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OVER 3,000 VISITORS ATTEND INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING EVENT IN SYDNEY In a spectacularly successful inaugural event, over 3,000 Australian and international visitors participated in SPARC 2011 at Doltone House in Sydney’s Darling Harbour between 6-8 June. SPARC 2011 was opened by the Deputy Premier of NSW, the Hon Andrew Stoner, at a festive welcome reception. There followed two days of intensive activities for lighting professionals: a world-class speaker program of invited international and Australian lighting specialists, a display of the latest lighting technology by 47 leading lighting companies; and a gala dinner attended by over 600 people. SPARC CEO Bryan Douglas said that the event far exceeded organisers’ expectations. “The success of SPARC indicates that Australia is ready to take its place on the world stage of premier lighting events alongside other major events in Frankfurt, New York, Milan and Guangzhou’, he said.

Mr Douglas said that factors contributing to the success of SPARC included: placing all exhibitors on an equal footing by restricting them to a single display booth of uniform size; attracting internationally-renowned speakers such as Mark Major (Speirs + Major, London) and Chou Lien (BPI Branston, New York); and an appealing program of entertainment and catering. Another factor in SPARC’s success was holding it alongside Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music and ideas. ‘SPARC acknowledges the fantastic support from Events New South Wales’, Mr Douglas said. The success of SPARC ensures that it will be a regular biennial event. The dates for SPARC 2013 will be established shortly. SPARC is an initiative of Australia’s lighting industry and is convened by Lighting Council Australia and the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand.

STOCKLAND’S NATALIE MYATT NAMED NAWIC’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNER Natalie Myatt has been announced the winner of the 2011 National Women in Construction (NAWIC) International Women’s Day Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by Corporate Culture, presents a $10,500 opportunity for a woman in the construction industry to develop a White Paper.

Natalie is Stockland Commercial Property’s youngest regional manager, being appointed to the role of Regional Asset Manager in 2010. She has been with the company for over five years.

The ultimate aim of the research is to provide the Australian construction industry a set of guidelines to assist in implementing their social sustainability policies.

The scholarship, now in its third year, was judged by Neil Johanson, Principal, Davenport Campbell, Professor Desley Luscombe, Dean - Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, John Barker, Director, Rider Levett Bucknall, and last year’s scholarship winner Melonie Bayl-Smith, Director, Liquid Architecture.

Natalie’s research will involve travelling to the USA and the UK to learn from several industry leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility.

The winner was announced at a cocktail party sponsored by

Natalie’s research submission entitled ‘The Challenge: Linking Social Sustainability and Financial Value’ outlined her plan to develop a method to assess the financial return on social sustainability investments to enable managers to better plan, implement and communicate the value of their social spending.



Davenport Campbell, and hosted by CBRE. An official announcement will also be made at the annual NAWIC Awards for Excellence Ball in August.

Left to right: Kylie Pratt (NAWIC NSW Vice President), Natalie Myatt (Scholarship Winner), John Barker (Rider Levett Bucknall), Neil Johanson (Principal, Davenport Campbell)

JOHN HOLLAND WINS SKYCITY BEACH RESORT CONTRACT John Holland has secured a $26 million contract to build the SKYCITY Beach Resort for the SKYCITY Darwin Pty Ltd (SKYCITY) in Darwin. SKYCITY will be Darwin’s first tropical lagoon resort comprising four villas and 32 guest rooms built around a tropical lagoon with a swim-up bar and private beach. The SPARC Event was a success with an appealing program of entertainment, catering and exhibits displaying the latest lighting technology from around the world. Photography by

John Holland has a long history in Darwin and a strong partnership with SKYCITY that has been built over a number of successful projects, including upgrade works to the existing casino in 2008 and 2009,” said Glenn Palin, John Holland’s Group Managing Director. “The award consolidates our position as the leading major building contractor in Darwin and we look forward to the extension of our partnership with SKYCITY and the successful delivery of these works over the coming year,” Glenn said. The project’s 12 month building program is scheduled for completion by mid-2012.

HELIOSTAT FOR SYDNEY’S CENTRAL PARK One of the unique and highly innovative features of Sydney’s One Central Park project will be a cantilevered heliostat, which will reflect sunlight into the space between two towers. Built 30 levels above ground, the heliostat will extend 32 metres from the edge of one of the two buildings that will comprise the $353 million first stage of the $2 billion Central Park precinct at the former Carlton United Brewery site on Broadway.

residential units and five levels of retail and recreational space. The Australian Reinforcing Company has won a contract to supply approximately 7000 tonnes of reinforcing steel and Ancon structural accessories to the project through Watpac Construction.

The heliostat incorporates an innovative system of fixed and motorized mirrored panels designed to capture sunlight and redirect it into the retail atrium and onto the landscaped terraces. At night the heliostat’s integrated lighting display, designed by renowned lighting artist Yann Kersale, will theatrically and colourfully present video interpretations of Sydney.

George Anthony, Key Account Manager, ARC, said: “This landmark project is one of the largest residential and retail complexes being constructed in Sydney. ARC will supply large amounts of steel reinforcing to the project, including reinforcing for the connection area between the heliostat and the tower. In addition, we have appointed two full time schedulers, one project manager and the full support of the planning and production teams at ARC St Marys.”

The east tower at One Central Park will be 33 storeys and the west tower will be 16 storeys. Together the buildings will comprise 623

Reinforcing supply completion to Stage 1 is expected by June 2012 and the two buildings are expected to be completed in 2013.

comment By Anthony Albanese Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Getting the Right Investment Settings for Australian Infrastructure The Australian infrastructure market functions best when it works with governments and not in spite of them. When Labor was elected in 2007, we set up Infrastructure Australia (IA) to drive a rigorous long term agenda in infrastructure with governments and industry. This body has been a game changer for infrastructure. IA ran the first national audit of infrastructure, began an annual priority list, developed a national ports strategy, and advised on the Government’s stimulus package. We funded IA priority projects that helped protect jobs from the savage global downturn and which expand our productive capacity. More importantly, IA has shifted the focus from short term to long term, from activity to productivity, and set new standards by which public investments are judged by. In the 2011 Budget, we kick-started the next round of reform to the way the nation plans, finances and delivers infrastructure. We announced a suite of measures designed to increase transparency, broaden the pipeline of potential infrastructure projects, and continue improving the governance and planning of projects. And we began a serious dialogue with industry on patronage risk forecasting. One of the main problems we face in encouraging private investment in infrastructure is often the lack of quality projects being brought to market. And yet, we face a backlog of infrastructure caused by years of underinvestment that has created bottlenecks and strangled growth. That’s why we announced in the Budget a new Infrastructure Investment Incentive, for projects assessed by IA as nationally significant. The Incentive enables eligible projects to have the value continues this page 11 ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment By Karen Manley Deputy Director (Research) Project Management Academy QUT

Procurement of Major Projects The efficiency and effectiveness of major projects in Australia is highly variable. The performance of delivery teams is very much in the public eye. For this reason, the debate over different delivery methods is particularly fierce. What can we learn from recent history? Well, boom conditions saw an increase in alliance-contracting – where the client and construction team work collaboratively together, sharing risks and rewards. For major projects, this delivery method has seen a rapid increase in use by public sector clients over recent years. Analysis of outcomes suggests considerable benefits over more traditional delivery systems, particularly when the indirect costs of poor relationships, variations and litigation are considered. The performance of alliance projects made many clients and construction teams very happy. This made treasury departments nervous. Some stakeholders came to the view that alliances resulted in soft target out-turn costs. I think time will show that in boom conditions the price of projects legitimately rises, through the simple pressures of demand and supply. Now market pressures have eased in many sectors, we can expect to see lower prices, helped along by the increased use of ‘competitive alliances’ following new Treasury guidelines. What won’t change is the overall commitment of the industry to the value of relationship contracting. There will be no return to the bad old days. A new three year research project is being undertaken by Queensland University of Technology, RMIT and the Alliancing Association of Australasia. The aim is to conduct a robust analysis of the performance of relationship contracting. Previous studies in this area have suffered from a lack of expertise. This will be overcome in the current effort due to the depth of understanding of industry issues held by the investigators and the academic rigor of the researchers.



electricity produced onsite from natural gas Australian building-owners can now produce their own electricity on-site, from natural gas, reducing their carbon footprint by five times as much as is possible from a typical home solar PV system. BlueGen units are now available for showcase green buildings, local Councils, Governments, Schools and other commercial customers via green retailer Neco in Melbourne, Harvey Norman Commercial in Sydney and Hills Holdings in Adelaide. More than 50 BlueGen units – which are about the size of a small dishwasher – have already been sold in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Japan, Australia and the USA and are now operating in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. Key points: • The unit connects to the existing natural gas pipeline and mains water. • Air and gas is fed into the unit and a chemical reaction takes place, producing both electricity and heat. • BlueGen operates constantly, generating 1.5 kilowatts of electricity plus heat for hot water, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of weather. • Over the course of a year each BlueGen unit can produce about 13,000 kilowatt hours of electricity – more than twice the power needed for an average Australian home. The heat by-product is enough to produce 200 litres of hot water each day. • BlueGen has a peak electrical efficiency of 60%, and a total efficiency, including the heat, of 85%. It has the highest electrical efficiency of any small scale power generation system in the world. • Conversely, electricity derived from brown coal is about 25% efficient (75% of the energy produced is lost as heat at the power station or in the transmission and distribution of the electricity). • The BlueGen technology uses 95% less water than coal-fired power stations. The average Australian home could save more than $1,000 off its annual energy bill by using BlueGen, as well as reducing its carbon footprint by up to 14 tonnes per year. In Melbourne a typical home solar PV system saves about three tonnes of carbon per year. Australia’s fuel cell technology – creating low-emission baseload power from natural gas and fuel cells – came out of CSIRO in the early

1990s. All the technology behind BlueGen is wholly developed in Australia. In Australia, carbon dioxide emissions increased by 12% between 1990 and 2006. Australia produces 23 tonnes of carbon emissions per person per year – four times the world average. Summer peak demand for electricity is increasing by 5 per cent a year. Currently, coal-fired power stations produce up to 95% of some Australian states' electricity requirements. If BlueGen units were to replace 7% of Victoria's electricity from brown coal – for example – the state would achieve the Federal Government's target of a 5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions well before 2020. Australia’s current reliance on coal is expensive. In March 2009 a report prepared for The Energy Networks Association estimated that the upgrading of ageing transmission and distribution networks to cope with increased peak demand for air-conditioners will cost Australia $283 million per year for 20 years – a total cost of $5.6 billion. This cost will be passed on to consumers via electricity bills. Ten percent of this centralised network capacity is built to cater for about three days per year – on very hot days when air conditioners are in high demand. A recent report by RMIT University – Potential Opportunities for Increased Fuel Cell Deployment in Australia: A Ceramic Fuel Cell Case Study – determined that BlueGen units could be utilized in many ways to either assist buildings earn energy and low carbon accreditation or comply with new, green building codes throughout Australia. Installing low emission small scale power generation units close to where the power is used – in commercial buildings, hotels, shopping centres and Government buildings – can help cut carbon emissions, reduce energy bills and reduce the stress on the power grid. Brendan Dow, Ceramic Fuel Cells’ Managing Director

$18 BILLION BUILDING BOOM FOR ACT Canberra is currently experiencing a record building boom with some $18 billion worth of projects underway or planned for the nation’s capital. Construction activity is spread right across the ACT with a major focus on developments in Barton, Kingston, Belconnen, Fyshwick and Civic. Projects being delivered by the ACT Government include more than $380 million worth of health infrastructure and nearly $440 million in new schools and education facilities. The Government's land release program also accounts for $1.2 billion worth of activity. Other projects under way are the $606 million ASIO building, the $363 million enlarged Cotter Dam, upgrades to the Canberra airport

worth almost $300 million, and new student accommodation at the Australia National University, valued at $106 million. The number of people employed by the ACT's construction industry has also increased with latest ABS figures showing a jump of 33 per cent over the six months from May 2010. Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has stated that: "This is the highest we've ever experienced in terms of construction activity. Last year was a record year and it's continuing into this year, so $7.5 billion worth of work underway with another $10.5 billion anticipated, 14,500 people employed within the construction industry or sector.”

WA MINING BOOM DRIVES INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND The booming resources sector has seen the Western Australian Government allocate a further $7.6 billion to infrastructure in its 2011-12 budget, making it the state’s biggest ever construction investment program. Treasurer Christian Porter said the funding was in addition to the $6.9 billion already provided in the current financial year. “With strong population growth, an unemployment rate of about 4.5% and a massive pipeline of investment activity during the next few years, the government is using WA’s strong economic and financial position to keep growth going,” he noted. Amongst the major infrastructure projects is $48 million committed for the year for the Perth Waterfront development. In addition the Perth City Link project will receive $57 million over the next four years with $6.6 million

Ceramic Fuel Cells manufacturing operations in Noble Park, Melbourne


allocated this year. This will coincide with the sinking of the Perth to Fremantle rail line and building the city’s underground bus station at a cost of $609 million. The government has also allocated $5 million to start planning a new museum and $13 million for a sports stadium over the next two years. The budget also includes a $505 million down-payment – $92 million for 2011-12 – for the $1.2 billion Children’s Hospital to be built on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre site in the western suburb of Nedlands. As part of the Super Towns initiative the Pilbara has come out the clear winner of the state’s regions with more than $344 million in infrastructure investment for 2011-12. This will include more than $80 million for water supply and waste water initiatives, $60 million for the Underground Power Plant project and $57 million on building and upgrading schools in the region.

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By Robert Hunt CEO Australian Institute of Building

Building and construction – a profession, not an occupation Working in building and construction has long been seen as an occupation rather than a profession. Though this perception is slowly changing we must continue to position building and construction as a profession bound by a code of ethics (as are professions such as medicine, engineering, law) that is focused on high standards, value for money and consumer protection. Currently, these principles are not reflected in the general public opinion of builders. To improve the standing of the profession in the community we need to support professionally qualified and skilled individuals and promote a best-practice regulatory environment. As the only Australian professional membership body in the industry, The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) is working closely with government and higher education providers to protect the discipline of building in tertiary institutions, improve national education standards and gain legislative backing through national licensing. To build and maintain our professional status, it will be crucial to foster a culture of learning and Continued Professional Development (CPD). As one of the major course accrediting bodies, the AIB is playing an active role in the government’s education reform agenda to ensure alignment of course accreditation requirements and discipline standards with national licensing that will ensure higher standards, quality and enhanced consumer protection. Without a strong voice, the industry risks distancing higher education from the local professional community and local industry who employ graduates. Ultimately, it is up to the building community to work more collaboratively to ‘professionalise’ the building and construction industry.



comment Anwar Benjamin Head of PMI Australasia Office Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institute (PMI) discusses how project management can best be implemented to help construction businesses stay ahead of the game. The Value of Project Management Looking for a way to stay ahead of the pack in today’s competitive construction industry and chaotic global economy, companies are turning to project management to consistently deliver business results. Disciplined project management starts at the portfolio level, where the strategic vision drives initial investments and where value measures are established. A fully aligned project, program and portfolio management strategy encompasses the entire organisation, dictating project execution at every level and aiming to deliver value at each step along the way. Project management is, in fact, shorthand for project, program and portfolio management. And more construction companies are clearly seeing the payoff from investing time, money and resources to build organisational project management expertise: lower costs, greater efficiencies, improved customer and stakeholder satisfaction, and greater competitive advantage. The economic downturn only heightened that value. An Economist Intelligence report showed that 80 per cent of global executives believed having project management as a core competency helped them remain competitive during the recession. And even as some executives see the glimmers of a fragile recovery, there is little doubt that a strong organisation-wide commitment to project management leads to better results and long-term business value. “The delivery of business outcomes is realised through the success of projects, and in essence that is the way that project management strategies drive organisational success,” says Adrian McKnight, PMP, program director at Suncorp-Metway Ltd., a financial services firm in Brisbane. continues next page 10


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Bankwest announces the introduction of the Business FeeSaver Loan, a straightforward product that delivers all the benefits of a Bankwest business loan, minus the upfront bank fees. Bankwest will begin offering the Business FeeSaver Loan, to business customers Australia-wide immediately.

“Bankwest is committed to assisting customers in achieving their business goals. Having no upfront establishment or ongoing maintenance bank fees will provide convenience, choice and savings to our business customers.”

This unique product has no upfront bank establishment fees and no ongoing loan maintenance fees. The Business FeeSaver Loan will provide customers with a competitive rate, offering a potential saving over $2,000 in fees during the first year*. Bankwest’s research indicates in 2010, almost a third of SMEs considered switching banks, with many voicing their frustration with fees. This loan will offer an alternative and give customers in the business community more choice.

In a market still feeling the effects of the global financial crisis, Bankwest wants to assist customers who want to grow their businesses. ”We understand the frustration with fees, so we are excited to be able to offer the Business FeeSaver Loan - as we continue to innovate across our business we are finding new ways to bring better products and services to market” Mr Corfield said. For more information about this or any of our business products please see: au/Construction or call 1300 653 654 *Savings based on a standard establishment fee of 0.5% of a loan limit of $300,000, $500 Legal Doc Preparation fees and the first year’s annual loan maintenance fee of $240 charged.

Discover an online world of inspiration and information at new An Australian first, and a world-leading resource, the new WoodSolutions™ website – - offers a one-stop source for information and technical details about designing and specifying with wood and wood products. Part of a broader program delivering continuing professional development (CPD) seminars and resources, the WoodSolutions™ site combines wood and timber product information from industry bodies, manufacturers and suppliers, presenting it in an easily searchable and accessible form. From species performance data to fixings and finishes, case studies to technical guides and span tables - WoodSolutions™ is designed to deliver relevant, practical and accurate information to design and building professionals.

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Anthony Albanese continued from page 7 of their early stage losses uplifted over time, and exempted from tax rules which prevent tax losses being used where there is a change of ownership. This is aimed at getting rid of a key impediment to private investment in nation building infrastructure. In the case of infrastructure, the current tax treatment of early stage losses lowers the incentive to undertake risky long term investments. The Incentive overall has the potential to lower the weighted average cost of capital for eligible projects, lower compliance costs, and boost certainty around projects that promise to deliver genuine productivity benefits to the nation. We also have established an Infrastructure Finance Working Group through Infrastructure Australia, to advise on the implementation of these reforms, and to begin work on new areas for further reform. With the right fundamentals in place, and a continuing commitment to hard work, we believe productive infrastructure will deliver a better economy and better quality of life for Australians. Anwar Benjamin continued from previous page

that Green Star – Performance will unlock the potential of a built environment that can be efficient, affordable and sustainable. Find out more about Green Star – Performance: www. David Tregoning continued from page 13 is not the prime determinant of success in a PPP, quality design and differentiation are the essential platforms on which the financial and operational offer is based. With an effective mechanism in place and with the support of a stable government, this in turn will create more certainty for the investment community – Australia wide, that things will happen. David Tregoning is a highly experienced major projects architect with extensive commercial, hotel, retail, civic and master planning projects, both on a national and international field. Public


Service Review, PPP in Victoria, “John Brumby, Treasurer in Australia, evaluates value for money of a whole life basis for PPP projects

Megan Motto continued from page 14 only one of the parties involved and may have contributed in a small way to the loss.

A survey by consulting giant McKinsey & Co. found that nearly 60 per cent of senior executives said building a strong project management discipline is a top-three priority for their companies as they look to the future.

Proportionate liability however, lowers the cost of doing business for consultants and is important to fostering a sustainable building and construction industry.

For more information about the Project Management Institute, please call 02 9929 4722, or email

Consult Australia supports national consistency in proportionate liability legislation whereby contracting out is expressly prohibited.

Alain Mignot continued from this page

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innovative infrastructure procurement using multi-disciplinary collaboration, itself a source of innovation and productivity in construction.

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and other key industry and government stakeholders. The proposed Standard would be a voluntary document.

Tony Arnel continued from page 12 Green Star – Performance will provide useful benchmarks that can be used to set targets to increase the energy and water efficiency, reduce waste and improve factors that influence productivity, health and learning, such as indoor environment quality. The GBCA is confident

The major challenge for Australian organisations seeking to manage climate change risk is to understand what strategies to adopt to provide protection in the short and long-term. The most effective way to do this is to ensure that climate change adaptation is considered as part of existing management, planning and decision-making processes.

By Alain Mignot CEO Alliancing Association of Australasia

FINNESSING WICKED PROBLEMS Complex projects with a high degree of ambiguity and unknown risk require highly skilled project managers accustomed to finessing “wicked” problems, according to a groundbreaking new research report into collaborative capability. Commissioned by the Alliancing Association of Australasia (AAA) and undertaken by Melbourne’s RMIT University and Victoria University, the recently released study found traditional infrastructure procurement methods and basic project management deal with “tame” problems but that much more is needed for “messier” problems (Hancock, 2010). The study, “Profiling Professional Excellence in Alliance Management”, is part of the AAA’s work to raise the bar on the traditional focus of maximising revenue and profit. This is important at a time when the infrastructure industry needs to improve productivity to overcome issues with skills shortages, project delays, government funding constraints and issues with private sector funding. The study classifies projects into four categories according to known or unknown risk. “Wicked” projects are characterised by “unknown unknowns” and business-as-usual skills are not enough to navigate this complexity and ambiguity. We have seen on numerous complex projects delivered through alliancing that improved productivity is possible in the most difficult project environments but relies on a nontraditional, collaborative mindset. More subtle and difficult-to-define skills, attributes and experience are required to fine-tune, re-frame and iteratively re-interpret the project value proposition and target outcomes. As an association we will therefore work with our members and committees to leverage the study’s findings and produce a set of guidelines to recruit, develop and retain project professionals with a high level of collaborative skill. This will help develop continues this page ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment By Tony Arnel Chairman Green Building Council of Australia

Green building evolution It’s fair to say that green building in Australia has arisen through evolution rather than revolution. The original Green Star tools, launched in 2003, were designed to evaluate the environmental potential of building design. As with other global rating tools, Green Star has subsequently expanded to assess the actual delivery of the design criteria - but at the completion of construction, known as ‘as built’. While Green Star Design and As Built ratings are intended to inspire innovative design and construction of buildings to the highest standards of sustainability, what happens once the builders walk away and people move in? Is the building still green if it is not managed and maintained to the intended sustainability benchmarks? And what about buildings that have been around long before rating systems? Can good management turn these existing buildings into green buildings? The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is currently developing a new rating tool to address these challenges. As new buildings account for just 2% of our building stock, Green Star – Performance will help the industry to green the remaining 98% of Australia’s buildings. Green Star - Performance will effectively close the loop to ensure the operation and maintenance of a building optimises the green design and construction. Schools, shopping centres, law courts, libraries, offices, factories and hospitals – in fact, every type of building – will be able to undergo operational assessments and gain a performance rating covering the eight Green Star categories of management, indoor environment quality, energy, transport, water, materials, land use & ecology, and emissions. continues page 11 12



Viridian launches the Glass ‘Bible’ Australia’s largest glass manufacturer, Viridian, launches the much anticipated 2010 Viridian Architectural Glass Guide, a 128 page resource considered to be one of the most referenced tools for industry professionals using or designing with glass. Last compiled in 2007, the updated 2011 Viridian Architectural Glass Guide details hundreds of combinations of glass types which are categorized by their primary application to make it easy to find and compare the right glass products. Many key decisions that need to be considered in the selection of glass in facades, interiors and glazing systems are listed in the Guide. For example, solar and thermal performance will often be a high priority decision along with appearance (colour, transparency and reflectivity) and the Guide clearly outlines product solutions to meet these needs. It also explains additional attributes such as security, fire protection, decoration, noise control and self-cleaning glass options. Establishing how glass behaves in the case of accidental or intentional breakage is also important and the Guide draws attention to the strength recommendations of glass in loading and glazing codes, offering safe and high-strength glass solutions that are fit for purpose. “There have been significant developments in the glass industry over the past couple of years and the 2011 Viridian Architectural Glass Guide

will offer the latest in innovative products on the market and important advice to meet the newest industry codes,” said Cameron Hook, Viridian Marketing Communications Manager. “This is an invaluable resource for the industry that will help to simplify decision making and also inspire creative glass choices with many professionals being introduced for the first time to the greater number of glass options on the market.” The Viridian Architectural Glass Guide will initially be available online at www.viridianglass. under the Industry sections. The printed version will be available in coming weeks by calling 1800 810 403.

BIM the way forward for architecture Is the slide rule going the way of the Dodo? Minister for Innovation, Senator Kim Carr, is urging architects and designers to adopt the new digital Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems as a standard design tool, which offers flow on benefits for builders, owners and end users. This follows a study, Productivity in the Buildings Network: Assessing the Impacts of Building Information Models, commissioned by the Australian Government’s Built Environment Industry Innovation Council (BEIIC) which found that BIM improves the productivity of the building sector significantly. BIM provides a 3-dimensional model of a design, allowing architects more scope for resolving complex creative initiatives within the interfacing contexts of budget, buildability and

long term environmental sustainability. Arup and GHD have already adopted BIM for their designing process. “BIM is becoming widely used overseas. The report is an important step in promoting its use in Australia where our building network sector accounts for about 12 per cent of Australia’s total production – around $355 billion – and employs about one-eighth of Australia’s workforce,” Senator Carr said. “Widespread adoption of BIM will result in cleaner, healthier buildings – both new and renovated – with improvements in material consumption, energy efficiency, carbon emissions and the productivity of occupants. On average, an owner could save up to 10 per cent on the cost of their building.”



THE GREENEST APARTMENTS IN AUSTRALIA Sustainability is rapidly becoming an imperative in design and construction. Grocon have already built Pixel, Australia’s Greenest building, now they are working with the same Architecture firm, Studio 505, to develop something even Greener. “Delta” is designed to be a “Passive House” apartment building, carbon neutral and built entirely from timber. The ten levels comprising fifty apartments will be constructed within the Carlton Brewery site, above the Heritagelisted bluestone walls on Bouverie Street. The pre-fabricated structure will consist of high technology cross laminated timber, first developed in Switzerland, but not before used in Australia. The project will also utilise sustainably sourced and processed FSC certified wood products. A similar tall timber structure is the Stadthaus in Hackney, East London. This is currently

believed to be the tallest building of its type in the world, but Delta is designed to be one storey taller. Delta will be based on the “Passive House” Standard, well known throughout Europe. There are around 20,000 houses, mainly in Austria, Germany and Scandinavia, which have been built to this standard in the past 20 years. The concept behind the “Passive House” is to achieve the best indoor standard of heating and cooling possible by intelligent house design and manufacture, not through the use of gas or electricity. Very little energy is required to maintain a high level of comfort, as the “Passive House” literally heats and cools itself. Grocon’s General Manager Carlton Brewery, David Waldren, said the company wanted to extend and expand the thinking from the carbon neutral Pixel. “We want to go further than ever before in the development and construction industry,” he said. “While Pixel is currently the greenest building in Australia, achieving a perfect score of 105 from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), we are now keen to take the next step by making that thinking widely available to home owners. “With the Federal Government’s announcement that there will be a carbon price from July 1, 2012, we must all be ready for a new way of living and working. The carbon constrained economy is upon us. “More importantly, we must commit ourselves to ensuring less carbon is emitted into the global atmosphere to preserve the environment for generations to come.”

By David Tregoning Director Woods Bagot

Chartering good waters ahead... a change in the NSW Government spurs industry confidence A change of government in NSW has given industry a glimmer of hope as we look towards increased confidence in the government to assist in the delivery of major projects. So what does this mean for industry? David Tregoning, Director, of global studio Woods Bagot, and who is based in Sydney, speculates that we may well see an influx of PPP arrangements as the state prepares itself to meet the major infrastructure needs it so desperately needs. In the early days PPP arrangements were primarily used to shift the responsibility of major infrastructure projects from the hands of the government to the private sector, yet this ‘early days’ model was not sufficient in allocating appropriate risk. The Victorian Government’s PPP model is one that has successfully delivered major infrastructure projects to the community. Why? The Victorian Government's interest in PPP is not driven by a preference for private provision or a desire to shift costs. PPP plays a small but important role in the delivery of the Victorian Government's asset investment plan, and there is a clear criteria that must be met before the Victorian Government supports a tender for a new public private project.1 The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre designed by joint venture architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture was delivered under the Victorian PPP model, through a leading consortium, and the Sydney Multi-Purpose Convention and Exhibition Centre will follow suit. Let us remember that with any PPP model it is the allocation and management of risk between both public and private sectors that ultimately determines its success. Whilst ‘architecture’ continues page 11 ENGINEERING NEWS ANCR ARCHITECTURE




By Megan Motto, CEO Consult Australia

Towards proportionate liability reform When the Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG) agreed to introduce national proportionate liability legislation for damages for economic loss or property damage, their intention was that it would be nationally consistent. Unfortunately, their intention was never fulfilled - partially because SCAG didn’t formally consider ‘contracting out’ of proportionate liability and as a result, the approach to this issue differs between jurisdictions. This inconsistency has created an environment that allows forum shopping and lengthy and costly litigation and concerns over the clarity and effectiveness of certain provisions. It also means that proportional liability legislation effectively hasn’t replaced joint and several liability in Australia. Joint and several liability is not equitable for all parties and results in an unfair allocation of risk to the detriment of the consultant. Consult Australia firmly believes that consultants should only be responsible for their individual apportionment of the damage. It is also unfair to contractually hold a consultant liable for another party’s risk that they cannot control or mitigate. By contracting out of proportionate liability legislation, consultants are unfairly required to bare the risk of not being able to recover payment contributions from a fellow defendant who may be unable to pay owing to insolvency, or lack of insurance cover. Consultants also bare the risk of not being covered by their professional indemnity insurance if they enter into contracts requiring joint and several liability, or greatly increasing the excess payable if a claim is made. Joint and several liability allows consultants to be singled out as the sole target for legal action in proceedings, even though they were continues page 11 14


Integration with building design - Wangaratta High School

RACV in Healeseville, Victoria

Forethought works better than hindsight It is a topic of fierce debate in the chatter-sphere – whether we are experiencing more natural disasters due to climate change, or simply getting better media coverage of them. Either way, the general public response to floods, severe storms and other freaks of nature is “someone better make sure this never happens again.” The public response to the call for reducing carbon dioxide emissions could perhaps be described as “don’t blame us - we didn’t do it; but someone better do something.” Engineers are among those called on to provide risk-minimisation solutions, and in the case of Meinhardt Group, this responsibility is being tackled in a multifaceted way. As an international engineering firm engaged on numerous Australian projects, Meinhardt’s recent projects showcase intelligent design engineering measures to minimise flood impacts and innovative engineering of energy systems, to address the challenge of cutting carbon dioxide emissions. “Historically responsible authorities have ensured that flood management is a critical consideration when delivering new infrastructure to the urban realm. Local authorities have regarded flood management initiatives within public spaces as a high risk to the broader community. Now when masterplanning infrastructure, authorities are more readily accepting strategically located areas to act as retarding basins but also act as public open spaces (for walking etc) and active open spaces (football ovals etc). To support the planning process, especially in Melbourne, authorities are identifying opportunities to capitalise on flood prone areas to create more public open spaces and linear parks,” said Deane Ellwood, National Director for Infrastructure & Environment at Meinhardt.

Over the years, Meinhardt have developed expertise in planning and engineering for new developments in flood-prone areas. This is currently being applied to a number of projects, including a major residential project on the Murray, where flood bunds based on peak river height datum from the Murray Darling Basin Catchment Authority will protect against a rising river, while within the development detention basins and other measures will ensure stormwater stays out of homes and enters the river in a regulated release, protecting communities downstream. Altering the topography to achieve this involved shifting 1.5 million cubits of earth. The Meinhardt Infrastructure & Environment (MIE) team is also providing engineering planning and detailed design services for part of the biggest land release in Melbourne’s history, Peet Ltd’s ‘Greenvale in the North’, a 4,000 lot (467 hectare) development 20km north of Melbourne CBD. “Peet’s Greenvale precinct is located within the catchment of the Greenvale Reservoir, as such the development incorporates very unique and challenging engineering elements to provide protection to the reservoir from a “one in a million” storm event. Construction of an engineered bund designed to divert the “one in a million” storm event is about to begin and follows extensive negotiations with numerous authorities, including Melbourne Water. The bund will prevent any storm water run-off from the surrounding residential development contaminating the reservoir, which supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 homes in Melbourne,” said Deane Ellwood.



Carbon-Conscious First Ideally, the approach to our built environment needs to combine innovative thinking about the human engineered aspects of a project, and managing and working with the natural aspects such as floods. “Our project for the RACV in Healeseville is an illustration of a storm water management solution combined with built environment and thermal energy design. The ornamental lake is part of the water management strategy for the whole club (irrigation and rain water management),” said Dr Mirek Piechowski, the Associate and Group Leader– Meinhardt Building Science Group. “We are actively seeking projects and this type of synergy. We are talking with developers about combining rain and grey water management with energy solutions for their sites. We are still on a learning curve with regards to educating them about the technology and the need to engage earlier but we are already able to demonstrate that it can be achieved.” Dr Piechowski is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive project experience in the Middle East and South East Asia, and is also a founding director of the Centre for GeoExchange and Renewable Energy Infrastructure. As a specialist in building physics and thermodynamic analysis and design of thermal systems in the context of the built environment and renewable energy infrastructure, his work is focused on developing innovative and cost effective building design solutions focused on occupant comfort and ecological sustainability. He provides professional leadership and coordination for the multidisciplinary team of scientist and engineers at Meinhardt Building Science Group.

RACV in Healeseville, Victoria

The shifting of parameters towards mandatory energy and water efficiency opens up new possibilities for teams like his. “It forces us to look at new ways of thinking and requires more ingenuity. It is no longer about the simple bolting on of off-the-shelf elements. There is nothing wrong with these solutions but now it is about how we use and apply them in clever ways,” he said. Wangaratta High School is a case in point, where an Australian first campus-wide GeoExchange system is part of an overall design package which will slash the school’s carbon footprint in half. Meinhardt, as the project’s building ser vices engineers and sustainability advisors combined the GeoExchange system with a radiant system as part of campus wide renewable energy infrastructure. The radiant system works on the principle that when surrounding surfaces are at comfortable temperatures, the air temperature can be a few degrees below or above common temperature set points, while still feeling comfortable for the persons using the space. Utilising the ground as a heat source/sink reduces the maximum power demand and annual energy use by up to 50%. “So far this GeoExchange concept has been used mainly as a standalone system; in other words serving only one building. In the design at Wangaratta the ground heat exchanger is used as a campus-wide renewable energy infrastructure. This design is unique in Australia, and to our knowledge, is one of few installations around the world in educational buildings,” said Dr Piechowski.

By Colin Blair CEO Standards Australia

Managing risk in a changing environment As the carbon tax debate continues, Australian companies and organisations will continue to grapple with the best way to future-proof themselves against the prospective risk of climate change and extreme weather events. Regardless of the debate surrounding the science of climate change, Australia has already received a recent dose of what extreme weather means to the economy and communities. To this end Standards Australia has commenced a project to develop an Australian Standard to provide guidance on Climate Change Adaptation for Settlements and Infrastructure. The objective of the proposed Standard is to provide consistent principles and guidelines on the effective identification and management of risks to the built environment. Many businesses are considering the implications of adapting to extreme weather patterns and this is particularly relevant in the building and construction debate. It is a set of guidelines which will – independent of the ideological debate surrounding climate change – provide a best-practice risk management structure for business and organisations. The Standard will be relevant to all organisations that play a role in the design, planning, approval, construction, maintenance and operation of settlements and infrastructure. It will be particularly relevant to the property sector as it seeks to mitigate the risks associated with higher temperatures, altered rainfall patterns, higher sea levels and more frequent or intense extreme events such as heat waves, droughts and storms. The Standard is being developed in conjunction with the Commonwealth Department of continues page 11 ANCR ENGINEERING NEWS ANCR ENGINEERING




Telstra Network Integrity: Brisbane Airport Link


t a value of over $20 million, the Airport Link project, which is being designed and constructed by Thiess John Holland Joint Venture, is one of the largest relocation projects to date for Telstra Network Integrity and an impressive showcase of the commitment and capabilities of the Brisbane team. The project encompasses three separate but tightly interwoven projects: the Airport Link tunnel which will link the CBD to the Brisbane Airport and northern suburbs, the Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) section as an extension of the Inner Northern Busway and the Airport Roundabout Upgrade project. The projects cover an area from Bowen Hills in the south, to Kedron in the north and across to Airport Drive in the east. Airport Link is a 6.7km toll road, connecting the Clem 7 tunnel, Inner City Bypass and local road network at Bowen Hills, to the northern arterials of Gympie and Stafford Roads at Kedron; and Sandgate and East West Arterial Roads leading to the airport. 16


The Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) project continues the Inner Northern Busway from the recently completed Royal Brisbane Hospital bus station through a system of tunnels and road level links to Kedron. The old airport roundabout was eliminated and replaced by a signalised fast diamond intersection and four lane Airport Flyover. From a Telstra perspective this project has been centred on the Lutwyche Telephone Exchange area. The old network ran along Gympie Road, as the major northern arterial road, but the design called for significant realignment of this road, with the new tunnel constructed via cut and cover and boring methods along much of its length. This required major Telstra network re-arrangements resulting in the relocation of more than 200,000 copper pairs, in excess of 1400 fibre splices and the relaying of approximately 62 duct Km of new conduit. Some distribution cable boundaries were changed and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)/ broadband hubs re-designed to assist future maintenance

by better reflecting boundaries imposed by the road corridor. Most of the conduit replacement involved nests of up to 20 conduits, including two environmentally sensitive creek bores, and several difficult hard rock bores. The relocation work has been managed via 52 separate packages of work, overseen by three key Network Integrity personnel, with a fourth team member added during the later stages. The attention to detail by the Telstra team and their close co-ordination with the client since the 2007/2008 bid phase, through the start of construction in late 2008, and ongoing weekly meetings with Thiess John Holland’s Public Utility Plant team, have all been major factors in enabling the successful delivery of this complex project. Barry Lonergan, Northern Engineering Manager, Network Integrity Asset Relocations, was responsible for the design and construction process approvals whilst Jason Darby, Project Manager, was responsible for project tracking (timing, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

costs & variations), environmental approvals, material ordering and project billing. Both members were responsible for each individual work package set-up and award. David Cartwright and Mark Kilroy, Field Supervisors, ensured field work proceeded as required. With much of site works proceeding at night, supervision provided challenges, so provision of suitable site specific work method statements were critical to the smooth outcome. The greatest challenges were finding solutions suitable to the tight construction timeframes and finding a suitable new route so all customers retained service whilst the majority of existing conduit was excavated and removed to make way for cut and cover tunnels. Co-ordinating with other utility services also proved challenging with sometimes narrow corridors available and hard rock conditions encountered in many locations. Working in some of the most densely populated residential communities in north WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Brisbane required strict adherence to good environmental work practices. The Airport Roundabout Upgrade project required close management of critical airport services, all of which passed through the work zone. Another critical component of the works involved the management of “000” services to the Emergency Services Building adjacent to the principal work site at Kedron. Management of this Telstra cable and alternate carrier services within other Telstra ducts became so critical during the flood and cyclone events of early 2011 that an embargo was placed around the Telstra network to better manage adjacent project excavation activities. In an effort to limit cable cut-overs and particularly avoid re-work, the Telstra network was variously supported on gantries or run through enveloper pipes on several occasions whilst excavation work proceeded below, before the ultimate relocation could be effected. Where

common trenching was used to expedite installation with other services, a plastic ‘clip lock’ conduit spacer was used to ensure uniform conduit positioning and facilitate placement of backfill. With all work to date accomplished in the required client timeframes without major disruption to service or safety incident, it is envisaged that all Telstra relocations will be completed by the end of 2011, well before the opening of the Airport Link projects in 2012.

Telstra Network Integrity Level 18, 275 George Street Brisbane QLD 4000 t. 07 3455 1074 ANCR SPECIAL FEATURE


Alistair Wood Market Development Manager,



ince Alan Reid established his company in 1921 in Sydney to supply wire rope to the construction, mining and manufacturing sectors, Reid™ has grown through innovation and perseverance to become leaders in the field of precast and tilt-up concrete construction and associated products. In combining inventive engineering with dedication to service and safety, Reid delivers products which make concrete construction easier, safer and more efficient. Reid’s Market Development Manager, Alistair Wood, explained how Reid has achieved their success to date, and plans to build on their achievements in the future. Interview by Willow Aliento WA Which of Reid's services are the most sought after? AW Predominately our technical expertise is the most sought after segment of our business. We have our own in-house Engineering design team who certify and design how concrete elements need to be lifted, and ensure that all of the procedures and products that are used conform to the relevant code/standard. We place a huge emphasis on safety and will not sign off on anything unless it is safe to lift and the appropriate product has been used. Our products and our people have one aim – to reduce the total cost of concrete construction, by making it faster, safer and more efficient. WA What factors contribute to the company's success? AW We have a team of specialized engineers, and are constantly introducing new, innovative products. Reid has representation in every state, and is a diversified company – we do not just sit in the space of Concrete Lifting, we also have a presence in Heavy Construction, Concrete Formwork, Concrete Connections, Engineered Drafting services and Reinforcing products. By spreading our expertise over every aspect of precast concrete, we offer customers a broader range of products and services. As part of the global Illinois Tool Works group of companies, Reid can access a vast resource of engineering talents, which helps us to continually improve, test and refine our products. WA What have been the key milestones in the company's history? AW Reid pioneered the introduction of pre-stressed concrete in Australia during the 1960s, and in 1973 Reid established the Reinforced Earth Company in Australia, which gave the business its first exposure to precast concrete retaining walls. This lead to the introduction of the Swiftlift™ clutch and lifting anchor system in 1977, which has expanded to a complete range of Concrete Lifting Systems that can provide a solution to any lifting, anchoring or bracing challenge. 18


Having built a reputation for innovation in the field of precast and tilt-up concrete construction, in the 1990’s Reid applied that creativity to the field of Reinforcing Systems for in-situ concrete construction. In 1995 Reid introduced ReidBar™ – a fully integrated continuous reinforcing system based on a patented, threaded bar and coupling mechanism. WA How has the company evolved as the construction industry has moved into the Green Star, carbon-conscious era. AW We have introduced “green” water based concrete release agents to the Australian Market. Nox-crete has a range of Green Engineered Form release and Concrete cure agents which have been designed to the highest quality standards using the safest ingredients available. They are water based, biodegradable, manufactured from renewable materials, and easier and safer to apply. We are constantly on the search for sustainable products for the Green construction market, and closely observe the trends in overseas markets. WA How would you describe Reid's approach to clients? AW Generally our approach is to form partnerships with our clients and work together with them on solutions to their problems, as well AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

WA What are some of the innovations you are most proud of ? AW In partnership with Germany’s IDAT Software, we have just introduced a specialist 3D drafting, design and shop drawings software for precast concrete to the Australian market. Based on AutoCAD by AutoDesk Inc, IDAT gives enormous scope for precast concrete designers, to quickly go from idea to documentation, calculate quantities, resolve buildability issues and see outcomes in three dimensions. As the Australian distributor for IDAT, we can also give clients full technical backup with the software. Another very exciting innovation is Flexus™ bendable concrete. This is a specially formulated Engineered Cementitious Composite mix made up of Sand, Cement, Fly Ash, PVA Fibres and a few other special ingredients. It does not require reinforcing, is lighter than traditional concrete, and due to the recycled Fly Ash content, has a lower impact on the environment than traditional reinforced concrete. In our core business of lifting technologies, we are proud of our “Jaws” anchor lifting range, which have a unique design and are engineered to the highest standards. Another of our core product linesare connections for concrete elements, and our new OrbiPlate System resolves an extremely common and time consuming problem for concrete construction. The OrbiPlate system allows for generous tolerances in all directions, overcoming any alignment issues with cast in ferrules. It can be used for connecting concrete to concrete, steel to steel, or steel to concrete. WA Where do you see the main growth opportunities for Reid over the next decade? AW I see the big growth areas for us as being increased activity with concrete residential construction, and growth in our involvement with Heavy Construction projects including Multi Storey Buildings, Bridges and Road Projects. I also see huge opportunities for growth in the Flexus bendable concrete products, and expansion of our Engineering IDAT software and drafting services. as identifying opportunities where we can help save them money and/ or time. We are also involved with a variety of industry associations, including NPCAA, CIA and the NPCA in America, this connection to the broader industry helps us have an extremely clear picture of all the options available for our clients. WA What are some of the projects you are most proud of ? AW There have been many great projects. Some of our more recent major projects have included the NTH/STH Tunnel in Brisbane, East Link Freeway in Melbourne, Gateway Duplication in Brisbane, Freeway Projects in Sydney and Eureka Tower in Melbourne. One of our more challenging recent projects was the ‘entry statement’ for Port Hedland in WA, where our West Australian operation was approached by artist Jahne Rees of Scape-ism with drawings for an “Entry Statement” sculpture comprised of two rings; one of steel, the other of reinforced concrete. The concrete ring was to be poured on its side in Perth, then transported to Port Hedland. What he needed from us was an answer as to how this could be done, what lifting devices would be required, and where to put them so as to not damage the slender 16 tonne arc of reinforced concrete. Our engineering solution was work of art in itself – and it worked. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

WA What do you see as the main challenges, and what opportunities do they offer? AW A major challenge is overseas companies entering our market space, and cheap or non-conforming product being imported into Australia. We pride ourselves in providing Australian engineered/ manufactured product where possible and on forming partnerships with reputable overseas companies in order to introduce innovative systems to the Australian market WA Where do you see the greatest need for innovation in the industry in terms of methods and materials? AW There needs to be more recognition by the building industry that construction of buildings in precast concrete is a far more efficient method – both in time saving and material saving, than the traditional ways of bricks and mortar, or steel frames with concrete poured on site. There are ways of making concrete look as attractive as any building made from other materials. We have begun to supply and advise the industry on concrete patterns and decorative methods for concrete, we are the Australian supplier for Fitzgerald FormLiners, specialists in creating designs for architectural concrete elements. ANCR CEO INTERVIEW





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hen a project needs to erect more than 600 tonnes of steel over one of Melbourne’s busiest streets, expert, safety-conscious traffic management is critical. KPI Traffic Control undertook this demanding role for the The Emporium redevelopment, providing solutions which enabled the project, and Melbourne’s CBD traffic, to proceed smoothly and safely. The Emporium project involves demolition and rebuilding of two thirds of a city block at the heart of Melbourne’s retail core, extending between Lonsdale, Little Bourke, Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. Both stages are highly complex, particularly given the retention of significant heritage façades on both Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street. These Heritage listed facades require a retention system that involves erecting over 600 ton of steel onto and over Lonsdale St. Foot traffic in the project area is upwards of 20,000 people per day, and Lonsdale Street is Ventura Bus lines busiest street with the highest bus movements in the state, so plans which could manage both pedestrian traffic and provide a satisfactory detour for buses and other traffic without impacting timetables were crucial. In the initial tender stage Grocon partnered with KPI Traffic Control to design a number of different Traffic Management Plans that incorporated Grocon’s construction methodology and Ratio’s construction plans, which were submitted with their tender. In addition to this KPI Traffic Control utilized its established relationships with Ventura Bus lines, VicRoads, 24


Department of Transport and Melbourne City Council to create a working Traffic Management Plan that allowed Construction to progress in a manner which met the needs of relevant affected stakeholders. A key to this was securing the Southern Bus lane in Lonsdale Street for construction activity throughout the entire project, as well as coordinating the full road closure of Lonsdale Street between 9pm and 5.30am 5 nights a week. KPI partnered wisely, with construction commencing February 2011. KPI Traffic Control has met any associated challenge head on, and has taken a flexible approach in the Emporium project’s traffic management implementation, evolving the plans and practices as the project progressed. “The Emporium is one the most high profile traffic management gigs to take place in the heart of Melbourne. We are proud of our accomplishments in providing a safe work environment for our client Grocon, with minimal impact on local stakeholders and the general public. What makes KPI successful is our constant communication with all relevant parties and our dedicated team of employees,” states KPI company director – Peter O’Brien. KPI Traffic Control has a staff of over 40 experienced Traffic Controllers, with a combined total of over 140 years in the industry. All Traffic Plans are AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

designed by Vic Roads prequalified technicians with the ability produce 48 hour turnaround on plans after site visits. The Traffic Control Vehicle fleet consists of brand new Mazda BT-50’s fitted out with the highest standard of Australian made signage and equipment, the latest technology in warning lights, arrow boards and power management systems. KPI Traffic Control & Labour Hire commenced operations in January 2010, founded on the experience of Directors Peter O'Brien and Kevin Ramsay, who have a combined 35 year track record in the civil and construction industry. Peter O’Brien has been involved with Traffic management for over seven years, and was formerly the State Manager for one of Australia's largest Traffic Control and Labour Hire companies. He has also spent over a decade in the Victorian construction industry. The Ramsay family has been involved in Melbourne's construction industry for over 70 years, and Kevin Ramsay has over 30 years experience in all aspects of building and construction, including an extensive background in industrial relations, tower cranes, mobile cranes and customer service. Kevin's exceptional understanding of the construction industry and the builder’s needs in addition to his hands-on approach of site visits to give free advice on cranes, labour or traffic management sets KPI apart as a market leader. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

KPI also has a Labour Hire arm, with a data base of over 300 experienced construction workers ranging from Crane Drivers and Carpenters to Boiler Makers and Labourers. With both Peter and Kevin’s background in cranes, it was inevitable crane hire would be the next arm of the KPI Group, and KPI are now making a name for themselves in this aspect of the business, with a small fleet of their own, access to every size crane available and competitive rates. With the combination of experience, industry knowledge and quality staff, KPI Traffic Control & Labour Hire has rapidly placed themselves at the forefront of the market.

