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04 NEWS 14 EXCELLENCE FEATURE – Concept Building Company 16 SPOTLIGHT – Digital Node


30 SOUTH EVELEIGH – Mirvac 44 HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWCASTLE – Pro-invest Group 54 32 MANN STREET – St Hilliers

64 PALISADE MIRANDA – Duffy Kennedy and Galileo Group

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BANKSTOWN RSL – Infinity Constructions Group and Construction Consultants ONE THE WATERFRONT – PietyTHP REGIS ELERMORE VALE – North Construction & Building BILLYARD GLADESVILLE – TQM Design & Construct WILDWOOD & HIGHLAND – Urban Property Group PINNACLE MIRANDA – Decode BONYTHON TOWER – Bonython Property & Investment AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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156 PRAHRAN HIGH SCHOOL – Kane Constructions 164 JOURNAL UNI PLACE – Icon










NORTH MELBOURNE DEVELOPMENT, ARDEN GARDENS COMPLETED Arden Plaza – First Woolworths in North Melbourne Opens.

Arden Gardens

The new residential and retail landmark development, Arden Gardens has been completed. The staged handover of the entire retail podium apartments and the 10-storey Canning Tower apartment building occurred in 16 months. Anchor tenant, Woolworths officially opened their first store in North Melbourne on 21 February 2019. Situated on a large building envelope of 8,200m2, the development comprises of 292 apartments across two residential towers; the 16-storey Macaulay Tower and Canning Tower. The podium level houses a full line Woolworths supermarket of 4,400m² and 12 retail outlets, a café tenancy and office space. The double level basement car park has space for approximatly 600 vehicles and had to be excavated below the ground water table to be constructed. The unique triangle shaped design, which fronts Macaulay Road, Canning Street and Vaughan Terrace was designed by architects Buchan Group. The triangular footprint maximises natural light in each of the spacious apartments. The open plan apartments span from one to four bedrooms, most with two balconies. The double sliding balcony doors open up to an outdoor living environment, some with

private courtyards and city or park views. The development also features a double-storey penthouse, as well as terrace apartments along Canning Street and Vaughan Terrace.

and both bath and shower combinations. Generously sized bedrooms feature cleverly designed storage spaces and walk-in robes leading to a private ensuite.

Inside, the apartments are finished with Miele appliances and stone benchtops in the kitchen, 100% wool loop pile carpet, engineered timber floorboards, and porcelain tiles. Finishes come in three alternative schemes, Mist, Raw and Carbon.

Facilities exclusively available to residents include; Arden Retreat, a fully landscaped communal podium garden, Arden Club, an entertainment lounge with private kitchenette, games room and outdoor playing area, Arden Cinema with two generously sized private cinemas, a cardio centre and a shared office space.

Arden Gardens boasts a range of kitchen designs including U-shape, galley, line or island benches. Apartments have up to three bathrooms, some with an additional powder room. Design types range from the efficient to spacious, offering double vanities and double shower heads,

Head contractor Hickory Group were proud to deliver such outstanding results working with a great project team including client CBD Development Group, Pomeroy Pacific Pty Ltd, architects Buchan Group and structural engineers The O’Neill Group.

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CONDEV CARES CHARITY GOLF DAY RAISES $20,000 FOR LIVIN AND 4 ASD KIDS The sixth annual Condev Cares Charity Golf Day raised over $20,000 for charities LIVIN and 4 ASD Kids. The event was a sellout, attracting 150 people to the RACV Royal Pine Resort Golf Course on 22 March to support mental health awareness in the construction industry and to help to support families with autistic children. Condev Construction Executive Chairman Steve Marais says the funds raised from the golf day will go towards providing support to two wonderful charities, LIVIN and 4 ASD Kids. “The funds will go towards providing mental health education programs for 12 construction sites across South East Queensland and sponsoring children affected by autism into early intervention programs,” says Mr Marais.

“We are incredibly proud to put on an event to support two local charities that are so close to our hearts. The event could not have been a success without the support of the broader Condev Construction and Condev Cares community, and the wider Gold Coast community – we are so grateful for your support.” Gold Coast Titans players Tyrone Roberts and Will Matthews got into the competitive spirit and joined Condev Cares on the greens, and speeches were made by NOVA Radio host Ash Bradman and 4 ASD Kids Co-Founder and media personality Chloe Maxwell. The fun filled day included over $2,000 raffle ticket prizes, a VIP experience to the Melbourne Cup, a brand new set of golf clubs, coach box tickets at the Gold Coast Suns, and the winner of a putting competition was presented with a 6.4 horse power off-road buggy.


comment Nick Deeks Managing Director WT Partnership

USING DATA-DRIVEN DESIGN FOR INFORMED DECISION-MAKING Infrastructure projects need to transcend political agendas. While the recent results at the New South Wales election and major focus on infrastructure provide greater certainty to the construction industry, the looming federal election is putting federally funded projects up in the air. The re-election of the Coalition provides certainty for the construction industry, as some projects were in limbo in the lead up to the elections, including upgrades to Allianz stadium. Potential scrapping of projects under a Labor government could have jeopardised the strong pipeline of projects over the next four years, that will help New South Wales’ rapidly growing population and provide a great deal of jobs to the economy. The bulk of Labor’s funding for other commitments would have come from cancelling projects like the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link. With this aside, and leading up to the federal election, I strongly believe the politicisation of significant infrastructure projects once again reiterates the need for infrastructure requirements to transcend political parties and be built based on the needs of the population.

Burwood Grand Topping Out Photo supplied by Noni Carroll Photography

A “topping out” event was held on the site [of Burwood Grand] on Friday, March 29, to mark the project’s structural completion. The project includes three towers – 11, 19 and 24-storeys high – 500-apartments, retail tenancies and multi-level basement parking. It will also include the new Burwood Council Chambers. The project is due to be completed at the end of this year. Decode Group is constructing the project, alongside property developer Anson Group.

Although there’s been a downturn in the construction sector, Sam said “the company will continue to focus strategically on prominent locations for its developments.” “This year, Decode will also look to diversify into the commercial and industrial segment including retail and health where activity is expected to expand backed by strong demand and construction pipeline in New South Wales.”

Politicians often think of short term infrastructure investment to attract votes, rather than long term. Ahead of this federal election, we need to look at the bigger picture, take government and political agendas out of it, and consider where investment should go to make sure politicised infrastructure planning does not get in the way of the needs of Australia’s growing population.

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comment Grant Holman Director Wood & Grieve Engineers

OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP ALLEVIATE YOUTH HOMELESSNESS On any given night 1 in 200 people are homeless, with 42% of them bring are under 25 years old. This makes it nearly 44,000 young Australians sleeping rough on the streets each night, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As members of the construction and property industry, we need to be doing our part to help alleviate the issue of youth homelessness to better our communities overall. Our team was fortunate enough to work on the $8 million redevelopment of Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Services at 19 King Street in Melbourne through the Property Industry Foundation (PIF). Frontyard is Victoria’s largest early intervention and crisis service for young people who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness. The redevelopment of the facility has transformed it into an innovative 24/7 service with onsite mental health, drug and alcohol and disability expertise and will include two floors of crisis accommodation for those who are currently sleeping rough in the city. We worked alongside a large consortium of consultants and suppliers who donated services and resources to the Frontyard redevelopment through the Property Industry Foundation. For all the consultants onboard with this project, there is no financial gain, but we all have the same common aspiration to help our homeless youth through creating an environment that will support them. Together we can all make an impact and improve the lives of the people in our country.

NAWIC QLD LAUNCHES 11% STRATEGY TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF WOMEN WORKING IN FRONTLINE ROLES The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Queensland Chapter has set a target to increase the number of women working in frontline roles in the construction industry from 3% to 11%. Officially launched on 6 March at its Women on Tools (WoT) Breakfast, NAWIC Queenland’s “11% Strategy” aims to attract and recruit more women into trade occupations. As part of the programme, NAWIC will support employers and industry associations looking to make changes as well as tying together the many initiatives already being run in this space.

industry players. Top tier builder, industry leader and long term supporter of NAWIC, Scott Hutchinson of Hutchinson Builders, has confirmed his unwavering support and commitment to have females represent 11% of Hutchinson’s frontline roles by 2020.

According to Alison Price, NAWIC Board Director and former Queensland Chapter President, whilst the construction industry has always been male dominated, females make up less than 3% of those in trade occupations.

Mick de Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Digital Technology and Sport, and Kim Richards, Labor Member for Redlands, have also pledged their support of NAWIC’s 11% target.

“There is currently an overwhelming acceptance of women on jobsites. However, despite this positive sentiment we are yet to see any significant increase in the number of women working in trades.”

NAWIC Queensland urges all construction companies, developers, builders and contractors to take up the challenge and pledge their support to the 11% Strategy. By considering what they can do differently to create positive and lasting change, we will be well on the way to achieving more diversity on Queensland construction sites.

NAWIC Queensland’s 11% Strategy already has the full support of key government and

ASBEC WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF DAVINA ROONEY AS GBCA CEO The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has warmly welcomed today’s news that Davina Rooney has been appointed to lead the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

“ASBEC has long enjoyed a greatly collaborative and productive relationship with GBCA, leading work together on high performing buildings and thriving cities,” said Suzanne Toumbourou, ASBEC’s Executive Director.

“Davina is a sustainability dynamo in the built environment sector,” said ASBEC President, Professor Ken Maher AO, “Her expertise and industry experience provide a powerful platform to launch from into this important role.”

“We very much look forward to working with Davina towards our vision of more sustainable, resilient and liveable buildings, cities and infrastructure.”

As former General Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Procurement at Stockland, and Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Sustainability Roundtable, Davina has built a reputation as deeply insightful, collaborative and industrious leader. 8


Professor Maher acknowledged the outstanding contribution of outgoing CEO, Romilly Madew AO. “As a change agent advancing a better built environment, Romilly has brought international acclaim to Australia’s green building sector. We wish her enormous success in her new role.”

MANAGING THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT GAP WITH PROCORE Over the past 20 years, labour productivity in construction has increased just 1%. A 2017 McKinsey & Company report concluded that if construction sector productivity caught up with that of the total economy, this would boost the sector’s value by an estimated $1.6 trillion. One of the most significant factors impacting productivity in construction has been identified as the communication gap that exists between the site and the office. This is often the source

of major pitfalls; expensive rework, messy paper trails and slow paced information sharing. Procore is working with the Australian construction industry to close the collaboration gap, delivering a project management system that brings the project’s people and functions together in one platform. With clients reporting a reduction of up to one week on a six month project, real and measurable productivity gains can be accessed now.

INVESTA LEASES A FURTHER 9,000M2 AT SIXTY MARTIN PLACE Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF) and joint owner Gwynvill Group (Gwynvill) have announced they have leased a further 9,000m2 at Sixty Martin Place to three significant global companies, as the development reached topping out stage this month.

International Workplace Group, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspaces, has confirmed it will take 4,500m2 within the building’s podium across Levels 1 to 3. Here, it will operate a large co-working space under its brand Spaces.

NEW BENCHMARK NEEDED FOR CONSTRUCTION SPENDING Many commercial builders across Queensland rely on the State Government for some of their building work. Unfortunately though, the Queensland Government’s investment in public buildings and infrastructure has languished in recent years. Since 2009-10, spending has decreased from 4.4% of Queensland gross state product (GSP) to 2.0% in 2017-18. This is one quarter below the 25 year average of 2.7%. For 2017-18 alone, this has meant a spending shortfall of $2.5 billion from the 25 year average.

To ensure that the lion’s share of government spending is not on engineering works – road and rail projects – we are pushing for a second benchmark, for the public (residential and non-residential) building component of the total spend. This should also be set at the 25 year average, which would be 0.6% of GSP. This would mean an additional $1.1 billion annual expenditure on top of the $1.1 billion spent in 2017-18.

One of Japan’s three “megabanks”, Mizuho Bank, has also confirmed it will take 1,900m2 across Levels 29 and 30, relocating from 60 Margaret Street. Mizuho has more than 500 branches in Japan and 38 in other countries and is part of the Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest financial services companies in the world.

To date, more than 23,000m3 of concrete have been poured in almost 4,000 trips by concrete trucks, which if they were lined up end to end would stretch 28km from the CBD to Parramatta. Within the concrete is

Paul Bidwell Deputy CEO Master Builders QLD

It’s on that basis that Master Builders has asked the Queensland Treasurer to establish a benchmark for spending on public sector buildings and engineering construction. Setting the benchmark at the 25 year average of 2.7% of GSP would mean an additional $2.5 billion annual expenditure on top of the $6.9 billion spent in 2017-18.

As the only premium grade building that will be completed and delivered this year in Sydney’s CBD, the race to secure the remaining space within the building is on.

A third tenant that operates in the global financial sector, but who cannot be identified at this stage, will take 2,600m2. The new deal confirmations came as ICPF and Gwynvill celebrated the building topping out Level 33 with a special ceremony.


placed 3,800 tonnes of steel reinforcing bar equal in length to the distance from Sydney to Melbourne and back. Construction work will focus on completing the building’s exterior, with the glass façade installation due to be completed in June. For more information visit au/sixty-martin-place

In addition to allocating more funding for building and construction projects, the State Government needs to do a better job at spending the money they allocate in the budget. Over the past four years (to 2017-18) only four in every five dollars has actually been spent. In total, more than $6.1 billion that was set aside over those four years was not spent. Thousands of jobs across the state have gone begging. There is no doubt that the Queensland Treasurer can do much in her 11 June Queensland Budget to ensure that the building and construction industry continues its role as the cornerstone of the Queensland economy. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Elinor Moshe Contracts Administrator Icon

COLLABORATION – BUILDING RELATIONSHIP CENTRIC APPROACHES Collaboration in construction is not a soft approach to project delivery, but a project management framework that generates long term win-win approaches to work. Collaboration is about building a relationship centric approach that is conducive to trust, respect and meaningful communication, which in turn improves results for all stakeholders. This approach does away with the traditional arms length relationships, to ones based on equality and involvement, where it’s clear from the outset that everyone has the right to make a profit. One party’s success should not come at the detriment or loss of another. This approach can also turn conventional tendering practices on its head, whereby the cheapest price is always the winner, and we must go to the market to achieve a competitive price, whilst wasting company resources in the process. I can’t be the only one to consider this an extreme inefficiency of the construction industry. A collaborative approach also turns the focus to the project. If a project performs well, from a time, cost, quality, and safety perspective, then all parties in turn, also benefit. Instead of thinking about our own individual objectives in isolation, the focus should be turned to what needs to be done to benefit the project. At the end of the day, no one needs to go home with frustration or concerns about a poor performing project. I rather spend my time thinking and planning how can we all move forward together, instead of how can I maximise my success at the expense of another party. Wouldn’t you?

LOTUS CEO RECEIVES ACCOLADE Lotus CEO, Liz Jones has been named Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year and also Victorian Medium and Large Business Winner, crediting the accolade to the “tremendous progress” for women in the building and construction industry. Lotus provides specialised walls and doors, creating “adaptable dynamic environments” for commercial properties. Not only does Lotus pride itself on ‘Creating spaces where people thrive’ when it comes to their products, Ms Jones is committed to making Lotus a place where employees and the business can flourish. “Whilst winning this award recognises my journey of leadership, it also recognises the people of Lotus,” said Ms Jones while accepting the award in Melbourne.


“As a woman that has worked in the building and construction industry most of my life, I have seen tremendous progress in how women are embraced in senior roles. This is a credit to not only women for persevering with resilience, but also to the men who are opening their hearts and minds to difference. We will never really get there without both.” Ms Jones is now on the shortlist for Telstra’s National Business Woman of the Year award, to be announced in May.

“We are a business that is going through considerable business and cultural transformation, and that has not been without its challenges, for all of us. My commitment is to bring my whole self to Lotus. I enter the building each day with a whole heart and focused presence which allows me to live an integrated life and to lead others with authenticity. One of our values at Lotus is to Be Brave, as we are building a culture that is founded on care for each, excellence and

CADETSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS TECH-SAVVY, ENTREPRENEURIAL YOUNG PEOPLE Doxa’s Cadetship Program supports young people to complete university and gain the skills for an employable future and success in the professional world. Cadetships are open to young people with challenging life circumstances who have finished high school and are about to go to university. These young people have secured a place at university but are facing significant barriers. Since 1993, around 500 young people have participated in the Doxa Cadetship Program. It is a program that supports young people through university and is one of the most intensive support programs available to disadvantaged undergraduates within the sector. Doxa CEO, Steve Clifford, said that “We have a diverse range of students all in great need. These young people are experiencing, and have experienced, significant disadvantage in their


courage. My Leadership team is diverse in both gender and experience, which allows for progressive thinking, novel decision making, and the ability to have a more diverse set of solutions to specific problems.”

lives. Many are the first in their family to attend university; most are supplementing studies with part time work. They simply don’t have the social capital, financial support or professional networks that you and I had.” “What they do have is the skills, a growth mindset and incredible drive to succeed in business and in life. But they need your help in order to achieve this. We are calling out for all Melbourne based organisations – everyone from a corporate big four to small, independent start-ups – to take on a Doxa Cadet this year.” Corporate partners support the program by providing an annual flexible work placement (up to eight weeks per annum) with staff from sponsor companies participating as Mentors, supporting and guiding their Cadet to navigate the world of work. For more information visit

LAING O’ROURKE AND NUTANIX CHALLENGE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY’S ‘YOU FIRST’ APPROACH TO TECHNOLOGY Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX) announced it has signed a deal with Laing O’Rourke Australia to deploy its Enterprise Cloud OS software, supporting the construction firm’s digital strategy and helping enable its focus on technology development. Laing O’Rourke is a $6 billion international operation with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. The business is currently delivering some of Australia’s most exciting projects across the transport, building construction, defence, airports, mining, civil and social infrastructure sectors. Recently, Laing O’Rourke developed a prototype camera which uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect if workers are wearing protective clothing in hazardous areas. Other technology initiatives include using big data to test the hardening of newly laid road surfaces. Nutanix is supporting Laing O’Rourke to further develop similar technologies by providing its Enterprise Cloud OS software to run Laing O’Rourke’s core applications. “We believe in the benefits of building twice, once digitally and once in the real world, and Nutanix helps us to achieve this,” said James Fields, Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Laing O’Rourke Australia.

“Laing O’Rourke uses its data to support critical decision making on projects throughout the business,” added John Rich, Data, Integration and Development Manager, Laing O’Rourke Australia. “We use data to optimise and analyse our opportunities, supply chain and projects to ensure that we deliver value for our clients, while continuing to lead the way in innovation in construction and engineering.” The enterprise cloud environment is being rolled out by Nutanix and partner MOQdigital and hosted in the NEXTDC S1 and NEXTDC B2 colocation data centres in Sydney and Brisbane. Laing O’Rourke had also considered public cloud, but realised they could do it cheaper and more securely over a five year period on premise, additionally public could presented difficult cost forecasting and could mean its IT team spent too much time balancing the books rather than developing new digital services said James Fields. It chose Nutanix to maximise resources and because it offered an overall better Return On Investment (ROI), as well as simplicity and improved security by enabling faster and more regular patching when compared to other vendor offerings. For more information visit

ROSANNA STATION & LOWER PLENTY ROAD LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL MGS, in collaboration with Jacobs, have delivered a new station and urban precinct at the heart of Rosanna. The station and rail bridge were undertaken as part of the Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project, in an alliance between LXRA and the North Eastern Program Alliance. The station design, developed through a consultative process with the local community, incorporates bold applications of colour combined with a highly tactile material palette to create a strong sense of identity whilst sensitively stitching the station into it’s context.

which is arranged to encourage pedestrian and cycle cross permeability through the precinct, and by dramatically framing views to the locally significant Rosanna Parklands from the key concourse areas on the approach to and exit from the station.

comment James Marsden Associate Director TSA Management

OFFSITE – A WAY TO ASK FOR INNOVATION AND DRIVE CHANGE. We live in a world of finite resources, shrinking supply of labour and skills, forever increasing demand, advancing technologies and a desire to improve a somewhat stagnate, adversarial natured industry. Offsite manufacturing, or simply offsite, brings predictability and precision of time, cost and quality outcomes, leading to enhanced environmental, sustainability, work health safety and employee wellbeing outcomes. A way to improve. Offsite systems are unique to each manufacturer and continually evolve with technology. Offsite approaches are frontloaded in nature and need to be supported by trust, collaboration, early integration and engagement. Offsite is part of the solution. The concept of an offsite value for a project, being the ratio of offsite to onsite costs, can be utilised as an agnostic indicator for improvement. As a project team, we should look to maximise the offsite value from the outset and maximise the opportunity to harness the benefits an offsite approach may bring. In all cases being mindful of the alignment with key project drivers and specific constraints. If we introduce the offsite value at concept, be it an agreed target or prescribed minimum requirement, it needs to be supported with a behavioural shift that responds to the frontloaded nature of offsite approaches. We should rethink project phases, moving away from linear adversarial approaches, incorporating early integration and engagement of the supply chain – offsite suppliers and onsite assemblers. The challenge simply then becomes to stop asking for business as usual and ask for innovation and drive change.

This sense of contextual connectivity is emphasised further in the layout of the station, ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Matthew Cook Technical Manager ECOTECH

WHY SMART CITIES NEED TO CONSIDER AIR QUALITY MONITORING The World Health Organisation reports that global levels of air pollution have risen 8% in the last five years, affecting most cities worldwide. Air pollution has also been cited as a major health risk, responsible for 7 million premature deaths each year. The Australian Department of Environment and Energy believes more can be done on a national level to address the issue, citing population growth and growing demand for energy and transportation among the challenges to maintaining and improving air quality. Part of the problem is that air pollution isn’t always visible and its causes are varied. The most accurate way to measure air quality is monitoring at a hyperlocal level, and recording detailed analytical data. Until recently, this wasn’t a straightforward process. But now, with small sensor air quality monitoring devices available in Australia, the process is easier. The AQMesh portable device can be used in different environments, either in isolation or complementing more expensive, fixed reference air quality monitoring stations which typically sit large distances apart. Used in tandem, they provide a comprehensive and adaptable pollution reading over a large area. With the ability to measure a range of particulate matter and gases including NO, NO2, NOx, O3, CO, SO2, H2S and CO2 in the air to parts per billion (ppb) levels, and the ability to derive high quality reporting data, AQMesh is a practical and cost effective way to monitor air quality in all environments including smart cities and buildings, for the safety of workers and local communities.



JOHN DEERE APPOINTS AFGRI TO DISTRIBUTE EQUIPMENT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA The long standing partnership between AFGRI and John Deere has been further cemented through the appointment of AFGRI Equipment by John Deere to distribute its construction and forestry equipment in the Territory.

“We have become the ‘go to’ company for many Australian farmers, and we’re truly delighted to extend our services to local construction and forestry companies, we are sure we will earn this same reputation.”

According to Patrick Roux, Chairman of the Board of AFGRI Australia, this is thanks to the exceptional relationship that AFGRI has established with John Deere, spanning 56 years. “The success we’ve enjoyed with the John Deere agricultural range in Western Australia, combined with our outstanding service levels and ethos, as well as excellent customer relationships and our extensive retail network in Australia, encouraged John Deere to approach us to manage its construction and forestry equipment retail network in the region.”

According to Roux, this deal marks a new phase of growth and investment for AFGRI Equipment through diversification into these additional sectors. “Western Australia is experiencing a good level of infrastructure development and construction activity, which AFGRI Equipment is eager to tap into to increase market share.”

Effective 1 May 2019, AFGRI Equipment will be a fully fledged John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer in Western Australia. It will initially operate across five strategically placed branches in the state, namely Geraldton, Albany, Esperance, Boyup Brook and Perth. Roux added that he was confident that AFGRI Equipment’s deep retail knowledge and experience in the agricultural sector could easily be transferred to the construction and forestry space.

“We will endeavour to look after the construction and forestry customers to the best of our ability, backed by our strong track record and a proven commitment to Western Australia. We aim to bring the same passion we have for the agricultural sector to the construction and forestry equipment ranges.” Roux concluded by saying, “With the contract now signed, we are very enthusiastic to prove ourselves worthy of this appointment and have already actively started to recruit and appoint specialist staff, so we can get off to a cracking start come 1 May.” For more information visit

NEW DEVELOPMENT SETS BENCHMARK FOR DESIGN AND URBAN LIVING CSR Gyprock is proud to support The Glenvill Group as they deliver a superior urban living solution at their YarraBend development in Alphington Victoria. YarraBend is a visionary, riverside suburb only 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and sets a new benchmark for design and urban living. Recognised by The Future Lab as being at the forefront of global liveability, YarraBend

is predicted to be one of The World’s Most Liveable Suburbs by 2025. Master planned for the future, there’s a vibrant food and café scene and a cultural hub of health and fitness. The development site encompasses four types of dwellings – houses, townhouses, lofts and apartments, varying from one to five bedrooms. Delivering a beautiful, highly functional suburb is of utmost importance to Glenvill, and it’s their process to work with iconic Australian collaborators in many areas of the development. This included Gyprock with whom they have a long standing partnership. The system provides a separating wall with the ideal combination of acoustic and fire resistant performance, along with efficient installation and design flexibility. For more information visit

OXFORD INVESTA PROPERTY PARTNERS REVEALS THE WINNING DESIGN CONCEPTS The newly completed Barrack Place commercial office tower, developed by Investa for Oxford Investa Property Partners (OIPP), at 151 Clarence Street in Sydney, is one of the few that can lay claim to successfully resolving the challenge of fusing the city’s heritage past with a future where our workplace makes us healthier and happier.

Gold Pre-certification by the International WELL Building InstituteTMin 2017.

Designed by top tier architectural studio Architectus, Barrack Place’s design strongly references the location’s history as a warehousing precinct in the late 1800’s, where carriages would load goods in and out of shops and hotels through cobbled laneways and barber shops would service the local workers.

Spanning 23 levels and offering 22,000m2 of space, it is fully leased, with the project’s engineering designer Arup committing to a significant portion of space, as well as Mills Oakley, Pfizer and Washington H Soul Pattinson. Mark Tait, Group Executive and Head of Commercial Development at Investa said “Barrack Place sets a new benchmark for office development in Sydney through its considered design that links back to the past and its integration of smart, integrated technology that positions it as one of the most advanced buildings in Sydney.”

Its brick façade and laneway retail arcade sit beneath a contemporary office tower, which has already received a 6 Star Green Star – As Built rating and was the first building in Australia to receive the WELL Core & Shell

Contractors and visitors will soon be able to enter the building and control the lifts via Bluetooth entry access on their smartphones, which is the first time this technology has been trialled in an Australian commercial office building.


WT Partnership (WT), Australia’s largest independent quantity surveying and construction cost management consultancy, has recently been involved in the construction of Bankwest Stadium for Infrastructure NSW. The former Pirtek Stadium has been redeveloped into Bankwest Stadium, a state-of-the-art venue that can seat up to 30,000 people. WT assisted with the cost planning strategy on the $360 million project. As experienced stadium specialists, having worked on majority of the major stadia works across the country, WT were able to benchmark costs on Bankwest Stadium against previous stadium work. “WT was able to keep this immense project on a budget. Our team has proven ability in

providing early cost estimates prior to the design being developed, which is essential to deliver the best value within agreed budget parameters,” said Gary Mayor, Associate Director at WT. The new stadium is truly a game changer for Australian sport and Western Sydney. The whole stadium is designed to enhance fan experience with the steepest grand stand in the country and the front row being only 5m away from the field of play. “Bankwest Stadium will reset the benchmark for Tier 2 stadia, as the design is geared towards creating an incredible experience for spectators, bringing fans closer to the action than ever before,” Gary Mayor added.

comment Grant Warner CEO Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

INDUSTRY CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT AUDIT CONSULTANTS The Shergold and Weir Report, the Murray Report, Lambert Report, VCAT decision on Lacrosse Tower Fire, and the Opal Tower Report have highlighted the necessity for immediate change in the procurement model for Australia’s built environment. The outcomes of these reports and investigations have resulted in measures to rectify some shortcomings. However, the underlying reasons why the construction industry across Australia is facing these issues have not been adequately addressed. Deficiencies arising from incomplete design, non-compliance, payment of contractors and subcontractors, apportionment of risk, and cost blowouts have only been partially addressed. To address these risk factors, an Independent Audit Consultant should be engaged by the client at project inception to ensure project design reflects the clients’ requirements, is within budget, appropriate contracts are in place, fully costed design specifications are provided along with a BIM (where project scale warrants), contractor and subcontractor suitability is identified, risk is apportioned according to responsibility, compliance with design and contract specifications, adherence to the BCA, with the end product having minimal or no variations and defects. A Certified Quantity Surveyor is the only truly independent professional consultant with the requisite skills and experience to ensure all pre and during construction risks are appropriately identified and addressed. Certified Quantity Surveyor’s currently provide the Independent Certifier/Reviewer role for Public-Private Partnership projects and have the expertise to ensure construction projects are completed improved delivery and minimal risk to developers, contractors, financiers, and end users.




FAÇADEFIRST™ FaçadeFirst method of construction will reverse the current construction methods for the future. Applicable on any buildings and carpark.

David Keenan Principle HDR

USING DATA-DRIVEN DESIGN FOR INFORMED DECISION MAKING We are generating more and more data and, as a result, constantly seeking to make sense of the information surrounding us. The question is how do we utilise data to make more informed decisions and prevent the repetition of past mistakes? As simple as this question sounds, it is only recently that we have made serious progress towards delivering true data informed planning solutions. Data-Driven Design (D3) continues to be at the centre of these major strides towards unravelling data. Utilising D3 in planning for education is particularly rewarding. The Education sector is a data rich field that has, by definition, been proactive in learning by experimentation. Trial and error, and analysing both qualitative and quantitative outputs, yields vast amounts of data. Anyone may have access to data, but making sense of it all isn’t as straight forward. The secret to successfully utilising data is to be clear on the question or challenge at hand and to understand the data required to inform solutions. Venturing into non-critical avenues of analysis and number crunching along the journey is easy when one loses sight of the main questions. The only constant is change when it comes to Education planning. Through harnessing and exploiting the power of data, we can plan smarter and arrive at optimal needs based outcomes. The education sector as a whole is in a constant competition to achieve more with less, and to attract the best and brightest. It makes sense to use the data on hand to inform business critical planning decisions.

FaçadeFirst is the method of erecting the façade first, and the floors later inside a protective cocoon. A total reversal of today’s lengthy and costly construction method. Increased safety and productivity. Reduced costs, time and delays. • • • • • • • • •


For more information phone 02 9748 4677 email website

NO perimeter screens NO scaffolding NO handrail NO fall arrest protection NO storage of facade on floors NO double crane handling of façade NO delays Increased productivity Lower cost

Preston is seeking EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST from investors, architects, developers, engineers, builders, entrepreneurs to use and develop FaçadeFirst and create a business opportunity in Australia and worldwide.

MULTIVISTA LAUNCHES 3D IMAGES SERVICE FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Multivista, part of Hexagon, has launched 3D Images as part of its suite of documentation services for the construction industry. The service will be powered by the Leica BLK3D, which is a handheld 3D imager that allows real time, professional grade, in picture 3D measurement. Like its construction photo documentation service, Multivista will offer 3D Images as a full service, and support both the data capture and the data management. “Multivista enables our customers to see behind walls, in slabs, beneath floors, and underground through our documentation services,” said Russ Bollig, Global Product Manager for the BLK3D at Multivista. “Now, with 3D Images, our customers will be able to accurately measure what they see in captured images. It’s an industry changing capability.” Construction photo documentation captures critical milestones of building sites so they can be used as a reference at any point by


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contractors, developers and owners, architects, and facilities managers. Multivista’s precise 3D Images service provides measurement information at critical stages of construction and enables high accuracy planning for completed spaces. This is especially beneficial for complex building and renovation projects during construction, for documenting mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), pre-slab, and underground utilities, such as hydronic heating. Customers can also use 3D Images with finished conditions for space planning or identifying in-wall systems ahead of a renovation or repurpose of space, helping to avoid costly destructive verification methods. Each 3D image is a momentary, complete and precise record of everything seen within the image, enabling Multivista to offer measurement in the image in real time or creation and confirmation of additional measurements at any point thereafter.


TIME TO TRANSFORM The property and construction industry’s established leaders and emerging superstars, sustainability practitioners and policymakers, dreamers and doers gathered in Sydney for the Green Building Council of Australia’s first Transform conference in March. While the enthusiasm in the room was electric, an undercurrent of urgency ran through each session. Now is the time for action. The effects of climate change on our landscapes, economies, businesses and lifestyles are no longer “if and when” but “now and how.” Consider the 200-plus heat wave records smashed over last summer alone. The challenge ahead looms so large we could feel despondent – even as we take long strides forward. But the California Energy Commission’s Gabriel Taylor’s words were a clear rallying cry. When people see the issue as too big, they’ll do nothing and accept the consequences. And when we look too far into the future people will put off acting today. Our challenge is “not just to show that action is necessary,” Taylor said, “but also that success is possible, so that we energise people to act.” If urgency was the conference’s first theme, interconnection was its second. Whether the focus was on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals or digital transparency on social media platforms, Indigenous reconciliation or distributed energy, the bottom line was systemic solutions. “It’s not good enough to look at these challenges in silos,” John Thwaites, Chair of ClimateWorks Australia, said as he set the scene. We must be thinking about the “connections between the economy, the environment and a fair society.” Sam Mostyn, sustainability advisor and board member of Mirvac, the Climate Council and Transurban, emphasised the importance of partnerships in uncovering new value. Mostyn urged the audience to “reach out to those you regard as most radical” – the competitors, disruptors and “those who you once saw as the enemy.” Stockland’s General Manager of Sustainability, Davina Rooney, and the GBCA’s incoming CEO, emphasised the “fabulous collaborations” across industry – applauding the Carbon Positive Roadmap and the WorldGBC’s Advancing Net Zero project

among them – that are “part of the answer to these very big questions.” Investa’s Nina James buoyed the audience’s spirits as she unpacked the shift in investor sentiment. “The conversation on sustainability has become financial. When the money moves, everyone moves,” she said. Gabriel Metcalf, CEO of the Committee of Sydney, pointed to Australia’s billion-dollar opportunity to sell our green building expertise globally. “Take what you’ve learnt in the green building sector and apply it to other sectors. Don’t wait for them to figure it out.” And Australia Post’s Susan Mizrahi and Professor Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW’s SM@ RT Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology showed how clever thinking and amazing new products – from recycling satchels to tiles made from waste glass and coffee –are driving the circular economy. The urgency of the task and the scale of the challenge can create inertia. There are so many priorities that it’s challenging to understand those with the greatest impact. But as Elizabeth Proust AO observed “those who focus just on short term are damaging their businesses in the long term.” As Transform came to a close, the GBCA called on the industry to spend the next year reassessing and recalibrating. Look through your projects and priorities with a long-term lens. Are you focused on net zero? Will your current projects help you get there? Or how will you help your clients get there? Are you collaborating with the right people to get the biggest impact? Outgoing GBCA CEO Romilly Madew summed it up perfectly. “Fifteen years of sustained effort has shown that success is possible. Do not lose sight of those successes as you step up your action in what is undoubtedly the critical decade ahead.”

Cameron Ebert WHS Manager Fresh Landscapes Group

THE TOUGH CONSTRUCTION BLOKE 10, 15, 20 years ago if you said you wanted to talk about your emotions and feelings on a building site there’s a good chance you would have been ridiculed, laughed at, or met with comments such as “harden up”. Fast forward to the current day, and the evolution of our understanding has been monumental. With the establishment of organisations such as Mates in Construction, access to help, education and support has never been more available. With statistics showing Construction having the highest rate of male suicide in Australia, it is imperative that we continue to work towards creating positive environments for discussion, acceptance and understanding. As a young male that has been in the construction industry for about 12 years, I have personally found myself battling demons, struggling to cope with the stress and pressure, and not knowing who to turn to. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible people and organisations that were there to support and aid me to conquer my demons. Ive learnt, grown and now dedicate myself to trying to give the support that I received. As a WHS Manager, I not only focus on the task improvements and environment improvements to make people physically safer but believe it’s important for us to create positive emotional and mental environments within our communities and companies. The same as we pass on trade knowledge through the apprenticeship scheme, we can improve our future by educating workers on mental wellbeing and health. If you are struggling and need support, contact Mates in Construction on 1300 642 111






Concept Building Company specialises in taking projects from the prototype stage right through to completion. Family owned and operated Concept Building Company has established an enviable reputation in the carpentry and construction business throughout Canberra, neighbouring Queanbeyan and the surrounding region.​ Undertaking projects large and small, Concept Building knows and understands their market and brings a craftsman-like approach to all work. They have developed long lasting relationships with reputable construction companies throughout Canberra which ensures a regular flow of repeat business. Concept Building has



also established strong partnerships with highly skilled local subcontractors and reliable suppliers. ​ Director Adam said that Concept Building operates on the basis that all its work without exception is of the highest standards. “We wouldn’t undertake a domestic or commercial project if we weren’t proud to put our names against or have it as part of our own home or business premises.” Working on projects ranging from large townhouse developments to commercial projects right through to domestic decks and pergolas, Concept Building Company converts ideas and aspirations into reality. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

With a large base of experience in the local market including knowledge of building regulations and requirements, plus technical skills, Concept Building works with clients to ensure their aspirations are met through careful planning. From the early drawings, through to approved plans, civil works and construction, through to final handover, every part of the process is carefully managed to ensure budgetary and time targets are met. A recent major project was Redfern Rise at Macquarie where Concept Building completed all aspects of the carpentry requirements for 26 townhouses. Adam described it as a straight-forward project as a result of good planning and liaison with all other trades on the job. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Employing a core group of 10 staff including four apprentices, Concept Building is equipped for most undertakings, and has a core group of experienced tradespersons to call on if needed.

as well as renovations, extensions and complete new homes. Their services extend to landscaping, backyard maintenance, driveway construction, footings for new homes or extensions and tight access excavation.

Adam said Concept Building had the resources to undertake large jobs and supply all required materials for a job as well as undertake excavations, waste removal and dig trenches for underground cables, if required.

Delivering excellence is a priority, the reward for Adam and his team is to see the high quality homes which they have built or renovated.

“We have all the necessary equipment for every job and welcome the more challenging projects where space is limited.” The company’s carpentry encompasses all aspects of

capability carpentry,

For more information contact Concept Building Company, mobile (Adam) 0421 548 992, email, website





WHY BIM IS CRUCIAL FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Rebecca de Cicco, Director at Digital Node, provides an update on the UK BIM Policy and how it has impacted industry across ANZ, explaining the lessons learnt, and why we should adopt it here on home soil. We are at a crucial turning point in Australia when it comes to BIM. There are many private and public sector clients discussing BIM in the context of the ANZ industry yet up until now there has been little driving the incentive. When we compare this with other regions, such as the BIM policy being driven across the UK, we can see some red flags, and therefore we must address how a policy would ultimately impact our industry and the broader built environment.

