a light-weight steel structure,” described Susan. Large WB303 steel transfer beams are located in the subfloor between the ground floor and the existing wharf deck, spreading the load of the columns to existing wharf piles and foundations. The remainder of the building sits on 56 cast auger piles, drilled up to a depth of 17m into the bedrock through unconsolidated fill. Other challenges included council planning requirements restricting the height of the building, resulting in a comprehensive services design. A public precinct location also meant noise, site deliveries and construction activity had to be carefully managed. Additionally, the site is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register within an archaeologically-sensitive red zone and complex European history dating back to the 1820s. Consultation, reporting and method statements were prepared and approved, while works were excavated and monitored by an archaeologist.

For more information contact Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd, (Hobart) 70 Browns Road, Kingston TAS 7051, phone 03 6229 0300, (Launceston) 3 Hudson Fysh Drive, Western Junction TAS 7212, phone 03 6398 8300, (Devonport) 40 Appledore Street, Devonport TAS 7310, phone 03 6424 4444, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE Macquarie Wharf No. 1 Redevelopment


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Below Apollo Marble and Granite supplied and installed the tiling and stone vanities in all the hotel bathrooms, as well as stone fireplaces.

When it came to completing the tiling for Macquarie Wharf No. 1 Redevelopment, a company renowned for having one of the most extensive and stunning ranges of quality marble and granite was a natural choice. That company was Apollo Marble and Granite – a business with far-reaching experience when it comes to residential and commercial projects. Apollo Marble and Granite’s stone works included tiling all hotel room bathrooms, including porcelain tiles on the floors and walls as well as granite vanity bench tops. It also supplied stone fireplaces in premium suites and stone features in the building’s reception and cocktail bars. Cerdisa Ceramiche tiles from Italy were selected for all hotel room tiles, while Ardex Australia was chosen for its solutions for adhesion and grouting of the tiles. “We were very honoured to be involved in a project of this scale with such a huge architectural component for Tasmania,” says Apollo Marble and Granite’s, Panagiotis Behrakis. “It is a well thought-out design and a great project to be involved in. We’re proud to work with all those involved in the completion of this project,” added Panagiotis. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Dealing in stone materials such as granite, marble, onyx, limestone, travertine, bluestone and sandstone, Apollo Marble and Granite can bring any idea around a stone application to reality. This includes kitchens, vanities, fireplaces, feature walls and table tops. “We also deal with engineered stones such as Smartstone, Quantum Quartz, Caesar Stone and Essa Stone,” adds Panagiotis. “We source materials from all around the world, primarily Italy, Brazil, Spain and China.” Apollo Marble and Granite continues to work on residential and commercial projects across Tasmania and is currently involved in works on the Macquarie Hotel. They have previously worked on notable projects such as the Saffire Hotel, Fairway Rise Retirement Village and Metz Apartments Battery Point. Apollo Marble and Granite also worked on refurbishments for the Freycient Lodge, Woolstore Hotel, Country Club, Henry Jones Hotel and Wrest Point Hotel. For more information contact Apollo Marble and Granite, 237 Elizabeth Street, Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6231 5666, fax 03 6231 5657, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE Macquarie Wharf No. 1 Redevelopment


Below Howrah Plumbing used the new acoustic waste water product by REHAU, RAUPIANO PLUS for the redevelopment.

Howrah Plumbing’s construction team has more than 32 years experience and has successfully completed works on many iconic Tasmanian projects. Completing hot and cold water, storm water drainage, fire mains and sewage, Howrah Plumbing’s work on the Macquarie Wharf No. 1 Redevelopment saw it use a new acoustic waste water product by REHAU, RAUPIANO PLUS. “RAUPIANO is an innovative system that achieves the best sound insulation values, is safe to install down to -10°C and demonstrates high pipe rigidity,” explains Derrick Clack, owner of Howrah Plumbing. “It is also abrasion-resistant, sound-absorbing, impact-resistant and shock-resistant.” Howrah Plumbing is working on an 8-level office building in Parliament Square, Macquarie Street hotel and the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment. As Tasmania’s largest and most respected plumbing company, works include the Centre for the Arts, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Blundstone Arena. For more information contact Howrah Plumbing, 3/10 Electra Place, Mornington TAS 7018, phone 1300 760 763, website 66

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Below ilec carried out electrical, communications, lighting control, security, and fire detection works on the project.

With extensive experience in the electrical and communications industry, ilec Pty Ltd regularly completes works on complex projects, including the Macquarie Wharf No. 1 Redevelopment.

TV and inhouse movies. This system meets the client’s budget requirements whilst providing an infrastructure that will provide for future demands.

Carrying out electrical, communications, lighting control, security and fire detection works on the project required a high degree of attention to detail around coordination with other trades.

“The lighting control (including exit and emergency lighting) is a Clipsal by Schneider Electric Dali and C-Bus solution. ilec are Clipsal integrators and have extensive experience with the DALI protocol. The DALI exit and emergency system allowed the client not to get tied into a proprietary system, whilst still allowing monitoring and automated testing for the whole building.

“In particular highly detailed shop drawings and the ability to install to exact measurements,” explains ilec’s, Chris Noble. “Due to the architectural demands and number of services in confined spaces, installation accuracy and the ability to do that consistently were absolute keys to this project.” The works also highlighted ilec’s ability to source cost-effective solutions (in conjunction with VOS Constructions) to issues arising from the project’s complex build. “Due to the lack of accessible service risers for future use, selecting a communications system and lighting control system was crucial,” Chris adds. “The communication system selected was the CommScope Krone cat6 and fibre solution, this will be used to distribute phone, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The C-Bus lighting front end utilising the e-DLT was selected due to its ability to give clear feedback and control for the end user.” A wholly locally owned and run company, ilec also recently completed the new Performing Arts facility at Guildford Young College. “This was another complex build that required a high degree of coordination due to the large amount of audio visual and specialty lighting,” Chris adds. For more information contact ilec Pty Ltd, Unit 6, 2 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge TAS 7170, phone 03 6248 4255, mobile Chris 0457 792 805, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE Macquarie Wharf No. 1 Redevelopment


Primed for success Developer: University of Tasmania MAIN Construction Company : Fairbrother Pty Ltd Architects : Fender Katsalidis & Terroir Pty Ltd CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $69 million




The $69M University of Tasmania Student Accommodation is part of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). It's comprised of 442 purpose-built studio apartments situated within four free-standing towers. Features include modular pod bathrooms, communal kitchens, student lounges, tutorial rooms, an art studio, music room, café, bookstore, 4 Star Green Star design and a striking façade. Construction of the University of Tasmania’s new student accommodation towers in Hobart was by Fairbrother. The 442 purpose-built studio apartments are in four free-standing towers. The $69 million towers are part of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, a nationwide state program for affordable accommodation. Fairbrother Senior Project Manager, Clinton Mead, said working to a timeline and the particular methodologies derived by Fairbrother were key elements for this project. “Firstly, building the towers from the inside out was a careful and deliberate methodology that meant coordinating with consultants so they too approached the project in this preferred way, and they saw it as the logical approach,” Clinton said. Building from the inside out was derived upon consideration of the fact the site was a brownfield site and had adjacent heritage buildings. In addition, the approach meant significantly minimised traffic disruption, and Fairbrother had the flexibility to meet client requirements on time – essentially the requirement of ‘students in beds.’ “We could see that ‘students in beds’ mattered – building to enable early student occupation by February 2017 and the start of the university year,” Clinton explained. With a striking façade, the University of Tasmania accommodation towers vary from 5-storeys up to 12-storeys. Studio apartment complexes include communal kitchens and student lounges, modular pod bathrooms, tutorial rooms, art studios and display areas. Also included is a music room, café, mailroom and bookstore. Handover of the four accommodation towers at the corner of Elizabeth and Melville streets in Hobart will be staged with early occupation in February 2017 followed by final project handover in mid 2017. “Building involved two tower cranes onsite to service each of the towers and basically we viewed the job in two parts – early works in-ground and the carpark up to Level 4, this was a lump sum component, and this approach got the main component of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the towers up early. Then Stage 2 – which required an agreed construction sum – from Level 4 up, and a fitout and all other building activity. Our flexibility has been important – to give the client what they required,” said Clinton. Careful planning and design was required to enable the bulk excavation at the project site. An archaeological excavation had been undertaken prior to Fairbrother’s commencement. Archaeological works had commenced in January 2015 with construction, including bulk excavation, retaining walls, underground services and building footing commenced in May 2015. Other current Fairbrother projects of note in Tasmania include the Mona museum extension and the Devonport City Council’s landmark Living City project. Success in the Tasmanian market has enabled expansion into regional Victoria and also to undertake selected projects at a national level. Fairbrother, was established in 1973 as a family-owned and operated business in the north-west of Tasmania. After establishment by Royce and Thea Fairbrother, the business has steadily grown to become a recognised leader in the building and construction industry. Employing more than 500 people across its businesses Fairbrother covers all aspects of the building construction and maintenance process. Forty-three years on Fairbrother has offices in Devonport, Hobart, Launceston, Bendigo and Warrnambool. Fairbrother’s business units are a large and varied group including the mainstay of Fairbrother business, Fairbrother Construction and Joinery (Tasmania) specialising in commercial construction and the manufacture of superior quality joinery. Fairbrother Construction (Victoria) has had a strong state presence with its headquarters based in Bendigo. Other business activities include facility management and property developments; all supported by an experienced and dedicated corporate services team. For more information contact Fairbrother Pty Ltd, 12 Stony Rise Road, Devonport TAS 7310, phone 03 6420 7000, fax 03 6424 6610, email, website



Below Ireneinc Planning coordinated and managed the planning and urban design elements throughout the approval process.

Ireneinc Planning began work on the NRAS University of Tasmania student accommodation apartments in 2013. As specialists in planning and urban design, Ireneinc Planning was involved with the consultant team through the approval process. Ireneinc worked on statutory planning, management and coordination of the development application, and urban design elements. “For us the important challenges for the accommodation towers were heritage and archaeology elements, the complex titles, height discretions and the unprecedented scale of student housing,” said planner and Ireneinc principal Irene Duckett, about the four towers with 442 studio-style apartments. Irene and planning colleague Jen Welch looked at how the application could be structured and approached, and were involved with the architects to facilitate the most suitable application for the purpose built accommodation towers. Projects in Tasmania with Ireneinc Planning involvement include Mona, Blundstone Arena (formerly Bellerive Oval), Larks Distillery, Redlands Distillery and the cutting edge Hobart development ACIPA (the Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts). 70


In business for 13 years, Ireneinc Planning’s multi-disciplinary team of five cover projects including commercial, residential and subdivision work. “We provide urban design and planning guidance on design and development detail to achieve better planning outcomes,” said Irene. Ireneinc Planning are members of the Planning Institute of Australia, and take an active role maintaining ethical standards and professional development internationally. Ireneinc Planning was awarded a Planning Institute of Australia commendation last year for Best Planning Idea, Small Project, Tasmania, for the WhiteStone Point Specific Area Plan. Ireneinc Planning has previously won the Planning Institute’s Great Place Award, Tasmania section, and a Planning Institute of Australia national commendation for work on the MONA planning application and subsequent work at the site as well as the National award for Excellence in Urban Planning for The Green Masterplan in Rocherlea, Tasmania. For more information contact Ireneinc Planning, 49 Tasma Street, North Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6234 9281, email planning@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Engineering Solutions Tasmania provided building services engineering on the NRAS UTAS project.

Engineering Solutions Tasmania provided building services engineering for the $65 million University of Tasmania Student Accommodation project. All ten employees of Engineering Solutions Tasmania had input into the apartment project, the fourth NRAS student accommodation project that the company has worked on. Leading the project were Director and Electrical Engineer of Engineering Solutions Tasmania, Andrew Blackberry, and Co-Director and Mechanical Engineer, Steven Banbury. “For the 440 studio apartments in these new towers, and for the shop, café and 3-level car park we provided a range of building services; mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, hydraulics and fire sprinklers,” Steven Banbury said.

provide long term flexibility across the site giving the university the capacity to add or subtract power supply as needed over the lifetime of the building.” The project was subject to Green Star certification. Engineering Solutions Tasmania had contributed to that process, with a 4-Star outcome, Steven said. Finalisation of the company’s involvement in the NRAS University of Tasmania accommodation towers project will be through a staged handover, in February and April 2017. Engineering Solutions Tasmania’s Launceston office was established in 2004 and the Hobart office in 2007. The majority of the company’s work is in Hobart, Launceston and the state’s north-west. Another high profile project the company worked on was the upgrade at Burnie’s North West Regional Hospital.

“We had a particular challenge in getting the power supply across the project with low head-height and large distances.” Steven explained the first issue was solved through coordination, sketching, modelling and meetings onsite, whereas large distances called for an incremental approach. “We implemented a particular system allowing progressive power installation, that way we could WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Engineering Solutions Tasmania Pty Ltd, 100 Cameron Street, Launceston TAS 7250, phone 03 6323 6500, email TAS PROJECT FEATURE NRAS UTAS Student accommodation


Below The Carpet Company supplied and installed floor coverings for the NRAS UTAS Student Accommodation.

The Carpet Company, a leading Tasmanian commercial floor covering contractor, provided the floor coverings for the NRAS University of Tasmania Student Accommodation towers. This Tasmanian-owned and Hobart-based company has been in business for 22 years. For the NRAS UTAS accommodation project, The Carpet Company was responsible for the floor coverings for approximately 430 student apartments and a further 20 student apartments configured for students with a disability. A commercial consultant for The Carpet Company, Andrew Rubenach, said the company provided commercial carpets and resilient floor finishes, specialising in floor preparation and waterproofing. “We are a strong and professional team of 21, and work right across Tasmania,” Andrew said. The company’s recent Hobart projects include the Myer redevelopment, Village Cinemas, the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, and the Barossa Park YMCA Wellness Centre. For more information contact The Carpet Company, 105 Harrington Street, Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6234 3242, fax 03 6231 1312, email, website 72



Below Masters Contracting Pty Ltd installed and commissioned heating, ventilation, air conditioning and gas services.

Masters Contracting Pty Ltd installed and commissioned heating, ventilation, air conditioning and gas services for the purpose built NRAS University of Tasmania Student Accommodation towers. Masters Contracting’s, Geoff Lane, said the project included kitchen ventilation and toilet exhaust systems for 442 apartments, ducted exhaust ventilation for the 3-level carpark, pressurisation systems for five stairwells, and provision of commercial kitchen canopies and domestic style range hoods. Masters Contracting also provided air conditioning systems for selected areas and selected apartments, plus natural gas reticulation for domestic hot water, heating water and kitchen equipment.

services plumbing, back in the early 1970s, both have gained Certificate IV engineering qualifications.

A particular challenge came with pressure testing for leaks in 50 of the 442 apartments as they required a high level of sealing to reduce heat loss. “We also installed more than 1,500m of floor slab hydronic heating pipework into a pre-tensioned concrete slab and coordinated this with the reinforcement cables, mesh and conduits,” Geoff explained.

Masters Contracting relocated to larger premises in 2014 with enhanced offices, more workshop space, improved undercover storage and easier access to main roads and highways. Recent key projects for the company include Fairway Rise Lifestyle Village, KGV Grandstand and Function Centre, and 40 Molle Street (Hobart), as well as medical gas and fume cupboard installations for numerous facilities.

Geoff Lane and Denis Cooper are Masters Contracting’s highly experienced Mechanical Services Contractors. They are also Directors of the company which employs 22 Tasmanians and has operated continuously since 1977. And in a touch of history – the two were part of TasTAFE’s first apprenticeship intake in Tasmania for mechanical WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We work solely in Tasmania, but I should add we also work for the Australian Antarctic Division, providing designs, advice and pre-fabrication of mechanical services for re-assembly on the Antarctic bases, and we provide some training for them,” Denis said. Denis has spent three winters in Antarctica as a Mechanical Services Plumber responsible for the re-commissioning and documentation of the existing systems at Mawson, Casey, Davis and Macquarie Bases.

For more information contact Masters Contracting Pty Ltd, 92 Mornington Road, Mornington TAS 7018, phone 03 6234 6588, fax 03 6234 4205, email, website TAS PROJECT FEATURE NRAS UTAS Student accommodation


sydney metro coming to life Developer : Transport for NSW Tunnelling : CPB John Holland Dragados Skytrain construction : Salini Impregilo Operator : Northwest Rapid Transit

The $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest is Stage 1 of Sydney Metro. It includes the skytrain – a 4km elevated viaduct including the first cable-stayed rail bridge built on a curve in Australia. Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project – is rapidly taking shape. Whether it’s 58m underground in Australia’s longest railway tunnels or 13m in the air on the skytrain viaduct, Sydney’s booming north-west will be first to benefit when Stage 1 – the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest – opens in two years.

Altogether, Sydney Metro will deliver 31 metro stations and 66km of new metro rail, integrating with existing public transport and giving customers new connections and better opportunities for work, education and recreation. Innovation has been a hallmark of Sydney Metro.

“The first stage of Sydney Metro will deliver metro rail for the first time to Australia with a host of innovations and a level of customer service simply never before seen here,” said Rodd Staples, Program Director of Sydney Metro. “The city’s north west will get a 36km service from Rouse Hill to Chatswood in 2019 with 13 metro stations, 4,000 commuter car parking spaces and new fully air conditioned metro trains every four minutes in the peak – and plenty of room to grow.” Stage 2 of Sydney Metro – the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project – will then extend metro rail under Sydney Harbour, through new CBD stations and beyond to the south west. Services are expected to start in 2024 with an ultimate capacity of a new metro train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD. 74

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Features common to rail networks around the world will be introduced to Australia for the first time, including fully–automated trains and platform screen doors - which keep people and objects like prams away from the tracks and allow trains to get in and out of stations much faster. The construction of the project’s twin 15km tunnels – Australia’s longest railway tunnels was also the first time in Australian history that four tunnel boring machines were used at once on a transport infrastructure project. The four tunnel boring machines were manufactured especially for Sydney Metro Northwest with each delivered in 18 shipping containers and a further 27 large pieces, taking seven weeks to reassemble and AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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commission each machine ready for tunnelling. Three of the four Sydney Metro Northwest TBMs were named in public competitions under the theme, ‘Women who have made a positive contribution to life in Sydney.’ Tunnelling took just 16 months, finishing in January 2016, with the tunnels handed over 10 months early to the next contractor. This allowed the next stage of the project delivery to occur, with work progressing on stations, track laying and overhead wiring. Work is also nearing completing on the 4km elevated skytrain from Bella Vista to Rouse Hill, which will be the most visible legacy of Sydney Metro Northwest. A joint effort of Australian and international designers, urban design took centre stage on the skytrain to ensure its integration with local surroundings and to minimise construction and environmental impacts. It’s essentially Australia’s longest bridge – a series of 115 independent spans linked together – and at an average height of 9m it will keep WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

communities connected and allow people to move around underneath it, including the seven roads it crosses. The skytrain also includes a new cable-stayed bridge over Windsor Road at Rouse Hill, similar in design to Sydney’s iconic Anzac Bridge. Its 40m high steel towers – filled with reinforced concrete – make it a bridge unlike any other in Australia: it has the unique characteristics of being a rail bridge, supported by cables and built on a curve. The NSW Government also recently announced Sydney Metro West – Sydney’s next big rail project. This underground railway will connect the CBDs of Parramatta and Sydney via Sydney Olympic Park and Bays Precinct, with the project to be delivered by the late 2020s.

For more information contact Sydney Metro Northwest, PO Box 588, North Ryde BC NSW 1670, phone 1800 019 989, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Sydney Metro Northwest


the best defence P&C Fencing supplied several kilometres of security fencing and gates for Sydney Metro Northwest, with half their team working on the project from July 2013. “We provided early stage temporary fencing and gates, then during the project, we provided permanent and temporary fencing products, primarily in the way of chainwire,” said Managing Director, James Mannah. “There was a lot of community unrest about the project so we worked with our client to minimise disruption and were as empathetic as possible towards residents. Importantly, we also provided a substantial quantity of noise-reducing timber hoarding to the project.” P&C Fencing specialises in supplying Sydney metropolitan and regional New South Wales with security fencing, as well as safety and stylish fencing and gates for commercial and government sectors. Its product range includes: Eminence (pressed-spear) security fencing; palisade; chainwire; 358 anti-climb security mesh; RTA pedestrian fences; partitions; sporting enclosures; tubular; hinged and sliding gates; boom gates; turnstiles; bollards; wheelstops; hand and guard rails; privacy screens; and Colorbond fencing.

“Fencing and gates are an important part of construction, as every project requires boundary fencing and security to deter theft. If everything’s not discussed and evaluated both beforehand, and then continuously throughout the project you risk having a gate or fence that’s not fit for purpose, which could be very detrimental,” said James. “And as such we employ dedicated Project Managers to handle each job, to answer the phone when a client calls and to assist in ensuring each job is delivered to the client right, the first time.” Established in 1977, by Peter Mannah, James’ father, the company still manufactures a number of products locally using Australian labour and Australian material. “We employ all personnel directly, only using subcontractors for ancillary services like underground services scanning, and the crane truck drivers that lift our large gates into place. So if you engage us, you will have a P&C employee, who is paid in accordance with award wages, with all relevant insurances, tools that are tagged, the correct competencies to complete the work, and who undergoes regular training,” said James. Their better-known projects include sites for the Defence and Education departments, the Foster’s Distribution Centre at Rosehill, the Myers Distribution and LG Electronics Distribution centres at Eastern Creek, multiple police stations, numerous transport and logistics sites, the Trio Apartments in Camperdown and several train stations and stabling yards for Transport NSW/Sydney Trains. For more information contact P&C Fencing Pty Ltd, 5 York Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565, phone 02 9605 1111, fax 02 9605 7666, email, website


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the right connection Rose Atkins Rimmer (Infrastructure) Pty Ltd (RAR), Designer and Water Servicing Coordinator for the adjustment of Sydney Water’s potable water, recycled water, sewer and stormwater assets for the Sydney Metro Northwest. During the course of this major infrastructure project, RAR performed a pivotal role in “identifying potential conflicts between the project’s construction activities and Sydney Water’s assets,” said Cliff Harvey, Senior Project Coordinator – Infrastructure Designer. In performing this role, RAR drew on its extensive experience on water and sewer adjustment works in response to rail and road upgrade projects, to identify up to 34 infrastructure conflicts. These conflicts required the adjustment of a wide range of Sydney Water assets in accordance with Sydney Water’s asset adjustment and protection process. RAR assisted in the successful delivery of the adjustment works by developing high level strategic solutions during the design phase and managing ad hoc field construction issues, in liaison with Sydney Water, that was beneficial in streamlining the project. “We managed this by making the process clear to ISJV and then producing design solutions which complied with Sydney Water’s specifications in a timely manner to further help forecast and diminish potential delays. We then coordinated the construction process with ISJV, their subcontractors, Sydney Water and their stakeholders. RAR then completed the process WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

by providing ISJV with the required certification obtained through the rigorous auditing process completed during construction.” A challenging section of works for RAR, was the adjustment of the DN900 steel potable watermain and the DN450 GRP recycled main at the new Balmoral Road intersection. “These critical mains had the potential to impact about 55,000 Sydney Water customers, so extensive planning and consultation was required. These works were constructed and delivered to Sydney Water within the strict timeframes with no impact on the stakeholders and the community,” he said. Another challenge was the adjustment of a DN450 watermain, that if damaged, would have affected the critical path. RAR was able to provide innovative construction techniques for ISJV, which provided a solution that mitigated the risks and allowed the project to proceed as per program. Rose Atkins Rimmer (Infrastructure) are specialists in designing and water servicing coordination. They are also working on other key government transport projects such as WestConnex, Airport East and the Richmond and Bringelly Roads RMS upgrade projects. For more information contact Rose Atkins Rimmer (Infrastructure) Pty Ltd, PO Box 6745, Blacktown NSW 2148, phone 02 9853 0200, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Sydney Metro Northwest


Nawkaw: Ecotio2® on the SkyTrain Nawkaw were engaged by ISJV to restore the aesthetic appearance and protect the concrete structure of the Northwest Rail Link Skytrain (piers, parapets and sections of the viaducts), through their two-coat system of Nawkaw Mineral Silicate and ecotio2® Photocatalyst Coating. Post pouring and stripping, the concrete piers and some of the precast concrete structure, presented with unsightly patches and rust stains. ISJV required a coating to be applied to these structures that would eliminate these patches and ultimately ‛beautify’ the concrete. Nawkaw products, when applied to these surfaces return it the natural smooth appearance of concrete. The mineral stain is an extremely durable aqueous mineral silicate based stain for concrete surfaces. It penetrates and bonds to dense materials, while the thin base keeps natural surfaces from being covered up, and providing the desired colour. Once Nawkaw applied the mineral stain, the concrete structure required further protection against graffiti strike on the piers and parapet walls. ecotio2® is a compatible graffiti protective coating that does not offset the longevity properties of the Nawkaw finish. The ecotio2® coating system comprises of a penetrating pore sealant and an active photocatalyst thin film coating, that when applied to concrete, seals the surface pores of the concrete preventing graffiti from entering and seeping into those surface pores. Using photocatalyst coatings is a new technology to Australia, straight from Japan. The properties of the chemical structure, lead to a highly desirable versatility to the product. With an ecotio2® application, new concrete will not age, bleed or change colour (see image of Kasegawa Dam Office building ). As concrete and ecotio2® is inorganic, graffiti is readily removed via a solvent wipe. Given time, applied ecotio2® on smooth concrete will gradually self-clean graffiti strikes, using just light and rain/water. By using the energy of daylight, the surfaces ecotio2® are applied to become anti-static, reduces absorption of dust and other particles, prevents dirt from sticking to the surface and can be washed clean with rainwater. ecotio2® will also break down VOC and pollutants from the air, releasing harmless by-products. The protective nature of the ecotio2® coating on concrete also prevents carbonation of the concrete, extending its service life. For more information conatact Nawkaw Australia, 39/195 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 1300 NAWKAW (1300 629 529), fax 02 8572 8248, website For more information contact Photocatalyst Coatings, 39/195 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 1300 326 846, fax 02 8572 8248, website 78

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Main photo: Second Ponds Creek section. Nawkaw concrete beautification stain to piers, parapet and viaduct underside. Piers and parapet ‘followed by the protective ecotio2® Photocatalyst Coating.