KPI Traffic Control & Labour Hire Peter O'Brien Phone (mobile) 0411 297 333 Kevin Ramsay Phone (mobile) 0424 921 971 ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


BD Harvest Pty Ltd B

D Harvest is well known for providing a reliable and flexible service to our customers and maintains a quality fleet of trucks and equipment. We have a large range of walk-in-bins starting from 6 cubic metre bins to 30 cubic metre bins. Size range is 6m, 8m, 10m, 16m, 20m and 30m3. We also have a range of Lug Bins that have been certified to be used by cranes. As a fully certificated waste transport asbestos specialist, BD Harvest services have been in high demand on many high profile projects throughout the state including Mercy Hospital in Albury, 150 Clarendon Rd, East Melbourne, Bourke St, Myers and Bandiana in Wodonga. “We are here to provide a service to make your life easier not harder.� 26


Call BD Harvest on 0408 128 402 or 9333 2442 or email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

NEW DIGITAL DRIVEN SOLUTIONS FOR SAFETY reporting ACCESS W ith major projects spread throughout Queensland and a dedication to continuous improvement in their products and service, Uni-span has identified the need to make reporting and auditing of products and services manageable, cost efficient and conveniently shared and accessible by all stakeholders. Their latest innovation is an iPhone based reporting and inspections system; jointly developed by iDev and Uni-span, developed to allow companies to easily and effectively complete and submit reports onsite.

OnsiteReports Primary Contacts

The OnsiteReports iPhone application allows Uni-span’s site managers to send inspection reports in real time, capturing photos, signatures and data, and immediately submitting them via email to the customer. This fast cutting-edge app cuts down on processing time an expensive delays to site work, and is an environmentally friendly paper-free reporting option.

Enoggera Army Barracks is one of the largest and oldest army bases in Australia, with more than 4000 servicemen on site, and a mix of personnel - from infantrymen, cadets, military police, engineers and now a small battalion of construction workers engaged for John Holland in the construction of the Enhanced Land Force Phase Stage 2 Phase 2B Project.

The system features both a web-based application with secure logins for the management of the system, and an iPhone app used by site staff to complete the reports’ sign off on requisitions, make onsite agreements, orders and notices. The process is simple: 1. Admin staff create custom forms using a drag and drop form builder within the web application. 2. iPhone equipped Onsite staff launch the app, and synchronise with the server to check for new or updated forms. 3. The form can be completed with photos taken on the phone and signature panels to record approvals etc. then be submitted with the touch of a button. 4. The completed form is recorded, uploaded to the server ready for review and processing by admin staff. 5. The report is then sent directly to the client contact within seconds for dissemination or sharing through email or the various project management systems software; including Aconex, Project Connect, EDC and others. iDev - Deon Jongbloed e. Uni-span Group Wayne Hughes e.

Uni-span is also on site at Enoggera, providing the scaffolding solutions. Confidence and trust is an important part of a successful military, and these are also the qualities that drive Uni-span’s commitment to their clients. As Queensland’s leading Scaffold and Formwork provider, Uni-span draw strength from a team driven to do and be the very best, upholding the company’s reputation for superior access and safety solutions. Uni-span products are prolific throughout Australia. The company’s Uni-mesh can be seen on the majority of construction sites in Sydney and Melbourne. Uni-span products give a site a professional, cohesive appearance, as can currently be seen at Laing O’Rourke’s Townsville Stockland Shopping Centre project and Baulderstone’s Mackay Base Hospital. Other features of Uni-span OnsiteReports include:

Stocklands Shopping Centre Townsville for Laing O’Rourke

Mackay Base Hospital for Baulderstone

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User accounts for multiple staff Image and Album management Folder and Asset management Billing management

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Tickets and Work Request management Report printing, PDFs, and forwarding.

When it comes to efficient safety and access solutions, Uni-span’s new Onsite Reports iPhone app ensures precise team-focused management and rapid communication between a project’s front lines and the command posts.




eureka goes to the top at soul


y the time the final level is complete on Soul Tower at Surfers Paradise, Eureka Steel’s team will have spent just over three years at work on the site, tying the reinforcing steel for all the slabs, columns, footings and walls of the project. This is the highest residential apartment building constructed on the Gold Coast, and as the tower rose, so did Eureka’s workers, up to 77 levels above the golden sands of the beach. At the peak of works, Eureka had 50 highly experienced and safetyconscious steel fixers on site, with an average daily workforce of between 30 and 40. This represented an enormous commitment of labour, with the company’s management expertise and logistical abilities ensuring other, concurrent projects including Paradise Point and Brisbane’s Eagle Street, were also fully catered for. “The main challenge of this job was the continuity of work. The program did not go as fast overall as we would have liked it to, but there were also stages of rapid progress. At one stage we had a night shift of steel fixers working from 3pm until 11pm,” said Eureka Steel Managing Director, Helen Paximadas. “The weather was also a challenge, as the higher you get, the more works get winded off, because the cranes can’t work safely in high winds, which stops our work from proceeding. “Our office in Molendinar has a large factory, which allowed us to prefabricate columns for Soul Tower in our factory, this gave us 28


additional flexibility in keeping our team working on the project when weather conditions had from time to time halted site works. “Another aspect to this job was the jump form used, a double jump form, is quite a complicated system. We were fortunate that our team had already worked with the double jump form system before and were able to successfully handle the complexity of the steel fixing involved. “Due to the height of the building, all our workers had extra safety training, and our Work Method Statements evolved as the job progressed. I am proud to say we had no major safety incidents during the extremely long duration of works at Soul. “The projects that we are tendering have become more complex in design - we like this, as it is a challenge,” said Helen Paximadas. “Our employees are made to feel like they are part of something working for Eureka; they are Eureka. They are responsible for Eureka just as much as the management are and they all know this.”

EUREKA STEEL FIXING PTY LTD 4 Barnett Place Molendinar QLD 4214 t. 07 5571 5618 f. 07 5574 5225 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

LOCKER GROUP talents unite wave and edge


roving just how versatile and capable they are, Locker Group recently combined artistic achievement with practical benefits in the supply of custom fabricated perforated ‘Pic Perf ’ facade panels for the Wave and Edge apartment buildings. “The artwork provided by the architect was designed to highlight the street names that each building resides on. The artwork depicts pictures and information about the people the street names represent, Osmond Gilles and King William IV. The main graphics differed between a large colonial sailing boat on the Wave and a portrait of King William on the Edge, however, text was also incorporated in both designs describing each person. The clarity of the text was purposely faded and blurred in sections leaving key descriptions or phrases highlighted across the façade which also helped give a sense of depth,” explained Locker Group South Australian Architectural Consultant, Anthony Bath. “It was important that the Pic Perf panels were able to convey these messages clearly while also providing the light and airflow characteristics required for a car park. This Pic Perf project was unique by having two separate facades, with different graphics, shape and size, being designed and manufactured in a way that would bring them together and link the two builds.” Anthony worked on the project with architects JPE Design from the early concept stages in November 2008, undertaking continued liaison throughout the shop drawing and fabrication process until all panels were delivered to site in October 2009. Locker Group’s graphics and production team members in Melbourne worked in conjunction with the SA office, ensuring stunning results. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The panels were manufactured from 3mm aluminium and powder coated in a Copper Pearl to compliment both the buildings and the ‘Pic Perf ’ design. The Wave façade was approx 202sq/m (75 panels) with The Edge being 98sq/m (40 panels). All the panels were manufactured at Locker Group’s head office in Dandenong, Victoria, and Locker Group also supplied isolators, spacers, and tek screws that were powder coated the same colour to assist in the installation process. Locker Group has also recently manufactured and supplied Pic Perf designs for the new Frome Rd fence of the Adelaide Zoo; anti-throw screens used along the new Glenelg Tram Overpass; and feature cladding over 5 levels for the new Young Street car park in Adelaide’s CBD. As Australia’s leading designer and manufacturer of specialist perforated metal architectural products, Locker Group are constantly innovating in response to industry trends. A new product design uniquely tailored to contribute to Green Star goals, ‘Atmosphere’, has just been released. The new Atmosphere facade system offers sustainability benefits, combined with infinite variability, and efficient installation techniques, ensuring it can also be retrofitted to existing buildings.

Locker Group SA 8/5 Drury Tce Clovelly Park SA 5042 t. 08 8276 4745 f. 08 8276 9530 e. ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


protecting life and property


ith over forty years experience manufacturing and supplying fire doors for Western Australian projects, Naus Fire Protection were able to meet the challenges of the Hedland Health Centre (HHC) flawlessly, delivering 75 fire rated and smoke doors to the remote location. Naus were one of the first Australian distributors for ‘Pyropanel Developments’, a leading designer and manufacturer of asbestos-free fire protection products, and have been the exclusive manufacturer of ‘Pyropanel’ Fire Rated Doors in WA since 1977. The doors for the HHC are rated for either one hour or two hours fire protection – and are an essential component of the building. Every door is designed and manufactured to the Australian Standard AS/NZ 1905.1-2005, Components for the Protection of Openings in Fire Resistant Walls. The challenge of the project for Naus was manufacturing the doors without making site visits, and also relying on Doric’s team on site for the installation, which is usually done by Naus carpenters, along with Certification and door tags. “The management of information and liaison was carried out successfully to the extent no rectifications were required. We worked closely with Eric Gomez from Doric, who gave us accurate information in a timely manner,” said Naus Fire Protection Director, Jo Butcher. Naus can manufacture a fire door for any project up to 3 metres high and 1.5 metres wide and they are able to produce testing certificates for any of 30


the Doors in the ‘Pyropanel’ range. They can manufacture doors with fire rated glazing, vandal-proof metal cladding, attractive veneers and fire doors for Green Star projects manufactured from an FSC certified door leaf. They can also offer packages to Builders, which can include steel door frames, non-rated doors both solid and hollow cores in addition to the Fire Doors. Naus carpenters are highly experienced and trained in the specialised fitting of Fire Doors. With so many years in the business, Naus has a strong network of suppliers and subcontractors. Other major projects completed by Naus include the Gateway Shopping Centre, Hollywood Private Hospital, Curtin University, The Old Swan Brewery, the Woodside Building, the District Court Building to name just a few. Currently the company is also supplying Blackbean veneered Fire Doors to replace all Room entry doors for the Hyatt Regency in Perth, and supplying all Fire Doors for the City Square project located at 125 St George’s Tce Perth.

Naus Door Makers 13 Whyalla Street Willetton WA 6155 t. 08 9354 3885 f. 08 9354 2861 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW



ater in the works? Subsurface cabling needs avoiding? When it comes to tricky excavation tasks and dewatering, Non Destructive Excavations Australia (NDEA) have the solution. They use hydro and vacuum excavation to accomplish the tasks that normal excavation methods find difficult, their equipment can also quickly and efficiently de-water sites, holes, trenches and pits.

stored in their self contained trucks to be removed, and delivered to approved recycle facilities. With two standard rigs, three super rigs including a hi-rail truck, 2WD, 4WD and light vehicles, NDEA can provide a fast response to any task within the Sydney Metropolitan, Greater Wollongong and regional New South Wales region.

NDEA maintain a fleet which is equipped with the latest in vacuum excavation equipment, a safe and sure way of removing the unwanted dirt and water from any area, without damage to electricity, gas, water, sewer, optic fibre and telecommunications conduits located below the surface. Their capabilities also include underground service location, pipe-cleaning, jetting, general vacuum excavation works and non destructive digging.

All NDEA’s trained workforce have comprehensive training in all aspects of the tasks at hand, and also have completed RISI’s (Rail Industry Safety Induction) and Energy Australia Substation Passports. The safety record in over a decade of operations is excellent, and the company are members of the Civil Contractors Federation and Master Builders Association.

Using huge 4500 litre sludge tanks along with 2500 litre capacity water tanks, NDEA’s operators use pressurised water to loosen and remove soil. A vacuum source makes sure that all the excess water and soil is promptly removed from the site making sure that the underground infrastructure remains intact and clearly exposed. This earth is then

This style of excavation is fast becoming the industry standard for sensitive works, and NDEA’s skills have been used by numerous high profile clients including Kingsgrove to Revesby Quadruplication Alliance (K2RQ); Leighton Contractors various projects including ILC at Enfield, Endeavour Energy Substation works; pole removals and installations.

Non Destructive Excavations Australia Pty Ltd PO Box 522 Baulkham Hills NSW 1755 t. 0411 242 141




Big Industries are buying local products at Henden’s Upholstery & Canvas H

enden’s Upholstery & Canvas are commercial & industrial textile fabricators with around 35 years of experience. Henden’s specialize in industrial products such as custom made quality tradesman toolbags made to order. Industrial covers for any size or type of instrument and industrial tarps some as big as football fields. Safety permit wallets keep all of your safety cards and permits dry, clean and visible on the job site. Our Bolt Bags have been load tested for heavy tools that need to be craned up high to where they are needed.

Gladstone is well known for is good weather what better way to enjoy it, without getting burnt under one of our large marquees, awnings, tarpaulins or shade sails. Headlining in cars don’t like our weather. Some times it ends up hanging down on your head, we can replace that for you. Covering your load for a ute or a truck is no problem we manufacture black shade cover to suit. We are able to do work vehicles which need canvas or 32


vinyl seat covers or foam repair. Please talk to our friendly staff about any industrial or commercial need as we love a challenge. Henden’s would like to personally thank all the industry in Gladstone for supporting a local business to expand and develop into a thriving small business. henden's upholstery & canvas ABN: 76 010 340 075 60 Toolooa Street PO Box 763 Gladstone QLD 4680 t. 07 4972 3252 f. 07 4976 9155 e. • Product book available to view online. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

SUPER-SKILLS WITH STEEL Q ueensland construction projects can now call on Active Steel Pty Ltd to provide them with their reinforcement requirements opening a new 2,000m² facility in Crestmead in January 2009. Active Steel is a privately owned Australian family business which commenced operations in Sydney NSW in 1995, specialising in the manufacture, supply and delivery of steel reinforcing product. The company is one of the most technologically advanced operations within the industry. Significant investment in the latest computer aided design and European manufacturing systems have given Active Steel the ability to produce to exacting tolerances with speed and efficiency. Active Steel’s Crestmead facility has also been fitted out with the latest technology for the cutting and bending of steel. “This represents a significant investment” explains the company’s owner, Terry Stokes, “Everything is brand new and we have the most up to date equipment available from Europe.” Active Steel has experienced and quality personnel to be able to deliver on the most challenging of projects, combined with an open and innovative approach and advanced manufacturing facilities it is not surprising they are involved in some of the largest projects past and presently underway in NSW. The majority of their projects have been civil infrastructure – bridges, sewerage treatment plants, major commercial projects, hospital upgrades and large residential developments. With experience and adaptability in providing the required product efficiently and within time and scheduling constraints, Active Steel WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

also communicates and coordinates with clients to establish the most effective solutions to challenges presented. As the Queensland building boom continues its momentum, they are looking forward to providing superior service and product across the full spectrum of civil infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential projects. Active Steel’s Crestmead operation will offer a full range of reinforcing products and services – Reinforcement Detailing Service, Square and Rectangular Mesh, Engineered Mesh, Pile Cages, Swimming Pool Steel, offsite prefabrication of columns and beams, Cutting and Bending of Bar and delivery of goods to site/store. A complete range of accessories will also be available for the tying and placement of reinforcement steel. With full third party accreditation by ACRS (Australian Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels) products are made to meet the Australian Standard (AS/NZ4671), Active Steel is also a member of the SRIA (Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia).

ACTIVE STEEL PTY LTD 44 Magnesium Drive Crestmead QLD 4132 t. 07 3803 7304 f. 07 3803 7194 e. ANCR SPECIAL FOCUS


ORANGE BASE HOSPITAL MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken DEVELOPER / CLIENT : Pinnacle Health Care / Capital Insight PROJECT END VALUE : $190 Million COMPLETION : February 2011 ARCHITECTS : Silver Thomas Hanley Design / Design Inc ENGINEER STRUCTURAL : Connell Wagner Pty Ltd / Aurecon SURVEYOR : Usher & Co








stablished 12 years ago in NSW, B & L Morrison Earthmoving are an Australian company that specialises in the provision of residential and commercial building site earthworks. With a professional and experienced team of 16 operators, as well as an extensive fleet of earthmoving equipment, B & L Morrison Earthmoving is able to deliver a range of innovative earthwork solutions to a variety of clients. With an extensive project portfolio, including their work on the Tran grid upgrade in Orange, as well as various earthworks for a number of regional schools within NSW, B & L Morrison Earthmoving were also recently involved on the significant Orange Base Hospital redevelopment. Initiated by the NSW Government as a social infrastructure PublicPrivate Partnership (PPP) hospital, the project involved the design, construction, finance and maintenance of a new Greenfield hospital, as well as associated buildings on the existing Bloomfield Health Campus at Orange in regional NSW. Representing the largest investment in health infrastructure outside the metropolitan area, the $194 million redevelopment of the Orange Base Hospital will also incorporate a $34 million construction of new tertiary mental health facilities, as well as new cancer radiation therapy facilities and heritage refurbishments to the other existing mental health and administration buildings. The new facility is a Level 5 Hospital, with integrated Cancer Care and Tertiary Mental health services. Furthermore, the main hospital building consists of a 200 bed general hospital, with four operating theatres, 60 specialised treatment areas, two radiotherapy bunkers, and associated primary and community health areas.



Bruce Morrison, Director of B & L Morrison Earthmoving, said that throughout their involvement, his team had provided all of the detail earthworks across the Orange Base Hospital site. “Whilst working on the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment, we used our fleet of cutting-edge equipment,” Mr Morrison said. “This included our new Komatsu PC0.50, the Komatsu 97R-5, the CAT 272c bobcat and the Cat, five tonne roller, all of which were able to handle the large scope of the redevelopment. “Furthermore, as a result of our team of highly-skilled earthmoving operators, we were able to ensure the delivery all of the particular earthworks required for the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment in both a time and cost effective manner,” he said. B & L Morrison Earthmoving’s wealth of industry expertise also meant they were able to avoid any potential disruption or delays to the Hospital’s construction whilst fulfilling their project responsibilities. In addition, consistent liaising with other onsite contractors and the major client, Hansen Yuncken, paved the way for a well-coordinated and managed project operation. “As we are able to complete a range of varied earthworks, regardless of the size or demands of the specific project, we were also able to smoothly deliver optimum earthwork results to the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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Orange Base Hospital redevelopment,’ Mr Morrison said. “This not only ensured complete client satisfaction, but also ensured an outstanding overall project result for the community and the NSW health industry,” he said. With a leading range of equipment, skilled and professional operators, as well as a well-known reputation for delivering and providing quality earthworks; it is without a doubt B & L Morrison Earthmoving will continue to remain at the forefront of the Australian earthmoving industry. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

b & L morrison earthmoving 260 Clergate Road Orange NSW 2800 t. 02 6360 0486 f. 02 6360 0381 e. NSW PROJECT FEATURE ORANGE BASE HOSPITAL


Bush fire Protection advice gives the all clear for Orange Base Hospital E

co Logical Australia (ELA) is one of Australia’s leading and most dynamic bushfire and environmental consultancies. ELA merged with Bushfire and Environmental Services (BES) in 2008 to form the largest specialist bushfire consultancy in Australia. ELA services a variety of clients, in both the public and private sectors,



with innovative and effective solutions, using cutting-edge research and technology. With an impressive client portfolio, such as the Defence Department, CSIRO, numerous NSW, ACT and Qld Government agencies, legal firms and many large corporations and building contractors, ELA provides an extensive range of services and specialist advice. Given their team’s industry expertise and experience, ELA were able to provide important solutions for the significant Orange Base Hospital redevelopment project. This $214 million redevelopment, which represents one of the largest investments in health infrastructure outside the metropolitan area, will include a new General Hospital, two new Mental Health facilities and the upgrade of four existing buildings for the mixed use of mental health and hospital administration. In NSW, bushfire protection measures are required for any development that occurs on bush fire prone land, with development consent only granted if protection measures are adequately addressed.


Hospitals are categorised as Special Fire Protection Purpose developments and as such have potentially more onerous constraints and a higher level of bushfire protection. Rod Rose, Director of Bushfire in ELA was responsible for finding cost and design effective solutions for the hospital under the NSW bushfire protection laws. “After identifying a portion of the site was mapped as bush fire prone land I guided Hansen Yuncken throughout the design process with constraints, opportunities and options” Mr Rose said. “Initially I reviewed the accuracy of the bush fire prone land map, which had been prepared by Orange City Council and endorsed by the Commissioner of NSW Rural Fire Service, to ensure all existing and potential bushfire risks were captured and appropriately classified. “Design of a hospital located on bush fire prone land, such as the Orange Base Hospital, requires among other things careful attention to vehicular and pedestrian access to ensure the potential for both on-site and off-site evacuation is feasible with an appropriate level of safety” he said.

As part of a thorough risk assessment, Mr Rose considered all existing and proposed vegetation on and adjoining the site along with the slope of those lands. The data collected was used to guide the development design to a compliant Asset Protection Zone and building construction standard. Mr Rose said “A substantial saving in construction costs and the avoidance of complex design alterations was achieved through a technical review of the tree density and vegetation patterns of the site. This included demonstrating some treed areas were lower risk due to the managed gardens and lawns underneath and the inability of a bushfire to spread through the tree canopies alone.” The reassuring conclusion of the ELA assessment and advice to Hansen Yuncken enabled the development to proceed with minimal bushfire protection complications, yet achieve a protection level that exceeded best practice in NSW. With their innovative methods and approach, it is no surprise that ELA’ reputation has continued to grow within the industry, earning the respect of both industry peers and their extensive client list. eco logical Australia t. 1300 646 131 ELA has 12 offices in NSW




An Outstanding Joint Venture at the Forefront of the Orange Base Hospital development


esign Inc Sydney, in a joint venture with Silver Thomas Hanley of Melbourne, were together appointed to design the Orange Base Hospital in Orange, New South Wales. This $214 million significant redevelopment, which represents the biggest investment in health infrastructure outside the Sydney metropolitan area, includes a new General Hospital, two new mental health facilities and the upgrade of four existing buildings that provide a mixed use of mental health facilities and hospital administration.



With more than 60 years of experience and expertise in architecture, interior and urban design throughout Australia, Design Inc has been involved since the initial collaboration and development of the Master Plan visions of the Orange Base Hospital.


In addition, they have been responsible for the unique design, procurement and delivery of high-quality, sustainable architecture and high-standard infrastructure solutions that have been required for the Hospital.

for all of the external eave soffits. Not only was this material selection cost effective and unique, however, it also provided a cutting-edge design element to the Orange Base Hospital.

Incorporating a range of successfully completed health care facility projects, Silver Thomas Hanley is continually recognised within the building and construction industry for their expertise is the areas of acute health, special planning, feasibility studies, architecture and interior design.

In addition to the joint venture’s vast industry experience and knowledge, great care has been taken at all times to retain and respect the site’s heritage master planning, as well as ensuring the preservation and enhancement of all of the redevelopments’ public amenities.

Endeavouring to provide original and operationally sustainable solutions for the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment, Silver Thomas Hanley’s in-house team of professionals and their state-of-the-art design computer systems, have been working to deliver project outstanding results for the client, Hansen Yuncken. During their involvement, Design Inc have been mainly responsible for the Main Hospital and Mental Health buildings’ base architecture, as well as the interior architecture and health planning of the Mental Health Buildings. Meanwhile, the scope of Silver Thomas Hanley’s involvement has incorporated undertaking work on the interior architecture and health planning of the Main Hospital building. The material and techniques applied to the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment by Design Inc and Silver Thomas Hanley were used both effectively and originally. In particular, perhaps the most important external material selection decision, made and supported by Spotless, was the use of aluminium sandwiched panels

Furthermore, resulting from the fact that Silver Thomas Hanley and Design Inc are continually recognised within the industry for their on-going Environmental Sustainable Design principles they apply to all of their projects, both companies are taking measures to ensure such design principles are also applied to the Orange Base Hospital. The success of the development and design of the Orange Base Hospital has resulted in this joint venture being chosen as part of a consortium that will also be responsible for designing and planning the new Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP and a third project under consideration in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre PPP. Such an appointment is further testament to the abilities and expertise of both Design Inc and Silver Thomas Hanley. In fact, given their prolific project portfolios and clientele, it is without a doubt that Silver Thomas Hanley and Design Inc will remain at the forefront of the design and architectural industry, continuing to grow single ideas into integrated, sustainable solutions with multiple benefits. Designinc Sydney PO Box 651 North Sydney NSW 2059 t. 02 8905 7100


silver thomas hanley 3 Glenarm Road Glen Iris VIC 3146 t. 03 9885 2333 f. 03 9885 2455



WESTRUSS SETS THE BENCHMARK E stablished in 1980, Westruss is the trusted and reputable manufacturer of pre-fabricated timber frames and trusses for residential, business and construction markets throughout NSW.

incorporate a new General Hospital, two new mental health facilities and the upgrade of four existing buildings, for a mixed use of mental health facilities and hospital administration.

Able to cater for a large variety of clients, be it a large corporate building company to a ‘one-off ’ building owner, Westruss can provide unique, cost-effective and quality timber frames and trusses. In order to do this to the highest possible standard, they purchase raw materials that are partly or wholly manufactured, then assemble a customdesigned and produced product that is specifically suited to the client.

In addition, the Project will include the $160 million redevelopment of the Orange Base Hospital, a $34 million construction of new tertiary mental health facilities, an $18.8 million construction of new cancer radiation therapy facilities and an investment of $1.6 million into the oral health facilities.

Given their ability to quote, design, produce and deliver product to their clients within a short turnaround period, Westruss were also recently involved on the Orange Base Hospital Development in NSW. This $214 million development represents the largest investment in health infrastructure outside the NSW metropolitan area and will



Commencing involvement in 2009, a large team of 67 Westruss employees were responsible for providing all of the timber frames and trusses required for the buildings included in the Orange Base Hospital development. Managing Director of Westruss, Jim Cheney, said that his team had to ensure the finished product and results met the high standards and particular specifications of the client.


“Throughout our involvement on the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment, we needed to ensure our custom-made trusses and timber frame products met the demands of the major contractor, Hansen Yuncken,” Mr Cheney said. “These tasks proved to be easy though as we only use the highest standard of timber and industry knowledge to create outstanding truss and timber frame products.

“Whilst working onsite at the Orange Base Hospital, we were able to deliver quality product results, within the tight budget and time deadlines,” Mr Cheney said. “Given the fact we have a very experienced staff base that have been with Westruss since our initial inception, also allowed us to complete this project of such a significant size, with confidence and professionalism,” he said.

“In addition, one of Westruss’ strengths is our ability to adapt and respond quickly to particular project requirements, regardless of what they may be, so we were able to deliver outstanding product results for this redevelopment,” he said.

Going on the overall success of the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment and the positive impact it will have on the NSW health industry, as well as the continuous professionalism and expertise of the Westruss team, it is without a doubt that from design to delivery, Westruss sets the industry benchmark for quality and service.

Furthermore, given Westruss’ wealth of industry expertise and knowledge, Mr Cheney said his team faced no major obstacles or challenges while working on the Orange Base Hospital.

WESTRUSS MANUFACTURING 8 Ash Street Leewood Estate, Orange NSW 2800 t. 02 6392 7500 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



Ondine Holdings – the people you call when you need your roof fixed


ndine Holdings are an Australian wide company based in Orange NSW that specialise in the complete restoration and refurbishment of all roof types domestic, commercial and industrial. Ondine utilise a wide range of market leading roof coating products manufactured by Nutech Paint Pty Ltd, such as NXT Cool Zone® and Flexishield™, to successfully restore and refurbish a large number of varying types of domestic roofs. Some of the commercial and industrial projects completed using Nutech products include regional NSW State Water - Dam Sites, Charles Sturt University, Heritage Listed - Orange Base Hospital and various buildings at Tip Top Bakery sites in Brisbane, Newcastle, Adelaide and Canberra ACT. Tom Partridge the Director of Ondine Holdings said that...“whilst they were working on the Brisbane Tip Top Bakery roof refurbishment



project his team of highly-skilled tradesman were responsible for the complete restoration of the bakery roof...the bakery roofs are affected by flour dust, yeast cultures, etc, which settle on the roofs and turn into black mould...and previously in the past the roofs were either high pressure cleaned or completely replaced...given the enormous scope of the roofing project, which incorporates an area of over 6,000 square metres it was decided to restore the roof instead of replacing the roof to avoid cost blow outs and shut down time and NXT Cool Zone® was chosen for the project.” NXT Cool Zone® Enhanced with Surface Cleaning Nano Technology is a revolutionary heat reflective , low VOC, high gloss acrylic roof coating that utilizes Thermal Protection Technology to reduce the heat of your roof. Colour choice no longer has to be sacrificed as it is available in a wide range of earthly colours and is Drinking Water safe. Ezy Flash was supplied by ACP – Australasian Construction Products Pty Ltd. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Main Image : Tip Top Bakery, QLD - Aerial View Inset images, top to bottom : Orange Base Hospital, NSW - Heritage roof renovations, Tip Top Bakery, QLD - Aerial view, Tip Top Bakery - Roof restoration.

He also said...“one of our major challenges was to repair hundreds of leaks on the roof using Ezy Flash, which were discovered as we high pressure cleaned the roof...also because the Tip Top Bakery operates 24 hours a day seven days a week we needed to ensure the restoration work of the roof did not affect the daily operations of the bakery... despite the challenges our experienced team of tradesman were able to successfully restore the roof in a cost effective manner and within the allocated time frame and have therefore been appointed to repaint the flour silos and other buildings on the same site with NXT Cool Zone® during the next redevelopment stage.” As part of their involvement on the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment, Ondine Holdings carried out a range of extensive heritage renovations and repairs on the hospital’s terracotta roofs. Given the fact a number of the hospital buildings have been heritage listed, completely removing the badly damaged roof was not an option WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

ONDINE HOLDINGS PTY LTD 119 Matthews Avenue Orange NSW 2800 contact: Tom Partridge, Director m. 0412 634 399 for the client, Hansen Yuncken. As a result, Ondine Holdings worked on the roofs, across the various stages of the project to ensure their preservation was upheld. “The difficult factor about this job was that a great deal of safety equipment and skill within this field was required to efficiently maneuver the steep, brittle and slippery surfaces of the heritage-style roofs,” Mr. Partridge said. “However, once again, our highly skilled tradesman were able to successfully deliver optimum results and complete client satisfaction,” he said. With a number of significant projects due to be started and their strong commitment to further expansion within the commercial and industrial roof restoration markets, it is without a doubt that Ondine Holdings will continue to deliver outstanding restoration results to the building and construction industry. NSW PROJECT FEATURE ORANGE BASE HOSPITAL


Sharvain Balustrading – The Experts You Can Trust


ncorporating more than 50 years of industry experience, Sharvain Balustrading specialise in the fabrication and installation of glass, cables and stainless steel balustrade, as well as the design and installation of structural steel, frameless shower screens and architectural skylights.

This $214 million redevelopment, which represents one of the largest investments in health infrastructure outside the metropolitan area, will include a new General Hospital, two new Mental Health facilities and the upgrade of four existing buildings for the mixed use of mental health and hospital administration.

Taking pride in being able to provide the same levels of attention to service and project results, for a broad variety of clients, regardless of the particular project’s size, Sharvain Balustrading are also able to carry out a range of welding services, such as aluminium, tig, mig and arc.

Commencing their involvement in August, 2009, the professional team from Sharvain Balustrading was responsible for the design and delivery of all of the required brass, stainless steel and glass handrails, as well as the fabrication and installation of the structural steel undercover walkway.

Having recently joined forces with another large international Structural Steel company, Sharvain Balustrading works only with the highest grade materials available on the market and are able to manage a project from its' initial conception right through to the final stages.

Grant Harford, Managing Director of Sharvain Balustrading, said that whilst working on the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment, they employed the use of a new Jail Safe Glass product.

Given their prolific reputation within the Australian Balustrading industry, Sharvain Balustrading were also recently involved on the significant Orange Base Hospital redevelopment in NSW. 46


“In order to suit the particular requirements of the glass handrails required at the hospital, we used this cutting-edge Jail Safe Glass,” Mr Harford said. “This glass is constructed using a combination of toughened safety glass, heat strengthened glass and a PVB interlayer. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“As of this unique design, this type of glass not only provides initial strength upon any impact it may experience, but it also offers continued strength and resistance even if after one or more of the glass panels were to break,” he said. Given their wealth of industry expertise and attention to detail, it was no surprise that Sharvain Balustrading were able to successfully able to complete their responsibilities at the Hospital without having to overcome any particular challenges or obstacles. “As a result of our continuous close working and professional relationship with the main developer, Hansen Yuncken, whose team was headed by Michael Martin, our time working on the Orange Base Hospital ran very smoothly,” Mr Harford said. “As a consequence, we were able to successfully deliver outstanding results to the client, within the required tight timeframe and budget requirements. “Furthermore, we found Hansen Yuncken to be one of the most professional and driven companies to work alongside and we at Sharvain Balustrading are looking forward to hopefully working with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

them again in the near future,” he said. In addition to the successful completion of their balustrade and glass installation services at the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment, Mr Harford said Sharvain Balustrading were also looking forward to commencing their next project with Broad Construction in Manly. In fact, it could be said that Sharvain Balustrading will definitely be the name to remember to provide the installation and fabrication of all your glass, cables and stainless steel balustrade requirements on your next project.

sharvain balustrading 15/176 South Creek Road Cromer NSW 2099 t. 02 9984 1653 f. 02 9972 3974 NSW PROJECT FEATURE ORANGE BASE HOSPITAL


Providing Online Solutions for Orange Base Hospital


or over ten years, WebFM have been developing and providing unique online products for a range of clients in the building and construction industry.

“Using OMTrak ensures a reduction of any costs associated with handover delays or any project management inefficiencies,” Mr Baker said.

Specialising in Operation and Maintenance Manuals, WebFM also developed OMTrak, an award-winning solution for infrastructure projects that creates electronic Operation and Maintenance manuals and has been used on approximately $30 billion worth of projects.

“In addition, OMTrak is online and only requires only an Internet connection to use. It also reduces the costs associated with printing for multiple hard copies and long-term record storage,” he said.

With a number of prolific clients including Leighton, Bovis Lend Lease, Westfield and Hansen Yuncken, already utilising the OMTrak manual, WebFM were also chosen to provide Operation and Maintenance manuals for the Orange Base Hospital. This $214 million capital investment by the NSW Government will include a new General Hospital, two new Mental Health facilities, as well as the upgrade and re-configuration of four existing buildings. The joint will also incorporate associated site works, including new car parking, landscaping and covered links. During their involvement, WebFM were responsible for tailoring and developing the Project’s online Operations and Maintenance manuals. Brook Baker, National Development Manager, said the OMTrak system provided contractors and client’s visibility of the manuals well in advance and as a result, were both cost and time efficient.



Since developing the specialised OMTrak software tailored to suit the requirements of the Orange Base Hospital Project, WebFM have ensured their client, Hansen Yuncken, has been able to monitor each sub-contractor progress online, as well as complete the required manuals well in advance of handover. “Using OMTrak whilst working on the Orange Base Hospital Project has saved time and money,” Mr Baker said. “As a result of this unique system, we and Hansen Yuncken have been able to manage the Hospital project without having to deal with any obstacles that may have delayed the various stages of the joint development,” he said. WebFM t. 02 46 55 5044 f. 02 46 55 5066 e.




RBAS AND ASSOCIATES is a consulting engineering company for the building and construction industry, able to serve a wide range of clients and successfully deliver a variety of projects. Established in 1997, the skilled and enthusiastic staff at ERBAS – Engineers for Building Services offers a wealth of knowledge in delivering mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire, ESD, Greenstar, NABERS and lift services. Having worked on over 2,000 prolific projects throughout NSW, including the hospitals at Parramatta and Newcastle, Cessnock Correctional Centre, a number of science laboratories and major hotels, Many Educational and Government Projects, ERBAS – Engineers for Building Services were the perfect choice to provide the design review and check of air conditioning and ventilation services for the Orange Base Hospital development. This $14 Million Project in Orange, NSW, will incorporate state-ofthe-art hospital and medical facilities, as well as the refurbishment of the existing Bloomfield Hospital, which is located next to Orange Base Hospital.

During their involvement, the highly skilled ERBAS – Engineers for Building Services team has been responsible for reviewing and checking the design and documentation of customised air-conditioning, ventilation and related mechanical services as well as the installation for the Orange Base Hospital. ERBAS – Engineers for Building Services specialise in all aspects of building services including mechanical services design and documentation and have been able to deliver both cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions. Furthermore, ERBAS – Engineers for Building Services’ reputation for their work in ecologically sustainable design (ESD), allows them to deliver energy-saving solutions across all aspects of the hospital building. As the air conditioning and ventilation of a hospital is of utmost important to patients and staff, it was no surprise the professional ERBAS – Engineers for Building Services team were chosen to ensure that the delivery of such services not only met the requirements of the Orange Base Hospital, but also met the high standards of the client.

Erbas and Associates t. 02 9437 1022 f. 02 9437 1025 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



TRIPLE 'M' MECHANICAL & TRIPLE 'M' FIRE 'the team you can trust' S

pecialising in all aspects of HVAC and Fire Services across commercial, health and industrial buildings, Triple ‘M’ Group have the size, experience and resources to deliver specialist services to their clients.

Since 1994, Triple ‘M’ Group have been involved in a number of prestigious projects, including the Sydney International Aquatic Centre, and given their experienced team and industry expertise, were chosen to partner Hansen Yuncken on the Orange Base Hospital Project in NSW. As part of their involvement, Triple ‘M’ Group was responsible for the design and installation of chilled and heating water central plant, AHU’s, and terminal thermal powered VAV diffusers.



In addition, they installed state-of-the-art VRV air-conditioning systems in four of the buildings. With some of the largest in-house ductwork manufacturing and pipe work fabrication facilities of any mechanical contractor, as well as being able to offer integrated Mechanical and Fire solutions, without doubt Triple ‘M’ Group will continue to remain at the forefront of the industry. TRIPLE 'M' group Level 1, Quad 4, 8 Parkview Drive Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 t. 02 9763 6200 f. 02 9763 6201





DE Structures, (CDES) specialises in Building Information Modeling and Structural Steel Detailing, offering a broad base of design, project management, engineering and drafting services to the building and construction industry.

“We worked in conjunction with architects and engineers to develop a fully detailed structural steel model, which verified and confirmed the relationship between architectural intent and the structural engineering design,” Mr Bird said.

CDES and a team of experienced and skilled staff, are able to manage a variety projects across Australia, from the initial idea though to the final commissioning.

“This model was a key link in the design process, as it highlighted issues early in the design phase and allowed for problem resolution well before the fabrication or erection of steel work,” he said.

Given their industry experience and commitment to delivering project solutions, CDES was involved on the Orange Base Hospital redevelopment, which, when complete will incorporate the construction of a new two, part three-storey, purpose-built general hospital building.

CDES was also able to work within the tight Orange Base Hospital Project timeframes by fast-tracking shop detailing and breaking the project into a number of phases.

This project will also encompass the construction of an acute mental health building, demolition and refurbishment of existing buildings, as well as the provision of landscaped areas. Commencing involvement in 2008, CDES was responsible for the modeling and detailing of all the structural steel required for the hospital. Phillip Bird, Managing Director of CDES, said they used Tekla Structures software, which is a high-end, 3D Building Information Modeling package that automates the production of shop detail drawings.

“At any one time we had up to five experienced and professional detailers working on various parts of the project, all in the one model,” Mr Bird said. “We also implemented stringent document control procedures and modeling methods to ensure each area was kept as a standalone package, whilst ensuring that the complete model still retained its integrity,” he said. With such an extensive range of industry expertise, it is without a doubt CDES will continue to be the number one choice for future Structural Steel Detailing projects.

cde structures 9 Ilumba Way Kelso NSW 2795 Managing Director: Phillip Bird t. 02 6331 2988 m. 0409 327 034





WESTFIELD Level 24, 100 William Street Sydney NSW 2011 t. 02 9358 7000 f. 02 9358 7079

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Westfield Design & Construction Pty Ltd COMMERCIAL/RETAIL SIZE : 103,000 m2 DEVELOPER : Westfield Group PROJECT END VALUE : $1.2 Billion COMPLETION : Early 2012 ARCHITECTS : Westfield Design and Construction in conjunction with John Wardle Architects

an iconic development




ydney Tower has been the most recognisable landmark in the Sydney CBD for decades. Now, with Westfield’s $1.2 billion investment in substantial redevelopment of the retail precinct, and the development of two Six Star Green Star commercial office towers on the site, the tower becomes the crowning icon of an outstanding 21st century development. The Westfield Sydney redevelopment site is bound by Pitt Street Mall and Market and Castlereagh Streets in the heart of Sydney’s bustling CBD. The redevelopment will integrate Westfield Centrepoint and the Centrepoint Convention Centre, Imperial Arcade and Skygarden, provide a new office tower at 85 Castlereagh Street and an extensively modified and refurbished tower at 100 Market Street. The project is being built by Westfield Design and Construct Pty Ltd, in a staged process which began in late 2008 with site preparation works, including facade removal and complete internal stripping of the former Australian Taxation Office building at 100 Market Street and demolition of the existing Imperial Arcade and Centrepoint Convention Centre buildings. The former Centrepoint under Sydney Tower, and Skygarden, have both been extensively modified, allowing for the construction of a new retail precinct over several levels occupying the entire site. The design for the spectacular, light-filled spaces which will host approximately 250 retail, hospitality and personal service tenants over approximately 40,000 m2 of floor space, was created by Westfield Design & Construction in conjunction with John Wardle Architects. The facades facing Castlereagh Street, Pitt Street and Market Street will have shop fronts over two levels from street level and a glazed façade above on the remaining upper levels of retail, which creates a stunning visual impression from street level. As the original Centrepoint was constructed in the 1970s, a complete overhaul of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical services have been undertaken not only to meet the updated BCA codes but also to ensure Sydney Tower’s spaces and services are more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. Part of bringing the Tower into the 21st century also included refurbishment of the interior finishes for floors and ceilings, and reconfiguration of existing voids and open space to better serve the new expectations of shoppers. A new system of escalators has also been installed. At 100 Market Street, the previous 10 storey pre-cast concrete facade is being replaced with a new glass facade. The new interior fit out meets all the requirements for Six Star Green Star Office by Design, including grey water re-use, low VOC finishes and energy efficient lighting. The original floorplates have been modified, with new light wells cut in to provide increased natural light, further improving energy efficiency of the 30,000m2 of office space. Rising above the retail podium of Sydney Tower at 85 Castlereagh Street, a new commercial 25-storey tower with a glass facade offering 33,000m2 of premium office space is being constructed. The tower offices will be accessed by new lifts from the Sky Lobby at the top of the retail precinct. The Sky Lobby will also act as a transition area for access to Castlereagh Street itself and the retail area. Construction staging has had to consider the continued operation of both David Jones and Myer flagship stores, and the continued operation of the Sydney Tower, Skywalk and Tower facilities. As a key destination for tourism, maintaining safety and scrupulous site management has been vital, and it is a testament to the organisational abilities of Westfield’s Construction team that the project has achieved an excellent safety record. The first stages of the retail precinct were opened in late 2010, and the final stages of the entire project are due to be completed in 2012, when handover of the 85 Castlereagh Street commercial tower is complete. Pitt Street Mall is remaining open to the public throughout the redevelopment, as are many of the retailers along the Mall. During the final stages of the project, new paving and upgrade works will be carried out, to bring this open space into harmony with the rest of this spectacular revitalisation of Sydney’s retail heart.




The Westfield Sydney retail development, NSW







PLAN, DEVELOP AND DELIVER uccessfully delivering the distinctive visual elements of rebranding for Westfield Sydney is something of a sky-high crowning achievement for Diadem. Their masterplan for the signage strategy for the redeveloped Centrepoint site included delivering a change of identity for the CBD’s most unique visual landmark, a task with extremely challenging parameters.