THE UK APPROACH In 2011 the UK government developed a strategy under the guidance of the chief government construction advisor at the time, Paul Morell. Morell was tasked with developing a policy surrounding how the government could be more productive and principally drive BIM and other innovative construction methods to impact on cost and productivity. Using a strong push such as a strategy for government, we saw a considerable drive for consolidation and approach toward how this could be achieved. From this drive, over the last seven years, we’ve seen the UK industry develop a framework, standards to support consistency,



and even templates and guides to enable the UK government to adopt it’s BIM Mandate of using fully collaborative 3D BIM to all centrally procured projects. No other mandate or policy-driven approach has seen so much activity and progress in this space.

Framework is intended to help define potential BIM benefits from the project outset it is very much based on how far BIM could be implemented on a project and the way in which BIM Level 2 is widely understood and executed.

The benefits realised from adopting a BIM policy across government are noted under PwC’s BIM Benefits Measurement Methodology (BMM). The BMM was developed by PwC only this year and sets out a measurement rationale and model for government to assess where the benefits lie regarding their implementation policy and principles. While the BMM Benefits

In a report from March 2016 led by the Cabinet Office (now IPA), BIM supported the delivery of £3 billion capital project delivery savings, leading to the government actively implementing BIM on a ‘business as usual’ basis. We will see more of these available benefits over the coming year from the UK to prove that the policy implemented all those years ago has been successful.


ADOPTION FOR AUSTRALIA The BMM, coupled with the use of British Standards across the world can ultimately indicate to us here in Australia that the UK policy, standards and approach to BIM was a success - driving innovation and export for the UK economy.

of policy across the nation? Unfortunately, what is happening is that independent State Government departments, industry groups, and policymakers are all driving this internally within their state initiatives, much like the USA, where jurisdiction is our biggest challenge.

The construction industry in the UK is relatively small (employing approximately 3 million) and there is a massive push toward driving BIM consistency and then measuring its impacts across government sector clients. Indeed, there was much scepticism when this all began, but the UK government have ultimately proven their success by the adoption of these principles within an international standard, which was, and is now developed to support this process - ISO 19650. The way in which the UK now acts as an exemplar in this space speaks volumes of how other industries and regions of the world should be developing similar policies and principles in digital construction methods and processes, all supporting BIM.

Australia’s construction industry contributes $134.2 billion to the country’s economy, has an 8% share of the GDP, and is seeing an increase of 2.8% per year in productivity, driven mainly by new technology and innovative building techniques. Moreover, with an annual population growth rate of 1.6%, new infrastructure will be required to meet the needs of citizens.

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HOWEVER, HOW CAN WE MEET THE NEEDS OF A GROWING POPULATION AGAINST A BACKDROP OF INCONSISTENCY? As we are now seeing strong policies surrounding the differing uses of BIM processes, such as Digital Engineering (DE), we also run the risk of not implementing consistently. Look at DE, for example, the term used to support the broader implementation of digital across the

infrastructure/utility space where groups such as Transport NSW are driving this approach. We only recently saw their DE policies and principles delivered to the industry in the form of templates and reports to support a level of consistency across the large-scale infrastructure projects currently underway in New South Wales. Four key documents were delivered to industry to support this strategy, and they were written to allow for a level of consistency across the Transport Cluster in New South Wales. Although this infrastructure standard and the policies surrounding it are favourable for the Australian market, there is still no broader implementation across all government departments who design, build or manage assets. This is where the issue lies. The Australasian BIM Advisory Board or (ABAB) are driving consistency across government by developing guideline documents and a strategic framework for BIM which may hopefully address this in the coming year. This is more than what we have seen in the last few years when it comes to BIM implementation across government for ANCR SPOTLIGHT DIGITAL NODE


SPOTLIGHT – DIGITAL NODE some time. It will be interesting to see the development here in the coming months. Although ABAB is a conglomeration of industry groups such as NATSPEC BIM, Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), BuildingSMART and Standards Australia, there has been little to drive innovation via the adoption of the ISO 19650 standard, which has been in production for the last 4 years or so, to encourage consistency globally when it comes to BIM. Each country of the world is expected to develop a regional annexe to support regional specific requirements in BIM, and there has been no document seen in the industry to date relating to this.

falling behind by education being driven inconsistently across government and the public sector. I feel its a shame that the infrastructure markets are not integrating with ABAB as we need to see a consolidation of data-driven

infrastructure and delivery as part of a more comprehensive strategy for Australia both in the buildings and infrastructure space. Many government departments across the country are discussing data-driven approaches such as the smart cities initiatives yet to date there’s no consolidation.

It is also important to note that the BIM portal via ABAB is out-dated and the documentation does not relate closely enough to work developed as part of the International Standards Committee ISO. Without pushing a consistent process, we run the risk even further of industry

SUMMARY There must be a more extensive adoption of BIM across Australia which addresses some of the other policies already in place across the world to support productivity. As we’ve seen many recommendations toward the broader implementation of BIM, there is still no real push regarding how this can be achieved across one country. The way in which it is currently being driven in Australia is far too disjointed, and there seems to be no open acknowledgment here in the industry that ABAB must be

more inclusive regarding the government representatives they are involving. The other primary challenge is that industry does not appreciate the value in training and education and we see an ad hoc approach to up-skilling when it comes to BIM and Digital Engineering across the industry and the country. There must be a focus on skills growth in Australia and ensuring we remain up to speed with the developing standards and

processes when it comes to BIM and Digital Engineering. Industry uptake of BIM is promising, and this is an exciting time to see a strong push in Australia for consistency with the release of the up and coming international standard this side of Christmas. Global trade and using a consistent language and process is critical to our industry here in Australia, and we must consolidate the approach and strategy to enable both small and medium enterprises to be able to trade across the world.

About Digital Node Digital Node is a multi-disciplinary design and construction consultancy, helpings client to work smarter using Building Information (BIM) processes.


Digital Node began as a small idea in 2013, when they realised that something big was missing in the global BIM environment and they knew exactly how to fill this space.

In the past few years, technology has irreversibly changed the built environment through the use of advanced digital construction methods, and Digital Node’s role is to educate, inform and mould these changes to allow businesses across the globe to maximise its impact and learn to design and build more effectively and efficiently through collaboration and integration.

Now this global operation runs from two bases in the UK and Australia, working with clients spanning multiple continents. Digital Node is passionate about new and advanced technologies, and how this is constantly evolving and impacting on the built environment.

For more information contact Digital Node, Greenhill Executive, 213 Greenhill Road, Eastwood SA 5063, phone 08 7078 7080, email, website




A COOL PLACE Orion Mechanical Services has an extensive record as an innovative specialist delivering top end heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions. The company has an outstanding reputation for expert delivery across multi-storey residential developments, commercial and mixed-use projects, through to luxury private homes. Orion Mechanical was recently engaged as a subcontactor to Taylor Constructions to design and construct mechanical services at Chatswood Place in Hercules Street, Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore. This latest development by Platino Properties included 226 luxury apartments over five buildings, with 4,000m2 of retail and restaurant space, as well as a childcare centre and car parking.

The Chatswood Place project is an excellent example of Orion Mechanical’s ability to provide intelligent design, skilful installation and superior client service. Established by Justin in 1999, the company continues to provide professional, reliable, innovative and integrated solutions for all clients.

For more information contact Orion Mechanical Services, Unit 40, 34-36 Ralph Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9669 1404, fax 02 9669 2404, email, website

Managing Director Justin Phillips, said that Orion installed individual Daikin ducted air conditioning systems for each apartment, with remote condensers located on the roof of each building. JetVent fans were installed in the carpark level and individual horizontal discharge toilet and kitchen exhaust systems were also provided for every apartment. All common area mechanical plant was wired through a central BMS to provide for future metering and billing. “Our involvement with the project extended over two years,” Justin said. “The main challenge was working on all five buildings concurrently. Coordinating the required resources to meet the contract programme schedule was a major task. We also had to accommodate the provision of future commercial kitchen exhaust and condenser water to the majority of retail tenancies. The commitment to retail was substantial with considerable time being spent designing and finetuning the BMS to ensure client expectations were met.”









LENDLEASE AND BLACKWOODS TEAM UP AT BARANGAROO When two prominent companies in the Australian construction industry come together to solve a logistical problem, there is certain to be an inspiring outcome. Lendlease and Blackwoods have devised an innovative answer to the challenge of providing essential supplies to the contractors and subcontractors working onsite during the construction of the Crown Casino project at Barangaroo on the shores of Sydney Harbour. Crown Casino, being built for James Packer’s Crown Resorts, is expected to open in 2021. It will be the second legal casino in Sydney and will incorporate the 6 Star Crown Sydney Hotel Resort featuring 349 hotel rooms and suites, luxury apartments, signature restaurants, bars, luxury retail outlets, pool and spa facilities, conference rooms and VIP gaming facilities. With 71-floors including mezzanines and a height of around 270m, it will become the city’s tallest building, surpassing Chifley Tower. For the builder, Lendlease, one major challenge was minimising time lost through sourcing and delivering vital supplies for contractors. Lendlease called on Blackwoods, the leading provider of industrial supplies including tools, safety gear and workwear to businesses of all size across Australia, to propose a workable solution. For many years, Blackwoods has provided onsite containers, particularly for mining projects in remote areas, complete with an onsite manager to provide on-the-spot service for industrial supplies for contractors. The stocks are replenished as required, removing the need for long trips to the nearest large regional centre for essential supplies. Brooke Medcraft, Blackwood’s New South Wales Major Projects Manager – Construction, in conjunction with Rob McDermott (Site Manager), and Marty Pike (Site Engineer), from Lendlease’s Construction and Design office for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, determined that Blackwoods’ onsite container concept was the ideal solution for the logistical issues that a major project of this scope and size required. Blackwoods appointed a full time staff member to service the container, one of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

which was for storage of stock items, the other being the service centre and shop front which subcontractors could visit to select the items they needed on the job. Brooke said that the inventory for the containers was specifically chosen to suit Lendlease and the project. “As many of the subcontractors were working at height, we had all the necessary safety gear and tools for that situation as well as the usual range of products and equipment that subcontractors needed. Importantly, as the project progressed, we stocked the equipment and tools that were needed specifically for that stage of the project.” One of the features of Blackwoods’ container solution is the use of a software package that allowed the company to replenish the most popular stock on a 24 hour turnaround. “We can also order specialty products for prompt delivery,” Brooke said. From the perspective of Lendlease, Blackwoods’ containers significantly reduced the time that could have been lost onsite by subcontractors going offsite to source the materials they needed. Another major benefit was that the location of the development is in one of the high traffic areas of Sydney. By reducing the number of trucks delivering materials for subcontractors, often by drivers who were not familiar with delivery zones, the area around the site was freed up for critical deliveries of major construction materials. “This made the task of our traffic controllers much easier,” said Marty. Another feature of the arrangement was that the containers could be moved to be closer to the construction activity as the building rose out of the ground. With 71-levels to be completed, the positioning of containers to minimise the use of hoists and movement of personnel produced further efficiencies. Both Blackwoods and Lendlease agree that the 2-container solution has produced real benefits for both companies during the construction programme.

For more information contact Blackwoods, 4/26 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 02 8873 4800, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


INSPIRED LIVING Harvey Norman Commercial QLD (HNC) specialises in the selection of quality products for building services and fitouts and also offer a comprehensive service that includes design and supply. HNC assists with meeting specifications, preliminary budget costing, technical information and tender pricing. At West Village One, HNC was contracted for the supply of all plumbing and electrical fixtures for the complex across all 332 apartments and two townhouses, as well as residents’ common areas and three retail tenancies. The team at HNC also provided design advice and costing assistance for the project. In early 2015 a number of HNC staff began working with the developers and remained involved throughout the process until they completed supply to Hutchinson Builders in October 2018. “The challenge of the job involved stock availability in relation to the bathroom pod construction. Building the prefabricated pod required a supply model that was different to our standard construction process. We worked in conjunction with the Hutchinson Builders’ site team 24


and their Bathroom Pod division at Yatala for a successful outcome,” said David Kelly. HNC QLD specialises in the selection and supply of plumbing and electrical fixtures and accessories and sourced all the plumbing items for West Village One through preferred local wholesalers and manufacturers. HNC aids their clients in the selection of hot water systems with gas, solar and electric options. They offer an extensive selection of quality brand named products for bathrooms, kitchens and laundries, including vanities and showers, tapware, the latest whitegoods and the most stylish and innovative home appliances and accessories. HNC QLD are adding a range of tiles to their already impressive collection of products, which will allow them to add another level of detail to their client offerings. HNC QLD selection centres are located in Stapylton, Sunshine Coast and Townsville. HNC’s Selection Centres have been created to inspire and inform designers, architects, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


developers and builders with a vast range of products on display. The staff at HNC have extensive knowledge of available products and interior design trends and seeks to identify their customers’ needs to provide a tailored solution for any project. HNC helps with air conditioning requirements, creating outdoor BBQ areas and state-of-the-art home automation solutions for management and remote control of energy, lighting, climate control, security and audio visual services. The enormous range of products, equipment and services made available by HNC has enabled them to successfully complete contracts across a variety of projects including apartment buildings, housing developments, schools and universities, hospitals, sporting organisations, retirement villages, hotels and motels as well as large WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

scale commercial complexes. In Queensland the majority of HNC’s work is across the South East and Northern regions. Successfully completed projects for HNC in Queensland include, Sky Tower, the 40-storey mixed use development Qube at Broadbeach and the 9-storey, two tower development Boheme Apartments at Robina.

For more information contact Harvey Norman Commercial QLD, 101 Burnside Road, Staplyton QLD 4207, phone 07 3297 3700, email, website www. ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS




Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Installs Q-ton at Shene Estate and Distillery, Tasmania The Shene Estate and Distillery in Pontville Tasmania is a magnificent heritage precinct dating back 199 years. The current owners, Anne and David Kernke, are breathing life back into the estate by combining the very best of the historic distillery with state-of-the-art technology. A centrepiece of the new technology is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Q-ton, which provides a CO2 air-to-water hot water solution. Shene Estate and Distillery produces world-class gin and single malt whiskeys using traditional methods, winning a Double Gold medal at the 2017 and 2018 San Francisco International Spirits Competition with its Poltergeist Gin and a Gold Medal at the World Gin Awards in the same year. Each day 6,000 litres of hot water is required, initially at 90°C to heat the barley mash, with the temperature then reduced to between 64°C and 65°C, the optimum temperature to dissolve sugars contained within the starch of malted barley. Finally, towards the end of the process the temperature is brought back up to 70°C to dissolve enzymes within the mash. 26


With production at the Distillery growing year-on-year, the conventional electric hot water system was becoming expensive and unsustainable with rising electricity prices. The alternative of a gas water heating system was considered but as the Estate was not connected to the gas grid, this was ruled out. Taking into account the need to provide sufficient hot water for the distillery requirements, including the cold Tasmanian winter, the MHIAA technical team was called in to propose a solution that would use less energy than the conventional instant system. After taking all these factors into account, the team proposed MHIAA’s Q-ton system, a highly innovative air to water heat pump that utilises CO2 as a natural refrigerant to deliver a reliable and extremely efficient hot water solution suited to even the coldest environments. The Q-ton heat pump draws air through an evaporator containing CO2 refrigerant, which absorbs the heat in the air. The two stage compressor then compresses the refrigerant under high pressure to raise its temperature, while an on-board heat exchanger uses heat from the refrigerant to generate hot water, which is then stored in tanks. The Q-ton system is capable of delivering great performance AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


at outdoor temperatures down to -25°C, making it perfect for the colder Tasmanian climate and allowing it to provide accurate, set-point heated water all year round. Technically, the Q-ton achieves an industry leading coefficient of performance (COP) of 4.3 by delivering 30kW of output power from only 7kW input. This makes the system markedly more efficient than the distillery’s existing water heater which was only achieving a COP of 1, delivering 48kW output from 48kW input. Therefore the Q-ton is much more cost effective to operate, delivering very significant reductions in running costs with the distillery anticipated to save 60% per year on its energy bills compared to an instantaneous heater. The Q-ton also offers environmental benefits, with significantly lower CO2 emissions as a result of lower energy consumption. Further, the Q-ton’s remote control scheduling functions allows it to produce hot water during off peak electricity periods and store it in tanks for later use, offering additional cost savings. Flexibility in configuration is also a feature of the Q-ton. It can be setup as a single unit or with up to 16 units in a modular configuration, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

providing 3,000-100,000 litres of sanitary hot water daily, easily controlled from the simple touch screen control panel. Shene Estate and Distillery’s world famous gins and single malt whiskeys will long be celebrated, supported by MHIAA’s state-of-the-art Q-ton, ensuring a reliable source of hot water for the distillation process at lower energy costs. For more information contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty Ltd, Block E, 391 Park Road, Regents Park NSW, 2143, phone 1300 138 007, email info.mhiaa@, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS



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UNIPROFTM, THE FUTURE IN U-CHANNEL GLAZING SYSTEMS The trend towards sustainability, energy efficiency and cost conscious construction has opened new opportunities for innovative glass products in both external and internal applications. Architectural Glass & Cladding, a leading supplier of globally sourced bespoke building products to the Australian market, sees UniprofTM as a unique input in 21st century construction. UniprofTM is a self-supporting U-shaped linear glass system that is widely suited to a range of building applications. The extensive range of finishes offer the dual benefit of delivering privacy while still allowing natural light transmission. It can be used in both interior or exterior applications which can then be installed vertically or horizontally. Brad Woods, Director of Architectural Glass & Cladding, has already had extensive experience with U channel glass systems in a number of projects across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Brad states that UniprofTM is highly versatile and can be single or double glazed depending on performance requirements. “In a double glazed form, UniprofTM systems are energy efficient and provide excellent heat insulation, solar control and acoustic values whilst also offering high light diffusion.” UniprofTM can be utilised in the construction of large curtain wall systems, small feature walls and curved applications as well as having the flexibility to allow the integration of windows and transparent fixed elements for ventilation or where visual contact is desired. “There are several colours and textural finishes available including solar control coatings,” Brad said. “UniprofTM also works very well with back-lighting to highlight the features in the glass.” The product is suited to both commercial and high end residential use. Manufactured to highest standards, UniprofTM is already making an impact in the Australian market. “Architectural Glass & Cladding is proud to market this amazingly versatile construction product that is constantly opening up new applications in the areas of façades and interior construction,” Brad said. “UniprofTM brings aesthetic qualities as well as functionality to any building.” For more information contact Architectural Glass & Cladding, Suite 17, Wharf Central, 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



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HELLO SOUTH EVELEIGH The $1B South Eveleigh Precinct has an area of 13.2 hectares made up of three new buildings. Building 1 is a 9-storey commercial office with ground level retail and childcare. Building 2, currently under construction, will be a 7-storey commercial office building with ground level retail stores. Lastly, Building 3 is multi-purpose; it is 4-storeys with a commercial office, community space, childcare, retail and gym. Delivering a pre-eminent state-of-the-art work, innovation and lifestyle destination for both workers and the local community was central to the revitalisation of South Eveleigh by Mirvac. Led by Mirvac, who is the developer, co-owner and builder as well as the long term manager at the precinct, a consortium including AMP Capital, Sunsuper and Centuria Property Funds, own South Eveleigh. With a proven track record in urban transformation and successful collaborations with public and private sector partners, Mirvac have delivered some of Australia’s largest and most complex mixed use precincts. In an industry first, Mirvac partnered with Commonwealth Bank of Australia to develop the original tender for the site, seeing the companies collaborate on each step of the development planning, leading to a powerful shared vision that both organisations are working towards together. The bank will occupy over 93,000m2 across the three buildings, to house their technology and digital teams, and Innovation Labs of the Future. By mid-2020, the precinct will become home to many of Commonwealth Bank’s employees. South Eveleigh has been designed as a place where people can connect and co-exist, bringing together the community, innovators and educators. Three new buildings are being constructed on the site at South Eveleigh, ranging from 9, 7 and 4-storeys. The architect for Building 1 was FJMT. The building has a 44,600m2 NLA of top quality commercial space boasting large 5,500m2 floor plates. The interior

design of Building 1 was completed by Woods Bagot to create a state-of-the-art workplace. A key construction challenge at Building 1 was the large, 1,200m2 internal atrium construction. It included prefabrication and installation of steel framed and glazed skylights, a bespoke Building Maintenance System, and projections which included atrium lifts, meeting rooms and staircases. This impacted all tenant fitout floors and was on the project’s critical path, until innovative construction methods were implemented by the team, allowing for exceptionally high quality finishes, a safe working environment and the programme to be achieved. When installing the 24 atrium roof modules at Building 2 the Mirvac Construction team utilised DfMLA and Digital Engineering to manage the design, manufacture, logistics, onsite pre-assembly and installation. Two 60-tonne Triple Bay Skylights which span over the central atrium were also installed. Due to the size and weight of the skylight, a dual crane lift was required to complete the installation successfully. Building 2 will complete in 2020. Public areas at the precinct include Innovation Plaza, a people focused Village Square, as well as Eveleigh Green and sports courts. Locomotive Street will be an activated thoroughfare celebrating the rich history of the Locomotive Workshops. The retail offering at the precinct will include al fresco cafés, dining, a gym, pop up events and a supermarket creating a village hub.




Since 2015 Mirvac’s constant community engagement has also resulted in a local art program curated by Carriageworks with a series of sculptural and botanical installations, landmarks and meeting places inspired by Eveleigh’s great history and future. One of the artworks, Eveleigh Tree House, will consist of a series of interconnected pods made out of hundreds of individually forged steel gum leaves created by artist Nell and South Eveleigh’s resident blacksmith. The tree house pods will be nestled amongst the existing gum trees at Eveleigh Green. The Eveleigh Railway Workshops were the birthplace of Australia’s national rail network and the country’s successful industrialisation, and Mirvac is committed to preserving and celebrating this fascinating history. Also an important Indigenous site, Mirvac is working with local Indigenous community groups to ensure their legacy is acknowledged and celebrated onsite.

start-up which is also establishing the South Eveleigh Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Garden, with native, medicinal plant species and bush foods. Together, Mirvac and its partners are ensuring the site returns to its former glory as one of Australia’s leading technological powerhouses, allowing companies to come together through a technology incubator fund and onsite co-working space to foster and encourage innovative thinking and to co-create the next big ideas. For more information contact Mirvac, Level 28, 200 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9080 8000, fax 02 9080 8111, website

The rooftop of Building 3 incorporates Australia’s first Indigenous urban food production farm created by Yerrabingin, a cultural




Below Cubic completed the intergrated fitout of the joinery, ceiling, glazing, doors, frames, office pods and atrium timber panelling.

Celebrating 25 years in 2019, Cubic is the market leader in the design and construction of customised complex and beautiful commercial fitouts for iconic buildings and landmarks throughout the country. From humble beginnings in an artisan workshop in Italy producing handmade furniture, Cubic has grown to family homes, offices, commercial spaces, universities and stadiums.

fantastic team has completed it not only within budget, but earlier than anticipated.”

Three generations and seven decades later, Cubic is still a privately owned Migliorino family business, managed by a close-knit team. Every project Cubic undertakes is designed and built with artisan passion and attention to detail, defining them and their place in the industry. Taking pride in their workmanship, the Cubic team demonstrates integrity in all matters of the business and relationships are fundamental to the success of the company.

“Innovation inspires us to scour the globe for leading edge materials, designs and building techniques that will allow us to bring architectural visions to life. We procure directly from the origin of the material, manufacturer or fabricator nationally and internationally, and utilise both our direct and indirect labour to manage, install and deliver a project, ensuring it meets our high standards and expectations,” said Steve. “We have advanced project management systems, document control and reporting processes to guarantee both quality and risk mitigation throughout the life of a project.”

“Our expert trades and dedicated inhouse interior design team ensure our reputation and quality is still as strong as it was 20 years ago,” said Operations Manager, Steve Moura. “Cubic is proud to be involved in delivering the integrated fitout for one of our major clients at South Eveleigh. Around half of our 280 interior team worked on the three innovative buildings between February 2018 and March 2019. We provided all the internal design and fitout for Buildings 1 and 2, while in Building 3 we completed Mirvac’s office relocation from the old locomotive shed to Level 1.” Cubic’s professional interior team completed all the atrium timber panelling, ceilings, glazing, doors, frames, hardware and joinery, for the collaborative workspaces, raised access floors, office pods, and cantilevered pop out work areas for Commonwealth Bank Australia on Building 1 at South Eveleigh, transforming the extensive spaces into unique living environments. “The scope for Building 2 was virtually a mirror of Building 1 but designed with a completely different look and feel. It also has feature timber ceilings,” said Steve. “This project is one of largest floor plates currently being built in Australia, and our 36


By maintaining robust, transparent and structured agreements with their partners, Cubic consistently adds value throughout all stages of a project, saving clients time and money. Solution oriented, Cubic applies innovative and proactive thinking to everyday building and construction challenges.

Cubic Joinery supplements their unique workmanship with local architects, designers and builders to optimise office, reception and kitchen layout designs and to ensure the best is available to fit solutions that maximise available floor space. The redevelopment of Wynyard Station and Arthur Phillip, the first vertical school in Parramatta, are amongst the many projects Cubic are currently working on, while they have also recently completed the UNSW Science and Engineering building fitouts. Cubic’s expertise is in the delivery of new and refurbished projects in the workspace, commercial, residential, government and education sectors. Their passion and purpose of the business is to continue creating beautiful, unique pieces and spaces with a reputation for quality, innovation, integrity and reliability.

For more information contact Cubic Group, Unit 4, 4 Avenue of the Americas, Newington NSW 2127, phone 1300 028 242, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW




Below VAE Group provided the Integrated Building Platform (IBP) including the common user interface and diagnostic tool.

Being built in the old railway yards in Redfern Sydney, Mirvac’s South Eveleigh is being established to become one of the country’s first smart neighbourhoods. The railway sheds have been restored providing functional offices and meeting rooms. Construction of the next phases of the project is now well underway, with three new multifunctional buildings for commercial, retail and community purposes. VAE Group have been awarded the contract to provide an Integrated Building Platform (IBP) for the entire development, to provide a common user interface and diagnostic tool for all buildings and ensure optimal energy efficiency, as well as a common interface for maintenance, and building operations. As Building Data Architects, VAE recognised Mirvac’s intent and delivered on their expectations with innovative technology solutions. VAE joined the journey during the design phase, and consulted from conception through to project delivery, focusing on building the best long term solutions for South Eveleigh. Combining information from a multitude of dissimilar building systems, the IBP allows users to see real time data through any web interface, including mobile devices. Using Tridium’s Niagara IoT software platform, VAE retrieve data from multiple sources which provide complete building performance analysis. As Niagara 4 is product agnostic, Mirvac are able to take advantage of the latest technology, regardless of the supplier.

• Reduced energy costs and improved NABERS rating • Reduced operator training and performance • Improved tenant comfort • Reduced maintenance costs • Freedom of choice of a building services maintenance provider From an operational perspective, building operators only require training on one system to manage services across all buildings in the precinct. System performance, and analytical reports can be generated from any web device in any location VAE Group have delivered a complex Integrated Building Platform for Mirvac at South Eveleigh. Our specialised team of software developers, UX Designers and Integration Specialists researched smarter ways to engineer, construct and manage all building services with cutting edge technology and equipment. Resulting in a product that will not only save the client time and money in maintenance, provide energy efficiency and improve equipment life cycle management. For more information contact VAE Group, 29 Sudbury Street, Darra QLD 4076, phone 1300 823 823, email, website

The Integrated Building Platform provides; • One fully customised consistent interface for all building systems • Live reports are used to track building performance • Instant identification of the cause of faults • A user-friendly interface to generate custom reports • Logical analysis that identifies areas of sub-optimal performance 38






Below Santana Studwelding supplied and installed the stud installation and bondek installation for South Eveleigh.

Located in the heart of Sydney, the $180 million South Eveleigh spans 13.2 hectares and is made up of three impressive buildings. Building 1 is a 9-storey commercial office space with ground level retail and childcare. The second building is a 7-storey commercial office space with ground level retail stores. Lastly, Building 3 is a 4-storey multi-purpose structure with a commercial office, community office, childcare, retail space and gym. South Eveleigh is set to become one of Australia’s leading smart neighbourhoods. The vibrant and renewed precinct will be a popular destination, not just for workers but for the wider community. With a team of 20 skilled staff working on the South Eveleigh transformation, the scope of works for Santana Studwelding included shear stud installation and bondek installation for all three buildings. As always, Santana Studwelding ensured a safe working environment for everyone involved by installing safety netting in certain areas to allow for fall protection. Through essential teamwork and collaboration, Mirvac and their contractors saw Building 1 and Building 3 come together rapidly after going from concrete slab to roof in just 10 weeks. 40


Santana Studwelding are equipped with the latest tools and technologies and their expert team delivers exceptional products and services that are flexible and proactive in order to meet customer specifications. Following on from their work on South Eveleigh, Santana Studwelding are currently working on The Ribbon which is a breathtaking new development set to transform Sydney’s skyline and form an extraordinary new gateway to the western side of the city’s CBD along with the Crown Casino and North Connex project. Established in 1991, Santana Studwelding boasts a team of 25 employees and they’re always ready to provide services on projects of all sizes.

For more information contact Santana Studwelding, 17 Waynote Place, Unanderra NSW 2526, phone 02 4271 3794, fax 02 4271 4794, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Opalescent designed and created all of the internal signage for the project, including the locker numbers, tea house and specialty items.

Large and multi-faceted projects like the South Eveleigh redevelopment require specialist branding and prominent illuminated signage, something Opalescent Group has been doing with award-winning results for over 60 years. “Our 30 strong inhouse team of creative designers, project managers, manufacturers and installers are dedicated to delivering unique, high quality signage solutions to bring brands to life,” said Managing Director, Phillip Baker. “From October 2018 to March 2019, up to eight staff worked on South Eveleigh alongside the design and Mirvac teams. While we faced some unique challenges within creating the base build signage and fitout signage it was nothing our people couldn’t resolve efficiently and effectively.” Opalescent created all the internal signage items graphics, locker numbers, tea house, specialty items and bollards in the foyer. “New products used on this job included dome letters and numbers, blow moulded signs, and the custom designed and built bollards in the foyer area,” said Phillip. Based in Newcastle New South Wales, Opalescent regularly collaborate with leading brands across Australia and the Asia Pacific, also winning WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

them Big W supplier of the year after completing a national rollout for their stores. Other Opalescent notable projects include the ANZ shard in Martin Place Sydney and the Lendlease sky signage at Barangaroo. “We’re currently working on Stockland Logistics and Business Parks providing the pylon rollout and signage for Woolworths at Prestons,” said Phillip. “We have recently been awarded a training grant from the AI NSW State Government to develop the first stages of investing in training within the signage industry to help the industry advance and move forward.” From concept development, graphic design, brand developments, permits and approvals, to shop drawings, visuals, structural engineering certification, components and fixings, manufacturing and installation of internal and external signage, small or large pylons, illuminated building ID and sky signage, large format printing and finishing, site survey and photography, Opalescent are known for delivering only the best results for their clients. For more information contact Opalescent, 82 Chinchen Street, Islington NSW 2296, phone 1300 216 658, fax 02 4962 2835, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SOUTH EVELEIGH


Below Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia engineered and installed the curtain walls for South Eveleigh.

Leading contractor of curtain walls, window walls, skylights, terracotta curtain walls, cladding, doors, and aluminium features, Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia provided the design, supply and installation of the distinguished curtain wall for all three buildings at South Eveleigh. The façade of the three buildings fuses window walls and terracotta curtain walls together to give South Eveleigh a distinctive look, blending into the neighbourhood and yet at the same time standing out. “South Eveleigh is a vibrant area where heritage meets new infrastructure. We worked on the façade design with Mirvac closely to ensure the buildings will fit in to the close by atmosphere,” said General Manager, Vivian Leung. “The façades are constituted by window walls and terracotta curtain walls with a golden bronze colour scheme – it is a delicate and complex system.” “Terracotta curtain wall panels are much heavier and more complicated than normal glass/aluminium panels and they are more difficult to fabricate and assemble, but with years of experience our expert team knows just what is required,” said Vivian. 42


One of the highlights of the façade system at Building 1 is the skylight. The skylight system is semi-panelised to avoid structural glazing onsite, so as to achieve better quality control of the installation workmanship as well as a shorter construction time. Established in 1983 in Hong Kong and set up in 2001 in Australia, Chevalier has successfully completed over 600 projects in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan and South East Asia. Chevalier offers design, manufacturing, installation, testing, and maintenance services for clients. Their manufacturing plant in Dongguan, China has been operating since 1988. Automated fabrication equipment meet the quality requirements and delivery schedules. Close supervision and strict quality control ensure that the products comply with the highest standards required by the industry. A seasoned expert in the industry, Chevalier is dedicated to providing quality, efficient and high valued products and services to meet the needs and interests of their clients. For more information Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia, Suite 1603, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9232 3189, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Red 8 Roofing used Kliplok, Curved Kingspan and imported thermoplastic membrane to complete the roofing system of the project.

Priding themselves on innovation, it seems only fitting that Red 8 Roofing were chosen to design and install all the roofing systems at the newly redeveloped South Eveleigh. Since 2001, Red 8 Roofing have sourced materials and techniques from all over the world, applying them locally and winning multiple awards including Excellence in Roofing Awards Australia for 12 consecutive years. “Beginning in February 2018 our professional team designed and installed all three building roofing systems using Kliplok, Curved Kingspan Kingklip and a thermoplastic TPO roof membrane imported from Europe,” said Director, Jason Cavanagh. “We’re known for our ingenuity in design, innovation and detailed excellence. Just look at the amazing TPO curved roof feature!” As the largest and most highly regarded commercial and industrial metal roofing company in Australia, Red 8 Roofing can provide options that speed up the installation process without compromising quality, producing a defect free outcome. “We have over 30 years of extensive experience in the industry and specialise in supplying and fitting a wide range of metal roofing in the latest trends, styles and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

colours for commercial and industrial projects,” said Jason. “Our individually selected and trained team members from the first year apprentice, to fully licensed tradespeople, pride themselves on always providing superior workmanship and exceptional customer service. They are dynamic professionals constantly seeking new challenges.” “We’ve proudly established partnerships with the most qualified specialist manufacturers in the business, and these partnerships enable us to offer the highest quality products at very competitive prices,” said Jason. “We supply and fit a wide range of metal roofing in the latest trends, styles and colours of roofing, guttering, downpipes, flashing, skylights, wall cladding and facades. We are leaders in PIR sandwich panels and TPO membrane roofing systems.” Red 8 Roofing are also working on the New Grafton Correctional Facility and The Northwest Rail Link Project for John Holland, the UNSW Bioscience for Multiplex and the ANU in Canberra for Lendlease. For more information contact Red 8 Roofing, Head Office 5/16 Mangrove Lane, Taren Point NSW 2229, phone 02 9531 1880, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SOUTH EVELEIGH


Below Pro AV Solutions delivered the largest AV project in Australia with a 31m high video wall, 607 AV rooms and 220 inch projection screen.

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The Commonwealth Bank’s (CBA) new offices at South Eveleigh will occupy 94,000m2 across the three new buildings for their 10,000 employees. As part of the brief, Pro AV Solutions was commissioned to introduce new age workspace technologies that allowed for simple operation resulting in an exceptional user experience. The solutions had to not only be designed to fit within the agile working culture of the Commonwealth Bank, they also needed to be scalable enough to meet the standards of the bank’s future expansion plans. Pro AV Solutions worked with the design specification provided by CBA’s trusted AV design consultants Innova-Tech, under the leadership of Jodie Tardelli (Innova-Tech lead consultant), to deliver a functional, agile, user friendly work environment. “We have delivered the largest AV project to date in Australia,” said Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Jeffcoat. “Consuming over 10,000 manhours and 10 months to install. Over the 8-level building, there are 607 AV rooms and 55 various AV types, including a 31m high video wall in the Atrium of Building 1, and a 220 inch motorised projection screen mounted at a height of 10m in the concrete bridge. An even larger project for CBA will be delivered by us in Building 2.” 44


The aim of the bank was to create an intuitive and pleasant user experience, while reaching new levels of innovation. Focusing on this end goal, the project revolved around the user experience and the role technology would play in this new work environment. The innovative and agile workplaces delivered are ideal for the collaborative and connective environment the Commonwealth Bank was striving for. “We power digital transformation with smart, integrated systems,” said Anthony. “As a national Tier 1 audiovisual solutions provider to government, education and corporate customer, and with more than 30 years of audiovisual experience, a team of over 220 professionals, and eight offices around the country, our expertise and size provide an unparalleled set of skills that are matched with the worlds most advanced technology, enabling us to deliver some of the biggest and most prestigious audiovisual projects both in Australia and internationally.”

For more information contact Pro AV Solutions, phone 1300 AV SALES (1300 287 253), email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below TurnerArc Shading Systems supplied and installed the motorised blinds systems for the South Eveleigh project.

