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LADY CILENTO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL - Lend Lease ···························································· 30 CAIRNS BRUCE HIGHWAY UPGRADE - BMD/Albem Joint Venture ································· 42 AZURE BLUE CARINA - Cockram Construction ·········································································· 52 PURE KIRRA - Glenziel ······················································································································· 58 La Trobe University - Kane Construction ·············································································· 64 GREEN SQUARE APARTMENTS - Icon Construction Australia ·········································· 72 DEAKIN UNIVERSITY BURWOOD - Hansen Yuncken ····························································· 80 EVORA APARTMENTS - Buildcorp ································································································· 88 MARINA QUAYS - Hutchinson Builders ························································································ 94 EMBLEM APARTMENTS - Charter Keck Cramer ········································································ 98 LEONGATHA HOSPITAL - Kane Constructions ······································································· 102 HUNTER WATER TREATMENT - Hunter Water ········································································· 110 PACIFIC PLACE ERA - Mirvac Group ·························································································· 130 DFO HOMEBUSH - Mainbrace Construction ············································································· 140 LIVERPOOL RAIL TURNBACK - John Holland Group ····························································· 154 DNA AT CAMPERDOWN - Ceerose ··························································································· 166 BULLABURRA WEST UPGRADE - Daracon ··············································································· 174 METRO RESIDENCES - Hutchinson Builders ·············································································· 182 SHOALHAVEN CANCER CENTRE - Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District ··········· 190 INFINITY TOWER - Meriton ··········································································································· 194 MONACO APARTMENTS - Westbourne Constructions ························································· 198 WOODFORD TO HAZELBROOK - Lend Lease ······································································ 202 WALLACE WURTH BUILDING - UNSW ······················································································ 206 CHURCHILL NORTH SHOPPING CENTRE - Hansen Yuncken ············································· 210 THE IBIS HOTEL - Hines Property ································································································· 218

• NT ZEN QUARTER - Rapid Form Systems ·························································································· 224 WHARF2 - Toga Development & Construction ·········································································· 230




naWIC CRYSTAL VISION AWARDS 2014 QLD/NT Launched in 1995 the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is a not-for-profit organisation improving the construction industry by promoting the advancement of women within it. Its key objective is to encourage women of all ages to pursue and establish careers within the construction industry. The NAWIC QLD/NT chapter is focused on providing its members with enhanced networking opportunities in both the building and construction industry as well as learning opportunities and continued development of member services and benefits. For more information visit

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST GREEN CONSTRUCTION SITE ‘Green’ buildings have now become common place on the Australian construction scene but a ‘green’ construction site is certainly an innovation. In partnership with the 202020 Vision, which seeks to increase urban green space by 20 per cent by 2020, Brookfield Multiplex has now created Australia’s first ‘green’ construction site office at their Wetherill Park site in New South Wales.

being conducted on the Brookfield Multiplex site team to see if their ‘green environment’ improves their health and wellbeing. This includes the team undergoing Australia’s first standardised post occupancy evaluation system for offices, the Building occupant Survey System Australia (BOSSA), as well as rigorous IEQ testing of the site office and performance measurement.

A joint development between the University of Sydney and 202020 Vision Advocate, Associate Professor Tonya Gray, the project is the first collaboration of the 202020 Vision’s Nursery. It aims to build evidence of the impact of sustainable office buildings on occupant health, comfort and productivity. Pre and post occupancy tests are currently

According to the World Green Building Council’s Business Case for Green Building report, views to nature can improve office worker well-being by reducing their stress levels. For instance, reports have shown that workers tend to exhibit less frustration, increased patience and overall satisfaction when they have views to nature through windows.

As part of the project Brookfield Multiplex hosted a working bee, with site staff volunteering their time and building expertise to build movable plant trolley walls, wall crates, planter boxes, bucket hanging baskets and milk crate herb gardens using up-cycled materials, such as wooden transport pallets and milk cartons. Upon completion of the Wetherill Park site office research, 202020 Vision will release a ‘how-to’ guide encouraging likeminded businesses to green their working environment. The site will also be assessed under an Innovation Challenge by the Green Building Council of Australia. Brookfield Multiplex is planning to roll out the project across all its construction sites.

LIBRARY AT THE DOCK The increasing popularity of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in building construction is showcased in Melbourne’s striking new Docklands Library and Community Centre, a tri-partnership project between the City of Melbourne, Lend Lease and Places Victoria. The Library at The Dock is designed as a community hub enabling people to come together to create, explore, connect, belong, learn and participate. The three-storey library and civic centre has been erected upon a heritage wharf originally built in 1879. Architectural firm Hayball carried out the design and documentation of the project, while Clare Design was commissioned for the design. CLT is becoming widely recognised in the built environment for its integral stability 6


and environmental credentials along with its capability to compete with conventional concrete and steel materials. As a digitally designed building material, CLT is made of bonded, cross-laminated single layers of timber, with the “crossing” element making the material structurally sound. The timber is then bonded with formaldehyde-free and non-toxic adhesives to make the wood panels with the fabrication technique allowing faster and more efficient construction. In addition to the traditional library collection, the building houses a recording studio, creative editing suites, community spaces and a performance venue to hold up to 120 people. A gallery and exhibition space will celebrate Docklands' rich heritage.

This building continues City of Melbourne’s commitment to sustainability and communitycentred public spaces. It will be both a world class library and a new civic centre for Victoria Harbour.

Library at the Dock

comment $140M GATEWAY MOTORWAY WORKS BEGINS Works are well underway across Brisbane’s Gateway Motorway South to widen Mt Gravatt–Capalaba Road and improve the highway’s entry and exit ramps. The $140 million project is jointly funded by the federal and Queensland governments, each stumping half of the project’s cost. The project continues the joint governments’ commitment to removing congestion and improving efficiency on Brisbane roads. “The Gateway Motorway is a major arterial road for Brisbane and this stage of the $140 million project will help get traffic moving on what is often a badly congested road,” the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss explained. . “Not only will the widening of Mt Gravatt– Capalaba Road mean motorists get to their destinations more quickly, they will get there safely. We’ve just completed the extension of the Gateway Motorway South on-ramp to the Pacific Highway, and this widening continues our commitment to increase efficiencies for road users.” In February, the federal government also committed $1 billion to continue the Gateway Motorway North upgrade. The first stage of

this upgrade is already underway, with works to provide an extra northbound lane between Sandgate Road and the Deagon Deviation progressing well and scheduled for completion later this year, weather permitting. The government is also developing its preferred plan for upgrading the Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, after four years of planning and community consultation. Released in October last year, the plan includes widening 11.3km of the motorway from four to six lanes from Nudgee to Bracken Ridge, reconfiguring the Nudgee interchange with a new Nudgee Road overpass and a relocated, extended northbound on-ramp. The project will also widen the Deagon Deviation between Depot Road and Bracken Ridge Road to provide two lanes in each direction. Modifications will be made to the Bicentennial Road interchange with the extension of on and off-ramps and off-road cycle/pedestrian facilities will be constructed. Once complete, the improved stretch of road will be fitted with intelligent transport systems including variable speed limit and messaging signs, traffic monitoring cameras and ramp metering.

nawic's 2014 nsw awards for excellence Inspiring leaders and rising stars, exceptional teams and outstanding individuals are encouraged to nominate for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) 2014 Awards for Excellence. The awards, hosted by NAWIC’S NSW Chapter, recognise the achievements and encourage the advancement of women in construction in New South Wales. According to NAWIC NSW President Sarah Hogan, the awards, which were established in 1986, have grown to be one of the most anticipated events on the construction industry calendar. “The Awards for Excellence are for both established and emerging leaders – and are an important opportunity for women at all stages

of their construction careers to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements,” Ms Hogan adds. “Last year’s winner of the prestigious Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award, Lend Lease’s Sandra Triulzi, was acknowledged for her contribution as an influential change agent – and we look forward to rewarding another exceptional woman in 2014,” Ms Hogan says. Nominees for the awards represent a broad range of construction fields including engineers, architects, interior designers, project managers, lawyers, developers and more. Nominations are open until Thursday, 10 July 2014. Winners will be announced at the 2014 NSW Awards for Excellence gala ball on Thursday 21 August 2014 at The Star, Sydney. More than 850 guests are expected to attend. Bookings can be made online:

By Warren Truss - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development

Public-private partnerships make Western Sydney an infrastructure winner The Australian Government is committed to developing the vital transport infrastructure Australia needs. Our commitment of more the $45 billion in transport infrastructure investments means we can build the infrastructure Australia needs, boost our economy and create more jobs. Long-term transformational projects, like the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, are of critical importance and will bring strong economic benefits to the region. With two million residents and a growing economy, much greater investment is needed to cope with the population growth expected in the years ahead. This Government is committed to delivering the 21st Century infrastructure Western Sydney deserves. The Western Sydney plan includes Australian Government funding of over $3 billion over 10 years, to develop an airport at Badgerys Creek and to invest in major Western Sydney upgrades. Better infrastructure in Western Sydney will connect communities, ease costly congestion and reduce travel times. It will improve access to services and create thousands of local jobs. Businesses operating in the area will benefit from significant improvements to freight capacity and efficiency and also from better connectivity to job markets for business growth. While Government investment in infrastructure will remain significant, an important part of our efforts is to reform how Australia finances, develops and manages critical infrastructure. We are determined to encourage the expansion of private sector investment and engagement in transport infrastructure. continues page 10 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment By Grant Daly Director of Policy & Research Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council

E-Scan snapshot set to be published CPSISC, the skills council for construction and property services, is about to publish and launch the 2014-15 Environmental Scan (E Scan). This document is commissioned by the Department of Industry each year and conforms to the same structure as scans published by other Industry Skills Councils (ISCs). The E Scan represents a snapshot of the industries that sets out to reflect, inter alia, the following:

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Composition – the stakeholder industry constituencies Structure Current issues Economics and demographics New technology Human resource considerations Federal, state and territory government mandates Products and services Training Package developments Corporate documents – the CPSISC vision, mission and objectives statement.

The E Scan provides the reader with an overview of what is happening right now inside of our industries and forecasts likely industry prospects in terms of what we are now doing and what we now know. Australia is still emerging from the hangover of the Global Financial Crisis and economic recovery has been measured and incremental in the construction and property service industries. As the broader economy bounces back, our stakeholder industries are likely to be pre-eminent in the new order of things as we are widely regarded as the barometer for economic forecasting. During this year the pace of recovery, development and implementation is significantly stronger in some areas over others and while it is still early days, industry stakeholders demonstrate cautious optimism continues page 10 8


SKYRING PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE Located just 1.7km from Brisbane’s CBD, the impressive 100 Skyring Terrace project will soon deliver some 23,759sqm of office and retail space to the Queensland capital. Hutchison Builders are currently well ahead of schedule, clearing the way for the building’s first tenants to move in from November this year. Located in Newstead’s Gasworks precinct, the $175 million 12-storey office building will be the new national headquarters for Bank of Queensland, which has leased 54% of the building. The building was also attracting interest from companies looking for large, flexible floor plate office space in Brisbane’s near city market. 100 Skyring has been designed to deliver large 2200sq.m campus-style floor plates in

Brisbane’s fastest growing office precinct. It’s jointly owned by Charter Hall’s Core Plus Office Fund and an undisclosed global institutional partner. It will form part of a large-scale redevelopment of Gasworks Newstead – an urban community slated as Brisbane’s most anticipated renewal project. On completion, the complex as a whole will feature residential apartments, retail and leisure The 17 hectare riverfront parcel has undergone a major $2 billion rejuvenation, creating an outstanding new hub to live, work and play with a vibrant new community of 8,000sqm of retail space including a full-line Woolworths supermarket, convenience and specialty stores; commercial and civic spaces, parklands, river walkways and bicycle paths.

100 Skyring Terrace Project

CHANGES AT TOP FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA In keeping with federal government reforms to make Infrastructure Australia more independent, John Fitzgerald has been named acting infrastructure coordinator pending the appointment of a CEO. As acting infrastructure coordinator, Fitzgerald will help identify nationally significant infrastructure projects and determine necessary economic and procurement reforms to enable governmental funding for projects. “The Australian government is committed to enhancing the independence and scope of Infrastructure Australia, entrenching its role as a key adviser to government,” the Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss said.

Fitzgerald will take a leave of absence from his role as KPMG specialist infrastructure adviser to work at IA. “I look forward to working with Mr Fitzgerald to build the infrastructure of the future and thank the previous acting infrastructure coordinator Rory Brennan for his work ahead of Mr Fitzgerald’s appointment,” Truss said. The Australian Parliament is considering the Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill, which is seeking to abolish the position of infrastructure coordinator and establish a CEO role. Fitzgerald will work as acting infrastructure coordinator until legislation is passed.

GREEN LIGHT FOR SECOND SYDNEY AIRPORT After years of speculation the federal government has finally announced that Badgerys Creek will be the site of Sydney’s new airport with a $2.9 billion road infrastructure funding package to service the new airport. The decision ends 50 years of talks around the location and building of a second major Sydney Airport. Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that the Commonwealth would spend $1.2 billion on roads and on the preservation of a rail corridor in Western Sydney over the next four years. He added that funding would increase to $2.9 billion in the four years after that, with the New South Wales government expected to contribute a further 20% of funding. Eventually six train stations would be built in south-west Sydney under a long-term plan to

upgrade public transport in the region and to a Badgerys Creek airport. Planning for the new airport will start immediately and construction should begin in 2016. However, the airport will not be fully operational for a decade with the first flight’s scheduled for the mid 2020s. The government has begun consultation with the owner of Kingsford-Smith Airport over his right of first refusal in relation to building second airport at Badgerys Creek. It is envisaged that most of the cost of the airport will be met by a private sector operator. The initial construction phase is expected to generate around 4000 jobs, with a further 35,000 operational jobs created from 2035 and increasing to 60,000 over time.

Leighton contractors achieves new Authorised Engineering Organisation status for rail delivery in NSW Leighton Contractors has been approved as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) for heavy rail delivery, by the new Asset Standards Authority (ASA) of Transport for NSW (TfNSW). Leighton has delivered more than 60 rail projects across Australia, including Clearways Program and freight network projects in NSW. Commencing full operations in July 2013, the ASA is the network design and standards authority for NSW rail assets. Its introduction of the AEO program aims to support industry in delivering and maintaining rail assets with efficiency, innovation and safety. Leighton Contractors General Manager National Rail, Dean Sporn, said: “Working with ASA through the AEO assessment involved a stringent review of our management systems,

comment By Jorge Chapa Executive Director Green Star Green Building Council of Australia Next generation Green Star rating tool Green Building Council of Australia is seeking industry’s feedback on the development of the new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool. Green Star – Design & As Built is more than just an amalgamation of the existing rating tools for the design and construction of buildings. Green Star – Design & As Built will provide refined best practice benchmarks for sustainable design and construction in Australia, address a host of emerging sustainability issues and feature an improved certification pathway, online delivery platform and revised weighting system

which has been a valuable opportunity for knowledge sharing and improvement. “AEO authorisation is a significant achievement that acknowledges Leighton Contractors’ rail capability and alignment with ASA and TfNSW engineering management processes as well as network and safety guidelines. “Leighton Contractors National Rail is now authorised to self-perform assurance of its engineering services and the competence of its people, using our own systems. It enables us to draw on our Australia wide experience and deliver the benefits of greater innovation and efficiency to TfNSW,” said Dean.

Green Star –Design & As Built is the ‘next generation’ Green Star rating tool, assessing building uses in Australia with the exception of single-unit dwellings, and will cover singleand mixed-use buildings at both the design and construction phases. A draft of all the new credits has been released for public comment. Project teams are being invited to test the draft credits on currently registered projects. Green Star –Design & As Built will be launched online and available for project registration from late 2014. We encourage industries to download the scoping paper, share feedback and get involved with the development process to ensure we deliver a rating tool that is cost-effective, drives innovation and delivers world leadership in sustainable design and construction.

The ASA will be extending the scope of the AEO framework beyond heavy rail into other transport assets beginning with light rail.

The Green Star – Design & As Built scoping paper can be downloaded from: The feedback period is open until 31 July 2014.



comment By Dr Karen Manley Associate Professor Construction and Project Management Queensland University of Technology. wILL procurement guidelines compromise value-for-money? The recent Australian Budget heralds a new infrastructure boom, but will government procurement guidelines compromise valuefor-money? The recent Budget announced investment of $50b for transport infrastructure, against an overall infrastructure gap that has been estimated at around $700b. Given the enormous shortfall in spending, it is important that value-for-money is achieved. This might be problematic given that new research results cast doubt on the value of recent government policy for procurement of complex infrastructure projects. Such projects are often delivered through project alliances, which have been shown to perform very well in the past. Yet recent government restrictions on their use may jeopardise that performance. National Alliance Contracting Guidelines produced by the government rightly focus on the benefits of competing tenderers. The problem is that new research shows that for complex construction projects, the benefits of competition can best be achieved in other ways. In particular, the research shows that the development of a cooperative relationship with one tenderer maximises outcomes on complex projects. In other words, a single-team (pure) alliance is better than a multi-team (competitive) alliance. This is because, under a single-team alliance, competition is assured through measures such as open book accounting, while innovation is maximised through the development of trust in the project team from very early stages. Unfortunately, the Guidelines essentially prohibit the use of pure alliances, in favour of very restricted use of competitive alliances. Competition between tenderers maximises outcomes for simple construction projects, but in very large and complex projects, the cost of market failure is significant. Such failure includes continues page 10 10


CURVED CHALLENGES FOR SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND ROOF One of the outstanding features of the Sydney Cricket Ground’s new $197.5 million pavilion is the unique curved roofing supplied by building products manufacturer Fielders with their latest standing-seam roofing solution FreeForm. Construction of the pavilion began in March 2012 and the final completion is expected this July. FreeForm was released in 2013, with panels designed to accommodate complex roof configurations, including curved surfaces, allowing smooth transitions between the roof and other building elements. Fielders sales, marketing and engineering general manager Matt Lloyde notes it was one of the only products to meet the design brief specifications of the pavilion. “The unique design of the new pavilion meant the roof shape was sprung curved in

a helmet-like profile that required a roofing solution that could offer extreme flexibility in curved application to match the exacting requirement,” he said. “The ability of FreeForm to create the curves required made it one of the only profiles on the market capable of delivering on the design brief and we were eager to work closely with AW Edwards and the design team during the planning phase to ensure all-encompassing FreeForm system ticked all the boxes.” When completed, the modern three-tiered structure will boast a capacity of 13,000 cantilevered seats, 85% of which will be undercover. This will increase the SCG’s seating capacity to 48,000. The five-level pavilion will also feature amenities including dining, bars, a microbrewery, retail, corporate, media and player facilities.



By Warren Truss continued from page 7

By Dr Karen Manley continued from page 10

This will involve creating the structures, and the flexibility, that the private sector needs to be much more fully engaged in infrastructure investment and management. An expanded private sector role means an expanded funding pool for infrastructure investment.

uncertainty, inadequate property rights and external impacts. Market failure means that lowest cost selection of construction teams, through competitive alliances or other means, is not always the best approach.

By Grant Daly continued from page 8

The results of a new study on Collaborative Construction of Infrastructure Projects suggest pure alliances should be encouraged, rather than discouraged. The study, based on 320 managers of collaborative construction projects in Australia and New Zealand, found that pure alliances performed better than competitive alliances. This was across eight outcome categories: time efficiency, cost efficiency, quality of work, team collaboration, team safety, environment impact, community impact and project innovation.

about business. The E Scan provides an industry snapshot to inform such confidence.

The above findings are based on t-tests and cluster analysis which found statistically

Western Sydney is already an important industrial hub of the New South Wales economy. Our plan for partnering with industry for better regional outcomes demonstrates our commitment to meeting the demands of forecast growth and boosting economic outcomes for all.

comment significant differences in project performance at the 99 per cent confidence level. The managers surveyed comprised roughly equal numbers from the client, contractor and consultant sectors. A good example of the benefits of pure alliances was the Origin Alliance Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Dinmore to Goodna Project, which was procured using a singleteam approach, before the new guidelines came into effect. The project was completed six months ahead of its four year program and 10% under its budget of $1.95b last year: AC A A _ Te c h n i c a l _ P a p e r _ - _ I p w i c h _ Motorway_Upgrade.pdf Industry practitioners are encouraged to spread the word regarding the results of the study in order to encourage a revision of government policy and be prepared to assist with a follow-up study based on paired comparisons of performance for traditional and collaborative projects. For more information about the Collaborative Construction Study visit: research/research-projects/collaborativeconstruction-of-infrastructure-projects

By Daniel Gradwell continued from page 13 evidence suggests that industry is already feeling the pinch of the sharp downturn in resources work, with much of the value of LNG projects reported by the ABS engineering construction figures tied up in offshored fabrication of LNG modules, direct labour hire agreements by EPCM contractors and other costs. Consequently, we believe that the outlook for resources-related construction is better captured by excluding oil and gas from the ABS mining and heavy industry construction figures – effectively excluding the LNG distortion. By Ed Brown continued from page 11 pure debt, the market is scratching its head and asking serious questions as to how to increase the flow of private finance where public ‘loans’ had previously met the need. Unfortunately this is a natural part of the market feeling its way along the maturity curve. EPCs will likely be here to stay as a valuable delivery model; however more work is required to resolve how they will be financed. For further information on the RMIT SUPP, visit:

New Brisbane office campus highlights market confidence: Charter Hall National property group Charter Hall remains optimistic about the long-term prospects for Brisbane’s office market, diversifying its portfolio during the past 12 months to encompass CBD and CBD-fringe office buildings. The group is one of Brisbane’s largest office landlords after the Queensland Government, with its latest $175 million project, 100 Skyring, currently under construction at Gasworks, Newstead. Charter Hall Regional Asset Manager Belinda Kalinin said in the current environment, those offices that could deliver large, open floor spaces in locations offering work and lifestyle advantages would be the first to be leased. “100 Skyring is our landmark project outside the Brisbane CBD and it is recognition that businesses are seeking quality premises with the growing amenity of a fringe location,” she said. “Although Brisbane’s near-city office vacancy

levels are approximately 14.3% the vast majority of this stems from older, secondary assets, evidenced by prime grade vacancy currently at 6%. “Interestingly across both the CBD and nearcity markets, sublease vacancy comprises almost 20% of the overall market vacancy. And while there are some good quality sublease options, which offer a strong value proposition, there are only a limited number of these and a significant number have term restrictions or other issues that inhibit them as compelling options when compared with direct space available in these markets.” “Office leasing in Brisbane looks likely to remain competitive up to 2016 as new supply is added, but there is also a significant level of secondary stock mooted for withdrawal and conversion. With few new major office buildings planned for the fringe in the short term, there will only be a limited amount of options available in these areas.

By Ed Brown AECOM Property Consulting practice Australia & New Zealand

Beyond ‘energy’ in Energy Performance Contracts Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) deliver energy savings by upgrading inefficient infrastructure in buildings. The procurement shift is that a client engages a single service provider (an Energy Services Company) to scope, design, and install the solution, and then guarantee the forecast savings so the investment meets an agreed payback period. Sometimes described as a ‘financial solution to a technical problem’, EPCs provide a mechanism to channel big money into a difficult area. While it’s true the basis of the EPC framework is a ‘spend to save’ model and the headline message is one of energy and carbon savings, the reality is these savings are often enabling other more important outcomes for property managers. From an asset management perspective the real attraction of an EPC is that it provides a powerful mechanism to respond to the issue of ageing assets. Almost invariably across the public sector, a legacy of under investment in asset replacements has led to a substantial asset management headache under which business-as-usual procurement models would take many years and man hours to rectify (not to mention a lot of money). EPCs ease the headache by providing a framework that allows lots of small asset replacement works to be bundled into one larger contract, which then attracts the big market players and their thinking (the large controls companies have tended to be the most successful to date). AECOM has been especially active in this space since the market was formed, providing client side advice to the Department of Health, Department of Justice and La Trobe University, and we’re currently assisting RMIT University with its $98m Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP) – by far the largest of its kind in Australia. Despite the opportunities presented by EPCs, public funding remains an issue. With the limitations on Government agencies securing continues page 11 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment By David Parken, CEO, Australia Institute of Architects

Bridging the political gap Since 2008, members of the built environment sector have worked towards bridging the gap between the sector, politicians and the public by hosting an annual collaborative conversation that explores the economic, social, environmental and governance issues that help shape national prosperity. The full-day Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) summit has featured over 80 speakers since its inception and official launch by Annabelle Crabb at Parliament House over five years ago. They have tackled issues such as: liveability and resilience in a greener economy, Australian city planning (with the release of the results of a ground-breaking capital city strategic plans audit), key principles of urban planning frameworks, strategic planning of cities, new approaches to community consultation and the future of digital technologies such as BIM and 4D modelling. This successful positioning of key industry representatives alongside the decision makers in Canberra is the result of collaboration and active cooperation between the five host organisations - Australian Institute of Architects, Green Building Council of Australia, Planning Institute of Australia, Property Council of Australia and Consult Australia (joined 2009) – with involvement and support from industry peak bodies. In 2014, BEMP takes place on Tuesday 15 July and turns the spotlight on a new generation of design solutions that will unlock waves of economic and social dividends in our cities. Great design unleashes creative solutions that accelerate opportunity. From augmented reality technology and 3D printing to the latest international thinking on infrastructure funding and urban policy, BEMP 2014 will explore how we can all boost productivity by design. On behalf of the hosts of BEMP 2014 I encourage all members of the built environment community to get involved and contribute to the conversation by visiting Help us make a difference to our cities and communities.




ALLEN JACK+COTTIER FOR SOUTH GATEWAY PRECINCT Allen Jack+Cottier has won the role of the main architect as well as the co-ordinating architect for the largest of three sites in a major design excellence competition. Organised by the Heartland Group, the project will encompass an approximately $800 million mixed use development on three prime sites in Parramatta, NSW. AJ+C will design the largest of the three sites, located on Church Street at the edge of Parramatta’s central business district, west of Sydney. Turner has been chosen as the architect to design the second site, while Oculus will design the park on the third site, together with the extensive public domain components. The Parramatta South Gateway Precinct design project includes: three residential towers between 30-40 storeys with retail/ commercial uses on the lower levels; two 10 storey commercial buildings fronting Church Street; approximately 3000 square metre of public open space; a 2000 square metre public park; basement supermarket; and parking for approximately 1200 cars. AJ+C’s part of the project involves widening of Church Street,

with new bus and cycle lanes flanked by trees – turning the busy street into a boulevard. There will also be a pedestrian plaza running through the middle of the three sites, which will provide new social spaces and opportunities for cafes and outdoor dining. AJ+C’s residential tower design features a subtly rippling glass facade, a reference to ‘the meeting of the waters’ – the point where fresh river water meets salt harbour water at Parramatta. The plaza, park and public domain are aimed at introducing natural elements into the urban environment.

AJ+C’s Residential Tower

$1.2 BILLION PLAN FOR OPERA HOUSE ON PERTH WATERFRONT Perth-based building designer Shane O’Riley has been described as a man with a vision. He’s spent five years working on a dramatic design for an international concert hall for the Elizabeth Quay riverfront development, only now releasing it to the public. His design is already drawing strong responses from the public: some love it, some hate and others have compared it to an echidna. The projected cost - $1.2 billion - has many doubting it will ever be built but Mr O’Riley says he’s resilient and prepared to work long and hard to realise the building.

“The living embodiment is you being inside a musical instrument, a sculpture, something that is dynamic and inspirational,” he said. At the very least, he hopes the design will start a discussion about how the city should look, and points out that the combined budgets of the new sports stadium and Elizabeth Quay total $4 billion.

“I’m thick-skinned and I’m able to take on board the polarising comments that a structure of this magnitude would open up,” he said. “At the same time there has been a lot of very positive feedback on it because I think Perth very much needs this icon.” The design, Mr O’Riley said, was intended to be a metaphor for “what it feels like to be sculpturally inside music, without the experience of the sound”.

Proposed design Perth Opera House Artwork by Unique 8 Design Studio


Peak engineering body welcomes manufacturing workforce study Engineers Australia has welcomed the Workforce Productivity Agency’s Manufacturing Study which identifies the need to build a more highly skilled workforce for the future of Australia.

Engineers Australia supports the view that peak industry bodies and governments play a fundamental role in driving the transition in order to successfully compete on a world-stage.

“In order for Australia’s manufacturing sector to successfully compete in a global market, it must employ high-level thinkers who have the acquired skills (mixed with creativity and originality) to develop new innovations.

“Addressing the demand for STEM skills in manufacturing is of critical importance. Engineers Australia will continue to communicate the important role of STEM to young people – and to the entire community – through its initiatives and programs.

In addition to this, managers in the industry must possess advanced management skills to underpin a competitive manufacturing environment,” said Stephen Durkin Chief Executive Officer Engineers Australia.

“Notwithstanding the bleak news of recent closures in the manufacturing sector, Australian manufacturing will maintain its research and design capabilities; this news is extremely promising. These areas play a crucial role in driving technologies which lead to innovative breakthroughs. These breakthroughs are the key to a prosperous economy.

“Engineers are major drivers of advanced technologies and innovations, which form the foundation of the future. “Innovative engineering processes are steadily replacing traditional manufacturing methods in Australia; it is important this movement is maintained to transform Australia to a hightech, knowledge based economy.

“Engineers Australia supports the recommendations in the Manufacturing Study and looks forward to playing a part in developing high-level thinkers and skilled managers to lead the industry through its next transition period,” said Mr Durkin.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS – ENGINEERS NEEDED! Engineering offers a great diversity of careers across the civil, mining, oil and gas and environment industries but still has a problem attracting women into the workforce with less than twenty per cent of engineers women. To tackle the problem, a not-for-profit organisation called the Power of Engineering was formed to inspire young women to look at a career in engineering. It has the backing of governments and key industry bodies, including Engineers Australia and Queensland University of Technology and aims to ‘squash the perception that a career in engineering is all about maths and hard hats, and show it has the power to creatively change the world’. About 120 female Year 11 students in Western Australia recently attended a Power of Engineering workshop and were surprised at

the diversity of career opportunities it offers. Western Australia’s former chief scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, spoke passionately to the girls about the role of engineering in environmental management, renewable energy developments and major science programs like the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in the Midwest of WA. “It’s an issue of a skills shortage. We don’t have enough engineers and less than 20 per cent of those we have are women. “There are enormous job opportunities for young women in an enriching career to help make the planet a better place for everyone. “Yet if they don’t know what’s available, they don’t see them as career options. “We want to open their minds, open their eyes, to new ideas and new possibilities for great futures for them.”



By Daniel Gradwell Research Economist BIS Shrapnel

LNG projects are covering a construction downturn across the rest of the resources sector The resources investment boom has been the key driver of growth in Australia’s $127 billion engineering construction sector over the past decade. However, the outlook for work is being distorted by the treatment of LNG projects, writes Daniel Gradwell from BIS Shrapnel. Construction in the mining sector reached a record $58 billion in 2012/13, reflecting a near-trebling in activity over the past five years. However, as has been heavily publicised over the past year, the mining investment boom is over. Or is it? Mining and heavy industry engineering construction is actually forecast to increase a further six per cent in 2013/14, to a record $62 billion. This anomaly is due to the diverging fortunes of the differing resources sub-segments. The coal sector peaked over a year ago, at $13.1 billion in 2011/12, and will continue to decline from here given the lower prevalent prices of both thermal and coking coal, and Australia’s high cost environment. Other minerals construction, which is dominated by iron ore projects, peaked a year later, reaching $14.1 billion in 2012/13. However, strong declines are expected over the near term as a gap between significant projects emerges. But underpinning overall growth in mining construction in 2013/14 is oil and gas. Boosted by the simultaneous construction of seven LNG projects across Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, all valued into the tens of billions of dollars, oil and gas construction work is projected to surge nearly 40 per cent in 2013/14 to more than $40 billion. And as these projects move to completion, oil and gas activity will then halve over the next four years. That’s a big cycle. Is this representative of the experience of the construction industry working in the resources space? We don’t think so. Our anecdotal continues page 11 ANCR ANCR ENGINEERING ENGINEERING NEWS



Changes at the top for Cordell Information Cordell Information is pleased to introduce its new CEO, Michael Hughes, who officially commenced in the role on 1 April after three months as designate. Michael takes over from long-time CEO Rob Wild, who was at the company for nearly 30 years. Rob recently retired from Cordell to spend more time with family and take up new opportunities to work with youth in Sydney’s Indigenous communities. Earlier on in Michael’s career he had worked at Cordell Information for 14 years as National Sales Manager, meaning that he brings with him a comprehensive understanding of the company’s strengths and capabilities – as well as a vision for new directions ahead.



“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to take up from where Rob leaves off, with Cordell most assuredly a ‘household’ name when it comes to first-rate construction information in Australia,” he said.

continue in Rob’s vein. When Rob put out the announcement, he said ‘the sad news is that I’m going but the good news is that the guy who is replacing me worked here for nearly 14 years!’

Michael’s last position was Executive Director of Jobfind Centres Australia, a leading provider of Federal Government employment placement services, a role he describes as both very challenging and rewarding.

“My first day back I was in the staff kitchen and looking out the window at the Pacific Highway in Chatswood, just making a cup of tea – basically going through the same routine I did for 14 years and, well, it felt like déjà vu – I thought ‘I’m home’.”

However, after six years at Jobfind, the possibility of returning to Cordell Information came up and, as Michael put it: “There’s nothing I would have rather done in my life than to come back here and

Michael is dedicated to ensuring he maintains and builds upon Rob’s vision of developing and delivering innovative business information solutions, helping clients to maximise opportunities.



Introducing the new CEO, Michael Hughes





“It’s firstly about the legacy, what we certainly don’t want or need is to reinvent what is already a very well-oiled wheel. It’s about continuing to improve on all that Rob did for the last 28 years, this is all I will do.”

Rob also leaves behind a team of 160 dedicated staff, who show time and time again their satisfaction in working at Cordell Information, with an average tenure of employment of seven years.

A long legacy

Employees also rate the company highly on satisfaction surveys carried out by the Reed Elsevier Group (of which Cordell Information is part of). What’s more, almost 20 per cent of staff who have worked at Cordell and left (for a range of reasons) have returned.

Rob Wild started with Cordell Information as CEO in 1985. It was under Rob’s direction that Cordell developed its highly efficient estimating packages, business development solutions and tender notification service. Rob also shaped and guided the engagement of the company’s digital platforms and unique software. “Rob was here during the entire electronic revolution,” Michael explained. “Of course, way back when Cordell previously delivered all of its information in hard copy. Over the past two decades, we’ve travelled along the proverbial superhighway to such an extent that today some 93 per cent of clients get their information electronically.

“Cordell’s employee satisfaction is rated at the higher percentile than the others in the Reed Elsevier Group. We have extremely high satisfaction, this is reflected in the retention of employees and the fact people keep coming back for more,” Michael said. “It says something about a company that a staff member leaves and then comes back. I think that’s a credit again to the culture we have and Rob is responsible for that.”

Looking to the future “The organisation has also basically quadrupled in size. When Rob started there were two divisions – Project Information and Costing Information. Ten years ago, we moved into a third area – Tender Information. That was all part of Rob identifying that third market and acquiring business and/or developing services in that market.” 16


“What we need to do and continue to do is innovate, based on technological advancements. “Clients want data to come to them fully researched, but they also want to be able to do something with it – that added ability to interpret the data, distribute it and provide

further oversight so they can get the necessary return on investment.” Michael added that finding synergies between Cordell’s three divisions – Cordell Construction Projects, Cordell Costing Solutions and Cordell Tenders Online – was important. “The word division literally suggests a divide; this need not be the case. We want to look for synergies where we can find complete solutions, where our clients can get access to it all packaged up in one solution, rather than knocking on three different doors and getting three pieces of fruit.” Michael also sees the role of analytics as having a positive impact. “Analytics is about information providers bringing it into another dimension – the fourth dimension. What can this data tell me in terms of trends? The future? This is where we get into strategic partnerships with organisations such as the Australian Construction Industry Forum and the Housing Industry Association. “Another relatively new market for us has been assisting major insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand in insuring homes to proper values. Consumers can oftentimes make a mistake when costing land and structures such that when they go to put AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

SPECIAL FOCUS ← Left Some of the Executive Team from left to right, David Scoones, Monisha Craig, Nilkanthi Perumal, Gary Thornley

in a claim, it can be underinsured by tens of thousands of dollars.

intelligence – there are all kinds of angles that people use the information for.

“Consequently, most insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand [now] use our costing information to protect both themselves and their customers when it comes to ensuring correct value is used.

“I guess what we are doing is all about providing additional intelligence to our clients. We sell sales leads, we are increasing productivity by saving them time having to find that information or we are providing additional information about an opportunity they were aware of.”

Always striving for the best Cordell Information continues to supply its clients with only the very best in reliable, timely and comprehensive information services. This includes its Connect service which is available through the Construction Projects Division, providing sales leads and market intelligence. “Ninety per cent of clients who use this software are suppliers and service providers in and around the construction industry,” Michael explained. “It’s not just people looking for work, but also those who are trying to sell their goods and services to others, who are looking at market


Cordell’s Costing Division continues to provide the latest building cost information across a range of building materials, labour and equipment hire and insurance-related products – ensuring submitted quotes are at the current market value. Finally, Cordell Tenders Online continues to supply its customers with the latest tenders across nearly every industry sector, providing a huge variety of potential opportunities. “Our tender division isn’t just limited to construction,” Michael added. “It can be for computers supplied to a university or rubber gloves to a hospital, or cleaning contracts in a number of different industries.

“In all three [divisions] it’s about saving time, in all three it’s about looking more intelligent and professional, we help do all that through the power that comes from information.” Michael said the future success of Cordell Information will be dependent on more or less the same factors that it always has been. “First of all, it’s going to be whether the information is timely and accurate and secondly, whether we are providing clients with proper customer service. “At the end of the day, Cordell has a vested interest in client satisfaction. We are going to be doing all that we can to ensure this remains the case. “In many ways, our products are our people and I know that they, along with I, will honour Rob’s great legacy into the future by continuing to further develop and deliver meaningful solutions for our customers.” Find out how Cordell Information can help you win more business, call 1800 80 60 60 or visit




From solid foundations Australian Foundation Systems Pty Ltd is a specialist foundation solutions & ground engineering company employing both full time & subcontract personnel that service all areas of NSW. They specialise in piling & foundation works for various clients within the Residential, Commercial, Civil & Infrastructure Industries.

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Unlike some of their competitors Australian Foundation Systems take no short cuts when Designing, Manufacturing and during the Construction process. This is what sets Australian Foundation Systems apart from most other Screw Piling Contractors.

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FAST FLOORING SOLUTIONS FOR ALL Founded in 1976, Sika Australia is a specialty chemical supplier for the building and construction industry. Their product line includes high-quality concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and reinforcing materials, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring, as well as roofing and waterproofing systems. Technically driven, and project motivated, Sika consists of a team of over one hundred staff across Australia and boast a product list of over one thousand products available within all major capital cities. A project Sika are proud to have been a part of, is the Sydney Cricket Ground – Bradman/Noble/Messenger Stand, lower concourse. With an extremely tight deadline of approximately ten days, a quick solution was required to install a floor system on the lower concourse, spanning around 2000m2. Firmstone flooring was appointed to apply the floor, and Sika is their preferred supplier, having collaborated on numerous previous projects. The 2000m2 flooring utilised Sikafloor® 160 as a primer, followed by two coats of Sikafloor® 264 with a 60 mesh aluminium oxide, creating 20


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Prefabricated Giant Made to Order What’s 16 metres long, weighs 10 tonnes and has 500 metres of pipe snaking through it?

no allowance for access into the shaft, nor was there any flooring to be installed at each respective floor level.”

Answer: AE Smith’s latest prefabricated module installation success story for Lend Lease at the $80 million, 9,500 sqm, Green Chemical Futures (GCF) multi-level facility under construction at Monash University’s Clayton Campus in Melbourne.

“AE Smith approached Lend Lease early to discuss what options, if any, there were for the installation of the services and if any provisions for access could be provided. It quickly became evident that prefabrication of the services riser was the only viable option available,” said Gary.

Driven by innovation and the desire to constantly find new ways to help our customers find the right outcome, the Victoria Construction AE Smith team challenged current thinking about the wisdom of stacking multiple, small prefabricated modules together to achieve multi-storey heights. “The earlier AE Smith is involved in a project, the more value prefabrication can deliver to our clients,” said Gary Bell, GCF Project Manager for AE Smith. “At its core, prefabrication results in the preassembly of mechanical and electrical modular units offsite, and once complete, transported to the construction site for final installation.” On the right project, some of the benefits of prefabrication to both builder and contractor because of the controlled manufacturing environment include:

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Accelerated construction times; Improved productivity; Greater quality control; Significant abatement of reworks; and Reduction in onsite health and safety risks.

And that’s exactly the type of benefits Lend Lease was looking for at the Monash University GCF build to help them overcome a unique problem.

At approximately 16 x 5 x 4 metres in size, 10 tonnes in weight, containing a 500m labyrinth of PVC duct work, the giant prefabricated module riser was lowered vertically into place this March with millimetre accuracy inside its hollow concrete receptacle spearing the building. The production of the structurally certified steel frame for the prefabricated module proceeded quickly with the installation of PVC duct inside the frame completed under cover and in a controlled environment. After securing all the necessary permits to transport the over-sized wide-load between AE Smith and Monash University, it was an uneventful 30 minute transfer lying flat on the back of a low-loader truck. Once onsite at GCF, the large prefabricated module was carefully manoeuvred into position on the ground before being lifted by crane. Installation of the module took a mere twenty minutes - a sight to behold for the many spectators that amassed. AE Smith have invested and continue to invest heavily in prefabrication techniques and technologies that help our customers compress the critical path of their project.

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Finding Solutions ACT Geotechnical Engineers has a reputation for being the first point of contact for those seeking advice on complex geotechnical engineering issues. The team at ACT Geotechnical Engineers is a mix of young and experienced engineers and engineering geologists. Their enthusiastic approach, good quality advice and efficient service have earned them a solid standing within Canberra’s construction industry.

Albatross Redevelopment project. This development is essential to the remediation of the facilities, infrastructure and engineering services for the Navy’s future requirements, by upgrading and refurbishing existing facilities and infrastructure.

Since forming in 1994, ACT Geotechnical Engineers have consulted for many industrial, commercial and mining companies along with statutory bodies and government departments. Led by principal geotechnical engineer Jeremy Murray, ACT Geotechnical Engineer is a small but highly skilled team of engineers. Due to the boutique size of the firm, they pride themselves on being approachable, responsive and committed to the needs of their clients. The experienced geotechnical consultants ensure every project is completed to a professional standard, even under timecritical deadlines. The team at ACT Geotechnical Engineers recently carried out work at the HMAS 22


The first part of the project was to undertake a ground contamination assessment of potential burial sites to determine if contamination was present. The refurbishment and upgrade works involve the construction and refurbishment of six buildings/facilities, as well as the new taxiway and apron pavements and pipeline for t he hot refueling points. ACT Geotechnical Engineers further involvement included the following: • A ground contamination assessment of six identified potential burial sites

(in conjunction with Environmental Strategies Pty Ltd). • A geotechnical investigation for seven separate buildings - Intake Switching Station (ISS) #1, Intake Switching Station (ISS) #2, Central Emergency Power Station (CEPS),Water Pump House, Fitness Facilities A, and Fitness Facilities B, as well as the Hot Refueling Point & Fuel Pipeline. This work invcluded new facilities all around the base, and on the Airside of the base. • Soil Resistivity Testing at the locations of six new substations. ACT Geotechnical Engineers are all members of the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Australian Geomechanics Society, and the Australian Geological Society and all have a comprehensive understanding of the industry.

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lifting expectations VTS Cranes Pty Ltd is a Brisbane based company specialising in materials handling solutions on construction and infrastructure projects. VTS Cranes can manage the entire process from project analysis to define the needs of the job, equipment selection to service these needs, safety management, engineering and design, preparation of equipment, installation of equipment including commissioning and testing, supply of skilled man-power to operate the equipment, ongoing maintenance and service, anchoring and climbing as required and finally dismantling and removal from site. “VTS Cranes Pty Ltd, all be it a young operating company has vast management, staff and employee skills and experience,” said Paul McDougall, the General Manager. VTS Cranes latest projects include the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital (Lend Lease Building) to be completed in late 2016 and the 31-level office tower at 480 Queen Street, Brisbane (Grocon) to be completed in early 2016. VTS Cranes has been contracted to provide materials handling solutions from planning and advice on crane selection and placement, in house preparation of the cranes and hoists to suit each client’s requirements and branding,


planning and logistics and then the erection of the tower cranes and hoists. VTS Cranes responsibility includes the maintenance of the plant as well as crewing the cranes and hoists. VTS Cranes fitted “Fire Suppression Systems” on electrical cabinets and the power supply cable slip ring, as well as “Tower Crane Anti-Collision Systems” to all cranes on these projects. VTS Cranes professional staff overcame the challenges on these projects which involved maximum utilisation of all ten tower cranes. Additionally, on the 480 Queen Street project VTS Cranes has had to accommodate both the building programme and allowable street access in the Brisbane CBD. VTS Cranes takes pride in its ability to have open productive discussions while working together with its clients on all facets of the supply, positioning and operation of tower cranes and hoists. The company also takes pride in improving safety and productivity by the introduction of the latest technologies to their cranes. For more information contact VTS Cranes Pty Ltd, PO Box 882 Summer Park, QLD 4074, phone 07 3271 4008, fax 07 3271 4006, email, website




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Non Standard Cages

World leaders in reinforcement cage fabrication processes, Cagemaker offer clients, both locally and globally, the safest possible product in a timely and professional manner, from their state-of-theart facilities in Queensland and Western Australia. Cagemaker offer their valued clients the following services:

Cagemaker can also assemble square, rectangular, oval or triangular cages. Contact them to discuss your unique requirements, and Cagemaker will deliver.

Prefabrication From steel provided by the client, Cagemaker prefabricates the cages ready for delivery to site. Prefabrication services can also include: • Project management • Reinforcement material supply • Material supply management • Supply schedule management • Logistics coordination with a transport contractor and the onsite management team.

Cage Sizes Round cages measuring: • 150mm-1800mm diameter, 18 metres in length • 1800mm-3000mm diameter, 15 metres in length 24


Welding All welding is performed to the client’s specifications, and where applicable, in accordance to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1554.3:2008 and the Standard Specification DMR QLD, RTA – NSW, and the DMR – WA.

Storage Available by negotiation at Cagemaker’s premises in South East Queensland and Western Australia.

For more information please contact Cagemaker Equipment Pty Ltd, 65 Rotary Park Road, Alberton QLD 4207, phone 07 3807 0000, fax 07 3807 1133, email (General) prefab@ (Prefabrication), website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR Tiger Corp specialises in premium architectural, wayfinding and compliant statutory signs for architects, builders and developers Australia wide. We understand the importance of signage that complies with the various statutory codes, quality economical materials and the efficient delivery of a project across many sectors. These may include apartment buildings, public buildings, shopping centres, universities and Government projects. We manufacture and design in-house and our team is passionately dedicated to making the job run smoothly and to delivering the best outcomes.

We supply special paint finishes, powder coating and plating and rise to the challenge when asked to find unusual materials or finishes. Quick to tender, we are happy to supply drawings and sampling of materials. With a combined 85 years of experience in our sales team we have an expansive knowledge of every material or method of signage manufacture and can find the perfect solution that fits within budget and your delivery timeline. Our production team and installers are experienced, efficient and comply with all Insurances and Union obligations.

