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QUEST INTRODUCES NEW STANDARD OF APARTMENT HOTELS TO MELBOURNE’S EAST Quest Apartment Hotels has opened its third Victorian property this year with the launch of ninety-one premium serviced apartments in Burwood East. Quest Burwood East was developed in partnership with OAM Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Oriental Group of Companies and K2LD Architects. Forming OAM’s entry into the Australian property market, OAM Director, KC Loh said “the Oriental Group is pleased to deliver its first property in Australia with Quest Apartment Hotels.” Quest Burwood East is one of several new apartment hotels located in regional and suburban hubs, forming a major part of Quest’s growth strategy. Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager, James Shields said the changing demands of business travellers and economic development in Melbourne’s suburbs has shaped the network’s Victoria expansion. “Areas such as the City of Whitehorse are attracting more corporate activity from Melbourne’s CBD to the eastern suburbs. Quest Burwood East is designed to service business travellers, sporting groups, and visiting friends and relatives to this growing part of Melbourne with 91 self contained apartments. We’re pleased with the attention to detail of our developers who delivered the property ahead of schedule and in accordance to our high standards in safety and design,” Mr. Shields said.

Whitehorse Mayor, Councillor Bill Bennett said he was pleased to see this historic site redeveloped.“Whitehorse City Council works in partnership to support a strong, active local economic environment that attracts investment and provides economic opportunities for businesses and employment for people,” Cr. Bennett said. The property features modern self contained studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Located within a five minute drive from The Glen, Forest Hill and Burwood One shopping centres, Quest Burwood East includes onsite parking, a business lounge, conference facilities and a large gym.

Quest Burwood East features complimentary high speed unlimited WiFi, smart televisions with in-room entertainment and 24 hour onsite management. Additional services include dining and breakfast options, local restaurant chargebacks, onsite carparking, daily housekeeping and pantry shopping service. Quest Burwood East is one of ten properties scheduled to open across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom over the next year, including Joondalup (WA), North Sydney and Orange (NSW), as well as Tauranga Central, Takapuna, Hastings, Christchurch – Cambridge Street, Mt Maunganui (NZ) and Liverpool (UK).

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PROJECT CONSULTANTS COLLABORATE TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY Collaboration in construction is becoming increasingly popular as project partners seek to prevent costly time and budget overruns. Construction collaboration requires the builder, architect and other relevant consultants to be heavily involved in the early stages of the design to resolve any potential issues before the project build begins. Buchan Principal Harvey Male recently delivered architectural services for the multimillion dollar Victorian Specialist Centre in Lower Templestowe in close collaboration with builders Hagta Group. The Centre is a beacon of design and construction excellence, uniting modern amenities with natural materials and scenery to evoke feelings of wellbeing and calm to visitors.

Mr. Male said changes are often required during project delivery, so it is important the architect and builder have a good relationship to avoid delays and facilitate informed decision-making. “There is commonly a disconnect between the builder and the architect because we tend to rub each other the wrong way through the process of design changes,” he said. “We are working to very tight deadlines and within a constrained budget. Any design changes and poor communication can affect the opportunity to collaborate efficiently.” Mr. Male said the Victorian Specialist Centre, which was delivered on time and within budget for the client, was an exemplary model of how construction collaboration could be crucial to a positive design and delivery outcome.

comment Michael McCormack Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development

A FUTURE TO LOOK FORWARD TO There’s nothing more pleasing than seeing cranes towering over big city centres and excavators digging up dirt across regional Australia. The Age of Infrastructure is upon us with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government returned for a third term. For the construction industry’s future in particular, I am pleased Australians have chosen continuity and reliability. Our government is hungry to get on with the job and that’s exactly what we’ll do. As Deputy Prime Minister, I have chosen to continue in my Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development portfolio because I can already see our work delivering to Australians. We’re building better roads, using smarter technologies, busting congestion and helping Australians get home sooner and safer.

MAJOR EXPANSION APPROVED FOR WESTFIELD DONCASTER The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Melbourne remains Australia’s capital for fashion, food and retail with the approval of the masterplan for a $500 million redevelopment at Westfield Doncaster.

This will provide an additional 43,000m2 of retail and 18,000m2 of commercial office space. The upgrade will include an expanded bus interchange, improved car and pedestrian access within the centre and additional car parking.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today gave the stamp of approval for the masterplan which will create around 2,000 jobs in construction and 2,900 new full and part time jobs at Westfield Doncaster after completion.

Feedback from the community on the proposed development plans was taken on board, following the public viewing of development plans in December and January this year.

A key feature will be a gateway building of up to 14-storeys, positioned above a 2-level podium of new premium retail in the north-west sector of the site.

The approval paves the way for the owners to lodge a Planning Permit with the Manningham City Council and ensures the community’s needs are included in the development.

Investment in Australian infrastructure industries not only provides benefits to ordinary Australians, but has a direct benefit for the construction industry. In 2017-18, 9.8% of Australia’s GDP was accounted for by Australian infrastructure industries including energy, water and transport, yet 49% of infrastructure construction occurred in the transport sector. These figures show the infrastructure construction industry’s significance within Australia’s economy: it has strong foundations and capacity to grow. The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is an investor in the transport infrastructure sector. We understand the value of continued investment in construction through an orderly pipeline of funding. For this reason, as part of the 2019-20 Budget, we have increased our $75 billion infrastructure investment commitment to a $100 billion commitment to be delivered over 10 years. This record level of investment will generate projects all over Australia and keep the infrastructure construction industry strong now and into the future.




BLUE IOT SCOOPS THE IOT PIONEER AWARD Blue IoT has taken out the 2019 IoT Pioneer Award at the IoT Festival, Melbourne Exhibition Centre on June 18th 2019.

Ninotschka Titchkosky CO-CEO BVN

With stiff competition from many great entries, the award was given in recognition of the development of the world’s first Virtual Intelligent Building and Environmental Management Platform called “Encompass Blue”.

ADAPTIVE RE-USE OF BUILDINGS The growing movement to reduce society’s enormous consumption of ‘single use’ plastics involves a significant shift in mindset for developed countries where the throw away society has been prevalent for decades. This shift in mindset is also changing our attitude to existing building stock. Given the emissions and waste associated with new building construction, we are starting to see real moves away from the ‘single life’ building. Adaptive re-use of existing buildings is not new, but it is heading in new directions. BVN are currently involved in three major projects which involve the adaptive re-use of very tall CBD towers. Unlike previously, where this exercise might involve a refresh and re-presentation, these new projects use carefully planned and integrated changes to the building form and function. Floorplates are increased, re-shaped and re-orientated, floors are added, the intrinsic function of the building is adapted, not just refreshed. The Quay Quarter Tower at Circular Quay takes a centre core tower with mid 20th Century lineage and transforms it into a model of 21st Century working and urban reinvigoration. Existing floor plates are extended to provide more flexibility, connectivity and agility as well as allowing for atria and interconnecting stair voids. The total NLA is increased while maintaining the original building height. The Greenland Apartments project in the Sydney CBD is even more bold, converting an outmoded 27-storey office building into an innovative, complex, multi-use residential project. Its existing steel structure is augmented with 40 new floors carefully grafted on to provide some of the country’s most dramatic and livable apartments. The design and technical challenges in these projects are significant but also exciting and rewarding. They present a responsible approach to both environmental imperatives and the need for cities to evolve organically. Like moving away from single use plastics, this takes intelligence, planning and commitment, but eventually we will wonder why we weren’t doing it sooner. 8


Apart from traditional building automation, this disruptive platform delivers big cost savings, predictive maintenance and condition monitoring, supports health and wellness, human comfort and productivity, safety and OHS. Blue IoT likes to think of this as a multidimensional Building and Places Environmental Management Platform that delivers: • A 50% minimum Capital Cost reduction over conventional systems • Substantial reductions in carbon footprint, sickness, risk and insurance • A focus on health and wellbeing of people • Highly cyber secure wireless connectivity throughout • Substantial reductions in energy and maintenance costs • Data interpretation by domain experts that deliver real value returns • Aggregation of data from multiple sources at low cost • Predictive Maintenance

• Shorter implementation and/or change times • It’s non-invasive within buildings - little or no cabling • Built in redundancy throughout the platform • Implemented within a Tier IV Uptime Institute certified data centre Bob Sharon, Blue IoT’s Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, said that recognition by industry peers is a testament to such a great achievement by an amazing team. “What’s so exciting is that we get to rewrite the rules and cause great disruption that will deliver much greater benefits to industry, communities, regions, people and the greater environment.”

NOKIAN GROUND KARE The recent trends in earthmoving include big, multi-function machines with heavy work attachments requiring bigger load bearing capacity from a tire. Another change is towards faster and longer road transports, which means the tires must offer good road handling properties and withstand the wear and tear of paved roads. The third trend is the need to be gentle to the soil and enable accurate working essential features when excavating city parks and private yards. Nokian Ground Kare tire was designed from ground up with these requirements in mind. “Of course, there is more than that,” says Eva-Leena Varpe, Product Manager at Nokian Tyres. “Grip and stability onsite are also the two defining tire features.” Excavating sites are different. For applications demanding absolutely the best stability, the

block-patterned Nokian Armor Gard 2 tires can be used in dual configuration. For very soft surfaces, the wide, lug-patterned Nokian Excavator tire is often preferred for its grip. Striking a good compromise between the two, the all new block patterned Nokian Ground Kare tire has a good grip on soft surfaces, low surface pressure for little impact on soil as well as excellent stability and on road properties. “The Nokian Ground Kare tires feature a purpose-built new tread design for good endurance and low ground pressure,” Varpe adds. “To bring the important stability for safe and accurate excavating work, the tires have a special rubber compound that absorbs swings and shocks as well as a very sturdy carcass that allows high operating pressure.” The user experience from the field confirms that the improved stability has a positive effect on work efficiency.

GOLDER HELPS CHRISTCHURCH POST-EARTHQUAKE ROAD REPAIR PROJECT Sumner Road in Christchurch, New Zealand, reopened on 29 March, 8 years since the critical road linking Christchurch, the Port of Lyttleton and the communities of Sumner and Lyttelton was badly damaged by the earthquakes that rocked the region in 2010-11. The reopening marks the end of a very long and challenging project of repairing the road and retaining walls, as well as stabilising the rocky slopes above the road to protect against further rockfalls. Leading global engineering and consulting firm Golder supported Christchurch City Council throughout the project, developing the preliminary design for measures to protect against rockfall along a circa 2km stretch of the heavily damaged road, and also providing owner’s engineering advisory services throughout the 2.5-year construction period. “The rockfall mitigation works involved scaling and blasting loose rock from the massive rock faces above the road, and construction of a wide catch-bench to prevent any future falls damaging the road again,” said Tim McMorran, Principal Engineering Geologist at Golder in New Zealand.

“Golder thrived on the challenges of this important project, and the result demonstrates our strong values of safety, innovation, technical excellence and environmental stewardship in action,” said Hannah Hamling, Golder’s President in Asia Pacific. “We’re proud to see the successful and safe completion of this long and logistically difficult project which involved working in very complex terrain with unique biodiversity values.” Due to Golder’s innovative design and expert advice, Christchurch City Council was able to complete the project for approximately two-thirds of the original cost estimate, saving more than NZ$15 million. The dramatically beautiful coastal road is an important link between the communities of Sumner and Lyttelton and is a popular scenic tourist drive and cycle route. The reopening of the road has been eagerly awaited by the local communities and will allow tourists to return to the area, reduce local travel times and alleviate traffic pressure on the Lyttelton road tunnel.

Golder specialists maintained a presence on site throughout construction, representing the Christchurch City Council and guiding the work of contractors and subcontractors across a range of disciplines and activities.


All windows and doors produced from the Artkal factory are made of only the most structurally sound materials that are sought out from local suppliers.

Lindsay Le Compte Executive Director Australian Constructors Association

ON TIME AND WITHIN BUDGET The Australian Constructors Association and the governments of NSW and Victoria are working collaboratively to change the way that clients, head contractors and the construction supply chain approach their commercial and operational relationships to deliver better, cheaper and more efficient infrastructure for the communities of the two states. The changes will see major adjustment to the way government agencies develop their projects for market which in turn will enable head contractors and their supply chains to have greater and earlier line of sight on government infrastructure pipelines and the commercial and other risks applicable to each project. The Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF) is developing two key streams of activity. The first is identifying improvements that can be made to project development actions such as pre contract works, site condition assessment and risk accountability, as well as the impact of design and bid processes and the cost of bidding for a project. Commercial terms and risk identification and management are also in the mix as are standardised contract conditions.

“Once the rockfall mitigation was complete, the project extended into repairing 30 earthquake damaged retaining walls and the road itself.”

Artkal is an aluminium window and door specialist that caters for the supply and install of all commercial and residential projects across Sydney. Artkal is a company that has a solid foundation of over 30 years experience in the industry focussing on delivering only the highest quality product with the best lead times in the market.


All Artkal staff take pride in their work so they can ensure quality control is of the utmost importance. This general rule is carried from the office to the factory floor and to our installers onsite.

The second stream is identifying gaps in the capability and capacity of governments and industry to deliver the large numbers of projects being announced in government pipeline documents. and developing innovative ways of filling skill gaps, industry culture and the way that workforces operate on major projects. The recent announcement by the government of Victoria to retain Oxford University and Ernst and Young to establish a Major Project Leadership Academy is an example of the recognition of the forward thinking being applied to improving project outcomes. The CILF recognises the need to engage with industry and government stakeholders to ensure that optimal approaches to the issues are achieved through collaborative engagement.

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comment Paul Kouppas Business Development Auggd


NDY JOINS IWBI MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMME Norman Disney & Young, A Tetra Tech Company (NDY), has announced its involvement in the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) membership programme as a Keystone member. NDY joins like-minded companies from across the globe that are committed to enhancing buildings and communities to help people thrive.

Effective visual communication is key in facilitating better and more informed discussions of AEC projects. Augmented Reality (AR) offers new ways to interact with projects and clients, enhancing communication and marketability.

The membership programme at IWBI convenes, celebrates and fosters collaboration with companies and organisations who are leading the movement to advance human health in buildings and communities around the world. This dynamic framework allows NDY to tap into IWBI’s expansive resources and knowledge and demonstrates NDY’s alignment with IWBI’s mission.

Auggd’s AR tools are capable of layering digital information at 1:1 scale over a site specific view through a digital device, allowing stakeholders to visualise the project in the context of its surroundings. Users can place a building and align it to its site location, walk up to the front door and inside the building, even looking through the virtual windows to see what the real viewing aspect will be like.

“Since the first WELL projects, we have continued to build the momentum towards a global transformation that puts people at the focus of a healthier future,” says IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “The IWBI membership community is passionate and united around their efforts to elevate wellness in their everyday work, and we are excited to have each of them on this journey.”

A great fit for the technology has also be found in quality assurance: by overlaying engineering drawings of services onto the real world site the operator is able to walk on top of the drawings at real world scale, quickly identifying whether elements are incorrectly placed or forgotten.

NDY has been at the forefront of wellness and the WELL Building Standard since its

Auggd’s AEC clients use AR to pitch for projects, resulting in increased bid-win rates of up to 33%. Further uses of the technology lie in communicating schematic designs during the concept and delivery phase to reduce potential rework. The ability of AR visualisations to show complex details in a real world context a key benefit of the technology, helping clear the hurdle of clients and stakeholders who struggle to properly interpret 2D drawings through traditional display methods.


“NDY is excited to be a keystone member of the IWBI, allowing us to be at the forefront of market updates and providing our clients insight into developments at the IWBI and within industry,” adds McKenna.

BULLIVANTS LAUNCHES FIRST ONSITE TESTING, REPAIR AND SALES MOBILE SERVICE For businesses working with heavy materials, lifting, rigging and height safety equipment is a must. Also essential is equipment that is top quality, safe and reliable. Ensuring businesses in the greater Newcastle region work efficiently all year round, Bullivants, Australia’s specialist provider of lifting, rigging and height safety in the industrial sector, has introduced an Australian industry first, Mobile Sales and Service Truck.

projects, and being able to serve almost all of their needs on the spot, in real time,” says Kent Eimbrodt, Bullivants General Manager.

The innovative Bullivants Mobile Sales, Service and Repair Truck is a one-stop-shop for lifting, rigging and height safety equipment, offering an onsite mobile workshop and sales facility allowing testing and service to be carried out on location.

For larger equipment like cranes, a damaged crane rope often means that cranes have to be removed from site and sent away for repair, making the cranes unusable and putting businesses out of action. Now, the Bullivants Mobile Sales, Service and Repair Truck is capable of repairing crane ropes and end terminations on location. The service is currently available in the greater Newcastle area with plans to expand. For more information visit

The service has been “born out of the need to be agile in following our customers wherever the work site is, including locations such as mining, construction and infrastructure 10

market release in 2014. “Our team is involved in many significant WELL projects across Australia and overseas, working for both developers and tenants on new and existing building projects,” says NDY Sustainability Manager, Mark McKenna. This work includes Constitution Place, 435 Bourke Street (Cbus Property) and NAB’s Wynyard Place, Paramatta Square and 405 Bourke Street workplaces. NDY has had many staff participate in exclusive WELL training and have several Accredited Professionals.

While previously equipment had to be taken offsite to be repaired, costing money and time – it no longer has to leave location thus eliminating costly downtime, minimising work interruptions, reducing transport costs and keeping sites operational.


comment Nicholas Burt CEO Facility Management Association

THE BENEFITS OF EARLY FM INVOLVEMENT It is widely recognised that involving facilities management (FM) professionals early in the design and construction phase leads to better building outcomes, including a better end product and improved whole of life management. A $14 billion development boom forecast for the Gold Coast is already spilling into the local supply chain with one steel manufacturer reporting a 40% boost in monthly activity since the federal election.

Smith Drive upgrade to gain momentum the Brisbane Live and the Adani coal regional projects.

Ben O’Bryan, Managing Director of Burleigh Heads-based Buyrite Steel QLD, is gearing up for a sustained increase in activity that he says began in earnest in May and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

The Gold Coast is expecting its fair share with data released by Construction Skills Queensland in June showing the city has more than $14 billion in residential developments and infrastructure projects either under way or in the pipeline, including the M1 upgrade, airport expansion, the HOTA masterplan and the light rail extension.

“Ever since the election there has been a noticeable uptick in construction,” said Mr. O’Bryan. “We had a 40% jump from April to May, which continued into June, and I can see that continuing for the next few months, if not longer.” “Home builders had customers waiting until after the election before they pushed the button on construction projects and, currently, we’re in the midst of a major catch-up phase.” Buyrite Steel QLD supplies reinforcing steel to commercial and residential projects, although the company has experienced a major boost in activity from the luxury home market over the past year. To cater for sustained business growth, Buyrite Steel QLD plans to expand into a purpose built production facility at Yatala early next year to complement its existing manufacturing base at Burleigh. Buyrite’s business expansion comes on the heels of a surge in steel demand driven by major infrastructure projects nationally. Demand in Queensland, buoyed by projects such as Queens’s Wharf and the Kingsford

in Brisbane, is expected from Cross-River Rail, entertainment precinct mine among a raft of

The projects are forecast to deliver between 9,500 and 27,000 jobs for the region. Mr. O’Bryan said strong demand has led to a 25% increase in reinforcing steel prices over the past 12 months. While he doesn’t see demand pressures creating a shortage of steel, Mr. O’Bryan says second tier steel suppliers such as Buyrite Steel QLD will benefit from any emerging supply issues. “We’re expecting some trickle-down benefits in the reinforcing steel market which the major suppliers may not be able to service due to the demands of major infrastructure projects,” he said. “This comes at a time when the residential market in south-east Queensland also needs the capacity to ensure a reliable supply of reinforcing steel.” Buyrite Steel QLD, which supplies steel reinforcement to mid-sized commercial and residential projects, is currently expanding its reach nationally after securing a number of commercial projects.

FM is a varied discipline that incorporates people, place, process and technology to ensure our built environments are safe, comfortable, efficient and functional. Early FM involvement allows this knowledge to be incorporated during the design process, meaning fewer building defects and better integration during the transition to and throughout the operational phase. Given their practical and wide ranging experience, FM practitioners can be instrumental in addressing potential problems, particularly issues related to a building’s operation, maintenance and serviceability. Studies have shown that over the long term, early FM involvement is particularly useful in improving cost efficiency and effectiveness. One study found that involving FM earlier in the engineering and construction phases of desalination plants led to a 27% improvement in reliability. Valuable assets were found to be better protected from deterioration, leading to improved lifetime and efficiency, as well as significant savings. Despite the many benefits of early FM involvement, it is still commonly overlooked during the design and construction process. To improve building outcomes and optimise reliability, key stakeholders, including architects and construction companies, must work together with FM practitioners, as they do with other consultants, such as access specialists; to ensure early FM involvement becomes standard practice.





Selina Short Managing Partner Oceania Real Estate and Construction

WHY CITIES ARE AT THE CENTRE OF OUR NEW TRUST ECONOMY With the help of digital technology we are rapidly reshaping the world. Sensors and smart analytics can help us track and unpack everything from pedestrian movements and pollution levels to whether the bins are overflowing or on the nose. Big data and AI can help us build IoT-enabled places that are empathetic and human centric. Facial recognition technology can assess the attitude of shoppers as they sidle down the street and adjust their offering to meet the mood. And social media analytics can reveal the inside story on individual neighbourhoods, with data converted into actionable insights. But technology doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It reflects our values, our thinking and our priorities. And the ethical considerations we face as we build our digital future are the same ones we face in our cities and communities. The real estate industry’s entire purpose is to support humans – and we can do this better in a digital world. As we elevate our focus on people, so too will the value of real estate. Make no mistake. Digital technology is coming at us like a freight train. Before you start tossing money at technology, think first about how you’ll embed trust into your business. Without trust you risk your company’s social license to operate. And without that, any investment in the future may become rapidly irrelevant.

Australia’s first engineered timber office, International House Sydney, has been awarded the nation’s most prestigious property prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year. Lendlease was presented with the coveted honour at the Property Council of Australia, Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney. “International House is not only a construction industry ‘game changer’. It shows how innovative sustainable design is also a crowd pleaser that can enhance the fabric of our cities,” said the Property Council’s Chief Executive, Ken Morrison. Designed by Tzannes architects and completed in April 2017, the 6-storey building was constructed from cross laminated timber and glue laminated timber. The timber structure is supported by a ground retail level of conventional concrete.

Mr. Morrison said the judges were impressed with International House’s green credentials, pointing to the “clear environmental benefit of timber”. International House’s 3,500m3 of sustainably grown and recycled timber acts as a ‘carbon sink’ while also reducing the use of high emissions concrete. This year, 152 finalists competed for national recognition in 20 categories. Lendlease took home the SAS International Award for Best Office Development for International House. The developer also won the Hiflow Award for Best Shopping Centre Development for The Streets of Barangaroo. With 83 retail stores, Barangaroo South boasts Sydney’s highest concentration of food and beverage. SHAPE Group design manager Althea Papinczak was chosen from a large field for the du Chateau Chun Future Leader of the Year Award.

TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCES CONSTRUCTION The Australian construction industry is undergoing a technological transformation. Many construction companies are emerging as fast movers, driving efficiencies, growth and improved safety. Alongside ACA Research, Procore Technologies conducted an industry first research project to better understand how this transformation 12


is occurring and how it is impacting the industry. The research unearths statistics on the adoption and use of technology and innovation in the sector. It provides great insight into how construction firms can benchmark themselves against industry peers to see how new technologies are influencing modern construction company processes. For more information visit

THRIVING CITIES NEED FEDERAL LEADERSHIP A new Thriving Cities policy platform released today by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) calls for federal leadership to create great Australian cities for everyone. “Australia is the one of the most urbanised countries in the world, and this is set to continue as our cities keep pace with population and economic growth,” said ASBEC’s President, Professor Ken Maher AO. “ASBEC’s recommendations aim to ensure that the cities we build for future generations deliver healthy, liveable, productive and sustainable communities that we are all happy to call home. Time to act is running out.”

“We encourage all parties to leverage this consensus across the Parliament, and support the re-appointment of a Minister for Cities and the re-establishment of a Major Cities Unit within the Australian Government.” “In recent years we have seen incredible collaboration across governments and with industry and communities around Australia to deliver better cities. ASBEC’s recommendations provide a roadmap for that collaboration to continue and the benefits to grow.” said Jonathan Cartledge, Chair of ASBEC’s Cities and Infrastructure Task Group and Interim CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia. For more information visit


In a nod to Australia’s competitiveness in the retail real estate market, Stage 40 of the Chadstone Shopping Centre development has been honoured with a prestigious ICSC1 VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value, Achievement) Award for Design and Development Excellence. The award was presented at the ICSC RECon event at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Nevada today to the applause of the world’s leading retail real estate professionals. With 213,000m2 of commercial retail space, the iconic Chadstone Shopping Centre located in Melbourne’s Malvern East and affectionately known as “Chaddy” by patrons, is the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and is the heart of the local community. 4-levels boast more than 600 retailers and are serviced by 10,000 car parks. The latest $660 million expansion showcases a 7,000m2 glass gridshell roof, which was meticulously

designed and installed to house a premium dining precinct, Australia’s first Legoland Discovery Centre and the flagship Hoyts cinemas complex. Globally renowned architecture firms Buchan and CallisonRTKL, who have collaborated on design for Chadstone Shopping Centre across several decades and many stages of development joined forces again for Stage 40 to deliver the complete lifestyle and entertainment destination for key client Vicinity Centres. Buchan Melbourne Managing Principal Andrew Mackenzie said the project team strove to meet Vicinity Centres’ vision of creating a world-class destination that provided an authentic, welcoming and premium shopping experience.

comment Clinton Skeoch Executive Director, CEO Australian Glass and Window Association

WINDOW FLASHING CODE CHANGES Those with long memories will recall a time when flashing was always used in the installation of doors and windows and how over time the use of flashing slowly disappeared. Now a notable change to the National Construction Code (NCC) for 2019 has reinforced the need for builders to use flashing. Previously versions of the NCC only required “adequate” flashing for windows and doors in timber and composite walls with no direction as to what might be adequate and it was silent on flashing for masonry walls (although masonry flashing requirements were in Australian Standards (AS) 3700 Masonry Structures and (AS) 4773.2 Masonry in Small Building construction). NCC 2019 now includes flashing of both head and sill for masonry veneer to bring it into line with the masonry standards, while timber and composite wall cladding now has specific flashing requirements (Clause with correctly installed head, sill and jamb flashing now mandated. There is an exception for head flashing when there is protection afforded by an eave or roof that extends horizontally out from the wall by at least three times the distance from the top of the window to the underside of the eave or roof. In that case the head flashing can be omitted. The removal of the word “adequate” when it comes to flashing is welcomed by the window and door industry as it reinforces correct installation procedure in a way that is clear and not open to interpretation. Instructional videos can be found at:

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comment FROM CONCRETE JUNGLE TO ECO-SPONGE Bob Sharon Founder & Chief Innovation Officer Blue IoT

SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT FOR SMART CITIES – CAN WE? IF SO, HOW? Procurement for new buildings, additions or refurbs have been going for thousands of years. To be honest, not much has changed. Yes we have great tools and compute power to speed things along, but the arcane procurement methodologies haven’t really changed much. When tenders are put out, the only recent changes are that the respondents have to tick more boxes about how big and great they are. If you are big supplier, that’s lower risk because “no one ever got sacked for buying an IBM”. Job security reigns supreme among most in the procurement industry. The biggest problem right now is that new buildings or major refurbishment projects are procured on the basis of the cheapest upfront price subject to a bunch of ticks in boxes. Once the specifications have been drawn up by the building engineers, the organization responsible will assign a project manager to run the project who typically have two goals in life. They are to deliver the project on or below budget and deliver on time, that's it. After completion, the building refurb is handed over to the facilities or properties people. Some people might say that a great LEED, Green Mark or Green Star rating for a building will bring up the value. However, this is a misnomer as these are predominantly design based standards as distinct from an outcomes based standard such as NABERS. I have heard a story of one building that was a 5 Star Green Star building but ended up with a 1.5 star NABERS rating. We need to move to a total cost of ownership model where insurance companies are involved. There needs to be skin in the game for at least the first three years of energy and sustainability performance by all stakeholders rather than the lowest price wins.



Management of water is a major challenge for modern societies and one that the average person tends to take for granted until they’re knee deep, or the tap runs dry or dirty. That’s when the mud will fly in the direction of designers, developers, authorities and regulators who haven’t moved towards ensuring sustainable infrastructure and water management. When it comes to reputation, mud tends to stick. With climate projections predicting more intense and frequent weather events such as floods, droughts and heatwaves, and with regulators and authorities delivering increasing environmental penalties, every development must factor sustainability and resilience into its water and drainage design or face increasing costs. Over recent decades, knowledge of sustainable drainage systems or water sensitive urban design methods and techniques has matured, and many examples around the world have demonstrated great success and benefits for the environment and communities. These environmental and social benefits are very real, and are certainly valued by communities and regulators, but they can be hard to quantify in monetary terms except by considering the costs of remediating the alternative scenarios, such as dealing with pollution, or cleaning up flood damage. For designers and developers, the slow rate of adoption of sustainable solutions is likely

due to a combination of factors, including preferences for the familiar, a perception of higher costs of construction compared to traditional approaches, and a lack of comprehensive understanding of interactions in a wider catchment. The good news is that sustainable drainage features can be easily integrated into urban development without undue excess cost. Even at a very small scale, sustainable drainage can provide significant benefits in terms of water quantity, water quality, amenity and biodiversity. Designers who begin to allow for integration of sustainable drainage features at the earliest stages of design without increasing construction costs or significantly impacting on the density of the development will further demonstrate the advantages of sustainable approaches. Exploring our options in the face of changing climate conditions is the responsible choice. Taking the time to understand and promote the benefits of sustainable drainage solutions and educate others about those benefits is a first step. Once everyone involved in regulation, planning, design, construction and property development fully recognise the ongoing benefits, we are far more likely to see wider incorporation of sustainable drainage and the greening and softening of our concrete jungles. It won’t be very long before our communities simply expect it.


MGS are pleased to announce the opening of the Balwyn Park Community Hub and Tennis Club. Commissioned by the City of Boroondara, the new facility is home to the Balwyn Park Tennis Club, Balwyn Tigers Football Club, University of the Third Age and other community interest groups. Mediating the steep terrain between the footy oval and tennis courts, the building offers a ‘front door’ at each level, opening out to a thoughtful landscape designed by Outlines.

The facility combines many varied uses in its small footprint: clubroom, multipurpose teaching and learning spaces, a commercial kitchen, offices, incidental meeting places and the all important trophy and display cabinets. Below the athletic roof form, muscular and poised, the textured brick walls are punctuated with ample windows, lending views inward and outward toward the unfolding match. For more information;

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TIMBER EXPERT CALLS FOR CODE CHANGE TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT Leading timber expert, Duncan Mayes, is calling for a national code change to tackle rising energy bills and make a dent in reducing Australia’s carbon footprint.

“We need to make sure we build to accommodate the environment and climate. In Australia we’d be looking at designing to keep the heat out in the hot summers and the cold out in the winters, which requires multi-functional layers and structures,” said Mayes.“The methods of construction in Australia, as compared to Europe for instance,

By opening access to jobs and services, they enable online creativity and co-creation, networking communities, percipient workspaces, skilled workers and informed and consulted communities. A $1 trillion cyber economy needs to be engaged, directed and expedited rather than left as an afterthought to a reaction. In order to capitalise on technology as the eyes and ears of public safety in a $200 billion market, or as the metric rubric for consumer demand for energy use. Monitoring of industrial resource use in a $400 billion market, technology needs to be future-proofed and master-planned, not splintered into pieces that can’t communicate to one another. Customer service databases that aren’t connective beyond one agency, in the private energy sector or public sector will stifle connectivity and a mobile workforce transitioning between agencies in the automated economy.

Mayes, Timberlink Australia’s EGM Innovation and Emerging Business, said Australia’s building practices need to step up to international standards and become more energy efficient. He believes timber is a big part of the answer. The widespread use of aluminium window and door frames, when compared to wood, is ineffective in keeping the heat out of buildings in summer. Aluminium generates additional heating, and energy is used unnecessarily to keep buildings cool, adding dollars to a consumers’ energy bill and bumping up a building’s carbon footprint.


are not always conducive to high performance and energy efficiency.” “Encouraging the use of timber will help to ensure optimal conditions are maintained within buildings, increasing the building’s energy efficiency and creating an environment that is better suited to maintaining internal temperature, air flow and air-tightness. “A note-worthy approach is the combination of internal timber and high-thermal mass materials, such as concrete or stones, fitted externally to slow the transfer of external heat.”

In the $200 billion public transport and commercial fleet sectors, traffic movements can be saved from additional expense by planning a 30-minute city, as well as having cars that sense one another, pedestrians, destinations and parking availability. It is a misnomer to say that a Smart City plan is as effective as having a smart city planned the two work together. Smart city plans, and city learning, intelligence and knowledge must all gear towards cities becoming socially desirable places to live in this age of constant change. Futures Strategy is a robust and proven professional service that enables the co-creation of preferred city futures strategies that work sustainably.

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DESIGN IT, BUILD IT, RENT IT – AUSTRALIA’S BTR FUTURE One of the hottest topics in the property industry at the moment is Build-to-Rent (BTR). BTR isn’t a new concept, being hugely successful in the United States, and steadily growing in the UK with an increase of 22% between 2017 and 2018.

SMARTSTRUCT BRINGS KERTO PANEL SYSTEMS SmartStruct, a division of Tilling Timber and the Principal Partner of the 2019 Timber Offsite Construction conference and exhibition, has announced it is bringing a new type of mass wood panel system down under for the first time. Owned by Metsä Wood, Kerto-RIPA is a large scale panel system for floors and walls, with superior stability, strength, acoustic and rigidity attributes. The laminated veneer lumber (LVL) system will be offered exclusively by SmartStruct in Australia and New Zealand, marketed as the

Kerto Panel System. It will provide a host of benefits for building designers, engineers and construction companies. Leon Quinn, National Sales and Marketing Manager at Tilling Timber, said the company was delighted to sign this exclusive agreement with Metsä Wood. The Kerto Panel System is made up of LVL panels with 20% of veneers bonded cross-wise For more information,


Despite the speculation about whether BTR will take off in Australia, housing and demographic trends suggest it is an inevitable part of our housing future. The number of Australian rental households increased from 27% to 31% in the decade to 2014, representing half a million new rental households. Millennials make up about a third of Australian rental households – in Sydney, the proportion is higher at 53% and in Melbourne 48%, and with the rising price of housing in both cities this generation is now renting for longer. Despite challenges in establishing the BTR model in Australia, some developers are diving in headfirst with 4,600 BTR apartments across 11 projects nationally were planned over the last three years. The key to the long-term success of BTR developments will be their ability to attract tenants and retain them. Desirability needs to be built-in to future proof them, and the ability to build community must be prioritised. Build-to-rent is no doubt an important addition to the Australian housing market. The critical factor in seeing BTR adopted in Australia will be ensuring these developments are designed well, with people, the residents, in mind, so that they will not only want to live there but love living there long term.