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After: Nawkaw application

Kasegawa Dam Office building : A comparison of the preservation of new concrete using ecotio2® (building) vs uncoated concrete (entry plaque) after 6 years

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height of precision With the project constructed mostly at height, Melrose Cranes was instrumental in the progression of the construction, supplying mobile cranes for the Sydney Metro Northwest project, to assist with the lifting portion of the development. For the project, Melrose Cranes supplied a range of plant equipment including a 250-tonne crawler, 450-tonne mobile and various other mobile cranes to support the two large launching gantries. “We are also involved in designing new lifting plans and methods. Various heavy lifts on the project are completed by their own gantries which have specific winch attachments and spreader bars designed for each lift. An interesting challenge was to design our own rigging methods where these heavy lifts were required to be completed by one of our cranes not one of the gantries,” said Ryan Melrose, General Manager.

Images: 80t rail beam being lifted by Melrose Cranes' Grove GMK 7450 crane

About 75% of the company’s 100 staff have worked on the Sydney Metro project. Perhaps the biggest project challenge was ensuring Melrose Cranes had the equipment and crews when needed. “Throughout various stages of the project we have had cranes onsite for long term hire, however when it comes to the real heavy lifting in support of their gantries it is generally on an ‘as needed’ basis to suit their construction program. This has a tendency to change a fair bit based on weather and various other factors.” The company specialise in servicing Tier 1 building companies on various major infrastructure/development sites in the Sydney Metro area along with rail. “We strive to supply the required machinery to all clients when they need us. That is the challenge; service,” said Ryan, whose company was set up in 1998 and is now a leading privately owned crane company in Sydney. “It can become a bit tricky when programs change, but we have a good team of project managers who have been taught that to successfully provide service, information is everything. We forward plan as much as we can. That means being around the site, asking questions and being in touch with their project managers and engineers,” he said. Melrose Cranes also operates a sister company, Melrose Access Hire, which specialises in vertical access equipment such as elevated work platforms. “It means we can assist the client by taking control of the whole job, including the vertical access and cranes. When you lift large loads, there is a high likelihood you need vertical access equipment to either attach/detach the rigging or to position the load intricately in its final location.” Melrose Cranes has also supplied to key projects such as Northwest Rapid Transit, Barangaroo, NorthConnex, WestConnex and the Sydney Light Rail. For more information contact Melrose Cranes & Rigging Pty Ltd, 16-18 Foundry Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9624 1944, fax 02 9624 1233, email, website

STrENGTH OF PERFORMANCE Active Steel supplied more than 10,000 tonnes of reinforcement steel precast segments and piers for the skytrain sections of the Sydney Metro Northwest project. An Australian owned and operated independent steel reinforcement manufacturing and supply company, Active Steel staff began work on the project in February 2016. “There were very tight lead times for the project and we worked closely with the client to meet these,” said General Manager David Stokes. “Our experienced inhouse schedulers ensure projects consistently run on time and on budget. We have long-term employees who worked closely with the project and construction teams to ensure timely deliveries.” A major contributor to Active Steel’s ability to cater to tight tolerances and deadlines is our state- of- the- art Cut and Bent machinery along with our their modern fleet of trucks, both being built to their specific needs. “These factors ensure we deliver the right products on time,” said David. Active Steel offerings include quality scheduling and steel reinforcement products to top tier building and construction companies down to the local concreter. “We offer competitive lead times on processed bar, fabricated cages and mesh,” adds David. Active Steel’s products meet the Australian Standard (AS/NZ1340) and have third party accreditation from ACRS. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

As a supplier to major infrastructure, industrial and residential projects throughout New South Wales and Queensland, Active Steel has worked on Sydney Metro (Salini Impreglio), Sydney Light Rail and Sydney Cricket Ground, Kingsgrove to Revesby Rail, in addition to water, electrical, government and infrastructure projects across New South Wales. For more information contact Active Steel Pty Ltd, 79 Forrester Road, St Marys NSW 2760, phone 02 9673 3422 (NSW), phone 07 3803 7304 (QLD), email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Sydney Metro Northwest


delivering sustainable infrastructure Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project undertaken to date. Sydney Metro Northwest is the initial stage of this monumental project and will be the first fully-automated metro rail system in Australia. Linbeck Contractors’ involvement in the Sydney Metro Northwest project was to relocate existing live gas infrastructure, such as natural gas mains and services, to a suitable location clear of the construction path. Linbeck performed this work on behalf of Jemena Asset Management. As with most projects Linbeck have worked on, Sydney Metro Northwest has a clear vision when it comes to delivering sustainable infrastructure. Areas of sustainability featured in this project include water efficiency, waste management procedures and biodiversity conservation. In the first half of 2015, Linbeck completed the relocation of the gas mains on the corner of Windsor Road and Rouse Hill Road as part of the early stages of the project. More recently, the team relocated the gas main for the NRT Northwest Station (Norwest Rapid Station). Linbeck Contractors is a privately owned company providing construction, repairs and maintenance and licensed plumbing services to asset owners in the gas and water industry.

Jemena assets, including maintenance services for the Aquanet Recycled Water Program. The company is also Sydney Water accredited for minor works and performs civil plumbing services to Sydney Water mains to meter contract. Linbeck recently secured a six year contract agreement to carry out these works In order to meet specific project requirements, Linbeck is equipped with a diverse fleet of light, medium and heavy vehicles plus specialist plant items such as trenchless boring machinery. Linbeck prides itself on its track record of providing quality work and value to their clients on all their projects. Linbeck’s Integrated Management System is at the core of their service delivery. By working closely with the client and relevant authorities, the team focuses on performing to established occupational health, safety and environmental systems ensuring the safety of all employees and subcontractors, and to minimise the likelihood of potential project risks. For more information contact Linbeck Contractors, 28-34 Edward Street, Riverstone NSW 2765, phone 02 9627 1680, fax 02 9627 3167, email, website

The team features a multi-skilled staff of 51 with an additional 13 contractors, many of which worked seamlessly on the Sydney Metro Northwest project. Linbeck have been working successfully with Jemena since 2001 and currently have significant contracts in place covering the areas of Sydney Greater North and Sydney Coastal North. These contracts involve the project management, administration and supervision along with the construction of new gas mains and services plus repair and maintenance of 82

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safety first RISsafety (RIS) is Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Height Safety provider and provides a fully integrated approach to the management of height safety and the protection of people working at heights. The RIS product range has been designed using methods that maximise protection and minimise installation time during construction. With the market place becoming increasingly aware of the need for employee protection when working at heights, RIS is ideally positioned to provide local and overseas industries with practical solutions. RIS designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of tested and standards compliant products, including permanent anchor points, horizontal and vertical fall protection systems, aluminium and fiberglass ladders and walkway systems, fall arrest retractable blocks,

tripods and winches for confined space, as well as having its own range of Standards approved personal protective equipment (PPE). Six staff from RIS worked vigorously to provide a seamless service for the Sydney Metro Northwest project. The team were responsible for the manufacture, design and installation of the height safety system onsite. RIS proved their capabilities, and unwavering service, when working with very short timeframes and staged installation on this particular project. With a comprehensive engineering workshop, RIS is able to design solutions and construct complex structures to address height safety access issues that will ultimately fulfill and exceed the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stringent guidelines. With eight branches around Australia, RIS are able to provide practical, cost effective and compliant fall protection, confined space and rope access systems. Over many years, RIS has developed a successful internal management system which allows them to effectively handle large scale projects with major clients such as, Q1 SkyPoint Climb, Darwin Gaol, Australian Defence Force, Perth International Airport, NSW Department of Commerce (TAFE), Hansen Yuncken, Transfield, Woolworths and Railcorp to name a few. RIS are currently working on the Adelaide Oval project along with the Commonwealth Games Precinct in Queensland. For more information contact RISsafety (Sydney), 3 Bushells Place, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 8781 2100, fax 02 8781 2111, email, website


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well managed Approximately 4,000 people used the workforce management system that Damstra Technology customised, installed and maintained on Sydney Metro Northwest. The web-based Total Workforce Management System is proving a much-needed tool to manage, track and protect an entire workforce. “Working closely with Salini Impregilo from day one, our in house technical engineers formulated and constructed the optimum solution for their workforce management needs. Damstra supports every client’s vision and objectives by offering tailored solutions which add significant value to the operations and management of their company,” said Christian Damstra, Company Founder and CEO. For the Sydney Metro project Damstra supplied contractor pre-qualification. Through the portal and client relationship officers, the system collected and verified contractors’ compliance documentation from insurance to diversity reporting requirements. This ensured they were all compliant, skilled and site ready. Damstra’s system also managed their human capital: offering fully featured time and attendance tracking systems, automated alcohol testing and biometric verification, via finger scanning technology. It also looked after site and access control and visitor management, all through its apps and other tools, such as onsite terminals. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“All workers are issued with a Damstra card. With this in hand, they simply scan into the fixed terminals or mobile tablets based on site to get site access. Also by scanning the card’s QR Code with a smart phone you can see all training, skills, site appointments, competencies, high risk licences and expiration dates,” said Christian. “The project was initially just Monday to Friday. As the generators were turned off on Friday nights we needed to ensure that the purpose-built solution had a backup battery life guaranteed to last 72 hours without power. These are the kind of customised solutions we can offer to meet our clients’ needs.” The system is used on more than 900 sites nationally yet the company employs only 30 people. Organisations such as Orica, Glencore Coal, Wesfarmers, NBN, Theiss, Holcim and Hanson use it to manage their workforces.

For more information contact Damstra Technology Pty Ltd, 50 George Street, Singleton NSW 2330, phone 1300 722 801, fax 02 6571 4399, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Sydney Metro Northwest


built to last For civil construction company Concrete Reinforcement Services (CRS), the Sydney Metro Northwest was the biggest contract that the company has undertaken. Hired to complete extensive precast concrete works on the project CRS built 1,250 segments of precast concrete and all the segments for the 4km skytrain. It also completed steel fixing off the piers and footing off the 270m long cable stayed bridge at Windsor Road. They also completed the steel fixing for all of the 110 piers and footings, that the precast segment would sit on to form the 4km bridge. While Sydney Metro Northwest Rail was a huge contract for CRS, it was also an unqualified success for the company. “We’re probably leading the field in works on precast jobs,” adds CRS’s Nailer O’Neill . Starting onsite in November 2014, CRS worked around the clock to meet the tight timeframe for the project. They also had to negotiate to adjust the program, due to the volume of steel which was difficult to source for the project. 80 of CRS’s 100 employees worked on the 88

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Sydney Metro North West Rail project, with two groups working 12-hour shifts. Finishing work onsite in December 2016, Nailer said that while all aspects of the job were pretty difficult, good management and correct decision making helped ensure the project was a great accomplishment. “It was the biggest contract we have ever done in terms of money and work. However we took it on and it has been a big success for us,” he says. “It showcased our ability as a company and the [construction company] has been very happy with our work. We have helped save time and costs due to our different methods we employ on the job.” Nailer and Construction Supervisor, Clive O’Neill were also on hand the whole time throughout the project’s duration, working in shifts and ensuring they were available all day, every day. Nailer particularly highlights the work of Clive, who played a significant role in overseeing the success of CRS’s work on the project. “He looked after everything, looked after all the men. It was a big contract for him to do on his own,” he says. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

In fact, the work of CRS on the Sydney Metro Northwest has been such a feat, the company picked up other contracts while on the project. This includes being hired to work on the M4 East Motorway for the WestConnex project. Formed in 1999 by Nailer, who has been fixing steel for 28 years and has 26 years experience in the civil industry, CRS continues to deliver cost and time-efficient solutions to a range of projects right throughout Australia. The company offers comprehensive steel fixing, concrete and formwork services for civil projects and has expertise in bridges, roads, incrementally launched bridges, precast yard and culverts.

The major projects for CRS show no signs of slowing down, with the company currently bidding for the second stage of precast work for the M5 East Motorway in the Hunter Valley. CRS will make the precast segments in the Hunter Valley and, once completed, will transport them to the site in Sydney CRS has previously worked on significant projects such as Sydney’s M7 Motorway, the Parramatta-Chatswood Railway, the Port Botany Expansion and the Lane Cove Tunnel. Other iconic projects include the Brisbane Clam 7, the Legacy Way Tunnel, the Airport Link Tunnel, the Byron Bay Tunnel, the Hunter Valley Expressway and in Adelaide, the Urban Superway and the Northern Exchange.

CRS’s work across the nation has seen it contracted to projects in Brisbane, Adelaide, Byron Bay and the Hunter Valley. The company is happy to travel anywhere. Additionally, CRS has established a strong reputation within the civil construction industry, and, as seen with the Sydney Metro Northwest, most of CRS’s business comes via recommendations from current and previous customers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Concrete Reinforcement Services, phone 02 9661 3801, Nailer O’Neill 0410 699 006, Clive O’Neill 0410 715 206, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Sydney Metro Northwest


detailed deconstruction NASS carried out detailed demolition and supervision for the Sydney Metro Project, completing pile break-back for the sky train stanchions. Managing Director, Seamus O’Donnell founded the company in 1990 and now employs more than 100 people. The NASS team were onsite from November 2014. “A misconception the industry may have, is that detailed demolition is something anyone can do,” said Seamus. “It’s not quite like that anymore. Demolition work is seen as dangerous work, but when managed and planned correctly, it can be completed in a safe and controlled manner.” NASS demonstrated this through the Sydney Metro project ensuring its works were staged. “A staged approach meant we had to constantly re-establish ourselves onsite. Through the positive relationship we had with the site team, we were able to plan our works well in advance to provide the same workers through each stage. At NASS we believe the planning process is a vital part of a successful job,” said Seamus.

“NASS provides a quality service combined with a positive safety culture throughout our workforce. Our company specialises in detailed demolition focusing on areas of difficult access; refurbishment and controlled works that requires specialist skills and supervision. Our services include concrete cutting, coring, sawing, labour hire, environmental waste management as well as hazardous material removal. We have longevity in the industry with a number of long term staff who are very capable and highly skilled. That’s why we are different to our competitors,” said Seamus. What gives the company an edge is their own remote-controlled robotic demolition machine – a Brokk 160. The machine is ideal for working within confined spaces, operates quietly and has no emissions and is often used on projects with difficult access. They also hire out this device along with a wide range of other plant and equipment. NASS continues to work on the Norwest project as well as NorthConnex, WestConnex, Sydney Airport and the Wynyard Station Upgrade. Past iconic projects they’ve worked on include the Olympic Stadium, Gowings State Theatre, Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Light Rail. For more information contact NASS Services Co Pty Ltd, 2-4 Churchill Street, Silverwater NSW 2128, phone 02 9647 2800, fax 02 9647 2844, email info@nassser, website


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the right tools JLG Industries Inc. is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of elevating work platforms, telescopic material handlers and lighting towers. They deliver quality, innovative products which allow their clients to perform at their peak through enhanced productivity. Their involvement in the Sydney Metro Northwest project saw JLG provide access equipment and lighting towers to several rental and contracting companies working onsite. JLG Metro LED lighting towers and a range of articulating and telescopic boomlifts were supplied and used on the Sydney Metro Northwest project. The booms ranged from 45ft – 125ft, with the larger booms being utilised for the crossing of Memorial Drive. The JLG Metro LED lighting towers feature 4 x 300 watt LED lights. Each light is equivalent to a 1,000 watt metal hallide light. All lighting towers provided by JLG Industries are designed and manufactured in Australia, to ISO9001 Standard, at their Port Macquarie facility in New South Wales. With the bigger picture in mind, JLG Industries not only supply versatile equipment, they also offer unsurpassed back up support, service, parts and training when needed. They endeavor to be a valued partner to their clients, not just a supplier. A testament to their commitment to customer service, support and quality products, JLG Industries has been awarded Supplier of the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Year – Access Division by the Hire and Rental industry, four out of the last six years. JLG provides access solutions for a diverse range of industries. These include agriculture, heavy construction, mining, warehousing and many more. JLG Industries offers a full line of aerial work platforms, telehandlers, stock pickers, mast booms, lighting towers and equipment accessories. JLG Industries is proud of the strong and successful relationships with the many hire companies, large and small, as well as many contractors and construction companies, they have built over a period of more than 30 years operating in Australia. For more information contact JLG Industries, 358 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, phone 02 8718 6353, fax 02 8718 6377, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Sydney Metro Northwest


under control ErSed Environmental provided soil and water management services and in conjunction with the project engineers, coordinated and planned critical works for contaminated areas and for stream re-alignment works. ErSed Environmental commenced work on the Sydney Metro Northwest project in November 2014. Specific work methods and construction plans were implemented to control erosion and pollution risks associated with the pending earthworks. Special attention was paid to sensitive areas around creeks and rivers. As with all projects undertaken by ErSed Environmental, confidence was installed to the project stake holders by ensuring, and exercising,

best practice in Environmental Management. ErSed Environmental developed and delivered specific ESC training to project personnel. The company offers a diverse range of capabilities which cover specialist areas in soil conservation, erosion and sediment control planning, site environmental management, environmental surveillance and auditing, plus land management. “Our services are based on over 20 years experience, working with industry and government, to achieve practical implementation of industry best practice, site environmental works and management,” said Carl Vincent, Director and Senior Environmental Management Consultant. Along with providing services to many private companies, ErSed Environmental also work with several government clients including: • Roads and Maritime Services • Transport NSW • NSW Department of Communities (Sport and Recreation) • Sydney Catchment Authority ErSed Environmental have built a successful history of providing solutions for challenging projects. The team seek to identify and resolve any issues that become apparent throughout each stage of construction. In testament to their expertise, ErSed Environmental is included on the RMS panels for both Soil Conservationists and Constructibility Assessment. They are also on the Transport NSW Panel for Environmental Management Representatives. For more information contact ErSed Environmental Pty Ltd, PO Box 1124, Leichhardt NSW 2040, mobile 0424 203 046, email

A clean sweep P & M Galea Plant Hire were selected to provide a selection of specialised services on the Sydney Metro Northwest project. These services included street sweeping, dust suppression, supply of fresh water to site, locating services, dewatering and several other environmental undertakings. The $340 million skytrain contract was awarded to the Impregilo-Salini joint venture in December 2013. The contract involves building the 4km skytrain between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill, along with other surface works like bridges, embankments and railway cuttings. This project is one of three major contracts for the undertaking of the Sydney Metro Northwest. Once complete, Sydney Metro Northwest will be home to a group of fast and reliable metro trains. These trains are set to have the highest levels of customer safety including consistent CCTV monitoring and platform screen doors to improve platform safety. These screen doors, which meet the edge of the platform, keep people and objects away from the edge, allowing trains to get in and out of stations much faster. Operating since 1996, P & M Galea Plant Hire has built a successful team. They specialise in providing non destructive digging trucks and sucker trucks along with water carts and street sweepers. For the Sydney Metro Northwest project, P & M Galea Plant Hire purchased new fittings and attachments to ensure all requirements were met with ease. The team worked effortlessly throughout the project ensuring a smooth delivery of services. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

At present, the team at P & M Galea Plant Hire are also working on several other rail projects in New South Wales. For more information contact P & M Galea Plant Hire, 43 Memorial Avenue, Kellyville NSW 2155, phone 02 9679 1606, fax 02 9679 1914, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE Sydney Metro Northwest


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Making connections Linxcomm has been making sure all the telecommunications services, the pit and pipe works, were sorted for the Sydney Metro Northwest Rail project.

have worked on the project since mid-2014. The company does specialised recoverable works and has a wide skill set in the team so doesn’t need to subcontract.

“We’re involved in the telecommunications industry,” said Managing Director, Christian Krstevski. “We subbie out to all telco providers from Telstra to Optus etc and do all the civil works for them. These involve pit and pipe, cable hauling, both copper and optic fibre, manhole construction, excavation trenching, boring and asbestos removal too. We also concrete and do the formwork for manhole construction.”

“We do it all ourselves – everything interconnects with us doing pit and pipe excavation, laying down pipes. In our team we have all-rounders and staff who have specific skill sets.” The only challenge for the five-year-old Linxcomm is to ‛adapt within the large structure’ of a project of Sydney Metro’s size. It’s the largest project on which Linxcomm has worked. Their work so far has covered residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

“What we’re doing on the Northwest Rail project is relocating Telstra’s assets. Because of the extension happening and the construction of the new rail, the existing network had to be moved and there were kilometres of upgrades. We had to bore under the main road. It was extensive,” said Christian. Linxcomm has a team of 10, all of whom

For more information contact Linxcomm Pty Ltd, Unit 1, 3 Marjorie Street, Sefton NSW 2162, phone 02 9738 0547, email

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an eye for detail The Address Wentworth Point – Savannah, comprises 281 premium units across 21-levels in three separate buildings. The development includes a concierge service, gym, a private courtyard and indoor pool, set around a green spine that connects the community to the harbour foreshore, cycle paths and walkways. Sekisui House is the owner/developer at the helm of The Address at Wentworth Point – Savannah, a residential apartment block of 281 premium units across three separate buildings. The complex includes one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as penthouses, a private courtyard, barbecue facilities, a concierge service, gym and private indoor pool. They are set around a green corridor, which connects residents to the harbour foreshore cycle paths and walkways. The Address Wentworth Point site comprises four projects totalling 996 apartments with the third stage being Savannah. The first stage was launched in June 2013, while Savannah was completed in November 2016, and the final project, Taiga, will be ready for occupation later this year. A team of 10 staff consisting of development managers, sales and marketing managers, project managers and administration worked together on the project for about 18 months. “At the site we were landlocked with two other occupied buildings on either side, so our access was restricted to moving down the side of the site. There wasn’t as much space as we would have liked for construction. We maintained clear communication with the community already living on the site with relevant and regular updates,” said Marketing Officer, Louisa Gocking. “The other challenge we faced was Savannah being built on a shallow water table. We wanted to ensure the basement level was raised rather than excavating below the water table. These construction challenges were overcome during the design process where it was determined that elevating the basement carpark and wrapping the apartments around it would offer the best solution as opposed to proceeding with deep soil excavation which would have resulted in water management complications.” Founded in Japan in 1960, Sekisui House has built more than two million homes globally making it one of the fastest growing home builders and community developers. It has more than 10 major developments in the

pipeline. They have more than 23,000 staff worldwide including two Australian offices; Sydney and Queensland. “Because of our Japanese origin, we have a sharp eye for detail in particular for quality and excellence of our design philosophy,” said Louisa. “We focus on building and developing whole communities not just houses. Our team of consultants and industry experts design the whole estate and from day one we sit together and work out what the masterplan for the community will look like.” A common misconception in our industry is that developers offer poor after-sales service, she said. “We aim to achieve high customer satisfaction from the initial inquiry through to the settlement process and beyond. With all of our developments we continue communications well after settlement, such as through social media platforms and a program called BuildingLink where people can log on if they have concerns and see what’s happening around the development.” Since 2001, the company has planted more than 11 million trees around the world. “Our commitment to the environment is very important to us. We have to consider the wider community impacts,” she said. Sekisui House also contributed to the $60 million cost for the first privately funded bridge in Sydney, the Bennelong Bridge, which connects Rhodes and Wentworth Point. Sekisui House has also made its mark in contemporary times with the renowned Central Park development in Sydney it completed with Frasers Property Group. Central Park is on the Frasers Carlton United Brewery site and features spacious apartments, a thriving retail precinct, large public park, $8 million public art collection and 58 hectares of futuristic, sustainable architecture and lush gardens. For more information contact Sekisui House, Ground Floor, 68 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 02 8817 1400, email, website

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Below Apollo Kitchens supplied and installed complete kitchens and bathroom joinery on the project.