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Cut out metal, acrylic, wood Door/wall signs Statutory signage and building signage LED and Neon signage Wayfinding and directory panels Large format digital printing Computer cut vinyl (including etch frosting for glass) Carpark height bars Stencils

For more information please contact Tiger Corporation Pty Ltd, 18-19, 2 Bromham Place VIC 3121, phone, 03 9428 5675, fax 03 9428 0250, email mark@tigercorp. or, website




Team Rock Anchors TEAM Rock Anchors Pty Ltd specialises in rock anchoring, drilling, micropiles and shotcrete. It has provided successful alternative design options on a number of projects which have saved clients time and money. The company has been in business since 2006, operates in Queensland and northern NSW and has around 60 employees. One of TEAM Rock Anchors recent projects is the commercial development at 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland where the company installed temporary rock anchors and constructed shotcrete walls. With years of experience behind them, TEAM Rock Anchors overcame the major

challenges of the project which included relatively tight access on site, challenging coordination with other trades and changes in scope and design and completed the works within the required programme period. TEAM Rock Anchors’ other projects include the 1 William Street office tower in the heart of Brisbane’s government precinct, Sundale A1 Apartments and the Toowoomba Outer Circulating Road. For more information contact Team Rock Anchors Pty Ltd, 8 Andrew Campbell Drive Narangba, QLD 4504, PO Box 244, North Lakes, QLD, 4509, phone 07 3888 6775, fax 07 3888 6114, email, website

The concrete placement specialists With a successful record of delivering civil, structural and mining concreting projects since 1998, Kenny Constructions Pty Ltd is a leading industry expert in concrete placement works – particularly when it comes to bridges. Specialising in formwork, steel-fixing and concrete placement, Kenny Constructions’ experienced concreting team and specialist concrete placement equipment ensures impressive high-quality results that meet strict quality requirements. The company is also prequalified to work on RMS, VicRoads and Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) as a principal contractor. It’s also ISO accredited, while its integrated management system helps it meet project management requirements, particularly quality, environmental and OH&S. Kenny Constructions has worked on a number of recent complex projects, successfully



delivering the placement pavements to bridges.



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Crookwell road upgrade Directly for RMS NWRL Tunnels and civil station works Sydney for Thiess John Holland Dragados JV. • Pacific Highway upgrade (Road, Bridges and Tunnels) – Tintenbar to Ewingdale NSW for Lendlease, RMS • Princes Highway Gerringong upgrade Mount Pleasant to Toolijooa Road for Fulton Hogan and RMS • Legacy way 4.6km twin parnell road Tunnel Brisbane for Acciona,BMD and Ghella ( Transcity JV) • South Road Superway ( Urban superway) Adelaide for John Holland and DPTI (S.A) For more information contact Kenny Constructions Pty Ltd. phone 1300 720 815 Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin email, website



Solid achievement in Tankage As our climate and landscapes undergo major shifts, the need for storage of large quantities of liquids such as water, fuel and other necessities, has become a worldwide issue. PMT Water Engineering have taken a visionary stance on tankage solutions, and offer a range of products from emergency relief flatpacks to fully site-specific designed commercial and industrial tanks.

With a history that begins in the 1980’s and the supply of modular water tanks to outback Australia, PMT Water Engineering now reach even the most remote locations in the world. A 2012 awarded design and construction project occurred for their client Newcrest Mining, with the world’s largest bolted tank in the Southern Hemisphere being built on the remote location of Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea.

PMT Water Engineering’s success comes from their products modular, onsite bolted constructed designs, which are available in materials including aluminum, stainless and tensile steel. These modular designs permit an ease of transportation, and simplicity in construction once arriving on site. Further collaborative efforts come from their international suppliers, with materials such as glass fused steel and epoxy being engineered overseas.

Mining companies Newcrest Ltd, and Newmonds Mining are ongoing clients, while a range of desalination projects have been awarded to the company recently also. These include the desalination plant in Binningub in Western Australia, as well as the APLNG project for Origin Energy in Queensland. Winning the contract for Stage 1 of the Southern Sea Water Joint Venture, then resulted in a duplicate project awarded for stage 2 three years later, a testament to their world-class product and service.

‘We have a full range of standard designs both in corrugated and flat panel designs, and then we also have the factory Epoxy Coated and the Glass Fused Steel tanks, which can come in whatever size the client needs.’ Operations Director Peter Nielsen states. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact PMT Water Engineering, Unit 9, 47 Overlord Place, Acacia Ridge QLD, phone 07 3373 2600, fax 07 3373 2626, website ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS



HABITAT PROTECTION Habitat Management Services (HMS) were commissioned to work on the M80 Edgars Road to Plenty Road upgrade. Their specific role involved carrying out a survey on the Growling Grass Frog within three kilometres of the two sites, at Edgar Creek and Darebin Creek. Two qualified zoologists conducted diurnal and nocturnal surveys in 2012. The survey involved play back calls, visual searches under rocks and logs, through vegetation, and inspecting drains and rubbish. HMS also recommended to the client techniques on how to protect the creeks, maintain litter, avoid impacting upon the ecological function of the creeks as well as providing construction management plan procedures in the immediate, short and long term. Throughout the upgrade, HMS were also on-call to retrieve any fauna found onsite deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, such as snakes, possums, kangaroos etc. HMS provide customised environmental services and solutions both nationally and internationally including Environmental Planning and Approvals, GIS/GPS, Project Management/Auditing, Zoology, Ecology, Botany, Ecological Restoration, Land Management Advice and Plans, Construction Environmental Management Plans and Implementation etc. For a full list of their services, please see HMS website, listed below. For more information contact Habitat Management Services, PO Box 882, Panton Hill VIC 3759, mobile 0408 700 096, email website 28




Specialists in their field Founded on over 20 years of experience, Faraday Pty Ltd designs, installs and tests Electromagnetic Shielding systems for major medical, commercial, industrial, and defence projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital is one facility to benefit from the Melbourne based company’s expertise. For the project, Faraday completed a “suite of EEG, EMG rooms as well as two MRI suites for neurophysiological purposes”, Director Kingsley McRae says. Outside of the Faraday cages the company installed, “small pulse data, from an EEG for example, is much more likely to be corrupt or incorrect,” he said. “A factor that escapes the notice of many clinicians.” Another Melbourne project, Parkville Neuroscience Research Unit, highlights Faraday’s cooperative management style as well as its start to finish design, installation and testing solutions. Significant constraints on normal building work were posed by the installation of the project’s 42 tonne, 7 tesla strength research magnet ¨C one of the strongest in the world ¨C and the addition of a Faraday cage and massive magnetic shield. Faraday invested considerable time “working with everyone from the electrician to air-conditioning guy, to overcome the project’s design restrictions and requirements,” Mr McRae said. With specialist testing, Faraday profiles and delivers solutions for problematic sites. In one case it was the massive magnetic field generated by Melbourne trams, 50 metres from Peter Doherty’s Institute’s sensitive electromagnetic microscope. Faraday designed “a system of active compensation, generating a counter-veiling magnetic field, enabling the microscope to work in an environment it would not otherwise work in,” said Mr McRae. From Faraday Pty Ltd’s beginnings in 2002, the Director determined to have a national focus. “By employing 14 full-time Australian staff we maintain quality control. We are proudly Australian owned and Australia based”, Mr McRae said. With few other Australian specialists in the field, the fact is vital for ensuring the quality services Faraday takes prides in. For more information contact Faraday Pty Ltd, PO Box 555 Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9729 5000, fax 03 9729 9911, website:



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A VERY SUCCESSFUL OPERATION Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital is a $1.5 billion program of works to improve children's health services in QLD, comprising 12 clinical levels and adjacent Centre for Childrens Health Research dedicated to child and adolescent health research.







delivering a healthy outcome MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Lend Lease PROJECT VALUE : $1.5 billion OPENING DATE : December 2014 ARCHITECT : Conrad Gargett Lyons

One thought was front and centre for the Lend Lease team on the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital project: “We are building an awesome hospital for our kids”. And it is a truly awesome hospital, with its dynamic ‘living tree’ design, high performance facade, green roof and garden terraces, pet visiting area, helipad with direct access to the emergency department, two atriums, public artworks, 12 clinical levels with room for expansion, and 359 patient beds, most of the overnight beds in single rooms with an ensuite and a parent sleep-over bed. 32

The LCCH brings together all highly specialised paediatric and children’s health services currently offered by the Royal Children’s Hospital (Brisbane) and the Mater Children’s Hospital in one location. The facility has been designed from the outset to be welcoming, safe and environmentally sustainable, combining innovations in architecture, engineering and construction in a manner which will ensure the best possible health outcomes for patients.


With such an ambitious scope, it has been an intricate and lengthy process for Lend Lease and their team of consultants and subcontractors, as well as other stakeholders. It has been a long road for Lend Lease, seeing it go from concept and digital images to a reality. They have a strong feeling of pride from overcoming all the challenges in order to provide such a fantastic facility. The hospital floorplate incorporates a ‘trunk and branch’ design, with two large full-height AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Image Lend Lease constructed the new QLD Children's Hospital.

experience for patients and their families is positive, life-affirming and conducive to faster recovery times. The arts program, which has been running in parallel with the construction program, is very focused on improving health outcomes through the use of art. Lend Lease delt with the matter of getting a balance right between pure clinical capital works, and the level of amenity. Focusing on the evidence that art, music, pets and performances decreases time spent in hospital and achieves better outcomes and speeds healing. Sustainability measures which have been implemented are also conducive to better recovery for patients, such as the use of use of natural light and ventilation, and lowVOC paints, finishes, adhesives and flooring. Carbon dioxide sensors have been installed in some spaces to adjust ventilation rates to match occupancy. Other measures relate more to the sustainability of the hospital itself, such the tri-generation power plant which has been constructed in a dedicated facility within the precinct.. This will be capable of supplying the power, heating and cooling to the LCCH building and the adjacent Centre for Children’s Health Research building. Stormwater will be harvested for irrigation and for use in the cooling towers. The construction process itself had some remarkable aspects, with some extremely innovative thinking required to deliver the building. A good example is how Lend Lease resolved a major logistical issue with the supply of concrete to the project. More than 60,000m3 of concrete were poured for the LCCH, at an average of over 120m3 per day during the structure phase. However, there was no space directly adjacent to or on the site for concrete deliveries, due to the nature of the site and surrounding road network and external stakeholder requirements. atria forming the ‘trunks’ and wide public spaces forming the light-filled ‘branches’, which are oriented towards major Brisbane landmarks. This will assist with wayfinding, especially for young patients and their families, within what is a very large and complex building, and also creates places of respite for staff, visitors and patients. The hospital also has roof garden areas and garden terraces, a play area, an on-site school for patients and their siblings, and a performance space. These elements have been incorporated into the design to ensure the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The project team came up with an innovative solution; a remote concrete pumping station was constructed on vacant land directly opposite the main LCCH building, with the concrete pumped via pipes buried under the aretial road separating the pumping station and the site, where a manifold arrangement directed the concrete to one or more of the six satellite boom pumps working on site. Other challenges had to be managed in the construction methodology, such as the

large fins incorporated in the façade design. The solution was the prefabrication of all components, final assembly on site and development of a series of launch tables to facilitate the installation of the unitised system. This avoided the need to fully scaffold the building and improved safety by minimising live edge work at heights. In the fit-out, Lend Lease had a focus on end-user safety in every detail. An example of this is the balustrades for the atrium voids and viewing platforms, and the handrails for stairs and other areas. Lend Lease made a decision to go over and above the minimum requirements to ensure that children would be unable to climb these items, nor be able to injure themselves in other ways. Durability, health and safety in design have been a major focus for Lend Lease, as well as safety in construction, use and maintenance aspects of the hospital. Durability also incorporates cleanability and robustness. One of the major success stories of the project from the Lend Lease perspective has been the stakeholder engagement. This included an Ambassadors Program featuring children who will be long-term users of the hospital, to put a face to the needs which the project will address and motivate staff and workers on the project. The project has also benefitted from the inclusion of a full time community relations resource. Lend Lease had challenging conditions in the precinct which they actively managed by keeping everyone informed, and when they had issues identified by any stakeholders they responded quickly. Lady Cilento Chuildren's Hospital has been a very long process. It takes a lot of stamina and talented people to deliver a project like this. For Lend Lease, looking back and seeing what they have achieved is very satisfying. The building of this awesome hospital for kids’ has been at the top of Lend Leases' values, visions and goals on this project. They have always kept in mind that it’s not just a building, it is a facility which will benefit the entire state. For more information contact Lend Lease, Level 3, 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059, phone 07 3835 0555, website



Below Hosken Site Steel provided a structural steel package for the QCH plantroom on level 13, including drafting, fabrication and erection.

With the degree of complexity involved in the Queensland Children’s Hospital, having Hosken Site Steel (HSS) undertake a key structural steel works package meant Lend Lease could rely on a seamless endto-end solution. HSS are an integrated operation with the skill and capacity to undertake the entire scope from initial design specifications and in-house shop drawing through to fabrication, transport and erection. The advantage for clients is there are no outside resources which can create complications – every facet of the steel work is overseen and undertaken by the HSS team. At QCH, the company’s scope was structural steel package for the plantroom on level 13, including drafting, fabrication and erection. For a project like this involving complex scheduling of relevant subtrades, HSS demonstrated superior skills at every stage in design resolution and steel engineering, and adeptness in matching their logistics to the broader programming of the project. HSS uses 3D drafting to model all their projects. This facilitates client communications and programming of critical path elements, and also assists with quickly identifying and resolving any buildability issues or clashes. The StruMIS fabrication management system is used to link all parts of the project team, from drafting to installation, ensuring rapid access to critical path information and delivering enhanced traceability through the supply chain. Having highly experienced and skilled senior steel detailers in-house working with the fabrication and erection aspects of the business means clients 34


and their projects have the highest possible level of quality assurance, and immediate expertise available to successfully navigate any complexity, whether design-based or a challenging installation. HSS also has the capacity to accommodate any required finishing schedule, including hot dip galvanising and specialised paint systems. Every item is produced to the relevant Australian standard and ready for delivery to site for the safety-conscious and qualified HSS erection team to install. The company’s team of 80 dedicated and professional staff have produced exemplary results for a range of recent major projects, including a $2.6 million steel contract for the UQ Advanced Engineering Building for Watpac; the Wintergarden project for Brookfield Multiplex; Rockhampton’s Air Traffic Control Tower for Badge Constructions; a range of works at Curtis Island LNG for John Holland; Gasworks, Newstead with FKP and recently completed $12M contract for the redevelopment of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre for Brookfield Multiplex. The company’s current contracts; redevelopment of the Garden City & Pacific Fair shopping centres for Westfield Construction; Centre for Children’s Health Research with Lend Lease; Aldi Distribution Centre, Brendale, Cockram Construction. For more information contact Hosken Site Steel Pty Ltd, 228b Lavarack Ave, Pinkenba, QLD 4008, phone 07 3260 2084, fax 07 3260 2806, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Uni-span Australia was responsible for the total supply and delivery of scaffold for both the main QCH building and QCH Energy Plant.

Safety is at the core of everything Uni-Span do, and with the Queensland Children’s Hospital, ensuring safety for everyone was crucial, given the intricacies of the structure and the sensitivity of the locality. Uni-Span has been responsible for the supply and delivery of scaffold for both the main QCH building and QCH Energy Plant. The package amounted to supplying and erecting around 40,000m2 of edge protection and scaffolding for the duration of the 130 week program. Over 40 Uni-Span personnel worked at the QCH site, including skilled scaffolding labour, supervisors, engineers, draftsmen, contract administrators, WHS personnel and contract managers. Uni-span also dedicated a WPHS representative to the project, who undertook safety audits in conjunction with the client and Uni-Span Site Supervisor to ensure contracted requirements, due diligence requirements and applicable safety standards were met. “The Branches are an architectural feature and unique in design and construction. Solving the access to these work fronts, with a safe, smart and accurate design, was a major and exciting undertaking,” said Uni-Span Design Estimating Manager, André de Villiers. “There were other complex design solutions presented and actioned, such as the helideck, QCHEP Cantilevered eastern façade and Core 3 suspended special bracket scaffold, supported by a Uni-span Formwork Solutions proprietary MK Waler wall bracket system, displaying the versatility of not only our product range but also the smart thinking and solution driven team of in-house designers and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

engineers. Another challenge was co-ordination of scaffolding to satisfy trades needing access to the work face within the design and also within the location constraints, due to the site’s proximity to the Mater Special School, Stanley Street and Raymond Terrace.” Uni-Span has specialised in-house engineers and designers in both our Scaffolding and Formwork divisions, enabling them to provide design solutions to construction challenges. Uni-Span has also assisted with the development of mobile logistic and control applications, Bizsync and Bizforms, which gives companies a mobile means of managing logistical processes for projects via smart mobile devices. In 2013, the Bizforms application was an Australian National Finalist in the mobile awards category for Project management, Line of business and in–field services. Other major hospital projects in Queensland that Uni-span has been involved in include Townsville Hospital Expansion, Cairns Base Hospital redevelopment, Robina Hospital, Mackay Base Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital, Rockhampton Hospital Expansion, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Ipswich Hospital Multi Level Car park, Gold Coast University Hospital & Sunshine Coast University Hospital. For more information contact Uni-span, 28 Computer Road, Yatala, QLD 4207, phone 1300 882 825, fax 07 3807 0546, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE LADY CILENTO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL


Below Questek Australia supplied and installed nurse call and patient information systems at the QLD Children’s Hospital.

100% Australian owned, and with 30 years in the industry, Questek Australia engineer a comprehensive integrated and innovative range of healthcare communications solutions. Market leaders, Questek systems can be found in over 650 aged care facilities and more than 80 hospitals. And they were the nominated supplier and installer for nurse call and patient information systems at the QLD Children’s Hospital, with the new information system a first of its kind in the industry. A team of ten fulltime employees, together with four extra monthly contracted personnel worked on the project. To ensure deadline was met, Questek expedited the overseas vendor equipment via air to guarantee a timely supply. Questek’s business relationship and cooperation with Allied Technologies ensure targets and deadlines are met accordingly. Further projects Questek are currently supplying are Blacktown Hospital, Campbelltown Hospital, BUPA Aged Care, Catholic Aged Care, Uniting Aged Care and ARV Aged Care. Questek can tailor a complete solution to meet all the elements of efficiency and effectiveness for daily facility activities. Integrated into one central, seamless platform, all their products can fully manage all calls and communication. 36


As well as designing and manufacturing nurse call systems, Questek specialise in the following leading communication systems: • IP Nurse Call and Wi-Fi Nurse Call • Dementia Monitoring • Wandering Residents • DECT Telephony and Wi-Fi Telephony • Positional Duress • RTLS Position Location • Access Control • CCTV and MATV • Paging and Video/Audio Intercoms • Vocera Communication • PABX • Wi-Fi Infrastructure With over 150 years collective experience in providing superior healthcare integrated solutions, including system design, supply & installations, project management, after sales support and services, Questek Australia are the single point of contact for all your technology needs. For more information contact Questek Australia Head Office, 102–104 Beaconsfield Street, Silverwater, NSW 2128, phone 1300 364 829, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Aircom Systems installed the Sumetzberger Pneumatic Tube System for the QLD Children’s Hospital project.

Aircom Systems provide technical solutions in the field of Pneumatic Tube Systems for the Australian Healthcare sector. They are the Australian distributors for Sumetzberger GmBh and specialise in hospital construction projects nationally.

QCH and ARF buildings. Aircom built two giant “manifolds” at each end of the tunnel to transform the 8 x 160mm tubes from a horizontal plane in the QCH, to a vertical plane through the tunnel and then revert back to a horizontal plane on exiting the tunnel.

At the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Aircom Systems were contracted to install a 160mm Sumetzberger Pneumatic Tube System to provide a fast and efficient mode of transport for the delivery of pathology samples and pharmaceutical supplies. Over four kilometres of 160mm UPVC tube, curves and carrier diverter units, link the 38 Pneumatic Tube Stations located in nominated locations throughout the QCH complex.

With 80% of the total systems transactions, approx. 1,500 transactions per day, being processed via the pathology department, Aircom Systems installed the latest Ergonomic Pathology Workstation (EPW) incorporating 8 x Multi Send Stations and 8 x Multi Receive Stations to alleviate the bottle necks associated in processing the high workflow. Aircom also utilised the Automatic Carrier Return feature where radio frequency identification (RFID) was installed to automate the return of empty carriers to their home stations.

The hub of the system is the high performance Power Transfer interchange unit where carriers are transferred seamlessly from one zone of the hospital to another. The hospital is divided into 8 specific zones and it is imperative that carriers are transferred quickly and efficiently to maintain the integrity of the samples. Operating theatres, PICU and ED were identified as high dependent stations therefore 3 independent zones were installed providing a critical path between the high dependent stations and pathology. With the Pathology department in a separate building (ARF), a service tunnel was constructed by ABI Group under Stanley Street to link the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Aircom Systems are the Australian distributors for the following hospital products: Sumetzberger Pneumatic Tube Systems, MLR Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Sesto bed movers.

For more information contact Brett Gilbert at Aircom Systems, phone 02 8814 8033, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE LADY CILENTO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL


Below Secom Technical Services designed and installed the electronic security services for the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Secom Technical Services are a specialist provider of security services, and operate across twelve countries with 30,000 employees worldwide, over 500 of which are based in Australia. Providing security services Australia-wide, Secom was involved with the provision of Electronic Security Services for the new Queensland Children’s Hospital. Managing the project from their Brisbane office, Secom had a total of 28 staff involved in the design, installation and support of the Queensland Children’s Hospital project works. The security systems provided include Security Management System; Access Control System; CCTV System; Intercom System; Duress System; and Network Connection Hardware.

construction needs, are key challenges. In order to create an open management environment that supports effective decision-making, Secom ensured open communication was maintained between contractors and project managers. Secom continues to deliver projects nationally, with current major projects underway in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Australian Capital Territory, involving the Health, Defence, Education and Retail sectors. Secom’s service philosophy is improve and assist society to be a safer place. From its unique postion as a specialist security services provider, Secom is able to deliver a wide range of security solutions in support of this philosophy.

All systems were designed and installed to meet requirements of the new Disability Standards, resulting in improved access for all hospital users. This approach of improving social outcomes for all of society is a key objective of Secom’s ethos worldwide. As with any major construction project, information management and maintaining workflows to correspond with changing 38


For more information contact Secom Technical Services, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Yuanda Australia fabricated and manufactured the curtain wall system for the QLD Childrens Hospital.

Yuanda Australia came to fruition in 2007, trading under Chinese parent company Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Engineering, which itself has been operating for over twenty years. They have grown to become one of the top curtain wall companies in the world. Collectively, the Yuanda group’s portfolio includes prestigious projects such as the COCOON Tower in Japan—the most complex curtain wall project in the world; the Business Bay project in Dubai—the single contract with the largest area of curtain wall; the Abu Dhabi Investment Headquarter Tower—the world’s most difficult project in curtain manufacture and fabrication; and in Australia the SA Health and Medical Research Institute; the new Royal Adelaide Hospital; the ANZ Headquarters in Melbourne Docklands; Brisbane Supreme Court; and Myer headquarters in Melbourne. Yuanda have also been awarded the largest single façade sub-contract in Australian history to design, supply and install the façade systems for International Towers at Barangaroo South in Sydney Yuanda were the specialist façade sub-contractor to the main contractor Abigroup (now Lend Lease) for the QLD Children’s Hospital development. Yuanda carried out detailed design to develop bespoke façade systems for the project which incorporated extensive projecting shading elements which are a significant external feature of the building, and enhanced acoustic performance measures to meet stringent project WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

requirements. Systems were performance tested to confirm compliance prior to fabrication, assembly and installation onto the building. Abigroup had no technical knowledge or experience with the curtain wall system, which slowed the process down. To overcome this, Yuanda disclosed detailed technical information for most aspects of their work for Abigroup’s edification. Yuanda Australia have recently completed or are completing nine healthcare facilities including the New Children's Hospital Perth, Gold Coast University Hospital, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Sydney and the New Royal Adelaide Hospital. Further projects Yuanda are currently working on include 1 William Street Brisbane, 480 Queen Street Brisbane, 699 Bourke Street Melbourne. Yuanda’s strong position within the global market as a leading façade contractor, coupled with their experienced personnel both on the design and delivery sides of the business, ensure their clients are provided with the most innovative and cost-effective façade. For more information, please contact Yuanda Australia, 3/40 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006, phone 07 3251 6100, fax 07 3251 6150, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE LADY CILENTO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL


Below Otis Elevators provided and installed the GeN2TM elevator.

Otis Elevator Company is proud to have our flag ship products installed in the Queensland Children’s Hospital allowing for the safe and efficient transportation of medical staff, patients and visitors throughout the hospital. Product installed include; 7 GeN2TM elevators, 19 low-speed large duty gearless elevators and 2 escalators. The GeN2TM elevator system is a state of the art elevator that does not require a machine room. All mechanical and electrical components of the elevator are housed within the shaft. A key feature of the GeN2TM system are the polyurethane coated steel belts. Unlike traditional elevator systems that use steel ropes for hoisting the elevator car, the GeN2TM system uses a flat coated steel belt. Steel ropes require regular lubrication whereas the belt on the GeN2TM does not. Additionally, sealed bearings in the hoisting machine also do not require regular lubrication. And finally, the use of regenerative drives can reduce overall energy demand by up to 75%. All this and more makes GeN2TM a safe, reliable and efficient system that’s friendly to the environment as well. For more information contact Otis Elevators, Luke Anderson, phone 07 3842 1111, email 40



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GETTING THE TRAFFIC FLOWING efficiently in and around Cairns

The $150M Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade provides an innovative solution that offers improved safety, reliability and functionality. Queensland’s Bruce Highway forms part of the national highway and is the main transport route between far north Queensland and the south. CairnsConnect, a joint venture between leading civil construction firm BMD Constructions and Brisbane-based engineering firm Albem Operations, was appointed by the Queensland Government to design and construct the 3.4km Bruce Highway upgrade between Sheehy Road and Ray Jones Drive, south of Cairns. The design was carried out by engineering consultants, SMEC.

level rail crossings. The upgrade was designed as a high clearance route catering for heavy and oversize vehicles.

The project was delivered under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract, with the joint venture team working closely with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. The $150 million Australian Government funded project began in October 2011, with a sod-turning ceremony. Practical completion was reached on 14 April 2014.

New service roads were built at key points on the western side of the highway linking George Cannon Drive, Mt Sheridan to Rigg Street, Woree; and on the eastern side of the highway (near the Cairns Golf Course) linking Walters Street to Kowinka Street, White Rock. The Rigg Street intersection has also been upgraded to improve safety and access between the western service road and Ray Jones Drive.

This section of the Bruce Highway had reached capacity and was performing poorly with traffic congestion during peak times and an associated poor crash history. The Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade project has relieved congestion on this section, provided motorists with a safer and more reliable route and also improved access to the Cairns Port.

Ray Jones Drive has been upgraded to six lanes through Kate Street up to Chinaman Creek Bridge. The grade separation at Forest Garden Estate and at the Bruce Highway and Mulgrave Road intersection has resulted in a more efficient freight route to the Cairns Port.

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The project scope included construction of a half diamond interchange between the entrance to Forest Gardens Estate at Mt Sheridan and the suburb of White Rock. A new pedestrian path was built from George Cannon Drive to Charlotte Close, a new pedestrian/cycle overbridge now links Woree and White Rock, and an extensive network of new off-road cycle and pedestrian facilities have also been provided.

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local traffic movements. The service roads will also provide alternate routes should an emergency require it. More than 400 jobs were created by the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade project, with the majority of the project workforce and suppliers sourced from the north Queensland region, maintaining more than 85 per cent local procurement for the life of the job. A high level of community engagement helped ensure local residents and businesses were kept up-to-date on traffic changes. While the weather posed some challenges, with close to 4500mm of rain throughout the project, the program maintained a steady momentum. An outstanding achievement was the construction of the project while managing 55,000 vehicles per day through the work site. In the 2.5 year construction period, on average there was little impact on travel times and relatively little adverse comment from the public.

earthworks approach was used to reduce the areas of exposure and limit any rework. Landscaping was undertaken by JMac Constructions, BMD’s landscaping division. In keeping with the project’s goals on supporting the local economy and sound environmental management principles, the majority of materials used by JMac (including plants, trees, mulch, fencing and soils), were sourced from local suppliers. More than 70,000 plants have been planted across the site. BMD apply stringent safety management to all of their civil infrastructure projects, with an approach which prioritises hazard identification by all workers on the site, and promotes a culture of collaborative effort in minimising risk. This strategy works, and on the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade project, resulted in an excellent safety record, with no major incidents. In addition, the project completed more than 450,000 Loss Time Injury (LTI) free hours.

The first two of the project’s bridges were officially opened to southbound traffic in May 2013. The overpass at Forest Gardens, which was effectively three bridges in one, opened in September 2013, connecting Mt Sheridan and White Rock.

There have been many positive comments received from the public on the benefits delivered by this completed project.

The major construction tasks also included installing a 136m-long steel girder pedestrian and cyclist overbridge, and building reinforced soil structure walls for all of the project’s bridges and interchanges.

For more information contact BMD, 25 Cambridge Parade, Manly QLD 4179, phone 07 3893 7000, fax 07 3893 1006, email brisbane@, website www.

Environmental management has been a key focus of the team with best practice controls maintained in the tropical environment. A staged

Contact Albem Engineering, Level 34, 123 Eagle St, Riverside Centre, Brisbane, QLD 4000, phone 07 322 96377




INTELLIGENT ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS FOR FAR NORTH PROJECTS By bringing together both the electrical and civil aspects of the traffic signals, street lighting and ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) for a major traffic project like the Cairns Bruce Highway project, i-LEC was able to deliver the works in a cohesive, efficient and flexible manner. The scope included the installation of all Ergon Rate 2 lighting, approximately 180 street lights, six sets of traffic signals and the maintenance of all electrical infrastructure throughout the project. i-LEC’s integrated approach ensures complete control of the quality and timing of a project, as scheduling is not dependent on subcontractor availability. The company’s qualified electricians also supervise all conduit installations, to ensure all the relevant Electrical Safety Act standards and requirements are met. To complete the civil component of projects, i-LEC have invested in a fleet of specialised plant including excavators, skid steers, rollers, hydro-excavation units and a drill rig for horizontal directional drilling. The manpower deployed to the Cairns Bruce Highway project included a civil crew of 8 comprising ticketed operators and labourers, and approximately 11 qualified electrical tradesmen and apprentices. All of the team had substantial experience in major transport infrastructure projects, which gave them the ability to respond effectively to changing project needs while still maintaining an effective schedule of the civil and electrical tasks. The company was founded in 2009 by Phil Young, who had over 15 years prior experience in electrical trades, including a decade with TMR and RoadTek. The company culture of quality, safety and integrity together with their high level of technical expertise has resulted in a loyal client base, and has been also recognised with the award of 2013 Master Electrician of the Year for Far North QLD Region. 44

i-LEC are proud of their association with Master Electricians Australia, who provide the company with procedural and legislative support, training and regular safety audits, to ensure i-LEC delivers projects to the highest standard. This safety and procedural exellence has been applied to their general electrical contracting works, which have included projects across health, residential, commercial and, retail ranging from multimillion dollar projects to small domestic jobs. As the company grew and became more involved in traffic systems and traffic infrastructure projects, the business was structured into three interlinked and complementary divisions – traffic infrastructure, civil earthworks and commercial electrical contracting. Their team can provide full design, construct and maintenance packages for Intelligent Transport Systems, street lighting, and commercial electrical projects across all major construction sectors. i-LEC also holds a Cairns Regional Council maintenance contract for street lighting and traffic signals for a large area of Cairns and surrounding suburbs, and will continue to maintain the signals and street lighting for the Cairns Bruce Highway project throughout the defects and liability period.

Main Roads, are a Panel member as preferred supplier with Ergon Energy for delivery of Rate 2 works; and hold Master Electrician Accreditation through the Electrical Contractors Association. The company is also a member of Safety Connect, a third party accredited active safety system, and a member of the UDIA – Urban Development Industry Association. To ensure their company remains at the forefront of their trade in the far north, i-LEC continually invest in their people. Specialised training is ongoing, in both technical skills and safe working practices. This also ensures the team is a strong and cohesive one, where each member feels valued and encouraged. With their committed staff, high level of expertise and integrated operation, i-LEC deliver Intelligent Electrical Solutions on time, within budget and with a collaborative, quality-focused approach. For more information contact i-LEC Solutions, 22 Donaldson Street, Manunda Cairns 4870, phone 07 4031 8498, website

The capabilities of the commercial electrical contracting division include shop and office fit-outs; data cabling; hospital and medical industry electrical works, including works as per AS3003 standards Electrical Installations - Patient Areas; regular and oncall maintenance; and large scale projects including re-designs and upgrades. i-LEC has approval as a registered supplier of Underground Distribution Construction (UDC) for Ergon Energy, allowing them to offer electrical and civil expertise to developers for Design and Construct works. i-LEC are pre-qualified to carry out Rate 3 works for the Department of Transport and






MINIMISING THE RISKS OF PROGRESS Hydro-Vac Excavations FNQ (HVE) enables infrastructure projects to proceed with greater safety, certainty and efficiency, through non-destructive location of underground utilities, safe excavation and expert advice for projects like the Cairns section of the Bruce Highway Upgrade. HVE has been working on sections of the Bruce Highway project for 18 months, locating and exposing services including Optic Fibre, HV/ LV Cable, water and sewer lines, and undertaking hydro excavation of footings for signs, traffic lights and street lights. Other services provided included cleaning blocked conduits through pipe ferreting; installation of draw strings in conduit to facilitate cabling installation; and pumping out groundwater from footings prior to concrete pours. In addition to the two 4mt combo vac units, HVE has recently acquired electronic cable and pipe locating equipment and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)which can now be used to ascertain the location of underground utilities prior to potholing. “We eliminated the risk of damaging underground services by utilizing safe digging methods such as hydro excavation instead of conventional mechanical methods, which carry the risks of not just costly damage to utilities but also the prospect of serious personal injury and associated down time,” said HVE Director, Les Morrison. “We also have the advantage to be able to excavate and manouvre in areas where it was deemed unsafe or inaccessible by conventional excavators” 46


“This was a big project for a small company such as HVE to undertake, the client had at times strict time frames to work with, but this was overcome through good communications with the principle contractor.” For the past nine years HVE have been servicing the Cairns area and surrounding regions, including as far west as Mt Isa, as far South as Townsville, and North as far as Cape York and the Torres Straits Islands. Other recent major projects have included Cairns CBD upgrade, Cairns street lighting upgrades, TMR NDRRA project, Lotus Glenn Correctional Facility Redevelopment and Cairns Airport Redevelopment. “Our units have the unique capacity to vacuum up both dry and wet materials so they are perfect for removing and disposing of materials such as sand, rock and mud. The plant we use also makes it unnecessary for operators to enter confined spaces, as most tasks such as draining pits can be completed from above,” said Les. “We have highly trained and experienced staff who can offer advice in specific hydro vac works which can increase efficiency and reduce costs. Our personnel’s range of qualifications includes Confined Space Access, Level 2 Traffic Control, Senior First Aid and Telstra Accredited Plant Locators.” “We at HVE take pride in our business and strive to deliver a first class service to our clients.” For more information contact Hydro-Vac Excavations FNQ, PO Box 65, Trinity Beach, QLD 4879, phone 07 4057 6300, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

LIFTING CAIRNS CONNECT TO SUCCESS From the first day CairnsConnect was on site for the Cairns Bruce Highway upgrade, Century Cranes worked alongside them providing the construction team with safe and cost-effective lifting solutions. Lifting tasks ranged from unloading the first equipment brought to site through to lifting some of the largest bridge sections in Far North Queensland. Century Cranes provided a range of cranes to suit the various tasks required over the life of the project - frannas to move general construction materials; smaller slew cranes up to 100t capacity for lifting steel frames and retaining wall panels; and larger slew cranes for lifting bridge girders, steel bridge sections and concrete approach ramps. All cranes were supplied with skilled and experienced operators, and the Century Cranes management team worked closely with CairnsConnect engineers to develop logistical solutions as well as supplying computergenerated lift studies for key tasks. The scope of works required Century to be onsite daily, sometimes in round-the-clock shifts, and an on-call service was also provided when unexpected tasks required it. One of the key aspects of Century’s approach to the project was the provision of total logistical solutions for daily activities, and the ability to resolve the major lifting challenges reliably and effectively. “Century has approximately 40 staff, and every staff member worked on this project, from our diesel fitters, doggers, riggers and operators WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

through to our management team,” said Century Cranes General Manager, Bianca Wilson. “Cairns Connect was a very organised and adaptable client, from the engineers to the supervisors on the ground.” The major challenges encountered on the project were the tropical north Queensland weather with its storms and high rainfall, and the live traffic environment of the main highway, with some tasks requiring the closure of lanes and diversion of traffic. Century have the largest and most diverse fleet of mobile cranes in Far North Queensland, ranging from 13 Tonne up to 200 Tonne, and offer services including wet and dry hire, assistance with project planning, job inspections and computerised lift studies. Over the past 35 years of operation they have gained extensive experience across all major construction sectors both throughout Queensland and interstate, including civil projects, general construction, the sugar industry and mining projects both in Australia and internationally. Other recent major projects in Far North Queensland have included the Cairns Base Hospital Redevelopment, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre and Lihir Island. For more information contact Century Cranes, 6 Walters St, Portsmith, QLD 4870, Bianca Wilson – General Manager – mobile 0402 015 085, phone 07 4035 1754, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE CAIRNS BRUCE HIGHWAY UPGRADE


A DIRECT APPROACH TO MAKING SURE EVERYONE’S ON THE SAME PAGE Keeping the community informed of major changes to traffic conditions is an important aspect of any major road project, and to do it effectively it requires a multifaceted strategy. For the Bruce Highway Cairns Upgrade, in addition to internet based information and media announcements the CairnsConnect joint venture team relied on CDNA Distributors to ensure that everyone in the immediate project area was kept up to date and engaged with what was going on.

“Direct distribution gets into the houses, and residents don't have to chase around for the information about impending changes and other important matters,” said CDNA Distributors Spokesperson, Debbie Ritchie.

CDNA’s team of walkers delivered information on road closures and road works, including maps, construction updates and details of timelines for changes to traffic conditions on a monthly basis for nine months.

CDNA has been providing letterbox and business distribution services across Cairns and the surrounding region from as far south as Gordonvale to north in Redlynch for six years.

CDNA supplied CairnsConnect with the details of the number of houses and businesses which would require information, and also undertook the physical task of preparing the envelopes, collating, folding and inserting the relevant maps, letters and flyers for each distribution run.

They have 68 walkers – all independent contractors – delivering information, brochures and flyers for local business, government and real estate firms.

A team of 12 CDNA walkers delivered the information to all homes and businesses around the project area, amounting to approximately 7,000 separate addresses. The project information was authorised to be delivered even to letterboxes which specified “no junk mail”, due to it being important community information rather than advertising. CNDA’s people also hand-delivered the information to local businesses, to ensure it was noted and received. 48


“To ensure the process is effective, we conduct door knocks, and we also check all areas every distribution to ensure the distribution is done – this is something we do for all our clients.”

In addition to the local distribution provided by CDNA, a second company under the same management operates from the same location, which offers services nationally to projects that need to keep people informed in a direct, reliable and timely manner. For more information contact CDNA Distributors, mobile 0434 415 278, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

WITH ECOVEG THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD ECOVEG use the latest hydromulch technology to achieve rapid results for revegetation on projects like the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade. Their scope on the project included both hydromulch in the early stages of the job to provide temporary erosion control measures, and hydromulch seeding of a diverse range of species, including grasses, trees and shrubs for long-term revegetation.

With 20 years prior experience in the turf industry and qualifications and experience as a green keeper, Mark along with co-founder Rob Wilkinson has been able to build a solid team with a well-earned reputation for delivering solutions. The company’s manpower includes qualified green keeping and landscaping staff (Certificate 3 level) and qualified mechanical staff.

Grasses from seed including Cynodon dactylon were used on areas such as the road sides and footpath areas. At areas including Red Hill and Sheehy Road, hydromulch seeding of trees and shrubs and grass was undertaken, with the species including Bothriochloa pertusa, Lomandra longafolia Banksia robur, Acacia simsii, Acacia holosericea, Melaleuca viridiflora, Syzygium paniculatum, Corymbia tessellaris

The company has invested in up to date, high capacity machinery, including a 12 tonne ridged truck with 12500 litre Finn hydromulch unit mounted, an 8 Tonne truck with Hiab crane fitted, and an 8 foot drill seeder and tractor.

ECOVEG also installed Turf supplied by Tropical Lawns comprising Axonopus compressus (broad leaf carpet grass) and Zoysia ZT11 (A hybrid cross between varieties Matrella and Japonica) around the project’s northern overpass. ECOVEG have enjoyed working alongside JMAC’s Harry Barker, BMD’s Kirstin Lee and Tropical lawns Terry Anderlini and sharing experience and knowledge to achieve the desired results.

Their professional approach and experience with North Queensland’s unique conditions enables them to efficiently ensure program timelines and environmental requirements such as revegetation erosion prevention are met. ECOVEG also provides ongoing maintenance services, including fertilization and irrigation regimes, for projects including residential developments, golf courses, sports grounds and mine site rehabilitation projects.

“We provide green solutions for all situations including Hydromulching, Seeding, Turf and Planting,” said ECOVEG Directors, Rob Wilkinson and Mark Anderlini. ”ECOVEG has established strong relationships within the building and construction industry with many companies, and has completed many projects with a range of different species of seed, turf and trees and shrubs.

Other recent projects have included BMD Herveys Range military training facilty; BMD Silkwood overtaking lanes; BMD Jublilee Bridge Innisfail; BMD Capping of the Cairns dump; BMD Mulgrave River Crossing Gordonvale; Cardwell foreshore upgrade; Northern Peninsula area regional council Bamaga and Injinoo subdivisions; RMS engineering and construction, Kennedy Highway; and Colpo constructions Captain Cook Highway.

“Our company is also affiliated with Tropical Lawns, the region’s largest turf supplier with 25 years’ experience, who offer the largest range of Turf varieties available.”

For more information contact ECOVEG Pty Ltd, T/A Ecoveg, PO Box 865, Gordonvale, QLD 4865, phone Rob 0429 778 558 or Mark 0409 806 855, website




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BEST PRACTICE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT The crew from Corcoran Vegetation (CV) go to great lengths to ensure the work sites and roads at the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade are shipshape, often commencing shifts at 2am to sweep away all the dirt, stones and waste which are caused by construction activities and vehicle traffic.

CV have a strong commitment to responsible operation and a detailed Environmental Management Plan, which includes the use of a portable wash down system to ensure noxious weeds are not spread by company equipment.

Since July 2012, they have been responsible for both the sweeping contract and for mowing the sides of the road and median strips on a regular basis, maintaining strict management of safety and environmental controls during the course of their work.

The company’s plant includes Massey Ferguson Tractor and Side Boom Mower and Tractor and EHD Slasher; Iseki Front Mount Mower; John Deere Tractor and EHD Slasher and Front Bucket; Mitsubishi 2 Tonne Dropside Truck; Nissan 4.5 tonne Tilt Tray Truck; Schmidt Street Sweepers; and Isuzu Road Sweeper.

Up to four of their operators and plant including road sweeper, slasher and front mount have been used on the project, with works occurring both on call-outs for specific needs and on a daily schedule for routine maintenance activities. All of the staff on the project hold White Cards, and underwent a project-specific safety induction with BMD. The experience of the company’s operators and the company’s comprehensive work methodology ensured all works were completed efficiently and without incident.

For 29 years CV have been providing professional, cost-effective vegetation management services to local Councils, construction companies, Queensland Rail, Roadtek, Aurizon and a range of State and Local Government authorities. Their ongoing projects include some of the largest road and rail transport corridors around Cairns, with excellent client relationships and the company’s demonstrated ability to meet all statutory requirements and work within client frameworks ensuring CV is truly a flourishing business.

“We have enjoyed working on this project. It has been well run, and the BMD staff have been very easy to get on with, both on site and in the office,” said a Corcoran Vegetation Spokesman.

For more infomation contact Corcoran Vegetation Pty Ltd, P.O.Box 360, Manunda, QLD 4870, phone 07 4045 3600, mobile 0418 770 221, fax 07 4045 3611, email




SIMPLY LIVING The $60M Azure Blue Carina comprises two 3 and 4 storey aged care buildings, comprising both a care precinct with 96 high care beds, and a luxury retirement living precinct with 62 serviced apartments where residents’ amenities include a swimming pool, café, library, function room and media room AZURE BLUE CARINA / COCKRAM




Below The Azure Blue retirement, community and residential aged care development is located on a 4 hectare site at Carina in Brisbane.

Azure Blue Integrated Living is the latest project undertaken by Cockram. The innovative retirement, community and residential aged care development is located on a 4 hectare site at Carina in Brisbane. Azure Blue Carina features a care precinct along with a luxury retirement living precinct where residents’ amenities include a swimming pool, café, library, function room and media room can be utilised. Residents also have access to a range of hotel services including meals, laundry and cleaning as well as the option of in-home care, provided by Blue Care’s Community Care services. The site also offers the benefit of a co-located residential aged care facility for 128 residents. The project consists of a 128 bed High Care aged care facility in two connected structures, plus administration, community facilities, a commercial kitchen, commercial laundry, loading dock and basement car parking. It also includes 98 Independent Living Units (ILUs) comprising 22 apartments over four storeys and includes recreation facilities, café, pool, and basement car parking. Cockram is a privately owned multidisciplinary construction services company with a proud history of delivering fine tuned projects. The company commenced operations in Melbourne, Australia in 1861 and has

successfully grown to now operate in Australia, Asia, and America. Their main service areas include: • General Contracting • Construction Management • Project Management • Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) • Design Management and Design & Construct • Project Controls With an impressive workforce of more than 4,200 staff, Cockram is truly leading the way in their industry. Their experienced team includes 520 dedicated management staff. Their professional expertise covers the full spectrum of specialist construction services skills whilst their staff and systems are highly mobile, ensuring the right project team with the appropriate skills are assembled for each individual project. The Company enjoys a very high retention rate amongst their staff – evidence that confirms their reputation as a leading builder construction services contractor that cares about delivering safety, quality, professionalism, and development of its people. Cockrams’ portfolio shows their true diversity and ability to handle projects of all magnitudes. A few of their more recent projects include: • Origin Energy Fitout • Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication • Deakin University REACH • Global Switch – Sydney East Data Centre, Stage 1 • St Stephen's Hospital, Hervey Bay • Aqualink Box Hill Redevelopment In 2013, Cockram was awarded the Master Builders, Excellence in Construction Award 2013. Cockram Managing director Mal Batten said, “We are very pleased to report the Costco project in Melbourne has won the Victorian MBA safety award. This is a highly prized award that is a further demonstration of our strong safety systems, performance and culture. My full thanks to all the Costco team and to all our sites who are providing safe work sites for all the stakeholders.” For more information contact Cockram, Brisbane Office - Unit 2, William Jolly Place, 309 North Quay, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone 07 3229 0288, fax 07 3229 5827, website




Below PLACE Design Group prepared the Vegetation Management Plan for the Azure Blue Carina project.

Place Design Group provides landscape architecture, urban design, strategic and town planning, and ecological consultancy services. Their main markets are integrated developments, resort projects, urban residential, commercial and educational projects but they also work on industrial developments with energy and resource clients. Place Design Group prepared the Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) for the Azure Blue Carina project. The VMP provides information on the existing vegetation present on site, then details the trees to be removed and those to be retained based on the civil engineering works required to construct the development. The Azure Blue Carina site was a fully vegetated site, one of the last remaining large parcels in the area. The retention of vegetation was a contentious issue for the project however substantial areas of vegetation were retained to provide continuity of habitat for fauna, but also for amenity purposes. Detailed rehabilitation steps to enhance and strengthen the retained vegetation are also provided in the VMP.

foundations of one building and earthworks contractors had to rethink their methodology in order to retain a tree which was in close proximity to the building (as shown above). Place Design Group was formed in 2001 as a multi-disciplinary master planning, town planning, landscape architecture and environmental consultancy. The company has its head office in Brisbane with offices in Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Sydney. The company has a reputation for innovative and quality solutions which has helped it win a number of industry awards. The company also has a strong presence in China and South East Asia with 5 offices (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Kuala Lumpur) providing design services for large residential and resort developments. Place Design Group recently won an urban design competition in Chengdu, China to redesign 14 kilometres of the city’s river front.

The environmental team at Place Design Group have a respectful and trusted relationship with their counterparts in Brisbane City Council. This has ensured minimal delays in the construction program whenever issues of vegetation retention have arisen.

Place Design Group has 180 professional and administrative staff in Australia and internationally. Six employees worked on the Azure Care, Richmond Road, Carina, project, covering the disciplines of environmental science, botany and graphics design.

The main challenge with the Azure Blue Carina projects was to ensure that the trees identified for retention were not compromised by the design of the structures to be built. Engineers had to redesign the

For more information contact Place Design Group, 131 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006, phone 07 3852 3922, website




Below Intelara Pty Ltd provided all professional structural engineering design, documentation, certification, construction phase inspections and advice for the Azure Blue Carina project.

