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University of South Australia Health Innovation Building DEVELOPER : University of South Australia ARCHITECT : Swanbury Penglase Architects and BVN

WESTPAC BARANGAROO OFFICE AWARDED HIGHEST SCORING GREEN STAR RATING IN AUSTRALIA Westpac Group’s fitout in Tower Two of Barangaroo’s International Towers Sydney has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Interiors rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The project received the highest number of Green Star points achieved by any office fitout in Australia. Notable design features of the fitout include an extensive metering system that monitors major energy and water usage, using materials with lower environmental impact such as 95% reused, recycled, certified or best practice timber and PVC amongst other features. The GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew applauds Westpac for demonstrating leadership and setting an example for other institutions on a global scale. “The rating reflects Westpac’s ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental impact. This commitment is increasingly expected by investors and consumers alike – the latter increasingly looking for evidence that companies are walking the talk,” Ms Madew said. Westpac’s John Harries, Group General Manager, Operations, Property and Commercial Services said, “We are proud that we’ve been able to support the Barangaroo precinct’s goal of becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral community. In addition to receiving the highest score, we are also in a 6 Star Green Star Building, with the first 6 Star Green Star bank branch – St.George.”

Westpac Offices, Barangaroo NSW

Following an assessment across nine categories, the fitout was awarded maximum points for reduced water consumption, reduced dependency on private transport, minimising harm and enhancing the quality of local ecologies and encouraging sustainability practices throughout the fitout’s design, construction and operation. “As well as reducing our environmental footprint, our emphasis has been on designing a workplace that provides flexibility and choice to help build an adaptable, health-conscious workforce,” Mr Harries said. This latest rating builds on Westpac Group’s growing list of world leading credentials in

this area. Recognised as the world’s most sustainable bank for the 10th time in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a number of the Group’s properties have been awarded the 6 Star Green Star rating. This includes Bank of Melbourne’s flagship branch at 525 Collins Street, the St.George branch at Barangaroo, and the Westpac branch at 150 Collins Street Melbourne. Green Star is an internationally recognised sustainability rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings, fitouts and communities. 6 Star is the highest rating achievable and represents a world leading sustainable fitout.

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GROUNDBREAKING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WELCOMES FIRST RESIDENTS Greenland Australia celebrated successful settlement of its latest residential project, Leichhardt Green, welcoming its first residents to the newly completed 287 apartment development, one of the first significant urban refill projects of its kind in Leichhardt. The celebration took place at Leichhardt Green and was attended by new residents, politicians, the Managing Director of Greenland Australia, Mr Sherwood Lou and Managing Director of Richard Crookes Constructions, Mr Jaimie Crookes, among others. With 100% of the 200 apartments in Stage One already settled, residents have started moving in and already enjoying the convenience of being so close to the heart of Leichhardt. The remaining apartments in Stage Two of Leichhardt Green will commence settlement in the coming weeks. New resident to Leichhardt Green and participant in the celebration event, Alex Zeng today said “my fiancé and I are thrilled to have purchased our first property at Leichhardt Green. When we were first taken to Leichhardt Green, we really appreciated the urban feel of the design. We really liked the choice of colours and the usage of the brick exterior as part of the design.”

Paul Fletcher Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities

Greenland Australia's team at the opening

Leichhardt Green, NSW

gardens covering more than half the development, a lap pool, as well as a carefully curated mix of retail on the ground floor. Located near the centre of Leichhardt, it’s close proximity to an already established and well connected community was a key factor for many purchasers, particularly those wanting to be walking distance to a train station.

“It got better as we entered the apartment to inspect. We noted that great care was taken in designing and aligning both the exterior and interior of the apartments. For the interior, there were several key factors that were important to us and Leichhardt Green offered all of them,” Mr Zeng added.

Greenland Australia Managing Director, Sherwood Luo, today said “Greenland is proud to welcome its first residents to their new home at Leichhardt Green. This project is a prime example of our company’s commitment to delivering well designed apartments in locations that already offer the services, amenity and sense of community that residents desire.”

“We wanted large windows and balcony doors to allow plenty of light, wooden floors for the living areas and spacious open areas. Since moving in, it has been a very comfortable experience and my fiancé has made the apartment look amazing with her decorations and great taste.”

“It is very rewarding to see the site of a former factory in such a key location, so effectively transformed into a new urban precinct that connects with the local neighbourhood so seamlessly.” Mr Luo added.

“We are really looking forward to a long future here. It only takes me a few minutes walk to get to the train station and I am in town ready to work in around 20 minutes.” Designed by award winning architects, Bates Smart, Leichhardt Green offers residents village style living with lush landscaped


Settlement of Leichhardt Green is a milestone worthy of celebration for Greenland Australia, as its marks the successful completion of its third Sydney project, following the Primus Hotel in the CBD in 2015 and Lucent in North Sydney in 2016. Greenland Australia is also looking forward to settling its next project, Omnia at Potts Point, later this year.

RECORD LEVELS OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT Across Australia, there are cranes on the skyline of our cities – a powerful reminder of the construction boom that is being driven by the Turnbull Government’s record levels of infrastructure investment. The Turnbull Government is spending on infrastructure around the country at record levels. We have committed to spend $50 billion by 2020 – and we are well on track to meet that commitment. In the 2017 budget we made a further commitment to invest $75 billion over the next ten years. This record spending is designed to get vital airport, road and rail infrastructure projects underway around the country – and it is having the desired effect. Construction work is under way on more than 100 projects funded by the Turnbull Government, and a further 130 projects are currently in pre-construction planning. Commonwealth budget figures show an average infrastructure spend exceeding $8bn a year from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2021. By contrast, over the six years of the previous Labor government, average spending on infrastructure was just over $6bn a year. From NorthConnex in Sydney to the M80 Ring Road in Melbourne to the Perth METRONET, the Turnbull Government is supporting tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry and beyond. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ engineering construction survey, the value of “work yet to be done” for projects already commenced on transport infrastructure for the public sector is at a record high. It currently stands at a level 60% higher than the peak under Labor in fiscal 2011. According to the Commonwealth Bank, the lift in public infrastructure spending in fiscal 2018 will generate an extra 36,000 jobs in Australia. The Turnbull Government’s infrastructure investment is creating unprecedented opportunities for the construction industry. We are backing you, and we are backing jobs.





Richard Guerra Managing Director (SA) Donald Cant Watts Corke

DELIVERING A HEALTHY FUTURE South Australia’s health industry has been an exciting space over the past few years; with the government investing heavily in health sector infrastructure, future-proofing our state and the health services provided. Health services around the country are regularly having to contend with the increased expectations of patients and the wider community when it comes to their level of health care. In response to the changing demands there has been a boost in redeveloping hospitals in our state, with developments that have focused on using existing infrastructure more effectively to meet the changing needs of the community. The Lyell McEwin Hospital, Modbury Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital have seen upgrades to their existing infrastructure, enabling a wider range of services and programmes; the ever increasing demand on modern health services will also see further developments at these hospitals in the future. Through our experience on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital as Independent Certifier, combined with the wider team’s health sector (as well as other industries’) experience, our group of highly skilled professionals pride ourselves in the specialist knowledge we bring to projects. We understand the changing needs of the health sector and are constantly updating our techniques and technologies to maintain our trusted advisor reputation – whether it be in Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Advisory or Facilities Management. With the amount of funds the South Australian Government is injecting into the health sector, Donald Cant Watts Corke remains committed to delivering health facilities that are of the highest quality and achieve maximum value for money.

Mirvac Team on the roof at The Finery Topping Out Ceremony.

On 18 December 2017 Mirvac celebrated the topping out of the sixth and final building at its inner-Sydney residential development, The Finery.

also creating jobs; not just onsite, but all the way down the supply chain, a benefit that has played a major role in making the New South Wales economy the strongest in the country.”

The milestone recognised the achievements of the many workers who were involved in transforming the former HPM Legrand factory at Waterloo into an inner-city oasis, comprising 223 apartments and terrace homes, a heavily landscaped central courtyard and an array of boutique retail outlets.

The Finery, which consists of a range of open plan, one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as two bedroom terrace homes, sits within the Green Square Urban Renewal Area. It has been designed to create a human scaled village-like environment making it easier for residents to connect with each other and the broader community.

Mirvac’s CEO and Managing Director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, who marked the topping out alongside NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations, Dominic Perrottet, said the ceremony highlighted the contribution of residential construction to the wider economy. “First and foremost, we are building homes in a place where people want to live, close to the city and important infrastructure such as schools, universities, parks and shopping centres,” said Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz. “And we are


Completion of The Finery is expected mid-2018, with limited apartments available for sale.

2018 NAWIC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SCHOLARSHIP Dr Phillippa Carnemolla, an industrial designer, researcher and design educator, has been awarded the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) International Women’s Day Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $20,000 and presented at a breakfast in Sydney on 27 March, provides funding for a research paper that will benefit and empower women in the Australian construction industry. The NAWIC scholarship, now in its 10th year, is generously funded by design furniture,


Residents will have access to a rooftop entertainment area with a sundeck, outdoor kitchen, lounge chairs and plunge pool while at the heart of the building, the landscaped courtyard will be a wild oasis in the city, designed to counter the urban heat island effect of hard surface roads and buildings.

lighting and accessory company, CULT. Dr Carnemolla, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, will analyse high school girls’ perceptions of careers in the construction industry and trade. “NAWIC is committed to building a diverse and dynamic construction workforce in which women can fully participate. Phillippa’s research will help us to advance this mission,” says NAWIC’s National Chair, Helen Badger. For the full article visit:

REXEL’S MANAGEMENT DELIVERS RAVENHALL PROJECT ON TIME Rexel has delivered an innovative and cost effective solution in the supply of lighting and electrical products for the Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Victoria. For this prison installation the lighting fixtures, exits and emergency fittings had extensive and diverse features, so consultation with lighting manufacturers and careful consideration regarding their performance were paramount to the end result.

The extra challenge For the Ravenhall project was to ensure that all product deliverables were available onsite over many critical delivery dates. The Rexel team applied its extensive experience and worked closely with suppliers using a high level of project planning to assist in countering any unforeseen delays, which ensured that the project was completed on time.

DESIGNBUILD 2018: IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL The only dedicated trade show to bring together Australia’s built environment community, DesignBUILD, is returning for its 32nd year for three days of unrivalled networking and inspiration. Hosted from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 May, with a central theme of ‘it’s all in the detail’, DesignBUILD 2018 features a trade exhibition that will showcase leading service providers such as PowerHouse prefabricated homes, Wattyl Paint and Swiss Krono Group. Alongside the trade exhibition are two paid speaker and education programmes, curated to cover the themes of industry compliance, sustainability and innovation. This includes panel discussions on topics such as build to rent, property resale and commercial buildings of the future. The DesignBUILD speaker programme provides access to leading industry professionals who will discuss new products, policy and applications needed to keep ahead of the game. Keynote speakers Michael McCormack (Milieu Property Group), Robert Simeoni (Robert Simeoni Architects) and Simon Knott (BKK Architects) will be joining the town planners and design panel to discuss how the growth of Melbourne as an international city depends on a successful working relationship between developers, architects and town planners. Alongside the speaker programme, DesignBUILD’s ‘Incubator’ is a creative pavilion at the trade show that champions innovative thinkers and gives them a proven, commercial platform to launch their inventions. The five most innovative entries are judged by an industry advisory panel against a set of criteria covering: innovation, creative, sustainability and proposed impact on industry.

In another project, DesignBUILD’s RAW allows university students from architecture and design disciplines to experience the full tender and construction process as they compete to have their designs built as key feature areas on the show floor. Conference director Pia Argiratos says this year’s event will be empowering and relevant, and will include three panels led by respected architecture and design journalist Stephen Crafti. The discussions will be focused on: whether property speculation is compromising design outcomes; innovations in multi-level development; and how architects and town planners can collaborate rather than clash, for mutual benefit. “DesignBUILD is about bringing together people who are talking about the big topics that the industry is starting to deal with. It’s bringing together industry leaders to be able to lead discussions on this,” says Argiratos. “I’m really pleased we are able to bring in a number of important topics that people need to know about. DesignBUILD is an opportunity for people to come together and not only learn about the latest products and innovation, but also to paus and reflect where the industry could do better.”

comment Chris Knierim National President Building Design Association

GREEN BUILDING: THE WAVE OF TODAY Many people refer to green building as the wave of the future. In our minds, however, environmentally conscious building design must and urgently be a thing of the present. One look at today’s newspapers and news sites will show you stories about the perils of pollution, global warming, and climate change. Our global environment is clearly embroiled in a crisis situation, and it is the responsibility of each individual to play their own due role in saving the earth. Green building involves sustainable and environmentally sound design build practices. From the planning phase to the construction of the finished project, green builders keep an eye toward preserving the environment, establishing the efficient and constructive use of water and energy, safeguarding the health of homeowners and business employees, and alleviating the accumulation of un-recyclable products and pollution. Among the primary objectives of the Building Designers Association of Australia (BDA Australia) is to promote and encourage ethical conduct and sound business practice in the Building Design profession. As the National President, I always have regarded green building as the epitome of ethical conduct and sound business practice. For more than 25 years, I have striven to study, perfect, and improve upon the world’s best practices in sustainable design. My passion for environmentally sustainable building design even lead to the establishment of Code Green; an international award winning company focused on creating truly sustainable structures. It is the goal and objective of both Code Green and the Building Designers Association of Australia; to ensure that every construction dotting the national and global landscape will play its own special role in saving and preserving that landscape.



comment Neil Savery General Manager Australian Building Codes Board

PERFORMANCE BASED NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE Australia’s building and plumbing regulations, contained within the National Construction Code (NCC), are performance based, meaning they mandate the outcome that must be attained, but do not prescribe the means by which this is achieved. They are also the minimum deemed necessary so that they are proportional in dealing with the identified subject, as well as having a verifiable evidence base to support their establishment. This approach allows for flexibility in the market place, is risk based, delivers net societal benefits, provides for unique project circumstances and promotes innovation, which often becomes mainstream within the industry over time.

MONTLAUR STEERS 10-YEAR MASTERPLAN AT MARCELLIN COLLEGE Montlaur Project Services was appointed in 2014 to manage a masterplan and feasibility study for Marcellin College. The leading Catholic Marist boys’ school was founded in 1950 and has more than 1,400 students at its Bulleen campus. The masterplan’s 10-year strategy is designed to unlock the school’s potential by developing clearly defined precincts and creating next generation learning and social spaces. The critical first stage of the master plan, which commenced in 2016, involves the refurbishment and extension of The Hermitage, Marcellin College’s foundation building in the heart of its campus. Designed by COX Architecture and built by Kane Constructions, the $20 million project is on track for completion as planned for the

This work is being accompanied by improving the useability of the NCC, both as an online document, but also through its readability and inter-operability with referenced standards. The aim of this initiative, many features of which are available to practitioners on the ABCB website at, is to help increase productivity and improve building outcomes.



Montlaur Senior Project Manager, Emelie Watkinson says the masterplan identified a preferred development strategy to enable Marcellin College to deliver its facilities in the most strategic, cost effective and efficient manner. “The process aligned the school’s vision, goals and objectives with the built form, providing the school community with a comprehensive document that will guide development through to 2025 and beyond,” Watkinson says. The project involves a great deal of complexity and a wide range of consultants and partners. “The Hermitage project has been a great example of a project team working together to overcome the challenges associated with both a new build and refurbishment project to ensure the best outcome for Marcellin College,” Watkinson says.

With both the scope and pace of technological disruption being experienced in the building sector, including advances in construction methodologies and increasingly complex building design, performance based building and plumbing regulation is more important than ever. As part of its focus on ensuring that practitioners operating in this rapidly changing environment have improved awareness of access to and understanding of the NCC; the ABCB is investing heavily in increasing the use of performance through the quantification of the Performance Requirements, mindset change of practitioners through collaboration with key sector participants and capacity building through the development of a range of educational materials and other tools.

beginning of the 2018 academic year. The first separable portion, a three-level extension, has recently been completed and includes a new central atrium, an adjoining teaching wing with a diverse range of learning environments, staff zones, social spaces and a dedicated Wurundjeri indigenous garden.

Marcellin College, Randwick, NSW

“It has been fantastic to see the staff and students operating from the new spaces within the first stage and hear of the positive impacts on the school’s working environment after only a few weeks.”

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FIRM DWP REALIGNS FOR INTERNATIONAL STAGE After almost five years of collaboration together and 12 months since the merger between dwp (design worldwide partnerships) and Australian practice dwp|suters, the company is set to realign their leadership to further develop the organisation’s position on the international stage.

strategy to develop into an international design powerhouse by 2020, dwp has made two changes in the leadership. Firstly they are delighted to welcome Jo-Anne Harrison to the Board of Directors as Independent Director and they are also excited to welcome back Brenton Mauriello as Group CEO.

dwp will be saying goodbye to Leone Lorrimer who leaves the company as CEO. Leone was instrumental in developing the relationship between dwp and Suters which lead to the merger, and drove through the implementation of that union for the first year. Now, in keeping with the company's business

The company will harness all the benefits of these changes, along with the integration of its professional team and the introduction of a consolidated support platform, to build the organisation’s brand presence and influence on the international scene with a clear and unified vision for the business.

THE FUTURE OF COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT Businesses are moving away from product development mindsets to a solution delivery paradigm. This change in approach has accelerated the pace of innovation throughout the world and Australia simply cannot be left behind. Over the past decade, we have seen a marvellous growth in the number of modern residential and commercial buildings. This speaks volumes about the amazing potential of real estate industry and the talent of its workforce but the question to ask ourselves is that can we do more? Can this industry move faster towards providing complete living solutions?

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PROTECT TIMBER FLOORING WITH MAPEI Day in day out, construction sites all around the world count on MAPEI. The primary objective is to supply users with innovative, safe solutions to improve all aspects of site work, including the most complex and difficult ones. MAPEI recently released their ULTRACOAT RANGE – water-based products to PROTECT TIMBER FLOORING. This new product range complements the current Timber Flooring Installation Product Range that includes moisture vapour barriers, primers, levelling and repair compounds and specialty adhesives for the installation of timber flooring. MAPEI also supply adhesives to install projects where Acoustic Matting is required to reduce the noise of footsteps in buildings. The ULTRACOAT RANGE contains no traces of NMP, a solvent which over the years has been proven to be a risk for human

health because it continues to emit harmful substances even after applying the product in which it is contained. The ULTRACOAT RANGE offers: • Base Coats • Lacquers • Binders • Oils and Waxes • Cleaners • Polishes • Maintenance Products and Tools The products from the ULTRACOAT RANGE have been specifically formulated so that highly protective systems for timber flooring may be easily and quickly applied, to protect even those floors which are subject to a high level of pedestrian traffic. The full product range can be viewed on their website at

RECLADDING: THE ISSUE AND THE RESOLUTION Recladding is a major issue currently facing the construction industry following the occurrence of several building fires around the world caused by the use of non-compliant building materials. It is estimated that thousands of square metres of non-compliant cladding may need to be replaced on commercial buildings throughout Australia and authorities across the country are carrying out audits to identify buildings at risk. As a leading provider of safe façade cladding products, Fairview, are at the forefront of providing advice, expertise and solutions to building owners, architects, engineers, builders and other industry professionals who are navigating their way through this issue.


In addition, Fairview’s Vitracore G2, has been chosen to replace non-compliant cladding on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC) with work on this project starting last week. The deemed non-combustible product will also be used to reclad façade material on projects including: Queanbeyan Hospital (3,900m2), Armidale Hospital (950m2) and Lindsay Street Apartments in Neutral Bay.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, ACT

Gregory Anderson CEO Development Victoria

LEADING THE WAY ON CITY SHAPING PROJECTS It has been 12 months since Development Victoria was established, which is a good time to reflect on what we have contributed to the fabric of Melbourne and Victoria. Development Victoria was established to plan and deliver urban revitalisation for the benefit of Victorians. We are a leading urban renewal, property development and civic projects delivery agency that supports State Government policy objectives. This is because urban renewal is at the heart of some of the challenges facing Victoria: population growth, housing affordability, environmental sustainability and economic development. To respond to these challenges, Development Victoria seeks out opportunities to increase housing diversity in places close to jobs, transport and services; leads projects to create cultural, recreational and civic facilities that enrich communities; and revitalises urban precincts to stimulate economic activity. In our first 12 months, we have delivered on our objectives. Civic project highlights include the delivery of the Palais Theatre redevelopment in St Kilda; the commencement of Stage 3 of the Melbourne Park redevelopment; ongoing refurbishment of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station; and started the next stage of redevelopment of the State Library Victoria. We continue to achieve outcomes in other areas, such as Melbourne’s Docklands, which is one of our key precincts. In the past 12 months, there have been more than 2,800 residential apartments completed by our delivery partners, and almost 207,000m2 of commercial space commenced or completed. Docklands now has more than 13,000 residents and around 58,000 people employed in the precinct. We will continue to work closely with government, the community and industry stakeholders to achieve our vision of making Victoria a great place to live.



comment Stuart Munro Change Director Montlaur

IT’S CRUCIAL THAT WE INTEGRATE CHANGE AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT A new office design most often results in changes to the way people work. For this reason, it’s vital to integrate change management services with project management as early as possible. Change management can help an organisation understand the opportunities that come with moving to a new physical environment and new possibilities for working. Montlaur has been able to facilitate this in recent projects for Investa – who are relocating their Sydney office and moving to an activity-based working model – and the new headquarters for the Victorian branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Implementing a thorough workplace strategy well before design begins is critical. A new office provides an opportunity to assess how a workplace does its job. Is the current set up giving staff what they need? What can be improved? Is there the right combination of collaborative work zones and quiet, focused areas? Does the team have the technology it needs to deliver exceptional results? A combination of workshops, surveys and focus groups can be useful for gathering this information. Montlaur believes that creating innovative workplaces requires an integrated approach; a project manager to deliver the physical environment and a change manager who can deliver the strategy and help people adapt. The change manager helps to ensure stakeholders provide the right input at the right time, aligning the organisation with the project timeline and securing that all important buy-in.

NATION BUILDING IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT NATIONAL AWARDS From convention centres to master planned communities, from heritage overhauls to new hospitals, the nation’s best buildings and brightest talent are once again in the spotlight. This year, 137 finalists in 20 categories have been named ahead of the 2018 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in May. The awards program, now in its 36th year in partnership with RLB, showcases nation building projects, innovative solutions and extraordinary leadership in Australia’s property industry. According to the Property Council’s Chief Executive, Ken Morrison, the awards celebrate the best of the property industry, and underscore the industry’s contribution to nation building. “Together, the property industry creates more jobs than mining and manufacturing combined, and is Australia’s biggest employer,” Mr Morrison says. “Each of these finalists showcases how we are shaping our cities for the future, and why we are leading the world in terms of sustainability, innovation and peoplecentric design.” Among the finalists this year are Sydney’s Barangaroo South – which aims to be the world’s first carbon neutral precinct – and International Convention Centre, which boasts the largest ballroom in Australia.

Three Capes Track, TAS

The $60 million Bendigo Hospital in regional Victoria combines innovative thinking, value-for-money solutions and industry best engineering and construction in one exceptional public building. Darwin’s outdoor entertainment precinct at Casuarina Square, the $670 million overhaul of Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast and Chadstone’s $583 million expansion in Melbourne are all squaring off for the Yardi Award for Best Shopping Centre Development. Perth’s oldest station building, The Goods Shed, is a finalist for its painstaking 18-month heritage restoration, while the conversion of Hobart’s 1899 heritage building at 40 Molle Street development demonstrates the potential of adaptive reuse. Tonsley in South Australia is a finalist for its transformation from a former automotive manufacturing plant into arguably Australia’s most exciting innovation district. And Horizon in the ACT showcases how the private sector is delivering affordable and liveable housing. “We are excited to have finalists from each state and territory this year, which certainly reconfirms the strength of our industry across all jurisdictions,” Mr Morrison adds. All development national finalists are in the running for the industry’s most coveted prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award. Developments are also vying for the State Development of the Year award in their state. Ten rising stars have also been shortlisted for the du Chateau Chun Award for Future Leader of the Year. Innovation is recognised in two subcategories: the Kone Award for Best Development Innovation and the Equiem Award for Best Project Innovation. Diversity is also recognised in two categories: the Moulis Legal Award for Diversity for larger companies, and the PwC Award for Diversity for companies with less than 250 employees.

Working together, a project manager and a change management expert can look at a project more holistically to create a roadmap to success, and this is something our industry is now coming to better appreciate. Barrangaroo South Sydney, NSW



New Bendigo Hospital, VIC

comment ICC Sydney Convention Centre, NSW Darren Cooper National President Urban Development Institute of Australia The Quarter at Casuarina Square, Darwin

National award winners will be announced at the 2018 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the ICC

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Sydney Convention Centre on Friday 11 May 2018. Tickets are now on sale.


As Australians, we are proud of our way of life. We should be – all of our major cities are considered among the world’s most liveable. With such great cities, it is no surprise people want to live in them and as a result, demand is very high.

SKILLING WORKERS FOR THE FUTURE The building and construction industry is forecast to create 80,000 new jobs over the next five years. But with fewer people taking up traditional apprenticeships, where will the future tradespeople come from? Employers from every sector of the building industry are already reporting problems finding qualified tradespeople. This not a new problem, Australia has faced some level of skills shortage in the building and construction industry over the course of fifty years and successive governments have failed to fix the problem. Our growth regularly outstrips the vocational and education sector’s ability to train and deliver enough skilled workers across the various trade and specialities and we have rarely supplied a surplus of tradespeople. The decrease in apprentice numbers since 2012 – up to 45% in some areas – has been seen before and has previously been addressed through various policy responses including employer incentives and direct injections of funding to students and both public and private training providers. The real problem for the sector today is that government funding has been continuously

increasing in the university and secondary school sectors over the past two decades, leaving less in the kitty for the VET sector. Policy changes also mean school leavers are older (average age 18 across the country as opposed to 14-16 twenty years ago) and with more options and career pathways open to them than ever before, few are choosing the supposedly ‘less prestigious’ path of a trade or career in the building industry. While industry leaders and employers are calling for an overhaul of the VET sector, much of the focus is on the process rather than the content. Now might also be the time to consider the skills being taught if we are to attract school leavers or lure workers from other sectors to the industry.

The publication is proud of the relationship they have established with major developers,

Many people say the solution is to cut immigration. I believe this is a cop-out. Immigration is an inseparable part of the Australian ethos. Even our national anthem says, “we’ve boundless plains to share”.

Are the skills being taught today relevant and adaptable to new technologies and modern construction methods?

The slow release of land for development continues to be a problem nationwide – further driving up costs. The Federal Government needs to continue its push to fund infrastructure delivery in return for state and local governments to agree to unlock land.

We risk being left behind and remaining the poor choice or last option if we don’t address these questions. While we need quantity, we shouldn’t sacrifice quality if we are to remain leaders in workplace health and safety and construction innovation.

Excessive taxation must also be addressed. In some markets, over 25% of the price homebuyers pay is pure tax. Buyers end up paying interest on the tax via their mortgage, taking thousands of hard earned dollars out of the family budget each year.

50 ISSUES SHOWCASING AUSTRALIA’S BEST This issue of our quarterly publication and popular trade journal the Australian National Construction Major Project Review (ANCR) marks the 50th issue since the inarguable 30 The Bond issue (Lendlease's national headquaters) was released in 2004.

The problem arises when governments do not unlock supply to meet that demand. Due to undersupply, we have many of the world’s most unaffordable cities. In the category of cities with a population above 1 million, all Australian markets are within the world’s top 20 most unaffordable.

builders, consultants, and the industry’s suppliers, investors and subcontractors, with many having been part of the publication since the first issue. “We sincerely thank all of you for allowing us to share in your triumphs,” said ANCR Managing Director, Keith Hanson. “We have some pretty exciting things happening this year to share with you all, which will make our next 50 issues a very exciting time.”

Governments need to show leadership and tackle these problems head on, otherwise the liveability of our cities will tumble as Australians become unable to pay for a home.



comment Tracey Gramlick CEO & Executive Director, AWA

THE PARIS AGREEMENT REDUCES EMISSIONS The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016 and set in place a framework for all countries to take climate action from 2020, building on existing international efforts. The key internationally agreed outcomes include a global goal to hold average temperature increase to below 2°C and pursue efforts to keep warming below 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, setting mitigation targets from 2020 and review targets every five years, robust transparency and accountability rules, action to adapt and build resilience to climate impacts and financial, technological and capacity building support to help developing countries implement the Agreement. Australia is committed to taking strong domestic action and has indicated it would reduce emissions to 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030, building on our 2020 target of reducing emissions by 5% below 2000 levels. Australia’s targets will be achieved through a policy suite reducing emissions, encouraging technological innovation and expanding our clean energy sector. Essentially this target represents a 50-52% reduction in emissions per capita and a 64-65% reduction in the emissions intensity of the economy between 2005 and 2030.

CHANGES TO NSW’S LOW RISE MEDIUM DENSITY HOUSING CODE The NSW Government made changes to the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code on Friday April 6th, 2018. This Code allows for the fast track compliance and development of one and two storey dual occupancies. The new rules will commence on July 6th, 2018. There are some significant benefits with the new Code, and they include: • Time and money savings for homeowners; • Increased housing supply to improve housing affordability; • Improved design of medium density housing proposals; • Cutting red tape. Building Designers: The changes to the Code also include the accreditation of Building Designers who can obtain this through Building Designers Association of Australia. Under the guidelines of the new code it will be required that: “The EP&A Regulation requires that an Architect or an Accredited Designer has designed or immediately directed the design of the development.”