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School in New South Wales has become the first ever school in Australia to be transformed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

and new additions are clad in a highly insulated, custom perforated zinc cladding façade with double glazed, airtight high performance timber and aluminium windows.

The 3-storey extension to the North Strathfield school is a feat of design and construction collaboration, transforming a 1970’s concrete building into a creative and supportive space for student wellbeing. A realisation of the school’s vision, the design includes highly visible CLT walls, stairs and ceilings using feature grade CLT panels.

Knut Menden, Senior Associate, BVN Architects says the project is a model for sustainability through its innovation using engineered timber.

During the first stage of works, many of the internal walls were demolished and the façade replaced, working to re-invigorate previously small and dark spaces. Stage-2 works included construction of an additional level and an impressive four storey atrium entry. The atrium connects all learning areas, a new hall, arts space, balconies and rooftop playgrounds. Other additions to the school include glulam, CLT walls and a CLT acoustic ceiling flooring system. The exterior of the existing structure



“Using timber in this type of construction provides many benefits. The process is highly precise, productive and environmentally friendly and in the long term results in increased energy efficiency for the school,” said Menden. “Part of the impetus to use CLT was the wealth of research supporting timber use in learning spaces. Current research suggests an increase in concentration, productivity and decreased stress levels, promoting wellness and better learning outcomes for students.” Using early contractor involvement (ECI), played a crucial role in the success of the project.


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

and enables high accuracy planning for completed spaces. This is especially beneficial for complex building and renovation projects during construction, for documenting mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), pre-slab, and underground utilities, such as hydronic heating. Customers can also use 3D Images with finished conditions for space planning or identifying in-wall systems ahead of a renovation or repurpose of space, helping to avoid costly destructive verification methods. The BLK3D employs a unique combination of a calibrated stereo-camera, advanced algorithms and real time edge computing fused with leading Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) technology, meaning accuracy within millimeters can be achieved by Multivista’s 3D Images service. By enabling precise measurement of 3D dimensions on a 2D photo, Multivista can bridge the gap between overly simple, inaccurate techniques (tape measure, estimation) and accurate but more expensive and complex data capture methods, such as laser scanning.

Crime prevention may not always be on the top of your list at early design stage, however this must be considered as part of the Development Application (DA) process. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a well researched crime prevention method which has been shown to reduce opportunities for crime and incivility, and the application of CPTED principles must be demonstrated to most consenting Authorities (Local Councils) across Australia during DA. As well as something you must do for DA, applying the principles of during the planning and concept stages of development has shown not only to reduce the likelihood and impact of crime, but also improve the overall look and feel of a district, creating an attractive destination. It aims to reduce opportunities for crime, by increasing the effort and risks for offenders, as well as reducing the rewards. It also looks to reduce the need for overt security measures such as large fences, barriers and vast amounts of CCTV cameras. CPTED uses other means such as lighting, landscaping and designing space where natural surveillance can happen. All of this is easily achievable when you engage a security consultant early in the design stage to collaborate with other designers.

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1 WILLIAM STREET WINS QLD’S TOP HONOUR A skyscraper that has reshaped the Brisbane skyline has taken out Queensland’s top property award. 1 William Street, the 46-storey office now home to the Queensland Government and public service, was presented with the Property Council of Australia’s Rider Levett Bucknall Queensland Development of the Year award at a cocktail reception. Building owners Cbus Property and ISPT were praised for an innovative approach

to development that has delivered a significant and striking addition to the Brisbane skyline. “1 William Street was a major catalyst project for the Queens Wharf precinct. This landmark commercial tower has reintegrated an undervalued section of the foreshore back into the physical and social fabric of Brisbane city,” said the Property Council’s Queensland Executive Director Chris Mountford. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


PROPERTY INDUSTRY RALLIES TOGETHER TO COMPLETE $1.5 MILLION OF PRO-BONO WORKS TO END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS On any given night one in 200 people are homeless and 38% are under 25 years old, making it over 44,000 young Australians sleeping on the streets each night. The Property Industry Foundation are committed to changing this. The property industry through the Property Industry Foundation have rallied together to complete the $9 million redevelopment of Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Refuge at 19 King Street.

Frontyard, Victoria’s largest youth homelessness service provider, has been transformed into a 4-storey building with two floors of new crisis accommodation and connected services, designed to disrupt the cycle of youth homelessness in Victoria.

In excess of $1.5 million in services have been donated pro-bono to the redevelopment by a large consortium of top tier consultants.

Without appropriate interventions, young people can become further entrenched in long term homelessness.

The pro-bono consultant team include Ashurst, Case Meallin, Slattery, Fender Katsalidis, Norman Disney Young, Built, Hendry Group, Equitable Access Solutions, Irwinconsult, Wood and Grieve Engineers and Urbis.

Chairman of Property Industry Foundation Victoria, Peter Inge said, “We’re proud that our industry has come together to partner with Melbourne City Mission and successfully design and deliver the redeveloped Frontyard



facility, which will service the most severely marginalised and disadvantaged youth in our city. Our committed team of pro-bono consultants from some of the largest players in the industry, have worked tirelessly to deliver this project on time and on budget.” “It’s encouraging to see the property industry donate their time and expertise to a physical facility that will assist at-risk and homeless young people,” he added. The redeveloped Frontyard is the first in the country to combine crisis accommodation with multiple support services 24/7, 7 days a week. “Only a fully integrated service will effectively meet the needs of our most marginalised young people with complex needs who are currently falling through the cracks of siloed service systems,” said Vicki Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne City Mission. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


“Without appropriate interventions, young people can become further entrenched in long term homelessness. The pioneering Frontyard model support young people to create a future where they can experience all the benefits of life we often take for granted,” said Ms. Sutton.

We’re providing support for young people experiencing homelessness by investing $480,000 in Melbourne City Mission. “Council has been supporting Frontyard Youth Services since 1990,” said Sally Capp, City of Melbourne, Lord Mayor. “Homelessness is one of the biggest issues facing our city right now. That’s why WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

we’re providing support for young people experiencing homelessness by investing $480,000 in Melbourne City Mission and their new Frontyard Youth Service.” A large consortium of consultants and suppliers in the property industry, through the property industry foundation, have donated their services and resources to the Frontyard redevelopment. Alongside the pro-bono consultant team, suppliers who have generously donated materials to this project include Harvey Norman, Highbury Plumbing, Haydens Ceiling and Partitions, Signorino Tiles, Taubmans Paint, Apec, AMP and AGL Energy.

For more information contact Property Industry Foundation, Level 6, Midtown Tower, 246 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9654 8692, email pifvic@, website ANCR SPOTLIGHT MELBOURNE CITY MISSION



IGNIS LABS: PROVIDING CERTIFICATION AND PRODUCT PERFORMANCE TESTING TO AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS The vibrant blue green flames from a yet to be analysed test specimen contrasts the stark white façade of the pristine Ignis laboratory test facility. Technicians in their clinical white laboratory coats keenly observe the spectacle with interest not only in the impending test results but also the lightshow on offer. With their layers of personal protective equipment, they look like visitors from outer space. This could be a script to a movie or an amusement ride at a theme park, but no, this is the workplace of some seriously dedicated fire engineers and laboratory technicians in the only fully Australian owned independent fire testing research laboratory in the southern hemisphere.

fire safety plans, emergency response, evacuation plans and egress modelling. They perform key tests for building industry certification, with a personalised approach providing one-on-one opportunities for expert fire engineers to explain test results in detail and work with clients on key aspects of training and awareness. The company provides a point of difference by adding significant value to these businesses through improvements in processes, capabilities, research and development.

Ignis Labs provides certification and product support for over 100 national and international entities across Australia. Ignis specialises in building code consulting, fire strategy, risk assessments, fire audits, performance based design and building façade assessments and testing. In addition, the Ignis team provide fire and smoke modelling, 20


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AS/NZS 3837 – Cone calorimeter testing for material group numbers AS ISO 9705 for internal room corner testing ISO 9239 for critical radiant heat flux of flooring material AS 5113 for external wall fire spread ASTM D5630 for plastic core content ISO 1716 for material heat of combustion ISO 11925 for European flammability UL 94 for US flammability

Ignis specialises in building code consulting, fire strategy, risk assessments, fire audits, performance-based design and building façade assessments and testing.

Ignis Labs was established by Benjamin Hughes-Brown in July 2017 to represent and support the standards testing profession at national and international level. His focus, to engage with the fire testing and construction industry on national issues, and to promote the safe use of emerging technologies, building products and improvement of fire safety law. Little did he know that less than two years later he would be seeking accreditation by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia to become one of only a handful of fire testing laboratories on the continent. Today, Ignis provides building industry certification and product performance testing to Australian and International Standards as well as specialised engineering consulting services.

Ignis Labs provides certification and product support for over 100 national and international entities across Australia. Also advising industry bodies and provides expert evidence in both Federal and State court matters. Through seminars, conferences and training session Ignis fire engineering experts disseminate the latest up to date information on all aspects of the industry. They engage with tertiary institutions such as the ANU and UNSW and regularly hold onsite training sessions. Ignis Solutions pride themselves on the quality and responsiveness to customer interactions minimising lead times and ensuring that products are robustly tested for certification, ready to enter the market as quickly as possible.

Ignis Labs is part of the LIVE Consulting Group which is a strategic alliance of experts in the field providing fire safety solutions. LIVE operates and is represented in Canberra, Sydney, Dubai and Toronto.

Employing some of Australia’s leading fire safety engineering and technical experts that perform an extensive range of testing services including but not limited to: • AS 1530.1 for non-combustibility • AS 1530.2 for flexible sarking • AS 1530.3 for material fire hazard properties • AS 1530.4 pilot test for wall elements and penetrations fire resistance levels

For more information contact Ignis Labs, 3 Cooper Place, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, phone 02 6111 2909, email mail@ignislabs., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW





At a major industry event in Sydney on the 23rd May, the Chith Export Facility at Weipa in Far North Queensland, constructed by Mc Connell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd, was announced as the 2019 winner of the Australian Construction Achievement Award. The Australian Construction Achievement Award is promoted by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and Engineers Australia and is the peak annual award for the major players in Australia’s construction industry. The Award is fiercely contested by the largest construction and engineering businesses operating in Australia whose projects must first qualify to be finalists and then submit to the most rigorous assessment by an independent panel of experts. Commenting on the announcement of the winner, ACA President Craig Laslett said that the winning project showcases the highly innovative solutions, teamwork and skills that constructors develop to overcome the technically challenging issues associated with today’s mega projects. 22


Trish White, National President of Engineers Australia, praised the quality of the finalists and said they demonstrated an evolution in quality design and performance within the construction industry. “The drive for best-for-project outcomes utilising good cross-team relationships is a feature of the success of these projects,” she said. The Chair of the Judging Panel, Mark Dohrmann said of the winner: “McConnell Dowell’s execution of this challenging construction project was a standout for its comprehensive achievement of all major judging criteria, including on-time completion of a difficult and complex construction in a remote region, timely responses to quality issues overseas, exemplary safety, environmental sensitivity, and close collaboration with contractors.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW











THE AWARD This enduring Award, is presented by the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia, attracts the leading construction companies operating in Australia and is independently judged by a panel of industry experts.

The short listed projects are at the very top of their field in design and their construction must be well planned and managed, with thorough client and community stakeholder collaboration.

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Winner: McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd For the Chith Export Facility at Weipa Far North Queensland Already the winner of a number of industry awards, Rio Tinto’s Chith Export Facility comprises a 650m long access jetty, a 350m long loading wharf, and an onshore conveyor system that will service Rio Tinto’s expanded bauxite mine. Innovatively designed by Jacobs, constructed in a mere 10 months by McConnell Dowell, and with constructability input and oversight by Bechtel; Rio Tinto fostered a “best for project” philosophy across every aspect of the development. Wharf modularisation was at the heart of the solution, and the project team took it to new levels in scale and breadth, saving 300,000 potentially unsafe onsite workhours and reducing overall build time by 12 months, a saving of $40 million in capital expenditure. The 350m wharf structure was split into seven, first-of-a-kind ‘jacket’ modules (the substructure) and six topside modules. Weighing approximately 680 tonnes each, the jacket modules reduced the number of permanent marine piles required from 100 to just 28, minimising the environmental impact to marine life – a core focus for the Facility. This project has revolutionised the design 26

and construction of large scale wharf infrastructure, setting new benchmarks for safe, smart and efficient marine construction and has realised a total economic contribution to Australia of over $150 million. Located on traditional lands of the Wik-Waya people, a great focus was placed on ensuring that all involved understood the significance of the area to Traditional Owners with Chith, being the local indigenous word for the red and white eagle that visits the surrounding area. Chith Export Facility project delivery was founded on openness, transparency and trust with a shared understanding of risk. The contract apportioned risk according to who best could manage it. The Chith Export Facility project is an excellent case study in collaboration, showcasing the benefits of open and respectful relationships between owner, project manager, designer and contractor. Rio Tinto purposely chose an Early Contractor Involvement approach for the project and this structured and focused engagement on design constructability was key to driving the innovations.


Winner: McConnell Dowell Pty Ltd For the Chith Export North Queensland

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McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd For the Chith Export Facility at Weipa Far North Queensland




Finalist: Lendlease For Barangaroo South in Sydney NSW Barangaroo South is Sydney’s largest urban regeneration project in a generation with an aim to be Australia’s first large scale Carbon Neutral Precinct. This once heavily contaminated container wharf is now a vibrant new waterfront city precinct, expanding the Sydney CBD and connecting its western harbour foreshore. It will eventually accommodate 23,000 office workers, 2,000 residents, an international 6 Star hotel and more than 80 cafés, bars, restaurants and retail outlets across approximately 535,000 gross floor area. It is expected to inject over $1.5 billion into the New South Wales economy. Commencing in October 2011 with staged completions through to 2023, the first Stage (1A) with the waterfront residential apartments and commercial

towers of the International Towers Sydney, are now complete. The three commercial towers are the centerpiece of Barangaroo South and every aspect of the project has been considered from a sustainability angle. Each of the towers has received the prestigious 6 Star Green Star Office Design v3 rating and the project has been selected to be part of the C40 Cities/Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Program. This city defining development with a planned social legacy via 50 successful community learning and wellbeing programmes, along with the Barangaroo Skills Exchange, (BSX) an onsite popup college established by Lendlease in partnership with TAFE NSW, will benefit everyone in the Barangaroo community.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP FORUM ACA President, Craig Laslett, advised ANCR that the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) would be promoting the ACAA finalist projects as case studies for the management of major projects as part of the ACA involvement with the Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF). The CILF is a Forum established by the ACA in conjunction with the NSW and Victorian governments to enhance systems and procedures for the development and delivery of infrastructure projects. The CILF has established two major work groups of senior industry and government operational personnel to review existing government procurement and industry delivery processes and develop innovative options to increase both the size of the industry’s workforce

as well as its skill base. This activity will support and enhance the operation of the recently announced Major Projects Leadership Academy through which the Victorian and NSW governments will upskill their own project personnel. “The CILF’s activities are a coordinated and direct response to the need to ensure that the massive infrastructure pipelines of work being announced by the federal and state governments are able to be delivered. Through enhanced project identification and delivery processes being developed under the auspices of the CILF, the community will see how increased collaboration between government and industry will lead to improved outcomes right across the large numbers of infrastructure projects being delivered”, Mr Laslett said.





Lendlease For Barangaroo South in Sydney NSW



Finalist: Pacifico For the Bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood in Northern Rivers District NSW The Bridge over the Clarence River forms part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Highway upgrade (W2B). The 155km upgrade is the last Pacific Highway link between Hexham and the Queensland border to be upgraded to 4-lanes. Pacifico is a joint venture between ACCIONA Infrastructure and Ferrovial Agroman. The project is being completed under a Delivery Partner model (managed by a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and WSP) similar to the approach used for the construction of the London Olympics infrastructure. It is the second project for ACCIONA and Ferrovial on the W2B designing and building bridges with the U-girders design, after the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads project. Upgrading the Pacific Highway and carrying out safety improvements to the existing highway have bought major improvements to road conditions, support for regional development and provides safer and reduced travel, with improved transport efficiency and local community amenity. The Bridge is located close to several residential homes and a local primary school; so excessive noise created from vehicles

travelling over the large 850mm wide expansion joints had the potential to create a signification ongoing concern for residents and school students. This project saw several innovative approaches to construction issues, using and developing new technologies. A “First in Australia” customised “Sinus Plate” was placed onto the top of modular expansion joints, which significantly reduced deck level noise. “Robomute” was also installed to the underside of the joint acting as a buffer and reduced noise emanating from the below deck level. An innovative “Spider” placing boom with a 25m working radius was used for the concrete deck pours at the marine spans where access is restricted. The use of the “Spider” boom eliminated manual handling issues associated with only utilising a static line on ground for the concrete delivery and placement. The project team initiated early local community engagement including with the indigenous Yaegl people, and regular meetings and updates were held with key stakeholders, such as the Professional Fisherman’s Association, Harwood Sugar Mill and Clarence Valley Council.





Pacifico For the Bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood in Northern Rivers District NSW



Finalist: Nexus Delivery For the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) at Toowoomba QLD Commenced in April 2016, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) is a $1.6 billion 41km road infrastructure project of national significance and a key component in Australia’s freight network. It bypasses Australia’s largest inland regional city, connecting the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton. The project is joint funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments and is the largest Australian Government funding commitment ($1.137 billion) to a single road project in Queensland history. The TSRC is an extremely complex project and includes many impressive engineering design features with more than 10 million cubic metres of earth moved in a cut to fill process and 30 major bridge structures over 24 locations including an impressive 800m long viaduct built east from the New England Highway, crossing over the existing

Queensland Rail line, to navigate the steep terrain of the Great Diving Range. The route is designed to increase freight efficiency and significantly improve driver safety and community amenity by avoiding 18 sets of traffic lights and removing heavy vehicles from Toowoomba’s CBD. The project, overseen by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, has created value for the local community through the Nexus Together Sponsorship programme helping community organisations focus on projects that reinforce community health, safety, education and the environment. By involving local Indigenous groups, local Indigenous people have also learnt skills in construction, leading to further training and job opportunities on the TSRC Project, while also finding connection to country and adding invaluable historical information to Australian records.

ACA PRESIDENT, CRAIG LASLETT Australian Constructors Association (ACA) President, Craig Laslett, said that the winning and finalist projects were excellent examples of the successes that are achieved when client and contractor teams work collaboratively together to achieve common goals on projects. “These projects exemplify how modern project delivery methods and simple but effective communication and collaboration between clients, contractors and the supply chain result in outstanding project outcomes and enable innovation and new construction

methodologies to be embedded into these complex projects”, Mr Laslett said. “It is pleasing that ACA members are leading the way on industry best practice and these projects will be excellent case studies of how industry is able to add value to client projects to achieve outstanding results.” He went on to say that the projects also incorporated concepts that are currently being implemented by the ACA in conjunction with NSW and Victorian government agencies through the Construction Industry Leadership Forum.





Nexus Delivery For the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) at Toowoomba QLD







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CONSTRUCTION MONTHLY PIPELINE - AUSTRALIA Australia’s construction pipeline increased in terms of the number and value of planned projects for a third consecutive month. There were 1,998 new construction projects recorded in May 2019, with a total estimated value of $21.2 billion. On a rolling 12 month basis, the number of new projects is equal to; while the total project value is 21% higher than the preceding 12 months. Looking longer term, the volume and value of new projects this reporting period were greater than both the three and five year medians. Infrastructure and Community projects continue to account for the majority of new project work in both number and value, while funding of the planned projects is to be provided mainly by State Governments ($10.4 billion) and Private Enterprise ($9 billion).

NEW SOUTH WALES A new selective school will be built in the key growth area of south-west Sydney, following an announcement by the State Government. Community consultation is underway to determine an appropriate location. Rio Indygen is planning a 22 Megawatt solar farm at Martins Creek, near the historic township of Vacy. The company has secured an option to lease a 50 hectare parcel of grazing land. The Department of Planning and Environment is inviting community feedback for Nihon University’s new campus in Newcastle. The former law courts will be transformed into a new campus for the Japanese university which will also include a 108 bed student accommodation building. 36


Joint venture partners Lotus Group and Hong Kong-based Euro Properties have shortlisted a number of buyers for the 2.9 hectare Channel Nine site in Willoughby. The site received masterplan approval for 460 apartments across nine buildings in January.

The school will feature all electric heating and cooling systems and high quality learning environments incorporating indoor and outdoor learning areas. A high school in Kenny planned for 2023 will cater for 800 students from Years 7-10.

Construction is expected to commence late this year on developer Potter George’s The Mavis Quad industrial development in Revesby. The project, which is yet to gain development approval, will comprise 44 industrial and 90 storage units.



GHD Woodhead has been selected as the architect for a $35.5 million upgrade of TAFE Gippsland Morwell campus for a Future Skills Training Centre and Technical Training Centre of Excellence and also for a new $25 million campus at Port of Sale.

The ACT Budget 2019-20 has provided for two new public schools in Canberra's north. A $47 million primary school for Throsby is set to open in 2022 with the capacity for 450 students and 132 pre-schoolers.

Riverlee has begun marketing its Swan Street commercial project in Richmond. The 14 storey building designed by Techne will contain 15,963m2 of office area for up to 2,000 workers, with construction AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


MOVING INTO CONSTRUCTION - AUSTRALIA The market reacted favourably to the recent Federal election result as the value of projects shifting to construction surged upward in May 2019. The total cost of projects recorded as starting to build was $828 million, the highest monthly figure since May 2018 and over double the five year monthly median. In contrast to the total project value increase, the number of projects commencing building was 571, slightly lower than the previous month and due primarily to a decrease in the construction of apartments and units. Of the projects starting construction, Private Enterprise is providing the most substantial funding at $353 million followed State Government at $242 million.

expected to start early next year for completion in 2022. BKK Architects and Kerstin Thompson Architects together with landscape architect Aspect Studios have won a design competition for the redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading for a new cultural and performing arts centre. The new facility will include a 600 seat auditorium, 200 seat studio theatre, multipurpose rehearsal and function rooms, and an outdoor sound shell. A planning permit has been granted for a 19-storey office tower designed by Christopher Connell Design atop the heritage former German Club in Melbourne. A prime development site at 200 Wells Street in South Melbourne is listed for sale by expressions of interest. The site has existing WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

approval for a landmark mixed use development designed by Ewert Leaf Architects. Designs by Wood Marsh Architecture have been unveiled for the new Moreland and Coburg Stations as part of the Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project which will involve removal of four level crossings. The existing heritage listed station buildings will be retained and repurposed. Construction is due to commence later this year. A further level crossing removal project at Toorak Road, Kooyong is a step closer following the award of an $89 million works contract to an alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro (MTM). Early works will start in the coming weeks with the level crossing to be removed by 2021. Hickory has been appointed to build two new office towers in Mulgrave. Carlisle Homes

has been secured as the anchor tenant taking up 8,000m2 in one of the buildings. QUEENSLAND Cbus and Nelson Properties are planning an office tower on a prominent 3,000m2 riverfront site at 205 North Quay and 30 Herschel Street. To be known as 205 North Quay, the tower will comprise 50,000m2 of net lettable space. Watpac has started earthworks on the first stage of the new $10.2 million Townsville Waterfront Promenade. The new promenade will transform the area along the Ross Creek for those visiting the Stadium Precinct. Concept designs by Cottee Parker Architects have been released for a new 10-storey, 9,400m2 civic and administration building for Sunshine Coast Council. Sunshine Coast City ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


Hall will be located in the new Maroochydore City Centre and will target a 5 Star Green Star rating. Construction will commence shortly following award of the tender to Watpac on a new $30 million Innovation Centre for James Cook University. The centre will be a collaborative setting for business people, entrepreneurs, community organisations, researchers, educators and students to work together. The building has been designed to meet the highest environmental and sustainability standards, with central atrium featuring a full height green wall, floating staircase and mesh fabric screen wrapping the façade, with images projected onto the building’s exterior. A $30 million Catholic high school will be built on the Smithfield campus of James Cook University. The Year 7-12 college is expected to open in 2022 for Year 7 enrollments and is expected to cater for 800 students when fully developed. The Queensland Government has announced a new $618.863 million men’s prison near Gatton. The facility has been funded in the Queensland State Budget 2019-20 and is expected to be completed in 2022-23. NORTHERN TERRITORY The tender for covered basketball courts at Haasts Bluff and Papunya has been awarded 38


to Harvey Developments, with works expected to start in July with completion in October. The Northern Territory Government has abandoned plans to build a new detention centre to replace its aging Alice Springs facility and will now instead spend $10 million refitting the old one. A masterplan for the WWII era Batchelor Airfield will facilitate a transformation over the next two decades into an aviation hub with the development of commercial aviation activities and taxiways and staged construction of hangars. SOUTH AUSTRALIA Thomas Foods International is planning a new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art abattoir at Murray Bridge after its previous plant was destroyed by fire. The new plant will be built in stages, with initial production expected to start by November 2020. A new major railway station will be built to replace the existing Tonsley Railway Station at Mitchel Park which will be repositioned as part of the Flinders Link project. Community consultation will be sought on the location and design. The State Budget 2019-20 has provided $51 million to upgrade three intersections in Adelaide's northern suburbs: $19 million to upgrade the intersection of Main North Road and Nottage Terrace; $13 million for

Main North, Kings and McIntyre Roads; and $19 million for Grand Junction, Hampstead and Briens Roads. The masterplan has been released for Flinders Village, a massive new urban village by Flinders University to be developed around the new train station. The development will commence with a new health research facility, and when fully realised will deliver retail, recreation and entertainment facilities, student spaces, community gardens, innovation incubators and co-working spaces, health and wellness clinics and consulting suites, child care facilities, a hotel and serviced apartments, conference facilities and accommodation including new and upgraded student accommodation, short term stay for patients’ visitors and families and aged care and retirement living. Construction is set to commence in October on a new 205 room Ramada Hotel in Adelaide’s Playford Boulevard in central Elizabeth. The hotel will include a swimming pool, restaurant and sports bar and conference facilities. TASMANIA Tenders have been advertised for the Wirksworth Estate Integrated Aged Care Project, which is part of the Tasmanian Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy. The Housing Tasmania AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

project will be the first of its kind for Tasmania, providing affordable high quality care and accommodation for 50 elderly Tasmanians who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

CBRE has been appointed as agent for sale of a development approved mixed use site at 867, 871, 875 and 877 Beaufort Street in Inglewood. The site is directly next to the proposed Woolworths supermarket on the ex-Bunnings site.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Decmil has commenced construction on the $46 million Reid Highway Dual Carriageway project which will upgrade a 4km stretch from Altone Road to West Swan Road and see the construction of a new bridge over Reid Highway.

The City of Melville has released designs for the Shirley Strickland Reserve Redevelopment by Donovan Payne Architects. The redevelopment will include a community hub, sports field lighting upgrade, new picnic and playground facilities, a fitness path looping around the reserve and

outdoor fitness equipment. Construction has commenced by Built on Mirvac’s Compass Latitude Beach apartments in North Fremantle. Designed by Cameron Chisholm Nicol, the 5-storey complex will take 18 months to complete and is the final stage in Mirvac’s involvement in LandCorp’s Leighton Beach redevelopment.

For more information contact CoreLogic, Level 21, 2 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 1300 734 318, fax 1300 881 674, website

EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT BIG DATA Big Data is fundamentally changing the way builders, developers and professionals involved in commercial real estate go about their jobs. Detailed real time data collection is providing the industry with more accurate and efficient tools to understand the best performing potential markets, analyse the best types of products to build with, identify leads and new sales opportunities and to quickly estimate and quote. CoreLogic is the provider of Australia and New Zealand’s most comprehensive residential and commercial property data. Our acquisition of Cordell in 2015 means we are also now proud to be able to provide the most extensive construction data available. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Collectively, our data covers more than 4 billion decision points across residential, commercial, building and construction costing, collected from more than 660 sources.

their workflows, save time, make money and make better decisions. We’d love to work with you, too.

This includes the real estate industry, all levels of government, data partners, media and our own team of researchers creating analytics and insights that fuel decisions from first home buyers right through to Federal Government. Big Data that does not tell a story or provide you with actionable insights is just a pile of numbers. At CoreLogic, we pride ourselves on our tools and analytics that help our clients understand their markets, improve ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS



INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioners feature in Perth’s NEW 4-star Green rated apartment building

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty Ltd (MHIAA) is renowned for superior engineering technology that provides long lasting, energy efficient air conditioning solutions for any domestic, commercial or industrial application. An outstanding example of the company’s success in designing and supplying modern HVAC solutions is the recently completed Botanical apartments in Subiaco, one of Perth’s most desirable addresses. Residents of the brand new development will enjoy a stunning rooftop with a heated infinity pool, 5 Star private dining room and entertainment facilities, a spa, sauna, steam room, yoga retreat areas and an outdoor cinema. The development achieved a benchmark 4 Star Green Rating and an average 7 Star NABERS rating by employing energy efficient glazing, solar panelling and natural light utilising a 5-storey atrium. The challenge for MHIAA was to design a reliable heating and cooling system to meet the needs of the 74 apartments which are a 40


mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms, as well as the gym, restaurant and other common areas. In total, the project required approximately 875kW of air conditioning. With the development requiring a high energy efficiency profile, it was vital to take into account the buildings open plan design. With multiple light filled areas and a large amount of glass, the heat load would dramatically increase in Perth’s climate which includes long hours of sunshine in the hot summer months. To account for this expected large heat load and to ensure sufficient airflow while maintaining energy efficiency, it was decided the proposed system would need to be integrated with a range of DX direct expansion solutions. The additional challenge was to install a system which would be invisible to home owners and maintain the pristine design of the building. It also needed to be extremely quiet in operation. As there was a limited amount of space between the levels, choosing the appropriately sized indoor units required careful planning. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


The two plant rooms, one located in the basement and one on the roof, were both quite small, so it was important that all condensing units were compact and allowed for ease of installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance.

in a multi format for design flexibility. This ensured adequate airflow and individual control over each apartment while the space saving design allowed all the outdoor units to fit within the limited space of the rooftop plant room, maintaining building aesthetics.

After careful analysis and working in close conjunction with experienced Perth contractors Ocean Air Services, a mixture of ducted indoor units combined with MHIAA’s highly efficient KX Micro VRF systems and ducted outdoor units were ultimately chosen for the building.

To service the large gym and communal areas on the rooftop, MHIAA’s high efficiency KXZ VRF system was selected. Given the size and frequency of use of this area it was vital that the system was powerful enough to effectively cool and heat this space while keeping running costs down. In total, 172 indoor units and 80 outdoor units were installed.

All apartments and indoor communal areas were serviced by a range of MHIAA’s FDUT, FDU and FDUM ducted systems. The compact size of these units, their slim profile and mid static ducted fan coils with condensate pumps offered a discreet solution, allowing easy installation into the confined bulkheads and ceiling spaces while maintaining energy efficient performance.

The final result ensured MHIAA, in partnership with Ocean Air Services, delivered a reliable and efficient heating and cooling solution for the entire Botanical complex in keeping with its luxury design and residents’ lifestyles.

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For more information contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Pty Ltd, Block E, 391 Park Road, Regents NSW 2143, phone 1300 138 007, email, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS



A GRAND KITCHEN EXPERIENCE WITH APOLLO KITCHENS Apollo Kitchens continues to be the innovative leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of kitchens, cabinetry, and commercial fitouts. Apollo Kitchens has often been the supplier of choice for many Tier 1 and 2 builders, and based on their reputation and performance, Deicorp chose Apollo Kitchens to supply the kitchens, laundry and bathroom cabinetry for the GrandH mixed-use development in Hurstville in Southern Sydney. The GrandH is a sophisticated and stylish development located in a prime position within Hurstville, less than 20 minutes from the Sydney CBD by rail. The GrandH enjoys panoramic views of Botany Bay, the city and greater Sydney. The kitchen is always a focal point for occupiers and investors, particularly in a new development like GrandH where Apollo Kitchens’ kitchens and cabinetry are a highlight in their 381 apartments. Apollo Kitchens provided two colour schemes; a light scheme and dark scheme. The light scheme utilised bright polyurethane and Polytec’s ‘Ravine’ panels, a European oak structure in soft chalky beige with grey feature wood grain. The dark colour scheme was delivered using a grey toned polyurethane and Polytec’s ‘Maroso Milan’, which has a mid-cool grey background and varied vertical lines in darker grey grain. All kitchens had a complete shadow line around the island benches and finger pull handles were installed on all the drawers.



Apollo Kitchens Managing Director, Peter Bader, said that the kitchens are a stunning addition to the apartments, perfectly meeting the quality standards of the development. “Smeg appliances were installed into the kitchens by Deicorp and this collaboration with Apollo Kitchens produced a spacious, elegant and highly practical centre of apartment living. The overall ambience was enhanced by LED lighting for a glowing splashback.” In the laundries and bathrooms, Apollo Kitchens used a similar timbergrain textured scheme for the hob doors. The bathroom shaving cabinet utilised large silver-backed clear glass as a unique mirror feature. Apollo Kitchens worked closely with Deicorp in designing aspects of the penthouse at GrandH in order to provide maximum storage, the outcome being a feature wall that combined sublime aesthetics with functionality in the penthouse. Peter said that Apollo Kitchens had three teams onsite at all times during the installation phase for optimum efficiency. “Using our smart technology factory in Smithfield, we could produce cabinetry to coincide with the builder’s timetable. The smart factory gives us total flexibility in this type of situation.” Hurstville is a bustling metropolis and delivery had to be carefully scheduled to avoid peak traffic periods while still transporting joinery in a safe and timely manner.