Intelara Pty Ltd provided all professional structural engineering design, documentation, certification, construction phase inspections and advice for the Azure Blue Carina project.

large retaining walls to be constructed as part of the building which needed to be designed and detailed for continuous stability through all stages of construction.

As part of this service they have undertaken the following: • Preliminary schematic design and considered a variety of construction options. • Provided structural engineering solutions to allow the architect and services engineers to achieve their design requirements and goals. • Actively participated in Value Engineering, Risk Management and Safety in Design Workshops with other consultants, client and stakeholders. • Managed multiple teams of engineers and drafters to work on the design of different buildings within the site simultaneously. • Provided detailed design documents and undertaken a variety of coordination workshops with the Architect and other consultants. • Provided structural design certification by Registered Engineer (RPEQ). • Undertook periodical inspections of all structural elements. • Responded to Requests for Information (RFI), checking fabrication shop drawings, and provision of solutions to a variety of construction challenges. • Provided structural inspection certification by Registered Engineer.

Intelara made extensive use of sophisticated 2D concrete slab design software in many of the buildings. As a result, Intelara was able to utilise a “flat plate” mode of construction. This allowed concrete formwork to be provided in a very simple and cost effective manner.

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For more than a decade, Intelara has demonstrated its capacity and capability to undertake projects of any size in any location and established a reputation for its integrated approach, pragmatic outcomes and focused advice. Headquartered in Brisbane with offices in Sydney, Perth and Toowoomba, the company services a diverse range of industries from residential, commercial, industrial and retail to aged care, aviation, communications, defence, entertainment and leisure, health, insurance, institutional, land development, mixed use, place of worship, public amenity, resources, sport and transport. For more information contact Intelara Pty Ltd, Level 3, Northpoint, 231 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Managing Director Michael Lethlean, mobile 0409 493 376, phone 07 3236 1100, fax 07 3236 1155, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE AZURE BLUE CARINA


Below Concrete Technical Services is fully equipped and accredited to carry out a complete range of concrete testing.

Napier & Blakeley has been working in the Aged Care Industry for over 25 years. We have specialist Quantity Surveyors that provide a range of services specifically geared towards development, ownership and management of property in this area, including:

Maintenance Reserve Funds Capital Replacement Funds Sinking Funds MRF & CRF Compliance Audits Property Reinstatement Cost Estimates Cost Planning and Project Monitoring Financier’s Independent Certification & Reporting Contract Administration

Concrete Technical Services (CTS) has been NATA accredited since 1990. CTS is a totally independent concrete testing laboratory and has successfully grown to become one of the largest independent concrete testing labs in Queensland. The CTS lab is centrally located in Molendinar and offers field sampling / testing as far South as North NSW, North to The Sunshine Coast, West to Toowoomba.

The experienced team at Napier & Blakeley provided extensive cost management services for the Azure Blue Carina project which incorporated cost planning, financial reporting, bill of quantities, contract administration and preparation of CRF/ MRF budgets. Napier & Blakeley are always happy to discuss a particular property or portfolio with you to ascertain where we might be of assistance to you with your investment. SYDNEY








CTS is fully equipped and accredited to carry out a complete range of concrete testing including field sampling, slump testing, making and curing test specimens, air content of fresh concrete, shrinkage, flexual beams, full core testing and trial mixing services. All testing is performed by highly qualified and experienced technicians and is performed in strict accordance with the relevant standards. Just recently CTS was engaged to carry out work on the Azure Blue Carina which is an innovative and stylish retirement precinct. Other works carried out by CTS include: • Jupiters Casino • M1 Pacific Highway upgrade • Southport Central • Robina Town Centre • Broadbeach Convention Centre • Robina railway extension For more information contact Concrete Technical Services, Unit 2/25 Expansion Street, Molendinar QLD 4214 phone 0417 706 638 or 1300 TESTING, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below East Coast Mechanical Services carried out mechanical services including air conditioning, ventilation, kitchen hoods and cold rooms.

The professional team at East Coast Mechanical Services consists of highly trained engineers and air conditioning technicians, with the primary directive of meeting and exceeding client expectations, programme timeframes and quality of installation. East Coast Mechanical Services feature three core divisions within the Air Conditioning Mechanical Services Industry: • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services installation • Refurbishments / Fitout • Maintenance & Service Working on the Azure Blue Carina project, East Coast Mechanical Services utilisted a dedicated team of around 20 to carry out mechanical services including air conditioning, ventilation, kitchen hoods and cold rooms. The team is also working on other significant projects which include: • Hervey Bay Hospital • Emerald Hospital • Rockhampton Hospital

For more information contact East Coast Mechanical Services, 3/263 Toombul Road, Northgate, QLD 4013, phone 07 3370 2222, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Below Ashburner Francis was appointed as the Building Services Engineer on the Azure Blue Carina development.

Ashburner Francis was appointed as the Building Services Engineer on the Azure Blue Carina Integrated Living development in Queensland. The team from Ashburner Francis designed the electrical, fire and mechanical services for the project. Azure Blue Carina is a luxury retirement living precinct featuring a range of high care, low care, independent and retirement living options within an integrated community setting. Ashburner Francis carried out intensive design coordination between electrical, fire, mechanical and other services and also evolved the design during the two-year construction period, in order to meet the client’s changing needs during their progressive organisational changes. Some of the innovative systems used for the project include: • Low energy LED street and area landscape lighting • Internet Protocol based nurse call system • Internet Protocol video intercom system throughout • Embedded electricity metering networks with smart metering • Energy recovery ventilation & variable refrigerant volume air-conditioning. Following a long-standing relationship with Blue Care, Ashburner Francis has undertaken a number of projects with them over the past 10 years. For more information contact Ashburner Francis, 977 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane Qld 4169, Phone 07 3510 8888, Website QLD PROJECT FEATURE AZURE BLUE CARINA


Design and Construct The $20M Pure Kirra comprises 14 storeys with 33, 2 bedroom units, a retail floor with restaurants & cafes retail space, roof top terrace and podium level with lap pool, spa, gazebo and BBQ area MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Glenzeil Pty Ltd CLIENT : Kut Pty Ltd PROJECT VALUE : $20 million COMPLETION : August 2014 Project Architect : Kris Kowalski Architects Project Superintendent : JDA Project Management BUILDING Surveyor : Bennett & Bennett



Established in 1990, Glenzeil Pty Ltd is a Gold Coast based commercial construction company servicing clients in both Queensland and Northern NSW. They have the capacity to carry out work ranging in size from a simple refurbishment to the construction of a multimillion dollar project, in all market segments. Glenzeil offers many services to the building industry including Design and Construct which was the method chosen for the development of the Pure Kirra complex located on the corner of Haig Street and Musgrove Street, Kirra. The eyecatching high-rise features 33 units, each comprising 131sqm and featuring two bedrooms and study in each. There is also a retail precinct on the lower level, featuring restaurants, cafes and assorted shops & trades. Residents are set to enjoy ocean and cosmopolitan living, just seconds from their front door. The common lobby area on each typical level within the tower was erased to open the living areas and maximize the size of the units. A full re-design of the service reticulation and stair pressurization system was required in conjunction with Glenziel consultants to ensure the building was still BCA compliant whilst achieving the clients desired outcome. Glenziels site manager, Henk Thone, invented a unique scaffold tie specifically designed for precast external wall systems that eliminates the need to drill into the face of the finished precast wall, removing the need to patch the walls as the scaffold is being dropped. Basement retention was made difficult due to constructing the lower basement raft slab 5m below the water table in indurated soil, with high concentrations of acid sulphate. Glenzeil previously completed the $50 million Nirvana by the Sea skyscraper in 2009 and as a result, knew there would be some issues with water and sand at the Purra Kirra site. Using their extenisive experience and technical knowledge, the team applied methods to ensure the development progressed smoothly. The Design and Construct method accounts for approximately 40% of Glenzeils work. This method offers the client the power to design a building to suit the project budget and their specific requirements. Glenzeil can quickly adjust the design to suit unique marketing/sales requirements, tenant needs or alterations to budgets. The company is WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

very comfortable in managing the design and working within a team environment to formulate a guaranteed maximum price. Some other projects delivered under this method include:

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“H20” Apartments – Varsity Lakes Southern Cross University Building A – Coolangatta • Nirvana by the Sea, Luxury Apartments Kirra – Gold Coast • “Aspect” Commercial Office Development – Varsity Lakes • Gallery Vie – Mixed Used Development Varsity lakes • Marshall Lane Commercial Building – Southport • Grande Pacific, Multi-Unit Development – Southport • The Point @ Varsity, Office Development – Varsity Lakes • “Campus Living” Student Accommodation Griffith University – Southport • Code Apartments – Bowen Hills • Plaza, South Brisbane • Corporate Centre Commercial Fitout, Bundall • RSL Aged Care Facilities, Sunnybank, Mt Ommaney, Alexandra Headlands, • Banora Point • Blu Central Square, Varsity Lakes Glenzeil has successfully added an array of awards to their portfolio, one of which was secured in 2012. The team were awarded the winner of the ‘Best Commercial Project, $3 million to $5 million Accommodation”. This particular award was received for their work at Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant. The development was focused on providing a Queenslander style accommodation that blended in with historic surroundings. Glenzeil is a member of the Queensland and New South Wales Master Builders’ Associations and Property Council of Australia. The company and its staff strives to ensure that all clients receive complete satisfaction on all matters throughout the construction process. They are committed to providing a professional approach to their projects, where excellence in quality and value are achieved. For more information contact Glenzeil, The Point @ Varsity Level 2, 47 Watts DriveVarsity Lakes, QLD 4227, phone 07 5555 3333, QLD PROJECT FEATURE PURE KIRRA


Pure Lifestyle Building Certification Group was appointed as the Private Certifiers for the Pure Kirra project in Queensland. Their involvement began from the outset when they were selected by Kowalski Architects to provide initial and ongoing Building Certification Advice during the design of the project. The Pure Kirra project was developed by the renowned Pikos Group. These luxury apartments feature a generous floor plan and provide beachfront living at its best. Pure Kirra features a fantastic retail precinct on the ground floor with fine dining, cafes and retail space. Having been involved in this development from the initial stages allowed Building Certification Group to provide both the developer and architect with the confidence to move forward with the end design. Operating from their new premises at 47 Manilla Street, East Brisbane, Building Certification Group remains one of the largest, and most qualified, private building certification companies in Queensland. They have earned the respect of Queensland’s leading builders, architects and planners due to their professional problem-solving approach to building certification. Working closely with their clients through every phase of the building approval process, Building Certification Group ensures all projects comply with the applicable building codes and planning requirements. Building Certification Group are proud to be known throughout Queensland as an efficient organisation that assists in streamlining complex processes on behalf of their clients. The team is knowledgeable and efficient as well as friendly and professional, always taking the time to educate and inform clients on every compliance issue. The team at Building Certification Group can help you achieve significant time and cost savings for every project. This is made possible by their continuing professional development and long-term alliances with key industry authorities such as Local Authority Building, Plumbing & Town Planning Departments, Bushfire Management and Queensland Fire & Rescue. Building Certification Group has worked with some well known companies including Ausdev, Rovella, the Pikos Group, Metricon, Lifebox Design and Sovereign Homes. They are equipped to handle any project including residential, commercial and industrial. For more information contact Building Certification Group, on 1300 130 168, 60






Strong Partnerships BG Hydraulics became involved in the Pure Kirra project from the onset. Their team started with the project in 2008 assisting with space planning requirements for the various plumbing systems. For this project, BG Hydraulics drew from their extensive experience to provide an effective solution for an unusual situation. This involved the location of the sprinkler & hydrant water storage tank. The extremely tight space limitations within the basement meant the only option in locating the tank was to suspend it above the car space. Suspending the tank required accurate and detailed investigations between the architect, structural engineer and BG Hydraulics to determine the best location and configuration of the tank. BG Hydraulics pride themselves on being able to work with their clients and the whole design team to provide cost affective, comprehensive and well-coordinated plumbing designs. As a company, they strive to create and strengthen, long-term partnerships with their clients and the design teams. BG Hydraulics 62


believes strong partnerships are the key to achieving successful, trouble free projects. They achieve this by providing not only great design solutions, but by also providing a range of other related services such as providing pre DA stage conceptual design input reviews and existing services investigations, all of which aim to assist their clients. With an eye for innovative design, BG Hydraulics are currently investigating the possibility of introducing a reasonably new product, Positive Air Pressure Attenuators, that can provide savings in pipe and duct sizes to the sanitary plumbing systems. The company has recently undergone a merger, and while the name has changed, the dedicated and experienced team is still the same.

For more information contact BG Hydraulics Pty Ltd, 1/50 Leichhardt Street,
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Lighting the way Combined Electrical Services has been operating throughout the Northern Rivers area of NSW and Queensland for more than fifteen years. During this time they have developed a fine reputation for quality workmanship and reliability. The team at Combined Electrical Services has completed countless projects including; Tweed Heads Hospital Upgrade, Solo Waste Building at Chinderah, Paradiso & Mainwaring Apartment Buildings at Kingscliff, Drift Apartments, Mullumbimby High School and numerous new homes. Under the Government Building Education Revolution Scheme, Combined Electrical Services carried out upgrades to Terranora, Chinderah, Banora Point, St. James Primary and Cudgen Schools. Just recently, the company was appointed as the Electrical Contractor on the Pure Kirra project in Queensland. Their scope of works included the installation of conduits & electrical cabling, supply & installation of the main electrical switchboard, distribution boards, light fittings, power points, ceiling fans, emergency and exit light fittings along with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

access control & intercom systems. All light fittings used are energy efficient. These exclusive apartments offer idyllic beachfront living at its best with easy access to cafes and restaurants. Combined Electrical Services has been actively involved in major retail, commercial, mining, education, health and domestic projects since 1998. The team offers extensive services including the full design and construction of electrical, security, fire, access control and MATV along with innovative Energy Management systems and the use of LED lighting. For more information contact Combined Electrical Services, Level 1/5 Bay Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 55 99 11 88, email, QLD PROJECT FEATURE PURE KIRRA


Kane’s consistent success The La Trobe University Sylvia Walton Building is a new six level teaching facility comprising lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, breakout spaces and administration offices. la trobe university / Kane Constructions




Left The La Trobe Univeristy constructed by Kane Construction at Melbourne, Victoria.

Practical Completion has been achieved on the $35 million Sylvia Walton Building at La Trobe University Bundoora. La Trobe University offers English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs (FSDP) via La Trobe Melbourne – a partnership between LTU and its external partner (Navitas Pty Ltd). These studies will be soon relocated into the stunning new facilities designed by Lyons Architects. Kane Constructions is proud to have delivered another first class facility for La Trobe University following the success of the Clinical Teaching Facility and Health Sciences Buildings delivered at the Bendigo campus and the La Trobe Hydraulics Project delivered at the Bundoora campus in 2013. In July 2012, Kane Constructions was awarded the project under a fixed lump sum contract. The superstructure consisted of 6sixlevel two plate rotation around a central precast services core. With over 150 workers on the job at it peak the structure was completed ahead of program. Alex Evans, Contract Manager at Kane, advised that, “A key feature of the building is the external facade consisting of exposed washed aggregate precast concrete panels, with the rebate of the precast panels having an aluminium cladding insert with custom anodised colouring.” In order to provide natural light and ventilation through the façade and central stairwell, the building contains a number of multistorey voids, using a mixed mode ventilation system for energy efficiency. The interior boasts polished concrete floors and feature floating acoustic plywood ceilings. Features such as these and the architectural nature of the building, have certainly provided the Kane site team with a challenge. Externally, the project includes the construction of a steel and bondek pedestrian bridge over an adjacent ‘moat’, and various green spaces incorporating hard and soft landscaping elements. Thanks to Kane’s development of a collaborative team environment, with open WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

and transparent communication, and their track record of delivering first class facilities for La Trobe University, Kane were awarded the La Trobe Hydraulics Bundoora Projects in March 2013. This project involved upgrading the fire service engineering infrastructure to comply with current building codes, and included a dedicated independent fire hydrant system with a site wide reticulated ring main, by duplicating the existing shared ring main service—approximately 7 km of new pipe work was installed through the service tunnel system and greater campus. A bonus for the client was Kane’s wide use of boring contractors to ensure that any impact on the University’s function and landscape was minimised. Both projects were headed up by Kane’s Project Manager, David Purcell. David Purcell -notes, “Kane approached these works with the same vigour as the main works, ensuring that the early momentum resulted in a text-book finish to both projects.” Kane Constructions are a privately owned, commercial construction company, servicing all areas of the industry. The company was established in Melbourne in 1973, and now boasts offices in Sydney and Brisbane with operations throughout the east coast of Australia, as well as overseas. With over 285 full time employees, and a turnover of $460 million, Kane has an impressive portfolio of projects to their name, including various Australian High Commission and Embassy developments worldwide; a number of Department of Defence projects; Bathers Beach Residences, NSW; Geelong Hospital Enhanced Capacity & Expanded Acute Health, VIC; Simonds Stadium Southern Stand & Light Towers, VIC; and Victoria University Construction Futures, to name a few. Kane’s consistent success can be attributed to their culture, the foundations being their professionalism, competence, integrity, and the enjoyment achieved in what they do—they know their business and believe in themselves. For more information, please contact Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, 
658 Church Street
Richmond, Vic Australia 3121, phone 03 8420 1200,



Below Signal & Hobbs supplied and installed roofing, cladding, roof access and safety system solutions for La Trobe University Melbourne.

Given their substantial experience, highly trained trade workforce, sound supplier relationships and certified dedication to quality results, Signal & Hobbs are an invaluable asset to any major project. For the La Trobe University Melbourne Building Project, Kane Constructions relied on their specialist roofing skills for the supply and installation of metal roofing, metal claddings and the roof-mounted access walkway and safety system solutions. The roofing installed on the project was Stramit Speed Deck Ultra® Concealed Fixed Decking in a Colorbond finish. The cladding to the plant room walls was Stramit Longspan Trapezoidal profile cladding. One of the problems with design was the lack of a gutter to the plant room roof, which allowed the water to cascade almost 2 metres from the upper roof to the roof below—concerning due to the likelihood of water splash back causing leaks internally. This was overcome by providing an increase in the splash back protection by raising height levels and extending all perimeter flashings to enlarge the cover over roofing materials located at the discharge areas.

This is a prime example of how Signal & Hobbs engage with an architect’s vision, and then look for a workable solution to construct it. As the company has such long-standing and solid relationships with its key suppliers, adding a bespoke element to the solution when required is possible. Signal & Hobbs were also involved with the installation of roof mounted roof safety systems. “Having completed training for the installation of Fixed Platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders, Signal & Hobbs have built a relationship with Sayfa, our supplier of roof mounted roof access safety systems, which enables us to provide a quality supply and installation service,” said Sam of Signal & Hobbs. Operating for nearly 40 years, and currently employing over 50 fulltime people, many of the Signal & Hobbs team were deployed on the Melbourne Building project. All Signal & Hobbs site team members are inducted into the company OH&S management system before commencing onsite, with a commitment to a minimum level of training for all employees—all tradesmen must have Plumbing Industry Registration, training in 66


working at heights, plant and equipment high risk licenses, plus First Aid for senior site foremen and task specific training as required. Signal & Hobbs’ commitment to achieving high standards begins with the initial tender. During this process, they identify value-adding options for clients while also ensuring their submission will deliver on the architectural intent and give an on-budget result for the builder. The achievement of ISO 9001:2008 certification, together with National Code of Practice compliant employee agreements, a sound and compliant OH&S management system, and a well-developed Quality Assurance Plan with Inspection and test procedures completed on all major projects, Signal & Hobbs have an undeniable advantage. Signal & Hobbs are proud to display the Quality System logo and their company goal is to continue to improve systems and achieve AS 4801 Certification for Safety Management Systems. For more information, please contact Signal & Hobbs: Signal & Hobbs (VIC) Pty Ltd, Unit 11, 6-12 Airlie Avenue, Dandenong, Vic 3175, phone 03 9791 5355, fax 03 9794 0587 website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Solcrete provided formwork, concrete, reinforcement placement and post-tensioning within La Trobe University Melbourne.

Setting the standard in concreting and formwork

Offering a complete range of concreting and formwork construction, Melbourne-based company, Solcrete, have been in business since 1996. They provide a level of excellence, from project beginning to end, drawing from their extensive skills and expertise to satisfy the concreting needs of commercial, industrial and medium density residential developments. Solcrete were selected to provide the formwork, concrete, reinforcement placement and post-tensioning over the six levels of the La Trobe University, Melbourne building. A team of between forty and sixty employees worked onsite, ranging from concreters and form workers to steel fixers. The team from Solcrete were faced with a demanding program, as well as the challenge to meet and maintain a high quality of Off-Form finishes throughout the La Trobe University project. Due to the irregular shape of the building, Solcrete’s team also had to maintain building quality for tight tolerances, as there were multiple castings. Further projects that Solcrete are currently involved in include the Mornington Centre with Hansen Yunken; the Canvass Apartments WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

with Spec Property; Pinot House with ProBuild, Epworth Hospital with Construction Engineering. With a team of around 110 employees, including estimators, contract administrators, office support, formwork carpenters, concreters, dogman, riggers, construction engineers, steel fixers and skilled labourers, Solcrete guarantee a highly personalised, attention-focussed service. Their flawless safety record is attributed to Solcrete’s in house OH&S representatives and first aiders, and the training offered to it’s employees in OH&S as well as all aspects of the construction industry. By continually setting themselves ongoing high standards, Solcrete commit themselves to their customers to ensure that a high degree of satisfaction is met on every job.

For more information contact Solcrete (VIC) Pty Ltd, 19 Nellbern Rd, Moorabbin VIC 3189, website:, email: info@, phone 03 9555 0995. VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - MELBOURNE BUILDING


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Below A & A Cabinets conducted the joinery of ceilings within the La Trobe Univeristy Melbourne.

Founded in 1979, family-owned and operated A & A Cabinets is an architectural joinery manufacturer based in Thomastown, Victoria. Their outstanding quality and craftsmanship has seen them undertake highly detailed and complex projects. They offer a large range of joinery related products and services and their portfolio includes commercial architectural joinery, large residential joinery, domestic joinery, office furniture, shopfitting manufacture, contract furniture manufacture, and furniture component manufacture. Providing a full turn-key solution, A & A Cabinets can complete any project from design through to installation.

mixture of scaffolds and scissor lifts to work on. A & A Cabinets worked in conjunction with Acoustic Panels Australia, who supplied the acoustic panels for the ceilings. A & A Cabinets have also recently completed the new refurbishment of the Art’s Building at Melbourne University, which required very complex and detailed works, and they are currently working on a number of smaller commercial office and university projects. Their commitment to their clients, quality of work and deadlinedriven service has seen many builders return to A & A Cabinets for their services for over 35 years.

With their impeccable reputation within the industry, A & A Cabinets were selected to supply and install all of the joinery components and acoustic ceilings throughout the La Trobe University Melbourne building. With up to 16 staff working on the job, the joinery required was extremely detailed with various differing angles and shapes incorporated. The feature acoustic ceilings are also angled and cathedral style, some spanning across two levels, which required a 70


For more information contact A & A Cabinets, 26–28 Hanrahan Street, Thomastown VIC 3074, phone 03 9464 2133, or AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below BRC Piling & Foundations Pty Ltd installed Piles around the La Trobe University.

Established in 1988, BRC Piling & Foundations Pty Ltd have grown to become one of Australia’s preferred piling contractors. Now boasting a wide variety of piling rigs for bored piles, caisson, sheet, micropile, Down-The-Hole(DTH) hammer and CFA piles, together with skilled Operatives and Engineers, BRC Piling & Foundations are often awarded contracts that require skill, experience and diversity seldom found in the market within one company. A difficult project is seen as a challenge; a challenge often beyond its competitors. BRC Piling & Foundations were awarded the contract on the La Trobe University, Melbourne Building project. They were required to install the piles for a new bridge to be constructed over the existing creek at the university, as well as the design piles for the Tower Crane Foundations. Director, Craig Boam, explained that due to the close proximity of the piles to the water, temporary casings had to be utilised to stabilise the pile shaft whilst drilling. A team of two field staff and a project engineer undertook the work. Other significant works that BRC Piling & Foundations have been proudly associated with span across Australia and Asia. Past projects include Crown Casino, Eastlink Project; Barwon Heads Bridge; Lorne Pier, Craigieburn Bypass; TullaWWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Calder interchange; Bridges on the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway; Halls Creek and Argyle Diamond Mine (WA); Australian Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam; West Rail Project in Hong Kong; Sunbury Rail Electrification Project; Regional Rail Packages C & E, MCG Great Southern Stand;; Melbourne Underwater World(hard/hard secant wall on the Yarra River); Commonwealth Law Courts;, MCG & Rod Laver Pump Station shafts. BRC Piling & Foundations range of piling techniques is diverse. Their shaft diameters range from 300mm – 5000mm, to depths in excess of 80m. They possess driving and vibratory type rigs to install driven concrete and steel piles, driven UBs, UCs and sheet piles. The team of experienced employees are the key to BRC Piling & Foundations' outstanding reputation and success, and they aim to maintain the highest standards of knowledge, health, safety and customer satisfaction. For more information contact BRC Piling & Foundations, 12/97–107 Canterbury Road, Kilsyth VIC 3137 / PO Box 457, Mt Evelyn VIC 3796, phone 03 8761 0000, fax 03 8761 0099, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE UNI - MELBOURNE BUILDING





Green with envy The stunning $125 million Green Square Apartment complex is the first stage of this vibrant development. Each of the five buildings are built over podium slabs and adjoining properties. Made up of 406 apartments and 93 serviced apartments, surrounding a dynamic outdoor recreational hub, including a residents library, indoor/ outdoor pool, gym, BBQ and entertainment, this project is worthy addition to the ICON resume. The construction and delivery of the multiunit residential development known as the Green Square Apartments in Abbotsford, Victoria was entrusted to the professional team at ICON. There were a number of logistical challenges that were presented to the team at ICON. Extensive planning and consultation was required before construction could commence. The biggest of these challenges was the six-storey extension to be built over an operational government facility. Working closely with the design team, and the Department of Human Services, ICON were able to execute a plan that meant the facility operations remained unaffected & the construction continued seamlessly. In the theme of building on top of existing buildings, the recreational hub, also known as the ‘Green Square’ posed a construction challenge. Along with being built on a suspended podium slab, it is also built in the air space over the top of an existing residential development. The design team

took advantage of this air space and used it to increase the amenity of Green Square. The Green Square project continues the strong working relationship between ICON and Salta Properties. As with all of their projects, ICON is committed to delivering quality projects on time and budget without losing focus on their commitment to customer service. After becoming established in Victoria, ICON branched out into Sydney, which strengthened the company’s success and enhanced their ability to service a larger number of projects. At ICON, meeting client needs is a top priority and they strive to surpass the performance criteria outlined in the contract documentation and endeavor to exceed expectations at every turn. Their services, and final product, are always of a high quality and in accordance with industry best practice. ICONs success is measured by the continued, and positive, endorsement of their clients. Their portfolio includes an array of developments including: • Botanicca 8 in Richmond • 373 King Street in Melbourne • The Bullring in Fitzroy • Space in Oakleigh • Harper Lane in St Kilda • King David School in Armadale • Ice Cream Folly in Docklands • Central Park Hotel in Chippendale ICON has confirmed their strength in their industry by securing several awards including the 2012 Design Development Award for their work on Harper Lange - St Kilda, Melbourne. For more information contact ICON Co, 110 Cubitt St, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 6099, fax 03 9429 8022, website




Delivering results S M Interiors Pty Ltd is located in Victoria and has established themselves as a leading plastering company within their area. Just recently the team at S M Interiors were contracted to provide their expertise and superior service for the Green Square development in Abbotsford. Working across large work areas, which feature up to 30 apartments per floor, presented challenges when it came to organisation and work control. Using their experienced team of tradespeople, S M Interiors provided the interior plasterwork for approximately 420 apartments along with the interior of the gym, swimming pool quarters and other common areas of the development. S M Interiors enjoyed working with a professional and friendly group of subcontractors. The team delivered outstanding results in record time whilst working for one of the best and highly recognised builders in the industry. Green Square is a stylish residential development which features one and two bedroom apartments with impressive amenities and the convenience of an inner-city lifestyle. 74


After being in business for more than 20 years, S M Interiors has grown to embrace over 30 employees and have worked on many notable projects. Along with the Green Square project, S M Interiors was recently appointed to carry out work on the Fulton Lane development in the heart of Melbourne.

For more information contact S M Interiors Pty Ltd (VIC), 40 Church Street, Keilor, VIC 3036, mobile 0417 695 155, fax 03 9331 5554, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

A fine design Cooling Brothers provided specially selected, digitally printed glass for the external balustrades and internal partitioning of the Green Square Apartments project located in Melbourne. The printed glass was freighted from Perth to Melbourne where the balustrades were installed by Aluline Architectural Balustrade Systems and the internal partitions were installed by ICON Constructions. All glass supplied was 10mm Clear Toughened and Heatsoaked. The innovative ceramic print is a full colour design created by SJB Architects Preparing the image for printing across the balustrades was extremely challenging as it involved, not only scaling the original image to 33m wide by 20m high, but also accounting for the gaps between the slabs and each panel to ensure the design lined up across the entire elevation. The team at Cooling Brothers worked closely with SJB Architects and Aluline Architectural Balustrade Systems during an extensive sampling process to ensure the correct colours and transparency were achieved within the design. Â The glass was printed using Cooling Brothers ImagInkÂŽ digital ceramic printing process. The process involves printing directly onto the glass using full colour ceramic inks, which are then fired in the furnace to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

create a UV stable, scratch resistant finish. The design was printed with a 2.5mm perforated screen to allow for transparency when viewing from the balcony outwards, yet giving the appearance of a solid print when viewed from ground level Cooling Brothers are a commercial glass company based in Perth and specialising in custom laminated glass, printed glass and switchable glass. They supply glass into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for residential and commercial applications. With more than 40 years of successful trading in Australia, Cooling Brothers are leaders in their market with outstanding quality, service and expert knowledge.

For more information contact Cooling Brothers, 961 Abernethy Road, High Wycombe, WA 6057 phone 08 6104 1777, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE GREEN SQUARE APARTMENTS


ELEGANT GLASS FROM PREMIUM OZ With more than 15 years experience in the business, it was no surprise that Premium Oz were chosen to supply wardrobes, shower screens, mirrors and splashbacks for the Green Square Apartments project in Abbotsford. The team at Premium supplied mirror slashbacks to the timeless kitchens, which are proving to be a popular choice. They also provided 670 shower screens made up of a combination of frameless and semi frameless, 592 stylish built-in wardrobes, over 700 vibrant bathroom mirrors and an extensive amount of lobby and gym mirror work. The lobby and gym mirrors proved to be the most difficult items to install due to their large sizes and restricted access within the premises. Premium used their extensive experience to ensure the work was completed with remarkable results. Premium has a proud heritage of supplying developers, builders, renovators and homeowners with top of the range designer 76


wardrobes, shower screens, glass splashbacks, mirrors and custom built furniture. Premium has maintained a longstanding relationship with ICON over many projects, and considers them to be at the top end of construction in Victoria. Premium was proud to be working as part of ICON’s subcontractor workforce again on the Green Square Apartments project. The experienced and dedicated design consultants at Premium guide their clients through the process to ensure they select the choice that best suits their project needs, budget and specific requirements. The team at Premium is also working on the Tip Top redevelopment and the Upper West Side Apartments in Melbourne. For more information contact Premium Oz (Showers & Robes), 2-8 Oxford Road, Laverton North, VIC 3026, phone 03 9394 0700, fax 03 9394 0770, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

paul webber and the webber design team Structural Engineers for the Green Square development would like to congratulate Salta Properties on their landmark project.

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Lifestyle by Design The team at Smartech Door Systems provided their renowned service on the Green Square Apartments project in Victoria. The Company was responsible for the design and manufacture of all the swimming pool doors for the development along with providing their expertise and technical assistance throughout the duration of the project. The Green Square project offered Smartech Door Systems their most challenging commission to date. Working with the design team from the projects earliest stages, Smartech Door Systems introduced new techniques to the manufacturing process to provide a seamless installation and provide exactly what the architect and project required. Smartech Door Systems became involved in the project due to their innovative products being made from aluminium and stainless steel. The Glide-Away folding doors are electric operated and the team provided a solution which resulted in the motors being completely hidden and allowed for quieter operation. The glass used is doubleglazed and offers a complete seal solution for the heated pool environment. The pool is a luxury style indoor/outdoor facility which highlights resort style living. Smartech Door Systems manufactured 5 off the 2700mm x 3300mm double glazed frames and coordinated the marine grade structure which was mounted to the main concrete columns. The team were required to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

make some changes to the motors in order to secure them in the ceiling space. The low E double-glazing and the Marine Grade stainless steel covers are quite impressive. The Green Square Apartments are an exceptional example of cutting edge contemporary architecture and beautifully designed internal spaces. The project has been carefully designed in order to achieve a 4 Star Green Star rating and a 4.5 NABERS rating. Smartech Door Systems is dedicated to providing innovative motorised door and moving wall solutions. By keeping abreast of the latest design and technology, Smartech Door Systems have positioned themselves to the higher end market. They have products which suit both residential, commercial and industrial projects and cater to developments of all sizes. Smartech Door Systems is widely recognised for their point of difference in producing Glazed Folding Doors and Smart Tilt Window Systems. They can custom manufacture products to suit all designs and are known for their design quality. For more information contact Smartech Door Systems, 9 Production Road, Melton, VIC 3337, phone 03 9747 9233, email


GREEN DESIGN DELIVERED BY INNOVATIVE THINKING The $126M Deakin Uni Burwood Highway Project features two intersecting towers sitting over an expansive four levelled podium. Hansen Yuncken takes pride in adding value to projects, through innovative approaches to construction materials and methodology. For the $126 million Deakin University Burwood Highway frontage project, the company’s solution-focused procurement and programming was also responsible for delivering the Woods Bagot design in ways which improved appearance, function and sustainability outcomes while still remaining within the budget. The project comprises an eight-level tower connected to a five level podium building, which appear interlinked and together comprise a dramatic new entrance for the Burwood Campus. The project brief had set high sustainability benchmarks, with measures including solar power, a high performance facade, extensive use of natural light in the

interiors, underfloor air distribution and in-slab active mass cooling. The Burwood Highway buildings will serve a number of purposes for the University. Levels 1 and 2 comprise hospitality and event spaces, including a 150-seat bistro (The Point) and function centre, which will be open to the public on weekends. These levels also house the Burwood Corporate Centre, which includes 10 boardrooms, a lounge and a Council Chamber. A full catering service will be available for users, who it is expected will include Deakin University’s corporate partners. Level 6 features the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Chief





Financial Officer’s staff, and on level 7, the Vice-President (Advancement) and staff of the Advancement Portfolio have offices. Level 8 holds offices for Advancement (Donor Relations) staff and the Vice Chancellor’s Office. In total, the project has added over 18,000m2 of flexible floor area to the campus, in addition to the landscaped area of the podium which forms a significant public and connective space within the University’s public domain. Beneath the building, there are undercroft and basement spaces which generally follow the site’s original land contours. Within the basements there is parking for 370 cars, in addition to lifts, water retention tanks and major service plant. The structure of both buildings comprises insitu concrete, with an exposed Class 2 finish. This required a high level of attention to detail on the part of the construction team, to ensure the required level of quality would be achieved. Planning of the sequencing for the extensive access floor plenum system was a challenge, with the need to ensure interdependent trades programs were synchronised for efficient and safe installation of the floor system and the underfloor services including HVAC ductwork. There was also a major safety risk with the open access floor areas during construction and the need for trades to be working in those areas. Hansen Yuncken resolved this issue through the use of custom made lightweight access bridges, which provided a safe way to access work areas. Typical tower slabs contain an extensive inslab network of cool water piping, totaling some 50 kilometres. The use of this passive active mass solution is now providing a well insulated comfortable environment with excellent ESD properties. The installation required considerable care during concrete placement and the subsequent fixing of ceiling and services to the exposed soffits. The original design for the facade was reinterpreted and specified as an alternative, fully panelised curtain wall facade comprising more than 1700 individual panels, and featuring a highly articulated sunblade system for both texture and shading. The proposed facade panels were prototyped and tested in Monash University’s wind tunnel facility. A Hong-Kong based facade consultancy directly employed by Hansen Yuncken oversaw the production and quality of the facade panels, which were fabricated in Guangzhou, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Southern China. Once shipped to Australia, they were lifted into position by floor cranes, itself a detailed logistical feat to ensure each panel was placed in position without damaging the feature aluminium fins. Inside the buildings the design features the extensive use of a timber wall system, which was value engineered to provide a flexible long term system, enabling improved offsite fabrication options and to ensure a more efficient installation process. This approach succeeded in producing a stunning-looking result, while also returning a considerable credit saving to Deakin. There is also an interior feature of over 13000m2 of light-weight, multicoloured ‘Echopanel’ baffle blade ceilings, which were manufactured with a high proportion of recycled content. The complex geometry of the ceilings meant there had to be careful coordination with the soffit services. To ensure the project’s energy efficiency and other performance targets would be met, Hansen Yuncken undertook detailed planning of the final services commissioning and delivery before handover. The workforce on the project included 35 major subcontractor and supplier packages, with close to 2,500 site inductions carried out by the final stages of the project. Over 555,000 manhours were worked on the project between commencement and March 2014. Hansen Yuncken has delivered many state-ofthe-art education projects across Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Some of the company’s other recent successes in delivering high quality, sustainable and innovative learning environments have included the James Cook University Clinical Practice Building in Townsville, James Cook University School of Dentistry in Cairns, the M2 and Plasso at the University of South Australia, and the School of Architecture building for the University of New South Wales. In 2013, the company had numerous education sector projects recognised with awards, including two AIB Awards for the James Cook University Central Energy Plant, an MBA Award for the James Cook School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, a Property Council of Australia Award for the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Adelaide. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, Level 3, 479 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004, PO Box 7514, St Kilda Road, VIC 8004, phone 03 9831 6500, email






at delivery matched the most recent version of the Deakin University internal technology standards which are periodically updated as new technology becomes available. Due to the size and nature of the project, its design and conception occurred in 2011 and were based on the university technology standards available at that time which during the course of the project were progressively updated to take advantage of new digital technologies. Luke explained that from the point of being awarded the contract for the works, the company underwent two major changes to the scope to ensure it accommodated the upgrade in technology. This upgrade had to be delivered within the same timeframe and without a considerable financial impact to Deakin University. “This was particularly difficult given the second instance occurred at a stage when the equipment racks were populated and built offsite. All but one level on site was roughed in,” Luke said. Programmed were required to negotiate with vendors on behalf of Deakin to secure the swapping of stock as much as possible. Programmed also modified the design to minimise the impact of re-cabling works on site to ensure the delivery of some of the most advanced technology with as minimal impact to the university’s budget. “This process involved input from System Integrators, Control System Programmers and the Project Manager into the re-design. Delivery site staff (including technicians, commissioners, programmers and the Project Manager) worked additional hours and weekends in the lead up to Christmas to ensure the right outcome was obtained in the same program timeframe.”

setting the technological pace With technology advancing so rapidly, by the time a project is ready for completion, the original technology designed at its conception may already need upgrading. This was the scenario for Programmed Electrical Technologies – however it was a challenge the company was able to accommodate. “Programmed Electrical Technologies were engaged by Deakin University for the audio visual subcontract works,” State Manager – Audio Visual Operations Luke Ismail said. The AV systems were designed by Umow Lai and was the second new Deakin University building that both companies had worked on together having completed the Deakin University Regional Community Health Hub (REACH) in late 2012. “This ranged from video conferencing and presentation facilities for meeting rooms and classrooms, small scale single point video conference systems for senior management offices and small scale presentation spaces for four to six people. “The most significant challenges faced by Programmed were the significant advancements in technology over the project lifecycle and trying to ensure the systems


With more than 800 staff across Australia, Programmed Electrical Technologies specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of integrated electrical, voice and data cabling. It also specialises in secure networks, audio visual systems, green building management services, intelligent lighting control solutions and electrical construction, fit outs and design. The company is part of the Programmed Group (previously KLM Group Limited) which employs more than 10,000 staff. The Group also includes Programmed Property Services, Programmed Facility Management, Programmed Turnpoint, Programmed Marine and Programmed Integrated Workforce. Programmed Electrical Technologies is now working on a number of projects across Melbourne, including an audio visual construction and integrated fit outs for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street and at the City West Police Complex. It’s also undertaking electrical and communications construction and integrated fit outs for the Myer Emporium Restoration, communications and audio visual construction at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre – Peter MacCullum Hospital, and optical fibre to the home for Upper West Side Apartment Towers. Programmed Electrical Technologies’ past projects include AAMI Park stadium, ANZ Headquarters in Melbourne’s Docklands and the RMIT Swanston Academic Building. For more information contact Programmed Electrical Technologies, 355 William Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003, phone 03 9320 3444,



DTAC - The Trusted Name in Floor Tactiles and Stair Edging When it comes to the design, supply and installation of tactile indicators, stair treads and edging, DTAC Pty Ltd has been the trusted name in the industry for almost 15 years. The company pioneered the architectural floor tactile industry in Australia, taking a practical product and transforming it into a feature that complements a structure. DTAC's work can be seen throughout a number of iconic sites across Australia, including the new NAB building on Bourke St, Melbourne, Hawthorn Town Hall, The MFB Complex and Yarra Valley Water headquarters. Among the company’s latest projects was the Deakin University Burwood Highway Frontage Building, where it installed a variety of tactiles in various parts of the site. DTAC started the project in December, with the majority of works completed after the Christmas break from the 20 January until the project was finished in early April. The site works were completed by three staff who were supported by the DTAC sales team. "We installed over 43,000 DTAC tactiles including our thermoplastic urethane tactiles in black and the DTAC 316 stainless steel tactiles. We


also installed the DTAC integrated rubber tactile mats in some of the utility areas within the building," DTAC Operations Manager Michael Moulding said. Almost a kilometre of DTAC's Pleat stair edging in black anodised also went in to the Deakin University project using a combination of edging profiles to suit the stair areas. A late change to the specification of one of the stairs saw DTAC work closely with Hansen Yuncken to provide a solution to an unusual angled stair riser. “We also had an unusual request in that we installed brass tactiles on the concrete roof of the building as markers for infrastructure,” Michael added. “DTAC also ensured it was flexible about how we attended the site, including working with public access for the students and staff at the university. Together with Hansen Yuncken, DTAC staff co-ordinated building level access and stair closures in accordance with the stair nosing installation.” “Working in with these changes is part and parcel of what we do,” Michael added. “We believe it is the workmanship, expertise and commitment to a project that is important.”



With six staff as well as contracted installers, DTAC’s specialist knowledge, combined with its focus on detail and quality, sees it continually chosen for tactile, stair and tread edging compliance requirements on both large and smaller construction projects. It also delivers the most aesthetic NCC-BCA compliant solutions available, while offering an extensive range of tactile products. “In addition, all of our installers complete an 18-step accreditation process before going on site. This means our clients can be assured that our contractors have the experience and expertise when it comes to the compliance of tactile and edging installation, as well as the aesthetics,” Michael said. Besides designing and crafting their products to the DTAC design certification, the company’s products also meet Australian standards, as well as National Construction Code and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements.

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AN OUTSTANDING DEMONSTRATION OF WORLD-CLASS ABILITIES The same innovation and engineering excellence which created the facade of Dubai’s Infinity Tower has been dedicated to the Deakin University’s new Burwood Highway Frontage (BHF), with Jangho Curtain Wall’s Australian division again demonstrating the talents which have made them world leaders in facade design and manufacture.

“Since the design phase, the challenges we were up against were certainly of amplified magnitude. All obstacles and challenges were overcome through extensive innovation, creativity and even testing through the means of utilising the wind tunnel at Monash University for the purpose of achieving the fins to the required expectations. All these were achieved through a team involving engineers and acoustic consultants.”

For the BHF project, Jangho designed, manufactured, and installed a specially designed wrap around facade, which consists of unitised curtain wall panels with a distinctive vertical fin sunshade detail. The architecturally-designed fins create a 3D effect of gradients across the vertical, horizontal and diagonal planes, and their sun shading combined with the use of Double Low E glass throughout gives the facade a high level of energy-efficiency, reflecting Jangho’s core commitment to creating sustainable built spaces.

Jangho’s Australian team on the project included Designer Mov Ear, Project Manager Malcolm Davies, Project Co-ordinator Kin Gong and Site Manager, Dave Burke, who coordinated the subcontracted installation team from Keystone Installations P/L.

A noteworthy feature of the facade is the double height panels which enclose the B1 and L1 levels. These have no bulky internal support, which allows for more expansive, unobstructed views across a large area. Jangho utilised the talents of both their Australian staff and engineering and manufacturing staff at the company’s China-based facilities for the design and construction of the curtain wall units. “The Deakin Project has turned out to be an iconic development with high levels of design and engineering. Jangho significantly contributed to this impact by steering away from the concept design and developing a curtain wall system with emphases on costs, durability and functionality,” said Jangho Spokesman, Adam Lu. 86

Another highly challenging and spectacular design and construct project Jangho is currently completing is the Six Star Green Star 720 Bourke Street project. The $220 million commercial office tower’s 36,000m2 facade comprises unitized curtain wall, ribbon framing and louvers, and the project also features a full-height central atrium. Jangho operates a Certified Quality Management system to ISO 9001, and has over 6,000 highly skilled, creative and quality-focused architectural, engineering, design, manufacturing and project management staff located in offices around the world. This gives the 83 staff of the four Australian offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth a truly global resource base to draw on in constructing facades and curtain walls for visionary designs. For more information Jangho Australia, Level 5, 499 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004, phone 03 9867 1668, fax 03 9866 6969, website, email



BUDGETING FOR PRIORITIES AND PLANNING FOR SUCCESS Applying focus, diligence and commitment to their cost management role on the Deakin University Burwood Highway Frontage (BHF) project, leading Quantity Surveying practice Wilde and Woollard ensured the University’s $127 million project budget was effectively managed to deliver lasting value. The firm’s involvement in the project spanned four years and two separate works packages, the early works and services contract completed by Watpac, and the Main Works contract undertaken by Hansen Yuncken. As one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the University, it was essential that a full and comprehensive cost and risk management service was initiated, the scope of which included full cost management, contract bills of quantities, detailed risk management and financial reporting during documentation and construction. The BHF precinct comprises a major new urban and social hub for the Campus, and the resolution and positioning of the built form within the precinct presented its share of cost planning challenges, with complexities including the re-alignment of roads and services, construction of a high performance shaded façade and a highly energy efficient building design. Wilde and Woollard met these challenges by committing senior cost planning teams including Directors of the Practice to specific hands on roles at key times. These roles included research and evaluation around buildability of structures and façade systems; a dedicated approach to the management of engineering services costs; benchmarking of the project against other similar type facilities in the sector; proper evaluation of procurement options; and robust life cycle cost modelling. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The team was headed by Director Murray Campbell with major responsibilities shared with fellow Director Michael Bennett, Senior Quantity Surveyor Scott Reid and a team of support staff. “We are extremely proud to have been involved in the delivery of this major project for Deakin University, one of our very best and long term clients, to a successful cost management outcome within the University’s budget,” said Murray Campbell. “Projects of this scale don’t succeed by accident. From our perspective, a very detailed cost management methodology must be developed and adhered to, and key people must follow the project from conception through to completion. Many of the university projects we deliver exceed $100M and up to $200M, so the decisions we are working through on a daily basis are cost significant ones. Directly appointing the right Quantity Surveyor with an experienced and committed team is a sound University investment when it comes to rolling out a new project.” Wilde and Woollard personel are members of TEFMA (Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association), AIQS (Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors) and CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International). The company’s expertise has been relied on for recent education sector projects, including multiple projects for Deakin Campuses, the iconic RMIT Swanston Academic Building, the Advanced Technologies Centre for Swinburne University, in addition to recent projects at Newcastle, Charles Sturt, Western Sydney and Ballarat Universities. For more information contact Wilde and Woollard, 37-41 Prospect Street Box Hill Vic 3128, phone 03 9899 0411, fax 03 9890 3123, website



EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS The $50M Evora Apartments project consists of 62 luxuriously appointed 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and seven town-houses over three buildings. When you deal with a multi-award winning commercial building and construction company, you know you are dealing with a business that understands quality. Operations Manager Tom Craig said all representatives of Buildcorp Commercial were focused on providing exceptional customer service. “We aim to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations regarding every aspect of project delivery,” he said. “We realise that a successful company does not rest on its laurels, so to be at the forefront of an ever changing construction industry, we are constantly reviewing and improving

our systems and procedures to provide the best possible outcomes. “The beauty of our business is that we can construct projects that are fully designed or we can collaborate with our clients from an early stage, assisting in all aspects of design development. Our experience in value engineering, cost analysis and project risk management ensures that our client's needs are always met.” Since Buildcorp Commercial's inception in 1995, this unique approach has led to the successful delivery of over 450 projects. Recently completed projects include Evora Apartments in Balwyn, as well as Greville Street Apartments, Prahan and Vic Apartments

Carlton. The Evora Apartments project in particular tested the Buildcorp team based on the need to provide a water proofing solution for subterranean home theatre rooms within the new townhouses contained in this project. A simple solution was found by means of the company’s extensive experience and a Bentonite system was used behind the retention system to ensure that no leaks occurred. Buildcorp also installed Parklex Cladding to the facade at Evora Apartments, in addition to a myriad of other products. Parklex is a high specification Spanish product that is rarely used in Australia and with careful

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Buildcorp Commercial PROJECT END VALUE : $50 million COMPLETION : March 2014 ARCHITECTS : Interlandi Mantesso Architects STRUCTURAL / CIVIL ENGINEER : Mordue Engineering Pty Ltd BUILDING SURVEYOR : Floreancig Smith




planning and attention to detail the site team produced a stunning result. As well as showing a distinct focus on sustainability, these projects also highlight the company’s ability to adapt based on the client’s needs. “At Buildcorp Commercial we seek employees who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the construction industry and as a result, our staff enjoy working on complicated and difficult projects which inspire them to think intelligently and creatively. “We also know that by providing leadership on sustainable building practices, we can pave the way towards having a building industry with the smallest possible environmental footprint. “In addition safety is not an afterthought at Buildcorp Commercial; we have built our business systems with safety at the forefront of our mind, ensuring it is part of everything we do, every day we do it.” This winning combination of creativity and commitment to safety has been developed by the directors, passionate builders who have dedicated their careers to the


construction industry. One of the founders Scott McVilly has 25 years of continuous industry experience and is the Managing Director of Buildcorp Commercial.

projects. Reporting to Director Ashley Levin, the PM's are all long-term Buildcorp Commercial employees whose experience has grown with the company.