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced that it has acquired Norman Disney & Young (NDY), a leader in sustainable infrastructure engineering design. Established

It is expected that The BDA Australia will work closely with its members to ensure all necessary standards are maintained, and the Association looks forward to helping with the registration of new members in addition to developing relevant training courses to help them administer the important responsibilities relegated to them through the changes to the Code. For more information contact

in Sydney 1959, NDY maintains offices throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, the United Kingdom, and Canada. NDY incorporates innovative technologies and solutions into each of its building designs, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), fire protection, cyber security, and systems controls. “The demand for high performance, sustainable infrastructure solutions is increasing,” said Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO. “The addition of NDY to our sustainable infrastructure design practice enables Tetra Tech to offer technically differentiated green building solutions to our commercial and government clients on a global scale.”

NDY's CEO, Stuart Fowler


Approved Recognition: This is a formal recognition for Building Designers and the Building Design Association of Australia, the BDA Australia, which is specifically mentioned in the changes to the code as recorded above.


Without significant action by the buildings sector, there is a real risk this target will not be met. Again, this flags to the window and glazing industry that, given the significant manufacturing lead times from design through to market availability, now is the time to consider the pending demise of the very basic window types still in wide use in Australia and the need for systems having much better thermal efficiency within the next few years.


Further an ‘Accredited Designer’ will be defined as: “A qualified designer or building designer that is accredited by the Building Designers Association of Australia is required to certify that the design of the development is consistent with the Design Criteria in the Design Verification Statement.”

“We are very excited to join Tetra Tech,” said Stuart Fowler, NDY’s CEO. “Tetra Tech complements our current services while offering in depth engineering capabilities and broader access to customers in new geographies. We look forward to continuing to provide our combined client base with industry leading technical solutions.”

A VOICE FOR WOMEN IN DESIGN On International Women’s Day, a century old global event that honours and celebrates the political, cultural, social and economic achievements of women, the AWID (Australian Women in Design) joined the chorus of women making their collective voices heard in today’s society. At our official launch party, we welcomed the premiere female leaders and creative professionals of the Australian design build business. A crowd of more than 80 honoured guests enjoyed the inspiring words of Dr. Zeny Edwards, Founding Director of the United Nations Association of Australia Peace Program and Architectural Historian; Jo Kellock, the executive director of the Australian Design Alliance, an alliance of peak professional organisations representing Australian designers; Chris Knierim, the National President of Building Designers

Jo Kellock, Executive Director of the Australian Design Alliance

Association of Australia and Jenny Page, the Business Development Consultant for Brickworks Limited. It marked a fitting beginning for the Australian Women in Design Community, which enables women to make relevant, meaningful and valuable connections on their way to success. Dedicated to the advancement of women in design, AWID embraces the concept of “Design. Connect. Lead.” And while AWID’s organisational motto is “Success is a personal journey,” the group also aims and strives to connect and unite top design professionals. Australian Women in Design seeks to produce inspiring, progressive, and celebratory events across Australia; happenings that honour, inform and bring together our talented members. Our programs will serve to fill the gap for and meet the needs of women seeking mentors, seeking to connect with likeminded individuals on their path to success, seeking timely and relevant information regarding innovations and developments in the design industry, or seeking unique corporate entertainment. Women in design have the power. They have the talent. Now they need the voice. Together, we will build and design a better future. Design. Connect. Lead.

OVERCOMING RESISTANCE TO DIGITAL At a recent IFS roundtable, leading construction companies revealed large gaps in their systems and said they often struggled to drive adoption of more efficient enterprise software. Companies admitted that subcontractors were often more advanced in their use of digital technology and that their senior employees were often resistant to change, with the mentality, “If it works, why change it?” IFS sees five IT-related factors – poor visibility of project performance, lack of onsite data collection, double handling of information, delayed project actuals and forecasts, and inefficient management of people, safety and compliance – that are holding construction companies back. Look at all the Excel spreadsheets used across the industry to manage people, safety and compliance. These make onboarding of staff costly and cumbersome and result in


business bottlenecks that negatively affect projects. One of our Australian customers has seen average staff onboarding costs fall from nearly $1,000 to under $100 after replacing Excel with an IFS enterprise workforce management solution. Another firm has implemented an IFS enterprise solution to increase visibility and control over project costs and revenues. Consistent processes, a modern user interface and a single repository for all information have streamlined everyday tasks and improved team dynamics. As a result, the company has increased efficiencies in managing contracts, subcontractors, purchasing and materials, and can deliver better services to its clients. Most construction firms could improve their competitiveness with modern, integrated enterprise software. The key to success is starting with solutions offering clear benefits to companies and staff, and building up from there.

Graham Wolfe Deputy Managing Director HIA

AUSTRALIAN APPRENTICESHIPS RECEIVE A REAL LEG UP The Commonwealth Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program announced today by Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Karen Andrews, will deliver a significant boost for apprenticeship training in Australia, said the Housing Industry Association. “Many young Australians face a number of challenges as they journey through their apprenticeships towards a trade qualification, particularly during the early years of their training,” said HIA’s Deputy Managing Director, Graham Wolfe. “These challenges can impede the apprentice’s progress and often create personal hurdles that reduce the likelihood of completion. Unfortunately too many apprenticeships fail to reach completion. “Supporting and mentoring apprentices during the early stages of their training will definitely lift apprenticeship completion rates nationally – an outcome that benefits the apprentice, our industry’s skills’ capabilities and the economy more broadly. Through the ISMAA funding, HIA is able to deliver an Apprentice Mentoring Program that provides an apprentice support hub offering a wide range of services, facilities, tools, advice and assistance to support apprentices in the building and construction industry during their early and middle apprenticeship years. “The funding enables mentoring providers such as HIA with the resources to make a real difference towards retaining apprentices to completion, which means a steady supply of qualified tradespeople at a time when industry needs them the most,” Mr Wolfe concluded.




TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL In order to cater to the growing demands of the local community, Trinity Beach State School in Queensland required the development of a new Senior Learning Centre that would include extra classrooms and staff support rooms. Faced with the challenge of providing suitable air conditioning for both staff and students, the developers turned to one of Australia’s leading suppliers of residential and commercial air conditioners, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA), for the solution to this challenge. “The Senior Learning Centre development was unique in terms of the challenges and requirements our air conditioners had to meet. On top of ensuring they met the growing demands of the school and were suitable for the harsh climatic conditions of area, there was an added height and location restriction of where the outdoor units could be located,” said Grant Shannon, Technical Sales Manager MHIAA. The design called for 220kW of VRF air conditioning units to be housed in naturally created pockets below the buildings stairwell landings. This required an air conditioning solution that had a low profile which did not exceed a maximum height, while still providing the required capacity to condition the building.



“The maximum height requirements in particular meant that the common top discharge VRF units were not suitable for this project. MHIAA therefore proposed the installation of our Micro KX VRF series which features a unique side blow configuration,” said Grant Shannon. Working together, Field Construct and Haz-Elec Industries, Cairns, installed eight twin fan side blow and two single fan side blow Micro KX VRF condensers. These units are highly compact, have a high connection capacity and are extremely cost competitive. By combining these two systems MHIAA was able to deliver the required 220kW air conditioning system, which will support the school well into the future. Throughout the build, MHIAA was able to showcase its versatile commercial solutions not only with its range of outdoor units but also with the indoor units installed. As a contemporary building it was important that the selected indoor units not only include the latest technological advancements but also complemented the buildings design and aesthetics. Chosen for indoor units were MHIAA’s FDT Ceiling Cassettes and the stylish new FDK series of high walls. The FDT ceiling cassettes


feature a lightweight and compact design with individual flap control making them ideal for larger classrooms within the building. For the smaller staff and class rooms, the stylish and Italian designed FDK high walls were the perfect solution as they blended in with the buildings modern interior. By combining the two units, Haz-Elec Industries, Cairns and MHIAA were able to deliver a perfect cooling solution for the project, ensuring both the staff and students comfort all year round. As testament to the innovative design and products used in the overall construction, the Trinity Beach State School Senior Learning Centre project went on to win two QMBA awards in 2017 including the FNQ Regional Winner for Project of the Year and Education Facilities up to $10 million award. “It is extremely rewarding to know that MHIAA had the opportunity to come on board and be part of this award winning project,� said Grant Shannon.

to ensure that they not only met the challenges of the build but also met the building schedule. With innovation at its core, MHIAA is committed to developing world class, highly efficient and energy saving air conditioning systems that will help the company grow in the future. By providing a diverse range of products to the Australian and New Zealand markets, the company is at the forefront of versatility and can be relied upon to find suitable applications for their products across a range of sectors including health, hospitality, education and food processing. MHIAA aims to create products that improve the lives of those who use them, such as the staff and students at Trinity Beach, to create a sustainable future for the world. For more information contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty Ltd, 9C Commercial Road, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, phone 1300 138 008, fax 02 8571 7992, website

With the project on a strict deadline and the air conditioning installation needing to be completed within the school holidays, MHIAA was able

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NEW LEGISLATION GIVES ACLAD AND AGC NEW VOICE The team at ACLAD highly welcomed the amendment to the Building and Construction Legislation that came into force on November 1st in Queensland. “These changes have now given us Fabricators and Installers the right to voice and demonstrate our concerns with products we know are combustible!” Daron Hodder, Director of ACLAD stated. After educating Queensland specifiers for 20 years, Daron continues to educate and promote ‘safe’ products like the Reynodual® twin-skinned aluminium cladding distributed by Architectural Glass & Cladding. “For too long non-compliant ACM’s have been sold by suppliers, whom have clearly known since the year 2000, just how flammable they were,” said Daron to Industry at the recent Cladding Crisis Seminar in Brisbane on Wednesday 29th November 2017. As Government task forces have moved swiftly to identify the buildings affected with the non-compliant product, he remains



concerned that “these suppliers are out there to gain more sales of ACM’s. Suppliers of Poly Ethylene products (PE) were clearly irresponsible for 15 years in selling over 4.5 million m2 of PE panels since the year 2000,” said Daron. Reynodual® is a “safe and certified product” Daron said, Reynodual® provides piece of mind and comfort not only for fabricators but also for head contractors and building owners. ACLAD along with Architectural Glass & Cladding have been responsibly supplying and installing safe cladding products in Australia for many years. “Building consultants should be talking to us, thus ensuring the suppliers of non-compliant products are not rewarded for their past miss-actions, now costing building owners a lot of money.” Daron said. Reynodual® with its high tensile H3000 series alloy twin-skins is the right choice for a strong, reliable and code compliant product replacement.


REYNODUAL®, A SOLUTION TO COMBUSTIBILITY Architectural Glass & Cladding are pleased to announce in postscript that their new market-leading non-combustible cladding product Reynodual® has completed the full scale system test AS5113 with great success in fire propogation and flame spread and is up and running at Lendlease’s Toorak Park development. Purporting to be the only “core free” twin-skinned aluminium cladding to have undergone this test, its performance at Toorak Park will ensure the utmost protection for owners and tenants. A new apartment complex in Armadale, Victoria by Lendlease promising village style living across 2.5 hectares, AG&C’s Reynodual® would seem the perfect choice for aesthetic smartness and product efficacy. Bringing to the project over 22,000m2 of Reynodual® Non-Combustible Cladding featuring a mix of 11 different colours and

finishes including standard, metallic and woodgrain, it’s presence at Toorak Park is remarkably subtle and inobtrusive. Spanning across sixteen buildings at the Armadale Site, Reynodual® Cladding Solutions to Toorak Park show superior sensitivity when it comes to blending with the surrounding landscape. Coming to us in the wake of the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne, it was to Architectural Glass & Cladding’s credit that their product was taken up by Lendlease with confidence and is now regarded as a “trusted and compliant panel”. Revolutionary, new and now, well and truly accredited for its non-combustible performance, the stylish cladding would seem to be just testing its wings at the Toorak development with many iconic projects now under way across Australia including the highly publicised Unilodge Student Accomodation re-clad in Darwin

with Hutchinson Builders and Lendlease’s Melbourne Quarter development. Architectural Glass & Cladding have over 15 years experience in the façade and glass industry and source products from local and international manufacturers located in Europe, South East Asia and North America. Providing Australia with products that are pleasing to the eye, insulate against noise, and are sustainable, thermal and energy saving, AG&C have well and truly set a high benchmark for future competitors.

For more information contact Architectural Glass & Cladding, Suite 17, Wharf Central, 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, email info@agcproducts., website ANCR CLADDING EXCELLENCE



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Hospital and healthcare facilities provide an important foundation to communities. The companies involved in bringing these buildings to life offer uniquie and innovative products and construction methods to complete these architectural marvels.

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ARC REINFORCE AUSTRALIAN HEALTHCARE Supplying Australian-made steel to the construction industry for 98 years, The Australian Reinforcing Company (ARC) has worked on several major medical facilities, such as the Gold Coast Hospital, Logan Hospital and Mackay Base Hospital in QLD, Cabrini Hospital, Casey Hospital and Whyndam Medical Centre in Victoria, the Tamworth Hospital, St George ED Hospital, and John Hunter Hospital in New South Wales, and the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania. Most recently, ARC have supplied the challenging upgrade to the Newcastle Private Hospital in New South Wales. ARC has the expertise to schedule large and complicated projects like hospitals and other medical facilities from construction plans. Importantly, it has the capability and experience to accurately cut, bend, pre-fabricate and deliver complex reinforcing structures, with the site network to do this across Australia. Its involvement in the Newcastle Private Hospital saw ARC manufacture and deliver in excess of 700 tonnes of processed reinforcing bar, pre-fabricated cages and associated accessories to Hansen Yuncken. “ARC’s expert scheduling team prepared detailed take-offs from engineers’ drawings and placed the required production orders into its manufacturing facilities – from piling reinforcement through to



the suspended slabs,” explains Pat McAllister, Operations Manager Newcastle and Northern New South Wales at Hansen Yuncken. Located in a densely populated area on steep terrain, access to the site was not easy. “The hospital site is a bustling precinct with a high level of vehicle and pedestrian traffic – as you would expect on an existing hospital site, The ARC team had to work closely with our Site Manager. Their professionalism ensured the right batch of material was delivered on time (in line with crane schedules), in full and without incident,” said Pat. “Daily communication was imperative to ensure ARC had the right steel in production 48 hours prior to delivery onsite and that any changes to sequencing onsite was quickly reflected in ARC’s manufacturing programme,” said David Hardy, Regional Manager New South Wales at ARC. Approaching 100 years of supplying reinforcing steel in Australia, ARC has been involved with some of our country’s most iconic architectural and civil projects. Key examples include the Sydney Harbour Bridge & Tunnel, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne’s MCG and Etihad Stadiums, Brisbane’s Victoria Bridge and Parliament House in Canberra. For more information contact ARC – The Australian Reinforcing Company, phone 131 557, website



HIGH SKILL, HIGH QUALITY Providing reinforced steel placement services to civil engineering projects throughout New South Wales, Australian owned and family run, CDMT Reo’s honesty, quality and overall professionalism, ensures it stands out from the competition. Established in 2006 by Charlie and Danielle Parsons, the company has quickly grown to a team of over 40 highly skilled professionals, whom are provided with continual staff training in company policies, occupational health and safety and industry standards. “Our professional team collaborates with builders, developers and civil engineers to deliver successful construction projects, on budget and on schedule,” explains CDMT Reo’s, Charlie Parsons. “We implement the latest, most effective innovations in steel reinforcement, ensuring the structural integrity of all our projects remain good as new for years to come. “At CDMT Reo we only employ highly skilled professionals. Our team has worked with us for many years and have been handpicked and trained by us. Our dedicated and loyal workforce are known for their high standards, providing clients with a quick turnaround and excellent quality.” CMDT Reo provides reinforcement services across all building markets and sectors, including residential, commercial, retail, health, aged care, justice, education, defence, community, housing and more. Its experience includes (but is certainly not limited to) columns, stairs WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and footings, ground and suspended slabs, precast panels, pile cages, water treatment tanks and high rise buildings and apartments. In the area of health, CDMT Reo recently completed a structural reinforcement package for the main structure of the Newcastle Private Hospital. The project saw the placement of approximately 700 tonne of steel reinforcement, erecting columns and concrete walls, as well as post tensioned slabs, conventional slabs and on-ground slabs. Last minute design changes made the project challenging, as well as access for mobile cranes and plant to complete the works. CDMT offer all of their clients a satisfaction guarantee, working closely to overcome challenges, ensuring any potential issues or last minute changes are quickly resolved. CDMT sponsors local sporting teams and supports the local Relay for Life held by the NSW Cancer Council with regular fund raising events. They also support and donate to several charities including Australian Red Cross, Women’s Royal Australian Army Corp, Young Diggers, PCYC, Surf Life Saving Australia, Rural Fire Services, Movember Foundation and Walk for Autism.

For more information contact CDMT Reo Pty Ltd, PO Box 3382, Bateau Bay NSW 2261, phone 0468 599 706, email, website ANCR SPEACIAL FEATURE HEALTHCARE SHOWCASE







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CONSTRUCTING INNOVATION @ARBS 2018 The future of the built environment, with a focus on innovative responses to existing and emerging trends, will be on show at ARBS 2018, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition which returns to Sydney on the 8-10 May 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC). Data and technology is transforming our built environment and as smart building solutions continue to evolve, they allow property developers and owners to reduce costs, improve energy efficiency and enhance occupant comfort. Recent advancements have meant greater integration and interoperability between key systems, resulting in highly sophisticated building control strategies. Explore these cutting-edge intelligent building technologies and solutions via a series of displays, presentations and hands on sessions in the brand-new show floor precinct, IBTech@ARBS.   Alongside the exhibition, and of interest to the building and construction industry, will be the Speaker Series – a full seminar program which will see industry leaders and experts present on an array of topics and management issues whilst facilitating discussions on how we can better design, control and innovate to sustainably and efficiently transform our built environment. If you are involved in HVAC&R or building services, then you cannot miss this major industry event. Quick and easy pre-registration is available online which grants free entry across all three days – visit




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LOOKING FOR A SIGN A Sign Design provides Design and Construct contracts as well as supply and install services across the south east Queensland area and major Australian capital cities. The company is committed to environmentally sustainable products and systems, avoiding the use of foam and PVC and recycling raw materials, metal, plastic and paper products, to combat the amounts of wastage in the signage industry. Recently, A Sign Design, owned and operated by the Lucas family, was contracted to design and construct both internal and external signage at the Buranda TOD student accommodation development. The company started the project early in 2017 with the full complement of its 20 tradesmen contributing to the required 3,000 signs and 1,000m² of graphic displays. Matthew Lucas, explained that a major challenge of the Buranda job was achieving the design intent within budget constraints. The design brief called for signage that was functional and hard wearing as well as having a youthful aesthetic that would appeal to students. A Sign Design chose bold images of the Queensland environment such as the Daintree rainforest for large murals to capture the interest of international students and introduce them to the local area. A Sign Design used the innovative process of direct printing onto aluminium and acrylic bases for the signage at Buranda, reducing the lead time. A number of different protective coatings were tested to ensure the signs were resilient and long lasting. The interior of the Rio Tinto offices in Brisbane showcases A Sign Design’s spectacular work with signage on numerous displays highlighting Rio Tinto’s mining products as well as environmental graphics features. In 2014 Brisbane City Council contracted A Sign Design for the Ferry Infrastructure project on the Brisbane River. After the 2013 flood, 11 new ferry terminals were constructed and A Sign Design fabricated and installed large acrylic identity signs and the way-finding signage within the terminals For more information contact A Sign Design, 12 Birubi Street, Coorparoo QLD 4151, phone 07 3847 5305, email info@asigndesign., website



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A FRESH APPROACH Outerspace Landscape Architects is a multi-disciplinary team of designers who specialise in project management, urban design, conservation and land management with over 50 years of combined experience. Their approach is fresh and vibrant, incorporating the beauty of environmental lines and forms in an urban landscape. The firm undertakes a diverse range of work from urban and environmental design including wetlands, master planning and design for large subdivision developments to detailed design of high profile reserves and custom designed play spaces and entry features. Kathy Bawden, Director and Senior Landscape Architect stated, “Our vision is to create unique design solutions through collaboration with local artisans, suppliers and manufacturers so our designs are not only inspirational but site specific and easily interpreted into existence. We believe this is best achieved by ensuring we respond to the needs of our clients, the community and the environment.”

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Outerspace is currently working on the Torrens Rail Junction Project along with Cox Architecture, KBR, Aecom and headed by multi-national construction company Laing O’Rourke. “We are excited to be working towards building a better and more efficient infrastructure system in Adelaide and enriching the local area with plaza spaces, bespoke seating using materials that capture the sites historic industrial character and reinforcing themes used in the adjacent Bowden Village Precinct,” Kathy said. The team at Outerspace has also just completed the second stage of the Hindley Street Precinct with Adelaide City Council. Hindley Street is Adelaide’s entertainment hub where live music floods the street at night and showcases an entrepreneurial centre for progressive arts and cultural institutions during the day.

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Outerspace, primarily based in Adelaide, have expanded to a studio in Melbourne and just completed their first master planning project in New South Wales. For more information contact Outerspace Landscape Architects, Adelaide and Melbourne Studios, phone 08 8223 3228, website Image by Cox Architecture




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

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THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAINAGE REGULATIONS Plumbing and drainage have a number of important regulations to adhere to, without which major problems can be caused for the projects they are integrated in. Minimum outlet size requirement is an important element of plumbing regulations as a drain with too small an outlet for wastewater will not be compliant. Load prescriptions are another vital aspect in construction standards related to drainage. For example, a drain with a pedestrian load classification could not be used for a project where the drain will be put under vehicle access – which varies from light to large vehicles. In such cases, even if the product itself is conforming, used in the wrong application, it will be deemed non-compliant and has the potential to jeopardise the entire project. Access and mobility is also integral to the success of drainage systems. The Australian Standard Design for access and mobility provides building professionals with the minimum design requirements for new building work, to enable access for people with disabilities. In terms of drainage, this addresses a number of elements such as level thresholds. A threshold drain will assist in achieving compliance by ensuring there is no step-down, creating a hidden water barrier between interior and exterior living areas. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Stormtech drains are fully compliant with a number of building codes, in particular Plumbing Code AS3500. With 25 years experience in architectural drainage, Stormtech have all products certified by Greentag and Level 2 Watermark to help with Green Star credits. The Australian, family owned business works closely with regulators, legislators, end users, trades and distributors to develop problem solving products. Their experienced team welcomes any questions about product selection and compliance. For more information contact Stormtech, phone 1300 653 403, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS







A WALK IN THE PARK Orion Mechanical Services is an innovative specialist in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions with an established reputation for expert delivery across multi-storey residential developments, commercial and mixed-use projects, plus luxury private homes. The largest residential project undertaken by Orion Mechanical Services to date is at the Macquarie Park Village (MPV) complex, located in one of Sydney’s most sophisticated lifestyle, educational, retail, business and transport hubs. Justin Phillips, Managing Director of Orion Mechanical Services, said that the work at Macquarie Park Village comprised 700 apartments over seven buildings, plus a massive three level common basement carpark below, as well as cold shell retail areas. “With 700 apartments in which HVAC services had to be provided, together with the basement and retail areas, this was a large scale project by any measure. We worked closely with Parkview, the builders of MPV, to standardise the design which involved creating 2D coordinated services overlay drawings on typical floors. This was hugely successful in increasing the delivery, speed and quality of the project.”

on all our current projects including the Mezzo Glebe development, enabling us to show our ability to manage issues like very limited ceiling space and the need to conceal the horizontal discharge vents from kitchens and toilets in the façade.” Justin established Orion Mechanical Services in 1999 and has since focused on delivering high-quality, high-finish results that fit with end user specifications, budgets and deadlines. Orion Mechanical Services has worked as a close partner with Parkview on a number of major projects and is particularly proud to have been associated with the Macquarie Park Village development and the Parkview delivery team.

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

Other unique features of Orion Mechanical’s brief included installing stair pressurisation systems in all buildings. Each of the 700 apartments has a stand-alone, ducted, Daikin VRV air conditioning system with zone control. “The apartment toilet, laundry & kitchen exhaust systems discharge horizontally, eliminating the need for central duct risers to the roof and fire dampers,” Justin revealed. “This is a technique we are using

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

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

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



project where the focus should be on completion, not dealing with subcontractor materials.

no onsite delays, and the crane will need to be available during the erection of the system.

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GCP’S PREPRUFE® PLUS WATERPROOFING HAS ARRIVED IN AUSTRALIA Central to facilitating more underground construction and prolonging design lives, is the process of waterproofing. Yet delivering effective waterproofing is a challenge: it must be done correctly at the outset of a project otherwise development owners will face rising maintenance costs over a structure’s lifetime.

deterioration caused by the chlorides and sulphates in groundwater or aggressive soils. It can be applied directly to wet substrates and is immediately ready – without protective layers – for rebar installation.

One of the most popular and globally specified basement waterproofing products for over 25 years is PREPRUFE® pre-applied waterproofing from GCP Applied Technologies, previously Grace Construction Products.

PREPRUFE® features in some of the world’s most high profile projects, including the Sydney M5 Tunnel, Perth Metro, Las Vegas’ MGM Centre, London’s Crossrail, the Warsaw Spire, and the Shanghai Disneyland theme park. To date, over 50 million m2 of PREPRUFE® membranes from GCP have been applied on base slabs, walls and tunnel roofs globally. The new PPREPRUFE® Plus system has been successfully applied in New Zealand International Convention Centre and the Commercial Bay Precinct projects, both in Auckland. In addition to providing market leading products, GCP delivers Blue360SM Total Business Advantage through working closely with clients to tailor solutions to meet the needs of individual projects and providing expert field technical support through all phases of a project.

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It comes with an innovative adhesive-to-adhesive bond to the seams provided by PREPRUFE® ZIPLAP™, which enables fast, equipment-free application, while delivering strong bond in wet and dusty job site conditions. It is release liner-free, reducing installation errors and waste. The easy kick-out roll enables labour savings and faster installation.

Unlike many other membrane systems, PREPRUFE® does not rely on the mechanical bonding of fibres or variable hydration processes. Its Advanced Bonding Technology™ provides a full and continuous bond to cured concrete, forming a unique seal between the waterproofing layer and the structure. It prevents water migration into and around the structure thereby protecting the concrete from


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The $15M Aero Apartments project is an impressive 14-storey tower development comprising of 45 apartments with modern interiors situated in Hunter Street, Newcastle West. Owner-occupiers and tenants enjoy beautifully appointed, spacious and stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments that deliver comfort, elegance and sophistication. GWH Build is an independent, commercial, industrial and residential property builder and developer providing high quality end-to-end solutions in New South Wales’ Lower Hunter region. With its head office located in Newcastle, GWH Build are busy contributing to the boom in revamping and continued beautification of the former industrial city.

team, but also our vertically integrated innovative building techniques and supply chain. We work closely in conjunction with our sister companies in the Hunter Group for example Frontline Windows, who supplied the commercial grade windows for Aero, Hunter Precast for the precast concrete elements and Hunter Structural Steel for the structural steel components.”

$1 billion worth of projects delivered to date. The Build arm has over 60 direct employees, from draftsmen, town planners, development and project managers, real estate agents to carpenters and landscapers to name a few, and all experts in their chosen fields. The resultant inhouse capabilities enable GWH Build to maintain its professional standards and efficiencies across all its projects.

GWH Build bought the 1,100m² site for the Aero Apartments project on Newcastle’s thoroughfare, Hunter Street, for its proximity to the CBD and foreseen upcoming developments in civic infrastructure such as the rail interchange and light rail.

“We also have a select group of tried and tested, preferred suppliers and subcontractors who we have a valued working relationship with. They all know our methods, cycling expectations, processes and the quality of work we and our stake holders expect. We drive our projects to run as efficiently as possible, which our preferred subcontractors are attuned with and appreciate. The project as a whole went really well.”

Similar to Aero Apartments development is GWH Build’s recently completed Soho Central at Islington, a mixed use development of two smaller towers connected by a large landscaped terraced garden on Level 1. The 41 residential apartments and two ground floor commercial tenancies were built on a site chosen for its proximity to Beaumont Street cafés, pubs, retail areas and a major transport hub.

One of the challenges of the project was the logistics of the construction process. “Newcastle hasn’t had a great number of high rise developments in the CBD so team Aero and our subcontractors had to work closely together to ensure constant achievement of milestones in such a tight space with multiple facets going on at all hours of the day. We had 820 workers inducted on the site, communication, managing the timeline and the sequencing of trades was critical to the success of the job,” said George.

GWH Build also operates lessee businesses and manages completed developments and assembled investors, one such example is the Newcastle Airport Unit Trust, which developed the $22 million Mercure Hotel at Newcastle Airport in 2015. GWH Build acted as the developer and D&C contractor and is now part of managing the Mercure franchise with the support of operator Accor.

Aero Apartments is a 14-storey tower development of 10,100m² gross building area comprising 45-apartments of one, two and three-bedrooms and a spectacular residents rooftop terrace and BBQ area with sweeping 360 degree views. The podium has two commercial tenancies at ground level and three levels of car parking and individual units. The contemporary design established a new standard of architecture for Newcastle with striking off-form patterned precast concrete façades, floor to ceiling glazing and stylish on trend modern interiors. To showcase their work, GWH Build now has set up its own headquarters in one of Aero’s ground floor commercial tenancies. Aero stands out as one of the tallest buildings in Newcastle but will soon be surpassed by yet another of GWH Build’s own developments, with the 19-storey SKY Residences soon to commence in the city’s Civic centre.