In December 2017 when TurnerArc Shading Systems was contracted to supply and install all the 1,900+ internal automated roller blinds at South Eveleigh Building 1, incorporating smart automated technology, and energy efficiency were paramount. “Our professional team worked seamlessly with the architects, Mirvac, engineers and contractors to deliver premium, innovative automated roller blinds for the entire 7-floor building façade,” said TurnerArc Director, Jason Turner. “We are passionate about delivering excellence through product innovation, streamlined service and price efficiency. By drawing on our partnered product collection and focusing on quality, genuine customer service, and attention to detail, we delivered innovative and superior outcomes for all as well as ‘hitting the mark’ environmentally as the overall masterplan vision is targeted to be a zero-carbon development.” At South Eveleigh Building 1, TurnerArc collaborated with Hunter Douglas, using their Quantum Roller Blind Systems and Ecoplanet fabric and Somfy whom supplied all the motors and installed the Animeo KNX blind control systems throughout. “Ecoplanet is manufactured from recycled plastic bottles into a PVC, Halogen, Lead and Formaldehyde free sunscreen fabric and meets all the Green Star WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

requirements for the project,” said Jason. “Somfy provided an integrated control system fully automated into the buildings BCS to maximise the natural light and shading into the workspace via solar tracking, external sun sensors and 3D modelling of adjacent buildings. The blinds are also able to be manually operated via grouped wall mount switches located on the columns around the perimeter of the façade.” TurnerArc Shading Systems is a premium window furnishing specialist in the commercial, hospitality, residential, government, healthcare and education markets Australia-wide. They offer consultation, project management, design, supply and installation of innovative and architecturally designed internal and external shading systems, solar control systems and automated building control systems. What makes TurnerArc so unique is their experience, design and technical expertise as well as an understanding of the distinct requirements of their customers combined with their range of modern seamless systems to match any aesthetic while providing solar control both internally and externally. For more information contact TurnerArc Shading Systems, 7/2 Hawker Street, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223, phone 07 5534 9825, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SOUTH EVELEIGH


MORE WHERE IT MATTERS DEVELOPER : Pro-invest Developments Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Taylor Constructions ARCHITECT : Reid Campbell STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Northrop Consulting Engineers

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Newcastle comprises of 170 rooms spread across 5-levels with 2-levels of suspended parking and ground floor amenities including main entrance lobby, meeting room, retail tenancy, gym, laundry, and dining area all with an extremely high level of detailing and finishes. Pro-invest Group is an investment firm specialising in private equity real estate and real estate asset management. Within the Group, Pro-invest Developments is the division responsible for the development of assets that Pro-invest decide to invest in on behalf of their partners and international investors. Holiday Inn Express Newcastle is a prime example of their development activities and makes this the fourth of its kind that’s been brought to fruition. Holiday Inn Express Sydney, Macquarie Park, Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central and Adelaide City Centre are the other three. Seven more projects are in the pipeline. Holiday Inn Express Newcastle has 170 rooms that cater to business and leisure travelers, delivering high quality furnishings within a thoughtful building design. The development features a mutli-purpose space for breakfast, meetings, working and relaxing, self service laundry facilities and a fitness center. Tim Sherlock, Managing Director of Pro-invest Developments said that the company had actively searched for sites in Newcastle for the Holiday Inn Express. “Based on a strategic plan we source locations dealing directly with landowners as well as agents and we then perform our due diligence using our internal resources to acquire the sites. Pro-invest then uses their own people to manage an external consultant team of project managers, architects, interior designers and engineers to bring developments through to completion.”


Pro-invest’s Australian Hospitality Fund owns the hotel and through Pro-invest Hotels Group, manages the hotels under a Master Development and Franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG). Pro-invest currently has more than 833 rooms in standing assets with another 2,000 rooms in various stages of development with two Holiday Inn Express hotels in Melbourne, a Holiday Inn Express in Queenstown, New Zealand, Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport, Holiday Inn Express Parramatta and a dual Holiday Inn Express and Even Hotel development – which is one of IHG’s leading lifestyle hotel brands focusing on wellbeing, in early works per-contract in Auckland. Pro-invest works with highly regarded industry partners as well as with Local and State Governments in order to ensure their developments are delivered successfully. Proinvest Developments’ brings management experience and resources that help drive developments forward. “As a privately owned firm, we are highly responsive to market needs and are able to implement quick solutions on projects in order to ensure project delivery,” said Tim. Pro-invest Developments’ office is located in the heart of Sydney CBD and is part of a vertically integrated platform which developed into one of Australasia’s biggest hospitality investment platform over the years. “With on-the-ground presence in Australia, the Middle East and Europe, we provide unique investment opportunities with attractive risk adjusted returns to both

private clients and institutional investors,” Ronald Barrott, CEO and Chairman of Pro-invest Group. “Our people have extensive knowledge in development, hotels operations and asset management, hence having all arms of the business inhouse allows us to maximise risk adjusted returns for our investors.” Pro-invest Hotels Group, in collaboration with IHG, is currently supporting Pro-invest Developments in the sourcing of hotel sites for the development of Holiday Inn Express hotels and will lead the operational management of all the hotel assets under Pro-invest Group’s ownership. “The hotel’s prime location near the Newcastle interchange, the gateway to the city’s future CBD, will provide easy access to the hotel as well as enable visitors to access the rest of the city, its restaurants and beaches using the new light rail scheduled for completion next year,” said Phil Kasselis, Head of Pro-invest Hotels Group. “Pro-invest Group, is ideally positioned to participate in the dynamic growth in this sector in cooperation with our industry partners. The Holiday Inn Express hotel will provide corporate and leisure guests alike, a modern sophisticated hotel choice, providing simple, smart, travel by one of the world’s biggest and most popular hotel brands.”

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



Below I & B Solid Plastering used their expertise to complete the cement rendering and precast modifications for Holiday Inn Express Newcastle.

I&B Solid Plastering are a cement rendering, white set, acrylic render and heritage rectifications specialists with over 40 years of experience. They were contracted on the Holiday Inn Express for cement rendering, brick work, Dincel walls and precast modifications.

to keep a balanced business. I believe in talking to people not yelling at them, I want my employees to have a life. I don’t do this for the glory, I want them to have a job every day, I create this work for them, and I want to see them achieve,” said Ivan.

The biggest challenge of the project was the eastern elevation in Levels 3 to 7 where I&B reconstructed the whole wall. A significant amount of work was required as the wall had a lot of joints and panels which required special moulds. The team then completed a thorough render to smooth it out. “It came out perfect. It’s really a stand out,” said Ivan Berwick, Managing Partner of I&B Solid Plastering.

I&B Solid Plastering focus their work across the Hunter, New South Wales. Other major projects they currently have include the Steel Street Aged Care facility with Hansen Yuncken, Islington’s Soho Central Apartments with GWH, and the Hunter Street Aero Apartments also with GWH.

The project initially had some issues with the main entryway a the design had not been fully realised prior to construction commencing, however I&B Solid Plastering were able to apply their knowledge and experience to render and the area to a high aesthetic standard, which the client was very happy with. Ivan is very passionate about his business and puts his best effort into every job. He believes good business practice and good results are more important than profits. “We are a well run crew, being happy and getting along with people creates a better working environment. I like 48


For more information contact I&B Solid Plastering, 14 Hillsborough Road, Charlestown NSW 2290, mobile (Ivan) 0432 011 516, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Rest Interior completed all of the front of house joinery for the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle.

Justifiably enjoying an excellent reputation for high detail commercial joinery, Rest Interior was selected to provide front of house architectural joinery including all the cabinetry and curved counters at Holiday Inn Express Newcastle. They also completed back of house amenities, including administration areas and utilities. General Manager Ali Hashem, said that the contract provided another example of the emphasis Rest Interior always places on their relationships with clients, including Tier 1 and Tier 2 builders. “Working on another of Taylor’s developments exemplified the long term relationships we have built with our valued clients. Our clients trust us to deliver operational excellence, knowing that we will be proactive, focused on finding solutions to problems that may arise and be responsive to changing requirements.” The reception area joinery posed a particular challenge because it involved ensuring that the radius in the freestanding reception joinery was perfectly matched to the radius work throughout the ceiling area. Rest Interiors coordinated with the head contractor and all other trades to ensure the job moved forward according to the builder’s schedule, utilising ten of their own tradespersons on the project. The capacity WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of the company to meet this type of challenge is greatly enhanced by their 7,000m2 manufacturing and storage facility in Bankstown, so joinery can be made and stored until required onsite for installation. With over 35 years of experience in commercial joinery with mass production capabilities, Rest Interior is a licensed expert in solid surface work including forming of 3D shapes. The company have won major awards for their work. With a staff of 50, Rest Interior has a policy of local manufacture and sourcing of inputs. “As with our long term relationships with our clients, we also have highly valued relationships with all our suppliers and contractors,” said Ali. “We have the capacity to fulfil the entire project lifecycle, from project planning and design to manufacturing and installation across Australia.”

For more information contact Rest Interior, 20 Clements Avenue, Bankstown NSW 2200, phone 02 8700 1800, email info@restinterior., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWCASTLE


Below Husky Demolition carried out asbestos removal from the pre-existing building and demolished the 2-level car park.

Husky Demolition is a domestic and commercial demolition specialist covering all aspects of the demolition process including safe handling and removal of asbestos. They provide professional assessment and licensed services that follow safety guidelines and industry standards.

make sure it was well executed. “Its an everyday thing for us, and we’re good at what we do, everything went in sync. Every operator knew what to do, it was all planned and all undertaken in military precision. Never once any drama, no hassle, everything went smoothly,” said Joel Pannowitz, Husky Demolition Project Manager.

For the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, Husky Demolition was brought in for removal of pre-existing asbestos in and out of building, remove pavements, as well as bring down the 2-storey car park. The asbestos was taken out in full sheets, placed on doubled lined trucks and safely disposed of at a certified waste disposal facility.

In keeping with Husky Demolition’s environmental standards to minimise waste that goes to landfill, all the concrete was recycled and all the concrete reinforcement bars were folded up and taken to a scrap yard. Any material that was salvageable was taken to the second hand yard to be recycled.

The company employed a few excavators with sheers and pulverises for the demolition process of the carpark and pavement removal, which broke everything down level by level to remove a total of approximately 2,300 tonne of concrete and 360 tonne of steel.

The team at Husky Demolition not only provide asbestos removal, but also offer plant and labour hire and have a fleet of tilt trays, bobcats, semi tippers, excavators and six-wheelers.

The main challenge that Husky Demolition experienced on the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle project was having to organise their schedule around the surrounding businesses and general public. To accommodate this, they arranged to do the asbestos removal on a Saturday morning. A lot of planning was undertaken before starting to 50


For more information contact Husky Demolition, 26 Heather Street, Heatherbrae NSW 2324, phone 02 4987 2731, fax 02 4983 2262, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Ultrafloor designed the horizontal floor plate and structural floor system for the upper levels of Holiday Inn Express Newcastle.

Ultrafloor is a precast concrete flooring system provider operating across Australia, with a focus on innovation, efficiency and cost effectiveness. Having 25 years of experience, Ultrafloor has developed a unique product that has been independently tested and fully accredited.

surface step. Each of the typical levels were approximately 1,000m2 and were installed in three days using a small crew of specialist installers. Ultrafloor has become the recognised system of choice for hotel structures as it provides a structural solution that offers substantial commercial and time advantages over other systems.

Ultrafloor slabs use less in situ concrete and less reinforcement than other systems which cuts down on costs. Due to the minimal propping that the system requires, follow on trades can commence work the day after the slabs have been poured. For the Holiday Inn Express, Ultrafloor was the chosen structural flooring solution for Levels 4-7 and the roof due to the significant savings in time and money. The Ultrafloor scope included the design, documentation, inspection and certification of the entire horizontal floor plate. The Ultrafloor system spanned 6.6m onto every second precast intertenancy wall with an overall composite depth of 220mm. For the bathroom zones, a 130 Ultrafloor beam system was utilised resulting in an overall composite depth of 180mm which provided for a 40mm top WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Ultrafloor, 74 Kyle Street, Rutherford NSW 2320, phone 02 4015 2222, fax 02 4932 8050, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWCASTLE


Below CDMT Reo provided all the steel reinforcement fixing including the mesh, trench mesh, bar chairs, bar cogs and reinforcement bars.

CDMT Reo provides reinforced steel placement services to civil engineering projects. They have extensive experience delivering across different projects in all building markets. Their application of steel fixings include columns, stairs and footings, conventional, post tension, ground and suspended slabs, concrete walls, precast panels, pile cages, water treatment tanks and high rise buildings. They pride themselves on having a highly skilled team with a strong commitment to quality, implementing the latest and most effective innovations in steel reinforcement.

products and techniques that they know are best suited for the job. Their work on the project went smoothly and they did not experience any significant challenges throughout the process. CDMT provide quotes throughout New South Wales with the majority of their work being in Central Coast and Newcastle. Other major projects they have include Gosford Hospital Carpark, Herald Apartments in Newcastle, Elysium Apartments in Terrigal and the Bloomfield Medical Centre in Orange.

CDMT Reo was engaged by Taylor Construction Group for reinforcement fixing on the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Newcastle. CDMT was responsible for placing, tying, splicing and fixing of all reinforcing bar, mesh and trench mesh; cutting and bending of all reinforcement bars, mesh and trench mesh; fixing off all dowels to building joints as per plans; as well as fixing off all sundry reinforcement items such as bar chairs, bar caps, cogs and tire wire. They commenced work in July 2017 and finished in June 2018 with a peak workforce of 30 tradespersons. This project was a very standard job for CDMT Reo. They applied their extensive experience and worked with tried and tested 52


For more information contact CDMT Reo Pty Ltd, PO Box 3382, Bateau Bay NSW 2261, phone 02 4340 5966, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Opalescent undertook the installation of all the wayfinding signage, door numbering and the external façade sign.

Opalescent Group have over 60 years of experience delivering high quality signage solutions across Australia. They were tasked with the installation of all the signs for the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle including the three external building façade signs along with all the internal directional, statutory and door numbering signage throughout the projects, comprising 500 signs in total. Opalescent used aluminium fabrication letters with opal acrylic faces, and they installed a steel frame structure on which the sky sign and illuminated light box were attached to. This involved an engineering process to ensure design strength and integrity while still being light weight enough to be lifted onto the building façade. One of the main challenges that Opalescent experienced was the limited access to some areas where signage needed to be installed. This was overcome by bringing in a 135 straight boom and positioning the machinery in exact locations to reach these points. The external façade sign also had its challenges which involved a lot of design engineering around the fixing mounts in order to ensure that the cleats line up in order and come through the glass curtain wall which the sign needed to be attached to. Opalescent was WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

able to apply their extensive experience and worked with the other tradespersons to ensure that all fixing points and signs lined up with the cleats on the building. Opalescent’s detailed communication with their client during initial consultation ensured that everything was followed through correctly and minimised liability. They also employed a comprehensive quality assurance method internally to become a defect free project, making sure that all items and imperfections were captured before going to site. As a testament of Opalescent Group’s craftsmanship and successful delivery, they have been awarded another project with the Holiday Inn branding as well as asked to tender for various other hotel sites.

For more information contact Opalescent, 82 Chinchen Street, Islington NSW 2296, phone 1300 216 658, fax 02 4962 2835, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWCASTLE


Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, New South Wales




Below Toilet Partition Industries completed the toilet partitions and shower cubicles for the ground floor, lobby and public amenities.

Toilet Partition Industries P/L (TPI) is a leading specialist in commercial toilet partitions and wet area joinery along the east coast of Australia. They provide an extensive range of toilet cubicles, shower cubicles and privacy screens which are available in different forms of mounting and bases, as well as a broad variety of materials and colours. For the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle TPI were responsible for all the toilet partitioning on the ground floor and lobby area. They completed a total of eight toilet cubicles and eight shower cubicles for the public amenities, four of each in the male and female toilets. While the staff amenities had an additional one male and one female toilet as well as two male and two female showers. These were done using a blade mounted free standing system with 33ml laminated board that was decorated in Black Wenge style which imitates wood grain. With a team of three working onsite, TPI commenced work in March 2018 and had everything completed within three weeks. The project and the site were well managed, so the company were able to get in and out very quickly and did not experience any significant challenges. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“TPI was proud to be associated with this project, we use our own staff from all parts of sales, installations and manufacture and do everything in the toilet partition areas,� said Mark Bush, CEO of Toilet Partition Industries P/L (TPI). TPI work mostly in New South Wales however they also provide service in Victoria and Queensland. Other projects they currently have include the MLC Centre in Sydney with National Projects and Maintenance, the Ausgrid Roden Cutler House in Sydney with Buildcorp Commercial, Sydney Airport Terminal 1 with Structure Constructions, David Jones in Sydney with Mainbrace and 32 Mann Street in Gosford with St Hilliers.

For more information contact Toilet Partition Industries P/L (TPI), 123 Eldridge Road, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 1300 400 711, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWCASTLE



32 MANN STREET St Hilliers / Central Coast





MANN, WHAT A VIEW The $50M 32 Mann Street is an A-grade 7,270m2 commercial building to accommodate more than 300 NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation employees. This project is part of a precinct that will ultimately include restaurants, hotel, car parking, and boutique residential apartments with generous open spaces to form an important connection between the waterfront, stadium precinct, public parks and the CBD of Gosford. St Hilliers is one of Australia’s leading integrated property and construction groups specialising in providing total solutions for property development. St Hilliers develop, design and construct and provide property management services across the defence, infrastructure, commercial and education sectors. In May 2017, St Hilliers was contracted to construct a 6-storey office building of 7,270m² for NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) and purchased the surrounding 1.1ha site from Property NSW. This Gosford ‘Waterfront Precinct’ transformation is designed to activate the southern end of Mann Street and strengthen the connection between the waterfront and Gosford CBD. Development objectives for the project included the delivery of an A-Grade commercial building with an active street front and an environmentally sustainable design with a flexible open plan and views from the upper levels. Construction of the DSFI offices started in mid-2017 with 110 tradesmen onsite during peak periods. The glass fronted building has 3-storeys of sandstone panels with aluminium feature blades and two upper storeys of glass wall behind an architectural laser cut metal screen. “It was a quick build due to the panellised system for the façade,” said Project Manager, Ben Taylor. “The 32 Mann Street development is offering more than just increased options for people to live and work on the Central Coast. This building and the surrounding site are part of a broader plan to connect communities and encourage visitation to Gosford, that is ideally located just over one hour

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from Sydney’s central business hubs,” said Tim Casey, Executive Chairman for St Hilliers. St Hilliers has delivered successful large scale residential developments such as Thornton Precinct in Penrith with three stages of apartment blocks, the $110 million Sheffield with 204-units; Thornton Maiden Place with 7-levels of 151-apartments; and Thornton Centurion, an urban village style precinct, finished in August 2017. Another large scale project for St Hilliers was Greenbank in Brisbane, a $110 million construct only contract with the Department of Defence. 61 buildings and 10km of roads were built across the 4,600ha site and the project was completed within 16 months. St Hilliers is a private company with over 20 years experience in the construction of a diverse range of building types. For the defence industry St Hilliers has built the HIET Training Facilities, on sites in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern

Territory. In November 2016 St Hilliers completed a $12 million contract for the construction of infrastructure for the REDFIN Phase 1B at Holsworthy Barracks Special Operations Vehicle Facilities. St Hilliers also built several aviation rescue and firefighting (ARFF) fire stations including Hamilton Island and Gladstone in Queensland and in Newman, Western Australia. St Hilliers has also successfully completed renovations of heritage buildings including the conversion of the Red Cross building in 2010. At the busy Sydney CBD address St Hilliers added 2-floors to the art deco structure and converted the 12,000m² interior to offices. The $140 million development achieved the 5 Star Green Star

Design and As Built ratings, together with a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating. As Managing Contractor, St Hilliers carried out the refurbishment of the heritage listed Edmund Barton building in Canberra, for the Australian Federal Police. The $100 million project involved adding over 45,000m² office space over 5-floors as well as basement, infrastructure and facilities. During the renovation the building remained operational and this required some careful planning due to highly sensitive nature of the work. For more information contact St Hilliers, 8 Windmill Street, Millers Point NSW 2000, PO Box 5370 Sydney, NSW 2001, phone 02 9259 5200, website



Below comprehensive electrical works including items of Automation Design with Lighting and Energy Management Systems, Communications, Data and much more.

TJD Electrical specialises in the design and installation of comprehensive electrical, communications and security systems, including fire prevention, and the automation required for state of the art monitoring and control. TJD Electrical is a turn-key solution electrical contractor with years of experience across the residential and commercial sectors. TJD Electrical spent six months on the design work for 32 Mann Street, working to a brief supplied by St Hilliers’ consultants S4B. Onsite work began in October 2017 with temporary power connection for construction work and early ground works. TJD Electrical installed the complete electrical, communications and security systems across three basement levels, 5-floors of offices and plant on the roof. The job, completed by February 2019 included the base build as well as the internal fitout of the upper floors and a ground floor retail tenancy. The electrical service works completed by TJD Electrical comprised the supply and installation of switchboards and distribution boards for offices and tenancies, meter panels, UPS, consumer and submains. Work included all internal and external luminaries as well as data infrastructure cabling, optical fibre, MATV and PATV. TJD Electrical also designed and installed the complete security intercom and access control system, the Distribution Antennae System (DAS), the generator and diesel fuel lines system and a lighting control system of CBUS for automation. TJD Electrical also assisted in the energy efficiency of the building with lighting control and power management systems in place to ensure energy consumption is lowered. “With JHA Consulting Engineers, we designed an automation system that would combine lighting control and energy management within the building management system,” said Trent Dopper, Owner and Director of TJD Electrical. “TJD Electrical is a part of the Schneider ECO Expert Group and we used the Schneider NAC Automation Controller, a new product within the industry, to bring all these systems together,” said Trent. “We also fitted electric vehicle battery bays 60


for the growing need for battery operated cars in the future.” “There was a really big push within the project to focus and use Australian made or Australian companies within the project and this was achieved. We had to investigate what products would work and see if we could we get them in Australia, and see if we could we get companies to manufacture goods in Australia. We had to ensure the goods were Green Star approved and able to meet the scope of works. The sign off was a very streamlined process,” said Trent. In 2015, TJD Electrical successfully completed a similar electrical design and fitout at the Parramatta City Council Operations Centre at Rydalmere. The centre is a fully automated office and warehouse facility and also a Green Star Base Building. Established 2002 TJD Electrical provide a range of electrical contracting services across greater Sydney including office and retail fitouts, services for educational facilities, health and hospitality as well as aged care and residential sectors. TJD Electrical provides home and business automation, push notification, thermal scanning and fitouts for residential and commercial properties. They also install VESDA and other fire prevention systems including dry fire services, alarms, smoke detection as well as exit, emergency and evacuation lighting. TJD Electrical have been working with St Hilliers since 2016. Trent says he feels proud and honoured to have been awarded this project and to work with St Hilliers and the local community. Trent would personally like to thank his staff, wholesalers and all companies that provided services and materials to TJD Electrical for the duration of the project, as this project is dynamic, built for the future and the growing HUB for services and business on the Central Coast and for New South Wales.

For more information contact TJD Electrical, 35 Bolwarra Road, North Narrabeen NSW 2101, phone 02 9913 8096, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW




Below Pluim Joinery manufactured and fitted all the joinery and cabinetry throughout the offices, reception and kitchenettes.

Pluim Joinery has over 50 years experience in the manufacture and installation of cabinetry and detailed joinery and specialises in quality interior fitouts for commercial and high end residential projects. Pluim Joinery has a CAD team of six that started producing shop drawings for 32 Mann Street in August 2018. Joinery and cabinetry items were specified by the architect for 32 Mann Street and manufactured in Pluim Joinery’s 2,500m² facility at Lisarow. The production took only four weeks and a team of four installers were ready to start onsite in September. Pluim Joinery fitted detailed joinery to the reception area on Level 2 and from Level 2 to 5 the team fitted out the offices, kitchenettes, and reception areas. “The whole project, from initial CAD drawings to final installation ran very smoothly,” said Julie Ragen, PA to Director Andrew Sohier. “St Hilliers were especially good to work with, everything ran according to the programme.” Pluim Joinery employs 20 in their factory working within stringent time schedules. Their products include architectural joinery, timber veneers and wall panelling as well as items such as reception counters, 62


boardroom tables and display units and feature wall panelling. Pluim Joinery supply and fit their quality items to offices, aged care facilities, shops, medical buildings and club refurbishments. In 2017, Pluim Joinery finished a large job for the University of Newcastle, a joinery package for the remarkable new building, Newspace. Pluim Joinery fitout 8-levels including lecture theatres and upholstered seating areas. “We fit a large amount of well designed detailed curved solid timber joinery at Newspace,” said Julie. “The job took eight months from CAD drawings to finishing the installation.” Before 32 Mann Street, Pluim Joinery finished the interior fitout of the ATO building in Gosford, supplying and installing detailed joinery to the offices, café and kitchenettes.

For more information contact Pluim Joinery, 900 Pacific Highway Lisarow NSW 2250, phone 02 4328 0500, email info@pluimjoinery., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below TEC Concreting Systems provided both a 40m and 47m boom pump to complete 4,552m3 of concrete for 32 Mann Street.

TEC Concreting Systems specialise in concrete services including constructing formwork, steel fixing and concrete pumping with expertise in large scale high rise buildings for the industrial and commercial sectors as well as for residential projects. In September 2017, TEC Concreting Systems started onsite at 32 Mann Street using both a 40m and 47m boom pumps with a static line pump to place and finish 4,552m³ of concrete for three basement slabs and floor slabs for all 6-storeys, the rooftop and numerous flights of stairs throughout the building. With 26 tradesmen onsite they completed their work by June 2018. “We provided concreting services for the ATO building next door to the Mann Street development,” said Director, Trent Collins. “There we supplied 3,648m³ of concrete for the basement slab and ramp, the lower ground level and mezzanine, 3-levels and stairways as well as decorative concrete finishes.” “Also in Mann Street we have recently completed work on the 13-storey residential development, Bonython Towers, working with other contactors to pump, place and finish 4,300m³ of concrete.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We are also completing high rise buildings in Newcastle including the two towers of Verve High Rise. We placed and finished 11,438m³ of concrete for 19-storeys including a basement, balconies, the roof, stairs and ramps,” said Trent. TEC Concreting Systems employs 24 full time staff and has many subcontractors available for peak periods. The company was established July 2015 as a Central Coast based company, building a solid reputation that has enabled them to branch out to cover the Sydney and Newcastle areas. Through their efficiency, quality work and excellent service the company have successfully completed concrete works for some major government developments. In 2015, TEC Concreting completed a full supply and install of residential slabs, decorative driveways and footpaths at the highly successful subdivision, The Ponds, at Kellyville for the development partnership of Landcom and Australand. For more information contact TEC Concreting Systems, 3 McPherson Road, Tuggerah NSW 2259, phone 02 4380 0470, mobile (Trent) 0437 704 695, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 32 MANN STREET


Below Solis Products provided and installed the European manufactured Tecweave Alu roller blinds to all 6-levels of 32 Mann Street.

Solis Products specialises in the supply and installation of contemporary window furnishings to the interiors of commercial buildings and residences. At 32 Mann Street, Solis Products supplied and installed roller blinds along the perimeter glazing of all 6-levels of the building. An initial ‘check measure’ was carried out for the job in early October 2018 to supply European manufacturers with specifications for Tecweave Alu blinds. These roller blinds were made from Trevira CS a new polyester fabric that is PVC free with sound absorbing and fire retardant properties as well as an aluminium film backing for thermal reflection. “The feature that distinguishes Solis from our competitors is our range of manufacturers and suppliers within Australia and overseas,” said General Manager, Malcolm Young. “This means a wider choice of fabrics and styles of window furnishings as well as a range of operating systems. The modern hardware available to us from Japan, for example, enables us to install some easy to use, lightweight systems that are especially suitable for retirement homes.” Solis Products’ services include consultation, quote, design, supply and installation as well as servicing and maintenance of their products. The company also provides cost estimation and project management 64


and has a large showroom displaying their roller blinds, curtains, shutters, roman blinds, motorised solutions and outdoor awnings. Solis Products provide individually tailored solutions for many requirements including the supply and installation of a motorised roller blind to the tiger cage at Taronga Zoo. “It was a unique product,” said Project Manager, Scott Johnston, an especially large black blind 3m high and 8m wide that we imported from Europe.” Solis Products has completed large commercial projects including the Suncorp Insurance building at Barangaroo where they supplied and installed over 3,000 roller blinds. In 2016, Solis Products installed 800 EnviroWeave roller blinds at Parliament House and 1,000 roller blinds for the UTS Feit, Broadway. Solis Products aims to excel in the commercial and residential building industry by initiating new standards with innovative products through leadership, customer service and technical excellence. For more information contact Solis Products, 190 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 9439 9020, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia completed the window wall to Levels 2, 3 and 4, panellised sandstone system and curtain wall.

Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia is a team of professional designers and engineers providing structural engineering solutions for façade systems. Chevalier provide shop drawings, fabrication drawings, testing, manufacture and installation of curtain walls and window walls as well as aluminium doors and windows. At 32 Mann Street, Chevalier designed, manufactured and installed the panellised sandstone system, integrating curtain walls to Levels 1, 2, and 3. Curtain walls with operable perforated aluminium panels were installed on the top two levels and window walls and glass doors at the ground level. “Thanks to the diligence of our inhouse design and production teams, we were able to complete our job in a short period of time,” said General Manager, Vivian Leung. “We started the design in November 2017 and began installation onsite six months later and the whole job was completed by October 2018.” “The panellised sandstone system is complicated,” said Vivian. “The weight of the panels required a lot of work at the engineering and design stages. As you know sandstone is a natural product WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and matching the colour of each panel requires some time and patience, unlike manufactured materials where we can just apply colour artificially.” Chevalier conducted mock ups and performance tests prior to the fabrication of panels for 32 Mann Street and offers an assessment of development feasibility, mock up, performance testing, and maintenance services for all their clients. Their wide range of products include curtain walls, metal claddings, glass walls, louvres, skylights, canopies, aluminium windows and granite cladding. All fabrication is done in Chevalier’s own factory where continuous efforts have been made to equip the factory with the latest developments in curtain wall technology. Previous projects for Chevalier include the $150 million Z.E.N Apartments at Wentworth Point for Bilbergia where Chevalier designed and installed the unitised curtain wall for three separate towers. For more information Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia, Suite 1603, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9232 3189, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 32 MANN STREET



Palisade Miranda is a landmark architectural development over two buildings which imbues resort style living with oversized one, two and three bedroom apartments with luxurious and high quality finishes around a central pool, clubhouse, and lush gardens creating an incredible urban oasis. After a lengthy journey from concept to delivery, Galileo Group has proudly unveiled their newest prestige resort style, residential development, Palisade Miranda. Conveniently located on Miranda’s Kingsway the project has access to retail, bars and restaurants, entertainment and schools. “Acquiring the site and commencing design back in mid-2014 – it’s very satisfying and exciting to see it become a reality now,” said Paul Marshall, Galileo’s Development Director. “Our goal was always to elevate the standard of amenity for buyers in this development and appeal primarily to owner/occupiers. Selecting the right contractor to deliver this benchmark project was crucial to the success of the project. Duffy Kennedy began construction in May 2017, with handover complete in February 2019. “Duffy Kennedy is a great local success story. Recognised for building quality residential developments across the Shire and beyond, we were pleased to partner with them on the design and construction of Palisade.” Palisade involved the delivery of 197 luxury residential apartments over two 7-storey towers with a large consolidated common area located between the two buildings, providing communal open space and a commercial sized swimming pool, landscaped gardens, seating areas and BBQs. There is also a gym, and three basement levels with 305 car parking spaces, resident storage cages and lift access to the units above. Palisade offers luxurious interiors which carry a resort-like atmosphere throughout the development. Featuring open layouts to maximise space and light, high quality finishes, spacious kitchens flow into thought out living areas designed for entertaining. “It’s not just about amenity however,” explained Paul. “We worked closely with our design team to really maximise the 66


layouts, finishes and inclusions within the apartments themselves with a strong focus on creating generous living spaces, bedrooms and balconies.”

owned formwork and scaffolding allows us to deliver a superior product for our client and stakeholders, meeting any set timelines and milestones,” said Gavin.

“The support from Galileo by Neil Werret, Paul Marshall and Barry Stephenson, made the project work/client relationship easy and enjoyable,” said Gavin Duffy, Director of Duffy Kennedy. “At Duffy Kennedy, we don’t believe in just doing. We believe in doing things with intelligence – analysing each decision to make sure it’s not just the easiest one, but the right one.”

“We are more than a construction company; we are a service business with professional, skilled and dedicated people. We are a partner that solves challenges, before you even know there are any, applying real world experience to real world challenges. A partner that can build exactly what you've envisioned, and deliver it on time and on budget.”

Duffy Kennedy has transformed over the last five years from a traditional construction company to one that is at the leading edge of client service and technology adoption. Founded in 1994, they specialise in multi-residential apartments, commercial and industrial projects, who are now also moving into aged care/retirement accommodation and schools. With over 100 employees now, at Palisade’s peak production Duffy Kennedy had 22 staff and over 200 subcontractors working on the project. “We have our own formwork and scaffolding division, generating significant cost savings for our clients and enhancing our performance and integration. More than 20,000m2 of

Other projects Duffy Kennedy are currently working on include Mosaic in Sussex Street Sydney, Chelsea in Croydon, Union Place, Jannali, No1 Premier, Neutral Bay and North in Waterloo. They are renowned for delivering inspirational buildings that alter the physical landscape, enriching people’s lives.

For more information contact Duffy Kennedy, Suite 5, 55 Kiora Road, Miranda NSW 2228, phone 02 8521 0000, email au website For more information contact Galileo, Suite 407, 15 Lime Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9240 0333, email reception@galileogroup., website







Below Sydney Shade Sails created specialised architectural grade shades sails for the exterior spaces of the Palisade Miranda.

Set amongst lush subtropical landscapes and tall swaying palms Palisade Miranda, is a peaceful, glamorous retreat offering a seamless flow of private indoor-outdoor living centred around breathtaking resort style amenities. Sydney Shade Sails (NSW) Pty Ltd assisted in creating this zen-like atmosphere and an oasis of relaxation for residents and guests with three stunning custom made shade sails. “Creation of the shade sails at Palisade began in July 2018 and was completed in February 2019. After visiting the site we worked closely with the builder and landscape architect to develop the overall design, plans and engineering of the shade sail posts and the shade sails. The posts were made from black steel, welded with fabricated base plates and welded end caps. The posts were then galvanised and powder coated in White Satin. The three custom made shade sails were fabricated onsite at our premises in Peakhurst using Architec 400 in a Porcelain colour,” said Director, Leonard Collins. “When designing shade sails, it’s important to have a technical background to ascertain the correct post sizes, fabrics, wind loadings, installation techniques and fabrication knowledge so the best design will be built for the client. Liaising with the various professions resulted in the outdoor pool area being covered with three exquisite shade sails that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but functional and will be there for many years to come.” When designing Shade structures, there are many factors we take into consideration including the time of day the area requires shade, angle of the sun, slope of the land, wind speed and other weather conditions. Sydney Shade Sails don’t just build shade sails; they enhance your outdoor area with a complete solution. Family owned and operated Sydney Shade Sails is all about shade sails with over 25 years industry experience specialising in custom design, fabrication and installation of architectural grade, aesthetically pleasing shade sails and structures. “We believe quality shade sails should be built to last and therefore we only provide the best products for our clients, said Leonard. “When designing, constructing and fabricating our shade sails we use the highest WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

quality products, architectural grade shade cloth and PVC membrane, marine grade stainless steel fixtures, fittings and cable. Our thread has a lifetime warranty and using high quality materials this ensures the longevity of our handcrafted products. This is what distinguishes Sydney Shade Sails from other fabricators,” said Leonard. Sydney Shade Sails offers solutions that only a lifetime of experience can provide. Leonard began his career at the age of 16 as an apprentice sailmaker, then worked in construction doing roofing and roof plumbing on heritage buildings. He has carried these skills over into the field of shade sails and fabricated structures. This combination of manufacturing quality sails and the construction knowledge of building frames and structures, plus the attention to detail required on heritage buildings provides the perfect blend of training that creates Sydney Shade Sails difference in producing aesthetic, functional, durable custom designed sails delivered to a high standard, exceeding the client’s expectations. “Our workmanship carries a two year warranty. Our fabric manufactures provide a 10-15 year reducing UV warranty on shade cloth, and 5-20 year reducing UV warranty on PVC membranes.” Sydney Shade Sails has worked on various commercial developments, including apartment blocks, Private, Catholic and Public schools, early learning centres, restaurants and cafes, sporting grounds, factories, parks, water treatment plants, car washes and aged care facilities throughout New South Wales and Australia. Sydney Shade Sails has tender prequalification for the public school system allowing Sydney Shade Sails to provide a single quotation up to $150,000 without the full tender process and approval by the AMU. Sydney Shade Sails builds and constructs both shade cloth and waterproof shade sails, span shades, shadex arched canopies, COLAS, barrel vault structures, covered walkways, PVC membrane retractable roof systems and café style blinds for restaurants.

For more information contact Sydney Shade Sails, 23-25 Norman Street, Peakhurst NSW 2210, phone 02 9592 0401, email, website



Below Premium Balustrade Group provided all the balconies, louvres, cages, stainless steel handrails and glass for the project.

Since their beginning, Premium Balustrade Group has become one of the most trusted names in the balustrade and fencing industry specialising in aluminum, louvre, paint, frameless glass, semi-frameless and balustrade works. Known for their innovation, professionalism and timeliness Premium Balustrade Group was founded by Director Alex Hassan, who has over 11 years industry experience. “I wanted to ensure our clients could count on us every step of the way and be completely satisfied with the final result,” said Alex. “Our team of professionals are committed to delivering timely, efficient and exceptional results. They have the experience and skills necessary to tackle just about every type of job that comes our way.” At the luxury Palisade Miranda development, Premium Balustrade Group provided all the balconies, louvres, cages, stainless steel handrails and glass between March 2018 and March 2019. Their workmanship and finishes have ensured these elegant and stylish architecturally designed buildings make a landmark statement from all angles in the heart of Miranda. The high quality finishes and balustrades blend effortlessly with the open layouts maximising space and light, creating seamless integration throughout. 70


“Whatever the balustrade or fencing job, our Premium Balustrade team are committed to getting the job done, especially when it comes to service, advice on potential hazards and the best solutions. You can count on us to produce innovative designs, exquisitely tailored workmanship to the highest standard of excellence providing great value for our clients,” said Alex. Premium Balustrade Group offers a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential products that are also suitable for fire/access stairs, aged care, hospitals, schools, universities and community recreation centres. All materials used are robust and compliant, including marine grade aluminium rails to withstand extreme conditions.

For more information contact Premium Balustrade Group, Unit 37, 85-115 Alfred Road, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 0406 079 070, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Dincel Construction Systems utilised permanent formwork profiles for the walls and columns for the Palisade Miranda.

Dincel Construction Systems is internationally recognised for their Dincel Structural Walling, a leading structural walling solution for the building and construction industry. Created and developed in Australia and certified by the University of New South Wales and the CSIRO, the Dincel System is an internationally patented permanent polymer formwork for walls and columns filled with ready mixed concrete producing an economical, robust, durable structure. “Dincel Structural Walling allows floor and vertical elements to be built simultaneously, taking vertical elements off the critical construction path. In comparison to slabs with columns, the load bearing wall solution allows simpler slabs with less concrete and less reinforcement,” said Rodney Brookes, Dincel Sales and Marketing Director. “Conventional multi-storey construction dictates that the floor cycle starts with vertical elements. The Dincel system allows floor formwork placement to take place on day one, removing the vertical elements from the critical path, reducing the floor cycle time. With its waterproof and fire rated properties Dincel also eliminates wet weather delays.” Multi-award winning Dincel Structural Walling’s permanent formwork meets the demand and pace of today’s building developments addressing WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

cost, speed, compliance, defects, design possibilities, building longevity and liveability. It can be integrated throughout an entire building design from deep excavation basements, lifts shafts, stairwells, walls, to columns and façades to 60-storeys, enabling certified load-bearing walls and columns to be constructed at lower cost, in less time and with less labour than traditional masonry or concrete. “Our technical and sales teams work closely with builders and installers throughout each stage of the project,” continued Rodney. “On the Palisade Miranda our expert team used a combination of 110mm, 200mm and 275mm permanent formwork profiles for the walls and columns in the building, increasing the speed of construction by more than a third, while also providing an increased level of safety onsite by eliminating the risks of manual handling due to the lightweight nature of the Dincel formwork.” Dincel Systems are suitable for a variety of residential, commercial, civil and retaining wall projects. For more information contact Dincel Construction Systems, 101 Quarry Road, Erskine Park NSW 2759, phone 02 9670 1633, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PALISADE MIRANDA


Below Mulberry Construction Group constructed the concealed fixed Blackbutt timber pergola and Millboard decking on Palisades Miranda.