Ross Clarke is the co-founder of Buildcorp Commercial and brings 30 years of construction experience to the role of Construction Director.

In turn, the project managers are supported by and mentor a team of junior contract administrators, site coordinators and site engineers.

Ashley Levin joined Buildcorp Commercial as Director in 2008, bringing with him 21 years of experience working with a tier one builder. As well as an experienced team of directors, Buildcorp also offers a wealth of other services from trained professionals in areas including estimating, project management and site management. The estimating team at Buildcorp Commercial prepares bids for all types of projects as well as providing feasibility advice and working with developers to provide value engineering at the design phase. The project managers are all tertiary qualified professionals who are encouraged to bring a creative approach to their

“At Buildcorp we have nurtured a diverse team of site managers, structure foremen, finishing foremen and leading hands. “All our sites are headed by a site manager and staffed by highly experienced trade professionals. “Employing these individuals directly ensures that we can deploy them on projects as required, giving us complete control over all aspects of onsite activities.” For more information Buildcorp Commercial Pty Ltd, 23 Shierlaw Avenue, Canterbury, VIC 3126, phone 03 9830 7788, website



Building Surveyors offer quality from the ground up Given the size and luxurious layout of Evora Apartments, this project needed to be well designed from the ground up. This is where well established registered building surveyors and building code consultants Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors came in. Specialising predominately in the issuing of building permits and occupancy permits for high rise residential and commercial developments, and boasting a team with over 40 years combined experience, Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors differentiates itself from its competitors through greater customer focus and understanding of clients’ needs and expectations. This could not be more evident than in the Evora Apartments which presented the challenge of incorporating two separate apartment buildings and townhouses over a common two level basement carpark. This meant adopting an innovative, risk managed and flexible interpretation of the regulations through implementation of performance based assessment. Founding director Viviana Floreancig said this was a project that she and her team thrived on. “I and the team at Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors have extensive experience and knowledge of industry expectations in assessment of alternative solutions under Performance Provisions of the Building Code of Australia and this definitely came into play with this project,” she said. “Evora Apartments is a stunning example of modern living where it isn’t simply about the buildings themselves but creating a whole lifestyle firstly with the location through to the layout and even surrounding facilities and landscaping. “The end result is something the developers should be proud of and we are proud to have been an integral part of making this project a reality.” Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors have successfully undertaken building surveying consultancy services on numerous projects over many years as practicing building surveyors covering areas such as health and leisure, office developments, residential developments and industrial work. Some of these projects include the development of the new Chadstone Office and Hotel Development, Southern Cross Office Redevelopment, Bourke Junction Consortium, MFB Burnley Complex, development of the new Penleigh and Essendon Grammar school buildings, and 28 storey A Beckett Street apartment development.

Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors is not just in the business of issuing building and occupancy approvals. Its services also include: • Performance based BCA solutions; • Fire safety engineering advice; • Regulatory compliance audits; • Design certification to the BCA; • Liason with local authorities; • Fire safety advice relating to the redevelopment of existing buildings; • Maintenance of essential safety measures. Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors clearly offers: • Considerable experience on major commercial undertakings throughout Australia; • Building surveyors with relevant qualifications and a strong understanding in fire engineered outcomes which involves BCA performance based solutions; • The best team and people assigned to projects according to their experience; • An understanding of the client and consultant teams expectations in terms of pro-activity, accuracy of product and timely response to meeting expectations; • Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy of $10 million; • Assistance in producing the most cost-effective design in conjunction with the project architect and other service consultants. “When dealing with Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors, the clients’ primary contact is the company director throughout the project cycle. “In my role as Director and Registered Building Surveyor, I am totally committed to every project and become part of the development team. “With our experienced team we continue to successfully guide projects from commencement of building works to completion.” Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors provides qualified consultancy services in the interpretation and implementation of the Building Code of Australia to satisfy all statutory building regulations and control requirements. This is done effectively and efficiently through among other things, performance based BCA solutions, fire safety engineering advice and liaison with local authorities. As well as Director Viviana Floreancig, Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors also has the expertise of Associate Stephen Smith, Assistant Building Surveyors Adam Smith and Meg Corbett and a wealth of support staff. All this adds up to exceptional experience and service that is pure quality.

“That is the beauty of our business; because of our team’s experience and our extensive client base, it means that one day we could be working on construction of a new 28 storey apartment and retail building and the next a private hospital project,” Viviana said. 90


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Quality finish makes a difference to apartment design When you look at the design of the Evora Apartments, it is clear that there is pure quality when it comes to the aluminium and glass metalworks. The team at Victorian company Sass Aluminium are proving time and again why they can afford to have ‘sass’ given the experience behind each worker and the expertise they showcase on every job.

Aluminium to provide high quality aluminium fabrication and insulation solutions to the market,” he said.

Craig Cannavo said although the company had been trading for only 12 months, the industry experience behind the name SASS Aluminium is in excess of 30 years.

“On the Evora Apartments, the façade is something that immediately draws the eye especially when it comes to apartments such as these which aren’t simply a place to live but about providing a lifestyle choice.

“David Wareham who himself has over 20 years experience in the window coverings industry, along with Craig, established SASS

“The developer and builder wanted to know that the finish would not only be attractive and in keeping with the style they are trying to project of inspired design but also secure.”

“While Sass is a relatively young enterprise, it is quickly becoming recognised as a leading manufacturer of aluminium shutters and louvre systems.

On every project SASS Aluminium’s team works with its suppliers to ensure all products are of the highest standards to meet customers’ expectations. On this project there was a team of six who worked hard on all aluminium privacy screens, balustrading, fencing and gates and façade screens, even introducing a new balustrade system. “The overall finish was one that we were definitely proud of and is something that was also showcased again on our work on the Carlton Wellbeing Centre.” For more information contact SASS Aluminium, PO Box 5105, Heidelberg West, VIC 3081, phone 03 9457 1100, email, website




COMMITMENT, CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION With a leadership team that thrives on meeting new challenges it is any wonder that Conset is one of Victoria’s leading structural concrete construction companies. Specialising in commercial, industrial and high end residential projects, Conset is definitely an asset to any sized project as has been proven with the Evora Apartments project. Managing Director Joe Bartolo said with over 14 years industry experience and more than 100 highly skilled staff, Conset clearly has the expertise and resources to undertake the full concrete structural packages. “As can be seen through our exceptional work on projects such Evora Apartments, we are committed to building long lasting relationships with our clients and maintaining a reputation for delivering projects on budget and ahead of any sized project,” he said. “We have proven time and again that even the most complex project can be achieved through commitment, creativity and innovation. “We want to exceed our clients expectations so we work in partnership with our clients, staff and suppliers to ensure the highest quality product is delivered every time.” For Joe, the company’s vision can be broken down into four clear areas and Conset is governed according to these values which support and encourage a culture of excellence. • INNOVATION - Looking beyond the conventional to deliver the best outcomes for our clients. • QUALITY - Never being satisfied with anything less than perfection. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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INTEGRITY - Managing all projects with the utmost honesty and reliability. TEAMWORK - Working in partnership with our clients, contractors and suppliers to achieve a common goal.

Since opening its doors in 1998, Conset has grown from a mid-sized residential and commercial concreting business to a key player in Victoria’s construction industry. This is reflected in some of its past and present projects that include the Living Carlton Housing Development, Melbourne Airport Services Tunnel, Livingston Gardens Aged Care Facility and Precinct Apartments. “Conset recognises that without quality staff and an innovative leadership team, our company could not succeed. “As a result, we create a work environment that supports the development of our people while creating career paths in-line with the growth of the business. “Over the years of operation in Victoria, Conset's success has resulted in strong relationships with our clients and consultants which has resulted in a high proportion of repeat business.” For more information contact Conset Pty Ltd, 1/4 Nevada Court, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029, phone 03 8742 2211, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE EVORA APARTMENTS


The Jewel In The Harbour Gathering momentum as a stylish new place to call home is the Marina Quays Development at Wyndham Harbour, located along the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria. MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hutchinson Builders CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $35 Million ARCHITECT : Fender Kapsolides Architects ENGINEER : ADG

Awarded the $28 million design and construct contract, Hutchison Builders tendered with out-of-the- box thinking that led to structurally more efficient methods as well as cost and timely benefits for a project likely to be seen as a benchmark build for the developing coastal region. Located 32km from Melbourne CBD, the project is comprised of 104 apartments, four retail tenancies, and a large new large piazza as part of the mater-planned community. The new landscaped piazza will manifest from a landfilled area being conducted by B&D Civil, that will carry the foreshore out into the bay 94


while also providing placemaking for a future marina. In winning the project, Hutchison’s demonstrated key well-researched ideas that meant a top quality construction design along with a building that engages efficiently with its sometimes wily site conditions.

we only had 5 pours per level, and they were all 200 thick PT slab design.” commented Graham Spence, Project Manager.“It gets quite windy down here so we just had to make sure that the design we had meant the building was weather tight.

“We re-designed the foundations and removed all the bored piers. “We were able through ADG, our consulting engineer, to come up with a PT raft slab design, on the ground floor slab, which took a month off our program, and obviously resulted in considerable cost savings for the client as well. “We were also able to value engineer the structure and make it all large span, so

“We had to pay attention to things like damning angles on all the window jams, as well as the management of detailing between the blockwork and cladding of the external walls. “We also used a wall panel system product named Barestone, which is a new product by CSR and it looks like a concrete panel but its actually compressed by the cement sheet, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

and it helps keep the building weather tight’. Designed by Fender Kapsolides Architects from Melbourne (FKA), a rich choice of materials, particularly on the façade, has created an emblematic development that creates a sense of luxury while playfully engaging with the coast wind and light environment. The facades’ impressive aluca bond cladding in natural copper, was made to order from Germany and is the first to be used in Australia. With the massing of the development arranged to have a different perception at various angles and has no repeat level in the building design. Hutchison’s decision to build the structure themselves was enabled WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

both by designing the building structure to accommodate that and also by the availability of pre-fab formwork system. With 15000m2 in total, the structure is 4 levels, with all slabs being flat-plate and without beams. “It’s a bit rare these days as a builder, but we did all the formwork ourselves, so we engaged all our own formwork carpenters that were employed by Hutchison, and we used the Peri gridflex formwork system, which is a system from Germany. “So that was probably one thing that helped us during the structure, to move through very quickly, and we designed the building to accommodate that.” With a team peaking around 18, Hutchison

had around 6 members in management and the other half as on-site team. The project sub-trades numbered 16, with Hutchison themselves building the structure. A further exciting landmark project coming up for Hutchison Builders is the Karolson Apartments. Located on La Trobe St, it is a 32 story high-rise and will be the first for Hutchison on the Melbourne CBD grid. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 70-72 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205, Graham Spence, phone 03 9282 9500, mobile 0427 992 928, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE MARINA QUAYS





Champions of the Formwork World In creative collaboration with Hutchison Builders on the Marina Quays Development in Victoria, is PERI Australia, the national branch of one of the world’s leaders in the provision and manufacturing of scaffolding and formwork systems. Their range of versatile formwork and adaptable scaffolding systems have catered to developments crossing the globe and have facilitated a number of architectural designs that celebrate the plasticity of concrete as a building material. Two formwork systems were selected for use on the Marina Quays Development project, namely the ‘GRIDFLEX’, an aluminium grid slab system and the ‘SKYDECK’, aluminium panel slab formwork system. As Hutchison were building the structure themselves rather than a sub-contractor, PERI Australia worked in direct collaboration with the company to produce a tightly staged and programmed supply schedule for different parts of the construction process. “We supplied approximately 4000m2 of the PERI GRIDFLEX Slab support system. And additional to that approximately 2000m2 of the PERI SKYDECK Slab support system. It was flat slab formwork, so it allowed them to cycle through the pours at a great rate of knots. The main idea was speed; the project itself was 3 levels of just over 5000m2, so the speed of the system allowed them to crash through it,” stated Brendan Holmes, PERI Australia Project Manager. What both teams were impressed with in this project was the formworks ability to withstand wind loading from the site conditions coming in off Port Phillip Bay. “The formwork stood up well under severe weather conditions- handling the strong winds coming off the bay because it’s right on the water. “That was a big challenge really, it’s a big liability point in building in strong winds, things get thrown and lifted up into the air, and it was severe down there with the wind coming right up off the water.” Part of PERI’s service to their clients is a complete support service from start to finish. Brought in at the tender stage, PERI assisted with the formwork designs and collaborated WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

on the decision making for the programme of the build. Their consultation and guide is on call as and when required. “The other thing that was part of the supply was that is was staged and organized as they needed it. So there was quite of bit of thought that went into the delivery and staging of different areas and what was required.” “The overall way that it went and the cooperation between the two companies, and the smoothness of the whole thing was the most successful part. Everything was organized, and it just happened, and it went really well,” Brendan Holmes commented. A key selling factor for these all PERI systems is overall safety and OHS on site. Being aluminum, they are light, strong and easy to handle, and is ultimately a move away from heavy timbered formwork. “GRIDFLEX is a prop and panel system, with minimal components. There’s three basic components, and the speed is the factor it – speed of erection and its simplicity. “There is adaptability in the height and configuration, and that’s the same with the SKYDECK system - lightweight and strong aluminum components, minimal components, for speed, and of course the on-site adaptability.” PERI Australia has been successfully operating in the country since 1997, with a number of major formwork companies owning the systems outright. With their head office in Western Sydney, they have offices in every state and also in New Zealand. PERI Australia are currently supplying to the Barangaroo Project in Sydney, but for Marina Quays in Victoria, Brendan Holmes states. “In 25 years, this was probably one of our better projects. It really went well.” For more information contact Peri Australia Pty Ltd, 116 Glendenning Road, Glendenning, NSW 2761, phone Brendan Holmes 03 9318 7288, fax 02 9675 7277, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE MARINA QUAYS


Project Manager: Charter Keck Cramer Developer: United Asia Group Construction value: $28m Completion date: Feb 2014 Architect: SJB Architects Builder: Becon Construction Structural Engineer: Webber Design Services Engineering: MacCormack Associates




Emblem Apartments in Hawthorn Working in conjunction with Development & Project Manager Charter Keck Cramer, United Asia Group’s $28 million 91 apartment Emblem project in Hawthorn was completed in February 2014. Emblem Apartments represent the expansion of developer United Asia Group (UAG) into larger residential developments, with a commitment to creating lifestyle solutions in high amenity locations. Charter Keck Cramer (Charter) was integral in the development process, having been engaged for development advisory and project management services. Charter was involved in the full project management from design development and the tender process through to completion of the construction. Charter Projects Director Luciano Pozzebon project managed the development. “With this project we took the time to look beyond the obvious, leveraging our in house Market Research, Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Land Surveying, Civil Engineering and Valuations expertise to examine and assess all the variables that could impact on the viability of the project.” “Our sole focus was to ensure UAG minimised development risk and maximise return on investment. We are proud of our reputation as an independent company that places our Clients’ needs at the forefront of everything we do.”


“This project required us to work around both the existing substation and the Kerlite façade. Through this process, we demonstrated to UAG how a co-ordinated system of knowledge, preparation and procedure can combine to ensure a successful outcome.” “SJB Architects design and the quality of Becon Constructions Australia’s execution is apparent from the moment you enter the marbled foyer, down lit by low hanging lights and a warming central fireplace.” Luciano’s attention is now focused on completing a range of other developments across the commercial and residential markets, including a $100 million office development on the Frankston foreshore that will be South East Water’s new headquarters and the 221 apartment 37 level residential high rise development Trillium in Latrobe St in the Melbourne CBD. “To our Clients, we are more than a service provider. Property development is a highly competitive industry and developers need accurate and insightful market and project specific knowledge to give their projects a competitive advantage and ensure optimal risk adjusted returns.”

“For local and international developers, we offer market research, advisory, project management, quantity and land surveying, civil engineering and valuation services that cover the full property development cycle.” “From project inception & feasibility through to construction and completion, Charter can provide more value to our Clients than the singular service of a project manager. Whether you need competitive intelligence, need advice on positioning your project for maximum market acceptance or need a cost plan, title re-establishment survey or civil services layout, we have the experts to help solve your needs at every step of the process.”

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consistent delivery and execution Throughout its 25 years in operation, KPA Concrete Construction Group has quickly become recognised as a major contractor within the concrete placement sector. The family business originated in 1954 with KPA officially becoming established in 1988 and is now a leading Victorian Commercial Concrete Contractor based in the South Eastern Suburb of Cheltenham Victoria. Director Joseph Pacquola said over 60% of KPA works were continued repeat business within the commercial and industrial sectors. “KPA’s clientele include some of Australia’s finest builders such as Grocon, Adco, Behmer and Wright, Becon, Pelicanco, Pace, Buildcorp, Kingston Property and prestigious clients such as Coles, Bunnings, McDonalds and Masters something which we are very proud of,” he said.

From labour only applications, to, contractual concrete placement or complete full packages that include concrete, formwork and steel. As a member of the Master Builders Association, clients can feel confident knowing that KPA is currently in the process of achieving one of Australia’s highest quality accreditations available – the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.

“Working with Becon Constructions on the Emblem Apartments we were able to showcase how we specialise in large scale industry and multi-story developments that can range from ground slabs, to basement car parks and suspended decks; such is the variety of our work.

“KPA has developed a culture where employees are continually provided with the opportunity to grow and achieve personal work goals through training, and, in doing so, are proud to be associated with KPA.

“KPA has the extraordinary resources of manpower, plant, equipment and management to service our clientele’s requests, regardless the size or complexity. KPA Contract Works range from $ 100,000 to $ 20 million plus.”

“KPA also invests heavily in numerous systems that encourages the very best practice procedures, delivers improvement, achieves the highest of quality and ultimately, provides client satisfaction.”

KPA’s rapid and respected success has been built with consistent delivery and execution of concrete placement.

For more information contact KPA Concrete Construction Group, 11 Dissik Street, Chellenham VIC 3192, phone 03 9532 3155, fax 03 9553 5344



on time and on budget When a construction company is built on three core principles governing engineering, design and construction of safety, quality and efficiency it is easy to understand its continuing success. I & D Constructions was formed in 1994 by Ivan and Kathy Filipovic and since then their passion and commitment to getting the job done safely and economically has underpinned their success in the industry. From humble beginnings, I&D Constructions are regarded as one of the largest deliverers of formwork solutions in Victoria, partnering with large-scale building and construction companies in the private and public markets on projects large and small. With its corporate headquarters and storage yard based in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne, I&D has at its disposal thousands of square metres of quality materials along with state of the art lifting and crane equipment, enabling us to deliver the largest projects. Director Ivan Filipovic said I & D Constructions now employed over 200 dedicated professionals and support staff involved in a number of landmark projects across Victoria such as Emblem Apartments.


“We are clearly committed to delivering high quality projects by partnering with our clients and collaborating with project suppliers to ensure each job is delivered to exceed expectations,” he said. “Because we can appreciate that our people are our most important resource we have a number of strategic safety management plans and safe work methods in place which allows them to focus on providing workmanship of the highest standard. “On projects such as Emblem Apartments we can understand that delivering our work on time and on budget is absolutely paramount and this has truly been the cornerstone of our success.” The company was an integral part of the development of the boutique Emblem Apartments providing all concrete formwork associated with the structure including suspended decks, ramps, stairs and columns; overcoming the challenges associated with working construction in a built up area. “This project allowed us to shine and showcase work that we are truly proud of.” For more information contact I&D Group Pty Ltd, Unit 4, 3 Faigh Street, Mulgrave, VIC 3170, phone 03 9560 1812, fax 03 9560 1912


Leaders in Health Infrastructure The $30M Redevelopment comprising 7000 square metres of floor will provide 25 multi-day and 10 Same day beds, a dedicated emergency facility, integrated primary and community care facility, Obstetric, operating and procedure rooms, medical imaging and other services.

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Kane Constructions PROJECT END VALUE : $30 million COMPLETION : January 2014 STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Barry Gale Engineers SERVICES ENGINEER : BRT Consulting ARCHITECTS : Vincent Chrisp Architects



The redevelopment of the Leongatha Hospital was more than ten years in the making. Kane Constructions hold a strong track record in developing significant health infrastructure in regional Victoria and they are extremely proud to have delivered this superb new facility for the local community. Darren Parkes, Project Manager for Kane Constructions said, “This project was a new build on a site with excellent access,, The only real difficulty that was encountered involved the ground conditions. The team encountered latent ground conditions that required a re-design of the ground slab in some areas. They were also confronted with unidentified underground fuel tanks and asbestos. Given the large footprint of the new building and the open site, Kane were able to re-sequence the works to minimise any impact to the constructions program”. Along with Darren Parks, the delivery team for Kane Constructions comprised a Contract Manager, Site Engineer and two Site Managers who were based on site, full time in the Kane Constructions Project Office. The overall floor space of the new building is approximately 7000m2, and the features include: • 25 multiday acute beds including maternity • Ten same day acute beds • Two beds for palliative care • A dedicated emergency facility • An integrated primary & community care facility • Obstetric procedures suite • Operating theatre and procedure room • Medical Imaging • Pathology • Central sterile supply department • Facilities for staff support, education and administration. The new hospital will allow Gippsland Southern Health Services to effectively maintain all existing services and to provide the capacity to delivery the outcomes outlined in the South Coast Health Plan. The semi-domestic nature of the build meant an extensive use of prefabricated timber roof trusses. Coordination of the mechanical services through timber roof trusses required detailed planning. Kane Constructions were able to effectively handle all challenges encountered with the project. As a privately owned commercial construction company, Kane Constructions are active in all sectors of the industry. With a turnover of $500 million and more than 285 full time employees, Kane Constructions operate throughout the East Coast of Australia and overseas from dedicated offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Some of the recent projects undertaken by Kane Constructions include: • La Trobe University Health Sciences • Synnex Australia Automated Logistics Centre • PS1 Office Building Springfield • Geelong Hospital Enhanced Capacity & Expanded Acute Health Kane Constructions have received 8 awards in 2013 alone for their outstanding and innovative work. For more information contact Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


CLEAR THE WAY With a reputation for providing quality excavation services, Moncur Excavation conducted all the civil earthworks on the Leongatha Hospital site. The team was responsible for moving thousands of meters of dirt and carried out civil works including 10,000m2 of carpark, roads, retaining walls, landscaping and concrete carparks The company’s track dumper was used on this project during difficult weather conditions. The track dumper has proven to be a great asset to Moncur Excavations and their clients. The team at Moncur Excavations found working with Kane Constructions, on the Leongatha Hospital site, to be an absolute pleasure. Moncur Excavation is committed to providing a safe working environment for all of its staff, contractors and members of the public.

It is important to Moncur Excavation that their staff are OH&S compliant and they are adequately trained for all facets of their work.

Some current and previous works carried out by Moncur Excavation includes: • Police station ( Bermer and wright ) • Warragul country club (cooper Morrison ) • Princes highway duplication (RTL) • Bunning's Warehouse, Traralgon (ADCO) • CFA, MARLO (John Lyng Commercial Builders) • Other recent works being with Latrobe Shire. • Latrobe Shire & (VEBRA)- site reconstruction, prepare and construction of pathways, and tree removal work. • JR'S Treemendous Landscapes - gravel pathway construction, drainage construction, laying of pipes and tree removal.

With a highly experienced team of professional tradesmen and staff, Moncur Excavations offer high quality earth moving and excavation services along with excellent customer service, affordable prices and an end product that is second to none.

For more information contact Moncur Excavation, 451 Willung Rd, Rosedale VIC 3847, phone 0408 329 245, mobile 0457 964 961, email, website

Their quality systems complement and reinforce this commitment with regular ongoing training to develop and ensure staff awareness. Moncur Excavation maintains an up-todate OH&S program, which is particularly important for anyone working on site with heavy earth moving equipment. Their Operators complete a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for every job on which they are working.



SPECIALISTS IN Architectural STEEL Haios Metal Works Pty Ltd (HMWPL) worked as a sub-contractor for KANE Constructions and carried out metal works on the Leongatha Hospital project. Their scope of works included the following elements within this project: • Fabrication and installation of all internal stainless steel handrails • All balcony & stair glass balustrades • All perforated metal balustrades for Stair Cases • All ramp balustrades • And the External Crash Barriers. Haios Metal Works team accomplished their commitment and complied with customer expectations to the development of Leongatha Hospital on time. The Hospital improvements are set to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the Gippsland area. Haios Metal Works is a reliable name in metalwork in both commercial and domestic constructions. Their extensive industry knowledge and experience allows them to undertake a wide variety of work in the metal industry includes but not limited to stainless steel, mild steel work, balustrade, privacy screen, sunshade, external cladding, general metalwork. The company has in house safety management system and DEWR compliant. Haios Metal Works offers competitive pricing and timely installation. HMWPL are committed to meet their customer needs with extensive technical skills & resources.

“No works R too big; your expectations R our commitments” For more information please contact Haios Metal Works, phone 03 8390 5639, fax 03 8669 4350 , email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Special Feature - Green Cities 2014



Green Cities 2014 - Beyond the Baseline A focus on how sustainable development can improve the liveability of people and communities – and have a positive impact on business – generated much discussion at this year’s Green Cities conference.

Sitting on the panel at the ‘People, Profit and Peak Performance’ session was CEO of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Jane Henley, who said conversations around sustainability needed to focus on people.

Held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in March, around 600 national and international sustainability leaders met and explored the theme – Beyond the Baseline.

“We need to shift conversation away from the technical (such as how photovoltaic arrays can reduce energy consumption) to why investing in better indoor environments can lead to better returns on one of every company’s greatest assets – its people,” Jane said.

“If I could distil the lessons from two days down to two sentences it would be these: our buildings, our communities and our cities are built by people for people. People are at the centre of all that we do,” Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Chief Executive Romilly Madew said. Around 70 speakers from Australia and overseas took part in the conference, including keynote speaker and Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places Kent Larson. Kent inspired the audience through his discussion of urban interventions that could create ‘microcities’, where 80 per cent of everything a person needs is within a 20-minute walk and alternatives to using a car are convenient, affordable and even enjoyable. Case studies presented at the conference demonstrated the positive impacts of ecofriendly building and development for communities, including health and liveability. Pascal Mittermaier, Director of Sustainability EMEA and Project Director, Elephant & Castle Regeneration at Lend Lease, highlighted the redevelopment of a former council estate in London to create a sustainable and liveable precinct. The project is also changing people’s views on sustainability and encouraging them to embrace green living. There were also regional success stories from Newcastle, Sunshine Coast, Karratha and Ipswich. These areas have seen job creation through regeneration of projects and reduced environmental impacts, improving the liveability of their communities. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We know how our cars, fridges, washing machines and TVs perform, but have little idea about the places in which we spend 95 per cent of our time – buildings. We have clear evidence that green design attributes – such as high levels of fresh air, natural light and views of nature – can improve occupant productivity, health and well-being. However, we haven’t been able to put that information into the hands of consumers. This is the WorldGBC’s current focus. “The latest World Green Building Trends report finds that green building is accelerating around the world as it is recognised as a long-term business opportunity. Just over half of those firms surveyed – which include architects, engineers, contractors, owners and consultants – anticipate that more than 60 per cent of their work will be green by 2015. This is up from a quarter of firms in 2012. “The reasons why people are choosing to build green are changing. The increasing scarcity and cost of energy – not to mention of potable water – is likely to continue the acceleration of green buildings. However, a deeper understanding of the ‘triple bottom line’ value of green buildings has shifted the emphasis from ‘planet’ to ‘people’ and ‘profit’. “The conversation is now geared around how green buildings deliver on social priorities such as employment, productivity and health, and on economic priorities such as return on investment and risk mitigation. “Today, green building is increasingly seen as a business opportunity, with client and market demand, and brand recognition, the dominant forces.”


The masterclass sessions provided attendees with even more food for thought. Discussions centred on the new sustainable products, technologies and materials for developments, as well as the importance of engaging with people and communities.

building’ symptoms. Green Star buildings and fitouts, however, use materials that are low in harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – chemicals known to be harmful to human health, and causing conditions such as asthma.

Site tours took in Melbourne’s green building icons including NAB 700 Bourke Street, Melbourne Brain Centre, Forté apartment building and the University of Melbourne’s Peter Doherty Institute.

“The most important factor that determines whether a material is sustainable is where it has come from. Green Star drives best practice in the procurement and use of sustainable materials, and supports more sustainable practices across entire product supply chains.

Speaking at the Materials Matter masterclass was Jorge Chapa, Executive Director Green Star at the GBCA. Jorge was joined by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) CEO Rupert Posner, Senior Technical Advisor at BlueScope Steel Nicole Sullivan and Director of Edge Environment Jonas Bengtsson.

“I’m inspired by projects such as Lend Lease’s Forte' in Melbourne, Australia’s first timber high-rise building. The 10-storey building was constructed from prefabricated wooden panels made from cross-laminated timber.”

“Sustainable materials are not only better for the environment, but for people too,” Jorge said. “Many buildings feature materials such as carpets, paints and furnishings that emit harmful chemicals and contribute to ‘sick

This innovation reduces the amount of energyintensive materials required for construction, as the multiple timber layers are glued and then pressed giving them structural strength which research suggests is akin to concrete or steel,

Dr. Scott Power, Senior Principle Research Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology

Dr. Adam Bumpus, Lecturer, Assistant Professor, The University of Melbourne


and enabling the building to bear the load of the 10 storeys. “The use of timber also provides long-term capture of carbon so that Forté effectively becomes a ‘carbon sink’. Forté will reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 1,400 tonnes when compared to concrete and steel – the equivalent of removing 345 cars from our roads. Lend Lease estimates that energy reduction strategies at Forte' will decrease residents’ energy bills by around $300 a year.” Jorge adds that Green Star has “helped to drive a shift in the way the industry thinks about sustainable materials”. “Companies are now willing to invest time, money and resources into getting better environmental outcomes. A great example of this is at BHP Billiton’s new fitout at Brookfield Place Perth,” he said. “Just the sheer size and scale of the fitout – which achieved 20 out of a possible 21 points in the Green Star ‘Materials’ category

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– demonstrates why sustainable procurement policies can have a dramatic impact on environmental outcomes. “More than 17,000 individual furniture items were procured, with 96 per cent low in VOCs. The project used 21,500 litres of low-VOC sealants and adhesives and 48,760 litres of low-VOC paint. All wood used in the building is recycled Jarrah from a Western Australian timber mill. In total, $2.24 million in reused and certified timber was sourced. “The size of the project meant suppliers had an incentive to upskill and are now able to deliver compliant materials on projects Australia-wide. The benefit has been a noticeable improvement in supply chains, with Perth benefiting significantly from increased availability.” Romilly Madew said the built environment and its impact on workers and communities was a huge focus at this year’s conference. “All of our CEO speakers were concerned with how the built environment and their businesses would address some of the great looming challenges for people – from an ageing population to resilience in healthcare to achieving greater productivity in office workers,” Romilly said. “It’s clear that the language of science and technology does not change opinion alone – values do. In the breaks, many people agreed that we must start talking about building ‘great places to live’ instead of communicating the technical solutions that reduce carbon emissions. “That’s our next challenge to the industry – put people at the centre of all that you do. And do it fast. “As the SwedishGBC’s Ann-Kristen Karlsson said: ‘It’s too late to walk the talk – we must start running’.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Joining forces to secure the Hunter’s water future When the Hunter Water Corporation embarked on a major upgrade program, they brought together two of the biggest names in the business. In March 2009 Hunter Water Corporation established the Hunter Treatment Alliance with a joint venture between Abigroup and CH2M HILL to undertake a $240 million program of nine Wastewater Treatment Upgrades over a five year period. The Hunter Treatment Alliance is a ground-breaking publicprivate partnership to achieve value for money and share knowledge through a cooperative design, procurement and project delivery group. The Alliance framework is a delivery platform which allows a much greater degree of collaboration between Hunter Water and its design and construction partners than alternative delivery strategies. HTA is structured to enable one team to manage,

undertake design and carry out construction across the whole program of works. This provides a range of efficiencies and allows the lessons learnt from one project to be shared and implemented within the next.

Key staff located in this office includes the program management team, designers, construction personnel, environmental, communication and safety managers and the procurement and commercial teams. There is a high level of integration between

A centralised ‘head office’ was established in Newcastle in 2009 to integrate and co-locate staff from the different alliance partners to facilitate collaboration and d e l i v e r y.



all parties which promotes extensive and effective collaboration across all the projects. The Hunter Treatment Alliance delivery model has proven to be a time and cost effective structure for the delivery of large scale treatment projects. The Hunter Treatment Alliance has recently completed significant upgrades of Hunter Water Wastewater Treatment Works at Branxton, Paxton, Boulder Bay, Burwood Beach, ABF Tower, Toronto, and Shortland. In addition, the Farley upgrade is nearing completion. Hunter Treatment Alliance projects have ranged from $5 Million to $40 Million in value and encompass all aspects of project delivery from planning and community consultation, design, construction, commissioning and project handover. In addition the treatment technologies used to provide the appropriate solutions range from traditional primary treatment to advanced technology including membrane bioreactors, microfiltration, reverse o s m o s i s,


ultraviolet disinfection and odour control systems. A number of innovative programs have set the HTA program apart from common practice. These include innovation in planning, design and construction, SMART (Save Money And Reduce Time) Awards for Innovation, development of Key Performance Indicators, Quality Management Program and strategies used for the selection and management of sub-contractors. The Hunter Treatment Alliance is committed to completing its program of works ‘Incident and Injury Free’. To assist in achieving this goal the organisation introduced an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) program called Think SAFE. Live SAFE. Work SAFE. This philosophy being worked on the Hunter Treatment Alliance has proved our excellence in safety leadership with statistics showing that more than 950,000 hours have been worked on the Program with only a single Lost Time Injury. The Hunter Treatment Alliance has a rigorous structure for managing safety and environmental risks. Risk Assessment meetings are conducted early in project planning to identify and control quantified hazards or risks associated with the construction of projects.

These sessions encourage the identification of unquantifiable hazards, risks or events that may have an impact on the project delivery. The focus of these sessions is not solely about cost and value for money but predominantly to identify and integrate elements relating to Safety, Environmental and Quality performance. The Hunter Treatment Alliance program adopts a process of Construction Work Package (CWP) development. Construction Work Packages provide the strategy for delivery and are required prior to commencement of major construction works. Activities that involve legislated or predetermined high risk activities such as structure construction, cut in or shutdown activities are also included. Construction Work packages include; design references, construction schedules, subcontractor engagement timelines, external permits and licences, Work Method Statement requirements and Process Control Plans (PCP). During the process relevant hold points and accountabilities are assigned. This process ensures a level of consultation and integration of all program disciplines associated with, or required to perform, the activity. For more information contact Hunter Water, phone 1300 657 657, website


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Water Infrastructure and Australian Concrete Repair Group While water may appear to be a benign substance, water treatment plants are in fact very vulnerable to damage by both water and air borne contaminants. Therefore protecting water plant infrastructure is a very important and specialised area that is vital to ensure the longevity of every aspect of a treatment plant. Engaged by the Abigroup (Lend Lease) to work on the Hunter Treatment Alliance (HTA), Australian Concrete Repair Group P/L (ACR Group) are highly specialised in all aspects of concrete restoration, preservation and protection. Utilising their experience and the latest technologies, they have the ability to preserve and protect any type of concrete or masonry based structure.

Based in the Central Coast region of New South Wales, ACR Group provide extensive remedial solutions to a diverse range of industries including Water & Waste Water Infrastructure, Civil Infrastructure, Marine, Mining, Commercial, Industrial and Residential. Within these industries individual projects vary greatly, with ACR Group having worked on everything from multi story residential assignments, through to complex multi-million dollar infrastructure. ACR Group was established in 2008, by directors David Patten and Dean Osborne who have over 40 years of combined experience in the remedial and construction industry – including 16 years with worldwide product manufacturers in technical and advisory roles. For the HTA ACR Group


supplied and installed protective coatings, linings and repair systems to concrete and masonry structures. This included structures such as sewage inlets, grit tanks, clarifiers, chemical bunds and tanks at a number of the plants. These specialised coating are designed to help protect and preserve the structure’s substrate from attack and degradation caused by contaminants. To ensure the success of this type of work it is crucial to correctly perform the remediation and preparation of new and existing substrates, to support the performance characteristics and longevity of the new protective systems. As a result, the company utilised various teams of highly qualified remedial technicians which were engaged on several different projects across the HTA. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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As part of the HTA team, ACR Group came on board to provide their expert resources and quality systems to the project, while overcoming a number of specific challenges. Naturally having any water treatment plant near a populated area out of action is an issue. So careful planning was required to ensure that they could conduct the works without adversely compromising the operational aspects of the plant, or inconveniencing the public. The other challenge was that much of the work needed to be complete in confined spaces with difficult access, with the presence of hazardous substances. However ACR Group have highly skilled, confined space certified crews which specialise in all aspects WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of protective coatings including heavy duty chemical resistant coatings and epoxies, crystal growth formulas, silane treatments, carbon and chloride resistant coatings. Their extensive knowledge and experience enables them to engage in even the most challenging of application types on any size project. Having completed a number of projects for Hunter Water, ACR Group believe that the consultative, team approach adopted by HTA has enabled them to provide a great result. This collaborative effort, combined with their vast industry experience, enabled the company to provide effective solutions and overcome some challenging circumstances. ACR Group provide services to a number of other clients Australia wide, this consists of

critical infrastructure for various local councils and government departments – including the Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains and the Dept of National Parks, Sydney Water, Department of Defence, Sydney Catchment Authority, Department of Commerce and research facilities, such as CSIRO and ANSTO. These projects include concrete remediation work, providing waterproofing and protective coating systems, road and bridge refurbishments, epoxy injection work, crack repair, carbon fibre reinforcement, WWII Heritage Sites and Central Station upgrade. For more information contact the Australian Concrete Repair Group Pty Ltd, 9/7 Teamster Close, Tuggerah, NSW, 2259, phone 02 4355 4881, fax 02 4355 4778, website




No job too tough for Geosurv Specialising in land and construction terrain as well as engineering and resource projects, Geosurv is not afraid to tackle the most challenging projects. “We try to look for the more difficult projects rather than the easy ones,” Geosurv Director Michael Croft explains. “Geosurv has carried out substantial work for the resource and energy sectors. We have completed electrical work, solar farms and a number of wastewater projects, often working in remote areas.” Given its extensive experience in the engineering and resources sector, undertaking projects within the Hunter Treatment Alliance for Lend Lease and Hunter Water was a natural fit. Geoserv did anything from design detail right through to construction, including completing a couple of projects from start to finish. “It was important to achieve all the standards set out by Lend Lease and Hunter Water on the projects,” Michael said. “This includes safety, which is paramount to Geosurv on all sites.” Geosurv worked on the Boulder Bay Wastewater Treatment Works, Farley Wastewater Treatment Works, Toronto Wastewater Treatment Works, Branxton Wastewater Treatment Works, Shortland Wastewater Treatment Works, Paxton Wastewater Treatment Works and Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works. “On all these jobs we had full time surveyors. All of our surveyors have five-plus years’ experience and all are either TAFE or University graduates,” Michael said. “Quality of work and looking after our clients is important, as is making sure everything on a project is running effectively and on time.” The company employs more than 30 staff, ranging from directors to registered surveyors to engineers, senior drafters and project surveyors. Geosurv is also ISO 9001 accredited. Geosurv has just completed work on the Adelaide Oval for Lend Lease and is currently working on the new Australian Federal Police forensic facility for Cockram Constructions, a Defence Housing Australia development for Grindley Constructions and a project at the University of Newcastle for John Holland.

For more information contact Michael Croft, PO Box R1670, Royal Exchange NSW 1225, phone 1300 554 675, fax: 1300 859 564, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


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World-class technology delivers unique solution

As Australasia’s leading manufacturer of engineered composite materials, RPC has been supplying GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) composite products for over 40 years.

GRP cover with a 30 metre diameter, this very large cover was designed and produced in 45 ‘pie slice’ segments. The segments were assembled at ground level and lifted into place with a 400 tonne crane. This method effectively reduced the OHS risks of tradesmen to working at significant heights and when completed the cover was lifted into its final position as a sub-assembly.

During this time, RPC has successfully utilised the world’s best composite technologies to deliver tailored project solutions to a diverse range of sectors including Defence, Infrastructure, Environment, Pipe Systems, Resources, Energy, Transport, Water and Waste Water Treatment.

The unique challenge for RPC was to produce such a large cover that was also self-supporting. RPC Sydney and Broadmeadow engineers worked closely with Abigroup and CH2M Hill to find a workable design solution, before the cover was manufactured at RPC’s Batam Island manufacturing facility in Indonesia.

As part of the HTA, RPC’s Infrastructure and Environment business was awarded a total of seven contracts, with a total value approaching $3 million. The contracts were spread across a number of Waste Water Treatment Plants with two contracts each for Boulder Bay and Burwood Beach, and one each for Shortland, Branxton and Toronto. The first contract was awarded in May 2010 and as a result of the projects, RPC increased the workforce at its local Broadmeadow facility.

The project management, installation support and construction teams were supplied by the RPC Broadmeadow office in Newcastle.

It’s a logical fit that RPC Technologies should be involved in the very significant works being carried out under the Hunter Treatment Alliance (HTA) banner.

At the Toronto, Shortland and Branxton plants, RPC was contracted to produce odour control covers and ducting using corrosion resistant GRP. A critical success factor in producing the flat odour control covers was RPC’s early engagement. Having the design and engineering completed quickly, meant that the installation of the cover support beams could be incorporated into the civil works. This was an important efficiency and timing factor, which allowed the civil contractor to install the concrete beams in advance. At the Burwood Beach Water Treatment Plant, the experience of the RPC designers and engineers came into its own. Here the company was charged with the responsibility of providing a replacement circular tank cover for the ABF (Activated Bio-Filter) Tower. This required the manufacture of a tailor-made, self-supporting segmented WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The pie segments were manufactured at RPC’s fully-owned facility at Batam Island in Indonesia. This state-of-the-art facility is recognised for the supply of high quality filament wound pipes and hand lay up GRP covers. It has been quality accredited since 1996 and employs a number of Australians, including the Plant Manager Darren Bishop an ex-Broadmeadow employee and Newcastle local. RPC are widely recognised for their unique ability to blend innovative technology with advanced composite materials, complemented by a willingness to work closely with each client to find the optimum solution. Their professional engineering, on time delivery and the quality of their execution, are all a tribute to the commitment of their workforce which is in excess of 500 people across 3 countries. RPC congratulate Abigroup and CH2M HILL on the successful completion of the HTA and look forward to future collaboration. For more information contact RPC Technologies Pty Ltd, 24 Powers Road, Seven Hills, 2147 NSW, phone 02 9624 9800, email, website


Growing through innovation When the Hunter Treatment Alliance (HTA) set about upgrading a number of plants in the Hunter region, they called on the services of one of Australia’s largest vegetation management companies. Active Tree Services has a mobile Australiawide workforce of over 600 people and an annual revenue of over $100 million. In addition, they have the scale, expertise and technological capability to operate in both urban and rural environments. For the regional HTA project, the company was engaged by Abigroup to help facilitate the upgrade of the water treatment plants at Merewether and Branxton. The two very different jobs were a testament to the fact that no job is too big or too small for this team of professionals. The smaller job at the Merewether site, involved the removal of trees and vegetation along a roadway leading into the plant to provide a better line of sight. Further vegetation was removed from around the plant to improve access for the construction teams to come. In contrast, the task at the Branxton Waste Water Treatment Works required the skills of a specialist team of arborists. Charged with the delicate and high risk job of removing 40 very large Flooded gum trees, an experienced team of ten people was put together. The job required the services of three climbing arborists, two large truck and chipper combinations and a two 30 tonne cranes. The trees were located near significant infrastructure assets, so they couldn’t be clear felled and because of their size they had to instead be carefully dismantled over several days. Active Tree Services used their expertise to remove the trees in a safe and incident free manner, making way for the further expansion of the plant. While water utilities can present particular challenges for vegetation management, Active Tree Services can draw on over 35 years of experience to provide clients with safe, reliable and cost-effective solutions. Today the company continues to drive innovation in the industry, while servicing the needs of local councils,

power utilities, road and rail authorities, civil contractors, community organisations and asset managers. Plus with branches across Australia they have a thorough understanding of local issues and environmental factors, as well as individual customer needs. The combination of highly trained staff and an extensive fleet of specialist equipment located in every state, has seen the company become a serious player in the civil sector which is a rapidly growing area for the business. The company is also a leading player in both the commercial and construction industries. Over recent years the company has invested heavily in plant and equipment that is compliant to current NSW civil specifications, including cranes, excavators and specialised forestry equipment. This, along with the company’s reputation for meeting best work practices, has seen Active Tree Services become a preferrer supplier to councils, utilities and energy authorities around the country. In addition to providing one-off services, the company conducts ongoing cyclic vegetation management and they can also provide a rapid response to emergency situations, such as natural disasters. Active Tree Services is currently working on a number of high profile projects, including Sydney’s M2 upgrade and M5 west widening project. They are heavily involved in the South West Rail Link project and the inner west light rail, for the John Holland Group, which will extend from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. The company has also started early works on the North West Rail Link for Baulderstone and will be tendering for the major works.