For, “The Address” at Wentworth Point – Savannah project, a leading operator, Apollo Kitchens, supplied and installed kitchens and bathroom joinery from to its usual exacting high standards. Each kitchen features stone benchtops, soft-close draws and polished chrome fittings. The bathrooms were designed and installed in line with the kitchens. “The modern kitchen design contains several standout features including fresh two-tone veneer finish cabinets and island. We installed non-adjoining, hanging wall cabinets housing the range hood, adding to the aesthetics of this quality kitchen design,” said CEO, Peter Bader. Apollo Kitchens assigned two teams to manage and install joinery over a four-month period. Delivering the cabinets for the kitchens into the high-rise was not a problem for this experienced company. It came down to logistics. “We had to work out what is best for the project by maximising the number of cabinets delivered to site and alleviate pressure on the site managers and operators.” “Due to the tight access points, the delivery schedule was paramount to the project’s success. We had stringent coordination with the site manager to allow for the kitchens to be installed rapidly,” he said. The kitchen range hood is encapsulated in a floating wall cabinet with v-grooves to create a traditional country style in the midst of a modern kitchen. This cabinet required creativity to suspend the cabinet and support the range hood. The doors are handle-less and the breakfast bars are layered with 50mm thick veneer panels at each end to produce a high quality finish. “Our manufacturing division used a unique process to achieve quality and uphold the style of the intended design,” said Peter. The bathrooms were also designed in line with the kitchen, incorporating v-groove panelling behind shaving cabinets and open shelves. The bathroom also featured polished chrome fittings and stone benchtops. Apollo Kitchens was established in 1968 and will celebrate their 50th year of servicing Australia next year. It is a leading kitchen design and manufacturing company of choice WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

with four manufacturing plants between Sydney and Newcastle as well as showrooms in around New South Wales. They have the capacity to deliver and install high quality kitchens with a high degree of customisation. Their inhouse design team keep up-to-date with global trends. “With a reputation built on innovative and flexible design, expert craftsmanship and exceptional service, we have become the kitchen company of choice for countless home owners, interior designers, builders and commercial developers,” said Peter, who is a member of the HIA’s Kitchens & Bathrooms Committee. By mid 2017 Apollo Kitchens will open a new high-tech factory to boost their capacity by an additional 400 kitchens a week. The new factory and head office will allow the company to continue its high quality offering including larger-volume projects. “The new facilities will complement our stone, paint and other cabinet manufacturing plants in New South Wales. This is an exciting new chapter for Apollo Kitchens and the industry will benefit immensely from this project as it will be able to produce customisable joinery at high volumes. It will set a new benchmark for Australia and the joinery manufacturing industry,” said Peter. Apollo Kitchens has manufactured and installed joinery for Royal Shores at Ermington, DNA Apartments in Camperdown, Lumina in Ashfield, Harbour Mill in Pyrmont and Urban Apartments in Camperdown. Apollo Kitchens is currently completing Taiga at Wentworth Point, Jewel at the Ferry Terminal, The Mint in Willoughby, Aurora Apartments in Homebush, Skyrise in Parramatta and Lake Promenade in Rouse Hill Town Centre. Apollo Kitchens will commence Arlington Grove in Dulwich Hill shortly.

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

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The Address Wentworth Point – Savannah, New South Wales

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Below Australian Cladding Specialists manufactured and installed the aluminium composite panels.

More than 7,000m2 of aluminium composite panels were installed for the Savannah project at Sydney’s Wentworth Point. Based in Chipping Norton, Sydney, Australian Cladding Specialists manufactured the panels in their 1,500m2 factory featuring the latest high-tech machinery. “We fabricated, cut, bent, grooved and installed the finished aluminium composite panels. It’s a standard wall cladding system used on major projects. The panels had complex patterns, which took a bit for our engineers to design. There were random patterns, different sized panels and the design meant a lot of lines were not in a straight grid like pattern, as often is seen on buildings of this size. It made for a very interesting design and look,” said Director, Carsten Prien. “When we install our façade cladding, we water test them to check for leaks. These were extremely watertight. 100%. That’s hard to achieve, but we did that by paying attention to detail and doing it correctly the first time, and not rushing through.” Carsten set up the company with Co-Director, Claus Maarschalk about three years ago. They have more than 50 years combined experience in the Australian business world, and more than 27 years experience in the cladding industry. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We had about 14 staff work in our factory manufacturing the panels for the Savannah project and another 14 onsite in the peak periods, plus our engineers in the office working full time on this project, to supply drawings for the factory to fabricate,” he said. Our biggest challenge was keeping up with the program to finish a floor each week, as the scaffolding was being moved up by the main contractor, Parkview. As well as supplying and installing aluminium composite panels, Australian Cladding Specialists also offer terracotta panels, sandwich panels and Colorbond cladding. “Our focus is to go well beyond our clients’ expectations by delivering a higher standard of work while adhering to our commitment to safety,” he said. Since completing the Savannah project, ACS has picked up two larger contracts with the same builder, Parkview. Iconic projects that ACS has completed include the Uniqlo clothing store in Surfers Paradise and the Meriton serviced apartment building in North Sydney. For more information contact Australian Cladding Specialists, Building 207, Suite F1, The Enterainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park NSW 2021, phone 1300 930 889, email, website

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from Waste to resource The $100M Veolia Woodlawn Mechanical Biological Treatment Facility provides a new waste composting facility to convert 144,000t per annum of waste generated within the Sydney region into compost and extract recyclable material. Using cutting edge technology this facility is unique for Australia and will help contribute to less waste going direct to land fill. The former Woodlawn open-cut mine at Tarago in the New South Wales southern tablelands now has a state-of-the-art mechanical and biological waste treatment facility built by Lipman Pty Ltd for Veolia. Significantly, the MBT project is the largest of its kind, in the world for Veolia and unique in the waste-recycling sector within Australia. It will convert solid household waste into compost which will ultimately be used for the rehabilitation of the surrounding degraded mine site. Lipman, a highly successful privately-owned Australian company with construction experience across commercial, aged care, hospitality, education, health, industrial, refurbishment and fitout, was selected by Veolia to design and construct this complex project.

One of Lipman’s particular skills is its ability to add value for its clients in the design phase. Senior Project Manager for Lipman, Jason King, said that on receipt of the preliminary documents from Veolia, Lipman’s design team looked at methods of streamlining the project using 3D modelling and finding construction efficiencies. “Once we were awarded the contract, we visited similar plants run by Veolia in France to further enhance our final design. The Woodlawn plant is not identical to the overseas facilities but reflects the process and complexity of the project.” Construction commenced in October 2015. At the peak stages of the project there were over 200 people per day working on this remote site to achieve the project programme milestones.

mAIN Construction Company : Lipman Architects : Davidson Architecture Structural Engineer : Costin Roe CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $100 million 102 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Veolia MBT Facility

Jason said the biggest challenge was presented by the weather and the natural environment. “The strategy behind the October start was to take advantage of the reasonably good weather pattern going into the summer. However, hardly a week went by without at least some rain and heavy winds. Nonetheless we reached our initial target of having three of the four main buildings cladded by April 2016. This enabled plant and equipment work within the buildings to proceed with minimal impact from the weather.” One of the key features of the project from Lipman’s perspective has been the outstanding safety record achieved onsite. Jason said that with large numbers of personnel and machinery constantly on the move over a large footprint, Lipman established clearly delineated pedestrian pathways and work zones between the four buildings.

The result from this strategy speaks for itself, with more than 270,000 man-hours worked with no Lost Time Injury recorded. This very creditable achievement has been reconised by receiving the 2016 MBA safety award for projects over $50 million. Simultaneously Lipman built Veolia’s new waste transfer facility and associated railway infrastructure at Banksmeadow in Sydney. This facility in addition to Veolia’s existing Clyde facility, take household waste from a number of Sydney Councils, compact and containerise it prior to shipment by rail to the Veolia Woodlawn site.

now exports enough power to supply over 8,000 households.

have played a major role in bringing Veolia’s landmark development to fruition.”

Jason said that the newly-constructed MBT facility will further enhance the resource recovery capabilities at Woodlawn. “The project reflects Lipman’s commitment to excellence and the company is proud to

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

The Woodlawn site also includes, the Woodlawn bioreactor, which has been operating since 2004 and is highly recognised as an example of best practice landfill technology from the residual waste stream after kerbside recycling has been undertaken. Since opening, over 5.5 million tonnes of waste has been used to generate green electricity and the facility


Below Downer Group completed extensive mechanical and construction services on the unique facility.

Conveyor leading to the Fermentation building

BRS Drums with observation platform, from the Reception building

45 Aero Control fans in the fermentation building

Downer group was commissioned to undertake the Electrical and Mechanical Design and Construction of the landmark project.

In addition to the French digesters, Downer installed a total of 32 conveyors of various sizes and a compost stacker imported from Holland. At the peak of the build, Downer had 80 employees onsite.

Veolia MBT Facility had several different elements that created a unique challenge for Downer, including the relatively remote location and the need to integrate overseas technology into the project.

“Downer Group is a one-stop-shop for design, build and maintenance services over an extensive range of projects,” Chris said. “The company already has a large catalogue of achievements in the environmental sector and the Veolia MBT Facility will enhance that record.”

Site Manager for Downer was Chris Johnston, who said that it was exciting for the company to be at the centre of the construction of the MBT facility. “This is a really positive step-forward for the environment and fits perfectly into Downer’s philosophy of involvement with initiatives that create sustainable outcomes.” “One of our major challenges onsite was the horrendous weather we experienced, including unusually cold and wet weather,” Chris said. “This was a particular problem when we were welding the massive digesters, a French product, which are 40m long. We were often welding around the clock to maintain the right temperature.” Coordination of the many different trades onsite and scheduling deliveries, were also often impacted by the weather. 104 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Veolia MBT Facility

For more information contact Downer Group, Triniti Business Campus, 39 Delhi Road, North Ryde NSW 2113, phone 1800 369 637, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Costin Roe Consulting was contracted to complete all the civil and structural works for the expansive facility.

Reception building.

Costin Roe Consulting completed all the civil and structural engineering works for Veolia’s Mechanical Biological Treatment project. Civil works included earthwork levels and grading, stormwater drainage, external pavements, the carpark and modifications to the haulage road and the ponds road. Structural works included all building structures, a crane beam, internal pavements, reception pit, push walls, and the detailed coordination of services. “There were some unique challenges, as with all major projects,” said Managing Director, Grant Roe, BE (Hons), MEngSc, MBA, MIEAust, CPEng. “One particular challenge related to the design and construction methodology of the reception pit, which at 13m deep, 27m long and 12.5m wide, presented both design and construction issues. Another challenge was the complexity of services coordination and the incorporation of requirements as the project developed. The successful resolution of challenges and meeting of requirements is a credit to the entire project team.” Established in 1989 as Costin Structural and renamed Costin Roe Consulting in 2001, the firm has grown to become a leading provider of professional engineering and BIM coordination services for major industrial, commercial, residential, community and infrastructure WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

An overview of the facility.

developments and upgrades. Today there are more than 25 staff and offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, and Wollongong. Over the course of the MBT project, six engineers and two draftsmen were used to design and document the works using a fully integrated and coordinated BIM platform. Current engineering engagements for the firm include several large-scale industrial warehousing developments and multi-storey commercial and residential projects. The Bunnings Warehouse retail facility project at Kingsgrove, one of the largest in Sydney, is a recently completed project. Costin Roe Consulting has been building a strong, industry-wide reputation for delivering precision, communication, and accountability in engineering and BIM coordination for clients and their projects. The firm’s work at the Woodlawn MBT facility has further enhanced that reputation.

For further information contact Costin Roe Consulting, Level 1, 8 Windmill Street, Walsh Bay NSW 2000, phone 02 9251 7699, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Veolia MBT Facility 105

Veolia MBT Facility, Woodlawn NSW


Below XL Precast supplied and installed precision precast concrete walls for the facility.

Construction of the Veolia Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) Facility required a range of specialised building components, including the precast concrete walls. XL Precast Pty Ltd was selected to supply the walls to strict specifications based on its deserved reputation for manufacturing to precise tolerances using the latest advances in panel design, concrete technology, production methods and use of embedments. The company also has its own unique transportation system. National Operations Manager for XL Precast, Alessandro Bentancur, said that the contract required a very high quality finish for the wall panels. “XL Precast manufactured and delivered precast wall panels for the four main buildings. As the panels were to be left unpainted, we needed to manufacture to the highest standard with no blemishes on the surface.” Alessandro added that the panel design was unique to the project. “The shape of the walls and the inclusions within the panels were very uncommon and as a result created some design challenges but our design team worked very constructively with the architects, builders, consultants and engineers from the early stages of the project.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We were able to turn around the drawings from concept to final design in quick time utilising our resources. From design to delivery of precast, there was a short timeframe especially for a project of this size and complexity. However, our capacity to manufacture large quantities quickly and deliver these panels using our own transport sped up the process dramatically,” Alessandro said. “XL Precast utilises a unique transportation system that promotes quick and efficient transport. This ensures that onsite delays and double handling are eliminated. The trailer systems are designed so that escorts are not required for oversize loads.” XL Precast is based at Yennora in western Sydney, with branches in Brisbane and Perth. It is currently involved in several major projects around Sydney including several high rise developments in Clarence Street Sydney and Broadway.

For more information contact XL Precast Pty Ltd, 29 Yennora Avenue, Yennora NSW 2161, phone 02 8724 5100, fax 02 9681 7499, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Veolia MBT Facility 107

The golden touch DEVELOPMENT : Southlink Developments mAIN Construction Company : Hickory Group Project Manager : PDS Group Victoria Architects : Bird de la Couer and Hassell Studio STRUCTURAL Engineer : Rincovitch Consultants Pty Ltd CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $85 million

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The $85M Claremont Manor is naturally immersed within the urban South Yarra environment, featuring two interlocking black and white towers comprising of 285 luxury apartments. The development features a residents club, and warm and inviting living spaces amongst commercial and retail tenancies. Claremont Manor is the latest in a successful lineage of large scale Hickory built developments in Melbourne’s popular high end and inner city suburb of South Yarra. The project comprises two interlocking black and white towers, housing 285 apartments, office and commercial spaces and three basement carpark levels. The 19-storey development features striking contrasting colours with gold highlights and a linear façade. There are high end interiors throughout the luxury apartments, retail and commercial tenancies plus an exclusive residents club with swimming pool, around-the-clock gym and private indoor retreat. At roof level sits a stainless steel crown and across the glass façade are gold louvred art screens. The double storey lobby entrance is finished in steel, aluminium composite panels, timber and glass and there’s an exquisite marble clad spiral staircase. The project was delivered four months ahead of schedule thanks to the company investing time into good working relationships with other builders in the street, said Hickory Project Manager Steve Cahill. “At one stage we shared our loading bays with Buildcorp and actually assisted each other in erecting our tower crane and dismantling theirs.” Hickory also undertook detailed planning of the sequence of construction and early in the project had an in depth consultation with key trades on site. The project also demonstrated excellent site management and well thought out loading and delivery strategies to the

site, plus a clear and unrelenting sequence of works. “Trades were managed tightly and works followed each other without compromise,” he said. “The guys on this project were well experienced and versed with the Hickory model and they had worked closely together on other projects which helped them understand each and every person’s strengths and weaknesses. A team that clicks will produce a good product of which subcontractors, builders, consultants and the client walk away feeling like they produced a good job. We also identified elements that could be manufactured offsite that would ultimately reduce time spent onsite, for example precast slab edges, precast columns and eliminating or reducing the number of insitu concrete elements on the project,” said Steve. The project’s challenges included the final basement level, lying below the water table level. However the Hickory team managed the excavation carefully to ensure works were carried out safely and to code. In all, 11,500m3 of concrete and 1,150 tonnes of steel reinforcement went into the project. Melbourne based Hickory Group has been operating for 25 years and has distinguished itself as a dynamic and innovative leading construction group. It employs 600 people. It offers turnkey ‘best for project’ solutions and is a builder as well as a manager of works. They’ve successfully completed projects across Australia using the resources of their construction, formwork, façade, fitout, crane logistics and manufacturing divisions. The company also offers prefabricated building systems, modular bathrooms, joinery, platform hire, design and engineering. Hickory’s other iconic projects include NewQuay Promenade and Aqui, La Trobe Tower, which is Australia’s tallest pre-fabricated building, The Fifth, Lakeside Apartments, Opera, Collins House and Banksia Apartments. For more information, contact Hickory Group Pty Ltd, 101 Cremorne Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 7411, fax 03 9428 7376, email, website


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Below Aloha Pools designed and installed the pool for the luxury apartments, along with a 13m custom built window.

For the Claremont Manor project, Aloha Pools designed and established a fully custom 25m by 2.5m lap pool. “We worked through the concept stages, mindful of budgetary requirements, to deliver a complete installation of the pool right through to handover with after care maintenance,” said Travis Fell, Director of Aloha Pools.

Often Aloha Pools comes in after a project’s marketing drawings have been issued and circulated, which is how the multi award winning business has become well known for offering and delivering clients turnkey solutions. “We are frequently requested to restore a lot of other apartment pools built by builders who have subcontracted various sections of the work out. Aloha Pools offers a turnkey solution so that the builder has one point of contact and one point of delivery.” “Architects generally have allocated space however when we get to the nuts and bolts of marrying up the budget to the technical requirements with marketing expectations of those images, you have to adjust to what will work.” Twenty or so staff worked across the Claremont Manor project from October 2013 operating closely with architects to isolate the plant room, with an acoustic engineer to minimise noise for residents and with electrical engineers for the power sub main which is located under the pool. As part of the pool installation the team were required to waterproof the base before the concrete level and add multiple waterproofing layers in the pool. There was also a need to have a failsafe monitor in place between the pool and structural slab for leaks. The key feature in the build was a 13m long, specifically built window to form part of the wall for a private pool in the third level of the luxury apartment block. “We coordinated with the builder and other trades to leave a hole in the ceiling to allow the window to be craned into place because if we put it in too early we risked compromising the steel structure frame of the window, so we had to get it scheduled in as late as practicable,” said Travis. The family owned company has been operating since 1966 and employs over 50 people full-time. Aloha Pools builds 90+ high level commercial and domestic pools a year in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. For more information contact Aloha Pools Pty Ltd, 3/35 Lakewood Boulevard, Carrum Downs VIC 3021, phone 03 9775 0033 email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Claremont Manor 111

DEVELOPER : Commercial & Industrial Property ARCHITECTS : Michael Carr Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : WSP CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $76 million

hitting the mark The $76M Target Distribution Facility has consolidated and replaced the existing Victorian distribution network. Property Development Group Commercial & Industrial Property (CIP) recently completed the mammoth distribution facility on a 13 hectare site for Target, west of Melbourne. The project creates 60,000m2 of storage space, including an automated distribution facility. It will have about 2,500m2 of office space, plus about four hectares of external concrete pavement. The site consolidates Target’s existing Victorian distribution facilities and is in the Wyndham City Council area. “CIP is the development manager for the Drystone Estate on which this property is located. We were also the property developer for this project and with our partner, Charter Hall, we negotiated the long term lease with the client, Target, and undertook the planning, design and construction of the facility for the investor in the estate being Charter Hall,” said Andrzej Masztak, Director of Infrastructure and Estates. CIP was set up in 2003 and now employs more than 150 staff. Many of the diverse skill sets within the company were involved in the Target project. “As with any new estate, delivering on promises made to clients in securing the facility is always a challenge. However, this was achieved through a focused and skilled team, strong relationships with the local council, statutory authorities and working closely with the client and investor in achieving the end goal,” said Andrzej. 112 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Target distribution facility

“We have a strong relationship with local councils’ economic development team, the investor who owns the land and the other statutory authorities. We were able to utilise those relationships and the vast skill sets of CIP to convert the site for the client. We were involved with the negotiation of the long term lease through to delivery. We don’t own the asset, but we’re providing a full spectrum of development services including delivery whereas most others use third party builders.” “It’s a new estate, so we had to deliver all of the infrastructure as well as delivering the properties and operating facilities. That’s what development is about, taking raw land and converting it into an income producing business park. The Drystone Estate is a showcase for CIP and our partner and together we have also secured The Reject Shop and Laverton Cold Storage as well as Rand Refrigeration Logistics. CIP offers end-to-end service for identifying commercial and industrial development sites and realising their high quality and value potential for investors. They have completed more than $2 billion worth of projects for its investment partners and these include from small distribution facilities to the most technically advanced, integrated business parks and industrial facilities across all sectors of the Australian market. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Its business model has as its core property development, design, construction, consulting and advisory services. The approach ensures CIP can engage with a breadth of clients for different engagements to accommodate changing markets. “There’s a misconception in the construction industry that CIP is mainly a property developer or builder. This is not the case as we provide a unique end-to-end development service for our clients and investors,” said Andrzej. “We partner with some of Australia’s leading property groups helping them achieve their investment objectives. We value the long term relationships we have developed with them and continue to maintain these strong relationships by continually delivering market leading developments such as the Target Distribution Facility. Our skilled and experienced team of professionals includes development managers, planners, estimators and construction staff for both design and delivery skills. We also source a design team of external consultants and subcontractors during construction,” he said. The company has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. For more information contact Commercial & Industrial Property (CIP), Level 3, 328 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9829 0200, fax 03 9828 0299, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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chilled to perfection Creating and delivering prefabricated industrial sized plant room packages, installing ice skating rinks plus ongoing maintenance contracts for food and beverage manufacturers, Murray Goulburn and Fontera, are what Tri Tech Refrigeration does in a normal day’s work.

Tasmania. They have expertise in delivering industrial and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Tri Tech Refrigeration’s offerings include design and engineering, construction, service and maintenance, refrigeration equipment leasing and second hand refrigeration equipment.

For the Target Distribution Facility in Victoria, they did something quite different, they built and installed a 125kW freon chiller to provide chilled water to the fan coil units to heat or cool the confectionary room as needed.

They have experience in designing, building, installing and maintaining systems for industries such as; meat production and processing; diary; beverage; winery water and brine system; smallgoods production; bakeries; farming; industrial and residential air conditioning; cold storage and logistics; fishing; marine; recreation (ice skating rinks and specialised animal enclosures); printing; packaging; pharmaceutical; chemical and petro chemical; energy management; and co regeneration.