“The other major challenge on our project was managing installation across four towers with the tallest tower having 20-storeys,” Peter said. “However, we have teams who are experienced, coordinated and able to prioritise installation in these circumstances.” Apollo Kitchens has armed every aspect of their business with software and technology to ensure they remain at the vanguard of innovation and customer service. The automated system provides live status updates on all joinery milestones and streamlines the ordering, production and installation process. This is just one of the ways Apollo Kitchens is engaged in the next phase of the Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0. It is this new programme that has placed Apollo Kitchens in the international domain where the company has attracted international universities and other major clients. Servicing residential and commercial builders, high rise developers and project home builders across the greater Sydney and Central Coast regions of New South Wales, Apollo Kitchens has achieved over 50 years of success in this specialised field and is moving into their next 50 years at the forefront of new technology and sustainable manufacturing and design systems.

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






KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND SERVICE Construction Consultants has established itself as a leading service company to the building and development industry, offering a unique approach from project inception to completion. Founded by Michael Martin Dakhoul in 2010, Construction Consultants has overseen projects well in excess of $2 billion. Michael has created a 40 strong team of professionals with more than 200 years of combined experience, with particularly exceptional technical expertise and knowledge in Quantity Surveying, Cost Planning, Construction Economics, Project, Construction and Development Management. With a strong focus on personalised service and relationship building with clients, Construction Consultants can create the idea of developing projects for clients or alternatively enter a project at any stage. With the team’s expertise in Quantity Surveying, Construction Consultants can deliver a special focus on the financial aspects of the project and construction timetables. The team at Construction Consultants utilises their combined expertise across a wide base including new developments or



refurbishments for residential, commercial, religious, industrial, hospitality, entertainment and the education sectors. One prime example is the major redevelopment of Cabra Vale Diggers Club, one of the largest in south-west Sydney. Working with the architects, Altis Architecture, Construction Consultants is involved as the Project/Development Managers and Quantity Surveyors for the five main stages of the multi-million dollar redevelopment.

kitchen and back-of-house, an update of the façade and landscape screening of the car park and finally the auditorium and pre-function area. Construction Consultants has a full suite of Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors allocated to this project to ensure all deliverables are met. The firm has prepared cost plans, the design and construction programme, recruited all consultants required for the necessary approvals with Council and other authorities, managed the DA process, including coordination with architects and other consultants. Construction Consultants are regularly conducting coordination meetings with all consultants and trades onsite, monitoring adherence with DA conditions and managing Council approvals of design changes via Section 4.55 application.

The project involves the demolition of existing structures, relocation and building of new bowling greens and the Bowlers’ Clubhouse, new 2-level basement car parking, new gaming area, 1,000 seat auditorium and a Novotel operated Hotel. There will also be upgrades to existing food precinct,

Other functions being undertaken including the management of the tender construction process for all stages, continuously monitoring progress onsite, ensuring adherence to contracts and managing completion. They will also obtain the final Occupational Certificate for all stages of the project.


The challenge of any undertaking of this kind is to achieve the client’s redevelopment objectives while minimising disruption of the day-to-day operations of the club, which is a major community and social hub in the area. In addition, the redevelopment had to be integrated into the existing club building. The existing site was fully occupied with the club parking area and bowling greens so there was little or no available area to work during construction, so scheduling of activity had to be carefully planned.

parking. Stage 2 will see a 240 room hotel built above the existing structure. Construction Consultants have been involved in many projects that have been completed to the satisfaction of the client and strive to offer the same service no matter what project.

For more information contact Construction Consultants, Level 8/14 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9633 9233, fax 02 9633 9311, email, website

With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Dubai, the core strengths of Construction Consultants and the scale of its business allows it to operate efficiently and flexibly, with well-resourced, personalised service for projects of any scale.

Construction Consultants recently completed a similar project in the heart of Bankstown for the Bankstown RSL Club. The $58.4 million undertaking involved constructing a basement car park, a club level including restaurants, one floor for the buffet and three levels of above-ground




HEAVENLY ALUM-MINATION Stunning triple glazed stained glass windows have been framed and installed by Leda Aluminium at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Rosemeadow, South Western Sydney. Leda Aluminium was contracted to perform the delicate operation based on their experience and outstanding reputation for aluminium window fabrication and installation.

“Leda has over 36 years of experience in the aluminium window and door business,” Andre said. “We are able to draw on all the experience and knowledge that exists within our team to ensure this project was carried out effectively and in a timely manner. We already had a very good relationship with the builder, FAL Construction, so that made the whole process run very smoothly.”

Made in Italy and designed to provide a spectacular focal point for worship and meditation in the newly constructed church, the triple glazing system produced windows illustrating different scenes when viewed from inside or outside the church building. Leda had the challenging engineering task of designing and manufacturing a suitable framing system for all the windows, then lifting them into place for final installation.

In total, Leda provided the framing and installation of 50 windows, with additional windows provided by the builder. Most of the windows were installed using the scaffolding system erected around the church during the construction programme. Each window required four men to carry them into place, with the highest windows situated in the bell tower. Scissor lifts were used to ensure safe access and installation.

Senior Project Manager, Andre Kastoun said that the project required extensive planning and care as the windows are of extremely high value and are of great importance to the congregation. It was also essential to ensure that every aspect of the window framing system and installation met with all BCA requirements.

Leda specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and residential aluminium windows, doors, curtain walls, shop fronts, louvre systems, bi-folds and slump glass. They have earned an enviable reputation for providing products which have proven performance, reliability, style and security.





Their clients also value the functionality, value for money and structural integrity of Leda’s products, resulting in regular repeat contracts for the company. All Leda’s products are designed and manufactured at their technologically advanced headquarters in Greenacre, Western Sydney. The aluminium used is sourced from local suppliers, extruded by Leda and certified by the Australian Window Association. Andre said Leda makes it a priority to support Australian suppliers and to maintain a friendly but professional approach in every aspect of their business. “Leda is still a family based business with many family members occupying key roles in the company. There is a great team spirit throughout the company and a commitment to delivering innovative and quality products which totally satisfy all our clients.” Leda has full accreditation and licencing from both Dulux and Interpon, so they can do all their own powder coating inhouse, catering to architects and designers who require specific colours. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Rosemeadow church project was another successful assignment for Leda, adding to an impressive list which has recently included Mezzo Glebe, the Stage 2 development at South Village, Kirrawee, projects for Deicorp in Randwick and a 20-storey building for Nucorp in Parramatta. Leda has completed most of their work in the Sydney metropolitan region but have now expanded their footprint to encompass the Central Coast. For more information contact Leda Aluminium, Unit 2, 4 Naughton Street, Greenacre NSW 2190, phone 02 9642 8588, fax 02 9642 8743, email, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS




THE NEW STANDARD IN POOL FENCING Meets Australian Standards AS1926 Pool Fencing & AS1170 Balustrading requirements



Value: $1.86 billion Client: Public Transport Authority (PTA) Contractor: Salini Impregilo - NRW JV SPECIAL FOCUS Concrete supplier: Boral WA Concrete volume for precast segments: 90.000 m3. Concrete volume for stations/dives: 100.000 m3. General concrete volume: 105.000 m3. Shotcrete volume: 1111 m3. Admixture and PP fibres supplier: Sika Australia Pty Ltd. Completion of project: 2021


Project: Forrestfield-Airport Link DESCRIPTION Value: $1.86PROJECT billion The $1.86 Authority billion Forrestfield-Airport Link is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian g Client: Public Transport (PTA) Contractor:will Salinideliver Impregilo - NRWrail JV service to the eastern suburbs of Perth - with three new stations at Redcliffe, A a new Concrete supplier: Boral WA Forrestfield. Concrete volume for precast segments: 90.000 m3. Concrete volume for stations/dives: 100.000 m3. The rail link 105.000 forms part General concrete volume: m3. of the METRONET vision to create liveable communities connected by world c 3 Shotcrete volume: 1111will m . spur off the existing Midland Line near Bayswater Station and run to Forrestfield throug The line Admixture and PP fibres supplier: Sika Australia Pty Ltd. Completion of project: 2021

It will also provide a viable alternative to traditional car travel between these destinations and is the PROJECT DESCRIPTION project undertaken by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) since the Mandurah Line project.

The $1.86 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments and will deliver TECHNICAL a new rail serviceDATA to the ON eastern suburbs of Perth - with three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and OF CONCRETE THE TUNNEL: TOTAL QUANTITY Forrestfield.

Bored tunnel, Internal diameter=6.2 m, Concrete volume for precast segm Nine cross passages, three with egress shafts to ground level Concrete volume for stations/dive The rail link forms part of the METRONET vision to create liveable communities connected by world class public transport. The line willWaterproofing spur off the existing Midland Line near Bayswater Station and run to Forrestfield through twin-bored tunnels. Shotcrete volume: 1111 m3. General concrete volume: 105.000 Rigid Conductor Rail for overhead traction power It will also provide a viable alternative to traditional car travel between these destinations and is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) since the Mandurah Line project.


TECHNICAL DATA ON THE TUNNEL: TOTAL QUANTITY OF CONCRETE Data on the precastm, segments Bored tunnel, Internal diameter=6.2 Concrete volume for precast segments: 90.000 m3. The bored tunnel permanent precast concrete segments.100.000 m3. Nine cross passages, three with egress shafts tolining groundcomprises level Concrete volume for stations/dives: Waterproofing 1111 m3.bars and steel fibres. Monofilament Segments are reinforced with a combinationShotcrete of steelvolume: reinforcing Rigid Conductor Rail for overhead traction power General concrete volume: 105.000 m3.

incorporated in segments to improve fire resistance (RABT ZTV (rail) time-temperature curve).

CONCRETE FOR TUNNELLING PRECAST SEGMENTS requirements for tunnelling segments Data on theConcrete precast segments The bored tunnel permanent lining comprises precast concrete segments. • Compressive strength S60 Segments are reinforced with a combination of reinforcingstripping bars and steel Monofilament polypropylene fibres are • Early Strength ≥ 15 MPa forsteel formwork andfibres. lifting incorporated in segments to improve fire resistance (RABT ZTV (rail) time-temperature curve).

• Fire resistance according to RABT ZTV (rail) time-temperature curve • Slump for 85mm, flexural strength 28 days > 4.64 MPa, drying shrinkage < 600 microstrains after 56 Concrete requirements tunnelling segments

• Compressive strength S60 • Early Strength ≥ 15 MPa formwork and lifting Concrete thatforhad been stripping made, gave far better results to specified ones. (Compressive strength result • Fire resistance according to RABT ZTV (rail) time-temperature curve strength 8.8 MPa, 28 Tensile 10 MPa, water< 600 permeability , drying shrinkage 300 micro • Slump 85mm, flexural strength days > strength 4.64 MPa, drying shrinkage microstrains0.4*10-12 after 56 days etc. Concrete that had been made, gave far results to specified ones.strength (Compressive strength results 70-100MPa, Flexural Special requirements forbetter precast segments-early achievement strength 8.8 MPa, Tensile strength 10 MPa, water permeability 0.4*10-12 , drying shrinkage 300 microstrains etc.)

Sika admixture used: Sika® Viscocrete® PC HRF-2-Last generation HRWR specifically designed for the prod requiresfor high earlysegments-early and final strength characteristics and enhanced workability retention. Special requirements precast strength achievement Sika admixture used: Sika® Viscocrete® PC HRF-2-Last generation HRWR specifically designed for the production of concrete which requires high early and final strength characteristics and enhanced workability retention.






Special requirement for precast segments-fire resistance Various options of different aggregate types, PP fibre and steel fibre contents were tested. SikaFiber® 12-34 at the dose of 2kg/m3 governments and the best in terms of fire resistance and therefore was accepted as the final solution. performed

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Sika products used • SikaFiber® 12-34-Special monofilament polypropylene fibres designed for the prevention of concrete spalling in the event of fire. Beyond that, it reduces the occurrence of plastic shrinkage and plastic settlement cracking.

class public transport. CONCRETE FOR STATIONS AND DIVES gh twin-bored tunnels.

Concrete requirements for stations and dives S32, S40, S50, S65 with requirements on shrinkage, air content and slump requirements.

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Sika admixtures used • Sika®Viscocrete® 10- last generation polycarboxylate based HWR designed for concrete mixes where very high water reduction and excellent flow characteristics are important. E • Sika®Viscoflow® 15- workability retaining admixture that ensures extended slump retention without excessive retardation. 3 ments: 90.000•mPlastiment® . BV 35-lignosulfonate based WR that improves workability and finishability. es: 100.000 m•3. Retarder® N-Set retarder for concrete that allows concreting under conditions of high ambient temperatures and placing of mass concrete. • Sikament® Eco 3W-modified polymer based WRAc that accelerate set time without affecting placement properties. It also 3 0m . provides lower bleed rate particularly required during winter conditions. SHOTCRETE FOR CROSS PASSAGES Concrete Requirements for shotcrete • Compressive strength 28 days≥ 40 MPa • Early strength requirements: 8 hours ≥5 MPa; 24 hours≥13 MPa include initial slump, slump retention for up to 5 hours (is some cases up to 10 hours), air content, W/C polypropylene• Other fibresrequirements are ratio. Sika admixtures used • Sika®Viscocrete® 10- last generation polycarboxylate based HWR designed for concrete mixes where very high water reduction and excellent flow characteristics are important. • Sika®Air- air-entraining agent added to reduce the risk of segregation and to improve pumpability and placeability of shotcrete. • SikaTard®-990 IP- set stabilizing admixture that blocks cement hydration therefore providing the extention of workability for days etc. hours. It’s primarily designed for shotcrete applications as it can be accelerated with Sigunit accelerator at any time. • Sigunit®L-530 AF-high performance liquid, alkali-free, setting and hardening accelerator for shotcrete.

ts 70-100MPa, Flexural GENERAL CONCRETE: ostrains etc.) Concrete Requirements for General Concrete

Four different types of S40 mixes (low heat, GP blend with slag, GP etc.) and S50 concrete

admixture used duction ofSika concrete which • Sika®Viscocrete® 10- last generation polycarboxylate based HWR designed for concrete mixes where very high water reduction and excellent flow characteristics are important • Sika Plastiment® BV 35-lignosulfonate based WR that improves workability and finishability The Boral concrete supplied for the precast elements was of a high standard that met all of the pre-requisites. Sika has worked alongside Boral on many major infrastructure projects in Australia and have continued to provide high quality work Australians are accustomed to. This project was no different, powered by Sika Admixtures went smoothly, efficiently and has been a great success. Visit for more information.







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QUALITY DESIGN AND EXECUTION The team at Meso Solutions are passionate about meeting difficult challenges in groundworks and resolving major problems faced by clients in a creative and innovative manner. Meso Solutions takes a unique approach to achieving successful results. Rather than start the groundworks planning process by examining a set of plans supplied by the builder and architect, they ask their clients, ‘What is the outcome you want to achieve?’. Once that has been clearly defined, the Meso Solutions team work backwards from that point to define the most time, cost and risk effective approach. The groundworks programme then becomes a cohesive, integrated part of the total construction process. CEO of Meso Solutions, Tim Orr, said that the development environment in Australia’s major cities is now totally different to twenty years ago. “Greatly increased land values mean that developers want to gain the optimum value from their investment. As a result, deeper excavations in more difficult ground conditions are being undertaken, often very close to existing structures and roadways.”

groundworks programme around Australia and they have the capability to carry out all necessary services to get the job done. “Clients of Meso Solutions do not have to have a series of contractors who provide just one part of the process in isolation. Our unique approach draws on our extensive practical experience together with that of our network of like-minded companies whose capabilities complement our own. We brain storm every job to see if there is a fundamentally better way of doing it. We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our capability,” Tim said. For more information contact Meso Solutions, 53 General Holmes Drive, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216, phone 1300 106 376, email, website

It is in this challenging environment that the 30 strong team at Meso Solutions comes into their own, with a focus on collaboration with their clients from the earliest stages of the planning process. Meso Solutions have fully qualified geotechnical and civil engineers, supported by the practical skills of their employees, who are engaged in sheet piling, concreting, de-watering and anchoring. The company can provide the necessary design and certification service for any







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SOLID FOUNDATIONS FOR DARWIN JGA Concreting has stood the test of time, living up to their motto, ‘we don’t crack when it comes to concrete’. “My dad John, started this business over 45 years ago,” explained second generation Owner, George Alexopoulos. George joined his father in 2005, and today he’s the Sole Owner of JGA Concreting. George and his professional team of around 40 full time staff and 60 subcontractors are the Northern Territory’s leading concreting company, providing quality services to domestic, commercial, industrial, health and defence clients in the Darwin region. “Our people are the backbone of the company,” George continued. “Their quality workmanship and proficient workmanship ensures our solid reputation and trust within the Territory, guaranteeing our success.”

No matter the size of the job, they have the skills and expertise to ensure top quality results each time. “We can offer Darwin businesses and homes a concreting solution to their every need, from commercial, residential or suspended slabs, driveways, paths, stairs, high rise buildings,” added George. “We also specialise in a variety of different styles of concreting. We make sure the client gets exactly the look they’re after.”

The Northern Territory comes with a range of issues that southern companies don’t understand. The heat and humidity in the wet, and warm days and cool nights in the dry – only a true local company knows how to work in these conditions.

JGA Concreting projects include Parliament House, Casuarina Shopping Square, Casuarina Cinema, Robertson Barracks, NACC Tindal R8000, Skycity Resort, Hastings on Mindil, Inpex TMP1 and Building 1, Darwin Airport Terminal Extension, Gateway Shopping Centre, Palmerston Police Station and many more. They’ve created a solid foundation for Darwin and its future.

JGA Concreting utilises concrete that will stand the test of time. They deliver quality on all aspects of their concrete work, from preparation and supply to pouring, placement and finishing.

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BRISBANE SKYTOWER Billbergia / AMP Capital







BEYOND THE SKIES DEVELOPER : Billbergia and AMP Capital MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hutchinson Builders ARCHITECT : Noel Robinson Architects; and Nettleton Tribe (Documentation) STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Bonacci Group CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $1 billion

Brisbane Skytower is Australia’s single largest residential building with 1,141 one, two and three bedroom and penthouse luxury apartments. Featuring amazing views over Moreton Bay, the Glasshouse Mountains and the Brisbane CBD, world class amenities such as gyms, steam rooms, and the southern hemisphere’s highest pool, Brisbane Skytower is a residential experience never before offered. Soaring 274.3m high, the 90-storey Brisbane Skytower is the tallest residential tower in the Queensland and another premium development by multi-awardwinning Billbergia Group. The iconic structure in Brisbane’s CBD, not only offers 1,141 luxurious, self-contained apartments with stunning, awe inspiring views, world class resort style amenities, and the southern hemisphere’s highest infinity pool at the tower’s crown, its grand architecture is a remarkable statement in Brisbane’s growing contemporary skyline. “Skytower also sets a benchmark for innovative construction. Its elegant triangular design, curved corners, curtain wall façade and the central core, is articulated in three distinct sections that sit one on top of the other to break up the building’s overall mass,” said Billbergia’s Project Director, Bill McGarry. “The unique architectural shape has been designed to reduce wind loading and vortex shedding, negating the need for any mass dampening devices at the top of the building to reduce sway.” Skytower’s internal configuration is designed with four separate residential zones, each with its own independent lifts, lobbies and recreational deck incorporating gyms, pools, BBQ areas and steam rooms. Apartments range from one to four bedrooms and luxurious four bedroom 2-level penthouses, with 10 levels of basement parking.

planning, design, financing, construction and sales and marketing. “Brisbane Skytower’s development is the culmination of more than seven years of detailed planning and negotiation for the strategically located CBD site adjacent to the City Botanic Gardens,” said Bill. “The architectural form is underpinned by our philosophy of design excellence and innovation to deliver an awe inspiring and uniquely identifiable landmark that positions Brisbane as a modern new world city.” The ground plane enriches the streetscape with a dramatic curved awning that creates a bold entry statement to a grand 5m high residential entry area, landscaping and a new pedestrian laneway connecting Margaret and Mary Streets, activating a long-underutilised part of the city. The project has also delivered Brisbane’s first building to be approved in a vertically staged manner. Given the lack of precedence for vertical staging, the development team negotiated the programmed stages with Brisbane City Council. “Constructing the tower in separate stages one on top of the other, allowed progressive completion dates with the financial settlement

of apartments on the lower levels from as early as mid-2017 enabling reductions in peak debt,” said Bill. “Settlement proceeds were applied to construction financing for subsequent stages and by mid-2018 more than half of the building was occupied, freeing up capital to complete final stages along with the platinum penthouse stage, to be released before the end of 2019. Brisbane Skytower has made a significant contribution to creating a vibrant new residential community in Brisbane’s CBD.” Billbergia conducts business across every stage of the property life cycle from investment management, acquisition, development management, planning and design to construction, project marketing and sales. In creating Brisbane Skytower, Billbergia hope that the residents appreciate all of the thoughtful extras that make a Billbergia property unique and life more enjoyable. Over 25,000 people live in Billbergia communities, and a further 25,000 will move in over the next decade. For more information contact Billbergia, 25 Angas Street, Meadowbank NSW 2114, phone 02 8878 6900, email info@billbergia., website or

A family owned development company based in Sydney with a 31-year successful history in creating communities, Billbergia acquired the Skytower site in 2010 in conjunction with AMP Capital. Early site works commenced on the $1 billion development in 2013 with construction of the tower beginning in mid-2015. The site reached its maximum height in early 2019. Billbergia has managed the entire development process through all phases of 58






Below Infinity Constructions QLD supplied and operated OM Formwork Jump System at Brisbane Skytower.

All good quality development outcomes begin with a sound structure and the formwork company’s constructive performance. With over 25 years experience across many major landmark commercial projects, Hutchinson Builders chose Infinity Constructions QLD’s (ICQ) for the formwork requirements for their 274m (898 ft) Brisbane Skytower project. As the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, the new state-of-the-art Brisbane Skytower sets a new benchmark in design. “Successful project outcomes never occur by good fortune or chance,” said ICQ Managing Director, Hugh Owen. “Our company was established by experienced, talented, like minded individuals. Together with our clients we continually develop new formwork innovations to deliver successful structural project outcomes.”

the pre-agreed structural outcomes delivering a four/five day floor cycle/turnaround throughout that offered our clients added value and certainty.” Consistently setting new formwork benchmarks, the ICQ inhouse multi-faceted, experienced and skilled team provide only the best commercial formwork available. They specialise in providing their formwork jump system, and formwork methodology’s to developers and Tier 1 builders for high rise projects. Based in South-East Queensland, ICQ continually implements and develops new and innovative structural construction systems that add safety, value and faster delivery.

Since February 2016, over 40 of the expert ICQ team have supplied and operated OM Formwork Jump System at Brisbane Skytower.

Other projects that ICQ are currently working on include Ocean Apartments Surfers Paradise for Meriton, 300 George Street, ‘The One Tower’ Brisbane and Queens Wharf Tower 4 for Multiplex, and Star Casino and 272 Hedges Avenue on the Gold Coast for Hutchinson Builders.

“This system included all vertical structural elements, along with structural floors within the 91st floor of Skytower,” Hugh continued. “I can proudly say our professional, well honed team maintained

For more information contact Infinity Constructions QLD, 3/191 Sandy Creek Road, Yatala QLD 4207, phone 07 3287 2724, email info@, website




Below Rowles Time Management (RTM) provided specialised construction programming, planning and scheduling for the Brisbane Skytower.

In all projects time is money and to ensure successful delivery, experience counts for everything. For 34 years Rowles Time Management (RTM) has specialised in construction programming, planning and scheduling on some of Australia’s most significant building projects, including Brisbane Skytower for Hutchinson Builders. “From inception through to project completion of this iconic building, our extensively experienced and diverse RTM team provided the tender, detailed, target and trade resourcing programmes, and ongoing programme status updates and monitoring,” said RTM Director, Richard Rowles. “Coming from a variety of building industry backgrounds is what sets our team apart. We are well known for our outstanding performance working with a wide variety of clients across all sectors of the Construction Industry.” RTM’s services ensure a clear way forward for the procurement and construction of a project through detailed planning, programming, prioritising, managing and monitoring of all elements of a project. RTM work with building contractors and subcontractors, developers, project managers, architects, lawyers, financial institutions, and various Federal, State & Local Government Departments on a broad range of projects varying in scale and complexity. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

At 90-storeys, Skytower’s construction had its challenges. “A tailor made all encompassing and versatile self-climbing jump form system was used to construct all vertical elements of the Tower enabling completion of a structural floor cycle every week and often faster,” Richard added. “It was imperative that the building façade and internal finishes ‘cycled’ at the same pace as the Structure. Connecting the Façade installation with the self climbing structural system provided the necessary link that would drag the rest of the project along for the ride. To complete the process required detailed planning and heavy monitoring of onsite progress and resources. For many projects it is the early planning and detailed programming in relation to site set up and construction methodology that ultimately determines the success of the project.” RTM is also working on the Herston Quarter Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre, New Performing Arts Venue at South Bank, University of the Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay Campus Foundation Building, Kiamal Solar Farm at Mildura (VIC), Manunda Place in Darwin, and the North Queensland Stadium in Townsville. For more information contact Rowles Time Management, phone 07 3846 2922, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE BRISBANE SKYTOWER


Below Planet Plumbing QLD completed all the hydraulic services, design and construction for Brisbane Skytower.

Planet Plumbing QLD have a proven track record in delivering specialised hydraulic solutions to prestigious projects and were subsequently chosen for Brisbane’s 90-storey Skytower project.

construction projects and market sectors, Planet Plumbing QLD are capable of delivering high quality hydraulic solutions on any type of development, both private and public.

“Our scope of works for Skytower included all the hydraulic services, design and construction for the iconic building,” said Project Manager, Travis Walkley. “Thirty of our skilled, professionally qualified and knowledgeable team also planned and installed all the plumbing, drainage, syphonics, gas, hot and cold water, pumps, tanks, grates, and other equipment.”

“While our work speaks for itself, our greatest strength is the solid client and supplier relationships we’ve built over the years, whilst maintaining open lines of communication from concept to completion and beyond,” Travis added. “With dedicated offices throughout Australia’s East Coast and numerous Tier 1 contracts across the country, we can confidently tailor a solution for your project’s needs.”

Proudly Australian owned, Planet Plumbing QLD’s certified quality management system ensures the highest quality workmanship, at every stage of the process, delivering exceptional and unprecedented results.

Recent projects in Planet Plumbing QLD’s portfolio include Brisbane One, 900 Ann Street and Ivy and Eve in Brisbane.

A ‘No problems only solutions’ attitude, a great team, innovative solutions, value management, cost effectiveness and passion, has been the company’s key to success and has built the firms reputation over the past 25 years. With a solid track record, numerous successful partnerships on Tier 1 developments, and their extensive experience across a range of 62


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Below Embelton completed the impressive acoustic engineering for the pools, gym areas and apartments throughout the tower.

When Embelton is involved in a development you know you have the best flooring, acoustics, and noise and vibration isolation available in your building. Renowned for their outstanding design, supply and installation, Embelton work with leading acoustical consultants, structural design engineers, architects, builders and installers to ensure perfection, just as they did at Brisbane Skytower.

flooring including custom made Scotia and other trim accessories for apartments on Level 25 to 80, and Australian Spotted Gum timber flooring in the penthouses from Level 80 to 83. In total 4,900m2 of Australian species flooring was supplied,” Rajeev explained. “We also provided isolation of plantroom spring riser supports and chiller plinth isolation solutions.”

“We worked with NRA Collaborative and Renzo Tonin Acoustic Consultants in the design/conception stages to define the project parameters, then with the Hutchinson Builders, Acoustic Logic and ADG Structural Engineers in Brisbane to refine the design to meet budget and client expectations,” said General Manager of Engineering, Rajeev Nand.

With a reputation for delivering quality products, service and expertise, Embelton offers a unique capability for their clients from design inception to finished installation and completion. As a result, Embelton’s product portfolio showcases many significant projects across Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Brisbane Skytower was a massive undertaking in terms of acoustic engineering. Not only does the tower contain 1,138 luxury one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and penthouses, the development features Australia’s highest infinity pool, plus two additional swimming pools, multiple recreation decks and a fully equipped gym. “The pool isolation on Levels 40, 66 and 89 has five layer rubber pads. The gym on Level 40 has floor isolation systems, as does the Blackbutt WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Headquartered in Melbourne, Embelton employs over 100 permanent staff along with hundreds of contractors across three countries and seven capital cities.

For more information contact Embelton, 147 Bakers Road, Coburg VIC 3058, phone 03 9353 4811, fax 03 9353 4855, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE BRISBANE SKYTOWER


Even the chosen kitchen appliances are the worlds’ best in Brisbane’s luxurious, iconic, landmark building: Brisbane Skytower. Offering stunning views of Brisbane, the towering Brisbane Skytower delivers an unprecedented level of sophistication for residents. With an infinity pool, onsite gym, and an incredible attention to detail for that personal touch, the development sets a new benchmark in luxury apartments. The 48 Skytower Penthouses were fitted out with products from the world’s luxury brand of home appliances – Gaggenau. “Gaggenau design is avant-garde yet timeless” says Olya Yemchenko, Brand Communications Manager Gaggenau and Commercial “We skilfully hand build our pieces using the finest materials because that is how you create something that will last.”

Being over 300 years old, Gaggenau enable and inspire with appliances that are extraordinary in both performance and appearance

Being over 300 years old, Gaggenau enable and inspire with appliances that are extraordinary in both performance and appearance. The selected built-in Gaggenau 200 series metallic ovens and compact appliances offer professional results in a private setting. The complimenting “Vario 200 series cooktops were chosen for their flexibility to create a bespoke cooking solution,” said Richard Woodmason, Regional Commercial Manager. The penthouses have different floorplans, cleverly configured to make the best use of the space and the views of the city from almost 270m above ground – making them the highest residential penthouses in Australia. The kitchens are completed with the Gaggenau 200 series integrated dishwashers that succeed in making life easier. Gaggenau home appliances can be found in a number of luxury developments in Queensland such as Virtuoso by Stockwell, Banc Living by Ideal Property Australia and Zahra by Spyre Group. Gaggenau is the perfect partner for developers looking to differentiate themselves in the market and looking for luxury home appliances to match their luxury apartments. For more information contact Gaggenau, 1555 Centre Road, Clayton VIC 3168, phone 1300 170 552, website

Below Navaska designed and implemented Australia’s largest water cooled VRF installation for Brisbane Skytower.

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Navaska are a privately owned award-winning HVAC&R contractor providing high end design, installation and support services to a comprehensive portfolio of construction, commercial and industrial customers across South East and Central Queensland. “We’ve proudly delivered a number of landmark Queensland projects in partnership with Hutchinson Builders, including Skytower, The Fantauzzo hotel, and the acclaimed Howard Smith Wharves Precinct,” said Navaska’s Managing Director, Ross McLennan. “The latter has the world’s most comprehensively integrated Mitsubishi Electric VRF, DX, Chiller and BMS solutions.” Multiple Mitsubishi Electric City-Multi heat recovery water cooled VRF systems with centralised CW systems and horizontal discharge cooling towers were used for Skytower. “This design provided the client with a compact and discreet installation that maximised available floor space for the developer and apartment owners allowing for efficient transfer of energy between apartments without the need for wasteful rejection of energy to atmosphere.” “To meet the needs of the project’s dynamic four day jump schedule, our team provided innovative pre-assembly solutions reducing time WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and refuse onsite,” Ross added. “These offsite initiatives, use of Revit and Trimble guided precast in-slab hanging solutions ensured successful delivery of mechanical services across the project. Apartment owners also benefit from a design that minimises the use of refrigerants, while delivering high COP’s with considerable savings in operating costs.” Navaska has an inhouse team of engineers, draftsman, mechanical plumbers, sheetmetal workers, electricians, service technicians, apprentices and a local group of specialist supplier and subcontract partners. Their capability covers the design, installation and support of both chilled water and refrigerant cooling mediums, specialising in water cooled VRF and complex cooling. Navaska have a solution to suit your next project, be it a water cooled VRF, or a chilled water solution, commercial air conditioning project, or a turn-key industrial ammonia refrigeration system. Navaska a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dealer, and 2019/2017 Mitsubishi Electric Australia City Multi VRF National Dealer Award winner. For more information contact Navaska, phone 07 3890 2633, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE BRISBANE SKYTOWER


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SMARTER, BRIGHTER, BETTER DEVELOPER : Scape Australia Management Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hindmarsh Construction ARCHITECT : Plus Architecture CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $79 million

Designed for more than 700 students, Scape Toowong is situated just 4km from Brisbane CBD and 2.5km from the University of Queensland St Lucia campus. The project includes eight room types, private study areas, a large rooftop recreation deck with outdoor kitchen, BBQ area, gym and 350 bicycle spaces. United Kingdom originated Developer, Scape is a leading provider of student accommodation with developments in Britain, Ireland and across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The $79 million Scape Toowong represents a collaboration between Scape and construction company Hindmarsh, supporting Brisbane City Council’s determination to make Brisbane an international education and student accommodation centre. Scape commenced work on Scape Toowong, a purpose built student accommodation building in August 2017. The 18-storey tower provides 750-beds within a mix of room types. There are private study areas and large communal spaces that include shared kitchen and dining room, gym, laundry and outdoor cinema. A large rooftop recreation deck is available with outdoor kitchen and BBQ areas, with landscaping at the Coronation Drive enhances the entrance and large reception area. Scape Development Director, Gary Eckersall explained, “We had Development Manager, Mark Surtees, and me, in the development team, as well as members of the investment management, operations and finance teams working on the project. At mobilisation of the project we had around 10 full time Scape staff, supported by a team of consultants, working on planning, project management and operational start up.”