As one of Sydney’s leading carpentry companies, Mulberry Construction Group bring designs to life, while delivering quality bespoke design solutions for residential and commercial developments, including the Palisade Miranda. “As dedicated craftsmen, we thrive on jobs that challenge us. We love creating unique designs that are functional, beautiful and environmentally sound,” said Mulberry Directors, Adrian Propoggia and Simon Vassallo. With meticulous attention to detail, Mulberry has worked on some of Sydney’s most prestigious heritage, commercial and residential sites, consistently producing superb results. At the landmark Palisade Miranda, a team of up to eight Mulberry carpenters constructed the concealed fixed Blackbutt timber pergola and Millboard decking, working onsite between October and December 2018. “Concealed fixed pergolas are not a conventional way of installing these timbers, but our team especially designed and installed the concealed fixings within the steel structure successfully within the short timeframe,” said Adrian. “Functionality and aesthetics cannot be achieved without the necessary skills and materials. From start to finish our expert team always 72


produce quality workmanship and service,” added Simon. “No matter the scale of a project or challenge we have the team to manage it.” Since 2005, Mulberry’s team of master tradesmen, backed by many years of experience, have become renown for producing detailed, high quality finishes and sturdy workmanship that is designed to last a lifetime. Other commercial projects Mulberry are currently working on include Stage 2 and 3 Nelson Grove Age Care Facility Pemulwuy, Amelia Street Waterloo Luxury Apartments, 151-apartments at DHA Arcadia Alexandria, Elizabeth Street Surry Hills Luxury Apartments, residential projects include 12 townhouses at DHA Hamilton Corner Lindfield and nine townhouses in Burraneer. Mulberry is also currently completing residential building works which includes a granny flat and internal renovations to the existing family home in Bexley, an extension on a 1930s home in Hurstville, and a pool and cabana in Carlton. For more information contact Mulberry Construction Group, 23/17-21 Henderson Street, Turrella NSW 2205, phone 02 9212 2268, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Sydney Shade supplied six, 2m square SU2 Café Market Umbrellas for Palisade Miranda’s outdoor terrace areas.

The Palisade luxurious resort style apartments on the corner of Kingsway and University Road, Miranda, is all about the details and Sydney Shade’s umbrellas seamlessly perfect this inviting indoor-outdoor lifestyle haven. A local family business, owned and operated by Terry and Jacqui White since 2007, Sydney Shade is the New South Wales agent for Shadowspec and deliver and install their range of outdoor shade umbrellas across New South Wales from greater Sydney to the Central Coast, Illawarra and Central West regions. “We pride ourselves on our full installation services from delivery, to set up and demonstration onsite, superior product knowledge and advice, comprehensive warranties on the fabric and frame of each umbrella, customer service and support, and being local, we visit clients onsite,” said Terry. “At Palisade we provided six, 2m square SU2 Café Market Umbrellas.” Sydney Shade has years of experience in delivering and installing outdoor shade umbrellas that provide the utmost in UV sun protection in a range of colours. Their range of Shadowspec shade umbrellas includes four cantilever models, the wall mounted SU3, the rotating WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and titling SU4, the multi-canopy SU6 and the rotating SU7, plus two other centre post models – the SU2 Café Market Umbrella and the SU10 Commercial Umbrella. “The SU6 is a unique design that allows multiple configurations of one, two, three or four umbrellas from a single central mast,” said Terry. “Our outdoor cantilever umbrellas are ideal for getting the shade you want, without taking up too much space on the ground as they’re suspended from a horizontal arm attached to the main vertical pole or mast, providing plenty of room under the shaded area to place an outdoor dining table, sun lounge, chairs, or any other furniture.” The superior Sydney Shade range can also be seen at The Pacific on Bondi Beach, Star City, The Lilianfels Group of properties, Warringah Bowls Club in Mosman and many other commercial and residential properties in and around Sydney. Sydney Shade also has a range of high quality marquees that come in a variety of colours and sizes to suit all occasions.

For more information contact Sydney Shade, phone 0438 574 228, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PALISADE MIRANDA


Palisade Miranda, New South Wales




Below J & I Scaffolding Solutions provided the modular scaffolding for the entire perimeter of both 7-storey buildings at Palisade Miranda.

Scaffolding is one of the most critical elements of any modern construction job, enabling workers to reach high places in a safe way that is also conducive to productivity. J & I Scaffolding Solutions have an excellent record of service and focus on quality, reliability and safety, which the team utilised on the Palisade Miranda.

and use of scaffolding distracting their project managers and workers,” continued Brett. “We set ourselves apart from our competitors by delivering strong time management, affordability and actively meeting and exceeding safety expectations for any temporary work platforms, perimeter scaffolding and suspended or hung decks.”

“We began work at Palisade in Miranda in September 2017, completing our part in November 2018,” explained Brett Martin, Managing Director at J & I Scaffolding Solutions. “We supplied, erected and dismantled all the modular scaffolding for the entire perimeter of both 7-storey buildings, internal lift shafts and voids. Unlike many sites, Palisade was a fairly simple site with ample room to work, and an excellent site team who worked in well with our scaffold crew.”

J & I Scaffolding Solutions can take on any sized job and understand the inherent dangers involved in access solutions. Other projects they are currently working on for the supply of modular, tube and fit scaffolding include Liverpool Central for Binah Group, Nevada Project at Darling Point for Buildcorp and Edge Apartments in St Leonards for Novati.

A family business that has operated since 2015, J & I Scaffolding Solutions brings combined expertise of over 70 years scaffolding experience. In an extremely competitive market, their 25 employees are dedicated to the company’s continued growth, with an eagerness to impress clients. “We know that clients demand a streamlined, efficient process that meets safety standards, and they don’t want the process of installation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

J & I Scaffolding Solutions know the most crucial element is the skill and dedication of their team, their can-do approach, communications and safety first.

For more information contact J & I Scaffolding Solutions, 4 Broadbent Avenue, Middleton Grange NSW 2171, mobile (Brett) 0418 654 496, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PALISADE MIRANDA


CENTRE OF THE COMMUNITY CLIENT : Bankstown RSL MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Infinity Constructions Group Pty Ltd PROJECT MANAGER : Construction Consultants ARCHITECT : Altis Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Xavier Knight

The new Bankstown RSL Club Stage 1 and 2 comprises 35,000m2 over 10-levels and includes multiple food offerings, TAB facilities, a substantial indoor and outdoor gaming room, sports bar, function spaces, parking for 300 cars, destination venues, and 240 hotel rooms creating a new social centre of entertainment. Established in 1992, privately owned Infinity Constructions Group is synonymous with delivering quality projects via a professional well managed process, and their recent redevelopment of the Bankstown RSL has taken its facilities to a new level. Situated prominently on Marion and Meredith Streets, Bankstown RSL is one of Sydney’s oldest RSL clubs. The 35,000m2 built area redevelopment is adjacent to the club’s old site. The new club has a pavement-front cafe, bars, multiple indoor and outdoor dining and entertainment options, TAB facilities, substantial gaming rooms, a mixed-use residential and retail hub, parking for 300 cars over 4-levels, plus a Stage 2, 6-floor, 250-room Mercure Hotel for the business person above the club by 2020, that will be a prominent feature on the Bankstown skyline. The hotel will have a restaurant and bar, two meeting spaces and a gym in a broader 18,000m2 development. Infinity won the contract in 2016 for the full Design and Construct in collaboration with Construction Consultants and RSL Representatives. 76


“The aim was to construct a new Five Star social centre of entertainment, food and nightlife for Bankstown and the surrounding areas,” said Theo Orfanos, Infinity Director and Construction Manager. “From car parking, restaurants and the Club itself, we’ve created remarkable experiences for patrons and first time visitors.” “This building is a pinnacle of construction in the Bankstown area and showcases the highest level of design, construction, luxury and class throughout, with integrated technologies and advanced connectivity. The entrance took its inspiration from a grand hotel foyer, with a magnificent padded backdrop to reception, timber panelling and a contemporary oversized chandelier. The bar is a glowing gem in the centre of the space, with smoke mirrored bar front and sandblasted detail with welcoming soft velvet armchairs and more masculine leather seating.” Significant time constraints due to the sale of the existing club property on Kitchener Parade made the value engineering initiatives crucial, from precast concrete walls and lift shafts to all major basement walls, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

retaining walls, upper floor back of house walls and use separation walls. Flat plate post-tensioned structural solution was added to all slabs for speed and efficiency. All façade screens and feature blades were redesigned with less bulk in materials to both lighten the load and reduce costs while still maintaining aesthetics. Joinery and interior features were simplified and services re-engineered without affecting function or compliance.

“The basement arrangement and building over were significantly altered to accommodate the easement and eliminate the complex ‘building over and under’ which was initially planned. The initiative eliminated risk, reduced time and cost to ensure the project was not hindered. Thankfully the functional areas of the Club and the main kitchen were not impacted by this significant change.”

“These elements compressed the design and construction programme to 15 months for the delivery of an operation club from brownfield site,” continued Theo. “The re-engineering contributed significantly to the speed of construction and enabled the expansive interior to commence earlier than originally anticipated.”

As in most construction, there is the sensitivity of the surrounding neighbours, and these included the Police, Telstra, a substantial apartment building and many small businesses. Through careful planning and a well researched and considered Traffic Management Plan, Infinity reduced the impact of the construction process for all surrounding entities and ensured the safety of all when moving through the streets and footpaths in this densely populated district.

Amongst other construction challenges was the delicate process of design augmentation without JRPP contravention that was skillfully managed by Construction Consultants, Infinity and Altis Architects ensuring there were no delays in commencement and the client’s objectives were met.

For more information contact Infinity Constructions Group, Suite 1, Level 1, 290 Botany Road, Alexandria NSW 4722, phone 02 9332 4722, fax 02 9332 4161, website

“The most significant site constraint which required careful planning and consideration to mitigate was a Telstra Easement and major services infrastructure running through the site,” said Theo. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Construction Consultants, Level 7, 79 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 9633 9233, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BANKSTOWN RSL


Below Xavier Knight collaborated to conceive an efficient structural design concept with no transfer structure for the Bankstown RSL.

Xavier Knight worked collaboratively with Altis Architecture, project managers Construction Consultants and RSL club directors on the design inception of the Bankstown RSL redevelopment creating efficient structural design concept with no transfer structures. Teaming with Infinity Constructions, Xavier Knight’s professional minds identified optimisations within the structural form, resulting in multi-million-dollar savings to the contract value, with the alternative construction methods simultaneously enhancing the quality and durability of the building. The Bankstown RSL redevelopment is now one of southwest Sydney’s premier hospitality venues. “We are passionate and committed to exploring all design options and challenge industry standards to ensure we deliver extraordinary projects which are above all; clearly designed, easy to build, practical and cost effective while achieving architectural expression and design intent,” said Xavier Knight Director, Feris Chehade.

For more information contact Xavier Knight, phone 02 8810 5800, email, website 78



Below Altis Architecture have the power to transform communities and implemented this expertise at Bankstown RSL.

Bankstown RSL Club has just undergone an exciting transformation. This club has been a significant part the Bankstown community and a portion of Sydney’s heritage since 1928. Years of planning, good design and careful collaboration with key members of the club has meant that Altis Architecture has been able to contribute something of real value to the community. Providing a destination that enhances the local area and experience through intuitive design. The NEW multi-functionality of this club consciously designed by Altis Architecture, means that it now caters to a much wider community, encompassing more varying demographics. This strategy of future proofing local icons, results in the club receiving more use and having a greater capacity to accommodate this increase. The transformation includes a selection of five eateries intelligently designed to maximise customer experience and two bespoke bar areas offering atmosphere to relax and enjoy. Also incorporated are two sizable function areas, with capacity to cater to weddings, meetings and events. Altis have used their expertise to accommodate 225 gaming machines within an internal and alfresco gaming floor. In addition, the new build comprises of retail spaces and capability for a future a hotel. To facilitate these areas, two levels of carpark have been added for ease of access. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Since early 2012 we’ve worked with the client on the initial master planning of the site, through to design approval, tender documentation and an ongoing site role to ensure the clear vision for the new club and its members came to fruition,” Altis Architecture Director, Rolfe Latimer. Altis Architecture are award-winning experts and leaders not only in club design, but in the highly specialised knowledge of hospitality design. For this reason Altis is the chosen practice for many club redevelopments, gaming, hospitality venues, retail precincts, hotel, theatre, mixed-use and lifestyle projects, with clients who have stayed with the practice for years. With over 26 years of specialised industry knowledge, Altis Architecture understands what is involved in crafting successful businesses and venues, whilst including a thorough knowledge of Architectural aesthetics and functionality that is unsurpassed within the industry. In doing this, Altis Architecture ultimately… creates spaces that people want to come back to. For more information contact Altis Architecture, Suite 123, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009, phone 02 9364 9000, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BANKSTOWN RSL


Bankstown RSL, New South Wales




Below Infinity Lifts delivered and installed a leading-edge service lift at Bankstown RSL to programme schedule.

Lift at Neutral Bay

Service lift at Bankstown RSL

Home Traction Lift in Mosman

Infinity Lifts may be a small Sydney based company, but the directors have over 55 years combined industry experience, and the team are highly qualified, knowledgeable and passionate about supplying and installing the best product on the market. Infinity Lifts has a lift solution to suit every commercial application and home. Their Machine Room-Less (MRL) lifts are extremely energy efficient, smooth and quiet using leading-edge technology giving problem free use. “We pride ourselves on providing high quality, innovative and stylish lifts, as well as excellent service, communication, reliability, faultless workmanship and 24/7 maintenance and support,” said Dean Nesbitt, Director. “Client communication is key, so we keep our clients informed every step of the way through sales, manufacture and installation. It’s a seamless experience from start to finish, ensuring that no detail is overlooked. Our reputation is everything.” At the new Bankstown RSL Infinity Lifts installed a service lift at short notice. “The roof was already on the building,” explained Dean. “But our experts managed to make the clients programme with quick manufacture, delivery and installation. Our service lifts are also suitable WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Home Traction Lift in Mosman

for homes, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, libraries and warehouses.” Infinity Lifts doesn’t just install lifts. They can also remove old elevators and replace them with one from their portfolio of the highest European quality, complete with Australian Lift Code compliance. “At Neutral Bay, we organised all the building work trades from demolition to replacement, so the client didn’t have to deal with multiple trades,” added Dean. “The new lift is a commercial traction MRL lift.” Today, more people are installing home lifts to enhance their life, increase property value and to enable them to stay in their home for longer. “While a lift is a significant investment, in most cases the cost of buying, selling and moving house can far outweigh its cost,” said Dean. “Our Infinity Home Lift pictured above and recently featured in Home Design Magazine from one of our projects in Mosman is an electric traction lift and is a beautiful addition to the home.” It offers the most cutting edge technology and performance. For more information contact Infinity Lifts, PO Box 952, Narrabeen NSW 2101, phone 1300 649 539, email, website, Facebook @infinitylifts NSW PROJECT FEATURE BANKSTOWN RSL


Below Southern Cross Crane Service’s qualified cranes crew and dogmen worked on the Bankstown RSL for over a year with their tower crane.

Since 1982 Southern Cross Crane Service (SCCS) has been providing the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory regions with installation, service and maintenance of tower cranes, mobile and gantry cranes, hoists and BMUs. “We supply and install the best equipment the industry has to offer for our clients,” said Luke Maddern, SCCS Director. “We have built a strong relationship with these manufacturers, benefiting our clients, like on the new Bankstown RSL project.” SCCS has one of the industries leading teams of qualified technicians with over 150 years of combined knowledge and experience. “Our commitment to high standards and safety has awarded us a sound reputation in the industry and forged us solid working relationships with some of Australia’s largest companies,” said Luke. “As a proud authorised distributor of JDN Monocrane, we continue to grow our services to meet our customers’ demands. We are fully insured and licensed and ensure that all work carried out complies with Australian Standards.” A team of 18 technicians worked on the Bankstown RSL project for over a year. “We supplied and installed the tower crane which lifted a 82


range of precast panels as well as lifting 25 tonne excavators,” added Luke. “We also provided qualified crane operators and dogman for the safe and efficient running of the tower crane. We also erected and dismantled the crane at the commencement and conclusion of the project.” Specialising in the hire, maintenance and repairs of gantry, BMU and tower cranes, Southern Cross Crane Service can supply the right crane for your job. Along with experienced and qualified crane crews to make your job as efficient as possible and guarantee trouble free, safe and fast crane movements for the duration of the job. Their trained technicians maintain and service all makes and model, with quick response time and 24 hour breakdown service.

For more information contact Southern Cross Crane Service, 38 Bentley Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 9756 1708, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Henry & Hymas undertook the civil engineering works including the public domain works design.

On the Bankstown RSL redevelopment, multi-award-winning Henry & Hymas undertook the public domain works design including grading, pavement design and stormwater. “From October 2017 to January 2019 our professional civil engineering team designed and managed all the public domain works and staff car parking including grading and pavement design, obtaining council approvals, service coordination, and stormwater requirements for Bankstown RSL,” said Henry & Hymas Partner and Senior Civil Engineer, Thomas Rozehnal.

The company’s design team are creative, professional, experienced and proficient. They are renowned for their work with developers, builders, planners, urban designers, architects, authorities and utility providers to deliver the highest quality in their projects. “We have over 70 employees in our New South Wales and Queensland offices working on a variety of projects Australia wide,” said Thomas. “We are currently working on various aged care facilities, supermarkets, subdivisions for large scale residential developments and much more, even single residential buildings.”

“The most challenging issues were working close to a shallow Telstra easement across the car park and providing footpath grades that were sympathetic to the end user, while also tying in with the existing road. But as usual, our expert team developed the best results to complete all works successfully, also on time and within budget.” Since 1985, consulting engineers Henry & Hymas has provided a full range of ultra responsive services to the Australian design and construction market, specialising in civil, structural, water treatment and structural panel design for residential, retail, commercial and industrial developments. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Henry & Hymas, Level 5, 79 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 02 9417 8400, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BANKSTOWN RSL


Below Nicom Interiors completed the entire ground level interior fitout of the new Bankstown RSL, including stonework and void panelling.

Since 1994, Nicom Interiors have been providing multi-awardwinning comprehensive architectural joinery, shop and office fitouts to designers and commercial and retail store owners. With their outstanding reputation for manufacturing and producing a wide range of quality joinery, stone, metal and glass products it’s easy to see why they were chosen to complete the entire ground level interior fitout of the new Bankstown RSL. “Over 20 of our expert team meticulously worked on all the stonework, wall panelling, bars, café areas, individual restaurants, banquette seating and void panelling at Bankstown RSL to produce the top-class finishes,” said Nicom Interiors Director, Domenic Lombardo. “It is the team’s attention to detail that makes our projects memorable.”

Along with using only the best materials available we ensure quality output each and every time.” Nicom Interiors are currently working on a variety of designs and fitouts for jewellery and fashion stores, schools, clubs, cafés, restaurants and luxury homes around the country. They have the capacity to manufacture, install, refurbish and maintain stores for clients Australia wide, with responsible and professional contractors available in every State and Territory.

Nicom have won many Westfield Best Store Fit-out awards and also a Hills Shire Award for best restaurant fitout. “To ensure perfection in each project we adopt a complete inhouse approach to our manufacturing, including specialist general contracting for the retail and commercial industry and project management,” said Domenic. “Although built in 2006, our state-of-the-art 1,150m2 Sydney factory has the latest technologic machinery and equipment. 84


For more information contact Nicom Interiors, 2/1 Wrightland Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148, phone 02 9672 1990, email projects@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Channon Refrigeration designed and installed the necessary cool rooms, freezers, beer and refrigeration systems.

Channon Refrigeration is the market leader in providing complete refrigeration design and fitout services, commercial kitchen, bar and beer systems for the Australian hospitality and food service industry. “Because we also offer quality, affordable commercial food service and catering equipment, along with our premium refrigeration design, sales and 24/7, 365 days a year service, design construction of bars, kitchens and beer systems ensures Channon’s are a one-stop-shop for all our clients requirements,” said Rod Brito, Channon Refrigeration Project Engineer. “Our reliability and ‘can do’ philosophy, plus our ability to ensure that customer care and service are paramount has resulted in the majority of our workload being repeat business.” Channon’s innovation in refrigeration, catering design and technology ensured the Bankstown RSL redevelopment included the latest catering and refrigeration equipment. Their fully qualified designers and technicians designed and installed all the necessary cool rooms, freezers, beer and refrigeration systems that also included specially designed cabinets connected to a central rack system between mid-2016 to early 2019. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Through the design of flush self-closing doors our Channon 2000 Series Cabinets has revolutionised the hospitality industry,” added Rod. “Our inhouse expertise, experience and knowledge can take any project or idea from concept, design through to manufacture, installation and completion. We do it all, integrating seamlessly into our client’s timescales and workflow – optimising time, resources and budget.” Channon’s are currently working on the new Parramatta Stadium and have recently completed projects at ANZ Stadium, Buena Vista Hotel, Canterbury Leagues Club, Darling Harbour Live, Joe Papandrea Quality Meats, Kirrawee Hotel, Randwick Racecourse and Wyong Milk Factory. Channon Refrigeration is the only company you need to work with, from start to finish.

For more information contact Channon Refrigeration, 6/25 Garema Circuit, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, phone 1300 657 977, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BANKSTOWN RSL


Sydney based Combined Roofing Pty Ltd Australia was chosen for the Bankstown RSL redevelopment for their nationally recognised premium supply and installation of high quality roofing materials and solutions. “Our services cover large heritage roofing restorations to commercial metal and prestige residential roof replacements,” said Combined Roofing Australia’s Director, Ryan Andrews. “Through our strong supplier partnerships, professional team and experiences, each of our four divisions provide a first class service and the right results for our clients who include government departments, church trusts, specialist heritage builders, architects and private property owners.” Combined Roofing’s reputation in the heritage roofing and restoration market, including slate, copper and lead work, is unsurpassed and has seen them involved in many major heritage roofing restoration projects throughout Australia and the UK. Their commercial, industrial and residential metal roof cladding division also includes zinc and aluminium. “Zinc roofing and cladding has become popular in recent years and is being used in many contemporary building designs,” added Ryan. “Zinc is versatile,

Prestige Roofing and Cladding. Zinc and copper Specialists Project : Joynton Avenue Creative Centre Green Square

flexible and durable, allowing architects to create masterpiece designs with creativity and sound engineering principles.”

Metal roofing and cladding Project : Pacific Hotel Bondi Beach

The re-roofing division provides a range of solutions for slate, tile and metal roofs. “Our roofing specialists will happily advise on the suitability of the right product for any re-roofing project, whether heritage, residential or commercial property.” And keeping abreast in their industry, Combined Roofing Australia is the national supplier for Tractile Smart Roofing solutions. “Tractile is a new revolutionary solar integrated roofing system like no other, and is set to revolutionise the roofing industry,” explained Ryan. “Its innovative combination of interlocking system, high performance composite materials, and solar technology delivers a four-in-one solution for roofing, insulation, electricity, and heated water, that also provides 15% to 18% more electrical energy compared to roof-top solar panels.”

Heritage, Slate & Lead Specialists Project : St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney

Tractile, The Designer Solar Roof Project : Forresters Beach

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Below Steel Backed Brick Company created 250m2 of feature brickwork within the building, using a total of 12,500 bricks.

Since 2005, Steel Backed Brick Company have been offering residential and commercial clients their expertise in lightweight brick cladding systems and feature brick walls without limitations to size and weight.

walls to be constructed internally especially past the ground floor without any additional structural support required in the building. Acid washing is also not required as our system allows for a clean finish that is important for internal feature work.”

“We offer real bricks, not brick look tiles!” said Irine Klar, Steel Backed Brick Company Operations Manager. “Using the client’s favourite Australian style brick, we cut it to fit a unique steel backing system which forms a lightweight brick facing. We can lightweight brick clad anything including second-storey additions, extensions, commercial interiors and exteriors, bars, shop fitouts, even suspended ceilings.”

Covering all aspects of any brickwork, style and finish, the Steel Backed Brick Company’s dedicated and passionate team offer not only creative lightweight brick solutions, but the practical experience to make your vision a reality.

At the new Bankstown RSL, Steel Backed Brick Company installed the feature brick walls are in the ground floor Villaggio eatery and the first floor Star Buffet. “In this case, a New South Wales recycled brick blend was used,” explained Irine. “Our professional team cut the brick to a specific size, fix it to our rail system and then mortared it into position. A normal brick wall weighs approximately 150kgs per square metre and is 160mm from the substrate, but our wall only weighs around 50kgs and is 35mm from the substrate. This allows for real brick WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Steel Backed Brick Company’s work is featured at many major restaurants, fashion retailers, airports, shopping centres around Australia and New Zealand.

For more information Steel Backed Brick Company, 36 Princes Street, Riverstone NSW 2765, phone 02 9627 4116, email sales@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BANKSTOWN RSL



One The Waterfront offers state-of-the-art residential living within the new suburb of Wentworth Point. Featuring luxurious kitchens and bathrooms, incredible amenities and a wealth of smart home technologies, the 273 spacious apartments embrace the environment drawing inspiration from its waterside location. One The Waterfront, comprising nine buildings, is one of the last sites to be developed at Sydney’s burgeoning new suburb, Wentworth Point. The blocks for Stage 1 comprise 273 spacious resort style one and two bedroom apartments with contemporary kitchen fittings, luxurious bathrooms and push technology. Common areas include a theatre, gym, pool, two rooftop sky parks, a rooftop cinema, dining and entertainment areas, an impressive 5,000m² public park, concierge service and fantastic views. Inspired by finest Mediterranean resort style and surrounded by neighbour Sydney Olympic Park the apartments have lush landscaping and 270 degree views. One the Waterfront has a gateway position and is close to important transport links.



The One the Waterfront site of 25,000m² received approval for 670 units in 2015. The blocks were designed by Stanisic Architects with PietyTHP as developers and builders for the $700 million final stage of Wentworth Point. PietyTHP’s design team started the D&C contract in late 2016 with Stage 1 comprising three buildings of 5, 8 and 9-levels each. Onsite work begun in early 2017 with completion in October 2018. Stage 2 commenced in early 2018 with the last four buildings going up with completion spread across the first half of 2019. “It is such a large job,” said Construction and Development Cadet, Angela Guo. “With over 500 workers onsite we have to keep it all moving and not cause delays. Coordinating the tradesmen was difficult

with Stage 2 starting before Stage 1 was finished. We have four buildings going simultaneously.” PietyTHP is a large professional property company that can deliver large projects. They focus on affordable residential housing and creating sustainable communities. PietyTHP has built some quality designs for diverse projects and was one of the first developers to be involved in Wentworth Point after the rezoning in June 2014. The forecast for the suburb being 9,028 apartments complete with infrastructure, a school, shopping centres, gym, shopping, cafés and restaurants. PietyTHP is involved in a number of high profile projects providing cost effective sustainable living. Also with award-winning design firm Stanisic Architects, PietyTHP has recently completed the shimmering $200 million Imperial, Hurstville, with its ‘metal jacket’ façade and 16-storeys of 227-apartments and multiple sky gardens spread throughout the development. “We pride ourselves on having the owners and residents in mind for our developments,” said Angela. “We produce work of a high standard that showcases innovation and builds long term investment for our clients. PietyTHP design and build sophisticated apartments with amenities that encourage modern community living.”

PietyTHP has a solid track record in delivery of quality, affordable designs with over 2,000 apartments currently under construction in the Sydney metropolitan region. At PietyTHP the development team creates projects with cutting edge design and construction solutions for new residential and mixed use developments that are helping to shape the future of Sydney. Other successful developments for PietyTHP include the large scale residential development the $70 million View at Rockdale with a distinctive curving façade and the 9-storey $42 million Kee, the 227-apartment block at Lidcombe, both designed by Fuse Architecture. PietyTHP has recently completed The Bay Pavilions at Lane Cove, $220 million waterfront apartment buildings on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The five buildings of 7-storeys each hold 270 single bed units. PietyTHP has a strong international presence across South East Asia and the Middle East. Creating buildings of tremendous influence, quality and scope they are remarkable for their diversity, having constructed major hotels, convention and leisure centres, office towers, residential estates and numerous individual projects. For more information contact PietyTHP, Suite 802, Level 8, 117 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9261 0605, email, website





WINDOW, WINDOW ON THE WALL JRL Aluminium specialises in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium framed products. For the One the Waterfront, JRL Aluminium had up to 25 tradesmen fabricate aluminium framed glazing components for the façade, entrance, balconies, skylights and fixed glass units. Doors and windows were manufactured overseas to JRL Aluminium’s specifications and all the units were ready for the installation team of 15 by March 2018. “Seeing a job through from fabrication to installation is always a challenge, this job was completed very quickly and efficiently to match the programme and we finished on site in May 2019,” explained John Charestan, Managing Director of JRL Aluminium and Project Manager for One the Waterfront. “For the Waterfront project we designed and installed a new front glazed system for the façade that incorporates a number of different components, such as a frame and a channel adaptor, into a single unit,” said John. “This meant that the installation process was quicker, the new system also contributed to a more water tight façade.” Following the successful completion of their work at One the Waterfront JRL Aluminium were contracted by PietyTHP to design, supply and install the glazing for their next development, The View, at Rockdale. JRL Aluminium started design work for the façade of the 10-storey mixed use apartment block, in September 2018. “The challenge involved producing a glazing unit for the façade that wouldn’t transmit noise from the nearby airport yet still be within the budget,” said John. “We did this by creating glazing units made with two air pockets. We used a 150mm aluminium frame, 10.38mm thick glass on one side and a 6.38mm thick glass pane on the other side. We achieved a really high acoustic rating with this product.” JRL Aluminium, established in 2008, has years of experience manufacturing and installing aluminium framed glazing products for high rise residential developments. In 2014 they supplied and installed glazing units at the large mixed use development East WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Village and Platinum Apartments in Zetland for Dasco Australia. At Wentworth Point, JRL Aluminium completed contracts supplying and installing windows, doors and glazing units to the entrance lobbies and façades for other Dasco Australia developments. In 2012 JRL Aluminium completed work on the $43 million Messina, a complex of two 7-storey buildings and the $50 million St Tropez in 2013. For the residential market JRL Aluminium, fabricate and install sliding doors and windows, awning, casement and double hung windows, as well as double glazed products with superior acoustic and thermal properties. Across the commercial sector JRL Aluminium supply and fit slump glass for fixed glass feature walls, bi-fold doors, louvre windows and curtain walls for single and multi-storey office buildings and factories as well as shop fronts and internal fitouts for retail premises. JRL Aluminium work to D&C contracts, and to supplied specifications, fabricating aluminium framed glazing units in their modern 3,700m² facility, controlling the whole process from concept to end product to ensure a quality result. JRL Aluminium is a member of the Australian Windows Association (AWA) and fully guarantee all their work. JRL Aluminium works around the Sydney metropolitan area with some projects in Newcastle, Wollongong and Kiama. Contracts for glazing works at schools include façade and internal works at Trinity Grammar in 2012 and the prestigious Scott’s College in Bellevue Hill in 2010. Currently JRL Aluminium is installing glazing at Melrose Park, a $7 billion development comprising 4,600 units. They are also at work on the $276 million development, Washington Park, at Riverwood, a three stage project of 825-apartments over five buildings, started in September 2012.

For more information contact JRL Aluminium Pty Ltd, 48 Alfred Road, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9728 9402, email, website



WALLS FIT FOR A KING Kingdom Plaster Pty Ltd specialises in the supply and installation of panels for façades and interior walls for residential apartment blocks and commercial structures located in the Sydney metropolitan region. In April 2017 Kingdom Plaster Pty Ltd started the $9.5 million contract for Stages 1 and 2 at One the Waterfront, working across seven buildings. Internal work included installing framing and fitting Gyprock walls, suspended ceilings and cornices as well as 75mm thick Hebel panels for the service rooms, common areas and fire rated partian walls. For the three buildings of Stage 1, Kingdom Plaster installed Inex cladding to the façades, low carbon, high strength cement based panels with a timber board appearance. These lightweight 16mm thick panels are non-combustible, and approved for all fire attack levels with an FRL of 60/60/60. “A challenge for the industry is to find a suitable fire resistant product for cladding the façades that works with the design and is within the builder’s budget,” said Contract Administrator and Estimator, Alex Yu. For the four buildings of Stage 2 fibre cement cladding was specified in conjunction with a sprinkler system to deal with fire threats. Kingdom Plaster installed up to 10,000m² of exterior panels with three different James Hardie products: EasyLap with shiplap vertical joints; ExoTec, a fully sealed CFC façade panel for high impact areas and expressed joints; and Scyon, a patterned panel with horizontal shiplap joints. With up to 100 tradesmen onsite Kingdom Plaster were finishing Stage 1 and working on Stage 2 at the same time. Stage 3, the last two buildings, were started in late 2018. “One the Waterfront had a tight programme but we worked hard to finish the job on time without compromising the quality of the work,” said Alex. “Our core competency lies in delivering large scale residential projects on budget and on time. We pride ourselves on maintaining our clients’ budgets and 92

delivering cost effective solutions to mitigate issues that may arise on site.” Kingdom Plaster is the leading interior and exterior lining contractor in Sydney. The company has years of expertise supplying and installing plaster and Hebel panels to interiors and composite cladding to façades, including Alucobond and Vitrabond, on high rise structures. They also install and repair aluminium and CFC façade panels. Kingdom Plaster has worked with major builders PietyTHP and HCM Group and have many years of experience. Thier professional team has the knowledge and expertise to deliver quality work. “Kingdom Plaster has established trust and reliability in the industry. Following One the Waterfront PietyTHP contracted us for the 10-storey apartment block, The View, in Rockdale. In August 2018 we started the internal work, framing and installing plasterboard and Hebel panels, and clad the façade, finishing in mid-2019.” At the same time Kingdom Plaster was busy at work installing internal plasterboard and FC cladding to the façade of another PietyTHP development, the $3.6 million, 10-storey Kee Apartments at Lidcombe. For HCM Group Kingdom Plaster supplied and installed plasterboard, Hebel panels and Hebel cladding to the façade of 5-storey apartment block at Schofields. This development has some interesting and highly complex articulated forms expressed on the façade, the installation was a challenge that the Kingdom Plaster cladding team was able to meet. Also for HCM Group, Kingdom Plaster installed composite aluminium panels for the neat looking façades of The Rose at Liverpool and a 9-storey residential block at Warwick Farm. For more information contact Kingdom Plaster Pty Ltd, 89/32 Castlereagh Street, Liverpool NSW 2170, phone 02 9734 7317, email, website




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CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN With over 25 years experience in the concrete and formwork industry, Captain Formwork was established in 2015 to supply tailored formwork, steel fixing and concreting solutions to the building industry. Their services include reo fixing, capping beams, finishing and foundations for high rise residential and commercial developments. With a permanent labour force of 60, extensive industry contacts, and strong relationships with reputable suppliers, the company is highly regarded and in wide demand. At One the Waterfront, Captain Formwork successfully supplied all formwork and concrete services to the projects four apartment blocks, each with six basements and 9-levels. Work onsite started in September 2017, building formwork using Bondek in the basement and forming walls, stairs and columns. “We had a highly experienced foreman onsite coordinating up to 140 workers on any given day. It was a busy site at One the Waterfront. We were working on four WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

buildings at the same time and coordinating it all was a challenge,� said Andressa Bittar, Project Coordinator. In October 2017 Captain Formwork commenced the Winston Hills Shopping Centre for Hamilton Marino Builders, undertaking the building formwork and steel fixing to reinforce the basement and construct a 4-level tower above a podium shopping area. Captain Formwork works to create successful partnerships where reliability is never second place. With the necessary materials, people, and commitment to deliver excellence in formwork, steel fixing and concreting, they can deliver above client expectations each and every time.

For more information contact Captain Formwork, phone 02 9885 0709, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE ONE THE WATERFRONT


BUILDING WITH TRUST CLIENT : Regis Aged Care BUILDER : North Construction & Building Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Jackson Teece CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $26 million

Regis Elermore Vale is a 122-bed contemporary aged care facility offering a high standard of care with deluxe rooms with ensuites and a full suite of services including an onsite chef with seasonal menu choice, WiFi, Foxtel, café, cinema, extensive lifestyle programmes, hair salon and more. North Construction & Building’s recent state-of-the-art Regis Elermore Vale aged care residence, built on the site of the Viking Swim Centre, opened in September 2018.

Another area of approximately 250m2 also had to be re-engineered to cantilever a very steep bank of uncontrolled fill requiring the use of a 250 ton crane to lift the precast slab sections into place.

It features 122 single ensuite rooms, a full commercial kitchen and laundry, a café, private dining room, day spa, hair salon, cinema, library, WiFi and Foxtel in a peaceful, friendly environment with vast outdoor areas and views of the picturesque Hunter Valley region.

Founded in 1987 by Michael North and Warwick Mosman, North is not only the largest locally owned and operated construction company on the New South Wales, Central Coast they are 100% employee owned. North has also become one of the most trusted builders throughout the Central Coast, Hunter and Northern Sydney regions.