“This was a tiny job for us,” said Chris Garcia, Operations Manager. Three of the company’s 60 staff worked on the project from about August until its commissioning in December 2016. “We have Australia’s largest service department. Another strength is our engineering knowledge. Our staff have more than 80 years experience.” Founded more than 25 years ago as a three man operation, it now employs staff across Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and

“We’re about delivering cost effective projects of excellence, fostering great partnerships with our clients and ensuring a safe and engaging work environment for our people. Innovation and extensive industry research is how we ensure we’re up with the times on technology and knowhow,” he said. Tri Tech Refrigeration has built a penguin enclosure in Melbourne, large meat processing facilities for Coles, Melbourne Docklands’ ice skating rink and Snow Planet, an indoor snowfield in New Zealand. For more information contact Tri Tech Refrigeration, 43-47 Northgate Drive, Thomastown VIC 3074, phone 03 9465 0099, fax 03 9464 1327, email, website

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on point design Michael Carr Architects (MCA) created the architectural working drawings for the warehouse and offices of the new Target Distribution Facility in Melbourne. According to Managing Director, Michael Carr, they also coordinated the structure and services, internal Target racking plan and Target office layouts in a tight program and for a staged building permit. MCA kicked off work on the project with a design meeting in December 2015 and produced the construction drawings within four months. “It is an extremely complex project designed at a time when Target was undergoing changes within their organisation. As a result, some of the decisions and information that were required to progress the design was sometimes difficult to confirm and so consequently we allowed more time to have these items finalised,” said Michael. “However, this is not uncommon in our industry so we accepted this from the outset and managed the issues as we went. We raised these issues at the earliest opportunity at the design and client meetings and often cover off many of the matters to reduce the impact on our project delivery.” Michael’s decade old company has 14 staff and a team of three, led by Alicia Duggan, who worked on the Target project. “While we are known for our work in the commercial and industrial sector, our team has a range of experience from residential interior WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

design to public cultural projects and pro bono work. This all forms an interesting cross pollination of ideas in our practice and enables us to confidently take on a variety of projects,” said Michael. “We also enjoyed working with the builder CIP and their team, to deliver the project ahead of time and on budget to exceed all client expectations.” MCA has worked on large format buildings for Bunnings, Coles and Target across Australia and for the worldwide Bounce Inc Trampoline Group designing their fitouts nationally and overseas. For more information contact Michael Carr Architect Pty Ltd, 88 Tope Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9645 5635, fax 03 9686 4084, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Target distribution facility 115

The quay to success mAIN Construction Company : Mirvac Group Architects : Fender Katsalidis Architects STRUCTURAL Engineer : Robert Bird Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $200+ million

The $200+M, 2 Riverside Quay Southbank Project comprises 12-storeys of A-grade office space, featuring leading sustainability initiatives such as rainwater collection, and will be the new Melbourne head quarters for Price Waterhouse Coopers. There were many challenges for Mirvac in developing their latest commercial tower at 2 Riverside Quay above an operating car park, but these challenges were overcome with Mirvac able to move PwC in, two months ahead of their original scheduled move in date. 2 Riverside Quay is in the Riverside Quay precinct on the south bank of the Yarra opposite Flinders Street Station. The A-grade building has 21-floors and a net leasable area of 21,000m2. PwC are leasing 19,100m2 of the building for 12 years and architects Fender Katsalidis Architects will be relocating their Melbourne office to the one remaining floor of the development. “Project challenges were significant given that the office component was to be constructed above an existing 8-level car park asset which required reopening during the initial phases of construction. Existing building strengthening works required extensive temporary engineering in order to safely demolish critical areas and make way for new core structures on east and west sides of the car park building,” said Senior Project Manager, Brian Donovan. The new office building was delivered with an integrated fitout for the tenant PwC. “We had a highly collaborative working relationship with PwC and their consultants. We worked together as a team to resolve complicated design elements including floating meeting pods within a void structure on the client floors from Level 17, that were introduced when the formwork structure was on Level 13. Mirvac integrated the request into the build with no disruption to the program, demonstrating the strength of our relationships with subcontractors,” Mr Donovan said. The Riverside Quay project was underpinned by the strength of the Mirvac integrated model. “The construction and development 116 VIC PROJECT FEATURE 2 Riverside quay

teams worked closely to achieve outcomes that led to the overall success of the project. Despite the numerous challenges that we faced constructing above an operating car park, the entire team managed to drive towards program solutions that led to us accommodating an early occupation for PwC,” Mr Donovan said. The team are also proud to have delivered one of the largest public artwork pieces in Australia covering the existing car park façade. Britt Salt was commissioned as the artist following a design competition. Mr Donovan explained that “the development and construction teams worked closely with the artist using 3D modelling during the design phase to ensure that the design intent and effects were achieved in the final product.” The building is designed to target a 5 Star Green Star Office As Built v3 rating and 5 Star NABERS Energy rating. The development used 1,200 tonnes of steel reinforcement plus 1,300m3 of concrete. Approximately 60 of Mirvac’s 1,200 staff worked on 2 Riverside Quay. Mirvac is a well-known player in the property industry with a $8-billion-plus market capitalisation on the Australian Stock Exchange. Since establishment in 1972, Mirvac has nurtured its strengths in property investment, management and development throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. Its iconic commercial developments include 699 Bourke Street in Melbourne and 8 Chifley Square and 200 George Street in Sydney.

For more information contact Mirvac Group, Level 28, 200 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9080 8000, fax 02 9080 8111, website


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Below Custom Clad fabricated and installed 4,000m2 façade panels for the 2 Riverside Quay project.

Custom Clad, a Commercial façade cladding company recently supplied and installed 4,000m2 of aluminium façade and internal panels for Mirvac’s 2 Riverside Quay Southbank project in Melbourne from May to October 2016. “There were literally hundreds and hundreds of composite panels for this job. These panels came in all different shapes. Our warehouse team received the panels in sheet form and then cut, routed and fabricated them to the architects specified designs. Using ALUCOBOND® Plus for this project provided us with a rigid yet flexible façade material with a clean finish and flatness. ALUCOBOND® PLUS is comprised of two aluminium cover skins and a mineral-filled core. The product is tested internationally to recognised fire testing methods including EN13501.1, NFPA 285 and ISO 9705. Locally approved through the ABCB driven CodeMark scheme. ALUCOBOND® is available in a range of vivid colours and is weather resistant”, explained Custom Clad’s Project Manager, Shay Hamill.

Other key projects include a Maben project at Camberwell Central Shopping Centre supplying and installing preclad ‘Feature Blades’ into position and 14 Queens Road, which requires preclad lightweight frames clad with ALUCOBOND® to be craned into position. Aluminium windows are also being provided and installed at 14 Queens Road. They have also commenced work on the Aurora façade at Melbourne Central, an iconic, new 94-storey structure, which when completed will be Melbourne’s tallest residential building. The list goes on and on. Some of Custom Clad’s completed iconic work includes a canopy shaped as an airplane wing over a United Petroleum service station in Coria, near Geelong, Victoria. It is an incredibly beautiful structure. Custom Clad has extensive experience working with composite cladding products such as ALUCOBOND®, Alpolic, Alucoil, Vitrabond and Trespa and can provide their clients with a full package of façades.

Ten of Custom Clad’s specialised team worked on the 2 Riverside Quay project. The most challenging part of their role was the design. “The architect onsite required various shapes and sizes in a number of different areas and there was extensive detail in both the external and internal panels in the design. Custom Clad was able to deliver an end product to the client as per the architects design with great support from the leading supervisor onsite.”

Custom Clad can supply and install composite cladding, commercial windows, louvres, privacy screens and balustrading to new and existing buildings. Having their own factory gives Custom Clad the flexibility to offer locally sourced material or if required, they can source from overseas suppliers as well. Their fabricators make all the panels and frames in their factory and preclad them onto lightweight steel. This ‘one stop’ solution is being well received by builders.

Custom Clad is currently working on several projects including a major project with Lendlease on the Rod Laver Arena redevelopment in Melbourne. Huge steel structures preclad with solid, powder coated aluminium sheet are being erected to the arena’s annexes entrances.

Custom Clad can provide their clients a service that includes starting at the drawing stage all the way to the finished product. Custom Clad’s focus is on providing their clients with a range of choices and solutions that gives them greater flexibility with their projects. They have recently moved into new and larger premises, in Melbourne’s south-east and are now located at 30-32 Apollo Drive, Hallam Victoria 3803.

Once finished, the façade itself will be 6,000m2. “The Arena will have a dome effect. We’re wrapping this steel structure with aluminum, working alongside Stilcon, who are fabricating the steel. We’re using a 250 tonne crane as they’re incredibly heavy panels. It’s a beautiful structure; once bolted together the finish will be incredibly striking and completely watertight. Our team made these panels here in Hallam, they were fabricated by hand and we are very proud of the work done so far,” said Shay. 118 VIC PROJECT FEATURE 2 Riverside quay

For more information contact Custom Clad, 30-32 Apollo Drive, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9791 2904, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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rialto Regeneration DEVELOPER : Rialto Joint Venture Main construction company : Built Pty Ltd Architects : Woods Bagot Pty Ltd STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Aurecon Group Project value : $200 million 120 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Rialto regeneration



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Below AAM's survey expertise helped to solve complex problems during construction and erection of the grid shell roof.

Initially, AAM was engaged to conduct 3D laser scanning for planning and early design work by the developer, Equiset Grollo, in 2014. Following this, Built engaged AAM as lead project surveyors. The unique design, incorporating a grid shell roof, demanded innovative survey solutions. AAM’s surveyors, modellers, cadastral leaders and other specialists met the challenges of a sophisticated and challenging build using advanced survey and modelling techniques: terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) to capture point cloud data throughout the site, photogrammetry, 3D modelling and visualisation, complex set out and structural monitoring, and cadastral survey. The results for the developer, consultants and builder were a consistent ‘single point of truth’ for design and seamless erection of the grid shell roof into its design location. Employing 290 staff across Australia, AAM is also busy with NorthConnex in Sydney, Chadstone Redevelopment, Sydney Light Rail, and Tullamarine and Monash freeway widening. For more information contact AAM, phone 03 9572 8750, email, website 122 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Rialto regeneration


Below LANIK designed and installed the ‘grid shell’ canopy for the atrium entrance to the Rialto.

Two years ago, specialist contractor, LANIK’s foray into the Australian market began with an invitation from AECOM to present a proposal for the Rialto Regeneration Project’s ‘grid shell’ canopy for its new concourse entrance. The aim – and challenge – was to efficiently transform the Rialto into a revitalised urban presence within a limited space,taking into account 12,000 daily users of the building while respecting Collins Street’s adjacent heritage buildings. The effort has already been recognised as head contractor Built was awarded with the Excellence in Health and Safety by the Master Builders Association. Commencing 39 years ago in San Sebastián, LANIK’s patented structural and retractable systems have been installed in over 1,800 international projects. Structures are 100% bolted and assembled on the floor facilitating precise and safe operations at site. The company’s multi-disciplinary team of 79 works with developers, architects, engineers, and contractors at every stage, from initial design through to manufacturing and installation. For Rialto, LANIK’s turnkey solution was an 1,800m2 canopy connecting existing buildings and acting as a weather proof atrium for WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

visitors. The structure is supported by its own double curved geometry and five funnels acting as stormwater drainage points. Design, manufacturing and installation processes were based on a proprietary CAD/CAM system, enabling the steel structure and glazing elements to be designed and manufactured in parallel and in a very competitive lead-time. Components were fabricated offsite through CNC machining and robot welding, and then delivered to site as pre-fabricated elements. Recently, LANIK provided a FSC certified timber façade for the Carioca Arenas, the biggest venue of the Rio Games, as well as, the retractable roof for the Arena de Baixada Stadium, that recently hosted the third biggest UFC event ever with 45,000 spectators. Locally, they are also designing and delivering an iconic canopy for an urban renewal and transport program in New South Wales.

For more information contact LANIK, S.A., Mundaiz 8, 20012 San Sebastian (Spain), phone +34 943 32 60 50, email website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Rialto regeneration 123

Rialto Regeneration, Melbourne


Below Boon Edam installed 5m high revolving doors (the largest in the Southern Hemisphere) at the entrance to the Rialto.

Global architectural revolving door leader, Boon Edam, has enhanced the aesthetics, efficiency and functionality of the entrance to Melbourne’s Rialto Towers by installing five of the largest revolving doors in the Southern Hemisphere, each standing 5m tall. The new doors are a striking focal point of the regeneration project for the Rialto building, managed by Built, to modernise the building and extend it by wrapping new buildings around its base.

The doors are part of Boon Edam’s Tourniket range, with custom-made Tournex dual motors to control the giant 1.3t doors. These motors had to be installed at the top and bottom to control the door’s wings and comply with Australian safety standards, which specify that the door needs to be able to stop instantly if an emergency sensor is triggered. Boon Edam worked closely with the project engineers to integrate this dual motor system into the building’s existing infrastructure.

Built Procurement Director, Peter Radovanovic, says that Boon Edam’s recently established Australian operation, their ability to undertake a service agreement and global expertise, were the key reasons they were selected to build the doors. “Boon Edam has an excellent track record for delivering on complex projects. For the main entry into such an iconic Melbourne building, we had to go with a proven supplier,” said Peter.

Michael Fisher, Managing Director of Boon Edam Australia, said that it was rewarding to work on such a unique and large-scale project. “This project presented us with a number of unusual challenges, but rather than baulk at them, we used our highly experienced team to figure out the best solutions. A key focus for us is blending architecturally sound engineering with visually pleasing and functional designs,” he said. Operating in 27 countries, Royal Boon Edam is a global supplier to some of the world’s biggest companies and multinational groups, as well as public and private agencies.

“Taking on the service agreement was another major advantage for us. Having a global leader that’s also the door’s original manufacturer look after all the service and maintenance, gives us a greater level of confidence that the door will always remain standards compliant, and run at an optimum level of efficiency and reliability. Additionally, Boon Edam provided us with a robust Quality Assurance plan,” he said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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mAIN Construction Company : Cockram Construction Ltd Architect : nettletontribe STRUCTURAL Engineer : Sellick Consultants CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $51 million

A class of their own The new $51M SA5 building is a sophisticated development which provides modern accommodation for 500 Australian National University students. Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt officially opened the University’s new state-of-the-art student accommodation block this year which was designed in part by students. Providing 500 beds, the new building offers high quality single rooms, a multi-kitchen hall and common areas throughout, along with a rooftop courtyard with breathtaking views. Students and the student associations ANUSA and PARSA, worked with Cockram to include the size and look of rooms, that accommodation seekers required and to encourage student interaction within a large, family orientated and open space. The building integrates open living spaces created by 270 degree views of green spaces where community living is inspired by the smooth lines of a u-shaped building. The home away from home incorporates kitchens, a library, break out spaces, a theatre, BBQ facilities and gardens for the student that requires some relaxation in the sunshine. The development of the new accommodation space in collaboration with ANU showcases Cockram’s attention to detail and their ability to deliver projects where the client is involved in staging methodology, staging and access requirements. 126 ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU NEW HALL OF RESIDENCE

Cockram delivers projects where design and construction are integrated, and a fast track construction schedule is delivered. In the case of the SA5 building, hand over was completed in 16 months. Cockram are Australia’s oldest operating construction company. The company was founded in 1861 by Thomas Cockram and has operated continuously since this time. Today it has over 750 employees, and operates in Australia, New Zealand, China, America and other parts of Asia. The company has a diversified construction mix, known for the construction of technically complex projects as well as a broad range of commercial, industrial, water and infrastructure projects. Cockram’s commitment to excellence has seen it complete landmarks such as the Princess Theatre, Grand Hotel (The Windsor) and the Eastern Hill Fire station as far back as the 1800’s. More recently, Cockram completed the digital stadium upgrade at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, built the $80 million Australian Federal Police forensic science building and constructed a complex data centre for Global Switch in Sydney. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Each one of their projects aims to be sustainable, working with clients and suppliers to ensure that all their endeavours are strategically and culturally implemented to achieve economically sustainable development, protection of the environment and social enrichment. Staff are Green Star accredited professionals, an officially recognised environmental rating system for buildings in Australia led by the Green Building Council of Australia. In the last 30 years Cockram has expanded successfully from being an Australian construction contractor. This success has been underpinned by our international knowledge, company systems and the mobility of our experienced personnel, which allows us to confidently offer project solutions anywhere in the world. From our Australian head office location in Melbourne we have expanded nationally throughout Australia and internationally. Cockram enjoys a significant Asian presence and in recent times a significant growing presence in America. Cockram’s first overseas expansion was to China in 1993 and today they enjoy significant and thriving business in China with four office locations. Cockram commenced operations in the Americas in 2000 and today have offices in Michigan, Denver and Los Angeles. In 2008 they commenced operations in India with an office in Mumbai. Operations in New WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Zealand commenced in the north island in 2009 and in south in 2013. Cockram’s success has been underpinned by our robust systems, talented people and pioneering spirit, which allow us to confidently offer project solutions throughout the world. Cockram’s commitment to the community is furthermore reflected in their partnership with the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporations to create Barpa, meaning ‘to build’ in the traditional language of the Jaara people of Central Victoria. The company is majority-owned by Aboriginal people and builds on the strengths of the two entities to increase indigenous employment growth in trades by utilising the construction skills of Cockram aimed at closing the gap for the first peoples of Australia. For more information contact Cockram Construction Ltd, Suite 4, 4 Kennedy Street, Kingston ACT 2604, phone 02 6126 4300, fax 02 6295 1836, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU NEW HALL OF RESIDENCE 127

Below S4B (Services 4 Buildings) was the engineering building services consultant on the project.

Demonstrating their bespoke approach to developments, Services 4 Building have shared their experience in diverse ways for the ANU New Hall of Resident project. The development spans 15,000m2 and houses an extra 500 students at the ANU. “We’ve designed the air conditioning, heating, ventilation, power, communications, security, fire sprinklers, smoke detection systems and lifts,” says S4B Founder and Director, Luka Vulic.

summer days. The rooms have hydronic heating, to deal with Canberra’s extreme winter. The building aesthetic is one of high performance and architectural elegance but functions much more like a low cost building and it achieves those aims.”

He and his team have worked on the project since September 2015 until completion in December 2016. “Our designs are cost effective, practical and buildable. This was demonstrated in dealing with some of the project’s key challenges – to rapidly design a cost effective, innovative and sustainable accommodation building. The main challenge was the student accommodation needed to be low cost, highly sustainable but with a lot of specific functions for the operator so we aimed to get multiple uses out of each element to deliver the best value for money,” said Luka.

S4B offers building services and consulting engineering covering mechanical, electrical, fire, hydraulics, vertical transportation and sustainability. It has extensive experience in project leadership in many private and public sectors, including commercial, retail, residential, hospitality, aged care, health and data centres. Some of the completed projects S4B have been involved in include the Westfield Sydney City Precinct (one of the largest mixed use buildings in Sydney incorporating a retail podium, three office towers and Sydney Tower), the Pialligo Estate (chef ’s hatted restaurant and award winning smoke house) and Number 1 Thynne Street (Bruce, ACT), which houses the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that’s achieved a certified 5 Star NABERS rating.

“We didn’t air condition the student rooms, instead using passive solar design to create a façade that means there will be only a handful of days the rooms might be hot in summer. There are study and other common spaces that are air conditioned to provide respite on these peak

For more information contact S4B, Level 5, 309 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9002 4200, Level 4, 60 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2600, phone 02 6113 4900, email, website



Below ACT Projects provided a concrete structure package for the ANU Hall of Residence project.

ACT Projects provided a complete concrete structure package which streamlined the construction and prevented the need to use multiple subcontractors to deliver the work for the project. “For the ANU project, we were the single point of contact for delivering the concrete structure for the client, which is inclusive of concrete supply, pump, place and finish. All up it was more than 4,000m3 of concrete,” says ACT Projects’ Director and Founder, Andrew Spinelli. “We also looked after the supply and installation of reinforcement, the supply and reinforcement of post tensioning services and the supply and install of all precast concrete panels.” ACT Projects started their planning work on the project in December 2015 and finished their role on the job by July 2016. A challenge was achieving the delivery of the concrete structure in the short time period. The company specialises in industrial and commercial developments across the Australian Capital Territory and beyond offering mainly structural engineer and project management services. A recent key project they supplied was the HMAS Harman naval base in the Australian Capital Territory. They’re also completing the new CSIRO offices in Canberra. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We deliver projects that have in excess of 600 precast concrete panels and most of them weight about 10 to 12 tonnes,” said Andrew. The panels are specifically shop drawn for each of ACT Projects’ clients and can be coloured as well as having embossed letters. The panels are made in their 800m2, purpose built factory which opened about two years ago. The factory features two 20-tonne overhead gantry cranes, part of the set up that allows the company to deliver precast panels within six weeks of ordering. ACT Projects is a specialised concrete structures organisation that through its affiliation with other group companies being Belconnen Concrete Pty Ltd and Precast Projects Pty Ltd, we provide clients with a one-stop-shop for structural elements on projects. Our ability to keep the main structural elements inhouse allows us to be more cost competitive, and ensure time, quality and safety are managed to the highest regard.

For more information contact ACT Projects Pty Ltd, 61 Townsville Street, Fyshwick Canberra ACT 2609, phone 02 6280 2703, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE ANU NEW HALL OF RESIDENCE 129

GREEN CITIES Are we ready to fast forward to the future?

Human ingenuity and intelligent optimism will help us create better places for people and planet. This was the overriding message from the 11th annual Green Cities conference. Futurist Chris Riddell kicked off the day with an exploration the megatrends and slow moving currents that are propelling us down the information highway. The conference theme ‘Fast Forward to the Future’ brought with it the requisite discussions about high tech wizardry – autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and augmented reality among them – but the real story was how a solutions driven industry was mapping a pathway to a sustainable future and that pathway will be a zero carbon one.

Success stories fuelled the air of optimism. The Better Buildings Partnership is saving $36 million a year through emissions reduction, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore told the audience. Battery storage is increasing exponentially, said Tesla’s Cleve Schupp. Vancouver has Canada’s fastest growing economy and its largest investment in green infrastructure, explained Councillor Andrea Reimer.

“The next three years of innovation and change will shape and define the next 100 years,” Riddell said.“Borders and time are being broken by technology” and as they do, we are finding spectacular solutions to complex problems.

The policy leadership demonstrated by many local and state governments was clearly on display, and pointed to urgent need for our national government to lead with an ambitious and proactive policy agenda. These government leaders understand that our buildings may have a super-sized carbon footprint, but they also present huge potential.

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, launched ‘A carbon positive roadmap for the built environment’ – a discussion paper which charts a course for “efficient, comfortable and healthy buildings, energy security and a thriving renewable energy industry, jobs growth in emerging sectors, and enhanced biodiversity.”

“The built environment can deliver $20 billion in savings and half of the National Energy Productivity Plan by 2030 with the right policies,” said Amandine Denis-Ryan, head of research at ClimateWorks Australia. Property Council Chief Executive Ken Morrison moderated a robust conversation on unlocking the key to finance, and argued

that creative thinking was required to mobilise money from every possible source. For Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO of International WELL Building Institute, “wellness” was the next big opportunity for building performance. Fedrizzi pointed to recent Harvard research, which examined the impact of indoor environment quality on brain function, revealing that employees’ cognitive performance scores averaged 101% higher in green building environments with enhanced ventilation than in conventional building environment. Later, Madew and Fedrizzi announced a range of joint initiatives which would advance the health and wellbeing movement in Australia. Denser cities could lead to better, more sustainable cities, the audience also heard. ‘Starchitect’ Joe Snell said density was “inevitable” but didn’t need to be scary, while Lendlease’s CEO of Property, Kylie Rampa, argued that good density brings with it vibrant street life, access to transport and jobs, and better places for people. “Rather than seeing density as a second choice, we should be looking at density as the vehicle” to make our cities better as they grow, said Michael Rose, Chairman of The Committee for Sydney.

Chris Riddell


Penny Sharpe, the New South Wales Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage, said a denser future was “undeniable” – but that it needed to be shared equitably. “When you look at where density is increasing, it’s in Labor Party areas.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Darling Harbour, Sydney (NSW)

Property Council chief Ken Morrison addresses the Leadership Dinner



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Left to Right: Romilly Madew, Andrea Reimer and Clover Moore




Sharpe lamented the “failure to plan” which meant people were finding it harder and harder to get their kids into schools and local sporting competitions, or to even see a doctor. “People like living in dense areas, but they wonder how much more they can take,” she said. The panelists agreed it was time to “reframe the debate” about density. “What if low density was a health problem?” Rose asked, pointing to statistics which find the rates of obesity and heart disease increase the further people live from the city centre. Mark Steinert, Stockland’s CEO and managing director agreed. Just 5% of citizens of super-dense Tokyo were obese, compared with 27% of Sydneysiders, he said. “We all have a responsibility to change the narrative and build trust if we believe in density done well,” Steinert said. Big data was another opportunity to analyse and solve many sustainability challenges. “We are moving from a world full of data to a data-driven world,” argued serial disruptor Catherine Caruana-McManus. But that presents problems for an industry that is “lousy” when it comes to data quality, handling and interoperability relative to other industries peers, said Chris Pyke, chief strategy officer for Aclima, a technology company using environmental sensing tools to promote health and wellbeing. “We need to get better at managing the old data sources” while we embrace the new, Pyke said.

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese said decarbonising the economy would encourage entrepreneurship and investment. Ultimately, though, climate action was an “unstoppable train,” Haese said. “A whole generation of people who expect governments to have a strong sustainability agenda are voters – or soon will be.” Social equity wove its way through the conversations throughout the two days, perhaps spurred on by the fact that 50 % of speakers were women. Catherine Hunter, a partner with KPMG, urged the audience to recognise the “big opportunities” within the property industry to bring reconciliation to life through the built environment, while Josephine Cashman, a board member of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust challenged the industry to use its skills, talents and networks to end indigenous disadvantage. Tim Costello, World Vision’s chief advocate, urged delegates to replace the failing leadership of our political system with one driven by compassion and kindness, while Buildcorp’s Josephine Sukkar shared her insights into the importance of diversity, leadership and philanthropy at the Green Cities leadership dinner. When our news feeds are full of global political turmoil, polar ice caps melting and coral reefs disappearing, it is easy to feel like a sustainable future is a lost cause.