As well as close neighbours, there was also a large car park to the rear, along one side of the building. Deliveries and crane work had to be managed meticulously so as to avoid over sailing the adjacent site. These challenges determined the ‘no scaffold’ construction methodology that Scape used for the development. “It is common for especially large or tall buildings to be delivered as separable portions, allowing access to completed areas while the builders still operate on other floors. It was not the original intention for the Scape Toowong building to be delivered in separable portions, however, the early completion of the communal areas on the ground and 1st floors, and residential Levels 2 through to 8, meant we had the opportunity to open the building to residents in time for the start of the academic year,” said Gary. Scape provides modern, well designed student accommodation, creating security and freedom in their buildings for student life. They also provide monthly talks, workshops and events to support the student lifestyle. In 2012, Scape opened their first building in London’s Mile End. Today they have over 4,200 beds in operation or development in the United Kingdom. Scape are ready to launch over 20,000 beds in the United

States over the next five years, starting in Boston which will become Scape’s American headquarters. Plans are to invest $1 billion for five buildings, the first to house 600 students. Currently, Scape is involved in the largest development they have undertaken, the tallest student accommodation building in the world at 99 Franklin Street, Melbourne. The $300 million project will comprise a 60-storey tower of 740 student beds, 146 city living units, retail space and more than 10,500m² of commercial space to encourage student/business interaction. A block away is the recently completed $106 million Scape at Swanston Street, a 46-levels and roof plant (48-levels above ground in total) with 753 beds. Scape currently houses over 2,300 students in Australia, with a pipeline for another 6,000 beds to be delivered in the next five years. “Scape is also currently delivering two projects near Redfern and Darlington in Sydney as well as another five in planning near the University of New South Wales. In the pipeline are a further three developments in and around the Melbourne CBD,” said Gary. For more information contact Scape, 611 Coronation Drive, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 03 9977 8088, email, website

“The biggest challenge we encountered was building on Coronation Drive, a main road to Brisbane’s city centre,” said Gary. “We were restricted by council on road closures, so the construction management plan had to allow for deliveries and craneage to occur on site. To overcome this we designed the construction process to ensure that we had minimal impact on Coronation Drive. This plan manifested a further challenge – a constrained construction site.” 68






PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE For over 50 years, Donald Cant Watts Corke has been providing cost management, project management and advisory services on projects across Australia. Their teams focus on providing surety and delivery of projects within budget and agreed timelines. In July 2017, Donald Cant Watts Corke was contracted to provide project management and superintendent services for the construction of the student accommodation tower, Scape Toowong. “Donald Cant Watts Corke were our go-to construction Superintendents for Scape Swanston and Scape South Bank as well as Scape Toowong,” said Scape’s Development Director, Gary Eckersall.

“In our role, we ensured that all parties carried out their contractual responsibilities,” said Bill. “We certified monthly progress claims, variations and extensions of time, and ensured that completion and handover was achieved through an orderly process with minimal defects.” “We had a tight programme resulting from a protracted tender period and an immovable completion date,” said Bill. “Managing early occupancy, with specific areas handed over up to Level 12 enabled the building to operate whilst the remaining areas were finalised. Early occupation allowed Scape to honour their confirmed guest bookings.”

Providing 743 beds, Scape Toowong is an 18-storey concrete structure finished with glazing and exposed off-form concrete panels. Parts of the project were completed before full practical completion which allowed for early occupation of a portion of the building.

“Meeting the programme was the greatest challenge,” said Adrian. “We had to monitor the building progress strictly to meet the specified end date and had regular meetings to oversee the project. We certified Separable Portions to enable Scape to commission and commence operations whilst the remaining construction work was completed.”

Bill Douglas, Managing Director for the Queensland office, acted as Superintendent, with Adrian Fisher in the role of Project Manager and Superintendent’s Representative.

“We’re a national organisation with offices in all major cities,” said Marketing Team Manager, Robert Amenta. “This allows us to pool our resources and share our knowledge, insights and




construction experience across all offices for the benefit of all our national clients.” Donald Cant Watts Corke is a multi-disciplinary firm with staff that provide specialist knowledge, with qualifications in a spectrum of disciplines including engineering, architecture, health planning, quantity surveying and project management. Their professional team is able to advise and assist with technical issues and construction and contractual challenges to enable clients to better understand and manage their risks. Leveraging the experience gained on Scape Toowong, and Brisbane’s requirement for more student accommodation, Donald Cant Watts Corke are currently working on the Student Accommodation project at Archer Street, Toowong. With its proximity to the city, transport links and access to local education facilities, Toowong is in an ideal position to provide student accommodation. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Donald Cant Watts Corke’s Brisbane office has provided cost management services to QUT on the recently completed $62 million Education Precinct building. The Precinct provides contemporary, flexible, technology equipped teaching spaces, and a large LED globe sphere centrepiece suspended over two floors which is complemented by a 4.8m wide interactive digital wall screen. With offices across the country Donald Cant Watts Corke have assisted clients with similar student accommodation and tertiary sector projects including the University of Melbourne’s $100 million Western Edge Biosciences (WEBS) building, Journal Uni Place (VIC) and The Boulevard Student Accommodation (WA)

For more information contact Donald Cant Watts Corke, Level 11, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3049 7000, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE SCAPE TOOWONG


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UTS Central is a striking, 17-storey, glass encased building which includes the new UTS Library, Hive Superlab, and three large high-tech collaborative theatres. The double helix staircase provides an architectural focal point while providing access to the administrative and research spaces, reading room and learning commons. Futuristic and luminescent, UTS Central is 10-storeys of glass, stacked and twisted, above a 5-level podium and 2-levels underground. It’s another stunning addition to the collection of architectural marvels that create the UTS campus: the ‘paper bag look’ Dr Chau Chak Wing Building and the split aluminium plate façade of the Faculty Engineering and IT Building. UTS Central adds its contemporary presence to the streetscape of Broadway along with the tall 1960s UTS Tower and One Central Park across the road. The new building holds a library, learning commons and reading rooms, a Hive Superlab, three large high-tech collaborative theatres, administration rooms, student hub and food court. Inside is a triple height atrium as well as terraces and gardens on a number of levels. Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC) was engaged as managing contractor for the UTS Central project, which included a 12 month pre-construction phase starting in May 2015. RCC developed the design and construction methodology and carried out investigations on the existing structure and services. The construction phase began in July 2016 with design documentation reviewed to improve buildability. “We put in additional columns to reduce beam depths; we reduced façade glazing panel sizes to ensure they could be manufactured, transported and installed more efficiently, we made sure there was a strategy for future replacement if required,” said Project Director, Rob Lake. “The major challenge of the build was balancing the design outcomes requested by the architect within the budget parameters set by UTS as well as our own tight construction programme.” There was some very complex geometry with different façade types, a quantity of curved elements including the glass and aluminium, and many bespoke or oversized elements. “We had to untangle over 40 years of planned and unplanned growth within the university. Diverting and relocating the essential services found within Building 2 involved some complex procedures,” explained Rob. RCC utilised innovative construction methodologies to mitigate programme WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

constraints. Lift core construction and demolition of Building 2 occurred concurrently, and temporary columns and beams were built, as well as strengthening some existing columns, in order to remove sections of the existing structure. “We developed bespoke edge protection and formwork systems as a result of the curved, twisting and cantilevered structure, which rendered traditional methods both time and cost prohibitive,” said Rob. UTS Central is targeting a 5 Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating and has BMS to monitor and control the internal environment. Recyclabed water, supplied by nearby One Central Park, is used for toilets and irrigation. A showpiece is the intertwining double helix stairway, in the form of the DNA strand, made from steel and curved glass. The stairs were fabricated in individual 8 tonne sections, delivered to site, welded and painted in place. “The UTS Central project is a landmark development for UTS and for Sydney. The complexity of the development and it’s delivery in an operational campus has made it an exciting milestone for the team. Delivery of tertiary education and student accommodation facilities in live environments has been a large part of our portfolio in the last few years. We have completed developments or are currently on site at the University of Technology Sydney, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong,” said Rob. RCC is a private, family owned company that has been building for government and private clients since 1976. “Our people’s depth of experience enables the company to deliver around 50 projects at any one time across all major industry sectors,” said Rob. For more information Richard Crookes Constructions, Level 3, 4 Broadcast Way, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9902 4700, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE UTS CENTRAL





Below Permasteelisa Group installed their mfree-SCCF, a moisture-free sustainable closed cavity façade to UTS Central.

Permasteelisa Group is a worldwide leading Contractor in the engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems. Permasteelisa Group specialises in the production of environmentally sustainable façade systems for complex forms such as the spectacular and unique structure of UTS Central. In early 2016, Permasteelisa Group started concept design discussions with the University of Technology Sydney and Richard Crookes Constructions to create a high performance façade system. The next step was the preparation of tender drawings and Permasteelisa Group were awarded the contract in early March 2017. Over the next six months, the bulk of the design and engineering process was done with assistance from Permasteelisa’s European and Chinese Offices led by the design and engineering team here in Sydney. For UTS Central, Permasteelisa Group provided a turnkey façade package which included the design, engineering, procurement, manufacture, supply and installation of the semi-unitised curtain wall façade from Level 4 to the roof, all soffits of solid aluminium sheets as well as ledges to floor slabs for the 17-storey tower. Permasteelisa Group also produced a glazed fixed louvre system to the Wintergardens as

well as 6m tall glazed panels and structural steel support columns for the roof terrace. The glazing panels installed on the façade of UTS Central are a Permasteelisa Group design, the mfree-SCCF a moisture-free sustainable closed cavity façade. The Permasteelisa’s proprietary CCF system allows a façade depth of only 225mm as well as contributing to a reduction in energy consumption, producing a sustainable glazed façade. The panels for UTS Central consist of an outer curved glass skin, a closed cavity with automated blinds controlled by the Permasteelisa Blind Control System (BCS) and double glazing to it’s inner surface. “The automated blind system is controlled by Permasteelisa’s BlindTech (BCS) which is connected at a high level, to the Building Management System (BMS). This system manages the thermal and solar loading requirements of the building,” said head of Sales and Estimating, Kumaresh Thanapalan. “The closed cavity also provides excellent acoustic properties.” UTS Central is Permasteelisa Group’s third project in Australia where Permasteelisa has installed this technology. However UTS Central is the first where a curved glass skin was used. Designing the panels for the façade was challenging due to the curve of the glazing as well as the overall geometry of the building.

The 1,034 glazing panels of various derivatives and configurations were manufactured in Permasteelisa Group’s production facility in Thailand. “It’s good for Permasteelisa Group to have a direct presence overseas,” continued Kumaresh, “We are able to oversee the whole process from concept design, through manufacturing and on to final installation.” In fact Permasteelisa Group has a total of 10 manufacturing plants across Europe, Asia and America with 50 offices in 30 countries employing 5,000 staff. Over a quarter of that number are involved in design and engineering. In Australia, Permasteelisa Group employs 60 at their office in Chipping Norton with successful projects including 200 George Street (EY Centre) where they installed 20,000m² of mfree-SCCF glazing to the tower. Also at 100 Mount Street, North Sydney, Permasteelisa Group’s 17,000m² of mfree-SCCF façade contributed to the 37-storey building achieving a 5 Star Green Star Design and AsBuilt rating as well as a 5 Star NABERS rating. Permasteelisa is constantly involved in sophisticated architectural envelopes, such as the award winning Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Completed in 1997 using 36,000m² of titanium sheets. Currently Permasteelisa in Australia is working on The Ribbon project at Darling Harbour another free form structure. Permasteelisa Group has a research and development division constantly working for future environmental and structural solutions to improve and innovate. These innovations include among others the mfree-SCCF system and the Blast Resistant façade technology. “We hope to design glazed panels and fixings that will reduce the radius of damage created by explosions and minimise the spread of shattered materials,” said Kumaresh. For more information contact Permasteelisa Group, 13-15 Governor Macquarie Drive, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, phone 02 9755 1788, email com, website







Below erbas™ provided master planning and design services for the hydraulics and fire services for UTS Central.

erbas™ is a leading engineering company specialising in providing designed and engineered building services including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire and ESD services. In early 2016, Director, Michael Slatter, along with the senior design team started work on the contract for the hydraulic and fire services or UTS Central. erbas™ provided master planning and design services for the project. “The challenge involved the investigation of existing hydraulic and fire services. There was a large web of services already within the building. We carried out detailed early works and enabling works investigations to ensure a smooth transition connecting to new services,” said Michael. “Documentation of existing services to be retained, and those to be removed, was critical to a successful foundation for the project. Both hydraulic and fire services documentation were provided in 3D/Revit. The unique documentation for the ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) phases shaped what is a very successful delivery.” erbas™ have over 22 years experience in providing building services engineering and ESD solutions. Employing over 50 staff across multiple offices. erbas™ works across a range of sectors including WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

education, correctional, aged care, sports facilities, swim centers, residential and commercial sectors with some very diverse project involvements at Grafton Correctional Centre, Lindfield Learning Village and Gateway Residential. erbas™ recent successful completion of all services engineering for the Lindfield Learning Village faced similar challenges as the UTS Central project and were approached in much the same way as Michael Slatter explains. “The challenges at Lindfield were similar to UTS Central by including accurately surveying the existing services to determine the reutilisation strategy and replacement methodology.” erbas™ have a deep involvement in education and learning facilities in both private and public sectors. They are ever increasing value through early planning involvement and this can be seen through project success like UTS Central.

For more information contact erbas™, phone 02 9437 1022, email (general enquires), email (Michael) michael. website NSW PROJECT FEATURE UTS CENTRAL


Below G. James Facade Solutions designed, manufactured and installed the unique curving glass façades for the podium levels.

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G. James Facade Solutions provides design and engineering, manufacture and installation of commercial façades using a vast range of glass, aluminium, steel and stone products. In early 2017, G. James FS were awarded the D&C contract for the design, manufacture and installation of the unique curving glass façades of the podium levels (including skylights and cladding) at UTS Central. “The inhouse design team of engineers and drafters, spent over 12 months working on the design of the curving façades. Proudly fully manufactured in Australia with local materials and some imported glass and curved components. A team of 30 installed the façade across the podium levels,” explained Project Manager, Darshan Naik. “It was a challenging design, the building has seven different types of façades; glass walls, window wall, shop fronts, skylights and cladding. In terms of the glazing, the UTS building was the largest scale podium job carried out by G. James FS with the size and radii of curved panels that approach the limits of manufacturing capabilities.” The glass for UTS Central was entirely designed, engineered and manufactured in Brisbane. G. James FS worked with Nupress Group who supplied the S.S fittings for the spectacular façade. 80


Founded 1917, G. James FS employs 2,500 in offices and manufacturing facilities across Australia. They are a leading glass processor, aluminium curtain wall, window and door fabricator and contractor, supplying and installing for commercial projects as well as the residential and retail markets. The company produces fabricated components extruded aluminium profiles and castings as well as providing powder coating and anodising. G. James FS’ expertise in providing quality contemporary façades is further showcased on Broadway, Sydney with the screened aluminium façade of the UTS Engineering Building, the glass façade of One Central Park and the curved façades of Duo Central Park. Other recent bespoke projects by G. James FS include the Abian Tower by Sunland Group with a curving and warped curtain wall, 900 Ann Street and RNA K5 buildings in Brisbane.

For more information contact G. James Facade Solutions, 1084 Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm QLD 4009, phone 07 3877 2333, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Nupress Group manufactured a bespoke point fixed tension rod system for the Alumni Green façade at UTS Central.

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Nupress Group started work for UTS Central in late 2017, working with G. James Facade Solutions to assist with designing, and the manufacture of the stainless-steel tension rod structural glass façade systems for the podium buildings. “Our design team created a point fixed system using large custom spider fittings and a bespoke transom clevis system for the Broadway and Alumni Green, Jones Street façade’s,” explained BDM, Steven Ullness. “We worked in collaboration with G. James Facade Solutions to achieve a successful outcome, delivering a unique Australian structural glass project.” With the latest design, engineering and manufacturing knowledge Nupress produce state-of-the-art, custom components for the most demanding façade designs. They specialise in advanced manufacturing and precision machining offering overall façade design, engineering and manufacture of structural glass façade systems. Providing a turnkey solution to any structural glass façade, wall, roof and canopy project. The company focuses on expert collaboration to design, shop draw and manufacture parts for structural glass façades. As the designer and the manufacturer Nupress oversees the whole process of façade WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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development. The company’s world class manufacturing facilities and technology distinguishes the Nupress Group. Using the latest 3D solid modelling software to support architects, project managers and installers, and they also provide mechanical structural analysis, onsite technical assistance and support. Established in 1972, the Nupress Group has years of experience supplying high quality components, assemblies and engineering services across a range of sectors including, aerospace, defence, energy, mining, medical and general engineering projects. With their head office in Newcastle New South Wales, Nupress employs 50 staff across Australia and a specialist façades team based in North America, undertaking a range of work, including urban renewal projects such as the ‘Transbay’ transport hub in San Francisco and currently the design, engineering and fittings for the movable glass roof and façade systems for ‘Rams Stadium’ in Los Angeles.

For more information contact Nupress Group, 11 Nelson Road, Cardiff NSW 2285, phone 02 4903 9300, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE UTS CENTRAL


Below Brighton Australia supplied and fitted the internal plasterboard linings for walls and ceilings, and architectural finishes.

Brighton Australia is one of Australia’s leading subcontractors in the installation of architectural finishes for ceilings, walls and façades. Catering for the diverse needs of high end and progressive architectural design, no finish is too difficult for a company with a recent portfolio including Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Sydney Stadium, and eight stations on the Sydney Metro Northwest rail line.

bulkheads and timber stairs,” she added. “Working with our high level Brighton site project team, no challenge was too difficult.” The PEFC/FSC accredited Brighton Australia has completed over 250 projects across Australia over the last 20 years. The company works in the residential, commercial and retail sectors as well as education, health and transport. With a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Taren Point, Brighton Australia has the capacity and expertise to deliver on the most challenging and large scale projects, the largest being the 175,000m2 new Royal Adelaide Hospital project.

UTS Central presents another string to Brighton Australia’s bow. As one of the main subcontractors responsible for the architectural finishes on the project, Brighton Australia supplied and fitted internal and external linings for walls and ceilings in both podiums and the tower. This included plasterboard ceilings and partitions, acoustic tiles, timber linings, glazed partitions and doors, hermetic doors, curved glass, toilet partitions, FFE, fire curtains, raised floors, timber stairs, flooring and seating, operable walls, internal blinds, stainless steel reveals and aluminium soffits.

The company is continuing to deliver on high profile projects with current works including the Crown Casino and the Walsh Bay Precinct Redevelopment. With their dedicated team of professionals, Brighton Australia has the skills and expertise to deliver on the most difficult projects.

According to Contract Manager, Azra Purac, “The project presented extensive design and installation challenges, particularly for the curved elements including internal glass, aluminium soffits, wall panels,

For more information contact Brighton Australia, 65 The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216, phone 02 9599 6230, email admin@, website




Below Nilsen designed and installed the electrical, communications, audio visual and security systems for UTS Central.

Nilsen were engaged by Richard Crookes and University of Technology Sydney for the design and construction of the electrical, communications, audio visual and security systems for UTS Central Building. Works included the establishment of new high voltage chamber substation, main electrical infrastructure, internal and external lighting and power, structured communication Siemon Cat6a system, audio visual and access control and CCTV security systems.

services, and are a leading electro-technology company delivering design, installation, maintenance and electrical manufacturing services across Australia.

The installation is of an exceptionally high standard to meet the UTS design guidelines and specifications for the state-of-the-art technological and modern teaching facility. Nilsen applied value management and engineering to the design of the project to deliver the UTS with a high quality product with real value for money.

Other projects Nilsen have completed on the UTS campus included the comprehensive installation of electrical services for the spectacular Engineering building on Broadway in 2012 and at the 8-storey Science Building two years later.

“Nilsen started onsite in August 2017, with up to 100 electricians and technicians onsite during peak periods with an accelerated services installation schedule to meet the challenging building programme,� said Project Manager, Rob Dixon. Founded in 1916, Nilsen is a family owned business with offices in all states, who specialise in quality design and engineering of electrical WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Nilsen offers sophisticated design engineering and strategic planning expertise to a range of industries that include commercial, health, education, data centers, infrastructure and resources as well as government contracts and defense.

In 2016, Nilsen completed the five year project of electrical installations for Adelaide Hospital. The $200 million contract included the installation of a vast array of electrical and data services including the nurse call and backup generator systems. For more information contact Nilsen, Unit 26/38 South Street, Rydalmere NSW 2116, phone 02 9898 9355, email NilsenNSW@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE UTS CENTRAL


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RETIREMENT MADE EASY The Nelsons Grove Retirement Village project includes two impressive buildings comprising 72 spacious and open plan 1 and 2 bedroom independent living units over 3-levels with club house, salon, heated pool, double glazed windows, 24 hour emergency call system, landscaping, and secure parking designed to enhance belonging and wellbeing. Situated alongside the stunningly beautiful Nelsons Ridge and between Cumberland and Fox Hills golf courses in Western Sydney, Nelsons Grove offers a range of elegantly appointed apartments, along with two and three bedroom villas and stylish homes. The project boasts designer bathrooms and kitchens, with relaxing recreational spaces in a safe, secure community. The development is not just residential, the focus is on providing a mixed use neighbourhood. The development offers convenient luxury living with a variety of facilities and services that inspire relaxation and recreation. Residents are able to unwind in the indoor heated swimming pool, gym, and indoor bowls, as well as take advantage of the alfresco dining area, lounge, library, hairdressing salon, cinema room, a social community centre and a communal vegetable garden.



“Creating a strong sense of community for residents is paramount and an integral part of the PBS teams’ specialist approach to retirement living,” said Theo Magnisalis, PBS Building (NSW) Project Manager. “Our team of over 122 people across the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and New South Wales are all active participants in the communities in which we operate. Our core values are to inspire, innovate and deliver only the best outcomes for our clients across a diverse range of projects and regions throughout Australia. While we’re known for our ethics and performance externally, our internal culture of enjoyment, mateship and respect is what guides our teams in delivering valued solutions on time and budget for our client’s projects.” PBS Building are an industry leader across all project management, design and construction of residential, commercial, industrial, office,

retail, apartment, aged care and mixed use developments. For 30 years, the multi-award-winning company has provided quality workmanship with attention to detail. PBS began their national expansion in 1998 after winning the contract to build a large portion of homes and apartments in the Sydney Olympic Village at Newington. This project led to the opening of their Sydney office in 2000 and was followed by offices in Brisbane and Hervey Bay in Queensland. PBS have received over 70 national and state Master Builders Association, Housing Industry Association and Real Estate Institute Awards, the most recent being for The Botanica Residences in Brisbane’s CBD and the CBUS National High Rise Apartment Building for The Melbourne Residences in South Brisbane.

Australian Capital Territory. They are also working on the Lendlease Coastal Waters Retirement Village on the New South Wales’ South Coast, Narrabeen Independent Living Units for RSL Lifecare, 31 studio apartments at Carillon Avenue (Newtown), St George Community Housing at Nuwarra Road (Moorebank), and Elizabeth Drive (Liverpool), in New South Wales. “At PBS we are dedicated to buildings of excellence in environmental, health and safety practices and are regularly recognised by industry leading bodies including the Master Builders of Australia for our consistent delivery of quality, innovative building solutions,” said Theo. For more information contact PBS Building (NSW), 18/11-21 Underwood Road, Homebush NSW 2140, phone 02 9007 1800, website

PBS are working on a number of projects including the Belconnen Arts Centre Expansion for the ACT Government, Farrer Village – Goodwin and the Lendlease Narrabundah Retirement Village in the



KINGS OF CONCRETE (THE MAS EFFECT) Lasting developments are only as good as their foundations, and Mas Concrete is one of Sydney’s leading professional commercial and residential concrete specialists, with more than 30 years of industry experience. The company took a considered approach to Nelsons Grove’s 72 dwellings and mixed use commercial/retail areas. “All concreting, especially in commercial or large residential developments requires higher durability and strength, so the floor is capable of withstanding heavier or more traffic than normal residential environments,” said Director, Dominic Mastrantuoni. “Up to 60 of our highly skilled and experienced staff undertook all the formwork, reinforcement, concrete placement, finishing and concrete

pumping for the structure, columns, basements, driveways and footpaths, following all safety measures precisely. They completed all works on the project on time and within budget. Our advanced techniques and equipment enable us to provide the most reliable concreting services for this setting and others, no matter how big or small the project is.” Based in Balmain, Mas Concrete builds footings and foundations, slabs, suspended floors – in situ and with precast elements, and lays slabs for factories and warehouses. The company also supplies steel and steel fixing services and offer project management, excavation and earthworks, retaining walls, supply and installation of formwork, paving and concrete finishing across a range of residential, commercial and industrial projects including high rise apartments, offices and warehouses. Mas Concrete also own a number of concrete pumps to accommodate a large number of projects They are currently working on several other aged care/retirement villages and affordable housing projects along with commercial buildings, factories and apartments around Sydney. “We work closely with architects, engineers, clients and contractors to understand and meet their varying requirements, deciding on the best quality product for each application, using precast or poured concrete, achieving a neatly finished surface,” advised Dominic. For more information contact Mas Concrete, PO Box 664, Five Dock NSW 2046, mobile 0411 186 661, email, website




KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE Since the establishment of Ellis Post Tension Pty Ltd in 2014, brothers Ben and Casey Ellis, with a combined experience of 20 years in the construction industry, have acquired experienced staff that provide their clients with a service that delivers a high degree of quality, integrity, honesty and reliability. The Nelsons Grove Retirement Village, provided Ellis Post Tension with the opportunity to undertake the post tension Design and Construct deliverable, where they could showcase their skills on the project with a high level of complexity. Cubitic Consulting were engaged to complete the design component of the slabs. The biggest challenge on the project was the size of the floor plates and the project delivery schedule. The Cubitic engineering team, led by Adnaan Mafawalla, Dr Michel Wasef and Sinisa Vujica, proposed the removal of the isolation detail to the shoring wall allowing for larger pours of the slabs. The design for serviceability is possibly the most difficult and least understood aspect of the design of concrete structures. The non-linear behaviour of concrete slabs that complicates serviceability calculations is due to cracking, tension stiffening, creep and restraint cracking. When considering the risk of restraint cracking caused by thermal movements in large area pours, Cubitic adopted the approach that WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

cracking will occur and controlled the cracking by reducing the crack widths. This allowed the project delivery team to deliver the structure in the most cost and time effective manner without compromising the structural integrity of the building. With Ellis Post Tension’s dedication and extensive knowledge in the post tension industry, the company have been fortunate to work alongside PBS Building on several projects to date. Currently, they are engaged on delivering projects for Meriton, Richard Crookes and PBS Building. For more information contact Ellis Post Tension Pty Ltd, 9/2 Stanton Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147, mobile (Casey) 0421 493 683, mobile (Ben) 0411 172 599, email, website or Cubitic mobile (Adnaan) 0433 257 566, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE NELSONS GROVE RETIREMENT VILLAGE





BRINGING DESIGNS TO LIFE Mulberry Construction Group were able to utilise the skill and reliability of their team to complete seamless bespoke carpentry for Nelsons Grove Retirement Village. The luxuriously appointed one, two and three bedroom apartments, villas and stylish homes, have all been finished with Mulberry’s attention to detail. Providing an extensive range of services, Mulberry installed the internal and external stair stringers for the development’s six, 4-storey stairwells, pencil round skirting boards and architraves for the 72-units, as well as bathroom accessories for 110 bathrooms and 26 powder rooms throughout the development, hallow core doors, and roof framing for the porches.

In addition, Mulberry were engaged in day labour hire to complete the project. “Our reliable carpenters are a true asset to any carpentry project. We can assist with a wide range of projects, and builders can hire them with confidence, knowing they work to the highest level of craftsmanship for which Mulberry is renowned. We also offer project management for those situations where an end-to-end service is required,” said Mulberry Director, Adrian Propoggia. As one of Sydney’s leading carpentry companies, Mulberry Construction Group has consistently delivered quality bespoke design solutions for residential and commercial developments, producing detailed, high quality finishes and sturdy workmanship that is designed to last a lifetime. “We thrive on jobs that challenge us, and have worked on some of Sydney’s most prestigious heritage, commercial and residential sites, including 128-units at Arkadia and 39-units at Waterloo,” Adrian said. Mulberry, don’t just build – they bring designs to life. They offer a broad range of services to their clients including site hoarding, setup, and amenities, as well as change rooms and temporary offices, internal and external commercial and domestic fitouts, sports floors, decks, pergolas, heritage works, wall, floor, roof and structural framing. For more information contact Mulberry Construction Group, 23/17-21 Henderson Street, Turrella NSW 2205, phone 02 9212 2268, email, website




HIP TO BE SQUARE The Green Square Town Centre project involved the creation of a world class village with multiple residential towers and extensive community facilities. Designing a unique and welcoming centre for the Green Square community, the development includes a new library, plaza, aquatic centre, childcare centre, parks, creative hub and over 30,000 new residential dwellings.

DEVELOPER : Bridgehill Group MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Westbourne Constructions ARCHITECT : SJB and Neeson Murcutt Architects CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $160 million

Green Square Town Centre is one of four precincts that make up Green Square, an old inner city industrial area stretched across a number of Sydney suburbs. The Sydney City Council has plans for this area to include residences and amenities for over 50,000 people by 2030. The Green Square Town Centre project involves the creation of a modern global village with multiple residential towers. The area is already serviced by public transport and community buildings at Green Square Town Centre include the aquatic and recreation centre, a community shed, a creative centre and a library within a plaza and parklands. Bridgehill purchased the 1.8 hectare ex-council depot site in 2014 for $90 million. The $160 million UNO and Jade developments comprise five buildings with retail tenancies at podium level and a total of 395 apartments. The complex is an important part of Green Square Town Centre urban development plan which allows for a potential GFA of 65,500m². 92


Architects, SJB completed the design for Uno, three buildings of 15, 11 and 9-storeys while Neeson Murcutt designed Jade, two 7-storey buildings. “The design challenge for today’s residential market is how to have traditional low density culture and community in a high density environment,” said Managing Director, Yibin Xu. “High density apartment living is a modern choice as well as a necessary change that is inevitable due to population growth. At UNO and Jade, we have created an environment that brings traditional Australian low density culture to the modern high density lifestyle.” Green Square Town Centre works as a city within a city with residential blocks set above landscaped gardens, shops and restaurants. Bridgehill is committed to projects that connect with the infrastructure of the city, consider the heritage of the area, and provide public amenities. “Most importantly for a developer, is to have good quality concepts and buildings,” said Yibin. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Bridgehill is an internationally accredited 5 Star property developer. In the past the company has provided 500 apartments a year, more than 1,800 in Sydney and has had success with their off the plan developments. Bridgehill has been well placed to take advantage of opportunities presented by the recent building boom in Sydney. Bridgehill has won many awards for their developments and UNO and Jade have already won international acclaim with 6 Asia Pacific Property Awards. The company also won the 2018 Asia Pacific Award Best Architecture, Multiple Residence Award for Esprit, 485-apartments at Mascot. At Esprit, glazed corridors with break out areas and seating, overlook gardens. These areas create an elevated street. “Every floor can have a street rather than a corridor,� said Yibin. Builder, Westbourne has worked extensively with Bridgehill. The two companies have become experts at the medium and high rise residential market working together on a string of successfully completed apartment developments around Sydney including the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

luxury units Azure and Monaco in Rhodes, also by SJB Architects. In 2016, Bridgehill won the MBA Housing Award for Monaco. Also in 2016, the company won the Urban Taskforce Award for Development Excellence for Adaptive Re-Use for Bridgehill Residences. Bridgehill converted the old 1980s commercial building to 129 luxury apartments, adding two floors, a rooftop terrace, high quality winter gardens and a sophisticated double glazed curtain wall skin. Recently, Bridgehill have acquired a 180 hectare site in Wollongong for an international town development. This development will transition the company from their role of property developer, to an integrated urban developer, engaged in architectural design and urban development. For more information contact Bridgehill, 7/3 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes NSW 2138, phone 02 8732 8600, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GREEN SQUARE TOWN CENTRE


Below Westbourne Constructions were the construction company responsible for bringing Green Square to fruition.

The UNO and Jade building development at Green Square continues Westbourne’s successful working relationship with the Bridgehill Group with this latest development, comprising 395 apartments over five buildings. Working collaboratively with the design competition winning architects SJB (UNO) and Neeson Murcutt (Jade), this development reflects innovation and creativity through its interesting articulation, striking façade materials and a selection of high quality one, two and three bedroom apartments all with generous private open space through the provision of balconies or private courtyards. The design is based on Bridgehill’s ‘courtyard pavilion’ concept where the individual residential apartments benefit from interaction with intimate courtyards and extensively landscaped rooftop gardens with stunning views of the city skyline. These buildings create a new benchmark for urban living and are already the winner of three international property design awards. The construction of the project was not without its challenges. Sited above an old brick pit, subsequently filled with uncontrolled fill and rubbish and with a high water table, the retention solution ultimately chosen was composite concrete and steel sheet piled wall and a foundation solution comprising of steel lined concrete piers socketed into rock some 20m below the surface. The in situ concrete ground slab averaged 600mm deep to counteract hydrostatic pressures. Above ground, all cores were constructed in situ and there was extensive use of precast concrete. Façade elements included the stylish use of zinc cladding, aluminium screens and glazing. Project Director for Westbourne, Andzej Pienkowski, said that the success of the project to a great extent depended on Westbourne being able to maintain the design concept while keeping within a tight project budget. “We maintain the architect’s intent and develop the design, rationalise it and make it practical” said Andrzej. This challenge needed the support of all stakeholders and it is to their great credit that this project was completed within the project budget without compromising cost or quality. 94

Westbourne were able to deliver the buildings to a tight project timeframe of 24 months which was achieved through rigorous programming, an eight day floor to floor cycle and an extensive offsite fabrication. Andrzej said that the number of workers onsite averaged around 280 and peaked at 450. Westbourne would like to acknowledge the fantastic efforts of their team, their suppliers and their contractors in achieving this milestone. Westbourne have been constructing apartments in Sydney for over 20 years and have developed a reputation for delivering quality award winning projects for a select number of clients. This is their fifth project for Bridgehill, having previously completed ‘Azure’ at Rhodes, ‘Monaco’ at Rhodes, ‘Bridgehill Residences’ at Milsons Point and ‘Esprit’ Mascot. All these projects are multiple award-winners. Westbourne also recently completed the 220 apartment ‘Veridian’ project at Kogarah which includes new club premises for Kogarah RSL. Current work in progress includes the high end 252 apartment with expansive commercial and retail tenancies ‘Esplanade Norwest’ project and the ‘Majestic Rouse Hill’ – being the first stage of over 700 apartments to be built adjacent to the new Tallawong Metro Station.