GWH Build has over 22 years experience in development and construction with over

For more information contact GWH Build, 770 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2302, phone 02 4966 3766, email, website

Using precast concrete in all the vertical load bearing elements for the construction of Aero contributed to the project being completed in the blistering pace of 51 weeks. GWH Build’s efficiencies are largely due to the group’s vertically integrated model. George Araujo, Construction Manager of multi-storey projects for GWH Build explained, “The speed with which we delivered Aero has a great deal to do with not only our hard working and committed 42




RISING UP BG&E is a consulting engineering practice specialising in designs for infrastructure, structural and civil engineering and façades as well as providing construction support. BG&E service the property, transport, mining, marine and civil sectors and offer advice and reports in materials technology and structural assessments. BG&E were contracted for structural engineering services at Aero Apartments providing designs of concept drawings to building completion. The company assisted with the handling and construction sequencing of the double storey 6m high precast concrete wall panels and columns and designed the propping mechanisms to implement a quick and safe building process. As a result, the tower construction progressed at approximately a level a week. A challenging venture for BG&E was the detailing and construction of the central core which was built with precast concrete and steel

plate. The detailing of the columns beneath the Level 4 podium also required an innovative solution with block-outs made in the precast columns to key in the slab. “We consider ourselves a builder’s engineer,” said Peter Shrewsbury, Structural Engineer (Associate) at BG&E. “We like to start working at the concept stage to ensure the architect’s design is realised in a structurally economic fashion. We focus on buildability and cost saving.” BG&E has five offices across Australia as well as in Singapore, London and the United Arab Emirates where it has provided engineering for some spectacular high rise structures such as the 330m high Index Building in Dubai. BG&E has earned itself a reputation for technical excellence winning a string of awards including Winner of the Consult Australia Medium Firm Award for Excellence in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Projects completed for GWH Build include Waterview Apartments at Belmont, The Millhorn at Wickham and Soho Central at Islington. Currently BG&E is working on Highpoint in Charlestown and Centrale at Broadmeadow. For more information contact BG&E, Level 1, 163 King Street, Newcastle NSW 2300, phone 02 4902 3000, email, website



EXPERTS IN FENCING Chainwire Fencing Specialist was contracted to fabricate, supply and install aluminium architectural elements and security cages at the Aero Apartments development in June 2017. The company worked onsite with four team members installing aluminium louvres, 200m² of aluminium screens around the rear car parking area and a 9m x 6m aluminium tube framed awning for the BBQ area on the roof. Chainwire Fencing Specialist also fabricated and installed 45 internal lockable chain wire storage cages for the individual units. Aluminium screens are a new product for Chainwire Fencing Specialist and assembling such a large number of panels, over 80 altogether, each measuring 2.4m high by 1.5m wide, was a challenge. The design detailing of the posts to enable efficient installation of the screens tested the skills of the fabricators. The quality of work achieved by Chainwire Fencing Specialist is reflected in repeated contracts with GWH Build. At Soho Central it installed aluminium privacy screens between the apartment’s balconies and aluminium screens over service machinery such as the air conditioning units. Chainwire Fencing Specialist installed chain wire enclosures and privacy screens at Eastside, Charlestown and are currently working at The Millhorn installing, sliding aluminium louvres, internal storage cages and an aluminium rooftop awning. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Chainwire Fencing Specialist also offers design, engineering, fabrication, and installation of permanent and temporary fencing including construction site fencing with banner mesh showing company logos. With over 20 years experience Chainwire Fencing Specialist is expert in long installations of tube and mesh fences for industrial estates, commercial property, schools, sporting and secure facilities and for wildlife barriers along highways and roads. A successful project for Woodbury Civil in 2016 involved the supply and installation of 1,265m of 1.8m high security chain wire fencing along a rail corridor. Walters Fencing (Aust) Pty Ltd trading as Chainwire Fencing Specialist, services the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas, the Hunter Valley and regional New South Wales. For more information contact Chainwire Fencing Specialist, 15 Grattoir Place, Toronto NSW 2283, mobile 0425 201 252, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AERO APARTMENTS


POWERING ON Nelson Bay Electrical Services, the largest electrical contracting business in Port Stephens, provides electrical service work and specialised contracting to the residential, commercial, industrial, hotel and education sectors. In December 2016, Nelson Bay Electrical Services started work on the design and construct contract for electrical services at Aero Apartments, with the power connection to GWH Build’s site office. In the apartment block the scope of the work included the design, supply and installation of electrical services to the 45-apartments and two commercial tenancies as well as supply and installation of the switchboard, fire indicators, emergency and exit lighting and the early warning indicator system as well as connection to Foxtel and fibre optic cables for NBN. The challenge at Aero Apartments was managing the logistics of the construction in the CBD.

“We have experience working on large projects but usually on bigger sites, the Aero site was more condensed,” said Director, Matt McGary. “Also Newcastle has become a very busy city, materials handling was a difficulty.” Most of Nelson Bay Electrical Services’ work is design and construct contracts on new developments, particularly residential apartments however it has completed large civil works such as on the Hunter Expressway for Lendlease, a two year job completed in 2016. This project involved street lighting installation, rest area power supply, viaduct lighting and connecting the power supply to intelligent traffic systems. Nelson Bay Electrical Services have worked with GWH Build on previous projects including providing the complete electrical service for the 4 Star Mercure Hotel at Newcastle Airport and 110 units at Greenside Retirement Village where it installed electrical infrastructure, the main switchboard, street lighting and communication conduits. The company is currently contracted to supply and install electrical services at Highpoint Apartments at Charlestown. For more information contact Nelson Bay Electrical Services, 3/16 Shearwater Drive, Taylors Beach NSW 2316, phone 02 4981 9811, email, website


TESTING TIMES Douglas Partners’ clear understanding of client requirements and sound understanding of the ground conditions in the Newcastle area minimises costs and increases efficiency for its clients. Douglas Partners were contracted to investigate the ground conditions and provide geotechnical design and construction advice for Aero Apartments to allow the structural engineers to design a footing system for the building. During the project’s early design stage, there was limited space available to undertake geotechnical investigations prior to demolition of the existing buildings. In order to allow structural design to continue, Douglas Partners provided early geotechnical advice by drawing upon geotechnical data and practical experience from several nearby projects. This early advice was then used to formulate a targeted subsurface investigation to confirm the earlier advice and avoid unnecessary investigation costs for GWH Build. One of the benefits that Douglas Partners added to the project was their flexible approach to the timing of the investigation. Utilising their own drilling and testing company, Ground Test, they were able to work around a variable demolition programme to obtain the necessary geotechnical data. Douglas Partners continued to provide construction phase support until the ground works were completed. “We conducted cone penetration tests which provide quick, reliable data which can be used to assess pile design parameters for engineers, BG&E, to design the footings. Good communication between Douglas Partners, GWH and BG&E contributed to a successful outcome,” said Scott McFarlane, Newcastle Branch Manager. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Douglas Partners is one of the largest privately owned geotechnical engineering consultancies in Australia, working across a range of sectors including property, transport, defence, mining, marine, water and waste management, healthcare and telecommunications. Their specialist disciplines include geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics, contaminated land, groundwater, geophysics and earthworks. In the Newcastle area, Douglas Partners is at the forefront of the geotechnical industry with a comprehensive database of information about the region going back 50 years. The company can quickly access this database to provide integrated and efficient service and solutions for their clients. With over 450 employees across 19 offices nationwide Douglas Partners distinguishes itself by having a large skill set to draw upon with a network of professionals across the breadth and depth of the company. Douglas Partners has worked on a number of projects with GWH Build performing geotechnical investigations for Waterview Apartments, Soho Central, Highpoint Apartments, The Millhorn at Wickham and the Mercure Hotel site at Newcastle Airport. For more information contact Douglas Partners, 15 Callistemon Close, Warabrook NSW 2310, phone 02 4960 9600, email newcastle@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AERO APARTMENTS


STAYING STRONG Platinum RC provides earthworks, steel fixing, formwork and concreting services on large residential, civil, commercial and retail developments across the Hunter region. At Aero Apartments, Platinum RC started work onsite in November 2016 with a foreman and six workers carrying out reinforcement place and fix, 400 tonnes of reinforcement. Platinum RC also provide additional labourer to complete civil for the basements, finishing the work by June 2017. The challenge of the job was the tight space of the 1,200m² site and the sheer weight of steel reinforcing to be manoeuvred. For the transfer slab at podium level, Platinum RC had six tradesmen placing and fixing 30 tonnes of steel for the bottom layer in one day, with another 20 tonnes for the top layer.

Platinum RC’s rapid growth since its inception in 2015 is testament to its quality and team work. Successful contracts for the company include the Newcastle University, Hunter Sports Redevelopment, Huxley, Soho and Millhorn, Centrale Apartments, also of steel fixing, formwork and concreting NACC RAAF Williamtown, Cessnock 300 Project Stage 2, Highpoint, Parry Grande Apartment, Platinum RC has contacts in the pipeline until mid 2020. For more information contact Platinum RC, 34 Throsby Street, Wickham NSW 2293, phone 02 4197 3797, email

Platinum RC employs 48 workers in steel fixers, concretors and foreworkers including machine operators for excavators, diggers. “All Platinum RC’s employees have trade tickets, yet my aim is to have our workers multi-skilled,” said Franck Vili, Owner Operator of the company. “I encourage competency assessments to increase the qualified skill set.” Franck is involved at the early planning stage in every project, organising the construction scheduling, programs and dealing with potential difficulties with clients. “I’m onsite every day talking with the major contractors and Platinum workers,” said Franck. “The personal approach makes the job run smoother – it’s the teamwork at Platinum RC that contributes to the success of the company.”




NOW YOU'RE COOKING Euroform is a family operated business established by directors Rodger Green and Brothers Daniel and David Galea in 2003. The company works with project management teams to design, manufacture, and install kitchen joinery, stone benchtops, two pack cupboard doors, bathroom vanities and bedroom furniture and joinery for the wholesale market. Euroform started work on the Aero Apartments in June 2017, preparing designs, refining the finishes schedule and cost planning in collaboration with GWH Build. Onsite the job was run by Conception Interiors, installing two pack polyurethane kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities for all 45 units as well as coordinationg the supply and installation of Smartstone kitchen bench tops. The project was a highly successful one for Euroform, with the company finishing on time and to budget. Euroform combined black melamine for the shadowlines, fillers and fingerpull details on the kitchen cabinets along with two pack polyurethane natural white satin doors. The contrasting black melamine with white two pack surfaces and Smartstone Nieve white 20mm benchtops and Callacuta Blanco splashbacks gave the kitchens quite a striking appearance whilst remaining within a tight budget.

residential apartment development being project managed and installed by the team at Trademark Kitchens is an 827 unit project consisting of three residential towers in Sydney for Watpac. As a GWH Build preferred contractor Euroform has been selected to supply joinery and stone on a variety of projects including the Mercure Hotel at Newcastle Airport including bedheads, bedside tables, bedroom cabinets and bathroom vanities and stone for the 95 rooms. They have also recently supplied the cabinet doors and stone benchtops for the kitchens and joinery in the 20 luxury apartments at Waterview Apartments, Belmont. Currently Euroform is contracted by GWH Build to supply joinery and stone for the Millhorn and Centrale residential developments. For more information contact Euroform, 20 Kennington Drive, Tomago NSW 2322, phone 02 4964 9505, email, website

Euroform runs a design office and automated manufacturing facility based at Tomago in the Hunter region supplying product for large commercial projects, student accommodation, residential apartments, universities, hospitals and aged care facilities. With 110 employees the company produces a wide range of quality kitchen, furniture and joinery products including kitchen benchtops in stone, and painted polyurethane doors. Euroform works across Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra and Melbourne with plans to expand into the Brisbane market. Currently their largest


SCRUBBING UP WELL Established in 2015 Supplied Pty Ltd and it’s Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Builders Cleans arm have grown at blistering pace due to their unique client focused Builders Clean Model and the outstanding support of the management and staff of several local building companies – Core Projects Group, GWH Build, Basebuild, Reitsma, North Constructions and more recently Richard Crookes Constructions, Taylor Constructions and Bloc.

The company has grown from a single Core Projects Group, 18-unit Wren Apartments Clean in Hunter Street Newcastle to today, a multi-site project involving simultaneously cleaning 210 units and approximately 16 commercial spaces/carpark levels in four high rise towers in Wickham, and a multi level preschool in Hunter Street Newscastle – for builders GWH Build (Millhorn Apartments), Basebuild (West End Apartments), BLOC (Bishopgate Apartments), and Core Projects Group (Hunter Street Preschool). Supplied together with their business partners, ‘try to separate the contenders from the pretenders’ turning out some spectacular units for the ultimate owners occupancy. For more information contact Supplied Pty Ltd, PO Box 701, Hamilton NSW 2303, mobile (Pat) 0475 332 136, website www.suppliedservices. or

SO PUMPED Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Service started as a family business 38 years ago. Today it is a successful company with 44 employees, specialising in concrete pumping services for high rise apartment buildings, commercial, civil and industrial projects. Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Service had a team of 15 workers onsite. Pumping started with a high pressure line on the street, attached to a static line, using various line pumps to pump concrete for the 14-storey structure. Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Service’s recently completed a 26-storey tower in Homebush, started work on two 12-storey buildings for Parkview – New Life at Ultimo and the redevelopment of a mine at Tarago, near Goulburn, with pours to various elements of the mine structure. Recently the company carried out an experiment with a high pressure line pump to see how far it could pump. The result was resoundingly successful, pumping concrete a distance of 1.025km.

For more information contact Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Service, Lot 118 Enterprise Drive, Tomago NSW 2322, phone 02 4964 8552, fax 02 4964 8102, website 50


A GREEN EYE FOR DETAIL JM Environments is an environmental consultancy of 20 years experience specialising in the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites. The company advises on the removal and disposal of hazardous materials, including asbestos, and conducts tests to ensure environmental standards on groundwater and air quality are met. JM Environments offer environmental planning and approvals to satisfy council requirements for Development Applications. JM Environments started work at Aero Apartments with three permanent employees performing an assessment of soil contaminants, a soil vapour intrusion assessment as well as planning and directing remediation works on the old commercial site. During excavation when the unexpected find of an old fuel tank threatened to delay the construction process, James McMahon, JM Environments’ Principal and Director, responded straight away to assess the hazard and approached council for permission to safely remove the tank. “We’re a small and experienced company,” said James. “Individually we complete all the aspects of each project, we know the details of all our jobs and respond immediately. We can make the necessary decisions onsite rather than waiting for the go ahead from an office. We keep the job moving, avoiding delays and extra costs.” A challenge occurred onsite when pile drivers dug through old estuary sand to deep rock for the footings, James tested the ground WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and found potential acid sulfate soil and supervised the neutralisation with lime. JM Environments have extensive experience working on sites of new developments in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens and have worked repeatedly with the local Councils and Hunter Water. The company recently completed remediation work for GWH Build on a site that was a truck yard, to be developed for a residential building project. “We hope to continue developing our strong relationship with GWH Build,” said James. JM Environments is currently engaged by Lendlease Bouygues Joint Venture to undertake waste classification services for the North Connex Tunnel Project. “We have delivered timely results and reporting for this project, which goes to show that our experience and dedication can support large construction projects” said James. For more information contact JM Environments, 37 Tooke Street, Cooks Hill NSW 2300, mobile (James) 0427 893 668, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE AERO APARTMENTS


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FINISHING TOUCH Established in 2009, Alerce operates across Sydney, Hunter and Central Coast markets, with offices in Sydney and Newcastle they specialise in multi-storey internal and external linings as well as complete bespoke fitouts. Alerce were engaged by GWH Build to undertake the lump sum supply and installation of all internal and external ceilings, partitions, linings and carpentry on their Newcastle landmark Aero Apartments, which included GWH’s very own new corporate headquarters. Alerce’s scope was inclusive of detailed acoustic and fire rated plasterboard linings, Speed Panel risers and shafts, external

cementitious cladding as well as all timber moldings and PC items fit off. Work started onsite in May 2017, lasting for seven months with up to 30 tradesmen working at peak period. “The main challenge we faced was the aggressive construction programme which was an important prerequisite for our client, we made a commitment to it on award, so closely monitored our scope to ensure all milestones were achieved on time and to GWH’s premium quality expectations,” said Rod Meneses, Managing Director of Alerce. GWH completed the tower in commendable time of 51 weeks. Alerce formed part of the critical path and kept up with the schedule producing timely and quality work. Alerce work across Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, have over 50 men at their disposal and have been involved in a number of multi-storey residential developments in the booming Newcastle area. Similar to Aero, Alerce performed similar scopes on other local projects, Soho Central at Islington, Waterview Apartments at Belmont, Eastside Apartments at Charlestown and The Millhorn at Wickham.

For more information contact Alerce, Unit 6/1345 The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 1800 207 747, email





The $120M University of Wollongong Student Accommodation project consists of four buildings across two stages. The residencies are a unique and contemporary accommodation solution with facilities including cinemas, music rooms, gamers lounge, BBQ facilities, activities rooms and meditation/yoga spaces, in addition to study lounges and communal areas. Established in 1912, Hutchinson Builders has grown to become Australia’s largest privately owned construction company. Their vast experience and capabilities ensured the University of Wollongong Student Accommodation was in safe hands. The Hutchinson Builders’ site team achieved a tremendous accomplishment with the successful construction of the 1,063-bed, architecturally designed buildings, along with common facilities and landscaped courtyards across two stages. In particular, Stage 2 which involved the simultaneous construction of three 8-storey buildings within 13 months, including the demolition of existing structures. The various façade elements and integration of these materials is what makes this project a stand out. The specified steel cladding system was substituted with an alternative superior PVDF Aluminium cladding, supplied by Archclad. There proved to be numerous advantages of using aluminium cladding over steel; accompanied by excellent warranties for a longer lasting product, economic benefits by using a lightweight product, as well as being able to achieve creative results. The use of aluminium sheeting allowed for cleaner lines at corners, junctions and flashings as opposed to traditional steel folds. Using INEX EXPRESS boards not only cut installation time to 20% of what it would be if conventional timber planks were used, but provided the added benefits of a high performance non-combustible, moisture resistant wall cladding. These innovative boards also provide exceptional durability, is recyclable, non-toxic, as well as mould and termite resistant. 54

The boards were finished with a timber look coating that not only achieved the design intent, but also eliminated the ongoing maintenance issues of a natural timber products. Working closely with the manufacturer, the project was the first to successfully implement a method of a full factory triple coated paint application prior leaving the factory. Hutchinson Builders also partnered with a thermal engineer who assisted with designing the building fabric to provide a thermal outcome that meant the facility does not require mechanical air conditioning within the bedrooms. In Stage 2 of the project, the buildings each came with their own challenges ranging from building on a heavily sloping site, to ensuring the intricate details of differing façade finishes were not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional. Hutchinson had 29 employees on the project and were supported by in excess of 1,700 contractors to ensure the project was delivered within the time frames and on budget. The quality and the variety of the finishes used within the facility all complement each other and will provide the users with a contemporary yet homely experience. Hutchinson Builders complete around 250 projects every year, ranging in size from relatively small residential and commercial maintenance works to significant multi-million dollar projects. They work across Australia, from urban centres to some of the country’s most remote locations in sectors including community, commercial and residential high rise, industrial, sporting, health, aged care, government retail, education, civil, hotels


and clubs, tourism and modular construction in a range of applications. Another major project that they are currently working on is the Brisbane Skytower in the heart of Brisbane for Billbergia. The project encompasses 1,128 apartments across 90 residential levels. With an overall height of 270m, Brisbane Skytower is among the tallest residential towers in Australia. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 36 Young Street, Wollongong NSW 2500, phone 02 4222 6600, email, website




Below Illawarra Steelworks were commissioned to provide extensive steel solutions for the project.

Illawara Steelworks (ISW) is a family run business that has been servicing the construction industry since 1968 with strong family values and morals. For the Wollongong Student Accommodation, ISW were engaged to design, draft, supply and install all structural steel components and metalwork items, including handrails, ramps, bridges, balustrades, gates, enclosures, exposed structural steel, lintels, columns, glass balustrade and bike racks. In keeping with an accomplished safety record and adherence to WHS and OHS policies and procedures, ISW were able to complete the project with no onsite injuries and no lost time injuries from their workshop. ISW also worked well with the other contractors, providing great service and collaboration with Hutchinson Builders thoughout the whole project. The products supplied were well suited to the client’s needs and met the architects’ high standard of finishes. ISW was able to handover finished areas with no defects which in turn provided no hold ups throughout the project. Many changes were requested during the project which created a challenge to deliver the expected outcomes, while still meeting the completion dates for the programme schedule. ISW were able to overcome this by working closely with their suppliers with whom 56

they have built a good relationship and crunch delivery times. The company is also partnered with their sister company in Canberra, ACT Steelworks Pty Ltd, to fabricate certain items to meet deadlines and not have to pass on additional overtime costs. Illawara Steelworks are able to manage multiple projects at one time, also working on the Air Trunk Huntingwood Data Centre project. The company has a number of contracts they are undertaking in the near future, including the Nowra Correctional centre upgrade and ACT Law Courts projects, as well as working closely on other large and small projects consisting of commercial and domestic buildings. ISW aims to continue training their employees with new safety procedures to maintain their high safety track record, as well as partnering their matured tradesmen with new apprentices in order to train the up and coming young trade generation.

For more information contact Joe Boiano and Rudy Boiano, Illawara Steelworks, 3, 63/65 Five Islands Road, Port Kembla NSW 2505, phone 02 4274 0336, fax 02 4274 0339, email joe@, website



Below Renyi provided consultancy for passive heating and cooling control for the University of Wollongong Student Accommodation.

Renyi is a sustainable building design consultancy that bridges the gap between design and ‘as built’ building performance to provide proficient, cost effective environmental building solutions. Having been engaged by Hutchinson Builders on the University of Wollongong Student Accommodation Project, Renyi performed a thermal comfort study and full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). A key challenge was to ensure the interior temperature would remain within a range of 19 to 27°C through all seasons – without the use of air conditioning. Renyi provided a solution, which significantly improved the building’s thermal performance. Working within required budget, time and site constraints, they recommended practical adjustments to the design and construction of the façade. An important design initiative involved exposing the concrete towards the inside of the dwelling rather than the outside. This capitalises on the thermal mass effect of the walls, resulting in a more consistent and comfortable internal temperature. Renyi recommended placing insulation towards the exterior and protected by a rainscreen or ‘cladding.’ This further minimised thermal bridging, meaning less heat is transferred inside the building. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Renyi’s design allows the interior temperature to remain within the target range of 19 to 27°C for 95% of the time, without the use of any mechanical assistance. Even when the ambient weather temperature exceeds 35°C, only minimal use of mechanical ventilation systems are required. The result is a passive building that consumes the least amount of energy possible and can adapt to different climatic conditions without compromising residents’ comfort. “This project is a good example of how, with the right advice, buildings can incorporate sustainable design initiatives in a cost effective and practical way,” said Allan Ang, Engineer and Director of Renyi. Another project Renyi is currently working on is a commercial development in Sydney Olympic Park. The building is aiming for a 6 Star Green Star office interiors rating and a minimum of a 4 Star Green Star residential rating. Allan noted it is very encouraging to see more developers embracing highly sustainable building design in Australia.

For more information contact Renyi, Level 3, 1753 Botany Road, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 02 9316 8882, email, website



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Below Industry Cladding & Roofing installed the external cladding façade, provided by Archclad, for the project.

Industry Cladding & Roofing has over 30 years of experience in the metal roofing and cladding industry. For the University of Wollongong Student Accommodation, the company supplied and installed metal cladding consisting of Solid Aluminium PVDF Cladding. Archclad Express™ Panels and Archclad Cliptray 48™ Systems were selected by Hutchinson Builders to the entire external façade. Aluminium sunshades were also installed onto specific windows. All these materials were tested and engineered by Archclad™ to meet the specific project requirements. The Custom PVDF Coated finish to the aluminium cladding provides an outstanding corrosion resistant finish. The sunshades are made from aluminium box sections with different internal colours for each building creating a fantastic visual effect whilst maintaining the energy rating requirements. The project involved the onsite design and development of custom corner and window panels, folded onsite by Industry Cladding & Roofing. This gave the ability to also join the Archclad Express™ panel to the Archclad Cliptray 48™ seamlessly. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

One of the biggest challenges was maintaining a tight building programme that had to be achieved due to the scaffold removal dates which would then allow the builder to complete their external ground works. Industry Cladding & Roofing were able to successfully meet these deadlines by sending more employees from Melbourne when they had large areas ready and available. The company also designed a panelling system that gave them the ability to leave out a section that could be infilled while the scaffold was being dismantled and the ties removed. “This project has given our company the confidence to continue working on large scale metal cladding projects nationally, we would personally like to thank Jayson Barnaby, John Adis and Chadi Akouri along with their teams at Hutchinson Builders for a fantastic project,” said Grant Wright, of Industry Cladding & Roofing. For more information contact Industry Cladding & Roofing, 1/35 Fisken Street, Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340, phone 03 5367 0613, fax 03 5367 0443, email, website For more information contact Archclad, phone 1300 CLADDING, email, website




Harts Landing consists of 268 apartments set across a podium that has three building made up of 134 private apartments and 134 affordable and social apartments. Harts Landing delivers an urban lifestyle incorporating a vibrant community. Specialising in urban renewal projects, developers PAYCE in collaboration with Evolve Housing, a not-for-profit community housing group, created the integrated residential development in Penrith. Harts Landing is another contribution to the new architecture of modern living for which PAYCE has been internationally recognised. The development consists of three buildings, two of which are u-shaped, rising 9-storeys above a podium level of common areas and two levels of car parking with 270 spaces. Residents enjoy private recreational facilities including landscaped gardens and BBQ areas. Construction commenced on Harts Landing in April 2016 and completed in February 2018, four months ahead of schedule. Of the 268 apartments, 134 sold on the open market, with the other 134 apartments managed by Evolve Housing, through Echo Realty. The private one and two bedroom apartments, all with access to one parking space each, sold within three months of launch. Only 100m from Penrith station, Harts Landing is positioned to take advantage of Penrith’s new government infrastructure projects that include the upgrading of public transport systems, green space improvements and new roads such as the West Connex Motorway connecting Penrith to Sydney CBD by a 50 minute drive. Jacquel Australia Project Management (JAPM) had three project managers coordinating the Harts Landing development. A major challenge for JAPM was working with designers and suppliers to find materials and finishes for the apartments that met the expectations of both the private market and affordable community housing. DASCO, a design and construction company, were the contracted builders for the development. DASCO had up to 300 tradesmen working on the 6,370m² site. The current Sydney building boom has placed a heavy demand on resources, and a particular 60


challenge for DASCO was acquiring the necessary materials and workers, for the project. Innovative solutions were needed to make the most use of the space available. Industrial size garbage bins were used to eliminate the need for storage of different household bins and a turntable was installed for easy manoeuvring of garbage collection vehicles. PAYCE has worked with DASCO on many residential projects including East Village, the highly successful and internationally awarded development, Victoria Park, Zetland, 3km from the Sydney CBD. East Village is a complex of 206-apartments built to achieve a 5 Star Green Star Design rating. Another highly successful and award winning development is The Waterfront at Wentworth Point. The old Homebush Bay industrial area was transformed by PAYCE and houses 5,500 residents and includes facilities such as a sports club with modern gym, indoor swimming pool and tennis courts that are open to the public. PAYCE also recently transformed the SOPA owned land at the end of Wentworth Point, delivering Jewel and Pierside. Jewel consists of 256 apartments and Pierside consists of 1,600m2 of retail space and a child care centre. PAYCE have over 40 years’ experience creating landmark developments in the Sydney area including the large scale urban renewal development at Ermington, Royal Shores, a joint venture with Sekisui House Australia. This project, a waterfront residential complex, comprised nine buildings of 632-apartments with landscaped foreshore cycleways, playgrounds and picnic shelters. PAYCE was recognised for the Royal Shores development with the silver award at the 2017 Sydney Design Awards and won the Best Urban Renewal Development award in the 2017 Urban Taskforce’s Development Excellence Awards. For more information contact PAYCE, Level 37, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8080 2300, fax 02 8080 2399, email, website




DINCEL WORLD’S FIRST WARRANTED WATERPROOF STRUCTURAL WALL AN INGENIOUS STRUCTURAL WALLING SOLUTION THAT AVOIDS PROBLEMS CAUSED BY WATERPROOFING FAILURES, DINCEL 275MM OFFERS A DESIGN, SUPPLY & INSTALL SOLUTION BACKED BY AN INDUSTRY FIRST WATERPROOFING WARRANTY. Dincel Structural Walling is Australia’s first polymer-based permanent formwork system and the company’s Chairman, Burak Dincel, said that once the product’s formwork is filled with concrete it is completely waterproof. “Our polymer skin is impervious to water and once concrete filled, the Dincel panel joints are completely waterproof. Naturally, the junction between Dincel Wall and the footing/slab, requires waterproofing, but there is no need for the use of additional waterproofing measures such as membrane’s at the wall surface. Our Dincel construction manual outlines various methods to control water penetration between the Dincel wall and footings/slab junction,” said Mr Dincel. 62


“Dispensing with a waterproofing membrane affords considerable time and cost savings and also eliminates works in confined spaces such as between the wall and excavated soil surface, thus improving site safety compared with traditional building methods. “Dincel is completely waterproof because its stops water ingress at the wall surface. It eliminates the root cause of defects such as concrete cancer, steel corrosion, leaking and mould. The polymer skin encases the concrete to create a waterproof load-bearing permanent structural wall. Mr Dincel said building structural walls using porous materials such as composite boards and sheeting,

concrete blocks and in-situ or precast concrete can easily result in rainwater or moisture absorption and cracking, which spawns a chain-reaction that can lead to expensive and prolonged rectification works. The problems at basement walls below ground levels are well known to the industry. “These are commonplace problems any builder or asset owner should and can now easily avoid,” he said. “It helps to understand that concrete can only be waterproof if its crack widths are less than 0.1 millimetres. Unfortunately, the science of expansion and contraction dictates that cracking in exposed conventional concrete or block walls is unavoidable, hence the requirement of waterproofing membranes.