Over the last decade, Diadem has been working with Westfield Group to plan, develop and deliver a wide range of environmental graphic, micro architectural, interior and signage projects across Westfield centres in Australia and New Zealand. These have included large-scale projection images in Auckland, environmental graphics for the express escalators at Chatswood, concierge desk designs for national rollout, car park wayfinding in Canberra and most recently the development wide signage strategy for Westfield Sydney. Diadem was initially engaged on the Westfield Sydney project in 2009 by Westfield Design and Construct division. There were two critical imperatives: maximising the brand equity of Westfield across the development, while also meeting The City of Sydney’s environmental and planning requirements. The task of providing the right planning, design and implementation solutions was spearheaded by Tom Kind, from Diadem’s Sydney office. 56


Working collaboratively with Westfield project architects, Diadem’s multi-disciplinary team provided strategic input into the placement, scale, construction, materials and illumination of all external signage proposed for the development. The final masterplan report was compiled in great detail with plans, elevations and sections of the entire development including low level, podium and high level sign applications. Diadem also reviewed all planning controls, and provided the Statement of Environmental Effects. The excellence and comprehensiveness of this background work resulted in full approval for all the proposed signage from the City of Sydney Council. “Two of the most significant external signage applications that were detailed and approved in the masterplan were the placement of two new Westfield illuminated signs onto the turret of Sydney Tower to replace the old AMP signs and the placement of two new J.P.Morgan signs on the top of the new 85 Castlereagh Street component of the development,” said Diadem spokesman, Kelvin Taylor. “Both of these high-level signage applications have been approached by Diadem in a highly strategic manner with viewing distance analysis, site positioning, construction and project budgets all receiving professional attention. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“The project challenges for the new Westfield signs to be placed on top of Sydney Tower were certainly centred around the height and unique shape of the turret style building as well as access restrictions. The two Westfield signs that feature a ‘W’ height of 6.7 metres will be lifted on to the site using helicopters, and the old AMP signs will be removed from the site also using helicopters, with all activity occurring in a single day.” Engaging Diadem as a strategic advisor has delivered maximum and consistent brand impact for Westfield, while also successfully covering pragmatic aspects such as installation and ongoing maintenance over the long term lifecycle of each element. The Westfield Sydney project is one of numerous high profile retail and commercial development projects undertaken by Diadem across Australia and New Zealand. Recent award-winning construction projects for which the company has provided planning, development and delivery services include the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hilton South Wharf and ANZ Centre. Diadem’s recent brand rollout for ANZ across 32 countries, involving a two year program and 4,000 individual sites including retail branches, FOREX, corporate and commercial offices, ATMs, high-level sky signs and multilingual applications, recently won the best Brand Implementation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

in the seventh annual REBRAND 100 ® Global Awards, the highest recognition world-wide for excellence of brand repositioning. Current major projects include Auckland and Perth Airports, University of South Australia and Melbourne and Brisbane City Councils, as well, the New Zealand office are currently working with the Auckland City Council and Auckland Regional Transport Authority in preparation for September’s 2011 Rugby World Cup. Diadem is also managing multi-site brand implementation programs for clients including Stockland, CFSGAM, Goodman Group, UGL, K-Mart, Woolworths Petrol division and Queensland Rail. Diadem offers the property management and development sector a unique combination of planning, design, documentation and project implementation services with a focus on maximising brand equity, protecting quality and controlling time and cost imperatives. With 70 staff stationed across their five offices, Diadem is well placed to work locally, nationally or on international projects.


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s mechanical services enter the Green Star era, the comprehensive skills and engineering knowledge of Allstaff Airconditioning NSW can provide the energy-efficient solutions major projects such as the Westfield Sydney redevelopment require. Allstaff ’s team delivered a design, construct and install package for all the mechanical services throughout the newly revitalised retail areas of the iconic Sydney landmark. With the overall engineering design by NDY specifying high ESD values for the project, Allstaff applied their engineering skills, and brought together the best technology available in order to provide indoor climactic environment and high air quality, without high energy use and water consumption. As members of the Green Building Council of Australia, Allstaff are committed to sustainable solutions. The company’s team of Project Managers, Engineers, Draftsman and Technicians have designed and delivered mechanical services for a wide range of major projects, including hospitals, residential apartment complexes, laboratories, Government buildings, retail outlets, industrial facilities, manufacturing operations, data centres, commercial offices and close tolerance environmental systems. The head of company operations is located in Gladesville, where a team of professionally-qualified, experienced and client-focused building engineers apply their skills to providing best-practice solutions for project needs. With an extensive supplier network to draw on, and the Allstaff ductwork manufacturing facilities in Melbourne and Albury/Wodonga, customised solutions can be provided on time, and in a cost-effective manner. Allstaff ’s fabrication process uses the latest CNC plasma cutting and fully automated modular duct manufacturing system, ensuring a fast and efficient delivery of products for their projects across New South Wales. Systems such as that installed for Westfield Sydney are designed by Allstaff’s highly experienced team of draftspersons, who use the latest digital technology to resolve complex and challenging briefs. 3D BIM design or 3D detailed pipework and ductwork workshop drawings are developed at state of the art cad work stations and in conjunction with AutoCAD Revit MEP suite and the customized MAP CadDUCT duct and pipework incorporating Navisworks programs. Allstaff can design and install mechanical ventilation, air conditioning, mechanical services, computer based control systems, industrial dust control systems, industrial ventilation, Ferrous and non-ferrous piping, Co-generation and thermal storage, cleanrooms and medical gases systems. They can also provide services in CFC Management, balancing and commissioning, indoor air quality studies, essential services reviews, mechanical smoke hazard management systems testing and reporting, existing system assessments and performance evaluations and sheetmetal and steel fabrication. Allstaff has been in business for over 30 years, and has developed a comprehensive set of capabilities, including total project management; a special projects division which specialises in retrofits and refurbishments; estimating and tendering services; 24 hour maintenance and repair; and energy-efficiency analysis. With qualified NEBB (National Environmental Balancing Bureau) Supervisors and a team of highly trained technicians trained in accordance with NEBB Procedural Standards for Testing and Balancing of Environmental Systems, Allstaff can ensure buildings are functioning at their best, by providing services including air and hydronic balancing; existing system surveys; duct air leakage testing; essential services testing; 58



room pressure testing; laboratory testing; capture hoods and make-up air system commissioning; and Building Automation System (BAS) commissioning. Following testing, comprehensive and accurate reporting identifies any issues, and provides options for the rapid recitification of any problem areas identified. Members of Allstaff ’s team are Registered Building Practitioners under the Victorian Building Commission, Building Practitioners Board requirements. The company also has an active involvement in the relevant industry bodies, including Engineers Australia, AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating), ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers), CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers), NEBB (National Environmental Balancing Bureau) and the GBCA (Green Building Council of Australia). Other current major projects include the UNSW Tyree Energy Technologies Building Project for Brookfield Mulitplex, where Allstaff is providing a design and construct package including Mechanical Services, Medical Gases and Fume Cupboards; and the Liverpool Hospital Project being constructed by Bovis Lend Lease, for which Allstaff is designing and constructing the mechanical services. ALLSTAFF AIRCONDITIONING (NSW) Pty Ltd Unit 1, 43-51 College Street GLADESVILLE NSW 2111 t. 02 9879 3377 f. 02 9879 3399 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



A GLEAMING SUCCESS for townsend group or Sydney’s most iconic retail development, Westfield Sydney, Townsend Group delivered the highest possible finish on the specialist steel and glass products they designed, fabricated and installed, using in the process Australia’s only milling and folding CNC machine to obtain the precisely shaped folded edge for some of the architectural elements. Townsend’s contribution to this stunning project included the ceilings for levels 1, 3 and 4. Level one involved an open baffle aluminium ceiling system of some 3500m2, and levels three and four involved a feature ceiling of mirror finish stainless steel troughs and particle board infills of some 8500m2. Townsend Group also did the supply and installation of stainless steel composite panel cladding for the escalators on all levels, black glass and mirror stainless steel to the escalator soffits on void 4, in addition to supply and installation of stainless steel hairline composite panel for cladding voids 1 to 10, and cladding in mirror finish stainless steel of the elliptical column in void 1 from level 1 to 5. Other works included the supply and installation of sandstone for the columns and colonnade on level 2 Pitt St mall. “To meet the client’s design intent together with the requirements of obtaining a very high quality finish, yet working with small tolerances, meant that Townsends had to place from the outset particular design and engineering emphasis and apply a stringent quality assurance regime for all aspects of the works. Townsend’s project site team, in executing the works, were set a programme that required highly skilled trade persons that were prepared to provide that extra effort to bring about a world class result,” said Townsend Group CEO Russ Hill. 60


Since 1945, the Townsend Group has been designing, supplying and installing high quality, custom made metal and glass products. With over 50 employees including fabrication trades, engineering expertise and installation crews, and a 7,000m2 workshop at Mortdale in Sydney, Townsend Group has the experience, skills and technology to turn design goals into solid reality. Other recent noteworthy projects include the design fabrication and installation of cavern ceilings for the four Epping -Chatswood Rail Line stations and the above ground ceilings for the Epping station concourse; stainless steel and glass fitout for the Apple stores including George St Sydney flagship store; supplying and installing ceilings for Canberra Airport; and supply and installation of perforated facades for Sydney International Airport, Wollongong, Canberra Hospital and Revesby carpark facilities.

TOWNSEND GROUP Pty Limited 50 Barry Avenue Mortdale NSW 2223 Contact: Mark Ryan, General Manager Sales Architectural t. 02 9533 6504 f. 02 9153 8504 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

GIVing WESTFIELD AN AMAZING FACE ome of the world’s most exciting facades are being produced by Yuanda – Federation Tower in Moscow, Mode Gakuen’ Cocoon in Tokyo, China’s National Aquatic Centre in Beijing, and now, the Westfield Sydney City Re-Development. Yuanda Australia, like their parent company, Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Engineering, China, brings together visionary design and engineering, with state of the art materials to deliver ground breaking facade works. For the Westfield Sydney City re-development, Yuanda Australia has designed and delivered unitised glazed façade systems for the 100 Market Street refurbishment, a new commercial tower at 85 Castlereagh Street and the structural glass envelope to bridge links. The work has been ongoing for the past three years, with 100 Market Street and the bridge links complete, and 85 Castlereagh Street due to be complete within the next twelve months. Yuanda have dedicated project management, engineering, logistics and supervision staff for the project, managing a specialist sub-contract installation workforce. One of the outstanding and unique features of the facade systems designed and delivered for 85 Castlereagh Street is believed to be the first commercial use in Australia of a thermally enhanced curtain wall framing system with hermetically sealed high performance triple glazed vision glass. The system provides enhanced thermal transmittance performance when compared with a conventional double glazed and non-thermally enhanced system. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

YUANDA AUSTRALIA Pty Ltd Director Graham Romer t. 02 9285 0333 m. 0439 774 057 The chamfered roof of the building will be a fully glazed ellipse to provide full views to the East for the upper floors. The façade system for the roof has been designed as a fully drained system, and has been successfully tested to onerous commercial glazing requirements. There were multiple challenges to the actual implementation of the design, including site coordination with the other construction works on site and operating tenancies, management of multiple workfaces, and the use of 24 hour shifts when required in order to accelerate works to achieve early handover of the building. Yuanda engages closely with clients in order to provide the most cost-effective and innovative facade, developing design solutions which are technically focused with the benefit of extensive industry knowledge. Their approach is flexible and pro-active and is targeted at converting architectural intent into a successful, technically superior and aesthetically distinctive reality. Yuanda Australia has been in operation since 2007, and parent company, Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Engineering, has been trading for almost two decades. Yuanda Australia has 45 personnel nationwide, including Project management, Façade engineering, Site management and Administrative staff. Globally, Yuanda China has developed into a world leading façade contractor, with a strong position in the global façade market NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTFIELD SYDNEY


CHALLENGING PRINTING GOES TO PLAN fficiency and breadth of experience are critical when producing the vast quantities of tender documentation that was required for a project as lengthy and complex as the Westfield Sydney redevelopment. With their Ultimo Print Shop, DES Pty Ltd was able to offer quick turnaround plan and document printing services throughout the duration of this project. Four DES staff worked on producing high quality documentation as required by Westfield’s construction team, over a period of many months, with a short turnaround. With almost 25 years of experience in print technologies, DES offers a total wide format printing service solution at Ultimo, specialising in the construction market. DES provides document management skills and years of experience in meeting customers’ expectations. The complimentary DES Project Centre, a web based document and construction management provides the backbone for project communication, and document management to the construction market. This software provided Westfield with the tools to complete their projects on time and in budget. Working in an industry which is traditionally paper-intensive, DES are committed to reducing the environmental footprint of both their prod62


ucts and their production process, by assessing all suppliers on the basis of the sustainability of their resource use and management of pollution. The suppliers and manufacturers they use incorporate a resource recycling loop system, where the input of new resources is gradually reduced by repeatedly reusing and recycling resources used in earlier products. DES is a recognised market leader for proofing and printing solutions in design, pre-press, packaging, display, packaging graphics and photographic markets, and specialise in scanning and printing technology for the architecture, engineering and commercial building industry. Their services are in high demand across the Sydney Metropolitan area, and there are also offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and New Zealand, in addition to an online customer portal. In addition to printing services, DES are a leading supplier of printing and image reproduction technology, retailing the world’s leading brands of equipment, consumables and related software. DES also have an in house colour management division, Chromaticity Australia, which specialises in training, development and consulting in colour management, digital printing and imaging technology. DES Ultimo Print Centre 02 92119412 DES Pty Ltd Head Office 1300 728 411 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

ENSURING EVERYONE FINDS THEIR WAY üro North’s evidence based wayfinding and signage for Westfield Sydney is based on detailed research into the way people interact with the Centre’s retail spaces. Given the site is predicted to handle over 21 Million shoppers annually, the signage is critical to the visitor experience. The wayfinding strategy not only examined pedestrian and vehicular traffic around and through the site, it examined underground and above ground linkages and connections within the greater CBD context and the public transport links and pedestrian loadings with relevance to the Westfield entrances. Büro North’s challenge was to develop a strategy that predicted the complex internal shopper movements created by seven levels of retail, with bridge and tunnel connections to adjacent buildings and the impact of the surrounding pedestrian traffic on activity at entrances. “Once the strategy was approved we moved into Concept Design and progressed through the process to conclude with full construction documentation, which was awarded to several different contractors. We then assisted Westfield Design and Construct in the administration of installation works.” The design solution creates a dialogue between the Wardle Architects facade and the Wonderwall Japan interiors. A neutral, minimalist and WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

sophisticated palette of white on white was adopted, referencing materials from the rest of the project and integrating with the interior environment seamlessly. The facade signs, directional signs and interactive kiosks are impossibly thin and delicate, featuring bright white LED illumination on minimalist white backdrops, with the text illuminated to give the required contrast ratio. A multidisciplinary Büro North team was involved in the project, including Wayfinding Director Finn Butler, Design Director Soren Luckins, Jess Caffin as Senior Design Manager assisted by Shane Loorham, Giovanni Mendini, Jules Zaccak and David Williamson. Büro North are currently completing the wayfinding strategy for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Their unique talents were recently recognized with the AGDA award for environmental graphic design for their Falls Creek wayfinding signage project.

BÜRO NORTH PTY LTD 1/35 Little Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 t. 03 9654 3259 f. 03 9445 9042 e. NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTFIELD SYDNEY


MESH & BAR DELIVERS THEIR BEST elivering truckloads of reinforcing steel, sometimes at short notice, to a worksite located in Australia’s busiest CBD is a job requiring extremely skilled management. Mesh & Bar demonstrated the organisational skills which have made them one of the country’s leading independent concrete reinforcing steel suppliers, meeting the needs of the Westfield Sydney project.

Mesh & Bar supplied over 2,800 tonnes of steel reinforcing bar and steel reinforcing mesh cut and bent to meet the exact concrete reinforcing needs of the project. With the supply timetable dictated by the demanding works programme, a quick response to client needs and flexibility in scheduling were required. With over 100 years of reinforcing industry experience on staff, Mesh & Bar are able to provide an expert estimating and scheduling service. They can prepare a take-off from the project’s technical drawings and deliver clients a written estimate, and if required, a detailed set of schedules to assist with manufacture of both the reinforcing steel and associated products, and the ideal placement of materials on site. On a congested site such as Westfield Sydney, with shoppers, commuters and tourists complicating the surroundings, this accuracy is a real plus for site safety, and minimises stockpiling. In addition to the standard cutting and bending of Reinforcing Bar, Mesh & Bar can also fabricate and supply welded or prefabricated cages for pier, pile and footing reinforcement; complex bending, including three dimensional bending, antiburst spirals, top hats, circular rings and radius bars; and saw cutting of bar. 64


Having an extensive and reliable fleet including semi trailers, rigid body tray trucks and B doubles gives clients a range of delivery options. Fixed cranes on many of the semi trailer and tray truck vehicles makes for efficient unloading. Another major project currently being undertaken by Mesh & Bar in the CBD is Parkview’s Inmark Tower on George Street, Sydney where over 1,600 tonnes of reinforcing bar and mesh have been supplied to date. Since their founding in 1999, Mesh & Bar have achieved a significant presence in all the Eastern States, with operations in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Melbourne. With the combination of excellence in meeting project needs, and dedication to delivering the precise goods required, at the precise time they are needed, the future growth prospects for their business around the country have extremely solid foundations. MESH & BAR PTY LTD 10 Kilto Cres Glendenning NSW 2761 t. 02 9832 2000 f. 02 9832 2550 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

SIGNS AHEAD OF THEIR TIMES hat’s on, where to go, what’s next and who’s who are all easy questions for people to answer at Westfield Sydney, thanks largely to the skills of Adherettes. They manufactured the internal, free-standing and suspended Way Finder signage and interactive information displays for the redeveloped retail mecca, combining creative skill with leading edge technology to deliver custom-made products. For this showcase project, Adherettes developed a new innovative hi-tech slim line design and construction solution for the project’s digital freestanding and suspended signs. A fast-tracked design and fabrication process of three months was achieved for the prototypes, and the final supplied products have proven to be visually compelling and totally serviceable. A range of new materials were used, to meet the specific challenges of the design brief. A slim-line glass clad sign was specified, which required custom laser cut framing and specialist vinyl to the glass. Fitting all of the many electrical components and elements into the very restrictive space of the ultra slim-fit design also required extremely intelligent manufacturing solutions. New energy-efficient technology used in the signage included LED LCD Commercial touch screens, Mini Macs and slim- line LED lighting. Also, a new vinyl laminator was used in production of the graphic vinyl elements. Above all, the signage had to work, meeting highly detailed functional specifications, as well as aesthetic considerations. Multiple contractors needed to be coordinated on site, including electrical, data and installation technicians for over 150 of the signs to be successfully WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

installed in just four working weeks. There was invaluable assistance from their suppliers and the design teams of Bureau North and Abuzz Solutions in achieving the outstanding result. Adherettes is a family owned company which has become a leader in the field of innovative signage, and capable of meeting even the most unlikely deadlines. Their talents in the field of design and manufacture of signage for all kinds of projects, from nation-wide branding rollouts of thousands of signs for clients such as ANZ Bank and Medibank Private through to sky signs such as Melbourne’s largest CBD sky sign, has gained them an enviable track record of completed projects across the commercial, retail and recreational sectors. Adherettes have also undertaken projects such as supplying and installing all the fleet livery for the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, displays and signage for major events, and the design, manufacture and installation of architectural pylons, such as the one installed at Avalon Airport. With 30 years of solid experience in the industry, Adherettes have the know-how to supply end-to-end solutions for clients, engaging in close communication to ensure each individual assignment is given the very best in ideas, manufacturing technology and product installation.

t. 03 9214 2222 f. 03 9214 2244 e. NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTFIELD SYDNEY


MAKERS OF MASTERPIECES hether they are working in steel, timber or stone, N&J Joinery deliver stunning fitout results for exacting projects such as Westfield Sydney. The company’s integrated abilities in design engineering, fabrication and onsite installation are supported by the latest technology and completed by highly experienced tradesmen. Gerry Murphy of N&J Joinery stated that the Westfield Sydney project presented a range of challenges to be resolved. The complexity of the job, tight time frames, many other trades on site, together with difficulty of machining and fabrication the selected stainless steel, all demanded strict quality control on a “just in time” basis. The Stainless Steel cladding of the columns, void edges and ceilings were initially fabricated off site with the final fitting on site. The MDF substrate for the stainless steel panels were machined to exacting sizes on the latest computerised machine tools in N&J’s Ingleburn workshop. Workshop drawings using CAD 3D software, were produced during June and July 2010 with the manufacture and installation of the total works being completed by the end of October 2010. N&J take pride on working to extremely high standards of OHS and trade based Codes of Practice, and are BCA code compliant. Where applicable, they also meet relevant Australian Standards for Quality, safety and performance. The company can also meet the needs of Green Star Certified projects, with access to FSC certified timber. In the 24 years the company have been meeting the needs of the commercial fitout sector, N&J have embraced the latest in technology to give them an edge in delivering the best result. They have several divisions including stainless steel fabrication, engineering, stone masonry, joinery and glass decorating. These are all located in 66


close proximity, and use technology including AutoCAD 2d/3d, Cabinetvision package for design/CNC manufacture, and Biesse editor for CNC programming. Their skills are held in high regard around Australia, with projects undertaken to date in all states by the N&J installation crew of 18 qualified tradesmen. The 3,000m2 combined workshop space is staffed by 21 trade qualified cabinetmakers and joinery engineering tradesmen. Other major projects undertaken by N&J include Rhodes shopping centre; Westfield Belconnen; Westfield Bondi; numerous Woolworths stores around Australia; Terry Hills Golf Club; Camden Valley Golf Club; and Ibis Hotels. For further information contact Gerry Murphy 0418 476 390 – email

N & J JOINERY 1 Noonan Place, Ingleburn NSW 2565 d. 02 8796 4602 t. 02 8796 4600 f. 02 9618 3027 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

MADE BRILLIANT FOR WESTFIELD or the crowning glory of their long-term client Westfield, Made Contracting have designed and delivered their finest work yet for the Westfield Sydney redevelopment. Made fabricated and installed the custom-designed and highly distinctive awning which wraps around the Pitt St, Market St and Castlereagh St sides of the retail project. Made also fabricated and installed the internal balustrades for level 5 and level 6 of Westfield Sydney and for the spiral staircase in the fine dining area on level R06. Made uses state of the art CAD design software to enable them to produce the finest possible results. For Westfield Sydney, some of the finer details they produced included cast stainless steel eyelets for the awning, which also incorporates alpolic as one of the key materials. For the balustrades, a new product Sentry Glass, was used to deliver a combination of brilliant appearance and an extremely high safety rating. Quite aside from the design challenge of the complex awning itself, the other major issue Made needed to resolve on this project was site access, with the Pitt Street access especially restricted. The result of their excellent efforts speaks for itself, with the top quality awning now a unique aesthetic and functional element of this showcase development. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Made Contracting are leaders in the field of designing, fabricating and installing architectural metalwork, glass and specialised structural and fitout components. Starting from the earliest design stages, Made focus on having every detail right, and certified by their engineers, before fabrication commenced in their workshop. Understanding the time pressures projects operate within, Made are focused on meeting program needs reliably, resourced by an extensive network of suppliers for materials including glass, stainless steel, steel, timber, plastics, fixings and consumables. CNC machining ensures an efficient and highly accurate production process. All the skills, energy and experience of this company are dedicated to the goal of ensuring that outstanding design ideas are brilliantly Made. MADE CONTRACTING Pty Ltd PO Box 7255 Warringah Mall NSW 2100 t. 02 9971 2500 f. 02 9971 1266 NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTFIELD SYDNEY


RIGHT ROYAL PROTECTION FOR WESTFIELD o be called on to provide key aspects of the overall fire safety measures at the redeveloped Westfield Sydney is a sure sign Coopers Fire have well and truly made a mark on the Australian marketplace. Coopers Fire supplied all the Fire Curtains which will, in event of a fire, protect people evacuating the retail areas and the commercial office spaces via the fire escape stairs. The curtains included both multiple roller concealed Fire Curtains and a new product, a 9 metre drop single roller concealed Fire Curtain. The challenge was to ensure during the commissioning process that such a long drop curtain works reliably and successfully – lives may rely on it! Six Coopers Fire staff worked on the project to deliver the successful result. All the fire engineering and Brigade challenges were met, which included the successful use of multiple roller Fire Curtains which will protect the Mall entrance and retail shopfronts. Coopers has been established in the UK for over 25 years and are the inventor and patentee of the Gravity Fail Safe (GFS) Smoke and Fire Curtain. The Australian subsidiary has been operating for four years, with other recent projects including Star City Casino and Hotel and Westfield’s Headquarters. The GFS system pioneered by Coopers Fire has become the benchmark for Smoke and Fire Curtain systems installed throughout the world, and the Australian subsidiary is the only specialist Smoke and Fire Curtain company servicing the Australian market. Coopers Fire has been 68


heavily involved in the introduction of British and European Standards, including the very latest BS PAS 121, the only definitive specification for Fire Curtains in the world. Coopers Fire products include the FireMaster® Fire Curtain range, which focuses on project specific fire separating requirements. The SmokeStop™ Smoke Curtain range provides project specific smoke channelling or smoke baffle solutions with numerous integration options. The largest install to date is in excess of 200m long - one continuous Smoke Curtain at the Dubai International Airport. The Vii®Fire range is designed to provide fire and smoke protection for smaller openings up to 3m X 3m. All Coopers Fire products are precision engineered to reliably operate for over 100,000 cycles, and certified to ISO 9001: 2008. The Queen of England herself is protected by Coopers Fire’s Curtains, as Buckingham palace is among the world landmark buildings where they are installed. Others include Chek Lap Kok airport - Hong Kong, Wembley Stadium and the Sydney Opera House. COOPERS FIRE Pty Ltd 21B 1-3 Endeavour Road Carringbah NSW 2229 t. 02 9526 5190 f. 02 9526 5876 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

PERFECT FINISHES FOR AN ICON ith their vast knowledge and dedication to impeccable finishes, HPS NSW produced outstanding results across both the retail and commercial elements of the Westfield Sydney Development.

Australia up graded their Sydney office, and has delivered similar standards to the Westfield Sydney project, with low VOC paints used through the 6 star greenstar development.

HPS NSW started conducting painting and decorating works at the Westfield’s Sydney City Store in late 2009 beginning with a 14 storey building which was the repaint of existing offices, then onto the 10 storey ASIC building and continued on to the newly redeveloped retail areas.

HPS is also a certified lead based contractor, and has conduct many lead encapsulation and lead removal projects for both private and government developments with exceptional results.

Next HPS commenced work on the 36 storey commercial building within the Pitt Street mall, which includes painting and decorating within the Westfield’s Tower for the J.P Morgan fit –out, and has also been awarded the Allen & Overy fit out within the Westfield’s tower. To complete all these stages, HPS maintained close liaison with all the other trades to ensure efficient and safe completion of each stage. Our team of trades persons is dedicated to safety, and the Westfield’s project added another dimension to this, with HPS required to consider the safety of their work force, all other trades, and the general public who were in close proximity to many of the work sites as the retail areas continued to trade during stages of these works. All of the HPS management team have extensive industry experience, and are trade qualified in the Painting and Decorating Trade. With their accumulated vast industry knowledge, the HPS team can succeed with the most complex and demanding of projects even under demanding time frames and milestones. This has been reflected on the sometimes demanding milestones and grand openings which have been achieved on the Westfield site, to include many other projects over the years, which is why many have chosen to finish their land mark projects with the help of HPS NSW team of trades persons. HPS NSW is committed to leading the way in the environmentally friendly painting and decorating, and applies this to every project they undertake. HPS NSW was the contractor of choice when the Greenstar Council of


HPS also install fire intumescent coatings and has completed fire intumescent Painting at the Westfield site and for various other companies throughout N.S.W. HPS NSW has completed many large construction projects including state rail infrastructure projects, and finely finished homes throughout N.S.W Specific recent projects in addition to the Westfield’s project include the University of Sydney Campus for Watpac Constructions; YHA Accommodation at The Rocks for Built Constructions, state rail infrastructure projects for Arenco Pty. When highly specialised coatings are required, HPS can deliver, such as the Chower Bay science reach search facility, applying an epoxy painting system for Cockram Constructions. HPS NSW has also manufactured hand made finishes for the likes of Louis Vuitton and Channel. HPS NSW takes a “can do” approach to all their projects, including those which have needed a 24 hour based and managed painting team to achieve specific milestones, without the compromising quality or safety. HPS (NSW) PTY LTD P.O Box Five Dock N.S.W 2046 t. 02 9712 3600 f. 02 9712 3909 e.



MAKING ZARA STILETTO-READY or a high end international fashion retailer like Zara in a flagship retail centre like Westfield Sydney, making a fabulous first impression on customers relies on impeccable surroundings from the ground up. That’s why Accent Floor Services were engaged to provide prompt and effective remedial works to extensive floor surfaces in the new and renovated retail areas Zara now occupies in the redeveloped CBD icon.

“Pactech floor topping products span the full range of requirements for the repair, renovation and finishing of spalled, degraded, uneven and damaged concrete sub-strata. They are especially useful in shopping centers and multi level residential complexes. Decotop, another Alpha based product, is fast becoming popular as a designed finished floor due to its durability, uniqueness and versatility,” Mr Barrie Heiler of Pactech Products told us.

Accent Floor Services were the company of choice due to their combination of experience in floor toppings using the Alpha based floor systems as well as an extensive range of heavy duty and specialised floor prep equipment.

Alpha based flooring compounds are produced around the world. They are genuinely self-levelling, suitable for variable and unlimited depth range with volume stability to prevent cracking or delamination. They are 100% non-reactive with host structures, compatible with most floor sub-surfaces, including tiles and timber and can readily accept stable hard floor finishes. Alphatops’ volume stability makes it ideal for embedding floor heating cables or pipes.

The old floor surfaces were quite uneven, needing toppings of between 10 to 300 millimetres over large areas, and in other areas up to 30mm shaved from the concrete surface to bring the base floor to a satisfactory level specification to accept specified floor coverings. Other concerns included the load bearing limits of the existing floor. Accent Floors personnel said that the technical assistance and backup provided by Pactech Products was an essential element for the effective solution for the floor topping requirements. Pactech specified Alphalite, a light weight version of Alphatop, for the very deep areas and Alphatop in the shallower areas and as a high performance topping over the Alphalite to keep the weight down and the rolling load bearing strength up. “The Alpha range of products was by far the best choice because of the tight construction time frames allowed and the large volume of product that had to be pumped into place while giving full security of bonding with the various sub-strates,” they said. “Using Alphatop, we can deliver a lot of material to where it is needed very quickly and sleep well that night knowing that there will be no problems facing us next morning.” 70


The Green credentials of the product match the guaranteed excellent performance. The base material for Pactech’s internationally used formulations is produced in Germany as a by-product from the collected and reprocessed waste outfall of coal fired powered stations. Clever chemical modification gives a stable, non-reactive, PH neutral and very strong binder. The compact molecular and modified crystal structure affords degrees of hardness comparable to concrete materials, making it perfectly suitable for load bearing construction elements.

PACTECH PRODUCTS t. 02 9557 6600 f. 02 9557 8555 e. Kurial Pty Ltd t/a Pactech Products AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

HIGH-END TILING hose entering the foyer of the new ASIC headquarters adjacent to Westfield Sydney will be given a dramatic and classy first impression. Santo Tiling played a key role in creating this impressive ambience, with the supply and installation of Turkish reconstituted stone floor tiles. SantoTiling had three crews working back to back on around the clock shifts over three and a half weeks to complete the foyer, and tiling for the kitchens and bathrooms. The 600m2 of foyer tiles are far larger than standard – 1200mm X 600mm, with a high gloss finish. The laying of them required special attention to caring for both the materials and the manpower due to the sheer weight of the stone. The bathroom and kitchen tiles included both mosaics and 100mm X 200mm vitrified Italian tiles in greys and blacks, all installed using low VOC grouts and fixatives. “Access was a challenge on this project,” explained Santo Tiling Director, Michael Santo. “The only way to get the materials on site was by use of one crane servicing the entire site. We then had to pallet jack the materials to where they were needed. The materials included many tonnes of sand for the foyer tiling which needed to be moved and mixed, well over 100 bulker bags 1.5m3 each in size. “The ASIC foyer came up beautifully, there are a lot of decorative touches such as carpet inserts in the middle of the tiles. The Chambers bathrooms also came up really well, there were challenges in the design including shadow lines architraves and tiled internal suspended ceiling which formed part of a cloak cupboard. The suspended portion was WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

2.6m high and our crew were literally tiling against gravity, a very difficult thing to do as tiles don't like to hang upside down, we used a specialized quickset adhesive for that part of the job.” Other recent showcase projects include the 90 multi-unit residential development in Darwin, where Santo Tiling undertook all the tiling for 110 units for builder Halikos; tiling for 32 units at Emerald lakes; tiling for Lake Crackenback Resort; tiling for Villa Caprera at Elizabeth bay; tiling for Darwin Police Stations across the command area; and the tiling for La Bodeguita Del Medio restaurant in Sydney. Santo are national Code Compliant and accredited to undertake Federal Government projects, and have several Defence Department commissions completed to date. Santo Tiling has been in business for seven years, founded on a previous company and the Director’s 25 years of experience in the industry. The company has two divisions, one specializes in high end homes, the second division in Australia-wide commercial projects. With a strong supplier network, Santo can source tiles from anywhere around the world, and provide advice on design aspects including colours and textures. SANTO TILING (NSW) Pty Ltd 155 Balmain Road Leichardt NSW 2040 t. 02 9560 7084 f. 02 9560 7083 e. NSW PROJECT FEATURE WESTFIELD SYDNEY


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Waste water gets the treatment at Westfield Sydney The decentralised black water treatment plant installed by WJP Solutions in the Westfield Sydney redevelopment captures 300,000 litres of waste water from office building toilets, sinks, hand basins and showers as well as from commercial premises such as hair dressing salons and restaurants located in the centre's six-level retail development and Sydney Tower. The treatment process produces 220,000 litres of treated water daily for toilet flushing, cooling tower supply, plant room wash-down and irrigation of planter boxes on the centre's rooftop garden. The plant reduces Westfield Sydney's annual water consumption by more than 80 million litres; enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In the formative stages of the development of decentralised black water treatment systems, most small plants were processing up to 10,000 litres a day, but with the significant advances the industry has made in recent years, it's now not uncommon for plants to deliver anywhere from 200,000 litres to more than two million litres of recycled water a day. “The rapid development seen in the industry has been driven by innovation borne out of the necessity to supply a range of decentralised plants for a variety of applications that contribute significantly to conserving the nation's water reserves,” said WJP Solutions' chief executive officer Derek Gnauck. Today's state-of-the-art black water recycling systems follow a number of processes in order to produce water of a uniformly high standard. After the raw sewage is captured it is screened to remove solids which are disposed of through the sewer.

From there the waste water is processed through a biological reactor containing small micro-organisms in high concentration which break down nutrients and organic matter. The water is then drawn through tiny porous fibres known as membranes that filter out microscopic contaminants and pathogens. Finally, the water flows through a reverse osmosis plant (to remove salts) and undergoes a final UV and chlorine disinfection process to ensure product water that is of the highest quality required for the various uses, including the cooling towers. Westfield's Services Manager Steve Makris said, “We've been delighted with the job WJP Solutions has done on the plant for us. Their attention to detail and workmanship were first-rate, and they took great pride in installing a system that meets our needs in every respect.” Melbourne-based WJP Solutions specialises in the design, construction, delivery, commissioning and maintenance of state-of-the-art decentralised plants for treating grey-water, storm-water and black-water to facilitate the efficient re-use of water for purposes such as toilet flushing, cooling tower and irrigation supply. Part-owned by Lend Lease Ventures, WJP Solutions has the capacity to work in all states utilising its in-house capabilities and network of suppliers and contractors. Treatment plants can be designed to suit a wide range of applications including office buildings, health care facilities, retail developments, multi-residential complexes and tourism and eco-village developments.

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THE AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE NEW FACILITY Main Construction Company : Buildcorp Contracting completion : 2011 ARCHITECT : BVN Architecture project end value : $115 Million


any projects enhance lives, but the new Australian Red Cross Blood Service manufacturing and testing centre at Alexandria will be literally saving them; testing and processing approximately 30 % of the Blood and Blood products for Australia. This $72.5 million purpose-built facility represents a significant investment in the processing of blood and blood products, distribution, blood testing and tissue typing, and will provide research laboratories, warehousing, ancillary office/administration and staff amenities for the NSW branch of the Blood Service.

Across four levels and 13,577m2, the building incorporates 5,830m2 of PC2 labs and process areas, 600m2 clean storage, open plan office accommodation and a 97 bay basement car park. The basis of the design was to ensure the building would be stable and fit for use for up to 4 days in a level 4 event on a 42 deg ambient temperature day with high humidity, and with a year 2031 population. The façade is a mix of precast and off form concrete elements with precast concrete as a feature to the front façade. DGU high performance glass has been used, giving better than required results, and the extensive use of Kingspan cladding gives the structure a greatly increased thermal performance. The building has 24km of sub mains cabling, 72km of TPS cabling and 224km of data cabling. Complex by its function this project has added complexity of the fit out being designed as the base building was being constructed to satisfy the accelerated programme. The collaboration required 74

to successfully complete this task was only possible by creating a collaborative contractual arrangement. Two contracts were formed a $33million lump sum D&C base building contract for Goodman Property Services which gave them the confidence the team at Buildcorp were creating a commercially viable solution. A $35 million D&C cost plus fit-out contract with the Blood Service provided the flexibility to ensure this unique facility worked. BVN Architecture undertook the design, and a massive team of 81 direct consultants from D&C engineers to process and validation consultants contributed to the project. Buildcorp had 20 staff onsite, and the majority of the time 235 or more in the subcontractor workforce, with 2,250 trades people inducted overall. Fit out to the Blood Service specifications included installing and commissioning the -35 deg freezers and 2-6 deg fridges used for blood products. The freezers needed to be ‘pulled down’ to operating temperature over a 10 to 15 days period to stop the internal slab from cracking. Successfully managing this level of painstaking detail shows Buildcorp’s outstanding ability to meet demanding specifications. Relentless testing and checking regimes, constantly integrating new information client-driven design modifications added extra challenges to this job. “This was a very complicated project and our contractors have been instrumental to the methods of design. We have been able to produce coordinated shop drawings right down to the lengths of ducts and cable lengths, which is traditionally done across weeks of meetings



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and redrafting. This has also given the client and end user, the ability to understand the complexity of the project. We have been given thorough advice from our consultants , especially Zektin Engineering, and SeerPharmma and, therefore have been able to streamline a very complicated validation process, reducing our client’s risk of validation costs,” said Buildcorp’s Steve Taunton, Senior Project Manager. “The requirement to have this facility “validated” in accordance with the requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Administration means that once the building work is completed it had to be tested to prove that it meets the user’s specified requirements. “First step was to ensure that the correct items have been installed through a process called Installation Qualification. There are approx 170 rooms that require 60 items per room to be inspected and verified that the right ceiling type, paint finish, light fitting, floor finish and so on has been installed in the room. The second step is to test the plant and equipment work within the design limits. “All this needed to be witnessed by Buildcorp’s validation consultant. Data needed to be collated and reports written to qualify the facility as fit for producing Blood and Blood products. In addition to the qualification tests, there was an equally monumental task of inspections and testing on systems and equipment that do not have a direct impact on the Blood or Blood products. “The project has been run in a team environment focusing on the required outcome of the Blood Service, and all members have been equally diligent in that process, from the labourers to upper management.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Contaminants including dust were avoided where possible. In selection of materials, the VOC values were considered on all products prior to them coming to site; dust was controlled on site by using cutting booths and prefabrication where possible. “We had to pay attention to transportation of the duct work to the HVAC system and had the temporary covers for the duct work during construction,” said Steve. “There is no appropriate rating for this type of facility under the Green Councils guidelines, however the design tool was used to assess the site and the fundamental building materials. Good building practices have been followed, such as reuse of the waste testing water, solar hot water to the office areas and reclaimed hot water through the HVAC to the non potable hot water in the labs.” Buildcorp have over 50 trained Green Star Professionals, and have incorporated a commitment to ESD in every aspect of their daily work and company procedures. Buildcorp also have a Certified Quality Management system to ISO 9001, OH&S Management System to ISO 9001 and FSC safety accreditation. Working across all construction sectors in New South Wales for over 21 years, Buildcorp has successfully completed over 1,000 projects with a combined valued of more than $1.8billion. Across all of the sectors and markets it is an ongoing commitment to collaboration that results in long term relationships and successful project outcomes like those seen at Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW Headquarters.





he High Speed PVC Roll door is a very popular door for the controlling of areas against fumes, dust, temperature loss, vermin and internal security. DMF International is proud to have been associated with the new Red Cross facility in Sydney, where a number of these specialised doors were installed. DMF is the only fully Australian owned and Australian manufacturer of these industrial fast roll doors, and have been providing solutions for over 20 years, of specialised doors to various applications in the food, pharmaceutical and health industries. With fast operation speeds of up to 1.5m/sec, the custom sized DMF high speed roll doors can operate hundreds of times per day, working effectively for combinations of forklift, trolley or pedestrian traffic. The speed of operation allows increased control of atmospheric conditions in operational areas, and with the auto closing function, this is even further enhanced. All of the high speed roll doors come with a variety of safety mechanisms. For the Red Cross project, the doors are fitted with inline photo electric light beams within the doorway, a touch sensitive bottom beam, and safety motion sensors guarding the vicinity of the door way. Each of these sensors work to quickly return the door to the open position if any obstruction or


movement occurs within or near the doorway during the closing cycle of the door. DMF manufactures these specialised doors in their Sydney based factory, employing over 20 staff in various roles. Their market extends throughout Australia, NZ and SE Asia, with installation and servicing achieved through trained agents. The doors are made to custom sizes, and many options are available to configure the doors to suit the client’s needs, whether this be size, panel colour, type of activation, air pressure resistance or electrical needs. Whatever the need, DMF can best construct the roll door to suit, and so contact DMF for more information and for a no obligation quote. Ph 02 9636 5466 or

DMF International Pty Ltd Girraween Sydney NSW t. 02 9636 5466 f. 02 9688 1531





o meet the stringent hygiene needs of the Red Cross facility at Mascot, extensive tiling was required. Nash Tiles undertook all the supply and fixing of the tiles for walls, floors and also the stone treads for the four level feature staircase.

Over six months, a crew of ten dedicated perfectionists completed 800m2 of wall tiling with ceramic tiles, 1600m2 of ceramic tile floor tiling and cut and laid 390m2 of Basalt stone for steps. The biggest challenge apart from the impeccable standard of work required was the need to cut each step of the staircase individually on site, using a template, due to the custom timber balustrade. Nash Tiles also completed all the waterproofing for the Facility, using low VOC products. Nash Tiles sourced and supplied most of the tiles, and used initiative to meet the designer’s brief of 150 x 150mm tiles within a limited budget, sourcing a 300 x 300mm tile and cutting it down to the required size; a total of 330m2 of tiles were cut down to 150 x 150mm. Nash Tiles has more than 15 years experience, and are a family owned company which focuses on giving their clients outstanding results - on time, within budget and of guaranteed quality. Their crews of experienced tilers have completed numerous multi-million dollar projects throughout New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Other recent prestige projects have included Wollongong Central, Gateway Plaza and Westfield Sydney City. With the recent shift into larger premises, with a larger warehouse and a showroom open to the public, Nash Tiles are now able to supply both direct to builders, architects and tradesmen Australia-wide, and also direct to the public. They source quality tiles from around the world, with an extensive range to choose from, including mosaics (glass, stone and ceramic), stone, vitrified, ceramic and porcelain. The company goal is to build long lasting relationships with clients and suppliers, offering competitive pricing for supplying and fixing while never compromising the quality of the end result. There can be a great deal riding on the end product, in the case of the Red Cross Facility, the purity of the blood products which save countless lives.

Nash Tiles PO Box 228 Belfield NSW 2191 Showroom/Office: 24-26 Legge Street Roselands NSW 2196 t. 02 9740 3220 f. 02 9740 3175 e.




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he project team working on the Great Western Highway Upgrade in New South Wales is known collectively as the Lawson Alliance. The team is made up of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd and Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd. The highway works, also called The Lawson Upgrade, forms a major component in the transport system between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. The upgrade is completely funded by the NSW Government and commenced in 2008.

On Site Abigroup have a dedicated team of 35 staff who work alongside 3 permanent RTA staff and a team from Sinclair Knight Merz who attend the site as needed. Abigroup Contractors, as part of the Alliance, are responsible for the construction process and have shown an ongoing professional approach in all aspects of the project. 78

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The main features of the upgrade include expanding the two lane highway between Ferguson Avenue, Hazelbrook and Ridge Street, Lawson to a four lane divided highway in two sections: Section 1: Upgrade of Bass Street to Ridge Street; commenced in 2009 Section 2: Ferguson Avenue to Bass Street; commenced in 2010. Another important phase of the Lawson Upgrade is the relocation of approximately 600 metres of rail line. The Lawson Alliance worked closely with Rail Corp during this step and remained on schedule throughout the process. The rail line is to be moved to allow for the new road alignment and the construction of the new bridge. The realignment of the rail line involves moving the tracks from one side of the Great Western Highway to the other to make room for the extra road lanes and also includes a new rail interface and the design and construction of a 130 metre wide rail overbridge. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Abigroup Contractors CLIENT : Roads & Traffic Authority Alliance MANAGER : Paul Cejka PROJECT END VALUE : $220 Million COMPLETION : Late 2012 URBAN & LANDSCAPE DESIGN : HBO+EMTB

The upgrade of the Great Western Highway will improve travelling time and offers reduced congestion and enhanced road safety for all road users including cyclists and pedestrians. The upgrade also sees improved access and safety to the Catholic school and church precinct, safer bus stop locations and signalised pedestrian crossings. The project took into consideration the local environment and heritage ensuring the preservation of local, natural, cultural and historical landmarks. This major construction works not only includes the widening of the road but also the construction and relocation of retaining walls, bus stops, pedestrian fences, traffic signals, landscaping and more. Abigroup, as part of the Lawson Alliance, provides a hands on approach to delivering infrastructure and construction projects. Supporting innovation across its workforce, Abigroup has been recognised as a leader in their industry.