But Future Crunch – a duo of political economist Dr Angus Hervey and big data scientist Tané Hunter – urged the audience to look through the lens of “evidence based optimism”. Despite the negative discourse in the newspapers, they said, the world is making progress – whether that’s infant mortality, the eradication of polio or world peace. Artificial intelligence is saving crops throughout Asia, buildings are being 3D printed from agricultural waste, drones are delivering blood in Africa to reduce maternal deaths and more than 900 million people have gained access to microfinance since 2011 simply because they hold a smartphone in their hand. The audience heard that China has passed ‘peak coal’ and is investing in three football fields worth of clean energy every day. Texas is the United States’ number one state for wind power – they may be unsure about climate policy, but they understand the benefits of a technology that is creating jobs at 12 times the rate of the rest of the economy. And solar power is now the cheapest form of energy in 58 low income countries. So, is the property industry ready to fast forward to the future? The answer was definitive: Bring it on. Learn more about the Green Building Council of Australia: and the Property Council of Australia:

Colette Munro, AECOM’s chief digital officer said the problem with data is that it “shows some inconvenient truths” – whether that’s buses running 60% empty or buildings missing the mark on energy efficiency. We must face up to those truths if we are going to create greener cities, she said. Speaker after speaker encouraged the audience to communicate the “co-benefits” of climate action. Scott Langford, CEO of St George Community Housing, said investment in sustainable social housing could build capacity in communities and liveability in our cities. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Left to Right: Michael Zorbas and Andrew Cole, Lendlease


Metamorphosis Main construction company : Hutchinson Builders Architects : Trapp Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Robert Bird Group project value : $55 million

The iconic 310 Ann Street redevelopment features an upgrade of the external façade, an internal refurbishment to provide tenancies for retail, A-grade commercial and office spaces, and includes an upgrade of the building services to target Green Star and NABERS ratings. The $55 million redevelopment saw 310 Ann Street stripped out completely, the façade removed, the structural plate for the floors extended horizontally, a new lobby added by cutting out floor stabs, a new external façade installed, building services upgraded and the internals refurbished to ‘lock up’ not fitout. The project comprised 20,000m2 of net lettable A-grade office space. It’s aiming for a 5 Star As-Built Office rating V3 and 4.5 Star NABERS value. “It’s a significant project that’s changed the face of an iconic Brisbane building that has always been known in the city over the past 30 years. It was quite an honour to work on it,” said Steve Williams, Site Manager of Hutchinson Builders. There was much overlapping of demolition, design and construction, which meant Hutchinsons had to coordinate with the client, consultants and trades constantly under a D&C based contract. About 110 subbies were onsite any given day. Ground breaking happened in late 2015 and since then, the project hasn’t needed much concrete. “We probably only chewed through a couple hundred cubic metres, that’s not a lot,” said Steve. “The more significant thing was the 500 tonnes of structural steel bolting to the existing building, the steel and the glass. In went a whole new curtain wall façade of glass, from ground floor to the roof on Level 19. That’s what’s unique about this building.” The biggest challenge was the tower crane. “We used one of our own Hutchies cranes. It stood 100m on a freestanding tower. To get it into place by Christmas last year, we had to position the crane so it was about 11m offset above an underground train tunnel. That’s drilling through apart rock base with a 12mm wide auger bit. Due to initial design documentation limitations, we were required to successfully negotiate installing the foundations for the tower crane within the rail corridor. The engineering was huge to work 134 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 310 ANN STREET

out the base for the tower crane to sit on. We had to facilitate that.” They coordinated these ‘sensitive works’ with Queensland Rail and their engineers to ensure there was no pressure on the tunnel. The result was a tower sitting on 17m deep concrete piles. Another challenge was restricted site access given the CBD location. Because of that Hutchinson Builders opted for as many elements to be built offsite then craned in which improved site safety. “On every floor there were three sections of floor that we extended out, so that was 40m2 times three for the extended floor plates on all 17-levels. We referred to those as pods that bolted onto the side of the building. All 57 of those we had preframed and assembled offsite with hand rails attached so we could lift them in place and connect them safely. Once the façade was installed, the handrails were removed. We used structural steel handrails with mesh so it was a safe working platform for erection and façade installation,” said Steve. One of Huthchinson Builders’ next big projects to finish in the Brisbane CBD, is the Skytower on Margaret Street, which at 100-storeys, will be the city’s tallest residential tower. As one of Australia’s largest privately and locally owned building and construction companies, Hutchinson Builders earned $1.6 billion of revenue last year, has $2.6 billion of work on hand, with the average job size $22 million. Their average build time is 13 months. Hutchinson Builders, set up in 1912, has 12 offices, employs 1,400 people with most of their work in all urban and regional parts of Australia. They have a national presence that spans from Darwin to Hobart and Cairns to the Pilbara in the West. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 584 Milton Road, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 1300 HUTCHIES (4882 4437), email, website



Below Bennett & Francis celebreate 100 years of surveying excellence, helping to create some of Brisbane's most noteworthy projects.



Insert Photo: Auto edge-extraction software Below: Point clouds overlaid in CAD


A century of offering surveying solutions – that’s what Brisbane based Bennett & Francis is celebrating this year. Licensed surveyor Cyril Fryar Bennett founded the company with his first job a survey of a Girl Guides’ site at Cleveland. “Wearing his traditional waistcoat and bowler hat, he was met at the Camp Hill tram terminus by the land owner with a horse and dray and he shared the survey fee with his chainman,” said current Managing Director, Jim Worrell, who has been with Bennett & Francis for 50-years-strong. Retirement not yet on his radar. “I’m 69, I should be retired. What’s got me is the excitement of where things are headed in the surveying profession. I can’t leave because of the evolution of the business and technology. We’re at the threshold. When I started in this firm in 1966, we were using old technology such as theodolites that were being used in the early 1900s. In the late 1960s, a surveyor might have been happy with getting 200 measurements a day. By the mid 1970s, laser technology came in with electronic measuring equipment. Now we have computers that are state-of-the-art and are planning new applications every day. That’s part of the excitement.” The transformation of surveying has hinged upon lasers, which continue to be refined. “These days with point cloud laser scanners we can get up to a million points per second, with a billion points total per day not uncommon. These technologies are extremely efficient in terms of time in the field. They also improve employee safety, as much of the time the capture is done remotely so there is no need for an employee to walk onto a road to take a measurement for example,” said Jim. That said data handling and distribution, whilst not new to surveyors, is a whole new field that requires specialist input if it is to be done successfully.” The current proprietors, surveyors Jim Worrell, Jeff Wood and Phillip Pozzi and IT professional James Worrell have between them 175 years of industry experience, so clients of Bennett & Francis receive the best of both worlds – access to a century of traditional knowhow along with the benefits of cutting edge technology and work practices. The company has such a strong commitment to technology, they have a dedicated IT department to oversee custom software and hardware development. Recognising the advances in ‛reality capture,’ the firm has invested significantly in laser scanning instruments and associated software. Arguably we are the only surveying firm in the country with a ‘GPU-enabled compute cluster’, capable of streaming point cloud files of billions of points, directly to clients and consultants, thereby minimising their own data handling requirements be it hardware or software. Point clouds are only part of the capture process. We have two fully certified UAV remote pilots and the firm is currently awaiting 136 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 310 ANN STREET

approval of a CASA Air Operators Certification to fly over populous areas. The compute cluster comes in handy again for processing many ‘gigapixels’ of data collected via the UAV’s to produce 3D models or even refining these models against laser scan data, again collected in a separate mission either terrestrially or from UAV. This avalanche of data from the different tools, combined with our survey methodologies, means we can combine old fashioned survey, GPS, terrestrial scanning, airborne scanning, 3D model generation from photogrammetry all into a single homogeneous data set. The next few years is going to see the explosion of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). The above data sets can be combined with proposed development models and visualised together in headsets like Oculus Rift or Microsoft’s Hololens – and thanks to our reality capture workflows – it can all be survey-grade data – not just a shiny disposable brochure data set, but the same data set used by the architects and engineers for detailed design. Reality capture can continue further into the development, scanning or flying of worksites nearly daily to provide consultant teams with near-real time feedback on site conditions and progress – or to visually inspect work against model data, again perhaps in AR/VR – checking that walls are in the right place for example – to catch errors early before it might mean very costly rectification. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Bennett & Francis employed surveying services to locate specific points of the structure on the project.

Precise measurements were crucial to the success of transforming 310 Ann Street from a 1980s curved building with many irregularities into a perfectly shaped glass-covered building with increased floor space and features. Surveyors Bennett & Francis had five of their staff work on the project, which started being built in September 2015. It actually marks three decades the company worked closely with the main construction company, Hutchinson Builders. “The initial request from Hutchinson’s was to locate specific points of the structure using conventional survey methods and abseiling specialists, but we used scanning and robotic technology to ensure we contributed to the efficiency of the build,” said Sean Hooper, Key Surveyor for the project. This meant they could accurately calculate the location of the curtain wall, the connection between structural steel and the existing concrete structure, footing design, crane size and location and design of the new mechanical plant. Matching their data with historical architectural and structural design information had showed the built structure departed from the design – bigger in some places, smaller in others. “Before the curtain wall façade components could be installed, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

we checked measurements to ensure they were placed into the right spot and confirmed these by using the latest technology,” said Sean. Being tech savvy is crucial for their work in data management, as they often manage data to create solutions where information from architects and engineers don’t agree. “We make that work, for example, ensuring a building joins where it should,” said IT manager James Worrell. “Our client can download our data from the cloud into their software and it means they get real time data. For some surveys, you can even ‘walk around’ in virtual reality and visualise with your building model.” From its Brisbane base, Bennett & Francis offers geographical and information solutions for property developers, engineers, business and private sellers. The company has been involved in up to $100 billion of big projects over the years including the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, many high-rise buildings in Brisbane and most of the Westfield shopping centres in and around Brisbane, including at Chermside. For more information contact Bennett & Francis, 100 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4101, phone 07 3239 5432, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 310 ANN STREET 137

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Below Trapp Architects designed the extensions of 310 Ann Street, including new atriums and multi-level spaces.

Trapp Architects fuelled the vision and drive behind extending the existing building at 310 Ann Street, Brisbane in three directions and removing part of the floors to create atriums and multi-level spaces. The 50-year-old company first got involved in the project five years ago. “At the start we asked what are we going to do with this building? We did lots of permutations of value options and feasibility studies. It’s a significant undertaking to completely reinvent a building,” said Architect and Director, Di Lund. “The building has an interesting complication as it’s on top of the main train line between Central Station and The Valley. It’s about the busiest train line you can get. The building is straight over the tunnel, so while we could have knocked down the building, we couldn’t have built again.” Their solution was to create something that would stand the test of time, in the realm of cutting edge design but strike a balance to be accessible to the understanding and imaginations of a fairly conservative tenant base. “We looked at pushing the envelope on the design and we literally did that by increasing the lettable area.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

While 310 Ann Street will be an iconic project, Trapp Architects have designed a range of buildings including aircraft hangars and flight simulators for the Department of Defence and for Brisbane Tech Park, they masterplanned right down to the detail for each individual tenant. Trapp Architects design for commercial, logistics, defence, industrial, education, special process facilities and residential projects and have worked across Australia in capital cities, regional and remote areas. They employ 12 inhouse staff plus a mix of specialists that consult on graphics and landscapes. “We offer architecture from the ground up, which means providing services from creating a master plan, concept development, marketing presentation, the detailed documentation and construction support,” said Di.

For more information contact Trapp Architects, 349 Sandgate Road, Albion QLD 4010, phone 07 3862 3555, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 310 ANN STREET 139

Below Stone and Tile Studio supplied and installed crystalline Onyx and marble-like tiling on the 310 Ann Street project.

Supplying and installing high-end stone and tiling was the brief Brisbane company, Stone and Tile Studio, excelled at for the 310 Ann Street project. Managing Director, Percy DeMarco considers the ‘masterpiece’ to be the unique white and grey Onyx stone imported from Iran and processed at Stone and Tile Studio’s factory in China. These are going into the lift lobby walls to Ann Street, the mezzanine level, and at the Wickam Street entrance. “This beautiful crystalline Onyx is a first for Australia, but not without challenges, because it’s fragile. Some of the slabs being laid are 1,500mm x 1,500mm, so the logistics of moving and fixing these large panels is what keeps the adrenalin pumping.”

Casino Gold Coast, the Sofitel Hotel entries at Brisbane and Noosa, and are now working on the new Emporium Hotel. “Our strength is in giving our clients a turnkey supply package. The buck stops with me. I personally source tiles from all around the world including, Italy, Turkey, Spain, China, Oman, Iran and Indonesia,” said Percy. The two companies employ 12 staff, have two showrooms and a 6,500m2 warehouse north of Brisbane. Staff have been working on the 310 Ann Street project since early this year.

Stone and Tile Studio is also supplying La Fabbrica vanity fronts and feature columns in the bathrooms. These tiles look like Statuario Marble, are easy to install, and cost under $200 per/m2 compared to the real stone at more than $700 per/m2. Also being installed are 450m2 of granite slabs for the entrances at Ann and Wickham Street. Percy has more than 30 years experience in the field, and his 12-year-old business works closely with Compass Tiling. They’ve worked on 330 Adelaide Street, the Roma Street Parklands, Jupiter’s 140 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 310 ANN STREET

For more information contact Stone and Tile Studio Pty Ltd, 440 Stafford Road, Stafford QLD 4053, phone 07 3356 9766, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Floth undertook the building services engineering and ESD for the refurbishment of the project.

Floth Sustainable Building Consultants, a leading independent Australian specialist engineering firm, undertook the building services engineering and Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) for 310 Ann Street on behalf of the building owner. For over 30 years Floth has worked on major projects across Australia and in Asia, earning a reputation for technically excellent, commercially viable and sustainable designs. Floth leadership in sustainable building design is demonstrated by achievement of a number of Australian ESD firsts and international recognition as the first Australian winner of a World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Award for Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance – Commercial Category (2016). Floth design philosophy embraces a totally integrated approach – to optimise the project as a whole, not just the services component. The client brief for the major refurbishment of 310 Ann Street demands achievement of PCA Grade A engineering services and ESD performance, including minimum 5 Star Green Star and 4.5 Star NABERS Energy targets. Floth Sustainable Building Consultants’ integrated design response cost effectively meets and in many cases WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

exceeds PCA Grade A requirements, with the following items exceeding PCA Premium Grade: • Tenant Equipment Allowance of 20 W/m2 • Tenant Supplementary Loop Cooling Capacity of 35 W/m2 (44 W/m2 of heat rejection) • Cooling Plant Redundancy at 60% of Peak Cooling Load • Tenant General Exhaust Capacity of 0.35 l/s/m2 • Lighting at ≤ 1.5 W/m2/100 lux • Lighting Control Zones at ≤ 100m2 • Standby Power to 100% of Lifts • Standby Power to 100% of House Light and Power • Standby Power to 100% of Central Plant • Standby Power to 100% of Tenant Light and Power • Onsite Fuel Storage for 29 hours of Standby Power With offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Jakarta, Floth has the engineering scope, experience and expertise to add value to any building project in any market sector. For more information contact Floth Pty Ltd, Level 2, 69 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3513 8000, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 310 ANN STREET 141

An urban revival The BTP Northshore Hamilton precinct is part of Brisbane's largest urban renewal project. The mixed use development features a world class business environment utilising innovative design and cutting edge technologies to achieve a 4.5 star NABERS rating and optimise energy costs. An area formerly used for vehicle storage is being transformed into a quality commercial district, destined to become the centre of a vibrant and thriving business and technology precinct. BTP Northshore Hamilton is situated in the heart of the new Northshore Hamilton mixed use area, a 304 hectare development which upon completion, will become a workplace to 10,000 people and home to 15,000 residents. The project is being spearheaded by the Queensland Government, with Brisbane development company Alceon, appointed alongside the Graystone Group, as joint development managers to deliver the business and technology precinct. “The commercial development is the first offering of its kind within the prestigious

Hamilton suburb,” explains Bruce Loxton, Graystone Group Director. “The local business community is extremely positive about the development as it complements the existing amenity offered by the Portside Wharf precinct and Racecourse Road, and promises to substantially increase the catchment of potential patrons for the retail and hospitality outlets.” By all accounts, BTP Northshore Hamilton is being well received, with 21 companies already operating out of the area, including Puma Energy, Fujitsu, Sandhills and Murray Goulburn. Located just a 10 minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD and in close proximity to the Gateway Motorway, BTP Northshore Hamilton offers direct access to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

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The area is serviced by a mix of transport options, including a new Citycat terminal, a bus stop outside Portside Wharf and a terminal planned on Kingsford Smith Drive. A shuttle bus service looping BTP Northshore Hamilton during peak business hours is also planned. Graystone Group’s construction division has built all of the buildings within BTP Northshore to date. So far three office buildings and a childcare centre have been completed offering a combined floor area of 13,500m2. Work commenced on BTP Northshore Hamilton in August 2013 on the area’s first 2,500m2 commercial building, 371 Macarthur Avenue, which was finished in July 2014. The overall first stage of the commercial precinct is anticipated to be completed by mid 2022.

Undoubtedly, the centrepiece of the precinct is the 4-storey 6,500m2 Puma building. The building, which was officially opened in November last year, is headquarters to Puma Energy and a prime example of Graystone Group’s construction expertise and the proficiency of its contractors. “During construction, the main challenge was the area’s ground conditions. The commercial precinct is located atop marine mud requiring foundations to an average of 30m,” explains Bruce. “The slabs sit on piles not directly on the ground.” However, given Graystone Group’s 30 year history in delivering quality industrial and commercial facilities across Brisbane, the company was easily able to manage this challenge. “Graystone Group is proud to be partnering with Alceon to deliver a precinct which will create a focal point of economic activity in the region and provide work opportunities for people close to home, capitalising on the increasing numbers of companies seeking a business address outside the CBD,” adds Bruce.

Graystone Group has gained industry recognition for its role as the development manager of Brisbane Technology Park in Eight Mile Plains Queensland’s largest business and technology precinct. Brisbane Technology Park has been such a success it is the template for precincts such as BTP

Northshore Hamilton and BTP Westlink Green in Darra. For more information contact Graystone Group, 2 Westlink Court, BTP Westlink Green, 10 Station Avenue, Darra QLD 4076, phone 07 3368 1500, website

BUILDER : Graystone Group Pty Ltd STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Whybird Structural & Civil ARCHITECTS : nettletontribe CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $30 million

365 Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, QLD

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Below Steve Bartley & Associates provided compliance advice for the projects performance solution design.

Building Certifiers SBA Consulting’s work on BTP Northshore Hamilton has again demonstrated why it has gained an exemplary reputation within the continually-evolving building industry. The company was initially engaged to provide compliance advice to the BTP Northshore Hamilton’s design team, particularly the fire engineer preparing the project’s performance solution design. SBA Consulting then followed up the initial compliance advice to assess the construction’s documentation through to building approval. “After approval was issued we conducted several inspections to monitor the compliance of the construction and ultimately issued the certificate of classification allowing the building to be occupied,” SBA Consulting’s, Steve Bartley explains. The building’s glass atrium required additional fire and smoke control systems. “Most aspects of this building are the same as any other large office or high rise building, including the highest level of fire rating in the construction type – Type A as defined by the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One.” The feature that sets this building apart is the glass atrium that connects the 4-storeys in the centre of each floor. For this connected atrium design, the NCC calls up a number of additional fire and 144 QLD PROJECT FEATURE BTP Northshore Hamilton

smoke control systems that are not normally found in a typical office building of this size. “As the Building Certifier we assessed the fire-engineered design in consultation with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services who provided comment and formal acceptance of the design. Given the installation of some of the additional fire safety systems and the rationalisation of several others, the assessment of the design and the process of commissioning the installed systems at completion were carefully detailed,” says Steve. This project was delivered by a knowledgeable and experienced team with an understanding not simply limited to the legislative requirements, but extending to a practical understanding of the construction process and the relevant parties involved. SBA Consulting continues to provide its services on apartments, hotels, office buildings, shopping centres, aged care, retail/department stores, warehouses/factories, childcare centres and schools. For more information contact Steve Bartley & Associates Pty Ltd, Suite 37, 20 Masthead Drive, Cleveland QLD 4163, phone 07 3134 3833, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below During the construction of BTP Northshore Hamilton, Whybird provided the structural engineering services.

Following on from the success of Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains, Whybird Structural & Civil were the consultants of choice for Graystone’s developments at MacArthur Avenue Northshore Hamilton, a part of the Queensland Government’s $5 billion Northshore Hamilton project. Whybird Structural & Civil, an award winning consultancy, designed BTP Northshore Hamilton to facilitate the operations of technically innovative local organisations and global enterprises requiring high quality accessible facilities. According to the Honourable Curtis Pitt (BTP), “It’s state-of-the-art in both design and construction, and will help grow innovation and attract investment to build a better future for Queensland.” Northshore Hamilton, part of the Brisbane River bank, offered challenges to find economical solutions for the foundations. This combined with the sleek architectural lines of BTP Hamilton Northshore, caused Whybird Structural & Civil to draw on years of experience, knowledge and practical application to provide innovative structural solutions for the visionary project. The post tensioned flat plate floors combined with the slender structural steel design of the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

roof line and awnings were used to facilitate the architectural vision of one of Australia’s most impressive office block developments. As with Whybird Structural & Civil’s other award winning projects, Jim Whybird and Mark Shephard ensured the client’s needs were met by working closely with Graystone’s design managers to guarantee challenges were overcome in a judicious and cost effective manner. Over the past 30 years Jim Whybird’s structural design experience, across the residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure sectors of the construction industry, has enable Whybird Structural & Civil to create strong client relationships that deliver exceptional results and award winning projects. Today Whybird Structural & Civil continues to provide client focused professional services, ensuring each project receives the attention of a director or senior engineer, building the reputation as a highly respected leader in the Queensland structural engineering field. For more information contact Whybird Structural & Civil, 5 Trafalgar Street, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, phone 07 3392 1369, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE BTP Northshore Hamilton 145

BTP Northshore Hamilton, Brisbane


Below Trimform completed the formwork on the BTP Hamilton project using conventional and Ischebeck formwork.

When it came to completing the formwork for the suspended slabs for BTP Northshore Hamilton, Trimform Pty Ltd used a combination of conventional formwork and Ischebeck formwork. Trimform’s Anthony Price explains that Ischebeck formwork is a German designed system which provides a number of benefits. “The Ischebeck system gives us the advantage of quick building and stripping times, and increased safety because of its building method,” he says. Anthony adds that the most challenging aspect of their work on BTP Northshore Hamilton was the building’s floor heights.

Trimform was established following the retirement of Anthony’s business partner after they worked together in their previous company since 1989. Trimform, which is registered as a medium rise builder, has around 40-50 employees. What’s more, the company has continued to showcase the skills, experience and initiative required in the formwork business. This is demonstrated by the number of major projects that Trimform continues to work on across Brisbane. This includes working on another project for Graystone, the 90 room Quest Hotel and multi-deck car park at Eight Mile Plains in the Brisbane Technology Park. This is a project that is valued at around $1.3 million for Trimform.

“The hardest part of the job was the height of the floors, which we used our number four props and titan props. This allowed us to still build high floors in good time to meet program parameters,” said Anthony.

“We also have numerous other sites we are on in Brisbane from large houses, unit complexes and other car park and office complexes,” Anthony adds.

While the Trimform name has been around since 2011, Anthony, who has a degree in Construction Management, has almost 30 years experience in running formwork companies.