“However, if a waterproofing membrane fails – as is too commonly the case – its repair or replacement is required. In order to waterproof the concrete, locating the leak is required, which is virtually impossible. This has widespread and long-term implications for the building industry and property owners.” A NEW ERA IN SPEED & WATERPROOFING The secret to the Dincel Wall system is that its concrete core is entirely encapsulated by the non-porous outer polymer layer, which also prevents cement leakage. The latest Dincel innovation, the 275mm profile takes this unique waterproofing technology to the next level with its patented innovative ring form which allows a minimum 180mm (maximum 230 mm) concrete slump in a single continuous pour – for up to 4.5 metres. Achieving 4.5 metre heights in a single pour with 200 mm slump concrete is currently unheard of in the Australian market (or are known to be associated with very expensive and elaborate conventional formworks systems). Dincel 275mm delivers this innovation in a cost efficient, light-weight formwork system which significantly increases construction speed and safety on-site. The patented barbs at the joint lock tightly together and are tighter still under the tension of the concrete pour and subsequent curing. The gap between each panel connection leaves no room for aggregate to land and create air gaps in the pour. Instead, high-flow concrete slurry fills in around each panel joint, bonding them together and sealing the joint connection to complete a monolithic fill. The high-flow cement slurry without the presence of aggregates seals each barb joint to achieve complete waterproofing at the panel joints. Dincel’s new 275mm profile achieves waterproofing at each panel joint having the following combination; • Polymer formwork surface (which does not suck the water of wet concrete to prevent air void formation)

• Our patented innovative internal ring form, allows for placement of concrete slump up to 230mm. “The concrete encapsulated within the stay-in-place Dincel formwork delivers a significantly increased hydration period, thus denser and stronger - both in tension and compression. No air voids or honeycombing can occur when highslump concrete is used,” he said. Another performance feature in the system is natural crack inducement. The unique design creates controlled cracks via inducers which pre-empt tolerably small crack widths, and avoid larger cracks through movement. Such tiny cracks are subsequently healed via the concrete’s natural autogenous process, resulting in a virtually crackfree wall impregnable by water. This dispenses with the need for horizontal steel wall reinforcement usually deployed for crack control. Dincel has conclusive CSIRO testing which states the 200mm Dincel Wall is waterproof at the joints under 6m head of water pressure, all without the use of waterproof membrane. The new 275mm Dincel delivers superior performance due to its innovative ring formation, allowing up to 230mm slump concrete which is key to achieving waterproofing at the panel joints.


Patented innovative ring form allows minimum 180mm concrete slump in a single pour up to 4.5 metres

Patented Dincel barbs and cement slurry ensures that snap joint is waterproof

“Because of its integrity, Dincel Structural Walling is maintenance free - delivering an expected lifecycle of at least 100 years – which is attractive from an environmental sustainability perspective, and of course a huge advantage for building owners.” Dincel’s qualified engineers and certified installers offer the convenience and surety of a single source supply, technical support and compliance. When Dincel manage your basement and tank design, supply and installation, we will also provide a full waterproof warranty which is currently unavailable in this market.

180mm minimum concrete slurry improves concrete flow and compaction and eliminates the possibility of air voids

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• Patented barbs to create extremely tight joints • Gap between each panel connection ensures that no aggregates accumulate at the panel joint.

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Below Leda Aluminium provided the aluminium framing for the Harts Landing project.

Leda Aluminium, specialising in the design and fabrication of custom made aluminium and glazing products, was contracted in April 2017 to supply aluminium components for the integrated residential development Harts Landing at Penrith. The three U-shaped 10-storey blocks present a contemporary façade which is enhanced by the frameless glazed balconies and lightweight aluminium screens. The individual units have a distinctive spacious and light filled quality due to the slim aluminium framing of the floor to ceiling windows. Aluminium framing was specified at Harts Landing due to the relatively easy installation afforded by such a lightweight material and the tough powder coat finish that enables the glazing elements to arrive onsite ready to install. Leda Aluminium provided aluminium products designed for style, security and structural integrity that are durable as well as being easy to maintain. At Harts Landing the challenge and success for Leda Aluminium was meeting the high standards of workmanship and time constraints required by the professional building team, Dasco Australia. Leda Aluminium has been working with Dasco Australia for the last 25 years with continued contracts for a number of jobs each year. Leda Aluminium finished their work for the Harts Landing development at the end of 2017. Leda Aluminium has a reputation for supplying quality at an affordable price. The company provides innovative and stylish custom made products for a range of applications including large scale residential and commercial projects as well as the unique designs of luxury homes. Leda Aluminium design, manufacture and supply windows, doors, double glazing units, bifolds and louvres. They also produce custom made shop fronts, aluminium screens, glass roofs and awnings, and slump glass feature walls. Based in Sydney, the company is a family run with 35 years industry experience with projects extending to Gosford, in the north and to Nowra, south of Sydney. At their Greenacre office, designs are 64


perfected and working drawings are produced in consultation with architects and engineers. The adjacent manufacturing facility employs up to 70 people, allows Leda Aluminium to easily maintain quality control over the finished product. Colour matching is a specialty for Leda Aluminium and to this end it has a powder coating facility at Lakemba which is Dulux licenced for Duratec and Duralloy as well as providing Interpon colours. Leda Aluminium have extensive experience in the use of colour back and seraphic glass, supplied by Viridian Glass, to provide designers and specifiers with a range of screen printed glass patterns that offer different qualities of light transmission. Leda Aluminium is proud to be a member of the Australian Window Association, a professional association that ensures their members comply with, or extend, the minimum performance requirements of relevant Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia. Members must also provide a minimum six year guarantee against faulty workmanship and materials. The stylish façade of Merhis Gateway at Bankstown, a 9-storey structure comprising 70 residential units and 12 retail spaces, showcases Leda Aluminium’s curved aluminium framed glazing panels, balconies and entrance doors. The company also fabricated aluminium windows to complement the stunning façade of the International Grammar School at Ultimo. Leda Aluminium is dedicated to delivering high end aluminium and glazing products as seen at The Grove, a luxury residential aged care complex at Randwick developed by Deicorp. In March 2018 Leda Aluminium will start the process of creating aluminium glazing products for a 78 unit, 7-storey residential block at Gosford with Dasco Australia, a project that will take three to four months. Leda Aluminium will fabricate and supply powder coated aluminium framed windows, sliding doors, bifolds and a shop front. For more information contact Leda Aluminium, 2/4 Naughton Street, Greenacre NSW 2190, phone 02 9642 8588, fax 02 9642 8743, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW




Harts Landing, New South Wales




Below Joeliane Electrical Consultant completed the electrical supply for the Harts Landing project.

Joeliane Electrical Consultant has a successful 30 year history of building services electrical design employing two electrical engineers, two draftsmen and a fire services consultant for electrical design services across Australia. Engineer, Joseph Rahme led the team to supply the electrical services design and documentation at Harts Landing, starting in early 2016 and finishing the job late November 2017. The project included all the work associated with the main switchboard, electrical power supply and lighting, in particular the maximum demand calculation lighting control system. Joeliane Electrical Consultant designed the lighting for the 268 individual apartments as well as for the four common areas at podium level. Motion sensitive switches, C-Bus wiring and LED lamps were used throughout the development. The challenge for Joeliane Electrical Consultant involved creating the required visibility and lighting control for such vastly different areas whilst maintaining a commitment to energy saving principles. Joeliane Electrical Consultant offers complete building services electrical design and shop drawings for power supply as well as interior design lighting. The company is involved in a number of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Sydney based projects, large scale apartment blocks and residential developments such as Macquarie Park (680 units), Kogarah (530 units), Lidcombe (561 units) and the new suburb, Edmonson Park, in Liverpool. Joeliane Electrical Consultant provides a cost effective and well detailed professional service based upon energy saving principles with an efficient design that gives real value for money. Joeliane Electrical Consultant were also contracted by Dasco Australia for all the building services electrical design at Ferry Wharf and Wentworth Point for Billbergia, designing the lighting and power requirements for 200 apartments and the commercial areas including an IGA supermarket. At East Village, Victoria Park, Joeliane Electrical Consultant were contracted by Payce Consolidated to design the lighting and power system required for 206 apartments, basement carparking and a Coles supermarket, aiding the achievement of a 5 Star Green Star Design rating.

For more information contact Joeliane Electrical Consultant Pty Ltd, 67 Callagher Street, Mount Druitt NSW 2770, phone 02 9832 4803, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE HARTS LANDING



The $26M Jade Residence’s dynamic architectural profile sets the stage for design excellence. Featuring enhanced indoor/outdoor living and wonderful park and district views, the complex comprises versatile, light filled spaces with 18 unique mezzanine level apartments and 52 units. A privately owned company of more than 60 employees operating from the Sydney CBD, Next Contracting Group (Next) is a diversified construction, refurbishment and fitout business, highly experienced in multi-unit residential, seniors living, hospitality and education projects.

achieve best balance of cost, function, efficiency and maintainability for the project. With past experience in the D & C method of delivery, Next was able to efficiently work through the significantly large, initial scope for The Jade Residences, a scope requiring comprehensive appraisal of the client’s needs and aspirations.

Working with exceptional architects and interior designers applying their skills in a teamwork environment, Next’s experience and expertise in the residential sector is unsurpassed. In both design and construction, the company has a commitment to clients to realise their plans to create secure buildings with enduring style and with lasting charm. To assist staff to consistently meet clients’ needs and ensure the highest standard of quality is achieved for projects, Next’s integrated management system is accredited with the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme and SAI Global.

Next has helped Loftex fulfil its vision toward presenting a two building, 5-storey complex housing 70-apartments. Building the development above a common 2-storey, 87-bay carpark, the complex includes 18 double storey with mezzanine ground floor units plus 52 one, two and three bedroom units over the upper levels.

Engaged by property developer, Loftex Pty Ltd, for the design and construction of a new apartment complex in Epping, New South Wales – The Jade Residences, Next characteristically ensured the client would

Thanks to Next’s highly experienced and diligent project team, the high end finishes and fixtures and all indoor and outdoor living areas in the complex are exceptional. Added to this is the choice of



With large glass windows overlooking Forest Park, the complex is deceptively tranquil, with the town centre and train station only a few minutes away by foot.


expansive commercial grade window system for the complex, a choice which meant the development had light filled spaces to maximise the park side location. The windows, with their exceptional acoustic and thermal qualities, were recommended by Next as the Jade required high performance in relation to strength, weather resistance and air tightness. The façade for the development, displays a combination of face brick and render; and striking copper-coloured metal cladding on the roof eaves of both buildings. A benchmark in innovative design, the Jade Residences was not without its challenges. The double storey apartments with mezzanine levels were built with ceiling heights of 6m and a 25mm ceiling void for concealed mechanical and electrical components. During the early design review stage, Next established a portal frame structure for the roof, which required this element to be redesigned. Additionally to the structural challenges, environmental sensitivity was a key concern from the outset of the project, with the arborist establishing tree protection zones around the site. Standout products used in The Jade Residences includes speed panels and a Trafalgar Fyrebox system. With such lofty ceiling requirements for apartments with mezzanine levels, a light weight, recyclable party WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

wall solution was decided to be the best alternative to the usual, Hebel wall system. The speed panels unique tongue and groove system with top and bottom racks translated to a quick installation, and they also boast excellence fire and acoustic properties. Another life-saving option was the Trafalgar Fyrebox system, which has ensured the residential complex is fire compliant and equipped in the event of fire emergency to ensure all services are stopped – a simple and effective solution. With current and completed projects throughout the Sydney region, Next enjoys a strong reputation for helping clients turn their dreams and plans into reality. Their design and construction métier would seem to the answer to all creative castles. For more information contact Next Contracting Group Pty Ltd, Level 11, 59 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9550 6100, fax 02 9550 6200, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE JADE RESIDENCES




WHEN SOMETIMES EXPERIENCE IS THE OPERATIVE WORD GM Electrical Services Pty Ltd have 25 years experience as electrical contractors, with a team of 30 employees operating out of their Smithfield office in Sydney. With duties specific to the network, wiring and maintenance of electrical services to residential and commercial developments, GM have a basic outlay for an otherwise complex, sophisticated specialty. GM prides itself on the relationships it has established with their long term and repeat business customers. These relationships have been built over many years of quality and reliable service, by taking the time to understand its customer’s individual requirements, GM ensures it provides them with the best electrical services based on its technical knowledge and experience, being able to tackle any job, big or small. GM Electrical’s solid team of management, electricians and apprentices are the core behind its ability to provide quality installations; along with an excellent working relationship with general contractors and owners. GM realise that to provide quality installations, it must have quality electricians who can communicate with others. GM’s commitment to excellence and high standards is a priority for all its employees. Quality service, safe operations, and professional management skills are key to GM’s continued success. Whether it is a new residential home or a new high rise development, GM has it covered. With experience in a variety of different sized projects around Sydney, including new residential, industrial and commercial, no job is too big or small. GM Electrical’s latest and notable projects and customers include; Coronation Property: The Paper Mill Project at Liverpool. Four stages - 1,000+ units. Aland Developments: Including, Roselands, Roseberry, Liverpool, Mascot and Belmore. GM will also be working on Aland’s future project consisting of more than 500 units in Campbelltown. JD Projects Group: GM is currently working on JD Projects Group’s projects in Waitara and Cremorne – Platino Properties. Powerbuilt Projects: Lidcombe Project. Modco Constructions: Miranda Project. Duffy Kennedy

Next Constructions: The Henley’s Project - Potts Point, The North Project – North Sydney and The Jade Residence – Epping. The Jade Residencies, a new apartment complex still under construction in Epping, New South Wales, GM took on the task of wiring to ensure efficient energy flow throughout the 70-unit complex. Positioned above a 2-storey basement carpark, the 18 mezzanine apartments with feature high ceilings and 52 apartments spread across three levels, had deceptively sophisticated needs regarding electrical services. With their expansive commercial grade window system allowing vistas of Forest Park, natural light is carefully offset by modern interior fitouts. Unique to the building is the 6m high ceilings to the mezzanine apartments and their 250mm ceiling void designed to conceal the wires and tubing GM know so well. This, coupled with the coordination of emergency supplies for on the spot fire hazards, kitchen and laundry power supplies, bedroom and lounge lighting and entertainment needs, the services rendered belied the domesticity of the scene. Aesthetically, the development promises much with contemporary, architecturally designed apartments exposed to light and a natural landscape of many heritage listed trees. With privacy and functionality in mind, such a lighting fitout required great sensitivity to subtlety and minimalism which could only add to the detailed electrical specifications. Offering one, two and three bedroom apartments from loft-style to penthouse with a two car space allocation per unit, Jade Residences needed electrical services above and below ground level. GM performed this without distraction. Opting out of shared facilities to keep the strata levies at a low-cost threshold, the lack of swimming pools, BBQs and gyms might have made the job a little easier for GM Electrical Services. But sometimes it’s the concealed electrics that belie the simplicity of the contract and in this instance, for its benchmark excellence in contemporary design, Jade proved just the usual challenge for GM. A challenge steadfastly accomplished. For more information contact GM Electrical Services, Unit 16, 323 Woodpark Road, Smithfield NSW 2164, email



The Jade Residences, New South Wales



A BIG TURN ON Power Distribution Australia Pty Ltd are accredited connection service providers operating out of their base in Dural. Meeting the requirements of Clause 27 of the Electricity Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2014, their skill area is set to date by NSW Board of Resources and Energy, as Class 1A and 1B, Grade B. What this means is their performance excellence is approved for work on or near the overhead electricity network as well as underground electricity network including both paperlead, polymeric and associated underground asset installation works. Contracted for the installation of the electrical substation and upgrade of the high and low voltage networks at The Jade Residencies, the underground/above-ground class of their accreditation was put to good use. As per their 5.3-5% defect report grading, the task was yet another successful manoeuvre of power and electric charges. The team at Power Distribution Australia had to work with the active trades working onsite at The Jade Residences, in addition to those deployed at the other five surrounding construction sites. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Further to that is the intricacy of the electrical services installed, with the unique 6m high walls at mezzanine level concealing its power wonders in a 250mm ceiling void. Then there are the fireboxes all needing coordinated networking to ensure instantaneous inter-tenancy communications in the event of emergency. This, alongside the kitchen, laundry, lounge, dining and bedroom electric features and outdoor security.

For more information contact Power Distribution Australia, Suite 1, Kenthurst Road, Dural NSW 2158, phone 02 8880 3514, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE THE JADE RESIDENCES


THE VILLAGE LIFE DEVELOPER : Aqualand BUILDER : Icon Co ARCHITECT : Crone Partners STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Rincovitch Consultants CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $62.5 million

Lindfield Village is the new integrated development by the award winning construction company Icon Co. Located on the lower North Shore of Sydney, the complex comprises two mixed use buildings of 141 luxury apartments with a common podium, onsite shopping and supermarket and carparking for 199 vehicles including turntable and goods hoist. The two buildings range from 6 to 8 storeys and house one, two and three bedroom units. Individual apartments overlook the stylish outdoor communal areas that separate the two buildings and have spectacular panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Valley, Ryde and Homebush. At ground level there is an IGA supermarket, seven commercial tenancies and associated retail parking spaces. Construction of the precast concrete buildings started in July 2016 with up to 230 tradesman at work on the 4,000m² site each day. Icon Co, with a reputation for delivering on time, and often earlier than expected, will complete the $62.5 million project by the end of April 2018. The project team subcontracted Australian Cladding Specialists (ACS) to supply and install 3,600m² of feature façade cladding including Terracade, (a terracotta tile cladding), more often used on the façade of commercial structures. The Terracade panels give the buildings a unique stylish aesthetic, suitable to the high end market surrounding Lindfield Village. Icon Co have recently completed Paragon Apartments, at Zetland. The project comprises 192-apartments, some featuring 2-storeys, with basement parking and 5,000m² of retail space. The three residential blocks with a child care centre, gym, restaurant and cafés are built around a central public plaza with tasteful landscape features. A challenge for Icon Co at the Paragon development was to build over an existing Sydney Water culvert, the works being partially rebuilt. Current projects for Icon Co include the $132 million Avantra Apartments development, 74


a twin tower project with commercial space at podium level and extensive landscaping across the 8,757m² site. Another project is the $155 million development Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park. This 36-storey residential tower, the tallest structure by Icon Co so far in New South Wales, comprises a total of 392 apartments, 135m² of retail space, a child care centre, a community centre and extensive landscaping. In addition to these, Icon Co have recently commenced demolition on Park One, a $148 million development in Macquarie Park. The project will consist of 412 designer apartments across two buildings, three retail tenancies with a 307m2 GFA, three basement carpark levels and landscaping including courtyards and a rooftop terrace. Icon Co have also commenced work onsite for the $41 million Vibe Hotel on Sussex Street, Sydney. Operating in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as expanding to include operations in New Zealand, Icon Co offer early contractor involvement, pre-construction partnering and joint venture contracts as well as construction management, D&C services and turnkey arrangements. Icon Co has extensive experience in the construction of integrated developments such as Lindfield Village and has won a string of awards commending the quality of its large scale building projects. In 2016 the company won the Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Award for major alterations and additions, including demolition, excavation and new high specification fitout work to the existing heritage listed Old Clare Hotel in the Sydney inner city suburb of Chippendale.

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




Below Belle Décor House designed and installed venetians, partitions and louvres for the luxury apartments.

Belle Décor House was awarded the contract for the design and supply of venetians, partitions and louvres for the 141 luxury apartments at Lindfield Village. External work included the design and installation of the stylish curved balcony balustrades and louvre walls for the contemporary common BBQ area.

A new product designed by Belle Décor House for Lindfield Village was the system of motorised motion sensitive blinds made to respond to changing wind conditions, therefore always appropriately set. The material chosen for the blinds is of a particularly beautiful colour and texture, enhancing the luxury interior of the apartments.

Owner Operator, Ray Xie, established Belle Décor House 10 years ago. The interior design company now works across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane designing and supplying interior fittings, furnishings and accessories from supplied plans as well as working with clients to finalise design concepts. Belle Décor House offers a complete design and install service with its own team of 20 full time employees, subcontracting workers for larger jobs.

Recent projects for Belle Décor House include a complete renovation for an upmarket residence in Russel Lea and the design, fabrication and supply of blinds for the 400 apartment complex, Somerset, at Carlingford for Dyldam. Belle Décor House have been working on projects with Dyldam, a major development company working across the Sydney region, for the past three years.

Belle Décor House specialise in kitchen and bathroom fitouts as well as windows and doors, including aluminium sliding doors, bifolds and french doors. Glazing units are double glazed to enhance energy savings and screen doors are especially hard wearing with stainless steel mesh ensuring high visibility without compromising security. Belle Décor House also design and supply window furnishings such as shutters, awnings and curtains, and joinery services for vanities, wardrobes and furniture to create a complete interior. 76


For more information contact Belle Décor House, 3/23 Ronwood Road, Prospect NSW 2148, phone 1300 800 118, email sales@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Perfection Flooring laid impressive timber and vinyl flooring solutions throughout the development.

Perfection Flooring started working with Icon Co in 2013 when the Melbourne based construction company established itself in Sydney. Perfection Flooring was contracted to supply and fit the timber flooring in Icon Co’s new Sydney offices, and since then, Icon Co has continued to call on Perfection Flooring for supply and installation of quality flooring products for its large scale residential developments. For Lindfield Village, Perfection Flooring supplied and installed engineered timber flooring into the individual apartments. Icon Co further contracted Perfection Flooring to supply and fit vinyl flooring for the common areas: the garbage room, a retail office and the toilet and shower amenities.

In November 2014, Perfection Flooring received high praise for its work at Club Cronulla – where B-MAC Constructions were awarded a Master Builders Association Excellence Award for its refurbishment project. In 2016 Perfection Flooring installed custom bamboo flooring and stair treads for the distinctive staircase at Double Bay Library, winning a Master Builders Association Best Interior Fitout award for FDC Construction and Fitout. Other projects completed by the company include the iconic ‘Flour Mill’ project, in Summer Hill (Watpac), Griffith Teas building in Surry Hills (Growthbuilt), Darlinghurst Childcare and Community Centre, (Belmadar), Macquarie Park Village (Parkview), and currently in progress, 450 units at ‘Reserve’ project (JQZ).

Perfection Flooring completed their works within 3 months and in record time, due to their 25 years of experience and the professionalism of Icon Co. Perfection Flooring looks forward to continuing its successful relationship with Icon Co into the future.

Other boutique works include ‘Bvlgari at DFS Rocks, Louis Vuitton at Bondi Junction Westfields, Bvlgari at Chadstone, Melbourne, Givenchy in Westfield Sydney, and Rolex in Martin Place.

Working across the Sydney region and beyond, Perfection Flooring provides unique flooring solutions ranging from detailed work for luxury homes, apartment renovations and the fitting of hardwearing, long lasting flooring for clubs and pubs, to large multi residential works.

For more information contact Perfection Flooring, 36/45 Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9550 5299, website




Below Aiken Design and Consulting provided the design for the plumbing, civil works and storm water system for the project.

Aiken Design and Consulting provided comprehensive hydraulic and fire services and consultation for Lindfield Village. The work involved the design of the plumbing, fire, civil works and storm water system, workshop design drawings and onsite assistance for the hydraulics contractors. The challenge of the job was the placement and integration of the hydraulic services within the development, especially for the IGA supermarket. Equipment for the water and gas supply and the grease traps required four separate areas at a level below the supermarket while the condenser deck needed placing on the roof of one of the residential towers. Linking the services over such an area was a complex design task. Aiken Design and Consulting specialises in servicing plumbing contractors with hydraulic designs as well as design advice to streamline any project, increase efficiency and reduce costs. The company also offers construction management and supervision services to analyse, and solve any issues found onsite. “Plumbing is definitely an area of expertise for us,” said Mat Aiken, Managing Director of Aiken Design and Consulting. “Our hydraulic 78


engineers started in the trade and then moved into engineering in our office. They understand the practical and the design requirements of a job.” The company provides design expertise and project management to developers, architects, builders, and plumbing contractors. They supply tender documents, concept designs, and construction documentation complete with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire and civil engineering expertise. Established in 2016, Aiken Design and Consulting places importance on the forming of productive client relationships. “Listening to client is important, it’s what we are about,” explained Mat. Aiken Design and Consulting also supply detailed reports for developers and investors such as dilapidation reports, due diligence reports, acquisition reports, life cycle cost analysis reports and peer review reports. For more information contact Aiken Design and Consulting, 3/176 Parraweena Road, Miranda NSW 2228, phone 02 9540 1935, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below HUB Parking Technology provided a comprehensive parking solution using the Janus Management System, for the 199 car spaces.

Providing integrated and value added car park management and revenue collection systems, HUB Parking Technology designed and installed a state-of-the-art web-based system for the Lindfield Village development. With 199 parking spaces for residents as well as a separate parking area servicing retail and commercial tenancies, HUB Parking Technology created an all inclusive solution to manage both the short and long term parking requirements. The individually tailored parking solution was successfully achieved through the Janus Management System (JMS) software, an intuitive; user friendly and flexible web-based parking management system for the management of multiple parking locations. The system enables car park operators to oversee different parking locations and monitor traffic flow and parking availability within separate parking areas. HUB Parking Technology also supplied a tailored preventative maintenance package for optimum system operation of the ZEAG parking equipment and JMS software. One of the key benefits of the ZEAG System is the upgrade capability as the system has a modular structure that can be configured and extended to suit specific needs. Continuous software upgrades ensure the system is kept up to date with ever changing technologies, such as Chip&PIN, Online pre-booking, Digital Ticketing, Apple Pay to name a few. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

JMS provides Car park Managers with flexible reporting solutions and real-time business performance visibility. Complex and statistical analysis of traffic movements and transactions can be easily accessed with a cloud ready option via any remote device. The revenue management system can be set for a range of easy payment methods including licence plate recognition, credit/debit cards or prepaid options. Mobile solutions includes Apps for payment processing, real time monitoring and data analysis, and JunglePass for digital ticketing and checking real time occupancy information via a smartphone. HUB Parking Technology is the FAAC Group Business Unit that develops, manufactures, installs, and provides after-sales services of ZEAG, Datapark and FAAC Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems. Hub Parking has a global presence with over 10,000 installations and 500+ employees. The company is committed to ongoing development of intuitive, web-based software delivering efficiencies in parking solutions for all users resulting in increased profitability and easy system manageability for operators. For more information contact HUB Parking Technology, Unit 7, 24-28 Skarratt Street, Silverwater NSW 2128, phone 1300 723 421, fax 1300 730 425, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LINDFIELD VILLAGE


DEVELOPER : Scalabrini Village MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECT : Bickerton Masters CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $62 million

SPIRIT OF INNOVATION The $62M Scalabrini Aged Care Facility is designed to provide diverse spatial environments, therapeutic sensory experiences and promote an active village community with the aim of improving the quality of life for its residents, their families and the staff. Now in its 100th year of operations, one of Australia’s leading construction companies, Hansen Yuncken, continues to deliver world-class construction projects around Australia. Their original approach to work and reputation for outstanding quality has firmly established them at the forefront of change and innovation in the building industry. Hansen Yuncken has a vast portfolio of over 5,000 successful projects operating in all sectors of commercial construction, including health, education, defence, residential and senior living, commercial, justice, hotel, and entertainment. Their progressive corporate culture is embodied by over 650 staff across Australia, who ensure that Hansen Yuncken continually strives for excellence in innovation, reliability and sustainability to exceed their client’s needs. Recently, Hansen Yuncken concluded works on the new Scalabrini Aged Care Facility in Drummoyne, adding another great achievement to their project portfolio. Scalabrini Village, a successful residential aged care provider, awarded the construction of the facility to Hansen 80


Yuncken in May 2015. This challenging development incorporated design and care principles that will support and enrich the lives of those living with dementia or a complex care need. In this state-of-the-art village the residents are provided with a classic, Italian-style environment which features a piazza, surrounding gardens, casual eateries with alfresco-style seating, exercise common areas, retail shops and a chapel. These unique aspects provide innovative spatial areas and sensory experiences with therapeutic intent, contributing towards the important goal of improving the livelihoods of residents, families and staff. Built over 5-levels, the village is made up of nine households, known as Casa’s, each accommodating 6-18 private rooms. All bedrooms come with a private en-suite and offer striking views of the village garden and grounds, with some rooms benefiting from a balcony and magnificent views of the Parramatta River. Each household contains a fully equipped kitchen, cosy lounge and two dining rooms with generous social spaces for the residents and their visitors. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Considering the highly complex needs of the future occupants, Hansen Yuncken has successfully constructed one of Australia’s most advanced, technology-enabled residential aged care facilities for people living with dementia. Specific and unique products were employed, such as Readywall formwork system for basement walls, Elsi sensor flooring, Dali lighting with circadian rhythm programming, HLS Patient lifters and Patient tracking technology. The complex also offers a specialist wellness centre with expert physiotherapists and health professionals on hand. Hansen Yuncken’s extensive project responsibilities included an 11 month ECI period, Early works Construction Management Services and main works, as well as the demolition of the Old Drummoyne Boys High School, including HAZMAT remediation and retention of existing façade elements. Showing its creative streak at Scalabrini, Hansen Yuncken undertook community initiatives such as the “Name the Crane” competition, engaging with local primary school students to name the projects only tower crane. In addition to extensive community engagement with neighbouring properties, the Project Team also donated a sensory garden bed to one of Scalabrini’s existing facilities in aid of National Dementia Awareness month. Considering the complex work relationship between developer, owner, tenant and resident, Hansen Yuncken presented great discretion in WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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their digitalised approach to planning and communication. Leading the way with award winning digital HYway, Hansen Yuncken was a comfortable fit for Mary St Scalabrini; a project which celebrates innovation in dementia specific aged care. In line with the best practices in clinical management of dementia, all stakeholders involved in the build focused on aligning the design and delivery of this project with the unique model of care developed by Scalabrini. Hansen Yuncken worked closely with Scalabrini Villages in planning, programming and delivering the facility in accordance with their defined “Key Project Success Factors.” Hansen Yuncken’s holistic approach to projects is also evident in other current works such as the Opal Aged Care Facility in Bankstown and Shepparton Villages in Victoria. As with Scalabrini, the projects boast exceptional finishes and environmentally conscious fixtures and fittings. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Building 1, Level 3, 75-85 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9770 7600, fax 02 9770 7601, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SCALABRINI AGED CARE FACILITY


Below Benz Rite Pty Ltd provided the louvres, handrails and window surrounds for the Scalabrini Aged Care Facility.