LAWSON ALLIANCE (SITE OFFICE) PO Box 238 272 Great Western Hwy (Cnr Bass St) Lawson NSW 2783 t. 02 4759 2531 f. 02 4759 3843


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green designs to blue mountains he Great Western Highway is a key link in the New South Wales regional road network and is the main road connection through the Blue Mountains from the NSW Central West and Sydney. HBO+EMTB are the urban and landscape designers currently working on the Great Western Highway Upgrade at Lawson Section 1A. Working in partnership with Sinclair Knight Merz and Abigroup, the upgrade includes widening the highway to a four lane dual carriageway, construction of a new overbridge, relocation of the existing railway line and the planting design for both bushland and townscape areas. The design objective is to improve safety while reinforcing the road experience that the area offers, such as great natural beauty and high ecological value. The landscape design acknowledges the World Heritage status of the site as well as the European history of the Lawson area. Adjacent to Sydney Rock, the site is also of significance for the local aboriginal people. As part of the project, a unique stormwater arrangement was devised by HBO+EMTB for the Lawson Town Centre in order to supply much-needed water to semi-mature Pin Oaks planted as street trees. The Pin Oaks separate the highway from the town centre parking and shops and are an important design element. Standard stormwater pits


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have been modified to direct water collected from the parking access road to the rootzone of trees. HBO+EMTB are also engaged in other projects along the Great Western Highway including the Wentworth Falls East Upgrade which is currently under construction and the Bullaburra East Upgrade in the final design stages. HBO+EMTB is an established, regional design practice with expertise in architecture, interior design, workplace solutions, urban design, landscape design, heritage and planning. Their design philosophy values the importance of producing enduring, sustainable designs that integrate commercial imperatives and social objectives. In the last decade, HBO+EMTB has enjoyed continued growth, establishing over 20 offices across Asia Pacific, including China and India. HBO+EMTB Urban & Landscape Design Pty Ltd Level 3, 75 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000 contact: Darren Mansfield (Director) t. 02 8226 2000 f. 02 8226 2001 e.


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ustralian Wetlands Pty Ltd partnered with Abigroup and the Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA) to deliver a high quality streetscape finish for the Great Western Highway, Lawson Upgrade. The landscape contractors worked hard at producing a functional, eyecatching landscape.

Specialising in the construction and maintenance of road infrastructure, commercial, creek line, bio-retention and revegetation projects has seen Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd deliver outstanding results on many projects such as the Ballina Bypass, Tugun Bypass, Eastern Ring Road and Windsor Road Upgrade.

Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd undertook all facets of landscape and revegetation works, which included the installation of soil preparation, turf, garden beds, sediment control basins, sandstone retaining walls, and plant establishment. Australian Wetlands are also responsible for ongoing maintenance at the site.

Working closely with both the private industry and government sectors, Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd has completed more than a thousand projects throughout Australia.

Their project team has been instrumental in ensuring the procurement, OH&S and quality assurance milestones were achieved, resulting in the successful delivery of this project. With a commitment to workplace health and safety, Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd ensures all their staff are vigilant in adhering to their OH&S policy. They believe their employees are their greatest asset and health and safety is a major priority on all projects.

To find out how Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd can be of service to you on your next project, please visit their website at

A multi-award-winning company, Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd has over 17 years experience and now incorporates six offices and more than 50 highly experienced staff members and contractors.

Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd 175 Cranebrook Road Cranebrook NSW 2749 contact: Simon Coco t. 1300 WETLANDS e.


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VANTAGE DEVELOPER : Presida PROJECT END VALUE : $49 Million COMPLETION : March 2011 ARCHITECTS : GHD STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Henry & Hymas SURVEYOR : Barrie Green & Associates ith new office space at a premium, Presida’s Newest building `Vantage` in the Norwest Business Park is set to be one of the most sought after addresses by national and international corporations looking for A grade leasing opportunities. The modern five-storey development includes not just one of the largest floor plates in any new development in Sydney but also maintains a high level of environmental and sustainable building principals which are now in demand from businesses. Vantage was one of Presida’s most ambitious projects to date, and the speculative $49 million office development at the Norwest Business Park – the third by Presida in the park – was built without any pre-commitments.

of the new development, as does the zoned air conditioning with after hours control to create low building outgoing costs for tenants. Vantage has more than 500 undercover car parking spaces over three floors, as well as dedicated visitor parking and dual loading docks. Staff satisfaction for tenants is a high priority for any company in today’s business world, and Presida has ensured it has included in the Vantage development, amenities such as bike racks, showers on each floor and landscaped grounds. Two large shade installations on either side of the main office tower can also be used as an outdoor conference or entertainment facility. Tenants can enjoy views of the landscaped campus and the Blue Mountains from their desks while sipping a latte available from the 198 square meter café on the ground level. A 100m long mural designed by artist Miles Alan– one of the biggest murals in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring blue and green geometric shapes, add a splash of colour and interest to the impressive development. The Vantage development in Norwest Business Park is the latest in a long line of successful projects from Presida which started business in 1975 with the aim of coupling a strong commitment to market

Featuring a double-height foyer, the building has 12,760 square meters of available office space with floor plates up to 2,709 square metres. The 4.5 star rated design has an articulated façade featuring floor to ceiling double glazed windows that not only utilizes the natural light to its full advantage it also ensures optimal energy efficiency. A sustainable rainwater harvesting and water efficient fixtures continue the efficiency theme




innovation and building quality with a determination to deliver on client expectations. The company has grown to now include in its business building and property development as well as property investments especially in the hi-tech industrial and commercial property sector within Sydney’s metropolitan region, drawing on more than 35 years of experience in construction and development of commercial buildings, industrial warehouses, civic buildings, hotel and clubs, tourist attractions and residential units. It’s success is based on its assessment of project risk and a strong emphasis on market research and efficient construction methods, one of the hallmarks of the Vantage development, one of the only office projects to be completed in the past 12 months in Sydney’s burgeoning business park sector.

implementation, resulting in a professional and practical attitude to project delivery that ensures Presida’s projects are delivered competitively and to new levels of building quality. It prides itself on being able to deliver buildings that exceed expectations for design, functionality and quality.

PRESIDA Suite 410, Level 4, 14 Lexington Drive Norwest Business Park Bella Vista NSW 2153 Contact: Paul Hughes t. 02 9629 4600 f. 02 9629 4470 e.

The company’s depth of experience is complemented by extensive project management and cutting edge design




architectural GREATNESS ith their combination of architecture, design and engineering talents, GHD were able to resolve the multiple challenges of Presida’s The Vantage project, delivering a distinctive and impressive commercial development.

Other elements of the landscaping include the umbrella shades and a small creek and riverbed to soften and make the forecourt/entry welcoming and a place to meet or just have lunch in the sun.

“One of the most challenging parts of the brief was that this high profile office and commercial development has such a large floor space, which required us to minimize columns to get the best efficiency from the floors,” said GHD's Property and Buildings Leader NSW and Service Group Manager, Nando Nicotra.

The car park for the project provided both creative and structural engineering challenges in combining aesthetics with functionality. The design, with columns carrying through to the top level, required an engineering solution which minimized transfer beams.

“The core to office ratio in the Vantage project is very low, this means there is a lot more office space back to the floor plate and usable area, and it was difficult as a designer to plan and balance and meet all codes and regulations. The amenities functions also have to be taken into consideration in the design. There was a lot of engineering that went into this design and a lot of options presented to the client,” he said. “The whole project took about 18 months of design work and we had ongoing meetings with Presida, to ensure that we could deliver the quality and vision that was put forward. “One of the most significant design features of the project is the east-facing landscaped forecourt, which we purposely designed to create a significant soft edge buffer zone between the main mass of the building and the entry at footpath level. The forecourt was complicated in terms of its buildability, with lots of curves, and involved concrete being formed without right angles.”

Main Image: The screen in which GHD developed and designed to ventilate the car park but also look appealing to the commuters passing by

This image: Nando Nicotra, GHD's Property and Buildings Leader NSW and Service Group Manager outside the complete The Vantage project




A major creative design element was created, with GHD's team members dedicating a year to developing and designing the façade to the western boundary that would screen the 3 level car parking which due to the level difference would be exposed to the freeway. The mural cleverly incorporates louvers for ventilation of the three levels of car park, and also adds a major piece of public art to the commuter traveling on the freeway. GHD designed the concept for this screen and this concept was then further refined maintaining the original idea by another consultant. Even the security aspects of this project have a prestigious feel, with iron gates and a foyer entry creating a real sense of ‘arrival’ at The Vantage. Since commencing in 1928, GHD has grown into an international network of

architects, engineers, planners, scientists, project managers and economists. With 6000 people working across five continents, GHD is committed to meeting the needs of clients and their communities in an ethical, innovative and environmentally responsible manner. The company’s projects across the properties and buildings, natural resources, energy, environmental management, infrastructure and construction sectors are noteworthy for the forward thinking multidisciplinary approach of their outcome focused team. In collaborating with clients, the core values of Teamwork, Respect and Integrity work to create lasting relationships and exceptional results. GHD’s team have created inspiring and innovative design solutions for corporate offices, retail outlets, schools, libraries, research laboratories, water treatment plants, transport networks and other developments. All GHD projects integrate social, cultural and economic values into sustainable outcomes, with a strong focus on long-term viability of the constructed asset. GHD is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and has multiple awards, clear recognition of the company commitment to sustainable development, safety and innovation. GHD Sydney 133 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000 t. 02 9239 7060 f. 02 9239 7199 e.







Presida’s Newest building `Vantage` in the Norwest Business Park, NSW




unique, stylish and functional shade revolutionary new fabric and a unique space saving design have made the Alfresco Shade installations at Norwest a standout feature and one which is certain to be included in many similar projects around Australia. For the Presida development at Norwest Business Park, Alfresco Shade installed two identical umbrella structures – one on either side of the project’s main office block. “The umbrella structures come complete with all internal power and lighting services. The architect wanted tenants of the office block to be able to use the umbrellas for all situations so they have been designed to be turned into an Alfresco dining area or meeting room with walls that can be rolled down when necessary, says Tom Westcott, Director of Alfresco Shade. “The unique thing about the umbrellas is that they do not have a centre mast which allows for total flexibility underneath the structure. There is not a cantilever structure in Australia that is this size – nine metres – with no centre mast”. 88


The fabric & steel components are fully manufactured at Alfresco Shade’s premises and delivered to site as a CKD kit and assembled with minimal site labour. With its expertise in planning, design, engineering, construction and installations the company can provide shade structures, shade sails, clear café blinds, umbrellas and fabric tensile roofing systems.

36 Mid Dural Rd Galston NSW 2157 t. 1300 798 700 f. 02 9653 1461 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

COLOURBURST GARDENS Pty Ltd hoosing the right materials in any building and development project is a must and that doesn’t just apply to the bricks and mortar. For Colourburst Gardens Pty Ltd, selecting the right plants species and varieties was just as important as making sure the landscaping design was one which will remain as eye catching in the future as it was when it was first planted out. Colourburst Gardens Pty Ltd was started in 2000 by Vince Sorbello after over 20 years in the horticultural industry working with the industries top innovators and leaders with extensive plant knowledge, sourcing and breeding of the latest plant varieties from Europe and the US. Colourburst Gardens Pty Ltd specializes in commercial and residential landscaping, working with the architects, developers and project managers well before construction is completed. They provide a technical approach to supply and installation of soils, fertilizer, total plant supply, mulch and irrigation. The company also provides a total maintenance package, with a proactive approach to pest and disease management, lawn care including mowing, pruning, hedging and at all stages of their work, they liaise closely with the client to ensure that all expectations and requirements are met. “Presida places a high importance on the landscape amenity of the buildings they construct as it is an integral part of their overall development,” says Vince. “With that in mind we ensured the plants selected were the right plant species and varieties that would complement the building. We discussed with Presida the plant material to be used, their suitability and the client’s expectation of what the gardens will develop into in the future. “On site we worked with Presida with detailed planning and project assessment, establishing planting schedules that would ensure the project was finished on time and on budget. As a result of working with Presida on 10 of their sites on previous occasions we are well acquainted with the high standards the developer expects of itself and those with whom it engages.” COLOURBURST GARDENS PTY LTD PO Box 270 Kenthurst NSW 2156 m. 0409 503 808 f. 02 9654 3326 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



HUME HIGHWAY WIDENING A Professional Touch Main Construction Companies : Nace Civil Engineering client : The Roads and Traffic Authority Project manager : Steven Tinellis project end value : $90 Million COMPLETION : December 2011




Nace Civil Engineering Pty Ltd 90 Jedda Road Prestons NSW 2170 t. 02 9607 1900. e.


he upgrade to the Hume Highway is set to benefit both the local community and long distance travellers. The Hume Highway extends south from the M5/M7 interchange at Prestons. Nace Civil Engineering commenced work on the project in 2009 and worked on the widening of an 11 kilometre section of the freeway between Brooks Road, Ingleburn and Narellan Road. In addition to widening, the project also incorporated a northbound on-ramp from Raby Road to the F5, an improved exit ramp to Campbelltown Road and a pedestrian bridge between Claymore and Woodbine. Nace Civil Engineering focused on providing first class traffic management and staging the works to ensure minimal interruption to traffic flow. They used over 10km of concrete barriers with access gates to ensure the temporary traffic staging was effective. The capability to handle such a complex project was projected through Nace Civil Engineering’s utilisation of their own asphalt plant and paving crew which saw over 200,000 tonne of asphalt paved. This was one of the largest asphalt projects undertaken in Sydney in recent times. Nace Civil Engineering also batched their own concrete from a mobileplant that was set up behind the site in the compound area. Their concrete batch plant has produced in excess of 50,000m3 of concrete.

The professional engineering team of Nace Civil Engineering ensures high quality construction works to budget and on time. On the Hume Highway project they managed and operated the majority of plant and materials for the project. They were also responsible for building all pavement layers, supplying and installing all asphalt, batching most of the lean mix concrete, conducting all profiling and managing the entire scope of work. The upgrade to the Hume Highway is set to improve travel times for all users and also provide a better experience with improved road surfacing. The extra lanes will see improved traffic flow and ease traffic congestion. Road safety has also been enhanced with improvements to safety barriers, a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge and improved cyclist facilities. Nace Civil Engineering was involved in the entire works which also included the provision for erosion and sedimentation control, traffic control and diversion, earthworks, surface and sub-surface drainage works, installation of new road furnishings, temporary cyclist detour, noise walls and adjustment of utility services where necessary. Revegetation and landscaping were also required throughout the project along with the clean up and restoration of the site upon completion. Nace Civil Engineering has gained a reputation as being a ‘Contractor of Choice’ with many clients. Their company structure allows them to handle complex projects whilst still providing a personalised service with attention to even the smallest details. Nace Civil Engineering forms part of the Kypreos Group of Companies and has many capabilities in constructions such as road, bridges, railways, airfields, marine works, bulk earthworks, subdivisions and more. With such a broad range of services, Nace Civil Engineering is able to offer complete delivery of projects from start to finish. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU



strength in barriers


rade West Pty Ltd is a design and construction company specialising in acoustic barriers and safety screens. Their involvement in the Hume Highway upgrade was to provide over 1.70 kilometres of CSR Hebel noise barrier for use on the project. With a commitment to providing superior results within their industry, Trade West Pty Ltd produce a range of architectural finishing options to their products. The range of noise barrier types designed by Trade West Pty Ltd, include the following:

5. Repairs Trade West Pty Ltd also provides the service of repairs to damaged noise barriers. The team at Trade West Pty Ltd has over 20 years experience. Their staff and contractors adhere to a strict OHS&R system which has been documented in accordance with Workcover NSW guidelines, and all work is undertaken using their in house quality management system.

1. CSR Hebel – AAC Panels The CSR Hebel lightweight AAC panel is a highly effective acoustic barrier system which is used extensively in NSW, to produce significant reductions in noise levels such as those emanating from roads, freeways and rail corridors. The CSR Hebel panel can now be routed to include architectural patterns. 2. Plexiglas (Acrylic) Plexiglas acrylic noise barriers are an effective solution that uses transparent material to mitigate noise levels whilst maintaining visibility. 3. Pre Cast Concrete Precast Concrete panels are also a very effective means of mitigating noise levels, and can also have architectural patterns and colours cast in to the panel. 4. Safety Screens Steel mesh safety screens are now a standard requirement in road and rail bridge construction, and the supply, fabrication and installation of this product is now available through Trade West Pty Ltd.

Trade West PTY LTD 3 Allen Place Wetherill NSW 2164 t. 02 9604 3022 f. 02 9604 4415 92




pread over 3 stages in order to minimise disruption to motorists, the Hume Highway widening in New South Wales was completed by a team of experts. With a focus on electrical infrastructure and design, SimpleX Engineering Services worked closely with Nace Civil Engineering. Stage 1 and Sage 2 of the project saw road widening to four lanes in two areas, Brooks Road and St Andews Road and St Andrews Road and Raby Road. Stage 3 allowed for widening to three lanes between Raby Road and Narellan Road. The purpose of the Hume Highway project is to improve access to the F5 Freeway at Campbelltown and Raby Roads and construction of a new pedestrian bridge between Claymore and Woodbine. The construction of the new pedestrian bridge provides safe access for pedestrians and cyclists over the freeway. Campbelltown City Council were involved in the design and construction of pedestrian paths and lighting. The New South Wales and Australian governments provided funding. SimpleX Engineering Services have shown a continued commitment to delivering long-term, cost-effective, high quality and environmentally responsible outcomes for their clients while maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. SimpleX Engineering Services have been providing specialist services in engineering since 1996. Registered as a Level 3 Accredited Service provider with the Department of Fair Trading NSW, SimpleX Engineering Services provides a sophisticated Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy Level 3 electrical infrastructure design for both the private and public sectors.

A job well done SimpleX Engineering Services Pty Ltd Suite 1, 115 Best Road Seven Hills NSW 2147 t. 02 9621 3333 f. 02 9621 5599 e.

Made up of talented industry professionals dedicated to giving their clients cutting edge solutions, SimpleX Engineering Services will deliver outstanding results for your next project.





ansen Yuncken has completed its second project for Costco as the bulky goods retailer continues to expand its operations in Australia. The completed project, in Auburn, Sydney, will be both a “Membership Warehouse” and Costco’s national head office. The procurement of this project was achieved through the established relationship and performance of the Victorian branch in the delivery of Costco’s first warehouse in Docklands in 2009. The commitment of key Victorian personnel to the Auburn project also proved integral to the successful tender. The site, located in the inner western suburb on Parramatta Road, required the demolition of an existing industrial building and

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hansen Yuncken CLIENT : Costco Wholesale Australia COMPLETION : July 2011 PROJECT END VALUE : $35 Million BUILDING CERTIFIER : Philip Chun ARCHITECTS : GSA Group & MulvannyG2 ENGINEERS : Mott Macdonald Hughes Trueman & WSP Lincolne Scott ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT : JBS Environmental LANDSCAPE DESIGN : McGregor Coxall


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construction of the new facility. Due to its location on what is probably Sydney’s busiest non-motorway road many planning and zoning obstacles had to be overcome to gain approval for the development. Hansen Yuncken’s ability to deal with authorities such as the RTA was an important asset especially in the initial stages of the project. The project value at completion will be $35m. Costco identified real value in the Hansen Yuncken tender in the areas of prior experience, intimate knowledge of the site conditions, design management expertise and superior project leadership. Costco also acknowledged that Hansen Yuncken’s national account management strategy would deliver consistent levels of service based on continual improvement benchmarks from one facility to the next, now and in the future, offering its services seeking appropriate land parcels through to construction and tenant fit-out and occupation. Having been highly successful in the industrial development market in the past few years, the Hansen Yuncken development team is currently focusing on opportunities to expand into the retail market. The Costco projects have been a superb testimony to the company’s project management skills. “Building Value” is Hansen Yuncken’s mantra. It covers all aspects of the way they do business. It is a natural, ingrained way of thinking for all their personnel. They consistently seek to provide innovation and the best possible outcome in their project delivery. The company is known


for its pioneering role in both the application of new technologies and the development of new construction techniques. It has been a long and fruitful journey for the company since a young carpenter named Otto Yuncken (then Juncken) left Port Adelaide to work and continue his studies in Melbourne, eventually starting his own business in 1918 in partnership with Lauritz Hansen. The company has an enviable track record in the delivery of a broad range of significant and complex construction projects over the past 90 years. On the honour roll of their achievements are the Myer buildings in Bourke Street, the Collingwood football club grandstand, David Jones in Adelaide, the Ansett terminal in Sydney, and Cairns Airport. The company also completed Australia's first six green star office building in 2006, the Melbourne City Council's CH2 on Little Collins Street. Today Hansen Yuncken is one of Australia’s largest privately owned companies. It operates nationally with offices in five states, in capital cities and in regional centres. It directly employs over 800 staff, has current projects worth $4.3 billion, and an annual turnover in the order of $1.2 billion. In its proud history the company has completed over 4500 projects. HANSEN YUNCKEN PO Box 409 Mascot NSW 1460 Level 6, 15 Bourke Road Mascot NSW 2020 t. 02 9770 7600 f. 02 9770 7601

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arehouse giant Costco found an “old friend” in BlueScope Buildings when it decided to launch in Australia, firstly at Docklands in Melbourne and now with its second outlet and headquarters in Auburn, Sydney. BlueScope Buildings is the newest division of Australia’s largest steel manufacturer, specialising in pre-engineered buildings (PEB) using the Butler™ design technology. The Butler system has already been used in hundreds of Costco outlets throughout the world. BlueScope Buildings is in effect a one stop shop, able to design, fabricate, and install building shells which are supplied in an easy-toerect package tailored to individual client specifications. The Butler design technology can create designs allowing for spans greater than 30m, bays up to 18m, and can reduce the number of columns required. Components are engineered with tapering and pre-punching. They fit together easily and quickly with no site waste generated. The steel contains a significant proportion of recycled scrap, meeting ISO 14001 standards for Environmental Management and contributing to Green Star points. The ingenuity of the design means 96

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that less steel is required, which allows for lighter foundations. In some cases frames can be eliminated altogether. Less heavy equipment is needed on site for erection purposes. Linfox has engaged BlueScope to complete the company’s new facility in Erskine Park, Sydney. The AMF Bowling Centre in Rooty Hill, designed and constructed in association with Kell & Rigby builders, won an MBA Excellence in Construction award in 2010. BlueScope Buildings has a dedicated staff of over 40 nationally, including engineers, detailers, and construction and site personnel. Its relationships with BlueScope Steel and Butler worldwide create supply chain efficiencies that obviously benefit clients. When you partner with BlueScope Buildings you elect the hassle free way to design and construct the ideal commercial or industrial building to suit your needs. BLUESCOPE BUILDINGS Manchester Road West Auburn NSW 2144 t. 1800 213 423 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

COMPLETE CODE CONSULTING P hilip Chun is an international firm of building code consultants providing services to the building and construction industry. Offerings include building design certification, building surveying, inspection, fire engineering (including fire life safety assessment), assessment of maintenance of essential services and consultancy in access for people with disabilities to the private and public sectors, covering all aspects of building regulation and control. The company offers these services for all types of buildings not being limited to retail, commercial, industrial nor residential developments, and generally include working complex and/or high rise buildings. With offices in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and the US it provides a comprehensive national and international regulatory advice and design certification service. Philip Chun is the largest building codes consultancy company in Australia, providing design checking and certification for billions of dollars in construction each year. Their NSW certifiers are accredited by the NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB). For Costco’s warehouse and headquarters in Auburn, Sydney, Philip Chun Building Code Consulting provided the Building Code of Australia assessment and certification under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979. Philip Chun Access was also engaged on the project and offered compliance assessment against the DDA and relevant Accessibility Standards. Philip Chun Fire assessed the viability of the ventilation system to the carpark as an internal peer review assessing the CFD modelling carried out to assess air quality. Philip Chun’s approach with Costco was to identify very early in the piece, the specific needs of the client and ensure that these needs were capable of being met in terms of compliance of the design offered by the architects. Philip Chun worked closely with the designers, GSA, and client, Costco, and re assessed the design at numerous points during its development to ensure optimum compliance prior to the issue of the Construction Certificates for the building. The role, once construction commenced, was to then offer ongoing compliance advice. The process was staged with progressive issue of Construction Certificates to enable earliest possible commencement, and hence delivery. As a client, Costco knows exactly what it wants, a long lifespan construction and value for money, and it is willing to approach old problems from a new direction to create better outcomes without sacrificing safety. Philip Chun has been delighted to assist Costco in realising the latest step forward in its Australian expansion.


Philip Chun Building Code Consulting Philip Chun Fire Engineering Philip Chun Access Philip Chun Essential Services Management PHILIP CHUN & AssocIATES Suite 404, 44 Hampden Road Artarmon NSW 2064 t: 02 9412 2322

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imple Interiors is a specialist in the internal fit out of all types of walls and ceilings in office and commercial spaces. Its involvement in the Costco warehouse and headquarters was the result of an already well established relationship with project leader Hansen Yuncken. Both companies share a profound understanding of the great equation time+safety+budget. Simple Interiors installed plasterboard ceilings and acoustic grid ceiling systems, standard plasterboard partitions and glass partitions. The building is also an administrative centre. Acoustic plasterboard partitions and acoustic moveable bi-fold walls were installed to guarantee a minimum of sound transfer between offices and meeting rooms. Fire rated walls around the computer room and communications

room, and around structural beams, are designed to give 120 minutes of protection in the event of fire. Simple Interiors is modestly named but aims high. Its 10 experienced staff and two hands-on directors are dedicated to delivering a quality finish on every job.

SIMPLE INTERIORS PTY LTD 19/29 Governor Macquarie Drive Chipping Norton NSW 2170 t. 02 9728 1184 f. 02 9728 1196 m. 0417 449 594 e.

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att Dalley Demolition Pty Ltd was enlisted to demolish an existing structure and remove asbestos from the Costco site in Auburn. The main structure was divided into sections so that asbestos could be removed from each section progressively. This allowed demolition to begin while further removal was carried out on remaining intact sections. As each section was cleared other trades were able to enter work areas ahead of schedule to commence their allocated works. Demolition so close to the boundary of Parramatta Road required considerable precision. Always mindful of safety and risks associated with demolition, the safety team at Matt Dalley Demolition placed a strong emphasis on site specific training. Onsite training and refresher courses were provided for all site personnel on the project. Working at heights, working from, and operating access equipment were some of the courses completed onsite. Workers were regularly assessed on their skills and if more training was required it was organised promptly. Our site managers and safety team worked together to achieve the highest standards in safety. The Costco project was completed on time and incident free. Matt Dalley Demolition has been a specialist in structural demolition for 25 years. It is a Class 1 Unrestricted Demolition Contractor and AS1 Friable Asbestos Remover able to engage as principal contractor in all types of demolition work, strip outs, and treatment of hazardous materials. Matt Dalley Demolition researches and purchases the latest plant and equipment, which enhances both safety and productivity. The use of pulverisors instead of hydraulic hammers, for example creates less noise, dust, and vibration. Plant and equipment is meticulously maintained and serviced, undergoing rigorous safety inspections throughout our projects. Reports and service records are updated and distributed to meet our Occupational Health and Safety requirements and ISO 9001 Quality Assurance system. Visit our website to view our latest video, photos and information on previous projects. You will also find detailed information on Quality Assurance and our OHS systems. Also available on request is a company profile and introduction CD. Feel free to contact Matt Dalley Demolition via phone or email. In the interests of recycling, materials separation is carried out on site so that the level of waste is kept to a minimum. On every project a target of 96% or better is achieved for recycled material. MATT DALLEY DEMOLITION PTY LTD PO Box 1021 Mascot NSW 1460 t. 1300 30 66 88 f. 1300 55 33 04 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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DARACON GROUP 17 James Street, Wallsend PO Box 299 Wallsend NSW 2287 t. 02 4903 7000 f. 02 4951 1070


clock shifts were worked to ensure the completion of the work before trains resumed and the track procession had elapsed.

he extraordinary efficiency of Daracon’s integrated civil construction abilities paid off enormously in the construction of the third Hunter River crossing between Bolwarra and East Maitland. Working in an environmentally sensitive flood zone, Daracon at all times had to be prepared for peak storm flows, however, in finishing the project six months ahead of schedule, the main construction works were complete when the anticipated Hunter River inflows hit the area in January 2011.

As the site is a floodplain, with soil better suited to horticulture than bridge building, Daracon imported 350,000m3 of gravels from the company’s own quarries to construct the road and abutment formations. The site soil was stockpiled, then on completion respread onto batters and other disturbed areas.

The Third Hunter River crossing project involved the construction of two new bridges and 5.5km of new road. The Hunter River Bridge is a 350m long 12 span concrete bridge, with 28m deep bored piles, up to 14m high squared columns and 32m long pre-cast prestressed super-T girders. The second bridge is a 49m long three span bridge across the Main Northern Rail Lines.

The new Pitnacree road section is partly on top of the existing Hunter River levy bank, which has been widened from 6m to 11m. The formation consists of two lanes each 3.5m with 2m wide shoulders. The other section, on Flat road, had to be engineered to maintain the same height as the old road in order to meet the area’s existing flood mitigation plan.

Constructing the rail crossing bridge involved working within an absolutely fixed time constraint, as the rail line owner, ARTC, have fixed windows called possessions to carry out the necessary construction activities. Daracon needed to have everything in readiness for 18-20 May 2010, including a 450 tonne mobile crane able to lift the six 38m long precast prestressed super-T girders into position across four tracks in just nine hours. Around the

“In terms of environmental constraints, there were Heritage items we had to take into account, including mid to late 1800s bridge piers, a Heritage sandstone wall and granite kerb and guttering on the old road. These were documented to NSW Heritage Office guidelines, and the granite relocated to Maitland City Council’s storage yard. Approximately 60m of the recovered heritage granite was also reintegrated into the works as an urban



design element so as to highlight the heritage significance to the area,” said Daracon System’s Manager, Bob Murphy.

when the January 2011 flood occurred” , said Daracon’s Project Manager, Justin Foot

“We were constrained on this project in relation to flood management, with the need to have well planned flood mitigation measures in place. This included the storage of materials on pallets so they could be moved at short notice. Cranes, elevated work platforms and construction plant were relocated to high ground each evening as given the right weather event the water level in the Hunter River could rise as much as 6m in a ten hour period. Everything had to be mobile and ready to be moved if and when the flood alert was activated. There were both email and SMS connections with the BOM weather service for weather warnings and flood alerts allowing our staff to have up to date information 24 hours a day. The RTA informed us that on average the river would rise twice a year to a point where our works would be inundated. We were fortunate that during the entire construction period, with less then average rainfall in the upper Hunter Valley catchment our project avoided being flooded. If works has been staged according to the original program, as opposed to finishing months ahead of the original schedule, we would have been in the middle of constructing piers and columns

The entire project including minor works in 2011 such as revegetation, tree planting, final fencing and furnishings, was completed in 18 months. A significant contributor to the success of this project has been the diversity and integration of Daracon’s operations. With the majority of resource requirements being available within the company, Daracon had a major edge to many competitors in its ability to deliver, particularly in relation to time and cost.


Daracon has a workforce of approximately 930 direct employees, 225 pieces of plant/machinery and 150 heavy vehicles, with major capabilities in civil construction, mining infrastructure, quarrying, plant, haulage, property, rail, concrete and landscaping. As an example of this integration in practice, at the peak of the project Daracon had over 70 direct employees onsite working together with up to 20 of their own machines including trucks, graders, dozers, backhoes and rollers. “Having this direct control of resources means no messing around and gives us the ability to deliver on our commitments.” NSW PROJECT FEATURE THIRD HUNTER RIVER CROSSING 101

SWITCHING ON THE HUNTER AND BEYOND s an accredited ASP Level 1 Contestable Works Provider for Energy Australia, Integral Energy and Country Energy, Planelec can take a blank slate site through all the necessary stages of design, installation and commissioning for high voltage and low voltage power and lighting. For the 3rd Hunter River Crossing Project, Daracon contracted Planelec to design and install the overhead cabling and intersection lighting, a task which was complicated by the flood-prone site and alluvial soils. A compaction issue meant Planelec’s installation crew had to allow all the special flood-safe power poles to settle before cabling works could occur. Another complication was the need to move the existing high voltage cabling out of the road as part of early works. Having a flexible approach to meeting the project’s needs enabled work to be delivered on schedule, even with the fast-tracked program that saw the project complete, and lights on, six months ahead of the original planned date. Planelec’s team of skilled, safety-conscious electrical tradesmen and plant and equipment including light vehicles, dump truck, winching equipment, generators and access equipment were on site for three months completing the installation. Turnkey solutions are a Planelec speciality, with level 3 Accreditation for Design from Energy Australia enabling the company to provide clients with complete electrical solutions, both overhead and underground. Their project services include Design and Installation; Management, Planning and Supervision; Tender Preparation; Electrical Appliance Testing and document 102 NSW PROJECT FEATURE THIRD HUNTER RIVER CROSSING

control for compliance with Australian Standards; Cost Controls; Safety Systems; Commissioning; and maintenance services including maintenance scheduling and 24 hour 365 days a year electrical maintenance . Installation services Planelec provides include High Voltage kiosk substation installation; Subdivision (URD) underground cable, lighting, pillar & kiosk installation; Network upgrades on XLPE & Paper Lead high & low voltage systems; Excavation, conduit installation & commissioning in-house; Labour hire to accredited ASP’s; and Overhead reticulation services through accredited sub-contractors. Many of Australia’s leading engineering firms and civil contractors have relied on Planelec for safe, efficient and timely electrical expertise including Downer EDI, Thomas & Coffey and Abigroup. Some of the company’s current projects include the ELF Stage 1 and 2 Works for Department of Defence; Boggabri Coal Mine Expansion and Narrabri Coal. With 105 staff, and a dedication to delivering works with the highest possible level of safety and efficiency, Planelec can switch on projects anywhere around the nation. PLANELEC SERVICES t. 02 4964 4711 f. 02 4964 4811 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

EXPERIENCED AND EFFICIENT hen Daracon needed someone to complete key sections of the kerb for the Third Hunter River Crossing project, they called in Ziggy’s Kerb Company (ZKB). As Daracon’s primary kerb contractor for work in the Hunter region and beyond, ZKB brought familiarity with client work practices and quality expectations to the job, and completed the kerb and gutter for the western end of the project and constructed two vee-drains near the project’s centre in just one day. ZKC had a team of seven men on site for the task, equipped with two kerb laying machines, one for the SA type Kerb and Gutter and another for the SO type Vee-Drain. The plant was delivered to the site with ZKC’s Isuzu truck, which is equipped with a Ferrari hydraulic crane for loading/ unloading machines. The main challenge was access for the concrete truck at a section of the job which was situated down an embankment, this was successfully handled, and the job completed with no safety incidents or need for rectifications. ZKC have 14 kerb machines of differing shapes, which can produce about 20 different profiles. In choosing to keep the business small, ZKC can focus on maintaining a high standard of quality. The company’s team of seven is led by Director Peter Vadas and a leading hand with 15 years experience. The more experienced members of the team pass on the skills of concrete finishing and hand forming to newer staff. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

ZKC have completed projects across the Hunter Valley, and for regional projects in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Armidale and Narrabri. The calibre of their work has seen them used by Daracon for almost all the Daracon subdivisions, and for substantial ongoing work for Keller Civil Engineers. ZCB also undertook all the kerb works for Port Stephens Council. “We do our best to provide a quality job, at a reasonable price, in the timeframe satisfactory to the client,” said ZKC Director, Peter Vadas. “My father, Ziggy Vadas, the founder of the company, started laying kerbs with formwork almost half a century ago, before kerb machines existed. Up until October, 2007, he and I worked together as partners, until he suddenly left us with a heart attack. I have been involved with the industry for just on 40 years, and I am now continuing the work he started.” “I would like to thank Daracon for trusting us to work on this project, and for their continuing trust with the majority of their projects.” ZIGGY’S KERB COMPANY Pty Ltd Contact: Peter Vadas 43 Kearsley Selections Rd KEARSLEY NSW 2325 t. 02 4991 2127 f. 02 4991 2244 m. Peter 0417 022 663 e. NSW PROJECT FEATURE THIRD HUNTER RIVER CROSSING 103


GALVIN CONSTRUCTION PTY LTD Level 4 108 Power Street Hawthorn VIC 3122 t. 03 9816 2300 f. 03 9815 2344 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

he apartment building at 95 Tram Road, Doncaster is one result of the Federal government’s initiative to provide affordable housing as part of its Nation Building programme. The site is owned and maintained by Haven; Home, Safe, a not-for-profit registered Housing Association. The building is 10 levels with an additional 3 levels of basement carpark. Of the 98 individual units 21 are one bedroom, 57 two bedroom, and 20 three bedroom apartments. 7 units have been modified for tenants with disabilities. Management of the $30m construction project was entrusted to Galvin Construction. The company manages building contracts from conception to completion, specialising in medium to large developments. They offer a complete building service, including the skills of a, design manager, and a mechanical services engineer. Their design manager can assist with feasibility studies, land evaluations, and council regulations to advise you on what you can expect to achieve on your site. He has a comprehensive understanding of energy rating legislation to ensure that your project achieves maximum energy efficiency. Their engineer has particular expertise in air-conditioning and fire engineering. Their design manager can also provide practical solutions to suit client and budget objectives. If you already have your own plans and designs Galvin can come into a project at any stage and guide it through to completion. It’s a tailored approach. Their aim is to involve a client at every step of the way, evaluate your concerns, and work with you to reach your goals. Recent Galvin projects include the Vivida student apartments in Hawthorn, the 88 “Jarrah” townhouses at Bundoora, and Ascot Gardens at Ascot Vale – a conversion of the old Four ‘n’ Twenty pie factory containing 50 new apartments. Galvin’s history is a snapshot of the development of the construction industry in Victoria over five decades. Alan Galvin, the founder, started by building petrol stations and progressed to schools and hospitals. The company created the St. James Tower, in its day the tallest structure in St. Kilda Road. Other projects included the Highpoint West shopping centre, the Eye and Ear Hospital, the Road Trauma Centre and the Alfred Hospital helipad. Internally Galvin Construction has a strong tradition of sustaining personal and family loyalties. When Alan Galvin retired in 1991 long time employees Steve Sweeney and Tony Chan became owners, continuing his legacy. Two fathers who have worked there for most of their careers over 40 years have had the pleasure of seeing their sons join the company. Another current site manager’s son also works there. Three brothers have joined after their father worked there for 32 years. Galvin’s motto of “providing certainty” seems perfectly apt. Materials and techniques have changed over time. It’s all about more than bricks and mortar now. What counts is the dedication of the people involved. The company has earned many awards, a CCAA Public Domain award in 2001, a Master Builders award in 2007 for excellence in the construction of commercial buildings in the $10m-$20m range, and Victorian Architecture Awards in 2001, 2006 and 2009. Galvin is continuing its relationship with Loddon Mallee by undertaking another similar project at 1042 Mt. Alexander Road in Essendon.



MORE THAN READY peedPro Industries is a specialist in concrete services and always up for a challenge. At Oakhill Apartments they were unfazed when the structural design required them to place and finish the concrete on a truss deck. The company had never used a truss deck before. Nevertheless they managed to lock it down on 9 levels and complete a successful pour. That’s their style. SpeedPro, established in 1993, has 80 employees in various teams all ready to go, whatever the assignment. Once they take on a job they also act as their own labour hire firm recruiting any specialists who may be needed over the life of a project. Their established contacts enable them to draw quickly on additional skills – labourers, carpenters, formworkers, patchers, levellers, steelfixers. Their people arrive job ready with all appropriate certificates and tickets relevant to safety and site management and getting the job done. Hiring their own additional labour allows the company to save costs in administration and payroll functions. More importantly, they know who they are dealing with, and that is always the secret to fielding an effective team. When not placing and finishing new concrete SpeedPro can provide maintenance services for existing work, whether that means relevelling, grinding, colour matching, sealing, patching panels or overhead beams to a Class 1 finish, grouting or corking. 106 VIC PROJECT FEATURE 95 TRAM ROAD DONCASTER

Looking at things in reverse, SpeedPro can undertake demolition work and strip-outs. They can, if necessary, bring their own 20 and 10 foot container storage and site gang boxes for easy and long term access to tools, A-frame and flat top trolleys, or bins and hoppers for rubbish removal Whatever it takes. Anywhere, any time. That’s their style. They are currently working on the ROI Apartments in North Fitzroy, Infinity 8 in Franklin Street Melbourne, Zen Apartments Melbourne (48 Levels), The Ark, Richmond, Deakin University in Burwood (7 Levels), Elan Apartments Melbourne (10 Levels) and Melbourne Water Docklands.

SPEEDPRO INDUSTRIES PTY LTD 627 Nicholson Street North Carlton VIC 3054 t. 03 9388 2511 f. 03 9387 0355 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST WORKS clever bit of initiative can go a long way. For the Oakhill Apartments at 95 Tram Road, Doncaster, Galvin Constructions engaged PC Drafting Pty Ltd to prepare the precast panel, precast slab and internal steelwork shop drawings at a very early stage of the project. This was of enormous benefit when tenders were sought by Galvin for the supply and erection of these crucial structural components. Usually, the shop drawings are supplied by the precast and steelwork subcontractors, and included in their pricing. But in this case, the excellent work by PC Drafting set out exactly what the supply and erection task entailed. Having engaged PC Drafting directly at planning and design specification stages, the builder already had the prepared panel shop drawings prior to the sub-contractor tender process. These then gave the tenders the opportunity to price this project directly from the shop drawings and the supplied bill of materials. There were no surprises, every figure could be given with the greatest degree of accuracy and certainty. Once the tender was let, the construction issue shop drawings were immediately available to the successful suppliers, enabling precast manufacture to commence immediately, without a to-and-fro process of preparing further drawings for approval. Another advantage of this approach was the ability to meet the rigorous timeframes of the construction schedule by sharing the precast panel manufacture workload across three separate manufacturers. With each of them working to the same set of coordinated panel drawings produced by PC Drafting, this proceeded smoothly and perfect integration of their efforts once the installation period was reached was assured. This is not the first time Galvin Construction and PC Drafting have found this to be an effective and efficient way to meet the need for accurate shop drawings for precast and steelwork. The two companies have collaborated on a number of similar projects over the last three years using the draft first, tender second approach, and each time it has resulted in a highly successful project outcome for all concerned. PC DRAFTING Pty Ltd PO Box 23061 Docklands VIC 8012 m. 0412 280 937 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


Left to Right - Steven Gyles, Flatpax, Loreen Peak, Bunnings Commercial National Business Development Manager, and Clive Nightingall, Construction Manager, Galvin Constructions

Kitchen cabinets in a combination of Urban Oak and Antique White




unnings, Australia’s leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products has a commitment to providing customers with the widest range of products at the lowest prices, backed by the best service. Over the past decade Bunnings has continued to expand into new categories and offer innovative new products for customers, including kitchens and kitchen appliances. More recently, Bunnings Commercial provided 90 Flatpax kitchens over nine floors for the newly completed Oakhill Apartments project. The final result demonstrates how well suited the Flatpax product is to this type of development. The kitchens offer an innovative and affordable alternative to traditional cabinet build methods for the high rise residential sector as they provide time and cost efficiencies through reduced transport and in alimak useage time. Flatpax kitchens also include all the quality fittings that would be found in a custom built kitchen. The apartments are an example of how more affordable housing can still offer high quality finishes through the utilisation of cost effective building and finishing methods. Furthermore, special needs were accommodated in this development through considered design in addressing restricted access needs. All finishes were durable and aesthetically appealing with a focus on neutral colour schemes that could be easily accessorised by each individual occupant. Bunnings Commercial can offer total solution packages of kitchens and appliances, sinks and tapware, bathrooms and sanitary ware and the Flatpax storage solutions for robes, laundry and garages, this offer together with the wide range of building supplies and decorative finishing makes Bunnings the commercial supply partner. For more information regarding Bunnings Commercial offer and Flatpax Storage Solutions please contact 133062. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


HIGHEST ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN WINDOWS AND DOORS coClassic Group manufactures the highest energy efficiency rated aluminium double glazed windows in Australia. While aluminium is in itself a poor insulator, double glazing coupled with good thermal design principles boosts thermal efficiency. The company boasts that it can supply double glazing at single glazed prices.

in 8 colours and 3 timber effects, though custom colours are available for large projects.

When awarded the window and door supply contract for Oakhill Apartments they proved their expertise by designing a window and door system specifically to suit the wall system used on site i.e. James Hardie’s ExoTec and pre-cast concrete. The windows and doors terminate externally with a receiving pocket for the ExoTec material, and internally with a pocket to receive the plaster directly into the jambs, head, and sill of the window or door. The end result achieves a neat and cost effective clad exterior with plaster reveals.

The EcoPlus PVC window is manufactured in unplasticised polyvinyl chloride hollow section which is reinforced on the inside with zinc coated steel. It offers the choice of one colour on the outside and white on the inside.

EcoClassic’s custom design for this project required the manufacture of 8 special aluminium extrusion dies and one die for the seal system. The total lead time for supply from concept through manufacture to installation was an astonishing 12 weeks. EcoClassic designs and manufactures awning windows, casement windows, sliding and tilt and turn windows, sliding doors and bifold or French doors. These are made normally in 3 standard styles, available 110 VIC PROJECT FEATURE 95 TRAM ROAD DONCASTER

The EcoTech aluminium window is silicon glazed for extra strength and watertightness.

The EcoTherm is engineered with inner and outer skins rigidly joined by a polyamide resin thermal strut which prevents heat moving through the aluminium. This style also offers the advantage of a 2 colour option where the colour on the interior differs from the exterior.

ECOCLASSIC GROUP PTY LTD 79 Hallam South Road Hallam VIC 3803 t. 03 9708 6499 f. 03 9708 6235 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

HANDS ON FROM START TO FINISH dams Consulting Engineers is a structural and civil engineering consulting firm. It now has a staff of 35, well equipped with the resources, skills and experience for design, analysis, and documentation of our projects.

At Oakhill Apartments the foundation material at the lowest basement level is a mix containing weathered siltstone. This allowed the use of conventional pad footings. The retention system consists of reinforced concrete bored piers and shotcrete infill panels.

The three partnership directors are Bruce Adams, David Marinucci, and Gavin Donohue. Their combined breadth of experience has over the past 20 years seen the company creatively involved in hundreds of projects with budgets ranging from $2m up to $100m plus. These have included schools, childcare centres, health and aged care facilities, commercial and residential complexes, high rise apartments, industrial and retail developments, and private homes up to $10m. They also have extensive experience in refurbishment and change of use of existing structures.

The ground floor is a post-tensioned banded slab transferring the upper floor apartment wall loads to the basement column grid, arranged to match the wall spacing above.