For more information contact Westbourne Constructions, Suite 23/12 Tryon Road, Lindfield NSW 2070, phone 02 9413 8442, email, website






Below Trimlite completed all the aluminium balustrade and fencing elements, including the vertical and glass balustrades.

Since being established in the 1970s, Trimlite has become a leader in the design, manufacture and installation of quality aluminium products, including fencing and balustrades. In April 2019, Trimlite were contacted to install the aluminium elements on three buildings at Green Square Town Centre. The company fit aluminium balustrades and glass balustrades on balconies on Buildings B and C and powder coated perforated aluminium sheet balustrades on 14-storey Building A. Trimlite also installed a glass and stainless steel rail balustrade on the rooftop of Building C and constructed fences and gates to the courtyard. “We modified the design specifications of the vertical aluminium components on the balustrade to make then lighter and more cost effective as well as being easier to manufacture and install,” said Owner, Mic Pilon. With up to 10 workers onsite at peak periods the job was completed by the end of June 2019. “It was a tight programme,” said Mic. “A quick ordering of materials and manufacture. With lots of work happening in the building industry it was a challenge finding the right skilled tradesmen for the installation.” 96


Trimlite have the capacity and experience to deliver on large scale projects with their 2,000m² manufacturing facility at Tuggerah. The company service a variety of sectors such as high rise apartment developments, resorts, schools, residential aged care and commercial projects across the Sydney metropolitan region through the Central Coast to Newcastle. Trimlite’s range of aluminium and glass products includes balcony balustrades, louvres and frameless glass. They also provide aluminium screens, slats and sunshades, fences, gates and outdoor furniture as well as pool and safety fencing. Trimlite work with a range of clients including developers, architects, builders and Government Departments. “We’ve worked with Westbourne and Bridgehill on Esprit apartments at Mascot and have recently started at The Esplanade at Norwest. We’ve also been working with Lendlease for the last 15 years fitting our aluminium products at their many retirement villages across New South Wales and Victoria,” said Mic. For more information contact Trimlite, 1/7 Enterprise Drive, Berkeley Vale NSW 2261, phone 02 4001 0150, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Dunrite Linings installed the Sculptform timber features as well as the Vitradual 3mm solid aluminium cladding.

Dunrite Linings is a linings and cladding contractor that specialises in all internal linings and external claddings including partitions and ceilings, acoustic and timber treatments and façade panels. Dunrite Linings installed internal and external Hebel panel walls, plasterboard partition linings and insulation as well as rigid board soffit linings on Green Square’s 14-storey Building A and 10-storey Building B. Dunrite Linings also fit Sculptform timber batten features to the walls and soffits throughout the job as well as solid aluminium façades. “We used Vitradual 3mm solid aluminium cladding for the façades,” said Project Manager, Ian Young. “We developed an onsite method for cutting and routing the solid panels to form the fully cassetted cladding system – quite a difficult process with the solid aluminium product. By removing the need for offsite CNC production, we were able to greatly reduce production and logistics lead times which allowed us to save nearly a month on program for Westbourne from their estimated completion date.” “With works proceeding up both buildings simultaneously, it was a demanding timeframe in which we were working at an extremely rapid WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

pace. Fortunately we worked very smoothly with Westbourne’s strong site team, which led to us to finishing our works ahead of schedule,” said Ian. “We also worked with Armature to design and install a spectacular 1,355 piece LED lighting system. It runs along the entry portal and the northern awning and looks amazing at night.” Dunrite Linings has over 30 years experience in the supply and installation of partitions, linings and cladding panels. They employ over 150 staff, including project managers, estimators, site foremen and tradesmen. Dunrite Linings provide quality work to the commercial, residential, hospitality and retail sectors with infrastructure projects that include North Sydney Station Upgrade, South-West Rail Link and other projects completed at airports, hospitals, schools and aged care facilities. Previous large scale projects for Dunrite Linings include fitouts for David Jones Elizabeth Street Refurbishment, the NSWRL Centre of Excellence, Narellan Town Centre and Roselands Shopping Centre Redevelopment. For more information contact Dunrite Linings, Unit 8, 36-38 Hume Highway, Lansvale NSW 2166, phone 02 9728 3393, fax 02 9726 6074, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GREEN SQUARE TOWN CENTRE


Green Square Town Centre, New South Wales




Below Garage Doors and More (Aust) manufactured and installed over 400 mesh security cages in the basements of the project.

Garage Doors and More (Aust) is a leading supplier and installer of steel and aluminium architectural products including garage doors, fencing, gates and steel security cages. For Green Square, Garage Doors and More manufactured, supplied and installed different size security cages for residents’ storage in the basement.

They fabricate custom made steel and aluminium specialty doors for security and ventilation, for shared basement car parking along with all remote control motors and units. Garage Doors and More (Aust) also make fencing, sliding and swinging gates, fire shutters and bike racks.

“We worked on five buildings over two basements,” said Director, Abdul-Karim Bazzi. “We installed over 400 steel mesh security cages, of different sizes, over two underground levels. It’s a big development and Westbourne ran it well. It went smoothly for us throughout the whole project.”

“We specialise in fitting welded mesh security cages and partitions,” said Abdul-Karim, “Our cages are all made from heavy gauge steel that is welded and galvanised to produce a quality product.”

The staff at Garage Doors and More (Aust) have over 50 years combined experience fabricating and installing their steel products all over Sydney as well as Wollongong, Gosford and the Blue Mountains area. The company work across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors focusing on fitting security cages to larger scale residential apartment developments. At their 1,200m² factory in Milperra, Garage Doors and More (Aust) manufacture jamb or track type garage doors and Colourbond steel sectional and roller doors that come in a variety of colours. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Garage Doors and More (Aust) recently completed a large job at Penrith for St Hilliers supplying and installing over 500 security cages in the basement of a residential apartment complex. Garage Doors and More (Aust) also carry out domestic jobs and provide follow up service with repairs and spare parts and an online parts store.

For more information contact Garage Doors and More (Aust), Unit 1/3137 Ashford Avenue, Milperra NSW 2214, phone 1300 043 262, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GREEN SQUARE TOWN CENTRE


Below MAC Windows fitted all of the glass windows across all five buildings of the Green Square development.

MAC Windows are specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of commercial quality aluminium doors and windows. Their expertise was utilised at Green Square, where MAC Windows supplied and fit all the glass windows across all five buildings, including for the façades, balcony balustrades and glass doors. In mid-2017, Owner Andrew Micos and his team started the design and shop drawings for the manufacture of doors and glazing units. MAC Windows commenced manufacture in their 1,000m² facility at Matraville ready for a team of 20 installers to begin onsite in March 2018. “The north elevation of the tallest building was a challenging design that included the integration of glazed balustrades and feature fins into the window wall,” said Andrew. Andrew has 35 years experience in the glazing industry and established MAC Windows five years ago. MAC Windows evolved from Micos Aluminium Industries started by Andrew’s father and brothers who supplied and installed windows for the MLC Centre. The products offered by MAC Windows include sliding and stacking, hinged and pivot aluminium framed doors, bi-folds and frameless glass. They have a range of sliding, awning and casement windows, 100 NSW PROJECT FEATURE GREEN SQUARE TOWN CENTRE

louvres and bi-folds, as well as installing window walls and framed shop fronts. Recently MAC Windows introduced a domestic line of glazing products to service low rise home renovators and project home developers. MAC Windows projects include small and large scale residential and commercial developments, ranging from Eastern Suburbs luxury homes and extending to high rise commercial installations. MAC Windows have an extensive history with Westbourne Constructions, and in 2017 completed a work at Esprit, 485-apartments with retail tenancies at Mascot. In 2016 MAC Windows supplied and fitted large glazed doors to the main entrance at Liverpool Catholic Club for Taylor Constructions and in 2018 completed the stylish glazing at the stunning Coogee Beach Tennis Club.

For more information contact MAC Windows, 1/26a Perry Street, Matraville NSW 2036, phone 02 9695 1966, fax 02 9695 1977, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Cathay Chung Yue Estate completed the plastering services which involved installing Hebel panels, gyprock and ceiling tiles.

Cathay Chung Yue Estate (CCYE) is an interior fitout company that specialises in the installation of plasterboard walls, ceilings and partition systems including Hebel wall panels. Beginning in April 2018, CCYE started plastering services, including installing gyprock panels, Hebel panels and ceiling tiles throughout all the units and common areas. With 85 installers working on three buildings at the same time the job was finished by February 2019. “It was a tight programme as we had three buildings we needed to finish in a short period of time,” said Project Manager, Johnny Meng. “The construction drawings were changing occasionally during the project, and we had to modify our work and still finish in a high quality level within the time frame.” CCYE has 20 years industry experience in fitouts for residential apartments and commercial developments as well as luxury residences. The company also works across the education, aged care and community sectors and offers project management services. CCYE also provides compressed fibre cement (CFC) cladding, metal cladding and joinery services for residential and commercial projects. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We have set up a joinery factory, and are looking forward to working with Taylor Construction, Hindmarsh and Westbourne, providing more joinery services for commercial projects, public schools and age care centres. We have recently won the contract for the Ultimo Public School from Hindmarsh, and will start in July 2019,” said Johnny. Currently the company are at work on a new residential apartment project in Norwest for Westbourne In June 2019, CCYE finished joinery work for Taylor Construction at Cardinal Freeman Village in Ashfield.

For more information contact Cathay Chung Yue Estate, PO Box 653, Winston Hills NSW 2153, phone 02 9682 6888, email info@ccye., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GREEN SQUARE TOWN CENTRE 101


Opal Aged Care Bathurst consists of four wings, 164 bedrooms, common lounge and servery areas, a café and reception, offices and training facilities, amenity areas, salon, dining area, onsite laundry, production kitchen and staffroom back-of-house facilities and landscaped areas. The new $30 million Opal Aged Care Bathurst is now delivering high quality residential aged care, replacing the old Opal Aged Care facility. The complex, completed in March 2019, was built to address the increasing need for high care facilities in the local area. The facility has four residential wings around a central service hub. A sweeping driveway fronting Stanley Street leads to the 2-storey building with a 46 bay car park. Extensive landscaping includes deciduous trees, boundary hedge plantings and native shrubs with grassed areas, timber decks and a pergola. The building provides 8,000m² floor area for 146 bedrooms, lounge and dining, outdoor terrace, salon and café. Outside are seating areas and landscaped gardens for residents. Staff facilities include a generous reception, offices and training facilities, staff education areas, onsite laundry, production kitchen and staff rooms. “This seems to be a successful arrangement for contemporary residential aged care facilities,” said Project Engineer, Shamus Long. “It’s a workable design and straightforward to build. We recently 102 NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPAL AGED CARE BATHURST

completed another residential aged care facility at Kellyville with a similar layout.” Lipman started the Design and Construct contract in 2017 with onsite work commencing in late December. “Our first job was remediation of the riverside site,” said Shamus. “Then we constructed a waffle pod slab in conjunction with screw pile system.” The main structural design of the build utilised the Dincel formwork system with a quick set up and break down of forms when compared to traditional plywood methods. “We also implemented an ultrafloor system that uses concrete beams as permanent formwork for the floor slabs. The Knotwood aluminium cladding panels were a new product for us, combined with James Hardie Exotec panels we had a quick and quality façade installation,” said Shamus. Established by Phillip Lipman in the 1966, their original company vision was focused towards ‘cooperative contracting’. Over 50 years later, this is still very apparent in the way the company operates. Their years of experience spans across a range of sectors. Previous aged care developments include 3 and 4-storey developments for BaptisteCare, Anglicare and Gallipoli Health. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Some of Lipman’s recent commercial projects consist of the 12-storey Bligh Street, a mixed use commercial development, 580 George Street for GPT Group, 97 Waterloo Road for Goodman. Also for Goodman was the 78 Waterloo Road Project which was a 5 Star Green Star As Built Certified building.

upgrade to the lobby and podium façade and the construction of curved swooping ribbon shaped awnings to the street. In 2018, Lipman won the MBA Excellence in Construction Award for the Incubator Hub at Macquarie University, a relocatable structure of two honey coloured timber pavilions.

Industrial projects include a variety of manufacturing and storage facilities such as the Sydney Markets, Veolia Waste Transfer Station in Banksmeadow and the Veolia $70m Waste Treatment Plant in Woodlawn. Lipman also constructed the exciting $125 million Wet’n’Wild Water Park at Prospect and Penrith Panthers Stadium. The company not only build these large projects, they also provide sophisticated interior fitout and refurbishment services.

An especially complex project, the $42 million redevelopment of O’Connell Street Public School, won the 2018 MBA Excellence in Construction Award for Lipman. Completed in July 2017, the project involved the adaptive reuse of the Old Kings School site on the Parramatta River for the Department of Education. There was a substantial heritage component to the construction with the remodelling of structures originally built in 1836. Excavations revealed artifacts from early European settlement and the entire site is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.

Lipman has offices in Sydney, Bathurst, Ballina and Port Macquarie. Recently the company acquired Lismore based Bennett Constructions and has increased its range across northern New South Wales and south eastern Queensland. The Lipman and Bennett team won the contract for the recently completed $45 million Ballina Coast High School. Lipman has won an array of awards across a range of sectors with some unique structures. They won the 2016 MBA Excellence in Construction Award for the $15 million fitout and refurbishment 580 George Street tower in Sydney. The contract included an WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Lipman, (Sydney) L6, 66 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, (Bathurst) 2a Piper Street, Bathurst NSW 2795, phone 02 9955 7000, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPAL AGED CARE BATHURST 103

Below GroupGSA carried out the design drawings and detailed documentation for the interior and landscaping for the project.

Photo supplied by The Guthrie Project

Photo supplied by The Guthrie Project

Award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm, GroupGSA has just delivered a project for Opal Aged Care, including architecture and interior design. The 2-storey, 146-bed residential building projects a contemporary residential character, utilising materials associated with the central tablelands region such as, face brick, timber and stone. The building is located and orientated to maximise access to communal courtyard spaces and enhance the relationship to the river and district views of the Bathurst region. The building planning provides open, inviting spaces that bring residents together, creating a sense of community, as well as a variety of intimate bedroom types which offer choice to residents. Additionally, it allows Opal to provide the highest level of care and amenity for residents, including the provision of a specialist dementia wing. “The Opal Bathurst building responds directly to its regional location, delivering a highly functional, contemporary response. It allows our client to provide a variety of wellness and lifestyle options and the highest level of care for residents,� said GroupGSA Associate Director, Ming-Yang Xu. For more information contact GroupGSA, phone 02 9361 4144, fax 02 9332 3458, email, website 104 NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPAL AGED CARE BATHURST


Below Adaptive Interiors completed the full joinery package, which included wardrobes, kitchen cupboards, benchtops and vanities.

Adaptive Interiors is an established commercial interiors company offering comprehensive joinery and fitout services including consultation, manufacturing and installation. For Opal Aged Care Bathurst, Adaptive Interiors supplied the complete joinery package, which included receptions, cabinetry and specialty ceilings and wall linings. Prototype bedroom joinery commenced in August 2018 with works completed in mid February 2019. This included bedheads and wardrobes, all bathroom vanities, kitchenettes and nurse stations. A significant amount of stone was also included in the scope – fitted to the vanities, nurse stations, serveries, café, hair salon and the main reception. “We kept a good pace throughout the project” said Projects Director, Lorin Urquhart. “The milestones were met, and a high quality finish was achieved. A key challenge of this type of job is always logistics – usually limited storage onsite. We had a regular schedule of two deliveries weekly and maintained steady momentum. The real success in delivery always comes down to our people and planning – quality tradespeople onsite backed up by experienced support staff in the factory” Adaptive Interiors has worked on previous Lipman sites including fitouts for Molong and Griffith Ambulance stations, and the operation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

is ideally geared toward servicing any volume cabinetry and commercial joinery jobs. Recent commercial joinery projects of this scale include Loft Apartments, Sutherland NSW (67 living units, kitchens, laundries, robes) and the multi-level Commonwealth Superannuation Centre (CSC) in Canberra. The $1.6 million joinery CSC package included detailed reception and breakout areas, specialty wall panelling, feature ceilings and timber sliding doors. Established in 1988, Adaptive Interiors has years of experience in the internal fitout of office space, medical centres, hospitals and aged care facilities. “Joinery is a centrepiece in any commercial space and needs to be functional as well as stunning. We focus on finding practical results for the project stakeholders – experience means so much – we can advise on pitfalls in design and enjoy the challenge of meeting the clients objectives with a creative approach,” said Lorin. The company head office and plant is located in Wagga Wagga, with a second manufacturing facility in Wetherill Park, the combined capacity means Adaptive is well placed to service markets in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. For more information contact Adaptive Interiors, 24 Jones Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, phone 1800 064 474, email sales@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPAL AGED CARE BATHURST 105

Below Beecham Concreting supplied and installed the floor ground formwork, as well as concrete pumping, placing and finishing.

In March 2018, Beecham Concreting started onsite work at Opal Aged Care Bathurst. The contract included pumping, placing and finishing of concrete for floor and suspended slabs. The company also supplied and installed the formwork for the ground floor of the facility. With up to 20 workers onsite during peak periods Beecham Concreting completed the job within the programmed schedule. Beecham Concreting provide concrete services for slabs and other structural elements as well as a variety of finishes including decorative, stamped, stencilled, and coloured along with exposed aggregate and textured features. Other services include concrete pumping.

Recently Beecham Concreting started the pumping, placing and finishing concrete for the floor and suspended slabs at another Opal Aged Care in Lithgow for Lipman. They have completed concreting works for similar aged care facilities in Bathurst, Orange and Oberon. “We do a lot of work for civil and landscaping companies with driveways, paths and retaining walls,” said Amanda Beecham. “Recently we made precast concrete tilt-up panels for a warehouse in Bathurst for Lipman.”

The company works the central west to Sydney servicing the commercial and industrial sectors. Beecham Concreting also has a strong presence in the domestic sector and provides concreting services for residential slabs and driveways. Established in 2006, Beecham Concreting is a team of 20 dedicated professionals supplying concrete pumping, placing and finishing services including formwork and concrete reinforcement. They are fully equipped for large scale jobs with two pumps, a 40m and a 35m Z fold boom pump. 106 NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPAL AGED CARE BATHURST

For more information contact Beecham Concreting, mobile (Brad) 0415 322 102, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Fordy’s Plastering installed Knotwood Aluminium panels and James Hardie’s ExoTec® to the façade of Opal Aged Care Bathurst.

Fordy’s Plastering specialises in the supply and fitting of all types of exterior cladding and interior linings including professional plastering services for commercial projects in Orange and across the central west of New South Wales.

Established in 2014 by Adam and Suzi Ford, Fordy’s Plastering supplies and installs gyprock for internal walls and ceilings for new structures, renovations and repairs, as well as custom coatings and textures and onsite inspections for remedial work.

Starting in April 2018, Fordy’s Plastering supplied and installed aluminium cladding panels to the façades of Opal Aged Care Bathurst along with the James Hardie product, ExoTec®, for boxing in services equipment. All of Fordy’s Plastering’s 12 full time installers along with 10 subcontractors worked on the project for 12 months.

Fordy’s Plastering also offers managing contractor services which they carried out at Accumen Office in Bathurst from late 2018. “We did the all the internal works at Accumen including the electrical wiring and the tiling. The future for Fordy’s is to further expand our range of works to include comprehensive building services as well as our quality plastering,” said Adam.

“At Opal, we used Knotwood Aluminium panels for the external cladding, it was a new product for us,” said Director, Adam Ford. “The installation was a seamless process and we have now become suppliers and licensed installers of Knotwood for the Central West.”

Other projects for Lipman include Molong Hospital where Fordy’s Plastering carried out internal plaster work and the external installation of ExoTec®.

“We had a tight time frame, especially when integrating some late design changes,” said Adam. “The last couple of weeks were all go, go, go and we completed the installation successfully and on time. The scale of the installation was also challenging, we needed up to 1,000m² of panels and sourcing that number of panels required some timetabling.”

For more information contact Fordy’s Plastering, Unit 4, 243 McLachlan Street, Orange NSW 2800, phone 0423 454 767, email admin@, website



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Below Central West Waterproofing completed a complete waterproofing package for the Opal Aged Care Bathurst development.

From June 2018, Central West Waterproofing (CWW) was onsite at Opal Aged Care Bathurst with a team of six workers supplying waterproofing services to the concrete structure. The application included the slabs, lift pits and plant decks as well as all the balconies. Internally, CWW waterproofed all the wet areas including 146 bathrooms, the kitchen and laundry areas. Outside work included waterproofing blockwork retaining walls as part of the landscaping.

their spray on products and applications. “Our focus in Canberra includes our services in the application of spray on membranes,” said Scott. “We offer a spray on polyuria waterproofing membrane and paint on surfaces including Epoxy for flooring. Spray on membranes are certainly cost effective in terms of application time and keep the build to programme.”

“It was an ambitious project, a large scale construction,” said Project Manager, Scott Reynolds. “The programme was tight and we completed on time, delivering a quality finish.”

“We are targeting the commercial market in Canberra. Currently we are at work at On Forbes, a 9-storey apartment building with podium. We are waterproofing the structure and balconies as well as the rooftop for plantings,” said Scott

“We’ve worked with Lipman quite a few times and recently finished at Molong Hospital where we applied waterproofing in the main building and to Stage 2, the ambulance station,” said Scott.

Another successful large scale project for CWW is Union Court Student Accommodation building, completed in 2018, for the Australian National University.

CWW also has a strong presence in the domestic sector in and around Bathurst. Employing 16 staff, their services include the application of traditional torch on membranes and spray on waterproofing systems for all structural concrete, wet areas, retaining walls and shower repairs. The company is expanding into Canberra while maintaining their operations in the central west, investing time and training into

For more information contact Central West Waterproofing, 2/8 Ralston Drive, Orange NSW 2800, phone 02 6361 9328, email



Below Markham Global applied their spray on hydrogel concrete sealer AQURON 2000 MEDI+ to Opal Aged Care Bathurst.

Markham Global specialises in the supply and application of concrete waterproofing, moisture control and sealing solutions. In December 2017, Markham Global’s estimating team started two months planning and value engineering discussions with Lipman’s construction team to achieve a durable and moisture proof surface to the concrete floors of Opal Aged Care Bathurst. “We applied AQURON 2000 MEDI+ to the concrete floors at Opal, it is an acrylic enhanced hydrogel treatment designed for aged care, which permanently seals the concrete against the ingress of moisture borne contaminants and bio-fluids,” said Will Pepping, Project Consultant. “Our AQURON products give the equivalent to 14 days water cure when applied to fresh concrete and eliminate the need for a medical/ topical sealer as it provides moisture control and a hygiene protection under floor coverings. The use of AQURON typically enables the construction company to remove the costs and labour associated with a floor grind as AQURON is compatible with all floor adhesives. The resultant savings in time and money are significant,” said Will. Markham Global provides a comprehensive service of product supply and application. “All our applicators work directly for Markham so we 110 NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPAL AGED CARE BATHURST

can assure a professional and quality finish with guaranteed quality assurance,” said Will. Markham also are manufactures and applicators of products such as concrete admixtures designed for the marine environments and basement waterproofing. Markham Global has been successfully implementing their products across a range of conditions, having treated over 4,000 concrete structures in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, for over 20 years. The company offers project management for the construction and civil sectors and has a team researching products and systems that are environmentally friendly, cost effective and easy to use. “We have recently applied AQURON at Nepean and Gosford hospital projects and many aged care projects around Australia and New Zealand. In May 2019, Markham completed work at Opal Aged Care Springwood and are about to start several others around Australia,” said Will. For more information contact Markham Global, phone 1800 693 694, mobile (Will) 0429 841 637, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Salex Ceilings fitted the coffered plasterboard ceilings, plywood substrate and partitions throughout the project.

Salex Ceilings is an interior fitout contractor with over 20 years experience in the supply and installation of plasterboard walls and ceilings. Salex Ceilings also supply and install external cladding as well as joinery and cabinetry services. In June 2018, Salex Ceilings started onsite at Opal Aged Care Bathurst with 25 installers at work for eight months. The scope of work included fitting all the plasterboard ceilings and partitions throughout the facility as well as plywood substrate for plasterboard finishes in the kitchens and bathrooms. In the main lobby, Salex Ceilings fitted joint strips behind the edges of the plasterboard sheets, creating a shadow line to the plasterboard walls. This required some precise cutting and fitting to leave a neat articulated surface. The company also installed coffered ceilings in the lounge and dining rooms, a feature that added depth and texture as well as convenient placement for the light fittings. “We worked to a tight timeframe and completed a quality job,” said Estimator and Contracts Administrator, Bill Awad. “Generally we work in the Sydney metropolitan area but we’re always ready for regional projects. Salex is able to meet the challenges of transporting WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and storing materials as well as sourcing and accommodating a suitable work crew.” “We have a good relationship with Lipman and have worked on a number of aged care facilities for them over the past five years including Auburn Gallipoli which we completed in April 2018. That job was similar to Opal at Bathurst and we also supplied and fitted aluminium panels to the façades as well as timber linings to the walls and ceilings.” “Also for Lipman, we recently completed addition to Arden School in Epping. As well as internal plasterboard partitions and timber linings we installed aluminium cladding to the 5-storey façade and anodised aluminium skirtings to the laboratories and computer rooms.”

For more information contact Salex Ceilings, 350 Hume Highway, Bankstown NSW 2200, phone 02 9793 3303, email admin@ NSW PROJECT FEATURE OPAL AGED CARE BATHURST 111

RAISING THE BENCHMARK CLIENT : Wakefield Ashurst Developments Pty Ltd & Jotown International Pty Ltd MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : EDT Projects ARCHITECT : Leffler Simes STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : ADG Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $56 million

Lincoln Rise Kellyville is an impressive luxury residential development comprising 140 spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments over four, 5-storey buildings. The apartments feature quality finishes and fixtures, stone benchtops, timber veneer kitchens, SMEG appliances, semi-frameless glass showers and oversized balconies. Lincoln Rise at Kellyville is a luxury residential development consisting of four, 5-storey buildings. The blocks sit around lawns and gardens with two separate basement car park entrances and all 140 apartments have quality finishes and fixtures throughout. The development is to be completed in two stages and onsite work for Stage 1 (the first two buildings) started in October 2017. The in situ concrete structures contain over 35,000m² building area. “We added set downs to the slabs in wet areas and changed the external cladding material,” said EDT Projects’ Managing Director, Emilio Di Tommaso. “In the wake of fire to composite façade panels on residential buildings, external façade cladding materials have been under scrutiny by councils and private certifiers. We informed our client and advised them through the design phase to change the aluminium composite panels specified for Lincoln Rise to CFC panels.” 112 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LINCOLN RISE KELLYVILLE

“The challenge of the build occurred early, in the foundations. The bulk excavation exposed some unexpected Class II rock and we had to bring in a D10 dozer.” The build had a 22 month programme and EDT Projects finished an amazing three months ahead of schedule. Stage 2 is expected to begin in late 2020 with a similar programme. “Our success depends on thorough planning of the building programme,” said Emilio. “We identify the critical paths in regard to the construction process as well as the procurement of labour and materials. Our construction sequence is thorough and as a result we are able to deliver on time and often – as with Lincoln Rise, we deliver early, exceeding our client’s expectations in relation to time and quality.” Previous successful residential projects include EP Residences at Epping, 79 units across two buildings, completed in 2018; Porters AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Lane, a 61 luxury unit development in St Ives; Aurora Apartments a development of 45 apartments; and The Foundry, two buildings of 5-levels each in Alexandria with 36 apartments. EDT Projects have a standing deed for work at Sydney International Airport since 2011 including the $15.5 million fitout of the departure lounge, a 5,000m² area. Work included demolition and re-servicing of retail outlets and a new dining precincts and was carried out over 7-stages with crews working throughout the day and night as the airport remained operational.

Education projects include The King’s School in North Parramatta, where EDT Projects constructed the beautifully designed steel and timber sports pavilion. EDT Projects also provides quality fitout and refurbishment services with successfully completed refitting projects including Paddington’s heritage listed Unicorn Hotel and NRMA offices in Rouse Hill, Campbelltown and Padstow. Established in 2010, EDT Projects is a privately owned company with projects across Sydney and New South Wales.

EDT Projects also installed a new standby generator for the uninterrupted operation of runway lighting, a critical operation involving direct coordination with Air Services Australia and the Control Tower.

“For our projects in the residential sector, EDT have full time employees attending pre purchaser inspections and addressing defects,” said Emilio. “We are committed to the end user and our service does not stop at Practical Completion. We have full time employees dedicated to our defects management.”

EDT Projects also extended the international terminal, constructed new fire stairs and lifts and repainted the main entrance. Due to years of experience with stakeholder management at the airport, the future for EDT Projects involves moving into other construction sectors.

EDT Projects have acquired a solid reputation with many repeat clients due to an exceptional track record of quality projects.

“We are diversifying our business into the educational sector and we’ve recently acquired accreditation for the ability to tender for government funded work,” said Emilio.

For more information contact EDT Projects, Level 2/40 Dickson Avenue, Artarmon NSW 2064, phone 02 9436 2624, email, website



Below New Vision Joinery created custom cabinetry for the luxury apartments including kitchens bathrooms and common areas.

Partners David Pozar and Mathew Croker established New Vision Joinery Pty Ltd in 2016, specialising in custom joinery installations for private, residential and commercial projects. For Lincoln Rise apartments David and Mathew designed joinery items for the 140 apartments, which included kitchen cabinetry, shaving cabinets, as well as customised joinery in the lobby. New Vision Joinery spent three weeks creating shop drawings for manufacture, to ensure no detail was missed. “We are able to interpret designs and details and apply them to our work to give our clients the highest level of quality while not compromising the design,” explained David.

providing an additional dimension to the space. Supawood is an aluminium product that looks like timber. “We have 30 years combined experience and have both personally managed and successfully delivered, projects valued up to and exceeding $10 million,” explained David. “We use the most advanced software to achieve a high level of detail so we can work quickly and show detailed drawings to clients. Our factory is fully automated and equipped with high quality machinery, employing a total of 19 people over two split shifts to maximise output.” Recently successful projects for New Vision Joinery include panelling and joinery throughout the large scale development The Royce and the cabinetry fitout for 19 luxury apartments, Calibre, at Surry Hills.

Part of New Vision Joinery’s service includes the creation of a prototype unit of the desired design. “It’s for us and for the trades to see. If we can’t fitout a unit onsite we’ll assemble one in our factory,” said Mathew. Installation started onsite in December 2018, which included the fitting out of the lobby, where feature Supawood battens where installed to create a 3D pattern up the wall and onto the ceiling, 114 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LINCOLN RISE KELLYVILLE

For more information contact New Vision Joinery Pty Ltd, Unit A5, 366 Edgar Street, Condell Park NSW 2200, mobile (Mathew) 0475 003 472, mobile (David) 0475 003 475, email, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below DFP Planning assists clients in navigating planning controls and planning processes and offers representation in the Land and Environment Court.

DFP Planning specialises in strategic planning, preparing DAs and managing negotiations to achieve successful design outcomes. DFP Planning assists clients in navigating planning controls and planning processes and offers representation in the Land and Environment Court. For Lincoln Rise, DFP Planning Director, Warwick Gosling, worked with his team to prepare the DA, prepare the Statement of Environmental Effects and lodge the necessary applications with council. The DA was approved in late 2017. “I met with the client and architect and advised them how to achieve their design goals in light of the planning regulations,” said Warwick. “We also had successful negotiations with council in relation to the height control for the site.” After approval, road works undertaken by others changed surrounding ground levels. DFP Planning assisted the client to amend the DA to tie in with the new ground levels. DFP understands the complexity of planning controls and environmental planning laws and has years of experience with council procedures. DFP offers a variety of services including strategic planning, town planning for a range of development types including WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

complex proposals, urban design, retail and economic assessment and due diligence investigations. Their professional team work proactively with clients to provide innovative and practical solutions to solve difficult and complex planning issues. DFP has completed a range of strategic planning studies which have assisted councils in formulating their planning controls. Examples of other work by DFP includes residential apartments on a greenfield site in Balmoral Road, Kellyville. DFP provided planning services including preparation of a Statement of Environmental Effects and expert evidence in the NSW Land and Environment Court to secure approval for the development. Another successful project for DFP Planning was 221 Miller Street, North Sydney where they prepared a Statement of Environmental Effects and represented the client at the Joint Regional Planning Panel to achieve approval for a 21-storey mixed use development in three months. For more information contact DFP Planning, 11 Dartford Road, Thornleigh NSW 2120, phone 02 9980 6933, email dfp@dfpplanning., website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LINCOLN RISE KELLYVILLE 115

MARS PAINTING & DECORATING Mars Painting (NSW) Pty Ltd would like to show their support to the EDT Projects' team and congratulate them on the completion of Lincoln Rise Kellyville. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Elias 0418 268 298 | Marie 0407 18 28 38



Below DLC Interiors supplied and installed all the plastering and plasterboard walls, Hebel panel party walls, suspended ceilings and skirtings.

DLC Interiors is a partitions and lining contractor specialising in the supply and installation of interior walls, suspended ceilings and external cladding panels. In November 2018, DLC Interiors began installation onsite at Lincoln Rise Kellyville. The contract included the supply and installation of all plastering and plasterboard walls, Hebel panel party walls, suspended ceilings and skirtings to all 140 individual units. Externally DLC Interiors installed James Hardie Exotec CFC panels as blade walls to the façade and Kingspan rigid insulation to the basement soffit. With up to 50 installers onsite during peak periods the job was completed by March 2019. “Lincoln Rise is a large development and we coordinated with our client to deliver the project within time and produced a high quality finish,” said Director, Lawrence Li. “The challenge was working within the building programme and timetabling our work around the other trades.” Established three years ago, DLC Interiors currently employ quality tradesmen to provide expert partition and lining services for the medium density residential, commercial, medical, hospitality and education sectors. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Our company focuses on building and retaining relationships with our clients by providing a high quality service. We achieve this by working with our clients, maintaining constant communication and resolving challenging problems which minimises delays and costs for all parties,” said Lawrence. In April 2019, DLC Interiors completed the façade upgrade of St George Hospital in Kogarah, installing Vitradual aluminium composite panels. In February 2019, they started works on a comples new school in Denistone East which, installation of CSR Barestone Façade panels and soffits as well as seamless acoustic perforated ceilings. DLC Interiors has completed numerous projects for bars, pubs and clubs including the supply and installation of a timber look Supawood ceiling at Club Burwood and quality plasterwork to St George’s Basin Country Club.