Specialising in architectural metalworks, Benz Rite Pty Ltd supplied all handrails, louvres, and aluminium window surrounds to the new Scalabrini Aged Care Facility in Drummoyne. Trading for over 18 years, the company operates out of their factory in Unanderra, New South Wales. The new Scalabrini Aged Care Facility is a state-of-the-art development specifically designed to meet the needs of patients suffering from dementia. Benz Rite Pty Ltd are renowned for their A-Grade service, their contribution to this project was of the usual superior standard. In the safe and efficient installation of design specific metalwork products, Benz Rite Pty Ltd supplied the development with the necessary fittings to provide residential comfort and safety.

were manufactured and installed to budget and to schedule. To be involved in the very first development of its kind is indicative of the company’s trusted and high class reputation. With experience in both public and private sectors, Benz Rite Pty Ltd’s supply of metalwork products have fashioned many interesting projects such as Taylor Square Road Balustrade and Art Works. Further experience also shows the company providing the metal for architectural balustrades of many differing specifications. Currently working on Opal, another aged care residential facility in Bankstown, the company’s foray into the aged care sector is showing increasing strength.

The company expertise extends from steel fabrication to mandrel bending and tube rolling. The equipment at hand is vast, cutting edge and includes the capacity to install all products onsite. In nearly all instances, the company equipment is energy and waste conscious. Working to exact building specifications for the Scalabrini Aged Care Facility with the added demand of a clientele with special needs, Benz Rite Pty Ltd handrails, louvres and aluminium window surrounds 82


For more information contact Benz Rite Pty Ltd, 9 Waverley Drive, Unanderra NSW 2526, phone 02 4228 1145, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Liftronic provided six passenger and goods lifts with a specalised proxy system to the Scalabrini Aged Care Facility.

Established in 1985, Liftronic are the largest Australian owned and operated lift company. With over 135 employees, Liftronic have offices Australia wide. For the specialty work completed on the Scalabrini Aged Care Facility in Drummoyne, the company worked out of its head office in Matraville, New South Wales. The facility required the installation of six new passenger and goods lifts and required the incorporation of new technology to meet the needs for a wide range of patient needs, including those with dementia. The lifts feature disabled compliant buttons such as braille and duel illumination, larger floor areas to accommodate care beds, and nurse call facilities to bring the development up another grade in care and modernisation.

managers. The company offer a range of products that fulfill a wide variation of needs spanning from lifts to moving walks and escalators. Liftronic take pride in their relentless service in guardianship, with a 24 hour, 365 day contact facility offering maintenance and emergency repairs. The Liftronic Service Department spans across the eastern states in Australia and offers a range from the most basic preventative service coverage to an all inclusive Comprehensive Maintenance policy. With competitive pricing and cost effectiveness in mind, Liftronic offer an innovative approach to design requirements via its full suite of vertical transport solutions.

Liftronic have taken their expertise to new heights with the installation of a specialised proxy system to allow dementia patients to easily operate the lifts. A wrist band is worn by the patient which is programed to allow access to their residential floor as well as allocated common area, and prevents the need to use the conventional button system.

A brief survey of their portfolio shows Liftronic to be adaptable and diverse. With vehicle lifts to Greenknowe Apartments and Meriton, a domestic passenger lift to a Newport Residency and a unitronic observation lift to Style Homemaker Centre, there seems no mission impossible, and their contribution to the Scalabrini Aged Care Facility extends this expertise even further.

Predominately operating in aged care and large government infrastructure projects, Liftronic has a wealth of experience catering to home owners, builders, developers, architects, consultants and property

For more information contact Liftronic, Unit 6, 153 Beauchamp Road, Matraville NSW 2036, phone 02 9666 3922, fax 02 9666 4507, website




LIVE THE URBAN LIFE DEVELOPER : Austino Property Group BUILDER : Novati Constructions ARCHITECT : Peter Mayoh Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $40 million




Built by Novati Constructions, the Metropolitan Residences project comprises of 13-levels with 125 units and 2-levels of retail space in St Leonards. The project’s chic finishes and indoor-outdoor living spaces create a sense of luxury and calm that is timeless. Novati Constructions is a Sydney based, family run business that boasts over 45 years of construction under the same builders licence – a rarity in the industry. Underpinning the success of this project and all projects undertaken by Novati is the hands on involvement of the Novati family. Known for their experience and build quality, Novati Constructions were awarded the Design and Construct contract to deliver 125 units, six commercial spaces and 3-storeys of underground car parking. The team started on the project in mid 2015. “We commenced the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process with the client, Austino Property Group, in July. ECI leverages our specialist knowledge of the construction processes to the benefit of the design process. It optimises risk management, risk allocation, price and control for the client. At this stage we focused on energy efficiencies and material selection as these are always an important element of our builds,” said Albert Novati, General Manager of Novati Constructions. Utilising a traditional frame construction method, the building was completed in November 2017 and the personnel count peaked at 110 onsite. One of the development’s most appealing selling points is its central location. With the site was boundary to boundary and fronted by two key arterial roads, material handling and logistics, were identified early as a potential concern however this was successfully overcome utilising the ISO9001 certified systems that Novati have in place. “The project was tightly controlled by the site manager to overcome the logistical obstacles. The central location also meant continuous interaction with the local community and the North Sydney Council. Regular communication with the community was very important and put people at ease with the ongoing work. We provided local updates on any disruptive works and duration. Fostering strong ties with the community is the responsibility of everyone in the Novati team,” said Albert. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A positive relationship with the North Sydney Council was a crucial element of the Metropolitan Residence project’s success. “Our project manager and design manager established a strong working relationship with the council from the outset. There were amendments throughout the build, with public paving and upgrades to the existing stormwater services. It took a lot of collaboration to get the work designed and successfully completed.” “The development is a significant addition to the local area. The commercial area on the lower levels will create an upmarket food and recreation hub. The space is designed to be inclusive to the public via thoroughfare links and open arcade passageways,” said Albert. “Members from the Council visited the site and commended our work.” Boasting a mix of bespoke bronzed steel framing and sawn sandstone, the Metropolitan Residences is an impressive building. “It’s a very articulated building and was not a straightforward build. Working within the restraints of the budget whilst still achieving a great looking building is a credit to the team,” said Albert. Alongside delivering such a building on budget and on time, Albert notes the successful working relationships as one of the biggest highlights of the project. “Throughout the project we enjoyed successful partnerships across the board. It was great working with the client Austino Property Group as well as the architects, Peter Mayoh Architects and the entire design team and subcontractors. It was a real success on all fronts.” Since its establishment in 1971, Novati Constructions has build up a large portfolio in residential, aged care and education sectors, delivering quality work. Some of the current key projects include Vantage at Eastwood, Mirabel at Turramurra, The Edge in St Leonards, Aluma at Burwood and Wharfside in Manly. For more information contact Novati Constructions, Level 1, 99 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 8436 9000, fax 02 8436 9001, website



Below Goal Interior completed the internal timber cladding and compressed fibre cement cladding for the project.

Award winning experts in their field, Goal Interior was brought on board by Novati to install the plasterboard lining on the partition walls and ceilings throughout the Metropolitan Residences. They were also fit internal timber cladding and the compressed fibre cement (CFC) cladding featured on parts of the development’s exterior. The company started work on the project, which features 13-levels of units and two levels of retail space, in early 2017 and nearly 40 members of the team worked across the job until completion. “The Metropolitan Residences was a large job and we had a mixture of full time staff and subcontractors working on it. The project was a little bit more complicated than usual due to some late design amendments. These were primarily changes to the location of the windows and sliding doors in the apartments. Naturally this made a big impact on our work and we worked closely with Novati to rework our plans,” said Yubin Bing, Director of Goal Interior. “This wasn’t our first project with Novati and we have a strong working relationship with their team. That, paired with our experience 86


and flexibility, enabled us to quickly adapt to the new layout and ensure the programme deadlines were met,” said Yubin. Based in New South Wales, Goal Interior’s experience spans residential and commercial and their portfolio includes high rise buildings, schools, shopping centres, aged care facilities and prisons. The team recently completed the Aluma Apartments with Novati in Sydney’s Inner West. Last year one of their projects, Harbord Public School with Lahey Constructions, secured a Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Award 2017 in the Public Schools category, up to $15 million. Another one of the developments they recently worked on is a contender for a 2018 award and Yubin is quietly confident of yet another success.

For more information contact Goal Interior Pty Ltd, Unit 1, 364 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143, mobile (Yubin) 0449 183 868, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Inline Floors provided and installed wool blend and nylon carpet throughout the Metropolitan Residences.

Inline Floors, experts in high quality commercial flooring and carpet installation, were contracted by Novati to supply and install the carpets featured in each of the bedrooms and common areas across 125 apartments at the Metropolitan Residences. The Inline Floors team installed two products on the development, with each requiring their own installation method. In the bedrooms, Feltex wool blend carpet was installed in ‘Husk’, drawing on the neutral colour palette. The natural fibers of the carpet not only add a warmth and luxury to the space, it also has a number of additional benefits including the regulation of air moisture, control humidity and natural noise absorbing properties to create a peaceful and pleasant environment. The company stretched the carpet to the smooth edge around the walls and used a cushioned underlay. This is a popular choice for bedrooms because of the use of the underlay, it’s thickness provides additional comfort and insulation For the common areas and corridors, the team installed a nylon carpet from the Godfry Hirst range in the colour ‘Mt Hood’. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For the corridors and common areas, the team utilised the dual bond approach. A specific double bond underlay is adhered to the floor first and then the carpet is glued directly onto the underlay. “We don’t have to stretch the carpet when we use dual bond, so in an area of heavy traffic, such as a corridor, the lifespan of the carpet is greatly increased,” explained Isaac Lennon, Managing Director at Inline Floors. Established in 2011, Inline Floors have worked across a multitude of sectors throughout Australia. The company recently completed the 21,500m2 commercial project for the Australian Tax Office in Sydney, which is the largest project Inline Floors has undertaken. The tight 10 day schedule over Christmas equated to 3,000m2 of carpet needing to be laid a day. To meet the challenging deadline, 63 installers worked simultaneously over nine levels uplifting existing carpet, working around workstations and installing new Interface carpet tiles.

For more information contact Inline Floors, Unit 7, 54 Beach Street Kogarah, Sydney NSW 2217, phone 1300 707 035, email estimating@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE METROPOLITAN RESIDENCES


Below Complete Facade Solutions provided and installed all of the external façade panelling for the Metropolitan Residences.

Complete Facade Solutions is a family run business and one of New South Wales’ most respected providers of commercial and high end residential façades. They installed all of the façade panelling across the exterior of the Metropolitan Residences in St Leonards.

explained Nick. “For this job we used Vitrabond Aluminium Composite panels (FR) in two colours - sparking dark grey metallic and beige,”

Commencing onsite in January 2017, the work on the 4-storey podium and 14-storey tower comprising of 125 apartments was completed within 12 months (inclusive of the Christmas break) by a team of eight from Complete Facade Solutions.

Established in 2011, the company have experience across residential, commercial and industrial projects. Nick has noted an increase in the former, “The use of aluminium and metal panels on apartment developments has certainly become more popular recently but the bulk of our work still comes from larger ventures such as universities and factories.”

“We won the contract based on our reputation and value proposition. All of our work is driven by our principles of innovation, value and service excellence. As a fellow family owned business, Novati value that and their own approach promotes ethics, responsibility and accountability from all involved in the building process,” said Nick Lloyd Managing Director of Complete Facade Solutions. “The Metropolitan Residences was a great project and it ran very smoothly for our team. The architectural drawings were sent through to our team in the office. Then the crew in our factory fabricated the designs into different shapes and pieces from the base material,” 88


The final installation was carried out by Complete Facade Solutions’ trusted team of subcontractors.

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For more information contact Complete Facade Solutions, 100 Bath Road, Kirrawee NSW 2232, phone 02 9521 3311, mobile (Nick) 0404 054 377, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Global Fire designed and installed the fire sprinkler system throughout the Metropolitan Residences project.

Global Fire were contacted to design and installed the automatic fire sprinkler system throughout the entire Metropolitan Residences building. The company is a full service fire protection and essential services company based in New South Wales. Fire services are an integral part of any structure and Global Fire worked closely with builder, Novati, from day one on the project. “Once the tender is won we start with preliminary design of the sprinkler system. Once that’s approved we work with the builders programme and rough-in the pipework system once areas are ready. We started on Metropolitan Residences in October 2016 and worked through it in stages, completing everything by Christmas 2017,” said the Manager of Global Fire. Each new project presents it’s own set of requirements which Global Fire are experts in overcoming such challenges. “This building has a car park, commercial units and residential lots, so we had to create a sprinkler system that can cater for the different types of hazards each one presents. Each job also presents different hurdles. For example, you might have less water flow and pressure in some areas and more in others and with a building taller than 25m you need to consider pumps and tanks,” said Michael. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Toward the end of the project, during the commissioning stage, the team worked together with the electrical contractor to interface the sprinkler system to the fire panel and enable it to alert the Fire Brigade once activated. As part of the 12 month defects and liability period, Global Fire’s service division will test the system once a month. Beyond that, the company have secured an ongoing maintenance contract for the building. Established in 2004, Global Fire’s products and services include fire extinguishers, evacuation systems, hydrants and fire pump servicing. They also provide essential fire safety maintenance for all buildings such as office builders, strata complexes, shopping centres and educational facilities. Some of our clients include Moorepark Supa Centa and Macquarie University.

For more information contact Global Fire, 31/105A Vanessa Street, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, phone 1300 887 018, email info@globalfire., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE METROPOLITAN RESIDENCES






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Below Ultimate Flooring provided and installed the timber flooring and decking for the Metropolitan Residences.

Metropolitan Residence’s spacious, light filled interiors are defined by the pale, wide format timber floors crafted by one of Sydney’s leading providers, Ultimate Flooring Australia. The company specialise in the supply and installation of timber flooring, decking, feature walls and ceilings and contributed the timber floors for the apartments as well as the decking on the loggias featured on Level 2 through to Level 5.

adjustable pedestals. This system prevents any potential penetration of the waterproofing membranes.

“The flooring was installed using the ‘direct stick’ method with a 4-in-1 acoustic adhesive from TFS,” explained Nick Parousis, Ulimate Flooring Owner. “Differing from your standard acoustic underlay, it acts as an adhesive, a moisture barrier, an acoustic barrier and a crack suppressant.”

Ultimate Flooring Australia are currently working on a number of luxury multi-unit residential projects in New South Wales using engineered Herringbone and Chevron timber flooring, as well as high end residential, retail and office fitout projects.

By utilising the direct stick method, Ultimate Flooring’s finishes and detail at door terminations and around permanent joinery are less intrusive and far more appealing than traditional aluminium trims associated with engineered ‘floating’ floors. Importantly, this also meant that the project was much more cost effective and a shorter installation time was achieved for the client.

Their Rosebery showroom, which boasts over 90 samples, is open to the public and the team are on hand to offer professional advice on the most cost effective and fit-for-purpose solutions for any project.

For the loggias, the team at Ulitmate Flooring laid the Decker timber decking on treated timber battens, which were supported by BUZON WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Owned and operated by Nick Parousis, the business was established 15 years ago as a building company however evolved into providing timber flooring exclusively five years ago. Ultimate Flooring’s reputation is built on high quality, repeat business.

For more information contact Ultimate Flooring Australia Pty Ltd, 375 Gardeners Road, Rosebery NSW 2018, phone 02 8338 9709, email, website www.ultimateflooringaustralia. NSW PROJECT FEATURE METROPOLITAN RESIDENCES





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In addition to nurse call and paging systems, the company provides radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, fire detection and emergency warning intercom systems (EWIS), audio visual systems, intercom systems, CCTV and access control and security. Their support services cover facilities throughout Australia including remote site assistance. SAFE Integrated Systems’ professionalism and expertise is best exemplified by the major contracts it has fulfilled recently. These include the Perth Stadium where SAFE Integrated Systems installed emergency call buttons in the ensuites. They have also installed systems at Royal Perth Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, aged care facilities and a number of country hospitals in Western Australia. SAFE Integrated Systems has also installed its systems in other states and Ben has a strategy to create a national footprint for the company.

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USHERING IN THE FUTURE OF KITCHEN MANUFACTURING In 2018, Apollo Kitchens is celebrating 50 years. With half a century of success and achievement on the record books, it is not resting on its laurels but implementing strategies that will harness new technologies and provide an engine for growth for the next decades ahead. Apollo Kitchens has opened a ‘Smart Factory’ in Western Sydney, to take the business into the Industrial 4.0 era, the term used to describe the fourth Industrial Revolution which embraces automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Peter Bader, Managing Director of the Apollo Kitchens Group, said that the transition to the Smart Factory concept represents a substantial investment in research, capital and the future. “We asked ourselves ‘what sort of factory do we want to take us into the next 50 years?’ Technology has moved at a great pace and many advancements have occurred overseas, so we constantly are engaged with the leading technology and wood working systems manufacturers globally and we decided that the time was right for the next quantum leap in delivering a project of this size and magnitude in Australia.” The result is a factory that will revolutionise Apollo Kitchens’ production method and capacity. It involves unique system grade machinery communicating with each other, the use of cloud data storage, ERP (enterprise resource planning) software and the ‘internet of things’ technology, a network of physical devices like vehicles and appliances which are all embedded with tools to enhance connectivity and the exchange of data in real time. Peter Bader said that the introduction of new systems, particularly the migration to a full manufacturing resource planning system (MRP), required an increased amount of training, however has brought many benefits to the company and the staff. “Our previous systems could no longer keep up with the growth of our operation. We were able to transition some of our existing processes into the new systems and streamline others. Every part of the business has gained advantages, from customer 98

relationship management to finance where we can delve into the metrics and find the true costs of production and how to plan accordingly.” Apollo Kitchens is a market leader in its field of kitchen design, manufacture and installation. It operates primarily in the residential sector via the showrooms, project home builders and large multi-story projects. Proudly Australian, “we are giving people a reason to buy Australian and keep manufacturing on our shores. Our product is high quality and we provide an exceptional customer centric service.” Peter explained. “By using smart technology, we can support our clients and grow Australian manufacturing.” Economic growth in New South Wales is providing an upward trajectory in home and apartment construction that is forecast to continue. From an employment perspective at Apollo Kitchens, Peter sees great opportunity and increased skills development. “If we are doubling the number of dwellings being produced, we need double the number of installers, cabinet makers and machinists. Behind this growth, we need world class technology and systems to manage the entire process. That is why we have invested so heavily in the ‘Smart Factory’ and the systems underlying every part of our operation. We will never remove the need for site personnel as they deliver exemplary customer service.” “We are proud to be an early adopter and acting as a disruptor in the industry, driving change across the whole industry,” Peter said. “We are inviting everyone to join this exciting journey from our staff, to our suppliers and our valued current and future clients. Our clients demand the best and we have invested and planned this next generation capability in an attempt to achieve this mantra expected.”

For more information contact Apollo Kitchens, 17 Long Street, PO Box 2558, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 908 090, email, website



Apollo Kitchens |Smart Factory




Streamlining Australian HVAC Companies for Growth HVAC is a Hard and Complex Business, keeping Cashflow Positive and your Projects on track is not easy; with the Right Software Partner you can take the Stress out of running your business. Increase revenue by an additional $300,000 p/a with FieldInsight. FieldInsight brings software and processes together to help HVAC businesses automate their workflows. We solve Scheduling, Team Accountability, Invoicing and Project (incl budgeting) workflow challenges for HVAC.

We bring people and software together to: •• Grow your business •• Help you deliver a 5 Star Customer Experience, and •• Streamline and Automate your work flows

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Is it hard to know where your team is? No idea who is available and skilled for that job? Do you know if you have dead time in your Schedule? Is Frank actually at the pub? • See all your technicians and jobs at a glance • Do 10% more jobs with improved efficiency

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(keeping them moving between jobs faster) using instant messaging. Improve cashflow by minimising the gap between completing the job and invoicing and getting paid – especially across concurrent projects. Don’t miss project milestones that could cost you thousands of dollars in missed revenue Ensure all your projects are profitable

We Support our Customers We deliver job management solutions to our customers using our integrated 3 Pillar approach, get the right Software running the right procedures with your team supported and trained up by the people who built the software. What makes us different We are 100% committed to you succeeding, it is the reason we created the company, to help HVAC businesses kick goals. We don’t want to work for the big banks or

insurance companies we wanted to build software and systems to help normal business owners who are building and servicing real people. Our Purpose To build Software and Procedures that empower our customer’s to grow their businesses profitably, with less stress and allow more time with their families.

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NEW APPROACH TO OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY Built Environment Optimisation (BUENO) is an Australian technology company that uses bespoke data analytics software to pinpoint and resolve problems for their clients in the property industry. Their company mission is ‘to continually create amazing technology for an efficient and resilient built environment and to foster healthy buildings for people.’ BUENO’s client base is vast and includes construction companies, engineering firms, building owners, property managers and equipment manufacturers. They currently service over 1,000 buildings and are considered one of the leading building analytics providers in the world. Scott Horsnell, Team Leader at BUENO, explained their approach, “Our program can dive into any building automation system, such as air conditioning and security, and monitor all data points continuously. Our technology can identify opportunities and issues quickly and accurately. Instead of producing systematic alerts, we can review all the issues together and generate a root cause.” “This means that instead of five systems being flagged and producing an overload of information, we can take those five things and work out what the one root cause is. Our managed services will then deliver the solutions on top of that and prescribe particular control strategies that may need to be implemented.”

conditioning systems, before they become a major problem and there is a noticeable performance drop off for clients and the residents within the spaces. Founded in Sydney by Leon Wurfel in 2013, BUENO currently has established offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth employing over 50 staff in order to provide services and support to their various clients across all Australian states and territories. They also work internationally and have developed a platform with overseas engineering partners in Canada, America, Mexico and South East Asia. The skillsets and experience within the BUENO team are as diverse as their client base. They are one of the few companies in their field that have inhouse software, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers, tradespeople and former property managers. “Our hiring approach is unique and enables us to understand the use cases our system is providing and develop effective solutions. This expertise gives us the ability to find opportunities for our clients too, whether it’s related to cost savings or easing a burden they might have or a compliance risk,” added Scott.

For clients in the building and construction industry, the software is particularly beneficial for the defects liability process. Working with building owners, BUENO can produce a list of items that need to be addressed in terms of defects or incorrectly functioning aspects of the building’s design. This becomes a useful checklist for the construction team and the system will continue to monitor the issues to ensure they are fully and correctly resolved.

“We’re on a rapid growth trajectory and are expanding almost every week. We’re finding that clients engage us on one system and will come back year on year with another pain point to investigate. To date, we have been successful in monitoring over 823,000 data points (and growing) deployed across over 1,250 buildings for some of the highest performing property portfolios in the world working with customers such as Dexus Property Group, Vicinity Centres, Woolworths Group, Crown Resorts, LGS, DOMA Group, Knight Frank, JLL, CBRE. We project that both our domestic and international business will increase exponentially in the next few years as our building types diversify across commercial and retail.”

Early indication of performance drifts also saves building owners money and time. The program can track performance indicators over a set period of time and detect minor issues, such as loss in refrigerant in air

For more information contact BUENO, 353 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 1300 130 366, email, website



BUENO | Operations Management





AGD SYSTEMS PTY LTD. Unit 17/15 Valediction Road Kings Park NSW 2148 Australia

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

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

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

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

AGD have several new systems that they are proud to be releasing. The first is the AGD307 Radar. A low powered radar used for intersection control, speed Signs and temporary applications. The 307 is designed to be robust, cost effective and highly versatile, achieving advanced bidirectional vehicle detection capabilities with a 150m range which provide numerous Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) management applications. The second is the AGD350 Radar which will replace inductive loops and works as a ‘Stop Line’ detector and as a highway detector. The 350 has been further developed to meet the evolving and complex demands of the global ITS sector. It can measure speed, range and angle of 104 ANCR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL FEATURE

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

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

MYBOS | Residential Management Software

Left : Chris Laktaridis (National Facility Management) Right : Sam Khaled (MYBOS)

THINKING BEYOND THE NOW WITH MYBOS In an increasingly busy and constantly evolving lifestyle in urban centres, efficiency holds the key to good management of commercial and residential facilities. In today’s dynamic world, use of smart technologies is pivotal for managing modern buildings right from commissioning where there is a continuous need to interact with a large number of stakeholders including contractors, suppliers, staff members, regulatory bodies and most importantly, the resident community. A good management system that understands and responds to this context provides just what it takes to transform a magnificent development into a perfect living solution. MYBOS Application Suite is one such solution. Conceptualised and developed in Australia for the Australian market, it is a complete toolkit to run your building affairs as soon as it is commissioned providing powerful modules for managing the settlement process, scheduling move-ins and move-outs, key management, recording apartment inspections and most importantly, a rich portal for the community to interact among themselves and with management. Other essential features include a comprehensive asset register, an advanced defect management module, integrated and automated work orders, residents and contractors’ database, preventative maintenance WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

calendar, parcels tracking, as well as SMS and email broadcasting tools for notices and urgent notifications. MYBOS, the company behind the system, is driven by highly insightful entrepreneurs from within the building and facility management industry and it excels in developing simple, easy to use solutions while causing minimal disruption in existing workflow, and provision of hands-on training to users to eliminate resistance to learn and adopt new systems. Since its foundation in 2012, MYBOS has enjoyed tremendous success and now has a demonstrated track record of supporting more than 1,000 buildings in Australia, New Zealand and United Arab Emirates. For just $2 per apartment per month the availability of powerful management systems means that Developers can not only think beyond exquisite living spaces, but also venture into the realm of community building thus bringing a so-far largely unexplored dimension into play. For more information contact MYBOS, 17/52 Holker Street, Silverwater NSW 2264, phone 02 8378 1096, email, website ANCR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL FEATURE 105



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Estimating Solutions Group | Tendering Services

ESTIMATING SOLUTIONS Estimating Solutions Group provide clients across Australia and New Zealand with bespoke electrical and civil estimating services. The company deliver accurate and competitive tender submissions for small to large size businesses. Their approach enables clients to operate more efficiently and eliminates the full time overhead of an inhouse estimator. “I worked as an inhouse electrical estimator for many years and believed that there had to be a more cost effective solution. Many companies don’t need the resource full time and we can offer them a higher value proposition on a project to project basis,” said Dale TG Foster, Founder and Manager Director of Estimating Solutions Group. “I started the company in 2015 and we now work with 120 clients nationwide.” Alongside cost estimating, Dale and his team offer clients drafting services and project management support across existing internal electrical and civil estimating projects. They also set up tailored estimating systems for companies, providing a selection of programs, procedures and information that enable clients to create bids. Estimating Solutions Groups head office is in Western Australia and they opened a satellite office in New Zealand in mid-2017. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Location, however, isn’t a problem for the team and 80% of their work is interstate. “Our business model allows us to work with clients from anywhere in the world,” explained Dale. “All we require are a set of plans and prices to craft a tender winning estimate.” The company started out specialising in electrical estimates and expanded into civil estimating toward the end of 2017. “Our vision for the future is ambitious,” explained Dale. “We plan to work across the entire construction industry, replicating our electrical and civil estimating model across mechanical, hydraulic and building services. We’re also working on some of our own innovative products that the market has not seen before. This year is going to be very exciting.”

For more information contact Electrical Estimating Solutions, Suite 11, 300 Albany Highway, Victoria Park WA 6100, phone 1300 083 238, email, website ANCR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL FEATURE 107



Conserve It | HVAC&R Management

DELIVERING PLANT ROOM EFFICIENCIES 100 Queen Street is an iconic commercial office building in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. As one of the flagship corporate bases of ANZ, it comprises 37 floors and employs four chillers with a total capacity of 5,090kW as well as corresponding water pumps totaling over 200kW. The cooling tower fans have a total of 29kW. Identification of energy reduction initiatives resulted in the recommendation of plant room optimisation solution PlantPRO, to complement further efficiencies through planned chiller replacement works. PlantPRO uses ‘Smart Sequencing’ that optimise the chiller plant by selecting the most efficient load point for each running chiller, meaning that if a chiller goes below nominal efficiency, it can be proactively checked by service personnel, minimising electrical energy waste and avoiding compounding costly service issues. PlantPRO also optimises the plant through advanced variable pumping control and lift optimisation on the refrigerant side. These strategies equates to industry leading plant performance levels that set an industry benchmark for energy efficiency. PlantPRO was installed and commissioned at 100 Queen Street, taking over control of the existing four chillers and associated pumps. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Energy consumption was then monitored and compared to baseline energy consumption based on the previous year. The integration of PlantPRO resulted in average monthly savings of 29.7% in the first year. The installation of the two new chillers has further increased efficiency to date in 2016. PlantPRO was developed by Conserve It and was launched in 2013, being named HVAC&R Product of the Year by AIRAH in 2015. Conserve It is an Australia-founded and fully owned company specialising in complete HVAC&R plant measurement including monitoring, reporting, controls, as well as development and distribution of industrial and building automation products and sensors. Conserve It comprises a team of certified and fully trained engineers and technicians and have an ever growing International presence, with solutions deployed all over the world in over 20 countries.