Adams’ clear focus from inception to completion is always to adapt the most current technologies and building techniques to deliver quality projects on time and within budget. David Marinucci was involved from the outset with Galvin Construction’s plans for the Oakhill Apartments at 95 Tram Road, Doncaster. The overall objective was the elimination of formwork and backpropping, which would increase the speed of construction and allow fitout trades to move in close behind as the project progressed. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The apartment floors span between precast concrete party walls at 6.4m centres. Balconies are precast concrete cantilevers with backspans cast into the floor system. The service lift and stair core are precast concrete panels of varying thickness resisting the lateral loads. The roof and special façade elements are framed in structural steel. ADAMS CONSULTING ENGINEERS PTY LTD 97 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123 t. 03 9813 3122 f. 03 9813 3822 e. VIC PROJECT FEATURE 95 TRAM ROAD DONCASTER 111

YOUNG’S ELECTRICAL SERVICES pty ltd oung’s Electrical Services submitted the successful tender and was commissioned to undertake the electrical services design brief for the ‘Oakhill’ high rise residential development and multi level basement car park at 95 Tram Road, Doncaster. Young’s carried out the installation of the complete electrical services reticulation including provision for telecommunications, security access control and a CCTV surveillance system, SMATV, and within the apartments an integrated smoke detection and evacuation warning system. The electrical design incorporated automation of lighting throughout the basement car park levels and in the public access areas. The key aspect of their brief was provision of an energy efficient electrical system. The entire system was designed and built in compliance with the BCA Part J6 artificial lighting and power requirements. Young’s is an experienced and innovative company which provides a full range of electrical contracting and engineering services for commercial, industrial, manufacturing and residential projects including design, installation, and maintenance. Established in 1981, Young’s today is recognised as a leader in their field. 112 VIC PROJECT FEATURE 95 TRAM ROAD DONCASTER

The company takes particular pride in its ability to listen to clients, maintain good communication at all times, and then to design and deliver a creative yet practical cost-effective installation which meets current needs and allows for future changes. In Young’s philosophy, the successful completion of a project is firmly based on attentiveness to a client’s needs. They understand that every project is subject to commercial realities such as budget limitations and scheduled completion dates. Their skilled and experienced staff are committed to working within those constraints without compromising the quality of the results. Young’s high reputation, built over 30 years, is proof of their success. YOUNG’S ELECTRICAL SERVICES PO Box 13 Pascoe Vale South VIC 3044 t. 03 9449 3222 f. 03 9449 3444 m. 0411 039 441 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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facility, creating telecommunications networks or fitting out a new retail centre, Leighton Contractors is consistently at the forefront of the Australian building and construction industry. Based on its experience in the delivery of innovative health care facilities, Leighton Contractors was selected by Austin Health as the principal construction contractor for the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Heidelberg, Victoria. When completed, the $100 million centre will combine leading medical treatment and research of international significance, integrated with the best of wellness care and support for cancer patients and their families. The development will also incorporate facilities such as new linear accelerators, radiation oncology bunkers, additional chemotherapy chairs and a computed tomography scanner. Project Manager Ben Uren said Leighton Contractors’ extensive involvement in the centre further enhanced the existing team of experienced health professionals, design and services consultants and operational managers working on the project.



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The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, built on the Austin Hospital site in Melbourne, will provide a comprehensive range of cancer services, including facilities for cancer treatment, education, training, research and complementary wellness therapies. One of Australia’s favourite performers is lending her name and generous support to this unique health facility. Davis Langdon, an AECOM company, is honoured to be working on this landmark centre and playing a central role in the construction process.

Our multi-disciplinary team is providing Cost Management, Building Surveying, Specification Consulting and Access Consulting services to the project. Funds for the Centre continue to be raised via the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal – donations can be made online via the website

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Although faced a number of challenges whilst working on the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre development, a wealth of industry experience allowed them to overcome the obstacles they faced.

Having recently completed the renovation of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department and the Radiotherapy Building at Sunshine Hospital, was also involved on the $45 million Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre development in Heidelberg, Victoria.

“The installation of a 14 tonne generator, on Level 7 of the building, was one of the biggest challenges we faced and required months of coordination and close liaison with stake-holders and head contractor, Leighton,” Mr Henry said.

Rob Henry, Manager at, said his professional team were responsible for the electrical services associated with the Centre, as well as managing the supply and installation of a 1,500kva generator, a communications contract, the nurse call system, access control system and duress system. “Whilst working on the Olivia Newton John Centre, we used a full C-bus lighting control system, which we integrated into the building’s BMS,” Mr Henry said. The development also included the alteration and addition to existing high voltage services, including the extension of the existing RMU and the installation of two new HV transformers. “Our team of experts also supplied and installed two new main switchboards, as well as a generator with two, 60KvaUPS systems,” Mr Henry said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Danny Coen, Managing Director of Independent Scaffolds, said that whilst working on the Centre, they had been responsible for the erection and provision of the main building’s scaffolding requirements. “We were responsible for successfully delivering an engineered support system to the Cancer Centre, which we carried out in both a cost and time effective manner,” Mr Coen said. “Furthermore, as a result of our more than competent team of building professionals and our quality products, we were able to fulfil our role in a smooth manner, minimising any potential delays or obstacles to the overall construction process. “This therefore guaranteed complete client satisfaction and ensured the job was delivered on time,” he said. Committed to providing outstanding services and complete customer satisfaction, it is without a doubt Independent Scaffolds will remain the preferred contractor for the majority of Victoria’s leading builders.

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Construction specialists pecialising in the construction of concrete structures, V Constructions are able to deliver their pioneering services and expertise across entire projects, from the initial foundation stages to their completion. With a range of capabilities, encompassing the erection of all formwork, the tying of reinforcements, as well as the supply of concrete and pre-cast panel erection, V Constructions have become a key force within the building and construction industry. Having completed a range of successful projects, including apartment towers, hospitals and office towers, V Constructions were also involved on the prolific Oliver Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Victoria. When complete, this $100 million development will be a dedicated healthcare precinct that will provide a range of specialist cancer services, including treatment, education, training and research. Tony Violentis, Managing Director of V Constructions, said that during their involvement their professional team was responsible for building the entire concrete structure of the Centre. “Whilst working on this project, we built all of the initial detailed excavations and footings, right through to all of the additional concrete elements,” Mr Violentis said. “These included suspended slabs, lift shafts, stair-wells, walls, reinforcement, post-tensioning and pre-cast panel erections,” he said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Given the significant size of the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, V Constructions were met with a number of challenges whilst working on the development. “One particular obstacle we faced on this project was the construction of the radiation bunker walls, which were more two metres thick, over five metres high and with a 2.4 metre-thick concrete roof. “However, our specialised team of engineers were able to overcome this issue through the design and development of specific formwork systems that are designed to withstand the sheer pressure and weight of this structure,” he said. Furthermore, with years of industry experience, V Constructions were able to tailor their operating systems to suit the Olivia Newton John’s Cancer and Wellness Centre’s particular requirements and as a result, were able to complete their responsibilities in a time efficient and cost-effective manner for the client. Able to deliver quality results and products to a range of prominent builders, it is without a doubt, V Constructions will continue to enable the safer, faster and more cost competitive completion of projects within Australia. V CONSTRUCTIONS 122 Herald St Cheltenham VIC 3192 PO Box 3143 Moorabbin East VIC 3189 t. 03 9555 1444 f. 03 9555 1441 e.


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WALTER AND ELIZA HALL INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH "Contributions received to mark the 90th anniversary of the institute's founding will enable us to expand the Parkville building to nearly double its size and thereby grow our research programs to improve health outcomes." Institute General Manager Maureen O'Keefe


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NEW WINGS FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH Baulderstone constructs a new building and refurbishes the existing Parkville building for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research / baulderstone & Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

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Left An interesting angle of the new building constructed.

Based in Victoria, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) is one of Australia’s largest and foremost medical research institutes. It specialises in cancer, immune disorders and infectious diseases. Affiliated with The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Institute offers postgraduate training as the Department of Medical Biology of The University of Melbourne. “The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is home to 600 researchers and research support staff who are working to understand, prevent and treat diseases including cancer – particularly blood cancers and breast cancer – chronic inflammatory diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease; and infectious diseases such as hepatitis and malaria,” said the institute's General Manager Maureen O'Keefe. Recent times have seen the Institute embark upon a dramatic new phase in its evolution with the redevelopment of the current building and construction of another wing to house a new research facility. “To mark the 90th anniversary of the institute’s founding in 1915, the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth Government each provided a $50 million capital works grant. Together with a generous grant of $30 million from The Atlantic Philanthropies, and further funding from the Ian Potter Foundation, Australian Cancer Research Foundation and the Drakensberg Trust, these contributions are enabling us to expand the Parkville building to nearly double its size and thereby grow our research programs to improve health outcomes,” Ms O’Keefe said. “Denton Corker Marshall and S2F were appointed to design our new facility. Our architects-in-association are each national leaders in their fields: Denton Corker Marshall in the development of major institutional and public buildings (Melbourne Museum and Australia’s Beijing and Tokyo embassies); S2F in the creation of innovative laboratory designs.” Creating What Matters Main construction company for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute site is Baulderstone, a respected Australian company with a rich heritage in building and infrastructure for its clients for more than 80 years. Today, Baulderstone is one of the largest building and engineering companies in Australia, with more than 1400 people across the country. With its motto, ‘Creating What Matters” the company offers a full range of construction services from preconstruction to project closeout to support clients in both the private and public sector. Baulderstone buildings include icons of local and worldwide significance such as the UNESCO heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, Sydney's Anzac Bridge, Brisbane's Story Bridge, Melbourne's Etihad Stadium and Adelaide's Convention Centre. Baulderstone was contracted to expand the institute's Parkville building to nearly double its size, increasing the floor space from 15,775m2 to 31,283m2, thus enabling the institute to expand its research programs, increasing staff from 600 to more than 1,000. The new wing houses seven levels of WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

laboratories and scientific support services whilst the existing building refurbishments include a Clinical Translation Centre, an insectary, animal holding facilities, and advanced cell and tissue imaging and flow cytometry centres. The project was undertaken in two stages. The first entailed the construction of the new building, including an underground carpark and seven above ground levels. This stage also includes Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) and Quarantine Containment Level 2 (QC2) laboratories, bioservices facilities, delivery and service facilities, and mechanical plant. The second stage involves refurbishment of the existing Parkville building, which has been undertaken both during and following construction of the new building. This stage will also consist of PC2 and PC3 laboratories, advanced scientific and information technology centres, and seminar facilities including a 300 seat lecture theatre. Associated works include tunnel links to the Royal Melbourne Hospital; pedestrian links; loading dock functions; and bulk gases, steam, water, power, data and chilled water services. So what, if any have been some of the challenges encountered on the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute project? “Probably the biggest challenges surrounded the requirement to work closely with various stakeholders whilst meet our client expectation within a tight timeframe,” said Baulderstone’s Project Manager for the site, John Angelovski. “Another issue involved the fact that we were working on a highly sensitive site, which demanded strict biosecurity controls due to specific levels of containment. “The project team worked closely with consultants from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) to achieve the correct verification process as well as other regulatory bodies to ensure our construction techniques were satisfactory to enable compliance to be achieved. “By late 2010, Stage One was completed, on schedule and to budget. Refit of the current building is well underway and is expected to be complete by late 2011,” John said. “The institute's management has been very impressed with the quality of the architects, builders and consultant team. They have worked cohesively together and, with the institute's internal project team led by Steve Droste, Facilities Manager, ensured the delivery of a building which meets our expectations and is being delivered on time and on budget,” said Ms O’Keefe. For more information contact Baulderstone, Level 9, South Wharf Tower, 30 Convention Centre Place South Wharf VIC 3006, phone 03 9684 6111, fax 03 9684 6100, website: Also for more information contact Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1G Royal Parade Parkville VIC 3052, phone 03 9345 2555, fax 03 9347 0852, website:

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Below & Right ThyssenKrupp Elevator did a great job installing five lifts on this important project.

Recognised as a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, ThyssenKrupp Elevator was chosen to install five elevator systems on the WEHI site.

Baulderstone to work on the installation of five lifts including one goods lift, one hydraulic goods lift and three machine room-less (MRL) passenger lifts.

With global sales of approximately $7.66 billion and 44,000 employees in 900 locations, ThyssenKrupp Elevator provides world class installation, maintenance and modernisation of elevators, escalators and moving walks.

“The ThyssenKrupp machine room-less elevator “Evolution”, does not require an independent machine room. The permanent magnet synchronous gearless drive unit is installed inside the shaft, so that the space required for the traditional machine room is eliminated and the cost for building construction is consequently reduced. In addition, this makes the architectural design more flexible and adaptable whilst the sophisticated technology ensures smooth operation and passenger comfort,” Richard explains.

Part of the worldwide ThyssenKrupp group, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Australia Pty Ltd has offices in Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, Auckland and Wellington. “Innovation, such as our TWiN lift system (2 lifts in 1 shaft), and quality are hallmarks of our 
products and services and assure lasting customer relationships,” says ThyssenKrupp Elevator Australia’s Victorian Sales and Operations Manager, Richard Tuckett. “Millions of people use our products, such as elevators and chair lifts, escalators and moving walkways every day.” Behind our company are decades of experience and comprehensive know-how. All areas from the drive system, to the controller with its safety functions, to economical maintenance are included in our all-encompassing systems,” he says. “ThyssenKrupp Elevator's concepts and flexibility meets various 
architectural requirements. We employ a mix of high quality materials and modern design to present the distinctively aesthetic appearance of our elevators.” For the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute site, the ThyssenKrupp team was contracted by

Over the nine-month period ThyssenKrupp worked on the project things generally ran smoothly, however, there were some challenges. “In the passenger lifts the rear and side walls were of glass and open to the atrium,” Richard explains. “So that meant when we were dealing with the glass façade we had to ensure that the fit was absolutely correct. Fortunately, we were able to achieve successful outcomes here.” “Other solutions ThyssenKrupp came up with were to provide customised painting of the steel work in the open shaft as well as fitting stainless steel frames around the openings for passenger lifts,” he says. ThyssenKrupp also provided monitoring system (LMS).


monitors the efficient and safe working of the lifts,” Richard says. “Our team has completed the major installation project at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute site, however, there are a few of us still on site finalising further details.” Another recent project where ThyssenKrupp Elevator Australia also achieved successful outcomes was the vertical transport installation at Sydney’s Top Ryde Shopping Centre Development in conjunction with Bovis Lend Lease. Stage 1 of this mammoth project saw the ThyssenKrupp team install 17 Elevators (4 of which were glass); 18 x Orinoco moving walks and 14 x Velino escalators. “Embedded in our products are the most economical operation, highest possible individuality, modern and pioneering design, maintenance-friendly construction, and fulfillment of strict safety standards,” Richard says. “We are committed to the ongoing delivery of excellence.” For more information contact Thyssenkrupp Elevator Australia Pty Ltd, Head Office, 18 Huntley Street Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 8303 9000, fax 02 9310 4446. Melbourne Office, 88 Montague Street South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 03 9682 5300, fax 03 9682 7822. Website:


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Below Not a flaw in the flooring surfaces laid by Gerflor Australasia.

Installing hardwearing, resilient and easy-care flooring surfaces throughout the complex was a vital requirement for the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, which was successfully met by Melbourne-based company Gerflor Australasia. An international flooring group that specialises exclusively in providing innovative resilient product and design solutions, Gerflor draws on its global capability to create, manufacture and continuously improve the colour, design, wearability and environmental compatibility of its product portfolio. With 50 years of experience in the industry, the company boasts a network of highly trained specialists who work with clients across many business sectors including commercial office, health and aged care, education, retail fit-out and sport.

spaces to achieve specific technical requirements across many areas of the building. Successful outcomes for the project were delivered with only minor challenges along the way. New techniques were used to install the floor in one laboratory so as to provide buffers for trolley traffic passing through. Gerflor's highly durable, hygienic flooring product, Taralay Premium, was also used to afford the necessary level of slip-resistance and easy maintenance demanded in the sensitive environment of this top-flight research facility. Backed by its global design and manufacturing specialists, Gerflor Australasia is well placed to meet local resilient flooring needs. Service and support are hallmarks of the local subsidiary which celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year. Trained professionals are on hand to assist customers in the selection of products that best suit their specific requirements.

Major projects featuring in Gerflor’s portfolio include the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne as well as hospitals and other high profile public buildings around the nation.

Qualified installers are part of the Gerflor network, which is supported by state-of-the-art warehousing and logistic services.

The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute project saw Gerflor specialists collaborating with some of the country’s major designers of laboratory

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“Traditional types of roller shutter systems were not suitable for the job as often they are required to complete a high number of cycles per day, which is both time consuming for the user and detrimental to the life of the door. This means the roller shutter door is usually left open, giving access to sensitive areas, which require a security barrier to deter and prevent access by unwanted personnel and the public. “We installed the RR3000 system on site for the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute project to deliver enhanced security and flexibility,” Andrew says. In use by corporations such as GE Finance, Qantas, Toyota, Air New Zealand International, Ford and Holden, the RR3000 system features patented disc drive technology to reduce wear, vibration and noise during operation. Its patented Contactless Safety Edge® detects objects anywhere in the door path and reverses the curtain, thus maximising safety and reducing maintenance costs associated with potential collisions. For more information contact Albany Door Systems (Head Office), 9 McIlwraith Street Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 02 9756 4330, fax 02 9756 4340, website:

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Set on a site area of 8144m2, properties at the Laureate development range in size from 164m2 (internal living spaces) to over 323m2 (internal living spaces). Mirvac is offering a modern twist on the Victorian terrace typical of the area, with the design drawing inspiration from the architectural heritage of the neighbourhood. Rising over three or four-levels the town residences boast a mix of private courtyards, rooftop terraces, large outdoor decks and spacious open plan first floor living areas. Luxurious finishes and European appliances are highlighted throughout as well as standard features such as intercom security alarm, and lock-up automatic garages with rear access. Landscaping at Laureate is to be completed by renowned designer Rick Eckersley. Set within beautifully sculpted gardens and walkways, Laureate’s homes benefit from the landscape design, which provides a unique point of difference for the development ensuring that the high



MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Mirvac NO. OF TOWNHOUSES : 46 SITE AREA : 8144m² PROJECT END VALUE : $90 Million COMPLETION : July 2011 ARCHITECTS : Mirvac Design LANDSCAPING : Eckersley Garden Architecture

standards of luxury and distinction found in the architectural and interior design are carried through in the common outdoor areas and lanes. “The garden at Laureate is about more than just facility and amenity; it is about inspiring mood and atmosphere,” Eckersley says. “Canopies of tall trees reach skywards to create the upper roof of the garden. Beneath them, a cantilevered arbour provides a verandah of green foliage that runs the length of the internal facades. Along the walls, a series of frames allow twining plants to drape the walls in greenery. Instantly, people are at ease within a garden space and the dividing lines between building and quadrangle are blurred. “Plants have been carefully selected to work with our environment. Trees and climbers deflect the summer heat and then shed their leaves in a glowing autumn display to let the sun through in Melbourne’s winter. It is nature’s own way of thermally insulating a building,” he says. “The organic, flowing patterns of the pavements create a strong impact. Circular islands of plantings within the pavements suggest a sense of casualness and freedom to the design. The waved patterns ebb and flow through the central plaza to lap at the base of the walls of the homes.” In keeping with Mirvac’s emphasis on environmentally sustainable design, water captured from the properties’ rooftops and lanes will be used on these landscaped gardens as well as used for toilet flushing. A stone’s throw from the beach, adjacent to the Gasworks Arts Park and boasting panoramic views of the city skyline and bay as well as doorstep access to Albert Park’s charming café and bar scene, Laureate is a development that is designed to appeal to urbanites and sophisticates alike. Mirvac also boasts other landmark residential developments such as Beacon Cove in Port Melbourne and more recently River precinct at Yarra’s Edge in Melbourne Docklands where a record sale of $6.5M was achieved for a luxury Riverfront home including berth. Construction of the homes at Laureate Albert Park development is progressing well and more than 85 per cent of the exclusive townhouses have now been sold. First settlements were in March 2011, the total development will be completed in July 2011. LAUREATE (BY MIRVAC GROUP) 11 Danks Street Albert Park VIC 3206 Open 12 - 5pm daily For further information call 9645 9400 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


LIFTING THE GAME or over 13 years in business, Australian owned company Easy Living Home Elevators has been the country’s most recognised, trusted and undisputed leader in private residential elevators. Supplying affordable residential, commercial and disabled access lifts and maintaining almost 5000 lifts across Australia. “The major success over the past thirteen years has been based on reputation and commitment to meeting our consumer’s needs and providing solutions for those who are looking for stylish and durable European lifts without sacrificing on quality and safety,” says Robert Pizzie, Director of Easy Living Home Elevators. “Demand for home elevators has increased dramatically. Previously, elevators were associated only with elderly or disabled use, however, now home elevators are viewed as a ‘must-have’ addition in the design of a new home.” For the Laureate project Easy Living Home Elevators supplied the DomusXL Lift for various areas of the boutique residential complex. The lift features special touch buttons and can handle load capacities of up to 400kg. A minimum pit depth of 130mm and headroom of 2500mm, means there was no wasted space. The unique aspect of the lift is that it requires only single-phase power to operate, using the same power as a small electrical appliance. Every DomusXL lift is custom designed to suit you application and has minimal architectural impact and builder’s works. The DomusLift range is available in over 90 design variations and includes the option of a specially designed structural, selfsupporting glass tower, which can be installed internally, and externally to the building. There were no huge challenges as "Easy Living Home Elevators were large enough to do the job and small enough to care" Delivering a successful outcome on the Laureate project. Other prestigious projects the company has been involved with include Yarra’s Edge (24 lifts), the Sydney Opera House, Docklands’ Icon (20 lifts), and St Patrick’s Estate in Manly just to name a few. Showrooms are available, featuring ultra smooth and whisper quiet operational elevators on display. Qualified lift consultants are also available to discuss the comprehensive range and your needs in greater detail.

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CREATING A termite-FREE ENVIRONMENT E nsuring the Laureate residential development was termite-free now and into the future was the key brief for the project. On top of this, it was also required to environmentally friendly, in keeping with the ‘green’ nature of the premium boutique residential development.

we pride ourselves on maintaining personal service. Our dedication to training and development ensures our technicians are among the most highly skilled in the industry. We believe it is our commitment to these factors that make us trusted leaders in our field”.

Enter Meridian Pest Management. Fast becoming one of the largest and most reputable pest management and inspection companies in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, Meridian Pest Management was called upon by Mirvac to provide a termite protection system for the Laureate project.

By encouraging innovative thinking in the workplace, our technicians work with the latest technology and control methods. With the many services we provide, our clients range from homeowners, solicitors, commercial organisations, government departments and many builders. We’re proud to service such a diverse array of clientele, whom rightfully demand individualism and flexibility. In turn, we have sustained long-term business partnerships,” continues Leanne.

“Basically, we provided non-chemical ‘green’ termite management solutions that suited Laureate’s green certified buildings. All service penetrations were protected using a Termite Collar and a Physical Sheet Barrier was installed to the base of the building. This would not only ensure the project was protected from concealed termite entry but it would also remain protected for up to 50 years,” says Director, Michelle Jordan. Termites are a serious problem for homeowners in Australia. Recent research from Archicentre shows 1 in every 3 homes are attacked by termites. In 2008, the intensity of termite attacks on Australian homes was estimated to cost home owners $910 million annually. Australia's subterranean termite species are the most destructive timber pests in the world. “Specialising in termite management, we believe prevention/ management systems are our best hope in reducing the damage they cause,” adds Senior Manager, Leanne Ramsey. “We’re committed to providing clients with the highest level of customer satisfaction and have never been known to compromise on quality; yet WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“Meridian Pest Management strives to be a professional provider of pest management services by offering outstanding products, knowledgeable experienced technicians and very competitive rates. Our sole aim is to offer or develop, cost effective solutions for both builders and homeowners, without any compromise to quality and protection”.

New South Wales PO Box 5989 Minto BC NSW 2566 t. 02 9829 1655 f. 02 9829 1522

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hen lighting designer Penny Altman from Bluelab Design got a call from Mirvac to design the lighting for Laureate, she knew it would be an interesting project. “We have worked on Mirvac projects before including Yarras Edge where we did the first two stages. Basically, Mirvac wanted the lighting for the Laureate project to look high-end and individual. As the development is located in Albert Park, an upmarket area, lighting would have to be in keeping with the sophisticated tone of the environment. “The challenge of course was to come up with something that was elegant and stylish but that also had to be within certain budgetary constraints,” Penny says. Together with husband Marcus Athanatos who owns the business, Penny runs Bluelab Design, which specialises in project lighting design, one-off luminaire manufacture and lighting procurement. For the Laureate project, Bluelab created unique energy efficient ‘luminaires' within the Mirvac budget. “The designer had already looked at a lot of lighting for Laureate before we came on board and was struggling to find what he needed. I felt that we needed to “pull back” on the lighting and go very minimalist. Design had to be fairly plain with not too much colour and it also had to be practical,” she explains. Bluelab manufactures "specials" to suit the requirements of designers. It is also able to source all types of lighting for any project. For example, along with the architect, Bluelab designed and manufactured all "special" lighting in the Crown Metropol guest rooms. “We have a lot of high-end clients and deal with Local and overseas manufacturers to get special products made. Additionally, we provide lighting layouts to ensure light levels comply with the relevant standards,” Penny says. Bluelab provided internal and external lighting for the Laureate project. “We designed and made bathroom lights where we presented two prototypes. We also made two prototypes for the lighting in the stairwells. All lighting was colour matched with the interiors, ” she says. “Another challenge was that there was a need for all external fittings to be marine grade. All metalware was zinc coated before powder coating.” BLUELAB DESIGN PTY LTD 1/20-26 Sabre Drive Port Melbourne VIC 3207 t. 03 9646 3982 f. 03 9646 5210 e.



Laureate, the high-end boutique project by the Mirvac Group in Albert Park, VIC



London Olympics




iven a contaminated piece of industrial land and a mandate of absolute sustainability to live up to, the Olympic Park project is using the energy of global sporting ambition to deliver long-lasting community benefits, and of course some astonishing new architecture, vital infrastructure and dazzling landscaping. London 2012 has set out to deliver the world’s greenest Olympics yet, beginning with a commitment to use existing UK venues where possible, only make permanent structures if they could have long-term uses post-Games, and construct temporary structures for everything else, preferably with materials which can be redeployed for other uses afterwards. The Basketball Arena for example, the largest temporary structure ever built for an Olympic Games, is wrapped in 20,000m2 of recyclable white PVC membrane that has been stretched over three different variations of arched panels. 138 ANCR SPECIAL FEATURE

Construction on Olympic Park started in 2008, with the transformation of 2.5km2 of land in east London into the largest new urban park in the UK for over a century. The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere of the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars. The northern area will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water, while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species, from kingfishers to otters.

Hills’ created so visitors to the Park during the Games will be able to watch live action on large screens.

Thousands of semi-mature British-grown trees, carefully selected to ensure they are ‘future proof ’ against climate change have been planted, along with more than 300,000 wetland plants, in the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting. Hard landscaping features include an abundance of seats, paths, footbridges and hills for summer tumbling and winter sledding, as well as ‘Henman

Designed by Populous, the same Architects who designed Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, the shape of the London Stadium is an ellipse with a long axis of 315m and a short axis of 256m. It stands at 60m in height above the field of play and the perimeter is 860m. The Stadium will contain around 10,000 tonnes of steel, making it the lightest Olympic Stadium to date. Construction started in May 2008 and was completed in April 2011.

The centrepiece of the construction effort is the 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium, designed to be flexible enough to host a variety of post-Games events and activities. The total Stadium island site covers an area of 40 acres, and is surrounded by water on three sides. Five major new bridges will lead spectators into the site.


work has required15,000m2 of plasterboard, 140,000 blocks to create walls, 11km of pipes for drainage, 338km of power cables plus 33km of other data systems cabling and 12km of ventilation ducts. The first of all the venues to be completed was the Western Red Cedar clad Velodrome for cycling events, designed to be lightweight and energy-efficient, just like a bicycle. The Velodrome features a 250m UCI (International Cycling Union) approved indoor track; 6,000 seats and 360 degree concourse in legacy for viewing all cycling activities; Legacy café, changing rooms, cycle workshop, & storage for over 300 bikes with a legacy bike hire outlet for families to hire bikes to use the new cycling facilities. The venue will be linked into cycle routes across London, and after the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to the Velodrome and BMX circuit to create the Lee Valley VeloPark. More than 5,000 reinforced concrete columns were installed into the ground, up to 20m deep, to provide the foundations to support the Stadium structure; 112 steel rakers and 12,000 pre-cast concrete terracing units hold the spectator seating in place. The roof compression truss is made up of 28 steel sections, each one 15m high by 30m long and weighing 85 tonne. A 1,350 tonne super lift crane was assembled in the field of play to lift them into place between January and July in 2009. The cable net roof is covered by 112 panels of white material, totalling 25,000m² and fitted by a team of 23 expert abseilers. The Stadium is lit by 532 individual floodlights housed in 14 towers, each weighing 34 tonnes and 28m high. They were lifted into place by a 650 tonne crane over a period of 14 days in March 2010. There will be around 700 rooms and spaces within the Stadium, including changing rooms and toilets. The fit-out WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Another of the venues with a post-Games legacy is the Handball Arena, which features more than 3,000m2 of external copper cladding – mostly recycled – giving it a distinctive appearance that will develop a rich natural colour as it ages. Natural lighting provided by 88 rooftop sun-pipes will make the Arena extremely energy efficient, and like all the other new Olympic facilities, rainwater will be collected for use in amenities. The newly constructed Athletes' Village, comprising residential apartments for around 17,000 athletes and officials, along with shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities and large areas of open space will be transformed after the Games into essential new housing for east London, providing 2,800 new homes, including 1,379 affordable homes.

Renowned Velodrome track designer Ron Webb oversaw the design and installation of the 2012 track having previously worked on the Sydney and Athens Velodromes. A team of 26 specialist carpenters installed the cycling track over a period of 8 weeks, with 56km of surface timber from a sustainably-sourced Siberian pine laid to form the track surface, fixed into place with more than 350,000 nails.

There has also been enormous investment of time and construction energy on infrastructure. The Energy Centre, in the west of the Olympic Park, will use a biomass boiler to generate heat and a natural gas powered Combined Cooling, Heat and Power plant (CCHP) to provide power, heating and cooling across the Park for the Games and for the new buildings and communities that will develop after 2012. More than 30 new bridges are also being built to span the numerous rivers and railways that run through the Olympic Park.

The new Aquatics Centre will be the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park, with a vast bridge running over the top of part of the venue, which features a spectacular wave-like roof 160m long and up to 80m wide. Post-Games, the Aquatics Centre will be transformed into a facility for the local community, clubs and schools, as well as elite swimmers. Two temporary seating wings will be removed, and there will be a creche, familyfriendly changing facilities and a cafe, alongside a new public plaza in front of the building.

The Olympic Park site and surrounding development of residential and commercial areas is expected to generate long term employment and opportunities for the community in this area of London. On-site, a head start for future skilled employment has been given to hundreds of young people with apprentices taken on by the score for every project. The “Big Build” as it’s been dubbed has at peak employed over 12,600 workers daily on the construction, landscaping and associated projects. ANCR SPECIAL FEATURE 139

ROCKHAMPTON BASE HOSPITAL “J.M. Kelly have taken a proactive approach to the evolving project scope...”

BUILDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH Led by J.M. Kelly Project Builders, the Rockhampton Hospital redevelopment saw the construction of a new Emergency Department, new Rehabilitation, Maternity, Paediatrics and Dialysis Units, and a new Learning and Development Centre. rockhampton base hospital / j.m. kelly project builders

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Below The new rehabilitation unit at the Rockhampton Base Hospital redevelopment.

J.M. Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd is the flagship of the J.M. Kelly Group of Companies – a group that encompasses 10 diversified business units. The Rockhampton office (group head office) was established by J.M. Kelly’s Managing Director Geoff Murphy in 1961. With close to 400 employees within the J.M.K Group of Companies, including almost 80 apprentices, J.M.K this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Central Queensland operations. As one of Queensland’s leading building construction companies, J.M. Kelly Project Builders goes from strength to strength and continues to expand its Rockhampton and Brisbane operations, building upon its reputation and integrity as a professional, reliable service provider to industry, government, commercial and private enterprise. The company has a sound history in successful delivery of a complex and diverse portfolio of projects across the majority of market sectors - from landmark health, retail and resort projects to local community projects. J.M.K projects are delivered employing Traditional, Design and Construct and Managing Contractor procurement and delivery routes as well as various Joint Ventures and Partnerships. Mick Drew, J.M.K’s Construction Supervisor for the Rockhampton Hospital project (widely considered to be one of the most challenging projects in the State), says that although there were issues encountered along the way, these were successfully resolved thanks to the company’s extensive experience, expertise and professional approach. “J.M. Kelly have taken a proactive approach to the evolving project scope, operational integrity of the hospital site and buildability of various elements of this technically challenging project and have worked closely with the design team and other project stakeholders, recommending alternative products and systems to reduce impact on time and hospital operations,” Mick says. “As a result of careful planning and extensive communication with the Principal (Queensland Health), all of the major service diversion and cut-in works were completed without incident and with little inconvenience to patient care or support services.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Similar philosophy saw the installation of the new domestic water pumping system installed in parallel with the existing equipment with a bypass valve enabling the team to switch between the two until the integrity of the new system had been proven. “Through further design input from J.M.K the shut-down period to commission the entire chilled water system was less than four hours,” Mick says. An interesting feature of the project was the introduction of locally sourced, interlocking, structural retaining blocks leading to time and cost savings and reduction of impact on hospital operations to manageable levels. “The works were effectively undertaken over a weekend period with closely managed activities enabling relatively unrestricted access to the adjacent hospital departments,” Mick says. “Due to the ‘dry’ nature of the construction system the total installation was complete within a number of days rather than the anticipated weeks programmed for the specified system.” Currently, the J.M.K team is working on a mix of other projects, including some commercial developments (small retail and warehouse) and a spread of school developments funded under the Federal Government’s ‘Building the Education Revolution’ (BER) program. “The BER projects are spread across Queensland, from Townsville to Brisbane,” Mick adds. “We also have some health project work that should prove to be quite effective – delivering facilities where they are needed.” With strong presence, solid industry partnerships and access to a broad range of services and specialists from within the group, J.M. Kelly Project Builders Pty Ltd continues to provide high quality service and advice to its clients, leading to an expanding return client base. For more information contact J.M. Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd, Head Office, 212 Richardson Road Nth Rockhampton QLD 4701, phone 07 4931 4011, fax 07 4931 4912. Brisbane Office, 5 Cribb Street Milton QLD 4064, phone 07 3510 790, fax (07) 3510 7911. Email: au, website:

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With 35 years of experience as a major distributor for national and international brands of equipment to the health industry, Evocare Australia Pty Limited boasts a reputation for carrying quality products and of servicing and maintaining the products it markets. "Evocare is respected in the industry for providing representation and support of well-known health equipment brands to Acute, Aged Care and Community facilities in Queensland," says Evocare's Damion Russell. "Originally, our company traded as L & M Equipment until our name change four years ago. We are a privately owned Australian company, which has been supplying hospital and rehabilitation equipment since 1978 so we are well placed to provide product information, in-service and technical/service support to all our product lines." Over the years the company's product range has expanded along with its steady growth. The core business has remained specialised medical equipment for hospitals and nursing homes and living and mobility equipment, often referred to as aids to daily living or ADL products. "Evocare has increased its capacity not only to service the products it sells, but also to undertake major service agreements with institutional customers to service the majority of their equipment," adds Damion. 144 QLD PROJECT FEATURE rockhampton base hospital

As part of the Rockhampton Hospital’s redevelopment project, Evocare was called on to provide specialist products and service. "We are proud to have supplied the innovative Guldmann De-mountable GH2F ceiling hoist systems in the wards and gymnasium of the Rehabilitation Unit at Rockhampton Hospital. The GH2F ceiling hoist is a flexible lifting module that is easy to move from one room to another with the help of an ancillary transport and storage trolley. The unique feature of this ceiling hoist is that it installs and removes automatically from the track system. This means that care staff can avoid inappropriate strain," he says. The GH2F flexible hoist is an integral part of a complete range of lifting equipment that includes tracks, hoists and accessories. "These are all designed as modules that work together perfectly. The modules can be combined in numerous ways, creating endless track system configurations and installed just about anywhere. The Guldmann ceiling track systems is complemented by a full range of lifting slings," Damion explains. For more information contact Evocare Australia Pty Limited, 260 South Pine Road Enoggerra QLD 4051, contact: Damion Russell, phone 07 3355 8000, fax 07 3355 5043. Email:, website: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Components of the data communications system installed by Commsfirst.

The Rockhampton Hospital in Queensland is a 227-bed facility, providing a wide range of services to the local community. The first stage of major redevelopment of Rockhampton Hospital commenced in mid-2007 and included a new Emergency Department, Rehabilitation Unit, Maternity and Paediatrics Units, Dialysis Unit, and Learning and Development Centre, together with the consolidation of a number of outlying services into the main hospital complex. These improvements will enable the establishment of a new general ward which will increase the hospital's capacity by 30 beds. Stage 1 is scheduled for completion in late 2010. Commissioned to install the data communications system for the hospital was Commsfirst, established in 2008. "Commsfirst is a Queensland-based data communication company, which has done quite a few projects. These include the administration centre for Moura Mine where we did the data installation," says Commsfirst's John Strahan. "Commsfirst was also commissioned by Queensland Education to set up data installations in 18 school buildings." Currently, Commsfirst is installing the data communications systems for Rockhampton Hospital. "We're installing data communication in WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the new rehabilitation facility," says John. "Here we're putting in Class E data cabling." Although there have been no major challenges on the job so far, John says there have been a few issues that have needed ironing out. "It was hard to run optic fibre from the network centre to the new rehabilitation centre as it was quite an extensive process, however, we eventually succeeded," he says. "Now we're involved in doing the cabling for the new Accident and Emergency unit where we've just finished the ground floor. This is where they have sophisticated scanning machinery like MRIs. We're doing it in sections - as people move out of one section, we move in." "Our philosophy is just to get on with the job in hand," John says. "So far, Commsfirst has managed to achieve successful outcomes on quite a few projects so I guess you could say we're quiet achievers." For more information contact Commsfirst, 119 Higginsons Road Tungamull QLD 4702, contact: John Strahan, phone 07 4934 4805, fax 07 4934 4827, mobile 0447 344 805. Email:, website: QLD PROJECT FEATURE rockhampton base hospital 145

Below The long arm of Boland Cranes reaching over the construction site of Rockhampton Base Hospital.

With its well-earned reputation for getting the job done, specialist crane hire company Boland Cranes took the Rockhampton Hospital project in its robust stride. Contractors to JM Kelly on the Rockhampton Hospital project, Boland Cranes are providers of tower cranes in sizes from 6-ton capacity with up to 52-metre jib, to 20-ton capacity with 75-metre jib. The company also provides self-erecting tower cranes from 4-8 ton capacity with various jib lengths starting from 24m up to 50m. “I have been running my own business since 2003 and prior to that I have been involved in the building and crane hire industry for over 30 years,” says Pat Boland, CEO of Boland Cranes. “We supply operators, dogmen, riggers, and labour hire. We are a family business and we offer our customers a very good service at competitive rates.” The company prides itself on its fleet of modern equipment. “We have a range of self-erecting tower cranes suitable for smaller projects up to 10 storeys while our hammerhead tower cranes range in size from 6 ton to 20 ton for larger projects. Recently, we also added to our fleet a 20-ton topless tower crane with a reach of 75 metres,” Pat says. “For low-set jobs we can supply a Manitou, which has 16 metres of jib.” “We began the Rockhampton Hospital project in May 2008 and we’re still on site now but in another stage,” he says. As far as challenges 146 QLD PROJECT FEATURE rockhampton base hospital

along the way with the project Pat says there have been no major dramas apart from losing some time due to weather conditions. “Nothing is too difficult for us,” Pat says with a laugh. “We’re tough nuts!” “An interesting moment happened when we were putting in the big x-ray machine, which had to be lifted in through the roof but there wasn’t much room to manoeuvre,” recalls Pat. “We finally succeeded in getting it in along with some other equipment, however, we only had around 20mm to spare on either side.” Other projects for Boland Cranes include a number of high profile projects throughout Queensland. “We’ve worked on quite a few around the State including some for BMQ Queensland and the University of Queensland’s campus at Gatton,” says Pat. “We’ve got an experienced team that strives to deliver successful outcomes and that’s what counts on any project.” For more information contact Boland Cranes, 41 Goshawk Court Caboolture QLD 4510, contact: Pat Boland, mobile 0417 619 120, fax 07 5498 3786. Email:, website: www. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below A close eye was kept on construction to ensure a successful project.

With 32 years in the business, McAlister & Burford are specialists in line marking, commercial painting, waterproofing, flooring and rendering. Bruce McAlister, Director of McAlister & Burford says that working on the Rockhampton Hospital site definitely had its challenges. “One of the issues involved the fact that they recently moved their OH&S to Federal standards which made it more challenging. During the flood there were also labour shortages, which affected the schedule to a certain degree,” he says. However, the company managed to successfully resolve these issues, achieving successful outcomes. “We have extensive experience in the industry and that pays off. We have two parts to our business. One is retail and the other includes commercial rendering, painting, waterproofing and flooring, which is what we did at the Rockhampton Hospital site for the past two years,” Bruce explains. “We have worked with J.M. Kelly on numerous projects over the years including the recent Stockland Shopping Centre project at Rockhampton,” Bruce says. For more information contact McAlister & Burford, phone 07 4924 8500, fax 07 5498 3786. Email:, website: www. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Above A sample of the painting that McAlister & Burford accomplished on the project. QLD PROJECT FEATURE rockhampton base hospital 147


ver 1.5 million working hours went into the construction of the $485 million Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct (SQCP) Stage 1, near Gatton. The project, managed by the Department of Public Works on behalf of Corrective Services, offered numerous challenges for Baulderstone, with the green field site being miles away from anywhere, and the strict design and construction requirements unique to a secure facility. “A prison itself to look at really is quite simple, a group of painted block-work buildings with no detailed finishes obvious on the outside. It’s what lies inside the block work that makes constructing the confines of a prison not so simple – the services. Installation of the vital services located within the walls of the prison required close coordination between all trades during the structural stage of construction as the building is going up. Naturally this was one of the biggest challenges for the construction team as there was no room for error,” explained Baulderstone Project Manager, Ingo Niemeier. “All trades had to understand the specific design requirements, which meant the 600 plus people working on site at any one time had to pay strict attention to detail. The services are as complex as a hospital, but unlike a hospital, a prison is obviously a highly secure facility. To get the tradespeople into this particular mindset was a challenge in itself which had to be managed.” As part of the early works period throughout late 2008, clearing and civil works had to be undertaken, and a solar powered site office constructed. Baulderstone also constructed a canteen facility and hired

a catering company to provide onsite meals for workers. By January 2009 the installation of in-ground trunk services commenced, with the first footings constructed in March 2009. Baulderstone had a team of 57 working at the SQCP, including foremen, environmental staff, engineers, administration and project management. In addition to this, over 45 subcontractors were employed on the project, many of them drawing labour from the surrounding local area. With up to 600 workers on site per day during the project’s construction peak, the SQCP has been a training ground for a number of employees, with a dedicated building known as ‘Project H’ constructed entirely by apprentices and trainees. Project H, in the SQCP project, is a multi-purpose sports and assembly hall that was constructed entirely by apprentices and trainees. The idea was to select an appropriate building from the project plan and give the apprentices involved responsibility for its completion. Each trade carried out works using apprentices and trainees supervised by a qualified tradesperson. The scheme taught participants coordination and management skills and provided them with the ability to hold their own weekly trade coordination meetings, undertaking short-range programmes and minuting their meetings. They also formed their own safety committee from within the group, who inspected and documented safety actions throughout the works of Project H. The Project H initiative also gives apprentices, who usually focus exclusively on their own core trade, the opportunity to gain experience across all the trades required to make a building, exposing them to the bigger picture. An estimated 4500 apprentice hours were used to construct the building with Baulderstone taking a key role in up-skilling the apprentices and trainees working on the job. Baulderstone believes that the benefits


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for the participants and industry far outweigh the cost and time implications involved. “Government funded projects have a minimum training requirement of 10 per cent, which includes apprentices and up-skilling of workers to certificate levels. We exceeded 150,000 hours of training on this project which included both apprentices and up-skilling, and had a dedicated Training Coordinator working on the project. Early on we engaged with Boys Town, to give some of their young people an opportunity to learn skills and gain something of a track record with employment. We had twelve Boys Town youth come through, including Indigenous young people, with eight of them gaining jobs or paid traineeships afterwards,” Ingo said. “The SQCP has been exciting for everyone involved in the project. We’ve been working on Stage One for almost three years now and it’s given Baulderstone the opportunity to make a real difference in the Community.” Baulderstone are immensely proud of the work they do within community groups and as part of the company’s long term commitment to corporate social responsibility, Baulderstone worked hard to recognise and support the local community during their time in Gatton. “We are very proud of our fundraising effort on this project. Our team raised $170,000 for various charities over the life of the project, and also provided in kind help to the Gatton Boys Brigade, and built a putting green for the local golf course.” “Local industry participation was also an important part of this project; the security company and the local sewerage transporter were both local contractors. In addition to this, local job creation and increased business activity in the local area during construction are shining examples of this,” Ingo said.

As there is no Green Star ratings tool for prisons, Baulderstone applied their own best practice environmental standards to the project. The green initiatives at the SQCP include the construction of two 25ML dams for irrigation, rainwater harvesting and water-saving measures throughout the facility including timed showers. Low VOC paints and epoxies were used, and solar hot water installed for some areas of the prison. As there is no public sewerage system to connect to, a Waste Water Treatment plant was constructed, which will deliver recycled water for fire protection, cooling towers, laundry, and toilet flushing. The toilet flushing is a vacuum system which uses only 1.7L per flush, and the gas fired hot water doubles as a heating source via a heat exchanger, delivering heating to inmates during the cooler months. The double block walls themselves have good thermal qualities, which have been boosted with the use of foil insulation in the cavity. Quite aside from inmate-proof walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors and furnishings, the SQCP also has a state of the art security system to keep the end-users in check. Early on in the project the project team investigated the possibility to utilise an alternative electronic security system rather than use the same system as in all the other correctional centres in Queensland. After a lengthy investigation period and tender process, an alternative electronic security system was selected. A lot of effort went into the checks and balances for this system, with one of our engineers going to Adelaide every two weeks for a year to work with the subcontractor for the security system. It was great to see the support of all the stakeholders and the new security system is probably the element about the project we are most proud of,” said Ingo. “After completion late this year, Queensland Corrective Services will bring their team to site to carry out the necessary training required to operate the new facility. The facility looks great and it’s great to see a project of this size and scope come together.”