For more information contact DLC Interiors, Unit 4, 115-117 Orchard Road, Chester Hill NSW 2162, phone 02 8747 4513, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE LINCOLN RISE KELLYVILLE 117

A WALK IN THE PARK Harris Park project consists of 21 residential units over 5-storeys with a basement for underground parking and when complete will form Stage 3 of the major plan works actioned by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. Novati Constructions undertook the D&C contract in December 2017 for the modern 5-storey building which consists of 21 quality residential units over basement car parking. Cantilevered piles were designed by the Novati team, to remove the need for temporary anchors at the retention walls, and improved the design of the driveway to avoid moving infrastructure. The concrete structure has an in situ core from the basement to ground floor level. Levels 1 to 4 were made using Dincel formwork for the lift core. “As the project was Stage 3 of a Master Plan approval, it was critical that the specified materials were appropriately integrated with existing buildings,” said Senior Project Manager, Andrew Khoudeir. “The majority of the façade is clad with face brickwork, rendered and painted. Level 4 has grey metal sheet cladding.” Novati has years of experience in the construction of stylish medium to high rise residential apartment and mixed use developments. Recently completed residential projects for Novati include Mirabell, 75-apartments on Sydney’s North Shore; Vantage at Eastwood, a mixed use development with 57-units and Aluma at Burwood with 92 luxury apartments and a rooftop garden.

CLIENT : Catholic Diocese of Parramatta MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Novati Constructions CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $9 million 118 NSW PROJECT FEATURE HARRIS PARK

Larger scale residential developments include Quest Apartments at Bella Vista, 7-storeys of 147 serviced apartments; Metropolitan, a 13-storey tower of 125 units with shops at street level in St Leonards; and 8-storey Centric with 57-units and commercial tenancies in Strathfield. Novati’s portfolio also includes educational buildings for private, public schools and colleges, aged care facilities, institutional and student accommodation, industrial and community buildings. Novati has completed over 150 projects within the greater Sydney area and has recently celebrated 48 years in business. As a privately owned family company, Novati focuses on building strong, mutually beneficial relationships and thrives on repeat business. Novati’s professional services include design management, value engineering and cost planning as well as

quality construction services specialising as head building contractor. Novati provides new construction as well as refurbishment and heritage restoration services and is a member of the Green Building Council Australia. A significant development constructed by Novati is the beautiful and sophisticated Italian Forum Cultural Centre in Leichardt. With an overall area of 1,450m² the centre comprises a 320 seat auditorium and 300m² performance hall with a ceiling height of 6.9m. The venue is acoustically insulated and the performance hall possesses good acoustic qualities for the variety of uses required by the community. In 2017, Novati was the winner of the MBA Excellence in Construction Award for the construction of the luxury resort, Sargood on Collaroy, for people with spinal injuries. Novati provided the specialised construction

for the installation of the latest technology for high level care and environmental control. In 2015, Novati was awarded the MBA Excellence in Construction for a project at Shore School, Northbridge, the school’s Pavilion and Tennis Complex. Novati constructed a high quality sporting facility complete with commercial kitchen, medical centre, nine new tennis courts and a custom designed water harvesting, storage and recycling system. Novati’s work in the educational sector includes the construction of accommodation buildings for students at Knox Grammar as well as senior boarding residences at St Ignatius and Abbotsleigh Colleges. The future for Novati includes further school and aged care projects, commercial and industrial development, hotels and the expansion of the business.

For more information contact Novati Constructions, Level 1/99 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065, phone 02 8436 9000, email, website


Harris Park, New South Wales



KITCHENS WITH STYLE Style Kitchens manufacture, supply and install high quality cabinetry and joinery items for modern kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and storage solutions. Onsite work started at Harris Park in September 2018. Over the next three months a team of four installed all the kitchen cupboards, bathroom vanities and shaving cabinets, wardrobes and linen cupboards to all 21 apartments. “The job went very smoothly. Our specialty is our experienced and professional installations,” said Owner, Diana Chidiac. “We fit some quality items to the units and Novati were happy with the job. Harris Park was a smaller job for us, the third contract we’ve completed for Novati.” Other projects for Novati include the supply of a full cabinetry and joinery package for 57 luxury units at Vantage Eastwood and the same for the more recently completed apartment complex of 48-units, Edge 28, at St Leonards. Style Kitchens is expert at the supply and installation of unique and well designed fittings and finishes. “We provide custom made cabinetry items and detailed joinery for luxury apartments and high end interiors,” said Diana. “We have been focused on projects in the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

northern and eastern suburbs of Sydney and are expanding across the greater metropolitan area.” Style Kitchens, a family owned company, was established in 2002. They have six teams of installers and with a manufacturing facility of 3,000m². The factory is well equipped with modern machinery and is ready for large scale jobs. The materials used by Style Kitchens to fabricate their quality finishes include timber veneers, polyurethane and Laminate products. Style Kitchens provide a dedicated team to oversee the installation of their kitchens and cabinetry items and are leaders in the industry for quality service. Style Kitchens has experience as the main building contractor on residential apartment projects and included full cabinetry and joinery packages on those jobs. For more information contact Style Kitchens, 26 Chifley Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 1300 785 868, email admin@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HARRIS PARK 121

CITY PRESTIGE Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, 44 Market Street (surrounded by three major street fronts, Clarence, York and Market) features Australia’s first external glass brick façade aligned with the existing tower’s curtain wall, which sits atop the ground floor retail spaces. The project involved reinvigorating the ground floor and mezzanine of the 26-level Dexus office building. Growthbuilt are a leading Tier 2 design and construction company, known for delivering quality projects against complex logistical issues and tight timelines. Growthbuilt was appointed as the main contractor for the 44 Market Street project. “We were engaged to work on the demolition and rejuvenation of the existing building,” said Peter Gargoulakis, Project Manager. “The scope of the project included removal of the existing façade and bringing forward the facade on York and Market Street. In addition to the façade upgrade the works included upgrade of the lobby, fitout of Westpac retail branch on Market Street, and creation of four food and beverage tenancies along Clarence Street.” “Growthbuilt has extensive experience working within Sydney’s CBD,” said Nick Blom, Construction Manager. “We understand the requirements of working with the City of Sydney for hoardings, work zones and noisy works. During the tender period, Growthbuilt had extensive meetings with the council to confirm our proposed method of works. Our methodology was amended on multiple occasions to accommodate DA conditions.” This site is directly across the road from one of the busiest retail precincts in the CBD, the QVB.

approach with the City of Sydney, all materials movement, traffic management and hoarding works were conducted without issue. Dexus is a repeat client for Growthbuilt. “As well as the design and construction of 44 Market Street, Growthbuilt has completed a further three projects for Dexus,” said Nick. “Growthbuilt’s long and fruitful relationship with Dexus was strengthened based on the success of 44 Market Street but more importantly the bond we created with their team throughout the delivery.” One unique aspect of the project was the glass brick façade that sits atop the ground floor retail units. “This is the first building in Australia to use glass brick as an external façade element,” said Peter Sukkar, Growthbuilt CEO. Growthbuilt’s results speak for themselves and the reinvigorated frontage and entrance is set to provide an attractive and contemporary environment for tenants and visitors. The project demonstrates once again how Growthbuilt have managed to build an 85% repeat client base and a portfolio of awardwinning projects delivered safely, on time, within budget and to exceptional quality. “Growthbuilt is currently solidifying itself in the market as a top Tier 2 contractor,” said Nick. “We are targeting some exciting

projects including repurposing of an iconic heritage Sydney building into a retail and office space, commercial workspace and repositioning of A-REIT client assets.” Growthbuilt work across a range of sectors including commercial, mixed use, student and affordable housing, aged care, hospitality, education and residential. Currently, Growthbuilt are in construction of many exciting projects in various sectors: new 11-storey building with Goodman at Macquarie Park, refurbishment of Rydges Sydney International Airport and the Langham Hotel Sydney and multiple aged care projects with clients such as Anglicare and Estia Health. Recently completed projects include the Lounge and Law Library fitout at UNSW, the Mercure Sydney Hotel at Rouse Hill, and Cascade Gardens mixed use development in Pymble. “Over the next few years Growthbuilt will be concentrating further on the Sydney market servicing their blue chip corporate clients and also interstate where our repeat clients require our services,” said Nick. For more information contact Growthbuilt, L9, 100 William Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9212 7811, email info@growthbuilt., website

Health and safety was paramount on the project. “We achieved a five out of five safety audit result which keeps Growthbuilt on top, as does our IS45001 accreditation,” said Nick. “We are the first construction company in Australia to achieve this certification.” “Our state-of-the-art GB Induct system allowed visitors and subcontractors to complete their induction prior to visiting site,” said Nick. Effective communication was key to the success of the project. Coordinating with Dexus, tenant representatives and project consultants, Growthbuilt would provide a weekly lookahead and heat map advising what works were to occur in the coming week including any noisy works that were expected. Through a collaborative 122 NSW PROJECT FEATURE 44 MARKET STREET



Below Bannershop supplied 300m of vinyl printed graphics, treated with an anti-graffiti coating, to surround the lower street levels of the project.

Bannershop was established 11 years ago and is now one of the leading large format digital printers in Australia, operating in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. They offer a range of over 260 different products and serve clients ranging from small businesses to large companies. Bannershop provide turnkey services from design and printing to installation, and anything in between. Bannershop were appointed to install internal and external hoardings and graphics for the 44 Market Street project. The graphics included decals up to 11m wide, as well as 300m of vinyl printing with anti-graffiti coating which surrounded the street frontage of the entire project. Following the initial installation, Bannershop also carried out multiple adjustments to hoarding positions to accommodate the ongoing site activities and ensure safe pedestrian routes through the work areas. Close coordination with Growthbuilt was necessary to ensure that the work site was protected by hoardings at all times. Due to the site’s location in central Sydney, Bannershop also faced restrictions on working hours and completed most installation works late at night or in the early morning. 124 NSW PROJECT FEATURE 44 MARKET STREET

Bannershop is the preferred supplier of some of Australia’s most successful businesses. They are also a proud partner and the preferred supplier of game day signage to the Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Bannershop are looking to build on their recent growth by establishing new partnerships to expand into all states of Australia and are launching a new facility in Lidcombe. “Our experience and buying power as a manufacturer is an attractive offer for our customers,” said Justin Melbourne, National Sales Manager. “We work with our clients to meet the quality outcomes they desire in a cost effective way and keep the relationship growing and growing.”

For more information contact Bannershop, Unit 4B, 128-130 Frances Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141, phone 02 8880 9864, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below iScape Projects completed a lush planting for the large planter boxes at the front entrance on Market Street.

One of the most notable aspects of the new public areas at 44 Market Street is the planting that creates a welcoming atmosphere for the public and building tenants. The planting, comprising a range of exotic shade plants, climbers and grasses, was installed by the landscape construction firm iScape Projects, a family owned business based in Horsley Park, who also sourced most of the plants from their own nursery. iScape Projects were appointed to provide planting for the large planter boxes at the front entrance and on the mezzanine level near the café. The work was completed in stages – initially drainage cells were installed, then soil, mulch and planting, and finally an automated irrigation system. iScape Projects are now in a maintenance period which will continue for 12 months. The project is on a high profile site on a busy intersection in Sydney which necessitated early and weekend working, with all materials craned over the secure hoardings before 7am to ensure traffic and pedestrian flow was not affected. “We came in with a tight deadline and got it done on time, meeting Growthbuilt’s requirements with an elegant, professional and pristine result,” said Pamela Stephens, Head of Marketing for iScape Projects. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

44 Market Street was iScape Projects’ first commercial project with Growthbuilt and they are now working on their second, the Mean Fiddler Hotel at Rouse Hill, with UNSW also completed for Growthbuilt. iScape Projects are growing strong in the commercial, education and residential sectors, investing in quality equipment and talented people to deliver outstanding results in landscaping and garden excavation and construction, maintenance, horticulture, hard landscaping and irrigation. They also incorporate Romson Wholesale Nursery, established in 1990, which grows and supplies quality plants.

For more information contact iScape Projects, Unit 3, 16 Bernera Road, Prestons NSW 2171, phone 02 9826 6677, email admin@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 44 MARKET STREET 125

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SMART CITIES | Traffic Management | AGD Systems

AGD IS WATCHING: SMART TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT FOR EXPANDING CITIES Monitoring and managing ever increasing vehicle and pedestrian traffic volumes is now a major challenge in our expanding cities. This applies not just to our highways and arterials, but also in centres of high density living, retail centres and carparks where the management of traffic movements and the safety of pedestrians, drivers and passengers, vehicles and other assets is a constant challenge for regulators, the building industry and the community.

Highways Monitoring Radar’. Managing Director, Stuart Douglas said that all three products utilise proven enforcement grade radar and measurement techniques.

Stuart said that the 318 is a next generation product which produces traffic movement efficiencies, being ideal for use on approaches to pedestrian crossings and junctions.

“The entire AGD product range is aimed at reliably delivering safer, greener, more efficient traffic and transport environments. These three products meet all these criteria.”

“It easily integrates with controllers and uses WiFi AGD Touch setup for simple, safe configuration. The 318’s ability to detect stationary or queuing traffic makes it ideal for all computer integrated installations and other strategic applications.”

AGD Systems Pty Ltd provides practical solutions to these challenges with intelligent traffic systems. The company is a specialist in delivering custom built traffic and pedestrian management systems using non-invasive methods such as radar and infrared instruments.

The AGD ‘326 Pedestrian Detector’ is a dynamic environment detector designed for the detection and monitoring of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road at signalled installations and other applications where the detection and safety of moving pedestrians is required on a 24 hour basis.

The scope of their business ranges from inter-urban arterial routes where they can provide systems for the counting, monitoring and reporting on vehicles travelling on roads, moving through key intersections and approaching major centres, through to apartment buildings and major retail and office carparks where AGD brings their skills and products to ramp monitoring, vehicle detection, integrated traffic signals and vehicle counting systems.

The AGD 326 allows optimisation of the crossing phase, giving back more green time to traffic or alternately, when pedestrian volumes are high, giving more time for foot traffic. AGD Touch setup provides safe, easy remote setup via a smart phone or tablet. Stuart said AGD 326 provides greater performance across wider crossings than its predecessor product, the AGD 226 which is still used on over 25,000 sites worldwide.

Amongst the many practical products that AGD brings to the market are the ‘318 Traffic Control Radar’, the ‘326 Pedestrian On-Crossing Detector’ and the ‘343


The AGD ‘318 Traffic Control Radar’ is a highly cost effective single lane loop replacement radar, ideal for use on approaches to pedestrian crossings and junctions. The radar incorporates stationary vehicle recognition for queuing traffic detection and is a smart alternative to wear prone loops and magnetometers, being maintenance free, and the ability to mount onto existing poles, also significantly reduces installation costs.

“The AGD 326 is the ideal detection solution for any intelligent crossing, combining well with other AGD kerbside detector systems to significantly improve crossing safety.”


The AGD 343 Highways Monitoring Radar is a new product in the Australian market. The 343 system provides an easy to integrate traffic flow monitoring solution that provides real time data on multi-lane highways. Designed for traffic profiling and incident detection, the 343 dramatically enhances highway safety, capability and efficiency, providing detailed traffic information in all weather conditions to inform control rooms and allow instant decision making. Stuart said AGD Systems has a commitment to delivering premium products. “Our international R & D and manufacturing resources, plus wide practical experience from the thousands of units in use around the world, means that our customers can have total confidence in the performance of all our systems.� For more information contact AGD Systems Pty Ltd, Unit 17/15 Valediction Road, Kings Park NSW 2148, phone 02 9653 9934, email, website

The entire AGD product range is aimed at reliably delivering safer, greener, more efficient traffic and transport environments. AGD Managing Director, Stuart Douglas



SMART CITIES | Interior Design | Ignite Architects

SMART CITIES = SMART WORKPLACES Ignite look to create workplaces that are about community, identity, as well as learning and mentoring.

Older buildings can become exemplar workplaces in the emerging smart cities of the future – it is simply a matter of applying intelligent design thinking. Repositioning, refurbishing and redeveloping existing assets is a growing trend, particularly given the constraints on available land in urban centres and the increasing emphasis on sustainability, explains Ignite Architects Director, Jason Marriott. Smarter spaces enable businesses to adapt flexibly to inevitable changes in operations, branding, technology, overhead costs, and human needs. They are also fundamental enablers of the new high performance, agile business models. “While the efficient use of commercial space has been a traditional concern, current real estate pressures are more about effective area usage, remaining agile, growing smarter,

embracing digital technologies, and being healthy, all while shedding un-necessary excesses,” Jason said. Ignite Architects endeavours to apply expertise across architecture, planning and design to creating commercial real estate that enables workforce talent to shine. “While typical design responses prioritised offices, desks and circulation, smart workplace designers look at layouts based on workplace analytics.” Analytics help to tune office, desk and meeting room ratios; right-size shared spaces and collaboration areas; accommodate mobile workforce needs; and guide digital and smart furniture solutions. Jason says Ignite’s team is also passionate about creating places that bring people together, where workplaces foster collaboration, connectivity and communication.

A CLEARVUE OF POWER GENERATION Capturing and utilising clean energy to power all aspects of human society is a global vision. ClearVue Technologies, based in Perth, is a leading player in Australia’s effort to develop clean, safe and sustainable sources of renewable energy. ClearVue has a specific focus on the building industry across all sectors including residential, industrial, commercial offices and greenhouses. The company’s core offering is highly energy efficient, clear glass that generates electricity. ClearVue’s patented technology utilises an activated interlayer which sits within two panes of laminated glass that redirects infra-red and ultraviolet light to the edge of a window to harvest the solar energy with traditional PV elements. Essentially ClearVue’s Technology produces clean renewable power via the windows in a building while retaining high transparency, letting in 70% of natural light. The same windows provide superior insulation 130 ANCR SMART CITIES SPECIAL FEATURE


Ignite has been recently applying this thinking to a major workplace project in Auckland, as part of a comprehensive repositioning of a 22-level office building. The same inspired approach is also being utilised for a boutique office project in Sydney for a leading beverage supplier. “We look to create workplaces that are about community and identity, as well as learning and mentoring,” Jason says. “Gone are the days of people coming to sit in silence in a field of workstations pecking away on a keyboard. Things have changed – and are changing for the better.”

For more information contact Ignite Architects, 231-233 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, phone 02 9819 8600, email, website

SMART CITIES | Power Glass | ClearVue Technologies

properties that also reduce heating and cooling costs. ClearVue is set to commercialise their clear glass products through strategic alliances with some of the world’s largest organisations. Chief Executive Officer, Victor Rosenberg said that ClearVue’s window products can convert a glass building, such as a high rise office block, into a massive solar panel.

“Our innovative technology does not replace solar panels on the roof of a building but works in conjunction with them. The clean energy produced by the windows can power items like automatic blinds, automatic ventilation, electrochromatic switchable glass, WiFi systems and mobile electronic devices, thereby reducing energy costs, creating a better environment for the well being of occupants and increasing the value of the building. Our technology positions us at the centre of the Smart Cities movement – we can power many different smart city and smart façade technologies at and from our glass without the need for grid interconnection.” The technology has been installed at Warwick Grove shopping centre in Perth, owned by the Vicinity Group. The northern entrance door atrium utilises ClearVue windows to generate power for lighting and other purposes. ClearVue is also partnering with Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and others under a CRC-P grant provided by the Australian


Federal government to trial the technology to power a self sustaining greenhouse. ClearVue’s technology represents a paradigm shift in the way glass will be used in future in building construction, automobiles, agriculture and specialty products.

ClearVue’s Technology produces clean renewable power via the windows in a building while retaining high transparency... For more information contact ClearVue Technologies, Suite 7, 567 Newcastle Street, West Perth WA 6005, phone 08 9220 9020, email, website ANCR SMART CITIES SPECIAL FEATURE 131

SMART CITIES | Building Information Modelling | BSI

BSI URGES CONSTRUCTION ORGANISATIONS TO GET ON BOARD WITH BIM By embracing BIM, construction and consulting organisations can improve stakeholder management and relationships

The ‘Digital Revolution’ continues to affect almost every aspect of human existence – and the built environment is no exception. From building design and construction projects to infrastructure development and ongoing asset management, the industry continues to be transformed by new and evolving digital solutions. BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an important aspect of this technological change and for those organisations that wish to compete in the vast global construction market, it must be embraced. BSI has been working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders – from product manufacturers to network providers and government agencies to develop best practice in areas such as smart cities, infrastructure and the built environment.

This includes our series of BIM specifications, such as ISO 19650 which published earlier this year, (and is based on BSI’s PAS 11922 standard), training to help individuals with the practicalities of BIM and certification schemes, such as the BSI Kitemark for ISO 19650 – all designed to ensure the successful implementation of BIM. These solutions have been transformational for the construction industry and are already being adopted across the globe, in China, the UAE, Australia, Germany and South America. As BIM models become more developed, there is no reason why such models should not be used by smart cities in considering development of portfolios of buildings. This would allow coordinated designs of districts, integrated services and coordinated maintenance programmes for those assets when buildings become operational, as well as scenario modelling to assess the impact




of certain events on the existing assets and public safety. The influence of digital technology on the built environment is only set to increase. BIM is transforming the way in which organisations within the building and civil infrastructure space work together. The role of project manager will shift focus to provide information management throughout the lifecycle of projects and developments. By embracing BIM, construction and consulting organisations can improve stakeholder management and relationships, open up new business development opportunities, reduce and mitigate risks, improve accessibility to data and archived files, work more efficiently and most importantly, become more resilient. For more information contact BSI, phone 1300 730 134, Building-Information-Modelling-BIM/

SMART CITIES | High and Low Voltage |Power Distribution Australia Pty Ltd

Power Distribution Australia Pty Ltd (PDA) is a family owned business operated by Tony Rossi and his daughter Emily. The company has an extensive portfolio of completed works yielding quality results in both the public and private sectors, including many projects for Tier 1 developers. With over 40 years combined experience in the high and low voltage industry, PDA provides overhead and underground electrical upgrades within Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy networks.

Tony and Emily consider an important component of PDA’s success to be their philosophy of recognising employees and clients as an extension of this family collaboration; working in partnership with all stakeholders to deliver quality practical completion in a timely manner.

For more information contact Power Distribution Australia Pty Ltd, 249 Annagrove Road, Annagrove NSW 2156, phone 02 8880 3514, email, website

PDA’s historical scope of works cover both small and large projects including but not limited to: • Indoor substations • Double and triple chamber substations • Mini chambers • Kiosk and Padmount substations


• Street Lighting • Pillar cut in • Overhead and underground network upgrades • Earthing designs and construction


SMART CITIES | Building Management | Oztech Intelligent Systems

INNOVATIVE, AGILE, CONNECTED AND COMMITTED Since 1990, Oztech Intelligent Systems has provided the Australian market with cutting edge DDC controller hardware and feature rich Building Management Systems, in addition to consulting and advisory services, from conceptual to full systems design, implementation, maintenance and service for their clients. Their end-to-end spectrum of services streamlines project design, delivery and lifecycle management of integrated systems solutions. “Unlike the plethora of Systems Integrators in the market, we are Full Stack Developers that build innovative, feature rich systems using open API libraries such as Tridium’s Niagara 4 API, and are therefore not constrained by off-the-shelf feature sets,” said Oztech’s new forward-thinking Technical Director, John Lu. “Our team of talented inhouse technical experts are trained to design and deliver bespoke class-leading solutions with innovations that both rival and exceed that of competing solutions from Tier 1 industry players.”

Oztech has further expanded their product line with class leading field products (sensors, motorised valves, damper actuators), open BACnet protocol field controllers, integration level controllers (such as Tridium’s JACE8000 operating on the Niagara 4 framework).

Over the last four years, Oztech has incorporated Tridium’s popular Niagara platform into their solutions portfolio. With its latest BMS solution developed on the Niagara 4 API via industryproven Agile-Scrum methodologies of product development, the end result is a system that leverages the latest in open web technologies, does not require third-party plugins or standalone applications, and is totally flexible in deployment architecture such as being cloudhosted or virtualised on client IT assets. As an official Johnson Controls ABCS (Authorised Building Controls Specialist),

This is complemented by a wide range of high quality yet cost-competitive products such as VAVs, FCUs, Modular Chillers, VSDs, Smoke Detection Systems, Tyco® Security, Access Control and CCTV solutions. “Only well established, highly reputable companies are considered for Johnson Controls’ ABCS approval. Their business model and product philosophy also fitted perfectly with our innovative, agile, connected and committed criteria,” John said. Coming in Q4 2019, Oztech’s new Landlord Package for Tridium Niagara 4 Building Management Systems allows building owners and facility managers to define zones within their commercial building freely,

LIGHT CONNECTS - AUTOMATED The world of lighting is a fast moving environment in which technology is constantly changing and delivering innovative solutions for the control of lighting systems. Automated, the leading lighting control business in Australia and the region, is at the forefront of this technology. Automated is a Certified Value Added Partner for the lighting control specialist



We’re not just Systems Integrators. We are Software Developers that build innovative, feature rich systems using Open API libraries... Technical Director, John Lu

allocate equipment (such as HVAC and lighting) to zone(s), add tenants to the user portal, configure and manage the associated operation and billing of building services such as afterhours air conditioning and lighting.

Aiming not to be the biggest but to be the best, Oztech’s nationwide team prides themselves on being approachable and flexible, in their client-engagement practices, enabling specific client-driven outcomes at competitive rates.

For more information contact Oztech Intelligent Systems, 15 Orion Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066, phone 02 9816 7000, email, website

SMART CITIES | Lighting Control Systems | Automated

Signify (previously known as Philips) and is the Signify Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand. Automated markets the Philips Dynalite system to electrical contractors and trade customers.

efficient lighting and building control solutions for residential, offices, hospitality, retail, industry, public spaces and more. It does so with reliability and never fails to impress.”

Managing Director of Automated, Joseph Joukhadar, said that Philips Dynalite is the finest lighting control system in the world. “The system creates sophisticated, energy

Joseph said that Dynalite does far more than simply turn lighting systems on and off. “Dynalite controls allow you to create ambience and recall different lighting scenes to suit the mood and the occasion. It can be configured from any point on the network and generate system status reports.” Established in 1996, Automated has headquarters in Sydney and offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, with technical specialists trained in a number of lighting systems. Automated has branched out globally, being the exclusive distributor for Dynalite to Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Automated also has an exclusive contract to


Philips PerfectPlay which provides industry leading LED floodlights that comply with international sports federation guidelines. Automated has numerous projects to its credit, including state-of-the-art lighting for the Barangaroo carpark, innovative lighting control systems for aged care residents at Thomas Holt Flame Tree in Kirrawee, special effects at the Vivid Festival and advanced lighting control systems at the Tiffany & Co. flagship store in Sydney. With a strong commitment to 5-year strategic planning and staff development, Joseph is committed to ensuring Automated continues to lead the market in lighting control systems. For more information contact Automated, Suite 4, Level 5, 37 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9247 0731, email, website


SYDNEY BUILD 2019 – Photo Gallery –

Sydney Build 2019 was one of the leading construction exhibitions focusing exclusively on construction projects and opportunities in Sydney and New South Wales, and we wanted to share some photos we took at the 2019 event. Congrats Sydney Build for putting on a wonderful show and we can't wait for Sydney Build 2020 (March 19-20 at ICC Sydney).




















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FIRE PERFORMANCE COMPLIANCE Recent high rise fire incidents in Australia and around the globe have reinforced the need for a better compliance monitoring and verification system in Australia.


In 2016 changes to the NCC with regards to proof of fire compliance, are to this date still being circumvented, resulting in non-compliant products being used in projects. Until a better audit process to prevent non-compliance is in place, the building industry as a whole must be vigilant but more importantly educated in how to prevent the use of non-compliant materials and composite systems in projects. Specifically: • Small scale tests being used in lieu of large scale tests. For example, AS/NZS 3837 and AS/NZS 1530.1 being used for applications, where Specification C1.10 and AS 5637.1 requires it to be tested to ISO 9705.


• Codemark certificates refencing AS/ NZS 1530.4, being accepted as proof of compliance in multi-storey high rise building façade applications, when testing to AS 5113 is required. • NCC Clause C1.9 being used in isolation of clause C1.10 and Specification C1.10, when in order to do so, one would have to assume that the two are mutually exclusive, which is not the intent of the NCC. This is happening now. And the need to stepup enforcement of compliance has never been more important. Australian major capital cities’ skylines are changing rapidly due to the marked increase in the construction of several multi-storey high rise buildings. Our cities’ skylines will continue to change over the next two decades due to population growth. Compliance to the NCC is mandatory and complacency when it comes to fire performance can and will result in disastrous consequences. ANCR MASTERS OF FIRE SPECIAL FEATURE 139


KEEPING YOU ULTRA SAFE Wholly Australian owned and operated, Ultrasafe Fire Protection Services is not only celebrating 24 years of providing business excellence, but it’s also how many years they have been protecting life and property from the devastation of fire around the country.

They are more than capable of servicing, installing, carrying out repairs or maintaining all types of fire protection services and equipment. “We offer a 24-hour emergency response service for your peace of mind,” Craig added.

Based in Sydney, Ultrasafe Fire Protection Services design, supply, install and maintain the right fire protection system for all commercial, industrial and residential properties.

“From the very beginning, our reputation for excellence has ensured our continuing relationship with some of the leading Tier 1 building and property maintenance companies in Australia. These distinguished clients include Watpac, Abigroup, Lendlease, Buildcorp, Roberts Pizzarotti, Multiplex, CPB, Kane Constructions, Richard Crookes, Sydney Airport Corporation Limited, Bunnings, Woolworths and Goodman to name a few.”

“We offer all clients full turn-key services that include design, documentation, installation and servicing to the relevant Australian Standards and BCA requirements,” said Ultrasafe Fire Protection Services Managing Director, Craig Gray. “We’re at the forefront of the industry and attribute our continued success to working with our clients to obtain the best possible fire system. We provide unique and innovative perspectives to projects based on our vast experience and knowledge.” Ultrasafe Fire Protection Services is fully compliant with all necessary Australian Standards, BCA, NCC or to meet any requirements produced as part of a Fire Engineered Report and include: •• Fire protection system design •• Fire sprinkler system installations •• Fire detection & alarm system installations •• VESDA system installations & servicing •• Gas suppression fire systems •• Building fire services inspections •• Fire asset management •• Demolition of existing fire systems •• Fire pumps maintenance •• Fire system flow testing •• Water storage tank inspections & repairs •• Annual fire audits •• Fire certifications •• Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS) •• Fire extinguisher supplies maintenance •• Hydrant and hose reel services •• Fire brigade booster maintenance •• In-rack fire sprinkler systems •• Alarm Signaling Equipment (ASE) Their maintenance personnel and inspectors carry out yearly testing and maintenance checks to ensure all fire sprinkler systems are in safe working order and compliant with the relevant Australian Standards. “Our qualified staff have over 30 years experience in the fire protection industry. 140 ANCR MASTERS OF FIRE SPECIAL FEATURE

While Ultrasafe Fire Protection Services primarily service buildings within Sydney, they have carried out fire system installations in Queensland, South Australia,Australian Capital Territory as well as many sites around New South Wales. Their projects are also comprehensive from educational and health care facilities, aged care, new and refurbished hospitals, multiresidential and commercial developments, to industrial complexes and airports. They pride themselves on keeping people and property safe. “We’re just completing a unique residential project at Infinity by Crown in Waterloo. It’s one of the largest regentrification projects in Australia’s history, converting the old Zetland industrial area into a new major town centre. The Infinity Tower at 60m tall, makes it quite prominent on the Green Square skyline,” said Craig. “We’re also installing fire systems to a variety of major hospitals across New South Wales from St Vincents Private Hospital to others in Wagga Wagga, Concord and Campbelltown. Plus carrying out a total refurbishment of the 388 George Street, Sydney building.”

For more information contact Ultrasafe Fire Protection Services, Unit 4, 727 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 02 9604 9383, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW




Achieve AS5113 compliance with Kingspan wall systems

Kingspan Insulated Panels are committed to building code compliance and life safety. That’s why Kingspan has undertaken independent large-scale façade fire performance testing of its insulated wall panels, achieving AS5113 compliance. Kingspan have a range of façade systems tested to AS5113 and BS 8414. These form the basis for performance solutions for the external walls of Type A and B Buildings.