For more information contact Active Tree Services, 77 Bassett Street Mona Vale NSW, phone 02 9997 4422, fax 02 9997 6788, email, website







Cutting edge monitoring and technology The Hunter Treatment Alliance upgrades incorporate state-of-the-art water monitoring and control solutions supplied by Royce Water Technologies. When embarking on this major regional water infrastructure project, the Hunter Treatment Alliance (HTA) was looking for long-term partners that are also leaders in their field. As a privately owned and independent company, Royce Water Technologies (RWT) fitted the bill perfectly. For almost 10 years, RWT has been a highly respected local and global supplier of high quality monitoring and control instrumentation and sensors specifically designed for a diverse range of applications. In particular, RWT are known for supplying water and wastewater technologies including Online Analytical Instrumentation to accurately measure parameters in water and wastewater, and Sonication of wastewater sludge to improve the denitrification process in wastewater plants. As part of the Hunter upgrades, the company was engaged to supply specialised equipment for the waste water treatment plants at Burwood Beach, Branxton, Paxton, Boulder Bay, Farley and Toronto. The relationship between the HTA and RWT goes back five years, when HTA conducted their own tests with RWT equipment at their Toronto plant. Exhaustive investigations determined that RWT offered the most accurate and reliable systems for


the project, leading to their equipment being specified for a number of the plants. For the HTA needs, RWT supplied and commissioned Online Dissolved Oxygen Analysers and Online Nutrient Analysers. This essential equipment tests the microbiology of the water to ensure optimum operation and to ensure that the water meets critical standards before it is discharged from the plants. The main components that are measured include ammonia, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), nitrate, chlorine, ortho-phosphate and turbidity. With very accurate sensors, the RWT systems monitor and control these components to exacting standards. In fact, the company worked in collaboration with HTA engineers to trial their systems for up to nine months before delivering a tailored solution. The end products supplied by RWT were carefully selected to provide reliable and accurate operation, while at the same time reducing on-going operating costs and minimising maintenance. RWT has also been contracted to supply ongoing maintenance and support to these plants in the years to come. Over the years, RWT has nurtured strong partnerships with specialist companies overseas, in the USA, United Kingdom and Germany, working closely with them to offer local organisations access to the very latest cutting edge technology from around the world.

For example, RWT has recently introduced into the Australian marketplace revolutionary 2nd Generation ATP Testing. These test kits, which are exclusive to RWT in Australia, provide critical information on the total living microbiology in a plant’s process, collection and distribution system that is rapid, accurate, complete and quantitative. The ability to measure this information in only a few minutes allows users to save valuable time, help better manage risk and reduce operational costs. With RWT’s Online Analytical Instruments being used by almost 100 water and wastewater plants in NSW alone, the company is currently involved in minor as well as major upgrade projects. They are also involved in a Sonication Pilot Plant project at Maroochydore in Queensland. Plus they are working with a number of wastewater plants that are already using the 2nd Generation ATP Technology to help reduce their energy consumption. While their head office is located in Brisbane, RWT service the entire country via offices in Sydney and Melbourne, and distributors in West Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. For more information contact Royce Water Technologies, PO Box 377, Narrabeen, NSW 2101, phone 0408 079 073, email, website




Finding the right chemical storage solution While water treatment plants and water storage tanks go hand in hand, it’s clear that not all tanks are created equal. Just ask the experts at Chemstore. This family owned, proudly Australian company has been producing a diverse range of premium quality storage tanks for over 40 years. Today Chemstore specialises in manufacturing fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks, FRP underground tanks, FRP pipe and ducting, fusion bonded epoxy steel panel tanks and glass fused steel panel tanks. As a supplier to Hunter Water for over 25 years, Chemstore has worked with the organisation from their Sydney, and more recently, their Parkes office. As part of the Hunter Treatment Alliance (HTA), Chemstore were engaged to engineer, manufacture and deliver a range of different sized FRP chemical storage tanks. The tanks were commissioned for the Branxton, Mayfield and Shortland plants, as part of the overall infrastructure upgrades, to store a variety of chemicals used in the water treatment process. Each tank was carefully tailor-made for its specific use with the company’s engineers and tank specialists working together to expertly select the resin composite materials used in the manufacture of each tank. This process is essential to align the material used, to the specific chemical being held in each tank. The wide range of chemicals being stored include, among others, Sodium Hypochlorite, Aqueous Ammonia and Caustic Soda. Customised resin selection, individually engineered vessel design and in-house drafting services are just some of the unique benefits of a Chemstore manufactured FRP tank. In total, Chemstore supplied over ten tanks to the HTA ranging in size from 2 kilolitres to 30 kilolitres. The design process was a collaborative effort involving Chemstore’s in-house composite engineers and engineers from the Abigroup, to ensure the tanks met the project’s very exacting requirements. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Once the specifications were agreed upon, Chemstore set about producing the tanks at their state-of-the-art facility. The Parkes factory includes over 6000m² of manufacturing area, a complete testing facility and some of the world’s best technology and equipment. The tanks for the HTA were produced using a chop hoop filament wound process. This combination of high hoop strength provided by filament winding and the multi directional strength of chopped strand laminate, results in superior lateral strength, highly robust and superior products. Once completed the tanks were put through their paces by professionals at Chemstore’s full scope testing facility. The company is fully committed to updating, maintaining and improving their Quality Management activities to enhance the performance and life span of all products. Every product has a full quality check, signed off by their Quality Management team in accordance with a strict Quality Management System Accredited to ISO9001: 2008. In addition, all tanks manufactured by Chemstore are fully designed in accordance with Australian, British or American standards. The company has been involved in the HTA project for some 18 months, producing each tank to meet the very precise project deadlines and to ensure the work on site could continue on schedule. Once the tanks were manufactured in Parkes, a specialist Chemstore team supervised the safe transport and delivery to each site. The company takes great pride in all of its work and was very proud to be involved with such a high profile project for the Hunter region. At present Chemstore is currently working on a number of other projects for APLNG, QGC Northern Water Treatment Plant, Ulan Coal and the Rio Tinto Yandi Sustainable Project. For more information contact Chemstore Group, 19-21 Clarke Street, Parkes, NSW 2870, phone 02 6862 4866 or 1300 139 971, fax 02 6863 5766, email, website


FINDING REAL SOLUTIONS Family owned and operated, engineering business Brent & Warburton has been operating in Newcastle and the Hunter for over 100 years. General manager Darcy Currey said it was the company’s strong focus on customer service that saw the team continue to work with many customers for decades. “We have been involved with some major companies such as Hunter Water since the beginning of our operation and pride ourselves on continuing to maintain this valuable business relationship,” he said. “Brent & Warburton were originally located in Newcastle’s CBD followed by Broadmeadow. “Our current location in Tomago is well located between the Pacific Highway and Newcastle Airport and provides convenient access to the whole of the Newcastle and Hunter Region. “Steady growth over many years has required that we move to larger workshops with more capabilities and we now boast six over head cranes, seven CNC lathes, five CNC mills as well as many manual machines, fabrication and fitting facilities and onsite fitting capabilities. 124 NSW PROJECT FEATURE HUNTER WATER TREATMENT

“Our company specialises in providing fast turn around manufacturing, fitting and fabrication services through our 35 experienced and knowledgeable staff members.” Being a part of the company’s fourth generation of management, Darcy understands the importance of providing versatility and up to date quality assistance through its manufacturing and fitting services to businesses in the surrounding region as well as further afield. Brent & Warburton’s manufacturing services include turning, milling and boring. Working mostly with metals from a pocket sized work piece up to two metres by 10 metres the CNC and manual machines provide the flexibility to meet clients’ needs. For the Hunter Water Treatment Project the company specialises in fitting services, removing, repairing, and reinstalling water and sewage pumps and other water treatment equipment. With machining and fabrication facilities, almost all repair and overhaul work is performed at our workshop. “We are all about finding real solutions for our clients and our extensive history shows that we have been showing our exceptional skills for many years and look forward to continuing this tradition into the future.” For more information contact Brent & Warburton, 5 McIntyre Rd, Tomago, NSW 2322, phone 02 4964 8600, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

leader through continued development and innovation guaranteeing high performance even under difficult process conditions but most importantly reducing ongoing costs. On the Hunter Water Project VEGA showcased various sensor technologies for continuous level and pressure measurement including: ultrasonic; radar; hydrostatic and; pressure with their patented ‘CERTEC’ ceramic capacitive measurement cell used on applications such as inlet & outlet channel flume flow, as well as chemical storage tank, pumping station wet well, settling pond and aeration tank levels.

A LEVEL ABOVE THE REST “All of our clients know that at VEGA Australia we have the backing of over 54 years of experience from the world leading supplier of level, pressure and density instrumentation and for the past 26 years have been active in the Australian market and have grown from strength to strength”, said Tony Scarborough, NSW Business Development Manager. VEGA has a global presence with offices also located across Europe, North & South America, Africa, and Asia and always has the one basic objective that is, to set the standard and remain a technology WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Its projects such as these that allow VEGA to not only demonstrate best in class technology but to also better understand the needs of an ever changing market. “We continue to be an integral part of many water and wastewater projects and plants throughout Australia because our sensors work both accurately and reliably in many difficult and challenging environments. Our ability and success is also seen in industries such as mining, bulk handling, power generation, petrochemical, chemical and food & beverage“, says Tony.

For more information contact VEGA Australia Pty Ltd, 398 The Boulevarde, Kirrawee 2232, phone 02 9542 6662, fax 02 95426665 website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HUNTER WATER TREATMENT 125

Group provides solutions to keep customers moving forward Trivantage is a national provider of comprehensive and innovative electrical and specialist low and medium voltage solutions. With a truly national network, decades of experience and a superior team of people, this is a company that has the power to perform. Trivantage’s specialist teams operate in every state, offering a diverse range of services to an expanding number of business sectors. This can be seen clearly through the New South Wales operated division SJ Electric Group. SJ Electric Group senior manager –water Chris Holmes said with all divisions of Trivantage, the group was all about people, professionalism, products, project management and performance. “This clearly adds up to reliability and satisfied clients and given the magnitude of many of our projects this is vital,” he said. “On projects such as the Hunter Water Treatment Project, SJ Electric Group brought together the expertise of some of Australia’s most experienced and respected electrical specialists to manufacture and install the motor control centres and electric panels.”

into the future so there is no room for error and this is where the over 40 years experience of the SJ Electric Group comes in.” SJ Electric Group has worked on a number of other significant projects in New South wales including the State Water Dam Upgrade, Mount Arthur Coal, Wallerawang and Shoalhaven WWTP. “These projects highlight the adaptability of our team that they are able to work on such a wide range of undertakings.” With particular expertise in commercial and industrial environments, electrical engineering, contracting and switchboard manufacturing, SJ Electric Group understands how critical electrical and control services are to continuity of business trading and productivity. “We respond with well-engineered solutions and timely service that keep the doors open, processes in-train and systems online.”

“This project allowed us to provide quality electrical and control solutions for the water industry which is something that we have the experience and knowledge to do well.” “On projects such as this you are dealing with a valuable and essential service and plants that need to operate reliably and sustainably well 126 NSW PROJECT FEATURE HUNTER WATER TREATMENT

For more information contact SJ Electric Group NSW, 14A Lidco Street, Arndell Park, NSW 2148, phone 02 9672 0400 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

A name synonymous with Hunter Water Perfab Engineering has used their multi-disciplined approach to complete countless projects for Hunter Water. Since 1989, Perfab Engineering has been the first choice of many high profile businesses in both the Newcastle region, and right across the country. The company’s business covers three main areas - stainless steel fabrication, carbon steel fabrication and field services. For over 20 years they have forged a strong relationship with Hunter Water, while demonstrating their expertise in design, manufacture, installation, maintenance and project management. During this time they have provided premium products and services to assist Hunter Water with the ongoing maintenance of their existing infrastructure. As part of the Hunter Treatment Alliance the company was contracted to complete stainless steel pipe work fabrication and to provide a range of aluminum platforms, walkways, stairs and handrails. This large project began some three years ago, with Perfab providing their products progressively as the Burwood Beach, Boulder Bay, Shortland and Farley water treatment plants were upgraded.


Tailor made for each installation at their Tomago manufacturing facilities, all of the products were carefully designed to deliver optimum, long-term performance and to help increase the capacity of the treatment plants. Drawing on their many years of experience, the diverse and multi skilled Perfab team are committed to working with customers to plan, design and produce the highest quality workmanship. All while meeting the most rigorous Australian and International quality standards. While Perfab is one of the largest stainless steel fabricators in Newcastle, they regularly receive repeat business from all over Australia including the Pilbara region, Kalgoorlie and the Northern Territory. Perfab are currently working on a number of large projects including the Aplng Origin project in Queensland, stainless steel tanks for Ulan Coal and Orica’s Kooragang Island facility. For more information contact Perfab Engineering, 18 Martin Drive, Tomago, NSW 2322, phone 02 4964 0500, fax 02 4964 8410, email, website





Keeping the work flowing After 25 years in the business, there’s not much that PJS Plumbing can’t handle. As professional plumbers and gasfitters, the company is experienced in working on commercial and industrial construction projects, along with small to medium civil works within the Newcastle region. As part of the Hunter Treatment Alliance, PJS Plumbing was responsible for setting up temporary compounds at a number of the water treatment plants. This involved supplying tanks and other infrastructure, to bypass the permanent plants that were being upgraded. As a result, the renovation work could be undertaken without any disruption to the region’s water supply. The highly qualified team has a reputation for finding solutions to even the most challenging circumstances and as licensed plumbers they can offer customers a complete solution. Other projects the company is involved in include Eraring Power Station, Cardiff Railway Station and the connection of services to the Newcastle Water trunk main. For more information contact PJS Plumbing, 24 Newton St, Broadmeadow NSW 2292, phone 02 4957 0203, fax 02 4952 1634, email 128 NSW PROJECT FEATURE HUNTER WATER TREATMENT


Personalised pump solutions When the Hunter Treatment Alliance needed to source pumps for significant upgrades to the Boulder Bay and Farley Waste Water Treatment Works, they turned to a tried and trusted supplier. For 60 years Pomona Pumps have been in the business of designing and manufacturing a diverse range of both standard and tailor-made pump solutions. This proudly Australian owned company, is committed to delivering the best possible pumping solution for each very individual application. The result is a professional solution guaranteeing that each pump is correctly engineered for optimum, long-lasting performance. The effluent pumps required for the Boulder Bay and Farley upgrades were designed and manufactured in the company’s state-of-the-art Melbourne factory to their engineer’s exacting standards. Here Pomona Pumps also has a fully endorsed pump test facility that ensures every pump produced meets with quoted duties. While the company stocks a small range of standard pumps, their expertise lies in using their vast knowledge to produce pumps that are built to suit the installation. Pomona Pumps have craved a niche for themselves supplying pumps for both standard and complex installations located right around Australia. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Being a small company, Pomona Pumps pride themselves on knowing every job intimately, so they can provide a unique level of post-installation service. Plus with all of the pumps manufactured locally, they can facilitate repairs and supply spare parts quickly. This back up service, is complemented by the company’s team of skilled professionals who can see the job right through to installation. The company’s flexibility also means that pumps can be delivered fully assembled, so they can simply be dropped into place. With their commitment to delivering sound advice, quality workmanship and innovative solutions, Pomona Pumps have a loyal list of repeat clients who can testify to the company’s philosophy to be there for the long run. For more information contact Pomona Pumps Pty Ltd, 14 Jesmond Road, Croydon, Victoria 3136,
phone 03 9722 8888, fax 03 9722 8899, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE HUNTER WATER TREATMENT 129

MAGNIFICENT VIEWS, REMARKABLE DEVELOPMENT Pacific Place development Era revolutionises contemporary living and condenses the best available technologies to achieve 294 luxury units Pacific Place Era / Mirvac Group



Left The Pacific Place Era constructed by Mirvac Group at Chatswood in Sydney, New South Whales.

Standing on the roof of “Era” in Pacific Place, towering above all the surrounding buildings, one can see the city of Sydney, the landmark Harbour Bridge, then beyond to the Pacific Ocean. Looking down one realises the building is just a stone’s throw from the railway station and the centre of Chatswood. When completed in February 2014, ‘Era’ was the highest building in Chatswood and the second highest residential floor space outside the Sydney CBD. Construction on ‘Era’ began in July 2011. The construction cost of the project is $160m and the end project value $320m. “3.5 months from receiving development approval, we had shovels in the ground and had sold over 90% of stock,” said a spokesperson from Mirvac. ‘Era’ is the 5th and last building in Mirvac’s Pacific Place Project in Chatswood. One of the major difficulties that Mirvac overcame was building ‘Era’ over and adjacent to the railway. This involved forward planning. Mirvac built a tunnel over the railway adjacent to ‘Era’ after extensive consultation with Rail Corporation NSW in 2001, the year construction of the first building in the Pacific Place project was underway. ‘Era’ consists of 7 levels of basement car park with a total of 332 car spaces, 5 commercial levels with a double glazed curtain wall façade and 37 residential levels consisting of precast concrete panels and glazed balconies. The ground floor has 2


shops and 2 lobbies, one for the residential tower and one for the office suites. Above this, there are 4 levels of commercial space containing 50 small ‘A Grade’ office suites. The residential levels contain 294 apartments. The building is serviced by 4 high speed lifts. Amenities for residents will include a large heated swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, BBQ area. There will also be a private landscaped garden on top of the railway tunnel integrating the landscaping with the rest of the Pacific Place precinct. A public park will also be built adjacent to Railway Street. Of particular interest, is that ‘Era’ is one of the first buildings in Chatswood to have a high speed internet provision (NBN) to all apartments and office suites. The architects, Mirvac Design and the builders Mirvac Group came together early in the design process so that economies in construction time could be incorporated into the building design. Each floor of prestressed concrete is constructed to a 4 day cycle, made possible by quick setting concrete, modular formwork and the precast panels of the floor below. The hoist position was carefully considered and an internal lift was commissioned early, so that workmen working on the upper levels could be transported independently of those completing the office suites and apartments on lower levels. Mirvac has taken an innovative approach to the design of precast panels by having

the panel manufacturer install the windows. The precast panels then come to site with windows in place. This is a huge advantage in a very high building with 1200 precast panels. Mirvac overcame the challenge of providing a mix of apartment size by designing 3 residential zones which are articulated on the facades. The lowest and the immediate zones consist mainly of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, and the top zone consists of 3 bedroom apartments with upgraded appliances and luxurious finishes. Living areas are orientated to maximise sunlight and views. Particular attention was given to the reduction of sound transmission. Walls between apartments comprise advanced Hebel construction, with insulation and plasterboard supported on framing to provide additional acoustic separation. Windows have acoustic seals and where necessary, services such as plumbing pipes will be wrapped in sound absorbing material while ceilings were individually, acoustically designed. “Mirvac describes itself as “one of the leading brands in the Australian residential development industry” with “a proven track record of delivering innovative and quality products”. For more information contact Mirvac Group, Level 26, 60 Margaret Street Sydney 2000, phone 02 9080 8000,




Left Raines Carpets Pty Ltd supplied and installed all the carpets in the Pacific Place Era.

Raines Carpets Pty Ltd is the supplier and installer of carpet to the apartments, lobbies and commercial areas at ‘Era’ Pacific Place. The company specializes in all aspects of flooring works in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Founded by the Raines family, the company commenced operations in 1980 and has 35 employees. Raines Carpets can provide a complete flooring solution which includes initial design, procurement, complete project management, supply, installation and maintenance. The company can assist clients to satisfy all approval and documentation requirements to meet applicable Australian Standards and Building Codes. “In the Pacific Place project, Raines Carpets exceeded the client’s programme schedule,’ says David Raines, the Executive Director. “ Our core values are, integrity, win-win strategic partnerships, making a positive difference and exceeding our clients expectations. Professional project management is a core component of the service package Raines Carpets provides.” Raines Carpets Commercial Division operates out of a modern, purpose designed facility in the Sydney suburb of Banksmeadow, which is furnished with modern cutting machinery and IT applications to ensure consistency. Their state of the art IT estimating and cutting applications ensure that all team members involved in the project are kept up to date as the project progresses.


measuring the quality of the completed project. This process requires the Raines Carpets representative and the client to inspect, approve and sign off on the quality of the completed project. This procedure also provides the client with the opportunity to provide feedback on the finished product and service. Raines Carpets can supply and install carpet to projects nation wide. The company’s installers are proficient in a broad range of flooring installation methods including conventional carpet, direct stick carpet, dual bond carpet, Axminster, carpet tiles, vinyl and timber. Raines Carpets is experienced in custom made carpets and rugs and carpet repairs. Some of the large residential projects Raines Carpets have successfully completed in 2013, in NSW include ‘The Gantry’ project, consisting of 225 apartments in Camperdown for Parkview Constructions and the 275 apartments at Wentworth Point Marina for Billbergia Constructions. Large residential projects Raines Carpets have successfully completed in 2014 in the ACT includes the 40 apartment ‘Habitat’ in Braddon, and the 240 apartment ‘Sentinel’ in Belconnen, for Morris Construction Pty Ltd. Some of Raines Carpets commercial projects include 143 Turbot Street, Brisbane an office building refurbishment for Greenday Construction Pty Ltd and the Virgin Australia Lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Cairns for Built (NSW) Pty Ltd. As well as Telstra’s offices in Canberra, ACT.

The majority of their installers are employees. Raines Carpets have made this investment to ensure quality control throughout all projects.

Raines Carpets prides itself on being both “skilled and capable”.

Raines Carpets has a site survey and signoff process in place. The site survey process is designed to assist them in obtaining high quality site information, thereby minimising the need for rework, and to provide better quality information to ensure the best service each time. The site sign-off procedure assists them in

For more information contact Raines Carpets Pty Ltd, Head Office and Commercial Showroom, Unit 8, 3 Exell St, Banksmeadow NSW 2019 Australia, phone 02 9316 8030, fax 02 9666-6170, mobile 0404 555 540, email, NSW PROJECT FEATURE PACIFIC PLACE - ERA 133

Below Opus International Consultants designed and documented the engineering to the eastern and western sides of Pacific Place Era.

Opus International Consultants provided the structural engineering design and documentation on Mirvac’s latest high rise development on Sydney’s North Shore, the 49 storey Era, in the heart of Chatswood’s retail and commercial district. The $160m development is a spectacular design statement containing 295 residential units, 4 levels of commercial space, ground level retail space, and 7 levels of basement car park. A swimming pool and gym are also among the facilities included on Era’s commercial levels. The Opus team, led by Principal Structural Engineer, Don Le-Huu, also designed and documented the shoring along both eastern and western sides of the property, adjacent to the railway, and also provided supervision services during construction. The basement covers the entire site between the street boundaries and the adjoining Railway Enclosure Structure so this was a particularly critical stage of the design. One of the key challenges of the project overcome by Opus was the difficult task of aligning the vertical elements through 49 floors. “It’s a tricky exercise to get a column grid to align through all the different floor layouts to avoid transfer structures, but we managed to achieve it,” says Don Le-Huu. Opus used Revit drafting software to simplify the complexity of the project and identify service clashes before

The other key challenge for the design team on this project was the break up of the pouring of the floor slabs. During the construction phase, the client opted to break up the pouring of each floor slab into multiple pours in order to achieve maximum design efficiency. To accommodate the client’s decision to break up the pours for each floor, the Opus team was flexible enough to provide the further analysis necessary to determine a structurally feasible break up of the slab pours, even once the project was well into the construction phase.

construction began. “Revit has revolutionised the way infrastructure projects are designed,” says Mike Skeggs, Opus’ Sydney Business Manager. “There are significant time savings to be gained by utilising this technology. By utilising Revit’s features, we can identify conflicts between services at the early stages of design far more quickly and it has allowed us to create a more efficient, streamlined design process.” 134 NSW PROJECT FEATURE PACIFIC PLACE - ERA

The end result was a lean, efficient structural design for the project, achieved as a result of the detailed analysis and re-analysis of the design elements. Opus provided detailed design and finite element analysis including post-tension analysis and this ensured that the client’s stringent deflection parameters were incorporated early in the design process, enhancing Opus’ ability to meet the client’s timelines. For more information contact Opus International Consultants, Consulting Engineers, Level 13, Tower 2, 475 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067, phone 02 9325 5600, fax 02 9904 6777, email, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Interior Marble Pty Ltd manufactured and installed Caesarstone® and Fasa stone within the Pacific Place Era.

Gleaming white kitchen bench tops and breakfast bars, complimenting white cupboards, beautifully finish the kitchens in the completed 1 and 2 and 3 bedroom apartments on the lower residential floors at “Era” Pacific Place. Vanity bench tops made of engineered stone compliment the tiles, fixtures and fittings to create a harmonious look for the bathrooms. Interior Marble Pty Ltd. manufactured and installed the engineered stone vanity and kitchen bench tops for “Era” Pacific Place using Caesarstone® and Fasa stone. The company which has been in business for 25 years specialises in stone vanity and kitchen bench tops, fireplaces, fountains in stone, stone cladding and sandstone projects for residential and commercial projects. All Interior Marble’s 20 employees have worked on the “Era” project either on manufacture in their plant at Silverwater, or on installation on site. Interior Marble recently purchased a new CNC Bridge Saw from Italy. This large piece of equipment allows them to precisely programme every cut on their stone slabs. The new equipment has increased their efficiency to produce good quality workmanship. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Our speed, efficiency and the quality of work that was produced on the “Era” project we see as an achievement for Interior Marble,” said a spokesperson for the company. Interior Marble is currently working on manufacturing and installing vanity and kitchen bench tops in Mirvac’s Pinnacle Apartments at Rhodes. Other current projects include work at Freehills in Castlereagh Street, and No. 8 Chifley Square in Sydney. Interior Marble manufactured and installed the solid, round, stone columns at Westfield East Gardens. The company is also working on the manufacture of stone for the external works at Canberra Airport.

For more information contact Interior Marble Pty Ltd, 6 – 8 Churchill Street. Silverwater NSW 2128, phone 02 9748 0077, mobile 0414 690 299, fax 02 9748 0088, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE PACIFIC PLACE - ERA 135

Below Douglas Partners supplied specialist geotechnical consulting for each stage throughout the Pacific Place Era construction.

Douglas Partners has worked closely with Mirvac Constructions as a specialist geotechnical consultant for each stage of the Pacific Place development in Chatswood since the 1990s. This development precinct has included several high rise buildings with deep basement excavations predominantly through Ashfield Shale. Ashfield Shale presents challenges for the design and construction of shoring. It can be highly fractured, unpredictable and have random, discontinuous jointing and major through-going faults. Bulk excavation for the final building (Era) was completed in 2012. It included a seven level basement excavation directly adjacent to the railway line and excavation directly adjacent to pad footings for the neighboring high rise building. Douglas Partners carried out geotechnical investigations and designed the anchor support for the various shoring systems. To satisfy RailCorp requirements, Douglas Partners carried out fulltime supervision of the excavation and shoring construction for about 8 months. Due to space and access constraints, the shoring included anchored shotcrete panel walls constructed in stages below the railway line and the northern boundary adjacent to the high rise building. Excavation below the pad footings for the adjacent high rise building was also 136 NSW PROJECT FEATURE PACIFIC PLACE - ERA

staged to allow progressive installation of permanent anchors below the footings. Anchored bored soldier pile walls were used adjacent to the roads. All anchors extending below the railway corridor were designed and installed as permanent anchors (design life of 100 years) for which ongoing monitoring is required. Douglas Partners experience with deep basement excavations in the Chatswood area provided a detailed understanding of the design and construction issues associated with a major excavation in proximity to critical infrastructure. Douglas Partners expertise and presence on site during excavation meant that adversely inclined joints and wedges of rock were identified at critical stages and able to be refined and the shoring design, sequencing, and installation of additional rock bolts was effectively carried out. This reduced the risk of unacceptable movement. The excavation was completed successfully with shoring wall movements maintained within expected limits and no adverse impacts to surrounding infrastructure and buildings. For more information contact Douglas Partners, 96 Hermitage Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114, phone 02 9809 0666, email marketing@, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

• Engineered Balustrades 3.5km of custom laminate over 42 levels. • Structural Steel L43 Plantroom over 2 days (60t) • Miscellaneous METALWORK Basement carpark over 7 levels. Public plazas and railway enclosure structures.


Below Webb Australia Group provided electrical consults for the Pacific Place Era.

“We have had great success with design and supervision of many premium apartment and private residence projects” says Director Marc Pirozzi. The company provided electrical consultancy services for the ‘Era’ Pacific Place project. Webb Australia Group is a multi-discipline engineering consultancy which opened its doors in Sydney over 40 years ago. It now has other offices in Brisbane, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle and the Sunshine Coast, as well as an overseas office in Doha. From its beginnings as an electrical engineering consultancy, the company has expanded to include specialist lighting, mechanical, security, communications and audio visual consultancy services.

Top Ryde City Apartments and Rhodes Waterside Precinct. Webb Australia Group has worked on many Sydney commercial projects such as Westpac Place, 200, 388 and 400 George Street and Commonwealth Bank Martin Place. The company has also provided consultancy services for government projects throughout Australia.

Ivan Pena, Senior Electrical Engineer responsible for the design delivery says “‘Era’ was one of the first buildings in Chatswood to have high speed NBN internet connection”. As well as being the electrical consultant, Webb Australia Group was instrumental in the provision of NBN connections for all apartments and office suites. The company also designed the Ausgrid substation for the project. Other residential apartment projects Webb Australia Group has been consultants for include Harold Park Precinct, the upcoming Green Square Precinct,

“We take pride in our ability to deliver infrastructure and building engineering solutions utilising our extensive experience gained from over 40 years in the industry” says Director Marc Pirozzi.


Webb Australia Group is one of the few consulting engineering companies that offer a ‘design only’ Electrical Supply Authority L3ASP service. This allows the company to independently design modifications and/or new incoming power supply arrangements and covers such things as substations, HV/LV network and public domain street lighting.

For more information contact Webb Australia Group Consulting Engineers, Level 4, 828 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072, phone 02 9418 1444, fax 02 9418 1191, email, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below AGP developed a new frameless glass louvre system for the Pacific Place Era.

The AGP Centaline operable glass louvre system is the newest glass louvre product from AGP Pty Limited and was developed in conjunction with Mirvac specifically for Era Apartments. AGP has an extensive track record of operable faรงade systems on Mirvac apartment developments, including its motorised metal lift up louvres panels for the Walsh Bay Pier 6/7, Saunders Wharf and Leighton Beach, as well as its Fineline operable glass louvres which have been used at Ephraim Island and Royal Newcastle. At Era, Zac Hart and his team from Mirvac needed a simple yet elegant frameless glass louvre system which could be manually operated by the apartment owners to provide natural ventilation and striking views in pleasant weather, along with good protection from wind and rain during inclement weather. The AGP Centaline Series is a centre-pivoted louvre system that uses polycarbonate louvre arms with an external linkage mechanism. This allows the louvres to be manually operated and the system can be installed off any type of mullion framing system. Large glass louvre WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

spans of up to 1500mm was achieved using 12mm toughened or toughened laminated glass. At Era, 150x50mm RHS mullions were installed in a powdercoat finish, with glass balustrade panels glazed into aluminium channels in line with the operable louvres above. A custom made aluminium handrail, matching balustrading elsewhere in the building, was fixed to the back of the mullions. A unique company in the construction industry, AGP provides a number of faรงade and entrance products to the highest design and construction standards. AGP has built its reputation on a customer service culture reflecting a commitment to excellence, innovation, performance and quality, with two separate divisions: Specialist Glass Faรงade Projects, comprising frameless glass assemblies, operable louvre systems and motorised structures, and Automatic Door & Security Entrance Systems, for revolving doors, automatic doors and security entrances. AGP offers its clients the unique service of a truly one stop shop construction company. For more information contact AGP, 9 Liberty Road Huntingwood NSW 2148, phone 02 9671 0000, NSW PROJECT FEATURE PACIFIC PLACE - ERA 139

Building the future of Retail Mainbrace’s extension and refurbishment has brought new life to DFO Homebush in Sydney. MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Mainbrace Constructions CLIENT : Colonial First State Property Management NSW CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $65.8 million COMPLETION DATE : June 2014 ARCHITECT : The Buchan Group ENGINEERS : Brown Consulting Pty Ltd



Doubling the floor plate and adding more than 1100 car spaces has completely changed the dynamic of Sydney’s largest and busiest outlet centre. Detailed staging, extensive traffic control, pedestrian management and emergency egress planning were just part of a highly successful solution. The project comprised 37 stages. Scope of works included the creation of an entirely new floor below the existing trading floor and adding an additional 1183 car-spaces and 60 motorcycle spaces below that. The construction of a new 5 story multi-deck car park links the old parking to the new and facilitates much more effective traffic movement between levels. Externally Mainbrace added roads and dock areas, while internally the circulation has received additional vertical movement zones providing a greater flow throughout the mall. To cap it off, the existing mall was completely refurbished and tenancies re-laid, including the creation of a premium mall space. The entire project at a value of $65.8 Million, was completed on the original completion dates without loosing a single day of trade. Mainbrace were awarded the 78-week design and construct contract in November 2012, with work commencing early December 2012 and contractual completion due in June 2014. For the base construction, staff on site ranged from 120 to 250 each day, with numbers increasing as the fitout reached its peak. Mainbrace’s focus and expertise in retail construction played a pivotal role in delivering a successful project on time. Of primary importance to the client was a safe site and remaining open for trade throughout the construction process. As Project Manager Chris Coroneos comments, “Mainbrace have the experience and ability to effectively manage public interaction in works of this scale through detailed planning, staging, co-ordination and constant review. This upfront planning and execution was key to DFO and we were able to execute it successfully.” Choices in structural design were challenging but ultimately manifested both economical and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

material saving benefits. New Level 1 bulky goods was a 20,000m2 suspended slab cutting the 7m high basement in half vertically. Mainbrace’s solution reused the existing concrete structural columns to tie to the new slab. The northern façade had a complete makeover with the supply and installation of the new cantilevered external glazed window system. Future use concepts drove ideals of more efficient use of energy. DFO has succeeded in improving and stabilizing the efficiency of the centre compared to more traditional buildings. A shared mechanical system along with LED hi-bay lighting over the retail tenancies and public areas is radical in a mall retail context, while a new skylight at the centre of building and the northern window floods the interior with daylight. “The team at DFO have delivered an exceptional project. The complexity is too great to describe in a few words, but suffice to say they completed it all on the original date with an extremely happy client.” Rob Doust – Managing Director. Mainbrace are retail building experts. Having completed over 600 retail projects to date, this sector accounts for 85% of Mainbrace’s work. Services offered cover a broad range of retail construction, from small upgrades to supermarkets and bulky goods rollouts as well as refurbishments and the construction of major retail infrastructure on greenfield sites. Concurrent to the works at DFO Homebush, Mainbrace was completing Costco Casula, another prominent and large scale retail project. With an exceptionally quick 23 week start to open program, they were similarly able to bring this project to completion before Christmas trading. Other current projects include The Ponds Shopping Centre in Sydney, Marian Town Centre in Mackay, Coles Bowral and the completion of Katoomba Marketplace. Mainbrace have been operating for 25 years, and maintain offices in NSW and QLD, with the ability to complete jobs across Australia.

For more information contact Mainbrace, phone 02 9438 1666, fax 02 9438 1777, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DFO HOMEBUSH 141



BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM TIMBER CEILINGS While the word ‘Kamelasa’ reveals its meaning as a ‘faux-Danish’ word for their intriguing manner of speech, for this design company, the twists and turns of a language intonation could be analogous to breadth and complexity of creative ability in delivering custom ceilings as envisioned by their clients. A recent ceiling installation from Kamelasa for the DFO Homebush Homemaker Hub in Sydney provided an opportunity for this company’s ability to resolve complex technical issues and bring a vision to life. With Mainbrace project managing the Homebush development, Kamelasa were given a design brief to create a custom architectural ceiling for the retail complex upgrade. “We completed all the ceilings to the Premium Mall, which is at the entrance to the shopping complex. There was approximately 1.3km of custom timber fins, alternating in colour of white and metalic silver, with each fin being unique to its location. Capping the end of all the fins is a 260Lm custom veneered ribbon, with an LED light to the underside of it. The scope of works as such of what we installed – so basically two elements – the ribbon and the fins.” stated Marc Ryan, one of Kamelsa’s in-house design managers and director. The design development for all custom work required a number of full size prototypes to be made, using the selected finishes. For this project, the construction of the prototype revealed the technical method of assembling the ceiling feature, with Kamelasa’s process involving rolled aluminium, pressing of

selected veneers and painting it. A full-scale prototype was installed earlier in the year and gave the client the assurance of getting exactly what they envisioned. “The architects concept consisted of compounding curves, and there was nothing straight forward in that, and basically we had to create an internal structure which would then follow that form. We created a lightweight aluminium ladder, using rolled aluminium, and basically sheeted either side, with the a pressed veneer.” The most complex part of the project was the veneered ribbon. The architect set us a goal for us to produce something exceptionally narrow and for us then to hold that form throughout the mall, following all these fins. It could be no thicker than 26mm and they gave us a height of 500mm, and within that they wanted veneer to either side and then an LED to the underside. So there was a lot of design development and prototyping for that to come up with the right solution, which we did. And the end result’s really nice to look at.” The final result was a thin ribbon installation that holds its form for the full 260Lm of the entry mall ceiling space. There are 5 ribbons in total, with the longest being 75m in length. Kamelasa are located in Ultimo where they have their showroom and design office, with fabrication factory being attached to this space. The company has been in operation for 11 years, supplying and installing Barrisol ceilings, with Kamelasa being their trading name for more complex non barrisol custom designed ceilings. “We are able to provide design development, documentation and through to fabrication and installation of custom difficult pieces – so that’s what we pride ourselves on here, working on custom projects,” states Marc. With one of their next projects being for the Westin Hotel in Sydney, Kamelasa are excited to have a range of other projects in development crossing into all sectors – retail, commercial, hospitality, residential and education. For more information contact Kamelasa, 449 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW 2007, phone 02 9660 6044, email, website





Communication As a Method of Delivery Communication is key for all relationships, and for the teamwork required on a building development, there is no difference. Filling a gap in the professional capacity of communication, accountability and overall interrelationships in the construction industry is NIX Management, a company that provides specialist project management service to any client who is looking to make a project happen. “We manage all the interrelationships that occur within a project. On a project such as DFO it includes the builder, client, leasing, centre management, authorities, design disciplines, separate suppliers to the project and the public. And for those projects where clients are not experienced working within the building industry, we come in as specialist project managers, to deliver that end product for them” Stated Project Manager John Stalley. For the DFO Homebush Homemaker Hub project, NIX Management was the representative project manager for Colonial First State Property Management as ultimate owners of the Centre, and were involved at every step from concept design through to tender, construction and now during defects liability period to end product. Key delivery decisions included breaking down the process into a manageable number of 37 stages. Trading remained at maximum


capacity whilst upgrade of the existing retail outlet level was undertaken including concurrent construction of an additional bulky goods level, below the existing DFO retail. Similarly with the carpark, feasibility studies were carried out on 5 full design concepts, with the decision then made to run with the best option. In keeping the existing carpark open, new levels were constructed in stages and when complete, interfaced with existing, whilst the original carpark continued its refurbishment in night shift staging. This meant that carparking stayed at serviceable numbers for continuous trade before the combined multi level carpark , interconnecting ramps and existing areas affected a total capacity in excess of 2020 spaces. Founded in 1999 by Derek Nix, staff now number 15 in the company, with a wide range of development and construction building management skills & expertise amongst them. At any time, Nix Management have projects running within Australia & New Zealand from smaller fit-outs to large multi-million dollar developments such as DFO or Wet’n’Wild and can cater for everything in between. For more information contact John Stalley, 17 Chuter Street, McMahons Point, 2060 NSW, phone 02 9437 1300, website


sUCCESSFUL hANDLING IN ALL AREAS For those looking to move mountains, Simmons Civil Contracting is the company to seek out. Testament to this was their involvement with the DFO Homebush Homemaker Hub project, where they were contracted by Mainbrace Constructions to undertake a site makeover. The popular shopping centre complex remained open for trading throughout the construction and Simmons Civil proved themselves to be greatly efficient at handling the sites complex dynamics, whilst bringing the project to completion. Over the course of the project, Simmons Civil took care of everything from asphalt pavements, earthworks and stormwater works, to kerbs, gutters and concrete pavements. Additionally, they were responsible for concreting new roads within the site boundary and also overhead linkages across council roads. With a staff of roughly 20 people, Stage 1 of the project took approximately a year to complete, while Stage 2, the asphalt carpark at ground level, was finished in just two months. While undertaking the construction on an active site, Simmons Civil were constantly cautious of limiting the public’s exposure to any dangers, while also ensuring their work continued to move forward as timely as possible. Both the shopping centre’s continuing trade as well as the stormwater works occurring outside the site boundary necessitated the scheduling of night works to cater for time and safety issues. Nick Simmons, Managing Director of Simmons Civil, said: ‘The key difference for this project was dealing with people every day and making their safety a priority, but also keeping the centre functional while we were using large machinery to do our works. So that was our challenge – it wasn’t just an empty site, it was an operational site that was a busy shopping centre,’ 146 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DFO HOMEBUSH

Simmons Civil specialises in road construction, stormwater, pavements, industrial subdivision, residential subdivision and infrastructure works such as power, sewer, water, communication and gas installation. Their fleet of machinery includes excavators, bobcats, graders, dump trucks, rollers etc. Catering to commercial, infrastructure and residential sectors, Simmons Civil has established a strong presence in commercial subdivisions as well as schools. Their success in all these sectors, including the project at DFO, evolved from an awareness of how the right communication is what keeps a project moving forward and builds workable relationships. ‘Everyone from Mainbrace communicated really well with our guys and the project was very well organised. Programming and liaising with each other was done in just the right way to ensure the project went smoothly,’ Simmons said. With the completion of the DFO Homemaker Hub behind them, Simmons Civil are now working on several other major projects, including a 5-staged industrial subdivision at Gregory Hills. This project will see the installation of roads, kerbs, sewer, water and electrical across a 50 acre site. Additionally, they are involved with the construction of a new raceway track for cars and driver training at Luddenham Raceway, which will see Simmons Civil tackle all the pavements, stormwater, asphalting, kerbs, gutters and carparking, as well as prepare the ground for various small building works.

For more information contact Simmons Civil, phone 02 9144 4020, website



Floors covering all areas of exellence Creating other-worldly effects beneath one’s feet is a speciality for the company Firmstone, sub-contracted by Mainbrace for the retail flooring in the refurbished DFO Homebush Homemaker Hub in Sydney. As one the few companies in Australia capable of handling large areas of retail and commercial flooring, Firmstone caters to all preparation, levelling and epoxy flooring with specialised results with Sika products. After receiving the artists’ impression from the architects representing a floor covered with swirling silvery clouds and starry galaxies for the DFO Hub, Firmstone ignited their creative and technical expertise to emulate the

drawing. Working in collaboration with their supplier Sika, Firmstone selected colours of silver and grey metallic dust or shards, which were then mixed into their specialised product of Sika self-levelling epoxy. The DFO project involved a floor covering of approximately 1200m2. Working in areas of 300m2, the floor was vacuum ground, and then primed with Sikafloor 160. Sikafloor 160, together with the decorative shards and dust, was then put down as a self-leveller at 2-3mm in thickness. As the epoxy flowed and the 40-minute curing process began, the shards settled and created the desired metallic cloud patterns with a translucent 3D effect.


Sikafloor 160 is a 2-part solvent free epoxy primer and binder, modular Sikafloor system, and has been used in past projects such as the MCG and SCG flooring, as well as Perth Arena. Having successfully worked together on many large projects before, Sika and Firmstone’s extensive experience and partnership as supplier and applicator, has, yet again, created a showcase result with the largest commercial/retail floor of this nature. Floor preparation is the key to any resulting masterpiece, and plays a major part of Firmstone’s work. Originally based on its expertise with Floor preparation 40 years AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


in the making, Firmstone has been in an excellent position from this basis to expand its expertise through to other areas, including Epoxy work, self levelling, water proofing and polished concrete. For the DFO Homebush project, floor preparation involved grinding the whole area of the concrete slab with planetary grinders in order to remove undulations and existing floor coatings. As one of the largest floor preparation companies in Australia, grinding, scarifying and shot-blasting is one of Firmstone’s core offerings. As a result, the high investment made in the range of equipment allows Firmstone the flexibility to cater for the larger jobs to be done quickly and within project specification. For example - 3-tonne ride-on shot blasters, and four-tonne ride on scarifiers, are all vacuumised. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

All of our jobs are vacuumised so there is never a problem with dust which is often a key issue for our clients. Founded in 1976, Sika Australia is a specialty chemical supplier for the building and construction industry. Their product line includes high-quality concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and reinforcing materials, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring, as well as roofing and waterproofing systems. Firmstone works in collaboration with their supplier Sika to create and deliver the exact product solution for whether it is for an architect or builder. Other works recently completed by Firmstone with Sika products include 2,000sqm of epoxy

at the SCG, 2,000sqm of chemical resistant polyurethane cement for Nestle and 3,000sqm of polished concrete at White Bay Passenger Terminal for the Ports Authority.

For more information contact Sika Australia, 55 Elizabeth Street, Wetherill Park, NSW 2164, phone 1300 22 33 48, email, web

For more information contact Managing Director, Peter Cook at Firmstone Flooring Specialists, 212 George St, Concord West, NSW 2138, phone 0419 998 919 or website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DFO HOMEBUSH 149

STEEL FABRICATORS get Creative for Shopping Complex Creating the structural framework for the new and upgraded spaces of the DFO Homebush Homemaker Hub refurbishment was a challenge in both time and mobility for the sub-contractors Marko Welding & Sons. The company’s long-standing experience with retail projects left them in good steed to handle both the precisely staged upgrade and also working with existing building access constraints.

operating of the shopping centre and a strict programme of staged works, constraints in space and time meant as much pre-fabrication of structure as possible was needed. Marko Welding & Sons therefore went onto site and carried out all measurements when allowed access, then immediately got onto the shop-drawings. With time precision at the forefront, as soon as shop-drawings were completed, fabrication began.

The DFO upgrade involved a shift in existing building areas to be tenanted and included a new addition, an expanded basement carpark, and a general refurbishment of the shopping complex. Marko Welding & Sons were sub-contracted to supply and fabricate all structural steel as well as manufacture other metalwork such as balustrades, hand-rails and fire stairs for the project.

With 15 members to their team, and over 30 years of service to the industry, Marko Welding & Sons provides a high level of services in steel fabrication for retail, industrial and commercial scale projects. Located in Smithfield, the company has a number of projects around NSW currently underway, including Carlingford First-Choice Liquor and Katoomba Market Place.

With numerous issues informing the projects evolution, a particular challenge arose with the need to bring equipment and steel components into confined spaces such as the basement carpark. Requiring a constant dialogue with Mainbrace project engineers for best methodology, Marko Welding & Sons demonstrated their professionalism by working in collaboration for this aspect of the project. Due to the continued

For more information contact Marko Welding & Sons, 11 Hume Road, Smithfield, NSW, 2164, phone 02 9604 6840



PREMIUM SIPHONIC DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS At the recent Homemaker DFO project in Sydney, Ultraflow Siphonics were engaged to analyse, update and improve the existing inferior roof drainage system. The client needed a company that could deliver an adaptive solution, while working in difficult areas to an incredibly tight construction program. Ultraflow Siphonics utilise the original Scandinavian siphonic drainage system; a sophisticated engineering solution adapted to suit Australian conditions. With a roof area of around 7,000 square metres, Ultraflow replaced 40 existing roof outlets and pipework to accommodate a 1 in 100 year rainfall event. As a part of their solution, they connected the systems to a 500,000 litre existing in-ground tank located over 150 metres from the existing downpipes. The capture of all the rainwater has given this building an environment advantage over other similar buildings. After conducting a detailed survey of the existing pipework, Ultraflow we able to reuse about 85% of the high-level collection pipes whilst still provide a greater capacity for rainwater harvesting at the site. A challenge in any installation is coordinating with the other services on site. DFO Homebush had additional coordination requirements. Tenancies needed to continue to trade during normal hours without the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

interruption from construction works. Ultraflow's team worked in 3-4 hour shifts both before and after trading hours to ensure swift delivery of the project with minimal disruption. Further challenges included the utilisation of specialist access equipment to reach intricate areas as well as manoeuvring 150 metres of new large bore pipes through the level 1 carpark to reach the in-ground rainwater harvesting tank. Located in Sydney NSW, Ultraflow was established in 1995 and winner of the Service Business of the Year in 2013 at the Entourage Awards. Best practice would be to connect with Ultraflow at the concept stage of any building project, enabling them to deliver the most efficient and best designed solution available. Ultraflow are currently working on the retrofit of Tonsley Park in SA, formerly the Adelaide Mitsubishi plant with over 12,000 metres of siphonic pipework.