For more information contact Trimform Pty Ltd, 58 Boyland Avenue, Coopers Plains QLD 4108, phone 07 3277 8499, email


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a new personal best

The Carrara Sports Precinct is being constructed for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and is set to host the badminton, wrestling, and weightlifting events. The project involves five separable portions including a full refurbishment of the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium, Northern Precinct works which involve reshaping fields, building road works, an AFL office, training facility, three new grass playing fields, a clubhouse, installing lighting, and developing a broadcast lighting upgrade to the adjacent Metricon Stadium lighting towers. Hansen Yuncken is rightly proud of its participation in creating infrastructure that enriches communities. It has constructed countless stadia, museums and art galleries, contributing to enhanced lifestyles and well-being for Australians of all ages. Now it can add one of the decade’s most significant multi-purpose sporting structures to its record – the Carrara Sports Precinct on Queensland’s Gold Coast. As the Gold Coast prepares for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Hansen Yuncken is the Managing Contractor in the construction of the precinct including the northern precinct site infrastructure, incorporating the new state-of-the-art indoor sports facility set to host badminton, wrestling, and weightlifting events.

function rooms, indoor café and commercial kitchen, large multi-purpose function room and terrace, approximately 5,350 permanent spectator seats, 460 undercroft carpark spaces, public plaza with pedestrian access to Carrara Indoor Stadium, and elite multi-purpose sports fields. Queensland State Manager for Hansen Yuncken, Greg Baumann, said that the building programme had a number of complexities. “This was a very unique project, with large halls both in dimension and height. Added to this, was the issue of the site, which posed a few issues in designing the foundations. The project utilised around 15,000m3 of concrete and over 1,100 tonnes of structural steel.” Another challenge was the coordination of the different trades and specialist

The sports and leisure centre is a major multi-faceted project, with a series of structures including two large indoor halls accommodating mixed-use sports courts, change rooms and amenities, meeting and

mAIN Construction Company : Hansen Yuncken Architects : BVN Donovan Hill STRUCTURAL Engineer : Bligh Tanner CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $124 million – Sports Precinct Construction value : $22 million – Gold Coast Suns Facility



contractors. When the floor slab was poured, a channel was left to allow access for crawler cranes and other heavy-lift equipment to position the steel spans and unusually large air conditioning ducts. Despite these challenges, which were exacerbated by a spell of wet weather in the earlier stages of the project, the end result is a spectacular addition to the sporting and entertainment resources for the people of south-eastern Queensland and the visitors who will attend international standard sporting events at the complex. Greg said the statistics surrounding the project were significant in their own right. “Over 12,000m2 of timber sports floors will have been laid and 15,000m2 of steel roof sheeting secured in place. Proudly, the project has utilised Australian contractors, some of whom have called on firstclass international equipment and know-how, to enhance the building’s integrity and security, including the unique window louvre system which incorporates smoke-reduction technology in the event of a fire.” Hansen Yuncken has been the managing contractor in a number of major projects on the Gold Coast including the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre which is the first complex completed ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, 18 months ahead of the event. This project

consumed 160,000 man-hours and the $40 million Queensland Government project was handed over on time and on budget. The Coomera Indoor Sports Centre has provided new world-class community infrastructure for one of the Gold Coast’s fastest growing regions. This new multi-purpose facility accommodates a range of community facilities and indoor sports such as netball, soccer, gymnastics and basketball. The venue has been designed to world-class competition standards with potential for elite training and competition use. Key features of the venue design include a gymnastics arena and eight mixed-use sports courts. A key to Hansen Yuncken’s success is its commitment to environmental sustainability. Its philosophy is that each small choice in decision-making has a ripple effect, from materials selection, construction processes, use of efficient technologies, resource optimisation, reduced energy consumption, recycling of construction waste, avoidance of harmful products, through to ongoing facility maintenance. “The Carrara Sports Precinct is an example of our commitment to sustainable construction methods as a proud addition to the Hansen Yuncken building record,” Greg said. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 120 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3872 4000, email, website



Below EBSA supplied and installed specialist louvre technology throughout the Carrara Sports Precinct project.

Visitors to the Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct on the Gold Coast may not realise it, but they will be protected against the dangers created by smoke in the event of a fire by world-class window louvre technology provided by EBSA Pty Ltd. EBSA is a commercial window louvre specialist, installing the latest louvre technology which combines natural light and ventilation with automated window systems to help create energy efficient and sustainable buildings, including smoke exhaust systems. EBSA was selected by builder, Hansen Yuncken, to install this louvre technology at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct. One of the most import features of the EBSA architectural glass louvres, besides their attractive appearance, is their capacity to not only provide an excellent ventilation system, but more importantly, to form an integral part of a commercial smoke exhaust system. Smoke exhaust systems are an essential element of fire safety solutions in large public buildings. This extraction process protects individuals from smoke inhalation, the cause of the most deaths in fires. It also ensures occupants can escape from a building quicker with better visibility and less confusion. In the event of a fire, the automated smoke control system engages the louvres to open and allow fresh air to enter the building while very large exhaust fans remove the smoke. David Auret, Director of EBSA, said the Carrara project had some special challenges relating to the reduction of fire cabling required in the original design. EBSA opted for a proprietary fire-rated bus system that networks localised panels and interfaces with the Fire Indicator Panel. The proprietary ADCOMNET technology combined with the Ventilation/Smoke control system was produced by D+H Mechatronic AG from Germany and meets current Australian Standards. This design was chosen as it provides a high level interface with the Building Management System (BMS) and the Fire System. David said that D+H Mechatronic window automation products were second-to-none in the world and EBSA was proud to supply them to the Australian market as the sole Australian distributor. “This technology is an example of EBSA combining the high

quality Schneider louvre range with advanced D+H Mechatronic AG automation solutions to provide a project-specific service to design engineers, architects, builders, window fabricators, and contractors.” Unlike traditional louvre systems, all Schneider products are custom made to suit each specific project. Every piece of glass is sized for optimum aesthetic value. The frameless Schneider G12BS glass louvres have been designed to add architectural appeal to the main entrances of the building whilst forming part of the natural ventilation and smoke extraction system. Elsewhere on the project EBSA opted to use aluminium louvres from SafetyLine Jalousie which were also fitted with D+H fire-rated actuators and integrated into the smoke and ventilation system. D+H take extraordinary lengths to ensure their products are built to the most exacting standards. Every drive is physically tested during production and finally placed on a test rig before being shipped. It is their dedication to quality that has given D+H the reputation it has today as the market leader in window automation solutions. EBSA has provided its automation solutions and louvre systems in many commercial projects across Australia. These include office buildings and public buildings such as schools, universities and hospitals such as the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. David said “Builders are looking to partner with companies who instill confidence by being able to deliver smart solutions on time and within budget. Our range of products are specifically designed for the commercial market and this has been achieved with Carrara Sports Precinct. Working alongside the Fire and BMS contractors, EBSA has delivered one of the finest systems in the country.” Utilising the best technology in the world, EBSA can design and install automated façade elements such as operable windows and louvres for both ventilation and smoke control solutions.

For more information contact EBSA Pty Ltd, 5/18 Hinkler Court, Brendale QLD 4500, phone 1300 327 200, email, website





Below Coolmaster supplied and installed air conditioning and mechanical services throughout the project.

Providing cool air in exceptionally large spaces, especially in the Queensland climate, is the province of Coolmaster Pty Ltd, a proudly Australian-owned and operated business based in Brisbane. Sports people and spectators alike will appreciate Coolmaster’s skills when they visit the Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct where the company has installed all air conditioning and mechanical services. The size of the two halls required the installation of 2,100mm extra large spiral ducting insulated with perforated steel. It weighed 95kgs per metre and came in 4m lengths which had to be lifted to the high trusses in the roofline. Construction Manager for Coolmaster, Adrian Wallin, said that the complexity of the job required a significant team plus equipment suited to the task. “We had as many as 40 of our own people plus as many as 25 subcontractors working on the installation. From the equipment perspective we used a telehandler, two beam lifts and scissor lifts with up to eight people to lift each section.” Adrian also explained that the ducting was powder-coated so had to be handled very carefully to avoid scratching. “With so many personnel 152 QLD PROJECT FEATURE CARRARA SPORTS PRECINCT

and the amount of large equipment involved, more coordination with the builder and other trades was required than usual.” Coolmaster thrives on delivering new and innovative services that supports clients in achieving sustainable energy efficiency through cost effective solutions. Its specialty air conditioning, mechanical and maintenance services have been utilised by large corporate and construction clients, as well as government agencies throughout Australia. Current projects include the Robina Town Shopping Centre and the Ruby Apartments in Surfers Paradise. “Coolmaster’s experience gained over 40 years of operation was invaluable in addressing the issues in the Carrara Sports and Leisure project,” Adrian Wallin said. “The end result is very satisfying and Coolmaster is proud to have been part of this outstanding development.” For further information contact Coolmaster Pty Ltd, 7 Dulwich Street, Loganholme QLD 4129, phone 07 3209 8099, fax 07 3209 7066, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Bligh Tanner's expertise is embedded in the structure of the Carrara Sports Centre.

Bligh Tanner has contributed innovative engineering solutions to the City of Gold Coast’s legacy, ensuring the structural design for the $110M Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct is world class.

smoke exhausts, retractable basketball systems, sports curtains and heavy electrical and lighting systems to consider,” Paul explains. “Coordinating all the different trades was a critical part of the process to ensure timeframes were met.”

The precinct has been redeveloped to provide civic and sporting community buildings, including two large sports halls, a new Gold Coast Suns AFL training facility and mixed use offices.

Bligh Tanner is no stranger to complex engineering, having been responsible for some of Queensland’s most innovative projects over the past 24 years, spanning multi-million dollar special structures through to world-leading, integrated water management systems.

Bligh Tanner had a team of six staff involved in the project. According to Paul Callum, Director of Structural Engineering, “The construction methodology was a major challenge. The roof trusses were large, being 70m long and weighing approximately 20 tonnes each. For ease of erection we allowed for the movement of cranes within each hall footprint, and provided a large access void through the 300mm thick, post-tensioned slab to allow the crawler crane lifting and placement access.” The structures also had to bear major loads beyond the usual insulation, ceiling and cladding. “The mechanical ducting, up to 2,200mm in diameter and weighing 220kg per metre, was just one challenge – there were solar panels, sprinklers, large blade fans, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The highly regarded group of 40 staff offer expert structural, civil, environmental and water-engineering design and consultancy distinguished by its personalised service. Bligh Tanner is currently involved in design work for Brisbane’s State Netball Centre.

For further information contact Bligh Tanner, Level 9, 269 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3251 8555, fax 07 3251 8599, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE CARRARA SPORTS PRECINCT 153

Below Starena Australia Pty Ltd supplied and installed retractable seating units in the multi-purpose sports halls.

One of the keys to the success of the Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct will be the functionality, durability, appearance and comfort of the seating across the complex which includes two extensive multi-purpose sports halls. The supplier of the seating and installer is an Australian success story – Starena Australia Pty Ltd, based in West Gosford New South Wales. The company installed four retractable seating units with a total of 5,001 seats, making it the largest retractable seating system in the Southern Hemisphere, surpassing the previous Starena-supplied Stadium Southland in Invercargill, New Zealand. The polymer seating ranged from Starena’s Apollo 2863 used in three units and the padded Apollo 2863R used in the VIP seating area. An attractive and varied seat colour scheme covered light greys to ochre.

and slotting in with other contractors who were busy with their own trades at the same time. The floor was not quite finished so we had to take extra care not to cause any damage, but we successfully negotiated around all these issues.” Starena had around 22 – 25 people engaged on the project including the office team, the staff on the site and some Chinese engineers. “This was our biggest project to date, so we are very proud to have been selected for this major iconic project on the Gold Coast,” Noel said. Starena Australia has stadiums and venues worldwide featuring its products and is an innovative and progressive Australian company with an international network of distributors. It is a manufacturer in its own right and also has strategic working relationships with other key suppliers.

Noel Carty, Managing Director of the Starena Group of companies, said that the company has an outstanding global track record in the design and manufacture of fixed stadium, retractable, theatre, educational, house of worship and auditorium seating. “The Carrara project will be an excellent showcase of our capabilities. There have been challenges along the way, including working at heights 154 QLD PROJECT FEATURE CARRARA SPORTS PRECINCT

For more information contact Starena Australia Pty Ltd, Unit 1, 16 Jusfrute Drive, West Gosford NSW 2250, phone 02 4323 9092, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below MHE-Demag designed, manufactured and installed a retractable hoisting system for the Carrara Sports Centre.

Unusual design challenges call for special solutions. The Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct had a unique requirement for a permanent hoisting system to lift two electrical transformers out of their location to facilitate regular maintenance. MHE-Demag has built a reputation for problem solving methodologies and was called on to deliver a solution. Luis Velazquez, State Manager of Queensland for MHE-Demag, said that the hoist installation required for the job was not standard. “We only see this kind of requirement every two years or so. MHE-Demag designed a solution around a 6.3 tonne retractable cathead hoist that would be fixed in position to lift the transformers out of their position and then lower them 12m to the floor. From there they could be manouvered by two manual 8 tonne chain blocks to allow Energex to undertake regular maintenance.”

With more than 40 years experience and over 26,000 crane installations in the Asia-Pacific region, MHE-Demag is a trusted brand for superior material handling solutions with a strong commitment to sound engineering practices and creative methods of solving client problems. All its products have a long life span, are extremely durable and require minimal maintenance. ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certified, MHE-Demag ensures that all production processes are safe and sustainable at every stage of the value chain. “Our hoist won’t necessarily be seen by visitors to the Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct but it will play a vital role in the ongoing successful operation of the complex,” Luis said.

The transformers will be used to power the two large sports halls and the food areas that will be established between the two halls. Luis said that the hoist was assembled at the company’s Smithfield factory and transported to Carrara for installation. “We had a team of four working on this job from our Brisbane office where we have a total number of 25 people.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact MHE-Demag, 92 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 336 241, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE CARRARA SPORTS PRECINCT 155

Below Bosform was contracted to create formwork, using table form and conventional formwork methods.

Bosform Pty Ltd has an extensive list of accomplishments delivering specialised formwork systems throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. It has now added the state-of-the-art Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct to that list, providing all the formwork for the project. Romolo Bos, Director of Bosform, explained that both table form and conventional formwork methods were used in the construction process for the complex. “The unique features of the Carrara project were the high propping required and the deep 2m beams. The height of the propping required was between 4m and 6m.” Bosform was working at the site for 12 months. “At the peak of activity we had 40 people onsite out of our total numbers of 200,” Romolo said. “Bosform has a full-time team of skilled employees including structural foremen, safety officers, leading hand carpenters and labourers, crane drivers, dogmen, scaffolders and boilermakers. We are therefore equipped to handle the largest of jobs.” For more information contact Bosform Pty Ltd, 74 Pearson Road, Yatala QLD 4207, phone 07 3807 9522, fax 07 3807 9611, email, website 156 QLD PROJECT FEATURE CARRARA SPORTS PRECINCT


Below Evergreen Turf constructed and line planted approximately 2.4 hectares of grand prix couch turf on the project.

Evergreen Turf Pty Ltd is no stranger to providing immaculate turf surfaces for high profile customers across the horseracing, sports field and golf course industries. It has achieved a portfolio of national and international projects that showcases its ability to deliver tailored solutions for major projects. One of its latest large scale undertakings is the Carrara Sports and Leisure Precinct, on the Gold Coast. Evergreen Turf commenced with a clay base that had been prepared by the project builder, Hansen Yuncken. It was working across an approximate area of 2.4 hectares and began by laying out the drainage lines and sub-surface irrigation. Site Manager for Evergreen Turf, Tim Bayard, said that once this was accomplished, the clay surface was prepared with 120mm of gravel carpet layer topped with 260mm of a sand growing medium. A specialty couch grass was then planted across the prepared sand profile. “There were a number of challenges,” Tim said. “One was the presence of some reactive soils which we had to be mindful of. While site access was reasonably good, the job site was complex and coordinating all our activities with those of the builder and variety of other trades WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

onsite required adequate pre-planning. The weather was also an issue, with high rainfall occurring at times. On Several occasions we had up to 30mm overnight.” Evergreen Turf had up to 15 people onsite during peak activity which extended over three months. In total, there was 6.5km of drainage laid with 6,000 tonnes of gravel and 14,000 tonnes of sand utilised on the project. Evergreen Turf has been in operation for over 34 years, growing from a domestic turf production farm in the early 1980s to being one of the largest specialty turf solutions and management companies in Australia. Its projects include the redevelopment of Eagle Farm Racecourse, Townsville Racecourse, Manuka Oval Redevelopment (Startrack Stadium) and creating the baseball diamonds at Sydney Cricket Ground for the Major League Baseball opening series. For further information contact Evergreen Turf Pty Ltd, 560 McGregor Road, Packenham VIC 3801, phone 03 5945 2100, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE CARRARA SPORTS PRECINCT 157

Carrara Sports Precinct, Gold Coast

Below Grand Slam Sports Equipment designed, manufactured and installed all required equipment for the Carrara Sports Complex.

Building a sporting complex to international standards requires World Class sports equipment and infrastructure. Local Brisbane company Grand Slam Sports Equipment Pty Ltd (GSSE) has an excellent track record in this field and has designed, manufactured and installed all required sports equipment for this spectacular complex. GSSE has over 30 years experience supplying sports equipment requirements for countless high profile events and facilities, including 2016 Women’s U20 Soccer World Cup in PNG, Queensland State Velodrome, Sydney Olympics, Suncorp Stadium, Townsville International Sports Stadium, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, South Pacific Games in Fiji, and the Waitekere Sports Complex in New Zealand to name a few. GSSE’s General Manager, said that one of the most challenging aspects of the project was the height of the ceilings in the two halls. “We supplied basketball systems for 16 courts, 15 to meet the International Basketball Federation’s Level 2 standard and one to FIFA Level 1 standard. The systems all had to be winch-retractable to the roof, with a 12m clearance to allow badminton to be played on the courts.” He also added that GSSE manufactured, supplied and installed removable netball posts to meet Netball Australia Standards, and also supplied FIFA Level 1 scoreboards in the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

main arena. Custom made Tassie Oak with steel frame player benches were manufactured and installed by GSSE along with eight dividing curtains for the courts and custom made magnetic column padding to ensure the safety of players. GSSE built a 2,000m2 factory in North Brisbane 25 years ago when Director, Phil Harvey, wanted to expand the business. GSSE prides itself on ‘Team Grandslam’ staff for their professionalism, dedication and outstanding customer service. GSSE engineers outdoor and indoor sports equipment to ensure the company’s high safety standards remain the foremost priority so as to provide an extremely safe product for the end user. GSSE also maintains a high quality product by the inhouse processes, including design, manufacture, sandblasting, powder-coating and dispatch. Equipment is built for strength and reliability using long lasting, highly durable galvanised steel which is powder-coated in high grade polyester to give years of maintenance free use. “We have been very excited to be part of this world class project that’s to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come,” said Phil. For more information contact Grand Slam Sports Equipment Pty Ltd, 19 Deakin Street, Brendale QLD 4500, phone 07 3205 3388, freecall 1800 773 461, email QLD PROJECT FEATURE CARRARA SPORTS PRECINCT 159

An urban Retreat Developer : Marquee Development Partners Pty Ltd Architects : Cottee Parker Architects STRUCTURAL Engineer : ADG Engineering CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $73 million

Featuring 20 penthouse and sub-penthouse apartments with panoramic river views, Haven is a premium waterfront development that has been designed to enhance both liveability and entertainment. Property development consultancy Marquee Development Partners (formerly Marquee Projects), is managing the development of Haven. Newstead’s new apartment building, has panoramic river and Brisbane city views, is less than 2km from the city centre and located within the Gasworks precinct. Each of the 220 apartments and penthouses ranging from one to five bedrooms, has been thoughtfully designed to take advantage of the sites perfect north/north east aspect. Residents have a rooftop deck featuring infinity pool, entertainment zones and dining terrace. The 1,150m2 ground floor retail space is being managed by John James development company RL 57 of James Street fame. Marquee Development Partners CEO, Mark Spedding said his company worked hard on design and cost issues during the process of developing the DA , with a range of concepts propositioned. “We spent a lot of time with the Council looking at elevations and appearance. Located on an island site with three street frontages and 360 degree views, it was so important to address the streetscape from all sides as there is no ‘back’ of the building,” Mark said. Brisbane City Council approved the Haven development in January 2015, the site settled in May 2015, and construction commenced in June 2015. Marquee Development Partners managed the contractor tender and selection process as well as managing sales and marketing strategies. Mark said a team of four from Marquee Development Partners worked on the project. This comprised, Senior Development Manager, John Marshall, Development Manager, Doug Bourne and Marketing Manager, Mary Graham. 160 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Haven

Marquee Development Partners won the prestigious Marketing Excellence Award at the 2016 Urban Development of Australia Institute (QLD) Awards for Excellence for Haven and its innovative sales and marketing campaign. “We had the challenge of having to achieve 25% of the sales to owner occupiers at prices between $750 thousand to $3.5 million, as well as investor and first home buyer sales in the lower levels, so an innovative marketing campaign was executed to hit both these target markets. The results spoke for themselves and the apartments and penthouses sold out within seven months,” Marketing Manager, Mary Graham said. Mark said winning the Marketing Excellence award recognised Haven as Marquee Development Partners’ prominent and successful foundation project. “Our company is only three years old but we have a wealth of experience between us, literally decades, most of which is local experience.” Marquee Development Partners, is a consultancy for a range of developers, fund managers and private clients within the residential property industry. Mark said his company’s ethos was all about partnering for project excellence, irrespective of size. “Our work is varied. We work across all forms of residential development from apartments and town houses to land estates with the value of residences ranging from $300,000 to $3 million,” he said.

For more information contact Marquee Development Partners, Level 5, 26 Wharf Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3221 6914, fax 07 3112 4272, website



a polished finish Maintaining a high class finish throughout the entirety of the Haven extends to even the smallest rooms in each apartment. Alfa Tiling was tasked to carry out the tiling for the wet areas for the residential spaces, as well as internal and external tiling including the lobby.

With 220 apartments, the job was quite a large one for the 10 year old company, who specialies in wall and floor tiling. “The Haven project is one of our biggest yet and we have about a dozen people working on the tiling. We found when we started on Level 20, we needed to double the number of our workers on this project,” said Director, Soo Ma. Alfa Tiling was established a decade ago in Townsville, and one of its first projects, a 52-unit residential development in that city, set the path for its continuing success. “We’ve continuously improved and grown our reputation in that city and beyond. Since then we’ve successfully completed two EBA projects in Townsville, then we were invited to tender for Brisbane projects in 2014.” Their offerings range from internal tiling, outdoor paving and even planter boxes. “Our tilers are hard workers and dedicated to finishing projects on time and to a high quality. Some of our tilers have professional international experience, such as in Korea and Japan, and have a breadth of expertise in tiling,” she said. Alfa Tiling’s key projects include the State Government Building and Ergon Energy building in Townsville, the Alex Perry Apartments and Albion Apartments in Brisbane as well as for Newstead Stage 1. For more information contact Alfa Tiling Pty Ltd, 20 Kalynda Parade, Bohle Palins QLD 4817, mobile 0402 253 610, fax 07 4773 2346


Below Magellan Space completed surveying works during the construction of Haven.

The right space Forward-thinking Engineering Surveying and Building Design company Magellan Space applied the use of the latest technology to ensure the Haven development was built to optimum and rigorous standards. As the first team onsite for the development, Magellan Space began work in April 2015, using the latest highprecision, survey equipment to guarantee the greatest accuracy. The company, which has more than 50 years extensive combined experience, set out all of Haven’s structural elements as well as some plumbing, electrical and mechanical features. “We have [also] continuously monitored lift core and slab deflections,” adds Magellan Space Director, John Magalhaes. Monitoring the lift core was a vital element to the project to ensure the building was in precisely the correct position. Additionally, Magellan Space constantly monitored the building’s stability and the accuracy of its wall locations. Specialising in commercial design and multi-residential projects, Magellan Space is the only Building Design and Engineering Surveying company in Queensland. This ensures it has an exceptional understanding of design plans and CAD files, enabling the smooth running of projects from start to finish. Magellan Space provides comprehensive services, from the initial stages of project planning and design through to land survey and site set out. The company’s goal is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Priding itself for being at the epitome of unique and innovative design, Magellan Space’s team of surveyors and inhouse designers have a distinct creative approach. Their building design services include concept design, DA and BA drawings, construction drawings, BIM and 3D renders. Magellan Space continues to provide commercial building design on numerous significant projects including but not limited to early childhood centres, multi-residential developments, hospitality and medical. For more information contact Magellan Space, 19/354 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3257 0005, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Haven 163

Sanctuary of care DEVELOPER : Greengate Property Group mAIN Construction Company : Hutchinson Builders ARCHITECT : Quattro Architecture STRUCTURAL Engineer : Northrop Consulting Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $34 million

Surrounding an historic Spanish Mission Church at Buranda in the heart of Brisbane the $34M St Luke’s Green Aged Care Community is bringing a new era in retirement living to the city. Offering a range of modern apartments designed for easy living the facility is close to shopping centres, hospitals as well as the parklands and cultural centre of South Bank. Hutchinson Builders was initially the principal contractor for St Luke’s Green early works, digging out the basement carpark. The company was then awarded the development’s main works package. This included the construction of 62 one, two and three bedroom independent living unit apartments and the high end aged care facility. Hutchinson Builders’, Josh O’Connor says the company started the early works package onsite in July 2015 and the main works in September 2015. The construction company was well on track to meet formal completion at the end of March.

to the heritage aspects of the site and completing works within its vicinity – heritage management plans were put in place before works got underway. “Because the church is located in the middle of the buildings, there was only one entry and one exit for the site, including for delivering materials,” Josh explains. “We had a crane in front of the church, feeding into the different buildings. The crane though, couldn’t be used when the mobile concrete pump was there.” Planning was a huge part of making sure materials and the tower crane and mobile concrete pump were able to access the site when needed.

“We peaked onsite at about 150 people, and averaged 110-130 workers daily throughout the main part of the build,” Josh said. The St Luke’s Green buildings constructed around the site’s existing Spanish Mission Church, did pose a challenge. However, this was not solely related

“It required a lot of coordination between the tower crane and the mobile concrete pump,” Josh says, adding that apart from the entry and exit issues, the build was mostly straight forward.