Main Construction Company : Baulderstone client : Queensland Corrective Services PROJECT MANAGER : Department of Public Works completion : Stage 1, June 2011 SURVEYOR : Eso total development cost : $485 Million Baulderstone Level 3 / 44 Musk Avenue Kelvin Grove QLD 4059


t. 07 3835 0555 f. 07 3832 0269

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iven an enormous greenfields site halfway between Brisbane and Toowoomba, Stowe Australia overcame numerous challenges to supply and install the electrical infrastructure at the Women’s Correctional Facility near Gatton. Stowe supplied all the conduits; installed the pits; did the electrical cabling including 11kV High Voltage cabling; supplied and installed high voltage switch gear, transformers, distribution switchboards, lighting and power panels and points. As this is a secure facility with challenging residents, all the light fittings, power panels and points had to be a specialised vandal-proofed design with security screws. The need for security to be maintained even in event of main grid power outages was solved by the installation of a dual system with fully integrated backup 11KV generators and the construction of an independent High Voltage network for the entire site. Stowe’s project team commenced on site in late 2008, and completed their extensive works, including testing and certification in April 2011. The complexity of the job and the campus style site made this a labour intensive undertaking, with 500 pits for the conduits for electrical, Communications and security systems installed. “Being a greenfields site, there was virtually no power there for what was required,” said Stowe Australia’s Brisbane Manager, Bruce Hooper. “We installed a private High Voltage power supply network, just for the Correctional Centre, connected to an Energex substation at the boundary of the site. “The project has dual power supplies at 11,000 volts, and there is always backup power. This voltage is reticulated throughout the facility, and there are step down transformers for each

building. There are also two 1500kVa transformers in the X8 central power facility buildings and three 1500kVa transformers on the main prison building. The backup diesel generators are also 11,000 volts located in the X8 central power facility building, and these are always on standby as well as assisting with peak loads. “We installed a network control system which originates in the central energy site, and reticulates over the communications fibre network. This is a very complicated system, our team of engineers and subcontractor specialist spent many hours writing programs and doing functional specifications, before the program was developed and integrated into PLCs and other systems. “There was a massive amount of coordination involved in this project, and when you are generating power at 11,000 volts, safety is also a very big priority. “We have done installations for other prisons, but not one with a private high voltage network system like this. This is also the first one we have installed with electrical control network systems over a fibre optic backbone.” The level of detail involved in this installation included the need to coordinate closely with the communications subcontractor installing the fibre optic, which carries all the site’s data, security and electrical systems. Stowe needed to install a vast number of media converters from fibre to copper systems to the relays for load shedding or bringing power back onto the system. As part of the security system, which is a threefold design of non-essential, essential and critical elements, Stowe installed a UPS system for the critical security needs which can hold power in this system for in excess of two hours.

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Undertaking all these different facets of their works involved a team of up to 110 Stowe electricians and labourers at the peak on site, backed by electrical engineering experts at the Stowe office. Stowe Australia have always been innovators in the electrical trade, starting a century ago when they replaced Sydney’s gaslights with electrical street lighting, they also installed one of the first electrical generating plants at The Corso in Manly. Today Stowe are leaders in the field of electrical systems design and installation, working across all major construction sectors, including Defence projects, utilising the latest sustainable, energy-efficient technologies. Stowe have just completed works on the new AFL Stadium at Carrara on the Gold Coast, which features a complete solar panel system designed and installed by Stowe as part of the stadium electrical systems. Other recent projects include 275 George Street Brisbane, built by WATPAC for Charter Hall. This Five Green Star As Built project won Stowe the Queensland National Electrical Contractors Award in 2010. In 2009, Stowe won the national NECA Award for their work on Skilled Stadium at Robina. Stowe have recently expanded into the mining and industrial sector, and are currently completing electrical systems for the upgrade of Sunstate Cement, and the first stage of a new coal mine at Canbey Downs in South West Queensland. Virgin Blue had cause to be extremely glad they chose Stowe as their electrical contractor. After completing the extremely time-limited WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

electrical fitout for the new 800-staff Virgin Blue base in Brisbane, the announcement of impending flooding came. Stowe swung into action, taking an inventory of all the electrical fitout, put plans in place, and after the subsequent inundation were swiftly on site disconnecting and repairing the main switchboard and all other affected electrical infrastructure. Virgin Blue Brisbane were back in operation just days after the flood peak. As Australia’s leading privately owned electrical and communications contracting organisation with 1,400 direct employees, and operational centres in Brisbane, Mackay, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, as well as Sydney, regional New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria, Stowe Australia have the capabilities to provide electrical solutions for any major project need.

Stowe Australia (Brisbane) 23 Hi-Tech Court 8 Mile Plains QLD 4113 t. 07 3423 6777 f. 07 3423 6799 e. Head Office (Sydney) t. 02 9848 2111 f. 02 9898 0322 e.

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argara Concrete Tanks are built to last, with a unique joint free construction which gives them a guaranteed effective life of at least half a century. Baulderstone contracted Bargara to cast four tanks in-situ for the Women’s Correctional Facility project: two 400KL potable water tanks and two 1.3ML tanks for fire fighting reserve and waste water treatment. What makes Bargara’s tanks special is the formwork, designed and engineered by the company, comprised of curved steel panels, in a range of sizes depending on the design capacity of the resulting tank. The formwork has a large pour capacity, capable of handling single pours up to 120m3, and a unique fast bolt together design which provides a rapid construction process on site, and results in a tank with no joints between the walls and floor or in smaller sizes, within the walls. This means elimination of maintenance for joint sealants. The WCF tanks are all above ground constructions which were built using 2.5 X 4m panels to produce tanks 25m in diameter. The four tanks took six months to complete, due to unusually wet weather impacting the works timeframe. Generally, construction takes five months and between eight and ten workers to complete.

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All Bargara tanks are built to Australian standards, and inspected and certified by a qualified engineer prior to commissioning. Sizes range from 200,000L to 4ML, with steel reinforced concrete floors, wall and roof. Their green credentials are excellent, with the formwork re-used multiple times and regularly maintained, and the actual tank lifespan longer than the design life of many major projects. Bargara Tanks have been in their trade for 22 years, and began operations providing tanks for domestic use, before expanding into meeting the needs of commercial projects and the local government sector. In recent years, they have constructed tanks for a range of sites including mining projects, industrial projects, commercial projects and statutory authorities from Weipa in the far north-west to Texas, on the Queensland border. Major construction companies they have worked with include Baulderstone, BMD Constructions and John Holland, for whom they recently constructed the fire reserve tank for the Abbotts Point Coal Terminal.

councils they have as repeat clients include Clifton Shire, Cambooya Shire, Gympie Regional Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, Wide Bay Water (Hervey Bay), Mirani Shire, Mackay Regional Council, Whitsunday Shire, Cairns Regional Council and Banana Shire. Recently Bargara have been on site at the MHR Helicopter Base at RAAF Townsville, constructing two 2.5ML concrete cast in-situ emergency fire reserve tanks. The timeframes for this job have, as at Gatton, been extended by the extraordinary amounts of rain the Far North Queensland region has experienced.

Bargara Concrete Tanks contact: Kevin Nicholls t. 0409 498 748 e.

The biggest endorsement of their product is the fact around 99 per cent of their business comes from constructing tanks for local Government town water supplies, in both set up and augmentation projects. Local


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ecurity facilities at the new Women’s Correctional Centre in South East Queensland need to incorporate the best design and manufacture possible. That is the core of CellCon’s mission – fabricating, delivering and installing superior products that keep inmates where they belong. CellCon Pty Ltd was founded by Martin Green in 2006, as a credible alternative to existing suppliers in the secure facilities market. The company’s team of Project managers, Designers, Boilermakers and Installers all have extensive experience in all facets of detention installation, and an extremely professional approach to their business. Growth in the Australian population, coupled with recognition that existing facilities are unable to meet the need for prisoner accommodation into the future, have led to significant investment by Governments in Police, Prison, Justice and other secure facilities such as the Women’s Correctional Centre (WCC). CellCon has both the skills and the productive capacity to service these major projects. For Baulderstone’s WCC project, CellCon supplied and installed frames, doors and other associated hardware. The client’s design specifications were for a functional product which could perform long-term under the fairly rigorous conditions of the facility, withstanding all manner of punishment. At the same time, the products also needed to have a high quality finish, in keeping with the clean, modern look of the facility. CellCon’s successful combination of security, function and aesthetic in the finished product has earned them respect within the industry.

While this project offered a relatively minor role for CellCon, the company were recently successful in a submission to partner with a major construction company in New South Wales to provide all secure frames, doors and windows at the Cessnock Correctional Centre redevelopment. This has seen significant expansion investment in the business, including relocation to a factory with greater fabrication capacity, and an increase in staffing to in excess of 30 employees. “This is great news for local employment and businesses. We are committed to the continued growth of CellCon and already looking to other major Australian and overseas projects” said Mr Green. CellCon is now the exclusive agents in Australia for Norix Furniture (, manufacturers of resilient and purpose made furniture for detention and health care facilities, Derby Industries ( manufacturers of mattresses with patented welded seams and “rip stop” features, blankets and specialised products and Airteq Locks (, manufacturers of high security detention locking systems. Links to all these web sites can be found at CellCon actively sources products and ideas from overseas markets as part of ongoing innovation in their field, and will be introducing several new products onto the Australian market in 2011. CellCon Pty Ltd t. 07 3375 5455 f. 07 3375 4999 e.

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A Soft Solution for a Hard Problem


inimising the harm detained persons, violent offenders and those suffering dangerous mental illnesses can do to themselves, or those around them is no easy matter. The padding used in the secure spaces for these persons is of critical importance, because when it fails to prevent harm, the results can have serious consequences. Gold Medal Safety Padding has been used for Seclusion Rooms in the United States for the past 35 years and is the preferred product in all new US facilities. It was introduced to Australia in 1996 by Martin Green and trialled initially in Queensland Police cells. Previous materials had not performed to the necessary extent, as was seen in Queensland when there was a fatal incident in a police cell that had not long been installed with a previously approved product. Subsequently a Government enquiry was held to determine what needed to change. Gold Medal Safety Padding ticked all the boxes: the material is resistant to damage, easy to repair and maintain, offers higher fire resistance than comparable products and, above all, protects people from harm exceptionally well. The Government was so impressed with the product’s qualities, Gold Medal Safety Padding has been specified by name as the nominated material for seclusion rooms, violent offender cells and observation rooms in Police cells, prisons, mental health facilities and detention centres across Australia. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

In keeping with the Government specifications, Baulderstone has used Gold Medal Safety Padding throughout the new Women’s Correctional Facility at Gatton for all rooms and cells where safety of both the inmates and the staff is critical. “Gold Medal Safety Padding found working with Baulderstone on this project to be extremely easy. We really appreciated the cooperative approach their team has to working with project partners such as ourselves,” said Martin Green. World-wide, Gold Medal Safety Padding has become the specified product for seclusion rooms in countries as far away as Ireland, France, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Sultanate of Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, American Samoa and New Zealand. When protection of patients, prisoners or detained persons is paramount, Gold Medal Safety Padding is the product to specify – and it comes with the highest endorsements from security-aware Governments around the world.

Gold Medal Safety Padding Pty Ltd t. 0419 715 787 f. 07 3375 4999 e.

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pg systems save time and space G one are the days when inmate property was kept in a labelled box in a prison store room until they got released. With space at a premium, and ever-growing numbers of prisoners, keeping track of personal property efficiently requires clever solutions. PG Systems Australia is the Australian sales agent for White Conveyors, who have developed the unique Total Inmate Property Storage (TIP) System. A custom-designed TIP system has been installed at the new correctional centre at the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct, to ensure smooth management of the wide variety of personal property from clothes to jewellery, which inmates must surrender on entry to be held in secure storage until the date of their release.

The Total Inmate Property Storage system (TIP) is a highly spaceefficient alternative to aisles, racks and storage units, with conveyors which can be either floor mounted or suspended from the ceiling holding the bags which contain each individual prisoner’s property. An automated control system allows the staff member on duty to operate the system without having to leave the inmate contact point, as the automated selection equipment finds and delivers the precise property bag which is required. TIP Systems can be designed for a wide range of requirements, from heavy duty to light lifting. Designer and manufacturer White Conveyor has been in the business since 1946, and these decades of experience

have given the company an extensive knowledge base to work from in knowing how to provide a product which will meet the needs of a wide range of clients. Across the USA, the TIP system has been used extensively in correctional facilities as it delivers budget-conscious results for the prison sector. White Conveyors began their operations to meet the needs of the dry cleaning and laundry industries, and have now evolved a range of conveyor, storage and sorting systems which includes monorail goods transport and handling systems for retail and warehousing; sophisticated garment management systems for health care facilities and major hospitality establishments; and automated dry cleaning systems. PG Systems Australia provide custom-designed White Conveyors Systems for dry cleaning, hotels and casinos, hospitals, retail and specialty projects, all engineered to deliver high standards of performance, reliability and longevity. PG Systems Australia Unit 3 42 Smith Street Capalaba QLD 4157 t. 07 32456868

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making a clear and secure view


n manufacturing and supplying the aluminium windows and doors for the Women’s Correctional Facility (WCF), NGA Commercial Glazing had to make absolutely sure residents can see out, but not get out. NGA’s installation crew had to use a special non-pick sealant and ensure a completely gap-free fit on all the windows throughout over twenty buildings. NGA also manufactured and installed doors for the general circulation areas, guard areas and non-secure accommodation, including some automatic doors in the visitor and administration centres; and ventilation louvers. Working with a sister company, they also manufactured and installed sunshading. This was a lengthy and labour intensive project for the company, with up to fifty staff at work in their 2,000m2 manufacturing facility from September 2009 and up to a dozen on site undertaking installation throughout the spring and summer of 2010/11. A fast-response was achieved when the need arose, despite the challenge of a two hour travel time from NGA’s facility at Bethania, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. NGA’s extensive supplier network includes the leading glazing and aluminium fabrication suppliers in the industry, giving them the ability to deliver products meeting the specific needs of this security-conscious project and the challenging architecture involved. Glass types used included Float, Safety and Security glasses at the WCF. All products were required to have the highest quality finish, and meet the applicable Australian Standards.


Other current major projects include fabricating the curtain wall for a 20 storey building on Albert Street in Brisbane for Hutchinsons, using high performance glass manufactured in the USA; manufacturing and installing all windows, external doors and louvres for the Salacia Waters project near Runaway Bay; and manufacturing and installing windows, external doors and architectural ventilation louvres for Baulderstone’s Robina Hospital project, which features the extensive use of low-e double glazed high performance glass. In business since 1997, NGA’s capabilities are extensive, with CNC machinery and digital shop drawing technology providing unlimited abilities to design and manufacture shop front, high-rise, curtain wall and residential door and window styles. They have worked on projects throughout Queensland, Northern New South Wales and Sydney, including hospitals, major residential developments, Defence projects, corporate headquarters, retail developments, universities, and local government projects. NGA Commercial Glazing Pty Ltd 2-18 High Road Bethania QLD 4205 t. 07 3200 5255 f. 07 3200 5755 e.

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Brady’s Custom Construction Mesh Sign I mprove your site presentation and reflect on professionalism, by using this seven-in-one, Mandatory Site Safety Signage.

Managers and supervisors are directly responsible for OH&S within areas under their control. Employers “must ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all the employees” OH&S Act 2000, as well as the Health & Safety of other people who may be present on site.

Display a sign of professionalism by also having your company’s logo and site contact details printed and reinforce your company’s market place status. Brady’s Custom Construction Mesh Sign comes complete with eyelets, simple and ready to be hung, roll and reuse.

Health & Safety Signs are an effective way of providing visual cues to employees, visitors and passerby. Move from traditional sign plastering and onto Brady’s Custom Construction Mesh Sign – it is the professional way of presenting to your employee’s and to the public, the company’s significance when it comes to Health & Safety, Building & Construction. Constructed from lightweight and strong PVC, Brady’s Custom Construction Mesh Sign is made up of seven Mandatory Site Safety signs. Due to its versatility, you can choose from Brady’s large selection of sign legends to suit your application. The mesh substrate makes the sign ideal for seeing though to construction site and allowing wind to pass through, softening wind loads on a windy day.

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when identification is crucial - call id warehouse


n a place like the Women’s Correctional Facility at Gatton, it is crucial for security to keep track of ‘who’s who in the zoo’. Australia’s leading expert supplier of security identification systems, ID Warehouse, was called in to provide the facility with a unique Visitor Management System. ID Warehouse (IDW) offers clients a comprehensive product portfolio including identification card production systems, electronic visitor management and access control cards. They also provide ID card printer consumables for all printer brands and the widest range of identification security accessories in the market. Three IDW staff worked on the project, including design and procurement, and the installation of the custom-designed PassagePoint Visitor Management System on site was undertaken over a week. IDW employs 35 staff, and services a wide range of clients nationally, across both the private enterprise and government sectors. Since commencing operations in 1994, IDW have pioneered the latest methods and directions within the security identification industry, and have been instrumental in setting the standards for the field. ID Warehouse is a member of ASIAL and ASIS, the leading associations in the security industry, and have been recognised for the excellence of their security identification solutions with various industry awards, including the ASIAL Best New Product Award. They were also instrumental in assisting Sydney Ports Corporation with winning the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Australian Shipping & Transport Innovation in Security Award 2009 for their IDW-implemented PassagePoint Visitor Management solution. Other organisations with high-level security and identification needs which have been assisted by IDW include the SES, QANTAS, Commonwealth Bank, AMP, St George Bank, Westpac, Sydney Airport, the Australian tax Office, and ANZ Stadium. “ID Warehouse provides unrivalled customer service by truly understanding our customers’ unique identification needs. With a passion for providing high quality, innovative products, and an in-depth understanding of end-use applications, IDW is the trusted identification expert,” said IDW spokesman, John Ascoli. “We take pride in our ability to administer and execute large and small projects with the highest levels of expertise and professionalism. ID Warehouse uses its fully resourced infrastructure to provide a 100% secure identification solutions, adhering to strict quality standards. Our reputation in the industry has been gained through our customerservice focus and to ability deliver expert advice and high quality products that meet client needs and deadlines.” ID Warehouse 5/16 Lexington Drive Bella Vista NSW 2153 t. 1300 301 748

f. 1300 301 749 e.

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SOLEIL MERITON Main Construction Company : Meriton completion : November 2011 LEVELS : 74 storeys ARCHITECTS : DBI Architects project end value : $900 Million



architectural vision and construction excellence


rand design vision meets attention to the finer details in Brisbane’s tallest building, Meriton’s 243m Soleil Tower. The slender spire rising 74 storeys above the Brisbane River comprises 464 apartments, 33 commercial/retail suites and ten levels of secure underground car parking. Designed by the internationally renowned DBI Architects, Soleil’s design is a triumph of architectural vision and construction excellence, with a stunning and unique facade which incorporates 2.3ha of glass. The use of glass is an important design element, with all the apartments featuring floor to ceiling windows in living and bedroom areas, giving abundant natural light and sweeping views of the Brisbane CBD, river and hinterland. Architectural elements have been used to give diversity to the slim, highly vertical base building design. These elements include horizontal perforated metal sunshade screens, a striking metallic element which contrasts with the translucency of the sky-reflecting glass. Incorporated into the facade exterior as groups of panels, the overall design impression created is a series of patterns which wrap around the building. Interspersed with these are vertical metal blades, which combine aesthetic form with environmental function, acting to disburse heat, increasing the thermal efficiency of the building. As both the developer and the builder, Meriton have been able to focus on delivering the highest level of excellence of construction in materials and methods, selecting materials for their quality and for their environmental sustainability. The high environmental goals for the project match the lofty views, with features including stormwater recycling for gardens; water efficient amenities and fittings; energy saving gas cooktops; energy saving lights and carbon monoxide monitor in the car park; and use of extensive sunshading to reduce heat loads.

Inside Soleil’s gorgeous skin, Meriton have ensured residents can experience a level of well-being and lifestyle amenity which matches their surroundings. There is a 25 metre indoor heated lap pool, sauna, spa and a fully equipped gymnasium which overlooks subtropical balcony gardens. The recreation level also features a 12-seater theatrette and conference room. An on-site care taker will be on hand at all times to ensure everything runs smoothly. The diverse selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments have varied floor plans, with a common design theme of freely flowing open plan spaces which maximise the views. The fit out of the apartments includes high ceilings with down lights, vitrified tiles, stone bench tops in the kitchens, extensive built in cupboards in the bedrooms, cabling for Pay TV and high speed broadband connections, audio intercom security systems, and individual reverse cycle air conditioning for each apartment. For almost fifty years Meriton has been developing quality luxury apartments in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and Sydney. Their approach of owning and managing the development process from the initial land purchase through to sales and leasing of the end result, has seen them grow into one of the largest property developers in Australia, with a resilient and solid business. It speaks volumes for Meriton’s vision and resources that when other big ideas were sidelined by the GFC, Soleil and other high-rising projects moved steadily towards completion. As a builder, Meriton has developed a long-term base of highly skilled and dedicated subcontractors, who can deliver the impeccable work standards their projects require. And while Soleil is currently Brisbane’s highest building, Meriton are far from resting on those laurels, with their next major multistorey project, Infinity, currently under construction. The Infinity Tower will top out at 249 metres, with 77 levels of apartments and 360 degree views of the entire Brisbane area.

MERITON Sales & Leasing t. 02 9287 2888 f. 02 9287 2777 e. Meriton Serviced Apartments t. 1800 214 822 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU






he pristine, captivating unitised curtain wall division; a product of the Micos Group, envelopes the entire exterior of the Soleil Apartments, adding an air of sophistication and grace to an iconic presence in the Brisbane CBD. A wholly Australian owned company; The Micos Group is established on hard work, integrity, quality and loyalty since 1958, qualities ingrained throughout the business. Managed by second generation Micos’ the company have a significant and loyal client base Australia wide and abroad, with a comprehensive network of concurring companies providing services with a passion for client satisfaction and service innovation. An unwavering track record of industry leadership and expansion propels their business to continually increase their service offerings and geographical mark on the industry. Consisting of four divisions; Micos dedication to providing the best is comprehensively permeated throughout all areas of the company. A Sydney based business with state of the art machinery, a strong emphasis on quality control systems, continuous design development and frequent testing means Micos can ensure that all merchandise produced is flawless. They specialise in glass and aluminium facade solutions for high-rise residential aluminium windows and doors, high-rise unitised curtain walls, public works and architectural and frameless glass entries. Micos’ offshore facilities cater to the major project market supplying the same extensive range of products abroad as they do for Micos Australia. The Micos Group also specialise in constructing project specific prototypes, inspected and approved by architects and facade consultants, meeting the exact requirements of any innovative Architect. Micos understand the pressures of project management involved in undertaking construction projects and can assist in identifying and monitoring various areas providing quality assurance through to completion. They offer new techniques in custom build, custom design, and project specific materials and processes with a major focus on design development and room to room apartment separation through acoustic mullions. Their ability to productively satisfy the needs of clients on demanding

projects are industry known and the basis of their success as a thriving and quality business. Micos provided superior skills on the Soleil project specialising in various aspects by offering expertise in Estimating, Design, Drafting, Procurement, Quality Assurance, Project Management, Installation, Research and Development. This style of venture exhibits Micos’s expertise in providing all glass, composite features, sunshades, handrails, operable windows, extrusions and the bespoke design of the entire facade. Micos’ forte in this type of development focussed on customised design and build from the concept stage to undertaking build ability advice, minimizing constructions delays, assisting with the design development and testing of the facade system. Total façade solutions, integrated features, sunshades, operable windows were all included in this assessment and build. Though this project presented some unusual obstacles in the way of a compact site, lack of co-ordination of materials and installations due to restrictions of site materials handling, they were overcome efficiently and effectively by Micos, ensuring cost savings to the project. Maintaining the delivery and installation of the facades to the entire project within tight deadlines, to ensure following trades had continuity of work, also presented a problem but was overcome successfully. The outstanding craftsmanship of the Soleil Apartments displays the accomplishments and extensive skill of the Micos Group necessary to finalise a structure of this magnitude and fortitude. Though one, it is not the only project that the Micos Group have undertaken. They are currently working on other major developments around Australia; In Canberra the Micos Group are constructing a 12 level commercial building incorporating structural timber mullions and transoms. Also in Melbourne Micos are developing a 40 storey residential building venture using aluminium windows and doors. There is no end to the initiative and innovation of the Micos Group to implement, develop, undertake and finalise projects of this magnitude with finesse and style, an attitude of producing quality buildings are trademarks that guarantee their continued success.

Micos Group 318 Horsley Road Milperra NSW 2214 t. 02 8707 7800 f. 02 8707 7801 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


wind proofing lofty visions


or a slender tower such as Soleil, high winds could pose multiple risks to the structure and the occupants. Meriton ensured their landmark creation can withstand these forces, by engaging world-leading wind engineering consultancy, MEL Consultants. MEL Consultants provided crucial expertise through wind tunnel optimised testing of structural wind loads and façade design pressures, which allowed the structural and facade engineering consultants to create a cost effective and efficient building. To ensure the accelerations of the tower were within the occupant comfort levels, MEL Consultants designed a tuned damping system for the tower. Founded in 1981, MEL Consultants specialise in determining wind effects on buildings, structures and the environment. The company has developed an international reputation through many hundreds of consulting and testing activities, with their projects including some of the world’s highest and longest structures. MEL Consultants provides a wide range of wind engineering services, from model scale wind tunnel studies in its own large boundary layer wind tunnel facility to full scale measurements and analysis of buildings and structures. They provide a broad spectrum of services, including analytical studies to predict wind loading, fatigue and probabilistic wind effects; studies of static and dynamic structural wind loads for tall buildings, long span bridges, towers and stadium roofs; façade and curtain wall studies to determine cost effective designs; design and development of tuned mass dampers for the control of accelerations and fatigue for buildings and structures; full scale studies and analysis of the response of buildings and structures to wind excitation; and wind tunnel studies of full scale prototype architectural features for vibration and acoustic response. MEL Consultants also undertake environmental wind speed studies for pedestrian comfort and commercial viability of retail activities; and studies relating to dispersion of pollutants in complex urban canyons, including wind-borne emissions from power stations and chemical plants; As experts in the field, MEL Consultants engage in an ongoing research programme, with their data and research outcomes being used in wind loading codes around the world. Their professional credentials include holding Chairmanship of the ISO wind loading standard. Essentially, MEL Consultants provide the knowledge which ensures that what goes up, cannot be blown down.

Mel Consultants Pty Ltd 34 Cleeland Road South Oakleigh VIC 3167 t. 03 8516 9680 f. 03 9562 7055 e.



plastering superiority for the soleil project


ine years of expertise in the plastering industry providing exquisite finish and superb workmanship; OK Developments speciality was apparent on the major Brisbane CBD project, the Soleil Apartments that overlook the Brisbane River and ready access to the Brisbane metropolitan culture. Consisting of resort style facilities the Soleil Apartments owned by the Meriton Group, one of the largest property developers in Australia, comprise of 464, state of the art, cutting edge designed residential housing, spread over 74 levels. The Meriton Group are renowned for their quality apartments and use the best in their trades to maintain that reputation of providing superior accommodation. Also known for their commitment to environmentally responsible buildings, they align their projects to that value. OK Developments provided 20 highly skilled staff for this colossal task of plastering all apartments; specialists in their trade to achieve the standard of quality in plasterboard finishing. Specialising in plasterboard supply and fixing, every skill was utilised in the Soleil project to preserve client satisfaction. Presented with the challenge of overcoming a solution to find a way to lift material to higher Fbox and also waiting times, OK Development were able to resolve these issues with minimum downtime and cost to their client, an additional benefit to any potential customer. Based in Dover Heights NSW their current and foremost project is in Arncliffe NSW.

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DOUGLAS ARTERIAL DUPLICATION Main Construction Companies : Seymour Whyte Abigroup surveyor : GJCM Surveys project end value : $110 Million COMPLETION : December 2011



n addition to the usual challenges of a major civil construction project such as rivers to cross, traffic to manage and deadlines to meet, the Douglas Arterial Duplication (DAD) project Joint Venture team of Abigroup and Seymour Whyte also had to contend with the recordbreaking wet season and not one but two major cyclones. The Douglas Ring Road is both one of Townsville’s key commuter roads, and a major route for heavy vehicle and commercial vehicle traffic. The completed Ring Road provides a high-speed bypass of Townsville for heavy and commercial vehicles, as well as providing direct access to and from the Port Access Road which is currently under construction. The duplication of the Douglas Arterial, which is Section 1 of the Ring Road, has turned the existing road into a median-divided, four-lane motorway. Construction has included 5.6km of new road, following the existing Main Roads reservation and alignment of the Douglas Arterial, with two dual carriageways separated by a median or barrier; a three-lane, 250m bridge across the Ross River and Riverway Drive upstream of the existing Vickers Bridge, along with a two-lane bridge over University Creek; and duplication of grade-separated interchanges at Discovery Drive and Angus Smith Drive. 166 QLD PROJECT FEATURE DOUGLAS ARTERIAL DUPLICATION

Construction commenced in April 2010, with the Ross River Water around Vickers Bridge closed to all vessels from late May 2010 until after completion to allow construction of the new bridge. The process of bridge construction involved an initial stage of installing silt curtains across Ross River to catch sediment from the construction activity, which included 144 bridge piles. Next, the project team put rock from the Ross River Dam quarry into the river, starting at the Riverway Drive side and extending the bund or rock wall across to the other bank. Four 1200mm pipes, two at each bank, were installed to allow fish to continue to traverse the river. One of the environmental conditions of the development consent meant the Joint Venture team had to install and remove the bund constructed on the Ross River prior to the start of the wet season. With no platform to place girders using conventional crane methodology a truss was used for installation of the 56 girders over the river. Vegetable oil used in lieu of hydraulic oil in the truss to minimise potential environmental impacts on the Ross River’s water quality and aquatic ecosystem. Because the project is being constructed in close proximity to the existing motorway, excavations for the bridge abutments needed to be retained and temporary soil nails have been employed for this purpose. The remaining AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

prestressed concrete girders, between 12m and 34m in length, have been placed using more conventional dual crane lifts, although closing down a major arterial roads as well as the main feeder roads into the hospital have proved challenging. But of course, it wasn’t working with the water below and adjoining work sites which provided the extreme complications, the water falling from above and surging across the ground during flooding potentially threw a spanner in the works program.

in their labour force. Added to this were the multiple subcontractors required for a project of this scope. It is a tribute to the excellent safety management by the team that the project was completed with minimal disruption to the Townsville Hospital, James Cook University and the many residents lining the road corridor, in an environment where there are not only the usual risks of heavy machinery and over water works, but the water also has crocodiles in it, and the surrounding bush some of the world’s most venomous reptiles. The final stages of this $110 million project will be completed by 2012.

“Wet season has been fairly nasty with double the average rainfall for the year in 2010 and five times the monthly average for March 2011. The project has been delayed a few months but excellent preparations for the wet season and cyclones Anthony and Yasi meant very little actual damage to site,” said DAD Joint Venture Project Manager, Darren Chilcott. “Another challenge we had was limiting traffic disruptions on the existing motorway to 9am – 3pm.” The Abigroup Seymour Whyte Joint Venture team had around 22 staff directly involved on site, and directly employed another fifty persons WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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dedication to safety and quality work are the core values of Precision QLD Steel Fixing (PQSF), who undertook all the fixing of reinforcing steel for the bridges on the Douglas Arterial Duplication project.This included fixing steel for pile caps, columns, the bridge decks and headstock. Much of the job meant PQSF’s highly skilled crew were working at heights, including at heights over water, which added an extra element of risk to the job.A comprehensive approach to assuring the safety of both their own workers and those workers reliant on their work paid off, with the task completed without any LTIs. The PQSF crew were on site for over seven months, with the complex program logistics requiring attention to detail for their own labour management over the many kilometres of overall project area.

Many major clients speak highly of PQSF’s professionalism, including Rapid Group, Glen Alpine Constructions, RCQ, Wideform North QLD, Hutchinson Builders and Baulderstone. PQSF were one of the subcontractors on Baulderstone’s Mount St John wastewater Upgrade, which was recognised for the excellent safety record on the project. 168 QLD PROJECT FEATURE DOUGLAS ARTERIAL DUPLICATION

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o ensure a civil project is not held responsible for sinking foundations adjacent to the works, Abscan Building Consultants can undertake thorough before and after Dilapidation Surveys on properties adjoining major civil construction works like the Douglas Arterial Duplication project. Abscan uses the latest technology, including ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, to assess structural deterioration or defects in properties before works commence, and carry out Post-Construction Dilapidation Surveys, to ascertain if the previously audited buildings have sustained any structural settlement or cracking during the course of works. Abscan surveyed approximately 350 residential houses and apartments, institutional buildings including the CSIRO complex, some of Townsville General Hospital’s buildings and structures around the bridge over Ross River. “It has been a pleasure working with the management at Abigroup Seymour Whyte Joint Venture in providing a successful outcome for the Douglas Arterial Duplication Project,” said Abscan Director, Stephen Malcolm. Where knowledge is a critical safety issue, Abscan provide clear answers, with services including audits for hazardous materials such as asbestos, SMF’s, lead paint, PCBs and formaldehyde. They also prepare Expert Witness Reports for building tribunal hearings, and provide fire safety compliance audits and fire safety training. Their survey services extend below the surface, with the GPR equipment used to identify the location and depth of utilities such as drains, reticulated water pipes, electrical conduits and fibre optic cabling; this information is then generated into electronic drawings for overlaying to the architectural and engineering construction drawings. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Abscan recently prepared electronic drawings detailing underground services and utilities generated from a 500 MHz GPR instrument which was used to survey 1.1km of footpath area to the perimeter of the Stocklands Shopping Centre redevelopment at Aitkenvale. Laing O’Rourke Construction also engaged Abscan to undertake Hazardous Materials Audits and Dilapidation Surveys of the shopping centre, including robotic camera surveys to the underground storm water drains. Thiess Pty Ltd has also recently called on the company’s expert talents for the arterial Townsville Ring Road Project through the Bohle area, with Abscan undertaking Dilapidation Surveys to the houses and culverts located adjacent to the planned civil works. Founded in 2002 and drawing on Director Stephen Malcolm’s Bachelor or Architecture studies and 30 years experience in compliance audits, Abscan’s focus is on providing clients across the development spectrum with the knowledge they need to ensure safe, secure progress on their projects. The company’s numerous accreditations include Qld MBA, Asbestos Industry Association and Institute of Building Consultants memberships plus BSA Contractor and Supervisor licenses for Building Design, Building, Building Inspections, Termite Management and Fire Emergency Procedures. Stephen also adds to his list of qualifications registration as a Workplace Health and Safety Officer.

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herever a project needs to be switched on, Minelec have the skills and experience to safely supply, install and maintain the appropriate electrical infrastructure. With twenty years of experience in their trade, they have tackled jobs in some of the roughest, most isolated and hazardous sites Australia offers, from mining operations in the outback, through to major civil construction undertakings. For the Douglas Arterial Duplication, Minelec supplied and installed the temporary site power for the project, and also supplied and installed the truss assembly used for bridge construction. “The truss assembly was a pre-packaged system which hadn’t been tested before it was brought to the site,” said Minelec Director, Rob Smythe. “We did the electrical installation, which included the control panels and control wiring, and then undertook the extensive testing and commissioning on site.” Many of the project power set ups were fairly standard, with mains power available. Others required generators, and one site offered particular challenges with getting the load balancing right.

Most of their clients have developed long term relationships with Minelec, such as QNickle, where Minelec has maintained a fulltime crew since 1995.Explosive environments are a speciality, with BOC gases, refineries and many industrial operations relying on their expertise; Other major clients include BMA, Anglo Coal, Rio Tinto, Howdens Australia and Controls Engineering. Major projects have included Argyll Diamond Mines in WA, MacArthur Mine in NT, the new T17 refuelling facility and cargo building at Townsville, and work in East Timor during the reconstruction. Minelec are currently working on the Ammunition Bunker at Live Range in Queensland, and as part of their commitment to giving back to the community, have just completed the electrical work for Ronald MacDonald House and The Townsville Hospital Palliantive Care Facility on behalf of the Cancer Council Queensland, an at-cost basis, also encouraging their suppliers to donate materials to the project. Minelec have extensive professional accreditations, including being accredited for OH&S by the ECA, accreditation for High Voltage works and Live work; having a fully ratified EBA agreement which is code compliant; and the Green Tick for Defence and Government works. Their philosophy is to be able to supply a diversified range of services to their clients, on budget, and on time, and anywhere in Australia, no matter how remote.

“There was a fair bit of coordinating with the contractor, and with Townsville City Council for locating services.” With services including not only basic electrical infrastructure but also instrumentation, specialist mining equipment such as extractor fans, PLCs for industrial projects and automation, Minelec have an extensive skill set based on the decades of experience held by Directors Rob Smythe, Ben Clive, Matt Richardson and Colin Norris and their long-term staff of 28. 170 QLD PROJECT FEATURE DOUGLAS ARTERIAL DUPLICATION

Minelec Pty Ltd 54 Leyland Street Garbutt QLD 4814 PO Box 7262 Garbutt QLD 4814

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he bar has been raised and a new standard set for schools in Queensland thanks to a key initiative of the Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) to provide first-class public education facilities in the rapidly growing South East Queensland Corridor. The Aspire Schools Project will see seven new schools, six primary and one secondary delivered under Queensland's first schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework. Aspire Schools, owned by Leighton Contractors and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), formed a consortium together with Broad Construction Services (Broad) and Leighton Contractors' Investment and Facility Management Division (I&FM), to undertake the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the schools for approximately 30 years, while all core school and education services will be provided by DET. I&FM are the facility managers, dealing directly with hard and soft services including washroom consumables, periodic deep cleaning of the schools and landscape and grounds maintenance. Operating a 24 hour Helpdesk, they are also required to field calls from both the schools and DET, recording and managing day to day issues and rectifying any defects which may arise.

With the successful delivery of five schools by January 2011 it is evident that the relationship between all members of the Consortium is positive. “Aspire has a strong and productive relationship with DET. Under the PPP framework, both organisations and our partners have acted cohesively and aligned on multiple fronts. Numerous risks affected delivery and strong cooperation, management and cross functional visibility led to a successful outcome� explains Aspire Schools General Manager Bob Hunter. Challenges have included CBA, as financial advisor, sourcing Aspire Schools fully underwritten bespoke finance solution utilising a Supported Debt Model (SDM); managing funding from the Queensland Treasury Corporation, the assessment of any delays and cost overrun risks at the completion of each stage. Part of the PPP framework incorporated Aspire Schools consultation with local council as to the requirements for traffic flows, landscaping and services. Broad has been engaged to provide Aspire Schools with design and construction services. The Consortium has also enlisted the expert services of a number of specialist contractors to ensure that design and construction challenges are resolved creatively and competently.

ASPIRE SCHOOLS CLIENT : Department of Education and Training PPP CONTRACTOR : Aspire Schools (Qld) Pty Limited (shareholders Leighton Contractors and Commonwealth Bank of Australia) DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION : Broad Construction Services Pty Limited OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE : Leighton Contractors Pty Limited ARCHITECTS : Grey Puksand MBS CIVIL/STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS : Bonhorst Ward

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Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) initiatives have been incorporated along with efficient energy and water management strategies to achieve a 4 star Greenstar rating, with Coomera Rivers State School achieving 5 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 certification, a first nationally for a state school. “Designs for the Aspire Schools provide a balance between aesthetics, functionality and value for money, whilst recognising local land form and environment. Each campus design incorporates sustainability strategies matched with solutions that deliver future opportunities for environmental learning through the years” says Mr. Hunter The environmentally sensitive designs will ensure that requirements for maintenance are kept at a minimum and a reduction is made in water and energy consumption over the life of the school buildings. Some key ESD initiatives incorporated in the projects include the implementation of passive solar design principles; harvesting of stormwater for irrigation and toilet amenities; inclusion of interactive educational devices; application of electrical monitoring technology such as auto light and service shut down and the recycling of materials such as reinforcing steel and concrete. With construction commencing in 2009, BayView State School and Peregian Springs State School were the first to open their doors in


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TOP MARKS FOR SHADEPLAN STRUCTURES AT ASPIRE SCHOOLS ne of the country’s foremost designers of contemporary shade structures has made a significant contribution to Queensland’s Aspire Schools Project by delivering a series of customised shade solutions to four of the schools already completed.

well away from the play equipment and adds to the general coolness of the area,” he explains.

The Shadeplan designs – installed at Thornlands, Bellbird, Collingwood Park and East Coomera schools – embrace a number of pentagonal ‘pagoda-like’ structures for the playground areas and similar rectangular and square conical creations for the various sandpits.

Shadeplan, established in 2003, operates from offices in Brisbane and Adelaide and, in keeping with its vision of being a preferred one-stop destination, also offers a full suite of maintenance, cleaning and repair services, available through its Shade Doctor division. More recently, a rubber soft-fall surfacing division, Surfaceplan, was established to capitalise on synergies and deliver a complete package for the outdoor recreation sector.

Company managing director and graduate architect, Andrew Ferris, says the structures reflect years of work on playground designs to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing outcome that adds to the ambience of the area while delivering the required functionality. “Shadeplan’s playground and sandpit structures for the Aspire project are all purpose-designed to achieve the twin goals of dramatic visual statement and optimal shade footprint. “The pentagonal designs, for example, feature low perimeter lines to maximise shade, while the high interior keeps the structure’s framework 174 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ASPIRE SCHOOLS

They’re also difficult to access, thus reducing the likelihood of vandalism.

The company has created something of a niche in the educational sector, delivering literally hundreds of solutions ranging from the entry level to large covered outdoor multipurpose structures. The covered outdoor areas, with the options of PVC, polycarbonate or steel roofing, offer enormous flexibility, where the expansive designs are ideal for hosting assemblies, group teaching sessions and musical productions, as well as court sports like netball and basketball. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

This Image - Shadeplan’s pentagonal playground shade structure has added to the ambience while delivering the required shade to playgrounds at Aspire schools

Indeed, at one school, Shadeplan’s covered outdoor structure has transformed what was a largely underutilised courtyard area into a focal point on the campus, so much so that it’s now a busy hub during school lunch and recess breaks, an outdoor classroom all year round and an alfresco performance area in the warmer months. Shadeplan is also prominent in the local government and commercial sectors, where its structures straddle playgrounds, swimming pools and car parking areas, as well as the outdoor dining areas of boutique cafes, pubs and cellar doors. “Our aim is to raise the bar in the shade structure and standalone covered outdoor industry and showcase just what can be achieved,” explains Ferris. “We find all too often that ‘shade’ conjures up visions of basic ‘shade sails’, when Shadeplan offers so much more. Yes, there are entry level options, which we will happily install should budget and requirements so dictate. But there’s so much more – from UV-resistant shade-knit and waterproof PVC fabrics to solid structures with polycarbonate and steel options – and all of it bursting with potential to enhance open space and make it more appealing and sun-safe.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

He adds that, regardless of the shape or size of the structure, Shadeplan’s approach remains consistent. It starts with conceptual design and creativity, which is then carried through to the selection of quality materials and craftsmanship in fabrication. Fabrication is attended to at the company’s customised premises, equipped with the latest computerassisted design, patterning, plotting and cutting technologies, while all structures are fully engineered and computer analysed.” “We want customers to have a relaxed and uncomplicated experience where, via a single contact point and under one roof, their needs are attended to. Our open-ended product range allows customers to express their dreams, knowing that we’ll take care of the rest,” he says.

SHADEPLAN PO Box 439 Stirling SA 5152 PO Box 1741 Capalaba QLD 4157 PO Box 2080 Wangara WA 6947 t. 1300 731 606 f. 1300 239 599 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ASPIRE SCHOOLS 175

Keeping it Green ith an office located in Australia’s first sustainable Eco Industrial estate, the Mitchell Environmental Industrial Estate in Stapylton Queensland, Solargreen Pty Ltd lives and breathes the green theme. The team specialises in the supply and installation of competitively priced grid connected generation systems, Solar Hot Water Systems, joint battery and grid connections and stand-alone rural battery systems. Solargreen also supply technical data and provide solar power to public areas such as street lighting, bus shelters, parks and public buildings. Solargreen use Australian designed Solar Panels developed by Suntech in each of their installations. Solargreen ensures their clients receive the most efficient and advanced technology with each system tailor designed and constructed to suit the exact needs of the client and the location. Passionate about assisting their clients to make the switch to solar, Solargreen share their extensive knowledge through offering free quotes and advice. “Included in our free service, we examine your power bills to properly size an appropriate system, be it a system to reduce your bill or a scalable system that you can add to in the future, or a system that eliminates your power bill completely” enthuses General Manager Robert Wichgers. Previous involvement with Broad Constructions as a supplier and installer of Photovoltaic Solar Power Systems, led Solargreen to work on the Peregian Springs State School. “We provided and installed the Solar Power and monitoring systems that are used for education purposes.” The installation of Solar Power to each of the Aspire Schools projects has contributed to achieving Queensland’s first 4 star Greenstar rated schools. Solargreen have also completed Norfolk State School Ormeau, Ormeau State High School, Northlakes State School, Coomera Springs State School, Oxenford State School, and are currently working on the Wynnum State High School. SOLARGREEN (AUST) PTY LTD Mitchell Environmental Industrial Estate, Unit 5B/6 Quinns Hill Road East Stapylton QLD 4207 t. 1300 783 427 e. 176 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ASPIRE SCHOOLS


They Don’t Cut Corners, They Clean Them aving assisted with the cleanup effort from the January floods in Brisbane and Bundaberg, Better Sweep have proven that they are well and truly qualified to provide prompt response and 24/7 service to their clients whilst achieving outstanding results. A family owned and operated business, Better Sweep specialise in hard surface cleaning including bitumen, concrete and tiled areas. They provide cleaning services to the construction industry, detailed deep cleans and ongoing maintenance cleaning for factories, warehouses, apartments and shopping centres. The team are proficient at accommodating tight time schedules towards the end of construction often working closely alongside other trades. Through employing the latest technology Better Sweep are able to stay ahead of their competitors and maintain ultimate efficiency. The team use the latest Tennant Ride On Power Sweepers; These machines use a vacuum over broom system, which sweeps the surface whilst the vacuum draws dust and debris into the hopper, a cyclone filtration system is used for controlling fine dust; Tennant Ride On Power Scrubbers apply detergent and water and are used to scrub the surface and vacuum waste and water; A variety of Pressure Cleaners ranging in pressure up to 5000psi, including the option of 3 phase systems to minimise noise allowing them to be used in built up or residential areas, confined or low ventilation spaces. The team spends many hours researching and developing efficient methods and sourcing environmentally friendly products to assist in WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

their continuation to provide outstanding results. “We use a range of natural citrus based products where ever possible and our team works hard to provide effective solutions for those sometimes difficult areas to clean. We always aim to create that ‘wow’ factor for our clients” says Director Allan McLaughlin. Better Sweep first became involved with the Aspire Schools project through Broad Construction Services, having successfully worked on a number of Broad projects including the RAAF Training Facility at Amberley and various ALDI stores. “Our main role on the Aspire Schools Project has been cleaning throughout construction, Power Sweeping of roadways at the entrances to the projects and final cleaning prior to hand over”, said Allan McLaughlin. Better Sweep has assisted on Coomera Rivers State School, Augusta State School and is currently working on the High School in Murrumba Downs.