In addition, Kingspan is running an education program and answering your questions about AS5113 and large scale fire testing. -

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IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK Sparks + Partners Consulting Engineers are leaders in the field of Fire Protection Systems (FPS), a highly specialised area of services engineering. New fire safety reforms have been introduced to strengthen building regulation and certification systems. In 2017 the NSW Government introduced changes to enhance fire safety requirements in both new and existing buildings. There is also a new National Construction Code which came into effect on 1 May, 2019, setting out further fire safety measures aimed at fire suppression in residential buildings of certain classes and heights. Professional advice by specialists accredited in FPS is therefore critical for all new developments. Sparks + Partners have established a division dedicated to servicing projects that require detailed input and advice regarding active and passive FPS. Their fire services team combine deemed-to-satisfy design with industry best practice and are committed to working in partnership with architects, builders and developers from the earliest planning stages of projects, right through to completion and final certification. Paul De Las Alas, Fire Services Team Leader for Sparks + Partners, is an FPAS accredited Fire Systems Designer and a Senior Fire Services 144 ANCR MASTERS OF FIRE SPECIAL FEATURE

Engineer. “Sparks + Partners guarantee to clients that an accredited Fire Systems Designer will design their fire system,” Paul said. Sparks + Partners certified staff and 30 years of industry experience ensure that clients have access to alternative and innovative design practices which produce the best outcome and reduce overall costs. Being closely involved in the construction phase and progress inspections, they can ensure the workmanship of the systems installed and their compliance to relevant authority codes. Sparks + Partners provide accredited Competent Fire Safety Practitioners (CFSP) to advise clients on wet and dry fire services as well as hydraulic engineering. These certified specialists are complemented by a robust BIM Revit design team. “We continue to build on three decades of excellence with our dedicated team, delivering exceptional projects across all industry sectors,” Paul said. For more information contact Sparks + Partners Consulting Engineers, Level 1, 91 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2151, phone 02 9891 5033, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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

“Our company employs only skilled tradesmen, engineers and designers who understand and apply the relevant codes and standards”. Premier Fire has developed that expertise since setting up over 30 years ago, with its first project being the iconic Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour. “The senior staff at that time all came from one of the major fire protection companies. The Sydney Aquarium project allowed Premier Fire to gain a reputation for excellence in its own right which has led to countless iconic projects including Aurora Place in Phillip Street Sydney, Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and as a joint venture partner on the Barangaroo Commercial precinct in Sydney. Gordon Stalley is a director of the National Fire Industry Association, mostly representing the Association on New South Wales issues. During that time the NFIA has opened fire industry training colleges across Australia. For more information contact Premier Fire Protection, Unit 2/3 Gibbes Street, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 02 8422 6888, fax 02 8422 6899, email, website ANCR MASTERS OF FIRE SPECIAL FEATURE 145

A MAJOR STEP FORWARD Detecting and suppressing the devastating impact of fire on people and assets is the core business of Kidde Australia. The scope of Kidde’s business is comprehensive, with their brands and products providing cutting edge fire protection solutions to every sector of business and the community. Kidde is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corporation. Linked to a network operating in over 100 countries, Kidde Australia is a world leader in special hazard fire suppression systems for land based, vehicle and marine applications, with a programme of continuous investment in research and development. New products are constantly being introduced to the market, with the new Kidde Inert Gas System (IGS) and the EXXFIRE all in one detection and suppression system being the latest. Daniel Wilson, Product Development Manager, said that these two new products bring the latest technology to the Australian fire detection and suppression business. “The Kidde IGS delivers flexibility and efficiency, while being safer for the environment with no ozone depletion and zero global warming potential. The EXXFIRE system protects critical IT systems against fire through early smoke detection minimising risk to the hardware.” One of the major benefits of the Kidde IGS is the use of a new valve system which regulates flow and pressure to allow the use of Schedule 40 piping for many applications. This makes the system significantly easier, cheaper and safer to install and with the quick connect connections a torque wrench is not required for the actuation piping as with earlier systems. Labour costs are further reduced with the use of prefabricated manifolds, quick connect actuation hoses and electrical connectors. The Kidde IGS also allows a choice of four NFPA and ISO-approved agents to suit regional recharge conditions and customer specifications. Refill costs after a discharge are more economical as a result. Cylinders can be stored some distance away from protected area, offering further flexibility.


The Kidde IGS has wide ranging applications, with the added advantage that it is more suitable than synthetic agents for rooms that are hard to seal, like museums, art galleries, laboratories, medical facilities and financial centres. While the Kidde IGS can cover entire floors, the new EXXFIRE suppression system is a niche product providing protection at a cabinet level. EXXFIRE has particular applicability in the IT sector where research has shown that 50% of companies faced severe losses or even bankruptcy after critical IT hardware failure. Fire is often the main cause of downtime of critical hardware and loss of data. This is where EXXFIRE comes into its own, providing a unique detection and suppression protection system for critical operating resources such as IT racks, electrical switching and power distribution cabinets. Daniel said that the principle of EXXFIRE suppression systems is based on the replacement of oxygen with nitrogen. “The use of nitrogen will suppress and extinguish the fire without any damage to expensive hardware systems. The system is plug and play, easy to install and 30% smaller than conventional systems without any pressurised storage container.” The unique feature of the EXXFIRE system is the patented cool gas generator which operates like a small solid rocket but without the thrust, producing nitrogen at a low pressure. The solid propellant is stored as a chemical block inside the generator. Due to the patented technology, no filtering or cooling is needed, thus giving a high storage efficiency resulting in a 30% smaller and lighter system. The introduction of the Kidde IGS and the EXXFIRE system to the Australian market by Kidde represents a major step forward in fire detection and suppression technology.

For more information contact Kidde Australia, Ground Floor, 10 Ferntree Place, Notting Hill VIC 3168, phone 1800 672 171, email, website







PASSIVE FIRE COMPLIANCE MADE VISIBLE With mandatory inspections now enforced and closer scrutiny on fire protection systems specified and used, choosing the right passive fire protection system is key to ensuring compliance. Proudly Australian made, Trafalgar’s FYREBOX™ range makes passive fire compliance visible. Contractors and subcontractors no longer need to fire stop their own service penetrations, as all services pass through and are fire stopped by a single, easily identifiable, orange FYREBOX™. Besides providing a single fire stopped penetration for inspection and certification, FYREBOX™ multi-service transits significantly reduce the space required for fire stopping, by eliminating the need to separate service penetrations.

A recent construction project Trafalgar was involved with required an immense cluster of air conditioning services to be installed where traditionally used forms of fire stopping could not be applied due to space restrictions. Trafalgar’s technical team liaised with the builder, contractor and fire engineer to arrive at a compliant fire stopping solution, where FYREBOX™ Maxi was utilised with FyreWrap® to achieve the desired FRL. In certain areas, the sheer volume of pipes and cables was such, that multiple FYREBOX™ Maxi transits were used to eliminate issues with service penetrations.

This is particularly pertinent in situations where there are large volumes of building services being routed through small areas, with limited space available for fire stopping.

With Trafalgar’s FYREBOX™ family of products having undergone well in excess of 100 hours of fire testing since 2015, the FYREBOX™’s are meticulously fire tested and approved in accordance with AS1530.4 and AS4072.1. All Trafalgar passive fire products and systems have been engineered to simplify and expediate compliance certification, by making compliance visible.

The Trafalgar technical team frequently assists clients in such situations, by providing product selection support and training; and conducting onsite walk throughs where required.

For more information contact Trafalgar Fire, 26A Ferndell Street, South Granville NSW 2142, phone 1800 888 714, email, website,



Managing Director, Lukas Calleja and National Manager, Daniel Doran established True Seal in 2015 with the vision to create the most trusted business in the passive fire protection industry.

With over three decades of experience designing quality solutions, the True Seal team provides unrivalled, innovative passive fire protection with quality workmanship and customer service from the office to the building site, that will save you time and money.

The True Seal team has grown quickly with the highly qualified staff now providing services across Victoria and Tasmania, including design, implementation and management of fire protection solutions. “Our services include penetration sealing, fire sprays for structural steel and mechanical ductwork, along with building audits and compliance reporting,” said Lukas. “True Seal is fully accredited and a proud member of the Fire Protection Association of Australia. We are 100% compliant with the applicable Australian Standards.” Lukas and Daniel lead the strategic direction of the company as well as ensuring the growth of True Seal is built on the fundamentals of being a reliable partner that consistently delivers exceptional quality and service.



Passive fire protection compliance has become more regulated and is now becoming more prevalent, where as before it wasn’t required.

they added. “Our technicians have worked on some of the biggest projects across Victoria and Tasmania.”

“Passive fire can be costly if not correctly planned or commenced at the start, or even neglected during the building stage,” said Daniel. “However, the biggest cost of not passively sealing your building can be the loss of lives, buildings, and assets.”

“Currently, we’re providing all the passive fire requirements on the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment, including for 12 separate subcontractors offering specialised reporting and Certificates of Compliance upon completion of various stages. The expected completion date of the new development and refurbishment of existing buildings is due in June 2020.”

Along with passive fire protection, True Seal offer a full range of fire protection services from installation of fire resistant products and certification, fire boards, fire batts, fire access points, fire resistant paints, to Hebel blockwork and panels, fire resistant ductwork wraps, fire stopping service penetration materials, maintenance, certification, audits, and compliance inspections. “Our staff are fully experienced in Australia’s evolving compliance standards, project requirements and our customer’s needs within the building, industrial, health, electrical, plumbing and mechanical industries,”


True Seal prides themselves on their ability to be a reliable and responsive provider from the initial consultation, right through to job completion. With a reliable fleet of vehicles and team of 17 enthusiastic experts who thrive on creating solutions for clients to save them programme time and overall costs, ensures customer satisfaction.

quality standards. Through their years of knowledge across all areas of the passive fire industry True Seal have identified the strengths and weaknesses of products and from this have developed leading installation systems, complete with certification and documentation. No project is too small or too large for the True Seal team. Other projects True Seal are working on include, Melbourne Square, Melbourne Quarter R1, Capitol Theatre, Australia 108, Collins Arch, Bacchus Marsh, Footscray, Cabrini Hospitals and Peninsula Private Hospital Stage 2 in Melbourne. In Tasmania, they are working on Crown Plaza Hotel, Hyatt Hotel, The Hedberg and Mercy Hospital. For more information contact True Seal, phone 03 8590 8872, email, website

True Seal source the most innovative products tested in accordance with Australian Standards, allowing quicker response times and leading






INSURING FIRE SAFE CLADDING Since the Grenfell fire in London on the 14th of June 2017, State Governments around Australia are taking positive action to identify unsafe cladding and ensure buildings are safe. To do this effectively, State Governments have had to change legislation as well as ban unsafe building products from use across the country. In order to completely understand the extent of the risk to Australians, each state has set up a taskforce to determine which buildings are classified as fire hazards. The main goal of the taskforce is to determine if the building under investigation has Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) or other hazardous cladding materials, and also to evaluate the most critical exposures, safety to life and code compliance. The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) as well as the individual state governments recommend that only qualified fire safety engineers carry out these audits to assess the condition of the exterior building components. Fahrenheit Global (FG) has developed a multi-phase assessment process, based on the Society of Fire Safety (SFS) practice guide for façade fire safety design, which has been endorsed by the ICA. FG will first investigate the site to determine if there is cladding present. If there is no cladding present no further action is required, and the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

building can be listed on the state’s portal. However, if cladding is present FG will undertake a series of actions to assess the risk. This includes determining the date the cladding was installed using any available documentation, or by sending a sample to an ICA approved laboratory to determine the fire properties of the material. A comprehensive fire engineering and risk assessment report is then submitted to all stakeholders outlining the fire risk of the installed cladding, its compliance with the SFS guidelines, and the ICA protocol. Following public awareness and the recognition of the complexities associated with some of the currently utilised cladding systems, Fahrenheit Global is becoming increasingly involved in the building design stages, providing architects, façade engineers and developers with advice on the best use of cladding materials to achieve long term performance and compliance of the façade system.

For more information contact Fahrenheit Global, Level 5, Suite 506, Westfield Office Tower, 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens NSW 2036, phone 02 8347 1233, email, website ANCR MASTERS OF FIRE SPECIAL FEATURE 153

Promat Australia manufactures and markets a complete suite of passive fire protection systems which contribute to the saving of lives and protection of property and assets in the event of fire.



Promat’s unique market position is that they supply products into all areas of passive fire protection, so customers can obtain all their passive fire protection needs and professional advice from Promat. Sourcing the various passive fire protection products from a single manufacturer simplifies the design and build process, ensuring complete compatibility between products and their applications. Peter Butler, Head of Technical Services at Promat, said that the company’s main markets were in multi-residential and commercial buildings. “We also have systems for industrial buildings, single residential buildings in bushfire areas and also for infrastructure in the oil and gas industry.” One of Promat’s newest products, PROMASHIELD ®, is a welcome and innovative solution to the problem of insulating service penetrations to the required certification standards. With PROMASHIELD ®, achieving the insulation criteria is


quick and simple with no more wrapping, strapping or taping required. The innovative retrofit design makes installation easy and the penetration can be finished in a fraction of the time it takes to treat services using other products on the market. PROMASHIELD® is a patented system based on the principles of convection. This means that the service transfers heat at a lower rate than one that is wrapped and allows the PROMASHIELD® to be shorter than a wrap for the equivalent size service. The foam insert prevents waste accumulating inside the shield while also stabilising the shield around the service. With the addition of extenders, this versatile system can be installed around rows of penetrating pipes or cable trays. For service penetrations through a concrete slab, this system is only required on the top side of the opening to achieve an FRL of up to -/120/120. It is available in small, medium,




and large sizes for pipes up to 65mm, 100mm, and 200mm respectively. Installation achieved simply by clipping or sliding the two halves together around the pipe and securing into the substrate with a suitable fixing through the provided anchor points. Promat Australia has been on a strong growth trajectory with sales increasing over 400% since they acquired Fyreguard, the previous Promat distributor, in 1998. The company has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Manufacturing is undertaken in Adelaide. Peter said that all Promat fire protection system products are tested and certified by third parties.“All our systems guarantee the comprehensive structural fire protection of complex buildings such as high rise multi-occupational residential buildings, commercial buildings, hospitals and public buildings. They provide confidence in delivering the most robust solutions for structural steelwork, ceilings, partitions, cables, penetration seals and high risk areas.”


Promat Australia also produces a range of steel protection systems. PROMATECT® 250 is a mineral board comprising autoclaved calcium silicate spheres bound in a mineral matrix providing excellent levels of fire protection. A number of high performance spray on or trowelled products based on vermiculite and gypsum are also available such as CAFCO® 300, a lightweight coating that provides very efficient fire resistance with minimal thickness to steel and concrete structures, metal flooring and roof decks. One prominent Sydney project where CAFCO® 300 fire spray was used was the Australian Technology Park. Promat worked with Monospray to provide 14,000 bags of CAFCO® 300 to provide passive fire protection for structural steel protection in all three buildings. Promat products have also recently been employed in passive fire protection systems for the Royal Adelaide Hospital, 25 King Brisbane and Australia 108 Melbourne.

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Protecting: schools, warehouses, apartment blocks, car parks, office buildings, hospitals, nursing homes, cinemas, shopping centres, as well as many others.

PROTECT-A-PIPE specialises in fire protection installations. With years of experience, the Director of PROTECT-A-PIPE recognised the area relating to the protection of support hangers from fire, required improvement within the industry. PROTECT-A-PIPE has designed, tested and certified products to meet the Australian Standard where pipework is likely to be exposed to fire in a building that is not protected by sprinklers. In this instance, the pipe supports should have an FRL not less than 60/-/-, while maintaining a pipe-support temperature of not less than 500°C when tested in accordance with AS1530.4. PROTECT-A-PIPE uses stainless steel moulds backfilled with Promat’s CAFCO® 300 vermiculite spray. The range of PROTECTA-PIPE products is designed for two main types of pipe supports – pear band and yoke clamp – and allow for either 100mm or 150mm diameter pipes. including moulds to protect the drop rods which suspend the pipe system. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

PROTECT-A-PIPE can also use the same design criteria to offer custom designed moulds to suit other possible requirements, even for the mechanical industry if they are required to meet a particular fire rating.

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For more information contact PROTECT-A-PIPE, 1 Starr Avenue, North Plympton SA 5037, phone 08 8376 8506, email, website ANCR MASTERS OF FIRE SPECIAL FEATURE 157

INTRODUCING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TBA Firefly is a passive fire protection specialist with a dynamic research and development programme which ensures the construction industry in Australia has access to the latest passive fire protection products and technology. All their products and systems are rigorously fire tested and BCA compliant and they have always made the Regulatory Information Reports available. TBA Firefly has a suite of products to match most requirements for passive fire protection in the building industry, from major high rise commercial and residential projects, to domestic free-standing properties in bushfire prone areas. The Firefly range encompasses lightweight flexible fire and smoke barriers, extremely strong non-combustible sarking, passive fire stopping systems and specialised products for protection from bushfires. Managing Director of TBA Firefly, Ross Jackson said that all research and development is done inhouse at their offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, then independently tested. “Many of our products are initially sourced from TBA Protective Technologies LTD, our parent

company in England. These products are then refined to meet all Australian Standards by our own local team. We have great agility in our research and development so are often first to market introducing new local and overseas technology.” Protection of residences and buildings from bushfire is a specialised product area for which TBA Firefly is well known. Following the catastrophic Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009, TBA Firefly was the first company to pass the AS1530.8.2 Roof Test using its BAL-FZ roof system. This product is the lightest and most easily installed system on the market, fully tested to meet the ‘Flame Zone’ requirements of AS3959-2009. This system was used on Callignee 2, the first home to be rebuilt following the devastating 2009 bushfires. It was featured on Grand Designs Australia as ‘The Bushfire House’. The TBA Firefly system can be used to protect the roof, fascia, eaves, valleys and barge elevations. Firefly Plus 60 is only 10mm thick and very flexible, ensuring it can be easily wrapped around any shaped roof whilst maintaining the full fire rating. It is therefore a highly attractive solution for architects who like to design homes and buildings outside of the box.

Another successful TBA Firefly product line is its ‘Multi-service Block’ which offers high rise residential builders a single seal to fire stop all the services passing from the common corridors to the sole occupancy units. Quick and easy to install above each doorway before or after the services are installed, it is suitable for a wide range of

Firefly Multi-Service Block

Another extremely practical and effective solution for fire sealing multiple services through a single large hole is the TBA Firefly Intubatt system. The FRL’s achieved are from -/120/120 right the way up to -/240/240. Tested with 170 different services passing through it in numerous wall types and 140 services passing through it in slab floors. The possible combinations are almost endless, so it is almost a one system fits all proposition.

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TBA Firefly Non Combustible Sarking



60 minute wall substrates. Ross Jackson said the product has been used on one of the nation’s biggest recent construction projects, the South Village apartment and commercial development at Kirrawee in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire. “It was a major project for TBA Firefly and a great endorsement for the product.”

In conjunction with a number of different external wall suppliers, TBA Firefly have also developed and successfully tested numerous AS5113 façade systems which utilises our 6mm thick, lightweight, strong Vulcan composite fire blanket which even protects flammable insulation like PIR set in a lightweight timber frame.

Façade Test Preparations – Installation TBA Firefly Vulcan

Façade Test before, during and after

TBA Firefly was also the first company to develop a non-combustible sarking (flexible building membrane) which is supplied in two versions, breathable and non-breathable. Until 2016, the Australian construction industry had not recognised the fact that external wall systems of Type A or B construction were required to be composed completely of non-combustible materials. This requirement dates back to 1988 but was only highlighted when the ABCB clarified their position on the matter in August of 2016.

After the Test, dismantling of the test rig showing that FIREFLY VULCAN had protected the Timber Frame - Main Structure

TBA Firefly is a major supplier of many products and systems to the passive fire protection market and general construction industry, both in Australia and in New Zealand. We welcome all enquiries even the obscure, unusual ones that require forward thinking outside the box, we rise to the challenge and excel at the projects that often fall into other peoples “too hard baskets”.

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THE SCIENCE OF FIRE SAFETY Fire Engineering requires a multi-disciplinary understanding of mechanical, electrical and structural engineering as well as building services and access. Just as important is the need to have an understanding of human behaviour. MCD Fire Engineering provides a holistic service which encompasses all these areas of knowledge and practice. Managing Director, Mark McDaid and his Associate, Dr. Lei Wang, are highly credentialled in fire safety engineering with many years of international and local experience. They lead a team of accredited fire engineers dedicated to delivering appropriate fire safety engineering design “We provide innovative fire engineering performance solutions across all building sectors from residential to large commercial, retail, industrial and warehousing. We always look for alternative solutions to meet the design goals, safety objectives and the financial and operational targets of a project, all within the compliance requirements of the Building Code of Australia.” Mark McDiad’s expertise is often called on to provide expert witness reports to enquiries on matters relating to fire safety regulations. They include many to the Supreme Court relating to aluminium composite panelling cladding. “The cladding issue remains a major WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

challenge for the building industry and we are regularly doing audits and reports on buildings where combustible panels are suspected of being in place,” Mark said. Modern architectural designs also present challenges for fire safety engineering. Many high rise commercial offices now incorporate ‘vertical villages’ or interconnected floors that have open stairs up to nine floors. These designs require special solutions not only relating to fire and smoke spread, but also relating to the mechanical systems such as zone smoke control and stair pressurisation systems. “MCD Fire Engineering is fully equipped to deal with these building designs from a fire safety perspective,” Mark said. The expertise of MCD Fire Safety Engineering extends to buildings with significant heritage value, an example of which included a timber framed building with an atrium connecting all floors that presented challenges on fire severity, fire spread, fire service intervention and occupant evacuation and safety. For more information contact MCD Fire Engineering, PO Box 442, Manly NSW 2095, phone 0423 922 745, email info@, website ANCR MASTERS OF FIRE SPECIAL FEATURE 161



Kane Constructions / Phillip Island Image supplied by Kane Constructions






The $58.2 million Penguin Parade Visitor Centre redevelopment has been designed with high levels of architectural finish including a complex roof and façade geometry comprising composite glue-laminated timber, steel and concrete with a zinc shingle façade. Kane Constructions was appointed in late 2017 to deliver the world class Penguin Parade Visitor Centre facility. The Kane team utilised inhouse expertise in building information modelling (BIM) to address coordination of building services, production of shop drawings and the maximisation of offsite prefabrication to ensure efficiencies and minimise impact to the highly sensitive environment. There is an array of 666 solar panels on the expansive roof, a water filtration system to recycle rainwater for non-potable use, increased roof and floor insulation, and double-glazed windows. Its state-of-the-art design has been acknowledged internationally, having just been announced as a winner at the 2019 International Architecture Awards. Renowned for their challenging construction ability and multi-awarding winning results, privately owned Kane Constructions, began work on the new Penguin Parade Visitor’s Centre (PPVC) at Phillip Island’s in January 2018. Enhancing the visitor experience over an area of 4,785m2, the new star shaped building includes 1,800m2 of education spaces, interactive interpretive zones, public spaces, modern retail outlets and improved dining experiences with café and restaurant, as well as administration zones to house the nature parks staff and rangers. 164 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PENGUIN PARADE VISITOR CENTRE

“With construction occurring while the existing visitors centre continued to operate it was critical for our team to work closely with the client, architects and subcontractors, to ensure continuity of business was maintained whilst construction was underway. The delivery of the building’s unique external façade, complex geometry of structural elements and internal fitout demanded an innovative approach to construction,” said Kane Project Manager, Ben Barrett. “Due to the complexity of structural steel, Glulam beams and precast panels, our Project Engineer, Shane Harders, did an amazing job coordinating the 3D modelling of the structure and services to ensure efficiency in the construction. This technology and modeling was used throughout the internal fitout works, and was embraced by subcontractors and Kane Constructions site management.” The building features 900mm deep Victorian Ash Glulam timber ceiling beams spanning up to 18.5m, with ply linings creating the angular raking ceilings. The intricate ceilings integrate acoustic panelling also in which services are located. Rendered monoliths complemented by GRC plinths, extend from the troweled screeds, concealing the structural steel and providing platforms for the interps AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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displays throughout the building. The building’s concrete, exposed timber, folded zinc shingles and glass reinforced concrete is finished naturally, creating integral texture and colour. As Victoria’s most visited tourist attraction, the new PPVC sits among three distinct landscapes, dunes, headland and wetlands, and is designed to link these through mounding and creating valleys for water to flow across the land. “The mounds also assist in preventing direct views of the new bus and car parks from the building, with visitors approaching only gaining a view of the building once they are within the directly surrounding boardwalks and indigenous performance space,” Ben said. The dynamic Kane team was responsible for the PPVC construction, landscaping, the car coach and minibus parking areas, and the ‘central spine’, which is the walkway connecting the parking areas to the new building. They were also accountable for the demolition of the old visitors centre after construction and revegetation of over 6 hectares of natural Penguin habitat creating new habitats for over 1,400 breeding penguins. The Environmental Management Plan outlines the mitigation measures put in place to minimise the impacts on wildlife previously, during and post construction. Daily wildlife inspections were undertaken throughout construction, and Kane worked closely with Nature Parks to adjust finished levels of landscaping to ensure they WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

were suitable for penguin occupation. “All contractors have been doing a fantastic job in assisting project staff in managing wildlife in and around the construction site. To offset the vegetation removal, an area has been created on private land adjacent to Swan Lake, also resulting in revegetation of 16 hectares of farmland.” From humble beginnings in 1973, Kane Constructions is now one of Australia’s leading contractors with over 500 employees operating in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Specialising in commercial construction, Kane is active across multiple market segments including education, health, defence, office and community. The business remains privately owned with annual turnover exceeding $1 billion. Consistently delivering quality projects for their clients Kane is also working on, Shepparton Arts Museum, Puffing Billy Railway Lakeside Discovery Centre, Cato Square and the Cabrini Health Gandel Wing in Victoria. “We continue to do what we know best. Successfully deliver quality projects for our clients and ensure the journey is an enjoyable one,” Ben added.

For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PENGUIN PARADE VISITOR CENTRE 165

Below Signal & Hobbs supplied and installed BlueScope Lysaght Kliplok 700 deck to the roof along with all box gutters and drainage system.

Signal & Hobbs provide a range of building solutions beyond just roofs, using their expertise and specialist skills on the unique star shaped architecturally acclaimed, Penguin Parade Visitor Centre. “Our experience with sheetmetal, aluminium, polycarbonate, fibreglass, insulated façade panels and steel means we can offer solutions for many other applications,” said Signal & Hobbs Director and Project Manager, Wayne Mclean. “The visitor centre installation was extremely time consuming due to the angled design and each of the 800 plus roofing sheets having to be cut top and bottom before fitting, plus daily cleaning of the metal swarf caused from the cutting.” BlueScope Lysaght Kliplok 700 deck, with a unique colour coating of AM150 Colorbond Metallic Cosmic, was used on the roof due to the proximity to the ocean and the corrosive effect of salt air. The special coating also carries a 15 year warranty for the roof. “30% of the roof area was also covered with solar panels that require a special maintenance regime. The roof under the solar panels has to be washed down with fresh water every three months to maintain the life of the roof,” Wayne explained. Signal & Hobbs also installed all box gutters to the roof area with a Syfonic drainage system. Over 550 lineal meters of box gutters were installed with all trafficable supports. The 0.55mm 304 stainless steel material has a high corrosion existence and a long life span. “While Bluescope Lysaght supplied the flashing Metallic Cosmic coils, all the stainlesssteel box gutters and Metallic Cosmic flashings for the project were fabricated and supplied by the Roofing and Sheetmetal

Centre or RSC as it is known at Noble Park North,” said Wayne. “We also installed the safe access system to the roof area, designed and installed in conjunction with Synergy Access. The system allows building maintenance staff to access and safely complete roofing duties.” The installation of all materials was professionally completed by Project Foreman, Steve Brown, along with 12 roof plumber tradesmen and a few apprentices. “All our roof plumbers are registered with the Victorian Building Authority and have Certificate III trade qualifications,” Wayne said. “We also have an ongoing programme for training apprentices.” Established in 1973, Signal & Hobbs expertly deliver fabrication, metal roofing installation and sheet metal rainwater products for many landmark Victorian construction projects. “We pride ourselves on providing unique roofing solutions for major construction projects. Our philosophy of cooperation with our clients being critical, to the delivery of the project on time and on budget,” said Wayne. Projects Signal & Hobbs have in their portfolio of work includes the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Melbourne (Grocon/PCL), the New Melbourne Convention Centre (Probuild), the RAAF Base Sale Victoria (Laing O’Rourke), the ANZ Stadium re-roof Sydney in conjunction with Close Commercial Roofing (Laing O’Rourke) and the many stages of construction at Chadstone Shopping Centre Melbourne (Probuild). For more information contact Signal & Hobbs, 20 Summit Road, Noble Park North VIC 3174, phone 03 8726 3050 email reception@, website





Below William & Burns installed the primary HVAC Air Handling Units throughout Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.

Attracting over 600,000 visitors per year the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Park is crucial to the success of Victoria’s tourism, the new visitor centre increasing visitation by more than 20% over ten years. Accommodating education and hospitality facilities, utility areas as well as restaurants made the installation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems essential. Williams & Burns Contracting worked with the architect and builder from the beginning. “Our professional team of locals installed the primary HVAC Air Handling Units (AHU’s) systems zoned to the various building spaces,” said Darren Burns, Williams & Burns’ Director. “Chilled and heated water is reticulated to all AHU systems via secondary pumping systems interconnected to a thermal plant heat pump plant of two machines rated at 350kWr each.” “Ventilation systems comprise general, kitchen and toilet exhaust systems as required to cater to the specific usage areas,” Darren added. For over 30 years locally owned and operated Williams & Burns, based in Archies Creek, have provided HVAC design, installations, repair and maintenance projects for hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, clubs, 168 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PENGUIN PARADE VISITOR CENTRE

cinemas, hostels, operating theatres, schools and many other industries between Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Gippsland and beyond, even interstate if required. They are renowned for their prompt service, expertise, knowledge, quality workmanship and highest quality products on commercial and residential projects. They are also passionate about employing apprentices and helping young people begin their careers. Currently the company has four apprentices working with them, believing that young people are essentially the future of the industry. With teams in Melbourne and Gippsland, Williams & Burns have all your HVAC needs covered. Their projects include RAAF Base Sale, Inverloch RACV Resort, Newhaven College, The Nobbies Center, Wonthaggi Plaza, Warragul Arts Centre, Warragul Hospital, Moe Rail Precinct, Wonthaggi Secondary College and Fulham Correctional Facility. For more information contact Williams & Burns Contracting Pty Ltd, 92 Archies Creek Road, Archies Creek VIC 3995, phone 03 5678 7463, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Terrior were the architects appointed to design the unique star shaped visitors centre for Penguin Parade.

In September 2016, Terroir Architects were appointed Principal Consultant for the $58 million new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre. Known for their extensive experience in designing complex buildings in internationally significant, sensitive locations where cultural and environmental conditions are central to the project’s success, Terroir were able to apply their experienced eye to this significant project. “When initially engaged we proposed a change to the concept plan that had been incorporated in the masterplan,” said Terroir Principal, Scott Balmforth. “This involved rotating the arrangement 90 degrees, so the public foyer space now occupied part of the journey for the visitor from arrival through to the Penguin Parade experience.” “The star shaped design reaches out to the three surrounding landscapes – dunes, headland and wetland – stitching the landscapes together like a brooch. The sharp, angular form creates a thinner and lighter looking building that was a finalist in the World Architecture Festival 2017 Awards, in Berlin, Germany in the Unbuilt Culture Category.” The building’s exterior zinc cladding reflects the power of the landscapes, while the exposed timber and plywood paneled interior is WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

warm and welcoming. Structured around a central space are a series of dedicated spaces for ticketing, a theatre, interpretation space, education facilities, retail and restaurants. “Construction began in 2018, and our success was due to the collaboration between our Terroir team, Phillip Island Nature Parks, and Kane and their subcontractors,” said Scott. Terroir has been designing and delivering innovative, award-winning, place based sensitive projects since 1999. The team is young but established with strong design backgrounds who deliver fresh, energetic, research-based projects internationally. They’re also working on the Puffing Billy Railway Visitor Centre and Geelong’s Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct in Victoria.

For more information contact Terroir Architects, 181 Elizabeth Street, Hobart TAS 7000, phone 03 6234 6372, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE PENGUIN PARADE VISITOR CENTRE 169

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, Victoria Photo supplied by Phillip Island Nature Parks





Below Swell Constructions completed the timber ceilings, glue lam beams and the outside decking around the building.

Established in 2007, Swell Constructions is renowned for creating custom built carpentry masterpieces in a timely and cost effective manner on a variety of residential and commercial projects. The company has a strong dedication to environmental sustainability and responsibility, which aligned with the desired outcomes for the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre redevelopment project. “Having previously created the viewing area at Penguin Parade, we were thrilled to continue our involvement in this exciting major redevelopment. The new decked walkway between the carpark and visitors centre building aligns with our environmental priorities,” said Chief of Operations, Sanela Skopljak. The Swell team, comprising of 45 handpicked members, worked on the ‘central spine’, or walkway connecting the car/coach parking areas to the new building as well as the plywood feature ceiling, glulam wrap installation, roof framing, carpentry fixing. A large subfloor was also created to incorporate wheelchair access ramps. “The plywood feature ceiling was our biggest challenge. It needed to be seamless, so the ply was cut onsite with precise 45 degree mitres, ensuring all the external angled sheets had no gaps between them,” said Sanela. 172 VIC PROJECT FEATURE PENGUIN PARADE VISITOR CENTRE

Swell Constructions has been nominated by Kane Constructions for their ‘Most Valuable Player Awards’ in recognition of Swell’s impeccable execution of this project. Swell customise their project team for every project they take on to ensure execution is carried out with impeccable quality. “Our dedicated team has an undeniable passion for perfection, while also offsetting our greenhouse emissions by partnering with nonprofit Greenfleet,” said Sanela. Swell Constructions have recently completed the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club for Ireland Brown Projects, while also undertaking work on a number of school, apartment and aged care projects throughout Victoria.

For more information contact Swell Constructions, phone 03 5931 3691, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Endeavour Ceilings installed the unusual ceiling elements for Penguin Parade Visitors Centre.

Endeavour Ceilings relish the opportunity to take on new challenges, and the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre multi-pointed, star shaped building, designed by Terroir, offered the perfect opportunity for the team to utilise their skills. Beginning in late October 2018, more than 25 of Endeavour Ceilings’ experienced team worked on a number of internal elements for the project, including the lightweight framing, angular and odd shaped exposed acoustic insulation, plywood and perforated ceilings, theatre ceilings and prefabricated frames. The primary timber interior spaces of the single storey visitor centre building, features a faceted timber ceiling that resembles the external geometry. The internal environment is directly related to the structure and surrounding landscapes, providing an intensity along with a welcoming warmth to the annual 700,000 visitors. “There was a lot of exploration with the architect in cross laminated timbers to achieve the desired look, feel and support required on the project,” said Endeavour Ceilings Director, Sid Gudelj. “Kane’s 3D modelling was extremely beneficial and a real time saver for everyone involved.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Since 2000, family owned and operated Endeavour Ceilings has been providing top class building services to commercial, industrial and residential clients. “We’ve just completed a project for David Jones where our innovation and creativity with the design cut the build time in half without compromising the look, feel or quality,” said Sid. “If there is ever any programme constraints or challenging issues, we’re always eager to be involved. It’s our forte.” The team are also currently working on Glen Shopping Centre for Probuild and M City in Monash for Multiplex.