For more information contact Conserve It, Level 6, 10 Artemis Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 1300 600 432, email info@conserveit., website ANCR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL FEATURE 109



Is your IT set up to Maximise your Business Productivity and help you Realise Success?

With over 20 years’ experience in IT and working with construction companies, ECLEVA specialises in delivering IT solutions that are secure, reliable, tailored, easy to use, and accessible from anywhere with one objective in mind – helping construction businesses streamline and manage operations to achieve their targets throughout the lifespan of a building development. From initial cost estimations, tender submissions, contracting labour, managing supplies and reporting onsite progress, through to EOI sales tracking, we leverage your existing systems where it makes sense and recommend improvements to enhance your ability to meet your goals. Visit to learn more about the IT solutions that we offer for the construction sector or call us on 02 9467 9300.

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ECLEVA Suite 102, 1 Chandos Street, St Leonards NSW 2065 Phone: +61 2 9467 9300

S.I.D – StateGuard Integrated Solutions At StateGuard we have realised that in an ever-changing world of security. We have had to adapt to changes from using human intervention to mechanical and digital intervention to accommodate different environments. Many of which are remote, inaccessible, dangerous and usually costly to protect. Introducing one of our solutions: S.I.D – StateGuard Intelligent Device S.I.D is your Guard of the future, lean and cost effective, smart and matched exactly to your needs. S.I.D solves the deficiencies of having inaccurate view of the site and the costs of hours in a guarding service. S.I.D is connected to our Private Secure Network Cloud System through StateGuard 3 CT Technologies.

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What does this mean for you and why is this so important? The Cloud Service provides complete end to end private connection with no web internet access totally isolated to the video and data broadcasting systems to Australia’s largest secure data Centre. The perfect secure video system for remote and isolated sites leveraging off satellite, mobile 3 and 4 GX straight to private VPN Network. StateGuard brings State of the Art Solutions of Technology and Network Security to its product solutions. We also bring the benefit of our technical expertise to meet the requirement of Digital City Schemes which may entitle you to funding through Digital or Environmental or Crowded Place Legislation. We are fully equipped to provide our Clients a level of serviced solutions by offering a combination of our people, business intelligence, integration and electronic security systems and IT coupled with analytics to solve business operations in all facets of industry.


SignOnSite | Personnel Management

SITE STAFF DOING PAPERWORK ALL DAY? SignOnSite is the world’s first Smart Safety System for construction sites. SignOnSite automates site attendance, streamlines site specific inductions, enables communication and can evacuate your whole site at the push of a button. With the SignOnSite app on workers phone’s they arrive on site and get to work fast. They walk on to sign on. They walk off to sign off. They complete inductions on their phones, and are automatically briefed on important site information when they arrive. Giving site teams real time visibility of what’s happening on the project day-to-day. Site managers no longer have to manage mountains of induction records, and even have a copy in their pocket. They know who is onsite, and who is offsite – and in an emergency they can be confident in knowing if everyone has been accounted for.

not inducted. Or in an evacuation, alert every phone onsite, instantly giving site teams an accurate list of all workers and start accounting for them at the muster point. SignOnSite was built to free up site staff from time consuming paperwork, so they can focus on the people. We’re always looking for forward thinking companies who are pushing construction forward to help build the future of the industry. If you’re up for the challenge, let’s talk:

As well as streamlining safety processes on sites, SignOnSite breaks down the barriers between your safety systems giving you complete oversight. Implementing a Smart Safety System means that a site’s Attendance Register can talk to its induction system, to find out who’s onsite but WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact SignOnSite, Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Canberra ACT 2601, mobile 0423 583 377, email team@signonsite., website ANCR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL FEATURE 113



Inscope Building Technologies | Automation Solutions

LEADERS IN BUILDING AUTOMATION SERVICES Inscope Building Technologies is a leading automation solutions company specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of Building Management Control Systems (BMCS) and Energy Management Systems (EMS). Proudly Australian owned and operated, Inscope BT is committed to delivering the latest cutting edge technology in building management control systems to the commercial building sector.

electrical, switchboard manufacturing and service divisions to provide clients a total solutions package for their facilities, avoiding the need to call on multiple contractors to deliver the same result. This allows Inscope BT to provide cost effective solutions to building owners and facility management. “This business model has placed Inscope BT at the forefront of BMCS since 1995 and our talented team of professionals has kept us in that position.”

The company’s primary focus is on building management control systems and energy management systems, specifically designed to facilitate the efficient and reliable control of all building facilities. They have extensive expertise in control systems specifically designed for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), lighting, access control, energy management and other building systems. Inscope BT’s building automation system is a truly open solution, the open standards and open-source platform creates a sustainable foundation that supports and evolves with technology in the building’s lifecycle, able to seamlessly integrate with pre-existing control system platforms and new installations.

Recently, Inscope BT’s expertise installed a comprehensive climate control system at the Dangrove Art Storage Facility in Alexandria, a 10,000m² specialised art storage and operations facility for the White Rabbit Gallery, which houses one of the world’s finest private collections of contemporary Chinese art. All aspects of temperature and humidity within the centre will be managed and controlled by Inscope BT’s building management control system. “This project is but one of many in which Inscope BT has delivered the latest technology in building management controls systems,” said Sandra.

Managing Director, Sandra Pruscino, said that the companies building controls division works seamlessly with the engineering, mechanical WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Inscope Building Technologies, Unit 2/5 Merryvale Road, Minto NSW 2566, phone 02 9618 7744, email, website ANCR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL FEATURE 115


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THE VILLE RESORT CASINO Hutchinson Builders / Townsville




The Ville Resort Casino redevelopment comprises a refurbished entrance and lobby area, new Miss Songs Restaurant, Quarterdeck Bar with indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the pool and with views of Magnetic Island. The Ville Resort Casino, previously Jupiters Townsville, underwent extensive redevelopment to create a relaxed, resort style look that reflects the climate and colours of north Queensland. The changes included a revamped entrance and lobby area, three new restaurants, a function centre with full catering kitchen as well as the fitout of restaurants and casino gaming areas. A new poolside function space which can accommodate up to 700 people and features an infinity pool, private cabanas and swim up bar, with views across to Magnetic Island, were also added. Building this section involved significant demolition works to the existing structure, marquee and pool area, adding another level of complexity. Hutchinson Builders’ Project Manager, Pierre Kessler said undertaking a large scale redevelopment in an operating resort and casino was a challenge that required regular communication as well as the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances. “There was a lot of communication with the client, so we were kept informed of any major events and could work around their requirements.” Hutchinson Builders started an early works package in July 2016 and commenced the main construction programme in September 2016. The challenge for Hutchinson Builders was to complete such a major redevelopment with the least amount of disruption to the resort’s guests and visitors. “It is always challenging to complete work on a complex that is open around the clock, seven days a week,” Pierre said. “We did some of the works in the early hours of the morning, sometimes starting at 2am so that we’d minimise the impact to the hotel’s operations.”

“We had some variations to the staging schedule to accommodate the priorities of our client, so we adapted our programme accordingly,” Pierre said. The inconsistencies in the building’s drawings and documentation, required additional care throughout the whole process. “The original building was constructed in the mid-1980s so there have been multiple renovations since then,” Pierre said. “Even though we were a construct only contractor, we identified and managed numerous design issues to keep the project moving ahead.” In all the project was a significant undertaking both in size and technical proficiency, which Hutchinson Builders’ culture of flexibility and collaboration helped to ensure these issues did not impact progress. Hutchinson Builders had a peak workforce of 12 including a project manager, site manager and supervisors, contract administrators and apprentices. They also managed about 30 subcontractors most of them local. The family owned and operated business has had an office in Townsville for almost 30 years and employs more than 35 full time office and site staff locally. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 83-87 Duckworth Street, Garbutt QLD 4814, phone 07 4755 8000, email, website

Hutchinson Builders completed the works in stages so that some areas of the resort could open to the public once finished. This approach required strong schedule management and the flexibility to make changes when required. 120 QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE VILLE RESORT CASINO



Below B&G Group provided fire rated products, prefabricated steel frame, feature timber and external cladding for key areas of the development.

Fire protection standards on commercial buildings are very stringent and are especially for a hotel casino where the safety of hotel guests and visitors is a priority. Townsville based B&G Group, who are licenced to inspect, test and certify fire panelling, installed fire protection in key areas of The Ville Resort Casino such as kitchens and plant rooms. Ceilings, partitions and external cladding were also installed in the Quarterdeck bar and external dining section, the Pavilion and main lobby areas. B&G Group Managing Director, Geoff Hart said the company manufactured all the steel frames in their state-of-the-art Townsville plant, using Australian-made BlueScope Truecore steel because of its high quality. “We’re the only steel frame manufacturer for commercial buildings between Rockhampton and Mareeba so we can custom manufacture the frames and then install them on site,” he said. “We’ve also got QSE certification for our quality assurance standards.” One of the biggest challenges they faced was discovering, during the demolition works, old installations that required updating to comply with changes in the building code. 122 QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE VILLE RESORT CASINO

They were also faced with a long procurement time for some of the feature timber. “There was a 14-week lead time on some of the products, so we had to manage that properly to meet the staged opening dates,” Geoff said. At peak B&G Group had up to 35 people working on the redevelopment and were able to draw on their experience on other complex commercial buildings to successfully complete the works at The Ville. “We had to make sure we had the right resources on the ground, so we could stick to the delivery dates and keep the client happy,” Geoff said. Previous projects have included the Chinook RAAF base redevelopment, upgrade works at Lavarack Barracks and several Townsville Hospital buildings.

For more information contact B&G Group, 7-8 Brice Court, Garbutt QLD 4814, phone 07 4774 7699, fax 07 4774 3029, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below The Directitude Management team provided comprehensive solutions to the complex redevelopment project.

Coordinating the vast number of resources and teams required to successfully undertake the high quality transformation of Jupiters Townsville, to The Ville Resort Casino required the specialist touch of Victorian based Directitude Management. Spending almost three years intimately overseeing the complex refurbishment to help clients Morris Group realise their transformative vision, Directitude’s experienced team have managed the process from inception to completion, drawing on their extensive knowledge providing end-to-end project management for the hospitality and retail sector. “Our job was to ensure that the client’s vision and requirements were met. We had a real focus on achieving the best quality in every aspect of the redevelopment,” explained David Miller, Director of Directitude Management. David who has worked for the past 30 years in retail and hospitality in roles ranging from draftsperson, labourer, builder and project manager understands that a successful project is one where it’s equally important to understand the functionality of the spaces, as well as make them look good. This philosophy is core to the holistic service provided by the Directitude Management team and is seen in the design choices for the Ville development. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“It was about turning it from a hotel that had a casino to a resort casino with a real north Queensland look. It wasn’t about making it look like a Las Vegas hotel,” explained David. “We wanted to tie in with the local architecture and the tropical environment so there are a lot of earthy and green colours to create a very welcoming feel.” Forward planning and strong collaboration between all parties are key to any developments success, especially when the work site is an operating hotel and casino. “We communicated regularly with the main builder, subcontractors, suppliers and, of course, the client,” he said. “It was important to understand everyone’s needs and challenges so that we could manage the works as effectively and efficiently as possible.” Directitude Management have a portfolio of high quality projects that have earned them a reputation for delivering direct, honest, and reliable management services within challenging project timelines.

For more information contact Directitude Management, 14 Brook Street, Sunbury VIC 3429, phone 03 9740 9039, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE VILLE RESORT CASINO 123

Below PJ Walsh Constructions completed extensive concrete package for the Ville Hotel Casino.

Townsville based PJ Walsh Constructions completed a comprehensive concrete package for the project which included all the footings, ground slab, columns, suspended slabs, balustrade walls and planter boxes. The team drew on the craftsmanship of their experienced concreters to deliver the high-quality finish required. Custom built the timber formwork for the large free-standing balustrades and the planter boxes in the Quarterdeck bar and dining area.

“We did the big pours during the day which was tough for the concreters in the heat of summer,” Patrick said. “We also had to work much faster as concrete sets a lot quicker when it’s hot.” During peak construction periods the team included more than 60 concreters working on multiple areas of the redevelopment. Project management and support staff helped to ensure the smooth running of such complex job. The team also provided their own machinery including excavators, trucks and bobcats.

“The balustrade walls and planters on this project were particularly challenging because they’re architectural features that required a Class 1 finish. Some of the columns are unpainted so our work is very visible,” Director, Patrick Walsh said.

“It was an exceptional job; one that you don’t get that often,” Patrick said. PJ Walsh Constructions commenced the works in early January 2017 and are due to complete their scope of works in September 2018.

“It was a job where my employees could really show their skills and the true craftmanship involved. Their forming experience really shone through.”

The company are currently completing works on the Fairfield Homemaker Centre, Sun Metals and Coles Bushland Beach in Townsville.

Normally concreters undertake large pours at night to take advantage of cooler temperatures and to minimise disruption however, due to the operational requirements of the existing hotel and casino, night works were not an option for the PJ Walsh crew.

For more information contact PJ Walsh Constructions, 1 Jay Street, Bohle QLD 4818, mobile (Patrick) 0415 46 46 25, email, website



Below Glen Carroll Painting used a natural palette to create the tropical resort feel throughout the development.

Glen Carroll Painting created a light and fresh feel throughout the refurbished areas of The Ville Resort Casino, reflecting the tropical look of the new areas. Using a mainly white palette to paint the portico entrance, foyer, three restaurants, Pavilion conference room, gym, pool areas and exterior. Director, Glen Carroll described the job as reasonably straightforward, although there were some challenging elements including scheduling their work around other contractors. “Painters are one of the last contractors to complete work in an area so if other teams are delayed it impacts our timings,” Glen said. “We needed to be flexible enough to work around the changing schedules to complete the painting in time.” With a permanent workforce of 20, Glen was able to allocate a team of up to eight experienced painters for each stage of the project. Some of the more complex elements of the job included hanging wallpaper in Miss Songs restaurant and painting the vast tongue and groove ceiling in The Pavilion conference room, both of which required an expert touch. Due to the height of some of the ceilings, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the painters required scissor lifts and knuckle booms to reach some of the high areas. Choosing fit for purpose products was also important, which is why they used the new Dulux SteriGuard paint on kitchen ceilings. “It is used in hospitals because it’s long lasting and reduces the growth of mould and mildew, so it’s perfect for kitchens where hygiene is very important,” Glen said. Since establishing in 1992, Glen Carroll Painting has worked on some of Townsville’s iconic projects including James Cook University’s science building and the heritage-listed Fulton Gardens apartments. They also completed the internal and external painting of one of Townsville’s tallest unit blocks, the 20-storey T1 complex. Glen said that adding The Ville Resort Casino to their list of projects was a proud moment for the team. “It’s not every day that you can work on a project of this size,” he said. For more information contact Glen Carroll Painting, PO Box 360, Belgaian Gardens QLD 4810, phone 07 4772 1464, email QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE VILLE RESORT CASINO 125

Below Jerry and the Tilemakers completed extensive tiling installations throughout the Ville Resort Casino.

Townsville based Jerry and the Tilemakers undertook precision tiling works to incorporate a range of architect-selected tiles for the projects distinct floors, walls, columns and stairs.

“We’ve got 30 years experience so we know what works, especially in this region,” David said. “The two key elements of a good tiling project are having the right crew and good products.”

The projects unique feel was created through the careful selection and installation of the right tiles in each area of the development. The Quarterdeck dining and bar features tiles that look like timber flooring, a herringbone patterned area and a border of tiles around the bar. Each tile selected serves a dual purpose, creating both a beautiful space while being durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of such high-traffic areas.

The highly experienced team, which peaked at 17 tilers, worked day and night shifts to ensure everything was completed within programme schedule.

To accompany the design and tile selection, the treatment of the tiles during installation was also carefully considered. The large granite pavers on the external deck were cut with a wet saw rather than a tile cutter to give the precision finish required of the design. As the Ville Resort Casino was still in operation throughout the development the time frames for works were tight. Jerry and the Tilemakers were required to have their work completed during Stage 1. The team needed to manage these time frames along with the height of the tropical north Queensland summer. 126 QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE VILLE RESORT CASINO

During the past three decades, Jerry and the Tilemakers has worked on a range of commercial and residential projects across north Queensland including projects for the Australian Army and restoration works at Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach following the devastation of Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

For more information contact Jerry and the Tilemakers, 131 Ingham Road, Townsville QLD 4810, phone 07 4772 4222, fax 07 4772 4400, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Award winning JBM Projects were responsible for the interior fitout works and bespoke ceiling and wall pannelling.

Creating stand out features for developments are all in a days work for award winning JBM Projects, who were commissioned to supply and install custom made elements featured throughout the Ville Resort Casino. The specialist joinery manufacturer and installer, managed the fitout of the complex’s foyer, Miss Songs restaurant, Quarterdeck, Pavilion and Palm House, using a range of materials to bring an easy tropical luxury to each space. The main entrance to the casino and foyer ceiling has been adorned with custom wood-panelling, while the Pavilion Conference Centre made use of a special acoustic panelling consisting of 25mm sound-absorbent panels, clad in fabric and set within a white frame. JBM Projects also managed specialist trades who installed brass works, stonework and steel. This included the brass coping around the Quarterdeck bar, the stone reception desk and brass capping on the staircase leading down to the pool area. “Since we were the principal contact for the fitout we had to understand all elements of the work which involved a lot of preplanning before WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

we got to site,” Director, Jason McRostie said. The JBM Projects’ team carried out the works in three stages across a year, with crews being on site for several weeks during each stage. “It was very rewarding building a good relationship with our client and seeing the final outcome of the work,” he said. “We’re all extremely proud of this job.” JBM Projects specialises in hotel and retail design and installation and in 2017 won a Master Builders Award for Seascape Gold Coast. They have delivered projects around Australia including Woodside Petroleum’s office in Perth, the University of Queensland medical centre and Southside Sports Club. Jason exmplained it was JBM Projects’ past works, such as the spa and fitness centre at Perth’s Crown Casino Towers, that was essential in them securing the job. “Our ability to manufacture as well as install is important in maintaining quality,” he said. “We have strong quality assurance processes both from the manufacturing side to the onsite installation so we can give value for money and maintain a high standard.” For more information contact JBM Projects, Unit 11, 20 Rivergate Place, Murarrie QLD 4172, phone 07 3348 9488, fax 07 3348 9499, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE VILLE RESORT CASINO 127

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Below Window Design Solutions manufactured and supplied cyclone rated window and doors for the redevelopment.

The Ville Resort Casino is set within the idyllic Townsville breakwater with views overlooking the Coral Sea across to Magnetic Island. Capturing the most of these natural landscape within the redevelopment required Window Design Solutions to supply a range of window and doors to the redevelopment. Window Design Solutions General Manager, Trent Andrlik said they manufactured the large windows and doors for the redevelopment in their Townsville and Whitsunday plants and installed them in Miss Songs restaurant, The Pavilion, the Palm House and Quarterdeck. A key consideration was ensuring each component of the window and door installations was strong enough for the tropical conditions Window Design Solutions undertook rigorous cyclone testing, and wind load calculation on the windows and glass bi-fold doors they installed on the project to ensure they could withstand the force. “We used 20mm thick glass on the large bi-fold doors between the Quarterdeck’s bar and outdoor area,” explained Trent. The glass was supplied by National Glass, who specialises in double-glazed 20mm glass, which can handle the wind loads and has a high energy efficiency rating. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Window Design Solutions also worked closely with their aluminium frame supplier, Alspec, who undertook project specific testing and designed a new heavy duty head track for the bi-fold doors. “Due to the high strength requirements we used our test rig to make sure we met and exceeded the requirements,” said Alspec’s Townsville Branch Manager, Daniel Moloney. The glass windows and doors throughout the redevelopment are not only strong, they add to the overall design to open up the spaces and frame the external environment. Window Design Solutions has offices in Townsville, Whitsundays, Bundaberg and Brisbane.

For more information contact Window Design Solutions – Townsville, 65 Crocodile Crescent, Mt St John 4818, phone 07 4774 4390, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE VILLE RESORT CASINO 129



The Beach Apartments project at Broadbeach is a $150M sophisticated building comprising 219-apartments over 35 magnificent levels, with extensive glass windows, sun-drenched balconies, a stunning façade, and podium level terrace offering dramatic view corridors. Anthony Moreton Group, a successful boutique property development, investment and finance company, has delivered The Beach Apartments project at Broadbeach.

Anthony Moreton Group’s Chief Executive, Tony Hazell said that The Beach was the only new residential high rise property to be completed and operational in Broadbeach prior to the Commonwealth Games.

In a joint venture with the Pryde Group, Anthony Moreton Group has produced a significant addition to the Gold Coast’s stock of high end accommodation in time for the Commonwealth Games.

“We are very proud of that achievement and expect a long term impact from the Games on visitor occupancy and residential investment demand. There is no doubt that The Beach has added to the attractiveness and future potential growth of the area.”

The Beach is a stylish and sophisticated building at the nexus of culture, recreation and entertainment in one of Australia’s favorite playgrounds. The 219-apartments spread across 35-levels are a striking addition to Broadbeach’s iconic skyline. Apart from the obvious Commonwealth Games drawcard, the project itself has stunning features which will sustain a long and productive market appeal in keeping with the desirable Broadbeach contemporary lifestyle. The one and two-bedroom apartments all have balcony views plus a beautifully designed layout with high end features throughout. These include floor to ceiling tiling in all bathrooms, European appliances, 20mm reconstituted kitchen benchtops, ducted air conditioning and soft-close drawers to all joinery. Around 70% of the apartments have access to ocean views with the balance enjoying hinterland or city vistas. The project provides a range of facilities to residents including a lobby reception area, a podium terrace featuring a 20m lap pool, Zen garden, BBQ facilities, extensive landscaping and, a residents’ lounge.

Built by Multiplex, the project was completed four months early, enabling residents to occupy prior to Christmas. Around 1,400 local jobs were created during construction. Local suppliers were also supported, with 15,510m3 of concrete sourced from Hymix and another local business, Neumann Steel supplying the 2,200 tonnes of steel used in the project. The residential component of The Beach is being operated and managed by Minor International under its 5 Star ‘AVANI’ brand, its first in Australia. Minor International is fusing its fresh, modern philosophy and brand concepts with the developers’ overall master plan for a lifestyle focused environment at The Beach Apartments. Tony said that “The Beach development represented another successful joint venture with Pryde Group, which is fundamental to the outcomes we want to achieve at Anthony Moreton Group.” Operating since 2001, Anthony Moreton Group has a strong multi-disciplinary team covering property development, investment and finance. It has a pro-active and innovative approach to investment opportunities, as evidenced by the highly successful ‘The Beach’ development.

For more information contact Anthony Moreton Group, Level 20, 324 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3100 1300, fax 07 3100 1301, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE BEACH 131

Below Queensland Facade Systems 6,800m2 of high performance double glazed Low E for the buildings striking façade.

Queensland Facade Systems (QFS) has become the first choice for high performance glazing solutions.

which ensures whisper quiet rooms. QFS also supplied perforated aluminium privacy screens for the development.

The Southeast Queensland company has taken just five years to become one of the most recognised glazed window and door subcontractors to the high rise residential construction market.

QFS have been operating out of Yatala since 2012 and have recently moved to a larger facility across the highway at Stapylton between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

With such an impressive expansion, Alspec Australian designed and tested systems are now being manufactured under licence both here, at home and in China. Nationally, this encompasses supply and installation subcontracting to Southeast Queensland and supply only to the rest of Australia. Within the last 12 months QFS have completed a number of outstanding properties, including the The Beach apartments at Broadbeach and FV Gurner Towers 1 and 2 in Fortitude Valley, both contracted by Multiplex. The Beach apartments features 35-levels housing 219 apartments, and is a sophisticated blend of glass windows, sunlit balconies, feature façade and with a podium level terrace encompassing varied viewpoints. For QFS, the project called for the design, manufacture and installation of Alspec Hunter Evo and Proglide systems, including an integrated aluminium corner box feature. QFS supplied 6,800m2 of high performance double glazed grey Low E, in awning windows and sliding doors to offer environmental comfort and energy savings, acoustic reduction from the Gold Coast traffic noise and tested high weather performance, to comply with the Queensland Code requirements. The FV Gurner project – also contracted by Multiplex – is the first two of three 25-storey hotel and residential apartment towers on the edge of the Fortitude Valley Entertainment Zone, with breathtaking views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane City. QFS supplied and installed over 27,000m2 of standard and custom designed Alspec glazed window and door systems. One tower in bronze/gold double glazed Low E and the other in silver double glazed Low E. Most levels include a secondary glazing system on the interior side of the façade, 132 QLD PROJECT FEATURE THE BEACH

Drawing on 40 years of industry experience in the construction and glazing industry. Their design and innovation is driven by collaboration with Alspec, and the conviction of the QFS team to deliver a cost effective quality product and service, to the satisfaction of their clients. The specific industry experienced directors lead a team of estimators, drafters, production coordinators, project managers and logistics professionals all accomplished in their field of expertise. QFS have recently completed a number of projects including: Ivy and Eve at South Brisbane - twin 30-storey apartment buildings featuring 11,700m2 of glazing, by Hutchinson Builders; One William Street Retail Pods by Multiplex; Rhapsody Surfers North – 41-storey apartment building with 8,000m2 of glazing by Multiplex; Soda Apartments at South Brisbane – 19-storey apartment building with 3,700m2 of glazing by Hutchinson Builders; The Johnson Art Hotel – 6,000m2 of glazing by Maxcon; The Green Apartments at the RNA – five multi-storey apartment buildings with 6,660m2 of glazing by Lendlease; as well as the Rydges RNA Hotel, the prestigious 26-storey Sanbano Apartments at Coolangatta and many more. Queensland Facade Systems are continuing to gain a reputation for quality low cost design solutions and access to the best of the world’s suppliers.

For more information contact Queensland Facade Systems, 1/75 Christensen Road, Stapylton QLD 4207, phone 07 3380 1000, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Main image : The Beach Below Inset : FV Gurner - images supplied by Multiplex



RAVENHALL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE DEVELOPER : Department of Justice and Regulation CONSORTIUM : GEO Consortium (which is made up of GEO Group – Prison Operator & Equity, John Holland – D&C Contractor, Honeywell – Facilities Management) D&C CONTRACTOR : John Holland ARCHITECTS : Guymer Bailey Architects and Peter Hunt Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $650 million

The Ravenhall Prison Development project is part of Victoria’s prison expansion programme. Key features of the new Correctional Centre includes the capacity for 1,300 prisoners and a forensic mental health unit. A mix of low-rise accommodation, administration, health, industries, and recreation buildings. The development focuses on a new approach to corrections. John Holland’s professional experience is evident at the $650 million Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Melbourne’s west, where forward thinking, efficiency, advanced technology, and a row of firsts combined to build a correctional facility that is an essential part of Victoria’s prison expansion programme. John Holland are specialists in building and infrastructure construction in Australia, New Zealand and South Asia. The new prison has a capacity for 1,300 medium security male prisoners and, as Victoria’s flagship prison, focuses on a new approach to corrections in Victoria. The inclusion of a 75-bed specialist forensic mental health unit is integral to the State’s policy of encouraging and providing for a new attitude towards mental health in correctional facilities. To further the goal of community connection to address isolation and cultural concerns, the design includes a central spine for the shared-use facilities containing health, education, professional visits and cultural and recreation facilities. The prisoner accommodation 134 VIC PROJECT FEATURE RAVENHALL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

is configured as a series of secure residential communities. “John Holland worked with government, community and professionals to balance architectural aesthetics, operational requirements, security, functionality and cultural sensitivities with a high level of flexibility,” said Connie King, Director at John Holland. “John Holland is fortunate to have the support of its experienced staff and subcontractors, all of whom have been on the journey from the tender phase. These teams worked together to deliver the required outcome and hand over a facility in which we can all take pride.” Victoria’s vision to provide additional capacity in the State’s prison system, reduce reoffending, provide specialist forensic mental health services, and encourage innovative practices to support efficient and cost-effective management, presented significant design challenges for the GEO consortium. John Holland set about solving these challenges and succeeded. To this end, and a first for Australia, the construction involved the use AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

of prefabricated modular cells. At peak production, three modules – which equates to up to nine cells – were cast, painted and fitted out each day. Installation involved the use of a 600T hydraulic crane. During the design phase in 2015, John Holland went through an extensive cell prototype review process, of the new cell layout design with the Department of Justice and Regulation. The immense scale of services infrastructure at Ravenhall is notable by any standard. The combination of electrical, communication, mechanical, hydraulic, security and drainage systems is budgeted in excess of $230 million. The site has an in-ground network of electrical conduits and hydraulic/mechanical pipework so extensive, that if the pipes were placed end-to-end, they would measure more than 140km in length. This circuitry of services links 46 buildings and numerous external components, over the 90-acre site. John Holland also catered for more than 5,000 security protection devices to be installed, ranging from bio-metric tracking systems, extensive CCTV coverage, access card readers, electronic tracking key safes, anti-ram vehicle protection, prisoner movement detection and tracking systems. Sustainability principles were fundamental to the design. The project was required to achieve two distinct environmental sustainable development WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

(ESD) ratings. The adjacent Statewide services building achieved both a 5 Star Design and 5 Star As-built Green Star rating, as awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia. In the other 45 buildings, environmental efficiency ratings set by the Victorian Prisons Sustainability Scorecard Scheme, were achieved on water conservation, energy efficiency and indoor environment quality. With regards to sustainability onsite, John Holland, in keeping with the scorecard scheme, ensured that at least 80% of construction waste was reused or recycled, that topsoil be protected and re-used, and that flooring, joinery and furniture installed met environmental innovation sustainability requirements. The energy efficiency of the cold storage (food refrigeration) systems, the provision of composting systems for food waste and the use of WELS rated appliances also had to achieve benchmarks. Ravenhall prison has a 400 kWp solar farm, a tri-generation plant, and significant water reuse infrastructure, including onsite detention for a 100 year ARI storm.