For more information contact Ultraflow, phone 02 9482 1256, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DFO HOMEBUSH 151

GENERATING BRIGHT IDEAS The process of adaptation and re-use of a retail outlet is an invitation to bring new life and activity to one of modern societies busiest spaces. A key difference in the engineering services from ADP Consulting is their ability to think outside the square and find both economical and environmentally engineered solutions. Their consultancy for Mainbrace on the DFO Homebush Homemaker Hub refurbishment successfully demonstrates the bright new ideas generating from this firm. Utilising the existing building shell, ADP Consulting designed and reconfigured the mechanical, electrical, fire and hydraulic systems, and included the construction of an intermediate structural level into the building, turning two levels into three. The creation of a new carpark on the ground floor was part of the job scope, while the locating of a new bulky goods on the middle infill level allowed a refurbishment of the upper floors with DFO type tenancies. Early stages for this project involved a detailed assessment of the all existing services and a considered selection of those that could be 152 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DFO HOMEBUSH

retained, and those that could not. The project was made complex by the fact that services were in areas of the building that were to be retained as well as areas being demolished and it was here that design decisions for either re-use or removal of the old and the new services were met. ADP Consulting has offices in Melbourne and Sydney, with both offices working together to provide the best team for each project. With ESD principles at the forefront of their engineering solutions, retail shopping centres have become a focus area for this consultancy, as have a number of other industry sectors including commercial, healthcare, industrial and residential. Recent other retail work includes Werribee Shopping Centre in Melbourne, Castle Towers Redevelopment in NSW, and Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre in VIC.

For more information contact ADP Consulting, Level 1, 460 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, NSW 2065, phone 02 8203 5447, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

HANDRAILS YOU CAN LEAN ON The staircase in the story of architecture has long been celebrated as a particular moment in the experience within a building. In the modern day shopping centre, such shared circulation spaces retain their importance. For DFO Homebush Homemaker Hub, the stairs and void balconies are outlined by stainless steel and glass balustrades from Elite Balustrades, a recognised balustrades company that cover jobs from retail, educational, and residential developments across NSW. Working to the Australian Standards for strength and other requirements, Elite Balustrades developed the design brief from Mainbrace, then fabricated and installed the balustrades around the escalator voids on the central and northern stairs of the Premium Mall. Providing the perfect neutral backdrop to a highly colourful Premium Mall space, the challenge for this job was the exposed stainless steel flashing that was required as part of the balustrade system. Installed around the entire edge of the floor slabs, the stainless steel flashing remained a highly visible element, requiring each piece to be individually cut to ensure a clean line finish. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With a factory in Smithfield, Elite Balustrades have for over 25 years diligently worked creating designs with their clients, as well as developing a number of standard balustrade systems. Working with both economics and design flair in equal parts, this company frequently alter elements of an existing system to suit a clients needs. Choice of material possible covers all types of stainless steel, steel, glass, and aluminium, as applicable for commercial, domestic and strata projects. A large amount of Elite Balustrades work is with shopping centres, along with education facilities and residential developments. Current projects include UNSW for Richard Crookes Construction, St Josephs College at Hunters Hill, Prime Constructions for The Kings School at Parramatta, and University of Sydney for Buildcorp Constructions. For more information contact Elite Balustrades, 24 Justin Street, Smithfield, NSW 2164, phone 02 9729 0500, fax 02 9729 3133, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE DFO HOMEBUSH 153

The liverpool railway Turnback MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : John Holland Client : Transport for NSW CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $160million COMPLETION DATE : January 2014 ARCHITECT : Dawbin Architects Pty Ltd Surveyor : Cardno Hard & Forester Pty Ltd

The $160M Liverpool Rail Turnback Project was designed to improve capacity and reliability on the Sydney Trains network, removing bottlenecks and junctions, reducing congestion and delays. After three-and-a-half years overseeing the construction of the new Liverpool Turnback rail, Bill Hart of John Holland had a front row seat, so to speak, when the infrastructure “opened”. Hart was on the first train that pulled into the new platforms at Liverpool, in Sydney’s south west, at 4.50am on Monday January 13. He shared the commissioning ride with seven other John Holland executives. “It was good,” he said. “I was pleased to see all the management team were excited enough to turn up at 4.30 in the morning to catch a train. “The commissioning went exactly as we planned it. We couldn’t have done it better.” John Holland was the managing contractor for Transport for NSW’s Liverpool Turnback Project. The project was unusually complex, although not huge in size, comprising 1800m of new rail track, stabling facilities, two sidings, a pedestrian concourse and a new fourth platform at Liverpool station. The complexity was in the work site; most of it was alongside live trains and another line construction. “It was a very complex, live system that we could not disrupt,” Hart explains. “Southern Sydney freight line being built on one side of us with ARTC (Australian Rail Track Corporation) and the normal train system on the other side. We were in the middle of the two.” To enable work to be done, parts of the Liverpool railway line were closed some weekends and for three weeks each January, the quietest commuter period. The January closure happened for four years in a row

and would see John Holland working up to 24 hours a day while commuters bypassed the railway line in buses. “It entailed a lot of people, a lot of planning, and working around the clock,” Hart says of the January period. “On some activities we would have three shifts going; we tried to give the neighbours a respite between 2 and 6 in the morning, so if we were a bit noisy they could get some sleep. If they were very close we would offer alternative accommodation; some people took it up, some didn’t.” “It was tighter than normal, but it’s normal for our field of work, working next to live systems. The Cronulla duplication was similar but not as tight as this. We came here with our eyes open and we geared up for it.” Meticulous planning and advanced procurement made sure materials arrived on time so no working time was wasted. “It was very tight project management. The planning for January would start in February after one lot had finished. You would start a long way out what you needed to do, what you needed to get.” John Holland also did all the major earth works, extensive draining, and constructed a new viaduct for the trains to go across at Liverpool. A lot of in-house expertise was used for areas including signaling, trackwork and overhead wiring; while major subcontractors worked on concrete, structural steel, panels, labour and building. Over nearly four years, John Holland inducted around 2500 people on site to maintain a safe environment.


John Holland is also finishing work on a south west Sydney line, the Glenfield to Lepppington job, which is about 11km. For more than 65 years John Holland has been delivering contracting, engineering and services solutions to the infrastructure, energy and resources, and transport services sector across Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, and the Middle East.

For more information contact John Holland, Level 3, 65 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW, phone 02 9552 4288, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW





PRECISION ENGINEERING Milspec Manufacturing Pty Ltd specialises in the manufacture of outdoor enclosures and frame works and is a major provider to the rail industry across NSW, Victoria and South Australia. The company provided the signal equipment racking for the Liverpool Rail Turnback project. Milspec Manufacturing is an Australian owned company situated in Albury, on the border of NSW and Victoria. The company has been in business for about 12 years and during that time, it has grown from a small family business, to a professional, globally competitive organisation in niche and precision engineering. The company, which achieved a top 3 position in the University of Newcastle’s Business Achievement Award this year, employs 70 staff, including experienced mechanical and electronic engineers. Scott Gardiner (design engineer) worked closely with Ian Graham of John Holland Group to provide a completely customised racking solution for the Liverpool Rail Turnback project. The design considerations were cost, ease of installation and a desire to be modular. “It is this last point where John Holland Group really appreciated Milspec’s expertise,” said Neil Morrison, the General Manager. Milspec Manufacturing’s core markets are defence and rail. “The high demand of the defence world transfers across to our rail sector products in terms of quality, repeatability and technical competence,” said Neil Morrison. “Today Milspec is moving into more populated enclosures, offering builders and service contract providers a one stop shop … (our) manufacturing plant allows our customer the confidence of knowing the enclosure is 100% in-house manufactured.” Milspec Manufacturing’s motto, “the pursuit of excellence comes second to none” is something the company takes seriously. The Liverpool Rail Turnback project is just one example of Milspec Manufacturing’s successful pursuit of excellence. For more information contact Milspec Manufacturing Pty Ltd, 161 Fallon St Albury NSW 2640, phone 02 6022 7100, fax 02 6040 9866, email, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU





THINKING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE IM Engineering Australia Pty Ltd is a privately owned, award winning Newcastle engineering company. IM Engineering provided the structural steel package for the platforms, viaduct and two pedestrian bridges for the Liverpool Rail Turnback project. IM Engineering has been in business for 38 years. The company’s services include project management, building construction and specialist engineering services. The specialist engineering services include structural steel/aluminium/stainless steel fabrication, prefabrication, mechanical installation, pressure welding, water treatment – UV stabilisation , hydrogen plant service and reconditioning, unrestricted demolition, asbestos removal, roofing and cladding, metal preparation / sandblasting, and industrial maintenance and painting. IM Engineering also has a range of cranes that are available for hire. Viktor Nikolas (General Manager), Dragan Ilic ( Senior Estimator/ Senior Engineer), and Alex Datcu led the professional team that worked on the Liverpool Rail Turnback project. Their focus was on client needs, innovation and teamwork. The unique part of the Liverpool Rail Turnback project was to change the design of the 52 ton enclosed pedestrian (walkway) bridge so that it could be fabricated and assembled within IM Engineering’s workshop at Kooragang Island, Newcastle. The bridge was transported assembled and complete, to Liverpool Station. IM Engineering then successfully met the challenge of lifting the 52 ton bridge into position with a 450 ton mega lift crane. This innovative solution from IM Engineering allowed the bridge to be constructed without needing to stop during inclement weather. The advantages, to the client of IM Engineering’s approach, were that the pedestrian bridge was in place, ahead of time and within budget. IM Engineering has completed many successful projects for companies such as Macquarie Generation, Delta Energy, State Rail Authority, Rail Corp, RTA, Capral, Western Pacific, Transfield, John Holland, PWCS, Moly-Corp, NSW Department of Commerce, Downer and many other organisations. IM Engineering’s recent projects include the Stockton Ferry Wharf and the Liddell Hydrogen Plant Rebuild project. An example of a successful project, where IM Engineering used cutting edge UV technology is Tanilba Bay Waste Water Sewerage Treatment Works, where the processed water outlet was next to oyster leases. IM Engineering takes pride in the service and support the company provides its clients, as well as, “thinking outside the square”, its focus on sustainable development and being “an industry leader in innovation”. For more information contact IM Engineering Australia Pty Ltd, PO Box 221 Mayfield NSW 2304, phone 02 4928 4777, fax 02 4928 4774, mobile 0427 494 534, email, WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Experience in Excavating Terra Civil Pty Ltd is celebrating their 10 years of operation this year, specialising in civil construction, earthworks, plant hire and haulage. For the Liverpool Turnback project they provided plant hire as well as excavation and earthworks expertise. All 20 employees worked on the project including plant operators, supervisors and truck drivers. The work included re-compacting, trimming batters, excavating for drainage, detailing of earthworks and final trim works, removing asbestos and over 20,000 tonnes of material off site. The company was also involved in track reconditioning and shut downs and brought a large amount of new ballast back onto the site. “Terra Civil’s extensive experience coupled with a full range of excavation equipment can tackle the most diverse excavation projects, which range from domestic through to commercial/industrial projects,” says a company spokesperson. “All the work which we undertake is completed with thorough attention to detail.” Terra Civil met the two biggest challenges on the project which were the tight restricted work space in which machines were to operate and the fact that trains were running in most instances by planning and careful consideration of how every task was to be executed. 160 NSW PROJECT FEATURE LIVERPOOL RAIL TURNBACK

The closer the project got to completion the more restricted the work space became. At all times health and safety were of the highest standard. “John Holland's Liverpool Turnback Team were incomparable to work with,” said a company spokesperson. “They were impeccably organised and communicated with our team at every level on every task. It was a pleasure to work with them.” Terra Civil’s completed a wide range of projects which include Holsworthy Shopping Centre (removal of existing vegetation and redundant services, bulk excavation, earthworks), Canley Vale Shopping Complex (bulk and detailed excavation 8 metres deep) and civil works on various road projects. Terra Civil’s haulage operation transports over 300,000 tonnes of material a year and is well positioned to undertake any project in this area. Terra Civil’s company motto is “quality, experience, solutions.”

For more information contact Terra Civil Pty Ltd, PO Box 53, Austral, NSW 2179, phone 02 9606 6629, fax 02 9606 6093, email, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


“The project was really suited to our company due to the variety of precast concrete product required to be supplied,” said Managing director, Michael Waeger. “We were able to demonstrate the wide range of precast that our company can do.”

Waeger Constructions Pty Ltd specialises in bridge design and construction and the manufacture of precast concrete products. The company supplied the precast concrete requirements for the Liverpool Turnback Project. This included precast concrete platform units and precast concrete stairs for the new platform, precast prestressed beams for the concourse extension and precast prestressed beams for the viaduct.

Waeger Constructions is currently working on a variety of precast supply projects in NSW, including ramps and stairs for the Bullabarra East Upgrade project in the Blue Mountains and noise wall, bridge parapet and fascia panels for West Gosford Interchange project. Some of the company’s current Sydney projects include the supply of precast headstocks for the Pier 26 Upgrade project at Darling Harbour and the precast retaining walls, which include a patterned finish, for the City of Sydney Council’s Glebe Foreshore Project.

Waeger Constructions has been in operation since 1987 and has 28 experienced staff. The Liverpool Turnback project was carried out by its precasting division, which specialises in custom pre-casting, limited run and made to order products from seats to large prestressed structural beams.

For more information contact Waeger Constructions Pty Ltd, 17 Shipley Drive Rutherford NSW 2320, phone 02 4932 4900, mobile 0402 448 647, email,



SOLUTIONS DRIVEN TO DELIVER AHEAD OF TIME Zoomwave Constructions specialise in civil concrete construction, focusing primarily on roads, bridges, tunnels and railway projects. Founded in 1992 by Tommy Rice, Zoomwave Constructions has been a trusted sub-contractor of civil formwork and concrete construction on some of Sydney’s largest infrastructure projects for over 20 years.

pressured environments, the job was delivered within the short timeframe and without any compromise on the quality of work.

“Zoomwave has gained an enviable reputation as a solutions driven subcontractor and leaders in strategic planning for major civil constructions,” said Menh Lam, Commercial Manager at Zoomwave Constructions.

“We thank the John Holland team, in particular Bill Hart, Jeff Bolt and Jordan Rowe, for their continued support and confidence in Zoomwave Constructions. We are pleased to construct quality work for the Liverpool Rail Turnback project whilst delivering ahead of time.”

Recently contracted to supply and construct Platform 4 and Deflection Walls for the Liverpool Rail Turnback project, Zoomwave Constructions employed a team of 30 skilled formworks, concreters and steel fixers led by Tony Henderson, Zoomwave Constructions Construction Manager. Well prepared for fast paced and high-


“We are proud of our team’s dedication to consistently deliver outstanding results on agreed project milestones,” said Mr. Lam.

For more information on how Zoomwave Constructions can meet your sub-contractor requirements, contact Menh Lam on 0415 221 936 or email


SERVICE, QUALITY AND PRICE Metwest Engineering specialise in the design, supply and install of rail and infrastructure products across Australia. “If you can draw something to be made out of any type of steel, we can fabricate it,” says Metwest Engineering Pty Ltd. The company began operations in 1987 as a structural fabrication company and produced products for use in the rail system of NSW and by infrastructure companies internationally. Since then Metwest Engineering has expanded into several different areas including precast concrete, galvanising and site installation services. Metwest Engineering holds ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and AS/NZS 4801 accreditation in WHS, Quality and Environment. Metwest Engineering supplied and installed, to Railcorp and ARTC specifications, precast concrete pits, combined services route construction, overhead wiring structures, signal gantries, and specialist steel access solutions for the Liverpool Rail Turnback project. This was all completed in accordance with Railcorp and ARTC specifications. All of Metwest Engineering’s departments played a role on the Liverpool Rail Turnback project including their design and estimation department, steel fabrication team, concrete production team and site installation crews. Metwest Engineering designed CSR interface configurations (requiring development of new products), signal access ladders and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

platforms to meet Railcorp clearance standards. Metwest Engineering also designed temporary stairs for site staff access. Metwest Engineering’s experience and innovative approach led to the development of precast concrete cable transition chambers to overcome issues of confined cable routes on site. All of their designs were generated using 3D modelling software. Metwest Engineering’s design objectives were to produce a complete design which required little or no revision and with short turnaround time to meet onsite work constraints. Metwest Engineering are currently undertaking a variety of rail projects including the Epping to Thornleigh third track, the Glenfield to Leppington rail link, the North Strathfield rail underpass, the Lidcombe to Granville corridor upgrade, the Clyde connection works, the Auburn Stabling project and the Digital Train Radio System project. Metwest Engineering takes pride in the fact that all of their projects were completed on time and under budget. “Service, quality and price, treat yourself to all three,” said a Metwest Engineering company spokesperson. For more information contact Metwest Engineering Pty Ltd, 18 Lee Holm Road St Marys NSW 2760, phone 02 9833 3344, email, NSW PROJECT FEATURE LIVERPOOL RAIL TURNBACK 163

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Liverpool Turnback’s Bright Sparks When Liverpool Turnback opens early next year, passengers can sit back and relax, for they are in good hands. Exectronics provided switchboards, transformers and other equipment for the 1.8 km of rail track and extra Liverpool platform with its usual high product standards and attention to detail. For nearly 25 years it has supplied Australia’s railways, including almost every NSW project such as the City Underground and Airport lines, in addition to the national mining sector and international rail customers. Founded in 1989 by Managing Director Richard Mychalewycz, after spending 20 years at Railcorp and utilising that knowledge when training the engineering staff at Exectronics, was an invaluable element in the company’s success, General Manager Jez Millbank explained. Exectronics is not simply a one stop supply and design company. It is also a valuable reference source. “Having that additional background knowledge helps when project managers or signal engineers ring us needing fast solutions to a challenging problem. They may require custom equipment manufactured in a hurry, have a piece of antiquated equipment needing replacement or updating. Whatever the issue, they know they can ring our engineers and be given a solution. Even if we do not necessarily get an order at that stage, going the extra mile to assist our customers at all times, undoubtedly cements working relationships by establishing trust in our knowledge and experience.” On the Liverpool Turnback, Exectronics provided equipment for 11 “Location Cabinets”, the equipment enclosures normally found adjacent to the rail track. Thanks to the efforts of the hard working team, Exectronics consistently delivered ahead of the project supply schedule, when they built nearly a dozen each of the 415 and 120 volt switchboards and 30 transformers, which either step up or step down the supply voltage to each location. The switchboards supply power to the track circuit, where different voltages are needed for signalling or ancillary power such as for lighting. Power for reticulation is sourced separately. All up the company supplied over 500 equipment items including power supplies, surge protection and other signalling equipment. Most projects begin with a circuit diagram outlining the basic design specification requirements such as circuit breakers, relays or transformers. Exectronics then determine and design the correct layout and size for the respective switchboards. “The nature of mass transit makes it a very specialised and stressful sector. The safety and lives of large numbers of people are at stake. It is a pressurised environment. We are not supplying jellybeans.” For more information contact Exectronics, PO Box 92, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2010, phone 02 9557 1600, fax 02 9557 1066, website: WWW.ANCR.COM.AU




When your business philosophy is ‘creative people building value for your construction project’, it is obvious that a project like DNA at Camperdown follows that plan. Following what designers call the building blocks of life; DNA has a cool, contemporary feel with a distinct urban edge, recognisable in its series of low-rise buildings encircling two landscaped chill out gardens. There is a welcoming choice of studios, one and two bedroom units with or without studies, two bedroom garden apartments and luxurious penthouses, most of which are north facing to let in natural sunlight and promote energy saving through adherence to solar passive design principles. Through this project, construction company Ceerose were able to showcase why they are a contractor of choice. Development manager Daniel McNamara said Ceerose was a dynamic and progressive organisation with ambitions

to grow and become a significant participant in Australia’s major property markets. “Since we began operation in 1998, we have quietly developed an enviable reputation in the property and construction industry,” he said. “By continually refining our business strategies, we have remained ahead of market trends and now offer an integrated approach to construction projects and development joint ventures.” Ceerose provides a comprehensive service, with in-house town planning, design, legal, estimating and project management services, more recently specialising in residential and mixed use developments and contract construction projects. This broad experience is showcased in the exceptional range of projects it continues to be involved in.


As well as the $42 million DNA @ Camperdown development, Ceerose has in the past 12 months completed Eden at Chippendale (residential), Jade in the CBD (mixed use), the prestigious Eliza on Hyde Park (mixed use), and is under construction on the $100 million Harbour Mill development in Pyrmont, where all but two of the 136 apartments have been sold more than one year out from the completion of construction. While there was a distinctive style with DNA, ‘the heartbeat of Camperdown’, the Ceerose team has gone a step further with Harbour Mill, whose design resulted from a competitive design process administered by the Ceerose team. The development will comprise the restoration and adaptive reuse of the former AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Edwin Davey & Sons Flour Mill to provide residential apartments and retail floor space, and through consultation with City of Sydney Council and Transport for NSW, will be providing a direct pedestrian connection to the Wentworth Park Light Rail Station.

efficient cost-effective solutions with a high level of professionalism.

Ceerose brings to each project substantial construction expertise and knowledge in new construction, fit out, refurbishment and heritage restoration.

“By exceeding our client’s goals and expectations, we develop long-term relationships that become successful partnerships, as demonstrated by a number of clients that have returned asking us to build ever increasing sized projects.”

Director Edward Doueihi said that Ceerose takes a partnering approach to projects, developing relationships with clients and other stakeholders to understand their needs and goals in order to identify optimal solutions for both their business and the project. No matter what the design or budget, on all its projects Ceerose Pty Ltd continues to exceed its client’s expectations, distinguishing itself by delivering more WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Our goal is always to deliver integrated solutions reliably and with minimum fuss – regardless of the size and type of project,” he said.

As well as an extensive history that spans 15 years, Ceerose continues to be the construction company of choice because it is lead by highly qualified professionals, each with a distinguished track record in the market. “We are proud to say that our staff have embraced the challenge of broadening our fields of operations, adapting to increasingly complex work standards adopted over the

past decade, and in doing so, they have constantly acquired new skills and expertise that keep them ahead of the industry,” Daniel said. Looking to the future, Ceerose will continue to achieve wide recognition for its commitment to deliver projects that set benchmarks for quality in design, construction and finish across a variety of sectors of the industry. For further information contact Ceerose Pty Ltd, L1, 97-101 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009, phone 02 9571 9999, fax 02 9571 9900, website


the style is always clear Set within the residential heart of Sydney’s Inner West, DNA @ Camperdown is all about providing residents in each of the 133 apartments creativity and quality that will make them instantly feel at home.With a clear focus on letting natural light into the apartments and pop out windows add a certain extra style to the design of the building, Bronze and Silver Glass were an integral part of this development. Style Windows fabricated, supplied and installed the glazing, including main entry doors, apartment sliding doors, glass panels, architectural popouts in the façade and four different types of windows – sliders, louvres, awnings and fixed. Style Windows Installation and Project Manager, Norm Huwazan said a project of this size allowed the company to expertly showcase what a highly experienced, quality-focused team of glaziers can create. “From one to 1000 windows or sliding doors, we have the experience and flexibility to make projects such as this truly come to life because we can handle the high volumes of work on unit developments such as this or large prestige houses without ever compromising on quality,” he said. “Nothing comes out of our factory without being inspected and quality certified by our Fabrication Manager, Ross Huwazan. On site I inspect all work and ensure the quality of the installation is also first class because quality, workmanship, integrity, honesty, safety and reliability – those are the things that sum up our approach to business.” One area where Style Windows stood out were the popouts because there was the challenge of installation works from scaffolding at up to 11 stories high combined with the need to make sure all waterproofing was flawless. For the glass panels, Style Windows used Frame-tek products to fix the glazing to, and Vantage Section was used for door and window framing. The beauty of the Architectural Window Systems full Vantage Sections with all windows and sliding doors is that by being Australian designed they are able to deliver superior performance for the variety climates and environments as well as enormous flexibility in design. Since commencing operations in 1999, Style Windows have maintained an unblemished safety record holding regular meetings with a clear focus on safe installation methods, safe fabrication practices, and ongoing skills development such as improved techniques for levelling. Style Windows works closely with their glazing supplier, Bronze and Silver Glass, who are able to supply them with high specific products, even at short notice. This is a major benefit for time-pressured builders, being able to rely on a trade subcontractor who is using their own Australian-made product. The company’s design, fabrication and installation capabilities include all architectural glazing, windows, doors, atriums and glass roofs. This year Style Windows will be moving into a new purpose-built factory with new CNC machining in the fabrication workshop, enabling them to expand capacity. “As an Australian owned company we are very focused on using the best Australian produced and manufactured products. “For us it is clear, we remain as competitive as any overseas company and are continuing to provide both a product and service second to none.” For more information contact Style Windows, 67 Mersey Road, Bringelly, NSW 2171, phone Norm Huwazan 0402 335 126, email 168 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DNA @ CAMPERDOWN




MAJOR INNOVATION TICKS ALL THE BOXES FOR BUILDING Building faster, safer and more sustainably is everyone’s bottom-line goal, and Dincel Construction System (DCS) is an innovative and simple way to get there. Ceerose used DCS for all the vertical elements of DNA @ Camperdown, using a total of 12,000m2 of the patented permanent hollow forms instead of conventional formwork to achieve a massive saving on time, manpower and materials. DCS is manufactured in Sydney from a non-toxic heavy metal-free durable rigid polymer, which is filled with ready mixed concrete to produce load bearing, fire rated, waterproof elements such as DNA’s basements, lift/stair/service shafts, deep beams, blade walls, columns, party walls, and façade walls. Ceerose also used DCS for the project’s on-site rainwater detention tanks and the projects numerous planter boxes, with Dincel able to supply a wide range of panels and sizes which could cater for the complex radii involved. Because DCS is lightweight and easy install, with each panel connected by hand via patented snap together joints, Ceerose had a reduced need for cranes, scaffolding and masonry, as well as less labour costs and a substantial reduction in concrete requirements. Compared to a frame structure, DCS enabled DNA to have reduced slab thickness of 170mm instead of 200mm, which eliminated post-tensioning and saved substantially on both concrete and time, with 18 slabs completed in just 16 weeks. “Utilising Dincel as a loadbearing wall system in lieu of a conventional column-slab-infill wall system achieved a most cost-efficient floor system, together with a six month time saving from the Ceerose construction program,” said Dincel Construction Systems Spokesman, Ross Drinkwater. Dincel cut the DCS forms to the specified length in their factory, which is capable of producing 500,000m2 of DCS to supply concurrent major projects. For DNA, the supply involved a rapid turnaround of seven days from shop drawings and ordering to delivery to site. Dincel then provided weekly and fortnightly visits by the company’s technical staff to advise on installation and use. “Being a first time user, Dincel’s site assistance was appreciated by Ceerose, allowing them to achieve a simple and fast installation of Dincel walls,” said Ross. “At the heart of Dincel is our passion to 170 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DNA @ CAMPERDOWN

deliver a complete construction system that reduces costs by increasing the speed and safety and simplicity of construction.” DCS is fire resistant, cyclone, flood and earthquake proof to magnitude 9, and has superior acoustic insulation properties. In terms of green credentials, DCS is VOC-free, 100% recyclable, has a minimum 100 year lifespan, and can result in a 90% reduction in steel reinforcing use and up to 50% less cement. The system also improves indoor air quality by being completely impervious to all emissions from outside. Other advantages of DCS include lower maintenance and longer life, through preventing wall cracks, water damage, fungal growth and mould. It also delivers a durable defect-free substrate for finishes and eliminates the need for pest control products and systems. This is an Australian innovation, and the result of a substantial five year research and development process by the firm Dincel Engineers. Extensive consultations with architects, engineers, builders and developers were carried out in order to ensure the patented forms would meet the needs of users and designers. DCS was also tested by the CSIRO for Fire Rating, by U.T.S. for structural strength for earthquakes, by CETEC for off-gassing of VOCs (where it was proved these were below detectable) and is certified as compliant with the Building Code of Australia. DCS is capable of producing walls and columns of any size, making it suitable for projects across all development sectors, including commercial buildings, industrial facilities, homes, schools, hospitals, water storage tanks and grain storage. Other significant projects which have benefitted from Dincel’s cost and resource saving innovation include Rainbow Bay Apartments (2012 Queensland MBA winner), CHC Affordable Housing (200 Apartments - Canberra), Housing NSW Port Macquarie, and the Eclipse Apartments (27 storey) Victoria. Around the country, hundreds of projects have discovered the benefits DCS offers builders, asset owners and facility managers in delivering better buildings for the long term, and doing so more efficiently and sustainably. For more information contact Dincel Construction Systems, phone 02 9670 1633, fax 02 9670 6744, email, website: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



Innovative design with steel As the name suggests, DNA @ Camperdown is focused on the chemistry within architecture with its artistic, innovative, unique and cutting edge design. For this reason it is only fitting that an established business like Frame-Tek Specialised Steel Framing Systems was involved in this creative, inner city development. Established in 1997, Frame-Tek's manager says that the company is dedicated to providing the construction industry with innovative and economical prefabricated aluminium, metal framing and sheet metal products. “Our focus has always been on quality, service and design flexibility to meet our customers’ requirements,” he said. “With offsite pre-fabrication being the order of the day, utilising a unique, high strength, clinch-riveting system for light gauge metal and aluminium sections, Frame-Tek can now offer its clients a variety of alternative structural framing construction methods. “Additionally, our systems are analysed and engineered to be cost effective by substituting conventional structural steel framing and designed to reduce labour on site.” Through the DNA @ Camperdown project, Frame-Tek were able to show that the possibilities are endless, working closely with the builders to provide smart framing solutions 172 NSW PROJECT FEATURE DNA @ CAMPERDOWN




and designs to suit their construction requirements. Specifically, Frame-Tek provided an engineered framing solution to support the pop out windows and other areas focused on aluminium cladding on the remarkable design of DNA @ Camperdown. “Our challenge on this project was providing this support structure to windows that were projected out from the main building line, but this was something that was overcome with the ingenuity of our design team. “Providing solutions like this further highlights how focused the team at Frame-Tek is on building smarter when it comes to façade framing solutions. “We have proven this on a number of projects recently including both the Campbelltown and Tamworth hospitals, the Newcastle Courthouse and the Oran Park Town Centre; projects which show that we have both exceptional flexibility in our work and also a commitment to excellence.”

For more information contact Frame-Tek Specialised Steel Framing Systems, 35 Livingstone Street, phone 1300 137 263, fax 02 4759 3864, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

New style showcased in Camperdown cladding Project Unlike any other development in Camperdown, DNA showcases with its new generation design the urban style of this area. Bright Ceiling Systems Pty Ltd director David Lu brought 12 years experience with him to provide an interesting and modern touch to this contemporary design. The company was proud to make an impression with a new product to the market Vitrabond and Alpolic aluminium panels which are light yet rigid and have continued to inspire new functional achievement in building design. David said all details were designed and certified by an engineer. “We are very clear in that we always provide the most thorough and exceptional service and products to each and every project we are involved in whether through aluminium panel cladding, glazing partitions or plasterboard,” he said. “This has been highlighted superbly through the DNA @ Camperdown project which showcases a new style of living for the area as well as our other projects such as the Chatswood Toyota building.” For more information contact Bright Ceiling Systems Pty Ltd, PO Box 65, Wahroonga NSW 2076, phone 02 9943 1881, email

extensive PLUMBING SOLUTIONS Plumbview brought a professional attitude and a high level of trade skills to the DNA at Camperdown project, completing a design and construct scope including all the hydraulics, drainage, stormwater, gas, and hot water throughout the project. They also installed all the tapware, cooktops and dishwashers, as well as individual meters for the Rinnai ring main hot water system and the meters for the project’s mains potable water supply. Company Director Antoine Douoihy, was happy with how smoothly the design coordination of all the different aspects within the overall program came together. A team of up to 16 Plumbview personnel including 11 trade-qualified plumbers and 5 apprentices commenced onsite in March 2012, with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

final completion expected at the end of May 2014. A member of the Master Plumbers Association, Plumbview was established in 2001 to offer professional, comprehensive plumbing services to all major construction sectors including new commercial, retail and residential projects, as well as refurbishments and a maintenance division. Other recent projects have included Eliza Apartments for Ceerose, studio apartments at Burwood, a 72-unit project at Campbelltown, Greenway Supa Centre at Wetherill Park and the refurbishment of Wentworthville Shopping Mall. For more information contact Plumbview, PO Box 225, Granville NSW 2142, phone 02 9885 1777, mobile 0414 891 644, fax 02 9885 1777, e: NSW PROJECT FEATURE DNA @ CAMPERDOWN 173

OUTSTANDING DELIVERY OF HARD YARDS AT BULLABURRA The $45 million Bullaburra West Upgrade is part of the Great Western Highway upgrade, and includes widening the existing two lane highway to a four lane divided highway. Challenges like those encountered in constructing the Bullaburra Upgrade on the Great Western Highway give Daracon an opportunity to demonstrate skills of the highest order – something recognised by the client, RMS, who awarded the company a Quality Award for the job at the 2013 RMS Quality Awards. The basic scope, to upgrade a 2.5km section of two lane highway to four lane highway, sounds straightforward enough. However Daracon’s Group HSEQ Manager, Bob Murphy, said that on a scale of 1 to 10, and given the complexity, this project was easily an 8 or 9 for difficulty. “There are challenges from a technical point of view, including the slopes, grades, underbores, slippages; also ensuring all stakeholders are happy, all while keeping an eye on the weather at all times,” he said. The project site is extremely narrow, with live rail corridor and two heritage convict roads on one side, and the National Park area of the Blue Mountains Escarpment Complex on the other. And it’s steep too, with a geology which lends itself to rock falls and erosion. These constraints literally gave the Daracon team very little room to move. In addition to the road construction, the scope included relocations of utilities including electrical, water and Telstra, with underboring of the live rail line required for the water and Telstra relocations, and a replacement

of the overhead power line over the rail possession for electrical. During the early works stage, Daracon needed to remediate two major landslips by placing 6,000 tonne of large boulder rocks at one slip site, and at the other undertaking 4,000m3 of embankment reconstruction. Then there was the weather – including wet days in excess of 100 days of close down due to bushfires in December 2013, and a day lost to snow in 2012. This stretched a two year project out to three years. One of the major considerations was the environmental management, which required complete separation of clean and dirty water, and nil discharge of dirt-laden storm water into the National Park. “There were clearing limits and robust erosion and sediment controls,” said Bob Murphy. “The site has very dispersive soils, and it was a challenge to maintain clean and dirty water separation given the grades and steepness. We put a lot of thought into how to channel clean water through the job. “Due to the endangered flora and fauna of the Blue Mountains Escarpment Complex, we were restricted in terms of clearing limits and we could only open up a certain sized footprint at any given time. “Due to our planning, there has been nil dirty water discharge into the national park. There were really robust discussions during

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Daracon Group CLIENT : Roads and Maritime Services CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $45 million COMPLETION DATE : May 2014 Geotechnical Consultancy : Jeffery and Katauskas surveyor : Mountain Engineering



planning, and meetings with RMS and the site team in developing site controls. “RMS identified the project as a site of best practice, and we received a Quality Award from RMS at the annual quality awards in 2013. RMS also produce a range of training DVDs, and in the one relating to erosion and sediment controls, this site was used to highlight best practice.” In construction terms, the project has to date involved widening for the west-bound lanes on the cliff side, with a total 3,000m2 of 15m high Reinforced Earth Walls constructed, and 30,000m3 of backfill used. “There has also been a significant amount of concrete wall to construct. Because of the terrain and its steepness, the carriageway is grade separated, with a retaining wall in the middle on top of the median strip. There is also a rock cutting in the median on the westbound lanes,” said Daracon Project manager, John Rossi. “We had to widen the existing cliff face at the top of the hill anywhere from 4m to 12m. Then, once the cliff face was excavated, we had to line it with gabion baskets for aesthetics, which amounted to 12,000m3 of gabion baskets. “At the beginning of the job we did temporary widening works to realign the existing road to enable us to move traffic onto it so we could build the west-bound lanes, which were opened by the end of January 2014. Then we moved traffic onto those lanes, and will complete the upgrade and construction works on the east bound lanes (the existing road) in one section. “The three reinforced earth retaining walls were started May 2012 and completed in August 2013. It took us just over 15 months to excavate for them and do the required temporary shoring. It also took another three months to complete because of the tight access and need to put in temporary shotcrete and soil nails to shore up the road as we worked.”


With all of these complexities, on a tight site with little room for plant movements, heavy traffic including fast west-bound trucks, working near cliff edges and around unstable soil and rock areas, safety was a not-negotiable priority. Daracon hand-picked their plant operators for the project from staff who had demonstrated experience working in steep terrain, to reduce the risks of plant roll-overs. The Project Manager, John Rossi, and all of the 25 Daracon staff including engineers, site supervisors and operators had all worked on numerous RMS projects, and have the Daracon safety culture firmly embedded in their work methods. “The prevailing safety attitudes permeate everything,” said Bob Murphy. “Unless people live and breathe that safety focus, the potential exists for incidents to occur. On this site, the subcontractors have adopted this mentality and taken it on board, and we have had a LTI-free project to date.” There have also been no complaints from the many stakeholder and local community groups, due to the impeccable management of environmental and traffic constraints. Daracon is an integrated company with a number of divisions including civil construction, mining, rail, landscaping and property. This has given them a degree of resilience through tough industry times, with the rail division currently working on ARTC projects, and the landscaping and property divisions engaged in a number of projects. Other recent civil projects have included the Third Hunter River Crossing, the Ravensworth North Upgrade and the environmental remediation of BHP’s former site at Mayfield. For more information contact Daracon Group, 17 James Street, Wallsend PO Box 299, Wallsend NSW 2287, phone 02 4903 7000, fax 02 4951 1070, website:


A WATER-TIGHT ASPHALT REPUTATION With their substantial experience in every aspect of spray sealing and a ‘can do’ approach, All Pavement Solutions (APS) deliver best-practice solutions for every project they undertake. At Bullaburra West Upgrade, they undertook bank stabilisation, erosion control and water proofing membrane works for Daracon. APS applied one coat of 7mm C170 Bitumen spray seal, using a Bobcat Broom and manual sweeping to prepare the area. Post-application, tipper trucks with aggregate were reversed over the spray seal, and manual sweeping carried out to ensure aggregates covered all areas evenly before the roller was used to finish the seal surface. “APS prides itself on a precision spray application, which in result leaves an extremely neat job for our clients,” said All Pavement Solutions Director, Craig Murphy. “We use a particular instrument to measure and record the temperature of the pavement. The temperature of the pavement is a crucial part of our operations, with works only being carried out if the temperature is at an ambient degree,” said Craig Murphy. “False pavement will occur if sealing is conducted with unsuitable temperatures. During the winter months, APS will discuss with the client undertaking seal works through the middle of the day where maximum temperature is achieved, and also using a cutter to cut the bitumen back. “Safety is also paramount. Every site is assessed individually for hazards including weather conditions and environmental factors, and all our staff hold Workplace Health and Safety Construction Induction Cards.


“Our highly experienced operations managers have knowledge gained over 20+ years in the industry, and can advise clients on the most appropriate solutions and recommendations on suitable spray sealing options (aggregate size or type of bitumen or primer seal). “All Pavement Solutions would like to say thank you to Daracon for awarding us the contract on the Bullaburra Upgrade.” Their reputation for professionalism ensures APS are in demand for projects where an extremely high level of quality is vital. In addition to other sections of the Great Western Highway,these have included Sydney Airport, Port Botany, NCIG, AGL Tomago, the MUR project, the M2 and M7. The range of services provided included AMC0 Primer Seal, 14mm and 7mm single coat spray seals, single coat poly seals and single coat poly/rubber seals. APS staff hold a wide range of certifications and licenses ranging from National License, Licenses to Perform High Risk Work, and Perform High Risk Work through to Dangerous Goods Driving License, Heavy Vehicle Driving License and Australian Asphalt Pavement Association Seal Design. APS hold National Code Compliance and are members of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association.

For more information contact All Pavement Solutions P/L, 3/322 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill NSW 2155, PO Box 735, Kellyville NSW 2155, phone 02 9679 2044, website


ESSENTIAL SURVEY SKILLS FOR EVERY ASPECT OF CIVIL PROJECTS With some extremely challenging terrain for a construction site, the site surveyor for the Bullaburra Upgrade on the Great Western Highway, Mountain Engineering Surveys, needed to have sharp eyes, an ability to manage multiple tasks, and a willingness to do a fair of amount of bushwalking. Company Director Andy Hickey was on site from the very first day, with the survey tasks ongoing until the final as built surveys in September or October of 2014. His scope included all the marking out for vegetation clearing, setting out for the bulk earthworks including the roads and the retaining wall structures, and the detailed set out for walls, footings, drainage, retention basins and the road alignments. “Snakes were the biggest worry, because I would be the first one into the bush for the vegetation clearing set out,” commented Andy. His tasks also included the accurate surveys for the road pavements, which involved surveying each one of five different layers and producing a conformance report for each separate layer. Once the final layer of asphalt was laid, he completed the line marking, guide posts and signage surveying and setout, in addition to taking measurements for everything constructed for the final as-built drawings. A Trimble WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

GPS system and Trimble Total Station were used, to ensure the most accurate and reliable data. In addition to preparing all the survey data, conformance reports and survey drawings, Andy performed the quantity calculations for materials, printed out plans on an as-needs basis. Being on site every day meant he was able to respond quickly to requests for assistance by the various subcontractors and Daracon’s team, anywhere on the site, which given the 100m drop from top of the site to the bottom meant a lot of legwork. Mountain Engineering has been providing cost-effective, reliable and efficient survey services since 1986, working across road projects, bridges and residential subdivisions. Their services include construction survey and set out, quantity estimating and as-built surveys. Other major projects the company has contributed their expertise to include the Moorebank overpass for the M5 widening project, the Sydney Desalination Pipeline, and the 6Km Road Realignment at Castlereagh. For more information contact Mountain Engineering Surveys Pty Ltd, Winmalee NSW, phone 0416 251 067 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BULLABURRA WEST UPGRADE 177

GEOTECHNICAL EXPERTISE TAMES THE TERRAIN The construction challenges on the Great Western Highway Upgrade at Bullaburra West included the extremely high degree of geotechnical difficulty created by the terrain. Daracon engaged the specialist expertise of JK Geotechnics to assist with resolving key aspects of the construction program, including the design and construction of the reinforced earth (RE) walls, the safe construction of deep rock cuttings, stabilisation of active landslides and construction of a 0.8m diameter underbore below the live rail corridor. “The design and construction of the RE walls provided the greatest geotechnical challenge. The Great Western Highway generally runs along a ridgeline and widening the road required three large RE walls, with maximum heights of about 16m, to be constructed on steep slopes of around 30o off the ridgeline,” commented JK Geotechnics Associate Woodie Theunissen. JK Geotechnics completed the global stability, sliding resistance and bearing capacity design for the RE walls in accordance with the RMS’ site-specific specification (R57), and also designed the temporary support systems for their construction. “Due to constraints placed by the RMS on material parameters and groundwater levels as well as the steeply sloping topography, difficulties were experienced in achieving the required Factors of Safety (FOS) within the available wall footprint,” said Woodie. “Following detailed analysis, refinement of subsurface conditions and parameters and extensive discussions with the RMS engineers, the required FOS were justified.” To allow construction of the RE walls vertical cuts to a maximum depth of about 15m were necessary which extended to the edge of the existing Great Western Highway. JK Geotechnics designed temporary support for these vertical cuts comprising rock bolts with shotcrete facing, and completed site inspections during excavation to verify that construction had been completed to design specifications. JK Geotechnics also progressively inspected the project’s rock cuttings 178 NSW PROJECT FEATURE BULLABURRA WEST UPGRADE

during excavation, advising on their stability and on remedial measures for sections which were identified as potentially unstable. Remediation advice was also provided for an active landslide (unrelated to the construction activities) which occurred within the project area. During the drilling of the underbore, JK Geotechnics staff provided materials inspection services and technical advice on minimising the risk of excessive movement being induced below the tracks during drilling operations. JK Geotechnics staff of geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists provide advice across all construction sectors including infrastructure, commercial construction, industrial projects, government projects, waterways, utilities, maritime and coastal developments. The services provided are varied and include:

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Numerical analysis of the interactions between structures and subsurface materials. Slope stability and groundwater modelling using both finite element and limit equilibrium packages. Geotechnical investigations. Route assessments. Construction supervision. Advice on excavation and retention. High level and piled footing design and pavement design.

As part of the JK Group, they have access to the in-house Soilcheck drilling services, Soil Test Services’ NATA accredited laboratory and Environmental Investigation Services who provide environmental assessment services For more information contact JK Group, 115 Wicks Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113, phone 02 9888 5000, fax 02 9888 5001, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

THE PERFECT RETAINING WALLS FOR TOUGH TERRAIN The Bullaburra West Upgrade is the most recent RMS project to install the The Reinforced Earth Company’s innovative and distinctive TerraClass® reinforced earth walls. TerraClass® walls provide a flexible and robust engineered solution for retaining walls which are designed to last for 100 years.

An integrated construction program was implemented by the RECO team. Design work commenced in January 2012 in readiness for the precasting which began in February 2012 and continued for the next 12 months. The first panels were delivered to site in May 2012 and onwards for an October 2012 to September 2013 construction period.

For the Bullaburra West Upgrade a reinforced soil structure was designed using precast cruciform-ribbed facing panels with a black exposed aggregate finish. The finish is intended to symbolise the rich mining history of the Blue Mountains and is a unique design specific to this and other Great Western Highway projects.

RECO’s team included a designer, design technician and project manager, who all made use of specialist technology to provide a quality project. The design modelling of the RE walls was completed using in-house computer programs. Valdez was used for the internal design of the walls, STARES for stability analysis of reinforced soil, and data processing programs for crash barrier loading checks and concrete panel capacity checks. RECO have the advantage of substantial engineering and technical expertise amongst their staff and the resources of a worldwide organisation to draw upon for local projects.

The TerraClass® system with its unique cruciform-shape design has become synonymous with RECO projects around the world. It is designed to withstand the elements, seismic activity, crash impacts, and is extremely suitable for soft ground. The benefit of the system for highway widening projects like Bullaburra West is that the walls are constructed from within the structure thereby saving on the space limitation of a very tight site. The wall reaches 15m in height and the panels are installed fairly rapidly with minimal environmental impact. The use of on-site backfill was incorporated into the design. The black exposed aggregate finish requires the front face of the panels to be water-blasted during the precasting stage. With consideration to environmental sustainable results RECO introduced a water pump system at their Tuggerah precasting facility which recycled this water on a daily basis. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more than 20 years RECO have been working on RMS projects in the Blue Mountains. Other sites include the Woodford Bends, Warrimoo, Linden Bends, Blackheath and more. The level of service the company provides, the flexibility of their approach to project challenges, logistical organisation, and overall design expertise makes them unique in the market as a provider of sustainable retaining wall solutions for large-scale applications. For more information contact Reinforced Earth Pty Limited, Level 4, 20 George Street Hornsby NSW 2077, phone 02 9910 9910, fax 02 9910 9999, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BULLABURRA WEST UPGRADE 179

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Suppliers of a large range of industrial hardware and fasteners, Timberfix successfully negotiated the supply and delivery for the Bullaburra Project.


Timberfix worked closely with Site Project Engineers, the Procurement team and our vast list of suppliers to ensure our products where delivered “on time and on budget”.

infrastructure. Having our own delivery service means we can offer service second to none. With our vast array of suppliers we are able to source almost any product.

Working with the engineers is paramount on a job of this nature, most products are specified and we MUST meet the stringent requirements of the principal contractor and the RMS. Some of the products supplied on the job include

“Our focus is to offer service to our customers which is like no other. If we receive an order by 5pm, it will be delivered to site the next morning (Syd Metro) area. We cater to all aspects of construction all around NSW and have recently opened a branch in QLD and vision of moving into the Victorian market. Although Sydney will be our focus over the next 5 years with the infrastructure boom” explains CEO Mr. Wayne Clark.

• Traffic barrier installation bolts with NATA certification and fully compliant to RMS B240. • Elastomeric sealants to RMS B312. • SIKA and Parchem products. • Curing Compounds to R82/3. • Full range of PPE and site safety supplies. • General fastener and hardware items. Timberfix has been servicing the construction industry in Sydney for more than 10 years. Our main areas of expertise include high end residential, commercial construction and


Timberfix have worked on other infrastructure projects including Leighton’s M2 Upgrade, Fulton Hogan Gerringong Project, John Holland Wyangala Dam upgrade, Lend Lease Engineering M5 Upgrade and Lend Lease Engineering Bullaburra Project.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the team on the Bullaburra project and look forward to working on your next project.