For more information contact Endeavour Ceilings, 23 National Drive, Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9703 2428, mobile (Sid Gudelj) 0417 088 881, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE PENGUIN PARADE VISITOR CENTRE 173


La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus Transformation Project was born from a 2015 Campus Master Plan and features a 4-level extension to the existing Library Building and a New Engineering Building. The Engineering Building’s flexible learning and research spaces include a Tech School developed in partnership with the Victorian Government to deliver technology based programs to secondary students. There is a revolution occurring in tertiary education throughout Australia as leading universities diversify their campuses from traditional city locations to embrace regional communities. La Trobe University has undertaken a $45 million state-of-the-art transformation project at their Bendigo campus and Hutchinson Builders was selected as contractor for the complex planning and construction programme. The Bendigo Campus Transformation Project consisted of several works portions implementing various initiatives to enhance student, staff and visitor experience as identified in the 2015 Campus Master Plan. Hutchinson Builders worked collaboratively with La Trobe to complete a series of enabling works followed by construction of the Library Extension and New Engineering Building major works portions. Hutchies’ was an obvious choice for the undertaking given their accomplished track record with major construction projects. They were initially engaged under a framework agreement for early procurement and other planning phase services, followed by a construction contract in November 2016. 174 VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - BENDIGO CAMPUS

The major construction phases were preceded by an eight month early works programme involving extensive services diversion, refurbishment of existing workspaces and major demolition facilitating later stages of construction and continuation of normal campus operations. The site for the new Engineering Building was cleared of a complex network of existing services infrastructure including diversion and upgrade of incoming main supplies for power and gas. Civil drainage was redesigned to accommodate the new building and installed before main building works commenced. Site preparation for both the engineering building and library involved removal of over 3,000m3 of contaminated spoil and redesign of in ground structure and services to minimise disturbance of significant vegetation and naturally occurring rock. The new Engineering Building provides a contemporary teaching and learning facility consisting of general and specialist spaces including research and structures laboratories, offices and flexible learning spaces. The Level 3 area will house the Bendigo Tech AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

School, providing a high-tech learning environment for students from 14 partner schools around Bendigo. The Engineering Building is a stand alone facility of approximately 5,500m2 of teaching, research and workspace accommodation including the Level 3 Tech School facility of 1,500m2. During construction, the programme and construction methodology for the New Engineering Building was revised collaboratively between Hutchies and La Trobe University, in conjunction with the Department of Education in order to facilitate an early opening, and partial occupancy by October 2018 for the Tech School floor. This change accommodated for the intake of students and the commencement of education programmes from the start of the University’s 2019 academic year. Library works involved partial demolition and extension of the existing Library/Student Union Building. The extended area consists of over 3,000m2 of primarily informal student learning spaces designed to modernise and improve the amenity and performance of the existing spaces. Both buildings feature a concrete primary structure with precast concrete core and a structural steel, lightweight framed façade clad predominantly with fibre cement sheet and metal wall cladding in vertical interlocking and Mini Orb profiles. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Unique features of the Engineering Building display and storage capabilities include a 4.5m rotating and lifting turntable designed and manufactured for the Tech School by a Bendigo based industry partner. Level 0, 1, 2 and 3 additionally benefit from an automated 16m high flexible storage and retrieval shuttle constructed entirely onsite from modules customised and manufactured in Germany. The New Engineering Building was completed in 2019, with the building envelope of the library extension competed in June 2019. For more information contact Hutchison Builders, 70-72 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 1300 HUTCHIES, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - BENDIGO CAMPUS 175

Below SA Structural provided the structural steel for the Library at the La Trobe University Bendigo Campus.

Using the latest technology, to ensure optimum accuracy, SA Structural provided structural steel for the Library at the La Trobe University Bendigo Campus. Having worked with some of the most challenging structures, SA Structural were well equipped to work with the curved façade on this project. The team fabricated and painted the steel at their manufacturing plant before transporting the steel to campus. The highly experienced site crew then carried out the installation.

The team offer an unrivaled inhouse drafting service which sees their steel detailing professionals use the latest 3D modelling technology. This advanced software ensures that when plans from engineers or builders are received SA Structural know that it will all fit together and meet expectations. More over, it provides their clients with the benefit of seeing their project in ‘3D’ – which completely changes the dynamics of the standard ‘2D’ plans.

With an aim to continuously develop close working relationships with their clients, SA Structural focus on understanding the complex environments in which they operate. It is this approach that has earned SA Structural a reputation for exceeding client expectations.

Some of the notable projects SA Structural have worked on include; SA Medical Research Institute, The Adelaide Convention Centre, Burnside Village Shopping Centre, SA Health Medical Research Institute, Geelong Hospital, Murray Bridge Market Place, Adelaide University, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Rowlands Apartments. The team are currently working on Northumberland at Collingwood with many more projects starting early in the new year.

All SA Structural clients benefit from modern technology, detailed quotations by quantity surveying, and a progressive well trained team with extensive industry experience. Their state-of-the-art facilities have led to the successful completion of many high profile and complex projects across Australia which include a range of developments such as government facilities, infrastructure and mining, shopping centres, industrial, and multi-level apartments, schools and hotels. 176 VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - BENDIGO CAMPUS

SA Structural have now opened a new office and fabrication workshop in Hallam, Victoria. For more information contact SA Structural, 40-54 Kaurna Avenue, Edinburgh SA 5111, phone 08 8285 5111, fax 08 8285 5122, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Mills Glass provided their high quality commercial glass and aluminium solutions to the La Trobe Uni project.

Mills Glass has a commitment to excellence in all facets of window fabrication and glazing. An outstanding result was achieved by Mills Glass at the SP4 Engineering Building at La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus, part of the University’s ongoing transformation project, where it provided extensive commercial glass and architectural aluminium fins. The glazing was highly specified to produce a sustainable outcome that provided thermal control and noise reduction. Mills Glass provided 150x50 double glazed windows using both EnergyTech grey and EVantage bronze products to meet the specifications. The powdercoat finish on the frames featured Dulux Duratec Zeus Timberland Satin and Duratec Copper Metallic Kinetic Matt. Mills Glass has the manufacturing capacity to produce all their frames inhouse, and best of all – local! From an engineering perspective, it was necessary to provide strengthening to 15 of the larger windows to allow for high wind pressures. This was achieved utilising steel flat bar fitted on the inside of the split mullions together with 1.6mm galvanised folded channel installed in the sub heads. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Mills Glass has a high level of technical strength thanks to continual investment in the latest technology plus the expertise of their team. Due to their excellent industry relationships, they can also call on the expertise of specialists. For the SP4 project, Mills Glass had Dow Corning carry out laboratory peel tests to confirm adhesion of both the Dow Corning structural glazing tape and Dow Corning 795 structural silicon to the hot dipped galvanised steel for the northern glass wall. The aesthetics of the Engineering Building have also been greatly enhanced by the 72 vertical and 472 horizontal powdercoated aluminium fins manufactured and installed by Mills Glass. Internal glazing was also supplied, including five Dorma EL301 automatic doors. Mills Glass is also supplying their aluminium glazed fin products to the Library building at La Trobe Bendigo Campus. *All fabrication done inhouse with our own labour force. We do not use subcontractors **We use only locally sourced materials For more information contact Mills Glass, 24 Metrolink Circuit, Campbellfield VIC 3061, phone 03 9303 9193, email info@millsglass., website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - BENDIGO CAMPUS 177

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Below The concrete precast panel walls for La Trobe Uni’s Bendigo campus were manufactured and supplied by Statewide Panels.

The team at Statewide Panels manufactured and supplied precast concrete panel walls for the stylish La Trobe University Bendigo Transformation Project. The scope of works included the external walls, stairwells and lift shafts for the new buildings and the library extension. Statewide Panels had a team of 12 working on the manufacture of the precast panels which were then delivered onsite to their specialised installation crew B & M Dorrington, who erected and completed all onsite work for the panels.

maintenance, high durability and contemporary look. This method also reduces construction times, cost and safety risks. Over the past 13 years, Statewide Panels have been part of some exciting projects. At present, they are working on Woolworths Heidelberg and Ocean Grove, Bunnings Mernda and Villawood, Woolworths and specialty shops Ocean Grove, Twin Rivers Primary School Echuca.

Based in Shepparton Victoria, Statewide Panels supply a range of made to measure precast concrete panels throughout the State. Working with both the domestic and commercial construction markets, the team have made a solid reputation as a manufacturer of choice within their industry. Completing panels with formliners and specialised finishes as well as standard class two finishes to architects requirements. The precast panels manufactured by Statewide Panels are high quality, versatile, durable, strong and sustainable. The team specialise in precast tilt panels which is fast becoming the construction medium of choice for projects in Victoria. This is mainly due to their low 180 VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - BENDIGO CAMPUS

For more information contact Statewide Panels, 11 Joseph Baldwin Place, Shepparton VIC 3630, phone 03 5821 7006, mobile (Dale Baldi) 0438 232 069, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below McCaig Air Conditioning supplied and installed the heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems for the La Trobe University.

McCaig Air Conditioning was one of the very first air conditioning specialists in country Victoria and has since grown significantly to become one of the most trusted air conditioning brands today. Engaged to supply and install the heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems for the La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus Transformation Project, the scope of works was quite diverse and included chilled and heated water systems comprising a Modulex boiler, Trane air cooled chiller, Air Change heat recovery ventilator, GJ Walker fan coil units, and mechanical ventilation using Fantech fans.

The team at McCaig Air Conditioning has the knowledge, expertise and know how to design, install, service and maintain all commercial air conditioning and mechanical service systems. Their extensive design and installation service covers everything from small offices and shop fitouts to multi-storey buildings, hospitals and industrial complexes. The team are currently working on the boiler upgrade at St John of God Hospital in Bendigo, and have numerous other projects ready to start in 2019.

The refurbished library is serviced by Daikin Heat Recovery VRF multi-split air conditioning systems and Fantech mechanical ventilation fans. The HVAC systems are integrated with a Siemens APOGEE Building Management System which also monitors the building occupancy, CO2 levels and the buildings rain harvesting system. Parts of the mechanical services installation were deliberately left exposed in the Engineering Building so that future occupants of the learning areas can visualise how these systems are installed and operate. This was all part of the vision to incorporate creativity and design into the learning environment. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact McCaig Air Conditioning, Corner Strickland Road & Beischer Street, PO Box 54, Bendigo VIC 3552, phone 03 5442 1655, fax 03 5441 2655, email admin@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - BENDIGO CAMPUS 181



The Cabrini Health Gandel Wing includes a radiotherapy centre, 10 acute care bays, nine bed short stay area, extended emergency department, 97 in-patient beds, 34 oncology and infusion treatment bays, bringing a new level care and comfort, to patients. Cabrini Malvern’s Gandel Wing has been designed to optimise patient comfort and is a major step forward for Cabrini in their continuous efforts to provide the best possible care. The building comprises of 13-floors including four basement levels. The interior design challenges outdated operational norms to bring a new level of quality treatment, comfort and serenity to the patient. The new wing includes a radiotherapy centre and a contemporary day oncology unit, expanded maternity facilities including additional beds, and an improved cardiac services unit to urgently treat issues of cardiac rhythm and cardiac failure. The facility contains an improved emergency department, which will enable Cabrini Health to treat increasingly complex patient presentations, medical wards for the treatment of neurology, stroke and infectious diseases, and a greater proportion of single patient rooms. Kane Constructions was appointed under a Design and Construct contract to deliver the $75 million project in quarter one of 2017. With up to 300 workers onsite during peak periods, Kane remained well ahead of programme, with commissioning commencing in March 2019. “The adjacent hospital buildings remained operational whilst we completed critical services diversions, demolition works and construction of the new Gandel Wing. We maintained a high level of communication with key stakeholders to discuss potential impacts to any of the facilities, services, patients, visitors or staff ahead of time,” said Assistant Project Manager, Carl Naidoo. “The cores and other vertical elements were changed to precast. We also modified the design of the in situ floor slabs, changing them to flat plates. This assisted with the speed of construction as well as providing clear ceiling space for the coordination of services,” said Carl. Ceiling space is always at a premium, especially in hospitals where the many services required compete for room in the ceiling cavity. “We used a prefabricated edge formwork for the floor plates. The custom designed, light gauge steel module system of the slab profile is quickly assembled, dismantled

and reused, contributing to the speed and quality of the build,” said Carl. “The façade is clad with 19,000 hollow terracotta baguettes to suit the design of the existing building and surrounding neighbourhood. The articulated façade and the baguettes cast lively patterns of shade and light while providing privacy for patients and neighbours,” said Carl. “It was challenging to execute the high quality design in the required time period.” Kane is a privately owned commercial construction company active in all sectors of the industry. With a turnover of $1 billion and over 500 full time employees, the company operates along the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Head office is located in Richmond, Melbourne. Founded in 1973, Kane have successfully completed over 2,000 projects across all sectors of the industry. The organisation brings the knowledge, experience and financial stability of a large well established construction company that has been delivering projects for over 45 years. Kane’s portfolio of award winning projects include the $45 million Geelong Library & Heritage Centre which won the 2016 Master Builders Australia National Commercial Master Builder of the Year Award, and the $66 million University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment which won the 2017 Master Builders Association of Victoria Master Builder of the Year Award. Recently, the $59 million University of Melbourne Western Edge Bioscience Stage 1 Main Works project won the 2018 Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence in Health and Safety Award. Heading into 2019, the team are currently delivering several notable projects including the $102 million Ballarat GovHub, $55 million Cato Square project, $25 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre Redevelopment and the $48 million Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development project. For more information contact Kane Constructions, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, email, website


Cabrini Health Gangel Wing, Victoria


A HEALTHY FITOUT AC Interiors manufactures and supplies specialist joinery and cabinetry items. At Cabrini Health Gandel Wing, AC Interiors completed the fitout for 120 bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Manufacturing was at their 2,500m² facility in Carrum Downs and started in July 2018. “At our factory we firstly completed a prototype of a full bedroom fitout for the architects, clients and builders to see a finished product for approval,” said Director, Barney Vassiliou. “We manufactured bedheads, wardrobes, entertainment units, wall panelling and vanities for the bathrooms. The joinery was a combination of laminates and Corian for the vanities,” said Barney. “Corian is often used in hospitals for infection control. All Joinery had a combination of vertical and horizontal grain patterns, hence all laminating was done by hand and required skilled tradesman.” “We had a relatively small installation period commencing in January 2019 with up to 27 installers at installation peak to finish the project in just 10 weeks. With such a short installation period, we had the majority of joinery fabricated and ready to go, once installation started.” “We specialise in high end work for hotels, aged care, education, offices and apartments and the joinery at the Gandel wing was of a high standard,” said Barney. “At AC Interiors we have latest technology machinery and software that enhances the quality and fabrication of our products.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

AC Interiors was established after the restructuring of Aartek Cabinets which started business in 1995. The company works across the commercial, health, education and aged care sectors as well as in hotels and apartments across Victoria. In 2015, AC Interiors were contracted for the complete fitout of Bendigo Base Hospital for Lendlease. The large scale project included joinery and cabinetry for bedrooms and bathrooms, administration and offices, patient and staff kitchens as well as reception and common areas. We have completed many major projects over the years including EPA VIC Fitout, CH2 Melbourne City Council Building, Royal Dental Hospital, Waterfront City, VCCC, and many more. For more information contact AC Interiors, 37 Lakewood Boulevard, Carrum Downs VIC 3201, phone 03 9775 0663, email barneyv@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CABRINI HEALTH GANDEL WING 185

SWITCHED ON Claude Neon is well renowned for their specialised colourful and eye catching signage. They offer inhouse expertise across design consultancy, manufacture and installation techniques; whilst their custom technology advancements within façade lighting, solar power advertising and service and maintenance programs, have them remain as the frontrunner in their industry. In May 2018, Claude Neon received an initial briefing for the identification signage at the new Cabrini Health Gandel Wing. The project required the coordination of the architects, engineers and Claude Neon inhouse designers. “We stayed as close to brief as possible adapting the positioning and size in relation to the vertical baguettes as it affected the overall constructability of the sign,” said Designer, Layton Thomson. Claude Neon made three identical signs for the western and southern façades and for the curtain wall of the main entrance. Shop drawings were completed by September 2018 for a manufacturing process of six weeks. The signs are stacked with red Cabrini above and the white Gandel Wing sign. Letters are fabricated from aluminum with Polycarbonate face and backlit with LEDs. “The project was particularly challenging because we had to provide hidden structural

rails and spigots for the signs and have the letters appear as though they were floating in front of the façade. We spent two weeks coordinating with the façade installers for a team of five to abseil in and complete the installation,” said Project Manager, Kim Kennedy. Whilst the brand was established in 1914, Claude Neon will celebrate their 100th year in Australia, in 2020. As Australia’s oldest signage innovator, they continue to look for new technologies to turn the ever changing signage landscape into vibrant and sustainable energy efficient, carbon neutral solutions. A network of over 40 employees Australia wide and New Zealand, they offer a comprehensive service from initial consultation and design, through to planning, project management, as well as installation and ongoing maintenance. Claude Neon continues to work across hospitals, councils, universities, stadiums and commercial projects. The company supplies all forms of large scale signage, neon conversions/servicing, building façade illumination and solar powered lighting displays. Other major works recently performed by Claude Neon include; Bankwest Stadium Parramatta, Marvel Stadium Docklands, 1 O’Connell Street Spire Circular Quay, Hayden Orpheum Theatre Cremorne and the Blacktown Hospital. Claude Neon continues to provide “Green Star” signage solutions across all mediums in static, environmental and digital formats. For more information contact Claude Neon nationally, phone 1800 504 208, email, website



KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION AND CAPABILITY PJM Engineering Services specialise in design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning HVAC and mechanical systems in the health, commercial, industrial and education sectors. In April 2017, PJM commenced the design and drafting of the HVAC services for the Cabrini Health Gandel Wing. The mechanical systems for the new wing including numerous air handling plant, chilled and heating water systems, new cooling tower, ventilation for dedicated isolation rooms, air to air heat exchanger plant, general and toilet exhaust, and life safety smoke management systems. PJM were also responsible for the coordination of the mechanical systems with other services including electrical, hydraulic, medical gas, pneumatic tube and communications. “This involved weekly model submissions from all services subcontractors,” said PJM Engineering Manager, Matt Payne. “We used a range of BIM related technologies and software during the design stage, including 3D scanning and cloud based model management.” “One main challenge of the job was fitting the significant number of building services required within the 600mm ceiling cavity. In collaboration with the Kane Constructions and AECOM, we WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

optimised a heat recovery system changing from hydronic to air based, making for a more efficient operation,” said Project Manager, Nick Meade. “We also managed the integration of the new systems into the existing infrastructure whilst ensuring the hospital’s day to day operations were not affected.” Prefabrication is becoming more of a focus for PJM and at Cabrini the complex HVAC prefabricated services risers were lowered into two 8-storey voids using the onsite tower crane. “Prefabrication is a very efficient way to install HVAC services. Manufacturing in a controlled environment assists with better quality control and installing a series of complete riser modules rather than assembly onsite provided a substantial benefit to the project programme,” said Nick. Established in 1981, PJM currently employs over 130 staff including engineers, project managers, estimators, draftsmen and qualified plumbers. PJM also commission their installations with NEBB certified commissioning technicians. For more information PJM Engineering Services, 10 Aristoc Road, Glen Waverley VIC 3150, phone 03 9560 3111, email general@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CABRINI HEALTH GANDEL WING 187


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RHYTHMIC BEAUTY DEVELOPER : Blueprint Projects BUILDER : Buxton Construction ARCHITECT : Elenberg Fraser CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $120 million

Camberwell Village is a complex featuring two towers of apartments, boutique offices and retail spaces. CV Tower offers the upper end of luxury and spaciousness with glamorous shared facilities for the residents of the one, two and three bedroom apartments. The second tower, CV1 Tower, includes spacious light filled, investor grade apartments. The $120 million Camberwell Village development comprises of two sparkling glass clad residential buildings over a 4-level podium and a 5-level basement carpark. The first structure, CV1, includes 85 investor grade apartments and one level of retail over 11-storeys while the second building, CV Tower is 9-storeys containing 55 luxury apartments and sits above a 4-level podium. The podium contains 3-levels of office space totalling approximately 9,000m², 13 ground floor retail tenancies and two main entrance lobbies. There is a gym, spa and sauna and end-of-trip facilities. A large deck atop the podium provides 4,670m² of landscaping with BBQ areas, a 20m infinity pool and an entertainer’s kitchen with lounge and dining spaces. Camberwell Village is Buxton Construction’s fourth collaboration with Blueprint Projects. The D&C contract involved an extensive number of purchaser changes, particularly to the CV Tower, and Buxton Construction placed a full time Design Manager on the job, assisted by five coordinators. Each coordinator was responsible for the management of a trade package such as structural, façade and finishes packages. In 2016, a revised planning approval was received and demolition commenced later that year, with piling and excavation starting in February 2017. CV Tower has a traditional in situ concrete core with precast concrete structural walls in the basement levels and at the first floor where walls are adjacent to adjoining properties. Precast panels are also used for shear walls from Level 5 to 10. Both CV1 and the podium have precast lift and stair cores. “The façade on the podium is a 2-storey unitised curtain wall type window system fixed within an insulated and weathertight studwork/galvanised sheet rainscreen support frame with 20mm thick, 1200mm x 190 VIC PROJECT FEATURE CAMBERWELL VILLAGE

800mm fully pinned bluestone panel cladding. The windows are supported by a steel lintel at Level 2. The windows are bracketed back to the third level slab with a spandrel panel to conceal the brackets, slab edges and the office level ceilings and floor zones,” said Senior Project Manager, David Seeley. “The installation of the windows was relatively simple using a Glassboy glass lifting machine. The design of the windows, the framing and bluestone cladding involved an extensive process undertaken via a series of design workshops with Buxton, consultants and subcontractors.” The CV Tower has both gold and purple/ pink curtain wall coloured glass façades. CV1 is clad in grey glass in a window wall system. This was achieved with a coloured interlayer within the double glazed units and samples were extensively researched to ensure the correct colours. “The challenge of the job involved the separable portions handover of CV1 and the basement levels. CV1 was occupied and the basement levels in use while we continued to build the CV Tower. Extensive discussions were held with the Building Surveyor and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade to achieve an outcome that worked to all parties’ satisfaction,” David said.

Buxton achieved a number of company milestones on this project. “We excavated our deepest basement to date, which included excavation of 110,000m³ of soil to a depth of approximately 18m, and at 13-storeys CV Tower is the tallest structure Buxton has ever constructed. We are extremely proud of these company achievements,” said David. Buxton Construction has provided multi-award-winning excellence in property solutions for more than 50 years on over 150 projects. With successes in the residential market the company also works across a range of sectors including commercial and industrial buildings, education centres, landmark sports developments and innovative retirement living. Buxton Construction is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia and is committed to the adoption of sustainable construction practices, not only for the environmental, but for the long term economic benefits for developers, building owners and occupants. For more information contact Buxton Construction, Level 1, 262 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, phone 03 9644 7000, fax 03 9644 7044, email, website

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Below Waste Wise Environmental supplied extensive waste services to the project including a chute fed rotating separating unit.

Waste Wise Environmental specialises in the waste management consultancy services for medium and high density residential and commercial developments. “We are experts in designing and applying waste management strategies to apartment buildings,” said General Manager, Leonardo Scalia. “We supply and install bins as well as provide waste services for medium to large developments.” For Camberwell Village, Waste Wise Environmental had two consultants working over two months to create a waste management plan that included the maintenance and servicing of the waste collection systems. “For this size development we provided general waste and recycling bins, a cardboard baling machine and a chute fed E-diverter that feeds waste to a rotating separating unit in the basement,” said Leonardo. “The challenge at Camberwell was similar to most of our other projects – ensuring a steady flow of waste moving out of the building, and collecting on a daily basis.” Traditionally waste removal from apartments has been operated by building caretakers for removal by local council. Contemporary 192 VIC PROJECT FEATURE CAMBERWELL VILLAGE

living in large apartment developments has created a need for a more considered approach to waste removal. Waste Wise Environmental has become the expert in waste management systems in large scale residential developments. They service buildings with a fleet of 30 MINI loaders, small, manoeuvrable rear loading collectors that can easily access waste bin sites in basements and tight sites. Waste Wise Environmental work closely with architects, developers and owners corporations to implement the very best waste strategies for new and existing properties. “We’ve set up waste services in over 2,000 buildings,” said Leonardo. After 10 years of successful operation in Victoria, Waste Wise Environmental entered the Sydney and Perth market working on projects such as One the Waterfront for PietyTHP.

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Below Commercial Pool Systems designed the commercial pool plant and equipment for the pools and spas.

Commercial Pool Systems (CPS) specialises in providing practical and intelligent water quality and filtration solutions for both commercial and high end residential swimming pools. In December 2017, CPS started the design work for equipment to service the pools and spas at Camberwell Village. “For the shared pool, it was up to us to design and install a system that met the rigors of a commercial pool plant running 24/7. We designed the pool plant and equipment room including the WaterLink sub board,” said Managing Director, Craig O’Neill. A common condensing boiler plant was chosen to maximise efficiency, minimise running costs, and add a redundancy should something go wrong. “Domestic pool heaters don’t last in commercial applications. Condensing boilers with WaterLink control equipment and titanium heat exchangers will pay for themselves year after year in reduced maintenance and gas costs.” CPS installed technology that allows all pools to be remotely monitored and controlled from the cloud, including the penthouse pools and spas. For the communal pool and spa, CPS installed the new WaterLink Envirogen units, a fully self contained salt chlorinator with Free Chlorine and pH sensors that connects to the cloud. With integrated Chlorine Backup, it ensures water quality no matter what the bather usage. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The end client was involved in the design of the penthouse pools so there were changes as the project got underway,” said Craig. “These projects morph from initial design to completion, so it’s important to be able to respond quickly and document the changes as the design unfolds. CPS and Waterlink met the client’s expectations and delivered exactly what they wanted as a finished product. The project went very smoothly, the team at Buxton Construction were great to work with, a high level of communication between all parties,” said Craig. CPS operates across Australia and New Zealand. Recent interesting plant projects includes: Australia’s first InRiver rowing tank at Ballarat and Clarendon College; a rehabilitation pool for the seals at Melbourne Zoo; a plant overhaul at a 5 Star resort on the Gold Coast, including six pools and spas; a dosing and secondary disinfection system for Rod Laver Arena; dosing, secondary disinfection or heating systems for Simmonds Stadium (GFC); Hawthorn Football Club, and North Queensland Stadium. For more information contact Commercial Pool Systems, 4/13-17 Crawford Street, Braeside VIC 3195, phone 03 9038 9170, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE CAMBERWELL VILLAGE 193

TOP OF THE CLASS The $25M Pembroke Middle School Redevelopment designed by Grieve Gillett Andersen, creates an iconic statement within the education sector. The 3-levels comprise six specialist classrooms, 13 teaching spaces, science laboratories, technology workshops and art studios, with a 15 metre feature concrete architectural façade, ‘the Shard’, at the project’s heart. The new Middle School structure facilitates connectivity and interaction with the existing campus via a covered footbridge, providing safe passage for students and teachers and incorporating future environmental sustainability via solar panels installed on the roof. Prefabricated offsite and installed as a complete structure, the footbridge only required minor onsite work, fast tracking the programme and minimising disruption for both the school and local residents. Delivering a quality outcome that meets the design intent is a non-negotiable for Sarah Constructions, which was particularly evident in the process of constructing the unique Shard façade – forming the anchor for the project. “It was a challenging brief, and like all our projects, we constructed a sample to provide a benchmark for colour, consistency, angle junctions, jointing, footing connections, plywood layouts and z-bar spacings,” said Sarah


Constructions CEO, Adrian Esplin. “Once reviewed and endorsed by the client and consultant teams, we developed and mitigated the Inspection Test Plan (ITP), recording all pre and post activities to ensure quality.” As accuracy and precision were imperative, Sarah Constructions utilised the power of Revit 3D modelling and clash detection technology, enabling any discrepancies with the structure to be determined and managed before a problem arose. The bespoke Shard element required a stringent stripping sequence, allowing control of finish and protection of later pours. Every four weeks from the date of the pour, the formwork was removed revealing a beautiful, sharp and consistent result. Not only visually striking,

the concrete Shard also provides earthquake resistance to the majority of the building. “At 15m high, with vertical raking angled walls, it was a challenging but rewarding element of the structure,” said Sarah Constructions Project Manager, Paul Marino. “Collaborating with the consultants and subcontractors during the design phase ensured the Shard could be constructed as envisioned. Details were defined, methodologies altered, and a keen and positive attitude implemented by all stakeholders ensured the successful delivery for the landmark project which will attract interest from schools, institutions and construction enthusiasts. Our client was thrilled with the entire process from design, planning and construction and ecstatic with the level of finish and detail,” said Paul. A further stand out in the delivery of this project was the education and involvement of the Pembroke students into the build; Sarah Constructions collaborated with the Pembroke staff to enable the project to become part of the Year 6 curriculum, providing an

invaluable opportunity for the students to learn about sustainable building practices and take ownership of their new space. Pembroke Middle School is now even more environmentally sustainable, with the development delivering solar and water capture as well as utilising environmentally sustainable products and services throughout the build. South Australian based Sarah Constructions are multi-award-winning builders, renowned for delivering excellent developments and ensuring the best outcomes for their clients. Operating since 1961, Sarah Constructions are industry leaders, taking pride in creating strong working relationships. Committed to delivering a complete construction experience of high quality assets, Sarah Constructions offers services from concept development to handover across a range of sectors including education, aged care, recreation, commercial and retail. For more information contact Sarah Constructions, 49 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood SA 5063, phone 08 7129 8888, fax 08 7129 8899, email, website DEVELOPER : Pembroke School MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Sarah Constructions ARCHITECT : Grieve Gillett Andersen CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $25 million


PACKED TO THE RAFTERS Since 1967 many South Australians have associated Packers as a manufacturer and supplier of wardrobes, doors and shower screens. However, over the last 10 years Packers have begun to firmly establish itself as one of the States leading aluminium window and door suppliers specialising in commercial projects as well as high end architectural homes.

During the project Packers had over 25 staff involved onsite which required a lot of onsite coordination to ensure everything ran smoothly. “Many of the unique, double glazed glass panels weighed well over 300kg and mixed in with the added complexity of 14m high window wall panels and the external steel shroud, the project certainly had its challenges” said Matt.

For over 50 years Packers have always strived to develop strong working relationship with its customers and with Sarah Constructions at Pembroke Middle School, it was no exception. As Managing Director Matthew Morrissey explains.

“Our entire team across the board did a fantastic job and we’re really proud of the end result.”

“While installation began late last year we started working alongside Sarah Constructions and the architect nearly 12 months prior due to the complex nature of the project. By knowing exactly what the architect wanted to create from the start we were able to assist in refining the window wall designs before construction, resulting not only in cost savings but a smoother process and minimal project delays.”


Together with the Wilderness College project for Sarah Constructions, the Packers team are currently also working on the Prospect Council Civic Centre as well as apartment building One On The Park, Greenhill Road.

For more information contact Packers, phone 08 8300 9851, fax 08 8295 4012, email, website


STAR QUALITY CONCRETE With almost 20 years of industry experience, the LA Concrete team began creating the solid foundations and finishes required in March 2018.

Aldi stores around Adelaide, the Monarto Zoo Lion enclosure, Royal Flying Doctor Service and other school projects at PAC, Wilderness, St Peter’s Girls, St Marys Memorial and Adelaide High.

“We began with detailed excavations, the reinforced fixing, concrete works, placing and finishing of all concrete on all levels,” said LA Concrete Director, Anthony Di Rubbo. “The concrete Shard was the most challenging in creating a robust, beautiful end product with the angles, but it’s also the most rewarding completed feature.”

“With all our work completed by our inhouse crews we are able to control the overall process, ensuring we deliver the best end product for our clients,” said Anthony.

The shard is an outstanding architectural concrete expression of the new school’s design. Tonnes of steel reinforcement was masterfully laid out, bent and kinked then encased in plywood and formwork before the layers of concrete were poured and allowed to set for 28 days. “It was a complex project that has taken ages to create but the result was well worth the patience,” said Anthony. LA Concrete specialises in all types of concrete work, taking on projects from small, to large scale. Their previous work includes several WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

LA Concrete is also currently working on Prince Alfred College boarding house, St Peter’s Girls Extension, Aldi Shopping Centre at Newton, a multi-level extension at Wilderness School and the 5-storey Kelso Apartments in Rostrevor.

For more information contact LA Concrete, 671 Magill Road, Magill SA 5072, phone (Anthony) 04 0358 3558, email anthony@ SA PROJECT FEATURE PEMBROKE MIDDLE SCHOOL 197

Call us on (08) 8332 2833 Liftform is a privately owned formwork and precast services company that has built up a reputation as a leader in the building and construction industry from concept and design right through to construction. Working closely with our clients we deliver projects on time and to the highest standards which has enabled us to establish long term relationships with them. Liftform believes a key component to building great structures is building great talent within the organisation. Our ability to bring the highest value to our customers begins by providing our supervisors and employees with the right balance of education, learning experiences and tools.



KEEP ON ROLLING Award-winning, Adelaide based Pespaint specialises in commercial and high end domestic professional painting services. The final finishes and painting for Pembroke Middle School required exacting detail and the precision that Pespaint is renowned for. As one of the most efficient, conscientious and reliable, full service residential and commercial painting companies, Pespaint provided all the protective coatings to structural steel internally and externally, as well as the decorative coatings to the new school building. “Internally there’s a 3-storey atrium that required the use of boom lifts for our trade qualified talented team to complete the project. Nothing stops us,” said Director, Dario Pesatino. Pespaint provide the full backing of Dulux Australia across all their work from heritage restorations, roof restorations, Dulux Acratex and membrane coatings, home makeovers, paper hanging, all new home and commercial projects, protective coatings, epoxy flooring to repaints and building maintenance. “Regardless of the project size and scope, our philosophy is always the same – getting to know our customers and providing them with exactly what they want and need, plus value adding with innovative solutions. Our professional standards result in an expert finish, as we WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

only use the best paints and quality tools. No job is too big or too small. We even have eco-friendly paint solutions.” Pespaint are currently working at Kalyra Nursing Home and Tika Tirka student accommodation. For more information contact Pespaint, PO Box 18, Athelstone SA 5076, mobile (Dario) 0423 576 799, email, website SA PROJECT FEATURE PEMBROKE MIDDLE SCHOOL 199

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FORMWORK (JUMPFORM) Infinity Construction QLD Page 58 | 07 3287 2724

JOINERY (KITCHENS/CABINENTS) Apollo Kitchens Page 40 | 1300 908 090

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Style Kitchens Page 119 | 1300 785 868

LANDSCAPING iScape Projects Page 123 | 02 9826 6677

LIGHTING AND VISUALS Automated Page 132 | 02 9247 0731

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WINDOWS ClearVue Technologies Page 128 | 08 9220 9020

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