For more information contact John Holland, Level 5, 380 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 8698 9400, fax 03 9696 1873, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE RAVENHALL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 135

WALLED IN Westkon Precast has a reputation for delivering high quality, high volume engineered precast concrete for structural and architectural elements, integral to major infrastructure and building projects. An innovation introduced to Australia by John Holland, Westkon Precast bought three decades of experience to the Ravenhall Correctional Centre project, Westkon Precast pre-fabricated a total of 340 modular cell blocks with numerous configurations. The modular cell blocks were critical to allowing the project to be delivered within the tight construction programme. With John Holland, the Westkon team was involved in the design of the precast manufacturing moulds for the modular prison cells and were casting one module per day per mould. The team completed all the cells in nine months, with three moulds running at the peak of the project. “To ensure the programme could be met, Westkon had to introduce solutions to increase fabrication efficiency,” explained CK Tan, Project Manager for Westkon Precast. “Westkon’s design team worked with John Holland, their designers and Australian Reinforcing Company to develop a number of innovative solutions, including an engineered mesh solution that enabled daily cast cycles.” The delivery of cost-effective and timely construction is essential for the prison expansion programme in Victoria as CK explains, “The casting of these units as whole modules has not been done previously in Australia, where traditionally units have been constructed using individual panels and slabs. The modular approach reduces the installation time as the need to ‘structurally connect/brace’ the individual precast elements onsite is significantly reduced.”

current OHS acts, regulations and Australian Standards. The company has also held national prequalification since 2010 under the amalgamated ‘Austroads’ scheme. Westkon Precast has been involved in a wide range of projects over their 30 years of operation. “While we have been producing hollowcore for well over 20 years, in the past couple of years we have made a significant investment in our hollowcore production facility,” said CK. The upgrade of the batching facility included the installation of a fully automated concrete production and transportation system installed, along with a new automated slipformer and production equipment. The upgrade allows Westkon Precast to expand it products to include the largest range of prestressed planks in Australia (Miniplanks 80mm to 150mm and Hollowcore 150mm to 500mm). With an extensive range of components and high standards of service delivery, Westkon Precast is a proven choice for specialised production related to roads, bridges, industrial and high rise apartment projects, hospitals, stadiums and marinas. CK elaborates on the Westkon Precast portfolio, “While the majority of our projects are within Victoria, we have also been involved in supplying to a number of projects throughout New South Wales and South Australia, including jobs in Holbrook, Tarcutta, Darling Harbour as well as Sydney’s CBD.” Recent projects completed by Westkon Precast since they upgraded, includes the latest stage of Simonds Stadium Redevelopment, the Artemis Project at Melbourne Girls Grammar, the new Sports Centre at Camberwell Grammar and it is currently working on five new stations for the ‘Skyrail’ project between Caulfield and Dandenong.

Westkon Precast supplies precast panels, beams, columns, hollowcore and even complete precast structures for commercial and residential structures and precast barriers, bridge beams, headstocks and panels for infrastructure projects. Hollowcore concrete has unique benefits in thermal and acoustic insulation.

“Our portfolio also embraces the CityLink Tullamarine Widening Project, the Caufield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project, as well as residential apartments such as Bolte Terraces, Swanston Central, Southbank Place and Empire Apartments,” said CK.

Westkon Precast offers a total solution for customers, from concept design through to onsite installation. Combined with their dedicated transport fleet and a product design and engineering service, Westkon Precast has developed and implemented systems to meet the requirements of the ISO standards,

For more information contact Westkon Precast Pty Ltd, 133-199 Ferris Road, Cobblebank VIC 3338, phone 03 8746 1300, website


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HOME SAFE HOME As specialists in coordinating supply and installation solutions for industrial workplaces, Actisafe supplied all the furnishings for offices, common rooms, educational facilities and workshops at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre. Actisafe provides furnishings, fittings and custom designed workstations for a wide range of residential and commercial projects. “We supplied all the movable furniture, casements, chairs, tables, wardrobes and pin boards, whiteboards and wallboards for all the buildings, including health amenities and industrial production facilities,” said Marcus Bird, Actisafe’s Project Manager. “The fitout was all tamper proof. Our approach was to communicate a lot with the client and, as such, there were no major issues on the job.” In a prison, the range of furnishings and equipment is diverse. “A minor challenge Actisafe encountered on the Ravenhall Correctional Centre project was logistics and delivery. This was easily overcome by the use of Actisafe’s own warehouse no more than 5 minutes from Ravenhall Correctional Centre,” Marcus explained.


Visitor’s areas need to cater for children including the provision of children’s chairs. Actisafe also supplied a range of tables to cater for the multiple tasks that are performed on a daily basis in a prison, including coffee tables, board room tables, meeting tables, hand-over tables and folding and sorting tables. Add to the list, outdoor furniture, staff furniture and trolleys for moving items around the prison, not to overlook provision for specialist tasks such as weapon storage and it is easy to see that this is a job for an experienced team of specialists in FF&E manufacture, supply and installation. As a manufacturer of custom-made products, Actisafe offers FF&E for workshops, offices, hospitals and aged care facilities and workplace solutions for bars, brewerys and public areas. In the accommodation and hospitality sectors, Actisafe supplies furniture for bedrooms, bathrooms, commercial kitchens and dining centres. Actisafe is also an experienced supplier in the educational sector.

Actisafe usually supply its products towards the end of the project, and as a manufacturer, is able to provide full packages – specifically FF&E (furniture, fittings and equipment packages), tailored to the final space.

Actisafe can also supply assembly lines and flow-through shelving, workstations and storage solutions in the workplace. In many instances there is a need to customise the workshop in order to provide for special circumstances. Actisafe offers a ‘custom, supply, install and management’ system that takes responsibility for the total fitout from concept to installation.

“This type of service begins with consultation about layout and strategies for human-centered design and ergonomic solutions and culminates with management of precision installation,” explained Marcus. “This is not only convenient for our clients but also very time efficient, allowing the client to rely on Actisafe to provide all the items necessary to complete the project on time.”

In business since 2008, Actisafe has a commitment to Australian-made products, however it will occasionally source required products and services from overseas if necessary. As a Defence Accredited supplier, Actisafe has supplied defence departments with furniture, fittings and equipment for complex projects across the range of defence services.

Correctional facilities need high security seating and tables for dining rooms. Cells and common rooms require toilet bases and mirrors, specialised bedding, clothes lockers, TV cabinets, bookcases, plastic cell chairs and mounded chairs. Workstation furniture includes storage and filing cabinets and desks, ergonomic desk chairs and adjustable stools with back support.

Actisafe is also the suppliers for prison sites in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, and Parklea in New South Wales, and is working on the defence project ‘Growler’ at Amberley RAAF base in Queensland. For more information Actisafe Pty Ltd, 5 Rosella Street Singleton NSW 2330, phone 1300 852 397, website


LIGHTING THE WAY Rexel Australia has been in the Australian Electrical Industry for over 100 years, its long standing history is a testament to the exceptional quality products, expertise and knowledgeable service that its people provide. Rexel continues to adapt and keep up to date with increased competition and customer demands, providing a leading range of lighting, cable, network and energy saving solutions. The team at Rexel Australia offer superior problem solving and assistance to help its customers. Its innovative approach to finding solutions to any industrial problem comes from experience across a wide range of industries, servicing the automotive, chemicals, food and beverage, government, hospitality, manufacturing, mining, minerals and metals, oil and gas, printing and packaging, pumping and irrigation, public infrastructure, service, transport and utilities industries. The company prides itself on meeting the customer’s expectations with a high level of project assistance. The ability to provide efficiently correct stock availability, deliver on time and offer competitive pricing, were stand out qualities for Rexel’s involvement on the Ravenhall Correctional Centre. Rexel delivered innovative and cost effective solutions in the supply of lighting and electrical products for the Ravenhall Correctional Centre. Rexel’s dedicated lighting product specialists assisted in the selection of the light fittings. Since it was a prison installation, it was also important that all light fittings and electrical installations were fitted safely and securely so that they cannot be damaged or removed easily by inmates. The light fittings had extensive and diverse features, which were chosen to suit the particular area and application where they were being installed. Consultation with lighting manufacturers and careful consideration regarding the performance and appearance of the light fittings selected were paramount to the end result. All the lighting fixtures, exits and emergency fittings that were chosen, met the required

specifications for the project. In conjunction with Rexel’s preferred partner suppliers, quality and technically proficient products were strategically chosen to meet specific conditional requirements. For the Ravenhall project, it was critical to ensure that all product deliverables were made available onsite by the required due dates in order to meet project expectations, which was the main challenge that Rexel experienced considering the sheer size of the project and the high number of delivery dates. Nonetheless, Rexel applied its extensive experience and worked closely with all suppliers, using a high level of project planning, and with contingency plans to assist in countering any unforeseen delays, which ensured that the project was completed on time. With the help of the main office staff, Rexel had two people onsite ensuring that the supply and installation of its products were managed accordingly. The supply of products commenced in January 2016 with the final bits and pieces delivered by July 2017, though the main bulk of supply and installation was completed a couple of months prior. “The most positive aspect of this project was that given time and project management considerations, Rexel supplied and delivered a measured turnkey solution in line with meeting all the expectations and requirements for our customers in providing the desired project outcome,” said Eddie Nastasi, State Sales Manager for Rexel Victoria. Rexel provides its products and services across Australia with a branch network of 144 locations and flexible delivery options. Branch teams regularly liaise with both contractors and suppliers on large projects such as prisons, hospitals and shopping centres, as well as many smaller project like schools, offices, retail and wholesale outlets. For more information contact Rexel Australia, First Floor, Building B, 12 Julius Avenue, North Ryde NSW 2113, phone 02 9887 6222, website




INFINITY AND BEYOND Established in 1946, Atkar Group is an industry-leading supplier of architectural and building materials in Australia. For more than 70 years, Atkar Group has been providing high quality architectural solutions and building supplies to the design and construction industry for a wide range of projects nationally. Atkar Group were engaged to supply the architectural acoustic panelling for Ravenhall Correctional Centre. With an extensive history operating in Victoria and specialising in the manufacture and supply of high quality acoustic panelling systems, Atkar Group was the ideal business partner for this complex project. “Atkar Group is a multi-generational family business. Over the years, we have proudly supplied acoustic and building materials to a wide variety of projects across the retail, corporate, education, government, health, hospitality and residential sectors,” says Charles Grimshaw, Sales Manager. “After decades of working directly with the industry, we’ve built a strong reputation for our knowledge, expertise and service. We also remain committed to innovation and research, ensuring our product development continues to respond to the needs of today’s design and construction industry.” Atkar Group’s three leading architectural product ranges – Infinity, Quantum and Horizons – include an extensive selection of acoustic panels, decorative panels and modular cost-effective panels. With the ability to fully customise products and finishes, the company’s acoustic panels proved the right fit for the prison’s specialised project requirements, and unique technical considerations. Working closely with John Holland and its architect Guymer Bailey, Atkar Group supplied Au.diSlot and Au.diPanel acoustic panels from their premium Infinity range, the same panels featured at other WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Victorian institutes including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The panelling has been installed in the prison’s Statewide services area and Gatehouse buildings, combining high-level acoustic performance with strong aesthetics while adhering to the environmentally sustainable design requirements – one of the key challenges of the project. Recognising the importance of supplier dependability in major infrastructure projects, Atkar Group’s superior service offering has provided onsite assistance and technical support to the build, while their local manufacturing has made shorter lead times possible, helping to ensure the project remained on track for its opening. Atkar Group’s unrivalled experience in supplying locally-made architectural and acoustic panelling systems, and deep understanding of the complexities of infrastructure design and construct, is helping to ensure that the Ravenhall Prison will be the world-class correctional facility Victoria needs.

For more information contact Atkar Group, 17-19 David Lee Road, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9796 3333, fax 03 9796 3389, email,, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE RAVENHALL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 143

LOCKED DOWN Sentinel Group, specialists in security and architectural fasteners, supplied Prolok screwbolts for the Ravenhall Correction Centre. Sentinel worked closely with the installers to securely fix cell furniture to floors and walls. Supplying Prolok screwbolts, Sentinel Group brought an innovative solution to a tricky and potentially time-consuming problem. The use of screwbolts instead of hammered in anchor pins to secure items to the concrete slab floors reduced costs, installation time and demonstrated the advantages of this type of security fastener in prison construction. Each cell at Ravenhall has beds, desk and shelves that need to be securely anchored to floor and walls. In a construction that provides the capacity for 1,300 prisoners in single and dual occupancy cells,

there are literally thousands of places where fittings are bolted to masonry and require a high security finish. In a test cell at Ravenhall, the use of a traditional bent pin or hammer-in anchor blew out the side of the concrete wall. This was due to expansion when the anchor pin is hammered in near to an edge. The important benefit of a screwbolt is the reduced minimum edge distance because you are not dealing with expansion forces. Sentinel Group, based in Victoria, has been supplying solutions for security and architectural fastening since 2004. Work proceeds on other custodial projects in Wellington, Cessnock and Grafton for the New South Wales prison system. Reuben Stewart from Sentinel Group expands on the advantages of the solution that Sentinel Group provided at Ravenhall, pointing out the cost-effectiveness, “Our role was to supply a solution that eliminated issues like cracking of concrete and installer fatigue.” “It is worth noting that in addition to solving this issue we were also able to achieve a cost reduction for the installers of approximately one third of the cost of other anchor systems. This is significant on a large project like Ravenhall,” said Reuben. For more information contact Sentinel Group, 235 Woodward Road, Golden Square VIC 3555, phone 03 5445 3200, fax 03 5444 2200, email, website



NO BLIND SPOTS Architecture & Access is a company that works with architects, construction companies and building surveyors. A team of 12 access consultants are based in the Melbourne office at Parkville, with additional offices located in Brisbane and Adelaide. The company has a broad portfolio and has worked on major projects including Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Queensland Rail. Smaller projects include apartment buildings, schools, offices, and swimming pools. Working on the Ravenhall Prison project has been both challenging and rewarding. This facility requires the same level of access for people with disabilities as for any other building while maintaining the necessary security required within any prison environment. The building users – prisoners, operational staff, non-operational staff and visitors all require differing levels of access. As with all public buildings, areas used by visitors and non-operational staff are required to comply with the Disability Access to Premises Standards, the Building Code of Australia and its referenced Australian Standards. Secure areas deviate from these regulatory requirements in instances where security and safety may otherwise be compromised and are required to comply with the Cell & Fire Safety Guidelines. This included the design of fixtures such as grab rails, which are anti-ligature but still allow a person who has a disability or is ageing, to independently hold and use the rail. At stairways, open risers are featured WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to ensure there are no blind spots for surveillance. Fully complying contrast nosing strips and tactile ground surface indicators were installed to meet the needs of prisoners with vision impairments. Additional features were included within the prison such as accessible benches to tea points and kitchen areas. Clever design allowed operational staff to have few physical restrictions that would affect their ability to perform their role. Officer posts were raised above floor level to provide better sight lines, a handrail and contrast nosings are included on all steps for improved safety. For more information contact Architecture & Access, Level 5, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052, phone 1300 715 866, fax 03 9347 5982, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE RAVENHALL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 145

WIZARDS ON HAND Rondo Building Services supported the product design and supply of construction materials at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre. Rondo Building Services worked with the principle teams at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre during project delivery. Rondo Building Services has over 50 years of experience manufacturing walls, ceilings, access panels and lighter gauge rolled steel products for construction. It is able to supply lightweight and heavy duty framing for both internal and external walls and ceilings, and seismic walls and ceiling systems for critical areas. All Rondo Building Services’ products meet the Australian and New Zealand Standards and code requirements, and are quality tested and assured and they work across a wide-ranging portfolio of projects in every state in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and India. “Most of the challenge at Ravenhall was product design and development, as it is the largest correction facility we have undertaken. Our role with product supply and weekly onsite inspections ensured no time delays in construction. We were even

able to replace products that John Holland was initially using which meant reduced costs,” said Charlie Khoury, Sales and Development Manager at Rondo Building Services. “We were more than happy with the way the project panned out, especially in our ability to support the builder and construction teams.” The main manufacturing plant and technical services team at Rondo Building Services is situated in Erskine Park, New South Wales with distribution centres in Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. Rondo Building Services has extensive experience in building design and supply, including work on hospitals and medical centres, schools, hotels, residential apartments, commercial spaces and sporting facilities. “There were 46 buildings at Ravenhall with capacity for 1,300 prisoners to meet possible future demand,” said Charlie. “Rondo seems to be the supplier of choice on many large government projects due to the resources and technical expertise we bring and the speed with which we get products to site.” “Our comprehensive design assistance service makes us a market leader in this area,” explained Charlie. “We worked very closely with John Holland supplying seismic ceiling designs for the Queen Elizabeth ll Medical Centre and they were keen to use us again. We enjoy a good relationship with John Holland.” For more information contact Rondo Building Services, phone 1300 367 663, website



MAKING A SWITCH Lai Switchboards Australia contracted to work on the Ravenhall Correctional Centre, designed, engineered, manufactured and supplied around 380 400VAC main switchboards, main distribution boards and light and power distribution boards. At the request of Downer Group, Lai designed several prototype distribution boards to incorporate a plug-in “soft” wiring system. This involved distribution board capacity of 24 pole up to 108 pole inclusive of integrated lighting control, energy management metering, fully wired with a simple plug-in system for final sub-circuits. This saved time around on-site installation and fit-off. “Lai provided 3D modelling for prototypes enabling the client a much more detailed view of the new designs, reducing approval times and design-to-machine times,” explained Matthew Benstead, Lai Switchboards’ Victoria Manager. “Designing a new soft wiring switchboard system from scratch and putting it into production to meet lead times was challenging but also very rewarding to see completed.” Lai Switchboards’ highly experienced design team was able to get designs out early and its production team was able to accelerate delivery to meet the client’s requirements. “Lead times are always a big challenge for major construction works, but using volume production techniques, the best people and the latest equipment, we were able to ensure the fastest possible turnaround,” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

said Matthew. “We were very pleased to be given the opportunity to work with Downer and John Holland on the project and have continued to get more opportunities in the market as a result.” Specialising in the manufacture of switchboards, substations and pre-fab switchrooms, Lai Switchboards has been in business since 1969. The company has facilities in Campbellfield, Victoria, Hendon, South Australia, Auburn, New South Wales and Lytton in Queensland. “We are a family-owned and operated business with approximately 200 employees, one of the largest and most experienced switchboard and pre-fab switchroom manufacturers in Australia,” said Matthew. Lai Switchboards is also working on Air 7000 Edinburgh, Darling Harbour Live and Metro Rail projects. For more information contact Lai Switchboards Australia, 4 Transit Drive, Cambellfield VIC 3061, phone 03 9380 7000, fax 08 8244 9122, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE RAVENHALL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 147

FRAMED Scaffold Logistics with almost five decades of experience in scaffolding, rigging, fabrication, and high risk work was engaged at Ravenhall Correctional Centre to provide a highly tailored scaffold package to the site. “We were involved from conception with a comprehensive operation, full design and our own engineering,” said Ian Douglas, Operations Manager for Scaffold Logistics. “We are fully self-sufficient and this means we can deliver the required volume on time, when the demand comes through and work is at peak with no shortage of materials or workers.” Respected in the industry for its dedication to health and safety, Scaffold Logistics has Australia and New Zealand 4801 Accreditation and specialises in advance planning to identify risks and minimise cost. “We ensured safe access to all roofs at Ravenhall that meant advanced scaffolding with 70-80 scaffolds installed. We got a good rap at Ravenhall for building scaffold safely; we are fully compliant with Workplace Health and Safety requirements,” said Ian. Delivering a comprehensive service defines Scaffold Logistics, ensuring quality assured performance and on-time, on-budget supply

of materials and workforce. “This is achieved by managing all aspects of the job. At Ravenhall the size of the job itself was the logistical challenge. We provided stretcher stairs and access platforms.” Ian explained that their services including engineering, design, transport, labour and materials are all housed under one roof and fall under their accreditation. Large infrastructure projects like the Ravenhall Correctional Centre benefit from an approach that is ‘start to finish’ inclusive, covering pre-start evaluations, design, engineering and site logistics; and managing workforce requirements with a strong culture of cooperation with all involved. Scaffold Logistics has a proactive approach to best practice, including a commitment to ISO 9001 quality assurance, that means continual internal development and improvement of ongoing systems and performance. With extensive experience in providing access and support solutions. Scaffold Logistics has facilitated building at the Westgate Bridge strengthening project, BAE Shipyards, Longford Gas Plant, Suncorp building demolition and the Level Crossing Removal Project Sky Rail (CD9). Recently Scaffold Logistics has undertaken a number of rail projects, involving the construction of Blackburn, Huntingdale, Bayswater, Williams Landing, Balaclava, McKinnon and Ormond Stations, as well as current works on Mernda Line, Hurstbridge Line and Skye Road. For more information contact Scaffold Logistics, 2 Summit Road, Noble Park North VIC 3174, phone 1300 857 293, website



KEEPING IT RUNNING The complexity of electrical and communication circuitry, sewer networks and security conduits required for a prison development is mind-boggling, and Rangedale were required to locate these underground services safely and efficiently. At Ravenhall Correctional Centre, Rangedale used hydro excavation to locate these services. The prisons location allows family to access the prison and give prisoners a greater sense of community, however the urban placement meant work on drainage and support systems must be highly specialised and reliable. Rangedale are experts in drainage maintenance and civil repair services, providing contracting services to water retailers, councils, shires, developers and contractors.

Level 2, and are trained in contractors online Inductions. Our key personnel have competency in Spotter, Excavation, Trench and Shoring, and Asbestos Removal class B.” With 14 years experience, Rangedale has a strong commitment to safety on the environment and can tackle jobs that other drainage companies will not consider. Rangedale’s impressive portfolio includes the John Holland Metro Tunnel project, Ringwood and Mitchem railway stations upgrages, the Fulton Hogan M80 Ring Road widening and the regional rail duplication. With a staff of 130 employees, 110 in the field, Rangedale placed 18 people on the Ravenhall Correctional Centre.

“We have sufficient labour resources and equipment to give us capability to allocate high priority and emergency works, operate 24/7 and provide timely completion of works in high traffic areas or in relation to high flow pipes that are accessible at night only,” explained Matt Kermeen, Operations Manager at Rangedale. “All our field staff have competency in OHS Construction, Confined Space Entry & Rescue, Traffic Control & Management, First Aid WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Rangedale Drainage Services, 25-27 Salta Drive, Altona North VIC 3025, phone 03 8368 8888, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE RAVENHALL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE 149

HEALTHY LEARNING DEVELOPER : University of South Australia MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken ARCHITECT : BVN and Swanbury Penglase Architects PROJECT VALUE : $250 million



The $250M University of SA Health Innovation Building houses a technically advanced health science facility including the Centre for Cancer Biology, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and the Museum of Discovery. Hansen Yuncken commenced as managing contractor on the University of South Australia’s (UniSA) Health Innovation Building (HIB) project in July 2014, responsible for overseeing the construction from start to completion. Hansen Yuncken managed all subcontractors and worked collaboratively with all consultants including architects, engineers and suppliers. The floors of the HIB were designed to ensure that there is a view from all areas of the occupied spaces within the building. The laboratories and work areas are situated around the external perimeters, while the support areas are located internally. This development is one of the final pieces of the puzzle for Adelaide BioMed City. The location provides several new health research, teaching and community engagement opportunities. The Museum of Discovery (MOD.), a place to be and be inspired, will be a scientific playground that will transform the public’s perception of science, technology and innovation by offering immersive experiences within dynamic, changing exhibition programmes. The building has over 780 exposed precast columns, with the main structural columns along the north façade capable of withstanding a 1500kN rail impact – an important specification due to the project’s location alongside the rail corridor. Around the façade of the building there are 62 external precast columns per level, though only half are load bearing, the rest are architectural features. The 58m structural steel mechanical riser extends from the ground floor to the roof and was prefabricated offsite, saving months of work onsite. The riser took six months to design, manufacture, fire rate the steel work, pressure test and fire wrap the ductwork. The riser was then delivered and installed onsite in 12 sections in just three days. AG O’Connors undertook these works with 3D precision modelling and construction. The complexity of the service requirements involved careful cross disciplinary design and coordination. Contractors used 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) that allowed WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

issues to be detected and resolved efficiently and reduced clashes experienced onsite. The generator plant provided a unique challenge to the project team. The generator was located adjacent the Animal Facility which requires isolation from all noise, vibration and lighting variations to maintain a controlled environment. This led to the generator being placed on a floating slab and allowed the generator to be isolated from the rest of the building and absorb vibration. Large thermal and acoustic walls were built to ensure the research facilities are regulated from temperature and sound. Technically its one of the most data rich buildings in the state with over 7,000 data points along with 500km of data cabling installed in the building, which is the highest number in any building in South Australia besides the recently completed Royal Adelaide Hospital. The HIB showcases unique design features for this kind of educational building. The western lift lobby features timber ceiling, barestone cladding, exposed aggregated flooring, as well as antique brass door frames, thresholds and door finishes. The seven interior staircases located in the key atriums give the impression that they are floating within the space. Their design required each staircase to be installed in two sections, and to be lifted into the space by spider cranes, chain blocks and multiple tri-shores. Hansen Yuncken managed over 2,500 changes and modifications throughout the building process. Including substantial building use alterations to increase the size of the Animal Facility and the introduction of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, all while maintaining completion by the original date. Hansen Yuncken has a strong portfolio of education projects and are currently undertaking several developments across Australia including, University of Newcastle, University of Queensland, Monash University, University of Tasmania and Bendigo Kangan TAFE. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 191 Fullarton Road Dulwich SA 5065, phone 08 8229 7300, email, website


YOUR FIRST CHOICE SA Commercial Blinds specialise in the supply and installation of quality window furnishings for the commercial market. The company works closely with architects and builders to find the window covering solution they are after. For the Health Innovation Building, SA Commercial Blinds supplied both motorised and manually operated blinds and curtains. One of the challenges of the job was finding a solution for the large eastern windows of Level 2. For this, SA Commercial Blinds came up with a Vertilux OneBlind system with a size of 5200mm wide and 7000mm drop, which motorised for ease of use. The blinds have a MicroCassette design which blends in smoothly with the trim, complementing the interior design. Another challenge was supplying blinds to the Level 12 animal house with a fabric that can be easily cleaned. For this SA Commercial Blinds used Slidetrack blinds which are designed to be unobtrusive

and present clean functional lines, as well as a unique fabric guide system that maintains tension. The Pilbarra Plus Block Out fabric which has antimicrobial properties, that reduces potential contamination and odours. Chanell translucent fabric was used for the blinds throughout the rest of the development and is designed to meet strict standards for light, glare reduction and insulation from harmful UV rays. The fabric permits light to filter into the room where privacy is needed, without the need for complete block out. The heat and reflection qualities of the material helps regulate a rooms temperature and contributes to maintaining an energy efficient environment within the space. SA Commercial Blinds had a peak of six employees for this task with installation beginning in July 2017 and completed in late 2017. The company is based in South Australia and have been involved on a number of innovative projects including, the installation of roller blinds in Flinders Medical Centre. SA Commercial Blinds also have various other projects with Hansen Yuncken, Sarah Constructions, Mossop Construction + Interiors, Hindmarsh and many more. For more information contact SA Commercial Blinds, phone 08 8347 8700, email, website

THE TOTAL PACKAGE Smith Brothers Group is one of the largest plumbing service maintenance businesses in South Australia. Their reliability along with their knowledge, expertise and extensive years of experience is why they were chosen for the considerable and complex amount of plumbing required for the University of SA Health Innovation Building. Smith Brothers undertook numerous tasks divided into two parts. The first was an earlyworks inground package which consisted of a South Australia Water sewer mains extension, civil stormwater drainage, stormwater pump station, electrical inground conduits and pits, pH neutralising system and 12KL inground expansion tank, tradewaste arrestor units and drainage, inground diesel tank system, stormwater gross pollutant trap and baffle box. The second was the main above ground package, which consisted of sewer drainage, tradewaste drainage, radioactive drainage system, quarantine drainage system, laboratory drainage system, stormwater drainage system, reverse osmosis reticulation system (including tanks and pumps), domestic hot and cold water reticulation, laboratory hot and cold water reticulation, gas reticulation, gas/solar hot water plants and a 30KL rainwater storage tank for irrigation use. The company deployed a team of 37 skilled employees for this considerable task, starting in August 2015 and they will also be WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

undertaking the ongoing hydraulic service and programmed maintenance of the building. Smith Brothers provide 24/7 service in South Australia, where they also contribute extensively to several charities, as well as support and involvement in schools, training programmes, and community and industry organisations. For more information contact Smith Brothers Group, 386 South Road, Richmond SA 5033, phone 08 8234 5000, email, website


UNIVERSAL GALLERY Pro AV Solutions is one of Australia’s foremost specialists in audio-visual, collaboration and unified communications solutions, working to design and deliver award winning technological solutions, backed by over 30 years in the industry and over 200 staff including some of the brightest minds in the field. The University of South Australia’s brand new Cancer Research Institute (formerly Health Innovation Building (HIB)) which is home to the Museum of Discovery (MOD) features content rich interactive spaces designed for immersive learning experiences. The centerpiece is the Universal Gallery which incorporates the Science On A Sphere interactive experience which is a product from NOAA, USA an is the first installation of its kind in Australia. It features a 360 degree

projection mapped 1.7m diameter suspended globe, capable of displaying unlimited libraries of sphere mapped ‘datasets’ – including planetary, climatic, meteorological and topographical displays. Pro AV Solutions was engaged in the design and integration of the audio-visual systems for the whole of the University of South Australia’s new Cancer Research Institute including lecture theatre facilities, interactive teaching spaces, transparent LED displays, Universal Gallery, Science On A Sphere interactive display, Huddle Space meeting rooms and boardroom facilities. Planar’s Clarity® Matrix® panels were selected to complement the Universal Gallery which incorporates the Science On A Sphere learning environment as the ideal solution to enable multi-point touch interactive learning for students and users. 23 x portrait mounted 55” Clarity® Matrix® LX55HDU displays were arranged to form a continuous 22m wall of context sensitive interactive content which draws from the World Wide Telescope matched to the Science On A Sphere datasets around the perimeter of the space. A further 10 Clarity® Matrix® displays form a similar interactive wall within the space’s entrance, specifically designed to welcome and entice users into the space. Custom software and content was developed in order to enable multi-point touch learning for students and users to be displayed on a continuous wall of context sensitive interactive content, matched to the Science On A Sphere datasets around the perimeter of the Science On A Sphere space. For more information contact Pro AV Solutions, 247 Greenhill Road, Dulwich SA 5065, phone 08 8124 7777, website

DEVELOPER : University of South Australia ARCHITECT : Swanbury Penglase Architects and BVN

SAFETY FIRST As with any construction project, maintenance, protection and open accessibility are paramount in order to ensure that there is easy passage and safety of the construction team and all individuals who enter the building. This is where RISsafety comes in, a specialist supplier of personal protective and safety equipment requirements for high risk industries and activities. Through the installation of an engineered system of rails, davit arms and anchor points, RISsafety were able to provide access to all internal and external sides of the building, windows and maintenance systems. The company also fabricated a large amount of walkways to provide maintenance access for internal management and air conditioning systems.