BETTER SWEEP (AUST) Pty Ltd PO Box 133 Burpengary QLD 4505 m. 0417 781 108 f. 07 5497 8573 e. QLD PROJECT FEATURE ASPIRE SCHOOLS 177

A Clever Concept amed as one of the top four safest contractors working for Broad Constructions in Queensland, Concept Roofing ensure that safety is their first priority. Taking a hands-on approach on every job, Concept works effectively alongside the contractor to successfully deliver residential, school and large commercial projects. Based in Geebung, Queensland, Concept Roofing provide the complete spectrum in roofing construction from metal roofing, guttering, fascias, wall claddings to soffit lining. Up to 20 staff have worked on the installation of over 34,000m 2 of roofing to Peregian Springs State School, Bellbird Park and Murrumba Downs as part of the Aspire Schools project. After successfully completing both Peregian Springs State School and Bellbird Park projects, Broad Constructions invited Concept to tender on Murrumba Downs High School. Concept won the Murrumba contract and is currently half way through. “Our success with Broad Constructions and the Aspire Schools project has been built around Concept’s hands on approach and the complete project management of our roofing and wall cladding package” explains Director Kieron Jeffries. 178 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ASPIRE SCHOOLS

Concept is well versed in overcoming obstacles such as working to a tight deadline and working closely alongside other trades. “We work closely with our clients on our work sites and see it as our responsibility to ensure our roofing and wall cladding works are completed as seamlessly as possible therefore reducing the workload of our client and their Project Managers.” Other projects that Concept have been involved in include BER schools Marsden and Regents Park and Maleny Aged Care facility. Another valuable service provided is commercial and residential asbestos removal by Concept Environmental Services Pty Ltd. This branch of the company is staffed by fully accredited and experienced technicians. Concept Environmental Services has successfully completed several large asbestos removal projects for QBuild, Baulderstone and other major contracts in Queensland.

CONCEPT ROOFING PTY LTD 13/115 Robinson Road Geebung QLD 4034 t. 07 3265 1150 f. 07 3865 7206 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

A Personalised Approach hallenging the stigma that often goes hand in hand with Auditors, Personalised Business Coaching and Solutions is proving that they are far from the stereotypical. Established in 2005 the small yet highly capable team have since expanded. Specialising in safety consultancy and audits for the construction industry, the team pride themselves on being helpful and most importantly approachable. An accredited Auditor for Construction with the Division of Workplace Safety, Managing Director Lynn Cook is on a list of only thirty throughout the whole of Queensland. Having been contracted by Leightons for the Aspire Schools projects, Cook has since completed Bellbird Park, is currently working through Murrumba Downs and is due to start on the Sunshine Coast in April. Being involved from day one allows for continuity throughout the lifecycle of the project. “We are on board for the total life of the project. Prior to construction commencing the team will audit check the construction safety plan first before starting the site inspections. Every 12 to 13 weeks we conduct site visits, prepare reports, advise on any corrective actions and any other general following up that may be required.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The partnership between Broad Constructions, Leighton Contractors and Personalised Business Coaching and Solutions is a collaborative one. “Leightons are all very hands on and are involved in each step of the audit process. I deal with the Principal Contractor directly at all levels of their project management from the project manager through to their Occupational Health and Safety senior business managers.” The team places great importance on monitoring and external assistance in controls in a non-biased manner. “The monitoring is the process that we as Auditors undertake at regular intervals making sure the controls remain in place. We are able to look and assess objectively how the project is being completed in the safest manner possible and ensure that such controls as ‘Safety Alerts’ and Safe Work Method Statements are being carried out on site.”


Safety First Plumbing n outstanding commitment to safety has secured Nardia Plumbing a place at the forefront of industry performance.

the hydraulic design. The project requires an extensive understanding of the Green Star rating standards demanded by all Aspire Schools projects.

During major hydraulic works at Murrumba Downs Sate School, Broad Construction Services presented Nardia Plumbing and site manager Dayvd Thomas with awards for exceptional safety performance.

To attain the Four Star requirements, Nardia Plumbing achieved low energy efficiency by utilising high density polyurethane (HDP) for all in-ground water and drainage services. They also constructed a 144,000L in-ground rain harvesting storage tank to reuse and deliver water to on-site fixtures as well as irrigation systems.

Mr Thomas said the key to the company’s success was a team approach, stringent safety procedures and strong client relationships. “Safety is a priority factor in the kind of work we do and it’s always on our agenda. It is important that everyone is aware of the safety regime before we move forward with any project. “This is underpinned by good communication with our clients which enables us to fully understand their requirements and ensure their expectations are met,” he said. Competent in large-scale hydraulic works such as storm water harvesting and gas reticulation, Nardia specialises in commercial hydraulic installations including civil drainage and also operates shopfitting and commercial maintenance divisions. The company is completing significant hydraulic infrastructure work at Murrumba Downs working closely with the principal contractor to refine 180 QLD PROJECT FEATURE ASPIRE SCHOOLS

Nardia Plumbing recently completed the second largest rain-harvesting project in Queensland at the Amberley RAAF base and is currently working on the 8/9 RAR facilities redevelopment at the Enoggera Army Barracks High-level competency across a range of services has seen the company selected for significant projects with government, major retail and national construction firms.


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reviously trading as Total Construction Services, TCS (Qld) Pty Ltd has been leading the construction team for the Townsville RSL Stadium. The company, led on this occasion by Project Manager Simon Jackson, had previously been involved in the design and construction of a number of other sporting facilities, including the design and construction of upgrades to Townsville’s Dairy Farmers Stadium, as well as a number of multi-purpose facilities for schools. Evolving from previous projects, the use of arched structures was refined and proved to be a more economical option than the original design for the Stadium. The site is within the Murray Sports Complex which has recently undergone a $25 million makeover, including $15.3 million being allocated to the construction of an International Sports Stadium. The complex redevelopment as a whole is a partnership between the Townsville City Council, Queensland Government, Australian Government and local sporting bodies. The new centre is built around the foundations of the incomplete Sun Dome which was commenced in the mid 90’s and aborted at 182 qld PROJECT FEATURE townsville RSL Stadium

the ground level stage of construction. Because the original complex was never completed, there were no details of the exact location of the footings. One of the most challenging issues for the design and construction teams was to take these substantial underground structures into account when positioning the new facility and then having to construct the new foundations around the old. Inside the new air conditioned building there are three distinct multi-sport courts, with total seating for 2,000 spectators. There are associated meeting rooms, fitness areas, a café and other amenities. These facilities will meet the needs of basketball, netball, indoor soccer, volleyball and badminton sports groups, as well as the varying needs of local schools and the general community. The project was initially slated to be 'construct only' however the original tenders received were all in excess of the project budget. On this basis the Council appointed TCS as preferred contractor with the intention of working together to reduce the overall project cost without adversely affecting the intended purpose of the complex. To facilitate this TCS (Qld) Pty Ltd Building Division worked closely AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


with PDT Architects who were the Council's appointed designers. STP Consultants were appointed to undertake the structural redesign including Steelwork, while TCS’s Civil Division undertook much of the concreting and stormwater channelling construction. As part of the redesign process, TCS and Townsville City Council made an investment to conduct wind tunnel tests. This allowed TCS to make significant savings on the overall structure compared with the original design. So after some re-design work, TCS was able to offer a fixed price which included the construction of the building, its fitout, the construction of an 11,000m2 carpark and 430 lineal metres of access road. TCS’s Design Manager Dick Cerny said: “it was appreciated that Townsville City Council gave us the opportunity to review the design. This allowed us to look at alternative designs, construction methods and materials to bring the price down. In the process we didn’t lose any functionality”. As a result of this process, the price was adjusted down to meet Council’s level of affordability. While the planning and scheduling of the work was sound under normal circumstances, the weather during the course of construction WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

presented unexpected challenges. During the period, the South East Queensland floods caused many delays in the delivery of materials. To add to the difficulties, the job almost received a direct hit by a Category five Cyclone! Having to work around the lack of materials and one of the worst wet seasons on record demanded constant reassessment and planning. Construction began mid 2010 with the erection of steel commencing in late August. The Stadium will be completed in June 2011 not long after the originally scheduled hand-over in April.

TCS (Qld) Pty Ltd PO Box 7755 Garbutt BC QLD 4814 5 Reward Court Bohle QLD 4814 t. 07 4774 8374 f. 07 4774 8262 e. qld PROJECT FEATURE townsville RSL Stadium 183

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DT Architects were shortlisted with two other Architectural consultants following a submission to Council in June 2008. Subsequently in August 2008, a second submission was made, including a concept design which was ultimately successful, leading to Townsville City Council appointing PDT as the Architects for the new multi-million dollar international indoor sports facility at the Murray Sports Reserve in Townsville. It will be completed in June this year, amazingly delayed only by about eight weeks due to the Queensland floods affecting materials delivery and a Cyclone event that almost managed a direct hit on the site. Luckily the building had been designed to withstand a category 5 cyclone event and was sufficiently advanced in construction, to demonstrate it’s ability to resist such tropical weather events. Shortly after being appointed to the project, the Main contractor, TCS and PDT Architects were advised by Council that earlier quotes were not affordable. After some research and further work on design options, they were able to present new ideas that modified the price without compromising the purpose of the building or diminishing specifications. One of the challenges in the new design was to avoid substantial footings left by the abandoned ‘Sundome’ project. Working around these avoided a major cost for their removal. PDT’s earlier work on the Logan Sports Centre which was finished in August 2009, proved to be important experience, the finished Sports Centre there received a good deal of favourable publicity, so similar finishes were adopted and updated for the Townsville project. Apart from its sporting role, one purpose specified by Townsville Council was for the building to be used as a post disaster recovery Centre. As was experienced during the construction, Townsville is in the Cyclone belt and such a facility will be an important civic resource in the event of damaging storms putting people out of their homes. To be sure that this requirement would be met ‘Windtech’ was engaged to test the new designs in a wind tunnel before work began. To ensure its integrity in the worst cyclonic conditions, the building design includes precast concrete walls for the first 4 metres for impact resistance. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Other considerations in the final design included orientating the building to the new car park to the west, which also gives it good exposure to Murray Lyons Crescent. Player entry is separate from the general public entry and has its own drop-off area with good access to the existing Townsville Basketball Centre. Foyer, reception and breakout areas take advantage of the views over the playing fields on Murray Reserve to the south. This also has the potential to connect with any future through-site link between soccer and hockey to the hockey car park. Initial schematic design work was undertaken in PDT’s Brisbane office with advice from Mac Stirling (Consultant). Mac was the lead architect for Suncorp Stadium which was completed in 2003. The Townsville office then developed the design through to construction. Mark Haywood was the Team Leader, with Rob O’Dea heading up the documentation team and Peter Atley was responsible for Interior Design. All the staff in the Townsville office worked on the project at some time during the contract period. As a separate, but cooperative exercise, PDT’s landscape team undertook the landscape concept design work and the documentation for the sports stadium and carpark area. The design involved a meandering arbour walk to lead people from the Stadium to existing playing fields. Stormwater treatment swales were incorporated within the new carpark facilities.

PDT architects PO Box 707 36 Ingham Road Townsville QLD 4810 t. 07 4771 5084 f. 07 4772 3647 qld PROJECT FEATURE townsville RSL Stadium 185

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shburner Francis was an important part of the team for the new Townsville RSL Stadium, being responsible for electrical, air conditioning, fire detection, alarm system, communications cabling and security system design and construction. The first challenge was in the choice of an air conditioning system. Based on a reasonable pay-back arrangement, the more expensive yet highly efficient, water cooled chillers were selected. The building needed to be energy efficient. In order to satisfy this requirement, Ashburner Francis performed an ‘Alternative Verification JV3’ computation in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to confirm the building would at least meet this standard of efficiency. The model delivered a 30% improvement on the BCA ‘deemed to satisfy’ energy requirements. Air conditioning and ventilation systems are controlled by a sophisticated Building Management System linked to the Council’s head-end management facility. The system automates the operation of the plant, while providing flexibility to adjust the system after hours. In the provision of power to the facility, two new transformers were installed outside. As it was to be a post-disaster building, electrical equipment was installed as a ‘Cyclone Area Reliability Enhancement (CARE) project’, which ensures supply. However there is provision to allow up to two diesel generators to be installed at a later date. 186 qld PROJECT FEATURE townsville RSL Stadium

At night, the building looks impressive from the street, an effect achieved by re-using old decorative street lights from the now refurbished Flinders Street Mall. Around four sides of the building are pathways for public access to events. Here, wall mounted fittings were used rather than poles. The saving in cost meant that up/down fittings would not only light pathways, but highlight signage and architecture. The provision of a lighting control system allows a single operator to set up the site for different functions from the reception desk. The brief also required that the centre court be suitable for televised events. Ashburner Francis has allowed for additional lighting of the court in compliance with Free-TV lighting guidelines. There is also a suitable power supply for an Outside Broadcast (OB) vehicle. Floor Boxes with power, data, voice, PA and score-board facilities are fitted into the floor in non-playing areas. When not in use the closed floor boxes are concealed.

Ashburner Francis PO Box 1471 551 Flinders St Townsville Qld 4810 t. 07 4722 4333 f. 07 4722 4377 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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ellow Block Road (YBR) is the brick and block laying company, which was responsible for the masonry work at the Townsville RSL Stadium, to be handed over to the Townsville Council in June. Yellow Block Road’s team undertook the work which included the supply of forty-five thousand blocks and the skilled labour to lay them. They had approximately 10 men at any given time working on the project. They assigned some of their most experienced bricklayers and managers due to the challenges that came with the contract. Eight metre high raked walls on the second floor were a particular issue. Due to the angle and height of these walls, there needed to be extra handling of materials. The experience of highly qualified YBR team members was also needed to ensure that the 60 steel door frames were placed accurately and without incident. Due to the size of the project they also maintained key staff on site who could liaise with team leaders from other contractors, to maintain effective communications and ensure that all timelines were adhered to. The Principal Contractor TCS, was well organised from Yellow Block Road’s point of view which made the job much easier than is often the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

experience on multi-contractor sites. They reported that they were able to proceed on time, without unforeseen issues. YBR is keen to tackle jobs that present something of a challenge. Similar to the challenge of the International Sports Stadium, other earlier projects have seen their teams working with coloured blocks and face brick work. These are relatively unusual blockwork and bricklaying jobs for which YBR is gaining a specialist reputation and which because they have the skills, are happy to undertake. The Company can boast that for quite some time, many of the tradesman they’ve employed, have extensive experience in these less-often, specialtalent areas of the bricklaying trade. Due to their close business ties with Townsville Scaffold Hire, YBR can deliver flexible and cost-effective packages incorporating the brick and block laying team and scaffolding requirements. Yellow Block Road PO Box 1627 Aitkenvale QLD 4814 t. 07 4728 3138 m. 0412 603 997 e. qld PROJECT FEATURE townsville RSL Stadium 187




he Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Adelaide, has undergone several capacity upgrades since it was commissioned in the 1970s but the current $272 million upgrade by principal SA Water, has involved a much broader scope of objectives and many leading contractors over the 3 year project period. A Joint Project Team (JPT) from the South Australia Water Corporation (SA Water), United Water International (UWI) and Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) is delivering the project by providing engineering, procurement and construction management services.

The project will increase the treatment capacity of the plant, provide improved effluent quality primarily through the construction of a new upgraded inlet works and a new membrane bioreactor secondary process train as well encompassing augmentation works for power supply and on-site power generation, effluent disinfection and outfall capacity, additional sludge digestion capacity with on-site sludge dewatering and biosolids loading facilities for off site reuse of the biosolids. The works are being delivered over three major construction phases, which have been designed so as to allow construction of the first stage while design of the rest of the project was still in progress and work on other stages to be completed while the plant was still operational. Phase 1 involved the construction of biosolids dewatering and reuse stage and the new outfall; Phase 2 involved construction of the inlet work and sludge handling and power generation; and Phase 3, the construction of C Plant Secondary Process Train and UV Disinfection and A/B Plant Modifications. This phase of the project won a number of awards in 2010 including the national category winner of the Australian Institute of Project Management and the project innovation winner of the South Australian Water Association. A commendation was also received from Engineers Australia South Australia.

Main Construction Companies : Leighton Contractors BMD Constructions client : SA Water project end value : $272 Million COMPLETION : December 2011



BMD Constructions has been involved with the project on three main contracts.

roads network, including street lighting infrastructure and all in ground services for the road network.

The scope of the early works involved relocation of existing services, the main earthworks, preparation of the site and construction of the road network and associated services.

With a lengthy and impressive history of working with SA Water, Leighton Contractors were involved in Phase 2 of the project, with a design and construct contract to deliver the mechanical and electrical works associated with the sludge handling systems and power generation equipment.

BMD faced challenges with the need to relocate and upgrade a dense network of underground pipework and electrical services which was constructed in the sixties and upgraded in the eighties, but presenting little reliable records.

The scope of the works included the inlet screens and conveyor system; the DAFT, effluent system and sludge system; digester upgrades, sludge recirculation and transfer system; gas handling and conditioning, amongst other works.

The Outfall Project, a 1.2m diameter pipe extending 600m into the Gulf of St Vincent, was delivered by a JV between BMD Constructions and Smithbridge Australia and involved construction of the Ocean Outfall Pipe and associated pipework and concrete structures. This required construction of a temporary 200m jetty to allow access of a 150 tonne crane to facilitate construction of a sheet pile coffer dam in the wave zone.

The power generation system comprised a digester gas cogenerator and a diesel standby generator, all instrumentation, controls, radiator, exhaust system, diesel storage tank in a weatherproof enclosure, synchronisation panels and all LV, controls and instrumentation cabling. Due to the nature of the phases of the project, the team faced interesting challenges in regard to access and working alongside and around the civil contractors and completed various phases while the treatment plant was still operational.

The construction required the steel pipe to be coated with a layer of 160mm of reinforced concrete, welded together in one piece and pulled out to sea using cables, winches and roller guides. This project was the winner of the South Australian Charter of Civil Contractors Federation Award for projects up to 20 million in 2010. BMD’s scope of works for the C Plant project included the civil components, construction of the activated sludge reactor and membrane structure, the UV Disinfection Facility, Chemical Storage Facility, Transformers and Generators Area, Strain Press Structure and Ethanol Unloading Area and construction and upgrade of all the

Leighton Contractors are extremely proud of the positive attitude adopted by all members of their project team in embracing the Safety Essentials and achieving the performance goals set for site team on this project. Leighton Contractors view their team’s performance on the Christies Beach project as particularly significant in further building on their strong capabilities in the water sector. The initial phases of due for December 2011 decommissioned

south australian water corporation (SA WATER) GPO Box 1751 Adelaide SA 5001 t. 08 7424 2339 f. 08 7003 2339 contact: Angelo Rossi e. Leighton Contractors Level 6, 5 Queens Road Melbourne VIC 3004 t. 03 9228 7700 f. 03 9228 3000 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Christies Beach Upgrade Project are completion and in later works, the sludge lagoons will be converted to stormwater wetlands using surplus spoil from the balance of the works.

BMD Constructions GPO Box 1964 Adelaide SA 5001 t. 08 8110 5111 f. 08 8110 5199 United Water international GPO Box 1875 Adelaide SA 5001 t. 08 8301 2768 f. 08 8357 9728 contact: Mario Borrello e.


leeding the way at christies beach T heir projects may not seem glamorous and many not even seen by the people who actually use the completed infrastructure, but the team at Leed Engineering and Construction are extremely proud of their achievements in constructing infrastructure for local communities. Since setting up 10 years ago, Adelaide based Leed has completed major infrastructure projects for both public and private sectors in mining, water management, structural concreting, plant construction, road building and environmental preservation.

contracted to supply and install the pumping station and associated pipework for the Southern Urban Re-use Project. Leed looked after all the civil and mechanical installation and managed their main subcontractors to handle associated works including: Nilsen for the electrical installation; SAGE Automation for all control systems and telemetry and SADB for the drilling works.

A diverse and innovative company, Leed has become a first-choice contractor for many projects and were chosen for the highly complex Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade in South Australia where they were


The scope of their civil work on the project included installation of 375 PVC pipeline; 2 HDPE bores under Christies Creek; excavation of below ground manifold (6m deep); slab and small concrete pedestals and the laying and installation of HV cable and pits. The mechanical works included pump installation and pipe and fittings installation and the electrical works covered the installation of the transformer, magflow, level sensor, pressure sensors and all cabling and ultra link.


In addition, the company supplied and installed the control systems including the switchboard and all programming and data systems. Leed has a team of over 200 highly skilled personnel working together within a culture that encourages open communication, support and access at all levels. A culture of cooperation, which has proven extremely beneficial in developing effective solutions to issues such as those confronted on the Christies Beach project. On this project, Leed were confronted with an interesting scenario to solve. They found that the inlet manifold was 6m deep and their site area was confined by a storage pond, large concrete tank and weather station. This caused major construction issues because as the pit was excavated, the excavator itself became boxed in and could not move back to the front of the pit if the excavation commenced to cave in. The Leed team solved this issue by implementing a crane for lifting of shoring and pipework and to ensure costs were significantly contained, they coordinated the work to ensure that the crane was only required on site for 4 days, not the entire duration of the works. To speed up installation of the inlet manifold Leed changed the joints from welded joints


to flanged connections, which were all pre fabricated off site. This however, presented another set of issues in that it meant Leed had to be extremely accurate at the only closing collar in both the horizontal and vertical axis. Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd was set up in 2001 by its current Directors – Graeme Lawler, Andrew Millar and Mark Jones and provides a wide range of civil and building works including: water management, recycled water and sewer including pump stations and pipelines; Structural concrete including dams, water storage and bridges; process plant construction; mining infrastructure; bulk and detailed earthworks; road works and drainage; services installation and precast, pre-stressed concrete manufacture and installation. The company owns and operates a modern fleet of plant and equipment, which ensures that they are well positioned to provide the latest and most efficient resources possible. Leed projects may not be glamorous but their people take great pride in the fact that when you turn on a tap or cross a bridge, they have contributed to the wellbeing of the community, their lifestyle and economy through their activities. Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd 95 King William Street Kent Town SA 5067 t. 08 8132 1044 f. 08 8132 1615 contact: Jenny Eatts e.


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s one of the industry leaders in providing total ‘gas to energy solutions’, Clarke Energy was contracted to supply the GE Jenbacher Biogas Engine to Leighton Contracting for SA Water’s upgrade of the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant. Clarke Energy provides complete turnkey solutions for generating clean power from natural gas for cogeneration applications such as CHP to non natural gases and coal gas. In order to achieve a more sustainable plant with less environmental impact on the local environment and community, Clarke Energy designed a cogeneration system to maximise energy efficiency for the Christies Beach project. Clarke Energy supplied a GE Jenbacher JMS 312 GS-B.L at 625kWe, 50Hz engine coupled to a Stamford brushless rotating field alternator, an exhaust gas fired heat exchanger and two heat recovery skids with redundant pumps to the project. The GE Jenbacher engine will run on digester produced biogas, which is generated on site from the waste water sludge and generate power to the treatment plant. In turn, the waste heat produced by the engine through combustion will be used to generate heat for the digesters increasing gas production. This solution presents its own challenges as the engine is operating on biogas with fluctuating methane levels and gas contaminants that need to be removed for use in the engine. Established in Australia since 1999, the Clarke Energy team of professionals is unparalleled in this industry, with over 380MW of GE WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Jenbacher gas engines installed in Australia and NZ. All fully supported by the company’s critical mass of parts and service across the region. Clarke Energy operates from purpose designed premises in Adelaide, which houses the engineering, project, sales, service, parts and workshop support functions to service the Australian and New Zealand operations. In addition to the Christies Beach project, Clarke Energy is also working on the supply of 4 engines totalling 4MW to both a landfill site in Redvale, NZ and the Woodlawn Bio-Reactor Power Station in Tarago NSW; 1MW gas trigeneration for the 111 Eagle Street and King George Central in Brisbane; 834kW natural gas trigeneration for the Queensland University of Technology Science and Technology Precinct and Community Hub in Brisbane; and 600kW natural gas trigeneration for 20 Bond Street in Sydney. Worldwide, Clarke Energy employees over 400 staff with offices in UK, Australia, China, France, India, Ireland, NZ, Nigeria and Tunisia.

Clarke Energy Australia Pty Ltd 2-4 Stirling Street Thebarton SA 5031 t. 08 8290 2100 f. 08 8443 5848 contact: Justin Willemer e.


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CLAREMONT QUARTER - STAGE TWO “This $450 million project has been heralded as a truly integrated retail and residential development...”


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Another Story of Success Claremont Quarter is a joint project by Hawaiian and Brookfield which entails the refurnishing and expansion redevelopment of the retail component that was formerly the Claremont Arcade site.

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Below The retail section of this grand Claremont Quarter redevelopment.

Established in 1993, Hawaiian is a WA based property group that owns and manages an Australia-wide commercial, retail and hospitality profile. With a wealth of industry experiences, Hawaiian specialises in property ownership, development and management. Hawaiian is the joint owner and manager of the Claremont Quarter development in Perth. The other co-owner of Claremont Quarter is Brookfield - a global asset manager focused on property and infrastructure with US$150 billion of assets under management. In the USA, Brookfield is the second largest owner of retail shopping malls and has more than 230 retail properties globally. This $450 million project has been heralded as a truly integrated retail and residential development that incorporates approximately 29,000m2 of retail floor space and more than 140 retail stores. The development also features 1,460 car bays spread over five levels, a central town square, a dining precinct, ‘The Lane’ and 77 stylish residential apartments, consisting of a range of unique one, two and three bedroom apartments. With an experienced team of 15 development, leasing, marketing and property management staff working on Claremont Quarter, Richard Kilbane, Hawaiian General Manager of Development and Commercial, said that despite facing a number of obstacles during their involvement, construction and the launch of Claremont Quarter, Stage Two, had been successful. “As pricing of the project occurred during the height of the recent construction boom, this proved to be a challenge in maintaining the necessary financial outcomes,” Mr Kilbane said. “Furthermore, Claremont Quarter was constructed during the Global Economic Crisis which, to a minor extent, dampened the level of leasing enquiry. “The project however, managed to overcome these issues and is in very good shape, with almost 100% of the tenancies being leased,” he said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Given the extensive size of the Claremont Quarter development, which also incorporated the revitalisation of a large component of the Claremont town, Hawaiian and Brookfield ensured there was a high degree of input from the Council and community during the development approval phase, particularly regarding the development fronts, St Quentin Avenue and Bay View Terrace. Mr Kilbane said there were also numerous construction challenges on the project that needed to be addressed. “The majority of these were associated with disruption to the existing shopping centre operations, maintaining vehicle access through the town centre and taking into account the adjoining property owners,” Mr Kilbane said. “One example of this was Stage 2 of the project, which required the demolition of the existing and adjoining Claremont Arcade. “However, given our commitment to this Project and the community, we endeavoured to ensure minimal disruption to the town centre and liaised closely with the surrounding property owners to achieve optimum satisfaction and positive working relationships,” he said. Congratulating Brookfield Multiplex as construction contractors on-site, Mr Kilbane commended their efforts to ensure the successful construction and timely delivery of the Claremont Quarter project. “I am so impressed with how the Brookfield Multiplex team worked to manage a wide variety of issues that were presented on a regular basis,” Mr Kilbane said. “The staged nature of this development meant that detailed planning was required in terms of access, programming and fit-outs and as a result, the implementation by the construction team has been fantastic.

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Below The high level of construction is reflected both in and outside of the precinct.

“It has been an outstanding job and we are completely satisfied with our choice of builder and the performance of on-site staff.” With another successful project to add to their already extensive portfolio, it is without a doubt that Hawaiian and Brookfield will continue to be leaders in the building, construction and property development industry. For more information contact Hawaiian, Ground Floor, 235 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000, phone 08 9426 8888, fax 08 9322 4303. Email:, website: For more information contact Brookfield, Level 22, 135 King Street Sydney NSW 2001, phone 02 9322 2000. Email:, website: 198 WA PROJECT FEATURE claremont quarter - stage two


Below WA's largest, independent building surveying company made sure everything was in place for a successful project.

JMG is Western Australia’s largest, independent building surveying consultancy, with 8 full time building surveyors and 4 administrative personnel, that specialises in commercial and industrial building assessments. Carrying out a range of design compliance audits on commercial building projects, JMG ensures optimum design outcomes and client satisfaction. Catering for a wide range of architects, builders, State and Commonwealth agencies, as well as property developers, JMG not only assists projects with acquiring local government building approval processes, but also reviews accessibility design issues, in adherence with the Disability Discrimination Act. Given their expertise, JMG have been providing their compliance and strategy solutions for the Claremont Quarter shopping centre project. When complete, the $340 million residences will comprise of 77 luxury apartments and penthouses, as well as a range of cosmopolitan restaurants and specialty shops. Commencing their involvement in 2006, JMG have been responsible for the early design stages in order to develop an effective design compliance strategy. With a dedicated team of seven building surveyors, JMG, in conjunction with the Town of Claremont and FESA, has continued to review any on-site compliance issues as they arise. In addition, JMG have attended regular design and construction meetings throughout the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

re-development process, as well as fulfilling the compliance certification requirements for the developer, Brookfields, at the completion stage of each phase. Director of JMG, John Massey, said that throughout their involvement on the Claremont Quarter project, the initial design had included a number of BCA non-compliance issues that had required alternative solutions. “The most challenging part of the project was the number of design changes required for the retail spaces. The major issues were the retail floor areas were oversize and travel distances were in excess of DTS provisions,” Mr Massey said. Despite these obstacles, JMG were able to resolve these issues by regularly consulting Hawaiian, Brookfields and Christou Architects. Furthermore, their rapid response to these problems and the provision of alternative solutions, meant access and project design obstacles were effectively managed. “Working alongside and closely collaborating with the developers has allowed for the smooth-running delivery of this exciting multi-residential project,” Mr Massey said. For more information contact JMG Building Surveyors, 1/85 The Promenade Mount Pleasant WA 6153, phone 08 9316 2508, fax 08 9316 0304. Email:, website: WA PROJECT FEATURE claremont quarter - stage two 199

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Claremont Quarter A quantum shift in design for urban growth.

A wealth of fresh design concepts were revealed to an eager audience at the launch of the Claremont Quarter urban village in February. As lead architect on the project, CHRISTOU Design Group used skill and commitment to establish core design principles specific to a high quality urban development, creating a new model for a major multi-use project within an established town centre environment. The challenge presented on this Hawaiian/ Brookfield Multiplex Joint Venture was to create a multi-use project on a majestic scale, occupying 26,000m 2 of land in the heart of the established suburban village fabric of Claremont. Claremont has long been the favourite destination of Perth’s high earners and it is a highly successful location for Perth’s top fashion boutiques and dining and entertainment venues. CHRISTOU Design Group worked in conjunction with Multiplex Living and Hassell on the design. An external village square has been provided within the precinct. This creates a central hub for the precinct, a natural meeting place in the heart of Claremont, and a location for civic functions and events. The precinct incorporates a lively external mall – ‘The Lane’ – an entertainment and dining hotspot with restaurants, cafés and a bar. This feature extends the life of the precinct well beyond normal centre hours. Turning the mall inside-out has proved a valuable design feature. Shop façades have been integrated into the village environment with varied frontages that bring vibrancy to the street, retaining the traditional diversity and ambience of village life. The internal mall spaces have been conceived as a secondary streetscape. Materials, scale and a bright, airy openness ensure the space is contiguous with life on the street. A skylight WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the full length of the city block floods the area with natural light and maintains the openness of street side retail along the two floors of the inner space of the mall. The development incorporates 79 exclusive residential apartments on four levels. These residential areas are set well back from the street so they are masked from view, allowing the scale of the shopping centre podium to define the Claremont streetscape. The apartments are individually designed to overlook the poolside gardens and distance views, and enjoy a detached serenity from the busy life below. The centre incorporates car bays for over 1400 visitor vehicles on five levels while maintaining an attractive appearance on all street frontages. In the past, Claremont was a jigsaw of points of interest scattered through the village centre. Claremont Quarter has delivered cohesion, fusing the new with its surrounds and providing a focal point for all aspects of village life.

interest has taken visitor numbers to Claremont village to new highs. The design approach is understated and simple, with materials and textures providing a tasteful backdrop to the life of the Quarter. Seamless integration and enhancement of the village through new external elements, such as the lane and village square, demonstrate a new development model for a contemporary city in a connected 21st century world. Claremont Quarter represents a quantum shift in design for urban growth and development and is to be commended for its architectural excellence. For more information contact CHRISTOU Design Group, 12 Gugeri Street Claremont WA 6010, p: 08 9285 6888, f: 08 9285 6893, e:,

The Quarter is an exciting place to live and work. It has achieved far more than creating a precinct in the image of the former Claremont village: it has substantially extended it and raised the bar multiple notches. The shopping and entertainment precinct has stitched seamlessly into the fabric of Claremont. Its appeal has attracted a dazzling range of new stores, including many icons of the fashion world and famous names in the food and lifestyle areas. Major Coles and David Jones stores within the Quarter are key drawcards. The Quarter is now the defining feature within Claremont’s busy village hub. The injection of new WA PROJECT FEATURE claremont quarter - stage two 201

Below With an extensive range of cranes and access equipment it was only logical to use BOOM Logistics for access and lifting solutions.

BOOM Logistics is Australia’s leading supplier of lifting solutions for the Australian building and construction industry. With 54 depots across Australia, as well as a 24 hour, seven-day-week service, BOOM Logistics are able to provide a range of specialised and unique equipment to a variety of resource and construction sites including mines, infrastructure projects, roads and freeways, maintenance, high-rise and residential projects. Given their extensive range of cranes and access equipment available for hire, BOOM Logistics have also been involved on the Claremont Quarter Project development in Western Australia. Situated on Perth’s Swan River foreshore, the $340 million Claremont Quarter Project will incorporate a range of 77 luxury apartments and penthouses, as well as a range of cosmopolitan restaurants and specialty shops. When complete, the residences will offer a choice of one, two or three bedroom and penthouse apartments, and will incorporate versatile floor spaces, elegant finishes and stylish finishes. As part of their involvement, BOOM Logistics provided mobile crane hire as well as travel towers, Elevated Work Platforms and scissor lifts. South West Regional Manager for BOOM Logistics, Glen Svilicich, said 202 WA PROJECT FEATURE claremont quarter - stage two

that as of his team of engineering specialists involved on the Claremont Quarter development, they were able to provide cost effective and time efficient solutions for the client. “Given the fact we used our state of the art equipment and prioritised the delivery of safe lifting solutions whilst working on the Claremont Quarter Project, BOOM’s experienced engineering specialists and professional team were able to avoid any potential obstacles or challenges,” Mr Svilicich said. “As a result, we have been able to deliver cost effective and outstanding project outcomes for the client, ensuring our Project responsibilities were delivered within the tight schedule deadlines,” he said. Able to provide total lifting and access equipment, heavy haulage and rigging services, it is only logical BOOM Logistics will remain the leader in the provision of lifting solutions for the Australian building and construction industry. For more information contact BOOM Logistics, 96 Poole Street Welshpool WA 6106, contact: Glen Svilicich, phone 08 9356 0900, mobile 0403 059 719, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Dorma supplied and installed a variety of doors on the Claremont Quarter project.

Founded in 1908, DORMA is a global, family-owned company that specialises in the supply, installation and service of all types of automatic door solutions, including sliding, swing and revolving door operators. With a professional team of more than 350 Australian employees and with more than 100 years of tradition behind them, DORMA is undoubtedly an industry leader in the provision of door controls, movable walls, glass fittings and accessories. Given their plethora of experience and range of quality products, DORMA were also responsible for the supply and commission of all model DORMA automatic door-operator doors on the prestigious Claremont Quarter development. “Whilst working on the Claremont Quarter development, we supplied and installed a variety of doors, including DORMA automatic swing, slide, Bi-Part and Bi-Part Bi-Slide doors,” said Nicholas Flinos, Product Marketing and National Sales Manager from DORMA. “We also used DORMA ED 200 for all of Claremont Quarter’s car park entries, DORMA EL301 Bi-Part, Bi-Slide doors for all of the main entries, and DORMA HD4, with a privacy control feature, for all of the toilets,” he said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Despite facing a number of challenges while carrying out their responsibilities on the Claremont Quarter development, Mr Flinos said that DORMA’s experienced team of technicians were able to overcome these. “As there was no car-parking facilities onsite, it was essential to plan in advance in order to minimise time wasted walking to and from the site,” Mr Flinos said. “In addition, to ensure the Claremont Quarter project was completed within the tight time and budget requirements, DORMA’s team of experts, at times, endured cramped, dark and very busy conditions. “However, as a result of our commitment to the project, we were able to supply quality products and deliver optimum results to the client, ensuring the project’s overall success,” he said. Considering their significant global presence and outstanding reputation within the door technology product and systems industry, DORMA will continue to remain a world market leader in door controls and automatic door systems. For more information contact DORMA Automatics Pty Ltd, 52 Abbott Road Hallam VIC 3803, phone 03 9796 4111, fax 03 9796 3767. Email:, website: WA PROJECT FEATURE claremont quarter - stage two 203

Below Mandurah Packaging had the right products, fleet and services to supply consumables and packaging solutions for this large project.

Western Australia is Cleaner and Greener with Mandurah Packaging and Chemform. 
Mandurah Packaging, an elite distributor for Chemform, services and supplies construction companies throughout Western Australia with cleaning products, disposable packaging, toiletries, food products and canteen packaging. Through the partnership with Chemform, a leading West Australian owned and operating chemical manufacturer, Mandurah Packaging are introducing the new CHEMFORM GREEN range of products, which offer both quality and eco-friendly performance and results.


With a fleet of five trucks, a dedicated team and over 3,000 lines of products, Mandurah Packaging, services the metropolitan, the northern and eastern suburbs and as far south as Dwellingup, Waroona and Lake Clifton and is able meet all your company needs. Mandurah Packaging offers companies a range of products including cleaning chemicals and equipment, food packaging, including disposable cups, dispensers and containers, bulk food products, such as tea, coffee, sugar, water, cordial, cooking oil, dry goods, cling wrap, alfoil, packaging for canteens, safety equipment including eye wear, masks, gloves and sunscreen.

To compliment this range, Chemform has also been awarded a Green Stamp, an accreditation program supported by the Department of Environment and Conservation. Furthermore, their standards exceed those required for the Green Stamp, as their number one priority remains to be the people, the environment and the future.

In fact, as a testament to the success of their product, Mandurah Packaging and Chemform would like to offer construction companies who mention this article, free samples of the new CHEMFORM GREEN range, as well as the use of free on-loan dispensing systems.

Being based in Western Australia also allows for lower travel costs and less transport-based pollution. This incorporation of carbon offsetting operations and the introduction of greener products is an additional way Chemform will become the providers of choice to the industries they service.

For more information contact Rory O’Brien (mobile 0408 149 537) or the sales team at Mandurah Packaging, Shop; 101 Pinjarra Road Mandurah WA 6210. Warehouse; 10 Boundary Road Mandurah WA 6210, phone 08 9535 3311, fax 08 9581 1703. Email:, website:

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Below Designlinc'd had the cutting edge database system and expertise for the retail design management of Claremont Quarter.

Specialising in Retail Design Management, new tenancy co-ordination and design review, Designlinc'd is able to provide solutions for a number of retail projects, regardless of their size. Responsible for the onsite Retail Design Management of the Stage 2 tenancies, Designlinc'd has been using their extensive and specialised database system to effectively monitor and track the Project's progression. Able to efficiently track individual Retailers, Designers and Shop fitters working on the Claremont Quarter Project, Designlinc'd has also been able to monitor the tenancies, programming and any additional related costings across all aspects of the re-development in Stage 1. Despite reduced retailer confidence in 2008 and tighter budget restrictions on the fit-outs, Designlinc'd were still able to alleviate any significant fit-out delays during Stage 1 of the development.

Below Total Digital Solutions are ready to handle all your construction document processing needs quickly and efficiently.

For more than 12 years, Total Digital Solutions have been providing cutting-edge printing services, such as documents, plans and specifications, to a range of sectors across Australia. Given their wealth of industry expertise and professionalism, Total Digital Solutions have also been providing their printing services solutions for the Claremont Quarter shopping centre project. Alan Holding, Director of Total Digital Solutions, said that during their involvement, their major responsibility was to improve and ease the decision making process in regards to any drawing plan adjustments. “To ensure minimum hassle for the client and other project contractors, we provided a large format printer onsite, which was able to immediately print any required drawings, as well as any subsequent changes that were often made to them,� Mr Holding said.

Given their cutting-edge database system and industry expertise, it is no surprise that Designlinc'd will continue to remain at the forefront of the Retail Design Management industry.

With their broad range of experience, Total Digital Solutions were able to ensure all the necessary printing requirements for the Claremont Quarter were dealt with efficiently and effectively, ensuring optimum results and complete client satisfaction.

For more information contact Designlinc'd, 19/40 St Quentins Avenue Claremont 6010 WA, phone 08 9385 5223, mobile 0414 502 434. Email:, website:

For more information contact Total Digital Solutions, 98 Burswood Road Burswood WA 6100, contact: Alan Holding, phone 08 9470 1300, fax 08 9472 1031. Email:, website:


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Vision for the Community

MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Probuild PROJECT END VALUE : $550 Million COMPLETION : Mid 2011 ARCHITECTS : Bollig Design Group ENGINEERS : - GHD - Robert Bird Group - WSP Lincolne Scott - Wood & Grieve SURVEYOR : RM Surveys QUANTITY SURVEYOR : Ralph Beattie Bosworth

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ver the past few years, the skyline of the Perth CBD has been dominated by a particular building, a building wrought in resilience, seemingly racing towards the clouds. Raine Square is set to change the face of the capital city which it calls home, offering not only 44,000m² in office space, but also incorporating two existing hotels and heritage facades. The development boasts 13,000m² of dedicated retail space over three levels, a 500 seat food hall and Coles supermarket, as well as opportunities for over 53 specialty retailers. This Shangri-La of shopping can be accessed from three major entrances on Wellington, William and Murray streets. Furthermore, the development is set to feature three levels of basement parking space with public and tenant car bays, loading dock, bicycle parking bays and end-of-journey facilities for cyclists. Although the finished product may embody a sleek and contemporary veneer, Raine Square’s construction has been mired in controversy. Fortunately, even this cloud has a silver lining. The Western Australian arm of the nationally renowned construction firm, Probuild, was named preferred builder to take over from Salta Constructions, giving a new lease of life to an otherwise lost opportunity. Valued at $550 million, Raine Square had long roused feelings of enthusiasm from its various stakeholders. With frontage to four streets and home to a number of heritage-listed buildings, the site offered an exciting opportunity to embark upon a comprehensive urban renewal project that would not only maximise the site’s commercial development potential but also deliver a range of community benefits to the City of Perth. These include: • Conservation and restoration of the Royal and Wentworth Hotels • Recognition of the site’s history through public art and commemorative plaques. This includes a statue of the late “Ma Raine”, founder of the Raine Foundation – a significant contributor to the University of Western Australia


• A public plaza fronting Murray Street; and • Creation of though-pedestrian connections, including a subterranean link below William Street to the Perth Underground Concourse. Probuild’s work for Raine Square mirrors their previous efforts for another high-rise office tower. Completed in mid 2010, Probuild unveiled One40 Williams Street, yet another project situated in Perth’s centre stage, the CBD. Featuring a multi-level basement car park, two levels of retail and 19 levels of A-grade commercial office space, the development also encompassed a significant component of Heritage Works with the refurbishment and restoration of three iconic Perth buildings and the reinstatement of a fragile Heritage façade into the main building. Together with Raine Square, one could say these tandem structures will invigorate the city and redefine the retail experience. However, Raine Square does maintain one or two features that put it in the lead. Raine Square will utilise twin lifts within the building – the first of their kind in Australia. Twin lifts, which can travel in either the same or opposing direction within the one lift shaft, reducing the lift shaft size by half and increasing the net lettable area of the building. Since its inception in 1987, Probuild has successfully delivered dozens of large-scale projects including the iconic Print Centre for The Age at Tullamarine, the recently-completed Myer Melbourne Redevelopment and the prestigious Grandstand at Flemington Racecourse. Probuild’s work on the Chadstone Shopping Centre recently won a slew of awards, including the 2010 Master Builders’ Association of Victoria Award for Excellence in Construction. Probuild 49 Labouchere Road South Perth WA 6151 t. 08 9363 1400 f. 08 9368 6443

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finding the right foundations


n response to a rising demand for quality office space in Perth’s CBD, the Saracen Property Group began work on a 22 level development at Raine Square, an ambitious project that not only incorporates two existing hotels and heritage facades, but also provides a direct underground link to Perth’s new main train station on William Street, servicing the northern and southern suburbs. With so much of this 1.2 hectare project being dependent on the site’s soil strata and geology, it was imperative they call in the experts. ATC Williams is a specialist consultancy that has built its reputation in geotechnical, civil and building works, groundwater, hydrology and environmental engineering for numerous projects both home and abroad. In 2006 they were commissioned to undertake an ongoing and comprehensive site investigation for Raine Square, lending to the project nearly 30 years of industry experience.

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“We assessed the likely ground and groundwater conditions to be encountered during excavation,” said Geotechnical Services Manager, John Leavy. “In addition to the requisite geotechnical drilling, dilatometer and cone penetration testing, we performed an acid sulfate soil investigation and prepared an acid sulfate soil and dewatering management plan. We advised on the optimum depth of the diaphragm walls, anchor requirements and foundation design criteria.” Determining the appropriate foundations to support the structure was a key issue for Raine Square, and although a raft foundation with settlement reducing piles was considered feasible, separate piled foundations for lift cores and load bearing columns were preferred to optimise the construction sequencing. As for the acid sulphate soil investigation, the results suggested that all soils below the water table (most of the 11m deep


excavation) required neutralisation. A particularly concentrated layer of sulfidic acidity was discovered between the upper dune sands and the Perth Formation alluvial clays. Soil treatment, using an in situ belt-fed treatment system, was initially adopted but as the excavation progress was too fast, off-site treatment was subsequently undertaken to complete the excavation. ATC Williams continued its ongoing support with geotechnical reviews for the pedestrian tunnel and retail area between Raine Square and William Street station. “The tunnel itself is unique in the fact that it lies beneath main roads in a city centre,” continued John. “It’s a box-type structure formed by diaphragm walls, linked to Raine Square via the basement levels and the train station concourse by breaking through between the box and the diaphragm walls of those structures. Those sections that are fairly narrow required jet grouting in order to stabilise them and to prevent

water ingress.” Construction was adapted specifically to maintain traffic flow on William Street. ATC Williams has established close relationships with major developers, regulators, local authorities, civil/structural designers and geotechnical/civil contractors, which have allowed them to develop a broad understanding of the technical and commercial issues affecting civil developments. The investigation and assessment work they frequently undertake involves a combination of field-based testing, laboratory analysis and engineering assessment, utilising a sophisticated suite of in-house software packages where required. Over their long and illustrious history, ATC Williams has undertaken over 2700 projects for a multitude of clients throughout Australia and around the globe. In 2005, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries engaged ATC Williams to undertake the design and documentation of a rehabilitation plan for Benambra Mine. For their efforts and geotechnical acumen, ATC Williams was bestowed a number of accolades and awards, including The National CASE Earth Award for Environmental Excellence. The team of individuals that comprise ATC Williams pride themselves on their proven ability to deliver innovative and practical solutions across a variety of market sectors. ATC Williams consistently operates with the aim to minimise the collective project cost, risk, and environmental impact of civil earthworks, drainage and construction.