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In terms of the heritage-listed church itself, Hutchinson Builders completed some moderate refurbishment works to the outside of the building. This included applying a fresh coat of paint and replacing the bell in the bell tower. The use of pre-fabricated steel reinforcement formwork for the concrete pours was a new type of technology that proved to be of great benefit on the project. It was also a material that Hutchinson Builders hadn’t used before on major developments. “The reinforcement steel is pre-fixed, all you have to do is lift it up, place it, brace it and then pour,” says Josh. He adds that while it was an extra outlay on the job, the convenience of the technology was well worth it. Having the client onsite with Hutchinson Builders throughout the project also ensured a great deal of cooperation between both builder and client. “We had a construction office building onsite and the client was located just on the other side. This meant that they worked with us very closely throughout the build,” Josh says. “As they have a few facilities throughout the state, the client was naturally keen to ensure the building matched their branding. There were also some high expectations from the start, but it has ended up with the right result.”

For more information contact Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd, 584 Milton Road, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 07 3335 5000, fax 07 3335 5005, email, website


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Below Versace Timbers provided 1,175m2 of Queensland Spotted Gum decking and hardwood timber joists.

Celebrating 60 years in business in 2016, Versace Timbers is continuing its proud tradition of providing quality timber and an outstanding service. Specialising in timber merchandising and fabrication of roof trusses and wall frames, Versace Timbers provided Queensland Spotted Gum decking and hardwood timber joists for the St Luke’s Green Aged Care Community development.

Originally established by the Versace family in 1956, Versace Timbers was taken over by the Leddy family in the early 1980s. To this day, it continues to be a family-owned and operated business employing 55 staff. The company has also opened a second site to cater to its growing fabrication business.

“The timber decking and joists we supplied for this project covers an area of 1,175m2,” says Versace Timbers, Graham Leddy. “To put this into perspective, the volume of timber in this project is a touch under our combined total average of timber decking sales per month.”

Versace Timbers also supplied timber for another notable commercial project, the new Sunshine Coast Hospital. “This project proved to be more challenging with regards to sourcing the timber due to the quantities involved, however through the brilliant support and tireless efforts of Gowan Lea Timbers we were able to achieve this,” says Graham.

“Our supplier, Boral Timber, were able to supply the entire job from their warehouse stocks. The only potential delay was pre-oiling the 9,000 lineal metres of Queensland Spotted Gum decking, but to Boral’s credit all orders were delivered on time.”

Additionally, Versace Timbers is supplying roof trusses and wall frames for the Synovum Care project at Bellmere, north of Brisbane.

“The construction industry is currently building at record levels, so the demand for skilled tradesmen is at an all time high. We were able to put Hutchinson’s in contact with another of our commercial customers, Mayford Contracting, to provide assistance with construction of timber decks throughout the project.”

For more information contact Versace Timbers, 33-47 Vauxhall Street, Virginia QLD 4014, phone 07 3266 9000, email, website

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Below Shutterflex manufactured and installed aluminium architectural shutters and louvres for the exterior of the project.

A proud leader in the Australian commercial sector in custom manufactured aluminium architectural façades, Shutterflex’s success is built on a strong commitment to constant innovation, quality products and customer satisfaction. The Australian-owned company, designs, manufactures and installs external architectural metal work, aluminium façades, balcony shutters, louvres and feature screens. They offer a diverse and extensive range incorporating the use of the latest technology.

environment for those living in the aged care facility, while the sustainable design will result in lowering electricity bills for the residents.”

Shutterflex’s work on St Lukes Green Aged Care Community has again showcased Shutterflex’s capabilities on large commercial projects. The company supplied and installed a number of products on the development, providing sun shading and privacy for its future residents. This included Catalina sliding screens for the balconies, Colonial shutters on windows, Arizona pergolas and Bahama vertical privacy screens. Additionally, the company supplied and installed Rio batten screening, Mykonos ventilation screens and Tobago-sunhoods for the windows.

“Shutterflex’s extensive range of climate control products means we are able to supply projects with a range of products, from balcony shutters to ventilation screens,” adds Peter. With manufacturing facilities located in Brisbane, Shutterflex were able to respond to any changing specifications onsite. Additionally, the company’s inhouse engineering ensured it could resolve problems with engineered solutions.Shutterflex is currently working on a number of projects including, Spire apartments, Opera, Student One on Wharf Street and 900 Ann Street.

“The products, which have been installed on balconies, windows, stairwells and courtyards, allow for natural light and breezes to flow through while adding interest to the exterior design,” explains Shutterflex’s, Managing Director, Peter Ryan. “This will result in a more pleasant and positive

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


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By working closely with Hutchinson Builders during the design phases of the project, Shutterflex was able to ensure the right products were selected for their designed purposes. The installation process also went smoothly, with the selected products providing an aesthetically pleasing result.

Below Specialised Concrete Pumping provided concrete pumping services to exacting specifications.

Specialised Concrete Pumping (SCP) are the specialists when it comes to concrete pumping solutions for high rise, commercial and major infrastructure projects. Enjoying a long-standing relationship with Hutchinson Builders, SCP facilitated the concrete pumping requirements of the project, including providing the methodology for onsite concrete logistics. Basic challenges included limited access to set up concrete pumping equipment without affecting other works onsite and proximity to neighbouring buildings (meaning there wasn’t site access on each side for concrete placement), all while providing a cost effective solution.

“We specialise in projects where concrete logistics are an issue onsite horizontally and vertically, including longline concrete pumping,” says Jack. “Conventional mobile concrete pumps have their limitations with regard to high rise and long line projects. Sometimes there just isn’t access close enough to the concrete pour – particularly on inner city or remote projects. Our versatile range of mobile equipment and satellite booms allows us to come up with practical solutions to place concrete efficiently while meeting customers’ demands for sequencing and output rates for programme requirements.”

“We met these challenges through planning, coordination and drawing from the wealth of knowledge within our business. Our highly experienced project team used practical and cost effective methodologies,” says SCP’s General Manager, Jack Lucas. “We were able to deliver our services for the project effectively and efficiently using our large and versatile fleet of mobile concrete pumps.”

Setting the company apart is its extensive range of equipment, large base of operational staff and technical expertise developed over many years in the industry. “We are able to supply a wide range of concrete pumping and placing systems to meet our clients’ expectations including 42m and 50m placing booms – the largest available in the concrete pumping market today,” says Jack. “Our purpose-built facility at Pinkenba is the heartbeat of the operation and all equipment is tested and maintained in house by industry leading technicians and tradespeople.”

The largest concrete pumping company in the southern hemisphere, SCP provides concrete pumping solutions Australia-wide and has been around for the best part of two decades.

For more information contact Specialised Concrete Pumping Pty Ltd, 111 Brownlee Street, Pinkenba QLD 4008, phone 07 3511 9200, email, website

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Below IRT Roofing installed the roof cladding and plumbing as well as the external downpipe system.

With more than 30 years experience in all aspects of roofing and an ability to provide work on large-scale projects in short timelines, IRT Roofing have certainly set the standard when it comes to roofing and cladding. The company’s work on St Luke’s Green Aged Care Community saw IRT install the roof cladding, roof plumbing and external downpipe systems to all the buildings’ roofs. IRT completed their work on the project over a four month period, with 10 staff onsite working on all elements of the roofing. “There were many challenges on the project, however the main challenge was to install the large custom built metal fascia system to all buildings,” explains IRT Roofing’s, Damien Gunn. “This process included running a batten system to the tails of all trusses, followed by the installation of plywood and pin point packing and measuring (within 1mm) in order to get the required outcome.” “We pride ourselves on the high quality of our work and our roofers,” says Damien, who managed IRT’s works on the project. “A special mention must go to Paul Mutze who was the onsite foreman and installer who was responsible for the terrific outcome.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

As well as providing all roofing solutions, IRT ensures its customers are provided with professionalism, knowledge and high quality workmanship. The company employs staff directly and does not use subcontractors. IRT, which has 45 employees, also works on projects across Australia. Handling projects up to $4 million, as well as roofing and cladding, IRT also has expertise in commercial and industrial re-roofing as well as maintenance, demolition and asbestos removal. IRT is currently working on the Synovum Care Aged Care Facility and the JMC Academy.

For more information contact IRT Roofing, 1/38 Neumann Road, Capalaba QLD 4157, phone 07 3823 3354, email, website For any commercial projects please call the IRT office, phone 07 3823 3354 anytime for all roofing requirements. QLD PROJECT FEATURE St Lukes Green Aged Care Community 169

Below O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest completed insect and pest control services to protect all buildings on the project.

When it comes to termite and pest management, O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest certainly know what they’re doing. Not only has the company worked with builders and on construction sites for a number of years, O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest’s extensive experience and knowledge ensures the company comes with a solid reputation. The family-owned and operated company can provide termite management solutions for any construction method. In fact, these solutions were applied during O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest’s work on St Luke’s Green Aged Care Community – and is just one recent example of its specialty in pre-construction termite treatments.

Taking pride in their work, the company provides a range of services, including termite barriers to pre-construction and post-construction developments as well as properties. “According to the CSIRO, one in three homes will be affected by termites,” says the company’s Damien O’Halloran. “Australians spend over $800 million annually repairing the damage caused by termites, damage which is not covered by most insurance policies.” As well as termite barriers, O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest also offers insect control – including ants, spiders and mosquitoes, through to silverfish, fleas and bed bugs. It also provides rodent control, eradicating rats and mice using state-of-the-art baiting systems.

Additionally, the company is licensed for a range of products, ensuring O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest can further offer flexibility in the pre-construction industry. Among its products are Term Seal, Kordon, Homeguard, Plasmite and Woven Stainless Steel Mesh.

The company also offers property inspections – both pre-purchase inspections and annual inspections to ascertain whether a development or property is pest-free, and provides a full written report.

Working across South East Queensland, O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest is also licensed under the Queensland Building Services Authority and Queensland Health. This means its customers can be assured that they are dealing with legitimate technicians.

For more information contact O’Halloran’s Termite & Pest, Unit 4a, 8 Welch Street, Underwood QLD 4119, phone 07 3341 1141, website

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Below Team Transport provide a range of transport services of goods to contractors on the project.

Established in 1981, Team Transport & Logistics have built a reputation as South East Queensland’s leading transport and logistics provider. Team Transport was entrusted to provide a range of transport services to Hutchinson Builders (and many of their suppliers) for the St Lukes Green Aged Care Community. Products delivered included scaffolding, general plant equipment, hoists, plasterboard, reinforced steel, glass and various other construction products. Around 150 deliveries were completed using a broad range of vehicles from one-tonne utilities through to semi-trailers. Team Transport & Logistics Sales Manager, Brett Seers explains that as with all inner city construction sites, safety and timing of deliveries to meet cranes was critical to all involved. “All vehicles delivering to cranes on this site were fitted with fall arrest, ensuring the safety of both Team Transport and Hutchinson builders’ staff when unloading our trucks,” Brett says. “Planning and communication ensured all deliveries to site met allocated crane unload times and minimised traffic disruption in the area. All deliveries were completed within the allocated time, with no safety incidents and no damage to products delivered.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Team Transport is currently providing transport services to all major civil and construction projects throughout South East Queensland. This includes Skytower, Ivy, Eve, 38 Wharf Street, Ruby Surfers Paradise, Southpoint C, Gurner Tower, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Commonwealth Games Village, RAAF Amberley upgrade and many others. “Our key focus is customer service, safety and solutions. Without doubt our proudest achievement is the long-term customer relationships of up to 27 years we have built with many major players in the construction industry,” Brett adds. “These relationships are strengthened and supported by our willingness to problem solve, regularly review and improve key KPI data and ongoing investment in equipment and technology. We are committed to ongoing improvement in all areas of our business and remaining South East Queensland’s number one provider of transport and logistics services.” For more information contact Team Transport & Logistics, 28-32 Antimony Street, Carole Park QLD 4300, phone 1300 138 326, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE St Lukes Green Aged Care Community 171

essence of life DEVELOPER : Sonic Healthcare mAIN Construction Company : Hutchinson Builders Architects : nettletontribe

The new headquarters and laboratories for Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in Bowen Hills combines SNP’s three major operations in Brisbane into one location, housing approximately 600 staff responsible for processing patient samples from Queensland, the Northern Territory and Northern NSW. The development comprises warehouse and administrative basement, three floors of laboratory space, and a third floor administrative level. With a focus on design ensuring patients receive the highest quality healthcare, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology’s (SNP) state-of-the-art building signals a new era for the company.

Bringing together SNP’s four existing sites under one roof, the Bowen Hills facility provides improved logistics and internal efficiencies as well as an enhanced environment for staff. “The ability to install state-of-the-art technology, including vertical specimen transport systems produces patient results

in the fastest possible time, ensuring the best patient outcomes,” SNP’s Toby Barker explains. “The previous address was a repurposed government rehabilitation centre built in the seventies, so the new building has been a positive move for the staff, great for staff morale and has received many favourable comments.” Large floor plates provide an optimal workflow and equipment layout, including a static, modular track with a single tube transport and storage system. A large central staircase and atrium also interconnects the building’s various levels. “This creates an environment where

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staff can collaborate on an informal level,” Toby adds. “It is interesting how many ideas can be conceived in this type of environment.” Low-energy LED lighting and motion sensors reduce energy use, while computer-modelled exterior sun shading reduces solar load on the air conditioning system and energy needed to cool the facility. Tinted double-glazed performance glazing also reduces this load while a building management system fine tunes energy use. The building’s landscaping will be irrigated from collected rainwater. Additionally, liquid waste will be collected in tanks for monitoring to ensure compliance with local council guidelines before being discharged into the sewer. The new facility’s location is also designed to encourage SNP staff to leave the car at home. This includes an end of trip facility holding up to 94 bicycles and incorporating change rooms. The uptake among staff has already been strong, with many SNP employees now


cycling or walking to work. Public transport is also within close proximity, with Bowen Hills Station just a five minute walk away and local buses available. Among the construction material was 13,500m³ of concrete, 69,900m² of formwork and 2,278m² of precast walls. 42,000m3 of rock required 12 weeks to excavate with up to 10 machines working in tandem and 20 tip trucks. There was also 600 tonne of reo and 450 tonne of PT cable. Among the work was a complete re-design of services on a Design and Construct basis. This included adjustment of floor heights to accommodate the extensive services in the ceiling space. Basements were also re-designed for improved efficiency and cost savings, as were retention systems to make use of the rock onsite and control costs. The building’s automated track system (one of only two in Australia) was integrated within the original contract period as was the inclusion of additional laboratory space. Double-height pre-cast walls and

columns during the construction not only provided a clean finish, but helped program time frames. Toby explains that one of the biggest challenges faced on the project was the logistics of bringing together SNP’s sites into one facility. “The relocation of the four sites into the one at Bowen Hills, without affecting the provision of quality healthcare to the community, rates as one of the largest and most complex relocations of an operational pathology lab/organisation,” he says. “All of this relocation project was managed inhouse by SNP.” He also praises the work by Hutchinson Builders as the primary contractor as well as architects nettletontribe. “Both companies were interested in a collaborative approach to achieving a state-of-the-art medical testing facility and to solving the problems associated with the myriad of services required in this type of building.” For more information contact Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 24 Hurworth Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006, phone 07 3377 8666, fax 07 3377 8722, website

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Below Rowles Time Management provided construction program services, for tenders, contracts and target management.

Queensland-based Rowles Time Management (RTM) provide specialist project planning, construction programming and monitoring services to ensure the successful delivery of projects. Experienced across all sectors of the building industry, RTM recently supplied its experience and expertise to the construction of the Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Central Laboratory.

“The project’s complexity was similar to a hospital in that it had specific areas and specialist finishes – it wasn’t generic,” explains Richard. “It is also a complex building from a structural viewpoint. It has a large footprint and not many levels. A lot of the slabs overlap each other at different places on different levels. This creates challenging sequencing issues, difficulties for material handling and edge protection issues.”

“We were working for Hutchinson Builders and provided construction programming services for the duration of the project. This included the preparation of the tender program, some work in the tender negotiation process and the establishment of the contract construction program,” explains Richard Rowles, Managing Director, RTM. “We also developed the target construction program and provided input to the procurement of the trade packages.”

Delivering specialist input regarding contractual issues, RTM also specialise in managing delay events and extension of time claims. Its program planning services encompass all time related phases of a project from concept design through to construction, commissioning and FF&E.

RTM also monitored the project’s progress throughout construction. “These independent status updates and reports monitor progress on and offsite, reflect if there’s a change in methodology and are usually included with the contractor’s monthly report to the client group.” Constructing the special purpose Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Central Laboratory required RTM to draw upon the expert knowledge developed through years of experience, particularly with Health Care Facilities.

Established in 1985, RTM consistantly delivers clients and contractors the best outcomes on their projects. “Time is Money; every day onsite is worth a lot of money,” Richard says. “Everyone needs to be in tune with each other; marching to the same drumbeat. Offsite and onsite activities are not mutually exclusive, they are all elements of the same process.” For more information contact Rowles Time Management, 1/85 Victoria Street, West End QLD 4101, phone 07 3846 2922, fax 07 3844 4596, email, website

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Below nettletontribe used their experience from previous Sonic Health projects to design the custom facility.

nettletontribe Architects resumed its working relationship with Sonic Healthcare Group to collaborate in the design and delivery of the Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) Central Laboratory. SNP utilised nettletontribe’s expertise right from the commencement of the project. Having previously designed the Sonic Healthcare facility in Sydney plus other key projects in the health and research sector, nettletontribe contributed to the evaluation and design of schemes for different site options. “This assisted the client in the decision making process and helped find the optimal solution for their brief requirements,” explains Justin Morgan, Director of nettletontribe. A highly collaborative architectural design process underpinned the success of the new SNP Laboratory. To facilitate collaboration, workshops and user group meetings were established with the facility manager, department managers, pathologists and a broad range of consultants. Here, as Justin describes, everyone “shared their knowledge.” 3D BIM modelling was used throughout the delivery process, resulting in improved collaboration, reduced re-work during construction and faster delivery. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The result is a user-friendly laboratory that defies the traditional ‛tight’ lab space. Instead, an emphasis on shared areas – flexible laboratories, lounge and meeting spaces – is integral to the facility’s collective design. A naturally lit atrium break-out area in the centre of the tower floor plate balances the intense and technical layout and provides some ‘loose’ space to facilitate meetings, relaxation and interaction. Critical to the design of the floor plate was flexibility. With internal layout changes likely to arise from organisational shifts and as yet unknown technologies, nettletontribe future-proofed the SNP Laboratory design. This was achieved by the strategic placement of vertical and horizontal circulation elements as well as large column free spaces and posttensioned slabs in the structure itself. For over 40 years nettletontribe has specialised in the design and planning of buildings and estates across Australia. nettletontribe’s design experts deliver architectural, interior design, masterplanning and urban design services, consistently producing quality outcomes for clients. For more information contact nettletontribe Architects (Brisbane), Level 5, 344 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3239 2444, email, website

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Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Central Laboratory, Bowen Hills


Below McKenzie Group provided integrated consultancy services for compliance with a variety of local, state and federal legislation.

National Building Surveying, Certification, Accessibility and Risk Management consultancy McKenzie Group Consulting, has ensured the new Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) Central Laboratory complies with the complexity of legislation governing safety and accessibility.

of all involved in the process,” Michael says. “Where the above legislation has competing objectives or conflicting requirements, we have developed innovative solutions through a combination of prescriptive and performance based solutions, whilst ensuring the legislative and community expectations are satisfied.”

“McKenzie Group provided integrated consultancy services for the Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Central Laboratory including Building Certification, Accessibility and Dangerous Goods Consultancy,” explains Michael Leighton, Director of McKenzie Group.

Established in 1988, McKenzie Group has over 60 employees based in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast offices. A pro-active, pragmatic and client-focused culture has earned the Group’s reputation as one of the best in Australia. “These attributes combined with cutting edge technical expertise allow us to consistently deliver quality outcomes for our clients whilst satisfying and exceeding community expectations of Safety, Health and Amenity,” explains Michael.

A key challenge of the project was developing and implementing a compliance strategy specific to the requirements of the specialist facility. McKenzie Group successfully produced a strategy that complied with a variety of local, state and federal legislation including the Building Code of Australia, the Disability Discrimination Act and Access to Premises Standards for persons with disabilities, the Workplace Health and Safety Act and Dangerous Goods Standards. “McKenzie Group’s ability to provide an integrated compliance management and certification service has ensured effective, functional and flexible design solutions that address the collective responsibilities WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Servicing a diverse client base, McKenzie Group provides specialist consultancy for a significant number of Australia’s largest privately-held and publically-listed development entities and Government organisations. For more information contact McKenzie Group Consulting, Ground Floor, 232 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3834 9800, email, website

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the pinnacle of luxury DEVELOPER: Zone Q Investments Pty Ltd Architects : Hassell Architects STRUCTURAL Engineer : WSP CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $100 million

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The Pinnacle South Perth project is a $70M luxury apartment tower of 102 stunning apartments with balconies, magnificent views and landscaped gardens and features a $30M 7-level commercial building alongside, which is the second largest apartment and office project launched in South Perth. Offering resort style facilities and magnificent views of Perth city, Perth Zoo and Richardson Park, Pinnacle South Perth has seen Developer, Zone Q set yet another benchmark in design and innovation. Located on the corner of Charles Street and Labouchere Road, Pinnacle South Perth features 20-storeys of luxury apartment living and 3,602m2 of boutique office space. The complex is the first completed development in South Perth since the removal of height restrictions. “Where else in Perth can you look out of your apartment across the area of greenbelt that is Perth Zoo?” Says Vivian Zhang, Zone Q Sales Manager. “There’s parkland to the northeast and to the south, plus magnificent river and city views.” “The design for Pinnacle has taken full advantage of these unique vistas, with large floor-to-ceiling walls of glass wherever possible, along with oversized balconies for use all year round. Pinnacle is within walking distance of every amenity, but in a quiet location,” adds Vivian. Offering a lifestyle for those who revel in style and comfort, the development provides numerous amenities including an infinity pool, gym and lounge area. Within the apartments is a gourmet kitchen featuring European appliances and high quality fixtures and fittings, as well as durable timber floors in all main living areas. “Pinnacle has high standard finishes, but without the price tag that people can expect to pay for the South Perth area,” says Vivian. Most apartments have access to the early morning sun in the east, providing passive warming in the mornings. Interiors have also been designed to minimise energy costs for residents through solar and thermal performance. Car bays are available for almost all apartments, while security access is controlled by CCTV at the building’s main entries and intelligent lighting system in common areas. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

As well as stunning views, Pinnacle South Perth is surrounded by the city’s prominent cafés, restaurants and bars. Situated on the doorstep of the Swan River, the Perth CBD is just 10 minutes away via ferry or a few minutes in a vehicle. Public transport is easily accessible from the Perth Zoo to Esplanade Station, while direct freeway access to the north and south is just 1km from Pinnacle’s door. A smooth building process from start to finish, work began on Pinnacle South Perth in 2014. Pinnacle South Perth has shown very high interest with more then 80% of properties being sold. Properties within the development are currently in the settlement process. “This building is part of the South Perth community, and residents can now be part of a community within a popular and sought after area,” adds Vivian. Zone Q has been operating in Perth since 2013, with an intention of serving society and the community with total dedication, commitment and focused purpose to ensure the highest standards of excellence. The company engages with communities in helping to deliver high quality property projects and will deliver a number of high density residential and commercial developments in and around the Perth CBD. Priding itself on building good relationships within the market and setting the standard for design and innovation, Zone Q’s team of professionals work to ensure the company delivers practical, captivating and superior developments for residents and investors. In addition to Pinnacle South Perth, Zone Q has two other sites in Perth, and is currently acquiring a new site in North Sydney. In addition to property development, Zone Q is involved in commercial investment. For more information contact Zone Q Investments Pty Ltd, Suite 2, Ground Floor, 184 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004, phone 08 9421 1888, email, website

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Below Elite Façade provided and designed the unique curtain wall windows doors and the fin façade cladding.