“Like all projects, Elermore Vale had challenges for our team which they resolved successfully,” said Matthew Cook, North’s Managing Director. Elermore Vale is located on top of a hill with only one road in and out, and even though the road was rebuilt and dropped by 2.5m, it still had two hairpin bends preventing anything over 9m in length from being delivered in one application. The North team had to split and assemble structural steel and trusses onsite or use two Franna cranes to manoeuvre the material up the road, or via a series of lifts with a large mobile crane, requiring up to three lifting stations. 96


“We do business differently,” said Matthew. “Our focus on integrity is putting trust back into the construction industry, with clients, our subcontractors and employees as well. Our professional and ethical approach promotes open and constructive communication. Working cooperatively with clients and consultants we deliver quality results on time and within budget.” North’s corporate culture is the foundation of their business and is built upon with every project and every client. They have worked on some of the region’s most significant projects in the health, aged care, education, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors. Their services include early contractor involvement, construction management, design and construction, lump sum contracting, cost planning and innovation. Multi-award winning North is renowned for delivering consistency and quality underpinned by robust safety and environmental systems and have won Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards each year for the past thirteen and awarded the Newcastle Master Builders Association’s Commercial Builder of the Year for 2011, 2016 and 2017. North was also recently named 2018 Australian Medium Employer of the Year at the national Australian Training Awards and 2018 Most Valued Partner at the University of Newcastle Student Engagement Awards. “Investing in Australian apprenticeships underlines North’s commitment to staff development and long term careers,” Matthew added. “With approximately 95 full time staff across our offices in Tuggerah and Broadmeadow, we provide a training and development environment in sync with the company’s strategic direction, including investing in work placements, trade apprenticeships and cadetships. Many have received vocational training and education awards, and we are proud to be contributing to the pool of future North employees and strengthening the overall construction industry.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

North’s continued success and growth is driven by their pursuit for excellence across all aspects of business; from management of staff to systems and processes, and, of course, in the delivery and completion their construction projects. As a Builder of Choice, North is committed to delivering trust, stability and security, quality and consistency, social responsibility and peace of mind along with achieving the best possible outcome for every project. “Although we’re predominantly known for our commercial, civic and industrial work in aged care, health and education,” explained Matthew. “We’ve recently expanded into new regions and sectors, particularly around the Hunter Valley and north of Newcastle.”

For more information contact North Construction & Building, Mariners Centre of Excellence, Level 5, Suite 501, 1 Bryant Drive, Tuggerah NSW 2259, (Newcastle Office) Level 1, 163 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow NSW 2292, phone 02 4323 2633, email mail@north., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE REGIS ELERMORE VALE


Below OzFlor supplied and installed carpet and vinyl flooring options throughout the centre.

On the Regis Elermore Vale project, OzFlor specialist teams assisted North Construction with programming and product selection, for the designed award-winning Regis Elermore Vale. “We carried out multiple moisture tests on all slabs and installed moisture membranes and Ardit floor levelling compounds throughout, along with medically approved sealers and adhesives,” explained Brett Grogan, Ozflor Managing Director. “We also installed Armstrong vinyl in the wet areas, Forbo vinyl to all the dry floor vinyl areas and Shaw carpet tiles and healthcare carpets elsewhere. Our niche aged care sector experience enables us to assist builders in providing the right product solution and quality outcomes.” Since 2013, OzFlor commercial flooring has specialised in aged care, healthcare, schools, retail, office fitouts and corporate flooring solutions, and has built a solid reputation for delivering the right flooring solutions for their client’s while also assisting them with their accreditation requirements when necessary. “We pride ourselves on providing a fit-for-purpose solution to satisfy all our client’s flooring requirements. Our close client interactions, excellent supplier relationships and a professional team with over 30 98


years combined commercial flooring experience enables us to deliver the right flooring solution for each application,” said Brett. OzFlor installs a variety of commercial flooring including carpet, carpet tiles, vinyl, vinyl planks, vinyl tiles, rubber and timber flooring around Sydney and Australia wide. “Our team can and are involved in many other areas dependant on the builders and the client’s needs,” added Brett. Other projects that Ozflor are working on include North Kellyville Public School, NSWRL Centre of Excellence Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush West Public School, Sydney South West Hospital, Cardinal Freeman Village Ashfield, Opal Aged Care in Winston Hills, the Wildlife Retreat at the Taronga Zoo, Bupa Aged Care Dural and an array of smaller retail and school projects.

For more information contact OzFlor, 19/5 Hudson Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154, phone 02 9659 0927, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Pluim Joinery manufactured and installed extensive high end joinery throughout the entire Regis aged care facility

As an industry leader in all facets of commercial high end and detailed joinery and cabinetry, Pluim Joinery’s expertise of over 50 years was perfect for the prestigious new Regis Elermore Vale aged care facility. Based in Lisarow on the New South Wales Central Coast, Pluim Joinery has provided first class joinery, impressive craftsmanship and outstanding customer service to an array of clients throughout Australasia. “Our professional team meticulously delivers quality in design and workmanship from commercial and residential joinery, office and shop fitouts, aged care facilities and more,” said Andrew Sohier, Pluim Joinery Director. “For the Elermore Vale aged care facility the team manufactured and installed all the joinery units (wardrobes, shelving, TV benches, bed headboards, mirrored cabinets) for the resident’s rooms. All joinery in the reception, facility manager’s office, admin office, café, hairdressing salon, sales office, physio room, consultation room, meeting room, tea stations, bookshelves, walker storage room, nurses stations, medical prep room, staff room kitchenette, maintenance room, the AV room, as well as special feature wall panelling. So you WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

can see our expertise and experience is vast and often produces award-winning results for the construction teams.” Pluim’s dedicated team includes estimating/CAD designers, and shop drawing/material procurement/operational and manufacturing/site installation teams, as well as administrative support. It’s their diligence and passion in assisting the client every step of the way that ensures the most exceptional joinery items are created and manufactured to the utmost quality from Pluim’s 2,500m2 state-of-the-art factory including CNC machines run by Pytha software, and inhouse spray booth and heated drying booth. Pluim’s pantech trucks and vans also ensure precision and timely site delivery. Pluim is highly regarded within the commercial and residential sectors and is currently working at several aged care facilities and schools across Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast. They offer Green Star and FSC Compliance where possible, and all work is certified and compliant with Australian Standards. For more information contact Pluim Joinery, 900 Pacific Highway, Lisarow NSW 2250, phone 02 4328 0500, email info@pluimjoinery., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE REGIS ELERMORE VALE



BILLYARD GLADESVILLE TQM Design & Construct / Gladesville



ON TOP OF THE WORLD Billyard Gladesville is an iconic one-of-a-kind residential development that blends history and contemporary elegance and comprises 53 luxurious bayview apartments with beautiful interiors, elegant kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, seamless living spaces, premium quality inclusions, plus rooftop terrace, boutique retail and alfresco dining, lush garden courtyards, and 2-levels of basement parking. Billyard Apartments in Gladesville comprises two separate structures of 7-storeys each. The $55 million development has 53-apartments with a roof top terrace, three retail tenancies and 2-levels of basement parking. One building fronts Victoria Road, the other designed to respond to the slope of Meriton Street, presents a façade that curves around the corner. The floors of each building are set at different levels to each other and are highlighted by strips of face brickwork and dark grey metal cladding giving the building a dynamic appearance. TQM Design & Construct started the contract for Billyard Gladesville with supplied DA approved documentation. The company then engaged all the consultants needed to produce the construction documentation. In March 2017 a total of 19 design consultants worked on the project for nine months. Changes to the initial design involved the external and internal brickwork. “The original external finish was traditional cavity brickwork and we changed


this to a single AFS Logicwall and clad the outside with brick tiles which increased the internal floor space by 120mm,” explained Senior Project Manager, Anwar Yazbek. “The original internal finish to the corridors was to be a bagged brickwork finish. Due to the weight of bricks and the slab spans between columns, this would have resulted in thicker slabs and

reduced head height. We constructed the corridor walls in fire rated plasterboard and applied acrylic brick slips made by a company called Elastolith in the Netherlands. The product looks and feels like real brickwork and is only 4mm thick, and, as it is acrylic based it can also be painted. It is the first time that this product has been used in Australia.” Onsite work started in May 2017 with 65 workers during peak periods the building was delivered in February 2019. “The biggest challenge was the location of the site. Being on the corner of a main arterial road there was no way that we could get a Work Zone. We managed to negotiate a deal with Gladesville Public School to use a portion of school land for access and that turned out to be a game changer,” said Anwar. Established in 1999, TQM Design & Construct have been operating as a design and construct contractor in the medium density residential market and has grown to become a major player in Sydney construction. TQM Design & Construct adheres to the Total Quality Management movement and this involves a continual review of their processes, products and services to ensure customer satisfaction. The company aim to adapt to the changing demands of the design and building

industry and maintain their solid reputation as the best engineering, design and construction partner in residential development in the Australian marketplace. This includes a commitment to environmental sustainability as a natural outcome of design decisions made with clients and partners. TQM Design & Construct offer a comprehensive service and manage all the steps in a design and construct project from surveying, through to certification and regulatory advice. “All of our projects are successful,” said Anwar. “Developers and financial institutions have peace of mind when TQM Design & Construct are managing their projects.” TQM Design & Construct’s holistic management approach has seen projects delivered on time and within budget. These include a range of small to large scale residential developments such as Eva Apartments, a $15 million development of five luxury apartments with a 3-level basement in Mosman and the $120 million mixed use residential apartment complex, Cahill Gardens at Wolli Creek, completed in April 2018. In 2018, TQM Design & Construct won the 2018 Housing Awards for the $145 million development 88 Kensington. The large scale project comprises 126 luxury units, four shops, a 3-level basement, pool, sauna and fitness centre. For more information contact TQM Design & Construct, Level 10, 6 Mount Olympus Boulevard, Wolli Creek NSW 2205, phone 02 9556 1046, email, website DEVELOPER : Bridgelane MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : TQM Design & Construct ARCHITECT : SJB Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $55 million


Below M-R Waterproofing Technician provided all waterproofing throughout the Billyard Gladesville project.

M-R Waterproofing Technician specialises in the application of waterproofing membranes using a range of products and techniques across all sectors of the construction industry. In August 2018, M-R Waterproofing started the waterproofing of the bathrooms and balconies for all 53 apartments at Billyard Gladesville as well as applying a polyurethane membrane to the rooftop terrace. “The work at Billyard went very well,” said Project Manager, Morris Rahal. “Our team completed a quality job in seven months.” Morris is himself a builder with over 17 years experience of supplying waterproofing services and established M-R Waterproofing in 2009. The company provides waterproofing solutions for roofs, walls, floors and basements, laying sheet membranes, torching and fitting bituminous membranes as well as applying epoxy flooring, EDPM liners and composite fibre resin patching. M-R Waterproofing is an accredited expert applicator of WetSuit Membrane, a cold applied seamless self-flashing waterproofing product that is flexible. M-R Waterproofing supplies and fits vapour barriers for all tanking and drainage requirements, below ground tanks and pits, landscaping and retaining walls. They provide solutions for complex waterproofing 104 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BILLYARD GLADESVILLE

problems including meeting the critical requirements for green roofs. M-R Waterproofing has worked on council assets such as ponds and lakes, and waterproofing jobs for tanks, dams and weirs for agricultural and farming needs. With equipment and fleet that can be dispatched across Australia M-R Waterproofing serves all industry sectors including commercial high rise developments, shopping centres, car parks and warehouses supplying tailor made waterproofing solutions for new constructions. The company also offers repairs, asbestos encapsulation and diagnosis with thermal imaging to discover where leakages occur and improve energy efficiency. M-R Waterproofing also provides specialist waterproofing services such as pool restoration and cellar damp waterproofing, is trained in confined space entry and is Heritage Australia registered, completing some difficult remedial work, including detecting and fixing leaks, roof restoration and waterproofing, at the National Gallery of Victoria. For more information contact M-R Waterproofing Technician, Unit 20/727 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 0435 771 727, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Form Group NSW completed all the detailed formwork and columns for basement and 6-storey building.

Form Group NSW is a commercial formwork company offering formwork solutions for structural and architectural requirements as well as all types of concreting placing and finishing and steel fixing. In February 2017, Form Group NSW started onsite at Billyard Gladesville supplying and building all the formwork for the basement, floors and columns for the 6-storey concrete structure. At peak periods Form Group NSW had 40 men onsite to complete the job within three months.

Form Group NSW’s concreting and steel fixing services include footings and foundations, structural slabs including on ground, slab on pods, raft slabs and suspended slabs. The company also constructs concrete piers, stairs, beams, columns and retaining walls, driveways, kerbing and guttering, and bridges. “Currently we are working on high rise residential projects,” said Joey. “We’ve been on a number of TQM projects including the 22-storey Jardine Apartments at Epping and two large scale mixed use developments at Wolli Creek, Cahill Gardens and Eden Residence.”

“The building comprises two separate parts, one with floors set 1,500mm higher than the other” said Site Foreman, Joey Rizkkallah. “As we moved upwards we had to keep jumping across to the other part to form up the next floor. There was also some detailed work required to form up the curved parts of the structure, but overall the job went very smoothly.”

Other projects for Form Group NSW include the 14-storey residential apartment building, ONE Apartments in Hurstville and the stylish Avant in Lakemba, a medium rise mixed use structure with 3-level basement car park.

Since 1995, Form Group NSW has developed a reputation for excellence, quality and safety. Their services include the supply, installation and dismantling of formwork and the supply and installation of formwork walling systems such as Rediwall, Logicwall, Dincel and Ritek.

For more information contact Form Group NSW, 17/4-10 Selems Parade, Revesby NSW 2212, PO Box 805 Revesby NSW 2212, phone 02 9774 5673, email, website



A BOLD STATEMENT DEVELOPER : Urban Property Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Urban Apartments ARCHITECT : Urban Link STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Australian Consulting Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $72 million

Wildwood & Highland are two beautifully designed residential developments of 82-apartments (Wildwood) and 107-apartments (Highland) over 6-levels designed to maximise space and light and include generous balconies, sophisticated interiors, modern kitchens, and spacious bathrooms taking modern living to new heights. Urban Property Group has completed Wildwood & Highland as part of a four stage project with four apartment blocks to be constructed in an area that has become known as Sheffield Quarter. Wildwood is Stage 1, with 82-apartments while Highland, Stage 2, is a 107-unit complex with retail. Both buildings are 6-storeys each and front the canal. Wildwood’s dark angular columns give the building a dynamic appearance while Highland has the clean white lines of cantilevered balconies. The design team at Urban Property Group started on the development at the beginning of 2017 and early works at the Wildwood site began four months later. “The site was difficult, there was a lot of groundwater and ground conditions with majority of the site made up of pebbles and boulders as though it were an old riverbed, a challenge easily met by Urban Property Group,” said Operations and Project Manager, David Kamel. “While constructing Wildwood we had to modify the façade, the panels are a James Hardie CFC wall system and we modified the details to meet updated fire regulations.” 106 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WILDWOOD & HIGHLAND

Work on Highland started a few months after Wildwood and for a while the two structures were built concurrently. Highland was halted for design changes with some floors redesigned to have accessible units. “There were advantages to having the two buildings constructed at the same time,” said David. “Each had a different management team, but when work stopped on one site, subcontractors could continue on the other.” Urban Property Group is a comprehensive developer controlling all the operations of the project from site acquisition through approvals, demolition, delivery and marketing. “This enables us to create and meet an exact brief as well as take responsibility for the complete project and showcase Urban Property Group’s work,” said David. “We have a list of preferred contractors at work on our developments; it takes years of building these relationships to achieve the vision that we have.” “The challenge of our work at Urban Property is to look for opportunities along the way. At DA approval and even when AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

construction is underway we are looking for ways we can improve the design outcome. We never settle for second best.” Urban Property Group is Sydney based, established in the late 1990s with a founding philosophy ‘the way living should be’ applied to their residential developments. The company comprises experienced industry professionals working closely together through the selection, development, design and construction of substantial projects. Urban Property Group offers project management, procurement of materials, regulatory compliance and cooperation with local councils to produce valuable and long term investment opportunities. Their expertise is in high and medium rise residential and mixed use developments and recently the company has completed a number of projects in western Sydney. As well as Sheffield Quarter, Urban Property Group has the developments High Street and Nevali in Penrith and started Lumina, another medium rise apartment complex, in January 2019. Completed in 2016 is Urban Property Group’s $68 million GM Tower at Burwood. The development included the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a 25-storey mixed use complex. GM Tower is 131 residential units over a 4-level basement, 10,000m² of commercial floor space and more than 3,000m² of retail space. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The GM Tower is an example of Urban Property Group’s focus on getting the most out of their projects. At Level 21 Urban Property Group could see the benefit of adding three more storeys to the tower and took on the added planning approvals and construction challenges to do just that. For more information contact Urban Property Group, Level 10, 11-15 Deane Street, Burwood NSW 2134, phone 02 9744 3333, email, website www.urbanpropertygroup. NSW PROJECT FEATURE WILDWOOD & HIGHLAND 107

Below Cumbo’s Custom Fabrications completed all the privacy screens, balustrades and fences for Wildwood & Highland.

Cumbo’s Custom Fabrications is the leading manufacturer and installer of steel and aluminium architectural products. In December 2018, Director Anthony Cumbo started two months of design work for Wildwood that included all the aluminium balustrades for each of the 82-units as well as fences and louvred privacy screens. The aluminium elements were readied for fabrication in a 850m² facility with all seven Cumbo’s employees on the job for seven months. “The job went really well,” said Anthony. “Urban Property Group was great to work with, they were very well organised and we were able to get in and get the job done quickly.”

Cumbo’s is expert at heavy fabrication and works with structural steel for fire stairs. The company carries out repairs to machinery such as bobcats and excavators and fabricates trolleys for industry and lockable steel boxes, equipment and tailor made items for trucks and work vehicles. Cumbo’s specialises in custom fabrication for unique tailor made items such as sculpture, furniture and architectural feature pieces. Recent projects for Cumbo’s includes high and medium rise residential developments. “We’ve just finished a job on five apartment blocks in Carlingford where we fit the fire stairs, safety cages and balustrades on 1,700 units. We manufacture and install balustrades to the balconies on over 2,000 units a year,” said Anthony.

After Cumbo’s had completed Wildwood the company was contracted for Highland to manufacture and install balustrades for a further 107-units as well as fences and screens for the common areas.

In April 2019 Cumbo’s completed work at The Grace, a luxury residential development consisting of 149-units at Hornsby.

Based in Sydney, Cumbo’s has been in business for four years with engineers with over 20 years experience to service the commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Their products include slat fences and gates, awnings and pergolas, security doors and grills, bollards and enclosures.

For more information contact Cumbo’s Custom Fabrications, 4 Enterprise Drive, Glendenning NSW 2761, mobile (Anthony) 0416 696 920, email, website



Below Goal Interior fit over 10,000m2 of CFC panelling to Wildwood & Highland’s external façade and interior.

Goal Interior specialises in the supply and installation of ceiling partitions and external cladding. In July 2018, Goal Interior started the contract for the external cladding of the façades as well as for panels for all the interior walls and ceilings. “Overall we fit in excess of 10,000m² of CFC panels,” said Director, Yubin Bing. “We were on Wildwood for three months and the work at Highland took a bit longer due to a few design changes.” “Some of the floors were designated to aged care and the ceilings and floors had to comply with a different set of fire ratings and some openings were made wider. Highland also had some sheet metal cladding on the main façade. It was a very tight programme and we kept up to speed. There were 40 subcontractors on each building and both apartment blocks were up within just six months,” said Yubin. Goal Interior supplies CSR products, Hebel cladding and fire rated walls, including party walls, plasterboard and aluminium partitions. The company installs the floor and wall systems PowerFloor and PowerPanel, as well as perforated acoustic ceiling systems. Goal Interior also fits external and internal stud wall framing, soffit lining and under slab insulation. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Goal Interior specialises in providing a wide range of products from many suppliers, and a comprehensive service installing all the panels for the ceilings, walls and façade,” said Yubin. Established in 2007 Goal Interior has acquired expertise fitting internal and external cladding panels for contemporary medium to high rise residential sector. Recently completed large scale projects include two apartment blocks, Aluma, in Burwood and the 12-storey tower development, The Metropolitan in St Leonards. Commercial projects include the 5-storey high end aged care facility, The Residences at Bondi, and a Woolworths Shopping Centre at Glenrose, where CCF fitting distinctive green façade panels and the internal timber ceiling.

For more information contact Goal Interior, Unit 1, 364 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, mobile (Yubin) 0449 183 868, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE WILDWOOD & HIGHLAND 109

Below LBNCo designed and fitted the integrated fibre to home network for the project, allowing the units to have internet access.

As Australia’s first fibre to the home operator LBNCo specialises in the design, supply and installation of infrastructure that enables residential and business customers to connect to its high speed internet networks. At Wildwood and Highland LBNCo designed and fitted an integrated fibre to the home network to provide all units access to internet services via Retail Service Providers (RSPs). In December 2017 LBNCo’s central design team prepared an overall masterplan and the project team attended design and site meetings with the builder and electrician to finalise the design and connectivity to external fibre providers. The design was completed in March 2018 and three field engineers commenced installation in July. LBNCo provided both internal and external fibre design works for the site and will be launching new 250Mbps, 500Mbps and 1Gbps wholesale services across the whole four stage development. “The connection of the site to external fibre networks was challenging in that the first part of the development involved additional civil works. Fortunately we’d provided sufficient time for the civil contractors and telecommunications providers and were 110 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WILDWOOD & HIGHLAND

able to complete the installation in time for Practical Completion,” said CEO, Stephen Picton. “LBNCo is excited to work with leading Sydney property developers Urban Property Group, delivering the highest quality fibre networks to their new developments. LBNCo recognise the importance of partnerships that deliver value and certainty to property developers and builders. We will ensure that our partnership will continue to deliver the cost savings, project certainty and product differentiation that Urban requires into the future.” LBNCo works across Australia in major capital cities and regional locations and has connected over 80,000 homes into its network as well as a number of commercial and industrial complexes including shopping centres and assisted living units.

For more information contact LBNCo, 171 Victoria Road, Gladesville NSW 2111, phone 1300 797 027, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Nawkaw manufactured and applied the timber-look panelling system to the CFC panels for the Wildwood & Highland.

Nawkaw specialises in the manufacture and application of unique colours and finishes to concrete and masonry walls. The finishes achieved by Nawkaw enhance architectural designs. James Hardie recommended Nawkaw to Urban Property Group for the supply and application of the timber-look finish to CFC panel at Highland. Nawkaw offered a number of colour samples to Urban Property Group and started onsite work in late 2018 applying the chosen layered finish to the balustrade cladding panels on the balconies.

with old and to achieve architectural finishes on precast concrete façades or to low cost CFC cladding materials. Nawkaw also provides coatings that can also be used to give a cost effective simulation of high end architectural finishes. “Our colouring system is unique,” said NSW Operations Manager, Adam Wearing. “We also supply and apply our products for all kinds of custom-made aesthetic finishes.

Nawkaw’s colour systems penetrate the surface pores and attach to concrete and masonry surfaces to give a long lasting result and a guarantee of up to 25 years. The products are water borne emulsions meticulously hand applied by Nawkaw applicators. The natural look of timber created by Nawkaw on these structural elements is fire resistant, passing the AS/NZS 1530.3-1999 fire testing criteria. In addition, there will be no ongoing costs for preserving timber. Simply a no maintenance wood finish.

Nawkaw’s work at Clyde Village Shopping Centre (Victoria) is such an example where Nawkaw achieved a weathered steel look finish on the exterior wall panels. The modern tower Silk Apartments (Sydney) also showcases Nawkaw’s stunning work with a façade of a bespoke stone effect finish and panels of bright red and yellow on precast concrete.

With a vast range of colours and effects available Nawkaw’s products can be applied to new work as well as to existing structures. It can be used to restore discoloured concrete and masonry, blend new work

For more information contact Nawkaw, 39/195 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 1300 629 529, email, website




Pinnacle Miranda is an architecturally inspired residential development comprising 128 one, two, and three bedroom apartments over 9-levels with incredible light filled living spaces, oversized indoor outdoor balconies, contemporary open plan kitchens, stone benchtops, lush landscaping, a spectacular entertaining deck and expansive district views.

Decode is a leading diversified, Sydney based property developer and construction company that stands for Design, Construction and Development – the three main divisions of the company. They aim to purpose build every development to suit the unique aspects of its site, making sure every detail counts. They have an extensive portfolio of projects, with Pinnacle Miranda being their latest addition.

Founded in 2008, Decode covers the full spectrum of the property lifecycle from design consultants, to construction and property development. “Our reputation throughout the industry for not only completing projects on time, within budget, with high quality outcomes but also adding value along the way from our clients to our end user is unsurpassed,” said Sam El Rihani, Decode Founder and Managing Director who has over 20 years construction industry experience.

The development features 128 contemporary one, two and three bedroom apartments which feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors, modern kitchens with stone benchtops and seamless alfresco balconies that spill naturally from the living areas for all season entertaining and enjoyment. Bathrooms draw upon the soft textures of nature to give a relaxing mood.

“We have a proven track record in building high quality properties in prime locations throughout Sydney. Our business focuses on the construction and development of new residential buildings and mixed use developments and is built on experience, efficiency and passion.”

Pinnacle Miranda’s superb design is a fusion of coastal and urban attitudes with lush landscaping creating a tranquil garden space, striking architectural lines and timber style screens lending a natural character. The rooftop creates a spectacular alfresco entertaining area with expansive views of Miranda. 112 NSW PROJECT FEATURE PINNACLE MIRANDA

“Known as our ‘small businesses’ each is critical to the delivery of every project and we have brought them inhouse to maximise the certainty of outcome and quality. This is a Unique Value Proposition, and we are one of the few construction companies with this capability. Our capability is driven by our corporate values of integrity, reliability, teamwork and uncompromised quality. We are passionate about these core values and our commitment to our people, this is why we deliver AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

consistently for our clients. This attitude and self belief are truly what sets Decode apart from our competitors.” With an ever growing team, now numbering over 100, Decode has constructed over 2,100 units with 1,200 units currently in progress. They were ranked fourth overall across all sectors and the top Construction company in the AFR Fast 100 list in 2018 with a three year average YoY growth rate of 146.7% and total revenue $139.85 million in 2018 financial year. Construction was the first division of the Decode Group. While the company has grown into other areas including Development and Engineering, excellence in construction lies at the very heart of Decode’s business. “Our deep understanding of all aspects of the construction business is our key strength and why our clients come back to us again and again,” said Sam. “We deliver as promised because our team is led by experienced management who live and breathe construction. Most of our Project Managers are Structural and Civil Engineers who focus on WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

every detail onsite to create a high quality end product and deliver it on time, and to budget.” Decode currently have more than 13 projects in progress, most notably their flagship project Burwood Grand comprising of 500 units and Pyrmont Newlife featuring 11 luxury residential terraces in the heart of Pyrmont precinct. Decode is also exploring diversification into other property sectors including commercial, health, aged care, industrial and infrastructure segments. “We work hard on improving quality not only for construction but also in the design of layouts to ensure we provide an excellent product to the end user while achieving our set targets,” said Sam. “This has been the key to our success.” For more information contact Decode, Level 5, 619 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065, phone 02 9695 1778, email communications@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PINNACLE MIRANDA 113

Below On Time Plumbing provided extensive plumbing services including hot water, gas, water, sewage and stormwater drainage.

On Time Plumbing Australia is an industry leader within Australia’s plumbing sector. Established in 2008 from their Sydney based office, On Time Plumbing delivers end-to-end holistic plumbing solutions through design, development, and delivery for quality construction plumbing and hydraulic services within the commercial building and industrial sectors. Founded on integrity and professional conduct, On Time Plumbing enables safe, sustainable, and quality construction works. “Our team of quality licensed plumbers have local knowledge, are focussed on service and a client’s project requirements and cost analysis. Each aspiring to further expand operations to construction projects that impact large scale infrastructure and urban development,” said Director, Hassan Naji. “We undertake design consultation and coordination between trades to always achieve effective and timely results.” For the benchmark Pinnacle development in Miranda On Time Plumbing Australia completed all the gas, water, hot water, sewer and stormwater drainage and fire hydrant installations. “We strongly support up and coming urban developments like Pinnacle,” said Hassan. “We are proud of developing a nurturing 114 NSW PROJECT FEATURE PINNACLE MIRANDA

culture where diversity, connectedness and long standing professional relationships are celebrated amongst the team.” On Time Plumbing Australia is currently working on several large high rise apartment complexes across Sydney. They are committed to further developing their processes and procedures to remain industry leaders within the plumbing sector aligned with sustainable quality assurance and compliance strategies across all services including residential, commercial and multi-story buildings. “Our residential services ensure that communities live within sustainable urban developments aligned with value management and contemporary construction methodology including gas, fire and sprinkler systems,” said Hassan. On Time Plumbing Australia offers a full range of enhanced diagnostic services, sustainability and feasibility plumbing solutions, efficient plumbing design achieving urban living spaces, gas fitting, hot water systems, drainage and stormwater and fire systems and design. For more information contact On Time Plumbing Australia, Suite 1, 19 Miowera Road, Villawood NSW 2163, phone 02 8774 5270, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Chalouhi completed 26,000m3 of bulk excavation and foundation piling for Pinnacle Miranda.

For over a decade Chalouhi has been influencing the landscape of Sydney. Recognised as one of the most reputable civil engineering and construction companies in the industry, Chalouhi provides an array of services that includes planning and coordination, engineering and site preparation through their civil construction, site preparation (demolition and complete site remediation), and deep excavation and divisions. “At Pinnacle Miranda, from November 2017 to February 2018 we provided the bulk and detail excavation of the 3,500m2 basement that totalled 26,000m3 over the 2-levels, all environmental controls, foundation piling and graded sand bedding for basement S0G for the builders, Decode,” said Robin Chalouhi, Managing Director. “Excavation is one of Chalouhi’s core services, and we’ve now worked with Decode on over a dozen projects within the Sydney metropolitan area,” said Robin. “We specialise in the removal and relocation of materials through bulk and detailed excavation. As the first stage on any site, excavation is crucial to the success of the project, creating a level, clean area to work and establish foundations. Our extensive experience in civil works and exceptional leadership skills allows us to deliver cost effective, quality assured, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and sustainably safe platform to build Australia’s future from the ground up.” Chalouhi is committed to the success of their clients, subcontractors and employees, building long term relationships. They are a trusted partner and contractor for many in the construction industry. “We always aim to build on our reputation through our honesty, reliability, dedication to hard work, employee training, innovation and meticulous attention to detail with an outstanding safety record supported by robust quality assurance procedures,” said Robin. “We aim to deliver quality service within a client’s budget requirements without any compromise to Workplace Health and Safety and the environment.” Chalouhi is currently working with Decode on Meridian at Chatswood and NewLife at Pyrmont in the heart of Sydney.

For more information contact Chalouhi, 2/22 Centenary Avenue, Moorebank NSW 2170, phone 02 9790 3799, email admin@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PINNACLE MIRANDA 115

Below LP Consulting liaised with Sydney Water, ensuring Decode had all the correct approvals and Section 73 Certificate.

LP Consulting Australia consistently achieves excellence in all aspects of hydraulic engineering and Water Servicing Coordination through their highly qualified team of engineers and specialists, led by Principal Engineer, Louis Panagopoulos. An accredited Water Servicing Coordinator with Sydney Water, LP Consulting was appointed by Decode, builder and developer of the acclaimed Pinnacle Miranda to coordinate, design and manage all aspects of the project related to water and sewerage. From the outset of the development, LP Consulting engaged with Sydney Water to ensure Decode had full knowledge of Sydney Water’s requirements. The company calculated water demands, sewer loading, assessed the foundation system and stamped the construction drawings. LP Consulting gained the necessary approvals from Sydney Water and ensured Decode gained the authority’s Section 73 Certificate in a timely manner. “We value working with all our clients right around Australia and this project working alongside Decode was no exception,” said Louis. For more information contact LP Consulting Australia, Suite 9.04, Level 9, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9223 4444, website 116 NSW PROJECT FEATURE PINNACLE MIRANDA


Below Elecity was responsible for all the electrical works for Pinnacle Miranda, including the CCTV, dry fire and access control.

Established in 2009, Elecity provides professional electrical services in a wide variety of spaces within the commercial and residential sectors. These include electrical installations, data communications, home automation, CCTV, access control, security solutions, dry fire services, site management, material procurement, work measurement, planning and scheduling, safety and client/builder liaison.

to design comprehensive strategic plans that enable clients to deliver sustainable, compliant, and safe constructions.” Elecity makes sure every detail counts, and are committed to delivering high quality services while nurturing and maintaining positive, long term professional relationships with new and existing clients and stakeholders. Other projects they are currently working on include NewLife at Pyrmont and Loft 3 at Homebush.

Elecity collaborated with PBD Architects and award-winning interior architects Turner to design and construct the electrical plan for the entire Pinnacle Miranda development. “Our professional team, including a site foreman and a project manager, worked on the 128 luxury apartments from January 2018 until March 2019, completing all the electrical works, dry fire, CCTV and access control,” said Elecity Managing Director, Ahmed Nasser. “We are proud of our extensive collection of electrical projects that contribute to and support the development of infrastructure within Australia,” said Ahmed. “Our electrical engineers have the resources and skills to successfully work in consultation with award-winning project architects, structural, and service engineers WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Elecity, 2/22 Saggart Field Road, Minto NSW 2566, phone 1300 715 250, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE PINNACLE MIRANDA 117

MANN ON THE RISE DEVELOPER : Bonython Property & Investments MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Stevens Construction (NSW) ARCHITECT : CKDS Architecture STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Northrop Consulting Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $40 million

Bonython Tower is the first premier quality commercial development of its kind within Gosford CBD on the Central Coast (New South Wales), and offers a premium mix of commercial suites, luxury apartments, two ultimate penthouses, beautiful interiors, elegant bathrooms, ground floor restaurant and bar and a stunning central spiral staircase. Bonython Property & Investments, the development arm of The John Singleton Group, has built a reputation for creating luxury developments, lasting partnerships and local enrichment. Their latest project, Bonython Tower, is situated in an unrivaled location, in the heart of Gosford, with public transport at the door. The tower features a variety of residential apartments and penthouses, along with a luxurious restaurant and bar, and an array of commercial suites. Inside residents and visitors are greeted with beautiful interiors. Stone benches and timber floors are softly layered together to produce a luxurious effect. The bathrooms offer class and elegance with travertine flooring, frameless shower screens and custom made vanities. Another highlight of this project is the enormous helix-shaped staircase connecting the restaurant with the commercial level. Clad in spotted gum timber, the focal point of the lobby is over 5m tall and has a backdrop feature wall of custom oxidized panels, and brass inlays. This development is crucial for the Central Coast and is the first of its kind in the area. Bonython Property & Investments succeeded in creating a strong community feel with the project, and they have certainly set a very high standard in what can be achieved not just in Gosford, but for inner city, mixed use developments in general. There were a number of site constraints given the location and access, but the most difficult was having buses stop on Mann Street, right in front of the Bonython Tower job site. There is also a shared loading zone in Paul Lane, which made construction deliveries such as concrete a challenge. 118 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER

With a significant level change between Paul Lane and Mann Street, the team spent several weeks leveling the site to a point where they were able to put piles in place. John Singleton Group and Bonython Property & Investments are continuing to concentrate on making the Central Coast an even better place to live. They are confident the construction of Bonython Tower will help to kick start more developments and increase confidence in the area. The Bonython Tower has received an unprecedented number of enquiries relating to the purchase of the residential apartments and commercial office spaces. According to Paul Anderson, Executive Chairman for Bonython Property & Investments, they have Sydney purchasers looking to relocate, first homebuyers, empty nesters and commuters who love the idea of being a stone’s throw away from Gosford’s transport hub. Paul Anderson has also said that several parties are interested in leasing the commercial levels, which offer luxury office/ commercial space in the CBD. The ground

floor restaurant has also been sold, with The Bon Pavilion now opened. The Bonython Tower development is certainly an outstanding step towards revitalising the Gosford CBD. It will be an area worth watching in the coming years. Another notable project by Bonython Property & Investments is Saddles at Mount White. Located on 10 hectares, the name was inspired by the craftsmanship of Heath Harris, an artisan saddler who has worked with John Singleton in crafting saddles for his nearby Strawberry Hill Stud, and who has designed unique saddle chairs for the dining room’s brass-scalloped bar. The team are also preparing for a new development, Ravello. The project will feature a stunning collection of generously proportioned waterfront apartment residences unlike anything seen on the Central Coast. For more information contact Bonython Property & Investments, Suite 1.4, 69 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford NSW 2250, phone 02 4313 9002, email, website



Below McKanna Fabrications manufactured and installed a range of metal work products including the feature stairs on the ground floor.

McKanna Fabrications specialises in the fabrication of architectural steelwork and structural steel. At Bonython Tower, McKanna Fabrications manufactured and installed the metal handrails, decks, plant rooms and bollards as well as the magnificent swooping staircase that leads from the ground floor restaurant to the first level. The staircase is a 7m high construction of plate steel with spotted gum veneer, handrails and treads and highlighted with LED lighting. Engineer’s specifications were used to create shop drawings for manufacture to start in June 2018. Onsite work, which included fitting the handrails and treads, started in September 2018 and finished with oiling the woodwork in March 2019. “Over a thousand man hours went into the fabrication and installation of the staircase,which was a very detailed job. First we had to fabricate a large steel deck to work off and when we finished fabrication of the staircase, we had to cut it in two halves, to transport it to the painter where it was sandblasted and primed. Then we waited for the building to be ready for installation,” said Owner, Jason Barnes. “The challenge of our job was moving such large steel sections into precise locations,” said Jason. “For Bonython we had to deliver the 120 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER

staircase at night and that involved planning and coordinating with other trades and local councils. The job went very well, Stevens Construction is a really good company to work with.” Established in 1976, McKanna Fabrications is one of the leading companies in the fabrication of structural steel serving Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney commercial builders. They make steel and aluminium architectural balustrading and feature pieces including awnings and sunshades as well as unique pieces and sculptures. McKanna Fabrications work across the commercial and medium to high density residential sectors, with previous projects including Westfield Shopping Centre, Kotara completed in 2015. “We put over a thousand tons of steel into that job,” said Jason.

For more information contact McKanna Fabrications Pty Ltd, Industrial Estate, Sweet Street, Warners Bay NSW 2282, phone 02 4947 3375, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Goal Interior extensive works installing timber lining, MDF pelmets and Equitone cladding throughout the development.

The entire team at Goal Interior worked on the development of the Bonython Tower in Gosford CBD. The scope of works saw the team carry out plasterboard related works including the internal timber lining, MDF pelmets and Equitone cladding. With a life expectancy of more than 50 years, Equitone cladding is a natural composite material, is completely non-combustible and offers a naturally beautiful façade. All the elements used for Bonython Tower came together to form a luxurious, modern offering, which enhances the towers aesthetics. The much anticipated development offers a mix of premium residential and commercial suites and features 56 state-of-the-art residential apartments, office suites, a restaurant, café and bar.

The team have worked on a diverse range of projects including residential apartment buildings, aged care developments, schools, shopping centres, warehouse, offices and luxury homes. Goal Interior deals with well known major suppliers such as USG Boral Plasterboard, CSR Hebel and James Hardie Australasia. With products from these renowned providers, quality is guaranteed. Yubin Bing has led the company with a single vision and passion to provide unique, professional and contemporary interior finishes to projects throughout Australia. Goal Interior has developed a steadfast work method and utlilises leading edge technology to implement and deliver high quality, cost effective structures to specification, on schedule and safely every time.