ATC Williams 1/21 Teddington Road Burswood WA 6100 t. 08 9355 8700 f. 08 9355 0711 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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A Fire Safety Service You Can Trust


aking full advantage of its 44,000m² office space, the cosmopolitan Raine Square is predicted to house over 3,500 people over its twenty one levels, making fire safety and security a vital necessity. Fortunately, this comprehensive task was entrusted to the professionals. Being contracted to design and install the latest in fire protection technology to the Raine Square project may have seemed like a tall order, but for the Firesafe Group, it was business as usual. Comprised of a team of dedicated topic specialists, this fast growing company may be new on the Fire Protection market, but offer nothing less than the total package. Their experience covers all aspects of Fire Protection ranging from the design, fabrication and installation of sprinkler systems to detection, EWIS, suppression, testing and ongoing maintenance. According to Co-Director Jason Morrone, the secret to success is a firm commitment to detail. “Thanks to our in-house expertise we can centralise design and production,” said Jason. “All aspects of the project, from the sprinklers and hydrants to the electrical work were designed and installed by Firesafe Group. The advantage of this approach is a uniform design, a standard interface between the systems.” “We always keep well-informed of new practices, technologies and services,” added Jason. “Keeping abreast of the latest developments ensures we have the ability to complete any job, large or small.” Firesafe Group planned, constructed and installed a combined wet pipe sprinkler and hydrant system, which share fire pumps and a common rising main as it proceeds up the building. Sprinklers are activated by a standard temperature of 68°C, the ensuring deluge has been designed 210 WA PROJECT FEATURE raine square


to satisfy Light Hazard and Ordinary Hazard Requirements. As for the 65 hydrant outlets, they have the potential to produce an astounding 10 litres of water per second at 700 kPa. As part and parcel of their scrupulous service, Firesafe Group rounded off Raine Square with a EWIS, or Electrical Wire Interconnection Systems. When an alarm is raised from the sprinkler system, smoke detector or break glass alarm, a signal is sent to a Fire Indication Panel, outlining the type of alarm and, most importantly, its location. This is when the EWIS comes into effect, driving audible and visual alarms. It automatically alerts all building occupants and, in a cascading manner, evacuates the levels from where the alarm was raised and then subsequent floors until the entire building is empty. This is all done with the aid of a pre-recorded message system. As a further measure, Firesafe’s system simultaneously notifies the Fire Brigade and property management team. This is done in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority as well as the City of Perth. Firesafe’s commitment to excellence does not simply end with the contracted works. On completion of installation, they can provide scheduled maintenance, making certain every system is attended to on a regular basis. Firesafe technicians have the training to identify and repair any potential problem, thus reducing any inconvenience or alarm to the client. In the event of an emergency, Firesafe provide a 24-hour call-out service, answered by local staff members so every call is dealt with expediently. Firesafe Group has serviced numerous constructs such as high rise apartments, shopping centres and office developments, as well as satisfying such clients as the Royal Australian Air Force. All work carried out by Firesafe Group always complies with Australian Standards (AS 2118, AS 1670, AS 2419, AS 1851), the National Fire Protection Association and Factory Mutual Standards (on request).

Firesafe United Group U13, 210 Barrington Street Bibra Lake WA 6163 t. 08 9437 7777 f: 08 9418 6355 WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Blindspec Have it Made in the Shade


s we plough further and further into the new millennium, its seems the indomitable search for green solutions is not merely a trend; it is slowly becoming the norm. With a 4.5 Star Australian Greenhouse Building Rating (AGBR) as its goal, Raine Square hopes to become one of many structures that reflect a growing sense of stewardship for the environment. Thanks to the savvy team of engineers at Blindspec Australia, that goal is now within striking distance. Blindspec specialise in the custom design and manufacture of environmentally friendly window blinds. The secret lies in the pelmet, the framework placed above a window which is commonly used to conceal curtain fixtures. These can be used decoratively, to hide the curtain rod, and also help insulate the window by preventing convection currents. These currents are invisible cycles of air that are gradually cooled as they pass between the glass of a window and the blind itself. Without a pelmet, interior temperatures can plummet, which in turn places an unnecessary demand on heaters, artificial lighting and other means to warm a room. This may not sound like much, but bear in mind the sheer size of Raine Square. “We supplied and installed all 2,800 pelmets and their accompanying blinds,” said Director Dammica Wickramaratne. “As with all jobs, we created a special custom-made design, incorporating the aluminium pelmet into the ceiling space so that when the blind is drawn up, you don’t see any blind sitting near the glass – it disappears into the cavity of the ceiling.” Blindspec Australia has their eyes firmly set on the future, always seeking to improve their service and create increasingly more efficient blinds to circumvent unnecessary heat loss. After all, reducing energy consumption is the name of the game, and every little bit counts. Blindspec’s environmentally friendly pelmets are ideal for all types of structures that wish to raise their Green Star Rating above 4 points. 212 WA PROJECT FEATURE raine square

Blindspec Australia U2, 21 Prestige Parade Wangara WA 6065 t. 08 9302 3368 f. 08 9302 3378' AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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get the Seal of approval R aine Square is a unique 44,000m² office and 13,000m² retail project in the heart of Perth’s CBD. Slated to be the new home to one of Europe’s largest financial institutions, the Australian arm of HBOS Bankwest, Raine Square is projected to house 3,500 people working over twenty one levels. The development will also include three levels of retail, with a 500 seat food hall and supermarket, as well as opportunities for over 53 specialty retailers. It is no surprise that quality flooring was a core requirement for this urbane development. Fortunately, Industrial Building Services (IBS) answered the call. “IBS prepared, primed and coated a total of five floors spanning an area of 7,780m²,” said Director Glenn Cotterill. “We waterproofed a variety of key locales including garden areas, play areas and roof areas. As with all jobs, precise preparation was a necessity. We had to prepare the concrete for application, then prime the area and apply the membrane. We checked the concrete using a moisture meter and then flooded the work area with water in order to establish the integrity of the system.”

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Over the course of the project, IBS utilised a series of waterproofing membranes designed specifically for substrate application. Sourced from the popular Parchem family, these included such high performance membranes as Emer-Proof 680, Emer-Proof 750 and a torch-applied, reinforced polymer bitumen known as the Fidia/Testudo system. Finally, the roof and similarly exposed areas were protected via Emer-Clad, an acrylic waterproofing membrane known for its excellent sunlight and UV resistance. Emer-Clad also doubles as a health-conscious option as it contains additives to inhibit the growth of mould and bacteria. IBS have serviced the construction industry for nearly twenty years, specialising in a range of services from epoxy flooring and protective coatings to weatherproofing, anti-corrosion and concrete repair. Industrial Building Services Unit 2/ 179 Camboon Road Malaga WA 6090 t. 08 9249 9644 f. 08 9249 9255 e.


success Set in stone - aurora A

urora Stone is Western Australia’s premier designer and creator of custom-made stone works, having built a solid reputation on customer service and quality. Established in 2001, Aurora Stone was contracted to the Raine Square project and has successfully outfitted the lobbies with their patented Italian Marble, a difficult task as these cumbersome slabs had to be hoisted and affixed to walls reaching up to 10 metres high. However, this laborious effort of fixing featured marble, cladding and tiling was made all the easier thanks to Aurora Stone Design Brackets. Aurora Stone work with granite, marble, travertine and slate, but can source specific stone from anywhere in the world. Proud of their working relationships with architects, builders and masons, they have garnered special praise from interior designers who adore their craft, fashioning bars, BBQs, bathrooms, kitchens, or any inside/outside feature. Aurora Stone is no stranger to large-scale projects, having lent their talents to The City Square site at 125 St Georges Terrace, a project that parallels Raine Square as it successfully integrates old and new, low-rise and high-rise to create a dynamic urban environment.


Aurora Stone PTY LTD Unit 3-4, 41-45 Tate Street Bentley WA 6102 t. 08 9258 8800 e.


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TIMES TWO MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hanssen Project Management PROJECT END VALUE : $97 Million COMPLETION : Mid 2011 ARCHITECTS : SS Chang Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Wood & Grieve Engineers

Hanssen - The Company Behind x2’s Success stablished in 1992, Hanssen builders are a Western Australia Project Management company that specialise in the construction of high rise apartment buildings. In addition, Hanssen manufacture their own custom-made structural steelwork, windows and precast concrete floors to suit the demands and requirements of a number of Finbar Group Projects, they also carry out their own professional and cost-effective plumbing, electrical and ceramic tiling services. With over 400 employees and an outstanding project portfolio, including having worked on projects such as Perth’s Reflections Towers, Infinity and the Royal Apartments, Hanssen is able to deliver building solutions and cutting-edge results for the Finbar Group within Western Australia. With such a wealth and knowledge of building and construction experience, it was no surprise that Hanssen were recently appointed the main builders for the prestigious x2 apartment development in Perth. Situated on East Perth’s Adelaide Terrace, the x2 development incorporates 200 studio, 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments across two buildings, as well as a solar heated lap pool, sauna, fully-equipped gym, bar and landscaped areas, all of which are conveniently located by the Swan River and just a stone’s throw from the city-centre. Heralded as being an inner-city sanctuary, x2 will also bring a touch of modern European elegance to Perth’s cityscape and offer the perfect city living solution. Commencing their involvement in January, 2010, Hanssen were responsible for overseeing and delivering the entire construction of the x2 apartment buildings, which are also connected together by Perth’s first colonnade. Gerry Hanssen, Managing Director at Hanssen, said that whilst constructing the various apartment buildings, his professional team employed a new ‘BubbleDeck’ precast concrete floor system. “BubbleDeck is basically a system which makes floor slabs lighter and stronger by incorporating large, hollow plastic balls in a lattice of steel,” Mr Hanssen said. “In fact, this particular material eliminates up to 35% of concrete from suspended slabs, which results in lighter structures, improved productivity and reduced energy consumption,” he said. Another advantage of this cutting-edge technology is that without the need for any formwork or beams, BubbleDeck yields floor cycles up to 30% faster than traditional construction methods. 216 WA PROJECT FEATURE TIMES TWO


“This allowed us to simply and time-effectively prop, place and pour the Bubbledeck throughout the apartment buildings in order to install the suspended concrete floor slabs, which greatly contributed to the overall success and efficient progress of the x2 apartments,” Mr Hanssen said. “Furthermore, the BubbleDeck system provided speed of erection and as a result, we were able to build each of the two storey structures in just ten weeks,” he said. Given the inner-city location of the x2 development, Hanssen did face a number of limited access challenges; however, using their liaison and project management expertise, they were able to overcome these. “As the roadway was actually a Clearway between 7:30 and 9:00am and 4:15 and 6:00 pm, this created a number of difficulties for material deliveries,” Mr Hanssen said. “In order to avoid commuter congestion or any building delays, we liaised with other contractors and the Council to ensure a rigid delivery schedule was maintained and any disruption to the building progress was limited,” he said. As a result, Hanssen were able to produce an outstanding development result, within budget and time constraints. In fact, it could said that the success of the x2 apartments is further testament to the outstanding building services and solutions Hanssen will continue to deliver to the Western Australian building and construction industry. HANSSEN PTY LTD – PROJECT MANAGEMENT 15-17 Fairbrother Street Belmont WA 6104 t. 08 6218 3800 f. 08 6218 3899



The Force behind Australia’s Building Industry GC is one of Australia’s largest groups of privately owned companies and since the 1960’s; they have become one of Western Australia’s leading builders in the civil and construction markets. Capable of providing a range of services and project solutions for a variety of industries, such as residential and commercial building, contract mining, road transport, quarrying and building and construction manufacture, BGC’s outstanding reputation has led to their involvement on a number of prolific projects throughout Australia. With major specialisations in commercial construction, unit developments for the Ministry of Housing and nursing homes and retirement villages, BGC has established new benchmarks within the building industry, confirming its’ competitive tendering and project completion consistency. Examples of their impressive building and construction achievements include the Armadale Health Campus, Western Australia Cricket Ground


Association (WACA) Ground redevelopment and the Curtin University’s School of Business and Physiotherapy. Given their wealth of expertise, professional team and an ability to provide the highest quality design, products and services in a cost and time effective manner, BGC were also recently involved on the significant x2 development in Perth. Situated on East Perth’s Adelaide Terrace, x2 introduces a new formula for inner-city apartment design. Consisting of 200 apartments across two buildings, connected by Perth’s first colonnade and offering a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, x2 offers stylish and modern city living solutions. In addition, a 22 metre heated lap pool, outdoor spa, sauna and fullyequipped gym, as well as the river side location, makes x2 the perfect city living solution.


During their involvement on this prestigious development, BGC Plasterboard, a division of BGC, were responsible for manufacturing the required wall and ceiling plasterboards. This also included the manufacture and provision of a number of specialty fire and water-resistant plasterboards. Roger Brynjuifsen, General Manager at BGC Plasterboard, said whilst working on the x2 Project, a number of different types of boards were employed. “Our experienced BGC Plasterboard team used a range of plasterboards on the x2 development to ensure cost-effective solutions and outstanding project results,” Mr Brynjuifsen said. “This particular range included 10mm ceiling board, 10mm RE Plasterboard, specialized water-resistant plasterboard and fireboard. “All of the internal plasterboard walls used throughout the building, kitchens and bathrooms, were constructed using a variety of high quality BGC Plasterboard products,” he said. With an extensive product range and supply capability, BGC Plasterboard was not only able to deliver high quality products, but was also able to meet the demands of the major client, Hanssen Builders.


“The plasterboard we used in the x2 apartments was supplied to Hanssen Builders by Western Australia Direct Plasterboard, which is a major customer of BGC Plasterboard,” Mr Brynjuifsen said. “Furthermore, in order to meet the specified four hour fire rating and lightweight construction requirements of the Plasterboards used on the x2 apartments, BGC’s Plasterboard’s sister company, supplied Ecobrick to all of the party walls to ensure the client was satisfied and that these important standards were duly met,” he said. With a number of industry awards for their consistent high standard of buildings, as well as their ability to surmount any construction challenge faced whilst working on a project, it is without a doubt that BGC will continue to secure major building projects and at the same time, uphold their reputation for delivering impressive results.

BGC PLASTERBOARD Bushmead Road Hazelmere WA 6055 t. 08 9374 2900 f. 08 9372 2901 e.


JD MACDONALD - The Garbage Chute Leaders ith more than 50 years of industry experience, JD MacDonald, a division of MacDonald Johnston Pty Ltd, is a leading manufacturer of plastic and steel garbage and linen chutes, Rotobin Compaction Units and Static Compaction equipment. In addition, JD MacDonald offer a complete range of commercial washroom products and accessories including Australian made hand dryers, baby change stations and food waste disposers, with a focus on a functionality, design, technology and appearance. Following the recent launch of the 100% recycled plastic EnviroTube garbage chute; the company has already seen success with the installation of the EnviroTube on the Fairlanes Project. In addition, JD MacDonald has also seen much success with their involvement on the prestigious x2 development in Perth. As part of their responsibility to this project, Melinda Green, Divisional Manager of JD MacDonald said they supplied and installed two garbage chutes and Rotobin 5000 Compaction Units, to both of the residential apartment towers. “Before installing these chutes, it became apparent, during the initial design stage, that the layout of the bin room could be improved at a small cost,” Ms Green said. “As a result, we decided to redesign the discharge hoppers, which in turn, created an increased storage area within the bin rooms and improved the overall functionality of each space,” she said. 220 WA PROJECT FEATURE TIMES TWO

Once the hopper discharge redesign was complete, the JD MacDonald steel garbage chute and Rotobin 5000 Compaction Unit were able to be installed within the x2 development. “The Rotobin 5000 is a fully automated unit which has been specifically designed for the collection and compaction of rubbish within high density residential applications,” Ms Green said. “Another advantage to this system is that as each bin fills, the compaction base automatically rotates and positions an empty bin under the chute when required,” she said. In addition to their new, environmentally friendly EnviroTube Garbage Chute, as well as an outstanding ability to deliver a wide range of washroom products, garbage and linen chutes, JD MacDonald will continue to remain one step ahead of their industry competitors.

JD MACDONALD 65-73 Nantilla Road Clayton North VIC 3168 t. 03 9271 6400 f. 03 9271 6480 e. www. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Lighting Up x2 resh on the architectural design lighting scene is HALO Lighting. Based in East Perth, this new independent consultancy and showroom represents numerous international brands by renowned designers and specializes in servicing a broad range of commercial, urban, and residential projects. With a focus on aesthetics, functionality, technology, and performance, HALO offer a hands-on design application service, to assist clients achieve standout results. Having already undertaken a broad range of projects in Western Australia, such as The Perth Cultural Centre, 1178 Hay Street, Rio Tinto Argyle Diamonds, the refurbishment of the Perth Duxton Hotel Club Lounge and Lobby, and the Hyatt Regency Hotel Pool Deck, HALO succeed in capturing the strength of the x2 development. Situated on Perth’s Adelaide Terrace, x2 introduces a new formula for inner-city apartment living. Pushing the boundaries between classic and innovative design, x2 takes the form of two contemporary 10 storey buildings and integrates them to create Perth’s first residential colonnade. HALO director Reg Campbell has been in the architectural lighting industry for more than 30 years. Reg and his dedicated team, worked closely with Hanssen in the selection and procurement of lighting for x2’s apartments, foyer, lobby and exterior locations. Reg said, “Product selection for x2 was taken from the smart streamlined LEDSC4 collections. LEDSC4 have gained a reputation for their focus on creating ‘families’ of product. These product ‘families’ are particularly effective in establishing continuity on site, especially for large scale multiresidential spaces.” With serviceability at the forefront of every operation, HALO maintains tight schedules and fast response times. To ensure deadlines are met, HALO pride themselves on strong supplier relations and in this case directly imported LEDSC4 products from Spain allowing for direct distribution to the client. “Clear direction from the architects and tight project management from Hanssen, ensured the x2 project ran smoothly.” In addition, Reg said “early assessment of product requirements and our strong relationship with suppliers led to a successful and timely procurement of lighting products for x2.” In keeping with good design HALO maintain the balance between product and service to deliver first-class results. To view HALO’s latest products, events and news visit HALO Lighting 35 Kensington St, East Perth PO Box 6849 t. 08 9221 5544 e. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


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in a whole other realm

Main Construction Company : Doma Group completion : July 2011 Surveyor : Kleven Spain Services Engineer : Northrop structural engineer : AWT Consulting ARCHITECTS : Colin Stewart Architects project end value : $40 Million

The Doma Group 18 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 t. 02 6260 7750 f. 02 6260 7751 e.


he Doma group has once again raised the bar for prestige living in Canberra. The culmination of the Realm Park development project sees the realisation of years of planning and construction. As with all Doma Group projects, the emphasis remains focused on quality and the Realm Park project is certainly no exception. As a local Canberra-based company heralding more than 30 years experience and an extensive wealth of industry knowledge, Doma Group has been proud of its’ association with one of Canberra’s finest new developments. The prestigious Realm Precinct houses the 5 star Hotel Realm, 4.5 star Burbury Hotel, Realm Quarters residential and commercial, One Sydney Avenue residential and commercial and Realm Park apartments. Within the precinct there are many restaurants, lounge bar, hairdresser, day spa, health club and a number of speciality organisations. 224 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REALM PARK

With highly-skilled expertise in both civil and hydraulic engineering, Doma Group’s team of more than 100 worked tirelessly on the project, working to deliver an overall product of excellence and quality. Doma Group’s experienced team of professionals was also involved in the coordination and management of the $40m development to ensure delivery was on time and on budget. Every aspect of the project, from the earthworks, through to the plumbing and drainage and construction of the Park, including the defining feature wall, was managed with the same exacting standards that the Doma Group expects and demands. “Working with a client who shared the same commitment to excellence meant that as a team, we all pushed in the same direction,” said Drew Mathias, Project Manger from Doma Group. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

“It certainly made things a great deal easier and smoother; particularly given the fact our visions and values shared those of the client’s.

in the ACT and a significant participant in the Woden and Civic commercial property market.

“In fact, given the significance of Realm Park, Doma Group was very excited and proud to have played a part in helping continue to improve the quality and standard of developments in Canberra,” he said.

In addition, they have worked on a range of prolific projects throughout the ACT. Some of these include Aviation House, Sirius Building, Hotel Realm, Bridge Point and Dockside Kingston.

Faced with a number of construction challenges – including a very limited work site area and noise restrictions due to the adjacent hotel – Doma Group maintained open communication channels with both the client and onsite contractors, to ensure that all parties were on the same page and delays were minimised.

Doma Group have also recently expanded into the New South Wales industry following the purchase and refurbishment of a number of licensed hotels, all of which have further extensive development potential.

As further testament to their success as a company, Doma Group is now recognised as one of the largest multi-unit development and construction companies in the ACT, the largest private hotelier WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Given their ever-expanding growth within the building and construction industry, as well as their outstanding reputation for providing quality results and civil and hydraulic engineering solutions, it is without a doubt Doma Group will continue to grow from strength to strength within Australia. ACT PROJECT FEATURE REALM PARK 225

breathing air into realm park S

ince 1976, Northrop has been delivering a range of specialist engineering services, including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, structural and civil solutions to the building industry. With a professional team of 140 and a refreshingly flexible approach to engineering that facilitates both practical and holistic design solutions, Northrop has been involved in a number of prolific projects for a range of clients.


Given their industry expertise and commitment to providing innovative solutions, Northrop has also been involved on the $14 million Realm Park development in Canberra. This project, which marks the final stage in the Realm Life Development, incorporates a luxury seven-storey apartment complex, a five-star luxury hotel, bars and restaurants, all set amidst landscaped parks and gardens. Commencing their involvement in 2003, Northrop’s Canberra Building Services team has worked across all phases of the project throughout the construction period. Responsible for designing the mechanical services on Hotel Realm during Stage One, as well as designing and insuring the quality of the


installation for the mechanical and electrical services on the following stages of the project, Northrop has been able to deliver cost-effective and innovative solutions for the client. Geoff Absolom, Manager of Northrop Building Services, said this had required them to deliver a range of highly specialised services and resources, in order to accommodate the requirements of the project. “These included customised mechanical services such as air-conditioning, ventilation, heating and exhaust, as well as a broad range of electrical services, such as lighting, power, communication and security,” Mr Absolom said.

“In addition, we used heated and cooled slabs with natural ventilation openings at the bottom and top within the atrium of the hotel. “This innovation is not only environmentally friendly, but also works to effectively maintain the building’s temperature,” he said. In fact, given their extensive industry experience, Northrop was also able to successfully fulfill their project responsibilities and finish the job ahead of schedule, despite the tight time deadlines. With a string of Engineering Excellence Awards and a philosophy to remain highly specialised and focus on delivering personal, customised solutions, it is without a doubt that Northrop will continue to be a leader within the industry.

Northrop Engineers 15 Altree Court Phillip ACT 2006 t. 02 6285 1822 f. 02 6285 1863



beyond the realm of excellence


he Doma group has once again raised the bar for prestige hotel accommodation in Canberra. The culmination of the Realm Park development project sees the realisation of years of planning and construction. As with all Doma Group projects, the emphasis is on quality and the Realm Park project is certainly no exception. As a local company with more than 17 years experience, D Group was proud to be associated with one of Canberra’s finest new developments. With expertise in civil and hydraulic engineering, D Group’s team of more than 100 worked tirelessly on the project, helping to deliver a product of excellence and quality.

– D Group maintained open communication channels with both the client and the onsite contractors to ensure that all parties were on the same page and delays were kept to a minimum. “Working with a client who shares the same commitment to excellence means that we are all pushing in the same direction as a team,” said Dino Jugovac, D Group’s Managing Director. “It certainly makes things a lot easier when you share your client’s visions and values,” he said. “D Group is very excited and proud to have played a part in helping Doma continue to improve the quality and standard of developments in Canberra.”

D Group’s experienced team of professionals was involved in the coordination and management of the $14m project to ensure delivery was on time and on budget. Every aspect of the project, from the earthworks, through to the plumbing and drainage and the construction of the Park, including the defining feature wall, was managed with the same exacting standards that the Doma Group expects and demands. Faced with a number of construction challenges – including a very limited work site area and noise restrictions due to the adjacent hotel 228 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REALM PARK

D Group 5 Whyalla St Fyshwick ACT 2609 t. 02 6162 3377 f. 02 6162 3388 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Designing our nation's capital


stablished in 1988, Colin Stewart Architects is an award- winning architectural practice, specialising in architecture, planning urban and interior design. Committed to achieving socially and environmentally responsible standards of work, Colin Stewart Architect’s capacity and industry expertise also allows them to optimise development outcomes and create quality public domains. With a formidable client base, Colin Stewart Architect’s ‘strategic urban design’ approach has been instrumental in their appointment as lead design consultants for some of Canberra’s major developments and were recently involved on the prestigious Realm Precinct.

Colin Stewart Architects Wetlands House, Dairy Road Fyshwick ACT PO Box 3469 Manuka ACT 2603 t. 02 6228 1200 e. “Furthermore, the architecture of each building within the Realm Precinct has been refined in order to meet project requirements and ultimately, produce a level of continuity unique to any other project of its’ kind,” he said. As cost-effective design innovations were a hallmark of the Realm Precinct, Colin Stewart Architects also incorporated a range of techniques to ensure budgetary limits were met. “The high quality precast facades and walling systems we used throughout the development were designed as “structural precasts”, which eliminated the need for scaffolding,” Mr Stewart said.

Colin Stewart, Company Director, said as part of their involvement on the Realm Precinct, they were appointed the Master planners and Architects of the project, which has been heralded as the largest mixed-use urban redevelopment outside the city centre.

“Furthermore, to ensure an environmentally and cost efficient result, the atrium within Hotel Realm was designed using high levels of natural light and ventilation, an automated roof top and louvre windows systems,” he said.

“Whilst working on this project, we presented the initial concepts for the redevelopment of this irregular-shaped Barton site at the interface between domestic scale heritage residential areas and a large scale commercial office precinct,” Mr Stewart said. “In addition, our involvement led to the successful integration of hotels, apartments, retail space and commercial offices, as well as a defining central public park and shared space area.

Although they faced a number of challenges throughout, including an ever-changing brief, Colin Stewart Architects overcame these obstacles through the establishment of a flexible design approach that responded to changing demands of both the market and the client. With a string of design awards under their belt, it is without a doubt Colin Stewart Architects will continue to create innovative urban spaces for the nation’s capital.



lighting up realm park


ased in Canberra, Martin Donnelly Pty Ltd is an electrical services company that specialises in a range of electrical and lighting control services within the building and construction industry. With more than 11 years experience and a team of 55 professional and highly skilled staff, Martin Donnelly has worked on a variety of projects throughout the ACT region, including the Ambassador Apartments, at Deakin, the Canberra Hospital car park, and as a result of their industry knowledge, were also recently involved on the Realm Park Development in Canberra. The $14 million Realm Park development will incorporate beautifully landscaped gardens and parks, a seven-story apartment complex, bars, restaurants and a five-star luxury hotel. Rod Drew, a Director of Martin Donnelly, said that as part of their involvement on the prestigious project, his team of highly skilled electricians had been responsible for the installation and provision of all electrical services. “Our professional and committed team has been successfully managing all the necessary electrical services required for the development,” Mr Drew said.


“In fact, as a result of our expertise and experience, as well as on-going co-ordination and consultation with the client, we have been able to deliver both time effective and cost efficient electrical solutions to the Realm Park development. “Furthermore, we have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Doma Group on this significant Realm Park development, in order to ensure an outstanding result that will no doubt be remembered well into the future,” he said. As it is also no doubt that Martin Donnelly will continue to be the industry’s number one choice for all of their electrical needs.

Martin Donnelly Pty Ltd PO Box 478 Fyshwick ACT 2609 t. 02 6297 6606 f. 02 6299 7277 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

harvey norman commercial DIVISION


ommitted to providing an extensive range of quality products, as well as exceptional customer service, Harvey Norman Commercial Division can provide a range of solutions to building and construction project’s, regardless of their scale or budget. With more than 20 years of industry experience and a highly skilled team, Harvey Norman Commercial Division always ensure their clients receive tailored and personalised service from the initial quote, right through to the delivery. Having provided complete fit-outs on projects such as Glebe Park and Kangara Waters, as well as for a number of universities and serviced apartments, Harvey Norman Commercial Division were also involved in the fit out and interiors of the apartments and hotel for Canberra’s Realm Park development.

Harvey Norman Commercial division 31 Dacre Street Mitchell ACT 2911 t. 02 6202 2007 m. 0412 777 853

“Whilst working on this significant project, we provided the Realm Park apartments with all of the required major and small appliances, as well as bathroom fixtures and fittings,” Mr Pound said. With a wealth of experience and a range of diverse capabilities, Harvey Norman Commercial Division, will continue to excel in the range of complete services they provide to a variety of industries, throughout Australia. Harvey Norman Commercial Division have showrooms in Sydney Taren Point, Central Coast and South Coast. We supply Architects, Designers, Builders Developers and Plumbers. Our showrooms are TRADE ONLY and by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

This prestigious $14 million development will incorporate landscaped gardens and parks, a seven-story apartment complex, bars, restaurants and a five-star luxury hotel.

Sydney 15-21 Atkinson Road Taren Point NSW 2229 t. 02 9710 4155 e.

Gavin Pound, Branch Manager of Harvey Norman Commercial Division A.C.T, said throughout their involvement, they provided the equipment and fit-out for all of the apartments and hotel rooms.

Central Coast 25 Kangoo Road Somersby NSW 2250 t. 02 4340 8500


NSW South Coast Unit 4/5 34 Quinns Lane Nowra NSW 2541 t. 02 4424 9900


national fixing - glass and aluminium facade installers


ince 1991, National Fixing has been providing specialised, custom-made glass and aluminum facades for a variety of commercial and retail buildings throughout the ACT.

“We believe that working closely with the Project Managers and subcontractors ensures a smooth line of dialogue onsite, improved all-round communication and consequently, a better end result.”

With a core focus on the fabrication and installation of unusual and challenging aluminum and glass facades, National Fixing has worked on a number of significant and iconic projects. Some of these have included the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Australian National Museum. Given their long-standing industry experience, professional team and their string of Master Builder Awards, National Fixing was also recently involved on Canberra’s Realm Park development.

“The reason National Fixing continues to succeed in this industry is because of the expertise of our key personnel, many of whom have been with the company since its’ inception, and our dedication to delivering unique facades for the commercial and retail building industry,” Mr McAlister said.

Contracted by the Doma Group, Wayne McAlister, Managing Director of National Fixing, said they had been responsible for the installation of a number of the onsite glassed areas. “Whilst working at Realm Park, our team of key personnel installed all the windows, as well as the entry doors for the Hotel and for stages 2B, 3A and 3B of the Project,” Mr McAlister said. “In addition, we installed a unique glass feature wall in the main reception area of the new 5-star Hotel.” Committed to working co-operatively and liaising closely with the major contractor and adjacent trades onsite, National Fixing were able to deliver outstanding results for the client, without encountering any major construction site obstacles. 232 ACT PROJECT FEATURE REALM PARK

With more than 130 years of combined knowledge in regards to the aluminum glass façade industry, it is without a doubt National Fixing are recognised for the contributions with in the building and construction industry. National Fixing PTY LTD ACN 064 546 425 ABN 41 064 546 425 12 Raws Crescent Hume ACT 2620 Contact: Wayne McAlister t. 02 6260 1632 f. 02 6260 1226 e. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

the leaders of the formwork industry


ince 1983, I.C Formwork has been providing their astute building services and expertise to the formwork industry.

In addition, Mr. Peter said working on the iconic Realm Park re-development has been both an honorable and pleasurable experience.

With more than 170 employees, I.C Formwork has been involved in a number of prolific projects, in both Canberra and NSW.

“I.C Formwork has really enjoyed working with the building team on this project and as a result have fostered a fantastic and beneficial working relationship with all those involved,” he said.

As part of Canberra’s Realm Park development, I.C Formwork has been responsible for the construction of formwork for the multistoreyed buildings included on the project. Throughout the various construction phases, I.C Formwork has provided the highest quality formwork materials, such as falsework and formwork.

Given their ability to provide high quality products, as well as reliable and affordable services, it is without a doubt that I.C Formwork should be the pick of the bunch when choosing your next formwork specialist.

I.C Formwork's Director, Steve Peter, said that with any building site the Realm Park project had its’ fair share of ups and downs. “In the building industry every day can be a challenge. On this particular site we've definitely had to work around difficult time and design restraints,” Mr. Peter said. “However as a result of I.C Formwork's experienced team, we've been able to overcome these particular obstacles and complete our responsibilities on time,” he said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

I.C FORMWORK SERVICES Pty Ltd 5 Daly Street Queanbeyan NSW 2620 t. 02 6297 7137 e. ACT PROJECT FEATURE REALM PARK 233

always on time & under budget


& J Dahl is a mechanical contractor specialising in all facets of the HVAC industry, ranging from domestic dwellings to multi storey apartment complexes. N & J Dahl operates locally out of Hume in the ACT. The Dahl group is able to provide a full & flexible package to clients due to the diverse company structure. This in turn allows projects to be delivered on time & under budget. Nick Dahl still remains managing Director, ensuring a unique & personal relationship with clients. N & J Dahl have completed HVAC services on a number of high profile Canberra developments including; The Waterfront at Kingston,


Ambassador at Deakin, Oracle at Belconnen, Edge at Franklin, Gemz at Kingston, and numerous other projects of similar capacity. N & J Dahl is currently on site at Realm Park. The project is six floors of residential, commercial offices and car park exhaust. As contractors, we are proud to work with Doma Group on such a prestigious project, and look forward to upcoming developments. Congratulations to Doma Group for the Realm Park Project, another iconic development in Canberra for the Doma . N & J Dahl Unit 1, 73 Sheppard Street Hume ACT 2620

t. 02 6260 1223 f. 02 6260 1224


placing canberra's future in conCrete


ince 1970 Belconnen Concrete have been a force in construction in Canberra, ACT.

A family run business that started on small residential projects, have now graduated to pumping, placing and finishing an estimated 120,000 cubic metres of concrete every year, making them one of the largest concrete companies in Canberra. Many of the staff are trained in house, which means that employees are highly skilled experts in their area. This enables the company to guarantee the quality of their work, offering an exemplary degree of quality assurance, as well as allowing them to pursue best practices. The company’s team of thirty staff have, in many cases, been with Belconnen Concrete for many years, with half of the employees being at the company for at least ten years, while some of the staff have been employed by the company for more than 25-years. The commitment to the company from its employees is mirrored in the commitment the company has made to its clients. So successful are the company that most of its trade comes from word of mouth WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

recommendations from satisfied clients and the company are proud to have worked on many of Doma Construction sites in the ACT over the past 15 years. At Realm Park, Belconnen Concrete have worked pumping, placing and finishing an estimated 20,000 cubic metres of concrete in columns, slabs, walls and stairs. Belconnen Concrete were highly prepared for the development with the use of specialized Separate Placement Booms, which have a maximum reach of 39 metres. These booms allow the company to achieve a large area of coverage placing Belconnen Concrete as innovators at the forefront of their trade. It is for these reasons Belconnen Concrete set the standard for Concrete Pump, Place and Finish in Canberra. Belconnen Concrete PO Box 1002 Fyshwick ACT 2609 t. 02 6280 2700 f. 02 6280 2799 e. ACT PROJECT FEATURE REALM PARK 235

NAMADGI SCHOOL Main Construction Client : ACT Education and Training Directorate project manager : Manteena Pty Ltd completion : Stage 1 February 2011, Stage 2 May 2011 SURVEYOR : Land Data Surveys Pty Ltd Structural Engineer : Sellick Consultants Pty Ltd architects : Guida Moseley Brown Architects project end value : $58.05 Million

ACT Education and Training Directorate GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601 t. 02 6207 5111 f. 02 6205 9333


hen the new Namadgi School in Canberra’s south opened its doors at the start of 2011, students began to experience learning at one of the country’s state-of-the-art school campuses.

future, and will be able to incorporate new teaching approaches and rapidly changing technologies.

Designed by Guida Moseley Brown Architects, the $58.05 million school ultimately accommodates more than 900 students from preschool to year 10 and establishes a standard for modern, quality education facilities in Australia.

The School has been built on the site of the former Kambah High School. Detailed excavation work and concrete pouring took place from December 2009. At the completion of the demolition ninety-three percent of all materials from the former Kambah High School structure were recycled, exceeding the Green Star benchmark of eighty percent.

Located in the Tuggeranong region, the school has been cleverly designed to inspire students with light and open learning environments, while maximising and embracing the natural bush environment with seamless indoor and outdoor learning areas. The structure and fixtures support the ACT public school curriculum framework, Every Chance To Learn, by ensuring that student learning is guided and enhanced by the school and classroom environments.

The Namadgi School incorporates a range of sustainability principles. During construction materials with a high recycled content were used, such as the carpets and internal wall linings. A highly insulated building envelope was used as was “green” concrete mix. Clever design allows the maximisation of natural ventilation and learning spaces are filled with natural light. A photovoltaic solar system has also been installed to supplement the school’s power supply. This will have an output of 30kW.

The Namadgi School facilities are flexible and adaptable for multipurpose use. They are designed to meet the needs of students into the

All buildings on the site have individual ‘Smart Meters’ linked to the Building Management System. Software will allow students and



staff to view and log power and water usage. Such monitoring will enhance students’ learning when studying sustainability, energy and environment. A 200,000 litre rainwater retention tank is on site, with water able to be used for irrigation of the grounds. Each building has a grey water system for toilet flushing. While the overall school site is large, the school is designed as four sub-schools or ‘learning communities’, catering for students in early childhood (preschool to year 2), primary (years 3-5), middle (years 6-8) and high school (years 9-10). The concept of learning communities will assist teachers and staff to ensure students receive the individual attention that they need. The Namadgi School has facilities to cater to a broad range of student interests. The contemporary library and resources centre includes an innovative media studio. Students and the community will have access to a performing arts space with dance, drama and music facilities. The school also has a technology centre encompassing workshops, textile facilities and visual art studios. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Food Technology areas have been creatively co-located with the school canteen to form a food court building. This includes a commercial style teaching bay in the classroom with an adjoining hospitality room. With other new schools now being built with similar innovative design and sustainability principles, such as the Gungahlin College (years 11 and 12) which also opened this year. This project includes a public library and vocational facilitates, the ACT is becoming a place to watch when it comes to clever leading-edge school construction. Namadgi School was completed in May 2011 and more than 500 people were involved in its design and construction. Students from preschool to year 7 commenced at the school from 2011, with enrolments expanding progressively each year until the school has students enrolled from preschool to year 10 in 2014. Namadgi School - Gungahlin College - ACT PROJECT FEATURE NAMADGI SCHOOL 237


hard landscaping feature walls and retaining walls. The pavements entailed excavation, laying sand, installing box formwork, steel mesh and expansion joints and the concrete pour – in all CBC undertook 12,500m2 of concreting at Namadgi School.

ike many projects around the country, the Namadgi School project was complicated by heavy rain. For Capital Bobcat and Concreting (CBC), this meant having to re-excavate footings and ongoing rectification to the site preparation works they undertook. Fortunately, being experts in the earthworks and concreting trades, they were able to still complete all tasks in a timely manner, and without any LTIs.

At the peak of works, CBC had a workforce of 20 onsite including operators, labourers and formworkers, and machinery including excavator, bobcat, concrete pump and trucks. The project ran to a tight timeframe of seven day working weeks in order to have each stage ready for students on schedule. The first students began classes at Namadgi School in January 2011, with the second half of the school open after Easter 2011.

CBC prepared all the footings for the fourteen new buildings at the school, including not only the bulk and detail excavation works but also the laying of reinforcing steel, plastic sheeting, styrene; the placing of the starter bars; and working on the concreting for the raft slabs. Each footing took a week to complete to a pour-ready stage.

“It was a challenge trying to work in with people, having multiple trades and equipment on a small site at one time, with a lot of activity going on, meant there was a lot of rectification required due to inadvertent damage to freshly poured concrete,” said CBC Proprietor, Joe Agnello.

CBC also did the whole site’s bulk earthworks for open spaces and landscaping to level and final trim, and did all of the pavements and

“The month of rain we had at the end of last year meant we would do preparation works, then it would rain, then we would have to dig it out



again. We had one of the footings ready for pour, and then it rained for two days, and we had to dewater, and do all the preparation over again.” CBC work to a comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety strategy, with detailed work method statements prepared for every site they enter. Their combination of quality work, skilled labour and well-maintained plant has given them a growing role in the ACT and surrounding regions. The company’s experience includes education projects, private homes, driveways, suspended slabs and hard landscaping. Other recent major projects include the GP Clinic at Queanbeyan; Mount Stromlo Observatory; and 2km of new footpath around Lake Burley Griffin. The CBC fleet includes two 20T excavators, 8T excavator, 15T excavator, 3T excavator, bobcats, plant trailer, Hino Truck and bobcat, two truck and trailer combinations, roller, three concrete trucks, three foreman’s vehicles, forklift and a concrete grinding/polishing vehicle with trailer.

Concrete grinding and polishing is a new aspect to this company’s capabilities and services, with five ACT projects completed to date including concrete polishing for commercial premises on the prestigious Kingston Foreshore development and concrete polishing for DGroup Garage. The CBC workforce includes highly experienced operators, labourers, concreters and mechanics and electrician for regular maintenance and servicing of the company plant and equipment. As well as long term contracts, CBC offers wet hire on an hourly basis of plant and personnel. To date, CBC has tackled projects from Bateman’s Bay on the South Coast, to the Snowy Mountains, across the ACT and Queanbeyan, and has demonstrated they have the skills, experience and equipment to tackle any construction challenge, from complex designs on tight and difficult sites through to major earthworks undertakings. Capital Bobcat and Concreting PO Box 169 Jerrabomberra 2619 t. 02 6297 0732 f. 02 6297 0769 e.



solid foundation for education


n providing the concreting services for all the buildings of the new Namadgi School in the ACT, Gungahlin Concrete Services (GCS) have laid solid Green Star rated foundations for the education of students. GCS provide the entire placement and finishing of Green Star rated concrete to slabs on ground for classrooms and buildings, over a six month period. Up to 15 GCS workers were needed on site, with pours ranging in size throughout the project. GCS also supplied the concrete pumps for the project, and demonstrated their logistical ability in managing the flexible labour requirements of the weather-affected program. “Using Green Star rated concrete can be of bit of a challenge when it comes to finishing the concrete, it’s a little hard to work with, requiring more attention compared to normal non recycled concrete,” said GCS General Manager, Robert Belmonte. “GCS enjoyed working with Manteena and found them to be very well organized. We were proud to have been working on these Federally funded schools projects, knowing we were contributing to the future of the younger generations.” GCS were founded in 2001, and have grown to 25 full time employees, with a successful track record on numerous commercial, residential and retail projects across the ACT. “We believe in long team relationships with our builders and feel we are different from our competition, not through our concreting skills 240 ACT PROJECT FEATURE NAMADGI SCHOOL

but through the fundamentals of our core business values. Our values are trust, integrity, and communication. We have a win, win philosophy and work hard to build a strong team spirit amongst our employees and clients,” said GCS Managing Director, Peter Marcantonio. “We have over the last twelve months managed to increase our turnover by working smarter not harder. As the building sector in Canberra continues to maintain growth and is looking strong, GCS continue to keep forging strong relationships with our builders and developers, cementing our reputation as one of Canberra best and leading edge concrete companies, providing professional and reliable concrete solutions.”

Gungahlin Concrete Services PO Box 815 Mitchell ACT 2911 General Manager Robert Belmonte m. 0402 122 028 Managing Director Peter Marcantonio m. 0411 147 919 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

hazards found for safety's sake


ike many 20th century buildings, the pre-existing Kambah P-10 school (now Namadgi School) needed a HAZMAT survey for asbestos. Robson Environmental carried out this specialist task, as they have for numerous projects locally, interstate and internationally over the last twenty years. The survey included an Asbestos Register and a risk assessment relating to all asbestos containing materials (ACM) located. There was a considerable amount of ACM in bonded asbestos form to be found: in perimeter facade and eave sheeting; internal wall and ceiling sheeting; asbestos sheeting cored fire doors; underground reticulation and mains pipes; and boiler and plantroom gaskets and jointing material. A team of two Robson Environmental A Class Asbestos Assessors in PPE including respirators spent a full day on site completing the survey, which included working at heights and in confined spaces. Specific sampling methods were required to ensure an exposure risk to airborne asbestos is eliminated, and an exclusion zone enforced for all non-related personnel. During the remediation phase, Robson Environmental undertook airborne fibre monitoring and visual inspections to oversee and monitor the asbestos removal operation undertaken by the A Class asbestos removal contractor. Safe Work Method Statements were produced by all entities on site, and a formal site induction process addressed all the safety concerns for the works. “As the school was vacant, access was straight forward. The destructive survey aspect to the investigation required extra safety precautions. A vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter, spray bottles, asbestos bags, plastic and adhesive tape were on hand to deal with the possibility of friable


ACM such as insulation to hot water pipes to wet area masonry walls,” said Robson Environmental Managing Director, John Robson. “Regulations require a full site investigation prior to any building demolition to ensure a full site history is undertaken as well as a destructive building survey to identify concealed ACM and subterranean investigations to identify potential soil contamination issues as originating from the site of concern or adjoining properties.” Robson Environmental employs a number of specialist Environmental Scientists to undertake contaminated land assessments. Their survey teams will identify a variety of Haz Mat, with the experience to know where to look for well-concealed materials such as subterranean ACM, ACM in wall cavities and plantroom equipment found at Namadgi, or PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) often found in the capacitors in fluorescent lights. The company also provides expert services in Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Science, and has a NATA accredited asbestos lab. Robsons also have ISO9001 accreditation and have recently achieved ISO 14001/4801 accreditation. The Robson HSEQ integrated management system covers business and project activities with the integration of health, safety, environment and quality.

Robson Environmental 9 Lyell Street Fyshwick 2609 ACT t. 02 6239 5656 f. 02 6239 5669 e. ACT PROJECT FEATURE NAMADGI SCHOOL 241


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