Elite Façade designed and supplied the Curtain Wall, Window and Door systems for the Pinnacle South Perth apartments. The Perth Company, which has been operating since 1992, was contracted to work on two main elements of Pinnacle South Perth. Along with the design and supply of exterior windows and doors for the apartments, they also supplied the curtain wall façade for the development’s office block. “The units are custom designed for optimised performance for the residential apartment block,” explains Elite Façade’s, Eddy Chow. “The glazed openings are a Double Glazed Unit (DGU) with benefits to minimise carbon emission, minimise heat gain and optimum transparency for natural light and spectacular views.” The window and door system in the apartments had an overall 100mm frame depth, with a system that uses double hollow aluminum sectional profiles. This significantly reduces noise penetration from outside, while improving acoustic performance. “All units provide four sided sub-frames for weatherproof junctions between exterior wall elements, while the operable hung glass panel and fixed pane are uniquely set on the same plane in closed position,” Eddy says. Sliding doors to the apartments’ balconies include insect screens, which are designed to open smoothly. “To ensure smooth operation of the slim screen, lead weight is added to the bottom rail. The insect screens from the stainless steel wire are black to reduce obstruction of the view to outside,” Eddy adds. The curtain wall system for the office block is a fully unitised panel system. It has a heavy duty profiled assembly to carry the 900mm protruded horizontal awning, levelled with the ceiling and multi cross sectional vertical features. “Installed with DGU glazing similar to the apartment block, it has added Low E layer coating within the airspace. A feature of the awning is at the external corner unit, which is elegantly detailed, demonstrating our thoughtful design and technical expertise,” Eddy says.

“To attain flatness of the glass façade, the outer glass pane is laminated and all layers are heat strengthened glass. The multi-glass layer of glass provides improved integrity and aesthetic of perfect flatness to the façade. “The system has concealed connections and fixings, all bolts and riggers are made with stainless steel and titanium coated in black. In particular, riggers are cut with a CNC water jet for accuracy with sunken head fixings.” Eddy adds that the building’s vertical sunshade feature is fabricated in multiple sizes and are made with solid aluminium sheet with honeycomb lamination. “The fin structure allows for ridge fixing to the curtain wall with crates and cantilever off the lower half from the spandrel panel,” he explains. “The window and door system for the high rise construction was tested and achieved AS-2047-2014 requirements.” Specialising in the design, supply and construction of building façades, cladding door and windows and architectural exterior metal works, Elite Façade has more than 40 years experience in façade engineering. “Our window and door systems provide value and quality,” says Eddy. “The system is manufactured in China under strict quality control via Australian lead quality control and management, and tested to Australian Standards under NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) test agent.” Testament to Elite Façade’s work can be seen throughout Perth, including the City of Perth Library, where the company designed and supplied the building’s external claddings. It also provided the thermal break profile window and doors to the Queen 1 Apartments and 5.5m high panels for the Crown Perth’s Meridian Room glass front.

For more information contact Elite Façade, phone 08 9259 0088, mobile 0431 233 630 email, website

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Pinnacle South Perth, South Perth

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Ronald McDonald House

Water Corporation

Mount Hospital

Perth International Airport

Pinnacles Apartments & mixed use Dev.

Ocean Keys Shopping Centre

Cockburn Health & Community Facility

Baldivis Senior High School

Hitachi Construction Machinery



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mAIN Construction Company : Georgiou Group Architects : MPS Architects and Coniglio Ainsworth Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $125 million

The Aubin Grove Station Project involves the construction of a multi-modal station on the existing Mandurah passenger rail line. Featuring a dual pedestrian bridge, bicycle facilities, parking and expansive station platforms, the station marks a signigicant achievement in rail construction in Western Australia. Catering to Perth’s expanding southern suburbs, the $125 million Aubin Grove Station is expected to accommodate more than 3,900 boardings per day. The first island rail platform to be built within a ‛live rail’ environment in Western Australia, undertaking the construction contract for the project was leading Australian building and construction company Georgiou. The final scope for the project involved the construction of the new Aubin Grove train station, a 2,000-bay carpark, duplication of the Russell Road Bridge and associated road works. A multi-modal interchange station, Aubin Grove features a 150m long island platform 10m wide with entry buildings on either side of the Kwinana Freeway. The station also has two footbridges on either side of the freeway, which link the two entry buildings to the station concourse above the island platform. Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) for Georgiou began in February 2015 and extended to October 2015. 184 WA PROJECT FEATURE Aubin Grove Station

As a result of the ECI process, Georgiou was awarded two contracts, one for the station works for Public Transport Authority (PTA) and one for the Russell Road Upgrade works for Main Roads WA. Design and construction of Aubin Grove Station started in November 2015 and was completed in February 2017. Design and construction for the Russell Road Upgrade began in December 2015 with completion in December 2016. At its peak, around 200 people worked on the project, involving 270,000 man hours. As reasonably expected on such a significant project, the construction was not without its challenges. This included working between two live and fully operational 22kV rail line and the site located within the Kwinana Freeway. Additional challenges included ensuring rail and freeway network services were maintained throughout construction, an ambitious construction programme, critical shutdown dates and space constraint. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

However, all challenges were met and resolved, with the project resulting in a number of positive outcomes, including no lost time due to injuries (thanks to a high level of planning and risk elimination).

also enabled the bridge and station works to occur concurrently with two separate teams, reducing the number of shutdowns and reducing the risk of working within a ‛live’ environment.

Road and rail services were maintained throughout the construction phase, with no unplanned disruptions, and the project delivered on budget. Furthermore, the ECI process enabled Georgiou to trim 12 months off the normal station design and construction programme.

“The medium-sized project was delivered in a complex high-risk environment integrated with tight time constraints,” says Georgiou’s Executive General Manager, John Galvin. “The project was delivered using alliance-type principles where ‘best for project’ was the attitude from commencement. This project was a community project that has been well received by the local community and the City of Cockburn, and delivered in difficult logistical circumstances.

The station concourse modules, which were prefabricated in the site’s western carpark, were lifted into place during a concentrated installation campaign. The 30-hour shutdowns, booked 12 months in advance, saw each module lifted, placed and de-rigged within a narrow two-hour window for each lift. Importantly, while the necessary 30-hour freeway closures were the longest in Main Roads WA history, these were successfully carried out due to exceptional planning and execution. To ensure the concourse modules could be lifted and placed within the tight timeframe, a customised lifting frame was developed, maximising the speed and safety of the lifting operation. This modular method WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Achieving the onerous schedule was a significant achievement with a strong safety record and minimising the impact on both road and rail. Through innovation, attention to project management, collaboration with our clients and smart construction planning, the project delivered significant value to the WA Government,” John adds. For more information contact Georgiou Group, 68 Hasler Road, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9200 2500, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Aubin Grove Station 185

Below Fremantle Steel Group undertook extensive steel fabrication works on the project.

As a proud Australian group of companies, Fremantle Steel Group was involved on the Aubin Grove Station. The company completed modelling works, shop detailing, fabrication, pre-assembly, protective coatings, delivery to site and erection of structural steel. Using superior technologically advanced manufacturing plant, processes and project controls, work included the station platform and concourse, east and west entry buildings and the overpass modules. The project had challenges including schedule constraints, delivery of oversize components with access conditions and erection in extremely tight shutdown windows, and dealing with freeway traffic. Fremantle Steelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team of dedicated personnel, worked in seamless harmony to achieve scheduled deliverables, which is a testament to the detail of planning and the strong culture of the group. Fremantle Steel Group combines two fabrication companies under one management; Park Engineers in Welshpool and Fremantle Steel Fabrication in Jandakot, with well over 100 years of experience in fabrication of structural steel components and both quality accredited to ISO 9001. 186 WA PROJECT FEATURE Aubin Grove Station

The Group also includes Interstate Crane and Transport Hire, with a mobile crane fleet ranging up to 350 tonne and a heavy haulage fleet for road transport. The companies facilities provide 36,000m2 of undercover workshops, with automated processing equipment and 60,000m2 of laydown area for pre-assembly and module work. A specialised beam manufacturing plant and a sophisticated multi axial pipe and tube laser cutting line complement the companies processes, for high quality structural steel, platework and pipework. Fremantle Steel Group congratulates the Georgiou Group on this successful project.

For more information contact Fremantle Steel Group, 115 Prinsep Road, Jandakot WA 6164, phone 08 9417 9111, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below XL Precast supply quality architectural precast, transfloor panels and grey walls.

XL Precast’s extensive project experience has yet again been highlighted through its work on Aubin Grove Station. The company produced the precast walls for the station’s lift cores and platform step out (composed of transfloor). They also provided the precast stair landing, which consisted of exposed aggregate with dark stone. The company switched from water blasting to sand blasting the aggregate to achieve a better finish. “XL produced a sample panel for the architect and we had to achieve the consistency on all the product produced,” explains XL Precast’s, Daniel Gonzalez. “We had special moulds made to make the stairs and we experimented with different methods to achieve the best result that gave the required look.” He adds that achieving the architectural finish required for every step of the process took meticulous care during manufacturing. “XL precast achieved the finish required and worked hard onsite to help Georgiou achieve their deadlines and the required finish.” In addition to bringing a wealth of precast experience to projects, XL Precast often works with builders and developers to achieve the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

most cost efficient method, reducing floor cycle times. “XL Precast can offer alternative engineering and reduction of panels, panel hardware, reinforcement steel and concrete to achieve a more competitive precast package for a project. All of our designs are completed inhouse and we can offer engineering certification and propping design.” The company also recently achieved a lower cost transfloor system in comparison to other precast flooring systems within the Perth market. This saw XL Precast granted a change of design on a significant building as a result of the savings. XL Precast is currently working on the Prime Building Joondalup, Perth Mint, West Perth Fire Station, McPhee Warehouse and RAAF Base Pearce. The quality results of XL Precast is further confirmed by its work on the Taskers Apartment building development, which won Perth’s Best Apartment Building in the MBA awards in June 2016.

For more information contact XL Precast Pty Ltd, 312 Selby Street, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9445 1371, mobile 0488 222 255, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Aubin Grove Station 187




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Below DASH Civil completed civil and concrete works for the Aubin Grove Station construction.

Contracted by Georgiou Group on the Aubin Grove Station, DASH Civil Contracting’s full range of capabilities was employed on the development. DASH Civil Contracting is founded on providing the highest standard of expertise, competency and excellence on major projects.

In addition to a capacity to deliver large and small-scale projects, DASH Civil offer a 24/7 service to its clients ensuring it can always provide flexible and proactive solutions. “We have developed a great reputation and continue to build strong relationships with our clients,” says DASH Civil’s, Shaun Maiden.

As well as civil works, the company’s capabilities include concrete works, (footpaths, full bridge construction, retaining walls and more) drainage works, precast panel installation, and plant and labour hire.

“As a result we have received repeat contracts after delivering quality and cost effective products. We also maintain and encourage a high standard safe work environment for the workforce and public. The success of our reputation and business is dependent upon the quality of products and services we provide and undertake to ensure that there are no exceptions to this rule,” he adds.

Starting in February 2016, DASH Civil completed rail corridor works (including new platform construction), drainage installation, footpath/crossover construction, provided detailed earthworks within the rail corridor, pier and abutment footing and retaining walls. It also completed the foundation for the mechanically stabilised earth wall and panel installation, provided reinforced concrete, formwork and reinforcement preparation and concrete pours, and labour and plant hire (wet and dry hire). All works were carried out and completed to the highest Main Roads Western Australia standards. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

DASH Civil continues to work with WBHO Infrastructure, Gateway Western Australia, Georgiou and the City of Cockburn. It also provided works on the Perth Airport Gateway for Gateway Western Australia and Elizabeth Quay development. For more information contact DASH Civil Contracting, 7 Loton Avenue, Midland WA 6056, phone 08 9795 6210, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Aubin Grove Station 189

DEVELOPER : DixonGroup mAIN Construction Company : Jaytex Constructions Architect : Concept Designs STRUCTURAL Engineer : Wallbridge & Gilbert CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $60 million

The corporate life The $60 million Darwin Corporate Park sets a new standard for office premises with eight 3-level state-of-the-art campus-style commercial buildings and associated amenities including over 700 car spaces; shower, locker and change room facilities; as well as secure bike storage and a café. Award-winner Jaytex Constructions has set a new benchmark with its latest prestige project, Darwin Corporate Park. The company steered design management, project management, site supervision, programing, document control, cost control as well as workplace health and safety. Jaytex employs 20 people and half of them worked on the project from January 2013 until December 2015. The development comprises eight 3-storey buildings with lifts. There is a secure basement carpark for 500 cars and a further 200 ground-level bays for clients and visitors. The landscaped park is free flowing designed to attract customers from outside as well as a great setting for business-to-business dealings within the hub. Many top-flight companies now operate from the complex, which officially opened (buildings 1 and 2) in June 2016. A key operator is Westpac with a 24/7 BankNow branch with state-of-the-art ATMs in the park. Other clients include professional service and consulting businesses, IT firms, a café-restaurant operated by an award-winning chef and a medical related beauty and health salon. 190 NT PROJECT FEATURE DARWIN CORPORATE PARK

“It has a high-quality campus-style layout, which is landscaped throughout with covered walkways linking the whole complex. The hub presents a very pleasant yet professional precinct that is highly conducive to conducting business-to-business relations within the Park,” said Matthew Moss, DixonGroup General Manager. The commercial office space is A-grade quality and targets 5 to 5.5 star NABERS energy rating, proven to save on power costs, along with other energy efficiencies. There were challenges, but they were successfully overcome, he said. “We had strict deadlines, as a marquee operator, Westpac, had to be in by 30 June, so we staged the handover of building 1 and 2 first, then buildings 3 and 4 second. It was also a bit tricky excavating the basement in the wet season and maintaining site security, but we managed that with our existing approaches and system, so all went well.” Key staff for the project included Steve Gleeson as Senior Project Manager, who’s worked at Jaytex for five years and before that in a similar role for Ahrens. Allan Brooks also had a key role with the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Darwin Corporate Park project as Site Foreman drawing on his 40+ years in construction in the Darwin area. The corporate park is on the Stuart Highway at Berrimah, near the Berrimah lights intersection, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics recognises as the centre of Greater Darwin. Berrimah is growing and attracting more businesses every month. Jaytex specialises in medium-to-large scale commercial developments. The company has a flair for a cooperative and flexible approach to contractual relations, too. It does this through its “unrivalled level of support and transparency to our clients”, said Matthew. “Jaytex has a very good financial capacity, which means we offer the perfect combination of competitive pricing and quality, plus we can handle large projects. We can also help with design, planning and lodgement of development applications. We can help you design your residential complex, warehouse, office building or any other project as required.” Jaytex, which started operating in 1999, specialises in commercial construction offering full turn-key and construct projects ranging from $2 million to $85 million. Their offerings include large span industrial facilities, commercial showroom and office spaces, retail and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

office fitouts and new land subdivisions. The 17 year old company has achieved a CAL accreditation for works over $20 million. Through its connection with the DixonGroup, Jaytex has strengths in land subdivision with experience in many large subdivisions. Major projects which Jaytex has completed include the Northern Territory Motorcycle Centre comprising an office, showroom and warehouse development worth $8 million, the Coonawarra Gulf Centre, a $12 million collection of boutique office suites and the RSEA showroom and warehouse building in Berrimah. For more information contact DixonGroup Pty Ltd, 631 Stuart Highway, Berrimah NT 0820, phone 08 8924 0880, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE DARWIN CORPORATE PARK 191

Below Designer Kitchens supplied and installed the kitchens, counter tops, toilet partitions, office fitouts and lockers.

KITCHEN PRODUCTS - Indian Granite Bench Tops - Blum Tandem Box Intivo Drawers with Servo Drive - Blum Orgaline Cutlery Trays - Polytec Smoke Shimmer Gloss Kickers - Black Painted Glass Splash Backs - Ultra Glaze Onyx Metallic Doors, Drawer Fronts and Panels - New York Marble Floors - Gaggenau Oven, Coffee Machine and Combi Oven. - Miele Fully Integrated Dishwasher (two knocks and door opens) - Liebherr Fully Integrated Fridge and Freezer - Whispair Under Mount Range Hood - Franke Under Mount Sinks - LED strip lights

BATHROOM PRODUCTS - Indian Granite Bench Tops - Blum Tandem Box Intivo Drawers with Servo Drive - Alsert Aluminium Frame Mirror Doors and Drawers - Ultra Glaze Onyx Metallic Doors and Drawers - Polytec Smoke Shimmer Gloss Kickers - New York Marble Floors and Walls - LED Strip and Down Lights

There were several elements of joinery and associated works that Designer Kitchens supplied and installed for the Darwin Corporate Park project. They supplied all of the kitchens, reception counters, toilet partitions, some office fitouts, laminated compact lockers in the wet areas, the café’s stone bench and counter tops – in short all the joinery including stone and quantum quartz. “We specialise in Tier 1 developments offering quality kitchens, wardrobes, bars vanities, laundries as well as commercial client fitouts, reception counters, but not residential apartment blocks. We have a fabrication factory to customise materials to precisely what our customers need,” said Director, Stuart Johnston. That factory allows them a super quick turnaround, sometimes just three business days, from quote acceptance for particular joinery to product delivery. “If it’s a larger job, such as a full kitchen, we can turn it around in a week as long as all the materials are here in Darwin,” said Stuart. He founded the company in 2010 with a team of three and now will see that swell to 10 in 2017 due to increased work on the books. 192 NT PROJECT FEATURE DARWIN CORPORATE PARK

In 2016 Designer Kitchens scooped a few Housing Industry Association awards for HIA Renovated Kitchen $30,001 – $45,000 and HIA Renovated Kitchen $45,001 – $55,000. In 2016 they also won via entry through Jaytex Constructions, Bathroom of the Year for a job in South Australia. They supply across the Northern Territory and have completed work in Adelaide and Victoria. They will continue doing work in 2017 for Jaytex Constructions. Designer Kitchen’s showroom in Berrimah, Darwin, displays a range of materials and colour choices. Their network of suppliers can deliver benchtops made of laminate, granite, marble and reconstituted stone to suit your needs.

For more information contact Designer Kitchens Pty Ltd, 23 College Road, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8947 3737, fax 08 8947 3636, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Northern Star Concreting carried out the excavation, concreting, exposed aggregate, formwork and slabs on the project.

Pouring large concrete slabs and creating very smooth aggregate is one of the specialties of Northern Star Concreting, based in Darwin, Northern Territory. The 11-year-old company was called in to do the excavation, concreting, exposed aggregate, suspended decks, formwork and slabs for the Darwin Corporate Park project. About 18 of Northern Star Concreting’s 28 staff worked on the project. “In all we laid approximately just over 20,000m3 of concrete not including the surroundings that follow. It was completed without too much of a hitch as it’s regular work for our company,” said Marinos Lelekis, Co-Founder and Managing Director.

high standards and this includes training our highly skilled staff, aiming to complete the work before schedule and ensuring the work is completed precisely. We do many checks and I’m big on double-checking the profiles,” said Marinos. Marinos and Irene started the company in 2007 with a couple of employees, but mainly through word-of-mouth and the quality of their concreting work, the company has grown. They’ve worked on projects across the Northern Territory, Darwin including pouring slabs for the Oenpelli-Gunbalanya Aboriginal community western Arnhem Land, and even as far out as Broome, in Western Australia and the Tiwi Islands. They work for over ten main builders in the region and no job is too big or too small.

Co-Director Irene said, “He was passionate about ensuring the job was completed on time, which meant he was onsite sometimes late into the night getting three to four hours sleep and then going out to the other jobs. That’s loyalty and that’s Marinos. Everyone appreciates him for his promptness.”

Northern Star Concreting also do house slabs, suspended slabs, driveways, verandahs, patios, pool surroundings, excavation and bob cat services, Part B mow strips, strip footings, footings, and all types of extensions, in plain concrete and exposed aggregate concrete.

Marinos’ seamless approach involves doing his own excavation works onsite, so he’s known to hop into his company’s excavator and bobcat to do the prep work with precision. “We have very

For more information contact Northern Star Concreting, mobile 0410 325 929, email



Below NT Pest & Weed Control provided services to manage and protect against pests and termites.

Gaining insight into the building plans before construction started was the strategic approach that Northern Territory Pest & Weed Control took on the Darwin Corporate Park project. Managing Director, Nick Tefanis and some of his key staff draw on their building experience to pour over plans to pinpoint anything that could be a problem for managing pests, such as termites. “We discuss it with the builder and the concreter to sort things out then, so we don’t have a problem later. The builder signs off if he’s happy to do what we’ve advised and usually it’s passed to the certifier too,” said Nick, who employs 15 people, of whom three worked on the project at particular times. Darwin being north of the Tropic of Capricorn has extra building code conditions for preventing termites. “We worked in with the concreters when preparing the slab pads, installing termite reticulation lines to all construction joints, collars to slab penetrations and finally a handspray before they put down their moisture barrier.” NT Pest & Weed Control is the only Northern Territory supplier of the Altis Reticulation System for keeping buildings termite-free. 194 NT PROJECT FEATURE DARWIN CORPORATE PARK

“We can do the whole perimeter of an average size house with only one fill-up point, while other systems need several. Our pipes have little valves so the whole system pressurises and the chemical drips out uniformly. This means it delivers a 97% even distribution.” “I’ve put my money behind this product,” said Nick, who has bought out the Altis company with two partners. “The chemical lasts a minimum of four years after the initial application and can be replenished regularly through the Altis system to give the building ongoing protection.” NT Pest & Weed Control goes onsite to assess and evaluate the problem, customise termite baiting and treatment needed, and carry out immediate pest help. Building on 26 years of expertise, they offer their services to the Darwin, Palmerston and nearby rural areas. Their biggest project was the new Darwin Prison, which used three different concreters simultaneously. “We coped with the lot,” said Nick.

For more information Contact NT Pest & Weed Control, 414 Stuart Highway, Winnellie NT 0820, phone 08 8947 1666, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below JC Electronic Security supplied and installed an Access Control System and CCTV system at Darwin Corporate Park.

As a high-end commercial development, Darwin Corporate Park needs a top-notch electronic security and access system, which is just what JC Electronic Security supplied and installed. Four of the company’s seven staff members worked on the development and installed an Access Control System. This comprised electronic ‘readers’ on all doors using radio frequencies. In short, it controls access to and from the building using scannable fobs. “These systems are individual and manufactured uniquely. They can’t be copied,” said Justin Clough, who founded the home and commercial alarm systems company 16 years ago to service Darwin and surrounds as well as remote communities through the Northern Territory. The company supplies and installs CCTV camera and recording systems, door and window sensors, motion sensors, heat and smoke sensors, public address systems as well as visual and audible warning devices. JC Electronic Security also put in a quality CCTV system, a NUUO Titan. “We installed a system that was integrated. For example, if someone is banging on a door, you can access the system electronically WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

via a computer to click on the door to view that reported footage to view that person. A system which isn’t integrated means you need to do a manual checking involving going back on the computer to find the event and then look up that time on the video camera.” Logistics proved the biggest challenge for the project. “The equipment itself is not challenging, but the site with its many buildings presented some difficulties, getting access and liaising with builders, but we took that in our stride,” said Justin. “JC Electronic Security offers its customers a one year warranty on the products it sells and/or installs, so that means we won’t sell cheaper, less robust items,” he said. The company is an advanced partner of the Mobotix brand of CCTV systems and has won awards for its work.

For more information contact JC Electronic Security Pty Ltd, Unit 4, 41 Georgina Crescent, Yarrawonga NT 0830, phone 08 8932 6330, fax 08 8931 2651, email,, website NT PROJECT FEATURE DARWIN CORPORATE PARK 195

Darwin Corporate Park, Northern Territory


Below Top End Line Markers completed all of the line marking for the warehouse, carpark and public roadways on the project.

Top End Line Markers work on roads, highways, carparks, airstrips, warehouse safety and sports courts. They are the leading line marking provider and work throughout the Northern Territory including state and local government contracts. The 32-year-old, Northern Territory owned and operated company has been working in stages to line mark most of the warehousing and carpark, and all public roadways in the subdivision for the Darwin Corporate Park project. Six of Top End Line Marker’s 14 staff worked on the site. “Curing agents used in concrete can sometimes react with the paint and cause non-adhesion,” said Pat Coleman, Director of Top End Line Markers. “After talking with our suppliers we came up with a solution to use a product that ensures line adhesion.” They source their paint from manufacturers, who, Pat says, “really understand the difference between line marking in southern states and the Northern Territory. Down south you have four seasons in a day; the Northern Territory has high temperatures in the dry season and high humidity in the wet, so the paint needs to be able to adapt. The road temperature can be in excess of 30°C higher than the air.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We talk and listen to our clients to ensure they get exactly what they want. We also explain there’s a lot of science, certification and accreditation to line marking – it’s not just painting white lines. Every job is different; government changes to specifications means we have to recalibrate our machines, for example. There’s a lot involved.” Top End Line Markers also do cat’s eyes, road studs, pedestrian walkways, pavement text, thermoplastic preformed text, and remove lines by sandblasting. “We’re happy to do line marking whether it’s 1m or 1,000m,” said Pat. Iconic projects on which Top End Line Markers have worked include; the V8 Supertrack and they’ll soon start work on the Gateway Shopping Centre in Palmerston.

For more information contact Top End Line Markers Pty Ltd, 16 Verrinder Road, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8947 1090, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE DARWIN CORPORATE PARK 197



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