Operating since 2007, Goal Interior specialises in internal linings, ceilings and partitions including cladding and timberwork for high rise residential towers and commercial office developments. Some of the notable services they provide include detailed ceiling and plastering works, innovative suspended ceilings, wall partition concepts, creative façade solutions, Powerfloor systems, CSR Hebel Powerpanels and much, much more. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Goal Interior, Unit 1, 364 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, mobile (Yubin) 0449 183 868, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER 121

Below Southwell Lifts & Hoists manufactured and installed two car hoists to take residents to the car park on Level 3.

Southwell Lifts & Hoists specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of lifts and hoists. Starting in April 2017, Southwell Lifts & Hoists consulted with clients, architects and engineers of Bonython Tower to finalise the design and create shop drawings for the manufacture and installation of two car hoists. The hoists were fabricated at Southwell’s Camden facility over six weeks, ready for three installers who were onsite for four weeks. The hoists carry residents’ vehicles up from the ground floor to the parking level and are operated by each resident using a remote control device. Southwell also coordinated with the security contractors so that residents’ electronic communications linked into the security system. “The site was busy, right in the middle of the Gosford CBD and the space we had to work in was limited, otherwise it was an efficient installation. The exterior of the hoists and the surrounds look great, painted all black with custom styled doors with a powder coated finish,” explained Owner, David Head. “These units are the first car hoists to be installed in Gosford, they are a great solution for sites with restricted access, eliminating the need for ramps and increasing available parking spaces.” 122 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER

Established in 1945, Southwell Lifts & Hoists work across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne supplying and installing standard equipment as well as bespoke units, consulting with designers and clients to create uniquely tailored solutions. “We are expert at delivering solutions for large and complex jobs, manufacturing and supplying hoists with up to 40 tonnes lifting capacity,” said David. Southwell Lifts & Hoists Australian owned and operated and provides freestanding or in shaft goods hoists, vehicle and personnel hoists and scissor lifts. They also supply airport ground support equipment such as the enormous elevated work platform for Qantas, built in 2002, to provide access to the tail of a jumbo jet.

For more informaiton contact Southwell Lifts & Hoists, 36 Edward Street, Camden NSW 2570, phone 1800 244 787, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below James Hardie supplied the Ritek® wall system for the lift shafts, stairwells and blade walls for Bonython Tower.

James Hardie Systems are pioneers in permanent formwork and used their Ritek® Wall System for the lift shafts, stairwells and blade walls on the Bonython Tower project in Gosford. Ritek® wall systems have been manufactured and supplied locally for over 35 years, providing a value added alternative to conventional construction methods. Using the patented wall systems and registered stud design, these systems can increase return on investment and reduce building costs by eliminating the need to batten and line internal walls. The overall system provides a durable permanent formwork system with minimal waste and reduced crane dependency. Walls on ground level of the Bonython Tower were 4.3m-4.5m high and were made up onsite by joining two panels together then craning them into position. Top level panels were extended through the roof to incorporate the lift overrun thus eliminating the need to come back and install extra panels and do an additional concrete pour. James Hardie Systems Pty Ltd, a James Hardie company, acquired the Ritek® Wall Systems business in 2017. James Hardie is a world leader in manufacturing fibre cement cladding, internal lining and flooring WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

products and accessories. The two top products offered by James Hardie are the Ritek® XL Wall® and Ritek® XL Thermal Wall®. Ritek® XL Wall®’s can be used for all internal and external walls. The sanded surface is ready for direct setting by finishing trades to a Level 4 finish. This removes the cost and time to batten out and plaster line internal walls speeding up project completion. Ritek® XL Thermal Wall® System is delivered complete with a high performance thermal insulation layer bonded to the inside of the panel, saving valuable floor space. For exterior walls, Ritek® XL Thermal Wall® is manufactured specifically to architect’s drawings, with built in insulation allowing for a high thermal rating of up to R-value 4.8, achieving BCA thermal, fire and sound transfer specifications, without the need for other trades and products.

For more information contact James Hardie Systems, 10 Colquhoun Street, Rosehill NSW 2142, phone 13 11 03, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER 123

Below ARC supplied 560 tonnes of steel and building accessories to the Bonython Tower project.

Over the last 99 years the Australian Reinforcing Company (ARC) has supplied steel for many of Australia’s icons including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tunnel and Opera House, the MCG and Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Sydney and Melbourne Airports, Victoria Bridge in Brisbane and Parliament House in Canberra. ARC’s vision is to be Australia’s leading reinforcing solutions partner. Their steel is in the roads we drive on, the houses we live in, the buildings we work in, the schools our kids learn in and the iconic landmarks that our country is renowned for. Adding to their impressive portfolio, ARC worked closely with John Singleton Group and Stevens Construction on Bonython Tower. The job had a number of challenges the team were required to troubleshoot in order to complete their work onsite on time, which included particularly tight access to the unloading point, strict delivery times and an industry wide steel shortage between November and December 2017. ARC scheduler, Shane Grant, was applauded for his articulate attention to detail and forward planning on this project. Shaun Yeo, Account 124 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER

Manager at ARC, was also acknowledged for his work on this project which saw an impressive 560 tonnes of ARC products supplied. The Stevens Construction team were impressed with the prompt response time from ARC in resolving urgent site requirements. With this in mind, ARC has been chosen to work with Stevens Construction on their next project. ARC steel products are 100% Australian made with international quality assurance and in compliance with Australian standards. In 1920, ARC became the first business to produce steel fabricated mesh here in Australia at their Sunshine site in Melbourne. Almost 100 years later, the company now boasts approximately 700 employees and are currently working on numerous developments including the Verve Residences in Newcastle, Water’s Edge in Warner’s Bay and The Highpoint Charlestown Apartments in Newcastle.

For more information contact ARC Newcastle, (Regional branch) 31 Creek Road, Wallsend NSW 2287, phone 02 4902 1600, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Active Crane Hire utilised their experience to navigate the small site to help with the transportation of goods.

The team at Active Crane Hire were contracted to work on Bonython Tower, which required to utilisation their indepth industry experience, Active Crane Hire worked with challenging site restraints to position cranes onsite with ease. Access to the Bonython Tower site was limited to a single entry way via a narrow laneway, with shared loading docks, and private car parks for surrounding buisnesses. Loading and unloading of materials needed to be done quickly and safely, and the cranes’ reach enabled products to be transported efficiently across the small intercity block.

Just recently the team introduced an exciting new addition with the purchase of the MCH125 Crane. The MCH 125 is a Topless Electro Hydraulic Luffing Jib Tower Crane and is unlike any other crane on the market. It represents the very latest in tower crane innovation with so many benefits, which includes freeing up valuable space on congested job sites, unique hydraulic technology makes it easier to assemble and faster to operate, plus five jib configurations from 30m to 50m in 5m increments.

Employing 25 staff, Active Crane Hire boasts a diverse team which includes technicians, riggers and yard personnel. Working mainly across New South Wales and Queensland, the team are happy to work with customers no matter where they are located. Active Crane Hire is able to service all types of construction projects and can provide cranes for a duration of only a few weeks through to longer projects which span multiple years. They feature a strong portfolio of remote controlled Potain Self-Erecting Cranes and Potain City Cranes. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Active Crane Hire, 8 Ainslie Close, Somersby NSW 2250, phone 1300 730 403, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER 125

Below FTI Group supplied their trademarked permanent formwork system for concrete stairs to Bonython Tower for the site’s 592 risers.

When it comes to providing a product that ultimately saves time and money on the job site, FTI Group have the solution. Working on Bonython Tower saw the team supply their trademarked permanent formwork system for concrete stairs with an impressive 592 risers required for the development. Using the Fast Tread prefabricated system saves time by eliminating the need for contractors to form up themselves, then go on to strip away the formwork once the concrete is set. Fast Tread stairs are BCA compliant, shop drawn and custom manufactured to the engineer’s and architect’s specifications, eliminating the potential for error. They are perfect for use in multi-level builds.

Recently, FTI Group added the Safe-T-Tread and Fast Hob products to the market. These creative additions are set to become a sought after product throughout the construction industry. The Safe-T-Tread offers safe access to upper levels while limiting damage to risers. When ready, the stairs are core filled and can be left as they are; or finished with tiles, carpet or paint. FTI Group also supply a range of handrail options, installed before or after core fill, all complying to safety regulations.

All FTI Group products are manufactured in Australia and delivered to job sites across the country and internationally. The goal is to simplify planning, speed up the build and increase safety for workers onsite. FTI Group is a specialist manufacturing company that promotes innovation in prefabricated formwork systems. The team utilise the latest technology and state-of-the-art machinery throughout every process which has seen the company experience sustainable growth. 126 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER

For more information contact FTI Group Pty Ltd, PO Box 1103, Goulburn NSW 2580, phone 1300 751 701, email sales@ftigroup., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below TEC Concreting Systems placed and finished 4,300m3 of concrete on the Bonython Tower development.

Walking onto a jobsite which requires over 4,300m3 of concrete, with minimal access for the large scale pours, may be daunting to some, but not for TEC Concreting Systems (TEC).

Newcastle, Border Express building at Tuggerah and Lakes Grammar School at Warnervale. TEC are also well underway at another Bloc project at Warners Bay.

The contract for the 14-level build saw TEC Concreting Systems work across various platforms including the ground floor, Levels 1 through to 13, rooftop area, driveways, footpaths and numerous flights of stairs.

With extensive experience in the construction and mining industry, Director, Trent Collins and his team are committed to providing quality workmanship and excellence in all works undertaken. TEC Concreting Systems is a Central Coast based company, providing services to Sydney and Newcastle areas where they have built their reputation of efficiency, high quality of work and excellent service.

With a focus on continuous growth, and meeting the demands of the market, TEC recently invested in their fleet adding to their extensive equipment portfolio, a new 47m concrete boom pump, several new ride on concrete trowel machines, motorised vibrating screeds and remote control finishing machines. TEC are equipped to provide high quality services to a variety of clientele. Working with renowned developers such as North Construction, St Hilliers and BLOC, the team at TEC offer expert services in areas such as high rise buildings, large industrial and commercial slabs, residential slabs, decorative driveways, stairs and footpaths. The team at TEC have recently completed work on several notable projects at present, including the Verve residential apartments in WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact TEC Concreting Systems, 3 McPherson Road, Tuggerah NSW 2259, phone 02 4380 0470, mobile (Trent) 0437 704 695, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER 127

Below Anderson’s Scaffolding was onsite through the entire process providing galvanized steel scaffolding and equipment for the project.

Bonython Tower project in Gosford has been an exciting build for the area. Anderson’s Scaffolding were onsite for 16 months assisting with the demolition of the old Duttons Tavern to the completion of the Bonython Tower. Anderson’s Scaffolding provided galvanized steel scaffolding and equipment for the project. The team drew from their indepth experience to negotiate the difficult logistics of getting equipment onsite and up to height. Communication and crucial planning between Stevens Constructions and Anderson’s Scaffolding meant they were able to overcome the short time frames and access constraints. The continued communication between Ben Isenhood, Adam Packer, Jason Sims and Michael Deguara enabled the project to run smoothly from the initial stages, with the team building the entire scaffold on paper prior to putting any equipment onsite. As a family run business, Anderson’s Scaffolding keep their focus on their employees along with their clients building great relationships. They understand that staff are the backbone to their business and as such they endeavor to do all they can to provide a workplace which resembles a close knit family. 128 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER

The team at Anderson’s Scaffolding have been entrusted to provide scaffold advice and expertise to support some of Newcastle, the Central Coast and the North Coast’s biggest construction and engineering projects, including Kotara Event Cinemas, Greenhills Event Cinemas, Newcastle Council – Bathers Way Cliff Restoration, King Street Apartment Development, Twin 12-story Wickham Apartment towers and the Newcastle City Council – Library Upgrade just to name a few. Anderson’s Scaffolding are also excited to say that they’ve secured an exciting major building project in Charlestown. Highpoint is a 17-story residential/commercial building which is the largest project they have worked on to date.

For more information contact Anderson’s Scaffolding, 21 Enterprise Drive, Tomago NSW 2322, phone 02 4964 9597, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Artkal fabricated and installed the unique window system to both the exterior and interior of the building.

Bonython Tower has been designed with luxury in mind, and Artkal was chosen to fabricate, supply and install the aluminium windows and doors. The process started at Artkal’s factory in Sydney where the team prepared the aluminium for fabrication of windows and doors that were then glazed ready for use in the retail, commercial and residential spaces of the tower. The commercial flushed glazed, framing, system was specifically developed for use on the external façade of the tower, as well as internally. The windows continued inside to produce a beautiful view of the captivating spiral staircase.

Both Artkal and Stevens Construction’s extensive experience enabled them to work hand in hand to deliver a magnificent project. Artkal works on a diverse range of developments, regardless of size. The team thrives on being part of challenging and innovative projects and are always embracing the latest trends. Each of the team members offer valuable skills and knowledge and are appreciated for their individual contribution. Artkal is built on strong foundations of integrity, professionalism and Australian Made, quality aluminium windows and doors. With a track record of early delivery, long term working relationships and superior products, Artkal is constantly ahead of the game.

The residential apartments spanning Level 4 to 13 have been fitted with architecturally designed 450mm door handles and specialised commercial lockware by Lockwood to give an added detail of luxury to the development. Casement windows were chosen to frame the view of the surrounding Gosford CBD, bushland and Brisbane Waters, and allow light to flood the apartments. Artkal enjoyed working with the team from Stevens Construction, who showed extensive knowledge and care during the build in order to deliver a true iconic beauty. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Artkal, Unit 2, 46 Elizabeth Street, Campsie NSW 2194, phone 02 9718 6000, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER 129

Below Northrop Consulting Engineers carried out the structural and civil design for the 14-storey building, including the stunning spiral staircase.

Northrop Consulting Engineers (Northrop) specialises in providing tailored engineering solutions for structural, civil and building services, as well as offering water and environment engineering, a sustainability team and specialised façade engineering services. At Bonython Tower, Northrop carried out the structural and civil design and documentation as well as onsite construction supervision. They were also responsible for the structural design of the beautiful steel spiral staircase in the main lobby. “As with any of our projects, we took a holistic approach to our involvement on Bonython Towers. This included developing solutions to problems which were not just engineering problems,” said Northrop Principal and Senior Structural Engineer, Trevor Clack. “An example was to reduce costs associated with the basement excavation in soft soil below the groundwater table by creating a new concept which moved the carparking to Level 2. Solving problems which enable our clients to realise the potential of their projects is why we love doing what we do.” For more information contact Northrop Consulting Engineers, Suite 4, 257-259 Central Coast Highway, Erina NSW 2260, phone 02 4365 1668, email, website 130 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER

Below Mudchucka completed cement rendering services for the exterior walls on the development.

Over the past 20 years Mudchucka has grown from servicing small residential builds to large scale commercial projects and high end architectural builds. The team have recently been working on the Bonython Tower project in Gosford, where Mudchucka provided cement rendering to the external surfaces of this substantial development. This was the first project Mudchucka has completed with John Singleton Group and they provided another first class finish. As a specialist luxury home and commercial plasterer, Mudchucka strive for perfection and have products and techniques that guarantee a point of difference in today’s challenging market and were nominated in the MBA Commercial Sub Contractor of the Year category. The nomination has gained them recognition for several projects, including the Pine Tree Apartments at Terrigal and the Element building at Erina. The team embrace progression and new technologies and enjoy working with beautiful products and techniques such as Japanese clay and Venetian plaster. For more information contact Mudchucka, phone (Jake) 0419 378 392, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below KG Plumbing were required to undertake the extensive plumbing, drainage and fire solutions on the high rise.

KG Plumbing specialise in providing plumbing and fire services for commercial, high rise and domestic projects. The team enjoyed working on the Bonython Tower project, on the Central Coast, where they provided all plumbing and drainage services. KG Plumbing also worked closely with Dean Shaw of Dash Fire Services to provide the high rise towers fire solutions.

on commercial projects, they are also available to help with domestic services such as blocked pipes, hot water installs, renovations and more. Currently the team are working on an exciting project at the Eco Village at Narara, just North of Gosford. With a focus on minimal environmental impact, the Eco Village utilises energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials, as well as eco-friendly water supply, power, drainage, garbage disposal and recycling.

Bonython Tower is the latest residential and commercial development to be built in the heart of Gosford, which stands 13-storeys tall. The development has many different areas including ground floor dining precinct, 2-levels of commercial office space, a private car park, and 56 residential units. The scope of the project allowed the KG Plumbing team to draw on their expertise and create a high class finish. Having been a part of the Central Coast for the past six years, KG Plumbing have now expanded to include their services on projects in Sydney and Newcastle. With a crew of 12 dedicated staff, KG Plumbing take pride in being a close knit, family run business dedicated to exceeding client expectations and completing jobs on schedule. Owner Keith La Faber and his team have built a strong reputation of great service and quality workmanship. Whilst they love working WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact KG Plumbing, phone 1300 286 256, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BONYTHON TOWER 131


Highgate is an architectural showpiece of 190 one, two, and three bedroom apartments with incredible views over two towers linked by a lower level podium with gym, pool, BBQ, private theatre and outdoor entertainment area, with nine premium commercial units on the ground floor. Morris Property Group is a multifaceted property business focusing on property investment, asset management, development and construction services. Morris Property Group has teams to assist in all stages of the development process including site procurement, concept design, detailed design and construction delivery. In June 2015, Morris Property Group acquired the site for Highgate and immediately the development team commenced design work. Highgate consists of 190-apartments over two towers linked by a podium car park. The luxurious apartments feature exquisite contemporary styling with full height windows, private balconies and views over Mount Ainslie. There is a recreational area at Level 9 with pool, gym, BBQ area and residents theatre as well as nine commercial tenancies on the ground floor. The development is well positioned in the city’s entertainment precinct. Builder MPG Constructions Canberra, provided value engineering advice before taking over design development responsibilities in February 2016. Demolition and civil works started in November and included demolition of a 3-storey building which had to be disconnected from an adjacent government owned asset.

using a typical jump form system. The main building is constructed using load bearing precast concrete as well as miscellaneous spandrel, lift core lid and roof parapet panels,” said James. “Approximately 1,200 people were inducted onto the project from demolition and on through construction process,” said James. “At peak periods there were 150 working onsite to complete the project by the end of 2018.” The different jagged shaped balcony floors give the building a distinctive and dynamic pattern and the car park façade is special. It is made up of decorative precast concrete panels and 25,000 prefabricated and powder coated suspended aluminium panels to form a kinetic façade. The Highgate car park façade is a metaphoric representation of Lake Burley Griffin, with the gold and silver banding illustrating its origins in the Molonglo River. The panels respond to the ever changing patterns of the wind, allowing the façade to create a direct correlation between the installation and its natural environment. Morris Property Group established an office in Canberra in 1978 and has since acquired a reputation for the delivery of quality developments there, particularly in the city. Projects include 171-apartments

at Governor Place in Barton, the 125-unit Nova in Dickson and the 16-storey Mayfair with 191-apartments. The company has recently launched One City Hill, the first stage of The Barracks, a precinct on Vernon Circle set to be one of Canberra’s largest ever mixed use precincts with an end value of close to $1 billion. After completion of Highgate, Morris Property Group started demolition of the building adjacent to it, for the construction of the luxury apartments, Park Avenue. While their main areas of expertise are currently Canberra and the Gold Coast, Morris Property Group has expanded into Victoria with Miramar, a 21-storey tower of waterfront apartments in Geelong. In Brisbane they have built The Aurora, an award-winning residential building that’s been was the tallest in the city when completed. Morris Property Group is this year celebrating their 40th year, with over 65 successful, quality projects having been delivered over this time.

For more information contact Morris Property Group, Suite 20, Mermaid Plaza, 2382 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, phone 07 5570 9666, website

“There was a specific and unique challenge in undertaking demolition and construction in the high traffic CBD location. A significant amount of time and effort was spent to ensure the correct design and construction methodology. We achieved a safe and timely completion of all the works,” said Construction Director, James Morris. Removing hazardous material, shoring, anchoring, piling and associated works were completed towards the end of April and the builder took possession of the site in May 2017. “Each side of the building has its own concrete lift core which was constructed 132 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGHGATE




Below All Floor Commercial supplied and laid all the flooring throughout the apartments, gym and lobby of the Highgate.

All Floors Commercial specialises in the supply and installation of stylish and hard wearing flooring including timber, carpet and vinyl, for commercial applications. At the Highgate, All Floors Commercial supplied and laid carpet throughout all 190-units as well as fitting carpet tiles to the lobby and hallways from Levels 4 to 17. In the gym they fitted a rubber Regupol® flooring with foam underlay to dampen vibrations and to provide acoustic insulation to the units below. Work onsite started in July 2018 with 10 tradesmen onsite. “It was a big job and we had lots of workers to keep up with the programme,” said Director, Brian Russell. All Floors Commercial are one of the last trades onsite, so communication with other trades is paramount. The carpet chosen by All Floors Commercial was a Godfrey Hurst product. “Godfrey Hurst is our preferred supplier and we recommended them for the Highgate. We have a good working relationship with Godfrey Hurst, they provide us with high quality carpet. They ensure an Australian made product and a large consignment from one dye batch. This gives a better overall appearance to the flooring as there aren’t any variations in the colouring of the carpet.” “Morris Property Group wanted the carpet for Highgate upweighted from the usual 34 ounce to a 36 ounce product,” said Brian. “It made for a heavier, better wearing carpet and became the ‘Morris Property Group carpet’. We fitted it at their next residential development, Park Villas in Macquarie, 17-townhouses and a 3-storey unit block. We also installed timber floors in the dining rooms and kitchens there.” With over 25 years experience in the flooring industry All Floors Commercial is a Canberra based, family owned and operated business. They employ eight staff and six permanent installers, working with builders and contractors to provide carpet laying services on time and to specification. 134 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGHGATE

All Floors Commercial service a range of industry sectors including retail, educational, hospitality, commercial, government, health care, hospitals and medical installations. The majority of work for All Floors Commercial consists of commercial fitouts and high rise residential developments with the supply and installation of carpet and carpet tiles that can be laid in decorative patterns. The company supply colourful and hard wearing vinyl for walls and for floors with high traffic and in wet areas, as well as rubber and bamboo flooring. All Floors Commercial provide neat engineered hardwood flooring including Blackbutt and Spotted Gum. A popular product is wood plank vinyl, boards that look and work like a timber floor. The vinyl can be cut and laid in a herringbone pattern to look like a parquet floor. All Floors Commercial also supply and fit a range of tactile indicators and stair nosing. The company carries out all floor preparation and for renovation work will remove the old flooring. Previous contracts with Morris Property Group include Governor Place in Barton, laying carpet for the 171 luxury units, hallways and lobby, finishing in July 2018. “We’ve just finished flooring for 800 rooms of student accommodation for ANU and have completed health and aged care buildings for Godwin Retirement Care,” said Brian. All Floors Commercial have also completed contracts in Newcastle for Doma. In 2017 they supplied and installed carpet for 75-units as well as 7,000m² of carpet tiles for commercial tenancies at Honeysuckle. At Wickham, they fitted carpet and timber flooring to a 35-apartment complex, Bishopsgate, completed at the end of 2018. For more information contact All Floors Commercial, 8 Raws Crescent, Hume ACT 2620, mobile (Brian) 0478 680 646, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



Below Cesana Australia manufactured and installed the wardrobes in the 190 bedrooms of the Highgate.

Cesana Australia specialises in high quality design, manufacture and installation of shower screens, wardrobes and mirrors. Cesana Australia supply and fitout residences from single dwellings to high rise residential developments such as the Highgate apartments in Canberra City. In January 2018, Cesana Australia’s design team liaised with Morris Property to finalise the design and create CAD drawings for manufacture of wardrobe joinery items in their 1,200m² facility in Fyshwick. Work onsite began in May 2018 with four installers fitting wardrobe doors and shelving in all 190-bedrooms of the Highgate’s apartments as well as installing large mirrors in the gym. Cesana Director, Rod Trevillian said the challenge of the job was working around other trades. “As installers of wardrobe and showerscreens we follow others such as painters, tilers and carpet layers and we usually have to work quickly to meet the programme. However the job at the Highgate ran extremely well from the start, with everyone delivering on time we were able to start and finish on time.” Cesana Australia was established in 2017 by professionals with over 100 years combined experience of their industry. “We believe in 136 ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGHGATE

working on our relationships, as well as being innovative in the way we manufacture and deliver on our custom made products,” said Rod. Cesana has a team of fourteen working from Canberra and another eight at premises in Penrith, New South Wales supplying and installing shower screens and mirrors, both framed and frameless, as well as splashbacks, linen closets, wardrobe doors, shelving and other storage solutions. Large projects for Cesana include the Luna Apartments for Milin Brothers at Denman, where they supplied and installed all the shower screens and wardrobe items across 3-levels of 80-units. In early 2019, Cesana successfully completed a project for PBS Building supplying and installing shower screens at the 4-level Goodwin Retirement Village in Farrer.

For more information contact Cesana Australia, 41A Whyalla Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone (Canberra) 02 6152 9250, 62 Jack Williams Drive, Penrith NSW 2750, phone (Sydney) 02 4706 0230, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Belconnen Concrete supplied concrete services for Highgate, including two jump forms and two placing booms.

Belconnen Concrete specialises in concrete pumping, placing and finishing services for large scale developments across the Canberra region. At Highgate apartments, Belconnen Concrete supplied the complete concreting service for two towers of 14-storeys each over a podium. Work started onsite in September 2016 with two jump forms and two separate placing booms. Concrete was pumped for 16 pours with up to 25 tradesmen at work during peak periods. “The challenge of the job was due to the location,” said Project Manager, Chris Spinelli. “It was difficult working in the CBD because of the traffic and the limited area available to place the booms.” Starting in 1970, Belconnen Concrete is Canberra’s longest established concrete services provider, the first company to integrate concrete pumping and finishing services as well as the first company to bring tower pumps to the Australian Capital Territory. With a comprehensive fleet of mobile concrete pumps Belconnen Concrete is Canberra’s only operator of seven mobile concrete placing boom pumps ranging in size from 20m to 61m as well as five 39m separate placing tower booms for high rise projects. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Belconnen Concrete have the capability of servicing large scale developments and have successfully completed work on Morris Property Group’s last three major projects, Nova Apartments in Dixon and Mayfair Apartments at Civic. “We have been contracting our concrete services to Morris Property for a while,” said Andrew. “We were at their first major project, James Court, over 20 years ago. Belconnen Concrete takes pride in its good working relationship with Morris Property Group.” Belconnen Concrete trains their own labour force in concrete pumping and finishing as well as safety protocols for work on government, commercial, some domestic and infrastructure projects including concrete pours for structures and the aprons at Canberra and Sydney airports.

For more information contact Belconnen Concrete, 7/61 Townsville Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, PO Box 1002 Fyshwick, ACT 2609, phone 02 6280 2700, email, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGHGATE 137

Highgate, Australian Capital Territory Photo supplied by Kiernan May



Below RAR Cranes erected their 72m tower crane to the Highgate, using 500 tonne mobile crane to assist construction.

RAR Cranes specialises in the supply of mobile and tower cranes along with trained operating and rigging crews for construction projects across Canberra, Sydney and regional New South Wales. In September 2017, RAR Cranes started onsite at the Highgate, building a 72m tower crane to service the construction of the 10-storey apartment block. The tower crane was erected and dismantled with a 500 tonne mobile crane and a team of 12 men working over two days. The tower crane and operating crew finished onsite 12 months later. “We had to erect and then dismantle the tower crane from a position 65m away,” said Director, Andrew Bodman. “Our operators are highly skilled with years of experience at such jobs and they were ready for the challenge.” RAR Cranes, established in 1993 as Rumbles Cranes, has grown in the Australian Capital Territory to employ over 100 staff with the largest fleet of late model cranes ranging from 3 tonne to 250 tonne. Newly arrived is a 400 tonne mobile crane that will enable RAR Cranes to maintain wind turbines at seven wind farms across southern New South Wales. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

RAR Cranes has worked repeatedly supplying cranes and crews to Morris Properties including the recently completed apartments at Barton, Australian Capital Territory. They are involved in many large scale projects including the construction of ‘Building 15’ at Canberra Hospital completed in 2015 when a craned-in modular construction system was used to minimise disruption to hospital patients and staff and to speed up time of delivery. RAR Cranes rigging crews are specialist precast and tilt-up concrete installers with the plant and machinery to move heavy loads in tight spaces. Successful projects include the placement of 320 precast columns and beams at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and moving 2,500 precast concrete units for John Holland Group at the Pluto LNG Plant in Karratha, Western Australia. The crews are also available for plant shut downs, structural steel erection and boilermaking services.

For more information contact RAR Cranes, 38 Bedford Street, Queanbeyan West NSW 2620, phone 02 6299 6100, email cranes@, website ACT PROJECT FEATURE HIGHGATE 139





TRUE BEAUTY EXPOSED The team at DeMartin & Gasparini (DMG) have played an integral role in the development of many iconic buildings in Sydney. Just recently the team were involved with the DUO Central Park construction. This captivating project features two 18-storey, interconnected towers sitting on a combined five level basement carpark. The DUO is a mixed use residential, commercial and hotel development which embraces the recently refurbished, heritage listed, Australian Hotel. The $290 million joint venture between Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House forms a key part of the ongoing Central Park masterplan. DMG were contracted to supply, pump, place and finish concrete for this significant project. With over 37,000m3 of concrete supplied by Boral, DMG used two stationary high pressure concrete pumps and four concrete placing tower booms on the job. Renown architectural firm, Foster + Partners incorporated exposed concrete as part of the unique theme. Some of these exposed concrete elements were the lift and stair walls to the lobbies, the concrete truss with Y shaped columns and exposed façade columns. DMG utilised Boral’s self compacting concrete to assist in achieving this high level of finish to these exposed concrete elements. This enabled the consistency in concrete compaction and colourisation was maintained. The use of self compacting concrete provided a significant reduction in manual safety risks and also added value for the client. The exposed concrete finish is a true highlight of the project giving the building a unique, timeless look. DMG’s distinction is in their people. All their project managers are registered with professional bodies and our continuous education programme ensures that they are on the cutting edge of construction management. For more information contact De Martin & Gasparini, 16 Hill Road, Homebush Bay NSW 2127, phone 02 9748 5100, fax 02 9748 0041, website




PRECAST PANELS MANUFACTURED FOR LUX-UARY LUX Precast are leaders in the production of precast concrete elements and panels. The company manufactures and supplies panels with a range of finishes and specialises in customised formwork and moulds to create texture and pattern on concrete.

can produce up to 50 panels a day, and have storage for over 1,500 panels,” Michael added.

A recent achievement for LUX Precast was the large scale production of precast concrete elements and panels for the construction of East Brunswick Village for Hacer Group. The mixed use complex comprises two 6-storey apartment buildings with a supermarket and tenancies.

“We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service,” said Michael.

For the project, Lux Precast manufactured over 2,500 precast components including core and façade walls and precast columns. Combined with over 500 brick facing panels utilising Robertson façade system’s rustic blend bricks. “We manufactured everything in our facility in Dandenong over six months,” said Construction Manager, Michael Clayton. “It was a quick production but the greater challenge was the large scale of the job.” LUX Precast also produces high end customised precast concrete elements and finishes for architectural features. They provide customised panels with exposed aggregate and graphic concrete and has an extensive range of forms, rubber and metal moulds and colours to create different looks. Patterning concrete is an increasingly popular method that adds depth and texture to the surface. LUX offers their knowledge and practical approach to forming and casting concrete for building and architectural purposes, for every project. “We specialise in the manufacture of precast elements using a vast range of materials and methods for high end architectural features,” explained Michael. “We use quality materials and focus on structural integrity.” “Our large capacity production facility distinguishes us in the precast industry, we have over 1,000m² of table space and


LUX Precast has dedicated sales, project, logistic and floor staff to manage their precast projects through to completion.

More of LUX Precast’s work can be found in East Brunswick, with a 12-storey development at 7 Lygon Street. Lux Precast manufactured 900 timber look patterned panels for the façade utilising a Reckli formliner. “The majority of our projects are mixed use apartment complexes in the Melbourne metropolitan area,” Michael continued. “We also supply product for unique luxury residences, boutique retail tenancies and the commercial sector as well as schools and universities.” For Deakin University LUX Precast manufactured 700 patterned panels that were used across the façades of three buildings as well as the precast lift and stair cores. LUX Precast also manufactured and supplied the curved panels for flowing façade of the College Music and Drama building for St Leonard’s Secondary College in Brighton. Other successfully completed projects for LUX Precast include the manufacture and supply of custom mould façade columns for an 8-storey residential tower at Burnley Street, Richmond for Hamilton Marino. At street level the units show façades of brick look Reckli pattern panels.

For more information contact LUX Precast, 5-23 Carter Way, Dandenong South VIC 3175, phone 03 8762 1500, email, website








ONE JUMP AHEAD The Adcon Group of Companies has a well deserved reputation for delivering quality concrete projects on time and on budget. The company has delivered world class facilities such as hospitals, stadiums, high rise hotels, residential and commercial buildings as well as rail, infrastructure, and underground works throughout South East Queensland, Northern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Their success can be measured by the fact that 90% of Adcon’s business comes from repeat clients who regard the company as a preferred contractor. Challenging projects are welcomed by Adcon Group who can call on over 30 years valuable experience in the concrete and construction business, both nationally and internationally. Adcon Group is strongly focussed on systems development and innovation. Owner and Managing Director, Danny Isaac said that Adcon Group is not content to do things in the concrete and construction business as they have been done in the past. “Our inhouse engineers and designers are constantly searching for smarter systems and better ways to achieve safe, structurally sound outcomes delivered to our clients’ budgets and timelines. As an example, we have designed our own jump formwork system which is of great benefit to our clients particularly in relation to work cycles on high structures. The design allows the system to be adapted to a wide range of core or lift shafts.”


Two recent major projects have highlighted Adcon’s capability and innovative approach – the KoKo apartment building in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast and the Botanic Apartments situated at 25-29 Coventry Street near St Kilda Road and the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. A Morris Property Group development, KoKo has 99 apartments over 31-floors. Adcon Group devised an integrated formwork system that will be robust in all weather conditions during the construction process. “Being right near the coast, high winds can be problematic. This was a situation that needed an approach utilising technology and systems management and we are providing that during the construction process,” explained Danny. The Botanic Apartments, being built by Icon, will have 288 apartments over 21-levels with three basements. Adcon Group was invited to deliver the concrete construction elements based on their intelligent design approach including their jump form system. “We are rapidly expanding our activity in Melbourne and surrounds,” Danny said. “The Botanic project will be a showcase for our work.” Adcon Group’s progress highlights the value of the inhouse engineering team which works with their construction department, programmers and safety manager on all major projects. Adcon produces a certified engineering analysis on loads, reactions and all proposed elements during the design phase.

For complex and specialised project solutions, Adcon’s design team will then finalise shop drawings for the manufacture department to fabricate including project specific solutions such as edge protection screens, jump forms, cantilever/spanning formwork systems or high strutting table forms to the specific requirements or constraints of clients. These project specific solutions will then match all relevant staging plans and proposed construction methodology. “Having full design and fabrication capabilities for jobs that require technical engineering solutions allows us to do most tasks inhouse which ensures quality, costs and deadlines are well managed,” Danny emphasised. “We tailor construction solutions and methodology for every project we undertake. Our steel fabrication facility works hand-in-hand with our engineering team designing our jump forms, quick stairs and various other equipment.” Adcon Group is firmly committed to continued innovation in the concrete construction business and building on their network of satisfied clients. As part of the commitment to Melbourne and consistent with the company’s philosophy of giving back to the community, Adcon Group has supported the Port Melbourne football and cricket ground which will now be called ‘Adcon Stadium’. For more information contact Adcon Group, Level 1, 33 Longland Street, Newstead QLD 4006, phone 07 3118 1717, email, website


INNOVATION REPUTATION PERFORMANCE Concrete industry leaders Traino Group, bring 50 years of experience in creating New South Wales’ premier developments, to every project.

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BEENAK CONSTRUCTIONS CONQUERS FOOD SAFE FLOORING Beenak Constructions is at the forefront of providing concrete and formwork solutions for the building industry, with a special focus on food production facilities. Managing Director, John Salvitti founded Beenak Constructions in April 2003 and the company has grown to a team of 22 people servicing projects up to the multi-million dollar figure throughout Victoria. Early on in the business, John identified a need for a specialist concrete provider to the food production sector where Food Industry Standards require specific attention to detail on aspects of construction including drainage, reinforcing of floors and coving. Beenak Constructions is now a leader in this field which includes abattoirs, boning rooms, cool rooms, smallgoods plants plus poultry, fish and vegetable production facilities. “Our services range from the design and construction of new facilities to the refurbishment of concrete floors in existing buildings including the installation of expansion joints, concrete floor hardeners, coving and stainless steel slot and wide drains,” John said. “We utilise all our experience to advise clients on appropriate construction principles to meet the hygiene standards laid down in the food production industry which will save them expensive repairs down the track.” Projects for many food industry companies have been completed, including Kraft,


MC Herds Geelong, PFD Food Services, Tip Top Meats, Hardwicks Kyneton, Pacific Meats Thomastown, Ridders Fresh and Richmond Oysters. The Tip Top Meats project involved converting a 3,000m2 transport facility into a boning room which met industry standards. “We ensure we give our clients an end result which will last 20 years, taking advantage of the specialist knowledge and experience of the Beenak Constructions team,” John said. “We are not just a concrete company looking to do a job at a price. We provide ideas, detailed plans and workable solutions for our clients. As a result, nearly all our work now comes from long established clients and word of mouth.” One of the products in which Beenak Constructions has installation expertise is Surecove, an innovative system of coving for the commercial building and construction industry. It is particularly suitabile for the food industry and in facilities where hygiene protection is a priority. Surecove is a moulded vinyl ester pultrusion coving with a 50mm radius cove and 45 degree splay. John said that Surecove provides a hygienic solution with high impact resistance and it can withstand chemical attack. “It is efficient to handle and install so offers cost savings. Importantly, it has the approval of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, so is suitable for export establishments.”