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Aesthetic Tactics For Road Infrastructure Stabilising the sliced landscape for the Bullaburra West Upgrade was the kind of challenge that Riverview Civil Pty Ltd revels in. With their specialty being gabion basket retaining walls, this company can bring to a project both a unique visual element along with a highly economical and environmentally considered product. With the Bullaburra West Upgrade being conducted by RMS, subcontracting the local Blue Mountains company of Riverview Civil was beneficial in terms of local knowledge as well as experience. Covering around 1300m3 of wall, Riverview Civil supplied and installed the gabion basket system – comprised of wire boxes filled with locally quarried rocks. A gabion wall is traditionally a modular system, and can be modified to suit virtually any geometric shape. For this project a 2 x 1 x 1m modular basket volume was used, with the basket made from aluminium-zinc wire with a PVC coating. A challenge experienced for this construction was the wall being up to 11.5metres in height at some places, along with the narrow access, required specialty crane equipment for its construction. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

A particular benefit of this system is its flexibility in design and mitigation of movement, with the use of a continuous lacing method using cable wire for interconnection. “Gabions offer a range of advantages over other retaining solutions because they are flexible, modular and porous. If built well, they can certainly add an aesthetic dimension or can be used for aesthetic reasons by an architect or an engineer. They compare very favourably to any other wall system, in terms of cost and technical aspects” Matthew Howell, Director commented. Working on projects across Australia, Riverview Civil cater to government, commercial and residential sectors. Other current and recent projects include Whytes Gully Waste Depot at Kembla Grange, a project with City Rail in the Blue Mountains, National Arboretum Canberra, and Mount Victoria Embankment Stabilisation. For further information contact Riverview Civil Pty Ltd, Matthew Howell, mobile 0408 836 323, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE BULLABURRA WEST UPGRADE 181

Impeccable construction Reputation MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hutchinson Builders CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $215million COMPLETION DATE : March 2014 ARCHITECT : Cox Architecture ENGINEER : Wood & Grieve Engineer Surveyor : WT Partnership

The $215M Metro Residences comprises 3 towers, Metro View is 40 storeys with 261 apartments, Metro Spire is 27 Storeys with 147 apartments & Metro Grand is 38 Storeys with 145 Apartments. Strength, diversity and integrity – just some of the words used to describe one of Australia’s largest privately-owned building and construction companies, Hutchinson Builders. The Hutchinson Builders heritage has been forged by over a century of service to the construction industry and is testament to the company’s commitment, expertise and integrity in all that it does. Boasting projects as diverse in purpose as they are in location, the Metro Residences in Chatswood has been an integral part of the company’s residential division. This stunning property hasn’t simply been about size and location for Hutchinson Builders, it has been about working hard to make the developers vision for pure luxury and design a reality. Site manager Andrew Gulliford said it was amazing to watch the three towers become a reality over time. “As the names suggest, Metro Grand, Metro View and Metro Spire, these three towers are nothing short of magnificent and are a bold and exciting addition to the Chatswood skyline,” he said. “While this world class residential community is well placed to take in generous views of the city skyline, they are also designed to be close to all the metropolitan delights and services of the exclusive North Shore and layouts that make them truly like no other. “Grand in both their size and their premium finishing touches, these outstanding residences offer a rare chance to experience the absolute height of luxury city living. “This is the beauty of Hutchinson Builders that we are able to undertake residential high-rise, commercial, mining and resources industry infrastructure projects, industrial, sporting, health, government, retail, education and more because we have the expertise and well trained staff to make it possible.” While the company prides itself on providing a comprehensive range of services its design and construct service has become renowned by its peer organisations as being one of the best in the business. “On projects such as this, working with a client and their architects, we are able to work from concept through to fully costed plans and drawings providing invaluable advice throughout the process. “The broad 182 NSW PROJECT FEATURE METRO RESIDENCES CHATSWOOD


range of experience we have in-house and the high calibre of our professional workforce means that we are able to achieve the client’s vision in the most cost-effective manner.” As Andrew highlight at Hutchinson Builders all staff believe they have reason to be justifiably proud of their capabilities.“We have worked together as a team to build a strong balance sheet over the past 100 years.“Over that period Hutchinson Builders has evolved into an awardwinning construction company with exceptional financial capacity, an impeccable reputation for fair dealing and a co-operative and flexible approach to contractual relations.“The values found in our brand are testament to the company’s commitment, expertise and integrity.” With its headquarters in Brisbane, Hutchinson Builders now has a network of offices throughout Australia that reaches from Cairns to Hobart, the Bowen Basin to the Pilbara and Sydney to Perth. The company is also establishing a presence in New Zealand. Chairman of the Board Scott Hutchinson and Managing Director Greg Quinn are working closely together to take Hutchinson’s into its second century as a vibrant, contemporary and innovative construction company that maintains a healthy respect for traditional values and the proud heritage that has been meticulously crafted over a century. While the company’s primary focus has been in Australia with the establishment of a presence on a national scale they have also undertaken projects in New Zealand, Japan and Canada. Hutchinson Builders continues to grow and develop to suit the ever changing economic and construction industry landscapes. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 23 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, NSW 2018, phone 02 8344 2400, fax 02 9313 7386, email WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Reliable air-conditioning When we think of luxury, glamour and relaxation we always equate that with being cool. Air-conditioning is the ultimate necessity for all modern developments and with the Metro Residences Chatswood, the focus was clearly on cooling a large, open plan living space while still maintaining a very natural feel. As specialists in design and construction of mechanical ventilation systems since 1976, Baratech Pty Ltd showcased on this project why they are at the forefront of the Mechanical Services industry in New South Wales. Director Matthew Eaton said Baratech had set the bar for integrity, service, quality and excellence in the HVAC field whether it is commercial, industrial or home airconditioning systems. “This Baratech ethic keeps us ahead of our competitors and underpins the fact that the majority of our work comes from repeat clients who are leaders in their own fields. “That said we always welcome the opportunity to partner with new clients to achieve comfort and energy efficiency for their environment.“Our specialist commercial, residential and service departments mean that every client gets the tailored expertise and attention that their project requires every time.” To provide the best possible service for its clients Baratech have established dedicated business units for each of its specialist areas of commercial air-conditioning projects, home air-conditioning projects and airconditioning service. Each area is equipped with the best resources and staffed with the most highly trained administrators and technicians to ensure that each and every project receives the attention and professionalism it deserves. The beauty of Baratech Pty Ltd is they are always looking towards the future and this has been highlighted with the company embracing new green technology. “As a member of the Green Building Council we partner with builders to perform the best-practice design for efficiency and sustainability and have achieved the coveted Green Star rating.” When working on larger projects such as the Metro Residences Chatswood, Baratech are able to provide such a complete service by providing

commercial service in mechanical, ventilation, air-conditioning, cleanrooms, stairwell, car park ventilation and process cooling. “This is the beauty of our team, they are able to provide design and construction for both small and very large commercial air-conditioning projects to make sure the working environments are comfortable, functional, sustainable and efficient. “Given the number of apartments throughout the three towers of this development it was very important that the systems were sustainable and efficient because the designers are attempting to provide a superior style of living.” For the Baratech team providing an airconditioning system is not simply about installing the best possible system for the space, but since 1996 the company has performed quality, reliable mechanical airconditioning service and maintenance across Sydney with a fully equipped fleet of airconditioning vehicles. The Baratech fully qualified team work with clients on both preventative maintenance and adhoc repairs to reduce down time, inconvenience costs through: • After-hours breakdown service • Programmed maintenance • Pipework installation • Ductwork installation • Commissioning and balancing • Written reports on condition and status of equipment • Water Reports (pathology) on water specimens taken during service • Fast response time on service calls. Baratech service also works to maintain completed projects under the 12-month warranty period. “There is a reason why Baratech continues to be at the top of our profession but we never rest on our laurels, so always encourage people to challenge us with new and exciting projects that can truly showcase our excellence.”

For more information contact Baratech Pty Ltd, 9 Sefton Road, Thornleigh NSW 2120, phone 02 9875 3088




Premium finishing touches When you are working on what has been described by developers as Chatswood’s tallest and most luxurious apartment building, you know there is room for only the best. This is where the experience and superior knowledge of the MTI Stone Pty Ltd team has really been allowed to shine on one of its most sensational projects in the company’s three years history. Metro Spire & View’s luxurious Skyhomes are wrapped in a curtain of glass allowing the stunning views to take centre stage. Inside they raise inspired cosmopolitan living to new heights with grand living spaces that include enormous flowing open plan living and kitchen areas that lead to brilliant indooroutdoor wintergardens and balconies. Developers guarantee that every room offers space, light and views and the kind of superior quality appointments rarely found in today’s new homes. MTI Stone Pty Ltd has been an integral part in ensuring that these apartments are not simply grand in their size but their premium 186 NSW PROJECT FEATURE METRO RESIDENCES CHATSWOOD

finishing touches and materials. Owner Memo Ibrahim who has worked with marble himself for over 25 years said there really is no other more beautiful finish than the one provided by marble. “Through it’s smooth lines, shine and variety of colours and patterns marble continues to provide a definite sense of luxury to these opulent apartment buildings,” he said. “Of course the designers want people to be swept away by the breathtaking views from these grand apartments, but they also want every inch to ooze style and modern living and we have created that through the installation of marble and porcelain tiles, bench tops and façade cladding. “I would describe the way we put the marble together in these apartments as nothing short of spectacular because this type of finish really is about enhancing the space, complimenting the furniture/décor while still making a clear and striking statement. “As developers highlight in regards to these residences, they are inspired by AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

the sheer drama of living on top of the world and really when you are dealing with one of man’s oldest materials what room isn’t beautifully transformed through its use.” On this project the work of MTI Stone Pty Ltd can clearly be seen from the moment you enter the well appointed lobby and the magnificent workmanship continues throughout the bathrooms, kitchens and balconies. “This is the ultimate in cosmopolitan living and for that reason we used special tiles on the cladding for the building of the lobby and the end result is nothing short of remarkable.” “Our craftsmanship continues to be showcased on a variety of well known projects throughout Australia including projects such as a number of private homes, Gardeners Apartments Mascot, Alora Apartments Baywater Drive Wentworth and Stella Apartments Victoria Park. “Whatever the size of the project our team always wants WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

to walk away knowing that the finish is second to none and when owners or developers are choosing such superior materials such as marble and porcelain there is a certain level of service that they expect. “I personally have enjoyed the variety that these different projects have provided with each designer/owner having a unique way in which they want our materials to help the living spaces flow and feel.” “I am open to sharing my knowledge and experience with each of my team members so they have the confidence they need to properly showcase the name MTI Stone Pty Ltd. “I am proud of how the company has grown since we started three years ago and based on continuing demand for our high quality materials and exceptional service I believe we can continue to experience further growth.” For more information contact MTI Stone Pty Ltd, 7/3 Tollis Place Seven Hills, NSW 2147, phone 02 9620 8330, fax 02 9620 8338 NSW PROJECT FEATURE METRO RESIDENCES CHATSWOOD 187

Beyond expectation When you have been operating continuously since 1956 and employ over 300 people, you know that you must be doing something right. As a privately owned Australian electrical engineering and data communication business, The Star Group of Companies continues to prove time and again why it is an industry leader. With its head office located in Condell Park Sydney, this company is an integral part of many major projects throughout New South Wales including the Metro Residences Project in Chatswood. Support can also be drawn from its other offices located in Sydney’s CBD, the Central Coast/Newcastle area and the Australian Capital Territory. The Star Group consists of six divisions with each division supporting specific aspects of the market, giving the Star Group the breadth to offer its services to the industry and allow it to offer a full design and construct service for projects in excess of $100 million. The Group’s capabilities include providing a full design and construct solution, lighting and power engineering, site installation, construction projects, maintenance, 24 hour service and national rollouts. In house specialists provide design and AutoCAD services to all divisions of The Star Group. It isn’t simply clients of The Star Group who recognise the excellence of this company as it continues to be named as a finalist or an award winner at many industry events. One recently included the National Electrical and Communications Association NSW and National 2013 Excellence Awards where the group was recognised as the winner in the Commercial/Large Project category for the Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment which included consolidating more than 53 out dated buildings into an integrated Acute Care facility and a Community Health Facility. Star Group’s Director Geoff Coleman said this award was recognition for the hard work and effort of the whole team involved. “The effort and resolve of the team went beyond normal expectation,” he said. “It would also mean recognition of the demonstrated capability of the Star Group to deliver such a project on time and within budget”. For more information contact The Star Group of Companies, 46 Harley Cr Condell Park, NSW 2200, phone 02 9708 7555, email 188


innovative jumpform Strategic Formwork is delighted to have been involved with the construction of the three towers of the Metro Apartments at Chatswood with Hutchinson Builders. Strategic Formwork supplied three self climbing “CoreMaker” jumpforms, one for each tower. Our CoreMaker jumpform was designed and developed in house and has accommodated many challenges that our clients have asked of us such as: • • • • •

Off form finish to the architects requirements. Follow on walls and working platforms to include small cell construction within the jumpform. 70m water head cast in through ties. Large three dimensional conical penetrations to accommodate the installation of water pipes. Accommodation and lifting of concrete placing booms.

All Photos: As-Built Architectural off form finish achieved with our CoreMaker at Westmead millennium project.

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Health Minister Jillian Skinner was joined by South Coast MP Shelley Hancock and Kiama MP Gareth Ward to officially open the $34.8 million Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre (SCCC) at Nowra. Mrs Skinner said today marked a momentous occasion in the delivery of cancer care services for the South Coast community. “This cancer care centre has been a labour of love for all involved and it is with great pleasure that I can join the community here today to celebrate its official opening,” Mrs Skinner said. “The NSW Government is committed to ensuring patients, particularly those with cancer, are able to access care and treatments closer to home. The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre will deliver this and much more. “Patients and their loved ones will now have access to this specialist care in the comfort of their community, when they need it most.” 190 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SHOALHAVEN CANCER CENTRE

Mrs Skinner was also joined at the opening members of the local community who have contributed to fundraising efforts over many years. “Thanks to generous fundraising by the Shoalhaven Linear Accelerator Appeal Committee, patients and their carers will also have access to accommodation on-site.” Mrs Hancock said the purposebuilt centre will improve access to essential cancer services through every stage of the patient journey. “From the state-of-the-art bricks and mortar to the cancer support and services delivered inside, this is a first-class facility and one that will be valued for years to come by local patients and their families,” Mrs Hancock said. “This $34.8 million facility will change the way cancer care is delivered to our community and it is with great pride that I can be here today to share this with residents of the Shoalhaven. “In a first for the Shoalhaven, the centre will also house integrated multidisciplinary cancer care services with bunkers, a linear accelerator and associated equipment to deliver radiotherapy treatment.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Mr Ward said the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre will work closely with the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre to ensure locals are receiving best, modern health care. “The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre will also enhance haematology,medical oncology and radiotherapy services, while also improving access and waiting times for both chemotherapy and radiotherapy services,” Mr Ward said. “This opening is great news for locals and will relieve pressure on the Illawarra Cancer Centre. I’m proud to be part of a government delivering better services for the community.” Mrs Skinner said the centre will also provide ambulatory care services with multidisciplinary clinics, allowing patients to have their treatment program planned in one visit with increased access to cancer treatment and support services. “I understand the building also has teaching and research facilities and scope for further service expansion, with capacity for a second linear accelerator and the potential for additional chemotherapy chairs in the future if needed,” Mrs Skinner said. “The WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

first patients to be treated by the new radiation therapy service are scheduled for care in early December.” Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is planning a community open day in early 2014 to share the centre’s capabilities with local residents. The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre is a joint-funded project, with the NSW Government providing $10 million and the Federal Government providing $23.8 million under the Regional Cancer Centres Health and Hospitals Fund Program. The NSW Government will fund the recurrent running costs of the unit. The Shoalhaven Linear Accelerator Appeal Committee also raised $1 million toward the patient accommodation lodge, which is part of the new centre.

For more information contact Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, phone 02 4222 5000, fax 02 4253 4878, email ISLHDTrim@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SHOALHAVEN CANCER CENTRE 191

Foundation solutions From design through to installation, Citilink Piling has been providing the Australian construction industry with foundation solutions since 2007. A professional and qualified team of thirty experienced staff members, including in-house engineers, ensure they deliver programs on time and within budget. Citilink Pilings experience boasts over 200 projects—from operating major multi-million dollar schemes, within both the commercial and civil infrastructure industries, through to smaller residential developments. They specialise in designing, manufacturing and installing quality and innovative piling solutions in or on poor ground and in challenging build environments. Citilink’s state of the art equipment is continuously updated utilising technology within Australia and worldwide. 192 NSW PROJECT FEATURE SHOALHAVEN CANCER CENTRE

With an emphasis on personal service, Citilink offers their clients a variety of methods and systems to ensure the project is completed in the simplest, cost effective, timely manner, together with accuracy and reliability. They continue to invest and improve in the company, employees, customers, community and the environment, striving to be the best in the industry. Citilink Piling’s dedication and expertise made them an obvious choice for the Shoalhaven Cancer Centre. With three staff working on the project, Citilink were responsible for the drilled foundation piles, ranging from 600 mm diameter to 900 mm diameter. The job proved to be extremely challenging due the immensely high strength rock limestone and high inflow of natural ground water. To overcome this problem, Citilink Piling turned to using core barrels with roller-bits to penetrate through the high strength rock. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Citilink Piling specialise in a variety of piling methods. The drilling of bore piles, range from 400 mm diameter to 2500 mm diameter, extending to 45 m in hard rock. The grout injected piles range from 300 mm to 1200 mm in diameter, to depths of 20 meters. They offer shoring or retention wall options, via drilling of contiguous and secant pile shoring walls, utilising either of the previous two methods. Citilink has the capabilities to design and fabricate screws in-house, as well as the equipment to install screws efficiently for screw piling projects. They also have the option of steel sheet piles, offering the opportunity to drive sheets from 600 mm wide to 1200 mm wide, and up to 16 m in depth. They can also offer driven piles, with the ability to drive timber, precast concrete and steel members up to 20 m in depth. Whatever your job, Citilink Piling can find the perfect foundation piling solution for you. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Other projects that Citilink Piling are currently working on include Majura Parkway Upgrade, the single largest road infrastructure investment in the ACT; and the Blacktown Hospital expansion.

For more information contact Citilink Piling, H.O. Quantum Corporate Park Unit 12 & 13, 287 Victoria Road, Rydalmere, NSW 2116, Workshop: 11 Ti-Tree Place, Wilberforce, NSW 2756, phone 02 9838 1802, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE SHOALHAVEN CANCER CENTRE 193

Infinity: reaching spectacular new heights With 81 levels (262 metres) of contemporary living and 549 meticulously designed apartments, this state of the art development will take your inner city lifestyle to a whole new level. MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Meriton Group PROJECT VALUE : $200 million COMPLETION : May 2014 ARCHITECT : DBI Design Pty Ltd Structural Engineer : Bonacci Group Pty Ltd + Meriton Group BUILDING Surveyor : B&P Surveys



Featuring breathtaking skyline views coupled with the finest in architecturally designed inner city living – Brisbane’s tallest residential tower, Infinity represents a new height in luxury. Developed by Meriton, Infinity has 81 levels and 547 lavish, light-filled apartments. Located in Herschel Street in North Quay, the building encapsulates the ultimate city lifestyle. Designed by the same architects as Meriton’s award-winning Soleil development in Brisbane’s Adelaide Street, the detailed planning, interior design and landscape architecture of Infinity ensures this landmark building is a CBD focal point. Infinity is epitomised by its state-of-theart finish, including two facades featuring contrasting vertical and horizontal strips. The integration of minimalist landscaping, colours and finishes further complements this innovative development. Its elegant apartments have been finished to the highest quality, incorporating an openplan design, gourmet kitchens and deluxe bathrooms. Ceiling-to-floor tinted windows frame the spectacular vistas – be it Mount Cootha, the Brisbane River or Moreton Bay. According to Meriton, it is unlikely this remarkable scenery will be built out – ensuring occupants will continue to enjoy the distinctive and impressive views unique to the area. In addition to luxuriously appointed living, Infinity also provides resort-style amenities, including an indoor heated lap pool and spa (which joins to an extensive outdoor deck), private gym and sauna. There is also 24-hour security, an onsite caretaker and a concierge. Even Infinity’s lifts are state-of-the-art, providing one of the world’s most efficient lift systems using the latest in elevator technology. The Schindler Miconic 10 lift system groups people who are travelling to the same floor,

reducing the amount of stops along the way and arriving at selected floors more quickly. Infinity also reinforces Meriton’s objective of leading the way in environmentally sustainable construction. The development incorporates energy-efficient lighting and appliances, water-efficient fixtures and fittings, and optimised indoor climate control. The building exemplifies the convenience of residing within the city, including easily accessible public transport, shopping, dining and entertainment. Infinity is a short stroll from Roma Street Parklands, Southbank Parklands, Queen Street Mall and the Treasury Casino. Just across the river by foot are the Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Wheel. Suncorp Stadium and the GABBA are also at Infinity’s doorstep, as is the Cultural Centre forecourt – incorporating Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Gallery. Victoria Park Golf Complex, West End, Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley and New Farm are also nearby. A range of premium schools including Brisbane Girls and Boys Grammar, St. Joesph’s College and Brisbane State High are also accessible, as are internationally recognised universities. Both Infinity and the ultra-high-rise Soleil are examples of the continuing success of the Australian owned and operated Meriton. This award-winning company, established by Managing Director Harry Triguboff AO in 1963, has constructed, sold and leased more than 60,000 apartments across Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Be it young couples, families, retirees, investors or owner-occupiers, Meriton’s deep understanding of the needs and wants of how Australians live is behind the design of every luxurious apartment. The company’s commitment to their developments and continued innovation is personified by Meriton’s philosophy: "We build, live and breathe apartments. We are consistently uncovering what the market wants, and we endeavour to meet what the market needs, not what we think it needs.” For more information contact Meriton Group, Level 11, Meriton Tower, 528 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9287 2888, fax 02 9287 2777 email, website



Engineering Excellence Bonacci Group was appointed to provide structural engineering services for the Infinity project by Meriton embarking on their second Brisbane development. Due to Bonacci Group’s early involvement during the initial concept phase, this project has no transfers and only ten tower columns. These were all located on the building’s perimeter, in order to maximise floor space and as a result of no transfers, a full building jumpform system. Ryan Campbell (Project Director) identified the main challenge on this project was redesigning the tower structure to add 4 extra levels to the top of the building as footings were about to be poured. This was achieved with no delay to site and minimal impact to unit areas which was a fantastic result and highly appreciated by the client. Bonacci Group’s wealth of experience in tall building design and construction in Australia for buildings over 80 levels was able to be applied to the design of this project to ensure the optimal structural solution was achieved. This solution based approach is extended to all of Bonacci Group’s projects and has earnt them an excellent reputation for quality of service, and for the economy and buildability of their designs. For more information contact Bonacci Group Pty Ltd, Suite 2300, Level 23, 127 Creek Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, phone. 02 8247 8400, fax 02 8247 8444, email, website 196 QLD PROJECT FEATURE INFINITY TOWER


In their Element Abseiling down the side of Brisbane’s tallest residential building is certainly not for the faint-hearted. However, it is an everyday occurrence for Element Rope Access and Safety – Queensland’s largest rope access company. The business provides a range of services for high-rise buildings, including building painting, maintenance and repairs, window and building cleaning, and the installation of safety systems. As well as installing Infinity’s abseil system (enabling its windows to be cleaned regularly and for building maintenance), Element Rope Access also cleaned and painted the building.

“We were on site at Infinity on and off for the past two years because we installed the abseil system as it went up. We were then full time on site for the last four months.” Nine of Element Rope Access’ 28 employees worked on Infinity. It continues to work on all the Meriton buildings across Queensland, including the previous Soleil development. As would be expected, safety is paramount – all its staff are professionally trained and have the latest equipment. The company also works very closely with the Australian Standards and AS/NZS systems.

“We also installed anchors down the side of the building. These lateral restraints keep the abseilers well vertical in case the wind picks up,” Element Rope Access and Safety’s Allen Rafter said.

“There’s a big future in rope access, as that’s the way a lot of buildings are going,” Allen said. Element Rope Access and Safety is also installing a rope access system for The Oracle luxury apartments on the Gold Coast.

Allen added that while all projects they work on are challenging, a building’s height could be a real test. “The higher they are the more challenging they are. However our work on Infinity was nothing that we haven’t faced before,” he said.

For more information contact Element Rope Access & Safety Pty Ltd, 48/28 Burnside Road, Ormeau QLD 4208, phone 1300 ELEMENT (353 636), fax: 07 3386 1234, email, website



Bourne to succeed The Monaco Apartments a $50M waterfront apartment project comprising 212 apartments from luxury terraces on the water to a 9 storey apartment block. Along Shoreline Drive on the Rhodes peninsular in Sydney, a number of apartment projects grab your attention for their impressive style. One such project is Azure Waterfront Apartments at 42 Shoreline Drive, completed in 2012 and another is Monaco Apartments, at 36 Shoreline Drive completed in April 2014. Both have been constructed by Westbourne

Constructions Pty Ltd, a specialist residential builder of quality apartments. The $55 million Monaco Apartments project was “inspired by the beauty and charm of the French Riviera”. The project consists of 4 buildings situated along the shoreline just a short walk to Rhodes train station and Rhodes Shopping Centre. Westbourne Constructions’ role began when the land was


purchased and included the management of the design process, the construction work and the handover of the completed apartments from the developer to the owner. The developer is the Bridgehill Group, “one of Australia’s fast growing property development groups”. The architect for the project is the award winning firm, SJB Architects Pty Ltd. The Monaco Apartments AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Main Construction Company : Westbourne Constructions Project end Value : $50 Million Completion date : January 2014 Architects : SJB Architects Consulting Engineer : Floth Surveyor : Denny Linker & Co

The entrance from Shoreline Drive is a spacious public space with a vista towards the water to the west, flowering and deciduous trees for spring and autumn colour and varied planting, including bamboo screen planting to provide privacy for the ground floor apartment courtyards. Westbourne Constructions took on board the Development Application condition, by Canada Bay Council, to provide public art. It commissioned artist Martin McClelland to produce a work which reflects the area’s past, when mangroves lined the foreshore. The result is a superbly stylised, curved artificial tree canopy capturing the natural beauty of the local flora. Westbourne Constructions is to be commended for fulfilling the Development Application condition in a way that enhances both the public space and the building, creating a stunning sculptural entry that stands out because of its uniqueness. Thirty staff from Westbourne Constructions worked on the Monaco Apartments project. “I would like to thank the Bridgehill Group, the architect, the contractors and the site team, headed by Site Manager Phil Moujalli, for their skill and dedication to ensuring the success of the development,” said Westbourne Constructions’ Director, Derek Pearson. “We are very proud of what we believe will be a landmark building in Rhodes.” Westbourne Constructions are currently working on Bridgehill Residences at 80 Alfred St, Misons Point. The project involves converting an office block, into an 18 storey residential tower with 135 apartments. The 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and the four penthouses offer extensive views of Sydney Harbour and have already all been sold, even though the project will not be completed until March 2015.

sits on precast driven pile foundations.The buildings are 2, 9 and 12 storeys. There are 3 retail spaces and 212 apartments which are a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and 2 storey terraces right by the water. Other than the terraces, most apartments are single level. However, some apartments which have walled courtyards on the ground floor are double storey to allow access to views from the upper storey. The price range for apartments and terraces is up to $1.35 million. A basement WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

car park over 2 levels provides space for approximately 230 cars. The buildings are concrete framed with post-tensioned slabs. While the Monaco Apartments comprise a harmonious grouping of buildings, the buildings also have individuality which is expressed through their forms, materials and colours which include sandstone cladding imported from China, brown brick, light weight concrete, aluminium cladding, grey, laser cut, patterned metal screens, bands of bright yellow and glass.

Westbourne Constructions and its personnel are committed throughout the construction phase “to delivering a first class quality project completed on a programme, working closely with the project team professionals, financiers and consultants to ensure the completed project achieves its full potential.” For more information contact Westbourne Constructions Pty Ltd, Suite 23, 12 Tryon Road, Lindfield NSW 2070, phone: 02 9413 8442, fax 02 9413 8441, email, website








Woodford To Hazelbrook includes widening the highway to a four lane divided road, with a centre median and shoulders to provide quicker travel times & Improved local access. The Great Western Highway is a 210 kilometre roadway linking Sydney to Bathurst in the NSW Central West. Funded by the State and Federal Governments, the Blue Mountains upgrade of the Great Western Highway involves widening the roadway to four lanes between Emu Plains and Katoomba and undertaking safety improvements between Katoomba and Mount Victoria. The upgrade was commissioned to improve travel times for motorists and provide a safer road environment for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The Woodford to Hazelbrook section of the Great Western Highway upgrade is being delivered by the Lawson Alliance, comprising

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Lend Lease and Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) as the Alliance partners and URS as the designer. “In August 2013 Abigroup and Baulderstone integrated into their parent company, Lend Lease. So while we joined the Lawson Alliance as Abigroup, we are now finishing the work under the Lend Lease brand,” said Alliance Manager Paul Cejka. Woodford to Hazelbrook After completing two earlier stages of the upgrade, The Lawson Alliance was approached to complete the Woodford to Hazelbrook (W2H) upgrade when the original contractor


departed the project. Work commenced in Sept 2012 to widen 3.2km of existing highway between Winbourne Road, Hazelbrook and Station Street, Woodford to a four lane, divided road. Project features “In addition to widening the existing highway we also installed a concrete centre median strip and added shoulders to the roadway on both sides of the highway. An off-road pedestrian and service road path connected with pathways built in earlier stages of the project. The local railway station and shopping centre were connected with a new pedestrian bridge at Winbourne Road and AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

local traffic entering from side roads are catered for with new protected centre bays at Clearview Parade, Park Road and Woodford Avenue. Full size bus stop bays were created and the full length of the project will be landscaped before the project is completed. “A full stormwater system has been installed, including water detention basins. In fact managing rainwater run off during the delivery of the project was a key environmental consideration during the project,” said Paul. Challenges & Innovations According to the RMS, about 24,000 vehicles a day travel on this section of the highway. Heavy vehicles make up about 12 per cent of the traffic with more than half the road freight transport between the central west and Sydney using the Great Western Highway. “Maintaining traffic flow and minimising disruption for local residents continues to be a daily consideration,” said Paul. The narrow road corridor means there is no room for stockpiling materials and the close proximity of the worksite to local residents means strict limitations for construction hours and vibration. “Vibration monitoring, control of dust and the management of site water were important not only because of how close the site was to local homes, but also because of the proximity to the Blue Mountains National Park,” said Paul. The route is also historically significant to both Indigenous Australians and early settlers, so heritage items were documented as they were uncovered during the works. “From a technical perspective, we also had climactic considerations on this project. In winter we needed to adjust the concrete mix temperature so we could continue concrete placement when the temperature dropped. In summer, dust control became a factor in hot and windy weather,” said Paul. LTI Free “A key achievement on the W2H upgrade was the implementation of the Lend Lease Incident and Injury Free system, which contributed to a best result achieved during 2013 of 415 work days with no lost time for injury (LTI),” said Paul. “We developed a plan for the site’s journey to becoming Incident and Injury Free and encouraged all of the work groups on the project to provide feedback on how we could achieve the goal of remaining at zero LTI,” he said. Work is currently expected to be completed in July 2014. For more information contact Lend Lease, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


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reliability, service and safety With a focus on providing quality crane services, a quick response and maximum value, DJ Adair Crane Services Pty Ltd has earned a solid reputation within the construction industry for reliability, service and safety. Established in 1987, DJ Adair Crane Services was founded by its Managing Director Danny Adair who has almost 30 years of experience in the industry. This family-run company has evolved from having one 10-tonne crane to an impressive and diverse fleet of cranes ranging from eight tonnes to 300 tonnes. Its fleet includes Franna cranes, truck cranes, city cranes, all-terrain cranes and crawler cranes. DJ Adair Crane Services worked as part hire on the Woodford to Hazelbrook upgrade, completing parts of the construction, including power poles and general lifting. Up to seven staff worked on the project, which Danny said went smoothly. Operating 24 hours, seven days a week, DJ Adair Crane Services offers a range of works to its clients. This includes shutdowns, highway


maintenance and construction, railway maintenance, civil works, commercial, industrial and residential developments and more. It also provides free on site inspections as well as comprehensive lift planning. DJ Adair Crane Services has been involved in a number of major constructions over the years. These projects include the M2 Motorway Upgrade, Port Botany expansion, noise wall installation for the M2 and M7 Motorways, Chatswood to Epping Rail link, Liverpool to Ashfield Pipeline and many more. It has also worked on display placements for the Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum for more than 20 years. As well as upcoming construction projects, DJ Adair Crane Services is also working on the Port Botany D ramp expansion for Fulton Hogan doing general construction, lifting bridge beams and other support. Up to 16 employees are working on the site. For more information contact DJ Adair Crane Services Pty Ltd, 69 Loftus Street Riverstone NSW 2765, PO Box 823 Windsor NSW 2756, phone 02 9627 9503, mobile 0412 331 113, fax 02 9627 9509, email, website


A new lease of life The $125M Wallace Wurth Redevelopment involves a 10,000sqm expansion and refurbishment of the existing Wallace Wurth building at UNSW’s Kensington campus to provide increased research and teaching spaces for the next generation of biomedical scientists. CLIENT : UNSW MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Lend Lease CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $125 million COMPLETION DATE : April 2014 ARCHITECT : Lahznimmo in association with Wilson Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : TTW surveyor : CMS Surveyors


and resources that can lead to that light bulb moment. We now have very-well designed collaborative spaces for this purpose.” As well as fostering co-operation, the redevelopment has opened up the building, bringing natural light into the environment. “Architecturally, it is a very bright and airy building. It has a lot of natural light for a building of its size. One of the features is the glazed roof atrium, which also brings plenty of natural light into the building,” Geoffrey said. “It is also connected to the adjacent buildings on all levels, promoting cross-faculty collaboration. Quite a few science students are taught in the Medical Faculty so it brings science students into the Faculty of Medicine building.”

The UNSW’s Wallace Wurth redevelopment project has revitalised the teaching, learning and research spaces for more than 1250 students and 750 research personnel within the university’s Faculty of Medicine. Completed in April and with a construction budget of $125m, the 23,000sqm building provides a combination of teaching and research facilities, supporting vital advances in the research, knowledge and understanding of medical science. “It took a 50-year-old building and has given it a new 50-year lease of life and just about doubled it in size as well,” UNSW Senior Project Manager Geoffrey Leeson said. “There are seven floors. We have two floors for undergraduate teaching, five floors of research and one floor for research support services. “It’s consolidated most of the teaching activities in the building where previously they were scattered around. It is very much state-of-the-art teaching facilities including the latest style of collaborative learning spaces. “The research laboratories are now very flexibly laid out, so if research groups expand or contract in size they can move within the larger laboratory space. “It has also enabled a much more flexible use of shared services as well as increased interaction between scientists and researchers as a result of the collaborative spaces outside of these laboratories. “This is very important for scientists and researchers to be able to meet up, have discussions and share knowledge

Over the three-year life of the project (the first stage of the project — the construction of the new east wing was completed in May 2013), 2000 construction workers were inducted into the construction site. The redevelopment also meant a few movements for students and personnel. “It’s been very challenging from that point of view,” Geoffrey said, adding that occupancy had to initially contract into the existing building during the redevelopment works. When students and personnel were then able to move into the new building, the existing building then had to undergo refurbishment works. “There has been quite a bit of interruption during the past three years. However, the students and staff are now thriving in their new environment.” The Wallace Wurth redevelopment project has also ensured the UNSW will continue to be an internationally recognised leader in the expanding field of biomedical research and teaching. Together with the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the UNSW Biological Sciences Building, the Wallace Wurth redevelopment (which also houses the Kirby Institute and its research programs), has formed a biomedical research precinct within the university’s upper campus. “There’s a quote from the Dean of UNSW Medicine, Professor Peter Smith who said ‘The revitalised Wallace Wurth building will be the cornerstone of our medical research and teaching strength for decades to come,” Geoffrey adds.“That pretty well sums it up.” For more information regarding the UNSW Wallace Wurth building redevelopment project contact Geoffrey Leeson, or visit




Big interiors, supreme results Bigway Interiors is no stranger to fitting out large and complex buildings such as the revitalised 23,000m2 Wallace Wurth Building at the University of NSW. The company has a long track record working on universities, medical centres, commercial buildings and other extensive developments throughout its long history and its collaborative working partnership with Lend Lease. “We did the complete fitout (for the building),” Bigway Interiors Managing Director Joseph Matic said. “We also did some joinery, ceilings, doors, glazing – the entire site.” The company’s reputation for quality craftsmanship and delivering projects to the highest standard is evident throughout its work on the UNSW Wallace Wurth Building. What’s more, its record of accomplishment in fitting out redeveloped and new buildings ensured that any challenges thrown up on the job were easily handled. “Challenges are normal to us, it’s an everyday occurrence,” Joseph added. “In normal terms there were challenges, because it was a refurbishment in a new building and a base building fitout. It (was a) picture of many different things, it’s a complex.” Bigway Interiors is currently working on a number of projects, including a fitout for a building at the Royal Northshore Hospital and another research institute centre at the University of Technology Sydney. In addition to the Wallace Wurth Building, the company has carried out many other fitout projects for the UNSW as well as other commercial buildings. “We have a number (of projects) with a variety of work involved. We are all specialists (at Bigway Interiors), we’re a great company in that respect – we have worked on a lot of great projects.” Founded in 1987 by Joseph, who started in the industry in 1984, Bigway Interiors Pty WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Ltd has grown to become a leading provider of interior fitouts and refurbishments. The company prides itself on its efficient, costeffective and personalised service as well as quality workmanship. Bigway Interiors provides a range of working environments, be it commercial office fitouts and refurbishments, specialised temporary displays, retail spaces, domestic joinery or any other interior construction. The company can also design packages and services to cater to individual client needs. Its extensive knowledge of the construction industry and contracting means Bigway Interiors can carry out a project from design right through to construction. Its specialised project management teams include onsite supervisors, production teams, in-house joinery manufacturers and partitioning teams. An assigned Project Manager provides a single point of contact from the very beginning and ensures projects are carried out to a program’s time and budget, while also ensuring the highest quality standards. For particularly large projects, Bigway Interiors may provide a full-time onsite supervisor to report directly to the Project Manager. In addition, Bigway Interiors’ commitment to workplace health and safety, has seen it establish and continually review extensive safety policies and management systems, which are implemented on every project. Bigway Interiors also continues to enjoy a long partnership with Lend Lease that has seen it work with the construction company over many years on a number of projects, including the newly completed Wallace Wurth Building. “We have a long association with Lend Lease and have collaborated on a lot of successful projects,” Joseph said. “Lend Lease is a major contractor for Bigway Interiors and we have a long history of success for both parties.” For more information contact Bigway Interiors, 12 Elizabeth Street, Wetherill Park, NSW 2164, phone 02 9757 1177, fax 02 9757 2838, email, website


A challenging fast-track retail project The $41M Churchill North Shopping Centre includes a full-line Coles Supermarket, K-Mart Department Store, specialty food shops, mixed use tenancies, an enclosed mall, kiosks. Showcasing a long list of industry awards won in 2013 alone, Hansen Yuncken continues to be a leader in its field. For over 95 years, Hansen Yuncken has been delivering major commercial and institutional buildings – some 4500 projects in all across Australia. The breadth of this company’s abilities can be seen in the range of projects that Hansen Yuncken is involved with. Within South Australia the company is currently managing projects such as the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, 50 Flinders Street Office Development, Lyell McEwin Hospital Stage C and the new Churchill North Shopping Centre, due for completion in May 2014. Hansen Yuncken’s Project Manager for Churchill North, Michael Mappas said “Hansen Yuncken is a proven long-term partner of choice in the commercial contracting arena. Our ability to 210 SA PROJECT FEATURE CHURCHILL NORTH SHOPPING CENTRE

consistently deliver projects that exceed our client's expectations is shaped by our commitment to supporting the best people with innovative market-leading processes, which are focused on delivering building value. We are delivering this on Churchill North for our client Axiom Properties by meeting an aggressive program, effectively managing a range of project risks and finding proactive value-for-money solutions. “The Churchill North Shopping Centre is an interesting project as we have clear requirements from large retailers such as Coles and Kmart for how their stores should be structured, combined with a range of several mini-majors and nearly 60 specialty tenancies,” he said. “Add to that over 900 carparks, which are provided on this new-build development site that encompasses 75,000sqm. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

redesign of the building’s footings. This avoided an extensive cut to fill exercise and reduced the program by two months. Being a Fast Track Design and Construct project Hansen Yuncken engaged and lead a design team that worked closely with the major tenants and the Client, Axiom Properties to incorporate brief requirements. The design team comprised Hames Sharley Architects, Wallbridge & Gilbert Consulting Engineers, BCA Engineers and Buildsurv. To acknowledge the site’s heritage, elements such as reclaimed timber beams and rail lines salvaged from the railway have been incorporated into the building for streetscape furniture and feature ceiling beams as well as industrial features, which fit with the complex’s modern and sharp lines. The mall, which varies in width from 8m to 10m at various points with wider throat openings at the entrances to the Major Tenancies, extends from the southern end of the complex to the entrance of the Costco Store currently under construction. The mall floors are finished in porcelain tiles and natural bluestone in the fresh produce market court. A continuous glazed skylight runs the length of the mall to bring natural daylight into the mall and reflect off the ‘bronze’ metal clad bulkhead. Hansen Yuncken worked closely with Tenancy Co-ordinators, Mott McDonald, to facilitate changes to the base building that would satisfy the requirement of each individual shop fit-out whilst still maintaining the original date for completion set prior to the commencement of construction.


Fostering partnerships based on honest, respectful and inclusive practices ensures each project utilises the strengths of all people involved - this enables opportunities to be detected early on and assists in proactively managing ongoing complex works. From the beginning right through to the end of a project we are showing our clients that we know our business and we are focused on making their project experience a successful and rewarding one. Hansen Yuncken has contributed at national and state levels in senior and committee roles on organisations such as the Master Builders, the Australian Institute of Building, the Property Council, and the Green Building Council of Australia because we constantly strive for a better industry. For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 191 Fullarton Road, Dulwich SA 5065, phone 08 8229 7300, fax 08 8229 7301, email, website

The site itself created a number of challenges that had to be planned thoroughly before any works actually commenced on-site. The Islington workshop complex was established on the land in 1891 as the major railway workshop in SA and was further upgraded over the years to include workshops that manufactured boilers, electric cranes, and even military equipment during World War II, before being gradually rationalised to predominantly metal fabrication workshops. Although the Commonwealth undertook remediation of the site from 1997 to early 2003, initial site investigations identified a large volume of clean yet uncontrolled fill and building rubble covering the site. Through design a simple yet effective and fast compaction method was developed and adopted that combined impact rolling and the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU




DCM Services Sets Standards From The Start Design, value, quality and delivery; these are just some of the words that can describe DCM Services, (Design & Construct Mechanical Services Pty Ltd). Going from strength to strength in the current market, DCM Services is lead by a management team who were selected to be part of the team due to their integrity and enthusiasm and diverse range of experience, which complements the team's capabilities. DCM Services provide quality, innovative, engineered air-conditioning, mechanical services solutions and installations, therefore were in charge of the procurement and construction of the air-conditioning and ventilation to the major and specialty tenancies on this project. The systems incorporated were gas fired VRF Systems, Roof top package arrangements with economy cycle operation, smoke exhaust and pressurisation, central plant configuration, heating hot water reticulation, ducted split air-conditioning and BMS controls, with a large part of the services exposed to view. “On this project we were working with very tight time constraints, but this was easily overcome with our systems, procedures and structure,” David said. “On all our projects we strive to be the best in all facets of what we do, including value adding to ensure we regularly exceed our clients’ expectations. “We listen to our clients and plan to over deliver to ensure our projects and our people are viewed in the industry as market leaders because we believe repeat clients are the best clients. “As can be seen on this project, the key to our success in construction delivery is our planning and communication and we pride ourselves on thorough planning and have implemented systems to ensure projects are planned properly to meet our client's program requirements. “Our skilled site supervisors are key to the successful outcome of delivering projects. They are an integral part of the DCM team, along with the selection of key subcontractors to join us on the journey.”


This quality focus and superior project delivery can also be seen on the company’s other recent projects including, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Myer Central Plant upgrade, Quest Apartments Adelaide, Westfield Westlakes Shopping Centre Extensions, ASC MST Upgrade. The range of services provide by DCM Services includes: • Design and construct contracting, • Energy efficient initiatives; • Mechanical services contract installations: • BIM Modelling • Quality installations; • Off site prefabrication; • Green Star & NABERS rated projects • Mechanical HVAC engineering; • Preventative maintenance • Value engineered solutions. The DCM Team have vast experience in installation and design & construct for all sectors of mechanical services projects such as: • High rise office and apartment installation • Shopping Centres • Cleanroom, Pharmaceutical, Operating theatres • Industrial Ventilation and Dust Extraction • Commercial Office & Fitout • Computer Room Data Centres • Existing Building Refurbishment • Thermal Plant Installation & Refurbishment “At DCM Services we pride ourselves on project delivery; we know we are only as good as our last project and we always strive to be better for the next.”

For more information contact DCM Services (Design and Construct Mechanical Services Pty Ltd), 283 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Brooklyn Park, SA, phone 08 8328 3837, website www.


Passion produces perfect results From small beginnings and a desire to share his passion for quality carpentry, PB Carpentry is fast becoming the business to work with throughout South Australia. Based in Adelaide, Patrick Burns and his 23 person team are specialists in domestic and commercial carpentry following a simple philosophy of producing and delivering the best quality work at the best price. Patrick said as a proudly South Australian owned and operated carpentry business, PB Carpentry had a good history in the building industry and had worked with many quality Australian builders throughout its year of operation. “The range of our projects is vast and means that we are able to bring our experience and successful outcomes to work that ranges from small extensions to projects worth $60 million,” he said. “On a site our capability is there for everyone to see, but we continue to strive to give our clients peace of mind off the work site as well. “It is for this reason that many of our clients are our greatest advocates highlighting that we provide a total client focus, a co-operative approach, excellent communication, professionalism and integrity, problem solving ability and also a good follow up combined with personalised service.” 214 SA PROJECT FEATURE CHURCHILL NORTH SHOPPING CENTRE

This professionalism was shown with PB Carpentry’s work on the Churchill North Shopping Centre where the team provided the timber wall framing for both the Coles and Kmart stores, the second fix to all of the shopping centre and even the fire doors. “Whether working on the Mayfair Hotel, Calvery Hospital or a retail project such as Churchill North Shopping Centre we consistently seek to provide value and innovation across all aspects of a project. “Building value is an intrinsic part of the culture at PB Carpentry, so we offer a wide range of services to enable our clients to achieve the best possible outcomes for their project delivery and facility operation.”

For more information contact PB Carpentry (SA) Pty Ltd, Unit3/31 Byre Avenue, Somerton Park, SA 5044, phone Pat 0407 333 338 or Jason 0404 063 888 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Milestone highlights company’s quality As Aluco Aluminium Windows and Doors comes up to its 20 year milestone in 2014, Director Chris Burns is proud of where this company has come in such a short time. With Chris highlighting that the business was originally established to service the commercial aluminium and glass industry, it has now become one of the leading aluminium and glass fabricators in South Australia. Chris said the companies focus is clearly on expertise, capability, reliability and quality. “We work closely with our clients, architects, design engineers, property developers, local councils and government authorities to ensure all projects are cost effective in design, manufacture and installation and meet Australian standards,” he said.

was important that we maintained a clear focus on quality and a professional finish.” “It is this desire to maintain such a high standard of work that our management team regularly monitors the progress of various projects to ensure that we consistently deliver quality of service and guarantee a dynamic business into the future.” “We work on such a broad range of projects including the Mayfair Hotel, University of South Australia Learning Centre and unique ventures such as the Tonsley Park Redevelopment that it is important that we remain up to date on the latest building techniques so our staff are always highly trained and in keeping with our own quality policy.”

“Through the variety of projects we have worked on we have continued to highlight the strength and versatility of aluminium through our design, manufacture and installation processes.”

“Our quality system was implemented to further enhance the standard of our projects and the workmanship offered to our clients, giving our clients the additional comfort and satisfaction that we are totally focused on meeting their needs.”