7mm of construction tolerance, there also had to be a high degree of coordination of design modeling. With around seven installers, RISsafety commenced work onsite in December 2016 and completed the work by the end of October 2017.

The suspended aluminium gantry, includes internal abseil rails and safe rails systems. RISsafety have engineered these gantries to provide a lightweight safety solution to large projects that offers flexible in their use to access areas.

RISsafety’s main office is located in Sydney, with branches all over Australia. Current projects include the Air 7000 Maritime Patrol Aircraft replacement project, the Campbell barracks in Western Australia, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, as well as the Design and Construction of the exciting Adelaide oval roof climb adventure walk.

With the high number of trade service contractors working onsite, locating the 60 different points and droppers for the gantry within the available ceiling space required acute designation. With only

For more information contact RISsafety, 3 Bushells Place, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 8781 2100, email, website




The $25M Barossa Shopping Centre redevelopment provides a new state-of-the-art shopping experience and public space for the local community, through a new arcade, beautiful landscaping, a public square and a new medical centre. Showcasing the best of the Barossa while offering a contemporary shopping experience, the $25 million transformation of the Co-Op Shopping Centre has seen it become the nation’s largest retail co-operative. The Co-Op was established in the 1950’s as both grocer and employer of the region and continues to enrich the community of the Barossa Valley by creating an additional 150 local jobs. Visitors to the Barossa region will also benefit with the centre offering a multitude of retail outlets. Located in Nuriootpa, the Barossa Co-Op Shopping Centre has been transformed into a 24 retail tenancies outlet, while also featuring a ‘town square’, arcade and entrance landscaping linking to the area’s main street. The retail centre is estimated to contribute an extra $24 million to the Barossa region by 2021. 156 SA PROJECT FEATURE THE BAROSSA SHOPPING CENTRE

Awarded the contract to focus primarily on the project’s first three stages was Sarah Constructions. This involved the design and construct of the new mall, base build for IGA and ALDI supermarkets, and IGA store fitout. Sarah also oversaw the landscaping of new community areas and refurbishment of the existing supermarket into an undercover car park, medical centre and tenancies. As Australia’s largest consumer co-operative, the redevelopment aims to provide contemporary retail choices to the Barossa community while attracting new retailers to the region. Additionally, the project offers a new shopping experience and community public spaces, and delivers a state-of-the-art supermarket while providing better connectivity to the area’s main street. The Sarah team closely managed the design to source appropriate alternative materials, enabling earlier procurement and installation. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Weather delays saw certain works reprogrammed to start earlier, while a certified temporary car parking solution was approved within a three week period. This ensured the shopping centre was ready for the public during 2017’s busy Christmas holiday period. Additionally, Sarah’s guidance and advice on the project, steered by its team’s extensive knowledge and experience in retail construction, saw a complete redesign of Phase 2 for the project. This phase was initially to be an internal refurbishment of the existing hardware store but upon Sarah’s advice, was changed to a demolition and rebuild, providing a more reliable, long term solution for the client and new mini-major retailers. According to Sarah’s Project Manager Rick Capaldo, “the Co-Op Shopping Centre improves the community interaction while reflecting the region’s unique culture.” In his opinion, “Sarah Constructions, along with NH Architects, have been successful in bringing the community into the area with the main focus being on the people of the community.” Rick describes the built form as being “inspired by the local iconography of multi-gabled markets and vineyard WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

structures” and he believes it “considerably improves the user’s shopping experience when it comes to convenience without adversely competing with the High Street.” The new IGA is one of the largest supermarkets in Australia in terms of physical footprint, so it’s putting Nuriootpa on the map and creating a huge amount of excitement. Because the Sarah team worked closely with NH Architects to produce a future-proof masterplan, the needs of the community will continue to be served for years to come. For more information contact Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd, 49 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood SA 5063, PO Box 415, Highgate SA 5063, phone 08 7129 8888, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE THE BAROSSA SHOPPING CENTRE 157

The Barossa Shopping Centre, South Australia


LIGHTING IT UP Adelaide Central Electrical provided a range of innovative power and lighting services to the Barossa Shopping Centre redevelopment. “We have been engaged to do all the major infrastructure with regard to the light and power,” outlined Scott Morphett, Director of Adelaide Central Electrical. “We are completing the power installation on the new store for IGA and the specialty shops, as well as a lot of the air conditioning wiring as well.” The redevelopment has been an exciting project for the Adelaide Central Electrical, allowing them to use the latest innovations in LED lighting products.

“Trying to keep the place operational while we built the new wing was really challenging. There were many stores open while we were working around them,” said Scott. “We’re particularly thankful for the support of the builders and the Australian industry. The redevelopment is very modern, looks great and blends well with the landscape,” he said.

With 10 of its 76 employees working on the project, Adelaide Central Electrical were able to keep with the style of the building and offered power saving opportunites to the client.

Having operated for five years, Adelaide Central Electrical specialises in commercial light and power installation on large commercial, multi-storey buildings. The company is simultaneously working on a number of projects, including the West Franklin apartments, Urban Nest accommodation, and the Holiday Hotel, all projects are in the CBD.

The Barossa Shopping Centre remained open to the general public throughout the redevelopment, which required the installation team to work within constrained parameters, in terms of both access and public safety.

For more information contact Adelaide Central Electrical, 49 Kinkaid Avenue, North Plympton SA 5037, phone 08 8294 5836, fax 08 8294 9801, email, website




The Pridham Hall Project at the University of South Australia features a large multi-purpose hall for graduations and corporate events, multi-purpose playing courts for sports, fitness centre, exercise studio, and 25m heated five lane swimming pool. The new $50 million Pridham Hall project at the University of South Australia is an innovative design reflecting UniSA’s commitment to quality and innovation in its building programme. Designed for UniSA students, staff, alumni and the public, Pridham Hall includes a large multi-purpose space designed principally to offer students a full range of sporting facilities – a fitness centre, a weights room and exercise equipment, an exercise studio, and a 25m heated five lane swimming pool along with the chameleon-like double basketball court that can be transformed to stage one of the University’s most important events - graduations. Architecturally striking, the project is a vibrant addition to the already exciting City West precinct. Designed for UniSA’s community of students, staff and alumni, Pridham Hall is expected to become the heart of the campus. 160 SA PROJECT FEATURE PRIDHAM HALL

Pridham Hall was designed in 3D using BIM (Building Information Modelling) which was also used to develop a virtual reality application for the building. The app was developed based on the 3D model and project renders by staff and students from UniSA and allows interested viewers to wander through the building in 3D. Working closely with the Pridham Hall project team and UniSA Vice Chancellor, has brought to reality a space where dreams come true. The University has encouraged its graduates and student body to be a part of the project in a number of ways. Attracted to the plans for the hall, which was conceived as a hub for student sport and recreational activities, in 2016 UniSA graduate in property resource management, Andrew Pridham and his family, announced a generous $5 million gift to the project. Today Pridham is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian banking division of US and NYSE listed Moelis & Company, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

and CEO of the Sydney Swans Football Club and his generous example has inspired others to make a contribution. In 2016 alumni and friends were given the opportunity to leave their mark on Pridham Hall. Celebrating the University’s 25th birthday, alumni and friends were invited to have their name and three words permanently inscribed in the new Hall. More than 500 have contributed their wisdom and their financial support for the project and that opportunity to contribute is still open. The project began as part of the University’s strategic action plan of 2013-2018, Crossing The Horizon, aimed at delivering spaces which show enterprise in the areas of creativity, learning and community connections. Recently UniSA also completed the $247 million Health and Innovation Building and the $4 million Samsung SMARTSchool as part of the programme. The Health and Innovation Building is an integral part of Adelaide’s Biomedical Precinct on North Terrace, opening up a number of new health research, teaching and community engagement opportunities. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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The Centre for Cancer Biology, the MOD. and the Innovation & Collaboration Centre, which are all housed within the one space, providing access to a wealth of new endeavors. One of the most technologically innovative teacher-training facilities in the country, the Samsung SMARTSchool at UniSA has been designed to equip Australian students and teachers with the skills and tools to shape Australia’s future. Combining Samsung’s innovative technologies with UniSA’s own world-class research into teaching practice, the Samsung SMARTSchool will provide an enriched learning environment for students from reception to year 12. For more information contact University of South Australia, 101 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8302 2215, website For more information contact Mossop, 155 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007, phone 08 8268 8699, fax 08 8268 2354, email mossop@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE PRIDHAM HALL 161

CRAFTSMANSHIP AT ITS BEST Creating a synergy in muli-purpose spaces requires a hardwearing and diverse surface treatment, and G & G Tiling Co. Pty Ltd specialise in commercial and industrial supply and installation of tiling packages designed for these applications. The new University of South Australia Pridham Hall is designed to support a range of events and activities, with multipurpose sports courts, a multi-room fitness centre including weights room, exercise area and studio, as well as a heated 25m swimming pool. G & G Tiling’s team of six, were required to provide tiling solutions to all wet areas across 3 levels, basement lobby and pool showers inclusive of feature walls. The standout portion of G & G Tiling work on the project was the pools main feature wall. Composed of approximately 13,000 50x50 tiles, which needed to be installed individually and featuring 10 different colours, the final design mimics the look of ocean water meeting the sand and is a spectacular counterpoint to the 5-lane pool.

The family owned company has been trading for over 40 years and is focused on servicing commercial builders and corporate clients. G & G Tiling provide a complete tiling package providing practical advice and quality finishes. These superior materials exceed Australian Standards and packages can be tailor made. G & G Tiling ensure a strong focus on all technical aspects of waterproofing and preparation, and have a forward thinking attitude to every stage of the job. Working to programme and budget, the G & G Tiling team ensure to work with each of their clients to provide design advice prior and during project, and project specific manufacturer and workmanship warranties. G & G Tiling are currently working on a number of projects including Brighton Central Shopping Centre – Refurbishment to existing mall & tenancies, Prospect Cinema – Brand New complex with cinema, Regis Aged Care – Burnside – 110 room facility plus staff & common area amenities, Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre – Refurbishment to existing mall, MINDA – Brighton Dunes Stage 2 – Brand New aged care living and an impressive list of many more. For more information contact G & G Tiling Co. Pty Ltd, PO Box 1041, Campbelltown SA 5074, phone 08 8336 1431, fax 08 8336 1359, email, website



KEEPING IT COOL DCM Services, a Tier 1 mechanical services company was contacted to provide a number of services for the intricate mechanical service requirements for the extensive $50 million Pridham Hall project. To allow the new hall to be used for a wide range of events and activities, the supporting mechanical services which is fully exposed to view had to operate and appear to an exceptionally high standard. The project had an intrinsic complexity, due to the different functions of the space which incorporates mixed-use basketball hall, indoor pool complex, and a dedicated auditorium. Factors such as height, acoustics and configuration of the building needed to be taken into account during the design stage to ensure the services could supply the facility effectively. DCM Services, as the lead services contractor, utilised BIM 3D modelling, undertook meticulous coordination and planning to install the services including a central thermal plant with water-cooled chillers, cooling towers and heating plant and associated system reticulation. Exceeding project delivery and performance requirements. DCM Services delivered projects to both Western Australia and South Australia. They have a strong quality focus and open communication approach which has assisted in establishing themselves as the contractor of choice for major builders. DCM Services design, construct, maintain and service air WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

conditioning, refrigeration and mechanical services, for commercial and industrial applications and provide a quality product with superior project delivery which exceeds client expectations. Other recent projects completed by DCM Services include the Adelaide GPO Office Tower, St Andrews Hospital new operating facility, Westfield West Lakes, and Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, United Communities mixed-use tower, Atura Hotel, Urbanest Student accommodation, St Andrews hospital and Mayne Pharma pharmaceutical manufacturing. For more information contact DCM Services, 2/107 Hayward Avenue, Torrensville SA 5031, phone 08 8462 9700, 4 Iron Street, Malaga WA 6090, phone 08 9302 6653, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE PRIDHAM HALL 163




Redevelopment of the iconic Scarborough Beach saw new landscape features, beach hub, and an intergenerational plaza including the largest skate park in WA, climbing wall, half-court basketball and the relocation of the heritage Scarborough Clock Tower. Awarded the $50.9 million Scarborough Beach Redevelopment project in 2017, Georgiou has been the main point of call for the redevelopment of public domain areas spanning from Reserve Street to Brighton Road, shopfront to shoreline. Responsible for the intensive revitalisation of Scarborough’s beachfront, Georgiou has overseen what will be the largest skate park in Western Australia. With a scope of work extending from demolition, earthworks and removal of services to the construction of several bespoke structures such as architecturally designed arbours, a children’s playground, climbing wall, half-court basketball area, skate park; a new surf club and council facilities building; and relocation of a historic clock tower, the Georgiou team of more than 150 employees proved beyond proficient at the task. A project aimed at helping Scarborough Beach find a listing among Australia’s finest beaches, Georgiou was first engaged to undertake a programme of forward works – demolishing the existing infrastructure and removing services to clear and prepare the site for new construction, including vast areas of hard and soft landscaping. Having established the site, construction of main buildings was undertaken with smaller structures to follow and new irrigation including groundwater bores. This construction phase also saw to the establishment of waste-water facilities and pump stations, telecommunications and electrical rearticulation and lighting. A key aspect of the project was to ensure funding partners – Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and the City of Stirling – as well as major stakeholders such as the service authorities were kept well informed of the programme. One of Georgiou’s strengths on the project was to accommodate a number of impacts of programme – the staging of works, design changes, requests to change scope etc. Needing to maintain access to the beach, and essentially through the construction site, as well as retention of parking and considerable roadworks required innovation and flexibility; something that has been greatly appreciated by the community. “Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of the redevelopment was relocation of the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

iconic Scarborough Tower Clock – a Western Australian registered commemorative structure that has been in place since 1979,” Project Manager, Ben Guile explained. “The fragile local icon needed to be moved less than 6m west, however the risks associated with shifting the clock tower were high. The relocation took hundreds of hours of planning including engagement with a range of stakeholders, and weeks of preparatory works onsite before the final shift was completed over a single night shift.” As Georgiou had completed the forward works package prior to being awarded the redevelopment works, the team was able to achieve savings of more than $7 million in the value engineering process. “By working closely with MRA, local stakeholders and the design consortium, we were able to identify areas of savings, both in time and money. Additionally, our team has managed to divert 98% of demolished materials away from landfill through a number of reuse and recycling initiatives.” With more than 600 current employees nationwide, Georgiou has established themselves as a national civil and building construction company with more than 40 years experience. In 1998, CEO John Georgiou amalgamated family owned businesses – Direct Drainage, Geocrete and Roadpave – to become Georgiou Group. With offices in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, Georgiou aims to be “the best people to work with” and with a set of strong values such as safety, profit, relationships, people and innovation, it’s not just about work but risk management and client satisfaction. Georgiou projects both past and present show a burgeoning across a range of sectors from commercial, industrial, retail, health, defence and education to water infrastructure, transport, land development and mining. A multi-award winning group with a passion for sustainability, environmental integrity and diversity in market and company-client culture, Georgiou’s contribution to the Scarborough project is sure to be of long standing profit. For more information contact Georgiou Group, PO Box 1815, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 9209 9200, fax 08 9249 2754, website


PLUMBED IN SUCCESS Contracted by Georgiou for the Scarborough Beach Redevelopment project, family owned business Altona Plumbing and Civil applied their 40+ years of experience to deliver a package inclusive of the supply and installation of large wastewater pumping stations, waste-water reticulation throughout the site, potable water and fire mains, outdoor showers and drinking fountains. Altona have worked with Georgiou for over 20 years and in acquiring the Scarborough project, prove themselves an asset once more. A complex redevelopment project, it aims to revitalise the Scarborough beach front and help redefine it as an attractive, stimulating and competitive tourist destination.

With the aim not only to beautify the environment but to provide facilities for extensive community use, Project Manager, Darren Byrne, said the project was “exciting but challenging”. Involving 4,000m of underground piping, and the use of 200 tonne cranes and large machinery, the work was completed over 11 months. Specialising in plumbing and civil works, Altona Plumbing and Civil have successfully delivered a wide scope of projects. Their expertise can be said to cover major inground infrastructure, civil works, commercial hydraulics, 24/7 maintenance services utilising an extensive range of company owned excavators, skid steers, wheel loaders, water trucks, shoring systems and dewatering equipment. They believe the company’s robust and competitive standing in the construction industry can be attributed to their commitment to continued training and development, supplying the best workforce possible to the industry. Completed and ongoing Altona projects range from urban development to marine and infrastructure projects. Altona Plumbing and Civil congratulate Georgiou on yet another successful project for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. For more information contact Altona Plumbing and Civil, 7/24 Baile Road, Canning Vale WA 6155, phone 08 9455 1137, fax 08 9455 1467, website



WA ROLLER DOORS SALES AND SERVICE WA Roller Doors was proud to be associated with the new Scarborough Redevelopment in Perth, supplying a Roller Door/Sectional Door package for the ground floor installation of the new Surf Club under croft storage area. There were 11 custom aluminum sectional doors that were designed with different patterning systems to break up the monotony and creating an ultra-modern look which is slick and aesthetically congruent with the building design. The Custom Aluminum sectionals were manufactured with our unique Built in Truss (BIT) 25 microns natural anodised frame, this was the standard that was required to meet all coastal environmental factors for the Scarborough Surf Club project. The sectional door infills were designed utilising WA Roller Doors complete range of Danpolon, Perforated and Solid aluminum sections, that were complimented in a range of Duratec powder coat colours giving all doors a real coastal look that blended in.

WA Roller Doors organised this by outsourcing to a local company and in doing so, have ensured the doors will maintain their durability in a coastal environment.

All doors were supplied and installed with a Grifco S Drive remote controlled motor system designed for heavy duty use and commercial applications.

WA Roller Doors have been in operation for over 25 years. Their past and current projects show experience and capabilities in many industry areas, from domestic garage doors to large industrial roller shutter applications. Supplying mining industry clients such as BHP and Rio Tinto, they have experience in supplying all areas of the door industry. Showcasing a portfolio of products for both domestic and industrial use, the WA Roller Door signature for style and durability is spotlighted for excellence through out the Scarborough project.

Perhaps tantamount to the Scarborough project is the attention to detail by providing a Surface Technology treatment to all hardware, screws, bolts and nuts to ensure their resilience in the coastal context.

For more information contact WA Roller Doors, PO Box 110 Floreat WA 6014, phone 08 9285 0333, email, website



THE HEART OF MANDURAH In March, Mandurah Forum shopping centre unveiled a three-year $350M transformation which nearly doubled the size of the existing centre to 64,000m2. The vibrant new retail and community experience, brings together Australian and international major brands and retailers, to the Peel Region in Western Australia, as well as new food court and casual alfresco dining, against a water oasis backdrop. Leading Australian retail property group and ASX top 50 company Vicinity Centres approached the new Mandurah Forum redevelopment with a unique vision and energy to create a shopping, dining and entertainment destination of the future for a growing demographic. 80% of the existing centre was demolished to make way for 40,000m2 of new construction work, to create bespoke spaces for department stores including David Jones, Big W, Kmart and Target, and supermarkets

Woolworths and Coles as well as 220 specialty shops including H&M, Seed and Mecca Maxima, and casual dining and restaurants. “As with projects of this size and scale, there were challenges throughout from project inception and design through to delivery. We closely managed budget to keep costs down whilst maintaining quality in parallel with developing a determined programme to minimise construction interference,” Mandurah Forum Project Director, James Fudge said.



Fudge said Vicinity executed strict project management and tight programming to ensure a highly commercial and quality result, and worked hand in hand with construction partner Multiplex to ensure project efficiency and delivery. “We were impressed with how professionally Multiplex held to the programme and achieved what many felt was not possible in this market. This, coupled with their strong teamwork ethic, helped lessen any strain for Vicinity and deserves the greatest of applause,” Fudge added.

Supported by its partners, Vicinity Centres has an inhouse cross-departmental team that created the vision for Mandurah and managed it to fruition. The integrated team has successfully mitigated risks throughout the course of the development overcoming challenges such as budgeting and a fast tracked timeline while pursuing a characteristically high demand for quality. Vicinity already owns $16.1 billion of retail assets and manages another $26.1 million across the broader retail asset field. With a strong domestic and international reputation for bringing together unique partnerships in construction and industry, Vicinity nurtures out-of-the-box thinking, ensuring innovation is embedded in everything it does. Vicinity operates nationally in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Tasmania and Perth.

Vicinity’s purpose is to enrich community experiences. Through its 84 centres across Australia, Vicinity reimagines destinations of the future, creating places where people love to connect. It does this by creating unique and relevant consumer experiences, delivering compelling value to its retailer partners and striving for excellence. At Vicinity it is transparency and robust relations which guides a high standard of corporate governance, ensuring the rights and interests of all project parties are listened to and respected. With a $2 billion national pipeline of development projects across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, Vicinity continues to invest in its assets to ensure they remain relevant and unique destinations. Some of its centres in the current development pipeline include The Glen (Victoria), Chatswood Chase (Sydney), Chadstone – The Fashion Capital (Victoria) and DFO Perth. Vicinity Centres proudly sponsors Aussie Hoops, Basketball Australia’s official introductory programme for 5-10 year olds. In addition to promoting healthy and active lifestyles, Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops serves as a platform for social development and inclusion – fostering stronger and more vibrant communities and individuals.

Vicinity aims to lead the way in sustainability and was recognised as the Regional Leader in Australian and Asia-Pacific Retail by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark in 2017, and number four globally. Vicinity’s approach to sustainability is about building a low carbon and climate resilient portfolio and investing in its communities, creating sustainable destinations and shaping better communities. With the first stage of the Mandurah redevelopment project delivered on time, Vicinity’s professionalism and commitment to excellence was proven well before the project was completed in 2018. The launch of the final stage showcases the details of Vicinity’s trademark smart and creative approach to achieving quality commercial outcomes, and vision to create a community destination of the future. The Mandurah Forum development has succeeded in delivering a world class shopping, entertainment and dining destination for the local community and visitors to the area which will be enjoyed for years to come. For more information contact Vicinity Centres, Level 4, Chadstone Tower One, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone VIC 3148, phone 03 7001 4000, fax 03 7001 4001, email, website

Below Exclusive Commercial Linings provided seamless perforated plaster board and bespoke ceiling features for the centre.

Exclusive Commercial Linings are leading specialists in commercial ceilings and walls. With experience across a broad spectrum of sectors, their work at the new Mandurah Forum Shopping Centre only solidified an already established reputation for delivering excellence on time and to programme.

Exclusive Commercial Linings being reputable established business, and carry a range of feature and standard products, which include stainless steel ceilings and honeycomb, or irregular shaped one off designs complete with perforated panel wall and ceiling systems.

The company supplied the ceilings and walls throughout the Mandurah development, providing a fresh showcase of seamless perforated plaster board and bespoke ceiling features.

With their work extending throughout Western Australia, the company have worked with both architects and builders on many prestigious and diverse projects, including shopping centers, medical suites, high rise apartment buildings, mine sites and regional projects, sports pavilions, schools, churches and aged care facilities.

Exclusive Commercial Linings management system ensured the entire installation went ahead in accordance with their Standard Operating Procedures. Through the use of diligent monitoring Exclusive Commercial Linings were able to ensure all employees and those associated with Exclusive Commercial Linings were on task to the delivery of product and service excellence.

In addition to Mandurah Forum, Exclusive Commercial Linings are also working on the Enclave Apartments in East Perth, which includes 69 apartments over 12 floors, and is due for completion in August, 2018.

Mindful the complex stretches across a vast 63,000m2, the Exclusive Commercial Linings total solution approach to complex commercial projects allowed for quality programming and scheduling of works Working closely with their clients, the team were able to offer cost saving options and alternative products to meet the design requirements. 170 WA PROJECT FEATURE MANDURAH FORUM REDEVELOPMENT

Recently the company has also completed work on the new Fremantle dockers Training facility and Cockburn Recreation and Sports Centre. For more information contact Exclusive Commercial Linings, Gladstone Drive, Serpentine WA 6125, mobile (John) 0409 078 696, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Uloth and Associates created safe and accessible entry and exit strategies for the Mandurah Forum's foot and vehicle traffic.

Uloth and Associates has been successfully providing traffic engineering and transport planning to clients in Western Australia for 40 years, with Darren Levey at the helm since 1999. For the Mandurah Forum Redevelopment, Uloth and Associates worked with the client and architect from the early stages, assisting to determine preferred car park access locations to provide the best possible overall traffic solution, and identifying necessary road upgrades adjacent to the site to accommodate the proposed expansion. The company provided conceptual designs for all of the car park areas, internal roads, ramps and service yards, together with comprehensive analysis and detailed concept plans for the required road and intersection upgrades. Providing an access solution to satisfy both the client and the major tenants was key, with several iterations being tested and reviewed before sign-off was achieved. Uloth and Associates also required sign off from both City of Mandurah and Main Roads WA for the new traffic signals in both Dower Street and Pinjarra Road, and for significant upgrades along Pinjarra Road including the major signalised intersection at Mandurah Road. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

To help assist the smooth approval process, detailed micro-simulation traffic modelling was used to identify all of the required road upgrades and traffic signal operations, as well as to analyse a number of different staging plans to tie in with possible funding allocations from both Local and State Government. Complex internal road layouts were also derived to deal with access ramps to the rooftop car parks, while also maintaining ground level access to existing pad-sites and remaining car park areas. With extensive experience in all areas of traffic engineering and transport planning, and long history with successful shopping centre expansions, Uloth and Associates has the capability to not only achieve development approval but to also quickly identify realistic and effective outcomes for project design and implementation.

For more information contact Uloth and Associates, Level 15, 207 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000, phone 08 9321 4841, email WA PROJECT FEATURE MANDURAH FORUM REDEVELOPMENT 171

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Below Metro Steel Fabrication WA supplied treated and erected structural steel to support the unique project specifications.

Specialising in the fabrication of heavy commercial and mining structural steel, Metro Steel Fabrication WA, feature again at the new Mandurah Forum Shopping Centre. The redevelopment includes more than 60 specialty stores, food markets and department stores, and for Metro Steel Fabrication WA, the project meant a comprehensive detail, supply, fabricate, treat, deliver and erection of structural steel.

designed, fabricated and treated to withstand the harsh conditions of Australia’s climate and conditions. These products on demand. Other current projects by Metro Steel Fabrications WA include the Campbell Barracks Redevelopment and DFO Perth Airport.

With some of the steelwork to be installed within a trading shopping centre as well as externally, time management and detailed planning was imperative to ensure safety and program requirements were met. There were design challenges across the 20,000m2 expansion including the main entry and a casual dining precinct. Coordinating with Multiplex with the design and then with our detailer, supply and installation of steel to Mandurah Forum meant heavy planning to meet tight time constraints. Metro Steel Fabrications have a work history of over 27 years. In this time, they have supplied steel throughout Australia. Metro Steel Fabrications WA can provide steel products for a wide range of applications. Working in both commercial and resource sectors, Metro Steel Fabrication WA’s products are specifically WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Metro Steel Fabrications WA, 2 Kalmia Road, Bibra Lake WA 6163, phone 08 9434 1160, fax 08 9434 1170, website WA PROJECT FEATURE MANDURAH FORUM REDEVELOPMENT 173

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