Beenak Constructions has designed specialty stainless steel products through their associate company Stainless Steel Drains Pty Ltd to suit their client’s needs. They can custom design drains and pits, but also has a standard range of everything from splash backs for balconies, wide drains for smoke ovens and cookers, a range of grates, slot drains for high traffic areas, foot baths and freezer door thresholds. Beenak also provides concrete services to the wider construction industry, including excavation, general and suspended formwork, reinforcement, concrete staircases and refurbishment. A recent project for Lendlease saw Beenak provide concrete and formwork services over 18 months on an RMIT project. This included building a crane base 12m deep in a tight position. They also completed the concrete work on one of Lendlease’s timber buildings at Docklands, providing the ground floor and first floor slabs plus a 75mm screed for sound proofing on 8-levels of the building. John said that Beenak Constructions can handle intricate and difficult jobs as well as major projects. “Our reward is exceeding every expectation of our clients and delivering a professional job safely and within budget.” For information contact Beenak Constructions, 3 Michellan Court, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 0419 002 157, fax 03 9720 9613, email, website


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IN GOOD HANDS WITH SVG CONSTRUCTION SVG Construction (SVG) operates a vibrant and successful construction and contracting business from their headquarters in Perth, servicing commercial, residential, mining and infrastructure projects throughout Western Australia. Family owned, SVG was established with a managment team having decades of experience providing structural and civil contracting works throughout Australia.

which can help SVG’s clients in the tender phase with a competitive edge to secure the contract. SVG Construction undertakes projects ranging from small works packages right through to large multi-million dollar developments for a range of clients including Multiplex, Jaxon, BGC, Doric and Clough to name a few. Most recent achievements to date include a 27-storey Mantra Hotel at 900 Hay Street in Perth, a hydrate storage facility for Alcoa at Pinjarra, the 13-storey plus four basements Vantage apartment development and an oxalate facility for Alcoa at Wagerup.

Managing Director Sean Gallagher has over 30 years experience which has given him the capacity to leverage the shifting climates within the construction and resources sectors. SVG is the only company in Western Australia which offers a total turn-key structures package, from the planning stage through precast to final structure. The SVG team have a vast knowledge and experience base to work from in offering this service, with the most challenging or compressed programmes within SVG’s capability.

On the Mandurah Forum Shopping Centre redevelopment, SVG were able to maintain a suspended slab pour rate of 2,500m2 per week. SVG continued this progress on the Midland Gate Shopping Centre redevelopment but also included the manufacture and installation of 400 precast panels.

SVG works closely with their clients from the early planning stages to maximise opportunities and create efficiencies during the construction programme. This is assisted with inhouse 3D modelling capabilities

Sean said that SVG has experience and proficiency in bulk and detailed excavations, major civil works, commercial building foundations, elevated suspended slabs, tunnels, retaining walls, culverts and bridges.




“We also regularly construct large reinforced concrete suspended slabs, utilising our own modern fleet of mobile concrete pumps and static concrete towers and pumps,” said Sean. “Precast concrete is another SVG specialty, along with tilt-up panel construction and installation.” SVG does not compromise on quality when it comes to their people, equipment and suppliers. SVG has a wide range of owned equipment ranging from formwork systems to concrete pumps to excavators. In order to ensure the integrity of their equipment, SVG has formed strategic relationships with partners of choice for the supply and maintenance of all their heavy plant machinery, trade tools and equipment. Long standing supplier relationships, combined with a reputable logistics team, have been a contributor in successfully meeting project requirements, as well as ensuring fast and problem free mobilisation to site.


SVG’s wide range of equipment includes excavators, watercarts, pozi tracks, bobcats, telehandlers, forklifts, 39m and 47m mobile concrete pumps, static tower concrete pumps, 6,000m2 of high shoring table formwork systems, 10,000m2 of RMD formwork systems plus site offices and amenities. Sean said that SVG is committed to providing an unparalleled service and continuing on a growth path for the benefit of their clients, staff, suppliers and the Western Australian building industry. Sean added that he and his pro-active management team were ready at all times to undertake projects of any size.

For more information contact SVG Construction, 79 Vine Street, Herne Hill WA 6056, phone 08 9550 3150, fax 08 9296 1492, email info@, website



CPS CONCRETE GROUP CPS Concrete Group is an experienced and highly respected Canberra based company specialising in concrete placing and finishing. With over 40 years successful involvement in the building industry, CPS Concrete is now set to expand their range of services to encompass steel fixing and landscaping. Co-Director, Tony Costanzo said that steel fixing and landscaping were a logical extension to the professional services offered by CPS Concrete. “We have been involved in many high profile projects in Canberra and have developed a great working relationship with many leading builders. We observed that these clients also needed quality teams to assist with both steel fixing and landscaping, so we have developed a strategy to incorporate these activities into our corporate offering.” The CPS Group is adding qualified people with the right skill sets and strong local knowledge to their team to carry out the new functions. “This will ensure the high performance we deliver in concrete placement and finishing are carried through in the new activities,” said Tony. Many of the projects which CPS Concrete has undertaken have demonstrated the company’s capacity and willingness to adapt their 152 ANCR KINGS OF CONCRETE FEATURE

approach to challenging design scenarios. Innovative solutions are a trademark of the Group whether carrying out major commercial construction jobs or domestic assignments. This spirit of innovation will definitely be carried through to steel fixing and landscaping. As with their established concrete placing and finishing business, CPS Concrete Group will have the best equipment available for any size task in steel fixing or landscaping. “We have an extensive range of equipment for jobs of any size and we maintain all plant and equipment to the manufacturer’s specifications and applicable legislative requirements. We ensure that all our equipment and machinery operators are fully trained in all aspects of the equipment they use, with a high emphasis on safety,” said Tony. “Our expanded activities will ensure we can successfully deliver projects of all sizes and requirements from steel fixing, through to concrete services and the finishing touches of landscaping.”

For more information contact CPS Concrete Group Pty Ltd, 7/63-65 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609, phone 02 6228 1552, fax 02 6228 1529, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

KINGS OF CONCRETE | Complete Cut Canberra

CUT ABOVE THE REST Complete Cut Canberra is the largest concrete cutting and drilling business in Canberra, where they have been successfully delivering specialty concrete services since 2002. The company proudly owns an array of modern technology for concrete cutting, including the biggest wall saw in the nation’s capital. Director, Duane Clark said the giant saw can cut deep footings, up to 920mm deep. “Mounted on a track, the saw guarantees straight cuts every time and we have found it invaluable while working on the larger apartment projects around Canberra.” “The wall saw is just one of the many tools we have at our disposal to ensure we deliver on time results for even the most complex drilling and sawing projects,” explained Duane. Other technology Complete Cut Canberra utilises includes a 72HP diesel hydraulic cutting saw with drill bits of up to 800mm diameter that have the ability to drill 680mm deep. Electric saws are also used inside buildings as they are safe to work with in enclosed environments as no fumes are produced. Duane emphasised that it is not just advanced concrete cutting technology which gives Complete Cut Canberra their leading edge. “The skills of our operators are as important as the machines WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

themselves. It is the combination of technology and our skills that ensures work is completed in a professional, safe and timely manner.” While Complete Cut Canberra has many major projects to their credit, the company welcomes the opportunity to undertake smaller jobs, including minor hand sawing tasks. The company’s range of services includes precision drilling, expansion joints, core drilling, concrete floor grinding, hydraulic ring sawing and concrete removal. Complete Cut Canberra has an impeccable onsite safety record and has implemented high quality safety standards and risk management procedures to ensure that their team and clients’ staff stay safe on the work site. With a well trained team equipped with the latest technology, Complete Cut Canberra are poised to build on their excellent reputation in concrete drilling and cutting in the nation’s capital.

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KINGS OF CONCRETE | Pro Concrete Group

Construction of the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), Herston Road, Brisbane

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE Pro Concrete Group delivers a complete concrete package, with expertise in concrete supply, pumping and finishing services. Operating throughout south-east Queensland, the company was formed with the merger of leading concrete pump operator Pro Concrete Pumping and one of the largest concrete placement and pumping companies in New South Wales, De Martin & Gasparini, creating one of Australia’s strongest and most experienced concrete supply, pump and place companies. With a non-negotiable focus on safety and quality, Pro Concrete Group ensures their inhouse equipment fleet is expertly maintained. The company’s working assets include 25 mobile and stationary concrete pumps, 40 stationary placing booms, laser screeds and a full suite of quality concrete placing equipment. State Manager, Graziano Barbaro believes that this range of the latest concrete equipment, plus the skill and proficiency of the company’s staff, facilitates Pro Concrete Group’s ability to specialise in high rise residential and commercial buildings, shopping centres, hospitals, infrastructure projects and warehouses. “The capability of the Group is highlighted by the complete concrete packages the company is currently delivering for Hansen Yuncken at the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

University of Sunshine Coast’s Petrie Campus and the University of Queensland’s Liveris Building.” Pro Concrete Group proudly employs around approximately 40 local people. Their production team is highly qualified and includes experienced project managers, engineers, contract administrators and specialist supervisors. The whole team has a dedication to concrete structures, taking the stress out of concrete construction for their clients. “We have a professional project management approach to all our assignments and strive to deliver the highest quality standard of work for all our clients. We greatly value our client relationships which range from Australia’s leading Tier One builders to smaller developers. The formation of Pro Concrete Group ensures our clients throughout south-east Queensland can deal confidently with a strong, high performance, innovative team, offering the complete concrete supply, pumping and placement service,” said Graziano.

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MASTERS OF THE MEDIUM When you’re passionate about your work, it shines through in your creations, and this is certainly the case for Concrete by Design. Based in Sydney, Concrete by Design are masters in their field specialising in benchtops, wall panels, customised furniture and sculptures as well as polished floors, created from their medium of choice, concrete! With vast technical, material and decorative application knowledge, Concrete by Design are leaving competitors in their wake delivering innovative designs with supreme quality finishes. Working with both normal and high performance ready mix concrete as well as advanced technology mixes such as Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete (GFRC/GRC/GFC), Concrete by Design create customised solutions for interior/exterior design and landscaping applications. Each piece possessing a sculptural beauty and quality. GFRC results in a light weight alternative, featuring higher flexural and tensile strengths than normal concrete, making it suitable for numerous applications such as splash backs, vanities and lightweight façades for shopfronts. Unique as well are the concrete benchtops and countertops, each individually crafted to suit customer requirements. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With experience spanning 30 years, Principal Dallas Mexon’s advice and leadership is well respected within the industry. With his educational series for architects and builders focused on continuing professional development and expanding understanding of design outcomes possible in concrete, he is passionate about sharing his skills and knowledge with others in the industry, and is always up for a challenge. Winners of five international and three local awards, Concrete By Design carry out highly precise work and take on each project with dedication and enthusiasm. Whether it be working on major stadium projects or intricate work at a Penthouse complex, Concrete by Design strive to be the best at what they do.

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TAKING SCHOOLING TO NEW HEIGHTS CLIENT : Victorian School Building Authority MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions PROJECT MANAGER : Donald Cant Watts Corke ARCHITECT : Gray Puksand CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $35 million

One of the first vertical schools to be delivered by the Victorian Government, Prahran High School is a co-educational secondary school which will accommodate 650 students. Kane Constructions were engaged by the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) in June 2017 as the head building contractor. Encompassing 5-levels of learning space for design, technology, art and science, the unique design responds to a comparatively tight site in an urban area. Designed by Gray Puksand, the School features an open atrium at the centre of the building, modern teaching areas, a main performance space and outdoor terraces on every level. The ground floor includes a learning resource centre and performing arts facilities, while levels one, two and three house the science, visual arts, food and technology spaces, and a gym. Level four provides a rooftop garden, and running track for students to relax in and play. The $35 million facility was challenged with heritage overlays, and a diverse set of neighbouring buildings and public interfaces. Built on Swinburne University’s old Prahran campus on High Street, the School is situated next to Melbourne Polytechnic and the National Institute of Circus Arts. 158 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PRAHRAN HIGH SCHOOL

“We are proud to be associated with the construction of one of Victoria's first vertical schools, and have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with the Victorial School Building Authority, Client Side Project Managers Donald Cant Watts Corke, and Architects Gray Puksand,” said Kane Constructions Contract Administrator, Ben Galea. “This is possibly one of the most constricted and challenging sites we have dealt with, but the challenge excited us and our team has embraced it.” Commencing operations in Melbourne in 1973, Kane Constructions annual turnover exceeds $1 billion. With over 500 full time employees, Kane has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Backed by nearly 50 years of experience, the company has grown to provide services in sectors including commercial, residential, health, community, education, seniors living and defence. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Kane’s greatest asset is their people. A strong cadet programme places significant emphasis on training and mentoring in a supportive environment. Kane have a strong appetite for challenging projects across all sectors. Their national portfolio of award-winning projects include the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, which won Kane the 2016 Master Builders Australia National Commercial Master Builder of the Year Award, $66 million University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment, and the University of Melbourne (WEBS) Western Edge Bioscience Stage 1 Main Works which won Kane the 2018 Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence in Health and Safety Award. Kane are currently delivering the $102 million Ballarat GovHub project, $75 million Cabrini Health Gandel Wing, $25 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre Redevelopment, $180 million VSBA Growth Areas Schools Project, and the $48 million Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We continue to do what we know best,” said Ben. “Successfully delivering quality projects for our clients.” For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PRAHRAN HIGH SCHOOL 159

Below Kascorp managed all concreting and post-tensioning systems for the project, completing works ahead of schedule.

Kane Construction chose the specialist team at Kascorp for the detailed ground excavation, footings placement, formwork installation, reinforcement, concrete installation and finish, design and installation of post-tensioning system, which supports the 5-storey Prahran High School. “We commenced excavation works in early November 2017 and poured the roof slab early April 2018,” said Joe Kasalo, Founding Director of Kascorp. “We used our Peri Rosette system in the formwork installation.” Joe has decades of experience in the building industry, in particular, building concrete formwork structures. Having worked closely with a range of other formwork companies, he knows what is required to bring a successful project to fruition. “We specialise in providing a complete concrete structure solution including excavation and placement of footings, formwork, concrete placement and finish to in-situ components, reinforcement, post-tensioning and precast installation,” explained Joe. “We can also provide labour and materials on hire including crane crews.” The team behind Kascorp are renowned for their modern, professional, organised, and transparent systems that are easy for clients to understand. Attention to detail, extensive costing skills, a personal approach with clientele, engineers and contractors, with new technologies and a positive work culture is what sets Kascorp apart from its more traditional competitors. “Asbestos was uncovered in the ground during the excavation works. This was removed correctly but did have an effect on the programme period,” said Joe. “We worked closely with Kane and provided solutions on the sequencing of our works to help minimise the effect of delays and still bring the project in early by at least six weeks.” Prahran High School is one of several new inner-city schools in development by the Victorian Government. The project features a series of stairs and bleachers which connect the various levels. With two slipped and shifted planes around a central light filled void, different

arrangements of spaces can be achieved, with the bleachers acting as informal learning and gathering spaces. The Kascorp team of experienced project managers, tradesmen, engineers, estimators, OHS managers and office personnel work together with architects, engineers, developers, builders, suppliers, admin teams, head contractors, subcontractors, and relevant authorities to complete projects on time and to budget. “We currently have around 90 directly employed personnel and 25 worked on the Prahran High School project,” Joe explained. “This was our first project working with Kane Constructions, and I am extremely pleased to receive an award from them in their ‘Best New Subcontractor’ category. The additional planning our team does for a project before arriving onsite means we don’t make claims we can’t deliver on.” Kascorp provides defined training pathways, documented processes, and well structured systems together with modern technologies, better project management, and improved installation techniques. They offer concrete packages, structure packages, and concrete formwork to meet the needs of all of the different tier builders in Melbourne’s construction industry. Kascorp teams are currently completing work for Icon at BlueCross in Malvern with two other projects commencing soon. One with Probuild to construct an 8-level office building at the Nylex factory site in Cremorne, the other with Construction Engineering on a retail and cinema complex within the Pentridge Prison district. “We derive a great deal of satisfaction and achievement when viewing the outcome of our projects,” said Joe. “Whether it’s working together with commercial builders on apartment blocks, or undertaking works for the government, by coordinating with the builder as a team, we listen, plan, and aim to finish on time.”

For more information contact Kascorp, 40 Lillee Crescent, Tullamarine VIC 3043, phone 03 8336 1910, email info@kascorp., website





Below Senior Crane Operators from Project Cranes and Rigging worked at Prahran High School for four months.

The unique vertical design and series of cascading bleachers at standalone Prahran High School required specific lifting solutions and Victoria’s leading mobile crane hire and rigging company, Project Cranes and Rigging provided the perfect equipment and experience to the task. With over 50 years of combined industry experience, their qualified personnel were able to undertake the rotation of concrete panels safely and efficiently. “For over four months our most senior operator and Company Director, Rob Vincent worked on this project with crane operator Garry Webb,” said Project Cranes and Rigging Director, Craig Vincent. “Our other major challenge was avoiding the multitude of live power lines in the area.” All Project Cranes and Rigging operators, dogmen/riggers and spotters are experienced in a variety of industries from construction, petrochemical, general and factory maintenance to maritime (barge cranes). All are professional, qualified and have completed RTO training in their field with real knowledge, not just site assessed. They have the flexibility to perform long term and contract hire. 162 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PRAHRAN HIGH SCHOOL

“We are fully insured and members of the Crane Industry Council of Australia,” added Craig. “This allows us to stay up to date on industry changes and new regulations. We have a comprehensive EHS plan covering cranes and all rigging activities.” Project Cranes and Rigging provide a variety of services including the installation of air conditioning units, setting up of Gantry Cranes, panel rotation and tank installations. “We do virtually everything from the relocation of machinery to the emergency lifting of containers that had fallen onto an adjoining warehouse,” explained Craig. “Our company mission is to deliver high quality equipment at a competitive price while ensuring customer satisfaction.”

For more information contact Project Cranes and Rigging, 8 Norwest Avenue, Laverton North VIC 3026, mobile 0402 306 880, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below A&Y Associates provided independent engineering consultation and construction material testing.

The challenging vertical form and construction space of the Prahran High School allowed A&Y Associates, a wholly Victorian owned geotechnical company to utilise their vast experience to achieve an outstanding result.

“We were also required to undertake a bearing capacity assessment on the paved asphalt street,” explained Alvin. “To evaluate the subsurface profile, we had to manually excavate a few test pits using a jackhammer.”

Established in 2016, the A&Y Associates’ team with over 15 years combined experience provides independent engineering consultation and construction material testing (CMT) throughout Victoria.

A&Y Associates provides drilling services for contractors and geotechnical consultants ranging from compaction control testing, earthwork supervision and construction material testing to site classification, soil testing, feature survey, site analysis, geotechnical and pavement investigation.

Their CMT laboratory, fully equipped and accredited by National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), coupled with their capability and expertise guarantees first class services with minimal turnaround times. “We accept the challenges of the Prahran High School project,” said the Founding Director and Engineering Manager, Alvin Tan. “In August of 2017, we provided supervision and borehole logging services for the drilling programme of the piling contractor designer, on behalf of Kane Constructions. Subsequently, we performed multiple crane and piling rig bearing capacity assessments to ensure a robust surface to withstand the drilling and lifting works necessary for the project.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“All of our services are administered by skillful engineers and support staff,” Alvin added. Kane Constructions has contracted A&Y Associates to take on projects such as Footscray Hospital, University of Melbourne and MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens.

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Below Ultimate Pinboards and Whiteboards installed pinboards, whiteboards and glassboards through the school.

It is only natural that the latest vertical designer school with the most modern teaching areas should also have up-to-date, cutting edge commercial interior solutions supplied by Ultimate Pinboards and Whiteboards (UPW).

“No matter how big or small the job, we approach every job with a professional and expedient manner,” said Jacqui. “Our most popular products range from acoustic panels, fabric boards, glassboards and whiteboards.”

“Between September and November 2018 we manufactured and installed all of the pinboards, whiteboards and glassboards for the fit out of the entire Prahran High School project,” said Project Manager, Jacqui L’Huillier. “As usual, our factory staff, installation teams and administration staff did an excellent job.”

Established in 2012 by Colleen Sweeney, who had many years of previous industry experience, UPW is proud to say that they have shown a 35- to 40% growth every year for the past four years. Excellent customer service underpins their large and growing client base.

A major challenge for UPW installation team, was fitting the pinboards to the high walls in the multi-story atrium. Running north to south through the school, the atrium is a communal gathering space for the students and the boards create a striking design to the area.

Ultimate Pinboards and Whiteboards Australia make it easy to get the most out of any classroom, office or home workspace. Whether you require a wall-mounted or mobile whiteboard, their online range has you covered. Their selection of products has been chosen to meet the requirements of a diverse range of people and organisations.

UPW is an Australian owned company providing a range of high quality whiteboards, noticeboards and glassboards to the corporate, education and health care sectors. Specialising in commercial interior fitouts, UPW has been manufacturing and providing their products in Melbourne for over seven years. “We are currently working on quite a few school projects and several large corporate fit outs, ” said Jacqui.

For more information contact Ultimate Pinboards and Whiteboards, 19 Bricker Street, Cheltenham VIC 3192, phone 03 9532 3568, email, website



Below Aura Sports installed a sprung timber floor which is extremely hard wearing with high acoustic properties.

Second generation, family owned Aura Sports is winning in the sports flooring business. With over 30 years experience their flooring is in every Australian State and Territory as well as Guam, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. “We were the official flooring supplier for basketball and netball at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,” said Tracey Murrin, Aura Sports National Sales Manager. Aura Sports range includes acrylic courts, Pulastic – the world leaders in polyurethane cushioned synthetics, and traditional or engineered sprung timber flooring. “We’ve now the Australian partner of ASB Glass Floor – an amazing technology. We’re always looking for new innovations,” said Tracey. “Our engineered sprung timber floor was chosen for Prahran High School as it’s extremely hard wearing, dimensionally stable and is certified by international sporting bodies. Because of the vertical design of the school, the flooring also had to have high acoustic properties.” Six of Aura’s highly skilled employees installed the floors over three weeks. “Half of our 20 employees have been with us for over 10 years, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and five for 20+ years,” explained Tracey. “We pride ourselves on the best service and installation, plus our inhouse crews travel all over Australia, maintaining our high quality of workmanship.” Last year Aura Sports installed their one-millionth square metre of flooring, and are currently installing eight courts at the new Queensland State Netball Centre in Brisbane, along with three other installations in South Australia of around 10,000m2 of flooring. They also work with Melbourne Olympic Park and the Australian Sporting Commission. “In 2006 we completed a Pulastic floor in the West Hall at Sydney Olympic Park, where the Royal Easter Show is held,” said Tracey. “The same system is now being installed in the East Hall, home to the Royal Agricultural Show.”

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DESIGNED FOR LIFE Journal Uni Place is a 16-level student residential development comprising 718 beautiful apartments with state-of-the-art shared facilities including an internal courtyard, commercial kitchen, library, retail space, study, gym and an incredible façade. Icon Co and Cockram Construction merged to form one entity – Icon. Together, they are a fully diversified construction services provider, offering complex construction capability across all sectors nationally. From demolition through to completion on any commercial building, hospital, residential apartment, student accommodation, government works and more, multi-award winning Icon has an extensive history of delivering on time and within cost. “Our success will continue to be underpinned by the professionalism and talent of our team, the safe delivery of our projects, and our strong relationships with our clients,” said Drew Skinner, Icon Project Manager. “Our collaborative and honest approach provides a solid foundation on which to achieve the best quality outcome.” Icon was awarded the contract to design and construct the Journal Uni Place building in October 2017. Located on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD and consisting of 16-levels of student accommodation including a single level basement of front of house and back of house facilities in Carlton, the project offers students, high end living and spacious social spaces to study, enjoy downtime by themselves, or spend time with friends. “Design is at the centre of all we do. It is through this that we enhance individual lifestyles, enrich local communities and redefine the city skyline,” said Drew. “We are deeply engaged in our work, savouring each new challenge and taking pride in seeing our projects shape the urban landscape.” Approximately 200 people worked on the Journal Uni Place building site at any one time, and around 25 of these were full time Icon office and foreman staff. The combination of the Icon Co and Cockram businesses creates an unrivalled ability to deliver a fully diversified range of construction services and scale of projects. “We can deliver projects of any size, any scale, 166 VIC PROJECT FEATURE JOURNAL UNI PLACE

anywhere. Our skills and experience position us to deliver where others can’t successfully,” said Drew. “Icon’s capabilities span a broad range of sectors and regions, plus we offer an outstanding array of services, underpinned by our international knowledge and the mobility of our experienced personnel.” Backed by Japanese powerhouse Kajima Corporation, the new Icon is one of the largest construction providers in the country and currently has over 50 projects ranging in size from $20 million to $250 million. “We’ve several other student accommodation projects either just completed or recently signed such as Urbanest 599 Swanston Street, Urbanest Berkely Street, 480 Elizabeth Street and Iglu student accommodation,” said Drew. “Designed by Bates Smart, Iglu is a 448-apartment project located in Claremont Street, South Yarra, and our highly experienced team look forward to working on this with Point Polaris.” Icon understands the important role their projects play now and in the future in the lives of the communities in which they are built. They are committed to community engagement, the safe operation of sites at all times, and environmentally sustainable practices across all of their projects. “We do more than simply evolve the built environment,” said Drew. “Icon is committed to improving the social environment. Rather than being an afterthought, corporate social responsibility is at the heart of every project we undertake.” “The combined experience and expertise of Icon Co and Cockram has made us stronger together,” said Drew. “We will continue to strive to excel at everything we do and continue creating iconic projects that will stand the test of time.” For more information contact Icon, 110 Cubitt Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 6099, email, website


Below DNL Interiors installed the modular bathroom pods, which were produced by Interpod Offsite, for Journal Uni Place.

Operating Australia wide since 2012, Australian owned DNL Interiors specialises in modular bathroom installation, maintenance, commercial plastering and carpentry, making them the perfect choice for the bathroom fitouts at the new Journal Uni Place building in Leicester Street, Carlton. As Australia’s number one provider of modular bathroom pod installations, DNL Interiors installed a total of 782 bathroom pods at Journal Uni Place. “My team of up to seven professional carpenters began the loading, sequencing and installation of the modular bathroom pods in late February 2018 and all was completed within four months,” said DNL Interiors Director, Dennis Popov.

“All our pods for the various projects are now produced by Interpod Offsite, who we’ve worked alongside for several years to perfect the process,” said Dennis. “Interpod Offsite is Australia’s largest and most experienced pod manufacturer.” Other projects the DNL Interiors team are currently working on include Scape Student Accommodation for Built (728 pods), Monash University Peninsula Campus for Multiplex (250 Pods) and Monash University Clayton Campus also for Multiplex (950 pods). “We provide the skills and personnel to complete your project on time and within budget, every time,” said Dennis.

DNL Interiors vast experience in the installation of modular bathrooms is a significant cost and time saver on commercial projects. Their loading and installation process is superbly efficient. “Over the past five years, we’ve perfected the process having now installed over 3,200 pods in large scale developments. This greatly assisted in meeting the tight construction programme and weekly target schedule at Journal Uni Place. An average of 64 pods was fully loaded and installed per week,” said Dennis. 168 VIC PROJECT FEATURE JOURNAL UNI PLACE

For more information contact DNL Interiors, P.O Box 506, Officer VIC 3809, mobile (Dennis) 0401 393 686, email dennis@dnlinteriors., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Tile Effect completed a range of porcelain and ceramic tiling as well as the kitchen bench tops.

Since being established in 1999, Tile Effect’s quality workmanship in the porcelain, ceramic and stone tile industry has earned them an unsurpassed reputation in all sectors of the building and construction industry. This made them the obvious choice for Icon for the Journal Uni Place building, an upmarket student accommodation in Carlton.

qualified to complete all the associated tiling and stoneworks such as waterproofing and more.”

“Icon is a good company to work with and our professional team take pride in the many projects we’ve completed for them on time and within budget,” said Tile Effect Director Michael Coviello.

Other outstanding projects Tile Effect is currently working on include the Marriott Hotel, Swan Street Richmond, Urbanest Project, Swanston Street, Boathouse Project in Footscray, Windsor Apartments in South Yarra and Linc Apartments in Essendon.

“This was our augural project with Icon, and it has been a wonderful experience. Everyone worked well together to achieve an outstanding result,” said Michael.

Beginning in March 2018, 13 of the Tile Effect team supplied and installed all the kitchen bench tops, a range of ceramic and porcelain tiles to communal bathrooms and the spiral staircase at Journal’s Uni Place. Plus the pavers on a raised pedestal system on the lower ground, and Level 8 and 16, the waterproofing to all wet areas and the bitumen waterproofing membrane on Level 8 and 16 including the planter boxes. “Our K proof natural stone was used on the rooftop BBQ area,” added Michael. “This stone is specially treated in Italy, making it stain resistant and easily cleaned with minimal effort. Our team is WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Journal Uni Place, Victoria



Below CNCPRO Carpenters and Cabinet Makers completed all the joinery in the lobby, apartments and common areas.

The importance of design and quality workmanship underpins everything that CNCPRO Carpenters and Cabinet Makers produce. Established in 2013 by Sam Emini, a qualified carpenter and Tim Memishi, a qualified cabinetmaker, CNCPRO specialise in joinery supply and installation. At Journal Uni Place CNCPRO installed joinery to 700 student apartments, as well as the customised lobby and common areas. The company began working on Journal Uni Place in May and completed installation in September 2018. “Up to half of our 45 employees worked on the job at any one time,” said Director, Tim Memishi. “The wall panelling, custom booth seating, library room and TV entertainment units for the lobby and common areas were supplied locally from our factory in Dandenong. The student accommodation joinery was produced in China. After talking with Icon, we made design changes to this providing more effective and efficient production and delivery without compromising the practicality or quality of the finishes in the apartments,” said Tim. “Our expert team excelled by completing the task within a four day turnaround, instead of the week,” said Director, Sam Emini. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We produce top of the range designs from one off pieces with all the extras to complete supply and installed packages for commercial, industrial and domestic projects,” said Tim. “We proudly work with builders on high rise apartments, student accommodation, luxury homes, offices, lobbies and common areas throughout Victoria.” From kitchen cabinetry, bathroom vanities, luxury wardrobes, entertainment units to carpenter framing, fixing, lock ups, stage and decking, CNCPRO ensure every element is carefully considered to suit client needs and is beautifully crafted. The highest quality materials are used on all CNCPRO projects from their Dandenong factory or their China supplier. CNCPRO is currently working with Icon on the IGLU Apartments and 500 Swanston St Apartments, and Hamilton Marino on the Boathouse Apartments, Embassy Apartments and Nelson St Apartments.

For more information contact CNCPRO Carpenters and Cabinet Makers, 15-17 Antonella Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE JOURNAL UNI PLACE 171


CLIENT : Department of Health and Human Services MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Billard Leece Partnership BUILDING SURVEYOR : Hendry Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $50 million

The Orygen & OYH Poplar Road Precinct Redevelopment involved the construction of a world class 4-level clinical and research facility for young people with mental ill-health. This state-of-the-art development houses clinical, research, education and training services and has been designed to support collaboration and innovation. Kane Constructions were engaged as head contractor to deliver the Orygen & OYH Poplar Road Precinct Redevelopment in mid-2017 and were responsible for the construction of the new facility. The development houses both Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health. Orygen Youth Health – operated by Melbourne Health, provides a comprehensive clinical service to young people aged 1524 in the west and north-west suburbs of Melbourne. Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

feature glazed curtain walls and support posts for glazed balustrades. The decorative fins utilised the same product to represent tree trunks and branches. Kane Constructions facilitated the design, procurement and installation of the glue laminated timber. Each element was a bespoke design that was engineered, workshop drawn, fabricated, assembled and then installed onsite.

Each year, up to 5,000 young people will benefit from this much needed centre. The facility combines acute community based care, psychological treatment, psychosocial programmes plus peer and family support. The facility is a destination for health professionals to conduct research in search of innovative treatments for young people living with mental illness.

The glazed curtain walls and balustrades required careful coordination with the glazing contractors to ensure that the glass was ordered correctly. Due to long lead times, the order was placed prior to the installation of the timber. The design had to be 100% accurate as there was no opportunity to measure the glass prior to ordering. The team successfully installed the glass in the first instance with no reordering required.

One of the main features of the redevelopment consists of the glue laminated timber. This was utilised as framing members for

The Orygen & OYH Poplar Road Precinct Redevelopment has been staged over two separable portions to minimise impact to the existing



operations. Separable Portion 1 was completed in the last quarter of 2018 and Separable Portion 2 works are currently underway. This project will reach Practical Completion in the second quarter of 2019. Kane Constructions is a multi-award winning, privately owned commercial construction company with an annual turnover in excess of $800 million. With over 450 full time employees, Kane operate throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Backed by nearly 50 years of experience, the company has grown to provide a range of services in sectors including commercial, residential, health, community, education, aged care and defence. Kane Constructions are also involved in detailed heritage restoration work and have a large presence in Geelong. Kane Constructions’ portfolio of award winning projects include the $45 million Geelong Library & Heritage Centre which won the 2016 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Master Builders Australia National Commercial Master Builder of the Year Award, and the $66 million University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment which won the 2017 Master Builders Association of Victoria Master Builder of the Year Award. Recently, the $59 million University of Melbourne Western Edge Bioscience Stage 1 Main Works project won the 2018 Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence in Health and Safety Award. Heading into 2019, the team are currently delivering several notable projects including the $102 million Ballarat GovHub, $75 million Cabrini Health Gendel Wing, $55 million Cato Square project, $25 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre Redevelopment and the $48 million Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development project. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website


Below Fortis Constructions completed off-form concrete stairs and large concrete formwork areas on the project.

Kane Construcitons invited Melbourne based contractor, Fortis Construction to carry out the formwork for all off-form concrete stairs on the Orygen & OYH Poplar Road Precinct Redevelopment. Specialising in intricate and highly detailed projects, where off-form is an integral part of the architectural finish, Fortis are proud to have been a part of the project. The team at Fortis focus heavily on projects which feature a component of finished concrete along with the larger concrete formwork areas. The off-form concrete stairs for the centre are a key architectural feature of the build, with exposed concrete sides underlit and framed with glass and aluminium balustrades.

build which required a vast level of experience. This difficult formwork project featured many large steps and a tricky radius. Fortis were acknowledged by Kane Constructions for providing an outstanding finish on this project. The team are currently working on an impressive project called Gemlife Australia at Woodend and another project for Merkon Construction. Fortis continues to develop a strong reputation for quality and proficiency within the concrete industry. They have a dedicated team made up of highly skilled and motivated individuals and together, they offer experience and knowledge in all facets of the structural side of both commercial and domestic construction.

Fortis have an impressive portfolio which has seen them successfully complete various concrete works from multi-level commercial, civil works including bridges and tanks plus one off domestic builds which all require a high level of competency. Fortis have previously worked with Kane Constructions on the Melbourne Girls Grammar School Project. The team at Fortis were awarded the contract for the supply and installation of formwork for the Schools Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre in itself was a highly technical

For more information contact Fortis Construction, 3 Bourke Street, Coburg VIC 3058, mobile (Stephen Lynch) 0415 569 692, mobile (Cathal Toomey) 0406 238 728, email or, website



Below Sventek Steel Constructions installed precast concrete panels and steel to the project utilising their experienced crane fleet.

Working closely with Kane Constructions, Sventek Steel Constructions provided the installation of the precast concrete panels and steel works throughout the project and provided the bulk of the crane hire on the job. With limited site access and set up areas for the cranes, each stage had to be planned and coordinated with precision. Awkward and tight connections through out the whole job required the constant use of chain blocks and porter packs to get the job done. The team also worked closely with ASD Structural Detailing and Tali Engineering to ensure the project progressed smoothly. Sventek Steel Construcitons have an impressive fleet with cranes ranging from 3 tonnes through to 100 tonnes. Along with providing general crane hire, the company also offer steel erection services. They have the capacity to deliver services on projects of all sizes. The team at Sventek Steel Constructions are currently working on the Caulfield Grammar Aquatic project which will include a 50m Olympic size indoor swimming pool showcasing innovative advances in aquatic sports technology, and the $58.2 million Phillip Island Penguin Parade Visitors Centre. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information Sventek Steel Constructions, phone 0403 569 108, email, website


Below DiversaPlumb were onsite for 18 months completing all the hydraulic and civil works for the project.

DiversaPlumb have worked closely with Kane Constructions on the Orygen & OYH Poplar Road Precinct Redevelopment. Commencing onsite in September 2017, Diversaplumb had their team of experienced plumbers work in a collaborative manner with Kane Construction to deliver this fast tracked project to a very high quality whilst maintaining an exceptional safety standard.

Diversaplumb features a distinguished portfolio working with notable builders on a range of projects. Their enviable track record has seen the team involved with numerous commercial and industrial developments including the recent Regional rail, Ballarat Line Upgrade being delivered by Lendlease and Coleman Rail through joint venture. Based in Melbourne, the team have the capabilities to successfully deliver services across the country.

Having worked with Kane Constructions previously, Diversaplumb were able to provide the services required and communicate effectively with all relevant trades on the project. With more than 13 years experience, Diversaplumb pride themselves on their practical, up-to-date solutions and collaborative approach. Over the years Diversaplumb has grown to now feature over 40 members who form part of this highly capable team. The Diversaplumb team are very passionate about providing an un-matched level of service, particularly when it comes to commercial plumbing. DiversaPlumb is a DiversaGroup company along with DiversaBuild and DiversaModule.

For more information contact DiversaPlumb, 2-43 Ravenhall Way, Ravenhall VIC 3023, phone 03 8001 7118, email jordan.j@



Below Chair Solutions supplied 411 Australian Made Rexa Mesh Task Chairs to the redevelopment.

Chair Solutions produces best in class seating to suit the needs of the modern Australian workplace and have been manufacturing, executive, task, visitor and soft seating solutions here in Australia and New Zealand for over 30 years. As seating specialists, Chair Solutions provide a range of Australian Made solutions for the commercial workplace, education, healthcare and government which are aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically support the body. For the workplace, user needs are catered for with a variety of adjustable mechanisms, various seat sizes, back shapes, and adjustable arms. These can be mixed and matched to fit the individual user – big or small, tall or short and anywhere in between.

over three days. These traditional styled chairs have proven their value and reliability for more than 15 years. Chair Solutions are leading the way in Australian seating manufacturing. While the team specialise in commercial grade task, visitor and soft seating they are able to fully customise chairs to suit their customer needs.