One of Aluco’s recent projects was the $41 million Churchill North Shopping Centre providing all internal and external windows and doors. “Given the major retailers that would be utilising this facility, it

For more information contact Aluco, 6 Dunorlan Road, Edwardstown, SA 5039, phone 08 8276 5555, fax 08 8276 5077, email



a complete and impressive service Roofmax are pleased to have been involved in the dynamic construction of the Churchill North Shopping Centre, one of the largest projects in Adelaide, supplying and installing 26000m2 of insulated roof panel. The successful completion of the project has been demonstrated through the skilled workmanship and combined efforts and experience of qualified Project Managers and Supervisors proficient in managing the project with safety, efficiency and diligence from start to finish.

According to Roofmax owner Managing Director Mark Burns, much of the success of the company has been the combined efforts of a qualified and professional team with the aim to exceed the customers’ expectations every time on time. This has been further achieved through instilling a company philosophy of ‘no incidents’ – ‘no accidents’ and by continually monitoring and initiating ideas and strategies to improve safety performance whilst still remaining competitive in today’s tendering market and never compromising on safety.

Roofmax are proud winners of the Arrium Mining and One Steel Excellence Awards in 2013 granted ‘Safety Contractor of the Year’ installing roofing and cladding on the sizeable and challenging Whyalla Port Expansion Project in South Australia. Roofmax continues to practice the values of Occupational Health & Safety with a rigorous process of designs and systems for safety management which is communicated to all employees of the Roofmax team to enable a safer working environment.

With over 30 years of experience in roofing and employing over 40 workers at any given time from Estimators, Project Managers, Supervisors and Qualified Roof Plumbers the Roofmax team is experienced to manage any project, large or small.

Consider Roofmax for your next innovative and cost-effective roofing and cladding project.

For more information contact Roofmax Pty Ltd, Unit 1, 2 Hewer Street Hampstead Gardens, SA 5086, phone 08 8261 5899, email



Achievement and experience continue to shine Successfully operating for 14 years, Shield Fire Systems is the achievement of directors and owners Mark Martini and Paul Cavaiuolo, who have a combined 59 years in the Fire Protection Industry. Both are well respected in the industry and continue to strengthen Shield Fire System’s position in the marketplace through their commitment to providing client value for investment and overall satisfaction. The company’s work on the exceptional Churchill North Shopping Centre shows its rewarding trend towards larger and more prominent projects. Mark said the whole team were proud of its technical capability and the quality of Shield Fire System’s product. “A hands on approach and constant contact with site based staff ensures close monitoring of the installation progress, quality and opportunities for improvement,” he said. “The outstanding quality of our work can be seen in a variety of projects from office fit outs , to high profile jobs like the Air Services Australia new flight control tower – our work is all about versatility and definitely quality.” For more information Shield Fire Systems, 37A Manton Street Hindmarsh, SA 5007, phone 08 83555 222, fax 08 8346 6077, email

Churchill North Shopping Centre, SA





exceptional design and location The Ibis Adelaide Hotel will consist of 311 modern hotel rooms, food & beverage outlets, conference & meeting facilities, guest lounge, business facilities, fitness centre and recreation space. The new $65 million Ibis Adelaide Hotel will be the first purpose-built economy hotel to open in Adelaide in more than two decades. It will also be the first internationally branded hotel of its type according to James Hines, the Managing Director of Hines Property, the company that initiated the project. Hines Property, an integrated property development and property management group is one of the most active developers in South Australia, with over $350 million in developments, planned, underway or complete in the Adelaide CBD area alone. Its experience ranges across high rise residential developments, commercial/ retail developments and hotel developments.

DEVELOPER : Hines Property BUILDER : Watpac Construction COMPLETION DATE : Mid 2014 ARCHITECT : Pruszinski Architects STRUCTURE: PT Design SERVICES : Lucid Consulting ACOUSTIC : Aurecon COST PLANNING : Rider Levett Bucknall WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Designed by Pruszinski Architects, the Ibis Adelaide Hotel, at 122 Grenfell Street, is in the heart of the Adelaide CBD, next to Adelaide's famous shopping and dining precincts, Rundle Mall and Rundle Street. The hotel is just a few minutes stroll from Adelaide's Arts district which includes Dunstan Playhouse and the Festival Centre. The Adelaide Convention Centre, Botanic Gardens, National Wine Centre and the Royal Adelaide Hospital are all within walking distance. The new hotel will rise 17 levels into the Adelaide skyline and have panoramic views over Hindmarsh Square and to the Adelaide Hills. It will boast 311 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities, a guest lounge, restaurant, bar, a fitness centre and WiFi coverage. The development will also include ground floor retail tenancies fronting Grenfell Street. “The Ibis mega-brand is owned by Accor, one of the world’s leading hotel operators, and their involvement in the management of the hotel is a testament to the calibre of the project and its prime location,” said James Hines. Ibis Adelaide Hotel marks the fifth major development undertaken by Hines Property in the Hindmarsh Square precinct in

Adelaide’s CBD, having completed the nearby award winning $100 million Crowne Plaza Adelaide hotel and the adjoining $50 million 20 Hindmarsh Square apartment complex. Hines Property also developed the $70 million national award-winning Conservatory office and residential development on Hindmarsh Square, the $30 million Domain Apartments development and the $50 million Mantra on Hindmarsh Square serviced apartment development. Watpac Construction was appointed as the design and construct contractor on the hotel. They began construction in early 2013 with a mid 2014 completion date. The project has created more than 200 construction jobs. The construction of the building was designed as a structural steel frame with steel deck, concrete floors (with the lower floors being transfer slabs of traditional style framework), concrete columns, beams and slabs. The external design comprises three-dimensional, Brighton Lite architectural precast façade panels combined with aluminium double-glazed windows and curtain walling. “This will be a key development for Adelaide,” said Chief Operating Officer Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath. “It will also complement the significant level of private and public sector investment already underway in the city’s burgeoning tourism sector, particularly the new Adelaide Oval and the Convention Centre expansion which are both scheduled for completion in 2014. We believe the exceptional design and location of the Ibis Adelaide will appeal to both the corporate and leisure travel markets and we’re looking forward to welcoming our first guests in 2014.” For more information contact Hines Property Adelaide, Level 2, Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, SA, 5000, phone 08 8206 8855, email mail@hinesproperty., SA PROJECT FEATURE THE IBIS HOTEL 219

Design and construct Team Player Climat Commercial Pty Ltd won the mechanical services design and construct contract for the Ibis Hotel project. Climat Commercial is a medium to large sized mechanical services contracting company with extensive experience in all forms of mechanical services contracting, including refrigerated air conditioning, chilled water systems, built-up plant and full building management control systems. The company employs 35 staff including estimators, engineers, project managers, draftspersons, supervisors, installation personnel, commissioning and service technicians. Climat Commercial has undertaken over 1000 projects and achieved a DPTI category 1 rating. Its high standard of works, customer focus and continual exceeding of project goals has enabled Climat Commercial to become a well respected contractor of choice. For the Ibis Hotel project, Climat Commercial was responsible for the detailed engineering coordination, project management, supervision, installation and commissioning of the mechanical services. It was also contracted on a DnC basis covering the overall design. Services included refrigerated air conditioning (single system and multihead), whole of building heat recovery ventilation, exhaust, kitchen hoods, general smoke control systems and building management system. The Construction Design team comprising Climat Commercial, Watpac Construction and Lucid Consulting Australia assessed alternative mechanical services options for the Ibis Hotel. These resulted in significant savings over the original concept and were subsequently accepted by the Hotel Operator as an alternative solution to their Design Brief. In conjunction with Watpac Constructions, Climat Commercial also took the lead role in coordinating the site 220 SA PROJECT FEATURE THE IBIS HOTEL

services team and achieving a practical result in an extremely tight ceiling space. Overall the project had a short construction program in a small CBD site which did not pose a problem. “This is a well drilled team that delivers on project outcomes from start to finish,” said Adam Percy, the company’s General Manager. Climat Commercial’s capabilities include general air conditioning, VRF multi-head systems, chilled and hot water systems, heat recovery, general ventilation systems, specialised extraction, hazardous areas, building management systems and associated works such as plant platforms, minor building, electrical and plumbing. The Company’s projects have included hotel, retail, schools, hospitals, multistorey office, industrial and mining. The company has also been involved in key government projects such as Womens & Childrens Hospital Refurbishment, Glenside Hospital and Police Academy Fort Largs. Climat Commercial takes pride in its dedicated staff, technical capability, customer service, project operations and results, “Our philosophy is to provide value at the start through design or innovation, then sort out any issues as early as possible and then keep hammering ahead” said Adam Percy. “This allows us to hit targets and take care of the most important part of the project, the last 10%”

For more information contact Climat Commercial Pty Ltd, 85 Harrison Rd, Dudley Pk, SA 5008, phone 08 7324 8222, fax 08 8312 2526, mobile 04 3947 0028, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



Consistent and high standard partitions and ceilings Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings Pty Ltd won the contract to supply and construct all the fire rated and acoustic partitions, walls and ceilings in the Ibis Hotel project. This company, which has been in business for over 7 years, specialises in supplying and installing a wide range of internal partitions and ceilings for commercial, government and council projects. It employs 53 tradespersons including 4 apprentices and 2 full-time safety representatives. “The major challenges on this project were the coordination of labour on several levels at the same time and coordination with other trades and services,” said Paul Walsh, the Project Manager. Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings met these challenges with an experienced team of 43 tradespersons and 3 labourers together with 3 apprentices. To save on labour costs and greatly reduce wastage, the company had all the steel studs cut to size by their supplier to suit the requirements of the project. The use of pre-cut steel “is a more environmentally, sustainable option,” said Paul Walsh. “The company is committed to supplying only those products that completely conform to customer’s expectations and specifications.” In order to consistently meet and maintain the required standards, 222 SA PROJECT FEATURE THE IBIS HOTEL

Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings Pty Ltd has developed and implemented a quality management system that conforms to the requirements of Australian / International Standard ISO9001: 2008. It is Category 1, 2, 3, 4, 4M certified with Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). Some of the projects Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings has worked on include the University of SA Learning Centre (Hindmarsh), IBIS Apartments (Watpac), Tanunda Lutheran Stages 1 and 2 (Kennett), Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Rehabilitation and Mental Health Building (Hansen Yuncken), RAAF Edinburgh Redevelopment Stage 2 (Grocon) and Northgate Helping Hand Nursing Home (Kennett). Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings takes pride in “getting it right first time, every time”. For more information contact Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings Pty Ltd, Unit 3/ 36-38 Tikalara Street, Regency Park, SA 5010, phone 08 8340 4170, mobile 0400 433 655, email adelaidepartitions@, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Innovative Design The structural engineer for the Ibis Hotel project was PT Design Pty Ltd, an Adelaide based structural and civil engineering practice established by Andre Vreugdenburg in 1986. PT Design has experience in the following sectors; residential engineering, multi-story residential apartment buildings, education, government, industrial, commercial and community buildings, shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, hotels and medical facilities. Other areas of expertise include bridge design, tilt-up panel design, crane design and analysis, concrete tank design, marine structures, piling, stormwater management and FEA (finite element) earthquake analysis. Andre Vreugdenburg (Project Director), Darren Eddy, Laz Stabiolidis (Project Engineers) and Shane Waples (Project Draftsman) were the professional team that worked on the Ibis Hotel project. Their approach was particularly valuable for the tight CBD site. “An achievement in this project has been our ability to match the structural requirements without impinging on the architectural layout,” said Andre Vreugdenburg. “The primary design challenge for the accommodation floors was to incorporate the columns into the wall dimensions,” he said. “The load bearing elements had to reside inside the walls to make the floor plan


work for the room layouts steel was chosen as it provided a lightweight option to load bearing walls and a faster floor cycle with two floors of steel erected per cycle … (further) the steel framed solution is very accommodating of services penetrations.” PT Design has designed over a dozen high profile CBD projects over the last 10 years, including the Crown Plaza, The Mantra Hotels in Hindmarsh Square and Frome Street, The Conservatory Building on Hindmarsh Square, and a major Residential/Office building on Franklin Street. In addition, there are a number of significant projects being designed at present and in the pipeline, driven mainly by private sector funding. PT Design’s primary objectives on projects are; to provide the team with sound and practical structural and civil advice and work enthusiastically in a team environment, to design innovative, buildable, least cost structural systems and to achieve the architectural and client aims for quality buildings. For more information contact PT Design Pty Ltd, 141 – 149 Ifould Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, phone 08 8412 4300, fax 08 8232 4311, email,


Zen at the top end Consisting of 209, One & Two bedroom units over 15 storey’s, Zen Quarter offers a way of life, a state of being. with unobstructed water views.

Main Construction Company : Rapid Form Systems Project end Value : $40 Million Completion date : June 2014 ARCHITECT : Signum Design Consulting Engineer : Heiner Structural Engineering Surveyor : Earl James & Associates



Left Zen Quarter 15 levels, 1- or 2-bedroom apartments, secure undercover car parking. The Zen Quarter is Darwin’s newest high-rise, boasting a prime city position at 6 Carey Street, facing Francis Bay. With nearly every apartment featuring water views, the development consists of 15 levels, 1- or 2-bedroom apartments, secure undercover car parking, CCTV, NBN, Wifi, PABX, a 25m lap pool, fitness room, café and internet hub, mini business centre and meeting room. Rapid Form Systems are the property development and management company behind the Zen Quarter. Managing Director, Michael Anthony, advised that there were over 200 contractors and subcontractors working on the development, including supply contracts such as Tradelink and Le Cornu Furniture, through to major and minor trade lettings. Due to the tropical climate of Darwin, all logistics need to be attended, Michael informed. “With ZEN we had the benefit of excavating a basement out of stone which fortunately had almost no shoring, except on the road boundary where services where adjacent to the street boundary. This allowed us to do a blockwork wall from footings. The top of the footing was set to allow internal perimeter drains to be installed by placing lintel block on their back.. Similarly on the transfer deck (600 thick) we corbelled a 300-series block (faceless) above 200-series and stabilised them with block piers as these were on the boundary. In addition to this we have our own system of elevated fall protection which allows blockwork to be laid from within the site.” Throughout the whole construction of the Zen Quarter, there was no scaffolding used on the entire site. All the exterior walls were expertly precast by Allcast in Darwin, and they extended past the floor by a metre to create the necessary fall protection. The balconies were also precast shells, requiring topping and they were installed with temporary rails in place. Michael advised, “The most innovative benefit brought to the project was the completion of both the lift shafts and main stairs months in advance to the completion of the building.” Thanks to the assistance of KONE, the lifts were in operation prior to completion of the roof. This contributed to the accelerated completion date and allowed trades the convenience to move between floors. The WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

raising formwork was purchased from DOKA and it was installed by NT Construction Solutions. The acquisition of the 14-tonne Tower Crane, which is the second largest in Darwin and complemented the precast panel load requirements, coupled with the multiskilling of their permanent staff for both driving and doggie, were a huge benefit to the project, as was the personnel and goods hoist, and forklift purchases. The development boasts a combination of structural elements. Concrete wall was utilised for both the interior and exterior, resulting in no lightweight construction. Most of the riser shafts were concrete and open to the hallways allowing all rough in to be done from the hallways, as well as meeting both the acoustic and fire requirements. Interior walls were glazed, therefore they did not require any plaster, and they achieved shared light allowing for a design with more density. Due to Darwin’s remote location, Michael stated that orders had to be placed well in advance and ensure quantities were accurate. Rapid Form Systems oversaw all works and assisted contractors with their scheduling and product acquisition, and often helped with advanced deposits to ensure timely delivery of products. Their permanent staff arranged pick up, delivery, rectification of defects, and outsourcing of labour to contractors on site experiencing labour or skill shortages, all to aid in the efficiency and timely completion of the development. Rapid Form Systems is a small, family run business, renowned for their swift build completion. With in-house financial planning, marketing and finance expertise, they provide a 2-year warranty on their works and pride themselves on fixing any problems immediately. They specialise in selecting and buying sites at below market value and delivering a quality final product, priced at entry level to the marketplace. Rapid Form System’s sister company in Darwin is development company ZEST, one of the city’s major suppliers of homes, duplexes and units. For more information contact Rapid Form Systems: Michael Anthony, 0416 226 166,, Mathew Anthony, 0417 083 185,, David Anthony, 0416 226 166, NT PROJECT FEATURE ZEN QUARTER 225

Below De Silva Hebron provided all legal works for the development, from start to finish

Servicing the Northern Territory for 20 years, De Silva Hebron practicing in all areas of the law, are proud to represent members of the local community, from individuals and small businesses, through to large business, property managers, associations, insurers and the public sector. Their long-standing position in the community, together with their solid reputation, ensured De Silva Hebron were the practice of choice for the Zen Quarter development and they provided all legal work for the development, from start to finish. With a development the size of the Zen Quarter, legally, there is a lot involved. Within the Northern Territory, legislation requires a Disclosure Statement for new developments, disclosing to purchasers exactly what will be built. This in its self was a significant job, with a document of over 140 pages, and as changes were made to the development, this had to be updated and conveyed back to the purchasers, under stringent time frames and often under short notice. De Silva Hebron’s involvement also saw them transferring the crown leases, and overseeing the amalgamation of the two lots to form the main development lot, as well as negotiating contracts, and preparing 226 NT PROJECT FEATURE ZEN QUARTER

contracts for purchasers. Many systems and structures were put into place to ensure all the legal services were streamlined. De Silva Hebron were able to tap directly into the developer’s Bright Fox Enterprise system, allowing them to upload and update files. For example, if a new sales contract came through, De Silva Hebron could upload the contract directly into the system, ensuring all information is current and accessible by all relevant stakeholders. This initiative was a first for De Silva Hebron, and it created a more efficient process. De Silva’s community focus and respect for their clients, together with their expertise and local knowledge, create a team that understand, meet and exceed their client’s needs.

For more information, please contact De Silva Hebron Barristers & Solicitors, 47 Knuckey Street, Darwin NT 0800, phone 08 8924 4944, fax 08 89 244 933 email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below EJA provided a comprehensive range of services associated with the construction and titling of the Zen project

Darwin-based Earl James & Associates (EJA), is one of the Northern Territory’s largest survey offices, providing the Top End with a range of services including construction and engineering set-out, Urban Planning, Real Property subdivisions, unit title surveys and GPS surveys. From a team of thirty, highly trained and motivated employees, up to six personnel were involved with the Zen Quarter project. EJA initially carried out a comprehensive topographic survey of the Zen site and its surrounds to assist with the design. From there, EJA has worked on the consolidation of the original land parcel with additional land acquired from the Government, as well as providing building set-out and verticality control services. Other services EJA has provided for the Zen project include: • Preparation of plans for the Disclosure Statement • Preparation of the Development Application seeking approval for unit titling. • The Unit Title Scheme survey and preparation of the UTS plans. • Liaison with service authorities regarding final approvals. Due to the tight construction schedule, EJA ensured they had survey personnel available at short notice in order to avoid delays. Further projects EJA are proud to be currently working on include WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Gwelo’s Soho development in Darwin CBD, Halikos’ Mitchell Street development, residential subdivisions at Muirhead, Johnston, Zuccoli, Bellamack, and Durack Heights. Locally owned and operated, EJA is committed to employing and training local Territorians. Their team consists of Licensed Surveyors, Engineering Surveyors, Survey Graduates, Survey Assistants, Drafters, Computer Operators and Administration staff. Since being established in 1980, EJA have developed strong working relationships with other consultants and the government agencies involved with built-form and land developments. Utilising the very latest in technological advances, EJA guarantee their clients the highest possible standard of service.

For more information, please contact Earl James & Associates, 10 Harvey Street, Darwin NT 0801, phone 08 8981 2494, fax 08 8981 5205, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE ZEN QUARTER 227

Below Defend Fire supplied and installed over 30 fire hydrants, hose reels and extinguishers and 2000 sprinklers

Providing installation, maintenance and service for all aspects of the fire safety industry, Defend Fire has been delivering fire protection to Northern Territory companies since 2010. Experiencing steady growth since the company’s fruition, business partners Jarred and Mike boast collectively over 20 years experience within the industry both in Australia and overseas. Operating both a construction and service division, Defend Fire employs licenced electricians, fire sprinkler fitters and plumbers, giving them a superior skill set. This, together with their abundant resources, ensures Defend Fire can service all aspects of fire service related installations and repairs regardless of the size of the job.

Due to the recent purchase of a Panametric Sonic Flow Meter, Defend Fire can undertake the most difficult of compliance and certification testing. Client’s can be guaranteed an accurate, fast and clean flow test, regardless of whether it’s hydrants on a rooftop or pumps three levels underground, thus creating a more time- and cost-effective flow test. Defend Fire’s reputation exceeds them, with their consistent delivery of reliable, fast and effective fire safety solutions. With personalised 24hour customer service, a professional approach and quality assurance, Defend Fire is a preferred partner of national fire safety companies and of building owners and project managers alike.

Their expertise was called upon for the Zen Quarter project. All in all, Defend Fire supplied and installed over 30 fire hydrants, hose reels and extinguishers and just over 2000 sprinklers on the development. Defend Fire are similarly working on numerous other high-rise apartment developments in and around Darwin. They are also currently servicing a number of sites, from large corporations to small local shops, including the Mantra Group, Bunnings, Sterling Management Services, Knight Frank and Woolworths. 228 NT PROJECT FEATURE ZEN QUARTER

For more information, please contact Defend Fire, 5/119 Reichardt Road, Winnellie NT 0820, phone 08 8947 2437, fax 08 8947 0340, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Commercial Doors & Hardware NT supplied and installed all of the doorframes, doors and door hardware.

Servicing the Northern Territory for over twenty years, Terry’s Carpentry Services has evolved and grown to become a market leader in the supply and installation of steel doorframes, timber doors, fire doors and the associated door hardware, to the point where the business took on the name of Commercial Doors & Hardware NT. The dynamic team of fifteen consists of qualified carpenters, welders, cabinetmaker, locksmith and apprentices, all of whom are passionate and dedicated to the industry. Their expertise won them the contract for the supply and installation of the doorframes, doors and door hardware on the Zen Quarter project. The doors utilised on the Zen Quarter development were supplied by Hume Doors, and the hardware by Kaba. Further projects Commercial Doors & Hardware NT are proud to be associated with include The Avenue; NT Secure Facility (new prison); Darwin Airport Extension; Malabar Apartments; and Derby High and TAFE. Locally owned and operated, this community-based company has seen exponential growth to become market leaders. They cater for a diverse market, from tailor made WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

doors through to specialty fire doors and frames for the demanding building industry. They can confidently fulfil any standard or speciality door project. Commercial Doors & Hardware NT offer timber doors designed and built in their fully equipped workshop, and metal doorframes to suit block, steel stud and Ritek wall framing. They also offer their own designed and manufactured Metalclad foam-filled doors, consisting of a 1.6 mm zinc steel frame nemaboard lock block with a colour bond skin—an option that does not rot, rust or be affected by climate. A door for all needs and jobs, designed, manufactured and installed— call for a free quote.

For more information, please contact Commercial Doors & Hardware NT, 4/4 College Road, Berrimah NT 0828, phone 08 8947 0220, fax 08 8947 0560 NT PROJECT FEATURE ZEN QUARTER 229

HARBOURING DREAM With the first stage of development transforming Darwin into an internationally recognised tropical harbour, the Toga Group anticipates Wharf Two will meet and exceed owner occupier and investors’ expectations. DEVELOPER: TOGA GROUP CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: TOGA CONSTRUCTIONS NT Pty Ltd CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $60 million COMPLETION DATE: September 2014 ARCHITECT: Bates Smart



With the first stage of the acclaimed Darwin City Waterfront development transforming Darwin into an internationally recognised tropical harbour, the Toga Group anticipates Wharf Two will continue to enhance this reputation. The Darwin Waterfront Precinct combines a well-designed mix of waterfront residential apartments, commercial office suites, artisan restaurants and chic boutiques adjacent to generous promenades, boardwalks and lush parklands that provide an extremely desirable lifestyle option. Toga Development & Construction’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Fabrizio Perilli said the Wharf Two development offered a unique proposition for both owner occupiers and investors in the Darwin property market. The Darwin City Waterfront precinct was designed with the collaboration between premium urban living, a superb location and the natural environment in mind. Wharf 2 extends city living to a new level. Designed by Australia’s leading residential architects, Bates Smart, Wharf 2 sets the standard in affordable quality waterfront living. The Wharf 2 development comprises three waterfront buildings, which include 137 residential apartments, 4050 sq m of commercial space and approximately 500sqm of waterfront retail space. “Not only do residents benefit from superb facilities, they also enjoy ergonomically-designed apartments which are both beautiful and functional to maximise the experience of the expansive harbour at the doorstep” said Mr Perilli. This precinct combines world-class residential, leisure and business facilities to create a truly unique space. A recent addition to the precinct is Charles Darwin University, which will relocate their Business School faculties into the commercial building during the third quarter of 2014. Between the Adina Vibe Hotel developed by Toga during the first stage of the project, the upcoming Charles Darwin University’s School of Business, the great array of restaurants and retail offering, and the growing number of residential occupants, this destination is fast becoming the new heartbeat of Darwin and is recognised for its uniqueness, diversity and architectural quality. The Darwin Waterfront Precinct is just one WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

of the many stand out developments on the resume of The Toga Group. Established in 1963 by Executive Chairman Mr Ervin Vidor AM, The Toga Group is an Australian owned and managed integrated property development, construction, investment and management entity with a long history of successful integrated property developments in Australia. The Toga Group’s property development and construction team - Toga Development & Construction - has an in-house team of development managers, project managers, design managers with architectural and interior design experience, fit-out and procurement specialists who work with construction staff to deliver successful residential, hotel, commercial and retail projects. In addition to this in-house experience, Toga Group’s long term property ownership experience is core to understanding the need for a quality product. Testimony to Toga’s expertise in property development is its long list of award-winning projects including: • Darwin City Waterfront (Stage 1), winner of the 2008 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards for a Mixed Use Development • Medina on Crown development (2001) • Redevelopment of the Central Railway (Central), Sydney (2000) • Adelaide Treasury Building (2000) – winner of the UNESCO Heritage Award • Redevelopment of Jones Bay Wharf (Sydney), Winner, 2007 Property Council of Australia Award for Innovation & Excellence for Heritage & Adaptive Reuse. Toga has a focus on constant improvement and innovation, and believes that the remaining stages of the Darwin City Waterfront provide more award winning developments. Toga’s Darwin City Waterfront development represents one of the few remaining opportunities in Australia to invest in unobstructed, unrivalled and pristine views of the Timor Sea while being a short walk from the dynamic Darwin CBD. For more information contact TOGA Group, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT 0800, phone 08 8942 0523, fax 08 8981 6688 , email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE WHARF 2 231

Foundations make a difference to appeal When a developer is looking to transform 25 hectares of industrial wasteland into a place to stay, play, dine and do business, then the earthworks can’t be done by an amateur. The Darwin Waterfront Precinct has transformed this area and it took local business CBS Civil Contracting to get the job started the right way. Specialising in earthworks and civil construction this company has operated for seven years in the Northern Territory, using the team’s local knowledge and industry experience to help make the waterfront precinct a true lifestyle destination. Director David Lloyd brings to the industry over seven years of experience developed throughout the Northern Territory. David said it was gratifying to work on a project of this magnitude that would make such a difference to the inner city Darwin precinct. “A development like Wharf Two which is the latest addition to the Waterfront development is transforming Darwin into an internationally 232 NT PROJECT FEATURE WHARF 2

recognised tropical harbour city which is beneficial to so many residences and businesses,” he said “This development is providing a complete experience for residents and visitors alike and it allowed us to really showcase the exceptional work that we are well known for. “We can appreciate the importance of this early work being done remarkably well to ensure the strength and stability of the following construction.” On the new precinct, CBS Civil Contracting performed the: • bulk earthworks; • detailed footings; • rock armour; • wall construction; • road works; • storm water works; • subsoil drainage; • backfilling. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Given the focus on protecting the environment, the Toga Group’s and CBS were able to implement the use of turbidity curtains, a relatively new process for them Another new and welcome addition to the project was the inclusion of the ThyssenKrupp Pile Breaker, the only one of its kind in Darwin. “This piece of machinery dramatically increases productivity and safety than the conventional methods so is beneficial to the construction company as it enables us to decrease our time lines. “For us to have this type of modern machinery available for our clients definitely adds a new dimension to the business and enables us to be a part of larger and more detailed projects than before. “Another integral part of this project was our two apprentices studying their Certificate III in Civil Construction. “I am a big believer in sharing my experience and knowledge with the next generation and the best way to do that is through being hands on and allowing them to be a part of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

major developments such as the Wharf 2 Project. “We all have to start somewhere and the apprentices worked well within our team, completing their certificates well before expected.”This isn’t the first major project for CBS Civil Contractors; as a local and committed business the team has worked on a number of sites in the Territory and teamed up with McMahon Services, Darwin Waterfront Corporation and the NT Government. “Just like the Wharf 2 Project, the foundations of any project are what ultimately make a great deal of difference to its overall look and appeal. “It is not just about making it look good though, we are focused on making it safe and livable for many years to come. “There is a lot to be considered even in our initial work such as the overall design,the local climate and the style of the structure that will be built on the site. For more information contact CBS Civil Contracting, PO Box 1879, Howard Springs, NT 0835, phone 0412 601 958, email NT PROJECT FEATURE WHARF 2 233

Accessing experience where it counts When it comes to access, NT Scaffolds Pty Ltd is focused on getting building companies where they need to be. Directors Brendon Murdock and Deni Mitev said the business was 100% territory owned, so each fully qualified and experienced member of the NTS team had excellent knowledge of local building sites. “This allows us to provide easy and effective yet safe scaffolding and access solutions for our clients in the commercial and industrial business,” Brendon said.

This professionalism was definitely shown throughout the company’s time on the Wharf 2 Development and carried over to its other projects including the John Holland Group’s Robertson Barracks project because industrial and commercial work is its speciality. “There is no job too big or too small for NTS as we conduct all operations with a prompt and quality service to our clients, with safety our guarantee. “We deliver reliable access solutions to our clients maintaining our prime focus on standards, quality and safety.”

“NTS has become recognised as a one-stop-shop for all scaffolding and access needs, providing hire, labour and logistics for a variety of industries, including commercial, industrial, entertainment, offshore/onshore and oil and gas.” The quality of work provided by NTS can be seen in the number of testimonials the company has received from businesses operating throughout Australia. These testimonials highlight the flexibility of the NTS team, quality workmanship, professionalism, the ability to work in difficult conditions and a clear can do attitude, something that proves beneficial on larger building sites time and again. “We appreciate that all these businesses have a clear time line that they are working to and if we can gain them access quickly and effectively than our job has been done.“It is this experience and attention to detail that has seen the business experience continued growth throughout its 10 years of operation.” 234 NT PROJECT FEATURE WHARF 2

For more information contact NT Scaffolds Pty Ltd, 16 Sadgroves Cres, Winnellis, NT 0820, phone 08 8947 5592, fax 08 8947 5542, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Real solutions get results for clients When the company name is Cross Solutions, you know this is a business that gets results for its clients. Director Graeme Cross said it wasn’t an empty promise but a definite reality when working with Cross Solutions. “We pride ourselves on being a strong and established consultancy that brings more than 20 years of experience to each project,” he said. “Our depth of experience and expertise in a wide range of survey related fields allows us to provide specialised and professional services to a diverse range of customers. “It is our mission to always perform professionally and ethically to satisfy the needs of our clients with successful innovation and continually improving our products and services.” This could be seen through Cross Solutions involvement with the Darwin City Waterfront where six staff were involved in the boundary, hydrographic, topographic and construction set out. From the initial excavation, Cross Solutions was an integral part right through to the Franki piles and multi-storey concrete and steel set out. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“This has been an exciting and dynamic project to be involved with as we have had the challenge of providing all survey services for the entire project. “A project like this is a perfect example of our philosophy which is simple and showcases how we will always strive for service excellence and embrace continuous improvement to achieve better outcomes for our clients. “We are constantly working on our principles, standards, policies and constraints to guide the design, development, deployment, and operation of our services, with a view to offering a consistently good service experience to our client's. “We understand that our client's needs have to be satisfied and their problems solved and this is how we assist them in delivering their projects. “We are a "solutions" based business, so we know we need to be providing the right solutions to achieve customer satisfaction and build long term professional relationships.” For more information contact Cross Survey & Development Consultants, P. O. Box 43131, Casuarina, NT 0811, phone 1300 427 677, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE WHARF 2 235

reducing waste one building site at a time With the environment still a major focus throughout the world, a locally owned Darwin company is looking to make a difference. Through forward thinking and tackling the ongoing issue of industrial waste, NT Recycling Solutions throughout its eight years of operation has grown to become the most comprehensive recycling waste and destruction business in the Northern Territory. General Manager Dean Caton said the team at NTRS believes that all organisations could be environmentally conscious and save money. “We are a recycling business who is in the waste business because we are focused on the environment and that makes good business sense,” he said. “We try to work with our clients to help minimise their costs and reduce waste to landfill.

“The beauty of recycling compared to other methods of waste removal is it is picked up at a cost but there are no landfill costs, so businesses are saving money and saving the environment.” NT Recycling Solutions worked closely with the Toga Group on the Wharf 2 Residential Development on the Darwin Waterfront. “Just as with any project that we work on, our aim was to provide effective waste solutions for the client so that the amount of waste going to landfill was minimised. “We provided the skip and hook lift bins for the removal of waste from the site and showed the building company how chutes and hoppers were a helpful way of removing waste from a multi-level building.” NTRS have gone on to continue this proactive thinking on other major projects including the Ichthys Gas Plant and the Robertson Barracks Expansion. The construction industry in the NT often proves to be at the top end of the production of waste with approximately 102,300 tonnes produced each year. “We are committed to getting that figure down because we don’t want to see the percentage grow as our population does.” For more information contact NT Recycling Solutions Pty Ltd, 19 Pruen Road, Berrimah, NT 0828, phone 08 8947 2721, fax 08 8947 2723, email, website



Business continues to grow based on quality Established in 1995, under the direction of Proprietors David Muller and Elias Yayakos, Cullen Bay Electrical has grown from a small unit to a 55 member team.

“Having a large specialised team has provided numerous achievements for many major developments and also assisted many clients with their individual and specific needs.

This team specialises in the electrical, security, communication and fire detection fields and through this covers a wide range of commercial and industry projects in Darwin and other remotes areas of the Northern Territory.

“We are accredited by Contractor Accreditation Ltd and are members of the Master Builders Association Northern Territory giving our clients further piece of mind.”

Elias said Cullen Bay Electrical had a strong history of successful completion of multiple coinciding projects throughout the top end of Australia. “Our exceptional customer relations and impeccable service history provides our clients a comfort level not often found in our field,”he said. “Being a locally owned and operated company, clients know they are working with a team that has over 25 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical contracting.” This experience has proven successful on a number of projects including the Abattoir in Livingstone, the Charles Darwin Centre and of course Darwin’s Wharf 2 Project. With a 20 person team Cullen Bay Electrical successfully covered the extensive electrical installations and supply on this stand out project. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Whether from project management to property management, Cullen Bay Electrical are available for: • Installation of major electrical projects • HV Works • HV & LV Works • Communications • Security • Electronic gate systems • All electrical maintenance for Domestic, Commercial and Industrial • Compliance test and tag services. “Our qualified, trained and reliable electrical team is here to help you with all your electrical installation or maintenance needs because we believe in getting it right first time.” For more information, please contact Cullen Bay Electrical, 116 Winnellie Road, Winnellie, NT 0820, phone 08 8942 2744, email, website NT PROJECT FEATURE WHARF 2 237

Latest European style adds difference to design Offering the latest European designs, quality materials and hardware, 4Kitchens aims to provide a complete service for all new kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes and offices. From humble beginnings in 2009, 4Kitchens has grown due to a definite need for high quality kitchens with a respectable price tag. General Manager Mario Tsirbas said the 4Kitchens teams’ years of experience in the latest design trends from Italy and Europe allowed the company to identify the right technology to support the latest fashions in kitchens and bathrooms. “Initially geared towards the commercial, multi-storey residential market, 4Kitchens developed a reputation for being able to deliver high quality with short lead times,” he said. “As the business grew we have branched into more residential service, supply and installation based on demand. “Our only focus is providing a complete service as well as a dream kitchen or bathroom for our clients because we have everything a client could need from joinery, through to stone bench tops, glass splashbacks, European appliances, sinks, tap and accessories.” This wealth of products was showcased through the Wharf 2 Project in Darwin where the 4Kitchens 238 NT PROJECT FEATURE WHARF 2

team was involved with supply and installation of joinery and attractive glass splash backs. Just as with each one of its projects, 4Kitchens used the best quality raw materials from Australian manufacturers suited for the unique needs of the Tropics. “We have continued to be involved in interesting and challenging projects like this throughout the region including The Avenue, Catalina and Vue Residences. “It is just further proof of the versatility of our team to provide an end result that can only be described as amazing. “For a company of experienced craftsmen, it is exciting for us to be able to constantly showcase a wealth of new products and effects to our clients showing them just how far you can push the envelope in design. “In our five years in operation we have really made a difference in the local market creating designs that are both beautiful in form and practical in function.” For more information, please contact 4Kitchens, 39 Winnellie Road Winnielle, Darwin, NT 0820, phone 1300 454 824, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Enduring commitment to Excellence “We would like to thank the Toga Group for giving JGA Concreting Pty Ltd the opportunity to be a part of this exciting new project,” said company director George Alexopoulos. JGA Concreting Pty Ltd used their extensive workforce to provide all concrete placing and finishing work for the whole Darwin Wharf 2 project with George highlighting how impressed he was with the result. “Our business was initially begun in 1977 as JA Concreting with a name change to JGA Concreting 15 years ago and our whole team bring to each project a wealth of experience, knowledge and pride in their work,” he said. “We have been working on a number of substantial projects throughout the region including Inpox, extensions to the airport and hospital which continue to showcase work that we are exceptionally proud of. “For us it is about only the best work every time which in our line of work is important.” For more information contact JGA Concreting Pty Ltd, 7 Willes Road, Berrimah, NT, 0828, phone 08 8894 75372, fax 08 8947 5246, email

Steely commitment to innovation Boasting a waterfront lifestyle like no other, the redevelopment of the Darwin Waterfront has developed this impressive area into an internationally recognised precinct. With Wharf 2 following a similar interconnecting building style as Wharf 1, it was only natural that Steelvision Pty Ltd was an integral park of making this stunning design a reality through providing structural and architectural steel to the four new buildings. There were key cyclone factors considered in the design and installation of the steel along with design and construct components which allowed Steelvision to utilize their design skills to the full. Steelvision Pty Ltd was formed in September 2011 by David Gooley and John Chaponnel. As they have shown on significant projects throughout Australia including the Arthur Gorrie Prison and Mt Mercer Wind Farm better means quality, cost and delivery; recognising clients requirements and focusing on meeting their needs all of the time and exceeding them where possible.

For more information contact Steelvision Pty Ltd, Suite 32, Level 1, 93 Wells Road, Chelsea Heights, VIC, 319, phone 03 9772 9956, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


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DCM Services Pty Ltd Page 212 | 08 8328 3850

East Coast Mechanical Services Page 57 | 07 3370 2222

arborists/TREE RECYCLING Active Tree Services Page 118 | 02 9997 4422 Architecutal Signage Tiger Corp Page 27 | 03 9428 5675 Asphalt/bitumen(sealing) All Pavement Solutions Pty Ltd Page 176 | 02 9679 2044

Balustrades Elite Balustrades Page 153 | 02 9729 0500 Haios Metal Works Page 105 | 03 8390 5639

Bathroom Equipment SureCare Safety Rails Australia Page | 03 8339 1200

brick work Brickmart Australia Page | 02 9939 5000

Building Certification Building Certification Group

commercial building products and systems Icon Custom Pojects Page 139 | www.iconcustomsprojects.

Concrete (sawing/core drilling/construction/ PRECAST/SUPPLY/ reinforcement/pumping/ Structural/Laying/ finishing/formwork/ PRODUCTS/cement/ Testing/restoration/ preservation/protection) Australian Concrete Repair Group Pty Ltd Page 112 | 02 4355 4881

Concrete Technical Services

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Riverview Civil Pty Ltd

John Holland

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Meriton Group Page 194 | 02 9287 2888

Mirvac Group Page 130 | 02 9080 8000 Rapid Form Systems Page 224 | 07 5528 0274 TOGA Group Page 230 | 08 8942 0523

Westbourne Constructions Page 198 | 02 9413 8442

Construction Project Information Cordell Information Page 14 | 1800 80 60 60

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I&D Group Pty Ltd Page 101 | 03 9560 1812

JGA Concreting Pty Ltd Page 239| 08 8894 75372

KPA Concrete Construction Group Page 100 | 03 9532 3155

Solcrete (VIC) Pty Ltd Page 67 | 03 9555 0995

Century Cranes Page 47 | 0402 015 085

VTS Cranes & Hoist (QLD) Page 23 | 07 3271 4008


Zoomwave Constructions

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Distribution Services CDNA Distributors

Construction Companies & Alliances BMD Group

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Carpets Raines Carpets Pty Ltd Page 132 | 02 9316 8030

ceilings/walls/cladding/ roofing Bright Ceiling Systems Pty Ltd Page 173 | 02 9943 1881

Kamelasa Page 142 | 02 9660 6044

Roofmax Pty Ltd Page 216 | 08 8261 5899 Signal & Hobbs Page 66 | 03 9791 5355

Chemical Storage (tanks) Chemstore Group Page 122 | 02 6862 4866


Buildcorp Commercial Pty Ltd Page 88 | 03 9830 7788

Ceerose Page 166| 02 9571 9999

Cockram Page 52 | 07 3229 0288

Daracon Group Page 174 | 02 4903 7000

Glenzeil Page 58 | 07 5555 3333

Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, (VIC) Page 80 | 03 9831 6500

Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, (SA) Page 210| 08 8229 7300

Hines Property Adelaide Page 218 | 08 8206 8855

Hutchinson Builders Page 94, 182| 02 8344 2400

EDUCATION FACILITIES UNSW Page 206 | www.facilities.unsw. elevators Otis Elevators Page 40 | 07 3842 1111 electrical & electrical Infrastructure Combined Electrical Services Page 63 | 07 55 99 11 88 Cullen Bay Electrical Page 237 | 08 8942 2744 Exectronics Page 165| 02 4928 4777

i-LEC Solutions

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Building services Engineer Ashburner Francis Carpentry PB Carpentry (SA) Pty Ltd

Moncur Excavation Page 104 | 0408 329 245

Programmed Electrical Technologies

Waeger Constructions Pty Ltd

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cranes/Hoists DJ Adair Cranes

Page 60 | 1300 130 168

Page 161 | 02 4932 4900

EARTHworks & Civil Contracting Albem Engineering

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DooRs & Hardware (tilt doors/garage doors/ pool enclosures/folding doors) Commercial Doors & Hardware NT Page 229 | 08 8947 0220

Smartech Door Systems Page 79 | 03 9747 9233 Drainage Systems Ultraflow Siphonics Page 151 | 02 9482 1256 drilling & boring Team Rock Anchors Pty Ltd Page 26 | 07 3888 6775

Earth Walls & Retaining Walls (gabion basket) Reinforced Earth Pty Ltd

SJ Electric Group NSW Page 126 | 02 9672 0400 Star Group of Companies Page 188 | 02 9708 7555 Electronic & Mechanical Engineer ADP Consulting Page 152 | 02 8203 5447 Milspec Manufacturing Pty Ltd Page 156 | 02 6022 7100 Electromagnetic Shielding FARADAY PTY LTD Page 29 | 03 9484 8885 Engineers Australian Foundation Systems Page 18 | 02 9748 3039

Bonacci Group Pty Ltd Page 196 | 02 8247 8400

Metwest Engineering Pty Ltd Page 163 | 02 9833 3344

Opus International Consultants Page 134 | 02 9325 5600

Webber Design Page 77 | 03 9614 7155

Engineering (Multidisciplinary) Brent & Warburton Page 124 | 02 4964 8600


IM Engineering Australia Page 158 | 02 4928 4777

Intelara Pty Ltd Page 55 | 07 3236 1100

PT Design Pty Ltd Page 223 | 08 8412 4300

Webb Australia Group Consulting Engineers Page 136 | 02 9418 1444

Environmental consultants Habitat Management Services Page 28 | 0408 700 096

Excavation (hydro) Hydro-Vac Excavations FNQ Page 46 | 07 4057 6300

facade design & engineering (Curtain walls) Jangho Australia Page 86 | 03 9867 1668

Yuanda Australia Page 39 | 07 3251 6100

Facade Framing Solutions Frame-Tek Specialised Steel Framing Systems Page 172 | 1300 137 263

fire PROTECTION Defend fire Page 228 | 08 8947 2437

Shield Fire Systems Page 217 | 08 83555 222

Flooring & tactile flooring DTAC Pty Ltd Page 84 | 1300 793 478

Firmstone Flooring Specialists Page 148 | 0419998919 Sika Australia Page 20 | 1300 223 348

FORMWORK & Scaffolding NT Scaffolds Pty Ltd Page 234 | 08 8947 5592

Peri Australia Pty Ltd Page 96 | 03 9318 7288

Strategic Formwork Page 189 | 02 9545 0244

Uni-span, Page 35 | 1300 882 825

Geotechnics, environmental Groundwater & Laboratory Testing ACT Geotechnical Engineers Page 22 | 02 6285 1547

JK Group Page 178 | 02 9888 5000

Douglas Partners

Glass AGP Pty Ltd Page 137 | 02 9671 0000

Project & Development managers Charter Keck Cramer

Cooling Brothers

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Healthcare Communications Questek Australia Head Office Page 36 | 1300 364 829

Interior Fitouts (Joinery, furniture, fabrication) 4 Kitchens, Page 238 | 1300 454 824

A & A Cabinets Page 70 | 03 9464 2133

Bigway Interior Page 208 | 02 9757 2838

S M Interiors Pty Ltd (VIC)

Pumps Pomona Pumps Pty Ltd Page 129 | 03 9722 8888

Reinforcement cage fabrication Cagemaker Equipment Pty Ltd Page 24 | 07 3807 0000

Revegetation,Erosion Control & Vegetation Management Corcoran Vegetation Pty Ltd Page 51 | 07 4045 3600


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Multidisciplinary Consultants Napier & Blakeley Page 56 | www.napierblakeley. com

Rope access (high rise safety technicians) Element Rope Access

Partitions ( fire rated/ Acoustic partitions/walls & ceilings) Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings Page 222| 08 8340 4170

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Security Solutions Secom Technical Services Page 38 | 02 6297 7645

Shower screens & mirrors Premium Oz (Showers & Robes) Page 76 | 03 9394 0700

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surveyors & Quantity Surveyors Cross Survey & Development Consultants Page 235 | 1300 427 677

Earl James & Associates Page 227 | 08 8981 2494

Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors Page 90 | 03 9429 7798

Geosurve Page 114 | 1300 554 675

Mountain Engineering Surveys Page 177 | 0416 251 067

Wilde and Woollard Page 87 | 03 9899 0411

timber Timberfix Pty Ltd Page 180 | 1300 888 729

Waste REDUCTION & DISPOSAL SERVICES NT Recycling Solutions Pty Ltd Page 236| 08 8947 2721

Water Storafge PMT Water Engineering Page 25 | 07 3373 2600

water technologies (Sensors) Royce Water Technologies

Pipes & fittings (Hydraulics) BG Hydraulics Pty Ltd Page 62 | 07 3839 3366

Solicitors De Silva Hebron Barristers & Solicitors

Piling & Foundations BRC Piling & Foundations Page 71 | 03 8761 0000 Citilink Piling, Page 192 | 02 9838 1802

Stone Supply and Instalation Interior Marble Pty Ltd

windows, shutters & Louvres (frames/ installation/fabrication) Aluco

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Page 214 | 08 8276 5555

Page 226 | 08 8924 4944

MTI Stone Pty Ltd

planning, design and environment consultancy PLACE Design Group Page 54 | 07 3852 3922

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Plastic & Fibreglass Manufacturers RPC Technologies Pty Ltd Page 116 | 02 9624 9800

Marko Welding & Sons

PLUMBING Plumbview Page 173 | 02 9885 1777

PLUMBING & GAS FITTER PJS Plumbing Page 128 | 02 4957 0203

Pneumatic Tube System Aircom Systems Page 37 | 02 8814 8033

Steel (Structural/ Fabrication) Hosken Site Steel Pty Ltd

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VEGA Australia Pty Ltd Page 125| 02 9542 6662

SASS Aluminium Page 92 | 03 9457 1100

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Perfab Engineering Page 127 | 02 4964 0500

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