Chair Solutions adaptable products allow for a consistent aesthetic throughout a fitout. Clients can also choose from a near endless range of fabric options including healthcare treated textiles. The CS business model relies on key relationships with dealers, and the company is proud of the support they offer them. By utilising these close relationships, Chair Solutions completes exceptional fitouts across Australia and New Zealand including a total of 411 Australian Made Rexa Mesh Task Chairs to the site which was staged WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Chair Solutions, 38-42 Merola Way, Campbellfield VIC 3061, phone 03 9357 5765, fax 03 9357 5760, email, website



Urbanest Swanston Street is an iconic 21-storey tower rising behind a retained heritage façade, comprising 585 student beds, a broad range of common area facilities, two rooftop activity areas with BBQ facilities, gaming areas, plus cinema, gym and retail spaces. Icon Co has joined with Cockram Construction to offer comprehensive and diversified building services. The two industry leaders have combined their design and construction management expertise creating an unrivalled ability to deliver projects of any scale. The company has taken this capability and constructed a new student accommodation for developer Urbanest. A 21-storey tower at Swanston Street in Melbourne city with unique bronze façade of vertical blades over a high performance glass skin. Urbanest Swanston Street consists of 585 student bedrooms and a broad range of common facilities including study/meeting rooms, games areas, a cinema, fully equipped gym, and retail spaces. The project also offers two landscaped rooftop activity areas with BBQ amenities. “There were a number of authorities to deal with on this project,” said Project Manager, Duncan Knight. “Heritage Victoria was involved in the restoration of the 1880’s façade and we worked with VicTrack, Yarra Trams, Citipower and the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority. There were the usual difficulties of coordinating with traffic when building in the city, and we had to rebuild and realign parts of Queensberry Street to cater all of the Authority requirements.”

In early 2018 Icon completed the large scale student accommodation precinct, Buranda Transport Oriented Design (TOD), two towers of 1,610 rooms above a podium of common areas, retail and landscaping in Brisbane city and are building the $60 million Iglu, 448 student apartments and communal facilities to be completed by February 2020. Icon has years of experience in the business of construction with engineers and design professionals, construction and project management teams working towards delivery. “At Icon we collaborate with our clients in design development,” said Duncan. “We make sure the brief is met and keep the project on time and to budget.” The company’s portfolio includes a vast range of medium to high rise residential developments as well as schools and universities, sports facilities, hospital and medical services buildings and aged care facilities. A distinctive project is the Tip Top complex, an apartment building, townhouses, retail and commercial spaces and the restoration of the classic art deco architecture of the original factory façades.

“We started onsite demolition in May 2017,” said Duncan. “And had heritage consultants digging for artefacts. Piling commenced in July followed closely there after with the main structure, curtain wall, bathroom pods and fit out. The project was complete ahead of schedule in early December 2018.” Icon has successfully delivered a number of student accommodation developments recently, including, Wattle St, Sydney, a 430 bed project for Urbanest in 2015. More recently, the $85 million Leicester St Melbourne project for Journal, a division of Citiplan. Berkeley St, Carlton for Urbanest, and ANU. 178 VIC PROJECT FEATURE URBANEST SWANSTON STREET

Award-winning projects for Icon including modern urban renewal developments, the restoration of the Clare Hotel in Sydney and the $82 million restoration of the 1880s Yorkshire Brewery in Abbotsford, with the building of 365-apartments across two towers and a series of townhouses. In 2018, Icon were awarded two MBA Queensland Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards Queensland for $29 million Brisbane Private Hospital, a modern 5-storey inpatient facility. Icon has constructed a number of medium to high rise residential projects and has acquired a solid reputation for delivery of large scale residential developments across Australia. Currently they are constructing the $220 million Pacifica, a 57-storey residential tower of 282 units in Auckland, New Zealand’s highest residential tower to be completed in 2020. For more information contact Icon, 110 Cubitt Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 6099, email, website


Below Tile Effect supplied and installed the bathroom and podium floor and feature tiles, stone benches and decorative brick.

Tile Effect specialises in the supply and installation of quality hard wearing ceramic floor and wall tiles for internal and external applications. Tile Effect also provides paving and well crafted stonework for landscaped areas.

Established in 1999, Tile Effect is an Australian owned company servicing all sectors of the building and construction industries across Victoria. It provides all works associated with tiling projects including the construction of sub flooring and waterproofing.

In May 2018 team of 15 tilers started work on the 21-storey tower laying ceramic wall and floor tiles in all the bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, common rooms and podium. The company installed stone benches in the kitchens and panels with decorative brick facing to create feature walls throughout the ground floor. External work included fitting and tiling raised floors to all the balconies and hard landscaping for outdoor and rooftop areas.

Previous work for Icon includes a similar student accommodation project, the $84 million, 16-storey building, Journal Uni Place, in Melbourne’s CBD. Other tiling projects include Espy Apartments at St Kilda and the Hyatt Hotel in Essendon. In 2016 Tile Effect completed Chadstone Shopping Centre installing paving and stonework and tiling the amenities buildings.

“The challenge of the job was working around other trades. We work in a timely manner to achieve a professional result within budget as well as delivering according to the programme. We completed that job in seven months,” said Director, Michael Coviello. “Icon is an especially good company to work for, they are very well organised. We appreciate the opportunity of working with them and seeing our work. Icon was pleased with the standard of our work,” said Michael. 180 VIC PROJECT FEATURE URBANEST SWANSTON STREET

The company have worked on some large public sports venues including the Bob Jane Stadium at Albert Park, tiling the 50m pool and public toilets as well as installing flooring and walkways.

For more information contact Tile Effect (VIC) Pty Ltd, PO Box 2147, Mt Waverley VIC 3149, phone 03 9551 3850, email enquiries@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below AMA Precast Pty Ltd provided 410 precast panels for the internal columns at Urbanest Berkeley Street.

Berkeley Urbanest

AMA Precast Pty Ltd is an industry leader in the manufacture and supply of quality structural and architectural precast concrete panels for external walling solutions. In May 2018, AMA Precast completed the fabrication and supply contract for 410 precast panels for internal columns at Urbanest Swanston Street. Project Manager, Gabriel Zampierollo was onsite to oversee the installation at both Swanston Street and Berkeley Urbanest. “At Berkeley we supplied over 400 panels coloured with oxides. The colours of the finished panels in their final arrangement had to be considered. Panels on upper floors had preformed patterns that had to be lined up. We also manufactured and delivered precast panels with a brick face for feature walls,” said Gabriel. “At AMA our job involves liaising with architects and builders, sometimes adjusting the design to increase the buildability of our product. We also design an arrangement of panels that fits the structure and lines up the panels around the windows and across the whole façade.” AMA Precast has a skilled management team with over 30 years of combined experience. Their project managers and estimators work WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to deliver high quality precast concrete elements on time and within budget. With the capacity to produce the numbers of precast panels required for large scale developments, AMA Precast works across the residential, commercial and civil sectors including schools, offices, warehouses, hospitals, and high rise structures. “We employ up to 50 people in our manufacturing facility and can produce up to 30 panels a day,” said Finance Manager, Andrew McLoughlin. “We are able to warehouse approximately 500 panels at our manufacturing facility to safely store product until it is required onsite.” Previous large scale projects include the manufacture and delivery of over 600 panels for the apartment building, Mopo; and 432 panels for the distinctive curved façade of the VicRoads building in Sunshine.

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DOWN TO A SCIENCE The University of Melbourne (UoM) Western Edge Bioscience Project includes the construction of a new facility of 10,575m2 GFA to a 6 Star Green Star rating, the design and construction of wet laboratories, the refurbishment of Building 142 South, protection and enhancement of the System Garden including trees and existing buildings, and the landscaping of Tin Alley. The University of Melbourne (UoM) is now preparing the next generation of bioscientists, vets and doctors in an innovative new bioscience precinct at their Parkville campus in Melbourne.The new world-class facility is one of the University’s first multi-faculty 6 Star Green Star STEMM buildings. Kane Constructions was appointed to deliver the Western Edge Bioscience project (WEBS) project in August 2017. “Early works began in August 2017 with the demolition of the existing Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences building which has been replaced with a new building designed by HASSELL, for the WEBS zone,” said Kane Project Manager, Paul Christian. “The main works was completed in December 2018, and is located on an increased site area housing the university’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Science all in the same building.” The world class facility includes both wet and dry teaching labs, a sizeable object based learning space and many other formal and

informal, flexible learning areas – all joined together in one cohesive precinct for the first time in university history. “This multi-disciplinary, flexible learning building is unique and was initially a challenge for us. Through early stakeholder engagement and with a significant number of key stakeholders, strong communications was key. In implementing a range of innovative approaches, we were successful in winning the 2018 Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence in Health and Safety Award for this project,” said Paul. “Responsible team leaders included Kane’s Design Manager, Jack Cahir, Senior Engineering Manager, Jason Malmur, Senior Site Manager, Grant Watson and WH&S Coordinator, Emeile Dawkins.” The new WEBS building was originally designed to achieve a minimum 5 Star Green Star rating, but through Kane’s exceptional team initiatives, is now a 6 Star Green Star building, and one of the first of its kind.


“The WH&S initiatives introduced on WEBS were embraced by the University, and are now standard on all of our university projects. These include a traffic escort matrix to move vehicles and materials in and out of the area, monthly safety awards, and an online health and safety management software system for administration and training,” said Paul.

The privately owned, multi-award winning commercial construction company has an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion. With over 500 full time employees, Kane operate throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

The team created a 3D model of the building allowing a virtual walkthrough before construction. Various university managers, such as the Plant Manager were able to walk through their areas, allowing for any necessary design changes to be made well in advance.

Additional projects such as the $45 million Geelong Library and Heritage Centre won Kane the 2016 Master Builders Australia National Commercial Master Builder of the Year Award, and the GMHBA Stadium Stage 4 Brownlow Stand Redevelopment, won Kane the 2018 Australian Institute of Building, National Professional Excellence Commercial Construction $25M - $100M Award.

“A great initiative consisted of the 3D printed model of the internal stair area. The model allowed us to work out how to scaffold the area and bring in the materials safely, saving time and avoid any potential risks for injuries. We conducted wind tunnel testing on the façade for internal acoustics, and real time human class and performance testing on the multi-disciplinary laboratories. The laboratory areas allow for three different lecturers to interact with up to 140 students at the same time, managed through acoustics, speaker technology and spatial arrangements.” Kane has a strong working relationship with the University, and has delivered over 34 projects since 1991. Kane’s portfolio of award winning projects include the $66 million UoM Arts West Redevelopment which won Kane the 2017 Master Builders Association of Victoria Master Builder of the Year Award.

Heading into 2019, the team are currently delivering several notable projects including the $102 million Ballarat GovHub, $75 million Cabrini Health Gandel Wing, $55 million Cato Square project and the $45 million Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website CLIENT : The University of Melbourne HEAD CONTRACTOR : Kane Constructions ARCHITECT : Hassell STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Irwinconsult CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $65 million


TIMELY, EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS Established in 2004, LRM Global provides multi-disciplinary consulting services focused on liability and risk management solutions to a wide range of client partners, industry groups and government organisations across Australia. “Our client centric approach has been the hallmark of our success,” said Chris Goletsos, Director and Principal Consultant. “It allows us to develop a deep understanding of our client’s risk profile as well as a comprehensive knowledge of their property and asset portfolios.”

structure and materials, and a deep understanding of their operational nuances, standards and procedures,” said Chris.

The University of Melbourne’s Western Edge Bioscience project involved major demolition works, the construction of a new cutting edge facility as well as a significant overhaul of a partially heritage listed building with a complex history of modifications and refurbishments over many decades. “Our long standing relationship with Kane and Melbourne University perfectly positioned us to provide both keen insight and knowledge of the building’s history,

The LRM teams from their industrial hygiene, environmental services and laboratory divisions developed strategies and solutions for the safe and cost effective removal of the building’s complex layers of hazardous materials including asbestos, lead, PCBs, CFCs and biological hazards, which was successfully completed over the 18 month timeline.

“Our Goal was clear. Minimise disruptions, bottlenecks and delays to the construction timeline by delivering timely and quality advice, technical expertise, cost effective strategies and ongoing support with rapid response solutions over the entire project timeline,” said Leo Rekkas, Senior Consultant and Project Lead.

“During 2019 we’re not only expanding our team to meet client demands, but we’re also introducing a range of innovative solutions for the construction and building/portfolio management industries,” said Chris. “We’re looking forward to exploring new relationships with client partners who are seeking proactive solutions to both anticipate and mitigate risks to their construction projects, investment projects, workforce, property, and the environment.” For more information contact LRM Global, 65 Stubbs Street, Kensington VIC 3031, phone 03 9371 3400, email HSE@lrmglobal., website


FEEL THE POWER The Uni of Melbourne Western Edge Bioscience’s programme is a world class precinct for teaching, research, and training. While the programme seeks to improve research performance and enrich learning experiences and train the next generation of bioscientists, vets, and doctors, it’s only natural that the unique world class facility is utilising the latest innovative technology as well, including solar power and inverters developed by Australian Wind and Solar (AWS). A subsidiary of ADANT Services Group Pty Ltd, AWS has more than 20 years of construction industry experience with multi-award winning results. AWS specialises in commercial solar projects, off grid design and installation, wind generators (wind turbines) and manufacturers of the AWS range of renewable energy products and can be trusted to manage the renewable section of any construction project. “Since 2012, our professionally trained and Clean Energy Council approved designers, installers, electricians, project and site managers, accounts and sales teams have been creating complete systems to best suit the needs of each client,” said Director, Adam Falzon. “We use the best technology and develop our own range of products to make the most of new technologies available in the ever changing field of renewable energy. Our team installed 130kw of solar power and inverters at WEBS in Parkville between August and November 2018.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Other commercial projects completed by AWS include Rotten Point House, National Award Winner for best accommodation at Otways Victoria, University of SA, NDIA Geelong, Parmalat Dairy Farms and Earth Sanctuary in Alice Springs. “There’s so much more to renewable energy than just solar power,” said Adam. “An investment in renewable energy can yield amazing returns both from an economic and environmental viewpoint. AWS are leaders in solar power, wind technology, hot water solutions, battery back up and off grid systems. We are manufacturers, retailers and installers of the world's most innovative renewable energy products and whole system solutions for every power need.” For more information contact Australian Wind and Solar, phone 1300 736 458, email, website


A CLASS OF ITS OWN CLIENT : Queensland University of Technology MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECT : Wilson and Henning Larsen CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $62.4 million

The $62.4M QUT Education Precinct is a model for future educational precincts internationally and sets a new benchmark for contemporary and sustainable design. The precinct includes the construction of an iconic 6-level building with an approximate GFA of 9,800m2, the pedestrianisation of the existing ring road and refurbishment of the Curriculum Collection Space. Teaming up with design architects Wilson and Henning Larsen, Hansen Yuncken helped deliver a collaborative, memorable space for teaching and learning destined to be world class. Designed to reconnect existing traffic flows within the Kelvin Grove community, the development integrates campus buildings and landscaped areas into a central and vibrant university hub.

proud to be a part of bringing the QUT Education Precinct to reality.

The 6-level building, includes the pedestrianisation of the existing Ring Road connecting Victoria Park Road and Hill Road, and the refurbishment of the Curriculum Collection Space. “QUT’s existing campus sits like a citadel on top of the hill. To move about the campus you have to traverse several levels. The new building intelligently integrates these floors so that you can catch lifts to different floors or cross pedestrian walkways,” explained Hansen Yuncken’s Project Manager, Gerard Harris. Relying heavily on context, Wilson and Henning Larsen architects teamed up with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethean to complete the design.

Hansen Yuncken’s project portfolio of over 4,000 builds is extensive and covers almost all sectors of the building industry from commercial projects to education, health, industrial, retail, residential and senior living.

“What we have been asked to build is essentially an upside-down wedding cake on the side of a hill. The smallest floor plate is the base and the size increases from thereon upward so that it can cantilever out over the road. The design is incredibly complex and smart,” said Gerard. Overlooking Victoria Park, the newly completed building will show off 360 degree views of the CBD.

Hansen Yuncken have been trading for over 100 years and are recognised as Australia’s leading construction company. Privately owned, and operated by over 650 staff, they are renown for bringing innovations to the market quickly and capably.

Current projects include Port Adelaide Government Office Development and Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopment in South Australia, as well as the High Capacity Metro Trains Pakenham Depot in Vicotria. As long term contributors to the construction industry, Hansen Yuncken are always forward thinking, involving themselves in senior committee roles in organisations such as the Master Builders, The Australian Institute of Building, the Property Council, the Green Building Council of Australia and others. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 120 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, phone 07 3872 4000, email, website

The project was constructed on an active campus, which required careful planning and safety precautions as the site progressed as large trucks carrying concrete had to be mobilised onsite. QUT installed high barriers and boom gates to control traffic and prevent pedestrians wandering onto the road. Despite the challenges, Hansen Yuncken envisaged the successful completion of the project on schedule and on budget and are 188 QLD PROJECT FEATURE QUT EDUCATION PRECINCT


TERMITES BARRED FROM QUT Termi Home & Commercial has a long history of installing the renowned Termimesh termite barrier in countless high value projects across the construction industry. For the expansive QUT Education Precinct, the System was the preferred choice to provide a long lasting protection with minimal maintenance and no retreatment requirements. The Termimesh barrier acts as a deterrent, ensuring termites at ground level are kept out of the building and services. “Termites cannot penetrate the mesh and it’s made from ultra-marine grade stainless steel, so it is extremely durable in the tough commercial construction environment” explained Termi Home & Commercial QLD Operations Manager, Reece Butler. “The System was designed,

quoted and installed to ensure protection of all vulnerable points including service penetrations and cavity walls. We don’t take short cuts with our installations and this starts with our initial tender and goes right through to final installation and handover.” Termi Home & Commercial, has undertaken a variety of works on the Education Precinct as well as providing ongoing pest and termite control services to the buildings via its Termitrust division. “The contract specifications were reasonably straightforward but the real key to success is the installation schedule and onsite coordination with other trades. Timing is critical, you can’t have the precast slab installed before the barriers are up and secure; and you can’t have the barriers in until the plumbing and electrical works are in place. We worked hard throughout the project stages to ensure this was managed smoothly. Although we have a long history with the precinct and the builder, each stage is different. Yet we pride ourselves with delivering on price and on time installations,” said Reece. Another recent project for Termi Home & Commercial is the high profile Howard Smith Wharves redevelopment. Working closely with Hutchinson Builders, their Termitrust pest control division provided preventative termite treatment to existing timber structures that formed part of the project. In this iconic building, Termimesh was then used to provide superior protection for both new and old structural and secondary timbers, for decades to come. For more information contact Termi Home & Commercial (QLD), phone 07 3863 6400, website



WHEN ACOUSTIC’S MATTER, CHOOSE OPTIMA! Optima Australia’s acoustic glazing systems were recently integrated with QUT Education Precinct, at the Kelvin Grove Campus. Boasting quality and high acoustic performance Optima’s glazing solutions have been successfully integrated within the Education and Commercial Office sectors throughout Australia, Asia, Middle East and UK. The QUT Education Precinct required premium acoustic glazing solutions with an all round minimalistic design to both fixed glazing and door elements which was achieved through the integration of their Optima 117 Plus, Revolution 54 and Revolution 100 product ranges. High performance acoustic doors are generally an area of weakness but with the integration of Optima door solutions the QUT Education Precinct was able to ensure a premium result from both fixed glazing and door elements.

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Optima 117 Plus single fixed glazed solutions have an acoustic capacity of up to Rw40 Revolution 54 double fixed glazed solution has an acoustic capacity of up to Rw46 Revolution 100 double fixed glazed solution has an acoustic capacity of up to Rw51


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Elite Affinity double glazed door pivoted in Microflush jamb acoustic capacity of up to Rw45 Affinity single or double glazed door hinged in Microflush jamb acoustic capacity of up to Rw41

Optima Australia offer a premium product range which is fully demountable, acoustically certified and environmentally sustainable. By working directly with interior designer’s and acoustician’s, Optima Australia ensure specialised product solutions are proposed early on in the design process to ensure that visual aesthetics and acoustic performance are retained through to project completion. Other key ongoing projects include The University of Melbourne, BIO 21 and Western Edge Bioscience Buildings (VIC), Australian Unity (VIC), Vanguard (VIC), Mill Film (SA). Optima Australia partner with clients throughout Australia to deliver a premium acoustic outcomes where privacy is paramount.

For more information contact Optima Australia, phone 1300 997 845, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE QUT EDUCATION PRECINCT 191

ITS ALL IN THE FINISHING Tile and Stone Supplier Parrella Tiles recently won the supply contract for Queensland University of Technology’s new $62.4 million Education Precinct development. All tiles at QUT were treated to four differing finishes depending upon the location of the tile, these being either bush-hammered, honed, brushed or flamed. “Natural Stone is always challenging with regard to managing its look and sizing. In supplying granite tiles to QUT, this had to be factored in as there were special issues with the step treads. Mindful granite stone is carved out of cubes down to slabs and so forth, the specification requiring inserted stainless steel treads mean we had to carve strips into


the stone. This was no easy task as you only have about 1.5mm plus or minus of remaining surrounds. Yet, like all our projects, we tailor our products and services to the client’s needs, so it was not something especially impossible to overcome,” said Director, Damien Parrella. With a team of five, Parrella have an outstanding trading history of 34 years, specialising in large, multi-residential tile and stone supply. Other current projects include Skyneedle, Gurner FV and Valencia. For more information contact Parrella Tiles, 472 Newman Road, Geebung QLD 4034, phone 07 3265 7377, website

NO STONE LEFT UNTURNED Stone Developments have completed tiling and paving in the wet areas of the Queensland University of Technology Education project, including the addition of intricate cladding to external walls.

building and design industry. Their products are extensive, ranging from large format porcelain to marble and travertine among others.

Stone Developments had a team of 12 working on the QUT development, five installed the tiling while seven carried out the stone and pavement installations. “The project was exceptionally managed. We take our hats off to the builders for such an organised site, with the rarity of working in our own space most of the time,� said Project Manager, Sebastian Mapusua. Stone Developments have been trading out of Brisbane since 2011. They specialise in commercial and residential stone contracting in the

For more information contact Stone Developments, 7/55 Links Avenue, Eagle Farm QLD 4009, phone 07 3162 3255, email info@, website



The historic Howard Smith Wharves site on the Brisbane River has been transformed to a world class riverside precinct with more than 3.4 hectares of public open space, a 166-room Art Series Hotel, exhibition and events centre, a craft brewery, and dining options. The project also included the full restoration and transformation of the existing heritage buildings and wharf for the new landmark entertainment precinct. The Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project has transformed the last parcel of undeveloped land in Brisbane’s CBD into a world class waterside entertainment precinct. The historic 3.4 hectare site, spread along almost a kilometre of the Brisbane River connects the New Farm riverwalk to the city and includes a full restoration and transformation of the existing buildings and wharves.

and 33 employee bike spaces. 30,000m² of landscaping includes a 6m wide path, mass plantings and olive gardens as well as a cycle way with 50 bike parking spaces for visitors. Two glass lifts provide access to and from Bowen Terrace, at the top of the cliffs, to the wharves precinct.

Hutchinson Builders has set a new standard of urban renewal with contemporary structures that are uniquely adapted to the landforms while retaining and enhancing the historic significance of the existing architecture.

The 5 Star rated hotel is a 6-storey building with function rooms, pool and gym. The brief for the 166-room Art Series Hotel dedicated to Australian artist Vincent Fantauzzo, specified a façade that would blend in with the cliff face by incorporating natural tones and textures. The hotel sports a uniquely jagged façade that mimics the cliffs’ surface to provide a simple backdrop to the revitalised heritage buildings in front.

The D&C contract awarded to Hutchies in July 2017 involved the development of the precinct with the construction of a 1,500m² events centre with viewing decks, a craft brewery and an overwater bar as well as the restoration of the old wharf buildings. Under the convention centre is a 300m long single storey basement with parking for 359 cars

“There were many onsite issues beginning with the geology. We were expecting Brisbane Tuff but found the extent and hardness of the rock foundation insufficient. We redesigned the piles and shotcrete walls that would support the cantilevered walkway and the basement. We used the lightweight solution of precast hollow core planks as a deck for the



cantilevered boardwalk,” explained Project manager, Timothy Ferguson. “It was a long thin site, approximately 700m long and 100m at the widest point, bounded by the Brisbane River and the cliffs and required some careful planning. We had up to 300 truck movements per day with only one entry/exit point. We had to saw the ends of the trusses on one of the sheds for the trucks to get past. Added to that was the fact that all the buildings were going up at the same time. The site was congested and very busy.” “It’s a well used site, close to the city and many residences. There was lots of interest in the construction and Hutchies maintained a high level of communication with the public. During the build we maintained a safe pathway through the site for use by the by an average of 3,000 members of the public per day. We created a path on the riverside while we spent seven months excavating the basement, then moved the existing path from the back of the site, to the riverside to allow the remaining works to be built.” “Constructing the over water bar directly under the Story Bridge was challenging. We had a 20m x 30m deck that we had to anchor back to land and we sank two piles, in between the bridge pylons. To satisfy Brisbane City Council we had to research the state archives for the original structural drawings of the bridge footings.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The precinct opened in November 2018 and the hotel completed in March 2019. Hutchies finished the $109 million project in just 88 weeks. The development has certainly benefitted the site. Waterside land has been reactivated for public recreation and night time entertainment. Established in 1912, Hutchies has completed over 7,000 projects to a value of $32 billion across Australia and overseas. Hutchies has years of experience of new construction as well as numerous projects where renovation and restoration of heritage structures are incorporated into the design. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 584 Milton Road, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 1300 HUTCHIES, email info@, website


GOING FURTHER IN MANAGING RISK Greencap specialises in the managment of risk and compliance for businesses. They provides a breadth of expert consulting services, online solutions and training programmes through their primary practices; property risk, health & safety, environmental risk and emergency management. In August 2017, Greencap consultants commenced onsite works at Howard Smith Wharves, carrying out soil and contaminated land investigations, undertaking hazardous materials audits and performing asbestos hygiene works including air monitoring, clearance inspections and associated remediation works. “The site was challenging due to the fact that it contained ecologically sensitive animal and plant species and care had to be taken during initial sampling and testing of some areas. Also of concern was preventing damage to the structures and finishes of buildings. Some structural elements, such as the timber floors to the wharf

buildings, were to be kept and repurposed around the development so these had to be cleaned and visually inspected prior to removal from site for storage,” said National Operations Manager, Megan Berryman. “During remediation works beneath the wharf building floors, additional safety measures were implementred due to the proximity of the river with some works timetabled according to the tide levels.” Greencap's team possess the expertise to undertake investigations and remediation work on old industrial sites like the Howard Smith Wharves, and have the practical experience to effectively bring them up to the environmental health and safety standards required for modern developments. Established in 1984, Greencap employs over 300 professional, technical and engineering staff in 10 offices across Australia and New Zealand. Services provided by Greencap include contractor safety management, fire safety and compliance, health and safety management and occupational hygiene. Recent projects for Greencap include large scale mould investigation and a remediation scope of works for a multi-level hotel as well as project management services for asbestos removal and associated hygiene works at a major demolition site in the Brisbane CBD. For more information contact Greencap, (Head Office) Level 1/677 High Street, Kew East VIC 3102, phone 03 9890 8811, email, website


ROCK SOLID FOUNDATIONS Douglas Partners Pty Ltd (DP) is a wholly Australian owned company of consulting engineers specialising in geotechnical investigation, analysis, design, and reporting for building and civil engineering projects. At the Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation, DP was the geotechnical and groundwater consultants to Hutchinson Builders, and provided the above mentioned services along with geotechnical design solutions to a number of aspects throughout the project. In November 2017, a design team of four began work on the geotechnical and groundwater aspects of the new basement structure, comprising temporary and permanent rock slope analysis, rock anchor and basement wall earth pressure design. A conceptual groundwater model was also undertaken to estimate water seepage inflows and pressures on basement walls, and the floor slab for normal and flood conditions in the adjacent Brisbane River. “The groundwater investigation and modelling required to show the influence of groundwater on the building basement, was especially important considering the site is a thin strip of land located between 25m high cliffs and the Brisbane River,” said Principal Geotechnical Engineer, David Qualischefski. “The permanent rock anchor design for basement walls supporting the 25m high cliff surcharge was also an important element of the new basement design. The information provided by DP on these aspects was used by ADG Engineers, to design and document the basement structure.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Douglas Partners provided timely advice and expertise on a range of geotechnical challenges which occurred during the fast moving project. “We were also onsite as construction supervisors inspecting footing excavations, foundations and earthworks, and the stability of the cut rock faces during construction. We carried geotechnical investigations for the design and construction of the glass lifts and boardwalk,” said David. “The site had some interesting complexities including two different geological formations of upper volcanic rock and lower older formation rock with a weaker ‘contact’ zone between. DP supplied the experience and specialist knowledge to deal with the unique features throughout both the design and construction phases of the project.” Established in 1963, DP is one of the largest employee owned geotechnical engineering consultancies in Australia, with over 500 staff in 20 offices, including 16 NATA accredited laboratories. DP works across a range of sectors including buildings and property, roads and civil infrastructure, defence, mining, water and waste management providing geotechnical, environmental, groundwater, rock mechanics and earthworks services. For more information contact Douglas Partners, 439 Montague Road, West End QLD 4101, phone 07 3237 8900, email brisbane@, website


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NO PLACE LIKE HOME Queensland House Removers specialise in the removal and relocation of homes including the raising, sliding and re-stumping of homes and other structures. Director John Wright, spent five days in consultation with his engineer planning the job and was onsite by November 2017 to raise one of the wharves’ sheds, a heritage listed structure built in 1934 as a wool store. The shed, 75m by 25m, was raised 2.8m by a team of seven. Over a week Queensland House Removers fitted steel beams through the structure then jacked it up. Hutchinson Builders came in and laid the foundations then Queensland House Removers lowered the building to its new place. “It was an old building with solid timbers that made the job a very heavy one. We handle the big jobs and we’re able to get in and get them done, and Hutchies know that,” said John. “Queensland House Removers are proud to have been involved in the transformation of the Howard Smith Wharves and would like to thank Hutchinson Builders for making the raise run so smoothly.” Queensland House Removers is a family company of three generations with a total of 100 years experience in house removing. The company employs 28 staff, operating throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Transporting and resiting buildings is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to restore and revitalise existing structures,” said John. John is a registered builder in Queensland and New South Wales and Queensland House Removers employs a draftsman to manage the necessary architectural plans, engineers’ reports and council approvals. Queensland House Removers also transports boats and offers developers a service of buying or removing old homes and providing site clearance, including demolition and asbestos removal. A successful large project for Queensland House Removers was the moving of the 1880s drill shed including cottage and orderly room at Fortitude Valley in 2016. The 400m² building had to be slid over, raised 2m and re-stumped with approximately 120 stumps. For more information contact Queensland House Removers, 85 Old Toorbul Point Road, Caboolture QLD 4510, phone 07 5499 2160, email, website


Contractors Directory


BRICK WORK & MASONRY Steel Backed Brick Company Page 85 | 02 9627 4116

Orion Mechanical Services


Page 19 | 02 9669 1404

Page 16 | 08 7078 7080

Page 24 | 1300 138 007


AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Skyview Aerial Photography Page 4 | 0431 931 910

ALUMINIUM FABRICATION JRL Aluminium Page 88 | 02 9728 9402

ARCHITECTS Altis Architecture Page 77 | 02 9364 9000

ARCHITECTURAL STEEL McKanna Fabrications Pty Ltd Page 118 | 02 4947 3375 AUDIO VISION EQUIPMENT Pro AV Solutions Page 42 | 1300 287 253

BALUSTRADES AND FENCING Cumbo's Custom Fabrications

BUILDING RELOCATION SERVICES Queensland House Removers Page 197 | 07 5499 2160

BUILDING SERVICES AND FITOUTS Harvey Norman Commercial QLD Page 22 | 07 3297 3700

CAR LIFTS & HOITS Southwell Lifts & Hoists Page 120 | 1800 244 787

CARPENTARY & BUILDING SERVICES Concept Building Company Page 14 | 0421 548 992

Mulberry Construciton Group Page 70 | 02 9212 2268

CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Kascorp Pty Ltd Page 158 | 03 8336 1910

Page 106 | 0416 696 920


Premium Balustrade Group

Page 81 | 02 9417 8400

Page 68 | 0406 079 070

BATHROOM (TOILET PARTITIONS) Toilet Partition Industries P/L (TPI) Page 53 | 1300 400 711

BLINDS Solis Products Page 62 | 02 9439 9020

TurnerArc Shading Systems Page 43 | 07 5534 9825

CLADDING Goal Interior Page 107, 119 | 0449 183 868

COMMERCIAL FITOUTS & WORKSTATIONS Ultimate Pinboards and Whiteboards Page 162 | 03 9532 3568

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS LBNCo Page 108 | 1300 797 027




Kane Constructions (VIC)

Page 144 | 0419 002 157

Page 32 | 02 9080 8000

Belconnen Concrete Page 135 | 02 6280 2700

Concrete By Design Page 155 | 1300 364 057

Page 156, 170, 182 | 03 8420 1200

Mirvac Group (NSW) North Construction & Building Page 94 | 02 4323 2633

St Hilliers Page 56 | 02 9259 5200

CPS Concrete Group

TQM Design & Construct

Page 150 | 02 6228 1529

Page 100 | 02 9556 1046

De Martin and Gasparini

Pro Concrete Group


Page 153 | 07 5593 7860

Page 1 | 1800 431 456

Sventeck Steel Constructions

Viewpoint Construction Software

Page 173 | 0403 569 108

Page 201 |

Page 139 | 02 9748 0041

Mateenbar Page 154 | 0400 814 144

SVG Construction Page 148 | 08 9550 3150

TEC Concreting Systems Page 61, 125 | 02 4380 0470

Traino Group Page 144 | 02 9723 1700

CONCRETE COLOURING NawKaw Page 109 | 1300 629 529

CONCRETE CUTTING Complete Cut Canberra Page 151 | 0417 485 771

Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing Page 152 | 02 4958 3798

CONSULTING ENGINEERS Northrop Consulting Engineers Page 128 | 02 4365 1668

CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES & ALLIANCES Decode Page 110 | 02 9695 1778

Duffy Kennedy Page 64 | 02 8521 0000,

Hansen Yuncken (QLD) Page 186 | 07 3872 4000

Hutchinson Builders (QLD) Page 192 | 1300 HUTCHIES

Icon Page 164, 176 | 03 9429 6099

Infinity Constructions Group Page 74 | 02 9332 4722

CONSULTANTS LRM Global Pty Ltd Page 184 | 03 9371 3400

Xavier Knight Page 76 | 02 8810 5800

CRANES/HOISTS & RIGGING Active Crane Hire Page 123 | 1300 730 403

Project Cranes and Rigging Page 160 | 0402 306 880

RAR Cranes Page 137 | 02 6299 6100

Southern Cross Crane Service Page 80 | 02 9756 1708

DEMOLITION Husky Demolition Page 48 | 02 4987 2731

DEVELOPERS Bonython Property & Investments Page 116 | 02 4313 9002

Galileo Group Page 64 | 02 9240 0333,

Morris Property Group Page 130 | 07 5570 9666

PietyTHP Page 86 | 02 9261 0605

Pro-invest Group Page 44 | 02 9237 6900

Urban Property Group Page 104 | 02 9744 3333

EXCAVATION AND EARTH MOVING Chalouhi Page 113 | 02 9790 3799

ELEVATORS/LIFTS Infinity Lifts Page 79 | 1300 649 539

ELECTRICAL DESIGN AND FITOUT TJD Electrical Pty Ltd Page 58 | 02 9913 8096

ELECTRICAL SERVICES Elecity Page 115 | 1300 715 250

PLUMBING & GAS FITTER On Time Plumbing Australia

Page 142 | 07 3118 1717

Page 112 | 02 8774 5270

Page 28 | 02 9559 7733

FURNITURE Chair Solutions


Page 39, 51 | 1300 216 658

Page 175 | 03 9357 5765

GLASS & GLAZING Optima Australia Page 189 | 1300 997 845

INTERIOR DESIGN & FITOUTS Cubic Group Page 34 | 1300 028 242

Nicom Interiors Page 82 | 02 9672 1990


JOINERY & CABINETRY Cesana Australia

Page 161 | 03 8754 8325

Page 134 | 02 6152 9250

Page 195 | 07 3237 8900

CNCPRO Carpenters and Cabinet Makers

LP Consulting Australia

Page 169 |

Douglas Partners

Page 114 | 02 9223 4444

FACADE SYSTEMS Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia Page 40, 63 | 02 9232 3189

FAÇADES (GLAZING SYSTEMS) Arhcitectural Glass & Cladding Page 27 | 07 5523 2335

FLOORING All Floors Commercial Page 132 | 0478 680 646

Aura Sport Page 163 | 07 3201 7111

OzFlor Page 96 | 02 9659 0927

FORMWORK Captain Formwork

Page 185 | 1300 736 458

PRECAST CONCRETE Lux Precast Page 140 | 03 8762 1500

Ultrafloor Page 49 | 02 4015 2222

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Construction Consultants Page 74 | 02 9633 9233

REFRIGERATION Channon Refrigeration Page 83 | 1300 657 977

STAIRS (PRECAST) FTI Group Pty Ltd Page 124 | 1300 751 701

STEEL REINFORCING (REO) ARC Newcastle Page 122 | 02 4902 1600

CDMT Reo Page 50 | 02 4340 5966

STONE AND TILE Parrella Tiles Page 190 | 07 3265 7377

Tile Effect

Page 60, 97 | 02 4328 0500

Page 46 | 0432 011 516

Stone Developments

Rest Interior


Page 191 | 07 3162 3255

Page 47 | 02 8700 1800

Page 128 | 0419 378 392



Page 166 | 0401 393 686

Page 194 | 03 9890 8811


ROOFING Combined Roofing Australia

Page 28 | 02 9645 8336

Page 41 | 02 9531 1880

PEST/WEED CONTROL Termi Home & Commercial (QLD)

SCAFFOLDING Anderson’s Scaffolding

Page 188 | 07 3863 6400

Page 103 | 02 9774 5673

Page 90 | 02 9734 7317

James Hardie Systems

PLUMBING DiversaPlumb

Page 121 | 13 1103

Page 174 | 03 8001 7118

Page 172 | 0415 569 692

SOLAR ENERGY Australian Wind and Solar

Pluim Joinery

Form Group NSW Fortis Constructions

Page 179 | 03 5428 1023


RENDERING I&B Solid Plastering

PLASTERING Kingdom Plaster

Page 93 | 02 9885 0709



Page 167, 178 | 03 9551 3850

SUPPLIERS (PRODUCTS/EQUIPMENT) Blackwoods Page 20 | 02 8873 4800

ICCONS Back Cover |

Page 84 | 02 9666 1592

WALL PANEL SYSTEMS Dincel Construction Systems

Red 8 Roofing

Page 69 | 02 9670 1633

Page 126 | 02 4964 9597

J & I Scaffolding Solutions Page 73 | 0418 654 496

WATERPROOFING M-R Waterproofing Technician Page 102 | 0435 771 727

WELDING Santana Studwelding Page 38 | 02 4271 4794

SHADE SAILS Sydney Shade Page 71| 0438 574 228

Sydney Shade Sails Page 66 | 02 9592 0401

WINDOWS AND WINDOW SYSTEMS Artkal Page 127 | 02 9718 6000

KG Plumbing Page 129 | 1300 286 256

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